Vintage Producer Product Name Notes Source Score Updated
2019 Prinz Von Hessen Riesling Trocken 'Hessenstein' Brimming with white fruit and flowers, this is an attractive, basic dry riesling for a region that has so often underperformed in this category. Properly dry balance and quite pronounced, lemony acidity at the very crisp finish make you think of salad. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 90 2021-04-09
2016 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon 'Reserve' Spring Mountain District The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is dense, powerful and incredibly inviting. The 2016 brings together dense, unctuous fruit and terrific freshness. A classically built medium-bodied wine of the style that are seldom found in Napa Valley today. Hints of sage, lavender, espresso and menthol add aromatic intrigue, but it is the wine's balance and sense of proportion that I find most alluring today. This is a fabulous showing from Robert Keenan. Vinous 96 2021-04-08
2016 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon 'Reserve' Spring Mountain District This is equal parts merlot and cabernet sauvignon and has a very attractive array of ripe dark plums, mulberries and blackberries with earth and chocolate notes. The palate is very long, plush and has a clever fusion of power with elegance. As is the way with all Keenan 2016s, the oak is dialed-up high and needs time to settle. Try this from 2022. James Suckling 93 2021-04-08
2018 Keuka Spring Vidal Blanc Ice Wine Pure aromas of lemonade, pineapple and honey-drizzled peach carry to the luscious, sweet palate. This is full in feel, utterly fruity and concentrated, yet balanced by wel-poised acidity. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-04-07
2018 Keuka Spring Vidal Blanc Ice Wine The 2018 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine was frozen on the vine, meaning the grapes are really from the 2017 harvest, but picked January 3, 2018, so it carries the 2018 vintage designation. It comes in with 220 grams of residual sugar and 9% alcohol. Kind of sensational, this is utterly delicious, but more than that, it is gorgeously balanced. Long, fresh and clean, this does everything well. Did I mention that it really tastes great too? This should age beautifully, acquiring more complexity as it goes along. It's not cheap, but making ice wine is expensive, and the price is fair for a wine that may last for decades. It might improve along the way too. There were 230 cases of half bottles produced. Wine Advocate 92 2021-04-07
2020 Cuarto Dominio Malbec 'Lote 44' Notes of blackberry, plum and some lavender. Lightly chocolatey. Medium-bodied with creamy tannins. Juicy with a creamy feel on the mouth. Flavorful finish. Nice drinkability already. Easy and fine. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2021-04-07
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py The blackest cherries you can imagine here, but its startlingly fresh. Still very young, but with a fabulously silky texture and delicate minerality that underlines the ravishing fruit beautifully. Very long, cool and stony finish that is so inspiring. Drink or hold. James Suckling 96 2021-04-06
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras Very deep and complex, spicy and earthy nose, exerting a great gravitational pull that sucks you into this black hole of Beaujolais minerality. Stunning concentration, but still graceful, thanks to the super fine tannins and very elegant acidity that carry the staggeringly long finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 96 2021-04-06
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Villages Blanc A very complex chardonnay for Beaujolais, the fresh herbal notes beautifully integrated with yeasty notes and flinty character. Then, on the palate a wonderful balance of creaminess and lemony crispness, but all this doesn’t prepare you for the brilliant minerality at the extremely refreshing finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2021-04-06
2019 Domaine Vauroux Chablis 1er Cru Montmains Aromas of apricot stone, green pear, blanched almond and slate. It’s medium-bodied with bright acidity and concentrated, fleshy layers of stone and citrus fruit. Creamy and smooth finish. Very typical and well done. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2021-04-06
2019 Domaine Vauroux Chablis 'Vieilles Vignes' Aromas of dried apple, apricot, stone, lemon zest and curd. It’s medium-bodied with tangy acidity and a bright, flavorful finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2021-04-06
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py 'Javernieres' Slightly funky and very earthy, this is quite a radical and austere expression of Beaujolais. Tightly wound and pretty tannic, it needs some time for the violet and sour-cherry character to open up. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2021-04-06
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais 'Les Vignes de Lantignie' Lovely forest-berry and black-cherry aromas gently introduce you to this medium-bodied beauty that has just enough tannin to be gently warming and properly dry. Very good minerality, spice and length. A good argument for giving Lantignié Beaujolais Cru status. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2021-04-06
2019 Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec 'Cuvée Silex' A taut, focused dry style that's organically grown and hand-harvested. Hailing from silex soil, as the cuvée name makes clear, the 2019 Cuvée Silex is a compact and precise offering with laser-like, citrus-driven acidity. There's crisp apple fruit and white flowers on the nose, but this wine is all about the terroir-driven structure. It is uncompromising and sure of itself. Vinous 92 2021-03-31
2016 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Lustrous ruby. Deep marasca cherry and cherry-liqueur nose with touches of sweet spice. Intense and concentrated sweet-sour cherry fruit with supple acidity. Quite rich and sweet yet balanced, if a tiny bit hot on the finish. Jancis Robinson 16 2021-03-31
2016 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 'Fiore di NO' Lustrous ruby. Sweetly concentrated nose with notes of cherry liqueur and a hint of oak. Intense and very sweet and youthful with enormous fruit power and firm tannins. Rich and boisterous and not to be approached for quite some time. Jancis Robinson 16 2021-03-31
2019 Barra Chardonnay Mendocino Very smooth and mouthfilling, this lushly textured wine made from organic grapes is packed with buttered popcorn and baking-spice aromas and piles of poached pears on baked apple flavors. For all that richness it doesn't overdo the oak aspects, and comes out nicely balanced on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-03-31
2018 Barra Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino Full bodied and very fruity, this wine blends ultraripe cherry and plum notes with hints of vanilla and cinnamon on a smooth silky texture. Made from organic grapes. Wine Enthusiast 88 2021-03-31
2018 Barra Pinot Noir Mendocino Smooth, ripe tasting and well rounded, this full-bodied wine is packed with broad strawberry and red-cherry flavors and shows a relaxed, easy mouthfeel. Wine Enthusiast 88 2021-03-31
2018 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt Vi de Vila' Blanc Pale gold. Mineral-accented aromas of dried citrus and orchard fruits are complemented by beeswax and fennel nuances. Dry and concentrated on the palate, offering chewy Meyer lemon, pear skin and honeysuckle flavors that are supported by a spine of dusty minerality. Finishes long and firm, with a repeating mineral note and a sweetening touch of honey. Vinous 91 2021-03-30
2017 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt Vi de Vila' Glistening ruby-red. Mineral-tinged red and blue fruit, spice and lavender aromas show very good clarity and lift. Juicy, sharply focused raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors deepen and turn sweeter with air. The lively, persistent finish is framed by silky, slow-building tannins that fold smoothly into the wine's sappy red fruit. Vinous 92 2021-03-30
2015 Mas d'En Gil Clos Fontà Vinyes Velles' Deep violet. A highly perfumed, mineral-tinged bouquet features ripe boysenberry, cherry, licorice and baking spice scents, and a smoky nuance gains power with air. Stains the palate with sappy dark fruit, spicecake and candied violet flavors that show impressive clarity and back-end thrust. Chewy, slow-building tannins add grip to the finish, which hangs on with excellent, floral- and mineral-driven tenacity. Vinous 94 2021-03-30
2015 Mas d'En Gil Coma Vella' Shimmering ruby. Red and blue fruit preserves, lavender and baking spices on the expressive nose, along with a nervy mineral overtone. Concentrated yet lively as well, offering mineral- and spice-laced black raspberry, cherry cola, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that stretch out with air. Delivers a blend of power and finesse and closes sappy and long, with harmonious tannins and repeating florality. Vinous 93 2021-03-30
2014 Mas d'En Gil Clos Fontà Vinyes Velles' Saturated ruby. Aromas of ripe, mineral- and spice accented dark berries and cherry, along with building succulent herb and floral nuances. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors that show impressive energy and back-end lift. A spicy note appears on the long, chewy finish, which features mounting tannins and resonating dark fruit and mineral qualities. Vinous 93 2021-03-30
2014 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt Vi de Vila' Lurid ruby. Ripe red berries, licorice, hints of woodsmoke and cracked pepper on the nose and in the mouth. Shows good depth and chewy texture picking up a touch of warmth with air. Dusty tannins add grip to the chewy finish, which leaves a bitter cherry note behind. Vinous 88 2021-03-30
2013 Mas d'En Gil Coma Vella' Full ruby. Ripe, smoke-accented dark berries, licorice and a hint of gaminess on the deeply perfumed nose. Chewy and broad on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that are given lift and definition by a spine of zesty minerality. Picks up a subtle floral quality on the persistent finish, which is shaped by dusty, slow-building tannins. (raised for a year in new and used French oak barriques, _ foudres_ and vats) Vinous 91 2021-03-30
2012 Mas d'En Gil Coma Blanca Vinyes Velles' (50% garnacha blanca and 50% macabeo): Bright straw. High-pitched aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits, quinine, mint and chalky minerals, with a suave floral quality emerging with aeration. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering Meyer lemon and pear flavors plus a hint of anise. Refreshingly bitter and taut on the finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and hints of honeysuckle and chamomile. The marriage of power and vivacity here is quite suave. Vinous 92 2021-03-30
2012 Mas d'En Gil Coma Alta' (80% garnacha blanca and 20% viognier): Bright straw. Tightly focused peach, pear and orange pith aromas are accented by anise and succulent herbs. Fresh citrus fruit and dried pear flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and show a refreshingly dry edge. Deepens on the incisive finish, picking up a minerally quality and showing very good focus and length. Quite lithe but concentrated as well, which makes the food-matching potential here pretty limitless. Vinous 90 2021-03-30
2011 Mas d'En Gil Coma Alta' (80% garnacha blanca and 20% viognier): Light yellow-gold. Spicy peach, melon and pear skin aromas show very good energy and a hint of honey. Fleshy and smooth, offering sappy melon and pit fruit flavors complemented by a subtle note of honeysuckle. Finishes with refreshing bitterness and good spicy cut, leaving a minerally quality behind. Vinous 90 2021-03-30
2011 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt Vi de Vila' (60% garnacha, 20% carinena and 20% cabernet sauvignon): Opaque ruby. Aromas of cherry, blackberry and peppery spices, plus a smoky topnote and a hint of minerality. Lively and subtly sweet, with bitter cherry and dark fruit flavors picking up a suave floral nuance with air. A suggestion of succulent herbs comes up with air and carries through the long, youthfully tannic finish. This wine likes a little air. Vinous 90 2021-03-30
2011 Mas d'En Gil Coma Alta' (80% garnacha blanca and 20% viognier): Light yellow-gold. Smoky pear and nectarine aromas are brightened by dusty minerals and a hint of candied ginger. Supple orchard fruit and melon flavors show good depth and pick up tangy citrus peel and floral qualities with air. Firms up nicely on the finish, which features suave floral and mineral qualities. Vinous 92 2021-03-30
2010 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt Vi de Vila' (60% garnacha, 20% carinena and 20% cabernet sauvignon): Opaque ruby. Aromas of cherry, blackberry and peppery spices, plus a smoky topnote and a hint of minerality. Lively and subtly sweet, with bitter cherry and dark fruit flavors picking up a suave floral nuance with air. A suggestion of succulent herbs comes up with air and carries through the long, youthfully tannic finish. This wine likes a little air. Vinous 91 2021-03-30
2009 Mas d'En Gil Clos Fontà Vinyes Velles' (40% garnacha peluda, 30% garnacha and 30% carinena): Inky ruby. Sexy blackberry, cola and floral pastille aromas display very good energy and pick up a mineral nuance with air. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering gently sweet dark berry and spicecake flavors lifted by a mineral element. At once rich and lively, showing a silky texture and excellent depth. Leaves an exotic candied lavender quality behind on the strikingly long, penetrating, gently tannic finish, which shows no rough edges. Vinous 94 2021-03-30
2009 Mas d'En Gil Coma Vella' (40% garnacha peluda, 25% garnacha, 20% carinena and 15% syrah): Deep ruby. Aromas of dried cherry, cassis, violet and peppery spices, with a bright mineral quality adding lift and focus. Ripe and broad on entry, then fresh and lively in the mid-palate, offering intense dark fruit flavors complicated by white pepper and a touch of candied flowers. Finishes smooth, sweet and very long, with sneaky tannins and a touch of smokiness. Vinous 92 2021-03-30
2008 Mas d'En Gil Clos Fontà Vinyes Velles' (40% garnacha peluda, 30% garnacha pais and 30% carinena): Opaque ruby. An expansive, heady bouquet displays scents of candied dark berries, licorice, violet pastille, woodsmoke and minerals; smells like a wine from the northern Rhone. Sweet, penetrating and seamless on the palate, offering vibrant blackberry and cherry-cola flavors and suggestions of bitter chocolate and candied licorice. Finishes smooth and long, with resonating spiciness and supple, even tannins. Vinous 92 2021-03-30
2008 Mas d'En Gil Coma Vella' (60% garnacha, 25% carinena and 15% syrah): Vivid ruby. Redcurrant and cherry on the fragrant mineral- and herb-accented nose. Taut and focused, offering mineral-tinged red fruit flavors and a hint of licorice. Closes with firm cut and very good tangy persistence. No excess fat here but no shortage of flavor intensity either. Vinous 91 2021-03-30
2000 Mas d'En Gil Clos Fontà Vinyes Velles' Dark ruby. Smoky, oak-accented blackcurrant and kirsch aromas are complicated by pungent tarragon, mocha and underbrush. Deep cherry and dark berry flavors are framed by supple tannins and gain a mineral lift on the finish. Takes on more breadth and power with air without losing its focus. This has impressive persistence and clarity. Vinous 90 2021-03-30
2000 Mas d'En Gil Coma Vella' Deep red. Inviting red berry, cherry, cedar and mineral aromas, with an exotic floral undertone. Supple raspberry and kirsch flavors offer impressive depth and clarity, with soft tannins adding gentle grip. Finishes sweet and persistent, with a lingering candied licorice quality. Vinous 89 2021-03-30
2020 Decibel - Giunta Chenin Blanc Filled with bruised apple character, this is full-bodied, rich and satisfying. It is only the second vintage, and this has a little more phenolic texture than the first vintage, giving welcome texture. With around 12g/L residual sugar, it is tender in its approach, but balanced, with a clean finish. Vinous 89 2021-03-29
2019 Decibel - Giunta Chenin Blanc This is the first-ever Chenin from Giunta. It has a subtle aroma that's citrusy and full of apples. It offers rich midpalate weight, good density and round structure. There's the merest hint of residual sugar, which fleshes out the palate, but the variety's natural vivacious acidity provides balance, leaving a dry, fresh conclusion. Vinous 88 2021-03-29
2019 Decibel Viognier Bridge Pa Triangle For a Viognier, this is a relatively fresh example; while there's orange and nectarine, it avoids the opulent, rich peach spectrum, and the creamy, almost viscous palate doesn't veer into oiliness. There's a lick of phenolics (this is machine harvested to get some deliberate skin contact pre-ferment) providing additional structure to this normally low-acid variety. Clean, pure and zesty. Great drinkability. Vinous 88 2021-03-29
2019 Decibel - Giunta Sauvignon Blanc An attractive, subtle Sauvignon style. This is not your typical Sauvignon: forget passionfruit and sweaty thiols, and think apple flavors with delicate grassy notes. Crisp and clean. Vinous 87 2021-03-29
2018 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee Reserve' The 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée is full-bodied but quite approachable and easy to drink, loaded with black cherries and plummy fruit and tinged with licorice. A blend of 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and 10% other permitted varieties, it finishes long and silky. Wine Advocate 92-95 2021-03-29
2020 Lornano Etel Rosato Toscana Pleasant dried-peach and orange-blossom character. Medium body with balanced, fruity flavor and acidity that adds length. Lots of flavor here. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2021-03-26
2015 Francs Les Cerisiers Cotes de Francs Quite dark and brambly aromas here with a wealth of intense cassis, dark cherries and mulberries. Tannins are smoothly assertive, crafting length into a fresh, dark-berry-infused finish. Try from 2022. James Suckling 92 2021-03-23
2020 Cuarto Dominio Malbec 'Tolentino' Violets, blueberries, sandalwood and bark on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, sleek tannins and fresh acidity. Pretty and polished with good structure and concentration. Drink now or hold. James Suckling 92 2021-03-23
2016 Lornano Chianti Classico Riserva Rich black-fruit aromas and flavors, filled out with notes of nuts and chocolatey oak. Some turkish delight on the palate, too. Full-to medium-bodied with lightly chewy tannins and a tasty, savory finish. Good depth and layering here. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2021-03-23
2019 Falset Marçá Zerran' Bright ruby-red. Aromas of primary red fruits, oak spice, violet and smoky minerals. Sharply focused raspberry, cherry cola and floral pastille flavors are underscored by a smoky mineral quality and building spiciness. Silky tannins give shape to a long, incisive finish that clings impressively and leaves red fruit liqueur and mocha notes behind. Vinous 91 2021-03-23
2019 Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano The Cesani family are no-frills organic farmers originally from Le Marche, with an enviable range of vineyards across diverse zones, including Pancole for the insistent San Gimignano Riserva Sanice, and clayey San Paolo for the juicy Clamys. This entry-level Vernaccia has notable freshness and lift, a perfect jumping off point for San Gimignano Vernaccia newbies. Drinking Window 2021 - 2025 Decanter 93 2021-03-22
2014 La Perla Valtellina Superiore 'La Mossa' Representing half of the estate’s 20,000-bottle annual production, La Mossa is crafted from grapes picked in mid-October, after those destined for Sforzato but prior to the late-harvest selection for the Riserva. The 2014 sports a slim, elegant build. Evocative notes of sage, pine, black tea and moss grace the nose, with truffles and red currants joining in on the palate. Crunchy, racy acidity and dry, linear tannins beg for food - particularly hearty mountain fare. Drinking Window 2021 - 2025 Decanter 91 2021-03-18
2014 La Perla Sforzato di Valtellina 'Quattro Soli' In 2014, Marco Triacca risked making a Sforzato regardless of the cool, wet conditions. Besides a careful selection in the vineyard, he continued inspecting the grapes during the drying process, removing any berries that showed signs of mould. His work has paid off - though do expect a relatively lean, mid-weight Sforzato that is more savoury than sweet in character. Framed by powdery tannins, it is clean with an underlying freshness that compliments dried fruit nuances. Focussed fragrances of pot-pourri and a green mintiness persist throughout. Drinking Window 2021 - 2027 Decanter 92 2021-03-18
2016 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino 'Le Pope' This has aromas of cedar, ripe dark-skinned fruit and baking spice. The dense palate offers spiced plum, blood orange and tobacco alongside chewy tannins. Drink 2023–2029. Wine Enthusiast 89 2021-03-16
2016 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino The shy nose eventually reveals toasted oak, mocha and cooking-spice aromas. The tightly knit palate offers prune, sage and roasted coffee bean alongside assertive tannins. Drink after 2024. Wine Enthusiast 87 2021-03-16
2015 Elia Palazzesi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Dark-skinned fruit, forest-floor and leather aromas shape the nose. The savory palate offers Marasca cherry, licorice and ground pepper alongside polished tannins. Drink 2022–2027. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-03-16
2016 Elia Palazzesi Brunello di Montalcino This opens with aromas recalling black-skinned fruit, Mediterranean scrub and tobacco. The savory palate offers dried black cherry, licorice and ground pepper alongside polished tannins. Drink 2023–2031. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-03-16
2016 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Enticing aromas of menthol, ripe dark-skinned fruit, new leather and sandalwood lead the way. Boasting a heady combination of power and finesse, the full-bodied palate doles out ripe black cherry, raspberry jam, licorice and tobacco framed in firm, velvety tannins. Fresh acidity keeps the richness in check. Drink 2024–2036. Wine Enthusiast 95 2021-03-16
2016 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 'Fiore di NO' Enveloping and delicious, this fragrant red opens with aromas of ripe plum, baking spice, blue flower and an earthy whiff of new leather. Full bodied and concentrated, it also has an almost weightless grace and poise, delivering succulent black cherry, fleshy raspberry, star anise and cinnamon before an espresso close. Fine grained tannins provide polished support. Drink 2024–2031. Wine Enthusiast 95 2021-03-16
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva This full-bodied red has aromas of forest floor, baked plum, violet and oak-driven spice. On the brawny, concentrated palate, you’ll find dried cherry, licorice and roasted coffee bean alongside compact, fine-grained tannins that leave a drying, rather astringent finish. Drink 2022–2028. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-03-16
2019 Keuka Spring Riesling Jasmine and orchard blossom aromas perk up the nose of this semidry Riesling. It’s zesty and crisp on the palate, where juicy peach and pineapple flavors explode with sunny intensity. There’s lift and verve to it all, balanced by lime-tinged acidity. Wine Enthusiast 91 2021-03-16
2019 Keuka Spring Riesling 'Humphreys Vineyard' Perfumed aromas of peach, apple and pink grapefruit show incredible zest and spunk on the nose. The medium-bodied palate is dry in style, with bright, zesty pome and tangerine flavors wrapped in a delicate floral undertone. There’s a creaminess to the feel that gives this great presence and length on the finish. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-03-16
2017 Pursued by Bear Syrah 'Baby Bear' Columbia Valley Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood spice and dark fruit aromas are followed by smooth, sultry flavors. Fruit and barrel play equal parts in the show, with the vintage’s bright acidity keeping them both in vivid focus. Wine Enthusiast 91 2021-03-16
2017 Pursued by Bear Red Blend 'Bear Cub' Columbia Valley Actor Kyle MacLachlan has another hit with this wine. Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 65%, with 18% Merlot and 17% Syrah. Aromas of cherry, vanilla and baking spice are followed by creamy, luscious fruit and barrel flavors that continue intertwining on the finish. It brings unabashed hedonism while maintaining lovely balance. There’s a lot of value to be had. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 91 2021-03-16
2018 Chono Carmenere 'Single Vineyard' Colchagua Valley Oaky blackberry aromas include notes of holiday spice cake and damp earth. On the palate, this Colchagua Valley Carmenère leans forward due to lively acidity. Blackberry and dark plum flavors include herbal green notes that make this taste saucy prior to a steady and lively finish. Drink now through 2025. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-03-16
2018 Paritua Sauvignon Blanc 'Grace This is a ripe, somewhat odd Sauvignon from Hawke’s Bay in the North Island. The nose is dominated by notes of yeasty apple, bruised lemon-lime, orchard blossoms and toasted brioche and honey characters. The mouthfeel is corpulent and tangy with a bite of acidity and a drying, skinsy bite at the finish. Wine Enthusiast 87 2021-03-16
2019 Decibel Malbec Nouveau 'Giunta' Frankly, it’d be nice to see more non-Pinot New Zealand reds made like this: fresh, light-to-medium bodied, early drinking vin de table wines sans all the oak and polish. This highly approachable Malbec weaves fresh cherries, cranberries and raspberries together with notes of fresh mint, tree sap and tobacco leaf. The palate is as fresh as the nose suggests, with lithe, granular tannins and crunchy fruit. Drink slightly chilled with a weeknight roast or platter of cured meats. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-03-16
2016 Decibel Malbec ‘Testify’ Gimblett Gravels A straight Malbec in New Zealand is a fairly rare sighting, and even rarer is one with some bottle age. This wine is in a good place. The oak-driven mocha-and-toasted spice is a little prominent, but the fresh red and black berry fruit, mint and tobacco leaf characters hold their own. In the mouth, tannins are chalky and chunky, but there’s a lovely crunch of acidity, and once again the tangy fruit is not lost. There’s some flash and muscle here, but there’s also plenty of cool climate charm. Drink now with protein and decanter at hand or until 2030. Cellar Selection. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-03-16
2017 Decibel Malbec Gimblett Gravels This is a medium- to full-bodied Malbec that embodies the power and freshness of Gimblett Gravels in Hawkes Bay. Cranberry and cherry tart aromas mingle with vanillin oak and bundles of earthy spices like cumin, bay, cloves and mint. It’s less harmonious on the palate, with elevated acidity amid chalky, powerful-yet-fine tannins and crunchy red and black berry flavors throughout. Drink now with a roast lamb or grilled mushrooms, or cellar until 2027. Wine Enthusiast 91 2021-03-16
2018 Decibel Malbec Gimblett Gravels This is in an odd place at the moment, but if the 2017 is anything to by, it will hopefully find its way with another year in the bottle. There’s a burnt rubber note on the nose, but there’s also plenty of more appealing aromas like fresh mint, red and black berries, earthy spices and a dusty oak character. The palate is equally austere. Tannins are big and chewy, lacking a generosity of fruit to temper them. Give this at least a year to unravel. Drink 2022–2028. Wine Enthusiast 89 2021-03-16
2019 See Saw Chardonnay This is an affordable, energetic modern Aussie Chardy from the cool climes of the Orange region of New South Wales. There’s lovely tension on the nose. It’s high toned but with subtle fruit, a copper penny tang and an underbelly of ground ginger, freshly squeezed lemon and peach juice, vanilla bean and a dried herbal note. The tension carries through to the palate. It’s lean but not mean, focused less on oak or lees character and more on tingly acidity and juicy fruit. One to please both the Chard and the Pinot Grigio lovers in your life. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 93 2021-03-16
2019 See Saw Pinot Noir This is an easygoing and affordable example of modern, cool climate Aussie Pinot. Ripe red berries bounce from the glass, followed by quieter aromas of florals, baking spice and a slight mushroomy savoriness. The palate is light to medium in weight, fleshy and round, but with a tug of savory tannins holding it all together. Knock back slightly chilled, with or without food. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-03-16
2019 Domaine Yves Cheron Gigondas 'Cuvee Jurassique' Jurassique refers to the Jurassic-era limestone and marl soils from which this fragrant 70/30 blend of Grenache and Syrah originates. Unoaked and luminous in fruit quality, it’s a full-bodied, supple wine packed with black-currant and cherry flavors etched by cooling minerality. Delightful young, the wine should gain more earthen, herbal complexities as it improves through 2030. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 93 2021-03-16
2019 Domaine Yves Cheron Vacqueyras 'Cuvee Jardin d'Eden' Cassis and boysenberry flavors are ripe yet vibrant in this fruit-focused wine. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, it’s full bodied but spry, finishing on a revitalizing mineral crush. Silky, integrated tannins make it approachable now but the wine should drink well through 2030. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 93 2021-03-16
2019 Domaine Yves Cheron Cotes du Rhone 'Les Dentelles' This perfumed 75/25 blend of Grenache and Syrah shares the same blossomy, fresh-fruited demeanor of Yves Cheron’s more expensive Southern Rhône wines. It’s a full-bodied, silky sip, with ample black-cherry and plum flavors edged by burnt caramel and a refreshing mineral lift. Soft in tannins and forward in fruit, it’s an immediately enjoyable wine that should drink at peak through 2024. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-03-16
2018 Domaine Yves Cheron Cotes du Rhone 'Les Dentelles' Violet and lavender perfume this full-bodied, silky blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. A juicy, pertly balanced red, it finishes on soft, satiny tannins and a lingering vein of granite. This lovely wine is best enjoyed young but is likely to hold through 2025. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-03-16
2018 Jorge Ordóñez Verdejo 'Nisia Las Suertes' Bold but focused, this solid white has good density. The plush texture carries ripe pear and melon flavors, backed by fresh herbs and a chalky note. Firm acidity gives way to a vanilla-scented finish. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made, 500 cases imported. Wine Spectator 91 2021-03-11
2018 Domaine du Moulin Gaillac 'Cuvee Florentin' Based on Braucol, the deep purple-hued 2018 Gaillac Florentin has a complex violet and floral-tinged bouquet with plenty of earthy black and blue fruits, some subtle herbal, underbrush notes, medium to full body, and a beautiful, layered, seamless texture on the palate. The purity is terrific, and it's the finest vintage of this cuvée I've tasted. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2021-03-10
2018 Domaine du Moulin Cotes du Tarn 'Cinto' The flagship of the estate, the 2018 Gaillac L'Aigle Cinto is usually a mix of Tannat, Syrah, and Braucol brought up in barrel. A bigger, richer wine, it has a big nose of chocolatey dark currants, cured meats, licorice, violets, and spice. Full-bodied, concentrated, and opulent on the palate, it's a monster of a wine, with moderate acidity, an expansive texture, ripe, chewy tannins, and a big finish. It pushes on the ripeness scale yet holds it together, gaining freshness and purity with time in the glass. It should evolve nicely for another decade, but there's no need to delay gratification. Give it a decant if drinking any time soon. Jeb Dunnuck 92+ 2021-03-10
2018 Two Hands Shiraz 'Gnarly Dudes' Barossa Valley Juicy and appealing, offering a fresh mix of blueberry, cherry and framboise flavors on a smooth, velvety and spicy frame. Matcha green tea and Szechuan peppercorn details linger. Drink now through 2032. Wine Spectator 91 2021-03-09
2019 Ilurce Graciano 'Rio Madre' Crushed red plum and kirsch flavors are backed by a tangy acidity in this broad, fresh red, with supple tannins encasing the graphite, anise and herb elements on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 7,500 cases made, 6,500 cases imported. #8 Thrilling Rioja Value  Wine Spectator 86 2021-03-08
2018 Decibel Pinot Noir Martinborough A sexy, broody style with pretty floral aromas providing the top notes, rich, savory bass notes and ripe plum fruit sitting in the middle register. Sourced from a dry-farmed, organic three-hectare site in Martinborough township. The 2018 harvest was affected by rain, but they kept the fruit hanging to dry and picked over three weeks, and the season's challenges have been overcome. This offers delightful supple texture while gorgeous savory, fine-grained tannins leave you licking your mouth. The lengthy finish provides a smoky, spicy, savory fragrance. Vinous 92 2021-03-03
2018 Decibel Malbec Gimblett Gravels A gorgeous bright purple hue kicks things off in this midweight, elegant Malbec. The tannins are resolved and mouthcoating, Malbec providing its varietal upfront grip. Flavors of blackberry, blueberry and violet linger on the medium-length finish. Vinous 90 2021-03-03
2020 Decibel Malbec Nouveau 'Giunta' Wow, what brilliant color: inky deep and purple/pink. This is a Nouveau style but it's made from Malbec, and winemaker Daniel Brennan reveals that Malbec skins break down pretty quickly, so a proper Beaujolais-like carbonic maceration isn't possible. However, this is a juicy, creamy style with spice, blackberries and blueberries. Yes, there are tannins that coat the palate, but they're soothing. All in all, fun, fruity, and a great Wednesday night wine. It doesn't require academic analysis and it's all the better for it. Vinous 87 2021-03-03
2018 Mountford Pinot Noir 'The Rise' If you want to tighten your butt cheeks, this is a great vineyard to go walking up. It'd have even the fittest person out of puff, such is its gradient. This is the first vintage for new owner Takahiro Koyama, assisted by winemaker Matt Barbour, and it was a challenging one, with the warmest summer on record followed by autumn rains. This precipitated picking and the fruit went through the sorting table twice, leaving just 1.5 tons off the half-hectare site, equivalent to four barrels. There's 40% whole bunch, which was, in Barbour's words, “a bit gung-ho,” giving herbal flavors akin to anise and wormwood with cranberry and red cherry too. It has a nervous energy, and the racy finish reflects the decision to pick earlier and the whole bunch rather than the heat of the summer. Overall it's a delicate style. The tannins are chalky and a little tightly woven and require some more time. Fades a little quicker than I'd like on the finish but the nose and midpalate are really attractive. Vinous 91 2021-03-03
2016 Mountford Pinot Noir ‘Liason’ This is Mountford's “entry-level” Pinot from younger vines that are relatively closely planted (1.5m x 0.7m spacing). It is really characterful, offering decent concentration and plenty of savory characters that are both earthy and meaty, with fennel/herbal characters in the background. Just starting to head into a developed style. The fine chalky tannins and fine acidity leave a fresh albeit rather brief conclusion. Vinous 88 2021-03-03
2015 Mountford Pinot Noir This cuvée is the best barrels from vines that were planted on their own roots in 1991. This is a midweight style and richly fruited with masses of plum fruit and cedar spice. There's a lovely build to the acidity on the finish, and the tannins are fine-grained and resolved, giving a gravelly texture across the cheeks. Moderate complexity and length. This can be enjoyed now but there's room for that fruity mass to become more savory over the next five years. Vinous 90 2021-03-03
2018 Stone Paddock Syrah A perfumed, exotically spiced Syrah offering sweet red fruits and a supple, silken texture. There's gentle acidity and soft tannins, which make for a very chilled-out conclusion. You can enjoy this in youth with its easy-going structure and its youthful aromatic appeal. Vinous 88 2021-03-03
2018 Stone Paddock Red Blend 'Scarlet' A quartet of Bordeaux varieties comprising 37% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Malbec, this has a delightful floral perfume, reminiscent of violets as well as blackberry and plum pudding. It's a light-bodied, refreshing style with plentiful acidity cleansing the palate. The supple tannins are resolved and chalky, making for an attractive albeit slightly brief blend. Vinous 87 2021-03-03
2018 Paritua Syrah A fluid, supple style that is richly aromatic. It is full-bodied but retains a sense of elegance – Hawke's Bay remains a relatively cool place to grow Syrah. The aromas are spicy, with green peppercorns, agave, and blackberries. There's a gush of mouthwatering acidity and the tannins coat the mouth with the texture of melted chocolate on the supple, medium-long, spicy finish. Very satisfying already but has enough intensity and the structural components to continue to evolve over the medium term. Vinous 91 2021-03-03
2018 Paritua Red Blend A very classy, Bordeaux-inspired blend. The component parts are 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc. The combination of low yields (one bunch per cane), the richer soils of the Bridge Pa area (versus neighboring Gimblett Gravels), and attention to detail in the winery have provided a sumptuously textured, full-bodied expression. It offers a high level of fruit concentration, excellent integration of oak (18 months) and good complexity. There's an array of flavors from classic plum, florals, chocolate, cedar, coffee and the merest hint of dill on the lengthy finish. The tannins are satisfying and embrace the mouth. As well as having a delicious glass of wine, you can also burn some of the calories you're drinking by just picking up the heavy bottle and pouring it. While this has the intensity and structure for the medium to long term, the texture is such that you could enjoy it in youth too. Vinous 95 2021-03-03
2018 Decibel Malbec 'Testify' Gimblett Gravels While there's plenty of silken texture here, verging on opulence, this retains a sense of elegance and effortlessness. Expect flavors reminiscent of damson skin, violets, orange peel, cinnamon and clove, giving a rather festive impression. The finish is satisfying, with juicy acidity cleansing the palate. Super-fine tannins provide a very fine veil for the palate. Only seven barrels of this wine were made. Vinous 93 2021-03-03
2018 Morgan Pinot Noir 'Twelve Clones' Santa Lucia Highlands Coming from a mix of clones, the light ruby-hued 2018 Pinot Noir Twelve Clones gives up a pretty nose of framboise and strawberries as well as lots of floral, rose petal, sappy herb, and minty aromas and flavors. It's another lightly textured, medium-bodied, elegant wine from this estate to enjoy over the coming 4-6 years. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2021-03-03
2017 Domaine Yves Cheron Gigondas 'Cuvee Jurassique' A blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, Cheron's 2017 Gigondas Jurassique offers up notes of allspice, clove and red plum on the nose. It's full-bodied and silky on the palate, with a long, mouthwatering finish and a peppery edge. Wine Advocate 91 2021-03-03
2018 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Prestige' Deep vivid red. Potent, mineral-laced red berry and cherry preserve, spicecake and floral aromas are complicated by suggestions of dusty minerals and licorice. Chewy, sharply focused black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors become sweeter with air while picking up a sexy floral pastille nuance. Shows impressive energy and spicy cut on the sweet, floral-tinged, strikingly long finish, which is framed by slow-building tannins. Vinous 93-95 2021-03-03
2018 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Tradition' Shimmering ruby-red. Intensely perfumed black raspberry, Asian spice and floral pastille aromas are complemented by hints of rhubarb and incense. Palate-staining, densely packed red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors show impressive power as well as litheness thanks to a core of juicy acidity. The floral quality repeats strongly on an extremely long, focused finish shaped by smooth tannins. Vinous 92-94 2021-03-03
NV Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey Reddish mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of tootsie roll, chocolate covered cherry, black forest cake, and walnut frosting with a syrupy, crisp, sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish. A rich and velvety chocolate-cherry whisky that will be a hit. Silver Medal Beverage Tasting Institute 89 2021-03-02
NV Ballotin Caramel Turtle Chocolate Whiskey Amber color. Aromas of waffle crisp, milk and honey, French toast, and fresh baked cookies with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length real maple syrup finish. Vivid notes of crispy waffles make this a fun brunchtime shooter or cocktail modifier. Gold Medal Beverage Tasting Institute 90 2021-03-02
NV Ballotin Peanut Butter Chocolate Whiskey Amber color. Candied aromas of crushed peanut candy, circus peanuts, milk chocolate, Butterfinger bar, and gooey caramel with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, captivating, breezy hot cinnamon candies, Frosted Mini-Wheats, and maple finish. A boozy Peanut Butter Whiskey confection that delivers nutty, caramelly flavors with warming spicy heat. Silver Medal Beverage Tasting Institute 86 2021-03-02
2017 Mannucci Droandi Chianti Classico 'Ceppeto' Currants and mixed berries on the nose with notes of purple flowers and earth. Medium-bodied with quite firm tannins and a clean bead of interlaced blackcurrant and oak. From organically grown grapes. Nicely done, but needs a bit more time to gain depth on the center palate. Best in 2022. James Suckling 91 2021-03-02
2016 Mannucci Droandi Chianti Classico Riserva 'Ceppeto' Full, round and silky with persistent black fruit and dried flowers on the nose and palate. Nice envelope of well-integrated tannins. Long finish. Not overly complex, this is more about clarity of fruit and well balanced structure. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2021-03-02
2018 Mannucci Droandi Chianti Colli Aretini A juicy, fruity Chianti with lots of black-cherry, berry and dried-flower aromas, following through to a medium body, slightly chewy tannins and a hint of bark on the finish. From organically grown grapes. The tannins need a little time. Drink in 2022. James Suckling 89 2021-03-02
2014 Luigi Tecce Taurasi Riserva 'Puro Sangue' The 2014 Taurasi Riserva Puro Sangue lifts from the glass with a remarkably pretty display of Aglianico fruit, showing crushed blackberries in an air of smoky minerals, with hints of lemon zest, then leaning more toward the earthy spectrum as notes of undergrowth develop. On the palate, soft textures are excited by vibrant acids, as tart black fruits cascade across the senses over a core of subtle tannins, yet it remains fresh throughout. The finish is long and buzzing with energy, tugging at the cheeks with residual acids, which perfectly balances its youthful structure. This is already enjoyable today, and it should hold up quite well with medium-term cellaring. Vinous 91 2021-02-26
2014 Luigi Tecce Taurasi Riserva ‘Poliphemo Vecchie Vigne' The 2014 Taurasi Riserva Poliphemo Vecchie Vigne is a gorgeous expression of Taurasi, making use of the cool 2014 vintage to create an understated yet alluring display, showing dark fruits, offset by floral tones, as hints of smoke and animal musk evolve in the glass. On the palate, silky textures give way to notes of blackberry and tart cherry with a hint of savory herbs, as grippy tannins slowly saturate the senses. The finish is long and classically structured, slowly tapering off to reveal a mineral coating with a lasting twang of tart berries, which seems to last for over a minute. This is a dark beast of a Taurasi and very primary today, needing time to fully express itself. Vinous 93 2021-02-26
2017 I Custodi Etna Bianco 'Ante' Alberello-trained vines growing at nearly 3,000 feet on Etna’s wind-lashed eastern slope produced this tautly structured wine, with dense flavors of preserved lemon, tarragon and toasted hazelnuts. The wine fermented on ambient yeasts without undergoing malolactic conversion, leaving searing acidity that cuts through its oxidative notes and keeps the wine lively and tense. Wine & Spirits 91 2021-02-26
2017 I Custodi Etna Rosso 'Pistus' This wine unfolds with flavors of dried cherry and plum speckled with notes of crunchy wild herbs. Twenty percent nerello cappuccio deepens the color and the fruit tones, though the intense ripeness is indicative of 2017’s heat- and drought-ridden growing season. The wine reads a bit like a rustic Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and is a match for robust lamb and beef dishes. Wine & Spirits 91 2021-02-26
2019 Lava Cap Sauvignon Blanc El Dorado Figgy aromas lead to subdued but tangy flavors of green apple, mineral and mild herb in this subtle, medium-bodied, well-balanced wine. It's not overtly fruity, but well worth sipping for its complexity. Buy Now. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-02-22
2016 Alain Brumont - Bouscasse Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 'Jardins' Aromas of dried pineapple, green apple, lime zest, preserved lemon and sea salt. It’s medium-bodied with sharp, tangy acidity. Waxy with a saline finish. Unique character. 100% petit courbu. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2021-02-22
2012 Alain Brumont - Bouscasse Madiran 'Vieilles Vignes' Intense aromas of blackberries, dried herbs, leather and game. It’s full-bodied with firm, tight tannins, balanced by concentrated layers of spiced black fruit. Muscular and chewy. It’s a big, tannic wine, but very real. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2021-02-22
2014 Alain Brumont - Montus Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Blanc Sec Aromas of dried apricot, papaya, lemon zest, olives and smoked almonds. It’s medium-to full-bodied with tangy acidity and a waxy texture. Concentrated and layered with a flavorful finish. So unique and delicious. 100% petit courbu. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2021-02-22
2016 Alain Brumont - Montus Madiran Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, peppercorn, dried herbs and spices. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins. Savory and spiced finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2021-02-22
2009 Alain Brumont - Montus La Tyre Madiran Aromas of spiced black cherries, blueberries, stewed blackcurrants, black tea, cloves and walnuts. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins. Concentrated and powerful with a solid core of black fruit. Still chewy, as ever, but solid and typical. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2021-02-22
2019 Carol Shelton Viognier ‘Coquille Blanc’ Paso Robles' Aromas of peach, honey cake and Key lime pie make for a ripe entry to the nose of this blend of white Rhône grapes. There’s a viscous feel to the sip, where flavors of roasted orange, lemon tonic and a bit of peach arise. Wine Enthusiast 91 2021-02-16
2018 Carol Shelton Chardonnay 'Wild Thing' Dry Creek Valley With tiny amounts of Marsanne and Viognier, this lively white is reductive at first and showy in oak. It evolves to deliver a rich, rounded expression of vanilla, peach and pear, finishing in baking spice. Wine Enthusiast 88 2021-02-16
2018 Landmark Chardonannay 'Overlook' Sonoma County Oaky, rich and layered, this likable white offers apple, peach, pear and a whirl of butterscotch, with the oak adding a toasted note. Softly textured and rounded on the palate, it brings complexity within a full-bodied style. Wine Enthusiast 91 2021-02-16
2019 Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County There’s a focused streak of rocky minerality on the nose of this bottling along with lime-blossom, lemon-balm and apple-rind aromas. The palate is very citrus-driven, showing lime and grapefruit pith, and then floral waves of jasmine and plumeria take over, leading to a coconut finish. Wine Enthusiast 89 2021-02-16
2018 Giapoza Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Semitropical in style and floral on the nose, this is a likable white that’s smooth and simple, with understated richness and length. Wine Enthusiast 88 2021-02-16
2019 Santa Barbara Winery Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley Very fresh aromas of ripe honeydew, nectarine, lychee and coconut flesh make for very expressive nose on this bottling. There is lots of zip to the sip, where pear rind and apple-flesh flavors ride a grippy texture into the refreshing finish. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-02-16
2018 Lafond Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Subtle aromas of mulberry and wild red cherry meet with smoked pork, peppercorns and mint on the nose of this bottling. It lands softly on the palate, where baked cherry and pomegranate flavors meet with rose petals and more mint. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-02-16
2017 Trentadue Cabernet Sauvignon 'La Storia' Alexander Valley Thick and herbal, this wine is leathery thick and brimming in black cherry and graham cracker. The oak is well integrated and adds to the weight and richness. Wine Enthusiast 87 2021-02-16
2019 Frey Zinfandel Mendocino Concentrated in flavor and firmly tannic in texture, this full-bodied wine offers smoky, tarry aromas, potent blackberry flavors and accents of grilled herbs. No sulfites added. Wine Enthusiast 87 2021-02-16
2018 Talai Berri Txakoli 'Finca Jakue' Aromas of golden delicious apple include a funky, sweaty hint of chicken soup. A light-bodied palate is mildly spritzy, while this Txakoli is classic in style, with salty flavors of tart apple and gooseberry. A cleansing finish is scouring and mostly fresh. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 87 2021-02-16
2019 Ramirez de la Piscina Rosado A light tan color and melony aromas touched up by a note of honey open this claret style rosé that’s made from 75% white Viura and 25% red Garnacha. A fresh, pinchy palate comes with citric acidity and flavors of tangerine and apple that hint at bitterness on a solid finish. Best Buy Wine Enthusiast 88 2021-02-16
2018 Moulin Rouge Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois This wine from a 44-acre estate close to the Gironde estuary is rich in jammy black fruit from the Merlot in the blend. There is plenty of structure as well, giving the wine a chance to age. Drink this attractive wine from 2023. Wine Enthusiast 89 2021-02-16
2017 La Ciarliana Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Underbrush, baked plum, mint and cocoa aromas slowly take shape in the glass. The brawny palate doles out blackberry jam, cherry tart and licorice alongside close-grained tannins. You’ll also notice the warmth of evident alcohol on the close. Drink 2022–2027. Wine Enthusiast 91 2021-02-16
2016 La Ciarliana Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Scorched earth, truffle and new leather aromas line up in the glass along with whiffs of charcuterie. The big, chewy palate shows steeped fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2026. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-02-16
2018 Fritz Windisch Riesling Spatlese Piesporter Goldtropfchen Hints of pollen and dusty minerals lend an earthen undertone to unctuous pineapple and yellow peach flavors. Medium-sweet and zippy on the palate, it balances rich, slightly caramelized fruit tones against spine-tingling lime acidity. Best enjoyed now–2023. Wine Enthusiast 87 2021-02-16
2017 Jorge Ordonez Verdejo 'Nisia Las Suertes' Limpid straw-yellow. Intensely perfumed, mineral- and lees-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas show excellent clarity and complicating hints of pungent flowers and herbs. Densely packed and energetic on the palate, offering juicy nectarine and pear skin flavors that show excellent tension thanks to a core of juicy acidity. The mineral quality carries strongly through the finish, which leaves behind sappy Meyer lemon and honeysuckle notes. Vinous 92 2021-02-15
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco' Light, green-hued gold. Incisive aromas of grapefruit, pear and fresh herbs pick up a dusty mineral nuance in the glass. Lively and focused on the palate, offering nervy citrus pith and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of quinine. Shows firm cut and a touch of bitterness on the finish, which hangs on with good, herb-tinged tenacity. All stainless steel. Vinous 88 2021-02-15
2019 Quadrum Wine Company Red Blend Vivid red. Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas and flavors are complemented by hints of licorice and white pepper. Shows good energy and focus and puts on weight with air. Fine-grained tannins shape the finish, which hangs on with good, spicy persistence. Note that this wine is "bottled" in a three-liter box. Vinous 89 2021-02-11
2018 Dominio de Eguren Codice' Vivid ruby. Ripe red and blue fruits and a suggestion of pungent flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Silky, seamless and focused on the palate, showing energetic lift and solid punch to the gently sweet blueberry and raspberry flavors. Supple, even tannins build slowly on the finish, which hangs on with strong, spice-tinged persistence. Vinous 90 2021-02-10
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto' Brilliant violet. Ripe red berries, candied flowers and a hint of spiciness on the nose and in the mouth. Round and seamless in texture, showing good depth and subtle tannins on the spice-accented, nicely persistent finish. Vinous 89 2021-02-10
2018 Jorge Ordonez Verdejo 'Nisia' Green-tinged gold. A highly perfumed bouquet displays Meyer lemon, white peach and floral qualities, and a minerally accent adds lift and delineation. Vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by a vein of chalky minerality that builds with aeration. Spreads out steadily on the impressively long finish, which echoes the citrus fruit and floral notes. Aged in a combination of 60% large oak barrels and 40% stainless steel tanks. Vinous 91 2021-02-10
2018 Jorge Ordonez Verdejo 'Nisia Las Suertes' Vivid, greenish straw. Powerful pear, nectarine and orange pith aromas display excellent clarity and a suave floral topnote. Intense orchard and pit fruit and honeysuckle flavors show a silky texture and tighten up steadily on the back half. Well-concentrated but energetic as well, delivering strong, floral-tinged persistence, repeating florality and solid final grip. From a vineyard that was reportedly planted in 1885; all large neutral French oak barrels. Vinous 93 2021-02-10
2020 Decibel Malbec Nouveau 'Giunta' Big bursts of spicy fruit. It smells like cooking herbs and blackberries. The palate is juicy and fat, with great acidity brightening everything up. This is an excellent wine to chill down and sip with a cheese plate, some good friends, and a sunset. VInePair 90 2021-02-05
2019 Col Vetoraz Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut Falstaff Sparkling Special 2020 Falstaff 93 2021-02-03
2019 Col Vetoraz Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze Falstaff Sparkling Special 2020 Falstaff 93 2021-02-03
2017 Chateau du Moulin Rouge Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois Perfumed aromas of lemon rind and raspberries with hints of licorice. Medium body, light yet firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink in 2020. James Suckling 87 2021-01-28
2019 Avia Pinot Grigio Lifted fresh nose full of peachy fruit with delicious green apple depth, a salty finish, concentrated fruit and mineral backbone. Silver Medal Decanter 90 2021-01-22
2018 Lava Cap Zinfandel 'Reserve' El Dorado This bold and firmly structured wine carries vivid raspberry and black-cherry aromas followed by a moderately tannic palate of cranberry and raspberry flavors. It’s well balanced and can easily improve with a few years of age. Best from 2023. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-01-22
2018 Lava Cap Cabernet Sauvignon El Dorado This mellow, smooth and drinkable wine is already showing the benefits of aging in its supple texture, subdued baking spices and broad mulled-fruit flavors. Wine Enthusiast 89 2021-01-22
2018 Lava Cap Merlot El Dorado Full of wild berry, herb and lemongrass aromas, this firmly structured wine shows well-concentrated black-cherry and bell pepper flavors and a good tannic grip in the texture. Best through 2026. Wine Enthusiast 89 2021-01-22
2016 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione Aromas of black-skinned berries, cedar and mocha emerge from the glass. The chewy palate offers dried black cherry, vanilla and star anise framed in polished tannins. Drink through 2027. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-01-22
2016 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico Riserva 'Poggio a' Frati' This opens with aromas of violet, underbrush and tobacco. The savory, balanced palate shows black cherry jam, star anise and clove alongside firm acidity and fine-grained tannins. Drink 2022–2029. Wine Enthusiast 91 2021-01-22
2018 Nicodemi Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 'Le Murate' Aromas of ripe apple and yellow plum are dappled with an inviting dried chamomile accent on the nose. The medium-bodied palate is rounded and creamy in feel, displaying juicy orchard fruit flavors honed by fresh lemon and plum skin accents. Wine Enthusiast 89 2021-01-22
2018 Nicodemi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 'Terrana' Quiet aromas of crushed herbs and brandy-dipped cherries grace the nose of this unoaked Montepulciano. There’s a silkiness to cherry fruit on the palate, with well-mannered tannins and bright acidity lifting it all up. It’s a solid entry-level offering to enjoy with pizza or pasta. Wine Enthusiast 88 2021-01-22
2017 Nicodemi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 'Le Murate' Crushed blackberry and dark cherry aromas carry a slight jellied note on the nose. The medium-bodied palate is driven by juicy acidity, with a firm mesh of tannin lending support. This ends fruity and lifted on a cherry skin note. Wine Enthusiast 87 2021-01-22
2018 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee Reserve' Delightful honeysuckle and tangerine aromas perfume this limpid unaoked white. A Clairette-dominant blend augmented by Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc and Roussanne, it’s fresh on its feet but juicy and lusciously textured, too. A particularly thirst-quenching wine that’s best enjoyed now–2024. Wine Enthusiast 91 2021-01-22
2017 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph 'Cuvee Muletiers' Ebullient aromas of blackberry coulis, crushed pepper and violet introduce this hauntingly pretty Syrah sourced from 50-year-old vines. Made from 100% destemmed fruit and aged in 15 months en barrique (10–20% new), it’s a glossy, intensely black-fruited sip wrapped in silky tannins. Irresistible in youth but should develop its more earthen, animal side as it matures through 2030. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 93 2021-01-22
2017 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph 'Cuvee Meribets' Enticing lilac perfume is accented by smoky shades of hazelnuts and crushed granite on the nose of this Syrah. Aged entirely in neutral, old barriques for 11 months, there’s a purity of black cherry and cassis flavors on the palate accented by crisp acidity and a cutting mineral finish. Best enjoyed through 2027. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-01-22
2017 Beauchene Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Grande Reserve' Bitter notes of dried underbrush and hazelnut skin contrast penetrating wild strawberry and cherry preserves. Matured 18 months in neutral oak and stainless steel, it’s a rich, opulent blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. While plush in mouthfeel, the finish is anchored with firm, drying tannins that should meld nicely as it improves through 2030. Wine Enthusiast 93 2021-01-22
2017 Beauchene Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Vignobles de la Serriere' Licorice and cinnamon lend spice to lip-smacking dried cherry and plum preserves in this Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blend. It’s a full-bodied, softly edged wine with just a touch less intensity than the producer’s Grande Réserve bottling. Fine-tipped, feathery tannins make it especially welcoming young, but it should drink at peak through 2027. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-01-22
2018 Koyama Pinot Noir The Koyama Pinots are classy wines, meticulously made while still allowing the character of the site and variety to shine. The nose is gently aromatic in notes of cranberry, raspberry, rhubarb, with quiet baking spice and savory elements typical to the region. The bright acidity is what first hits on the palate, but then the silky texture, fleshy red fruit and savory spice comes into focus. The tannins are chalky and supportive, rather than overwhelming. Drink now–2030. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-01-22
2019 Morgan Unoaked Chardonnay 'Metallico' Monterey Rounded aromas of Asian pear and soft peach are cut by sharp grapefruit pith and chalk on the vibrant and very fresh nose of this stainless-steel expression. The palate is very grippy in texture at first, slowly giving way to the more broad stone-fruit flavors. Wine Enthusiast 93 2021-01-22
2018 Morgan Pinot Noir 'Twelve Clones' Santa Lucia Highlands Layers of baked berry, pie crust and star anise show on the nose of this clonal combination. It’s clean and direct on the palate, offering tart red-currant and cranberry flavors, touched up by thyme, lavender and potpourri elements. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-01-22
