Review Round-up (Feb-March ’23)
What's been said about our wines...
We truly believe our wines are fantastic, but you already knew that – we wouldn’t sell them if we didn’t!
That said, it is always nice when someone else recognises the quality in our portfolio, even better when they write a lovely review in the press to tell everyone about it…
Here’s a round-up of what they’ve been saying about us this last month!
Valenciso Blanco 2021: “Sourced from parcels in Haro and Ollauri, with fermentation and ageing in Caucasian oak, it’s a scented, refined cuvée of Viura and Garnacha Blanca, with aniseed, lemongrass and patisserie flavours and zippy supporting acidity.” 95pts, Tim Atkin MW Special Report Rioja 2023
Gómez Cruzado Viña Dorana Rioja Reserva 2017: “Showing some ferrous grip from iron-rich soils, this is tangy, focused, vertical and very lightly wooded, with the acidity, minerality and structure to age.” 94pts, Tim Atkin MW Special Report Rioja 2023
Gómez Cruzado Rioja Predilecto 2021: “El Predilecto is a new wine from the brilliant David González, showcasing the unwooded delights of Garnacha and 35% Tempranillo from the cooler Alto Najerilla and Samaniego.” 93pts, Tim Atkin MW Special Report Rioja 2023
Gómez Cruzado Rioja Crianza 2019: “Subtly wooded and refreshing, with crunchy black fruits, bright acidity, granular tannins and fine balance.” 92pts, Tim Atkin MW Special Report Rioja 2023
Gómez Cruzado Rioja Blanco 2 Año 2021: “This well-judged blend combines Viura with 25% Tempranillo Blanco and, for the first time, 5% Garnacha Blanca in 2021, sourced from the Rioja Alta and Alavesa sub-regions. Floral and lightly wooded, with concrete and barrel components, this has notes of banana, peach and citrus and some leesy weight.” 92pts, Tim Atkin MW Special Report Rioja 2023
Línea Kármán Rioja Tinto 2021: “Brilliant value from David González and Gómez Cruzado, Kármán is a pairing of Garnacha and 12% Tempranillo, sourced from the southern Rioja Alta villages of Badarán, Cardenas and Cordovín. Juicy, bouncy and unwooded, with plum and bramble fruit it’s the sort of thing to drink straight from the fridge.” 90pts, Tim Atkin MW Special Report Rioja 2023
San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva 2019: “Textbook aromas of worn leather, blackberries, raw cocoa and smoke define the delineated nose. Plump dark fruits exude the warmth and generosity of the Castelnuovo Berardenga sub-zone, while bright acidity and slightly powdery tannins lend mid-term cellaring potential.” 91 pts, Decanter (January ’23 / Italy Supplement)
Granbazán Etiqueta Ambar Albariño 2021*: “Something of a calling card for Granbazán, this Albariño white is produced with equal amounts of purchased and home-grown grapes. Macerated on skins for eight hours, it’s bright, stony and intense, with good extract, white pepper and green fig flavours, and a Long, salty finish. Typically racy for a 2021.” 93pts, Decanter (February ’23) *some of the ’21 stock has a slightly different label
Soumah of the Yarra Valley “Hexham” Pinot Noir, 2021: “Part of the single-vineyard series, this has admirable concentration and depth with more dark (black cherry and mulberry) rather than red fruits, as well as a hint of dandelion and burdock. There’s a sheen of toasty vanilla oak spice from time in new wood and the chalky tannins provide a solid structure.” 92pts, Decanter (February ’23)
Soumah of the Yarra Valley d’Soumah Pinot Noir, 2021: “This entry-level wine (a blend of estate and purchased fruit) shows impressive density in this vintage, supported by time in new oak barrels. It has a toasty savouriness, ripe cherry and raspberry and some vanilla cola sweetness through the finish.” 90pts, Decanter (February ’23)
Rag & Bone Riesling, 2022: “This is a great follow up to the very impressive ’21 release, again there is wonderful aromatic detail and clarity with super-pure freshly squeezed lime juice, green apple and grapefruit with hints of Christmas lily, orange blossom, crushed quartz and almond paste. Vivid, detailed and crisp with lovely acid drive and a lipsmacking finish.” 92 Halliday Points, Dave Brookes (Feb ’23)
Cave de Turckheim Grand Cru Brand Riesling 2018
Great concentration of dried apricots and roses on the nose, along with subtle kerosene aromas. On the palate there is tropical fruit, white flowers, candied orange, a hint of Sorrento lemons and juicy lime, with some gentle lees notes, bitter almonds, phenolic ripeness and long, grippy acidity. Beautiful concentration and balance, with gorgeous, saline and mineral acidity.
93 pts, Elizabeth Gabay MW article for Decanter, “French cooperative wines: 20 of the best”
Domaine J.Laurens, Crémant de Limoux ‘Les Graimenous’ 2020
With its fresh lemons and delicate florals on the nose, this great-value crémant is both refreshing and pretty, with a pithy lemon sherbet vein under ripe yellow apple and pear flavours. Bright, large bubbles activate the attack and carry a chalky, mineral texture onto the finish. Hand-harvested Chardonnay and Chenin take centre stage, while Pinot Noir and the local Mauzac lend back-up vocals.
93 pts, Natalie Earl for Decanter, February 2023 “Must-Try Sparkling”