15. Antinori Villa Toscana 2015
> Region: Tuscany, Italy
> Price: $19.99 (est.)
One of the most respected names in Tuscan wine — in Italian wine in general — Marchese Antinori created the first-evern “super-Tuscan,” a wine with a Chianti heritage but employing grapes from other regions, like cabernet sauvignon and merlot, that could not be used legally for Chianti. This well-balanced, middle-of-the-road wine, itself no longer labeled “Chianti,” is made with those two grapes, along with syrah and Tuscany’s principal red grape, sangiovese.
14. The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2017
> Region: California
> Price: $32
Prisoner, now owned by the massive international wine company Constellation Brands, produces only two wines currently — The Prisoner (a blend of five red-wine grapes) and this meaty, smoky zinfandel-based offering.
13. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
> Region: Napa Valley, California
> Price: $64.99 (est.)
This estimable Napa Valley winery’s Artemis cabernet is known for being rich and spicy, with intense fruit. It’s also a bargain, compared with the Stag’s Leap Estate Collection cabernets, which sell for $150 and up per bottle.
12. Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2017
> Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
> Price: $10.99 (est.)
Another good example of Marlborough sauvignon blanc (see No. 18), the Giesen is bright and crisp, with an attractive mineral character — good shellfish wine, among other things.
11. Château d’Esclans 2018 Whispering Angel Rosé
> Region: Provence, France
> Price: $23
A dry, fresh blend of grenache, rolle, cinsault, syrah, and mourvèdre, this popular rosé overcame even the star power of the Pitt-Jolie Miraval Rosé (No. 25) in popularity among wine.com customers with its fruity aroma and elegant, bone-dry character on the palate.
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