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    Marchesi Antinori - Tenuta Tignanello Toscana IGT Tignanello 2019
    96/100

    Una delle prime etichette italiane dal respiro internazionale, ed insieme un grande vino di territorio. Assemblaggio di Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon e Cabernet Franc, naso molto raffinato, con tocchi di mirtillo in marmellata, sottobosco e grani di pepe nero, con ritorno agrumato. Beva salmastra, grande persistenza con ritorno fruttato-speziato.

    One of the first Italian labels with an international scope, and at the same time a great local wine. Combination of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, very refined at the nose, with touches of blueberry in jam, undergrowth and black pepper grains, with citrus return. It has a brackish taste, great persistence with a fruity-spicy return.

    Marchesi Antinori - Tenuta Tignanello Toscana IGT Solaia 2019
    97/100

    Storico blend di Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese e Cabernet Franc dalla grande raffinatezza e dal magico equilibrio. Mirtilli al naso, con tocco di eucalipto e buccia di sanguinella. Palato croccante-denso, tannini iodato-salmastri, grande persistenza.

    Historic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc with great finesse and magical balance. Blueberries at the nose, with a touch of eucalyptus and blood orange skin. Crisp-dense palate, iodized-brackish tannins, very long persistence.

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    Bolgheri DOC Rosso Cont’Ugo Guado al Tasso 2020 94/100

    Un blend di Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc e Petit Verdot per rappresentare la complessità e l'eleganza del territorio bolgherese. Al naso tocchi di mora di rovo, sentori di sottobosco, poi magnifica traccia balsamica in chiusura. Bocca di croccantezza e tensione, con tannini iodati.

    A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to represent the complexity and elegance of the Bolgheri territory. At the nose touches of blackberry, hints of undergrowth, then a magnificent balsamic finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and taut, with iodized tannins.

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    Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva Villa Antinori 2019 93/100

    Dall’areale Nord della zona del Chianti Classico, un collaudato emblema della tipologia. Sangiovese, con un 10% di Cabernet Sauvignon, molto intenso al naso, con note di marasca in confettura e rosa canina, poi alloro e pepe rosa. Al gusto è sapido- salmastro, con ritorno fruttato e delle spezie dolci.

    From the northern area of the Chianti Classico area, a proven symbol of the typology. Sangiovese, with a 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon, very intense to the nose, with notes of cherry in jam and wild rose, then laurel and pink pepper. The taste is savory- brackish, with fruity-sweet spices return.

    Marchesi Antinori - Tenuta Guado al Tasso Bolgheri superiore DOC Guado al Tasso 2019 98/100

    Bright ruby red color.
    On the nose blackberry, then red currant, balsamic and graphite nuances. Compact mouthfeel, with big acidity that supports the fruit, then balsamic finish. Great persistence.

    Marchesi Antinori - Castello della Sala Umbria IGT Cervaro della Sala 2020 95+/100

    Anche nell’annata 2020 tutta la croccantezza e la ricchezza olfattivo-gustativa di un grande classico di casa Antinori. Blend di Chardonnay e Grechetto, naso con note di bergamotto, poi pesca Tabacchiera e salvia limonata, chiusa da sentori di noce moscata. Palato denso e teso, salmastro, chiuso da ritorno fruttato-officinale e grande persistenza.

    Even in the 2020 vintage, all the crunchiness and the richness of smell and taste sensations of a great Antinori classic. Blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto, nose with notes of bergamot, then Tabacchiera peach and sage lemonade, closed by hints of nutmeg. The palate is dense and taut, brackish, closed by a fruity-officinal return and great persistence.

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    Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano 2019 94+/100

    Grande raffinatezza di fattura in questo Gran Selezione, uno dei migliori della tipologia. Affinamento in rovere ungherese, naso con tocchi di ribes rosso, poi rabarbaro e sottobosco, con tocchi di alloro. Palato fresco-denso, tannini salmastri e bella persistenza.

    Great workmanship in this Gran Selezione typology, one of the best in its category. Aging in Hungarian oak, nose with touches of red currant, then rhubarb and undergrowth, with touches of laurel. Fresh-dense palate, brackish tannins and nice persistence.

    Marchesi Antinori – Tenuta Tignanello
    Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva Marchese Antinori Tenuta Tignanello 2019 93+/100

    Zona di Mercatale Val di Pesa, grande equilibrio e compattezza gustativa. Sangiovese con piccolo aiuto di Cabernet Sauvignon, naso molto intense, ribes nero, tocchi di gardenia, ginepro ed eucalipto. Bocca succosa-densa, tannini iodato-sapidi e persistenza.

