Wine Spectator's 'Top Ten' Wine of 2005
Staff Writer - November 28, 2005
Two Italian wines, both from Tuscany, have been included in the special yearly 'Top Ten' 2005 of Wine Spectator, arguably the most important US wine magazine. The two wines that earned Italy the two places in the top positions of the yearly world ranking are the Sette Ponti Toscana Oreno 2003 (5th place) and the Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all'Oro Riserva 1999 (7th).
"I am very satisfied with this result," said Enrico Viglierichio, general director of Castello Banfi, "above all because we achieved it with our top wine, which is reason for great pride."
Viglierichio added that the importance of this result is above all independent from its commercial value and image, because it represents a deserved recognition for the hard work of Castello Banfi's agronomist's in the fields, the enologists in the cellar and the managers who plan the company's administrative choices.
The Chilean Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2001 (4th) contributed to Castello Banfi satisfaction, as the company is the Italian distributor of the wine.
Following please find the complete 2005 'Top Ten' list:
- Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley 2002
- Clos Des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
- Rosemblum Zinfandel Rockpile Rockpile Road Vineyard 2003
- Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2001
- Sette Ponti Toscana Oreno 2003
- Alban Syrah Edna Valley Reva 2003
- Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002
- Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all'Oro Riserva 1999
- Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 20th Anniversary 2002
- Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2001