Wine Spectator Names the Top Wines of 2018

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As 2019 quickly approaches, we are seeing more predictions for next year and top lists for 2018 emerge.

Every year, "Wine Spectator" releases a Top 100 list featuring the most exciting wines of the year. The wines are selected from 15,000 wines that are reviewed by "Wine Spectator's" editors.

The wines are judged based on "quality (represented by score), value (reflected by price), availability (based on the number of cases either made or imported into the U.S.) and, most important, a compelling story behind the wine or what Wine Spectator calls the “X-factor," according to "Wine Spectator."

This year's list highlights over 50+ wines that are making their debut on the coveted list.

“The Top 100 recognizes the most compelling wines that our editors have reviewed over the past year,” said Thomas Matthews, executive editor of Wine Spectator. “The state of wine is as strong and exciting as ever. We were particularly impressed with the continuing diversity of the wine world—more than half the wines are making their first appearance on our Top 100 list. We’re thrilled to share the rising stars, outstanding values and benchmark bottles from both traditional and emerging regions.”

The No. 1 wine of 2018 is the Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015, a cabernet sauvignon and franc blend.

This wine, priced at around $245, features Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy and is offers aromas of blackberry, cedar, and vanilla.

"Sassicaia, an iconic blue-chip wine, began as an experiment in the 1940s, a passion project that came to fruition thanks to good fortune and hard work from the wine’s creator Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta" writes Wine Spectator in a press release. "Trying to emulate Bordeaux on his estate near the Tuscan coast, his experimental red quickly became the prototype of the region, establishing itself as one of the great wines of Tuscany and Italy."

The full list, which is available only in the magazine, is made up of wines from all price ranges though. The No. 3 wine Castello di Volpaia, a Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 from Tuscany, Italy, is priced at $35 a bottle. The No. 10 wine, the Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley 2016 made in California is $45 a bottle.

Read more about the top 10 wines at "Wine Spectator" now.

On a recent episode of The Barron Report, we took a closer look at some of the wines on this list with the Wine, Sake and Cocktail Journalist and Consultant Shana Clark. Watch the video below to learn more about these bottles and why they made the coveted list from this wine expert.