Excellent! | Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

    For the 18th time, wines from all over the world were judged by the leading wine experts at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). The number of wines examined this year is once again impressive, a total of 18,094 drops were tasted, of which over 3,300 wines from Italy alone.

    The Decanter was founded in London in 1975. The best-known authors, some of them Masters of Wine, write for the opinion-forming medium, including Jancis Robinson, Peter Mc Combie or Michael Broadbent. Italy is covered by several authors, recently led by Ian D'Agata and Chris Mercer, as well as some wine journalists based in Italy. In addition to various regional rankings and the election of the Top 50 Wine-People, the annual Decanter World Wine Award is one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the world.

    Numerous tasters from all over the world, including many Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers and often the leading experts in their field in their country, blind taste more than 18,000 wines each year in this high-profile competition. Judging is divided into categories, initially based on region - for example, Champagne is judged by a panel of Champagne experts.

    The tasters know the region, the style and the price range, but they do not know the winemaker. They then compare notes on the wine and come to a consensus with their colleagues on the points and medals for each wine. The medal categories correspond to the 100-point rating system used by Decanter and many of the world's top wine critics.

    The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) are undisputedly among the most influential wine competitions in the world and the tasting notes are considered must-reads, not only among enthusiasts. In this section you will find a selection of the best wines from this year's competition, which not only caught the eye of the jury. SUPERIORE.DE

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    Pinot Grigio | White Diversity and Class

    Originally from France, where it is called Pinot Gris, this grape variety is widespread and very old all over the world. That is why there are countless synonyms. In German-speaking countries, these include Grauburgunder, Ruländer, Grauer Mönch and many more. The variety is genetically identical and actually only a mutation of Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir, Spätburgunder) as well as Pinot Bianco...

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    Top rated | Brunello 2016 & Riserva 2015

    This is what we call a hat trick: After we were able to enjoy the very well-balanced, fruit-driven and almost perfect 2015 vintage last year, the appellation is now doing it again. In terms of elegance, complexity and finesse, the 2016 vintage brings wines to the market that are more comparable to the great 2010 vintage. Compared to the fruity, warm and very harmonious style of the rightly...

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    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE | South Tyrol's New Releases

    Monica Larner from Robert Parker’s “The Wine Advocate” published her current tasting notes of the South Tyrolean vintages 2017-2020 these days. It shows that the whites and reds are getting better (fresher and more complex) from year to year and that the South Tyrolean winemakers know how to deal with the effects of climate change very well. But read for yourself: “This is my annual report...

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    Vintage 2015 | Brunello di Montalcino

    “The 2015 vintage is a historical year for Brunello di Montalcino that nobody should miss. The wines show impressive precision of vivid fruit, fine tannins and freshness in acidity despite their ripeness and richness which makes them some of the most exciting in years. Winemakers in Montalcino were never better prepared to produce outstanding wines in a year like 2015 with their exactness in...

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    High Ratings | Falstaff — Tuscany's West Coast

    The Tuscan coast is more synonymous than an official wine region. The Tyrrhenian coast of Tuscany is home to dozens of different wine appellations, from Terre di Pisa in the north to Costa Toscana down to Maremma Toscana, Morellino di Scansano, the island of Giglio and some of the interesting IGT wines from Capalbio on Tuscany’s southern border with Lazio. “Today, the region is considered a...

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    Carricante | Freshness and Minerality from Sicily

    Carricante, the autochthonous white grape variety from eastern Sicily (mostly around Etna), is now a rarity, as there were only 205 hectares left in the last statistics in 2010. However, since some larger wineries such as Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Tasca d’Almerita, Planeta, Cusumano, Graci or Benanti around Etna have invested a lot in recent years, it can be assumed that some have also...

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    VINOUS.COM | Brunello 2015 – Vintage from God?

    “It is a vintage full of strength and purity, the result of a long growing season without extreme events. One that was warmer than 2014 and with much less rain, yet the water reserves were high due to the rainfall during the winter months. These reserves helped the vines through the dry, warm and sunny summer months, supplemented by cool night temperatures and just the right amount of rainfall...

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    Primitivo | Identity vs. Mainstream

    For years it was suspected, but after recent genetic engineering studies it is now known for certain: Primitivo is identical to the Californian Zinfandel and is derived from the ancient Croatian grape variety Tribidrag or Crlenjak Kastelanski, which was already known in the 15th century. The name was originally “Primativo” and referred to early ripening, which incidentally also applies to the...

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    High Ratings | THE WINES OF FRIULI – Fine White Wines

    Friuli lies in the far north-east of Italy, bordering South Tyrol and Austria to the north, Slovenia to the east, Venice to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Many small family wineries still cultivate ancient, little-known grape varieties and, of course, international varieties from Chardonnay and Sauvignon to Cabernet and Merlot have long been completely normal in the larger...

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    Lagrein | Red Bestseller from South Tyrol

    Lagrein is relatively easy to recognise by its dark berry aromas and a delicate scent of violets, often also plums and sour cherries. It has a dark colour, is full-bodied and velvety, has mild tannins and moderate acidity As a local red wine (and rosé), it is currently booming in South Tyrol. But demand is also growing internationally among enthusiasts who love independent and...

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