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2015 Oberon Los Carneros Bottle

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2015 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Note

2015 Oberon Merlot Tasting Note

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2008 Dehesa La Granja – Label

2008 Dehesa La Granja – Bottle

2008 Dehesa La Granja – Tasting Notes

2012 El Vinculo – Crianza – Label

2012 El Vinculo – Crianza – Bottle

2012 El Vinculo – Crianza – Tasting Notes

2014 El Vinculo – Alejairén – Label

2014 El Vinculo – Alejairén – Bottle

2014 El Vinculo – Alejairén – Tasting Notes

2014 Tinto Pesquera – Crianza – Label

2014 Tinto Pesquera – Crianza – Bottle

2014 Tinto Pesquera -Crianza – Tasting Notes

2012 Tinto Pesquera – Reserva – Label

2012 Tinto Pesquera – Reserva – Bottle

2012 Tinto Pesquera – Reserva – Tasting Notes

2008 Tinto Pesquera – Millenium Reserva – Label

2008 Tinto Pesquera – Millenium Reserva – Bottle

2008 Tinto Pesquera – Millenium Reserva – Tasting Notes

2014 Condado de Haza – Crianza – Label

2014 Condado de Haza – Crianza – Bottle

2014 Condado de Haza – Crianza – Tasting Notes

2006 Condado de Haza – Alenza Gran Reserva – Label

2006 Condado de Haza – Alenza Gran Reserva – Bottle

2006 Condado de Haza – Alenza Gran Reserva – Tasting Notes

Susana Balbo Signature Late Harvest Malbec Bottle Shot

Susana Balbo Late Harvest Torrontes Bottle Shot

Susana Balbo Signature Brioso Bottle Shot

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Animo 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Label

Animo 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Shot

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M by Michael Mondavi 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Label

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M by Michael Mondavi 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Notes

1995 Charles Heidsieck – Blanc des Millenaires – Sell Sheet

1995 Charles Heidsieck – Blanc des Millenaires – Shelftalker

95 pts - Wine Spectator

1995 Charles Heidsieck – Blanc des Millenaires – Tasting Notes

1995 Charles Heidsieck – Blanc des Millenaires – Label

1995 Charles Heidsieck – Blanc des Millenaires – Bottle

2005 Charles Heidsieck – Vintage Brut – Sales Sheet

2005 Charles Heidsieck – Vintage Brut – Tasting Notes

2005 Charles Heidsieck – Vintage Brut – Label

2005 Charles Heidsieck – Vintage Brut – Bottle

2006 Charles Heidsieck – Vintage Rosé – Sales Sheet

2006 Charles Heidsieck – Vintage Rosé – Shelftalker

94 pts - Wine Spectator

2006 Charles Heidsieck – Vintage Rosé – Tasting Notes

2006 Charles Heidsieck – Vintage Rosé – Label

2006 Charles Heidsieck – Vintage Rosé – Bottle

2005 André Brunel – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Cuveé Centenaire – Tasting Notes

2007 André Brunel – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Cuveé Centenaire – Tasting Notes

2010 André Brunel – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Cuveé Centenaire – Tasting Notes

2010 André Brunel – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Cuveé Centenaire – Label

2010 André Brunel – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Cuveé Centenaire – Bottle

2011 André Brunel – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Rouge – Tasting Notes

2012 André Brunel – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Rouge – Tasting Notes

André Brunel – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Rouge – Non Vintage – Label

André Brunel – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Rouge – Non Vintage – Bottle

2012 André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône Villages – Cuvée Sabrine – Rouge – Tasting Notes

2013 André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône Villages – Cuvée Sabrine – Rouge – Tasting Notes

2014 André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône Villages – Cuvée Sabrine – Rouge – Tasting Notes

André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône Villages – Cuvée Sabrine – Rouge – Non Vintage – Label

André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône Villages – Cuvée Sabrine – Rouge – Non Vintage – Bottle

2013 André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône – Rouge – Tasting Notes

2014 André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône – Rouge – Tasting Notes

André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône – Rouge – Non Vintage – Label

André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône – Rouge – Non Vintage – Bottle

2014 André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône – La Bécassonne – Blanc – Sales Sheet

90 pts - Wine Advocate

2014 André Brunel – Côtes du Rhône – La Bécassonne – Blanc – Shelftalker

90 pts - Wine Advocate

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93 points

James Suckling, May 2016

Beautiful dark fruit and raspberry character. Full body, velvety tannins and bright fruit. Pretty and drinkable. A pure and delicious wine. Drink or hold.

