Not all wines with huge scores come with insultingly obnoxious price tags, truly amazing wines that garner big points are increasingly prevalent at accessible prices. The trick is tracking these unicorn wines down & procuring them. You will be happy to know we have done all of the legwork for you. Tasting all of these high scoring wines is a hard and thankless job. Feel free to cry for me after you read this post. The below 3 wines are scored by Robert Parker. The below wines are big, complex and have astronomical scores for the price being charged.
Castano Solanera 2012 Blend, Yecla
A textbook example as to why Spanish wines are so popular now. This is a big, bold effort. Brand new French & American oak are used. Cabernet, Monastrell & Garnacha make the blend. Anyone who enjoys a full bodied wine with big fruit and a touch of oak, this is a perfect selection. While Rioja & Ribera Del Duero get most of the big press in Spain, this DOC is on the rise. You may want to get in on this before the prices in this region go on their inevitable rise..
“..should cost 3 to 5 times as much” ~ Robert Parker 94 Points.
2. Chateau Puech-Haut 2013 “La Closerie du Pic”, Languedoc
Looking for value? Go to southern France. In my personal opinion, these are easily, pound for pound, the best wines in the world. These wines are bursting with character and terroir. The fact that so many of these wines are garnishing such explosive scores is in no way surprising. Both the Rhone Vally & Languedoc are full of wines with nearly plenty of varietal options! This wine is chocked full of black & red fruits. The palate rich with meat, pepper, violet & mineral.
“..this is easily one of my favorite estates in southern France” ~ Robert Parker 93-95 Points
3. Casa Castillo 2010 “Las Gravas” Blend, Jumilla
Another big value from Spain. Jumilla is quickly becoming a favorite among wine geeks around the globe. Monastrell is the king varietal here. Short, gnarly vines dominate the landscape. These wine are dense & full throttled. If big powerhouse wines are what you drink, this should definitely be one to try.
“…an unreal value” ~ Robert Parker 94 Points