Very good then, let’s get to 2016’s results.
Last year, the 2002 Ruinart was the winner with 5 votes. The 1989 La Miss came up with 4 votes and the 86 Mouton, 2010 Bevan Tin Box, 96 Salon and 88 Krug managed 3 apiece.
In terms of houses/wineries, DRC paved the way last year with 24 mentions. D’Yquem was 2nd with 17, Krug at 15 and Saxum at 14.
Well, the 1996 Salon moves from the show position to the win position this year, garnering 5 votes. But it shares a photo finish with 2006 Taittinger BdB Comtes de Champagne also with 5 votes. Right behind at 4 votes is the return of 2001 D’Yquem. And then quite a gaggle at 3.
90 D’Yquem (Yquem is the only house with two separate single wine 3-or-more vote-getters)
1974 Heitz Martha’s (a nice surprise and change)
2002 Krug (if you include someone’s vote for the Clos de Mesnil, it goes up to 4 votes)
2013 MacDonald Cab
I ended up with 606 entries to work with. D’Yquem returned to the top and squashed everyone with 21 mentions. DRC was next, but with half of last year’s total at 12. Then Ridge came in very nicely in third with 10, 8 of those going to the Monte Bello Cab. Right behind was another comeback, Mouton, with 9 votes. Dom Perignon had 7 and the following each came in with 6 acknowledgements
Rousseau (down from past years)
Thierry Allemand–a very nice surprise and in fact, Cornas did very well this year with a couple Versets, a Clape and a Graillot also getting some love
As you can see, some interesting absences. Roumier, just 1 vote. Leflaive, Giacosa, Shafer HSS each just 3. Coche had 4. Kutch just 1 (the 13 McDougall just missed my list) and Carlisle just 2 (both mine). Ramonet 4 and Raveneau 3. And PYCM had just 2 entries. 4 for Dominus, 3 for Roulot, 2 for Comte de Vogues and 2 for Petrus. Just some surprises for me.
Thanks to all contributors for helping with this. My OP with my own picks is below.
I’m getting this started a little late—for me
As in the past year or two, I give much thanks to Warren Taranow and Craig Vanderah for starting some interim threads and will cross-deck those here so that I can have them when I do the end-of-year compilations and tabulations
So, then. WOTYs. I have left room for about 2 or 3 more for the next couple of months…
My 1-2 were both served at a lunch the day after my WineFest in July. The 2010 Argiano Riserva might pass both of those in enough time, it had that much promise. the 96 Marcassin was probably the #4. Others all in pretty random order. It has been another terrific year.
1997 Huet Cuvee Constance
1989 Chateau D’Yquem
1997 Chateau D’Yquem
2002 Nicolas Feuillate Palme D’Or
2010 Argiano Brunello Riserva
2007 Chateau Climens
2011 Araujo Estate Eisele SB
2002 Ruinart BdB
2013 Sojourn Georges III Cab
2011 Carlisle Saitone Ranch Zin
1996 Marcassin Hudson Block E Chard
2008 Bouchard Meursault Genevrieres
2001 Chateau Coutet
2009 Georges Mugneret Vosne
2010 Cusumano Moscato Dello Zucco
1998 Guigal La Turque
2001 Roulot Meursault Les Luchets
1977 Cuvaison Cabernet
1993 Chateau Pajzos Tokaji Eszencia
1988 Eyrie Pinot Gris
2012 Carlisle Saitone Ranch Zin
I had a discovery and a re-discovery this year. The discovery was 2010 Famille Peillot Altesse. Gary Margol brought this for us to try in Atlanta, a white from the Savoie region. I couldn’t identify fruits or particular flavours. All I could identify was the softest, nicest white lullaby. It was dreamily memorable. The blisscovery/re-discovery was the 1984 Kalin Cellars Cuvee DD Pinot Noir. I had forgotten what old-tyme Cali Pinot was like—all verve and lean and length and crisp. It was a delight to rediscover this style and I’m very glad I had a pristine bottle to share.
Kwa Heri, let’s hear from you all. As in past years, I will provide all tabulations at the end of the year. The 2002 Ruinart BdB Champagne was last year’s winner.