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The Value List

This list represents wines we think are great values for what we paid.  That’s the key – this is referenced on what we actually paid for a wine, or for wines we try at events and tastings it is the suggested retail.  This might represent a great sale price that you cannot find yourself at the time you look for the wine.  We don’t promise these will be available in the price range we show, but that is where we bought them.  For the wines listed at suggested retail there is a good chance you find them for less.  The most recent wines are at the top in each category, so you’ve a much better chance of finding those in your local wine shop or favorite online retailer.

Just click on the wine and you’ll go to the tasting notes.

$0-$10

2014 Auspicion Cabernet Sauvignon – (rich, with some complexity and under $10)

2014 Bogle Petite Sirah – (unbelievably good for $9)

2014 The Path Cabernet Sauvignon – (very respectable Cab – under $10)

2014 The Path Merlot – (same as above – under $10)

2015 Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc – (quite nice at $8 – clean throughout)

2014 Wicked Sauvignon Blanc – (very clean and crisp at $5)

–  2012 Bodega Lanzarina Monte Cepas Torrontes – (crazy value at $3.99 – still holding fine)

– 2013 Altos del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon – (currants, spice and some oak for $10)

2009 Reccua Douro Tinto (around $9, easy drinking red)

Tellu’s Tawny Porto (around $10 and great for the money)

Tellu’s Lagrima White Porto (also around $10 and even greater for the money)

2013 Castello D’ALBA Douro White (under $10, clean, crisp and excellent)

2012 Avia Sauvignon Blanc ($5.99 and ridiculously good for the money)

2013 Avia Pinot Grigio ($5.99 and great value)

2010 Pedra d’Orca Dao Reserva (about $7 – silly low price)

2009 Dom Divino Dao (about $6, should be twice that)

2011 Morgado da Canita Tinto (about $7.  Just buy it – buy lots of it)

2013 Via Latina Alvarinho (very good and inexpensive.  Structure belies it’s price)

2012 Chateau Fage Graves de Vayres (good, white Bordeaux at small $$)

2012 Fox Brook Cabernet Sauvignon ($4 and very drinkable – it’s a good thing)

2010 Double Decker Red Blend (about $10 and very good)

2011 Villa Pozzi Cabernet Sauvignon (2 for $15 and a great basic everyday cab)

2010 Ugarte Cosecha Rioja (~$9 and we bought a case.  Juicy with some complexity)

2012 Villa Pozzi Nero D’avola (we got it for $7 and it is a case buy at that price)

2009 Chateau La Barauderie ($8 for acclaimed vintage bordeaux you can drink now)

2011 Foxbrook Cabernet Sauvignon California (we pay 3 for $11 – ridiculously cheap)

2010 CK Mondavi Cabernet SauvignonValue List Logo 2

2009 Bogle Petite Sirah

2011 Terra Andina Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Ravenswood Vintners Blend Petite Sirah

– 2010 Santa Alicia Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon

$10-$20

– 2016 Silkbush Viognier – (a classic French varietal white from South Africa – about $17)

2014 Bodegas Farina Spanish Sons – (big Tempranillo for $13.99)

2014 Bodegas Farina Dama de Toro Malvasia – (different white worth trying – $14.99)

2014 Bodegas Farina Dama de Toro Tempranillo – unoaked, fruity and delightful – $14.99)

2016 Armas de Guerra Blanco – (unusual white blend and excellent – $12)

2015 Armas de Guerra Tinto – (unoaked red from the Mencia grape – juicy and $12)

2014 Bodegas Muriel Blanco – (clean and complex white – $11.99)

2011 Vina Eguia Reserva – (another classic Rioja Reserva under $20)

2013 Ramón Bilbao Crianza (great red for $13)

2011 Ramón Bilbao Reserva (classic Rioja – just under $20)

2013 Ramón Bilbao Limited Edition (rich, satisfying, buy a case at $16.99)

2013 Stephen Vincent Pinot Noir – (Ridiculously good wine at $16)

2014 Ruca Malen Malbec Reserva – (Rich and pure – $17)

2015 Terrazas de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva – (Excellent wine at $16)

2015 Terrazas de los Andes Torrontes Reserva – (pure and clean white – $16)

2014 Sterling Vintners Collection Merlot – (surprisingly good – $13)

2015 Picardo Rioja Crianza – (wow – worth way more than the $15 retail)

–  2013 Morgan Syrah (simply unbelievably good for $20)

