Top 10 Reds of 2012

With the Christmas buying season contributing so heavily to overall sales, November and December can see some late movements in our top-sellers list for the year.
The list below is the top 10 red wines by retail sales for Curious Wines, January to December 2012 – that’s the number of bottles sold instore and online.
This is our definitive list of recommended reds – our top wines, as voted for by you.

TOP 10 RED WINES
1. Moulin de Gassac Classic Rouge 2011: Our top selling red wine of 2012, this classic Rhône blend of Syrah and Grenache just hits the sweet spot of a great everyday red – fruit forward, juicy and ripe but with a dry, grippy backbone that makes it great with food or on it’s own.
From the famed Guibert family of Mas de Daumas Gassac, described by Gault & Millau as “a Lafite in the Languedoc”, “the only Grand Cru of the Midi” by Hugh Johnson and “Exceptional” by Robert Parker. The estate has been the benchmark for Languedoc wines for over 30 years, farming organically, using low-yielding old clone vines and planting a multitude of grape varieties to build complexity in their wines.
2. Santa Alicia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011: A consistent customer favourite, we maintain Santa Alicia’s Reservas are the best value Chileans in Ireland. The Cabernet is thick, rich and brooding, with the 2010 receiving a whopping 91 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine.
3. Pago de Cirsus Oak Aged 2010: We bought a bin-end of the 2005 of this and it sold out quickly at the start of last year, prompting us to try the newer vintages. The 2010 was an immediate hit, becoming our top-selling Spanish wine of 2012.
4. Cuvée Jean-Paul Rouge 2011: If we have a ‘house wine’ it remains the Cuvée Jean-Paul. Like the Gassac Classic, a Syrah-Grenache blend, but softer and juicier, adaptable and ever-so drinkable.
5. Santa Alicia Merlot 2012: This Merlot hits the mark as a smooth, flavoursome, everyday drinker that appeals to all palates and offends none. Unoaked, these wines are all about ripe fruit, dark berries and plum with pillow-soft tannins.
6. Dignité Syrah 2009: The Dignité has gained a bit of a cult following since the first vintage in
2005. Superb depth and richness from 40+ year old vines, let this iron fist breath for a couple of
hours to reveal it’s full and wonderful complexity.
7. Solonio Il Grottone 2009: Who’d have thought a Shiraz-Cabernet from Italy would become such a hit, but this is no ordinary blend. It’s made Ripasso-method, sublime, dense and full-bodied with dried fruit and a blanketing smoothness and warmth.
8. La Mano Mencía Roble 2009: Our top-selling red of 2011, disregard it’s relative fall, it’s still an absolute treat. Earthy, smoky, savoury, bursting with dark fruits like mulberry and blueberry, and knock-out bang for buck.
9. Château Bauduc Clos des Quinze 2010: Now out-selling the Blanc, this Merlot-Cabernet blend has shown consistent improvement in the last few vintages. 2010 was a cracker in Bordeaux and it was captured in the Clos des Quinze, rich, ripe and silky, it’s a class act.
10. Santa Alicia Reserva Carménère 2010: A new entry to our top 10 but momentum had been building the moment we took delivery of the 2010. Bold, dark and ripe with tiers of plum, black cherry and chocolate, finished with toasty oak and silky tannins, it’s a delight.
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We have our Top 10 red wines of 2012 available as a special mixed case – one of every wine above with an extra bottle of the top 2 to make a case of 12 – only €125 including delivery, with over €18 off the normal combined retail price.

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