Vintage Producer Wine Name Notes Source Score Updated
NV Donaji Joven Spirit Journal 3 Star 2018-02-16
NV Donaji Extra Anejo Spirit Journal 3 Star 2018-02-16
NV Batsman Small Batch Gin Spirit Journal 3 Star 2018-02-16
NV Ben Nevis Distillery McDonald’s Celebrated Traditional Ben Nevis Spirit Journal 3 Star 2018-02-16
NV Ben Nevis Distillery MacDonald’s Glencoe 8 yr. Malt Whisky Spirit Journal 4 Star 2018-02-16
NV Chateau Du Tariquet Château Du Tariquet 8 Years Old Bas-Armagnac Spirit Journal 4 Star 2018-02-16
NV Chateau Du Tariquet Château Du Tariquet 12 Years Old Bas-Armagnac Spirit Journal 4 Star 2018-02-16
NV Chateau Du Tariquet Château Du Tariquet 15 Years Old Bas-Armagnac Spirit Journal 4 Star 2018-02-16
2013 Marziano Abbona Barolo DOCG An earthy, savory style, this red boasts elements of cherry, with leather, tobacco, wild herb and underbrush flavors. Structured and dense, with an impression of ripeness creeping back in on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2042. Wine Spectator 90 2018-02-16
2016 Marziano Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG Shows depth, featuring black currant, violet and spice flavors, while plum and earth notes provide the bass. Dense and long, with a hint of chocolate on the finish. Drink now through 2022. Wine Spectator 91 2018-02-16
2012 Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo DOCG Ripe cherry and currant fruit is offset by tobacco, tea and tar notes in this elegant, densely structured red, which is tight and awkward now, but all the components are in the right place. Best from 2022 through 2040. 900 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-02-16
2011 Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo DOCG Alluring aromas of violet, rose, dark berry and a hint of cured meat emerge on this firmly structured wine. The palate is rather extracted, offering rich black cherry, chocolate, tobacco and sweet spice alongside grippy tannins. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-02-16
2012 Marziano Abbona Ravera Barolo DOCG A smooth, rich style, offering plum, cherry, licorice, tar and leather flavors. Long and balanced, ending with a dose of saline minerality. Best from 2019 through 2033. Wine Spectator 93 2018-02-16
2011 Marziano Abbona Ravera Barolo DOCG Packed with sweet plum, raspberry and licorice flavors, this red is round and fleshy. Shows a dense matrix of tannins that comes into view on the expansive finish. Best from 2018 through 2032. Wine Spectator 93 2018-02-16
2015 Marziano Abbona Rinaldi Barbera d' Alba Abbona's Barbera d'Alba Rinaldi is terrific in 2015…The fruit is ample, rich and creamy, with expressive floral and spice overtones that add nuance. Drink this supple, engaging Barbera over the next few years. The exuberance and opulence of the vintage come through in spades. Vinous 90 2018-02-16
2015 Marziano Abbona Rinaldi Barbera d' Alba A plump, succulent style, sporting blackberry, plum, spice and subtle chocolate flavors. Has structure, and should be even better in six months to a year. Very pure. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2022. 2,200 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2018-02-16
2016 Marziano Abbona San Luigi Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG I Vini di Veronelli 91 2018-02-16
2012 La Perla Marco Triacca La Mossa This radiant savory mountain Nebbiolo opens with enticing scents of wild berry, flint, smoke and a whiff of alpine herb. It’s elegant and focused, delivering crushed raspberry, Marasca cherry, tobacco and star anise alongside taut refined tannins and bright acidity. It’s already tempting but will develop even more complexity over the next several years or more. Drink 2020–2032 Wine Enthusiast 93 2018-02-14
2015 Trentadue La Storia Petite Sirah Softly textured tannins surround a hefty full-bodied plushness of plummy cobbler, blueberry and dark chocolate in this well-made, robust and rich wine. Caramel and mocha appear on the lengthy finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-02-14
2017 A Mano Bianco The wine is heady, perfumed and almost exotic with plums, peach, honeysuckle, apricot kernel and pineapple skins.
Warming, delicious and full of character and flavour.
The Wine Gang 90 2018-02-14
2015 Château Bellegrave du Poujeau Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois Densely tannic and full of rich blackberry and black-plum flavors, this is a structured wine. It already balances the fruit and the dry core of tannins, indicating a wine of great potential and richness. Drink from 2022. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-02-14
2016 Nein Lives Reisling Delicate hints of yellow cherry and apple
sweeten this uncomplicated but fresh wine. Off
dry in style, it’s pleasantly sweet and tart on a
zesty lemonade finish. Drink now. Best Buy.
Wine Enthusiast 87BB 2018-02-13
2016 Peter Mertes Reisling Crisp tangerine, yellow apple and grapefruit abound in this juicy, delicately sweetRiesling. Easy going yet elegantly balanced, it’s adependable everyday wine with wide appeal. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-02-13
2016 Peter Mertes Dreamstone While the nose is earthen and mineral, the palate of this lightbodied blend of Silvaner and Riesling offers pleasant lemon and green melon refreshment. It’s a juicy, uncomplicated sip, with subtle sweetness and a brisk finish. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast BB 2018-02-13
2015 Aubichon Pinot Noir Bright red. Smoke-accented strawberry, cherry and blood orange scents show very good clarity and pick up subtle herb and licorice flourishes as the wine opens up. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red currant flavors and a sweetening hint of mocha. Closes on a gently tannic note, displaying tangy persistence and lingering floral and spice notes. Vinous 90 2018-02-12
2013 Aubichon Reserve Pinot Noir Vivid red. Suave, expansive aromas of dark berries, cherry-cola and spicecake, along with a sexy potpourri nuance. Fleshy and sweet on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry and mocha flavors with a touch of bitter cherry pit. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the persistent finish, which is framed by silky, slow-building tannins. Vinous 91 2018-02-12
2013 Chateau Beauchene Grande Réserve Rhône-style Red Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-02-12
2013 Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-02-12
2016 Foris Pinot Gris (all stainless steel) Light yellow. Tangerine, white peach and a subtle honey note on the nose and in the mouth. Silky and nicely concentrated, showing good energy and tangy lift on a supple, nicely persistent finish that leaves a gently sweet pit fruit note behind. Vinous 89 2018-02-12
2013 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-02-12
2013 Mas d'en Gil Coma Blanca The top white is the 2013 Coma Blanca, which is a blend of grapes from four different plots planted with Macabeo and Garnacha Blanca from diverse soils (their property has incredibly varied soils, quite unusual for Priorat). It might be a tad lighter and less concentrated, with more acidity and freshness, but it's not a shy or wimpy white -- it packs 15% alcohol. It contains approximately half of each variety and it matured for six months in 500-liter French and Austrian oak barrels. The nose is subtle, with elegance and incipient complexity, even though it still feels very young. With time and air it starts showing some notes of fennel, more insinuating compared with the Coma Alta, which is more obvious. This has a superb balance and it should age nicely in bottle. It ends dry and with strong minerality. Again, this is (one of) the best vintage(s) for this wine. 2,761 bottles were produced and bottled in May 2014. Wine Advocate 94 2018-01-31
2013 Mas d'en Gil Coma Alta The 2013 Coma Alta is pure Garnacha Blanca planted in 1999 in the Coma valley, one of the five valleys existing in the Mas d'en Gil estate, on clay and limestone soils. The grapes are harvested in two tries, the first one for freshness, and the second one for more ripeness. Thirty percent of the volume fermented in 500-liter French oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel tanks where the wines matured for five months. I think the limestone translates into a serious profile and a sharp palate with an almost salty finish. The oak is very nicely folded into the wine and only adds some nice texture. This is a very elegant and fresh Garnacha Blanca from a very cool vintage that provided wines with good acidity. It feels like a great vintage of Coma Alta. There are 6,158 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 92+ 2018-01-31
2011 Mas d'en Gil Clos Fonta The 2011 Clos Fontà is a blend of different strains of Garnacha with some 30% Cariñena fermented in small oak vats by plot and matured in 225-liter barriques and 1,500-liter oak vats for some 14 months. These top wines are kept in bottle for three years before they are sold, and by that time the wines are polished, especially in the texture. There is a jump in complexity and depth from the Coma Vella from the same vintage, and the nose screams Priorat, with those notes of wet slate and some rusticity from the Cariñena. With time in the glass it also developed some floral aromas. The palate is powerful but very balanced and fresh, especially for the conditions of the vintage. I could also preview the 2014, which had just been bottled, and was showing superbly elegant. There are 7,868 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 94 2018-01-31
2014 Mas d'en Gil Bellmunt The red 2014 Bellmunt was already up for tasting as it had been bottled in May 2015. This is their younger and fresher red, a blend of Garnacha with some 20% Cariñena and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in different sized oak containers for some ten months. The color is quite light, a bright ruby. The nose is floral and elegant, and the palate shows a similar profile, approachable and highly drinkable but not banal. A great Priorat for restaurants. Some 25,000 bottles were produced. Wine Advocate 92 2018-01-31
2008 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Roberto Cipresso’s Argentinian wines (Achaval Ferrer) are arguably even better known than his Brunello, but this is still an impressive set up. The wines are very concentrated in their youth, with lashings of oak, but they have sweetness, spice and concentration, too, as well as balance. On past evidence, this will age well, too. Drink: 2015-25 Tim Atkin 92 2018-01-30
2015 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Meribets The full-bodied 2015 Saint Joseph Meribets was raised entirely in oak, but it doesn't really show. Cherries, spice and herb notes mark the nose, while the palate is rich and creamy in texture, seamlessly flowing into a long, silky finish. It should drink well for a decade. Wine Advocate 91 2018-01-30
2015 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Meribets As to the reds, both are outstanding. The 2015 Saint Joseph Meribets comes from the Cime de la Côte lieu-dit (granite soils), was partially destemmed and brought up all in barrel. It offers terrific notes of black raspberries, peppery spice, and liquid violets, with ample background Syrah meatiness showing with time in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, with good purity, and present tannin, it’s beautiful wine capable of lasting a decade or more. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2018-01-30
2016 Domaine Vallet Condrieu Rouelle Midi The 2016 Condrieu Rouelle Midi features appropriately mineral aromas of crushed stone, plus hints of pencil shavings, pineapple and nectarine. It's medium to full-bodied, with a sprinkling of white pepper on the long finish. Wine Advocate 91 2018-01-30
2016 Domaine Vallet Condrieu Rouelle Midi Rather more neutral fruit than might be expected. Light, relatively easy palate with modest persistence. Jancis Robinson 16 2018-01-30
2016 Domaine Vallet Condrieu Rouelle Midi Spiced orchard fruits, citrus and honey of white flowers all emerge from the 2016 Condrieu Rouelle-Midi, a balanced, incredibly enjoyable, Condrieu to drink over the coming couple of years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2018-01-30
2016 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Meribets Blanc The 2016 Saint Joseph Meribets Blanc checks in as a blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% Marsanne brought up in equal parts tank and barrel. White peach, citrus blossom and hints of sautéed apples all emerge from the glass and it's medium-bodied, impeccably balanced and clean on the palate, with a great finish. It's another impressive wine from this team. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2018-01-30
2015 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Muletiers The full-bodied 2015 Saint Joseph Muletiers comes from 40-year-old vines grown on decomposed granite. Blueberry and plum fruit take the lead, garnished by fresh herbal-stemmy notes that hint at wintergreen. Already reasonably silky and integrated, it will be interesting to follow this wine's evolution over the next decade or so. Wine Advocate 92 2018-01-30
2015 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Muletiers The inky colored 2015 Saint Joseph Muletiers is more ripe, broad, and sexy, with thrilling amounts of plum and blackberry fruit, lots of rare steak and dried meat nuances, full-bodied richness, and a ready to go, upfront style. Drink it anytime over the coming decade as well. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2018-01-30
2016 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Meribets Juicy, confected plum fruit and a light sprinkling of piquant spice. Fibrous but digestible tannin. Lightly chewy and perhaps a little dilute to finish. Jancis Robinson 16.5 2018-01-30
2016 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Muletiers Oak spice, black fruit, violet floral notes. Glossy and sleek on the palate, but with fine tannin giving firmness to the finish. Jancis Robinson 16 2018-01-30
2015 Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fluer de Crussol I always love this cuvée, and the 2015 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol might be the best yet. Brioche, honeycomb, crushed rock-like minerality and sautéed stone fruits give way to a rich, concentrated, beautifully textured white that has richness and freshness. Made from 100% Marsanne all from the La Côte lieu-dit, it spent 13 months in 30% new barrels. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2018-01-30
2016 Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fluer de Crussol The 2016 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol is young, tight and hard to read (which is normal for this cuvée). Apple blossom, citrus rind and hints of minerality emerge from this nicely concentrated, fresh, crisp white that's going to need a year or more of cellaring to show its potential. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2018-01-30
2015 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles The young(er) vine cuvée is the 2015 Cornas Les Chailles which comes from the Chaillot, Mazards, Chapuze, and Combe lieux-dits. It’s all destemmed and brought up in older barrels. It offers terrific black fruits, saddle leather, bouquet garni and floral/violet aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness, plenty of sweet tannin and a great finish. It's going to be a terrific value. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2018-01-30
2016 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles The 2016 Cornas Les Chailles offers a forward, fruity style in its blackberry, plum, and violet aromas and flavors, yet has ample mid-palate depth and building tannin on the palate. As with all Albéric’s wines, it has sensational purity of fruit. Jeb Dunnuck 91-94 2018-01-30
2015 Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes In addition to the stellar lineup from Cornas, Voge releases a terrific Saint Joseph. All from the Les Cotes lieu-dit outside of Mauves, the 2015 Saint Joseph Les Côtes sports a deep purple color as well as lots of black and blue fruits, some forest floor and tapenade notes, a ripe, sexy, voluptuous style on the palate, and terrific purity of fruit. It’s another beautiful wine from this estate, which is clearly at the top of their game. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2018-01-30
2016 Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes Tasted out of barrel, the 2016 Saint Joseph Les Côtes is terrific, with lots of currants, violets, and peppery aromas and flavors. Classic in just about every sense, with medium-bodied richness, pure, clean fruit, lots of minerality and a great finish, it has the fruit to drink nicely in its youth, yet should keep for a decade or more given its balance, purity and tannin. Jeb Dunnuck 91-93 2018-01-30
2016 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Voge's old vine cuvée, the 2016 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes is a head turner that balances loads of clean, classic Syrah fruit with the textbook pepper, mineral and garrigue character that's the hallmark of the appellation. Full-bodied, elegant and balanced, with present yet fine tannin, it's going to be accessible in its youth, yet cruise for 10-15 years given its balance. Jeb Dunnuck 93-95 2018-01-30
2016 Chateau Beauchene Grande Reserve Cote Du Rhone Crisp acidity offsets plump black cherry and plum in this elegant but approachable red blend. Polished tannins and hints of dark chocolate mark a moderately long finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-01-24
2014 Hopler Pannonica Red Blend Lots of fleshy black and red cherry fruit swishes on nose and palate. It is juicy fruit that firmly stands in the foreground on a fluid palate that has lovely, exciting tinges of white pepper spice. The body is fresh and light, the finish is refreshing and moreish. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-01-24
2014 Hopler Blaufrankish Very bright, fresh and youthful fruit flashes invitingly in the glass. A second sniff reveals how juicy the black and red cherry notes are. The palate presents this even more clearly: abundant, ripe but balanced fruit brims and plays. Tannins remain in the background while freshness corrals the fruit. This is smoth, fresh and entirely fruit-driven. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-01-24
2016 Hopler Gruner Veltliner The nose of this wine gives an immediate breezy, zesty impression before a faint hazelnut note appears. On the palate, fruit is in the foregound. Green apple plays with ripe yellow pear and leaves a lovely, light footed yet textured mouthfeel with a refreshing finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-01-24
2015 Hopler Pinot Noir Gentle red cherry fruit appears on the nose and swishes across the juicy palate where tannins and freshness provide a frame for all the cherry abundance. This majors on delicious fruit but comes with a lovely grip. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-01-24
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Villages 'Château de Thulon' A crisp, attractively perfumed wine, this is packed with red-berry flavors and has a light tannic texture. It has a rich side although the attractive fresh acidity brings this wine to life. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-01-24
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Les Charmes A two-acre parcel of 84-year-old vines forms a great starting point for this intense wine. With considerable acidity as well as dark tannins, the black-currant fruit is still firmly embedded inthe wine’s dark core. So wait, and drink it from 2019. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-01-24
2016 Keuka Spring Gewurztraminer Heady aromas of rose and jasmine meld with rich tangerine and red apple notes. Off-dry on the palate, melon and florals meet with plenty of acidic cut from grapefruit zest, leading to a candied lemon and ginger finish. Weight, power and balance make this an excellent offering from winemaker August Diemel. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-01-24
2015 Mannucci Droandi Chianti Classico Ceppeto Made with organically farmed grapes, this has earthy aromas of tilled soil, truffle and a whiff of black-skinned berry. The chewy palate doles out ripe black cherry, licorice and clove alongside smooth tannins. Enjoy through 2022. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-01-24
2013 Mannucci Droandi Chianti Classico Riserva Ceppeto A blend of 90% Sangioveseand 10% Merlot, this offers aromas of cedar, espresso and a touch of cassis. The dense palate shows ripe black plum, roasted coffee bean and vanilla alongside closed-grained tannins. Drink through 2023. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-01-24
2014 Rocca di Castagnoli Chainti Classico DOCG French oak, underbrush, balsamic aromas, coconut and baked plum aromas are front and center on this radiant, structured red. Made entirely with organically farmed Sangiovese, the savory, elegant palate delivers wild cherry, pomegranate, baking spice and a hint of orange zest. Firm, polished tannins and fresh acidity provide age-worthy support and balance. Drink 2019–2029. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-01-24
2013 Vina Chocalan Vitrium Red Blend This Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah-led blend opens with blackened oak, vanilla and blackberry aromas. A deep strong palate is not shy with tannins, while this tastes a bit woody, with herbal, spicy black-fruit notes. A dense peppery finish is texturally solid. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-01-24
2014 Vina Chocalan Reserva Carmenere Savory aromas of carob and herbs outweigh berry aromas on a shallow bouquet. A dense, meaty, almost syrupy palate offers a mix of baked berry, oak and green-herb flavors. Spice, mint and mild green notes are measurable on a plump finish. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-01-24
