If someone were to ask you, “What’s the best red wine under $20 that you’ve tasted so far this year?” – could you easily come up with a hands-down favorite without giving a second thought? In my quest to uncover one of (my) life’s little mysteries, I asked myself this very same question…
While looking in the rearview mirror, I sure have tasted a hell of a lot of wine in the under $20 category during 2011 – most of which have been fairly good. But if I had to pick only one extraordinary bottle of wine that without question has left a lasting impression on me and my taste buds since the very first sip, that wine would have to be the 2009 Domaine Saint-Amant Grangeneuve.
The 2009 Domaine Saint-Amant Grangeneuve (>$20 US) is a beautifully crafted blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Viognier. It’s suitable for everyday drinking, yet has the moxie to grace a white linen-covered table at the finest restaurants.
The winemaker says, “the Grenache will release in your mouth silky, velvety plum and cocoa flavors.” There’s really nothing to add to this description except the fact that this red wine from France’s Beaumes-de-Venise AOC (wine region) just flat out kicks serious ass at this price point!
A big THANK YOU to John Ryan at Ryan’s Wines & Spirits for sharing this magnificent discovery with me!
4 Stars out of 4 for the 2009 Domaine Saint-Amant Grangeneuve (>$20 US). This wine is a winner: scoop it up by the pallet until it runs out!