Of the roughly 6,000 bottles they tried in 2023, these are the most memorable.

If tasting and writing about wine seems like a dream job, well, it truly is. Week after week, we have the privilege of indulging in some of the world’s finest wines. Despite the challenges of narrowing down our choices to just 10, we’ve sifted through our extensive notes to compile a list that goes beyond mere tasting – these are bottles we genuinely relished.

Vérité 2012 Le Desir

Helene Seillan, daughter of winemaker Pierre, crafted this Cabernet Franc-based masterpiece. Tasted in Sonoma after a heartfelt reunion, its butterscotch, dark chocolate, and cassis flavors captivated our senses.

Champagne Bollinger R.D. 2008

Served at a Parisian lunch with magnum and double magnum counterparts, this recently disgorged Champagne from October 2022 showcased incredible complexity and freshness.

Liber Pater 2007

Featured at the Golden Vines Awards Dinner and Gala in Paris, this world’s most expensive wine lived up to the hype, especially when paired with chef Alain Ducasse’s beef with cocoa.

Torres Mas de la Rosa 2017

Enjoyed at the base of a towering vineyard in Priorat, this luscious Garnacha and Cariñena blend left a lasting impression, proving that sometimes the setting elevates the experience.

Veuve Clicquot 2015 La Grande Dame

Popped during a home tasting, this Pinot Noir-dominated vintage perfectly complemented an impromptu meal of salmon, cream cheese, and bagels, turning an ordinary Tuesday into a special occasion.

Valduero Lantigua 1989

With only 500 bottles made, this under-the-radar Ribera del Duero Tempranillo, aged for almost 30 years, showcased fresh, dried, and cooked-fruit flavors with unbelievable freshness and acidity.

Ornellaia 2013 Bolgheri Superiore

Amidst tastings, the 2013 vintage stood out for its emphasis on austerity and finesse during an Ornellaia showcase spanning from 1988 to 2020.

Domaine de la Romanée Conti Echezeaux 2020

In a dream-like horizontal tasting of DRC’s 12 different wines, the 2020 Echezaux emerged as a favorite, noted for its elegance and finesse.

W & J Graham’s 1977 Vintage Port

From a legendary Port vintage, enjoyed as part of Graham’s 200th vintage celebration, this Port, even with some fading berry flavors, highlighted the beauty of well-aged Port.

Trimbach 2008 Riesling Clos Ste. Hune

Pulled from the back of our wine fridge, this grand cru Riesling stole the show during a Chinatown lunch with its luscious citrus fruit flavors, amazing minerality, and perfect acidity.

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