“The 1996 Barolo Brunate has aged gracefully, although it is fully mature, or close to it. Sweet tobacco, mint, leather, licorice, spice and dried herbs give the 1996 its exotic aromatics. The 1996 has enough depth and freshness to drink well for another few years, although I wouldn't push my luck too much further.”
“The 1996 Barolo Prapò has preserved a bit more freshness than the Brunate, but that is not surprising given its Serralunga origins. Orange peel, bright red stone fruit and white pepper all give the 1996 its distinctive aromatic high notes. There is plenty to like.”
Rudi Pichler - Vinography
Grüner Veltliner Ried Kollmütz Smaragd
“Medium yellow-gold in the glass, this wine smells of roasted nuts and marmalade, but distinctly savory, rather than sweet. In the mouth, the wine has a remarkable brightness, an incredible sour lemon and chamomile explosion on the palate. Gorgeously silky, this wine also offers a savory mineral and wet chalkboard character that lingers through the finish with a light tannic grip. Unusual and remarkable. (9/9.5 out of 10)”
Mastroberardino - JancisRobinson.com
Radici Taurasi Riserva DOCG
“A regular growing cycle, except for a rainy August. The temperature in September was much lower than on average, resulting in a long and slow ripening of the grapes. Beautiful, lustrous mid ruby with orange rim. Powerful, ripe nose of undergrowth, malt bread and sweet brooding fruit, which doesn't come out fully yet. Full, sweet attack immediately followed by electrifying acidity. Austere, crunchy finish closing up again. Very long finish with lifted ongoing acidic bite. Still lots of future.” (17.5+ out of 20 points)
Mastroberardino - Spirito diVino
Radici Taurasi Riserva DOCG
“Lively, bright and clear garnet color that is slightly paler than the others. Crisp fruit dominates the olfactory phase, which is not yet completely tertiary, a clear sign of its youth. Notes of black cherry, sour cherry, raspberry, porcini mushrooms and some spice hints of cardamom and Kentucky black tobacco. Splendid acidity supports an agile body that is sleek, youthful and free of baroquisms, with severe and austere, but not aggressive, tannins completing a very taut and elegant gustatory phase.”
The 1996 I Sodi di San Niccolò is another big wine. Firm tannins frame an expressive core of black cherries, plums, spices, licorice and new leather. There is more than enough density in the fruit to make me think the wine will age beautifully for another 10-15 years. Although a lighter vintage on paper, the 1996 has put on considerable weight in bottle. A huge, structured finish rounds out this surprising and unexpectedly superb Sodi di San Niccolò.
I am floored by the 1996 Taurasi Radici. It is simply breathtaking. Fine, silky tannins buttress dried roses, spices and red berries, all of which meld together in a wine of understated elegance. Taurasi is often referred to as the "Barolo of the South" and this is a wine that captures the essence of that comparison to the fullest. Gorgeous inner perfume develops in the glass over time, inviting a second and then a third taste. This is a thrilling yet delicate wine of the highest level.
Montevetrano - Wine Advocate
Montevetrano Colli di Salerno IGP
The 1996 Montevetrano is the product of a cold, rainy year and late harvest. Today it comes across as rather lean, without the explosiveness or density of the finest vintages. Dark fruit, mocha, espresso, earthiness and tobacco develop in the glass, but this remains a somewhat rough-around-the-edges, lean and slightly herbal Montevetrano.
Weekly Wine Buy - Very impressive, an unquestionably fine dry red. The outstanding, dark purple-colored 1996 Amarone offers a knock-out nose of wood charcoal intermixed with black truffles, melted asphalt, blackberries, and roast beef. Amazingly rich and full-bodied, but not heavy, this chewy, thick, exceptionally pure, harmonious offering should drink well for 10-15+ years. Its low acidity and gorgeously ripe fruit provide immediate accessibility.