The Best Red Under $8. Period. [DEFCON 4]

The Best Red Under $8. Period. [DEFCON 4]

Posted on Feb, 14. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

I promise not to inundate you with paragraphs of drawn-out prose on this fine Monday morning; instead, I’m going to cut right to the chase. What I’m writing to you about this morning is simply the best red wine under $8 that I’ve come across in the past few years. Yes, I know what some of you are thinking: okay, but isn’t that like trying to sell me the “best” salisbury steak from the Country Cookin’ All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet? I can understand that, but those of you who have been a part of the Guild for awhile know that that’s not how we roll.

This sub-$8 bottle of Portuguese red, the Quinta Cabriz Dao, will go toe-to-toe with any mid-teens Rhone-style blend without breaking a sweat. It’s eminently gulpable, with far more depth and mystery than any wine at this price should have. She’s also on the lighter side in terms of weight, which is perfect for spring and summer (in the dead VA heat of July/August, it’s actually really great with a slight chill on it). In between the bright front-end and energetic finish, there’s cedar, brambly spice, and earthy fruit…none of which gets in the way of a good summer hoe-down. For the past couple of years, this has been my house red from roughly May through September, and every time I plow through another bottle, I’m astounded at how much umph is in a wine that’s so freakin’ inexpensive.

You cannot do better than this for a cheap house red or a spring/summer party wine. You guys know that I don’t do this lightly, but I’m rolling out a DEFCON 4 for this one. The distributor is getting the shipment into the warehouse this morning, and with the Wine Spectator ‘Best Value’ press, it will not last long. Buy by the case if you know what’s good for you, because in all likelihood, if you go light right now and come back in a few weeks demanding more, it’ll be gone. Here’s the aforementioned Wine Spectator writeup:

“A well-structured, muscular red, with a touch of Asian spice to the wild plum and dried raspberry flavors. Beef and mineral notes mark the finish. Distinctive, with a very sauvage allure. Drink now through 2015.” –KM Wine Spectator. Score: 90 points Best Value.

2008 Quinta Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccionada – Touriga Nacional/Tempranillo
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $7.33 • Premier Cru: $7.67 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $10.00
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