Todos os anos, editores da Wine Spectator compilam uma lista dos vinhos mais interessantes que provaram em provas às cegas ao longo dos últimos 12 meses. Com base na qualidade (pontuação), valor (preço de lançamento), a disponibilidade (casos fabricado ou importado) e um fator X que chamam de emoção. O resultado dessa analise é a lista Top 100 2012, que começou a ser liberada ontem com 5 vinhos: 10, 9, 8, 7 e 6º lugar. Hoje conheçam os 5, 4, 3 e 2º colocados.

5 Château Guiraud Sauternes

Vintage: 2009 - Score: 96 points - Rls Price: $60 – 11,000 cases made - Bordeaux, France

This blend of 65 percent Sémillon and 35 percent Sauvignon Blanc comes from 35- to 40-year-old vines on a 316-acre property co-owned since 2006 by Robert Peugeot (of Peugeot automobiles), Olivier Bernard (Domaine de Chevalier), Stephan von Neipperg (Canon-La Gaffelière and others) and Xavier Planty, the estate’s longtime general manager. Planty, who oversees winemaking, strives for low yields; the vines usually average nine-tenths of a ton per acre, about half the legal limit in Sauternes. While 2009 was a banner year for red Bordeaux, the region’s sweet wines are impressive, too—the best vintage since 2001.

4 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Vintage: 2010 - Score: 98 points - Rls Price: $128 - 5,600 cases made - Rhône Valley, France

Wine is in the blood of the Avril family, winegrowers in the Southern Rhône since 1600. But quality at this 80-acre estate has steadily improved since winemaker Paul Avril took over from his father, Vincent, in 1987. His massive 2010 earns the winery a spot in our Top 100 for the sixth time (including Wine of the Year in 2007). Sourced from more than 20 different plots of low-yielding vines, this red blends 80 percent Grenache with equal parts Syrah and Mourvèdre, vinified in ceramic-lined vats and aged in large wooden foudres for up to 12 months.

3 Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden

Vintage: 2010 - Score: 95 points - Rls Price: $69 - 4,000 cases made - Barossa Valley, Australia

Two Hands does well with a variety of grapes but excels with Shiraz. Owner Michael Twelftree and winemaker Matt Wenk aim for a house style that emphasizes regional character with their Garden series, a collection of six different Shirazes from top growing regions in South Australia and Victoria. The Bella’s Garden bottling consistently ranks among the best, with fruit sourced from 20 vineyards throughout the Barossa Valley. Wenk uses mainly older, 300-liter French hogshead barrels to preserve the complex fruit flavors.

2 Château de St.-Cosme Gigondas

Vintage: 2010 - Score: 95 points - Rls Price: $41 - 3,330 cases made - Rhône Valley, France

This mouthwatering red is sourced from 37 acres of vines averaging 60 years old that surround the château, on a property that has been in winemaker Louis Barruol’s family since 1490. Barruol, who took over from his father in 1995, is the 14th generation. For the 2010 bottling, he blended 60 percent Grenache with equal parts Syrah and Mourvèdre. The 2010 vintage produced classic quality throughout the Southern Rhône. This Gigondas is a benchmark bottling for the appellation, which Barruol has helped elevate during his tenure.

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