Vintage Producer Product Name Notes Source Score Updated
2014 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Sonoma County This blends 70% Zinfandel with 14% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carignane and 2% Viognier. It succeeds in its full embrace of juicy red berry and big tannin concentration, showing good structure and powerful waves of caramel and pie crust. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-03-06
2015 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel A wonderful, deep blackberry-jam aroma and equally expressive fruit flavors on the palate give this wine a lot of enjoyment. This feels full and firm, with tones of blackberry, boysenberry, baking spice and dash of oaky complexity from 35% new barrels. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-03-06
2015 Chateau du Moulin Rouge Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois Graphite, dark-plum and blackberry aromas with leafy nuances. The palate has a strong core of firm linear tannins, while the fruits are in the blue-plum and blackberry spectrum. Long regal finish. Try from 2022. James Suckling 93 2019-03-04
2018 Barker's Marque The Loop Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley The iconic New Zealand aromatics draw you in with tart gooseberry and grapefruit. Grown in dry, windy cool-climate conditions, the acidity is striking, with notes of crisp lime “ice,” which melts across the palate. Tarragon and brushy notes get a hint of spice darting on the palate, but the overall texture (some weight from 3% of the wine fermented in old oak) is superb. For us, The Loop was the perpetual motion of sip and re-sip. The Tasting Panel 91 2019-03-04
2011 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva (raised in new and used French and American oak barrels for two years) Vivid ruby-red. Highly fragrant red berry preserve, cherry, pipe tobacco and candied rose scents, with hints of vanilla and incense in the background. Silky, sweet and open-knit, offering intense raspberry, cherry pie and floral pastille flavors that tighten up and become spicier in the mid-palate. Shows excellent clarity and floral lift on the impressively persistent finish, which is framed by velvety, slow-building tannins. Vinous 93 2019-02-27
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva Deep ruby. Intense, oak-spiced cherry and raspberry scents, along with suggestions of musky earth, pipe
tobacco and coconut. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering intense red and blue fruit
and floral pastille flavors that deepen steadily and pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Closes very
long and sweet, with smooth tannins framing the clinging, oak-accented fruit.
Vinous 92 2019-02-27
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Reserva (raised in new and used French and American oak barrels for 16 months) Opaque ruby color. Smoke- and spice-accented red and dark berry liqueur and licorice aromas are complemented by black pepper and mocha nuances. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a hint of vanilla. Closes sappy, smooth and quite long, with supple tannins that fold quickly into the wine's juicy fruit. Vinous 91 2019-02-27
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza (aged for 15 months in new and used American and French oak barrels) Deep ruby. Smoke-accented cherry, pipe tobacco, vanilla and floral scents show very good clarity and spicy lift. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry, redcurrant, rose pastille and vanilla flavors that deepen and pick up a coconut nuance as the wine opens up. Fruit-driven and open-knit, with a long, smooth and subtly tannic finish that echoes the cherry and floral notes. Vinous 91 2019-02-27
2017 Ramirez de la Piscina Blanco (all stainless steel) Pale, green-hued straw. Bright and sharply focused on the nose, displaying fresh citrus fruit and floral scents and a strong suggestion of dusty minerals. In a lithe, racy style, offering light-bodied lime and green apple flavors that show sharp delineation and back-end cut. Finishes long and nervy, with resonating citrus fruit character and a faint touch of fennel. Vinous 90 2019-02-27
2015 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Mazos Deep ruby-red. A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes red and blue fruit preserves, incense, potpourri, star
anise and smoky minerals. Stains the palate with sweet black raspberry, boysenberry, violet pastille and
spicecake flavors that display a compelling blend of richness and energy. Finishes impressively long and
lively, with resonating floral and spice character and fine-grained tannins that come on late.
Vinous 93 2019-02-27
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano Inky ruby. Pungent black and blue fruits, licorice, vanilla and cola scents are complemented by a smoky
nuance that builds in the glass. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated bitter cherry and
cassis flavors that are lifted and braced by a spine of juicy acidity. The smoke and cherry notes echo on the
youthfully tannic finish, which shows sharp delineation and strong persistence. For the price point this is quite
a serious wine, and one that will reward some patience.
Vinous 90 2019-02-27
2017 Chateau Toutigeac Bordeaux Blanc Full ripeness and a rich texture promise much for this delicious wine. Its acidity plays a good supporting role for the ripe apricot and pear fruits with their touch of tangy edge. This well-made wine twill age. Drink ideally from late 2018. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-02-26
2016 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico DOCG The 2016 Chianti Classico offers a super-appealing combination of dense, pliant fruit and supporting structure. Succulent red cherry, white pepper, mint and dried flowers all flesh out in the glass. Ideally, readers should plan on cellaring the 2016 for at least a few years. This is a very serious wine. Vinous 92 2019-02-25
2014 Rocca di Castagnoli Poggio ai Frati Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva The 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a'Frati is a powerful, virile wine. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2014 is quite imposing today. Iron, smoke, tobacco, wild red cherry and rose petal are enshrouded by a wall of potent, sinewy tannins and bright acids. A deep core of fruit lurks in the background, just waiting to emerge. This is a fabulous wine in the making. Vinous 92+ 2019-02-25
2014 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione The 2014 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Stielle is a positively stellar wine. Deep, powerful and explosive, but with tons of balance, the Stielle is simply magnificent in 2014. Black cherry, lavender, mint, tobacco and licorice add to a sense of gravitas in this super-concentrated, dense wine. Vinous 95 2019-02-25
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon James This has impressive depth of dark cherries and plums. Dark chocolate, too. The depth here is so impressive and there's a succulent, juicy array of fine, long tannins that carry exceptional depth and drive. Drink or Hold. James Suckling 94 2019-02-22
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Javrnieres There's an earthy edge with a swathe of potpourri and dried berries. The palate has a very succulent edge. Crunchy acididty. Juicy and even. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2019-02-22
2014 Rocca di Castagnoli Poggio ai Frati The 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a'Frati is a powerful, virile wine. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2014 is quite imposing today. Iron, smoke, tobacco, wild red cherry and rose petal are enshrouded by a wall of potent, sinewy tannins and bright acids. A deep core of fruit lurks in the background, just waiting to emerge. This is a fabulous wine in the making. Vinous 92+ 2019-02-22
2016 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico DOCG The 2016 Chianti Classico offers a super-appealing combination of dense, pliant fruit and supporting structure. Succulent red cherry, white pepper, mint and dried flowers all flesh out in the glass. Ideally, readers should plan on cellaring the 2016 for at least a few years. This is a very serious wine. Vinous 92 2019-02-22
2015 Domaine du Moulin Vieille Vigne Rouge A blend of half-and-half Braucol and Merlot, this fruity wine is firm with young tannins. Black fruits and a rich structure will allow the wine to age. Solid and with a good future, it should be enjoyed from 2020. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-02-22
2016 Domaine du Moulin Cuvee Reserve Rouge A ripe and jammy blend of Syrah and Duras, this wine is packed with berry fruits. Soft tannins, licorice and acidity give the wine contrast. Lightly wood aged, this is wine will be ready to drink from 2019. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-02-22
2015 Domaine du Moulin Cuvee Florentin Braucol by itself makes a solidly tannic wine. This rich example, packed with dark fruit and powerful smoky tannins, is densely concentrated. Coming from the estate's best parcels and with wood aging, it is meant to age. Drink this impressive and unique wine from 2022. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-02-22
2016 Domaine du Moulin Cuvee le Faucon This bold wine shouts its rich tannins and dark flavors concentrated with spice, layers of black-plum fruit and acidity. Tannat and Braucol come together with their own style of dry tannins to create a wine that will need to age. Drink from 2023. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-02-22
NV Domaine du Moulin Mauzac Methode Ancestrale Produced according to the old traditional method in Gaillac of finishing the wine's first fermentation in the bottle, this wine also offers a traditional local white grape: Mauzac. The result is a medium-dry wine, with attractive sliced apple fruit and a crisp edge. It is a delicious apéritif style for those who prefer sparkling wines that are not completely dry. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-02-22
2013 La Fiorita Brunello di Montacino Riserva This delivers a fresh and complex nose with red plums and berries, as well as warm spices and terracotta. The palate has smooth, fine and quite dense tannins with ample fruit flavor. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-02-21
2014 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Flowers and berries with cedar, earth and leaf aromas, following through to a medium-bodied palate with firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs a year or two to come completely together. Drink in 2020. James Suckling 90 2019-02-21
2016 Latour Giraud Mersault 1er Cru Genevrieres Cuvee des Pierres (four barrels produced--one new, two once-used and one twice-used): Bright yellow. Alluring perfume of ripe peach, hazelnut and brown spices. Savory, utterly refined wine; at once ripe and dry, offering a lovely balance of salinity and concentrated stone fruit flavors. Currently more reserved than the Genevrières cuvée classique, finishing salty and backward but without any hard edges. This is an outstanding expression of soil with lovely citrus energy and superb longer-term potential. Tight and taut, as it should be in a good vintage. Saturates the palate and builds slowly and inexorably on the back end. This wine has historically been made from Latour's oldest parcel in Genevrières. He has done a bit of recent replanting and thus the source of this special bottling is in the process of shifting, but he told me that the wine will "always be from 50+-year-old vines in the same band of soil." Vinous 93+ 2019-02-19
2016 Latour Giraud Mersault 1er Cru Charmes (35 hectoliters per hectare produced, with some loss of fruit to the frost): Bright medium yellow. Aromas of peach, smoky oak, hazelnut and earth. Offers more carry-through of fruit onto the palate than the village wines, with stone fruit flavors nicely buffering the wine's salty minerality. Good depth and stuffing here, not to mention inner-mouth tension and sappiness. This rather refined 2016 finishes with excellent length and grip. (Incidentally, Latour produced just two barrels apiece of Meursault Bouchères and Poruzots in 2016.) Vinous 92 2019-02-19
2016 Latour Giraud Mersault 1er Cru Genevrieres (the yield here was just 30 hectoliters per hectare, according to Latour): Rather pale, bright yellow. Alluring scents of peach, lemon, mandarin orange and smoky oak, plus a whiff of almond flower. Very suave on entry, then drier and more closed in the middle palate than the Charmes, but with excellent citrus lift to relieve its salinity. Laid-back, concentrated wine with a fine-grained texture and excellent verve. Really resounds on the salty finish. There's a lot more to come here. Vinous 92+ 2019-02-19
2016 Latour Giraud Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres (Latour told me this wine and most of his other premier crus weigh in at about 13.5% alcohol and carry about 4.5 grams per liter of acidity, which he attributes largely to the low-yielding old vines): Bright lemon-yellow. Lemon zest and crushed stone on the nose, plus a piquant note of orange. Conveys a brighter, rockier mineral aspect than the Charmes ("another form of minerality," says Latour), along with more tension, and a note of pineapple that remains this side of exotic. This lovely high-pitched, concentrated wine is shockingly tastable now, yet it also possesses the force of the vintage's better examples. Latour noted that this wine finished its malolactic fermentation first among his '16s and that he gave it a slightly stronger fining with casein than the rest. Vinous 93 2019-02-19
2016 Latour Giraud Puligny Montrachet 1er cru Champs Canet Bright yellow. Sexy, expressive aromas of lemon oil, fresh apricot, hazelnut and oak. Suave and broad on entry, conveying a touch of sweetness and a fine-grained texture to its flavors of lemon, white peach and spices, then turns a bit leaner but more focused and citrussy on the back half. Doesn't offer the body or the palate presence of the estate's top Meursault crus (there was no frost effect here and the yield was a healthy 40 hectoliters per hectare) but this is still rather youthfully taut. Finishes dry, classic and long. I like the combination of stone and citrus fruits and underlying saline minerality. Vinous 92 2019-02-19
2016 Latour Giraud Meursault 'Les Narvaux' (Jean-Pierre Latour used no more than 25% new oak for his 2016 white wines): Bright light yellow. Ripe peach and fresh apricot on the nose, along with menthol and soil tones. A step up in texture from the Cuvée Charles Maxime, as the yield here was just 30 hectoliters per hectare. Smoother and deeper but also in a distinctly saline style, this wine finishes with more refinement and length. Vinous 90 2019-02-19
2016 Latour Giraud Meursault 'Cuvee Charles Maxime' Pale yellow-straw color. Aromas of stone fruits and vanilla. Nicely concentrated but a bit youthfully strict, showing more salty minerality than pear and apricot fruit flavors. Has good volume and richness but lacks subtlety and elegance--and not at all a fruity style for village wine. (13.2% alcohol without chaptalization) Vinous 88 2019-02-19
2017 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py Explosively fragrant, aromatic nose with very impressive aromas of spiced cassis and red cherries, as well as raspberries. The palate has a very plush, juicy and powerful, focused finish. So balanced and long. Drink or hold. James Suckling 96 2019-02-18
2017 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras This is a powerhouse with such precision and detail. So energetic. Very impressive aromas with spicy, fragrant red and purple fruit, leading to a plush and juicy palate with rich and velvety, fruit-soaked tannins. Exceptional wine. Drink or hold. James Suckling 96 2019-02-18
2017 Latour Giraud Mersault 1er Cru Genevrieres Cuvee des Pierres Latour has three barrels of this juice, one new, one once-used and one twice-used): Pale, bright yellow. Very pure, minerally aromas of underripe pineapple, soft citrus fruits, white pepper, hazelnut, wild herbs and menthol. Thick, concentrated and very deep, conveying a powerful impression of solidity. The wine's pronounced soft citrus fruit sweetness is counterpointed by salty minerality. Most impressive today on the slowly mounting, savory finish, which boasts terrific building energy. This sappy, utterly seamless wine would be unctuous were it not for its 4.5 g/l acidity, the highest among these 2017s. Owing to the advanced age of these vines and to heat during the flowering, the yield here was just 20 hectoliters per hectare, according to Latour, who added that this wine "gives the real image of the vintage." I disagree, as there are very few 2017 premier crus at the quality level of this one. Vinous 93-95 2019-02-18
2017 Latour Giraud Mersault 1er Cru Charmes (aging in 25% new oak): Pale-medium yellow. Subtly perfumed nose combines lemon drop, nectarine, mirabelle and hazelnut. Strong and sappy but smooth as well, showing lovely fruit intensity and depth. A firm mineral underpinning contributes to the wine's impression of precision and youthful linearity, and its touch of sweetness is perfectly buffered by sound acidity. A very refined, fine-grained, promising Charmes with noteworthy energy and rising length. The crop level here was a reasonable 39 hectoliters per hectare, according to Jean-Pierre Latour. Vinous 91-94 2019-02-18
