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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 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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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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Cambria "Katherine's Vineyard" Chardonnay 2017 (Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California) - [WS 91, #61 Top 100 of 2019] [JD 90]
Cambria "Katherine's Vineyard" Chardonnay 2017 (Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California) - [WS 91, #61 Top 100 of 2019] [JD 90]
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91 Points & #61 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Well-structured, with a smoky richness to the mineral-infused apple and pear tart flavors. The fresh, spicy finish lingers with a creamy texture. Drink now through 2022. 40,000 cases made." —KM
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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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Tolaini Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 93] [JS 93] [RP 91+] [AG 91] [WE 91]
Legit (Tolaini) Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 94, #26 Top 100 of 2019] [JS 91]
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94 Points & #26 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"This is broad and incisive, delivering black currant, plum, leather, earth and wild herb flavors. Dense and beefy, yet with ample fruit for balance, driven by vibrant acidity. This is starting to mellow but still has years of life ahead. Drink now through 2036. 15,000 cases made, 3,000 cases imported." — BS (Issue Sep 30, 2019)
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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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