WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

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#1 Post by Sh@n A »

My WOTY is locked in at this point: the 1989 Lynch Bages. I absolutely loved this wine's silky texture, grip and mouth coating flavors (with a seam of ripe fruit and layered complexity including a little funk). I first tasted this wine at a WB offline where I got the last glass and was blown away. After much hemming and hawing given the price, I snagged a bottle and it did not disappoint! I don't drink much Bordeaux, but am starting to explore the region more as the backfilling opportunities are cheaper/easier than the regions I enjoy most (e.g. Burgundy). I enjoyed the 2016 Lynch Bages and bought a few to cellar (got a steal of a price on a pre-arrival which I hope is honored in years down the road and not swapped out for the Echo!). I have a 1996 as well, which I may just open tomorrow for Thanksgiving.
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1990 d'Yquem for me, in terms of sheer pleasure.
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#1 2002 Billecart Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois - I've never been so fulfilled by a wine before.
#2 2018 Kelley Fox Maresh Vineyard Royal Ann Block - I haven't been around long enough to say this will be my favorite bottle 10 years from now, but it feels like it will be.
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Discovery of the year: Goodfellow Willamette Valley PN
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#4 Post by Eric Ifune »

DR "70." Over 70 year old wood aged Port from Agri-Roncao and it's Quinta da Levandeira.
The 1832 Oscar Acciaioly Terrantez was a close second.
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#5 Post by Yao C »

1978 Dom Perignon but I have high hopes for some candidates in the coming weeks...
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Sadly my one and only bottle was corked earlier this year but I got another to try again. Thank you for validating that purchase [cheers.gif]
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For me, 2009 DRC Richebourg. Sublime
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#7 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Unless I have something mindbending in the next few weeks, I think it'll be 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese for me.
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2020 WOTY: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

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#8 Post by Dave H. »

Can’t say I’m keeping track but I found nothing as delicious as the Dirty and Rowdy Outer Limits Mourvèdre. Enjoyed every sip and was sad to see it so quickly emptied. Seemed like a real achievement of a bottle.
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I think it's a tossup between 1971 Monfortino and 1999 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate. I had some younger wines I'd probably rate a bit higher technically, but these were the most emotional / enjoyable today.
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#10 Post by S teve R edenbaugh »

simple...Cristal 2008...followed by 2002 Argyle Extended Tirage.

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1982 Chateau Haut Brion
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#12 Post by matthew c »

2002 Drouhin Chambolle 1er Baudes - was just the most perfect bottle. That classic burgundy high.

Other close seconds:
1995 Lignier Clos de la Roche
1984 Emidio Pepe Montelpuciano
2011 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre
2015 Ulysse Collin Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Maillons
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#13 Post by Mark Golodetz »

WOTY was a complete surprise, and dwarfed every other bottle I drank. It was a Bruno Thierry Cote Rotie from 1969. Those of you who have tasted twenty five year old Chave made by Gerard in the eighties will know the kind of wine I am talking about. Light bodied but with an incredibly intense perfume of spiced fruit, harness leather and smoked meat. But this was even better, the finish longer, and a peacock tail of multifaceted and layered flavor that lasted for several minutes.

Honorable mention to a Vieux Chateau Certan 2014, Gruaud 1978, Philip Togni 1997, a Ridge Monte Bello 1991 and a half bottle of J J Prum Graacher Himmelreich auslese 2007 gold kapsel
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I may pop the cork on something potentially next level between now and 12/31, because why the F not, but mine is a 2016 Kinsman Rhadamanthus (Diamond Mountain). After decanting for 6-7 hours, it was spellbindingly good...
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Brian S t o t t e r wrote: November 25th, 2020, 5:08 pm Unless I have something mindbending in the next few weeks, I think it'll be 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese for me.
I have one of these teed up for this weekend, so we shall see!

As of right now it’s:

White: 1995 Kalin Cellars cuvée CH
Red: 1996 Abadia Retuerta cuvée El Palomar
Sticky: 2016 Climens
Bubbly: 2008 Dom Pérignon
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#16 Post by M.Kaplan »

1982 Lafleur. It has been my wine of the year pretty regularly over the past 30+ years. My stash is dwindling, so I now ration one bottle a year and last year’s bottle was corked. Fortunately, I have nine more to go.

Due to the pandemic, I missed my other usual WOTY this year, which is Assyrtiko from one or another of several Santorini wine makers, consumed at Sunset Taverna in Ammoudi Bay on Santorini. Hope to rectify that in 2021.
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We had a blow out dinner in March. 90 Rayas was the winner.

