I am trying to build a nice collection of wine, but I don't want to spend more than $30, and I don't want to rely too heavily on cellaring the wines.
I like Medium to big reds with nice ripe fruit (perhaps fruit forward) and nice concentration. As much as I like wines with strong fruit character, I don't like when the fruit is super over ripe or jammy or prunny. I like nice balancing acidity. I don't like aggressive tannins. I don't like wines where acid is dominating everything.
I generally prefer tamed tannins. I like my wine to be "open". I don't need it to be super complex, super elegant, or have ridiculous depth and structure. Those would be great, but I understand that those traits cost $$$$.
I like rounded, silky, rich, velvety textures when possible, but this is not necessary, especially if the wine seems open and not dominated by tannins.
Mineral, Truffles, Earth, Spice, oak, are all things that I love to taste in my wines if they don't overwhelm the fruit too much.
I typically go for CA and OR Pinot Noir, CA Zinfandel, Red Burgundy's from France. CA Cabs or Bordaeux style blends can also be good if they are open, well rounded, and not tight tannin oak bombs. I am open to anything under $30!
Here are my favorite wines to date. Some of these wines are more than $30, but I want to give everyone a feel for me tastes.
2007 Provenance Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard
1998 Domaine L'Arlot, Nuit-St-George premier Cru Clos L'Arlot
2009 Hartford Court, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir
2008 Freeman Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml
2006 Green and Red Vineyards, Zinfandel, Tip Top Vineyard
I want to try the following
2006 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
2006 Storrs Winery Rusty Ridge,Zinfandel, Santa Clara County, Central Coast
2010 Cedarville Vineyards Estate Vineyard, Zindfandel, El Dorado, Sierra Foothills.
2009 Dry Creek Vineyard "Heritage" Zinfandel, Sonoma County ($17)