The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

SCHLUSSEL 2016 Riesling
91 points 

Pale, green-tinged yellow. Fresh melon, tangerine, pear and a hint of pungent flowers on the incisive nose. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering nicely concentrated orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter, bracing quinine nuance. Finishes long and seamless, displaying repeating citrus fruit character and a sweetening suggestion of honey.

PERSONIFY 2016 Pinot Noir
91 points 

Brilliant magenta. Powerful boysenberry, cherry cola, lavender pastille and incense aromas are sharpened by a suggestion of peppery spices. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated dark berry liqueur, spicecake and mocha flavors that become livelier with aeration. Shows a deft blend of richness and lively character and finishes with impressive, gently tannic persistence and lingering florality.

92 points 

Lurid ruby-red. Dried cherry, boysenberry, cola and a musky floral quality on the deeply perfumed nose. Fleshy and nicely concentrated, offering subtly sweet blue fruit, licorice pastille, allspice and cola flavors that are lifted by a spine of juicy acidity. Surprisingly energetic for its heft and shows no rough edges. Smooth tannins build slowly on a very long, spice-inflected finish that echoes the floral and spice notes.

93 points 

Deep red. Fresh dark fruit and floral scents are complemented by suggestions of smoky minerals, cola and Indian spices. Supple, spice-laced black raspberry, cherry and mocha flavors show appealing sweetness and very good depth. Fine-grained tannins shape the impressively long, smooth finish, which leaves a sexy floral pastille note behind. I really like the interplay of richness and energy here.

KAIROS "Bodhi" 2016 Pinot Noir
93 points 

Bright ruby-red. Smoke- and spice-accented cherry and black raspberry scents, along with hints of cola, violet and mocha. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense dark berry and cherry pie flavors complicated by allspice, black cardamom and floral pastille flourishes. Concentrated yet lively in style, showing excellent clarity, smooth tannins and lingering florality.


january/february 2018