Top 100 Wines of 2019 – James Melendez

Here is another annual listing of the top 100 wines tasted this year.  Another lovely tasting year of wine.  This is the last of the decade and I enjoy getting to make this yearly pick of the Top 100.  Every year is different and those wines that presents themselves changes year-over-year–I do seek out ALL wine regions and it is interesting what I get to taste.

I do seek out ALL wine varieties except Petite Sirah (too one dimensional for me).  I did step foot in Siclia, Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and Abruzzo and was able to taste many splendid wines.  The experience was also nicely paired with lovely regional Italian foods.

I always list Top 100 wines in alphabetical order as opposed to the first wine as being the number one wine of the year.  The reason I do this is to not make any particular the one and only wine in this top spot because I think it is essentially impossible to do.  I do list in this order format to de-emphasize a hierarchy in order to show fantastic wines tasted this year.

I don’t just look for wines only released this year but to find wines that I was privileged to taste like Florio Aegusa DOC Marsala 1964.  I love to taste a rare wine any year and I do think if the wine is remarkable it should be listed here if any only if it makes the ranks for the best of wines tasted this year.

I am listing any videos that I listed below this list. Seek out these wines to taste–all delightful wines!

A Vita Cirò DOC Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva DOC – 2014 – 94 Points
Abtei Muri Südtirol/Alto Adige Blauburgunder Riserva – 2016 – 94 Points
Alessandro di Camporeale DOC Sicilia Benedè – 2018 – 94 Points
Alessandro di Camporeale Kaid Syrah DOC Sicilia – 2016– 94 Points
Alta Mora Feudo di Mezzo Etna DOC – 2015 – 94 Points
Alta Mora Guardiolo DOC Etna – 2015 – 94 Points
Altano Douro – 2016 – 93 Points
Anthem Mount Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – 2014 – 94 Points
Antinori Tignanello IGT – 2016 – 94 Points
Barone Ricasoli Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2015 – 96 Points
Brandlin Mount Veeder Brandline Estate Henry’s Keep Proprietary Red Wine – 2015 – 94 Points
Ca’del Bosco Franciacorta Anna Maria Clementi – 2009 – 94 Points
Cantina Bolzano Perl Südtirol/Alto Adige Lagrein – 2018 – 93 Points
Cantina Produttori San Michele Appiano Südtirol/Alto Adige Sanct Valentin Sauvignon – 2017 – 93 Points
Cantina Tramin Nussbaumer Südtirol/Alto Adige Gewürztraminer – 2017 – 94 Points
Cantina Valle Isarco Aristos Südtirol/Alto Adige Grüner Veltliner – 2018 – 93 Points
Cantine Settesoli Mandarossa Bertolino Soprano DOC Sicilia –2017 – 93 Points
Torre a Cona Casamaggio Colorino IGT – 2016 – 93 Points
Cava Pere Ventura Vintage Brut – 2014 – 93 Points
Cerbaia Brunello di Montalicino – 2014 – 94 Points
Cesarini Sforza Brut – 2019 – 93 Points
Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV – 94 Points
Col Solare Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – 2016 – 95 Points
Col Vetoraz Valdobbiandene Superiore di Cartizze NV – 94 Points
Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino – 2014 – 94 Points
Conterno Fantino Barolo Castelleto Vigna Pressenda – 2013 – 94 Points
Cusamano 700 Brut Metodo Classico – 2015 – 94 Points
Diamond Mountain Napa Valley Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – 2015 – 95 Points
Donnafugata Mille e Una Notte – 2015 – 95 Points
Donnafugata Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso – 2016 – 94 Points
Donnafugata Bell’asai Vittoria Frappato Sicilia – 2017 – 94 Points James Melendez
Duca di Salaparuta Duca Enrico IGT Siliciane Nero d’Avola – 1997 – 94 Points
Enotria 106 IGT Calabria – 2017 – 93 Points
Enotria Cirò Rosso – 2017- 94 Points
Enotria Piana delle Fate Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva DOC – 2015 – 94 Points
Feudo Arancio Hedonis DOC Sicilia Riserva Nero d’Avola 2015 – 94 Points
Feudo Arancio Inzolia DOC Sicilia – 2018 – 94 Points
Feudo Disisa Granmassenti DOC Monreale Perricone – 2017 – 94 Points
Feudo Disisa Vuaraia DOC Monreale Nero d’Avola 2013 94 Points
