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!
Below are the wines I am trying throughout 2018, ranked conveniently for your perusal. Unfortunately I can make no promises that any of these will be available at your local liquor outlet, however mentioning any one of them to a truly knowledgeable sommelier will no doubt lead to a few quality suggestions.
In order for wines to make the list below, they need to have ranked 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
4.7/5 – Mommesin Grandes Mises Saint-Amour 2015 Beaujolais
Grape(s): Gamay (100%)
IC Comments: My TOP WINE from 2017, this wonderful vintage is still available in respectable quantities as of this writing in early 2018, so I have to include it here for reference. TO paraphrase myself, what the heck is a Gamay grape and where has it been my whole life! What an absolutely wonderful surprise to try this deliciously floral, woody and dare I say slightly sweet Beaujolais Saint-Amour. Since my wine journey began, I slowly felt as though I was approaching a ceiling of flavour somehow; this incredible wine has opened the door to many possibilities to come.
4.6/5 – Chateau Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande 2010
Grape(s): Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (3Cabernet Franc (10%)
IC Comments: My second favourite wine from 2017, this vintage is still remotely available in well-stocked shops. Having said that however, good luck finding out Anything about Paul Quié & the vineyard responsible for this incredible Bordeaux. It’s one of my new all-time favourites, the fabled Tridente-killer, and I can’t find out ANY details about it! Will need to have a good talk with sommelier to find out more details. Wow, this is unbelievable wine.
4.5 / 5 – Canonica a Cerreto Sandiavolo 2011
Grape(s): Sangiovese (33%), Merlot (33%), Cabernet (33%)
IC Comments: Number 8 from my 2017 list, this excellent vintage is definitely still available in great numbers in early 2018. This Tuscan red reminds me so much of the Decero Malbec, or even Maison Blanche … but with the addition if this beautiful floral sensation in the finish, truly delicious with a wonderful sweet start, but a mild finish with sophisticated nose. Will certainly be buying this one again, and again!
4.4 / 5 – Erath Pinot Noir Oregon 2015
Grape(s): Pinot Noir (100%)
IC Comments: Dark cherries and slightly sweet but mild and light all at once. What a lovely find … and its from Oregon! I have some new found respect for US wine after tasting this bottle and will certainly enjoy this again soon.
4.3 / 5 – Villa di Capezzana 2013 Carmignao
Grape(s): Sangiovese (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%)
IC Comments: What a delicious full bodied Italian red from such a great year for that region. Although pricey it is worth the investment, which I have found to be rare in my more expensive vintages so far. Excellent long finish with dry and slightly spicy flavours … great bottle!
4.2 / 5 – Chateau Combel La-Serre 2015 Cahors
Grape(s): Malbec (100%)
IC Comments: Certified organic as of the 2015, the vineyard of this young & charismatic Julien Ilbert are an of a very impressive sort.
Subtle dark berries and licorice with a dry medium finish, this slightly fruity but very sophisticated Malbec is wonderful on its own and would be stellar with duck or beef. The 2015 vintage is apparently a vast improvement over its 2014 cousin and I would certainly enjoy this again.
4.1 / 5 – Château Clarke Baron Edmond de Rothschild Listrac-Médoc 2012
Grape(s): Merlot (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%)
IC Comments: This incredibly sophisticated wine makes me believe that there is an entire new world of wine waiting for me … unfortunately it probably costs a lot more than I’m used to spending. This $40 bottle reminds me very much of the Offerus St Joseph with its complex & sophisticated bouquet. Fresh fruit, liquorice, caramel, fungal, spicy, woody … so much going on here. This enormous potential convinces me that a great year near Pauillac (Ramage La Batisse is literally just up the road from Listrac-Medoc) is going to be a gold star for me; very nice find.
4.1 / 5 – Château Lamartine Cuvée Particulière 2014 Cahors
Grape(s): Malbec (90%), Tannat (10%)
IC Comments: A beautifully full-bodied wine, but dry with a hint of spice, great for sipping on its own and certainly worth letting breathe first. My second taste of a Cahors vintage and certainly feeling like I’m 2 for 2 so far!
4.0 / 5 – Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014:
Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
IC Comments: Full bodied and delicious … rumoured to be dry but I found it to be quite sweet, very close to McManis in flavour in fact. A good bottle from the Alexander Valley in California that I would gladly drink again.
4.0 / 5 – Azienda Agricola COS Frappato 2016 Terre Siciliane
Grape(s): Frappato (100%)
IC Comments: What a nose! Truly unlike any wine smell I’ve encountered before … it’s not gross, but it certainly is extremely unexpected … almost like it should be highly combustible somehow. The taste however is completely delightful and even more enjoyable because of the unlikely intro. A fun Italian wine that I would certainly buy again.
4.0 / 5 – Leon Beyer Pinot Noir 2015
Grape(s): Pinot Noir (100%)
IC Comments: Fruity with a hint of cherry, this characteristically dry Alsace wine is a lovely light and refreshing vintage with a beautiful amber tinge. Certainly a new addition to our pinot noir list of wines to enjoy.
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 2018, and would strongly recommend to anyone who is interested in enjoying good full-bodied red wine with friends. Cheers!
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Wishing you much delicious success with all of your wine tasting adventures.
Other Wines I’ve Tried This Year
- 3.9 / 5 – Quinta Do Infantado 2013 Douro
- 3.7 / 5 – Gaba Do Xil 2015 Mencia
- 3.2 / 5 – Chateau Soleil 2010 Bordeaux
- 3.1 / 5 – Oyster Bay 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
- 2.4 / 5 – Michel Rolland 2010 Bordeaux