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Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

#1 Post by c fu » January 1st, 2019, 9:33 am

No lists. No honorable mentions. No “for one region it’s ...”. Just one wine. The single wine that vaulted to the top of your list for the best wine you had all year. Feel free to put into context why it was your wine of the year as well.

For me 1978 rousseau chambertin.

3 of us got together. Watching TV on the big screen and crushing sushi. Hanging out, completely relaxed with two good friends. A perfect intersection of company, wine and environment. Savoring the bottle (and a few other amazing wines) over 4 hours. Watched it go from a good bottle to one of the most amazing wines I’ve ever had.



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#2 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 1st, 2019, 9:38 am

1998 Nigl Riesling Privat - the only wine I had in 2018 that completely stopped me in my tracks.
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#3 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 1st, 2019, 9:41 am

It’s funny, was thinking about this in reference to a prior thread, and just could not come up with one wine that just stopped me in my tracks this year. I’ve had a killer year with wine and friends, and drank many bottles of excellent wines, but nothing that just stood head and shoulders above everything else.

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#4 Post by AlexS » January 1st, 2019, 9:42 am

Same, had a bunch of great wines that really stood out but no single bottle that rose above them all.
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#5 Post by Eric S n y d e r » January 1st, 2019, 9:48 am

2016 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides, in July

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#6 Post by Larry Link » January 1st, 2019, 9:54 am

1982 Petrus.

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#7 Post by Nathan Smyth » January 1st, 2019, 9:58 am

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#8 Post by Steve Brickley » January 1st, 2019, 10:00 am

2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes. Discovered more of northern and southern white rhones to my liking.
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#9 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 1st, 2019, 10:00 am

2005 Nicholas Rossignol Volnay 1er Chevret

This was the best of a stellar group of wines consumed this year. Drank at Republique with friends and this bottle was just smoking. Other very nice wines were consumed that night including a few Morey St Denis 1ers and a few Jamet, and this was by far the best. Opaque; this resembled a cab, with just fantastic aromatics that were quintessential Volnay. However, it had immense power to go along with the grace and elegance. Finish was crazy long. I poured it blind for a buddy who guessed mature Bonnes Mares, which was not really far off. What a great wine. I tried to find more but haven't been able to locate a single bottle :(
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#10 Post by Martin Petersen » January 1st, 2019, 10:03 am

Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano 1971

In a flight that also included the Rionda and Montefico 71’s the SS just had that edge of elegance that made it an emotional wine, enjoyed a few months after my favorite winemaker Bruno Giacosa died.

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#11 Post by Greg K » January 1st, 2019, 10:05 am

1992 Bonneau Cuvée Celestins
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#12 Post by Alan Rath » January 1st, 2019, 10:30 am

2011 Juge Cornas

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#13 Post by B. Buzzini » January 1st, 2019, 10:32 am

Easy...
  • 2010 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (5/24/2018)
    Manresa (Los Gatos, Ca.): Awe inspiring wine! Had with the 04...started out pretty coiled and subtle, no reduction like the 04 had...but BOY did this wine snowball into and avalanche with some air and time! Amazing subtle power and elegance...the purest of pure fruits, seamless and perfectly ripe and creamy, yet energized with the very florals citrus acidity. Tons of chiseled minerals, kaleidoscope of spices, truffle, white flowers...just gigantic in every which way by the end of the night. As good as white Burgundy gets, and should only get better! Can't help but give this a perfect score now, yet will deserve even higher. (100 pts.)
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#14 Post by Ken Strauss » January 1st, 2019, 10:38 am

2008 Marcassin Chardonnay
My wife’s birthday dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant. This was our starter wine with zucchini flowers.
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#15 Post by robert creth » January 1st, 2019, 10:41 am

Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet 1995. Bought from winebid and was everything I want from a well aged cab, velvety mouth feel, great blend of fruit and forest floor. The best red wine I have had in several years.

