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This year's list of my Top 100 Wines focuses mainly on key themes I found during my tastings and reports on JamesSuckling.com over the last 10 months, including the great 2010 Brunellos, exciting 2012 super Tuscans, top Spanish reds and whites, as well as the superb wines of Chile, Argentina and Alsace. It also includes a number of great wines from New Zealand, Australia, and Champagne tasted by contributing editor Nick Stock.

In all, JamesSuckling.com reviewed close to 9,000 wines to create this formidable list of the Top 100 Wines in 2015. I tasted more than 7,500 wines myself and visited various regions in France, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Spain, and the United States. I was on the road for about six months this year visiting wineries and wine producers. I tried to include wines in the list that were released on the market this year; therefore, I didn't list some highly-scored wines that I reviewed, including barrel samples such as 2014 Bordeaux and Burgundy, and wines aging in bottle in cellars for future release, such as 2010 Brunello di Montalicno Riservas. The later will be considered for my 2016 Top 100 Wines list.

This year, I tried to focus on relative value and quantity for the first 10 wines in the list of my Top 100 wines. All the wines can be found for $70 a bottle or less, according to Wine-Searcher. And there appears to be stock in the marketplace. I rated all the wines at least 96 points.

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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017 (Portugal)
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017 [375mL HALF-BOTTLE] (Portugal)
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100 Points & #4 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - James Suckling (2016 Vintage):
"OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor's I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025." (Nov 2018)

98 Points & #23 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - Wine Spectator Magazine (2016 Vintage):
"This is packed with raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors that play off one another, melding with anise, fruitcake and ganache notes. A warm tarry edge coats the finish, revealing an echo of bramble. A seriously grippy, strapping Port, this revels in its power. Best from 2032 through 2055. 6,200 cases made." — JM
Montes "Folly" Syrah 2011 (Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 97] [WS 94] [RP 93] [WE 92]
Montes "Folly" Syrah 2011 (Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 97] [WS 94] [RP 93] [WE 92]
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Rank #4 Top 100 Wine of 2015 - James Suckling

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97 Points - James Suckling:
"Fabulous aromas of dark berries and granite. Flowers and sliced raw meat too. Full-bodied and velvety with incredible length. Clearly the best syrah of Chile. Very exciting. A great year for syrah with a long hang time. Aged for 18 months in new French oak that is imperceptible. Drink now." - (July 6th, 2015)

Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2016 (Portugal) - [AG 97] [RP 94-96]
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2016 (Portugal) - [JS 100, #4 Top 100 of 2018] [WS 98, #23 Top 100 of 2018] [AG 97] [RP 94-96]
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100 Points & #4 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - James Suckling:
"OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor's I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025." (Nov 2018)

98 Points & #23 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This is packed with raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors that play off one another, melding with anise, fruitcake and ganache notes. A warm tarry edge coats the finish, revealing an echo of bramble. A seriously grippy, strapping Port, this revels in its power. Best from 2032 through 2055. 6,200 cases made." — JM
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 99] [WS 96] [AG 94] [RP 93]
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 99] [WS 96] [AG 94] [RP 93]
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Rank #31 Top 100 Wine of 2015 - James Suckling

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99 Points - James Suckling:
"Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plums and flowers. Licorice and mushroom It's full body, with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal. Better in 2016." - (December 1st, 2014)
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017 (Portugal)
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017 (Portugal)
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100 Points & #4 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - James Suckling (2016 Vintage):
"OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor's I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025." (Nov 2018)

98 Points & #23 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - Wine Spectator Magazine (2016 Vintage):
"This is packed with raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors that play off one another, melding with anise, fruitcake and ganache notes. A warm tarry edge coats the finish, revealing an echo of bramble. A seriously grippy, strapping Port, this revels in its power. Best from 2032 through 2055. 6,200 cases made." — JM
Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac Grand Cru 2014 (Bordeaux, France) - [JS 98] [WE 96] [AG 95+] [RP 94] [WS 93]
Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac Grand Cru 2014 (Bordeaux, France) - [JS 98] [WE 96] [AG 95+] [RP 94] [WS 93]
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98 Points Rank #66 Top 100 Wines of 2017 - James Suckling:
"A stunning wine for this vintage although it’s still a bit shy on the nose (more spice than fruit showing than now). There’s wet earth, too, but on the palate it’s bursting with ripe yet subtle flavors. Very long and complex finish that goes on and on." - (Feb 2017)
Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 97] [RP 94] [AG 93] [WS 93] [WE 91]
Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 97] [RP 94] [AG 93] [WS 93] [WE 91]
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97 Points - James Suckling:
"Aromas of warm stones, dark fruits and walnuts follow to a full body, soft tannins and a savory finish. This shows ripe fruit and salty undertones that give it a wonderful juiciness. It's dense and tight now but will give so much pleasure in the future. Best ever from here. Drink or hold." - (January 19th, 2015)
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017 (Portugal)
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Portugal)
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100 Points & #4 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - James Suckling (2016 Vintage):
"OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor's I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025." (Nov 2018)

98 Points & #23 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - Wine Spectator Magazine (2016 Vintage):
"This is packed with raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors that play off one another, melding with anise, fruitcake and ganache notes. A warm tarry edge coats the finish, revealing an echo of bramble. A seriously grippy, strapping Port, this revels in its power. Best from 2032 through 2055. 6,200 cases made." — JM
Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon "Hillside Select" 2014 (Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 98+] [AG 97+] [JS 97]
Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon "Hillside Select" 2014 (Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 98+] [AG 97+] [JS 97] [WS 93]
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98+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Very deep inky-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is incredibly intense and impactful on the nose, revealing notes of crushed black cherries, blackberries and fresh black currants with underlying notions of charcoal, sautéed herbs, black soil, chargrilled meat and pencil lead, plus a waft of violets. Very full-bodied, very rich and wonderfully concentrated, the wall of fruit is well matched by a firm structure of ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length and depth." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (31st Oct 2017)

Tua Rita "Redigaffi" Rosso Toscana IGT 2016 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 99, #17 Top Wines of 2018]
Tua Rita "Redigaffi" Rosso Toscana IGT 2016 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 99, #17 Top Wines of 2018]
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99 Points - James Suckling Rank #17 Top 100 Wines of 2018:
"The aromas of violets, roses and lavender are captivating. Turns to spices and hazelnuts. So complex. This full-bodied wine grows and grows on the palate, yet it remains agile and fresh. Plenty of energy in the palate. More powerful than the perfect 2015. We will see which is better in the end. Great wine." (Dec 2018)