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Wine of the week: Tractor Shed Red 2010

The Wine Curmudgeon is always looking for $10 red wine that tastes like it costs more than $10. These are the most difficult cheap wines to find, though I’m not sure why. Yes, it’s easier to make quality cheap white than red, but not easier to make cheap quality sparkling. And there is plenty of the latter.

So I ask a lot of people if they can recommend a red that’s worth serving as a wine of the week. Many of the people I ask are retailers, and their choices are spot on more often than not (which is one reason why the forthcoming cheap wine book spends a lot of time discussing how to find a good retailer).

That was the case with the Tractor Shed Red ($10, purchased, 13.5%), and a tip o’ the Curmudgeon’s fedora to Jeff Stuart at Spec’s in Dallas for the suggestion. It’s a California red – from Napa Valley, no less — that combines an old-fashioned field blend with modern winemaking to produce a fruity wine with character and qualities other than just the fruit. Most of the fruit (sweet cherry?) is in the middle, surrounded by spiciness in front and earthiness and pleasing tannins on the finish.

This is a red wine to keep around the house and open as needed. It will pair with most red wine foods, but is also pleasant enough to drink on its down. Highly recommended, and a candidate for the 2014 $10 Hall of Fame.

3 Responses to Wine of the week: Tractor Shed Red 2010

  1. leonstancil1@yahoo.com' Leon Stancil says:

    Just picked up a bottle at Costco and was pleasantly surprised with how good it was.

  2. bcnexpress@sbcglobal.net' Bob tedesco says:

    I am very disappointed to hear that Costco will no longer carry Tractor Shed Red Wine. I really enjoyed this wine, and at 6.99 per bottle I could afford to purchase it quite often. I have also recommended it to some of my friends, and they too love this wine and are very upset that Costco will no longer carry Tractor Shed Red at 6.99 per bottle.

    Thank you

    BobTedesco

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