99/100 Punkte Fallstaff, Juli 2020 Helles Gelbgrün, Silberreflexe. Facettenreiches gelbes Tropenfruchtbukett, Mandarinenzesten und Blütenhonig, mineralisch unterlegt. Komplex, extraktsüß, feiner Pfirsichtouch, präzise Mineralität, straffe Säurestruktur, salzig und anhaftend, besitzt große Präzision und Länge, helle Frucht im Nachhall, enormes Reifepotenzial, pikanter Abgang.
100/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 An extraordinary dry riesling with a breathtaking interplay of extremely concentrated, peachy fruit and lightning-bright minerality. But the most amazing thing about it is the impression of weightlessness that goes right through the wine into the delicate finish. Drink or hold.
96-98+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, March 2020 Tasted as a barrel sample in September, the 2018 Grüner Veltliner Unendlich is terribly pure and mineral on the nose. Based on the fruits of predominantly Kellerberg and Liebenberg with about 10% of Kollmütz (which is not part of the 2017), the bouquet is clear, fresh and flinty, very deep and mineral, with aromas of white-pepper berries. Rich and fruity on the palate, this is a powerful but also finessed and elegant Veltliner with still a lot of bitters. The 2018 will be aged on the lees for another eight months and will gain finesse. Tasted at the domain in September 2019.
97/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Mar 2016 Only made in the best years, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva PS is a phenomenal achievement. The wine was produced in 2006, 2007, 2010 and will also be released in 2012 and 2015. Fruit is sourced from across a five-hectare vineyard in the northern part of the appellation, but only 1,500 bottles are made using the very best fruit. This is an incredible wine that shows a promising evolution in the glass. The bouquet is fluid and graceful with a very precise and focused delivery. Dark fruit is contrasted against pressed rose, smoked spice and crushed graphite. The finish is silky and very long. Attractive tones of savory smoked meat appear at the very end.
97/100 Punkte James Suckling Oct 1, 2015 Incredibly perfumed and vibrant with dried berries, flowers and dried strawberries. Full body, a velvety texture and an intense and rich palate. So much richness and length. Better in 2018 but wonderful to taste now.
98/100 Punkte Falstaff, März 2018 Kraftvolles, leuchtendes Rubin mit Granatrand. Kompakte, dunkle Beerenfrucht in der Nase, nach Brombeere und Himbeere, im Hintergrund feine Ledernote. Am Gaumen sehr präsent, zeigt viel reife Frucht, viel Kirsche, etwas Himbeere, öffnet sich mit dichtem, feinmaschigem Tannin in vielen Schickten, im Finale fest und sehr lange anhaltend.
96/100 Punkte Robert Parker Februar 2018 The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva PS is absolutely impressive, but with only 4,500 bottles made, it may not prove easy to locate. This precious expression of Sangiovese exhibits a gorgeous level of intensity and power, coupled by elegance and poise. The long presentation of aromas starts with black fruit and cherry confit and continues to crushed stone, toasted spice, cola and medicinal herb. The wine's texture sticks firmly to the palate. This Brunello ages in French oak for two years.
95/100 Punkte Wine Spectator June 2018 A modern style, exuding coffee, vanilla, cherry and tobacco flavors. Vibrant, offering grip and picking up mineral accents as this winds down on the finish. An elegant, minerally red under the oak. Best from 2021 through 2035.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2015 The other single-vineyard Tempranillo is the 2011 Malleolus de Sancho Martín, always the more backward of the two. It is sourced from a small (0.84-hectare) single plot of vines planted in 1964 on chalk soils that provide more austere wines. It went through malo in French barriques, better suited for wines from chalky soils. Like the rest of the top of the range, it matured in French oak barrels for some 18 months before bottling. Although it feels a little reticent, it slowly develops notes of minerals, red and black fruit, spices and nicely integrated oak. The palate also shows good integration, balance and elegance, with chalky tannins that are very fine and a finish where the oak-related flavors are intermixed with subtle minerality, giving it a little salty sensation. It will be much better with some time in bottle. Only 2,500 bottles produced.
