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.
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
90/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Oct 15, 2014 A polished, modern style, boasting vanilla and spicy oak notes to match the black cherry and plum flavors. Rich and juicy, this balanced bottling lingers with fruit and spice accents on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2018.
92/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2014/15 Mit feiner Kräuterwürze und einem Hauch von Nougat unterlegte Kirschenfrucht, etwas nach Zwetschgen, tabakiger Touch. Komplex, engmaschige Textur, feine Extraktsüsse, seidige Tannine, schokoladiger Touch, mineralische Note im Abgang, gute Länge.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker May 2017 The 2014 Val d'Arno di Sopra BògginAnfora sees fruit sourced from a 4.5-hectare single vineyard of Sangiovese grapes. This plot also makes fruit for the blended red Torrione, but the central part of the vineyard goes through a careful selection process to make this wine. The fruit is organic. The wine is fermented in amphorae, some purchased in Spain and others using Tuscan clay from potters in Impruneta. This vintage saw a slightly shorter maceration time (compared to the 2013 vintage) only because the grape skins were more delicate in this difficult vintage. The results are very lively and tonic with bright ruby Sangiovese tones of cherry, moist earth and forest floor. I'd suggest a slightly shorter drinking window for this vintage.
93/100 Punkte Vinous, July 2016 It's interesting to taste the 2014 Bòggina Anfora (Bògginanfora), Petrolo's Sangiovese done in amphora next to the same wine aged in oak. The amphora wine is initially a bit softer and creamier in its contours, but it also offers less development in the glass. Lavender, plum, menthol, sage and sweet herbs lead into the expressive finish. This is another very pretty wine from Petrolo and proprietor Luca Sanjust.
93/100 Falstaff Toscana Centrale Feb 2017 Sattes, undurchdringliches Rubin-Violett. Sehr intensive und kompakte Nase, satt nach Heidelbeeren, Brombeeren und dunklen Johannisbeeren, im Hintergrund nach Kardamom und feuchtem Waldboden. Zeigt am Gaumen feinmaschiges, kerniges Tannin, saftige, dunkle Frucht, zum Reinbeißen, zeigt beachtliche Länge, hat allerdings nicht die Fülle und den Druck anderer Jahrgänge.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling Jul 2016 The polish and fine texture to this 2014 is impressive with blueberry, dark chocolate and light walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, integrated tannins and a long, refined finish. Serious sense for the vintage. Better in 2017.
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.
94/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2013 Mittleres Gelbgrün. Mit einem Hauch von Babybanane unterlegte gelbe Fruchtanklänge, zart nach Orangenzesten, Wiesenkräuter klingen an. Kraftvoll, extraktsüß, sehr komplex, wirkt etwas opulent, dezenter Säurebogen, dunkle Mineralik, hat Länge, ein stoffiger Speisenbegleiter.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Jun 2016 The one white here, the 2014 Horizonte de Exopto is a classica Rioja blend of Viura with some 10% Garnacha Blanca and 5% Malvasía Riojana picked from the old vineyards in Ábalos, where the red and white grape varieties are planted together--as they do not have any white grape vineyards. The white grapes where usually planted in the poorer soils to compensate yields, as whites tends to produce more than reds; however, they avoid the Calagraño, which they consider a grape that is too neutral. Volumes are therefore quite low; they produce around 3,000 bottles of this oak-aged white with the intention to create something with aging potential. The grapes fermented together and the end of the fermentation was in barrique, where the wine matured for one year. They talk about a cool vintage; the wine was bottled at 12.5% alcohol, with a pH of 3.33 and seven grams of acidity (tartaric). 2014 is somehow similar to 2013, perhaps a year with more ups and