WA 93+

The 2009 Barolo Parej is a slow to evolve wine that grows in careful increments and measured intensity with each swirl of the glass. The aromas veer over to the dark side with licorice, tar, asphalt, plum, dark berry and wet earth. It’s well worth waiting to see where it will go. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
WE 91

This Malbec-driven blend is concentrated up front, with staunch aromas of espresso, balsamic vinegar, leather, raw oak and mixed black fruits. This is big and lush, but vaguely focused on the midpalate. Flavors of berry fruits, toast and balsamic brine end with cushion and moderate structure. Drink through 2022.

- MIchael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2016)
Dessert in a bottle, with the aromas of dried apricot, peach cobbler, figs and honey, spiced with nutmeg and vanilla. Rich, bright and exquisitely balanced.
WS 92, WA 91

A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2006 Calon Segur is an elegant, classic effort that represents about 60% of their total production. Deep ruby, with forest floor, cassis, black cherry, and soil undertones in both the aromas and flavors, this is a medium to full-bodied wine. A success for the vintage, it exhibits fine density, moderately high but sweet tannins, and alluring texture, and fine purity. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2009)
WE 93, WS 91

Blackberry, mint and blueberry, with hints of cassis. Full-bodied, with refined yet chewy tannins. Pretty and balanced. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

- James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2009)
BTI 94

Bright amber color. Bright, attractive aromas of sautéed almonds, dried fruits, spicy custard, and leather with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long raisin compote, chocolate nuts, brown spices, and cedar and minerals finish. A flavorful and stylish, after dinner dram with a lot of attractive Sherry barrel character.

- Beverage Testing Institute (May, 2015)
100% Barbera D'Asti, aged 10 years, stored in wooden box.

Amber color. Complex, delicate, with sensation of marasca cherry, wood fruits, cacao and vanilla on the nose. Rich, harmonious and persistent taste. Powerful and in the same time very delicate. Real masculine grappa. Very classic though. Highly appreciated by connoisseurs around the world for his intense fruity smell.
JS 94, WS 91

Flavors of dark chocolate and spice coat the black cherry core in this rich, oaky red. Dense and muscular, coating the mouth with a dusty feel. Best from 2016 through 2023.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2014)
WA 92, WS 91

More classic, focused and edgy, the 2012 Cornas Empreintes has bright acidity in its medium to full-bodied flavors of smoked herbs, beef blood, licorice and assorted dark fruits. The largest production cuvee, give it 2-3 years and drink it through 2022.

Another brilliantly run estate in the Northern Rhône, Eric and Joel Durand have made rich, concentrated and textured 2012s that show the vintage nicely. These should drink nicely on release yet evolve gracefully. Their 2013s follow suit, with their top cuvee, the Cornas Confidence, being the only wine that will really require cellaring to become approachable. The style here is quasi-modern, with plenty of destemming and moderate new oak, but the wines all hold onto plenty of Cornas character. They're highly recommended.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
Complex and rounded, with great personality. Wonderful concert of different sensations in which come out of the ripe fruit, cherry, tobacco, cacao and vanilla. Rich, wrapping, confirm the charming sensation smelled. Extremely rich, the grappa at its highest level.
WA 95

A truly fabulous wine is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, which incorporates 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec, all of which was aged 22 months in 75% new French oak. This inky colored, sensationally textured and polished 2013 gives up classic young Cabernet notes of cassis, licorice, graphite, sweet oak and spring flowers. Full-bodied, pure and nicely concentrated, it has a solid kick of ripe tannin, and needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years. This beauty will have two to three decades of overall longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (May, 2016)
JS 100

The greatest Opus ever. Terrific aromas of crushed black currants, blueberries and flowers with hints of sweet tobacco. Roses continue to exude opulence and class. Full body, superb balance of ultra-fine tannins and vibrant acidity. Complex aftertaste of black fruits and citrus fruit. Extremely persistent. So approachable now and enjoyable. But will be even better in 2019 and beyond. 79% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot, 6% petit verdot, 2% malbec. This will always be beautiful to drink.

- James Suckling (Jan, 2016)
JS 95, WA 93

Simone Bilorsi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino exhibits a dark garnet color and little light penetration. Fornacina has been using organic farming methods since 2004 and the pureness of the fruit does come through in this classic vintage. Ash, smoke and dried fruit lift from the glass to reveal softer tones of spice, licorice and grilled herb at the back. This wine already shows signs of tar and black tar that hint at the beginnings of bottle evolution. Otherwise, the delivers is very smooth and silky and the wine boasts fresh acidity to keep it lively. The finish is long and rich.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2015)
WA 95+

Another killer wine from the collaboration between Chris Figgins and Drew Bledsoe, there are 3,000 cases of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and it offers sensational notes of tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, graphite and sweet cassis on the nose. This is followed up by a full-bodied, concentrated, and still elegant 2012 that has lots of tannin, beautiful purity of fruit and a seamless texture that keep you coming back to the glass. Made from 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot, aged 20 months in 83% new French oak, give this rocking 2012 3-4 years in the cellar and enjoy it through 2032+.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
WE 92-94

Barrel sample. Solid and concentrated, this wine certainly shows great dryness as well as fruit. It has power and density, and a texture that balances new wood as well as the fruitiness.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2013)
Complex, rounded, with great personality. Wonderful concert of different sensations in wich come out the "sclarea sage", grapefruit and vanilla. Rich, wrapping taste. All over the palate, very silky, affordable even by beginner. In Italy is called the Lady's Grappa for his fragrance and roundness, very much seductive when drunk in special occasions
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