I'm a week late on the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines, they went ahead and released the results before telling me and I'm mighty peeved. Luckily, they have redeemed themselves by placing 4 Italian wines in the Top 10 and 2 of those I've reviewed this year!
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It is brilliant to see Brancaia in the top 10 - I self ordained their Il Blu my Top QPR Italian wine of the year, and also, another home boy winner, my favourite Chianti Classico, Barone Ricasoli at number 5 and is the top ranking Italian wine of the year. Nicely done WineSpectator.
Every year it is argued on what criteria Wine Spectator are evaluating these wines but it would appear it is certainly price/quality ratio and availability in the States. Although these wine awards do have their critics they are far and away a better guide to the best wines of the world than the Decanter awards which I find utterly baffling and completely misleading.
Italian Wines that made the list:
#5 - Baron Ricasoli - Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio 2006 - $54
#7 - Renato Ratti - Barolo Marcenasco 2005 - $44
#8 - Fontodi - Colli della Toscana Centrale Flaccianello 2006 - $110
#10 - Brancaia - Toscana Tre 2007 - $20
#11 - Poggio Il Castellare - Brunello di Montalcino 2004 - $50
#13 - Fattoria di Felsina - Toscana Fontalloro 2006 - $52
#15 - Marchesi de' Frescobaldi - Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo 2004 - $65
#16 - Uccelliera - Brunello di Montalcino 2004 - $65
#27 - La Massa - Toscana Giorgio Primo 2007 - $65
#30 - Setti Ponti - Toscana Crognolo 2007 - $35
#35 - Viticcio - Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 - $32
#37 - Petrolo - Toscana Torrione 2007 - $40
#46 - I Greppi - Bolgheri Greppicante 2007 - $28
#61 - Monte Antico - Sangiovese-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana 2006 - $12
#70 - St Michael Eppan - Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2008 - $15
#79 - Livio Felluga - Pinot Grigio Collio 2008 - $24
#80 - Argiano - Toscana Non Confunditur 2007 - $25
#81 - Paolo Scavino - Barolo Carorbic 2005 - $90
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Which is your wine of the year?