93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 30, 2016 The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva hits all the high notes expected of this historic denomination. The wine is brimming with cherry fruit and luscious darkness with spice, leather and unsweetened chocolate. The blend is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot, and the wine is aged in medium toast barrique (both new and neutral) for 16 months. Like the other successful interpretations from this classic vintage, this expression reveals an impressive sense of balance. If I had to make a 2013 Chianti Classico short list, this wine would be on it.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, Aug 2016 Bright and lightly austere with a dried mushroom and blackberry character throughout. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Silky texture. Drink now or hold.
91/100 Punkte Falstaff, Dezember 2017 Sehr kräftiges Rot; in der Nase Rhabarber, Cassis, Brombeere, Schwarzkirsche, Molkenote, Anflug von Röstaromen; im Gaumen samtig-weicher Auftakt, mittelgewichtig, saftig, Schwefelzündhölzli, noch leicht trocknendes Tannin; gute Länge. Schmeichelnder Merlot, mehrheitsfähig, kann noch zulegen.
91+/100 Punkte Robert Parker September 2017 From 28-year-old vines on porous soils in Vernate, which deliver small berries with high fruit concentration, the 2015 Crescendo is a dark, intense, purple-red Merlot with a super ripe, intense, aromatic cassis and licorice/violet bouquet with refreshing leafy, floral and spicy aromas but also burnt gummy notes at this stadium. On the palate, this is a very lush but also clear, fresh and finessed red with blueberry and black berry flavors, fine tannins and remarkable balance. This is perfectly ripe, elegant and still somewhat sweet Merlot that will be a great pleasure to drink in two or so years. Tasted in Zurich, August 2017.
93-95/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2017/18 Mittleres Grüngelb, Silberreflexe. Feine reife Mangonuancen, ein Hauch von Orangenzesten, gelbe Apfelfrucht, attraktives Bukett. Saftig, steinobstige Nuancen, elegant, frischer Säurebogen, salzige Nuancen, bleibt lange haften, wirkt bereits sehr gut zugänglich, zitroniger Touch im Rückgeschmack.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 From one of the warmest sites in the Wachau, Martin Michelbach's intensely yellow colored 2016 Ried Loibenberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd intermixes spicy flint with ripe, precise fruit aromas and lemon notes. Very elegant, pure and salty on the palate, this is a full-bodied, piquant and well-structured Loibenberg. Still very young but balanced, with vivacious acidity and good tannins, this 2016 should have a great aging potential.