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Top 100 Lists

About the List

We’ve revealed the Top 100 of 2019! Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world.

Here you’ll find every Top 100 list from 2019 back to the debut year, 1988. Since then, new regions, grapes and styles have appeared on the list, but the classics are still going strong. Enjoy browsing more than 30 years of the world’s top wines!

For detailed profiles of the 2019 picks, check out the complete Top 100 Wines of 2019 package in the upcoming Dec. 31, 2019, issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands Dec. 3, or buy a back issue or digital edition when they become available.

(Note: In 1998, some wines share the same rank, as the list was divided into top reds, whites and dessert wines.)

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Rank Wine Vintage Score Price
Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015 +-
Rich and concentrated, this red features black currant, blackberry, violet, mineral and spice flavors. Dense yet lively, structured yet impeccably balanced, with vibrant acidity driving the long, fruit-filled aftertaste. The oak is beautifully integrated. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2023 through 2042. 17,200 cases made. —BS
Score 97 | Price $245
Château Canon-La Gaffelière St.-Emilion 2015 +-
Still youthfully tight and backward, with a well-roasted frame of alder and juniper holding sway for now, but the core of cassis, blackberry and plum fruit waits in reserve, showing prodigious depth. When the toast and fruit melds, the backdrop of tobacco, singed iron and chalky minerality will get a turn to show. There's a lot here. Built for the cellar. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2025 through 2040. 6,250 cases made. —JM
Score 96 | Price $84
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 +-
Though saturated with black currant and blackberry fruit and backed by opaque tannins, this red is pure and balanced. Thyme, iron, leather and tar notes give this complexity, while the finish goes into overtime. Best from 2023 through 2040. 2,500 cases imported. —BS
Score 96 | Price $35
La Rioja Alta Rioja 890 Gran Reserva Selección Especial 2005 +-
Cedar and sandalwood aromas give way to flavors of tea, tobacco, dried cherry, forest floor and orange peel in this expressive red. Round on the palate, supported by muscular tannins and juicy acidity. Big but graceful, mature yet lively, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2030. 4,753 cases made. —TM
Score 95 | Price $175
Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne Dom Pérignon Legacy Edition 2008 +-
There's power to this graceful Champagne, with the vivid acidity swathed in a fine, creamy mousse and flavors of toasted brioche, kumquat, pastry cream, candied ginger and poached plum that dance across the palate. An underpinning of smoky mineral gains momentum on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2033. —AN
Score 96 | Price $180
Aubert Chardonnay Carneros Larry Hyde & Sons 2016 +-
Voluptuous and creamy, with densely packed flavors of apple pastry, pear tart and peach and hints of mango that are long and rich. The plush, complex finish is filled with notes of spice and dried herbs. Drink now through 2026. 960 cases made. —KM
Score 96 | Price $85
Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Dopp Creek 2015 +-
Impressive for the polished texture and elegant complexity, offering vibrant raspberry, orange peel and spice flavors that gain momentum toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 3,023 cases made. —TF
Score 95 | Price $26
Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016 +-
This offers a blitz of bay leaf and juniper notes out front, followed by a racy and tightly coiled core of red and black currant, damson plum and cherry fruit flavors. Lots of brisk iron and garrigue accents rifle through the finish. Clear, precise and streamlined, this should age wonderfully. Best from 2020 through 2040. 7,000 cases made. —JM
Score 95 | Price $70
Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna San Lorenzo 2016 +-
Ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit meets tarry mineral and accents of licorice, spiced orange peel and herb in this chewy, medium-bodied red. The bold flavor and structure are deftly knit into a graceful and harmonious package, with the spice and mineral character lingering on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 750 cases made. —AN
