Arnie-geddon End of the World Top Ten Wine Picks

Arnie-geddon End of the World Top Ten Wine Picks

If the world was coming to an end; Arnie Millan  would grab these wines as his last wine picks. Here’s Arnie’s picks and his thoughts on them.

2009 Gaja Barbaresco

gaja“The 2009 Barbaresco is absolutely remarkable for the way it caresses the palate with endless layers of sweet red fruit. Will the 2009 shut down in bottle? Truth is, I don’t know, but the wine is exceptionally beautiful and polished from the very first taste. Ripe, red berries, crushed flowers and deeply spiced notes are woven into an intricate fabric of indescribable class. I am not sure how Angelo Gaja and his team do it, but this is a super-impressive wine in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.”

93+ points Wine Advocate The 2009 Gaja Barbaresco sells for $255.99

2007 Berncasteler Doctor Auslese Dr Thanisch Riesling

“Feels light as air, revealing precise flavors of lime, vanilla cream, peach and slate. This shows great clarity as the flavors mingle then melt in the mouth on the long aftertaste. It’s all underscored by a vibrant structure. Drink now through 2038.”

95 points Wine Spectator The 2007 Berncasteler Doctor Auslese sells for $61.99

2009 Didier Dagueneau Blanc Pouilly-Fume Silex

“From an enclave just outside the cuverie in Saint Andelain, the Dagueneau 2009 Blanc Fume de Pouilly Silex delivers an almost inordinate diversity of floral, herbal, citrus (predominately grapefruit), and pit-fruit (predominately nectarine) elements, with the bitterness of fruit pits, smoky pungency of red currant and crushed stone, as well as notes of shrimp shell reduction and iodine inflecting a long, bittersweet, yet at the same time vibrant, buoyant finish. This silken textured seducer should gain with time in bottle and be worth following for ten or a dozen years..”

93-94+ points Wine Advocate The Didier Dagueneau Blanc Fume Silex sells for $149.99

2002 Billecart Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth

The red wine for the blend achieved its ripeness thanks to a very old, south-facing plot. Haunting notes of strawberry hull (where the stem joins the berry),hints of fig and white peach, toast, roast nuts and brioche define a beautifully restrained bouquet. The palate has remarkable poise, with the most subtle, elegant red fruits meeting tarte tatin, cooked fruits, warm cherries, sweet spices, roast nuts and toast. Pinot noir and Chardonnay are held in tautly balanced, 50/50 tension with the Pinot rising in the middle and then handing over to Chardonnay’s fine minerality on the finish.

The Billecart Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth sells for $239.99

2008 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

“There is a hint of exoticism to the citrus, pear and white peach suffused nose that is presently trimmed in a noticeable, if very slight, touch of sulfur. The rich and extremely fresh middle weight plus flavors possess an impressive amount of dry extract as well as ample mineral influence on the austere and ultra-pure finish that seems to go on and on. This powerful and impeccably well balanced but presently closed effort should live for many years though it will probably come to its peak 10 to 12 years from now. In a word, fabulous.”

95 points Burghound The Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru is on sale for $189.99 Regularly priced at $245.99

1982 Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 1st Growth

rothschild“This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The creme de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+”

100 points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate The Mouton Rothchild sells for $1,100.00

2007 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

“The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is lush, sweet and inviting. Today the 2007 doesn’t quite have the sheer visceral thrill and excitement of the 2006, but it more than makes up for that with its early approachability. Dark red berries, spices and crushed flowers are layered into the finish. There is plenty of volume but not a lot of structure. The 2007 Brunello was made from three separate parcels with different altitudes and exposures. Malolactic fermentation was done in steel and the wine was aged in a combination of casks and neutral small French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”

94 points Wine Advocate The Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino sells for $69.99

2008 Numanthia  Toro

“The 2008 Numanthia spent 18 months in new French oak. It sports an inviting nose of pain grille, graphite, Asian spices, licorice, lavender, and blackberry. In the glass it reveals its voluptuous proportions, savory flavors, and outstanding volume. Give this lengthy Toro 5-7 years of cellaring and enjoy it from 2017 to 2028.”

93 points Wine Advocate The Numanthia Toro on sale for $49,99 Regularly $69.99

2009 Ornellaia Bolgheri

“The 2009 Ornellaia caresses the palate with layers of seamless, radiant fruit. Sweet red berries, mocha, flowers, new leather and spices are some of the many notes that are layered in this sumptuous, totally beautiful wine. The 2009 stands out for its silky tannins and phenomenal overall balance. This is one of those wines that will probably enjoy a long drinking window. There is little question the ability to blend grape varieties was a huge help in this vintage. In my opinion, that is the main reason Ornellaia is a slightly more complete wine than Masseto in 2009. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 made a very eloquent case for itself as the wine of the vintage. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. In 2009 winemaker Axel Heinz used the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever in Ornellaia and gave the wine less time in oak, both with the goal of preserving as much freshness as possible. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.”

97 points Wine Advocate The Ornellaia sells for $195.00

2002 Quilceda Creek Cabernet

“Unlike some minuscule production “cult” wines or luxury cuvees culled from a winery’s primary product that have earned perfect scores over the years, Quilceda Creek’s Cabernet Sauvignon is the winery’s raison d’etre and is produced in significant quantities (3,400 cases in 2002, 3,425 in 2003). For accomplishing this feat the Golitzens should be doubly proud. Dark ruby-colored and sporting a nose of violets, sweet blueberries, dark cherries, and slight undertones of asphalt, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon blossoms on the palate to expose a wine of ethereal delicacy yet immense power. Medium to full-bodied, it expands to reveal concentrated layers of cassis, blackberries, red cherries, raspberries, violets, spices, and touches of candied plums. This rich, exquisitely balanced, sweet, and broad wine is harmonious, graceful, and awesomely long. Projected maturity: now-2022.”

100 points Wine Advocate The Quilceda Creek Cabernet sells for $300.00