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Dominus Estate Named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year

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Top 100 Wines Revealed at WineSpectator.com

New York, NY (November 22, 2021)—Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, today announced Dominus Estate Napa Valley 2018 as the 2021 Wine of the Year. The full Top 100 list is now available on top100.wine spectator.com

Dominus Estate in Napa Valley’s Yountville AVA (American Viticultural Area) is a prime example of even the most experienced winemakers needing more time to achieve their goals. It’s the result of vintner Christian Moueix’s more than 50 vintages of experience on two continents, producing wines from differing terroirs. It’s a wine that comes from taking time, and a wine that will require time in the cellar. It’s a benchmark for its region and vintage. 

Following Dominus Estate Napa Valley 2018 (97 points, $269, 4,000 cases made), Wine Spectator’sTop 10 Wines of 2021 are:

  1. Château Pichon Longueville Lalande| Pauillac 2018 | 98 Score | $198 | 13,000 Cases Made | Bordeaux, France
  2. Heitz| Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Martha’s Vineyard 2016 | 95 Score | $250 | 2,500 Cases Made | Napa Valley, California
  3. Merum Priorati| Priorat Desti 2018 | 95 Score | $49 | 14,000 Cases Made | Priorat, Spain
  4. Le Chiuse| Brunello di Montalcino 2016 | 98 Score | $99 | 15,000 Cases Made | Tuscany, Italy
  5. Louis Latour| Corton-Charlemagne 2018 | 95 Score | $200 | 2,702 Cases Made | Burgundy, France
  6. Château Léoville Poyferré | St.-Julien 2018 | 97 Score | $104 | 15,000 Cases Made | Bordeaux, France
  7. Cavallotto| Barolo Bricco Boschis 2016 | 95 Score | $90 | 3,100 Cases Made | Piedmont, Italy
  8. Salvestrin| Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Dr. Crane Vineyard 2018 | 95 Score | $80 | 1,260 Cases Made | Napa Valley, California
  9. Château de Nalys| Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018 | 95 Score | $105 | 1,000 Cases Imported  | Southern Rhône, France

Through blind tastings performed by Wine Spectator’s editors, these 100 bottles were chosen from over 12,500 wines. Selections are based on four criteria: quality (represented by score), value (reflected by price), availability (based on the number of cases made or imported into the U.S.) and, most significantly, the “X-factor”—a compelling story behind the wine. 

“With restaurants reopening for business, wine retail sales rising and demand continuing to strengthen, 2021 has been an exciting year for wine lovers,” said Jeffery Lindenmuth, Executive Editor, Wine Spectator. “We are proud to share this year’s Top 100 list, which showcases exceptional producers, new discoveries and fine values from traditional and emerging regions across the globe.”

The complete Top 100 list is now available at top100.winespectator.com and is featured in the magazine’s December issue.

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

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