Thursday, December 31, 2009

(NW's)Top Ten Wines of 2009

(Not the best I tasted- those would mostly be older, hard-to-find wines. Rather, these are the most exciting, widely available, and in most cases good values)

(1) Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille 2005 ($26) powerful, well made, will age gracefully

(2) Truchard Carneros Roussanne 2005 ($20) the most interesting white wine I tasted all year

(3) Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2003 ($22) Tuscany in a bottle, bought a case at a special price

(4) Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel 2005 ($20) big, yet still balanced, widely available

(5) Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2003 ($46) hard to describe the mystery of Amarone

(6) Concha Y Toro Marques Casa Concha Merlot 2005 ($15) dense and flavorful, rediscover Merlot

(7) Daniel Baurraud Pouilly-Fuisse Les Crays 2003 ($40) a good white Burgundy like this is worth seeking out

(8) J.L. Chave Selection Mon Coeur Cotes-du-Rhone 2006 ($17) could be mistaken for a good Chateauneuf

(9) Chateau Pesquie Terrassas 2007 ($12) versatile wine and a great value

(10) Dry Creek Vineyards Fume Blanc 2007 ($12) beautiful wine and a great value

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