Spanish & Portuguese Wines on the Wine Spectator Top 100 List 2013

Though we’ve covered these results for a few years now, 2013 is the 25th anniversary of Wine Spectator and their Top 100 Wine List.  It is important to keep the ratings in context, realizing that the wines are all widely-distributed ones.  However, the reviews of the wines are good, and it is fun to see them every year.

Spain did remarkably well in the rankings, with nine wines overall on the list – eight of which are in the top fifty!  The big news is that CVNE or Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 garnered the Number One spot this year.

Of the nine wines, six were red, two were white, and one was a sherry.

The region of Rioja dominated the Spanish section, with five wines being from this DO.  La Rioja Alta, Bodegas Valdemar, and Viña Herminia each had a Rioja red highly rated this year.  Interestingly a white Rioja was also chosen:  the R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja White Viña Gravonia Crianza 2003.

Another top red wine DO or region for Spanish red wines, Ribera del Duero, conspicuously did not appear on the list this year.

Priorat had one red wine: Álvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes 2011.

Next, a Sherry or Jerez was on the Top 100 for a second year in a row: the Bodegas Hidalgo Gitana Manzanilla Jerez La Gitana.  We applaud Wine Spectator for recognizing “vinos generosos” or sherries as the unique and wonderful wines that they are.  2012 was the first year that a Sherry was on the Top 100 List.

An interesting choice, a white from Godello grapes in Bierzo shows this year:  Godelia Godello Bierzo Selección 2010.

Last on the list is a wine that has been on it before.  Suave red, old vine Garnacha from Campo de Borja: Bodegas Alto Moncayo Alto Moncayo 2010.

We’ve noted Portugal’s’ acclaim on the Wine Spectator list as well.  Portugal sees four wines in the Top 100 this year, with two red wines and two ports.  The Quinta do Crasto Old Vine Reserva from the Douro has been on the Top 100 before.

To see this year’s Spanish and Portuguese wines in the Wine Spectator Top 100 list, please visit the link to the right under News, Reviews, Articles, or click here.  You can see previous years’ results as well.


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