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Masseto 2017 à CHF 3’690.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 615.-) – sehr limitierte Mengen verfügbar!

Massetino 2018 à CHF 1’794.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 299.-) – sehr limitierte Mengen verfügbar!

Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin 2018 à CHF 1’698.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 283.-/Fl.)

Château Latour 2009 RELEASE 2020 à CHF 6’468.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 1’078.-) – sehr limitierte Mengen verfügbar!

Seña 2018 à CHF 612.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 102.-/Fl.)

Estate Cuvée L’Aventure à CHF 546.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 91.-/ Fl.)

Quintessa 2017 à CHF 864.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 144.-/ Fl.)

Clos Apalta 2017 Casa Lapostolle à CHF 539.40/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 89.90/Fl.)

Viñedo Chadwick 2018 à CHF 1’728/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 288.-/Fl.)

Almaviva 2018 à CHF 732.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 122.-/Fl.)

Shiraz The Armagh 2016 à CHF 1’170.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 195.-/ Fl.)

Wynns John Riddoch Cab. Sauv. 2016 à CHF 534.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 89.-/Fl.)

Vin de Constance 2017 à CHF 282.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 47.-/0.5 Liter-Fl.)

Vin de Constance 2017 à CHF 468.-/Kiste (3 MAG à CHF 156.-/1.5-Lt.-Fl.)

Opus One 2017 Mondavi à CHF 1’662.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 277.-/Fl.)

Opus One 2015 Mondavi à CHF 1’965.-/Kiste (3 MAG à CHF 655.-/1.5-Lt.-Fl.)

Overture Release 2020 Mondavi à CHF 738.-/Kiste (6 Fl. à CHF 123.-/Fl.)

Colore 2018 Bibi Graetz  Preis auf Anfrage, sehr limtiert, nur 6’000 Flaschen!

Testamatta 2018 Bibi Graetz  Preis auf Anfrage

Masseto 2017 IGT, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia
CHF 3‘690.-/OHK (6 Fl. à CHF 615.-), zzgl. MwSt

97 Punkte Monica Larner @Wine Advocate
The Masseto 2017 Masseto puts on another exhilarating, knock-out performance for the third year in a row. The Masseto vineyard is a triangular-shaped plot tucked in at the back of the same property that houses the Ornellaia vineyards and winery. This special site is located at the base of the mountains that rise gently from the Tyrrhenian Sea, with the picturesque silhouette of the Castiglioncello castle at the top. The vines are planted at an altitude of 80 to 100 meters above sea level in blue clay soils that are unique to Bolgheri. That ideal position opens the vineyards to soft breezes, proximity to the sea, long daylight hours and cool diurnal shifts from the protective wall of low mountains at the back. It’s a little garden of Merlot Eden. The center of the vineyard now is home to the new Masseto winery and an adjacent tasting room built into a pre-existing farmhouse. This wine was made in the old winery (the existing Ornellaia winery). Fermentation kicks off in a combination of steel and oak tanks before the wine is racked over to barrique, where it rests for two years. The wine then goes into bottle for 12 months before its release. Like most vintages of Masseto tasted this early in the game, the oak is omnipresent, and it grounds the wine in terms of texture and structure. It is powerful, but that’s always the case with Masseto (this vintage records a 15.5% alcohol content). I tasted this wine next to the decidedly more playful Massetino, and the Masseto moves over the palate with substantial fruit weight and concentration gained over the course of this hot and dry growing season (which produced smaller, richer and more compact berries). Perhaps, what this vintage lacks is that profound varietal character that we saw in recent vintages like 2016 and 2015. If concerned that the hot vintage would draw out too many ripe fruit tones, the oak serves to soften some of the more volatile components of the fruit. Those distinctive notes of macchia mediterranea (wild bush) that I always associate with Masseto are less present in this vintage. You feel the oak tannins on the finish with toast and vanilla that will certainly shed as the wine ages. In fact, I went back to taste the wine 12 hours later, and they had already softened considerably. This 2017 vintage will be released in October 2020.

