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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Article: Top 10 Wines 2011 by Wine Spectator




Why 2011 would you ask? Well simply because the list of 2012 is not out yet and to provide you with a pre guide and taste of what might come we at Western Taste would like to present what Wine Spectator presented 2011 as top 10 wines.

Wine Spectator have analyzed over 16 000 new releases were 5400 wines that are over 90 points or higher. Wine Specator narrowed the list down based on four criteria: quality (represented by score); value (reflected by release price); availability (measured by cases made or imported); and what we call the “X-factor”–the excitement generated by a rising-star producer, a benchmark wine or a significant milestone for a wine region. But no equation determines the final selections: These choices reflect Wine Spectators editors’ judgment and passion about the wines that were tasted.

The sad story on these amazing wines is that only 3 are listed in Systembolaget in Sweden. Some of the very best wines for actually very reasonable prices are not even available for the public is a shame for Sweden.

In the 100 list 12 countries are represented however Western Taste has only chosen to present the top 10 list for reader’s convenience.



1. Kosta Browne Pinot Noir 2009, Sonoma Coast, California, USA
Nr Systembolaget: Not available
Cost in Sweden: Not available
Cost in China: Unknown
Cost in US: 52 USD
Points by Western Taste: 9,0
Points by Wine Spectator: 95

2. Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Napa Valley, California, USA
Nr Systembolaget: Not available
Cost in Sweden: Not available
Cost in China: Unknown
Cost in US: 90 USD
Points by Western Taste: 9,0
Points by Wine Spectator: 96

3. Domaine Huët Vouvray Moelleux Clos du Bourg
Première Trie 2009, France
Nr Systembolaget: Not available
Cost in Sweden: Not available
Cost in China: Unknown
Cost in US: 69 USD
Points by Western Taste: 9,5
Points by Wine Spectator: 96

4.
Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2006, Tuscany, Italy
Nr Systembolaget: 73516
Cost in Sweden: 299 SEK
Cost in China: Unknown
Cost in US: 50 USD
Points by Western Taste: 9,0
Points by Wine Spectator: 96

5. Dehlinger Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2008,
California, USA
Nr Systembolaget: Not available
Cost in Sweden: Not available
Cost in China: Unknown
Cost in US: 50 USD
Points by Western Taste. 8,5
Points by Wine Spectator: 95

6. Baer Ursa Columbia Valley 2008,
Washington, USA
Nr Systembolaget: Not available
Cost in Sweden: Not available
Cost in China: Unknown
Cost in US: 35 USD
Points by Western Taste: 8,0
Points by Wine Spectator: 95

7. Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2008,
Douro Valley, Portugal
Nr Systembolaget: 94819
Cost in Sweden: 275 SEK
Cost in China: Unknown
Cost in US: 55 USD
Points by Western Taste: 9,0
Points by Wine Spectator: 95

8. Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2006,
Piedmont, Italy
Nr Systembolaget: 90031
Cost in
Sweden: 649 SEK
Cost in
China: Unknown
Cost in US: 90 USD
Points by Western Taste: 9,0
Points by Wine Spectator: 96

9. Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage La Guiraude 2009, Northern
Rhône, France
Nr Systembolaget: Unknown
Cost in
Sweden: Unknown
Cost in
China: Unknown
Cost in US: 55 USD
Points by Western Taste: 7,5 (needs a few more years)
Points by Wine Spectator: 94

10. Château de
St.-Cosme Gigondas Valbelle 2009, Southern Rhône, France
Nr Systembolaget: Unknown
Cost in
Sweden: Unknown
Cost in
China: Unknown
Cost in US: 58 USD
Points by Western Taste: 8,0
Points by Wine Spectator: 94


Written by Alexander Yü










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