|95 pts.||VIGNA GANGER Pinot Noir Riserva 2018
So youthful for almost 4 years old, this has an incredibly deep nose of forest berries, savory notes and flint. What an imposing stature and remarkable structure, the generous tannins so fine that you could spend an hour studying just the texture of this masterpiece. Enormously long, plush finish, the new oak already completely absorbed. Only just beginning to open up. The best vintage ever of this wine! Drinkable now, but best from 2024.
|95 pts.||VIGNA GANGER Pinot Noir Riserva 2017
Great sour cherries, red roses, savory and truffle aromas. Powerful and concentrated, but these qualities are combined with terrific balance, the fine tannins driving the wine forward like a passenger liner plowing through the waves. Then the deep, dark and complex finish seals the deal. Drink or hold.
|95 pts.||VIGNA GANGER Pinot Noir Riserva 2015|
Lots of pure fruit with tangerine and ripe-strawberry aromas, as well as hints of ash and minerals. Full-bodied with layers of ripe fruit and round, creamy tannins. Hints of cedar and chocolate underneath it all. Fresh and opulent, yet formed and framed. Drink or hold.
|95 pts.||VIGNA GANGER Pinot Noir Riserva 2014
Very attractive pinot with strawberry, cherry and fresh rose-leaf aromas that follow through to a medium body with firm, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Linear and solid with beautiful precision and finesse to the structure. Drink or hold.
|94 pts.||CURLAN Pinot Noir Riserva 2019
This imposing pinot noir is still very young. Flinty and spicy with an impressive concentration of red-berry and mineral character on the compact and highly structured palate. This is going to need several years to open up, but has all the things we look for in high-end wines of this category. Very long finish. Drinkable now, but best from 2024.
pts.||CURLAN Pinot Noir Riserva 2018
Exceptionally deep and ripe for an Alto Adige pinot noir, this has full plum and pomegranate aromas, plus subtle wet-earth and toast notes. Full-bodied, richly textured and concentrated, but the acidity and generous supple tannins discreetly keep this right on track. The 15% alcohol is barely perceptible, as is often the case in Burgundy. Drink or hold.
|93 pts.||FLORA Sauvignon 2020
This Alpine sauvignon blanc is so easy to enjoy, thanks to its beautiful balance, but it’s also seriously concentrated and very subtle, so that you could spend a long time lingering over its many details. A whole microcosm of citrus aromas is in here! Drink or hold.
|93 pts. ||TRATTMANN Pinot Noir Riserva 2019
Plenty of flinty, wild-herb and savory complexity makes this stand out in the crowd of attractively fruity and well-balanced Alto Adige pinot noirs. Impressive concentration on the tightly wound mid-palate, then comes a long, mineral finish that’s still got so much life in it. Drink or hold.
|92 pts.||FLORA Chardonnay 2020
So much candied-lemon character and a touch of toasted nuts is just beginning to develop as this sophisticated Alto Adige chardonnay enters its best drinking phase. Impressive substance and underplayed power on the generous palate. Then comes the finish, in which chalky, lemony and toasty notes are beautifully interwoven. Drink or hold.
|92 pts.||GSCHLEIER ALTE REBEN Vernatsch 2020
Apart from its self-confidently dry finish, this vernatsch does a good impression of a well-crafted pinot noir. Subtle red-berry and wild-herb character and a sleek, well-structured body make this a striking red that’s light-years’ removed from international norms. So invigorating! Intense dried-herb character at the long, clean finish. Drink or hold.
|92 pts. ||PLATT&RIEGL Pinot Bianco 2021|
So much sliced-pear and white-peach on the nose, together with a citrus-blossom touch, make this an extremely appealing dry pinot bianco. Generous palate, but there’s even more fruit and both are beautifully balanced by the Alpine stream freshness at the long, wet-stone finish. Drink or hold.
|91 pts. ||Pinot Grigio 2021
I love the floral charm of this juicy and well-crafted pinot grigio that is so much more joyful than the norm for this category. Lovely, fresh lemon-cream character on the mid-palate and slightly pithy crispness to the bright finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
|91 pts.||Pinot Bianco 2020
A wonderful refreshing and invigorating dry pinot blanc with tons of white-peach, snow-pea and spring-meadow aromas. Spot-on balance on the sleek, juicy and crystal clear, medium-bodied palate. Drink now. Screw cap.
|91 pts.||INDRA Sauvignon 2021
A suave and elegant sauvignon with not a hint of the gritty tartness that often mars wines from this grape. Plenty of ripe-melon and yellow-grapefruit aromas, plus impressive substance on the ample palate. Long, very clean fresh-herb finish. Drink or hold.
|91 pts. ||PATRICIA Pinot Noir 2020
Bright nectarine and redcurrant aromas are neatly married on the lively, medium-bodied palate. Everything fits nicely together and the overall effect is very animating, the moderately dry finish long and clean. Drink or hold.
|91 pts.||FLORA Pinot Noir Riserva 2019
Some bottle age has mellowed the red-berry fruit of this medium-bodied pinot noir and helped to develop the wild-herb note. Very neatly balanced, the tannins remaining in the background and the discreet acidity lifting the zesty finish. Drink or hold.
|90 pts. ||Pinot Bianco 2021
A very clean dry pinot blanc with fresh sliced-pear and yellow-apple fruit. Plenty of juicy fruit on the sleek and straight palate, the ripeness and substance neatly underplayed. Very easy to enjoy. Drink now. Screw cap.