Wine Spectator Reveals Top 10 Early

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Each year we professional tasters await the publication of the one-hundred best wines of the world according to the American magazine Wine Spectator.  Since 1988 the magazine has published this list of wines, and since the development of the internet their website has commenced its “countdown” of the ten best wines, scheduled to reveal one wine each week until the last week of the year when the number one wine will be revealed.  Yesterday, however, I received an email from the magazine indicating there had been a violation of their website, and to be fair they had revealed the top ten.  So for my fellow wine lovers without access to the website, I share with you this list.

Unfortunately, I believe that none of these wines are available in the Peruvian market.  The prices indicated below are the suggested retail prices in the United States published by Wine Spectator.  And if you have a friend or relative in the U.S., ask them to buy you your preferred wines before they sell out.

The Top 10

10. Clos des Papes
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Southern Rhone, France, 2009 (95 points)
White wine, a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Picpoul and Bourboulenc
1,000 cases produced, suggested retail price USD 100
Reserva, Douro, Portugal, 2007 (94 points)
Red wine, a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz
8,500 cases produced, suggested retail price USD 27
8. Fontodi
Centrale Flaccianello,Colli della Toscana, Italy, 2007 (95 points)
100% Sangiovese
5,000 cases produced, suggested retail price USD 110
7. Schild
Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2008 (94 points)
5,000 cases imported, suggested retail price USD 20
6. Paul Hobbs
Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California, 2008 (94 points)
3,644 cases produced, suggested retail price USD 45
5. Altamura
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2007 (96 points)
3,000 cases produced, suggested retail price USD 85
4. Revana
Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, California, 2007 (97 points)
92% Cabernet sauvignon with Petit verdot and Cabernet franc
2,000 cases produced, suggested retail price USD 125
3. Peter Michael
Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille, Sonoma County, California, 2008 (97 points)
2,100 cases produced, suggested retail price USD 85
2. Two Hands
Shiraz Bella’s Garden, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2008 (94 points)
2,400 cases produced, suggested retail price USD 55
1. Saxum
James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles, California, 2007 (98 points)
Red wine, a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah
950 cases produced, suggested retail price USD 67


About Gregg Smith

Gregg Smith is an American sommelier certified by The Court of Master Sommeliers living in Lima, Peru, and serving as director of the wine and bar program at Central Restaurante.
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