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James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of Italy 2020

December 29, 2020

As 2020 wraps to a close, James Suckling has released is Top 100 Wines of Italy. Although Suckling could not travel to Italy this year, he managed to taste an impressive 4,000 Italian wines that were affrighted to his Hong Kong offices.

The list is “unabashedly mostly about Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo and Barbaresco” with Suckling noting that he “can say wholeheartedly that the 2015 vintage is the best year ever for Brunello di Montalcino with 2016 coming very, very close behind. Meanwhile, Barolo and Barbaresco also have a pair of great years: 2015 and 2016.”

2018 Petrolo Galatrona – 98 Points “Aromas of blackberries, black olives, green olives and violets. It’s really aromatic. Full-bodied, yet so precise and polished with creamy, layered tannins that caress your palate. It’s extremely persistent and goes on for minutes. Only 40% new wood. Really balanced. All about purity and complexity From organically grown grapes. Try after 2023.”

2016 Tenua Luce Brunello di Montalcino – 98 Points “Ripe, decadent aromas of blackberries, black truffles and black cherries with hints of violets. Dark, wet earth, too. Full-bodied with a solid core of beautiful, pure fruit and creamy, round and fine tannins. Tight and reserved, but showing wonderful potential.”

2018 Petrolo Boggina B 97 Points “This white offers serious layers of fruit and acidity with fantastically complex apples, honey blossom, nuts and walnuts on the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, yet fresh and vivid. Acidity and fruit is all there. Soulful is the word. An exceptional wine that shows such complexity and beauty. From organically grown grapes.”

2017 Tenuta Luce Luce 97 Points “Dark-berry, walnut, cedar and violet aromas with just a hint of chocolate. Full-bodied, layered and rich with ripe tannins and a vivid finish. Shows energy and a velvety texture. Deep and long. Give it two or three years to soften.”

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