Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the Year at Oxford Liquor Shoppe!!

At the end of every year, Wine Spectator comes out with their Top 100 Wines of the Year. Once the wines are announced, there typically is a mad dash to obtain these wines. The Wine of the Year instantly becomes very hard to find and increases in value. Some people say it might be a little over-hyped and there are plenty of good wines not on the list but one thing that can’t be denied is the wines on the list are all high quality wines.  Oxford Liquor Shoppe has done a good job over the years bringing in these wines, most of the time we have these in stock before the list is announced.  This year we thought it might be a good idea to let our customers know what we have in stock in case they are seeking them out.

#43 Gruet NV Blanc de Noirs New Mexico Score 90 points Price 15.99

“Elegant and focused, with creamy vanilla and apple aromas and rich yet crisp flavors of baked pear and cinnamon bread. Drink now through 2014. 20,000 cases made.”

#36 Terrabianca 2007 Campaccio Toscana Score 93 Points Price $29.99

“Very silky and floral, this red reminds me of Burgundy with its bilberry, violet and raspberry aromas and flavors. The grainy tannins show the other side to this wine, which needs time for the two components to balance. Ends with a long, intense, fruit-filled finish. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2014 through 2027. 12,500 cases made.”

#20 Robert Mondavi 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Score 94 Points Price $53.99

“A supple, graceful, yet potent and engaging young Cabernet, the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Shows intense, minty bay leaf and dried currant and berry flavors that unfold gracefully, picking up a nice minerally edge as well as tannins that are firm yet graceful and refined. Drink now through 2020. 7,700 cases made.”

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Top 100 of 2010

#90 Bodega Norton 2007 Malbec Mendoza Reserva Score 90 Points Price $16.99

“Very ripe and very primal still, delivering a large core of velvety-textured raspberry, fig and boysenberry fruit that is liberally laced with dark toast, pastis and roasted vanilla. Should settle in nicely with modest cellaring, as the structure is dense, but polished and integrated. Drink now through 2011. 61,000 cases imported.”

#80 Vina Nora 2008 Rias Baixas Score 90 Points Price$16.99

“Firm, even chiseled, this flinty white delivers focused mineral, almond, pear and kumquat flavors. There’s enough weight for food, but a light spritz keeps this lively. Albariño. Drink now through 2011. 5,000 cases imported.”

#57 St.-Urbans-Hof 2009 Riesling Kabinett Mosel Ockfen Bockstein Score 92 Points Price $19.99

“Offers enticing peach, apricot, lime, and slate aromas and flavors, with a touch of vanilla cream. Creamy, yet bright and pure, with persistence and a complex finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,800 cases made.”

#44 Bodegas LAN 2006 Rioja Crianza Score 90 points Price $12.99 Magnum $19.99

“Fresh and balanced, this red brims with cherry, spice and licorice, with light, firm tannins and vibrant acidity. The texture is generous yet delicate. Not heavy, but vivacious. Drink now through 2014. 200,000 cases made.”

#18 Hall 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Score 94 Points Price $39.99

“A rich, dense, concentrated style, this is full-bodied, focused and pure, with hints of mocha and black licorice rounding out the core currant, plum and black cherry flavors. Focused and persistent, with a long finish. Drink now through 2017. 18,500 cases made.”

Top 100 of 2009

#28 Brancott 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Score 92 Points Price $17.99

“This is crisp, offering a lively mouthful of peach-accented grapefruit and mineral flavors, all hanging on effortlessly through the long, graceful finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases imported.”

#35 Viticcio 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Score 93 Points Price $25.99

“Fabulous aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with supersilky tannins and amazing richness and subtlety. Goes on for minutes on the palate. Best from 2010 through 2015. 2,345 cases made.”

#55 Trimbach 2007 Riesling Alcase Score 91 Points Price $16.99

“This subtle Riesling offers a finely woven mix of white peach and crushed pine needle flavors, with hints of brine and smoke. There’s racy acidity, but it’s well-meshed, and a mineral note lingers on the delicate finish. Drink now through 2015. 12,000 cases imported.

#75  M. Chapoutier 2008 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages Les Vignes De Bila-Haut Score 90 Points Price $14.99

“This muscular red shows concentrated flavors of dark cherry, plum, raspberry tart and grilled fig. The dense finish of dark chocolate is firm and focused, with smoky notes. Best from 2010 through 2014. 15,000 cases made.”

