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

Denada 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of campfire, dates, cocoa dusted blueberry, and tomato leaf with a fat body and a layered, medium-long bramble fruit, black plum, green pepper relish, mole, cedar, and cumin finish with leafy, woody, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Complex and substantial Cab with savory and stewed character
95 points $7.99 Best Buy
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
Caricature 2015 Estate Grown Old Vine Zinfandel
95 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried raspberry, toasted coconut, blackberry leaf, licorice, hot cherry wood shavings, and pink pencil eraser with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long finish with nuances of graphite, sun dried tomato, and lemon pepper with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and balanced Lodi Zin that tantalizes the senses with elegant fruits and sophisticated spice.
95 points $15 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2016  Pinot Noir
94 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale light ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of marinated beets, crispy bacon, dried cherries, and baking chocolate and hint of wax with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting impressions of craisin, alpine herbs, roasted nuts, and hint of menthol mint with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toothsome savory pinot noir with lots of nuances and great pairing potential.
94 points $9.99 Best Buy
Ivory & Burt 2015  Zinfandel
94 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Spicy aromas of wild raspberry preserve, fine leather, chocolate gelato, mint jelly, mesquite, rye, and garlic scapes with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, elegant, long white balsamic, marinated strawberry, bergamot, nutmeg, and strawberry leaf finish with moderate oak flavor. A wild, zingy, upstanding Lodi Zinfandel that makes a great match for rich steaks.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2015 Rocky Top Zinfandel
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of wood and leather armchair, spiced dried berries apricots, and figs, honey roasted yams and root vegetables, and floral honey with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with notes of black raspberry pie a la mode, spiced creme brulee, pistachio nougat, and cedar and pepper with soft, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rocking zinfandel with lush, concentrated fruit, creamy oak and warming swaggering finish.
94 points $18 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
Emina Pasión 2016  Tempranillo
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Medium ruby black color. Aromas of serrano ham, root beer, cocoa dusted hazelnut gelato, sweet paprika, and huckleberry with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry full body and a complex, long dusty leather, fruit leather, apricot stones, dried tobacco leaf, and granite finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fortress of rich deep fruit with walls of tannin flanked by an army of acid; the smoke of battle lingers.
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
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