March 2011 Reverse Wine Snob Top 10 Red Wines


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The Top 10 as of March 2011:

  1. 2008 Trentatre Rosso 33. Available exclusively at Trader Joe’s and only $5.99. 33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Montepulciano, 100% Delicious. Grab as much as you can if the 2008 is still available at your Trader Joe’s, because the 2009 is not nearly as good.
  1. 2009 Kirkland Signature Malbec. Only $7.99, available exclusively at Costco. This is another to buy in bulk if your Costco still has it as this was a limited production run.
  2. 2009 Altovinum Calatayud Evodia. A 100% Spanish Garnacha that is unbelievably complex at only $6.99. I bought it at Costco but this wine should be available at other retailers.
  3. 2008 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir. Another Costco exclusive. This wine is tied for first place in the Taste rating, but the $16.99 price tag knocks down the overall rating a bit. Smooooooooth.
  4. 2009 DnA Vineyards Benefactor Cellars. This blend of 50% Zinfandel, 40% Syrah, 10% Carignane is a little on the hot side, but amazingly good for only $4.99. Only at Trader Joe’s.
  5. 2009 Folie à Deux Ménage à Trois Red. A nice everyday blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon that is widely available. $7.49 at Costco.
  6. 2009 Kirkland Signature Rutherford Napa Valley Meritage. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. $13.99, available exclusively at Costco. This is a big wine that delivers a big taste.
  7. 2008 Château Labrande Cahors Malbec. A fruity Malbec/Merlot blend that is quite nice. Only $9.98 at Costco but should be widely available.
  8. 2008 Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah. A spicy Syrah that has a bit of boom to it. $14.99 at Costco, but should be widely available. Inventory on the 2008 is probably running low so grab one if you see it.
  9. 2009 Concha y Toro Carménère Casillero del Diablo. $8.99 at Trader Joe’s. Having a steak? You want a bottle of this wine.

Click through to the individual wines to find the full reviews including a link withlocal retailers who carry each wine. Cheers!

The top 10 list is subject to change at any time as new wines are reviewed. We’ll be adding in some whites once it warms up a bit around here. I’ll be posting a summary of the top 10 every few months, but as always you can check out the Interactive Wine Rating Chart to find all my reviews! You can sort by type of wine, cost, rating, etc. in the interactive spreadsheet.

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