The best red wines of 2021
The year is coming to an end and it’s time to take a look at the best vintages. Throughout 2021, we have enjoyed many great wines and there were a few that really stood out from the rest. Here are the 10 most awarded red wines of the year.
1. La Montesa
No surprises there! Álvaro Palacios has deserved its place among the best. This top world-class Spanish winemaker has treated us to a beautifully pure and uniquely fresh Garnacha from La Rioja, his homeland. James Suckling says that this $15 wine tastes more like a $50 wine. With this amazing price, you’d better hurry.
Robert Parker has named this the best Spanish wine in history for less than $20. A Ribera del Duero made in the heart of the prestigious Golden Mile and awarded the highest scores vintage after vintage. A classic from one of Spain’s top world-class denominations that isn’t too much for the palate or the pocket.
It is no surprise to see Juan Gil in the top spot for sales every year. The winery’s great mastery of Jumilla’s reigning variety means the awards keep coming. A best seller with a lot of personality, pure expression of the Monastrell variety.
To achieve so much in so little time is very impressive. Mariano García, former technical director and oenologist at Vega Sicilia, and Javier Zaccagnini, former director of the of the D.O. Regulatory Council have an unrivalled command of Ribera del Duero. This single-variety red wine, which is known all around the world, is a great example of this.
5. Viña Ardanza
A classic if ever there was one, Viña Ardanza is always in the spotlight. This coupage made mainly with the typical Tempranillo variety, plus a touch of Garnacha, has behind it an extensive winemaking history that dates back to the historic Barrio de la Estación in Haro (D.O.Ca. Rioja). A regular winner that never goes out of fashion.
Winemaking at Castillo Perelada has been documented since the Middle Ages, so they are extremely experienced. This is clear to see in this coupage from the D.O. Empordà made with the Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Samsó and Monastrell red varieties. The product of five unique estates that are ready to become a great wine.
Although the D.O. Cigales is not one of the best known Spanish denominations in the world, some of its wines have earned worldwide recognition, and for good reason. This single-variety Tinta del País, aged for 24 months in new French oak barrels, is a clear ambassador of the intensity and elegance of Cigales.
Another denomination that is worth knowing about is the D.O. Almansa. This small wine region in Castilla La Mancha is home to the Gil Family Estates Group with their Atalaya project, showcasing their best with a young blend of the Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell varieties. A triumphant wine that is unbeatable value for money.
Another of the greats, Telmo Rodríguez, is a key figure in championing a heritage, a landscape and an artisan way of working. A force for change in a stagnant sector who is committed to recovering the Remelluri identity. Precision and freshness from 28 exclusive plots in the D.O.Ca. Rioja. What a great wine!
Once again Álvaro Palacios, together with his nephew Ricardo Pérez Palacios, are at the top with an excellent wine from the D.O. Bierzo (Castilla y León). This is a single-variety Mencía with a strong Atlantic character. A clear example of the great wines being made in a Spanish denomination on the rise.
All best sellers, highly decorated and well thought of by the great wine experts, these 10 red wines are definitely a safe bet for the end of such an eventful year. And we’re all in need of a bit of a rest, aren’t we?