Top Wines of 2020

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

3 glasses of wine pictured with the words - Best Wine of 2020!

The lists of Top Wines of 2020 are out! Experts have the envious job of tasting thousands of wines from around the world. They rate them, review them, and rank them. James Suckling and Wine Spectator each have top 100 lists they publish every year. Their rankings are based on their quality assessment, value, availability of the wine, and overall excitement that the wine brings when tasting it.

Here are James Suckling and Wine Spectator Top 5 Wines and Top 5 Most Affordable, along with an excerpt of their tasting notes to give you an idea of why they thought these wines were wonderful enough to earn these top spots.

One thing to keep in mind is that as soon as these wines hit these types of lists, their prices start to rise. So, if you're interested in them, buy early.

Pay attention to the “best time to drink” recommendations. Some of these are ready to drink now, but some have a recommended holding period to let them mature in bottle. If you plan to buy and hold, then definitely follow these guidelines for storing and holding your wine. The last thing you want is to hold an expensive wine in a poor environment while it becomes undrinkable. It would be easier and faster just to burn your money instead. None of us want to waste good wine or our good money!

Here we go! We've got the top 5 from James Suckling, the top 5 from Wine Spectator, then the top 5 most affordable from Wine Spectator.

James Suckling – Top 5 Wines of 2020:

Check out the full list of top 100 wines of 2020. (Oh, and scroll past his article to find the list.)

#1 Chacra Pinot Noir, Treinta y Dos 2018

Patagonia, Argentina, $123

Quality Rating: 100

Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir

Wine Style: Red – Light and Perfumed

The structure of this is phenomenal and redefines pinot noir in Argentina. Aromas and flavors of dried strawberry, iodine, oyster shell, wet earth, fresh mushrooms and flowers. Full-bodied, tight and focused with chewy tannins and a long, extensive mouth feel. Better after 2024.