James Suckling and his top 100 Spanish wines
James Suckling has just published the annual report on the 100 best Spanish wines tasted by him during 2017. James Suckling was one of the architects in raising the famous magazine Wine Spectator in its beginnings, back in 1980. When they began to gain subscribers, he moved to Europe to be able to follow the wineries closely. Here he has forged a well-deserved reputation as a taster of the main European winemaking countries such as Italy, France and Spain. Here we present you with the summary of his article on the best Spanish wines of 2017:
At the top of the list we can find the wines from the most influential wineries on the Spanish wine scene. Here is the list of the top 10 wines:
1 Vega Sicilia Ribera Del Duero Unico 2006
2 Muga Rioja Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2010
3 Compañia De Vinos Telmo Rodriguez Rioja Las Beatas 2014
4 Artadi Alava Viña El Pison 2014
5 Descendientes De J. Palacios Bierzo La Faraona 2015
6 Cune Rioja Real De Asua 2001
7 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 2005
8 López De Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia 1996
9 Terroir Al Limit Priorat Les Tosses 2015
10 Contino Rioja Gran Reserva 2010
In this list, he highlights new figures such as Dominio del Águila and Dominio de Es in Ribera de Duero. Or Olivier Riviere in Rioja and Envínate in the different areas where they produce wine, such as Tenerife or Ribeira Sacra.
As a project, he highlights the work of Álvaro Palacios and his nephew Ricardo in Bierzo, Rioja and Priorat. With Faraona 2015 in the first positions followed by Dofi, Ermita and Propiedad 2015. A great job that shows through their high scores.
In Ribera del Duero Vega Sicilia remains the spearhead for James Suckling, with producers that are within excellence like Dominio de Pingus and those mentioned above, Dominio del Águila and Dominio de Es.
Within El Bierzo and apart from Descendientes de J. Palacios, he mentions the winery Losada as another reference in the area. Old vineyards and a modern winery, key to its success, according to Suckling.
In Priorat, he positions Terroir al Limit by Dominique Hubert as a reference to follow in a more refined and Burgundy style.
In general, he gives Spain very good scores, positioning the wineries that produce in a classic style among the best in the wine scene, and the new winemakers who also produce wines in an ancestral way. Great job!