91/100 Punkte James Suckling November, 2016 Shows so much intensity of salty fruit and plenty of lemon rind, too. Medium body, lots of energy and a flavorful finish. This is a blend of grillo and insolia.
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.
94/100 Punkte Falstaff, Februar 2017 Funkelndes Rubin mit Violettschimmer. Duftet nach Lilienblüten, dann viel Holunderbeeren, etwas Wassermelone. Spielt am Gaumen schön auf, viel präsente, dunkelbeerige Frucht, öffnet sich mit weichem, dichtem Tannin, samtig, in Finale saftige Frische.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2016 The 2013 Cavalli is a terrific expression from a crisp and cooler vintage. The wine is composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Petit Verdot and 15% Cabernet Franc, aged in oak for 18 months and in bottle for an additional 18 months. I should underline that the Petit Verdot percentage plays a much bigger role in this vintage and I'm told this will also be the case in the future. The bouquet here reveals dark tones of spice and black fruit, and the wine offers the thick color saturation and fruity concentration to match. The finish is layered, rich and opulent.
94/100 Punkte James Suckling July 2016 Dark blueberry and shiitake mushroom turn to mineral and blue fruits. Full body, juicy and rich. Soft and round. Gorgeous. Rich style but remains so velvety. Available in January 2017. Better in 2019.
92/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2018 The 2015 Chianti Classico Forcole is terrific. Pliant, generous and inviting, it captures all the natural intensity of the year. Soft contours and silky tannins add to the wine's considerable near- and medium-term appeal, while the flavor profile shows the darker side of Sangiovese. This is a gorgeous Chianti Classico from Cavalli.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling October 2017 A linear and fresh red with berry, cherry and chocolate flavors. Medium body, fine tannins and a balanced brightness and frutiness. All in finesse and clarity. Drink now.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 30, 2016 The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva hits all the high notes expected of this historic denomination. The wine is brimming with cherry fruit and luscious darkness with spice, leather and unsweetened chocolate. The blend is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot, and the wine is aged in medium toast barrique (both new and neutral) for 16 months. Like the other successful interpretations from this classic vintage, this expression reveals an impressive sense of balance. If I had to make a 2013 Chianti Classico short list, this wine would be on it.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, Aug 2016 Bright and lightly austere with a dried mushroom and blackberry character throughout. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Silky texture. Drink now or hold.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2013 The non-vintage Franciacorta Brut is a very ripe expression with loads of yellow fruit and apricot that add immediate lift and intensity. The mouthfeel is broad and thick with loads of deep texture and creamy intensity on the finish. This elegant Franciacorta Brut (80-20 Chardonnay and Pinot Nero) delivers a soft and expansive interpretation of this premium Italian sparkling wine territory.
93-95/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2017/18 Mittleres Grüngelb, Silberreflexe. Feine reife Mangonuancen, ein Hauch von Orangenzesten, gelbe Apfelfrucht, attraktives Bukett. Saftig, steinobstige Nuancen, elegant, frischer Säurebogen, salzige Nuancen, bleibt lange haften, wirkt bereits sehr gut zugänglich, zitroniger Touch im Rückgeschmack.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 From one of the warmest sites in the Wachau, Martin Michelbach's intensely yellow colored 2016 Ried Loibenberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd intermixes spicy flint with ripe, precise fruit aromas and lemon notes. Very elegant, pure and salty on the palate, this is a full-bodied, piquant and well-structured Loibenberg. Still very young but balanced, with vivacious acidity and good tannins, this 2016 should have a great aging potential.
91/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2018 The 2015 Le Redini, Cavalli's Merlot/Alicante blend, is decidedly racy and exotic in this vintage. Black cherry, chocolate, licorice and menthol effortlessly fill out the 2015's supple frame. Readers should expect a bold, juicy wine built on super-ripe fruit.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2016 Carmelo Bonetta is a Sicilian renegade. His radiant personality doesn't just fill a room: It fills a stadium. It is always a pleasure to recognize that exuberance and good cheer in the wines of Baglio del Cristo di Campobello. The 2013 Sicilia Nero d'Avola Lu Patri is a dark and rich red wine with pretty concentration and loads of dark blackberry, cherry and plum. Those generous fruit tones are matched by oaky flavors of vanilla and exotic spice. There's a bit of red earth and dark mineral in there as well. The wine is soft and velvety in texture.