Forbes Lifestyle Announces Top-10 Wines of 2014


In keeping with the tradition of releasing “Top-10” stories at the end of the year, popular magazine Forbes has released online its list of the 10 best wines of the year. 
Wine/food/travel critic Katie Kelly Bell compiled the list for Forbes. Her list was published earlier this month. The list includes four wines from the United States and one wine each from New Zealand, Spain, Australia, France, Italy and Chile.
“This annual column celebrates those wines that made me do a double take; the wines that I kept coming back to over the course of a tasting,” Bell wrote. “They aren't necessarily perfect, they just wowed me – in a sea of choices, these wines made an impression.”
The quartet of American wines included a pair of bottles from California – Clos de la Tech's 2009 Domaine Lois Louise and Drew Family Cellars' 2012 Fog Eater Pinot Noir. The Lois Louise featured “zingy, fresh, cherry-raspberry notes” which “deliver an endless finish,” while the Fog Eater was “finely tuned, with high-toned fruit notes, some clove and cherry, and a lovely suppleness on the palate. Just yum.”
Washington scored a spot on the list with its  Cadaretta 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, which Bell described as “a wine with big dollar sensibilities at a great price...silky and elegant with notes of cardamom, spices, currant, and black cherry.”
The fourth American choice was the 2012 Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve from Willamette Valley, of which she wrote, “The nose has lemons and lime; palate is juicy and mouthwatering but with folds of creamy texture.”
The Chateau Lassegue's 2005 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru was the only French wine on the list.
“If you missed the Super Vintage Boat, sigh no more...Chateau Lassegue is here,” Bell wrote.
Australian winery Robert Oatley made the list for its 2013 Margaret River Chardonnay, a wine which exhibited “notes of peach and tangerine” which “round out the plate,” Bell wrote.
The Italians won recognition for Castello di Magione's 2008 Morcinaia.
“A big Italian with French sensibilities,” Bell wrote. “Elegant and lovely but with power and structure.”
South America made appearance on the list with Santa Carolina's 2008 Herencia Carmenere, a wine which wowed Bell and her colleagues.
“Threads of mocha and dark chocolate are intertwined with black fruits and warm spices,” Bell wrote. “Complexity and suppleness lend a lingering mouthfeel and finish.”
Kiwi winery Craggy Range rounded out the list of six international winners with their 2011 Sophia Gimblett Gravels. 
“The palate has a mouth-watering tart cherry freshness woven into spice and cedar,” she wrote of the New Zealand wine. “Precise in structure...the tannins have just a bit of pucker, but the overall impression is silky and elegant.”
Bell noted the wines are drinkable now, but “many have the potential to age for several years, if not decades.”

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