Our favorite red wines under $20!

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Sophie and I, along with two of our gal pals, tested 3 different red wines priced at <$20.  These consisted of two Pinot Noirs and 1 Cabernet.

Pinot # 1: Francis Ford Coppolla Pinot Noir

  • What we saw: brownish in color, fairly translucent
  • What we smelled: floral, high acidity
  • What we tasted: blackberry, currant, cherry
  • What our tongues told us: dry, acidic, tart finish
“More like a Zinfandel in flavor and smell.”
Consensus: Nothing special and probably not worth the price. Would try something else next time.

Cabernet: Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon

  • What we saw: deep purple in color
  • What we smelled: spice
  • What we tasted: no one could decide…just “spice”
  • What our tongues told us: velvety mouthfeel, silky
“Spicy, but unsure of the spice.”
Consensus: Full-bodied red. Would definitely recommend! This wine can stand on it’s own. It would also be great paired with a rich and creamy blue cheese, or nice steak dinner.
Pinot # 2: Smoking Loon Pinot Noir

  • What we saw: rich, deep purple in color
  • What we smelled: heavy body, fruity
  • What we tasted: tobacco, fruit
  • What our tongues told us: heavy bodied with lots of flavor, easy finish
“Soooo good!  Can I have another glass, please?”
Consensus: Definitely worth another purchase!  Who needs food to pair when you have a bottle this good?  🙂
Smoking Loon was the winner in our book!  Everyone agreed that it was pleasant, very drinkable, and tasted of higher quality (considering it was less than 20 bucks)!
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Have a comment on these 3?  Let us know your thoughts?

Have a recommendation of wines under $20 that we should know of?  Leave a comment below!

-xo Zooey

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