2013 J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot – (almost great for around $13-$15)

2014 Kettmeir Pinot Bianco – (rich and complex – $20)

2013 Colliano Cuvee White – (great value white, complex and elegant – $17)

2014 Barton & Guestier Chablis – (clean, classic Chablis  $20)

2015 Hall Sauvignon Blanc – (these guys make great wine across the board – $20)

2015 Raats Original Chenin Banc – (always excellent – $14)

2015 Herdade das Servas Colheita Seleccionada – Crisp and delicious Portuguese white – $16)

Pascual Toso Brut NV – (delightful, Champagne like and $13.99!)

2012 Chateau Lestage – (right bank Bordeaux screaming value at $16.99)

2014 Domaine les Chenevieres Macon-Villages (Georges Duboeuf) – (clean crisp with texture – delicious at $19.99)

2014 Domaine de Javernieres (Georges Duboeuf) – (very excellent Beaujolais – $19.99)

2014 Georges Duboeuf Morgon – (one of my favorite 2014 Beaujolais – $19.99)

– 2015 Georges Duboeuf Macon-Villages – (crisp and balanced, unoaked Chardonay – $19.99)

2013 Tenute Rubino Oltreme – (from Puglia, rich and expressive.  $16)

2008 Castra Rubra Via Diagonalis – (big and rich from Bulgaria and only $11)

2014 Scott Family Estate Arroyo Seco Chardonnay – Dijon Clone – (aromatic and rich, yet fresh – under $20)

2014 Run Riot Pinot Noir – (a little bit of everything for $15)

2013 Juan Gil 12 Meses Silver Label – (Monastrell from Jumilla – $15)

2013 Can Blau – (Spanish red blend from Montsant- $12)

2014 Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon – (this is crazy good for about $17)

2011 Koyle Reserve Syrah – (rich red for $16.99)

2012 Koyle Gran Reserva Carmenere – (another big red at $16.99)

2012 Koyle Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – (very big value at $16.99)

2015 Domaine Paul Buisse Sauvignon Blanc – (Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine – $12.99 and great value)

2012 Clos du Gaimont Vouvray La Monaco Demi-Sec – (a little sweet but beautifully balanced.  Delicious at $19.99)

2014 Clos du Gaimont Vouvray – (dry and crisp.  Wonderfully crafted wine for $19.99)

2013 Lander-Jenkins California Chardonnay – (great for the money at $12.99)

2012 Lander-Jenkins Californka Pinot Noir – (also great at $14.99)

2014 Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc – (crisp and clean and $14.99)

2013 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – ( very good Napa cab for $20)

2013 La Prestige Chateau Puech-Haut – (red blend from the Languedoc – under $20)

2011 Blason D’Aussieres Corbieres – (another, bigger red blend from Languedoc, also under $20)

2010 Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva – (extremely elegant and about $15)

2012 Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon – (complex and very good value at $19.99)

2013 Valentin Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon – (fruit forward and luscious – $16.99)

2013 Valentin Bianchi LEO Torrontes – (elegant and high quality – $16.99)

2010 Bodegas Olarra Cerro Anon Rioja Reserva – (really good Rioja for under $20)

2013 La Crema Sonoma Pinot Noir – (solid go to Pinot Noir)

– 2013 Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon – (drinks like it cost much more – $15)

2012 Raats Family Old Vines Chenin Blanc – (elegant and classy white – $20)

2013 Colliano Ribolla Gialla – (different, clean, well made an $15)

2013 Colliano Cuvee White – (Ribolla Gialla, Sauvignonasse and Chardonnay – elegant and $15)

2014 Villa Antinori Toscana (white) – (always a great white for the money – $12)

2014 Tenuta Santa Maria Lepia Soave – (different and delicious – $20ish)

– 2012 J. Lohr Los Osos Paso Robles Merlot – (slowly building tannins frame a quality wine – $14)

