Finca Villacreces (Spanish Organic Wineries)

 

 

Finca Villacreces 

 

Finca Villacreces

One of the most highly-regarded pieces of land in Ribera del Duero, the estate of Villacreces sits adjacent to Vega Sicilia along the Duero and at the center of the golden mile – a cluster of vineyards and estates considered by many critics to be the best in Valladolid if not the entire DO. There is written evidence that the first vines were planted on this estate in the 13th Century. During the 14th Century, it was run by Saint Pedro de Villacreces.

Later on, with its perfect conditions for prayer and retreat, it became a monastery for Franciscan Friars to see contemplative solitude. In the 20th Century, the property belonged to a wealthy aristocratic family from Valladolid, who spent their holidays and weekends here. In the early 1970s, 40 hectares of vines were planted, which has now been increased to 60. Including a 200-year-old forest, the estate comprises a total of 115 hectares.

We have worked with Finca Villacreces since the early 1990s and when we had to be selective of what we chose to import. The estate was a diamond in the rough with untidy vineyards and inconsistent cellar practices. Despite these drawbacks, we were not alone in finding something special in this terruño within a bend of the Duero, and some of the most promising parcels had already been leased to more famous neighbors. So when word got out that the estate had been sold, we were nervous that the new owners would incautiously modernize the property and strip it of its unique charms.

Luckily for everyone, it was the Antón family – owners of Izadi in Rioja – who purchased the estate and invested in revitalizing the property and cellars. Most of the vines were not well-tended, so while yields were low, the quality was uneven. The first step in rescuing the vineyards was to switch to sustainable and organic practices, which culminated with organic certification in 2017.

Next was utilizing the access rights to the Duero, dating back to the time when the property was a monastic retreat to nurse the vines to their full potential gradually, all while working the soils to force the roots deeper. The final step was to counter the vegetative vigor of drip irrigation by carefully managing the canopy. The results are healthy vines that are less dependent on irrigation, revitalized soils, deeper root systems, and more self-regulating plants than before.

In the cellar, the Antón family removed the old wooden fermentation vats replacing them with stainless steel and new French oak vats. The barrel stocks were completely replaced with new French and American oak barrels. Over time the percentage of new barrels has decreased, and more of the wine is being aged in foudres and well-seasoned oak.

There are three cuvées made at Finca Villacreces, each vintage. Pruno is sourced from the sandier soils of the estate vineyard, those parcels closest to the Duero river, and older and younger vine fruit from the estate vineyards situated above the river on a thin layer of clay over sand and gravel soils. The estate Ribera del Duero comes from the oldest estate vines planted on clay over sand and gravel. Nebro is made from a single 1.2-hectare parcel of pre-phylloxera vines in the neighboring subzone of Burgos.

2918 Finca Villacreces Pruno Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $21.00

92 Pointz James Suckling

A little jammy on the nose with plum, vanilla and some cherry undertones. Full-bodied and layered with chewy, juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Quite a bit of wood at the end. Drink now.

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The entry-level here is the 2018 Pruno, which follows the line of the 2016. It’s mostly Tempranillo with 9% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented for three weeks and matured in French barrels for 11 months. It’s clean and quite fruit-driven, approachable and juicy, with integrated oak. Very pleasant, with very good freshness.

 

2016 Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero Reviews 

Suggested Retail Price $45.00

A blend of 86% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Merlot.

93 Pointz James Suckling

A red that offers a wealth of plum, chocolate, and walnut character. Smoky with redwood undertones. Full body, chewy tannins, and a flavorful finish. Needs time to soften. Try after 2022.

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2016 Finca Villacreces was produced to showcase the essence of the estate, mixing grapes from different soils fermented and aged separately and then blended into a combination of 88% Tempranillo, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot that fermented in concrete and oak vats and matured in 225- and 500-liter French oak barrels for 15 months. I was expecting more freshness here, but I found ripe black fruit and something earthy/organic reminiscent of peat and coal, plenty of fine-grained tannins and ripe and earthy flavors. It’s still quite oaky. Surprisingly enough, the 2017 showed better… 71,242 bottles and 535 magnums produced. It was bottled in July 2018.

 

Orma Passi di Orma Reviews (Super Tuscan)

Orma Passi di Orma

Orma is the acclaimed wine made at a single estate of the same name in Bolgheri, coastal Tuscany’s premier wine village. Originally purchased in the mid-1990’s by Arezzo-born business mogul, Antonio Moretti, Orma is said to be ‘well-born’ due to the estate’s location next to Tenuta dell’Ornellaia and amid the towering cypress trees of the famed Via Bolgherese. With a profile that finds equilibrium between power and finesse, Orma reflects both the unique terroir and the ambitious spirit of its territory.

Location of Vineyard

The Orma estate is located in the district of Castagneto Carducci within the Bolgheri DOC, and is home to only 5.5 hectares of well-exposed and carefully tended vineyard. Plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc are brought to full ripeness by the brilliant summer sunshine for which this part of Tuscany is renowned. Gentle and consistent sea breezes keep the vines ventilated and free of rot despite dense plantings of 2,960 vines/acre. More than any other characteristic, however, Orma’s vineyards are defined by their soil. Here, the soil is composed of a high proportion of sand and pebbles with considerably less clay than other coastal areas in Tuscany. This yields a well-drained growing environment in which vines are required to dig deep for buried water reserves. The result is a richly defined wine of power, concentration, and character.

Winemaking Philosophy

Antonio Moretti was born in Tuscany and built success across a variety of industries such as luxury goods, fashion, real estate, and finance. And while these endeavors drew Mr. Moretti around the globe, it was the connection to his roots that brought him back to Tuscany. The Orma property was purchased in 2004 by Mr. Moretti with the intention of adding to the cannon of top quality wines that define Bolgheri as the winemaking jewel of Tuscany’s coast. Since the wine’s debut vintage in 2005, and with the consultancy of talented winemakers and agronomists coordinated by Dr. Moretti, Orma is well on its way to being recognized the world over as what it truly is: One wine from one estate that is second to none.

Orma Passi di Orma Reviews 

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2017 Orma Passi di Orma Reviews 

 

91 Pointz James Suckling

A little loosely knitted right now, but it shows freshness and brightness. Medium to full body with firm tannins. A blend of 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc.

91 Pointz Vinous 

The 2017 Passi di Orma is a lovely second wine from Orma. Sweet red cherry, mint, blood orange and pomegranate are all pushed forward. Silky and pliant, with lovely fruit purity, this radiant, juicy Maremma red is absolutely delicious. It should drink well for at least another handful of years.

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this offers aromas of black plum, green peppercorn and cooking spice. The straightforward palate delivers black-currant jam, vanilla and a touch of coconut alongside firm tannins.

2016 Orma Passi di Orma Reviews 

93 Pointz James Suckling

A layered and powerful young red from Bolgheri with currants, chocolate and cedar undertones. Full-bodied, layered and polished with beautiful fruit and intensity. A solid and structured wine, highlighting the beauty of the vintage on the coast of Tuscany. Second wine of Orma.

91 Pointz Vinous 

The 2016 Passi di Orma is a gorgeous entry-level wine. Bright and perfumed, with lovely depth, this medium-bodied red delivers the goods. Sweet red cherry, mocha and rose petal are some of the many notes that are laced into the silky finish. This is a wonderfully precise wine from Orma.

