post author: rachel
It's no secret - I love wine! I enjoy trying new wines, learning about different types of wine, the grapes used, and the barrels they're aged in.
About five years ago, my husband and I went to Napa and Sonoma and completely fell in love with exploring the vineyards and discovering new wines.
We have invested in a few upscale wines that we save for special occasions and once we pop the cork, we savor every drop. However, we have also found several very reasonably priced wines that we drink regularly. You don't have to break the bank to find wines that provide fantastic flavor, rich tannins and a smooth finish.
Here is my list of the Top 10 red wines under $25...
10. prophecy cabernet sauvignon
Tasting Notes: "Prophecy Cabernet sources grapes from premier appellations across California. The wine is smooth and approachable with layers of blackberry, plum and raspberry with oaky notes of graham cracker and a smooth finish."
- Prophecy Cabernet Sauvignon
9. ozv old vine
Tasting Notes: "A robust Zinfandel from the region's signature 50-100 year-old vines. Jammy with raspberry, milk chocolate and mocha falvors, soft tannins and a supple mouth feel. Pairs well with Memphis-style BBQ Ribs; Angus-patty Hamburgers with Gruyere; Pepperoni Pizza; Hanger Steak with Balsamic Reduction."
- OZV Old Vine Zinfandel
8. Ménage à Trois silk
Tasting Notes: "With its bright, red ruby hue in the glass and alluring fragrance of dried violets and berries, silk beckons, promising an unforgettable experience. Succulent cherry and ripe raspberry flavors mingle with delicate hints of rose petals and toasty spice, and glide gracefully across your palate like liquid silk. Seamless and lustrous, Silk is the lavish, luxurious encounter you’ve been craving."
- Ménage à Trois
7. Robert Mondavi cabernet sauvignon
Tasting Notes: "Layered and complex, our Bourbon Barrel-aged Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with aromas of blackberry cobbler, graham cracker, brown sugar, milk chocolate, coffee and smoke. A palate of blueberry pie, praline, sweet vanilla custard, caramel and mocha is framed by soft, chewy tannins and a hint of toasted oak on the lingering finish."
- Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Aged in Bourbon Barrels
6. 7 Deadly old vine zins
Tasting Notes: "Complex aromas of tart cherry, raspberry and caramel are wrapped in flavors of chocolate cake, vanilla oak spice, and plenty of wood smoke. Medium bodied with a rich smooth texture, mild tannins and a beautiful garnet color."
- Michael David Winery
5. 14 Hands cabernet sauvignon
Tasting Notes: "The 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, juicy red that features aromas of dark cherry, black currant, coffee and subtle hints of spice. These flavors are complemented by a touch of spicy oak and emphasized by refined tannins."
- 14 Hands Winery
4. Dreaming Tree crush
Tasting Notes: "This wine brings juicy red fruit with good mid-palate weight from the Merlot, ripe, jammy flavors from the Zinfandel, and dark fruit and structure from the Petite Sirah and Tannat. This blend of the North Coast’s finest varieties results in a very tasty, complex wine with lots of fruit flavors and a long, soft finish."
- Dreaming Tree Wines
3. Decoy Red Wine
Tasting Notes: "Rich and concentrated, this wine reveals voluptuous layers of blueberry, cassis and dark chocolate. On the palate, hints of salted caramel and exotic spices add depth and complexity to the fresh fruit flavors, while carrying the wine to a long and silky finish."
- Duckhorn Vineyards
2. Freakshow cabernet
Tasting Notes: "Quickly becoming one of Michael David’s most sought-after wines, this brute of a Cab is midnight in color and medium in body. A myriad of French oak influenced aromas fill your glass, accompanied by toasted hazelnuts and blackberry cobbler. Flavors of ripe Mission figs and hints of clove and cinnamon give way to velvety tannins, balanced acidity and dark ripe fruits."
- Michael David Winery
1. Arrington red fox red
Tasting Notes: "Aromatic notes of wild strawberry and black tea are followed by flavors of mixed berries, vanilla and black plum."
- Arrington Vineyards
This is one of our absolute favorites, but if you want to shell out a few more bucks, you have to try their Russell 2014 at $33.00 or the KB915 at $60.00. This vineyard is incredible and honestly, all of their wines do not disappoint. Grace also featured this vineyard in her Top 5 Things To Do In Nashville.
Did I miss any? Add your favorite red wine in the comments!
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