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Brian S t o t t e r wrote: November 25th, 2020, 5:08 pm Unless I have something mindbending in the next few weeks, I think it'll be 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese for me.
Mine is just one Pradikat level up. My WOTY is 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenhur Riesling Auslese. I haven’t had the spatlese yet.
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#19 Post by Brian Pinci »

I looked over all my tasting notes this year and I was surprised to see the highest scores I gave were to Alsatian Gewurtz! Even more so than the Bordeaux, Cal Cabs and Chards which I drink regularly. And the standout of all those Alsatians for me was the 2007 Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles Cuvée Anne. I am opening a Harlan for Thanksgiving so we’ll see if it tops my Gewurtz inclination.
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Yao C wrote: November 25th, 2020, 4:05 pm 1978 Dom Perignon but I have high hopes for some candidates in the coming weeks...
Sh@n A wrote: November 25th, 2020, 2:03 pm My WOTY is locked in at this point: the 1989 Lynch Bages.
Sadly my one and only bottle was corked earlier this year but I got another to try again. Thank you for validating that purchase [cheers.gif]
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#21 Post by Dan Hammer »

2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon #1 WOTY
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a hartford fog dance chardonnay, for the sole reason that it was the first chardonnay I actually liked. I've had countless over the years expensive and cheap, this is the first time I've been interested to try more.
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#23 Post by Steve Saxon »

Looking at my scores I have a tie between the 59 Latour and the 74 Ridge Monte Bello. Wish I tried them side by side to pick a winner.
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#24 Post by JFPelletier »

For me it was :

1988 La Tache
1991 Guigal La Turque
1863 Blandy's Malmsey

But honestly a great year for wine consumption

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#25 Post by Andrew K. »

I think I drank too much wine this year to remember my favorite. Can't say off hand I had one that stood out head and shoulders above the rest.
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#26 Post by jordan jacobs »

For me, toss up between 90 Latour or 98 Chave

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#27 Post by Andy Sc »

Looking at my scores it's a broader field: 82 Pichon Lalande, 88 Guigal La Mouline, 09, 10, 15 Margaux (all twice tasted with consistent notes), 10 Mouton.
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#28 Post by William Kelley »

Looking like a tie between 1980 La Tâche and 1980 Ponsot Clos de la Roche for red
1999 d'Auvenay Narvaux for white with honorable mention to 1985 Guffens-Heynen La Roche
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#29 Post by Dennis Atick »

G. Curd wrote: November 25th, 2020, 8:17 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote: November 25th, 2020, 5:08 pm Unless I have something mindbending in the next few weeks, I think it'll be 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese for me.
Mine is just one Pradikat level up. My WOTY is 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenhur Riesling Auslese. I haven’t had the spatlese yet.
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#30 Post by Bill Sweeney »

Maybe 1982 Calon segur, because I wasn’t expecting it to be half so good.

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#31 Post by Howard Cooper »

This is an unusual year and I am going with less than normal picks. For me, this year, the most memorable wines I had were not necessarily the grandest wines I had but the ones that made a real impression on me:

Off dry White - 2017 Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese

Dry White - 2016 Domaine Heitz-Lochardet Meursault En La Barre

Red - 2014 Jean-Claude Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Rouge

But, I do have to list a couple of grand wines as well:

1988 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny
2017 Trapet Chambertin
2002 Domaine Truchot-Martin Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes Vieilles Vignes
2014 Jean-Claude Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot
2014 Bouchard Montrachet
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#32 Post by dcornutt »

In Red,it will probably be a pristine bottle of 2009 Anne Gros Echezeaux. This is purely due to the fact that I wasn't expecting it to be so incredibly good. Terrific wine.

For White, it is more difficult. A recent 2014 Arnaud Ente Meursault Gouttes d'Or is up there. Also the 2017 Vincent Dancer Chassagne Tete du Clos. A 2002 Paul Pernot Bienvenue Batard Montrachet in perfect form however is my choice at this point. This was just singing. The premox gods were with us that night.
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#33 Post by Joshua Kates »

Somewhat similar to Don, have to go with the '07 Domaine Dujac Echezeaux for red; for white a 2014 H. Boillot Puligny Clos de la Mouchère, though an '09 Paul Pernot Batard, was a close second.
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#34 Post by Sarah S »

1998 SQN E-raised, opened on a ridge in the Massanuttens as I cooked pizza made in an “oven” of rocks heated by the campfire. Ambience was definitely in play here, though the wine was delicious all on its own.

