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May 25, 2010 05:17 PM

Looking for wine recommendations - fruity, borderline semi-dry, red below $20

Hello all wine lowers,

Looking for a good wine recommendations. I love fruity red wines that are not too dry, and not too acidic. Looking for a good one in the $20 range.

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  1. 2005 Raymond R Collection Cab. Currently $12.99 at BevMo.

    1. Any of the lighter Beaujolais crus--Fleurie, Chiroubles, Brouilly--should do nicely, and are widely available from Duboeuf and other producers.

      1. any of Rosenblum's Zinfandel bottlings will be jammy & ripe & somewhat sweet. Also if you can find Two Hand's Angel's Share or Gnarly Dudes shiraz, you won't be disappointed.

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        1. re: zinFAN

          I disagree that Rosenblum's zins are sweet. Fruity, yes, but not sweet.

        2. Many high(er) alcohol Zinfandels will contain slight amounts of residual sugar, but these will generally be quite full in body. For lighter bodied fruity reds, I'd recommend any decent Beaujolais-Villages or Crus de Beaujolais. While I personally would seek wines imported by companies like Louis/Dressner or Kermit Lynch, along with other negociants like -- honest -- Louis Jadot, I would ONLY recommend the Crus de Beaujolais under the "Georges Duboeuf" label (as bob96 has suggested), and avoid their Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages wines.

          1. Give Bishop Peak's cabernet sauvignon a try.

            2006 Bishop's Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (4/21/2010)
            I liked this, which for cabernet sauvignon isn't much of an endorsement. Pretty simple, fruit forward. The black fruit seems to bury the tannins. Lightly oaked. But unlike most young cabernet sauvignon it won't clash with the food. The fruitiness makes it more food friendly than a young, tannic cab.

            Bishop's Peak is the second label for Talley.