The way our vintages have been running, a good $10 wine is going to come from distant shores. I am looking to Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia and New Zealand for my flavor and value. Take a gander at the 2010 Tintonegro (the letters on the label are reversed as in a mirror -- kinda cute). The juice is solid black and spicy. I smell licorice, plum, herb and sweet black cherry. The mouth has nice heft, big forward fruit and only the mildest of tannins. It achieves texture and complexity with a non-fruit, herb and humid plum finish. The overall effect is very satisfying. Cheers! Costs about $11.
-- Michael McVittie reviews wines available locally
Wine of the week, 2010 Tintonegro