This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Top 100 list that Wine Spectator publishes every year. The selected wines have been tasted and reviewed by this publication’s editors during the course of the year. As every edition, the experts select the Top 100 based on quality, availability, value, and an “X-factor” they call excitement, which has received more emphasis this year than ever before. For the Top 100 list of 2013, the professionals have reviewed more than 20,000 new releases. Whereas, back in 1988, they reviewed about 3,000 wines in blind tastings, and the Top 100 skewed to France, Italy and California.
The average score of the wines in the 2013 Top 100 is 93 points and the average price USD 51 (around 38 euros) —an impressive quality/price ratio. This Top 100 includes wines from 13 countries and Argentina is present through: Norton winery, in 36th place with its Norton Malbec Reserva, receiving 92 points; Altos las Hormigas Malbec Reserva 2011, in # 42, with 91 points; and Achaval Ferrer Malbec Finca Mirador 2011, in #73, with 96 points.
The Top 10
The first position was granted to Rioja Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2004. It is a Spanish example that obtained 95 points and was defined by experts as Highly Recommended.
In second place, the list includes Château Canon-La Gaffelière St.Emilion 2010, from Bordeaux (France), scoring 96 pts.
Then, the third place, with 95 pts, was reached by Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, an American wine from the region of Willamette Valley.
The fourth and fifth positions were also for two US wines: Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, and Kongsgaard Chardonnay 2010 (Napa Valley), respectively, both obtaining 95 pts.
The sixth position was saved for an Italian example, Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato 2008, scoring 95 pts.
In number seven, a French label, Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2010, was ranked with 97 pts.
Downwards, another French wine, Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape, was selected by the tasting panel, with 96 pts.
Finally, the ninth and tenth positions were for two wines from United States. One of them from Napa Valley, Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010, receiving 96 pts; and in #10, Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010 was ranked with 95 pts.