Top 25 Premium Winners

We reveal the second round of PVA winners


Syrah - Premium

Layer Cake South Australia Shiraz

Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, Bing cherry, blackberry and pepper merge with licorice, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark, super ripe, wild blackberry, with a touch of cigar box finishing with a mélange of exotic spices. A pure fruit bomb…complete from attack through a long, lingering finish.

Italian Red - Premium

Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre

This blend of 70 percent Corvina Veronese, 25 percent Rondinella and 5 percent Sangiovese is a smooth, full-bodied cru made in an innovative ripasso style. After the harvest, the grapes from the Palazzo della Torre vineyard follow two different paths: 70 percent of the grapes picked are vinified immediately, and the remaining 30 percent are left to dry until the end of December. The fresh wine made at harvest is blended with the fermenting juice of the dried grapes, initiating a second fermentation, and rendering a more highly concentrated and complex wine. Allegrini affectionately refers to Palazzo della Torre as its “baby Amarone.”

Deep ruby red in color, this wine is brimming with notes of dark, dried cherries, blackberries and hints of dates and mocha.

South American Red - Premium

Catena Zapata Catena Malbec

The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2008 shows a saturated dark violet color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.

Rose - Premium

Chateau d'Esclans Cotes de Provence Whispering Angel Rose

Look for ripe red fruits, with hints of minerals and flowers. This delicious bottle is a perfect, easy-quaffing wine for lunch, dinner or as aperitif.Sacha Lichine, son of the renowned Alexis, hasn't ceased to combine his talent and wine making know-how and so has given a new dimension to Provence Rose.

Tuscan Red - Premium

Villa Antinori Toscana IGT

Color: intense ruby red. Aroma: intense and complex with notes of spices, mint, and chocolate, which are particularly felt along with light aromas of ripe cherries. On the palate the wine, savory and long, is full-bodied and round with supple and velvety tannins.

Other Red - Premium

Vina Robles Petite Sirah Jardine

The grapes for this vintage were hand picked and sorted for quality in the vineyard. The fruit was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and bins. Over three days the must was allowed to “cold soak” to extract color and flavor prior to the start of fermentation. Pumpovers and punch-downs took place frequently over a ten-day period before the juice was pressed off and transferred to French oak barrels (45 percent new) to complete malolactic fermentation. The final blend was chosen as a result of frequent tasting sessions. The Jardine Petite Sirah contributes dense, dark fruit with great tannin structure. The Penman Springs adds dark color, fresh berry aromas and spicy characteristics. Creston Valley Vineyard adds touches of minerality. Together, they create a wine displaying complexity, structure and balance.

Editor’s Choice - Other Red - Premium

Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir

For the 2011: All our red Gamay from 2011 is from the Barsotti Ranch, grown in soils made up of weathered and decomposed granite. Gamay has a particular affinity for granite, and we feel extremely lucky to have found a site to plant Gamay that seems to provide both the cool-climate the variety requires to produce its best wines, and the granite soils that seem to give them backbone, nerve, and perfume. 2011 is the fifth year we’ve taken grapes from Barsotti, and the very best of those five.

The color is a deep vibrant purple-edged ruby. The smells include violets, raspberry, a little cracked pepper, mulberry, and a dash of iron. Great freshness on the palate, with flavors that are full, focused, and, for now, direct and primary. It’s delicious at the table, presently, and yet, a few years in bottle will likely give even greater depth, complexity, and satisfaction.

Editor’s Choice - South American Red - Premium

Lapostolle Casa Carmenere

Color: Intense purple color. Nose: Notes of rosemary and red pepper with chocolate and tobacco aromas. Palate: Medium structure with pleasant acidity and juicy red fresh fruit at the finish. Service and Food Pairing: The ideal companion for pastas, pork and grilled red meat.

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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
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    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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