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#16 Post by Markus S » January 1st, 2019, 10:53 am

None. Not a 'One'. Of course, I also don't own an Instagram account to tout my wares. [soap.gif] [wink.gif]
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#17 Post by David Baum » January 1st, 2019, 10:55 am

So many great reds it's impossible to put one at the top of the heap. As I often end up doing its gonna be a white wine that was so unique and stood out so much. Rescued from the Mondavi Library by AMac I'm going with 1996 Robert Mondavi To Kalon I Block Fume Blanc

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#18 Post by Hal Blumberg » January 1st, 2019, 10:59 am

2001 G. Rinaldi Brunate Le Coste

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#19 Post by Mark Golodetz » January 1st, 2019, 11:03 am

Chave 1983 from magnum. From the UK market imported by Yapp
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#20 Post by Theodore Anderson » January 1st, 2019, 11:19 am

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#21 Post by PCLIN » January 1st, 2019, 11:26 am

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#22 Post by Jud Reis » January 1st, 2019, 11:26 am

Going to cheat a little bit, but a 1962 and 2000 Ducru Beaucaillou we had side by side with good friends on a lovely summer evening on our porch. The 62 was in great shape and the two wines had some wonderful echoes of each other, but all magnified by the location and the people who were enjoying it with us.

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#23 Post by C. Keller » January 1st, 2019, 11:30 am

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#24 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » January 1st, 2019, 11:50 am

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#25 Post by RyanC » January 1st, 2019, 12:04 pm

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#26 Post by Joshua Kates » January 1st, 2019, 12:17 pm

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#27 Post by Sean Malloy » January 1st, 2019, 12:23 pm

2004 Vega Sicilia Unico. Just had it last night...last minute winner.

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#28 Post by Pat Martin » January 1st, 2019, 12:27 pm

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#29 Post by alan weinberg » January 1st, 2019, 12:33 pm

most surprising: 96 Lassalle Cuvée Angeline and 96 Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Eiswein
most pleasure: 08 Trimbach FE (half dozen times)
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#30 Post by Matthew King » January 1st, 2019, 12:43 pm

2001 Dujac Chambolle Musigny Gruenchers

Such an elegant wine, with haunting aromatics and cashmere-like texture. Just the right balance of Dujac spice, soil and decay.

I drank a few glasses by the fire, listening to “Astral Weeks” and marveling at the shared mastery of their craft. Poetry in a glass that makes you smile at life’s joys, but that reminds you of how fleeting they can be.

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#31 Post by Jeff Rosenberg » January 1st, 2019, 12:45 pm

2012 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 55% slope. Happy to have eight more bottles to enjoy.

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#32 Post by Mike S. » January 1st, 2019, 12:49 pm

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#33 Post by Kirk.Grant » January 1st, 2019, 12:57 pm

Steve Brickley wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 10:00 am
2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes. Discovered more of northern and southern white rhones to my liking.
If you are liking N. Rhone whites check out Chapoutier St. Joseph Blanc Les Granits. It's one of the over-performing whites of the region at a really great price if you pre-buy it.
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#34 Post by M. Dildine » January 1st, 2019, 1:02 pm

Had a couple of Hayne Zins over the holidays that were crazy good.

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#35 Post by Kirk.Grant » January 1st, 2019, 1:03 pm

This may, or may not come as a surprise to some...but my wine of the year was one I opened just a few days ago: 2005 Bartlett Blueberry Winemaker's Reserve. It was a wine that bested the '95 Musar (I love & think highly of this producer & vintage) & '14 SQN PW Syrah in a blind tasting for two folks I know that work ITB. I really, really regret not buying more of these. It was the perfect balance and just was a wine I could smell for days...and wish I could drink far more often.
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#36 Post by kyledorsey » January 1st, 2019, 1:22 pm

'06 Dauvissat La Forest stole the show for me. Has a distinct malo character which might put off some folks but for me I loved the way it played with the citrus and waxy characters in the wine.

