So, there you are. Standing in the wine aisle of your supermarket, liquor store, or wine shop, trying to decide which wines are more than just a nice label. It’s kind of like shooting fish in a barrel – only the lights are off, and the barrel is actually a pool. Lucky for you, we have compiled the best wines of July 2019 into one list. Every wine has been officially tested and scored, and is included on the list due to its overall quality and or value.
The Best Red Wine of July 2019
This month featured a lot of high scoring wines with big price tags, but also a lot of great wines for great value. You can rest assured that they are all worth it.
The Best of the Best
95 – Testarossa 2017 Pinot Not, Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($78)
Lush, rich and juicy with smooth cherry fruit; deep, balanced and long.
98 – Clos De La Tech 2014 Pinot Noir, Domaine du Docteur Rodgers Vineyard, San Francisco Bay ($130)
This is the jewel of the lot; deep ruby color; complex nose with a note of mint; lush, silky texture, deep, elegant and the most Burgundian; subtle, sweet oak and a long, rich finish.
95 – Clos De La Tech 2014 Pinot Noir, Domaine Lois Louise “Cote Sud” Block, Santa Cruz Mountains ($85)
Deep ruby color; smooth nose with a hint of clove and spice; silky texture with lovely acidity, medium body, lush, complex and long.
93 – Trinity Hill 2018 Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand ($40)
Dark ruby color; smooth, lush and spicy with rich blackberry fruit; deep, rich and juicy; long and balanced.
96 – Bouchard Père & Fils 2017 Vigne De L’Enfant Jesus, Grand Vin De Beaune-Freves ($150)
Smooth, refined nose; dense, rich and silky with lovely, rich cherry and soft earth tones; complex and yet, very accessible; long, refined, elegant and balanced.
95 – Bouchard Père & Fils 2013 Chambertin Clos de-Bèze Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits ($353)
Elegant, smooth cherry nose; smooth, silky, captures definition of a pH experience; long, complex and deep.
94 – Tinto Negro 2016 Malbec, 1955 Vineyard, La Consulta, Uco Valley, Mendoza ($99)
Dark ruby color; rich, silky texture; juicy, dense and ripe; blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry, and chocolate; balanced and long.
95 – Pellet Estate 2016 Henry’s Reserve Red Wine, Pellet Vineyard, Napa Valley ($150)
Deep ruby color; mineral, spice and earth nose; silky and velvety texture; juicy, focused and elegant; complex, tangy and stylish; another stunner from this under the radar winery.
97 – Château La Nerthe 2016 Cuvée des Cadettes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC ($180)
Wow, this is a stunning classic GSM with depth and sublte nuances of spice, leather and chocolate; it’s a baby, but even now its breeding is showing; it is elegant, complex and long; beautiful with great finesse and style.
94 – VinRoc 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley ($125)
Soft toasty nose; silky and racy with lush plum and berry fruit with hints of mocha and spice; fine acid structure and toasted oak; lovely, long and balanced; give it time.
The Value Picks
92 – Simi Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($25)
Dark ruby color; smooth, velvety with juicy texture and ripe berry fruit; a lovely wine from Cab master Steve Reeder.
92 – Alma Negra 2016 M Blend, Mendoza, Argentina ($22)
Smooth, ripe and rich with lovely blackberry fruit; lush and juicy; long and balanced.
92 – Tinto Negro 2016 Malbec, Limestone Block, Tunuyan Mendoza ($21)
Smooth, lush and deep with juicy berry fruit; clean, tangy with lots of style and depth; nice acid structure; long and balanced.
92 – The Dreaming Tree 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon ($15)
Dark ruby color; soft herbs and spicy nose; lush and juicy with ripe plum and sweet oak; rounded and deep; juicy and long; another winner from this impressive label.
91 – Ernesto Catena 2017 Tahuan Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($15)
Dark ruby color; smooth, juicy and silky-textured; tangy and dense, ripe and fresh; balanced and long; deep.
The Best White Wine of July 2019
Lots of consistency this month. Nothing that was head and shoulders above the rest, but the list remains a great collection of wines.
