While I tasted some exceptional and exceptionally expensive wines while out with business partners, I wanted to focus on excellent wines that are generally available in your local wine shops. 2009 was also a year where I tasted more sparkling and Champagne wines than in any year previous. For that reason my 2009 Top 10 Wines List contains more bubbly than other wines. So Raise a Glass to 2010 and to great wines tasted in 2009.
10. 2004 Barolo Beni de Batasiolo Big, woody and complex; 75 Swiss Francs at a restaurant in Geneva or about $40 online in the USA.
9. 2006 Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape. NW of this blog encouraged me to get into Chateauneuf du Papes and in 2009 I did! The best Chateau Neuf I had in 2009. $39.
8.Heidsieck & Co Monopole Blue Top Brut Champagne (NV). Aaah Champagne! Is there anything it cannot do? Affordable at $30.
7. 2007 Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Red wine. Full of berries and spice and character. I paid $35 for this bottle.
6.Tapestry Shiraz 2006. From the Bakers Gully vineyard, Mclaren Vale, Austrailia. I paid about $26 for this bottle. Showcases excellent Australian crafting.
5.Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2006. Buttery, creamy, and round melon flavors; about $36 bucks.
4. 2006 Turly Atlas Peak Mead Ranch Zinfandel. An exceptional mouth feel and balance and a coppery finish. About $45
3. Pommery Brut Royal Champagne A brilliant and challenging Champagne. At $43 it is a dapper evening on the town in a bottle.
2. Stags' Leap Napa Valley Petite Syrah 2005. Perky, tight and young with vanilla and cherry; about $36
1. Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne (NV). Hands down my favorite Champagne of the year. Fun, Rich, Exotic and Delicate. $45