Top10 2012

 

Top10 red wines of 2012:


1. Gérard Bertrand Tautavel Hommage aux Vignerons AOC 2007

           


Gérard Bertrand Tautavel Hommage aux Vignerons AOC 2007:

This Grenache is dark red with brown nuances at the edge. In the nose intense cherry, caramel and a hint of nuts. On the palate soft with aromas of nuts, dark fruits, cherry  and caramel. Medium to full bodied, astringent tannins and a long and opulent aftertaste. Best buy! One day drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2024.

Rating: 94 points.

 

            *******

 

2. Pian Dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2006

           

 

Pian Dell’Orino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2006:

This Sangiovese is one of the highlights this year. Cherry red coloured with brown and orange nuances. An intense bouquet with pork meat, turkey meat and pepper. On the palate extremely dense with grilled pork meat, pepper, cherry and orange, undergirded by well-integrated tannins. Full bodied, well-balanced and a long aftertaste. Three days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Good buy! Drink: 2012-2022.

Rating: 94 points.


            *******


3.    Feudi di San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria Sessantanni DO 2007

          

Feudi di San Marzano Sessantanni DO 2007:

This Primitivo from Apulia is dark purple, almost black. In the nose it reveals flavours of stone fruit. It offers notes of graphite and tabacco and is full-bodied with a long finish. A powerful wine that shows the real potential of Apulia. It should be drinkable for 15-20 years. Best buy! Five days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2027.

Rating: 93 points.


            *******

 

4.    Maurodos San Roman DO 2008

 

Maurodos San Roman DO 2008:

The 2008 San Roman aged for 24 months in French and Amercian oak. Almost black in the center and ruby coloured at the edge. A delightful bouquet with red fruits, vanilla and clove. On the mid-palate medium bodied with dark fruits, red fruits, chocolate, vanilla and clove. Full bodied in the long aftertaste. Some wines forfeit their power with the beginning of the aftertaste, but this one gains power and density. Nice extract, mouth filling and astringent tannins. Best buy! Four days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2023.

Rating: 93 points.

 

            *******


 

5.    Galardi Terra di Lavoro IGT 2010

 


Galardi Terra di Lavoro IGT 2010:

This blend is made from Aglianico (80%) and Piedrosso (20%). In the glass it appears dark purple, almost black. In the nose intense aromas of currant, blueberry and a hint of licorice. On the palate blueberry, myrrh and dark chocolate with a long and satisfying aftertaste. After a certain time vanilla and marmalade. Full bodied and powerful. Now it is very reticent and requires considerable patience, but class and elegance shine through. It will be terrific. Two days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2017-2032.

Rating: 93 points.


            *******

 

     6. Castel de Brames Serena Duras Rouge AOC 2009

           

Castel de Brames Serena Duras Rouge AOC 2009:

This Duras is garnet red in colour. A complex bouquet with sage, pepper, cherry and wood. In the mouth opulent sage intermixed with pepper and cherry. Very soft on the palate. Full-bodied, well-integrated tannins and a long aftertaste. Anything, but mainstream. Rare buy! Five days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2019.

Rating: 92 points.

 

            *******


     7. Weinhaus Schuh Dunkelfelder Meißner Klausenberg Steillagenwein QbA 2010

           

Weinhaus Schuh Dunkelfelder Meißner Klausenberg QbA 2010:

Dark red in colour. In the nose plum, strawberry jam and a hint of pepper. On the palate very soft and mouth filling with cherry, strawberry jam and a touch of caramel. Nice extract. Full bodied, soft tannins and good acidity. Better structured than 2009. An opulent wine. Best buy! Ten days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2017.

Rating: 92 points.

 

            *******


     8. Cantina Cantele Teresamanara Negroamaro IGT 2010

           

Cantina Cantele Teresamanara Negroamaro IGT 2010:

100% Negroamaro. Ruby in colour. Intense flavours of chocolate, plum and spices. On the palate very dense with red fruits, elder and a touch of toast. Full bodied, well-integrated tannins and an ordinary finish. Best buy! Three days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2014-2025.

Rating: 92 points.

 

            *******


9.    Cims de Porrera "Classic" Garnatxa DOC 2007

 

Cims de Porrera „Classic“ Garnatxa DOC 2007:

A ruby coloured Garnatxa. A fruity bouquet with red and dark fruits as well as toast. On the palate very expressive with red fruits and tasty toast aromas. Medium bodied, astringent tannins and a long and intense aftertaste. One week drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Good buy! Drink: 2013-2020.