95/100 Punkte Falstaff, Februar 2017 Dichtes, undurchdringliches Rubin-Violett. Eröffnet mit betont würzigen Noten, nach Stangensellerie, etwas Lorbeer und Efeu, dahinter satte dunkle Frucht. Würzig und vielschichtig am Gaumen, zeigt Noten nach Maulbeere, dann Kardamom und Lorbeer, etwas weißer Pfeffer, viel saftige Frucht, breitet sich lange aus, kerniges Tannin.
95+/100 Punkte Vinous Oct 2016 The 2013 Il Caberlot (Magnum) is a super-classy vintage of this Tuscan thoroughbred. Bold, pungent and intensely aromatic, the 2013 exudes richness and intensity, but in a gracious, mid-weight style. Black cherry, plum, sage, menthol, licorice and smoke meld into the unctuous, super-refined finish. This is one of the most impressive young Caberlots I have tasted.
97/100 Punkte Falstaff Feb 2020 Funkelndes Rubinviolett mit schwarzem Kern. Duftet nach frisch zerstossenem Pfeffer und Kardamom, etwas Efeu und im Hintergrund viel Gewürznelken, dunkle Beeren. Wild und herzhaft am Gaumen, zeigt sich überaus lebendig, kraftvolles, dichtes Tannin, gut einbettet in den Rest, sehr eigenständiger Wein mit wilder Würze.
96/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The 2016 Il Caberlot is a dark, spicy and intense wine that pricks the tongue with its freshness and its thickly concentrated fruit. The bouquet peels back with thick layers of blackberry, spice, leather and campfire ash. Those aromatic elements are all extreme, but they ultimately fit together with extreme precision. The wine offers just a hint of the pyridine, or green aromas you might expect of Cabernet Sauvignon, with plenty of the darkness and dimension you get with well-managed fruit harvested at optimal ripeness. The wine is fermented in steel and then aged in barrique (of which 80% are new) for 22 months.
97/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 Formerly known as Barolo Cannubi Boschis (the last vintage by that name was 2012), the 2013 Barolo Aleste has been renamed to honor the youngest generation of the Sandrone family, Alessia and Stefano. The wine name Aleste takes the first three letters from each grandchild's name. The move represents the culmination of more than 50 harvests completed by this legendary winemaker and his desire to pass on the torch. His grandchildren are at different points in their respective viticulture and enology university studies. Now under a different name, the wine obviously shows the same delicate floral nuances that you get with this wine (fruit from Cannubi is always harvested first). This is a complete and exciting wine with delicate notes of wild berry and smoke backed by licorice and blue flower.
97+/100 Vinous Feb 2017 The 2013 Barolo Aleste is a wine of striking purity and nuance. It is also one of the most finessed, vivid young Barolos I have ever tasted from Sandrone. The translucence of Nebbiolo comes through loud and clear. Freshly cut flowers, mint and finely cut fruit are some of the signatures. This wine has developed beautifully in recent vintages as the oak influence is less than it was just a few years ago. Beams of tannin and bright, salivating acidity add finesse to this translucent, exceptional Barolo. Aleste is the new name Sandrone is using for the Barolo formerly known as Cannubi Boschis.
97/100 Punkte James Suckling Aromas of oyster shell, blackberry and black truffle follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and lots of dark fruits. Flavorful finish. Needs three our four years to open but already excellent. Drink in 2021.
