Del Rio Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon earns Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Cellar Selection

Every year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast look at more than 24,000 wine, spirits, and beer reviews to pick for their five top lists. The Top 100 Cellar Selections list highlights some of the best wines on the market that are perfect for lining your cellar. Del Rio’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon was one of four Oregon wines selected.

“We are honored to be included with such exceptional producers. We are incredibly proud, grateful, and humbled to receive such a highly regarded award from Wine Enthusiast,” said Rob Wallace, Del Rio’s owner. “To have a wine recognized to be one of the best in the world is remarkable and almost feels surreal. This year marks our 25th anniversary and this recognition is a testimony to our team’s hard work and dedication. Del Rio wouldn’t be what it is without its people.”

Wine Enthusiast’s, Michael Alberty, had this to say about the 2019 Del Rio Cabernet Sauvignon: “This powerful Cabernet Sauvignon offers blackberry and smoked brisket aromas that are likely to trigger hunger pangs. Brawny tannins and crisp acidity provide a nice structure for gobs of marionberry pie, blueberry, mint, and cigar box flavors.”

2023 has been an exciting year for Del Rio. In addition to receiving such an esteemed award, Del Rio has earned critical acclaim and several 90+ scores from multiple wine critics this year, including Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and James Suckling.

The recent Del Rio wines scores are as follows:

  • 93 points, Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast: Del Rio 2022 Estate Grenache Rose
  • 92 points, Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast: Del Rio 2021 Estate Viognier
  • 91 points, Cellar Selection, Top 100, Wine Enthusiast: Del Rio 2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 91 points, Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast: 2022 Rock Point Pinot Noir
  • 92 points, James Suckling, Del Rio 2021 Estate Pinot Noir
  • 90 points, Wine Spectator, Del Rio 2021 Estate Pinot Noir
  • 90 points, Wine Enthusiast: Del Rio 2021 Estate Pinot Noir
  • 90 points, Wine Enthusiast: Del Rio 2019 Estate Syrah
  • 90 points, James Suckling, Del Rio 2021 Estate Chardonnay
  • 90 points, Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast: Jolee Semi-Sparkling Pinot Gris

About the Winemaker

Del Rio’s winemaker, Jean-Michel Jussiaume, has been their head winemaker since 2008 and just completed his 15th harvest at Del Rio Vineyards. He was raised by a winemaking family at their vineyards in the Loire Valley, France. He studied Enology and Viticulture at the school of Briace Loire Valley and afterwards he traveled the world to expand his winemaking knowledge.

About Del Rio Vineyards

Del Rio Vineyards Estate is a family-owned winery run by Rob and Jolee Wallace, fourth generation farmers, whose hearts and passion for the land are as big as their vineyard’s skyline. Together with winemaker, Jean-Michel Jussiaume, the Wallace’s are working their dream producing world class wines in the wild and unspoiled Rogue Valley.

Our vineyard’s unique terroir enables Del Rio to grow a diverse range of varieties from cool climate Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris to big reds that thrive in warmer regions, like Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. From this vineyard we produce our elegant full-flavored Del Rio Vineyard Estate, Jolee and Rock Point wines. In addition to supplying our own brands we are a key source of grapes to fine winemakers throughout the Northwest.