2010 Renieri Brunello Riserva is on the top 100 wines of the world for James Suckling.
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
What a time to be a wine critic. I can’t think of many years more exciting to be one than 2016. We rated no less than 20 perfect wines after tasting more than 10,000 bottles, and our Top 10 are all rated 100 points. All the wines in our list were tasted from bottle, so barrel samples were not included. That’s why we didn’t include categories like 2015 Bordeaux, which is a fantastic vintage but not available in bottle until 2018. Most of the tastings were done in the region themselves. And with the help of contributing editors Nick Stock and Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com rated wines from Argentina, Australia, Austria, California, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Oregon, and Spain.
In a departure from last year’s emphasis on top-scoring value wines, we focused strictly on pure quality for this year’s Top 100. Most of the 100-point wines were from Italy and Napa Valley, and I believe that 2013 could be the latter’s greatest vintage. Napa produced rich and structured cabernet sauvignon-based wines, while the 2010 vintage in Tuscany made phenomenal Brunello di Montalcinos. Wines like these will serve as reference points for wine lovers around the world and will be benchmarks for generations to come. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for 2013 Bordeaux, which was a disappointing vintage and didn’t come close to cracking the Top 100 with the exception of dry and sweet whites.
Italy came in at No. 3 this year with the Renieri Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010, which showed a similarly harmonious and understated character as Viñedo Chadwick. The Renieri owes its success to a superb vintage and the deft winemaking of Marco Bacci, the owner of the estate.