96/100 Punkte Falstaff, August 2018 Funkelndes Rubin mit Granatschimmer. Feine und duftige Nase mit Noten nach reifen, dunklen Kirschen und Zwetschken, im Hintergrund nach Gewürznelken und Zimt. Feinmaschiges, geschliffenes Tannin am Gaumen, breitet sich sehr klar und geradlinig aus, saftig, langer Nachhall, nach Preiselbeeren.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2018 This is the second year Aleste is produced instead of Cannubi Boschis, however the grapes are exactly the same. The 2014 Barolo Aleste is named after Luciano Sandrone's grandchildren Alessia and Stefano. The 2014 is still wound up and will require extra time to find its footing. The Sandrone family lost 25% of their fruit production in this challenging harvest. The wine offers fragrant notes of wild cherry and cassis with smoke, crushed stone and candied orange peel. The tannins are firm and textured. It is the palate (more than the nose) that requires more time to soften.
94/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Mar 31, 2019 The cherry and strawberry aromas are tinged by hay and tobacco notes. On the palate, the core of fruit is joined by a chorus of herb, tobacco and underbrush flavors. Aggressively tannic now, but well-proportioned and long. Best from 2024 through 2043.
97/100 Punkte Falstaff Dezember 2016 Glänzendes, sattes Rubin mit feinem Granatschimmer. Einprägsame und dichte Nase, zeigt Noten nach Zwetschken, Granatapfel, Himbeere, dazu etwas Leder und Trüffel. Rund und geschmeidig in Ansatz und Verlauf, zeigt sich sehr ausgewogen, zunächst feine Frucht, öffnet sich dann mit festem Tannin, im Finale salzig, sehr langer Nachhall.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker, May 2016 The 2012 Barolo Cannubi Boschis is a solid and tighter wine compared to the 2012 Le Vigne. Having said that, it veers close to being too austere and hard-bodied, especially at this young stage of its life. Of Sandrone's two new Barolo releases, this wine definitely needs more time to evolve and soften with extra years of bottle aging. The tannins are more evident and the wine's firm backbone acts to support dark fruit flavors with distant accents of spice, licorice and tobacco. The 2012 Luciano Sandrone wines are very good, but remain far from the amazing heights achieved by this historic winery in the best years. Like many of the wines from this vintage (across the various townships that make up the appellation), they are slightly less expressive and they speak at a lower volume.
94/100 Punkte Vinous, Mar 2016 The 2012 Barolo Cannubi Boschis opens with beguiling aromatics redolent of crushed rose petal, spices, mint and new leather. Wonderfully layered and nuanced, especially for the year, the 2012 offers good freshness to match its inviting, supple fruit. I would prefer to drink it sooner rather than later, while its alluring, open-knit personality is on full display. In 2012, the fruit tends towards the redder end of spectrum, unusual for Cannubi Boschis, which usually tends towards darker shades of expression. The 2012 is perfumed, lithe and super-classy from start to finish.
96+/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 The 2013 Barolo le Vigne is another stellar achievement from Luciano Sandrone and his family. Since 2010, the blend for this wine has been tweaked just a bit to include more fruit from the Baudana cru in Serralunga d'Alba. This wine shows a ripe and succulent mouthfeel with ample richness and power that drives the wine smoothly over the palate. These darker qualities can be attributed to the Baudana fruit that is known for power and heft. Fruit from the Villero cru in Castiglione Falletto offers delicate perfumes and ethereal elegance. This vineyard site is home to loose, sandy soils. The combination of these two extremes is simply delightful.
98/100 Punkte Vinous Feb 2017 Sandrone's 2013 Barolo Le Vigne is a real stunner. Powerful, ample and deep, the 2013 exudes class from start to finish. The addition of Serralunga fruit in the blend has added depth and structure in all of the wine's dimensions. Dark red cherry, plum, mint, rose petal, tar and licorice build into the huge, voluptuous finish. Readers who can find the 2013 should not hesitate, as it is outrageously beautiful and also one of the clear wines of the vintage. Vineyard sites are Baudana, Villero, Vignane and Merli.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling The aromas to this young Barolo are vivid and bright with blueberry and stone character. Full body, chewy and polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Powerful and balanced. One of my favorites. Drink in 2021.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker June 2018 Luciano Sandrone and his daughter Barbara tell me that the 2014 harvest needs explaining. Many are quick to dismiss it given the difficulties of the growing season that saw abundant rain, hail and bombe d'acqua, or "water bombs," which are a dangerous phenomenon with intense rainfall in a very small radius. But hard work does pay off. The Sandrone family employed 38 people for farming, when the average harvest requires only 22 pairs of vineyard hands. Great care was required to keep the leaves and the clusters healthy. The 2014 Barolo le Vigne is bright and fruit-forward. It is perhaps more accessible in the near term compared to past editions. It delivers dark fruit nuances over a mid-weight and compact mouthfeel.