The Best of the Best
93 – Flora Springs 2018 Soliloquy White Wine, Napa ($50)
Smooth texture, bright and crisp with peach and citrus notes; a blend that is mostly Sauvignon Blanc; lovely, with complexity and depth, long and balanced, stylish and long.
92 – Bouchard Père & Fils 2016 Chardonnay, Rully Grand Vin De Bourgogne ($30)
Lovely floral nose; silky, fresh and smooth texture; juicy, crisp and concentrated; balanced and long.
93 – Pellet Estate 2016 Chardonnay, Sunchase Vineyard, Sonoma ($68)
Golden color; juicy, lush and dense with finesse and depth; elegant, creamy and long.
92 – Rhys Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Horseshoe Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains ($45)
Soft fruit nose; silky texture, fresh, lively acidity and racy fruit; juicy, crisp and bracing, long and balanced.
93 – Landmark Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, Hilliard Bruce Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($45)
Golden color; fresh nose; silky texture with crisp, juicy style; bright fruit and racy acidity, long and pure, balanced and elegant.
93 – Landmark Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay, Lorenzo Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma ($55)
Silky and juicy with precise pear and apple flavors; structured and long with lively flavors; balanced and long.
92 – Ramey Wine Cellars 2016 Chardonnay, Fort Ross – Seaview ($42)
Smooth, juicy and refined with lush, ripe pear and apple fruit; silky and balanced, long and deep; the Chardonnay master strikes again.
92 – Orsi Family Vineyards 2018 Fiano, Dry Creek Valley ($26)
Lovely floral nose; fresh, bright and aromatic; smooth, round and showing a core of crisp acidity and a long finish.
92 – Peregrine Wines 2016 Riesling, Central Otago, New Zealand ($29)
Edgy and nervy with explosive acidity and racy citrus; silky, smooth and long; tangy and bracing.
94 – Oceano Wines 2017 Chardonnay, Spanish Springs Vineyard, San Luis Obispo ($38)
This is a stunning wine with no melodramatic fermentation; bracingly crisp and pure with lively fruit; silky texture and bright acidity; long and refreshing.
The Value Picks
92 – Gundlach Bundschu 2018 Estate Gewürztraminer, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma ($25)
Rose petal nose; crisp, dry and spicy with silky texture and elegant style; lovely, why is this charming variety made by so few producers; fresh, bright and delightful.
92 – Trinity Hill 2017 Chardonnay, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand ($24)
Fresh floral nose; crisp and juicy; silky and bright with a long, elegant finish.
91 – La Crema 2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($23)
Mellow, smooth and balanced; smooth, silky and showing a crisp acid structure; long and lovely with subtle toasty oak elements.
91 – Nobilo Wines 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Icon, Marlborough, New Zealand ($20)
Soft, rich nose; juicy, peachy and elegant, racy and smooth, complete.
91 – Meiomi Wines 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey, Sonoma, Santa Barbara ($11)
Golden color; soft, toasty nose; smooth and creamy with depth and lovely balance; nicely structured, long, elegant and fresh.
The Best Sparkling, Rosé, and Dessert Wine of July 2019
Not as many stand outs as last month, but tons of value here. Every wine listed is under $30.
The Best of the Best
92 – Peregrine Wines 2016 Late Harvest White Riesling, Charcoal Creek, Central Otago, New Zealand ($29)
Racy citrus nose; silky texture and smooth; there’s a nice tension between the sugar and the tangy acidity; long and lively.
91 – August Kesseler 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé, Rheingau, Germany ($27)
Bright link pink; crisp and silky with bright raspberry fruit and tangy; slightly sweet, refined flavors.
91 – Meiomi Wines NV Sparkling Wine, North Coast ($27)
Burnished golden color; dry, smooth and juicy with depth and balance; tangy, balanced with elegant mousse and finesse; rich, long and lively.
90 – Château Roubine 2018 Rosé, Côtes de Provence ($25)
Pale pink color; strawberry nose; dry, smooth and juicy with tangy; fresh style, crisp and long.
