Well, it's that time of the year again. The time when powerhouse Wine Spectator teases us with its "Top 100 Wines of the Year" list. This week, it has counted down wines 10 through 2 and today revealed its "Wine of the Year": Kosta Browne's 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot.
As uneasy as I am about this list, I am like a driver passing a wreck: I scan the list each year and see how many of the choices are in my cellar. And, as uneasy as I am about WS's relationship to the food and wine industry, its ability to make or break small winemakers and boost the already inflated egos of famous chefs, I have been a subscriber for many years.
I happen to think that this year's #1 choice is a darn good choice. Here's a great wine with a great heritage. It is priced within the reach of most wine buyers who buy an occasional special-occasion bottle and it is plentiful. Of course, the retail industry gets a copy of the top 100 before the public and this $54 bottle is now listed online for more than $100.
What do you think of WS's top 100 this year and in general? Any comments on individual selections, including #1?
Before you get typing, here's a link to a blogger who has some particularly keen insights into the WS top 100 phenomenon in general: