My Top 10 Best Wine - An Updated List Of My Current Most Favourite Wines

"As you get older, you shouldn't waste time drinking bad wine." - The Indomitable Julia Childs

“As you get older, you shouldn’t waste time drinking bad wine.” – The Indomitable Julia Childs

 

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Certainly as I get on in years, I too have wholeheartedly adopted the same philosophy as lovely Julia above … there is no time for crappy wine!

Since many have asked, it is with great pleasure that the list below is compiled for your perusal. Unfortunately I can make no promises that any of these are available at your local liquor outlet, however mentioning any of these to a truly knowledgeable sommelier will no doubt lead to a few quality suggestions.

In order for wines to make the list below, they must rank at least 4.0 or more on my own personal scale from 1 to 5, to see which wines did not make the list, feel free to have a look at the bottom of the page.

Wishing you only the very best and most satisfying wine experiences to come, cheers!

 

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Impulsive Culinarian’s Current Best Wine List for 2017

4.6 / 5 – Tridente Tempranillo 2014
Tridente Tempranillo 2014

Tridente Tempranillo 2014

Country: Spain

Grape(s): Tempranillo (100%)

IC Comments: Don’t be daunted by the very earthy nose at first, this amazing Spanish red is just fantastic. Nice coffee/chocolate finish but not too sweet, currently my unmatched favourite so far.

 

4.5 / 5 – Finca Decero Malbec 2014
Finca Decero Malbec 2014

Finca Decero Malbec 2014

Country: Argentina

Grape(s): Malbec (100%)

IC Comments: Wow! After trying the Finca Decero Cab and discovering that the same Argentinian producers had a slightly younger Malbec available, I couldn’t wait to try. Not surprisingly, the dark purple gorgeousness of this fruity and woody, yet dry and medium-bodied 100% Malbec was music to my mouth. Could be the reason I like Bordeaux blends with Malbec so much … have I found my new favourite grape?

 

4.5 / 5 – Chateau Maison Blanche 2012
Chateau Maison Blanche 2012

Chateau Maison Blanche 2012

Country: France

Grape(s): Merlot (80%), Cabarnet Sauvignon (16%), Cabarnet Franc (4%)

IC Comments: Having developed my palette on catchy new world California Cab blends, I soon “graduated” to Spanish Rioja and began exploring the more subtle and slightly temperamental grapes thereof. Trying this incredible old-world Medoc with such a sophisticated woody and dry fruit blend of Merlot with a hint of Cab, made me feel like I finally came home to the wine I was supposed to enjoy, what an incredible bottle; almost my new fav but not yet overthrowing the mighty Tridente!

 

4.4 / 5 – J.L. Chave Selection Mon Coeur 2015
J.L. Chave Selection Mon Coeur 2015

J.L. Chave Selection Mon Coeur 2015

Country: France

Grape(s): Syrah (60%), Grenache (40%)

IC Comments: At first dry, then very surprisingly magnificent. Deep and rich but not over-powering. This lovely French Syrah/Grenache blend grew on me quickly and became a new favourite after just a few sips. So glad to have found a Syrah-laced blend that I finally enjoy!

 

4.4 / 5 – FInca Decero Cabarnet Sauvignon 2013
FInca Decero Cabarnet Sauvignon 2013

FInca Decero Cabarnet Sauvignon 2013

Country: Argentina

Grape(s): Cabarnet Sauvignon (100%)

IC Comments: This deliciously dry Argentinian cab is a lovely mature wine that I could enjoy with almost any meal, such sophisticated taste and a medium finish, I enjoy every drop of this lovely cherry-coloured vintage.

 

4.4 / 5 – Dehesa La Granja 2008
Dehesa La Granja 2008 Tempranillo

Dehesa La Granja 2008 Tempranillo

Country: Spain

Grape(s): Tempranillo (100%)

IC Comments: This beautiful Spanish 100% Tempranillo is the next best edition from Spain I’ve been looking for! Left to breathe in the decanter for 30 minutes this absolutely refreshing bottle is one of the only other truly memorable Spanish productions I’ve come across (after trying MANY!). A lovely dark purplish amber with a dry & woody finish, perfect … and MUCH better than its younger brother El Vinculo (see below)

 

4.4 / 5 – J.L. Chave Selection Offerus 2014
J.L. Chave Selection Offerus 2014

J.L. Chave Selection Offerus 2014

Country: France

Grape(s): Syrah (100%)

IC CommentsCertainly one of the most sophisticated wines I’ve had the pleasure of trying; dry, full-bodied, intriguing and delicious. Surprisingly complex for a 100% Syrah, yet so simple and refreshing as well. I smell and taste subtleties that seem overdone in other wines, but Offerus somehow seems to get them all just right, spicy, cigar, fungal, floral, but all super light and perfectly married … love it.

 

4.3 / 5 – Jerome Quiot Ventoux 2015
Jerome Quiot Ventoux 2015

Jerome Quiot Ventoux 2015

Country: France

Grape(s): Carignan(30%), Grenache (30%), Cinsault (20%), Syrah (20%)

IC Comments: Such a lovely Grenache and Syrah blend, still full-bodied enough to keep up with my classic Rioja craving, but at the same time refreshingly mild and fruity. An unexpected new favourite from France.

