Each December, Wine Spectator releases a list of the top 100 wines from the past year. In 2010, more than 15800 wines were reviewed.
The top 100 consists of wine from 14 different Countries with an average score of 93 points, and an average price of $48(USD) dollars a bottle. These wines are all “outstanding” or “classic” ratings, 90+ points. They are ranked using 4 factors, quality, value, availability, and an X-factor they call “excitement.”
To some, this list is a Bible. To others, such as some of my classmates for the Top 100 class at Everything Wine Morgan Crossing it is something they would like to know more about. Our teacher, Almira, put on a wonderful evening class where we tasted 6 wines on the Top 100 of 2010.
Once the top 100 wines are named, they are extremely hard to find. Collectors all around North America are trying to get their hands on these wines. This class not only gave students a chance to learn about the top 100 wines, but also buy a few of the wines that are in very high demand for the last month and a half.
#48 – Mumm Cuvee Brut Napa Valley Prestige NV - $25.99
This is a very crisp sparkling wine, the nose is full of green apple with light hints of yeast. On the palate it has great acidity with apple and citrus flavours, it has a great finish full of fruit and vanilla. 90 Points Wine Spectator
#52 – Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2005 - $23.49
Very big black currant flavours with lots of smoky and earthy notes. Firm tannins and a long finish, this wine could easily age for 3 or 4 more years. 91 points Wine Spectator
#62 – Trimbach Riesling 2004 - $32.99
This beautiful dry Riesling has great mineral notes which work great with the light peach and lemon and green apple flavors. It has great acid and a very long finish. 92 points Wine Spectator
#63 - D’Arenberg The Stump Jump Red Blend 2008 - $14.99
A blend of grenache shiraz and mouvedre, this red is full of sweet berry fruit flavors. Black cherry, strawberry and a bit of heat from the alcohol combine in this very impressive wine. Great value!
90 points Wine Spectator
#68 - Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2009 – $26.99
My personal favourite of the evening, this wine shows ripe plum fruit with raspberry/blackberry jam aromas. This Malbec really shows its terroir with hints of graphite on the nose and palate. 91 points Wine Specator
#88 – St Cosme Cotes Du Rhone 2009 - $19.99
Very floral on the nose, this old world red shows great dark fruit flavors followed by earthy charcoal. This wine still has very grippy tannins so I would recommend decanting for at least an hour. 90 points Wine Spectator.