Top 5 Wines of 2011 Paired with Top Foods

Wine Spectator released its annual roundup of the year’s most exciting wines, and we wanted to pair some great food for each. 

If you are going to splurge and purchase a bottle of wine for a special occasion, or for a nice gift, the Top 100 is a good list to check out. In fact, you can find many of these bottles on popular websites such as wine.com, and try to score some deals. 

Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 on the 2011 list, and see what foods may be worthy of being its dance partner.

5. Dehlinger
Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley 2008

Critical Acclaim:

"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."

Wine Spectator: 95
Robert Parker: 93
International Wine Cellar: 92

Price: $50.00

Wine Pairing: Smoked Salmon Bruschetta

4. Campogiovanni
Brunello di Montalcino 2006

Critical Acclaim:

"Licorice, sweet spices, toast, smoke and sanguine aromas and flavors envelop a kernel of raspberry in this intense, extroverted red, which is complex, focused and structured, with an expansive finish. There’s fine potential, but needs time. Best from 2014 through 2027."

Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Robert Parker: 90
International Wine Cellar: 90

Price: $59.99

Wine Pairing: Duck with Garlic

3. Domaine Huët
Vouvray Moelleux Clos du Bourg Première Trie 2009

Critical Accliam

"The nearly 15-acre Clos du Bourg vineyard features a mix of clay, silt and pebbles over limestone subsoils, producing this Loire Valley domaine’s richest expression of Chenin Blanc. If weather permits, as it did in 2009, beneficial Botrytis cinerea (noble rot) dehydrates the late-ripening grapes, whose fresh acidity counterbalances the resulting sweet wine’s concentrated fruit and spice notes. This Première Trie represents Huët winemaker Noël Pinguet’s top selection of hand-harvested grapes."

Wine Spectator: 96

Price: $69.00

Wine Pairing: Fresh Fruit & Cream

2. Hall
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Kathryn Hall 2008

Critical Acclaim:

"The 2008 Kathryn Hall Cabernet is a blend from four of the sites. Winemaker Steve Leveque added a splash of Merlot to round out the texture and heighten the aromatics. The wine captures the essence of Napa Cabernet yet is distinguished from other great 2008 Cabs by its seamless texture, wonderful focus, purity of flavor and persistent finish."

Wine Spectator: 96

Price $90.00

Wine Pairing: Filet Oscar

1. Kosta Browne
Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2009

Critical Acclaim:

"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."

Wine Spectator: 95
International Wine Cellar: 91
Connoisseurs’ Guide: 91

Price: $52.00

Wine Pairing: Mushroom Risotto

Congrats to the 2011 winners, and here’s to 2012!


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