Rating: 92 points.

 

            *******

 

     10. Casa Gran del Siurana Gran Cruor DOC 2007

            

 

Casa Gran del Siurana Gran Cruor DOC 2007:

This blend (90% Syrah, 10% Carinena) matured 18 months in new barrels of French oak and is dark violet in colour. In the nose black cherry, caramel, cassis and toast. On the palate dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, sandal wood and toast. Full bodied, nice extract, astringent tannins and a long finish. Good buy! Five days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2015-2024.

Rating: 92 points.

 

 

            *******


 

Top10 white wines of 2012:


1. Cantina Tramin Terminum Gewürztraminer DOC 2010

           

 

 

Cantina Tramin Terminum Gewürztraminer DOC 2010:

The 2010 Terminum Gewürztraminer is old golden in colour. An intense bouquet with raisin and rose. On the palate very expressive, dense and intense with floral aromas, raisin and beautiful botrytis cinerea. From the very first drop you realize that a great experience is waiting for you. Full bodied, fabulous structured, fat and a long aftertaste. The following days even better. Usually one would search in Sauternes for this quality. A big wine. Rare buy! Ten days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2013-2070.

Rating: 98 points.

 

 

            *******

 

2. Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhof Riesling Auslese Prädikatswein 1. Lage 2011

           

 

 

Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhof Riesling Auslese Prädikatswein 1. Lage 2011:

The 2011 Karthäuserhof Riesling Auslese is maize in colour. Extremely dense, intense and fat. Fantastic extract and great structured. Beautiful honey sweetnesswith a never ending aftertaste. You no longer want to stop drinking it. A rare buy! Eight days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2026.

Rating: 96 points.


            *******


3.    Eugenio Collavini Picolit DOC 2003

          

 

Eugenio Collavini Picolit DOC 2003:

The 2003 Picolit matured 30 months in barriques and is amber in colour. A complex bouquet with carrot, tropical fruits, wild flowers, wood and a hint of honey. On the palate very dense with carrot, honey and wood. A bit bitter in the aftertaste. Full bodied, fat and an ordinary finish. Good buy! Two weeks drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2033.

Rating: 95 points.

 


            *******

 

4.    Cantina Tramin Stoan DOC 2011

 

 

Cantina Tramin Stoan DOC 2011:

This blend (Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer) is bright golden yellow. In the nose mango, pineapple, white peach and floral aromas. On the palate dominating rose. Full bodied, fine acidity, well-balanced and a long finish. Rare buy! Seven days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2020.

Rating: 94 points.

 

 

            *******


 

5.    Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhof Riesling Spätlese trocken Tyrells Edition Prädikatswein 2011

 


Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhof Riesling Spätlese trocken Tyrells Edition Prädikatswein 2011:

This Riesling is golden yellow in colour. A wonderful and elegant bouquet with floral and mineral aromas and a hint of honey. On the palate very powerful with grapefruit, lemon, mineral aromas and a touch of apple. Full bodied, fantastic extract, good acidity and a long finish. Rare buy! Six days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2014-2027.

Rating: 94 points.

 


            *******

 

     6. Prinz Salm Grünschiefer QbA 2011

           

 

Prinz Salm Grünschiefer QbA 2011:

The maize coloured 2011 Grünschiefer unfurls in the glass with gorgeous honey, banana and mineral aromas. The palate possesses powerful flavours with lime, honey, melon and grapefruit from beginning to end. The crisp and perfect integrated acidity accomplishes this experience. Normally, one would pay $60, but this beauty is available for $16. Definitely a rare buy! Six days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2023.

Rating: 93 points.

 

            *******


     7. Weinhaus Schuh Goldriesling Meißner Klausenberg Steillagenwein QbA 2012

           

 

Weinhaus Schuh Goldriesling Meißner Klausenberg Steillagenwein QbA 2012:

This Goldriesling is bright straw yellow in colour with green reflexes. A fresh and intense bouquet with apple, pear and fermentation aromas. On the palate dense with early season dessert apple, nutmeg, and fermentation aromas. Full bodied, racial acidity and a long finish. Best buy! Ten days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2016.

Rating: 93 points.

