Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Top Wines Of 2018: An Exclusive Vino-Sphere List

Here it is – our annual listing of the best bottles of the year. Uncork a bottle and enjoy as you check out the favorites we reviewed in 2018.

Top Wines of 2018We hope you have enjoyed 2018 as much as we have. We’ve tasted hundreds of wines and visited dozens of wineries. Our travels included a foray to sample the great wines of Washington State and a couple of jaunts to the wine country of North Carolina. After sorting through our tasting notes and piles of empty bottles and corks, we’ve compiled our anticipated 2018 Top Wines list.

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We present the list in alphabetical order. An asterisk indicates exceptional quality.


Ad Lucem 2014 Elaina Red, Columbia Valley

Adorada 2016 Rosé, California

Altipiano 2016 Estate Sangiovese Reserve, San Diego County*

Balletto 2014 BCD Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Becker Family 2012 Pinot Noir, Pfalz

Bedell Cellars 2017 Taste Rosé, Long Island

Bollina Corte Medicea 2015 'Cletus' Toscana IGT, Tuscany

Bonterra 2015 The Roost Blue Heron Vineyard Chardonnay, Mendocino County

Breathless Brut Magnum, North Coast

Brut Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble

Ca’Marcanda 2013, Bolgheri*

Clos du Bois 2008 Marlstone, Alexander Valley

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Corona de Aragon 2017 Garnacha Blanca

Cremisan Wine Estate 2014 Star of Bethlehem Baladi, West Bank

Domaine Artefact 2017 Rincon del Diablo, San Diego County

Dry Creek Vineyard 2013 Meritage, Dry Creek Valley

Duckhorn Vineyards 2015 Napa Valley Merlot Three Palms Vineyards*

Geil 2015 Bechtheimer Scheurebe Kabinett, Rheinhessen

Hanna 2014 Bismark Moon Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon*

Hanna 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley

Hightower Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain*

Il Poggione 2016 Rosso di Montalcino

Jezreel 2016 Levanim, Jezreel Valley*

Kenwood 2013 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma*

Lambert Bridge 2013 Crane Creek Cuvée, Dry Creek Valley*

LAN 2011 Rioja Reserva

Left Coast Cellars 2017 “The Orchard” Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley*

Lorenzi Estate 2009 Zinfandel Signature Series Reserve Temecula*

Montefioralle Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2014

Muscardini Cellars 2013 Rancho Salina, Moon Mountain

Papapietro Perry 2014 Peters Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Parducci 2005 True Grit Petite Sirah, Mendocino County

Raffaldini 2014 Sangiovese Classico, Swan Creek

Santa Ema 2013 Amplus Old Vine Carignan, Maule

Shadow Springs Vineyard 2014 Petit Verdot, Swan Creek

Sterling 2014 Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley*

Terra Bella 2008 Estate Syrah, Paso Robles

Three Rivers Winery 2015 Svelte, Walla Walla Valley*

Vignobles Mayard 2009 La Crau de ma Mère, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Villa Maria 2015 Taylors Pass Pinot Noir, Marlborough*

Villa Maria 2016 Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Weingut Wittmann Westhofener 2014 Riesling Trocken, Rheinhessen

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