PVA Values - The Winners

The 20 best values of the year as determined by you, our readers!


Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Columbia Valley

“Sparkling wine is a wonderful yet often overlooked accompaniment to food. Bright acidity and effervescence cleanses the palate, while the delicate flavors complement a wide array of dishes. Brut pairs very well with Japanese cuisine, my favorite is with sashimi. Sip with bagels and lox for a relaxing weekend brunch.”- Rick Casqueiro, Winemaker

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Rosemount Estate Shiraz Diamond

A full bodied, juicy sweet palate with cherry, chocolate and plum flavours with a smooth finish. -The Winery

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Santa Cristina Toscana Antinori

The wine opens with a ruby red color with violet tinges. It has a full and intense fragrance with hints of red fruit which bring to mind cherries and raspberries. On the palate the wine is smooth and well-balanced. The finish is characterized by gentle tannins and the persistent flavor of the grapes which make is so delicious and easy to drink. -The Winery

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Bogle Vineyards Zinfandel California Old Vine

Spicy and bold, this wine smells of fresh, ripe fruit and Malabar pepper, with the first impressions enticing you to take a sip. On the palate, flavors of homemade raspberry jam simmering on the stove abound. Surrounded by vanilla bean, juniper and toasty oak tones, this wine is well balanced through and through. Full at entry, mouth filling in the mid palate and finishing round and ripe, this wine resonates well beyond the last sip. -The Winery

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Aveleda Follies Touriga Nacional

~ Editor's Choice ~

Thirty four hectares in a single block aged in barrique, 25% of which are new. Very smoky on the nose, almost roasting meats over a bed of tarry, dark fruits,showing a little raisin and date along with sage and rosemary notes touched with violets. Bright acids and fine tannins are well integrated in the mouth allowing this to show a nice softness with lovely balsamic notes appearing early on the palate followed by fine cut plum and tart wild strawberry jam flavors. This shows nice small yet angular tannins and has a long, slightly austere finish full of clear blue fruits. Medium bodied buy this drink some and cellar the rest for the next several years Already delicious I bet this will be even better in a year or two. 89pts ~ GDP ~

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Pewsey Vale Vineyard Dry Riesling

~ Editor's Choice ~

Quite perfumed on the nose, with aromas of apple blossoms, dry tree bark, quince and limes. While painfully young, this shows great cut in the mouth with a nice edge of richness, though it remains medium to light bodied. There's a lovely rush of sour apple, lime and raw quince flavors on the palate, with gentle floral accents and a hint of spice emerging on the back end. This finishes with exceptional length and brightness, and a faint hint of bitterness that serves as contrast to the deep fruit. A lot of depth here and excellent potential for development. This rocks. 92pts ~ GDP ~

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Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc Charlotte's Home

~ Editor's Choice ~

Sweet and intensely floral on the nose with distinctive gingery wood spice and toast notes on the nose over a base of apricot, lemongrass and green apple fruit. A bit soft on entry, there’s fine acidity here but it is wrapped up in a rather creamy and medium full bodied texture. There are very attractive pineapple and clementine flavors early on the palate which gain more of a stone fruit character on the mid palate where the oak spice adds a certain spark. This really has a lovely texture, round, full yet transparent and a bit angular. the wood spice is going to be a dealbreaker for some but for most palates it just adds complexity here and fades away gently on the very lightly vanilla laced grapefruit and creamy green apple finish. 89pts ~ GDP ~

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PVA 2013 Top Value Winners

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Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay Cuvee Alexandre Atalayas Vineyard Casablanca Valley (2012)
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Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza (2011)
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Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Columbia Valley (2011)
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Rosemount Shiraz South Eastern Australia Diamond Label (2012)
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Antinori Rosso Toscana (2011)
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Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel (2011)
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Quinto Do Aveleda Follies Touriga Nacional Beiras (2010)
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Pewsey Vale Dry Riesling Eden Valley (2012)
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Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc Charlotte's Home Sonoma County (2012)
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  • Snooth User: Rosszell
    764454 23

    It would be nice to know how many votes were cast for each? In total?

    Oct 02, 2013 at 10:40 AM

  • Snooth User: jneises
    170348 181

    it would be great to get a printable list along w avg.cost too.TYVM

    Oct 02, 2013 at 5:02 PM

  • Snooth User: EMark
    Hand of Snooth
    847804 8,449

    Jneises, I agree with you on the value of being able to print the list. I did some poking around and found that it can be printed. 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 02, 2013 at 6:37 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,749

    EMark, you are fabulous! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

    Oct 02, 2013 at 6:41 PM

  • Snooth User: jneises
    170348 181

    Thank you for the simple instructions on the printing process , appears it will be handed out to those who feel the need to keep me in a fermented state . Christmas being just around the corner .I can get a jump start on experiencing some treasures not tried before . Thanks again..

    Oct 03, 2013 at 9:54 AM

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