Two Excellent Red Wines for under $7

Are you having a big gathering soon? Do you only buy wines under $10? Here are two excellent wines for under $7 available now at many Costco stores. We were able to do a side-by-side with these two wines to compare and contrast the quality for everyday red wine drinking. Which one is better?

Two Excellent Red Wines for under $7

2014 Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon

We have reviewed the Montes Cab in the past, and we found this vintage of the Chilean wine from the Colchagua Valley to be quite enjoyable and an excellent buy at $6.99. The Wine Spectator likes it enough to rank it number 42 on its Top 100 Wines of 2016 and rates it at 90 Points. Robert Parker gives it 89 points. The average price found on Wine-Searcher.com is $10. Right from the start, I was impressed because it has a real cork, no plastic or synthetic type of closure. The nose is average, nothing big or powerful. The wine tastes young and fresh with some spice. It is a gentle-tasting wine with a bit of Cabernet characteristics; not, of course, deep and complex like a great Napa Cabernet.  Let’s not forget that this wine is $6.99.

I am ranking this wine at 88 Points. For now, the wine is $2.00 off in an instant rebate. At some point, the price will go up to $8.99. Fire up the barbecue and cook some juicy hamburgers to serve to your crowd with the Montes Classic Cab.

2012 Kirkland Rioja Reserva

The 2012 Kirkland Rioja Reserva is 100% Tempranillo, aged for 36 months in American and French oak barrels. I did not get much aroma, but the flavors on the palate are quite adequate. We have a mix of red and dark fruit all meshing in a light- to-medium bodied Rioja wine. The aftertaste is very good, lingering much more than you would guess for the $6.99 price tag.  This everyday wine is great with many foods, including Paella, roasted chicken, hard cheese, and an outdoor picnic lunch. Overall the Kirkland 2012 vintage is delightful and worthy of 88 Points.

Now, for our side-by-side comparison. We gave the nod to the Kirkland Rioja after savoring several sips of each. Maybe it is the characteristic of  the Tempranillo grape that we liked. It seemed to have just a bit more depth than the Montes Cab.

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