“Vina Cubillo” Crianza 2010
(Rioja, Spain) $25
This is the steal of a lifetime from one of the best traditional estates in Rioja. Beautiful “old” aromas and flavors of earth, mushrooms, pipe tobacco, and saddle leather. Close your eyes, and it could be Burgundy.
90 points KM
Available at K&L Wine Merchants
"Etna Rosso" 2017
(Sicily, Italy) $22
A glass of this complex, balanced, beautiful wine, combined with a giant pan of lasagna is the best cure for Corona lockdown I’ve found yet. A really astounding nerello macalese, from a producer that was instrumental in saving that variety!
90 points TS
Available at Toast Wines By Taste
"Passamante” Salice Salentino DOC 2018
(Apulia, Italy) $15
The appellation Salice Salentino in Apulia is a treasure trove of inexpensive southern Italian reds like this bold rustic wine from negroamaro grapes. It’s just begging for a dish of pasta with sausages from the grill. The name “Passamante” refers to a forest beside the vineyard where Italian lovers used to meet to do what Italian lovers do in secluded forests. From the words “pass” (to pass) and “amante” (lover).
88 points KM
Available at Vivino