Check Out These High Quality--And Affordable--Red Summer Party Wines

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Check Out These High Quality--And Affordable--Red Summer Party Wines

Many of you are still skeptical that high quality red wines with affordable pricing is possible, but Jessica Martinez has discovered it is true if you know where to look.

For those of you who haven't visited The Wine Country in the past couple weeks, we have expanded our southern hemisphere wine section to include some of our favorite affordable bottles. These wines are great for any summer party. We have a range of wines from juicy Malbecs to savory Cabernet Francs. White--we have crisp and refreshing Chenin Blanc, Torrontes, Chardonnay and some killer New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.  There is an abundance of choices, so I'm telling you about them in two posts.  Here are a few fabulous red wine values to try out:


Catena 2016 Cabernet Franc San Carlos, Mendoza, Argentina

A newer wine, this 100% Cabernet Franc hits it out of the park. Showing the expertise that comes from a 100year history of growing high altitude grapes and making fine wine, this wine is refined, smooth and delicious. It has bright minerally red fruit aromas and clean, nicely tannic but very smooth dark fruits with a delightful savory herb, dark olive edge - but without that strong green edge some Cab Francs overpower you with. There is very nice natural acidity and very nice texture to go with a pure core and nicely tannic finish. This wine blew me away with its style and quality. And, speaking from personal experience, this wine is perfect with steak

$16.99 per bottle

Catena 2016 Malbec Vista Flores Mendoza, Argentina

The Catena family has been vitners for over 100 years. The vines from this wine have been in the family for 30 years. This medium bodied wine sees 12 months in barrel 35% of it is new and 85% French with 15% American Oak. Like most Malbec it is full of big juicy flavors of blackberries and dark ripe cherries. The oak treatment on the wine gives the finish a hint of vanilla and cocoa with balanced acidity and a little hint of tannin on the finish.

 $14.99 per bottle


Domaine Bousquet 2017 Organic Red Blend "Virgen" Mendoza, Argentina

This 100% Organic and Biodynamic no Sulfites added NATURAL red wine is a combination of all estate fruit of 35% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Cabernet Franc with intense aromas of red and black fruit. The medium bodied palate leaves you with a long fruity finish

$11.99 per bottle.


Domaine Bousquet 2016 Malbec Reserve Tupungato Valley Mendoza, Argentina

100% Organic from vineyards that are 4000 ft. above sea level. This wine is 85% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spends 10 months in French Oak then another 4 in the bottle before it is released. Aromas of Blackberry with notes of black currant and plum. On the palate this wine is balanced with a pure fruit expression of raspberry and fig as well as cocoa notes on the structured long finish.

$12.99 per bottle


Parceleros 2017 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Parceleros is named after the growers or vigneron that handles the vineyards and small blocks that grow this wine is a tribute to them. This wine is made from carefully selected parcels and handcrafted style with attention to detail all season long. This Malbec is full of amazing flavors of blackberry, plum, and black cherry with sprinkles of cocoa powder, leather and a sweet tobacco finish from the oak. The juice spends three months in neutral French oak barrels.

$12.99 per bottle


Llama 2017 Malbec Old Vine Mendoza, Argentina

The vines for this wine are over 100 years old. The nose on this wine gives off red and dark cherries with hints of violet. The wine is aged for 6 months in French oak barrels and you are left with a wine full of body and a round structure with burst of berry and a finish of toasted oak.

 $12.99 per bottle

La Posta 2016 Tinto, Argentina

Coming from thirty-year-old vines grown up at 3'000 altitude in the La Consulta vineyard in the famous Mendoza region in Argentina, the iconic Catena family and esteemed winemaker Estela Perinetti collaborate to make this wine. A blend of 60% Malbec , 20% Syrah and 20% Bonarda, this is a delightful fruit-forward  red wine, featuring bright berry and cherry aromas and flavors, with a light overlay of mocha and spice. Wonderfully mouth-filling with delicious flavors but not at all heavy, there is plenty of lip-smacking fruit and also balancing acidity to keep things clean and fresh on the generous palate and on the satisfying finish. It has food-friendly 13.5% alcohol and just the right amount of oak seasoning, with 60% of the wine seeing 8 months in 2nd use French oak. Amazingly gulp-able!

$11.99 per bottle


Kanonkop 2017 "Kadette" Stellenbosch, South Africa

Kanonkop is one of the most popular wine making facilities in South Africa. Try this amazing wine, with edgy, smooth, and deliciously bold and yet somehow also very pretty and unique to South Africa. A blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Pinotage, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc it has a deep ruby color with notes of black currant tea leaves, vanilla spice on the nose with a fresh acidity and a dry well structured tannic finish

.  $13.99 per bottle


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