James Suckling 2021

  • 95/100 | TARDUS Gewürztraminer Vendemmia Tardiva 2016
    A beautifully sweet gewurz with toffee, cooked-apple and apricot-tart aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied and medium-sweet with a lively finish and a smoky and praline aftertaste.
  • 94/100 | VIGNA FELDMARSCHALL VON FENNER Müller-Thurgau 2018
    A wonderful white with so much lime, mineral and green-papaya character. It’s full-bodied and layered with gorgeous fruit and flavors. Really tangy. Best Muller in the world! Goes on and on.
  • 94/100 | LINTICLARUS Pinot Noir Riserva 2017
    A rich pinot noir, highlighting the richness and ripeness of the vintage with ripe strawberries and hints of raspberries and light vanilla. Tar, too. Full body. Creamy texture. Fresh acidity at the end.
  • 94/100 | LINTICLARUS Lagrein Riserva 2017
    A powerful, layered lagrein with blackberries, black chocolate, black licorice and black coffee. It’s full-bodied with layers of ripe, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Drinkable now, but will be really something in a year or two. 
  • 93/100 | VIGNA RACHTL Sauvignon Blanc Riserva 2017
    This is a smoky, complex expression of sauvignon blanc with plenty of nettles, grapefruit pith and zest, alongside smoke and crushed stones. It’s medium-to full-bodied with bright acidity, wonderful texture and a long finish. Hints of pralines.
  • 93/100 | TURMHOF Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    A very fresh array of limes, melon and grassy wild herbs leads to a palate offering white peaches that are also very fresh, as well as vibrant and juicy. 
  • 93/100 | MERUS Chardonnay 2019
    A steely chardonnay with sliced apples and pears and some vanilla character. It’s medium-to full-bodied. Layered and tangy at the finish from the energetic acidity.
  • 92/100 | VIGNA AU Chardonnay Riserva 2017
    Pronounced toast, smoke and hawthorn notes on the nose with pineapple and lime zest. Herbal hint, too. It’s full-bodied with strong flavor intensity and lingering notes of hay and toast on the finish.
  • 92/100 | VIGNA TOREN Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva 2016
    Plenty of herbs and morello cherries with some orange undertones here. Soft palate of tannins and acidity. It’s full-bodied and round-textured with a tangy finish. 
  • 92/100 | LINTICLARUS Cuvèe Cabernet Merlot Riserva 2017
    A big, rich red with slightly stewed fruit, but it comes out fresh on the palate with a full body, nicely framed fruit and ripe tannins. Flavorful finish with bark, dark chocolate and black truffle. Needs time to come together. Try in 2022.
  • 92/100 | MERUS Pinot Blanc 2019
    A steely pinot blanc with flinty, minerally undertones to the sliced green apple character. Medium to full body. Bright and creamy finish.
  • 92/100 | TURMHOF Pinot Grigio 2018
    Aromas and flavors of apples and pears are nicely cut in a fresh mode. This has a very attractive freshness and a crisp feel to the palate.