2017 Latour Giraud Mersault 1er Cru Genevrieres (the crop level was just 35 hectoliters per hectare owing to losses during the flowering): Bright, light yellow with a green tinge. Captivating aromas of lemon, lime and powdered stone, with riper peach and apricot scents emerging with air. In a gentle, distinctly creamy style and balanced from the start, already conveying sexy sweetness to its fruit-driven flavors of stone fruits and lime flower. Finishes very smooth and long. One feels the evidence of the late-August heat; today this wine seems lower in acidity than the Charmes but it's fat and ripe and should be a popular style. This fruit bomb should benefit from the firming effect of a second winter in barrel. Vinous 91-93 2019-02-18
2017 Latour Giraud Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres (one of the three barrels was new, the other two from 2015): Bright, light yellow with a green tinge. Ripe but reticent nose hints at pineapple, dusty rock and marzipan (one of the three barrels is going through an oxidative phase). Sappy, thick and palate-saturating, with its mineral density leavening this very rich wine's sweetness of fruit. Not a creamy style but finishes with impressive building length, excellent savory grip and an absence of hard edges. Latour describes this wine as "not too large," noting that he picked the fruit early, on August 28 or 29. Vinous 91-93 2019-02-18
2017 Latour Giraud Puligny Montrachet 1er cru Champs Canet (25% new oak): Bright, light yellow. Peach, nut oils and hazelnut on the nose; also conveying a hint of tiredness from a barrel in an oxidative phase. Broad on entry, then rich, thick and concentrated but quite dry in the middle palate. Turns tighter, more linear and more classic on the back end, finishing with resounding flavors of stone fruits, citrus peel and stony minerality. The crop level was 40 hectoliters per hectare, according to Latour. Vinous 91-93 2019-02-18
2017 Latour Giraud Meursault 1er Cru Boucheres Slightly hazy pale yellow. Fresh on the nose but reticent and in need of air, hinting at fresh apricot, spices and menthol. Savory, nicely concentrated wine with an impression of lowish acidity but strong chewy soil tones to its slightly exotic peachy fruit salad flavors. Finishes surprisingly tangy and long, with good mineral grip. Appears to be very successful for this cuvée. Vinous 90-92 2019-02-18
2017 Latour Giraud Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots (Latour has just two 2016 barrels of this juice): Slightly hazy yellow. Aromas of soft citrus fruits, lemon zest, menthol and anise. At once dense and penetrating, with its impression of sucrosité leavened by salty minerality. Tactile, sappy and intense but not yet harmonious. This wine boasts excellent material but is evolving slowly and will need time (in barrel and in bottle) to expand and gain in length. Vinous 90-92 2019-02-18
2017 Latour Giraud Meursault 'Les Narvaux' Slightly hazy light yellow. Sexy scents of lemon, orange zest, ginger, minerals and white pepper. Supple but with a light touch, showing lovely mineral lift to its flavors of citrus fruits, spices and anise. Nicely balanced wine with average acidity and a slightly dusty finish. Latour compares this to the 2015 version but notes that this wine has more vivacity and tension in the mouth. Vinous 89-92 2019-02-18
2017 Latour Giraud Meursault 'Cuvee Charles Maxime' Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of ripe stone fruits, lemon peel, anise and flowers. Densely packed but light on its feet, showing subtle salinity to its fresh fruit flavors. A distinctly pretty wine with lovely acid lift. Vinous 88-90 2019-02-18
2016 Relic Cabernet Franc "The Prior" A blend of 76% Cabernet Franc and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Franc The Prior comes from the Frediani Vineyard, which is near Eisele Vineyard off Pickett Road in Calistoga. It's incredibly complex and nuanced, with terrific notes of black raspberries, black cherries, potpourri, spring flowers, and dried earth. As with all these wines, it's seamless, silky, and pure, with beautiful intensity yet no sensation of weight or heaviness. Jeb Dunnuck 96 2019-02-15
2016 Relic Pinot Noir "Kashaya" Sonoma Coast I was also able to taste two Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs from Mike, both meriting attention. All from the Wayfarer Vineyard, the 2016 Pinot Noir Kashaya comes from three different parcels and saw 30% stems. It offers a beautiful, layered, complex style in its darker cherry, underbrush, forest floor, and savory umami and cured meat notes. It's seamless, silky, and pure, with a great finish. Jeb Dunnuck 95 2019-02-15
2016 Relic Cabernet Sauvignon "Artefact" More classic blue fruits, damp earth, bay leaf, and herbal notes emerge from the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Artefact, which comes all from a single block in the Kenefick Ranch vineyard and spent 22 months in new barrels. With medium to full body, terrific purity, and a layered, elegant style, it has plenty of upfront charm and approachability yet the balance to keep for 20+ years. Jeb Dunnuck 94 2019-02-15
2016 Relic Grenache Paras Vineyard Mt Veeder There's not much Grenache on Mt. Veeder, and the 2016 Grenache Paras Vineyard comes from a high-density planting of 100% Grenache that was destemmed and brought up in neutral oak. It has a medium ruby color as well as a spicy, complex, nuanced style of spiced strawberries, black raspberries, savory herbs, and dried rose petals. It's ripe, sexy, medium to full-bodied, has fine tannins, and will drink beautifully for a decade. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-02-15
2016 Relic Pinot Noir Putnam Vineyard The last vintage for this cuvée, the 2016 Pinot Noir Putnam Vineyard comes from a cooler site yet has terrific purity in its blue fruits, mint, violets, spring flowers, and red berries. It's supple, seamless, elegant and forward on the palate, with the hallmark purity of fruit that makes 2016 so special in Sonoma. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2019-02-15
2014 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Mild ruby. Serious, cool nose and sleek palate with a hint of oak and skillfully done. Elegan, long and well balanced with chewy tannins. Ready now. Jancis Robinson 16.5 2019-02-14
2016 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 is a superstar and has a deep, concentrated, elegant, old-school style not far from what's achieved at Dominus and Spottswoode with their ultra-classic style, yet with its mountain terroir austerity and obvious structure front and center. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in mostly new oak, its deep black color is followed by a sensational perfume of blackcurrants and cassis fruits intermixed with notions of camphor, tobacco leaf, scorched earth, new saddle leather, and incredible minerality. Possessing a Latour-like stature and austerity, it's full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated, with silky yet building tannins. This is a Bordeaux lover’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Give it 4-5 years of bottle age and enjoy it over the following 3-4 decades. Jeb Dunnuck 98+ 2019-02-14
2017 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 Lastly, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 is a standout effort, offering an inky color, obvious tannic structure, full-bodied richness, and a more mineral-laced bouquet of smoked black fruits, camphor, new leather, and tobacco. Despite having plenty of structure, it stays beautifully balanced on the palate and has a seamless, lengthy texture. Give bottles 3-5 years or so, and it should drink nicely for two decades or more. Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 2019-02-14
2016 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre (there’s a small amount of Petit Verdot in the blend) is a beautiful, refined example of Pritchard Hill Cabernet. Deep ruby-colored, with a mountain hillside-like bouquet of wild scrub brush, crushed rocks, tobacco, dried herbs and both blue and black fruits, it glides over the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, beautifully integrated acidity, and solid length. It's very much in the style of the 1147 release, but slightly less concentrated and majestic. Elegant, silky, and seamless, yet still with ample power, it's a brilliant 2016 geared for those that love the old-school, classic style of Napa Valley. It will keep for 2+ decades. Jeb Dunnuck 95 2019-02-14
2017 David Arthur Chardonnay Brought up in 30-40% new French oak, the 2017 Chardonnay has a ripe bouquet of lemon curd, citrus, and white flowers. It’s medium-bodied, layered and nicely textured, and while it leans towards the riper end of the spectrum, is beautifully balanced. Jeb Dunnuck 91-93 2019-02-14
2016 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge Napa Valley The 2016 Eloge Proprietary Red Wine (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot aged 22 months in 55% new oak) has slightly more new oak on the nose as well as plenty of crème de cassis, black cherries, scorched earth and chocolate. It's firm, focused, and tight on the palate, with medium to full body and ripe tannins, but really needs short-term cellaring. It should have 15+ years of overall longevity. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-02-14
2016 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Starting out, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve is the least expensive cuvée and spent 22 months in 55% new French oak. It offers a classic Cabernet nose of blackcurrants, new saddle leather, lead pencil, and dried tobacco. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, supple, elegant wine that has loads of charm and character. It’s a beautiful wine that will keep for 15 years or more. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-02-14
2016 Behrens Family Winery Head in the Clouds Slightly less expensive, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Head in the Clouds (there's 17% Petit Verdot in the blend) is also deeply colored and has an expressive bouquet of blackcurrants, blueberries, scorched earth, graphite, and violets. It's slightly more upfront and approachable compared to the Cemetery release, with juicy, youthful fruit, full-bodied richness, and sweet tannins, and it should drink nicely for 15+ years or more. It's another terrific wine from this estate that's well worth seeking out. Jeb Dunnuck 94 2019-02-14
2016 Relic Scarpa Syrah One of the first wines they named, since the vineyard sources continued to change in the first few years, the 2016 Syrah Scarpa is 100% Syrah sourced from the Phoenix Ranch Vineyard that was fermented with 30% stems and aged in 40% new barrels. Blueberries, spring flowers, bacon fat, and olive notes all flow to a silky, ultra-fine seamless Syrah that has no hard edges, gorgeous purity, and a great finish. Another remarkable wine from winemaker Mike Hirby, it has classic Syrah complexity and nuances with some serious California fruit. Drink it over the coming decade. Jeb Dunnuck 96 2019-02-14
2016 Behrens Family Winery The Cemetery The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cemetery is a smoking good wine! Just loaded with awesome cassis, blackberry, chocolate, tobacco leaf, and hints of earth, this beauty hits the palate with full body, a rounded, voluptuous, sexy profile, and a great finish. Both hedonistic and intellectual, it's going to cruise for two decades or more on its balance and purity. It's a rock star bottle of Napa Cabernet! Jeb Dunnuck 97 2019-02-14
2017 Bodegas La Cana Albarino A mineral-driven nose includes oceanic notes of sea brine to go with apple and light oak scents. Sizzling acidity is in the green-apple realm, while this Albarino tastes of Granny Smith apple, gooseberry, oak and lees. A tangy, pinched finish is salty and firm. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-02-12
2017 Bodegas Aquitania Bernon Albarino Entirely fresh aromas of apple and honeydew rank as pure and inviting. On the palate, this is buffed and stony, like a good Rias Baixas Albarino should be. Nectarine and citrus flavors finish well on a long, effortless finish Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-02-12
2017 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's This mix of 56% Grenache, 37% Syrah and 7% Tempranillo is extra-fresh upon opening the twist-top bottle, showing aromas of raspberry, sagebrush and white pepper. The palate also combines fresh red fruit, pepper and herbs, making for a zesty sip. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-02-12
2016 Chateau Bellegrave du Poujeau Haut Medoc This vineyard in the southern part of the Medoc is so close to Bordeaux city that only a small part has been saved from buildings. The wine is worth the effort, rich with fine tannins and wood-aging flavors that sustain the ripe blackberry fruits and smoky character. The wine should age well, ready to drink from 2022. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-02-12
2016 Chateau du Moulin Rouge Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois Just dominated by Merlot, this is still a firm wine. Its tannins and acidity are a distinguishing feature at this young stage. They will be joined by blackberry fruits as the wine matures. It has a good future. Drink from 2023 Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-02-12
2017 Morgan Winery Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay The unoaked character of this wine does push it toward a Sauvignon Blanc style, but it works well in this vintage. Aromas of wet stone, grass, lemon blossom and honeysuckle lead into a chalky palate of lime balm, lanolin, and a hint of sour cream. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-02-12
2017 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Rueda Nisia Las Suertes Verdejo Peach and nectarine aromas show a hint of barrel influence but not too much. A high acid palate keeps this oak-aged Verdejo on the citric and tangy side, while flavors of lemon, underripe nectarine, vanilla and wood grain finish full, oily and salty, with leftover zesty acidity Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-02-12
2017 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Rueda Nisia Verdejo Apple and other white fruit aromas are good but generic. This Verdejo is fresh and healthy in feel, with pulpy weight. Leesy flavors of apple and persimmon finish slightly briny. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-02-12
2017 Domaine Gerard Neumeyer Pinot Noir Berger Schaefferstein Aromatic notes of ripe cherry rise from the glass. The palate adds freshness and verve to the cherry notes, bringing out their red-fruited tartness. Fine tannins have the slightest crunch, providing a mouthfeel that is vivid and alive despite the inherent slenderness. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-02-12
2016 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto Organic Rubbery, cheesy berry aromas are earthy and come with a touch of spice. High acidity makes for a tight, drawing palate, while this tastes of tangy plum and currant prior to its scratchy finish. Wine Enthusiast BB 2019-02-12
2016 Bodegas Rejadorada Reja Joven Generic red-fruit aromas are basic but clean. A chewy, plump palate is solid and not too heavy, which helps standard plum and berry flavors. While this joven style Toro is far from concentrated and intense, the finish is slighty grapy, chunky and jammy. Wine Enthusiast 87BB 2019-02-12
2017 Morgan Winery Riesling Double L Vineyard From a certified organic vineyard, this ever-so-slightly-sweet Riesling shows strong aciditiy and firm grip on the sip, where Pink Lady apples, coconut and creamy tropical flavors arise. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-02-12
2016 Bodegas Rejadorada Roble Tinto Dark berry aromas are slightly complex and minerally, with a hint of hot stones. This Toro feels big and fleshy, but also slightly choppy. Blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors slowly drift away on a steady direct finish. Wine Enthusiast 89BB 2019-02-12
2017 Morgan Winery Sauvignon Blanc A classic Sauvignon Blanc at a fair price, this bottling starts with fresh and inviting aromas of apple blossom and red apple on the nose. Crisp and clean on the palate, it's tightly woven structure reveals lemon wedge and sliced Granny Smith apple flavors. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-02-12
2017 Don Sebastiani & Sons Simple Life Chardonnay A tempting aroma of ripe pears, melted butter and vanilla leads to ripe, almost sweet fruit and baking-spice flavors on a smooth, soft texture. The wine is low in acidity and creamy in mouthfeel. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-02-12
2015 Van Zellers Vintage Douro Port This rich wine is a blend of typical Douro grapes, giving firm tannins as well as black fruits. The wine's structure is still center stage, although the fruit is shining brightly with its blackberry flavors. Drink from late 2019. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-02-12