91 points

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Adovcate, December 2016

The 2014 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from one specific plot from the Finca Brio in Los Árboles in the district of Tunuyán in the Valle de Uco. The objective here is to avoid green aromas, so the grapes have to be picked ripe but at the same time keep acidity. As in most of these wines, there is a small percentage of other varieties, in this case 5% Merlot. It followed a similar process as the whole range, ending with 13 months in French barriques, mostly second use. The oak is imperceptible, the ripeness is almost perfect, with some black olive-like aromas and a balanced, elegant palate with the textbook Cabernet tannins. 48,000 bottles produced.

91 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

Bright red-ruby. Classic Cabernet aromas of currant, plum, mocha and tobacco leaf. Firmly structured, savory wine with lovely restrained sweetness, serious depth and a tactile fine-grained texture. But very young and tightly wound, in need of time in bottle to expand. I initially preferred the Signature Malbec but this Cabernet has sweeter tannins and more even ripeness, not to mention impressive length.

89 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

Bright, dark red. Redcurrant, plum and spices are lifted by a floral topnote on the nose and palate. Firmly built and energetic; doesn't show quite the sweetness or depth of the Malbec but this is suave and fine-grained. Not especially complex but delivers sneaky intensity of flavor. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins.

90 points

Augustus Weed, Wine Spectator, August 2017

The Oberon shows the richness that Napa Merlot can achieve on its own.” A review from Kim Marcus is also included stating, “A robust style, with inky notes to the dark currant, dried sage and fig flavors that glide across the palate. The sanguine finish is richly spiced. Drink now through 2020

89 points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, July 2017

Presents a happy marriage of spicy, toasty oak and apple, melon, fig and pear flavors. The wood and fruit are just coming together, giving this an intense, pithy aftertaste of zesty fruit. Drink now through 2020. 3,500 cases made.

87 points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2016

This lightly ripe wine shows slight reduction on the nose, which presents as toasted oak and salty brine. It's fresher on the palate, recalling green apple and melon.

93+ points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

The 2012 Barolo Falletto is a bit timid to open and needs extra time in the glass (especially when tasted this young). This wine was bottled in March. The wine already shows impressive complexity and depth with drying mineral notes that frame a pretty core of cherry and blackberry fruit. Background notes of light spice and grilled herb complete this pretty picture. What stands out most here, however, is the tight textural fabric of this wine. It is poised for very good aging potential.

97 points

Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, October 2016

Massive, high-toned, cherry and blueberry fruit aromas are joined by an intriguing brushy note. The structure is what you'd expect from a wine of this pedigree, and it's incredibly tight on the palate now. That said, it's destined for real elegance. I'm not in the habit of dropping 100 points on a wine, but this is one of the few future candidates that I've come across. I'll get back to you in about ten years if I get the chance. Wow!

97 points

James Suckling , November 2016

A young wine that builds on the palate with plums, spices, cedar and hints of chocolate. Turns to hazelnuts. Full to medium body, but this builds on the palate. Juicy and chewy with caressing tannins. Love the way it grows on the palate. Better in 2019.

94 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2016

A gorgeous red, featuring cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco flavors, with hints of tar and licorice—all the hallmarks of great Barolo. The beefy tannins are there, but not overwhelming. This glides to a lingering aftertaste of fruit, mineral and savory elements. Best from 2020 through 2038. From Italy.—B.S.

88 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

The 2016 Dolcetto d'Alba opens to a vinous and foxy nose of black cherry and raw fruit. The wine reveals a saturated ruby color with blackish coloring at the edges. This vintage delivers an extraordinary sense of varietal purity. Grapes used to make this wine were purchased from outside farmers located in the Neive township. I tasted this wine less than a week after it was bottled, but the underlying potential of the fruit is apparent.

90 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, March 2017

A blast of black currant, blackberry, violet and spice notes marks this intense, concentrated red. Juicy, with fine balance and a long, chocolate-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 800 cases imported. –BS

88 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

The 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba opens to a very fruity bouquet with ripe cherry and raspberry on prominent display. The wine offers immediate appeal and dark cherry that spills over into tilled earth and button mushroom. The Dolcetto grape doesn't offer much tannic support, but this wine offers noticeable firmness nonetheless. This was not an easy vintage for Dolcetto, but the winemaking team at the Giacosa winery took extra steps to safeguard the integrity of the fruit.

91 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

This wine was produced in 2012, but the Giacosa family decided to skip over the very difficult 2013 (especially difficult for Barbera) vintage. The 2014 Barbera d'Alba Falletto is made with estate fruit and shows the power and heft of Serralunga d'Alba. This is a more structured expression with good depth and a generous offering of dark fruit flavors. The finish is marked by a crisp spot of balanced acidity.

