About Best Buys

Best Buys are wines that deliver great taste at a great price. We use an algorithm that compares the ratio of a product's suggested retail price to our score in order to calculate our Best Buy list. If you're on a budget, these bottles 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
Coda Rossa 2018  Merlot
94 points
$16
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of blistered berries, grilled root vegetables, green bell pepper, fava beans, and earth with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long mixed berry tart, tomato leaf, caramel, white peppercorn, and tobacco finish with moderate oak flavor. A charmingly green and smoky Merlot with great body and lengthy finish.
94 points $16 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
Emporium 2017 Appassimento Salento IGP
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brown brick red color. Smoky, savory aromas and flavors of grilled berries, pickled and roasted ramps, tar and pomace, and farmyard earth with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, long finish that shows accents of craisins and spiced toffee with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A great range and balance of bright fruit and smoky flavors make this a delightful choice for a BBQ outing.
93 points $14.99 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