95/100 Punkte Robert Parker February 2018 Showing more oak definition, texture and overall fruity richness, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne benefits from the concentration and complexity you get with old vines. The wine wraps thickly over the palate, imparting luscious aromas of dried cherry, exotic spice, pressed rose and scorched earth along the way. This is a wine for the cellar. The bouquet has a lot to give, but this will require some extra time. All the elements are there for an excellent aging future. Some 27,000 bottles were produced.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling November 2017 The nose is decadent but not overdone with plum liqueur, Christmas cake, cedar, Chinese spices, licorice, tea leaves, tar and hot stones. Full and very dense with mouth-coating tannins but also attractive fresh fruit, pretty acidity and a long finish. Rather chewy and needs time, but a beautiful follow-up to the 2012.
94/100 Punkte Falstaff März 2019 Funkelndes Rubin mit Granatschimmer. Intensive und präsente Nase, nach reifen Zwetschken, etwas Kirschenkonfitüre, dazu leicht erdige Komponenten. Saftig und salzig am Gaumen, zeigt schönes Spiel, öffnet sich mit präsentem, griffigem Tannin, gut eingebaut, im Finale guter Druck.
100/100 Punkte James Suckling November 2019 This is very intense on the nose with blue fruit, cool stones, brambleberries and blackberries. Wet earth, too. Full-bodied and extremely dense and powerful with a super center palate of fruit and ripe yet compact tannins. Lightly chewy and expressive. Superb transparency and integration. Goes on for minutes. One of the best Brunellos I have tasted in my career. Try after 2021, but already amazing.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2019 The second vintage of a selection of the best plot of Tempranillo in a given vintage, the 2016 Vendimia Seleccionada, was sourced from the Viñedo Turquilla (in 2015 it was La Mira), which is mentioned on the label. It fermented with their own strain of yeast and aged in new and used 50/50 French and American oak barrels for 12 months. 2016 was a very complete vintage, with quality and volume, which is not very common. There are some spicy and smoky notes, and there is good freshness in the palate, which is medium-bodied, with round tannins and very tasty flavors.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2016 The intensely yellow-colored 2005 Vertus Premier Cru Coeur de Terroir is a partly barrel-fermented (malolactic included) Chardonnay from the best parts of Vertus. Disgorged in April 2015 with five grams of dosage, this is a rich, round and full-bodied cuvée with great finesse and elegance. Chalky textured, the finish is pure, fresh and salty. The ripe Chardonnay fruit and chalky minerality are really persistent. This is a perfectly balanced and well-structured Vertus cru that is ready to be enjoyed today, but can be cellared for five or more years.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker 31st Aug 2018 Doquet's 2006 Vertus Premier Cru Coeur de Terroir is a selection from the best and oldest Chardonnay vines in Vertus. Fermented and aged on the lees, 60% in small oak barrels, it was bottled in April 2007 and disgorged as Extra Brut in July 2017 (with a dosage of 4.5 grams per liter). This is a highly aromatic, ripe, elegant and pretty sexy 2016 with lovely iodine and very fine (sweet) brioche flavors. Round and perfectly balanced on the palate, this is a rich, elegant, salty, beautifully lush, generous and perfectly balanced Vertus with a pure, fresh and salty finish. Fabulous!
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 Here's another winning edition of this great wine. The 2015 Vespa Bianco has that familiar creamy texture and richness but a more evolved aromatic profile. What's special about this vintage is the dimension it now shows along with some very tonic fruit at the back. It is spicy and warm, with flashes of bright tangerine, and offers so much intensity and textural purity. This beautiful wine calls for a nice grilled ocean fish, such as orata or (more readily available in North America) a black sea bass.
92+/100 Punkte Vinous May 2018 Vivid straw yellow. Slightly reticent nose at first, then gains depth and complexity with aeration offering aromas of yellow apple, pear and nectarine complicated by botanical herbs and minerals. Then similar flavors to the aromas nicely extended by saline freshness on the tactile back end which is enlivened by a hint of peppery ginger. A Vespa Bianco that is very promising but needs to be cellared; put this away for another three years at least.
93/100 Punkte James Suckling This is always a very serious red for the money, and 2015 could be one of the most exciting editions. Sesame seeds are dispersed among brambleberries and fields of bright blueberries and lavender. Full-bodied and fine but juicy. Grainy tannins dive deep into the vibrant dark fruit, buffing it with care to gleam brightly on the finish. Drink now.
94+/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 This blend of mostly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, with a touch of Picolit, was bottled in July 2017. Once again, Bastianich offers us some wonderful candied fruit notes along with some tart lemon soda in the 2016 Vespa Bianco. The wine shines with bright intensity and possesses remarkable balance. There is a nice creaminess to the texture, and it has inner firmness and tightness that bodes well for the way the wine will evolve over the next few years. This is a beautiful blend.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, November 2019 Impressive density and depth here with intense, pithy citrus fruit, as well as pears on the nose. The palate has a sturdy core of concentrated pear and melon flavors and delivers great length. Drink now.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2016 The grand vin here is the 2013 Vall Llach Mas de la Rosa, which is from an ancient vineyard with a 70% slope on llicorella slate planted with Cariñena. They used 5% stems for the fermentation in 225- and 500-liter barriques and stainless steel with indigenous yeasts after a three-day cold soak. It underwent 17-19 days of fermentation with daily punching down of the cap and a post fermentative maceration of 12 days. The wine matured in new 225- and 300-liter French oak barrels for some 16 months. There's obviously superb fruit in here, but the extreme ripeness of the fruit and the creamy oak kind of hide the character of the wine. Having said that, I have noticed much better freshness in all these 2013s, and even some floral aromas fighting to come to the surface. This is a huge, bodybuilder of a wine in an XXL style. I have the feeling the fruit is capable of producing something a lot more elegant. This is very good in its style.
95/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Sep 30, 2018 This powerful red shows depth and harmony. The thick texture is supported by well-integrated tannins, delivering cassis, kirsch, menthol and cola flavors. Herbal and meaty notes add a savory element. You might call this Priorat on steroids, but this remains balanced and fresh. Drink now through 2033.
93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator October 2019 This red is rich and expressive, in a high-toned, racy style. The plush texture carries bold flavors of kirsch, plum pudding, dried fig and cocoa accented by licorice, graphite and garrigue notes. The big tannins are well-integrated, and balsamic acidity keeps this fresh. Verging on Port-like, deep and harmonious. Drink now through 2030.
93+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2019 I also tasted the 2017 Victorino, from a year that was very different from the warm and dry 2017, as 2016 was cold and wet and saw a very late and slow picking because of the slow and late ripening of the fruit. Fermentation and élevage were the same (20 months in 100% new oak), so the differences are due to the vintage conditions. I was very surprised by this 2017 (as with the rest of the 2017s from this address), as I found a fresh and balanced wine, perhaps a little lighter, with round and fine tannins. There are still oak-related aromas and flavors, but there is less toast (they use a different toast for the barrels), and the wine should integrate it with a little more time in bottle. But it should be approachable while you wait for the 2016.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The 2015 Vitovska is a glossy and rich expression of this grape from the Italian-Slovenian karst. I picked up some notes of glycerin along with fragrant stone fruit and candied orange peel and almond. It starts off slow and closed, but it brings a nice intensity. Aged in oak for one year, it's a bit thin and dry in the mouth. I see it pairing well with some big, juicy scallops pan-seared in butter and sherry.