93 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2017

Silky and elegant, exhibiting cherry, strawberry, rose and subtle white pepper aromas and flavors. Tobacco and iron details emerge as this builds to a long, expansive finish. Already harmonious, yet with a firm underlying structure. Best from 2020 through 2036.

93 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

This is a difficult wine to find in the marketplace and it is rarely presented for official review. In fact, the last time it was produced was way back in 2008. The 2014 Barbaresco sees fruit sourced from the lower part of the Asili cru with some smaller amounts from Rabajà. This is a very opulent and rich expression with forward determination and power. This is an unusual vintage with a cool summer and a very warm pre-harvest period. It produced interesting wines specifically in Barbaresco and almost nowhere else in Northern Italy. The quality of fruit is ripe and a touch sweet. Its texture is succulent and soft. The wine feels like it could be ready to drink now, but it also has the pedigree and beautiful inner structure for long cellar aging.

88 points

James Suckling, November 2015

A bright, fruity red with sliced-plum and peach aromas and flavors. Medium body, clean finish. Crisp aftertaste. Drink now.

88 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, March 2016

A vibrant, intense version, featuring boysenberry and pomegranate flavors integrated with the solid structure. Moderate length. Drink now through 2018.

88 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2015

The candied cherry and raspberry flavors are matched to a supple texture in this expressive red, balanced by light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2018.

87 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2014

The 2013 Barbera d'Asti L'Avvocata is a fresh, vibrant wine to drink now and over the next year or two. Sweet red berries, mint, flowers and cinnamon all burst from the glass in this joyous, easygoing Barbera from the Coppo family.The 2013 Barbera d'Asti L'Avvocata is a fresh, vibrant wine to drink now and over the next year or two. Sweet red berries, mint, flowers and cinnamon all burst from the glass in this joyous, easygoing Barbera from the Coppo family.

95 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

Rose petal, perfumed berry, new leather, pressed powder and underbrush are just some of the enticing scents you’ll find on this stunning wine. The structured palate is loaded with finesse, offering crushed cherry, black raspberry and licorice accompanied by polished tannins. This is the firm’s last vintage of Santo Stefano, and they nailed it. Drink 2017–2026.

94 points

James Suckling, January 2015

A wine with silky tannins and pretty bright fruit of strawberries and sliced plums and hints of flowers. Full body, fine tannins and a wonderful clarity. Lovely length of fruit. This is the last vintage of Santo Stefano for Giacosa after many decades of success. Needs at least four or five years to soften. Try in 2016.

93 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, August 2014

Graphite, floral, cherry, licorice and tobacco aromas and flavors abound in this firm, muscular red. Stays bright and focused, with a chewy, savory finish. The last vintage of Santo Stefano under the Giacosa label. Best from 2016 through 2025.

93 points

Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer, November 2013

Medium with a hint of amber.  Highly complex, scented nose combines red plum, cherry, strawberry, clove, medicinal herbs and a hint of orange zest.  Intensely flavored, juicy and tightly wound, with lovely cut and definition to the red fruit and spice flavors.  Very concentrated, tactile wine whose firm tannic spine will require at least several years of cellaring.  Finishes with terrific lift.

90 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2014

Bruno Giacosa's 2011 Barbaresco Albesani Vigna Santo Stefano is gorgeous. Rose petals, sweet red berries and mint are some of the notes that waft from the glass. Silky, polished and quite striking, the 2011 is already open and super-expressive. Considering the warm, precocious vintage and the southern exposure of Santo Stefano, I expected a bigger, more powerful wine, but the 2011 is all about finesse. My impression is that the 2011 will offer its best drinking earlier rather than later. There is plenty to like here.

91 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, July 2014

This 2011 Barbaresco Albesani Vigna Santo Stefano is on the market since February and has had ample time to flesh out over the last six months of bottle aging. The wine opens to a light garnet color and immediate fruit tones that veer towards the jammy side with sun-dried strawberry and raspberry. It shows a good level of freshness and acidity to counter the warmer tendencies of the bouquet. The tannins deliver a smooth, silky quality and the wine starts to show pretty aromas of wet earth and black truffle after a few minutes in the glass. Drink: 2015-2030. It has been famously reported now that Bruno Giacosa did not make wine in 2010. If you ask his daughter Bruna why this legendary estate would skip such a promising vintage, her reply is simple: “Sometimes you need to follow your heart.” Like the 2006 vintage that was passed over because it marked the same year that Bruno suffered a massive stroke, the family has similarly private reasons for wanting to skip directly from 2009 to 2011. It’s a hole they chose to leave. In other news, the Giacosa family bought a tiny parcel in Rabaja (half an hectare) and plans to release 4,000 bottles of the inaugural vintage in 2013.

