93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The 2016 Friuli Isonzo Rive Alte Pinot Grigio Dessimis is classified as a white, but it is really a ramato, or copper in color, reflecting the real color of this grape's skins. Slightly reductive in nature, it brings out notes of cranberry and bright cassis with some white cherry as well. It was fermented in steel and aged on the lees in barrique. This is a very interesting wine that would make a good pairing with sliced porchetta. Exactly 52,286 bottles were released.
93/100 Punkte James Suckling, November 2018 Vivid peach pit, red guavas, cloves, dried rose petals, lavender, dried herbs and nutmeg. Full body, a very phenolic and oily texture with loads of red-apple flavors and a textured finish. Drink now.
93/100 Punkte Falstaff März 2020 Strahlendes, intensives Kupferorange. Tolle Nase nach reifem Pfirsich, gepaart mit edlen Holzaromen, satt, zarter Rauch, einladend. Am Gaumen ausgewogen und sanft, spannt sich füllig mit komplexem Aufbau über die Zunge, tolle Säure, packendes Finale, nach Mandarine.
93/100 Punkte James Suckling A beautifully colored and intense pinot grigio with sliced cooked apples and peaches and hints of watermelon and almonds. Full body. Very creamy texture and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.
90-91+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2020 Fröhich's 2018 Pinot Noir has a deep, pure and aromatic yet fine, fresh and pretty natural bouquet that indicates a low dose of added sulfur and fruit-conserving cold maceration. It is intense, lush, pure and even salty on the palate, with a powerful but elegant and very aromatic yet precise finish. The wine is textured and generous and also powerful in a positive way. This is absolutely remarkable and full of energy. 13.6% alcohol. Tasted as a barrel sample in December 2019.
92/100 Punkte Falstaff November 2018 Leuchtendes Rubin mit leichtem Granatschimmer. Ansprechende Nase mit Noten nach Himbeere und Cassis, unterlegt von Leder und Lakritze. Zeigt am Gaumen feines, griffiges Tannin, gut herausgearbeitete Frucht, frisch und saftig, strömt ruhig dahin.
95/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 The 2016 Tinto (Quinta do Vesúvio), the Estate red, is a blend of 56% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca and a dollop of Tinta Amarela aged for 18 months in French oak (80% new). It comes in at 14% alcohol. If you're comparing the high end from Symington-related labels this issue, this is very different from the Chryseia (under Prats & Symington). Here, you get a more muscular and concentrated wine. Here, there is more of an edge and a need for cellaring. Packed with plums and black cherries, it also has a darker and much richer flavor profile#there's a relatively warm feel here#than Chryseia, less elegance but more intensity in terms of both structure and fruit. To me, this sumptuous red is the better wine with a higher upside potential, although it certainly has some things to prove in the cellar. Some six hours later, it was still a little aggressive but just packed with fruit and flavor. This needs a few years to come around. Let's s
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker June 2019 There is a new red from the village of Villabuena de Álava, a warmer place that tends to deliver more Mediterranean wines than the cooler Rivas de Tereso, and the wines are gentler and rounder, with a touch of aromatic herbs. The 2016 Raposo is the first vintage produced from some old plots planted with old vines, Tempranillo with intense flavors (the old vines have other grapes, but they represent a very small percentage) fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in 3,000-liter oak vats for some 12 months.
92/100 Punkte Vinous Feb 2019 (raised in large, used French oak barrels) Deep, lurid ruby color. An expansive, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, baking spices, tobacco and potpourri and smoky minerals, with a hint of licorice in the background. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry, cherry-cola and spicecake flavors that are underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Smooth, even tannins build slowly on the impressively long finish, which strongly echoes the red fruit and floral notes.
93/100 Punkte James Suckling August 2018 Plenty of spicy saffron and clove aromas hover over ripe red plums and mulberries. The palate has nice fruit-focus and depth with good tannin-weight and detail. Drink or hold.
93-94/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2017 The 2016 Kamptal Riesling Heiligenstein 1ÖTW is super pure, fresh, precise and mineral on the nose, offering flinty flavors of crushed stones and lemon juice. On the palate, this Heiligenstein is enormously finessed, racy-vital and elegant. It shows a certain lightness without losing complexity, intensity or length. The wine is firmly structured, but all seems filigreed and mineral here, with no charming sweetness, no creaminess, no compromises. It is a pure Heiligenstein, and the finish is salty, piquant and very compact. A highly promising dry Riesling and an impressive Heiligenstein. Tasted as a sample in late June 2017.
94/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2017 Mittleres Gelbgrün, Silberreflexe. Mit einem zarten Hauch von Blütenhonig unterlegte weiße Steinobstnote, mineralisch und vielschichtig im Bukett, ein Hauch von Limettenzesten unterlegt. Straff, saftig, weiße Fruchtnuancen, delikater Säurebogen, sehr leichtfüßig und anregend, dabei mit sicherem Potenzial ausgestattet.
95/100 Punkte Robert Parker Nov 2017 Loimer's dry Riesling 2016 Ried Steinmassl "Erste Lage" offers a deep, mineral and complex bouquet of ripe peaches. Full-bodied, round and intense on the palate, this is a dense, highly elegant, complex, finessed and stimulating Riesling with firm but fine tannin structure and a piercing mineral character. The 2016 is probably the finest Riesling I have tasted from this vineyard and this domain so far. If you have the chance, keep it for 10 years before you appreciate all its talents! It's Riesling, not always easy in its youth, but the best is yet to come! Tasted in September 2017.