93/100 Punkte James Suckling Oct 2017 Banana, ripe blackcurrants, ivy and blackberries. Full body, round tannins, juicy fruit and a fruit-forward finish. Tightly knit tannin structure overlaid by bright fruit. Drink now.
93/100 Punkte Falstaff April 2019 Dunkles, undurchdringliches Rubinrot mit minimal aufhellendem Rand. Würzige Nase nach Zwetschkenkompott, getragen von edler Holzwürze, Schokolade, Lakritze, dann wieder Brombeere, vielschichtig. Am Gaumen ebenso würzig und schmelzig, baut sich in vielen Schichten auf, mächtig, aber auch saftig und klar, eine Fruchtbombe, sattes, langes Finale.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Oct 2019 The 2016 Sicilia Adènzia is equal parts Nero d'Avola and Syrah from the heart of the Mediterranean. This is a robust and velvety-textured red wine that makes a natural pairing partner to meat or pasta with ragù. The wine speaks in clear tones with well-enunciated elements of black fruit, spice, leather and tobacco. The Syrah seems to make the biggest impact in terms of bouquet, and the Nero d'Avola guides the mid-weight nature of the palate. This wine is simple, bright and fun to drink.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2018 The exceptional NV Adorado is a product of the past, as it's a wine that is said not to have been touched since 1967. It's a blend of the three classical grapes from Rueda#Verdejo, Palomino and Viura. There is more volatility, more intensity and pungency here, but also more finesse and depth and even more elegance. It matured in a solera system for a very long time, and initially, it must have been aged under flor yeasts. It's 16% alcohol but was originally fortified to 17%, and it's very dry and tasty. There are some 2,000 bottles of this, apparently only magnums. Wines like this are almost eternal.
93/100 Punkte James Suckling July 2019 A solera that delivers such complex and richly nutty, leathery aromas leading to a dry, minerally palate that has a very rich, layered and crisp, salty build to the finish. Drink now.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2019 The second wine in the price hierarchy is the 2017 Almirez, produced with vines aged 10 to 35 years old from their 72 hectares of vineyards in the villages of Valdefinjas and Toro. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French oak barrels, 30% of them new, the rest second use, for 14 months. 2017 is one of the driest years with one of the earliest harvests ever, but surprisingly enough, the wines feel lighter, fresh and aromatic, expressive and open and do not show any heat. Furthermore, it feels like a fresher year in the sense that the wine integrates the oak quite well. The change here, as Marcos Eguren explained, has been in the toast of the barrels, something they started in 2015; they have lighter toasts, from a long and slow toasting of the oak, and the barrel respects the fruit a lot more. Fine-tuning continues...
93/100 Punkte James Suckling July 2019 This has a deep and dark center palate of ripe yet fresh fruit and lots of spices and smoked meat. Medium to full body. Polished and chewy tannins. Yet focused and vivid. Needs two or three years of bottle age. But all there. Try after 2021.
94/100 Punkte James Suckling There#s a surprisingly herbal note to this, reminiscent of peppercorns and bell pepper, but that only adds to the impression of dark cherries, dark plums and elderberry compote. Hints of vanilla and cloves. Round and very mouth-filling on the palate with a plethora of menthol, asphalt and tar, coating every extremity of the mouth. The finish has an ever-so-slight, sweet impression, but there#s firmness aplenty. Drink from 2023.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2016 The NV Arpège Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru is 100% Chardonnay based on 2010 (62%) and 2011 (38%), tirage in March 2012 and disgorgement in January 2015 with 4.5 grams of dosage. There is pure chalk and freshness on the nose, with white and intense fruit, as well as a yeasty Jura-like character. On the palate, this is a very complex and highly mineral Champagne with great purity, finesse, elegance and character. There is a lot of mineral grip and great complexity.
92/100 Punkte Vinous, November 2014 The NV Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Arpège is a gorgeous, sculpted Champagne built on precision. Crushed rocks, slate, green pears and citrus jump from the glass as this vibrant Champagne shows off its tense, pulsating personality. This is a gorgeous Champagne from Pascal Doquet. The Arpège is a blend of 2010 (19%), 2009 (50%) and 2008 (31%). Disgorged February 7, 2014. Dosage is 4 grams per liter.
