As with every year, it is nearly impossible to compile 500-1000 wines, and whittle it down to the best 10. There are hundreds of honorable mentions, and even many wines that in the end received higher scores than ones on this list.
This list however is not about the best score or the highest ratings that we have given. This list is more about the most memorable wines of 2010, and why they were so memorable. Maybe it was the actual wine. Maybe it was the restaurant or event that this wine was consumed at, or maybe it was all about the moment. Regardless, here we go:
9. 2006 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon – this was one of the young Cali cabs that truly impressed me this year. We ended up drinking this on a random night “on the bistro,” and it was one of those awesome moments that made me go wow! This was a joy, and I look forward to seeing the fruit in this wine develop with time in the bottle.
7. 1990 Chateau Leoville Barton – this was opened at our generous friend Dee’s house, and pulled from her cellar. Another very young, but great wine that was drinking so nice with good friends! What a joy this bottle was on a great pre holiday night with amazing friends!
4. 2001 Chateau d’Yquem – is there really anything that needs to be said about this wine? Well, actually, yes! It was consumed WAY to early, but we had the chance to consume a lot of this thanks to the generosity of great wine friends! I look forward to seeing how this wine is going to develop over the rest of my lifetime! And I truly think that it will last that long!
3. 2006 Sine Qua Non Raven Syrah – when Paul and Stef were asked at our Stefania tasting what they liked to drink, Paul mentioned his love for syrah! This was the second of the syrah I pulled from the cellar that night, narrowly getting edged out by a wine that could almost be called it’s cousin. Regardless, both these wines were great, and it was the Lillian that just barely edged it out.
2. 2005 Lillian Syrah – This was the wine I was referring to above that narrowly beat out the Sine Qua Non. I think that the extra year in the bottle truly gave this wine the edge, along with the fact that it’s not quite as high octane, and just a bit more subdued than the Sine Qua Non with more balance. Regardless, they were both great wines, and were neck and neck.
So there you have it, and yes, I know many of you were there for some wines that were even more amazing than these, but these are the ones that I chose! Cheers!