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2000 Mouton
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#36 Post by Alex Valdes »

R@f@el A. wrote: November 25th, 2020, 4:39 pm For me, 2009 DRC Richebourg. Sublime
Just received one from the Domaine so glad to hear this was wonderful.

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#37 Post by Alex Valdes »

I didn’t drink much this year but fortunately had a good first quarter with some incredible wines:

Red: 1990 DRC Richebourg or 1988 Rousseau Chambertin

White: 1988 DRC Montrachet (en Magnum)

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#38 Post by Jim F »

2012 Larkmead LMV Salon comes to mind. Wife’s BD dinner.
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#39 Post by Greg K »

Honestly, too many good wines this year to possibly whittle it down to one bottle. As bad as a year this has been, the quality of the wines has been great.

Post Covid wines only:
2004 Carillon Bienvenue Batard Montrachet
1990 Pousse d'Or Cailleret
2012 Rousseau Clos de la Roche
2002 Mugnier Fuees
2014 Mugnier Fuees
1989 Bruno Giacosa Santo Stefano
2006 Allemand Reynard
2012 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spatlese

As far as discovery, I'm drinking more Jura, and while it's still pretty uneven, I've found a few new producers I definitely like.
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#40 Post by Jay Opperman »

1989 Zind Humbrecht Heimbourg Pinot Gris VT
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1990 Dujac Clos de la Roche
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#41 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Not really a discovery of the year, but definitely something I have come to love in this Covid era is champagne, and the 2004 Krug Clos Du Mesnil that I had a couple weeks ago was likely #2 on my WOTN list behind the magnificent 1982 Chateau Haut Brion. Scrolling through some photos, I appear to have had a lot of 2008 Dom and NV Krug this year.

Honorable mentions:

2008 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cuvée Duvault-Blochet

1982 Chateau Magdelaine

2000 Chateau Trotanoy

2001 Chateau Haut Brion

2014 Marcel Juge

2005 Clos Rougeard Les Poyeaux (2014 smokes as well)

Lots of Vatan. One cannot have enough.

And then this, with the boys, Todd, Jorge, Meats, Kane, Fu and moi, drooling over this 1969 Burg from some obscure producer....

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#42 Post by Ryan Trush »

2012 Caymus “40th Anniversary”
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#43 Post by Josh Grossman »

Not as many opportunities to open good stuff but standouts include:
White: 1994 Weingut Hermann Ludes Klüsserather Bruderschaft Riesling Auslese
Red: 2001 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Sparkling: 2012 Moussé Fils Champagne Terre d'illite Blanc de Noirs

Runners-up:
2004 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys
1998 Fontanafredda Barolo Lazzarito Vigna la Delizia
2015 Cédric Bouchard Champagne Millésimé Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules

My discoveries were I wish I bought more Congruence at close out prices and I like the pyrazine stem filled style more than anyone else.

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#44 Post by C. Keller »

Nothing has stood out as being above and beyond. I have enjoyed a lot this year. I think I finally figured out where my palate has settled. (N Rhone, White Burgundy and Italy)

Discovery of the year would be affordable and great white burgs. Bongran, Guffens, Dureuil Janthial and Fornerol.
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#45 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Ryan Trush wrote: November 26th, 2020, 7:03 am 2012 Caymus “40th Anniversary”
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#46 Post by Philip G »

From memory my WsOTY are
2016 Riverain Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
1990 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon

but I had forgotten about my highest scoring wine of 2020
2014 L'Aventure For Her

DOTY would be Sojourn Pinot Noirs
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#47 Post by K N Haque »

WOTY: 2006 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben

Discovery: the Sabelli-Frisch wines
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#48 Post by Marcus Montanile »

1990 Calon Segur + 1990 Lafaurie-Peyraguey for my 30th with family and friends early in the year.

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#49 Post by Kirk.Grant »

My wine of the year was a 2006 Didier Dagueneau Silex that my wife bought me for my birthday and we opened together with dear friends. My runner up was the 1996 Krug that we also opened that weekend.

I think getting the Silex as a gift from my wife (that could care less about wine...but likes to drink what I open) was certainly the surprise gift from her this year.

I think that anytime we get a chance to drink wines from people that have passed it's a bit like we are inviting them back into our lives to share with those that we love most.

My discovery of the year is definitely Tement from Austria. I've really loved each & every wine that I've opened from them.
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Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

#50 Post by EvanLodes »

1971 Romanee-Conti from magnum at La Paulee and 1988 Krug Clos du Mesnil in a friend's backyard by the pool.

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