Trader Joe's is the place to go to get terrific wine for under $8.00. Epicuro Primitivo is a great example, currently available for $5.99, -yes- $5.99!
Primitivo is a black skinned grape that was cloned from the same grape as Zinfandel. It is many ways very much like Zinfandel grown in California and is grown in the Puglia region (the "heel") of Italy. The wine is a medium body wine with dark fruit flavors. I sensed blackberry, licorice, cola, oak and just a bit of minerality. The wine seems a little warm, even though the A.C. (14%) is not extraordinary. All in all, this is a great value for $5.99. I will buy more.
SC Wine Joe rating = 87