Sunday, October 28, 2007

Wine prospects from Wine Spectator top 2005 and 2006 lists

Below are some of the more interesting wines (to me) from the Wine Spectator Top 100 2005 and 2006 lists for which I'll be keeping my eyes open in upcoming months. These stand out because of unusual quality/price rations for the particular varietal, or just because I think I may particularly enjoy them. Interesting to note that the 2006 list of prospects is only about half the size of the 2005 list... eroding quality/price ratios in top wines, perhaps???

Listed is: Rank, Winery, Label, Vintage, Wine Spectator Rating, Retail Price.

2006 List:

4 Concha y Toro
Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2003 96 / $47

7 Kosta Browne
Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2004 96 / $38

16 Langmeil
Shiraz Barossa Valley Floor 2004 94 / $23

43 Yangarra Estate
Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre McLaren Vale Cadenzia 2004 93 / $25

46 The Royal Tokaji Wine Co.
Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos Red Label 2000 93 / $32

48 Pirramimma
Shiraz McLaren Vale 2003 92 / $23

79 Johannishof
Riesling Kabinett Rheingau Johannisbsberg 2004 93 / $17

2005 List:

3 Rosenblum
Zinfandel Rockpile Rockpile Road Vineyard 2003 94 / $29
California

4 Concha y Toro
Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2001
95 / $45
Chile

11 Kosta Browne
Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2003 95 / $28 • California

12 Crocker & Starr
Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2004 94 / $23 • California

15 W.H. Smith Wines
Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Maritime Vineyard 2003 97 / $45 • California

18 Thorn-Clarke
Shiraz Barossa Valley Shotfire Ridge 2003 93 / $20 • Australia

27 Quinta do Vallado
Douro Reserva 2003 94 / $36 • Portugal

32 Rosemount
GSM South Australia 2001 93 / $30 • Australia

33 Columbia Crest
Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley 2002 93 / $35 • Washington

34 Buehler
Zinfandel Napa Valley 2003 93 / $15 • California

35 Château Lagrange
St.-Julien 2002 92 / $25 • Bordeaux

41 St.-Urbans-Hof
Riesling QbA Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 2004 91 / $11 • Germany

43 Finca Luzón
Jumilla Altos de Luzón 2003 93 / $16 • Spain

44 Novy
Syrah Sonoma County 2003 92 / $19 • California

45 Wilson
Riesling Clare Valley Polish Hill River 2003 92 / $19 • Australia

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