Top 25 Premium Winners

We reveal the second round of PVA winners


Last week, we unveiled our first installment of winners from the Snooth People’s Voice Wine Awards, featuring the winners in the value category. Today, we pick up where we left off with the next 25 winners, this time from the premium category. In this case, “premium” refers to wines that are roughly priced from about $12 to $25. I use the word roughly because prices do vary, particularly from coast to coast, with imported wines often being cheaper on the East Coast and West Coast consumers often enjoying better pricing for local products.

The wines here are listed in order of votes received, so the first wine is also the prize category wine. You could call it the most popular premium-priced wine in this year's People’s Voice Wine Awards. I’ve added a pair of Editor’s Choice wines at the end to round this out to 25 wines. This way, we will end up with 100 winners from this inaugural round of the Snooth People’s Voice Wine Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and stayed tuned for next week when we will unveil the winners of the Super-Premium categories.

I present Snooth’s top 25 premium wines, with winemaker’s notes attached.

Dessert White - Premium

Castello del Poggio Moscato d'Asti

Straw-yellow with golden reflections and a delicate mousse. Intense and very inviting, with delicate scents of underbrush, musk and peaches. Sweet but not at all cloying; well-balanced and with an extremely refined fruitiness. Sweet, balanced and not cloying, unusually fresh, richly fruity, superbly balanced and satisfyingly persistent.

Rose Sparkling - Premium

Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rose

The Mirabelle Brut Rosé is a specially crafted blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Schramsberg's select cool-climate vineyards in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas of Northern California. Pinot Noir lots, including a few fermented with skin contact, provide brightness of berry fruit and body, while Chardonnay lots lend length and zest to the palate. Additional flavor depth and aromatic complexity results from the blending of base wine lots aged in barrels and tanks for one or more years. The finished Brut Rosé exhibits fresh, elegant and toasty aromas that lead into lively and delicious fruit flavors on the palate.

Riesling - Premium

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling

The 2010 Pewsey Vale Riesling is a rich and intensely flavoured wine. Classic fruit aromas on the nose with talcum, crushed stone and limes and a hint of dried herbs. The palate shows great length and depth with lemon and limes. The wine finishes with a soft but fresh natural acidity which balances the flavour intensity and a minerality that will reward medium to long-term cellaring.

Cabernet Sauvignon - Premium

Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon

The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate, ripe, jammy “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine really typifies the Wahluke Slope region with dark fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla. Vineyards in the area are more than a decade old now and showing character and complexity.

Red Blends - Premium

Yalumba the Scribbler

Yalumba has remained steadfast in its commitment to the Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Some of Australia’s most legendary wines have been made in this style, and at the forefront has been Yalumba, who set the benchmark with ‘The Signature’ series of wine, made continuously since 1962. Yalumba ‘The Scribbler' Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz is a youthful embodiment of ‘The Signature’ which reflects dedication to this blend and celebrates its heritage. This wine is full depth red in colour with purple hues, displaying an aroma of brooding Barossa Cabernet with dark berried fruits, hints of mint and leafiness. The palate is full and stylish showing Shiraz sweetness and plumminess, but finishing with long fine tannins. Perfect now, but will certainly cellar over the next 5-10 years. A perfect food match with a roasted rack of lamb.

Other White - Premium

Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris

This 'Pinot Gris' shows bright, fruity, refreshing style with aromas of pear layered over a light citrus backbone and complemented by honeydew and green apple in the nose. A creamy, round mouthfeel highlights the nicely balanced acidity. Flavors open with fresh green apple, complemented by a bold minerality and notes of tropical fruit, leading into star fruit flavors in the finish with just a hint of sweetness. The small addition of Pinot Blanc, picked very ripe, adds emollient mouthfeel, and contributes to this classic Oregon style. While the Muscat adds flowery sweetness, the barrel fermented portions of the Pinot Gris add a kiss of toast and richness. The quintessential match with salmon. Wonderful with cheese, shellfish, chicken, salads and white fish. Serve chilled and allow to warm in the glass for optimal enjoyment.

Chardonnay - Premium

La Crema Chardonnay

The Sonoma Coast growing region begins at the Mendocino County border, continues along the western coastal edge of Sonoma County through the mouth of the Russian River Valley, and extends to the Los Carneros region on the southern Sonoma/Napa border. Similar to the Burgundy region of France, these vineyards offer an unusually long, cool and even growing season, where Chardonnay is beautifully aromatic, citrus-laced and layered.

Burgundy - Premium

Louis Jadot Cote de Beaune Villages

The Côte de Beaune Villages is a good intermediary wine between regional Burgundy and Crus wines. The Louis Jadot cuvée is mainly from Chorey les Beaune and Ladoix. It is a young and fruity wine, with aromas of red fruits, and cherries. With a delicate structure and soft tannins, it will perfectly match with light dishes (hot entrées, white and red meat in light sauce), wine sauce dishes (« meurette » eggs, chicken) and white cheeses (not too strong).

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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 1,082

    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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