93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Feb. 2019 Smooth, with black cherry, plum, leather and tobacco flavors intertwining, this red is complex and powerful. The beefy structure reveals itself as this plays out on the long finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2017 This is Terrazze dell'Etna's top-shelf wine. A pure expression of Nerello Mascalese, the 2011 Etna Rosso Cirneco represents a selection of the estate's oldest vines. This has made for an elegant and softly contoured wine with delicate aromatic layering and evident complexity. You get wild berry, pressed flowers, crushed mineral, licorice and garden herb. The finish shows dry tannins and the kind of lingering sophistication you only get with pre-phylloxera vines. Each plant is rigorously pruned to allow for only two clusters per vine.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2020 Huber's 2015 Merlot di Monteggio Costera Riserva offers clear, spicy and perfectly ripe cherry and cassis fruit on the pure, bright, refreshingly mineral and nicely vegetal nose. Lush and round on the silky-textured palate, it is refreshing, finessed and very elegant, with tension, grip and vitality on the long, floral and delicate finish. It displays fine, stimulating tannins and a lovely greenish freshness. This is an impressive Merlot from the southern Alps. A great Merlot, if you ask me. A gorgeous wine. Tasted in October 2019.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Oct 2019 The 2018 Cotes du Rhone Rose La Dame Rousse is another solid example of this cuvée, which is a perennial value favorite. Plump and flavorful, it's marked by strawberry and melon flavors, with a juicy, mouthwatering finish.
90/100 Punkte Vinous August 2019 Light vivid orange. Ripe red berry and citrus fruit aromas are complicated by a subtle floral note and a hint of dusty minerals. Fleshy, spice-tinged raspberry and bitter cherry flavors open up slowly and turn sweeter with air. Distinctly concentrated but lively as well, closing with firm grip and repeating cherry and floral notes. Nothing easygoing here (it does check in at 14.5% alcohol, by the way), despite its relatively humble appellation.
92/100 Punkte Falstaff, September 2016 Dunkles Rubin mit leichtem Violettschimmer. Einprägsame und sehr fruchtbetonte Nase, nach Brombeere, einladend. Am Gaumen satte, dunkelbeerige Frucht, entfaltet sich mit dichtmaschigem, stoffigem Tannin, satter Druck im hinteren Bereich.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2020 The 2017 Ticino Merlot Crescendo displays a dark and dense crimson color and a beautifully concentrated, fresh and spicy bouquet of wild cherries/blackthorns intertwined with coolish mineral/stony and spicy aromas. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied and very charming and delicate in its lightness and shameless fruitiness. This represents a terroir where the Mediterranean Alps meet Merlot and an excellent winemaker. It's impossible not to fall in love with this wine, which has grip and tension and this alpine freshness mixed with Mediterranean charm. Can't stop... Tasted in October 2019.