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 

Compared to the preceding vintage, the 2016 Bolgheri Rosso Passi di Orma delivers its primary fruit characteristics in a less obvious manner. There is dark plum and blackberry for sure but the spice, toast and tobacco tones take equal billing. This wine also shows a more robust construction with etched layers of mineral and campfire ash at the back. This vintage shows superior focus and definition. The blend is 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc.

89 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this opens with aromas of black-skinned berry, green peppercorn and bay leaf. The firm palate delivers ripe black currant, vanilla and a touch of cedar alongside lithe tannins.

 

2015 Orma Passi di Orma Reviews 

95 Pointz James Suckling

Very pretty aromas of currant, tobacco, and mint. Subtle. Full body, silky tannins and lots of fruit and richness. Beautiful length to this. Better in 2020.

88 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this opens with aromas of black-skinned berry, underbrush and a hint of green olive. The straightforward palate offers vanilla, black-currant jam and a touch of caramel alongside smooth tannins.

Organic Red Wines (From Argentina to the USA)

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2016 Altos las Hormigas Uco Valley Terroir Malbec Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $18.00

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The introduction to the Valle de Uco is the 2016 Malbec Terroir Valle de Uco, which has grapes from La Consulta and Tupungato. In 2016, a cool year with low yields, they fermented the grapes in small stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts, and 75% of the volume was kept unoaked while the remaining 25% matured in untoasted 3,500-liter oak foudres for 18 months. This is a Malbec that’s a lot more linear and austere, with superb freshness, super fine tannins and a subdued minerality, really serious. The palate is harmonious, balanced and mineral. It’s a bargain Malbec, really nuanced and with incipient complexity despite its youth. 93,000 bottles produced.

90 Pointz James Suckling

Very floral and herbal character. A sleek, cool and dry malbec. With a crisp acidity this is a radical stylistic departure.

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2015 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Red Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $16.00

A blend of 65% Shiraz and  35% Cabernet Sauvignon.

92 Pointz James Suckling

This pretty blend shows dark berry, chocolate and spice character. Full body, round, juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Tight and toned.

 

2017 Wirra Wirra Church Block CSM Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $20.00

A blend: of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz and 11% Merlot.

92 Pointz James Suckling

This is in good shape in this vintage with very clear cabernet cassis and blackcurrant aromas, as well as leaves and red fruit. The palate has a very evenly paced build with layers of tannin and a smooth, juicy and deep finish. A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon 39%, Shiraz and 9% Merlot.

 

2015 Wirra Wirra Catapult Shiraz Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $20.00

90 Pointz Vinous

Bright violet. Dark berry preserve, licorice and floral aromas, accompanied by peppery spice and smoke accents in the background. Sappy and plush on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that are given backbone and lift by juicy acidity. The smoky quality reappears on the long, dark-fruit-driven finish, which is framed by gently chewy, harmonious tannins.

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2017 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Noir S Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $80.00

94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

A lifted, almost floral, red-fruited freshness is subtle on the nose of this wine. The palate is exquisitely slender, taut and full of redcurrant brightness that takes on a mellower cherry ripeness with air. Tannins are silky on this elegant, concentrated wine that shows A lifted, almost floral, red-fruited freshness is subtle on the nose of this wine. The palate is exquisitely slender, taut and full of redcurrant brightness that takes on a mellower cherry ripeness with air. Tannins are silky on this elegant, concentrated wine that shows a light and knowing hand when it comes to oak. It’s effortlessly elegant and profound. Vineyard Brands.a light and knowing hand when it comes to oak. It’s effortlessly elegant and profound.

92 Pointz James Suckling

Ripe strawberries, red cherries, boysenberries and citrus. Medium-bodied, tightly wound and vertical on the palate with very driven acidity. A fragrant and delicious style of pinot noir. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now.

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2017 Chateau Maris La Touge Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $22.00

A blend of  60% Syrah , and 40% Grenache.

92 Pointz Wine & Spirits

Mainly Syrah, with some Grenache and Carignan, this is earthy, meaty and layered. The tannins have a felt-like texture, lending richness and depth, letting the wine feel inviting even while the structure is firm and well packed. It’s a lot of wine for $20, especially considering that you could put a few bottles down in the cellar.

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2017 Minervois la Liviniere La Touge is an approachable, medium-bodied blend. It’s more red-fruited and friendly than the other Maris wines in 2017, showcasing silky tannins and mixed cherries and blueberries, without any obvious oak influence.

2017 Chateau Maris Les Planels Old Vine Syrah Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $25.00

A blend of  95% Syrah and 5% Grenache.

91 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Who wouldn’t love this?” I wrote in my notes when tasting this blind. Everyone on our panel agreed. We were taken by its smoky bacon fragrance and meaty, plummy fruit, by its velvety texture and by the dark notes of rich earth. It may not be the most complex of Maris’s wines, but it’s glorious Syrah.

 

2017 Domaine d’Aupilhac Montpeyroux Rouge Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $26.00

Winemaker Notes

From one of the Languedoc’s greatest terroirs-these grapes have consumed an intoxicating elixier of herbs and stones before being transformed into the wild, dark glory you see in your glass.

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2017 Domaine Arlaud Bourgogne Rouge Roncevie Vieilles Vignes Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $36.00

90 Pointz Wine Spectator

A pretty red, offering rose, strawberry, cherry, earth and subtle vanilla flavors. Elegant, with ample intensity and a long, firm finish where the oak asserts itself for now. Drink now through 2025.

 

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2016 Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Reviews 

Suggested Retail Price $60.00

A blend of  37% Grenache Noir, 29% Syrah, 27% Mouvèdre and  7% Cinsault.

93 Pointz James Suckling

Up-to-date, classical style with alluring red florals, red berries and light, herbal accents. The palate rolls out plush, plump, dark berries in a silky, smooth chassis. From organically grown grapes.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

Creamy textured plum and raspberry sauce notes glide through, flecked with black tea and pastis flavors and framed by a subtle apple wood hint. Flattering in feel, but shows latent cut and drive, so there’s no rush. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Best from 2020 through 2034.

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

La Nerthe’s 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 37% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre, 7% Cinsault and 2% others. Aged in a substantial portion of new oak (20%), it shows hints of toast and vanilla on the nose, then plenty of concentrated cherry fruit on the palate. It’s full-bodied and plush in texture, making it approachable now, but there’s enough tannic backbone and length on the finish to think it will drink well for more than a decade.

92 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Blackberry and black-cherry flavors are opulent in this rich, ample-bodied wine. It’s intensely fleshy in fruit character but muted by hints of earth and savory spice as well as a whisper of violet. Ripe, finely woven tannins accentuate the immediate appeal but should structure the wine well through 2028.

 

2017 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Girard Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $50.00

Peter Weygandt’s requested unfiltered blend of about 90% Grenache (30% 115 year old vines, 70% average 50 years), 4% Mourvèdre, 4%Syrah, 2% Cinsault and 2% Counoise. A Chateauneuf that one can drink young, or 7 to 10 years.

94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

A special cuvée made for American importer Peter Weygandt, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Girard includes a bit more old-vine Grenache, and it shows in the wine’s increased elegance. It’s more floral than the regular bottling, with scents of tea and roses, but it’s also darker and richer, with black cherry fruit, a velvety mouthfeel and a long, layered finish.

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2019 Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $17.00

Tasting Notes  

Bright ruby-red in color, this youthful red offers explosive aromas of blueberries, cherries, licorice, and sweet spices. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with plentiful acidity and a pleasant finish.

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2018 Feudo di Santa Tresa Purato Nero d’Avola Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $12.00

Tasting Notes 

Intense purple red. Aromas of black fruits and spices. Extraordinarily round and complete, with a natural and effortless balance of tannin and acidity, structure and length.

2015 Feudo di Santa Tresa Cerasuolo di Vittoria Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $16.00

Tasting Notes 

The bouquet is of dark, ripe berries. The palate is soft, with well-rounded fruit, reminiscent of blackberries and damsons. This is an elegant wine, with a certain finesse and a lovely long finish.

 

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2014 Ziobaffa Organic Toscana Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $ 13.00

90 Pointz  James Suckling

Dark cherries, cranberry sauce and blueberry pie. Medium body, plenty of tangy fruit and a zippy finish. Drink now. Made from organically grown grapes.

2018 Tiamo Chianti Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $15.00

Tasting Notes 

This is a superbly balanced wine with aromas of red fruits and violets. The palate is fruit-forward, soft, and very elegant.

 

2017 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $23.00

92 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Chopped mint, woodland herb and wild berry aromas lead the nose. Juicy and bright, the palate delivers succulent Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and white pepper accompanied by taut, refined tannins. Drink 2021–2029.

 

2016 Col d’Orcia Rosso di Montalcino Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $25.00

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92 Pointz James Suckling

A soft, delicious red with crushed berry and cherry character. Full body, round, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino offers simple lines with good fruit intensity. The bouquet is redolent of wild cherry, red currant and mild spice or aniseed. Made according to simple winemaking techniques, this wine relies fully on the quality of the excellent fruit in 2016 to produce these lovely but easy-drinking results. Some 220,000 bottles were made.

2018 Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $25.00

92 Pointz James Suckling

A fresh, fruity red with currant, blackberry and stone aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins and a polished, focused finish. Some oyster shell. Better after 2021.

 

2018 Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $36.00

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92 Points Vinous

The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino from Le Chiuse di Sotto takes Rosso to a whole new level, with a bouquet that pulls you closer to the glass. This is showing mineral-infused black cherry, with moist earth tones, fall leaves, green stems, and hints of animal musk. Strawberry, leaning toward cranberry, citrus-tinged spices, hints of tannin and pretty red florals resonate throughout the finish, leaving an impression more of a Brunell than a Rosso. Simply stunning.

 

2014 Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $80.00

95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Showing the firm’s hallmark of remarkable elegance, this fragrant, linear red opens with enticing scents of red berry, blue flower, rose, white pepper and crushed herb. The vibrant palate boasts compelling finesse and tension, delivering juicy red cherry, strawberry compote, star anise and a hint of tobacco. Taut refined tannins and bright acidity provide balance and seamless support. It screams out for food. Drink 2021–2029.

91 Pointz James Suckling

The nose offers cooler blue-fruit aromas with fresh, violet-like aromas. On the palate there’s freshness and vitality that makes for attractive drinking now.

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2018 Momo Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $20.00

Winemaker Notes:

The nose demonstrates earthy, herbal and dark fruit characters with hints of undergrowth. The palate is focused and concentrated, with succulent dark fruits balanced by fine mouth-coating tannins.

 

2018 Loveblock Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $30.00

93 Pointz Wine Spectator #46 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2019

This displays an impressive presence, smooth and succulent, with vibrant cherry, raspberry and apricot notes and touches of white pepper, anise seed and toasted cumin. The texture is smooth, with firm tannins that add an appealing traction on the finish. Drink now through 2033.

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

While this organically farmed Pinot isn’t as fruit forward as previous vintages, it makes up for it with an abundance of fresh herbs: thyme, rosemary and fennel seeds, with some leafy secondary characters and red-berry fruit in the mix too. Mouthwatering acidity and crunchy fruit are balanced by sandy tannins. Drink this light-bodied bottle a little chilled, with a summer meal seasoned with the same freshly plucked herbs as the nose suggests.

 

2018 Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $48.00

95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Aromatic and expressive, with raspberry, cherry and fresh herb notes that are precise on a smooth and supple frame, offering details of matcha green tea, white pepper and forest floor. A hint of fresh nutmeg lingers on the long, expressive finish, where the tannins provide a slight grip. Drink now through 2034.

93 Pointz James Suckling

Such attractive, mouthwatering aromas of spicy and brambly red cherries. This is in very seductive form in 2018 with supple, smooth and gently creamy, red-cherry and raspberry flavors, delivered in a silky, elegant and smooth mode. Fresh, lithe finish. Drink now. Screw cap.

91 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

This vintage of Felton Road’s blend of fruit from all four of its vineyards still bears the estate’s signature while being a little less cohesive than its single-site wines, like Block 3. It’s softly spicy with high-toned red berry and plum fruit, green peppercorn and slight mushroomy notes. The palate is neatly structured, hugged by savory, if somewhat blocky tannins. A characterful and approachable drop now.

2016 Amisfield Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $50.00

91 Pointz James Suckling

An attractive array of both floral and fruit aromas with red cherries leading through to the palate in fresh, vibrant form. The tannins carry a lot of flavor. Fresh finish.

90 Pointz Decanter

Dark, pure black fruits with well-handled spiced oak. Nicely resolved tannins. Fresh. Scented and slightly jammy red with a backbone of sappy tannins.

2018 Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $65.00

95 Pointz James Suckling

Tasted at bottling, this has very attractive, floral and sappy aromas with ripe red cherries, blueberries, blood oranges and orange zest. The oak is very subtle. The palate is very smooth and deeply creamy with a super succulent and rich array of juicy, lithe tannin , carrying to a long, fleshy and fluid finish. From biodynamically grown grapes.

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2018 Calvert Pinot Noir displays intertwined briary notes of red raspberries and resinous herbs. It’s medium-bodied, with supple, slightly dusty tannins, but there’s also a wiry backbone of acidity that further brightens the wine and imparts terrific length on the mocha-tinged finish.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

Distinctive, firm and focused, with a note of minerality weaving around the dried berry and cherry flavors at the core. Touches of spice, black tea and dark chocolate linger. Drink now through 2034.

 

 

 

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2016 Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $30.00

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve is pale to medium ruby-purple with a black cherries and blackberries nose with accents of wood smoke, dusty earth, cola, clove and underbrush. It’s medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and good freshness to lift the black fruits, finishing long with spice and earth notions.

 

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What is Spatlese? (Not Dry & Not Sweet)

 

 

 

What is Spatlese?

Spatlese means Late Harvest in German, .he grapes are not only riper than those picked for the Kabinett wines. It also has a higher Residual Sugar level as well. To make it easier to understand,. If German wines were rated a 0 for the driest and 10 for the sweetest, Spatlese would fall between 1 and 2.5 on the sweetness level.

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2019 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $44.00

95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Editors’ Choice

Crystalline strikes of crushed slate and mineral accent this piercing, sun-struck spätlese. Medium sweet on the palate yet partly balanced by spine-tingling lime acidity, it’s an intensely fruity, tropical sip that explodes with mango, honeydew, and passion fruit flavors. Light as a feather and endless on the finish, it’s at peak now through 2035 but will hold longer still.  

