Il Bastardo 2019 receives 89 points from Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator – October 31, 2020

89 points – Il Bastardo Sangiovese 2019

A youthful, fruity style, boasting black cherry, black currant and violet aromas and flavors, turning juicy and fresh on the finish.

Reviewed by Bruce Sanderson

Fattoria di Basciano I Pini 2017 receives 91 point score from Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator – October 15, 2020

91 points – Fattoria di Basciano I Pini 2017

This red starts out supple, featuring blackberry, pomegranate, black pepper and subtle vanilla flavors. Fluid and well-balanced, revealing an edge to the dusty tannins on the finish. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2025.

Reviewed by Bruce Sanderson

Erta e China 2017 receives 89 point score from Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator – September 30, 2020

89 points – Renzo Masi Erta e China 2017

A rich red, with black cherry, black currant, iron and Mediterranean scrub flavors. Tannins are present, but this is more about the ripe, succulent fruit. Shows fine balance and length. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now.

Reviewed by Bruce Sanderson

Peter Zemmer scores from Wine Advocate

Wine Advocate – September 17, 2020

88+ points – Peter Zemmer Chardonnay 2019
The Peter Zemmer Chardonnay 2019 offers an honest and straightforward interpretation of the grape. Chardonnay is presented with naked purity here, revealing tangy citrus, white peach, grapefruit and even a hint of saffron. This is a lean-bodied wine with the fresh acidity and easy personality to pair with finger foods or fried appetizers.

89 points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019
The Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019 offers a light and buoyant quality with extra lift from citrus, white peach, grapefruit and crushed mineral. This is a pretty and modestly fragrant wine that refreshes the palate, thanks to its acidity and that simple presentation of primary fruit flavors. You can’t go wrong with this easygoing value wine from the snow-capped Italian Dolomites.

90 points – Peter Zemmer Vernatsch Schiava 2019
The Schiava grape produces softly contoured and delicate red wines that offer a mild texture and lean appearance not unlike a traditional Pinot Noir from Burgundy. The Peter Zemmer Vernatsch Schiava 2019 opens to aromas of wild raspberry, rose, lilac and white licorice. The wine’s smooth and silky mouthfeel and its fresh berry flavors call out for some homemade fried chicken.

91+ points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Bianco 2019
The Peter Zemmer Pinot Bianco 2019 opens to delicate but steady intensity, blossoming in slow motion before the senses. It shows classic varietal tones of quince, pear, white peach and tangy citrus that is carefully measured against those more neutral fruit flavors. A pretty mineral signature gives the wine linearity and a brilliant sense of clarity.

 

Vinous gives 89 point score to Basciano Chianti 2017

Vinous – September 2020

89 points – Fattoria di Basciano Chianti Rufina 2017

The 2017 Chianti Rufina is soft, open-knit and inviting. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice and blood orange give the 2017 striking raciness to match its mid-weight personality. This is a pretty racy, ripe style for Rufina, but it works nicely.

Reviewed by Antonio Galloni

Vinous gives 90 point score to Basciano Vin Santo 2012

Vinous – September 2020

90 points – Fattoria di Basciano Vin Santo 2012

The 2012 Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina is a pretty, gracious wine. Dried flowers, orange peel, spice, sweet tobacco, chocolate and cedar give this mid-weight Vin Santo lovely aromatic complexity.

Reviewed by Antonio Galloni

James Suckling reviews for Peter Zemmer wines

James Suckling – August 7, 2020

91 points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019
Very fragrant pinot grigio with sliced cooked-pear and some pear-blossom aromas. Pear Williams. It\’s a full-bodied, fruity and delicious. A little obvious, but very attractive all the same. Drink now.

91 points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Bianco 2019
A lightly smoky and minerally pinot bianco with sliced-apple and lemon aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, creamy texture and a long, flavorful finish. Drink now.

91 points – Peter Zemmer Chardonnay 2019
A smoky, flinty chardonnay with sliced-apple, mineral and stone aromas and flavors. Nougat, too. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish. Drink now.

92 points – Peter Zemmer Riesling 2019
A fresh, minerally riesling with some flint and petrol undertones, as well as intense citrus. It\’s medium-bodied with a dry, fresh finish. Stone and steel. Drink now.

