THE RESULTS ARE IN! Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
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Cerrillos Carmenere 2009 Bottle

This bottle of Chile’s flagship grape varietal was made by Alvaro Espinoza, the pioneer of South American biodynamic wine making. With its spicy notes it pairs wonderfully with heavy meat dishes… the greasier the better.

Winery: Cerrillos
Vintage: 2009
Type: Red
Variety: Carménère
Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile

Moulin Montarels Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Bottle

Deep berry flavors explode on the tongue, with hints of spice and soft tannins. Pairs well with pork and roasted chicken.

Vintage: 2009
Type: Red
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Cotes de Thongue, France

Red Flute Merlot 2009 Bottle

A good wine to pair with a non-fancy BBQ dinner of greasy cheeseburgers and sausages.

Vintage: 2009
Type: Red
Variety: Merlot
Region: Central Coast, California

Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Bottle

This smooth 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 2% Merlot blend has spicy cherry cola aromas, with strawberry and black plum fruitiness. Definitely a thumbs up!

Winery: Columbia Crest Winery
Vintage: 2009
Type: Red
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Ratings: Wine & Spirits – 90 Points

Pennywise Pinot Noir 2009 Bottle

As long as you’re not uptight about what a Pinot Noir should be, you will enjoy this very fruity, almost poppy wine. A great wine for non wine drinkers.

Winery: The Other Guys
Vintage: 2009
Type: Red
Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: California
Ratings: Wine Enthusiast- 90 Points

Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2009 Bottle

As this is my first Grenache, I can’t compare it to others, but what I can say is that for the price this is an excellent bottle of wine. Subtle raspberry and blackberry flavors finish with superb clarity. A good wine to relax with.

Winery: Atea
Vintage: 2009
Type: Red
Variety: Grenache
Region: Spain
Ratings: International Wine Cellar- 90 Points

Tenuta Viglione Primitivo 2008 Bottle

Primitivo is an Italian grape variety that was found to be genetically identical to Zinfandel in 1993. The climate and soil differences lead to a distinct taste from California Zinfandel however, with the Primativo having stronger blackberry notes.

Winery: Tenuta Viglione
Vintage: 2008
Type: Red
Variety: Primitivo
Region: Puglia, Italy

d’Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008 Bottle

Named after the Stump Jump plow, with its uncanny ability to ride over stumps and eucalyptus roots, this Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009 will jump over your expectations. The juicy, berry flavors and fine finish make this easily the best Shiraz under $10. Buy more than one bottle.

Winery: d’Arenberg Wines
Vintage: 2008
Type: Red
Variety: Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Ratings: Wine Spectator- 90 Points

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