Once again I've placed the Spanish wines on the list here so you can see them more easily. I also include my opinion about each wine and it's ranking in this list.
#1. Viña Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 - CUNE Rioja (95 Points)
I've always been a fan of CUNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de Espana). The winery has changed Enologists and ownership during it's many years producing great wines and yet the quality has always been top notch. What's particularly interesting is the quality of the wines for the price. This wine, Viña Imperial Gran Reserva normally costs 24€ in Spain! That's amazing quality for the #1 wine in the world. They also have great aging potential. You can drink them straight away because the winery has gone to the trouble of aging the wine in the bottle until the appropriate moment (8 years) and you can keep them for another 30 years. I've had the opportunity to drink the 82 vintage a couple of times this year and it's delicious. We are so proud that a Spanish wine is #1 on the WS list for 2013! Felicidades España! Felicidades CUNE! Thank you Wine Spectator!
#22. Viña Ardanza 2004 - La Rioja Alta Rioja (94 Points)
A fabulous blend of Garnacha (Grenache) and Tempranillo, Viña Ardanza is a lovely wine that surprises with it's ripe red fruit and it's lovely spice touches. I recently gave a bottle to a friend of mine who lives in Germany to try and he called me the next day and ordered a case. It's elegant and honors the traditions of winemaking in Rioja while at the same time has the power and the expression of more modern wines. 2004 as you can see was an excellent vintage in Rioja. Practically any bottle you buy from Rioja with this vintage should be at it's best. Typically "excellent" vintages age better and so this wine, while delicious now, should be good for another 10 years. Great quality is found in this wine which retails for 18€ in Spain. I know that many Californian wines say "great with steak" on the back label, but with this wine, it's really great with steak!
#26. Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes 2011 - Alvaro Palacios (93 Points)
It seems like every year Alvaro Palacios (the winemaker of Les Terrasses) has a wine in the WS Top 100. That's because he's making great wines! You might be familiar with his wine from Bierzo, Pétalos. This is a wine from his winery in Priorat which is the land which made him famous on the worldwide wine map. His wine L'Ermita from Priorat sells for between 600-700€ a bottle here in Spain. This wine is a more economical option, costing 27€ here in Spain. Like many other great Priorats, dark color, deep dark fruit and bold dark chocolate and spice. If you like thicker, intense flavors and you've never tried a Priorat, you should try a bottle of this, because this is what it's all about…and at a reasonable price. My personal opinion is that Priorat wine is overpriced. You can find some really great wines that are similar in style for much less from the area of Montsant.
#29. Viña Gravonia White 2003 - R. López de Heredia Rioja (93 Points)
This year was the first year that I've ever tried this wine. A client of mine in TomeVinos requested a case of this wine and I was surprised because I wasn't familiar with it. I had tried the Viña Tondonia white wine before and found it amazing for it's longevity. It's aged in oak and is made with the local Viura grape. It has fantastic acidity and in the nose is reminds you of dried flowers, citrus and minerality. Due to it's aging, it's smooth and supple and the finish is quite long. I find it to be completely unique in the world, there's nothing quite like it. Don't be scared by the vintage of white wines from López de Heredia winery, they age them a long time and it only adds to their complexity and originality.
#32. La Gitana - Bodegas Hidalgo Gitana Manzanilla Jerez (91 Points)
Jerez, Manzanilla and Fino are becoming popular in the US now. They've been popular in the UK forever and have also experienced a resurgence there in the last decade as well. I think it's fantastic because for me, you can really only enjoy Fino and Manzanilla with some Spanish food and so it's recent popularity is a sign that Spanish cuisine is extending out into the world. Two suggestions: there's a bottling date on the back label of any bottle of Fino or Manzanilla and you should try to drink them in the first 6-9 months since bottling in order to appreciate the lovely aromas of lees and citrus and saline; also, the serving temperature should be around 7˚ celsius. As a side note, there's a great new Spanish restaurant in New York City called Manzanilla (Little Apple) by chef Dani Garcia. He's the best. Go there if you can.
#34. Inspiración Selección 2010 - Bodegas Valdemar Rioja (91 Points)
I'm super happy that Bodegas Valdemar continues to be in the Top 100. They are making great wines and they are great people. They are pioneers in the Rioja. They made the first white Tempranillo wine and they were one of the first wineries to make single-grape varietal wines in the Rioja as well with Graciano and Mazuela. Inspiración is one of the first, modern-style wines coming out of Rioja. It's got lovely fruit and lovely spice from an elegant aging in oak. It's surprisingly affordable for how delicious it is. In Spain it cost 8€! If you can get your hands on a bottle, buy one, it's delicious and rich and a real treat.
#39. Excelsus 2009 - Viña Herminia Rioja (93 Points)
Wow! Rioja Baja in the house! Viña Herminia is located in Aldeanueva de Ebro which is in the Southern part of Rioja. Here in Spain Rioja Baja (as the area is called) doesn't get much respect. For ages it was an area that was controlled by cooperatives and the quality of the wine was mediocre and table wine with a Rioja seal. Now, the cooperatives still exist, but they give the grapes over to wineries with expert winemakers who really know what they're doing. I have had the opportunity to visit Viña Herminia (only 1 hour from Zaragoza) and meet the team and taste directly from the barrels. They are making great wines at amazing prices. Personally, I prefer the Reserva and the Garnacha (Grenache) to the Excelsus. Felicidades Viña Herminia!
#43. Selección 2010 - Godelia Godello Bierzo (91 Points)
I've never tried this wine before so I can't really write about it. I love Godello, it's somewhere between an Albariño and Chardonnay for me. It has lovely fennel, pear and citrus notes in the nose and a smooth almost oily texture in the mouth. It is a fantastic grape for oak fermentation and gains body and complexity amazingly with oak and/or lees battonage. I think the interesting thing to appreciate here is that world-class white wines are now being made in Spain and with local native grapes to boot!
#95. Alto Moncayo Garnacha 2010 - Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja (92 Points)
What an amazing year for Bodegas Alto Moncayo and Jorge Ordoñez! First, Robert Parker goes on record to say that the Borsao Grenache is the "best wine in the world for it's price", then 2 vintages of Alto Moncayo (2009 and 2007) get 100 points from The Wine Spectator and is in the Top 100 of Wine Spectator. I personally congratulate all of the team. They are kind, hard-working people that deserve all the recognition and more. The wines that are coming out of Aragón in Spain are amazing! This wine is the proof of what Garnacha is capable of and what the vineyards of Aragón are capable of.
Sometimes I don't appreciate Jorge Ordóñez because when you're in the US it seems like the Jorge Ordóñez Show, like the only wines for sale are his wines. In reality I'm amazed by him and what he's achieved in so little time and what he has done for the image of Spanish wine and wine from Aragón on a worldwide scale. Congratulations.