92/100 Punkte James Suckling December 2016 A deep and intense nose of fresh blackberries, currants and cherries as well as a fresh herbal character. Full-bodied and velvety with juicy, fine-grained tannins and a long, ripe and citrusy finish. Lots of grape-skin undertones. Drink now or hold.
88/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 30, 2016 The 2014 Dorando is a 100% Malcantone Chardonnay fermented in concrete eggs and wooden vats. The citrus-colored wine opens with a clear, fresh and pretty intense bouquet of ripe white fruit, melon, lime and kumquat flavors. Medium-bodied, round and fresh on the palate this is an elegant, well-structured and nicely salty food wine, with an excellent phenolic grip and tension. Ginger flavors in the good aftertaste. The 2014 is still young, but perfect with all kinds of fish and white meats.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2016 The eponymous 2014 Exopto has an unusual blend, as it's mostly Graciano with 30% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha. Sometimes Graciano does not ripen properly in cool vintages, so this cuvée was not produced in 2013. In 2014 they did a green harvest and lowered the yields to ensure proper ripening, even in a late and cooler vintage. It fermented in 1,500-liter oak vats with malolactic in barrel the following spring. The upbringing was in 50% new French oak barrels and lasted 18 months, the first six of which with the fine lees, which were not stirred. They managed a good ripening, harvesting quite late into early October. This wine mixes grapes from the warmer and cooler zones of Rioja, so it mixes the characters with focus in the Graciano. It is balsamic and aromatic, with aromas of peppercorns and a core of black fruit. The palate is serious, with depth and silkiness, as well as polished tannins; it is ready for a long life ahead. It could be d
90-92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2016 Moving to the reds from Lirac, the estate releases two cuvées: the base la Dame Rousse and the flagship La Reine des Bois. The 2015 Lirac la Dame Rousse is a top effort from this appellation that has classic, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of blackberries, mulberries, crushed rocks, graphite and peppery herbs. Rich, full-bodied and concentrated, it has lively acidity, notable tannic grip and plenty of length on the finish, all suggesting it will evolve nicely.
91/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Mar 31 2017 Creamy undertones highlight the dried cherry, boysenberry and pomegranate fruit in this concentrated red, with fresh acidity pulling together the slate, violet and spice aromas on the finish. Moderate tannins. Drink now through 2022.
90/100 Punkte Falstaff November 2016 Verschlossen, spontangärungsgeprägt, aber auch Kräuterwürze, Rosmarin, Oregano, Beifuß, Mandeln, Walnuss, am Gaumen sperrig, knochentrocken und stoffig, sehr mineralisch, hat Bissigkeit und Druck. Nur für Fortgeschrittene # aber die werden es lieben.
91/100 Punkte Falstaff November 2016 Sehr reduktiver Duft, Mandeln, am Gaumen von passender Phenolik geprägt, von saftiger Säure unterlegt, fast speichelziehend in seiner Adstringenz, dabei immer fein bleibend, mit zarter Süsse unterlegt.