Over the past year, Wine Spectator editors reviewed nearly 12, 500 wines in blind tastings, all to round-up the Top 100 releases of the year and name the wine of the year. What ultimately pushes one wine to the No. 1 position often comes down to something we call the X-factor, the back story that lends a wine special significance or gravitas. Editor and publisher, Marvin R. Shanken, introduces the Top 100 and wine of the year, the Dominus Estate Napa Valley 2018.
From the Dec 31, 2021, issue