A generous, beautiful Vino Nobile with cherry, walnut and chocolate character. Firm, lightly chewy tannins give this wine form and verve. It’s long and lively with beautiful firmness and polish. Drinkable now, but better in 2022.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Krafuss from Alois Lageder is stunning, taking the ripeness of the vintage in stride. It shows a gorgeous bouquet of rose petals, fresh strawberry, sweet almond paste and a dusting of confectioner’s spice. Silky textures coast across a feminine frame with mineral-laced red fruits and a slight twang of cherry pits, as pretty violet florals amass toward the finale. There’s a bitter pinch of nervous acidity that keeps the mouth watering with hints of sour citrus and savory herbs tugging at the senses. Wow, what a beautiful and balanced wine. The Krafuss is matured for eighteen months in barrels ranging from 225 to 500 liters, and even as I write this, it continues to gain further depths.
Aromas of blackberries, cherries, violets and bark with mahogany. It’s full-bodied and chewy with intense tannins that are layered and focused. The fruit is pure and purposeful, yet not over done. Wonderful strength and purity to this. Class is the word. Try it after 2024.
Juniper, sage, green tea, cherry and tar flavors mark this savory red, which is rich, backed by a bracing structure, yet remains balanced and long on the finish. Very pure and vibrant, with a fine matrix of tannins. Best from 2024 through 2043. 774 cases made, 225 cases imported.
Selvapiana's 2018 Chianti Rufina is exquisitely beautiful. A wine of translucence and character, the 2018 captures the essence of the vintage in spades. Dark cherry, blood orange, cinnamon, rose petal and mint are all laced together in the glass. The 2018 is effortless and silky, with striking aromatic presence and exceptional balance. This is so impressive.
A mild winter was followed by a rainy spring, giving great water reserves for the summer. The growing season was without extremes, the grapes reaching ripeness after three days of rain in the middle of September. 'All the grapes were perfect,' said Filippo Contini Bonacossi. Indeed, 2016 is one of the best recent vintages in Tuscany. This wine, crimson and dark, is full of concentration and extract without losing grace. Fresh bramble fruits dominated by raspberry are joined by violet, leafy notes and liquorice. The tannins are grainy and masculine, yet precise on the finish. Refreshing and balanced, this is the wine representative of the estate's postmodern winemaking: the first to be officially organic and partially aged in large oak vessels. A great Carmignano.