2017 Agathe Bursin Muscat Bollenberg Lively straw-green. The highly typical Muscat nose offers vibrant, clean lime, orange blossom and sweet spice notes. The flavors of lychee and green apple are clean, fresh and precise too. Finishes long and juicy with a hint of mint. Very expressive, outstanding wine that is mostly Muscat Ottonel (80%) and a little Muscat d’Alsace (20%). Bursin bought this parcel of vines in 2001, and given the high quality of Muscat wine she makes practically every year from these vines, I’d say it was a very smart buy. I could drink this all day long. Vinous 92 2019-02-07
2017 Agathe Bursin L'As de B Straw. Delicate aromas of pear, yellow flowers, fresh herbs and tangerine. Bright and fresh but a bit one-dimensional, with a simple quality to the citrus and spice flavors. Not especially perfumed, even slightly neutral in 2017. As always, it is made with a field blend of 20% Gewürztraminer, 20% Sylvaner, 20% Riesling, 20% Auxerrois-Pinot Blanc, 15% Pinot Gris and 5% Muscat. Vinous 88 2019-02-07
2017 Agathe Bursin Sylvaner Lutzental Pale golden-tinged straw-yellow. Canned pineapple, tangerine and very ripe pear on the sexy, showy nose. Then juicy, penetrating and vibrant, with sweet (11 g/L r.s.) but lively (5.6 g/L total acidity) flavors of tropical fruit and ripe pear. Finishes long, ripe and round. Outstanding Sylvaner from one of the recognized masters of the variety. Vinous 92 2019-02-07
2017 Agathe Bursin Gewurtztraminer Dirtstelberg Light gold. Aromas of grapefruit, rose petal, mint, and spices, plus a light tropical fruit note. Then delicate and easygoing, displaying moderately complex floral flavors and a silky texture. Closes off-dry and accessible, with decent length, but it is not an especially opulent or showy Gewürz (18 g/L r.s. and 4.3 g/L total acidity). Vinous 88 2019-02-07
2017 Agathe Bursin Riesling Dirtstelberg Bright straw-yellow. Aromas of peach, orange oil and white pepper. Supple, dense and broad, showing attractive spicy lift to the ripe flavors of soft citrus fruits, apple and pear. Densely packed, displaying nicely persistent soft citrus high tones and a hint of creamy sweetness that is more obvious than the low 4 g/L r.s. implies. Made from 65-year-old vines that are a different massal selection of Riesling than that planted in the Bollenberg. Vinous 91 2019-02-07
2016 Chateau de Penya Lilac Wine Living up to its name, the 2016 Lilac Wine is floral and surprisingly delicate for a wine that tips the scales at 15% alcohol. A blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah, it sees only larger-format wood, leaving the purity of its mixed-berry and spice elements unvarnished by oak. It's a terrific bargain that should drink well for several more years. Wine Advocate 91 2019-02-05
2016 Chateau de Penya Lilac Wine The 2016 Rouge from Jeff Carrel checks in as a blend of 45% Carignan, 30% Grenache, and 25% Syrah that was manually harvested and aged in large oak casks. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by notes of blueberries, blackberries, crushed violets and wet stone. Medium-bodied, supple and juicy, with lively acidity and a great finish, it's an elegant, balanced Roussillon to drink over the coming 4-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-02-05
2016 Nicodemi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Le Murate Medium deep ruby. Open-knit nose of black currant, licorice and tar. Sappy primary fruit flavors offer early accessibility but are a little on the simple side. Finishes with subtle persistence and good freshness (only 13% alcohol). Vinous 88 2019-02-01
2013 Nicodemi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva Neromoro Fully saturated ruby. Musky, slightly high-toned but fresh scents of blackcurrant, blueberry, mocha and vanillin oak. Plush, fine-grained flavors of dark berries, sweet spices and ink display a complicating saline, high-acid character but this clean, seamless wine is still very youthful. Rising harmonious tannins build on the aftertaste, with red and dark fruit nuances lingering nicely. Vinous 91 2019-02-01
2016 Nicodemi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Notari Full ruby-red. Aromas of dark plum and black cherry are complicated by vanilla, musk and gingerbread. Juicy and high-toned in the mouth, offering densely packed flavors of mocha and underbrush lifted by a floral note. Round and easygoing; I could hardly tell this has 14% alcohol, but I would have liked a little fresher fruit. Perhaps a bit blocked today by its oak component. Try it in 2020, as a little extra cellaring will likely help the development of greater nuance. Made from a blend of three old vineyards planted on essentially clay-limestone soil and aged in new and used 500-liter tonneaux. Vinous 90 2019-02-01
2017 Nicodemi Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Le Murate Pale straw-yellow. Aromas and flavors of pear, chlorophyll and flower blossom. Supple but fresh and quite dry, finishing with an easygoing, accessible quality. Only 12.5% alcohol. Vinous 89 2019-02-01
2015 Andrea Oberto Barolo DOCG Rocche Dell 'Annunziata Complex aromas of plums, cedar, dried flowers and leather follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Needs three or four years to come around. Try in 2023. James Suckling 95 2019-01-28
2015 Andrea Oberto Barolo DOCG Albarella Poached and spiced red cherries and red plums, with a walnut-like sheen of more savory aromas. There’s a bed of fine tannins supporting the palate, which holds bright and juicy red-fruit flavor that darkens and enriches the deep, long finish. Try this from 2023. James Suckling 94 2019-01-28
2013 Andrea Oberto Barolo DOCG Rocche Dell 'Annunziata Ripe, darker berries and leathery nuances lead to a palate that carries a wealth of assertive tannins and some sweet oak influence into ripe cherries. Firm finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2019-01-28
2015 Andrea Oberto Barolo DOCG 2015 Aromas of iron, stone and fresh, sliced strawberries follow through to a medium to full body with tannins that build on the palate. Needs three to four years to soften. Drink in 2022 or later. James Suckling 93 2019-01-28
2015 Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo DOCG This offers some deeper, darker fruit aromas, as well as cedar and walnuts with an earthy edge and toasted spice. The palate carries abundant ripe red-cherry flavor and is framed in succulent, juicy tannins. Sits in an approachable, balanced mode. Drink or hold James Suckling 93 2019-01-28
2015 Marziano Abbona Ravera Barolo DOCG Coal smoke and warm stones on the nose, ahead of violets and red cherries. The palate has firm and sleek tannins that curve in a seamless arc, holding rich red-fruit flavors deep into the fresh finish. Try from 2022. James Suckling 93 2019-01-28
2016 Domaine Romain Jambon Brouilly Les Eronnes An impressively structured wine for this appellation, this is rich and dense. Black fruits and perfumed acidity are supported by a firm backbone that will allow the wine to age. Drink from 2020. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-01-22
2016 Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir Ridgetop Vineyard From a site near Annapolis on the extreme Sonoma Coast, this wine is resplendent in red cherry and raspberry, inviting through and through. Robustly built, it offers a wealth of Asian spice, burnt orange and forest floor, finishing with a length of power and concentration. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-01-22
2016 Domaine Romain Jambon Brouilly Les Vieux Ceps Produced from old vines, this wine is dense and well structured. Tannins march with the black fruits and dense dry core to give richness and fullness. Drink this wine from late 2019. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-01-22
2013 Corte Majoli Amarone della Valpolicella Aromas of baking spice, mocha and raisin lead the nose. The chewy palate delivers prune, licorice and white pepper alongside rounded tannins. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-01-22
2016 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Softly textured and full bodied in richness and ripe concentration, this wine is woody and earthy, with a backbone of black currant, clove, black pepper and sizeable grip. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-01-22
2016 Domaine Yves Cheron Cuvee Jurassique Gigondas Rich blueberry and cherry notes mark the nose of the 2016 Gigondas Jurassique. A blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, it's full-bodied, ripe and velvety in texture, ending on hints of crushed stone that give it a welcome dry, savory edge. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-01-22
2016 Spindrift Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley A light, bright and pretty wine, this offers delicate flavors of raspberries, backed with bright aciditiy. There's good push through the mid palate into a gently finish with a hint of chicken stock. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-01-22
2013 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Laurence Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasted five years after bottling, this wine still shows a core of dried strawberry and cherry flavor, but it's shaded by umami tones of balsamic, leather and mushroom. It's intoxicatingly rich on the palate but balanced freshly, edged by delicate tea tannins. This complex wine shows its savory side elegantly. It drinks well now but should hold until 2024. Wine Enthusiast 95 2019-01-21
2016 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Still in foudres, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee is even more impressive than it was last year. It's still firmly tannic, but the fruit seems to be growing in stature, adding volume and richness sufficient to round out the tannins. This full-bodied, concentrated wine offers hints of mocha and raspberries, but it seems a bit more monolithic than the 2015 at the moment. Wine Advocate 93-95 2019-01-18
2017 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Blanc Chateauneuf-du-Pape Pale green-tinged yellow. Heady, mineral-laced pear and melon aromas show outstanding clarity and a sexy floral nuance. Sappy and sharply focused on the palate, offering vibrant orchard fruit and honeydew flavors that are braced and lifted by a bitter citrus pith element. The floral note comes back strong on the finish, which lingers with outstanding, mineral-driven tenacity. Vinous 93 2019-01-18
2016 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Blanc Chateauneuf-du-Pape Limpid straw-yellow. Penetrating aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits are complemented by hints of chalky minerals and iodine. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering mineral-driven Meyer lemon, Anjou pear and chamomile flavors that show excellent clarity and vibrant lift. The mineral and pear notes carry strongly though an incisive finish that hangs on with impressive focus and tenacity. Vinous 94 2019-01-18
2015 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Blanc Chateauneuf-du-Pape Pale gold. Penetrating, mineral-tinged aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits are joined by hints of chalky minerals, quinine and ginger. Juicy and deeply concentrated, offering intense pear nectar, peach and Meyer lemon flavors that show excellent clarity and minerally drive. The mineral note lingers impressively on the nervy finish, which displays excellent focus and tenacity. Vinous 92 2019-01-18
2015 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vivid ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe raspberry, cherry and garrigue, while a suave floral element expands with air. Fleshy, seamless and broad on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and fruitcake flavors that are braced and lifted by a spine of juicy acidity. The floral note builds as the wine opens up and carries through the sweet, strikingly long finish, which leaves behind red fruit liqueur and licorice notes. Vinous 93-95 2019-01-18
2013 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Deep ruby. Potent aromas of ripe dark berries, licorice pastille, woodsmoke, game and garrigue, plus a peppery nuance that adds spiciness and lift. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become livelier and sweeter with air. The very long, energetic, sharply focused finish features fine-grained tannins and subtle, lingering notes of dark berries and smoked meat. Vinous 93 2019-01-18
2012 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Opaque ruby. Heady aromas of black and blue fruits, potpourri and Indian spices, with a smoky element emerging with air. Taut and sharply focused on entry, then fleshier and broader in the mid-palate, offering vibrant boysenberry and black raspberry flavors with hints of candied violet, smoked meat and licorice. Finishes spicy and long, with repeating florality and slow-building tannins. Vinous 93 2019-01-18
2014 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Blanc Chateauneuf-du-Pape 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 2019-01-18
2011 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape (80% grenache, 6% syrah, 4% mourvedre and the rest "everything else"): Deep ruby. Ripe black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by potpourri, incense and licorice, with a smoky topnote. Sappy, focused dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are sharpened by juicy acidity and show very good depth. Lots of fruit here but there's good structure as well. Finishes sweet and long, with velvety tannins adding shape. As with the '12, there's a degree of elegance to this wine and less of the wild edge of the Pegaus of a few vintages back. Vinous 92 2019-01-18
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol Starting with the 2017 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol, which is 100% Marsanne and still aging in barrel, it offers medium-bodied notes of caramelized apple, tangerine, and brioche in a balanced, tight, vibrant style. It’s going to need at least a year of bottle age to start to show at its best. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2019-01-10
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes I loved the 2017 Saint Joseph Les Côtes from Voge, which has a classic yet ripe, textured style that's a joy to drink. Lots of blackberries, plums, peppery, and floral notes all give way to a medium-bodied Saint Joseph that has good acidity, moderate tannins, and a layered, elegant style. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2019-01-10
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles As to the Cornas releases, the young vine cuvée from Voge is the 2017 Cornas Les Chailles, which spent 18 months in used barrels. It's a pure, beautifully layered, ripe example of the vintage that has rock star purity in its cassis, blackberry, crushed rock, and crushed violet aromas and flavors. It has some leesy notes which should disappear by the time it's bottled, medium to full body, a rounded, layered texture, and a great finish. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2019-01-10
2017 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes The 2017 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes comes from the older vines of the estate and higher elevation south and southeast facing terroirs and is still aging in 15-20% new French oak. It has a tighter, more inward style in its crème de cassis, toasted spice, graphite, and floral aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with plenty of fat and opulent, beautiful underlying tannins, and sensational purity of fruit, it's a gem of a wine that's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 10-15 years. This cuvée was first released from this estate in 1970. Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 2019-01-10
2016 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol Moving to the whites from bottle, the 2016 Saint-Péray Fleur De Russol showed brilliantly, with beautiful stone fruits, spice, toasted almond, and hints of minerality. This medium to full-bodied Marsanne has a layered, ripe yet elegant style, terrific fruit, and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-01-10
2016 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Leading off the Cornas releases, the 2016 Cornas Les Chailles is a wine that always delivers pleasure. It offers an exotic bouquet of violets, black and blue fruits, gamey meats, incense, and bouquet garni. It's medium to full-bodied, rich, beautifully textured, and layered, with the charm to drink today and the balance and class to keep for a decade or more. It's a rich, powerful Cornas from 2016. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-01-10
2016 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes The 2016 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes is similar in style to the Vieilles Fontaines, just slightly less concentrated. It comes from the Combe, Patou, La Côte, Les Mazards and Chaillot lieux-dits and is partially destemmed and brought up mostly in neutral barrels. Lifted notes of black and blue fruits, damp earth, spring flowers, and violets all emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated yet elegant red that stays balanced on the palate, with good acidity. It's another powerful, seriously endowed, pedal-to-the-metal Cornas that will have two decades of longevity. Jeb Dunnuck 95 2019-01-10
