Sunday, July 3, 2011

EXCLUSIVE!: Spirit of Wine's 82 Best Wine Values from the First Half of 2011

Below are the 82 best value wines from the first half of 2011, based on Spirit of Wines specific criteria for determining "Best Value".  Stars represent rating; dollar signs represent price.  Hotlinks are to wine pricing and retail availability of same or similar wines via WineZap. The wines are sequenced from most recently reviewed.  To find the relevant Spirit of Wine review, type the brand name of the wine into the search box at the upper left of this page.

***+ $ Walnut Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Valle Rapel, Chile
*** $ Crane Lake Malbec, California, 2009
***+ $ Crane Lake Pinot Noir, California, 2010 (BEST VALUE)
*** $ Yellow Tail Sparkling White Wine, Australia, Non-Vintage
*** $ Las Lenas Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009

***+ $ Urban Uco Malbec Tempranillo, Valle de Uco, Argentina, 2008
**** $ Bored Doe, Origin Coastal Region, South Africa, 2005
**** $$ L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2009

***+ $ Cameron Hughes Lot 259 Riesling / Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, WA, 2010
**** $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 241 Syrah Grenache Mourvedre (GSM), Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, 2009

*** $ Cribari Cellars Marsala, California, NV
**** $$ Piping Shrike Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2006
***+ $ Loios Vinho Tinto (Red Wine), J. Portugal Ramos, Alentejano (Alentejo), Portugal, 2008
***+ $ J. Lohr Bay Mist Riesling, Monterey County, CA, 2010
***+ $ Ave Malbec Premium, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007 

***+ $ Domaine de la Chesnay Cotes du Rhone, France, 2007
***+ $ Villa Farnia di Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy, 2008
**** $$ Cameron Hughes CH Lot 82 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa CA, 2006
**** $ Pinot Black, Pinot Noir, Limari Valley, Chile, 2007
*** $ Chateau La Rose Tour Blanche, 2007, Bordeaux, France - Zagat Wine Club Selection

***+ $ d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia , 2008
***+ $ Gato Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Central, Chile, 2009
**** $$ Foris Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, Oregon, 2006
*** $ Camino del Toro Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009
***+ $ Kiyapura Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Central, Chile, 2010

*** $ Mildiani Saperavi Red Wine, Kakheti, Republic of Georgia, 2007

***+ $ Granite Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot, South Africa, 2010
**** $ Hyatt Vineyards Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills, Washington, 2006
*** $ P.K.N.T. (PKNT) Silver Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley, Chile, 2010

*** $ Farmer's Table Big Red Wine, California, 2007

*** $ Taylor Dry Sherry, New York, non-vintage
*** $ Taylor Wine Company Port, New York, non-vintage

***+ $ Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone, 2007, Cornas, Rhone, France
*** $ Vina Tarpaca Gran Tarapaca Pinot Noir Reservado, 2008, Casablanca Valley, Chile - Zagat Wine Club Offering
**** $ Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot Cabernet, 2006, Washington State


*** $ Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Lake County, CA
***+ $$ Forbes Creek Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California, 2007 - Zagat Wine Club Offering
**** $ Firestone Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, Rancho Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara, CA, 2006

**** $$ Marmesa Vineyards Hollister Peak Chardonnay, Edna Valley, Central Coast, California, 2005
**** $$ Spencer Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2010

*** $ Domaine Puig-Parahy Georges Cotes du Roussillon, 2007, France
 ****+ $$$ Ridgeline Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, CA, 2005
***+ $ Lineas Tempranillo, La Mancha, Spain, 2007
***+ $ Monarch Glen Merlot, California, 2007
**** $$ Teatown Cellars Merlot, Napa, California, 2006

***+ $$ Michele Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti Le Orme Superiore, Piedmont, Italy, 2008
**** $$ Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia, 2008
***+ $ Randall Harris Merlot, 2006, Columbia Valley, WA
***+ $ Finca el Origen Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2010

**** $$ Amancaya Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008

*** $ Geja's Private Reserve Big Bold Red, California, 2007
*** $ Esporao Monte Velho Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal, 2008
**** $ Kimberly River Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2008
***+ $ Folie a Deux Menage a Trois California Red Wine, California, 2009
***+ $ Blackstone Winemaker's Select Merlot, California, 2009

**** $ Bartenura Moscato, 2007, Provincia di Pavia, Italy
**** $ Chateau Carolena Zinfandel, 2007, CA
**** $$ Trentadue "Old Patch Red" Red Wine, Alexander Valley Estate, Sonoma, California, 2009
*** $ Twin Bridges Riesling, California, 2009
***+ $ Raymond Merlot R Collection, 2005, CA 

*** $ L'Affiche Pinot Noir, 2007, France
*** $ Barefoot Pinot Noir, California NV
****+ $$ Chad Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, 2008
*** $ George Phillips Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2009
***+ $ Redmond Ranch Zinfandel, California, 2007

*** $ Casa Castillo Monastrell, 2007, Jumilla, Spain
*** $ Beau Joubert Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa
***+ $ Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Central Coast, CA
***+ $ Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon, Orange, Australia, 2005
**** $ Cameron Hughes Lot 151, Riesling 70%, Chenin Blanc 30%, Columbia Valley, WA

**** $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 179 Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Syrah 50%, Napa Valley, CA
**** $$ Matetic Vineyards Corralillo Syrah, San Antonio, Chile, 2007
***+ $ Post House Blueish Black, 2007, Stellenbosch, South Africa
***+ $ Man Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, South Africa
**** $ Pearce Cellars Chardonnay, California, 2009

*** $ Longchase Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2009
***+ $ Barefoot Zinfandel, NV, Lodi, CA
***+ $ Terra Andina Carmenere, Valle Central, Chile, 2008
***+ $ Chateau Ollieux Romanis Red Corbieres Cuvee Classique, France, 2005
*** $$ Water Wheel Shiraz, Bendigo, Australia, 2006

***+ $ Nostalgia Chardonnay, Central Valley, Chile, 2008
*** $ Five Oaks Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, California, NV

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