Masciarelli is proud to announce that their Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo doc Riserva 2017, in addition to scoring an impressive 96 points, has also been included in James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of Italy 2022.
“It’s not all about Tuscany anymore with our Top 100 Wines of Italy list. Although the region continues to dominate the list this year, other areas are pushing through with plenty of top-quality wines from Piedmont, Sicily, Alto Adige and other parts of the country. And even if a large part of our list of the best Italian wines of 2022 comes from Tuscany, it’s not just Brunello di Montalcino that stands out, with many Super Tuscans listed and even a few whites, such as a barrel-fermented trebbiano of Petrolo and blends made on the island of Gorgona.
The diversity and consistency in quality in the bottle from the best names in Italy impressed us this year. And this was quite an accomplishment considering producers released wines from less good vintages than in the recent past. It was tough to follow such extraordinary years as 2015 and 2016. For example, we found a number of excellent 2018 Brunellos in our recent tastings, and they were more balanced and fresher than the richer and denser 2017s, but the wines are a step down from the great 2015s and 2016s. It was the same with 2018 Barolos, which are wines for early drinking and do not have the ageworthiness of great years such as 2017, 2016, and 2015.”
– James Suckling – Top 100 Wines Italy