98 Punkte James Suckling
The clarity of the ripe blackcurrants, black cherries and flowers in the nose is entrancing. Lavender, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, silky tannins that run long and straight through the wine, providing brightness and focus. Goes on for minutes. Strength with finesse Drink after 2024, but already wonderful to taste.

96-99 Punkte Antonio Galloni @Vinous
The 2017 Masseto is a spectacular wine in the making. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, the 2017 possesses off the charts intensity and plenty of structure as well. Red cherry jam, mocha, leather, licorice and a dash of new oak are all fused together in an opulent, seamless Masseto endowed with magnificent balance. The 2017 is quite simply a remarkable wine for such a challenging year. I can’t wait to taste it from bottle.

96 Punkte Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Masseto is another stunning wine from this benchmark estate, and along with Petrus, they fashion one of the greatest expressions of Merlot out there. The 2017 reveals a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a captivating bouquet of ripe black cherries, currants, dried herbs, leather, spicy oak, and tobacco, with even a touch of forest floor coming through with time in the glass. Concentrated, medium to full-bodied, and structured on the palate, it has loads of minerality, a seamless texture, ripe (yet certainly present) tannins, and a great finish. While it shows the sunny style of the vintage aromatically, it’s tight and backward on the palate and in need of 4-5 years of bottle age. It’s going to keep for 30-40 years.

CNDP Hommage Perrin 2018 AC, MO, Domaine de Beaucastel
CHF 1’698.-/OHK (6 Fl. à CHF 283.-), zzgl. MwSt

98-100 Punkte Joe Czerwinski @Wine Advocate
Essence of framboise is joined by layers of garrigue-like complexity, rich, meaty notes and a generous dusting of Asian five spice blend in the stunning 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin. This is full-bodied but incredibly silky, combining great purity, richness and length into a seamless, elegant package that should give immense pleasure for decades to come.

95-98 Punkte Antonio Galloni @Vinous
Opaque ruby. Powerful dark berry, cherry cola, incense, potpourri, musky earth and spicecake aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up a smoky mineral nuance with aeration. Sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated but energetic black raspberry, cherry preserve, five-spice powder and lavender pastille flavors given lift and spine by a core of juicy acidity. Blends richness and finesse with a deft hand and finishes incredibly long and precise, with youthfully firm tannins adding shape and final grip.

96-98 Punkte Jeb Dunnuck
One of the more supple, sexy vintages I can remember for this cuvée, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin nevertheless has power to spare, offering a beautiful bouquet of blueberries, ground pepper, smoked meat, truffle, and liquid violets. Full-bodied, opulent, and mouthfilling, it starts out relatively tame yet builds on the palate, showing good acidity, plenty of tannins, and a finish that makes you salivate. It’s a brilliant wine that was compared to the 2001 by Marc Perrin.

Seña 2018, Mondavi/Chadwick, Aconcagua Valley, Chile
CHF 612.-/OHK (6 Fl. à CHF 102.-), zzgl. MwSt

Rebsorten: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 15% Carménère, 7% Cabernet Franc und 5% Petit Verdot. Der Ausbau erfolgt 22 Monate zu 85% in französischer Eiche und zu 15% in Stockinger Foudres. 
Seña gehört zusammen mit Almaviva und Clos Apalta zu den besten Weinen Chiles. Das Weingut wurde 1995 als Joint-Venture zwischen Eduardo Chadwick und Robert Mondavi gegründet. Sie hatten den Traum einen Wein herzustellen, der das volle Potenzial Chiles zum Ausdruck bringen und zu den grössten Weinen der Welt zählen würde. Er wurde zwar dem Bordeaux-Stil nachempfunden, besitzt aber eine chilenische Seele, wofür vor allem die Sorte Carménère verantwortlich ist. Der Anbau erfolgt biodynamisch.
Chiles erste Wein-Ikone wurde von James Suckling mit der Höchstnote von 100 Punkten ausgezeichnet. Diese herausragende Anerkennung markiert einen neuen Meilenstein in der Geschichte von Seña. Denn damit wurde der Wein zum zweiten Mal mit 100 Punkten bewertet. Zuvor gelang dies mit dem Jahrgang 2015.