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#37 Post by John Glas » January 1st, 2019, 1:35 pm

2014 Nine Suns Cabernet Sauvignon Houyi Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville (7/30/2018)
4 Napa Cabs at various price points (St. Paul, MN): Wow! This wine is amazing. One of the best I have sampled this year. Concentrated with dark cherries, blackberries, spices, oak, vanilla and earth. Long finish and good acidity. Decanted 2 plus hours. I would see this peaking in 2025. Excellent wine and thanks to David for providing this one! (95 points)

2015 K Vintners Syrah The Beautiful – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (10/29/2018)
Day 1: Not what I would expect from Washington State. Very Northern Rhone. White pepper, game, violets, earth and black licorice. This has a medium to long finish and is quite a complex wine. Not many would pick Washington State in a blind tasting. I am quite please with this day 1 showing on quite a young wine. Should evolve on day 2, 3 and possibly 4. 94 points
Day 2: Violets, white pepper, soy sauce, game and menthol. This has the least amount of fruit I have ever tasted from a Washington State Syrah but I love this wine! One of the more interesting wines of the year for me. A must buy! 95 points
Day 3: Holding form from day 1 and 2. I love this wine.
Recommendation: Buy three or four and try one young and see how this evolves over the years. I see this as a 15 year wine. One of my top wines of the year considering the price of $45. (95 points)


1998 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/28/2018)
Annual CDP Tasting (Edina Country Club): Wine of the night. Funk, underbrush, raspberries and floral notes. Classic CDP and had a few glasses over the course of 3 hours and there was no drop off on this one. While I would enjoy this now as it is peaking I could see 3 to 5 more years of cellaring without fear. Just an amazing, complex wine. Defiantly a better bottle than I have had prior to this as I never hated this wine but never loved it either. This is why I love Cellar Tracker to see how wines evolve and bottles vary. (95 points)


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#38 Post by David Morris » January 1st, 2019, 1:49 pm

2001 Robert Chevillon Roncieres. Perfect balance,amazing length, full and rich.

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#39 Post by Bob Paul » January 1st, 2019, 1:55 pm

2011 Allemand Sans Soufre.

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#40 Post by Michael Heinrich » January 1st, 2019, 1:59 pm

NV Agrapart Les 7 Crus over Seafood Platter in Reims. What a combination.

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#41 Post by Michael_H » January 1st, 2019, 2:09 pm

2001 Giuseppe Rinalde Brunate - Le Coste. Incredible wine that will stick with me for quite a while.
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#42 Post by etomasi » January 1st, 2019, 2:10 pm

1990 Ponsot Clos de la Roche vieilles vignes.

It just slightly beat out a surprising bottle of 1982 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera Reserva
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#43 Post by c fu » January 1st, 2019, 2:11 pm

I am grateful to all of you that only chose one wine and followed the rules of my OP.

The rest of you have all gotten warnings and will be suspended next go around if it happens again.

kidding. maybe.
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#44 Post by P@u1_M3nk3s » January 1st, 2019, 2:22 pm

Three way tie for first, but that is a good thing! There multiple occasions and great wines to choose from.
Since I must choose one it will be the Ames-Scheer 1990 Riesling Zeltingen Himmelreich Spätlese enjoyed with friends in Germany in the backyard of the son of the vintner. We grilled and open a plethora of wines made by his dad and then others after he retired, from 1982-2002. The 1990 was the standout of the bunch!
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#45 Post by Darren Leininger » January 1st, 2019, 2:24 pm

1985 Alfred Gerin Cote Rotie - Epic!
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#46 Post by Jim Stewart » January 1st, 2019, 2:24 pm

c fu wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 2:11 pm
I am grateful to all of you that only chose one wine and followed the rules of my OP.

The rest of you have all gotten warnings and will be suspended next go around if it happens again.

kidding. maybe.
I say ban 'em.
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#47 Post by luc@sl@belle » January 1st, 2019, 2:35 pm

1997 Gaja Sperss flirtysmile

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#48 Post by Jim Anderson » January 1st, 2019, 2:54 pm

luc@sl@belle wrote:
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Had that on release. Amazing even then.
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#49 Post by maureen nelson » January 1st, 2019, 3:04 pm

Limiting to wines from my cellar:

1990 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese - cellared since shortly after release. Just amazingly delicious, in perfect shape - and I was able to open it for and share it with Johannes Selbach (at Rieslingfeier).

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#50 Post by Ed Steinway » January 1st, 2019, 3:09 pm

1996 Dom Perignon to celebrate my wife's birthday.

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