September 2011 Reverse Wine Snob Top 10 Wines

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

It’s time! The Reverse Wine Snob bi-monthly Top 10 list is in and we’ve got six new wines making the cut with this update! As always the Top 10 list only includes those wines that are still widely available for purchase so be sure to check the full Wine Ranking Spreadsheet for all the wines we’ve reviewed. Let the countdown begin!

A Pinot Noir from Oregon for <$20?

10) TIE 2008 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir.
A Costco exclusive and just a great Pinot Noir. This wine gets a 9 out of 10 on the Taste rating, but the $16.99 price tag nears our limit and knocks down the overall rating a bit. Smooooooooth. A great option for Pinot Noir lovers or for anyone watching the movie, “Sideways”.

10) TIE 2009 blue fin Vinho Verde.
Delightfully fizzy, light and lean, crisp and refreshing…I could come up with some more over-used descriptors but I think you get the point. If you want more you’ll have to buy a bottle and come up with a few of your own, and I recommend you do.

Wine Slang: Ique = Delicious

9) 2010 Enrique Foster IQUE Malbec.
Blackberry, plum and spice add up to a make a really nice Malbec and at only $9 there’s no reason not to stock up.

8) 2009 d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Red.
42% Grenache, 33% Shiraz, 25% Mourvédre from Australia. Smooth and spicy, just the way I like it. At only $9.99 this wine definitely over-delivers.

7) 2010 Caligiore Staccato.
60% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Fruity and Delicious. A well balanced and complex organic wine from Argentina. On top of all that it’s available for less than $10 ($9.99).

6) 2008 Concannon Vineyard Conservancy Petite Sirah.
The first Petite Sirah I reviewed and it’s still my favorite. Full-bodied with sweet blackberry and mocha flavors. Should be widely available for $10, a great price for a great wine.

2010_Zontes_Footstep_Scarlet_Ladybird_Rosé5) 2010 Zonte’s Footstep Scarlet Ladybird Rosé.
Amazingly delicious juicy strawberry flavor balanced with a spicy tannic finish. Made in Australia from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine you’ll want to tell all your friends about as soon as you try it.

4) Bonny Doon Vineyards Le Pousseur.
100% Syrah from California. Available for around $16. An aroma so big and so good it sucks you in like an irresistible force. Obi-Wan Kenobi approved.

3) 2010 Michael David Winery Incognito White.
63% Viognier, 21% Chardonnay, 7% Muscat, 5% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Roussanne from California. Citrus, peaches, and honey flavors that last and last. This one was my first Bulk Buy on a white wine.

2) 2009 Altovinum Calatayud Evodia Garnacha.
A 100% Spanish Garnacha that is unbelievably complex at only $6.99. I believe this wine has been top 3 in every one of my top 10 lists. There are other wines on the list with a higher Taste rating but at $7 this wine is a revelation.

1) 2008 Andrew Murray Vineyards Tous Les Jours Syrah.
100% Syrah from the Central Cost of California. Dark berry flavors balanced with just the right amount of spice and a fantastic finish. A decadently good wine. Buy a case.

Our September 2011 Top Rated Wine: Pure Lusciousness!

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 vintages that are currently available for sale (to the best of my knowledge) while the Interactive Wine Ranking includes all wines, including those that may no longer be available but might be in your cellar. Most of the wines on the list were samples received for review purposes, please click through the links to the full reviews for more details.

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