92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2017 The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Corte Pavone is made according to an organic and biodynamic growing philosophy, yet the wine boasts a contemporary style that is immediate and appealing. The bouquet delivers soft and approachable aromas of dark cherry, blackberry confit, pipe tobacco, toasted espresso bean and even a touch of bitter chocolate. This Brunello offers more density to chew on, but there is also firm tannic structure at the back that keeps it from feeling too fleshy.
91/100 Punkte Falstaff, Februar 2017 Mittelkräftiges Gelb; verhaltenes Bukett, feine Frucht, ein Hauch Zitrus und Röstaromen; im Gaumen schlanker, fester Auftakt, zupackende Säure, dezent Gerbstoff, feine Holzprägung, mineralisch unterfüttert; langer Abgang. Geradliniger, frischer Wein im Chablis-Stil, kann noch zulegen.
90/100 Punkte vinous Sep 2015 Still reticent aromas of ripe yellow apple, vineyard apricot and matchstick are complemented by bacon and toasted hazelnut nuances. This somewhat austere Chardonnay's sweet citrus extract contributes to its pungent mouth feel. With its herbal depth, the Leithaberg offers a long finish, with nuances of peach, wild herbs and spice.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2015 One of the wines of the vintage is easily the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Reine des Bois. Mostly Grenache (there#s a fair chunk of Mourvedre and Syrah) that#s raised in a combination of stainless steel and barrels, it offers tons of graphite and crushed rock to go with background blackberry, leather and pepper. Ripe, unctuous and fabulously concentrated, this beautiful Chateauneuf can be drunk today with incredible pleasure, or cellared for a decade.
90-92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2015 Looking at the wines, and a new release for this estate, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape La Belle Voyageuse is made from 90% Grenache, 4% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah and a splash of Counoise and Vaccarese that was raised mostly in stainless steel tanks, with 15% of the blend aged in barrel. Due to the forward nature of the vintage, this cuvée functions as a second wine and is made in a more forward, charming style than the more structured and serious La Reine des Bois release. Nevertheless, while a second wine for this estate, it#s still a huge success in the vintage and offers youthful, forward, and jammy notes of cassis, sappy flowers, violets and graphite to go with a mouth filling, medium to full-bodied style the palate. It has plenty of mid-palate depth, chewy tannin on the finish, and is already hard to resist. Nevertheless, I suspect it will have upwards of a decade of longevity.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Sept 2016 Ripe and mouthfilling in feel, with a core of juicy raspberry pâte de fruit and plum cake flavors kept lively by anise and violet notes. Delivers energetic, brambly structure through the finish. Best from 2017 through 2024.
91/100 Punkte vinous Sep 2015 Spicy raspberry and cherry pit on the nose. Juicy on the palate, with a peppery element adding bite to the plummy fruit. Finishes on a refreshingly bitter note. Beginning in the 2014 vintage, this Zweigelt will be called Kieselstein.
93-95/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2013 Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarter Wasserrand. Mit feinen Orangenzesten und Gewürzen unterlegte schwarze Beeren, attraktives, facettenreiches Bukett. Saftig, elegant, reife Kirschen und Brombeeren, gut integriertes Tannin, bleibt sehr gut haften, feine Kräuterwürze im Nachhall, verfügt über Entwicklungspotenzial.