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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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A to Z Chardonnay 2011 (Oregon)
A to Z Chardonnay 2018 (Oregon) - [WS 90, #58 Top 100 of 2019] [WE 90]
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90 Points & #58 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Vibrant, with plush fruit, offering medium-weight lemon and quince flavors that take on expression and polish on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 38,270 cases made." —TF
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Tania & Vincent Careme "Terre Brulee" Chenin BLanc 2018 (Swartland, South Africa) - [WS 90, #65 Top 100 of 2019]
Tania & Vincent Careme "Terre Brulee" Chenin Blanc 2018 (Swartland, South Africa) - [WS 90, #65 Top 100 of 2019]
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90 Points & #65 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Elegant, showing a gentle texture, with intense acidity giving energy to the flavors of yellow apple, lime and honeysuckle. Salty mineral elements emerge midpalate, leaving a savory aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2028. 2,200 cases imported." — AZ
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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. Drink now." - (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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Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2017 (Sonoma County, California) - [WE 92] [WS 91, #64 Top 100 of 2019]
Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2017 (Sonoma County, California) - [WE 92] [WS 91, #64 Top 100 of 2019]
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92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This wine offers sultry spice and brown sugar notes. Structured tannins wrap around integrated acidity, tangy red fruit, dark chocolate and coffee. Blended with 21% Petite Sirah and 2% Carignan, it has a lasting richness to the finish. Virginie Boone" - (11/1/2019)

91 Points & #64 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Briary and vibrant, with zesty raspberry, toasted sage and cracked pepper flavors that take on richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025. 15,000 cases made." — TF
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Becker Family Pinot Blanc 2017 (Pfalz, Germany) - [WS 90, #82 Top 100 of 2019]
Becker Family Pinot Blanc 2017 (Pfalz, Germany) - [WS 90, #82 Top 100 of 2019]
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90 Points & #82 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"A harmonious white, lush and creamy in texture, with acidity imparting freshness and focus. Offers a pleasing mix of Bosc pear, pickled ginger, apple blossom and stony mineral notes. Spicy finish. Drink now through 2025. 600 cases imported." — AZ
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Cristom Vineyards Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvee 2017 [375ml HALF BOTTLE] (Willamette Valley, Oregon) - [WS 92, #73 Top 100 of 2019] [AG 91] [JS 93]
Cristom Vineyards Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvee 2017 [375ml HALF BOTTLE] (Willamette Valley, Oregon) - [WS 92, #73 Top 100 of 2019] [AG 91] [JS 93]
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92 Points & #73 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Expressive strawberry blossom and raspberry aromas open to elegantly structured cherry and spicy cinnamon flavors that build richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. 9,835 cases made." —TF
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RouteStock Cellars 'Route 116' Pinot Noir 2017 (Sonoma Coast, California) - [WS 91, #66 Top 100 of 2019]
RouteStock Cellars 'Route 116' Pinot Noir 2017 (Sonoma Coast, California) - [WS 91, #66 Top 100 of 2019]
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91 Points & #66 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"This offers creamy raspberry, currant and wild plum flavors, supported by medium-grained tannins. The spicy finish lingers with chocolate notes and hints of mint. Drink now through 2023. 5,024 cases made. —KM

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Llopart Reserva Brut Rose Cava 2016 (Penedes, Spain) - [VM 92] [WS 91 & Rank #51]
Llopart Reserva Brut Rose Cava 2016 (Penedes, Spain) - [VM 92] [WS 91 & Rank #51]
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91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Even better is the sensational medium-ruby-colored 2011 Rosé Brut Reserva, a blend of 60% Monastrell, 20% Garnacha and 20% Pinot Noir. Crisp, persistent notes of citrus blossom, green apples and hints of brioche and grapefruit are found in this light-bodied, refreshing, reasonably dry sparkling wine. Enjoy it over the next year." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Nov 2014)

91 Points & #51 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:

"The flavors of nectarine and white cherry are fresh and pure in this elegant sparkling rosé, with pretty accents of ground ginger, chalk and pink grapefruit sorbet riding the fine bead and lingering on the zesty finish. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. —AN
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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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Quivira "Alder Grove Vineyards" Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (Dry Creek Valley, California) - [WS 90]
Quivira "Alder Grove Vineyards" Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (Dry Creek Valley, California) - [WS 90]
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90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Stylish, with a pretty floral detail weaving in and out, adding a honeysuckle overtone to the succulent peach, apricot and lemon zest flavors, set on a smooth frame. Spicy accents show on the juicy finish. Drink now. 580 cases made." - MW (Issue May 31, 2020)

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