    Area of Mercatale Val di Pesa, great balance and compact taste. Sangiovese with a little help of Cabernet Sauvignon, very intense nose, black currant, touches of gardenia, juniper and eucalyptus. The mouthfeel is juicy-dense, iodized-sapid tannins and persistence.

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    Luca Gardini is known as the Wine Killer thanks to the success garnered by his international project, GardiniNotes.com, developed exclusively in English and home to his ratings for wines from every part of the world.

    An expert communicator of wine and influential Italian palate at the international level, Gardini is the first Italian critic to become part of Wine-Searcher, the largest database and enological search engine in the world, in good company with some of the most important international professionals of the sector, from noted periodicals. Among these are Robert Parker, Tim Atkin, Jancis Robinson, and James Suckling.

    Gardini pens a weekly column entitled Gazza Golosa for the Gazzetta dello Sport, which publishes his Top 50 every year, and together with Luciano Ferraro oversees the guide Vignaioli e Vini d’Italia published by the Corriere della Sera.

    His projects in the world of wine are numerous. Gardini is the creator of the BIWA-Best Italian Wine Awards, which each year celebrates the 50 best wines of Italy chosen by an international jury of the highest caliber, comprised of Kenichi Ohashi, Amaya Cervera, Tim Atkin, Christy Canterbury, Daniele Cernilli, Antonio Paolini, Pier Bergonzi, and Marco Tonelli.

    Together with Pier Bergonzi, vice-director of the Gazzetta dello Sport, he created PopWine, a ranking of the 50 best Italian labels under 15 Euro. In 2014, he founded his Enoscuola, where every day impassioned students are taught how to taste wine following the rules of the Codice Gardini, a manual for wine lovers published in 2015.

    Gardini participates as an expert opinion-leader in numerous wine festivals in Italy and abroad, such as VinitalyEin PrositBarolo/BrunelloMerano Wine FestivalVin ExpoProWeinExpoVinis, and the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair. As well, in 2016, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux chose him as the Italian spokesperson for promoting their “Week-end des Grands Cru.”

     

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Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  32 Wines  from  12 Producers 

Moselle 2019 is the vintage of balance, tension, great stylistic rigor and longevity. Acidity, density and tension are the strengths that will make this vintage unique and will make it enter the “hall of fame” of the Moselle vintages.

2019 presents wines with a well-defined stylistic imprint right from the start where the characteristics of the vine and Moselle are enhanced to the maximum of the vintage.

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Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2019, Weingut Fritz Haag
Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2019, Weingut Fritz Haag
Brauneberg Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2019, Weingut Fritz Haag
Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett 2019, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt
Graach Josephshöfer Riesling Spätlese 2019, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt
Wehlen Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2019, Weingute Wegeler
Wehlen Sonnenuhr Riesling Trocken GG 2019, Weingute Wegeler
Bernkastel Doctor Riesling Auslese 2019, Weingute Wegeler
Ockfen Bockstein Riesling Kabinett 2019, Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken
Rausch Großes Gewächs Riesling 2019, Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken
Saarburger Rausch Kabinett Riesling 2019, Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken
Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2019, Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken
Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese 2019, Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken
Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spätlese 2019, Weingut Grans-Fassian
Apotheke Riesling 2019, Weingut Grans-Fassian
Wintricher Ohligsberg Riesling Spatlese 2019, Weingut Reinhold Haart
Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2019, Weingut Reinhold Haart
Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 18 GG 2019, Weingut Peter Lauer
Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 2019, Weingut Dr. Loosen
Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese 2019, Weingut J. J. Prüm
Lay Bernkastel Riesling Auslese Fass 2019, Weingut J. J. Prüm
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2019, Weingut J. J. Prüm
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2019, Weingut J. J. Prüm
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2019, Weingut J. J. Prüm
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2019, Weingut J. J. Prüm
Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese 2019, Weingut Willi Schaefer
Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2019, Weingut Willi Schaefer
Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese 2019, Weingut Willi Schaefer
Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese 2019, Weingut Willi Schaefer
Abtsberg alte Reben Trocken Riesling 2020, Maximin Grünhaus
Kanzem Altenberg Riesling Spätlese Alte Reben 2019, Weingut von Othegraven
Wawern Herrenberger Riesling Kabinett 2019, Weingut von Othegraven

Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  14 Producers 

JOSEF FISCHER Riesling Smaragd Ried Steiger 2017 / This excellent riesling of structured elegance returns the salty Danube air. Its nose reveals kiwi, peach and orange aromas. Its mouth is rich, plentiful and wide, with the same compactness, density and intensity of a dramatic and greatly interpreted film. It is characterized also by a vivid sharpness and a great flavour, like in a perfect scenery or in a romantic picnic by the riverside.

