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.
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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.