2016 Domaine Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes Moving to the 2016s from bottle, the 2016 Saint Joseph Les Côtes has a fabulous perfume of rose petals, blueberries, spring flowers, and sappy underbrush. On the palate it's fresh, medium-bodied, and elegant, with a silky style that puts on weight with time in the glass. It will benefit from a year of bottle age and drink well for 6-7 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-01-10
2017 Domaine Vallet Rouelle-Midi Condrieu White flowers, tangerine, and citrus notes all emerge from the 2017 Condrieu Rouelle Midi, another charming, forward, juicy 2017 that's beautifully done. With medium-bodied richness, good acidity, and a clean finish, it's ideal for drinking over the coming 2-3 years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-01-10
2016 Domaine Vallet Rouelle-Midi Condrieu The 2016 Condrieu Rouelle-Midi was brought up in mostly in tank, with just 30% in barrel. This light gold-colored effort has obvious minerality and salinity in its white peach, tangerine peel, and floral aromas and flavors. Nicely textured on the palate, with good acidity and a medium-bodied mouthfeel, it's beautiful today yet should keep for 3-5 years as well. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-01-10
2016 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Meribets The 2016 Saint Joseph Meribets is terrific, with a beautiful sense of elegance and finesse in its fruit and tannins. Blackberries, plums, peppery herbs, and light mineral notes all flow to a medium-bodied, silky wine that has good acidity, tons of upfront charm, and no hard edges. It's well worth a multi-bottle purchase and will drink nicely for 5-7 years. This wine was completely destemmed and spent 10 months in used barrels. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-01-10
2016 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Muletiers Aged 16 months in barrels, the 2016 Saint Joseph Muletiers is a slightly deeper, richer wine. Black currants, cassis, crushed violets, leafy herbs, and peppery notes all emerge from this elegant yet textured beauty that has medium to full body, ample mid-palate density, and sweet tannins. It's a fabulous Saint Joseph to drink over the coming 8-10 years. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-01-10
2015 Le Cadeau Diversite Pinot Noir Dark red. Heady aromas of fresh red and blue fruits, Asian spices and incense, backed by a smoky mineral element. Sappy, sharply delineated raspberry, boysenberry and cola flavors pick up a sexy floral pastille note and a hint of five-spice powder with air. Pure and seamless on the gently tannic finish, which features lingering floral and spice notes. Vinous 93 2019-01-03
2017 Vina Quintay Q Syrah This syrah comes from vines planted in 2006 in the area of ​​Mina del Agua, in the center of Casablanca, a rather warm place within the logic of the valley, which allows the syrah to mature without problems. And here you feel that maturity in its voluptuous texture, and also in its wide and unctuous flavors. The spine is composed of firm tannins and a juicy acidity that gives freshness. Descorchados 92 2018-12-27
2018 Vina Quintay Clava Sauvignon Blanc Light and friendly, with shades of white fruits and a mild acidity that grows little until it begins to show its claws. This is herbal, juicy and ideal for corvina ceviche. Descorchados 90 2018-12-27
2018 Vina Quintay Clava Pinot Noir Rose Harvested a couple of weeks before the pinot noir for red wines, the grapes are destemmed and then they go to the vat. This rosé is the result of the juice that is generated with the natural pressure of the grapes, against each other, in the barrel, about 16,000 liters in total of this delicious rosé, full of fruit flavors and floral notes, in a light body wine and juicy acidity. Take it by boxes to summer vacations. Descorchados 90 2018-12-27
2017 Chateau de Lancyre Roussanne Val de Montferrand Crushed stone, pineapple and tangerine notes mingle easily on the nose of the 2017 Val de Montferrand Roussanne. This is pleasantly crisp and fresh, with tropical notes up front but zesty citrus on the finish, and in between there's a pleasantly plump, medium-bodied wine with immense appeal. Wine Advocate 90 2018-12-27
2016 Chateau de Lancyre Roussanne Val de Montferrand The 2016 Igp Saint Guilhem le Desert Val de Montferrand Roussanne offers lots of melon and apple fruits, as well as more brioche and honeysuckle on the palate, medium-bodied richness and good acidity. Made from 85% Roussanne, with the balance Viognier and Marsanne, it has outstanding potential. It’s worth noting that this white from Lancyre comes from the northern, cooler parts of the appellation, where there’s slightly more elevation and limestone/clay soils. This cuvee drinks nicely in its youth, yet also has the capacity to evolve for a decade or so. Wine Advocate 89-91 2018-12-27
2016 Chateau de Lancyre Roussanne Val de Montferrand Similar in style but less flashy than the 2017, the 2016 Val de Montferrand Roussanne is nevertheless a solid effort. Pineapple fruit, a plump, mouthwatering mid-palate and a crisp, lemony finish all come together to provide charm and appeal. Wine Advocate 89 2018-12-27
2017 Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol Starting with the 2017 Saint-Péray Fleur De Crussol, which is 100% Marsanne and still aging in barrel, it offers medium-bodied notes of caramelized apple, tangerine, and brioche in a balanced, tight, vibrant style. It’s going to need at least a year of bottle age to start to show at its best. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2018-12-21
2017 Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes I loved the 2017 Saint Joseph Les Côtes from Voge, which has a classic yet ripe, textured style that's a joy to drink. Lots of blackberries, plums, peppery, and floral notes all give way to a medium-bodied Saint Joseph that has good acidity, moderate tannins, and a layered, elegant style. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2018-12-21
2017 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles As to the Cornas releases, the young vine cuvée from Voge is the 2017 Cornas Les Chailles, which spent 18 months in used barrels. It's a pure, beautifully layered, ripe example of the vintage that has rock star purity in its cassis, blackberry, crushed rock, and crushed violet aromas and flavors. It has some leesy notes which should disappear by the time it's bottled, medium to full body, a rounded, layered texture, and a great finish. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2018-12-21
2017 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes The 2017 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes comes from the older vines of the estate and higher elevation south and southeast facing terroirs and is still aging in 15-20% new French oak. It has a tighter, more inward style in its crème de cassis, toasted spice, graphite, and floral aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with plenty of fat and opulent, beautiful underlying tannins, and sensational purity of fruit, it's a gem of a wine that's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 10-15 years. This cuvée was first released from this estate in 1970. Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 2018-12-21
2016 Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol Moving to the whites from bottle, the 2016 Saint-Péray Fleur De Russol showed brilliantly, with beautiful stone fruits, spice, toasted almond, and hints of minerality. This medium to full-bodied Marsanne has a layered, ripe yet elegant style, terrific fruit, and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2018-12-21
2016 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Leading off the Cornas releases, the 2016 Cornas Les Chailles is a wine that always delivers pleasure. It offers an exotic bouquet of violets, black and blue fruits, gamey meats, incense, and bouquet garni. It's medium to full-bodied, rich, beautifully textured, and layered, with the charm to drink today and the balance and class to keep for a decade or more. It's a rich, powerful Cornas from 2016. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2018-12-21
2016 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes The 2016 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes is similar in style to the Vieilles Fontaines, just slightly less concentrated. It comes from the Combe, Patou, La Côte, Les Mazards and Chaillot lieux-dits and is partially destemmed and brought up mostly in neutral barrels. Lifted notes of black and blue fruits, damp earth, spring flowers, and violets all emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated yet elegant red that stays balanced on the palate, with good acidity. It's another powerful, seriously endowed, pedal-to-the-metal Cornas that will have two decades of longevity. Jeb Dunnuck 95 2018-12-21
2016 Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes Moving to the 2016s from bottle, the 2016 Saint Joseph Les Côtes has a fabulous perfume of rose petals, blueberries, spring flowers, and sappy underbrush. On the palate it's fresh, medium-bodied, and elegant, with a silky style that puts on weight with time in the glass. It will benefit from a year of bottle age and drink well for 6-7 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2018-12-21
2017 Domaine Vallet Condrieu Rouelle Midi White flowers, tangerine, and citrus notes all emerge from the 2017 Condrieu Rouelle Midi, another charming, forward, juicy 2017 that's beautifully done. With medium-bodied richness, good acidity, and a clean finish, it's ideal for drinking over the coming 2-3 years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2018-12-21
2016 Domaine Vallet Condrieu Rouelle Midi The 2016 Condrieu Rouelle-Midi was brought up in mostly in tank, with just 30% in barrel. This light gold-colored effort has obvious minerality and salinity in its white peach, tangerine peel, and floral aromas and flavors. Nicely textured on the palate, with good acidity and a medium-bodied mouthfeel, it's beautiful today yet should keep for 3-5 years as well. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2018-12-21
2016 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Cuvee Meribets The 2016 Saint Joseph Meribets is terrific, with a beautiful sense of elegance and finesse in its fruit and tannins. Blackberries, plums, peppery herbs, and light mineral notes all flow to a medium-bodied, silky wine that has good acidity, tons of upfront charm, and no hard edges. It's well worth a multi-bottle purchase and will drink nicely for 5-7 years. This wine was completely destemmed and spent 10 months in used barrels. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2018-12-21
2016 Domaine Vallet Saint Joseph Cuvee Muletiers Aged 16 months in barrels, the 2016 Saint Joseph Muletiers is a slightly deeper, richer wine. Black currants, cassis, crushed violets, leafy herbs, and peppery notes all emerge from this elegant yet textured beauty that has medium to full body, ample mid-palate density, and sweet tannins. It's a fabulous Saint Joseph to drink over the coming 8-10 years. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2018-12-21
2016 Chiappini Felciaino Dark plums, dried herbs, licorice and a touch of vanilla. There’s very pretty fruit and acid tension to enjoy on the full-bodied palate, which sports round tannins. Drink now. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sangiovese. James Suckling 92 2018-12-20
2017 Spindrift Cellars Pinot Gris A spicy nose with an herbal edge carries a faint impression of petrol, as a Riesling might show. In the mouth the flavors fill in and round out, with sweet pear, white peach, and more of that Germanic hint of petrol. An interesting wine, though done in a style that’s atypical for Pinot Gris. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-12-18
2016 Santa Barbara Winery Santa Barbara County Pinot noir From portions of the Burning Creek and Lafond Vineyards, this fruit-forward wine is a solid deal, starting with strong aromas of black cherry, licorice and nutmeg. It’s a full-flavored Pinot Noir that currently shows a rather tense structure, carrying flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry and black pepper. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-12-18
2017 Foris Pinot Gris As with all of the Foris white wines, refreshing minerality and an overall sense of immaculate fruit preservation are foremost. The supporting minerality emphasizes focused flavors of cucumber and jicama through a refreshing finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-12-18
2016 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon This is a savory red, adorned in cedar, dried herb and black pepper. The aromatics are nicely defined in violet. Burly grippy tannins complement a wealth of ripe plum and graphite Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-12-18
2016 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge This blends 66% Cabernet Sauvignon with 28% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Together, they combine for a soft rounded palate of smoky cherry, currant, clove and cinnamon. A light grip of tannin gives it additional power and statement, with a finish of black pepper. Enjoy 2026–2031. Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-12-18
2017 Keuka Spring Riesling Humphreys Vineyard A mineral-laden nose of wet rock and crushed slate mingles with broader tones of white blossoms and yellow apple. This is off-dry in style and delicately textured on the palate, displaying a juicy orchard-fruit profile that’s peppered with notes of jasmine and tonic water. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-12-18
2017 Keuka Spring Riesling A bright nose of apple and pear aromas melds with an edging of tangerine and grapefruit in this off-dry wine. The palate is delicate and soft, displaying a plump orchard-fruit flavor backed by orange acidity. A peach-fuzz texture lingers on the finish Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-12-18
2014 Valderiz Valdehermoso Crianza A compelling mix of berry, oak, mocha and earthy aromas is true to Ribera del Duero and moderately complex. A tight, tannic palate delivers blackberry and smoked meat flavors prior to a fleshy, meaty tasting finish. Drink through 2021. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-12-18
2015 Marques de Vargas Crianza Welcoming berry aromas are fresh and include notes of cinnamon and baking spices. On the palate, this is rubbing due to grating tannins. Flavors of leathery plum, raspberry and oak finish with notable wood spice and friction. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-12-18
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza Berry and plum aromas show some barnyard amid overall ripeness. This feels bulky and grating, with rubbing tannins. Chunky berry flavors are more basic and undefined than specific, while this crianza is punchy and a bit rough on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-12-18
2016 Roucas Toumba Vacqueyras Les Premices Blanc Brilliant straw-yellow. An intensely perfumed, mineral-tinged bouquet evokes fresh pear, Meyer lemon, honeysuckle and gingery spices. Silky and sharply delineated on the palate, offering vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of fennel. Clings with excellent tenacity on the incisive finish, which leaves sexy floral and candied citrus fruit notes behind. Vinous 92 2018-12-17
2016 Roucas Toumba Vacqueyras La Grande Terre Lurid ruby. Heady red and blue fruit liqueur, licorice and violet aromas are complicated by allspice and smoky mineral nuances that build steadily in the background. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet cherry cola and blueberry flavors that are sharpened and given backbone by a spine of juicy acidity. Plays richness off energy with a steady hand and finishes impressively long and gently tannic, leaving a sappy red fruit note behind. Vinous 93 2018-12-17
2015 Roucas Toumba Vacqueyras Les Restanques de Cabassole Bright ruby. Powerful red and dark berry aromas are complemented by baking spice, incense and lavender pastille notes. Sappy and broad on the palate, offering vivacious black raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors energized by an undercurrent of juicy acidity. Silky, harmonious tannins build slowly on an impressively long, seamless finish that leaves behind energetic floral and dark berry notes. Vinous 92 2018-12-17
2016 Domaine Seguinot-Bordet Chablis The 2016 Chablis Villages, matured in a combination of stainless steel and barrels, has a lifted bouquet, with hints of yellow flower (dandelion consommé, perhaps) coming through with time. The palate is fresh on the entry, with a touch of orange rind neatly embroidered into the Granny Smith apple and granite notes that gently fan out on the finish. This is a few furlongs better than the Petit Chablis this vintage and, as such, comes recommended. Wine Advocate 90 2018-12-17
2016 Pietro Caciorgna Ciauria Etna Rosso Surprising aromas of fresh basil and plums follow through to a medium body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Hints of lemon leaf. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2018-12-13
