Here, F&W executive wine editor Ray Isle names the top bottles he tasted this year.
2010 Elvio Cogno Barbera d'Alba Pre-Phylloxera ($45) Walter Fissore of Piedmont's Elvio Cogno makes extraordinary Barolos, but this incredibly complex Barbera—made with fruit from vines originally planted before the phylloxera plague wiped out Europe's vineyards in the late 1800s—is an amazing discovery. Production is tiny, but it's well worth hunting for.
2011 Domaine De La Fruitière Petit M Muscadet ($13)
Fruitière's vineyards are planted on sheer rock cliffs—gorgeous but not easy to farm. The wines they create, like this one, are exceptional.