96/100 Punkte Vinous, February 2018 The 2014 Barolo Le Vigne once again shows the wisdom of blending fruit from different sites. If there is a vintage where blending has the potential to be the difference-maker, 2014 is it. So it is hardly surprising to find the 2014 Le Vigne in such great shape. The red cherry jam, mint, cedar and floral notes are all finely sketched. Medium in body and classy, the 2014 is beautifully textured and inviting from start to finish. All the elements are simply in the right place. Vineyard sources are Merli, Vignane, Villero and Baudana.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2018 Beautiful aromas of licorice, tar and black cherries following through to a full body. A powerful palate with dense fruit. Chewy and intense. Needs two or three years to soften. A triumph for the vintage. Drink in 2020.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker April 2018 Certainly riper and with a little less acidity, the 2015 Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles is a similar blend of 55% extremely old Cariñena and 45% very old Garnacha matured in new French oak barrels for 16 months. The fruit is black, and the palate reveals abundant, fine-grained tannins and integrated acidity. A powerful vintage for Doix.
97/100 Punkte Falstaff Dezember 2016 Funkelndes, intensives Rubin mit Granatrand. Klare und intensive Nase, nach reifen Kirschen, feine Brombeere, etwas Orangenkompott. Samtig und rund in Ansatz und Verlauf, baut sich in vielen Schichten auf, viel feinmaschiges Tannin, sehr geschliffen, langer Nachhall, ein Hochgenuss!
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker, May 2016 The Luciano Sandrone 2012 Barolo le Vigne shows the trademark ripeness that I so often identify in this historic product. The bouquet is round and plush with thick layers of dark cherry marmalade, blackberry preserves and dark currant. Beyond those apparent fruit aromas, Le Vigne offers dark spice and licorice with a beautiful menthol signature on the finish. The wine's natural structure is padded by soft tannins and lush fruit consistency. In all, this important wine is less vibrant and distinctive compared to other excellent vintages such as 2008 and 2010. The 2012 Luciano Sandrone wines are very good, but remain far from the amazing heights achieved by this historic winery in the best years. Like many of the wines from this vintage (across the various townships that make up the appellation), they are slightly less expressive and they speak at a lower volume.
94+/100 Punkte Vinous, Mar 2016 Sandrone's 2012 Barolo Le Vigne is fresh, delineated and totally inviting. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint, orange peel, chalk and white pepper make a strong first impression. Precise and finely sculpted throughout, Le Vigne has a bit more energy and aromatic presence than the Cannubi Boschis, and a touch better balance.
95/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Feb 2017 A hint of oak lends this a spicy component, along with cherry, licorice and tar flavors. Racy and bright, with fine intensity and a long, tightly wound finish that seems to go on forever. This shows beautiful purity and class. Best from 2020 through 2036. 380 cases imported.
96-98/100 Punkte Fallstaff, Juli 2020 Mittleres Grüngelb, Silberreflexe. Frische Apfelfrucht, zart nach Mango und feinem Blütenhonig, tabakig unterlegte Kräuterwürze im Hintergrund. Stoffig, kraftvoll, extraktsüße Textur, reife Honigmelone, feiner Säurebogen, elegant und gut anhaftend, mineralischer Abgang, sicheres Reifepotenzial für viele Jahre.
