Vinous Favorites

Wines don't have to be expensive to be delicious. Each week in Vinous Favorites, the Vinous editorial team picks a terrific wine that can usually be found for less than $25.

Zenato

Ripassa Superiore Valpolicella Corvina Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.1

Black raspberries, sweet violets, tobacco and hints of licorice form a dazzling bouquet on the 2016 Ripassa. This is silky-smooth, with a dark fruit persona. It’s persistent and balanced, as hints of nuanced tannins and tart wild berries create a slightly grippy finale. $22.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, March 2021) — a day ago

Daniel, Daniel P. and 6 others liked this

Cep Vineyards

Hopkins Ranch Rosé Pinot Noir 2020

Delectable Wine
9.0

The pale-colored 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir Hopkins Ranch is fresh, aromatic and light on its feet. Drink this aperitif-styled Rosé over the next year or two. Cranberry, green pear, chalk and white flowers add shades of nuance to this bright, crisp Rosé from the Peay family's Cep label. $20.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2021) — a month ago

Daniel P., Doug and 7 others liked this

Raul Pérez

Ultreia Saint Jacques Mencía

Delectable Wine
9.2

This elegant, 100% Mencía bottling from the Raul Pérez ancestral home, displays highly perfumed cherry, floral and spice character, with velvety textures and an intriguing hint of gaminess. Delicious now, it will reward at least a few more years patience. $24.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 2021) — 2 months ago

Keaton, Alex and 31 others liked this

Tenuta Santa Maria

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Corvina Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

A wildly spicy Valpolicella with a sour citrus twang contrasting rich cherry-berry fruits. Long and full of character, this juicy, high-energy effort leans more toward blue/purple fruits throughout the finale. There’s a lot of pleasure to be found here. $20.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, February 2021) — 9 days ago

Alex, Tom and 11 others liked this

Alvaro Palacios

Camins del Priorat Grenache Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

Classic Priorat intense dark fruit, smoky minerality and spiciness are on full display here. Youthfully chewy and densely packed, the 2018 opens up quickly with air, showing fine definition and gentle tannic grip. From the region’s most famed producer, this wine delivers superb value. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2021) — 23 days ago

Keith, Casey and 24 others liked this

Bodegas Numanthia

Termes Toro Tinto de Toro 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2017 Termes is a lush, inviting wine that’s packed with concentrated, sharply defined dark fruit and floral character. Spice and pipe tobacco nuances emerge with air and carry through a very long, gently tannic and perfumed finish. $22.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 2021) — 2 months ago

Hermes, Severn and 24 others liked this

Marina Danieli

Colli Orientali del Friuli Schioppettino 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

This red from Colli Orientali del Friuli is spicy and fresh, with aromas of crushed wild berry and cherry lifted by notes of sage and white smoke. Soft and fleshy, it shows lovely purity with balanced acids that enliven its ripe red fruits, and a very pretty finish. $21.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, December 2020) — 2 months ago

Daniel P., David and 19 others liked this
ESF

ESF

Love this varietal - shame you don’t find much outside Friuli...
Clifford Clark

Clifford Clark

Love and look forward to the next wine gathering......great fragrance!!

Pieropan

Soave Classico Garganega 2019

Delectable Wine
9.0

This Soave blends savory and sweet with a spicy flair. It’s soft and pliant upon entry, yet enlivened by salty minerals and brisk acids, making for a wonderfully balanced showing. The palate sizzles with residual tension, as hints of sour citrus resonate throughout the finale. $19.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, February 2021) — 12 days ago

Ivor, Alex and 9 others liked this

Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

Selección Rioja Tempranillo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Ripe red fruit and candied rose aromas and flavors define this exuberant Rioja, which takes on spicy nuance with air. Well-concentrated but lively in style, the 2018 shows very good balance and focus, with finely woven tannins adding closing grip. $15.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 2021) — a month ago

Alex, Casey and 14 others liked this

Tommasi

Ripasso Valpolicella Corvina Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

Deeply alluring with dusty purple-tinged florals, sweet spices and black currants. The 2017 Ripasso is silky with cool-toned textures, further accentuated by vibrant acidity. There’s beautiful symmetry and persistence here, coming across as powerful yet remaining energetic throughout. $22.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, January 2021) — a month ago

Vanessa, Daniel P. and 18 others liked this