Score 95 | Price $60
Bedrock The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley 2016 +-
A knockout red, focused and well-built but loaded with personality, with expressive blackberry and dark Asian spice notes leading to intense yet refined smoky plum, orange zest and cracked pepper flavors. Zinfandel, Carignane, Mataro, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2027. 600 cases made. —TF
Score 95 | Price $46
Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2013 +-
The stunning bouquet of ripe black cherry, black currant, leather and woodsy spice notes is enticing, while the sweet fruit is a match for the dense structure. The lengthy finish lingers, with tobacco, eucalyptus and iron accents. Drink now through 2030. 12,200 cases made. —BS
Score 95 | Price $30
Felton Road Pinot Noir Central Otago Bannockburn 2017 +-
Elegant, fresh and vibrant, this red starts off wonderfully perfumed, with lavender, white pepper and green tea notes that accentuate the purity of the cherry and raspberry flavors. Polished tannins still provide some grip on the finish, where white truffle and forest floor details linger. Drink now through 2032. 7,120 cases made. —MW
Score 96 | Price $50
Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rabajà Riserva 2013 +-
This fruity version features floral, cherry and plum flavors, along with savory leather, licorice and tobacco notes. A chewy texture and lively acidity keep this well-defined through the long finish. Complex and classy. Best from 2023 through 2038. 1,420 cases made. —BS
Score 96 | Price $66
Warre Vintage Port 2016 +-
Gorgeous, with warm plum reduction and gently steeped raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors forming the core, all inlaid with warm ganache and smoldering tobacco accents. Very plush in feel, but has no lack of energy, as everything sails beautifully through the long finish. A late echo of anise completes the seduction. Best from 2035 through 2055. 3,000 cases made. —JM
Score 98 | Price $98
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2013 +-
Plump and bursting with cherry, strawberry and mineral aromas and flavors, this racy red evokes harmony and freshness, with hints of spice, chocolate and tobacco as it plays out gracefully on the long aftertaste. There's structure here, with all the components integrated. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2,870 cases made. —BS
Score 97 | Price $79
Château Monbousquet St.-Emilion 2015 +-
A rich, expressive, slightly showy style, with waves of cassis, creamed raspberry and boysenberry fruit racing forth, backed by a polished yet ample structure. The long, licorice- and ganache-framed finish packs on weight as it moves along, yet stays defined and pure. Impressive. Best from 2022 through 2040. 9,333 cases made. —JM
Score 95 | Price $53
Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2013 +-
This cuts more of a broad swath than its peers, yet remains graceful, evoking strawberry, cherry, tobacco and stony mineral flavors. Long and dense in structure, with a tobacco- and underbrush-tinged finish. Best from 2021 through 2033. 15,000 cases made. —BS
Score 95 | Price $45
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015 +-
A stunner from the get-go, with waves of thoroughly seductive boysenberry, plum, blueberry and raspberry reduction forming the core, while roasted apple wood, rooibos tea, bergamot, and anise notes flash throughout. This has plenty of bass, with a Turkish coffee accent and a hint of alder driving underneath. Everything moves in lockstep through the seriously long finish. Best from 2020 through 2045. 12,500 cases made. —JM
Score 97 | Price $99
San Felice Chianti Classico 2016 +-
Expressive and smooth, this hits all the right notes, with pure black cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Touches of earth, iron and tobacco add complexity. Shows fine harmony and length. Best from 2020 through 2036. 25,000 cases made. —BS
Score 94 | Price $17
Jasper Hill Shiraz Heathcote Georgia's Paddock 2015 +-
Fragrant notes of dried rose petal and white truffle indicate something special. Inside, this offers a fleshy, velvety mix of toasted rye bread, spicy plum jam and framboise flavors. Elegant and plush, but with plenty of power within, flexing on the expressive, expansive finish that goes on and on. Drink now through 2035. 1,500 cases made. —MW
