Indeed, and even better we could share them together.
I also still think of the '79 Martin Ray Pinot. This message has been edited. Last edited by: wine+art,
Just last night I was telling a friend about this wine and how well it was showing the night we had it. I also remember the label... CONTENTS: 1 PT. 8 FL. OZ.
I didn't drink very much wine in 2012, but the 2002 Spottswoode was a beauty!
My "wine" of the year was actually the offline in Montreal with Longboarder, Robo Porker, KSCOs, basecadet and Vinaigre. It just so happens that we enjoyed amazing food at Joes Bistro along with fabulous wines. The '90 Beaucastel, '80 Col D'Orcia, '84 Diamond Creek Lake enjoyed on the patio with artisan cheeses and great friends just added to the pleasantries of the weekend. The '90 Guigal La Turque was wonderful, but truly enhanced by the company and food. I have been blessed with great family and friends. Who could ask for nything more.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
Funny I was talking about that night and the same 1 PT. 8 FL. OZ. as well last week. The 61 vienot clos de beze and the 79 Martin ray Pinot rank in the top 5 pinots I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.
1986 Leoville Barton
Fantastic! I can still taste it....
The Martin Ray was fantastic and as surprising as the Geyserville. Definitely the best CA Pinot I have tasted.
Same as the thread I started in tasting notes.
Oh, not only the best Cali Pinot I have ever tried, I do not know what I would place second.
I'm wanting another '61 Burgundy. My mouth is salivating just thinking about the wine.
I cut back quite a bit this year from years past. Already posted my favorite champagne on the other thread.
White: 2005 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc
Red: 2007 Sine Qua Non Syrah Dangerous Birds
"One may dislike carrots, spinach, beetroot, or the skin on hot milk. But not wine. It is like hating the air that one breathes, since each is equally indispensable."
1982 Haut Brion.
I have a split between 1982 La Tour Haut Brion and 1982 Penfold's Grange. Very slight edge to 1982 Penfold's Grange, very slight. Both were outstanding.
For Domino and I, 2012 may well be the year by which all others are measured. We drank/tasted a lot of incredible wines this year, the majority of which were shared with us by good friends. I too ended up having a tie...my co-WOTY:
1990 Château La Mission Haut-Brion
1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin
Wine is passion. It is family and friends, warmth of heart, and generosity of spirit.
~ Robert Mondavi
1995 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder
"...And so ultimately you didn't blame Lil John or Meat Loaf. You fired Gary Busey. And these are the kinds of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well-handled, sir. Well-handled."
My modest list
2002 Domain des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Clos de Sainte Catherine
1969 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve
2003 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul
2004 Torbreck Run Rig
1996 Henriot cuvée des enchanteleurs
2002 Bollinger la grande annee brut
2002 Rougeard le Bourg
2007 Confuron-Cotetidot Echezeaux
If I had to choose just one, it would have to be the 1990 Avignonesi Vin Santo, but then I'm biased toward the stickies (My #1 wine last year was also a stickie - the '01 Chateau d'Yquem). Despite being over 20 years old, this amazing Vin Santo had so much energy and depth, with layers and layers of decadent flavors!
If we're naming the best in categories, my best red would be the 2006 SQN Grenache "In the Crosshairs", my favorite white was the 2010 Guigal Condrieu La Doriane, and my favorite bubbly was the 2002 H. Billiot Brut, and since a stickie cleared the rest of the field, I'll give an honorable mention to the 1998 Kracher #13 Chardonnay Nouvelle Vague, also equal-to-or-greater-than any red, white, or bubbly I had this past year.
De gustibus non est disputandum.
+1 on Stickman's SQN!
Glad I was there to share his wine with him!!!
2012 was over the top , thanks to the TWC and visiting forumites from out of town.
The 1983 D'Yquem was a close to perfection as I've tasted in a white sticky and kicked but over the renowned 89 and 62 D'Yquems imo. Thanks Rob.
1983 D'Yquem WOTY (c/o Rob S)
1990 Guiraud, 1976 Roumieu & Gilette close behind
2002 RDM Cab Franc Icewine
1998 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto (c/o on the wine)
1986 Cheval Blanc
1989 Latour (c/o winderlust)
1989 La Chapelle (c/o mangiare)
1979 La Chapelle (c/o VinT?)
1989 Leoville Barton
1982 Leoville Poyferre (c/o aav28)
2006 Beaucastel Roussane Vieux Vignes (c/o DoktaP)
1999 Salon (c/o aav28)
1990 Heidsieck (c/o Mangiare)
BEST DINNER OF THE YEAR: Cos/PL at Mangiare's!!!
Next best dinner: all the rest with forumites.
I thought the 1999 Delas Hermitage Marquis de la Tourettes that you brought to our pre-Christmas lunch certainly deserved at least an honourable mention.
+1 on that Delas!
1982 Château Gruaud Larose c/o DoktaP
Agree, the 1999 Delas Tourettes was one of the better Rhone wines of the year, and in the sweet spot for drinking now.
Such a good wine. Standing another.
<edit> the GL, that is...
1985 Dows (new years eve wine)/2010 Cuvée Baron Chateau Fortia
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