100 Punkte James Suckling
This is a very thoughtful Seña that shows unique aromas of warm earth, mushrooms and conifer, turning to dark berries and black olives. The palate is more glamorous with ultra-fine tannins that envelop your palate. Shows power and vibrancy at the end. Toned muscles. It’s a very intellectual wine that harkens back to the 2015. Blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 18% malbec, 15% carmenere, 7% cabernet franc and 5% merlot.

98 Punkte Luis Guiterrez @Wine Advocate
The 2018 Seña shows the fresher side of the Ocoa zone of the Aconcagua Valley through a Bordeaux blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot; there are small differences, but nothing substantial. As I’ve seen in other wines from the very complete 2018 vintage, the grapes ripened thoroughly and achieved more flavors and nuances, and the wines are slightly higher in alcohol (14% this year versus 13.3% in 2017, but in reality it’s 13.8% ). But the wine seems to have more of everything. The grapes fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in new barriques and Stockinger foudres for 22 months, a similar formula as the one used for Viñedo Chadwick. This is a very elegant vintage of Seña, a year with a slow ripening so that the grapes achieved very good ripeness and full development of aromas and flavors, making the wine nuanced and complex, with depth but also freshness and finesse—floral and expressive. The tannins are very fine, polished and elegant, and the wine is long and complex, mixing the best f 2015 and 2016, coming through as a very complete year. It’s still a little young and should develop nicely in bottle; it’s approachable now, but if you can hold it a little bit more, it should be even better. This has to be the finest vintage of Seña to date. Comparing it with the Chadwick from the same year, there is more freshness and a little more complexity and clout coming form the cooler zone and the palette of varieties used that give more options to achieve more nuance. 100,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February and March 2020.

Viñedo Chadwick 2018, Viñedo Chadwick Vineyard, Maipo Valley, Chile
CHF 1’728.-/OHK (6 Fl. à CHF 288.-), zzgl. MwSt

Rebsorten: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot. 
Viñedo Chadwick war der erste Wein Chiles, der für den 2014er die maximale Bewertung von 100 Punkten erreichte. Eduardo Chadwick kreierte zu Ehren seines Vaters Alfonso, einem passionierten Polospieler und Weinliebhaber, den Premiumwein Viñedo Chadwick. Das ehemalige Polofeld umfasst rund 15 Hektar Rebberge und liegt in einer der besten Regionen des Maipo-Tals. 
Luis Gutiérrez beschreibt den 2018 im klassischen Cabernet-Stil als „lebhaft, ausgewogen und intensiv“, während James Suckling ihn „extrem lang und vielschichtig“ empfindet. Tim Atkin bewertet ihn mit 99 Punkten und erklärt ihn zum „bisher besten Wein aus diesem ehemaligen Polofeld, das zu einem Weltklasse-Weinberg geworden ist“.

98 Punkte James Suckling
The aromas show blackcurrant, pine-tree, violet and light spearmint character. Full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with fine, creamy tannins. Hints of currants and fresh herbs. Extremely long and layered. Try after 2022.

97 Punkte Luis Guiterrez @Wine Advocate
They talk about textbook climate conditions during the growing season for the grapes used for the 2018 Viñedo Chadwick, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a 3% dash of Petit Verdot. The vines are planted on alluvial soils, and the grapes were picked in the morning and transported to the winery to be fermented in a combination of stainless steel (75%) and troncoconic concrete vats. Eighty percent of the wine matured in new French oak barriques and the remaining 20% in Stockinger oak foudres for a period of 22 months. It’s 13.5% alcohol and has very good acidity. Viñedo Chadwick is a little warmer as a zone than the vineyards of Seña, but the wine is still very fresh, with moderate alcohol, perfectly ripe fruit and super integrated oak, coming through as elegant within the powerful style of the zone, with red and black fruit, some aromatic herbs, the cedary and spicy notes of the variety and the signature tannins of Cabernet, keeping the juiciness of the last few years. The little bit of Petit Verdot in the blend gives it a spicy touch. It’s vibrant, balanced and intense, still a little young and creamy, and I’d wait a little bit longer before pulling the cork. This can surely age in bottle, as it has the ingredients and the balance to do so; it has the elegance of 2016 with a little more structure and depth—and a little more clout too. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2020.

99 Punkte Tim Atkin
“…the 2018 Chadwick is the best release yet from this polo-field turned world class vineyard. Elegant and ethereal, with no sign of tell-tale Chilean eucalyptus, it’s a red that could easily be slipped incognito into a tasting of top Bordeaux cru classes. More Margaux than Pauillac in style, with raspberry and red cherry fruit and supple fine-grained tanins…“ 

Estate Cuvée 2018, L’Aventure, Central Coast, Kalifornien
CHF 546.-/OHK (6 Fl. à CHF 91.-), zzgl. MwSt

Rebsorten: 45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon und 15% Petit Verdot. Der Ausbau erfolgt während 15 Monaten in zu 90% französischer Eiche, keine Schönung, keine Filtration. 
Estate Cuvée ist ein Rotwein von L’Aventure, einem renommierten kalifornischen Weingut an der Central Coast. Der konzentrierte und strukturierte Wein mit geschmeidigen Tanninen entwickelt sich über zwei Jahrzehnte.
Stephan Asseo begann mit dem Weinbau 1982 auf der Domaine de Courteillac in Bordeaux. Später kam Château Fleur Cardinal in St. Emilion und Château Robin in den Côtes de Castillon dazu. Asseo ist ein handwerklich anspruchsvoller Winzer mit eigenwilligen Zielen, die nicht immer den Weingesetzen entsprechen möchten. Er suchte dafür den idealen Ort und fand ihn in Paso Robles, Kalifornien. Die hügelige Topographie der Santa-Lucia-Bergkette, die tiefen Kalkböden und die maritimen Einflüsse des berühmten Templeton Gap ergeben zusammen ein Terroir von Weltklasse. Hier, in Paso Robles, begannen Stephan und seine Familie 1998 ihr Abenteuer „L’Aventure“, dem Namensgeber des Weinguts.

100 Punkte Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Estate Cuvee checks 45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot brought up in 90% new French oak. Tasting like the straight Cab, yet with more sex appeal, it offers a huge nose of crème de cassis, white flowers, crushed stone, graphite, and crushed flowers. This carries to a full-bodied, gorgeously textured red with incredible balance, no hard edges, a thrilling mid-palate, and a great, great finish. It’s going to benefit from 5-6 years of bottle age and keep for upwards of two decades or more. Hats off to winemaker Stephan Asseo on another incredible wine, as well as, I suspect the wine of the vintage.

94-96 Punkte Wine Advocate
A barrel sample blended of 45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot aging in about 90% new oak, the 2018 Estate Cuvée has a very deep ruby-purple color and explodes to crème de cassis, black cherries, blueberry and boysenberry preserves with accents of violet, grilled lamb, dried thyme, coffee, soil and chocolate with exotic spices in the undercurrent. The full-bodied palate is incredibly pixelated and silky with very bold freshness and a long, layered finish. I can’t wait to see taste this beauty from bottle.

Quintessa 2017, Napa Valley, Kalifornien
CHF 864.-/OHK (6 Fl. à CHF 144.-), zzgl. MwSt

Rebsorten: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Carménère und 1% Petit Verdot. Der Ausbau erfolgt 22 Monate in französischer Eiche, davon zu 76% in neuer.
Quintessa befindet sich östlich von Rutherford, am Fusse des Vaca-Gebirges. Die Landschaft ziert ein natürliches Mosaik – eine Ansammlung von Hügeln und Tälern mit einer Vielzahl von Böden und Mikroklimas, die im Wein Eleganz und Harmonie offenbaren.
Für die Gründer Agustin und Valeria Huneeus war ein erster Blick ausreichend um zu wissen, dass sie hier ihren Weinberg für die Ewigkeit pflanzen werden. Bis heute verfolgen sie einen ganzheitlichen Ansatz bei der Bewirtschaftung der Landschaft. Jede ihrer Handlungen ist durchdacht und nachhaltig. Dieser ganzheitliche Ansatz geht über den biodynamischen Weinbau hinaus und umfasst das gesamte Weingut, das als ein vollständiges Ökosystem betrachtet wird, dessen Leben und Vielfalt den Charakter der Früchte bereichern wird.

