Joseph Grassa wrote: ↑
January 27th, 2020, 7:24 pm
I am hoping I can find bottles that are $30 or less for the 750
If you had said $300, then the answer would have been Gaja Sperss [which probably has a dumb phase of about a century, although I guess no one knows for sure yet].
Many people say that Riesling goes through a dumb phase, but I would never open an adolescent Riesling [simply as a matter of principle], so I'll have to take their word for it.
I imagine the same is true of Chenin Blanc [particularly Huet].
But 21st Century $29.99 Reds with Dumb Phases - that needs to be a question for Championship Week Jeopardy.
Possibly a far northern Piemontese Nebbiolo [way up in the hills, above the tonier Langhe vicinity of Alba], where the cultivar is known as "Spanna":
It looks like you could get the basic 2015 Vallana Normale for less than $20, and the 2015 Vallana "Cuvee Bernardo Vallana" for less than $25. [There's even a Vallana "Gattinara" for just shy of $30, although its most recent release is the 2009.]
For your whites, you can still get the 2016 Huet secs [dry Chenin Blanc] for less than $30.
And I'm seeing 375s of 2016 Demi-Sec [semi-sweet] and 2016 Moelleux [fully dessert] in the $20s.
In 2018, however, it looks like the entire Huet line card is moving to the $34.99 to $39.99 market segment & beyond.