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2011 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Tasting

Barolos, Brunellos and Barbarescos from 2004 and 2006, vintages I’ve already been very much enjoying, stood out for me at this tasting, as did Amarones from 2005 and 2006. I note that my list of those I rated the highest is dominated by the big wines, like Barolos and Amarones, which I suppose is to be expected. I therefore want to first mention some of the more unusual wines that I really liked, that didn’t quite merit 92 points in my mind, but that were excellent for their type. Those include a balanced and delicious rosé Franciacorta sparkling wine from Berlucchi Guido–the NV Cuvee Storica ’61; the best Italian Gewurztraminer I’ve tasted–the ’09 Elena Walch from Alto Adige; and a remarkably poised and classy Soave, the ’08 Prà Soave Classico Staforte. Continue reading

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Top 21 Wines of 2010

I have been a very, very lucky guy this year. Out of the 4,923 wines on which I’ve recorded notes, 21 were so extraordinary I gave them scores of 97 points or higher. That’s less than half a percent of the wines I tasted this year, but what an amazing, memorable collection of wines they were. One of them, the 1994 Quinto do Noval Nacional, rated a perfect score. Another rated 99, while six merited 98 points and 13 more received 97s. Continue reading

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