Luxury PVA Winners

Our final list of winners: the $50 to $125 price category


Today we're wrapping up our presentation of Snooth's Top 100 wines of the Year.

Unlike other Top 100 lists, you the consumer have played a critical role in determining our list. 80 of the top 100 wines were chosen by you as your favorites of 2013, the remainder being selected by yours truly!

I also want to take this opportunity to thank our nominating committee who helped put together a terrific list of well over 1000 wines for us all to choose from.

Thank you!

Eric Guido - The V.I.P. Table
Jon Thorsen - The Reverse Wine Snob
Julia Crowley - WineJulia
Bob Fyke - Brunello Bob
Mary Cressler - Vindulge

In case you missed it our other winners can be found here:

2013 Top Value Wines - 22 Wines
2013 Top Premium Wines - 29 Wines
2013 Top Super-Premium Wines - 28 wines

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 5e Cru Classe

Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2011 owes its structure and style, yet again, to a significant majority of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) which reflects the richness and potential of our terroir. Its color is a deep and intense red. The bouquet releases the typical aromas of black fruits and blackcurrant with added spices. The attack on the palate is pronounced, showing a structure that is both elegant and balanced. All together the wine allies finesse, freshness and persistence. We find this wine very much in the idiom of the fine vintages of Grand-Puy-Lacoste where elegance aligns with tannins which are both ripe and suave.  ~ The Winery ~

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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate

This wine shows deep dense plum color with great density. The nose opens with anise and spice before moving into rich layers of blackberry and cherry compote. All that great concentrated fruit is beautifully complemented with barrel tones of vanilla and clove. It is quite youthful and lively on the palate with a good firm acid core - great for food pairing - and abundant velvety tannin. Complex layers of black fruits through the mid palate, with good barrel spice underlayment throughout, are nicely complemented by bright red fruit on the finish. This wine is quite approachable so young, but it will definitely improve with additional time in the bottle, if you've got the patience. If you do plan to drink it now (through the end of '13), I'd recommend decanting it in order to help it open up even more. ~ The Winery ~

Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve

Our 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay offers delightfully fragrant, slightly yeasty aromas of ripe pear, apple and guava fruit complemented by hints of honeysuckle, mineral and toasted oak. It likewise hits the mark on the palate, delivering sensationally concentrated pear, spiced apple and melon flavors that culminate in a long finish lifted by zesty spice and mineral tones. Bold and beautifully balanced, with great depth and breadth of flavor, our 2012 Chardonnay is a delicious expression of a picture-perfect vintage. It will continue to please over the next 3-5 years. ~ The Winery ~


Sandeman Porto 30 Year Old Tawny

Sandeman's aged tawnys have a definite dryness, the wood an important part of the wine. While they are dry, the weight of rich, dried fruit flavors gives a good balance. Acidity mingles with the fruit, enriching the burnt character, giving a wine that is intensely rich rather than sweet. ~ The Winery ~

Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Late Harvest

A flamboyantly perfumed wine with luscious flavors of honey, peach, apricot and orange blossoms. The ample residual sugar leads to a voluptuously sweet and rich mouthfeel. Serve alongside poached pears, creamy cheesecake, lemon-hazelnut semifreddo or with blue cheese and walnuts for a savory option. ~ The Winery ~


Pride Mountain Cabernet Franc

This wine is all about dark flavors, from blueberry to blackberry to the purest dark chocolate. On the palate, the wine is a push-and-pull between its dense but round tannins and its thick mid-palate, a delicious competition to determine which side of its complex personality will prevail. The wine is blended with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon from our County Line Hillside and Winery Ruins (the site of the remains of Summit Winery, established in 1891 and destroyed by fire during the 1920's) vineyard blocks. With its fully ripe, blue-black flavors and none of the herbaceousness that Cabernet Franc is somewhat infamous for, this is our original "cult wine," a wine that represents well what we are all about at Pride Mountain Vineyards and that really stands out from the pack. ~ The Winery ~


Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010

The young wines taste distinctly of black berries, but not jam-like as many wines from the New World. There will often be relatively strong tannins (tannic acid). In the good Chateauneuf du Pape will be a long, spice and pepper characterized by taste and it always has a strong body. Most have an alcohol content of the other 14%, and it tasted, but the wines are never "drink through". Saving softens the wine, and if there is the right balance between fruit and tannins, sit with a very tasty and seductive wine that is quite different from all other wines in the world.  ~ The Winery ~

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2013 PVA Winners: Luxury

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 5e Cru Classe (2008)
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Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve (2010)
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Sandeman Porto 30 Year Old Tawny (NV)
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Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Late Harvest (2011)
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Pride Mountain Cabernet Franc (2010)
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Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape (2010)
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Tenuta San Leonardo Red Bordeaux Blend Trentino (2006)
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Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Southing (2009)
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Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin les Estournelles St Jacques (2010)
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Orin Swift Papillon Red (2010)
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La Rioja Alta Tempranillo Rioja Gran Reserva 904 (2001)
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Schramsberg J. Schram Napa Valley (2005)
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Zaca Mesa Black Bear Block Syrah (2009)
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Antinori Chianti Classico Marchese Antinori Riserva (2010)
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Holdredge Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Mazie Rose (2011)
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Barbera Cascina Francia Giacomo Conterno (2011)
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Francesco Rinaldi Figli & Barolo Cannubbio (2009)
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Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano (2008)
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Quinta Do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro (2010)
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Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (2007)
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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate (2009)
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  • Tignanello and Montestefano are my particular favorites on this list

    Oct 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

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