Best Red Wines Under $20: Your Top Choices

Best Red Wines Under $20: Your Top Choices

If you are new to red wines, it can be a little confusing about which particular wine to choose.

Often it seems that to get a good red wine you need to spend a lot of money, but that that is certainly not the case.

By carefully choosing your wine you can find some excellent reds that are relatively inexpensive. Below we look at a selection of highly rated wines, all costing less than $20, that are well worth considering.

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Columbia Crest H3Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Country of origin – USA

While many people will know of Californian wine few will know of Washington state as the second largest wine producing area in the US.

This Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Columbia Valley, is from the highly regarded Colombia Crest winery.

The taste of berries combined with a smooth tannin taste make this a highly popular wine that is well suited for tomato based sauces, richly flavored meats and mature strong cheeses.

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Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir 2013Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir 2013

Country of origin – USA

This 2013 Pinot Noir, from the Leese-Fitch winery is Sonoma, California, has a complex taste that is best experienced with grilled chicken or soft cheeses. It also makes a fine accompaniment with appetizers. This wine stands well in comparison to many other Pinot Noir wines that cost many times the price of this excellent value wine.

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Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2014Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2014

Country of origin – USA

This zesty Zinfandel from Seghesio’s winery in Sonoma has been highly rated for many years, constantly scoring high in many critic’s reviews. Initially the wine had a slightly sharp edge to it but, as it ages, the sharpness fades and the true taste comes to the fore. This wine benefits from being allowed to breath for an hour or so before drinking.

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Robert Oatley Signature Cabernet SauvignonRobert Oatley Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Country of origin – Australia

Robert Oatley’s Signature Cabernet Sauvignon come from the Margaret River region of Australia.

The wine has a full blackberry like flavor, yet is not too heavy on the tannins. This wine makes a fine accompaniment for lighter Italian foods.

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Chateau Les-Charmes GodardChateau Les Charmes Godard 2012

Country of origin – France

The Chateau Les Charmes Godard 2012 is a blend of red Bordeaux which result in a medium bodied wine. The taste of cherry is the dominant flavor with a subtle spicy under taste. The wine benefits from maturing and softening in the bottle. 2016 should see this wine reach its best.

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Beso de Vino Seleccion 2011Beso de Vino Seleccion 2011

Country of origin – Spain

The Seleccion 2011, from Beso de Vino winery in Spain, is a blend of Syrah and Shiraz grapes. The result is an aroma of cherry and blackberry with a soft, light tannin taste.

This wine is best left to breathe for a few hours before drinking. It provides an accompaniment for a surprising number of foods or can just be enjoyed by itself.

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Wirra Wirra Church BlockWirra Wirra Church Block CSM 2012

Country of origin – Australia

This highly regarded blend of cabernet, shiraz and merlot from Wirra Wirra has smooth taste of plum and cherry with subtle tones of spices to give it a complex rich taste with a soft tannin. This wine goes well with strong tasting foods such as a mature cheddar. This is a wine for enjoying now but will store well for a few years.

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Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2008Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2008

Country of origin – Spain

This Tempranillo wine was voted among the top 50 wines of 2015. On opening it has rich eucalyptus aromas but when left to breath more complex aromas emerge.

It has a well-rounded palate of cherries. The wine is a good accompaniment to grilled meats as well as to desserts and puddings, particularly chocolate.

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Tahbilk Cabernet

Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Country of origin – Australia

This 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tahbilk winery has an aroma of blackberries on opening with undertones of eucalyptus coming through after a little breathing.

It has a full bodied taste that can be enjoyed now or will keep well for several years. This wine goes well with red meats.

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High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2011d’Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Country of origin – Australia

The High Trellis in the name of this wine refers to the practice of having a trellis above knee height, a system introduced by the d’Arenberg winery in late 1800s.

This Cabernet Sauvignon wine is a fresh, light bodied wine with an earth plum taste. The full flavor and aroma come to the fore when the wine is decanted. This wine, if stored well, will improve with age until 2020.

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Chateau La DauphineChateau La Dauphine 2012

Country of origin – France

This blend of Merlot Cabernet Franc from the Chateau La Dauphin in Bordeaux, is a deep red colored wine with a very fruity aroma.

It is a full bodied wine that when tasted, has a velvety feel and a fresh finish to it. The wine is at its best now.

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Easton Amador ZinfandelEaston Amador Zinfandel 2013

Country of origin – USA

With a complex, rich aroma of blackberries and summer fruits, this 2013 Zinfandel from the Sierra Foothills in California, is reaching perfection in 2016. It has a fresh tangy taste that can be enjoyed until 2020.

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Earthworks Cabernet Sauvignon 2013Earthworks Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Country of origin – Australia

This deep red Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Barossa Valley, has a very fruity aroma reminiscent of blueberries and cherries, with a soft, yet full bodied taste. The smooth tannins leave a fresh taste in the mouth.

As you can see, we have selected a wide range of red wines from around the world, all the wines we have looked at here are based not just on personal choice, but are highly regarded by influential wine critics as well. None of the wines that have been recommended have been rated at less than 90 (out of 100), and many have been rated much higher, by any of the top wine correspondents.

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Enjoy learning about the best red wines under $20?

At $20 or less per bottle, all the above wines represent very good value for money, showing that the cost of a bottle of wine is not necessarily a sign of the quality of the contents.

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