25th Anniversary: Boutari 2009 Naoussa among the Top 100 for 2013.

Posted: November 27, 2013 by ACE of Greece in Uncategorized
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Boutari 2009 Naoussa dry red has claimed a position on the coveted Wine Spectator “Top 100 Wines” list for 2013The Boutari 2009 Naoussa dry red has claimed a position on the coveted Wine Spectator “Top 100 Wines” list for 2013.

Boutari 2009 Naoussa is the only Greek wine to appear on the list.  This is also the first time that a red wine from Greece has won a place in the prestigious classification.  We are expecting more Greek wines on the list for 2014.

Naoussa Boutari Bottle Wine Spectator magazine’s description of Boutari 2009 Naoussa: “A hint of orange peel to the lively dried raspberry, date and green fig flavors, which hang together with the support of vibrant acidity and medium-grained tannins. Complex and savory, with an alluring finish of sandalwood. Xinomavro. Drink now.”

New York’s leading wine publication “Wine & Spirits” named Boutari 3rd best among the Top 100 Wineries of the Year for the 17th time in a row.

About the List

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

Below you may review every wine on the Top 100 list, for 2013. On the list are new regions, grapes and styles, but the classics are still going strong. Enjoy browsing a quarter-century of the world’s top wines!  

  Rank                                                       Wine                                                                            Vintage    Score   Price

1

Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva

Firm and a bit austere, this red shows depth and drive, with chewy tannins supporting plum, tobacco, licorice and mineral flavors. The structure is solid but the wine remains fresh. Maturing now, this has a long life ahead. Drink now through 2024. 4,000 cases made.—T.M.

2004

95

$63

2

Château Canon-La Gaffelière St.-Emilion

This takes the power of the vintage and puts it in its pocket for later, preferring instead to let mouthwatering briar, loganberry, mulberry and blackberry fruit strut its way forward, enlivened with roasted wood spice and supported by suavely but thoroughly embedded iron-tinged structure. Should cruise for two decades. Best from 2016 through 2035. 4,500 cases made.—J.M.

2010

96

$103

3

Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Evenstad Reserve

A vibrant, focused and deliciously complex red, offering raspberry, cherry, cinnamon, mocha and subtle sage notes rolling through the long and expressive finish. Deft. Drink now through 2020. 6,000 cases made.—H.S.

2010

95

$65

4

Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

Deliciously pure, rich and deep, featuring tiers of spicy red berry, blackberry and red and black licorice flavors, with pretty wilted rose scents and a long, seamless finish that slowly reveals an underlying tannic grip. Drink now through 2026. 2,592 cases made.—J.L.

2010

95

$92

5

Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley

A tour de force that stretches the range of flavors, rich and laden with roasted, smoky marshmallow, showing tiers of marmalade, tangerine, roasted fig and fig tapenade, sailing along seamlessly through the finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,050 cases made.—J.L.

2010

95

$75

6

Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato

Detailed and fragrant, offering floral, strawberry, cherry, licorice and spice flavors, this is elegant and underlined by a strong mineral streak. Well-proportioned, picking up intensity and complexity on the long, savory finish. Extremely fresh and classy. Best from 2016 through 2035. 1,800 cases made.—B.S.

2008

95

$110

7

Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Intense, with the tarry, bittersweet cocoa-fueled grip of the vintage running through a well-endowed core of crushed plum, blackberry paste and braised fig. The muscular finish picks up notes of brick dust, pepper, warm chestnut leaf and smoldering charcoal. A throwback profile, with a hyperripe core of fruit—and it works. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and others. Best from 2015 through 2035. 6,580 cases made.—J.M.

2010

97

$120

8

Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035. 7,500 cases made.—J.M.

2010

96

$120

9

Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve

Bold, rich and complex, yet delicate and graceful, showing finely detailed currant, dark berry and licorice notes, with jazzy spice and mocha-scented oak and a long, firming finish that gains depth and dimension. Drink now through 2026. 1,300 cases made.—J.L.

