With the new cellar tracker it took a bit longer to go through all the notes for my top ten and it might change via one wine as we have a horizontal 2002 Champagne Tasting coming up but here is my list:
1. 1996 Château Margaux - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (10/6/2012)
A hammer lock for wine of the year! Amazing and the groups wine of the night! Blueberries, coffee, chocolate, leather and minerals. Complex and wonderful perfume to this wine. Decanted 3 plus hours and it never lost a step in the glass for over 2 more. Long finish and young wine. Wine of the Vintage? (99 pts.)
Not really much time needed to put this one at number one. This is the best wine I have tasted in my life and a wine to revisit again hopefully in the next decade. I wish I could afford to drink wines like this from even better vintages but I did not win the lottery last Wednesday.
2. 2004 Greenock Creek Shiraz Apricot Block - Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley (10/28/2012)
DAY 2 REVIEW: Mega complex nose of roasted meats, coffee beans, soy, charcoal and exotic spices. On the palate dense with the addition of raspberries. Fine sediment and long finish. An amazing transformation and a top Shiraz for 2012. 96 points plus (96 pts.)
This is why I love to experiment with day one, day 2, etc. Many wines are just not ready to drink but the transformation the next day or two will reveal so much more. Day one 92 and day two shows the best Shiraz from Australia I tasted in 2012.
3. 2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Aro - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (4/22/2012)
A early top ten wine of the year. A powerhouse and tannic but showing a ton. Blackberries, bing cherries, leather, cigar, oak, vanilla and a hint of mint. Long finish, complex and age worthy. Drink now through 2030. 96-98. (96 pts.)
Of course this year’s top ten is not factoring price and this $150 wine should become a masterpiece. From 2004 my favorite vintage from Spain this wine shows a ton and needed some serious decanting. Hold for a decade and enjoy!
4. 2005 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage (1/15/2012)
Close to the best wine I have ever had and over time it might get there. Intense nose with white pepper, blueberries, roses, raspberries, mild oak and minerals. Complex is an understatement and the palate and finish just change over and over. The finish on this wine is over a minute and a true wine to savor. A pure effort that will improve. This could get to 100 for me. 97-100. (97 pts.)
While young this is drinking unbelievable. Super complex effort and a wine everyone should drink that is just getting into this hobby to see what Northern Rhone Syrah is all about.
5. NV Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut - France, Champagne (11/28/2012)
Great stuff and as good as many vintage Champagnes. For $28 a super QPR. Minerals, sour apples, spice and pear. Crisp wine and refreshing. Complex, medium finish. (93 pts.)
By far the cheapest top ten of the year and this might outperform many vintage efforts for four times the price. I have tasted this wine 5 times this year and they all are in the range of 91-93. Well done Piper!
6. 2008 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Botanica - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (3/31/2012)
Light in color. Exotic nose of floral, dust, earth, cranberry and smoke. Complex wine with a medium plus finish. Improved with some time and this has a decade plus of enjoyment. (94 pts.)
A new find in 2012 and it won’t be the last. Wonderful, balance Pinot Noir that for the money will beat just about all from Burgundy.
7. 2008 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Nahe (6/3/2012)
Super light in color, almost clear. Appricots, floral, peaches and super balanced. A touch of sweetness but this should really age into an amazing wine in a decade or enjoy right now! (94 pts.)
I love Riesling and this was the best German of the year. This should age a long time and can be enjoyed today.
8. 2009 Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru (4/6/2012)
Should improve with age and my wine of the night! Complex with earth, ripe fruit, coffee and spices. The perfect "funk" quality on the nose that makes you realize how good Burgundy can be. Long finish and tannic and should age nicely for 30 years. 94-96. (94 pts.)
Tasted at a Winestreets private dinner event this wine shows how good young Pinot can be but promises so much more with cellaring. Thanks Brad.