89 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, March 2016

Bruna Giacosa says that her family had a much easier time with Nebbiolo in 2014 compared to the other grapes they farm. The 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigna Valmaggiore is an elegant and forthcoming wine that drinks easily in the near-term, thanks to the balanced acidity and silky tannins it offers. The bouquet is laced with wild berry, blue flower and cola. The wine's structure is succulent and firm. In fact, the decisive firmness of this red comes as a pleasant surprise.

90 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, March 2017

A blast of black currant, blackberry, violet and spice notes marks this intense, concentrated red. Juicy, with fine balance and a long, chocolate-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 800 cases imported. –BS

88 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

The 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba opens to a very fruity bouquet with ripe cherry and raspberry on prominent display. The wine offers immediate appeal and dark cherry that spills over into tilled earth and button mushroom. The Dolcetto grape doesn't offer much tannic support, but this wine offers noticeable firmness nonetheless. This was not an easy vintage for Dolcetto, but the winemaking team at the Giacosa winery took extra steps to safeguard the integrity of the fruit.

90 points

Stephanie Johnson, Wine & Spirits, December 2016

The 2013 Barbera d'Alba isn't up to its usually high standards. Barbera loves warm, sunny conditions and 2013 delivered rain and cool temperatures instead. The 2011 and 2012 vintages showed kinder conditions to the grape. Luckily, this expression from Bruno Giacosa does not exhibit any green or herbal characteristics. It shows luscious cherry and dark berry nuances. The wine's acidity is in check for long aging potential. This wine may hold up to ten years.

90 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, February 2016

Light vanilla and toast notes lead off in this red, whose blackberry, black cherry, leather and earth flavors are pure, racy and long. Offers a fine grip of tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,000 cases imported.

88 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2015

The 2013 Barbera d'Alba isn't up to its usually high standards. Barbera loves warm, sunny conditions and 2013 delivered rain and cool temperatures instead. The 2011 and 2012 vintages showed kinder conditions to the grape. Luckily, this expression from Bruno Giacosa does not exhibit any green or herbal characteristics. It shows luscious cherry and dark berry nuances. The wine's acidity is in check for long aging potential. This wine may hold up to ten years.

87 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2017

Peach, apple and grapefruit flavors ply the lush texture in this open white. A light flourish of bitter citrus upholds the finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported.

90+ points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, March 2016

The Bruno Giacosa 2015 Roero Arneis is a mineral-driven and beautifully fresh white wine that would taste great on a warm summer evening. The wine sports a luminous golden color that seems slightly more intense in this vintage. The bouquet offers citrus, peach, dried sage and crushed oyster shell. In the mouth, the wine is tangy and crisp.

93 points

James Suckling, November 2015

A firm, fruity white with sliced apple, melon and hints of cream. Full body, a lovely bead and a long finish. This is always super quality. Disgorged in March 2015.

93 points

James Suckling, November 2014

This is more refined and relaxed than the 2006.  Full body with refined bubbles.  Apple, lemon and hints of minerals.  Drink now.

89 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

Made entirely with Pinot Nero, this straw colored Metodo Classico opens with subdued aromas of nut and a whiff of bread crust. The palate is more expressive, offering white peach, citrus zest and pastry notes alongside a creamy mousse. An almond note closes the finish.

95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Asili (red label) is a full and generous wine that wraps thickly over the senses. The bouquet shows enormous depth and power with a generous presentation of dark fruit, cassis, balsam herb, cola, licorice, tar and lingering smoke. There is an evident sense of fruit ripeness here that helps to build momentum and staying power. Clay soils in the vineyard site have also helped to contribute to the heft and full-bodied nature of this special wine. The finish is characterized by mild acidity and lingering flavors of ripe fruit. The opulent fruit of the wine recalls the 2007 and 2004 vintages.

94 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, April 2016

An elegant, sinewy style, with classic Nebbiolo character, exuding floral, cherry, strawberry, leather and mineral flavors. The lingering tobacco finish gets a boost from the light burr of tannins. Remains juicy and long. Best from 2017 through 2032. 300 cases imported.

99 points

James Suckling, January 2015

This is an incredible wine that reminds me of the perfect 2000 Barolo Rocche de Falletto. Flowers, spices, leather and animals. Decadent. Dried mushrooms. Then changes to Japanese ginger and lemon peel. Full-bodied but refined and so long. It has layers of fruit and power. So refined. Ripe and intense. Perfect balance and harmony. It will be released in 2016.

96 points

Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November 2013

Good medium red.  Crushed cherry, raspberry, rose petal and botanical herbs on the tangy nose and palate.  If the Santo Stefano is a more masculine, underbrushy style of nebbiolo, this one is a perfume bomb in the mouth, incredibly silky and fine-grained but with outstanding sappy tang to leaven its thickness.  Most impressive today on the slowly mounting, elegant, mouth-saturating back end, which features big but fine-grained tannins and outstanding rising length.  A real essence of nebbiolo.