2010

96

$135

10

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Polished, vibrant and distinctive, with coffee and jasmine tea accents around a supple core of cherry and red plum fruit. The nubby tannins rub gently against the long finish. Shows tremendous depth while holding its power in check. Best from 2015 through 2025. 4,150 cases made.—H.S.

2010

95

$135

11

Reynvaan Syrah Walla Walla Valley Stonessence

Polished, plush, round and deeply expressive, this Syrah pulses with purple plum, black currant, wild blueberry, clotted cream and exotic spice flavors that mingle effortlessly and seamlessly. The finish sails on against fine tannins. Drink now through 2025. 184 cases made.—H.S.

2010

98

$70

12

Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles Dusi Vineyard

Rich and powerful, but focused like a laser, with wild berry and toasty briar aromas that lead to ripe but complex flavors of black cherry, licorice and spicy orange peel. The tannins are big but fleshy. Drink now through 2022. 900 cases made.—T.F.

2011

95

$42

13

Croft Vintage Port

Effusively juicy, rich and concentrated, showing plenty of snap to the crisp and well-spiced flavors of wild berry, dark currant and plum tart. Orange-infused chocolate notes linger on the exotic, mocha-filled finish. Best from 2020 through 2045. 5,000 cases made.—K.M.

2011

97

$93

14

Bedrock The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley

A knockout wine that captures a genuine sense of place and vintage. Rose petal, wild berry and Asian spice aromas open to layered, distinctive flavors of huckleberry pie, licorice and spicy mineral. The tannins are big but ripe, and there’s plenty of lively acidity behind it all to keep this rolling. A blend of Zinfandel, Carignane and 21 other field-blended varieties. Best from 2015 through 2022. 500 cases made.—T.F.

2011

95

$37

15

Olivier Ravoire Gigondas

Offers a racy feel, with terrific cut to the damson plum, red currant, bitter cherry and raspberry notes, lined with tangy iron, blood orange and savory accents. The long finish is very precise. Best from 2015 through 2027. 3,000 cases made.—J.M.

2011

94

$33

16

G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe

The rose, strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors are beautifully displayed on an elegant frame in this pure and delicately wrought red, which shows harmony and depth. The fine lingering finish expresses energy, with a mineral element. Best from 2015 through 2032. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 7,000 cases made.—B.S.

2008

94

$42

17

Alexana Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Revana Vineyard

Tangy, focused and juicy, with blackberry, currant and subtle spice flavors, finishing with an open feel to the expressive finish. Shows impressive purity, clarity and length. Drink now through 2020. 1,600 cases made.—H.S.

2010

94

$42

18

Poggerino Chianti Classico

Bright and well-endowed with pure cherry, raspberry and black currant fruit, shaded by tobacco, licorice and mineral flavors. Elegant, intense and persistent, with a long aftertaste of fruit and mineral. This should age well, but a trade-off to lose that beautiful fruit now. Best from 2015 through 2023. 3,500 cases made.—B.S.

2010

93

$25

19

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Tightly wound, this exhibits a serious core of glazed pear, fig, apple, plantain and brioche notes, lined with mineral and honeysuckle hints and accented by nicely beaded acidity. This should be a beauty when it unwinds fully. Best from 2014 through 2020. 3,200 cases imported.—J.M.

2012

93

$33

20

Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos

Ripe, intense and dynamic, with juicy layers of sweet pineapple, apricot and mango puree. Generous yet tightly focused, with an abundance of vanilla bean, mace and other exotic spices that emerge on the long finish. Drink now through 2027. 1,428 cases made.—N.W.

2007

95

$40

21

Le Macchiole Bolgheri

A pretty red, boasting black cherry, black currant, violet and mineral aromas and flavors. Supple and silky, with hints of herbs and spices. Though dense, the tannins are well-covered by sweet fruit and flesh, but provide ample support. Excellent length. Best from 2015 through 2025. 7,900 cases made.—B.S.