94 Pointz James Suckling

With its ripe-pear, peach and mirabelle aromas, this is an immediately appealing spatlese, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Plenty of acidity and subtlety lurking below the waters’ calm surface. Long, rather dry finish.

94 Pointz Robert Parker’s

Wine Advocate

The 2019 Maximin Grünhaus Riesling Abtsberg Spätlese is fresh and stony on the nose—almost greenish—and, in any case, terribly pure, fresh and precise, with flinty notes of crushed stones and also perfectly ripe tropical fruit aromas that come out with a bit of aeration. Mouthfillingly round and generous but also precise, fresh, and finessed on the palate, this is a picture-book Spätlese that has more of a creamy texture than the more-crystalline Herrenberg Kabinett. The finish is concentrated and juicy, very aromatic, and piquant.

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

Rich and creamy, yet lively, this white delivers peach, apricot, baked apple, and celery seed aromas and flavors. A saline, mineral note underlines it all as this lingers on the finish. Complex and expressive. Drink now through 2040.

 

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2019 Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $34.00

94 Pointz James Suckling

Generous and spicy, but with very racy acidity and a long, energetic finish that’s super crisp. So food-friendly, in spite of the obvious, natural-grape sweetness. Drink or hold.

94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Notes of spice and crushed earth abound in this intensely ripe but classic expression of the red-slate slopes of Urziger Wurzgarten. Delicately sweet and delightfully tropical, it balances rich, ripe melon and pineapple flavors against a zippy spine of lemon acidity. The finish is long and smoky. Delicious in youth but should evolve beautifully through 2035 and hold longer still.

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s

Wine Advocate

The 2019 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese is fine and subtle on the pure, herbal and crunchy/stony nose. Classy on the first palate, this is a sweet, piquant, racy and stimulatingly salty Würzgarten Spätlese that is still terribly young and needs some years to soften and gain finesse.

 

2019 Zilliken Rausch Riesling Spatlese Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $65.00

96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Editors’ Choice

Streaks of white grapefruit and struck slate collide on the nose of this blindingly pure-fruited spätlese. Light on its feet yet powerfully concentrated with lime, apricot and honeydew flavors, it’s an electric sip that can’t be placed anywhere but the Mosel. Medium sweet yet without a trace of sugariness, it’s irresistible now but should evolve beautifully through 2035 and hold longer still. 

96 Pointz James Suckling

You would be well advised to cancel anything else you were planning to do today, because this is brimming with pineapple and papaya aromas that will suck you into the concentrated and graceful palate. I love the dangerously refreshing finish that’s also very silky. Drink or hold.

94 Pointz Robert Parker’s

Wine Advocate

The 2019 Rausch Spätlese is clear, precise, fresh and flinty on the nose. Obviously based on perfectly botrytized grapes, this is a dense, concentrated, rich and generous but fine and elegant Spätlese from the Saarburger Rausch. The finish is piquant and salty, still young but already stimulating. 

 

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2019 Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $44.00

95 Pointz James Suckling

This is a totally charming beauty with succulence that’s hard to resist and mineral freshness that lifts the wine beautifully. Long, complex finish with multiple moments of tension. From organically grown grapes with Fair’n Green certification.

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s

Wine Advocate

The 2019 Riesling Spätlese Norheimer Kirschheck is bright and elegant… Racy- piquant and pure on the palate, with tension, grip and elegance, this is a promising Spätlese.

 

2019 Selbach Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $36.00

94 Pointz James Suckling

Brimming with papaya and ripe citrus, this is simultaneously succulent and super fresh with energetic acidity driving the finish along. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s

Wine Advocate

The 2019 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese is coolish, pure and flinty on the naked and crunchy yet dense, concentrated and fruity nose that is based on 10% botrytis. Salty-piquant and stimulatingly pure on the palate, this is a crystalline, intense and lush yet very precise and even challenging Riesling that needs a decade to dance on ice instead of a razor blade. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.

 

While Supplies Last 

Do Not Miss This opportunity to Buy some of the 2018 Spatlese.

2018 Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $52.00

94 Pointz Wine & Spirits

Christoph Schaefer farms just 10 acres, and half of them are on the steep slate slopes of Graacher Himmelreich. A sunny, protected site, it often makes his most exuberant wine. The party hasn’t started for this vintage yet, but it will. Right now, it’s still got some of the sponti funk from its ambient-yeast fermentation in large barrels; it’s also weighted down with smoky mineral notes and fruit so ripe it edges toward red berries.

While it will take a little while in the cellar for the acidity to organize all those flavors into a more Schaefer-esque sense of order and clarity, the wine already has a sense of energy that feels exciting and full of promise.

93 Pointz James Suckling

Quite smoky with flint and chalk that work rather well with the notes of dried citrus and spices. Medium dry with a deep serving of acidity and peach and stone flavors. Finely tuned and sleek. Drink in 2022.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

A luscious, velvety spätlese, featuring concentrated ripe apricot, orange marmalade and graham cracker notes, balanced by intense acidity, with hints of honey and sage cream on the finish. Very giving right now, and will only get better. Best from 2021 through 2036

92 Pointz Vinous

The nose hovers between fresh and jellied apple, signaling an advanced sense of ripeness typical of 2018, but there is also a whiff of lemon, which transforms itself into welcome brightness on an at once richly textured yet buoyant and juicy palate. Tang and tingle serve for invigoration on a consummately refreshing finish delightfully sensitive to crystalline stony impingements. Any slight suspicions from the aromas – or, for that matter, from studying this wine’s analysis – that it might lack for animation, delicacy and efficacious acidity are quickly dispelled. Drinking window: 2020 – 2038

 

2018 Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Spatlese Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $40.00

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s

Wine Advocate

The 2018 Rheingau Riesling Spätlese is a modern classic! Super clear, fresh and precise on the nose, this is a round and juicy but also bright, clear and piquant Riesling with a long and salty-elegant finish. Fabulous, with lingering and mouth-salivating salinity. There is 9% alcohol with about 45 grams of residual sugar.

92 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Lemon pith and crushed miner- als introduce this sweet-tart, racy little Spätlese. White grapefruit on the palate is spine-tingling and zippy yet builds in texture and mouthfeel. The finish is very long, lingering on a murmur of delicate tan- nins. Irresistible in its youth but substantial enough to improve through 2035.

92 Pointz Wine Spectator

Very elegant, but with good concentration, displaying apricot, peach and lemon notes that are intensified by bright acidity. Mouthfilling midpalate, imparting a sense of crunch. The finish shows sweet spice hints, inviting you back for another sip. Best from 2022 through 2036.

Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Reviews

 

Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Reviews

 

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2016 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $30.00

93 Pointz James Suckling

A bright, pretty Vino Nobile showing rose petals, tulips and orange zest. Taut tannins draw out fine layers of firm tannins, coating the vibrant fruit in sparkling acidity. Medium-bodied and medium chewy. Crunchy on the finish. Drink now or hold.

