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2011 Top 25 Wine List

When the Midwest Wine Guy web site was launched just over 1 year ago, about a week before Christmas 2010, I never dreamed that I would have the honor of bringing so many amazing wines to the wine community through honest reviews.  There are so many web sites that tell you what isn't good, and I've never understood that thought process.  I have and will continue to let my readers know what wines I think they will enjoy - no matter what varietal or price point.

With that said, since the web site was published, there have been over 500 wine reviews posted here.  Each wine was tasted by me and I've done my best to provide my thoughts on them to allow the reader a better understanding of what a wine really smells and tastes like.  But, in the end, it is completely acceptable (and sometimes encouraged) for them to just tell me, "That was really great wine.  Thanks for the suggestion!"

Below is a list of 25 wines that really stood out to me in 2011.  As you browse this web site you will notice that there are literally hundreds of wines that could have made this list, but that doesn't mean they aren't good.  I keep detailed notes of my tasting experiences other than what is posted here.  I reviewed those notes to come up with 25 (whoops, it looks like it is 26) of some of my favorites for 2011.  I hope that you enjoy this list, and more importantly, I hope you will seek out some of these wines for yourself.  Enjoy!

26.  NV Treveri Cellars Gewurztraminer Blanc de Blanc
25.  Renard Syrah – California
24.  2008 Mer Soleil Chardonnay
23.  2008 Stickybeak Syrah Napa Valley
22.  2009 Riverbench Pinot Noir
21.  2008 Chamisal Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
20.  2007 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon
19.  2009 Peter Franus Sauvignon Blanc
18.  2008 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
17.  2002 Yalumba The Signature
16.  2007 R&B Cellars Swingsville Zinfandel
15.  2007 Stave 28 Raven Merlot
14.  2010 Hagafen Lake County White Riesling Devoto Vineyard
13.  2010 Sokol Blosser Rose of Pinot Noir
12.  2008 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay
11.  2007 Abacela Port
10.  2005 Galante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Blackjack Pasture
09.  2008 Hess Collection 19 Block Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
08.  2008 d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz
07.  2006 Kathryn Kennedy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
06.  2005 Bourassa Vineyards Petit Verdot
05.  2008 Kerloo Cellars Tempranillo
04.  2007 Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
03.  2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz
02.  2006 Krupp Brothers Merlot Stagecoach Vineyard
01.  2010 Mollydooker Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon