As I pointed out a few months back in my post on a little-known red wine from Spain, one of the best ways to find a good wine at a low price is to avoid the famous D.O.'s (Rioja, Ribera del Duero, etc) and instead explore wines from lesser known regions, such as Navarra, Castilla y La Mancha, or Tarragona.
Pinord's Clos de Torribas Tempranillo Crianza 2007 is another example. It comes from Penedés, a D.O. usually associated with sparkling cava, not red wine. Just a few years ago red wines from Penedés were usually dismissed as ordinary. Now things are changing. I enjoyed this Penedés more than any Rioja I've had in recent memory (except maybe a nice reserva Esperanza, my mother-in-law, served during our last trip to Spain). The cost? Only $6.99, a fraction of the price of almost any decent Rioja.
Pinord Clos de Torribas Tempranillo Crianza 2007 was selected as one of The Wine Enthusiast's best buys.