So tonight I enjoyed a tasty Italian wine, 2001 Rosso degli Spezieri, from Tuscany (Faustino, translation per favore). Can't say it was better than the Clos du Bois Merlot 2000 I opened for hippie chris' birthday, although the Toscana was a little lighter and smoother.
Recommendations under $10-
La Noble Merlot 2001, Pays de L'Aude, at Wheatsville Coop
Merlot de Pennautier 2000, Pays d'Oc (Languedoc), Grapevine Market