91/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Oct 2018 This wine sees fruit sourced from the warm and sunny Maremma area on coastal Tuscany. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon shows an inky dark appearance with dark garnet color saturation. It offers a fine and chiseled aromatic profile with dark berry fruit followed by spice, anise seeds and an unmistakable balsamic note that reminds me of eucalyptus oil. This is a mid-weight expression of the grape that is both accessible and easy to drink straight out of the gate. It ages in neutral oak for 12 months. Some 20,000 bottles were made.
92/100 Punkte Vinous Feb 2019 The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, from Brancaia's vineyards in Maremma, expresses a good bit of varietal character and overall nuance. Fleshy, dark and seductive, the 2016 will drink well with minimal cellaring. Today, it is very pretty and delicious.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2018 Shows beautiful, blue fruit, as well as lavender, crushed stones and violets. Medium to full body, lithe and endearing tannins and a fine, tangy finish. Drink now.
96/100 Punkte Robert Parker September 2019 This blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese and a smaller percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon has one of the most impressive track records of a modern Tuscan blend that I can think of. The 2016 Il Blu is a beautifully balanced and precise blend that pits the freshness and authenticity of Sangiovese against the softness and fruitiness of the Merlot. Although the Sangiovese plays a supporting role in the blend, its influence and signature go far to creating the overall identity of this special wine. It's a very nice effort to celebrate with a grilled T-bone.
95/100 Punkte Vinous August 2019 Brancaia's Il Blu is gorgeous in 2016. Fresh, perfumed and beautifully lifted, the 2016 strikes a captivating balance between power and finesse. Red cherry, flowers, mint, cinnamon and blood orange all give the 2016 brightness and vitality, and yet there is plenty of the richness readers have come to expect from this wine as well. The 2016 is one of the more polished, nuanced vintages of Brancaia I can remember tasting.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling This is a beautiful Brancaia feathering a fine line of decadent dark fruit and complex herbal and spicy notes. Blackberries, dark cherries, Thai basil, peppermint tea, bark, cassis and pure blackcurrants all come to mind. A full body, characterized by layered but racy rich fruit, yet there#s an unmistakable current of acidity that doesn#t let go. Very classy and elegant with remarkable finesse and freshness. Drink from 2025.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Oct 31, 2018 The 2016 Tre is 80% Sangiovese with 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of those three grapes makes for a well-priced entry-level Tuscan red that would pair nicely with pasta or spicy sausage pizza. This is a soft and simple mid-weight wine with a bright bouquet that is colored with vibrant tones of dark fruit, spice and grilled herb. The quality of the fruit in this classic vintage is what pushes this value wine up to an exciting 90-point threshold.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 It felt like the 2015 El Terroir was more austere than the 2014, even if the year was more generous, especially on the palate, where the wine shows strong minerality. It's more telluric than 2014, a slightly darker shade of blue, and it opens up with time in the glass. This wine has achieved a very good level, with a rare combination of power and elegance, especially in this 2015. 26,315 bottles were filled in May 2017.
95/100 Punkte Falstaff August 2019 In der Nase kompakte Aromatik. Dunkle Beeren, Kirsche und würzige Anklänge. Am Gaumen elegante, saftige Säure, fein gewobenes Tannin und klare Frucht. Wirkt kräftig, aber niemals überladen. Ein vibrierender, purer Garnacha.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2019 This hot-vintage wine is pleasantly luminous and bright with simple fruit, citrus and mineral tones that keep the palate refreshed. The wine is made almost exclusively in stainless steel to keep it simple.
98/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The 2016 Nit de Nin Mas d#en Caçador was produced with grapes from 78- to 113-year-old vines in the Mas d'en Caçador vineyard in Porrera. It's a blend of Garnacha Negra, Garnacha Peluda and Cariñena with some 5% white grapes. It fermented with full clusters and indigenous yeasts in a 3,200-liter oak vat and matured in a similar 2,700-liter oak vat. It has great balance and is ripe and Mediterranean, without any excess; it's incredibly elegant and has character. In a way, it makes me think of a classical Châteauneuf, with fine tannins and subtle minerality. 4071 bottles and 60 magnums were filled in April 2019.
93/100 Punkte Falstaff März 2019 Leuchtendes, sattes Rubin-Granat. Klare und einprägsame Nase, duftet intensiv nach reifen Zwetschken und dunklen Kirschen, etwas Macchiakräuter im Hintergrund. Zeigt am Gaumen viel saftige, reife Frucht, nach Brombeeren und Himbeeren, ansprechende Dichte, entfaltet sich mit feinmaschigem Tannin, im Finale fester Druck.
