Good solid berry fruit structure with a healthy dose of spice, the Alamos Malbec does a fine job in the under $10 category.
This is one of my favorite Rhone Valley reds in the bargain wine market. The Parallele 45 is a consistent Grenache-Syrah based blend year in and year out. Cherry and blackberry dominate the fruit profile and an attractive smoke and earth contingent supports the fruit structure. You can expect beautiful balance, subtle, silky tannins and a nice smooth finish.
Highly aromatic, the 2010 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier brings an "out-of-the-box" blend of two white grape varieties with loads of spice and full-blown florality on the nose and gobs of exotic, ripe fruit on the palate. This wine is a sensory theme park with enticing smells and flavors from start to finish. A touch of residual sugar brings the zippy acidity into complete harmony and the off-dry style is downright refreshing.
The 2009 Mark West Pinot Noir is consistently one of my favorites in the value red wine category. The fruit components of juicy strawberry and ripe raspberry are the first to hit the nose. The palate reveals more red fruit, subtle vanilla tones and an easy-going, food-friendly structure. This is a medium-bodied, uncomplicated, lighter-styled red that brings solid value and plenty of food-pairing flexibility, year in and year out.