Vin­tage Dreams

Af­ter re­view­ing close to 12,000 wines last year, james­suck­ling.com de­clared its 100 Wines of the Year. Here, James Suck­ling hones that list down to the Ten Best Wines of 2016, all of which scored 100 points

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life Wine -

For more wine rec­om­men­da­tions, visit hongkong­tatler.com/wine and james­suck­ling.com

Mar­qués de Mur­ri­eta Rioja castillo Ygay gran Reserva es­pe­cial 1986

A tri­umph. An amaz­ing white show­ing roasted pineap­ple, dried ap­ple, flow­ers and hints of lemon curd and al­monds on the nose. Full­bod­ied, closed and tight with amaz­ing depth and beauty. Waxy, salty and creamy. Goes on for min­utes. 21 years in wood, seven in con­crete and about three years in bot­tle. First year since 1978. Viura with a hint of mal­va­sia. I have the same mind-tin­gling sen­sa­tion tast­ing this as tast­ing the 1963 Viña Ton­do­nia Gran Reserva Blanco. 8,000 bot­tles made.

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