Hey, we're all looking for that great, bargain wine that's absolutely delicious, but they're not always easy to find. Fortunately, we taste through a lot of wines in order to find those everyday gems, so you don’t have to. Here are a few that we recently discovered:
Duck Pond 2017 Pinot Gris, $10.99
Pinot Gris can be an easy drinking, sometimes less than exciting wine, but this one has character and is anything but boring. Aromas and flavors of apricot, nectarine, citrus zest and elderflower, we were amazed at how good it was for the price.
Duck Pond 2016 Pinot Noir, $16.99
It's not easy to find a good Pinot priced under $20, especially from Oregon, but here we have one. But don’t take our word for it. This is from the Wine Enthusiast: “A fine value, this widely available Pinot doesn't shy away from its natural herbaceousness, but compensates with plenty of bright berry-cherry fruit. The compact tannins support a firm blackberry and black cherry core, and flavors persist on through a clean crisp finish. 89 Pts”
Desert Wind 2015 Merlot $13.99
If you think you don't like Merlot, then you haven't tried one from Washington. A little more structure and backbone then their California counterpart, they are truly delicious, and this one is great for the price. Aromas and flavors of fig, plum, blackberry, and chocolate, leading to a tannic, yet round and supple finish. Ripe and rich, while still managing to provide balance and silky tannins.