91+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Jul 2016 The 2013 Sicilia Adènzia represents a blend of Nero d'Avola and Syrah - two grapes that share many points in common. They both offer generous fruit tones, especially when cultivated in warm climates like Sicily. They also both offer superior softness and textural richness. This wine is a classic example of the happy marriage between Sicily's greatest red grape and its distant French relative. Dark fruit, cherry, spice and vanilla come together in seamless fashion.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2016 The only white produced at Vall Llach, the 2014 Aigua de Llum, is mainly Viognier complemented with other local grapes, some 15% Garnacha Blanca and 5% made up of Picapoll, Macabeo, Moscatel and Escanyavella. This is not a shy white, as it packs 15.5% alcohol, with low-ish acidity and a round and lush mouthfeel. Half of the Viognier fermented in new 300-liter French oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel, like the other varieties, which were later transferred to new 225-liter barriques where the wines aged for some four months. This is often my favorite wine from the winery, as it's the more drinkable one. Only 986 bottles were filled in June 2015.
93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Fragrant, with medicinal herb and eucalyptus notes, this silky red marries dense, finely knit tannins and flavors of date, dried cherry and hints of treacle and melted licorice. Vibrant and expressive, presenting a rich and spicy mineral accent on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2027.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker, May 2016 There is a white produced with Viura grapes that is only produced in cold vintages, which is exactly what the name of the 2013 Añadas Frías means. The grapes are sourced from a 1.5 hectare plot at 600 meters altitude of clay and limestone soils. It fermented in new 500-liter French oak barrels. The analytical data show figures more common in Chablis than in Rioja; the wine has a pH below three and there's no natural way the wine goes through malolactic. The nose showed intense iodine aromas and diesel-like notes, highly mineral, with a notable absence of fruit and oak. The palate is also soil-driven, with very chalky tannins and effervescent, citrusy acidity. It has a tremendously tasty finish, almost salty. This is one of those whites that feels like it was produced with stones rather than grapes. This should age in bottle forever. 1,476 bottles produced and filled in March 2015. This wine has only been released in 2007, 2010 and 2013, really
90/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Oct 15, 2014 A polished, modern style, boasting vanilla and spicy oak notes to match the black cherry and plum flavors. Rich and juicy, this balanced bottling lingers with fruit and spice accents on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2018.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker May 2017 The 2014 Val d'Arno di Sopra BògginAnfora sees fruit sourced from a 4.5-hectare single vineyard of Sangiovese grapes. This plot also makes fruit for the blended red Torrione, but the central part of the vineyard goes through a careful selection process to make this wine. The fruit is organic. The wine is fermented in amphorae, some purchased in Spain and others using Tuscan clay from potters in Impruneta. This vintage saw a slightly shorter maceration time (compared to the 2013 vintage) only because the grape skins were more delicate in this difficult vintage. The results are very lively and tonic with bright ruby Sangiovese tones of cherry, moist earth and forest floor. I'd suggest a slightly shorter drinking window for this vintage.
93/100 Punkte Vinous, July 2016 It's interesting to taste the 2014 Bòggina Anfora (Bògginanfora), Petrolo's Sangiovese done in amphora next to the same wine aged in oak. The amphora wine is initially a bit softer and creamier in its contours, but it also offers less development in the glass. Lavender, plum, menthol, sage and sweet herbs lead into the expressive finish. This is another very pretty wine from Petrolo and proprietor Luca Sanjust.
95/100 Punkte Robert Parker Jun 2015 It's difficult to live up to the 2001, and even more in a torrid vintage, but still the 2003 Turó d'en Mota is a superb effort, a real triumph over the conditions of the vintage. Fine bakery aromas, faintly smoky, perfumed with some balsamic aromas of camphor and petrol, but no traces of heat anywhere. The wine was disgorged after more than 10 years in contact with the lees and no matter how elegant this is, it has the clear signature of the place and wouldn't be mistaken for Champagne. It's clearly a very elegant Cava, but showing its rustic side, the character of the place where the pure Xarello grows on the old vines planted on very chalky soils. Really lovely, tasty Cava, superb, not only in the context of the vintage, but also in the context of all sparkling wines in the world! 3,378 bottles produced.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Oct. 2009 The 2007 Chardonnay Vie di Romans is lush and seamless in its ripe apricots, mango and bananas. This is a decidedly full-bodied Chardonnay, but the wine shows exceptional balance and polish all the way through to the creamy finish. The Chardonnay Vie di Romans is one of the most successful of the estate#s 2007s. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015.
93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, March 31, 2010 A very ripe style, with lots of dried apple, toffee and toasty oak, yet fresh and rich on the palate. So much going on here. Like grand cru Burgundy. Drink now. 4,300 cases made
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2013 Vie di Romans shows its expert winemaking hand with the 2011 Friuli Isonzo Rive Alte Chardonnay. This is a beauty with thick pulses of ripe fruit, pear and apricot that give the wine loads of energy and personality. The wine reaches an optimal level of softness that is creamy in texture but never heavy or overdone. It ages on the lees for seven months in oak. Drink: 2014-2022.
90/100 Punkte Winespectator, Oct 15, 2013 Aromatic, with rich notes of toasted hazelnut and coconut, matchbook and spice, this open-knit white is fresh and balanced, with creamed apple, juicy pear and pastry flavors. Drink now through 2018.
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.
97/100 Punkte Falstaff, Oktober 2018 Komplexes Bukett mit Noten von dunklen Beeren, Pflaume, dazu etwas Grafit und ein Hauch Trüffel. Am Gaumen dicht gewobene Struktur, viel Kraft und Saft, mineralische und balsamische Noten. Ein edler, komplexer Tropfen aus über 80-jährigen Reben.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Apr 2015 The oak is a little more obvious in the 2012 Pujanza Cisma than in the Norte. This is also 100% Tempranillo from a single vineyard, a 0.8 hectare plot they call Finca Valcabada which was planted in 1925 and is located at 600 meters altitude. The wine fermented in French oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak barriques for 22 months. The nose seems less nuanced than the Norte, with the oak taking the lead role and perhaps it will develop in bottle but today it does not have those flowery tones of the Norte. The palate is compact and medium to full-bodied with abundant fine-grained tannins that are right now a little stiff. It ends quite dry and would need a little more time in bottle to harmonize. This is a great, modern Rioja. Mind the price tag, though. 1'200 bottles.
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.
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