2015 Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir Aromas of roasted red cherry, sharp black raspberry and herb-tinged smoked pork in mulberry sauce make for a mouthwatering entry to this bottling. The oak is strong on the palate, giving a vanilla overlay to the cranberry and rose petal flavors. A hint of juniper shows on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-01-23
2014 Chateau Beauchene Cuvee de la Serrière Châteauneuf-du-Pape While plush with ripe blueberry and cherry flavors, this fullbodied, warming red has tinges of freshly tilled earth, garrigue and spice. It’s not concentrated but easy drinking and fresh. The finish is moderately long, ending in slightly tacky but fine-grained tannins. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-01-23
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras One of three bottlings from this producer that showcases different aspects of Morgon, this wine is full, seriously structured and has the potential of great fruitiness. That will take time; for now the wine is a series of rich tannins that are very mineral in texture. Drink from 2019. Wine Enthusiast 93 2018-01-23
2016 Di Giovanna Gerbino Rosato Pale pink in color, this Nerello Mascalese rosé reveals scents of rose petals and ripe red berries. It has a soft attack, medium acidity and good balance. It’s easy, pleasant drinking. I Winereview 89 2018-01-17
2015 Di Giovanna Siciliani Bianco Honeyed aromas of stone fruit give way to an easy drinking palate of ripe yellow fruit and acacia with good balancing acidity. I Winereview 89 2018-01-17
2014 Di Giovanna Helios Rosso This red blend shows especially well with an abundance of rich dark red fruit accented by earth, tobacco and licorice. It has a firm structure with round tannins and an especially appealing, long savory finish. I Winereview 91 2018-01-17
2015 Di Giovanna Siciliani Nero d'Avola This dark fruited wine is big and full and firmly structured. It reveals a pleasant pepper spice that complements the sweet dark fruit. Delicious and dry on the finish. I Winereview 90 2018-01-17
2015 Di Giovanna Siciliani Rosso Pleasingly aromatic and richly flavored, this Rosso reveals dense, fresh dark cherry and plum with hints of vanilla, tobacco, and a touch of charred oak. It finishes long with fine, firm tannins. I Winereview 91 2018-01-17
2015 A Mano Imprint Primitive Puglia Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-01-17
2016 A Mano Imprint Susumaniello Salento Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-01-17
NV Castellroig Brut Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-01-17
2016 A Mano Primitivo Puglia Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-01-17
2016 Fritz Windisch Dornfelder Wine Enthusiast Best Buy 2018-01-17
2016 Juwel Grauburgunder Rheinhessen Invigorating freshness abounds in this dry, medium-bodied Grauburgunder, or Pinot Gris. Pristine lemon, apple and pear flavors are cutting and bright, marked by fresh acidity and a delicately textured mouthfeel. It’s an easy going quaffer to enjoy now. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-01-17
2015 Chateau du Moulin Rouge Rogue Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-01-17
2016 Di Giovanna Grillo Fresh and crisp on the attack, this is a cleanly made Grillo showing notes of blanched almonds, chamomile, and cured lemon. It’s full and bright in the mouth and lingers on the finish. 100% Grillo from the Contessa Entellina zone, hand-picked, given a cold soak, fermented, and left on the lees for six months. I Winereview 89 2018-01-17
2016 Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Cuvee Silex Vouvray Sec Juicy, offering a corpulent feel to the mix of yellow apple, ginger, quince and green almond flavors. Reveals a flash of toast on the finish, with the fruit lingering. Drink now through 2026. 850 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-01-10
2015 Rocca di Catagnoli Chianti Classico The 2015 Chianti Classico Rocca di Castagnoli is a soft, fruity wine to drink now and over the next few years. Sweet red cherry, orange peel and crushed flowers add shades of nuance throughout. Dollops of Colorino and Canaialo nicely complement the Sangiovese in this tasty, budget-friendly Chianti Classico from Rocca di Castagnoli. Vinous 88 2018-01-08
2013 Rocca di Castagnoli Poggi ai Frati Riserva Chianti Classico Sensual and supple in the glass, the 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a'Frati offers plenty of near- to medium-term appeal. Succulent dark cherry, plum, dried flowers, herbs and anise all flesh out in this attractive, accessible Riserva. Vinous 90 2018-01-08
2012 Rocca di Castagnoli Buriano Cabernet Sauvignon The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Buriano is a promising wine, especially if the tannins soften. There is terrific purity to the fruit, and hints of game, smoke, licorice and pepper add layers of dimension. Vinous 90 2018-01-08
2013 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle 2013 Chainti Succulent red cherry fruit and expressive floral notes meld together in the 2013 Stielle, Rocca di Castagnoli's top Sangiovese. The flavors are deep and vibrant. This is in an especially supple style for the year, but it all works quite nicely. Vinous 92 2018-01-08
2014 Hentley Farm The Beauty Very shy at first, this wine eventually shows dark raisiny fruit, vanilla and toasty oak. There’s plenty of richness and heat, that meld with grainy, tightly wound tannins and plush fruit. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-01-05
2015 Hentley Farm The Beauty Still a baby and therefore rather shy in the glass, a few good swirls eek out aromas of cherry cola, sweet spice and dusty oak. The tannins are big but integrated, with vibrant acidity and herbal, medicinal flavors. This is a rich, powerful style, but give it time and watch it shine. Drink 2019–2032. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-01-05
2014 Hentley Farm The Beast As the name suggests, this wine is indeed big and powerful, but it’s elegant and classy too. Heady notes of violets, red berries, smoked meat, white pepper and licorice are entwined with tightly wound, fine-grained tannins. One for the cellar. Drink 2019–2032. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-01-05
2016 Bailly Lapierre Sauvignon Blanc Saint Bris Saint-Bris is the only appellation in Burgundy where Sauvignon Blanc is grown. The style, as in this wine, hints at herbal while going more for riper fruits. Tangy acidity and attractive rich fruits come together in a crisp wine that is ready to drink now. Wine Enthusiast 86 2018-01-05
NV Bailly Lapierre Rose Brut Blending four varieties—Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay and Aligoté—this wine shows both rich fruitiness and a crisp texture. Citrus and apple dominate this tangy wine that finishes with attractive acidity. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-01-05
NV Bailly Lapierre Reserve Brut Blending four varieties—Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay and Aligoté—this wine shows both rich fruitiness and a crisp texture. Citrus and apple dominate this tangy wine that finishes with attractive acidity. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-01-05
NV Bailly Lapierre Pinot Noir Brut Full bodied and rich with red fruits and crisp acidity, this wine, made from 100% Pinot Noir, shows a ripe character and a firm texture. Its bright fruit and tight texture suggest a few more months aging would do it no harm. So, although it is ready drink to now, drink from 2018. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-01-05
2016 Hentley Farm Reisling Apples, wet stone and a little honey lead into a refreshing palate, with plenty of acidity and a hint of richness to tip the scales into balance. A pleasing apple finish makes you want to keep going back for more. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-01-05
2014 Hentley Farm Shiraz Clos Otto Powerful in nature, this wine is full of raspberry, red cherry, earth and floral notes, with some charred wood in the background. There’s some heat on the palate alongside overt oak and chewy tannins, but the acidity is there, as is the fruit. This just needs time in the cellar. Drink 2020–2037. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-01-05
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve is a smokin' good blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Its deep purple/plum color is followed by a terrific perfume of blackcurrants, nori (seaweed wrapper), dark chocolate and licorice, and it develops more minerality with time in the glass. Rich, full-bodied, concentrated and structured, it has sweet tannin, a great mid-palate, and a big finish. It's still youthful and backward, and needs 3-4 years to show at its best, but will keep for two decades. Jeb Dunnuck 94+ 2018-01-02
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge Napa Valley 2015 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Eloge is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petit Verdot that was brought up in 45% new barrels. It's another inky colored beauty that offers lots of black cherries, mulberry, leafy herbs, spice and floral nuances. With its oak pushed all the way into the background, it's medium to full-bodied, nicely structured and balanced. It needs short-term cellaring to flesh out but will keep for 15+. Jeb Dunnuck 93+ 2018-01-02
2015 Behrens Family Winery Cemetery Cabernet Sauvignon The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Cemetery is a terrific wine from this vintage. Possessing notes of crème de cassis cedary oak, licorice, graphite and Acacia flowers, it nicely concentrated, fresh and focused on the palate, with terrific purity of fruit. It has notable tannin and a straight, slightly restrained style that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring. Give bottled 2-3 years and enjoy over the following 15+. Jeb Dunnuck 94+ 2018-01-02
2015 Behrens Family Winery Front Man Merlot A more Merlot dominated cuvee that includes 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Merlot Front Man sports a deep ruby/purple color to go with a ripe, sexy, exuberant style on the palate. Currants, plums, black cherries, spicy oak and dried flower notes all flow from this medium to full-bodied, hedonistic beauty that does everything right. I don't think it's going to make the oldest of bones, but given its balance and purity, it might just surprise. Jeb Dunnuck 95 2018-01-02
2015 Behrens Family Winery Spare Me Cabernet Sauvignon The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Spare Me offers more complexity in its spicy oak, dried flowers, cassis and currant-like aromas and flavors. It’s savorier on the palate, however, and while the tannin is polished, there's a dry edge. Nevertheless, it's beautifully balanced, has plenty of fruit and a great finish. Give it another year or two as well. Jeb Dunnuck 91+ 2018-01-02
2015 Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain District Coming from Spring Mountain, the 2016 Chardonnay (barrel fermented and aged in 33% new French oak) offers lots citrus blossom, mint, and a kiss of orchard fruit in a medium-bodied, lightly textured, balanced style. It’s not a heavyweight and is elegant, fresh and lively. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2018-01-02
2015 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain District Unquestionably the star of the show is the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve which is all Spring Mountain fruit (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc) aged 20 months in 33% new French oak. Blackcurrants, Asian spices, salty minerality, sandalwood, and loads of dark fruits emerge from this full-bodied, powerful, concentrated 2015 that’s going to keep for two decades. Jeb Dunnuck 95+ 2018-01-02
2015 Keenan Winery Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vinyard The 2015 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard is charming, elegant, medium-bodied Merlot that has textbook notes of black cherry and plum fruits, forest floor, and earthy/herbal notes. It’s another lightly textured, balanced wine from this estate to drink over the coming decade. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2018-01-02
2015 Relic Ritual Heritage Blend A blend of 30% Grenache, 28% Mourvèdre, 18% Carignan,15% Syrah, and 9% Petite, the 2015 Ritual Heritage Blend comes from some seriously old vines and spent 20 months mostly in neutral oak. It’s awesome Rhône blend from California that gives up loads of darker berry fruits, ground pepper, lavender, incense and hints of cured meats. Deep, medium to full-bodied, elegant, and seamless, with fine-grained tannin, it’s a beauty that Rhône lovers shouldn’t miss. It has enough tannin to keep for 10-15 years. Jeb Dunnuck 94 2018-01-02
2015 Trentadue La Storia Zinfandel Alexander Valley Leather, cedar and juicy blackberry fruit combine with force in this expansive, concentrated wine. Chocolate toffee layers provide additional richness and complexity, as the finish ends smooth. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-01-02
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve is a smokin' good blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Its deep purple/plum color is followed by a terrific perfume of blackcurrants, nori (seaweed wrapper), dark chocolate and licorice, and it develops more minerality with time in the glass. Rich, full-bodied, concentrated and structured, it has sweet tannin, a great mid-palate, and a big finish. It's still youthful and backward, and needs 3-4 years to show at its best, but will keep for two decades. Jeb Dunnuck 94+ 2018-01-02
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge Napa Valley 2015 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Eloge is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petit Verdot that was brought up in 45% new barrels. It's another inky colored beauty that offers lots of black cherries, mulberry, leafy herbs, spice and floral nuances. With its oak pushed all the way into the background, it's medium to full-bodied, nicely structured and balanced. It needs short-term cellaring to flesh out but will keep for 15+. Jeb Dunnuck 93+ 2018-01-02
2015 Behrens Family Winery Cemetery Cabernet Sauvignon The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Cemetery is a terrific wine from this vintage. Possessing notes of crme de cassis cedary oak, licorice, graphite and Acacia flowers, it nicely concentrated, fresh and focused on the palate, with terrific purity of fruit. It has notable tannin and a straight, slightly restrained style thatÕs going to benefit from short-term cellaring. Give bottled 2-3 years and enjoy over the following 15+. Jeb Dunnuck 94+ 2018-01-02
2015 Behrens Family Winery Front Man Merlot A more Merlot dominated cuvee that includes 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Merlot Front Man sports a deep ruby/purple color to go with a ripe, sexy, exuberant style on the palate. Currants, plums, black cherries, spicy oak and dried flower notes all flow from this medium to full-bodied, hedonistic beauty that does everything right. I don't think it's going to make the oldest of bones, but given its balance and purity, it might just surprise. Jeb Dunnuck 95 2018-01-02
2015 Behrens Family Winery Labor of Love Cabernet Franc The 2015 Cabernet Franc Labor Of Love is gorgeous, and one of my favorites in the lineup. Cassis, spring flowers, distinct minerality, and hints of chocolate all emerge from this medium to full-bodied beauty. Possessing ripe, present tannin, a focused, elegant personality, and plenty of exuberance, it's going to drink nicely for 15+ years or more. Jeb Dunnuck 95 2018-01-02
2015 Behrens Family Winery Spare Me Cabernet Sauvignon The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Spare Me offers more complexity in its spicy oak, dried flowers, cassis and currant-like aromas and flavors. ItÕs savorier on the palate, however, and while the tannin is polished, there's a dry edge. Nevertheless, it's beautifully balanced, has plenty of fruit and a great finish. Give it another year or two as well. Jeb Dunnuck 91+ 2018-01-02
2015 Relic Pinot Noir Kashaya Sonoma Coast Coming from a single vineyard in the northern part of the Fort Ross-Seaview region, the 2015 Pinot Noir Kashaya (aged 11 months in 46% new French oak) offers textbook mulberry/black raspberry fruit, lots of sappy herbs and rose garden nuances, medium-bodied richness, and a ripe, concentrated, yet balanced style on the palate. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2018-01-02
2015 Relic Petite Sirah Frediani Vinyard The inky purple-colored 2015 Petite Sirah Old Vines comes from vines planted in 1939 by Alfred Frediani, who still farms the property today. Aged 20 months in 50% new French oak and boasting fabulous notes of blueberries, blackberries, ground pepper, crushed rocks and graphite, this dense, full-bodied, unctuous effort is made in a pedal to the metal, blockbuster style, yet never seems heavy or over the top. 333 cases. Jeb Dunnuck 94 2018-01-02
2015 Relic Cabernet Sauvignon Artefact Napa Valley Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (from numerous clones), the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Artefact comes all from the Kenefick Ranch just across from Eisele Vineyard. Aged 21 months in 100% new French oak and sporting a deep purple color and terrific notes of blackcurrants, smoked earth, mulberries and graphite, this beauty hits the palate with lots fruit, a balanced, seamless, elegant texture, and building tannin. Straight up classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, drink it over the coming 15-20 years. Jeb Dunnuck 96 2018-01-02
2013 Sabate I Coca Castellroig Brut Nature Reserva Aromas of pear cider are mild yet focused on the nose. Fresh acidity drives the scrubbing palate, while this brut nature tastes of green apple, white corn and mild citrus fruits. An clean, dry finish makes for a nice ending. R Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-12-22
2016 Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Properly restrained on the nose, this bottling offers aromas of chalk, honeysuckle and sliced tangerine. There is good zip and freshness to the sip, where lemon rinds and squeezed grapefruit flavors ride an energetic structure Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-12-22
2016 Santa Barbara Winery Sauvignon Blanc Preserved lemons, lime pith, cold cement and a hint of honeydew show on the nose of this bottling. The palate is very rounded with yellow apples and cut-grass flavors, upheld by a chalky texture Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-12-22
2016 Spindrift Cellars Pinot Gris This tasty wine is full bodied and powered by fruit. Varietal purity is on display, as it offers rich apple, pear, peach and apricot flavors. A lovely hint of lemon oil accents both scent and flavor. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-12-22
2013 Sabate I Coca Castellroig Brut Nature Reserva Aromas of pear cider are mild yet focused on the nose. Fresh acidity drives the scrubbing palate, while this brut nature tastes of green apple, white corn and mild citrus fruits. An clean, dry finish makes for a nice ending. R Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-12-22
2016 Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Properly restrained on the nose, this bottling offers aromas of chalk, honeysuckle and sliced tangerine. There is good zip and freshness to the sip, where lemon rinds and squeezed grapefruit flavors ride an energetic structure Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-12-22
2016 Santa Barbara Winery Sauvignon Blanc Preserved lemons, lime pith, cold cement and a hint of honeydew show on the nose of this bottling. The palate is very rounded with yellow apples and cut-grass flavors, upheld by a chalky texture Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-12-22
2016 Spindrift Cellars Pinot Gris This tasty wine is full bodied and powered by fruit. Varietal purity is on display, as it offers rich apple, pear, peach and apricot flavors. A lovely hint of lemon oil accents both scent and flavor. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-12-22
2015 Karim Vionnet Chenas Vivid magenta. A focused, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh dark berries and violet, and a gamy element builds in the glass. Pliant and subtly sweet, offering concentrated black raspberry, bitter cherry and smoked meat flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Shows a leathery touch on the finish, which lingers with strong, sappy persistence. On the wild side; fans of the wines of Métras, for example, would approve, while others might not be so down with the funk. -- Josh Raynolds Vinous 91 2017-12-14
2015 Karim Vionnet Vin de Kav Chiroubles Bright violet. Incisive, smoke-tinged raspberry, bitter cherry and peppery spice scents, along with subtle floral and game nuances. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors that take a sweeter turn as the wine stretches out. Juicy acidity adds lift to a long, youthfully tannic finish that leaves a hint of earthy sassafras behind. -- Josh Raynolds Vinous 91 2017-12-14
2015 Karim Vionnet Beaujolais-Villages Bright magenta. Pungent red and blue fruits, violet candy and a hint of game on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, seamless and light on its feet, offering bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors and a refreshingly spicy jolt of white pepper. Silky, focused and appealingly sweet on the gently tannic finish, which strongly repeats the blue fruit and spice notes. -- Josh Raynolds Vinous 90 2017-12-14
2014 Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Les Rochats Saint-Veran Crisp, textured and with great acidity, this wine is still developing. It is packed with fresh citrus and apple fruits cut with strong minerality. Drink this structured wine from 2017. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-12-14