2013 J. Lohr Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir – (great fruit and complex for the money at $17)

2012 Hansen Grunner Pinot Noir – (great Pinot at the lower end of this range – $20)

2013 DeMorgenzon DMZ Chardonnay – (simply a delicious, perfectly balanced value here around $17)

– 2011 Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon – (elegant and approachable – under $20)

2013 Raats Family Wines Red Jasper – (a complex fruit explosion – under $20)

2011 Raats Family Wines Dolomite Cabernet Franc – (delicious Cab Franc under $20)

2011 Thelema Mountain Red – (juicy red with an edge – $12 – $14)

2012 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon – (No brainer here at $10-$12 – exceptional)

2012 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon – (always a good value at $10-$12)

2011 Crios Malbec – (about $12 or so – complex and full bodied)

2011 Vallana Spanna – (lighter Nebbiolo by another name.  Cherry bomb.  About $16)

2013 Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc – (lightly oaked and really, really good for $13)

2013 Ken Forrester Sauvignon Blanc – (classic, delicious and about $13)

2011 UDACA Touriga Nacional – (100% Touriga and fabulous, yes – I actually just said that)

2011 Simonsig Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz (about $12.  Rewards some time to open)

2011 Quintessence – Chateau Pesquie – (right about $20 and a great value there or below)

2012 Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc/Carmenere – (about $10-$12 – rich and excellent)

2013 Felines Jourdan Picpoul De Pinet – (unusual and excellent white – about $10 – $12)

2012 Recuerdo Torrontes – (absolute steal at $12)

2012 Colliano Cuvée White – (Slovenian value here at $16)

2011 Colliano Cuvee Red – (more great value from Slovenia, also $16)

2012 Michael David 6th Sense Syrah – (off the hook value at $16)

2012 J. Lohr Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc – (another absolute steal at about $12)

2013 Chappellet Chenin Blanc – (delightful and around $20)

2012 Ceretto Langhe Arneis – (crisp and edgy, around $20)

2013 Domain Skouras Moschofilero – (very unusual and around $16)

2006 Monte da Pestana Tinto (about $14 and very good.  Long and elegant)

2012 Albert Bichot Domaine Long-Depquit Chablis Villages (beautiful old world chablis, around $18)

2012 Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Dry Riesling (about $13 and delicious)

2011 Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon  (about $18 and pure enjoyment)

2007 Herdado dos Machados Reserva 2007 ($12.99 and insanely inexpensive)

2011 Le Preare Ripasso di Valpolicella ($13 and really beautiful fruit here)

2010 Villa Antinori Toscana ($14 and very solid wine)

2012 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast ($14 and a no brainer.  Delicious)

2012 Domaine de Vaufuget Vouvray – ($12, off dry and very nice white.  An easy drinker for sure.)

2013 don Rodolfo Vina Cornejo Costas Tannat  ($12, unusual grape and very good wine)

2010 Allegro Con Spirito  Monte Hiniesta Toro ($14 and really very good)

2011 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (just into this range at $11)

2010 Michael David Petit Petite ($15 and a screaming buy)

2011 Michael David 6th Sense Syrah ($15 and another screaming buy)

2013 St Supery Sauvignon Blanc (about $14)

2012 St Supery Moscato (think dessert or aperitif – about $20)

2013 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier (yummy and $12)

2011 Frei Brothers Chardonnay (a nice oaked, but not too oaked version – $15)

– 2009 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon (always good – if you find it on sale in this range buy it)

2009 Casey Flat Ranch Open Range Red  (complex and delicious)

2010 Casey Flat Ranch Open Range Red (not sure if I like it better than the 09)

2012 Casey Flat Ranch Open Range Sauvignon Blanc (yes – we like everything they make!)

2012 Ken Forrester Old Vines Chenin Blanc (a great white on the value list)

2005 Chateau Carrone Ste Gemme (one of the best values I’ve ever seen anywhere – it was $12 as a future and worth $35 – easily)

