87+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Jan 31, 2017 Coming from a south-facing, 60-are vineyard on deep marl soils situated at 420 meters above sea level, the 2015 Pinot Blanc opens with ripe tropical fruit aromas intermixed with new oak and stirred yeast flavors. Fermented in stainless steel and oak vats, but aged in new and used barriques until the bottling in May, this is a full-bodied, round and very aromatic Pinot Blanc; it has a smooth acidity and an elegant texture. The 2015 is still made-up and lacks the purity and finessed freshness of a great wine, but the round and smooth-textured mouthfeel will be really pleasant for many consumers. The finish reveals a good grip and salinity, so the wine may improve with bottle age.
88/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 30, 2016 The 2014 Dorando is a 100% Malcantone Chardonnay fermented in concrete eggs and wooden vats. The citrus-colored wine opens with a clear, fresh and pretty intense bouquet of ripe white fruit, melon, lime and kumquat flavors. Medium-bodied, round and fresh on the palate this is an elegant, well-structured and nicely salty food wine, with an excellent phenolic grip and tension. Ginger flavors in the good aftertaste. The 2014 is still young, but perfect with all kinds of fish and white meats.
88/100 Punkte Vinous, Jun 2016 Bright ruby-red. Cedar, black currant and minerals on the fresh, clean nose. Bright and juicy; harmonious acidity nicely extends the dark fruit flavors. Finishes smooth, showing a bright, easygoing quality. A blend of Sangiovese (34%), Cabernet Sauvignon (33%), Merlot (33%).
91/100 Punkte James Suckling, July 2017 This village wine (Hargardun is the old name for the village of Hallgarten) is brimming with lemon and ripe apple flavors, the palate at once juicy and racy. The finish is very fresh and seriously mineral. Drink through 2022.
89/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2016 Hannes Schuster's 2013 Sankt Laurent is a picture-book wine of this capricious grape variety. Cherry-red in color, it is reductive on the leathery/spicy, herbal, fresh and pure nose of cherry and red berry flavors (raspberries), along with hints of ginger and crushed pepper. Silky textured and elegant, this medium-bodied 12% alcohol red reveals a remarkable Pinot-character, a great finesse and perfect ripe fruit which gives a long and aromatic finish carried by finest tannins and a beautiful acidity. This is not a complex, but a refined Pinot character of great authenticity. I admit: I love it! (I tasted this beauty from several glasses, but the Zalto Bordeaux glass turned out to be perfect for me.)
91+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Feb 2018 The one white (so far) is the 2015 Horizonte de Exopto Blanco, produced with grapes from the scattered white vines intermixed with the reds in the old vineyards they work in Ábalos (12 different plots), usually in the poorer soils to balance yields. It's produced in a slightly oxidative way with a majority of Viura, 10% Garnacha Blanca and 5% Malvasía Riojana along with some other white varieties, all fermented together. Fermentation started in stainless steel without added yeasts and finished in barriques with an élevage of 12 months in contact with the lees, which were stirred during the first six months in barrel. There are some citrus and caramel aromas with good ripeness, and in a warmer and more Mediterranean vintage like 2015, it goes through malolactic, so the style of cooler years (2013, 2014, 2016) and warmer years is different. Here, there is more volume and more texture, but to keep the austerity of the soils, they look for freshne
91/100 Punkte Vinous, May 2017 (fermented and aged on its lees for a year in neutral French oak barrels) Light bright gold. Ripe tangerine, pear, tarragon and toasty lees on the nose, lifted by a hint of minerality. Dry and focused on the palate, offering concentrated orchard and citrus fruit, honey and buttered toast flavors and a subtle touch of honeysuckle. Closes smoky, tight and long, leaving a suave floral note behind.
91/100 Punkte Falstaff Mittleres Grüngelb. Mit zarter Kräuterwürze unterlegte gelbe Pfirsichfrucht, zart rauchige Nuancen, ein Hauch von Anis und Kümmel im Hintergrund. Mittlerer Körper, grüner Apfel, sehr rassige Struktur, zitronige Nuancen, lebendige Stilistik.