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

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
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
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 ganache, 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
Farmer’s Leap 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, earth, menthol-mint, and black tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with accents of underripe strawberries, rooibos, and clove with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold, juicy, ageable Cabernet with silky-yet-firm tannins that will pair seamlessly with steak.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy