Top 100 Wines of 2016
Each year, savvy wine shoppers look to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list for the highest rated and most exciting wines of the year. These wines make fantastic gifts and take the guesswork out of shopping for seasoned wine drinkers and neophytes alike. Stop in today and check out these and many more wines from this year’s Top 100 List!
Il Fauno di Arcanum Toscana 2012
One of the more complex and elegant in many vintages, the 2012 il fauno presents floral aromas of fresh cut roses, and beautifully ripe strawberries. On the palate soft, velvety, structured tannins make way for rich plum and candied cherries with nutmeg and black licorice undertones. A vibrant acidity prolongs the finish with lingering notes of sweet cedar and tobacco.
“A polished, flavorful red, boasting floral, black currant, raspberry and spice flavors. Firm yet harmonious, with the fine aftertaste lingering with fruit, iron, tobacco and tea elements. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. ” Blend: 48% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
Top 100 #19 – 93 Points
Domaine Serene 2014 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay
The Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay shows complex aromas of citrus blossom, stone fruit, nutmeg and crushed stone. These flavors carry through on the palate to display a balanced and elegant wine that delivers firm acidity, richness and persistence. With clonal variation and site driven diversity, Domaine Serene is able to craft this wine to their precise and exacting standards year after year.
“Focused and expressive, this is layered with wet stone, tangy citrus, pear and green guava flavors that swirl through an expansive finish, gaining momentum and extra dimension with each sip. Drink now through 2024.”
Top 100 #2 – 95 Points
Lemelson Thea’s Selection 2014 Pinot Noir
Thea’s Selection is a blend of fruit sourced from seven organic, estate vineyards that span three different Willamette Valley AVAs. As such, it is a wonderful representation of the vintage across all of the sites.
“Polished and expressive, deftly balanced and generous, with baby powder–accented cherry, lingonberry and floral flavors. Remains open and inviting. Drink now through 2022.”
Top 100 #68 – 92 Points
Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 Pinot Noir
Deep aromas of dark cherry and strawberry give way to subtle notes of cedar spice, mocha, and leather. Rich and lush red fruit flavors coat the palate, accentuating the medium body and tannins. Concentrated, yet balanced, this wine leaves you with a satisfying, lengthy finish.
“The texture is plush, with lots of complex flavors, ranging from plum to anise to dusty, cedary oak. Satisfying from start to finish, ending with dusty, nutmeg-scented tannins. Drink now.”
Top 100 #67 – 92 Points