94 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, January 2016

An elegant, sinewy style, with classic Nebbiolo character, exuding floral, cherry, strawberry, leather and mineral flavors. The lingering tobacco finish gets a boost from the light burr of tannins. Remains juicy and long. Best from 2017 through 2032.

98 points

Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, October 2016

Once in a while I get a chance to taste a wine that shows me something I've not experienced before in the most positive way imaginable. The Asili is such a wine -- at its young age, it shows absolutely explosive aromas of cherry, fresh cut orange, powder, candied raspberry and mixed spice, all just as clear as a cathedral bell. The palate is just starting to show the promise of the nose, with a firm grip and dry earth minerality up front now, but the promise is solid as a rock. Riveting wine!

96 points

James Suckling, November 2015

This has superb elegance and depth to it. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a wonderful length. Exquisite tannins. All about class this year. Grows on the palate. The quality of the tannins! Drink or hold.

95 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

Red rose, iris, perfumed berry and baking spice emerge on this stunning, vibrant wine. The elegantly structured palate offers crushed raspberry, juicy red cherry, cinnamon and chopped herb while fresh acidity and polished tannins provide a bright, elegant framework. Drink 2018–2027.

94 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2015

The 2012 Barbaresco Asili is the finest wine I have tasted from Bruno Giacosa since the 2007 vintage. A bright, beautifully translucent red, the 2012 Asili captures the essence of this great site in its perfumed aromatics, silky fruit and understated depth. Hints of orange zest, rose petal, cinnamon and pine are laced into the resonant, alluring finish. Already quite open and expressive, the 2012 should drink well for the next decade or so. Giacosa fans will find much to admire in the sexy, open-knit 2012 Asili. This is a tremendous showing, and one of the very best 2012s readers will come across.

94 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2015

Bruno Giacosa's 2012 Barbaresco Asili benefitted from a warm growing season. The wine opens to a dark, compact appearance and shows an impressive level of aromatic intensity and complexity. The tannins are slightly less mature and more astringent in 2012 compared to 2011. This bodes well for the aging potential of this beautiful wine. Fresh acidity caps a very pretty portrait of the Nebbiolo grape. This is a lovely offering from this historic producer.

93 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 2015

Enticing flavors of cherry, strawberry, eucalyptus and underbrush mark this elegant, firm red. Tightly wound for now and just hinting at the future. Best from 2018 through 2030.

91 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

This wine was produced in 2012, but the Giacosa family decided to skip over the very difficult 2013 (especially difficult for Barbera) vintage. The 2014 Barbera d'Alba Falletto is made with estate fruit and shows the power and heft of Serralunga d'Alba. This is a more structured expression with good depth and a generous offering of dark fruit flavors. The finish is marked by a crisp spot of balanced acidity.

94 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, January 2016

The 2012 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is the result of a dry vintage and healthy concentration of sugars. Ben Ryé's taste profile changes enormously when you get to these younger vintages. Passito di Pantelleria is a wine that shows a very distinct jump in evolution just a few years into its aging process. Once it makes it past that first plateau, the wine then embarks on an excruciatingly slow progression that takes decades to complete. In fact, looking back at this retrospective, I can't say that any of the wines felt "old" or flat. Even the inaugural 1989 vintage is beaming with life. I have the same high expectations for this vintage.

92 points

Ian D'Agata, Vinous, December 2015

Vivid golden yellow. Brooding nose opens slowly with aeration to offer Zibibbo-typical aromas of candied apricot, raisins, date syrup, crystallized ginger, sweet botanical herbs and a complicating hint of hazelnut. Very rich and suave in the mouth, with flavors of dates, raisins and honeyed white chocolate; there's just enough acidity here to provide lift and prevent the wine from coming across as overly sweet or flabby. Finishes velvety, suave and long. This is a standout sweet wine, but it strikes me as having less lift than the 2013 release, despite having 7.8 grams per liter of total acidity to buffer its 200 grams of residual sugar.

92 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, February 2015

A rich and mouthwatering dessert wine, with expressive baked peach, nectarine pâte de fruit, green tea, meringue and candied ginger flavors. There's real drive to this wine, and the fruit and spice notes ring out on the long finish. Drink now through 2027. 490 cases imported.

