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Snooth User: Eric Guido

Your Wine of The Year

Original post by Eric Guido, Nov 23, 2012.

Here I am trying to think of my "Wine of The Year" as well as the runner ups.  I see a lot of forums do this, but it's usually a bunch of impossible to obtain bottles or vintage wines that cost too much for the average person to afford. I find these lists pretty useless, since the best use that anyone could get from a topic like this, is to find some great bottles of wine that they still have a chance to buy.


So what I'd like to ask is, What's your Wine of The Year?

Two simple rules:

1. It has to be a bottle that can still be bought through retail or the winery.

2. It has to cost under $60 (I think that's a good dollar amount for the average enthusiast willing to explore).  Or at least give us your favorite QPR and your favorite sky's the limit.


I'll be posting mine shortly, but I'd love to see what your favorite wines were this year.

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Reply by Debbie Dobbins, Dec 7, 2012.

I'm going way under budget too with David Reynaud, Croze Hermitage, 2009- EPIC! No oak, bramble fruit, salami, black olives, so pure, so clean wow wow wow!!!

IvesReeves, $20!! sounds great, going to try to hunt it down in the UK!

Reply by JonDerry, Dec 7, 2012.

2009 Northern Rhones are no joke Debbie...the more I think about it that 2009 JL Chave Selection Offerus (St Joseph) would probably be my red of the year that meet these criteria. Runner up may be the 10' Tortochot Morey St Denis but I'd like to retaste this one. Anyway, both are great values for $25 and $30 respectively.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 7, 2012.

Okay, for my white I am going with Domaine Bichot Vouvray Sec, which is waaaay under price at $13.50, delivers real Vouvray character at a stunning price and convinces me I can wait to crack my Huets if I can drink this in the meantime. 

I was about to pick the St. Joseph that I had in that restaurant in  Paris for my red until I remembered that I have no idea if I will ever find that wine in a shop.  It was definitely in the price range.  I haven't seen the Ghemme that I bought at La Cambusa in Stresa, although it wasn't an obscure producer... still, a 2004 bottle in the US?  We want NEW wine, darn it!  So, my reds are Clay Mauritson's 2010 Cemetery Zins, once again, even though you really need to not drink it this soon, the Jemrose Cardiac Syrah that OT brought to dinner (loved the Beaucastel, but that's a cellar bottle, not something you could go out and buy), the Halcon Syrah (hmm, I seem to like Syrah) that OT gave me, and the winner is... El Chapparral Grenache from Navarra, again on the QPR strength--this stuff was $12 and I just cannot think of anything in that price range that was so enjoyable.

The opinions expressed here are subject to change if the whim overcomes me. After all, I might fall in love with whatever I drink tonight. 

Reply by Eric Guido, Dec 7, 2012.

Reading this, I came to the realization that I didn't really dig into many 2009 northern Rhone wines.  I may have to to correct that.   Thanks for the recommendations.

Reply by erniex, Dec 11, 2012.

Villa Matildas Camarato 2001.

I suspect that 01 will be off shelves by now, but just found the 04 (for only 25€ which is a steal - but dont know US retail price) and having tasted the first of 6 bottles I expect at least the same from this to the 01. But would give it still another 2-5 years. 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedirosso

Also took 6 bottles of their 06 Taurasi, but nowhere near ready yet. An infant if that - unborn really..

Good Aglianico wines in general I can only endorse. Matroberardinos Radici 99 is also still out there, and deserves lots of attention too!

And - sorry - cant help to break both of your rules by mentioning Beaucastel 89 - which is probably one of the best bottles Ive encountered ever. Superlatives wont make it. 

Reply by Erica Landin, Dec 26, 2012.

I'm going to have to say R.Lopez de Heredia's Rioja Vina Tondonia Blanco 1997 (ok so the bottle from 1973 was better but it's not available...) Fantastic, if you keep your mind open to oxidized whites.

Reply by Δημητρης Διρχαλιδης, Dec 26, 2012.

This is a wine grand reserve, variety xinomavro, from the region Naoussa Greece

Reply by Erica Landin, Dec 27, 2012.

Oh, and for reds it must have been the barrel samples of 2011 Ridge Monte Bello. If I was in a shipping state I'd get on their mailing list and buy a case en primeur!

Reply by JonDerry, Dec 28, 2012.

Thanks for the heads up on 11' Ridge MB, that must've been a pretty awesome trip. I signed up for their Monte Bello collector's list a month or so ago, so I'm looking forward to my 1st allocation. Not sure if my first futures opportunity will be 11' or 12', can't...wait.

Reply by Erica Landin, Dec 28, 2012.

Oh yes, that was quite a trip! One of the best moments of the year. Read about it here:

If you get the 2011 MB, I'll totally come join when you drink it ;)

Reply by Erica Landin, Dec 28, 2012.

Oh sorry Eric - I guess my red pick was a total fail when it came to meeting the rules ;)


Reply by JonDerry, Dec 28, 2012.

Yeah, I remember reading about your trip and being a little jealous. What a great opportunity.

I've always liked the Zin's, at least the Lytton Springs and Geyserville. I've sampled a few Monte Bello's, the 95' I've been less than impressed with (it's still good though)...the 06' I liked a little better, and I can't really remember the others I've tasted while at the winery. Thinking of picking up the 07' and 09', I already have the 99' in my cellar. Maybe a vertical tasting is in order?

99', 07', 09', 11', sounds like a must now that I've written it down. Would also like to try and track something down in-between 99' and 07', but sourcing a bottle doesn't look very promising. Maybe the 96' would be better, especially after having the good experience with a 96' Dunn earlier this year.

Reply by Erica Landin, Dec 28, 2012.

Days like that make me happy I switched careers. Fantastic. Would love to go back now that I'm heading state side in January, but I'm thinking I will hit Ojai instead this time if I can squeeze in a Cali visit. Haven't seen that area yet and there seem to be some interesting wines coming out of Santa Barbara. Any tips?

We have only the 09 and the 07 MB available in Sweden right now. Had a 1994 with a friend recently - it was brilliant. They do age quite well.  I know the importer has his own private stash, perhaps I can get him to sell me a bottle. Or better yet, I could bug them at Ridge. When there is a will there is a way!


Reply by Matthijs Visser, Dec 30, 2012.

I had a look back through CT as well and would strongly recommend the 2009 Château Pedesclaux. It's drinking quite beautifully already, but will continue to improve over the next decade. Such a great value.

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