Começou a divulgação dos Top10 Wine Spectator

Todo ano a Wine Spectator (publicação de grande respeito mundial) divulga seus Top10 vinhos do ano. São milhares de provas para chegar nos escolhidos. E para manter o clima de suspense, eles vão divulgando aos poucos. Saiu agora o 10o, 9o e 8o lugares.

Divulgo aqui o texto na íntegra dos escolhidos. Está em inglês, mas não é difícil de entender (ou podem passar por um tradutor online).

10o Lugar – Clos des Papes
Châteauneuf-du-Pape White 2009

95 points / $100
1,000 cases made

Clos des Papes is widely recognized for its red cuvée (its 2005 earned Wine of the Year in 2007), but this estate also produces one of the appellation’s best whites. From the Southern Rhône’s excellent 2009 vintage, this wine blends equal parts Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Picpoul and Bourboulenc. To retain freshness, Vincent Avril fermented the wine in stainless steel tanks and avoided malolactic conversion. This white will benefit from a few years in the cellar.
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9o Lugar – CARM
Douro Reserva 2007

94 points / $27
8,500 cases made

CARM stands for Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira. The Madeira family has owned vineyards in the Douro Valley since the 1600s, but until a decade ago, they were more focused on olive trees than their 150 acres of vines. Energetic Rui Roboredo Madeira has been the winemaker since 1999, farming seven vineyards at the extremely dry upper end of the Douro. The reserva is a blend of mostly Touriga Nacional, with some Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, aged in French and American oak.
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8o lugar – Fontodi
Colli della Toscana
Centrale Flaccianello 2007

95 points / $110
5,000 cases made

The area around Fontodi’s property in Panzano is known as the Conca d’Oro, or Golden Shell, for its heat-trapping amphitheater shape, excellent for ripening grapes. Flaccianello, 100 percent Sangiovese, is a selection of the estate’s best grapes. The 2007 was fermented in stainless steel, transferred to oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aged in new French oak for 18 months. This is the third Top 10 appearance for Flaccianello and owner Giovanni Manetti this decade.
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