Friday, July 8, 2011

Top 10 Most Recommended Red Wines, 2011

Below are the top 10 most recommended red wines in the world over the last 18 months that cost $15 or less. The other main lists on this site—all wines by rating and all wines by value—stick to wines reviewed here. This list covers wines from all over, whether reviewed here or not.

Top 10 in the world, you ask? Who says so? Well, for another project, a site called WineMeta that will go live this September, I've been collecting information on the wines costing $15 or less that receive the most quality recommendations from international blind tasting competitions, professional experts, and a select group of bloggers. WineMeta will present the complete results of these recommendations for red, white, rose and sparkling wines, with several ways to sort the information.

This is a taste of the data. The results are boiled down from 2,000 red wines, of which only 220 made the initial cut by receiving multiple recommendations (and being available). Of those, these are the 10 that were recommended most frequently. They did not necessarily have the highest average ratings, but they got the most votes—these were the surest bets. (One wine on this list, the 2008 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos, was also among the 10 wines with the highest average quality ratings. This makes it a very sure bet.)

On price and availability: Prices are national averages from A couple of $16 wines are included because they often list for $15. All of these wines are still available in the vintage listed, but with some, like the Spanish Grenaches, you are more likely to find more recent vintages. The more recent vintages I've tried were very good (see links to reviews below).

If you follow Cheap Red Wine via email, RSS, or Facebook, I will let you know when WineMeta goes live with the complete set of recommendations. The site will include lists of all top wines (under $15) ranked by quality rating, value, and other interesting categories.

Rank Wine Cost
1 2006 Monte Antico Toscana IGT (Italy)
Availability: Good. 2007 vintage now more common.
CWR Review (2007)
2 2007 Waterbrook Mélange Noir (Washington)
Availability: Decent.
3 2009 Perrin et Fils Côtes du Rhône Villages (France)
Availability: Widespread.
4 2007 Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec (Argentina)
Availability: Good.
5 2008 Bodegas Borsao Borsao Red (Spain)
Availability: Good. 2009 Vintage now more common.
CWR Review (2009)
6 2008 Bodegas Borsao Monte Oton (Spain)
Availability: Limited. 2009 Vintage now more common.
CWR Review (2009)
7 2008 O. Fournier Urban Maule Blend (Chile)
Availability: Limited. 2009 now more common.
8 2008 Alamos Malbec (Argentina)
Availability: Good. 2009 and 2010 now more common.
CWR Review
9 2008 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha (Spain)
Availability: Good. 2009 now more common.
CWR Review (2009)
10 2008 Shoofly Shiraz (Australia)
Availability: Good.

Notice a trend here? Three of the top 10 are Spanish Grenaches. As if that's not enough, all three are from the same winery, Bodegas Borsao. That is amazing, and it's well deserved recognition of Borsao's incredible production of highly regarded value wines.


Chris said...

Bodegas Borsao is indeed well-known for their great tasting wines. We never had a holiday celebration without wine on our table.

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