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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

2015 Heinz Eifel ‘Shine’ Riesling Spatlese – ($10, bright and delicious)

2016 Carlos Serres Rioja Blanco – (different and excellent – crazy low price)

2015 Carlos Serres Rioja Old Vines – (serious quality for the money – $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)

$10-$20

2014 Mandolin Pinot Noir (VERY good Pinot for $12 – yes, it does exist)

2016 Concha y Toro Serie Riberas Chardonnay – (all around excellent for $17)

2015 Heinz Eifel Riesling Kabinett – (quality Riesling for only $12)

2015 Heinz Eifel ‘Shine’ Gewurztraminer – (just wonderful, clean and fruity for $11)

2016 Dr. H. Thanisch Feinherb Riesling QbA – (crisp and clean – $14)

2016 Domaine Bousquet Gaia White Blend – (balanced and DELICIOUS – $17)

2016 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes-du-Roussillon Blanc – (structured white for $15)

2016 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes-du-Roussillon Rouge – (juicy red for $15)

2014 Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley – (really overperforms at $20)

2015 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon – (always a great value – $12 – case buy)

2015 Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere – ($17 and pretty great)

2013 Carlos Serres Rioja Crianza – (Fabulous wine – incredible price at $12)

2014 Montes Limited Selection Pinot Noir – (fabulous Chilean Pinot – about $15)

2013 Barahonda Barrica – (from Yecla in Spain, mostly Monastrell – about $17)

2010 Chateau Latour-Laguens – (GREAT value Bordeaux ~ $16 on sale)  

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)

$20-$40

2015 Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec – (what Malbec can be – $21)

2014 L’Ecole Nº 41 Columbia Valley Syrah – (great, pure core of fruit – about $25)

2016 Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett – (simply beautiful Riesling – $22)

2012 Uccelliera Rapace – (bold and juicy Super Tuscan – $33)

2015 Ferraton Pére y Fils La Martiniere Crozes-Hermitage – (super value Rhone red – $23)

2014 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon – (good value, delicious Napa Cab – $40)

2014 Trefethen Merlot Oak Knoll – (top quality Merlot at a great price – $35)

2014 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon – (classic Napa Cabernet – $40)

2015 Colliano Cuvee White – (a perennial favorite – $15)

2007 Celler Piñol Josefina Piñol Tinto – (this is in the style of Port and outstanding! $33)

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)

$40-$80

2014 Chateau Fuisse Puoilly Fuisse Le Clos Monopole – (perfect Pouilly Fuisse – $60)

2013 Catena Zapata White Stones – (Amazingly complex white wine – $80)

2011 Sonoma Loeb El Novillero Chardonnay – (fresh and layered – $50)

2015 Ken Forrester The FMC – (always GREAT Chenin Blanc – $65)

2012 ORMA Toscana – (Super Tuscan greatness – $80)

2015 Domaine du Castel Grand Vin – (world class Bordeaux blend from Israel – $55)

2014 Ja Jota Howell Mountain Merlot – (dense and structured, and classic – $75)

2014 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Merlot – (world class and about $80)

2010 Celler Piñol Mather Teresina – (interesting blend and bold, complex red.  $68)

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)