94 points

Joe D'Angelo, International Wine Report, October 2014

The 2012 Ben Ryé is an absolutely gorgeous 100% Zibibbo from the island of Pantelleria. This delivers aromas and flavors of dried apricots, white peaches, honeysuckle, caramel, white floral and saffron spices. It possesses wonderful viscosity but still remains nicely balanced by the underlying acidity. Although is absolutely delicious today, it should continue to evolve for years to come. (Best 2015-2027)

93 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, January 2016

Born from a challenging vintage that saw too much rainfall in parts of Sicily and not enough in others, the 2011 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé manages to keep pace with some of the best vintages that precede it. My feeling is that this is a slightly more technical wine that shows the expertise of Donnafugata's winemaking team. By 2011, they had grown accustomed to the new winery and the newer vineyard plantings. This wine shows a bright amber color and classic passito aromas of candied fruit, honey and maple syrup.

94 points

Joe D'Angelo, International Wine Report, October 2014

Intoxicating aromas of dried apricots, orange zest, peaches, honeysuckle, green tea, dried spices and white floral leap from the glass of this succulent wine. This possesses wonderful viscosity and depth, yet remains nicely balanced with just enough acidity. The finish is supple, mouthwatering and absolutely delicious. (Best 2015-2026)

93 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, February 2013

Ripe yellow peach and orange granita notes lead the way in this expressive sweetie. Finely balanced and mouthwatering, with racy acidity and hints of Earl Grey tea, smoke and biscuit accenting the fruit flavors. Builds on the finish. Drink now through 2024.

94 points

Ian D'Agata, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March 2014

Bright yellow-gold color.  Pungent, tangy aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, lime blossom, apricot and sweet spices on the mesmerizingly pure nose.  Juicy, intense and penetrating, with razor-sharp acidity lifting and focusing the thick, concentrated grapefruit, honeyed peach, orange peel, cinnamon and ginger flavors.  This shows a near-perfect sugar/acid balance, and comes across as light on its feet for such a rich, concentrated wine.  The slowly building, palate-staining finish goes on and on, with repeating floral and honey notes. This is always Donnafugata's best wine, and this vintage is one of their best ever.  Readers should be aware that moscato di Alessandria is usually called zibibbo in Italy (which is also its official name, by the way).

95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, May 2014

A Sicilian oenological masterpiece, the 2011 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye bursts from the glass with amazing intensity and vitality. If you have even visited the rustic island of Pantelleria, those aromas of candied fruit, jasmine, almond blossom, dried sage and marine salt will prove hauntingly familiar. This is one of Italy’s most distinctive wines and it is infinitely married to a sense of place. Honey, roasted chestnuts and marzipan appear on the long creamy close. Zibibbo has a good amount of natural acidity and ultimately that’s what sets this delicious dessert wine apart. It feels opulent and luscious, but that crisp vein of zest keeps the palate refreshed. Drink 2014-2025.

96 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, January 2016

I am smitten by the 2010 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé and I look forward to tasting the wine again as it continues its evolution. This vintage presents a very graceful and feminine side to Ben Ryé with dried rose and almond blossom. As those perfumes lift, the wine reveals lasting tones of candied fruit, honey and brown sugar. There's a noticeable contribution in the form of baking spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. This vintage produced lower yields than average, but the wine boasts a tonic and sharp sense of acidity as a result.

94 points

Nathan Wesley, Wine Spectator, June 2013

An unctuous sweet wine, with melted Turkish apricot, candied orange zest and light, caramel-tinged date notes balanced on a full-bodied, cream-accented frame.  The broad finish lingers with fruit and spice.  Zibibbo.  Drink now through 2025.

93 points

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, February 2013

The 2010 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye is wonderfully complete. Hints of dried Mediterranean herbs, licorice, dried roses, orange blossoms and roasted coffee beans flow effortlessly as the 2010 opens up in the glass. All the elements are fabulously balanced in this medium-bodied, moderately sweet dessert wine. This is a striking version of the Ben Rye. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.

95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

Ben Ryé is one of the 10 best dessert wines made in Italy. From the sun-drenched island of Pantelleria, this is made using Zibibbo grapes that are air-dried. It’s thickly extracted and syrupy sweet, with intense aromas of apricot, honey and marzipan. The kick of fresh acidity at the end is nothing short of brilliant. Editor's Choice.

93 points

Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, February 2017

Smooth and juicy with depth and elegant flavors of plum, spice and blackberry; silky texture and generous style; long and fresh. Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot, Syrah

92 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, March 2016

Aromas of French oak, mature black-skinned fruit, espresso and a hint of blue flower lead the nose on this structured red. The generous palate doles out juicy black cherry, blackberry, ground pepper and licorice while velvety tannins provide smooth, seamless support. Drink through 2021.

