“Lauben” & Wines 2019
12. July 2019
Dutch Magazine Volkskrant
12. August 2019

Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate 2019

In “Italy, Alto Adige: New Releases,” Monica Larner reviews 146 samples from Alto Adige, with a focus on white wines and new releases that hit the market during the first half of the year. Included in her report:

95 points  |  TARDUS Gewürztraminer Vendemmia Tardiva 2015
“Talented winemakers in Alto Adige have pumped new life into the Gewürztraminer grape these past few years. Tiefenbrunner’s 2015 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Vendemmia Tardiva Tardus is another gorgeous expression from the cool climate of the mountainous north of Italy. Made with late-harvest fruit, the wine opens to a luminous off-gold appearance. Acacia flower, star jasmine and warmed honey stream from the bouquet with absolute beauty and intensity. Those sweet fruit and floral notes are followed by a touch, albeit a tiny one, of salty minerals that just seal the deal for me. This is a great presentation of Gewürztraminer.”

94+ points  |  VIGNA AU Chardonnay Riserva 2016
“This is a spicy and oak-driven expression with notes of peach cobbler and poached pear. There is a touch of sweet baking spice on the close. The 2016 Alto Adige Chardonnay Vigna Au is aged on the lees for one year in small oak barrels, and overall it seems well engineered for the classic international palate. It offers a satisfying fullness and intensity, spread over a mid-weight style. It also has good balance and richness.”

94 points  |  RACHTL Sauvignon Blanc Riserva 2016
“Whoa. This wine is absolutely explosive in terms of its varietal purity and intensity. The typical notes of green apple, citrus and stone fruit will prove gorgeous to any extreme Sauvignon Blanc enthusiast. A case of 2016 Alto Adige Sauvignon Blanc Rachtl would make me plan a party where the outdoor table is overflowing with raw razor clams and wasabi, oysters on the half shell and a huge entrée  of clams casino.”

93+ points  |  LINTICLARUS Pinot Noir Riserva 2016
“This is a bright and intense red wine with characteristic and pure aromas of wild berry, rose hip, fresh garden soil and sweet candied apricot. The 2016 Alto Adige Pinot Noir Riserva Linticlarus is beautifully clean and soft, with lasting intensity and enough inner fiber and power to pair with roasted turkey or game hen. The wine is silky and long in terms of mouthfeel.”

93 Points  |  TOREN Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva 2015
“The 2015 Alto Adige Cabernet Sauvignon Toren has apparently absorbed much of the heat and sunshine of this hot vintage. The wine opens to sweet aromas of blackberry preserves and candied cherry with plummy fruit, spice and cured leather at the back. It is thick and succulent with soft tannins and lots of juicy, fruity fiber that adds to the volume and overall texture. There is a lot of ripeness and softness here. Pair it with a barbecued brisket.”

92 points  |  LINTICLARUS Lagrein Riserva 2016
“A dark and succulent wine that shows a savory or leathery personality. This is a full-bodied red wine that offers more in terms of immediate strength and power than it does lasting persistence. On first nose, you get an intense package of dark fruit, spice, licorice, cola and black olive all rolled into one. The wine’s structure is soft and yielding. Pair it with a rosemary-rubbed lamb roast.”

91 points  |  FELDMARSCHALL VON FENNER Müller-Thurgau 2017
“Each year I taste this wine, I gain a greater understanding of its distinct style and personality. The 2017 Alto Adige Müller Thurgau Feldmarschall von Fenner is one of those wines that wins you over slowly, very slowly. In the past, I have been aware of the reductive winemaking approach, but this hot vintage expression is raring to go from the minute the wine pours into the glass. Dried lemon peel, green melon and crushed almond all come into view. The wine makes a sturdy impression in terms of mouthfeel with ample and round contours. Serve it with a wild herb risotto.”