First Half 2011 – 50 Wines Report – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Last year for my first half year blog entry;I only highlighted 20 versus this year’s 50 wines.  I aphabetised this list so that it was not highlighting scores alone.  Each of these wines represent something like a Mendocino County Negroamaro which is something quite unique.  This list is also not simply a list of top 50 scores but wines that truly do stand on it’s own.

  1. Andrew Murray Terra Bella Vineyard Paso Robles Grenache – 2008 – 9.1
  2. Batič Viapava Valley Valentino Rosso – 9.4
  3. Benessere Estate Napa Valley Sangiovese – 2007 – 9.1
  4. Bodega Bouza Canelones Tannat – 2008 – 9.0
  5. Bodega Pazos del Rey Monterrei Sila Mencia – 2009 – 9.1
  6. Breggo Anderson Valley Pinot Gris – 2009 – 9.0
  7. Caravella Eve’s Garden Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir  – 2008 – 9.2
  8. Casa LaPostelle Clos Apalta – 2007 – 9.2
  9. Caves do Salgueiral Douro Sacaduro Touriga Nacional Red – 2005 – 9.2
  10. Château Flotis Fronton 2007 – 9.1
  11. Chiarito Mendocino County Negroamaro – 2009 – 9.1
  12. Colección Vivanco 4 Varietales – 2007 – 9.4
  13. DeVero Dry Creek Valley Sagrantino 2008 – 9.1
  14. Dominus Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.5
  15. Elena Walch Kastelaz Gewürtztraminer – 2008 – 9.2
  16. Errazuriz Don Maximiano – 2006 – 9.2
  17. Eszterbauer Nagyapám Szekszárdi Kadarka – 2009 – 9.1
  18. Fort Ross Sonoma Coast Pinotage – 2007 – 9.1
  19. Fréderic Lambert Cotes du Jura Poulsard – 2009 – 9.2
  20. Furthermore Bohemian Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.2
  21. Goosecross Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.4
  22. Gruet Gilbert Grande Reserve New Mexico Blanc De Blanc – 2003 – 9.1
  23. Jean Claude Beaune Beaune 1er Cru “Les Bressandes” – 2006 – 9.4
  24. Kabaj Goriška Brda Amfora – 2007 – 9.3
  25. Kenneth Volk Enz Valley Lime Kiln Valley Mourvèdre – 2007 – 9.1
  26. Lazy Creek Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer – 2007 – 9.2
  27. Luis Pato Casta Baga – 2007 – 9.0
  28. Maclaren Russian River Valley Syrah – 2008 9.2
  29. Montecillo Gran Reserva – 2003 – 9.2
  30. Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Lodi Zinfandel – 2006
  31. Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling Clare Valley – 2006 – 9.0
  32. Novy Family Rosella Vineyard Santa Lucia Highland Syrah – 2008 – 9.2
  33. Pedroncelli Port Four Grapes Dry Creek Valley – 2005 – 9.3
  34. Preston Dry Creek Valley Barbera – 2009 – 9.2
  35. Pride Sonoma County Cabernet Franc 2008 – 9.1
  36. Quinta do Pôpa Douro TR Tinta Roriz – 2007 – 9.2
  37. Quivera Dry Creek Valley Mourvèdre – 2008 – 9.1
  38. Quixote Napa Valley Petite Sirah Quixote – 2005 – 9.3
  39. Raetia Alto Adige Riserva Lagrein – 2008 – 9.0
  40. Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva – 2001 – 9.3
  41. Sbragia La Promesa Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2008 – 9.1
  42. Sierra Cantabria Finca el Bosque – 2008 – 9.4
  43. Skewis Russian River Valley Salzgeber-Chan Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2009 – 9.2
  44. Só Península de Setúbal Touriga Nacional – 2007 – 9.1
  45. Talley Arroyo Grande Rosemary Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2000 – 9.3
  46. Tyler Dierberg Block 5 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir – 2009 – 9.2
  47. Villa Mongalli Sagrantino Col Cimino – 2007 – 9.1
  48. Viña Bosconia Reserva – 2002 – 9.3
  49. Viña Herminia Excelsus – 2006 – 9.2
  50. Viña Ijalba Graciano – 2007 – 9.2

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