Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Top 25 Wines of 2013: TWAV’s Top Picks

Our team spans the globe tasting hundreds of wines during a year. Only a select few qualify for the TWAV Top 25 List.
As we reflect on 2013 and look forward to a bright, new year, we’re pleased to present our list of the 25 best wines we’ve sampled. An asterisk * indicates wines of special merit.
The list is presented in alphabetical order. Click the link to view our original review/story. Drum roll please!
TWAV TOP 25 for 2013
1. Au Bon Climat 2010 XXX Anniversary Chardonnay, Nuits-Blanches au Bough, Sta. Maria Valley
2. Belle Glos 2011 Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County
3. Bloomer Creek 2011 1st Harvest Morehouse Road Vineyard Dry Riesling
4. Brandborg 2009 Ferris Wheel Vineyard Pinot Noir, Umpquah Valley
5. Casa Rondeña “1629,” New Mexico
6. *Clos Pepe 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
7. Damiani Wine Cellars, 2010 Cab Franc Reserve, Finger Lakes
8. *Domaine Eden 2010 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains
9. Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, 2006 Brut
10. Familia Deicas 1er Cru D’Exception, 2006 Tannat, Uruguay
11. Five Star Cellars 2009 Supernova Red, Walla Walla Valley
12. Heron Hill 2010 Reserve Blaufrankish, Finger Lakes
13. *Imagine Wine 2007 Winged Paradise Mountain Syrah
14. *Keuka Spring Vineyard, 2010 Epic Reserve, Finger Lakes
15. Hermann J. Wiemer 2011 Magdalena Vineyard Dry Riesling
16. Holman Ranch Vineyard 2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Carmel Valley
17. McGregor Vineyard 2008 Black Russian Red, Finger Lakes
18. Montes Purple Angel Carmenere, Chile
19. Norman Vineyards 2005 The Vocation, Paso Robles
20. Opus One, 2010
21. Organized Crime 2011 Riesling, Beamsville Bench VQA
22. *Patel 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
23. Ravenswood 2008 Single Vineyard Pickberry Red Blend, Sonoma Mountain
24. Steltzner Vineyard 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District
25. *World’s End 2009 Good Times, Bad Times Cabernet Sauvignon, Tokalon Vineyard
Other wines we love:
  • Beau Vigne 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bodegas Valdemar 2008 Inspiracion, Rioja
  • Bramare Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina
  • Cooper’s Hawk 2011 Gerwurztraminer, Lake Erie North Shore VQA
  • Damiani Wine Cellars 2009 Sparkling Brut, Finger Lakes
  • Dry Creek Vineyard 2008 Endeavor Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley
  • Dry Creek Vineyard 2009 The Mariner, Dry Creek Valley
  • Vinoble Musset-Roullier 2009 Petit Clos La Philosophie due Bel Ouvrage, Loire Valley
  • Chateau Paul Mas 2010 Clos des Mures, Coteaux du Languedoc
  • Hermann J. Wiemer 2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes
  • Keuka Spring Vineyard 2012 Riesling, Finger Lakes
  • L. Mawbry, Blanc de Blanc, Leelanau Peninsula
  • Moon Mountain Vineyard 2005 Estate Syrah, Sonoma Valley
  • Naked Rebel Cabernet Syrah Blend, California
  • Niner Wine Estates 2008 Bootjack Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
  • Peju 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • Tin Barn Vineyard 2009 Gilsson Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
  • Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2009 Eruption, Okanagan Valley VQA
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