Friday, December 31, 2010

The 54 Best Value Wines from Second Half of 2010


Below are the 54 best value wines from the second half of 2010, based on Spirit of Wine specific criteria for determining "Best Value".  Stars represent rating; dollar signs represent price.  Hotlinks are to wine pricing and retail availability via WineZap.

***** $$$ Oliverhill Jimmy Section Shiraz, 2005, McLaren Vale, Australia
***** Bodega Goulart Reserva Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008
**** $ Bellchambers Chardonnay, California, 2009
**** $$ Bodegas Castano Hecula Monastrell, Yecla, Spain, 2005
*** $ Menguante Roble Tempranillo, Carinena, Spain, 2005
**** $$ Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County, CA, 2002
*** $ Paso Station Pinot Grigio, Paso Robles, CA, 2009
*** $ Flavium Mencia Crianza, 2005, Bierzo, Spain
***+ $ Stonewall Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, Marlborough, New Zealand
*** $ Santa Ana Chardonnay Viognier Cuyo, 2008, Argentina
**** $ Burley Fox Shiraz, South Eastern Australia, 2006
*** $ Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, CA, 2005
*** $ Edna Valley Chardonnay, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2008
*** $ West Lane Merlot, California, 2009
*** $ Walnut Crest Merlot, 2008, Valle Rapel, Chile
***** $$$ John Duval Entity Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2005
***+ $ R. H. Phillips EXP Viognier, Dunnigan Hills, CA, 2005
**** $ Palestra Douro Vinho Tinto (Red Wine), 2007, Portugal
*** $ Fado Red, 2007, Alentejo (Alentejano), Portugal
*** $ Milton Park Shiraz, South Australia, 2007
*** $ Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain, 2007
**** $ Le Petit Pauvre Chardonnay, 2007, Monterey, CA
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**+ $ Cross Creek Winery Merlot, California, 2008
***+ $ Leaping Lizard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2003
***+ $ Tinto da Anfora Alentejano, Portugal, 2006
*** $ Barrelstone Syrah, 2007, Washington State
**** $$ Strong Arms Shiraz, South Australia, 2006
**** $$ Dario Crianza, Montsant, Spain, 2007
**** $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 159 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, CA, 2008
*** $ Cameron Hughes Lot 175 Merlot, Napa, CA, 2007
**** $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 177 Syrah, Napa Valley, CA, 2007
***+ $ Cameron Hughes Lot 151, Riesling and Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, WA, 2009
***+ $ Cameron Hughes Lot 95 Meritage, 2007, Valle Central, Chile
***+ $ Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay, 2006, Columbia Valley, WA
***+ $ StarFire Zinfandel, 2006, Lodi, CA
***** $$ Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2006
*** $ Triacipedis White Wine, Wine Woot Cellars, CA, 2008
*** $ Cameron Hughes Lot 170 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, CA, 2008
*** $ Tin Roof Cellars Merlot, 2005, CA
*** $ Yalumba Winery Viognier Y Series South Australia, 2005
*** $ Chateau Perron Madiran, 2004, Madiran, France
***+ $ Lot 205 Petite Sirah, 2005, CA
***+ $ Indomita Cantus Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile, 2007
*** $ Wyatt Cabernet Sauvignon, CA, 2008
**** $ Bridgman Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, Yakima Valley, WA
**** $$ Racchus Reserve Red Wine, 2005, Sonoma, CA
***+ $ Thorpe 2004 Nymph Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, Australia
*** $ Thorpe Nymph Shiraz, 2004, McLaren Vale, Australia
*** $ The Yellow Cellar Pinotage, 2007, Coastal Region, South Africa
*** $ Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WA, 2007
***+ $ Off The Leash Max Shiraz Viognier, Adelaide Hills, Australia, 2006
*** $ Francis Ford Coppola Rosso, California, 2007
***+ $ Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2006

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