Best Wine Reviews List: Expensive Red Wines

2011 Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon - thegrape.com

 

Have you ever wondered which expensive red wines have the best reviews? Sometimes we want to venture outside of our comfort zone and experience a taste of the “high life,” whether we’re celebrating a milestone or just wanting to try something new, something other than cheap wine. Because of this, we’ve put together a list of red wine varietals below priced from $50 – $250 that are a great starting point for tasting something different (more expensive), starting a wine collection or for celebrating that special moment!

 

Best Reviewed Expensive Red Wines

Aglianico

2006 Mastroberardino Radici Riserva Taurasi – $75

 

Bordeaux Red Blend

2010 Chateau Larcis Ducasse St.-Emilion – $120

2010 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red, Napa Valley – $92

2006 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia, Napa Valley – $160

1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Napa Valley (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot) – $200

 

Cabernet Franc

2008 Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Shiraz – Cabernet Franc, Heathcote, Australia – $90

 

Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – $12

2010 Opus One Proprietary Red Napa Valley – $220

2010 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection – $140

2010 Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford – $92

2010 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – $85

2010 Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley – $75

2010 Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga – Chris’s Cuvee – $65

2010 Beringer Vineyards Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – $60

 

2009 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley – $225

2009 Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon – $150

2009 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – $135

2009 ETUDE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – $79

2008 Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – $85

2007 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia – $95

 

Carmenere

2008 Concha y Toro Carmin de Peumo Carmenere, Rapel Valley, Chile – $100

 

Malbec

2011 Achaval-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Finca Mirador – $116

 

Merlot

2010 Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot, Napa Valley – $65

 

Nebbiolo

2009 Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi – $60

2008 Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Monprivato, Barolo DOCG, Italy – $115

2008 Fontanafredda Vigna La Rosa, Barolo DOCG, Italy – $70

2008 Schiavenza Prapo, Barolo DOCG, Italy – $60

 

2007 Gaja Barbaresco DOCG, Piedmont, Italy – $195

2007 Domenico Clerico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, Barolo DOCG, Italy – $92

2007 Leonetti Cellar Merlot, Walla Walla Valley – $75

1997 Elio Altare Arborina Langhe Rosso, Piedmont, Italy – $85

 

Pinot Noir

2010 Donum Estate Grown Carneros Pinot Noir, Napa County – $72

2010 Scott Paul Audrey Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills – $66

2010 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Evenstad Reserve – $65

2010 Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir, Carneros – $65

2008 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir, Waipara, New Zealand – $50

 

Red Blends

2009 Marchesi Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese) – $250

2007 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy (Cabernet Franc/Sauvignon) – $197

2007 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana IGT (Cab Sav-Sangiovese), Tuscany, Italy – $105

2002 Vega Sicilia Unico Gran Reserva (Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere, Albillo) – $245

2001 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT (Aglianico, Piedirosso), Campania, Italy – $120

 

Southern Rhone Blend (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre)

2010 Perrin & Fils Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France – $120

2010 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee, Rhone, France – $120

2010 Domaine De Villeneuve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Vieilles Vignes – $60

 

Sangiovese

2010 Fontodi Colli della Toscana Centrale Flaccianello – $110

2008 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli – $112

 

Shiraz

1997 BVE Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz – $80

 

Syrah

2011 Chateau de St. Cosme Cote-Rotie – $80

2010 Shafer Vineyards Relentless, Napa Valley – $75

2009 Sheridan Vineyard Singularity Syrah, Washington – $80

2009 Reynvaan Stonessence Syrah, Walla Walla Valley – $80

2009 Dunham Syrah Columbia Valley Lewis Vineyard – $75

2003 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle, Rhone, France – $130

2001 Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah, McLaren Vale, Australia – $98

 

Tempranillo

2009 Bodegas Roda Cirsion, Riojas DOCa, Spain – $175

2004 Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva – $63

 

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