Wine Stars' Side Projects: Affordable Bottlings

High-powered wine consultants occasionally turn their talents to making affordable bottlings. Here, five to look for.
Argentina's Pulenta Estate makes rich, juicy reds. Photo courtesy of Pulenta Estate.
Argentina's Pulenta Estate makes rich, juicy reds. Photo courtesy of Pulenta Estate.

Value Wines from Star Winemakers:

2007 Chono Reserva Syrah ($14)

Alvaro Espinoza, a top Chilean winemaker, is one of the partners at Chono, an artisanal producer. Its Reserva Syrah is dark and earthy.

2008 Evening Land Oregon Pinot Noir ($25)

Dominique Lafon, whose family owns Burgundy's legendary Domaine des Comtes Lafon, slips away to make silky Oregon Pinot.

2006 Domaine la Soumade Rasteau Cuvée Prestige ($26)

Bordeaux-based Stéphane Derenoncourt—a.k.a. "the next Michel Rolland"—visits the Rhône to fashion powerful reds.

2007 Pulenta Estate Merlot ($26)

Paul Hobbs, among the first California winemakers to consult in Argentina's Mendoza region, crafts wines like this luscious, plummy Merlot.

2007 Alto Moncayo Veraton ($30)

Chris Ringland makes $600 Australian Shiraz—and $30 Spanish Garnacha.

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PUBLISHED May 2010

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