VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2020 Dark purple. Deep-pitched cassis, cherry-vanilla and pipe tobacco aromas are complemented by a building floral note and a hint of cracked pepper. Rich but energetic as well, showing solid thrust to the dark berry preserve, mocha and rose pastille flavors. Finishes on a smoky note, with strong tenacity, lingering floral oak spice character and steadily building tannins. All new French oak.
RP95+95+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 27th Aug 2015 There are roughly 200 cases of the sensational 2012 Fenix. A blend of 69% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and the balance Petit Verdot, it reveals a Bordeaux-like perfume of black cherries, plums, tobacco leaf, leather and damp soil. Full-bodied, supple and more elegant than powerful, it still has terrific density and length on the palate, with ample sweet tannin. I’d happily drink it today, but savvy readers would ideally give it 2-4 years of bottle age and drink bottles through 2032.VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Aug 2015 The 2012 Fenix, Jonata’s Merlot-based red has turned out beautifully. Explosive and full-bodied, the 2012 hits the palate with serious intensity. Dark cherry, plum, wild flowers, spices and savory herbs are laced into the finish. The Fenix appears to have put on considerable weight over the last year, some of which is attributable to the addition of press wines, which have given the wine more backbone. The Fenix was aged in French oak barrels, 80% new.
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Aug 2020 The 2018 Riesling Ice Wine comes in with 268 grams or residual sugar, 9.98 of total acidity and 9.4% alcohol. (This seems identical to the 2017, but the information provided on that was apparently wrong — that had only 240 grams of sugar and 9.5 of total acidity). Scrumptious and a little syrupy, admittedly, this is not for the shy, but it’s not intended to be. It’s lip-smacking good with the flavors and aromatics of crushed peaches. Many will find it irresistible now. Personally, I prefer these with considerable age on them, when the gentle oxidation over time imparts complexity and nuance and the sugar impact moderates. It is, to be sure, a very different vision of the wine in 2035. Reasonable minds might differ. It should age well, perhaps notably more than indicated. The price applies to a half bottle.WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2020 Sweet apples and peaches streaked with honey and caramel are the highlights here. Though it carries 230 g/L of residual sugar, it retains significant acidity, enough to put a lemony tang on the trailing finish.