Chinese New Year 2021: The Year of the Ox

The 2021 Chinese New Year begins Friday, February 12th and is the Year of the Ox. The Ox follows the rat and is second in the order of the Chinese Zodiac animals. We've gathered a list of the most desirable "Ox" wines as well as wines that belong to the vintages of the Ox. Those born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021 should grab a bottle of one of these noteworthy Ox wines or even a vintage from their birth year. There's no denying that these years produced some noteworthy vintages, so let's celebrate the Year of the Ox by revisiting these unforgettable wines! Andrew Hardy Shiraz Ox McPrice Myers 2018 Bull By the Horns The Royal Bull SQN Ox Pinot Turnbull Wine Cellars 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label


Cuvée Jadis Brut Champagne Blend 2009

Lyle Fass

Such a terrific vintage for this and a worthy successor to the stunning 2008. Nose is deep toasty brioche. Very fine. Smells like a Gougere. Just awesome. Some white cherries, some other luscious fruits. Apricot, green apple. Super mineral and awesome spice. So airy and clean. Palate is so elegant and sappy. Wow the elegance on this is something. Really elite. Most elegant Caillez I’ve had. Beautiful sap and purity. Amazing purity of fruit. Apples, citrus. So complex. Fine mousse. Terrific acid and a wonderful opulence to it. Real depth, power and concentration here but this is elegant as a feather. Just sick. It’s still got so much more to express. Incredible salty finish that takes over your mouth. Lowballing this maybe. — 2 years ago

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Can't wait to try these...😸
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@Severn Goodwin no rush at all.


Grange South Australia Shiraz 1997

In a double blind flight of Aussie Shiraz. No surprise that this was near the top. Our group called Oz Shiraz immediately on the flight. This was fresh and youthful, though fully mature. — 3 years ago

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Sterling Vineyards

Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1973

Robert Cunningham

Second bottle in two weeks. Consistent results — 4 years ago

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Nerobaronj Nero d'Avola 2009

Made from 100% Nero d’Avola, where Avola is named after a small town near Pachino in the wine valley Val di Noto in South-East Sicily. The first vines were planted there hundreds of years ago. This Gulfi Nerobufaleffj is very elegant, silky, intense ruby red, with a bit of earthiness, black fruit. Delicious! — 2 years ago

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Chateau St. Jean

Cinq Cépages Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

I might have had this wine last in 1997 ! This ‘97 vintage was awesome. Medium bodied , soft , balanced w a long finish. Dry like I like it . Decanted for 6 hours which seemed to help the wine. — 2 years ago

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Norman Gennaro

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Great memory too!

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La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 1985

This is what Hermitage should taste at its peak. Very nicely balanced, and the noblest of Syrah interpretation. — 4 years ago

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Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Trocken 2009

2009 and still youthful as hell. Exceedingly enjoyable to drink.
Honey, yellow flowers, lemon/lime zest, apricot and hints of tropical fruit balanced by wonderful acidity and a mineral salinity. With almost no detectable RS, this wine has a enjoyable viscosity/ creaminess to it—more than I expected. Medium plus finish. The slightest trace of of phenolic bitterness on the finish.
Paired with homemade green curry.
— 2 years ago

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Ah yes—great Riesling but the most annoying label to capture on the app. Nice looking curry!


The Royal Bull 2016

Blackberry, blueberry jam with smooth subtle power and a surprisingly long finish. Wish I bought a case of this. — 3 years ago

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Château Talbot

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1949

Shared with co-workers. Brown color with a lighter rim. Notes of Almond, concentrated fruit and barnyard mustiness. Reminiscent of a PX sherry on the palate. — 3 years ago

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Sine Qua Non

Ox Pinot Noir 1999

1999 Sine Qua Non “Ox” Pinot Noir from the wonderful Shea Vineyard in Yamhill County, Oregon. 14% alcohol. I’ve always loved the simple label on this gigantic bottle with the cavernous punt. And I was all ready to wax poetic about the romance of opening one of these older SQNs as, based on a couple of recent tastings, I was told that this bottle is well over the hill. Well, that just ain’t so. At least not with this bottle which has been lovingly stored since release. Now I’m not going to try and convince you that the “Ox” is at its peak, but the old girl still has some tricks up her sleeve. Crystal clear, bright, medium garnet appearance. A little bricky on the edges. Smokey notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, truffles and clove on the nose. Quite vibrant palate of sweet strawberries and cola as well as spice box with a hint of vanilla, toast and that clove. A touch earthy. Nice acidity. Super silky mouthfeel. Short, but decent smokey finish with a bite reminiscent of Sweet Tarts candy. Tangy! Extremely enjoyable! Well made is well made. Chapeau Mr. Krankl! — 5 years ago

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Roman Sukley

Roman Sukley

I’d be shocked if there were that many @Bill Bender I’m going to speculate less than 100.
Joseph Barsky

Joseph Barsky

Prior to our making onto the list. Our earliest PN offering was No. 6. Did you decant?
Roman Sukley

Roman Sukley

@Joseph Barsky One hour decant although I’m not sure it made much of a difference on a 19 year old Pinot.