The time when Wine Spectator rolls out its Top 100 Wines for 2017. For a wine geek like me, and maybe a few others, this is the equivalent to the Oscars, the Emmys, the Golden Globes, People Choice Awards, the American Music Awards, Country Music Awards, BET Awards, the Grammies, okay just a couple more, the ESPY's, VMA's and finally the Razzies.
It's Tuesday and they are rolling the Top 10 out daily culminating with the Number One Wine on Friday. The suspense if unnerving!
Each year I wait with bated breathe to see how many of the wines I've purchased, or in the case when I was buying wine for the wine shop, how many I brought in to sell. I'm not as alone as you might think. Every year I see emails from wine shops touting which wines of the Top 100 they have in stock. I just go one further and compare which ones I choose. I wish I had better results. So far my recollection is that I topped out at about 8 or 9 wines of the 100. Now given the thousands of wines they review each year, I suppose that's not a bad percentage.
As I said, it's only Tuesday but so far I'm not doing too bad. Four wines have been announced, Numbers 10, 9, 8 and 7. Of those, I own 1 and want another. What do you mean, Want? Well, it's a wine that has yet to be released to the public here in Illinois. It is no longer available through the winery but maybe a few shops, most probably in California where the wine is from, may have it. BUT I WANT IT!
Of course, now that it was named the Number 9 wine, even if it makes it out here, there is a likelihood that it will never see the retail market. What is this wonderful wine? The 2015 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay. Rated 95 Points by Wine Spectator and 96 Points by Wine Advocate (they don't do a Top 100). I've had previous vintages and they have tended to do as well with scoring as this one. BUT, to a wine collector, or geek in my case, this is the one I have to obtain. (You know as I reread this I'm getting the sense that I'm a little obsessive here). Oh well, there are worse things to be consuming one's life.
The second wine on the list that I have is the Château Canon-La Gaffelière St.-Emilion 2014. The Number 7 wine on the list, also with the score of 95 Points. Have never had this wine before, and as I have mentioned, I'm usually not a big buyer of Bordeaux wines. Just never wanted a wine that wouldn't be drinkable until long after I'm gone. That may be a little stretch, but I rarely find Bordeaux that I like, just a little too tannic and dry, even for my tastes.
So I have another 96 wines with which to compare to my cellar. The full list of all 100 wines doesn't get released until Monday, the 20th. I'm glad this doesn't come up more often. With my anxiety and anticipation, once a year is enough, but for right now,
It's That Time of Year Again.