Top Ten Wines of 2012 per Wilfred Wong: Wines 6,7,8,9,10

Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse 2010, left,
and Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2011, right
Wilfred Wong is one of the few wine experts that I follow on FaceBook. As Cellar Master for the 130-store retail chain Beverages & More (BevMo), he tastes more than 8000 wines a year.  I’ve found he has a great palate, and so I’m sharing details about his choices of the Top 10 Wines of 2012.  This column covers Numbers 10 to 6.. 

Number 10: 2010 Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Shiraz, South Eastern Australia.  Australian Shiraz, once very trendy, fell out of favor for many years.  “When I tasted the new vintage, I was simply amazed at how good the new vintage showed,” said Wong.  “Excellent richness and depth, the 2010 Diamond Label Shiraz may be the one that brings Australia back to the playing field.”  Priced between $8 to $11 per bottle.

Number 9 : 2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley.  Wong says that this is one of the year’s best wines. “A subtle wine, with exquisite balance, this wine just took my palate into another stratosphere,” Wong said.  He notes that this is a really important wine that “deserves love from all serious wine consumers.”  This 2011 blend includes 24% Sémillon.  “The 2011 is one of Duckhorn’s best Sauvignon Blancs, ever!” said Wong.  Priced at $29/bottle on Duckhorn’s website.

Number 8: 2010 Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé.  Wong states that Pouilly-Fuisse is “one of the most unheralded and loved appellations in all of France.  Made from one of “lesser” areas of Burgundy, this place has provided great chardonnay pleasure to many, many wine drinkers.”  He continues:  “I taste Pouilly-Fuissés every year. Over the decades, Louis Jadot has remained consistent and fine.”   Priced between $19 to $28 per bottle. The 2011 vintage is also fine and widely available,

Number 7: 2008 Chasseur Pinot Noir (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY) Blank Vineyard. Wong notes:  “The search for the ultimate Pinot Noir is always so difficult and frustrating… this wine stood out as one of the best ever Pinot Noirs that I have ever experienced!  Showing enticing and alluring aromas and flavors of ripe strawberries and fragrant flowers,,,long and persistent… one of my top wines of the year.”  This wine might be hard to find but Wong says it is definitely worth the search.  Suggested retail price is $60.00 per bottle.

Number 6: 2009 Mendel Cabernet Sauvignon.  Wong proclaims this is one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignons in the world.  This Argentinian wine was one he discovered during a trip to the Maipu region last year.  “I had no idea that I was going to be so dazzled,” Wong said.  “The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon was so fine; very concentrated, but never over-the-top. Great elegance in a wine with plenty of power…this is really great stuff.”  Suggested retail price is  $35 per bottle.

This information first appeared in The Tahoe Weekly newspaper, where I write the Wine Time column, on January 31, 2013    

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