It’s an interesting challenge to narrow down a list of more than 100 wines into a “top five,” particularly since recency has a plays an obvious role on one’s memory of a good vintage or varietal. With that said, here is our current ranking of favorite red wines:
- Chateau d’Issan 1982. This Bordeaux, shared over a killer Morton’s dinner, remains the unquestioned title holder and sparked to an appreciable extent our exploration of Bordeaux.
- Chateau Potelle 2005 V.G.S. Cabernet Sauvignon. This Napa Valley cab is the “very good sh*t” and there’s a reason it’s named as such.
- Buena Vista 2012 The Aristocrat. Best wine we’ve tasted so far in 2015, with amazing structure and even better taste. Killed this bottle on a mountainside in western North Carolina while on vacation. A life experience!
- Buena Vista Ramal Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir. All the Buena Vista offerings deserve this kind of consideration, but this one remains a favorite because of its amazing notes and the company in which it was enjoyed.
- Atlas Peak 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Given all the Pinot Noir that graces our palates, it’s sort of interesting that this Cabernet shouldered its way into this list.
- 2007 Provenance Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon TK2 Beckstoffer To-Kalen Vineyard. Okay, it’s #6, but your bonus for checking out our favorites. Sometimes it’s the combination of great grapes, great friends, and great event that earns a place like this in a ‘best of’ list.
Honorable mentions to the 2012 Arpad’s Selection Zinfandel from Buena Vista (my second favorite in YTD 2014), also their 2012 Count’s Selection Syrah – Old Winery Road, and the Blue Rock Baby Blue 2010 Red Blend. A lot of stiff competition as chronicled here in Notes, but these both draw pretty vigorous nods too for their success. Might be worthwhile to separate “top fives” by wines in the future so stay tuned to see how that idea–or the above rankings–take hold.
Last updated 07/21/2015.