|Top 100 At a Glance|
|Top 100 Full List with Notes|
|Top 10 of 2000|
Wine Spectator's editors tasted more than 10,750 wines released during the year 2001. Of those, approximately 1,700-plus rated outstanding, 90 points or higher on our 100-point scale. These were the initial candidates for this year's Top 100. Our final rankings were determined by evaluating each wine on four criteria: quality (as represented by score); value (as reflected by price); availability (measured by case production, or for international wines, by the number of cases imported); and an X-factor we call excitement.
Red wines dominated the Top 100 for the second consecutive year, occupying nearly three-quarters of our list, a percentage largely reflecting late-release wines from Tuscany's glorious 1997 vintage and bottlings from the Rhône Valley's excellent 1998 harvest. The list also reflects the success of Tuscany's Bolgheri appellation in 1998, a strong 1999 harvest in the Rhône, and the triumph of Bordeaux's 1998 vintage in the Right Bank areas of Pomerol and St.-Emilion. California's weaker presence in this year's Top 100 comes as a result of the difficult 1998 vintage.
For complete tasting notes, refer to the . Tasting coordinator James Molesworth contributed to the Top 100 profiles. We hope you enjoy Wine Spectator's 2001 Top 100, an exciting mix of classics, rising stars and value wines.