Wine Enthusiast has released their 2017 Top 100 Lists. We love Wine Enthusiast’s approach with three Top 100 Lists that cover the wine spectrum with a value list, best of the best list and a list of wines for cellaring or collecting. With a combined 300 wines, these lists provide something for everyone. I’d encourage you to checkout each list and in particular dive into the best of the best and value lists as you shop for the holiday events on your schedule. Wine Enthusiast might require you to share an email address in order to view these lists and their other contents. It is a small price to pay for such good wine content. Here are links to each list and a few notes on each:
The Enthusiast 100 of 2017 – this is Wine Enthusiast flagship list of the 100 Best Wines in 2017. Nearly 23,000 wines were tasted in 2017 and here are their favorites. The average score of the wines on the list is 94 points and I was surprised to find the average price is $35. A VinoOutLOUD favorite from the list is #70 Mt. Brave 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder) – $75 (95 Points from WE). It is currently available at klwines.com
The Top 100 Cellar Selections 2017 – a list of age-worthy, prestigious and collectible wines for your cellar. Less than 4% of the 23,000+ wines reviewed in the year were deemed eligible for the Cellar Selection list. From those eligible wines (likely around 900), the Top 100 Cellar Selections were selected. These wines are worth cellaring or collecting, so many are expensive. That said, there are plenty of $45-65 wines on the list if you are looking for something special. A VinoOutLOUD favorite from the list is #15 Chateau Figeac 2014 Saint Emillion – $90 (97 Points from WE). It is also currently available at klwines.com
Top 100 Best Buys 2017 – this list features wines under $15 that really provide quality overall and especially in light of their price. The wine world needs more lists like this one. Quality wines under $15 can be hard to find. This list contains bottles from 17 different countries. A VinoOutLOUD favorite from the list is #5 A to Z 2016 Riesling (Oregon) – $15 (92 Points from WE). It is currently available from the winery A to Z Wineworks.
One final item, Wine Enthusiast includes a PDF of each list on the left side of the pages you will link to from above. I suggest printing or downloading at least the value list, take it to your wine shop and ask them which wines they have in stock. Here is a link to the PDF of the Top 100 Best Buys 2017