93 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Fragrant and loaded with finesse, this has enticing aromas of dark-skinned berry, violet, camphor and whiffs of pipe tobacco. The vibrant, linear palate has great tension, delivering juicy Morello cherry, crushed mint, orange zest and star anise framed in taut, fine-grained tannins. It’s  balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2022–2036. Cellar Selection

 

2015 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Reviews

   92 Pointz Decanter

Since acquiring the property in 2009, Virginie Saverys has worked to convert all 162-plus hectares of vineyards to organic and biodynamic practices. In 2015 the Sangiovese was harvested relatively early, between 10-28 September. Hints of dried rose petals, violet, pepper and black tea add complexity to fragrant red cherry and strawberry. While light on its feet and immediately appealing, it has the substance and structure to hold for the next eight years.

91 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of baking spice, mature plum and crushed aromatic herb lift out of the glass. Elegant and linear, the taut medium-bodied palate offers dried cherry, star anise, and a hint of espresso alongside youthfully austere fine-grained tannins.

90 Pointz James Suckling

This has some pleasant, red-fruit aromas, but there’s a slightly unexpected undercurrent of dried tobacco, leather, and cedar. The palate shows good form and polish, though, finishing round and juicy. Pure Sangiovese.

 

2014 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Reviews

92 Pointz James Suckling

A fresher style of Vino Nobile that’s elegant and pretty, showing red cherries, a hint of licorice, some herbs and a slice of blueberry cake. The palate is well defined with lots of acidity, red fruits, a medium body and a fruity finish. 

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The queen of the ball is the 2014 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. This wine shows grace and elegance, and it pulls itself together with a profound sense of firmness and textural compactness. The quality of fruit is sweet and accessible, but the wine also reveals ethereal tones of grilled herb and blue flower that add to its good complexity. Avignonesi shows great results in a difficult vintage.

90 Pointz Wine Spectator

A light, elegant style, delivering cherry, iron, leather and earth flavors in a balanced profile. Clean and lively, with a lingering aftertaste of leather, earth and almond. Drink now through 2023.

 

2013 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Reviews

91 Pointz Wine Spectator

There’s loads of Sangiovese character here, from the earthy, tobacco-scented beginning to the cherry, leather and earth flavors, all underlined by stiff, chalky tannins. Rustic yet soulful. Best from 2018 through 2024.

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano marks a very happy return for Avignonesi. This wine underlines the commitment and the dedication of the estate’s new owners and I could not be happier for this turnaround. Past vintages may have seen smaller percentages of Merlot, but this vintage paints a pretty picture of Sangiovese in a classic vintage. The Tuscan grape requires a long growing season and a sunny September. This vintage offered both. The bouquet opens to wild fruit aromas with distinct mineral tones that define and delineate the aromatic offering. The mouthfeel reveals good complexity and lots of bright freshness. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a red wine that can be consumed young. In fact, I would recommend an early drinking window in the case of this wine.

91 Pointz Wine Spectator

There’s loads of Sangiovese character here, from the earthy, tobacco-scented beginning to the cherry, leather and earth flavors, all underlined by stiff, chalky tannins. Rustic yet soulful. Best from 2018 through 2024.

90 Pointz James Suckling

A fresh and clean wine with chocolate, berry and light lemon. Some hazelnut too. Medium to light body. Refined textured finish.

 

2012 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Reviews

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of forest floor, violet, red berry and a whiff of dark baking spice unfold in the glass while wild cherry, black raspberry, ground pepper and star anise drive the palate. Framed in firm, fine-grained tannins, this is a classic Tuscan red.

 

2011 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Reviews

92 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

Aromas of underbrush, red berry, cooking spice and Mediterranean brush lead the nose on this structured, polished wine. The firm palate delivers wild cherry, tobacco, savory herb, white pepper and a balsamic note alongside supple tannins. Enjoy through 2018. 

91 Pointz Wine Spectator

An opulent style, featuring black cherry, plum, earth and spice flavors. Full and complex, with fine balance and a lingering aftertaste of tobacco and spice. Best from 2015 through 2024.

 

2010 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Reviews

91 Pointz Wine Spectator

#58 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

This round version is laced with black cherry and raspberry fruit, showing hints of cocoa and spice. Firm tannins lend support, making this well-balanced overall, with a lingering finish of warm chocolate cake. Drink now through 2022.

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Avignonesi’s Vino Nobile offers an alluring fragrance of rose petal and balsamic herbs along with cherry and spice accents. The palate delivers restrained black fruit flavors alongside notes of chocolate and licorice. Despite the tannic finish, this is fast approaching its ideal drinking window.

 

Organic Pinot Noir (From Burgundy to New Zealand)

 

Organic Pinot Noir

 

Organic Pinot Noir

 

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Organic Pinot Noir from Argentina 

2019 Domaine Bousquet Reserve Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $17.00

90 Pointz James Suckling

This has a bright array of fresh red cherries and light, herbal accents, leading to a palate that has a fresh, light and crisp edge with enduring, simple red-berry flavors. From organically grown grapes.

 

Organic Pinot Noir from Chile 

The Casablanca Valley is located 60 miles Northwest of Santiago. This region is relatively new with early vineyards planted in the late 80’s. Actually I tasted a Riesling and Gewurztraminer from the region in the mid 90’s which made a favorable impression on me. But in the early 2000’s I tasted a Pinot Noir and thought this is a region worth watching. 

 

2019 Veramonte Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $12.00 

93 Pointz James Suckling

This offers a very spicy impression with cloves and mace framing bright blueberries and red cherries. The palate has such succulent, fleshy tannins with a smooth, juicy and energetic feel. Medium body. Fresh finish.

 

2018 Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $20.00

93 Pointz James Suckling

This is a high-toned and focused red with strawberry, lemon and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, vivid fruit and a long and flavorful finish. Screw cap. Drink now or hold.

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The first of two Pinot Noirs I tasted was the 2016 Ritual Pinot Noir, a red full of character. It had a mineral palate with very tasty flavors, sour cherries and spices, and varietal character. The oak was nicely integrated oak, and the wine was fresh, with fine tannins. 96,000 bottles were filled in June 2017.

More Reviews to Follow. 

Organic Pinot Noir from France 

While Burgundy is the ancestral home of Pinot Noir. It is  grown in Alsace, Champagne where it is part of the blend and the Loire Valley.

Organic Pinot Noir from Alsace

2018 Domaine Meyer-Fonne Pinot Noir Alternbourg Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $45.00

92 Pointz James Suckling

A very burgundian style of pinot noir that has some herbal-vegetal character (from stems?), as well as subtle cherry and rooty notes. Some good tannins are packed into a rather sleek frame and this has plenty of mineral freshness. Should grow in elegance with further aging.

 

Lots of Potential from this Region. Stay Tuned!

 

Organic Pinot Noir from Burgundy 

2018 Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $34.00

91 Pointz Wine & Spirits

This clean, ripe Burgundy captures the cool scents of the forest above the Côte d’Or. Frédéric Magnien blends it from his parcels in the Côte de Nuits, the vines averaging 50 years of age. He includes 20 percent of the whole clusters in the fermentation, then ages half of the wine in concrete, half in used barrels. It feels juicy and complete, with sweet red fruits and earthy undertones, a sleek Bourgogne rouge that could stand-in for a village-level wine.

