Awards

James Suckling 2020

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Terlaner Primo Grande Cuvée 2017

96

Cooked-apple, clove, light toffee and smoked-wood aromas follow through to a full body with layers of fruit and nice phenolics that give it a creamy, almost chewy structure. Flavorful and intense. Smoky at the end with licorice and fennel-seed undertones. Drink now.

Porphyr Lagrein Riserva 2017

96

Tar and crushed blackberries with some brambleberries on the nose, following through to a full body with chewy tannins that form a pretty, fruity palate. Undertones of smoke and toasted oak. One of the most structured examples of this I have had. Drinkable now, but better in 2022.

Pinot Bianco Rarity 2007

96

Subtle aromas of pineapple, pears, cooked figs and lemon curd. It’s full-bodied with rich, complex flavors of fruit, bread dough, pie crust and herbs. Hints of cream, too. Extremely flavorful. A unique white, aged one year in large wooden barrels, followed by eleven years in stainless steel tanks. No filtering or fining. Drink now.

Vorberg Weißburgunder Riserva 2017

94

A sophisticated pinot blanc with floral, sliced cooked-apple and mineral character. Medium to full body and bright acidity. Tight and vivid at the finish. I like the lightly bitter undertone and the complexity in the aftertaste. Drink or hold.

Quarz Sauvignon Blanc 2018

94

Lots of grapefruit and peaches on the nose. The palate is full and tight with very lively acidity with bitter and burnt-lemon character at the finish. Stylish and flavorful. Drink now.

Terlaner Cuvée 2019

93

I like the minerality and spiciness of this blend of pinot bianco, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc with a medium to full body, creamy texture and lots of flavor at the finish. Some flint in the aftertaste. It’s compact and controlled. A blend of 60% pinot bianco, 30% chardonnay and 10% sauvignon blanc. Drink now.

Nova Domus Terlaner Riserva 2017

93

This is always a complex blend of pinot bianco, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. It delivers cooked-apple, mineral and peach flavors with some natural ash and smokiness. It’s medium-to full-bodied with an oily undertone. Delicious. Drink now.

Kreuth Chardonnay 2018

93

Plenty of cooked-apple and praline aromas with some flint undertones. Jasmine, too. It’s full-bodied with lovely depth of fruit, such as pears, on the palate. Flavorful finish. Hint of smokiness. Drink now and enjoy.

Gewürztraminer 2019

93

Spicy nose with almond and dried-pineapple character. Full-bodied with lots of fruit and intensity. Apricots and oranges on the palate. Lots of flavor. Smoky undertones. Really well done this year. Drink or hold.

Lunare Gewürztraminer 2018

93

Love the aromas of dried pineapple with candle-wax and beeswax undertones. Full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit, as well as almonds and dried spices, such as cloves. Really spicy at the end. Drink now.

Gries Lagrein Riserva 2017

93

Blackberries and brambleberries with smoke and mahogany on the nose. Medium to full body with a tight, fruity palate, fine tannins and a savory finish. Orange peel, too. Drink now.

Monticol Pinot Noir Riserva 2017

93

Pretty undertones of strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Medium body and firm tannins Smoky undertones to the fruit. Drink now or hold.

Müller Thurgau 2019

92

Attractive aromas of limes, almond paste and minerals follow through to a medium to full body with pear flavors and a creamy, fresh finish. Turns to peaches. Perfumed at the end. Drink now.

Weißburgunder 2019

92

Lots of cooked apples, dried flower petals and hints of pie crust on the nose, following through to a full body with creamy texture and a delicious finish. Lots of fruit. Drink now.

Pinot Grigio 2019

92

Aromas of dried apples, flowers and minerals follow through to a full body with dense, rich fruit. Lots happening on the palate. Lightly oily and energetic. Layered and flavorful. Like the flinty undertones. Drink or hold.

Winkl Sauvignon Blanc 2019

92

Subtle, refined sauvignon with mineral, fennel and lemon character. Medium-to full-bodied with lemon, lime and peach flavors. Drink now.

Chardonnay 2019

91

Aromas of flint, dried apples and some cooked pears follow through to a medium body with cooked-apple and pear flavors. It’s fruity and delicious on the finish. Drink now.