About Best Buys

Best Buys are wines that deliver great taste for a great price. We use an algorithm that factors the ratio of the products suggested retail price to our score and the bottle size to calculate our Best Buy awards. If you are on a budget, our Best Buys can't be beat.

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Best Inexpensive Red Wine

Berton Vineyards 2017 Metal Label Black Shiraz
95 points
$14
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Herbal aromas and flavors of menthol rub, eucalyptus incense, spicy blueberry cobbler, and lemon-thyme rub with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish that exhibits accents of pomegranate-cardamom chutney, cranberry-choke cherry relish, cedar bark, and buckwheat honey with crunchy, chewy tannins. A perfectly Oz tribute to St. Joseph, with absolutely pristine acidity and length that reflects the limestone soils, and will age beautifully.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Australian Shiraz Exceptional Value
95 points $14 Best Buy
Shiloh 2017 Privilege Wine Makers Red Blend Judean Hills
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Brick red color. Complex aromas and flavors of chocolate bar, caramelized bacon, blackberry yogurt, and hint of tarragon and parsley with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, layered, long finish with notes of honeyed olive focaccia toast, lemon muffin, salted nuts, and pencil shavings with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and stimulating red blend with great depth and evolving flavors.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Israeli Red Exceptional Value
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva Merlot
94 points
$20
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Earthy aromas and flavors of red cassis, wet earth, bay leaf, thyme, tannery, and dried mushrooms with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, medium-long finish with touches of mostarda with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. Layers of earthy flavors evolve on the palate; sip with steak.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Chilean Merlot Exceptional Value
94 points $20 Best Buy
Podere Montale 2015 Cinque Vigne Sangiovese
93 points
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas of baked cherries, roasted beets, rhubarb, spiced tea, and oregano with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length focaccia and cured meats finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A table-tuned Tuscan Sangiovese with complexity, interest and balance.
93 points Best Buy
Exquisite Collection 2018  Malbec
93 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of huckleberry tart, sweet tomato, elderflower, blueberry, sandalwood, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, amusing, medium-length toasted pine nuts, cocoa nib, and pomegranate relish finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, nuanced Malbec that will be a hit.
93 points $7.99 Best Buy
Barone Montalto 2017  Nero dAvola-Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of grilled root vegetables, demi glace, and dried cherries in honey with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length marinated strawberry, clove, and black tea with forest fruit finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy, well rounded Italian red that will be a conversation piece at the table.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2012 Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blistered tomatoes, olives, saffron, and beets with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length finish with medium tannins and light oak flavor. An earthy Ribera del Duero with an assertive, complex character.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Villa Puccini 2014  Chianti Riserva DOCG
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of fig jam, cherry preserves, pickled beets with rosemary, and toasted cinnamon with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-long Tuscan white bean, marinated kale, and toasted pine nuts finish. A delicious, highly nuanced Chianti with an old-school style and enviable balance.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
7 Deadly Wines 2016 Seven Deadly Zins Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of red plum, freshly baked cinnamon pastry, cedar, and maple-dipped bacon with a fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, long chocolate genache, balsamic glaze, roasted nuts, and cafe au lait finish. A dreamy Lodi Zin with roasty character and instant appeal.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Plagido’s Winery 2016 Estate Bottled Chambourcin
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Medium garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark ripe cherries, black licorice, ripe plum, and sweet rose petal with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length cola, toasted baguette, cocoa dust, and espresso finish with moderate oak. A vibrant Chambourcin with lip-smacking tannins and zippy acidity; try with grilled pork.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy