Thursday, November 2, 2017
This year, we tasted close to 16,000 wines. JamesSuckling.com tasters including myself, Stuart Pigott, Nick Stock and my son Jack tasted wines in just about every major winegrowing country, and most of the tasting was in the given region of production. This gave us an insight into more than the liquid in the bottle. It provided us with an understanding and feel of this year’s releases whether from Tuscany, the Barossa Valley, Rioja, Napa Valley, the Mosel, the Wachau and dozens of other places. We talked to winemakers, walked the vineyards and smelled the land.
It wasn’t done for the frequent flyer miles! We traveled like that in 2017 because we are all curious at JamesSuckling.com what the best wines out there are at the moment — we want to taste and report about them. We love wine, and that’s the bottom line.
After 36 years as a wine critic, this was one of the most exciting. We tasted so many amazing wines and had so many wonderful experiences. And we shared it all as a team, a family and for readers, meaning you. It makes it all the more difficult to create a list of the 100 best wines in 2017. And it’s even harder to come up with the JamesSuckling.com Wine of the Year 2017.
DUEMANI CABERNET FRANC COSTA TOSCANA 2015
Monday, August 28, 2017
The dried flowers are wonderful in this with a violet and rose petal replica watches online character. Dark fruits, too. Full body, dense and chewy with dusty texture from the ripe tannins. This has an energy and focus that keeps your attention. Better in 2020 but great to taste already. Made from biodynamic grapes and Demeter certified.