Here are my top picks from the October 13 Vintages Release. You can also get all 80 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions.
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Cathedral Cellar Kwv Chardonnay 2011, Western Cape, South Africa
Terrific price for such a luscious, full-bodied chardonnay. Aromas of green apple and butter. Pair with: .. Drink: 2012-2014. 328559 14.7% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. Best Value White Wine
Coudoulet De Beaucastel Blanc, Famille Perrin 2011, Côtes Du Rhône, France
Yum! Gorgeous depth and richness and complexity. Get out of your white wine rut with this one: spectacular! Aromas of lychee, white flowers and pure dry peach essence. Pair with: grilled calamari, turkey dinner. Drink: 2012-2017. 48892 14% D 750 mL $33.95 Score: 95/100. Top Rated White Wine
Palacio De Sada Crianza 2008, Navarra, Spain
Juicy, black-fruited tasty wonder. Great price. Perfumed purple and black plums with an intriguing savoury note on the finish. Pair with: barbecued meats, stews featuring beef and root veggies. Drink: 2012-2014. 246736 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. Best Value Red Wine
Palazzo Brunello Di Montalcino 2006, Tuscany, Italy
Leather and violets and seduction. Full-bodied but subtle with an endless finish. Juicy and giving and complex. One of the best brunellos I’ve tasted in a long time. Drink: 2012-2020. 660746 14.5% XD 750 mL $53.95 Score: 96/100. Top Rated Red Wine
Georges Gardet Saint Flavy Champagne, Champagne, France
Toasty and complex with layers of fresh orchard fruit yet a robust depth as well. Drink: 2012-2017. 924654 12% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. Top Rated Sparkling Wine
Paladin Tondo Dry Prosecco, Veneto, Italy
Great value! Dry with dry clementine notes and some lovely dry apricot on the finish. Amazing for the price. Pair with: tempura appetizers, crab cakes. Drink: 2012-2014. 299834 11% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine
Poças Special Reserve Tawny, Douro, Portugal
Very satisfying after-dinner drink. Toffee and coffee without being overly sweet. Drink: 2012-2018. 286229 20% S 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. Best Value Dessert Wine