2008 Wine Intrigue Award Winners

Please join us in giving special recognition to the wines that our fellow operatives loved the best – in our inaugural edition of the Wine Intrigue Awards. During the 2008 holiday season, The Wine Spies will be featuring limited allocations from all of our award winners. Be sure to check this page often as we announce all of our winners.

Operative’s Choice: Top Sparkling Wine:
Mumm Napa Valley Reserve Brut

Operative’s Choice: Top Exclusive Wine:
2005 LaZarre Wines Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

Operative’s Choice: Top Pinot Noir:
2005 Pezzi King Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Operative’s Choice: Top Chardonnay:
Trefethen 2006 Estate Chardonnay

Operative’s Choice: Top Merlot:
Gundlach Bundsch 2005 Estate Merlot

Operative’s Choice: Top Zinfandel:
Scott Harvey 2005 Amador County Zinfandel

Operative’s Choice: Top Petite Sirah:
Epiphany 2005 Petite Sirah – Rodney’s Vineyard

Operative’s Choice: Top Cab Franc:
Viader 2005 Cabernet Franc

Operative’s Choice: Top International Selection:
Maison Bouachon 2005 La Tiare du Pape

Operative’s Choice: Top Meritage:
Dry Creek Vineyard 2005 Meritage

Operative’s Choice: Top Blend:
B Cellars 2004 Blend 25

Operative’s Choice: Top Monterey Selection:
Galante 2004 Blackjack Pasture Cabernet Sauvignon

Operative’s Choice: Top Premium Cabernet:
von Strasser 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Best QPR Napa Cabernet Sauvignon:
Burgess Cellars 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Best QPR Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon:
Hans Fahden 2004 Mountain Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon

Agent Blush’s Top Selection:
Titus 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Agent Red’s Top Selection:
Raymond Burr 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

Agent Sparkle’s Top Selection:
Phelan 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Agent White’s Top Selection:
Iron Horse 2005 Estate Chardonnay

Honorable Mentions (Wines that both our operatives and we love):

 


2008 Wine Intrigue Award Nominated Wines and Wineries

The following wines and wineries were nominated by fellow operatives as their favorite wines of the year. Each of these wines is exceptional, and we thank all of our operatives for their contributions.

  • Adobe Road Winery 2005 Zinfandel
  • B Cellars 2004 Blend 25
  • Bernardus Winery 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Brutocao Cellars 2005 Quadriga
  • Burgess Cellars 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
  • Burgess Cellars 2004 Napa Valley Syrah
  • Ceja 2005 Vino de la Casa
  • Churchill Cellars 2005 Bella Luna Pinot Noir
  • Cult Vines 2007 Roussanne
  • Domaine Chandon Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Brut
  • Domaine Dominique Mugneret 2003 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Boudots’
  • Dry Creek Vineyard 2005 Meritage
  • Epiphany 2005 Petite Sirah – Rodney’s Vineyard
  • Epiphany 2005 Gypsy
  • Fattoria Giacomo Marengo 2001 Armirè Langhe Rosso DOC
  • Frazier Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Fritz Winery 2005 Dry Creek Valley Syrah
  • Galante 2003 Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Galante 2004 Blackjack Pasture Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gundlach Bundsch 2005 Estate Merlot
  • Hans Fahden 2004 Mountain Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Iron Horse 2005 Estate Chardonnay
  • Iron Horse 2004 Iron Horse Bdx-3
  • Iron Horse 2002 Iron Horse Blanc de Blancs
  • Jacuzzi Family Vineyards 2005 Nebbiolo
  • Kaz Winery 2005 Outbound Cabernet Franc
  • LaZarre Wine 2005 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir
  • Mahoney Vineyards 2004 Carneros Pinot Noir Haire Vineyard
  • Maison Bouachon 2005 La Tiare du Pape
  • Maloy O’Neill 2004 Lexicon
  • Martin Alfaro 2006 Schultze Family Vineyard Pinot Noir – Santa Cruz
  • Martin Alfaro 2006 Gary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Merryvale 2006 Pinot Noir
  • Mumm Napa Non-Vintage Reserve Brut
  • Pezzi King Vineyards 2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
  • Phelan 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Raymond 2005 Napa Valley Red Wine
  • Raymond Burr 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Raymond Burr 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
  • Raymond Burr 2003 Cabernet Franc
  • Reverdito Michele 2001 Barolo Bricci Cogni DOCG
  • Scott Harvey 2005 Amador County Zinfandel
  • Sol Rouge Vineyard & Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • St. Clement 2002 Oroppas
  • St. Supery Maison Boachon CDP 2005 La Tiare du Pape
  • Starry Night 2005 Tom Feeney Ranch RRV, Old Vine Zinfandel
  • Titus 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Titus 2006 Zinfandel
  • Trefethen 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Trefethen 2006 Estate Chardonnay
  • Trefethen 2004 Estate Merlot
  • Viader 2005 Cabernet Franc
  • von Strasser 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
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