89+/100 Punkte Robert Parker September 2017 The 2015 Oberflachs Auf der Mauer has a deep, pure, fine, licorice and dark cherry bouquet with oaky/toasty aromas. On the palate this is a charming, rich, pretty juicy and intense but rather broad and saturating Pinot Noir from a very steep, terraced, warm and dry vineyard. This is pretty rich and powerful but a less exciting Pinot Noir compared to the Rüeget.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker June 2019 The 2017 Barbera d'Alba is a child of a hot vintage, and there's no missing its correspondingly sweet and dark fruit flavors. This vintage actually makes for an especially vibrant expression of Barbera, with solid notes of prune and spice. The fruit comes from parcels between Monforte d'Alba and Novello, from higher elevations where there is more wind and coolness. There is a pretty sweetness here and a nice balance and freshness considering the heat. You might pair this one with a beef-and-beet borscht topped with sour cream and dill.
92/100 Punkte Vinous March 2020 Ripeness is pushed to the edge in the 2017 Barbera d'Alba, a wine that very much shows the flamboyance of the year. Super-ripe red cherry, red plum, exotic flowers and sweet spice all race out of the glass in a hedonistic, full-throttle wine loaded with personality. There is zero subtlety here, but the wine is undoubtedly very pretty.
93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Oct 2019 Bright and juicy, this Barolo matches red berry and leafy underbrush flavors to a lightweight yet steely frame. There are flashes of green tea and iron as this rolls on through the lingering finish. Best from 2022 through 2040.
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.
93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Oct 2019 Broad and deep, with an element of spicy new oak, this red is vibrant and full of cherry, plum and tar flavors. Dense tannins guard the finish as this plays out, echoing fruit, tar and spice accents. Best from 2022 through 2042.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling, June 2019 Very intense aromas of crushed berries and tar follow through to a full body and firm, chewy tannins that drive the wine at the finish. Needs two or three years to soften. Structured Cannubi. Drink after 2021.
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+/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.
93/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2018 Dark plums, dried herbs, ink, iodine, elderberries and the faintest touch of resin. Full body, ripe yet structured tannins and a chewy finish. Drink in 2020.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2018 Shows beautiful, blue fruit, as well as lavender, crushed stones and violets. Medium to full body, lithe and endearing tannins and a fine, tangy finish. Drink now.
93/100 Punkte James Suckling November 2019 Good focus and intensity to the nose here, folding in licorice, dried herbs, black pepper and Chinese spices. Full body, plenty of density and richness, but a fine line of acidity and freshness. Structured and quite long on the finish. Drink now.
93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Apr 30, 2019 Round, evoking plum, black cherry, leather, earth and sanguine flavors. The structure is well-integrated and the finish reveals earth, iron and sanguine notes. Best from 2020 through 2033.
94/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2018 This offers up a decadent nose of blackberry pie, vanilla, resin, elderberry reduction, five spices, dried herbs and a touch of plum liqueur. Full body, ripe yet structured tannins and a long, chewy finish. The fine line of acidity keeps this in check. Drink in 2022.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, November 15, 2017 This bright and zesty Champagne is lightly juicy and appealing, offering flavors of Honeycrisp apple, ripe white cherry, biscuit and pickled ginger. Balanced and lacy in texture, with a lingering, spiced finish. Drink now through 2022.
92-94/100 Punkte Robert Parker October 2015 Tasted from vat, the 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Brolio is shaping up to be a stunning wine, and may be one of the best expressions this single vineyard has produced so far in its young incarnation as a Gran Selezione wine. Previous vintages see some small additions of international grapes, but this vintage was made without Merlot in the blend. The wine is brimming with bright fruit intensity and enormous generosity. The finish is luscious, rich and long-lasting. It promises to flesh out further with more bottle aging.
