July's Top 5 Wines Under $15

Posted July 28, 2015

Giovanni Sabree


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We asked Giovanni, one of our wine specialists, to pick out the best five bottles she's tried this month. The only caveat: they had to be under $15! Here's what she came up with.

Wine #1

2011 Zenato Bardolino Chiaretto Rose, $10.75

This rosé blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara caught my attention—like a star in the sky—through the current overload of Grenache and Syrah roses. As it turns out, this non-Grenache/ Syrah rose blend - is seriously interesting. I am not trying to go up against Provence here, but like Valpolicella, this rose delivers delicate red fruit, floral notes, distinct nuances of strawberries and raspberries, and a refreshing acidity that brings the wine together in a harmonic way. If you are one of the many rose drinkers who's looking for an alternative to crisp and lean (and I know there are many you), this soft, fuller-bodied rose would make an interesting adventure. All I can say is, yum!


Wine #2

2013 The Neighbor Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99

The thing that compelled me to buy this wine was't the price tag (because I would have bought this even if it were priced at $30), or the varietal (since I drink Sauvignon Blanc at least once a week), or even the modern aesthetics of the label . The big thing that resonated within me on this buy was the fact that this is the newest baby of Wine Library! The inaugural 2013 vintage of The Neighbor (Wine Library’s very own private label ), is a must-have. Being completely unbiased, I will say the viscosity is out of this world, making this a great white wine for fans of rich Chardonnay and even bold red wine lovers. This Sauvignon Blanc is a moderately priced powerhouse. ( No aperitif here, this is entrée status!)


Wine #3

2011 Healdsburg Ranches Coastal Series Zinfandel, $11.99

I will admit, I bought this based on the label alone, and I guess it helped that it was under the $15 price point. When I looked at the label, it gave me a rustic old world, old vine Zinfandel feel. All of that excited me at the time, but from the moment I broke the seal, I knew my projections were wrong. You can expect a lighter-style Zin, toasted vanilla and black cherry notes, with a very light and subtle sweet spice finish. Even though this was not old world as I had expected, it was very pleasant. This is your summer Zinfandel, which I did not think existed until now.


Wine #4

2011 Sciara Fiori Del Sud Primitivo Salento, $10.99

For a long time there has been a lot of convusion around the relationship between Primitivo and Zinfandel. As rumor had it, they were simply the same grape residing in different regions, but this is wrong! Yes, they are related but they are not the same grape. When selecting this wine I figured it would be cool to size these relatives up side-by-side and see who makes the cut. What I’ve found is this Primitivo is a softer, more elegant version than the previous Zinfandel explored in July's haul, exhibiting a great deal of red berries both on the nose and palate with light, silky tannins. I’m glad I didn't let the label influence my buy because I would’ve missed out on this pleasantly structured everyday red.


Wine #5

2010 Falesco Assisi Rosso, $9.98

I was excited to give this blend a try, and I'm really glad that I did. This blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon makes for a multi-dimensional, complex red. For this was is a solid bottle of red for the price because the flavors evolved from warm red fruit to short lived blueberry notes to a savory olive finish, delivering more complexity than what I expected.

You if happen to try any of theses wines, give me a reason to use my Twitter account and reach out to me there. I love the feedback! Talk to you soon!


Giovanni is a passionate and upbeat wine buyer on the endless journey of value wines. After her ventures in bartending, Giovanni started her wine career at Wine Library 5 years ago. When she is not tasting and studying wine she is cutting out patterns and sewing fabric. Follow her on twitter @Winelib_G


Product Label.

The Neighbor Sauvignon Blanc

9 Delectable - Delectable Wi...

Item: 88919

750 mL

Retail: $29.99

$14.99 per btl

Item: 89282

750 mL

Retail: $14.99

$10.99 per btl

Item: 89316

750 mL

Retail: $13.75

$9.99 per btl

Item: 89546

750 mL

Retail: $14.99

$11.99 per btl

Product Label.

Falesco Assisi Rosso

90 Wine & Spirits

Item: 89594

750 mL

Retail: $17.00

$13.80 per btl