July 2011 Reverse Wine Snob Top 10 Wines

[Update: Hit the links in the header for the latest Top 10 lists!]

Big changes in the July Top 10 with 8 new wines including 2 whites and 1 rosé! (And the Top 10 is actually 12 wines this month thanks to a 3 way tie for 10th place!)

The Showdown Winner!

10. (Tie) 2008 Peter Lehmann Clancy’s.

56% Shiraz, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Merlot. Available for $13-$14. Add it to your shopping list for your next barbecue.

10. (Tie) 2009 Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay.
100% Chardonnay from South Africa available for $14-$15. Winner of theChardonnay Showdown. Enough said.

10. (Tie) 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, but supply is likely running low. (I said this in May too but my Costco amazingly still has a few bottles left.) This is a big wine that delivers a big taste.

9) 2010 Flipflop Pinot Noir.
100% Pinot Noir from California. Available for $6. And no, that’s not a typo, it’s really a Pinot Noir for only $6 and it’s really good. Really.

Really, it’s good!

8) 2010 Colomé Torrontés.
100% Torrontés from Argentina. Available for around $12. Crisp and refreshing with an outstanding finish.

7) 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.

6) 2010 Caligiore Staccato.
60% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Fruity and Delicious. A well balanced and complex organic wine available for only $10.

5) 2008 Concannon Vineyard Conservancy Petite Sirah.
The first Petite Sirah I reviewed and it’s a good one. Should be widely available for $10, a great price for a great wine.


4) Bonny Doon Vineyards Le Pousseur.
100% Syrah from California. Available for around $16. I can still smell the aroma on this one several weeks later…fabulous.

3) 2009 Cameron Hughes Lot 241.
52% Syrah, 44% Grenache, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Carignane from California. Available for $10. Delightfully good and surprisingly smooth.

2) 2009 Altovinum Calatayud Evodia
A 100% Spanish Garnacha that is unbelievably complex at only $6.99, and the number one ranked wine in May. I bought it at Costco but this wine should be available at other retailers. Fantastic wine.

1) 2010 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé.
Seeing as it’s the middle of summer it’s only fitting that a refreshing Rosé should sit atop the list, but you’ll need to act fast if you want to try this one. Bonny Doon is predicting this will be gone by the end of the this month! And believe me, you want to try this wine. 71% Grenache, 16% Roussanne, 11% Grenache Blanc and 2% Mourvédre. Available for around $13. Money well spent.

Our July Ratings Champion!

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 and as vintages become unavailable, but it is typically updated every couple months. The Top 10 lists only include wines that are currently available for sale (to the best of my knowledge) while the Interactive Wine Rankingincludes all wines, including those that may no longer be available but might be in your cellar.

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