Wilfred Wong, BevMo! Cellarmaster released his list of 10 favorite wines (of the more than 8,000 wines) he tasted in 2011.
|1||2008 Duckhorn Vineyards CABERNET SAUVIGNON (NAPA VALLEY)||95 PTS WILFRED WONG. Incredibly sexy, the ’08 Duckhorn Cabernet is their finest effort to date; rich, bright red and black fruit, polished leather, accent of lilacs; long and luscious in the finish.
|2||2008 Altocedro Gran Reserva MALBEC (MENDOZA)||99 PTS WILFRED WONG. Simply an amazing wine, the concentrated, stick-to-your-ribs ’08 Altocedro Grand Reserva Malbec shows incredible balance; abundant, black fruit flavors.
|3||2000 Gloria Ferrer SPARKLING WINE Carneros Cuvée (CARNEROS)||95 PTS WINE ENTHUSIAST. Held back for eleven years, the Gloria Ferrer Carneros Cuvee 2000 taste young and vibrant in acidity, with rich strawberry, orange, lime and yeast flavors.||$ 43.99|
|4||NV Billecart-Salmon CHAMPAGNE Rosé||92 PTS WINE ENTHUSIAST. The NV Billecart Salmon Rose is a bone-dry, delicious wine; red fruits and a color that just hints at rosé. Lovely acidity completes the serious and highly enjoyable wine.
|5||2010 Zinnia PINOT NOIR Reserve (SANTA BARBARA COUNTY)||95 PTS WILFRED WONG. Incredibly expansive from the nose to the finish, the thrilling ’10 Zinnia Reserve Pinot Noir is as good as it gets; explosive, ripe, strawberry flavors linger on.
|6||2009 Domaine Philippe Livera GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN Clos Villages Réserve Vieilles Vignes Ni Filtré Ni Collé||94 PTS WILFRED WONG. A wonderfully rich, yet refined effort, the impressive, ripe strawberry like ’09 Philippe Livera Gervery-Chambertin shows plenty of richness on the palate; persistent finish.
|7||2009 Brown Estate ZINFANDEL (NAPA VALLEY)||92 PTS WILFRED WONG. Simply a superb effort, the rich, yet elegant ’09 Brown Estate Zinfandel shows that powerful red need not be over-the-top; absolutely delicious, with berry goodness.
|8||2010 Chateau Ste Michelle EROICA RIESLING (COLUMBIA VALLEY)||92 PTS WILFRED WONG. The star performs again, the incredibly aromatic ’10 Eroica stands high above the rest with its fresh apple, jasmine and racy, slightly sweet style; long, delicious finish.
|9||2010 Gina MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO||91 PTS WILFRED WONG. Edging ever so slightly to the modern, New World way of bright fruit and a clean zesty style, the ’10 Gina Montepulciano delivers very fresh flavors.
|10||2007 Markham Vineyards MERLOT (NAPA VALLEY)||90 PTS WINE SPECTATOR. The ’07 Markham Merlot is sleek and well-focused, with appealing cherry and tomato leaf aromas; nicely layered red currant, herb and spicy caramel flavors.
Did any of your favorites make the list?