95 Punkte James Suckling
Crushed berries, incense and blackberries with black-olive undertones. Extremely perfumed. Medium to full body. Very intense for a 2017. Crafted and polished. Long and caressing. Elegant. Drink or hold.

95 Punkte Lisa Perrotti-Brown @Wine Advocate
Already bottled, the 2017 Quintessa displays a deep garnet-purple color. The nose needs a little coaxing before it reveals bold, expressive notes of crushed red and black plums, black currant jelly, wild blueberries and kirsch with nuances of camphor, cloves, cedar and lilacs plus a hint of oolong tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has beautifully expressed, elegant red and black fruit layers, with a sturdy, grainy frame and plenty of freshness, finishing long and earthy.

Clos Apalta 2017, Casa Lapostolle, Rapel Valley, Chile
CHF 539.40/OHK (6 Fl. à CHF 89.90), zzgl. MwSt

Rebsorten: 48% Carménère, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot und 1% Petit Verdot. Der Ausbau erfolgt 27 Monate in Barriques, davon 85% neuer Eiche.
Zum 20sten Jahrestag wurde Clos Apalta 2017 in eine ganz besondere Jubiläumsflasche abgefüllt. Die Etikette präsentiert sich in zartem Siebdruck in Gold, dem ein abgestuftes Blau gegenübersteht, das die gesamte Flasche ziert. 

100 Punkte James Suckling
What a stunning nose of crushed berries, fresh flowers, sandalwood and light vineyard dust. Black olives, too. Very complex. Full-bodied with a beautiful, dense palate of blackberries, chocolate, walnuts and cigar box. Fantastic length and composure. The tannin just rolls over the palate. Very structured. The most classically structured wine ever from here. Goes on for minutes. Outrageous and so polished. A blend of 48% carmenere, 26% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 1% petit verdot. Try after 2025.

Almaviva 2018, Ph. de Rothschild & Concha y Toro, Chile
CHF 732.-/OHK (6 Fl. à CHF 122.-), zzgl. MwSt

Rebsorten: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carménère, 6% Petit Verdot und 6% Cabernet Franc. Der Jahrgang 2018 war in Chile grossartig, einer der besten des Jahrzehnts, anerkannt für seine aussergewöhnliche Qualität, Ausgewogenheit und Komplexität. 

98 Punkte James Suckling
This is such a beautifully nuanced red with tobacco, dried herbs, wet earth and currants. Some leather and rose petals, too. Full-bodied and chewy, yet refined with great polish. It’s rich and intense at the same time. Very focused center palate. Broad layers of tannin and fruit. A blend of 72% cabernet sauvignon, 19% carmenere, 6% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. Better after 2024, but already a joy to taste.

Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, John Riddoch, Coonawarra, Südaustralien
CHF 534.-/OHK (6 Fl. à CHF 89.-), zzgl. MwSt

Rebsorten: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon gilt als Weinikone und einer der besten Weine Australiens. Es werden nur die besten Trauben verlesen, die im Herzen des Terra Rossa-Bodens gepflegt wurden. Ausserdem wird er nur in den besten Jahren mit aussergewöhnlich hoher Qualität hergestellt. Verschlussart: Schraubverschluss.

95 Punkte James Suckling
This is a very impressive and regal cabernet with a rich array of ripe blackcurrants, mulberries and blackberries on offer, as well as a cedary and gently chalky edge. There’s a very rich and powerful core of deep-set fruit, as well as a thread of rich chocolate flavor and a very polished, assertive core of tannin that holds super long. Try from 2022. Screw cap. 
100 Punkte Andrew Caillard, MW
Deep crimson. Lovely pure blackcurrant elderberry herb garden aromas with hints of espresso/ roasted chestnut notes. Beautiful concentrated wine with blackcurrant elderberry chinotto herb flavours, fine-grained and plentiful yet vigorous tannins, superb mid palate richness and integrated roasted chestnut/ cedar oak notes. Finishes chalky firm with a long inky/ graphite plume. Made for the long haul. Powerfully expressive yet unforced wine with superb vinosity, richness, density and volume. Superb. The fruit derives from the V&A (Victoria & Albert) and Nursery Vineyards, both located on classic terra rossa soils. From a dry, mild to warm growing season. Wait a few years to let it unfold, 2025-2050.

