In Store Tasting 12/15: 2010 Pendulum Columbia Valley Red Wine

Today we are trying the 2010 Pendulum Columbia Valley Red Wine. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Mourvedre and Malbec, this is lighter bodied and easy drinking. It starts with aromas of licorice, cherry and plum with flavors of cherry, blackberry, plum and licorice. A very reasonable price for this wine and just got 90 points from Wine Spectator.

In Stock $16.99

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.  For the last few years we have been posting what wines we have in stock from the current years list as well as wines we may have from a previous years list.

Top 100 Wines of 2012

#33 Can Blau 2009 Montsant Blau Score 91 points Price 11.99

“Dense yet lively, this expressive red shows morello cherry, floral, licorice and mineral flavors supported by light, firm tannins and fresh acidity. Mountain herb and smoke notes keep this from turning candied, but the sweet fruit lingers nicely. Drink now through 2016. 6,500 cases made.”

#38 M. Chapoutier 2010 Côtes du Roussillon- Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Score 90 points Price 13.99

“This lithe, powerful red offers concentrated cherry, plum tart and blackberry flavors that feature plenty of spicy notes. A dark chocolate accent lingers on the firm, moderately tannic finish. Best from 2014 through 2018. 35,000 cases made.”

#83 Morgan 2010 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Twelve Clones Score 92 points Price $27.99

“Well-crafted, tight and structured, with firm, gripping tannins keeping the zesty, tart wild berry, blackberry and date-nut bread flavors in check. Drink now through 2020. 10,000 cases made.”

#95 Veremonte 2009 Primus Red The Blend Score 90 points Price $19.99

“Dark crushed cherries, cassis and graphite notes are supported by a full-bodied frame of fine tannins and fresh acidity, as the compact finish unwinds with hints of cured olive, grilled herb and spice. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenère and Merlot. Drink now through 2017. 16,000 cases made.”

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Top 100 of 2011

#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.”

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.”

#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.”

Top 100 of 2009

#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.

#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.”

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 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.”