Each year, Wine Spectator has compiled a list of the most exciting wines we've reviewed over the past 12 months. These 100 wines reflect significant trends, recognize outstanding producers and spotlight successful regions and vintages around the world. In 2012, our list was selected from more than 17,000 new releases our editors rated in our independent blind tastings. We narrowed the list down based on four criteria: quality, value, availability, and what we call the "X-factor" -- the excitement generated by a rising-star producer, a benchmark wine, or a significant milestone for a wine region.
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