11/11/2016

Top 100 of Italian Wines 2016 (James Suckling)

James Suckling premia Ampeleia 2013 con 96 punti e il 67° posto nella sua speciale classifica "Top 100 of Italian Wines 2016".

I tasted more than 3,000 Italian wines this year. No easy task for sure, but it helps that the country continues to produce some of the most evocative wines in the world. This year’s list is a reflection of superb Italian wines that not only offer unique and inspiring drinking experiences but also many offer great value relative to their prices. This is more apparent near the end of the list, where you’ll find exciting wines from places such as Campania and Friuli that are bargains. There’s a number of Amarones on the list as well. All of these wines — whatever they cost — represent a unique character that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in the world.

This wasn’t an easy list to make. I tried to pick wines with a global market, even if only a few bottles are available in various markets like the No. 1 Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 2008. After all, readers of JamesSuckling.com span the globe—from the United States to Europe to Hong Kong. I want people to try these wines, for retail stores to stock them, and for restaurants to serve them.

I encountered so many great wines full of heart and soul. That’s the thing about Italian wines. It’s hard not to feel and sense the great history and culture that’s distilled into these bottles. Whether red or white, they are as utterly satisfying to drink and pair with a bowl of freshly cooked pasta as they are with fried rice and kimchi. Italian wines are pure wines, and in their deep drinkability, they are all the more special.

—James Suckling, CEO/Editor


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Ampeleia Costa della Toscana 2013

Country > Italy
Region > Tuscany
Vintage > 2013
Score > 96

Very pretty aromas of dark fruits with rosemary and sea-like undertones. Full-bodied, layered and dense, yet there's an underlying energy that brings you back to savor each sip. Lovely to drink now but will improve with age. From biodynamically grown grapes.


Questi invece i punteggi per gli altri vini Ampeleia.


Kepos 2014

Country > Italy
Region > Tuscany
Vintage > 2014
Score > 93

Spicy, stylish and full of character. Clove and fruit flavors. Medium to full body, savory tannins and a juicy finish. Drink now.

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Unlitro 2015

Country > Italy
Region > Tuscany
Vintage > 2015
Score > 89

A fresh and lively red with sliced cherry and lemon character. Light body, bright finish. Serve chilled. Drink now.

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Cabernet Franc 2015

Country > Italy
Region > Tuscany
Vintage > 2015
Score > 92

Aromas of rose petal, stem and fresh herbs as well as dark fruits. Full body, silky and savory. Needs two or three years to soften the angular tannins. Made from organically grown grapes. Better in 2018.

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Carignano 2015

Country > Italy
Region > Tuscany
Vintage > 2015
Score > 92

A beautiful and fresh red with sliced pomegranate and stone character. Medium body, dense center palate and rough, silky finish. Gorgeous and intriguing. Made from organically grown grapes. Drink now.

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Alicante 2015

Country > Italy
Region > Tuscany
Vintage > 2015
Score > 92

A spicy and bright red with dried fruit and lemon peel character. Turns peppery. Medium to light body. Cool wine from an overlooked grape. Organically grown. Drink now.

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