The list is out! Wine Spectator has released their annual list of the top ten best values from 2022. As they noted in the announcement, “Wines that are easy on your wallet offer an ideal entry point for a region or variety, giving you an opportunity for exploration without breaking the bank. The thrill of trying something new is one of the many pleasures of wine, and as quality has risen across the globe, it’s easier than ever to find a wine you love.” Bremer’s currently has four of the Top Ten in stock.
#1: Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2019, 92 Points, $34.99. “As (chief winemaker Trevor) Durling ushers in a new era for Beaulieu, utilizing excellent vineyard sources and making affordable offerings that can compete with the finest in the valley, the winery’s best days may still be ahead.”
#3: Antinori Toscana Villa Antinori 2019, 90 Points, $17.99. “A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, the wine is fermented and macerated in stainless steel for 12 to 15 days, using both pumping-over and punching-down to extract color, flavor and tannins. It then ages 12 months before bottling in barriques (59-gallon wine barrel that allows the wine a great deal of contact with the oak), of which 20% are new and the rest either 1, 2 or 3 years old. The wine shows ample black cherry and blackberry fruit, yet it can benefit from a year or two of aging after release.”
#5: Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc California 2021, 91 Points, $12.99. “Gott’s eponymous label is a family affair (his wife, Sarah, is the winemaker), and he believes it’s unusual for a family-owned winery to make handcrafted wines at affordable prices—that’s usually done by larger companies. His strategy is to shop the entire Golden State. A fifth-generation vintner, he understands that well-priced grapes come from outside of Napa and Sonoma.”
#8: Kendall-Jackson Merlot Sonoma County Vintner’s Reserve 2019. 90 Points, $21.99. “The Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve is the bargain of the bunch. The company’s long-standing collection of vineyards in Sonoma County, which accounted for 93% of the 2019, allows it to moderate prices. Susan Lueker and Randy Ullom head up the winemaking team, which blended in small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The wine was aged 21 months in mostly French oak, with about 25% American.”
See the entire list here.