91/100 Punkte James Suckling November, 2016 Shows so much intensity of salty fruit and plenty of lemon rind, too. Medium body, lots of energy and a flavorful finish. This is a blend of grillo and insolia.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Aug 2012 The 2009 Allende is more expressive on the nose at this stage, with pure blackberry, briary, mineral and citrus notes. The palate is very well-balanced with fine, supple tannins and wonderful cohesion. To be frank, the 2009 puts recent vintages in the shade in terms of its elegance and poise. Outstanding!
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, July 2015 Some flowers, berry and sandalwood character on the nose and the palate. Full body, integrated tannins and a clean and fresh finish. Shows intensity with finesse. Drink or hold.
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.
96/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2013 The 2010 Aurus is what De Gregorio considers the golden formula (aurus is gold in Latin) for blending 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano from a number of head-pruned vineyards in Briones averaging 60 years of age, which fermented in French oak vats, carried out its malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels, and completed its upbringing over two years with rackings every four months before being bottled unfiltered and unfined. The difference here is that these are north-facing vineyards, with clay and gravel soils that produced austere wines. This is a much more serious wine, closed in the nose, elegant, su btle, with balsamic notes, mint, more mineral than fruity (produced with stones instead of fruits, I joked, but in a way it was true!). The palate reveals a tight, compact wine, with fine-grained tannins, straight and vertical, with great acidity and a mineral finish. 2010 is a superb Aurus! Drink 2016-2030.
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
93/100 Punkte Vinous, Sep 2015 Dark red cherry, plum smoke, tobacco and violet notes are beautifully defined in Petrolo's 2013 Bòggina. Rich and pliant through to the finish, this classy 100% Sangiovese delivers outstanding quality to match its inviting personality. Today, the flavors are naturally quite primary, so a few years of cellaring is warranted. Tasted next to the Bòggina Anfora, the straight Bòggina has more mid-palate intensity and overtness, as well as an expression of fruit that is more closely aligned to the Petrolo house style. But that is really splitting hairs, as both Bògginas are delicious.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling Extremely aromatic and perfumed with dark berries, cherries and flowers, as well as hints of rosemary and lavender. Full body, very fine and tight tannins as well as bright and creamy acid. Lovely tension between the fruit and tannins. Better in 2017 but already beautiful.
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.
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 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
96/100 Punkte Falstaff Februar 2015 Funkelndes Rubinviolett. Eröffnet mit leicht erdigen Noten, nach Roten Rüben, dann fleischige Beerenfrucht, vor allem Cassis und Holunderbeere, tiefgründig, auch etwas Kardamom und weißer Pfeffer. Dicht und präsent am Gaumen, spielt schön mit saftiger reifer Frucht, baut sich satt auf, dichtes Tannin, ummantelt von schönem Schmelz, langer Nachhall.
95+/100 Punkte Vinous, May 2014 Dark red cherry, plum, spice and smoke notes open up in the 2011 Il Caberlot. A wine of depth, texture and resonance, the 2011 impresses for its balance and freshness. Savory herbs, tobacco, mocha and mint, develop in the glass, adding complexity and nuance. There is so much to like here, starting with an array of incredibly vivid tapestry of flavors and textures. This is a tremendous showing from Il Carnasciale. Available only in magnums.
88/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 30, 2016 The 2015 Petit Clos La Colombe from the La Côte appellation opens with a clear, precise and elegant bouquet with almond and dusty chalky flavors. Very elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, round and powerful Chasselas with tension, salt, grip and good length.