94/100 Punkte Falstaff Feb. 2019 Glänzendes, sattes Rubin mit leichtem Granatschimmer. Sehr offene und zugängliche Nase, duftet verführerisch nach reifen Kirschen, etwas Gewürznelken und Heidelbeeren. Rund und geschmeidig in Ansatz und Verlauf, ein sehr weicher und runder Chianti, feinmaschiges Tannin, viel süßer Schmelz, im Finale fehlt vielleicht etwas Biss.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling, October 2017 A fresh and linear Gran Selezione Chianti Classico with firm and chewy tannins and dark fruits. Full body. Structured. Give it two or three years to come together.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The 2015 Terrers is different blend than in the past and this year is composed of 58% Xarello, 32% Macabeo and 10% Monastrell, a red grape that behaves very well in warm vintages (like 2015), keeping acidity and providing an extra degree of freshness. The red grapes were fermented like whites (without skins), and because they liked what it added to the wine, they repeated it in 2016 but not in 2017 and 2018. This is fresh, mineral and austere and very remarkable for the style of the vintage. Like the rest of the range, it's bone-dry and very long and tasty. It feels more like a wine from a cool vintage than a warm one. Very complete. 148,000 bottles produced.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker October 2018 From the wine-fashion-horse father-and-son team of Tommaso and Roberto Cavalli, the 2015 Cavalli is a lusty blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 35% Petit Verdot. This is the estate's top-shelf wine. It is aged in a combination of barrique and tonneaux for 18 months. Cavalli reveals a dark and luscious fruit profile with plenty of dark blackberry, Morello cherry and plum to bring the wine through its aging evolution. You get lots of primary intensity over a mid-weight palate that ends with a blast of very crisp acidity.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling September 2018 Creme de cassis, freshly picked blueberries, crushed violets, hot stones, dried sage and thyme, charcoal and bark. Full body, tightly worked tannins and a long yet tight finish. The palate shows real transparency and a sense of minerality in addition to the stellar depth you would expect. Drink in 2022.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, November 30, 2017 Firm and balanced, this red has a sleek texture, with restrained but harmonious flavors of black cherry, licorice, mineral and smoke. Well-integrated tannins impart backbone, while balsamic acidity keeps this fresh. Drink now through 2025.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, July 2017 Lots of blackberries and blueberries and mineral undertones. Some touches of grape skin. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and flavorful finish. Needs a year or two to soften. Drink in 2019.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2019 The 2016 Thalheim Chalofe starts reductive on the bright, cherry-scented nose. Meaty and fruity on the silky-elegant textured palate and provided with fine but tightly woven tannins, this is a concentrated and tensioned Pinot with purity, transparency and freshness. Very long and tight on the finish, this is still a baby that will need a couple of years to open up. Tasted in Zurich, November 2018.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2020 From 11- to 50-year-old vines on chalky marl soils and aged in used barriques for one year, the 2017 Thalheim Chalofe is clear, deep, fresh and spicy on the wild and reductive nose with its bright cherry aromas. Lush and intense on the silky-textured palate, this is an elegant, balanced, very charming yet refreshing and tightly woven Pinot with grip and tension. It has very good length and purity. Slightly filtered. Tasted in October 2019.
92/100 Punkte Vinous, Apr 2016 Vivid ruby. Highly perfumed, smoke- and mineral-tinged dark berry aromas are complemented by a suave floral element and a suggestion of peppery spices. Fleshy, sweet and broad, offering intense black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and lavender pastille and spicecake flourishes. Develops more weight with air and finishes smooth, broad and very long, with fine-grained tannins lending shape.
92-94/100 Punkte Vinous Feb 2016 Brilliant ruby-red. Smoke-accented aromas of red and dark berry preserves, star anise and candied flowers convey a subtle hint of garriguein the background. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry and rose pastille flavors that turn spicier with air. Rich but vibrant as well, with no excess fat. Supple tannins build steadily on a very long, incisive finish that leaves behind notes of dark berries and candied flowers.
93/100 Punkte Vinous Apr 2016 Deep ruby. Potent aromas of ripe dark berries, licorice pastille, woodsmoke, game and garrigue, plus a peppery nuance that adds spiciness and lift. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become livelier and sweeter with air. The very long, energetic, sharply focused finish features fine-grained tannins and subtle, lingering notes of dark berries and smoked meat.
95/100 Punkte Robert Parker, August 2019 One of the few estates where the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape actually eclipses the 2016, this is a top-flight effort. Black cherries and red raspberries combine with dried spices in a complex swirl of fruity and savory elements, garnished with sprigs of garrigue. Full-bodied, round and rich, this velvety wine should drink well through at least 2035.
94/100 Punkte Vinous December 2019 Limpid ruby-red. A highly perfumed, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, garrigue and exotic spices, and a smoky mineral note emerges as the wine opens up. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, cherry compote, spicecake and candied lavender flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Conveys both power and finesse and betrays no rough edges. Fine-grained tannins come in late on a very long, spicy finish that leaves suave floral and red fruit preserve notes behind.
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.
93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Apr 30, 2019 Smooth, with black cherry, plum, leather and tobacco flavors intertwining, this red is complex and powerful. The beefy structure reveals itself as this plays out on the long finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.
94/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2018 Very perfumed and beautiful with red fruit, such as plums and cherries, and just the right amount of flowers and some spices. Medium body, fine and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Shows focus and lovely length. Drink now or hold.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Oct 31, 2018 Brancaia usually adds a little Merlot (20%) to this wine to soften and flesh out the crisp tightness that comes from Sangiovese. The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva is a beautiful wine that plays its best cards in terms of mouthfeel. The bouquet is beautiful as well, with dark fruit nuances that are layered tight. You get wild cherries and red rose petal in generous supply. The mouthfeel is light to medium in texture, but it shows more smoothness and silkiness compared to many of its peers.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling September 2018 A spicy Chianti Classico Riserva showing dried red plums, dried roses, mahogany, forest floor, cedar, white truffles, wet earth and leather. But it#s all so fresh and delightful. The palate#s so focused and refined as the firm, wonderfully savory tannins dance between layers of dried fruit, which remains so pure due to the wealth of punchy acidity. Hints of orange rind on the long finish. Like a baby Brunello. Drink in 2024.
