Decanter – Top U.S. Wines of 2016

As often happens when writing any end-of-year listicle, the task of looking back over the last 12 months has the pleasant side effect of reminding us of the highlights.

Instead of analyzing a particular moment, scenario, or trend, it’s a chance to reflect on a whole years’ worth of them. And while the jury’s still out on whether the pros outweighed the cons in 2016, I know one thing that’s for certain: it was a great year for drinking.

Massican: 2015 Annia – An expressive blend of Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, and Chardonnay from winemaker Dan Petroski. It’s all white flowers, crisp pear, and fennel pollen upon first whiff. On the palate, it’s just one seabreeze-inflected flavor short of transporting you directly from Napa to the Adriatic. 92 points.

Carson Demmond

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