The Best Bottles of Wine Under $15

Wine Enthusiast

How do you find a good wine that's also a good deal? You could go off the recommendation of your local wine store (that's usually what I do), or you could refer to Wine Enthusiast's just-released 2012 Best Buys list. All of the wines on the list have high rankings and—get this—they're all $15 or less!

The tasting experts at Wine Enthusiast reviewed more than 17,000 wines in 12 months, narrowing down their Best Buy list to about 1,134 initially before choosing the Top 100. The chosen wines "showcase the best relationship between score and price while also assessing other factors ike availability and buzz." The list also provides a range of different styles, varieties and origins, so you're sure to find something you like!

Here are the Top 10:

  1. DFJ Vinhos 2009 Vega Portuguese Red (Douro), $9
  2. Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Dry Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA), $9
  3. Liberty School 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles), $12
  4. Kaiken 2009 Corte Malbec-Bonarda-Petit Verdot Red Blend (Mendoza), $14
  5. Wrongo Dongo 2010 Monastrell (Jumilla), $9
  6. Black Box 2009 Merlot (California), $25 for 3L, or ~$6.25/bottle
  7. The Eyrie Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Gris (Dundee Hills), $15
  8. Château Saint-Sernin 2009 Malbec (Cahors), $11
  9. Caves Velhas 2008 Catedral Reserva Portuguese Red (Dão), $10
  10. Pacific Rim 2011 Dry Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA), $11
Download the Full List: Top 100 Best Buys of 2012 [PDF] | Wine Enthusiast

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