90 – Meiomi Wines 2018 Rosé, Monterey, Sonoma, Santa Barbara ($25)
Light pink color; soft strawberry nose; smooth and creamy; dry, fresh and juicy with tangy, rounded flavors; long and balanced.
88 – La Fête Du Rosé 2018 St. Tropez, Côtes de Provence ($24)
Soft pink color; bright, tangy and crisp with smooth texture and dry, lively fruit flavors; long, balanced and charming.
90 – Raeburn 2018 Rosé, Russian River Valley ($20)
Pale pink; round and lush with a hint of sweetness; juicy and bright with notes of strawberry and guava; long and balanced.
90 – Château Roubine 2018 R, Côtes De Provence AOP ($20)
Pale pink; smooth and lush; crisp and dry with strawberry notes; charming, juicy and long.
89 – Villa le Corti NV Rosé Principe Corsini ($17)
Pale pink color; dry, tangy and fresh with crisp, lively style; smooth, balanced and long.
89 – Angels & Cowboys 2018 Rosé, Sonoma ($16)
Extremely pale pink; smooth, juicy with bright notes of peach and strawberry plus crisp acidity and a long bracing finish.
The Value Picks
91 – Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Sangiovese Rosé, Sonoma ($16)
Light pink color; juicy, tangy and crisp; fresh apple fruit and citrus; silky, bright and long.
90 – Martini & Rossi NV Prosecco, Prosecco DOC, Italy ($15)
You would expect a Prosecco from this famed producer would be good, well it is; smooth, dry and quite elegant with ripe, rich fruit; lush but restrained and balanced; complex, long and charming.
90 – Martini & Rossi NV Sparkling Rosé, Piedmont, Italy ($15)
Bright salmon pink color; dry, juicy and fresh with tangy strawberry and peach flavors; racy and lively with balance and style.
90 – The Dreaming Tree 2018 Rosé, California ($15)
Light pink color; silky, smooth and bright with mellow style and soft texture; unlike many of the boring rosés on the market, this one has depth and long-lasting charm.
90 – Martini & Rossi NV Sparkling Wine, Asti DOCG ($13)
Sweet, floral and spicy nose; golden color; sweet – but not cloyingly so; creamy and floral with typical Moscato flavors; smooth and tangy with grace and finesse; fresh and juicy; balanced and long.
The Best Red Wine of June 2019
The Best of the Best
95 – Merry Edwards 2017 Pinot Noir, Warren’s Hill Vineyard, Sonoma ($63)
Silky and smooth, juicy, soft and tangy; fresh, racy and lush; one of Merry’s best efforts.
94 – Merry Edwards 2017 Pinot Noir, Georganne Vineyard, Sonoma ($63)
Smooth, luscious and deep; tangy and fresh, juicy and long, deep and rich, balanced.
94 – Pascual Toso 2017 Syrah, Alta, Barrancas Vineyard, Maipu District ($50)
Deep, dense and lush with intensity and balance; smooth and generous, spicy and rich with layers of flavor; who knew Argentina could produce world class Syrah – Paul Hobbs, that’s who.
93 – Pascual Toso 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alta, Barrancas Vineyard, Maipu District ($50)
Lush and smooth, juicy and dense; deep, rich and balanced; under the watchful eye of the brilliant Paul Hobbs, this historic winery has become one of the most exciting in Argentina.
96 – Gagliole 2015 Pecchia, Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT ($120)
Spicy nose; smooth, lush and deep with tangy fruit, rich texture and layered flavors; a hint of cinnamon and rich plum, violets and amazing depth; a great wine from one of Chianti’s gems.
94 – Gagliole 2015 Gallule Riserva, Chianti Classico DOCG ($86)
Deep, dense and smooth; rich, layered, complex; spicy, ripe and stunning; I visited this immaculate estate some years ago and it was obvious why this is one of Chianti’s crown jewels
95 – Quinta do Vallado 2016 Tinta Roriz, Douro, Portugal ($80)
Deep ruby color; rich texture; lush, smooth and balanced ripe, berries and plums plus a note of chocolate and spice; the Ferreira family makes notable port out of these grapes; the still wines are pretty terrific too.
