91/100 Punkte Robert Parker Jun 2015 Last year I tasted an older vintage of their white, and this time I encountered the 2013 Aigua de Llum, an unusual blend of 80% Viognier (from the Mas d'en Porrera estate) that is a blend of 15% Garnacha Blanca and a 5% made up of Macabeo, Escanyavella and Moscatel. Right now the élevage dominates the nose and the aromas of exotic fruits and syrup are in the background. Even in a cooler vintage like 2013 this wine reaches 15.5% alcohol so it comes through as a warm, Mediterranean effort that is quite well-built and offers very ripe flavors and even developing some honeyed notes. This might not be as long lived as the fantastic 2006. This vintage produced 1,365 bottles.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2013 The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a beautiful, "international" rendition that shows the soft and supple side of Amarone with loads of ripe fruit sweetness. You don#t find the thorny notes of oxidation you sometimes get with Amarone. This expression opens with an inky, impenetrable appearance and shows lingering notes of exotic spice, smoked bacon, grilled herb and blackberry preserves. Drink 2015-2025.
93/100 Puntke Parker Aug 2012 The 2008 Aurus is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano from 60-year-old vines around Briones that are aged for 24 months in Troncais new oak barrels. It has a supremely refined, feminine bouquet that unfurls nicely in the glass: creme de cassis, blueberry, crushed stone and a faint tang of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, powdery tannins over-layering dense blackberry and raspberry fruit that gently builds to a spicy, well-defined finish with cocoa lingering on the grippy aftertaste. Drink 2015-2025
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Jun 2016 The dark cherry-colored Blaufränkisch 2009 Jagini Zagersdorf is a coproduction of Roland Velich (Moric) and Hannes Schuster (Rosi Schuster). The wine opens with a nobly intense and fine-meshed dark and red fruit, cassis and plummy aroma intermixed with meat, graphite, earthy and tobacco notes. Intense and silky on the palate, this is a mouthful of rich and juicy, powerful but precise, fresh, round and elegant Blaufränkisch with lots of meaty concentration and nice tension. This 2009 is really fresh and silky, but seems to be bloody young, although there is a light and irritating oxidation.
88/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2014 The 2013 Caramelos is a blend of Garnacha with 15% Syrah, which aged for four months in used French oak barrels. It has a nose of red fruits, clean, with well-integrated wood and some spicy notes. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good acidity and freshness, very pleasant. It is called candy, and it is a sweet Garnacha candy at a good price.
90/100 Punkte vinous Sep 2015 Still reticent aromas of ripe yellow apple, vineyard apricot and matchstick are complemented by bacon and toasted hazelnut nuances. This somewhat austere Chardonnay's sweet citrus extract contributes to its pungent mouth feel. With its herbal depth, the Leithaberg offers a long finish, with nuances of peach, wild herbs and spice.
94/100 Punkte Stephen Tanzer Sep/Oct 2013 Inky purple. Heady, oak-spiced aromas of dark berry compote, licorice, vanilla and mocha. Broad, fleshy and sweet, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors that are lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Becomes smokier and spicier with air, finishing with velvety tannins, a whiplash of vanillin oak and outstanding persistence.
94/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Insider 2013 Powerful and polished, this ripe yet fresh red shows blackberry, cassis and plum flavors, framed by floral, cola and spice notes. The muscular tannins are well-integrated, keeping the wine fresh through the finish. Will need time to open. Best from 2015 through 2025.
94/100 Punkte Parker Dec 2008 The NV Extra Brut Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Celebris is 100% Chardonnay composed of vintages 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999. This powerful, sinewy wine possesses a striking combination of soaring aromatics and deep, rich fruit all buttressed by notable structure. The ripe tropical fruit is intermingled with sweet notes of oak, flowers and minerals in a gorgeous expression of Chardonnay. Although the wine already shows some pretty signs of early tertiary complexity, there is more than enough vibrancy and freshness to ensure at least a decade of very fine drinking. The cork is labeled C 7386, and this bottle was disgorged early December, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
91/100 Punkte Parker Feb 2014 The 2012 Gotes del Priorat is a 50/50 blend of Garnacha and Carinena from slate soils. The nose shows great depth and concentration with aromas of black fruit, spices and hints of minerals with a polished palate displaying round tannins and a velvety texture with pungent flavors amplified by the alcohol. A great introduction to red Priorat at a good price. Drink now-2018.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Apr 2014 Hirschs 2012 Gruner Veltliner Lamm is fascinatingly Chablis-like in its aromatics and savor, projecting salted, herbed chicken and mushroom stock mingled with salivary gland-milking oyster liquor. Full, expansive and palpably extract rich, this finishes with impressive grip if also with a bit of extraneous bitterness not anticipated from the nose or the initial palate impression. Expect this to pique appetites and attention at table through at least 2022, and quite possibly to reveal yet greater profundity.
92/100 Punkte Parker Jun 2009 The purple-colored 2006 Idus is made up of 40% Carinena, 20% Merlot, 15% Garnacha, and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah aged in a mix of new and used French oak for 14 months. It reveals a fragrant nose of cedar, spice box (nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon), mineral, black cherry, and licorice. Structured and a bit tightly wound on the palate, it has plenty of extract, savory flavors, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. Give it 4-6 years in the cellar and drink it from 2014 to 2026.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling, April 2015 Aromas of cloves and spices as well as dark fruits. The asphalt and dark fruits in this wine show a beautiful depth and structure with buttressed tannins and a long finish.