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24 Wines Under $25! Twelve Whites and Twelve Reds That Please Wallet and Palate!
December 5, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Maybe you're a serious collector with hundreds of carefully kept bottles squirreled away in a temperature-controlled, moisture-controlled room beneath your home. Maybe you're someone with a small wine fridge tucked away in some corner of your New York City apartment. Or maybe you just keep a bottle or two around the house for weekly consumption, buying wine as your mood, your plans, and your needs dictate. No matter who you are, if you're a real wine lover, you will someday need three kinds of wines: wines to drink any time, wines to impress, and wines for very special occasions.

Today, I'm emphasizing that first group--wines to drink right now, on any given night. These are wines that are affordable, easy to understand, and, above all, delicious. I've chosen two dozen of new favorite go-to wines, a dozen reds and a dozen whites. And not one of these bottles is over $25! It's a fantastic day to stock your cellar, cram your fridge, or stash a case of bottles for the holiday season. Coming from regions as far north as Alto Adige and as far south as Puglia, today's wines represent the greatness of Italy's terroir, traditions, grapes and styles, and I think you're going to find some new favorites.

Don't miss IWM's 2019 Gift Guide--it has plenty of affordable gems, and lots of collector jewels.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: 24 Beautiful Wines to Enjoy This Holiday Season--or Anytime!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Per Linda Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018 750ml
Per Linda Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018 750ml
Price: $12.99

Intense and vibrant, this ’18 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo bursts with brambly blue and juicy red fruits, crushed river rocks, pressed violets, new leather, and kisses of spice. Nicely tannic and vividly acidic, this wine over-delivers at its price point, and it’s a terrific complement to a range of foods--from meaty tomato-based pastas, to burgers off the grill to hard cheeses and cured meats. Deriving from a southeast-facing clay vineyard that sits about 650 feet above sea level, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for about two weeks, after which the wine ages in stainless steel for a year before bottling, where it rests for six months before release. more info
Tenuta di Trecciano Chianti Colli Senesi 2018 750ml
Tenuta di Trecciano Chianti Colli Senesi 2018 750ml
Price: $13.99

Light, tangy and refreshing, this ’18 Chianti leaps from the glass in a profusion of youthful red and blue fruits, warm earth, violet petals, baking spices, and white pepper. Dusty tannins, electric acidity, and a subtle thrum of earth make this Chianti a food-friendly delight. This mono-varietal Sangiovese derives from compact red soils that are high in minerals; grapes ferment for 30 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for seven months in botti, followed by four months in bottle prior to release. more info
Schiena Vini Tre Compari Primitivo 2017 750ml
Schiena Vini Tre Compari Primitivo 2017 750ml
Price: $17.99

Intense red, blue, and black fruits dance against a backdrop of warm earth, violet petals, baking spices, licorice and Mediterranean scrub in this very appealing, plush wine. Fine-grained tannins and a sweet inner perfume find their complements in bright acidity and savory underpinnings in this highly enjoyable, anytime red. This mono-varietal Primitivo is grown with sustainable practices and harvested by hand; grapes ferment for about ten days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for five months in steel, followed by one month in bottle. more info
Ca' dei Mandorli Verdecielo Gavi 2017 750ml
Ca' dei Mandorli Verdecielo Gavi 2017 750ml
Price: $17.99

Exotic citrus fruits, buttered toast, crushed white wildflowers, and kisses of spice and minerals dance in this fresh, elegant ’17 Verdecielo Gavi. A sweet inner perfume is complemented by a scrumptious strain of acidity, making this wine an ideal complement for fish, seafood, salads or aperitivi. Deriving from a southwest-facing vineyard in a natural amphitheater the heart of the Gavi DOCG, the Cortese grapes are cryo-macerated, a process where the juice sits on the skins at an extremely low temperature prior to fermentation, which lasts 24 hours in stainless steel to enhance the fruit and other flavors. Fermentation lasts three weeks before the wine is aged for four months in steel and then in bottle for an additional four to six months. About 500 cases are produced each vintage. more info
Maculan Chardonnay 2018 750ml
Maculan Chardonnay 2018 750ml
Price: $18.99

