PARKER: Rating 88-89
From cask, the Gobelsburg 2012 Cuvee Bertrand of St. Laurent and Pinot Noir displays black tea, iris root and licorice accents to juicy cherry fruit. Mouth-filling and persistent though it is, it also delivers a bit of tannic rusticity in the finish. But let’s see how it fares from bottle before anticipating longer-term developments.
FALSTAFF: 89 Points
Cask sample: An animal edge at the beginning, but with air, the wine quickly opens and is very harmonious. Rich with fruit sweetness. On the palate, the vast proportion of Pinot presents a fine and smooth oily expression and ripe raspberry tone. Dense and lengthy.
PARKER: Rating 87
Cherry and plum with considerable pit bitterness mark the Gobelsburg 2011 Cuvee Bertrand of St. Laurent and Pinot Noir, whose juicy persistence is allied to rustic, slightly gum-numbing tannins underlain by stone. This won’t ever become genuinely winsome, but its chewiness lends a certain invigoration to a bracing finish and if the tannins don’t become more gum-numbing sooner, then several years of usefulness lie in store.
VINARIA Wineguide 2002/03: 1 Star