BEST OF 2016

As we are coming to the end of 2016, all the wine magazines are publishing their wine lists of the year. Here comes the wines of the year of!

2016 was a year full of wine and travel for me. I’ve been to five countries, Turkey, Greece, Chile, USA and Canada. You’ll see from the list that the wines that I tasted were mostly from the USA, Chile and Turkey where I spent most of my time.

This list includes the wines that I tasted, enjoyed and gave me inspiration to share with me. I haven’t discriminated against any style, variety or price level of wines. What I did was judge them with my wine knowledge, appetite and mood.

You’ll find four categories on the list – red, white, rose and sparkling. So, without further due, let’s get started!

Best Red Wines of 2016

  • Riveras de Chillan, Merlot 2014, Itata Valley, Chile
  • Suvla, Karasakız 2014, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey
  • Lapostolle, Casa, Merlot 2013, Valle del Rapel, Chile
  • Distinto 2015, Viña Caliterra, D.O. Colchagua Valley, Chile
  • Marimar Estate, Chico’s Run, Pinot Noir 2013, Sonoma Coast, USA
  • Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, S.L.V., Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Napa Valley, USA
  • Rubicon, 2012, Inglenook Winery, Napa Valley, USA
  • Stefano Accordini, Vigneto Il Fornetto, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2001, Italy
  • Opus One, 2012, Napa Valley, USA
  • Charmes de Kirwan, Chateau Kirwan, 2009, Grand Cru Classe Margaux, France

Best White Wines of 2016

  • Protea, Chenin blanc 2014, South Africa
  • Gemici, Sultanine 2013, Alaçatı, Turkey
  • Las Mulas, Miguel Torres, Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Chile
  • Kayra Leona, Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Turkey
  • Heitz Cellar, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Napa Valley, USA
  • Casas del Bosque, Chardonnay 2014, D.O. Casablanca Valley, Chile
  • Vinkara Doruk, Narince 2013, Turkey
  • Pianacce, Vermentino 2014, Colli di Luni, Italy
  • Black Stallion, Viognier 2014, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley, USA
  • Graci, Etna Bianco, Carricante & Cataratto 2012, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Best Rosé Wines of 2016

  • Lujuria, Viñedos Puertas, Rosé de Carmenere 2013,Curico, Chile
  • Sonnet, Grenache 2014, Usca, Urla, Turkey
  • Mon Reve, Sangiovese 2014, LA, Turkey
  • Honig Pink, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley, USA
  • Urla Şarapçılık, Serendias 2014, Urla, Turkey
  • Cotes des Roses, Gerard Bertrand, Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah 2015, Languedoc, France
  • Harvest of Joy, Rosé 2015, Robert Mondavi, USA
  • Koyle, Don Cande, Rosé of Cinsault, 2015, Chile
  • Quixote, Rosé of Petite Syrah Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley, 2015, USA
  • Whispering Angel, Caves d’Eclans, Cotes du Provence, 2015

Best Sparkling Wines of 2016

  • Brut-All, Itata Profundo, Lucia Torres, Chile
  • Domaine Allimant-Laugner, Cremant d’Alsace, Rosé, France
  • Mumm Napa, Brut Prestige, Methode traditionelle, USA
  • G.H. Mumm, Cordon Rouge, Champagne France
  • Freixenet, Cava, Cordon Negro, 2016 Winter Edition, Spain
  • Iron Horse, Rosé Brut 2008, Sonoma Valley, USA
  • Moet et Chandon Imperial Brut, Champagne, France
  • DVX Mumm 2005, Napa Valley, USA
  • Bollinger La Grande Annee, 2004, Brut, Champagne, France
  • Vieux Clicquot,Brut Champagne, France

I wish everyone a happy ending of 2016 and an even happier beginning of 2017!



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