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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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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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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." - (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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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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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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G D Vajra Barolo "Albe" 2013 (Piedmont, Italy)
G D Vajra Barolo "Albe" 2013 (Piedmont, Italy)
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Renato Corino Barolo del Comune di La Morra 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [RP 92] [JS 92] [AG 91]
Renato Corino Barolo del Comune di La Morra 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [RP 92] [JS 92] [AG 91]
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92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"I love these wines that source fruit from a single comune, or village, in the Barolo appellation. The entry-level Renato Corino 2016 Barolo del Comune di La Morra showcases silky tannins, loose textural fiber and pretty berry accents. Once you break it all down, this wine delivers on a promise of varietal purity and accessibility. Raspberry and wild cherry is followed by dried mint and basil. An ample 10,000 bottles were made." - Monica Larner (23rd Jul 2020)

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Penner Ash "Shea Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2017 (Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon) - [JS 95]
Penner Ash "Shea Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2017 (Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon) - [JS 95]
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95 Points - James Suckling:
"A very poised pinot with fresh, wild cherries and abundant fresh, forest leaves, wood and herbs, all deeply woven together. The palate delivers a succulent, juicy impression with an elegant, long and unwavering shape. Excellent pinot. Drink or hold." - (1 May, 2019)

94 Points & #76 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator (2016 Vintage):
"Elegant yet dynamic, with violet, raspberry and spiced cinnamon flavors that build richness and structure toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 1,100 cases made." —TF
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Elio Altare Barolo DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [AG 93]
Elio Altare Barolo DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [AG 93]
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93 Points - Vinous:
"Bright and floral, with lovely aromatic top notes that give the wine energy, the 2016 Barolo is a terrific introduction to the Altare Barolos. Lavender, rose petal, mint, spice and new leather are some of the many notes that grace this silky, mid-weight Barolo." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2020)

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