 

Organic Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley 

2017 Domaine Vacheron Belle Dame Sancerre Rouge Reviews

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Vacheron’s red 2017 Sancerre Belle Dame opens remarkably aromatic and ripe, with stewed or baked fruit aromas on the nose, tending toward plums rather than berries and a touch of caramel. With more aeration, the wine gets more precise, more flinty and piquant and reveals fresh cherry and potted strawberry aromas. Silky on the palate opening, this is a full-bodied, rich intense and persistent Pinot Noir with impressive concentration, freshness and finesse. What irritates me a bit: I would even accept it in a German Pinot Noir tasting not because of the oaky flavors (which I don’t pick up here excessively) but due to the freshness, fruit profile and rather grippy finish. Fürst’s Centgrafenberg comes to my mind, and that’s meant as a compliment. Burgundy is widening its wings.

Organic Pinot Noir from New Zealand 

Organic Pinot Noir from Central Otago

 

Burn Cottage 

 

2018 Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $45.00

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

Appealing for its density and delineated structure upfront, yet notes of kirsch, raspberry, and five-spice powder are generous and plush, with hints of cedar, gunpowder, and dried lavender appearing on the long finish. Drink now through 2036.

92 PointzJames Suckling

This has attractive aromas of fresh red cherries, wild herbs, roses and forest wood that lead to a palate that carries ripe, soft red plums, some crunchy pomegranate tang, and mellow tannins.

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

A blend of fruit from Lowburn and Bannock burn, the 2018 Moonlight Race Pinot Noir is a round, supple and harmonious effort that outperforms its “second wine” status. Hints of brown sugar and cedar accent damson plums and black cherries, while intricate herbal nuances bring added complexity. Medium to full-bodied, it’s ready to drink now, yet it shows the concentration and length to suggest it will drink well for up to a decade.

 

2018 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Reviews 

Suggested Retail Price $65.00

95 Pointz James Suckling

This is a very attractive and gently complex pinot that sits in a red-cherry and red-plum zone, laced with spicy, gently herbal and floral elements, too. The palate has a very composed, fresh red-cherry center with spice and light peppery nuances. Plenty of bright acidity lifts the finish. So fresh.

95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Generous and pure, with a maraschino cherry, raspberry puree and red licorice notes at the core on a plush, velvety frame, expanding into details of sandalwood, white truffle, rosemary, and cardamom. Drink now through 2036.

94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

From the biodynamically farmed “home” vineyard, the 2018 Burn Cottage Vineyard Pinot Noir features hints of thyme, mocha and cedar, all accenting kaleidoscopic fruit notes that range from plums to red raspberries and back. Medium-bodied, it’s expansive on the palate without being weighty, silky and ripe while still being structured, with a long, richly textural finish. While drinkable now, it will certainly still be going strong a decade (and probably longer) from now.

91 Pointz Vinous

Burn Cottage has managed to capture a sense of coolness despite the warm vintage. There’s lovely transparency and delicacy on the midpalate while still being ripe: dried cranberries, red cherry, almond, Christmas spice and even a slight lift of pepper. The tannins offer a fine powdery sensation and the 23% new oak provides background support for the fruit. A solid, layered effort. Drinking window: 2021 – 2028.

 

Felton Road 

2019 Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retauk Price $70.00

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

This impressive version is intense and velvety, with dried thyme, black cherry and blackberry flavors, with notes of dragonwell green tea, sweet paprika and cardamom adding an aromatic edge on the long, memorable finish. Drink now through 2035.

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The cedar-accented 2019 Cornish Point Pinot Noir matured 13 months in 30% new French oak, and while there is a woody thumbprint on the nose, the raspberry, black cherry and cola notes bleed through, making an even larger impression. Medium to full-bodied, broad and generous on the palate, this is marked by some dusty (but ripe) tannins, adding richness to the wine’s texture in the mouth and on the lingering finish.

92 Pointz Vinous

A little reticent on the nose but far more welcoming in the mouth, delivering a silken caress before tightening up again on the finish; the combination of abundant stone-licking tannins and precise acidity creates a taut finish at this early stage in the proceedings. There is plenty of fruit intensity here, offering sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit, a lick of oak-derived cedar and tobacco. A balanced, elegant and fragrant style that will become increasingly refined with time in bottle. (Technical details: 23% whole cluster, 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Wild ferment, no fining, no filtering.) Drinking window: 2021 – 2028

 

2019 Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retauk Price $70.00

96 Pointz James Suckling

A very vibrant and ripe Calvert with attractively spicy oak integration, as well as abundant red and dark cherries. Super fragrant. The palate is so silky and plush, packed with concentrated, fresh red-cherry flavor. Blueberry finish. Drink or hold.

92 Pointz Vinous

This is a pup of a Pinot Noir, full of youthful vigor. In addition to its floral and cherry-infused nose, there is a bouquet garni of woody herbs, which could be partly explained by a 25% whole bunch component, as well as in-bunch variation, which was a signature of this vintage at Felton Road, according to winemaker Blair Walter. While silken and satisfying, there is an innate energy and this youthful expression has a brace of gravelly tannins that build toward the end. The sinewy, fragrant and fresh finish provides line and length. Far too young to be approaching. Give it a minimum of 2 years to get into its groove. Drinking window: 2022 – 2030

Pyramid Valley

Pyramid Valley Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $60.000

92 Pointz Wine Spectator

Intense and succulent cherry, blood orange and cranberry flavors are fresh and refreshing, with details of cigar, clay, clove and cedar, gaining momentum on the finish. Drink now through 2030.

92 Pointz James Suckling

This has attractive violet and rose florals and a wealth of cedary and spicy oak weighing in. The palate has a fine-cut tannin texture that drives savory and tangy at the finish.

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Showing touches of cola and mocha from its oak aging, the 2018 Central Otago Pinot Noir also comes from a warmer vintage, so it is a slightly bigger, more powerful wine than the 2017 or 2019 versions. Ripe cherries are underscored by entwined herbal tendrils in this medium to full-bodied effort, framed by gently dusty tannins and a long, silky-textured finish.

91 Pointz Vinous

An unadulterated expression of Pinot Noir. Broody, savory and smoky, the wine envelops you with its seductive and slightly mysterious caress. There are herbal undertones, with 30% whole bunch undoubtedly contributing some of that character, but it’s only one layer of many, not the dominating factor. This was a warm summer but the wine retains mouthwatering freshness, and the whole bunch also brings a lovely sappy tension on the long finish. There’s 20% new French oak, allowing the fruit to be the star. Supple and drinking well now, it’s an intriguingly fragrant style that shows both an adventurous and a more natural side to New Zealand Pinot Noir. Drinking window: 2021 – 2026

Two Paddocks

2018 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $56.00

94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

This is a beautifully approachable yet complex wine from this boutique, biodynamically farmed estate, owned by actor Sam Neill with a talented winemaking and viticulture team spearheaded by Dean Shaw and Mike Wing, respectively. The nose conjures images of cherry pie cooling on a windowsill, a rosebush blooming from the sun-warmed soil beneath. Savory, sappy tannins wind around silky, high-toned fruit in the mouth. A tightrope walk of balance of power and elegance with crunchy acidity to break the fall. Drink now–2028.

92 Pointz Vinous

A deeply relaxing wine with a seamless texture and melted-butter-like tannins. You could do a 20-minute meditation session or have a glass of this: the result will be the same. The palate is layered, with violets and thyme offering the top line, damson fruit in the midpalate, and oak-derived cedar and spice lending a savory, baritone note. There’s gentle tension providing enough line. A blend from vineyards from three subregions of Central Otago, it’s very complete and can be approached now. A real triumph in a year that threw a spanner in the works with a season that ran a full month earlier than the norm. Drinking window: 2021 – 2028.