Score 95 | Price $85
Scott Base Pinot Noir Central Otago 2016 +-
Smooth, silky raspberry coulis and maraschino cherry notes are impressive for their purity, with accents of white chocolate, thyme, red licorice and cedar. Spicy cigar box accents emerge on the long, expressive and detailed finish. Drink now through 2028. 5,000 cases made. —MW
Score 93 | Price $18
Vik Milla Cala Cachapoal Valley 2012 +-
Rich and refined, delivering unctuous dark fruit and spice flavors that offer a creamy svelteness. Slate and mineral accents linger on the complex finish, with dark chocolate and olive notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. 4,000 cases made. —KM
Score 94 | Price $39
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2016 +-
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
Score 98 | Price $120
Antinori Toscana Tignanello 2015 +-
Dense and intensely flavored, with violet, black currant, blackberry, graphite, wild herb and spice aromas and flavors, this is concentrated and solidly built, yet also harmonious, vibrant and pure. Approachable now, but should be better in a few years. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2035. 5,000 cases imported. —BS
Score 97 | Price $135
Tensley Syrah Santa Barbara County Colson Canyon Vineyard 2016 +-
A distinctive red, with power, polish and structure, offering floral blueberry and garrigue aromas and dynamic huckleberry, river stone and smoky meat flavors that take on momentum toward the refined tannins. Drink now through 2028. 1,900 cases made. —TF
Score 94 | Price $42
Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz Ribera del Duero 2015 +-
Rich and focused, this red delivers ripe fruit flavors of currant and blackberry that mingle with espresso, mineral and licorice notes. The firm tannins are well-integrated and crisp acidity keeps this focused. Concentrated and harmonious. Drink now through 2030. 2,500 cases made. —TM
Score 94 | Price $45
Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley NV +-
Seamless and silky, showing an almost effortless sense of complexity, with notes of lemon and pear paired with toasty brioche, fresh ginger and hazelnut details. Drink now. 80,000 cases made. —TF
Score 93 | Price $24
Penley Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Phoenix 2016 +-
Dense, with sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins and concentration to the plum, cassis and blackberry flavors. Sage and rosemary accents linger in the background. Strikes the right balance between power and elegance, with grace notes of eucalyptus, black tea and tobacco lingering on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2030. 4,300 cases imported. —MW
Score 93 | Price $20
Bodegas Breca Garnacha Aragón Old Vines 2015 +-
Round, smooth and dense, this red shows harmony and balance. Plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black olive, toast and mineral notes, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity, leaving a lovely floral finish. Drink now through 2027. 20,000 cases made. —TM
Score 92 | Price $16
DeLille Syrah Yakima Valley Signature 2015 +-
Polished and gracefully complex, with refined blackberry, espresso and smoked pepper flavors that glide along toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. 700 cases made. —TF
Score 94 | Price $46
Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016 +-
Enticing, with bright, engaging raspberry, cherry and red currant fruit infused with gently roasted sandalwood and apple wood, garrigue and licorice root notes. A swath of tobacco underscores the finish, giving this an old-school hint. Best from 2020 through 2040. 2,500 cases made. —JM
Score 95 | Price $55
Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017 +-
Rich and complex, with honeysuckle and freshly grated ginger notes up front, giving way to juicy and crisp Meyer lemon, yellow apple and Asian pear flavors. Hints of lime zest and dried mango linger. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported. —MW
Score 92 | Price $17
Château Branaire-Ducru St.-Julien 2015 +-
This pumps lush fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture notes along, pushed by a rather polished but ample structure. Lots of anise and violet details cascade in on the finish, giving this extra aromatic dimension. Best from 2020 through 2038. 15,000 cases made. —JM