2017 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley This wine is hedonism in a glass. Dark chocolate, cherry, vanilla and spice aromas are followed by rich, textured fruit flavors that coat the palate. It’s decadent, but the vintage’s backbone keeps it all beautifully in balance. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 92 2021-01-22
2017 Lornano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione This opens with subdued aromas of mocha, toasted hazelnut and scorched earth. The tight palate offers prune, sage and roasted coffee bean alongside grippy tannins. Drink through 2024. Wine Enthusiast 88 2021-01-22
2018 Castaing Cotes de Bourg Under the same ownership as Château Haut-Guiraud, this estate has produced a wood-aged wine that’s rich in dark spicy fruit and ripe tannins. Dense structure shows the wine’s potential as well as its concentration. Drink from 2022. Wine Enthusiast 90 2021-01-22
2016 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol Sourced from vines averaging 80 years old, this rich, intensely textural Marsanne offers an intensity of white peach, pear and tangerine flavors. Vinified in 30% new oak, it’s lavishly smoky with a spicy undertone reminiscent of vanilla and Bourbon barrels. A heady but elegant wine that should improve through 2026 and hold further still. Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast 94 2021-01-20
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol Voluminous and sun-drenched, this delightful varietal Marsanne offers luminous tangerine, yellow apple and pineapple flavors accented by swirls of honey. Sourced from 80-year-old vines and fermented in oak (30% new), it’s a gorgeously perfumed sip lifted by a spine of salty, crystalline minerality and lemony acidity. Drinks beautifully now but should mature nicely well through 2030. Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast 94 2021-01-20
2018 Keenan Merlot Napa Valley The 2018 Merlot is bright, fresh and floral, all of which make it extremely appealing to drink now. Readers will find a mid-weight, refined Merlot full of charm. Crushed red berry fruit, spice and floral notes linger nicely. Vinous 91 2021-01-14
2018 Keenan Merlot 'Mailbox Vineyard Reserve' Spring Mountain District Keenan's 2018 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard is another attractive wine in the range. It offers darker tonalities of fruit to match its mid-weight personality. A touch of oak sweetness is well-judged in this very appealing, supple Merlot from Keenan. Hints of lavender, mocha and spice add raciness throughout. Vinous 93 2021-01-14
2018 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Bold and juicy, Keenan's 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is super-expressive today. Dark cherry, plum, grilled herbs, mocha, spice and licorice are all front and center. The 2018 is deep and fleshy yet retains a classic, mid-weight feel that works so well. Drink it over the next decade. Vinous 93 2021-01-14
2018 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon 'Reserve' Spring Mountain District The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is such a great example of Spring Mountain. Powerful and virile, the classically-built Reserve packs a serious punch. I would give it a few years to soften, but it is super-impressive, even in the early going. Crushed red berry fruit, iron, dried flowers, mint and spice lead into the long, sculpted finish. Vinous 96 2021-01-14
2018 Keenan Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District The 2018 Cabernet Franc Upper Bowl Vineyard is effusive and soaring in the glass. Crushed red berry, mocha, wild herbs, cinnamon and blood orange lend an exotic air to the 2018 that is impossible to miss. The same can be said for the way the 2018 delivers so much fruit intensity without heaviness. It is such a gorgeous wine. Vinous 95 2021-01-14
2017 Domaine Pierre Sourdais Chinon 'Tradition' Beautiful black cherry stone and cherry skin fruit, pure and defined. A brilliant entry-level Chinon, showing just a lick of tannin alongside stunning fruit purity and a hint of herby texture. Decanter 91 2021-01-11
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Dark and winey, with lots of steeped black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit forming the core while light sweet tapenade, rosemary and mineral notes streak through on the finish. Vivid, energetic Cornas. Best from 2022 through 2036. Wine Spectator 94 2021-01-06
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Very racy, focused version with a bright violet note leading the way for damson plum and red cherry coulis notes. Light white pepper and chalk hints emerge on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2033. Wine Spectator 93 2021-01-06
2019 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt Vi de Vila' Blanc The village white 2019 Bellmunt Blanc is a fresh, mineral and vibrant blend of 60% Garnacha Blanca, 30% Macabeo and 10% Viognier from sandstone and limestone soils, very appropriate to obtain this kind of freshness and finesse even in a very warm and dry year. The wine carries organic certification, and they also apply biodynamic methods in the vineyard that they believe often compensates the natural conditions. Even in this low-yielding year, the wine comes through as quite pure and delicate. It fermented in 2,000-liter stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and was bottled unoaked. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2020 following the ascending moon cycle. Wine Advocate 91 2021-01-04
2017 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt Vi de Vila' The Mediterranean village red 2017 Bellmunt follows the path toward elegance and balance from the 2016. This blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the youngest vineyards and often from deeper soils, which deliver sweet and fresh fruit-driven reds. Each plot ferments separately in stainless steel with natural yeasts, and malolactic is carried out in the underground concrete pools, after which the wines are blended and matured in concrete (30%) and the rest in 1,500- and 3,000-liter oak vats. It's juicy and has very fine tannins that provide a silky texture, nice balance and a fresh finish. They always keep the wines in bottle before they are released, even 10 months for this, their youngest red. It was bottled in May 2019. Wine Advocate 92 2021-01-04
2017 Mas d'En Gil Coma Alta' The single-vineyard white 2017 Coma Alta comes from the La Coma Valley, one of the five valleys within the property and one of the healthiest because of the southeast Garbinada winds. The plot of barely one hectare was planted in 2000 on clay and limestone soils and is harvested early to keep good acidity, as Garnacha Blanca can have a tendency toward opulence. This vineyard has been farmed biodynamically since 2010, and the wine was partially fermented in barrel (30%). But for the last 10 years, they have strived to avoid too much oak in the wines, and this comes through as vertical and fresh within its powerful and Mediterranean profile. It has volume and very good acidity, coming through as dry and tasty, with an almost salty twist in the finish. 2,967 bottles were filled in May 2018. The wine feels young and undeveloped, with years ahead of it. Wine Advocate 93+ 2021-01-04
2015 Mas d'En Gil Clos Fonta Vinyes Velles' I think there is a jump in finesse and precision in the 2015 Clos Fontà, their old-vine red produced with a selection of the best old vines every vintage. It's 60% Garnacha and 40% Cariñena from 50- to 95-year-old vines mostly on llicorella slate soils but also some on limestone, on 30% to 40% slopes that are facing east. It fermented in 500- and 1,500-liter oak vats, as each plot is fermented separately with indigenous yeasts; the wines were blended after malolactic in their old underground concrete pools. It matured in French and Austrian 225-liter barriques and 1,500-liter oak vats for one year. It has notes of licorice and fennel, so typical from this part of Priorat, giving it a very Mediterranean profile, and it's spicy and earthy, with ripe fruit but without excess. The palate is medium to full-bodied and reveals abundant, fine-grained tannins and a nice combination of elegance and rusticity. Again, very Priorat but without the excesses from the past. 5,868 bottles were filled in May 2017. Wine Advocate 95 2021-01-04
2015 Mas d'En Gil Coma Vella' The red blend 2015 Coma Vella is a blend of 70% Garnacha Peluda and Garnacha del País, 20% Cariñena and 10% Syrah from vines planted between 1965 and 1998 on classical sloped llicorella slate soils except the Syrah, which is on limestone soils. They used 10% to 20% full clusters for the fermentation in stainless steel and oak vats with indigenous yeasts. It matured for one year in a combination of 225-liter barrels and 1,500- and 3,000-liter oak vats with only 15% to 20% new oak. The wine shows contained ripeness, showcasing the style of the south of Priorat, and it's spicy and a little earthy. It has a medium to full-bodied palate and some dusty tannins without the finesse of the newest reds. 35,658 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2016. Wine Advocate 93 2021-01-04
2015 Mas d'En Gil Nus' Vi Dolc Natural The 2015 Nus is an unusual sweet red wine that smells of sweet spices and Christmas cake, a blend of 80% Garnacha, 15% Syrah and 5% Viognier that wants to go back to the traditional sweets from the zone but giving it more acidity and freshness. The process is quite complex, as the Garnacha is harvested early (in August) and the bunches let to dehydrate under the sun, so it keeps high acidity; when the grapes reach enough concentration, they are destemmed, foot trodden and fermented with indigenous yeasts. In parallel, they also produce a "mistela," fortified grape juice, of Syrah and Viognier, and the blend matures in 60-liter French oak barrels for 18 months. The wine is 16.5% alcohol and has 130 grams of unfermented sugar but doesn't come through as too sweet and is nicely balanced with flavors of those sweet spices and Christmas cake and a long, lingering finish. 1,968 half-bottles were filled in March 2018. Wine Advocate 91 2021-01-04
2017 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Ripe and silky, the 2017 Bella's Garden Shiraz boasts oodles of black cherries layered with loamy-earthy notes. It's full-bodied and expansive but stays balanced, with supple tannins lingering on the finish. Wine Advocate 92 2020-12-30
2018 Pagnotta Maranges Premier Cru La Fuissière Roasted notes of mocha almost have a minty edge on the nose of this wine before a mix of forest berry radiates fruitiness. The palate comes in with freshness, slightly brushing tannins and a sense of that rounded, fresh forest fruit. On the finish, it's slightly drying but fresh.  Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-12-23
2019 Aquitania Albarino 'Aquitania' Leesy and lime leaf aromatics. Bold palate, tight citrus fresh gooseberries mouthwatering sweet/sour finish. Very young. Needs plenty of time. (Silver Medal) Decanter 92 2020-12-22
2019 Aquitania Albarino 'Bernon' Salty lemon and pear aromas with some ripe gooseberry Lemon and pear flavors with some sherbet zing. Medium/ saline finish. (Bronze Medal) Decanter 89 2020-12-22
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py A delicious, mineral Beaujolais that’s fleet of foot yet has deep undertones of black cherry, fresh herbs and tomato leaf. Sturdy tannins add weight and body to this wonderfully poised wine. Decanter 92 2020-12-21
2013 Chiappini Bolgheri 'Guado de' Gemoli' The 2013 Bolgheri Superiore Guado de' Gemoli is a plush and rich red wine with bold and opulent tones of red fruit, spice and scorched earth. The results are balanced and ripe. There is a tight bite of tannins on the close that bode well for the wine's future evolution. This blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot needs time to integrate with further bottle aging. Some 10,000 bottles are produced. Wine Advocate 94 2020-12-21
2015 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir ‘Equinoxe’ Chehalem Mountains Vivid red. Ripe red and blue fruits, candied rose, vanilla and a hint of five-spice powder on the deeply perfumed nose. Juicy acidity provides lift and structure to concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry and cola flavors that open up slowly and become spicier on the back half. Delivers power as well as finesse and finishes impressively long and sweet, showing resonating red fruit character and smooth, harmonious tannins. Vinous 93 2020-12-21
2017 Dunham Red Blend 'Trutina' Columbia Valley A blend of 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2017 Trutina opens with juicy, fruit-forward notes of black cherry and plum essence. Medium-bodied, the wine is fresh, balanced and open with an accessible palate that offers hints of baking spices, vanilla and sweet cocoa powder. The wine ends with a pleasing finish. It spent 21 months in 30% new oak, 10% American. 66,000 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 89 2020-12-20
2018 Chiappini Bolgheri 'Felciaino' A nice choice for grilled porcini, the Giovanni Chiappini 2018 Bolgheri Rosso Felciaino is a blend of certified organic Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) with Merlot (40%) and a smaller part Sangiovese. This is a balanced expression that delivers nicely ripened fruit, not too heavy and not too light. This is the estate's entry-level red blend, but the care and balance of the winemaking is evident. Blackberry and maraschino cherry yield to smoked cedar and tilled earth. There is a touch of rosemary sprig on the close. Some 25,000 bottles were made, and you get great value. Wine Advocate 91 2020-12-18
2018 Two Hands Shiraz 'Angels Share' McLaren Vale Framboise, cherry and currant flavors are intense and focused, with a complex beam of rosemary and cigar box notes, backed by dense, sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins that add rich density. Finishes with fragrant accents of violet and white pepper. Drink now through 2035. 16,000 cases made, 4,500 cases imported. Wine Spectator 93 2020-12-18
2018 Morgan Chardonnay 'Highland' Santa Lucia Highlands Brilliant straw-gold. Vibrant citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by hints of jasmine, vanilla and ginger. Juicy and tightly focused on the palate, offering lively Meyer lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors that slowly unfurl through the midpalate. Shows fine definition and spicy bite on the long, focused finish, which leaves lemon zest and fennel notes behind. Vinous 91 2020-12-18
2019 Two Hands Shiraz 'Angels Share' McLaren Vale Generous blueberry, huckleberry and blackberry flavors are pure and velvety, with accents of black tea, black pepper and sandalwood on a supple frame, followed by a juicy finish. Drink now through 2030. 16,000 cases made, 4,500 cases imported. From Australia. Wine Spectator 92 2020-12-17
2016 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Rouge Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reminding me of a fresher version of the 2003, the 2016 Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Reservée is another magical wine from Laurence Feraud that could come from nowhere else. I still remember tasting (and loving) this beauty from barrel. It doesn’t quite have the sheer over-the-top decadence of the 2003, but it does have more elegance, while not giving up an inch with regard to texture and opulence. Dark ruby/plum-hued with a monster display of Provençal goodness in its garrigue, lavender, violets, kirsch, plums, and Asian spices, this full-throttle, ripe, sexy Châteauneuf du Pape has silky tannins, flawless balance, and a heavenly texture. It’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink well for at least 20-25 years. Jeb Dunnuck 98 2020-12-17
2018 Trentadue Petite Sirah 'La Storia' Alexander Valley 2027 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 94 2020-12-14
2018 Trentadue Zinfandel 'La Storia' Alexander Valley 2028 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 98 2020-12-14
2017 Carol Shelton Zinfandel 'Wild Thing' Mendocino County 2029 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 94 2020-12-14
2018 Michael Pozzan - Matthew Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2020 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 96 2020-12-14
2018 Michael Pozzan Cabernet Sauvignon 'Sailor's Grave' Napa Valley 2021 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 90 2020-12-14
2018 Michael Pozzan Merlot Napa Valley 2022 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 90 2020-12-14
2018 Michael Pozzan Zinfandel Oakville 2023 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 90 2020-12-14
2018 Michael Pozzan Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2024 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 90 2020-12-14
2017 Trentadue Cabernet Sauvignon 'La Storia' Alexander Valley 2025 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 90 2020-12-14
2018 Trentadue La Storia Cuvee 32' Alexander Valley 2026 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 91 2020-12-14
2018 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Blanc 'Cuvee Meribets' The 2018 Saint Joseph Meribets Blanc is terrific, offering lots of spice citrus, white flower, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, balanced, and graceful on the palate, it has good acidity, plenty of fruit, and the balance to keep for upwards of a decade. This cuvée is 80% Roussanne and 20% Marsanne and was brought up in equal parts tank and used barrels. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2020-12-11
2019 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Blanc 'Cuvee Meribets' The 2019 Saint Joseph Meribets Blanc is a more unusual blend for a Saint Joseph white, 80% Roussanne and 20% Marsanne. A beautifully balanced, elegant wine, it offers pretty crushed citrus and pineapple fruits, plenty of spice and honeyed flower nuances, medium-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. It's another outstanding white from this domaine that's well worth seeking out. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2020-12-11
2019 Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese Rosato ‘Vurria’ This is a dry, medium-bodied rosé with notes of fresh raspberries, red apple skins and pomelo pith. Lightly waxy with some apricot stone and almond skin on the finish. Offers more on the nose than the palate, but delicious. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2020-12-08
2017 Pietro Caciorgna Etna Rosso 'Guardoilvento' Aromas of currants, smoke, orange peel, geraniums and hints of eucalyptus. It’s medium-bodied and juicy with lots of gently bitter citrus zest and spice. Sleek, refined tannins. Complex, yet so easy to drink. Drink from 2021. - #15 Top 100 Value Wines of 2020 James Suckling 97 2020-12-08
2017 Pietro Caciorgna Etna Rosso 'N'Anticchia' Currants, smoke, sandalwood and freshly ground coffee on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with ultra fine, silky tannins. Such concentration and depth of fruit here. Lingering flavors of ripe peaches, currants, citrus and vanilla bean. Pretty amazing. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. James Suckling 95 2020-12-08
2019 Pietro Caciorgna Etna Rosso 'Guardoilvento' White peach, lemon curd, cream and flint all interweave on the nose. It’s medium-bodied and creamy, yet with refreshing acidity. Lots of cream and smoke on the finish. Surprising depth and intensity. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2020-12-08
2019 Pietro Caciorgna Etna Rosso 'Ciauria' A medium-bodied red with aromas of stewed and dried strawberries, grapefruit zest, dried herbs, five spice and ash. More juicy red berries, citrus peel and herbal notes on the palate, framed by medium, silky tannins. Better from 2022, but already a joy to taste. James Suckling 94 2020-12-08
2018 Landmark Chardonannay 'Overlook' Sonoma County Dried apple and baked pear flavors are broad and open-textured, while toasty accents dominate the ripe-tasting finish, with hints of blood orange. Drink now. 43,130 cases made. From California. Wine Spectator 88 2020-12-07
2019 Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano Made with organically grown grapes, the Cesani 2019 Vernaccia di San Gimignano starts off as lemony and citrusy, but that's before it relaxes to show hints of mineral, curry spice and orchard fruit. This Vernaccia also shows a defined note of honey that appears on the bouquet and is then successfully transferred to the palate, both in terms of flavor and texture. This is a great value wine to enjoy with a chicken-salad lunch. Wine Advocate 88 2020-12-04
2017 Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva ‘Sanice’ This is a big and bold expression with more richness in terms of fruit and bigger overall intensity, mostly due to the wine’s evolution and aging. Made with organic fruit, Cesani’s 2017 Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva Sanice shows a deep golden color with some very light copper highlights. There are hints of spice and saffron, with apricot, dried fig and an exotic touch of toasted coriander seed or cardamom, making it a nice pairing partner to a richly flavored rabbit recipe from this picturesque part of Tuscany. Despite the wine’s broad shoulders and more extracted style, it ultimately pulls in with a nice sense of balance. Wine Advocate 89 2020-12-04
2016 Pursued by Bear Syrah 'Baby Bear' Columbia Valley Bright ruby-red. Inviting musky scents of blackberry, black olive and sandalwood. Deep, supple, sweet/savory Syrah with flavors of blackberry, tar and cinders plus a whiff of meat. Finishes with surprisingly smooth, supple tannins and lovely breadth and subtly building sweetness. This very mellow wine is just about ready to drink. (aged for 32 months in 600-liter Taransaud barrels. Vinous 91 2020-12-04
2019 Domaine Vauroux Chablis Clean, fresh, bright, lively Chablis with crisp acidity and a lemony, agrume flavour profile. Not the most concentrated example but a good Chablis for relatively early drinking. Decanter 88 2020-12-04
2019 Domaine Vauroux Chablis 'Vieilles Vignes' Undoubtedly much more concentrated than the domaine's straight Chablis, this has a good balance between fresh acidity and ripe, fleshy, stone-fruit on the palate. Finishes with a lively mineral, slightly tangy finish. Decanter 90 2020-12-04
2019 Domaine Vauroux Chablis 1er Cru Montmains Warm, fleshy, smooth and luscious fruit on the palate, underpinned with Chablis-like acidity. Not the most complex example of Montmains at the moment, there is some terroir influence starting to show here with some stony, mineral flavours to finish. Citrus fruits and a fine citrus line on the long aftertaste. Decanter 92 2020-12-04
2019 Di Giovanna Grillo 'Vurria' A fresh, tangy grillo with pineapple and green apple. Lots of tangy acidity. Medium body. Crisp finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2020-11-24
2017 Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese 'Vurria' A Nerello with lots of berry, coffee, toasted oak and chocolate. Full-bodied and layered, it’s rather covered-up with the new wood, but I still like it very much. From organically grown grapes. Drink now or hold. James Suckling 91 2020-11-24
2019 Carol Shelton Zinfandel Late Harvest 'Black Magic' Sonoma County This dessert wine is made from a selection of vineyards and blended with 15% late-harvest Petite Sirah. Viscous and delicious, it delivers dense flavors of baked cherry, vanilla and mocha that blend with balanced accents of baking spice and oak. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-11-24
2019 Lava Cap Cabernet Sauvignon El Dorado Figgy aromas lead to subdued but tangy flavors of green apple, mineral and mild herb in this subtle, medium-bodied, well-balanced wine. It’s not overtly fruity, but well worth sipping for its complexity. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-11-24
2018 Michael Pozzan - Giapoza Cabernet Sauvignon This is a big yet nicely restrained wine, backing its flavors of black cherry and dark chocolate with moderate tannins. Its appetizing texture slowly releases layers of depth and flavor with time in the glass. Best through 2026. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-11-24
2017 Michael Pozzan - Giapoza Pinot Noir Quite ripe tasting and showing early maturity, this full-bodied wine offers dried plum and raisin flavors, a rich texture and full body. Wine Enthusiast 87 2020-11-24
2017 Chocalan Carmenere 'Origen Gran Reserva' Maipo Valley Olive and tomato leaf aromas meld with pepper and blackberry at the base of the nose. A plump, fleshy mouthfeel is soft in the middle, while flavors of plum, tobacco, tomato and thyme carry to a soft finish. Drink through 2022. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-11-24
2017 Domaine Vauroux Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Aromas of melted butter and lemon yogurt dominate the nose on this wine with milky richness. On the palate this creaminess is joined by pillowy yeast and chalky depth, contrasting richness with stony restraint. The finish is long and chalky fresh, dominated by bright lemon and more yogurt notes. Wine Enthusiast 94 2020-11-24
2017 Domaine Vauroux Chablis 1er Cru Montmains Slight notions of corn husk and milky creaminess hover on this wine’s nose before lemony ripeness kicks in. Concentrated and smooth, the palate has a chalky tang that becomes ever more evident. This wine is concentrated, long, laced with ripe lemon zest and oh so chalky. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-11-24
2018 Domaine Vauroux Chablis Fresh lemon zest and a hint of wet chalk promise freshness on this wine’s nose. The palate has more roundness and ripeness than expected but preserves its cooling, soothing chalky freshness that emanates from real depth. This is elegant, concentrated, cool and supersmooth. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-11-24
2017 Lornano Chianti Classico This has subdued, earthy aromas suggesting leather, grilled Porcini mushroom, ripe berry and a whiff of violet. Showing the heat of the vintage, it’s full bodied, warm and evolved, with flavors reminiscent of dried cherry, prune and coffee bean set against drying tannins that leave an astringent finish. Wine Enthusiast 87 2020-11-24
2016 Lornano Chianti Classico Riserva Aromas of black-skinned berry, mocha and baking spice emerge from the glass. The firm palate offers blackberry jam, licorice and clove alongside close-grained tannins. Drink through 2026. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-11-24
NV Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Pinot Noir Aromas of Mirabelle and ripe, yellow apple fill this wine’s nose with easy fruitiness. The palate adds bready, yeasty texture to the fruit and presents roundness, smoothness and creaminess, with a dry, fresh and friendly finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-11-24
NV Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne 'Reserve' A slight edge of honey clings to ripe Golden Delicious aromas on this wine’s nose. The palate is rounded with the ripe apple fruit, with glints of honey and lemon. It’s a harmonious, smooth and fresh wine, with fine foam and expressive fruit. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-11-24
NV Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Rose In this wine, notes of Red Delicious apple come clothed in a berryish, fruity guise. The smooth, rounded palate also homes in on Red Delicious ripeness, layering rich fruit onto berry charm and citrus brightness. This wine is easy, generous, bold and fruity, with a dry finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-11-24
2018 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico A blend of 90% Sangiovese with Canaiolo and Colorino, all organically farmed, this has aromas of violet, toasted nut, forest floor and wild berry. On the fresh palate, dusty tannins accompany juicy Marasca cherry, espresso and hints of baking spice. Drink through 2022. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-11-24
2018 Paritua Chardonnay Vibrant yellow in color, this shows a fair bit of sulfur when first opened, but offers a lovely energy and brightness nonetheless. Vibrant lemon peel, freshly sliced peaches, flower blossoms and a touch of toast and yeast make up the nose. The palate comes with a silky smooth texture, freshened by a lift of acidity and a lick of oak. This is a charming, grown up wine designed for the dinner table. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-11-24
2018 Stone Paddock Chardonnay This is a sturdy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay that opens with notes of lemon oil, lime and vanilla bean, with subtler undertones like smoke, nuts and ginger. It’s full bodied and creamy in the mouth, with a bite of slightly forced acidity — a modern, polished bottling. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-11-24
2016 Koyama Pinot Noir ‘Pearson’s Vineyard’ Takahiro Koyama started this label and later purchased Mountford (the estate where he worked for many years). While this wine isn’t the most ageworthy, it’s joyful and energetic. It smells of all four seasons combined: freshly plucked red berries; the warming, woodsy smell of baking spices; a newly bloomed rosebush; black olives in brine. The palate is just as the nose suggests. Medium weight, fleshy fruit is supported by sappy, spicy tannins—an expressive beauty reflective of the exciting Waipara Valley. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 94 2020-11-24
2016 Koyama Pinot Noir 'Williams "S" Vineyard' With 70% whole bunch fermentation in open-top French barrels, this is an ultraprecise wine that is young now but should age remarkably well. Tones of kirsch, prunes, mushroom, charcuterie, baking spice and woodsy, alpine notes flow into a tightly knit palate, wound by sappy, savory, ultrafine tannins. This serious and food friendly Pinot needs a decantering if you are cracking open now, but it will reward the most patient imbiber for at least the next decade. Cellar Selection. Wine Enthusiast 94 2020-11-24
2014 Mountford Pinot Noir This Pinot, from North Canterbury’s cool climes, has hit its stride. Traditional winemaking from well-established vines makes for a lively, complex yet crowd-pleasing nose of red berries, cloves, dried flowers and ground white pepper. The palate is light weight, with a gentle grip of spicy, savory tannins, juicy fruit and some well-placed oak. Balanced with length and poise, this is a charming drop that’s drinking well now and will hold up over the next few years. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 94 2020-11-24
2015 Mountford Pinot Noir 'The Rise' The low crop vines for this small, North Canterbury-based estate grow in active limestone soils. Woodsy notes of pine, cedar and spice wander amongst brambly berries, licorice, flowers and vanilla bean. There’s lovely lifted acidity on the palate and spicy, fine tannins. The barrel shows, along with more wood-spice flavors, but the fruit is bright and silky. Drink now through 2025. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-11-24
2017 Decibel Pinot Noir Pop this in a decanter or give it some good swirling to really uncoil it aromatically. When it does release its aromas, it’s a characterful and tasty drop. Think plump brambly berries, warm stones, mushrooms and roses. It’s medium weight, with fleshy fruit, crunchy acidity and silky tannins. There’s a lovely spiciness that flows through to the finish. Drink now with rustic, fatty, Pinot-friendly fare. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-11-24
2019 Frey Pinot Noir Mendocino Effusive, fresh cherry and blackberry aromas lead to a rather grippy, lively texture that’s almost effervescent. This gulpable wine packs plenty of fruit flavors and has no added sulfites. Wine Enthusiast 87 2020-11-24
2019 Frey Biodynamic 'Field Blend Red' Mendocino Jammy, fresh aromas lead to darker, richer black-fruit flavors in this full-bodied and firmly tannic wine. It shows a deep, dark color, tasty black-cherry and dark-chocolate flavors and has a lingering finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-11-24
2016 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 'Fiore di NO' The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Fiore di NO from La Fiorita is sweet and seductively spiced with masses of black cherries, mixed with cinnamon and clove. The textures are silky-smooth, ushering in ripe red fruits laced with minerals, as pretty inner florals amass toward the close. This turns grippy and structured through the finale; yet there’s something so drinkable and energetic about the Fiore di NO, that it will be hard to keep your hands off of it upon release. Vinous 92 2020-11-24
2016 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino The elegant 2016 Brunello di Montalcino boasts a beautiful blend of pure fruits and perfumed aromatics. A dusty mix of wild strawberries, cherries, sage and cedar makes for an understated yet pretty display. It’s medium in body, and the textures are creamy in feel, with a polished display of red and black fruits offset by a twang of sour citrus, as inner florals build toward the close. The tannins here are sweet and nuanced, even as they create a classically dry expression; yet there’s plenty of residual energy to make this a knockout Brunello to enjoy over the medium term. Vinous 91 2020-11-24
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from La Fiorita is a pretty, floral and sweetly spiced effort. Dried roses, black cherry, cinnamon, clove and a dusting of cocoa create a seductive display. It’s silky in texture and polished, with depths of dark red berry fruit, wild herbal tones and a note of menthol, which forms toward the close. The first hint of tannin comes through in the finish, yet it is perfectly balanced by residual acids with an air of inner rose lingering long. In the past, I’ve found the style of this house to be too focused on ripeness and wood, yet that is not the case in this wonderfully balanced and oak-integrated 2015 Riserva. Vinous 93 2020-11-24
2016 Elia Palazzesi Brunello di Montalcino The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino from Elia Palazzesi shows a slightly rustic yet alluring display, with crushed strawberries and rich brown spices giving way to hints of sage and animal musk. It’s silky in feel with cooling mineral tones and brisk acids adding lift to its woodland berry fruit, with hints of mocha coming forward toward the close. It’s gently tannic and poised but with a twang of sour citrus keeping the expression wildly fresh and lively. I love the balance here of sour and sweet, rich and then energetic, creating a wine of contrasts. Vinous 93 2020-11-24
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Old vines averaging 60 years and long oak maturation (20% in new oak) lend spicy, sweet notes of cinnamon toast and clove to deeply concentrated black plum and blackberry flavors in this wine. It’s a creamy Syrah, balanced by tart cassis acidity and ripe but firm, lingering tannins. Delicious already, the wine should show even better from 2022 and improve through 2037. #46 on the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 in 2020 Wine Enthusiast 96 2020-11-23
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol I was only able to taste the flagship Fleur de Crussol from this great estate, but they fashion two other terrific Saint-Pérays, both of which showed well from barrel last year. The 2018 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol reveals a medium gold hue as well as a richer bouquet of sauteed orchard fruits, toasted bread, honeysuckle, and a touch of hazelnuts. Beautifully done and reminding me of an Hermitage Blanc with its richness and concentration, this medium to full-bodied effort is geared for the dinner table. It's capable of evolving for 10-15 years. Jeb Dunnuck 94 2020-11-19
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Moving to the two Cornas I was able to taste from this report, the 2018 Cornas Les Chailles comes from a mix of lieux-dits, including Combe, Les Saveaux, Cayret, Les Mazards, Chaillot, and Chapuzes. It was all destemmed and brought up in used barrels. Offering gorgeous notes of black raspberries, cassis, spring flowers, game, lavender, and pepper, this is pure Cornas goodness on both the nose and palate. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with bright acidity, this complex, layered, beautifully balanced Cornas can be enjoyed any time over the coming 15-20 years. Count me impressed. Jeb Dunnuck 95 2020-11-19
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes While not submitted to my tasting (and it wasn't presented from barrel last year), it would be hard to imagine there won't be a Les Vieilles Fontaines cuvée. Don't miss a chance to buy a bottle if you find one. Moving to the 2018 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes, this beauty is cut from the same cloth as the Les Chailles yet is deeper and richer, with another level of concentration. Black and blue fruits, ground pepper, violets, smoked game, and loads of spring flower notes define the bouquet, and it has a vibrant, almost old school vibe that carries plenty of power yet still stays light and elegant on the palate. This beautiful, singular wine is open and enjoyable today, yet I wouldn't be surprised to see it close down with a year or two of bottle age. It should see its 20th birthday in fine form. Jeb Dunnuck 98 2020-11-19
2018 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph 'Cuvee Meribets' Old school notes of ripe red and blue fruits, spring flower, smoked game, and pepper all define the 2018 Saint Joseph Meribets. These carry to a beautiful Saint Joseph with a terrific sense of focus and purity, good tannins, and integrated acidity. This vibrant 2018 is pure class, and I'd be thrilled to drink bottles any time over the coming 10-15 years. It should be a screaming value. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2020-11-19
2019 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph 'Cuvee Meribets' Leading off the 2019 barrel samples, the 2019 Saint Joseph Meribets is a juicy, vibrant 2019 offering lots of red and blue fruits, violets, pepper, and sappy herbs. Cut from the same cloth as the 2018, it’s a vibrant, juicy, and just classic Northern Rhône Syrah to enjoy in its first decade. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2020-11-19
2018 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph 'Cuvee Muletiers' Slightly richer yet still playing in the same style, the 2018 Saint Joseph Muletiers reveals a ruby/plum color as well as classic notes of spiced red and black fruits, leather, ground pepper, and hints of spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins and a beautiful texture, this is another terrific wine readers should snatch up. It should be slightly longer lived than the Meribets cuvée. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2020-11-19
2019 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph 'Cuvee Muletiers' Mulberries, currants, spice, and peppery herb notes emerge from the 2019 Saint Joseph Muletiers, another rich, full-bodied wine from this estate. I like its tannins, it has an expansive texture, and it should have 10-15 years of longevity. Jeb Dunnuck 91-93 2020-11-19
2018 Domaine Vallet Condrieu Rouelle-Midi Looking first at the 2018 Condrieu Rouelle-Midi, it offers a beautiful Viognier nose of ripe tangerines, honeyed peach, and flowers. Rich, medium to full-bodied and textured, it stays lively and balanced, with a clean finish. It's a terrific Condrieu. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2020-11-19
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 'Fiore di NO' This ripe red is balanced, with cherry, plum, berry and floral notes showing nuances of black pepper, iron, earth and tobacco. Firm, dense and fresh, featuring a long aftertaste of fruit, spice and tobacco. Best from 2024 through 2042. 260 cases made, 100 cases imported. Wine Spectator 94 2020-11-17
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 'Fiore di NO' Deep red. Captivating aromas of red cherry, strawberry, sweet pipe tobacco, and flint. Impressively built, multifaceted and layered, this boasts very pure and round flavors similar to the aromas. The finish is long and dense, and features polished tannins and a suave texture. Knockout Brunello, probably the best I have had from La Fiorita in a very long time, and likely ever. Noticeably less floral than the 2015 classico Brunello from this estate but more complex and much deeper. Made with grapes taken from the best part of the Pian Bossolino and Poggio al Sole vineyards. The NO on the label stands for Natalie Oliveros, the estate owner; a real knockout, this wine is only made in the best vintages. Vinous 95 2020-11-17
2018 Nicodemi Le Murate Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC Boisterous aromas of ripe cherry, strawberry balsamic and spice carry to the medium-bodied palate. There's a vibrant edge to the feel, with a lingering slick of minerals on the finish. Buy Now Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-11-16
NV Thienot Brut Rose NV Lean, spicy and refreshing, this wine cuts its strawberry and rhubarb flavors with mineral abrasion. Then cool juiciness comes up in the end. It's a clean wine for littleneck clams. Years Best Champagnes Wine & Spirits 90 2020-11-16
2017 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley With its sweet cherry spice and supple espresso-roast tannins, this is a rich, round cabernet with density and length. Pour it while grilling a sirloin steak. W&S Best US Cabernets & Blends Wine & Spirits 90 2020-11-16
2017 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon 'Reserve' Spring Mountain District Michael Keenan's collection of vineyard parcels at high elevations on Spring Mountain created a totally delicious 2017 Reserve. Its pure mountain-blueberry essence is hard to find outside of a sunny August day spent eating blueberries straight off the bush. There's also a brighter glimmer of red fruit, seeming to reflect off the mineral tannins as the flavors leap out of the glass. A chef friend remarked on the complexity of this wine and how it would be easy to drink a lot of it: "The tannins are kind of perfect, begging for teriyaki beef." Those fruit tannins have a delicacy and freshness that’s rare in any vintage, and may be a marker for the best of the 2017s. W&S Best US Cabernets & Blends Wine & Spirits 95 2020-11-16
2018 Michael Pozzan Cabernet Sauvignon 'Rutherford Road' Napa Valley Michael Pozzan makes this wine in a plump, rich style. Oak aging has smoothed out the tannins, which have the juiciness of fresh-pressed cherry skins, but that time in wood has not diminished the violet scents or the tobacco notes of the fruit. Pour it with grilled sausages. Best Buy. W&S Best US Cabernets & Blends Wine & Spirits 91 2020-11-16
2018 Giapoza Cabernet Sauvignon Bright and forward, this has the crowd-pleasing richness of cherry compote, at a friendly price. Best Buy. W&S Best US Cabernets & Blends Wine & Spirits 88 2020-11-16
2017 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley This wine has impressive old-vine pedigree, with fruit from Weinbau, Dubrul, Champoux and Dionysus. Posh from the outset, it’s like a baby Bordeaux in its scent, with notes of cedar, mint, tobacco, tarragon and plum. The flavors are streamlined and elegant, guided by a generous complement of oak - 30 months, 100 percent new, Taransaud barrels - that will need time to integrate. Cellar. W&S Best US Cabernets & Blends Wine & Spirits 92 2020-11-16
2016 Aldonia Garnacha '100' Ivan and Mario Santos come from a family that has been farming vines and making wine for four generations. They established Aldonia in 2006 to focus on garnacha; this wine is 100 percent garnacha from centenarian vines at an altitude of 2,780 feet. At first, the wine's reduction makes it a little blunt and unsettled, the aroma bouncing from cracked black peppercorn to a scent not far from an onion bagel. That reduction blows off as the wine opens to cool, spicy strawberry flavors, notes of black mushroom and a little piquillo-pepper spice. It's racy and refined, needing a few years of age to show its best. Wine & Spirits 91 2020-11-16
2016 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza A fresh 2016, this melds notes of crushed raspberries and woody rosemary and thyme stems with earthy limestone edges and tannins. It’s simple, a bit short, but earthy and sophisticated while it lasts. Best Buy Wine & Spirits 91 2020-11-11
2016 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva 'Seleccion' A selection from parcels in Abalos, the Ramirez de la Piscina family’s home town, and San Vicente de la Sonsierra, both in Rioja Alta, this is a youthfully intense 2016. It builds power out of sour cherry and ripe black-cherry flavors, the savory tannins of the grape skins adding chewiness and a gamey note. Suited to several years of development in the cellar, this is an impressive value. Best Buy Wine & Spirits 92 2020-11-11
2019 Supernatural Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc 'Green Glow' The deep golden, slightly cloudy hue (the wine is unfined and unfiltered) will scare most conventional New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc drinkers, but for those looking for something that pushes boundaries, come on over! Spontaneously fermented, there was plenty of skin contact and the wine rested on lees for six months, enriching the midpalate and giving phenolic grip on the gentle finish. You can expect some of the characteristic aromas of Sauvignon, including boxwood, as well as fresh peach and woodsmoke. A wonderfully wild and weird midweight with plenty of concentration, richness and precision. Vinous 90 2020-11-11
2018 Supernatural Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc 'The Supernatural' From the temperate climes of Hawke's Bay, this is a full-bodied and round Sauvignon Blanc that's about as mellow as the variety gets. It's rich and mouth-filling, with masses of texture, plentiful concentration and flavors of peaches, bruised apple and cream-filled pastry. While there's impressive concentration here, the conclusion is slightly languid; gentle acidity and well-handled phenolics from skin contact provide just about enough structure. Vinous 90 2020-11-11
2018 Falset Marca Zerran' Coming from the Monsant region, just outside the Priorat, and a blend of 50% Garnacha, 40% Cariñena (Mazuelo), and 10% Syrah, the 2018 Zerran has a juicy, fruit forward, medium-bodied style offering plenty of peppery herbs and spice, a distinct sense of minerality, light tannins, and a great finish. It brings plenty of fruit yet has a good spine of acidity and notable overall balance. It's really well done and should drink nicely for 4-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2020-11-10
2015 Paritua Red Blend '21.12' This is stunning; the gloriously expressed bouquet shows blackberry, cassis, vanilla, cocoa, game and cedar characters with nuances of toasted spice and cigar. The palate delivers outstanding weight and concentration, wonderfully enhanced by velvety mouthfeel and silky tannins. It is multi-layered and immensely complex with an extremely long engaging finish. Cabernet sauvignon 52%, merlot 31%, cabernet franc 17%. At its best: now to 2030. Wine Orbit 97 2020-11-05
2015 Paritua Red Blend A magnificently styled Bordeaux blend; the gloriously expressed bouquet shows creme de cassis, Black Doris plum, cedar, cigar, olive and cocoa characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is both powerful and graceful. The wine displays outstanding depth and richness, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and fine, polished tannins, finishing impressively long and engaging. At its best: now to 2025. Wine Orbit 96 2020-11-05
2014 Mountford Estate Pinot Noir An outstanding pinot; the superbly expressed bouquet shows dark berry, vanilla, smoked game, truffle and mixed spice aromas, followed by a concentrated palate that is multi-layered and velvety. It is gratifying and seductive with layers of complex flavours and silky mouthfeel, backed by seamlessly woven fine tannins. At its best: now to 2024. Wine Orbit 95 2020-11-05
2014 Mountford Estate Pinot Noir 'Liason' Sweetly fruited and gorgeously expressed, the inviting bouquet shows dark cherry, strawberry tart, warm spice, almond and mushroom characters, followed by a wonderfully flavoursome palate that is silky and flowing. The wine offers generosity while remaining elegant and refined with a splendid lingering finish. Wine Orbit 94 2020-11-05
2018 Nekeas Garnacha 'Cepa por Cepa' Made from 100% Garnacha, the 2018 Cepa por Cepa Garnacha reveals a translucent ruby hue as well as terrific, classic Grenache notes of wild strawberries, spice, flowers, and loamy soil. It's elegant, medium-bodied, nicely balanced, and just a joy to drink. It would be one hell of a house red to enjoy over the coming couple of years. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2020-11-04
2018 Nekeas Garnacha 'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Coming from old vine Garnacha (60- to 130-year-old vines), the 2018 El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa has a Rhône-like perfume of spiced strawberry fruits, peppery herbs, dried earth, and incense. These carry to a juicy, medium-bodied Garnacha with a light, graceful texture, nicely integrated tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's a terrific value that will evolve nicely for 3-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2020-11-04
2018 Jorge Ordonez Verdejo 'Nisia Looking first at the 2018 Nisia, which is all Verdjo brought up in neutral barrels, this lively yet concentrated white has a richer nose of salted citrus, honeyed minerals, and toasted spices. These a carry to a medium-bodied white with a layered mouthfeel, plenty of fruit, and a terrific spine of acidity. It's beautifully done, has a touch of background oak, and is going to shine on the dinner table. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2020-11-04
2018 Jorge Ordonez Verdejo 'Nisia Las Suertes' The 2018 Nisia Las Suertes comes from a single parcel of very old vines (it's 100% Verdejo) and was aged 14 months in barrel. Deeper, more complex notes of pineapple, quince, spice, and sappy flowers all emerge from the glass, and this medium to full-bodied beauty has a wonderfully layered, elegant mouthfeel, good acidity, and outstanding length on the finish. This is one seriously good Verdejo that's drinking great today yet should evolve gracefully for a number of years. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2020-11-04
2019 Ramirez de la Piscina Blanco A blend of 70% Viura and the rest Chardonnay and Malvasia, the 2019 Blanco is a classy, juicy white offering notes of tart peach and tangerine as well as medium-bodied richness, plenty of floral nuances, good acidity, and a great finish. It's a terrific white that over-delivers. Enjoy bottles over the coming year or so. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2020-11-04
2016 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza Attractive notes of earth red and black fruits, spice box, dried herbs, and tobacco notes all emerge from the 2016 Crianza, a medium-bodied, rounded, nicely textured, balanced 2016 that's going to keep for 4-6 years. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2020-11-04
2016 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva 'Seleccion' The 2016 Reserva Selección (100% Tempranillo) has a juicy, classic Rioja bouquet of red and black fruits, saddle leather, cedary spice, and peppery herbs. It's medium-bodied, nicely textured, balanced, and just a complex, satisfying Rioja with lots of character. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2020-11-04
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva Made from 100% Tempranillo (estate owned and purchased fruit) that spent 18 months in French and American oak, the 2015 Reserva offers solid redcurrant and cherry notes as well as plenty of spice, leather, and earth. This medium-bodied, nicely balanced, enjoyable red has solid fruit and length on the finish. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2020-11-04
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva A solid step up over the Reserva, the 2013 Gran Reserva offers a terrific nose of red and black currants, toasted spices, chocolate, and cedary earth. Opening up nicely with time in the glass, this deep ruby/purple-hued effort is medium to full-bodied, has a focused, elegant texture, good acidity, and outstanding length on the finish. This classy, balanced, elegant Rioja will keep nicely for 7-8 years, if not longer. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2020-11-04
2019 Ilurce Garnacha Rose 'Rio Madre' Based on 100% Garnacha, the 2019 Rio Madre Rosé reveals a more Tavel-like, vivid raspberry color as well as lots of candied cherry and strawberry fruits and floral notes, medium-bodied richness, a rounded, nicely texture mouthfeel, and a clean finish. This is a richer, food friendly rosé to enjoy over the coming 6-12 months. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2020-11-04
2018 Ilurce Graciano 'Rio Madre' An interesting example of 100% Graciano (which you don't find often), the 2018 Rio Madre Graciano offers lots of ripe black fruits, synthetic herbs, asphalt, and licorice. Medium-bodied, it offers juicy acidity, solid depth of fruit, and a good finish. An attractive, enjoyable red, it’s a fair step back from the 2017 but is still a fine barbecue wine to enjoy over the coming 2-3 years. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2020-11-04
2017 Ilurce Graciano 'Rio Mazos' Based on 100% Gracian from old vines and two estate vineyards, the 2017 Rio Mazos sports a dense purple color as well as terrific notes of black and blue fruits, scorched earth, graphite, and an obvious sense of minerality. With subtle background oak, medium-bodied richness, silky tannins, and a great finish, this gorgeous Graciano has lots of character. It benefits from a decant today yet I suspect will keep for a solid 5-7 years, if you're so inclined. This cuvée was aged 12 months in 50% new French oak. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2020-11-04
2019 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco' A terrific value based on equal parts Airen and Macabeo, the 2019 Protocolo Blanco is light gold-hued and has a ripe, complex nose of tropical fruits, flowers, citrus pith, and spice. Clean, medium-bodied, and nicely balanced, with a dry, crisp finish, it's an ideal tapas wine to enjoy over the coming year. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2020-11-04
2019 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado' The 2019 Protocolo Rosado is also solid. Made from Bobal and Tempranillo, its medium pink/salmon color is followed by spicy notes of dried cherries and strawberries. It's nicely balanced, has a dry crisp finish, and certainly over-delivers at the price. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2020-11-04
2018 Dominio de Eguren Codice' Attractive notes of earth, red and black fruits, spice, lavender, and herbes de Provence all emerge from the medium-bodied 2018 Codice, which has a supple, lively texture, light tannins, and a good finish. Drink this character-filled, well made, undeniably delicious red over the coming 3-4 years. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2020-11-04
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto' All Tempranillo brought up in tank, the 2018 Protocolo Tinto is a juicy, lively red offering plenty of red and black berry-like fruit and peppery herbs as well as a medium-bodied, soft, juicy style on the palate. It would be a great barbecue wine. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2020-11-04
2017 Tezza - Corte Majoli Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Medium dark red. The Corte Majoli Ripasso is a softly textured, flavorful wine showing dark red fruit aromas and flavors with hints of earth. There’s not a lot of dried fruit character, but it’s delicious and easy drinking. 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% Corvinone aged 12 months in oak. i-Wine Review 90 2020-11-03
2016 Tezza - Corte Majoli Amarone della Valpolicella Ruby red. This blend of Corvina (70%), Rondinella (20%), and Covinone (10%) shows appealing aromas of fresh and dried dark red fruit. The palate reveals red berries and cherries with nuances of baking spice and dried red cherry. With round tannins and moderate acidity, this is an easy drinking Amarone. Aged 24 months in barriques. i-Wine Review 90 2020-11-03
2017 Tezza Valpolicella Ripasso Valpantena Superiore Dark ruby. Sumptuous nose of spicy plum with a dried fruit nuance. Full in the mouth with beautiful, fine firm tannins, excellent acidity, and vibrant flavors that mirror the bouquet. Lovely, long finish. Delicious . 80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella matured 18 months in barriques. i-Wine Review 91 2020-11-03
2012 Tezza Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantena Deep ruby. The 2012 Tezza Amarone offers a vibrant, complex nose that evokes Christmas cake laden with juicy, rich dried fruit. On the palate, it’s ripe and generous and multidimensional with layers of dense flavors of dark cherry jam and dried berries with hints of cedar, tobacco, and baking spice. Finishes long and flavorful with ripe tannins. A blend of 80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella matured 36 months in oak barrels. i-Wine Review 92 2020-11-03
2012 Tezza Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantena Riserva 'Brolo delle Giare' This is a fruit forward Amarone that shows incredible freshness despite being almost 8 years old. The nose reveals dark cherry, kirsch, and spice, which are mirrored on the palate with hints of dried grapes and currants. Beautiful silky mouth feel and a long, long rich finish with firm, round tannins. The concentrated flavors hide the 16.5% alcohol. 80% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, and 5% Oseleta aged 48 months in barriques. i-Wine Review 94 2020-11-03
2019 Clos Alivu Patrimonio Rose Niellucio Bright onion skin color. Incisive, mineral-accented strawberry, peach and orange zest scents are complemented by a suave lavender flourish. Silky, seamless and focused on the palate, offering vibrant red berry and citrus fruit flavors and a sweetening touch of honey. Finishes impressively long and seamless, with a lingering pit fruit quality and strong mineral cut. Vinous 92 2020-11-02
2018 Bhilar Tinto' The village red 2018 Bhilar was a bit shy and serious after the explosive Graciano, but this vintage has an extra touch of nuance, complexity and freshness that comes through as serious and elegant while remaining easy to drink. The palate is juicy and medium-bodied, the tannins chalky and very fine. Wine Advocate 91 2020-11-02
2018 Bhilar Struggling Vines Phinca Hapa Blanco' The amber colored 2018 Phinca Hapa Blanco is 82% Viura, 12% Garnacha Blanca and 6% Malvasía from a large vineyard in the village of Elvillar. It fermented with carbonic maceration and was kept with the skins for 60 days until it was pressed and put in a 2,700-liter oak foudre, where it matured for one year. This has the profile of a full orange wine—the color, nose and tannic palate with 14% alcohol and notes of honey, quince, peach and beeswax—and with the texture and mouthfeel of a light red. Very orange. 3,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2019. Wine Advocate 92 2020-11-02
2017 Bhilar Struggling Vines Phinca Hapa Tinto' I tasted the 2017 Phinca Hapa Tinto from bottle, as the last time I had tasted it from cask, and it's as good as anticipated. It's a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Viura with a shorter élevage than the majority of reds here, one year in 500-liter barrels and 10 months in a large foudre. It's perfumed and expressive with a mix of wildflowers and berries plus some notes of iron and cured meat and spices. It's medium to full-bodied and reveals fine, chalky tannins and a long finish with focused and clean flavors. I like it very much. 6,000 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 94 2020-11-02
2016 Bhilar Phinca Abejera' The 2016 Phinca Abejera has the balsamic and herbal aromas I always find in this bottling: a touch of beeswax, pinecones, eucalyptus and sweet spices that make it resemble a Barolo Chinato. There's plenty of cinnamon, cola nut and nutmeg; it's very spicy and showy. The fruit is ripe and the wine has 14.5% alcohol, so it's medium to full-bodied with abundant, slightly dusty tannins. It's a blend of Tempranillo and Viura matured in new 225-liter French barriques for three years. It has mellow acidity and a velvety mouthfeel after such a long time in barrel. 1,300 bottles were filled in September 2019. Wine Advocate 94 2020-11-02
2016 Bhilar Bodegas Garnacha 'Phinca El Vedao' The one pure Garnacha is the 2016 Phinca El Vedao, which has a dark profile, closer to the earthiness of Priorat than the light from Gredos. There are notes of leather, licorice, fountain pen ink and black fruit. There are some fine tannins remaining, but they have been mostly polished by the 30 months the wine spent in 400- and 500-liter oak barrels. It's meaty and a bit chewy, with ripe fruit and a bitter twist in the finish. 3,060 bottles were filled in December 2019. Wine Advocate 92 2020-11-02
2011 Valderiz Tomas Esteban' Pretty aromas of blackberries, walnuts and mahogany follow through to a full body with creamy, juicy fruit and cedar and light nut undertones. Chewy and pretty. Structured for the future. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2020-11-02
2019 Valderiz Valdehermoso 9 Meses' Roble A red with blueberry, light chocolate and light vanilla. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2020-11-02
2018 Valderiz Valdehermoso' Crianza A very pretty combination of ripe berry and chocolate with some vanilla bean and coffee. Full-bodied with an attractive core of fruit and juicy tannins. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2020-11-02
2016 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva 'Seleccion' A solid tempranillo with lovely cherries and berries and hints of toasted oak. Medium to full body, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2020-11-02
