Wine Spectator Top 100

17 Nov Wine Spectator Top 100

The industry’s leading publication has put out its annual Top 100 list. We have over a dozen in stock and on sale (the rest are no longer available from our suppliers for that vintage). These sell quickly, so place your order asap! All orders subject to confirmation.

#2
2012 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
On Sale $199.99
Polished, focused and generous, with red plum and cherry flavors in an elegant package, framed with fine tannins. A savory, meaty note runs through this at a subterranean level. Lingers beautifully. Drink now through 2028.
96 Points, The Wine Spectator

#10
2009 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Constantia, South Africa
On Sale $62.99
Rich and unctuous, yet superbly racy, this offers a gorgeous panoply of dried apricot, fig, mango and quince flavors, underscored by a lively blood orange note and backed by a long, ginger- and green tea-filled finish. Youthfully tight, this should cruise for some time in the cellar. Muscat de Frontignan. Best from 2016 through 2030.
95 Points, Wine Spectator

#20
2013 Meomi Pinot Noir, California
On Sale $16.99
Rich yet medium-weight, offering an exciting interplay of berry, oak, earth and spice notes, with subtle edges to the blueberry, raspberry, mocha and fresh-turned earth flavors. Ends with an aftertaste of melted black licorice. Drink now through 2020.
92 Points, Wine Spectator

#29
2014 Tenshen White Blend, Santa Barbara County
On Sale $16.99
This is lush and powerful, offering fleshy peach and apricot flavors at the core, with plenty of aromatic highlights, including orange blossom and honeysuckle. The texture is appealingly smooth and mouthwatering, with the complex details gaining momentum on the finish, where this reveals hints of dried spice and matcha green tea. Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay.
92 Points, Wine Spectator

#34
2013 Tenet Syrah “The Pundit,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $17.99
This shows nice tension between the ripe, dark flavors and crisp, lively structure, featuring a sleek core of plum and smoky tea flavors that carry easily into the long and deftly balanced finish. A little cellaring should soften the tannins.
92 Points, Wine Spectator

#45
2012 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir “Margo,” Chehalem Mountains
On Sale $32.99
Lithe and expressive, shading black cherry fruit with glints of mint, loamy earth and walnut. Fine tannins underline a long, dancing finish.
93 Points, Wine Spectator

#53
2013 Descendientes de J. Palacios “Pétalos,” Bierzo
On Sale $21.99
Expressive black cherry, currant, licorice, mineral and smoke flavors mingle in this focused red. The texture is gentle but firm, with well-integrated tannins and racy acidity providing structure. A compact wine that shows good intensity. Drink now through 2023.
93 Points, Wine Spectator

#55
2010 Arcanum “Il Fauno,” Toscana
On Sale $24.99
A round version, featuring rich cherry fruit mingling with an earthy element. Turns firm and dry on the finish, with gumcoating tannins, yet this remains persistent and long, revealing a tobacco accent. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
92 Points, Wine Spectator

#59
2012 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Rockaway, Alexander Valley
On Sale $68.99
A remarkable wine that exhibits the power of ripe currant, blackberry and cherry flavors along with cigar box, dried herb, green olive and tea notes. Ends with firm, dusty tannins and fine length. Drink now through 2028. 1,808 cases made.
94 Points, Wine Spectator

#60
2007 Roederer Estate “L’Hermitage,” Brut, Anderson Valley
On Sale $39.99
Impeccably refined and elegant, with floral aromas of fresh brioche, baked apple and roasted hazelnut. The flavors are layered and well-focused, showing notes of mineral, fresh ginger and subtle raspberry. Drink now through 2017.
93 Points, Wine Spectator

#65
2012 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon “Signature,” Napa Valley
On Sale $52.99
A classy and classic Napa Cabernet, dark-colored, with rich blackberry, black licorice, cedar, tobacco and dusty, loamy earth notes. The brightness and density of the red and dark berry fruit gives this an immediate and alluring charm. Ends with gutsy, chewy tannins. Drink now through 2030.
93 Points, Wine Spectator

#66
2013 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz/Viognier, Victoria
On Sale $14.99
Fresh and expressive, medium-weight but vivid, with black cherry and floral notes, balanced by a stony minerality that glides into the long finish against fine tannins. Drink now through 2020.
91 Points, Wine Spectator

#91…Arriving in December
2013 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spätlese Rheingau
On Sale $27.99
A honeyed style, filled to the brim with rich minerality and luscious creaminess. Very lush, with flavors of baked pineapple and pear sauce. Fresh and juicy on the finish. Drink now through 2035.
91 Points, Wine Spectator

#97
2013 Orin Swift “Machete,” Red Blend, California
On Sale $49.99
Plush, fleshy tannins never get in the way of the expansive flavors and aromas. White pepper, violet, plum, blackberry, vanilla bean, nutmeg, black tea and espresso notes mingle effortlessly, lingering on the finish. Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2030.
93 Points, Wine Spectator

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