92 points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Noir Rolhüt 2019
A bright, fresh pinot with dried strawberries, citrus and hints of flowers. Medium body, firm tannins and a fruity finish. Drink or hold.

93 points – Peter Zemmer Lagrein Furrgl Riserva 2017
Lots of sliced blackberries, black licorice and some thyme. Full-bodied with creamy tannins that set up the lovely dark berry, chocolate, toffee and coffee flavors. Intense finish. Drink now.

 

 

Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019 - 92 points in Tasting Panel

Tasting Panel – July/Aug 2020

92 points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019

Shy at first, the aromas take their time to emerge, but once they do, sweet apple and white flowers are particularly lovely. A steely, salty and floral character on the palate extends to a mouthwatering peach. Crisp, with high-toned acidity, the full-bodied nature shows itself by mid-palate to finish.

Reviewed by Meridith May, Publisher’s Picks

Sunday Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2019 - 91 points in Tasting Panel

Tasting Panel – July/Aug 2020

91 points – Sunday Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2019

A striking array of extroverted aromas are eye-openers: hazelnut, jasmine and zingy lime. From there, the wine has a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Wet stone and lemon tartness are cause for some puckering. Sweet white flowers and linen soften the edge.

Reviewed by Meridith May, Publisher’s Picks

Château Pech-Latt 2018 receives 91 points from Wine Advocate

Wine Advocate – June 30, 2020

91 points – Château Pech Latt Corbières 2018

The 2018 Corbières is 30% each Carignan and Grenache plus 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre. Ripe plum and crushed stone notes mark the nose, while the palate is full-bodied and plush. Almost creamy in texture, it delivers plum, blueberry and licorice notes in waves, followed by a long, silky-textured finish. This is a super value for drinking over the next several years.

Reviewed by Josh Raynalds

 

Vinous gives Lucashof Pinot Noir Rosé 2019 an 89 point score

Lucashof Pinot Noir Rosé 2019
Vinous – June 2020

89 points – ”Light, bright orange-pink. Spice-tinged strawberry and tangerine qualities on the fragrant nose, along with a building floral quality. Silky and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy red berry, melon and citrus fruit flavors that tighten up through the mid-palate. Shows good energy and lift on the persistent finish, which leaves a suggestion of candied rose behind.”

Reviewed by Josh Raynalds

Vinous gives Pech-Latt Rosé 2019 an 89 point score

Pech-Latt Rosé 2019
Vinous – June 2020

89 points – ”Bright onion skin. Shows a touch of smoky reduction to the peach, strawberry and tangerine aromas. Silky and focused on the palate, offering juicy red berry and pit fruit flavors that deepen on the back half. A refreshingly bitter orange pith note drives the nicely persistent finish, which echoes the strawberry note.

Reviewed by Josh Raynalds

Peter Zemmer Pinot Bianco 2019 - 91 points in Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast – June/July 2020

91 points – Peter Zemmer 2019 Pinot Bianco

Aromas of honeysuckle and white stone fruit shape the nose. On the savory palate, fresh acidity accompanies ripe apple, creamy pear and honeydew melon. It closes on a white-almond note. – K.O.

Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019 - 89 points in Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast – June/July 2020

89 points – Peter Zemmer 2019 Pinot Grigio

Aromas of ripe pear and green apple carry over to the palate, along with hints of saline and bitter almond. Tangy acidity gives it a juicy finish. – K.O.

Urban Riesling 2018 - Top 100 Values of the Year in Wine & Spirits

Wine & Spirits – June 2020

90 points – Urban Riesling 2018

”Top 100 Values of the Year”

For this négociant bottling, Nik Weis sources the fruit from his neighbors in Mehring, where the slopes are steep and covered in blue slate. He gives the fruit a short soak before pressing, hoping to extract extra aroma and flavor, then vinifies the wine entirely in stainless steel. In 201, that process yielded a pretty riesling, full in texture yet brisk and fresh, with a crystalline clarity to its stony lime flavors. At $13, this is one to buy by the case.