2014 Sojourn Cellars Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III opens with notes of crème de cassis, baked blackberries, spice box and pencil shavings with hints of dried herbs, cloves and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with black and blue fruit layers, framed by firm, impeccably ripe tannins and finishing with persistent spice notes. Wine Advocate 95 2017-12-14
2016 Two Hands Angels Share Shiraz Rich and fleshy, with ripe and round plum and cherry flavors, offering hints of cola, sage and green tea that linger on the finish. A fresh, juicy quality keeps everything in focus. Drink now through 2017. - MaryAnn Worobiec. Wine Spectator 92 2017-12-11
2016 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz Gorgeous purity and silky tannins set the stage for kirsch, blueberry syrup, white chocolate and espresso flavors. Complex and generous, with an epic finish, where the harmonious flavors linger. Drink through 2030. - MaryAnn Worobiec. Wine Spectator 93 2017-12-11
2016 Chateau Beauchene Cotes du Rhone Grande Reserve 30 to 50 year old vines have produced a wine with an inviting, expressive, slightly peppery nose. A medium-weight style, it has freshness and aromatic detail, with gently saline tannins and bright acidity riding in on the finish. This would make a great house wine, at home or in a restaurant. Well balanced and satisfying. Decanter 90 2017-12-08
2016 Chateau Beauchene Cotes du Rhone Premier Terroir From 30 to 100 year old vines. Well-judged oak here sits just behind the fruit, with lifted violet and juniper notes. It's full-bodied, generous and concentrated in style, ambitious and remarkably intense for a Cotes-du-Rhone. Slightly raised alcohol perhaps, but it's a minor niggle - this is certainly attention grabbing and will be good when it's ready. Decanter 91 2017-12-08
2015 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz Blackberry cordial leads in this fruit-driven wine, followed by vanilla, mocha, black olive and a bit of dusting polish. The palate is plush and brambly backed by a good grip of fine-grained tannins and a savory olive finish. This will cellar nicely. Drink now–2027. Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-11-29
2014 Sutil Family Wines Chono Red Blend Cauquenes Jammy aromas of raisin and baking spices are a touch herbal. This kitchen-sink blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Garnacha, Petit Verdot and Tempranillo feels rugged and grating. Classic Chilean flavors of reedy plum, berry and tomato end with a minty green note and a touch of fennel. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-11-29
2014 Rocca di Castagnoli Poggio ai Frati Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva A red with pretty fruit, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Medium body, tangy undertone. Attractive blackberry and walnut aftertaste. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2017-11-29
2015 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico DOCG A ripe and juicy red with hot stone, dried cherry and hints of berry undertones. Full and chewy yet soft and polished texture. A muscular and solid red. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2017-11-29
2013 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione Very fine and tight with berry and chocolate character. Hints of cedar and walnut. Medium to full body, lightly chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs a year or two to come together but already impressive. James Suckling 94 2017-11-29
2016 Domaines Les Rocailles Apremont With its evocative image of the surrounding Alps on its label, this is the crisp, ski-friendly wine par excellence. Its light apple and citrus flavors are immediately attractive and perfumed, with a touch of spice at the end. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 87 2017-11-29
2015 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay Richly soft, round and concentrated, this wine is exuberant in apple flavor, with a touch of stone fruit and papaya. It has a pleasing succulence that should broadly appeal. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-11-29
2015 Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red Upfront aromas of cocoa, vanilla, sawdust and savory herb are followed by flavors of plum, cherry and barrel spice. The oak and fruit play equal roles, with the flavors a bit dialed back. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-11-29
2016 Domaine Poli Niellucciu Rose This wine is poised, balancing crisp acidity with ripe red fruit. That tension gives it a great lift, brightening its tight texture and background richness. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-11-29
2015 Clos Alivu Patrimonio Rouge This rich, structured wine is made from 100% Niellucciu (Sangiovese) from a nine acre estate. Its black cherry flavors are bolstered by plenty of firm tannins and concentration, and its richness and density are now at peak maturity, so drink now. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-11-29
2016 Clos Alivu Patrimonio Rose This ripe and fruity wine is soft, rich and full of red berry fruit. Its acidity and tangy texture combine with the fruitiness to give a full, smooth-textured sip. Drink now. 2017-11-29
2016 Clos Alivu Patrimonio Blanc This wine is smooth, floral and lightly honeyed. With tangy acidity that balances its creamy texture, it’s also full, rich and stylish. Produced from the Vermentino grape (Vermentinu in the local dialect), it’s generous and ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-11-29
NV Sabate i Coca Castellroig Cava Brut Clear straw green color. Fresh, yeasty aromas and flavors of greenhouse, cucumber, white flowers, palmier cookie, and dried tropical fruit with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins. A rich and yeasty cava for celebrations and toasts. Tastings.com 92 2017-11-29
NV Ca' Furlan Cuvee Beatrice Prosecco DOC Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of banana and apple and kiwi and melon with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spiced peach finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty and satisfying Prosecco with attractive fruit. Tastings.com 89 2017-11-29
2015 Romain Jambon Brouilly les Eronnes "The 2015 Brouilly les Eronnes was 70% destemmed with the remainder going through a 15-day carbonic maceration. It has a very perfumed and floral bouquet that is pure and utterly charming. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry with a luscious, blueberry and macerated red cherry finish laced with orange essence. Lovely!  Drink Date 2017 – 2025"    Wine Advocate 91 2017-11-15
2015 Romain Jambon Brouilly Les Vieux Cep "The 2015 Brouilly Les Vieux Ceps is 100% destemmed and sees 12 months in barrel. It has a charming and fragrant bouquet, the oak neatly integrated with the vivacious black plum and red cherry fruit laced with vanilla pod. The palate is well balanced with juicy ripe blueberry and loganberry on the entry. This has a sensual velvety texture and a classy, caressing finish that is nigh irresistible. Superb.  Drink Date 2017 – 2027" Wine Advocate 92 2017-11-15
NV Ca' Furlan Cuvee Beatrice Prosecco DOC Showing white peach and pear aromas, this fruity sparkler offers rich, fresh fruit flavors on an off-dry palate. It’s nicely balanced and clean, finishing with a light yeast note. Pleasant drinking and a fabulous value. International Wine Review 90 2017-11-14
2016 Col Vetoraz Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze Platinum straw. An uplifting perfume of apple blossoms and white stone fruit provides a graceful introduction to a refined palate showing beautifully delineated fruit and a silky creamy texture. With 26 g/L RS, it’s off-dry (although labeled “dry” in Prosecco) but so well balanced that it seems much drier. Would be a perfect pairing with lightly spicy Asian food. Aged 16 months in French barriques. International Wine Review 90 2017-11-14
2016 Foris Vineyards Pinot Gris Bright and packed with succulent apple and pear fruit, this retains ample juicy acidity for a perfectly balanced, fresh style. With its underlying wet stone minerality, it offers exceptional value. BEST BUY Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-11-14
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Les Charmes Smells riper than the Beaujolais-Villages, darker and slightly spicier. Damson sweetness balanced by rocky Morgon graphite character and freshness of the vintage. Mouth-watering and persistent. 2020-2030 Jancis Robinson 17 2017-11-14
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Villages 'Château de Thulon' Light cherry red. A light herbal stemmy note. Tight, stemmy and fresh, mouth-watering and bone dry. Almost austere but just on the refreshing end of the spectrum, pure and rocky. 2018-2022
Jancis Robinson 16.5 2017-11-14
2014 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Napa Valley The 2014 Right Bank Proprietary Red Wine, a blend of 74% Cabernet Franc and 26% Merlot, is a Napa version of a St.-Emilion/Pomerol with its sweet, soft tannins, fleshy, opulent, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, lovely blueberry, black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. A hint of chocolate seems to emerge in the flavors as it lingers on your palate. This is a relatively juicy, exuberant and big wine to drink over the next 10-15 years. Wine Advocate 91 2017-11-07
2014 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The flagship wine is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve, coming from their vineyards tucked away in the under-the-radar sector known as Conn Valley. It is a beautiful example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense purple with a gorgeous, young, but promising nose of blackberry and cassis, licorice, forest floor and earth, the wine hits the palate with a supple, ripe integrated tannic framework, intense black fruits, full body and a long finish. This is a stunner and another great example from Todd Anderson’s vineyard that first produced Cabernet Sauvignon in 1987 and is coming up on its 30th anniversary next year. This wine, given the track record of Anderson Conn Valley wines to age, has a good 25-30 years of life in it, although it is certainly approachable already because of the characteristics of 2014. Wine Advocate 95 2017-11-07
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Chardonnay The 2015 Chardonnay features ripe peaches, honeydew melon and spiced apples notes with a touch of baking bread. Medium-bodied and delivering plenty of stone fruit and spice flavors in the mouth, it has appealing freshness and a pleasantly savory finish. Wine Advocate 2015 2017-11-07
2014 White Rock Vineyards Chardonnay The 2014 Chardonnay from White Rock Vineyards offers attractive minerality, hints of pineapple and orange rind, medium body, a discreet use of oak, and excellent fruit and purity. It could easily pass for a premier cru Chablis in a blind tasting. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. Wine Advocate 89+ 2017-11-07
2014 White Rock Vineyards Claret The 2014 Claret Proprietary Red Wine, 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot has nice red and blackcurrant fruit, licorice and spice box in an elegant Bordeaux-like style. This is medium-bodied wine, can be drunk now or cellared for 10-12 years. It is also a very good value. Wine Advocate 92 2017-11-07
2013 White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a beauty, with loads of graphite, white chocolate, crème de cassis and blackberry fruit are present in this medium to full-bodied wine with excellent texture, length and personality. The wine tips the scales at 14.7% alcohol, and was aged 24 months in one-third new French oak. Stylistically it reminded me of a hypothetical blend of a Bordeaux-Medoc and a ripe Napa Cabernet. It's dark ruby purple and should drink well for 15 or more years. Wine Advocate 89 2017-11-07
2015 Lis Neris Lis James Suckling 92 2017-11-07
2015 Lis Neris Gris Pinot Grigio James Suckling 93 2017-11-07
2015 Lis Neris Gris Pinot Grigio Wine & Spirits 91 2017-11-07
2016 Lis Neris Picol Sauvignon Blanc James Suckling 90 2017-11-07
2015 Aldonia Vendimia 2015 60% Garnacha, 40% Tempranillo. Transparent crimson. Fruit not oak soars out of the glass. Very juicy, sweet fruit that would not look out of place behind a relatively smart label in the southern Rhône. Firm tannic framework. This is a wine that is bursting with life. So non industrial. Bravo! VGV 16.5/20 Drink 2017–2020 Jancis Robinson 16.5 2017-11-02
2013 Andrea Oberto Barolo Oberto's 2013 Barolo possesses mid-weight structure, bright acidity and good overall depth. Crushed flowers, sweet red cherries, mint and white pepper are nicely delineated throughout. My sense is that the 2013 is still recovering from its mid-August bottling. Even so, it is very nicely done. Time in the glass helps the wine fill out a bit while the fruit gains depth and the tannins, acidity and overall structure become more vivid. The 2013 is an attractive, forward to drink over the next handful of years, not to mention a terrific entry-level bottling. -- Antonio Galloni Vinous 90 2017-11-02
2013 Andrea Oberto Barolo Albarella The 2013 Barolo Albarella is striking. Freshly cut flowers, rose petals, violets, mint and hard candy give the 2013 its chiseled, vibrant personality. Tasted from cask prior to bottling, the 2013 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. I am especially struck by the wine's pure energy. The Albarella displays a slightly darker fruit profile and more nervous tannins than the Rocche. Both are shaping up to be jewels. -- Antonio Galloni Vinous 91-94 2017-11-02
2013 Andrea Oberto Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata The 2013 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata is creamy, layered and seductive. Next to the Albarella, the Rocche has greater mid-palate depth and more polished tannins. All the elements are fused together in an effortless, racy Barolo long on class. A host of rose petal, sweet red cherry, mint, lavender and sweet spice infuse the seductive finish. This very pretty Barolo captures the singular personality of the Rocche vineyard in La Morra's Annunziata district. There is plenty to look forward to. -- Antonio Galloni Vinous 92-95 2017-11-02
2015 Aldonia Aldonia 2015 82% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano matured for 12 months in oak barrels. Paler than the Vendimia 2015 and the nose is subtler. Less bumptious and a bit more reticent at this stage but with an attractive stoniness on the finish. Good balance and a real future. 16.5/20 Drink 2018–2023 Jancis Robinson 16.5 2017-11-01
2015 Aldonia 100 2015 100% 100-year-old Garnacha grown at 850 m in Rioja Baja, aged for 14 months in oak barrels. Light and sophisticated. Really lovely texture and lift. Soars off the palate with fine acidity but masses of fruit. A very gentle hand on the tiller in the winery. This should have a real future but is already a delight. GV 17/20 Drink 2017–2025 Jancis Robinson 17 2017-10-31
2016 Lumos Wine Co Rudolfo Logsdon Ridge Vineyard Pinot Gris This young gris leads with the sourdough tang of lees in front of a faint spritz of citrus. It's quite lean, with a texture that's steely and mineral, and thrilling, nervy tension that should relax with a few months in bottle. Wine & Spirits 91 2017-10-30
2013 Lis Neris Lis This oak-fermented flagship wine shows why the Friuli region is often acclaimed as Italy’s best white wine region. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc, Lis is wildly fresh with layers of orchard and stone fruit flavors, but it’s also well structured with a firm mouth feel and lingering minerality on the finish. Fermented in 500L French oak barrels and matured 11 months on the fine lees for 11 months. I-Wine Review 93 2017-10-27
2015 Lis Neris Gris Pinot Grigio An introduction of mineral-infused white and yellow stone fruit gives way to a firmly structured and beautifully balanced feel in the mouth. It’s rich but more subtle than the 2012, which we also tasted. Fermentation begins in stainless steel but finishes in 500L French oak where it ages for another 11 months. I-Wine Review 91 2017-10-27
2015 Lis Neris Picol Sauvignon Blanc An assertively styled but nicely balanced Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, passion fruit, sage and green bean aromas and flavors. Shows excellent concentration with attractive, bright acidity and finishes long and rich. Fermented in stainless steel and partly matured in 500L French oak for 11 months. I-Wine Review 91 2017-10-27
2014 Lis Neris Jurosa Chardonnay Infused with stone-like minerality from the first whiff to the last, lingering flavor on the finish. Attractive, dense Chardonnay fruit shows in this wine along with well integrated honeyed oak, but the overall sensation is of a very dry, chalky texture and intense, lingering lemon citrus and tropical fruit notes. Sourced from vineyards in the San Lorenzo area with calcareous, alluvial gravel soils. Fermented and aged in 5hl oak barrels. I-Wine Review 92 2017-10-27
2013 Lis Neris Confini The Confini reveals vibrant, complex chamomile and jasmine aromatics and open, generous flavors of tropical fruit on a generous, silky palate. Mango, passion fruit, and a hint of ginger root are underpinned by good balancing acidity. A blend of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio and Riesling fermented and aged in 500L French oak barrels. I-Wine Review 93 2017-10-27
2009 Lis Neris Tal Luc Gold-amber. Crème brûlée, orange blossom honey and dulce de leche show on the nose of the exquisite Tal Lùc passing. As stronger fruit component appears on the palate in the form of ripe mango, dried apricot and orange zest. Ripe, generous and multi-dimensional, this is one of Frilul’s most outstanding sweet wines. Made from very low yielding (10 hl/ha) Verduzzo vines; the grapes are air dried for 120+ days and then fermented in new 225L French barriques. 250 g/l RS. About 5% Riesling is in I-Wine Review 94 2017-10-27
2015 Chateau Beauchene Grande Réserve Châteauneuf-du-Pape The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grande Réserve (80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, aged mostly in older barrel) shows the nuanced, complex style of the vintage. Black raspberries, strawberries, sappy flowers and garrigue notes all emerge from this elegant, silky, nicely balanced 2015 that has a fine, elegant texture and good length. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2017-10-20
2016 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Blanc Chateauneuf-du-Pape The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc from Pegau is a fresh, beautifully fragrant white that offers lots of citrus, tangerine, and hints of leafy herbs. It's lively, clean and impeccably balanced, and a terrific white from this estate that will drink nicely for 2-4 years, and last even longer. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2017-10-20
2016 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve is a ripe, sexy, port-like beauty that offers incredible blackcurrants, blackberry, garrigue, herbs and pepper aromas and flavors. Powerful, full-bodied, thick and unctuous, with gorgeous purity, this damn thing made my blood pressure jump about 10 points. Jeb Dunnuck 96-99 2017-10-20
2015 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape A vintage compared to 2010 by Laurence, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape looks to be one of the big successes in the vintage. Possessing a ripe, rounded, sexy style backed up by solid density and concentration, it offers classic Pegau notes of currants, pepper, and cured meats. Big, rich, concentrated and beautifully textured, it offers a rare depth of fruit and richness in the vintage. Jeb Dunnuck 95-97+ 2017-10-20
2015 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Prestige The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige checks in as a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, all from pebble soils, aged in demi-muids and stainless steel. It's another seamless, elegant, yet powerful wine from this team. Blackcurrants, cherries, dried earth and spice all flow to a full-bodied, ripe, hedonistic effort that has moderate tannin and a great finish. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2017-10-20
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Prestige The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige is also blockbuster stuff. Made from 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, it's concentrated, ripe, full-bodied and structured, with terrific notes of black fruits, pepper, and crushed rock-like minerality. It's another ripe, yet balanced, layered and incredibly drinkable red from proprietor Jean-Marie Royer. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2017-10-20
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 2017-10-20
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Sables de la Crau I suspect the 100% Grenache 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sables de La Crau will be even better than the 2015. Loads of ripe blueberries, sandalwood, spice, and incense emerge from the glass of this beauty and it's a ripe, hedonistic, incredibly sexy wine that has terrific purity, fine tannin, and a blockbuster finish. Reminding me of the Vieilles Vignes cuvée from Domaine de Marcoux (one of my favorite wines in the world), it should keep for 10-15 years. Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 2017-10-20
2015 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Tradition Leading off the 2015s from bottle and based on 90% Grenache and 5% each of Syrah and Cinsault, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a beauty. Kirsch liqueur, toasted spice, dried garrigue and pepper nuances all flow to a ripe, sexy 2015 that's already drinking beautifully. With fine, supple tannin, solid balance and a great finish, it will keep for a decade. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2017-10-20
