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This year marks the 25th anniversary of our Top 100 list, where Wine Spectator’s editors select and highlight the most exciting wines from the thousands we reviewed during the course of the year.

Back in 1988, the wine world was much smaller. We reviewed about 3,000 newly released wines in our blind tastings, and the Top 100 skewed to France, Italy and California. In 2013, our editors reviewed more than 20,000 new releases, and the Top 100 includes wines from 13 foreign countries and four states.

As always, we select the Top 100 based on quality (represented by score), value (reflected by release price), availability (based on the number of cases either made or imported into the United States) and an “X-factor” we call excitement. However, this year, we have given more emphasis than ever before to the X-factor—the intensity of interest the wines excited by way of their singularity or authenticity.
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Opus One Proprietary Red 2015 (Napa Valley, California) - [JS 98] [RP 96-98+] [AG 96+]
Opus One Proprietary Red 2015 (Napa Valley, California) - [JS 98] [RP 96-98+] [AG 96+] [WS 93]
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98 Points - James Suckling:
"Purity and brilliance on the nose with so much currant and flower character. Roses, currant bush and fresh leaves, too. Brightness is the word that comes to mind. Full-bodied and broad-shouldered. Juicy and so gorgeous now. Balance is so wonderful here. All about harmonious fruit and tannin balance. I like it slightly better than the excellent 2014. 81% cabernet sauvignon, 4% petit verdot, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot and 2% malbec. Drink or hold." - (July 7, 2018)

Croft Vintage Port 2016 (Portugal) - [JS 97] [AG 94] [RP 92-94]
Croft Vintage Port 2016 (Portugal) - [WS 97] [JS 97] [AG 94] [RP 92-94]
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97 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Very expressive, this unfurls with mouthwatering licorice snap, fruitcake, apple wood and violet notes, which are quickly followed by a wave of mouthfilling plum, blackberry and fig paste flavors. This is packed but well-defined, and the energy allows the fruit to ripple through the long finish. Built for the long haul, with distinctly dry cut at the end. Best from 2035 through 2055. 3,000 cases made." - JM (Dec 2018)
Astrolabe Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 (New Zealand) - [WS 92] [JS 91]
Astrolabe Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 (New Zealand) - [WS 92] [JS 91]
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92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Impressive for the linear, focused beam of cherry, cranberry and Earl Grey tea notes, with white pepper and dried rose petal accents. The sleek body and spicy, lingering finish make this memorable. Drink now through 2028. 1,500 cases made." – MW (Jun 30, 2018)
Saint Cosme Condrieu 2016 (Northern Rhone, France) - [WS 95] [VM 93]
Saint Cosme Condrieu 2016 (Northern Rhone, France) - [WS 95] [VM 93]
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95 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This delivers a textbook display of peach, apricot, star fruit and anise notes, but in a package that is livelier than other versions from Condrieu, as racy honeysuckle, quinine and verbena hints add layers of energy through the finish. Drink now through 2022. 415 cases made." - JM (Nov 2018)
Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Marlborough, New Zealand) - [WS 90, #40 Top 100 of 2017]
Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Marlborough, New Zealand) - [WS 90, #40 Top 100 of 2017]
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90 Points & #40 Top 100 of 2017 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Succulent, fleshy peach and nectarine flavors are accented by Key lime, mango and ruby grapefruit notes. Shows nice intensity on the long, expressive finish. Drink now. 589,000 cases made." -MW (Nov 2017)
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2009 (Rioja, Spain) - [JS 96] [RP 93+] [DC 91]
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2009 (Rioja, Spain) - [JS 96] [RP 93+] [DC 91]
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96 Points - James Suckling:
"Very fresh and vivid 2009 with berries, dark spice and hints of walnuts. Full-bodied, reserved and so held back and muscular, but you don’t feel the tannins and the strength. A great wine. Give it two or three years. Try in 2020." (August 2, 2018)

Gruet Methode Champenoise Blanc de Noirs N.V. (New Mexico) - [WS 90]
Gruet Methode Champenoise Blanc de Noirs N.V. (New Mexico) - [WS 90]
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Rank #43 - Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2011

Rank #43 on Top 100 Wines of 2011, 90 Points & "Smart Buys" - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Elegant and focused, with creamy vanilla and apple aromas and rich yet crisp flavors of baked pear and cinnamon bread. Drink now through 2014." —T.F. (Dec 15, 2011)

Emilio Hidalgo "Fino" Sherry NV (Andalucia, Spain) - [WS 90]
Emilio Hidalgo "Fino" Sherry NV (Andalucia, Spain) - [WS 90]
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90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Sea salt, Brazil nut and dried chamomile notes are racy and filigreed, with a stony edge on the finish. Drink now." – JM (Oct 31, 2013)

Emilio Hidalgo Amontillado Sherry "El Tresillo" NV (Andalucia, Spain) - [RP 90]
Emilio Hidalgo Amontillado Sherry "El Tresillo" NV (Andalucia, Spain) - [RP 90]
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90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The NV El Tresillo Amontillado Fino is from the El Tresillo solera (hence the same name as the 1874 Amontillado). It is basically a Fino that has completed its biological aging, alcohol level adjusted to 17%, the flor has disappeared and has only started its oxidative aging towards an Amontillado. This would be a Fino Amontillado, a category that does not officially exist anymore. It’s something between an old Fino and a young Amontillado. It has a combination of both the saline and marine notes of the biological aging and incipient notes of hazelnuts and a touch of varnish from the oxidative cycle. The palate shows the addition of alcohol that would need a little bit more time to get integrated. It’s an unusual wine. Drink 2013-2016." - Luis Gutiérrez (28th Aug 2013)

Chartogne Taillet Brut Champagne "Cuvee Sainte Anne" NV (Champagne, France) - [WS 92, #87 Top 100 2017] [RP 92] [WE 91] [VM 91]
Chartogne Taillet Brut Champagne "Cuvee Sainte Anne" NV (Champagne, France) - [WS 92, #87 Top 100 2017] [RP 92] [WE 91] [VM 91]
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92 Points #87 Top 100 of 2017 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A bright, finely meshed version that shows beautiful harmony throughout, offering flavors of Gala apple, spring forest, almond pastry and lemon curd riding the creamy mousse. Lasting, spiced finish. Disgorged February 2016. Drink now through 2022. 1,300 cases imported.” – AN (Nov 30, 2017)