The nose shows restrained citrus and a slightly lifted, very slightly aromatic touch of conifer. The palate is taut and slender, presenting sober, clean citrus flavors. This stands upright and has a wonderful backbone of freshness. I feel it will have more to give in the future. It’s refreshing now and promising in the future. The finish is so subtly fruited that this will be worth the wait. Drink now through 2030. —A.K.
Los Vascos is known for its cabernet sauvignon, which accounts for 85 percent of the winery’s 1,580 acres. Carmenère corresponds to only five percent, which they use for a single wine, this Grande Reserve, with a seductive balance between herbal and red-fruit notes. It feels narrow in structure, with tannins that are pointed and refined, refreshing with grilled pork tenderloin. -PT June 2017
The intensely citrus-colored 2014 Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives opens with an intense, clear and concentrated nose of rose petals, spices and lemon confit. Concentrated, very piquant and stimulating, this is a sweet, dense and concentrated, but piquant, Gewurz with a gorgeous tannin grip. Picked at 18.6% potential alcohol and bottled with roughly 13% alcohol, plus 72 grams of residual sugar.
Clean and fresh yet dense and rich but less heavy than the Auxerrois wines of many producers, offering honeyed and spicy flavors of white and yellow stone fruit (this is about 80 percent Auxerrois). The warm, dry 2015 vintage shows through. —I.D.
The 2011 Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs Ribeaupierre is deep and smoky on the nose, rich, concentrated, ripe and exciting, with lots of citrus flavors. Full-bodied, rich, intense and tension-filled on the palate, this is a complex and mineral Gewurz that is a fresh, precise, salty, fresh and lovely tannic wine with a long and complex finish. A great Gewurz, indeed. —S.R.
A very shy nose just releases the most teasing hint of peach. The palate is utterly restrained: peach flavors are dry and brightened by lemon and have a wonderful lightness of touch. The finish is dry, clean and long. A very refreshing and cleancut take on Gewurztraminer. —A.K.
The 2014 Grand Cru Geisberg Riesling opens with a clear, ripe and intense, well-concentrated and complex bouquet with crushed stone, lemon peel and herbal aromas. Full-bodied, juicy, intense and piquant, with good concentration and complexity, this is a full-bodied, dense and persistent Riesling with firm, yet still somewhat austere tannins and good acidity. I suppose this will be a great Geisberg in 10 or more years, but not much earlier. A very promising Riesling! —S.R.
The nose is fresh but shows complete restraint. The palate gently draws pure Comice pear fruit, its ripeness tempered with ample clean freshness. A streamlined precise slenderness characterizes this bone-dry, restrained and therefore utterly elegant Pinot Gris. It’s a class act to drink from now through 2030. —A.K.
.The faintest hint of zesty lemon appears on the nose. The dry palate is of a concentrated slenderness, showing intense notes of ripe lemon zest but hinting at richer notions of ripe pear and candied citron. There is real impact, guided by rapier-like freshness and utter precision. This has an almost cleansing quality but is nonetheless imbued with the fruitful generosity of 2015. Lovely now, but sure to develop. Drink now through 2027. —A.K.
An attractive and delicate cabernet sauvignon with very fine tannins and bright fruit. Medium body. Black currant, walnut and wet earth. Delicious Chilean cabernet. Fantastic value. One of best ever from here. Drink now. —J.S.
This is the top wine of Los Vascos with currant, wet earth, and dried mushroom. Medium to full body, very fine and silky tannins and a pretty, chewy finish. It shows austerity with finesse and seriousness. Beautiful now but needs at least two or three years to come completely together. A blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon, 5% syrah and 5% cabernet franc. Decant now to drink. —J.S.