2011

93

$30

22

La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla notes in this silky red. The flavors mingle nicely, framed by juicy acidity and light but firm tannins. The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the traditional style. Drink now through 2020. 50,000 cases made.—T.M.

2004

94

$35

23

Seghesio Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina

Dark and intense, yet well-polished, with floral blackberry and pepper aromas and concentrated black cherry, bitter chocolate and black olive flavors that finish with muscular but ripe tannins. Needs time. Best from 2015 through 2022. 2,200 cases made.—T.F.

2010

94

$38

24

Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali

Aromatic, suave and silky, boasting aromas and flavors of flowers, cherry, strawberry and leather, all boosted by bright acidity and firm, well-integrated tannins. Refined and long, with a lingering finish of mineral and spice. Best from 2016 through 2035. 700 cases imported.—B.S.

2008

94

$55

25

Epoch Estate Blend Paderewski Vineyard Paso Robles

Combines richness with subtlety and finesse, weaving together fresh earth, chocolate-covered espresso bean and vivid dark berry flavors with touches of hazelnut, gliding to a long, graceful finish. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tempranillo. Drink now through 2022. 1,699 cases made.—J.L.

2010

93

$40

26

Álvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes

A light texture carries racy, intense flavors in this expressive red, with bright cherry, licorice, mineral, garrigue and spice notes mingling over light tannins and buoyed by lively acidity. Balanced, focused and elegant, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2021. 12,000 cases made.—T.M.

2011

93

$40

27

Spring Valley Uriah Walla Walla Valley

Vivid, complex and inviting, offering a lively mouthful of red berry, black cherry, mint and mocha flavors that linger effortlessly against polished tannins. This has depth and distinction. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2020. 2,020 cases made.—H.S.

2010

94

$50

28

Domaine de l’A Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

Set apart by range and depth, with gorgeous blueberry, blackberry and plum notes intertwined with additional açaí berry and loganberry fruit flavors. The toasted apple wood frame is subtle and caressing, accented by a lilting anise accent that flitters through the finish. Best from 2014 through 2024. 2,000 cases made.—J.M.

2010

93

$34

29

R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja White Viña Gravonia Crianza

A beautiful example of a traditional white Rioja. Fresh and elegant, with harmonious, complex flavors of apple, mint, almond, beeswax and rose water. Delicate yet intense, balanced and long. Drink now through 2023. 2,083 cases made.—T.M.

2003

93

$36

30

Lagier Meredith Syrah Mount Veeder

This is beautifully crafted, pure, rich and focused on a tiered core of crushed rock, dried herb and berry that is both very tightly wound and uncommonly complex and detailed. Tempting now, but worthy of cellaring. Drink now through 2025. 400 cases made.—J.L.

2010

94

$48

31

Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard

Combines deliciously ripe dark berry fruit with a graceful texture and deft balance, featuring juicy wild berry and blackberry at the core. Floral, spice and anise touches linger on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 404 cases made.—J.L.

2010

95

$65

32

Bodegas Hidalgo Gitana Manzanilla Jerez La Gitana

Bright, with saline, sunchoke and blanched almond notes backed by a piercing, chalk-framed finish. This is all precision and cut. Drink now. 66,665 cases made.—J.M.

NV

91

$19

33

Ravines Riesling Finger Lakes Dry

Shows good weight and drive, with Asian pear, fennel and Fuji apple notes carried by lively acidity. Delivers lots of cut on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 3,500 cases made.—J.M.

2012

91

$17

34

Bodegas Valdemar Rioja Inspiración Selección

Fresh and focused, this sleek, lively red shows black cherry, wild berry, licorice, mineral and toasty flavors that glide over the palate, supported by well-integrated tannins and bright acidity. A graceful, modern style. Drink now through 2018. 5,000 cases made.—T.M.