Reviewed by Tara Q. Thomas

VoerzioMartini Barolo Classico 2015 - 91 points in Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

91 points – VoerzioMartini Barolo Classico 2015

Rich and spicy, delivering cherry, plum, vanilla and tobacco flavors. Juicy and firm, with an extended finish revealing a white pepper accent.

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winescritic.com gives 93 points to Ceralti Alfeo 2017

Cave Spring 2018 Beamsville Bench Estate Riesling - Top 100 Values of the Year in Wine & Spirits

WIne & Spirits – June 2020

93 points – Cave Spring Beamsville Bench Estate Riesling 2018

”Top 100 Values of the Year”

The July heat and August thunderstorms made 2018 a tricky vintage in Ontario, further challenged by heavy rain in October. Yet winemaker Angelo Pavan took advantage of the intervening sunny days to coax a firm, full-bodied riesling out of Cave Spring’s estate vineyard, a parcel that climbs the slope beneath the Niagara Escarpment. The vines – the oldest planted 40 years ago – grow in a stony mix of clay, limestone and sandstone, with some shale, granite and gneiss in the mix; the wine tastes as if their roots literally sucked up the stone, it’s so resolutely earthy and firm. Notes of lime zest and sour lemon add a bracing brightness to the austere mineral flavors, while the wine’s extract gives it a rich texture and grip. This is a riesling for the main course – lake trout wrapped in bacon would be ideal.

Reviewed by Tara Q. Thomas

WineReviewOnLine.com - 92 points for Peter Zemmer Chardonnay 2019

WineReviewOnLine.com – 5.19.2020

92 points – Peter Zemmer Chardonnay 2019

”With rare exception, consumers don’t usually think of Italy for distinctive Chardonnay. More wines like this one could change that perception. Racy and refined, it’s paradoxically mouth-filling yet not heavy. It\’s cutting and spicy profile is refreshing. Undoubtedly, the decision to ferment and age the wine entirely in stainless steel allows its citrus-tinged fruitiness to shine. It’s a steal, so buy it by the case for this summer’s drinking.”

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Apstein

 

WineReviewOnLine.com - 88 points for Domaine de Cabrials Pinot Noir 2018

WineReviewOnLine.com – 5.12.2020

91 points – Domaine de Cabrials Pinot Noir 2018

”This uncomplicated wine delivers ripe black fruit flavors with a hint of savory nuances. Suave tannins and the right amount of acidity make it ready to drink now. Is it one of the most compelling Pinot Noirs I’ve ever tasted? No. Is it one of the best $12 Pinot Noirs I’ve ever tasted? Yes.”

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Apstein

WineReviewOnLine.com - 91 points for Domaine de Cabrials Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

WineReviewOnLine.com – 5.12.2020

91 points – Domaine de Cabrials Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

”Unbelievable value! That’s the best way to describe this Cabernet. It displays a wonderful – and rare at this price – balance of dark fruit and savory olive-like flavors. Wonderfully textured, it’s not flabby or soft. It’s structured, but not aggressive. By not overdoing it, they have resisted the temptation to try to make something grand or ”important.” What they have made is classic and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a surprisingly long finish, complete with a hint of bitterness, for such a short price. Buy it by the case and enjoy it this summer while grilling burgers, steaks, or leg of lamb.”

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Apstein

WineReviewOnLine.com - 92 points for Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019

WineReviewOnLine.com – 5.12.2020

92 points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019

”There’s Pinot Grigio, and then there’s Pinot Grigio. One taste of Peter Zemmer’s explains why the category is so popular. Delicate hints of white flowers greet you when you pull the cork. A refined and restrained fruitiness follows. It startles you with its elegance, not its power. Bracing acidity in the finish amplifies its charms. Fine as a stand alone aperitif, it would do well with delicate seafood, such as sauteed sea bass.”

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Apstein

WineReviewOnLine.com - 94 points for Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Riserva GIATL 2017

WineReviewOnLine.com – 5.12.2020

94 points – Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Riserva GIATL 2017

”Peter Zemmer’s single-vineyard GIATL is a very different style of Pinot Grigio from his regular (I hate that word to describe that wine, which is anything but regular) bottling. The GIATL has power and a Burgundian-like weight to it. A hint of lanolin-like texture makes it all the more appealing. This is weighty serious stuff. Those looking for a glass of ”Pinot Grigio” should look elsewhere. Those who want to see what the grape can achieve should pull the cork.”