9. 2008 Kitchak Cellars Adagio - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena (5/17/2012)
One of the best wines in Napa Valley for under $100. Intense nose of cherry, oak, vanilla, licorice, blueberries and tobacco. Firm tannins and super long finish. Concentrated wine and this will age a decade or more. Outstanding and a chance to improve in the bottle. (95 pts.)
An undiscovered Napa gem that the wine geeks have not discovered. Every vintage tasted so far as knocked my socks off.
10. 1996 Château Léoville Las Cases - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (5/5/2012)
My wine of the night and groups wine of the night. An amazing effort that is balanced, powerful, graceful, elegant, etc. One of the best wines from Bordeaux I have sampled to date. Intense nose of clay, chocolate, figs, stones and raspberries. Long finish and complex. Drink now- 2040. Wonderful effort!!! (97 pts.)
My number ten wine that should age for 30 years. Again if I could only afford to drink these Super Seconds more often.
Interesting list and a great read, wineglas.
You still have a month to go and pre-Holiday.
You just may find yourself editing your top 10 releasing this early
true on the editing
The Vilmart might sneak in after sampling in a few weeks.
2002 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée
Nice list and good read.
How'd you put your list together? Did you figure in QPR, X Factor or whatever? Its your list and obviously you can do it however you like, just curious how a 97 point wine places so far below a 91-93 pointer.
I threw the price out the window this year. Some of the top ten are of course under $50 which is what I can afford but our club will all throw in a few hundred twice a year and drink wines we can't normally drink and I would never buy solo.
I like to try and mix it up with different regions also. Could not find a Barolo or Super
Tuscan this year.
2002 Ruinart Champagne just made the list.
•2002 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs - France, Champagne (12/16/2012)
2002 Champagne Tasting (Jan's House): Well hello! My Champagne of the night and the lowest priced one, double winner. Almond, citrus, berries, green apples and minerals. A bit tart in a good way on the palate and the longest finish of the night. Two plus minutes. Super complex and still young. This should evolve over 2 decades. Wonderful and just moved into my top ten of the year. (96 pts.)
I am going to have to do this from memory -it has been a great year of wine again, but I have not kept as many tasting notes.
1 '99 Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin clos st jacques
2 '70 Latour - had this twice this year, amazing wine
3 '89 Guiraud
4 '90 Latour
5 '90 Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis
6 '82 Leoville Poyferre
7 '83 Margaux - drank this with grossie in Beaune of all places!
8 '99 Chave Hermitage (red)
9 1863 Malmsey Madeira BBR bottling 1973
10 '97 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
11. '67 Baummard Quarts des Chaumes - incredible
Oops, that was 11.
Have a great holiday season one and all
must not buy any more wine, must not buy any more wine... DOH!!!!
You're less than 60 hours away from a lineup that might produce another substitution into your list, wineglas!
1996 Chateau Margaux
2002 Shafer Hillside
1990 Chateau d'Yquem
1996 Taittinger Comtes
N/V Krug Grand Cuvee
1967 Bertani Amarone Classico
1987 Dunn Howell Mt Cabernet Sauvignon
1991 Beringer Private reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2000 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion
2001 Chateau Haut Brion
2004 Penfolds Grange
2009 Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay
2009 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard
DESSERT WINE: 2005 Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes
"Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt. " - Sam
Cool (short) list, I thought it was top 10...
I have a case of the 05 Rieussec to be delivered, looking forward to it! Rieussec is one wine I can almost always spot blind (sounds like a dare, no?)
must not buy any more wine, must not buy any more wine... DOH!!!!
Might have one today that might make it and we will see on Wednesday. The company will surely be 100 points!
2012 has been a great wine year....