2016 Foris Pinot Noir Rogue Valley This has bright and instantly appealing fruit aromas and flavors with a fresh array of red cherries and raspberries framed in neat, crisp and approachable tannins. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2018-12-06
NV Pomp & Whimsy Gin Liquer This is lightly sweet, distinctly (but not overly) floral and compulsively quaffable. You'll want to add this cucumber-dominant gin liqueur to spring cocktails, although it also sips surprisingly well straight up. Wine Enthusiast 94 2018-12-05
2013 Nicodemi Neromoro Montepulciano Colline Teramane DOCG Riserva Hints of cherry jam turn into flowers on the nose. Full body, soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Remains silky and fresh at the finish. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2018-12-05
2015 Nicodemi Notari Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG Blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of dried flowers. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, linear finish. I like the freshness and energy. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2018-12-05
2014 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Aromatic, with a touch of dried rose petal and white pepper up front, giving way to a smooth and supple blend of black tea, cherry and huckleberry flavors. Touches of vanilla and spice show on the finish, with the tannins developing a slight chew. Drink now through 2026. 4,820 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2018-11-20
2008 Two Hands For Love or Money This sweet white delivers complex tobacco and clove overtones to the pineapple and custard flavors, finishing with polish and intensity. Drink now through 2016. 175 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-11-20
2014 Two Hands Fields of Joy Shiraz There's an air of elegance to the tangy cherry and wild raspberry flavors, with details of anise, espresso and clove. Polished and supple on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 800 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2018-11-20
2017 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Nisia Las Suertes Verdejo This white has density and energy. The thick texture is balanced by firm acidity and a touch of tannins. Pineapple, guava and tangerine flavors mingle with herbal and chalky notes. Bold yet balanced. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-11-20
2014 Le Cirque Rouge Cotes Catalanes Given the difficulty in the vintage, I was shocked at the quality of the 2014 IGP Cotes Catalanes and it’s a beautiful wine. Made from 60% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 20% Syrah, it has medium to full-bodied richness to go with ample darker berry fruits, crushed herbs and pepper on the nose and palate. From 50+-year-old vines and tiny yields on the order of two tons per acre, it’s a no-brainer and will drink nicely for 2-3 years. Wine Advocate 90 2018-11-19
2015 Le Cirque Rouge Cotes Catalanes The 2015 Cotes Catalanes is another smoking value from the Roussillon region in the south of France. Based on 60% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 20% Syrah, it has a forward, medium-bodied, complex style as well as terrific notes of spices, leather, garrigue and ripe plums. It has no hard edges and is a delicious, Old World fruit bomb to drink over the coming 2-4 years. Wine Advocate 90 2018-11-19
2017 Le Cirque Grenache Gris Made from 100% Grenache Gris, the 2017 Côtes Catalanes Grenache Gris is a beautifully salty, racy white that has tons of character. Citrus blossom, salty minerality, and white flowers all emerge from this fabulous white that's going to be as versatile as it gets on the dinner table. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2018-11-19
2016 Les Darons Languedoc AOP A Grenache dominated cuvee blended with 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan, the 2016 Languedoc Rouge sports a deep ruby color to go with juicy, fruit-forward notes of berry fruits, cracked pepper, leafy herbs and wild flowers. Juicy, forward, sexy and supple, with lots of sweet fruit, it stays elegant and silky on the palate, with medium-bodied richness and nicely integrated acidity. It’s a terrific value and will keep for 4-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2018-11-19
2017 Les Darons Languedoc AOP The 2017 Languedoc Les Darons is made from 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Carignan that’s mostly from older vines in the Minervois. It saw a touch of whole clusters in the fermenters and is still aging all in concrete tanks. It's deep purple (almost inky) and offers a sensational perfume of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, ground pepper, and earth. Deep, full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and long, it shows the purity and sexiness of the 2017 vintage and is going to be a killer value. Jeb Dunnuck 91-93 2018-11-19
2015 Morgan Winery Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay This is a stainless steel bottling done right. Citrusy aromas of lime peel, orange pith, just-ripe Asian pear and a flash of sweet butter show on the nose. The texture is phenomenally grippy on the sip, where flavors of crushed chalk meet with yuzu zest, nectarine and white peach, remain brisk throughout. Pink-grapefruit zest carries the finish. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-11-19
2016 Morgan Winery Chardonnay Double L Vineyard Lemon cream, peach and mango show on the nose of this top-tier bottling from the historic regional producer. The flavors are light and bright, with lemon juice and apple flesh, though the wine feels a bit more reserved in this vintage. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-11-19
2016 Morgan Winery Highland Chardonnay A plush white, with apple tart, ripe pear and custardy flavors that are fresh and juicy. The spicy finish is full of savory and creamy accents. Drink now through 2022. 8,287 cases made. Wine Spectator 91 2018-11-19
2014 Sutil Chono Red Blend Cauquenes I love the elegant harmony of this rather subtle and complex wine in which red fruits rather than black ones and spice from oak dominate. The finish is slightly sappy, but this only adds to the impression of freshness. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, carignan, garnacha, petit verdot and tempranillo. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2018-11-19
2012 Two Hands Ares Shiraz Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Shiraz Ares reveals primary aromas of crushed blackcurrants, black plums and blueberries with touches of dark chocolate, aniseed, menthol, cedar and yeast extract. Concentrated, rich, and packed with black fruits on the full-bodied palate, it has a solid backbone of firm, chewy tannins and lively acid propping up the generous flesh and the finish is very long with a little oak still poking through. Give it 3-5 more years of cellaring. Wine Advocate 95+ 2018-11-19
2016 Two Hands Lily's Garden Elegant notes of pencil shavings and red cherries appear on the nose of the 2016 Shiraz Lily's Garden. It's a taut, medium to full-bodied wine with fine-grained, almost silky tannins, a wiry core of red fruit and just the right touch of oak for balance on the focused, lingering finish. Wine Advocate 91 2018-11-19
2013 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Supple and velvety, with generous flavors of plum, fresh currant and spice, hinting at coffee and cream as the finish lingers effortlessly against refined tannins. This has presence, harmony and persistence. The finish lasts and lasts. Best from 2017 through 2023. 2,500 cases made. Wine Spectator 94 2018-11-19
2016 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz The 2016 Shiraz Bella's Garden, from the winery's "home turf" in the Barossa Valley, features luscious aromas of mixed berries, vanilla and just enough meaty notes to keep the wine from being overly fruit-driven. Instead, it's savory and complex, with cedar framing the ample fruit, and it has fine-grained, silky tannins and a long, crisp finish. Nicely done. Wine Advocate 92 2018-11-19
2014 Two Hands Samantha's Garden Shiraz Elegant, spicy and rich, with walnut bread, toffee and fennel notes that are polished and refined, with blueberry and blackberry fruit flavors. Really takes off on the finish, where everything sings in harmony. Drink now through 2030. 620 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2018-11-19
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 2027. 16,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-11-19
2015 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz Floral accents of dried violet mingle with ripe, jammy notes of plum and cherry and flavors of date nut bread and black walnut, set on a dense, chewy frame. Impressive for the concentration and focus. Drink now through 2027. 5,000 cases imported. Wine Spectator 91 2018-11-19
2017 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz Vanilla cream soda notes accent the plush and supple wild berry and plum flavors on a smooth, easy-drinking body, with hints of sarsaparilla and clove lingering on the finish. Drink now. 18,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2018-11-19
2016 Two Hands Sexy Beast For an inky hued New World wine, there's an awful lot of classic to the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Sexy Beast. Start with the nose of pencil shavings and cassis. Add a streamlined, medium to full-bodied palate that shows genuine Cabernet structure—firm acids and crisp edges. Yes, it's bold, flavorful and approachable young, but it also fits into Cabernet's varietal tradition. Wine Advocate 91 2018-11-19
2017 Two Hands Sexy Beast The classically styled 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Sexy Beast features hints of mint and cocoa on the nose, alongside cassis and baking spices. It's medium to full-bodied, with a certain amount of varietal reserve, meaning it doesn't completely fill the mouth or coat the palate like Shiraz but shows a crisp, linear and well-defined finish. Wine Advocate 90 2018-11-19
2015 Two Hands Holy Grail Shiraz Firm and dense, with a thread of minerality running through the dried cherry and cranberry flavors. Aromatic details of ginger, chai tea and toast linger on the finish. Ends on a juicy note. Drink now through 2030. 300 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2018-11-19
2017 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Tolentino Malbec A nose of blueberries, crushed stones, blackcurrants, nutmeg and some balsamic vinegar. Medium to full body, fine and soft tannins and a juicy finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2018-11-19
2015 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauv Elephant Mtn Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills 2015 Bright, full medium ruby. Cassis, blackberry, licorice, herbs and slightly heavyhanded spicy, smoky oak on the nose. Offers moderately concentrated if rather unrefined flavors of dark fruits, licorice, black olive and sweet oak, combining decent acidity with some superripe 2015 character. Finishes with substantial dusty, increasingly drying tannins and a medicinal menthol quality that cuts off the wine's fruit. This was the best of a number of current releases I sampled from Ryan Patrick Vineyards but still comes off as a bit flat. Vinous 87 2018-11-14
2015 Dunham Cellars Trutina Good red-ruby color. Redcurrant, graphite, herbs and dark chocolate on the nose, plus a musky whiff of tobacco. Ripe, moderately rich wine with cassis, blackberry and herb flavors complemented by a hint of chocolate. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins and repeating notes of chocolate and herbs. Not particularly long or nuanced but fresher than a couple of samples I tried in July. Still, I would opt to drink this wine in the next few years. Vinous 87 2018-11-14
2015 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XXI Bright, dark ruby-red. The nose combines a very ripe raspberry aroma, notes of licorice and mocha, and a faint herbal element. Then fleshy and glossy on the palate, with sweet blackberry and cassis flavors framed and enlivened by nicely integrated acidity. This rather suave wine finishes with smooth tannins, a hint of chocolatey oak and very good length. (14.1% alcohol) Vinous 90 2018-11-14
2017 Pursued by Bear Blushing Bear Rose Pale medium orange. Delicate, pristine aromas of watermelon and orange. Juicy, dry and restrained, showing surprising acid support to its flavors of apricot, powdered sugar and minerals, plus hints of red berries. This suave, restrained, rather serious pink wine finishes with a dusty austerity and noteworthy persistence. Very dry and classic--and easy to drink. Pursued by Bear is the project of actor and long-time wine lover Kyle MacLachlan, with the wines made by Dan Wampfler, winemaker at Abeja. (12.9% alcohol) Vinous 90 2018-11-14
2014 Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah Full ruby-red. Slightly musky scents of plum and mocha. Less obviously oaky than the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from this producer, conveying attractive sweetness and decent harmonious acidity to its plum and currant fruit. Finishes longer and sweeter than the 2014 Cabernet, which showed distinct green impingements, but still with some drying oak and herbal qualities. Delivers decent fruit intensity but perhaps a bit generic for a Syrah in its price range. (14.2% alcohol) Vinous 88 2018-11-14
2017 Vignerons de Buxy Mercurey Aged for a few months in wood before release, this wine has ripe tannins and red-cherry fruitiness. It still shows youthful exuberance and will be better as it calms down. Drink from 2020. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-11-13
2016 Vignerons de Buxy Montagny This smooth wine is all about fruit and crisp lemon flavors. The rich fruitiness is underlined by spice and peach flavors cut with acidity. Drink the wine from 2019. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-11-13
2016 Vignerons de Buxy Chardonnay From vineyards on chalky soil, it's logical that this wine has a strong mineral, almost steely texture. Light oak aging has rounded out the fruit while leaving plenty of freshness. The aftertaste is perfumed and the wine is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-11-13
2016 Vignerons de Buxy Pinot Noir Cote Chalonnaise This soft, ripe and fruity wine is delicious now. Its friendly red-berry fruits are soft and lightly textured, with some dry tannins and a fine line of acidity at the end. Drink the wine now. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-11-13
2016 Chateau du Montmirall Cuvee Beauchamp Honts of crushed stone, savory dried thyme and lavender accent lush blackberry and cherry flavors here. A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah, it's lavishly textured but anchored with restraint and earthiness. Drinks beautifully already but should improve through 2028. Wine Enthusiast 94 2018-11-13
2017 Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County One of the original bottlings from the region, this is always a reliable and classic coastal Chardonnay. Tangy aromas of grapefruit, orange and chalk lead into a tense palate where racy acidity frames apple rind and lime flavors. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-11-13
2017 Santa Barbara Winery Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley Meyer lemon pith and orange flesh show on the very light and easy nose of this bottling from the region's pioneer winery. The palate is much more intriguing, with a chalky, tense frame delivering lemon-lime flavors. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-11-13
2014 El Principal El Principal Maipo Valley Slighty foxy, jumpy aromas include notes of mint gumdrop, plum, currant and wild berries. This Cabernet Sauvignon(with 10% Petit Verdot and Syrah) is intense on the palate, with hard tannins and drawing concentration. A strong set of flavors includes baked berry fruit and spice notes, while this is raw, rubbing and fully loaded on the finish. Drink through 2027. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-11-13
2014 El Principal El Principal Memorias Maipo Valley Floral plum and berry aromas are spicy and lightly herbal. They do a good job of capturing the essence of this Cabernet Sauvignon, which includes about one-third Syrah and Petit Verdot. A loaded palate is rough and tumble, while this tastes of spicy, foresty berry fruits. Oak, espresso and toast flavors along with heat are the big four on the finish of this cellar-worthy red blend; drink through 2028. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-11-13
2016 Chateau Reynier Bordeaux Rouge Superieur This perfumed wine offers rick tannins and lush black fruits. It is full and packed with blackberry flavors. This will be a ripe wine as it develops. Drink from 2022. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-11-13
NV Chateau du Tariquet 12 yr Bas Armagnac This 12-year-old Armagnac is made from Folle Blanche and bottled at cask strength. The caramel aroma offers a whiff of fragrant violet. The drying palate echoes that subtle floral note but finishes with more confectionary flavors: caramel, brown sugar, maple and hazelnut richness, enlivened by bright orange peel. Wine Enthusiast 93 2018-11-13