2010

91

$20

35

Château du Retout Haut-Médoc

Very ripe, fresh and lively, offering plum, cassis and black cherry compote notes mixed with lightly singed sandalwood and warm stone accents. Shows excellent cut on the finish, with the stony edge hanging on. A wine with character. Best from 2014 through 2024. 10,000 cases made.—J.M.

2010

91

$18

36

Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva

Toasty yet ripe, showing ample mesquite and mocha notes to the raspberry ganache and rich plum fruit. Silky tannins line the dark, cream-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018. 60,000 cases imported.—N.W.

2011

92

$20

37

Quinta do Passadouro Douro

There’s plenty of power behind the cherry and crushed red plum flavors, joined by crisp, spicy notes. Hints of citrus peel impart extra zest, finishing with pure, powerful accents of pepper and slate. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made.—K.M.

2010

91

$25

38

Mollydooker Two Left Feet McLaren Vale

Polished, ripe and generous with its blackberry, mocha and sage flavors, brilliantly focused and elegantly balanced, lingering effortlessly on the seamless finish. Complex and inviting, this should develop beautifully with cellaring. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2020. 7,800 cases made.—H.S.

2011

92

$25

39

Viña Herminia Rioja Excelsus

This focused red shows good density, a restrained character and solid depth, offering plum, espresso, tobacco and mineral flavors that are harmonious and long. Not showy, but solid. Drink now through 2022. —T.M.

2009

93

$18

40

Château de Haute-Serre Malbec Cahors White Label

This ripe and alluring red offers rich, meaty accents and medium-grained tannins, with minty notes to the dried red fruit and crushed plum flavors. Cocoa powder and mocha hints fill the powerful finish. Drink now through 2018. 8,000 cases made.—K.M.

2010

92

$24

41

Red Heads Studio Shiraz McLaren Vale Barrel Monkeys

Supple, succulent and generous, with pure blackberry and purple plum flavors, hinting at vanilla and cream as the intense finish lingers on a medium-weight frame. Drink now through 2021. 1,600 cases imported.—H.S.

2011

91

$20

42

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Uco Valley Reserve

Concentrated and cut, displaying layers of macerated blueberry, cassis, black peppercorn and flint on a full frame. Silky tannins and undertones of game and mocha line the savory finish. Drink now through 2020. 6,500 cases made.—N.W.

2011

91

$24

43

Godelia Godello Bierzo Selección

A generous white, delivering bold flavors on a lush texture. The pineapple, peach and crème brûlée notes are framed by sweet vanilla and tangerine acidity. This is distinctive, in the modern style. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.—T.M.

2010

91

$14

44

Viña Koyle Carmenère Colchagua Valley Royale

This compact red needs air in order to open up the core of crushed wild berry and dark black currant notes, tightly wound with fine tannins and hints of tobacco, graphite and spice. Best from 2014 through 2019. 13,000 cases made.—N.W.

2010

91

$26

45

Château Doisy Daëne Barsac

A juicy, compact style, with tangerine, apricot, toasted almond and heather notes all rolled together at the core, waiting to unfurl fully through the unctuous, passion fruit-filled finish. Plenty remains in reserve, but this is hard to resist now. Drink now through 2030. 5,000 cases made.—J.M.

2010

94

$58

46

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve

Strikingly rich and layered, this red is beautifully balanced, elegant and graceful, with a tremendous mix of blackberry, mocha, melted black licorice and currant flavors, ending with firm, grainy tannins. The push of ripe fruit is long and persistent. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made.—J.L.

2010

94

$60

47

Viña Santa Rita Triple C Maipo Valley

A powerful red, with a surplus of dark plum, blackberry and dark currant flavors that are pure and focused, wrapped in layers of vanilla and cream. The long finish is filled with dark chocolate and wild herb notes. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère. Drink now through 2020. 3,100 cases made.—K.M.

2008

93

$40

48

Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough

Elegant, with supple, fresh and lively flavors of raspberry and cherry, meshing harmoniously with details of clove, forest floor, tobacco leaf, pepper and dried lavender that echo on the long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. 500 cases imported.—M.W.

