Best of 2016: Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Top 3 Most Outstanding New / Current Release Wines of the Year

  1. Harlan Estate 2013 Proprietary Red (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon)
  2. Abreu 2013 Thorevilos Vineyard Proprietary Red (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a lot of Cabernet Franc in it)
  3. Bevan Cellars 2014 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Top 3 Greatest Value Wines of the Year
All of the following wines are under $20 a bottle and represent fabulous bargains:

  1. Olemo 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma)
  2. Stackhouse 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa)
  3. Jorge Ordonez & Co. Botani 2015 Moscatel Old Vines (Malaga, Spain)

Top 3 Greatest Wine Drinking Experiences

  1. Beaulieu 1968 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. Charles Krug 1959
  3. Diamond Creek 1976 Volcanic Hill

Best Dinner of the Year
In this case, there was a tie for three fabulous meals:

  1. Shuko: For the extraordinary cuisine of Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau. (47 East 12th Street, New York)
  2. Magdalena: For the marvelous creativity and brilliance of Chef Mark Levy. (In the boutique Ivy Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland)
  3. ...and of course, Charleston: For the magnificent cuisine of Baltimore’s culinary matriarch, Cindy Wolf. (Baltimore, Maryland)

Best Vertical / Retrospective Tasting of the Year

Top 3 Best 'Get-a-Life Outside of Wine' Things of the Year

  1. Visiting Niagara Falls and taking the Maid of the Mist boat tour nearly under the falls.
  2. Having the owners of the 21 Club in New York ask for Wine Advocate paraphernalia to hang from the ceiling in their iconic restaurant.
  3. Flying in a private Bombardier Challenger from Napa Valley to Baltimore.

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