Wine Spectator’s Top 10 of 2006 April 18, 2007Posted by Dadi Krismatono in Kuliner.
WINE OF THE YEAR: Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2001(Tuscany)
Dark color with intense blackberry, chocolate and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied and ultravelvety, with caressing tannins. Vanilla, chocolate and berry. Goes on for minutes. Best after 2010. 4,830 cases made.
2. Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 2003 (Washington)
Richly layered with gorgeous, focused currant, plum and blackberry fruit, shaded with touches of dusky spice and smoky notes from oak, but it’s almost subliminal to the harmonious, seamless fruit character. The wine glides over the palate, submerging its tannins to let the flavors soar. Best from 2008 through 2020. 3,400 cases made.
3. Château Léoville Barton St.-Julien 2003 (Bordeaux)
Intense blackberry and cherry, with hints of currant. Toasted oak and sweet tobacco too. Roses and other flowers, such as lilacs. Full-bodied, with masses of tannins yet incredibly long and seductive. Best after 2012. 18,330 cases made.
4. Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2003 (Chile)
With a great nose of currant confiture and cocoa powder, this full-scaled Cabernet sports dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit layered with loam, cedar, tobacco, mineral and coffee. Long and authoritative finish just sails on thanks to rather regal tannins. Best from 2007 through 2016. 10,500 cases made.
5. Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2003 (Rhône)
Offers aromas of freshly crushed plum and blackberry with a Port-like headiness, then pumps out dark berry fruit, bramble, licorice, tar and pain d’épices flavors before a flitter of game and garrigue on the finish. Dense and muscular, but also luxurious. Best from 2008 through 2030. 5,830 cases made.
6. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2003 (Bordeaux)
Very, very intense aromas of dried apricot and lemon. Honey, syrup and Golden Delicious. Full-bodied, viscous and very sweet. Pour it on pancakes. Love it. And drink it. Who can wait? Best after 2010. 6,250 cases made.
7. Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2004 (California)
Ripe, intense and opulent, with tiers of fresh berry flavors. Lots of blackberry, black cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit with a rich, loamy earthiness woven in. Finishes with a long, persistent, fruity aftertaste and ripe, complex tannins. Then a fine burst of blueberry. Drink now through 2011. 1,020 cases made.
8. Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley 2003 (California)
A fantastic, opulent mouthful of Chardonnay, with complex, concentrated layers of fig, cream, butterscotch and marshmallow, the flavors go on seemingly forever–at least until the next sip. Chardonnay in this style doesn’t get much better, and for all its richness and depth, this wine has amazing finesse. Drink now through 2009. 1,200 cases made.
9. Brancaia Toscana Il Blu 2004 (Tuscany)
The aromas leave me speechless, with freshly cut roses and lilacs that follow through to crushed blackberry and cherry undertones. Full-bodied, but extremely balanced, with velvety yet caressing tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2008. 4,100 cases made.
10. Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2004 (Australia)
Dark, deep and impressively focused, a massive wall of delicious fruit — cherry, pomegranate, raspberry and red plum are among the first to appear — tempered with refined tannins that let the flavors sail on and on through the extended finish. Best from 2007 through 2020. 1,500 cases imported.