Score 94 | Price $58
Lingua Franca Chardonnay Willamette Valley Bunker Hill 2016 +-
Sleek and seamlessly complex, featuring expressive floral lemongrass and steely mineral aromas and plush yet refined green apple and lemon flavors accented by spicy lees. Drink now through 2022. 692 cases made. —TF
Score 94 | Price $50
Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo Pétalos 2016 +-
This savory red offers notes of espresso, black olive and graphite framing a core of black cherry and licorice. Fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity keep this balanced. Harmonious and graceful. Drink now through 2024. 27,000 cases made. —TM
Score 92 | Price $21
Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Russian River Valley Tré Terre Vineyard Select Collection 2016 +-
Strikes a fine balance between vibrant citrus and green apple and pear notes. Lightly oaky and creamy midpalate, this is deftly elegant and refined. Drink now through 2022. 5,400 cases made. —JL
Score 93 | Price $28
Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda La Gitana NV +-
A bright, high-pitched style, showing tangy quinine and chamomile notes laced with talc and fleur de sel flavors. Very dry, brisk, stony-edged finish. An absolute delight. Drink now. 62,000 cases made. —JM
Score 92 | Price $26
Leeuwin Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 2015 +-
Supple and creamy up front, with precision to the nutmeg, lemon curd, verbena and mandarin orange flavors, which are intense and harmonious. The elegant body and lingering accents of ginger and citrus zest elevate this white to something special. Drink now through 2028. 800 cases imported. —MW
Score 95 | Price $89
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve 2016 +-
Shows structure and sleek polish, with expressive raspberry and rose petal aromas and layered red plum, black tea and spice flavors that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 2,917 cases made. —TF
Score 93 | Price $27
Cline Zinfandel Contra Costa County Ancient Vines 2016 +-
Lively and supple, with floral raspberry and fresh pepper aromas and sleekly appealing cherry and licorice flavors that glide lightly along the finish. Drink now through 2022. 50,000 cases made. —TF
Score 91 | Price $15
San Román Bodegas y Viñedos Toro 2014 +-
A velvety texture carries ripe fruit flavors of plum and blackberry in this plush red. Cocoa, loamy earth and mineral notes add depth and interest. Ripe tannins are well-integrated, and balsamic acidity keeps this lively. Drink now through 2029. 8,000 cases made. —TM
Score 94 | Price $67
Loveblock Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015 +-
Rich and creamy, with clove-scented notes of black cherry, plum and licorice that are vibrant and expressive, while intriguing details of forest floor and fresh herb linger, adding another dimension. Shows terrific harmony on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 7,000 cases made. —MW
Score 92 | Price $30
Milbrandt Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015 +-
Precise and well-built, with refined black cherry and black tea flavors that build dimension toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2024. 4,000 cases made. —TF
Score 91 | Price $17
Nik Weis St.-Urbans-Hof Riesling Qualitätswein Mosel From Old Vines 2016 +-
A pure, well-sculpted, off-dry version, with persimmon, lime and slate flavors coating the palate. Hints of orchard blossom and herbs add to the complexity, making you reach for another sip. Drink now through 2024. 7,000 cases made. —AZ
Score 91 | Price $19
Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2015 +-
Epitomizes fine Sierra Foothills Zinfandel, offering vibrant, briary raspberry, smoked pepper and wild sweet anise flavors that stretch out on the zesty finish. Drink now through 2023. 6,200 cases made. —TF
Score 92 | Price $22
Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes 2017 +-
Lively, with bright lemon curd, gooseberry, thyme and lime pith notes. The bright finish has mouthwatering cut thanks to a light chalky echo. Drink now through 2021. 7,000 cases made. —JM
Score 92 | Price $25
Edetària Garnatxa Blanca Terra Alta Via Terra 2017 +-
This white has a thick texture, delivering pear, guava, tarragon and blanched almond flavors. Firm acidity and a touch of tannins give this a solid frame. Muscular, but remains balanced. Drink now through 2023. 5,000 cases made. —TM