#84 Chateau Malmaison 2006 Moulis Score 90 Points Price $20.99

“Blackberry and raspberry jam aromas follow through to a full body, with very soft tannins and pretty berry and currant character. This is seamless and well done for the vintage. Best after 2012. 8,330 cases made.”

Top 100 Wines of 2008

#65 Bodegas Muga 2004 Rioja Reserva Score 91 Points Price $39.99

“Focused and balanced, this vivacious red delivers black cherry, mineral, mint and citrus peel flavors, with firm but well-integrated tannins and a fresh, floral finish. Drink now through 2012. 4,000 cases imported.”

#52 Bodegas Lan 2004 Rioja Reserva Score 90 Points Price $16.99

“A silky texture carries expressive flavors of black plum, violet, licorice and smoke in this focused, balanced red. Has good intensity yet remains vibrant and accessible. Drink now through 2012. 50,000 cases made.”

Top 100 Wines of 2007

#7 Robert Mondavi 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve Score 95 Points Price $102.99

“Weaves together a complex array of ripe, rich currant, anise, smoky oak and black cherry. Dense, concentrated and persistent, with great depth and focus. Ends with an amazingly long, richly flavored finish. Best from 2008 through 2018.”

Top 100 Wines of 2006

#24 Vina Almaviva 2003 Puente Alto Score 95 Points Price $83.99

“Very dense, with loads of raspberry ganache, black currant and fig fruit layered with loam, tobacco, mineral and cedar notes. Lots of grip on the finish, with impressive balance between the tannins, acidity and oak. Built like a Pauillac. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2007 through 2015. 10,000 cases made.”

Top 100 Wines of 2002

#37 Rosemont 1999 Syrah McLaren Vale Balmoral Score 93 Points Price $32.99

“A bit more aristocratic than most Aussie Shirazes, this one strikes a beautiful chord of rich blackberry and currant fruit, hinting at anise and pepper. Has a fleshy frame, with sweet spicy notes darting in and out through the long, harmonious finish. Drink now through 2010. 10,000 cases made.”

In Store Tasting 11/12: 2010 The Crusher Rose of Pinot Noir

Today we are trying The Crusher’s 2010 Rose of Pinot Noir. This type of Rose is becoming more common in California and it is unique compared to what you get out of France and Spain. This has some nice aromas of watermelon and strawberry. The palate matches the nose with flavors of watermelon but also a touch of raspberry and cream. Going to be very nice for Thanksgiving.

In Stock Was $16.99 Now $7.99

Notes on 40 Wines from 4 Fall Retail Tastings

A few weeks ago we posted some notes from a large retail tasting to help our customers with their purchases heading up to the holidays. We had a few more tastings and wanted to share some more notes from the tastings to again point out what we have in store and what is available from our distributors if you wanted to order anything for the holidays. A rating was assigned based on what we thought from the typical hundred point scale. We will point out what’s in stock and list any previous vintages. Everything could be ordered through our distributors.

2010 MerSoleil Silver Chardonnay – Comes in a ceramic wine bottle which is different. Very nice unoaked Chardonnay. 90 points 2006 In Stock

2009 Meiomi Pinot Noir – Nice easy drinking Pinot with lots of nice fruit and not a hard edge. 89 points In Stock

2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Another great vintage. Just waves of fruit with a nice long finish. 93 points 2006 & 2007 In Stock

2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Napa Valley – Did not taste a big difference this year between this and the regular bottling. 93 points. 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006 In Stock

2009 Bodegas Ateca Garnacha – Another solid vintage. Nice fruit and finish for the price. 90 points

2008 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Old world style that is more restrained and elegant. Liked the 2007 better. 90 points. 2007 In Stock.

2008 Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley – Classic, tannic, Duckhorn Merlot. Needs a few years but the fruit is there. 91 points. 2004 & 2005 In Stock

2007 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Better than I remember recent vintages. Nice fruit to go with the 07 vintage. 92 points. 2005 In Stock

2008 Duckhorn Decoy Merlot – This was very nice for the money. Decoy series affordable and made for near term drinking. 90 points.

