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Top 100 red wines of 2019

The below list is a selection of the top red wines that were tasted over the past year and reviewed at As in 2018, 2019 has been a wealth of riches for wine lovers with great vintages in the Rhône Valley (both north and south), Bordeaux, Napa, Washington, and the Central Coast all hitting the market. The 2016s from Napa Valley and Bordeaux dominate the Top 100 this year, and this was a brilliant vintage for both regions. In addition, the 2017s from the Southern Rhône are terrific, as are the more classic, elegant 2016s from the Northern Rhône. The list also includes wines from Argentina, Australia, Bandol, Italy, Roussillon, Spain, Sonoma, and Washington.

The selection is based on a combination of overall quality, price, availability, and a little bit of Wow Factor, and was made by scrolling through over 10,400 reviews (which is a record number of reviews in 12 months for yours truly) and painstakingly cutting the list to these 100 wines.

20 – 2017 Domaine Gassier Costières de Nîmes Nostre Païs – 93 pts

I loved the 2017 Costières De Nîmes Nostre Païs, and I think it’s a step up over the 2018. Based on 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Carignan, from the cooler, southern part of the appellation, it offers complex notes of sweet red and black fruits, ground herbs, incense, and peppery spice. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and layered, with sweet tannins, it would easily stand beside wines running 2-3 times the price in a blind tasting.

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