98 Punkte James Halliday
From a tiny fraction (about 1% ) of Wynns‘ cabernet crush handled with kid gloves in the specialised winery. Densely coloured, its amalgam of cassis and bay leaf is held within a fine web of ripe tannins, the excellent vintage also helping shape a cabernet of the highest class.

The Armagh Shiraz 2016, Jim Barry, Clare Valley, Südaustralien
CHF 1’170.-/OHK (6 Fl. à CHF 195.-), zzgl. MwSt

Rebsorten: 100% Shiraz. Der Armagh Shiraz hat einen aussergewöhnlichen Erfolg erzielt und gilt als einer der hochwertigsten Weine Australiens. Jim Barry pflanzte das 3,3 Hektar grosse Weingut 1968 mit Shiraz-Trauben an. Ein Wein von enormer Komplexität und Langlebigkeit. Verschlussart: Schraubverschluss.

99 Punkte von James Suckling
Wow. This is a bold, brassy shiraz that carries a wealth of very intense aromas of ripe blackberries, dark plums, licorice and sweetly spiced earth. Still so very youthful and primary. The palate is so powerful, so mouth-filling and so, so juicy. This manages to deliver such intensity and composure. Supple, long and deep-set tannins and heroically expressive fruit. Really impressive now, but this will deliver much more over the next two decades. One of the finest releases to date.

97 Punkte von Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
My pick of the recently bottled vintages, the 2016 The Armagh Shiraz shows a bit more obvious oak (simply because of its youth) but also a wonderful taut tension between ripeness and acidity. The fruit here is a bit redder in profile, leaning more toward raspberries than blackberries, while still being fully ripe. Full-bodied and supple, it finishes cedary, intense and long, adding in complex, lingering spice notes.

Vin de Constance 2017, Klein Constantia, Südafrika
CHF 282.-/OHK (6 Fl. à 0.5 Liter zu CHF 47.-), zzgl. MwSt
CHF 468.-/OHK (3 Fl. à 1.5 Liter zu CHF 156.-), zzgl. MwSt

Rebsorten: 100% Muscat de Frotignan. Zunächst wird eine erste Lese durchgeführt, um einen Grundwein mit einem Alkoholgehalt von 12,5-13% und einem guten Säuregehalt zu erzeugen. Weitere Trauben werden am Rebstock belassen bis sie „eintrocknen“, respektive bis sich der Zucker in den gereiften, verwelkten Trauben konzentriert. Nach der Gärung erfolgt der Ausbau während drei Jahren in einer Kombination aus 50% neuen Eichen- und Akazienfässern sowie grossformatigen Foudres.

97 Punkte James Suckling
This is really sensational as always with dried-apricot, dried-pineapple and honey character with salted nuts and hints of white syrup. It’s very sweet, yet energetic and intense. It goes on for so long. And then again. Yet, it remains balanced. A great sweet wine through and through. Drink or hold.

COLORE 2018 Bibi Graetz, IGT Toscana Rosso
Preis auf Anfrage

Rebsorten: 90% Sangiovese und je 5% Colorino und Canaiolo

99/100 Punkte James Suckling
What intense aromas of cherries and raspberries! Then it turns to flowers and orange peel. Roses, too. This is really full and powerful with layers of ripe tannins. It’s super fine-tannined, but shows wonderful length and intensity. A great expression of Lamole in Chianti Classico with ancient vines. Some older than 100 years. Best ever? Superb. Try after 2024 and onwards.

