I like light, refined wines. I really do. When I rummage through my wine cellar to find something to drink with dinner, most nights I gravitate toward the bright, tangy Rieslings and delicate Pinot Noirs. But when I want something that will create a memorable experience for myself or my guests, I am more likely to choose a deep, complex Chardonnay, a nicely aged Barolo or a rich Syrah.
I have been thinking about this as, in preparation for meetings coming up in a few weeks to decide Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the Year, I looked over my list of highest-scoring wines in the past 12 months. Plenty of outstanding wines in a delicate style dotted the list, but not among the big scores.
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