Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Value Wine Prospects from Wine Spectator 2008 Top 100 List

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The Wine Spectator 2008 Top 100 List includes a number of intriguing - but costly - wines. No doubt the $260 Château L’Evangile Pomerol 2005 would be a pleasant sip, but somehow not quite the thing while reviewing our depressing 401K statements over pizza.

As you've seen, Spirit of Wine has made a bit of a science out of finding excellent wine values. We're not talking about cheap wines, but legitimate wine values. Let's scour the WS 2008 list for these sorts of real values. Consider the wines below. Any one of them would be an excellent value, based on combined score/price relationship.

Listed are: Top 100 Rank, Wine Spectator Rating, Retail Price, Winery, Label, Vintage. Click on the wine name to find prices and retailers at WineZap :

3 95 $40 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines 2005

4 97 $57 Château Guiraud Sauternes 2005

10 93 $24 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County 2007

30 93 $25 Byron Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley 2005

31 93 $28 La Massa Toscana 2006

32 92 $18 Château Puygueraud Côtes de Francs 2005

33 93 $18 Winzer Krems Grüner Veltliner Qualitätswein Trocken Kremstal Edition Chremisa 2006

39 93 $27 Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille 2005

40 91 $19 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008

42 92 $25 Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2005

44 91 $12 Leasingham Riesling Clare Valley Magnus 2007

46 93 $28 Warwick Estate Reserve Simonsberg-Stellenbosch 2005

55 91 $19 Yalumba Viognier Eden Valley 2007

56 90 $15 St.-Urbans-Hof Riesling QbA Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 2007

60 91 $16 La Sauvageonne Coteaux du Languedoc Les Ruffes 2006

61 93 $30 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2005

62 93 $30 Neyers Syrah Sonoma Coast Old Lakeville Road 2006

63 93 $30 Montirius Vacqueyras Le Clos 2005

74 92 $24 Gemtree Shiraz McLaren Vale Uncut 2006

86 90 $16 Adegas Morgadío Albariño Rias Baixas Legado del Conde 2007

93 92 $21 Meinhard Forstreiter Grüner Veltliner Qualitätswein Trocken Kremstal Schiefer 2006

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