NV Victoria Ordonez Brut Nature Sparkling Rose 'Las Olas del Melillero' Some attractive peach and strawberry aromas with some lemon and bread-dough undertones. It’s medium-bodied with dryness and style. Light bitterness and bread-dough undertones. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2020-11-02
2018 Victoria Ordonez Pedro Ximenez-Moscatel 'La Ola del Melillero' Dried lemon and peach with some apple and honey character. Medium body. Lively fruit and a waxy finish. A little rustic, but nice enough. Drink now. James Suckling 88 2020-11-02
2018 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico A tight, bright red with black-cherry, raspberry and orange-peel character. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2020-10-27
2017 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico Riserva 'Poggio a' Frati' Lots of vivid raspberry, blueberry and currant aromas and flavors to this. Really pure fruit. It’s medium-bodied with soft, silky tannins and a fruity finish. Really well done, as always. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2020-10-27
2016 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione Crushed blackberries with orange peel, chocolate and hints of walnuts. Medium-to full-bodied with chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Give it another year or two to soften. Try after 2021. James Suckling 93 2020-10-27
2016 Lornano Chianti Classico Riserva Ripe black-cherry and orange-peel aromas follow through to a medium body with round tannins and a fresh, easy finish. Slightly chewy tannins. Drinkable now, but better in 2022. James Suckling 90 2020-10-27
2017 Lornano Chianti Classico Cherry and berry aromas with hints of walnuts and spices. Medium-bodied with beautiful fruit and undertones of dried mushrooms and wet earth. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2020-10-27
2017 Lornano Chianti Classico Riserva A fruity, flavorful red with cherry and vanilla character, medium body, fine tannins and a delicious finish. Real Chianti Classico character. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2020-10-27
2017 Victoria Ordonez Moscatel de Malaga 'Monticara' Lemon pie with some kiwi and lime flavors. It’s medium-bodied with attractive fruit and a fresh finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2020-10-27
2017 Victoria Ordonez Pedro Ximenez 'Voladeros' Blanched almonds, pie crust and some toasted bread. It’s medium-bodied with freshness and nice fruit character. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2020-10-27
2014 Mas d'En Gil Clos Fonta Classic Priorat characters with a rush of red fruits a punch of acidity a warm lick of alcohol and a long concentrated finish. Decanter 92 2020-10-26
2016 Ryan Patrick Cabernet Sauvignon 'Rock Island' Columbia Valley Ruby in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rock Island has a straightforward nose with dark cherry, blackberry and dark plum tones, with a subtle dustiness and soft nuance of baking spices. Medium-bodied, the wine is open-knit and ready for consumption, offering a balanced structure across the mid-palate. It ends with a lingering finish and is keenly priced. Wine Advocate 89 2020-10-22
NV Jean Laurent Brut Blanc de Blancs A blend across five vintages, this Champagne has a touch of minerality as well as delicate fruitiness and contrasting acidity. The wine is beautifully balanced, ready to drink now. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-10-21
NV Jean Laurent Brut Blanc de Noirs Being in the Aube, it is inevitable that Pinot Noir would feature heavily in its range. Five vintages have gone into this finely balanced wine with its touches of ripe apples and taut texture. This Champagne is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-10-21
NV Jacquart Brut 'Mosaique' This is a ripe, fruity and finely balanced Champagne with a freshness coming from Chardonnay. It is rich but also with a fine, textured line of white fruits. It is totally ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-10-21
NV Jacquart Brut Rose An attractive, strawberry-flavored Champagne, this is soft with just a light texture and plenty of ripe fruitiness. The wine is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-10-21
2018 Domaine de la Pauline Sancerre 'Les Montachins' With that extra year, this wine is now at its best. Ripe white fruits are balanced by a generous layer of acidity that has softened into rich spice and a rounded aftertaste. It is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-10-21
2018 Domaine de la Pauline Sancerre A soft wine with attractively accessible citrus and herbal flavors, this is fruity and lightly textured. Buoyant and fresh, the wine is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 87 2020-10-21
2017 Fritz Windisch Gewurztraminer Herrnsheimer Schloss Intensely perfumed notes of honey and peach preserves extend from nose to palate here. Medium-sweet and luscious in style, it’s a juicy, fruity sip with a slightly tropical dried mango finish. Best enjoyed young. Wine Enthusiast 87 2020-10-21
2018 Morgan Chardonnay 'Highland' Santa Lucia Highlands Stony aromas of crisp nectarine, taut pear and chalk cut through the nose on this bottling. The palate is texturally engaging, fresh and chalky, offering lively flavors of Asian pear, lemongrass and Makrut lime leaf, with just enough broadness in the midpalate to please many. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-10-21
2018 Trentadue Zinfandel 'La Storia' Alexander Valley Char and oak lead to a grippy concentration of blackberry, plum and cinnamon cola in this voluptuous, full-bodied wine. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-10-21
2019 Foris Moscato Rogue Valley This lightly fizzy, low alcohol wine is a specialty at Foris. Intensely aromatic with the pretty orange scents of the Muscat grape, it’s all about oranges, peaches and rock candy in the mouth. Drink chilled with fruit-based desserts, or use as a mixer for your mimosas. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-10-21
2017 Lumos Pinot Noir ‘Temprance Hill’ Eola-Amity Hills This limited production reserve mixes ripe strawberry and tangy pie cherry fruit, with well-integrated highlights of earth and herb. It’s balanced and detailed, with the possibility of aging nicely over the next half decade or longer. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-10-21
2019 Ilurce Garnacha Rose 'Rio Madre' A fruity rosé with sliced-peach, light plum and some green-apple aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with just a touch of tannin in the texture. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2020-10-20
2015 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico Riserva 'Poggio a' Frati' A Chianti Classico with serious density and richness. Yet, this remains fresh and energetic. Medium to full body, a solid core of fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2020-10-20
2018 Morgan Sauvignon Blanc Monterey This is a brilliantly bright and fresh bottling, starting with lime-zest, crushed stone and cut grass aromas. The palate is zesty and zippy, loaded with lemon, grass and green-herb flavors, while a passion fruit splash lands on the finish. Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-10-20
2016 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Keenan's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is powerful and a bit rough around the edges although it is certainly not lacking in character. Dark red cherry, savory herb, earthiness, tobacco and cedar add to the wine's somewhat rustic personality, and yet there is more than enough depth in the fruit to balance things out. Medium to full in body, but very much classically built the 2016 has so much to offer, especially for readers who can look past a few small blemishes. Vinous 91 2020-10-19
2018 Elia Palazzesi Rosso di Montalcino The Elia Palazzesi 2018 Rosso di Montalcino offers a generous delivery of ripe fruit tones with dried cherry and blackberry. The wine shows that austere but open quality that you get with Sangiovese in the Montalcino area of Tuscany. In other words, you get the youthful side of the grape paired against the more sophisticated school of the appellation. This is a delicate and very pleasant Rosso to pair with pizza or your favorite pasta dish. About 12,000 bottles were released. Wine Advocate 89 2020-10-15
2015 Elia Palazzesi Brunello di Montalcino The Elia Palazzesi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers savory and warm aromas with forest floor and button mushroom alongside black fruit, toasted almond, leather and tobacco. There is a very distant animal-like tone that becomes more or less noticeable depending on the serving temperature of the wine. Besides that slightly rustic note, this wine follows a classic Sangiovese profile for Brunello. The mouthfeel is soft, silky and polished—a nice accompaniment to a classic Tuscan soup with cannellini beans and toasted bread. About 12,000 bottles were released. Wine Advocate 90 2020-10-15
2018 La Fiorita Rosso di Montalcino The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino shows cherry, blackberry, moist earth and pressed violets. Rosso di Montalcino captures the less formal side of the appellation, but these wines should not go overlooked. There's great value and lots of Sangiovese character to be found in this category. With this edition, you get fresh cherry and menthol to enjoy with a tagliatelle and porcini. Wine Advocate 89 2020-10-15
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino stands out thanks to the very glossy and polished quality of the fruit on display. The smooth texture of the wine sets it apart and gives it a distinct personality. This expression drinks nicely out of the gate but could stand up to more cellar aging, especially to further finesse that silky, shiny texture. Some 21,500 bottles were made. Wine Advocate 93 2020-10-15
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 'Fiore di NO' A special 3,200-bottle release culled from a selection of Sangiovese from their Pian Bossolino and Poggio al Sole plots, the La Fiorita 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Fiore di No is a very convincing wine that offers much more depth and complexity than the estate's classic Brunello. The wine opens to dark fruit, spice and camphor ash and then shows a very complete, wide-brush-stroke approach to the grape. You get the dark primary fruit, the depth and the length on the mouthfeel. Wine Advocate 95 2020-10-15
2017 Ilurce Graciano 'Rio Mazos' Blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of lavender. Full-bodied with firm, polished tannins and attractive vanilla, chocolate and berry at the finish. A little young now, but delicious already. Better after 2021. James Suckling 93 2020-10-14
2018 Ilurce Graciano 'Rio Madre' Blueberries and blackberries, as well as black olives on the palate. It’s perfumed and pretty. Full bodied, chewy and juicy wine. Attractive center palate of ripe fruit. Needs time to soften. Try after 2021. James Suckling 92 2020-10-14
2018 Di Giovanna Nero d'Avola 'Vurria' Vurria Nero d’Avola shows an excellent aromatic expression and a mix between enveloping softness and expressive flavor. From the first sip it shows balance and elegance, a truly unique profile that only a rigorous, quality cultivation can produce. NDA Nero D’Avola Guide 97 2020-10-09
2018 Beauchene Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Grande Reserve' A step up, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Grande Reserve (80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre) offers some classic Southern Rhône goodness in its ripe black cherry and blackberry fruits as well as notes of savory garrigue, Provençal herbs, and peppery spice. Medium-bodied on the palate, it has the vintage’s charming, forward style, moderate tannins, and a great finish. Enjoy this flavorful, well-made 2018 any time over the coming 8-10 years. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2020-10-08
2018 Beauchene Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Vignobles de la Serriere' Checking in as a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vignobles De La Serriere offers a tight, backward nose of baked red and black fruits, leafy herbs, scorched earth, and ground pepper. Displaying more freshness on the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied and has solid mid-palate depth as well as a rich, chewy, mouthfilling style that’s ideal for enjoying over the next 5-7 years or so. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2020-10-08
2017 Beauchene Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Grande Reserve' Loads of black raspberries, herbes de Provence, ground pepper, and gamey nuances emerge from the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Grand Reserve. This medium to full-bodied, textured, layered red has tons of charm, beautiful balance, and the ability to evolve and drink nicely for 10-15 years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2020-10-08
2017 Beauchene Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Vignobles de la Serriere' Darker notes of black cherries, currants, peppery herbs, and earth emerge from the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vignobles De La Serriere, and it’s another beautifully complex, Provençal wine from this team. With plenty of mid-palate depth, the sweet, ripe, silky tannins of the vintage, and a great finish, it’s another Châteauneuf du Pape that’s ideal for drinking over the coming decade. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2020-10-08
2018 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee Reserve' Not yet bottled, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée continues to show beautifully and is a soft, charming example of this cuvée that’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate. Loads of blackcurrants, peppery herbs, bloody meat, and violet notes emerge from the glass and it’s medium to full-bodied, has a seamless, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It reminds me of an improved 2014, and despite its upfront appeal, it’s going to evolve nicely for 15 years or more. This estate has a long track record of off vintages aging and drinking beautifully far longer than anyone would predict, and I’m sure the same will be the case with the 2018. Jeb Dunnuck 91-94 2020-10-08
2017 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee Reserve' Lastly, and tasted from bottle, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée showed brilliantly, with the beautiful, Provençal character of the vintage as well as classic Pegau notes of red and black currants, smoked herbs, cured meats, new leather, and ground pepper all front and center. More in the style of the 1999 or 2005 than say the 2007 or 2009, it’s medium to full-bodied, has beautiful concentration, ample structure and tannins, and a focused, backward mouthfeel that’s going to benefit from bottle age. This beauty will evolve for 30 years or more. Jeb Dunnuck 95 2020-10-08
2017 Domaine du Pegau Cotes Du Rhone Maclura Readers looking for a mouthfilling, Provençal Côtes du Rhône should check out the 2017 Côtes Du Rhône Maclura. Loaded with ripe black cherry and currant fruits, notes of peppery garrigue and iron, medium-bodied richness, and a chewy, satisfying texture, it’s ideal for enjoying over the coming 4-6 years or more. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2020-10-08
2011 Valderiz Tomas Esteban' A luxurious wine, with black cherry, dark chocolate, clove and pepper. Well rounded with a promise of future refinement in bottle, the wine lingers in the sensorial memory after tasting. The aromatic precision is impressive. Made from the minute yields of an old vineyard, farmed with much care. A unique combination of fruit and age, exclusive to the best vineyards in Ribera and only the best vintages, one of which is 2011. Drink 2020-2041 Decanter 96 2020-10-07
2018 Trentadue La Storia Chardonnay The 2018 Chardonnay La Storia gives up open-knit scents of apple pie, quince paste, honeycomb and crushed almonds with a touch of baker's yeast touch. The palate is light to medium-bodied with toasty fruits and just enough freshness to lift the finish. 1,260 cases produced. Wine Advocate 89 2020-10-07
2017 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee Reserve' This is dark and winey, with a serious core of steeped fig, black currant and blackberry fruit that shows broad shoulders. A second wave of warm paving stone, bay leaf and tar strides in on the finish, resulting in a powerful swath of fruit and earth in the end. A bit of patience is needed here. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2023 through 2037. Wine Spectator 95 2020-10-07
2018 Jorge Ordonez Verdejo 'Nisia Las Suertes' A beautiful, creamy verdejo with sliced dried pears, vanilla, cream and apples. Lovely texture to this full-bodied white. Flavorful finish. Really fantastic. Drink now. James Suckling 93 2020-10-06
2017 Valderiz Juegabolos' This is a little jammy with dark-berry and tar aromas that follow through to a full-bodied palate with lightly cooked fruit, lots of dark chocolate and a pecan-pie aftertaste. Drink now. James Suckling 88 2020-10-06
2017 Nekeas Cabernet Sauvignon 'Vega Sindoa' A fruity red with medium body, round and ripe tannins and a straightforward finish. Shows balance and softness, if a little one dimensional. Drink now. James Suckling 88 2020-10-06
2019 Nekeas Chardonnay 'Vega Sindoa' This is crisp and clean with sliced lemon and candied apple. Some steely undertones. Medium body. A little simple. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2020-10-06
2018 Jorge Ordonez Verdejo 'Nisia' A delicious verdejo with dried-apple and pear character and hints of dried pineapple. Medium body. Fruity finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2020-10-06
2019 Nekeas Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 'Vega Sindoa' A crisp and tangy chardonnay with sliced-apple and lime aromas and flavors. Some minerals, too. It’s medium-bodied with slate, stone and some black-tea undertones. Very nicely made. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2020-10-06
2018 Nekeas Garnacha 'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' A fresh, vivid grenache with sliced-plum, citrus-rind character and hints of cream. Medium body. Delicious fruit. Nice tension to this. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2020-10-06
2018 Nekeas Garnacha 'Cepa por Cepa' A rich, juicy red with dried-strawberry, cherry and spice aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied with soft tannins and a savory finish. A beautiful garnacha. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 92 2020-10-06
2018 Valderiz De Chiripa' Pretty, ripe fruit with cherry and chocolate aromas and flavors that flow through to a medium body with round tannins and a fresh, focused finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. James Suckling 93 2020-09-28
2011 Valderiz Tomas Esteban' Pretty aromas of blackberries, walnuts and mahogany follow through to a full body with creamy, juicy fruit and cedar and light nut undertones. Chewy and pretty. Structured for the future. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2020-09-28
2018 Valderiz Valdehermoso' Crianza A very pretty combination of ripe berry and chocolate with some vanilla bean and coffee. Full-bodied with an attractive core of fruit and juicy tannins. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2020-09-28
2019 Valderiz Valdehermoso 9 Meses' Roble A red with blueberry, light chocolate and light vanilla. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2020-09-28
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 'Fiore di NO' The cherry, black-olive and dried-strawberry aromas are so attractive. Hints of cinnamon and licorice. Full-bodied, round and rich with lots of fruit and velvety tannins. Extremely flavorful and rich. Drink after 2022. James Suckling 95 2020-09-28
2015 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino 'Le Pope' Lots of blue fruit with black-cherry and black-truffle aromas that follow through to a full body with round and velvety tannins and lots of ripe fruit and creamy undertones. The tannins just melt into the wine. Drink in 2022, but already so delicious. James Suckling 95 2020-09-28
2017 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee Reserve' Pegau's distinctive violet and garrigue aromas are on full display in the 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée, backed by plummy fruit and velvety tannins. It's medium to full-bodied, concentrated and rich, with ample length and hints of mocha and licorice on the finish. Not as sexy out of the gate as some vintages, I'd give it another year or two in the cellar, then drink it over the next decade or so. Wine Advocate 95 2020-09-25
2019 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ‘Cuvee Reserve’ Pegau's 2019 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvée Réservée is almost Burgundian in character, the way it balances upfront generosity with mouthwatering length. The flavors are different, offering hints of crushed stone, underripe pineapple, white peach and dried spices, then this medium to full-bodied wine adds vaguely chalky textural elements on the long finish. Silky and streamlined, it does a wonderful job of preserving freshness throughout. Wine Advocate 95 2020-09-25
2018 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ‘Cuvee Reserve’ A blend of 60% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc and 10% each Bourboulenc and Roussanne, the 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvée Réservée is in a wonderful drinking window right now, blending honeyed-peach richness with citrusy freshness. Medium to full-bodied, it's round upfront, but gradually narrows to gain focus and length on the finish, adding elegant hints of fennel along the way. Wine Advocate 93 2020-09-25
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva Sweet plum, cigar tobacco and Spanish cedar on the nose. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a polished, caressing finish. Attractive chocolate and walnut flavors, too. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2020-09-23
2018 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico The 2018 Chianti Classico Rocca di Castagnoli is a gorgeous, translucent wine that hits so many buttons. Veins of bright salinity confer energy to a Chianti Classico endowed with notable energy and class to a core of red berry fruit. The 2018 emerges from a collection of parcels at 380-500 meters above sea level. It is a superb wine and an even better value. Vinous 92 2020-09-18
2016 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico Riserva 'Poggio a' Frati' The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a'Frati is dense, rich and enveloping. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and spice build in a sumptuous, vibrant Riserva that hits all the right notes. The 2016 offers a captivating mélange of fruit richness, energy and intensity. The high altitude Poggio a'Frati vineyard did exceptionally well in 2016. This is such a gorgeous wine. Vinous 94 2020-09-18
2017 Lafond Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills This taut red features crisp red fruit and berry flavors, supported by glistening acidity. Lithe midpalate, offering ample slate notes. The finish lingers with dark chocolate hints. Drink now through 2024. 3,700 cases made. Smart Buy Wine Spectator 92 2020-09-16
2018 Dunham Three Legged Red' The nose of this wine is loaded with aromas of savory herb, raspberry and cherry. The palate brings lush, fruit-forward flavors that deliver a big impact. It’s currently tight in tannins and bright in acidity, but has impressive stuffing for a wine at this price. Give it a short decant if drinking in the near term. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-09-15
2018 Lafond Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Clean and toasted aromas of warm croissant with lemon preserves meet with a chiseled chalk minerality on the nose of this bottling. There is great grip to the sip, where rounded flavors of Asian pear, creamy apricot and sea salt are simultaneously soft and tense. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-09-15
2017 Trentadue Merlot 'La Storia' Alexander Valley Jammy and thick in plummy richness, this wine offers a robust concentration of dark chocolate, dust and oak, with a full-bodied ripeness that finishes in baking spice and vanilla. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-09-15
2019 Foris Pinot Gris Rogue Valley A chunky palate mixes fresh apples, a touch of Bartlett pear and the refreshing suggestion of just sliced cucumber. It’s textured and clean, underscored with a wash of wet stone. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-09-15
2017 Dunham Riesling 'Lewis Vineyard' Columbia Valley Diesel, lime and green apple aromas are followed by sleek fruit flavors backed by tart, racy acidity. The acidity is lifted but it seems evolved for its age. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-09-15
2016 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon 'XXII' Columbia Valley The coffee, cherry, dark chocolate, vanilla, mushroom and fresh herb aromas provide appeal. The palate brings juicy, plentiful cherry and barrel spice flavors, with brawny tannins backing it all up. Coffee notes linger on the finish. It has a nice yum factor and a long life in front of it. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-09-15
2017 Dunham Red Blend 'Trutina' Columbia Valley Merlot (54%) makes up over half of this wine, with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon (42%) and bits of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The aromas are a bit reductive out of the gate, with notes of tire rubber followed by dark roasted coffee bean, woodspice, vanilla, savory herb and raspberry. The flavors are a mixture of fruit and barrel, with the former exhibiting notes of mushroom and savory herb. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-09-15
2017 Chocalan Red Blend 'Vitrum' Maipo Valley Savory, spicy berry and herbal aromas are smooth and round. This Cabernet Sauvignon blend benefits from a well-built palate with structure. Plum, wild berry and herbal flavors soften up on a ripe and lightly oaky finish with chocolate and lasting herbal notes. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-09-15
2019 Clouston & Co. Sauvignon Blanc This Sauvignon was fermented and aged on its lees in a concrete egg and finished in old French oak. A heady, perfumed combo of orange, lemon, lime and honeysuckle leads on the nose. The effect of the winemaking on the palate is profound. Layers of texture—both chalky and creamy—are lifted by vibrant acidity and tangy fruit. A refreshing and balanced drop with a charming personality. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-09-15
2018 Paritua Syrah This Hawkes Bay Syrah is reminiscent of the Northern Rhône, but with the bright fruit of the New World. Red and black currants marry with aromas of ground pepper, graphite, crushed violets and a suggestion of grilled barbecue fare. The medium-weight palate is balanced and approachable, made in a drink-now style that offers all the flavors of the nose wrapped in a silky-textured yet powerful package. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-09-15
2016 Stone Paddock Syrah This is a muscular Syrah that comes in at an agreeable 13% alcohol. It’s a bit shy at first but after plenty of swirling opens into a nose of tangy berry fruit backed by black olives, cracked pepper and lovely stony mineral and sanguine characters. There’s a good lick of toasty, spicy oak on display here as well. The palate is dense, a gauzy layer of tannins over plush fruit and oak-derived spice. While this lacks some vibrancy and tension, it’s nonetheless a solid drop for big red wine lovers. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-09-15
2015 Paritua Red Blend '21.12' 2015 This is a big-boned, plush Bordeaux-style blend housed in a disappointingly heavy bottle. What’s inside, however, is classic Hawkes Bay, complete with aromas of brambly berries, graphite, dried herbs, black olives and crushed violets. There’s a glossy, cola-oak sheen as a backdrop. The palate is a well of velvety fruit and granular, herb-flecked tannins. There’s a touch of alcohol heat and toasty oak, but overall this is a sturdily structured wine meant for the long haul. Drink through 2035. Cellar Selection. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-09-15
2016 Stone Paddock Red Blend 'Scarlet' This Hawkes Bay Bordeaux-style blend, dominated by Merlot and Cabernet Franc, opens energetically. Lively ripe berries spill from the glass, backed by sappy, savory nuances: olives, tree sap and scrubby herbs. The oak is neatly tucked away. There’s muscle to the palate but a lovely lift of acidity that adds purity to the tangy red currant fruit. Taut, textural tannins add layer in a wine that is straightforward yet harmonious. Drink now with charcuterie or until 2028. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-09-15
2015 Paritua Red Blend This Merlot dominated Bordeaux-style blend is housed in a wrist-achingly heavy bottle. It’s funky on the nose: medicinal, with tomato leaf, dried roses and cherry cordial aromas. The fruit is a touch stewed. More cooked fruit awaits on the big-boned palate, along with chewy tannins and a bit of heat from the alcohol, leaving one wanting for more freshness and harmony. Wine Enthusiast 87 2020-09-15
2018 Valderiz Valdehermoso' Joven Youthful aromas of black fruits and dark plum are a touch jammy in front of a palate in which bright acidity gives this both teeth and energy. Spicy berry and dark plum flavors finish long but shallow. Drink now. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-09-15
2017 Alain Brumont - Bouscasse Madiran From the home estate of Madiran’s guru Alain Brumont, the wine is a rich blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Still so young but with great potential, it is a ripe, black fruit and spice flavored wine, a fine summation of greatness in Madiran. The tannins are still dense and the wine needs plenty of time. Drink from 2024. Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast 94 2020-09-15
2019 Domaine Eric Louis Pinot Noir 'Sophie Bertin' Fresh cherry and strawberry aromas combine with floral accents on the nose. Juicy and fruity on the palate, it shows cherry and red apple tones on a bed of earthy oak and gentle tannins. Wine Enthusiast 87 2020-09-15
2015 Punset Barbaresco Riserva Aromas of cedar, pine forest, leather and a whiff of blue flower shape the nose. The full-bodied palate offers dried cherry, ground clove and tobacco alongside assertive, close-grained tannins. Give the tannins a few more years to unwind then drink to enjoy and to capture the remaining fruit. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-09-15
2013 Punset Barbaresco Riserva This opens with aromas evoking porcini mushroom, camphor, iris and baked plum. The palate is already evolved, offering the barest hints of prune and clove alongside buffed, rather fleeting tannins. Wine Enthusiast 87 2020-09-15
2018 Laila Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 'Biancoperla' The 2018 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Biancoperla speaks of varietal purity from start to finish, with a beautiful pale, yellow hue, while mixing ripeness of fruit with minerality and hints of moist earth. Peach, young mango, spring flowers and even a hint of orange blossom can be found in the glass, with a soft and gentle presence that maintains mouthwatering freshness throughout. This is really quite nice. Vinous 89 2020-09-15
2017 Dunham Red Blend 'Trutina' Columbia Valley Supple and elegantly structured, with expressive black cherry, tobacco and dusky spice flavors that build tension toward medium-grained tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2026. 5,500 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2020-09-11
2016 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon 'XXI' Columbia Valley Open-knit and lively, with layered black raspberry and dusky spice flavors that take on richness and structure toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027. 2,693 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2020-09-11
2018 Compton Family Wines Pinot Noir Previously bottled under the Spindrift Cellars label, this has been rebranded as Compton Family, with the same winemaker and ownership. Fragrant and inviting, this has scents of pollen and flavors of ripe raspberries and sweet maraschino cherries. Though not a big wine, the concentration is sufficient and the herbs are lightly shown. All in all, quite pleasurable and a fine value. Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-09-11
2019 Hopler Gruner Veltliner A fresh cloud of peardrop and lemon rises from the glass. The light palate is just as appetizing in its freshness and shows some zesty, yeasty concentration. The finish is vivid, zesty and dry. Best Buy Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-09-10
2018 Sierra Salinas Monastrell 'Mo' The 2018 MO Salinas is now pure Monastrell (it used to be a blend with Cabernet and Garnacha Tintorera) from an unusual vintage, cooler and with more rain; despite which, the wine is juicy and gourmand. It has a fruit-driven profile, with berries and licorice; it's juicy and quite drinkable within the powerful style of the zone. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in 225-liter French oak barrels for four months. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2019. Wine Advocate 88 2020-09-10
2016 Sierra Salinas Monastrell 'Mira Salinas' They removed the Garnacha Tintorera, so the 2016 Mira Salinas is now pure Monastrell, with a little less ripeness and alcohol than the 2015 I tasted next to it. It matured in 225-liter French oak barrels, 20% of them new. I see a big jump from the 2015 here; this is a lot fresher and the oak feels a lot more integrated. It's approachable and juicy, with fine tannins and a more vibrant palate with livelier flavors and more finesse. It seems like a change in style toward more elegance and drinkability. 30,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2018. Wine Advocate 90+ 2020-09-10
2019 Barker's Marque Sauvignon Blanc Blind River 'Ranga Ranga' Vibrant, offering a powerful mix of lemongrass and passion fruit flavors, with details of tangerine, Key lime and green apple. Appealing and refreshing through the long finish. Drink now. 18,000 cases made, 16,500 cases imported. Wine Spectator 89 2020-09-10
2018 Keenan Chardonnay Spring Mountain District Michael Keenan farms a large block of chardonnay adjacent to his winery on Spring Mountain, the vines planted in 1995, close enough to underground springs that they provide an abundant crop without irrigation. His 2018 is intriguing and layered, a complex mountain-grown chardonnay with an earthy tannic briskness to sustain it. The flavors range from lime to yellow apple and green plum, firm enough to absorb the oak in which it aged, and to last, with the cool pallor of a morning-sun wine. Wine & Spirits 93 2020-09-08
2018 Marziano Abbona Barbera d'Alba 'Rinaldi' Dark ruby. Bright dark plum, dried plum, cherry and huckleberry show on the nose and palate. Medium weight with ripe fruit, good balancing acidity, and a medium long finish. i-Wine Review 90 2020-08-24
2018 Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba Dark ruby. Dark red fruit with prominent savory notes show on the nose. Nicely balanced on a fresh, clean, medium weight palate. Lovely red fruit flavors, easy drinking, and a long finish. i-Wine Review 90 2020-08-24
2018 Punset Barbera d'Alba The Punset Barbera d’Alba offers pure plum and red berry fruit on a tangy, clean palate. While light bodied, this is a well made and balanced wine with good concentration and a firm structure. There’s a touch of astringency on the finish. i-Wine Review 90 2020-08-24
2018 Tibaldi Barbera D'Alba Dark ruby. Lovely sweet red plum and cherry scents introduce this fresh, vibrant Barbera. The attack is bright with a dry mid-palate, noteworthy red fruit and a firmly tannic, long finish. An attractive, fairy priced Barbera d’Alba. i-Wine Review 89 2020-08-24
2018 See Saw Shiraz Sweetly fruited and delightfully aromatic, the wine shows dark plum, mixed berry compote, vanilla and roasted nut characters on the nose, leading to a succulent palate that is supple and fleshy. Offering plenty of attractive flavours, the wine finishes long and comforting. At its best: now to 2028. Wine Orbit 93 2020-08-17
NV Hawthorn's London Dry Gin This single batch gin is made from English wheat. Look for a mild citrusy scent and subtle palate with earthy hints of cedar, cardamom and grapefruit peel, which lingers into the drying finish. Cocktail friendly. Buy Now Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-08-17
2017 Trentadue Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 'La Storia' Alexander Valley The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon La Storia haas notions of cast iron and graphite over blackcurrant aromas with touches of cedar and fresh tobacco leaves. The medium-bodied palate is restrained and minerally with a grainy frame and long, fresh finish. 3,078 cases produced. Wine Advocate 90 2020-08-14
2012 Sabate i Coca Brut Reserva Garnatxa Rose 'Sabate i Coca' The 2012 Reserva Familiar Rosé Brut is an unusual rosé made with Garnacha grapes and the only sparkling wine produced with some added sugar, because the wine was too austere and had so much acidity that it was impossible to domesticate. This is not your classical rosé, because this is a super mineral wine (like all the wines I tasted with owner Marcel Sabaté). This has aged for a very long time sur lie, and it feels young and unevolved, with a long life ahead of it. A mineral sparkling rosé! 5,760 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 92 2020-08-12
2014 Sabate i Coca Brut Nature 'Sabate i Coca Mosset' Very ripe fruit, full of toast aromas and a rich nose full of nuances. Complex. Quite dry, but a restrained freshness. On the palate, it keeps its very ripe fruit flavors paired with fennel and nuts (but no pastry). Well made with a tight finish. Jancis Robinson 16 2020-08-12
2012 Sabate i Coca Brut Nature 'Sabate i Coca Josep Coca' Stuffed and gourmand. It possesses freshness, expressiveness and a moderate autolytic profile. Delicate, smooth and with an integrated mousse. On the palate, it is fine, fluid and long. Very toasted and with notes of almonds in its depth. Expressive and balanced. Jancis Robinson 16.5 2020-08-12
2008 Sabate i Coca Brut Nature 'Sabate i Coca Reserva Familiar' Creamy notes, pear drop, dairy notes, complex with toasty aromas from the oak. Very gourmand and large. It has creaminess and roundness. Long and powerful, with liquor notes. It has a really vinous character. Jancis Robinson 17 2020-08-12
2017 Sabate i Coca Brut Nature Reserva 'Castellroig' Marcel's classic "basic" method, obtained by mixing Macabeo, Xarel·lo and Parellada grapes from 24 different plots. Twenty-two months in yeast, degorged 10/2019. Soft nose of flowers and fruits. Fine and persistent pearlage. In the mouth, a pleasant verticality, with notes of citrus and green apple. Freshness and elegance combined with ease of drinking. winemag.it 90 2020-08-12
2014 Sabate i Coca Brut Nature 'Sabate i Coca Mosset' It is the result of the assembly of 6 "terraces", whose grapes have been carefully selected. Given Marcel's approach, in this case it would be better to talk about setting up land, rather than grapes. In the word of "Mosset", Xarel·lo predominates over the Macabeo and an elegant Parellada: 55 months with the lees, degorged 10/2019. Bright straw yellow with hints of clean minerals, notes of exotic fruits and hints of anise and wild fennel. The taste is confirmed iodized, fruity, citrus, with a long, slightly spicy finish. Its rich structure and creamy pearl make it a sparkling wine of absolute gastronomic value. winemag.it 91 2020-08-12
2012 Sabate i Coca Brut Nature 'Sabate i Coca Josep Coca' Xarel·lo (85%) and Macabeo (15%) from old vineyards for the label dedicated to Marcel's grandfather, Josep, the man who started the family business, planting the first vineyards. Degorged 09/2019, 78 months on yeast. This is the most "Champagne" Corpinnat in the Sabaté and Coca range, with notes of lees well integrated with those of the varietal. Exemplary expression of Xarello, which is expressed here in a high concentration of aromas and in a large structure, well wrapped in the notes of pastry. Remarkable is the wrap of Mediterranean bush and iodine. A return trip from France to the Penedès. winemag.it 92 2020-08-12
2011 Sabate i Coca Brut Nature 'Sabate i Coca Reserva Familiar' Her Majesty the Xarello, as a mother did: in purity, in the glass. Degorged 10/2019, 92 months on yeast. This is the blend of 3 small plots of the estate of Terroja, 30% fermented in chestnut barrels, aged for 4 months. Once again, Marcel relies on the ancient vineyard and the expressions of the land to give one of the classic poster methods of the Penedès. A concentrated, full and structured Xarello, but of great elegance and freshness. Above all, the "youth" of this Corpinnat sip of extraordinary longevity is striking. winemag.it 93 2020-08-12
2017 Lava Cap Winery Petite Sirah El Dorado An inky dark color, potent graphite and dark chocolate aromas, and dense blueberry, mint and cedar flavors offer plenty to ponder in this wine. It’s deep, concentrated and will keep improve for several more years. Best after 2027. Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-08-11
2017 Lava Cap Winery Merlot El Dorado Deep and plummy in flavor, this concentrated and full-bodied wine frames rich blackberry and black plum flavors with moderate tannins. Subtle oak spices add some complexity and linger on the finish, adding extra interest. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-08-11
2019 Frey Vineyards Syrah North Coast Very ripe-tasting and robust, this full-bodied wine is one of the best no-sulfites-added wines on the market. It layers subtle baking spices over jammy blackberry flavors that run deep in the rich, moderately tannic texture. Best Buy Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-08-11
2019 Pacific Redwood Syrah This wine is intense, peppery and tannic, offering tightly wound flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate in a firm texture. It has no added sulfites. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-08-11
2017 Carol Shelton Zinfandel 'Rocky Reserve' Dry Creek Valley From a 1,400-feet elevation site thick in volcanic soils, this wine is blended with 13% Petite Sirah and shows a touch of reduction on opening. It evolves to impart juicy lengths of blueberry, black cherry and licorice, with a jolt of cola, the tannins lush and plush. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-08-11
2016 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve A field blend composed of 12% Alicante Bouschet, 8% Petite Sirah and 3% Carignan, this wine is complex and layered, tasting of mocha chocolate, sweet oak, nutmeg and cinnamon. The fruit is dark and brambly, richly defined in blackberry and black cherry Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-08-11
2018 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir 'Diversite' Chehalem Mountains There is indeed great diversity here in the flavor mix of cilantro, raspberry, cherry and citrus. Those citrus components up the acidity, with lemon, grapefruit and even a touch of green pineapple coming through. Though young, the wine shows good focus, with lightly grainy but ripe tannins. The prime drinking window should open fully in a couple more years. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-08-11
2018 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir 'Rocheaux' Chehalem Mountains Blending Pommard and Dijon 777 clones, this is aromatic to the brink of pungent, with a striking scent of Italian herbs, plums and cherries. As with all the Le Cadeau Pinots, there is a compelling smoothness and a well-integrated mix of herb, fruit, acid and tannin. The barrel aging puts a streak of mocha through the finish. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-08-11
2018 Aubichon Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Scents of fresh coffee and red licorice lead into a refined, even elegant wine with a generous plum and cherry core. The barrel aging adds light chocolate notes, the tannins are ripe and polished, and this fills a neat slot in the middle of the portfolio. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-08-11
2018 Jolete Wines Pinot Noir Willamette Valley This is a step up from its companion release, Le Verre Cuvée, with concentrated flavors of cranberry and raspberry fruit. There are chewy tannins, which should continue to smooth out with further bottle age, and a lightly earthy foundation, all in good proportion. Best to give this another year or two in the cellar before popping the cork. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-08-11
2018 Jolete Wines Pinot Noir 'Le Verre Cuvee' Willamette Valley A better than average vintage for this entry-level cuvée, this offers spicy red berries with pretty French herbs. There’s a hint of tomato leaf in the herbal mix, and the palate smooths out with light cherry fruit backed with generous acidity. Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-08-11
2016 Domaine Gerard Neumeyer Gewurztraminer Stierkopf 'Taureau' Notes of earthiness, peach and rhubarb are subtle on the nose of this wine. Soft roundness on the palate shimmers with those fresh rhubarb notes, presenting a zesty counterpoint to the subtle sweetness of the fruit. The finish is bright, fresh and medium dry, with real texture and expression. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-08-11
2019 Chateau Pierrail Bordeaux Blanc A blend of two Sauvignons, Blanc and Gris, this is a rich, aromatic wine. Tropical fruit flavors are balanced by the crisp lime and perfumed acidity. This attractive wine will be ready from late 2020. Best Buy Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-08-11
2019 Chateau Ferran Saint Pierre Bordeaux 'Tucaou' This smoothly textured, rich wine shows both fruitiness and spicy wood flavors. The wine is textured, full of apricot fruits with a ripe, tangy aftertaste. Drink this wine now. Biodynamic. Suitable for vegans. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-08-11
2019 Di Giovanna Nero d'Avola 'Vurria' Intense garnet, beginning to mature. Inviting nose of raspberry and fine spices with a floral note. The palate is supple, fresh and robust with lovely intense, precise and exuberant characters accented by maquis and licorice. Delicious! Gilbert & Gaillard 90 2020-08-05
2019 Di Giovanna Grillo 'Vurria' Brilliant pale gold tinged with green. Lovely mineral nose with dried herbs and fruity undertones. Sleek, lively palate driven by beautiful tension. Precise aromas recalling grapefruit and lemon. A pretty, genuine terroir-driven wine to pair with grilled fish. Gilbert & Gaillard 90 2020-08-05
2018 Aubichon Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Shimmering magenta. Perfumed, mineral- and spice-tinged aromas of raspberry, cherry and incense are complemented by a building floral nuance. Seamless and energetic on the palate, offering juicy red fruit, spicecake and rose pastille flavors and a smoky quality that emerges on the back half. Finishes smooth, floral and quite long, showing fine definition and fine-grained tannins that add gentle grip. Vinous 91 2020-08-05
2017 Aubichon Cellars Pinot Noir 'Reserve' Willamette Valley Limpid ruby. Mineral-accented red berries, candied flowers and exotic spices on the highly fragrant nose. A spine of juicy acidity supports sappy, mineral-driven raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, which take on floral and blood orange nuances as the wine opens up. Turns sweeter on the impressively persistent, incisive finish, which is framed by even, polished tannins. Vinous 93 2020-08-05
2018 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir 'Diversite' Chehalem Mountains Translucent ruby-red. Vibrant, spice-accented red and dark berry and floral scents pick up succulent floral and mineral notes with air. Juicy and energetic in the mouth, offering intense black raspberry, cherry cola and rose pastille flavors along with hints of five-spice powder and mocha. Deepens with air and closes very long and spicy, with lingering red fruit character and smooth, late-arriving tannins. Vinous 93 2020-08-05
2018 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir 'Rocheaux' Chehalem Mountains Shimmering magenta. An incisive bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, candied rose, vanilla and Asian spices, and a smoky mineral overtone gains strength with air. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering alluringly sweet, mineral-laced raspberry, mulberry, floral pastille and spicecake flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Delivers a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes very long and smooth, with subtle tannins and repeating florality. Vinous 93 2020-08-05
2017 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir 'Merci Reserve' Chehalem Mountains Vivid ruby-red. Highly perfumed red fruit aromas are complemented by suave floral pastille, exotic spice and smoky mineral flourishes. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering lively raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors that deepen and turn spicier on the back half. Shows excellent clarity on the persistent finish, which features harmonious tannins and resonating red berry character. Vinous 93 2020-08-05
2017 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir 'Trajet Reserve' Chehalem Mountains Brilliant red. A highly aromatic bouquet evokes fresh red berries and baking spices, along with smoky mineral and musky earth nuances. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering appealingly sweet raspberry, cherry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily and take on a succulent herb nuance with air. Delivers a suave blend of power and energy and finishes with well-knit tannins and strong, floral-driven persistence. Vinous 92 2020-08-05
2018 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir 'Cote Est' Chehalem Mountains Glistening red. Spice-accented red berry and baking spice aromas, along with suggestions of musky sassafras and licorice. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors and a subtle, refreshingly bitter touch of blood orange. Dusty tannins come in slowly and fold smoothly into the wine's energetic fruit on the insistent, focused finish. Vinous 92 2020-08-05
2018 Jolete Wines Pinot Noir 'Le Verre Cuvee' Willamette Valley Dark, glistening magenta. Pungent cherry and dark berry scents are complemented by building floral, earth and spice nuances. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering spice-tinged bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that slowly turn sweeter with air. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to a long, focused finish that echoes the bitter cherry and earth notes. There's more than a little Old World character to this Pinot. Vinous 91 2020-08-05
2018 Jolete Wines Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Deep, bright-hued scarlet. Assertive red and dark berries on the aromatic nose; floral and Asian spice flourishes come up with air. Juicy, finely etched raspberry and boysenberry flavors show good depth and firm, spicy bite on the back half. Tangy and fruit-driven, with sharp finishing clarity and silky tannins that sneak in late. Vinous 91 2020-08-05
2018 Foris Vineyards Pinot Noir Rogue Valley Deep, shimmering magenta. Expressive red and blue fruit aromas take on a smoky nuance with air. Silky and energetic on the palate, showing good depth to the gently sweet black raspberry, mulberry and spicecake flavors. Supple tannins lend shape to a long, smooth finish that echoes the red fruit note. Vinous 90 2020-08-05
2019 Marziano Abbona Barbera d'Alba 'Rinaldi' A rich, decadent barbera with lightly cooked fruit and some chocolate. A little earthy, but I still like it. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2020-08-05
2016 Marziano Abbona Barolo Pressenda A transparent red with raspberry and citrus undertones and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, yet tight with beautiful, pure fruit and firm tannins. There’s an orange-peel undertone to the wine. Some nuts, too. Needs two or three years to come together. Better after 2022. James Suckling 93 2020-08-05
2018 Marziano Abbona Nebbiolo d'Alba Bricco Barone A solid nebbiolo with cedar, dried strawberries with hints of balsamic. It’s medium-bodied with chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2020-08-05
2018 Chiappini Bolgheri 'Felciaino' A tight, focused red with blackcurrants, minerals and some fresh-herb character, such as sage. Medium body, tight and firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Just a hint of wood at the end. Blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sangiovese. From organically grown grapes. Unfiltered. Drink in 2021. James Suckling 92 2020-08-05
2017 Chiappini Bolgheri 'Guado de' Gemoli' A ripe, flavorful red with dark berries, currants and chocolate. Some walnuts, too. Full-bodied, layered and fruity. A little simple, but enjoyable. Blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Unfiltered. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2020-08-05
2016 Marziano Abbona Barolo A firm, silky red with tight, fine tannins that have some strength. It’s medium-bodied, layered and pretty. Consistently outstanding. Drink after 2022. James Suckling 93 2020-08-04
2019 Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese Rosato 'Vurria' Elegant and restrained, the wine shows raspberry, grapefruit, floral and subtle flinty aromas on the nose. The palate offers delicate fruit intensity backed by fine texture and bright acidity, leading to a lengthy crisp finish. Wine Orbit 90 2020-07-31
2019 Di Giovanna Grillo 'Vurria' Fabulously fresh and delicately lifted, the bouquet shows apple, lemon peel and green tea aromas with a hint of dried grass. The palate delivers elegant weight and vibrancy together with excellent focus and flow, leading to a lengthy crisp finish. Mouth-watering and delightfully drinkable. Wine Orbit 92 2020-07-31
2016 Di Giovanna Rosso 'Helios' Wonderfully ripe and fragrant, the wine shows dark fruit richness together with toasted spice, smoked game, tapenade and roasted hazelnut characters. The palate delivers excellent weight and concentration, beautifully complemented by rich texture and fleshy mouthfeel, finishing gorgeously long and velvety. Wine Orbit 93 2020-07-31
2019 Roucas Toumba Vacqueyras 'Rose de la Rouche' Bright orange-pink. Racy and sharply focused on the nose, displaying mineral-tinged strawberry and blood orange qualities and a hint of florality. Brisk and penetrating in the mouth, offering bracing, mineral-driven red berry and citrus fruit flavors that carry through a seamless, persistent finish. Vinous 91 2020-07-24
2018 Trabun Sauvignon Blanc Requinoa Cachapoal Valley This is a really attractive sauvignon blanc that shows cucumber, preserved lemons, dill, Chinese plums and seashell undertones. Round, oily and approachable on the palate, yet taut and zingy on the finish. With a little more drive from acidity, this could score even more highly. James Suckling 91 2020-07-22
2018 1881 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon '1881' Very fresh and forward, with a blast of cherry pie and blackberry compote notes, unencumbered by toast and ending with a floral flourish amid the fruit. Drink now through 2024. 5,031 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2020-07-20
2019 Mas de Pampelonne Cotes de Provence Rose 'Elegance' You might want this for the label alone, a retro, Mediterranean-blue illustration by Monsieur Z. The wine inside, then, will be a lucky bonus: While it’s fashionably pale in hue, it’s impressively vibrant in flavor, with invigorating lemon-pith acidity and saline notes driving crisp white-cherry fruit. It feels like the sort of wine you’d want to drink on the beach at Ramatuelle, near Saint-Tropez, where Pampelonne producer Camille Coste farms her 35-acre estate. Wine & Spirits 92 2020-07-20
2019 Domaine de la Fouquette Cotes de Provence 'Rose d'Aurore' From a 35-acre organically farmed estate in Les Mayons, this blend of grenache, cinsault and rolle is cheerful and easy, with sweet cherry flavors and bright grapefruit-like acidity. Best Buy Wine & Spirits 88 2020-07-20
2018 Lumos Wine Co Pinot Gris 'Rudolfo' Willamette Valley From a small, warm site near Corvallis planted just to pinot gris, this wine is thrillingly grippy and austere, with scents of almond flour and lemon, and lean green-appley flavors. Pretty much bursting with acidity, and buoyed on a cushion of sourdough lees, this is built for Willapa Bay oysters on the half shell. Wine & Spirits 90 2020-07-20
2018 Folk Machine Valdiguie 'Film & Camera' Redwood Valley Kenny Likitprakong employs a modest amount of whole clusters to bolster this bracing red from Lolonis Vineyard. It’s darker than the Lioco valdiguié from the same vineyard (also recommended here), with notes of black loamy soil and iron filings. Firm and a touch resinous, it’s a seamless wine with high tone and dark ferrous tannins. Wine & Spirits 90 2020-07-20
2019 Quinta da Raza Vinho Verde Arinto 'Dom Diogo' Arinto was once notable for creating long-lived white wines in Bucelas. Here, at an estate in the inland hills of Vinho Verde, it grew a deliciously ripe 2019 “with fruit off the charts,” as one taster said, pointing to the cantaloupe, citrus and star-fruit flavors he found in the wine. For me, it was more like drippingly juicy pear cleaned up by the malic acidity of green apples. Then it ends on the savor of raw almonds. It’s compellingly drinkable, a stony white that’s waiting for a place next to Dungeness crab, as it shares that same pale buttery savor. Best Buy Wine & Spirits 93 2020-07-14
2018 Chateau Viranel Saint-Chinian Blanc 'Tradition' Fresh, fruity and delicate nose, dominated by citrus fruits, enhanced by some white flowers and apricot notes. The mouth is amazing for its balance and harmony with the nose. Long and mineral finish with a wonderful fineness. The Grenache Blanc gives a superb balance, combination of roundness and freshness, fruit and minerality. Gold Medal Decanter 96 2020-07-14
2019 Quinta da Raza Vinho Verde 'Raza' This quinta is located near Celorico de Basto, in the hills above the Tamega River, inland from the sea and close to the border with Vila Real. That might account for the fruit richness of this wine's flavors, pineapple and litchi just edging toward ripeness. It's clean and fragrant, with enough weight to the blend - arinto, azalea and trajadura - to pour it with grilled chicken. Best Buy Wine & Spirits 90 2020-07-09
2019 Hopler Pinot Blanc The freshness of just cut, green Conference pear peel on the nose is made even fresher by hints of lemon. The light palate is slender but has lively, juicy pear fruit, gentle creaminess and brims with ease and dry freshness. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-07-07
2018 Hopler Pinot Noir Luscious and vivid cherry, almost like candy, plays on the open nose. The palate adds a dollop of freshness to the cherry notes on a slender, juicy, bright palate. This is the sort of Pinot Noir that benefits from chilling and becomes a star on summer nights. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-07-07
2017 Hopler Blaufrankisch Hints of blueberry and crushed blackberry are pure on the nose. The palate continues in the same juixy, berry- and cherry-laden fashion and presents a medium body that is alive with juicy freshness and verve. Subtle tannins lend gentle structure. The finsih is refreshing, pure and dry. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-07-07
2018 Agathe Bursin Riesling Dirtstelberg The subtle nose on this wine suggests wet chalk and just-cut apple. The palate adds intense apple freshness and a zesty edge of lemon. More air also awakens additional lemon notes with their ripe zestiness. The finish is dry, long and fresh with apple and lemon. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-07-07
2017 Domaine Yves Cheron Gigondas 'Cuvee Jurassique' Enticing notes of wild mint, thyme and bay leaf perfume blackberry and cassis in this piercing, silky red. An unoaked blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah sourced from black marl and limestone soils, this mouthwatering, freshly concentrated wine finishes on smooth, velvety tannins. Hedonistic in its youth, the wine should hold through 2030. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-07-07
2017 Domaine Yves Cheron Vacqueyras 'Cuvee Jardin d'Eden' Sweet whiffs of licorice and lilac introduce this richly concentrated blend of Grenache (50%) and Syrah (50%). Flavors of strawberry preserve, raspberry and plum are lip-smacking and plump, enveloped by fine, feathery tannins. It’s an immediately approachable wine best enjoyed now through 2024. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-07-07
2019 Chateau de Pampelonne Cotes de Provence Rose A soft, rich wine, full bodied while preserving freshness, this is elegantly ripe and spicy. It has weight and great fruitiness, acidity just coming through at the end. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-07-07
2019 Domaine Poli Ill de Beaute Rose Niellucio Acidity comes through slowly in this wine, but when it does, it gives the crispest texture to the bright red currant fruits. An easy wine, it’s immediately ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 87 2020-07-07
2019 Clos Alivu Patrimonio Rose Niellucio Made from Niellucciu (aka Sangiovese), this wine is full, soft and ripe. Its light texture and hints of tannins contrast with the acidity and rich raspberry flavors. This intense, full wine is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-07-07
2016 Marziano Abbona Barolo This has subtle aromas of underbrush, mocha and a whiff of baking spice. The dense palate offers black plum, roasted coffee bean and licorice alongside assertive tannins. Drink after 2024. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-07-07
2019 Barker's Marque Wines Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley 'The Loop' This ticks all the Marlborough Sauvignon boxes. The nose is a bright, attractive mix of passion fruit, peach, citrus, grass and green bell pepper, while the palate balances acidity with fleshy fruit. There’s a slight burn of sulfur on the finish, but overall this is a straightforward and refreshing drop. Wine Enthusiast 87 2020-07-07
