wine enthusiast top 100 cellar selections for 2010

Friday, November 05, 2010

Part two of the year end “Top 100” lists published by The Wine Enthusiast covers the Top 100 Cellar Selections. I am always eager to see which Northwest wineries are on this list, because in some sense it is the most exclusive. To qualify as a Cellar Selection, a wine must be exceptionally ageworthy. These are the most structured, complex, compact and detailed wines from among all the new releases. I have not run the numbers, but I would guesstimate that for my own reviews at least, there are fewer wines with this designation than any other; it's a mark of special quality.

As with the other lists, the final selection of the winners is done by Tasting Director Joe Czerwinski at the magazine's editorial offices. But only those wines previously marked as Cellar Selections are in the running for the Top 100. When you look at the entire list, it really puts these Northwest winners in a global perspective. Once again, the Northwest wineries are very well represented – far beyond their statistical significance in production terms. And they are in very good company.

As the magazine’s introduction to the list states: “It is a refined list, and many of the wines are expensive – no surprise there. But all are collectible and/or might require time in a properly temperature-and humidity-controlled cellar to deliver maximum pleasure. In an ideal world, you could buy a half case or more of wines that intrigue, and open a bottle at intervals to watch and savor their evolution. Of course, many of these wines are limited in production, and just like wines on our other Top 100 lists, some may have sold out or increased in price since our initial reviews were published. In most contexts, the phrase ‘you’re not getting older, you’re getting better’ is wishful thinking. In these wines, it is the truth. Enjoy!”

Congratulations to the Northwest wineries honored on this year's Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections list:

#3 – Buty 2007 Champoux Vineyard Red
#11 - Betz Family 2007 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon
#20 - Andrew Will 2007 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red
#26 - Leonetti Cellar 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
#35 - Adelsheim 2007 Boulder Bluff Vineyard Pinot Noir
#44 - Quilceda Creek 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
#47 - Mark Ryan 2007 Lonely Heart Cabernet Sauvignon
#69 - Ken Wright 2008 Canary Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
#70 - Chehalem 2006 Statement Pinot Noir

In about a month, Wine Enthusiast will publish the final wine-related Top 100 list – The Enthusiast 100: The Wines You Must Have. You will get it first if you sign up for the free Top Shelf e-mail updates. I encourage you to do so here.

This will also give you access to downloadable files of the first two Top 100 lists. And when the final list is revealed, I’ll keep you updated.


Anonymous said...

Are you going to be on Twitter as well?

PaulG said...

@wineenthusiast is the Twitter handle for the mag.

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