2017 Bailly Lapierre Sauvignon Blanc Saint-Bris This small enclave of Sauvignon Blanc in the north of Burgundy has much, tastewise, ti do with Sancerre. This wine offers crisp acidity and white-currant flavors cut with lemon juice and filled out with hints of white fruits. Drink the wine now. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-11-13
NV Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Reserve This is a fresh, fruity blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with touches of Gamay and Aligote. The wine has a light, bright character, softly textured although with some good acidity. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-11-13
NV Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Rose This light-pink colored blend of Pinot Noir with a touch of Gamay is soft and fruity. Red-berry flavor shows against a background of perfumed acidity with a soft, ripe aftertaste. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-11-13
2017 Col Vetoraz Cartizze di Valdobbiadene This foaming sparkler opens with heady aromas of honeysuckle and green apple that follow on to the palate together with white peach and candied lemon drop. Bright acidity lifts the rich flavors. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-11-13
NV Chateau du Tariquet Bas Armagnac 8yr Add a generous splash of water to this cask strength Armagnac, made with 100% Folle Blanche grapes. The complex, rounded palate rewards with a swirl of honey, vanilla and espresso accented by grapefruit peel, finishing predictably hot. Sip or Mix. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-11-13
NV Chateau du Tariquet Bas Armagnac 15yr Made with a single grape variety (Folle Blanche), this Armagnac opens with toasty brioche, vanilla and cinnamon, almost evoking a cinnamon bun effect. The palate is very drying and oaky, sliding into a long, vanilla- and honey-accented finish sprinkled with cayenne heat. Cask strength Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-11-13
2013 Mas d'En Gil Clos Fonta There are unusual minty and spicy aromas on the nose of the 2013 Clos Fontà that I don't associate with Priorat. It has echoes of nutmeg, eucalyptus and cola nut that make me think of a vermouth, with lots of aromatic herbs and a Mediterranean character. It's a blend of Garnacha (both peluda and país, different strains) with 30% Cariñena from their oldest vines, planted between 1931 and 1973 on slate soils. It fermented in oak vats and matured in French and Austrian oak barrels and 1,500-liter vats for some 14 months. The balsamic and minty characteristics are a bit unusual and might surprise many, but the wine is very balanced and has a superb palate with fine tannins and refreshing acidity. 6,780 bottles were filled in May 2015. Wine Advocate 93 2018-11-09
2013 Mas d'En Gil Coma Vella The 2013 Coma Vella is a blend of Garnacha with 20% Cariñena and 10% Syrah from the Coma valley within the Mas d'en Gil property. It fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak vats, and the wine matured in 225-, 1,500- and 3,000-liter French and Austrian oak barrels and vats for one year. It's very classical and serious, without any excess, quite balanced, subtle, earthy and spicy. The palate is medium-bodied with some dusty, fine-grained tannins and some rusticity that provides character. 35,618 bottles were filled in May 2015. Wine Advocate 92+ 2018-11-09
2015 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt The village red 2015 Bellmunt is produced with grapes from younger vines from deeper soils and shows sweet fruit. It's juicy, fresh and ripe without being jammy, as the palate is lighter than you think. It has a mixture of berries and a touch of orange peel that provide freshness. It's a blend of 60% Garnacha with 30% Cariñena and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Part of the wine is very lightly oaked in used 1,500- and 3,000-liter oak vats, while the rest was kept in concrete. Wine Advocate 91 2018-11-09
2016 Hentley Farm Shiraz Polished and generous, with flavors of dark chocolate and date bread and notes of dried violet, cumin and tobacco. Shows vibrancy at the core, fleshy tannins and a spicy chai tea accent on the finish that lingers effortlessly. Drink now through 2028. Wine Spectator 91 2018-11-07
2014 Marziano Abbona Barolo DOCG A beautiful expression of cherry, strawberry, rose and light spice flavors is buoyed by dusty, linear tannins. Tense and energetic, with a long, resonant finish. Best from 2022 through 2040. Wine Spectator 93 2018-11-01
2016 Le Cadeau Red Label Pinot Noir Refined and expressive, with black cherry, orange peel and violet aromas and well-built red plum and spiced cinnamon flavors. Drink now through 2024. 245 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-11-01
2014 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Single Lot Malbec A malbec with loads of fruit and so much dark berry and blueberry character. Full body, light tannins and a crisp finish. Very lively. Lots of tar and dark fruit flavors. New wine from here. Only 20% new wood. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2018-11-01
2012 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Dark flavors of plum and blackberry give this red a modern feel. Spice and tobacco notes chime in. Polished, ending with serious grip. Best from 2020 through 2032. 600 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-11-01
2012 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino I am impressed by the La Fiorita 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, although my impression is that this wine will be best enjoyed within the next five to ten years when the primary fruit is still intact. I say that because the primary fruit is indeed impressive with luscious, dark and succulent characteristics. This Brunello opens to a very dark color and rich concentration. The aromas burst from the glass with happy intensity. The mouthfeel is layered and rich in a similar manner. The wine surrenders easily to those who want to enjoy it immediately. Wine Advocate 90 2018-11-01
2012 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Plum, espresso, French oak and a balsamic note herb emerge on this full-bodied red. On the chewy palate, notes of vanilla and licorice accent a core of mature black cherry alongside the warmth of evident alcohol. Firm close-grained tannins leave a grippy finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-11-01
2017 David Arthur Chardonnay The 2017 Chardonnay reveals scents of ripe Bosc pears, peach preserves and honey-drizzled apricots with hints of buttered popcorn, allspice and fennel seed. The medium-bodied palate is delicately played and wonderfully savory with lovely texture and a spicy finish. Wine Advocate 91 2018-10-31
2015 Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne Focused, featuring raspberry and boysenberry pâte de fruit notes carried by a graphite spine, with flashes of fruitcake and red licorice skittering through. Frankly ripe, but with freshness for balance. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault. Drink now through 2022. 3,333 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-10-30
2015 Boutinot Les Coteaux Schisteux Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Inviting, with a mix of blueberry, raspberry and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors scored with a licorice note on the finish. A light-handed apple wood note gives this a frame. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2022. 3,333 cases made. Wine Spectator 91 2018-10-30
2015 Boutinot Les Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages Forward, with ripe blood orange, plum and cherry preserve flavors mixed with a singed mesquite accent. Slightly taut on the finish due to an extracted hint, but there's still plenty of fruit here. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2020. 10,135 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2018-10-30
2014 Hentley Farm The Beauty Impressive, with bold wild blueberry, kirsch and blackberry flavors that are powerful and persistent, pure and focused. Earth, sage and white pepper accents show on the long, velvety finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,400 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-10-30
2016 Jolete Wines Le Verre Pinot Noir Medium to deep ruby in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Le Verre Cuvee opens with fresh black berries and black cherries notes with touches of turned black soil, pipe tobacco and wood smoke. Light to medium-bodied, it offers wonderful concentration of black fruits in the mouth with grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long with earthy nuances. 417 cases produced. Wine Advocate 90 2018-10-30
2015 Le Cadeau Merci Reserve Pinot Noir Vivid ruby-red. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, potpourri and vanilla, and a smoky mineral nuance builds in the glass. Sappy and penetrating in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet boysenberry, black raspberry and rose pastille flavors accented by five-spice powder and mocha flourishes. A rich but surprisingly graceful Pinot Noir that shows excellent finishing power, resonating florality and well-knit tannins. Vinous 94 2018-10-30
2014 Keenan Winery Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard The 2014 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard is plump, juicy and inviting. Dark stone fruit, tobacco and leather are sketched in broad strokes. Pliant and open-knit, the 2014 will drink well pretty much upon release. This, too, is very nicely done. The Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard emerges from estate vineyards on Spring Mountain. Vinous 94 2018-10-30
2014 Keenan Winery Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard The 2014 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard has traditionally been one of the top Merlots made in Northern California. Beautiful deep black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with some spice box and earth jump from the glass of this dense ruby/plum colored wine. It is rich, medium to full-bodied, pure, textured and serious. This is a beauty to drink over the next 12-15 years. Wine Advocate 93 2018-10-30
2014 Hentley Farm The Beast Generous and plump, with a mouthful of chocolate-covered coffee bean, dried cherry, blueberry and toasted rye bread details. There's plenty of persistence on the finish, where a dried sage detail emerges and the tannins firm up. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2030. 1,500 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2018-10-29
2014 Hentley Farm The Beauty The 2014 Shiraz / Viognier The Beauty has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and lovely, perfumed black fruits nose of lavender, potpourri, dried Provence herbs and kirsch plus a waft of anise. Soft, silky and seductive on the medium to full-bodied palate, this wine delivers a lot of spicy nuances and wonderful texture, finishing with great. Hey, it is what the name says! Wine Advocate 91+ 2018-10-29
2014 Van Zellers Vintage 2014 Douro Port Shows a whiff of mint before giving way to slightly high-pitched raspberry coulis and plum confiture notes. Lively red licorice and light mineral accents line the finish. Has latent depth and should evolve well over the medium-term. Best from 2022 through 2032. 150 cases made. Wine Spectator 91 2018-10-29
2017 A Mano Bianco Puglia IGT Complex aromas of lively citrus, grass, honeysuckle and yellow peach. Lovely texture and long complex finish with a savoury almond note. International Wine Challenge 93 2018-10-29
2015 Domaine Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes Fresh, with engaging boysenberry and raspberry coulis flavors allied to mouthwatering acidity, while light lavender, anise and black tea notes weave through the finish. Drink now through 2022. 415 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-10-25
2015 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles 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. Wine Spectator 95 2018-10-25
2015 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Dark yet inviting, with a well of boysenberry and blackberry compote flavors luring you in, while charcoal, bay leaf and cast-iron notes add contrast and range to hold your attention. The grippy finish shows cut and energy, with a lingering savory and rosemary edge. Best from 2021 through 2037. 1,350 cases made. Highly Recommended Wine Spectator 96 2018-10-25
2016 Domaine Alain Voge Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol Ripe and lush, with creamed melon, peach and pear flavors that glide through, gilded with heather, brioche and lemon peel notes. Features a buttered edge but also lift from a honeysuckle accent. There's lots to like here. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2018-10-25
2016 Domaine Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Cotes A fresh, racy style, with a bright mineral streak up front that runs through the cherry, red currant, singed sandalwood and mineral notes that make up the bulk of this wine. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2018-10-25
2017 Di Giovanna Vurria Grillo DOC Ripe and succulent with a ton of candied-lemon character, this is an impressive grillo with some slate mineral at the polished finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now with grilled fish or salads. James Suckling 90 2018-10-25
2016 Di Giovanna Poggionotte Nero d'Avola Dried spices, dried strawberries, cedar, tobacco and walnuts. Medium body, fine tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Made from organically grown grapes. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2018-10-25
2017 Di Giovanna Vurria Nerello Mascalese Rosato DOC A powerful and well-structured rosé. Full-bodied yet crisp with intense red cherries and hints of strawberries and a long and very clean finish. From organically grown nerello mascalese grapes. James Suckling 91 2018-10-25
2017 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Blancat Estate Vineyard Selection What a really exciting nose with citrus, crushed stones, oyster shell, orange rind, raspberries and cedar. A touch of reduction. The palate is very lithe and tightly framed with compact, soft tannins, bright acidity and a tangy finish. Drink now. James Suckling 93 2018-10-25
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza Muddled aromas of gritty berry fruits and tomato leaf suggest low ripeness. On the palate, raw acidity is the key player. Fiery red-berry flavors are fairly well oaked, while this simmers but doesn't evolve on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-10-23
2006 Champagne Jean Laurent Blanc de Blancs Millesime This crisp, textured wine still offers great freshness. Its acidity and taut white fruits are zesty, hinting at toastiness and with a fine texture. It is an elegant wine, ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-10-23
2008 Champagne Jean Laurent Blanc de Noirs Millesime A small-production wine, this is dark rosé in color, with a touch of tannin from the pure Pinot Noir. Rich and now mature, with hints of acidity, it is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-10-23
NV Champagne Jacquart Brut Mosaique A blend of fruit from the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs, this ripe wine is getting better every year. It is moving towards dryness, gathering rich fruit on the way. The acidity and taut texture are balanced by the fruitiness. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-10-23
NV Champagne Jean Laurent Blanc de Noirs With this producer's emphasis on Pinot Noir, this wine is like the brand's signature. Crispness balances with the soft, creamy mousse and light acidity. A blend of five different vintages, it moves easily from freshness to hints of toast. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-10-23
NV Champagne Jacquart Brut Rose A soft, ripe wine, this is full of red fruits that are balanced with just the right amount of acidity. It is an attractive, generous wine, aged for at least three years before disgorgement to give extra richness. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-10-23
NV Champagne Jean Laurent Brut Rose This ripe wine is ripe has a soft character from its relatively high dosage. That makes for a wine that is rich and fruity, with a gentle aftertaste. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-10-23
2015 Killibinbin Secrets Red Blend Lovers of Cabernet's greener side will enjoy the plentiful notes of green bell pepper and chili flakes on prominent display in this wine. There's also a slightly charred wood character amidst supple black cherries. The palate comes with peppery spice, leathery, taut tannins and an earthy spine. There's an oaky touch at the end, but overall this is a solid wine. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-10-23
2017 Bianchi Sauvignon Blanc Very light in the glass, this bottling offers light citrus, burned toast and wet cement aromas. Sour Granny Smith apple flavors show on the palate, which offers a touch of tension. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-10-23
2013 Champagne Jacquart Blanc de Blancs Brut A blend of Grand Cru fruit, this well-structured wine is rich while also tense, mineral and with further aging potential. Citrus acidity is allied to crisp apples to produce the fruity side of this well balanced wine. It will be better from 2020. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-10-23
