James Suckling: Top 100 Value Wines of 2021LATEST NEWS | APRIL 11, 2022
Published January 21, 2022
Some people say that the best wine in the world is the wine you enjoy the most that costs the least. By this metric, it has never been a better time to drink wine, considering the relative bargains you can find today. We understand that rare, fine wines that garner some of the highest ratings at JamesSuckling.com can cost a fortune, but we also taste literally thousands of wines costing $35 or less that can taste like a $100-plus bottle. That’s the sweet spot for finding great wines at great prices.
The Top 100 Value Wines of 2021 is one of our most inclusive yet, with 15 different countries represented, all producing wine at a level and price that can’t be beat. Italy repeated from last year as the top source of value wines, giving 19 to this list. Next came Spain and the U.S., at a dozen each, while 10 came from each of Argentina, Chile and France, six from South Africa, five from New Zealand, four from Germany, three from Australia and Austria, two from Israel and Portugal and one from Uruguay and Hungary.
Palacios Remondo Rioja Finca La Montesa 2019 – $23
A pretty nose of red currants, cherries, thyme and baking spices. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins. Juicy and crunchy with a silky texture and bright acidity. Fresh and flavorful finish, creamy and delicate. From organically grown grapes. Drink now or hold.
Muga Rioja Reserva 2018 – $35
This was the only red that Muga made in 2018, and the wines from the best vineyards went into the blend. In other words, top vineyards were declassified. Medium-bodied with very fine tannins that are caressing and refined. Plenty of subtle berries, chocolate and walnuts. Tempranillo with garnacha, mazuelo and graciano. January 2021 release. Drink or hold.