Score 91 | Price $15
Nigl Grüner Veltliner Niederösterreich Freiheit 2016 +-
Grass and pine aromas and flavors predominate, with peach, grapefruit and floral notes underneath. Fine balance and persistence here, ending with mouthwatering notes of peach, flowers and mineral. Drink now through 2024. 1,000 cases imported. —BS
Score 91 | Price $20
Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia Epanomi Single Vineyard 2016 +-
A lovely nose of floral and citrus notes leads to expressive flavors of ruby red grapefruit granita and ripe yellow peach in this well-cut, light- to medium-bodied white. Lithe and lingering on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2023. 6,700 cases made. —AN
Score 91 | Price $23
The Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 +-
An expressive and supple version, with a complex core of lively tannins and acidity, plus accents of black cherry, cinnamon and spice that linger toward the minerally finish. Drink now through 2024. 14,140 cases made. —TF
Score 93 | Price $32
Radikon Venezia-Giulia Slatnik S Label 2015 +-
Like walking through a Turkish bazaar, this wafts spice and citrus notes that pull you into the glass, while vibrant, lightly zesty acidity and light tannins form a firm, well-knit frame for the spiced range of glazed apricot, kumquat, spun honey, rose and mint flavors. Long and intriguing. Chardonnay and Friulano. Drink now through 2030. 400 cases made. —AN
Score 95 | Price $35
Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2015 +-
Waves of creamed Jonagold apple, Cavaillon melon, mirabelle plum, mango and white peach flavors provide thrilling range, while flashes of honeysuckle and verbena add detail and focus throughout. Unctuous yet pure, sweet yet invigorating, with an inner brightness that matches the outward hedonism. Best from 2020 through 2045. 100 cases imported. —JM
Score 98 | Price $80
Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015 +-
Rich, smoky oak and plump dark berry, mocha, cedar and sage flavors form an enticing mouthful, supported by a supple, caressing texture, ending long and full. Drink now through 2030. 18,106 cases made. —JL
Score 93 | Price $42
Terre del Barolo Barolo Undicicomuni Arnaldo Rivera 2013 +-
The sweet fruit and solid structure play off each other as this evolves. Starts with floral, cherry, strawberry and licorice flavors, melding into the firm, resonant tannins as the finish extends. Complex, balanced and set for a long life. Best from 2022 through 2036. 4,150 cases made. —BS
Score 93 | Price $30
Château Beau-Séjour Bécot St.-Emilion 2015 +-
This brims with ripe, juicy plum, blackberry and açaí berry flavors, studded with licorice and fruitcake notes and backed by a nicely integrated apple wood detail through the finish. Pumps a lot of fruit out but does so energetically. Best from 2020 through 2035. 6,250 cases made. —JM
Score 95 | Price $65
Yalumba Viognier South Australia The Y Series 2017 +-
Lemon, chamomile and spicy nectarine flavors are fresh and vibrant, set on a crisp body, finishing spicy and refreshing, with plenty of intensity. Drink now. 19,000 cases imported. —MW
Score 90 | Price $13
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 2017 +-
Melon, yellow apple, white peach and quince flavors give this an opulent feel, harnessed by honeysuckle and quinine accents through the finish, showing refinement and length in the end. Drink now through 2021. 2,100 cases imported. —JM
Score 93 | Price $40
Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Filius 2015 +-
Opens with a fresh green accent reminiscent of tomato leaf and sage, giving a savory, peppery note to the plush, velvety cassis and plum core. Finds balance between grace and power, with spice and herb elements lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 800 cases imported. —MW
Score 92 | Price $27
R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja White Viña Gravonia Crianza 2008 +-
Rich and firm, this white shows complex flavors of dried apple, creamed pear, heather, white tea, coconut and vanilla. Juicy acidity and light tannins keep this focused, providing structure for the long haul. A lovely example of the traditional style. Drink now through 2026. 1,791 cases made. —TM
Score 93 | Price $36
Fontodi Chianti Classico Vigna del Sorbo Gran Selezione 2015 +-