2010 Champagne Jacquart Cuvee Alpha With lower than the standard dosage in the Jacquart range, this wine shows off its rich, maturing fruit. A strong line of minerality comes from the 52% of Chardonnay in the blend of grand and premier cru wines. Drink now, or, even better, wait until 2020. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-10-23
2016 Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red Zesty and lively, showing expressive black cherry and smoky beef aromas, with licorice and sage flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Drink now through 2024. 7,400 cases made. Smart Buy Wine Spectator 90 2018-10-23
2017 Keuka Spring Gewurztraminer A fragrant perfume of rose petals, melon, ginger and white pepper spice comes together in the glass. Succulent in feel, the palate is broad and oily, with supportive acidity and mild astringency maintaining balance. Flavors of juicy yellow apple, melon and spiced potpourri broaden the midpalate and lead to a delicate jasmine note on the lingering finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-10-23
2014 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon 'Elevation 1147' The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Elevation 1147 is subtle, nuanced and polished. Silky tannins give the 2014 much of its supple, inviting personality. The Elevation is the most accessible of the 2014 Cabernets. In 2014, the Elevation has a bit more density than normal, but the style is one of restraint, as is the case with all of the wines here. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, spice and leather add aromatic intrigue, while the 100% new French oak adds mid palate sweetness and depth. Vinous 95 2018-10-22
2014 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon 'Elevation 1147' Named for the producer's high-elevation on Pritchard Hill, this is 100% varietal from one clone, aged in a wealth of French oak. Juicy, extracted berry flavor (both red and black) make it expansive on the palate, with elements of cocoa powder, sage, crushed rock and gravel adding intrigue and invitation. The tannins are sweet and polished. Age a bit and enjoy 2024–2034. Wine Enthusiast 96 2018-10-22
2014 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon 'Elevation 1147' Aromas of tar, blackcurrants and blackberries follow through to a full body with tight and velvety tannins and a pretty fruit and walnut undertone on the finish. Stone/slate highlights, too. Very polished and well defined. Give it three to four years to soften. Another red from here for the cellar. James Suckling 95 2018-10-22
2014 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Three Acre is soft, open-knit and gracious at the outset, before the firm Pritchard Hill tannins kick in. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and dusty tannins are among the signatures. Tightly wound today, the 2014 needs at least few years to show at its best. The Three Acre is the entry-level Cabernet at David Arthur but it is a serious wine that demands at least a few years in the cellar. Vinous 92 2018-10-22
2014 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre Very perfumed with raspberry and blueberry aromas plus hints of flowers. Full body and vivid fruit, yet this is floral and agile on the finish. A tight and precise red. Drink in 2020. James Suckling 93 2018-10-22
2014 David Arthur Meritaggio This blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Franc. Pretty and inviting, it's bright and grippy, highly enjoyable in its fleshy mix of strawberry and mocha, with deliciously good structure. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-10-22
2016 Two Hands Wines Bella's Garden Shiraz Dark inky red and oozes the same coloured fruit into a matrix of spice with blackstrap liquorice and curranty essence leading onto a full-bodied, decisive palate. Tannins – an abundance of them, flavour through and through and yet this is contained, never straying into the too big territory. James Halliday 95 2018-10-22
2011 Domaine du Grand Arc Corbieres Quarante The 2011 Corbieres Cuvee de Quarante is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan that comes from higher elevation (200-500 meters), clay and limestone soils. After spending a year in used barrels and demi-muid, it offers knockout aromas of spiced raspberries, leather and licorice to go with an elegant, incredibly pure and seamless profile on the palate. Possessing superb richness, it stays light on the palate and finishes with polished tannin. Drink it over the coming 5-8 years. Wine Advocate 92 2018-10-22
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a nose of blackberry pie and preserved plums with a core of licorice, dried herbs and cedar chest. Full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins, it has a good amount of juicy black fruit on offer in the mouth, yet comes across as straightforward on the finish. Wine Advocate 89 2018-10-16
2014 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon offers notable depth and intensity in the mid-weight, classically inspired style that runs through all these wines. The coarse, somewhat rustic, tannins need quite a bit of air to soften, but once they do, pretty red stone fruit, spice and floral notes start to develop. Vinous 91 2018-10-16
2014 Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley Keenan's 2014 Merlot is a very pretty wine that shows the more translucent side of Merlot. Lifted, bright and articulate, the 2014 offers lovely finesse in its red-toned fruit and floral aromatics. Vinous 92 2018-10-16
2014 Keenan Winery Mernet Reserve Spring Mountain District Another Reserve cuvée, the equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is the 2014 Mernet Reserve. Deep opaque ruby/purple, with sweet crème de cassis and black cherry notes, some underbrush and forest floor, medium to full body, and outstanding purity and texture, it is not a big wine, but elegant, intense and authoritative. Wine Advocate 93 2018-10-16
2012 Keenan Winery Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District The 2012 Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain has good freshness and acidity, ripe raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, lovely texture and good vibrant acids. Only 480 cases were produced and the wine emerges from a relatively high elevation of their high-elevation estate vineyard (about 2,000 feet). Wine Advocate 90 2018-10-16
2014 Keenan Winery Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District Keenan has always done a knock-out job with their Cabernet Franc, and their 2014 Cabernet Franc from their estate vineyards on Spring Mountain (100% of this variety) shows wonderful forest floor, white flowers, and raspberry and blueberry notes that clearly suggest a cool climate wine. Medium to full-bodied, with a beautiful deep ruby/purple color, and terrific purity and texture, this is a beauty to drink now or cellar for another 10-15 years. Wine Advocate 91 2018-10-16
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 2018-10-16
2013 Andrea Oberto Barolo Oberto's 2013 Barolo is supple, forward and absolutely delicious. Now with a year in bottle, the 2013 is super-expressive. Sweet red cherry, plum, leather, rose petal and sweet spice infuse the succulent finish. The straight Barolo is done in a mid-weight, accessible style that has quite a bit to offer. In other words, it is everything an entry-level Barolo should be. I loved it. Vinous 91 2018-10-16
2016 Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain District Spicy and savory, this oak-and-mineral-driven chardonnay delivers flavors of bacon fat and hominy. It carries juicy, bold flavors into an austere, dry finish. Point it toward milk-braised veal. Wine & Spirits 90 2018-10-15
2016 Morgan Winery Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay Light green-tinged yellow. Zesty mineral-accented grapefruit apple and floral scents and a hint of fennel. Taut and focused on the palate offering tangy citrus fruit and candied ginger flavors that put on weight with aeration. Closes nervy and dry with repeating florality and firm bite. Vinous 89 2018-10-12
2016 Morgan Winery Highland Chardonnay Pale yellow. Aromas of fresh pear and orange zest are accompanied by an herbal accent that builds in the background. Chewy and a touch dry on the palate offering biter pear skin and quinine flavors and a subtle floral quality. Finishes taut and nervy with repeating citrus fruit character and firm grip. Vinous 88 2018-10-12
2016 Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir Brilliant red. Spice-accented raspberry and cherry accents along with hints of woodsmoke cola and Asian spices. Silky and energetic on the palate offering appealingly sweet red berry and floral pastille flavors that deepen slowly as the wine opens up. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to an impressively long mineral- and spice-laced finish that shows excellent clarity and repeating florality. Vinous 91 2018-10-12
2016 Morgan Winery Pinot Noir Double L Vineyard Vivid ruby-red. Smoke- and spice-tinged dark berry cola mocha and succulent floral aromas show excellent delineation and pick up a minerally nuance on the back half. Supple and concentrated on the palate offering intense red and dark berry flavors sharpened by a peppery nuance that gains strength on the back half. Finishes very long smooth and appealingly sweet with velvety tannins and lingering dark fruit notes. Vinous 93 2018-10-12
2016 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's Deep ruby. Aromas of cherry black currant and licorice are complicated by succulent floral and cracked pepper nuances. Dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors show good concentration and steadily become more energetic on the back half. The floral note recurs on a persistent gently tannic finish that displays impressive energy and spicy lift. Vinous 90 2018-10-12
2015 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir Deep vivid red. Spice-accented dark berries, cola and rose oil on the fragrant nose. A jolt of juicy acidity brightens the sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors, and a smoky nuance emerges with air. A hint of dark chocolate sneaks in on the persistent finish, which is given shape by dusty, mounting tannins. Vinous 89 2018-10-12
2016 White Hart Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Bright red. Lively red currant and cherry aromas and flavors, along with a spicy suggestion of white pepper. In a racy, focused style, showing no excess fat and good clarity. Finishes taut and nervy, showing sharp definition and dusty tannic grip. Vinous 89 2018-10-12
2015 Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain District Complex aromas of almond, dried apple, and pie crust follow through to a full body, layered fruit and a rich finish. Shows intensity and power. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2018-10-11
2016 Hentley Farm The Beauty Showing a bit more vibrance and intensity than the 2015, Hentley Farm's 2016 Shiraz The Beauty is a winning medley of raspberries and blueberries, all wrapped in a subtle oak blanket. It's full-bodied and spicy, showing a bit of exotic stone fruit on the palate, then fades slowly on a frame of dry, silky tannins. Wine Advocate 93 2018-10-10
2015 Hentley Farm Clos Otto The 2015 Shiraz Clos Otto reveals more power and concentration than the silky 2014, but it retains a sense of elegance. There's a lifted, herbal element, exotic notes of dried spices and plenty of powerful red fruit to drive the wine home. Full-bodied and rich, this looks less approachable than the 2014 at the moment, but it's equally good in the medium to long term. Wine Advocate 96 2018-10-10
2015 Hentley Farm The Beast The 2015 Shiraz The Beast looks to have the stuffing to go 20 years. Imagine a rich, deeply scented spice cake dotted with perfectly ripened black cherries, served in liquid yet savory form. Full-bodied, creamy and densely concentrated, this muscular offering picks up intriguing hints of pepper and licorice on the long, firmly tannic finish. Try after 2022. Wine Advocate 95 2018-10-10
2015 Hentley Farm The Beauty Co-fermented with Viognier skins, the 2015 Shiraz The Beauty spent 16 months in about one-third new oak barrels. Scents of cola, blueberries and baking spices emerge on the nose, while the palate delivers silky cherry and raspberry fruit. It's full-bodied and supple, with a crisp finish and touches of mocha. Wine Advocate 92 2018-10-10
2014 Hentley Farm Clos Otto The exceptional 2014 Shiraz Clos Otto weighs in under 15% alcohol. It's peppery on the nose, then adds cherry-raspberry fruit on the full-bodied, creamy-textured palate. Supple and rich but silky and long, it's a quintessential example of the paradox Barossa Shiraz can deliver, that sexy combination of strength and elegance. Wow. Wine Advocate 96 2018-10-10
2014 Hentley Farm The Beast The 2014 Shiraz The Beast spent 22 months in oak (65% new French), so it has a toasty, cedary veneer to it right now. There's plenty of cherry fruit, so just give it some time in the cellar before popping a cork. By then the oak will have morphed into lovely dried-spice elements adorning ripe cherries, and the full-bodied wine will show more elegance on the lingering finish. Wine Advocate 94 2018-10-10
2010 Andrea Oberto Barolo Albarella The 2010 Barolo Albarella shows a more evident use of oak (compared to the base Barolo) and definitely requires extra aging time to allow for full integration of those youthful aromas of spice and dark chocolate. The fruit is plush and forward, adding to the amazing sense of softness and generosity awarded by this pretty vineyard-designate wine. Licorice and bright cola flood the finish. Drink: 2017-2027. Wine Advocate 92 2018-10-05
NV Champagne Jacquart Brut Mosaique This sits in a fresh aperitif style with all-round appeal. Apple and white peaches. Lime citrus, too. The palate has brisk acidity sliced through smooth and supple fruit flesh. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2018-10-05
2015 A Mano Negroamaro Puglia IGT A juicy, medium-bodied red, with a fragrant profile of ripe raspberry, wild herb, Turkish bazaar spices and bergamot. Supple tannins firm the finish. Drink now through 2020. 504 cases imported. Wine Spectator 88 2018-10-04
2017 Jean Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Les Vignes de Lantignie Formerly labelled as Les Vignes de Thulon, the 2017 Beaujolais-Villages Les Vignes de Lantignié is very pretty, offering up notes of sweet cherries, cassis, plums and dried flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample but juicy, with crunchy fruit flavors and bright acids. Wine Advocate 90 2018-10-03
2017 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py Aromas of spring flowers, plums, cassis, orange rind and wood smoke introduce the 2017 Morgon Côte du Py, an ample, full-bodied wine with juicy acids, fine tannins and excellent concentration, its largely concealed structural chassis only asserting itself on the long, tangy finish. The most incipiently complex member of Burgaud's Grands Cras, Charmes and Côte du Py trio, it will reward a few years of patience. Wine Advocate 93 2018-10-03
2017 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras The 2017 Morgon Grands Cras is one of the highlights of Burgaud's range this year, wafting from the glass with a lovely nose of wild plums, cassis, cracked black pepper and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and fine-boned, its supple tannins concealed in a juicy and concentrated core of fruit. Burgaud opted to bottle the Grands Cras earlier than usual this year: maybe that's why the wine shows such super energy? Wine Advocate 93 2018-10-03
2017 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Les Charmes From a parcel planted in 1933, the 2017 Morgon Les Charmes bursts with scents of cherries, candied peel, grilled meat and ripe plums. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent, with fine-grained but youthfully chewy structuring tannins and a generous core of fruit. A couple years of cellaring is recommended—Burgaud advocates between 2 and 5 years. Wine Advocate 91 2018-10-03
2017 Jean Marc Burgaud Regnie Vallieres The 2017 Régnié Vallières is a great success, exhibiting a deep bouquet of plum preserve, potpourri and cassis. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy but vibrant, with bright acids, a pure core of fruit and melting tannins, concluding with a flavorful finish. This is especially successful this year and well worth seeking out. Wine Advocate 91 2018-10-03
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py Burgaud's 2016 Morgon Côte du Py is pure and expressive, bursting from the glass with aromas of raspberries, plums, red berry preserve and rose petal. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, tangy and deep, with a cool, juicy core of fruit and a long, fragrant finish. It's racier and more elegant than the 2017 rendition, but they're on the same qualitative level. Wine Advocate 93 2018-10-03