2018 Vina Chocalan Cabernet Sauvignon 'Origen Gran Reserva' Maipo Valley Spicy cherry and berry aromas come with common Chilean sidenotes of eucalyptus and mint. A juicy palate shows a firm grip, good structure and slight tannic bite. Black-fruit flavors come with spicy oak accents and a finish with mocha and clove notes; drink through 2022. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-07-07
2018 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc Honey and beeswax aromas meet with cashew, ambrosia melon and a hint of sea salt on the dynamic nose of this always excellent white wine. It starts sharp on the palate, with lemon and grapefruit-peel flavors before paraffin and macadamia-nut elements add depth. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-07-07
2017 Carol Shelton Zinfandel 'Wild Thing' Mendocino County Very ripe and luscious, this full-bodied Zin oozes rich berryjam flavors on a smooth mouthfilling texture that has a touch of good tannin for grip. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-07-07
2018 Carol Shelton Pizazz Zin Piazza Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel Tempting flavors of vanilla, coconut and milk chocolate meet strawberry and raspberry-jam notes in this broad-textured and full-bodied wine. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-07-07
2019 Pursued by Bear Rose 'Blushing Bear' Columbia Valley This wine is half Grenache and half Mourvèdre. Pale in color, with fresh aromas of kiwi, strawberry and melon leading to mediumbodied flavors that bring some weight and seriousness but have more than enough acidity to stand them up. Sour cherry flavors linger on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-07-07
2016 Pursued by Bear Red Blend 'Bear Cub' Columbia Valley Barrel notes are upfront, with aromas of vanilla, cocoa and spice followed by plum and cherry. A flavorful palate follows, intertwining fruit and barrel that stay together seamlessly through the finish. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-07-07
2018 Keuka Spring Vineyards Gewürztraminer Enveloping aromas of melon and papaya meld with spicy elements of crushed pink peppercorn and ginger on the nose. The silken palate shows creamy melon and peach flavors, studded with kicks of fiery spice and orange blossom. The floral tones linger gracefully on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-07-07
2018 Domaine Gerard Neumeyer Riesling 'Hospices' The merest whiff of passion fruit is all that escapes on the shy nose of this wine. The palate comes in with scented, lemony freshness and easy lightness. There is proper concentration but an inherent coolness, too, alongside a slightly pithy texture that will allow this wine to evolve. Drink now–2030. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-07-07
2016 Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Slightly sour black plum aromas meet with earthy mushrooms on the nose of this bottling. The palate combines dark red fruit flavors, which are well extracted, with more mushroom and dank forest-floor flavors. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-07-07
2015 Cantina Plani Arche Montefalco Rosso Crushed black cherry, wild herbs, balsamic spice and hints of undergrowth come together to form a dark and moody bouquet on the 2015 Plani Arche Montefalco Rosso. On the palate, silky textures usher in fleshy ripe red fruit, as zesty acids add vibrancy, and a mix of sweet minerals and tannin slowly saturates the senses. The finish is long, teeming with energetic wild berry fruits and spice, with a twang of salty minerals contrasting a tug of grippy tannin. I find myself enamored of this wine and its unique blend which really shines through: 60% Sangiovese, 25% Barbera and 15% Sagrantino, all in perfect balance. Vinous 92 2020-06-30
2019 Waiana Estate Rose 'Summer Sault' Fabulously elegant, the wine shows white flesh nectarine, crunchy apple, lemon peel and white floral aromas on the nose with a hint of sweet strawberry. It's juicy, lively and vibrant on the palate, delivering pristine fruit flavours together with fine texture and bright acidity, finishing delightfully long and refreshing. At its best: now to 2022. Wine Orbit 93 2020-06-30
2018 Les Darons Languedoc Led by 75% Grenache, with 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan, Jeff Carrel's 2018 Languedoc Les Darons has turned out much as I predicted last year, with plenty of cherry fruit, a touch of scorched earth and tobacco and supple, easygoing tannins. It's medium to full-bodied but not overly concentrated, remaining easy to drink from start to softly dusty finish. Wine Advocate 88 2020-06-30
2019 Les Darons Languedoc Perhaps a touch more concentrated than the 2018 version, the 2019 Languedoc Les Darons offers up penetrating raspberry and cherry aromas. It's plump and creamy in texture, medium to full-bodied, supple and easy to drink. It should prove to be another fine value. Wine Advocate 89-91 2020-06-30
2019 Chateau de Lancyre Languedoc Rose Previous vintages were sold as Pic Saint Loup, but I suppose production of the 2019 Languedoc Le Rosé has expanded. It's still a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cinsault, with a medium-pink hue in the glass and attractive aromas of cherries, pineapple and grapefruit. It's full-bodied for a rosé—sitting at 14+% alcohol and showing some serious ripeness and weight on the palate—but it remains refreshing and lively on the citrusy finish. Wine Advocate 90 2020-06-30
2017 Lafond Winery Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Taut, featuring crisp red fruit and berry flavors, supported by glistening acidity. Lithe midpalate, offering ample slate notes. The finish lingers, with dark chocolate hints. Drink now through 2024. Wine Spectator 92 2020-06-24
2014 Mountford Estate ‘Liaison’ Pinot Noir Supple and elegant, featuring fragrant red licorice and sarsaparilla details, adding complexity to the core of creamy strawberry and maraschino cherry flavors. A hint of herb emerges on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2035. 832 cases made, 112 cases imported. Wine Spectator 92 2020-06-23
2016 Elia Palazzesi Rosso di Montalcino The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino offers a fresh display of Sangiovese, leading off with sweet, pretty florals and hints of ripe strawberry, as a dusting of savory spice, peppery herbs, and cedar comes forward. On the palate, silky textures give way to cool-toned red berry and plum, as sweet inner florals develop toward the finale. The finish is medium in length, with a hint of grippy tannin and a lingering note of blueberry skin. It’s an easy-drinking and smooth Rosso that pleases with its drink-me-now personality. Vinous 88 2020-06-15
2018 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valdehermoso 9 Meses' Roble This fresh red offers bright flavors of cherry and red plum, with herbal and smoky notes adding interest. Light tannins and brisk acidity keep this focused. Balanced and lively. Drink now through 2024. Wine Spectator 88 2020-06-15
2018 Chateau de Lancyre Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert Roussanne 'Val de Montferrand' Creamy-textured, with a mineral-driven undertone to the floral, peach and ripe pear notes, detailed by spice and heather accents. Offers a clean, lingering finish. Drink now through 2021. 2,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2020-06-15
2019 Domaine Eric Louis Rose 'Sophie Bertin' Light, bright pink. Mineral-accented red berry and citrus fruit scents are complemented by subtle herb and floral overtones. Juicy and seamless in texture, showing good energy to the warm raspberry and tangerine flavors. A snap of tangy acidity adds lift to the finish, which leaves subtly sweet red fruit and floral notes behind. Vinous 88 2020-06-12
2019 Chateau de Pampelonne Cotes de Provence Rose Limpid peach skin. Nervy and focused on the nose, displaying lively red berry and citrus zest aromas complemented by suggestions of succulent flowers and chalky minerals. Dry and lithe on the palate, offering juicy pomegranate, strawberry and blood orange flavors that pick up a spicy element on the back half. The mineral and floral notes come back strong on a very long, incisive finish that shows sharp delineation and no rough edges. Vinous 91 2020-06-12
2019 Mas de Pampelonne Cotes de Provence Rose 'Elegance' Translucent peach skin. Fresh red berry and pit fruits and a touch of orange zest on the nose and palate. Taut and dry on entry and then fleshier with air, showing good energy and a hint of back-end spiciness. Finishes with good clarity and length, leaving a subtle floral note behind. Vinous 89 2020-06-12
2019 Domaine de la Pauline Sancerre Rose Brilliant onion skin. Ripe strawberry, white peach and floral aromas are sharpened by a frisson of chalky minerality. Chewy and focused on the palate, showing good depth to the vibrant red berry and pit fruit flavors. Closes minerally and long, displaying strong, red-fruit-driven persistence. Vinous 90 2020-06-12
2019 Decibel Wines Rose Limpid onion skin. High-pitched citrus fruit, red berry and floral scents take on a deeper melon quality with air. Juicy and light on its feet, showing good clarity to the spice-tinged strawberry, honeydew and tangerine flavors. Finishes dry and taut, with good persistence and a touch of florality. Vinous 89 2020-06-12
2019 Chateau de Penya Cotes Catalanes Rose Platinum blush. Fresh floral and watermelon scents show on the nose. The palate is delicate and lightly flavored with hints of watermelon and dried berries. Finishes clean with good persistence. 90% Grenache Noir, 10% Syrah from the tine village of Cases de Pene in France's Roussillon region. i-Wine Review 89 2020-06-12
2019 Chateau de Penya Cotes Catalanes Rose Diaphanous pink. Spice-accented strawberry and tangerine scents display a subtle floral quality. Lithe and precise in style, showing no excess fat to the fresh red berry and citrus fruit flavors. Finishes firm and nervy, leaving a subtle floral note behind. Vinous 88 2020-06-12
2019 Finca Sabate I Coca Ull de Llebre Rose 'Castellroig So de Roselles' Limpid orange. Fresh red berry aromas and flavors are sharpened by a building peppery nuance. Supple and open-knit, with a nicely persistent finish that leaves a juicy raspberry note behind. Vinous 88 2020-06-12
2019 Villa des Anges Pays d'Oc Rose 'Vielles Vignes' Blush pink. Fresh scents of rose petals and berries. Crisp on the attack with light pomegranate and berry flavors on the palate with a mineral backbone. A bit austere as an aperitif, but an excellent companion to uncomplicated fish dishes. Sourced from old vine Cinsault in the Languedoc region and crafted by winemaker Jeff Carrel. i-Wine Review 88 2020-06-12
2019 Villa des Anges Pays d'Oc Rose 'Vielles Vignes' Extremely pale pink. Blood orange, pomegranate and strawberry aromas and flavors show good definition and reveal a spicy suggestion of white pepper. In a taut, nervy style, with no excess fat and a brisk, spicy finish that leaves a refreshingly bitter hint of citrus zest behind. Vinous 88 2020-06-12
2019 Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rose' Mendocino Festive, with ample fruit, featuring lively raspberry, cherry and spice flavors. Carignane and Zinfandel. Drink now. 2,178 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2020-06-12
2019 Pursued by Bear Rose 'Blushing Bear' Columbia Valley A subtle, fruity blend of 62% grenache and 38% mourvedre that shows light cherry and apple character on the palate with bright acidity and a flavorful finish. Bright and lively. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2020-06-12
2019 Keuka Spring Vineyards Rose Shy aromas of pink grapefruit and creamy peach start off this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with a bit of stoniness riding underneath. The palate is soft and creamy in feel, with an easy melon flavor mixing with a slight lift of lemon. It's a soft, approachable pour that has a lingering creamed peach finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-06-12
2019 Chateau de Lancyre Languedoc Rose Pink blush. Very perfumed with appealing rose petal and raspberry notes. Good volume in the mouth with a delicate inner mouth perfume. Excellent acid balance and a lingering finish. i-Wine Review 91 2020-06-12
2019 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose Very pale pink. Showing an effusive bouquet of rose petals, gardenia, and red berries, this is a good example of Provence rosé. The wine is light and lively with brisk acidity and good depth of flavor on a perfumed palate. It has a crisp, lingering finish. Direct pressing, no maceration. 3 weeks fermentation at 55°F. No malolactic fermentation. 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Rolle, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Counoise, 5% Carignan. i-Wine Review 91 2020-06-12
2019 Arrumaco Garnacha Rose Pure light pink. Showing an effusive fruity nose that evokes watermelon and summer berries, this rosé of Garnacha is soft on the attack and offers pomegranate and sweet red berry fruit flavors with vivid but not aggressive acidity. An especially good quaffing wine. i-Wine Review 90 2020-06-12
2017 Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Rousillon A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 20% Syrah from importer Dan Kravitz's own estate, the screwcapped 2017 Cotes du Roussillon was made and matured entirely in stainless steel. It comes out of the bottle with some slightly funky earth notes and scents of black olives, so I'd suggest a quick decanting to give the wine some air. Notes of black cherries, raspberries and cracked pepper lurk underneath, so it's worth the minor effort. Medium to full-bodied, it's framed by supple tannins and hints of crushed stone, finishing on softly dusty notes. Wine Advocate 89 2020-06-11
2017 Domaine Cabirau Maury Sec 'Serge & Marie' Named for owner Dan Kravitz's longtime vigneron (Serge) and the winemaker at the local co-op where the wine is made (Marie), the 2017 Maury Sec Serge & Marie offers subtle notes of leather layered over big black-cherry fruit and hints of garrigue and crushed stone. A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 10% Syrah, aged in a combination of foudre and used barrels, it's full-bodied, supple and expansive in the mouth, where it picks up nuances of raspberries and pencil shavings before finishing with gently dusty tannins and a note of dark chocolate. Wine Advocate 90 2020-06-11
2017 Vina Chocalan Carmenere 'Origen Gran Reserva' Maipo Valley This is a bright, brisk carmenère from vineyards in Maipo’s coastal hills. It’s close enough to the sea (22 miles) to sustain a coolness, from the crunch of cranberries to fragrant tobacco scents in the earthy tannins. Pour it with duck rillettes. Wine & Spirits 90 2020-06-10
2018 Vina Chocalan Cabernet Sauvignon 'Origen Gran Reserva' Maipo Valley Black pepper, bell pepper and Virginia tobacco all come to mind with the first taste of this big, bold cabernet. It’s smoky and spicy, with some cola notes in the tannins. For a braise. Wine & Spirits 89 2020-06-10
2018 Vina Chocalan Cabernet Sauvignon 'Origen Gran Reserva' Maipo Valley This offers a fresh, simple and bright array of red fruit on the nose with a drinkable, sup-ple palate that carries fresh red-berry flavors James Suckling 90 2020-06-10
2017 Michael Pozzan Winery Pinot Noir Russian River There’s a lot to like in this well-priced pinot, from its wild-strawberry freshness to its brisk, earthy tannins and heirloom-apple complexity. Those tannins go a bit muddled in the end, their earthy spice needing a pepper steak to resolve. Wine & Spirits 90 2020-06-09
2019 Barker's Marque Wines Sauvignon Blanc Blind River 'Arona' Intense and fragrant, with orange blossom, green apple and mango flavors, set on a juicy, fleshy frame. The succulence and purity of the fruit core sets this apart. Drink now. 13,000 cases made, 12,500 cases imported. Wine Spectator 100 Top Values 2020 Wine Spectator 90 2020-06-05
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras The 2019 Morgon Grand Cras offers up a rich bouquet of licorice, blackberries and cherries, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping palate built around ripe, powdery tannins and succulent acids. Derived from 55-year-old vines planted in clay-rich alluvial soils, it saw 12 days of maceration followed by 10 months of élevage in cement tank. Wine Advocate 92 2020-06-03
2017 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valderiz This full-bodied red is generous yet structured, featuring depth and balance. Ripe flavors of plum and currant mingle with cocoa, clove and mineral notes, supported by mouthcoating tannins and balsamic acidity. Harmonious and long. Best from 2022 through 2037. 2,000 cases made, 225 cases imported. Wine Spectator 94 2020-06-03
2015 La Perla Sforzato di Valtellina 'Quattro Soli' Steeped prune, menthol, wild rose and new leather aromas are front and center. It’s full bodied but has a weightless finesse, doling out juicy black plum, fleshy Marasca cherry, licorice and tobacco. Tightly knit velvety tannins provide support, while fresh acidity keeps it fresh and balanced. Drink 2022–2030. Wine Enthusiast 95 2020-06-03
2014 La Perla Sforzato di Valtellina 'Quattro Soli' Aromas of flint, baked plum, wild rose and thyme lead the nose on this full-bodied red. Velvety and enveloping, the smooth palate boasts weightless concentration and elegance, delivering dried cherry, raspberry compote, botanical herb and cooking spice framed in seasoned tannins. Bright acidity keeps it fresh and balanced. Drink through 2026. Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast 95 2020-06-03
2015 La Perla Valtellina Superiore 'La Mossa' Red-berry, rose-petal, wet stone and menthol aromas form the fragrant nose, along with an earthy whiff of new leather. The chiseled, elegantly structured palate features spiced cranberry, juicy red cherry and dark spice framed in taut refined tannins and vibrant acidity. Drink 2021–2027. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-06-03
2014 La Perla Valtellina Superiore 'La Mossa' Fragrant and loaded with finesse, this 100% Nebbiolo from the mountains has enticing aromas of wild rose, woodland berry, flint and alpine herb. Focused and all about elegance, the graceful palate offers strawberry, pomegranate, white pepper and a hint of clove set against polished tannins. Vibrant acidity keeps it balanced. It may too ethereal for some while others will be enchanted. Drink through 2026. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-06-03
2016 Domaine du Moulin Gaillac 'Cuvee Florentin' One of the characteristic grapes of Gaillac, this Braucol from low-yielding vines is concentrated and now mature. The wine’s density and finely chiseled tannins are matched by its black fruits and mineral texture. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-06-03
2018 Bailly Lapierre Saint-Bris Sauvignon Blanc This cooperative of about 430 growers is best known for its Crémant de Bourgogne, but it also makes a lovely St-Bris. The 2018 took a silver medal at the 29th Concours des Vins du Grand Auxerrois. Exhibiting delicate nuances of white flowers, its allure is immediate, and it dazzles with its bright stony impact. Wonderful acidity, especially given the vintage, makes it a pleasure to drink now – particularly with sushi. Decanter 92 2020-06-03
2017 Lafond Winery Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Aromas of stewed cranberry, nutmeg, dried roses and a hint of meat show on the nose of this bottling. There’s plenty of vibrant, peppery acidity on the sip, as well as cracked pepper flavors, alongside baked raspberry and sour cherry. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-06-02
2018 Frey Vineyards Biodynamic 'Field Blend Red' Mendocino Packed with fresh blackberries and black pepper, this lively, juicy wine has plenty of flavor but stays rather light and easy on the palate. It is medium bodied and has light tannins for a touch of firmness in the texture—one of the best organic, sulfite-free California wines ever. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-06-02
2017 Trentadue Winery La Storia Cuvee 32' Alexander Valley This is the winery’s Super Tuscan-type blend of 57% Sangiovese, 30% Montepulciano and 13% Merlot. Juicy black and red berries are cradled in sweet oak and gravelly tannin, providing power and lengthy grip. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-06-02
2018 Tulocay Chardonnay Napa Valley Winemaker Brie Cadman coaxes briny, salty and citrusy freshness and complexity from the famous site, making for a light, bright and elegant resulting wine. Meyer lemon, green apple and just a tiny hint of oak provide ample body within a subdued ripeness. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-06-02
2019 Ryan Patrick Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley The aromas are reserved, with notes of melon, herb, grapefruit and tropical fruit. The palate is light and lively, with a zing of acidity that ups the interest of the lemony flavors. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-06-02
2016 Ryan Patrick Cabernet Sauvignon 'Rock Island' Columbia Valley Plum aromas are out front, with whiffs of coffee, green pepper and jalapeño following. The palate is broad and flavorful. It wants a bit more concentration and ripeness, but otherwise what’s there is lovely, if a bit green. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-06-02
2018 Keuka Spring Vineyards Riesling 'Humphreys Vineyard' Ripe apple and pear aromas are lifted by a bright floral tone on the nose. There’s a pleasing rounded softness to the palate, most likely due to the partial fermentation in neutral barrel, with lifted elements of pine-dusted lemon and ripe orchard fruit filling it out. Waxy lemon peel and a bit of earthy spice frame the fruit well, giving a firm boundary to all that weight. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-06-02
2018 Keuka Spring Vineyards Riesling A vibrant aroma of Pink Lady apple is covered in lemon and lime zest on the nose. Medium in weight, this soft, supple semidry Riesling is dappled in juicy orchard fruit flavors on the palate, ending with a gentle candied-lemon tone. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-06-02
2016 Maison Pagnotta Meursault Flinty reduction plays on the nose of this wine alongside earthiness. The palate rounds this out with yeasty richness that creates a smooth, concentrated texture. The rounded finish suggests lemon and buttermilk. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-06-02
2018 Maison Pagnotta Rully A touch of reduction and juicy Mirabelle notes on the nose of this wine give the impression of ease. The palate is rounded and plump with ripe Mirabelle notes. There is juicy freshness in this fruit-driven, vivid wine. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-06-02
2018 Vignerons de Buxy Montagny 1er Cru Les Chaniots In this wine, a touch of reduction still clings to the nose and some of that funk is also on the rounded, generous but fresh palate. It has a chalky texture and ripe roundness of flavors. The finish is juicy and dry. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-06-02
2018 Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Saint-Veran A whiff of reduction needs to blow off before candied lemon and apple notes can shine. The palate of this wine offers vivid but tempered juiciness that is the result of ripeness captured at just the right moment. This wine expresses the generosity of 2018 with verve, balance and freshness. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-06-02
2017 Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Saint-Veran Les Rochats Notes of ripe peach seem to be channelled into a lemony vision of chalk and freshness on the nose of this wine. The palate repeats this dynamic lemony vision on a concentrated palate. Earthy overtones and a sense of generosity and richness are amplified by concentration and gentle power. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-06-02
2016 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 'XXII' Columbia Valley Loaded with blackberry and dark-cherry aromas and flavors with chocolate. It’s full, rich and concentrated, yet there is a level of agility to it at the same time. Balanced for the weight. 88% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot, 4% merlot, 2% malbec and 1% cabernet franc. Drinkable now, but better in three or four years. James Suckling 94 2020-06-01
2017 Dunham Cellars Red Blend 'Trutina' Columbia Valley An opulent, pretty red with dark-chocolate, blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Full body, round and soft tannins that are nicely integrated and a long, flavorful finish. 54% merlot, 42% cabernet sauvignon, 2% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Very drinkable now, but better in 2021. James Suckling 92 2020-06-01
2016 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon A firm, fresh red with lovely currant, dark-chocolate and light vanilla character. Medium to full body and a linear, tight finish. This has very pretty balance and structure. A blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot. Better after 2022. James Suckling 94 2020-06-01
2016 Pursued by Bear Syrah 'Baby Bear' Columbia Valley Flamboyant red with plenty of fruit, as well as undertones of green tobacco leaf and wet earth. Medium to full body, juicy fruit and medium-round tannins. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2020-06-01
2016 Ryan Patrick Cabernet Sauvignon 'Rock Island' Columbia Valley Some stewed fruit with cherries and herbs. Medium body, soft tannins and a fruity finish. Easy. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2020-06-01
2019 Ryan Patrick Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley A fresh, focused sauvignon with sliced-apple and lime aromas and flavors. Medium body, bright acidity and a delicious finish. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 90 2020-06-01
2017 Ryan Patrick Cabernet Sauvignon 'Reserve' Rattlesnake Hills This is a really pretty wine with firm, silky tannins that show polish and precision. It’s medium-bodied with an integrated palate and a flavorful finish. Always refined. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2020-06-01
2014 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Les Bulles d’Alain Light, glistening yellow. Smoke-tinged aromas of ripe citrus and pit fruits along with suggestions of smoky lees, honey and dusty minerals. Offers concentrated tangerine, pear and nectarine flavors that are braced by an undercurrent of juicy acidity. The smoky note repeats on the long, lees-accented finish, which leaves hints of bitter pear skin and quinine behind. Vinous 92 2020-05-29
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol Pale gold. Mineral- spice-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas take on a suave floral nuance with air. Offers incisive, deeply concentrated pear and bitter orange zest flavors that are complicated by suggestions of honeysuckle and smoky lees. The mineral note drives the extremely long, penetrating finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity and lingering floral, citrus fruit notes. Vinous 94 2020-05-29
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol Green-tinged straw-gold. A highly complex bouquet evokes ripe citrus and pit fruits, along with suggestions of chamomile, jasmine and smoky minerals. Juicy, penetrating and chewy on the palate, offering intense, mineral-laced tangerine, pear nectar and honeysuckle flavors that deepen and spread out through the mid-palate. The mineral and floral notes drive a strikingly long, incisive finish that leaves a suave floral note behind. Vinous 94-95 2020-05-29
2018 Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec 'Cuvee Silex' A brilliant value Chenin that delivers the moreish combination of steely acidity with sweet peaches and pear creaminess. There is a touch of residual sugar in this - no more than 9g/l - but it is only discernible through the weight of fruit, never through sweetness. The vines are all aged between 30 and 40 years old, from a certified organic vineyard (farmed biodynamically). Drunk over a family lunch with heaped plates of langoustines and prawns, topped of with baguette and salty butter. Heaven, from an estate that I don't know well but was made hugely happy by. Drinking Window 2019 - 2023 Decanter 95 2020-05-29
2019 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose A blend of 40% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 20% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Bargemone's 2019 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose boasts an attractively lifted, herbal note on the nose, plus hints of strawberries, cucumbers, melon and peppery spice. It's light to medium-bodied but with a pleasant, silky texture and plenty of length. Wine Advocate 90 2020-05-29
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais 'Les Vignes de Lantignie' Offering up pretty aromas of blackberries, peonies and subtle forest floor, the 2019 Beaujolais-Villages Les Vignes de Lantignié is medium to full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with lively acids, velvety tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. As usual, this saw a short six- or seven-day maceration with whole clusters, followed by élevage in cement tank. Once again, Burgaud has produced a characterful and viscerally drinkable Beaujolais-Villages that exemplifies all the merits—as well as the incredible value—offered by the appellation at its best. Wine Advocate 92 2020-05-29
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py The 2019 Morgon Côte du Py has turned out beautifully, delivering an inviting nose of smoky black cherries, cassis and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, bright and lively, it's deep and concentrated, with a fleshy core of fruit underpinned by tangy acids. This is another of Burgaud's real successes this year. Wine Advocate 94 2020-05-29
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Les Charmes Aromas of blackberries, mulberries and cherries, complemented by hints of cracked pepper, introduce Burgaud's 2019 Morgon Les Charmes, a medium to full-bodied, rich and lively wine that's more than usually structured this year, its powdery tannins asserting themselves on the finish. Wine Advocate 92+ 2020-05-29
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Regnie Vallieres From 50-year-old vines growing in stony, sandy soils, the 2019 Régnié Vallières bursts with aromas of cherries, raspberries and blackberries, complemented by subtle hints of potpourri and smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, it's velvety and succulent, with an ample core of beautifully pure fruit that's girdled by melting tannins and lively acids. This has turned out especially well this year. Wine Advocate 93 2020-05-29
2018 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py 'Javernieres' Burgaud's 2018 Morgon Côte du Py Javernières is showing beautifully, unfurling in the glass with a deep-pitched but youthfully reserved bouquet that mingles hints of cassis and plum with notions of baking chocolate, grilled meats, cracked pepper and violets. Medium to full-bodied, rich but lively, it's built around powdery and abundant structuring tannins and succulent acids, revealing terrific depth at the core and concluding with a long, elegantly sapid finish. This should be quite spectacular with a few years of bottle age. Wine Advocate 94+ 2020-05-29
2018 Jean-Marc Burgaud Regnie Vallieres Notes of cherries, raspberries, licorice and woodsmoke introduce the 2018 Régnié Vallières, a medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered wine with a rich core of fleshy fruit, fine tannins and succulent acids. It's a charming, gourmand wine from sand and granite soils. Wine Advocate 92 2020-05-29
2015 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Malbec Mendoza Tradición de Familia This is very tight and structured. Full-bodied, layered and juicy with beautiful fruit and intensity. Dark berries and walnuts. Hints of stones and wet earth. Only 10 barrels made and always from top site near the town of La Consulta. Malbec with a hint of petit verdot and cabernet franc. James Suckling 94 2020-05-28
2018 Pacific Redwood Pinot Noir Mendocino An appetizing grip and lively mouthfeel make this organic wine a winner, supported by good, uncomplicated berry and red-cherry flavors and great balance from mild tannins and good fruit acidity. Buy Now - Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-05-27
2019 Di Giovanna Vurria Nerello Mascalese Rosato DOC Sicilia The 2019 Di Giovanna Vurria Rosato wafts up from the glass like opening the door of a freshly-stocked florist shop, as masses of yellow and red flowers are complemented by spicy herbs and a hint of lime zest. On the palate, soft textures carry flavors of ripe melon and white berries, with cooling minerals and a hint of sweet spice. It finishes long, yet there’s a drying herbal twang with notes of yellow apple, spiked with a hint of ginger. Vinous 88 2020-05-22
2018 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay The 2018 Chardonnay Overlook is largely in the same style as the 2017, but in a softer, more flattering, easygoing style. It has plenty of richer honeyed orchard and pineapple fruit, a rounded, forward texture, and good balance. Drink it over the coming year or three. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2020-05-22
2017 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir Coming from Monterey County, Santa Barbara, and Sonoma County, the 2017 Pinot Noir Overlook offers a slightly fresher, more vibrant perfume of candied cherries, violets, sappy herbs, and new leather. Nicely textured, medium-bodied, with good acidity as well as length, it's a rock-solid value that's ideal for drinking while you give the single vineyard cuvées a year or three in bottle. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2020-05-22
2016 Ryan Patrick Reserve Cabernet Sauv Elephant Mtn Vineyard With a minty green expression, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Elephant Mountain Vineyard opens to aromas of juicy black fruit with a structured, earthy sweetness before showcasing stewed black plum and purple flower highlights. Full-bodied, the palate is ripe with a core of dense black fruit that remains minty and herbal with flavors of bitter dark chocolate across the mid-palate. The tannins cling to the palate on the grippy, lingering finish of this food-friendly and age-worthy wine. It’s quite delightful. 500 cases produced. Wine Advocate 89 2020-05-21
2015 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with 19% Merlot, begins with a dense, dark-fruited core with spicy undertones of oak that waft with elegant floral expressions. Full-bodied, the wine is weighty and well-defined across the mid-palate, delivering pleasuring with a lush, open-knit and generous expression and velvety mouthfeel. The wine continues to evolve in the mouth on the long, lingering and sophisticated finish, giving lasting flavors of blackberry jus, crème brûlée and juicy plum. 479 cases produced. Well done, it’s beautiful and silky. I want another sip. Wine Advocate 92+ 2020-05-21
2015 Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah The 2015 Syrah Baby Bear is open and wafts from the glass with a juicy core of fruit and aromas of Chambord, dark spiced plum, dense mocha tones and smoky chocolate essence. Full-bodied, the palate is rich, compact, focused and robust with flavors of blackberry jus and black spices that coat the palate with balance and precision. It lingers long with the generous black fruit essence on the persistent finish that continues to evolve in the mouth. This comes recommended. 389 cases produced. Wine Advocate 91 2020-05-21
2016 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XVII The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon XVII has a core of dark fruit and blackberries, with cherry essence, oak spices with an herbal hint and soft red flower tone. Medium to full-bodied, the wine has good balance, a focused structure and subtle flavors of mocha and vanilla, and it ends with a lingering berry-laced finish. I can’t help going back for another taste. 2,673 cases were made. Wine Advocate 89 2020-05-21
2016 Dunham Cellars Trutina A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 12% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Trutina begins with inky dark fruits and spice tones that fill the glass with a heavy concentration. Medium to full-bodied, the palate shows a more direct approach, still showing a concentrated fruit core, then giving way to a tight tannic grip across the mid-palate. This Bordeaux-style blend ends with a lingering finish, showing considerable quality for the price. Just under 7,000 cases were made. Wine Advocate 88 2020-05-21
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Tradition Deep ruby/purple-colored, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a mix of 90% Grenache and 5% each of Syrah and Cinsault, aged in a mix of barrels, demi-muids and stainless steel. Kirsch, blackberries, ground pepper, and some loamy, earthy notes all emerge from this powerful yet elegant Grenache that has tons of exuberance and personality. It might be too much for some, but it’s a beautiful expression of Grenache. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2020-05-14
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Prestige The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige is the only wine to include significant portions of Mourvèdre (85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre), partially destemmed and aged in a mix of demi-muids, barrels, and concrete tanks. It has a darker, slightly more reserved bouquet of blackberries, peppery herbs, graphite, and scorched earth. It's rich, powerful, concentrated and textured, yet also beautifully balanced and pure, with fine tannin. Give bottles a year or three, and it's going to cruise for a decade. Jeb Dunnuck 93+ 2020-05-14
2015 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Sables de la Crau The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sables de La Crau is 100% Grenache from the sandy part of the famed La Crau lieu-dit. It offers terrific notes of wild strawberries, currants, dried flowers and spice, full-bodied richness, sweet, polished tannin and a great finish. While this vintage was difficult for the sandy terroirs, this cuvée is impressive! Jeb Dunnuck 94 2020-05-14
2017 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Prestige Bright-hued ruby. Mineral-accented raspberry, cherry liqueur and garrigue aromas are complicated by subtle game and incense nuances. Silky, focused and alluringly sweet, offering pliant red and blue fruit preserve, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that in no way show that this wine is wine is from warm year. Finishes sappy, sweet and extremely long, with suave, well-knit tannins and resonating floral and spice notes. Vinous 95-96 2020-05-14
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Tradition Dark bright-rimmed red. Highly perfumed red fruit and floral aromas show excellent clarity and a building mineral nuance. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering intense raspberry and boysenberry flavors that deepen steadily as the wine opens up. On the weighty side as this bottling goes, much as is the case with its 2015 sibling, but there's no lack of vivacity here. Finishes very long and spicy, with fine-grained tannins lending shape and closing grip. Vinous 92 2020-05-14
2017 Cedric Parpette Côte-Rôtie Montmain Deep, lurid ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented cherry and blackberry scents, along with suggestions of smoked meat, licorice, potpourri and pungent flowers. Deeply concentrated but energetic on the palate, offering deeply concentrated black and blue fruit preserve flavors that become sweeter with air. Closes impressively long, sappy and sweet, with juicy acidity adding lift and cut to the blue-fruit driven, youthfully tannic finish. Vinous 93 2020-05-13
2017 Domaine Yves Cheron Les Dentelles Cotes du Rhone From some high-elevation vineyards, the 2017 Cotes du Rhone les Dentelles shows excellent potential. It's fresh and fragrant, with notes of cherry and blueberry reflecting the blend of Grenache and Syrah. It's full-bodied and open-knit, with a long finish. Wine Advocate 89-91 2020-05-13
2016 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre Composed of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Three Acre has a deep garnet-purple color and is beautifully perfumed of candied violets, Ceylong tea, underbrush and cigar box scents with a core of blackcurrant cordial, redcurrant jelly and black raspberries. Medium to full-bodied, elegantly styled and very polished on the palate, it has an exquisitely fine-grained texture and long harmonious finish. Wine Advocate 94 2020-05-13
2017 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay Steely and floral, this wine is medium bodied and measured in acidity, with pleasing layers of apple, pear and wet stone. A hint of butterscotch tugs at its edges, suggesting additional richness and caramel flavor, as a tease of white pepper lingers on. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-05-08
2017 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay This offers buttery richness to the ripe white fruit flavors. Spicy midpalate, with pastry notes lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 30,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 88 2020-05-08
2017 Trentadue Winery La Storia Zinfandel Alexander Valley Sinewy in leather, black currant and black tea, this wine is structured in tannin and oak, complex and appealing in moderate richness and ripeness. The finish is soft and lingering in baking spice. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-05-07
2017 El Principal Calicanto Maipo Andes Valley A Bordeaux blend with a very fruit-driven, medium-bodied and fresh, Chilean style, the supple tannins gently building on the finish. A blend of 51 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 19 per cent carmenere, 13 per cent cabernet franc, 10 per cent petit verdot and seven per cent syrah. James Suckling 90 2020-05-07
2017 Domaine Vallet Cuvee Rouelle-Midi Condrieu Veritably spry in the typically unctuous world of Condrieu, this medium-bodied Viognier offers crisp, cutting Asian pear and tangerine flavors edged by invigorating mineral freshness. Spicy whiffs of vanilla, smoke and orange cream keep it true to style. This juicy, exuberantly youthful sip is best enjoyed now through 2025. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-05-05
2017 Lava Cap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rich and spicy, this full-bodied wine packs plenty of delicious, dark-fruit flavors on a broad, moderately tannic frame. It offers admirable concentration and depth, a mouthfilling texture and good length on the finish. Best after 2024. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-05-05
2019 Barker's Marque Wines Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc While there’s nothing outside the box about this wine, it is classic Marlborough in all the best ways, finding balance and texture amid all the fruit and freshness. It opens with a pretty, perfumed nose of bright lime leaf, jalapeño and tomato leaf. The acidity is crisp and lifted but neatly harmonized by a chalky texture and juicy, citrusy fruit. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-05-05
2017 Boutinot Les Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages This fleshy, concentrated blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah is packed with preserved raspberry and red cherry flavors. It’s rich and velvety in mouthfeel, accented by spicy notes of dark chocolate and anise. The finish lingers softly on ripe, easy tannins and a vein of smoke. Enjoy now–2023. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-05-05
2019 Chateau Saint-Honore Rose Cotes de Provence From its privileged vineyard close to the sea, this wine gives richness as well as fruitiness. Strawberry flavors are ripe and full-bodied while keeping a beautiful streak of freshness. It is ready to drink. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-05-05
2019 Chateau de L'Aumerade Marie Christine Rose Cotes de Provence A rich and fruity wine, this is packed with red-berry flavors lifted by an orange twist and generous acidity. The wine is juicy and ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-05-05
2008 Jean Laurent La Griffe de l'Ource Blanc de Noirs Brut This textured wine shows tannins as well as ripe fruits. More than a decade on, it is still young, with a tight, taut character to balance the fruitiness. Drink this Champagne from 2021. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-05-05
2018 Bodegas Victoria Ordonez La Pasajera Passion fruit and citrus aromas are clean and typical of Verdejo, while this feels crisp and racy, with citric acidity. Lime and orange peel flavors lead the way, backed by a stony finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-05-05
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco Dusty orange-peel aromas lead to a palate that’s mildly citric in feel but mostly just blunt. Citrus and dry melon flavors deliver the basics, making this right for easy quaffing. Best Buy Wine Enthusiast BB 2020-05-05
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva Ripe berry aromas are dark and oaky, with a welcome hint of black pepper. This Reserva from a marginal vintage impresses via a lush palate that’s generous and fruity. Spicy blackberry, graphite and toasty oak flavors finish with cassis and spicy oak notes. As ripe Rioja goes, this is performing; drink through 2025. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-05-05
2015 Elia Palazzesi Brunello di Montalcino Black-skinned berry, tobacco and underbrush aromas lead the nose. The bright palate offers fleshy black cherry, licorice and black pepper alongside chewy tannins. Drink 2022–2029. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-05-05
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Underbrush, camphor and new leather aromas mingle with a whiff of purple flower and tobacco. Reflecting the heat of the scorching vintage, the big broad palate is dominated by licorice and alcohol, with hints of stewed prune and vanilla in the background. While some may love the power, it’s shy on fruit richness and freshness. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-05-05
2017 Nicodemi Notari d'Abruzzo Montepulciano Teramane DOCG There’s enviable concentration on the nose of this wine, delivering plumes of dark cherry, plum, salt and tobacco. There’s power and verve to the thick-skinned berry fruit on the medium-bodied palate, built up by a sturdy frame of tannins and pushed along by a refreshing vein of acidity. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-05-05
2018 Traslapiedra Malbec Paraje Altamira This natural style Malbec is fermented with native yeast and aged entirely in concrete. It’s lively on the nose in reedy wild berry and red currant aromas. The crisp, racy palate is jolting, while flavors of red plum, currant and cranberry lean spicy prior to a tight, focused finish. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-05-05
2019 Trentadue Winery OPR Sauvignon Blanc Fragrant, fresh herb aromas and a good, crisp texture give an assertive appeal to this medium-bodied well-balanced unoaked wine. It shows tons of varietal character in the scents of rosemary, parsley and thyme, and the bright citrus flavors. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-05-05
2018 Frey Vineyards Pinot Grigio This full-bodied wine is vibrant and structured, showing a spicy, earthy influence in addition to clean and crisp apple and Bosc pear flavors. The texture has a little bite that’s appetizing. No added sulfites. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-05-05
2018 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's This blend of 66% Grenache, 31% Syrah and 3% Tempranillo is slightly effervescent in the glass at this young age, delivering aromas of red currant, hibiscus and crushed gravel. Cranberry and cherry meet with stony acidity on the zesty and fresh palate. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-05-05
2016 Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah The aromas offer notes of roasted coffee bean, vanilla and bittersweet chocolate. A full-bodied, chocolaty palate follows, with well-balanced acidity. Barrel aromas and flavors play a leading role, with the fruit in support. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-05-05
2017 Domaine Vallet Cuvee Meribets Saint Joseph Saturated ruby. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes ripe blue fruits, olive and candied flowers, along with a cracked pepper element. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering animated boysenberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of licorice that builds on the back half. The floral note recurs on the persistent finish, which features supple tannins and lingering spiciness. Made with de-stemmed fruit and aged for 10 months in used oak. Vinous 90 2020-05-01
2017 Domaine Vallet Cuvee Muletiers Saint Joseph Opaque violet color. Expressive dark berry, potpourri, olive and smoky mineral aromas display good clarity and take on a spicy nuance with air. Offers sappy, concentrated blackberry, bitter cherry and violet pastille flavors that display sharp focus and assertive, spicy back-end lift. Closes with energetic cut, building tannins and strong, floral-driven persistence. (one-third whole clusters and neutral oak) Vinous 92 2020-05-01
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Glass-staining ruby. Mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents, along with hints of smoked meat, violet and cracked pepper. Broad, fleshy cassis and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and take on a smoky nuance on the back half. In an ample but lively style, with solid floral thrust and smooth tannins that frame the persistent finish. Vinous 93 2020-05-01
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes Inky ruby. Potent, mineral-accented dark berries, cherry pit and a suave floral quality on the highly perfumed nose. Concentrated yet energetic in style, showing very good depth and clarity to the sappy cherry, blackberry and floral pastille flavors. Picks up a smoky quality on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with strong, spice-driven tenacity. Vinous 91 2020-05-01
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Opaque ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays powerful aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, incense, peony and olive paste. Palate-staining blackberry, boysenberry, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors deepen steadily on the back half. Gains weight and sweetness with air, finishing with a jolt of smoky minerality, sneaky tannins and outstanding persistence. Vinous 95 2020-05-01
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Bright purple. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of ripe dark berries, licorice and pungent flowers pick up a floral nuance as the wine opens up. Plush cassis and blackberry flavors are braced by a spine of juicy acidity, and a cracked pepper flourish adds spicy cut to the back half. Becomes sweeter with air and features a hint of cola on the long, smoky finish, which features harmonious tannins and lingering florality. Vinous 94 2020-05-01
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes Deep violet. Expansive aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, spicecake and licorice on the pungent, expansive nose. Appealingly sweet, mineral- and smoke-accented cassis and blueberry flavors show impressive depth and pick up a floral quality in the midpalate. Displays sharp detail and spicy lift on the youthfully tannic, persistent finish, which features echoing blue fruit and floral notes. Vinous 93 2020-05-01
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Cotes Du Rhone Les Peyrouses Saturated ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented cherry and dark berry scents are complicated by hints of candied flowers and licorice. Supple and broad in the mouth, offering pliant blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter as the wine opens up. A floral pastille note appears on the clinging finish, which shows very good clarity and smooth, even tannins. Vinous 91 2020-05-01
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Inky violet color. Intensely perfumed aromas of ripe black/blue fruits, exotic spices, potpourri and olive are sharpened by a smoky mineral flourish. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering alluringly sweet blueberry and cherry preserve flavors along with hints of licorice and candied flowers. The floral and spice qualities repeat emphatically on an impressively long, energetic finish that features well-knit tannins and a resonating mineral note. Vinous 95 2020-05-01
2017 Le Cadeau Merci Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley The 2015 “Merci” Pinot is a delicious spicy aromatic Pinot Noir offering ripe dark cherry fruit and toasted oak with a hint of underbrush. Crafted from a blend of Heritage Pinot Noir clones of Calera, Swan and Mt. Eden, it displays a rich texture on the palate with good concentration and a persistent finish. Well done. 150 Cases i-Wine Review 94 2020-04-29
2018 Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot Noir Willamette Valley The Pinot Noir “Cote Est” offers aromas of dark cherry/plum-like fruit with hints of charred oak on the nose that are mirrored on the palate. Medium-weight, it displays a dry mid-palate and good concentration of flavor, firm round tannins and a pleasant finish. 285 cases i-Wine Review 91 2020-04-29
2018 Le Cadeau Diversite Pinot Noir Willamette Valley A delicious wine offering lovely fresh and ripe red berry aromas and flavors with hints of toast. It is elegant and refined on the palate and nicely focused with good concentration, firm round tannins and a persistent finish. An excellent youthful wine. i-Wine Review 93 2020-04-29
2018 Le Cadeau Rocheaux Pinot Noir Willamette Valley The Pinot Noir “Rocheaux” displays a medium-ruby color and lovely aromas of fresh dark cherry fruit. It has a silky palate with good balance, deep savory flavors and a long, extracted finish. Lighter in weight and more elegant than the other wines in this fine series, it is sourced from the Le Cadeau Vineyard. 220 cases i-Wine Review 93 2020-04-29
2017 Le Cadeau Trajet Reserve Pinot Noir The 2017 Pinot Noir “Trajet” Reserve is a perfumed and richly flavored distinctive wine, whole-cluster fermented in French oak for up to 18 months. It is not a typical cherry-fruited Oregon Pinot Noir, but rather shows an interesting blend of whole cluster-ripe dark red fruit with extended barrel aging. It is soft and round on the palate with good depth, ripe tannins and a pleasant finish. 80 cases i-Wine Review 93 2020-04-29
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles A bright and fresh style, leading off with floral and bay leaf elements, followed by brisk-edged cassis and damson plum fruit flavors. The racy, mineral-pierced finish shows good persistence. Best from 2022 through 2032. Wine Spectator 94 2020-04-29
2018 Foris Vineyards Pinot Gris Rogue Valley Svelte and supple, with pretty citrus and melon flavors. Drink now. 2,948 cases made. Wine Spectator 88 2020-04-28
2016 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Cabernet Sauvignon A brambly and fresh array of summer berries here with a smoky, herbal edge to the palate. Fresh and fleshy. Drink or hold. James Suckling 88 2020-04-27
2018 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Unoaked Chardonnay A bright and straightforward chardonnay, which shows apple pie, apricots and spices. Medium-bodied, fruity and simple. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2020-04-27
2017 Bodegas Nekeas 25 Vendimias Garnacha Blanca I love the bright white-peach aroma and this is married to a properly dry palate that’s quite sleek and very linear. The tannins on the palate give just enough structure to extend the clean, slightly mineral finish. This makes it capable of aging a few years. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2020-04-27
2017 Bodegas Nekeas Cepa por Cepa Garnacha This typically fresh garnacha/grenache from Navarra has a bright raspberry nose with a hint of floral aromas. Clean, lively and crisp on the palate. With a bit more depth this would rate higher. Drink now or in 2019. James Suckling 89 2020-04-27
2017 Dunham Cellars Trutina Columbia Valley A smoking value, the 2017 Trutina (54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot) has lots of cassis and black cherry fruits interwoven with notes of crushed flowers, white chocolate, and lead pencil. Medium-bodied, seamless and elegant on the palate, it’s wonderfully polished and balanced, and drinks well above its price point. It should evolve for at least 7-8 years. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2020-04-20
2017 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel Mendocino County Racy and jammy, with floral raspberry, rhubarb, toasty and spice flavors that finish with a burst of fruit. Drink now through 2024. 9,170 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2020-04-20
2019 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc Blind River Sourced from the Blind River section of the Awatere Valley, the 2019 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc is essentially the Barker's Marque flagship. Hints of tomato stalk mark the nose, while the medium-bodied palate delivers vibrant notes of nectarine, passion fruit and grapefruit, finishing long and crisp. It's a solid effort to drink over the next year or so. Wine Advocate 89 2020-04-17
2018 Decibel Wines Viognier Showing a touch of honeyed ripeness on the nose, Decibel's 2018 Bridge Pa Vineyard Viognier also offers varietally correct floral-spicy notes. It's more pear than apricot, with melon notes filling out the medium-bodied palate and hints of ginger and white pepper on the finish. A solid New World rendering of Viognier, it should drink well for another year or two. Wine Advocate 88 2020-04-17
2018 Decibel Wines Crownthorpe Sauvignon Blanc Grapefruit and nectarine aromas appear on the nose of the 2018 Crownthorpe Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. It's light to medium-bodied, without much texture on the palate, but citrus and stone fruit notes linger nicely on the finish. Drink up. Wine Advocate 88 2020-04-17
2018 Paritua Vineyard Chardonnay The 2018 Chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged 11 months in 40% new French oak. Toasty aromas reminiscent of roasted cashews appear on the nose, accenting bright apple and citrus notes. It's medium-bodied and reasonably linear in style, with a strong line of acidity (only 25% went through malolactic fermentation) and a crisp, refreshing finish. Wine Advocate 89 2020-04-17
2015 Paritua Vineyard 21.12 Red Blend A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc, Paritua's 2015 21•12 is a big, dark, oak-drenched beast, loaded with scents of vanilla, cedar and cassis on the nose. On the full-bodied palate, it's plush and rich, coating the mouth with velvety tannins and then adding little nuances of tea leaves and chocolate-covered cherries on the lingering finish. It's about as flashy and fleshy as they come in Hawke's Bay, a bit of New World excess for those (like me) who appreciate that sort of thing. Wine Advocate 94 2020-04-17
2018 Paritua Vineyard Syrah Delightfully aromatic scents of cracked pepper, purple raspberries and crushed violets emerge on the nose of Paritua's 2018 Syrah. It's medium to full-bodied, with silky tannins, plenty of color and concentration and a bright, refreshing, fruit-driven finish that makes it easy to drink now, although it should age well for at least another few years. It doesn't have the granite-mineral core or savory notes of a top Saint-Joseph, but it's in that mold. Wine Advocate 91 2020-04-17
2018 Stone Paddock Chardonnay The seemingly unoaked 2018 Stone Paddock Chardonnay displays plenty of ripe fruit aromas and flavors, ranging from pear, pineapple and melon to crisper notes of citrus. It's medium-bodied and pleasantly plump on the palate yet bright and refreshing on the finish. Drink it over the next couple of years. Wine Advocate 88 2020-04-17
2016 Stone Paddock "Scarlet" Red Blend The 2016 Stone Paddock Scarlet is a blend of 42% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Malbec. Darker in color than the Cabernet Franc, it's deeper and earthier in its aromas of cassis, black cherries and tobacco. It's still just medium-bodied, with a fine, silky feel on the palate and a juicy, mouthwatering finish. Wine Advocate 89 2020-04-17
2018 The Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc The brass-hued 2018 The Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc appears to have had some skin contact—not only because of the color but also the "skins-y" aromas and a phenolic, textural element on the finish. It's not overdone, but it shapes the wine's overall impression. Honeyed notes of nectarine round out the medium-bodied palate, lingering gently on the finish. Wine Advocate 88 2020-04-17
2019 Vina Quintay Clava Sauvignon Blanc Fresh gooseberries and pears with grassy herbs and limes, The palate has a very fresh, supple feel with attractive, juicy lemon and melon flavors. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 90 2020-04-17
2018 Vina Quintay Q Pinot Noir Some reductive aromas with toasty, spicy oak also in play, across bright red cherries. The palate has a very supple, juicy and succulent feel with such attractively crunchy red fruit. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2020-04-17
2018 Trabun Malbec Requinoa Cachapoal Valley Aromas of bright red cherries and berries with a savory, beef-stock and roasting-herb edge. The palate is plush, densely flavored and juicy with rich, dark-berry and cocoa-powder flavors. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2020-04-17
2018 Vina Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon A very brambly, dark-berry nose makes for enticing cabernet with a spicy sheen, too. The palate delivers ample, ripe dark berries with smooth, fine tannins, carrying gently spicy flavors long and fresh. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2020-04-17
