yahoo! the first of the wine enthusiast top 100 lists is out

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Certainly one of the highlights of my fall is the appearance of the Top 100 lists that look back on all the wines reviewed by myself and the crack team (that’s crack – not cracked!) of correspondents with whom I work at Wine Enthusiast. Though we are scattered around the globe, and only get together in person once or twice a year, we very much enjoy each others’ company and commentary.

When the three Top 100 lists appear, in successive issues of the magazine at the end of the year, I’m certain that everyone does as I do, which is scan them to see which wines from our particular regions are ranked. Virtually without exception, the wines of Washington and Oregon play a large part in these lists, and occupy favored positions that would be the envy of many much larger and more prominent wine regions.

This first list looks at all the year’s Best Buys, and culls the top 100 out of a total of 922 Best Buys. These represent about 5% of all the wines that were reviewed throughout the past 12 months, so this list is the best 10% of that 5% – quite an honor! And once again, the Pacific Northwest is amply represented. Here’s a quick rundown, listing them by their Top 100 rank and their scores. Full reviews are posted online. The entire database is offered at no cost, unlike other subscriber-based websites. Note that all of these wines carry a suggested retail price of $15 or less, and many can be purchased for under $10.

#4 – Barnard Griffin 2012 Riesling (91 points)
#6 – Chateau Bianca 2011 Pinot Gris (91 points)
#18 – Ch. Ste. Michelle 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (90 points)
#26 – Sawtooth 2011 Riesling (90 points)
#28 – The Ghost in the Machine 2011 Riesling (88 points)
#31 – Kings Ridge 2011 Riesling (90 points)
#44 – Foris 2011 Dry Gewurztraminer (90 points)
#54 – Rainstorm 2012 Pinot Gris (90 points)
#58 – Seven Falls 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (90 points)
#67 – Julia’s Dazzle 2012 Pinot Grigio Rosé (90 points)
#69 – Lujon 2012 Pinot Gris (89 points)
#75 – L’Ecole 2012 Sémillon (90 points)
#87 – Hogue 2011 Merlot (88 points)
#91 – Abacela NV Vintner’s Blend #12 (90 points)
#97 – Three Rivers 2011 River’s Red (89 points)

The totals: our little corner of the wine world captured 15 out of 100 places, including 2 in the top 10. The varietal breakdown was as follows:

4 Riesling
3 Pinot Gris
2 red blends
1 each Gewurztrahoover, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sparkling.

Congratulations to all the wineries. The complete Top 100 Best Buys list may be viewed here.


Anonymous said...

Hi Paul - does Idaho count in this definition of Pacific Northwest? If so please consider #26,Sawtooth 2011 Riesling from the Snake River Valley. Thanks!

PaulG said...

Heidi, I looked over that list at least five times and still missed the Sawtooth. Just saw it today right before your comment arrived. I've adjusted the column accordingly!

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