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5 Best Wines Under $12


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2005 D'Arenberg the Stump Jump
You can sample The Stump Jump at the tasting room at the D’Arenberg Winery -- you just have to travel to Australia first.
You can sample The Stump Jump at the tasting room at the D’Arenberg Winery -- you just have to travel to Australia first.
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Despite its whimsical name, the Stump Jump has been reviewed as a quality red for quite a few years running. This Aussie 2005 vintage is a blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre and Grenache and is well regarded by most wine critics as an excellent value.

The "Wine Advocate" rates the medium-bodied Stump Jump at 88 points for its pepper and spice notes. Another respected reviewer, "International Wine Cellar," ranks the wine at 88 points as well, and details the round, soft finish, along with a fruity blackberry taste and flowery nose. At right around $10, it's an import that's well worth a try.


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