Touting 2010's Top 100

It’s awards time. Kudos to all those who made the Top 100 list in Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines, but especially to those estates we visit on tour. A special shout-out to our friends at Renato Ratti, whose Barolo cru was No.1 for Wine Enthusiast. Bravi a tutti! And encore. Keep those good wines coming!

Wine Enthusiast “The Most Coveted Wines of 2010”

So, what's a 'coveted' wine? According to the editors, “These wines are truly exemplary, often represent the very best of their category, and should not be missed.” And, they write, there’s the “it” factor. “Some wines a just buzzy…they attract excitement from both consumers and the industry.”

1. Renato Ratti, 2006 Marcenasco Barolo (Piedmont)
8. Remirez de Ganuza,  2005 Old Vines Unfiltered Rioja (Spain)
22. Donnafugata,  2008 Ben Rye (Passito di Pantelleria) (Sicily)
26. Tenuta Argentiera,  2007 Argentiera (Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany)
45. Niepoort,  2009 Redoma Reserva (Douro, Portugal)
61. Massolino,  2006 Parafada Barolo (Piedmont)
72. Poggio Antico,  2006, Madre (Super Tuscan, Montalcino)
88. Poggio al Tesoro,  2007, Sondraia (Bolgheri, Tuscany)
See the full list.

Wine Spectator “The Top 100 of 2010”

8. Fontodi, 2007 Flaccianello (Tuscany)
22. Quinta do Vallado, 2007 Douro Reserva (Portugal)
36. Zenato, 2006 Amarone (Veneto)
83. Avignonesi, 2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Tuscany)
See the full list.