91 Pointz James Suckling

An impressively complex nose here with a very fresh and juicy, red-cherry and berry nose that offers such an alluring style. The palate has a succulent and juicy feel with a plush, toasted-spice and ripe, red-cherry core. Made from organically grown grapes. Firmish finish. Try from 2021.

Organic Pinot Noir from Marlborough 

Clos Henri

2019 Clos Henri Petit Clos Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $21.00

94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

This quality-focused biodynamic producer’s Petit Clos range is always great value. This vintage, an excellent one in Marlborough, gives particular bang for buck. The wine is the color of freshly squeezed cherry juice, and the vibrant nose offers oodles of plump summer berries just off the bush, along with stalky, floral undertones. The palate is equally exuberant, the juicy fruit wound by firm, textural tannins. A charmer of a wine for knocking back at a barbecue. Editors’ Choice.

92 Pointz James Suckling

A very fresh, modern, and spicy pinot that has abundant red and dark-cherry aromas with violets. Some gently herbal notes, too. The palate has a very smooth-honed blueberry and dark-cherry core. Smooth tannins and a nice build into the finish.

While Supplies Last 

2016 Clos Henri Pinot Noir Reviews 

Suggested Retail Price $35.00

93 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

This French-owned and biodynamically made wine is starting to show a little bottle age, but in all the best ways. The red-berry fruit is still primary, but is accompanied by wisps of dried flowers and freshly ground savory herbs. There’s a touch of vanilla too and an underlying stony earthy minerality. Texturally, it’s silky, gripped gently by savory tannins that help structure the still primary red fruit and herbal and mineral nuances. Balanced and elegant with a long finish, this is drinking well now but should cellar nicely until 2027.

93 Pointz James Suckling

Great depth and complexity to this fresh, layered, and convincing pinot. Aromas of bright red fruit with fresh, sappy herbal notes and some stony nuances. The palate has a smooth, even draw of fine tannins, carrying plenty of fresh fruit flavors.

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The current release (in the United States) of Clos Henri’s flagship red is the 2016 Pinot Noir. Showing a touch of evolution to its color with a slight bricking at the rim and a bouquet of leather, scorched cherries and sous-bois, it appears to be around its peak of drinkability. Silky and concentrated, this medium-bodied wine remains crisp and focused through the tart finish. Drink it over the next 3-5 years.

2017 Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir  

Suggested Retail Price $45.00

95 Pointz James Suckling

This is very convincing, complex and downright impressive pinot noir. The intense aromas of ripe cherries and plums are framed in such intensely attractive oak spice and earthy, sous-bois complexity. The palate has regal, polished and powerful tannin and carries a vibrant core of very attractive, rich dark cherries.

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Not the flashiest or most flamboyant vintage for this wine, the medium-bodied 2017 Pinot Noir is taut and tight, with subtle notions of green rose hips entwined with white strawberries and tart raspberries. Endowed with silky tannins and ample concentration, it should improve over the next couple of years and drink well for up to a decade.

 

 

Organic Pinot Noir from the United States

 

Organic Pinot Noir from California 

Organic Pinot Noir from Sonoma County

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2015 DeLoach O.F.S. Pinot Noir Reviews 

Suggested Retail Prive $45.00

92 Pointz Wine & Spirits

Brian Maloney selects this fruit from estate vineyards (40 percent), blended with grapes from BCD, close by, and the Starkey Vineyard in the Sebastopol Hills. This is Russian River pinot noir in all of its full-figured beauty, a rich, cherry-scented wine with enough intensity to take on a grilled burger with mushrooms. The alcohol isn’t shy, pointing up the grip of the tannins and the flower power of the fruit, but it’s all of a piece.

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir O.F.S. delivers notes of warm raspberries and kirsch with underlying hints of garrigue, dried herbs and fertile soil plus a waft of fungi. Medium to full-bodied, it offers tons of juicy red fruit with a chewy backbone and loads of freshness, finishing on a savory note.

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

This wine is big, bulky and substantial in tannin, a mark of the vintage as well as the style. On the palate, a mix of dense black cherry, cola and dried herb mingle, with a lift of acidity on the finish.

2018 Buena Vista Chateau Buena Vista Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $50.00

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Smoky oak wraps around baked cherry and baking spice in this robustly concentrated and full-bodied wine, warm-climate in nature and style. The jammy-rich fruit is layered and lengthy.

Organic Pinot Noir from Mendocino County

 

2017 Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $45.00

93 Pointz Wine & Spirits

Stéphane Vivier, a Burgundian who had been making the wines at Hyde de Villaine, now works at Long Meadow Ranchâ??s organically farmed estate in the Deep End of Anderson Valley (certified CCOF as of the 2017 vintage). This pinot noir comes mostly from vines planted in 1996 and 2000. It feels healthy and fresh, as tight as a rosebud when itâ??s just about to burst. Thereâ??s a sunny warmth to the wineâ??s tart pomegranate flavors, and though oak diminishes some of the fruit expression now (25 percent of the barrels were new), the delicacy and spring-water clarity of the flavors suggests unfettered development ahead.

Honorable Mention

2019 Bonterra Organically Grown Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $18.00

The vast majority of the fruit in our Pinot Noir is sourced from organically farmed vineyards in Mendocino County, including estate sites McNab Ranch and Butler Ranch. The 2019 vintage was characterized by a cooler growing season, punctuated by the occasional rain shower, which allowed the grapes to mature slowly and develop a greater depth of flavor.

Tasting Notes 

This elegant Pinot Noir opens with bright fruit aromas of cherry and pomegranate, framed by earthy undertones of Earl Grey tea, mushroom and white pepper. Light-bodied and refined, the palate balances subtle tannins with vibrant acidity, accented by a long, generous finish.

Organic Pinot Noir from Oregon 

2017 Brick House Evelyn’s Pinot Noir Reviews 

Suggested Retail Price $70.00

94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast Editors Choice 

Evelyn’s is the estate’s reserve-level, best barrel selection. It’s an all-senses potpourri with aromas of berry, sassafras and cinnamon, plus ripe fruit flavors of strawberry, marionberry and plum. More highlights continue with sassafras, coffee and baking spices. It’s a riot of mixed and delicious components, beautifully balanced, and showing exceptional length and detail.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

Graceful and nuanced, with lovely aromas of violet and raspberry, leading to elegant tiers of cherry and spice that gather tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2027.

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2017 Pinot Noir Evelyn’s comes from about half Pommard and half Dijon clone fruit and was aged in about 40% new oak. Pale ruby-purple, it opens with some tarry/scorched earth aromas, unwinding slowly to red and black cherries and sweet red berry fruits with nuances of violets and amaro. The light to medium-bodied palate is firm, grainy and fresh with a long, flavorful finish. Give this another couple of years in bottle.

93 Pointz James Suckling

This offers plenty of meaty spices and dark cherries that follow through to the palate in a deliciously juicy, fully expressive mode. The tannins are sweeping and fall neatly around the long, expressive finish. Drink or hold.

2018 Brick House Les Dijonnais Pinot Noir Reviews 

Suggested Retail Price $ 56.00

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

Ethereal and expressively floral, with multilayered raspberry, rose petal and cherry blossom flavors, plus orange peel accents that build richness toward polished tannins.