2019 Trabun Sauvignon Blanc Requinoa Cachapoal Valley Some roasted asparagus and ripe gooseberries on the nose. Very crisp with fresh lemon zest and oyster-shell minerality on the palate. Pure and focused with taut tension. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 91 2020-04-17
2017 Trabun Syrah Requinoa Cachapoal Valley Attractive array of blue fruit, violets and spice. Full and zesty with lots of sour plums on the palate. Firm and deliciously austere. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2020-04-17
2017 Vina Chocalan Vitrum Red Blend Some gun flint and smoke with ripe red berries and leafy, tobacco-like nuances. The palate has a very smooth, juicy feel with plush, vibrant blueberry flavors. Medium body and suave tannins. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2020-04-17
2018 El Principal Calicanto Andes Maipo This has a brambly nose with bright blueberries and cassis, as well as a gently floral, violet-like edge. The palate has a core of richly flavorful dark berries and a smooth array of supple, fine and easy tannins. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, syrah, cabernet franc and malbec. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2020-04-17
2016 El Principal Memorias Andes Maipo This blend has aromas of fresh violets, cassis and blackberries with some foresty aromas, making for a complex impression. The palate builds out nicely with silky, supple tannins that carry plenty of vibrant ripe berries. Cabernet sauvignon with syrah, petit verdot and carmenere. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2020-04-17
2017 Vina Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Carmenere This offers a fresh, simple and bright array of red fruit on the nose with a drinkable, supple palate that carries fresh red-berry flavors. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2020-04-17
2016 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XXII Columbia Valley A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot and Malbec, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon XXII is another gorgeous wine from this estate. Aged 19 months in 52% new French oak, it’s a fresh, nicely focused, medium to full-bodied effort that has classic crème de cassis fruit as well as notes of lead pencil, violets, subtle oak, and a gravelly, earthy minerality. Drink it any time over the coming 15 years or more. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2020-04-16
2016 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Incorporating 10% Merlot and brought up in new oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a deep purple hue as well as fabulous notes of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, damp earth, chocolate, and truffle. Rich and medium to full-bodied, with beautiful purity, it's a fabulous wine from this estate. It will evolve for two decades. Jeb Dunnuck 94 2020-04-16
2016 Pursued by Bear Syrah Baby Bear The 2016 Syrah Baby Bear checks in as 100% Syrah that was destemmed and brought up in two-thirds new French oak. It has a classic Syrah nose of black raspberries, leafy herbs, spring flowers, and peppered game. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, elegant Syrah with fine tannins, good acidity, and a great finish. It will drink well for a decade. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2020-04-16
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino This ripe red is balanced, with cherry, plum, berry and floral notes showing nuances of black pepper, iron, earth and tobacco. Firm, dense and fresh, featuring a long aftertaste of fruit, spice and tobacco. Best from 2024 through 2042. 260 cases made, 100 cases imported. Wine Spectator 94 2020-04-13
2018 Tibaldi Barbera D'Alba DOC A lush, almost fumey nose is followed in the mouth by some hard-edged red apple skin and red and black forest fruits. Some bitter cherry and liquorice hints emerge on the mid-palate, and the acidity provides balance to the round, ripe palate – it’s just a little bit hard to get into. Decanter 89 2020-04-10
2016 Nicodemi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Le Murate This is an easy and accessible wine to pair with just about any pasta or pizza. The Nicodemi 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Le Murate opens to a medium ruby color and shows aromas of wild cherry, blackberry and potting soil. The wine is light and easy in terms of mouthfeel, with fresh plummy fruit on the close. Some 100,000 bottles were made. Wine Advocate 88 2020-04-09
2016 Nicodemi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Notàri Here's a fresh and accessible red wine from Abruzzo, one of the most beautiful and rugged regions of Italy. The Nicodemi 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Notàri would pair with pizza topped with spicy sausage and rapini. The fullness and the rich fruity profile of the wine will soften any hot pepper sensations. This wine sees 12 months in oak. Some 20,000 bottles were made. Wine Advocate 90+ 2020-04-09
2014 Nicodemi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Riserva Neromoro The Nicodemi 2014 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Riserva Neromoro is a well-built red wine to pair with grilled or roasted meats. It offers soft layers of spice and dark fruit with mild structure and lots of dense fiber to compensate (thanks to 18 months in oak). This wine comes from a difficult vintage that was slowed down by abundant rain and cooler than normal temperatures. As a result, the finish is slightly shorter and more compact. Some 10,000 bottles were made. Wine Advocate 90 2020-04-09
2019 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Vineyard Selection Malbec Beautiful, dark color with so much blue fruit, flowers and licorice on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied, creamy and intense with softness and firmness at the same time. The flavors turn to licorice at the end. Wait until 2021 for the wine to open further, but it’s hard not to drink already. - #40 Top 100 Value Wines of 2020 James Suckling 94 2020-04-03
2019 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Blancat Estate Parcel Selection This is extremely refined and polished with round, creamy tannins. Medium to full body. Lovely, creamy tannin texture to this very attractive, enjoyable wine. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2020-04-03
2019 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Tolentino Malbec Mendoza Lots of blueberries and tar with hints of black tea and graphite on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied with juicy fruit and round, creamy tannins that pull together at the firm finish. Lovely to drink now, but can age as well. James Suckling 93 2020-04-03
2019 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Lote 44 Malbec Mendoza Extremely aromatic with crushed berries, wet earth and smoke. Some cedar and stone, too. Medium to full body. The very well integrated tannins are soft and juicy. The oak shows in the flavor profile just now. Delicious finish. Partial carbonic maceration. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2020-04-03
2019 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Blancat Vineyard Selection This is the first Gualtallary wine from here and shows the personality of the region. Medium-to full-bodied, round and delicious. About 10% carbonic maceration here. No wood. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2020-04-03
2018 Traslapiedra Tinto Paraje Altamira This has an attractively fresh, floral nose with light, red-berry aromas and leafy, sappy notes, too. The lacy palate carries light, crunchy and tart red-berry flavors in a detailed and fine-cut style. Delicious, light red. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2020-04-03
2018 Elia Palazzesi - Collelceto Rosso di Montalcino Bright red. Refined and delicately expressive, with violet and mineral nuances nicely complementing red fruit aromas and flavors. Sneaky concentration here and excellent length. Vinous 91 2020-04-02
2015 Elia Palazzesi - Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino Deep red-ruby. Earth tones and herbs dominate the nose at first, slightly suppressing the violet and red cherry aromas underneath. Precise and expressive, this sleeky built Brunello offers mostly blue fruit and delicate spice flavors that linger elegantly on the risingly tannic, long finish. Vinous 92 2020-04-02
2018 La Fiorita Rosso di Montalcino Vivid red. Aromas of violet, red berries and herbs on the inviting nose. Balances fresh juicy red fruit flavors with more savory echoes of allspice and herbs. Lingers nicely on the bright finish. Made from the estate’s youngest Sangiovese vines, La Fiorita first made a Rosso di Montalcino only in the 2014 vintage. Vinous 90 2020-04-02
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Deep red with ruby tinges. Violets, flint, herbs and a note reminiscent of carbonic maceration on the nose and in the mouth. Chunky and currently monolithic in the mouth, with saline and savory strokes on the clean, medium-long finish. A smooth, easygoing Brunello that offers early accessibility and appeal, if not mind-boggling complexity and size. This is the first vintage to be entirely aged in used 25-36hL used Slavonian and French oak barrels (in other words, no barriques) and the first to be entirely made by the new consultant winemaker, Maurizio Castelli. Though it’s pleasant to drink right now (like many 2015 Brunellos are) I suggest cellaring this to allow for further development and complexity. Vinous 91+ 2020-04-02
2018 Verbena Rosso di Montalcino Lively dark red. Violet and blueberries on the herbal nose. Tight and savory in the mouth, with coffee and dark red berry flavors lingering nicely, but this Rosso seems a little simple and broad to me for a higher score. Aged in a fifty-fifty mix of large barrels and barriques. Vinous 88 2020-04-02
2015 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Le Pope Good full red. Musky, tangy red berries, minerals and violet on the bright nose. Then juicy and vibrant, with palate-staining ripe red and blue fruit flavors complicated by mint and sweet spices. Showcases distinctly suave tannins on the not exceptionally long finish. Very nicely done. Vinous 91 2020-04-02
2015 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Deep red. Savory aromas and flavors of red cherry and herbs complicated by loam and underbrush. Clean and precise but a little short, closing with a dusting of minerals on the back end. The estate owns vineyards on both the northern and southern slopes of Montalcino, allowing it to tailor the Brunello production based on the vintage characteristics; therefore, the exact makeup of this wine relative to its source of grapes varies from vintage to vintage (clearly, more grapes from the cooler northern side tend to be used in warmer, drier years). Vinous 89 2020-04-02
2017 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valdehermoso Roble Fresh and focused, this red is vibrant and expressive. Cherry, red plum, espresso, mineral and light earthy notes are harmonious, backed by well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Drink now through 2027. 3,700 cases made, 180 cases imported. Wine Spectator 91 2020-03-27
2010 Alain Brumont - Chateau Bouscasse Vieilles Vignes Madiran The black-fruited nose is almost porty, with thick blackberry aromas. Very rich and concentrated, like most Brumont Madirans, this shows a great deal of heft and power. The tannins are still a touch brutal, giving a solid and monumental style, with a long spicy finish. Decanter 92 2020-03-27
2010 Alain Brumont - Chateau Bouscasse Vendemiaire Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Picked on 10 December. The colour is a full gold, while the sumptuous nose has aromas of oranges, peach, and honey. It’s the Petit Manseng that gives this wine its leanness and precision, and bright flavours of mandarins and apricot. Silky but dry, it shows amazing length. Decanter 94 2020-03-27
2010 Alain Brumont - Chateau Montus Madiran The nose is swathed in black fruits, but there’s a rich herbal quality too. Very ripe and juicy, this has concentration and sucrosity without jamminess. It’s taut and spicy, shows good acidity and ample power, though perhaps at the expense of finesse. Decanter 91 2020-03-27
2009 Alain Brumont - Chateau Montus Prestige Madiran Even after ten years, the colour remains opaque red. There’s a wealth of plum and black-cherry fruit on the nose, with a perceptible oakiness and a chocolatey tone. Suave and very rich, it shows depth and spice and immense concentration, but it’s balanced by high acidity that keeps it taut. Powerful and long. Decanter 93 2020-03-27
2009 Alain Brumont - Chateau Montus La Tyre Madiran Impenetrable red in colour. The nose is lush and damsony, with a seductive richness of fruit. Velvety and very concentrated, it nonetheless exhibits vivid acidity and spice. The rather high alcohol gives a peppery finish, and a long bitter-chocolate finish. Perhaps too much of a good thing, but undeniably impressive. Decanter 93 2020-03-27
2012 Alain Brumont - Chateau Montus Blanc Pacherenc du Vic Bilh The full straw colour is a bit alarming, but there’s no oxidation here. The nose is waxy, with apricot aromas. Rich and creamy, this is very concentrated and spicy, lifted by fine acidity, and displaying energy as well as opulence. Long. Decanter 92 2020-03-27
2017 Traslapiedra Tinto Paraje Altamira Grassy red fruit aromas include notes of fennel, thyme and licorice, while this Malbec blend feels lean. Spicy red berry flavors come with strong herbal notes, while this is thin on an exotic tasting finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-03-26
2016 Lornano Chianti Classico Sensations: its gustatory persuasiveness is rare and harmonious, ßrst, as an effect of admirable ripeness of the fruit, then effect of great respect in the winemaking process. The acidity that elevates the expressive olfactory note, the tannins, that give the impression of fleshy grape, the roundness of ripe berry, that all implies in balanced expressive softness. Then the density, that as the clearness of transformation, reveals the concentration and purity of raw material. A spicy and black blackberry jam, that in a spherical way shines of its best aroma. Absolutely among the best Chianti Classico, chapeau. - 2nd Best Red Wine of Italy Luca Maroni 97 2020-03-24
2018 Marziano Abbona San Luigi Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG The 2018 Dogliani San Luigi is plump, juicy and full of character. Red cherry jam, wild flowers, spice, game and licorice infuse the 2018 with notable varietal character. Medium in body and persistent, the 2018 has so much to offer. What a delicious wine it is. Vinous 90 2020-03-24
2018 Marziano Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG The 2018 Dogliani Papà Celso is not quite as bombastic as often is, and that is just fine. In 2018, the Papà Celso is graced with a whole range of floral and savory notes that complement its unctuous red plum jam and blackberry fruit. A kick of spice and blood orange adds freshness. Papà Celso remains one of the most distinctive wines anywhere in the world. Vinous 92 2020-03-24
2017 Marziano Abbona Rinaldi Barbera d' Alba The 2017 Barbera d'Alba Rinaldi is flat-out gorgeous. Readers should expect a rich, flamboyant Barbera loaded with jammy fruit, spice and sweet oak notes. This powerful Barbera is not at all subtle but it is a hedonistic and delicious wine. Vinous 93 2020-03-24
2017 Marziano Abbona Bricco Barone Nebbiolo d'Alba The 2017 Nebbiolo d'Alba Bricco Barone is another solid wine in this range of entry-level offerings from Abbona. Cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, mint, dried flowers and licorice develop in the glass, adding aromatic complexity to a Barbera endowed with real structure, depth and intensity. Vinous 89 2020-03-24
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Deep, vivid magenta. Mineral- and smoke-accented dark berries, licorice and candied flowers on the highly perfumed nose, along with a cracked pepper nuance that lends spicy lift. Offers densely packed, subtly sweet cherry and blueberry flavors that are supported by an undercurrent of smoky minerality that provides back-end cut. Shows a sexy floral quality on the persistent finish, which is shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins Vinous 93-95 2020-03-20
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Inky ruby. Powerful aromas of blackberry liqueur, succulent flowers and smoky minerals slowly take on a hint of smoky bacon with air. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering ripe, spice-laced dark berry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of fruitcake. Closes on a sweet floral pastille note, with impressive energy, supple tannins and an echo of bitter cherry pit. Vinous 92-94 2020-03-20
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Joseph Les Côtes Brilliant violet color. Mineral-accented dark berry and cherry aromas are complemented by a smoky nuance that gains strength with air. Lively blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth. A peppery note adds spicy bite on the back half. Finishes bright and emphatically spicy, with gentle, even tannins lending shape to clinging blue fruit and floral notes. Vinous 91-93 2020-03-20
2017 Cédric Parpette Côte-Rôtie Montmain Bright purple. Fresh blackberry and cherry aromas are complemented by hints of cracked pepper, exotic spices and woodsmoke. Supple and energetic on the palate, offering pliant dark fruit preserve, floral pastille flavors and a hint of spicecake. Shows good energy and suave, floral thrust on the sappy finish, which features rounded tannins and an echo of baking spices. Vinous 91-92 2020-03-20
2016 Prinz Von Hessen Johannisberger Klaus GG Silver-green in colour, with a suite of perfectly defined, crystallised fruit aromas and ample spring-flower charm, too. Give it time in the glass: there's spellbinding Riesling intricacy here: minutes of happy sniffing. On the palate, the wine is pure, limpid, open, with high-optic flavours of orchard fruits, a touch of vinosity, perfectly judged rounded sweetness which finished all but dry, and some stony sobriety lurking below. 2018-2030. Best of the show 2018 - Best German wine 2018 Decanter 97 2020-03-20
2017 Vina Chocalan Vitrum Red Blend A superb premium blend from Fernando Espina that still sells at a very reasonable price, this is Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah based with some Carmenère, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Intense cigar box and incense aromas segue into a palate of bramble, blackberry and cassis framed by fine-grained tannins. 2022-30 Tim Atkin 95 2020-03-20
2018 Vina Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Syrah Syrah can be a little underwhelming in Chile, but this cuvée with 15% made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Viognier benefits from its proximity to the Pacific. Savoury, meaty and intense, with tapenade, cracked pepper, violet and blackberry flavours and good underlying grip. 2022-26 Tim Atkin 93 2020-03-20
2018 Vina Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon I'm a huge fan of what Fernando Espina is doing at Chocolán, fashioning elegant, cooler climate reds with poise and class. This combines Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Carmenère and 5% Petit Verdot and is focused, nuanced and refreshing, with mint and dill aromas, subtle wood and crunchy black cherry fruit. 2021-26 Tim Atkin 92 2020-03-20
2018 Vina Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Carmenere Fernando Espina sources this assemblage of Carmenère with 10% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from the cooler Maipo Costa and it's a very restrained, well-balanced interpretation of the grape with subtle, spicy oak, leafy aromas and a long, balanced finish. 2020-26 Tim Atkin 92 2020-03-20
2018 Vina Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Chardonnay The talented Fernando Espina makes this excellent value Chardonnay from Clones 4 and 5, with 40% fermentation in older wood and 25% malolactic. Sappy, subtle and textured, it's an appealingly refreshing, elegant style with subtle nutmeg spice and plenty of zip in its step. 2020-23 Tim Atkin 92 2020-03-20
2019 Vina Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Located very close to the Pacific Ocean in the town of Malvilla, this clay and limestone vineyard is planted with Clones 242 and 1. The resulting wine spends 48 hours on its skins and is focused and intense, with flinty minerality, a hint of old wood complexity and a dry, saline finish. 2020-23 Tim Atkin 90 2020-03-20
2018 Lava Cap Winery Chardonnay Rich and creamy, this ripe and smooth wine seems to dissolve on the palate, showing apple tart and vanilla flavors that are tasty and layered. It’s full in feel but balanced, deftly offering plenty of fruit along with subtle oak spices. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-03-17
2017 Lava Cap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon This concentrated and complex wine is subdued at first sniff, showing subtle touches of oak and dark chocolate, but broadens and deepens on the palate. Flavors of cassis, mocha and baking spices combine to create a layered, lingering expression. Best after 2024. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-03-17
2017 Domaine Gérard Neumeyer La Tulipe Pinot Blanc A shy nose conveys a hint of lemon and pear freshness. The palate of this wine follows suit with gentle pear presented with brightness on a light, dry and harmonious body, with a fresh finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-03-17
2017 Château du Moulin Rouge Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois Aged in wood for a year, this wine is smoothly textured with an accessible freshness and black-currant flavors. Its soft tannins and smoky edge are attractive and lightly spicy. Drink the wine from 2021. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-03-17
2016 Domaine du Pegau Cuvée Réservée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Inflections of violet and rose petal mingle into crushed earth and dried mushroom in this deeply complex red. Black cherry and black-currant flavors are profoundly ripe but muted by shades of leather, fur and garrigue. A nuanced, deeply satisfying wine, it offers both concentrated ripeness and old-world restraint. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 97 2020-03-17
2015 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino This has aromas of mature dark-skinned fruit, baking spice and mocha. The solid palate offers prune, star anise and roasted coffee bean alongside taut tannins. Drink through 2022. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-03-17
2018 La Fiorita Rosso di Montalcino Fragrant and refined, this lovely red features violet, wild berry, incense and crushed aromatic herb aromas. The bright linear palate offers juicy cherry, cranberry, star anise and a hint of coffee bean alongside silky tannins and nervous acidity. Drink through 2023. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-03-17
2017 Lafond Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Clean and pristine aromas of seared white peach, roasted apple, hazelnut and toasted oak show on the classic nose of this bottling. The nutty and citrus flavors are intertwined expertly on the palate, where Marcona almond and lemon-paste elements arise. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-03-17
2017 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Chardonnay The producer includes small amounts of Marsanne and Viognier in this light crisp white, letting them age in acacia, older French oak and stainless steel. Tropically fruity up front, it retains an energy and focus throughout. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-03-17
2018 Frey Vineyards Pinot Noir Mendocino One of the best purely organic no-sulfites-added Pinots available. A bright fresh fruitiness is amplified by a spicy earthy quality in this well-structured and full-bodied wine. Plenty of vanilla, toasted baguette and cinnamon notes mingle with red- and black-cherry flavors. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-03-17
2016 Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Tangy black-plum and violet aromas meet with a bit of caramel on the nose of this bottling. More plum flavors are enhanced by lavender on the somewhat tart palate. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-03-17
NV Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel This shows a lovely combination of worn leather, sweet tobacco, dried sweet cherry and a dusting of chocolate. It's dessert in a glass that won't weigh you down. With effervescent carbonation that keeps each sip lively, this well-crafted lager remains crisp from start to finish and shows a Sherry-like depth woven throughout. It would be a wonderful pairing with a slow cooked beef and root vegetable stew. #24 of the Top 25 Beers 2020 Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-03-17
2017 Lava Cap Winery Zinfandel Reserve This bold wine is big but balanced, stuffed with ripe and tempting plum and blackberry flavors that are supported by moderate tannins. Hints of white pepper and concentrated fruit keep unfolding on the finish. Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-03-12
2016 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Shows poise and structure, with elegantly expressive black cherry, dusty mocha and allspice notes that build tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2029. 479 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2020-03-11
2016 Prinz von Hessen Johannisberger Klaus GG Enticing whiffs of smoke, hazelnut and dried sage mingle into succulent lime and lemon here. It’s dry and lusciously full bodied but calibrated by spinetingling streaks of acid and minerality. It should improve through 2030 and hold further. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-03-10
2017 La Ciarliana Rosso di Montepulciano Aromas of baked plum, cocoa, camphor and a whiff of blue flower lead the way on this full-bodied red. The rounded, enveloping palate offers dried black cherry and licorice alongside smooth tannins. Drink through 2021. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-03-10
2018 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py From one of the top Morgon producers and one of the top sites, this is a powerful and concentrated wine. It wears both fruit and tannins easily in a dark texture that brings out blackberry flavors as well as acidity. The wine will age. Drink from 2021. Cellar Selection. Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-03-10
2018 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Les Charmes This smoky, ripe wine offers some firm tannins as well as plenty of rich fruit. It has a juicy character, tannins balancing the bold fruits and final, fresh acidity. Drink this wine from 2021. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-03-10
2018 Jean-Marc Burgaud Regnie Vallieres This spicy wine has a light touch of blackcurrant fruits over a denser texture of tannins. For the appellation, it offers dense fruitiness and a toasty edge. Drink the wine from late 2020. Wine Enthusiast 88 2020-03-10
2016 Alain Brumont - Chateau Bouscasse Madiran Mainly Tannat with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine comes from the home estate of Madiran leader Alain Brumont. The wine balances bold tannins from all three grapes with the power of black fruits, acidity and density. It needs to age and will be ready from 2022. Editors’ Choice. #54 on the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2020 Wine Enthusiast 93 2020-03-10
2018 Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Ripe aromas of white peach, yellow apples, poached pear and daffodil show on the nose of this ever-popular bottling. The ripe flavors of roasted apple, creamy lemon and mango are layered with honey butter and a zesty line of acidity. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-03-10
2018 Santa Barbara Winery Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley Toasted apples and rainy cement aromas are kicked up by citrus peel on the nose of this zesty wine. High-toned flavors of lime peel and more gravel-like minerality show on the zippy, refreshing sip. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-03-10
2018 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir "Red Label" Easily identified by its red label, this is a terrific introduction to the new vintage, and it bodes well for the reserves to follow. Ripe, robust and packed with fruit flavors of strawberry and cherry, this barrel selection of estate-grown fruit is highlighted with barrel flavors of toasted coffee beans. The tannins are balanced and finish with a lightly bitter note. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-03-10
2017 Le Cadeau Merci Reserve Pinot Noir Though lighter than the outstanding 2016, this is a good effort in a more difficult vintage. A mix of heirloom clones from a south-facing block at the estate, this blends herbs, earth, wild berries and a hint of mint in a compact but nicely structured wine with aging potential over the next half decade. Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-03-10
2017 Le Cadeau Trajet Reserve Pinot Noir This reserve was entirely whole cluster-fermented with native yeast. A firm, muscular wine, its black fruits are set sharply against ample acidity. There’s a slight aroma and flavor of tanned leather. It was aged in a twoton (presumably neutral) oak tank. Wine Enthusiast 90 2020-03-10
2018 Le Cadeau Côte Est Pinot Noir From an east-facing block, this seems just a bit short of fully ripened, with strong herbal flavors dominating. It’s still tight and a bit short, and the berry-flavored fruits also carry a hint of green. Wine Enthusiast 89 2020-03-10
2018 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valdehermoso Joven This fresh red offers bright flavors of cherry and red plum, with herbal and smoky notes adding interest. Light tannins and brisk acidity keep this focused. Balanced and lively. Drink now through 2024. 3,700 cases made, 255 cases imported. 8 Spanish Values for $25 or Less Wine Spectator 88 2020-03-06
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vielles Vignes Ripe and compact, with a coiled-up core of blackberry and bitter cherry fruit that should unwind fully with time. Racy iron, savory and plum pit notes on the finish add cut and length. Lovely purity. Best from 2022 through 2038 Wine Spectator 94 2020-02-27
2017 Pietro Caciorgna Ciauria Etna Rosso Ripe strawberry and rhubarb aromas with some rock follow through to a full body with firm, round and silky tannins that finish long and bright. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2020-02-27
2018 Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Les Vignes de Lantignie Some quite intense notes of ripe dark cherries and tar make a deep impression. The palate is supple with nicely crafted roundness and plenty of fresh, red and purple berries. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2020-02-25
2018 Ramirez de la Piscina Blanco A bright and straight-up white Rioja that suggests lemons, lime cordial and green apples. Light-to medium-bodied with fresh acidity and a fine finish. A blend of viura, chardonnay and malvasia. From organically grown grapes. James Suckling 90 2020-02-19
2018 Foris Vineyards Pinot Noir Rogue Valley Lovely aromatics introduce a wine loaded with pretty cherry fruit and dappled with cinnamon. More scents conjure up sandalwood and light toast, and the elegance and detail throughout are rarely found in a wine at this price point. Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-02-18
2018 Foris Vineyards Pinot Gris Rogue Valley There isn't another estate-based winery in Oregon that delivers such excellent wines at these prices. This textural, mineral-drenched wine hints at honeysuckle, lemongrass and fresh spring herbs. The fruit centers on white peach and peppery daikon radish. The balance, harmony, texture and length are impressive. Best Buy - #14 Top 100 BEST BUYS 2020 Wine Enthusiast Wine Enthusiast 92 2020-02-18
2016 Andrea Oberto Barolo DOCG Albarella The 2016 Barolo Albarella is laced with sweet red cherry, blood orange, mint, white pepper and spice. Medium in body and bright, the 2016 pulses with a real sense of energy. This is recovering from its recent bottling, but it has so much to offer; bright acids give it a real sense of invigorating vitality. The 2016 is an especially fine edition of the Albarella. For medium-term drinking, the Albarella is one of the real gems of the year. Vinous 95 2020-02-13
2016 Andrea Oberto Barolo DOCG Rocche Dell 'Annunziata The 2016 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata is dark and balsamic in this vintage. Black cherry, menthol, lavender, spice, pine, licorice, hard candy and dried herbs are all layered together in this super-expressive Barolo. Vivid and expansive, the 2016 offers a striking interplay of richness and detail, all in the mid-weight style of the year. Vinous 94+ 2020-02-13
2016 Andrea Oberto Barolo DOCG The 2016 Barolo is fleshy, succulent and super-expressive, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so. Sweet red cherry, kirsch, cinnamon, mint and rose petal all flesh out in the glass, while soft, silky tannins give this forward Barolo plenty of near and medium-term appeal. This is such a delicious wine. Vinous 91 2020-02-13
2012 Alain Brumont - Chateau Montus Blanc Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Alain Brumont likes to throw challenges at himself and this is one of them. Made from two really local grapes, Petit Courbu and Petit Manseng, this wine is dry and strongly oxidative. It has fascinating touches of honey, of yellow fruit, of spice and hints of toast from the wood aging in large barrels. The wine is now very mature and very ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-02-13
2002 Alain Brumont - Chateau Montus Prestige Madiran Rich, multilayered and intensely fruity, with gorgeous blackberry and dark plum flavors laced with silky tannins and luscious spice notes. Chocolate mole and espresso elements fill the powerful finish. Drink now through 2010. 300 cases imported. Wine Spectator 91 2020-02-13
2018 Le Cadeau Trajet Reserve Pinot Noir This offers beautifully deep aromas of ripe cherries and attractive purity with a sheen of toasty oak and transient reduction that breathes off with air. The palate has such silky, suave tannins and delivers a very balanced and complete impression. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2020-02-03
2018 Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot Noir Willamette Valley This has quite deep-set red cherries and plums with dried roses and leafy nuances. The palate has a smoothly arranged feel with plenty of power in the tannin department. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2020-02-03
2018 Le Cadeau Diversite Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Impressive aromas of violet-like florals and wet stones, as well as blueberries and cherries, making for a complex and appealing nose. The palate has a very direct, fresh and piercing feel with focused, assertive tannins. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2020-02-03
2018 Le Cadeau Merci Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley The red-cherry aromas are very fresh and offer attractive purity on the nose. The palate delivers a very succulent and enlivened impression with real purity and elegance. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2020-02-03
2018 Le Cadeau Rocheaux Pinot Noir Willamette Valley This has a complex, oak-infused nose with plenty of espresso and spice aromas, as well as orange peel and dried roses. Sappy edge, too. The palate delivers a very assertive, structured and concentrated core of firm, attractively powerful tannin. Give this time. Try from 2024. James Suckling 92 2020-02-03
2018 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir "Red Label" A very fresh array of wild-raspberry and red-cherry aromas on offer here. This has a wealth of fine, succulent tannin and carries really well on the finish. Plenty to like here already. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2020-02-03
2012 Punset Barbaresco Campo Quadro DOCG Reaching its peak, this red reveals fading plum, carob, licorice, earth, eucalyptus and spice flavors. Rich and harmonious, with ample acidity and dusty, well-integrated tannins. Drink now through 2032. 400 cases made, 200 cases imported. Wine Spectator 92 2020-02-03
2018 Le Cadeau Diversite Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Graceful and sleekly built, with expressive cherry, violet and savory spice accents that build density and precision along the way to refined tannins. Drink now through 2028. 240 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2020-02-03
2018 Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain Starting with the 2018 Chardonnay, which is all from Spring Mountain, it offers a pretty bouquet of bright citrus, tangerine, and orange blossom to go with a medium-bodied, racy style on the palate. With plenty of acidity, good ripeness of fruit, and a great finish, it's going to keep for a solid 7-8 years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2020-01-31
2017 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Blackcurrants, graphite, ground herbs, and espresso notes all emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, and like the Merlot, the tannin ripeness comes up a touch short. Nevertheless, it has good fruit, medium body, and solid length. Give bottles a year or three and it will be easier to see how this will evolve. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2020-01-31
2017 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain District Incorporating 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve sports a deep purple color to go with savory notes of blackcurrants, ground herbs, new leather, graphite, and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, and with good mid-palate depth, it has some aggressive tannins to deal with, yet should come together with 3-4 years of bottle age. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2020-01-31
2018 Hopler Pinot Blanc Attractive aromas of fresh sliced lemons and green apples lead to a palate that offers a smooth and juicy array of fresh apple, pear and melon flavors. Drink or hold. Screw cap. James Suckling 90 2020-01-22
2018 Hopler Pinot Noir Aromas of violets and brambly red berries lead to a very smooth and supple palate with creamy, rich and gently spicy blue fruit. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 90 2020-01-22
2017 Hopler Zweigelt Bright and fresh, fruit-focused style. This has a very fragrant and juicy feel with such supple and elegant cherries in a drink-now mode. Screw cap. James Suckling 90 2020-01-22
2015 El Principal Memorias This has a bright and smooth array of ripe red plums and blackberries and really asserts a long, lithe and juicy line of fresh fruit, cast in attractively fine tannins. Really balanced, all-round red. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and syrah. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2020-01-22
2015 Andrea Oberto Barolo DOCG Pliant, supple and wonderfully inviting, Andrea Oberto's Barolo is a terrific introduction to the year. Succulent red cherry, plum, mocha, spice and dried flowers are all laced together in this racy, silky Barolo. The 2015 will drink beautifully right out of the gate. Think of it as the Barolo equivalent of a top-notch Burgundy village. The 2015 Barolo is a blend of three sites in La Morra: Boiolo, San Francesco and Annunziata. Vinous 91 2020-01-22
2016 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez-Montsant Zerran This lively red delivers bright, fresh flavors of cherry, berry and vanilla, accented by fresh herb and floral notes. Fruity acidity and light tannins keep this focused. Not muscular, but balanced and expressive. Garnacha, Cariñena and Syrah. Drink now through 2024. 3,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. Wine Spectator 100 Top Values 2020 Wine Spectator 90 2020-01-22
2016 Boutinot Les Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages An alluring mesquite note leads the way, followed by gently steeped cherry and red currant fruit flavors. Light savory and sanguine threads emerge on the finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. Drink now through 2020. 9,125 cases made, 2,400 cases imported. Wine Spectator 89 2020-01-21
2016 Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne The 2016 Cairanne La Côte Sauvage offers lots of cedar and spice notes, as well as solid blackberry and cherry fruit, medium body, ripe tannin, and terrific balance. It has some obvious oak, but that should integrate with a year or two in bottle. It's solid and well worth seeking out. Jeb Dunnuck 90+ 2020-01-21
2017 Le Cadeau Diversité Pinot Noir Attractive, earthy sweetness that is dressed in fragrant baking spices, across a core of ripe red cherries. The palate is fluid, sleek and long with a superbly defined tannin texture. Concentrated fruit abounds. This has great length and detail. Try from 2022. James Suckling 94 2020-01-21
2014 Le Cadeau Trajet Reserve Pinot Noir (made with 80% whole clusters and 70% new French oak) Limpid ruby-red. Powerful, smoke- and spice-accented red and dark berry preserve, vanilla and lavender pastille scents show wonderful clarity, picking up notes of oak spices and cola with air. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated but lively black raspberry, cherry cola and spicecake flavors that show excellent delineation and a touch of smoky minerality. Weighty yet graceful, delivering solid closing thrust and silky, slowly building tannins that fold steadily into the sappy fruit. Vinous 93 2020-01-21
2017 Le Cadeau Diversité Pinot Noir This multiclonal selection from the vineyard's northernmost block is packed with Bing cherry and orange peel flavors. Good texture and appealing scents and details add floral highlights and a touch of Asian spice. Wine Enthusiast 91 2020-01-21
2017 Le Cadeau Diversité Pinot Noir Tightly focused, with precise raspberry, orange peel and smoky forest floor accents that build tension toward broad-shouldered tannins. Drink now through 2026. 242 cases made. Wine Spectator 91 2020-01-21
2017 Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot Noir This has a wealth of rich, toasty dark spices with an autumnal, leafy edge that adds charm to the vibrant fruit. The palate has a sleek, even and gently sinewy edge and a supple and really smooth build into the finish. Drink over the next five years. James Suckling 93 2020-01-21
2017 Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot Noir Sleek and refined, with vibrant raspberry and violet aromas and piquant cherry, black tea and spice box flavors that build complexity toward snappy tannins. Drink now through 2026. 143 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2020-01-21
2017 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is soft, supple and easygoing - all qualities that make it a good choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Medium in body and fruity, the 2017 offers a good bit of immediacy. Vinous 88 2020-01-17
2016 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon A gorgeous wine, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve is dark and wonderfully fleshy. Dark cherry, sweet tobacco, mint, lavender, scorched earth, savory herbs and sweet oak accents add layers of depth. The Reserve is ample, creamy and voluptuous in the glass, with an old-school sense of structure to balance thins out. This is a fabulous showing. Dense and yet quite classic in feel, the 2016 is just as impressive as it was last year. Vinous 94 2020-01-17
2016 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge Napa Valley The 2016 Eloge is coming along nicely. In fact, today it is more refined and understated than it was a year ago. Cedar, spice, leather and sweet floral notes complement the dark fruit nicely in an inviting, expressive wine that could use just another year or two in the cellar to start drinking well. Vinous 93 2020-01-17
2017 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Estate is really polished, silky and nuanced. Cedar, floral, and spice notes add aromatic depth and pretty top notes to this gracious, silky, medium-bodied Cabernet. Vinous 91 2020-01-17
2018 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Elevation 1147 has a bit more mid-palate sweetness than the Old Vine that gives it a real sense of plushness and textural resonance. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha, licorice, spice and sweet tobacco meld into the creamy, layered finish. Today, the Elevation offers a more overt style than the Old Vine, although it, too, has plenty of structure. Vinous 92-95 2020-01-17
2018 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Three Acre opens up beautifully in the glass. Ample, creamy and resonant, the Three Acre is decidedly somber. Black cherry, plum, spice, licorice and menthol all flesh out effortlessly. In 2018, the Three Acre is decidedly powerful, with notable energy and tons of personality. Vinous 90-93 2020-01-17
2017 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Elevation 1147 is one of the most intriguing wines I have tasted at David Arthur in some time. Intensely perfumed and expansive on the palate, the Elevation 1147 captures all the best the vintage had to give. The 2017 is powerful and rich, while retaining the classic sense of structure that is such a David Arthur signature. Vinous 95 2020-01-17
2017 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Three Acre is bright and perfumed, with striking top notes and tons of energy. Freshly cut flowers, mint, spice, cedar and new leather give the 2017 a real sense of aromatic lift and punch. This is a Cabernet that will benefit from a few years in bottle. In the early going, the Three Acre is very pretty, even if it comes across as a bit nervous in feel. That is likely the result of some blocked ripening in the estate's younger Cabernets. Vinous 91 2020-01-17
2018 David Arthur Chardonnay The 2018 Chardonnay is a soft, easygoing wine to drink now and over the next few years. Light tropical notes, orchard fruit and lemon confit add nuance to this decidedly hushed, understated Chardonnay. Vinous 87 2020-01-17
2017 Keenan Winery Mernet The 2017 Red Blend Mernet Reserve is deep, fleshy and wonderfully seductive, with soft fruit, silky contours and open-knit aromatics - all of which make the 2017 a real pleasure to taste today. Vinous 93 2020-01-17
2017 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mtn District Keenan's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is deep, layered and super-expressive. Black plum, licorice, chocolate, grilled herbs and cloves give the 2017 a distinctly dark profile to match its brooding personality. The 2017 offers terrific depth, but the tannins are a bit rough at this stage and will need time to soften. Vinous 94+ 2020-01-17
2017 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very pretty and enjoyable wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Dark cherry, cedar, leather and grilled herb accents give this mid-weight Cabernet a good bit of complexity. Vinous 89 2020-01-17
2017 Keenan Winery Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard The 2017 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard shows sweet dark cherry, lavender, spice, tobacco and grilled herbs. It is darker and richer next to the straight Merlot. Translucent and expressive, the 2017 will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is a very classic style. Vinous 92 2020-01-17
2017 Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley The 2017 Merlot is fresh, fruity and absolutely delicious. Crushed flowers, red berries and mint are all nicely lifted in a perfumed, gracious Merlot that will drink well upon release. This is an especially aromatic style. Vinous 89 2020-01-17
2015 Marziano Abbona Barolo DOCG A wide swath of plum, cherry, tar, licorice and underbrush flavors is punctuated by bracing acidity and stiff tannins. Hangs together nicely in the end, suggesting this should develop well. Best from 2023 through 2045. 1,110 cases made, 375 cases imported. Wine Spectator 92 2020-01-16
2018 Perusini Ribolla Gialla Luminous straw yellow. Apple, pear, lavender, tangerine, and ripe lemon peel. White flowers and honey flavors are long and luscious but also very elegant. Finishes saline, with sneaky concentration and complexity. Made with grapes harvested around mid-September (that date is noteworthy because the first day of harvest at Perusini was August 13) from five different plots that average more than 20 years of age. Vinous 92 2020-01-13
2018 Perusini Pinot Grigio Golden-tinged pink. Strawberry, pear, herb and orange scents on the reticent nose. Nicely packed with herb and fruit flavors complicated by orange peel and stony nuances. Finishes saline, taut and long, with a curious iodiney note. This Pinot Grigio is macerated on the skins for 6-8 hours but the wine is very fresh and long. Vinous 90 2020-01-13
2018 Perusini Sauvignon Straw-green. Nicely pungent but refined nose of sage, rosemary, green fig and melon. Then more delicate in the mouth, with riper creamier fruit flavors similar to the aromas but less pungent and piercing, with excellent length. Vinous 90 2020-01-13
2016 Perusini Etichetta Nera Merlot Dark ruby with inky strokes. Ripe dark plum, smoke and coffee on the nose. Clean and nicely balanced in the mouth, offering hints of coffee and cocoa that add complexity to the ripe, dark fruit flavors present. Finishes with building minerality and relatively smooth tannins. Vinous 91 2020-01-13
2016 Perusini Refosco Good full ruby-red. Spicy aromas of blueberry, licorice and herbs. Then bright deep but quite suave, with lovely lift to the Refosco-driven violet, licorice and peppery flavors. Lightly structured and long on the aftertaste. Vinous 90 2020-01-13
2016 Perusini Cabernet Sauvignon Moderately saturated ruby. Aromas and flavors of dark fruit, cedar, graphite and minerals. Clean, fresh and rather politely-styled for a Cabernet Sauvignon from FVG, this finishes long and lively. Refined and offering good mid-palate fat already, but a few years in the cellar will help it expand further. This is really quite good. Vinous 91 2020-01-13
2016 Perusini Cabernet Franc Luminous red-ruby. Strawberry, cedar, black pepper and violet on the nose and in the mouth. Light and lively but blessed with sneaky concentration and impeccable acid-fruit-tannin balance, this closes long and perfumed. Not a behemoth but nuanced and scented. A lovely Cabernet Franc that offers early appeal and accessibility. Vinous 90 2020-01-13
2015 Perusini Picolit Deep, reddish-gold color. Honeyed nuances complement the noble rot-accented ripe tropical fruit, fresh citrus, yellow peach and fig aromas; very pure and penetrating nose, a light touch of volatile acidity adds freshness. Then very complex and precise in the mouth, with refreshing and clean flavors of ripe papaya, lemony mango, dried apricot, cinnamon, acacia honey and guava nectar. Closes extremely long, pure and vibrant with enticing sugar-acid balance (220 g/L r.s and 6,5 g/L total acidity). The grapes were 100% hit by botrytis cinerea and were selected via four passages through the vineyards, but only the grapes of two of those passages were used to make this wine. Aged in a mix of 112 liters French oak barrels and stainless steel this is a work of art. In fact, it’s one of the best Picolits I have had in a long time. Vinous 98 2020-01-13
2017 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cave Dweller A new wine in this range, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Cave Dweller is dark, bold and explosive in the glass, with terrific depth and plenty of character. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, leather, tobacco and spice give the wine a distinctly brooding profile that is matched by its tannic heft. There is a lot here, but readers have to be patient. Vinous 92 2020-01-13
2016 Bodegas Bhilar Struggling Vines Phinca Hapa Tinto David Sampedro grew up in Rioja Alavesa, naming his estate winery for the village where his vineyards are based (Bhilar is the Basque spelling of Elvillar). He and his American wife, Melanie Hickman, farm the vines organically, and abandoned tractors for a horse in 2014. This 2016 is mostly tempranillo, with six percent graciano, from a 7.2-acre parcel planted in 1967 on chalky limestone soil. The wine offers clean red-cherry fruit backed by firm, fine-grained tannins that lend it staying power. Notes of eucalyptus and mint suggest pairing it with grilled baby lamb. Wine & Spirits 91 2020-01-03
2016 Pietro Caciorgna Guardoilvento Etna Rosso DOC The nose here is quite unlike anything else — exuberant dried-cherry kernels, ash and sweet tobacco lead, before Christmas pudding and leather take center stage. The full-bodied palate has Barolo-like richness with structured tannins and a colorful spectrum of dried fruit. James Suckling 95 2019-12-17
2015 Pietro Caciorgna N'Anticchia Etna Rosso DOC Aromas of dried fruit, orange peel and stems with some flowers. Full body. Round, juicy tannins and a flavorful finish with just a hint of vanilla. Needs time to come together. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now, but better after 2020. James Suckling 93 2019-12-17
NV Westmalle Trappist Tripel Brewed by one of the world’s 13 Trappist breweries, it doesn’t get more true-to-style than this classic Belgian brew. It pours a gorgeous golden color, with a frothy off-white head, like a glass of sunshine topped by a fluffy cloud. The nose is earthy, spicy and fruity, all in perfect harmony, with notes of baked apricot, banana bread, candied lemon peel, clove, browned sugar and peppery, yeasty spice. Despite the rich-smelling bouquet, the mouthfilling palate is dry and well-balanced by ample carbonation, dried tropical-fruit flavors and a touch of citrusy vibrancy. The lightly warming finish offers an abundance of baking and peppery spice tones that linger endlessly. Wine Enthusiast 97 2019-12-17
NV Samuel Smith Nut Brown This iconic brown ale, from the family-owned Samuel Smith brewery, was introduced in cans in 2018, making it all the more easy to find and enjoy while out and about. It pours a rich mahogany brown color, with a solid beige head that shows good retention. The bouquet opens with enticing aromas of toasted malts, brown bread, caramelized brown sugar and warm hazelnuts. The medium-weight body is full and creamy in feel, with pleasant toasted nut and caramel malt flavors. A lightly bitter walnut flavor unfolds on the finish and lends a slight textural grip and dry sensation to the close, lifting the rich flavor profile and finishing clean. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-12-17
NV Ayinger Brau Weisse This classic, harmonious hefe is a beautiful pour, with a cloudy golden color and a fluffy white head that lingers. The bouquet opens with scents of fresh wheat, bread dough, clove-spiked banana and lemon rind. The palate is smooth and satisfying, medium in weight and just plush enough to give a rich impression without overly ripe or sweet flavors. Moderate carbonation keeps the experience refreshing and clean through the spicy finish. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-12-17
2017 Morgan Winery Chardonnay Double L Vineyard Clean lines of lime balm, lemon verbena and a touch of buttered toast show on the nose of this bottling. There’s great crispness to the palate as well as a leathery grip, showcasing flavors of lemon spray and sour grapefruit—very tense and engaging. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-12-16
2017 Morgan Winery Pinot Noir Double L Vineyard Aromas of crushed rosebuds and carnations mix with intense raspberry and a touch of eucalyptus on the nose of this single-vineyard expression that’s made from organic grapes. It’s fresh and lively on the palate, with a pristine raspberry flavors that’s enhanced by touches of wild thyme and sage. Wine Enthusiast 96 2019-12-16
2017 Castellroig Brut Nature Reserva Corpinnat Lemon-lime aromas are slightly briny and dusty. This brut nature sparkler carries the new Corpinnat designation, meaning it’s no longer Cava. On the palate it is clean and medium in body. Orange and citrus-peel flavors are direct but limited in depth and complexity. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-12-16
2012 Castellroig Sabate i Coca Corpinnat Brut Nature Josep Coca Mild apple aromas are at the front of a subdued nose. In the mouth, this warm-year sparkler is easygoing, with dry melon and mellow stone-fruit flavors. A comported finish includes notes of green banana, citrus and sea brine. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-12-16
2012 Castellroig Sabate i Coca Brut Reserva Familiar Garnatxa Rosat Vanilla and fruity tobacco notes are more particular to this Cava than common. This Garnatxa rosé feels soft but inoffensive. Yeasty vanilla, brown-sugar and generic stone-fruit flavors finish semisweet and without much acidity. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-12-16
NV Sabate i Coca Brut Reserva Rosat 'Castellroig' Light citrus aromas include a hint of pyrazines, while this rosé sparkler feels fresh and citric. Nectarine and orange flavors are good but inexact, while this feels smooth and easy on an undemanding finish. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-12-16
2014 Castellroig Sabate i Coca Mosset Brut Nature Corpinnat Smoky, stalky aromas of warm haystack are low on fruit. Throughout, this brut nature is dry and salty, with the lightest level of fruit that passes for ripe. Citrus notes on the finish get reduced to pithy grapefruit as this closes. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-12-16
2011 Castellroig Sabate i Coca Corpinnat Brut Nature Josep Coca Sourdough bread aromas are calmly citric. A clean and direct palate doesn’t go beyond the basics, while this tastes of green melon, herbs and grass. On the finish, this is solid but doesn’t expand or become more interesting. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-12-16
2016 Castellroig Brut Vermell Corpinnat Bready, toasted aromas play up popcorn and stalky fruit notes in front of a round palate that ranks as basic. Orange, apricot and nectarine flavors fade out on a finish with a notable yeasty character. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-12-16
2014 Mas d'En Gil Clos Fonta Berry, cherry and cola aromas exhibit an iron component on what amounts to a fresh minerally nose. Iron also describes the grip on this Garnacha-led wine from the village of Bellmunt. Dark-berry, black-currant and raisin flavors finish with dry rough tannins. Drink through 2034. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-12-16
2014 Mas d'En Gil Nus Initial animal and leather aromas give way to desiccated raisin and black-fruit scents. An intense palate is ripping with potency but also creamy and classy. Flavors of black fruits, vanilla and caramel finish with mocha and chocolate notes. This is a power-packed blend of Garnacha, Syrah and Viognier; drink through 2030. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-12-16
NV Bodegas Baron Xixarito Manzanilla en Rama Savory aromas of honeyed white fruits, ocean foam and dried cheese lead to a full palate that’s a bit tired and short on length, which makes some sense given that this is aged and unfiltered (pasada en rama). Flavors of wood spice and pecan finish warm but without serious complexity. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-12-16
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes This estate makes a terrific Saint-Joseph, and the last of the barrel samples, the 2018 Saint Joseph Les Côtes, is another winner. With a beautiful perfume of flowery incense, lavender, spice box, wild strawberries, and blueberries, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a plush, rounded texture, and ripe sweet tannins that make it already hard to resist. It's going to just sing with 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2019-12-13
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles More violets, lavender, pen ink, and minty herb notes, as well as gorgeous gamey Cornas fruit all, emerge from the 2018 Cornas Les Chailles. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully textured, it's another brilliant wine from this estate. This cuvée comes from a mix of lieux-dits (Combe, Les Saveaux, Cayret, Les Mazards, Chaillot, and Chapuzes), was completely destemmed and was brought up all in used barrels. Jeb Dunnuck 93-95 2019-12-13
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol The flagship, the 2018 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol is all Marsanne brought up in 30% new 400-liter barrels. It has a more full-bodied, layered style as well as a similar white currant and orchard fruits, toasted nuts, and honeyed nuances. Unformed and unevolved, it will require 2-4 years of bottle age. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2019-12-13
2018 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Leading off the reds, the saturated purple-hued 2018 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes offers a primordial bouquet of blueberries, liquid violets, ground pepper, and rare steak. Rich, full-bodied, and opulent on the palate, it has remarkable purity of fruit as well as fine tannins. This beautiful Cornas will drink nicely for 15-20 years. Jeb Dunnuck 94-97 2019-12-13
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol The 2017 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol is more classic Marsanne with its toasty, powerful, mineral-laced style. It’s medium to full-bodied, has terrific balance, and a clean, crisp finish. This cuvée always takes 2-4 years of bottle age to show at its best, so do your best to hide bottles in the cellar. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-12-13
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles As to the 2017s from bottle, the 2017 Cornas Les Chailles is brilliant, and readers should snatch it up. Rocking blueberries, blackberries, ground pepper, leafy herbs, violets, and graphite notes all flow to a textured, opulent Cornas that has sweet tannins, no hard edges, and flawless balance. It's brilliant bottle of wine that's going to knock it out of the park on the value scale. As with the 2018, it’s from a mix of terroirs, was destemmed, and brought up in used barrels. Jeb Dunnuck 94 2019-12-13
