If you work for Columbia Crest, then I bet it was!
2009 Clos de Oratoire from St. Emillion at 94 for $40 would be a good bet. They have been focusing on value and accessibility.
2008 Conterno Fantino at 95 for $96 might be a good sentimental pick to make the top 100 because the patriarch passed away this year. They have a history of sentimental picks and for wineries that are celebrating big anniversaries. That might help Calera above too since their release is an annniversary (35th) release wine.
I don't buy based upon the List, but sometimes it does heighten my awareness of some wineries and make me do some research, which is fun. It's fun to speculate when the stakes are so low.
+1 - and I would add the 2011 Kosta Browne WOTY selection as another "yawn" example. We continue to purchase Kosta Browne since my wife likes the wine. However, in my opinion the wine is certainly not the most exciting wine of the year for a serious wine consumer.
Thanks for your comments, and your guesses. We are always interested in seeing others' thoughts about their most exciting wines of the year. That's ultimately the goal of our Top 100 list -- to stimulate conversation about the year just past, and which wines really got people excited. RedLoverJim hit the nail on the head.
I understand your statement about CC being #1 being a let down and am trying figure out my opinion on the matter. I think it is pretty exciting that a producer that makes 100000s of cases a year can produce a world-class, affordable wine. I am on the Kosta Browne waiting list and I work with the distributor at my restaurant and can't get any of it in an shape or form so what good is it? It doesn't make it any worse of a wine but it sucks a little. Its like when I read about a wine in WS insider that was 98 points but imported 1 case. ONE case. It might as well of been an unicorn cause there is no chance of that making its way to Michigan, that's for sure. I guess what I am getting at is that accessibility and QPR are pretty exciting sometimes.
An interesting wine this year is a WA merlot, Pedestal Merlot Columbia Valley, 95 pts, 1994 cases, $55 per btl. If you search all Merlots-all prices, all years since WS kept ratings, receiving a 95 or better, you'll find only five. One received top honors(Paloma 2001) in 2003 top 100. Two others are basically blends and before that, you go back to 1992 for Leonetti.
Could crack the top 3.This message has been edited. Last edited by: redmeatredwine,
I still can't believe the 2003 Leoville Barton didn't get WOTY a few years back. Protesting the list ever since!! jk...
Have no idea who's going to win but maybe a Bordeaux? Another vintage of the lifetime! Are Australian wine sales lacking? Maybe WS can name an Australian wine as WOTY to give them a boost.
Glenn - that CC wasn't the regular bottling was it? It was the Reserve. And that wasn't really a bad choice. They've never said that the WOTY has to be the very best wine they had all year; there are other factors. And the idea that CC consistently turns out good and sometimes really good wines at reasonable prices - that's not all that bad. The Guigal CdP was also WOTY once and that's basically a negociant wine. So the CC is quite defensible IMO. Setting aside of course, the entire idea of a wine of the year!
I tend to think 2009 Bordeaux for number one. It's usually got to have at least a 95 score to get the one spot. The other factor with process is I bet there is some horse trading by the editors and Molesworth already has about four wines he covers in the top 9. Bordeaux is really due though and there would be a lot of candidates. Canon la Gaff or Smith Haut Lafitte.
I'll play along and go with an '09 left bank Bordeaux as WOTY. There were many to choose from but I'll guess Pontet Canet or Leoville Poyfrere.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
I tasted the '99 Guigal CdP:
"Grape works as a soda - sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie." - Larry David
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