2011

93

$39

49

Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

Pure, clean scents of ripe apple, melon, pear and subtle citrus form the core of this bright, elegant, delicate version. Subtle oak comes through on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 900 cases made.—J.L.

2011

92

$34

50

COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico

Complex layers of salumi, forest floor and spice box lead off in this medium-bodied red, as firm tannins settle around the pure cherry and currant fruit. Needs time in the cellar, but the long, minerally finish shows potential. Best from 2014 through 2020. 5,000 cases made.—N.W.

2010

92

$35

51

Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl Evergreen

Lovely, expressive, bright and vibrant, with apple, lime and citrus blossom flavors, persisting enticingly as the off-dry finish lingers against natural acidity. Drink now through 2015. 70,600 cases made.—H.S.

2012

90

$12

52

Paringa Shiraz South Australia

Smooth and inviting, offering a plush-textured, focused, juicy hit of blueberry, black currant and tar, singing sweetly through the extended finish. Drink now through 2017. 30,000 cases made.—H.S.

2010

90

$11

53

Domäne Wachau Riesling Federspiel Trocken Wachau Terrassen

A plush, creamy style, with tropical fruit flavors of ripe pineapple and mango complemented by notes of peach cobbler and pear tart. Features a long, rich and spice-filled finish. Drink now through 2019. 9,000 cases made.—K.M.

2011

90

$13

54

Honig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Graceful and elegant, featuring lively red and dark berry flavors, with touches of black licorice and mocha-laced espresso, showing focus on the long, tapered finish. Drink now through 2023. 15,000 cases made.—J.L.

2010

93

$45

55

A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon

This sleek red is tightly packed, with delicate layers of cherry, tobacco and cocoa flavors that mingle against refined tannins, persisting pleasantly on the light-stepping finish. Drink now through 2017. 136,686 cases made.—H.S.

2011

90

$18

56

Robert Eymael (Mönchhof) Riesling QbA Mosel

Fresh and racy, this features firm minerality and flavors of ripe apricot, baked pear and guava. Lush midpalate, finishing with notes of clove and hints of basil. Expressive. Drink now through 2018. 15,000 cases imported.—K.M.

2011

90

$17

57

L’Ecole No. 41 Syrah Columbia Valley

Grippy tannins give way to fleshy plum and currant fruit, shaded with hints of fennel and peach fuzz, lingering well. Best after 2014. 2,430 cases made.—H.S.

2010

91

$25

58

Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

This round version is laced with black cherry and raspberry fruit, showing hints of cocoa and spice. Firm tannins lend support, making this well-balanced overall, with a lingering finish of warm chocolate cake. Drink now through 2022. 4,000 cases imported.—B.S.

2010

91

$29

59

Donum Pinot Noir Carneros

Offers ebullient raspberry and black cherry flavors that are ripe and seductive, with spice, loam and sandalwood details. Notes of cassis, raspberry jam and red licorice crescendo on the long finish, with very refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 589 cases made.—M.W.

2010

95

$72

60

Astrolabe Pinot Noir Marlborough Province

Features intoxicating aromatics of orange zest, dried lavender and fresh, peppery earth notes, with a succulent, juicy core of raspberry and strawberry. Supple in texture, with the flavors lingering on the fresh, juicy finish. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases imported.—M.W.

2010

92

$28

61

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

This is elegant and charming, featuring cherry, rose and tobacco flavors, with just a hint of earthy, underbrush. The tannins are beginning to soften and integrate. Approachable now, but should improve with time. Drink now through 2024. 6,000 cases imported.—B.S.

2007

92

$38

62

Concha y Toro Syrah Buin Marqués de Casa Concha

This compact red needs aeration, featuring layers of blackberry and dark plum notes wound around fine tannins, with the long finish evoking savory grilled game, cured olive and mocha. Best from 2014 through 2018. 5,500 cases made.—N.W.

