Realm Dr. Crane 2014 (96/100)
I had so high hopes for this wine as the last bottle back in December was one of the best young wines I've ever had. Rated 98 points, it combined the power and seductiveness of a Napa wine with and elegant and weightless structure of the very top Bordeauxs (think Margaux). This bottle showed very good but without that same level of finesse. Still a fan here, though. Complexity, intensity, purity, length on great levels but just not the same level of weightlessness as the bottle back in December.
Gantenbein Pinot Noir 2017 (95/100)
Check-in on the newly arrived vintage. It's again a very lovely wine with all the signature traits of a Ganti with purity and precision and the luxurious toasted oak. Not the most complex wine (will need two decades to reveal more) but it's drinking so beautifully. It's so well crafted, so elegant and smooth and with a very high aromatic precision. A winner and in my opinion better than the last two vintages on release. How good will the 2018 be (there are talks that the 2018 vintage might be even better than the 2013)?
Guigal La Doriane 2015 (93/100)
I see that this is a special wine, a special Viognier and that the high praises are deserved. But this full-bodied, low-acid and very perfumed style of Viogniers in general are just not my favorite. So don't get my 93 points wrong, this is definitely a brilliant Viognier. Viognier lovers might rate this much higher. This bottle tasted like walking through a field of fresh flowers or into a room with fresh washed laundry. Additionally some terroir aromas with a nice minerality providing somewhat of a lift. Very soft, highly intense, not enough acidity for my tast but in no way cloying. Overall quite harmonious and long.