The 100 best wines of 2016 according to James Suckling
James Suckling is an internationally renown and influential wine critic. For nearly 30 years Suckling served as Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of Wine Spectator as well as European editor of Cigar Aficionado. Forbes recently described this Los Angeles based writer as “one of the most influential wine critics in the world”. Suckling’s views have consistently piqued the interest and respect of many wine lovers, wine collectors and wine producers like ourselves. As a result, every year around this time, curiosity begins to heighten in anticipation of the release of Suckling’s top 100 wines of the year.
Our 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella was ranked 32nd among the 100 best Italian wines of 2016, validating once again the extraordinary intuition of our dad Renzo to grow wine grapes separately in order to produce one of the first CRU of Valpolicella. Our sense of pride has been redoubled with the knowledge that this same wine reached the 77th position in the ranking of the 100 best wines in the world. This is a very important milestone, not only for us, but also for the Valpolicella region as a whole.
Suckling’s 2016 ranking, which is the result of tasting more than 10,000 bottles of wine, includes 26 Italian labels, but only two Amarone della Valpolicella: our own and one from the historic winery Masi. These two wines have, thus, been selected as top exemplars of the powerful, elegant and exceptional character of the Amarone universe.
Here the complete reports: