THE BEST recent wine vintages

by toleranttaster

wsvintagechart_cropI recently joined the American Wine Society and received this interesting reference (a vintage chart). There are numerous publications that provide vintage charts (with ratings, of course) but this one is different in that it ranks vintages against each other.

Basically this means that each wine region can only have one (or two) top vintages.

Also, these ranking are updated every year based on how the wines are aging.

To use the chart simply look at the wine regions and see where I have outlined the highest ranking in red. (1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest.

The highest numbers are the best vintages.

It’s that simple…

Let me know if you agree with their rankings.

 

 

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2005_OakvilleRanch_6L Recently I was fortunate enough to try wine from a pretty large bottle. The wine was a 6L (holds 8 bottles) 2005 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was bursting of red/black fruit, especially cassis, had an excellent mid-palate and a long ROUND finish. I couldn’t believe how soft this wine tasted. I then asked the owner how long the bottle had been open. “Two days”, he replied “and it is finally drinking really well”. “Very tannic when we first opened it”.

So what is it with BIG bottles of wine? They are very hard to store. They are generally difficult to find. They almost ALWAYS cost more than if you had bought the single bottles, separately.

There are obvious fun factors- they are cool to break out at parties and it is entertaining to watch someone pour from the really large ones. However there are some very important reasons to go big…

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2001_CVNE_GranReserveThis is the short list of wines, from the annual Wine Spectator Top 100 List, that are under $20.

Last years list contained 27 wines under $20, this years, only 16.

You know the drill…

Ranking/wine/price. Red wines are colored red. If I have tried the wine, and would recommend purchasing, it is TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

 #100- Badia a Coltibuono Toscana Cancelli- $10 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#69- Boutari Naoussa-$18

#68- Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard- $15 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#56- Robert Eymael (Mönchhof) Riesling QbA Mosel- $17

#55- A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon- $18 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#53-Domäne Wachau Riesling Federspiel Trocken Wachau Terrassen- $13

#52- Paringa Shiraz South Australia- $11

#51- Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl Evergreen- $12 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#43- Godelia Godello Bierzo Selección- $14

#41-Red Heads Studio Shiraz McLaren Vale Barrel Monkeys

#39- Viña Herminia Rioja Excelsus- $18

#36- Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva- $20 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#35- Château du Retout Haut-Médoc- $18

#34- Bodegas Valdemar Rioja Inspiración Selección- $20

#33- Ravines Riesling Finger Lakes Dry- $17 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#32- Bodegas Hidalgo Gitana Manzanilla Jerez La Gitana- $19

 

The #1 wine of the year (2004 Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva) at $63  is no bargain. However I discovered the 2001 vintage (pictured above)- which is probably drinking better right now, for under $40! Score. TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED. 

Please let me know if you have tried any of these and give your opinion.

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