2010

91

$22

63

Hourglass Merlot Napa Valley Blueline Vineyard

This rich and fleshy red offers bold aromas of black cherry and toasty oak, with ripe, plush currant, mocha and spice flavors. A backbone of firm, slightly minerally tannins runs throughout. Drink now through 2018. 1,400 cases made.—T.F.

2010

94

$75

64

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Rockaway Single Vineyard

Exhibits gorgeous dark berry flavors in a big yet graceful style, turning elegant and supple on the finish, where touches of spice, mocha and light oak come into play. Drink now through 2026. 1,356 cases made.—J.L.

2010

94

$75

65

Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Spätlese Mosel Graacher Himmelreich

Features a savory aroma, with flavors to match, showing good acidity to the juicy apple, pear and white currant flavors. Curry notes extend on the finish, displaying plenty of cream. Powerfully structured and deep with spice. Drink now through 2032. 1,000 cases made.—K.M.

2011

93

$42

66

Macarico Aglianico del Vulture Macari’

This dark red offers concentrated black cherry reduction, cassis, pine, hot stone and dark tobacco notes. Well-integrated, delivering fresh acidity and fine tannins. Drink now through 2018. 150 cases imported.—N.W.

2007

92

$25

67

Natacha Chave Crozes-Hermitage Aléofane

A briary, juicy style, with plum and blackberry fruit enlivened by savory, anise, alder and pepper notes. The energetic finish features solid grip for mid-term cellaring. Drink now through 2022. 56 cases imported.—J.M.

2010

92

$35

68

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard

Bright, vibrant, expressive and juicy, with quince, pear, floral and spice flavors that dance through the long finish. Drink now. 53,000 cases made.—H.S.

2012

90

$15

69

Boutari Naoussa

A hint of orange peel to the lively dried raspberry, date and green fig flavors, which hang together with the support of vibrant acidity and medium-grained tannins. Complex and savory, with an alluring finish of sandalwood. Xinomavro. Drink now. 27,778 cases made.—K.M.

2009

90

$18

70

Marcassin Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Marcassin Vineyard

Ripe plum, olallieberry and black cherry fruit flirts with jam in this intense, focused Pinot that is seemingly big and full, yet also graceful and refined, ending with a touch of soy and porcini. The richest and ripest of the 2007 Marcassins. Drink now through 2022. 1,250 cases made.—J.L.

2007

96

$125

71

Ashbourne Sandstone Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

A rich and piercing white, with lemon zest, fleur de del, chamomile and tarragon notes showing serious cut and drive through the rapier finish. A backdrop of lemon curd fills in the aftertaste. Gorgeous and distinctive. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Sémillon. Drink now through 2017. 726 cases made.—J.M.

2008

93

$25

72

Shafer Relentless Napa Valley

Firm, rich and dense, this combines power with finesse, offering a deep mix of chewy dark berry, dark chocolate, black licorice, road tar, tobacco and loamy earth flavors, tightly wound and leading to a long finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2014 through 2026. 3,300 cases made.—J.L.

2010

95

$72

73

Achával-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Finca Mirador

This pure, racy red exhibits a dark side, with layers of spice, graphite and maduro tobacco to the crushed raspberry, blackberry and concentrated cassis fruit. Needs time in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2022. 1,122 cases made.—N.W.

2011

96

$125

74

Lucia Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Garys’ Vineyard

Offers a rich, potent, vivid mix of dark berry fruit, with blackberry, raspberry and wild berry notes. Intense, focused and persistent, boasting a long, detailed finish. Drink now through 2021. 745 cases made.—J.L.

2011

93

$55

75

Domaine Overnoy-Crinquand Arbois Pupillin Vieilles Vignes

Delivers toasted hazelnut and Brazil nut aromatics, followed by a ripe, well-stuffed core of pear, fig and melon flavors, revealing a lightly bracing edge through the ginger-tinged finish. A long stony echo takes over in the end. A beguiling and distinct expression of Chardonnay. Drink now through 2018. 15 cases imported.—J.M.