This is concentrated and monolithic, with blackberry and black cherry flavors augmented by tar, tobacco and iron notes. Offers excellent potential, but needs time to absorb the tannins. Powerful, showing fine length. Best from 2023 through 2040. 1,800 cases made. —BS
Score 95 | Price $89
Merlin Mâcon-La Roche Vineuse 2016 +-
Complex, exhibiting saline and mineral elements, along with white peach, apple and spice flavors. Beautifully balanced and focused, remaining intense and long on the juicy finish. Drink now through 2024. 500 cases imported. —BS
Score 92 | Price $25
Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc California 2017 +-
Juicy pear, peach and citrus flavors are bright and smooth, with a touch of dried chamomile and lemon verbena lingering on the finish. Impressive for the focus and aromatic detail. Drink now. 96,700 cases made. —MW
Score 90 | Price $15
Château Gloria St.-Julien 2015 +-
Well-steeped plum, fig and boysenberry fruit is richly layered, supported by embedded brambly grip and backed by waves of ganache and sweet tobacco on the finish. This has plenty of energy to carry it in the cellar while it rounds into form. Best from 2023 through 2038. 18,333 cases made. —JM
Score 93 | Price $44
Terra Santa Île de Beauté White 2017 +-
A bright and distinctive white, offering lively lemon zest, honeysuckle, quinine and tangerine notes mixed together, with good zip. Drink now. 22,000 cases made. —JM
Score 90 | Price $15
Bodega El Esteco Malbec Calchaquí Valley Don David Reserve 2017 +-
Dried red fruit flavors are lively, offering a surplus of rich, dried savory herb notes. Accents of hot stone and white pepper flood the finish. Drink now through 2023. 110,000 cases made. —KM
Score 90 | Price $16
Peter Lauer Riesling Qualitätswein Feinherb Mosel Barrel X 2016 +-
A lithe white, showing fine clarity and focus, with orange blossom aromas followed by kumquat and nectarine notes on the palate. Off-dry, offering ample acidity for balance, with a mineral-infused finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported. —AZ
Score 91 | Price $22
Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2017 +-
This balanced, light-bodied white offers a lively mix of peach, passion fruit, floral and pink grapefruit zest notes, with tangy acidity and a floral finish. Drink now through 2021. 25,800 cases made. —AN
Score 90 | Price $16
Louis Jadot Bourgogne 2015 +-
Infused with graphite and cherry aromas and flavors, this red is expressive and silky, with a good underlying structure for balance. Drink now through 2023. 35,000 cases imported. —BS
Score 90 | Price $19
Bookwalter Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Readers 2015 +-
Polished yet appealingly brawny, with floral black cherry, toasted spice and bittersweet chocolate flavors that take on momentum toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 3,405 cases made. —TF
Score 92 | Price $28
Concha y Toro Carmenère Peumo Serie Riberas Gran Reserva 2016 +-
This boasts richly spiced aromas, with flavors to match, as well as dried raspberry, portobello mushroom and currant elements. Dried beef notes on the powerful finish. Drink now through 2021. 33,000 cases made. —KM
Score 90 | Price $17
Odette Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2015 +-
Beautifully crafted, rich and polished, with a dense core of dark berry, mocha, cedar, crushed rock and licorice flavors, combining power and finesse in an impressive showing. Drink now through 2034. 2,324 cases made. —JL
Score 95 | Price $140
Casa Ferreirinha Douro White Papa Figos 2016 +-
Aromatic, with notes of beeswax and almond flanking the lemon curd, pureed mango and peach flavors of this medium- to full-bodied white. Spice, herb and mineral details cascade into the long, creamy finish. Drink now through 2019. 20,000 cases made. —GS
Score 90 | Price $18
Prà Soave Classico Otto 2017 +-
A lively, lithe white, with lovely lime blossom, pink grapefruit sorbet, stone and spice notes that linger on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2022. 22,500 cases made. —AN
Score 90 | Price $20
Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016 +-
Effortlessly elegant and complex, with vibrant rose petal, savory smoke and raspberry accents that glide along a silky texture toward the long finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,835 cases made. —TF
Score 93 | Price $45
Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Kamptal 2016 +-
An aromatic style, boasting lilac and freesia accents. Apple and grapefruit notes prevail as this elegant white winds down on the graceful finish. Drink now through 2023. 3,700 cases imported. —BS
Score 90 | Price $20
La Stoppa Emilia Trebbiolo 2014 +-
A pure beam of juicy black currant is underscored by woodsy spice, licorice and tea rose notes in this bright and appealing, medium-bodied red, with light tannins. Barbera and Bonarda. Drink now through 2023. 2,216 cases made. —AN
Score 91 | Price $22
A. Clape Cornas 2015 +-
This has it all, from the dark, dense core of steeped fig, blackberry and black currant fruit to the smoldering charcoal, dark olive and singed bay leaf notes. Violet and white pepper nuances add lift before a prodigious warm cast-iron element provides spine on the finish. A brick house that will live for quite some time. Best from 2025 through 2045. 230 cases imported. —JM
Score 98 | Price $140
Landmark Chardonnay Sonoma County Overlook 2016 +-
Well-built and rich, with a solid core of apple pastry, fig and guava flavors that offer a creamy texture. Nutmeg and clove notes show on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2022. 30,000 cases made. —KM
Score 91 | Price $25
Henri Gouges Nuits-St.-Georges Clos des Porrets St.-Georges 2015 +-
This red combines flavors of cherry, currant, spice and mineral with a core of sweet fruit, a silky texture and firm, chalky tannins. Finishes on the chewy side, with mouthcoating but not astringent tannins. Best from 2023 through 2040. 400 cases imported. —BS
Score 95 | Price $94
Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2015 +-
Firm, rich and tightly focused on a core of vivid dark berry, light mocha and cedar flavors, finishing long and layered. A real treat. Drink now through 2026. 85,000 cases made. —JL
Score 92 | Price $36
Librandi Val di Neto White Critone 2017 +-
Fresh and floral, with lime blossom, kiwifruit, peach and blood orange sorbet flavors, this medium-bodied white is backed by vibrant acidity and lingers with spice and graphite accents. Chardonnay with Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2021. 30,000 cases made. —AN
Score 90 | Price $15
Pendulum Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2016 +-
Sleek and well-defined, with expressive black cherry and savory spice flavors that finish with polished tannins. Drink now through 2023. 11,500 cases made. —TF
Score 90 | Price $19
HW Wine Company Languedoc Rosé Diving Into Hampton Water 2017 +-
A nicely crafted rosé, with a hint of creamy richness lining the strawberry, melon and white cherry flavors. A dash of minerality imparts depth through the long, mouthwatering finish. A crowd-pleaser. Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now. 35,000 cases made. —GS
Score 90 | Price $25
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St.-Julien 2015 +-
Showy, with layers of warmed fig, roasted mesquite, black tea, incense and Turkish coffee notes, followed by waves of lush cassis, blackberry and raspberry confiture flavors. This has a graphite grounding rod, a tarry spine and riveting licorice snap details to keep it driving along. A head-turner for sure. Best from 2025 through 2045. 7,500 cases made. —JM
Score 97 | Price $177
Sleight of Hand Syrah Columbia Valley Levitation 2015 +-
Polished and expressive, with blackberry, smoky sweet anise and cracked pepper flavors that take on richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 750 cases made. —TF
Score 93 | Price $45
Massican Annia Napa Valley 2017 +-
A complex and inviting white, showing intricate nuances of roasted almond, matcha, honeysuckle and orange zest, mingling with supple, juicy Asian pear, tangerine and ripe melon notes. The smooth texture and a thread of acidity add to the appeal. Ribolla Gialla, Tocai Friulano and Chardonnay. Drink now. 1,128 cases made. —MW
Score 92 | Price $30
Golan Heights Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee Yarden 2014 +-
A sinewy, full-bodied red, with balsamic acidity gliding through the black olive, currant and eucalyptus flavors. Spice, mineral and leather details gain traction into the long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Kosher. Drink now through 2023. 23,486 cases made. —GS
Score 91 | Price $33
Paolo Scavino Barolo 2014 +-
