Top 25 Premium Winners

We reveal the second round of PVA winners


Pinot Noir - Premium

Belle Glos Pinot Noir Meiomi

Very dark, almost purple hue. Aromas of sweet cream, berries, sarsaparilla, and oak spices. The first entry encases the mouth with a velvety richness…almost unctuous, but the acidity enlivens the weight and pops the flavors. This wine hits full force with cola, dark berries, earthy notes and smoked meat. An extremely layered wine both in structure and flavor. These layers emerge independently, and then refocus, allowing the supple tannins to carry the wine through to a lingering, succulent finish.

Italian White - Premium

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is the benchmark by which all other Pinot Grigios are judged. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio was named the leading Italian wine and continues to be requested by name. Its crisp, elegant character makes it versatile for a wide array of cuisines. The 2011 vintage displays its signature sensory profile, along with fragrant aromatics and freshness on the palate.

Bordeaux - Premium

Chateau Beaumont Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc

The 2009 vintage featured very dark, almost black Merlot wines with lots of body, ripe tannin, smoothness, and an overall quality rarely equalled at Beaumont. The Cabernet Sauvignon wines are very deeply-coloured and fruity, with fine, straightforward aromas and no herbaceousness. The very close-knit tannic texture bodes well for a wonderful synergy with Merlot in the final blend. The wines made from Petit Verdot, picked when fully ripe, are also deep in colour and fruity, with beautiful tannic structure.

Dessert Red - Premium

Terra d'Oro Zinfandel Port

While some people say "any port in a storm," we strongly suggest ours. Terra d'Oro Zinfandel Port displays aromas of raisined berry fruit, sugared dates, chocolate, caramel and orange peel. The wine's rich, lush, grapy flavors also evoke raisin, cocoa, coffee and toffee. This delicious, fortified wine is perfect on its own or as an accompaniment to chocolate. Also, try it with Stilton cheese and toasted walnuts.

Grenache and Blends - Premium

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache

A full crimson red with purple hues, this wine has a generous and bright aroma that opens to a spicy clove lift then moves into hints of white pepper and savoury notes amongst an earthy background. This is further complemented by sweet plums and red cherry fruits. Wrapped around a core of juicy red currant fruits, the palate combines layers of fleshy sweet flavours and a fine grained tannin finish. Smoothly balanced and eminently drinkable, this is a wine of medium weight but full on flavour. A perfect match with a juicy roast chicken with roasted potatoes, parsnips and garlic. Also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Sauvignon Blanc - Premium

Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Grapes from all over the Marlborough Region are used in this blend where vineyards are selected by flavour profile for desired outcome. We tend towards the more herbaceous end of the flavour profile, ensuring Marlborough's typicity is retained. Style wise, we are looking for upfront herbaceous aromas, backed by ripe fruit flavours of melon, passionfruit and crisp acidity.

Zinfandel - Premium

Seghesio Family Vineyards Home Ranch Zinfandel

Lush boysenberries and blackberries flood the senses – mouthwatering!  Briary underbrush spiciness with subtle hints of black pepper. Home Ranch site-specific “graham crust’ nuance. Old Vine’s prominent acid presence contributes focus. Warm climate exposure to the elements provides for well integrated tannin ripeness. Vineyard Designate that consistently produces finely crafted Zinfandel.

South American White - Premium

Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes

Fruity, floral aromas similar to Viognier; hints of peach pit, white pear, flowers, and orange citrus; beautiful structure and acidity.

Spanish Red - Premium

Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva

Ruby red with a gold-tinged rim. Deep, vibrant colour. Complex nose. It retains extraordinarily well the ripe red-berry fruit aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and black plums. Gradually it opens up to reveal smoky, toasted wood nuances, with spices and hints of minerals and tobacco. This is another typical aspect of this wine which has evolved during its time in the barrel and the bottle. Smooth mouth-feel, with sweet, polished tannins. A long, elegant, perfumed finish with final hints of coffee with chocolate.

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  • Snooth User: mqadams
    345854 4

    Why do you make me scroll through 25 pages to see this list of 25 wines? Just to boost your Google ranking, I assume. I think that you expect unlimited patience from your visitors, which may not be accurate.

    Nov 07, 2012 at 8:02 PM

  • It took me a while to figure this out, too: there is a "view as one page" button you can select on the home page. Look to the left, just below the text box.

    Nov 07, 2012 at 8:32 PM

  • Snooth User: Andy Hunter
    1144319 25

    We are familiar with several of these, however, it would have been nice if the countries had been listed as well!

    Nov 07, 2012 at 10:48 PM

  • Snooth User: martinvml
    1156313 56

    Hi its a nice step to rank the wines but first let the list be in a single page, and if people are interested let them click on each wine and know further.
    Making us to click and wait for so much of time to see the ranking is little harsh

    Nov 07, 2012 at 11:28 PM

  • I agree - I don't like having to scroll through several pages I don't want to read in order to see a listing! don't know how to get to "view as one page" button.

    Nov 08, 2012 at 9:48 AM

  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 156

    Having a RS for both white and red wines would be nice, particularly whites. I don't drink any whites but dessert wines and some rieslings, where a RS is particularly of importance.

    Nov 08, 2012 at 4:41 PM

  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
    Hand of Snooth
    154660 1,084

    I can't believe that none of my picks made the list. Either I am too far to the right or too far to the left. I guess I have to do some serious soul searching.

    Nov 10, 2012 at 8:17 AM

  • This list is not the result of everyone voting for their favorite wine. Willamette Valley Vineyards won simply because they made their 200 employees (and spouses) vote weekly for their wines. Most Oregonians agree, Willamette Valley Vineyards is not even close to the best Pinot Noir in Oregon.

    Nov 15, 2012 at 3:27 PM

  • I agree with Joe. This list is not the result of everyone voting for their favorite wine. Here's some inside info, Willamette Valley Vineyards won simply because they made their 200 employees (and spouses) vote weekly for their wines. Most Oregonians agree, Willamette Valley Vineyards is not even close to the best Pinot Noir in Oregon.

    Nov 15, 2012 at 3:28 PM

  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 156

    Seghesio wines (particularly the Zins) get much better with an extra 2-3 years of age. The different zins are rather different (they make about 10 different ones, and periodically they seem to disclose a new zin from a different vineyard).

    Nov 20, 2012 at 3:31 AM

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