Locating The Wine Spectator Wine of the Year

2011 Wine Spectator Wine of the Year

Wine Spectator has released its Top 10 Wines for 2011 (full list of the other 90 wines will be released on Monday, November 21), and below is a list of restaurants and retailers in the San Francisco Bay Area that sell the Wine of the Year (2009 Kosta Browne, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir) along with Wine #5 on the list (2008 Dehlinger, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir).  We have also included a posting for the 2009 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir.

Other restaurant wine reviews can be found at the VinoServant Internet Site.

2009 Kosta Browne, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir | Wine of the Year

Retail Price: $52 Release Price Full Bottle – Napa Valley Wine & Cigar $90 & The Wine Vault $95

Rating: Wine Spectator 95 | Now through 2018

Full Bottle

  • $156 at The Plumed Horse
  • $200 at Gary Danko

Half Bottle

  • $86 at Michael Mina
  • $90 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – Cupertino
  • $90 at Jardiniere
  • $100 at Gary Danko
  • $112 at The Village Pub
  • $114 at Spruce – SOLD OUT

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 99 Points – Drink or Hold: Almost perfect, with scores of ripe, polished, deeply flavored wines.

Wine Spectator Review: Ripe and deeply flavored, concentrated and well-structured, this full-bodied red offers a complex mix of black cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit that’s pure and persistent, ending with a pebbly note and firm tannins. Drink now through 2018. 5,818 cases made. –JL

 

2008 Dehlinger Russian River Valley Pinot Noir | #5 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for 2011

Retail Price: $42 at Artisan Wine Depot, $50 at K&L Wines – SOLD OUT

Ratings: Wine Spectator 95 | Now through 2018

  • $95 at Wayfare Tavern | 2.2x
  • $97 at Waterbar | 2.3x
  • $100 at Farallon | 2.3x
  • $115 at Gary Danko | 2.7x

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 90 Points – Drink or Hold: Reduced crop and uneven growing season; mixed quality, but the best are complex, fruity and delicate.

Wine Spectator Review: Aromas of plum and blackberry jam turn firm and intense on the palate, gaining depth, nuance and traction. Finishes with a strong burst of flavors. Drink now through 2018. 1,050 cases made. –JL

93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The flagship Pinot, the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate, comes from the finest hilltop parcels in his beautiful Russian River vineyard. Its dense plum/ruby color is followed by a perfumed nose of forest floor, and sweet black raspberries, black cherries and plums intermixed with a hint of Asian spice. Fleshy and medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, good acidity and purity, it demonstrates a commitment to intelligent winemaking. These wines are never over-oaked or extreme in any fashion. The 2008 Pinot Noirs continue Dehlinger’s nearly unbroken record of success with Pinot that started in the mid-seventies. The ever reliable Tom Dehlinger continues to turn out some of the most fairly priced wine in all of California. I’m glad to see he has added a tiny quantity of rose to his portfolio. As he said, it is his first ‘non estate’ wine in 25 years. Dehlinger’s Pinot Noirs have an enviable track record of aging well for at least a decade even in challenging vintages.” (02/11)

 

2009 Kosta Browne, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $52 Release Price Full Bottle – $90 at Napa Valley Wine & Cigar, $115 at Belmont Wine Exchange, $75 Vinfolio Marketplace Auction & $90 at K&L Wines – SOLD OUT

Rating: Wine Spectator 91 | Now through 2018

Full Bottle

  • $200 at Gary Danko

Half Bottle

  • $81 at EPIC Roasthouse
  • $85 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – San Francisco
  • $86 at Michael Mina
  • $90 at Alexander’s Steakhouse – Cupertino
  • $95 at Waterbar
  • $100 at Gary Danko
  • $112 at The Village Pub
  • $114 at Spruce – SOLD OUT

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 99 Points – Drink or Hold: Almost perfect, with scores of ripe, polished, deeply flavored wines.

Wine Spectator Review: Fresh, bright, ripe black cherry, raspberry and light floral scents lead off in this supple, fleshy, full-bodied red, which is complex and layered on the palate, maintaining its core fruitiness and gaining subtle touches of dark berry and spice. Drink now through 2018. 4,320 cases made. –JL

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