“As the saying goes, good things come in small packages. The Cantina Tramin 2017 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Vendemmia Terminum is made with late-harvest fruit. The wine is packaged in a 375-millileter bottle and only 4,200 bottles exist. The barrique-aged wine opens to a dark golden color with amber and copper highlights. It would be impossible to exaggerate the intensity of the honey, dried apricot and candied fruit aromas that rise from the bouquet. The one-hectare vineyard is located at a high 450 meters above sea level. The fruit is left to dry on the vines, and only when Botrytis cinereal (or the so-called “noble rot”) appears are the grapes ready for harvest. The botrytis serves to safeguard the grape’s natural acidity, and it shapes the high-toned and lifted aromas of the bouquet. This wine is simply gorgeous.”
Prager - Wine Advocate
Grüner Veltliner Ried Achleiten Stockkultur Smaragd
“From vines planted before WWII, the 2018 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Ried Achleiten Stockkultur offers a terribly intense and concentrated, clear, clean and flinty bouquet. On the palate, this is a rich and crystalline, fine, vital and energetic GV with enormous tension and mineral grip as well as some drying 2018 tannins. However, the finesse and elegance of the Achleiten is still there. An impressive wine of great complexity! Tasted at the domain in September 2019.”
Il Marroneto - Wine Advocate
Brunello di Montalcino Il Marroneto
“You just can’t beat the purity of the bouquet here: cherries, red licorice, blue flowers and currants. It’s all stunning. Il Marroneto’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a light garnet color with faint ruby highlights. The wine never veers from its lanes, sticking to an absolutely traditional and fresh expression from the appellation. It offers a lean to medium-weight mouthfeel with radiant fruit flavors – think pure cherry fruit. Fruit is harvested from a five-hectare parcel at 300 meters above sea level with calcareous sand and Galestro soils. These conditions lead to the aromatic intensity of the wine, and that’s the main takeaway in this classic vintage. There is a moment of softness that expands quickly over the palate. These results are graceful and gorgeous.”
“Altesino’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli shows those celebrated characteristics of this special vineyard cru that are always portrayed with pronounced mineral intensity, with highlights of crushed granite and pencil shaving. Indeed, Altesino’s five-hectare Montosoli vineyard sees a greater concentration of clay schist Galestro rock, and the vineyard altitude (at 250 meters above sea level) adds to the wine’s perceived freshness. In this case, those mineral notes are applied with small brush strokes, as the core of the wine is occupied by wild fruit and forest berry. Medicinal herb and rosemary essence appear quietly at the back. This is a very compact and bright wine with young tannins and solid structure. It has all the attributes you look for in a candidate that can withstand long cellar aging. I’d suggest waiting five years or more before popping this cork.”
Bodega Aleanna – El Enemigo - Wine Advocate
El Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard Chacayes
“There is more of everything in this 2016 Gran Enemigo Chacayes Single Vineyard. It's compact and seamless, with great purity, and more concentrated than the 2015 but with terrific balance, as the acidity (which is very high but you don't feel it) helps to counterbalance the massive palate and provide the necessary freshness. This is a beast that is going to age effortlessly for a good 15 years in bottle. All these wines age in used oak foudres for almost one-and-a-half years and are usually bottled around Christmas two years after the harvest.” (Special Order)
“Tasted blind, Grivot's 2015 Richebourg Grand Cru showed brilliantly, soaring from the glass with a fragrant bouquet of peonies, rose petals, black raspberries, candied peel, exotic Asian spices and blood orange. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and elegant, with satiny tannins, succulent acids and a long, perfumed and beautifully delineated finish. This is a stunning Richebourg that exemplifies the new stylistic paradigm chez Grivot, where the wines seem to gain in finesse with every passing vintage.”
“I don't really know why, but the 2014 Gran Enemigo showed much better than the 2013. The year was certainly not better; it was quite challenging and slightly warmer, but the wine feels fresher. There is a high percentage of Malbec in this vintage, almost half of the blend, and they also included more parts of the vineyard in addition to the five-hectare plot where there is some variability in the soils, which perhaps increases complexity of the blend. There are three harvests—one of only Malbec, then the rest of the varietals with some more Malbec and then a third one of only Malbec. Thus, there are also three fermentations, and there are five wines since the second and third harvests are fermented in two parts, one with 100% full clusters and the other with 30% full clusters. These five different wines are later blended together. Fermentation is in used 225-liter barriques, and the élevage is in old 2,000-liter foudres. This has to be the best harvest of the Gran Enemigo blend.”
"This wine floored me. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a stunning beauty and a wine well worth the attention (if you can afford its lofty pricing aspirations). Thankfully, the beauty of the contents will help alleviate some of the sticker shock. This is a supple and silky expression with an infinite array of Sangiovese-based aromas. You'll recognize wild cassis, forest floor, autumnal leaf, button mushroom, grilled herb, rosemary, balsam herb and red rose petal. The effect is fragrant and delicate. The mouthfeel is equally ethereal and nuanced. With only 3,500 bottles made, not many of us will have the luxury of trying this beautiful wine. And, that is really too bad."
"This is the first vintage of Yalumba’s new Cabernet/Shiraz-based flagship wine. Deep garnet in color, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz The Caley offers expressive baked blackberries, cherry cordial and blackcurrant jelly notes with suggestions of Chinese five spice, cedar and anise. The palate is built like a brick house, delivering a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness to support and complement the voluptuous, full-bodied flesh. It offers a very long, layered finish with lingering exotic spice and black berry preserves notes. Give it 3-5 more years in bottle and drink it over the next twenty-five."
"The classic take on Rioja from Benjamín Romeo is the 2010 Carmen Gran Reserva and it blends all of the traditional red grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo. It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels for two years, plus a further three years getting polished in bottle. This is a wine inspired by the old Rioja wines produced with the know-how and experience from Benjamín Romeo. It takes some time to open up, but it slowly unfurls with aromas of some herbal hints, tobacco, nuts and spices, with a touch of cherries in liqueur (there is some 10% Garnacha); there are also flowers, sour cherries, subtle balsamic, with notes of camphor and a hint of cured meat... There are more and more aromas coming out of the glass--a chameleon of a nose, a wine to smell and smell. The palate is simply stunning. Gobsmacking balance and precise, focused flavors, subtle, integrated acidity and an eternal finish. This is just superb. And the price, even if it's not low, is also great for the quality it delivers."