The wines here are listed in order of votes received, so the first wine is also the prize category wine. You could call it the most popular premium-priced wine in this year's People’s Voice Wine Awards. I’ve added a pair of Editor’s Choice wines at the end to round this out to 25 wines. This way, we will end up with 100 winners from this inaugural round of the Snooth People’s Voice Wine Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and stayed tuned for next week when we will unveil the winners of the Super-Premium categories.
I present Snooth’s top 25 premium wines, with winemaker’s notes attached.
Dessert White - Premium
Castello del Poggio Moscato d'Asti
Straw-yellow with golden reflections and a delicate mousse. Intense and very inviting, with delicate scents of underbrush, musk and peaches. Sweet but not at all cloying; well-balanced and with an extremely refined fruitiness. Sweet, balanced and not cloying, unusually fresh, richly fruity, superbly balanced and satisfyingly persistent.
Rose Sparkling - Premium
Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rose
The Mirabelle Brut Rosé is a specially crafted blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Schramsberg's select cool-climate vineyards in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas of Northern California. Pinot Noir lots, including a few fermented with skin contact, provide brightness of berry fruit and body, while Chardonnay lots lend length and zest to the palate. Additional flavor depth and aromatic complexity results from the blending of base wine lots aged in barrels and tanks for one or more years. The finished Brut Rosé exhibits fresh, elegant and toasty aromas that lead into lively and delicious fruit flavors on the palate.
Riesling - Premium
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling
The 2010 Pewsey Vale Riesling is a rich and intensely flavoured wine. Classic fruit aromas on the nose with talcum, crushed stone and limes and a hint of dried herbs. The palate shows great length and depth with lemon and limes. The wine finishes with a soft but fresh natural acidity which balances the flavour intensity and a minerality that will reward medium to long-term cellaring.
Cabernet Sauvignon - Premium
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate, ripe, jammy “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine really typifies the Wahluke Slope region with dark fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla. Vineyards in the area are more than a decade old now and showing character and complexity.
Red Blends - Premium
Yalumba the Scribbler
Yalumba has remained steadfast in its commitment to the Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Some of Australia’s most legendary wines have been made in this style, and at the forefront has been Yalumba, who set the benchmark with ‘The Signature’ series of wine, made continuously since 1962. Yalumba ‘The Scribbler' Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz is a youthful embodiment of ‘The Signature’ which reflects dedication to this blend and celebrates its heritage. This wine is full depth red in colour with purple hues, displaying an aroma of brooding Barossa Cabernet with dark berried fruits, hints of mint and leafiness. The palate is full and stylish showing Shiraz sweetness and plumminess, but finishing with long fine tannins. Perfect now, but will certainly cellar over the next 5-10 years. A perfect food match with a roasted rack of lamb.
Other White - Premium
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris
This 'Pinot Gris' shows bright, fruity, refreshing style with aromas of pear layered over a light citrus backbone and complemented by honeydew and green apple in the nose. A creamy, round mouthfeel highlights the nicely balanced acidity. Flavors open with fresh green apple, complemented by a bold minerality and notes of tropical fruit, leading into star fruit flavors in the finish with just a hint of sweetness. The small addition of Pinot Blanc, picked very ripe, adds emollient mouthfeel, and contributes to this classic Oregon style. While the Muscat adds flowery sweetness, the barrel fermented portions of the Pinot Gris add a kiss of toast and richness. The quintessential match with salmon. Wonderful with cheese, shellfish, chicken, salads and white fish. Serve chilled and allow to warm in the glass for optimal enjoyment.
Chardonnay - Premium
La Crema Chardonnay
The Sonoma Coast growing region begins at the Mendocino County border, continues along the western coastal edge of Sonoma County through the mouth of the Russian River Valley, and extends to the Los Carneros region on the southern Sonoma/Napa border. Similar to the Burgundy region of France, these vineyards offer an unusually long, cool and even growing season, where Chardonnay is beautifully aromatic, citrus-laced and layered.
Burgundy - Premium
Louis Jadot Cote de Beaune Villages
The Côte de Beaune Villages is a good intermediary wine between regional Burgundy and Crus wines. The Louis Jadot cuvée is mainly from Chorey les Beaune and Ladoix. It is a young and fruity wine, with aromas of red fruits, and cherries. With a delicate structure and soft tannins, it will perfectly match with light dishes (hot entrées, white and red meat in light sauce), wine sauce dishes (« meurette » eggs, chicken) and white cheeses (not too strong).