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Rosato

2021 Italy Le Marche
90 Points

There’s a pleasant airy sweetness to the 2021 Rosato that keeps me coming back to the glass. Spring flowers, wet rocks and hints of tangerine form its alluring bouquet. It’s soft-textured yet zesty and pure, propelled by bright acidity and mineral-tinged sour melon tones. Tension remains high through the finale, as the 2021 leaves the palate completely refreshed and aching for more. I was not expecting such a spry expression from a Montepulciano Rosato.

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Vinous May 2022
Rosato

Rosato

2021 Italy Le Marche
91 Points

There’s a pleasant airy sweetness to the 2021 Rosato that keeps me coming back to the glass. Spring flowers, wet rocks and hints of tangerine form its alluring bouquet. It’s soft-textured yet zesty and pure, propelled by bright acidity and mineral-tinged sour melon tones. Tension remains high through the finale, as the 2021 leaves the palate completely refreshed and aching for more. I was not expecting such a spry expression from a Montepulciano Rosato. - Eric Guido

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Vinous 5/24/2022
Rosato

Single Vineyard Malbec El Tomillo Estate

2016 Argentina Mendoza
91 Points

From Paraje Altamira in Uco Valley comes this aromatic Malbec that offers star anise, dried herbs and green bell pepper with plenty of ripe black-fruit notes on the nose. Velvety tannins provide good structure while rich plum and fennel flavors invade the palate. The finish is pleasant and medium in length. -J.V.

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Wine Enthusiast July 2022
Single Vineyard Malbec El Tomillo Estate

Wild Carignan Reserve

2019 Israel Upper Galilee
91 Points

The 2019 Wild Carignan Reserve was aged for 12 months in 35% new French oak and comes in at 13.6% alcohol. Like many of the offerings in this report, this is not in the marketplace yet, but this is one of the furthest out, set for release in December of this year. For the moment, it is indeed undeveloped, but that doesn't mean the tannins are hard. Rather, it is the fruit that is a bit muted. Right at the moment, this might be a vintage where I prefer the Marselan to the Carignan, usually not the case. This, however, still has some potential, perhaps improvement to come. Or, at least, so I suspect. They both need to show their stuff with a little more time in bottle. Overall, this combines elegance, flavor and focus. It will surely be better this time next year, but right now the Marselan might be the safer bet. -M.S.

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Wine Advocate April 2022
Wild Carignan Reserve

Special Reserve

2019 Israel Upper Galilee
92 Points

The 2019 Special Reserve red is a blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Syrah, 12% Petit Sirah, 10% Carignan and the rest Marselan, all aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak. It comes in at 13.9% alcohol. Of the to-be-released wines in this report, this is the farthest out, not likely to hit the marketplace until February 2023. It has been bottled since May 2021, though, so it should certainly be showing some of its stuff. As expected, it is a bit tight. As it airs out, the tannins increase in power, but they are never too ferocious. You could drink this sooner if it were available, but if it were available, then I'd probably still recommend waiting until next year anyway for better results. So, it's a plus that the winery is aging it for you. The rest is lovely. The texture leans to silk more than velvet. There are red fruits in abundance and a juicy, fresh finish. The freshness here is a big plus. This becomes enlivening rather than ponderous. Overall, this seems right on its normal marks. What it can develop into remains to be seen. It certainly has upside potential. At some point, it will be time for a vertical here, but this won't be ready for such an exercise for a couple of years, at least. This bottling has gone through some style changes in terms of blends, but the newest style, which includes Carignan and Marselan, certainly has several vintages under its belt now. It's a nice success. -M.S.

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Wine Advocate April 2022
Special Reserve

Reserve Marselan

2019 Israel Upper Galilee
91 Points

The 2019 Marselan Reserve was aged for 12 months in 25% new French oak and comes in at 13.3% alcohol. Suave, flavorful and bright, this is a very elegant Marselan, but it doesn't sacrifice much flavor. It does dance across the tongue, and it still seems to have respectable concentration with some strawberries mingled with herbs. It is relatively expressive in its youth. Overall, this is once again beautifully done this year. It will be interesting to see how it develops, but I predict that it will over the next few years. You can drink this now, but it will likely be better this time next year. This will be released in July. -M.S.

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Wine Advocate April 2022
Reserve Marselan

Barolo DOCG Briccolina

2015 Italy Piedmont
92 Points

Batasiolo produces wines from various regions in Piedmont, including a number of Barolos, with an annual total production of 2.5 million bottles. Briccolina is among their best, coming from a small west-facing site in Serralunga. The cherry-scented nose is robust and rather subdued at present, while the palate is fleshy and concentrated in style, ripe and creamy with good depth of fruit and impressive tannic grip. The fruit comes through on the finish, suggesting this should evolve well. Drinking Window 2021 - 2040

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Decanter 1/26/2019
Barolo DOCG Briccolina