Saturday, November 24, 2007

Wine prospects from 2007 Wine Spectator top 100 list

Taking a cue from an exercise I performed for 2005 and 2006, below are selected wines from the Wine Spectator 2007 top 100 list for which I'll be keeping alert. I'd love to hear from you by comment if you've tried any.

Listed are: Top 100 Rank, Wine Spectator Rating, Retail Price, Winery, Label, Vintage :

1 98 $80 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005

2 95 $35 Ridge Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Santa Cruz Mountain Estate 2005

5 95 $60 Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2005

8 95 $80 Mollydooker Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnival of Love 2006 (already reviewed here)

14 97 $45 Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Auslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2005

16 93 $25 Schild Shiraz Barossa 2005

17 93 $35 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley 2005

22 93 $35 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago 2005

24 94 $40 John Duval Entity Barossa Valley 2005 (already reviewed here)

25 94 $40 Argyle Extended Tirage Willamette Valley 1997

29 92 $17 Mount Eden Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard 2004

30 92 $25 Viña Montes Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha Apalta Vineyard 2005

35 91 $13 Chateau St. Jean Fumé Blanc Sonoma County 2005

36 91 $15 Drylands Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006

37 92 $19 Navarro Zinfandel Mendocino 2004

38 92 $19 Quinta do Infantado Douro Reserva 2003

41 93 $30 Four Vines Petite Sirah Paso Robles The Heretic 2004

42 91 $14 Freie Weingärtner Wachau Riesling Federspiel Trocken Wachau Terrassen Domäne Wachau 2005

45 92 $22 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Mendoza Viña Hormigas Reserva 2005

57 91 $22 Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Barossa Shotfire 2006 (reviewed the 2005 here)

61 91 $22 Belle Vallée Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2005

71 90 $11 Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2004

72 90 $11 Yellow Tail Shiraz South Eastern Australia The Reserve 2005

74 90 $13 Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte Briccotondo 2006

75 90 $12 La Marca Extra Dry Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene NV

83 91 $20 Château Pipeau St.-Emilion 2004

84 90 $16 d’Arenberg Viognier-Marsanne McLaren Vale The Hermit Crab 2006 (reviewed the 2005 here)

90 90 $12 Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Campo de Borja Tres Picos 2005

92 90 $14 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2006

All in all, this is a fullsome list, especially in comparison with 2005's paltry showing of only seven items. The most surprising entrant? Why, the Yellow Tail (reserve), of course!

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