2009

93

$49

76

M. Lapierre Morgon

A polished style, offering well-knit tannins and layered flavors of black cherry coulis, licorice snap, macerated plum, fragrant leather and ground star anise. Very refined, this is juicy and focused through to the finish, which shows accents of smoky mineral and garrigue. Drink now through 2020. 2,250 cases imported.—A.N.

2011

91

$30

77

Dehlinger Syrah Russian River Valley Goldridge

This presents Syrah in a more tannic, structured style, with crushed rock, loamy earth, dark berry and cedar-tobacco leaf scents, ending with tannins that provide traction and a burst of black licorice. Drink now through 2022. 300 cases made.—J.L.

2010

92

$40

78

J.J. Vincent & Fils Pouilly-Fuissé Marie-Antoinette

Medium-weight and linear, exuding mineral and spice flavors, with a hint of lemon underneath, this bright white finishes long and spicy. Drink now through 2017. 6,000 cases imported.—B.S.

2011

90

$25

79

Ken Wright Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Savoya Vineyard

A focused, harmonious and distinctive red, offering blackberry, anise seed and charred meat flavors, with delicate tannins complementing a finish of intensity and finesse. Best from 2015 through 2020. 892 cases made.—H.S.

2010

93

$55

80

Querciabella Maremma Toscana Mongrana

This ripe red boasts flavors of cherry, cedar and herb matched to a medium-bodied frame. The acidity and tannins are in the correct proportions, offering a lingering finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2015 through 2024. 10,800 cases made.—B.S.

2010

90

$22

81

Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines

This red is luscious, refined and muscular, showing good cut to the creamy, well-spiced flavors. An intense midpalate of cocoa powder carries through to the finish, which features accents of hoisin sauce and plum pudding. Drink now through 2020. 10,000 cases made.—K.M.

2010

93

$47

82

Mamete Prevostini Valtellina Superiore Sassella

Expressive, with a floral note, hints of aromatic anise and dried thyme, and ripe black raspberry and wild strawberry flavors. Shows fine-grained tannins and a smoky base note that pushes through on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2023. 3,600 cases made.—A.N.

2009

91

$30

83

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection

A seductive style that’s openly fruity, showing supple plum and black cherry notes, with floral scents and spices, turning creamy and gaining a mocha-espresso-vanilla scent that’s enticing. Finishes with a smooth texture, fine-grained tannins and then another burst of fruit. Drink now through 2025. 9,600 cases made.—J.L.

2010

96

$130

84

Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval

Refined and elegant, offering pure and concentrated flavors of dried red berry, tangerine and melon. The focused finish features flint and spice notes, with a hint of cream. Drink now. 15,000 cases imported.—K.M.

2012

90

$28

85

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Black Label

Refined, showing finesse, this plays its black currant and blackberry fruit against hints of mineral and herb. The finish is wrapped in fine tannins. Best from 2015 through 2020. 1,500 cases imported.—H.S.

2010

91

$35

86

Fontanafredda Barolo La Rosa

Fine harmony and sweet cherry and berry flavors are the hallmarks of this rich Barolo. Licorice, spice and tobacco flavors add depth as it stays focused and persistent through the finish. The tannins are ripe and well-integrated. Best from 2015 through 2033. 1,500 cases made.—B.S.

2008

95

$96

87

Graham Tawny Port 20 Year Old

A complex and full-bore tawny, with deep, intense flavors of orange cream, glazed apricot, baked peach and roasted pineapple that are balanced by concentrated chocolate and toffee notes. The bright finish is filled with spice and supported by fresh acidity. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.—K.M.

NV

93

$60

88

Pierre Paillard Brut Champagne

Shows lovely balance, with a satiny quality to the refined mousse and mouthwatering acidity meshing with pure notes of poached quince, lemon mousse, white cherry and fresh ginger. Offers a lightly chalky finish. Disgorged January 2012. Drink now through 2020. 6,000 cases made.—A.N.

