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.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, November 15, 2017 This bright and zesty Champagne is lightly juicy and appealing, offering flavors of Honeycrisp apple, ripe white cherry, biscuit and pickled ginger. Balanced and lacy in texture, with a lingering, spiced finish. Drink now through 2022.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, August 2018 Plenty of blueberry and plum-cake character. Ripe and generous with full, but quite supple tannins for a young Ribera del Duero red. Keeps pumping out the ripe flavors on the fresh and intense finish. Drink or hold.
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.
92/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2017/18 Mittleres Gelb, Silberreflexe. Feines anhaltendes Mousseux. Mit einem Hauch von Brioche unterlegte reife gelbe Fruchtnuancen von Apfel und Mango, ein Hauch von Honig unterlegt. Saftig, gute Komplexität, feine Fruchtsüße, lebendig strukturiert, mineralischer Nachhall, trinkanimierender Stil, ein vielseitiger Speisenbegleiter.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 The newest release of Fred Loimer's Niederösterreich NV Reserve Extra Brut is an assemblage of Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Noir and Zweigelt sourced from the Kamptal and the Thermenregion. The citrus colored wine offers a highly refined and complex bouquet of white fruits, brioche, bread and hazelnut. Pure, fresh and straight on the palate, this is a highly elegant, finessed and bone dry méthode champenoise with lingering salinity and very nice, very subtle astringency on the finish. Lovely, pure and fine, this is really remarkable in its style. One of the finest sparkling wines I have ever tasted from Austria. Bottled June 28, 2016, disgorged in May 2018 and tasted in October 2018. Dosage is two grams per liter.