Suckling 92pts Vinous 93pts Parker
after only a few weeks of being bottled, the 2017 A Lisa was expressive,
exuberant and open. It has a little less alcohol and more acidity than the 2016
I tasted next to it, but it is especially much cleaner and more focused. It's
always a similar blend of grapes from 15- to 40-year-old vineyards, mostly
Malbec with 9% Merlot and a pinch of Petit Verdot. It fermented with 10% full
clusters and matured in used barriques and stainless steel vats for ten months.
2017 saw a warm couple of weeks around the harvest, but the wines show moderate
to low alcohol (lower than 2016) and good freshness in a balanced year.
Proprietor and winemaker Hans Vinding Diers compares it to 2011, with mostly
red fruit, a touch of black too, juicy and with balanced ripeness. It has a
pleasant mouthfeel, with lightness, bright fruit and very nice acidity. I read
the note I wrote for the 2013, and the 2016 feels very much like that vintage,
certainly closer to the 2013 than 2015, which was riper.