Every wine lover dreams of finding a wine that tastes like twice its price. Here are a few that won't break the bank, are crowd-pleasers, and taste like they should be much higher in price.
Gold Crush Chardonnay
Most of the Maldonado family wines are twice the price and twice as oaky. But their second label Chardonnay is rich, creamy and complex for half the price. Bursting with notes of crushed nectarines and warm vanilla, it rolls onto the tongue buttery and smooth, finishing with a hint of spice. It is an exceptional wine for the value.
Mix Six Price - $20
John Anthony Syrah
Oak Knoll, Napa Valley 2011
Seamless from start to finish, beginning with aromas of dark cherry intertwined with notes of toasted vanilla. Coffee and chocolate follow. Well-rounded with elegantly woven tannins giving traction and dimension to the lingering flavors on the palate. Easily stands up to much more expensive wines including a Cabernet Merlot. Definitely a crowd favorite.
Mix Six Price - $39
Desparada Sackcloth & Ashes Cabernet Blend 2013
Winemaker Vailia Esh has been making wine under Desparada for just a few years; last year she submitted her wines for the first time to Parker - all of her reds scored 94pts. He says "A new producer for me, these are rock-star releases from Desparada, which is based out of San Luis Obispo. All three of the reds are smoking values and deliver serious depth and richness while staying pure, classy and very drinkable. The quality/price ratio is crazy here, so don't miss this!"
Mix Six Price - $34
Korbin Kameron Cab Sauv
Moon Mountain, Sonoma 2012
In the Mayacamas Mountains Moon Mountain Appellation abuts Napa's Mount Veeder. Without the Napa Appellation on the Korbin Kameron label, this wine is half the price of its neighbors just a half mile away. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a brooding powerhouse but ready to drink now. It has a deep inkiness with aromatics of cola, plums, espresso beans, and a hint of allspice.
Mix Six Price - $49
Mix Six or 12 for maximum savings!