Another year of wine, another year of drinking and eating and loving. It's been an interesting year - lots of memorable wines, my longest list so far. That's what makes wine worthwhile to me. When a memory of a wine brings not with it just a lingering recollection of bouquet, flavour, texture, but also of conversation with friends, of long dinners and good nights.
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1999 Château Gazin, AC Pomerol - starting the year off strong, ten year old right-bank claret, cost me dearly but like the right girl, the payoff was mind-blowing
2007 Podari del Nespoli Sangiovese di Romagna di Prugneto, DOC Emilia-Romagna - my first taste of the region, sangiovese at all its rustic finery
NV Michel Brocard Rosé Brut, RM Champagne - a rare grower Champagne of 100% pinot noir, all mushrooms, earth, and love
1995 Remoissenet Pére & Fils Pommard-Épenots, AC Pommard 1er Cru - drunk alongside a 1995 Latour à Pomerol, no contest - Burgundy for the win
1978 Hutcheson Colheita Port, DOC Douro - old Colheita Port, supple, complex, mind-blowing
2006 Château Faizeau, AC Montagne-St-Émilion - an important reminder that merlot is not wimpy, and good Bordeaux doesn't have to cost you your left nut
1985 Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva, DOCa Rioja - screaming in ecstasy
2004 Coto de Imaz Reserva, DOCa Rioja - same producer, drunk alongside the 1985 - student and master, less wrinkles but one and the same
1983 Balthasar Ress Riesling Kabinett, QmP Winkeler Jesuitengarten Rheingau - unremarkable producer, remarkable wine
2008 Paul Anheuser Riesling Kabinett, QmP Schlossböckelheimer Königsfels Nahe - Nahe is a new region for me - the 2008's are extraordinary in their expression of steely, racy riesling
2007 Max Ferd. Richter Riesling Kabinett, QmP Erdener Treppchen Mosel-Saar-Ruwer - young Mosel, this vintage will be monumental
1992 Château Mouton-Rothschild, AC Pauillac Premier Grand Cru Classé - not the best wine, but come on . . . it's Mouton
2008 Studert-Prüm Riesling Kabinett, QmP Graacher Himmelreich Mosel - a stunning producer of electric riesling
2008 Kruger-Rumpf Riesling Kabinett, QmP Münsterer Kapellenberg Nahe - my goodness, another 2008 Nahe, mind being blown
2005 Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos, Hungary - mushroomy, tense, aromatic - puts some Sauternes' to shame
2008 Staete Landt Riesling Auslese, Marlborough - a German-styled riesling out of New Zealand? And doing it better than some Germans?!
1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Reserve Brut, AC Champagne - 20-year old Champagne, one of the most amazing wines I've ever drank
2003 Château Lagrezette, AC Cahors - held from my time served in university, lots of fond sentiments, drunk for a dinner featuring beef and only beef - and it was really good
1991 Schloss Schönborn Riesling Spätlese, QmP Hochheimer Domdechaney Rheingau - drunk for Rieslingfest, old Rheingau at its most expressive
2008 Giusti Piergiovanni Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, DOC Marche - obscure Italians are the best
1997 Balthasar Ress Riesling Spätlese, QmP Hattenheim Nussbrunnen Rheingau - direct, proper old riesling
2005 Marziano Abona Terlo Ravera, DOCG Barolo - my first Barolo, love/lust at first sight
1995 P.S. Baümler Becker-Erben Riesling Auslese, QmP Wehlener Sonnenuhr Mosel - another bottle of this gem
2004 Evans & Tate The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River - Australians make balanced, varietal cabernet! Australians make balanced, varietal cabernet!
2004 López de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza, DOC Rioja - the finest old European producer, period
2005 Poderi Colla Dardi Le Rose Bussia, DOCG Barolo - serious Barolo . . . now we getting serious
2005 Fratelli Revello Vigna Gattera, DOCG Barolo - intense, tight, aromatic - a worthy counterpart to Burgundy
2001 Gemma Giblin Riserva, DOCG Barolo - slightly older Barolo, expressing all that's good and wonderful about nebbiolo
1999 Pol Roger Extra Cuvée de Réserve Brut, AC Champagne - another wine I've sat on for years, a dream in its tightness, tensile strength, and purity, drunk 10 years too soon
2004 Lailey Vineyard Wismer Vineyard Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara Peninsula - Derek made this a dream come true, one of the finest wines I've drank this year
2006 Domaine Machard de Gramont Clos Blanc, AC Pommard 1er Cru - a worthy end to this year of wine drinking, a Pommard showing true to vintage, varietal, and region