The Definitive List of the Year’s Must-Have Wines
As the year winds down, we can’t help but reflect on our favorite wine tastings of 2016. We reviewed nearly 22,000 wines this year, so there is certainly a lot to recall. But after compiling our Top 100 Best Buy list of the ultimate affordable sippers and then helping to invest in a stellar-cellar future with our list of Top 100 Cellar Selections, its time for the big one- The Enthusiast 100: our list of standout wines to buy and drink over the next few years.
The best of the best in more ways than one, this veritable shopping list illustrates the fantastic variety and diversity available to consumers today. With wines from 15 countries and across all styles – from punchy reds to delicate whites, brilliant rosés to sweeties and bubbles – it is an all-encompassing ranking that offers something for every palate and occasion.
The best news of all? In addition to these wines’ variety, they boast excellent quality-to-price ratios. They average 94 points and $36. In addition, we put in the work to hunt down these wines, confirming availability to ensure they are attainable. Because what’s worse than finding out about a great wine and not being able to buy it anywhere?
That said, these selections won’t be on the shelves for long, so grab them, raise your glass and give a toast to blissful drinking.
97 points Chambers Rosewood Vineyards NV Grand Muscat
Dried fig and black tea on the nose, then concentrated mocha and molasses flavors, enlivened by candied orange zest. Full, rich and sweet, but surprisingly drinkable, with terrific intensity and length.