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Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  23 Wines  from  21 Producers 

The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino vintage, in general, could recall 90s’ vintages, or to come to more recent years, the 2008 vintage. Briefly, it was an important harvest for those who dared and risked by bringing the grapes to full maturity and by sacrificing some bunches. It is a vintage with great characteristics of longevity, with a Sangiovese that proved to be very territorial, in short, capable of showing all its complexity. As a result we have wines of beautiful colour, with strong alcoholic content but well balanced by high acidity values, which then result juicy and fresh on the palate. Frank aromas, broad bouquets of scents, while the palate is elegant, with soft and ripe tannins. Complexity, without losing finesse and territoriality.
Vintage 2018

According to the tastings carried out, I can conclude that 2018 is a vintage of great finesse, delicacy and elegance. These wines are taut, vertical, with refined and well-integrated tannins, and this translates into a great pleasure of sip from the very beginning, as well as remarkable ageing abilities.

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Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  13 Wines  from  6 Producers 

Rizzi Barbaresco DOCG Pajorè 2019 / One of the most renowned MGA of the Langhe, with perfect exposure, marly-clay soil, a magnificent Barbaresco. Notes of wild blueberry on the nose, with nuances of eucalyptus and cloves. The palate has brackish-salty tannins, with a fruity return and officinal sensations. Great persistence. 98+p

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Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  3 Producers 

Marchesi Antinori - Solaia 2019 97p / Historic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc with great finesse and magical balance. Blueberries at the nose, with a touch of eucalyptus and blood orange skin. Crisp-dense palate, iodized-brackish tannins, very long persistence.

Storico blend di Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese e Cabernet Franc dalla grande raffinatezza e dal magico equilibrio. Mirtilli al naso, con tocco di eucalipto e buccia di sanguinella. Palato croccante-denso, tannini iodato-salmastri, grande persistenza.

 

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Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  10 Producers 

JOSEF FISCHER Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Ried Steiger 2017

This excellent grüner veltliner is abundant, distinct and very generous. The opening can be considered impressive, but not as much as the mouthful. Its nose is pure and fresh, with notes of pink grapefruit and celeriac. The attack is intense and abundant, whereas the drink tastes rich, wide and very long in the finish, getting directly to the hypophysis.

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Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a wine moment

“Marchesi Antinori - Tenuta TignanelloToscana IGT Tignanello 2018
100/100 / A milestone in the contemporary Italian winery. The first Sangiovese aged in barrique, blended with untraditional varieties, the proof that great Bordelais could be created in Italy as well. A selection of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc shows an intense and velvety nose recalling blackberry and blueberry, scents of fresh pepper leaf, then licorice. Rich and fulfilling mouthfeel with iodine tannins and balsamic touches. Persistent aftertaste.”

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Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  13 Producers 

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Cerretalto 2015 / CASANOVA DI NERI. Again, the perfect winemaking techniques in vineyard and farmland generate a Brunello that expresses and symbolizes the vocation of this territory. On the nose, blackberry jam with a touch of fresh bay leaf. The closing displays tones of licorice. Juicy and equally taut mouth, salty tannins. Officinal and salty taste reappearing on the finish.

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Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  17 Producers 

Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2019 is another strike from Mazzei family. Fonterutoli territory never ceases to amaze, and that’s the peculiarity of a Chianti that is shaped by blending 90% Sangiovese, 5% Malvasia Nera and 5% Colorino. 

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Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  12 Producers 

Ca' del Bosco Cuvée Annamaria Clementi 2011 (97+p) is a milestone in the appellation, that in the new release plays even more accurately on the playground of elegance and precision. Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir in magical balance, the nose recalls white peach with touches of citrus thyme, then a balsamic-mentholated ending. The mouth is crispy and iodized. 

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Luca Gardini/BWW2022 -Best Italy Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  18 Producers 

Marjan Simcic Rebula Opoka Medana Jama Cru 2017 / Golden colour with amber shades.Elegance on the nose: fruits, spices, gentian, dried orange, star anise and apricot jam in the finish. Thick and crunchy palate with a very long-lasting persistence. 97 points

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