2018 Eisele Vineyard, Altagracia, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) JS97/RP95+
2014 Peter Michael, Le Caprice Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Bottle (750ml) JS97
2017 Peter Michael, Le Moulin Rouge, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Bottle (750ml) JD98+
2010 Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, Bottle (750ml) RP97/VM97
2016 Chateau Le Gay, Pomerol, Bottle (750ml) JS98
2015 Chateau Haut-Bailly Cru Classe, Pessac-Leognan, Bottle (750ml) JD98/JS98/RP97+
2018 TOR Kenward Family, Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Bottle (750ml) AG97
2017 La Mondotte, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bottle (750ml) JS97/WS97
2017 Kistler Occidental Bodega Headlands, Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot, Sonoma Coast, Bottle (750mL) JD97
2015 Chateau Pape Clement Cru Classe, Pessac-Leognan, Bottle (750ml) JS99/LP97/JD97
2020 Aubert, Larry Hyde & Sons Chardonnay, Los Carneros, Bottle (750ml) LP97
2020 Aubert, Powder House Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) LP99
2018 Clos Fourtet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bottle (750ml) AG98/RP97
2015 Bellevue Mondotte, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bottle (750ml) JS99/JD98
2019 Aubert, UV-SL Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Bottle (750ml) JS97/WS96
2019 Aubert, Powder House Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) JS97
2019 Kistler Occidental Bodega Headlands, Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot, Sonoma Coast, Bottle (750mL) RP97/JD97
2018 Kistler Occidental Bodega Headlands, Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot, Sonoma Coast, Bottle (750mL) JD98
2021 Aubert, Sugar Shack, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) JS98
2018 Aubert, Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay, Los Carneros, Bottle (750ml) JS99
2019 Aubert, Larry Hyde & Sons Chardonnay, Los Carneros, Bottle (750ml) JS97
2012 Kistler Occidental Bodega Headlands, Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot, Sonoma Coast, Bottle (750mL) RP98/AG97
2019 Bevan Cellars, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Proprietary Red, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) AG97/LP97/JD97
2016 Aubert, CIX Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) JD98
2018 Aubert, UV-SL Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Bottle (750ml) RP98
2013 Aubert, UV-SL Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast RP97+
2016 Peter Michael, Le Caprice Pinot Noir, Bottle (750ml) JD98/RP97
2015 Kistler Occidental Bodega Headlands, Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot, Sonoma Coast, Bottel (750mL) JD99
2003 Chateau Leoville Barton, Saint-Julien, Bottle (750ml) WS98
2005 Chateau Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, Bottle (750ml) JD98/RP97
2015 Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville, Pauillac, Bottle (750ml) DR99/JD98
2018 La Mondotte, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bottle (750ml) JS98/RP97+
2005 Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) LP97/AG97
2016 Peter Michael, Au Paradis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Bottle (750ml) JD99/JS99
2006 Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, Bottle (750ml) AG98
2019 Aubert, Eastside Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Bottle (750ml) JS99
2018 Bevan Cellars, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Proprietary Red, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) JD99
2015 Peter Michael, Belle Cote, Knights Valley, Bottle (750ml) JD99+
2014 Chappellet, Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) RP99

97-99 Point Wines - the Wine Collector's Playground, the Best Cross-Section of Value & Quality

No other figure has so thoroughly shaped the modern wine landscape as Robert Parker did with his release of The Wine Advocate, a consumer advice publication providing independent opinions on wine, free from sponsorship. At its inception in 1978, Parker unveiled a 100-point system for grading wines and grew his readership organically, but it was his exuberant review of the spectacular 1982 Bordeaux vintage that led to his meteoric rise in the wine world, securing an authoritative stance with his scoring system as a helpful means of consumer guidance.

The intuitive nature of the 100-point scale created a clear delineation and made wine immediately comprehensible to the public. Over time, the system became de rigueur amongst critics and today there are many talented voices in the industry, each with a different approach and background. Wine critics tend to be fully immersed in the wine industry, surrounded by wine and constantly tasting. Often, tastings are done in verticals (a single style from multiple vintages) or horizontals (a single vintage from multiple regions or sites), shaking loose the granular differences between wines of very similar character. If tasting wine is a sport, these are Olympic athletes, and highly-rated wines give consumers a chance to peer into the world of a well-honed taster to drink at an elevated level.

The scoring system offers a simplified way of narrowing the scope, offering a guiding light in an enormous sea of wine. Any wines ranking in the upper echelons, 95 and higher, will reflect wine of superior quality resulting from premium site selection and dedicated winemaking. How a wine integrates over time, especially with regard to vintage, can create differences enough to inspire a higher score. In glass, these qualities together express themselves with immense complexity (how expressive and engaging are the aromatics) and finish (how long the experience of a single sip lasts on the palate), creating the foundation for a potential “ah-hah” moment.

The apex is represented by the rare 100-point score, which is awarded only to a few select gems each year. These wines represent elusive experiences and the pinnacles of luxury, in part due to their rarity, but also for their price points. To many, 100-pointers represent perfection, making them highly collectable and exciting to pursue.

Just below the lofty 100-point threshold is a wine connoisseurs’ playground as 97-99 point wines offer a perfect intersection of value and quality. Aspects of wine review are subjective, making single-point differences between fine wines a matter of infinitesimal differences. For this reason, these wines are overlooked treasures without the premium that comes with a 100-point score. While 100-point wines are lavish indulgences that can elevate any experience, 97-99 point wines are just as capable of creating a lasting impression and worthy of exploration.

Written by: Victoria O'Bryan

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