Quest’anno il tasting panel di Wine Enthusiast ha esaminato più di 16.500 vini , di ogni tipologia e fascia di prezzo .
( il n.1 della classifica )
Nel numero di novembre , è stata pubblicata la Top 100 Best Buys , vini top dell’anno con prezzo inferiore a $ 15 . Nel numero di dicembre , è stata pubblicata la Top 100 Cellar Selections, vini più longevi e da collezione.
La Enthusiast 100 è l’apice delle selezioni annuali, vini ritenuti eccellenti per una moltitudine di ragioni .
I vini presentati qui sono stati ritenuti i migliori tra quelli degustati , ma al di là di valutazioni numeriche , sono vini che vantano un rapporto qualità- prezzo rapporti eccezionale, bevibilità e disponibilità .
Essi rappresentano una diversità incredibile tra quelli disponibili oggi sul mercato, in una vasta gamma di stili , tra una vasta gamma di vitigni , e provenienti dalle regioni vinicole di tutto il mondo .
Per brevità vengono riportati i primi 10 della classifica, partendo dal n. 10 e scendendo nell’elenco fino al n. 1.
This is a dark, chocolaty Cabernet. It’s full bodied and richly textured, with plenty of firm structure to support the layers of cassis, plum pudding and mocha flavors, then shows ample length to its velvety finish. Drink from 2015–2025. — J.C. (9/1/2013)
This gorgeous Chianti Classico boasts lively cherry, strawberry and violet aromas. The mouthwatering palate shows concentrated wild-cherry flavor layered with mint, white pepper and clove. It has fresh acidity and firm tannins that will develop complexity with more bottle age. A textbook Chianti Classico. — K.O. (10/1/2013)
Black-fruit aromas come with all the savory, smoky, coconutty accents one could ask for. In the mouth, expect saturation, big tannins, structure galore and layering. Flavors of balsamic black fruits, prune, toast and char finish long, minty, dark and delicious. Residual tannins suggest that this can last another 10 years. — M.S. (12/31/2013)
Spicy in aroma and mouthfeel, this is a wondrous wine, gorgeous in lovely ripe cherry and strawberry notes that are completely enveloped in thrills of white pepper. Those who love cool climate Rhônes will find much to ponder and celebrate. Racy, it is fragrant and lean, made without fining or filtering. Seek this one out. — V.B. (11/1/2013)
The purity and potent, almost mystical aromas of the En Cerise Syrah conjure up flying carpet visions of purple and black fruits. The enticing aromatics have a citrusy lift, with orange peel and incense, like drinking a Persian rug. Amazingly complex, seamless, dense, and elegant, it’s a wine that never stops, as new flavors keep emerging the longer it breathes. — P.G. (12/31/2013)
Here’s a beautiful Chianti Classico from Panzano’s Conca d’Oro, or Golden Basin, one of the best areas in the denomination. It has compelling aromas of pipe tobacco, crushed cherry, smoke and leather. The palate delivers juicy black-cherry, plum, clove, carob and mineral flavors. This wine has a beautiful structure, elegance and mesmerizing depth. — K.O. (10/1/2013)
The Ribbon Ridge estate delivers beautifully ripened fruit—so ripe, in fact, that the first impression is of sweet tree fruits, although the wine is actually quite dry. Peaches, citrus and nectarines are in the mix, and when the tangy acidity kicks in, a long, mineral-driven ride across the palate ensues. Luscious, long and detailed, this is a spectacular Riesling. — P.G. (12/1/2013)
From the sun-drenched third terrace of vines above the river Lot, this magnificent wine is the star of the three single-parcel wines from Jean-Luc Baldès. It has the densest texture, very firm, concentrated and dark. Spice, coffee and blackberry flavors are all finely integrated; this wine will age for at least a decade. — R.V. (9/1/2013)
Mint aromas and flavors lead to an intense wine that is powered at this young stage by firm, serious tannins. It has great richness from the black plum fruits, and a spicy, herbal character that adds complexity. From consultant Luis Duarte, this is a wine for long-term aging; hold for 6–7 years or more. — R.V. (8/1/2013)
This is an exquisite sparkling wine made from 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir, concocted into a special blend and aged for almost six years in oak cask. After disgorgement it was given another five months to sit in bottle before release. It has such freshness on the palate, such enviable acidity, that it’s hard to believe the grapes were picked so long ago. Crisp… — V.B. (12/31/2013)