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A Year In A Bottle

Dec 28, 2011
A Year In A Bottle
Our team's favorite wines from the past year.

wineToday we bid farewell to 2011 by looking back on all the delicious and curious wines we consumed during the past year. We sipped, savored and guzzled a wide variety of vinos so, of course, we each had to ask ourselves which one was the best--the one that left the ultimate lasting impression.

After much deliberation, Team Daily Sip brings you the best wines each of us tasted in 2011. Some--but not all--of these bottles come with hefty price tags, but we stand by our conviction that these wines are worth every penny since they stood out as the most memorable. Here's to 2012!


ajr-new-headshot_100x100 Donnhoff Riesling 2010 (Nahe, Germany) $20. Sometimes the most memorable wines don't break the bank. Such was the case this past Friday and this past year; Donnhoff riesling once again stole the show in a line-up of beautiful wines of all types, from many regions, at The French Laundry for my brother's 40th birthday celebration. Meyer lemon overtones were perfectly balanced by racy acidity and floral aromatics. It was delicious! Find it here.

aa-headshot_100x100 Clos des Papes Blanc 2009 (Rhone, France) $112. The CDP reds typically get most of the attention, but this gem from Clos des Papes stands out. Number 10 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list for 2010. Made with no oak and no malolactic fermentation, the wine appears very light, almost like water. Crisp with tropical fruit notes along with peach and lychee. Elegant wine with a complex finish. If I were going to spring for a nice bottle of white, this would be it here.

kim-small Volta Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Howell Mountain, CA) $60. This is a stellar, mind-blowing wine worth far more than its $60 price tag. Big in flavor, but still smooth and elegant, with black cherry, plum and raspberry flavors. It has a perfect balance of acid and tannin that will ensure it ages well, however, it's awfully good now, too. Only 300 cases were made, so be sure to grab a bottle before it's gone! You can find it here.

leta-photo_100x100Paul Dolan Pinot Noir 2007 (Mendocino County, CA) $30. This is far and away my favorite wine of the year because I associate it with so many amazing 2011 memories. It was my choice of wine for toasting my girls before Giants' games in San Francisco on playgrounds, my go-to wine after any trying day of the office, and my favorite bottle to gift. Did I mention it's great to geek out on when you're talking about the amazing production of Mendocino and the philosophy behind biodynamic winemaking? It's delicious, affordable and a wine that's meant to be shared and opened often. Find the wine here.

michelleBrooks Sweet P Riesling 2010 (Willamette Valley) $22.
I had the privilege of tasting this delicious Riesling when Janie Brooks herself came into our office for a private tasting. I was blown away by this delicious and not too sweet light gold wine and have been dreaming of it ever since. It had all of the crisp flavors I have come to love in Rieslings but did not contain an ounce of syrupiness. At a price point of $22 a bottle it is a great value. Find the wine here.

What was your favorite wine this past year? Tell us about it below.

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