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

Augustale 2012 Nero di Troia Riserva Castel del Monte DOCG
95 points
$20
Best Buy
Bright dusty garnet color. Earthy, inviting aromas and flavors of red licorice and ripe cassis, star anise and rose petal, freshly turned earth, and suede with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a prodigious, very long dried basil and caper berries, sun dried berries, red velvet cake, and bay leaf and allspice finish with well-integrated, silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. An impressive, earthy wine to delight your guests with.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Paskua Land 2014 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dusty dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of charred green pepper, star anise, balsamic reduction, and fig paste with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-full body and a medium-length chocolate covered espresso bean, fresh mint, rosemary, and black pepper and smoked vanilla finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A juicy wine that begs another sip.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Chilean Red Wine
94 points $9.99 Best Buy
Trapiche 2016 Oak Cask Malbec
94 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Medium color. Fruity, jammy, fresh, funky aromas of blackberry, plum, pomegranate, and leather with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long , and bacon finish with well-integrated tannins. A full-bodied, jammy, meaty Malbec with a delicate finish.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Signature de Bel-Air 2016  Beaujolais-Villages
94 points
$15
Best Buy
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of juicy cherry, cranberry, banana, and violets with an bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, easy warm soil finish with fruit tannins and no oak. There’s nothing simple nor pedestrian about this stellar example of a Beaujolais-Villages.
Awards: 2017 Best Red Beaujolais
94 points $15 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Love Symbol Grenache
94 points
$20
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Attractive, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of black raspberry torte and huckleberry jam on raisin toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, long blueberry cobbler a la mode, apple tart, vanilla toffee, and marinated beets and yams finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and light oak. A decadently delicious Grenache that will captivate and delight.
Awards: 2017 Best Grenache
94 points $20 Best Buy
Augusta Winery 2015 Estate Bottled Chambourcin
93 points
Best Buy
Medium dusty garnet color. Fruity, herbal aromas of watermelon, spiced cherry compote, exquisite tobacco, black tea, and oregano and basil with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, involved, medium-length clove, dried orange peel, black pepper, and gingerbread finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. An elegantly balanced wine that is at once fruity and savory, rich and bright.
93 points Best Buy
Sierras de Bellavista 2015 Single Vineyard Merlot
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet black color. Mature aromas of rose scented black tea, forest floor, soy-ginger glazed Chinese sausage, and white pepper and ripe red watermelon with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long cherry and dried chipotle pepper, anise and blood orange, raspberry jam filled dark chocolate, and sautéed mushrooms finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. This Bordeaux inspired red from Chile will be a knockout at a dinner party.
Awards: 2017 Top 6 Best Merlot
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright garnet black color. Toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of berry pie crust, caramelized bacon, toffee, and leather with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length boysenberry jam, cocoa-dusted nuts, and minerals finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A silky, satisfying cabernet with a great sense of place.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
In Situ 2015 Spaghetti Red Blend Aconcagua Valley
93 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty garnet black color. Herbal aromas of lavender, rosemary, menthol, and sour cherry with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length cherry mostarda, toast points, savory basil, and chocolate orange and vanilla creme Anglaise finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An elegant and mature red for great meals.
93 points $11 Best Buy
90+ Cellars 2016 Old Vine Malbec
93 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of amarena cherries in syrup, dutch cocoa powder, stewed prunes, sundried tomato, apple cinnamon tea, grilled rhubarb, and menthol with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length chocolate covered raisin, cinnamon scone, and prosciutto finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A complex Malbec with raisinated flavors for fans of Ripasso wines.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy