92/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2020 Christian Zündel's recent edition of his most famous red, the 2016 Merlot Orizzonte is dark in flavors#spicy, deep and concentrated, with some chocolate notes. This 2016 is perhaps closest to wines such as Masseto and other Merlot icon wines. This one, however, is still floral and alpine, with delicate acidity and finesse as well as fine tannins, a persistent finish and good concentration. This is more juicy, less stony, and it is very long and with good tension. Tasted at Brancaia in Zurich in October 2019.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Sept 2017 The 2015 Rosso del Ticino Sottobosco is a dark purple colored assemblage of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Leathery and with a bit of volatile acidity on the deep and intense nose that displays dark, spicy fruit aromas, this is an elegant, pretty silky textured and refreshing red blend with fine, fresh tannins and an aromatic finish. The general style is a bit robust but this has good character and can age for 10 to 15 years. Tasted in Zurich, August 2017.