91/100 Punkte Robert Parker Jun 2015 Last year I tasted an older vintage of their white, and this time I encountered the 2013 Aigua de Llum, an unusual blend of 80% Viognier (from the Mas d'en Porrera estate) that is a blend of 15% Garnacha Blanca and a 5% made up of Macabeo, Escanyavella and Moscatel. Right now the élevage dominates the nose and the aromas of exotic fruits and syrup are in the background. Even in a cooler vintage like 2013 this wine reaches 15.5% alcohol so it comes through as a warm, Mediterranean effort that is quite well-built and offers very ripe flavors and even developing some honeyed notes. This might not be as long lived as the fantastic 2006. This vintage produced 1,365 bottles.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2013 The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a beautiful, "international" rendition that shows the soft and supple side of Amarone with loads of ripe fruit sweetness. You don#t find the thorny notes of oxidation you sometimes get with Amarone. This expression opens with an inky, impenetrable appearance and shows lingering notes of exotic spice, smoked bacon, grilled herb and blackberry preserves. Drink 2015-2025.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2016 Based on 2011 (59%) and 2012 (41%), the salmon-colored NV Anthocyanes Rosé Premier Cru is an assemblage of barrel-fermented Pinot Noir (67%) and Chardonnay (33%) from Vertus, de Bergères and Mont Aimé. Disgorged after three years in July 2015 with five grams of dosage, this is a full-bodied, round, intense and very elegant Rosé with great finesse and a persist finish. Serve with food.
92/100 Punkte Vinous, January 2015 Light orange. High-pitched aromas of dried cherry, pungent herbs and oyster shell, with a strong mineral overtone. Dry and precise on the palate, offering lively red fruit and bitter blood orange flavors and a subtle touch of smokiness. Finishes firm, minerally and very long, leaving energetic strawberry and orange pith notes behind.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2016 The NV Arpège Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru is 100% Chardonnay based on 2010 (62%) and 2011 (38%), tirage in March 2012 and disgorgement in January 2015 with 4.5 grams of dosage. There is pure chalk and freshness on the nose, with white and intense fruit, as well as a yeasty Jura-like character. On the palate, this is a very complex and highly mineral Champagne with great purity, finesse, elegance and character. There is a lot of mineral grip and great complexity.
92/100 Punkte Vinous, November 2014 The NV Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Arpège is a gorgeous, sculpted Champagne built on precision. Crushed rocks, slate, green pears and citrus jump from the glass as this vibrant Champagne shows off its tense, pulsating personality. This is a gorgeous Champagne from Pascal Doquet. The Arpège is a blend of 2010 (19%), 2009 (50%) and 2008 (31%). Disgorged February 7, 2014. Dosage is 4 grams per liter.
93/100 Puntke Parker Aug 2012 The 2008 Aurus is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano from 60-year-old vines around Briones that are aged for 24 months in Troncais new oak barrels. It has a supremely refined, feminine bouquet that unfurls nicely in the glass: creme de cassis, blueberry, crushed stone and a faint tang of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, powdery tannins over-layering dense blackberry and raspberry fruit that gently builds to a spicy, well-defined finish with cocoa lingering on the grippy aftertaste. Drink 2015-2025
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Jun 2016 The dark cherry-colored Blaufränkisch 2009 Jagini Zagersdorf is a coproduction of Roland Velich (Moric) and Hannes Schuster (Rosi Schuster). The wine opens with a nobly intense and fine-meshed dark and red fruit, cassis and plummy aroma intermixed with meat, graphite, earthy and tobacco notes. Intense and silky on the palate, this is a mouthful of rich and juicy, powerful but precise, fresh, round and elegant Blaufränkisch with lots of meaty concentration and nice tension. This 2009 is really fresh and silky, but seems to be bloody young, although there is a light and irritating oxidation.
95/100 Punkte Falstaff Feb 2015 Etwas Holz und Buttercreme. Ein klein wenig Hochreife darin. Auch Tabak und erste Andeutungen von Kräuterwürze. Druckvoll und weit ausgreifend am Gaumen. Viel Saft und weitmaschiges, mürbes, poliertes Tannin, das auf der alkoholgetragenen Grundlage fast verschwindet. Unauffällige, aber mit großer Frische tragende Säure, mittlere Dichte der Frucht, mineralischer Nachhall. Trockenes Finale. Große Eleganz (im Sinn von Abrundung).
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2014 A landmark wine on all levels, the 2011 Il Blu really seems to love the heat of the vintage. Barbara Widmer says that heat spikes followed by intermittent cool spells helped to establish complexity in her wines. Il Blu is 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is painted in broad strokes of espresso bean, black cherry, baking spice and moist tobacco. The mouthfeel is infinitely soft and supple.
18/20 Punkte Vinum Oktober 2016 Charakterwein mit Noten von reifen Brombeeren, Kirschen und Pflaumen. Dazu edles Holz, ein Hauch Tabak. Finesse, Kraft und Struktur am Gaumen. Vibrierende Säure und feinkörnig eingebundene Tannine verleihen Schmelz und Länge. 2016 bis 2025.
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.
88/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2014 The 2013 Caramelos is a blend of Garnacha with 15% Syrah, which aged for four months in used French oak barrels. It has a nose of red fruits, clean, with well-integrated wood and some spicy notes. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good acidity and freshness, very pleasant. It is called candy, and it is a sweet Garnacha candy at a good price.
91/100 Punkte Falstaff Juli 2017 Mittleres Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, breiter Wasserrand. Ein Hauch von Himbeerkonfit und frischen Preiselbeeren, ein Hauch von Limette und Minze unterlegt. Wirkt leichtfüßig uns saftig, rotbeeriger Touch, präsente Tannine, salzig-mineralischer Abgang, dezente Süße im Nachhall, bereits gut entwickelt.
91+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, 29th Sep 2017 Bottled at the end of March 2017, the 2015 Schinznach Wanne is 100% Chardonnay that opens pure, fresh and untamed as well as pretty reductive on the nose, almost like a Chablis. Full-bodied, rich and complex on the palate, with round, intense, juicy fruit, this is a remarkable Chardonnay with fine yet firm tannins and a chalky, pretty persistent and salty finish. Impressive but terribly young.