Organic. LCBO number 160457
Tenuta di Burchino
Terricciola, Pisa, Italy 12.5%
Price: $ 13.95
Made in: Tuscany, Italy
By: Castellani S.P.A.
best cheap red wine
Fabulous wine for the money!, biodynamically grown and delicious. I am again pleasantly surprised by the palatable difference that organic agriculture makes in wines. Note that like most organic wines, this wine needs decanting. A half hour will do, or a double decanting.
STAFF 2008 semi dry Riesling
Price: $ 14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
Nose: as promised by the label: citrus, lemon. Glorious green apple. Mineral. Not terribly complex but definitely not repellent. Good depth.
Palate: replays the nose, surprisingly low to mid acid, clean ripe fruit, mineral. A bit sweet, nothing wrong with that. Very German in style.
Finish: pleasant. Mineral. Mid length.
In sum: worth trying, ‘with a sense of humour’, as the label suggests.Low alcohol wine means you can drink and enjoy a lot more juice before getting giddy. It’d be great with spicy fare, and a few friends. Well done wine.
Duemilanove Salento IGT
Made by Tenute Mater Domni 2009 13%
A jewel from a surprising region. Negroamaro comes in all shapes and sizes, Ive reviewed the cheapest on the LCBO, here is a treat from Grapebrands. One of the best cheap red wine
Nose: Very interesting licorice, salt, smoke, black tea. Back fruits lurk in the background. There is some sulfur but after that blows off the intrigue remains. Lots of Character.
Palate: low tannins, mid acid, juicy, full bodied. Dirt, stewed red fruit and a sapid note that one finds in Pinot Noir.
Finish: fairly short but Juicy red fruit, earthy. Lovely. Replays of licorice.
Would drink again. Hold no more than 5 years. Very food friendly.
Grape: 100% Barbera
Piedmonte, 2009. Italy.
Price: $ 9.95 13.0% Alcohol/Vol.
By: Etablissements Paul Boutinot
Piedmonte is home to some of Italy’s most expensive and long lived wines. However, there are classy cheap wines to be had, like this one.
‘Light and juicy indeed’, as promised by the label. Dark berries, and a touch of smoke and pepper on the nose. Same for the palate. Nice, juicy, uncomplicated.
Design snobs will appreciate the sharp label, rather easy on the eyes and just enough nostalgia to make it work.
Definitely a wine for BBQ’s: very decent for the price, easy to drink, interesting enough, and everyone will like it.
Organic LCBO 255844
Price: $ 9.95
Wine, Red Wine
Sugar Content : 1
Made in: Marche, Italy
By: Casa Vinicola Botter
So you think organic wines are too rich for your blood? Not anymore! Delight yourself with this Italian libation. Though I am not a doctor, guaranteed less hangovers and headaches.
Plus its the right thing to do for the planet. No need to give up small pleasures.
Mexico, Baja Peninsula
$ 11.95 (114066)
A curiosity that delivers surprising decent quality.
Nose: Dusty, cassis and surprising fancy violet notes.
Palate: follows the dusty theme ( this grows in a desert, after all), some dark berries, a little lean, mid acid, mid tannins (so a decanting doesnt hurt).
Finish: meh, a little dusty, earthy.
Decent quality for the price.
From the south of Italy, a nice cheap treat. Pizza and BBQ kinda wine. One of the cheapest bottles in the LCBO. Yet it will surprise you.
Nose: Herbaceous, some black fruit. Nothing too special, but its decent
Palate: follows nose. A bit hollow (meaning needs more juice), but well made enough, medium tannins, not too ripe.
Finish: Short, a touch herbs.
Overall, decent for what you pay. Available everywhere, part of LCBO’s general list.