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Apstein

Wine Spectator - Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Estate Riesling from Old Vines 2018 featured as WINE OF THE WEEK!

Nik Weis – St. Urbans-Hof
Estate Riesling from Old Vines 2018
90 points
”Off-dry and inviting, with an exotic profile, featuring dried mango, candied orange peel and cardamom notes. Ample acidity holds everything together as this moves toward the long, mouthwatering finish. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2026.”

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Vinepair includes Peter Zemmer Rolhut Pinot Noir 2017 as 50 Best Wines of 2019

#48
From Alto Adige in northeastern Italy comes this soft and elegant Pinot Noir. Dark cherry and red currant flavors give the wine a fruity flavor, while notes of crunchy leaves and freshly turned soil add nuance. A bonafide bargain at less than $20.

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Lucashof Pinot Noir Rosé receives 89 point rating from Wine Enthusiast

James Suckling reviews for VoerzioMartini wines

James Suckling – November 2019

91 points – VoerzioMartini Nebbiolo Langhe Ciabot della Luna 2017
A beefed-up nebbiolo with lots of boysenberry compote, raspberry cheesecake and cherry kernels. Full-bodied and quite tannic for this category, but juicy and lithe as well. Drink from 2021.

91 points – VoerzioMartini Barbera d\\\\’Alba Ciabot della Luna 2016
Dark plums, dark cherries, spice box and roasted hazelnuts are all up for grabs here. The palate balances crunch cherries and firm tannins with solid intensity and focus. Drink now.

92 points – VoerzioMartini Barbera d\\\\’Alba Ciabot della Luna 2017
Lots going on here with energetic violet, rosemary, blackberry and citrus character. Full-bodied and structured, supporting well-groomed tannins and racy acidity. Medium-long on the finish. Drink now.

90 points – VoerzioMartini Dolcetto d\\\\’Alba Rochettevino 2018
Boisterous dark cherries and soaked plums are up for grabs on the exuberant, primary-fruited nose. Medium-bodied, soft and easy with fine tannins and mouthwatering acidity. Drink now.

91 points – VoerzioMartini Arneis Langhe Bricco Cappellina 2018
Though not the absolute freshest expression of arneis, this certainly makes up for that with its wealth of floral and fruit aromas; there\\\\’s everything from snowdrops to daffodils to loquat to mirabelle plums. Flavorful and intense on the palate, puncturing the textured stone fruit with a wallop of crunchy acidity. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast names Château Pilet Rouge 2017 as 'Best Buy'

89 points
”This wine is dry, with a serious layer of tannins. However, the weight of the ripe black fruits should balance everything as the wine develops. It has the potential to be fruity and attractive from 2021.” – Roger Voss

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Food & Wine names St. Urbans-Hof 2018 Estate Riesling as 15 Best Rieslings for Thanksgiving

2018 Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Estate Riesling
October 24, 2019
”The unstoppably energetic Nik Weis makes excellent wines at all price levels, but the quality of his affordable bottlings is so high, it’s hard to pass them up. Witness this thrillingly brisk, green-appley white.”

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Vinous gives 89 point rating to Château Pech-Latt Rosé 2018

89 points
”Limpid pink, fresh red berries, tangerine and subtle floral and mineral flourishes on the nose. Bright and racy in style, showing good clarity to the bitter red currant, red berry and blood orange flavors. Fleshes out slowly on the nicely persistent finish, which leaves a juicy strawberry note behind.” – Josh Raynalds

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Fattoria di Basciano I Pini 2017 receives 91 point score from James Suckling

James Suckling – July 26, 2019

91 points – Fattoria di Basciano I Pini 2017

A layered, ripe red with dusty tannins, medium body and a flavorful finish of berries and chocolate, as well as a hint of tar. Drink or hold.

Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2016 receives 91 points from James Suckling

James Suckling – July 25, 2019

91 points – Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2016

A tangy, fresh red with aromas and flavors of dark berries and chocolate. Full body. Lots of fruit with walnut and new wood undertones. Quite tannic. Needs time to come together. Better after 2020.