Monday, December 31, 2012

The Top Wines of 2012: Toledo Wines and Vines’ Exclusive List

It’s the time of year for lists – the top sports stories of 2012, the top news stories, the top songs, the top movies of the year. For the first time, we are humbly presenting the top list of the year: the TWAV Top 25.

We’ve tasted a plethora of great wines during the last 365 days. Now we have reviewed our tasting notes, empty bottles, blog posts and tea leaves to develop this list of top 25 wines. The list has been destemmed, crushed, cold fermented and left to age in small Slovenian oak barrels and we are proud to present the results. Click on the link to read more about these star performers.

The list is presented in alphabetical order. Wines of special merit are designated with an *.
  1. Atlántico Sur 2006 Single Vineyard Tannat
  2. Blue Rock 2009 Baby Blue Red Blend, Alexander Valley *
  3. Cougar Vineyard 2007 Sangiovese, Temecula Valley
  4. Domaine Carneros by Taittinger 2005 “Le Reve” *
  5. Domaine de la Solitude 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape *
  6. Domaine Notre Dame des Pallieres 2009 Gigondas
  7. Dry Creek Vineyard 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel
  8. Elk Cove Vineyards 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc
  9. Hermann J. Weimer 2009 Dry Riesling *
  10. Hillebrand 2008 Trius Red, VQA Niagara Peninsula
  11. Jaffurs 2009 Santa Barbara County Syrah *
  12. Kacaba 2007 Reserve Cab Franc, Niagara Escarpment VQA
  13. Ken Wright Cellars 2006 Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir
  14. Lamoreaux Landing 2010 Yellow Dog Vineyard Riesling, Finger Lakes
  15. Louis Bouillot Crement de Bourgogne Perle d’Ivoire Blanc de Blancs Brut
  16. Moon Mountain Vineyard 2007 Petit Verdot-Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley
  17. Mount Veeder Winery 2000 Napa Valley Reserve *
  18. Organized Crime 2006 The Download, Beamsville Bench VQA *
  19. Owen Roe 2009 Abbot’s Table
  20. Rappahannock Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserve, Virginia *
  21. Rodney Strong 2007 Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley *
  22. St. Clement Vineyards 2005 Oroppas Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  23. Stag's Leap Cellars 2007 Artemis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  24. Steltzner Vineyards 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District *
  25. Wither Hills 2008 Pinot Noir, Wairau Valley
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