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The Best Wines I Tasted in 2017

“… These are all wow wines, for sure, but they also reflect what’s new and important in the world of wine today and signal what’s likely to happen next. The continuing emergence of new regions and grapes, the rediscovery of overlooked old classics, and whites from areas normally known for their reds will help shape what we drink in 2018.

2005 Elvio Cogno Barolo DOCG Riserva Vigan Elena
“Vigna Elena is Cogno’s top barolo, from a special vineyard parcel planted with a rare nebbiolo grape clone called rosé. It’s made only in great vintages, and of the nine I tasted at the winery in the tiny town of Novello in Piemonte last July, this one—followed by 2001, 2010, and 2011—were my knockdown favorites. Dramatic and violet-scented, the 2005 comes with a core of sour cherry fruit, an iron tang, and a succulent texture. I’ll admit that drinking it over a candlelit dinner by the winery pool with a view of the moon shining over the vines heightened the experience.”

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Elin McCoy, December 21, 2017
The Best Wines I Tasted in 2017