Luxury PVA Winners

Rounding out the Top 100 Wines of the Year


Today, I’m wrapping up the great reveal of winners from Snooth’s inaugural People’s Voice Wine Awards. We’ve revealed the value, premium and super premium categories of winners over the past few weeks, so today's installment completes Snooth's top 100 wines for 2012.

This category includes wines that are between $50 and $100 a bottle, roughly. These are the top wines out there folks, if you factor in a certain sense of value, which many might argue just isn't there at this price level. I disagree. In my opinion, you can find some of the best wines of the world in this price range, there are relative values for the amazing quality on offer. I know many people never buy wine this expensive, and I can't fault them, but if you want to experience wines that get oenophiles oohing and awing, this is the place to start!

The wines here are listed in order of votes received, so the first wine is also the price category wine. You could call it the most popular luxury priced wine in this year's People’s Voice Wine Awards. I’ve added a few Editor’s Choice wines to complete this winners list. Congratulations to all the winners!

Snooth’s top luxury wines, with winemaker’s notes attached.

Top 100 image via Shutterstock

Cabernet Sauvignon – Luxury

Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2006 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon combines full body and richness with moderate alcohol. It has a garnet color and a nose of cassis liqueur, nutmeg and dark chocolate. On the palate, it has a rich, mouth-coating attack, great expression of fruit, a full-body and beautifully integrated tannins that lead to a long, spicy finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will give drinking pleasure through 2026.

Other Red - Luxury

Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot

The product of a standout Merlot vintage, the Merlot in 2006 offered an excellent expression of the varietal and required very little blending with other grapes-with only small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot used to add subtle complexity. This Merlot offers a rich texture, ripe tannins and seamlessly integrated French oak. The bouquet displays lush layers of ripe plum and bright raspberry underscored by notes of sandalwood, walnut and spice. On the palate, polished flavors of red cherry and raspberry are accented by an enticing layer of graham cracker pie crust.

Italian Red – Luxury

E Pira & Figli Barolo Cannubi

Colour – Clear garnet red colour and lively.

Perfume – Ethers, persistent, with floral and fruity notes.

Taste – Dry, fruity and harmonious, soft but stern, full of long-term persistence due to the tannins.

Red Blends – Luxury

Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot

Deep, full and layered with incredible concentration. Lush fruit, and full bodied flavors of chocolate dipped- black cherries, currants and plums. Toffee, mocha and spices round out the profile.

Pinot Noir – Luxury

Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir Willamette

This is our Classic "big furniture" Pinot Noir style derived from Lone Star Vineyard. Its melanite color is the first indicator of its boldness. The aroma is black cherry reduction fruit, black licorice, Earl Grey spices, and that luscious, fresh earth quality that says "Nuthouse". The flavors are big, juicy black cherry and black plum pudding spices. The texture forms a rich, creamy center to this richly ripe Pinot Noir. The ripe plum and cherry fruit carry on and on. It is a wonderful thing to experience such powerful, exotic Pinot Noir yet wonder at its bright, balanced, mineral pinpoint touch twirling on the palate.

Sparkling Wine – Luxury

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve Gold Label

The Pinot Noir wines are fruity and full bodied; the Chardonnay wines show a lot of distinction, and the Pinot Meunier wines add a touch of gourmandise.

Chardonnay – Luxury

Kistler Sonoma Mountain McCrea Chardonnay

Produced since 1988. Located on the eastern flank of Sonoma Mountain where redwoods still thrive in a very rare for the area mix of Sonoma volcanics and limestone. Produces one of our more elegant wines, Chablis like in its markings of white flowers and lime blossom with a chalk driven subtle, ethereal core of fruit.

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  • Snooth User: winenana
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    I might "like" it better if I could truly view all these on one page. I clicked on the page view and get a slideshow. I have never found this an easy site to use.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 1:04 PM

  • Snooth User: Rich Tomko
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    Hi @wineanana -- a while back we included a "view as one page" link at the bottom of all the slideshows to help solve for this preference (for this article, it's actually three pages, not one). Hope it helps.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

  • Snooth User: sbuxdon
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    I would like to buy some of these wines, but many do not have a year on them. I like Argyle, as an example, especially the Nuthouse, but noe vintage is mentioned. Don Rohde -

    Nov 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

  • Snooth User: winenana
    685466 39

    I agree with the year comment. Vintage is very important. And I want a list in print, not all the pics and descriptions, but a simple list.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

  • Fantastic choice - Costanti Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. This, the 2006, will be good, but the reserva, which should be out by now, will be even better. Two or three more years in the barrel, I think. I have loved this wine from this producer ever since I first tasted their 1978 in 1992. I have the 1990 and 1996 in my cellar right now.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

  • Snooth User: dhbuckley
    189499 7

    Yes, a SIMPLE list. Absolutely NOT a slideshow--minimize the clicking and realize who your friends are. And PLEASE put average pricing information for EVERY bottle of wine. Make it a pleasure instead of a drag to use your site and benefit from it.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

  • Snooth User: Jfjustice
    1157674 28

    Great reference resource--enjoyed reading the notes and will make my own "to buy" list from here.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

  • I feel a bit unconvinced that you can pick one red burgundy above all others.

    Its hard enough to do at annual tastings, you are never comparing exactly the same thing to one another

    Nov 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

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    Aug 02, 2013 at 11:30 PM

  • nice

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  • Snooth User: CarBuyWhiz
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    That's nice one

    Aug 17, 2013 at 2:15 AM

  • awesome

    Sep 06, 2013 at 12:55 PM

  • superb

    Sep 11, 2013 at 1:57 AM

  • awesome

    Sep 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

  • awesome

    Sep 24, 2013 at 5:39 AM

  • Breathtaking

    Oct 09, 2013 at 5:14 AM

  • good

    Dec 18, 2013 at 12:20 AM

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    Jan 10, 2014 at 12:04 AM

  • great

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