I've seen the threads plenty of times: Great wines under $20, under $15 and even under $10. Many of these wines are great day to day wines, some surprisingly good. In the meantime there's a whole lot more wines today hitting at least my market at those prices and higher which often don't merit their prices. It used to be, even just a few years back, that you easily got really good quality wines just in the $20s. My question is, in this bloated market, what are go-to wines meriting their price tag. For the sake of the thread, I'm capping recommendations at $40 retail (+/- a couple bucks ok). I'll propose three to start:
2005 Miguel Torres Salmos: A very sexy wine. Big, smooth mouthfeel to it. retailed it at $31 though should be found for less.
2004 Mauro Bodegas Mauro: Wow, what a wine! Very nice mouthfeel a little more fruit and currant to it (drank some time ago) and a bit of acid to complement some hearty food. Blown away by the package of it when I drank it. $35 recently
2005 The Prisoner: Blockbuster full throttle fruit bomb. Once it breathed a little, it became quintessential New World. Great fruit from the Zin but more structure from the cab.