|Double Your Pleasure
It's official. There is no 1997 Wine Spectator Wine of
There are two of them.
Two 100-point Ports tied for the No. 1 spot on the annual
Top 100 list, Fonseca Vintage Port 1994 and Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port
1994. This marks the first time in the history of Wine Spectator's Top
100 that two wines have earned the top honor. But why not? 1994 is a great,
great year for vintage Port, Fonseca and Taylor Fladgate represent the
best the region has to offer, and having two wines share the top spot provides
our readers with more options. A third 1994 Port--Quinta do Noval's Nacional--also
received a perfect rating, but extremelty limited quantities and an opening
price of $400 a bottle put it out of the reach of most wine lovers.
Selecting the year's Top 100 wines is a daunting task.
Wine Spectator's editors tasted more than 10,000 wines in 1997, with 1,286
of them rating 90 points or better, which was the starting point for consideration.
Then, to delimit a more manageable group, each wine was considered on the
basis of score, price and availability relative to others from its region.
For tasting notes on the complete Top 100, check the December
31, 1997-January 15, 1998 Wine Spectator, on sale now. Following are
the Top 10:
1 100 $55 Fonseca Vintage Port 1994 ($120)*
1 100 $55 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1994 ($120)*
3 96 $70 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley 1994
4 96 $60 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Eisele
5 95 $30 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve
6 97 $160 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1990 ($225)*
7 94 $17 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 1996
8 95 $25 Bodegas Reyes Ribera del Duero Teofilo Reyes
9 95 $36 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1994
10 93 $30 Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros Reserve 1995
* Prices in parentheses are current prices. All others
are release prices.