WINE

All About Italy (USA) - - Contents - Sascha Mallinck­rodt

The English por­tal Wine-lis­ter mea­sures the strength of wine brands by eval­u­at­ing the fre­quency with which they are re­searched on Wine-searcher and their pres­ence in the wine list of Miche­lin-starred restaurant­s. The re­sult is the ‘Brand Score‘ rank­ing for each coun­try. In the lat­est Ital­ian edi­tion, as re­ported by Wine News, the top five po­si­tions of the rank­ing are oc­cu­pied by as many iconic Tus­can wines: Sas­si­caia, Tig­nanello, Or­nel­laia, So­laia, and Mas­setto.

The gold medal goes to Tenuta San Guido Sas­si­caia, with 998 points out of 1000, which it also hap­pens to be No. 1 of the ‘Top 100‘ of ‘Wine Spec­ta­tor‘ with the 2015 vin­tage, and re­ceived a score of 100/100 for the 2016 vin­tage by ‘The Wine Ad­vo­cate‘. The sec­ond-rank­ing is Anti­nori Tig­nanello, with 995 points, the first San­giovese to be aged in bar­riques, and the first mod­ern red wine blended with non-tra­di­tional va­ri­eties, such as Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon and Caber­net Franc. On the bot­tom step of the podium, there is Or­nel­laia, an­other ma­jor player in the lux­ury, wine mar­ket with 991 points. These are fol­lowed by So­laia, an­other lead­ing la­bel by Anti­nori, with 988 points, and Mas­seto, a wine that dom­i­nates, among Ital­ian wines, in in­ter­na­tional auc­tions.

Fol­low­ing the five Su­per Tus­can wines in Wine-lis­ter’s top 10 brands, there are five im­por­tant wines from Pied­mont. At num­ber 6, is Gaja Bar­baresco, with 975 points, in front of Giacomo Con­terno Barolo Mon­fortino Ris­erva, at num­ber 7 with 969 points. In 8th po­si­tion, there is an­other piece of enol­ogy his­tory from the Langhe, Bar­tolo Mas­carello Barolo with 962 points, fol­lowed by Giacomo Con­terno Barolo Cascina Fran­cia with 955 points. The last po­si­tion of the top 10 is oc­cu­pied by two great wines, both with 954 points, Gaja Barolo Sperss and Fon­todi Flac­cianello della Pieve, an­other Tus­can wine.

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