Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines 2012 – Finding the bargain wines

Top 100 Wines from Wine Spectator - the bargains in the listLast week the Wine Spectator announced its top 100 wines for 2012. I sorted through the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines 2012 list and selected the bargain wines available in the greater San Francisco Bay Area for $20 or under. Please comment if you know where else any of these wines are available. See selection of bargain wines.

  • No.28 – 93 pts. Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2010 $21.99 KL Wines
  • No.30 – 93 pts. Schild Shiraz Barossa Valley 2010 KL Wines – $19.99
  • No.31 – 91 pts. Cellars Can Blau Monstant Blau 2009 KL Wines – $9.99
  • No.38 – 90 pts. M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon-villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2010 – KL Wines $11.99
  • No.39 – 92 pts. Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Alsace Les Princes Abbes 2010 Wine.com $19.99
  • No.41 – 90 pts. Folonari Chianti 2010 KL Wines $6.99
  • No.41 – 90 pts. Charles & Charles Rose Columbia valley 2011 KLWines $9.99
  • No.47 – 90 pts. Michele Chiario Barbera d’Asti Superiore Lo Orme 2009 KL Wines $10.99
  • No.48 – 92 pts. Guy Saget Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2010 KL Wines $15.99
  • No.51 – 90 pts.Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2010 Costco has the 2009 for $10
  • No.53 – 92 pts. Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Malborough 2011 KL Wines $17.99
  • No.54 – 90 pts. Bodegas Atalaya Almansa La Atalaya 2009 07 at KL Wines $13.99
  • No.55 – 91 pts. Jean Perrier & Fils Savoie Apremont Cuvee Gastronomie 2011 Wine.com $16.99
  • No.56 – 91 pts. Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley Dry 2011 KL Wines $14.99
  • No.58 – 91 pts. Perrin & Fils Vinsobres Les Cornuds 2010 KL has 06
  • No.59 – 91 pts. Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Province 2011 KL Wines $19.99
  • No.86 – 90 pts. Marchesi di Borolo Barbera del Monferrato Maraia 2011 Wine.com $11.99
  • No.75 – 91 pts. Marques de Caceres 2005 $14 BevMo
  • No.90 – 90 pts. Skouras Moscofilero Peloponnese 2011 KL Wines $14.99
  • No.95 – 90 pts. Veramonte Primus The Blend Colchaqua Valley 2009 Artisan Wine Depot in San Jose
  • No.100 90 pts. Donnachiara Aglianico Irpinia 2008 Wine.com $18.99

You will notice that the wines in descending order don’t necessarily follow in a numerical point rating. That is because of the formula used by the W.S. to determine the included wines on the list. Here is what Wine Spectator says about how they chose the wines: “In 2012, our list was selected from more than 17,000 new releases our editors rated in our independent blind tastings. More than 5,500 of these wines earned outstanding or classic ratings (90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale). We narrowed the list down based on four criteria: quality (represented by score); value (reflected by release price); availability (measured by cases made or imported); and what we call the “X-factor”–the excitement generated by a rising-star producer, a benchmark wine or a significant milestone for a wine region. But no equation determines the final selections: These choices reflect our editors’ judgment and passion about the wines we tasted.”

The complete list of wines can be found at the Wine Spectator Website.

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