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Top 5 Over-$50 New World Red Wines You’ve Never Heard Of!

Top 5 Over-$50 New World Red Wines You’ve Never Heard Of!

Top 5 Over-$50 New World Red Wines You’ve Never Heard Of!

By Zach Glassman, CSW

Maybe I’m just a nerd for New World wines (any time I suggest a new wine for the store, Mike’s response is “is it a California Red?” Most times - yes!) but there’s no denying the appeal. They’re big, they’re juicy, they’re rich, and they come from trusted brands that have become household names. Sometimes, however, you want a new experience and you’re willing to pay a little more. And why not? Drinking wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures! Whether you’re buying a gift or giving a gift to yourself, these wines are some of the best - even if you’ve never heard of them!

Brick and Mortar 'La Perla Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2016

Brick and Mortar ‘La Perla Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2016

100% Pinot Noir - Sonoma, California

$49.99 ($45 on 6 bottles, $42.49 on 12 bottles)

Situated directly across the street from one of my favorite wineries in Sonoma, somehow I managed to miss this one entirely, but what a discovery when I tried this wine! Founded in 2011 by a husband and wife team, Brick and Mortar makes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah only, and in fairly small batches. Try to find this in stores and you may be sorely out of luck - but at Bogey’s, you’re in for a treat!

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Three Sticks Wines 'Price Family Estates' Pinot Noir 2020

Three Sticks Wines ‘Price Family Estates’ Pinot Noir 2020

100% Pinot Noir - Sonoma, California

$59.99 ($54 on 6 bottles, $50.99 on 12 bottles)

Chances are you might have missed Three Sticks. I was introduced to it while living in Sonoma in 2016, but I hadn’t seen it in a retail store until I brought it into my store here in New York this year. Three Sticks is one of those totally under-the-radar wineries. They have a small adobe tasting room off the square in the town of Sonoma where they show off their world-class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays (the only two varietals they make). If you’re going to be in Sonoma, I couldn’t recommend their tasting room or tasting experience more highly. And if you aren’t, take advantage of our price for this estate vineyard Pinot Noir. 

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Jayson Pahlmeyer Red Blend 2018

Pahlmeyer 'Jayson' Red Blend 2018

70% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 4% Zinfandel, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petite Sirah - Napa, California

$61.99 ($55.80 on 6 bottles, $52.69 on 12 bottles)

Another story of my life in California. I lived in Napa and worked in Yountville at a wine collective that sold the top tier Pahlmeyer wines and they had a small, but dedicated, following. At $175 per bottle, these wines were flying off the shelf, but lesser known is their “baby brand” or second label, Jayson Pahlmeyer. Made of the grapes that didn’t make it into the top end wines, but which were still way too nice to sell off, Jayson wines are out-of-this-world good. And for good reason! Acclaimed winemaker Randy Dunn makes these wines and is unbelievably good at making them better and better every year! Pahlmeyer is tough to find, but not so tough if you’re at Bogey’s!

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K Vintners 'Rockgarden Vineyard' Syrah 2018

K Vintners ‘Rockgarden Vineyard’ Syrah 2018

100% Syrah - Walla Walla, Washington

$64.99 ($58.50 on 6 bottles, $55.24 on 12 bottles)

I would bet ready money that you’ve heard of some of the other wines under the House of Smith wine umbrella - Substance, Sixto, and Casasmith among them. Charles Smith, the visionary behind the brand, now has over 50 wines to his name, but K Vintners sits at the very top and remains somewhat unknown and not without reason. These wines are made in the lowest quantity and sit at the highest prices for the brand, but let me tell you - once you’ve had these exquisite Syrahs, you’ll be hard pressed to go back to anything else and I’m not the only one who thinks so. James Suckling gave this one 96 points, saying “Full-bodied with chewy tannins that are structured and intense. Flavorful and polished at the end with just a hint of coffee.” Can you argue with that?

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Nickel and Nickel 'State Ranch Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Nickel and Nickel ‘State Ranch Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

100% Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California

$129.99 ($117 on 6 bottles, $110.49 on 12 bottles)

Ok, so I’m cheating a little here just to get this beauty on my list. I’m sure you’ve heard of Nickel and Nickel but in case you haven’t, this is the same brand as Far Niente, but focused in a way that Far Niente isn’t - all Nickel and Nickel wines are pure expressions of a grape (or, in simpler terms, each wine is 100% of the grape on the label - no blends here). Additionally, this wine is from a single vineyard in Napa Valley, home of (in many minds) the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. If you’ve had Far Niente’s Cabernet Sauvignon, trust me, this one will knock your socks off and make you a firm Nickel and Nickel groupie. It did the same for me! 

This item is *extremely* limited. First come, first served.

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