98/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 So deep, yet so bright. So concentrated, yet so light on its feet, thanks to the miraculous balance between power and enough freshness to animate all the exotic-fruit and spicy character (think fresh mango chutney). Enormous depth at the finish. Only just beginning to show its paces. Drink or hold.
94/100 Punkte Falstaff Rotweinguide 2017 Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Mit reifen Zwetschgen unterlegtes Brombeerkonfit, zarte Kräuterwürze, ein Hauch von Nougat, zarte florale Nuancen. Komplex, elegant, seidige Textur, schokoladig, feine nussige Komponenten im Abgang, setzt sich am Gaumen fest, bleibt sehr lange haften, wird von Flaschenreife profitieren, noch ungemein jung, hat das Zeug zu einem ganz Großen.
98/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 Very full-bodied with Grand Cru Burgundy-like personality, but there#s still only a hint of exotic fruit. The tannin-mineral-acidity structure is really extraordinary, because not only does it give the wine such sharp contours, but it also provides a very clean, intense finish. Drink or hold.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker, March 2020 The 2018 Ried Kellerberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd is coolish, fresh and deep on the flinty and stony as well herbal nose with its tobacco flavors. Complex as always. Full-bodied, rich and elegant on the palate, this is a structured, spicy-piquant, tannic and very mineral Veltliner with a long and complex, tightly woven and unique finish. This is a great, slowly developing Veltliner with remarkable elegance, finesse and mineral freshness. Quite powerful on the aftertaste. Bottled in August 2019 and tasted at the domain in September.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker, March 2020 The 2018 Ried Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd opens with an intensely fruity but coolish, piquant and spicy bouquet of crushed stones, potted ginger and other veggies. Very clear and precise. Lush and intense on the palate, with a remarkably vivacious acidity, this is a dense and concentrated, quite rich and fleshy but refined and very elegant as well as refreshing Kellerberg with good phenolic grip on the finish. Tasted at the domain in September 2019.
98/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The 2016 Nit de Nin Mas d#en Caçador was produced with grapes from 78- to 113-year-old vines in the Mas d'en Caçador vineyard in Porrera. It's a blend of Garnacha Negra, Garnacha Peluda and Cariñena with some 5% white grapes. It fermented with full clusters and indigenous yeasts in a 3,200-liter oak vat and matured in a similar 2,700-liter oak vat. It has great balance and is ripe and Mediterranean, without any excess; it's incredibly elegant and has character. In a way, it makes me think of a classical Châteauneuf, with fine tannins and subtle minerality. 4071 bottles and 60 magnums were filled in April 2019.
99/100 Punkte James Suckling, October 2018 How do you begin to describe a wine like this, which busts apart the usual frames of reference for dry white wine? So many fresh aromas - from white peaches through mint to Amalfi lemons - but so much ripeness and concentration, too. The finish is super long and so delicate, in spite of all the power. Drink or hold.
97/100 Punkte Robert Parker April 2018 The Nit de Nin family has grown with the addition of a new vineyard. The wine produced since 2003 comes from Mas d'en Caçador#this was always named on the label, but it is now also specified in the wine name to distinguish between the new vineyard. The 2015 Nit de Nin Mas d#en Caçador comes from the vineyard mentioned in the name, a famous place in Porrera planted with old vines of Garnacha Negra, Garnacha Peluda and Cariñena. It fermented in an oak vat with indigenous yeasts and matured in a similar vat for 18 months. It's heady and ripe, exuberant and very open, a hedonistic, round and lush wine. The palate reveals very fine tannins and great harmony.
95+/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 Every year that I've tried the 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée, I've liked it better than the year before, so I've gone ahead and peremptorily added the + sign to this year's rating. Black cherries and licorice pick up a hint of chocolate in this full-bodied, rich, velvety wine that should evolve nicely for at least 12-15 years.