I had the great honor of selecting the top international wines of the year for Robb Report’s annual “Best of the Best” issue. I have tasted many terrific wines this year making it hard to select only ten. However, as soon as I tasted each one of the wines listed below, they instantly caught my attention and I knew they were very special.
Dom Perignon’s 2000 P2 Brut is an incredible Champagne and represents the best of the craft. This is a true “Special Reserve” and a reflection of the great terroir of Champagne. Drink now or enjoy for the next twenty years. This is no doubt my top pick for wine of the year.
This wine is a harmonious blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc that lends its way to mouth-watering acidity and vivacious flavors of apricots, white peach, and roasted almonds. It is so layered and complex that if you close your eyes it almost seems like a red wine. Love it.
If you are looking for something to sip on during the warm summer months, this wine should be at the top of your shopping list. It is purely blissful and keeps you coming back for more. Enjoy now or stash away for the next decade.
2015 has proven to be a legendary German vintage, and this wine is one of Dönnhoff’s finest to date. Round and luscious on the palate, and balanced by sharp acidity, this is a powerhouse Riesling that will please anyone’s taste.
This beauty takes the prize as my favorite red wine of the year. I had a special moment with it as soon as it touched my lips. There is a sophistication on the palate that radiates flavors of violets and blackberries. This wine is hard to come by – the vineyard is a mere 0.6 of an acre – but luckily your difficult search has ended.
Edouard Moueix’s 2012 La Fleur-Petrus is pure pleasure in a bottle. It is very approachable, yet super age-worthy for young Bordeaux. Although I am a big fan of all of Moueix’s family’s work, Château La Fleur Petrus holds a special place in my heart.
The 2013 Ravera is hands-down the Barolo of the vintage and continues to represent the depth and artfulness of this historic winery. Mid-bodied, firm, and balanced, its focused precision and striking aromatics represent the true expression of Novello. It is built for aging and is a necessary addition to all wine cellars. This is truly an epiphany in a bottle.
I have had the pleasure of enjoying almost fifty vintages of this legendary wine and have never tasted a better young bottling than the 2013. When this wine hits maturity, it will easily rival the 1985 and 1988 – it may even surpass these vintages.
The 2013 is a true victory over Mother Nature as it excelled in a bizarre, albeit fascinating, vintage. Delicious, fresh, and elegant, the 2013 has a charm to it that is irresistible. Pingus continues to be the benchmark for Spanish greatness and this wine is a must-have for your wine cellar.
By Christian Navarro, Wally’s President & Principal