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Tradition Notes of pepper, garrigue, and black and blue fruits emerge from the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape and it has a classic, yet undeniably sexy style. This impressive barrel sample has solid concentration, beautiful purity and sweet, yet present tannin, all suggesting it's going to age gracefully. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2017-10-20
2016 Patrick Lesec Gigondas Cuvee Romaine Not yet bottled, the 2016 Gigondas Cuvée Romaine is deeper and richer, with terrific notes of black raspberries, blackberries, spice and herbes de Provence characteristics. This beauty is medium to full-bodied and silky on the palate, with a core of sweet fruit, a charming, balanced style and outstanding length. It’s going to deliver the goods for upwards of a decade. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2017-10-20
2015 Patrick Lesec Gigondas Cuvee Romaine Tasted out of bottle, the 2015 Gigondas Cuvée Romaine shows a riper, sexier side to the 2015 vintage and has loads of peppery herbs, assorted black fruits, and some gamy, meaty nuances. It too has sweet tannin and a beautiful texture, all suggesting it will keep nicely for 8-10 years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2017-10-20
2015 Roucas Toumba Vacqueyras Les Premices Blanc The 2015 Vacqueyras Les Premices is certainly worth checking out, and the whites from this appellation are certainly underappreciated in the market today. Offering lots of melon, honeysuckle, hints of tropical fruits and even a kiss of minerality, it’s rounded, supple and concentrated on the palate, with a great finish. It’s a classic southern Rhône white to enjoy over the coming 2-4 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2017-10-20
2015 Roucas Toumba Vacqueyras Les Restanques de Cabassole The 2015 Vacqueyras Les Restanques de Cabassole got a few expletives in the notes and is a terrific wine that’s up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. Loaded with notions of black raspberries, cassis, toasted spice, garrigue and hints of chocolate, this beauty is full-bodied, concentrated and layered, as well as elegant. With superb tannin quality and a great finish, it’s going to continue drinking nicely for a decade or more. Jeb Dunnuck 94 2017-10-20
2016 Domaine Yves Cheron Cuvee Jardina d'Eden Vacqueyras A special cuvée named after the winemaker, the 2016 Vacqueyras Yves Cheron is an impressive wine made from equal parts Grenache and Syrah. Completely destemmed and aged in concrete tanks, it boasts terrific notes of plums and black raspberry fruit intermixed with violets, flowers and spice. Medium to full-bodied, perfectly ripe, pure and elegant, I love its texture and would happily drink bottles over the coming 6-7 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2017-10-20
2015 Domaine Yves Cheron Cuvee Jurassique Gigondas The 2015 Gigondas Yves Cheron is also beautiful and is a slightly different blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre raised in 30% new barrels (the Grenache was kept all in tank). Its deeper ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by traditional notes of saddle leather, sandalwood, Provencal herbs, and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, with fine tannin and a terrific sense of elegance, it’s another impressive wine from vigneron Yves Cheron. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2017-10-20
2015 Domaine Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf du Pape The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a charming, elegant red the exemplifies this solid vintage. Kirsch, black cherries, spice, and garrigue notes all flow to an elegant, silky red that has fine tannin, medium-bodied richness, and no hard edges. It's beautifully balanced and well worth drinking. This cuvée is always a rough blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the balance Mourvèdre from the lieux-dits of Gallimardes and les Serres. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2017-10-20
2016 Domaine Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf du Pape As to the reds, the traditional 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvée checks in as a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and the balance Muscardin, destemmed and aged in foudre and older barrels. It over-delivers with its deep, rich bouquet of red and black fruits, pepper, garrigue, pepper and floral aromatics, full-bodied richness, a charming, layered textured, and sweet tannin. This is straight up classic stuff that has loads to love, and it going to drink well for 8-10 years easily. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2017-10-20
2016 Domaine Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Starting with the whites from Châteauneuf du Pape based Domaine Chante-Perdrix, both of which are outstanding, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is equal parts Grenache Blanc and Clairette that was brought up in 40% new barrels and the balance in stainless steel. Coming all from the Les Gallimardes lieu-dit, it’s a rich, textured, medium-bodied beauty that offers classic notes of buttered lemons, tangerine, and citrus. Drink it anytime over the coming 3-4 years, or cellaring for 7-8. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2017-10-20
2016 Di Giovanna Helios Bianco A fruity and flavorful white with lemon and cooked apple character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body. Crisp acidity. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2017-10-20
2015 Di Giovanna Helios Rosso A dense and layered red with dark berry and spice. Medium body, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2017-10-20
NV Champagne Jean Laurent Blanc de Blancs Brut Disgorged in 2016, the NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Réserve comes from four separate vineyards and spent 36 months on lees. It was finished with 6-8 grams per liter of dosage. It’s a rich, impressively textured Champagne that gives up classic orchard fruits, toasted nuts, and brioche. Made in a ripe, rounded, supple style, with a mouthfilling texture, it’s a rock-solid base Champagne that has plenty of fruit and texture. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2017-10-20
NV Champagne Jean Laurent Blanc de Noirs Brut The NV Brut Blanc de Noirs is slightly less expressive, with notes of apple peal and citrus in its elegant, balanced, pure profile. It has a dense mid-palate, plenty of heft and a rich, layered style. It lacks a touch of the layers found in the Brut Blanc de Blancs Réserve, but is beautiful nonetheless. This cuvee is 100% Pinot Noir, from five vineyards, and spent 30 months on lees. It was finished with 8-10 grams per liter of dosage. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2017-10-20
NV Champagne Jean Laurent Brut Rose Disgorged July 2015, the medium ruby colored NV Brut Rosé is a strawberry, cherry pie, spice and brioche scented Champagne that has a rounded, supple, impeccably balanced style on the palate. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, from three sites and vines averaging 25-30 years of age, it spent 30 months on lees and was finished with 9-12 grams of dosage. 900 Cases. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2017-10-20
2015 Domaine Alain Voge Les Chailles Cornas An understated style, but focus and you’ll see just how lovely the cassis, cherry and raspberry flavors are, carried by riveting acidity and flecked with notes of powdered white pepper and violet. An iron girder drives the finish, pulling everything along. This is defined by pure, sleek cut. Best from 2020 through 2035. 915 cases made.—J.M Wine Spectator 95 2017-10-19
2013 Behrens Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon ‘ Moulds Family Vnyrd’ 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc - The 2013 vintage Moulds is classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of cassis, alfalfa, violets and forest floor lift from the glass, while seamlessly integrated tannins carry flavors of cocoa, espresso, cherry and anise. The wine is focused and complete, well-structured and graceful. 196 cases produced Wine Advocate 96+ 2017-10-18
2014 Behrens Family Winery Cemetery Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Cabernet Sauvignon - The 2014 Cemetery is lively, expressive and chock full of aromas of black currant, cassis, rose petals and white pepper. Dark and concentrated with complex layers of sassafras, cola and black stone fruits, this powerful wine is exquisitely balanced with lush yet persistent tannins and a long creamy mocha finish. 209 cases produced. Wine Advocate 95 2017-10-18
2014 Behrens Family Winery Sainte Fumee 72% Syrah, 14% Cinsault, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache - Everyone’s favorite steak lady is back on the menu for this release, serving up aromas of dried herbs, leather and white pepper, along with flavors of black plum, mint and exotic spice. All of this is wrapped up in sweet tannins with a juicy acidity and a fine minerality. 320 cases produced. Vinous 92 2017-10-18
2014 Behrens Family Winery Frontman 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon - The 2014 Front Man leads with a beautifully saturated garnet hue. A complex array of earthy notes of cinnamon bark, smoky hoisin and umami are layered with blue fruits. Texturally, this wine is smooth and rich, lifted by a soft acidity and silky tannins. Totally approachable, gorgeous and pure. 202 cases produced. Vinous 90 2017-10-18
2014 Relic Grenache Paras Vineyard Mt Veeder Grenache in Napa Valley is rare. Grenache on Mount Veeder is exceedingly rare, and we are incredibly happy to have access to this rarity. Fragrant aromas of strawberries, plum pudding, lavender, white pepper, peach pit and yellow flowers. The palate is deceivingly juicy and vibrant, with fluid texture and rich fruit in abundance, while the finish gets serious, framed by the finest of mountain tannins. 385 cases produced Wine Spectator 93 2017-10-18
2016 Roucas Toumba Vacqueyras Rose de la Rouche Limpid orange. Nervy and sharply focused on the nose, displaying fresh red berry, citrus fruit and floral aromas and a chalky mineral overtone. Vibrant blood orange and strawberry flavors are well-concentrated yet lively. A suave candied lavender nuance appears as the wine opens up and carries through the very long, seamless finish, which shows impressive clarity and tension. Vinous 91 2017-10-18
NV Champagne Jean Laurent Blanc de Noirs Brut Pinot Noir thrives in the Aube region giving rich wines like this. It has a yeasty aroma which follows through to the ripe fruity palate. The wine is warm, while still crisp and tangy. This bottling is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-10-18
2013 Merlot Napa Valley Keenan Winery Keenan's 2013 Merlot is powerful, intense and structured, especially for an entry-level offering. Leather, smoke, tobacco and anise are all pushed forward in a savory, complex Merlot that offers plenty of nuance as well as personality. Hints of menthol and sage add further notes of complexity. A serious Merlot, the 2013 has enough depth to drink well for a good handful of years. Vinous 90 2017-10-16
2013 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain District The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from their Spring Mountain estate has a more saturated purple color, beautiful texture, loads of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit and a touch of spring flowers. This is clearly mountain, cool-climate Cabernet with full body, sweet tannin and impressive purity. This beautiful wine from Robert Keenan can be drunk now or cellared for 20 or more years. Wine Advocate 95 2017-10-16
2013 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep and powerful from the get go, with beams of supporting tannin and acidity that give the wine its sense of proportion. There is plenty of nuance in the dark fruit, along with terrific aromatic complexity, but today the tannins are imposing, to say the least. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2013 for at least a few years, but even that may not be enough. This is another terrific example of the vintage. Vinous 93+ 2017-10-16
2015 Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault 1 er Cru "Charmes" Bright medium yellow. Slightly subdued scents of ripe stone fruits, oatmeal, hazelnut and menthol. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, showing lovely floral lift and surprising acidity to its fruit-driven flavors of pineapple and ripe peach. Lively more than large-scaled, this suave, fully ripe wine is a bit muffled today but is not at all exaggerated. Finishes with lovely purity, cut and length. -- Stephen Tanzer Vinous 92 2017-10-16
2016 Michael Pozzan Winery Lake County Sauvignon Blanc Crisp green apple aromas and tangy, vibrant flavors give this nicely dry wine a high refreshment quotient, so it will be ideal to stock for everyday occasions. It has great acidity, a tangy mouthfeel and a lingering, fruity finish. Wine Enthusiast BB 2017-10-16
2016 Col Vetoraz Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze Aromas of honeysuckle and exotic fruit lead the way. The aromas flow over to the rather sweet supple palate along with mature white peach, candied lemon peel and a confectionery note. A soft mousse backs up the rich flavors. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-10-16
2016 Col Vetoraz Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Honeysuckle and exotic fruit aromas leap from the glass while the somewhat sweet palate offers banana, white peach and a confectionery note of candied lemon slice. It's easygoing, with a frothy mousse. Wine Enthusiast 87 2017-10-16
2011 Sabate I Coca Castellroig Gran Reserva Brut Nature On the nose, this smells a touch yeasty and bready, similar to Saltine crackers. The mouthfeel on this sparkling wine is crisp and right on. Slightly bitter white-fruit flavors come with a dusting of white pepper and a lingering lime note on the dry finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-10-16
NV Bodegas Baron Micaela Amontillado Sherry Lively but standard amontillado aromas of maple, honey and nuts are a touch firey. Matching the nose, this is choppy and pulling on the palate. Salty, nutty, intensely dry flavors finish with hard-driving acidity that creates never-ending length. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-10-16
2014 Michael Pozzan Winery Annabella Chardonnay Napa Valley Top 100 Best Buys of the Year 2017 - Wine & Spirits
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2014 Michael Pozzan Winery Annabella Chardonnay Napa Valley Michael Pozzan named this for his grandmother, remembering her cooking for the family. So it makes sense that this chardonnay is savory, gentle and generous—built for dinner. Rather than a blast of flavor, it offers bright notes of lemon and chamomile; round and very drinkable. Wine & Spirits 90 2017-10-11
2015 Chateau de Lancyre Roussanne Val de Montferrand Best Languedoc White - W&S 100 Best Wines of the Year
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2015 Chateau de Lancyre Roussanne Val de Montferrand Lancyre’s Roussanne is a treasure hidden among a portfolio focused on reds. Made mostly from roussanne, with about 10 percent each viognier and marsanne, it’s grown in the north of Pic St-Loup, on a mix of clay and limestone. In 2015, the wine channels the warmth of the appellation in its deep yellow hue and tropical fruit scents, then does a stunning 180, focusing the flavors on stones and savory herbs. The richness remains in the nut-oil texture, but it’s clean and light, allowing the mineral flavors to shine. This wine lasts for days open in the fridge, realizing more detail with every meal. Accessible now, if you put it away for another five years it will continue to develop a deeper, nuttier complexity. Wine & Spirits 94 2017-10-11
2015 Hobo Wine Company Folk Machine Parts & Labor Top 100 Best Buys of the Year 2017 - Wine & Spirits
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2014 Vina Chocalan Gran Reserva Origen Cabernet Sauvignon Top 100 Best Buys of the Year 2017 Wine & Spirits BB 2017-10-11
2013 Hentley Farm Shiraz Clos Otto Wine Advocate 96 2017-10-09
2016 Domaine Eric Louis Sauvignon Blanc Vin de France Although the producer is based in Sancerre, this wine has an almost southern warmth to it. Its orange blossom aromas, rich tropical fruit flavors and balanced acidity make it ripe and ready to drink now. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast Best Buy 2017-10-09
2016 Domaine Alphonse Dolly Pinot Noir Vin de France This cool-climate Pinot Noir is soft and gentle. Its ripe tannins and cherry flavors are both lightly structured and juicy. Although still young, it's ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 87 2017-10-09
2013 Killibinbin Secrets Deep ruby. Dried cherry, dark berries and a hint of succulent herbs on the spice-accented nose and in the mouth. A touch of bitter chocolate emerges as the wine opens up and carries through the finish, which is given shape by dusty, firming tannins. Vinous 88 2017-10-09
2013 Killibinbin Sneaky Shiraz Dark red. Aromas of dried cherry and raspberry are lifted by a suggestion of white pepper. Warm and supple on the palate, offering slightly jammy red fruit flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Shows good focus and cut on the finish, which features soft tannins and a touch of sweet mocha. Vinous 89 2017-10-09
2015 Hentley Farm The Stray Mongrel Brilliant violet. Ripe cherry, blueberry and peppery spices on the nose; a hint of candied licorice emerges slowly. Juicy and open-knit, showing good depth to the black and blue fruit flavors. A subtle vanilla note appears on the finish, which features harmonious tannins and a hint of smokiness. Vinous 90 2017-10-09
2016 Hentley Farm Riesling Very light green-hued yellow. Fresh citrus and orchard fruits on the incisive, mineral-accented nose. Refreshingly brisk and dry, offering tangy grapefruit, pear skin and honeysuckle flavors and a spicy hint of white pepper. Closes taut and precise, featuring an echo of bitter citrus pith and very good length. Vinous 90 2017-10-09
2015 Hentley Farm Grenache, The Old Legend Deep red. High-pitched red and dark berry scents are complemented by suggestions of candied licorice and sandalwood. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors along with smoky mineral and lavender accents. Shows impressive clarity and power on the incisive finish, which features supple tannins and lingering floral and spice cake notes. Vinous 92 2017-10-09
2015 Hentley Farm Cabernet Sauvignon Youthful violet. Ripe blackberry, cherry, pipe tobacco and wood-smoke on the powerfully scented nose. Fleshy and expansive in the mouth, offering spice-laced, concentrated black and blue fruit flavors and subtle notes of candied licorice and menthol that build in the glass. Picks up energy with air and finishes on a bitter cherry note, delivering solid thrust, mounting tannins and impressive persistence. Vinous 92 2017-10-09
2014 Hentley Farm Shiraz Clos Otto Bright purple. Heady, intensely perfumed aromas of black and blue preserves, Indian spices and vanilla are given a zesty edge by a smoky mineral nuance. Juicy and broad on the palate, displaying deeply concentrated blueberry, cherry liqueur and cola flavors along with hints of candied violet, vanilla and star anise. Strongly echoes the floral and blue fruit notes on a strikingly long, penetrating finish featuring velvety tannins and a hint of mocha. Vinous 94 2017-10-09
2013 Hentley Farm Shiraz Clos Otto Vivid purple. Powerful, expansive aromas of ripe dark fruits, candied violet, incense, vanilla and smoky minerals. Coats the palate with sweet blackberry and cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that slowly tighten up and become more spicy with aeration. The strikingly long, youthfully tannic finish leaves behind sappy blue fruit, mocha and spice-cake qualities. Vinous 94 2017-10-09
2013 Hentley Farm Shiraz, The Beast Inky ruby. A complex, deeply scented bouquet evokes candied black and blue fruits, vanilla and mocha, while violet and dark chocolate nuances build in the glass. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated, oak-tinged cassis and cherry compote flavors that are energized by a peppery flourish. Tightens up slowly on an impressively long, chewy, dark-berry-dominated finish framed by dusty, mounting tannins. Vinous 92 2017-10-09
2014 Hentley Farm Shiraz, The Beauty Bright purple. Black raspberry, blueberry, mocha and Indian spices on the powerfully scented nose. Concentrated and expansive yet energetic as well, offering intense, appealingly sweet dark fruit and spicecake flavors and a hint of candied violet. Displays an impressive blend of power and finesse and shows no rough edges. Sweet, seamless and impressively persistent on the finish, where sneaky tannins provide shape and grip. Vinous 93 2017-10-09
2016 Sulin Casorzo DOC Bright red. Very fresh and floral aromas and flavors of small red berries and aromatic herbs. A very well balanced, dainty wine that offers lots of personality and only 5% alcohol. Made with the Malvasia di Casorzo variety. A bowl of fresh red fruit and a glass of this a day will keep the doctor away. Vinous 91 2017-10-09
2011 Sabate I Coca Castellroig Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-09-19
2016 Col Vetoraz Cartizze di Valdobbiadene 2016 Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-09-19
2016 Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut Wine Enthusiast 87 2017-09-19
NV Bodegas Baron Micaela Amontillado Sherry Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-09-19
2015 Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Well-framed, with concentrated dark cherry, currant and kirschlike flavors that are supported by zesty acidity and crisp tannins. The minerally finish has hints of pepper. Drink now through 2021. 4,000 cases made.—K.M.