97/100 Punkte Monica Larner @Wine Advocate
Compared to the Testamatta that proved more difficult during the blending phase, Bibi Graetz’s 2018 Colore came together without a hitch, as he tells it. With this vintage, the Colore (with 9,000 bottles produced) has almost become a single-vineyard wine, since up to 90% of its fruit comes from old vines (these are majestic plants from 80 to 135 years old) in the high-altitude Lamole area where Bibi farms five hectares. The addition of Colorino to this Sangiovese-based wine has been reduced to a mere 5% in this vintage: „Just like a touch of lipstick,“ Bibi says. The Colorino grape adds noticeable lift and buoyancy in this vintage. Next to the Testamatta, you get more structure and backbone here, with deep and penetrating red berry fruit, ruby cherry, crushed aspirin, ferrous earth, crushed flowers and some of the fragrant steeping herbs used in Fernet-Branca. My only hesitation is that the wine takes long to yield on the bouquet, and I coaxed two bottles of Colore over two days before writing this note. As a result, I recommend pushing the drinking window forward by a few extra years to give the wine time to flesh out and open fully.

TESTAMATTA 2018 Bibi Graetz, IGT Toscana Rosso
Preis auf Anfrage

Rebsorte: 100% Sangiovese

97/100 Punkte James Suckling
Very subtle aromas of cherries, bark, black truffles and flowers. Hints of crushed stones. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight and solid with a very tight, minerally structure. Very long and intense. Racy and bright at the end. Powerful, orange-peel and citrus-fruit undertones. Salty and minerally. This needs time to develop in the bottle. Extremely structured. A wine not to touch until after 2023.

94/100 Punkte Monica Larner @Wine Advocate
The 2018 Testamatta shows elegant Sangiovese purity and transparency, starting with delicate wild berry and blueberry tones and finishing long with pretty accents of crushed limestone and a touch of campfire ash. In the glass, the wine is radiant and vivid with a luminous ruby or garnet color. Oak use is reduced to a bare minimum, with barrels that are up to their 16th year of use. „The older they are, the better,“ Bibi explains. As the wine opens in the glass, it presents pretty lilac and violet. This wine represents a blend of fruit from various sites (all with old vines that are farmed organically) across the region of Tuscany. The northern-most sites close to Florence tend to add the floral notes that are so characteristic of this cool vintage (which saw a bit more rain than average and extra work in the vineyards to kept these vines healthy). I visited the vineyards with Bibi in 2018 and remember how beautiful the grapes appeared on the vines. Much of the fruit used here comes from the Vigna del Cancello in Casciano del Murlo, which is midway between Siena and Montalcino. These southern sites give the wine its backbone and tannins. Bibi Graetz tells me that he struggled to create the blend for this 60,000-bottle release. He decided on a final blend, only to change his mind and re-blend two and a half months later. His second stab was specifically aimed at capturing finesse and softening the wine’s tannic imprint. Indeed, the wine ultimately offers more in length (with fresh fruit flavors and bright acidity) than it does in power or mid-palate. The finish is silky, long and very fine.

Opus One 2017 Mondavi, Napa Valley
CHF 277.-/Fl., 1’662.-/6er-Kiste

95 Punkte Lisa Perrotti-Brown @Wine Advocate
Opus One had picked 91% of their fruit before the fires started in 2017, and only two lots were eliminated from consideration. The 2017 Opus One, bottled in July 2019, is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% Merlot and 1% Malbec. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it slowly grows on the nose, revealing compelling notes of baked black cherries, mulberries, black raspberries, warm cassis and blackberry pie with nuances of spice cake, yeast extract, tapenade, licorice and dusty soil with a waft of wild sage. Medium-bodied, the palate has a lively skip in its step, featuring bags of juicy raspberry and cassis-laced fruit and a refreshing line, supported by ripe, plush tannins, finishing long and graceful.

95 Punkte Antonio Galloni @Vinous
A remarkable wine for the year, the 2017 Opus One is a dense, full-throttle beauty. Plush fruit and soft, silky contours give the 2017 its racy personality. Exotic, beautifully perfumed and impeccable in its balance, Opus One is one of the most complete wines of the vintage. In 2017, Opus One has a distinctly red-toned fruit profile that distinguishes it from the surrounding vintages