Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2013

StefanoA few days ago, Wine Spectator magazine has published the entire list of their Top 100 Wines of 2013… according to them, of course! :-)

Like last year, these are in a nutshell a few comments about their 2013 top 10 wines:

  • CVNE‘s Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 is Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year 2013 (rated 95 points) as well as the first Spanish wine to date to earn top ranking in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list: congratulations!
  • Five U.S. wines made it to the Top 10 (3 from California, 1 from Oregon and 1 from Washington State), up from three last year
  • Only one Italian wine made it to the Top 10 scoring sixth place and 95 points (Giuseppe Mascarello‘s Barolo “Monprivato” 2008 DOCG), same number as last year but better placement, up three spots
  • France put three of their wines in the Top 10, down from four last year
  • A wine from Bordeaux’s Right Bank was awarded second place (and 96 points) in the Top 10: Chateau Canon-La Gaffeliere 2010, a Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé B (for more information and a photograph of the Chateau, check out our previous post on the Saint Emilion appellations and wine classification)
  • For the presumable happiness of The Drunken Cyclist 😉 a Pinot Noir from Oregon scored third place in the Top 10: Domaine Serene‘s Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Evenstad Reserve, 2010 (rated 95 points)
  • Just like in 2011 and 2012, 9 of the top 10 wines are red and only one is white, Kongsgaard‘s Chardonnay Napa Valley 2010 (fifth place, rated 95 points)
  • Four out of the top five wines are below the $100 price mark, with the Wine of the Year 2013 being the least expensive at $63 and confirming how much good value for money can be found in a Rioja, even a top of the line one like CVNE’s; on the other hand, all wines in sixth to tenth place are above $100

For more detailed information and access to the full Top 100 list, please refer to Wine Spectator’s Website.


About Stefano

I am a photographer and an ISA certified sommelier. I contribute to two blogs, Flora's Table (the fine cooking and wine blog - and Clicks & Corks (my photography and wine blog - My photography Web site is at
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7 Responses to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2013

  1. Hi Stefano,
    I don’t often drink Rioja so thanks for the reminder about the value available in the region, I have made a mental note of it and will seek out a bottle. 😉

    • Stefano says:

      Thank you, B: yes, I think that Rioja is one of those regions where you can still find good value for money, even for very good wines from top producers. It is an option worth bearing in mind. 🙂

  2. Karen says:

    It is nice that the least expensive wine was voted the top wine.

    • Stefano says:

      Yes, I agree with you: it just reinforces the concept that in order to drink good wine one does not necessarily need to shell out a small fortune! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    5 wines from the US? With an increase of 2 over last year, our wines are doing very well.

    • Stefano says:

      Yes, John: very true. I think that there are more and more US producers that are doing a wonderful job at making quality wines and many of them are (I want to say fortunately) abandoning the equation “the more oaked, the better the wine” to make leaner, more elegant wines. I think it is a sign that the whole industry is maturing.

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