Are there really affordable wines in the Top 100?
Yes! There are affordable wines among the best of the best Top 100 list! The 2019 Top 100 Wines have been selected by “Wine Spectator” magazine. A panel of editors and tasting experts reviewed more than 15,000 new releases to determine which of these would score from 90 – 100 points based upon their quality, availability, and “back story” to come up with the top 100 wines of the year.
Affordable Wines that are Worth a Try
Here are a few of these great wines available for $20 and under per bottle:
- #29 – Petra, Toscana Zingari, 2017, Italy $15
Notes: A blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Grown in clay and sandy soils. Aged in oak barriques for 12 months
- #33 – Castello di Gabbiano, Chianti Classico 2015, Italy $14
Notes: 90% Sangiovese, aged in 60% new French oak, 20% neutral French Oak, 20% cement tanks.
- #49 – Wines of Substance, Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, Cs Substance, US, 2017 $17
Notes: the latest project from Charles Smith, produced from fruit of 10 vineyards in Washington AVA’s, this wine is rich in black fruits with complex flavors.
- #50 – Marchesi di Barolo, Barbera del Monferrato Maraia, 2017, Italy $13
Notes: From the grape Barbera, young, fresh and racy, from clay and limestone soils near the town of Asti in the Piedmont region of Italy, this wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak for 1 year.
- #58 – A to Z Wineworks, Chardonnay, Oregon, US, 2018 $15
Notes: Fresh, flavorful and fruit driven, this Chardonnay sourced from 20 superior vineyards, mostly in the southern portion of Oregon.
- #62 – Vina Maras De Pirque, Cabernet Sauvignon , Maipo Valley , Hussonet Gran Reserva Chile, 2015 $15
Notes: Owned by the famous Italian Antinori winemaking family, this vibrant and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in French oak for 12 months and then aged in bottle for another 12 months.
- #70 – Forstreiter, Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal Kremser Kogl, Austria 2018 $17
Notes: Mineral-driven bursting with pepper and green bean the nectarine and pear flavors are subtle. Very enough structure to stand up to a serious meal.
- #72 – Marotti Campi Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi Ciassico Superiore Luzano, Italy, 2017 $17
Notes: From the Marches region of Italy, this white wine made predominantly from the Verdicchio grape, is a light bodied wine with fresh mineral finish, notes of apricot and lemons with a soft floral almond blossom flavor.