The 8 Best American Wines Under $25 You Can Buy Online 2017
Attention all you wine snobs, there's no reason to spend a lot to get a great bottle of wine. There are plenty of amazing American wineries that offer lush and tasty options at prices everyone can afford. But with so many terrific choices it's easy to get overwhelmed trying to pick just one or two, so we've narrowed it down to eight that we like the most, all of which come from vineyards in the USA and priced under $25. Best of all, each of these bottles is just a mouse-click away so you don't even have to leave your house. Enjoy!
1. 2014 Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir
An Editor's Choice pick at Wine Enthusiast magazine with an 89 score, this wine is a small lot blend that hits the palate firm and then levels out on the finish. Though it has notes of cranberry and cherry, the wine veers away from becoming too jammy in favor of earthy aromas and hints of wood and smoke. This is a good choice for those who enjoy their wines with a little bit of character and don't get too overpowering or full-bodied. Parducci hails from the Mendocino Valley in California.
2. 2014 House Wine Red Blend
This wine comes from The Magnificent Wine Company which sources all of its grapes from the Columbia Valley in Washington State. There you'll find the most popular types of grape are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah just to name a few, which is why you'll get all of those and Grenache, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Carmenere in this one blend. You'll detect notes of coffee and black cherry on the nose and offers a smooth palate introduction strong with blackberry and strawberry and the creaminess of vanilla.
3. 2014 Concannon Vineyard Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Another California wine makes the list, this from Concannon in Paso Robles. Those who like Cabs are going to find a lot to enjoy with this bold red that is berry forward but finishes with subtle notes of pepper and chocolate. It's a full-bodied wine that won't disappear the minute it leaves your palate, lingering on with the same intensity as when you took the first sip. Don't be fooled by the price, this is rich, complex wine that you might expect from a bottle at twice the cost.
4. 2014 Naked Winery "Tease" Oregon Riesling
Fear not white wine lovers, we have a few choices for you on the list, starting with this Riesling out of Oregon from Naked Winery. Those unfamiliar with the grape are in for a sweeter wine than more common whites but this Riesling leans a little tart as well. Hints of pear and apricot greet you on the nose with notes of pineapple, melon, and sweetened lemon on the palate. The “Tease” here is how the wine gently greets the palate and then lingers just long enough for you to want more. Luckily you ordered a whole bottle. Like most whites with this flavor profile, it pairs well with chicken and fish or a light summer salad with fruit and nuts.
5. 2010 Vortex Cellars Horse Heaven Hills Reserve Tempranillo Coyote Canyon Vineyard
Tempranillo is a grape that originated in Spain and offers a rich and hearty wine. Vortex Cellars in Washington has been growing the grape here in the U.S. and they've delivered an excellent tempranillo at a price that will easily make you want to buy multiple bottles. You immediately detect notes of cigar smoke and leather along with just a subtle sign of vanilla. Strong notes of plum and blackberry run across your palate and there's a distinct finish of cocoa that sticks around well after its left your tongue.
6. 2014 Columbia Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet from the Columbia Valley means business, bringing a rich and almost aggressive flavor profile to the palate. But it starts with the unmistakable hints of leather, oak, and chocolate that you detect on the nose almost immediately. Take a sip and you're inundated by the blunt notes of blackberry, blueberry, and currant. The finish is as powerful as the introduction, this is a striking wine for those drinkers who want something rich, fruity, and full-bodied. You can pair it with chili, stew, or a thick cut steak with a middle as dark and red as the color of this wine.
7. 2013 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Gewürztraminer
I was almost reluctant to put a Gewurztraminer on the list because it seems to be one of those grapes that people love or hate. There isn't any middle ground in my experience. For those of you who fall in the former category, this wine from Hazlitt has won its fair share of Gold and Silver awards from the likes of Indy International and the New York Food and Wine Classic. Notes of rose petals, cloves, pears, and white pepper are all detectable here and it still retains a lushness that makes it the ideal choice for spicy food.
8. 2015 Cameron Hughes Lot 539 Oregon Pinot Noir
If you're seeking a great drinking wine that has a hint of acidity and bold flavor profile, this pinot is one of the best values on the list. Raspberry and strawberry on the nose are complemented by currant with a cherry and blackberry finish. This is a medium-bodied wine that you can serve at dinner or with friends as it pairs nicely with spicy foods and smoked meats. One word of advice on the Lot 539, give it a few minutes to breathe and open up fully before pouring. It makes for a much more pleasant drinking experience.