Wine Spectator 89 2017-09-15
2012 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Aromas of dried fruit and hot stones follow through to a full body, soft and silky tannins and a fresh and vivid finish. Another outstanding Brunello for this producer. Why wait?
James Suckling 92 2017-09-13
2014 Chiappini Guado de' Gemoli This is a tannic and structured red with blackberry and currant character. Medium to full body, chewy texture and a flavorful finish. Made from a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Better in 2019 James Suckling 91 2017-09-11
2015 Chiappini Felciaino A dense and fruity red with chocolate, berry and hints of rust. Plenty of soil character. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Made from a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sangiovese. Needs two or three years to soften. James Suckling 93 2017-09-11
2013 Rocca di Castagnoli Buriano Cabernet Sauvignon A fresh and clean red with basil and berry character. Some sweet tobacco. Medium body, soft tannins and a fruity finish. Harmonious. Drink now or hold James Suckling 92 2017-09-11
2015 El Principal Calicanto Maipo Valley James Suckling 91 2017-08-11
2015 El Principal Calicanto Maipo Valley World Wine Awards: Bronze Medal Decanter 2017-08-11
2013 El Principal Memorias Maipo Valley Wine Advocate 91 2017-08-11
2013 El Principal Memorias Maipo Valley Guia Penin 93 2017-08-11
2013 El Principal Memorias Maipo Valley Descorchados 92 2017-08-11
2013 El Principal Memorias Maipo Valley Cata la Cav 96 2017-08-11
2013 El Principal El Principal Maipo Valley Wine Advocate 93 2017-08-11
2013 El Principal El Principal Maipo Valley Guia Penin 95 2017-08-11
2013 El Principal El Principal Maipo Valley Descorchados 93 2017-08-11
2015 Valderiz Valdehermoso Roble A big, powerful red with plenty of supple, dry tannins and quite an elegant finish in spite of the generous body. Drinking well now. James Suckling 91 2017-08-11
2014 Valderiz Valderiz Ribera del Duero A rich and together red with blackberries, chocolate and hints of bark on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2017-08-11
2009 Valderiz Tomas Esteban Rich and a bit rustic with pronounced herbal and green olive aromas. A ripe, bold wine with very serious dry tannins and good length. James Suckling 93 2017-08-11
2014 Valderiz Juegabolos Ample fruit, enough structure and impressive concentration. Dark plums and cherries pervade the nose and palate amid more savory graphite and coal smoke. Bold and delicious. James Suckling 93 2017-08-11
2014 Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cote du Rhone Village Cairanne This has enticing mesquite and black tea aromas that give way to a core of gently steeped red currant and plum fruit. Shows a solid graphite edge through the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,307 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2017-08-04
2013 Lis Neris Picol Sauvignon Blanc A white with sliced pear, apricot and lemon and aromas and flavors. Full body, bright acidity and intense flavors. Delicious finish. Shows it all. James Suckling 92 2017-07-27
2007 Lis Neris Tal Luc Tal Lùc comes in an elegant little bottle that beautifully sets the stage for the fabulous dessert wine to follow. The color is deeply golden and saturated and aromas include toasted almond, dried yellow rose, candied fruit and apricot. The creamy texture would pair with something different than dessert, say a delicate sliver of duck liver pâté. Wine Enthusiast 95 2017-07-27
2015 Domaine Seguinot-Bordet Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Burghound 88-91 2017-07-18
2015 Domaine Seguinot-Bordet Chablis Vinous 88 2017-07-18
2015 Jean Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Villages 'Château de Thulon' Vinous 91 2017-07-18
2015 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py Vinous 93 2017-07-18
2015 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Les Charmes Vinous 93 2017-07-18
2014 Domaine de Grand Arc Corbieres Arc En Sol Majeur Wine Advocate 91 2017-07-18
2016 Domaine de Grand Arc Corbieres Nature d'Oree Jancis Robinson 15.5 2017-07-18
2014 Domaine de Grand Arc Corbieres Quarante Wine Advocate 90 2017-07-18
2014 Chateau Viranel Saint Chinian Tradition Rouge Light bright pink. Fresh red berries, peach and a hint of pear skin on the pungent nose. Juicy, focused and energetic on the palate, offering bitter red currant and orange pith flavors that open up steadily on the back half. Shows good nerve and cut on the finish, which leaves behind a subtly sweet red berry note. Wine Advocate 89 2017-07-18
2016 Chateau Viranel Trilogie Rose IGP Vinous 88 2017-07-18
2015 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition Vinous 91-93 2017-07-18
2015 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Sables de la Crau Vinous 92-94 2017-07-18
2016 Keuka Spring Rose Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-07-18
2016 Keuka Spring Rose The 2016 Dry Rosé is a field blend of Cabernet Franc and Lemberger, with 23% of the juice barrel-fermented (neutral French and American wood). It comes in very dry and with 12% alcohol. Pale salmon in color, this has a slightly different flavor profile, as you might expect from those grapes and the oak treatment. There's just a trace of something different, plum-like, slightly herbal. It's also pretty rich, lush and concentrated, with a mouth-coating feel in its youth. Perhaps because of that oak treatment, this is a pink with the texture to coat the palate. It will pair well with food. It doesn't have as much energy and verve as some, though—perhaps because of that oak treatment. That's the downside. It works great in its style, though. To each his or her own. Drinking it with food is certainly a better idea than drinking it on its own. It is a good red wine substitute for the summer at a nice price. Wine Advocate 88 2017-07-18
2016 Keuka Spring Riesling Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-07-18
2016 Keuka Spring Riesling The 2016 Riesling is a bit off-dry, with 14 grams per liter of residual sugar and 10.7% alcohol. This lacks the energy, tightly wound demeanor and concentration of the drier Humphreys Vineyard Riesling reviewed, but it is very tasty and the sugar is well under control. This is more of a Kabinett style, or even a dry-ish Spätlese. The combination of moderate steel and moderate sugar is a nice one; it is beautifully balanced. This seems fully transparent, with controlled flavors. It gets drier with air. Well crafted, this is classy as well as delicious. This is the one that will be easy to drink all by itself on the porch this summer. A bit unevolved when seen, though, it might even do better in a few months. There were 879 cases produced. Wine Advocate 89 2017-07-18
2016 Keuka Spring Riesling Humphreys Vineyard Effusive white peach and nectarine aromas. This has a very enticing bouquet. The concentration and raciness on the palate puts this in the first league of Finger Lakes Rieslings. The finish is long and seriously mineral (a slaty touch). Drinkable already, but capable of gaining with up to five more years of ageing. James Suckling 93 2017-07-18
2016 Keuka Spring Riesling Humphreys Vineyard The 2016 Riesling Humphreys Vineyard is sourced from Seneca Lake. It comes in dry, with six grams per liter of residual sugar and 10.7% alcohol. This was showing beautifully even when seen just about two months after bottling. Dry and compelling, it has beautiful tension on the finish that grips the palate nicely, with fine concentration, too. Although it has plenty of perceptible acidity, it is not searing. There is a nice fruity edge, too. It will wake up more as time goes on. This seems to be on track to be a terrific Riesling, granting that it is a bit unevolved just now. It should age pretty well, too. There were 179 cases produced. Wine Advocate 91 2017-07-18
2016 Keuka Spring Riesling Humphreys Vineyard Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-07-18
2013 Relic Grenache Paras Vineyard Mt Veeder Vinous 94 2017-07-17
2014 David Arthur Vineyards Meritaggio Vinous 91 2017-07-17
2011 Relic Avion Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Vinous 92 2017-07-17
2012 Relic Kashaya Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Vinous 89 2017-07-17
2013 Relic Old Vines Petite Sirah Frediani Vineyard Napa Vinous 94 2017-07-17
2013 Relic Kashaya Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Fort Ross-Sea View Vinous 93 2017-07-17
2010 Relic The Prior Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Vinous 91 2017-07-17
2016 Gerard Metz Melody Pinot Gris Fresh notes of ripe red apple and juicy pear rise from the glass and also swish freely across the palate. The body is slender, pervaded by a friendly invigorating zestiness that stays right through the dry finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-07-03
2015 Gerard Metz Vieilles Vignes Gewurztraminer The nose is a subdued but evocative blend of rose petal, peach, lemon and mirabelle. The palate shows a similarly easy interplay of flavors on a concentrated, harmonious and off-dry body. This is fresh and fruity, lively and enticing. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-07-03
2016 Chateau Toutigeac Bordeaux Blanc The fifth generation of the family to make wine at the estate, Oriane Mazeau has created a delicately spicy wine that is lively and fruity. A floral character gives it a lift, as does crisp acidity. Bright, with plenty of flavorsome fruitiness, the wine is already a pleasure to drink. Chemin Des Vins. Best Buy. —R.V. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-07-03
2015 Mannucci Droandi Chianti Colli Aretini Decanter: Gold Medal Decanter 95 2017-06-30
2014 Mannucci Droandi Chianti Classico Ceppeto Gold Medal Gilbert & Gaillard 2017-06-30
2016 Clos Alivu Rose W&S: Year's Best Rose Wine & Spirits 92 2017-06-30
2012 Chante Perdix Chateauneuf du Pape Wine Advocate 88 2017-06-29
2014 Boutinot Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Wine Spectator's SMART BUY Wine Spectator 91 2017-06-29
2016 Chateau Viranel Saint Chinian Tradition Rose Vinous 89 2017-06-21
2010 Patrick LeSec Bargeton Chateauneuf du Pape Wine Advocate 95 2017-06-20
2009 Patrick LeSec Galets Blonds Chateauneuf du Pape Wine Advocate 93 2017-06-19
2013 Patrick LeSec Bouquet Cotes du Rhone Wine Advocate 88 2017-06-19
2014 Chante Perdix Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Wine Advocate 90 2017-06-18
2016 Penya Rose Very pale pink. Peach, melon, tangerine and strawberry on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Juicy, smooth and emphatically fruity, delivering good, straightforward appeal and showing no rough edges. Finishes warm and broad, featuring good persistence and a lingering suggestion of jammy red fruit. Vinous 87 2017-06-18
2014 Roucas Toumba Les Premices Blanc Vacqueyras Vinous 90 2017-06-18
2012 Roucas Toumba Les Restanques de Cabassole Vacqueyras Vinous 91 2017-06-18
2013 Roucas Toumba Les Restanques de Cabassole Vacqueyras Vinous 91 2017-06-18
2016 Saint-Roch Les Vignes Rose Light brilliant pink. Nervy and focused on the nose, displaying mineral-tinged strawberry, orange zest and honeysuckle aromas. Juicy red fruit flavors show very good energy and pick up a hint of white pepper on the back half. Shows good heft and stony thrust on the finish, which leaves a sappy berry note behind. Vinous 89 2017-06-18
2012 Patrick LeSec Pierres Dorees Chateauneuf du Pape Wine Advocate 91-93 2017-06-18
2013 Patrick LeSec Richette Cotes du Rhone Wine Advocate 88 2017-06-18
2016 Bargemone Rose The origins of this estate go back to the 13th century when it was the property of the Knights Templar. The large 400-acre vineyard has produced this fine rich wine, full of ripe red fruits and with a bright herbal edge. It is bone dry, crisp and ready to drink Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-06-17
2016 Bargemone Rose Light bright orange. Mineral-accented citrus fruit and red berry scents show very good clarity and pick up a suave floral note with aeration. Chewy and tightly wound, offering juicy cherry and red currant flavors that slowly put on weight as the wine stretches out. Shows good tension and cut on the finish, which lingers with strong, minerally persistence. Vinous 90 2017-06-17
2016 Chateau de Pampelonne Rose Very pale vivid pink. Vibrant, mineral-accented strawberry, red currant and tangerine scents carry a suave floral overtone. Racy, precise and light on its feet, offering tangy red berry flavors and a bracingly bitter suggestion of orange zest. Lithe and pure, with no excess weight but plenty of flavor depth. Closes stony and very long, displaying excellent clarity and nervy persistence. Vinous 91 2017-06-17
2016 Chateau de Pampelonne Rose Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-06-17
2016 Chateau de l'Aumerade Marie-Christine Bottled in the Fabre family’s specially designed Gallé bottle, this wine is a classic. It has fine ripe, but crisp, fruit and delicious balanced acidity. With its fresh character, which is contrasted with the intense fruit, this is a real food friendly rosé. WE: Editors Choice Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-06-17
2016 Chateau de l'Aumerade Marie-Christine Pale brilliant pink. Ripe strawberry, peach and tangerine scents take on a suggestion of honey as the wine opens up. Silky and open-knit, showing good depth to the ripe red berry and citrus fruit flavors. In an ample yet energetic style, delivering solid finishing thrust and a lingering red berry quality. Vinous 89 2017-06-17
2016 Carol Shelton Rendevous Rose One of the deeper-colored rosés available, this memorable, medium-bodied wine bursts with fruity aromas and red wine-like flavors. It smells like cherries and apple skin and tastes fresh and brambly, as its generous texture fills the mouth with fruitiness that lasts through the finish. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-06-16
2016 Lancyre Rose Brilliant orange-pink. Pungent red berries, dried flowers and a hint of candied lavender on the nose. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and orange zest flavors and a touch of fennel. Opens up slowly on the finish, which hangs on with good, red-fruit-dominated persistence. Vinous 89 2017-06-16
2016 Le Cirque Rose Vivid orange-pink. Fresh tangerine, strawberry and a musky hint of rhubarb on the nose. Smooth and seamless in texture, displaying good heft to the bitter cherry and orange zest flavors. Closes taut and nervy, delivering good cut and a refreshingly bitter echo of citrus pith. Vinous 88 2017-06-16
2016 Villa des Anges Rose Bright onion skin. Red berries, orange zest and a hint of white pepper on the nose and palate. A clean, racy, straightforward lightweight that finishes with firm, spicy bite. Vinous 87 2017-06-16
2016 Chateau Viranel Trilogie Rose Bright onion skin. Fresh strawberry and peach aromas, backed by a subtle floral nuance. Juicy, focused and light on its feet, offering tangy blood orange and red berry flavors and a zesty white pepper flourish that adds back-end spiciness. Closes taut and nervy, delivering firm cut and good, brisk persistence. Vinous 88 2017-06-16
2016 Hentley Farm Rose Dark pink. Aromas and flavors of fresh raspberry and cherry carry subtle floral and herb overtones. In a plush, rounded style, offering good breadth and a hint of white pepper spiciness. Closes smooth, broad and supple, showing good cling and repeating spiciness. Vinous 89 2017-06-16
2016 Hopler Pannonica Rose The faintest hint of red berry marks this wine’s nose. Its palate, on the other hand, brims with zesty citrus. It’s very light but also refreshing and dry, with enlivening spritz and citrus flavors. USA Wine Imports. Best Buy Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-06-16
2016 Hopler Pannonica Rose Vinous 88 2017-06-16
2016 Domaine de la Fouquette Rose Light orange-pink. Lively and focused on the nose, displaying vibrant red berry and orange zest scents and a hint of pungent white flowers. Juicy strawberry and tangerine flavors are light on their feet and show very good clarity, and a peppery nuance adds back-end spiciness. In a racy style, delivering solid finishing cut and a lingering blood orange note. Vinous 89 2017-06-16
2016 Mas de Pampelonne Rose Bright onion skin. Lively and sharply focused on the nose, displaying intense citrus fruit and red berry aromas and a suave floral overtone. Silky and seamless in texture, offering mineral-tinged strawberry and orange zest flavors that spread out nicely on the back half. The floral note comes back on the finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity. Vinous 91 2017-06-16
2016 Mas de Pampelonne Rose From a vineyard just behind the beach at Pampelonne, this wine has 20% Tibouren, a rare grape in Provence rosé. That adds to the spiciness as well as the crisp acidity. It is a light and lively wine, fresh and full of lime as well as red berries. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-06-16
2016 Chateau Saint-Honore Rose Cotes de Provence Light brilliant pink. Lively, sharply focused red currant, blood orange and honeysuckle aromas, along with a chalky mineral nuance in the background. Dry and energetic in the mouth, offering zesty red fruit and tangerine flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. In a vibrant, racy style; the nervy, sharply focused finish echoes the floral and mineral notes. Vinous 90 2017-06-16
