2013 PVA Winners: Premium

Winning wines as selected by you! $15 to $25


We're back this week with round two of the results of this year's People's Voice awards: Premium wines. We covered Value Wines with last week's installment and today move up the pricing ladder a rung. As you will see we also are begin to see a more interesting mix of large brands and smaller, artisinal winemaking operations. With wines priced roughly between $15 and $25 there's a lot of variety available in the premium category, and some pretty great values.

We will be following up with our Super-premium and luxury winners in the coming weeks, but it would be a shame if you skipped some of these simply because of price. In some cases these wines are fully equipped to compete with wines that cost twice as much or more. That' after all is why they're winners in Snooth's 2013 PVA.

Château Larose-Trintaudon Bordeaux Haut-Médoc

Deep ruby color with violet hints, of great density and brilliance. The nose, though still somewhat discrete, reveals coconut, vanilla and candied cherry aromas.Tannins are dense and well integrated, balanced with natural acidity and followed by great fullness and ripeness; an elegant yet rich wine. ~ The Winery ~

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Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

A classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet at its best: Remarkably rich and concentrated. Tantalizing entry - almost sweet with blackberry essence, it evolves into a plush, mouth filling compote of black fruit, beautifully integrated with woodsy and mineral notes, mocha, tobacco and clove. For all its volume the delivery is surprisingly fresh and supple, with a long, mocha-infused finish. ~ The Winery ~

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Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Chalk Hill Chardonnay

Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities. during the thirteen months of aging, we regularly stirred the “lees” in barrel, and later in tank, which gives a certain fullness and creamy texture on the palate. Encouraging malolactic fermentation added additional character, and in the glass the wine is both creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral and toasty oak flavors. Enjoy over the next one to three years.~ The Winery ~

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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Port

“The 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is evocative of the rich terroir of Napa Valley, yet a wine that I find to be immediately approachable and appealing. I pick up aromas of cassis and cherry accented by licorice and roasted coffee. The wine has a plush mouthfeel complemented by flavor notes of black fruit and brown spice, and there is bright blackberry finish.” ~ Laurie Hook, Winemaker ~

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Bonny Doon Vineyard Riesling Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling

The Washington grapes that we choose for the Sweet Riesling are picked riper than the grapes for the dry Riesling. We use a small amount of yeast to encourage the fermentation to stick — or keep it from becoming completely dry. We ferment at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Like our Dry Riesling, this is another no oak, no malolactic wine. To stop the fermentation we use our centrifuge, which separates the yeast and the wine... this concludes the fermentation. We leave a good amount of carbon dioxide in the wine to create a lively feeling to the wine — although it's not spritzy.
The resulting wine is moderately sweet and refreshingly low in alcohol — less than 9% — with flavors of pineapple and peach. Our Sweet Riesling brings perfect balance to all fiery fare — especially Thai, Szechwan and Caribbean cuisine... or simply enjoy as an aperitif. ~ The Winery ~

Schug Merlot Sonoma Valley

This powerful yet elegant Merlot is crafted in the classic Bordeaux style that Walter Schug pioneered in California while winemaster of Joseph Phelps Vineyards (1973 to 1983). The Merlot grapes were grown on the Ricci Vineyard and Sangiacomo Vineyard in the Carneros district of southern Sonoma Valley. This cooler microclimate provides the longer growing season necessary for Merlot to ripen slowly and develop maximum flavor. Added complexity comes from a small addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown on the Rancho Salina and Atwood vineyards farther north in Sonoma Valley. It has a spicy bouquet, deep color and exhibits full-bodied flavors of cherry, blackberry and spice. Try it now with grilled fish, pasta, lamb and steaks, or cellar it for 5 to 7 years. ~ The Winery ~


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Conundrum White

From the second you pour the first glass, you are invited in with intriguing aromas of green apple, tangerine and honeysuckle blossoms. The taste is best described as exotic; with layers of peach, apricot nectar, green melon and pear, overlaid with subtle notes of citrus zest and spicy vanilla. A rich, round mouth-feel supported by fresh acidity, brings the complexity of this wine into balance. ~ The Winery ~

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Cline Cellars Red Rhone Blend California Cashmere

Cashmere is a very flavorful, smooth wine offering big cherry, raspberry and chocolate notes with hints of cracked black pepper and plum. ~ The Winery ~

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Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso

Alone, this grape  produces Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG. Blended with other grapes, it produces  Rosso di Montefalco DOC. This wine is very intense ruby with purple reflections, the aroma is very persistent with typical  accents of blackberries, plum and earth that are perfectly bound to the vanilla given by the wood. The taste is potent, smooth and velvety. Sagrantino is a wine that should be aged at least 10-15 years. It can also be made into a dessert wine after the grapes wither. ~The Winery~

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2013 PVA Winners: Premium

Château Larose-Trintaudon Bordeaux Haut-Médoc (2006)
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R Mondavi Coastal Cabernet Sauvignon (NV)
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Rodney Strong Chardonnay Estate Chalk Hill (2011)
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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Port (2004)
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Bonny Doon Vineyard Riesling Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling (2009)
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Schug Merlot Sonoma Valley (2012)
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Conundrum White Blend (2011)
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Cline Cellars Red Rhone Blend California Cashmere (2011)
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Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso (2010)
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Grecante Caprai (2011)
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Hahn Estates California Pinot Noir (2011)
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Jean-Claude Boisset Bourgogne Pinot Noir (2010)
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Bogle Vineyards Red Blend California Phantom (2010)
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Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling Eroica ' (2012)
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Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose Premier (2012)
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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Fume Blanc (2012)
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Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada Cabernet Syrah (2011)
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Mont Gras Antu Ninquen Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 75tr (2010)
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Tres Picos Boraso Garnacha (2011)
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Gruet Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling Blend New Mexico (2007)
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Hahn Central Coast Syrah (2010)
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Rocca di Frassinello Poggio Alla Guardia (2010)
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Ravenswood Napa Zinfandel (2011)
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Inama Soave Classico Vigneti Foscarino (2011)
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Cascina Delle Rose Dolcetto d'Alba a Elizabeth (2011)
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Stuhlmuller Vineyards Estate Chardonnay (2011)
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Gavalas Santorini (2012)
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Oddero Barbera d'Asti (2010)
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Alexana Pinot Gris Revana Vineyard (2011)
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  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    User EMark added a comment to the Value Wines article that explains how to create a printable version of this list, which I am reporting below.

    Thanks EMark!

    See the "Save List" link above. Click on that, and the list will be added to your profile. A box will also appear that says "List Saved" and will give you some options. Click on "Manage Lists." This will take you to the "My Lists" portion of your Snooth profile. You should see the "2013 PVA Top Value WInners" list there. However, not all the list will be displayed. Click on the link that says "See Full List." Not surprisingly, the complete list is displayed. Now, look above the list on the right hand side, and you will see a link that says "Print" with a printer icon. That should do it for you.

    Oct 09, 2013 at 10:04 AM

  • Snooth User: Kirsy
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Great list! excited to try them all. Thank you for creating my new wine bucket list :-)

    Oct 09, 2013 at 7:04 PM

  • Pacific Rim over Eroica?!?! How many had a Coke or a Sprite before their tasting??

    Oct 09, 2013 at 10:25 PM

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