Top Super Premium Wines

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Today, I’m adding to the list of winners from Snooth’s inaugural People’s Voice Wine Awards. We’ve revealed the value and premium category winners over the past few weeks, so today I present the super premium winners. This category includes wines that are between $25 and $50 a bottle, roughly. At this level, you begin to find wines that deliver exceptional quality. While there is little reason to pay more for wines, we will still be adding our list of winners from the luxury category next week.
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 super-premium priced wine in this year's People’s Voice Wine Awards. I’ve added a few Editor’s Choice wines to complete this winners list. Congratulations to all the winners!

Snooth’s top super-premium wines, with winemaker’s notes attached.

Pinot Noir - Super Premium

Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir

The 2009 Estate Pinot Noir is an elegant wine that truly expresses the terroir of the three unique vineyard sites within the Willamette Valley that contribute to this bottling. Aromas of baked red apples, cherry, pie spice and brown sugar are complemented by a hint of cinnamon on the nose. A smooth and sweet entry with flavors of brandied cherry, dark chocolate and leather dominate the palate. A classic Pinot noir with delicate, round tannins and nicely balanced acidity that lingers into a spicy finish. Appealing now but will further reward those who cellar this wine. Peak drinkability 2012 - 2016.

Cabernet Sauvignon - Super Premium

Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

2008 showcases both the delicacy of the vintage and Jordan’s smooth, approachable style. Elegant aromas of cherries and plums open to a soft, silky mouthfeel boasting a spectrum of red and black fruit flavors. A hint of spicy oak is drawn from the American oak, while the French oak builds a seductive mid-palate with soft fruit tannins. Enjoy now or cellar through 2020.

Chardonnay - Super Premium

Chalk Hill Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay

The 2008 Estate Chardonnay has aromas that are concentrated and compex featuring caramel, toasted hazelnut, apricot, pear and elmon oil. The rich palate of tropical fruit is balanced by a distinct minerality typical of Chardonnay wines from the Estate. This wine can be enjoyed alone or alongside a wide variety of dishes including crab, scallops, fish and roasted chicken. It is the perfect accompaniment to rich butter or cream sauces.

Dessert White - Super Premium

Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat

Made from the red and pink clones of the Muscat, a petite grains grape variety, this luscious dessert wine displays all the characteristics of this classic Australian wine style. Deep tawny red. Full, luscious middle. Richly flavoured, reminiscent of raisined fruits, nuts and spices. Sweet and soft yet unclaying finish. Incredible persistence of flavours.

Dessert Red - Super Premium

Yalumba Museum Reserve Antique Tawny Port

Samuel Smith, founder of Yalumba, first began making wines at his Angaston winery almost 150 years ago and the production of fortified wines has long been part of that history. Today, Yalumba maintains its reputation for premium quality fortified wines by occasionally releasing very small parcels of show reserve stocks. This outstanding old dessert wine is deep tawny in colour, with an aroma of wood aged rancio, elegant brandy spirit and hints of dried fruits and spices. The palate has a firm rich texture, with chocolate and caramel flavours and a persistent aftertaste of nuts and rancio characters.

Zinfandel - Super Premium

Turley Zinfandel Old Vines

Turley was one of the first wineries to put significant resource behind the oft ignored Zinfandel, Charbono and Petite Sirah grapes. They produce rich, powerful examples of these wines that people adore. This is one of Turley’s most broadly distributed wines giving a wide audience a chance to experience the Turley style which offers up rich, jammy fruit is a sweet, opulent style.

Sparkling Wine - Super Premium

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut

White flowers, white fruit, pineapple and grapefruit. The light delicate Grand Brut offers a wide range of flavors. A fresh, lively, dynamic and perfectly balanced wine to be enjoyed as an aperitif or any time of the day.

Burgundy - Super Premium

Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges

Generous red berry and dark stone fruit flavors and aromas mark this robust, masculine Pinot Noir, and are offset by earth and spice notes in a vigorous, direct tannic structure.

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  • What a stupid list. Embarrassing.

    Nov 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

  • Why are the popular vote wines stupid and embarrassing?
    This list is the result of everyone voting for their favorite wines and producers,
    some of which, like Brundlmayer and Trimbach make excellent wines.
    Putting a label such as "Super Premium" on a wine seems a little silly, but I think in this case we're just talking about price point and hopefully quality.

    Nov 14, 2012 at 6:54 PM

  • Snooth User: Maurillo
    1139256 16

    Jordan and Ruffino Ducale super premium? Maybe semi premium? At best?

    Nov 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

  • Ridge Geyserville is a wonderful wine, but when did you change the rules that 64% zinfandel with 36% other is a zin? I mean, Ridge doesn't call it a zinfandel. Just sayin....

    Nov 14, 2012 at 9:31 PM

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

    I agree with Trentonpet-e being that with those percent breakdowns it should not be in the zin class. Having said that, I do believe this wine is fantastic and is probably the best of Ridge Winery. Just reclassify it.

    Nov 17, 2012 at 8:01 AM

  • Snooth User: TeresaQ
    941441 62

    So pleased to see Vinoptima Gewurtztraminer on this list. Truly a very special wine.

    Nov 22, 2012 at 6:40 AM

  • Snooth User: Ivesreeves
    1163949 182

    I agree with the assessment below. Who exactly are these "people" and have they ever consumed a libation that was not dispensed through a box or tap? My goodness, this list is beyond pedestrian. Perhaps apropos for the banquet at a Penn and Teller fan club convention, this selection does not reflect well on a website which purports to avail itself to serious wine drinkers. I'm going to hit the refresh button and pretend I didn't read this list.

    Nov 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

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

    I somewhat agree with what you are sayng but it is what it is.

    Dec 01, 2012 at 8:00 AM

  • Snooth User: coltspam
    1327708 34


    Aug 02, 2013 at 11:34 PM

  • Snooth User: Mydietarea
    1328028 33

    Thats terrific...

    Aug 03, 2013 at 1:46 AM

  • Thats terrific...

    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM

  • Snooth User: CarBuyWhiz
    1332598 26

    that's magnificent

    Aug 17, 2013 at 2:19 AM

  • superb

    Sep 06, 2013 at 12:56 PM

  • great

    Sep 11, 2013 at 1:58 AM

  • superb

    Sep 24, 2013 at 5:41 AM

  • Snooth User: jamchimps
    1385295 43

    Its incredible :)

    Oct 28, 2013 at 2:04 AM

  • Snooth User: gamysplash
    1487309 35


    Apr 04, 2014 at 4:52 AM

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