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The Top 100 Wines of 2002 at a Glance


Posted: December 3, 2002

  • Top 100 Overview
  • The 2002 Wine Spectator Wine of the Year
  • The Man Behind the Wine of the Year
  • The Rest of the Top 10

    Click on each wine's name to see its original tasting note.

    Rank Score Price Wine
    1. 93 $30 E. GUIGAL Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1999
    2. 95 $70 CHATEAU ST. JEAN Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Cinq Cépages 1999
    3. 94 $50 CASTELLO BANFI Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    4. 94 $60 PINE RIDGE Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 1999
    5. 93 $40 WHITEHALL LANE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999
    6. 94 $50 DUCKHORN Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999
    7. 97 $70 ANTINORI Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne 1997
    8. 96 $62 MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo 1997
    9. 92 $38 CHÂTEAU LA NERTHE Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2000
    10. 94 $82 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES St.-Julien 1999
    11. 95 $109 DOMINUS ESTATE Napa Valley 1999
    12. 94 $125 ROBERT MONDAVI Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 1999
    13. 95 $141 CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD Pauillac 1999
    14. 99 $71 DOMENICO CLERICO Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1998
    15. 93 $35 RUDD ESTATE Chardonnay Carneros 1999
    16. 90 $11 COLUMBIA CREST Chardonnay Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2000
    17. 94 $40 SPRING VALLEY Uriah Walla Walla Valley 2000
    18. 92 $17 CHATEAU SOUVERAIN Merlot Alexander Valley 1999
    19. 94 $34 PLANETA Chardonnay Sicilia 2000
    20. 91 $35 SILVERADO VINEYARDS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999
    21. 97 $60 CIACCI PICCOLOMINI D'ARAGONA Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso 1997
    22. 98 $89 ALTESINO Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 1997
    23. 94 $45 CAPEZZANA Toscana Ghiaie della Furba 2000
    24. 95 $65 CASANOVA DI NERI Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1997
    25. 92 $24 KIONA Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 1999
    26. 92 $25 HANNA Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1999
    27. 96 $100 HARTWELL Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Estate 1999
    28. 94 $62 DARIOUSH Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999
    29. 96 $110 PETER MICHAEL Les Pavots Knights Valley 1999
    30. 92 $30 ARTESA Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999
    31. 92 $28 COLUMBIA CREST Syrah Columbia Valley Reserve 2000
    32. 92 $30 L'ECOLE NO. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 1999
    33. 95 $65 LEEUWIN Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 1999
    34. 96 $140 KRUG Brut Champagne Grande Cuvée NV
    35. 92 $35 TURNBULL Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 1999
    36. 92 $39 SHAFER Merlot Napa Valley 2000
    37. 93 $50 ROSEMOUNT Syrah McLaren Vale Balmoral 1999
    38. 93 $55 E. GUIGAL Hermitage 1999
    39. 95 $80 PAOLO SCAVINO Barolo Carobric 1998
    40. 90 $10 PARINGA Shiraz South Australia Individual Vineyard 2001
    41. 91 $13 LEONILDO PIEROPAN Soave Classico Superiore 2000
    42. 96 $98 VINCENT GIRARDIN Corton-Charlemagne 2000
    43. 92 $42 JOSEPH PHELPS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999
    44. 94 $75 VIADER Napa Valley 1999
    45. 91 $18 BRANCOTT Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Reserve 2001
    46. 91 $25 PINE RIDGE Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Dijon Clones 2000
    47. 91 $30 PIPER-HEIDSIECK Brut Champagne NV
    48. 92 $37 SHAFER Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2000
    49. 92 $45 CHIMNEY ROCK Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 1999
    50. 93 $48 AVIGNONESI Toscana Toro Desiderio 1999
    51. 91 $23 CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Merlot Columbia Valley Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard 1999
    52. 91 $18 ISABEL Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2001
    53. 91 $28 SEGHESIO Zinfandel Sonoma County Old Vine 2000
    54. 91 $26 CLOUDY BAY Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2001
    55. 90 $14 PENFOLDS Chardonnay Adelaide Hills Thomas Hyland 2001
    56. 90 $14 CONCHA Y TORO Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2000
    57. 93 $55 DOMAINE DROUHIN Pinot Noir Oregon Laurène 1998
    58. 93 $65 DUNN Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 1999
    59. 93 $58 POGGIO ANTICO Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    60. 91 $32 LUNA Merlot Napa Valley 1999
    61. 90 $17 BODEGAS ESMERALDA Chardonnay Mendoza Catena Agrelo Vineyards 2000
    62. 90 $17 OMAKA SPRINGS Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2002
    63. 90 $15 JACKSON Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2001
    64. 90 $18 ALLEGRINI Veronese Palazzo della Torre 1998
    65. 92 $30 S. ANDERSON Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 1999
    66. 92 $39 ÉRIC TEXIER Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2000
    67. 93 $50 LOUIS M. MARTINI Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard Family Vineyard Selection 1999
    68. 90 $20 CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE-DR. LOOSEN Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica 2001
    69. 90 $24 CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC Pauillac 1999
    70. 90 $22 NEWTON Claret Napa Valley 1999
    71. 90 $24 TALLEY Chardonnay Arroyo Grande Valley 2000
    72. 91 $20 VILLA MT. EDEN Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Grand Reserve 1999
    73. 91 $30 ARGYLE Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve 2000
    74. 92 $40 BERINGER Chardonnay Napa Valley Sbragia-Limited Release 2000
    75. 93 $36 JEAN-MARC BOILLOT Meursault Les Charrons 2000
    76. 91 $24 SEBASTIANI Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Appellation Selection 1999
    77. 91 $29 JUSTIN Justification Paso Robles 1999
    78. 91 $17 QUINTA DO VALLADO Douro 1999
    79. 91 $36 BURGESS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Vintage Selection 1999
    80. 91 $30 SELVAPIANA Chianti Rufina Bucerchiale Riserva 1999
    81. 91 $40 MER SOLEIL Chardonnay Central Coast 1999
    82. 91 $35 RUST EN VREDE Stellenbosch 1999
    83. 91 $35 FRANCISCAN Oakville Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley Cuvée Sauvage 1999
    84. 91 $42 ANTINORI Umbria Cervaro della Sala 2000
    85. 90 $14 CHATEAU SOUVERAIN Chardonnay Sonoma County 2000
    86. 90 $25 SIMI Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1999
    87. 90 $24 PENFOLDS Shiraz South Australia Kalimna Bin 28 1999
    88. 90 $26 CHÂTEAU SOCIANDO-MALLET Haut-Médoc 1999
    89. 92 $34 BROTHERS IN ARMS Shiraz Langhorne Creek 2000
    90. 91 $26 TESTAROSSA Chardonnay Santa Barbara- Monterey Castello 2000
    91. 90 $18 FEUDI DI SAN GREGORIO Greco di Tufo 2001
    92. 90 $31 TERRABIANCA Toscana Campaccio 1999
    93. 90 $30 BENI DI BATASIOLO Barolo 1998
    94. 90 $25 ALVARO PALACIOS Priorat Les Terrasses 1999
    95. 90 $21 EUROPVIN-FALSET Montsant Laurona 2000
    96. 90 $38 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE St.-Estèphe 1999
    97. 90 $32 BODEGAS MAURO Viño de la Tierra de Castilla y Leòn 1999
    98. 92 $60 PIO CESARE Barolo 1998
    99. 93 $77 LEONETTI Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 1999
    100. 92 $60 ISOLE E OLENA Toscana Cepparello 1999

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