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes The 2017 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes is cut from the same mold yet has a touch more tannins as well as mid-palate density. Notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, camphor, toasted spice, and smoked game all soar from the glass, and it's full-bodied, power-packed, yet elegant and seamless on the palate. Its wealth of fruit largely conceals plenty of underlying structure, and while it's already fun to taste, give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 10-15 years or more. The old vine cuvée comes from the Combe, Patou, La Côte, Les Mazards, and Chaillot lieu-dits, from 60+-year-old vines, was 80% destemmed and spent 20 months in 15-20% new French oak. Jeb Dunnuck 97 2019-12-13
2016 Chateau Beauchene Grande Réserve Châteauneuf-du-Pape One of the best wines I tasted at this estate was the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Grande Reserve, which delivers a lovely mix of black cherries, vanilla, cedar and dried spices. It's full-bodied and creamy in texture, without any rough edges, yet has enough stuffing to age for a decade or more. Wine Advocate 92 2019-12-12
2018 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir "Red Label" A wine with polish and presence that opens with expressive raspberry, violet and spiced cinnamon accents, building richness and layers toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2028. Wine Spectator 94 2019-12-12
2016 Bodegas y Vinedos Valderiz Valderiz Ribera del Duero Five different parcels in Roa combined to produce this impressive cuvée of Tempranillo with 5% Albillo. Built to last, as the top Valderiz wines tend to be, this is firm, dark and well structured with a core of firm tannins, scented French and 10% American wood and layers of blackberry and bramble fruit. Rich, intense and well worth cellaring. 2022-30 Tim Atkin 94 2019-12-12
2017 Bodegas y Vinedos Valderiz De Chiripa Tim Atkin 91 2019-12-12
2016 Bodegas y Vinedos Valderiz Juegabolos Tim Atkin 91 2019-12-12
2010 Bodegas y Vinedos Valderiz Tomas Esteban Tim Atkin 91 2019-12-12
2016 Bodegas y Vinedos Valderiz Senorio de Valdehermoso Crianza Tim Atkin 91 2019-12-12
2018 Pursued by Bear Blushing Bear Rose Very pale pink. Spearminty lift to the aromas of subdued red berries, dusty herbs and anise. Then surprisingly intense and firm on the palate, but with the minty quality currently overshadowing the wine's fruit. I wanted a bit more flavor and nuance. This bottling conveys the dusty austerity of the 2017 version but shows less flavor interest. Quite dry and food-friendly though, even if some tasters will find it too austere. Pursued by Bear is the label of actor and long-time wine lover Kyle MacLachlan; with the wines made at Dunham Cellars by Dan Wampfler, winemaker at Abeja. (12.9% alcohol; barrel-fermented) Vinous 88 2019-12-04
2015 Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah Full, bright medium ruby. Musky black raspberry, blackberry, bacon fat, hot rocks and olive tapenade on the nose, with plenty of sweet oak showing. A plush, fine-grained mouthful of black raspberry and smoked meat, offering noteworthy breadth and sweetness without heaviness. Finishes with slowly mounting dark berry and spice flavors and suave tannins. This wine shows considerably more varietal character than the 2014 version did. It's also very easy to drink, but does it have the structure, energy and grip for serious mid-term aging? (aged for 30 months in new 600-liter Taransaud puncheons) Vinous 90 2019-12-04
2016 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Medium red-ruby. Slightly medicinal scents of black cherry, cassis, mocha, licorice and herbs. A lively, smooth, reasonably concentrated midweight, offering juicy, fine-grained, moderately ripe flavors of redcurrant, plum, cedar, menthol and herbs. Finishes with fairly light tannins and a faint warmth. This wine actually showed sneaky length as it opened in the glass, along with a green quality (but much less than the 2015) and some drying oak. Doesn't have quite the fruit ripeness or thrust for 90 points. (aged for 28 months in all-new Taransaud barrels) Vinous 89 2019-12-04
2017 Dunham Cellars Riesling Lewis Estate Vineyard Bright medium yellow. Aromas of canned fruit salad and cotton candy. A very ripe style of Riesling, with its flavors of Dole pineapple slices, ripe apricot and baking spices showing a slightly cloying sweetness and moderate acidity. Ultimately round and silky, with good palate presence but modest complexity. Should make a perfect picnic wine. (12.4% alcohol) Vinous 87 2019-12-04
2016 Dunham Cellars Trutina Bright, full red. Slightly musky aromas of raspberry, mocha, milk chocolate and spicy oak. Smooth, easygoing wine with an open-knit grain and modest lift. The flavors of redcurrant, cherry and violet spread out horizontally to cover the palate, with substantial but fairly fine-grained tannins providing support. Finishes with lingering red fruits and flowers. While this wine does not have the thrust for a higher score, its tannins are very nicely managed. (14% alcohol) Vinous 88 2019-12-04
2016 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XXII Bright red-ruby color. Redcurrant, plum, chocolate, tobacco, red licorice and spicy oak on the nose, plus an intriguing hint of stony minerality. Plump and fine-grained in the mouth; a step up in energy over the Trutina. Flavors of red berries, dark cherry, spices and red licorice show good medicinal reserve. Finishes with slightly dusty tannins, good grip and nice length. Vinous 90 2019-12-04
2016 Chiappini Guado de' Gemoli Another beautiful wine from a producer that continues to reach new heights. This red shows cumin, turmeric, graphite, lead pencil, blackcurrants and iodine and oyster shell. Very powerful, yet subtle at the same time, this is a very polished and serious wine with loads of body and structure. Very long and chewy on the finish. Drink from 2025. James Suckling 95 2019-12-03
2015 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Rich and dense Brunello with lots of ripe tannins and fruit. Hints of figs and dried cherries. Full body, round and ripe tannins and loads of fruit. Needs two or three years to come completely together. Better after 2021. James Suckling 94 2019-12-03
2016 Rocca di Castagnoli Poggio ai Frati Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva Dark cherries, brambleberries, bracken, fresh herbs and undergrowth. Full body, round and very generous tannins, loads of fresh plums and a medium-chewy, medium-long finish. A really delicious Gran Selezione. Drink from 2021. James Suckling 94 2019-12-03
2013 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva This delivers a fresh and complex nose with red plums and berries, as well as warm spices and terracotta. The palate has smooth, fine and quite dense tannins with ample fruit flavor. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-12-03
2012 Lornano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Lots of dried fruit and spices. Full-bodied, round and juicy. Shows the sunshine of the vintage. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-12-03
2015 Lornano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione A rich Chianti Classico with a full body of ripe fruit and loads of round tannins. Velvety and flavorful, generous and juicy. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-12-03
2015 Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo DOCG This offers some deeper, darker fruit aromas, as well as cedar and walnuts with an earthy edge and toasted spice. The palate carries abundant ripe red-cherry flavor and is framed in succulent, juicy tannins. Sits in an approachable, balanced mode. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-12-03
2015 Marziano Abbona Ravera Barolo DOCG Coal smoke and warm stones on the nose, ahead of violets and red cherries. The palate has firm and sleek tannins that curve in a seamless arc, holding rich red-fruit flavors deep into the fresh finish. Try from 2022. James Suckling 93 2019-12-03
2015 Rocca di Castagnoli Buriano Cabernet Sauvignon IGT Toscana Shows lots of pure cabernet character with fresh herbs, red peppers, fresh blackcurrants, cedar and blueberries. Full-bodied and firm with cutting tannins and acidity and a chewy finish. Tight now. Needs time. Drink from 2023. James Suckling 93 2019-12-03
2016 Nicodemi Notari D'Abruzzo Montepulciano Teramane DOCG A characterful nose that packs a punch with dark-cherry liqueur, vanilla, resin and spearmint. Full-bodied with ripe tannins and lots of juicy fruit. Fruit-forward but enjoyable. Drink from 2021. James Suckling 92 2019-12-03
2016 Lornano Chianti Classico A fresh, fruity red with aromas and flavors of dark berries and cherries. Medium to full body, firm, silky tannins and a bright, beautiful finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2019-12-03
2017 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico DOCG A pretty Chianti Classico that shows orange rind, pressed violets and citrus. Medium body, fine tannins and a tangy finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-12-03
2015 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione The black-cherry and lavender aromas are very pretty here with a medium body, pretty fruit and lightly chewy tannins. Shows depth and richness. Better after 2020. James Suckling 92 2019-12-03
2013 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Very attractive aromas of plums, coffee and cedar follow through to a medium body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-12-03
2017 Marziano Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG A very enticing Dogliani with a wide array of forest fruit, such as blackberries and black raspberries. Hints of balsamic. Lovely freshness on the palate, but also enough concentration to carry the finely grained tannins. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-12-03
2017 Andrea Oberto Dolcetto D'Alba DOCG The dried-blueberry muffin aromas are quite strong here, but there’s some pleasant citrus behind that. Medium-bodied, round and juicy. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2019-12-03
2014 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino A flavorful 2014 with berry, cedar and leather character. Medium body, firm tannins and a medium finish. Evolving quickly, but real for the vintage. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-12-03
2014 Nicodemi Neromoro Montepulciano Colline Teramane DOCG Riserva Some plum and jam character with hints of sliced oranges, following through to a medium body and soft tannins. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2019-12-03
2017 Tibaldi Nebbiolo D'Alba DOC Lightly jammy with plum paste and dried berries. Succulent ripe fruit and hints of menthol pepper the round palate. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2019-12-03
2017 Tibaldi Barbera D'Alba DOC Loads of glazed cherries and burnt raspberries on this one, as well as vanilla and tea tree oil. Full-bodied and round, but turns a little jammy in the end. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2019-12-03
2016 Tibaldi Roero Rosso DOCG This is a very herbal Roero, lacking fresh fruit and charm. Medium-bodied and spicy, but a little hard. Drink now. James Suckling 88 2019-12-03
2018 Tibaldi Roero Langhe DOC Favorita Candied lemon and butterscotch, as well as grassy aromas. The palate has even-handed, light and dry resolve. Drink now. James Suckling 87 2019-12-03
2016 Chateau Castaing Cotes de Bourg Rouge Fruity while still firmly structured with tannins, this is a concentrated Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon. It shows the ripeness of the vintage in its juicy black fruits and generous, smoky texture. Drink the wine from 2021. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-12-03
2010 Thienot Cuvee Garance This offers a very fresh and attractive nose with a white-floral edge and a savory, wet river-stone note. The palate has a super crisp, pink-grapefruit feel with some chalky, fresh bready nuances and a very sleek and dry, elegant finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2019-12-03
2018 Morgan Winery Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay Slightly effervescent in the glass, this bottling is loaded with tropical fruit aromas of mango, papaya and tuberose, yet held back by touches of lime pith and chalk. The flavors zip across the palate, from Brie rind and ash to riper streaks of mango and jasmine. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-12-03
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valderiz Ribera del Duero The dense, polished texture carries rich, harmonious flavors in this elegant red. Blackberry and currant notes mingle with espresso, mineral, licorice and spice accents. Lovely floral hints emerge on the long, clean finish. Beautifully sculpted. Drink now through 2030. 2,000 cases made, 657 cases imported. Wine Spectator 96 2019-11-27
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valderiz Ribera del Duero Deep cherry red. Complex, potent, mature black fruit aromas, cinnamon, toffee, balsamic, notes of preserves, aromatic woods, butter, incense, smoked meats, carbon, wood ash, etcetera. Engaging, grand freshness, tasty, structured, endowed with nerve and friendly dried fruits. Persistent and long finish, very savory. Guia Vinos Gourmets 2020 97 2019-11-26
2018 Lamblin & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons There’s ripeness to the nose with fresh melon, peach and banana aromas, leading to a palate that has a fleshy, smooth and roundly appealing feel. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-11-22
2018 Lamblin & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons This premier cru, from the 18th generation of the Lamblin family, has produced a crisp, cool wine with some steely acidity from vines on the left bank of the Serein river. Its fresh mien is underlined by the citrus flavors and green-apple aftertaste. Drink from 2021. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-11-22
2018 Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Cuvee Silex Vouvray Sec Very charming, with a racy profile, showing yellow plum, roasted pineapple and lime notes that are underscored by savory mineral elements. Grapefruit peel hints emerge on the slightly bitter finish. Best from 2021 through 2026. 850 cases made, 800 cases imported. Wine Spectator 89 2019-11-18
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz De Chiripa This sleek red delivers bright cherry and red plum flavors that mingle with leafy, dark chocolate and smoky notes in a polished package. Well-integrated tannins and juicy acidity keep this focused and fresh. Drink now through 2024. 1,000 cases made, 120 cases imported. Wine Spectator 92 2019-11-18
2018 Frey Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe berries, chocolate fudge, and graham cracker with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length finish with impressions of blueberry, nasturtium, cedar, graphite, and coconut with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A full-bodied Cabernet with interesting herbal nuance; should develop and age quite well. Silver Medal, Highly Recommended Tastings.com 88 2019-11-12
2018 Frey Vineyards Chardonnay Golden yellow color. Aromas of candied peach and maple cookies with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length peanut brittle, buttered popcorn, caramel, and roasted agave finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, caramelly Chardonnay for autumn sipping. Highly Recommended, Best Buy, Silver Medal Tastings.com 87 2019-11-12
2018 Candoni Pinot Grigio Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of pressed flowers and lemon zest with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length white peach, lemon verbena, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A classic Pinot Grigio with great acidity and a food-friendly style. Gold Medal, Exceptional, Best Buy Tastings.com 90 2019-11-12
2018 Candoni Organic Pinot Grigio Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, kumquat, white strawberry, honey, orange blossom, and melon with a silky, vibrant, light body and a seamless, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A super-juicy yet dry Pinot Grigio that will be a dream with seafood and friends. Silver Medal, Highly Recommended, Best Buy Tastings.com 89 2019-11-12
2018 Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut DOCG Enticing scents of honeysuckle, hawthorn, citrus and a whiff of alpine herb lift out of the glass. Crisp and loaded with finesse, the linear foaming palate delivers restrained but savory sensations of green apple, unripe pear, lemon zest and a white-almond note. Bright acidity and a silky perlage provide the backdrop. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-11-12
2016 Di Giovanna Helios Rosso Lots of pumice and tar with asphalt character to the blue fruit on both the nose and palate. Medium body, chewy tannins and a tarry finish. Unique volcanic flavors. Syrah and nero d’avola. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-11-11
2018 Di Giovanna Vurria Nerello Mascalese Rosato DOC Peach pit, cantaloupe melon and some slightly reductive, spicy elements introduce the nose. Though not the most vertical of wines, the body is mouth-filling and the acidity pronounced enough to add a sense of structure. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-11-11
2018 Di Giovanna Vurria Grillo DOC Peach pit, dried apricots and roasted herbs make for a pronounced nose to this grillo. Full body, medium acidity and lots of fleshy fruit on the finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-11-11
2018 Traslapiedra Malbec The nose of the 2018 Malbec was really impressive, with a savory mix of soya sauce, wild flowers and herbs and something flinty/smoky and herbal and floral intense palate with high drinkability, moderate alcohol, freshness and clean and bright flavors. It also has the signature chalkiness in the palate. I found more the Altamira character in these wines this time. 15,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2019. Wine Advocate 91 2019-11-06
2018 Traslapiedra Tinto There were some notes of soya sauce and smoke, wild herbs and something savory in the nose of the 2018 Tinto, a Malbec-based blend with some 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and some Merlot. There is finesse and depth here, with good complexity, more than just fruit. It fermented and matured in a concrete tank for some 12 months. It has intense flavors, very floral (something I find more and more in Paraje Altamira) and fine-grained tannins, with a chalky texture. 20,000 bottles produced, which represent the largest volume in the project. Wine Advocate 91 2019-11-06
2017 Traslapiedra Tinto The 2017 Tinto, a blend of Malbec with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, was bottled the day before I tasted it, and it's extremely young, juicy and floral, with a light palate. It is straightforward and all about fruit, as it fermented and matured in concrete tanks for 12 months. 15,000 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 88 2019-11-06
2017 Morgan Winery Chardonnay Double L Vineyard Pale shimmering gold. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes pear nectar, honeydew melon, buttered toast and white flowers. Silky, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated orchard and citrus fruit, floral and vanilla flavors and a hint of smoky lees. Rich yet lively and focused, showing outstanding clarity on an impressively long, mineral- and floral-driven finish. This wine saw 24% new French oak. Vinous 93 2019-11-06
2017 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's Vivid magenta. High-pitched red berry and cherry aromas and flavors are complemented by building floral and spice nuances. Juicy and nicely focused, with a touch of warmth on the gently tannic, spice-tinged finish. Raised in all French oak, 10% of it new. Vinous 89 2019-11-06
2017 Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir Light bright red. Lively, smoke-accented red berry, candied rose, vanilla and allspice scents display very good clarity and lift. Sweet and energetic in style, offering spice-tinged raspberry, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Closes supple and sweet, with building spiciness and fine-grained tannins that add shape and subtle grip. 40% new French oak. Vinous 91 2019-11-06
2017 Morgan Winery Highland Chardonnay Shimmering yellow. Aromas of spice-tinged melon and peach are accompanied by smoky oak and citrus zest nuances on the perfumed nose. Seamless and focused on the palate, displaying an appealing blend of heft and energy to the ripe honeydew, nectarine and candied ginger flavors. Closes on a subtle vanilla note, with good length and a bracing jolt of lemon zest. Raised in all French oak, 29% of it new. Vinous 90 2019-11-06
2018 Morgan Winery Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay Limpid yellow. Meyer lemon, peach and melon on the expansive nose, along with subtle floral and honey accents. Round and fleshy in style, showing good heft to the juicy pit fruit and ripe citrus flavors. Finishes smooth and pliant, with repeating peachiness and a touch of spicy ginger. Raised in all stainless steel. Vinous 89 2019-11-06
2017 Morgan Winery Pinot Noir Double L Vineyard Brilliant red. A wildly complex bouquet evokes ripe red berries, cherry-cola, pungent cannabis, potpourri and oak spices. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense, Chambord, cherry-vanilla, spicecake and succulent herb flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on a long, smooth finish that's framed by velvety, even tannins. There's 40% new French oak here. Vinous 92 2019-11-06
2015 Ryan Patrick Reserve Cabernet Sauv Elephant Mtn Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills Riper, darker plums and berries here with a dark chocolate thread, too. The palate has a big, saturated core of ripe-berry compote and chocolate flavors. Loosely knit and approachable. Drink or hold for three to four years. James Suckling 90 2019-11-04
2017 Keenan Winery Chardonnay The 2017 Chardonnay gives fragrant jasmine, honeysuckle, white peaches and clotted cream on the nose with an almond croissant and beeswax undercurrent. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and satiny textured with a long and fragrant finish. Wine Advocate 91 2019-10-31
2015 Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley Medium garnet-purple in color and composed of 100% Merlot, the 2015 Merlot offers a plums, blackberries and dried flowers-scented nose with touches of mossy bark and garrigue. Showing good expression in the medium-bodied mouth with plenty of plumy fruit, it finishes long and spicy. Wine Advocate 92 2019-10-31
2015 Keenan Winery Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, scented of fresh plums and mulberries with delicate exotic spice and potpourri nuances plus a waft of underbrush, the 2015 Merlot Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mountain Reserve is full-bodied with good intensity of fruit and chewy tannins in the mouth, with a long, earthy finish. Wine Advocate 92 2019-10-31
2015 Keenan Winery Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District Produced from 100% Cabernet Franc and coming from the Spring Mountain District, the 2015 Cabernet Franc shows a medium to deep garnet-purple color with vibrant red currants and cherries scents over lovely roses, lilac and bouquet garni nuances with a touch of dusty earth. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and fresh with lovely perfumed fruit, it has a long, mineral-laced finish. Yum! Wine Advocate 94+ 2019-10-31
2016 Keenan Winery Cabernet Franc Made of 100% Cabernet Franc from the Spring Mountain District, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Franc offers up roses, cedar and forest floor with a core of raspberries, cherries, earth and mulberries plus nuances of pencil shavings and cinnamon. The palate is medium-bodied, soft and juicy with grainy tannins, finishing long and perfumed. Wine Advocate 91+ 2019-10-31
2016 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple colored with a plums, cassis and baked berries nose with violets, cedar, cigars and earth. The medium to full-bodied mouth is firm and grainy with decent concentration and an earthy finish. Wine Advocate 90 2019-10-31
2015 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and displaying a deep garnet-purple color and nose of expressive blackberries, blueberries and pencil shavings plus lovely dried leaves, rose hip tea and fragrant earth nuances, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is medium to full-bodied in the firm, taut, energetic and lively mouth, with grainy tannins and a long, earthy finish. Wine Advocate 92 2019-10-31
2016 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain Containing 7% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain offers up cassis, cedar, toast and earth on the nose with bay leaves, mint and chocolate nuances. Medium-bodied and elegant, it has firm, chewy tannins and is vibrant in the mouth, finishing with a minty lift. Wine Advocate 94 2019-10-31
2015 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain District The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain displays a deep garnet-purple color with lovely cassis, violets and warm plums notes plus hints of baking spices, bay leaves, lavender and cedar chest. Medium-bodied and firmly structured, it is ripe, vibrant and wonderfully layered with lively, crunchy fruit and fine-grained tannins, finishing long. Wine Advocate 95 2019-10-31
2016 Keenan Winery Mernet Reserve Another of the highlights in this range, the 2016 Red Blend Mernet Reserve is wonderfully dense and fleshy in the glass. Succulent red cherry and pomegranate fruit fill out as this succulent, racy blend shows off its alluring personality. The Mernet is impeccable in its balance. Vinous 95 2019-10-31
2015 Keenan Winery Mernet Reserve The 2015 Red Blend Mernet Reserve, equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, is another superb wine from Keenan. Dense and pliant, but with tons of supporting structure, the 2015 is a marvelous wine in every way. A rush of succulent dark cherry, herbs and wild flowers are some of the many notes that fill out the wine's ample, resonant frame. What a gorgeous wine this is. Vinous 94 2019-10-31
2014 Keenan Winery Mernet Reserve Spring Mountain District The 2014 Red Blend Mernet Reserve is a total knock-out. Firm, structured and vibrant, the 2014 bristles with energy. Striking mid-palate sweetness and overall depth add to the wine's unmistakable personality. Deceptive at first because of its mid-weight structure, the 2014 has more than enough pedigree to drink well for many years. The Mernet is equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate's Spring Mountain vineyard. Vinous 96 2019-10-31
2019 Decibel Wines Giunta Malbec Nouveau For this lighter style, the Malbec colour is quite a dark purple. The nose is fresh with deep electric violets, plums and hints of fresh dill, dusty tamarillo and fruit cocktail. The front palate is lush with a punchy, bright mid palate. The finish lingers with a bit of black currant, Rose hip that is very refreshing. Overall the wine is soft up front, crunchy in the middle and bright and fresh on the finish. Wine Orbit 92 2019-10-26
2016 Cedric Parpette Cote Rotie Montmain Opaque ruby. Lively, mineral- and smoke-accented blueberry, cherry and olive aromas pick up floral and incense accents with air. Sweet, energetic black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors open up steadily on the back half. In a juicy, appealingly forward style, showing a vibrant mineral quality that adds cut to an impressively long, floral-driven finish. Vinous 92 2019-10-25
2016 Decibel Wines Testify Red Fleshy plum, five spice and rich tamarillo on the first breath. The nose evolves into savoury notes with a light cassis aroma. The palate is structured straight through with dusty, drying tannins and lengthy dried tea notes. After first taste, the wine evolves into a fuller, rounder palate with distinctly Gimblett Gravels angular tannin structure built to last for many, many years. Wine Orbit 93 2019-10-25
2013 Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo DOCG Smoke, tar, licorice, dried herbs and shades of dark fruit give the 2013 Barolo Pressenda its brooding, virile personality. A wine of muscle and staying power, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. There is more than enough depth to the fruit to make me think the 2013 will drink well for many years to come. This is a gorgeous wine from Marziano Abbona. Vinous 94 2019-10-24
2016 Decibel Wines Testify Red Floral, peppery and fine, with loads of black cherry and cassis fruit, the 2016 Testify Malbec is a solid effort. It's medium to full-bodied but tight and focused, showing excellent length, while the tannins are fine-grained and streamlined, framing the fruit and pushing it forward to extend the finish. I wouldn't be surprised to see this reach the 10-year mark in good shape. Wine Advocate 91 2019-10-24
2014 Decibel Wines Martinborough Pinot Noir Baked Cherry Pie and toasted nuts oscillate the nose with hints of earthy mushrooms and grainy raspberry that will develop as the wine ages. Rosemary, sweet tobacco, bing cherry, wet leaves, red currant, and hints of violets and bay leaves all contribute to the complex and alluring nose of this wine. The palate is vibrant and crunchy in its youth with slightly edgy ‘minerality’. The wine has a medium body with a bit of white pepper, spice and dusty tannins on the finish. Bob Campbell 94 2019-10-23
2017 Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red Easygoing, with fruit-forward cherry, tobacco and toasted spice flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. Wine Spectator 88 2019-10-22
2016 Dunham Cellars Trutina Refined and expressive, with floral blackberry, orange peel and tobacco notes that build tension toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2024. Wine Spectator 90 2019-10-22
2014 Decibel Wines Martinborough Pinot Noir Silky and plush, this medium- to full-bodied Pinot Noir features a delicate interplay of cinnamon and clove with cherry and pomegranate. It glides easily to a long finish, picking up a hint of bacon or wood smoke along the way. Drink now–2023. Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-10-22
2016 Chateau Castaing Cotes de Bourg Rouge Fruity while still firmly structured with tannins, this is a concentrated Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon. It shows the ripeness of the vintage in its juicy black fruits and generous, smoky texture. Drink the wine from 2021. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-10-21
2014 Decibel Wines Martinborough Pinot Noir Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Single Vineyard Martinbrough Pinot Noir gives fragrant notes of lavender, dried Provence herbs and fallen leaves with a core of cranberries and red currants. Medium-bodied, it is elegantly fruited with great freshness and lift for the leafy / herbal character, nicely complimenting the fruit, finishing long with a nice chewy grip. Wine Advocate 90+ 2019-10-21
2016 Decibel Wines Bridge Pa Viognier Fresh and vibrant, the bouquet shows white stone fruit, rockmelon, lime zest and sweet basil aromas, leading to a finely textured palate that is juicy and lively. An elegant rendition offering delightful fruit flavours backed by crisp acidity, finishing long and tasty. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-10-19
2015 Marziano Abbona Ravera Barolo DOCG Red berry, leather and forest floor aromas lead the nose. The full-bodied, savory palate offers raspberry jam, tobacco and cinnamon alongside youthfully austere tannins and nervous acidity. Drink 2023-2030 Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-10-18
2017 Decibel Wines Crownthorpe Sauvignon Blanc Rich and intense passionfruit with hints of elderflower and gooseberry, citrus and honeysuckle. Some autolysis characteristics remain with richness on the back-nose giving more headier notes. The front palate is lively with crisp peach notes, a soft mid-palate of honey dew and fresh stone fruit racing towards the finish with a lingering, chalky textural note on the cheeks giving a zesty finish. Wine Orbit 91 2019-10-18
2017 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir Elegant and juicy, featuring minerally precision to the pomegranate, cherry and currant flavors. Slate and spice details show on the finish, with creamy accents. Drink now through 2024. 15,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2019-10-17
2016 Domaine Yves Cheron Cuvee Jurassique Gigondas Rich blueberry and cherry notes mark the nose of the 2016 Gigondas Jurassique. A blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, it's full-bodied, ripe and velvety in texture, ending on hints of crushed stone that give it a welcome dry, savory edge. Wine Advocate 92 2019-10-14
2015 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino A rich Brunello with plenty of ripe-fruit, spice, porcini-mushroom and nutmeg character. Full body. Dense and flavorful. Ripe and polished tannins. Excellent structure and focus. Give this time to come together. Try after 2021. James Suckling 95 2019-10-04
2017 Lumos Wine Co Rudolfo Pinot Gris Willamette Valley Lumos’s pinot gris is named for the Rudolph family, which owns Logsdon Ridge, ten acres of pinot gris that Dai Crisp has managed since 2000. The wine is so lean and minerally that it might be hard to notice all of the complexity rumbling beneath the surface: the bruised-apple and spiced-pineapple headiness, the grippy phenolics rushed along by nervous, jittery acidity. Give it six months in the cellar before pouring with arctic char. Wine & Spirits 90 2019-10-04
2016 Lafond Winery Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Intriguing aromas of red cherry, mulberry, turned earth and rainy gravel show on the nose of this bottling by one of the region's earliest producers. The palate is dark and earthy with flavors of boysenberry, star anise, rhubarb and cardamom pods, all wrapped in fresh acidity. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-10-04
2016 Lafond Winery Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills The 2016 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is medium ruby-purple with appealing, layered aromas of red licorice, crushed red cherries and cranberries, raspberry preserves, fragrant earth, dried violets and Earl Grey tea leaves. Medium-bodied, it offers great flavor intensity with a grainy frame and very juicy freshness, finishing long with sweet red fruits. Wine Advocate 91 2019-10-04
2015 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt Dense but not heavy, with easygoing aromas and flavors of flowers, red fruits and stones. New York Times 3 Stars 2019-10-04
2015 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XXI Coming from 100% Cabernet and aged 18 months in 50% new French oak, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon XXI offers terrific crème de cassis, toasted spiced, dried flowers, and hints of cedar box. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, and balanced, it shines for its purity and elegance as well as its texture. Drink it over the coming 10-12 years or more. Jeb Dunnuck 92+ 2019-10-01
2017 Yves Cheron Cuvee Jardin d'Eden Vacqueyras While I can’t say it’s a value at the listed price, the 2017 Vacqueyras Jardin D'Eden is nevertheless beautifully done and an outstanding wine. Perfumed notes of wild strawberries, plums, violets, ground pepper and garrigue all flow to a pretty, elegant Vacqueyras that has fine tannins, moderate mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It’s all about finesse and elegance and will keep for 7-8 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-26
2017 Jolete Wines Le Verre Pinot Noir This approachable pinot delivers a vibrant array of fresh red cherries and berries with crushed flowers and smooth, pastry-like tannins that hold impressively punchy, red-cherry and plum flavors. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 91 2019-09-26
2016 Dunham Cellars Trutina Columbia Valley Refined and expressive, with floral blackberry, orange peel and tobacco notes that build tension toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2024. Wine Spectator 90 2019-09-25
2014 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Laurence Chateauneuf-du-Pape Burly in feel, with maturity to the notes of chestnut, mushroom, warm brick, dried sage and tobacco leaf that hold sway over the core of dried currant and cherry fruit flavors. The finish is streaked with cedar hints. Hamstrung a bit by this cool and wet vintage, the fruit doesn't quite keep pace with the earth and herb elements, but fans of the rugged, old-school style will appreciate this. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2030. 750 cases made. Wine Spectator 91 2019-09-20
2016 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Densely packed, with a slightly rugged, stony frame around a core of steeped black currant, fig and black cherry reduction notes. Features a strong cast iron edge on the finish, revealing a flicker of cedar throughout. Very old-school. Patience is required. Best from 2022 through 2035. 1,261 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-09-20
2016 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge Napa Valley Solidly built, with a lean, muscular build to the currant, fig, sage, tobacco and tar components. The solidly grippy finish shows good energy. Will need a little time. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2030. 479 cases made Wine Spectator 92 2019-09-20
2017 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Intense black currant and fig paste notes roll through here, inlaid with anise, graphite and mulling spice accents. Features a smoldering edge on the finish. Good character. Best from 2020 through 2028. 1,700 cases made. Wine Spectator 91 2019-09-20
2016 Domaine du Moulin Vielles Vignes A wood-aged wine with toast and spice as well as plenty of black-fruit flavors, this is still young. Tannins and acidity are prominent, demanding more time for aging. Drink this balanced wine from 2021. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-09-19
2017 Domaine du Moulin Cuvee Reserve Rouge This lightly tannic blend of Syrah and Duras has ripe, juicy blackberry fruits and a smoked bacon flavor. Acidity gives the wine a vibrant aftertaste. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-09-19
2018 Domaine du Moulin Marcillac Rouge This young wine still has an earthy, yeasty character that needs to blow off. That will leave a wine full of spice, black fruits, soft tan-nins and freshness that comes from acidity and the cool, hilly terroir of the the Marcillac appellation. Drink from 2020. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-09-19
2017 Chateau Beauchene Vignobles de la Serrière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Unoaked and pristine, this full-bodied blend of Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Clairette and Grenache Blanc offers juicy yellow-apple flavor edged by white blossoms and a salty mineral crush. It’s luscious but freshly balanced. It drinks beautifully now but should hold through 2024. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-09-19
2018 Quinta de Curvos Superior Vinho Verde A delicious, crisp and fruity wine this is lightly textured and layered with acidity. Its citrus flavors are tangy and bright. The wine is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 87BB 2019-09-16
2017 Palacio de Canedo Maceracion Carbonica de Mencia Dusty berry, black plum and pasty aromas include a note of clove. On the palate, this is sappy and fleshy, while uncomplicated black cherry and raspberry flavors finish plump and with mild spice notes. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-09-16
2018 Villa des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up all in tank, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has solid purity in its blackberry and currant fruits as well as notes of tobacco leaf and underbrush. It's medium-bodied, has good acidity, ample fruit, and is one hell of a bistro wine. Jeb Dunnuck 88-90 2019-09-16
2018 Villa des Anges Vielles Vignes Rose A juicy, bone dry rosé based on old vine Cinsault, the 2018 Old Vines Rosé offers light orange blossom and citrus notes as well as a touch of minerality in a fresh, clean, beautifully balanced, crisp style. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-09-16
2018 Penya Rose Vin de Pays Cotes Catalanes Light pink-colored, the 2018 Cotes Catalanes Rosé is mostly Grenache and has a ripe yet fresh style that's going to be incredibly versatile. Strawberries, cherries, spice, and some salty mineral notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced effort that finishes clean and dry. It's solid stuff. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2019-09-16
2018 Quinta de Curvos Loureiro Vinho Verde The Loureiro, one of the major grapes of the Vinho Verde region, expresses itself here with a ripe, soft texture and forward apple flavors. A touch of pepper helps give the wine a spicy aftertaste. Drink the wine now. Wine Enthusiast 89BB 2019-09-16
2017 Palacio de Canedo Godello Pear and apple aromas lead to a medium-bodied palate with healthy acidity and mineral notes. Stone fruit flavors control the flavor profile, while this is braced by bold acidity and stoniness on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-09-16
2018 Jeff Carrel Les Darons The 2018 Languedoc Les Darons checks in as a blend of 75% old vine Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Carignan that’s from a mix of the La Clape, Agly Valley, Minervois, Saint Chinian, and Taileran regions of the Languedoc and Roussillon. This elegant, beautifully perfumed red has sweet cherry and black raspberry fruits intermixed with ample spice, candied violets, and ground pepper. It's elegant, silky and seamless on the palate, with beautiful purity and an upfront, charming style. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2019-09-16
2018 Chateau Lancyre Pic Saint Loup Rose Strawberries, cherries, and hints of rose garden all emerge from the 2018 Pic Saint Loup Rosé, a richer, textured, balanced rosé based on 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Cinsault aged in tank. It’s a terrific effort and ideal for hot summer day quaffing. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-16
2018 Chateau Lancyre Blanc Roussanne Val de Montferran Orange blossom, citrus, shrimp broth, and crushed rock notes all emerge from the 2018 IGP Val De Montferrand Saint-Guilhen-Le-Désert Roussanne, which gains depth and richness with time in the glass. A blend of 85% Roussanne and the rest equal parts Viognier and Marsanne, brought up all in tank, it's medium-bodied, with good acidity and a great finish. Drink this outstanding effort any time over the coming 4-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-16
2018 Domaine Les Rocailles Apremont Jacquere Sporting a beautiful crystalline nose of citrus, crushed rocks, white flowers, and rocky, stony notes, the medium-bodied 2018 Apremont offers bright, juicy acidity, and terrific balance. With a beautiful sweetness of fruit, a dry, clean finish, and loads of upfront charm, I’d be happy to drink a glass over the coming year or so. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-16
2018 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence The 2018 Coteaux D'Aix En Provence Rosé is also terrific. Based on Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cinsault, and Vermin, it has clean, crisp notes of white peach, salty minerality, and white flowers as well as a medium-bodied, balanced, chiseled style on the palate. It’s another smoking good wine from this estate. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-16
2018 Commanderie de la Bargemone Blanc Coteaux d'Aix en Provenc A brilliant white that represents a serious value, the 2018 Coteaux D'Aix En Provence Blanc (70% Vermentino and 30% Sauvignon Blanc) offers a forward, fresh, vibrant style in its crushed citrus and peach fruit as well as a notes of crushed rocks, salty sea breeze, and distinct minerality. It’s medium-bodied, balanced, and has remarkable purity, all making for a smoking value. Drink it over the coming year. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-16
2017 Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Rousillon A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan, and the rest Syrah all from black, schist soils in the Roussillon, the 2017 Côtes Du Roussillon is another beautiful wine from importer Dan Kravitz that represents a terrific value. Black raspberries, crushed flowers, spice, and hints of pepper all emerge from this medium-bodied, sweetly fruited, elegant red that's just a joy to drink. It should keep nicely for 5-6 years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-16
2017 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir This blend of Pinot Noir from Monterey County (65%), Santa Barbara County (18%) and Sonoma County (17%) begins with aromas of boy-senberry, dried lilac and turned earth on the nose. There is a focused intensity on the palate, with more berry flavors as well as pie crust, loamy earth and a pinch of mint. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-09-16
2017 Domaine Cabirau Serge & Nicolas Maury Sec A smaller production cuvée, the 2017 Maury Sec Serge & Marie checks in as 70% Grenache, 20% Carignan, and 10% Syrah that was brought up in a mix of foudre and used barrels. It's also the first vintage for new winemaker Marie Verges as well as the first vintage to ever see small barrels, which were purchased from Guigal in the Northern Rhône. Deep purple-colored with a smoky, meaty bouquet of black fruits, licorice, crushed rocks, and black olives, it’s rich, full-bodied, beautifully textured, and layered on the palate, with ripe tannins. This fleshy, expansive barrel sample has tons of potential. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2019-09-16
2017 Chateau Lancyre Coste d'Aleyrac Pic Saint Loup Blackberries, ground pepper, dried earth and peppered meat notes all dominate the 2017 Pic Saint Loup Coste D'Aleyrac, a ripe, rounded, complex, almost Northern Rhône-like red to drink over the coming 7-8 years. The blend is 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Carignan, brought up all in tank. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2019-09-16
2017 Chateau Lancyre Vielles Vignes Coteaux du Languedoc The first vintage of this cuvée after the 2015 due to a disastrous hailstorm, the 2017 Pic Saint Loup Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Grenache that was vinified and aged all in stainless steel. Blackberries, earth, tapenade, and peppery garrigue notes flow to a medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, layered red that has tons of character. Coming from the oldest vines of the estate, it can be drunk today with ample pleasure or cellared for a decade. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2019-09-16
2017 Nicodemi Notari D'Abruzzo Montepulciano Teramane DOCG A plush nose with loads of dark-cherry compote, vanilla and eucalyptus. Full-bodied and big on the palate with exuberant tannins and lots of fruit, but some acidity to keep this in check. Still, less could have been more. Drink in 2022. James Suckling 92 2019-09-13
2017 Nicodemi Notari D'Abruzzo Montepulciano Teramane DOCG Deep bright ruby. Hints of ripe red and black fruit, herbs and blueberry nectar on the nose and in the mouth. Nicely suave on the long, juicy, precise finish. Vinous 90 2019-09-13
2017 Nicodemi Le Murate Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOCG Good full inky ruby. Clean, simple citrus nuances complicate the dark berry aromas and flavors. Rich but lifted on the medium-long back end, which features polished tannins and a lovely, suave mouthfeel. Vinous 89 2019-09-13
2018 Nicodemi Le Murate Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC Bright straw-green. Aromas and flavors of poached apple and pear reveal hints of custard. Round and ripe, with slightly monolithic flavors of baked fruit and sweet herbs. An easygoing wine but less lively than what I am used to with Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. Vinous 88 2019-09-13
2017 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape White roses and grilled pears with hints of grapefruit and lemon blossom. The palate is driven on long, pithy fruit. Really impressive structure. Fresh, lemon and pear flavors to close. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2019-09-12
2017 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape The 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée hits the standard assemblage: 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and 10% "others." Still in cask at the time of my visit, it has expressive floral and garrigue notes, plus hints of star anise layered over a base of black cherries. Full-bodied, deep and rich, this looks like a vintage to set aside for a while, with at least 15 years of longevity ahead of it. Wine Advocate 94-96 2019-09-12
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza The value-priced 2015 Crianza checks in as all Tempranillo aged 15 months in American and French oak. Deep ruby/plum-colored with notes of ripe currants, black cherries, dried earth, leather and tobacco, this medium-bodied, rounded wine has good fruit, a supple, easy-drinking style, and plenty of character. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-09-09
2017 Bodegas Nekeas El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa The 2017 El Chaparral De Vega Sindoa comes from very old Grenache vines (ungrafted and some pre-phylloxera) and was brought up in a mix of new and used barrels. Ripe cherries, orange blossom, underbrush, and white pepper notes all flow to a beautifully elegant, complex Garnacha that has good acidity, plenty of fruit, and a clean finish. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-09
2018 Arrumaco Garnacha Rosado Based all on Garnacha brought up in stainless steel, the 2018 Garnacha Rosado is a rounded, juicy, delicious rosé loaded with notions of ripe strawberries and white flowers. Clean, medium-bodied, and beautifully textured, this is another generous, fleshy effort that's a joy to drink. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-09
2018 Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir Spiced cherries, wood smoke, and some earth all emerge from the 2018 Pinot Noir Fincas and it's medium-bodied, charming, and enjoyable. It has some real Pinot Noir character, a light texture, and a good finish. It’s a good value, but drink up. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2019-09-09
2018 Alfredo Roca Malbec Smoky, blackberry, leafy herbs, earth, and spice notes all emerge from the 2018 Malbec Fincas. It's medium-bodied, balanced, and has plenty of character. As with all of these latest releases, value as well as quality are the name of the game. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2019-09-09
2018 Alfredo Roca Fincas Chardonnay Another smoking value from this estate, the 2018 Chardonnay Fincas is sourced from 20-year-old vines planted at nearly 2,500 feet above sea level. Notes of spice box, orchard fruits, smoked earth, toasted brioche, and spice all emerge from this richer, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that blossoms with time in the glass. It’s a steal at the price. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2019-09-09
2016 Bodegas Ordonez Zerran A tiny production cuvée (there are less than 2,000 cases), the 2016 Zerran is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 40% Cariñena, and 10% Syrah brought up in used French oak. It has beautiful currants and raspberry fruit notes as well as plenty of minerality, ground pepper, and violets. This beautiful, elegant wine has the classic Montsant fruit and minerality, yet also has nicely integrated acidity, notable balance, and a clean finish. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-09
2017 Bodegas Ordonez Nisia Verdejo Coming from 40- to 80-year-old ungrafted vines of Verdejo, the 2017 Nisia was barrel fermented and spent 7 months on lees before bottling. It has a richer bouquet of golden apple, pineapple, and Meyer lemons as well as a medium-bodied, nicely textured, mouthfilling style on the palate. It has good acidity, plenty of fruit, and a clean finish. It's rock solid. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2019-09-09
2017 Bodegas Ordonez Nisia Las Suertes Verdejo Coming from a single vineyard planted in 1885 in pure sand soils, the 2017 Nisia Las Suertes (100% Verdejo) was barrel fermented and spent 10 month on lees. It offers a rocking bouquet of pineapple, tangerines, and spice that develops beautifully with time in the glass. Rich, medium-bodied, with beautiful depth of fruit and bright acidity, it's a seriously good white to drink over the coming 4-5 years, if not longer. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-09-09
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Mazos An old vine selection based on 100% Graciano, the 2016 Rio Mazos was completely destemmed and brought up in 50% new oak. This inky colored effort has a rich, smoky bouquet of blackberries, spicy oak, cedary spice, and violets. With beautiful fruit, plenty of classy integrated oak, full body, a terrific texture, and ripe tannins, it's a beautiful, layered, singular Rioja that’s loaded with character. Drink it any time over the coming decade (and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep longer). Jeb Dunnuck 95 2019-09-09
2017 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano Made from 100% Graciano, the deeply colored 2017 Rio Madre Graciano offers a great bouquet of ripe black fruits, ground pepper, game, and hints of violets. Gamey, exotic, complex, and medium-bodied, it has outstanding purity, good acidity, and a clean, balanced, finish. It's a gem of a wine that sells for a song. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-09
2018 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Rose The 2018 Rio Madre Rosé is all Garnacha and has a vivid raspberry color as well as a powerful bouquet of ripe strawberries, cherries, violets, and spice. This rich, textured rosé has terrific purity, loads of fruit, and a great finish. It would stand beside a top Tavel with no problem. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-09
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto Made from 100% Tempranillo brought up all in tank, the 2017 Protocolo Tinto is well worth checking out and has a blackcurrant, black cherry, and earthy, spicy profile as well as medium body, plenty of texture, and a charming, gulpable style. Drink up. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2019-09-09
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado Lightly colored, the 2018 Protocolo Rosado (50% Tempranillo and 50% Bobal) offers Provençal notes of strawberries and orange blossom as well a medium-bodied, lively, fresh and crisp style on the palate. It's well-made, has good acidity, and delivers a clean finish. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2019-09-09
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado Organic Made from 100% Tempranillo, the 2018 Protocolo Rosado Organic is similar to the classic Rosado yet has more density, a touch more fruit, good balance, and nicely integrated acidity. It's rock-solid as well as a terrific value. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-09-09
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco Organic The 2018 Protocolo Blanco Organic (100% Airén) offers more pineapple, green apple and white peach notes as well as medium body, good acidity, and a clean finish. It's balanced, has a kiss of salty minerality, and a good finish. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-09-09
2016 Dominio de Eguren Codice The 2016 Codice is also all Tempranillo yet was aged six months in used French and American oak. It also comes from slightly older vines and higher elevation vineyards. Deep ruby-colored with deeper notes of black cherries, blackberries, earth, and ground herbs, it has medium-bodied richness, plenty of fruit, some old-school earthiness, and a good finish. It’s a good value for near-term drinking. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-09-09
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva The 2014 Reserva is all Tempranillo that spent 15 months in French and American oak. It has a great nose of blackberries, spice box, vanilla, and licorice. Dark, meaty, medium-bodied, and nicely textured, this elegant, balanced, high-quality wine represents a great value. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-09
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Reserva The 2014 Selección Reserva is a solid step up over the 2015 and offers more intensity and complexity in its black cherry, currants, smoked earth, graphite, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. It has some classic American oak influence, medium body, good acidity, and should keep for 8-10 years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-09
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Reserva The 2015 Selección Reserva is in the same mold as the 2014 and has more richness and depth, with rocking notes of blackberries, plums, graphite, licorice, lead pencil, and incense. It's another elegant, medium-bodied, nicely textured red from this estate that has good purity, fine tannins, and a great finish. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-09
2011 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva The 2011 Gran Reserva is all Tempranillo spent a full two years in American and French oak. This deeply colored effort offers terrific smoky dark fruits, leather, graphite, and some cigar notes. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, has beautiful density, building tannins, and a great finish. This is a rich, concentrated, classic Rioja with loads of character. Jeb Dunnuck 93+ 2019-09-09
2016 Bodegas Sierra Salinas Mira Salinas Also 100% Monastrell but a selection of old, head-trained vines, the 2016 Mira Salinas was brought up in a mix of new, once-, and twice-used barrels. Its deep ruby/plum color is followed by a Bandol-like bouquet of smoked black fruits, earth, meat, and spice. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, has beautiful fruit, good acidity, and plenty of tannins, and it's a classic, balanced Monastrell that more than over-delivers at the price. These are custom cuvées for Jorge Ordonez that are only brought into the US. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-09-09
2018 Jean Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Les Vignes de Lantignie There are fully 27,000 bottles of Burgaud's 2018 Beaujolais-Villages Les Vignes de Lantignié, a superb wine that bursts from the glass with an expressive bouquet of cherries, mulberries, smoked meats and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with juicy acids, good concentration and a flavorful finish. This saw a mere seven days maceration, and the resulting wine represents incredible value. Wine Advocate 92 2019-09-05
2018 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py The 2018 Morgon Côte du Py derives from both higher-altitude and lower-lying parcels, and it is a great success this year, offering up a lovely bouquet of dark fruits, cherries, smoked meat and licorice. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and layered, with a fleshy and concentrated core, fine girdling tannins and succulent acids, concluding with a long and sapid finish. Wine Advocate 94 2019-09-05
2018 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras Aromas of rose petals, raspberries, cherries and licorice introduce the 2018 Morgon Grands Cras, another superb wine from Burgaud that's medium to full-bodied, layered and enveloping, with a fleshy core, ripe acids and a long finish. If anything, this is even more charming than Les Charmes this year. They make a formidable—and keenly-priced—duo that readers will enjoy comparing. Wine Advocate 93 2019-09-05
2018 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Les Charmes Burgaud's 2018 Morgon Les Charmes is superb, revealing a lovely bouquet that mingles cassis and dark cherries with smoked meats, dark chocolate and peonies. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and charming, with velvety tannins, succulent acids and a fleshy, layered core, concluding with a long finish. Despite its visceral drinkability, it's also a serious wine that will evolve gracefully for 15 years. Wine Advocate 93 2019-09-05
2017 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py Javernieres The 2017 Morgon Côte du Py Javernières is showing beautifully from bottle and will be worth a special effort to seek out. Unfurling in the glass with a complex bouquet featuring ripe black cherries and cassis fruit complemented by nuances of smoked meats, incense, spices and dark chocolate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, with both considerable concentration and terrific energy, framed by powdery tannins and weightless despite its broad-shouldered profile. Wine Advocate 94+ 2019-09-05
2018 Mas d'en Gil Bellmunt Blanc The fruit-driven white 2018 Bellmunt Blanc is a village wine with notes of white flowers, fruit and some exotic undertones. It's 70% Garnacha Blanca and 30% Viognier bottled unoaked. The palate is super tasty, with a salty twist and a dry, serious finish. Classy juice. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2019. Wine Advocate 90 2019-09-04
2016 Mas d'en Gil Bellmunt The village red 2016 Bellmunt, shows lots of elegance and balance. It seems like 2016 was a great year at the property, and many wines show really well. This is a blend of 65% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from younger vines and deeper soils, and it's a more approachable face of Priorat, with red fruit aromas and a medium-bodied palate with very fine tannins and great balance. This shows great purity, and there is no oak after an élevage of ten months in a mixture of 1,500- and 3,000-liter oak vats and 3,300-liter concrete vats. Wine Advocate 92 2019-09-04