93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Feb. 2019 Smooth, with black cherry, plum, leather and tobacco flavors intertwining, this red is complex and powerful. The beefy structure reveals itself as this plays out on the long finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2020 The 2017 Ticino Merlot Crescendo displays a dark and dense crimson color and a beautifully concentrated, fresh and spicy bouquet of wild cherries/blackthorns intertwined with coolish mineral/stony and spicy aromas. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied and very charming and delicate in its lightness and shameless fruitiness. This represents a terroir where the Mediterranean Alps meet Merlot and an excellent winemaker. It's impossible not to fall in love with this wine, which has grip and tension and this alpine freshness mixed with Mediterranean charm. Can't stop... Tasted in October 2019.
94+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, August 31, 2018 The golden-yellow colored NV Grand Cru Le Mesnil sur Oger Diapason displays a deep, intense yet fresh, fine and complex bouquet of great elegance and terroir expression with chalk and citrus notes. Vinified 45% in small oak barrels, this is an intense, fresh and elegant grand cru, and the finish is intense and perfectly ripe but still precise, refined and delicately salty. This is a truly smart assemblage of two contrasting vintages (2008 and 2009) that takes the best of both to compose something new and complete. It's an excellent cuvée indeed. Bottled in April 2010 and disgorged as Extra Brut on December 12th, 2017. Tasted April 2018.
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.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 The 2014 El Terroir has a little more depth and complexity than the previous year, even if both vintages were cold and rainy, but this 2014 seems to have more complexity, depth and nuance. It's medium bodied with fine-grained tannins and has very good balance. This cuvée seems to be improving vintage after vintage, they keep working their same vineyards, they keep improving their knowledge, and they are more experienced. The barrels are older and the integration is better. This is earthier and a little wilder than La Dama.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 It felt like the 2015 El Terroir was more austere than the 2014, even if the year was more generous, especially on the palate, where the wine shows strong minerality. It's more telluric than 2014, a slightly darker shade of blue, and it opens up with time in the glass. This wine has achieved a very good level, with a rare combination of power and elegance, especially in this 2015. 26,315 bottles were filled in May 2017.
95/100 Punkte Robert Parker April 2020 The 2016 El Terroir comes from a selection of their organic and biodynamically farmed plots, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured between 11 and 13 months, depending on the plot, in mostly used and mostly 500- and 600-liter oak barrels. They now only replace around 8% of the barrels each vintage, so they are quite well seasoned and neutral, and the wines don't have any oak aromas or flavors. It has crunchy fruit, red rather than black fruit, and the wine is super fresh. The oak is much better integrated than the initial vintages#it's transparent with the wine, and you feel the fresh fruit, the rain, the soil#as a result, the wine is relaxed, harmonious and has light. This is a more complete and deeper version of the 2013, with the freshness and acidity with long life ahead. The wines show incremental improvements year after year, and the 2016 has probably helped to obtain the most complete vintage to date. It's long, tasty, has fine c
91/100 Punkte Wine Spectator October 2019 This red is dense yet plush, with blackberry and espresso flavors, accented by licorice, wild herb and mineral notes. Well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity keep this focused. Harmonious, in a savory style. Garnacha, Merlot, Cariñena, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2027.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Feb 2018 The eponymous red 2015 Exopto is an atypical blend of 70% Graciano from the south, a grape that can keep very good acidity and ripens nicely in warmer vintages (like 2015) and 30% Tempranillo from old vines. In previous vintages, the wine had less Graciano and some 10% Garnacha, but they didn't like what the Garnacha did to the blend in 2015, so they left it out for the first time ever. It fermented in 1,500-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts, daily pigéage and malolactic in barrel in the spring. The wine matured in 225- and 500-liter oak casks, and they have reduced the new oak to some 30%. Even though they have reduced the new oak and gone for larger volumes, it's still a little marked by the oak and might need some more time in bottle to finish integrating, because there is very nice stuffing here. It has very healthy acidity that should help it develop nicely in bottle. This is elegant and open, less stressed by tannins, within the power
91/100 Punkte Fallstaff, Juli 2020 Helles Gelbgrün, Silberreflexe. Blütenhonig unterlegt reife Apfelfrucht, zart nach Quitte, Kräuternoten. Saftig, elegant, eingebundener Säurebogen, tabakig, Apfelnoten im Abgang, bereits gut antrinkbar.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 A layered, fruity white with a tight palate of dried pear, apple and some lemon. Minerally undertone. It#s full-bodied, yet tight and focused. Lovely citrusy undertone to this. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap.
