Our Top 100 Spanish Wines of 2017 is the most diverse, wide-ranging list on wines from the country we’ve ever put together. (...) It certainly was no easy task making our definitive selection based purely on quality from the nearly 1,200 wines we tasted during our tasting trip to Spain last June.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Alvaro Palacios is the most omnipresent figure on this list. Naturally, the phenomenal wines he makes in Priorat and Rioja (L’Ermita 2015, No. 15; Do 2015, No. 17), and continued capacity as the standard-bearer for dimencia – together with his nephew Ricardo – all contribute to his success.
La Faraona 2015 (No. 5, 99 points), which is made on slate soils pivoted on unnervingly steep slopes that reach over 800m in altitude, could barely set the bar any higher. Additionally, Moncerbal 2015 is not far behind as well (No. 13, 98 points).
ere are so many di erent wines made in a myriad of styles and from an enormous number of varying grapes and regions in our Top 100 Spanish Wines of 2017. ey all combine elements of new and old, tradition and modernity, technology and savoir faire. It is precisely how these producers untapped the potential, making the vibrant, ethereal and profound wines that we very much enjoyed tasting in 2017. We can’t wait to try more of these ne wines on our next visit this June!
Jack Suckling Taste Editor