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About The Top 100 of 2019

Wine lovers today have more choice than ever. Wine Spectator’s

annual Top 100, an honor roll that reflects the past year in wine, champions this diversity. So while a glance confirms that France, Italy and California dominate the 2019 list, accounting for two-thirds of the selections, a closer look reveals a breadth of offerings from both emerging regions and lesser-known appellations within those wine giants.

Our tasters reviewed more than 15,000 new releases in 2019; more than 6,250 of those scored 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale. From that initial pool of wines, we evaluated each bottle for its combination of quality (based on score), value (price), availability (cases made or imported into the United States) and, most important, an exciting backstory, what we call the “X-factor.”

The result is a snapshot of the wine world today. Spain, Australia and Oregon are also well-represented, and 44 wineries are making their debut appearance in our Top 100 this year. Though the scores and prices vary, the overall average is 93 points and $54, respectively.

More than a dozen late-release 2015s earn spots on the list, along with over three dozen new releases from the 2018 and 2017 vintages. However, nearly 40 percent of the wines are from the superlative 2016 vintage, an excellent year in both Europe and the United States.

We hope you enjoy this exciting list of first-rate wineries, new discoveries, comeback stories and terrific values.



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Tania & Vincent Careme "Terre Brulee" Chenin Blanc 2019 (Swartland, South Africa) - [WS 90 & Top 100 Values of 2020]
Tania & Vincent Careme "Terre Brulee" Chenin Blanc 2019 (Swartland, South Africa) - [WS 90 & Top 100 Values of 2020]
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90 Points & Top 100 Values of 2020 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This features a seductive texture that coats the palate, offering an intriguing mineral grip that supports notes of yellow plum and melon at the core, with spice and floral accents gliding along the edges. Delivers a long, inviting finish. Chenin Blanc. Drink now through 2029. 3,267 cases imported." - AZ (May 31, 2020)
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Substance "Cs" Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Washington) - [JS 93] [JD 91]
Substance "Cs" Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Washington) - [JS 93] [JD 91]
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93 Points - James Suckling:
"This has the wonderful, dark-fruit and olive character of a ripe cabernet sauvignon, but the polished tannins fold over the wine. It’s full-bodied, yet agile and focused at the finish. Real wine for the money. Drink now." (June 2020)

91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"I loved the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Cs, which ranks with the finest releases to date for this cuvée. Classy cassis fruits, lead pencil, and tobacco notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannin, integrated oak, and a great finish. It makes a mockery of just about every other Cabernet Sauvignon in this price range. Buy a case and enjoy over the coming 4-6 years, probably longer." - Jeb Dunnuck (4/15/2020)
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Cantina di Terlano Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2018 (Trentino Alto Adige, Italy) - [JS 92]
Cantina di Terlano Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2018 (Trentino Alto Adige, Italy) - [JS 92] [WS 90, #87 Top 100 of 2019] [RP 90]
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92 Points - James Suckling:
"Sliced apples and cream, as well as hints of sliced pineapple on the nose. Medium body and a layered, creamy texture with green apples and limes on the aftertaste." - (20 Apr, 2019)

90 Points & #87 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"A creamy, light-bodied white, with mouthwatering acidity driving a finely knit range of Honeycrisp apple, Marcona almond and orchard blossom flavors, showing a rich and tangy streak of salinity that lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 9,167 cases made, 8,000 cases imported." —AN
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Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (North Canterbury, New Zealand) - [WS 90, #60 Top 100 of 2019] - [WE 90]
Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (North Canterbury, New Zealand) - [WS 90, #60 Top 100 of 2019] - [WE 90]
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90 Points & #60 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Offers an appealing core of intense, lush flavors of ripe melon and peach, with details of white pepper, honeysuckle and ruby grapefruit lingering on the finish. Impressive for the intensity and focus. Drink now. 14,800 cases made, 10,000 cases imported." —MW

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Marques de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Rioja Reserva 2015 (Rioja, Spain) - [WS 92, #40 Top 100 of 2019] [RP 93] [JS 93] [WE 90]
Marques de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Rioja Reserva 2015 (Rioja, Spain) - [WS 92, #40 Top 100 of 2019] [RP 93] [JS 93] [WE 90]
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92 Points & #40 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Cedar, tobacco, dried cherry and spice flavors mingle in this red. Features a polished texture, with well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity. Supple, harmonious and graceful. Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha. Drink now through 2025. 100,000 cases made, 9,067 cases imported. —TM Score 92 | Price $29"
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Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate "Vilella Alta" 2017 (Priorat, Spain) - [RP 90]
Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate "Vilella Alta" 2017 (Priorat, Spain) - [RP 90]
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90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The just-bottled 2017 Black Slate la Vilella Alta from Mas Alta is still the oakiest of the Black Slate range, for people who grew up with classic well-oaked Priorat, despite the fact that the élevage was in well-seasoned oak barrels. This has the signature of Michael Tardieu and Philippe Cambie, the winemakers behind this wine; it's a ripe and heady Priorat red produced with 50% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena and 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with a full-bodied palate and plenty of tannins. This is a powerful wine to lay down or enjoy with powerful food. 20,520 bottles were filled in May 2019." - Luis Gutiérrez (30th Aug 2019)

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Sans Liege "The Offering" Red Wine 2018 (Santa Barbara County, California) - [JD 90]
Sans Liege "The Offering" Red Wine 2018 (Santa Barbara County, California) - [JD 90]
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94 Points & #20 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator (2016 Vintage):
"Distinctive, refined and well-built, offering expressive black cherry, cigar box, green olive and cured meat accents that build richness on the long finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier. Drink now through 2026. 2,450 cases made. —TF
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John Duval "Plexus" Red 2017 (Barossa Valley, Australia) - [WS 94, #25 Top 100 of 2019] [JH 94] [JS 92] [RP 90]
John Duval "Plexus" Red 2017 (Barossa Valley, Australia) - [WS 94, #25 Top 100 of 2019] [JH 94] [JS 92] [RP 90]
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94 Points & #25 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Vibrant, with blackberry, blueberry and spiced plum flavors that are fresh, plump and generous at the core. Impressively elegant and seamless, featuring fresh earth, spice and floral notes that linger effortlessly alongside fine-grained tannins. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2037. 2,000 cases imported." - MW (Nov 15, 2019)

94 Points - James Halliday:
"A 51/32/17% blend, the components sourced from various districts that produce high quality fruit. Standard vinification, then matured for 15 months with 10% new French hogsheads, the remainder 3-6yo barrels. It's a powerful wine in the context of '17, old vines doing what they have done for the last 50+ years. Needs a few more years to relax." (8/2019)
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Tolaini Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana Legit 2016 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WS95, #13 Top 100 of 2020]
Tolaini Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana Legit 2016 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 95, #13 Top 100 of 2020]
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95 Points & #13 Top 100 of 2020 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"An impressive red of breadth and depth, featuring black cherry, plum, leather, earth, iron and cedar aromas and flavors. This is solidly built and well-balanced, with finely honed tannins and lively acidity providing backbone. Best from 2021 through 2040. 15,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported." - BS (Oct 31, 2020)

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Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec "Le Mont" 2017 (Loire Valley, France) [WS 94]
Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec "Le Mont" 2018 (Loire Valley, France) - [WS 95, #15 Top 100 of 2019]
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95 Points & #15 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"This elegant white shows pedigree, featuring wonderful harmony and great complexity, with persimmon and quince flavors, while cardamom, coriander and star anise notes glide along the edges. The acidity gives this power, providing balance, but also incredible energy that runs throughout. Very long and inviting. Best from 2020 through 2038. 1,000 cases made." — AZ
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