In the world of wine, fall is the silly season. Not only does the release of Beaujolais Nouveau 2007 occur tomorrow, the Wine Spectator is in the midst of its countown of the top 10 wines of the year, which is a teaser to its top 100 wines of the year, which will be revealed after the world's best wine is revealed Friday.
Best, that is, to the esteemed palates of the Wine Spectator's editors. They have dear tastes. The average price of the six wines revealed so far - 10 through 5 - is $126. Their roundup isn't doing much to dispell the illusion that people have to pay big bucks for an outstanding bottle of wine, though they do say that by the time the identities of all 100 wines are released the average price will fall to $42, down from last year's $49, an encouraging trend.
So far, just one California wine is in the top 10, the Robert Mondavi Winery 2004 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. It sells for $125.
This year's roundup, incidentally, includes videos of Wine Spectator editors commenting on each of the top 10 wines. You can find the countdown and the videos here.