Established in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has long been a merlot house. At $98 for every bottle, the 2014 merlot is a spendy sip, nevertheless it scored 95 from 100 points inside the annual Wine Spectator challenge, which rated over 16,000 wines to reach with the leading 100. Choices are dependant on good quality, benefit, availability and what Wine Spectator calls – ahem – the “X aspect.”
Placing aside the photographs that unfortunate phrase conjures up of Simon Cowell, unicycling puppeteers and unlikely belters of “Evita” present tunes, Wine Spectator’s rankings can be a respected ritual from the wine planet. The top a hundred signify a wide variety of varietals, appellations and prices, from $12 for any Matua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (No. 40) to $135 for your Château Léoville Las Conditions St.-Julien (No. ninety one). Ratings range among the unique wine magazines, obviously, but a ninety five to one hundred at Wine Spectator signifies a basic, top-notch wine. Every one of the wines inside the major 10 gained a score of 95 or increased. Bordeaux’s Château 2014 Coutet Barsac (No. 3) received a ninety six.
The best ten bundled:
Duckhorn Vineyards 2014 Merlot Napa Valley A few Palms Winery, $98, Napa Valley
K 2014 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley Powerline Estate, $45, Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Château 2014 Coutet Barsac, $37, Bordeaux, France
Casanova di Neri 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, $65, Tuscany, Italy
Château de St.-Cosme 2015 Gigondas, $43, Rhône Valley, France
Domaine Huët 2016 Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Mont, $44, Loire Valley, France
Château Canon-La Gaffelière 2014 St.-Emilion, $61, Bordeaux, France
Meyer 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, $70, Napa Valley
Pahlmeyer 2015 Chardonnay Napa Valley, $75, Napa Valley
Booker 2014 Oublié Paso Robles, $80, Paso Robles
Also singled out around the listing: Sonoma’s Bedrock Wine Co. at No. eleven and Paso’s Turley at No. 16, adopted by a slew of other California wineries, like Russian River’s Hartford Family, Paso’s Saxum, Justin and Tablas Creek.