89/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Aug 2016 The entry-level red is the 2015 Bozeto de Exopto, a blend of 50% Garnacha, 40% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from a warm, Mediterranean vintage that favored the Garnacha in a way similar to 2012. The Garnacha and Graciano come from Alfaro in Rioja Baja, and the Tempranillo from Ábalos in Rioja Alta. It fermented in a combination of stainless steel, cement and oak vats, and the élevage was also mixed--the Garnacha in cement and the Tempranillo and Graciano in oak, mostly well-seasoned barrels, but part of the Tempranillo was kept in the oak vats. There are notes of Mediterranean aromatic herbs, esparto grass and ripe plums, a year where Garnacha seems to take the lead. They got very healthy grapes, with notes of blueberries and violets, quite exuberant. The palate is juicy, extremely tasty, with fine tannins and good balance. This is a supple, exuberant red, very hedonistic, open and fruit-driven, reflecting the style of the year. 2014 and 2013
90/100 Punkte Vinous, May 2017 (fermented in concrete vats and aged for six months in a combination of concrete tanks and neutral French oak barrels) Lurid ruby. Spice-accented cherry, raspberry and licorice scents are complemented by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Juicy and appealingly sweet, offering red berry and cherry compote flavors that tighten up slowly with aeration. Shows very good energy and lift on the clinging finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a suggestion of bitter cherry.
91/100 Punkte James Suckling A dense and savory white with dried fruits and spices. Lots of pineapple and pear character. Medium body. Fruity finish. Fun blend of sauvignon blanc with hints of viognier, gewurztraminer and semillon. Drink or hold.
91/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2014/15 Intensives Rubinviolett. Verwobene, kompakte Nase, zeigt Noten nach Cassis und Maulbeeren, sehr klar. Auch am Gaumen sehr viel saftige Frucht, öffnet sich dann mit viel präsentem, im Kern geschliffenem Tannin, zieht lange dahin, im Finale dezente Röstnoten.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker July 2016 The Cantina Produttori Bolzano 2013 Alto Adige Cabernet Riserva Mumelter offers a ripe and fruit-forward style that is distinct to this wine. This Riserva opens to an extra level of opulence and blackberry richness that is not found among its peers (Alto Adige Cabernets tend to show much sharper and crisper lines). The generous aromas span from cherry liqueur to chocolate to exotic spice. There appears to be a point of warm sunshine locked within this thickly textured red. It should evolve nicely over the next decade but it can also be consumed in the near-term next to a succulent meat dish. This wine is composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.
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 d
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker Apr 2015 This might be a one-off, as it's a special cuvée to celebrate the birth of winemaker Tom Puyaubert's daughter in 2012. I'm talking about a blend of 60% Graciano with equal parts of Tempranillo and Garnacha from a warm, Mediterranean vintage that allowed perfect ripening of the Graciano (not always the case). It was fermented in 1,500-liter oak vats with natural yeasts and matured for 18 months in 225-liter barriques, half of them new. This is a harmonious, serious red that does not show any heat. To the contrary, it feels quite fresh, very spicy and earthy with well-integrated oak aromas and flavors framed by serious, fine-grained tannins with a silky texture and terrific balance that bodes well for a long development in bottle. Great modern-traditional Rioja. Just plain great. Bravo!
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.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Jun 2016 The one white here, the 2014 Horizonte de Exopto is a classica Rioja blend of Viura with some 10% Garnacha Blanca and 5% Malvasía Riojana picked from the old vineyards in Ábalos, where the red and white grape varieties are planted together--as they do not have any white grape vineyards. The white grapes where usually planted in the poorer soils to compensate yields, as whites tends to produce more than reds; however, they avoid the Calagraño, which they consider a grape that is too neutral. Volumes are therefore quite low; they produce around 3,000 bottles of this oak-aged white with the intention to create something with aging potential. The grapes fermented together and the end of the fermentation was in barrique, where the wine matured for one year. They talk about a cool vintage; the wine was bottled at 12.5% alcohol, with a pH of 3.33 and seven grams of acidity (tartaric). 2014 is somehow similar to 2013, perhaps a year with more ups and
91/100 Punkte Vinous, May 2017 (fermented and aged on its lees for a year in neutral French oak barrels) Light bright gold. Ripe tangerine, pear, tarragon and toasty lees on the nose, lifted by a hint of minerality. Dry and focused on the palate, offering concentrated orchard and citrus fruit, honey and buttered toast flavors and a subtle touch of honeysuckle. Closes smoky, tight and long, leaving a suave floral note behind.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Jun 2016 There is also a red 2014 Horizonte de Exopto, in this case mostly Tempranillo with 10% each Garnacha and Graciano. It is a blend of a dozen plots of old vines, since this vintage is exclusively from the village of Ábalos in Rioja Alta, close to Haro (the Garnacha before was from Rioja Baja), which is a cooler terroir. It fermented in cement vats with a short post-fermentative maceration (one week). Half of the wine fermented in 600-liter demi-muids and the rest in barriques for one year. This is a lot more austere, from a cool vintage, a cool terroir and mostly Tempranillo from the classical Haro zone, with slower oxygenation and less tannins, as they used larger barrels. So the wine comes through as serious, still a little marked by the aging in oak with a spicy character. The palate is very balanced, with sophisticated tannins and great balance. There is a sense of harmony and elegance that I like very much. This could be the prototype of se
90/100 Punkte Falstaff November 2016 Verschlossen, spontangärungsgeprägt, aber auch Kräuterwürze, Rosmarin, Oregano, Beifuß, Mandeln, Walnuss, am Gaumen sperrig, knochentrocken und stoffig, sehr mineralisch, hat Bissigkeit und Druck. Nur für Fortgeschrittene # aber die werden es lieben.