Wineblog annual jury meeting is now done and we can sum up a really good wine year in which many great wines competed at a high level. The assessment is only wines that today is possible go to get hold of, without having to travel the world. Hence, there may be extraordinary wines that do not have permission to access this festive jury gathering.
Wine of the year!
Matassa El Sarrat 2010. Spain had no representation in the finals, but instead it was a neighbor from the French part of Catalonia that made it all the way. The wine symbolizes excellently what area, near the Spanish border, can accomplish. A super wine with wonderful taste aromas from fresh herbs, pepper, raspberry and magically good charcuterie.
Producer of the year:
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Pinot of the year:
Schubert Wines Marion's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011. A masterful Pinot Noir that even outclassed the American rival Walter Hansel North Slope in 2009 by a wide margin. As Pinot lover, I can only bow my head in admiration to this genuine Pinot art.
Rosé of the year:
Lacrimarosa 2012 from the famazing Campania producer Maestroberardino. The best rosé I've ever tested.
Champagne of the year:
Pierre Peters cuvee speciale les Chétillons 2006. This monumental prestige Champagne from the favorite Pierre Peters is without any doubt the best Champagne I have tasted this year. Bravo!!!
Dessert wine of the year:
Brachetto d'Acqui 2012 The lightly sparkling (frizzante) raspberry dream from from Italian super producer Braida.
White wine of the year:
Abraxas, 2008 from Californian producer Robert Sinskey Wine Yards. A unique fingerprint iwine memory and abracadabra to Italian starters!
Bubbly of the year (outside Champagne):
Italian Berlucchi '61 Brut. Wonderful bubbly minerals that beats most standard Champagnes by far.
Music of the year:
Muse -The 2nd Law
Holiday visit of the year:
Best dish at The silver spoon project:
Piccata al Marsala!
That was it in 2013 and I want to say a big thank you to all you readers who follow @winebloggcom. Additionally, many thx to all jury membors for their hard but yummy work. And THANK YOU to my wife Dear Karin, who puts up with all the ideas and waiting because of photos that has to be taken before the food can finally be enjoyed.
Now its only a few days left before wineblog begins to recharge my batteries for a new exciting 2014. And I can already reveal that the year begins with some great wines right from the start, so "stay tuned".
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!