2019 Espectacle del Montsant (Spain) $154
2018 Gran Enemigo El Cepillo Cabernet Franc (Argentina) $112
2018 Zuccardi Alluvional Gualtallary Malbec (Argentina) $88
2017 Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot (Australia) $61
2020 Dominio de Pingus PSI (Spain) $35
My red selections for off the beaten path are, admittedly, not far off the path for an avid wine drinker. But for a shop where our list has historically skewed towards France and California, I’ve been delighted this year to add some incredible bottles from Spain, South America, and Australia. Every one of the bottles listed above has received well-deserved critical acclaim (99 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate for the Espectacle del Montsant; 97 for the Gran Enemigo El Cepillo) and represents excellence across a range of five different grape varietals.