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Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2018 Named Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year


Tuscany-Based Wine Takes Top Honors; Full List of Top 100 Wines of 2023 Available at WineSpectator.com

November 14th – New York, NY—Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, announced Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2018 as the 2023 Wine of the Year. The full Top 100 list is now available at top100.winespectator.com.

This Tuscan winery was once better known in the U.S. for its modern-style blends of Sangiovese with international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. But with a change of ownership in 2013, the winery returned to a traditional style of making Brunello di Montalcino.⁠ The result is a pure Sangiovese of exceptional quality and value.

Following Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2018 (95 Points, $90, 3,504 Cases Imported), Wine Spectator’s Top 10 Wines of 2023 are:

  1. Occidental | Pinot Noir West Sonoma Coast Freestone-Occidental 2021 | 94 Points | $65 | 4,000 Cases Made | West Sonoma Coast, California
  2. Château Lynch Bages | Pauillac 2020 | 96 Points | $137 | 20,000 Cases Made | Bordeaux, France
  3. RAEN | Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Royal St. Robert Cuvée 2021 | 95 Points | $70 | 2,075 Cases Made | Sonoma Coast, California
  4. Mastroberardino | Taurasi Radici Riserva 2016 | 95 Points | $73 | 833 Cases Imported | Taurasi, Southern Italy
  5. Dunn | Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2019 | 96 Points | $175 | 3,750 Cases Made | Napa Valley, California
  6. Antinori | Chianti Classico Marchese Antinori Riserva 2020 | 95 Points | $50 | 5,000 Cases Imported | Tuscany, Italy
  7. Château Pichon Baron | Pauillac 2020 | 97 Points | $165 | 12,404 Cases Made | Pauillac, Bordeaux
  8. Résonance | Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2021 | 94 Points | $40 | 10,870 Cases Made | Willamette Valley, Oregon
  9. Greywacke | Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2022 | 95 Points | $23 | 10,000 Cases Imported | Marlborough, New Zealand

Through blind tastings performed by Wine Spectator’s editors, the 100 bottles were chosen from over 9,200 wines. Selections are based on four criteria: quality (based on score), value (based on price), availability (based on the number of cases made or imported into the U.S.) and the “X-factor”—a compelling story and excitement behind the wine. 

“The 2023 world of wine included strong vintages, second acts, generational succession and turnaround stories. The Top 100, our annual year-end snapshot, offers a reflection on the wines that made the year special—from the traditional to the new wave, played out in regions across the globe,” said Jeffery Lindenmuth, Executive Editor, Wine Spectator. “Our list is a broad picture of the year in wine, and we’re thrilled to share our top picks, comprised of consistent performers and new honorees.”

The Top 100 list will be featured in the magazine’s December issue.

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