2006 Cerro Anon Rioja Reserva (we paid $14 and a great value there – $15 on wine-searcher – bought this 4 times)

2008 Ken Forrester Renegade (GSM Blend and outstanding – might need sale price to get under $20)

2010 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon – Horse Heaven Hills AVA ($12 and killer)

2010 Thomas Goss Cabernet Sauvignon – McLaren Vale ($13 – probably see it closer to $20)

2011 Josh Cellars Cabernet by Joseph Carr ($11)

2004 Castero Rosso di Montalcino ($10 – crazy sale price)

2009 Montebuena Rioja ($12)

2006 Chateau Malmaison de Rothschild ($16)

2010 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon ($16)

2008 Betts & Scholl “the o.g. grenache” ($18)

2008 Raymond Family Classic Cabernet Sauvignon ($17)

2007 Finca Sandoval Syrah Blend ($18)

2009 Las Rocas Garnacha ($12)

2010 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon ($14)

2010 Domaine Vindemio Ventoux ($18)

$20-$40

2014 Tinto Figuero ’12’ Crianza – (maybe the best Crianza we’ve EVER had – $32 and great)

2012 Tinto Figuero ’12’ Crianza – ( just a hair under the above wine – also $32 and great)

2014 Silkbush Altitude – (French red blend from South Africa – just over $20)

2015 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc – (simply gorgeous wine – try it.  $39.99)

2013 Nino Negri Inferno Valtellina Superiore – (Nebbiolo wine from the Valtellina region of Lombardy – $29.99)

2015 C Blanc du Castel – (Chardonnay from Israel – as good as anything else, anywhere – just under $40)

2013 Raats Cabernet Franc – (complex, pure fruit and $40)

2011 Kanankop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – (luscious, but balanced – $40)

2014 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon – (classic Napa Cab – $30)

2010 Marchesi Gondi Mazzaferrata – (from Quigley Fine Wines and excellent – $40)

2013 Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyard Pinot Noir – (always excellent – $39.99)

2013 Chateau Magnol Bordeaux – (cru bourgeois, classic Bordeaux, great value at $25)

2013 Hall Merlot – (rich, long and $30)

2014 Round Pond “Kith & Kin” Cabernet Sauvignon – (a wine everyone will like – $30)

2014 Domaine du Castel Petit Castel –  (baby brother of their high end wine – $40)

2009 Verum Merlot – (from La Mancha, and really good – $35)

2013 Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc – (one of our favorite Chenin Blancs – $23)

2014 Domaine de Quatre Vents (Georges Duboeuf) – (beautiful and elegant  – try this and the wine below to compare – $22)

Georges Duboeuf 2015 Domaine de Quatre Vents (Fleurie) – (Cru Beaujolais from the amazing 2015 vintage – around $22)

Georges Duboeuf 2015 Cote du Py (Morgon) – (AMAZING and big 2015 Beaujolais.  Buy this when it comes out.  $22)

Georges Duboeuf 2015 Domaine Chenevieres Macon – Villages – (high quality Chard from Maconnais – $21.99)

2014 Maison Matisco St-Veran – (chardonnay from the Maconnais.  Excellent at $24.99)

Georges Duboeuf 2014 Domaine des Rosiers (Moulin-A-Vent) – (bigger than most 2014’s – $24.99)

2013 Yangarra Old Vines Grenache – (wonderfully crafted – great purity of fruit – $32)

2014 Domaine Vrignaud Chablis – (clean, bright and fruity at about $25)

2011 Vina La Playa Axel Syrah – (this has everything – $22)

2005 Fernandez de Pierola Rioja Reserva – (classic Rioja for $22)

2012 Herdade das Servas Vinhas Velhos – (a rich and elegant red blend from Portugal – $40)

2014 Etude Pinot Noir Grace Benoist Vineyard – (outstanding Pinot – $35)

2012 Pavillon Haut-Lestage – (all Merlot and fabulous at $35)

– 2013 Domaine Grosbois Chinon Gabare – (elegant, rich and delicious red from the Loire – $29.99)

