Best $15-and-Under Red Wines
2009 Lindeman’s Bin 40 Merlot ($8)
This shows surprisingly robust tannins for a value-priced red.
2009 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Tempranillo ($8)
Juicy red-fruit flavors and a bit of spice make this delicious red perfect for barbecues.
2009 Morse Code Shiraz ($9)
A nicely affordable Shiraz that delivers a juicy, generous mouthful of black licorice, spice and ripe blackberry.
2010 Elsa Bianchi Malbec ($9)
Made with grapes from the Doña Elsa vineyard, this juicy, dark berry-flavored Malbec is another great value.
2009 Banfi Col di Sasso ($9)
A well-priced, cherry-scented Cabernet-Sangiovese blend.
2010 Luzón Verde ($9)
Aging without oak keeps the bold red berry flavors in this organic Monastrell center stage‚äîand the price low.
2009 Hardys Nottage Hill Pinot Noir ($10)
Juicy watermelon and raspberry flavors are up front in this tangy, light-bodied Pinot.
2009 Castaño Monastrell ($10)
Fresh-cracked black pepper notes spice up this plummy, plush, incredibly low-priced Monastrell.
2009 Loios Vinho Tinto Alentejano ($10)
An appealing, herb-laden red blend of the indigenous Aragónez, Trincadeira and Castelão varieties.
2009 Domaine Skouras Red St. George-Cabernet Sauvignon Peloponnese ($10)
This shows Beaujolais-like fresh cherry flavors. (St. George is an anglicization of Agiorgitiko.)
2009 Esser Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ($10)
A dash of peppery Petite Sirah adds a bit of firmness to this supple, berry-driven Cabernet.
2008 Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel ($10)
There are nice vanilla tones in this flavorful, berry-driven red, thanks to a year of oak aging.
2009 Doña Paula Los Cardos Cabernet Sauvignon ($10)
Vineyards 3,300 feet above sea level yield this amazing value-priced wine full of exuberant blackberry.
2009 The Wolftrap ($10)
Pronounced blackberry, dark plum and spice notes define this affordable and tasty Syrah-Mourvèdre blend.
Wines Under $15
2006 Chivite Gran Feudo Crianza Navarra ($11)
Fruity Garnacha and bold Cabernet Sauvignon bolster juicy Tempranillo in this accessible blend.
2009 Delas Côtes du Ventoux ($11)
Aging in stainless steel keeps this southern Rhône red’s focus on juicy, ripe plum flavors.
2010 Mas de Guiot 40% Grenache-Syrah 60% ($11)
Plush Grenache and spicy, plummy Syrah come together nicely in this terrific value wine.
2009 Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti ($11)
Tangy berry flavors define this charming entry-level Sangiovese.
2010 Casamatta ($11)
Made from Sangiovese, Graetz’s entry-level red is a super value, with lush, energetic plum and cherry flavors.
2009 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese Terre degli Osci ($11)
This lush, dark and fruity red is packed with far more flavor and complexity than its price might suggest.
2008 Navarro Correas Colección Privada Malbec ($11)
Smooth and lush, with plum and coffee flavors.
2006 Mas Amiel Notre Terre Côtes du Roussillon Villages ($12)
A soft blend of Grenache, Carignane, Syrah and a bit of Mourvèdre, with cherry and raisin notes and firm tannins.
2010 Casa de la Ermita Roble Jumilla ($12)
A touch of Petit Verdot adds firmness to the finish of this grapey, juicy Monastrell blend.
2009 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages ($12)
An excellent vintage gave this basic wine depth and richness.
2009 Delas Saint-Esprit Côtes-du-Rhône ($12)
The rugged southern Rhône region of the Ardèche—famous for its spectacular river gorge—yielded this red loaded with notes of luscious raspberry.
2009 Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera ($12)
One of Piedmont’s most reliable bargains, this delivers loads of spicy, supple black cherry flavors.
2009 Valle Reale Vigneto Vigne Nuove Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ($12)
Made from young vines, this overachieving, unoaked red brims with juicy red fruit and food-friendly acidity.
2009 Barahonda Monastrell ($12)
Made sin madera (without oak), this delivers the burly, earthy intensity of a more expensive red.
2009 Castle Rock Pinot Noir ($12)
Making decent, value-priced Pinot Noir is almost impossible, but Castle Rock pulls it off with this bright, plummy wine.
2009 d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre ($12)
Named for a 19th-century plow invented in South Australia, this fresh wine is berry-driven.
2009 Trumpeter Malbec ($12)
A juicy, highly drinkable Malbec packed with freshly ground coffee and bold red-fruit notes.
2008 Santa Ema Barrel Select 60/40 ($12)
This Cabernet-Merlot blend reveals layers of earth and fruit.
2009 Georges Duboeuf “Flower Label” Morgon ($13)
Juicy, fruit-forward and affordable, this cru Beaujolais from the superb 2009 vintage is a true bargain.
