Every year Wine Spectator Magazine releases its Top 100 Wines List. Wine Spectator is a prestigeous wine magazine that has an internationally recognized rating system. This system is used in many stores and restaurants to promote their wines. This year at Sunset 44 we’ve chosen two wines off the list that we feel are a great fit for the bistro and the holiday season.
The first is Shloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett, 2008, Rheingau – Germany. It scored 91 points and made #70 on the the list! Kabinett wines from Germany require the lowest level of natural sugar at harvest in the QmP (Quality Wines) category, approximately 17-21%. This wine has a noticeable amount of residual sugar that makes it pair nicely with sushi, sashimi, scallops, curry, anything will a little heat, or just enjoyed alone. It has nice acidity with aromas of peach, apricot, and lemon, with a juicy texture and a nice long finish. Recommendations are to drink now through 2020 as it will develop nicely in the cellar.
The second wine we chose is Vermonte’s Ritual Pinot Noir, 2008, Casablanca Valley – Chile. It scored 90 points and landed at #87. It has aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and plum with a round mid-palate and slight notes of spice and sweet tobacco. This is a rich pinot noir and its recommended to drink now. This wine will pair perfectly with our Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Chutney, pasta with tomato sauce, or lightly seasoned grilled steak. American winemaker Paul Hobbs was a consulting winemaker on this wine to Augustin Huneous. Paul Hobbs has a reputation of high quality wines out of California as well as Argentina. His 2008 Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley also made the list at #6!