Hosts Guide Holiday 2013: Season's Sipping

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The 18th-century Swiss writer, composer, and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote, “I have always said and felt that true enjoyment cannot be described.” Though the celebrated father of modern autobiography and author of Reveries of a Solitary Walker was probably not contemplating the sublime experience of savoring the nuances and subtleties of a glass of Bordeaux or Burgundy at the time he penned these words, his observation serves to remind those of us who passionately discuss and debate the relative merits of fine wine just how subjective its appreciation can be. Limiting our annual list of bottles for giving and pouring during the holiday season to a mere five score proved a particular challenge this year, thanks to more sophisticated viticultural practices around the world and a global spate of near‑perfect vintages that have recently yielded a multitude of great wines. The following pages comprise our favorites and some recent discoveries, along with our impressions of each selection. While we hope that you will read our commentary from beginning to end, that is only the beginning of the celebration: After all, the true enjoyment to be gained from each of these bottles, as Rousseau points out, can only be experienced, not described.

They are grouped here according to type; an alphabetical listing that provides detailed notes and pricing follows.

Henriot 1998 Cuvée des Enchanteleurs Brut
Krug 1998 Clos d’Ambonnay
Louis Roederer 2005 Cristal Brut Millésime
Moët & Chandon 2004 Dom Pérignon
Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon 1996 Oenothèque Brut Millésime
Pol Roger 2000 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
Roederer Estate 2003 L’Ermitage Rosé
Taittinger 2004 Comtes de Champagne
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 2004 La Grande Dame Brut

Baron de Ladoucette 2009 Pouilly‑Fumé Baron de L
Didier Dagueneau 2010 Pouilly‑Fumé Silex
Domaine Laroche Les Clos 2009 Chablis
Liquid Farm White Hill 2011 Chardonnay
Spottswoode 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Carte Blanche 2010 Chardonnay
Domaine Paul Pernot 2011 Bâtard‑Montrachet Grand Cru
Domaine Roulot 2010 Meursault‑Charmes
DuMOL 2011 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
François Carillon 2011 Puligny‑Montrachet Les Folatières
Joseph Drouhin 2011 Le Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche
Château Miraval 2012 Rosé Provence
Moraga 2010 White
Prisoner 2012 Blindfold White Table Wine
Tor 2011 Chardonnay Torchiana

Araujo Estate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
Brewer‑Clifton 2011 Pinot Noir 3‑D
Chanin 2011 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard
Château Belair Monange 2010 St.‑Émilion
Château Haut‑Bailly 2010 Pessac‑Léognan
Château La Mission Haut‑Brion 2010 Pessac‑Léognan
Château Lafite Rothschild 2010 Pauillac
Continuum 2010 Proprietary Red
Dana Estates 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard
Domaine Fourrier 2011 Griotte‑Chambertin
E. Guigal 2009 Côte‑Rôtie La Mouline
Fontodi 2010 Flaccianello della Pieve
Harlan Estate 2009
Montevertine 2009 Le Pergole Torte
Schrader 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras
Screaming Eagle 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Tyler 2010 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard
Vieux Château Certan 2010 Pomerol

Bodega Chacra 2011 Pinot Noir Treinte y Dos 32
Cent’Anni Vineyards 2009 Buoni’Anni Sangiovese
Felton Road 2011 Pinot Noir Block 5
Happy Canyon Vineyards 2011 Chukker
Jonata 2009 El Alma de Jonata Cabernet Franc
Kale Wines 2010 Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvée
Le Pin 2010 Pomerol
Leviathan 2010 Red Wine Napa Valley
Madroño 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Merry Edwards Winery 2011 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Morlet Family Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir Coteaux Nobles
Newton 2008 The Puzzle
Pursued by Bear 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sine Qua Non 2010 Five Shooter Grenache

Bergstrom Wines 2011 Pinot Noir Bergstrom Vineyard
Château Lafleur‑Gazin 2010 Pomerol
Ehlers Estate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon 1886
Justin Vineyards and Winery 2010 Isosceles
Kapcsandy Family Winery 2010 State Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
R. Lopez de Heredia 1998 Reserva Viña Tondonia
Marchesi Antinori 2009 Solaia
Paul Lato Hilliard Bruce Vineyard 2011 Pinot Noir Alegria
Penfolds 2008 Grange Bin 95
Pingus 2010
Sea Smoke 2011 Pinot Noir Ten
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia 2009 Masseto Toscana
Valdicava 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano
Vega‑Sicilia 2003 Unico
Vérité 2010 La Joie

Barons de Rothschild Lafite 2009 Le Dix de los Vascos
Château L’Église‑Clinet 2010 Pomerol
Château La Fleur‑Pétrus 2010 Pomerol
Château Latour 2010 Pauillac
Château Montrose 2010 Saint‑Estèphe
Domaine d’Eugenie Clos de Vougeot 2010 Grand Cru
Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Clos des Ducs 2010 Volnay
Domaine de la Romanée Conti 2010 Corton
Dominus Estate 2010 Napa Valley
Donelan 2010 Syrah Obsidian Vineyard
Favia 2009 Cerro Sur Napa Valley
Lokoya 2010 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia 2010 Ornellaia
Vietti 2009 Barolo Lazzarito

Aubert Wines 2010 Pinot Noir UV‑SL
Bond Estates 2008 Melbury Red
Château Pontet‑Canet 2010 Pauillac
Colgin IX Estate 2009 Syrah
Domaine Pegau 2010 Châteauneuf‑du‑Pape Cuvée da Capo
Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils 2010 Châteauneuf‑du‑Pape Cuvée de Mon Aïeul
Lewis Cellars 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Montepeloso 2009 Gabbro Toscana
Progeny 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Saxum 2010 Heart Stone Vineyard
Two Hands 2008 Shiraz Ares
Vineyard 7 & 8 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon


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