James Suckling 2022

  • 94 /100 | LINTICLARUS Lagrein Riserva 2018
    Deep blackberry and cherry nose with just a touch of 90% bitter chocolate that somehow remains very bright. Concentrated, creamy and silky on the palate, then the tannins build beautifully at the long, uplifting finish. 
  • 94 /100 | LINTICLARUS Gewürztraminer Vendemmia Tardiva 2018
    Dense dried-fruit and creme-brulee character with a hint of sealing wax give this rich and creamy sweet white a lot of appeal, the same kind of full, weighty mouth feel as a high-end Sauternes. The interplay of bitter and sweet on the finish enables this to finish pretty dry. 
  • 93 /100 | VIGNA RACHTL Sauvignon Blanc Riserva 2018
    A very complex sauvignon blanc with a ton of smoky and flinty aromas, as well as lemon, grapefruit zest and a touch of melon. The full body and bold structure are matched by fresh acidity that lifts the long, supple finish.
  • 92 /100 | VIGNA AU Chardonnay Riserva 2018
    A classy chardonnay with subtle pear, hazelnut and smoke aromas, the generous and creamy body, supported by fine tannins that lift the bold and bright finish nicely.
  • 92 /100 | LINTICLARUS Pinot Noir Riserva 2018
    I love the interplay of delicately smoky oak and black cherry on the nose of this Sub-Alpine pinot noir. With some aeration, a freshly sliced red-beet note develops. Although the gentle tannins are slightly sappy, this fits very well with the medium-bodied, lively palate. Quite a dry, crisp finish that needs some time to harmonize further
  • 92 /100 | TURMHOF Lagrein 2019
    A very friendly Lagrein, showing good depth, but supple tannins and intense black cherries with a bitter-chocolate edge that’s very appealing. Nice interplay of ripeness and rather fine tannin at the finish.
  • 91 /100 | TURMHOF Gewürztraminer
    Stunning nose of golden fruit with plenty of exotic-fruit, floral and smoky overtones. Very rich and powerful, but still clean and bright. Long, elegant finish in spite of 15% alcohol.
  • 91 /100 | ANNA Pinot Blanc 2018
    Everything fits neatly in this complex, smoky pinot bianco that marries medium-full body and textural richness with mineral freshness and just a touch of green-bean character that adds to the impression of liveliness at the long finish.
  • 91 /100 | TURMHOF Pinot Noir 2019
    The deep, ripe-cherry nose, without any obscuring oak, leads you into this well crafted, medium-bodied pinot noir that has some silky tannins that mark the texture through the long, graceful finish.
  • 91 /100 | TURMHOF Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The deep red and blackcurrant nose leads you into a surprisingly fresh and lively cabernet that doesn’t hide the fact that it comes from a cool region for this grape. The well judged, if slight sappy tannins are nicely integrated on the medium-bodied palate. Long, clean finish with some minerality. 
  • 90 /100 | MERUS Chardonnay 2020
    A successful, un-oaked chardonnay that shows how well this grape adapts to the new climate situation in this Sub-Alpine region of Italy. Nice, crisp pear and apple flavors at the long, harmonious finish.
  • 90 /100 | MERUS Cabernet Merlot 2019
    A cool, minty cabernet-merlot blend, but with plenty of fresh cassis and an attractive balance of fruit and discreet, velvety tannin. Almost easy-drinking, but there’s a solid core of character.