2016 Mas d'en Gil Coma Alta The expressive and characterful white 2016 Coma Alta shows notes of acacia flowers, nuts and a touch of camphor, with powerful aromatics. The palate is beautifully textured and has superb balance, clean flavors and a long-lasting finish. It's a blend of Garnacha Blanca grapes from the five valleys within the Mas d'en Gil estate and has 14% alcohol. Thirty percent of the volume fermented in used 500-liter oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel, where the wines matured for five months. It has great complexity. This could be the finest vintage to date. 3,868 bottles were filled in May 2017. Wine Advocate 93 2019-09-04
2016 Mas d'en Gil Coma Blanca The elegant white 2016 Coma Blanca is a nuanced and subtle blend of 60% Macabeo and 40% Garnacha Blanca from the older vineyards of the estate on slate, alluvial and sandy soils (the property has a diversity of soils unmatched in Priorat). It fermented in stainless steel and matured in 500-liter oak barrels for six months, and the bottles were kept for a couple of years before the wine was released into the market. There is unusual finesse in this vintage, unmatched purity and superb texture. It's a Mediterranean white with good body, the texture of a Grand Cru Burgundy, pungent but subtle flavors and a dry and faintly bitter finish. 3,098 bottles were filled in May 2017. Wine Advocate 95 2019-09-04
2014 Mas d'en Gil Clos Fonta As classical as it gets, the red 2014 Clos Fontà, a selection of the oldest vines from their 40 hectares of vineyards, is a blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Cariñena from vines planted between 1931 and 1973 on slate soils. It fermented in oak vats and matured in French and Austrian oak barrels and 1,500-liter vats for some 14 months. It has the Priorat character reminiscent of wet slate as well as wild berries, a floral touch, a tree bark-like twist and an unusual elegant rusticity. The palate is medium to full-bodied with ripe flavors but without excess, hints of Mediterranean herbs and flowers and a dry, long and austere finish with no room for sweetness. 6,138 bottles were filled in May 2016. Wine Advocate 94 2019-09-04
2014 Mas d'en Gil Coma Vella The red 2014 Coma Vella feels a tad rustic in the context of the 2016s, which show great finesse. It is a blend of Garnacha with 20% Cariñena and 10% Syrah from the Coma Valley within the Mas d'en Gil property. It fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak vats, and the wine matured in 225-, 1,500- and 3,000-liter oak barrels and vats for one year. It has some earthy notes reminiscent of the dusty Priorat roads, integrated oak and good ripeness but without excess. The palate is medium-bodied with dusty tannins and a dry, serious and mineral finish. Impressive. 35,658 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2016. It's evolving quite slowly. Wine Advocate 92 2019-09-04
2014 Mas d'en Gil Nus The sweet red 2014 Nus is a blend of 80% Garnacha, 15% Syrah and 5% Viognier. The Garnacha grapes are sun-dried for ten to 20 days, and the juice from those foot-trodden bunches starts fermenting, while the unfermented juice of Syrah and Viognier is fortified with alcohol. It matured in 60-liter oak barrels for 18 months and then was bottled and kept for one more year before being released. The nose is that of a dry red Priorat, with the dusty and wet slate aromas, so you don't really expect a sweet wine. The combination of sweetness and tannin is quite unusual but somehow works, like a rustic version of a Port. It feels quite balanced and doesn't come through as very sweet. It's 16.5% alcohol. Experiment with blue cheese. 1,948 half-bottles produced. Wine Advocate 90 2019-09-04
2014 Castellroig Sabate i Coca Mosset Brut Nature The new sparkling white 2014 Mosset Brut Nature is from a zone that names the wine, a terraced part of the Bitlles River in Penedès. This is the first vintage produced. It has a very expressive nose with a notable absence of fruit and is stony, austere and mineral with some lemon peel citrus twist and some fennel. It has very tasty flavors and a dry palate with a chalky texture and a saline hint on the finish. Brilliant. This is not about the grapes, but it's produced with 65% Xarel·lo, 25% Macabeu and 10% Parellada and matured with the lees in bottle for at least 48 months. 29,485 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 91 2019-09-04
2012 Castellroig Sabate i Coca Josep Coca Brut Nature The 2012 Josep Coca Brut Nature is a blend of 85% Xarello and 15% Macabeo that was aged for no less than 80 months. It comes from two soils that deliver grapes that are apt for a long aging due to their very good acidity, bright aromas and high resistance to oxidation so that the wine evolves very slowly. Like the rest of the range here, the wine has a strong stony sensation, and it's serious, austere and mineral. I also tasted the 2010 vintage of this wine to check the evolution, and it is very fresh, with a stronger stony sensation and doesn't show any oxidation. 14,663 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 92 2019-09-04
2012 Castellroig Brut Reserva Rosat The 2012 Reserva Familiar Rosé Brut is an unusual rosé made with Garnacha grapes and the only sparkling wine produced with some added sugar, because the wine was too austere and had so much acidity that it was impossible to domesticate. This is not your classical rosé, because this is a super mineral wine (like all the wines I tasted with owner Marcel Sabaté). This has aged for a very long time sur lie, and it feels young and unevolved, with a long life ahead of it. A mineral sparkling rosé! 5,760 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 92 2019-09-04
2018 Chateau Beauchene Grand Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc The 2018 Côtes Du Rhône Grande Réserve Blanc is solid. Based on 25% each of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Roussanne, with the balance Bourboulenc and other permitted varieties, it has plenty of lemon curd, tangerines, and honeyed flower notes as well as a clean style on the palate. It's nicely balanced, with good acidity and a crisp finish. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-08-22
2018 Chateau Beauchene Cotes du Rhone Blanc Viognier Made from 100% Viognier, the 2018 Côtes Du Rhône Viognier Blanc offers lots of apricot, white flowers, and tangerine notes as well as a richer, textured, layered style on the palate. With plenty of character and a good finish, this is an enjoyable white to drink over the coming year or so. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2019-08-22
2018 Chateau Beauchene Grand Reserve Cotes du Rhone The 2018 Côtes Du Rhône Grande Réserve from this estate has a solid perfume of light cherries, sappy herbs, and earth to go with a soft, plush, beautifully textured style on the palate. It's not terribly deep or profound, but it’s undeniably delicious. Drink it over the coming couple of years. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-08-22
2017 Chateau Beauchene Grand Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape The same 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre blend, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Grande Reserve is slightly deeper colored and has attractive notes of blackcurrants, smoked earth, garrigue, and pepper. One of the deeper, richer wines in the lineup from this estate, it has plenty of mid-palate flesh, good purity, and outstanding length. It's a workhorse-styled effort to enjoy over the coming decade. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2019-08-22
2017 Chateau Beauchene Vignobles de la Serriere Chateauneuf du Pape Not yet bottled, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vignobles De La Serriere (80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre) sports a medium ruby color as well as earthy notes of black raspberries, cherries, garrigue, and peppermint. It's medium-bodied, supple, and polished on the palate, and certainly has potential. Jeb Dunnuck 88-90 2019-08-22
2016 Lava Cap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Both concentrated and luxurious, this wine is a classic that offers a broad range of enticing aromas, plenty of delicious fruit in the middle and a lingering finish. Clove, cedar and cassis fill the aromas, while ripe blueberry and black cherry flood the palate. A great balance of a velvety texture and soft tannins holds it all together. Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-08-22
2017 Lava Cap Winery Chardonnay This wine is packed full of ripe apple and pear flavors that are accented by vanilla and butter. This is a full-bodied, barrel-fermented wine that's big in profile but smooth in feel. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-08-22
2017 Domaine Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf du Pape The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape is terrific, showing classic ripe cherry and berry fruits, spice, and garrigue aromas, medium to full body, and a rounded, voluptuous texture. It's beautifully balanced, and while it has the sexy, sunny style of the vintage, it stays pure, complex and, again, balanced. It's going to deliver loads of pleasure over the coming 10-15 years. The blend is 65% Grenache, 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, with the remainder Muscardin, brought up in foudre, demi-muids, and old barrels. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2019-08-22
2018 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Leading off the wines from Domaine Du Pégau, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc is another terrific effort that has a classic, mineral-laced style as well as plenty of peach, lemon, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied, fresh, and vibrant on the palate, and again, has this interesting mix of minerality and fruit. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-08-22
2018 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée is a softer, more forward and charming wine that has beautiful dark fruits, ground pepper, violets, and ample classic Pégau meatiness. It doesn’t have the density of a top vintage, yet I love its balance, it has sweet tannins, and it’s already hard to resist. It’s going to be approachable in its youth but keep for 15+ years. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2019-08-22
2017 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape Not yet bottled, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée is a normal blend of 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre, and the rest assorted varieties (not destemmed), brought up all in foudre and old barrels. It has classic Pégau notes of ground pepper, earth, meat, truffle, and blackcurrants as well as medium to full body, good density, building tannins, and a great finish. Laurence compared this vintage to 2005, but I think this 2017 has more density and flesh. It’s a beautiful, classic Pégau that reminds me a slightly toned down 2009. Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 2019-08-22
2018 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition I loved the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape from Jean Royer. It's loaded with sweet kirsch and strawberry fruits and offers medium to full-bodied richness, sweet tannins, and a great finish. This is Grenache at its most elegant and finesse-driven, and it has a Burgundian vibe in its texture and complexity. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2019-08-22
2018 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Prestige has a similar vibe to the traditional cuvée yet has slightly darker fruits and more structure. It's elegant, seamless, and beautifully balanced on the palate, with a great mid-palate. This cuvée is 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, all from the pebbly soils of the Bois de la Ville and Les Grandes Serres lieux-dits, brought up 65% in demi-muids and the balance in stainless steel. Jeb Dunnuck 90-93 2019-08-22
2018 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Sables de la Crau Similarly colored to the Prestige release, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Sables De La Crau is 100% Grenache from sandy soils brought up all in demi-muids. Ripe blueberries, strawberries, flowery incense, and pepper garrigue notes all emerge from this ethereal, elegant, beautifully balanced Grenache that has no hard edges, ripe, sexy tannins, and a great finish. This is another brilliant, layered, seamless wine from this estate that readers will love. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2019-08-22
2018 Penya Rose Cotes Catalanes A juicy, fruity richness is right upfront on the nose of this wine, expressed though bold waves of guava, peach, lychee and ripe melon. The palate is somewhat soft and rounded, with just enough acidity to lift the slightly slick, viscous texture and plush peach and rosehip flavors. Best Buy Wine Enthusiast 88BB 2019-08-16
2018 Domaine Les Rocailles Apremont Jacquere From the village of Apremont in the foothills of the Alps, this crisply textured wine offers green-apple and lime flavors. Lightly spicy and with refreshing acidity, it is ready to drink Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-08-16
2012 Lornano Chianti Gran Selezione Attractive scents of ripe plum, blue flower, eucalyptus and baking spice spill out of the glass. The round, rich palate doles out juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and a hint of chopped herb. Velvety tannins provided polished support. Drink through 2021. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-08-12
2017 Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir Snappy raspberry and sweet hibiscus aromas are layered with dewy herbs on the fresh nose of this bottling. The palate is both high toned and fruity, with fresh flavors of raspberry, dried rose petal and Earl Grey tea riding on zippy acidity. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-08-12
2018 Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rosé This appealing and very flavorful wine made from Carignane and Zinfandel grapes has as much color as some red wines along with vivid red-cherry and raspberry aromas, good acidity and enough fruit concentration for a lingering finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-08-12
2016 Lyle Thomas Pinot Noir An unapologetic oakiness shapes the aromas and flavors of this full-bodied and firmly tannic wine. Grilled bread, sweet pickles and cedar in the aroma lead to juicy cherry flavors that are held firmly in check by oak notes and a touch of astringency. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-08-12
2016 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel This wine is very fruity, mild-mannered and easy to enjoy. It's full bodied but not too big, and packed with plump strawberry and blackberry flavors that see almost sweet on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-08-12
2017 Jolete Wines Le Verre Pinot Noir This remains rather stiff, herbal and tannic at this early stage. Made of wines from three Willamette Valley AVA's, it has more green flavors than ripe fruit, though the balance is fine. As it's young and was bottled under a screw cap, it would benefit from aggressive aeration prior to drinking. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-08-12
2017 Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red Aromas struck match, herb, smoked ham, vanilla and baking spice lead to medium-bodied fruit and barrel flavors. Coffee and smoke notes linger on the finish. There's a pleasing sense of texture and balance that ups the interest. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-08-12
2018 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc Pear, pineapple, and ruby grapefruit flavors are vibrant and refreshing, showing purity and intensity on the long, intense finish. Wine Spectator 90 2019-08-08
2015 Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Graphite and mineral hints accent the dark plum and dried currant flavors. Smoky notes and chocolate nib details emerge on the finish with firm tannins. Drink now through 2021. 2,072 cases made. Wine Spectator 88 2019-08-08
2018 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Rose This bold rosé features a deep cherry color, with expressive flavors of cherry, strawberry and spice. The acidity is gentle, but light tannins keep this focused. Old-school. Drink now. 1,500 cases made, 1,500 cases imported. Wine Spectator 88 2019-08-07
2016 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape A singed chestnut accent leads off here,followed by a sappy core of steeped cherry,raspberry and plum fruit,infused liberally with tobacco,brick dust and garrigue notes. Reveals a brawny edge,but there’s ample fruit in the end. Grenache blend. Best from 2021 through 2040. 5400 cases made. Wine Spectator 96 2019-08-06
2015 Vina Chocalan Vitrum Red Blend Vitrum is the premium line from Chocolán and this is certainly an ambitious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, Malbec and Petit Verdot with structured, ageworthy tannins, subtle, minty reduction and layers of cassis, blueberry and mint. Tim Atkin 92 2019-08-01
2016 Vina Chocalan Origen Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Black garnet color. Aromas of blackberry coulis, raspberry leaf, graphite, and fire-roasted bell peppers with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, com-plex, long dark chocolate, pumpernickel, black cassis, jamón serrano, and black licorice finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold cabernet sauvignon with lots of spice and rich chocolate; worthy of a fine steak. GOLD MEDAL & EXCEPTIONAL. BEST BUY Tastings.com 93 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Origen Carmenere Being out on the cool Maipo Costa helped to mitigate the hot vintage conditions on this assemblage of Carmènere with 15% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Refined and re-freshing, this is herbal and textured with subtle oak. Tim Atkin 91 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Origen Syrah There's 5% San Antonio Syrah in the blend here, but it's predominantly a Maipo Costa wine. Co-fermented with a little Viognier, this is a Chilean Côte Rôtie with spicy, minty, meaty fruit, fresh acidity and smooth tannins. Tim Atkin 92 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Origen Pinot Noir Attractive, bright and fragrant strawberries with a fleshy palate that has a plush, drinka-ble feel. Try in the next four years James Suckling 91 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Origen Chardonnay Coastal San Antonio supplies the grapes for this ocean-influenced Chardonnay, made with clones 4 and 5 and fermented in a combination of stainless steel and barrels. Toasty and fresh, it has flavours of pear and citrus and some leesy weight. Tim Atkin 90 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Dusty ruby color. Aromas of salt-cured plum, fine furniture, black tea with violet, and marinated grape leaves with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, long cran-raspberry scone, cedar, chocolate covered strawberries, and licorice finish. A concentrated, steak-worthy wine with lots of stately character. GOLD MEDAL | EXCEPTIONAL | BEST BUY Tastings.com 91 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Reserva Carmenere Dark deep purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of granite, scorched earth, raspberry, and red cassis with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish with accents of cherry tart and nutmeg with moderate oak flavor. A mineral-forward Carmènerewith a great sense of place. SILVER MEDAL | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | BEST BUY Tastings.com 87 2019-08-01
2017 Col Vetoraz Cartizze di Valdobbiadene DOCG Col Vetoraz is one of the only wineries located in Cartizze, where glera vines cling to steep slopes at elevations up to 1,300 feet, where clusters ripen under intense sunshine, developing rich flavors of mango and peach along with subtle spice notes. Cool evenings preserve crisp acidity that, along with the wineries pearly texture and bright saline notes, balances the lush fruit flavors and brings the wine to a refreshing finish. Wine & Spirits 92 2019-08-01
2017 Keuka Spring Vineyards Riesling On the dry side of semi-dry, this riesling may leave you wondering where to fix your attention: on the passion fruit accents, the assertive lemon-lime scents, or the wheaty savor that frames it all? The flavors are graceful and a touch creamy from the risidual sugar, but the apple skin finish renders any sweetness a memory, unless the wine is served with something mildly spicy, like Japaneese curry. Wine & Spirits 92 2019-08-01
2018 Quinta da Raza Vinho Verde This blend is mostly arinto and azal, varieties suited to the higher elevations of inland Vinho Verde, with pockets of schist soil close to the Douro region. It's a full-figured white, with fuzzy peach scents and fresh grap sweetness that lasts. The acidity has the peppery bite of arugula, suggesting a match for those greens tossed with flakes of grilled tuna. Wine & Spirits 88BB 2019-08-01
2017 Aquitania Bernon Albarino This has the nutty richness of almond flour, while zesty acidity cuts through it like a knife, leaving mango and lime-pulp flavors that last. Chill it for raw shellfish. Wine & Spirits 88BB 2019-08-01
2018 Chateau de Pampelonne Legende Rose Cotes de Provence Marie Pascaud made this special cuvee to commemorate the formation of Les Maitres Vignerons de St- Tropez, a coalition of ten estates. A selection of cinsault, and grenache from 100 year old vines on the Ramatuelle hill, it's a savory rose, with notes of herbs and flowers accenting the delicacy of it's pale fruit. Its power lies in the texture, at once airy but substantial, which holds the flavors long. Wine & Spirits 92 2019-08-01
2015 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain District If you're looking for a cabernet with exceptional track record, consider that Michael Keenan's Reserve has earned 94 points or more in every vintage since 2011. This 2015 is close to that level, a tarry, concentrated cabernet from 17 year old vines at Keenan's Big K vineyard, high up Spring Mountain, with a small contribution of cabernet franc. It's intensely spicy, with coriander, anise and red pepper pricking the wine's dark earthiness. The fruit emerges over the course of several days, adding a taste of fresh-picked cherries in the midst of the black extract. It's zesty and racy, with the energy to age, and the flavor concentration to repay patient cellaring. Wine & Spirits 93 2019-08-01
2017 Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Leading with a mossy scent, adorning dark fruit, this pinot's crushed berry aromas carry through to the flavors, sweet and blunt; for chilling and quaffing in the afternoon. Wine & Spirits 87BB 2019-08-01
2016 Lava Cap Winery Petite Sirah This is a pure and focused wine that’s uncomplicated by too much oak or overripeness. It offers dark, dense concentrated black fruit flavors of the variety on a firm, tannic texture. It's built for aging and should be best from 2023-2030. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-08-01
2016 Lava Cap Winery Merlot This robust and flavorful wine is scented with cigar box and dark chocolate. The palate adds in a black cherry flavor for a big and complex array of facets to savor. A full body and firm tannins give it good structure and its concentration is intense enough to deliver a lingering finish. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-08-01
2018 Bodegas Sierra Salinas Mo A primary-fruited style with violet reduction and raspberries. Bright and fruity, this is reminiscent of Beaujolais and quite enjoyable. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-07-29
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco A fresh and bright white with sliced lemons, limes and stone. Medium body. Easy and bright. Steely. Mostly viura. James Suckling 89 2019-07-25
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado Organic This is a tight and well-made rosé with creamy, strawberry and light strawberry aromas and flavors. Medium body. Delicious finish. Shows character and finesse. From organically grown bobal grapes. James Suckling 92 2019-07-25
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto Organic A juicy and soft, medium-bodied wine with clean fruit and a delicious, berry and light wet-earth finish. Excellent value. From organically grown grapes. James Suckling 90 2019-07-25
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Reserva Lots of flowers and hints of oak with dark berries and spice. Full-bodied yet fresh and balanced with ripe tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A beauty. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-07-25
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Mazos Graciano This has notes of violets and leaves with a swathe of cassis. The palate has a smooth, sleek and dry feel with crunchy dark fruit and fine tannin. Ripe and juicy. Pure graciano. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2019-07-25
2017 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano The vanilla and walnut character is strong here with dark-berry and chocolate undertones. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish. A little tannic, but solid. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-07-25
2017 Dominio de Eguren Codice Blueberries, blackberries and hints of nutmeg on the nose. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows refinement and easy accessibility. Drink and enjoy. James Suckling 91 2019-07-25
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto This pure tempranillo shows plenty of crushed-berry and chocolate character. Medium body. Light tannins, yet firm and tight. Shows depth. Amazing value. James Suckling 90 2019-07-25
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado This is creamy and very pretty with sliced-strawberry and apple character. Medium body. Clean fruit. Flavorful finish. Tempranillo and bobal. James Suckling 91 2019-07-25
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valderiz This has a very rich and fresh array of ripe dark berries and plums, earthy notes and attractively spicy oak influence. The palate has a very sleek, fresh and enlivened feel with lots of energy and depth. Great tannins. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2019-07-24
2010 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Tomas Esteban This has exceptional depth and richness. Such detail, concentration and intense dark fruit, pervading every corner of the palate. The depth, the richness and the layered, long tannins here are stunning. Really exceptional wine that delivers long and rich, flavorsome resolve. Drink or hold. James Suckling 95 2019-07-24
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Juegabolos This is super saturated on the nose and palate. Such rich and ripe dark-fruit flavors make for a compelling nose, packed with black fruit. The palate has a succulent, deep and fleshy feel with impressively ripe, sinewy tannins, holding long. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2019-07-24
2017 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz De Chiripa A bold array of ripe, dark-plum and cherry aromas with rich texture on the palate, as well as a juicy, vibrant and fleshy core and plenty of richness to close. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-07-24
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva Dark-berry and tobacco aromas dominate the nose and palate here with a fresh array of fleshy and juicy flavor. Smooth and plush. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-07-24
2016 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza This has a rich array of ripe dark fruit with a bold and fleshy palate that has plenty of appeal right now. Smooth, juicy and plush. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-07-24
2012 Lornano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione At these levels of archetypal consistency, balance and integrity, Chianti is certainly not second to none. But only where its colour is of the same untouched blackish ardour, only where its pulp is that so dense as not to leave even a bright ray pierce, especially where its palatal softness is so seductively perfect, so admirably and spherically round, despite the power of its majestic pair of acidity/tannin. A cream of blackberry in pure and viscous pulp whose wonderful spices make it even more balsamic, vanilla and exquisite. A top champion in viticulture and oenology. Chapeau. Luca Maroni 99 2019-07-17
2017 Bodegas Bhilar Phinca Hapa Blanco The white 2017 Phinca Hapa Blanco has some notes of popcorn and a spicy and smoky twist, but it's very different from the other white I tasted. This is from a vineyard that Melanie bought with her savings and then renamed it after her dog. The wine had some skin contact, so it has a faint golden color and a slightly tannic palate. It's a blend of 82% Viura, 12% Garnacha Blanca and 6% Malvasía from a large vineyard in the village of Elvillar. This is a white of strong character, with notes of quince, peach and beeswax, the texture of a light red that calls for food. 2,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2018. Wine Advocate 93 2019-07-17
2017 Bodegas Bhilar Phinca Hapa Tinto There is a note of iron and fresh meat on the nose of the 2017 Phinca Hapa Tinto. This is from a large-ish vineyard in the village of Elvillar where they have both Tempranillo and Viura, so they make a red and a white from it. It has a different profile from the rest of the wines, younger and more fruit-driven. It also has a shorter élevage, following the style of the 2016, perfumed with wild flowers and berries, mild spices and a fine palate. It fermented with full clusters and has that touch of the stems in the texture that somewhat lifts the wine up. 8,000 bottles should be filled the week after I tasted it, as they were waiting for the correct moon. Wine Advocate 93-94 2019-07-17
2015 Bodegas Bhilar Phinca El Vedao The one varietal Garnacha, a grape that's not that common in the village of Elvillar, the 2015 Phinca El Vedao is from three plots on a south-facing slope at lower altitude, some 500 meters above sea level, where the grape sets and ripens properly. The wine matured in 400- and 500-liter oak barrels for almost two and a half years. It has an expressive Garnacha nose with berry fruit and a floral touch, more in the style of some wines from the north of Navarra than the ones from Aragón. It has the freshness and acidity often linked to the wines from Elvillar. It's very balanced and complete and has very fine tannins, a chalky texture from the limestone soils and great balance. A step up over the first vintage. 2,070 bottles were filled in April 2018. Wine Advocate 93+ 2019-07-17
2015 Bodegas Bhilar Phincas Tasted as a sample of the final blend waiting to be bottled, the 2015 Phincas is from a challenging year when they had to move out of their old winery and David broke his foot during the harvest, so he didn't produce some of the wines. So, this has around 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and the rest Viura from all the vineyards except La Revilla and El Vedao, the only single vineyards bottled separately that year. It has an intense balsamic nose of macerated herbs, acid berries and dark chocolate and is spicy but not oaky, with a fine palate with pungent acidity and great freshness. There are 5,000 liters of this that should make it into some 6,500 bottles after almost two years in used barrique and one year in oak vats. When I tasted the bottled wine, it had all the vermouth-like aromas and macerated herbs, and the palate felt quite balanced and with the freshness to develop in bottle. Wine Advocate 91 2019-07-17
2014 Bodegas Bhilar Phincas The 2014 Phincas has a very unusual nose with notes of marzipan and macerated herbs. They didn't produce a Phinca Abejera in 2014, so those grapes, which tend to deliver very balsamic and vermouth-like herbal aromas, were put here. The palate is austere and a little sharp, with some pointy tannins. Unusual. 10,620 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2018. Wine Advocate 90 2019-07-17
2017 Bodegas Bhilar Bhilar The red village 2017 Bhilar was produced with 60% of their own grapes and 40% purchased from local growers. It spent 18 months in oak vats and barriques. It has an expressive nose and is very fruit-driven, with the oak really well-integrated with the fruit. There are notes of ripe berries and herbs with a spicy twist. The palate is medium to full-bodied with chalky, fine-grained tannins. This has to be the best vintage for this bottling so far. 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2019. Wine Advocate 90+ 2019-07-17
2015 Pursued By Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Distinguished and refined, featuring elegantly complex flavors of blackberry, tobacco and clove, with intriguing dark spice notes that take on polish toward well-groomed tannins. Drink now through 2026. 479 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-07-17
2015 Pursued By Bear Baby Bear Syrah Harmonious and refined, with effortlessly complex boysenberry, licorice and smoked pepper flavors that glide on a long finish. Drink now through 2025. 389 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-07-17
2015 Pursued By Bear Baby Bear Syrah Coming from the Colombia Valley and all Syrah, the 2015 Syrah Baby Bear spent 30 months in barrel prior to bottling. Saturated purple-colored (to the rim), with a stunning bouquet of spiced plums, smoked blueberries, ground pepper, and barbecued meat, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, sweet tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. As always, it's impeccably made and one serious wine. Jeb Dunnuck 96 2019-07-17
2015 Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah Barrel aromas of vanilla bean, shaved coconut, dark coffee and bittersweet chocolate are out front, with black cherry following. Full-bodied fruit and barrel flavors make up the palate, trailing toward the finish. The oak plays a leading role, at times getting in the way. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-07-09
2016 Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red Aromas of baking spices, coconut, vanilla, anise and blackberry lead to fullbodied fruit and barrel flavors. Coconut and vanilla notes linger on the finish. The oak plays a very prominent part in the show. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-07-09
2017 Keuka Spring Vineyards Riesling A well-concentrated nose of fennel pollen, saffron, honey, white flowers and pine gives this semisweet Riesling intense complexity. It is luscious and enveloping on the palate, built by juicy orchard- and tropical-fruit flavors, yet framed by tangy acidity and delicate tea-like astringency. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-07-09
2018 Keuka Spring Vineyards Rose This delicate rosé offers aromas of white cherry, orchard blossoms and tangerine peel. There’s a soft silky entry to the palate, with integrated flavors of tangy cherry, citrus and blossoms. This is textural and lightly gripping on the finish, with a lingering savory note. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-09
2016 El Principal Calicanto A saucy, herbaceous nose smells of juniper, clove and tomato leaf. In the mouth, this rainy vintage Cabernet blend is edgy feeling. Desiccated berry fruit flavors include notes of balsamic vinegar and green herbs, while the finish is short in both length and complexity. Wine Enthusiast 86 2019-07-09
NV Victoria Ordóñez Las Olas Del Melillero Sparkling Rose Cotton candy aromas lead an inexact nose with gardenia and grassy notes. A round plump palate is easygoing, while this sparkler from the south of Spain tastes of citrus and stone fruits prior to a finish with oxidative notes. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-07-09
2018 Château Pierrail Bordeaux Blanc Full bodied but with an attractive line of acidity, this is a ripe wine. The tangy texture underlines the green fruit and herbal flavors that give the wine density. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 86 2019-07-09
2018 Château Reynier Bordeaux Blanc Lightly perfumed, this wine has fragrant white fruits that give it a floral character. With its fruitiness comes a tangy character that brings out more Sauvignon Blanc flavors. Drink the wine now. Wine Enthusiast 86 2019-07-09
2018 Château Toutigeac Bordeaux Blanc Crisp and herbal, this is a tight wine. The acidity and tangy texture are right up front, highlighted by green-fruit flavors. This wine is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 86 2019-07-09
2016 Höpler Blaufränkisch Both pepper and violet are captured on the nose of this light-bodied, fresh-faced wine. The palate has the smoothest, lightest tannins but lovely, ready, bright red cherry notes, edged with spice. This easy, aroma-driven style is ideal for chilling in summer. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-09
2015 Höpler Pannonica Red Notes of juicy, ripe black cherry play on the nose. The palate picks them up with ease and freshness while adding a little cinnamon spice. There is a lovely, central freshness that brings out the inherent juiciness of cherry, plum and forest berries. The body is light, and the finish is dry and smooth. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-07-09
2016 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Within Alain Voge’s spectacular lineup of wines, Les Chailles suggests a fresher, more youthful expression of Cornas, highlighting pristine, primary blackcurrant and cherry flavors. Whispers of leather and an intense granitic backdrop, however, confirm the producer’s trademark complexities. Enjoyed now, it’s vibrant and freshly fruited but should gain greater mineral and savory complexities through 2036. Wine Enthusiast 94 2019-07-09
2015 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Layers of charred meat, granite and anise lend complexity to blackberry and cherry on the nose of this wine. Despite the ample fruit it maintains an earthen, mineral undertone and long finish with ripe, persistent tannins. This riveting wine should open and meld over the next decade and hold further. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 95 2019-07-09
2016 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Skeins of graphite and smoke provide an alluring introduction to this seductively fruity, concentrated Syrah. Blackberry and mulberry flavors are vibrant yet concentrated, spiced with black pepper, leather and olive, edged by fine, supple tannins. Irresistible already, the wine will improve through 2040. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 96 2019-07-09
2015 A Mano Imprint Primitivo There's a surprising intensity to the aromas of fresh blackberries, turned earth and violets. The palate mirrors the nose in a package of grippy tannins and crisp acidity. While enjoyably straightforward in nature, the concentration is rather light, so enjoy for its immediate appeal. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-07-08
2017 Aquitania Aquitania Albarino Val do Salnes Tangy, textured, resonant and deep, with citrus and saline flavors. New York Times 3 Stars 2019-07-08
2016 Dunham Cellars Trutina Columbia Valley An older-school style from the outset with woody and biscuity nuances, across an array of blueberries and plums. The palate carries fine-grained tannins and a smooth build of rich dark-berry and plum flavors. 45% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 12% malbec and 3% cabernet franc. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2019-07-08
2015 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XX Columbia Valley Stylish barrel-fermentation nuances with meaty notes and dried plums that lead to a fleshy, silky and supple palate that offers velvety tannin texture and richness of flavor at the finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2019-07-08
2018 Pursued By Bear Blushing Bear Rose Fresh pears and hints of orange rind here that lead to a palate that has salty mineral tang and dialed-in, light berry flavors. Gently creamy finish. 50% mourvedre, 30% grenache and 20% cinsault. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-07-08
2016 Pursued By Bear Baby Bear Syrah A fragrant and easygoing brand of syrah that has an array of biscuit spices with everything from flowers to berries and bacon fat in the offering. The palate has a very plush, deeply saturated feel with a wealth of ripe dark plums and berries on offer. Handy balance and sustain. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-07-08
2016 Pursued By Bear Cabernet Sauvignon A dark, brambly feel to the nose with bracken and leaves, interspersed with red and dark berries. The palate has a smooth and gently grainy edge that delivers mulberry and poached-plum flavors with sinewy, woody punch. Drink in the next six years. James Suckling 91 2019-07-08
2018 Ryan Patrick Rosé This has quite creamy, berry-pastry aromas with spiced-custard nuances and buttery complexity, leading to a palate that offers a smooth and creamy, round feel. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-07-08
2018 Ryan Patrick Naked Chardonnay A ripe chardonnay with melon and other tropical fruit in abundance. The palate has a rich and fleshy feel with soft, easygoing fruit all the way. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 88 2019-07-08
2016 Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red The ripe, sweet summer berries are laced with overtly sweet vanilla oak spice, leading to a palate that has a plush, fleshy feel and a wealth of ripe tannins. A blend of 47% syrah, 47% cabernet sauvignon and 6% merlot. Drink now. James Suckling 88 2019-07-08
2015 Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red Assertive cedary, spicy oak aromas across rich, ripe blackberries, blackcurrants and boysenberries. The flavorsome palate is built for immediate drinking. Blend of 73% syrah, 23% cabernet sauvignon and 4% merlot. Drink now. James Suckling 88 2019-07-08
2016 Ryan Patrick Redhead Red A simple, bright and light mulberry-and raspberry-fruited style. Lightly sweet, fleshy berry fruits on the palate. Simple and delicious. Blend of 56% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 17% syrah and 5% petit verdot. Drink now. James Suckling 87 2019-07-08
2018 Pursued by Bear Blushing Bear Rose Mouvedre makes up half of this wine, with the rest 30% Grenache and 20% Cinsault. The aromas intrigue, with notes of citrus rind, herbs, star fruit, strawberry and sprice. Broad-feeling, well-balanced, mouthwatering fruit flavors follow. The acidity keeps the interest high. Yum Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-07-08
2017 Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Simple but pleasant aromas of ripe berries, earthy mushrooms and plum skins show on the nose of this bottling. There's a hint of ripe red fruit on the sip but then come more interesting waves of tea leaves, eucalyptus and a stong, slightly overbearing tobacco-leaf flavor. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-07-08
2016 Trentadue La Storia Cabernet Sauvignon This wine is well made and satisfying, opening in a bright sanguine nose of iron and leather. The midpalate is lengthy and graceful, offering a succulence of cassis and black cherry. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-07-08
2017 Frey Biodynamic Field Blend A touch of wood smoke and a hint of barbecue spices add interest to this ripe, fruity and smooth wine. It is medium bodied, scented with blackberries and laced with dark-chocolate and blueberry flavors. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-08
NV Frey Agriculturalist Ripe bright fruits in the aroma and flavor make this wine very forward and a little tangy, showing red and black cherry along with raspberry accents. Made without added sulfites, its full bodied and has moderate tannins and good acidity to add to the mouthfeel. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-07-08
2018 Höpler Gruner Veltliner Iced lemon and ripe Mirabelle plum on the nose promise freshness and fruit. The very light, bright palate indeed boasts gentle lemon, which is boosted by gentle spritz. The finish is dry and clean. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-07-08
2018 Höpler Pinot Blanc A rather neutral nose merely suggests easy freshness. The palate follows this with gentle lemon notes on a slender, fresh and wonderfully light, lemon-scented palate. This is dry, bright and utterly refreshing. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-08
2018 Höpler Pannonica Rose Green pear, lemon and red currant are most appetizing on the nose. The palate introduces gentle, rounded but fresh strawberry notes on a very light, dry body. All this is supported with very slight spritz to make a refreshing summer wine. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-08
2017 Höpler Pinot Noir The merest touch of undergrowth and cinnamon play on the red currant-fruited nose of this tender Pinot Noir. The palate is light, translucent, really smooth and rounded while staying fresh. This is gentle, light and aromatic with a dry finish. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-08
2017 Lornano Etel Rosato Toscana Very pretty orange peel, lemon rind and hints of mineral character. Medium body, a lovely center palate and a crisp finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-07-02
2015 Lornano Chianti Classico A brambly nose of wild plums, crushed elderberries and a hint of earth. Quite darkly spiced on the palate with some real chewiness and fresh acidity. A rather decadent finish. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-07-02
2013 Lornano Chianti Classico Riserva "Le Bandite" A dense and layered 2013 with dark berries, chocolate and dried-meat undertones. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-07-02
2010 Lornano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione A red with ripe-berry, dried-fruit and coffee-bean character. Full body, round tannins and a juicy finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2019-07-02
2012 Lornano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Lots of dried fruit and spices. Full-bodied, round and juicy. Shows the sunshine of the vintage. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-07-02
2015 Lornano Chianti Classico Sensations: its gustatory persuasiveness is rare and harmonious, ­rst, as an effect of admirable ripeness of the fruit, then effect of great respect in the winemaking process. The acidity that elevates the expressive olfactory note, the tannins, that give the impression of ‑eshy grape, the roundness of ripe berry, that all implies in balanced expressive softness. Then the density, that as the clearness of transformation, reveals the concentration and purity of raw material. A spicy and black blackberry jam, that in a spherical way shines of its best aroma. Absolutely among the best Chianti Classico, chapeau. Luca Maroni 97 2019-07-02
2017 Perusini Pinot Grigio Pale yellow straw. This is a crisp, aperitif style Pinot Grigio with a distinct and prominent mineral edge. It shows white melon and a hint of lime along with chalky minerals that run from the nose to the crisp finish. Its neutral, crisp character makes it the perfect match for oysters, sushi, and other raw and lightly prepared seafood. Made from hand harvested grapes grown at Monte S. Biagio in the hills of Gramogliano. Spends 6 months on the fine lees with no malo. i-Wine Review 89 2019-07-02
2018 Perusini Sauvignon Light yellow. Showing scents of pear and fresh thyme, the Sauvignon is dense and mineral like on the palate with herbal, almond and orchard fruit notes on the palate. An original wine that hits the happy medium between the green Sauvignons of New Zealand and the riper Sauvignons of California. Rich extract and thick chalky minerals on a lingering finish. i-Wine Review 90 2019-07-02
2018 Perusini Ribolla Gialla Light yellow straw. The Ribolla Gialla is similar to the Pinot Grigio with its pronounced minerality, but it’s a more intense, flavorful wine. Aromas of flowers and herbs give way to flavors of nectarine and peach with a lemon edge. The finish is long and pleasant. A wine that could be paired with a wide range of light fare; excellent with Julia Child chicken breast. Ribolla Gialla is like Picolit another historic variety that is enjoying growing popularity today. It’s commonly made as a sparkling wine. i-Wine Review 90 2019-07-02
2016 Perusini Refosco Dark red. Perhaps Italy’s most under-rated grape, Refosco offers rich flavors and freshness in a relatively low alcohol red. This medium weight wine reveals blackberry and black cherry fruit on the nose and palate with fine, firm tannins on a long finish. A lovely, easy drinking wine with real charater. There are many Refosco varieties, but the Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso, named after its red stalk, is especially popular in Friuli. Genetically, it’s the father of the Veneto’s Corvina grape used to make Amarone. i-Wine Review 91 2019-07-02
2016 Perusini Etichetta Nera Merlot Revealing mocha-scented plum and berries on the nose, the Merlot is softly textured on the attack with sweet, expansive fruit flavors and suggestions of mulberry and crushed plum. A medium weight, easy drinking wine with restrained sweetness, velvety tannins, and good length. Aged in French oak. i-Wine Review 90+ 2019-07-02
2011 Perusini Picolit Copper-tinged medium dark gold. Showing effusive aromas of dried stone fruit, orange citrus, and acacia, this is a gorgeous sweet wine, creamy and lush on the palate with excellent freshness and bright acidity that easily balances the 169 g/L RS. The palate shows hints of dried apricot, honey, and toasted nuts. An outstanding wine best consumed with a rich, creamy cheese. Partly dried on the vines and partly harvested very late, the Picolit is matured in barriques of oak and acacia. While the Perusini Picolit is sweet, the variety is also used to make dry wines. It’s also used in white blends like Jermann’s Vintage Tunina and Livio Felluga’s Illivio. i-Wine Review 94 2019-07-02
2015 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico The black-cherry and lavender aromas are very pretty here with a medium body, pretty fruit and lightly chewy tannins. Shows depth and richness. Better after 2020. James Suckling 92 2019-06-27
2016 Nicodemi Notari Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG A characterful nose that packs a punch with dark-cherry liqueur, vanilla, resin and spearmint. Full-bodied with ripe tannins and lots of juicy fruit. Fruit-forward but enjoyable. Drink in 2021. James Suckling 92 2019-06-27
2017 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico DOCG A pretty Chianti Classico that shows orange rind, pressed violets and citrus. Medium body, fine tannins and a tangy finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-06-27
2017 Quintay Q Syrah Jammy up front, with dense boysenberry and grape flavors, this opens up with air and takes on a more savory black-olive and black-pepper grip. It's a meaty syrah with some resonance in the tannins. Best Buy Wine & Spirits 92 2019-06-25
2018 Enanzo Garnacha Rosado The Enanzo is a 100% Garnacha rose. Light ruby red in color, it is fruit forward and offers aromas of strawberry and herbs. On the palate it reveals ripe and mouth filling strawberry flavors with good acidity and a dry finish. One of the better Navarra Garnacha roses. i-Wine Review 88+ 2019-06-24
2018 Arrumaco Garnacha Rose Blush pink. This is a modern Spanish Garnacha-based rosé, light in color, fresh in fruit, and crisp and freshly textured. It shows notes of white pepper, white stone fruit and pomegranate on a softly textured palate and finishes with good vibrancy. Incredible value! i-Wine Review 91 2019-06-24
2018 Talai Berri Finca Jakue Getariako Txakolina Rose Light pink orange. Spritzy on the attack with light aromas of red berry fruit. Fresh and crisp on the palate with modest fruit flavors of raspberry and citrus. Lively and fresh tasting finishing dry. One of the better roses from the Basque country. Made from the Hondarribi Beltza grape variety. i-Wine Review 89 2019-06-24
2017 Andrea Oberto Langhe Nebbiolo DOC Fresh rose petals, citrus and orange peel. Fruity and delicious with tangy acidity and a flavorful finish. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-06-24
2016 Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba DOC Another very plush Barbera that shows tons of elderberry reduction, plum compote and morello cherries with vanilla and eucalyptus. Even so, there’s good firmness and polish to the tannins, and I like the intensity and energy to this on the palate. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-06-24
2015 Andrea Oberto Barolo Aromas of iron, stone and fresh, sliced strawberries follow through to a medium to full body with tannins that build on the palate. Needs three to four years to soften. Drink in 2022 or later. James Suckling 93 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Blanc de Blancs From an array of villages, this has a reductive edge to the nose, delivering chardonnay purity and freshness. Grilled-lemon and peach aromas and a palate that delivers limes and lemons. Hints of chalk and white peaches here, too. Taut, fresh finish. The base is from the 2014 vintage. Drink young and fresh. James Suckling 92 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Blanc de Blancs Spring flower aromas and attractive minerality are the hallmarks of this wine. Bright apple and ripe apricot flavors partner with attractive acidity. Everything is bound together by the smooth aftertaste, suggesting a relatively high dosage. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Brut Plenty of bright, ripe-fruit aromas here – rich peaches, pears and grilled almonds. The palate has a very composed feel and a deeper, savory attitude with light honey and grilled nuts. A lot of character for the first cuvée. 2013 base with 45 per cent reserve wine. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Brut This finely balanced wine is both crisp and fruity. Zingy acidity and lemon crispness are contrasted by riper apple and pear fruitiness. On the drier side of Brut and with lively mousse, this is a great wine for an apéritif. Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Brut Toast and pencil shavings introduce this crisp, precise Champagne. Apple, honey and mineral flavors have an underlying bread dough element, with fine length. Drink now through 2014. Wine Spectator 91 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Brut Rose Focused on fresh fruit, this blended rosé has dried, crushed roses on the nose with a chalky edge. The palate is built on acidity, showing neat, fresh pink grapefruit flavor. Super fresh. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Brut Rose A vinous, concentrated rosé, delivering cherry, nut, spice and butter flavors. This is creamy, yet firm and precise on the long, chalklike finish. A mix of fruit and spice lingers. Drink now through 2013. Wine Spectator 91 2019-06-24
2002 Champagne Thiénot Cuvée Alain Thiénot Only produced in the best years, such as 2002, this is a 60-40 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Grand Cru vineyards. This intense wine is well-balanced and packed with fruit tones, yet seems to be just approaching maturity. It is full, generous and tightly textured. Drink now and until 2025. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-06-24
2002 Champagne Thiénot Cuvée Alain Thiénot Lively and well-knit, this is backed by vibrant acidity that drives flavors of baked pear, grated ginger, marzipan and lemon curd. Fresh and accessible, with a creamy finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-06-24
2007 Champagne Thiénot Cuvée Garance An expressive version, with vibrant acidity providing fine cut, and flavors of wild berry, toasted brioche, orange pâte de fruit and clover honey riding the finely detailed bead. Smoky on the finish. Enjoy this rich, balanced version with food. Drink now through 2027. 700 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-06-24
2007 Champagne Thiénot Cuvée Garance Named after Alain Thiénot's daughter Garance, this is rich and full of delicious fruit. Well aged, it is just developing some secondary flavors that complement the ripe apple and crisp grapefruit flavors. The mineral tang on the finish adds a bit of levity. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-06-24
2002 Champagne Thiénot La Vigne aux Gamins Hints of marzipan and gumdrop add richness to the flavors of patisserie apple, lemon curd, smoke and honeycomb in this firm, well-cut version. Offers a finely detailed bead and a lasting finish, with a hint of blanched almond. Drink now through 2025. 262 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2019-06-24
2006 Champagne Thiénot La Vigne aux Gamins From an old vineyard in Avize, this is produced every year and there’s a lot of character in the 2006. Aromas of ripe, exotic tropical fruit, as well as lemons and a hint of toasted coconut. The palate has a lot of pastry-like flavors. Biscuity and powerful with rich, fleshy fruit on the finish. A lot of brioche here, building toasty warmth. Another two-to-three years will take it even more in this direction. Very vinous. Very unique! James Suckling 94 2019-06-24
2017 Nicodemi Le Murate Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOCG A plush nose with loads of dark-cherry compote, vanilla and eucalyptus. Full-bodied and big on the palate with exuberant tannins and lots of fruit, but some acidity to keep this in check. Still, less could have been more. Drink in 2022. James Suckling 92 2019-06-24
2017 Jeff Carrel Les Darons A blend of grenache, syrah and carignan from Minervois, Corbières and La Clape, this is as saturated with sloe-berry flavor as it is bright and lifted. It smells of cedar fronds and lavender and tastes of berries and earth, with a cool-stone feel that makes it refreshing. Best Buy Wine & Spirits 90 2019-06-24
2018 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Pale coppery salmon color. This very popular wine offers exactly what most consumers look for in a Provence rosé–pale color, floral bouquet, light citrus-berry flavors, good acidity, and a nice crisp finish. The Bargemone has all this and more. Highly recommended for Provence rosé lovers. i-Wine Review 90 2019-06-24
2018 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose Marina "Collection" Light pink. This is benchmark Provence rosé with a pretty perfume and vibrant palate showing red berries and citrus. Lively acidity and a welcome, firmer structure compared to most rosés from the region. Delivered in an elegant, weighty bottle. A blend of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Counoise, and Syrah. i-Wine Review 91 2019-06-24
2018 Chateau de Lancyre Rose The Chateau Lancyre is a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Cinsault, Light salmon in color, it offers aromas of light strawberry and orchard fruit. On the palate it is mouth filling with good acidity and freshness and has a slightly tart finish. i-Wine Review 89 2019-06-24
2018 Penya Rose Pale salmon in color, the 2018 Penya rose is 90% Grenache Noir and 10% Syrah sourced from the Roussillon region. It is crisp and dry on the attack with flavors of watermelon, raspberries, cherries and a touch of garrigue. It is fresh and delicate on the palate with medium acidity and a fruit rich finish. i-Wine Review 90 2019-06-24
2018 Villa des Anges Old Vines Rosé The Villa des Anges was sourced from old vnes Cinsault in the Languedoc region of southern France. It exhibits light aromas and flavors of strawberries and hazelnuts. On the palate it is crisp with excellent acidity and a long dry finish. i-Wine Review 88+ 2019-06-24
2018 Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose Medium red rose. A perfumed bouquet of watermelon and apple blossom gives way to a full, vinous palate of red berries and yellow plum. The Cuvée Eglantine has a clean finish that lingers but lacks the crispness one expects in rosé. One of the more exotic wines in this year’s tasting made from the rare Fer Servadou grape variety in the little know appellation of Marcillac located in the western part of Auvergne. i-Wine Review 88 2019-06-24
2018 Domaine de la Fouquette Cuvée Rosée d’Aurore Pale apricot copper. Opens with a floral and mineral nose and understated fruit, but after being open a couple of hours, strawberry and rhubarb fruits announce their arrival and linger on the finish. 65% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 5% Rolle. i-Wine Review 89 2019-06-24
2018 Saint Roch Les Vignes Rosé Pale copper. Bright orange citrus notes and flowers on nose. More flavor on the palate. Softly textured, modest flavors. But fresh, crisp, mineral like. Med long finish. Much like the founders. Chalky finish. 88/9 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault. i-Wine Review 88 2019-06-24
2018 Clos Alivu Patrimonio Rose Platinum blush. A chalky mineral nose with hints of yellow fruit is followed by a clean, precise palate that’s lightly flavored of melon and pear, finishing with good extract. A great oyster wine. Eric Poli makes this wine from 50 year old Nellucciu vines in the town of Oletta. i-Wine Review 89 2019-06-24
2018 Domaine Poli Sciaccerellu Rosé This is a delicious direct press rose sourced from the rare Sciccarellu grape grown in the commune of Linguizzeta in France. It displays a light salmon color and perfumy aromas of red berries and stone fruit. On the palate it is silky smooth with good concentration and flavor and a persistent finish. i-Wine Review 90 2019-06-24
2018 Chateau Saint-Honore Rose Cotes de Provence Light salmon color. This Provence Rosé offers a effusive, floral nose and a crisp, mineral attack with hints of red apple, orange zest and cranberry. Finishes clean with good persistence. i-Wine Review 89 2019-06-24
2018 Chateau de L'Aumerade Marie Christine Rose Cotes de Provence Pale pink with a floral nose of rose petals and light red berries that are mirrored on a crisp, mineral like palate. Good balance and rich extract on the finish. A blend of 42% Cinsault, 34% Grenache/Garnacha, and 24% Syrah grown on clay-limestone soils in Cru Classé vineyards located in Côtes de Provence’s “Golden Triangle”. i-Wine Review 90 2019-06-24
2017 Buccia Nera Guarniente Chianti Silver Medal

Tasting notes: Sappy dried herbs and cherry scents, then a succulent palate with layers of ripe red and black fruits and grippy, food-friendly, tannins.
