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

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
Stamp 2014 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized coconut and plantain, spicy berry reduction, grassy loamy earth, and hint of tar with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish that presents notes of ripe pomegranate, cassis, meyer lemon, and tree bark. A remarkably pure and vibrant cabernet with a great sense of place and finesse; this drinks a bit like a more tannic Merlot from a cool climate.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Bulgarian Wine Exceptional Value
93 points $15.99 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
Coda Rossa 2016 Couer dEst Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Complex, attractive aromas and flavors of marinated peppers,olives and root vegetables, pomegranate-tomato vinaigrette, scented candle, and dolmades and tomato leaf with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long finish displaying notes of white balsamic on roasted carrots, mineral dust, and sandalwood with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A superbly savory and appetizing red with great complexity and intrigue.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Chocalan 2016 Origen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of blackberry coulis, raspberry leaf, graphite, and fire-roasted bell peppers with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, long dark chocolate, pumpernickel, black cassis, jamón serrano, and black licorice finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold cabernet sauvignon with lots of spice and rich chocolate; worthy of a fine steak.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Saracco 2017  Pinot Noir
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce, roasted mushrooms, clove, dried herbs, amarena cherries, dark chocolate, hibiscus, and anise with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, involved, long finish that shows notes of leather, coconut, and pine nuts. A delicious, concentrated and lengthy Pinot Noir that bridges Old World with New; a stylish, highly recommended bottle.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Italian Red Exceptional Value
93 points $19.99 Best Buy