Best Wines of 2011

Wine Spectator Top 100Several selections from last summer’s l’Eté du Vin wine auction have been recognized in the annual Top 100 list from Wine Spectator as the “most exciting wines” of 2011. Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010 led the way at number 29, followed by Andrew Will’s Sorella Horse Heaven Hills 2008 (number 32), Beringer’s Napa Valley Private Reserve 2009 (number 40), L’Ecole No. 41’s Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2008 (number 41), Saxum’s James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 2008 (number 52), Shafer’s Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2009 (number 65), and Loring’s Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2009 (number 75).

Wine Spectator editors rated more than 16,000 new releases in independent blind tastings in order to compile the Top 100. Wines were rated on quality, value, availability, and significance, with editor preference making the final calls. All of the wines scored 90 or above in Wine Spectator’s 100-point ratings scale.

Saxum’s James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 2008 scored a 97, tied for the highest score awarded any wine on the Top 100 list.

We hope the winners of these distinguished wines have been enjoying their bounties. If you took home one of these bottles, please take a few minutes to email us with your own impressions. We’d love to share them in the newsletter.

Who knows which wines in next summer’s wine auction will turn out to be Top 100 for 2012!