Decanter 90 2019-06-24
2017 Buccia Nera Sassocupo Chianti Bronze Medal

Tasting notes: Perfumed red fruits with a hint of oak; powerful palate with ripe but grippy tannins and chocolatey oak flavours. Medium length. Nicely done.
Decanter 88 2019-06-24
2016 Rocca di Castagnoli Poggio ai Frati Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva Dark cherries, brambleberries, bracken, fresh herbs and undergrowth. Full body, round and very generous tannins, loads of fresh plums and a medium-chewy, medium-long finish. A really delicious Gran Selezione. Drink in 2021. James Suckling 94 2019-06-24
2017 Col Vetoraz Cartizze di Valdobbiadene DOCG Brilliant white with intense perlage. Fresh nose of pineapple and white peach. Intense and balanced in the drink with a lot of consistency, well dosed, not too sweet, shows excellent play between fruit, acid and perlage, builds up nicely, shows strength in the mouth, ends fresh fruit in the final. Falstaff 94 2019-06-18
2017 Col Vetoraz Cartizze di Valdobbiadene DOCG Very easy drinking, ripe and appealing flavours of lime cordial, sweet peach and pears. - Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 92 2019-06-18
2017 Col Vetoraz Cartizze di Valdobbiadene DOCG Silver Medal Mundus Vini Silver Medal 2019-06-18
2018 Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut DOCG Attractive floral, apricot and honeysuckle notes with a lively mousse. - Bronze Medal International Wine Challenge 88 2019-06-18
2018 Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut DOCG Gold Medal Challenge du Vin Gold Medal 2019-06-18
2017 Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut DOCG White gold with brilliant reflex. White peach, some apricot and white flowers in the nose. Balanced and fine in the trunk with great juiciness, mineral, salty, has good length and remains fresh for a long time even in the final. Falstaff 92 2019-06-18
2017 Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut DOCG Silver Medal Mundus Vini Silver Medal 2019-06-18
2017 Frey Organic Zinfandel Strawberry and spiced cherry aromas are followed by full ripe black plum and blackberry in this full-bodied and firmly built wine. The Frey family made it with organically grown grapes and no added sulfites. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-06-10
2018 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Naked Chardonnay The aromas are light, with notes of vanilla bean and lemon balm. There's a lovely sense of balance and texture to the palate. It provides a lot of quality and value. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-06-10
2018 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Riesling Aromas of white flower, lime, botrytis and ripe peach lead to medium sweet Nestea iced tea flavors. It's a straightforward quaffer with enough acidity to stand it up straight. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-06-10
2017 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Redhead Red Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 59% of this wine, with the rest three Rhone varieties along with a pinch of Malbec. Vibrant aromas of freshly chopped green herbs, hot pepper, smoke and orange zest lead to lighter-styled fruit flavors. A smoky finish caps it off. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-06-10
2017 Trabun Malbec The slightly lactic and mealy 2017 Malbec felt very young and primary too, with a balanced palate, quite fruit-driven after its élevage in second use oak barrels for seven months. It's pleasant and easy to drink, with fine-grained tannins that should work wonders with food. 6,505 bottles were filled in February 2018. Wine Advocate 91 2019-06-07
2017 Marziano Abbona San Luigi Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG Marziano Abbona's 2017 Dogliani San Luigi is an absolutely delicious, value-priced offering from Marziano Abbona. Inky blue and purplish berry fruit, lavender, licorice and menthol run through this striking, engaging Dogliani. Soft and curvy, the San Luigi is an irresistible Piedmont red. Vinous 91 2019-06-07
2017 Marziano Abbona Papa Celso The 2017 Dogliani Papà Celso is a drop-dead gorgeous stunner. One of the most compelling wines in all of Italy, the Papà Celso captures the essence of Dolcetto from Dogliani in stunning style. The warm, dry year concentrated the flavors and textures, and yet all of the signatures are very much in place. A rush of black cherry jam, game, smoke, leather, and licorice infuse this super-expressive, beautifully delineated wine from Marziano Abbona. Don't miss it. Vinous 93 2019-06-07
2016 Marziano Abbona Rinaldi Barbera d' Alba The 2016 Barbera d'Alba Rinaldi is flat-out delicious. Raspberry jam, spice, white chocolate and wild flowers abound. Racy and exuberant, with tremendous fruit presence, the 2016 is another gorgeous entry-level wine from Abbona. The 2016 is incredibly polished for a wine in its peer group. Vinous 91 2019-06-07
2017 Sojourn Cellars Gap's Crown Pinot Noir Brawny yet bright in tangy orange peel, cranberry and strawberry, this well-made wine from a well-known and coveted site is impressive in its breadth and complexity. With thirst-quenching acidity it fills the palate with fruit, spice and oak in equal measure. Wine Enthusiast 94 2019-06-06
2016 Annabella Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Made in large quantities at a fair price, this wine delivers plenty of body and flavors, including 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. Smoky oak supports a soft supple texture of midpalate intensity and rich red fruit. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-06-06
2017 Morgan Winery Highland Chardonnay A strongly mineral kick of wet slate meets with apple peels, marmalade, toast and wool on the nose of this bottling. The palate is tense and taut with flavors of lime peel and kiwi, framed by a chalky minerality. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-06-06
2015 Aldonia 100 Garnacha Candied berry aromas are fragrant and sweet, like a nicely scented soap. A full palate brings a firm grip, while red-plum, spice and fresh tomato flavors roll out on a big finish that's neither shy nor punishing. Best with grilled meats; drink through 2023. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-06-06
2017 Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir This is a well-made and impressive appellation wine, combining bright fresh notions of orange peel and red currant with strong tannins and present oak. Still, it remains medium-bodied, fleshy, and fully satisfying in approachable, velvety texture and length. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-06-06
2017 Sojourn Cellars Rodgers Creek Pinot Noir This wine is earthy in stewed plum and clove, with a lasting richness that presents as strawberry puree. Tight-grained tannins emphasize the underlying weight of the wine, which finishes in a spicy note of cardamom and mint. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-06-06
NV Champlain Orchards Cidery Honeycrisp Cider Gold Medal - Modern Cider – Dry Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) Gold 2019-06-04
NV Champlain Orchards Cidery Cranberry Cider Gold Medal - Specialty Cider and Perry Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) Gold 2019-06-04
NV Champlain Orchards Cidery Mac & Maple Cider Silver Medal - Specialty Cider and Perry Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) Silver 2019-06-04
2016 Höpler Blaufränkisch Fresh and concentrated with aromas of blackberries, blueberries, plums with a hint of freshly turned earth. Juicy fruits are balanced with ripe tannins and fresh acidity. Decanter 90 2019-06-04
2015 Chono Carmenere Colchagua Valley Medium burnt sienna color. Fresh, spicy aromas of blackberry cobbler, ripe purple plum, lavender, clove, and allspice with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long mesquite, grilled meats, roasted carrot, and anise finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fantastic expression of Carmenère; mysterious, elegant, poised. Tastings.com 92 2019-06-04
2016 Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red A blend of 47% Syrah, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot with rich and concentrated fruit from some of Washington’s warmest vineyard sites. Dark cherry and ripe plum with hints of lavender and dried herbs marry with supple tannins from 18 months of American oak and lead to a silky finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-06-04
2015 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon The Bordeaux blend is the 2015 Pursued by Bear, which checks in as 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot that spent a whopping 32 months in barrel prior to bottling. It's another gem offering classic currant fruit, lots of spicy oak, cedar, and tobacco aromas, full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and a seamless texture. It's balance and purity stand out, and while it will benefit from 2-4 years or bottle age, I suspect it will keep for 20-25 years. Jeb Dunnuck 95+ 2019-06-04
NV Domaine du Landreau Volage Crémant de Loire Rosé Brut Sauvage The 12% alcohol NV Volage Crémant de Loire Rosé Brut Sauvage is a pale pink colored single-vineyard sparkling wine that is entirely based on low-yielding (40 hectoliters per hectare) Cabernet Franc vines averaging 25 years old, planted on sandy silt and loam soils in St Lambert du Lattay in the Layon Valley south of Angers. The new release (L18171PA, disgorged in June 2018) opens with a Champagne-like, brioche-scented and slightly spicy bouquet of delicate strawberry, lime zest, underwood and floral aromas intermingled with fine yeasty notes from three years of bottle aging. The palate is simply delicious in its lush and round but delicate and filigreed, fascinatingly complex and elegant character. Dosed with three grams as Brut Sauvage, this is a persistent, well-structured rosé to be served as an aperitif and/or with dishes such as tuna tartar, shrimp, any fish but also chicken and even salads. The finish leaves a beautiful yeastiness and oxidative kiss. Beautiful! Tasted in May 2019. Wine Advocate 90 2019-06-03
2017 Jeff Carrel Les Darons Ripe mulberries and black cherries abound in the 2017 Les Darons. It's medium to full-bodied, with touches of leather and smoke evident as well (despite being entirely unoaked), giving it an attractive savory complexity that's rare at this price point. Wine Advocate 90 2019-06-03
2018 Jeff Carrel Les Darons The 2018 Les Darons is a fresh, fruity blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan. Tank-aged, it offers bold mixed-berry flavors, a medium to full-bodied palate and a crisp, tangy finish. Wine Advocate 87-89 2019-06-03
2018 Chateau de Lancyre Roussanne Val de Montferrand The 2018 Val de Montferrand Roussanne contains tiny bits of Viognier and Marsanne but is dominated by the pineapple and honey notes of ripe Roussanne. It's medium-bodied, with a plump, slightly viscous feel but a clean, crisp, unoaked finish. It's a lovely example of this variety, which doesn't often get a chance to shine solo. Wine Advocate 89 2019-06-03
2018 Villa des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon Fresh and medium-bodied, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts pure cassis aromas, a silky texture and hints of mocha on the finish. It's a terrific value for Cabernet Sauvignon—as long as you're happy paying for quality wine and not a fancy appellation. Wine Advocate 87-89 2019-06-03
2018 Villa des Anges Rose Very pale in color, the 2018 Old Vines Rose is 100% Cinsault. It's clean and crisp, with citrusy fruit flavors, a touch of cinnamon and a floral note. Light to medium-bodied, it's fine for summer sipping. Wine Advocate 86 2019-06-03
2018 Quinta da Raza Vinho Verde Alvarinho - Trajadura The 2018 Alvarinho / Trajadura Grande Escolha comes in at 12.5% alcohol, 5.5 grams of sugar and six grams of acidity, which overall makes it perceptibly dry. There is no added carbonation. Nicely done again, this shows good concentration for the region and level, a fresh feel and tasty fruit. The finish is very respectable, with controlled tension and plenty of flavor. Tasted a little over two months after bottling, this was in pretty good shape. It may yet improve over the next month or two, but drink it young for best results. There were 5,000 cases produced from 18-year-old vines. Wine Advocate 87 2019-06-03
2018 Quinta da Raza Alvarinho Dom Diogo The 2018 Alvarinho Dom Diogo, tasted a little over two months after bottling, comes in at 13% alcohol. It also comes in with six grams of total acidity and four grams of residual sugar. It is perceptibly dry, although a long way from austere, and has no added carbonation. A friendly Alvarinho, this is lighter styled and not overly energetic, but it tastes great and it does everything respectably well. It walks down the middle of the road. Drink this on the younger side, when you'll enjoy it the most. There were 1,000 cases produced from 15-year-old vines. Wine Advocate 87 2019-06-03
2018 Quinta de Curvos Vinho Verde Alvarinho The 2018 Alvarinho, in bottle about ten weeks before tasting, comes in with 6.4 grams of residual sugar, 6.1 grams of total acidity and 13% alcohol. This is a pretty solid Alvarinho in most respects for easy drinking this summer, preferably. It has reasonable concentration for the level, but it does lack a little zest and intensity. While it is drier than the sugar statistics would suggest—you won't think it is sweet—there isn't a lot of energy. It is more interesting in its cooler and recently opened moments—it doesn't evolve much as it sits in the glass and warms. It still tastes great and should do well while it is young. I'm not sure it will reward much aging, but that is not really the goal here. There were 20,000 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 87 2019-06-03
2018 Quinta de Curvos Vinho Verde Loureiro The 2018 Loureiro comes in with five grams of sugar and six grams of total acidity, plus 12% alcohol. Starting with pure and clean fruit, this also has reasonable solidity for the grape and region and a respectably long and fresh finish for the level. The fruit is beautifully lifted. The statistics would suggest that a bit of sugar would show, but the acidity balances it beautifully and more or less obliterates it. While the concentration is good, that is still relative—this is a lighter-styled fresh white, so don't hesitate to dive in when it is very young; that will be its highest and best use. It's a nice value yet again. Wine Advocate 88 2019-06-03
2018 Quinta de Curvos Vinho Verde Superior The 2018 Superior is a blend of 75% Loureiro, 15% Trajadura and 10% Arinto, coming in with four grams of residual sugar, 6.5 grams of total acidity and 12% alcohol. In bottle about two months when tasted, this is the only table wine here this issue with a little fizz (0.6 bar). This is very nice for the price, a fine value in an early-maturing fresh white. Perky, clean and pure, this also has good body relative to its style and level. The fizz is modest—after pouring, you won't much notice. Drink this very young. You shouldn't expect it to age or develop like an upper-level wine, of course, so take it for the nice value it is and drink up. It's worth leaning up today, in its exuberant youth. Wine Advocate 87 2019-06-03
2016 Chateau du Moulin Rouge Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois Warm berry-pastry aromas with mulberries and boysenberries, too. The palate has a long, supple and juicy feel with a wealth of rich berries. Plenty to offer here, this has a plush array of ripe dark fruit, driving the palate long and true. A blend of 50 per cent merlot, 40 per cent cabernet sauvignon and ten per cent cabernet franc. James Suckling 92 2019-05-29
2017 Morgan Winery Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay The 2017 Metallico Unoaked Chardonnay displays delicious apple and orchard fruit aromas and flavors with hints of lime citrus. On the palate it offers ripe and concentrated fruit flavors with lovely mouth feel and persistence on the finish. Still one of the finest unoaked Chardonnays produced in California. i-Wine Review 91 2019-05-29
2017 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's A delicious spicy blend of 56% Grenache, 37% Syrah and 7% Tempranillo. Dark ruby color with a smooth attack of ripe spicy plum fruit. Easy drinking on the palate with good balance, soft tannins and a firm finish. It should be even better in another year. i-Wine Review 90 2019-05-29
2012 Bodega Rejadorada Sango Reserva Deep and intense ruby color. Intense blackberry, ripe black cherries, jam, black coffee, chocolate, and toffee notes. Powerful but velvety tannins. Full bodied with lots of flavor. Guia de Vinos Gourmets 96 2019-05-29
2012 Bodega Rejadorada Sango Reserva A barnyard aroma is tempered by notes of coffee and baked berries. This is a rugged, old-school Toro, with scraping tannins and lemony acidity. Flavors of plum, lemon peel, tobacco and vanilla are deep and thorough. A burly finish with live-wire tannins and acidity keep this jacked-up Tempranillo on edge. Drink through 2026. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-05-29
2015 Bodega Rejadorada Temple Crianza Color: intense cherry, granite border. Aroma: full character, mature fruit, mountain herbs. Mouth: structured and fruity Guia Penin 89 2019-05-29
2017 Bodega Rejadorada Tinto Roble Color: dark cherry, violet border. Aroma: red fruit expression, floral, spiced. Mouth: tasty, fruity, good acidity, long finish Guia Penin 89 2019-05-29
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva Seleccion This red shows good density, with a thick texture that carries plum, dried fig, dark chocolate and loamy earth flavors. Muscular tannins and balsamic acidity add to the structure. A bold wine, slightly rustic in character. Best from 2018 through 2028. 750 cases made. Wine Spectator 91 2019-05-22
2013 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva A savory style, this displays leather, eucalyptus, soy and tobacco notes. Reveals an essence of sweet fruit as this builds to the finish, but feels dry in the end, with dusty tannins. Best from 2020 through 2033. 320 cases made. 150 cases imported. Wine Spectator 92 2019-05-20
2017 Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Sleek and refined, with vibrant raspberry and violet aromas and piquant cherry, black tea, and spice box flavors that build complexity toward snappy tannins. Drink now through 2026. Wine Spectator 92 2019-05-20
2017 Le Cadeau Diversite Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Tightly focused, with precise raspberry, orange peel and smoky forest floor accents that build tension toward broad shouldered tannins. Drink now through 2026. Wine Spectator 91 2019-05-20
2017 Cuarto Dominio Blancat Estate Parcel Selection Real concentration and elegance on the nose with pure notes of brambleberries, dark-jet licorice, earth, dark chocolate and vanilla. The palate shows exuberant fruit, but it's held together nicely by a tight wall of tannins and driven acidity. A bold style, but this pulls it off with real personality. Drink in 2020. James Suckling 95 2019-05-14
2017 Di Giovanna Vurria Grillo DOC Showing alluring almond and citrus scents, the Grillo reveals a medium weight palate with integrated fruit and dried herbal tea flavors and has an appealing interplay between fruit and acidity. An organic wine (European certified), the Di Giovanna Grillo has sufficient weight and richness to pair with fowl and white meats. Sourced from the 450m high Paradiso Vineyard in Contessa Entellina. i-Wine Review 89 2019-05-13
2018 Di Giovanna Vurria Nerello Mascalese Rosato DOC Nerello Mascalese makes great rosé, and Di Giovanna’s copper orange Rosato doesn’t disappoint. Sourced from estate vineyards in Contessa Entellina, this is a very attractive, floral rosé that reveals rose petals on the nose and flavors of blood orange and raspberry on a dry but expressive palate. It has a stony mineral like finish with lingering citrus notes. i-Wine Review 91 2019-05-13
2015 Di Giovanna Helios Rosso The Helios Rosso offers earthy aromas of plum and dried herbs and flavors that follow suit with attractive nuances of licorice and tobacco. Ready to drink now with gentle tannins and a softer structure than the 2014 vintage of this wine. A blend of 70% Nero d’Avola and 30% Syrah. i-Wine Review 91 2019-05-13
2016 Di Giovanna Siciliani Rosso IGP Terre Siciliane We love this Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot led red blend, and it’s an outstanding value! Showing dark cherry and smoky underbrush on the nose, the Rosso Riserva reveals medium plus density on the palate with plum, tobacco and notes of red fruit. Finishes dry with good persistence. Sourced from three high altitude vineyards in Sambuca di Sicilia. A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 15% Nero d’Avola, and 15% Syrah. i-Wine Review 91 2019-05-13
2017 Di Giovanna Siciliani Nero d'Avola Brooding dark fruit on the nose complemented by hints of tobacco and black olive. Soft on the attack, earthy dark red fruit shows on a fruit forward palate. The tannins are round yet firm, and the aftertaste is prolonged. 100% Nero d’Avola. i-Wine Review 89 2019-05-13
2014 Vina Chocalan Vitrum Red Blend Cool, dense aromas of raisin, blackberry and chocolate are relaxed and in a fine state. Acidity is lively on the palate, so there's angularity and jolt to this Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Tangy currant and plum flavors are accented by coconut and spice notes, while this is still a bit wile and jumpy on a finish that tastes of mocha and ripe black fruits. Drink through 2030. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-05-09
2016 Vina Chocalan Origen Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon High-toned aromas of plum and orange peel are a bit unsettled. In the mouth, this is in solid physical shape, with hammering tannins. Herbal black fruit flavors are spicy and peppery on the back end. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-05-09
2018 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc This is a slippery textured wine with a citrusy bite that offers up-front characters of lemon-lime, passion fruit, nettles, tomato leaf and a streak of sea salt. It is a zingy and refreshing drop. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-05-09
2017 Three Brooms Riesling This affordable example of Riesling is on the simple side but is nevertheless a pleasant drop. It shows lovely, waxy lemon-lime, floral and spicy herbal notes. The acidity isnt shy on the palate but there seems to be a touch of residual sugar to balance it. Things close long and limey. Try with a variety of summer dishes. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-05-09
2018 Chateau de Pampelonne Legende Rose Cotes de Provence From one of the chateaus followed by the Saint-Tropez cooperative, this wine is ripe and rich. Its balance is impeccable, poised between the acidity, ripe red fruits, and a pinch of pepper. Drink from Late 2019. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-05-09
2018 Chateau de L'Aumerade Marie Christine Rose Cotes de Provence This wine with peppery flavors, spice and fresh red fruits is softly textured and full of freshness. While it is light, it also has great fruitiness and possibility of aging for a few more months. Drink from late 2019. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-05-09
2018 Chateau de Pampelonne Rose Cotes de Provence From the showpiece estate that is followed by the Saint-Tropez cooperative, this wine is intense with fresh red fruits that shine through pepper and spice flavors and the tangy texture. Drink this attractive wine now. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-05-09
2018 Chateau Saint-Honore Rose Cotes de Provence This classic blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah is bright and fruity. Its acidity and poised texture are delicious already. The estate of Saint-Honore is in the cru area of La Londe, close to the sea. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-05-09
2018 Di Giovanna Vurria Nerello Mascalese Rosato DOC Aromas of citrus and wild berry float out of the glass. Made entirely with Nerello Mascalese, the bright, juicy palate offers sour cherry and pink grapefruit alongside tangy acidity. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-05-09
2018 Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut International Wine Challenge Bronze Medal 2019-05-08
2018 Col Vetoraz Cartizze di Valdobbiadene International Wine Challenge Silver Medal 2019-05-08
2017 Marziano Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto Dogliani Tightly wound, this red's concentrated blackberry and pomegranate flavors are fused to aggressive tannins on the finish. There is a lot here, but it's all knees and elbows today. Best from 2020 through 2025. 4,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2019-05-06
2016 Marziano Abbona Rinaldi Barbera d' Alba A distinctive chocolate element leads off, underscored by black cherry and plum fruit. Features a leafy, tobacco element and dusty tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 3,200 cases made. Wine Spectator 88 2019-05-06
2017 Marziano Abbona Cinerino Viognier Citrus blossom and tropical fruit flavors highlight this fragrant white. The texture verges on oily, then finishes with a hint of grapefruit peel. Viognier. Drink now. 1,720 cases made. Wine Spectator 91 2019-05-06
2015 Chono Red Blend Cauquenes A spicy and earthy red that shows cedar, tobacco, leather, dried cranberries and redcurrants. Full-bodied with some good undergrowth-derived complexity and dry tannins. A blend of cabernet franc, tempranillo, petit verdot, carignan and garnacha. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-05-06
2015 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez-Montsant Zerran Bright magenta. Ripe red berries, baking spices and licorice on the perfumed, mineral-accented nose. Bright and youthfully energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that show seamless texture and a hint of smoky minerality. An impressively long, focused finish features rounded tannins and resonating violet and red fruit notes. (raised in new and used French oak barrels) Vinous 91 2019-05-03
2016 Bodegas Sierra Salinas Mira Salinas Inky ruby. Ripe dark berry and floral scents show very good clarity and are complemented by suggestions of vanilla, exotic spice and woodsmoke notes. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet, mineral-laced cherry and black raspberry flavors that tighten up slowly with air. Shows impressive depth as well as liveliness and finishes long and seamless, with lingering floral and smoke notes. (aged for a year in new and used French oak barriques) Vinous 91 2019-05-03
2018 Di Giovanna Vurria Nerello Mascalese Rosato Delightfully charming and attractively espressed, the bouquet shows ripe stone and fruit, sweet raspberry, floral and subtle spice aromas, followed by a juicy palate that is lively and flavoursome. The wine offers lovely fruit purity and vibrancy, finishing long and refreshing. At its best: now to 2021 Wine Orbit 91 2019-05-02
2015 Di Giovanna Helios Rosso Wonderfully fruited and inviting, the wine shows blackcurrant, dark cherry, dark spice and almond characters with subtle mushroom complexity. The palate is beautifully weighted and succulent, delivering plenty of delectable flavours backed by silky texture and grainy tannins, making the wine delightfully structured and highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2022 Wine Orbit 94 2019-05-02
2018 Chateau de Pampelonne Rose Cotes de Provence A single-estate bottling from the cave cooperative in Saint Tropez, the 2018 Cotes de Provence Rose Chateau Pampelonne is, simply put, superb. This concentrated but light to medium-bodied wine starts with notes of underripe citrus but slowly unfolds to show hints of cranberry, tart cherries, peach and citrus, together with a long, refreshing finish. Wine Advocate 90 2019-05-01
2018 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence The terrific (and fairly priced) 2018 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose stood out among the 139 rosés I tasted blind during my late February trip to Provence. It combines hints of cantaloup with cassis in a medium-bodied, silky-textured wine that shows just a hint of leafiness on the finish. The blend is 40% Grenache, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 5% Rolle. Wine Advocate 90 2019-05-01
2016 El Principal Calicanto Maipo Valley A pretty and savory red with dark berry and oyster shell. Some licorice, too. Full body, soft and layered tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, syrah, petit verdot and malbec. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-05-01
2017 Domaines les Rocailles Apremont Jacquere Offers more minerality as well as depth. Citrus, crushed rock, and green herbs give way to medium-bodied, beautifully textured, ripe, yet still racy and lively white. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-04-29
2016 La Fiorita Rosso di Montalcino The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino shows a deep, healthy garnet color that is a site to behold. This wine is immediately attractive to all the senses, especially the nose. It offers intense but nicely measured aromas of wild berry, blueberry and dried raspberry. Beyond those primary fruit notes are territory-specific aromas of tar, potting soil and balsam herb. This is a classic Rosso di Montalcino. Some 10,500 bottles were made and you get terrific value here. Wine Advocate 90+ 2019-04-29
2017 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Vineyard Selection Malbec A striking mix of ripe blackberries, lemon peel and savory notes follow through to a high-structured palate with quite some depth. Serious tannins at the finish, but well-integrated. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2019-04-23
2017 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Vineyard Selection Malbec The just-bottled 2017 Chento Malbec Vineyard Selection was sourced from three different plots of vines from La Consulta in the Valle de Uco. It fermented in four 10,000-liter concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, and 80% of the wine matured in oak barrels for ten months. It has a serious nose, with some varietal aromas of flowers and berries, a twist of spices and aromatic herbs and some smoke and toast from the oak. The palate reveals abundant, slightly dusty tannins and good balance. 38,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2018. Wine Advocate 90 2019-04-23
2018 Quintay Clava Sauvignon Blanc This has attractive fruit-salad character with some nice gooseberry and passion aromas, then a juicy and crisp palate with good length. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-04-15
2018 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence This rich, structured wine, with its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, is ripe and fruity. It has a plenty of orange peel and red-berry freshness, finishing with a warm, full aftertaste. Drink from late 2019. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-04-12
2017 Le Cadeau Rocheaux Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Precise and polished, with an elegantly complex beam of flavors accenting notes of boysenberry, green tea and orange zest that take on richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. Wine Spectator 93 2019-04-10
2016 Trentadue La Storia Petite Sirah This well-made wine tastes of blueberry pie and lavender-its style big in tannin and ripe oak, yet bright in acidity. Integrated and softly textured, it has a freshness to the finish that invites and impresses. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-04-09
2017 Lumos Wine Co Rudolfo Pinot Gris Willamette Valley A spicy wine with fresh flavors of pear, this also carries an unusual whiff of body powder. It’s medium in weight and fermented entirely in stainless steel. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-04-09
2016 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Equinoxe This is the ripest of the winery's 2016 reserves, combining rich red fruits with tasty barrel spices. Suggestions of bullion, citrus peel, candied quince and blood orange keep the wine lively and lingering. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-04-09
2016 Le Cadeau Merci Reserve Pinot Noir Crafted from heritage clones of Swan, Calera and Mount Eden Pinot Noir, this offers a lush and quite lovely mix of red fruits. There's an initial streak of chicken stock, but as the wine breathes open, it turns more supple and fruit driven. Tannins are ripe and substantial, and this will drink well into the late 2020's. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-04-09
2016 Le Cadeau Trajet Reserve Pinot Noir This reserve uses 95% whole cluster fermentation and native yeast, yielding a fascinating and polished wine loaded with ripe cherry fruit. Strong scents and flavors of caraway rye distinguish it as it retains a sharp focus through a long finish. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-04-09
2017 Aubichon Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir A subtle wine, this opens with mixed tart berry fruit bolstered with ripe, lemony citrus. It's balanced through the middle, and finishes with a lively, tangy burst of acidity. Drink now with a rich salmon steak, or cellar for a few more years. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-04-09
2017 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir "Red Label" This red label cuvée is made exclusively from estate grown fruit. It competes successfully with Le Cadeau's pricier cuvees, offering exceptional value. Strawberry jam, raspberry pie and a light suggestion of graham cracker combine in a flavorful, full-bodied wine. Tannins add a touch of black tea to the finish. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-04-09
2017 Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot Noir Willamette Valley This relatively cool, east-facing site ripens to a burst of raspberry flavor, with a streak of cola. Tannins have a dusty character, and theres a gentle touch of tanned leather. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-04-09
2017 Le Cadeau Diversite Pinot Noir Willamette Valley This multiclonal selection from the vineyard's northernmost block is packed with Bing cherry and orange peel flavors. Good texture and appealing scents and details add floral highlights and a touch of Asian spice. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-04-09
2017 Le Cadeau Rocheaux Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Sourced from a center crest block that's a 50-50 mix of Pommard and Dijon 777, this sculpted young wine sets its crisp berry fruit in a bed of mineral. It remains clean and fresh through the finish, and should age nicely for up to a decade. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-04-09
2015 Lumos Wine Co Temperance Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley At the moment, this falls on the tannic side, with astringent flavors of dried tea leaves over wild berry fruit. It's compact and will need more bottle age and/or aggressive aeration to unwrap a bit further, but it's worth the wait for its compact complexity. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-04-09
2015 Lumos Wine Co Five Blocks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Firmly tannic with an earthy character, it offers fruit flavors in the light red berry range, with plenty of herbal highlights. It's a plain speaking wine that will show best with a grilled salmon or pork cutlets. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-04-09
2017 Jolete Wines Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Appealing aromas of freshly cut yellow apple and melon lead to full-feeling, plentiful pear flavors. The sense of texture heightens the appeal. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-04-09
2017 Keuka Spring Vineyards Gewurtztraminer A perfumed nose of rose, ginger and melon starts off this powerful single-vineyard Gewurztraminer. The palate is broad in feel, fleshed out by flavors of creamy melon and potpourri, with gentle pithy tones of lemon ring providing astringency. A healthy vein of acidity helps carry it along to a lengthy, spicy finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-04-09
2015 Alain Brumont Chateau Montus Madiran This powerful wine comes from the spectacular terraces of the Montus vineyard. Concentrated and dense, it offers an impressive array of black-fruit flavors that are solid and focused. The wine needs many years for those tannins to soften a little (they will always be there). Drink from 2023. Wine Enthusiast 94 2019-04-09
2014 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino This opens with subtle aromas suggesting leafy underbrush, vanilla and mocha. It's straightforward, offering flavors of black plum, espresso and coconut, alongside close-grained tannins. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-04-09
2013 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Aromas of underbrush, iris, French oak, dark-skinned fruit and leather lead the nose. The brawny monolithic palate offers dried black cherry, raspberry jam and licorice while the scorch of evident alcohol throws it off balance. Close grained tannins clench the finish. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-04-09
2015 Dunham Cellars Riesling Columbia Valley Lewis Vineyard Made in an off-dry style (there's 11% alcohol), the 2015 Riesling Lewis Vineyard is clean and vibrant, with notes of lychee, green citrus and flower blossom. Delicious on the palate, with a solid balance between sugar and acidity, it's going to be versatile on the dinner table, and I suspect it will have a long life (although I see no need to hold off). Wine Advocate 90 2019-04-04
2017 Two Hands Angels Share Shiraz The 2017 Angel's Share Shiraz comes out of the chute with tarry, rubbery aromas that quickly give way with aeration to more appealing notes of charred meat, black olives and boysenberries. It's medium to full-bodied, with supple tannins and a silky, crisp finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. Wine Advocate 88 2019-04-04
2017 Two Hands Angels Share Shiraz Tangy berry and cherry flavors have a vibrant, juicy side, with hints of herb and green tea and a touch of spicy cedar notes in a compact frame. Drink now through 2028. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 16,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 88 2019-04-04
2017 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Bright yellow. Smoky, mineral-tinged aromas of fresh citrus and pit fruits and honeysuckle, along with a vanilla nuance and a hint of sweet butter. Vibrant and focused on the palate, offering Meyer lemon and white peach flavors that open up slowly with aeration. Shows bright, stony character on the incisive finish, which leaves behind citrus fruit and floral notes. Vinous 90 2019-04-03
2017 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Tempranillo Vivid ruby. Spice-accented red/blue fruit scents are complemented by candied licorice and cracked pepper notes. Offers nicely concentrated bitter cherry and raspberry flavors, along with a spicy undertone that adds lift and back-end cut. Picks up a floral quality on the energetic finish, which features rounded tannins and a repeating red berry note. This wine delivers superb value. (All stainless steel.) Vinous 90 2019-04-03
2016 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa El Chaparral Brilliant ruby-red. Expressive aromas of raspberry, cherry liqueur and candied flowers are energized by a smoky mineral topnote. Appealingly sweet and seamless on the palate, offering intense red fruit preserve, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with aeration. Shows hints of star anise and allspice on an impressively long, sappy finish that features discreet tannins and a refreshingly bitter suggestion of blood orange. There's something Pinot-like about this graceful but concentrated wine, which delivers amazing value. (Aged for five months in new and used French oak.) Vinous 92 2019-04-03
2016 Trentadue La Storia Zinfandel Alexander Valley Ripe and jammy, with easygoing berry cobbler and smoky pepper flavors. Drink now through 2021 Wine Spectator 88 2019-04-03
2014 Pursued by Bear Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Precise and firm at this point in its development, but with a bright future ahead, showing expressive blackberry, savory spice and espresso flavors that build complexity toward broad-shouldered tannins. Best from 2020 through 2026. 210 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-04-03
2017 Pursued by Bear Blushing Bear Rose Crisp and delicate, with pretty strawberry blossom and watermelon accents. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now. 260 cases made. Wine Spectator 88 2019-04-03
2015 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Cabernet Sauvignon Vivid ruby-red. Aromas of fresh black/blue fruits, along with hints of licorice, leather and smoky minerals. Palate-staining bitter cherry and cassis flavors show good depth and a sweetening touch of vanilla on the back half. Displays good clarity and floral lift on a long, smooth finish featuring repeating smokiness and dusty, slow-building tannins. Vinous 90 2019-04-02
2016 Morgan Winery Chardonnay Double L Vineyard The Chardonnay Double L Vineyard displays a flinty, honeyed nose with hints of honeysuckle and toasted oak. Aged 15 months in French oak, 15% new, it is richly flavored with a creaminess and hints of hazelnut and rich fruit. It has good acidity and balance and a persistent finish. i-Wine Review 92 2019-04-01
2016 Morgan Winery Chardonnay Double L Vineyard Powerful, mineral-accented Meyer lemon, pear and vanilla scents show very good clarity and complicating suggestions of fennel and toasty lees. Minerally and focused in the mouth, offering pliant citrus and orchard fruit flavors; deeper suggestions of honey and buttered toast emerge on the back half. Shows impressive depth as well as energy and finishes smoky and very long, with a suave floral nuance hanging on. Vinous 93 2019-04-01
2018 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Lote 44 Malbec A bright array of spicy red berries and plums, as well as fresh earthy notes that lead to a palate with a fresh, juicy and lithe array of blueberries and plums. Drink or hold. James Suckling 90 2019-03-29
2017 Alfredo Roca Malbec A malbec that smells more like a pinot made with little sulfur. Dried blackberry pie meets intense citrus and cidery apples. Shows some form and structure, but certainly an oddball. A little tart on the finish. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2019-03-29
2017 Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir This really does lack some vitality, even though there’s some nice dried fruit. The soft berry character is still pleasant on the palate. Drink now. James Suckling 87 2019-03-29
2016 Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Offers rich white fruit and spice flavors, supported by bright acidity. Green apple, fig and ripe melon dominate on the palate, mixing with buttery accents and ending with hints of sage honey on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 11,500 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2019-03-28
2014 Killibinbin Seduction Cabernet Sauvignon Distinctive, offering intense herbal notes and touches of licorice and leather to the dense cassis and plum flavors, with gravelly tannins. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported. Wine Spectator 87 2019-03-28
2016 Morgan Winery Syrah Double L Vineyard Focused and sturdy, with black raspberry, cracked pepper, and roasted herb flavors that finish with tightly wound tannins. Drink now through 2023 Wine Spectator 90 2019-03-28
2018 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Blancat Estate Parcel Selection A striking wine that has some stony, dark, savory soul, as well as plenty of rich fruit. It has some riper plum-essence aromas and flavors with a rich and intense style to the palate. Bold, smooth tannins and plenty of extract here. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-03-28
2018 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Blancat Estate Vineyard Selection Impressive richness of fruit and concentration here, this has a very convincingly rich core of cassis and blueberries, as well as dark, graphite-like complexity. The palate has a bold but supple feel with a tarry thread and richly concentrated black-fruit flavors. Smooth, sturdy tannins. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-03-28
2018 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Tolentino Malbec Impressive poise and complexity with subtly spicy oak, nuanced into ripe red berries and cherries. Super rich and deeply juicy dark-plum flavors build into a smooth, fleshy and sleek finish. Delivers and balances well. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2019-03-28
2018 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Malbec An impressive core of very pure blackberries here, presented in silky and soft yet quite long tannins. Very easy and full of pleasure. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-03-28
2014 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Medium red. Pungently floral aromas of violet, redcurrant, raspberry, truffle and smoky earth. Rich, chewy and deep on entry, with enticing sweetness to the red fruit and spice flavors, then turns lighter and more dilute in the middle and on the finish. Closes with repeating saline nuances and noteworthy length. A lovely easygoing Brunello offering early appeal and easy accessibility. Vinous 90 2019-03-27
2014 Elia Palazzesi Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino Luminous red-ruby. The perfumed, rich nose emphasizes ripe red cherry, dark plum, dried herbs and orange peel. Similar flavors translate into an invigoratingly juicy, fresh, but ripely fleshy mouthfeel featuring strong floral and balsamic notes providing the red fruit notes noteworthy lift. This Brunello remains light and lively despite its upfront round fleshiness thanks to high acidity and extract, showcasing outstanding balance. Closes long, refreshing and suave. Vinous 92 2019-03-26
2014 Boutinot Les Coteaux Schisteux Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Mouthwatering blackberry and cherry flavors are highlighted by delicate strikes of toast, mocha and cinnamon here. It's a bold, voluptuous wine but briskly balanced in acidity. The finish is firm and elongated, framed by ripe but grippy tannins. Enjoy now through 2023. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-03-25
2016 Barker's Marque The Loop Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley Slightly honeyed aromas of peach, melon, grapefruit rind, citrus and ginger lead into a palate that's equally perfumed and tightly wound. There's a wealth of acidity and a slight austerity that's asking for a bit more fruit weight. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-03-25
2016 Vina Chocalan Origen Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Finely textured, featuring vibrant red berry, dried cherry and plum flavors that are flanked by savory notes, with dried green herb details on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 8,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 88 2019-03-25
2016 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel Spirited and zesty, with lively cherry and smoky cracked pepper flavors that frolic on a long finish toward well-groomed tannins. Drink now through 2024. 8,220 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-03-25
2017 Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Shows good cut to the vibrant mix of white fruit flavors that are matched to creamy notes. The broad, lush finish offers hints of lemongrass and dried sage. Drink now through 2021. 14,500 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2019-03-25
2017 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc Fresh and spicy pear, lime and green apple flavors show details of matcha, peach blossom and honeysuckle in this white, which offers nice complexity and balance, with plenty of fresh acidity. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne. Drink now through 2024. 1,203 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2019-03-25
2017 Marziano Abbona San Luigi Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG Gorgeous black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors are matched to a supple texture and solid structure in this harmonious red. Earth and tobacco notes add depth. Drink now through 2024. 6,300 cases made. Wine Spectator 91 2019-03-25
2017 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's Easygoing and discreetly zesty, with floral raspberry and spicy vanilla flavors. Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo. Drink now through 2023. 5,320 cases made. Wine Spectator 88 2019-03-25
2014 La Fiorita Brunello Di Montalcino Wild berry, truffle, chopped mint and leather aromas come together in the glass. On the smooth, structured palate, polished tannins and fresh acid-ity balance juicy Morello cherry, raspberry compote, tobacco and cocoa. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-03-15
2015 La Ciarliana Vigna Scianello Vino Noble di Montepulciano Steeped prune, leather, pipe-tobacco and forest-floor aromas lead the nose. The dense robust palate offers fleshy cherry, chocolate and crushed herb alongside velvety, fine-grained tannins that give the finish grip. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-03-15
2015 La Ciarliana Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Made with Sangiovese and 5% Mam-molo, this has subtle aromas suggesting French oak, baked plum and a whiff of leather. The fleshy dense palate offers ripe black cherry, steeped prune and a suggestion of licorice alongside soft polished tan-nins. You’ll also notice the warmth of alcohol on the midpalate. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-03-15
2016 La Ciarliana Rosso di Montepulciano Structured and savory, this has aromas of wild berry, forest floor and a whiff of new leather. The juicy approachable palate doles out fleshy black cherry, blackberry and clove alongside taut polished tannins and bright acidity. Drink through 2020. Wine Enthusiast 90BB 2019-03-15
2014 Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne Sweet oak tones of vanilla, toast and cin-namon lend lavish flair to plump but pristine black-currant and mulberry flavors in this wine. It’s rather flashy and attention catching, with hints of sweet caramel on the finish, but its luscious texture and easy-drinking style appeals to a wide audience. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-03-15
2017 Bodegas Aquitania Albarino Val do Salnes Common Albariño aromas of green apple and sea brine come with a hint of waxy lano-lin. Round and basic on the palate, this tastes of salty white fruits prior to a finish that is briny, with nectarine and citrus notes. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-03-15
2016 Dominio de Eguren Codice A full black fruit nose punches above its weight class, with depth of fruit and smokiness normally found in more expensive wines. A full, fleshy palate is held together by firm tannins, while this Tempranillo-led blend tastes of dark fruits, herbs and spices prior to a steady, lightly toasted finish. Wine Enthusiast 89BB 2019-03-15
2016 La Fond Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir Intriguing aromas of red cherry, mulberry, turned earth and rainy gravel show on the nose of this bottling by one of the region’s earliest pro-ducers. The palate is dark and earthy with flavors of boysenberry, star anise, rhubarb and cardamom pods, all wrapped in fresh acidity. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-03-15
2013 Rocca di Castagnoli Buriano Cabernet Sauvignon The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Buriano is powerful and unctuous in the glass. Inky and super-concentrated, the Buriano nevertheless retains tons of structure. Blueberry, vanillin, smoke, new leather and espresso infuse this deep, plush Tuscan Cabernet. Even with all of its intensity, the 2013 remains nuanced and full of class. What a gorgeous wine it is. Vinous 94+ 2019-03-15
2014 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione The 2014 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Stielle is a positively stellar wine. Deep, powerful and explosive, but with tons of balance, the Stielle is simply magnificent in 2014. Black cherry, lavender, mint, tobacco and licorice add to a sense of gravitas in this super-concentrated, dense wine. Vinous 95 2019-03-15
2014 Rocca di Castagnoli Poggio a'Frati Chianti Classico Riserva The 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a'Frati is a powerful, virile wine. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2014 is quite imposing today. Iron, smoke, tobacco, wild red cherry and rose petal are enshrouded by a wall of potent, sinewy tannins and bright acids. A deep core of fruit lurks in the background, just waiting to emerge. This is a fabulous wine in the making. Vinous 92 2019-03-15
2016 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico The 2016 Chianti Classico offers a super-appealing combination of dense, pliant fruit and supporting structure. Succulent red cherry, white pepper, mint and dried flowers all flesh out in the glass. Ideally, readers should plan on cellaring the 2016 for at least a few years. This is a very serious wine. Vinous 92 2019-03-15
2016 Morgan Winery Chardonnay Double L Vineyard Aged 10 months in 15% new French oak, the 2016 Chardonnay Double L is a step up in quality and is a more serious, layered Chardonnay. White peach, white flowers, honeysuckle, and a touch of brioche all emerge from this silky, elegant effort that has racy acidity, terrific balance, and a great finish. Drink it any time over the coming 5-7 years, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep longer. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2019-03-13
2016 Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir The 2016 Pinot Noir Twelve Clones (aged ten months in 38% new French oak) offers ample black cherry, violet, and scorched earth aromatics, hints of background oak, medium body, and a beautiful fruit forward, balanced, layered style on the palate. It’s a winner. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-03-13
2016 Morgan Winery Pinot Noir Double L Vineyard Another head-turner is the 2016 Pinot Noir Double L, which was also destemmed and spent ten months in 50% new oak. It’s a tight, vibrant, youthful effort offering medium-bodied notes of blackberry and black cherry fruits intermixed with plenty of spice, scorched earth, and background oak. With beautiful purity, terrific balance, and again, a vibrant texture, it will be better with a year of bottle age and keep for upwards of a decade. Jeb Dunnuck 94 2019-03-13
2014 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Sonoma County This blends 70% Zinfandel with 14% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carignane and 2% Viognier. It succeeds in its full embrace of juicy red berry and big tannin concentration, showing good structure and powerful waves of caramel and pie crust. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-03-06
2015 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel A wonderful, deep blackberry-jam aroma and equally expressive fruit flavors on the palate give this wine a lot of enjoyment. This feels full and firm, with tones of blackberry, boysenberry, baking spice and dash of oaky complexity from 35% new barrels. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-03-06
2015 Chateau du Moulin Rouge Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois Graphite, dark-plum and blackberry aromas with leafy nuances. The palate has a strong core of firm linear tannins, while the fruits are in the blue-plum and blackberry spectrum. Long regal finish. Try from 2022. James Suckling 93 2019-03-04
2018 Barker's Marque The Loop Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley The iconic New Zealand aromatics draw you in with tart gooseberry and grapefruit. Grown in dry, windy cool-climate conditions, the acidity is striking, with notes of crisp lime “ice,” which melts across the palate. Tarragon and brushy notes get a hint of spice darting on the palate, but the overall texture (some weight from 3% of the wine fermented in old oak) is superb. For us, The Loop was the perpetual motion of sip and re-sip. The Tasting Panel 91 2019-03-04
2011 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva (raised in new and used French and American oak barrels for two years) Vivid ruby-red. Highly fragrant red berry preserve, cherry, pipe tobacco and candied rose scents, with hints of vanilla and incense in the background. Silky, sweet and open-knit, offering intense raspberry, cherry pie and floral pastille flavors that tighten up and become spicier in the mid-palate. Shows excellent clarity and floral lift on the impressively persistent finish, which is framed by velvety, slow-building tannins. Vinous 93 2019-02-27
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva Deep ruby. Intense, oak-spiced cherry and raspberry scents, along with suggestions of musky earth, pipe
tobacco and coconut. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering intense red and blue fruit
and floral pastille flavors that deepen steadily and pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Closes very
long and sweet, with smooth tannins framing the clinging, oak-accented fruit.
Vinous 92 2019-02-27
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Reserva (raised in new and used French and American oak barrels for 16 months) Opaque ruby color. Smoke- and spice-accented red and dark berry liqueur and licorice aromas are complemented by black pepper and mocha nuances. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a hint of vanilla. Closes sappy, smooth and quite long, with supple tannins that fold quickly into the wine's juicy fruit. Vinous 91 2019-02-27
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza (aged for 15 months in new and used American and French oak barrels) Deep ruby. Smoke-accented cherry, pipe tobacco, vanilla and floral scents show very good clarity and spicy lift. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry, redcurrant, rose pastille and vanilla flavors that deepen and pick up a coconut nuance as the wine opens up. Fruit-driven and open-knit, with a long, smooth and subtly tannic finish that echoes the cherry and floral notes. Vinous 91 2019-02-27
2017 Ramirez de la Piscina Blanco (all stainless steel) Pale, green-hued straw. Bright and sharply focused on the nose, displaying fresh citrus fruit and floral scents and a strong suggestion of dusty minerals. In a lithe, racy style, offering light-bodied lime and green apple flavors that show sharp delineation and back-end cut. Finishes long and nervy, with resonating citrus fruit character and a faint touch of fennel. Vinous 90 2019-02-27
2015 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Mazos Deep ruby-red. A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes red and blue fruit preserves, incense, potpourri, star
anise and smoky minerals. Stains the palate with sweet black raspberry, boysenberry, violet pastille and
spicecake flavors that display a compelling blend of richness and energy. Finishes impressively long and
lively, with resonating floral and spice character and fine-grained tannins that come on late.
Vinous 93 2019-02-27
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano Inky ruby. Pungent black and blue fruits, licorice, vanilla and cola scents are complemented by a smoky
nuance that builds in the glass. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated bitter cherry and
cassis flavors that are lifted and braced by a spine of juicy acidity. The smoke and cherry notes echo on the
youthfully tannic finish, which shows sharp delineation and strong persistence. For the price point this is quite
a serious wine, and one that will reward some patience.
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