This year’s list is here. But I thought I’d list several wines that almost made the Hall this year:
• Rene Barbier Mediterranean Blanco, a Spanish white blend that costs all of $5.
• Drylands Sauvignon Blanc, which compares favorably to wines costing $15 and up. But it’s probably closer to $12 than it is $10.
• Beaulieu Coastal Estates Riesling, which is quite complex for a cheap, sweet wine. It actually has acid to offset the sweetness.
• Montes Malbec. This is the inexpensive malbec many people drink, but the quality never seems consistent from year to year.
• Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel. I’m never sure what do with the Smoking Loons, which are usually fine values but never seem to cross the line into Hall of Fame territory.
• Cave de Saumur Rose, which was one of almost a dozen roses that I tasted that could have made it. This, from Anjou, was made with cabernet franc.