2008 Cantina Santadi Grotta Rossa Carignano del Sulcis ($13)
The Carignane grape thrives in Sardinia, as this plush, sexy, cherry-infused wine shows.
2009 Argiolas Perdera Isola dei Nuraghi ($13)
In the right hands, the Monica grape (which dominates this blend) yields sleek, juicy, raspberry-driven reds, like this one.
2009 Sierra Cantabria Tinto Rioja ($13)
A reliable value, the ’09 vintage offers exuberant black-fruit flavors and a pleasant herbal edge.
2009 Nabuko ($13)
Another amazing value, with meaty spice and chocolate notes.
2009 Olivares Altos de la Hoya Jumilla ($13)
Made from ungrafted old vines, this great-value Monastrell-Garnacha blend is loaded with berry and mineral flavors.
2008 SKN Merlot ($13)
This plum-rich Merlot is particularly lush and enjoyable.
2007 Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali Nero d’Avola ($14)
This tasty, bold Nero d’Avola is an excellent value.
2008 Quinta do Crasto Flor Douro ($14)
A great everyday wine with appealing plum and herb flavors.
2010 Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois Vin de France ($14)
A light, easy-drinking, berry-driven red that’s great with food.
2008 Château de Jau Côtes du Roussillon Villages ($14)
A sleek blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignane and Grenache.
2010 Vinos Sin Ley Puerta Bonita G5 Vinos de Madrid ($14)
This terrific old-vine Garnacha features ultra-ripe and chewy raspberry flavors laced with minerals.
2008 Kenwood Vineyards Zinfandel ($14)
A bit of Petite Sirah adds heft to briary berry and vanilla.
2009 Woop Woop Shiraz ($14)
Grapes from Wrattonbully and Langhorne Creek contribute to this fleshy Shiraz marked by chocolate and black cherry.
2008 Brancott South Island Pinot Noir ($14)
Wild strawberry and raspberry flavors take on herb accents in this silky red crafted in an elegant, medium-bodied style.
2009 Montes Limited Selection Apalta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère ($14)
Tastes like a wine twice its price, with great concentration and polish.
2009 Perrin & Fils Côtes-du-Rhône Villages ($15)
Exuberantly fruity, with raspberry and sweet cherry tones.
2008 Mazzei Badiola ($15)
Don’t let its peculiar orange cork deter you: This sturdy, raspberry-inflected blend is a terrific everyday-drinking wine.
2008 Periquita Reserva Setúbal ($15)
From an emerging coastal region, this cherry-driven blend of Castelão, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca is very fresh.
2008 Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d’Asti Superiore ($15)
A great house red, with energetic cherry and licorice flavors.
2009 Allegrini Valpolicella Classico ($15)
Aging in steel tanks keeps this bottling’s juicy, supple red-fruit flavors bright—and the price reasonable.
2008 Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano ($15)
A supple, invigorating blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet.
2008 Argiolas Costera Isola dei Nuraghi ($15)
Made mostly from Cannonau, this bursts with red-fruit flavors.
2008 Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil Jumilla ($15)
A fleshy, international style of Monastrell with rich flavors and ample mocha and oak notes.
2009 Emilio Moro Finca Resalso Ribera del Duero ($15)
An earthy red whose firm tannins, spice and acidity make it ideal for burgers, lamb or steak.
2008 DQ Douro ($15)
This peppery, layered blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional offers excellent value.
2009 Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel ($15)
A supple, juicy Zin with expressive root beer and red plum flavors layered with notes of oak.
2009 Cline Cashmere ($15)
Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah yield chocolate and cherry flavors in this lush Rhône-style blend.
2007 Clos du Bois Merlot ($15)
Clos du Bois helped popularize Merlot in the 1980s with plummy, herb-accented bottlings like this one.
2009 Foxglove Zinfandel ($15)
The juicy wild berry and herb flavors in this great-value Zinfandel finish with tart acidity.
2009 Qupé Syrah ($15)
A restrained, elegant Syrah with lovely notes of peppercorn, herbs and pomegranate.
2007 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel ($15)
Petite Sirah and Carignane add weight to this exuberant Zin.
2009 R Collection by Raymond Lot No. 7 Field Blend ($15)
A sturdy, spicy kitchen-sink blend that includes Cabernet, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah.
2008 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon ($15)
Lavishly oaked, with caramel, chocolate and cedar flavors filled out with black fruit.
2008 Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Shiraz-Viognier ($15)
A touch of the white grape Viognier adds a floral note to this fresh, blackberry-inflected red.
2010 Doña Paula Estate Malbec ($15)
Made with grapes from Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley, this Malbec offers waves of plum, red currant, tobacco and smoke.
2008 Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec ($15)
The depth and concentration in this jammy red comes from grapes sourced from higher-elevation vineyards.