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 Robert Parker August 2019 This Amarone sees the same blend of grapes you get in the Podere Cariano, but the 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Podere le Marognole is a bigger and more opulent wine. The sweetness is more evident in this expression (with 7.5 grams of residual sugar and 15% alcohol). You get robust dark fruit, prune and raisin with tar, smoke and black olive. This wine is aged in new oak barrique for 36 months, and you taste that extra spice and toasted intensity as a result. The wine's fiber and texture show big density and thick concentration. This medium-cool vintage saw 3,228 bottles produced.
90/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Feb 2017 This has a laserlike feel on the palate, featuring blackberry and boysenberry fruit focused by bracing acidity. Textbook Barbera, with a juicy finish. Drink now through 2019. 400 cases imported.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2017 The 2013 Barolo Cannubi is a delicately perfumed wine that shows fine aromas of pressed rose, wild berry, tar, licorice and bright cherry cola. The wine is vibrant and pristine in terms of its intensity, yet it delivers that intensity with measured precision. I remember a time not too long ago when Cascina Adelaide adopted a very different approach to winemaking with more evident oak influences. Fast forward to today, and the estate's wines are fine and finessed instead. They show a very positive stylistic evolution. Give it a few more years of cellar aging.
94/100 Punkte James Suckling February 2017 Aromas of dried fruit, mushrooms and bark. Ripe-fruit undertones. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs time to soften. Powerful Cannubi. Better in 2020.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 30, 2016 The 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Mocenni 89 (100% Sangiovese) is a nicely compact and well-constructed wine with thick textural richness and lots of fruity fiber at its core. This is a delicious wine - and a slightly offbeat expression within this Tuscan appellation - that delivers generous tones of smoky, dark fruit and crushed mineral. This wine should flesh out and evolve over the next ten years. Only 5,000 bottles were produced.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Oct 31, 2016 Tough, rustic, chewy tannins overshadow black cherry and blackberry fruit notes in this muscular red, which is concentrated but not out of bounds. Earth, tea and spice notes emerge in the aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2030.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Apr 30, 2018 Rich, with cherry, vanilla and spice flavors, this red shows the modern side of Chianti Classico. Smooth, yet with dense tannins and lively acidity for support. Still fresh and youthful, this ends with spice and tobacco notes. Drink now through 2028.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling October 2017 This is extremely tangy and vibrant with dried cherry and berry character and hints of almond and toasted oak. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink in 2020 but so good now.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2016 The eponymous 2014 Exopto has an unusual blend, as it's mostly Graciano with 30% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha. Sometimes Graciano does not ripen properly in cool vintages, so this cuvée was not produced in 2013. In 2014 they did a green harvest and lowered the yields to ensure proper ripening, even in a late and cooler vintage. It fermented in 1,500-liter oak vats with malolactic in barrel the following spring. The upbringing was in 50% new French oak barrels and lasted 18 months, the first six of which with the fine lees, which were not stirred. They managed a good ripening, harvesting quite late into early October. This wine mixes grapes from the warmer and cooler zones of Rioja, so it mixes the characters with focus in the Graciano. It is balsamic and aromatic, with aromas of peppercorns and a core of black fruit. The palate is serious, with depth and silkiness, as well as polished tannins; it is ready for a long life ahead. It could be
93/100 Punkte Parker Apr 2016 Beautifully clear, intense and elegant on the nose, the 2014 Grüner Veltliner Lamm 1ÖTW from the southeastern footslope of the Heiligenstein displays a lovely mix of herbs, domestic fruits and earthy flavors. Straight, fresh and mineral on the palate, this is a medium-weighted but very intense and firmly structured Veltliner with loads of salt and stones. Very dense, intense and long, this is an expressive wine and probably one of the finest Veltliners that have been produced along the Danube in 2014. For advanced wine lovers only.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Mar 31, 2018 Mountain herb and loamy earth notes frame the core of black cherry, espresso and mineral flavors in this focused red. The texture is plush yet fresh, with tangerine acidity and light, firm tannins. Carignan and Garnacha. Drink now through 2025.
93/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2018/19 Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Dunkle Waldbeeren, ein Hauch von Edelholz, Nuancen von kandierten Orangenzesten. Saftig, reife Kirschen, mineralisch, lebendiger Säurebogen, rotbeerig, zitroniger Touch im Nachhall, bereits gut antrinkbar.
89/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Oct 2016 The 2015 Prazo de Roriz is a roughly equal blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barroca, with small bits of Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela, aged for six months in used French oak. This is typically a good value. This might be my favorite in some time. There isn't a lot of concentration in the mid-palate and it isn't the type of wine you want to age for 20 years. It's not $50, either. It's a very nice bargain with many virtues. The fruit here is just gorgeous, vivid, pure and clean. The structure lifts it and delivers it beautifully to the palate. The texture is silky and the finish is just a bit tight. Overall, it is hard to lean up more on this since it doesn't have a lot of upside potential, but if you drink it over the next few years, you might like it even better than the score would suggest.
89/100 Punkte Falstaff 08/16 Zart-würziger Duft, der von Frucht noch nicht viel wissen mag, etwas Vanille, und milder Tabak sind im Spiel. Von Süße ahnt die Nase nichts. Im Geschmack ist diese delikat geraten, schenkt dem Wein nebst pikanter Säure Eleganz und dem Zecher Trinkvergnügen.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Apr 2014 The Hirsch 2012 Riesling Heiligenstein favors piquantly herbal and bittersweet flower-chomping in a manner reminiscent of its little brother Zobing village bottling. Transparency of apple and white peach not only to these floral and herbal elements but to stony, crystalline nuances is a striking feature on this Riesling-s admittedly spare and decidedly firm but juicy palate. Altogether metaphorically cooler and more restrained as well as less mouthwateringly savory in finish than its Gaisberg counterpart, this Heiligenstein should also prove very worth following through 2020 and become yet more rewarding along the way.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 The 2015 Langenlois Steinmassl 1ÖTW has a deep citrus color and opens with an impressively aromatic spicy and flinty-mineral bouquet with ripe and concentrated stone fruit aromas along with aromas of small and healthy, thick-skinned Riesling berries. Round and elegant on the palate, this full-bodied Riesling is very intense and fruity but well structured and perfectly balanced. It is pure and salty, carried to a long and tense finish by its great ripeness, concentration, vibrant acidity, fine tannins and persistent minerality. A terrific Steinmassl!