Today was an interesting and surprising day. I opened up the Top 100 list for 2009 from Wine Spectator, expecting to find a European wine as #1, but it was actually a wine from Washington State. Congratulations go to Columbia Crest and their Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2005 (US$27).
Some other observations about the Top 100 list for 2009:
– Numanthia-Termes Toro Termes 2005 (a Spanish Tempranillo) gets number 2 spot
– Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2007 gets number 3. This is the first European wine on this list, and it’s not Bordeaux. The Rhone Valley produces very good wines. I hope more people enjoy them.
– the first white wine shows up at number 9. Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River Valley 2007 (not a Chardonnay). Very interesting. Merry Edwards though, is a known premium producer.
– No BC wine was listed. Hopefully next year!
– 16 of the top wines are from Italy. Lots of Brunello and Chianti.
– the first Chardonnay shows up at 21 and it’s not from Burgundy. Neyers Chardonnay Carneros 2007
– the first bubble shows up at 18 and it’s not from Champangne. Argyle Extended Tirage Willamette Valley 1999
– the first Chilean red shows up at 57 spot. Viña Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Medalla Real Special Reserve 2006 (one of the wineries I visited in October this year. One of my recommended wines.)
Well there are many other things I can glean from the Top 100 list for 2009, but I’d suggest that you get a copy of the list and see if there is anything interesting or surprising for you. Enjoy!