The older it becomes, the better it gets. This description has always been used with
wine, but it gets more appropriate when used for the top 10 most sold bottles of
10. Finca Bella Vista, 2010, Achaval Ferrer
Achaval Ferrer is a prestigious wine company from Argentina. The company has
three single-vineyard bottlings for the Malbec Mendoza line. Its Finca Bella Vista
wine is a product of vines that are more than 100 years old. These vines are grown
and cultivated in Perdriel, a prime district that stands at an altitude of 3,100 feet
above sea level. Located in Lujan de Cuyo, the land has a high proportion of
clay. Roberto Cispresso acts as the winemaker and he purposely keeps the yields
at a low level. Most of the time, he only gets 14 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is
then allowed to age gracefully for 15 years in brand new French oak barrels.
9. Brunello di Montalcino, 2007, Ciacci Piccolomini d’ Aragona
The Brunello di Montalcino is an impressive wine from the southwest-facing vineyard
of the siblings Paolo and Lucia Bianchini. Their land is located at an elevation of
1,200 feet above sea level at its highest point. The wine is harvested and fermented
in stainless steel and cement vats. These are then allowed to age for a couple more
years in Slavonian oak. The company also produces the wine from another vineyard
called the Pianrosso, but it is the one from the Bianchinis that impresses the wine
8. Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve, 2009, Beringer
The wine comes from vines in Knights Valley, a place in Sonoma County located
a few miles away to the north of Napa Valley. Beringer, who has 550 acres of
Cabernet Sauvignon varieties, largely owns the appellation. This is because he was
one of the first people to plant grapes in the area. The top wine from this selection is
the 2009 variety.
7. Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Shea Vineyard Estate, 2009, Shea
It was only in 1989 that Dick Shea quit a highly lucrative career on Wall Street so
that he could pursue his interest in wine. Using the money he had saved up, he
bought 200 acres of land in Willamette Valley. He then planted it to Pinot Noir and
Chardonnay. At first, he was just selling his grapes to some of the top producers
in the country. In 1996, however, he decided to come up with his own wine. This
particular wine bottle blends the clones of different grapes. It was then fermented in
tanks made either of wood or stainless steel.
6. St. Julien, 2009, Chateau Leoville Barton
Leoville Barton first came up with wines way back in 1836. The current generation
of owners, however, was able to come up with a way to improve the wine’s quality.
Though the family retains ownership and control of the wine company with Lilian Barton Sartorius now possessing the property, it was able to professionalize by taking in Eric Boissenot, a consultant, and Francois Brehant, a cellar master. The team was able to ferment the blend, which was dominated with Cabernet Sauvignon, in traditional wooden vats. It was then aged in oak barrels for a year and a half. Half of the barrels are brand new.
5. Sauternes, 2009, Chateau Guiraud
Robert Peugeot of Peugeot Automobiles, Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier,
Stephan von Neipperg of Canon-La Gaffeliere and Xavier Planty have been co-
owners of a 316-acre property since 2006. It has 40-year old vines that were used
for this wine that comes in a blend of 65 percent Semillon and 35 percent Sauvignon
Blanc. Planty is the estate manager and the chief winemaker. He makes sure that
yields are low, usually averaging 0.9 ton per acre, which is half the legal limit. The
2009 blend is considered the best since 2001.
4. Chateauneuf du Pape, 2010, Clos des Papes
The vines come from the 80-acre estate in Southern Rhone in France owned by
the Avril family. This bottle comes from a blend of 80 percent Grenache, 10 percent
Syrah and 10 percent Mourvedre. It was sourced from more than 20 different plots in
the estate. It was then vinified in vats lined with ceramic materials. Afterwards, it was
allowed to age in huge wooden foudres for up to a year.
3. Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden, 2010, Two Hands
The bottling of Bella’s Garden has always been ranked among the best. Its fruit
is sourced from 20 different vineyards throughout Barossa Valley. This wine is
part of the Garden Series of the winery, with the series showcasing a collection of
six different Shirazes from different wine-growing regions, like Victoria and South
Australia. The wines have a house style that was particularly aimed for by the
owner and chief winemaker of Two Hands, namely Michael Twelftree and Matt
Wenk, respectively. To preserve the complex fruit flavors, Wenk uses older French
hogshead barrels capable of taking in a maximum of 300 liters.
2. Gigondas, 2010, Chateau de St. Cosme
The Barruol family has owned the Chateau de St. Cosme since the 15th century.
Around it are 37 acres of vines that average around 60 years old. These vines
are the source of the wine. It was made by blending 60 percent Grenache with
20 percent Syrah and 20 percent Mourvedre. The result is a classic vintage. The
Gigondas bottling also has set a new standard for the appellation, something that the
family has strived hard to elevate in recent years.
1. Relentless Napa Valley, 2008, Shafer Vineyards
Shafer Vineyards is already known for the Hillside Select Cabernet, but the
Relentless will further cement its status as an elite winery. The wine was created by
planting 14 acres of Syrah and four acres of Petite Sirah on a piece of land south
of the winery. The grapes are then co-fermented and aged for 30 months in new French oak barrels. The flavor and texture of the wine make it a perfect vintage.
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