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2019 Wines in Review

Robert Whitley on

Although I missed about one third of my typical annual tasting regimen while recovering from knee surgery, over the course of 2019 I did manage to squeeze in dozens (more likely hundreds) of wines I would characterize as profound including two -- the ZD 2015 cabernet sauvignon reserve and the 2015 Castello Banfi ExcelsuS -- that I awarded a perfect score of 100 points.

There were so many absolutely brilliant wines, in fact, that a recap seems to be in order. The following are the 30 (plus ties) highest-scoring wines that I reviewed in 2019. Enjoy.

Castello Banfi 2015 'ExcelsuS' Red Blend, Toscana IGT, Italy ($90). Rating: 100.

ZD 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley ($230) Rating: 100.

Castello Banfi 2015 'SummuS' Red Blend, Toscana IGT, Italy ($70). Rating: 98.

J. Davies 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District ($120). Rating: 98.


Ledson 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($100). Rating: 98.

The Vineyard House 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville ($225). Rating: 98.

Tom Eddy 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($150). Rating: 98.

Williams & Humbert 'Don Guido' 20-Year-Old Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Jerez, Spain ($50). Rating: 98.


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