90 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, April 2016

Expressive flavors of cassis, fig cake, dried mint and espresso are set in an elegant, medium- to full-bodied frame, layered with refined tannins and accents of oak spice and graphite that linger on the finish. Rich but polished. Drink now through 2026. 3,750 cases made

94 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, December 2015

The 2011 Mille e Una Notte is based on Nero d'Avola, although the wine sees smaller percentages of other grapes in supporting roles. This is a thick and darkly saturated expression with a bold flavor profile that reveals dark fruit, jammy blackberry, exotic spice and moist chewing tobacco. The 2011 vintage falls under the IGT Sicilia appellation (but newer vintages will be labeled under the Contessa Entellina appellation). The intensity of the bouquet is remarkable as is the thickness and weight of the wine's texture. Mille e Una Notte is an all-Sicilian wine with an interesting Bordeaux slant. The tannins are firm but very well integrated.

95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, December 2015

The 2010 Mille e Una Notte is one of the best and certainly most age-worthy editions of this landmark wine ever made. Tasted five years after the harvest, this Nero d'Avola-based beauty is only at the beginning of what promises to be a long and slow evolution. Opulent but harmonious aromas of dried cherry, blackberry, spice, truffle and barbecue smoke lift from the bouquet. These notes come together in seamless fashion with lift, momentum and balanced intensity. The tannins still show youthful tightness and this bodes well for the future aging potential of this important Sicilian red.

91+ points

Ian D'Agata, Vinous, December 2015

Deep opaque ruby. Sweet chocolatey oak currently dominates dark plum, cassis and graphite aromas. Then fresher and leaner in the mouth than the rather opulent nose suggests, offering lively dark berry and underbrush flavors. Finishes long and rich, but with slightly aggressive tannins. Forget about this in your cellar for another five years in the hope that the wine's tannins will smooth out somewhat.

94 points

James Suckling, November 2015

A wine with lots of dried-berry and dark-berry aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy tannins and a berry, toasted-oak and bark aftertaste. A wine with richness and power. Top-class nero d'avola. Drink in 2016.

93 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, December 2015

The 2009 Mille e Una Notte is a gorgeous wine that shows its age with pride. A beautiful wine like this puts any doubt concerning the aging ability of Sicilian red wines to rest. Polished and carefully evolved notes of dried cherry, licorice, pressed rose petal, dark chocolate and coffee bean add momentum to the bouquet. The wine is mostly Nero d'Avola with smaller percentages of other red grapes thrown into the mix. Great care goes into making this wine and it shows. The large production numbers also mean that Mille e Una Notte is relatively easy to find at a wineshop near you.

90 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, October 2014

Hints of dried mint, star anise and loamy earth are layered with black currant, damson plum and melted licorice in this elegant red, with sculpted tannins and juicy acidity. Presents a lingering, oak-spiced finish. Primarily Nero d'Avola. Drink now through 2024.

91 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, April 2015

Made mostly with Nero d’Avola and Syrah, this structured but elegant wine offers aromas of dried black fruit, underbrush, crushed blue flower and a suggestion of baking spice. The firm, smooth palate delivers black cherry, blackberry, ground pepper, cinnamon, licorice and tobacco alongside velvety tannins.

91 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, September 2014

This concentrated blend of Nero d’Avola and other grapes opens with aromas of earth, game, underbrush and mature black fruit. The dense palate offers velvety tannins and doles out juicy black cherry flavor layered with fig, chocolate, white pepper, carob and mint.

93 points

Joe D'Angelo, International Wine Report, August 2014

The 2008 ‘Mille e una Notte’ is a powerful expression of mainly Nero d'Avola that delivers bold aromas of blackberries and dark cherries followed by tar, spices, toast, licorice and sandalwood. It shows tremendous depth and character along with excellent structure, which is backed by a gorgeous touch of underlying acidity that gives it lift. This continues to impress all the way through the long, persistent finish which comes in layers. Today, this is showing fantastic, but give it another couple of years for it to fully develop. (Best 2015-2028)

93 points

Ian D'Agata, Vinous, March 2014

Saturated ruby.  Very dark aromas of black fruits, violet, graphite and bitter chocolate, plus sexy vanillin oak.  Large-scaled and thick but suave, boasting outstanding depth and precision to its black fruit, cedar and herb flavors.  Finishes with mouthcoating tannins and outrageous sweetness and size, but manages to maintain impressive verve.  The best Mille e Una Notte in years, and one that reminds me of nero d'Avola, not cabernet sauvignon.  Extremely well done.

94 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, May 2014

The 2008 Contessa Entellina Rosso Mille e una Notte stands out immediately in a blind tasting, thanks to the wine’s instantly recognizable pedigree. Crafted in a seamless manner, this mostly Nero d’Avola based wine is inky dark and beautifully concentrated with thick layers of blackberry, barbecue spice and a defining note of eucalyptus oil (that seems stronger in this vintage). This is a soft and penetrating effort with long, polished tannins, impressive richness and persistency. Donnafugata doesn’t reveal what other grapes may be present in the blend, but given the strong Bordeaux influences at the winery, there could be grapes associated with that part of France. In the style of the great super Tuscan wines, Mille e una Notte is a true “super Sicilian.” Drink 2015-2025.