93 – Quinta do Vallado 2016 Touriga Nacional, Douro, Portugal ($60)
Rich color, plum nose; lush, deep and juicy, tangy and fresh; long and stylish, balanced and lovely; berried and rich, long and balanced.
93 – Quinta do Vallado 2016 Reserva Field Blend, Douro, Portugal ($65)
Dark color and rich nose; smooth, juicy and elegant with ripe berries and deep plum; balanced and rich; complex, dense and long.
93 – Jamieson Ranch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Lariat, Napa ($50)
Ripe plum nose; velvety, smooth with ripe blackberry and plum; rich, juicy and lush, long and deep.
The Value Picks
92 – Cline Cellars 2017 Carignane, Ancient Vines, Contra Costa ($23)
Smooth, ripe and rich with a velvety texture and bright berry fruit; intense, balanced and long with notes of earth, spice and toast.
92 – Pascual Toso 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Barrancas Vineyard, Maipu District ($25)
Smooth, lush and toasty with bright plum fruit and lovely spice; juicy, fresh and stylish; balanced, clean and long
91 – Nadiv Winery 2017 Reshit, Judean Hills ($23)
Dark, smooth and lush with ripe plum and berry fruit; dense, balanced and long. Kosher.
92 – Matchbook 2016 The Arsonist Red Blend, California ($22)
Deep ruby color; ripe, smooth and lush; balanced, rich and long; tangy, long and layered; a beautifully blended wine with style and finesse – and what a great value.
91 – Renzo Masi 2017 Erta e China, Rosso Di Toscana IGT ($16)
Dark, deep and smooth with ripe, juicy plum and deep; lush, balanced and long.
The Best White Wine of June 2019
The Best of the Best
94 – Mount Eden Vineyards 2015 Estate Chardonnay Bottled, Santa Cruz Mountains ($60)
From this storied winery that has been producing boutique wines since the turn of the last century; lush, rich and deep with creamy texture and intensely bright fruit with crisp acidity framing the luscious flavors nicely.
94 – Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Queen’s Advantage, Okanagan Valley BC VQA ($75)
Wet stone notes, smooth, opulent and showing creamy texture; rich, dense, tangy and long with depth and finesse.
95 – Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Queen Taken, Okanagan Valley BC VQA ($100)
Juicy and bright; rounded with classic fruit, opulent; long and balanced; quite Burgundian in style; produced from vines planted in 1973.
94 – Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Knight’s Challenge, Okanagan Valley BC VQA ($75)
Crisp, tangy, green color hints, green apple fruit; racy and tangy, herbal nose, rich, long and elegant.
94 – Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Attack, Okanagan Valley BC VQA ($90)
Juicy and racy, crisp with a hint of sea salt; fresh, tangy with citrus fruit; bracing and long.
94 – Checkmate Artisanal Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Little Pawn, Okanagan Valley BC VQA ($85)
Smooth, lush and rich; balanced, long and generous with depth finesse; lovely.
93 – Pascual Toso 2018 Chardonnay, Alta, Barrancas Vineyard, Maipu District, Mendoza ($45)
Silky, juicy and sleek with bright acidity and tangy pear and citrus; lively, toasty with notes of vanilla, long, rich and balanced.
93 – Merry Edwards 2016 Chardonnay, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($66)
Lush and silky with mouth-filling flavors of pear and citrus fruit plus vanilla, a hint of oak and showing great depth; elegant, long and fresh.
93 – Testarossa 2017 Chardonnay, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($51)
Bright pear nose; silky and smooth texture with elegant flavors of vanilla, pear and toast with subtly juicy and elegant style; long and balanced.
92 – Shafer Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros, Napa ($52)
Silky and smooth with crisp, juicy citrus fruit; mellow, balanced and long, complex with vanilla, toast and sweet new oak; long and balanced.
The Value Picks
92 – Morgan Winery 2018 Dry Riesling, Double L Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($24)
Soft peach nose; crisp, juicy with tangy citrus and green apple fruit; dry, fresh and racy with pure flavors and excellent balance; long and pure.