NV

92

$48

89

Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Generations

Shows striking intensity, density, focus and layers of flavor, with tiers of mocha, blackberry, mineral, black licorice and melted chocolate. The finish sails on, retaining focus and persistence. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made.—J.L.

2009

95

$100

90

Carlisle Zinfandel Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard

Dense yet surprisingly light on its feet, with aromas of toasty berry cobbler and mint that lead to ripe flavors balanced by a solid core of acidity and tannins, plus accents of pepper and bay leaf. Hands off for now. Best from 2015 through 2021. 216 cases made.—T.F.

2011

93

$48

91

Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva

Dark and polished, with fine tannins framing the complex mix of game, cherry reduction, cassis and mineral notes. Concentrated, delivering a long finish of tangy fruit and tar. Drink now through 2030. 5,000 cases made.—N.W.

2006

94

$75

92

Château Larcis Ducasse St.-Emilion

A rich, tongue-coating style, with loamy structure and dense plum sauce, roasted fig and warm dark currant confiture notes, all inlaid with espresso and graphite. Still tightly drawn now, this needs a bit more cellaring to unfurl fully, but there’s beautiful polish and lovely fruit worth waiting for. Best from 2016 through 2030. 2,900 cases made.—J.M.

2010

94

$90

93

A.A. Badenhorst Family Swartland

Densely packed, offering boysenberry, red currant paste, raspberry ganache and plum skin notes backed by accents of singed wood spice, licorice root and black tea. The roasted apple wood frame holds everything together. This should round into form soon enough. Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. Best from 2014 through 2018. 1,000 cases made.—J.M.

2009

92

$42

94

Schiavenza Barolo Prapò

Warm and generous, this red balances notes of plum, spice and leather with high-toned elements of cherry and flowers. A vibrant wine, with a long aftertaste bolstered by dusty tannins. Best from 2017 through 2032. 310 cases made.—B.S.

2009

94

$60

95

Bodegas Alto Moncayo Garnacha Campo de Borja

This polished red shows graceful power. The black cherry and raspberry flavors are deepened by smoke and mineral notes, framed by firm, well-integrated tannins and kept lively by crisp acidity. Shows impressive harmony and focus. Drink now through 2018. 1,000 cases made.—T.M.

2010

92

$45

96

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli

Intense balsamic and mint notes make this red distinctive, along with currant, raspberry and floral touches. Silky, ripe and impressive, this shows elegance and a vibrant structure. Offers excellent length and resonance on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2032. 1,250 cases made.—B.S.

2008

95

$120

97

Louis Roederer Brut Champagne

Refined in texture and beautifully balanced, this well-meshed version is framed by mouthwatering acidity, enlivened by flavors of yellow apple, pear, black currant, lightly toasted almond, kumquat and zesty ground spice. Drink now through 2023. 500 cases imported.—A.N.

2006

94

$78

98

Château d’Yquem Bordeaux White Y

Creamy and caressing overall, with brioche and macadamia nut flavors framing the core of white peach, yellow apple and green almond notes. The long, salted butter finish also features pleasant echoes of quinine and tangerine. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. Drink now through 2023. 835 cases made.—J.M.

2011

94

$150

99

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St.-Aubin La Chatenière

This rich white is, balanced by vibrant acidity, offering lemon, apple and baking spice flavors. Shows dramatic tension between the richness and acidity, with a lingering aftertaste of lemon and stone. Best from 2015 through 2023. 375 cases made.—B.S.

2011

92

$48

100

Badia a Coltibuono Toscana Cancelli

A rich, charming red, full of cherry, blackberry, spice and earth flavors. Leans toward a modern style, yet displays a touch of wild herbs and firm tannins, lending a sense of place. Sangiovese and Syrah. Drink now through 2020. 13,333 cases made.—B.S.

2011

90

$10

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

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