The emotional wine critic
There’s no better reward than doing something you love.
And receiving attention and ratings from James Suckling, one of the world’s leading wine critics, drives us to follow our passion.
Find out more about him and the recognition he’s given PINEA
Our wines rated by James Suckling:
4th best wine in Spain July 2023
Notes of spiced plums and blackberries with sweet spices, dark chocolate and damp earth. Medium to full-bodied with a polished texture, fine-grained tannins and lively acidity that lends it a crisp, juicy character. Delicious black fruit on the palate, with hints of spice to finish. 100% tempranillo. Drink or hold.
Sweet berries and chocolate with some bark, nuts and hints of hazelnut. It is full-bodied, with juicy, polished tannins and a long, tasty finish. Plenty of intense, concentrated fruit. Drink or hold.
As dense and dark as a young Port, but much less alcoholic, this is a concentrated and elegant Ribera del Duero that has a long, polished finish. Drink or hold.
17 by pinea 2019
Notes of ripe blackberries and spiced plums with hints of dried citrus rind, dark chocolate and damp earth. Polished, creamy and medium-bodied, with velvety, chalky tannins. Ripe, mellow fruit character and spicy touches in the finish. 100% tempranillo.
17 by pinea 2017
A red with dark chocolate, plums, some spices and dried flowers, which achieves a full body with ripe, layered tannins and a tasty finish. Rich and rounded. Drink or hold.
korde rosado 2020
Bright raspberry pink with aromas of violets, blood oranges, plums and candied apples. Medium to full-bodied, with bright acidity. Rich, fruity style. To drink now.
korde rosado 2019
Fruitier style, showing pleasant apple and pear aromas and flavours. Full-bodied, with plenty of fruit and a fresh finish. To drink now.
korde blanco 20/21
A lovely older Albillo with a creamy edge of lemon peel and minerals. Dry and medium-bodied in texture, cut by fresh, creamy acidity. To drink now.
A polished Ribera del Duero achieving good depth of flavour. Lots of fresh blackberries, black cherries, cocoa, nuts and fine spices. Juicy and tactile on the palate, with grippy tannins and a long finish. It is already very accessible, but should offer more complexity in two or three years.
Exploring the Wine Roads:
James Suckling’s journey to the pinnacle of wine reviewing
“A good wine must excite me,
like a good book or a great love”
A passion for wine was already flowing through James Suckling’s veins at an early age. Born in Los Angeles, California, he grew up surrounded by the passionate influence of his wine-loving father. Although he did not initially envisage a future so closely associated with the drink, life had other plans for him.
His journalistic career began in 1978, when he was hired by a local newspaper, covering crime and events. Gradually, he developed his gift for written communication, a skill that would shape the course of his life. However, everything would change one day as he flipped through the pages of the Los Angeles Times: an ad for the magazine Wine Spectator magazine caught his eye. Following in his father’s footsteps, he applied for a job at the wine publication, and fate smiled on his boldness.
In 1982, he settled in bustling San Francisco, the heartland of the magazine, and began to delve into the intriguing world of wine. Blind tastings and meetings with experts became his routine, as he challenged himself to explore the iconic wine regions of the world. In 1984, he set out on a real journey to the Old Continent, where he surrounded himself with the best specimens Europe had to offer.
Although he became one of the most respected critics in the industry – a man whose word was law – James Suckling decided to go his own way in 2010. He left his position at Wine Spectator and announced to the world that he was starting his own website: jamessuckling.com. With a unique approach, it sought to go beyond traditional reviews and scores, offering a complete experience for wine lovers.
On his website, Suckling combines a variety of formats, from written articles to blogs and videos. Its ratings of up to 100 points are coveted by producers all over the world. For him, a wine that scores over 90 points is outstanding, and an exceptional purchase. His tasting process focuses on the harmony and balance of all the characteristics of the wine, seeking excitement in every sip.
Today, this passionate wine reviewer is recognised as “one of the most powerful wine critics in the world” by Forbes magazine. His journey has been an odyssey full of emotions and flavours, leaving an indelible mark on the wine industry and proving that a good wine can move the soul just like music, literature or love. With his pen and his palate, James Suckling has taken wine to the top, inspiring generations of wine lovers and producers alike.
The Suckling method
He gives scores out of 100 and writes only about wines he gives more than 90 points
- COLOUR 15 POINTS
- AROMA 25 POINTS
- STRUCTURE 25 POINTS
- OVERALL IMPRESSION 35 POINTS