Allegrini 2018

Scrio 2015 Le Macchiole and Solaia 2015 Antinori on James Suckling’s top ten 2018

At the very top, Château Canon St. Emilion 2015, symbol of an historic vintage in Bordeaux. Italy counts 17 wines in the top 100

One of the most long-running and influential critics in the wine world, and for years the flagship signature of "Wine Spectator", James Suckling is still a reference point for those who love wine and his events, like the "Great Wines of the World" and the "Great Wines of Italy", and especially his scores, which are the basis for the "Top 100 Wines of 2018". This year the celebration is for 2015, one of the greatest vintages ever in Bordeaux, especially in St. Emilion, the "Appellation" from which Suckling has assigned both the first and second places on his wine of the year ranking, Château Canon 2015 and Château Bélair-Monange 2015, and a German wine, Dönnhoff Riesling Nahe Dellchen Gg 2017 is in third place. Italy, of course, is absolutely in the top 10, boasting two "perfect" wines, scoring 100/100, diversely expressing vintage 2015, which was exceptional in Tuscany, too. In position number 8, Scrio 2015 Le Macchiole, Syrah in Bolgheri purity, and at 9 Solaia 2015 Marchesi Antinori, Supertuscan par excellence produced in Chianti Classico from Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The first ten positions on the ranking describe a rather realistic cross-section of what the state of the art is in world viniculture, as a Portuguese wine is at number 4, Taylor's Vintage Port 2016, at 5 a Chilean wine, Clos Apalta Valle De Apalta 2015, at 6 again from St. Emilion, Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarosse 2015, at 7 a Californian wine, Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Monte Bello 2015 and at number 10 an Australian wine, Tyrrell's Shiraz Hunter Valley Old Patch 2017.
Scrolling down the top 100, the list of Italian wines is quite substantial, totaling 17 wines and Tuscany dominates. In position number 16, Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore 2015, at 18, Podere Poggio Scalette Alta Valle della Greve The Carbonaione 2015, at 22, Fattoria Le Pupille Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2016, at 25, Tenuta Sette Ponti Toscana Oreno 2016 and at 31, Duemani Syrah Costa Toscana Suisassi 2016. Then we go to Piedmont, and in position 34 there is Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2014, then at 35, Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Vigneto Bellavista Gran Selezione 2015, and at 54, Damilano Barolo Cannubi Reserve 1752 2010. At number 60, we find the first and only wine from Southern Italy, Montevetrano Colli di Salerno 2016, while at 64, Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Berardo Riserva 2015, and at 77, Tua Rita Toscana Redigaffi 2016. Coming from Northeastern Italy, at number 84, Foradori Teroldego Vigneti delle Dolomiti Granato 2016, followed by two great expressions of Sangiovese such as Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2013, at 87, and Eredi Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012, at 89, while Masseto 2015 symbolically closes the Italian group at number 97 in James Suckling’s Top 100.

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