Ribera, Rueda Snag Big Praise on 2016 Best-Of Lists

While most of the public is out buying presents and readying their New Year’s resolutions, wine magazines and writers are  hard at work compiling and releasing their best-of lists for 2016 — and once again, Ribera del Duero and Rueda made a strong showing across the board.

Whether on the overall Best of 2016 lists or the more narrowed-down lists like best buys or best Spanish wines, labels from across the spectrum of RyR — some old, some new —  get some major representation from the most respected publications. Here’s a breakdown of some of the top honors:

Wine Enthusiast: Starting off with Rueda’s big win here, the 4R4U 2015 Verdejo landed a prime spot on the Top 100 Best Buys of 2016 list. Placing at #24, this value-driven wine was described as having “minerally white-fruit aromas … with proper acidity and overall balance. Briny citrus is the key flavor, while the finish holds form and tastes citrusy and a touch salty.” On their overall The Enthusiast 100 of 2016 list, the #59 spot went to the O. Fournier 2010 Alfa Spiga from Ribera del Duero. Their editors loved the “dark and dense as the dead of night” profile of this tempranillo with “aromas of blackberry, cassis, black tea and cola” and “flavors of root beer, savory beef, soy and vanilla accent blackberry fruit, while the finish is plump, with ready tannins.” They note that you can pop this beauty now, or cellar it through 2022.

Wine Spectator: Ribera del Duero found itself twice on the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016 list, including one cracking the top 20 overall. Old-school pioneer Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero 2012’s effort garnered 93 points and the number 18 overall spot on the list, while Bodegas Cepa 21 — a sister label of Emilio Moro — was awarded the #56 spot for its 2011 92 point vintage.

Wine & Spirits: Without putting numbers or going for specific wines, Wine & Spirits chose their Top 100 Wineries of 2016, and Ribera del Duero standout Pago de los Capellanes was among the wineries from across the world to earn the distinction.

James Suckling: As one of the most respected wine writers in the business, Suckling showed his love for Ribera del Duero on his Top 100 Spanish Wines of 2016 list, with RDD landing nine spots overall — including the #2 overall spot for Peter Sisseck’s Pingus 2012 vintage. Sisseck also found himself at the #17 and #79 spot on the same list for his Flor de Pingus and PSI efforts, while other RDDs included were: #21. Perez Pascuas Gran Reserva 2010, #28. Bodegas La Horra Corimbo 2012, #43. Dominio del Aguila Reserva 2012, #75. Valdemonjas Entre Palabras 2014, #84. Emilio Moro Malleolus de Sanchomartin 2011 and #85. Finca Villacreces 2012.


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