2012 Chateau Bouscasse Jardins This blend of the very local Petit Courbu and Petit Manseng grapes comes from the same region as Madiran. The wine is dry but rich—very rich—with apricot and honey flavors. It has concentration, a great tang of lemon and just enough acidity to keep everything WINEMAG.COM | 31 in order. This is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-06-16
2012 Chateau Bouscasse Madiran This is the home estate of Madiran superstar Alain Brumont. The wine is big, bold, rich and packed with both fruit and tannins. It has great structure and a dense dusty tannic character that promises great aging. This is a major wine that needs time. Drink it starting from 2022. Regal Wine Imports Inc. Editors’ Choice. Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast 94 2017-06-16
2016 Finca Jakue Getariako Txakolina Rose Limpid pink. Bright and energetic on the nose and palate, displaying vibrant, mineral-tinged cranberry, blood orange and white pepper qualities and a touch of pungent flowers. Racy and sharply focused, carrying no excess fat. A touch of bitter quinine adds bite to the back half. Finishes tight and dry, displaying repeating citrus character and good persistence. Vinous 89 2017-06-16
2015 Spindrift Pinot Noir Cherry cola accents this bright pretty wine. Fruit flavors emphasize fresh raspberries, backed with tangy acidity and modest tannins. Drink now through 2022. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-06-01
2016 Spindrift Rose Pale salmon in color, but quite robust in flavor and alcohol, this brings concentrated flavors of watermelon and raspberries, with all the freshness of the newest vintage. It’s bright and focused, the very picture of what is most exciting about these seasonal Northwest rosés. Editors’ Choice. —P.G. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-06-01
2015 Lancyre Roussanne Lancyre’s Roussanne is a treasure hidden among a portfolio focused on reds. Made mostly from roussanne, with about 10 percent each viognier and marsanne, it’s grown in the north of Pic St-Loup, on a mix of clay and limestone. In 2015, the wine channels the warmth of the appellation in its deep yellow hue and tropical fruit scents, then does a stunning 180, focusing the flavors on stones and savory herbs. The richness remains in the nut-oil texture, but it’s clean and light, allowing the mineral flavors to shine. This wine lasts for days open in the fridge, realizing more detail with every meal. Accessible now, if you put it away for another five years it will continue to develop a deeper, nuttier complexity. Wine & Spirits 94 2017-06-01
2015 Lancyre Coste d'Aleyrac A blend of syrah, grenache and carignan fermented entirely in stainless steel, this is immediately appealing in its spicy fruitiness, a supple sip of ripe, purple fruit. With air, syrah’s floral notes emerge, as does the ferrous side of carignan, placing the wine firmly in the south. Wine & Spirits 90 2017-06-01
2014 Relic Grenache Mount Veeder Paras Vineyard Wine Spectator 93 2017-06-01
2016 Hopler Pinot Blanc This wine’s neutral nose hints slightly at green pear and lemon. The palate is wonderfully brisk, with lemon and pear fruit that’s exquisitely light and refreshing. A versatile white with a clean finish. Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-06-01
2015 Hopler Zweigelt Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-06-01
2013 White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-06-01
2015 Lis Neris Picol Sauvignon Blanc Grapefruit, exotic fruit and tomato vine scents lead the nose of this wine while its linear, medium-bodied palate shows honeydew melon and succulent citrus notes. Fresh acidity gives it a clean, bright finish. Wine Twist Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-06-01
2016 Chateau de Pampelonne Legende Rose In its singular oval bottle, this is the top cuvée of this prestigious estate close to Saint-Tropez. It is a lively and fruity wine with great acidity and richness. It has spice as well as red-currant and raspberry fruitiness. This is definitely a wine for food, with its edge of tructured acidity and bone dry aftertaste. Drink from late 2017. Wine Enthusiast 92 2017-06-01
2012 Chateau Bouscasse Petit Torus This is the little brother of Brumont’s estate wines such as Montus and Bouscassé. It is all fruit, the 80% Tannat tamed easily, leaving a modicum of tannins to support the juicy black fruit. It is a ripe wine that is very ready to drink. Regal Wine Imports Inc. Best Buy Wine Enthusiast 87 2017-06-01
2012 Chateau Montus Madiran The wine comes from the grand showpiece estate of Madiran. A blend that is dominated by Tannat produces a wine that is still so young. Bold fruits and firm tannins are right to the fore, along with acidity and a strong mineral texture. It’s a powerful and impressive wine that also manages elegance as well. The wine will take several more years to soften. Drink from 2020. Regal Wine Imports Inc. Cellar Selection. Wine Enthusiast 94 2017-06-01
2015 Santa Barbara Chardonnay This bottling from the 55-year-old winery is one of the most reliable and well-priced Chardonnays in California. Plump nectarine and cherimoya aromas meet honeysuckle on the nose. It’s tightly wound on the palate, with a sizzle of acidity that opens into peach and pineapple flavors. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-06-01
2014 Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills This appellation blend’s aromas are deep and dark, with blackberry, black plum, anise and thyme touches. Its flavors are aggressive, grabbing the taster’s attention with black raspberry, elderberry and black pepper tones. The tannins are surprisingly grippy. —M.K. Wine Enthusiast 87 2017-06-01
2014 Hentley Farm Shiraz, The Beauty Wine Spectator 92 2017-05-18
2014 Vina Chocalan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Best Buy Tastings.com 90 2017-05-15
2014 Vina Chocalan Origen Gran Reserve Carmenere James Suckling 91 2017-05-15
2015 Vina Chocalan Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Best Buy Tastings.com 88 2017-05-15
2013 Dunham Cellars Pursued by Bear Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Refined and well-structured, with expressive blackberry and coffee bean aromas and rich, polished savory spice and fresh sage flavors that glide toward plump tannins. Drink now through 2026.—T.F Wine Spectator 93 2017-05-15
2015 Two Hands Lily's Garden Exuberant, this bursts with clove, toasted coconut and dark chocolate flavors that are thick and velvety, complementing the kirsch notes at the core. A hint of fresh mint adds complexity. Generous, with a finish that goes on and on. Drink now through 2027. Wine Spectator 93 2017-05-15
2015 Hopler Pannonica Blanc Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-05-15
2009 Valderiz Tomas Esteban The 2009 Valderiz Tomas Esteban comes from a biodynamically cultivated vineyard populated by vines between 80 and 100 years, subsequently aged in new French oak for 24 months. It has a tightly wound, floral bouquet with macerated black cherries, crushed violets and a touch of vanilla. The palate is full-bodied with plush, rounded red berry fruit interlaced with dried herbs and spices, hints of clove toward the finish that is very persistent. This is another superb wine from Valderiz, but it requires 3-5 years in bottle. Drink 2015-2025. I was very impressed by the wines of Bodegas y Vinedos Valderiz: mostly Ribera del Dueros with character, precision and vivacity. These are well worth seeking out. Wine Advocate 93 2017-05-15
2015 Latour Giraud Meursault 1 er Cru "Charmes" Vinous 91 2017-05-15
2015 Latour Giraud Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières" Vinous 91 2017-05-15
2015 Latour Giraud Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières" Cuvee Pierres Vinous 93 2017-05-15
2015 Latour Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux Vinous 90 2017-05-15
2015 Latour Giraud Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime Vinous 89 2017-05-15
2015 Latour Giraud Pommard - Cuvée Carmen Burghound 88 2017-05-15
2015 Latour Giraud Pommard 1er Cru "La Refène" Burghound 88 2017-05-15
2015 Latour Giraud Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" Burghound 89 2017-05-15
2015 Latour Giraud Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Champs-Canet" Vinous 91 2017-05-15
2015 Two Hands Sexy Beast Impressive, with a plush, seductive and succulent body, offering sink-your-teeth-into-them flavors of black cherry, blackberry and plum, accented by details of dark chocolate, rose petal and savory. Drink now through 2025. Wine Spectator 93 2017-05-11
2015 Aubichon Pinot Noir Rich round cherry fruit,lightly infused with tobacco highlights, introduces this delicious wine. There is a pleasing softness to the palate, without it being in any way flat or flabby. The fruit seems more mature than the young vintage would suggest, and it’s drinking more like a wine from half a decade ago, which means you don’t need to cellar it to get cellar-style flavors. Pie cherry, orange peel and even a touch of pineapple peeks through the lingering finish. Editors’ Choice.—P.G. Wine Enthusiast 92 2017-05-01
2015 Aubichon Pinot Noir Riverside Vineyard Light at first, almost delicate, this pretty wine has strawberry and pomegranate fruit, gentle herbal highlights, and tannins that taste of green tea. The finish turns a bit astringent, with a lick of cola. Give it some hours of aeration and it fleshes out, with a lush mix of tart fruit and milk chocolate barrel flavors. Wine Enthusiast 92 2017-05-01
2014 Valderiz Juegabolos This bold red delivers sweet fruit flavors of black raspberry and cassis, backed by vanilla and toasty oak hints and accented with floral and mineral notes. Drink now through 2024.—T.M Wine Spectator 93 2017-05-01
2013 Cesani Sanice Aromas of Spanish broom, ripe pear and a yeasty whiff of toasted bread crust come together in the glass. The savory palate offers mature yellow apple, bitter almond, white pepper and a saline note framed in tangy acidity. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-05-01
2015 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Diversite Scott Shull (Raptor Ridge) consults here. This brings a blend of clones from the estate vineyard, with ample new wood still showing through. Black fruits and a vein of coffee are also in the mix, with a balanced, somewhat muscular mouthfeel. This has the strength to stand up to a lightly blackened grilled seafood filet. —P.G. Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-04-17
2015 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Red Label This red-label cuvée is made exclusively from estate-grown fruit. Lively and aromatic, it carries a streak of beetroot threaded through blackberry fruit. It’s tight and tense, like a coiled spring, suggesting that some additional bottle age will help to open it up. The concentration is impressive, and the flavors continue on through a lengthy finish, with a suggestion of gunmetal as it subsides. —P.G. Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-04-17
2015 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Rocheux Refined and expressive, with an elegant complexity, offering floral raspberry aromas and persistent strawberry, green tea and spiced cinnamon flavors. Drink now through 2025.—T.F Wine Spectator 92 2017-04-17
2015 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Rocheux The name refers to the rocks in this section of the estate vineyard, and they can be felt as well as tasted in the wine. The mouthfeel is slightly astringent, with hints of metal and stone, and the alcohol is muted, allowing the more subtle suggestions of citrus and beet and truffle and wild strawberry to emerge. All in all it’s the most complex and intriguing of the winery’s offerings, and merits your full attention. Editors’ Choice. —P.G. Wine Enthusiast 92 2017-04-17
2015 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Equinoxe Slightly liquorous whenfirst opened, this pushes the alcohol up towards a place where some of the nuances are lost. But it has plenty of flavor, power and punch. Black coffee, black cherry, black olive and black licorice are entwined here, with some heat in the followthrough. Give it a good decanting and it will start to smooth out. —P.G. Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-04-17
2011 Le Cadeau Blanc de Noir 2011 One of a crop of new Oregon sparklers, this was barrel fermented with native yeast and aged for 56 months prior to disgorging. Fine tiny bubbles and a fresh, yeasty aroma introduce the wine, which has excellent concentration. Green apple and green banana, a touch of cucumber and a nice toasty frame all combine gracefully. The odds are that this will continue to improve in bottle for another five years at least. —P.G. Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-04-17
2015 Jolete Pinot Noir Winemaker Tom Mortimer also produces the outstanding Aubichon wines; this is his own label, and it offers exceptional value. It’s stylish,modern and elegant, with precisely-defined raspberry fruit accented with sweet ripe tomato. The wine has a crisp sculpted mouthfeel, and just the slightest suggestion of barrel toast framing the finish.—P.G Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-04-17
2014 Chocalan Merlot Reserva Aromas of roasted savory berry fruits and baked beans are solid. This Merlot exhibits good grip on a medium-bodied palate. Salty earthy flavors of berry fruits and dry oak finish leafy and spicy. MHW, Ltd. Best Buy. —M.S. Wine Enthusiast 87 2017-04-17
2014 Chocalan Vitrum Pinot Noir Jammy berry aromas are woody and horsey. This feels extracted and full, while dark, roasted berry flavors finish long and toasty but with a resiny oak flavor that suggests plastic. This has its good elements but it’s overoaked. Wine Enthusiast 87 2017-04-17
2015 Hentley Farm Rose Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-04-17
2016 Hentley Farm Riesling Wine Spectator 89 2017-04-17
2012 Wellington Cabernet Sauvignon Mohrhardy Ridge This is an affordable, well-made wine that offers classical aromas and flavors of cassis, bing cherry, spearmint and pencil lead, all within a context of full-bodied ripeness and soft, juicy texture. —V.B. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-04-17
2015 Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano Delicately scented, this has aromas of hawthorn, beeswax and a whiff of white stone fruit. The savory palate doles out white peach, yellow apple and bitter almond while a dollop of honey signals the close. Regal Wine Imports Inc. Best Buy. --K.O. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-04-17
2015 Santa Barbara Sauvingnon Blanc Offers a succulent, refreshing mix of ripe Bartlett pear, melon and lime zest flavors, with lemon verbena and peppery white flower notes. Impressively focused and ntense. Drink now. Smart Buy Wine Spectator 90 2017-04-17
2015 Lafond Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Honeyed aromas of walnut oil, baked yellow apples and sea salt show on the nose of this bottling by Bruce McGuire and crew. Juicy applecinnamon and pound cake flavors show on the sip, but it’s the salty edge that keep it buoyant and savory, like a perfectly roasted chicken. —M.K. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-04-17
2015 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast This larger-production wine is sourced from several single-vineyard sites, including Rodgers Creek, Sangiacomo and Gap’s Crown. Together they find unity in fruit-forward flavors of blueberry, cherry and pomegranate, the oak persistent and powerful amidst a backdrop of tight-grained tannin. The concentration is pronounced. —V.B. Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-04-17
2015 Sojourn Rodgers Creek Pinot Noir Lush and full-bodied layers of velvety texture support firm flavors of baked cherry, pomegranate, pine forest and earth, a vibrant current of acidity bursting beneath. Layers of tannin provide a hearty mouthfeel and sense of density, signaling a robust vintage. —V.B. Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-04-17
2014 Sojourn Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-04-17
2015 Sojourn Sangiacomo Chardonnay Salty on the palate, this medium-bodied wine is focused in tension and nervy freshness, with a generosity of complex fruit. Lime, pear and fig ride a cool-climate wave of orange peel that lifts the underlying density and concentration at work in this vintage. —V.B. Wine Enthusiast 92 2017-04-17
2015 Sojourn Gap's Crown Pinot Noir Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-04-17
2015 Sojourn Sangiacomo Pinot Noir Earth, mushroom and forest floor intrigue from sip one in this thick, densely structured effort from the great site. Cardamom, pine needle and cranberry contribute additional intrigue and spiciness to the palate, which is buoyed by bright, lengthy acidity and integrated oak. -V.B. Wine Enthusiast 92 2017-04-17
2015 Foris Pinot Gris This southern Oregon Pinot Gris does not have the fleshy concentration of Willamette Valley versions, but compensates with a racy, sculpted mouthfeel that falls closer to Italian Pinot Grigio in style. The just-ripe fruit conjures pear and cucumber flavors, with a slice of green melon on the side. Best Buy. —P.G. Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-04-10
2015 Foris Pinot Gris This southern Oregon Pinot Gris does not have the fleshy concentration of Willamette Valley versions, but compensates with a racy, sculpted mouthfeel that falls closer to Italian Pinot Grigio in style. The just-ripe fruit conjures pear and cucumber flavors, with a slice of green melon on the side. Best Buy. —P.G. Vinous 88 2017-04-10
