The Enthusiast 100 of 2012

Our favorite wines of the year.



In 2012, members of our tasting panel reviewed more than 15,500 wines from around the world. Tasting that many wines isn’t easy, but keeping track of them all and remembering what to buy next time you’re at your favorite retail shop is an even more difficult task.

Luckily, Wine Enthusiast has got you covered. Knowing there’s nothing quite like an end-of-year list to sum up the best of the best, we offer three distinct guides for all of your wine needs: the Top 100 Best Buys (wines for $15 or less, published in November), the Top 100 Cellar Selections (age-worthy, highly rated collectibles, published in early December), and now, The Enthusiast 100.

The Enthusiast 100 is our special year-end roundup. While all of the wines featured are highly rated by our critics, in creating this list, we consider many factors, including the wine’s quality-to-price ratio, drinkability, availability and uniqueness. We also strive to provide as diverse a list as possible, reflecting the range of styles, varieties and regions we’ve reviewed over the past 12 months.

The result is a list of wines that should not be missed, and wineries to definitely keep on your radar in the years ahead.

See the full list of The Enthusiast 100 of 2012 in PDF form, or view the list in our Buying Guide.

To see The Enthusiast 100 of 2011, click here.

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