Feudo Principi di Butera Symposio Sicilia Red Wine – 2014 – 95 Points
Firriato Etna Rosso Prephollexera DOC Etna – 2014 – 94 Points
Florio Aegusa DOC Marsala – 1964 – 94 Points
Franz Haas Alto Adige Pinot Nero – 2017 – 93 Points
Gulfi Neromaccarj IGT Terre Siciliane Nero d’Avola 2015 – 94 Points
Hawk & Horse Red Hills Petit Verdot 2014 – 93 Points
Hess Collection Mount Veeder Small Block Series Estate Chardonnay – 2017 – 94 Points
Ippolito 1845 Colli del Mancuso Cirò Classico Superiore Riserva, 2015 – 94 Points
Kabaj Goriska Brda Merlot – 2012 – 94 Points
Kabaj San Lurinz Sparkling Wine NV – 93 Points
Kukeri Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon – 2016 – 94 Points
Lagier Meredith Mount Veeder Tribidrag – 2014 – 93 Points
Lampyridae Vineyards Mount Veeder Communication Block Cabernet Sauvignon – 2014 – 94 Points
LAN Edicion Limitada Rioja – 2013 – 95 Points
Librandi Megonico Mollioco Val di Neto Rosso – 2016 – 94 Points
Librandi Montonico Val Netto Rosso 2018 94 Points
Marketta Mount Veeder Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 94 Points
Masi Costasera Amarone Classico – 2007 – 94 Points
Masi Riserva Costasera Amarone – 2013 – 94 Points
Mithra Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013 – 94 Points
Mount Veeder Mount Veeder Rosenquist Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon – 2015 – 94 Points
Muri-Gries Abtei Muri Südtirol/Alto Adige Riserva Pinot Bianco – 2016 – 93 Points
Palmento Costanzo Bianco d’Asti Superiore DOC Etna Bianco – 2018- 94 Points
Palmento Costanzo Contrada Santo Spirito DOC Etna Rosso – 2015 – 94 Points
Peju Napa Valley Petit Verdot – 2013 – 94 Points
Peju Province Napa Valley Cabernet Franc – 2014 – 95 Points
Penfolds Grange – 2014 – 96 Point Bottle # AR142 Bin 95
Pertinace Marcarini Barbaresco – 2013 – 94 Points
Pertinace Nervo Barbaresco – 2015 – 93 Points
Peter Vinding Montecarrubo Cuvée Suzanne GT Terre Siciliane Syrah – 2017 – 95 Points
Peter Vinding Montecarrubo Il Carrubo IGT Terre Siciliane Syrah – 2017 – 94 Points
Pietro Caciorgna N*Anticchia DOC Etna Rosso – 2015 – 94 Points
Pio Cesario Barbaresco DOCG – 2015 – 94 Points
Pio Cesario Langhe DOC Chardonnay – 2016 – 93 Points
Planeta Etna Bianco DOC Etna Bianco – 2015 94 Points
Planeta Nocera DOC Sicilia – 2017 – 94 Points
R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva – 2010 – 94 Points
Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon – 2011 – 94 Points
Roederer Estate L’ermitage – 2012 – 94 Points
Signorello Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2014 – 94 Points
Signorello Napa Valley Padrone Estate Red Blend – 2014 – 94 Points
Smith-Madrone SMD Riesling 2016 – 94 Points
Sojourn Sonoma Coast Rodgers Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2017 – 94 Points
Stemberger Kras Zelen – 2017 – 93 Points
Szaszi Birtok Olazriesling – 2017 – 94 Points
Tablas Creek Adelaida Dist. Mourvèdre – 2017 – 94 Points
Tenute Bosco Rosso Prephylloxera DOC Etna Rosso – 2015 – 94 Points
Tenuta Sant’Antonio Campo dei Giglio Amarone della Valpolicella – 2015 – 94 Points
Tenuta Sant’Antonio Famiglia Castagnedi Monti Garbi Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso – 2017 – 94 Points
Tenuta Sesta Brunello di Montalcino – 2014 – 94 Points
Terre di Giurfo Kuntari DOC Sicilia Nero d’Avola 2016 94 Points
Terre di Giurfo Maskaria DOCG Cerasuolo di Vittoria – 2015- 94 Points
Torre Mora Anteprima DOC Etna Rosso – 2016 – 94 Points
Torre Mora Scalunera DOC Etna Rosso – 2015 – 94 Points
Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne DOCG – 2013 – 94 Points
Travaglini Il Sogno – 2014 – 95 Points
Umani Ronchi Verdiccio dei Castelli di Jesu Classico Superiore – 2018 – 93 Points
Umathum Burgenland Zweigelt – 2015 – 93 Points
VGS Chateau Potelle Mount Veeder VGS Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Points
Vinoce Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon – 2015 – 94 Points
Zisola Effe Emme IGT Sicilia Petit Verdot 2016 – 94 Points

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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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