 

            *******


     8. Weingut Bercher Burkheim Feuerberg Grauer Burgunder QbA (Barrique) GG 1. Lage 2011

           

 

Weingut Bercher Burkheim Feuerberg Grauer Burgunder QbA (Barrique) GG 1. Lage 2011:

This Grauburgunder matured for nine months in barriques. Golden yellow in colour and flavours of lemon grass. On the palate vanilla, wood, lychee and fermentation aromas. Nice minerality. Full bodied, good extract, well-balanced and an ordinary finish. Best buy! Nine days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2021.

Rating: 93 points.

 

 

            *******


9.    Cantina Tramin Nussbaum Gewürztraminer DOC 2011

 

 

Cantina Tramin Nussbaum Gewürztraminer DOC 2011:

The 2011 Nussbaum Gewürztraminer is bright golden yellow in colour. A complex bouquet with honey, spices, rose and violet. On the palate opulent structured with nuts, salt, rose, violet and a touch of honey. Full bodied, fine acidity, a bit clumsy and an ordinary finish. Best buy! Nine days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2013-2021.

Rating: 93 points.

 

 

            *******

 

     10. St. Urbans Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese Prädikatswein 1. Lage 2011

            

 

 

St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese Prädikatswein 1. Lage 2011:

The 2011 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese is straw yellow in colour. A multifaceted bouquet with apple, pear, honey, mineral and floral flavours. On the palate dense and intense with apple, honey and mineral aromas. Mouth filling. Full bodied, well-balanced and a long finish. Good buy! Eighteen days drinkable after the bottle has been opened. Drink: 2012-2025.

Rating: 93 points.

 

            *******

 

Longest time drinkable after the bottle has been opened:

 

1. St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese Prädikatswein 1. Lage 2011: drinkable for 18 days

2. St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett Prädikatswein 1. Lage 2011: drinkable for 16 days

3. Eugenio Collavini Picolit DOC 2003: drinkable for two weeks

4. St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spätlese Prädikatswein 1. Lage 2011: drinkable for two weeks

5. St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese Prädikatswein 1. Lage 2011: drinkable for twelve days

6. Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett Prädikatswein 2011: drinkable for eleven days

7. St. Urbans-Hof Riesling QbA 2011: drinkable for eleven days

8. Cantina Tramin Terminum Gewüztraminer DOC 2010: drinkable for ten days

9. Weinhaus Schuh Goldriesling Meißner Klausenberg Steillagenwein QbA 2012: drinkable for ten days

10. Weinhaus Schuh Dunkelfelder Meißner Klausenberg Steillagenwein QbA 2010: drinkable for ten days

11. St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett Prädikatswein 1. Lage 2011: drinkable for ten days

12. Weingut Bercher Burkheim Berchers Chardonnay Spätlese Prädikatswein trocken (Barrique) 2011: drinkable for ten days

13. Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas Tinto DO 2008: drinkable for ten days

14. Maximin Grünhauser Bruderberg Riesling QbA 2011: drinkable for ten days

15. Cantina Tramin Nussbaum Gewürztraminer DOC 2011: drinkable for nine days

 

 

Best value for money - Rare buys of 2012 (3,23% of all wines only):

 

1. Cantina Tramin Terminum Gewürztraminer DOC 2010

2. Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhof Riesling Auslese Prädikatswein 1. Lage 2011

3. Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhof Riesling Spätlese trocken Tyrells Edition Prädikatswein 2011

4. Cantina Tramin Stoan DOC 2011

5. Prinz Salm Grünschiefer QbA 2011

6. Castel de Brames Serena Duras Rouge AOC 2009

7. Prinz Salm "der Salm" QbA 2011

8. Weingut Zimmer Muskateller QbA 2011

 

 

Wine growers of the year:

 

1. Cantina Tramin

2. St. Urbans-Hof

3. Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhof

 

 

WineInspectors favourites (~ Coup de coeur):

 

1. Cantina Tramin Terminum Gewürztraminer DOC 2010

2. Feudi di San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria Sessantanni DOC 2007

3. Nemea Driopi Agiorgitiko AOC 2007

4. Château de Lascaux Cuvée Carra Pic Saint-Loup AOC 2010

5. Teliani Valley Saperavi Barrique unfiltered 2007

6. Prinz Salm Grünschiefer QbA 2011

7. Weinhaus Schuh Meißner Cuvée Schieler Rotling QbA 2011

8. Château de Saint Cosme Condrieu AOC 2011

9. Dominio Dostares Estay Tinto DO 2010

10. Luna Beberide Mencia DO 2009


We tasted 248 wines in 2012.