2014 Foris Pinot Noir Vivid ruby. Sexy, spice-tinged red and dark berry aromas, along with hints of candied lavender and allspice. Sweet, seamless and expansive on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and spicecake flavors that are sharpened by a core of juicy acidity. Tightens up slowly on the finish, which hangs on with very good, spicy tenacity. Vinous 90 2017-04-08
2014 Foris Pinot Noir This is a light and lively wine, reminiscent of a Beaujolais. The tart red fruits strike a pretty note,with a hint of caramel coffee highlighting the finish. Drink this over the next couple of years while it retains its freshness. —P.G. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-03-23
2016 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc Wine Spectator 90 2017-03-13
2012 Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino Aromas of dried cherries and wet concrete follow through to a medium to full body with bright acidity and tangy contrast. Firm and silky. Drink in 2019. James Suckling 92 2017-03-01
2015 Quintay Clava Pinot Noir Vivid red. Lively red currant and cherry scents, along with hints of dried rose and succulent herbs. Tangy and sharply focused, offering bitter cherry and anise flavors and a touch of cracked pepper. In a brisk, light-bodied style, delivering firm closing bite, good length and very soft tannins that build slowly. Vinous 88 2017-03-01
2014 Quintay Q Chardonnay Wine & Spirits 90 2017-03-01
2014 Quintay Q Chardonnay Light bright gold. Smoke-tinged aromas of fresh orange and pear, backed by a hint of buttered toast. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering ripe citrus and orchard fruit flavors that show a hint of back-end bitterness. The smoky note recurs on the finish, which shows good persistence and a lingering suggestion of tarragon. Vinous 89 2017-03-01
2015 Quintay Q Pinot Noir Bright ruby-red. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the nose, along with hints of licorice and woodsmoke in the background. Smooth and fleshy in style, showing good heft to the blackberry and bitter cherry flavors. Supple tannins sneak in late, adding shape to a gently sweet, nicely persistent finish. In a plush, ample style for the variety, it has the oomph to handle rich red meat dishes. Vinous 89 2017-03-01
2015 Quintay Q Pinot Noir Best buy Wine Enthusiast BB 2017-03-01
2014 Quintay Q Syrah Glass-staining ruby. Smoke-accented dark berries, licorice and a hint of cracked pepper on the pungent nose and in the mouth. Plush and open-knit, showing good depth and a hint of cola on the back half. Closes smooth, broad and warm; gentle tannins lend shape and gentle grip. Vinous 89 2017-03-01
2015 Quintay Q Sauvignon Blanc Pale yellow. Fresh lemon, green apple and pungent herbs on the nose. Juicy and tightly focused, offering light-bodied orchard fruit and citrus zest flavors and a touch of bitter herbs. Closes spicy and tight, leaving a bitter lemon pith note behind. Vinous 88 2017-03-01
2014 Valderiz Valderiz Ribera del Duero Dense and muscular, yet graceful, this red balances ripe blackberry and cassis flavors with savory black olive, bitter chocolate and mineral notes. Drink now through 2028.—T.M. Wine Spectator 94 2017-03-01
2015 Domaine Pegau Pink Pegau A blend of mostly cinsault with 30 percent grenache and clairette, this grows at Château Pégau, an estate just a few miles south of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It tastes like a rosé a king might have drunk sometime in the distant past: Regal in its peacock-like display of spice, florals and peppery herbs; old-fashioned in its oxidized, orange-toned fruit, this is a rustic, palate-whetting wine that’s ready for smoked duck or rillettes. Wine & Spirits 90 2017-02-20
2013 Domaine Pegau Cuvee Reservee Vinous 93 2017-02-20
2014 Vina Chocalan Gran Reserva Origen Cabernet Sauvignon One of the best values today from Maipo, this comes from a vineyard 21 miles off the Pacific Coast. It's a subtle, refined example of Maipo Costa, as Chileans call the area: It’s filled with the scents of fresh herbs and generous layers of red lush fruit. The tannins are soft and gentle, making it a soft-spoken kind of wines, ready for venison. Wine & Spirits 94 2017-02-20
2014 Vina Chocalan Alexia James Suckling 91 2017-02-20
2015 Hentley Farm Shiraz Wine Spectator 92 2017-02-20
2015 Hentley Farm Shiraz A blend of fruit from seven blocks at this estate in Seppeltsfield, this wine completes its fermentation in mostly older French oak barrels, where it rests for ten months. Even though it sees only 15 percent new oak, it carries a deep espresso scent when first poured, needing air to move beyond the oak toward flavors of black olives, black currants and tar. Some red fruit begins to break through the blackness, presenting a clean, mineral-rich wine with some Barossa grandeur. Wine & Spirits 91 2017-02-20
2015 Hentley Farm The Stray Mongrel Wine Advocate 90 2017-02-20
2010 Mas d'en Gil Coma Vella Gritty, spicy, schisty berry aromas are composed, while this Garnacha-led blend feels saturated and layered. Spicy plum, herbal notes and black pepper make up the flavor profile, while this is strapping, peppery tasting and complex on the finish. Drinkthrough 2022. Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-02-20
2010 Mas d'en Gil Coma Vella This is 70 percent garnacha and cariñena, from vines planted in the 1960s, blended with young-vine cabernet sauvignon. It shows plenty of ripe red fruit and notes of chestnuts, tea leaves and cloves. It’s impressive, with youthful tannins and tight acidity, needing a few years to mellow. Then serve with roast pork loin. Wine & Spirits 91 2017-02-20
2012 Mas d'en Gil Coma Alta The clean, subtle and mineral 2012 Coma Alta is pure Garnacha Blanca partly fermented in barrel with 30% of the wine also matured in 500-liter French oak barrels for six months. The aromas are pure, with white flowers and some aromatic herbs plus a touch of pollen. The palate is sleek, delineated,and shows very good balance and subdued minerality. The entry-level white here is at the quality level of many of the top whites form other addresses. Intense and elegant. Bravo! 4,628 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 91 2017-02-20
2012 Mas d'en Gil Coma Alta 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 2017-02-20
2012 Mas d'en Gil Coma Alta From garnacha blanca in the slate soils of La Coma, this begins on notes of butterscotch and honey, then shifts into fresh, vibrant notes of lime and ginger. It has the weight and balance for roast pork. Wine & Spirits 90 2017-02-20
2015 Hobo Wine Company Folk Machine Parts & Labor For this wine, Sonoma-based winemaker Kenny Likitprakong favors value over site specificity, blending biodynamically farmed Potter Valley syrah with old-vine Redwood Valley carignan. He adds Monterey grenache and a bit of barbera to make his most affordable red. The result is juicy, appetizingly tart and pretty delicious, with a floral cranberry flavor that lasts Wine & Spirits 89 2017-02-20
2014 Hobo Zinfandel Dry Creek Deep purple and peppery, this is zinfandel with a barbera-like zestiness, its tart acidity suggesting citrus and rhubarb. It’s not complex, but it is modest in its ripeness and alcohol, a lively, brash red for pasta with a tomato and meat ragu. Year's Bset Zinfandel Wine & Spirits 88 2017-02-20
2015 Folk Machine Charbono Suisun Valley This smells like textbook charbono, with a hyper-floral scent that one taster compared to magnolias. Its bright blueberry flavor feels unadorned, bursting with juiciness, its exotic floral aroma meeting darker, earthy spice and peppery grip in the end. It’s a curious but memorable wine that will make plenty of friends at a dinner party. Best Buy Wine & Spirits 90 2017-02-20
2012 PureCru pureCoz Silver San Francisco Chronicle 2017-02-07
2011 Chateau Bouscasse Madiran Wine Enthusiast 94 2017-02-07
2014 PureCru Purety Bronze San Francisco Chronicle 2017-01-27
2012 Bianchi Winery Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon Double Gold San Francisco Chronicle 2017-01-27
2013 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Very fragrant and pure. Ripe plums but no hint of overripeness. Creamy richness and full, supple tannins make this an easy Brunello to enjoy. With more freshness on the finish it would rate even more highly. Drink now or hold. James Suckling 92 2017-01-25
2013 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Aromas of black cherry and dried herbs follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2017-01-25
2016 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py Reveling in the tannins of a young Côte du Py, this wine is rich, structured and dense. The tannins give the dry edge this wine needs to age. Intense with ripe black fruits, this is a powerful. wine. Drink from 2019. Wine Enthusiast 94 2017-01-25
2015 Arona Sauvignon Blanc Certified Sustainable applies to almost all New Zealand wines these days, so it’s a bit of a gimmick to place it so prominently on the label, but what’s in the bottle is very good. It’s got those “good green” notes of snow pea, a hint of struck flint and tart pineapple flavors that linger on the finish. It’s only light in body, but concentrated in flavor. International Vines, Inc. Best Buy. —J.C. Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-01-24
2015 White Hart Pinot Noir From a vineyard that’s 40 years old, this smartly priced bottling shows vanilla, clove, hickory smoke and black cherry on the hearty nose. The palate is soft upon entry, showing more of that clove against a baked black-plum background. Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-01-24
2015 White Hart Chardonnay This bottling is quite tropical on the nose, with plumeria, banana, honeysuckle, sweet peach and Gala apple aromas. The palate is also quite ripe with yellow melon and more Gala apples, but an intriguing texture of crushed rocks and slate keeps it grounded. —M.K. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-01-24
2015 Bianchi Winery Bianchi Sauvignon Blanc Best buy Wine Enthusiast 90 2017-01-24
2015 Ryan Patrick Naked Chardonnay Vibrant aromas of pear and apple lead to a creamy, full-feeling palate. It’s a strong example of the variety and style. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 88 2017-01-24
2015 Ryan Patrick Riesling Lime, slate and floral aromas lead to an off-dry palate, with generous amounts of stone-fruit flavors. Floral notes persist on the finish. Best Buy. —S.S. Wine Enthusiast 89 2017-01-24
2015 Ryan Patrick Redhead Red Wine Enthusiast 87 2017-01-24
2012 Rocca di Castagnoli Poggi ai Frati Riserva New leather, blue flower, wild berry and a whiff of oak-driven spice lead the nose. The savory chewy palate offers mature black cherry, raspberry, star anise, clove and menthol while lithe tannins provide polished support. Drink through 2019. Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-01-24
2014 Tololo Chardonnay Generic apple aromas are short on intensity and length. This tastes of melon but not much more. A light, dilute finish with bready flavor notes ensures that this is O.K. for easy quaffing. Regal Wine Imports Inc. Best Buy. —M.S. Wine Enthusiast BB 2017-01-24
2015 Keuka Spring Merlot Gorgeous rose, plum and bramble notes perfume this exceptionally fragrant Merlot. Its complexity extends through the palate with bright cherry and plum flavors bolstered by savory nuances of olive and dried herb. Crisp acidity and fine persistent tannins guide a long finish. Editors’ Choice. —A.I. Wine Enthusiast 91 2017-01-24
2014 Giovanni Chiappini Felciaino Aromas of ripe fruits, spices and currants follow through to a medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. A little light but very enjoyable. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2017-01-12
2013 Giovanni Chiappini Guado de' Gemoli The 2013 Guado de' Gemoli, Chiappini's Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend, is a prototypical Bolgheri red. Flamboyant and generous, yet also super-refined, the 2013 is sumptuous and deeply expressive from the first taste. Raspberry jam, sweet spices and new French oak are front and center. The oak is a bit pronounced at this stage, but that is a relatively small critique for a wine that delivers the goods. Even with all of its natural intensity, the 2013 retains a good bit of freshness. Vinous 94 2017-01-12
2014 Le Cadeau PN Cote Est This is an irresistibly tasty wine, bursting with lovely berry and cherry fruits, soaked in deliciously decadent chocolaty barrel flavors. But it’s not that simple. Propped up with sufficient acidity, ripe tannins and a slight tilt toward earthy underpinnings, it offers compelling length and complexity also. Drink now through 2022. Editors’ Choice. —P.G. Wine Enthusiast 92 2016-12-23
2014 Le Cadeau PN Trajet Reserve From all-estate fruit, this dives into experimentation with 85% whole cluster fermentation and native yeast. The results are mixed, giving herbal and white pepper accents to the bright red-berry flavors, but putting a bitter edge on the tannins. A couple more years of bottle age would be a good idea. It’s too young to show its best at the moment. Wine Enthusiast 91 2016-12-23
2015 Alfredo Roca Chenin Blanc Chardonnay Aromas of mango and scented potpourri set up a dry solid palate. This blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay is not something you see a lot of. Flavors of white pepper and nectarine finish juicy, with notes of peach pit and orange peel. Hand Picked Selections. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 87 2016-12-23
2014 Chateau du Moulin Rouge Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois Showing considerable new wood flavors, this is more vanilla and mint than fruit. That said,it does have the potential to bring out more of the black currant fruit of the vintage. As its juicy acidity softens, it will be ready to drink from 2018. Wine Enthusiast 88 2016-12-23
2014 Chateau Beausejour Fronsac This fruity wine is young and full of black-currant flavors. The wine still has a stalky character that will soften. This is going to be a crisp while also structured wine. Drink from 2018 Wine Enthusiast 87 2016-12-23
2014 Domaine Pegau Cuvee Reservee Light, hazy yellow. Explosive, mineral-driven aromas of fresh pear, peach pit and white flowers carry a gingery background note. Stony, focused and pure on the palate, offering intense orchard fruit and citrus fruit flavors that become weightier with air. Clings with strong tenacity on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and a resonating floral note. Vinous 92 2016-12-14
2015 Les Darons Languedoc AOP What looks like another great vintage here, the 2015 AOP Languedoc les Darons is made from 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan; grapes were completely destemmed, and fermented and aged all in concrete tanks. It sees absolutely no oak whatsoever. This medium to full-bodied, plump, rounded, downright sexy 2015 has lots of blueberry, violets, and jammy black cherry aromas and flavors; it has terrific purity of fruit, good acidity and an overriding sense of elegance. If it came from a more prestigious appellation in the southern Rhone, it would go for three times the price. -Jeb Dunnuck Wine Advocate 93 2016-12-01
2009 Cote Bonneville Cote This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The aromas suggest notes of high-toned herbs, cranberry, fresh cherries and cassis that provide appeal. The palate provides elegant, sophisticated flavors that linger. —S.S. Wine Enthusiast 90 2016-12-01
2009 Cote Bonneville Cote This gorgeous bottling was aged 23 months in 100% new French oak cooperage. In 1992, the Shiels planted 45 acres to six varietals under diverse soils. The DuBrul vineyard is known as one of the premier vineyards in the state. Superstar winemaker Kerry Shiels has crafted another wonderful Cote Bonneville. This wine begins with aromas of sandalwood, smoke, black tea, black cherry with red bell pepper. It has a nice herbal edge to it. This leads to flavors of blackberry, baking spices, pipe tobacco, anise and red cherry. Young at this juncture but lovely and has the typical impressive structure found in Kerry's bottlings. Give this at least one more year for more fruit to integrate. (Best 2017-2034) International Wine Report 93 2016-12-01
2014 Dunham Lewis Riesling The 2014 Dunham 'Lewis Vineyard' Riesling is another gorgeous effort by Dunham. Having 1.4% residual sugar, the wine comes from Riesling vines planted in 2001 and 2002. This wine shows why the Lewis Vineyard has the reputation for being one of the best sites for Riesling in the state. The wine opens with aromatics of Gala apple, green papaya and hints of petroleum and starfruit. There are flavors of lemon/lime, crushed wet rock, lemon zest and white peach. This has a gorgeous range of flavors and complexity. (Best 2016-2024) International Wine Report 92 2016-12-01
2013 Dunham Trutina Following up the highly impressive 2012 Trutina, this Red Blend starts with aromatics of cassis, black plum, red cherry and hints of baking spices. There are medium to full bodied flavors of red cherry, red raspberry, vanilla and black olive. There is a lovely minerality and mouthfeel as this wine glides on the mid-palate. With nice structure and richness, I can see this cellaring beautifully into the next decade. (Best 2016-2028) International Wine Report 92 2016-12-01