Lively, juicy, and charming, Maculan’s ’18 Chardonnay spotlights its ripe stone and tropical fruits, which are framed by crushed fresh herbs, exotic spices and white flower petals. This wine feels persistent and energetic as it glides to a lingering, fresh, dry finish--it's a food-friendly, surprising Chardonnay. Deriving from volcanic, limestone-rich soils, grapes ferment with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages on the lees for three months in steel tanks before bottling, where it rests for a few months prior to release. more info
Collemattoni Rosso Toscano Adone 2018 750ml
Collemattoni Rosso Toscano Adone 2018 750ml
Price: $18.99

This rare Montalcino Super Tuscan is a knockout at its price point. Delicate aromatics of ruby fruits, underbrush, truffles, violet petals, and spices spring from the glass of this charming, enveloping 2018 bottling. These notes echo on the enveloping and plush palate, which is energized by lively acidity and a solid core of minerals. Enjoyable upon release, this wine will age nicely over the next five years. A blend of 95% Sangiovese Grosso with 5% Merlot, grapes ferment for ten days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages in botti. more info
Hilberg Pasquero '29.5 Per Alessandra' Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
Hilberg Pasquero '29.5 Per Alessandra' Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
Price: $19.99

Named for the length of the lunar cycle, this ’16 Barbera d’Alba is delicious, layering its crisp red and brambly blue fruits with warm tobacco, new leather, violet petals, warm loam, licorice and spices. There’s plenty of Barbera’s trademark acidity, but it’s complemented by lush dry extract, a sweet inner perfume, and a complex, persistent finish--this wine is terrific! Grapes derive from the estate’s southwestern-facing sandy, clayey Barbera vineyard; after fermenting for five days in temperature-controlled stainless steel with natural yeasts, the wine ages for a year in stainless and two months in bottle prior to release. more info
Trecciano Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva 2015 750ml
Trecciano Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva 2015 750ml
Price: $19.99

Charming and fruity, this ’15 Chianti Riserva puts its lush cherries and brambly berries in the spotlight, framing them with baking spices, warm earth, violet petals, and new leather. Round yet sprightly, this wine fills the mouth with a sweet inner perfume as a thrumming iron-ore bass line moves it to a brisk, food-friendly finish. Named after the red earth of its vineyards, this Chianti Riserva is an ideal Tuesday-night wine. After being hand-picked, Sangiovese grapes ferment with selected yeasts for about two weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages for 18 months in botti, followed by at least four months of bottle rest before release. more info
Frecciarossa Riesling Gli Orti 2017 750ml
Frecciarossa Riesling Gli Orti 2017 750ml
Price: $19.99

This rich, intense, and satisfyingly tart white bursts with floral notes that frame its orchard and citrus fruits, and its palate complements these aromatics with earthy, mineral and herbaceous nuances. A brisk acidity makes this wine dance across the palate to a finish that’s accented with a bitter almond sharpness. Deriving from mineral-rich vineyards located in the Oltrepò Pavese zone, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled vats, and the wine ages for at least a year before release. more info
Masut da Rive Maurus Chardonnay 2018 750ml
Masut da Rive Maurus Chardonnay 2018 750ml
Price: $19.99

Smokey minerals, toasted hazelnuts, pressed white flowers, vanilla and spices frame the juicy orchard fruits in this delectable ’18 Chardonnay. Round in the mouth, this wine finds energy in its savory mineral core and vivid acidic spine. Whole clusters of Chardonnay grapes ferment for about three days in temperature-control stainless steel; the wine ages on the lees for eight to twelve months in barrel before light filtration and resting in bottle for three months prior to release. more info