Lower in alcohol, supple in body, packed with flavor and very food-friendly, light reds are perfect for this time of the year.
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Price key: $=less than $20 $$= $20-40 $$$=$40-60 $$$$=above $60
Quality key: * =decent ** =very good *** =superb ****=elite
(Italian Beujolais? Great café wine, earthy, peppery, made for antipasto)
Casalini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo '15 ** 1/2 $ INCREDIBLE VALUE
(Very complex aroma and flavor, smooth, velvety texture)
El Circo Acrobata Garnacha '16 **1/2 $ VALUE
(Full garnacha flavor, but light-medium format, very enjoyable)
Caliterra Reserve Carmenere '16 **1/2 $ VERY GOOD VALUE
(From Chile, deep satisfying flavors, mild tannins, versatile)