Vintage Tastings 2021 by John Kapon

Björnstierne Antonsson

Björnstierne Antonsson

Every year John Kapon summarizes his tasting notes of fine wines. Now he’s published his impressions from 2021.

John Kapon is the third-generation chairman of Acker, America’s oldest wine merchant, which has sold fine and rare wines since 1820. Under his leadership, the firm has become the largest fine and rare wine auction house in the world. A leading fine wine expert and master taster, Kapon is the author of The Compendium: Tasting the World’s Finest Wines (Vol. I), an insider’s glimpse into the exclusive world of fine wine, featuring hundreds of tasting notes and illustrated with dozens of photos of the world’s greatest estates and vineyards.

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

In 1998, third-generation wine merchant John Kapon expanded his family’s retail store operation to conduct independent, live auctions in New York City. Rather than follow in the footsteps of traditional auction houses who, at the time, charged commissions to both buyer and seller, Kapon set Acker apart by removing the sellers commission entirely, attracting many new collectors to the world of wine auctions. 

Generally known to be little more than open rooms with rows of chairs facing an auctioneer, Acker’s auctions became food and wine celebrations – convivial, social gatherings hosted at some of New York’s best restaurants – all of which were “bring your own bottle” friendly and offered tastes of wines from the collections being sold. Almost overnight, the wine auction archetype was transformed from a starchy, stiff, business event to a vivacious assembly of oenophiles, and Acker continued to set itself apart from its competitors. It remains to this day an innovator in the wine industry, embracing technology and emerging trends, while employing a unique, warm and welcoming approach to offering fine and rare wine to collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. 

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top-149 wines of 2021

Without further ado, here are the 149 wines that I tasted this year that were 97 or 98 points.  I would put the accuracy level at 95%, as I don’t always take notes, especially as I get older. 

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