The Top 25 of 2021!
 

Another strange year in wine reviews, but I was still able to taste and review over 1500 wines. My tasting group met via zoom most of the time, but late summer we met again in person! We tasted, smelled, and swished a boatload of wines, so to come up with our “own” Top 25 wines that are “the greatest” is not easy. But as always, we try to do our best! My tasting group of 14 wine swishers, wine smellers, wine “evaluators”, and my friends of Bacchus carefully assessed the wines and came up with the following final list! This year we have a Top 25+ as we could not decide on the last entry, so we gave it to two wineries, it is our version of the “Baker’s Dozen”…..

Congrats to everyone!

1  –  Carte Blanche 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Napa Valley
~ 97+ Points ~

2 –  Paul Lato 2019 Chardonnay “Le Souvenir” Sierra Madre Vineyard
~ 97 Points ~

3 – Cresta Velia 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Mount Veeder” Napa Valley
~ 96 Points ~

4 – Cattleya 2019 Pinot Noir “Belly of the Whale” Petaluma Gap, Sonoma
~ 97 Points ~

5 – Morgado 2018 Sugarloaf Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
~ 96 Points ~

6 –  Shared Notes 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Les Leçons des Maîtres, Russian River Valley
~ 96 Points ~

7 – Scarlett 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Rutherford Napa Valley
~ 97 Points ~

8 – Argot 2019 “Bastard Tongue” Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
~ 97 Points ~

9 – Aperture 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
~ 97 Points ~

10 – Hudson 2019 Chardonnay “Estate” Carneros Napa Valley
~ 97 Points ~

11 – DuMol 2019 Chardonnay “Chloe” Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley
~ 96 Points ~

12 – Herman Story 2019 GSM “Casual Encounters” Paso Robles
~ 95 Points ~

13 – Desparada 2019 Soothsayer Cabernet Blend
~ 95 Points ~

14 – DuMol 2019 Chardonnay “Wester Reach” Russian River Valley
~ 98 Points ~

15 – En Tirage 2010 Blanc de Blanc “Beckstoffer” Napa Valley
~ 95 Points ~

16 –  Senses 2019 “UV-El Diablo” Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
~ 97 Points ~

17 – Coho 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
~ 96 Points ~

18 – Familiar Air 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
~ 95 Points ~

19 – Kamen 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Sonoma
~ 96 Points ~

20 –  Site 2018 Viognier “Larner Vineyard” Santa Barbara
~ 96 Points ~

21 – Halcon 2019 Esquisto GS(M), Estate Mendocino
~ 95 Points ~

22 – Walter Hansel 2019 Chardonnay “Cuvee Alyce” Russian River Valley
~ 95 Points ~

23 – Melis Family 2020 Rose of Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
~ 94 Points ~

24 – Sans Liege XVIII/XIX Prophetess, Santa Barbara
~ 95 Points ~

25 (tied) – Castiel 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Howell Mountain Napa Valley
~ 96 Points ~

25 (tied) – Trestle Glen 2019 Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma (Inaugural release)
~ 95 Points ~
 

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