 

4.3 / 5 – Aranleon Bles Crianza 2014
Aranleon Bles Crianza 2014

Aranleon Bles Crianza 2014

Country: Spain

Grape(s): Monastrell (60%), Tempranillo (30%)

IC Comments: This delicious organic wine is a crisp blend done in the Crianza style. The lovely fresh fruit dominates in true new world fashion, but is still intriguing with hints of spice and an almost tobacco-like flavour hidden among the fresh dark fruitiness. Quite lovely … and organic!

 

4.3 / 5 – Umberto Cesari Vintage Collection Sangiovese 2014
Umberto Cesari Vintage Collection Sangiovese 2014

Umberto Cesari Vintage Collection Sangiovese 2014

Country: Italy

Grape(s): Sangiovese (100%)

IC Comments: A mysterious and refreshing Italian 2014 (from the producers of renown Liano cab), with flavours of cherry, licorice, tobacco and big bold juicy red fruit. Lovely full-bodied finish, I like this wine and will definitely buy it again.

 

4.2 / 5 – Cortes de Cima 2012
Cortes de CIma 2012

Cortes de CIma 2012

Country: Portugal

Grape(s): Aragonez [Portugese version of Tempranillo] (50%), Syrah (40%), local varieties (10%)

IC Comments: A very lovely Portuguese blend of Aragonez & Syrah that I find to be absolutely refreshing and delicious; perfectly balanced fruit and spice but unmistakably full-bodied and warm, a lovely wine indeed.

 

4.2 / 5 – Atteca 2014 Garnacha
Atteca Garnacha 2014

Atteca Garnacha 2014

Country: Spain

Grape(s): Garnacha (100%)

IC Comments: A light but flavourful red with a great finish. Not as full bodied as the other wines I’m into but a great gateway wine for new fans of Spanish red.

4.1 / 5 – Tres Picos Barsao 2015 Garnacha
​Tres Picos Barsao 2015 Garnacha

​Tres Picos Barsao 2015 Garnacha

 

Country: Spain

Grape(s): Garnacha (100%)

IC CommentsOh wow, blackberry leather vanilla with plums, frikkin delicious! Great straight out of the bottle and tons of fun to savour, definitely one of my favs!

4.1 / 5 – Blau 2015 Mazuelo/Garnacha/Syrah
Blau 2015 Carignan/Garnacha/Syrah

Blau 2015 Carignan/Garnacha/Syrah

Country: Spain

Grape(s): Mazuelo (50%), Grenache (25%), Syrah (25%)

IC CommentsLovely blend, at first seems sweet, but immediately afterwards its not, and the fruity mix is not annoying in the least; rather it’s refreshing instead. Mild, long, light finish … very nice

 

4.0 / 5 – Baron De Ley Rioja Reserva 2012
Baron De Ley Rioja Reserva 2012

Baron De Ley Rioja Reserva 2012

Country: Spain

Grape(s): Tempranillo (100%)

IC CommentsWithout a doubt, one of my goto wines whenever I need a break from experimenting with new products. Smooth, rich & full-bodied with just the right amount of woody, fruity balsamic splendour, but ending in a lovely dry finish. Made entirely from the dark ruby red juice of Tempranillo grapes, I highly recommend.

 

What A Great Year For Wine Tasting!

So there you have it folks, my ever-evolving list of the best wines I’ve tried in 2017, and would strongly recommend to anyone who is interested in enjoying good full-bodied red wine with friends. Cheers!

 

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Other Wines I’ve Tried

  • 3.9 / 5 – ​Emiliana Novas Syrah Mourvedre 2014
  • 3.9 / 5 – Muga Rioja Reserva 2013
  • 3.8 / 5 – Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2011
  • 3.6 / 5 – El Vinculo Crianza 2012
  • 3.5 / 5 – Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2012
  • 3.5 / 5 – Luzon Monastrell Organic 2016
  • 3.5 / 5 – Alsace Pfaff Black Tie 2016
  • 3.5 / 5 – Aponte Reserva 2008
  • 3.5 / 5 – Massaya Terasses de Baalbeck 2013
  • 3.5 / 5 – Monte Ducay 2010 Gran Reserva
  • 3.4 / 5 – Pilheiros Douro 2012
  • 3.4 / 5 – Château Paul Mas Clos Des Mûres 2015
  • 3.3 / 5 – Macho Man Monastrell 2016
  • 3.3 / 5 – Ontañón Rioja Reserva 2005
  • 3.2 / 5 – La Atalaya Del Camino 2014
  • 3.0 / 5 – Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau 2014
  • 2.6 / 5 – Piccini Brunello Di Montalcini 2011
  • 2.5 / 5 – Otazu Premium Cuvee 2013
  • 2.3 / 5 – Conde Valdemar 2010 Rioja
  • 2.2 / 5 – Malbec-Merlot Ciclos Icono 2013
  • 2.1 / 5 – Cosme Palacio Reserva 2010
  • 2.0 / 5 – Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva 2005