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Top 25 Value Wines

GDP reveals part one of the Top 100 Wines of the Year

 


We begin our list of Top 100 Wines of the Year with today’s list of value wines. These selections were determined by you, the consumer, with a few wines thrown in by yours truly.
 
This first set of wines were taken from the value category of Snooth’s inaugural People’s Voice Wine Awards. I've listed them in decreasing order of the number of votes they received. You could say that wine no. 1 is both the winner in its category and the most popular wine on Snooth, based on the tens of thousands of votes that have brought us here.
 
This has been an exciting experience for all of us here at Snooth, and we hope you find it just as interesting and valuable. So, without further ado, Snooth’s top value wines of 2012, with winemakers’ notes attached.
 
Congratulation to all the winners!

Gold Medal image via Shutterstock

Chardonnay - Value

Kendall Jackson Chardonnay

 
Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango, and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavors delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long, lingering finish.

Other Red - Value

Bogle California Petit Sirah

This Petit Sirah has typical notes of boysenberry with touches of black pepper and herbs. The palate is inky and jammy with ripe fruit and berries, and finishes with toasty oak and firm tannins.

Red Blends - Value

Cupcake Red Velvet

 
Red Velvet shows an incredible nose of chocolate, deep rich blackberries, red fruits and a creamy mocha finish that is unmistakable in its intensity and length. Our Red Velvet is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It's reminiscent of a blackberry chocolate cupcake with a mocha coulis.

Grenache and Blends - Value

Oxford Landing GSM

Bright plum with magenta hues, it has lifted forest berry fruits with hints of liquorice and spice. Plum and dark fruit from the Shiraz are complemented by the raspberries, red cherries and spice from the Grenache, creating a rich compote of flavours on the palate. These flavours are balanced on the palate by the chalky Mourvèdre tannins that provide a slightly savoury finish that lingers long after the wine is consumed. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Cabernet Sauvignon - Value

Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

 
This minimally oaked Cabernet Sauvignon presents fruit-forward aromas and flavors of slight cherry and blueberry throughout the wine; it balances out with fruit, soft oak, and hints of coca on the lingering finish.

Zinfandel - Value

Peachy Canyon Zinfandel "Incredible Red"

 
Bright fruit mild acid and an elegant finish make it a very food-friendly wine that is reasonably priced.

Riesling - Value

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Riesling

 
A perfect companion to the fall harvest season, this easy-drinking Riesling is evocative of candied apples and warm apple pie spice. There's not a lot of complexity, but it's light and fresh in the mouth with a puckery lime and sour patch candy finish.

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Top 25 Value Wines of 2012

1.
Kendall Jackson Vintner Cabernet (2009)
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Cupcake Shiraz (2009)
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Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Grand Estates (2010)
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4.
Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Paso Robles Incredible Red (2008)
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5.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Riesling Finger Lakes (2010)
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Jacob's Creek Shiraz Reserve (2009)
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Mark West Pinot Noir (2009)
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Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco (NV)
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Finca El Origin Malbec Reserva (2007)
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10.
Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza (2010)
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Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (2009)
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12.
Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc Sonoma County (2010)
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13.
Bodegas Muga Grenache Blend Rioja Rosado (2011)
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14.
Graffigna Pinot Grigio Centenario White (2012)
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15.
Hob Nob Vineyards Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc (2010)
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16.
Castello di Gabbiano Sangiovese Toscana IGT Bellezza (2010)
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17.
Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Casillero del Diablo (2009)
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18.
De Bortoli Db Chardonnay (2010)
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19.
Brancott Estate Pinot Noir South Island (2011)
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20.
Washington Hills Sauvignon Blanc (2010)
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21.
Domaine Ste. Michele Blanc de Blanc (NV)
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22.
The Wolftrap White (2011)
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23.
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier (2011)
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24.
Banfi Centine Rosso Tuscany (2009)
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25.
Monte da Cal Alentejo (2007)
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Comments

  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
    Hand of Snooth
    262583 2,931

    Those Casillero del Diablo wines, available at Trader Joe's for around $8, are a fantastic value. Their Carmenere is very possibly my favorite of that varietal, and I've tasted through a bunch at different, often higher prices. I'm going to break down and try the Pine Ridge, which I've been toying with, based on this recommendation. The "People's Choices" do reflect the market familiarity to a degree, but I do want to commend Mark West for their solid PNs, and Columbia Crest for some fantastic values in Cab. Muga's Rose was among the best I had this year, and the Campo Viejo is a decent introduction to Tempranillo, although there are others like Protocolo, Monte Real and others that are as deserving. Spain is value central and could dominate a list of 25 value wines all by itself if the categories were open-ended.

    Oct 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM


  • The Pine Ridge is medium to full-bodied and smoky, so I recommend having it with food.
    Columbia Crest is a favorite value brand of a few of the better-known sommeliers in my area and for the price the wines are definitely good.
    I love Dry Creek Vineyards. Their Fume Blanc as well as their Chenin Blanc & Heritage Zinfandel certainly over-deliver on the price point and the folks at the winery are super nice.
    Thanks for the list!

    Oct 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM


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    1331306 37

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    1341059 34

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    1379445 33

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    1380229 34

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    Columbia Crest is a favorite value brand of a few of the better-known sommeliers in my area and for the price the wines are definitely good.

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    1385782 33

    The Pine Ridge is medium to full-bodied and smoky, so I recommend having it with food.
    Columbia Crest is a favorite value brand of a few of the better-known sommeliers in my area and for the price the wines are definitely good.

    Oct 23, 2013 at 5:19 AM


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    1390221 33

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    1400658 33

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