Here are my top 10 (sorry 16...):
1971 DRC Romane Conti - 98pts
1971 Jacques Prieur Chambertin - 99pts
1990 Momessin Clos de Tart - 98pts
2001 Yquem - 100pts
2004 Masseto - 99+pts
1991 Chapoutier La Mordoree - 100pts
1990 Jaboulet La Chapelle - 99pts
1989 Chave Hermitage - 99pts
1993 Compte Armand Clos de Eppeneaux - 98+pts
1995 DRC Montrachet - 97pts
1983 Chateau Palmer - 98pts
1989 Haut Brion - 100pts
1989 La mission Haut Brion - 99pts
1921 Yquem - 96pts
1900 Latour - 96pts
1899 Lafite -95pts
So many others....holy shit this has been a great year, feel so blessed
Two things I noticed while giving this some thought: First, I thought I drank more Burgundy this year than I actually have. I believe most of the good Burgundy came at the tail end of 2011. Second, I didn't drink a lot of great whites this year. I will try and remedy both these problems in 2013
2005 Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay
1993 Robert Arnoux Romanee St. Vivant
1997 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino
1954 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon
1982 Randy Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
1982 Chateau La Tour Haut Brion
1982 Chateau Haut Brion
1982 Leoville Las Cases
1982 Penfold's Grange
2002 Clos du Tart
This can change over the next 6 days
There don't seem to be many tasting notes in here...
Alright....I'll get on it, hopefully tomorrow I'll have time to get the notes in on mine.
Dave Canada, you have an incredible list of wines. Very nice.
DC, 2012 was a great year for you. Congrats. I hope 2013 is equally as good. The KW group all did very well. Makes me wish I took the job back in '87.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
KW would have been better for it Larry! You are always welcome here! Would love to have you back for a tasting. Let us know when you are available.
Glad to have been able to share 2 of your top wines with you in 2012. Hope to do the same in the New Year.
Here's a top 10. Many older wines, lot more Burgundy than before and starting to explore Piemonte...
1978 Château Léoville Las Cases Grand Cru Classé St-Julien
2004 Domaine Clusel Roch Côte-Rôtie Les Grandes Places
1996 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc
2006 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole
1997 Ridge Vineyards Sonoma Station Zinfandel
2009 Maison Louis Jadot Beaune 1er cru Cuvée 150 ans
2009 Domaine Chanson Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode
2008 Domaine Dujac Morey-Saint-Denis
2007 René Rostaing Côte Rôtie
2004 G. Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
Since I have no "epic" wines planned for consumption between now and years end, this is my list from memory:
1926 Leoville las Cases
1953 Pierre Ponnelle Chambertin
1955 Chateau Montrose
1955 Biondi Santi Riserva Brunello di Montalcino
1959 Chateau Calon Segur
1961 Charles Vienot Clos de Beze
1979 Martin Ray Napa Valley Lake Pinot Noir
1980 Col d'Orcia Riserva Brunello di Montalcino
1989 Vietti Villero Riserva Barolo
1990 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
2009 Ramonet Montrachet
Many others that were close but these stood out the most for me in 2012.
This has been an absolutely phenomenal year for wine drinking. Looking back at my tasting notes, I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to drink such wonderful wines, in the company of good friends. I was not able to stay true to the original terms of this thread, but tried to keep it close at 15 wines. I have also included an honorable mentions section, which I have limited to 10 for red, and 5 for white. As this is only my second year taking this hobby seriously, I am very excited (or horrified) to see what the future holds.
THE TOP 15:
HONOURABLE MENTIONS; RED:
1899 Château Lafite Rothschild
1990 Mommessin Clos de Tart
1900 Château Latour Grand Vin
1989 Château Montrose
1989 Château Palmer
1993 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux
1991 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage
1989 Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf
1995 M. Chapoutier Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée
2001 Château Pavie
HONOURABLE MENTIONS; DRY WHITE, SPARKLING, SWEET:
2008 Bouchard Père et Fils Montrachet
1921 Château d'Yquem
1996 Salon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
1998 Krug Champagne Brut
1997 Salon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
I'm feeling a bit lazy and given that fact that I had all of these wines as well and agree with Andrew's scores...i'm just going to defer to AML.....I like his list
I suck at lists like this as I can’t remember what I have had over the last 2 months let alone a year! That said, the best wine to touch my lips this year was hands down the 1991 Guigal La Mouline. I don’t know what perfect tastes like, but this has to be close.
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