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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Winners of Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" award

Wine Spectator started with the top 100 wine list back in 1988 and have every year since then, selected the best 100 wines released in that year. Here is a list of the last 20 winner's of the now prestigous award of "wine of the year".

1988: 1985 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac
1989: 1984 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection
1990: 1986 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve
1991: 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
1992: 1989 Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron Pauillac
1993: 1990 Château Latour Pauillac
1994: 1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection
1995: 1990 Penfolds Shiraz South Australia Grange
1996: 1994 Beringer Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve
1997: 1994 Fonseca Vintage Port
1998: 1995 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St.-Julien
1999: 1996 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages
2000: 1997 Antinori Toscana Solaia
2001: 1998 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia
2002: 1999 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape
2003: 2001 Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District
2004: 2001 Château Rieussec Sauternes
2005: 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley
2006: 2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova
2007: 2005 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
2008: 2005 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley
2009: 2005 Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Interesting to note that the only winery to repeat is Caymus and that there is only one first growth Bordeaux that has ever won the award. The wine that sticks out like a sore thumb to me would have to be the 2003 winner Paloma Merlot. One thing is certain, that there is not much of a trend in this list and it seems as though Spectator is quite open minded about who takes this prize every year.

1 comment:

tia said...

I'll be sure to keep a look out for these when those special occasions roll around... that is, if I can afford it!!