TOP TEN WINES OF 2016
Think of this year's picks as representing the wines we felt were elemental to the enjoyment and education of our fellow vinous enthusiasts. We've left the hard science of our selections to the winemakers. Instead, we've focused on a list that's geographically and varietally diverse, well-made, and undeniably delicious. Let our Periodic Table Wines, as it were, be the building blocks to a greater appreciation for the art and science of wine-making!
2015 Tasca Regaleali Sicilia Bianco
Great complexity throughout with white fruits, pear and white peach on the palate.
2014 Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon
Lush, rich and velvety. Lots of structure!
2010 d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original
Plum and black cherry fruit with earthy notes and a nice, savory touch.
2014 Chateau Francs Magnus
Bright and fruity core of plum, berry and spice.
2015 Casa Ferreirinha Planalto Branco
Balanced with mineral notes and a barely detectable, yet essential, hint of herbaceousness. Lively acidity adds lift through the long, delicate finish.
2014 Spicy Goat Riesling
Mineral-driven, off-dry Riesling that pairs great with lighter fare and spicy Asian-themed dishes.
2014 Olivier Savary Chablis
Hints of yellow apple, floral scents, crushed seashell and a touch of flint on the nose with an elegant and acidic palate.
2011 Zacharias Nemea Agiorgitko
Deep ruby red color, soft and rich with notes of strawberry, red cherry and a touch of vanilla. This wine is full-bodied and well-balanced with fine tannins.
2014 Murgo Etna Rosso
The aromatics and flavors of this wine are bold and pure. Comprised of nearly 100% Norello Mascalese.
2014 Ca del Sarto Barbera D'Alba
Full of rich berry flavors with soft tannins. Aged in oak barrels for ten months. Possesses cherry notes and minerality on the nose, the palate continues with lively acidity.
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