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Wine Spectator Top 100 List Released

Posted: Wednesday, 24 November 2010 15:16

Wine Spectator Top 100 List Released

Nov 23: The much sought after and even more quoted by the sellers, the Wine Spectator Top 100 List was announced yesterday on their website after first releasing the Top 10 a couple of days ago. Four of the top five wines are from California and with Barossa being the other lone contender, the top five spots have been taken by the New World wines.

Schild Barossa Valley Shiraz 2008, with 94 points and $20 retail tag, appears to be the top value-for-money wine in the list which contains wines costing $12 to an unbelievable $535 for a wine from Chateau de Beaucastel. Flaccianelle 2007, the well-known iconic Super Tuscan from Fontodi in Chianti Classico region is the only Italian wine finding a place in Top Ten.

The $15 Columbia Crest Merlot at 43 rd spot is an interesting wine as the brand is being imported by Brindco. The Crianza 2006 from Bodega LAN in Rioja costing only $12, would perhaps vie for the top spot as the Best value-for-money wine for budget drinkers. Rioja Crianzas are known for their value-for-money wines as they are made from similar grapes as Reservas and Gran Reservas but are cheaper and can be drunk younger.

Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico 2007 from Zonin and garnering 47th spot is a $17 wine being imported by Aspri Spirits. Interestingly Mumm Napa Brut –the original French version of which was tasted at an interesting Masterclass organised by Indian Wine Academy at Hotel ITC Maurya yesterday in conjunction with Pernod Ricard, costs only $20 and at 48th position should be a decent substitute.

Marchesi di Frescobaldi Chianti Ruffina Riserva 2007 Castello di Nipozzano has been a work-horse Chianti in India being sold through Brindco and is reasonably priced at $20. So is the $15 De Martino Syrah from Choapa Valley 2007. Although Berkmann’s Cellars India is the importer through their London head office, they have not been promoting it to its potential and it is doubtful it would be presently in their stock.

The Wine Park at Mumbai is importing 6 of the wines in the WS list with easy drinking St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Kabinett 2009 from Mosel at $19 which is an interesting wine-for most seasons.

Their other wines winning accolades and being potential beneficiaries of the WS Top 100 List are:

1. Peter Michael, Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Ma Belle-Fille, 2008 - 97 points, # 3

2. Paul Hobbs, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 2008 - 94 points, # 6

3. Staglin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, 2007 - 98 points, # 16

4. Orin Swift, Zinfandel, California Saldo, 2008 - 91 points, # 69

5. St. Cosme, Cote du Rhone, 2009 - 90 points, # 88

These wines are available across India, says Vishal Kadakia, the owner.

While we shall be adding the names of more wines out of the list from the existing importers, CLICK here for the original List, courtesy Wine Spectator who are keeping there paid site Free for a few days so you may have a detailed look .



Sanjay Menon -Sansula Says:

The Revana St Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 was rated 97 points by Wine Spec and is the # 4 wine on the Top 100 List for this year!!! Sanjay Menon -Sansula

Posted @ December 03, 2010 16:30


Jackie Says:

It's not suprising that the top wines are from California!!

Posted @ November 30, 2010 13:44


Sanjiv k Singh Says:

At No.52 we have The Beronia Reserva 2005, from the famous Bodega Beronia in Rioja. This bodega is a part of the famous Gonzalez Byass group, Spain's leading producer of Wine, Cava, Sherry, Brandy & other premium sprits. The local importer is Mohan Brothers (P) Ltd. SANJIV K SINGH

Posted @ November 30, 2010 13:40


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