95+/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 A 60/40 blend of Garnacha and Cariñena from the vineyard that names the wine, the 2016 Planetes de Nin saw a similar vinification and aging as the 2017 I tasted next to it, so the differences found were only due to the vintage and the moment of harvest. This is a fresher vintage, with tantalizing aromas that are subtle and elegant, with notes of violets and red cherries, nuanced and ever-changing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied and nicely textured, with very fine tannins and fine chalky minerality. 9,108 bottles were filled in April 2017.
93/100 Punkte Vinous Sep 2016 Medium yellow. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, crushed rock, rosemary and medicinal herbs reminded me of a topnotch Chablis. Wonderfully elegant, precise and fine-grained, with intense soft citrus flavors framed by perfectly integrated acidity (actually a moderate-for-the-vintage 4.0 grams per liter). Classy, seamless and utterly distinctive, with strong rocky minerality and a very long, perfumed back end. Not at all an outsized wine, this beauty finishes with terrific lift. Burrier noted that he could have served this wine first or last in the tasting (last year, he presented it first among his numerous climats), as it's from limestone soil above mother rock, with virtually no clay. The plateau around the winery is the youngest place in the area, geologically speaking, and Burrier noted that it's hard to grow anything on this windy, "austere" site.
93+/100 Punkte Vinous November 2017 Full medium yellow. Exotic lift to the perfumed, highly expressive aromas of pèche de vigne, nectarine, honeysuckle, acacia flower and wild herbs. Delivers outstanding intensity, depth and purity of flavor, with underlying minerality providing lift but no austerity. This sharply delineated wine is more about finesse than power. Finishes wonderfully bright, dense and long. This should be long-lived for a 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé.
91+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, August 2017 The 2015 Pouilly Fuisse Vers Cras comes from two hectares of 50-year-old vines that spends 12 months in cask and another four months in vat. It has a fresh and focused bouquet with subtle honeysuckle and beeswax aromas threaded through the citrus fruit. I appreciate the manner in which this unfolds with aeration. The palate is vibrant on the entry with good acidity but then the second half just seems a little simple by comparison. A wine of two halves, the first better than the second, but overall a very sound Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras that may well warrant a higher score in the future.
93/100 Punkte Falstaff März 2018 Sehr sattes, tiefes Rubinrot. Feingliedrige Nase nach reifen roten Beeren, Himbeeren, Erdbeeren, filigrane Kräuter, Rosmarin. Geschliffen in Ansatz und Verlauf, samtiges Tannin mit klarer, dunkler Frucht umhüllt den Gaumen mit festem Druck, endet lange im Finale.
91+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Februar 2018 The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a bright and vibrant red wine that really pops from the glass. It exhibits a cheerful vertical lift that embraces all the senses. That buoyant bouquet is duly followed by robust cherry flavors with an impressive level of richness and concentration. This wine shows good structure and staying power. It has the budding complexity that comes so naturally to the mighty wines of Montalcino.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2019 Donnafugata's Tancredi is one of Sicily's most popular red wines, and it's easy to see why. The 2016 Tancredi is rich and soft at the same time, with a very pleasing texture that caresses the palate with dark fruit, spice and plum. The wine is mostly a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola, although some Tannat and other grapes are thrown in. It ages in oak for 14 months. This is a complete effort that boasts thick layering and volume.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2019 A blend of 65% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Montepulciano, the 2016 A.D. 1212 (with a really cool hand design on the front label) is a versatile and accessible red that would pair with meat lasagna or meatloaf. The bouquet is infused with purple and black fruit nuances with a good measure of spice and toast. This wine is mostly executed in steel, with a part that is aged in barrique for 12 months.
92/100 Punkt James Suckling November 2018 Deep and vibrant dark-berry aromas with fresh flowers and hot stones, following through to a full body, chewy and dusty tannins and a long, flavorful finish with chocolate undertones to it all. Drink in 2020, but already beautiful.
94+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Feb 2017 Giancarlo Pacenti knows his land well and is a skillful farmer, especially with regards to navigating a challenging vintage like this. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne boasts a beautifully saturated ruby color that appears healthy and bright. The aromas are presented with precision and balance. A wine like this offers irrefutable evidence that old vines are the best remedy in a hot and dry vintage. The wine's various elements are intact and focused. Dark cherry, candied plum, exotic spice, tar and licorice form a united front. I prefer this vintage to 2011.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling February 2017 Aromas of ripe fruit such as sweet strawberries and hints of orange peel and chocolate. Medium to full body, soft and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Riper style. Drink or hold.
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.