2013 Scott Family Estate Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir – (unbelievable for $25)

2005 Ontanon Rioja Reserva – (more muscular and long for $25)

2013 Pine Ridge Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – (classic and $40)

2012 Chateau Lestage – (great Right Bank Bordeaux for $25)

2014 Seamus “Shannon” Sauvignon Blanc – (beautiful fruit, lush.  $29)

2014 Seamus “Debutante” Rose – (gorgeous color, pure and clean fruit and delicious. $28)

2014 Galerie Terracea Riesling – (smooth, great fruit and balance.  $30)

2013 WALT La Brisa Pinot Noir – (fruity and rich – $37)

2012 Blackbird Dissonance – (Style of White Bordeaux – elegant – $35)

J. Lohr Tower Road Paso Robles Petite Sirah – (luscious and long – $25)

2005 Chateau Cap de Faugeres – (great Bordeaux still available and inexpensive – $35)

2013 Grgich Hills Fume Blanc – (crisp, clean with a touch of oak – $25)

2011 Re di Renieri – (great Super Tuscan at $37)

2009 Donnachiara Taurasi – (beautifully balanced Aglianico at $30)

2011 Charles Krug Merlot – (deep fruit flavors and slowly building tannins – $24)

2008 Faustino V Rioja – (Classic Rioja at a great price – $23)

2013 DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc – (unique and fabulous, around $30-$35)

2011 DeMorgenzon Maestro Red – (Bordeaux blend exudes quality for $20-$25)

2008 Glenelly Grand Vin de Glenelly Red – (complex, meaty red blend  around $27)

2011 Raats Family Wines Cabernet Franc – (unbelievably good Cab Franc around $30)

– 2011 Thelema Merlot – (decant for an hour – excellent at $25)

2010 Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon – (decant for an hour or two – beautiful Cab around $30 – $35)

2008 Shaw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – (beautiful, rich Cabernet from New York!)

2009 Ken Forrester Renegade – (joins the 2008 on this list.  Beautiful GSM blend just over $20)

2012 Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rose (~ $22, classic method pink sparkling wine from South Africa)

2010 Simonsig Redhill Pinotage (around $30 and absolutely fabulous, rich red)

2009 Vall Llach Embruix – (from Priorat, about $23 and so good)

2010 Glenelly Lady May – (South African gem at $35)

2011 SUVLA Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – (fabulous, hopefully $40- might creep higher)

2011 SUVLA Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – (outstanding – from Turkey – about $35)

2011 SUVLA Reserve Syrah – (great things coming from this producer – also about $35)

–  2010 Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva – (GREAT Chianti – and we don’t often say that- about $35)

2011 WALT Anderson Valley Pinot Noir – (can’t miss classic California Pinot – $40)

2012 Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay – (perfectly balanced Chardonnay at $23)

2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon – (deep flavors and rich at $35)

2012 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee – (a mouth watering berry fest at $30)

2013 Seamus Sauvignon Blanc – (very smooth, a little different and about $28)

2006 Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero (amazingly good – $13 half bottle so ~$26 a bottle)

2012 Casey Flat Ranch Estate Sauvignon Blanc (elegant, structured and about $20)

2011 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (about $38, rich and round)

2012 Bravium Signal Ridge Pinot Noir (IF you join their allocation club and live in a wine ship friendly state – do it!)

2010 Austin Hope Syrah (elegant and delicious and very good @ $37 or so)

2010 Treana Red (also elegant and delicious and about $32)

2010 Michael David Ink Blot Cabernet Franc (One of the best Cabernet Francs you’ll ever have – $35)

Messias 10 Year Tawny Porto – just into this range at $21 and very good

– 2011 Vina Chocolan Cabernet Franc Reserva (unusually deep and rich for Cab Franc)

