If you love wine, but do not want to indulge in such guilty pleasures because they cost too much, you may want to look at wines that are priced under $40 that don’t sacrifice in quality. Who says you can’t have wine with your special dinner or any dinner at home for that matter? Here is a list of 10 of the best quality wines under $40.
Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux 2012 Red (Moulis-en-Médoc)
This wine is often impresses because it offers the wonderful taste of full, ripe black fruits and solid tannins. It is dense and dark with tannins surfacing clearly. As the wine ages, it is characterized by a juicier taste.
Wittmann 2012 Westhofener Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen)
This dry and sleek wine comes with a combination of lemon, tart green melon and lime scent. While stylish in body, it is rich in minerals and is honed and steely. Its finish is a lime zest taste.
Château Villemaurine 2012 St.-Émilion
This powerful and solid wine hails from a chateau in Saint-Emilion. It has a dense texture which produces tannins, and is evident in its wood-aging flavors. It is characterized with a fruity taste of black currant, spice, as well as a dense, and dark taste that promises aging.
Barton 2011 Mr. Jones Grenache (Paso Robles)
This brand was inspired by 2011 pop songs. It delivers a raspberry-laced black tea aroma, cardamom and clove. It is really inviting and soft on the palate, with mocha, anise, as well as blackberry flavors and a finish with a hint of tobacco.
Lemelson 2012 Chestnut Hill Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)
This Pinot Gris caliber is proud to hail from Willamette Valley’s Chestnut Hill. This high quality wine is a delectable mix of pear, apple, chalk, as well as slightly toasted almonds.
I Giusti e Zanza 2012 Nemorino Bianco (Toscana)
This wine is concocted out of equal parts Semillon and Trebbiano and aged in oak. This results in the production of a white wine with fragrances of cut grass, yellow flowers and honey. It offers creamy lemon pastry, banana, apple, as well as a hint of spice. This provides complexity alongside a crisp finish that makes it enjoyably drinkable.
Penley Estate 2012 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra)
This wine is richly textured and full bodied. It is often considered an approachable wine that is pleasant to the palate. It also gives a hint of blackberry fruit and coconut cassis accents, as well as a hint of vanilla for a great finish.
Franklin Tate 2013 Tate Chardonnay (Margaret River)
This tightly focused wine is pretty lean. It gives off an interesting combination of citrus notes and grilled pineapple which bursts in the mid-palate. It finishes off with a crispy lemon taste.
Raffy 2010 Grande Réserve Malbec (Tupungato)
This wine is known for its raisiny, jammy scents, with pencil lead aromas. It is filled with energy and notes blackberry flavors and ripe cassis with a licorice appeal.
Margerum 2012 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)
This wine boasts flavors of combined Italian herbs, ripe elderberries, as well as hops, which results in a heady, intriguing mix.