94/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2017 Helles Gelbgrün, Silberreflexe. Mit frischen Wiesenkräutern unterlegte gelbe Tropenfruchtanklänge, zart nach Ananas, ein Hauch von Orangenzesten. Stoffig, feine Fruchtsüße, cremige Textur, dezenter Säurebogen, etwas Honig im Nachhall, bereits entwickelt und zugänglich, reife Melonenfrucht im Rückgeschmack.
97/100 Punkte James Suckling, October 2018 Very pristine and youthful with a stunning combination of concentration and grace on the palate. This is one of the highlights of the vintage for Austria's signature grape. Very long, cool finish with a slew of herbs and minerals. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, March 2020 From 60+-year-old vines, Ott's 2018 Grüner Veltliner Ried Feuersbrunner Rosenberg 1ÖTW is deep, pure and fresh but also ripe and yeasty on the precisely mineral and iodine-scented nose. Round, lush and intense on the densely textured palate, this is a full-bodied, rich and powerful yet refreshing Veltliner with a hint of caramel on the finish but even more salts and tension. This has a terroir-driven soul but is also characterized by the warm vintage. The Rosenberg is not really massive but truly rich and powerful. The grapes were picked very early, but in contrast to other producers, there are no hints of unripeness or drying phenols. Tasted at Schloss Grafenegg in September 2019 and in my home office in December.
94/100 Punkte James Suckling, Dezember 2019 Aromas of fresh grasses, herbs and spiced apple lead to a gently flinty palate that has quite a succulent texture. Apple and lemon flavors provide a fresh finish. Very pure, ethereal textural quality here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
91-92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Jun 2016 The 2015 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Steinertal is a medium to full-bodied wine with a very nice and mineral acidity and a refreshing bright fruit flavor. Tightly woven but very elegant and with grip. Very promising.
92-93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 The 2016 Ried Steinertal Grüner Veltliner Smaragd is from the coolest Grüner Veltliner single vineyard of the Pichler family, with sandy gneiss and granite soils. The 2016 opens with a clear and fresh but also intense fruit aroma that is still a bit discreet on the nose. The attack on the palate is really fresh and piquant due to remarkable acidity. The wine is pure and mineral, shows a good phenolic grip and reveals white fruit aromas like yellow-skinned apples. The finish is clear, fresh and grippy and shows some attractive crispy fruit flavors. This is a lean, elegant, well balanced, medium to full-bodied Grüner Veltliner with less than 13% alcohol. Tasted as a sample in early July 2017. Scheduled for bottling in late July 2017.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling A stunning mirabelle, herbal and flinty nose that's as intense as it is delicate. The muscular leanness of a long-distance runner combined with enormous minerality make this a very special grüner veltliner with an extremely long, exciting finish. You could drink it now, but this will age for at least a couple of decades.
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.
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.
97/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 Enormously ripe with a ton of apricot and exotic-fruit coulis. Although this is a giant gruner veltliner with staggering concentration and some creaminess, it remains so focused and precise with a very long, clean finish. This is one you can put away in the cellar for many, many years. Drink or hold.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 All the depth and power of this very warm site, but it#s diamond-bright. Tons of pipe tobacco and just a whisker of exotic fruit, but not the slightest hint of opulence, thanks to the lively acidity. Deep and complex, spicy finish. Drink or hold.
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 Fallstaff, Juli 2020 Mittleres Gelbgrün, Silberreflexe. Zart rauchig-mineralisch unterlegte feine gelbe Apfelfrucht, ein Hauch von Orangenzesten und Mango, tabakige Nuancen. Straff, engmaschig, weißes Kernobst, feiner Säurebogen, salzig und anhaftend, dezente Extraktsüße im Abgang, ein stoffiger Speisenbegleiter.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 Super cool in every sense of the word, also thanks to the wonderful herbal complexity and very elegant balance. So bright, pure and precise, in spite of the considerable mineral power. Great aging potential. Drink or hold.
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.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker Nov 2017 This is Fattoria di Magliano's flagship wine. The 2015 Morellino di Scansano Heba (95% Sangiovese with 5% Syrah) flows forth with bright cherry and wild berry aromas. This wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged in cement vats to preserve the brightness and the integrity of the primary fruit. In this warm vintage, that primary fruit is naturally bold, ripe and dark in color and concentration.