2007 Alto Moncayo Garnacha – Big fruit fruit bomb from Spain that will please the new world palate. 93 points 2005 In Stock

2008 Alto Moncayo Veraton – Similar to the regular Moncayo but a little less complex and not as long a finish. 90 points. 2006 In Stock

2009 Tarima Hill Monastrel – Very nice fruit and complexity for a $15 price tag. 90 points. In Stock

2010 Tarima Monastrel – Just a notch below the Tarima Hill bottling but almost half the price. What a value! 88 points. In Stock

NV Veuve Clicquot White Label Demi Sec – Never had anything like this. Almost like Sauternes with bubbles. 93 points

2008 Numanthia Termes – A solid vintage but not reaching the heights of the 05 or 06. 90 points. 2006 In Stock

2009 Louis Max Pommard – A fantastic, affordable Burgundy that is done in a traditional style. 92 points. In Stock

2008 Cuvelier Los Andes Coleccion Malbec Blend – Super spin on the classic Bordeaux blend. Tasted like it was straight from France. 93 points. 2007 In Stock

2007 Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin Malbec Blend – One of the most impressive wines tasted at any tasting. Super complex and long finish. 95 points. 2005 In Stock

2007 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Just a beautiful Napa Cab and affordable too. Good reference point for the vintage. 93 points In Stock

2008 Ramey Claret Napa Valley – Just a step below the Cab but also less expensive. 2008 might be just as good as 2007. 92 points. 2007 in stock.

2008 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard – Had to mention this because it might have been the best Chardonnay I tasted at any of the tastings. If you find it grab a bottle. 94 points.

2009 Tor Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa – Tried a few of the Tor wines and they were all good but this was special. Young but had waves of flavors that were delicious! 95 points.

2009 Seventy Five Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon – Best Cab I’ve had from them. Easy drinking and fruit forward but has enough complexity to compete. 91 points. In stock.

2008 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Best of the recent vintages I have had. A more restrained style but with some nice fruit as well. Elegant. 92 Points.

1998 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay – Had to mention this because it was old and fantastic! A chardonnay that gets better with age is a very rare thing! 92 points.

2010 Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros – They continue to make world class Chardonnay. A name you can trust and made in a very new world style but not afraid to show it. 93 points.

2009 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County – Probably one of the most affordable, consistent and tasty Zins on the market. You can’t go wrong! 90 points. 2008 in stock.

2009 M. Chapoutier Bila Haut – Delicious wine and very affordable. 2008 was on Wine Spectator’s Top100 last year and we still have a few bottles. 90 points. 2008 in stock.

2006 Altesino Brunello Montosoli – Just a super Brunello with loads of structure and reserves of flavor. Better than the 04 that I also tried. 94 points

2009 Bodega Catena Zapata – Very nice and less than $20 although the 2008 we have in stock in slightly more complex. 88 points 2008 in stock.

2007 Nicolas Catena Zapata – This blew me away. Right up there with Cuvelier Los Andes as the best Malbec bottlings I tried. Simply fantastic! 95 points.

2009 Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay – Unbelievable value! Super Chardonnay for the money! Better than some $30 bottles I have had. 91 points. In Stock

2008 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta – Delicious, unique Bordeaux blend from Chile. 2005 won Wine Spectator Wine of the Year. This more open for business than 05 at this point. 94 points. 2002, 2007 in stock.

2008 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill – Super high end Cab! Delicious mountain fruit…reminds me of the Continuum. Expensive but tasty. 94 points.

2008 Dr. H. Thanisch Spatlese Trocken Riesling – A curious wine. Expected this to be sweet and it was bone dry. Caught me off guard. Very nice though. 90 points

2008 Schmitt Sohne  Eiswine Rheingau – Super value! German ice wine for under $25! Very nice flavors too! 90 points.

2008 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – This was still really tight but a very nice wine with great structure and good fruit. 94 points. 2003, 2004 in stock.

2009 Justin Justification – The Justin wines have really gotten better the last few years. Right bank blend of Cab Franc and Merlot, usually takes sometime in the bottle to come around although this is already drinking well. 93 points

2008 Justin Isosceles – Bordeaux blend but mainly Cab, this is another standout. Smooth tannins and very nice fruit flavors. 92 points.

2008 David Bruce DB Select Pinot Noir – Reminded me of the Belle Glos Meiomi bottling. I think I actually liked this a little better. 90 points.


In Store Tasting 11/5: 2010 Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Bonarda

Today we are trying the 2010 Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Bonarda from Argentina. Bonarda, a grape from Italy, is not a vary common grape even in Italy which makes this even more interesting. The nose has some aromas of raspberries, dill, and vanilla. On the palate this is full bodied and teeth staining red with flavors of blackberry, nut and some earthiness on the finish.

In Stock $13.99