Hot Off The Press – James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of 2016 Just Released! A Top 100 List with Focus on “Pure Quality” and Excellence! Zachys Has 31 of 100 Selections to Offer Today!
“Wines like these will serve as reference points for wine lovers around the world and will be benchmarks for generations to come.” -James Suckling
Whether you agree with ratings or not, it is always fun to see what are ranked among the top wines of the year. Today, James Suckling released his Top 100 Wines of 2016 and what we appreciated most about the list this year is his focus on exceptional quality wines from great values to stunning collectibles. Over 20 of the 10,000 wines JamesSuckling.com tasted this year received a perfect score of 100 points! That being said, the top ten wines on the list are all 100-Point wines. In fact, we are thrilled as one of our favorite Italian producers Marco Bacci of Renieri took the #3 spot with his 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (100JS). Piedmont Patriarch GAJA's triumphant return to the Barbaresco appellation was rewarded 100 points and the number ten spot by James for their stunning 2013 Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo, the first true 100-Point score since 1961! As James Suckling notes “wines like these will serve as reference points for wine lovers around the world and will be benchmarks for generations to come”. Whether you are a seasoned collector or a novice just starting your collection, there are some truly special wines from values to collectibles, all starting under $60!
Here is a good synopsis of how the Top 100 came to be:
“What a time to be a wine critic. I can't think of many years more exciting to be one than 2016. We rated no less than 20 perfect wines after tasting more than 10,000 bottles, and our Top 10 are all rated 100 points... In a departure from last year's emphasis on top-scoring value wines, we focused strictly on pure quality for this year's Top 100. Most of the 100-point wines were from Italy and Napa Valley, and I believe that 2013 could be the latter's greatest vintage. Napa produced rich and structured cabernet sauvignon-based wines, while the 2010 vintage in Tuscany made phenomenal Brunello di Montalcinos. Wines like these will serve as reference points for wine lovers around the world and will be benchmarks for generations to come.” -James Suckling
My truffle hunting wine acquisition team is out there trying to lock down new wines from this TOP 100 LIST daily. My advice is always the same every year when these lists come out... ACT QUICKLY WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING YOU LIKE! Many of these wines are sure to sell out quickly so make sure you have locked in on the TOP 1% of tasted wines by James and his team for 2016.
Let the fun begin!!
All my best,