92 – Foppiano Vineyards 2017 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($20)
This 123-year old winery is producing lovely wines thanks to a revival under winemaker Nova Perrill; this beautiful wine is smooth, balanced and juicy with notes of stone fruits and citrus; long and luscious.
91 – St. Urbans-Hof 2018 Nik Weis Estate Riesling Bottled Dry, Mosel ($18)
Silky and crisp, dry and juicy with tangy citrus and racy acidity.
90 – Lucky Rock Wine Co 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Country Cuvée, Lake, Napa ($17)
Grassy nose; juicy, crisp and clean with bright, tangy, lively acidity; silky, fresh and long.
90 – Flat Top Hills 2018 Chardonnay, California ($14)
Silky and smooth with lush style; ripe, creamy and balanced, rich, juicy and toasty; long and generous.
The Best Sparkling, Rosé, and Dessert Wine of June 2019
The Best of the Best
91 – Etrusca 2018 Natalia Rosé, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast ($27)
Pale pink color; silky texture, dry, smooth and juicy; soft strawberry fruit, pristine and fresh with a long, bright finish
97 – Champagne Palmer & Co 2009 Brut Champagne, France ($125)
Exquisite and juicy, refined and layered with remarkable finesse; where has this house been all my life? A stunning wine that punches all the buttons – juicy, fresh, elegant, and long.
93 – Krohn 1982 Colheita Port, Mendoza, Argentina ($73)
Medium amber color; smooth, toasty nose; lush, creamy, sweet and rich with spice, depth, complexity and rancio.
92 – Krohn 1996 Colheita Port, Mendoza, Argentina ($45)
Rich amber color; lush, creamy and deep with rancio, sweetness and spice; juicy, silky and complex with toast and berry fruit.
90 – Krohn NV 10-Year Old Tawny, Mendoza, Argentina ($25)
Rich mahogany color; smooth, crisp and racy with a dose of rancio; clean, toasty and semisweet.
90 – Château Miraval 2018 Rosé, Côtes de Provence ($28)
Pale pink color; bright and juicy, dry and silky with tangy acid structure; among a crowded field, this one stands out; this is the 1,200-acre property owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
91 – Pascual Toso 2018 Barrancas Toso Rosé, Maipu District ($22)
Pale pink; crisp and juicy, tangy and fresh, lively, bright and balanced; long and brisk.
91 – Bouvet-Ladubay 2016 Saphir, Saumur Brut AOC ($20)
Fresh, round and expressing crisp apple fruit; smooth, bright and juicy with elegance and finesse; long and tangy.
92 – Quinta do Vallado 2017 Moscatel Galego, Prima Vinha Branco, Portugal ($25)
Smooth, spicy nose; juicy, crisp and lovely with ripe peach and soft acidity; long, fresh and balanced.
92 – Field Stone Winery 2013 Late Harvest Viognier, Staten Family Reserve, Estate Bottled, Alexander Valley ($25)
Deep amber color; creamy and aromatic, sweet and floral with silky texture and juicy fruit; despite the high sugar, nicely balanced.
The Value Picks
For those looking for a great wine and a great deal.
91 – Smoking Loon 2018 Steelbird Rosé, California ($10)
Medium pink color; strawberry nose; silky texture, smooth flavors of rhubarb, strawberry and bright watermelon; an astonishing value – stock up.
91 – Poema NV Brut Rosado, CavaCava ($13)
Pale pink color; bright strawberry nose; fresh, bright and juicy with lively bubbles and tangy crisp style; an amazing value.
92 – Krohn NV Lagrima White Porto, Douro, Portugal ($16)
Bright amber color; spicy, earthy nose; sweet, smooth and toasty with spice and rancio; bright fruit and tangy, long finish; an amazing value.
90 – Rivarosé NV Sparkling Rosé, Mediterranee IGP ($17)
Pale pink color; crisp and dry with delightful fresh peach fruit and tangy acid structure, pleasant spritz; amazing value; here’s your summer drink.
89 – Chapoutier 2018 Domaine de Bila-Haut, Pays D’Oc IGP ($17)
Pale pink color; smooth, lush and juicy with racy acidity; strawberry and fresh, lush fruit; long and tangy.