98 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli is a phenomenal achievement and a wine that captures not only the spirit of this classic vintage, but the true essence of an age-worthy wine like Brunello. This single vineyard Riserva is sharp, pristine and immaculate. It starts slow and shy, but then blossoms to beautiful intensity and aromatic brilliance. It delivers a very authentic and genuine read of Sangiovese with wild berry aromas followed by pressed violets, wet earth, tobacco and lightly toasted spice. The bouquet is seamless and very long in persistence. The same holds true for the mouthfeel. The wine delivers a fine and silky texture with a good dose of power and personality at the rear. 98+
Extremely perfumed with dark-berry and currant aromas. Hints of earth and spices. Full-bodied, round and medium sweet. Hints of resin. Opulent yet restrained. Shows ripe and beautiful fruit with clarity. Try in 2025. JS
Lots of ripe fruit here with raisins and wet earth that turn to violets and hot stones. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful with fantastic grip and intensity. Grabs you. Impressive. Drink in 2025. JS 98 pts
OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor Fladgate I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025.
In a quiet corner of Val di Mezzane, sunny and windy valley, we find a tiny jewel of Valpolicella. 5 hectares that aim for becoming an expression of a different concept of winery: young yet authentic, innovative yet always in straight contact with nature, in one of the most traditional and severe wine growing areas on the Italian scenery. Thanks to the experience in the vineyard and in the cellar, to a fresh and enthusiastic management, a new and important reality in the Italian wine world developed.
This 2015 Pinot noir offers aromas of roasted spices, black raspberries, lilacs, dark loam, and bramble. Flavor follows with notes of cocoa nibs, toasted anise seed, and black cherry. Textures are rich and silky, with supple acidity. This wine has a lingering finish.
This is a prestigious red wine for ageing with a deep garnet red colour, produced using grapes picked in the hilly area of Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella and subsequently refermented on the marc of classic Recioto and Amarone. The marked aromas of plum and cooked marasca cherry stand out from the complex bouquet and make the first pleasurable impact, followed by perception of the perfect harmony of the full robust body.
The rigorous selection process undergone by the grand vin results in the creation of its younger brother, Amiral de Beychevelle.Despite being made from young vines, Amiral de Beychevelle benefits from the same growing techniques, meticulous sorting, and traditional barrel ageing.It has the same elegance and finesse as its older brother, but reveals its character more quickly, offering wine-enthusiasts the full vivacity of its youth. It can be kept for up to fifteen years, depending on the vintage.
Intense inky purple with bright magenta hues. Classic McLaren Vale aromas of blackberries bitter chocolate and liquorice are perfectly held by carefully utilised French oak. The palate follows on from the initial aromas and is rich and full, with the abundant fruit flavours given structure by soft tannins.
97 p0ints JH
Sourced from a small vineyard in the Sellicks Foothills, the southernmost sub-region of McLaren Vale which overlooks the region’s inspiring, picturesque ocean beaches. This vineyard is a truly unique and special place to grow grapes. With a high, steep, north-west facing aspect the vines grow in sparse soil of dark loam laced with slate and schist. The grapes are hand picked before small batch whole bunch fermentation in small open fermenters. The wine is then pressed in an old restored wooden basket pressed and matured in old French oak puncheons.
A riper style of Chianti Classico with lots of berry and coffee aromas that follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a savory finish. Outstanding for the vintage. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 8, 2017)
Argiano’sBrunello di Montalcino is distinguished by its elegance and its deep ruby red colour. It presents a good concentration on the mid-palate and a persistent aftertaste, with a rounded and voluptuous body, and interesting, silky tannins. It unites potency and elegance and looks like having a promising future. With its tempting perfumes of red berries and its clean freshness, the complexity of this wine presents an excellent balance. To fully appreciate its qualities, decant the wine at least one hour before serving.