2009 Casey Flat Ranch Estate Red (cab/syrah primarily and about $35 from winery)

2010 Casey Flat Ranch Estate Red (more elegant than the 09 and about the same price)

2009 Brittan Vineyards Estate Syrah (right at $40 and special – the 2010 rumored to be better)

2006 Geyser Peak Reserve Meritage ($29 and really, really good)

2006 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon (available in the $25-$30 range)

2001 Sawyer Cellars Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($25 – doubt you’ll find that price again)

2004 Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon ($25 – not likely still available)

2003 Chateau Faugeres (might still find in this range – really nice)

2003 Chateau La Tour Carnet (again, might still find in this range)

$40-$80

2011 Vizcarra Torralvo – (high end Tinto Fino from the Ribera – $80)

2014 Tinto Figuero ’15’ Reserva

2010 Bodegas Farina Gran Dama de Toro – (their flagship Tempranillo – outstanding and $59.99)

– 2013 Silverado GEO Cabernet Sauvignon – classic, beautiful Napa Cabernet – $75)

2014 Castel Grand Vin – (from Domaine du Castel in Israel – killer Bordeaux style blend – $70)

–  2009 Vina Maquis Viola – (Carmenere blend – luxurious – $50)

2013 Galerie Pleinair Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (classic and $50)

–  2011 Kanonkop Paul Sauer – (amazing Bordeaux style blend from S.A. – $50)

–  2013 Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Fume Blanc Reserve – (a rare white on this part of the list – $52)

2013 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon – (one of the best of the 2103 Napa Cabernets – $45)

2013 Domaine du Castel Gran Vin – (spectacular Bordeaux style blend from Israel – $80)

2010 Ken Forrester “The Gypsy” – (great balance in a rich but elegant wine – $60)

2009 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio – (classic, little brawny, outstanding $54)

–  2013 Pascual Toso Alta Malbec – (great Malbec.  World class and $49.99)

2014 Pascual Toso Alta Syrah – (pure and exceptional – $49.99)

2012 Charles Krug Generations – (outstanding red blend – mostly Cab – $55)

2010 Merriam Jones Vineyard Cabernet Franc – (different and delicious 100% Cab Franc – $55)

2014 Capture Les Pionniers Sauvignon Blanc – (pretty much perfect Sauvignon Blanc at $45)

2013 Seamus Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir – (rich but still fresh – $59)

2012 Seamus Atwood Ranch Cabernet Reserve – (unbelievable, we’ll say maybe $80 on sale and worth it)

– 2012 Galerie Pleinair Cabernet Sauvignon (excellent fruit driven Napa Cab – $50)

2013 Larkin Cabernet Franc – (he thinks it’s his best ever – $75 and give it time to be great)

2012 Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel – (one of our favoite Zins ever – $42)

– 2006 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon – (a library wine you should buy – fabulous and $65)

2011 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon – (another great Napa Mountain wine – about $65)

– 2011 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon – (rich and pure – about $65)

– 2010 Eponymous MacAllister Red Wine – (elegant, powerful and pure – $45)

– 2008 Tenuta Santa Maria Decima Aurea Merlot – (fabulous, like a great right bank Bordeaux – $45)

2011 Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia – (Bolgheri blend and really good, about $45)

2009 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella – (spectacular and about $70)

2003 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon – (we extended to $80 to include this and the next wine)

2012 Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon – (classic, and we mean classic, Cali cab at $80)

2011 La Jota Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – (more elegant and a baby yet but so good – $75)

2012 Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir – (just flat out delicious and $45)

2012 Larkin Cabernet Franc – (FABULOUS and $60)

2010 Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon (pricey at $65 but excellent – a sentimental favorite)

2009 Chateau de Fieuzal Rouge (really excellent Bordeaux from a great vintage – $50)

– 2008 Podere Sapaio Superiore (Bolgheri Bordeaux Blend and killer)

2010 Antinori Tignanello (legend and on super sale makes it into this category, probably higher though)

2009 Justin Isosceles (spectacular, around $50 but now higher)