This starts out with plenty of cherry, plum and orange peel flavors, offset by iron, eucalyptus and tobacco accents. The finish is rustic, with the tannins flexing their muscles, yet this comes together in the end. A wine for the long haul. Best from 2023 through 2040. 2,500 cases made. —BS
Score 93 | Price $49
Lucienne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Doctor's Vineyard 2016 +-
Rich and layered, with plump, juicy wild berry, raspberry, blackberry jam and cedar flavors. A full and complete style that touches all the bases. Drink now through 2025. 777 cases made. —JL
Score 93 | Price $50
Domaine St.-Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Auguste Favier Réserve 2016 +-
This is beautifully rendered, with a core of focused red currant, plum and raspberry coulis flavors that stretches out nicely while flecks of tobacco, bergamot and singed sandalwood weave around. A bolt of iron detail shows through the finish, with a light echo of worn leather. Well-built, showing ample energy in reserve. Best from 2020 through 2040. 1,400 cases made. —JM
Score 97 | Price $62
Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015 +-
Briary and subtly potent, with floral black raspberry and licorice aromas and zesty, well-built dark cherry, smoky anise and pepper flavors that finish with ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mourvèdre. Best from 2019 through 2024. 9,750 cases made. —TF
Score 92 | Price $40
Sadie Family Skerpioen Swartland 2016 +-
Intense and still youthfully tight, with verbena and white peach notes leading the way for yellow apple, chamomile, white ginger and jasmine flavors. A lovely quinine streak is well-embedded, giving this tension and vibrancy through the finish. Chenin Blanc and Palomino. Drink now through 2024. 406 cases made. —JM
Score 95 | Price $60
Carol Shelton Rosé Wild Thing Rendezvous Mendocino County 2017 +-
A spirited California rosé, with lively raspberry, cherry and spice flavors that dance along the finish. Carignane, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now. 1,616 cases made. —TF
Score 90 | Price $15
Matervini Malbec Luján de Cuyo Finca Perdriel 2015 +-
Big, rich and full-bodied, with inky accents to the ripe dark plum, cherry and blackberry flavors. Black licorice notes show midpalate, with mocha and dark chocolate details on the dense finish. Drink now through 2022. 336 cases made. —KM
Score 94 | Price $90
Ghost Pines Pinot Noir Yolo-Sonoma-Monterey Counties Winemaker's Blend 2016 +-
Complex and spicy, offering wild plum, blackberry, spice and tea flavors that show subtle herb shadings, ending with dusty, loamy tannins and good length. Drink now through 2023. 13,000 cases made. —JL
Score 90 | Price $23
Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Colle alle Macchie 2013 +-
There's a pleasing creaminess to the intense tannins of this harmonious, full-bodied red, offering crushed cassis and black raspberry fruit that shows accents of lavender and rosemary, with licorice, espresso and loamy earth notes. An iron fist in a velvet glove, this should unfurl beautifully with age. Best from 2020 through 2035. 175 cases made. —AN
Score 95 | Price $75
Drouhin Oregon Roserock Chardonnay Eola-Amity Hills 2016 +-
Polished and refined, with expressive apple, ripe cantaloupe and spice flavors that take on richness on the long finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,866 cases made. —TF
Score 91 | Price $35
Loring Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 2016 +-
Powerful, focused and well-spiced, with flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and dried beef that lengthen out nicely. Pastry notes linger midpalate, leading to a finish of cola nut and chocolate nib accents. Drink now through 2022. 900 cases made. —KM
Score 92 | Price $38
Cleto Chiarli e Figli Lambrusco di Sorbara del Fondatore 2016 +-
A well-knit rosé Lambrusco, featuring a fine, lively mousse and a bright mix of crushed raspberry, crunchy peach, dried thyme and rose petal notes, with a tangy finish of citrus zest and spice. Drink now through 2020. 5,000 cases made. —AN
Score 90 | Price $17
Foley Johnson Meritage Rutherford 2014 +-
Bordeaux-like, offering an expansive mix of currant, cedar, cigar box, riverbed and tobacco leaf flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2020 through 2032. 1,429 cases made. —JL
Score 92 | Price $45
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