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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 2017 (Washington)
Substance "Cs" Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Washington) - [JD 93] [WS 91, #49 Top 100 of 2019] [JS 91]
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93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck (2016 Vintage):
“The largest production cuvée, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified in tank before being pressed to barrel where it went through malo. Its vibrant purple color is followed by a terrific bouquet of blueberries, cassis, scorched earth, and spice. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, this is the real deal, ladies and gentlemen, and it’s a no-brainer purchase. Just pretend you paid three times the price.”


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Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate "Vilella Alta" 2016 (Priorat, Spain) - [WS 93]
Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate "Vilella Alta" 2016 (Priorat, Spain) - [WS 93, #24 Top 100 of 2019]
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93 Points & #24 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:

"This generous red features a round, soft texture that carries ripe black fruit flavors, laced with licorice, toast and loamy earth notes. Offers well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity. Pretty floral and cinnamon details emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 1,800 cases imported." —TM
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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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Vina Almaviva Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto DO 2016 [PRE-ARRIVAL] (Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile) - [JS 97] [RP 95]
Vina Almaviva Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto DO 2016 (Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile) - [JS 97] [WS 95, #10 Top 100 of 2019] [RP 95]
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95 Points & #10 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Jointly owned by Bordeaux’s Château Mouton-Rothschild and Chile’s Concha y Toro, Almaviva is an elegant Bordeaux-style red blend. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, with 24 percent of the distinctive red grape Carmenère in the mix, the 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of this perennial top-scorer. The 150-acre Puente Alto estate lies just south of Chile’s capital of Santiago and is filled with gravels and clays washed down from the towering Andes, which rise to the east; the Carmenère is sourced from the famed Peumo vineyard in the Cachapoal Valley farther south. Winemaker Michel Friou aged the wine 16 months in new French oak.

Tasting Note: Elegant, powerful and well-structured, with a refined mix of dark fruit, dried red fruit and spice flavors. Dried herbal notes emerge midpalate, with a minerally finish that is long and rich-tasting. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2025." — Kim Marcus (May 31, 2019)
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Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Grand Cru 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [JD 100] [RP 98+] [AG 97] [WS 97] [JS 96-97] [WE 95]
Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Grand Cru 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [JD 100] [RP 98+] [WS 97, #97 Top 100 of 2019] [AG 97] [JS 96-97] [WE 95]
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100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Coming from the genius winemaking talent of Nicolas Glumineau, the 2016 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande matches the 1982 and is a perfect, legendary wine in the making. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new oak, it's not the most powerful Left Bank but offers perfect balance and thrilling intensity as well as heavenly aromatics of crème de cassis, leafy herbs, jammy blackberries, tobacco leaf, and freshly sharpened lead pencils as well as more violets and minerality with time in the glass. Possessing a deep, full-bodied, singular character, the purity of fruit that's the hallmark of the vintage, building tannins, and a sense of class and elegance that's hard to describe, it's a 50-year-wine. While this cuvée has included a fair chunk of Merlot in the past that gave it more upfront appeal, it's important for readers to know it's much more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated today, and while it is slightly more approachable than some of its neighbors, it shuts down rather quickly with time in the glass. (I followed this wine for multiple days.) I suspect a solid decade of cellaring is warranted." - Jeb Dunnuck (2/28/2019)

97 Points & #97 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Saturated with dark currant, fig and blackberry compote flavors, this has a fleshy, nearly glycerin feel at first before stretching out to reveal singed cedar, tobacco leaf, dark earth and cassis bush flavors. A terrific tug of cast iron emerges at the very end. Deliciously juicy dark fruit keeps rolling throughout. Best from 2025 through 2040. 12,000 cases made. —JM
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