WS Top 100 Wines of the Year . . . with a twist!
Apparently the Speculator has decided to add extra hype by revealing their list online in a "check-back-every-day-for-more" type of hype . . .
OK, I'll play along.
10. Quilceda Creek 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($135)
9. Lewis 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley ($135)*
8. Château de Beaucastel 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone ($120)
7. Domaine de Pégaü 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone ($120)
6. Guiseppe Mascarello & Figlio 2008 Barolo Monprivato, Piedmonte ($110)
5. Kongsgaard 2010 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($75)
4. Hewitt 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Rutherford ($92)
3. Domaine Serene 2010 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve, Willamette Valley ($65)
2. Château Canon-La-Gafflière 2010 St.-Émilion, Bordeaux ($103)
1. ??? [to be revealed tomorrow, 15 Nov.]
* No relation.
a) No, it's certainly no big surprise there's only one white on the list; that it's a California Chardonnay is a little surprising, but not so much so as to rise to the level of "shocking."
b) While German Rieslings certainly *deserve* to be included, they won't make it into the Top 10 -- Top 100, yes; Top 10, no -- until the American public-at-large embraces them. (IMHO, of course.)
c) I'm just surprised that a Spanish wine was picked for the top spot, and I'm just praying it doesn't f*** up the market at large!
It's Nov. 15th . . .
Top #1 Wine of the Year is the CVNE 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva, Rioja ($63)