93 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Mixing five different Dijon clones (hence the name), this tightly wound young wine is wrapped in earthy, herbal scents and textures. There’s a compact weave of red berry and pomegranate fruits, and further details from biodynamic farming, 30% whole-cluster fermentation, native yeasts and aging in one-third new French oak. It seems clear that a bit more bottle age will reveal more of the depth and detail currently bound up in this wine.

 

2019 King Estate Inscription Pinot Noir Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $21.00

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast Editors’ Choice

A classy package adorns this affordable wine. Cranberry and black cherry fruit come to a solid, focused core, with stiff acidity backing substantial yet smooth tannins. 

2017 Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Reviews 

Suggested Retail Price $34.00

92 Pointz James Suckling

A very lacy and laid-back style of pinot with a wealth of lilting fragrance and dried flowers, as well as ripe red cherries. The palate has a smooth and open feel with bright red cherries and a spicy finish.

 

 

Hofer (Austrian Organic Wineries) Enjoy

Hofer

H.u.M. Hofer (30ha)

Auersthal / Weinviertal / Austria

The Hofer family farms vineyards in Auersthal, a dead-still little wine village in the Weinviertel, just barely beyond Vienna’s northern suburbs. Hermann and his wife Maria, along with their three children, Julia, Florian, and Sebastien tend to the vines and cellar and run a small Heuriger at the estate. The gently rolling hills in this village are made up of deep loess soils and are planted predominantly to Grüner Veltliner, in addition to some Zweigelt and riesling. Additionally, the Hofer’s grow organic grains; rye, barley, and alfalfa. These grains are raised for consumption and are used as cover-crops in their vineyards.

There was a time when only a small amount of wine was produced at the farm of Hermann Hofer’s parents, but the quality was worthy enough to motivate Hermann to increase production and begin making top-quality wine. Hofer has been making wine since the early 1980s and has been certified organic since 2001 by the group Bio-Ernte, whose standards exceed EU guidelines for organic grape growing. The Hofer family is now farming bio-dynamically and plans to certify within the next few years.

It is rare to find such high quality wines farmed with such attention and responsibility, especially in the Weinvertel, Austria’s largest growing region and home to many commodity-wine producers. In the cellars at Hofer grapes are de-stemmed, macerated for only a short time, and then vinified in stainless steel with the goals of typicity and freshness in mind.

2015 Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont Ugo Reviews

 

 

Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont Ugo Reviews

 

Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont Ugo Reviews

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2015 Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont Ugo Reviews

93 Pointz Vinous

The 2015 Cont’Ugo, 100% Merlot, from the Antinori family’s Guado al Tasso property, captures all the radiance and natural intensity of the year. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, spice and floral notes abound. What is most surprising about the 2015 is the level of aromatic freshness that Antinori has preserved.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

A fresh, plump and alluring red, this features plenty of black cherry, plum, violet, cedar and earth flavors, with dusty tannins providing grip. Eases into a long, fruit- and tobacco-filled finish. Merlot. Best from 2019 through 2028.

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

This is a pure merlot from a special parcel that shows wonderful finesse and depth. Medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a long and polished finish. A beauty. Drink now or hold for 2019.

92 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

This Merlot opens with aromas of black plum, roasted coffee bean, cedar and spice. The firm palate delivers flavors of blackberry jam, licorice, clove and mocha alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink 2020– 2025.

Walter Glatzer

Walter Glatzer

 

Walter Glatzer organically farms over 50 hectares in the ancient region of Carnuntum, the largest border community of the Roman Empire where Celtics, Romans, and later monastic settlements tended vines for over 2000 years. Carnuntum has a unique combination of exposition, soil, and microclimate that provides perfect conditions for viticulture. Vines in Carnuntum benefit from the contrast created by the warm Pannonian plain to the northeast, the cooling currents of the Danube, and wind protection from the Maria Ellend forest, to the north. This climate creates wide diurnal temperature swings, giving the wines a freshness and brightness that makes them a pleasure to drink.

The gently rolling hills of stony, dense loam and gravel soils are perfect for red grape varieties, while the sand on the alluvial plain stretching to the Danube are ideal soils grüner veltliner and other white varieties. Glatzer plants his vineyards to about 5000 vines per hectare to help reduce vine stress and believes in high canopy training which focuses more energy, and consequently more ripeness in the fruit.

Red wines, especially Zweigelt and blaufränkisch, play the leading roles at Weingut Glatzer. After maceration and fermentation in stainless steel, gentle pump-overs, and a gentle pressing, Walter ages the entry level wines in large 2000 liter casks and the reserve wines, including Dornenvogel Zweigelt, in barrique for 12 months. White wines are fermented at low temperatures in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to retain as much freshness, fruit and varietal character as possible. A certain amount of lees-contact gives additional depth and complexity to all wines.

 

Bründlmayer

Bründlmayer

 

Weingut Bründlmayer (90ha)

Langenlois / Kamptal / Austria

“Nearly every wine, from the light Grüner Veltliner to the red wines and the sparkling wines, has the potential to be the best of that vintage in its category,” declares Peter Moser, editor and publisher of Falstaff Wine Guide, Austria’s most respected and comprehensive wine publication. Also named in 2009 by Wine & Spirits Magazine “the best Austrian winemaker of the last 25 years,” Willi Bründlmayer farms 90 hectares of Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, St. Laurent, Zweigelt and Burgundian varieties from an impressive collection of grand cru vineyards around Langenlois. In 2016 Andreas Wickhoff MW  joined the estate and as general manager works alongside Willi in all aspects.

Some of the most geologically diverse terroirs in Europe are here, in the heart of the Kamptal. The Danube and Kamp rivers and the wooded hills of the Waldviertel forest create a climate with large diurnal temperature swings, essential to a long growing season. These rocky, terraced vineyards are not the steep, jagged terraces of the Kremstal or the Wachau; these are larger wider terraces, each creating its own micro climate. The most famous vineyards in the region are located in the village of Zöbing. This small village is home to a number of ‘Grand Cru’ (Erste Lagen) vineyards, including the Zöbinger Heiligenstein, composed of 250 million year old sandstone and the Lamm, at the base of the Heiligenstein, where loess fills fissures and cracks in the sandstone. Bründlmayer has holdings in other top vineyards in the area, including Käferberg, across the Kamp river valley from the Heiligenstein, with marine deposits over primary rock, as well as the Loiserberg and Steinmassel. Bründlmayer has a very high proportion of old vines, with many plantings over 50 years old, and a parcel in the Heiligenstein planted in the 1920s.

Willi has converted some (17ha in total) of his vineyards to the Lyre training system, which he helped develop. Vines are trained low to the ground, to benefit from the warmth of the primary rock soils, then the canes are trained at an angle upward and perpendicular to the row, which doubles the sunlit and aired foliage surface and improves grape ripeness. The well-aired leaves also dry faster, thus reducing the risk of dreaded grape mildew.

As of 2019, Bründlmayer is certified organic by LACON, an outside, objective, certifying body. During harvest, multiple selections through the vineyard are made, as botrytis is never accepted. Grapes are never de-stemmed or crushed, and they are handled as minimally as possible. A tiny portion of grapes are held back, de-stemmed, and macerated for 12 hours; Willi uses these as ‘seasoning’ during blending to add another dimension and tonality to the final wines.