During the course of the year, Wine Spectator editors blind-tasted more than 15,800 new releases. Of these, more than 3,900 rated outstanding (90 points or higher on our 100-point scale). These were the initial candidates for our Top 100. We apply four criteria to determine the final selections: quality (as represented by score); value (as reflected by release price); availability (measured by case production, or, for international wines, the number of cases imported); and an X-factor we call excitement.
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