During the course of the year, Wine Spectator editors blind-tasted more than 17,000 new releases. Of these, more than 5,500 rated outstanding (90 points or higher). 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.
From the Dec 31, 2012, issue