Thursday, December 31, 2009

(PB's) Top Ten Wines of 2009

At my income, I look for super value wines that give you way more than what you pay. Here's my picks based--not on the "best" I have had to be sure, but based on great values and extraordinary drinking for the price. Because the #2 spot was a gift and the wine is unobtainable, I didn't include it in the average price which you will notice is under $15!

1. Conte Di Bregonzo Amarone 2006 $17 This one really was the best wine I had all year at any price!

2. Ranschbacher Konigsgarten 1976 Beerenauslese Eiswein Extraordinary and memorable but unobtainable! Delicious!

3. Brolio Chianti Classico 2003 $10 (great sale normally $22) Cherry, Tuscan earthiness, worth looking for.

4. LaBoure-Roi Syrah 1999 1.5 ml $10 Truly a treasure found in a closeout bin!

5. Gaetano D'Aquino Chianti Riserva 2004 $6.00 My new "go to" bargain and super value Chianti. At Trader Joes!

6. Rosenblum Zinfandel Aparicio Vineyard 2005 $24 Classy Zin, spice laden and wild.

7. Rosenblum Late Harvest Zinfandel--Rosie Rabbit Vineyard--2003 $24 375ml A delicious fruity, complex surprise.

8. Foris Pinot Noir 2007 $17 Elegance for a pittance!

9. Guenoc Victorian Claret 2006 $13 Another "go to" bargain varietal worth looking for! Try Whole Foods!

10. Ironstone Vineyards Obsession "Symphony" 2007 $9 A brand new grape variety and a very floral treat!

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