93+ points

Joe D'Angelo, International Wine Report, October 2014

The 2008 ‘Mille e una Notte’ is a powerful expression of mainly Nero d'Avola that delivers bold aromas of blackberries and dark cherries followed by tar, spices, toast, licorice and sandalwood. It shows tremendous depth and character along with excellent structure, which is backed by a gorgeous touch of underlying acidity that gives it lift. This continues to impress all the way through the long, persistent finish which comes in layers. Today, this is showing fantastic, but give it another couple of years for it to fully develop. (Best 2015-2028)

90 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, November 2013

Seared mushroom and ground anise notes accent the flavors of dried currant, plum sauce and mocha in this well-balanced, chewy red. The anise hint echoes on the refined finish. Nero d'Avola. From Sicily. Drink now through 2019.

94 points

Joe D'Angelo, International Wine Report, October 2014

The 2007 is composed primarily of Nero d’Avola along with a small percentage of other varieties. This full-bodied red delivers gorgeous aromas of freshly crushed blackberries and cassis followed by spices, leather, black licorice and hints of tobacco. It demonstrates a wonderful firm structure, that is beautifully balanced and driven by underlying acidity which keeps it fresh and inviting. The finish is long and persistent, gripping hold and leaving behind sweet black fruits and raisins. Although this already has a few years of age, it is still a youngster and will require attritional time to fully develop. (Best 2016-2028)

90 points

Nathan Wesley, Wine Spectator, February 2012

This dark, enticing red sports layers of kirsch and cassis, with moderate grip. This remains fresh, though, as juicy acidity pumps out layers of fruit, underbrush and ash on the long finish. Mostly Nero d’Avola. Drink now through 2015

90 points

Wine & Spirits, June 2013

New French barriques guide this nero d'Avola toward rich, bitter chocolate flavors and smooth textures.  The tannic structure remains precise, firmly supporting dark fruit flavors with hints of strawberry jam and dates.  It's a grand Sicilian red, built for rack of lamb.

92 points

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, February 2013

The 2007 Mille e Una Notte wraps around the palate with serious depth and power. Black cherries, violets, mint, minerals, licorice and spices take shape in this voluptuous Sicilian red. The 2007 impresses for its seamless personality and fabulous overall balance. Nero d’Avola is the featured grape in Donnafugata’s flagship red blend. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017.

93 points

Monica Larner, Wine Enthusiast, April 2012

Cellar Selection: Mille e Una Notte is one of a handful of wines that defines the very best of Sicilian enology. Dark, luscious and penetrating, this sophisticated red blend shows deep layers of chocolate, cherry liqueur, dried sage, tobacco and leather. It's soft and silky rich on the long, delicious finish.

91 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, October 2016

Offers flavors of crème de cassis, olive paste, dried mint and plumped black cherry, set in an accessible frame. Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d’Avola and Tannat. Drink now through 2026.—A.N.

90 points

Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, February 2017

Dark and dense with edgy, earthy flavors and juicy plum and blackberry; deep, intense and rich; smooth and generous. Cabernet Sauv. Nero d'Avola, Tannat

91 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, March 2016

Dark-skinned berry, underbrush, sun baked earth and light oak aromas unfold in the glass while the elegantly structured palate delivers ripe black cherry, licorice, leather and chopped herb. Fine-grained tannins give the finish a firm grip.

92 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, December 2015

The 2011 Tancredi is made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d'Avola, Tannat and other red grapes (in the Sicilia IGT appellation). This is a huge wine with broad shoulders and a very opulent but forthcoming style. The bouquet offers jammy blackberry and cherry liqueur with spice, cola, licorice and Spanish cedar. Tancredi shows a spectacular level of intensity with power and muscle. This vintage delivers a powerful punch. The wine needs a few more months of bottle aging to loosen up.

90 points

Ian D'Agata, Vinous, December 2015

Inky ruby. Deep aromas of dark berries, mocha and minerals. Multilayered and deep, with bright harmonious acidity giving focus to the dark fruit, herb and mineral elements on the long, minerally back end. This strikes me as a more refined version of Tancredi; for my taste, too many past vintages were excessively savory and herbal, with little if any of the refinement and nobility that distinguish the better Cabernet Sauvignon blends from around the world.

92 points

James Suckling, November 2015

A gorgeous red with mineral, dried berry and tea leaf aromas and flavors. Hints of wood. Full body, chewy tannins and fresh and lively finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and nero d'avola. Drink now.