Wine Spectator’s 2015 Top 100 (TOP 10 WINES)



LabelCrop55105Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Au Paradis -
Deliciously pure and supple, with explosive dark berry and red berry flavors and a silky, polished texture. The tannins become more evident midway through, with a gravelly crushed rock profile that adds a dimension of dust and mineral. Drink now through 2030. 1,785 cases made. —JL
2012 96 $195
LabelCrop21286Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley -
Polished, focused and generous, with red plum and cherry flavors in an elegant package, framed with fine tannins. A savory, meaty note runs through this at a subterranean level. Lingers beautifully. Drink now through 2028. 4,125 cases made. —HS
2012 96 $140
LabelCrop43397Evening Land Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Seven Springs Vineyard La Source -
Seductive, silky and supple, this red layers its gorgeous currant, plum, blueberry and spice flavors on a lithe frame, coming together harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,176 cases made. —HS
2012 98 $70
LabelCrop19436Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino -
Rich, with excellent density, ripe cherry and plum fruit, and a well-integrated structure. Licorice, earth and tobacco notes add depth while this cruises to a long, tobacco- and mineral-tinged finish. Shows balance and grip. Best from 2018 through 2033. 18,000 cases made. —BS
2010 95 $85
LabelCrop35564Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains -
Spicy, toasty, aromatic oak offers an enticing start, with a fresh, vibrant core of lemon-lime, lemon curd, white peach and stone fruit that is very tight, dense, focused and persistent. Ends with a juicy Key lime aftertaste. Drink now through 2029. 1,986 cases made. —JL
2012 95 $60
LabelCrop77680Bodegas Aalto Ribera del Duero -
This red shows focus and density, with rich flavors of plum, blackberry, cocoa, licorice and mineral. The structure is muscular but graceful, featuring ripe fruit complemented by savory notes that keep this balanced and fresh. Best from 2016 through 2032. 2,400 cases imported. —TM
2012 94 $54
LabelCrop95755Escarpment Pinot Noir Martinborough Kupe Single Vineyard -
Complex, concentrated and intriguing, with fleshy blackberry and plum flavors at the core, showing highlights of black walnut, sandalwood, dried pine needle, black pepper and musky Darjeeling tea. The tannins are refined and plush, and the finish is epic. Drink now through 2030. 500 cases imported. —MW
2013 95 $69
LabelCrop11807Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Serègo Alighieri Vaio Armaron -
An elegant, impeccably balanced red, layering sculpted tannins with finely knit flavors of plumped black cherry, plum sauce, cured tobacco, dark chocolate and woodsy spice. A rich vein of smoky minerality sings on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2035. 3,750 cases made. —AN
2008 95 $85
LabelCrop78968Clos Fourtet St.-Emilion -
Gorgeous, with a pure, unadorned violet aroma giving way to very ripe and stylish plum, boysenberry and blackberry fruit. Offers a suave mouthfeel, with anise and tobacco hints filling the background. A finely stitched chalk note extends the finish. Not shy on depth, and sneakily long. Best from 2017 through 2030. 3,500 cases made. —JM
2012 94 $72
LabelCrop68054Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Constantia -
Rich and unctuous, yet superbly racy, this offers a gorgeous panoply of dried apricot, fig, mango and quince flavors, underscored by a lively blood orange note and backed by a long, ginger- and green tea-filled finish. Youthfully tight, this should cruise for some time in the cellar. Muscat de Frontignan. Best from 2016 through 2030. 2,500 cases made. —JM
2009 95 $80

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