The #1 Wine ranked in the Wine Spectator Top 100 listing for 2017
Château Coutet Barsac #3
Everything I want in a dessert wine and more. Liquid French pastry in a glass. One of my favorite wines the entire day and the absolute best finish with some almond pastry.
Château Canon-La Gaffelière St.-Emilion #7
Beautiful, elegant, graceful Bordeaux. Whomever said Merlot was not worthy is an idiot. This wine sings.
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Our 40th Harvest
I've had Altesino a couple times and knew the minute I had a sip, I loved it. Tasted twice on another occasion with consistent notes.
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino
Why is Brunello beautiful? Because of wines like this one. I learn the potential for Sangiovese when I drink wines like Casanova di Neri
Clos Fourtet St.-Emilion #62
Lovely structure and grace for a wine this young and lean
Meyer Cabernet Sauvignon
#8 is Textbook modern style Napa Cabernet
Emilio Moro Tempranillo
#59 - A sleeper of a wine for great value. Developed tannins and forward fruit
Domaine de la Solitude
#74 - Probably the best white wine I had all day. Real depth
Revana Estate Cabernet Napa
This was a monster of Modor Darkness! Clocked in at #93 on the list, it thumped every other Cab around it with its power and richness.
Oberon Merlot Napa
#77 This was one of the best values of the entire tasting. Great tasting and in my humble opinion, better than the #1 Merlot that day.
Resonance Pinot Noir Oregon
#75 - I sense a long life in this wine with beautiful structure early giving way to subtle elegance in the next 5 years
#12 - Gotta give respect for any Zinfandel that makes it into the Top 25 much less near the Top 10. And a California appellation! It's a good drinker for sure.
Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
#14 and 98 Points. Probably the toughest wine for me to judge as it hit my nose with crazy tart fruit and hints of spicy complexity (or VA). It's what the mouthfeel did to sell me on it. It was just crazy complex, bold, subtle, confusing. Everything in a glass, poetry, theater, action. I knew nothing of this wine prior to trying it.