2013 Dunham XIX Cabernet Bright dark red. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, mocha and cedar are lifted by a floral topnote. Sweet red berry and cherry flavors are nicely framed by integrated acidity. Slightly tighter than Dunham's 2013 Syrah, with the edgy oak-driven tannins in need of a year of two of patience. Vinous 88 2016-12-01
2013 Dunham XIX Cabernet Best of Show: 2016 Great Northwest Wine Competition 2016-12-01
2010 Mas d'en Gil Clos Fonta Pure but restrained violet, plum and berry aromas are on the money. This feels racy but also saturated, with kick as well as commendable overall balance. Flavors of plum, ripe tomato, schist and spice finish smooth, peppery, herbal and slightly warm, with a note of coffee. Drink through 2022. Regal Wine Imports Inc. Editors’ Choice. —M.S. Wine Enthusiast 93 2016-12-01
2014 Jolete Le Verre Pinot Noir Fascinating aromas of ripe strawberries, lemon meringue and crushed stones. Full body, chewy tannins and a fruity finish. Needs time to soften and come together. A beauty. Better in 2019 James Suckling 93 2016-11-28
2013 Aubichon Reserve Pinot Noir Wine Enthusiast 90 2016-11-28
2013 Aubichon Reserve Pinot Noir Aromas of orange peel, plums and cedar with dried flowers. Full body, a solid core of fruit and a long and flavorful finish. Excellent focus and panache, especially for the vintage. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2016-11-28
2014 Aubichon Reserve Pinot Noir A subtle and beautiful 2014 with perfumed cherry, strawberry and light honey character. Medium body, fine tannins and a refined finish. A beauty. James Suckling 94 2016-11-28
2015 Di Giovanna Helios Bianco A bright and complex white that offers ripe fruit and creamy texture. Shows form and tension. Medium body, plenty of fruit and a flavorful finish. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2016-11-28
2014 Di Giovanna Helios Rosso A juicy red with plum and chocolate character. Hints of chili pepper. Full body, chewy tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2016-11-28
2015 Di Giovanna Rosato di Nerello Mascalese A fresh and clean rosé with strawberry and lemon character. Some stones, too. Medium body, crisp acidity and a long and flavorful finish. James Suckling 90 2016-11-28
NV Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Rose Mainly Pinot Noir with a touch of Gamay, this is a crisp red-currant flavored wine. It comes from northern Burgundy giving a cool character to this fruity wine. The acidity and the orange zest at the end are really refreshing. Wine Enthusiast 88 2016-11-22
NV Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Pinot Noir A ripe and soft wine, this is impressively rich for a Pinot Noir grown so far north in Burgundy. It has hints of red fruits along with pear and tight citrus minerality. The wine is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 91 2016-11-22
2013 Wesmar Pinot Noir Russian River Crisp red cherry and a taste of grenadine characterize this light, bright wine, with accents of orange and rhubarb. Fruity and straightforward in structure and body, it retains nicely interwoven acidity through the finish. —V.B. Wine Enthusiast 90 2016-11-21
2013 Wesmar Pinot Noir Baletto A light, clear and bright wine from the heart of the appellation, this bottling exudes juicy layers of earthy cardamom spice and dark black cherry. It’s well integrated and varietally consistent, offering jolts of minerality that buoy the texture. —V.B. Wine Enthusiast 91 2016-11-21
2013 Wesmar Pinot Noir Oehlman Light bodied, this vineyard-designate shows a bit of carbonic expression, bubbly and brightly high in acidity. The intriguing texture offers waves of rose petals, strawberry and clove. —V.B. Wine Enthusiast 88 2016-11-21
2013 Wesmar Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Citrusy bright, with a core of red and black cherry, this simply structured, light-bodied wine shows well-defined acidity and a touch of forest floor. —V.B. Wine Enthusiast 89 2016-11-21
2015 Ryan Patrick Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Toast, savory herb, vanilla and dark cherry aromas are followed by lush, full-bodied fruit and barrel flavors. Vanilla and dill notes are speckled throughout and at times intrude. Wine Enthusiast 88 2016-11-21
2012 Domaine Pegau Cuvee Laurence A throwback style and proud of it, with warm chestnut and bay leaf notes taking the lead, followed quickly by worn leather and smoldering tobacco accents. The core of dark currant, warmed cherry and mulled blackberry lies in reserve for now, while the finish lets singed iron and brick dust details hold sway. Just wait for everything to pull together in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2032. Wine Spectator 96 2016-11-09
2012 Two Hands Ares Shiraz Wine Spectator 94 2016-11-01
2014 Two Hands Sexy Beast Wine Spectator 90 2016-11-01
2012 Sabate I Coca Castellroig Brut Nature Reserva The 2012 Brut Nature Reserva blends 65% Xarello, 30% Macabeo and 5% Parellada from their vineyards; it matured in bottle with the lees for 30 months and has no dosage added, so it's dry. This shows a step up in complexity and integration of the bubbles, that feel smaller and provide for a creamy texture complementing the clean and fresh style of the house. 25,000 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 90 2016-10-28
2010 Sabate I Coca Castellroig Brut Nature Gran Reserva Similarly, the 2010 Brut Nature Gran Reserva has increased the time in bottle to no less than 50 months, and the Xarello represents 85% of the volume with the balance provided by Macabeo. There are balsamic aromas and notes of camphor, roasted nuts, smoke and bread dough. The palate feels more balanced, and the acidity and bubbles are in very good harmony. Here, more time on the lees is an advantage. Wine Advocate 91 2016-10-28
NV Sabate I Coca Castellroig Brut Scents of almonds lend earthiness to this wine’s apple and pear fruit. It’s the juiciness of the fruit that lasts, tightly focused, clean and just off-dry. A refreshing aperitif. Wine & Spirits 89 2016-10-28
NV Sabate I Coca Castellroig Brut Rosat Wine & Spirits 90 2016-10-28
NV Sabate I Coca Castellroig Cava Nature Gran Reserva Dense white peach and yellow citrus flavors provide a succulent match for this wine’s mouthwatering acidity. It feels smooth, substantial and balanced, lasting on the pale smoke of the lees and lemon. Chill this for nigiri sushi. Wine & Spirits 92 2016-10-28
NV Sabate I Coca Castellroig Brut Nature The 2014 Brut Nature is basically the same as the Brut, but without any added dosage, so the difference is in the sweetness (or absence of it). I sometimes find that a little sugar works better, but in this case I prefer the dry version. Wine Advocate 88 2016-10-28
2015 Aldonia Vendimia Rioja This is not your traditional Rioja, quite the opposite. Predominantly Grenache, this offering is full of red and bright juicy fruit with notes of plum and red cherry. This modern style has only spent 4 months in 500 litre oak barrels, resulting in a very fruit driven style with a bright acidity and spicy edge. Decanter 90 2016-10-26
2014 Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red This wine brings immediate appeal, with notes of blueberry, vanilla and baking spices. The palate is sweet and supple, with plentiful bluefruit flavors that linger. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 90 2016-10-19
2014 Lafond Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Deep black plum, clove, dried blueberry, dried roses and dried violets show on the very nice nose of this bottling by Bruce McGuire and pioneer Pierre Lafond. It’s well structured on the sip, disclosing plums, sweet berries and touches of nutmeg and allspice. It’s a strong showing for one of their more affordable bottlings. Wine Enthusiast 90 2016-10-17
NV Champagne Jean Laurent Blanc de Noirs A full-bodied, opulent style, this Champagne is also concentrated and smooth. Vanilla and sweet spices add depth to its peach and buttered pastry flavors, as this glides to a lingering finish. For hedonists. Drink now. Wine Spectator 92 2016-10-17
NV Champagne Jean Laurent Blanc de Blancs Bright acidity and detailed texture frames rich flavors of date, candied orange peel, dried apricot, graham cracker and almond cream in this seamlessly integrated, vibrant Blanc de Blancs. A wine drinker's Champagne. Drink now through 2018. Wine Spectator 93 2016-10-17
NV Champagne Jacquart Mosaique Rich, featuring an undertow of smoke and roasted nut mixing with flavors of lack currant, lemon meringue pie and ground ginger, with a hint of honeycomb. Refined in texture and framed by well-knit acidity, with a lasting, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. Wine Spectator 92 2016-10-17
NV Champagne Jacquart Rose Brut Well-balanced and lively, with a delicate bead and accessible flavors of black currant, whole-grain toast, crystallized honey and grated ginger. Mouthwatering. Drink now through 2018. Wine Spectator 91 2016-10-17
2013 Killibinbin Sneaky Shiraz This is a supple, creamy-textured Shiraz to enjoy through 2020. Red-fruit notes of strawberry and raspberry marry easily with dark hints of plum and mocha, then linger gently on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2016-10-10
NV Avia Chardonnay This Slovenian Chardonnay has aromas of orange, vanilla, toasted almonds and citrus blossom. In the mouth there are flavors of honeydew melon, pear and apple before a crisp acidic finish. Laureate Imports. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 87 2016-10-10
2014 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay Alluring aromas of smoky, toasty oak and rich flavors of fig, apricot and melon give this an appealing, drink-me-now character. Drink now. Wine Spectator 90 2016-09-26
2013 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Zinfandel The mix of mostly Zin with 14% Petite Sirah from a longtime source for this producer shows plenty of minerality around flavors of cinnamon stick, dark cherry and leather. Soft tannins give it approachability and juiciness that are buoyed by length. Wine Enthusiast 92 2016-09-22
1992 Terrassous Vintage 1992 Rivesaltes Vin Doux Naturel This lush and powerful selection opens with intense aromas of candied walnuts, orange rind, peanut brittle, dried apricot and vanilla-soaked oak. Round and plush in feel, it boasts a silky texture and decadent notes of apricot syrup, ginger-peach tea, clove-spiked orange and wood spice that are kept in check by ample acidity. A lovely pour that is delicious now yet will continue to hold well for another decade. Wine Enthusiast 92 2016-09-22
2009 Chateau Bopuscasse Vendemiaire Petit Manseng, found in the deep southwest, lends itself so beautifully to sweet botrytized wines. With its beautiful apricot and mango flavors, filled with honey and spice, this is a wine that is both light and rich. The acidity gives the wine a lift at the end. Wine Enthusiast 91 2016-09-22
NV Terrassous Hors d'Age ACO 6 Yrs Revesaltes Vin Coux Naturel The NV Rivesaltes Ambré Hors d’Age 6 Ans has a vibrant, light amber/whiskey color to go with sweet notes of golden raisins, bitter orange, almond and subtle browned sugar. Made from 100% Grenache Blanc and aged six years in barrel, it’s medium-bodied, silky, seamless and layered. It lacks complexity and is slightly straightforward with its sweetness, yet it’s never cloying and is one sexy drink. Wine Advocate 90 2016-09-22
NV Ca' Furlan Cuvee Beatrice Prosecco DOC Fifty Best Sparkling: Gold Medal 2016-09-01
NV Candoni Brut Prosecco Fifty Best Sparkling: Gold Medal 2016-09-01
2014 Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Saint-Veran This wine has spice, concentrated yellow fruits and a delicious backbone of acidity. With its acidity firmly in place, the wine is beginning to reveal the richer yellow fruit and tangy lemon. Drink this structured wine from 2017 Wine Enthusiast 91 2016-08-31
2009 Van Zeller Vintage Port Filled to the brim with sweet fruit flavors of blackberry, mineral and fig that tap into a deep well of molten chocolate notes. Finishes very spicy, showing forthright grip. Textbook power and brawn. Best from 2020 through 2040 Wine Spectator 93 2016-08-31
2015 Lumos Wine Co Rudolfo Pinot Gris Willamette Valley Organically grown grapes are vinified in all stainless steel, resulting in this fresh, delightfully textural wine. Lime, pineapple and lemon verbena flavors are backed with refreshing minerality. It’s clean and crisply delicious. Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast 90 2016-08-31
NV Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Reserve This is a crisp, refreshing wine. With a mousse that is lively but with a creamy edge, it offers attractive apple fruitiness. A hint of toast suggests some good bottle age. The wine finishes with a mineral, tangy aftertaste.Plume Ridge. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 90 2016-08-31
2013 Lis Neris Gris Pinot Grigio A rich and subtle pinot grigio with mineral, pear and lemon/lime aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, yet bright and dry. Melon aftertaste. Drink now. James Suckling 93 2016-07-27
2013 Lis Neris Gris Pinot Grigio W&S: Year's Best Friuli & Slovenia Wine & Spirits 2016-07-27
2013 Lis Neris Picol Sauvignon Blanc Here's a wine of great varietal personality and depth. A pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc, the 2013 Friuli Isonzo Picol is fragrant and pure with an impeccable presentation of passion fruit aromas followed by wild sage, crushed mineral, tomato leaf and bitter almond. In the great tradition of Friuli whites, this wine shows a creamy consistency and more textural richness than white wines from other Italian regions. That medium-bodied quality should age the wine forward for the next three or four years. Wine Advocate 92 2016-07-27
2013 Lis Neris Picol Sauvignon Blanc This polished, structured white opens with intense aromas of yellow peach, passion fruit, dried hay and crushed tomato vine. The linear, vibrant palate delivers juicy nectarine, creamy white peach and green melon. It's balanced, with refreshing acidity. Wine Enthusiast 92 2016-07-27
2013 Lis Neris Picol Sauvignon Blanc The green, grassy side of Sauvignon Blanc comes through loud and clear in the estate's 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Picol. Mint, pine, sage, tomato leaf and crushed rocks all add considerable nuance to the finely sculpted finish. Readers should expect a fairly assertive, focused Sauvignon, yet within the style, all the elements are very nicely balanced Vinous 92 2016-07-27
2013 Lis Neris Jurosa Chardonnay Lis Neris makes a fine Italian Chardonnay. The 2013 Friuli Isonzo Chardonnay Jurosa is a soft and yielding white wine with fragrant layers of stone fruit, baked apple and a touch of exotic spice. Those aromas are the starting point for a bouquet that reveals much more complexity as the wine opens in the glass. Defined mineral notes also make a brief, but meaningful appearance. The wine shows mellow texture backed by a much needed point of fresh acidity. Wine Advocate 93 2016-07-27
2013 Lis Neris Jurosa Chardonnay A beautiful chardonnay with lemon curd, light vanilla and cooked apple aromas and flavors. Full body, lots of delicious ripe fruit and fresh acidity. Yet rich and flavorful. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2016-07-27
2013 Lis Neris Jurosa Chardonnay W&S: Year's Best Friuli & Slovenia Wine & Spirits 91 2016-07-27
2012 Chiappini Guado de' Gemoli Blackberry and licorice aromas with hints of sage and rosemary. Spicy too. Medium body, dense palate, pretty fruit, fine and silky. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2016-07-26
2015 Di Giovanna Grillo Subtle but alluring aromas of yellow spring flower and white almond lead the way while the fresh palate shows mature apple, sage and mineral alongside bright acidity. A tangy saline note signals the close. Wine Enthusiast 88 2016-06-15
2013 Domaine Ballorin Les Echezots Pinot Noir Marsannay Burghound 87-90 2013-01-01
2010 Aubichon Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette The lovely, lush aromas on the nose include red fruit, cocoa and caramel, with a splash of nectarine as well. The wild cherry core carries extra complexity, and the moderate alcohol keeps the wine elegant through its finish. Wine Enthusiast 91 2013-01-01
2010 Aubichon Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette This is lean and bright, with vibrant scents of pomegranate and other red-fruited friskiness. The flavors are terse and savory, the fruit turning toward dried plum, the tannins bearing a tobacco accent and a firm, lengthy finish. It needs a little cellar time to knit; then serve with smoked trout. Wine & Spirits 91 2013-01-01
2011 Aubichon Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette The reserve is a barrel selection and demonstrates its special status with pretty floral topnotes suggesting rose petals and body soap. In the mouth it's a substantial wine with juicy red fruits, excellent texture and impressive length. A lick of milk chocolate puts the frosting on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 92 2013-01-01
2013 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Napa Valley The 2013 Right Bank is dark and explosive throughout. Black fruit, iron, smoke, leather and tobacco flesh out over time. The 2013 is noticeably dark and vertical in terms of its structure, in a style that is both very ripe and tannic. The blend is 66% Cabernet Franc and 34% Merlot. Vinous 90-93 2013-01-01