2016 Domaine Yves Cheron Les Dentelles Cotes du Rhone A blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone les Dentelles offers blueberry and mulberry flavors, a full-bodied palate with a ripe, creamy feel and a long, supple finish. A beautifully ripe and succulent red wine, it should drink well for 5-6 years. Wine Advocate 91 2018-10-03
2016 Le Cadeau Diversite Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Polished and generous, with expressive raspberry and plump blueberry flavors accented by orange zest and spiced cinnamon notes, lingering toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 175 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-10-02
2014 Andrea Oberto Barolo DOCG Rocche Dell 'Annunziata For the vintage, there’s lots of ripeness with burnt blackberry essence, dark glazed cherries, balsamic vinegar and Indian spices. Full-bodied and quite opulent with ripe and very expansive tannins. Open and fruit-forward, but taut and finely tuned on the finish. Drink in 2022. James Suckling 94 2018-10-01
2014 Andrea Oberto Barolo DOCG Albarella Another surprisingly intense Barolo for the vintage, showing leather, treacle, red cherry compote and some fresh herbs. Full body, juicy tannins, lots of opulent dried fruit and a very spicy finish. Drink in 2023. James Suckling 93 2018-10-01
2014 Andrea Oberto Barolo There’s good ripeness to the fruit on the nose, which include dried red plums, glazed red cherries and candied lemon and orange rind. The palate provides a good balancing act between plummy flavors of red fruit and firm tannins. Fresh and fruity on the medium-chewy finish. Drink now or hold. James Suckling 92 2018-10-01
2016 Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne The 2016 Cairanne La Côte Sauvage offers lots of cedar and spice notes, as well as solid blackberry and cherry fruit, medium body, ripe tannin, and terrific balance. It has some obvious oak, but that should integrate with a year or two in bottle. It's solid and well worth seeking out. Jeb Dunnuck 88-90 2018-10-01
2017 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Sables de la Crau More sweet red fruits, blueberries, violets, and awesome floral notes all emerge from the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sables de La Crau, which is, as always, 100% Grenache from the sandy portions of the La Crau lieu-dit. This full-bodied, flamboyant, exotic Grenache has tons of upfront appeal, a sexy, seamless texture, and loads of personality, although it appears to lack the density and depth found in the 2016. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2018-10-01
2017 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Prestige Lastly, lots of black cherries, earth, peppery herbs, and graphite notes emerge from the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige. It has more density than the Les Sables de La Crau, is medium to full-bodied, has ripe tannins, and plenty of length. It’s another character-filled, expressive wine from Jean Marie Royer. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2018-10-01
2016 Marziano Abbona Rinaldi Barbera d' Alba Lots of blue fruit with licorice and walnut character. Medium-bodied, juicy and delicious. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2018-10-01
2016 Marziano Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG Quite a big wine for the dolcetto grape with rather too much dry tannins to have that sappy freshness, which is what this variety is all about. Needs a piece of red meat to give its best. Don't wait. James Suckling 88 2018-10-01
2016 Roucas Toumba Vacqueyras Les Premices Blanc Citrus blossom, dried pineapple, white flowers, and some honeyed notes all emerge from the 2016 Vacqueyras Les Premices Blanc. It's balanced and has a light, elegant texture. It should age gracefully for another 2-3 years. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2018-10-01
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 2018-10-01
2015 Roucas Toumba Vacqueyras Les Restanques de Cabassole While not yet bottled, the 2016 Vacqueyras Les Restanques De Cabassole looks to be a superstar wine from this small estate. Loaded with lots of black fruits, chocolate covered cherries, graphite, roasted garrigue, and ample minerality, it’s a big, rich, concentrated Vacqueyras that has building tannins and a big finish. It’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and cruise for a decade in cold cellars. The blend is 60% Grenache, 27% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre and a mix of permitted varieties. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2018-10-01
2016 Chateau Beauchene Grande Réserve Châteauneuf-du-Pape Moving to the reds, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grande Réserve (80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre) was completely destemmed and spent 18 months in mostly older barrels. It offers a darker, traditional, peppery style as well as a charming, beautifully balanced style on the palate. It should certainly be outstanding. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2018-09-28
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano Jammy smashed-berry aromas include coffee notes and something vaguely saucy. A big and blocky palate is both oaky and tannic, while this tastes of baked berry fruits and cassis. Raw tannins make for a grabby finish. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-09-26
2017 Chateau de l' Aumerade Cuvee Marie-Christine Rose' Cotes de Provence This rounded wine has ripe strawberry fruits and a light pepper note. It is rich and full of fruitiness, balanced by just the right amount of acidity. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-09-26
2015 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Savory notes of bramble, smoke and leather juxtapose forward plum, cherry and strawberry in this full-bodied wine. It's a penetrating, mouthfilling sip that lingers on the palate, finishing on soft, furry tannins. Approachable already, this concentrated wine should improve through 2025 and hold further. Wine Enthusiast 96 2018-09-26
2016 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir Sourced from 72% Monterey County, 15% Santa Barbara County and 13% Sonoma County, this bottling starts with red cherry, clove, vanilla and star anise on the nose. The palate combines sharp baking spice with baked cherry, all framed by powerful acidity. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-09-26
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza Muddled aromas of gritty berry fruits and tomato leaf suggest low ripeness. On the palate, raw acidity is the key player. Fiery red-berry flavors are fairly well oaked, while this simmers but doesn't evolve on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-09-26
2013 Mas d'En Gil Coma Vella Aromas of raisiny berry fruits and barnyard lead to a full palate with lushness and grabby tannins. Earthy flavors of black fruits and spice amount to a savory whole, while this tastes meaty and feels chewy and dense on the finish. This is 70% Garnacha, with Carignan and Syrah. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-09-26
2017 Nicodemi Le Murate Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Ripe aromas of red apple, peach and raspberry start off this sunset-orange rosato. It's plush and creamy on the palate, with broad flavors of juicy melon, strawberry and spiced cherry. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-09-26
2013 Nicodemi Neromoro Montepulciano Colline Teramane DOCG Riserva After taking a bit of time to open up, this offers a soft, juicy palate of dark-skinned berries supported by a dusting of tannins. A bit of sweet oak spice lingers on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-09-26
2015 Tulocay Pinot Noir Napa Valley Haynes Vineyard Exotic and delicate on the nose, exuberant in rose petal and lavender, this wine is earthy and stemmy, with a weight on the palate that belies its underlying elegance and persistent acidity. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-09-26
2015 Trentadue La Storia Merlot Reduced on the nose and aromatic in balsamic, this wine features tight-grained oak and a sizable grip of tannin, with dense, layered flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and leather. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-09-26
2015 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Rock Island Red Mostly Syrah (73%) along with Cabernet Sauvignon (23%) and a pinch of Merlot, the aromas show notes of vanilla and dill in front of blueberry and dark cherry. The palate is full bodied and comes off as high octane, with a background of firm slightly gritty tannins. Though listed as only 20% new American oak, it shows a bit prominently at times. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-09-26
2016 Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red Strong notes of vanilla extract, coconut, cherry and berry are followed by ripe, plump but still lighter-styled cherry and raspberry flavors. The oak plays a prominent part in the show but there's still enjoyment to be had. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-09-26
2015 Tibaldi Roero Rosso DOCG This shows dried fruit, cedar and tobacco on the nose. Full body, red fruit and a slightly dry finish. Drink up. James Suckling 87 2018-09-26
2017 Tibaldi Roero Arneis DOCG Rose petals, white peaches and candy floss. Medium body, fresh acidity and an easy finish. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2018-09-26
2017 Tibaldi Roero Langhe DOC Favorita Apple-pie and pear-drop character on the nose. Light body, some fine acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2018-09-26
2016 Tibaldi Nebbiolo D'Alba DOC Strawberry essence, caramelized orange peel and roasted herbs. Medium- to full-bodied, juicy and round on the succulent finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2018-09-26
2016 Tibaldi Barbera D'Alba DOC Aromas of orange peel, plums and stones follow through to a medium body with firm and very fine tannins. A clean finish. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2018-09-26
2017 Winzerhof Stahl Scheurebe A slew of grapefruit, pineapple and herbal aromas makes this succulent, medium-bodied dry white extremely appealing. A touch of smoked bacon at the crisp finish. What a wine for spicy prawns! Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 91 2018-09-24
2017 Winzerhof Stahl Silvaner With its green-pepper, green-apple and spring-meadow aromas, this could easily be mistaken for a lighter and crisper version of Austrian grüner veltliner with great herbal freshness at the very clean finish. Screw cap. James Suckling 91 2018-09-24
2017 Winzerhof Stahl Muller Thurgau Hasennest A mind-blowing wine for the humble müller-thurgau grape, this is brimming with yellow grapefruit, sliced pears, passion fruit and just a whisker of funk. Serious concentration, but without opulence (it weighs in at 13 per cent alcohol), then enormous, chalky minerals at the very long finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap. James Suckling 93 2018-09-24
2017 Winzerhof Stahl Silvaner Edelstahl Best of A very enticing silvaner with an explosion of citrus and mirabelle on the nose, but only a hint of the mango that comes with overripeness. Considerable concentration and depth, but none of the fat that plagues high-end wines from this grape. The long finish is at once rich and lively. A great food wine, also for rich, spicy dishes. Drink or hold. Screw cap. James Suckling 93 2018-09-24
2017 Quinta de Curvos Vinho Verde Loureiro From one of the top two varieties grown in Vinho Verde (the other is Alvarinho), this wine is fruity, packed with citrus, and with a zesty tight texture. The fruit is ripe while remaining cool and crisp. Drink this wine from late 2018. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-09-18
2017 Quinta da Raza Vinho Verde Alvarinho - Trajadura A light prickle on the tongue and ripe tropical fruits give this wine its lift and creamy character. It has great acidity while also relishing the ripeness of the 60% Alvarinho in the blend. The wine is ready to drink although it could age into 2019. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-09-18
2016 Dominio de Eguren Codice Brambly, rich summer-berry and chocolate aromas with an earthy and tarry nose. The palate has a smooth feel with dark and dense, fleshy fruit. Rich and even. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2018-09-18
2014 Dominio de Eguren Codice (fermented and aged for six months in stainless steel tanks, followed by aging in French and American oak barrels for another six months) Lurid ruby. Heady cherry, black raspberry, licorice and floral pastille qualities on the spice-accented nose. Seamless and nicely focused; a firm spine of juicy acidity provides lift and structure to ripe dark berry and spicecake flavors. Finishes with gentle tannic grip and very good length, the berry note lingering nicely. There's outstanding value here. Vinous 90 2018-09-18
2013 Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah Sporting a deep purple/ruby color, the 2013 Reserve is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot. It offers classic dark fruits, (currants, plum), chocolate, roasted herbs and even a touch of meatiness to go with a medium to full-bodied, supple, impressively textured style on the palate. This has real depth and richness (especially in the vintage) and should keep for 15 years or more. Wine Advocate 92 2018-09-12
2013 Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah In this blend of fruit from Lewis and Phinny Hill vineyards, sweet spice, baking spice, vanilla and dark fruit lead to silky dark fruit and barrel flavors. The wood influence is primary but it still brings a lot of appeal. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-09-12
2014 Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah Polished and refined, showing a lively, savory side, with expressive blueberry and boysenberry flavors accented by smoky anise and cracked pepper notes that finish with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2024. 384 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-09-12
2012 Dominio de Eguren Codice Bright violet color. Black and blue fruit aromas are lifted by a peppery nuance and a hint of fresh flowers. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering juicy boysenberry and mocha flavors and a bracing kick of spiciness. Finishes silky and precise, with lingering spiciness and smooth tannins. An off-the-charts value. Vinous 90 2018-09-12
2012 Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Reserva Bright violet color. Highly expressive aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola, fresh flowers and peppery spices, with a gentle vanilla undertone. Open-knit black and blue fruit flavors show very good clarity and depth and gain sweetness with air. Finishes smooth, round and smoky, with excellent length and harmonious tannins. This seductive Rioja was fermented in a combination of French and American oak barrels and then aged for 18 months before bottling. Vinous 92 2018-09-12
2013 Bodegas Ordonez Zerran Brilliant ruby. Heady dark berry and floral pastille scents are complemented by notes of incense and mocha. Spicy, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering an array of dark fruit and spice qualities and a touch of smokiness. Finishes with gentle tannic grip, a hint of candied rose and excellent persistence. Vinous 91 2018-09-12
2011 Bodegas Ordonez Zerran Even more so is the 2011 Zerran, which ratchets up the level of concentration and ripe fruit. It reveals abundant kirsch, lavender, black raspberry and dusty, loamy, earthy scents intermixed with notions of spring flowers and blackberries. There is not any oak evident in this dense effort. Its completeness and overall equilibrium are impressive, and this great value should drink well for 5-6 years, possibly longer. Wine Advocate 92 2018-09-12
2014 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt The wine is medium intensity showing lots of spices such as licorice. It also has a leathery sensation with a dominant oak charge. The alcohol sensation is high. It has lots of flavors reflecting cooked berries. A warm, broad and ample Priorat. Jancis Robinson 16 2018-09-06
2016 Mas d'En Gil Bellmunt Blanc The nose is complex and has well-ripened white and stone fruit, peach, apricot and citrus aromas. A bit yeasty and floral. It is pure and clean with a very pleasant texture. Very well made with an elegant bitter touch on the finish. Jancis Robinson 16.5 2018-09-06
2013 Mas d'En Gil Coma Vella Opulent and generous dark berries accompanied by an elegant and creamy oak sensation. Quite intense and spicy with great juiciness and superbly integrated firm tannins. Textbook Priorat with a remarkable freshness. What outstanding textured tannins! Jancis Robinson 17 2018-09-06
2014 Bodegas Bhilar Durmiente Rufete Blanco The white 2014 Phinca Durmiente Rufete Blanco is truly spectacular and has a marked personality that differentiates it from the majority of whites from the region. It has low alcohol (12.5%) and very good freshness, and it's still young despite its age. But what's interesting is how it delivers an electricity that seems to come from the granite and slate soils where the vines are planted. The grapes are foot-crushed and fermented with native yeasts, and the wine matured in 500-liter French oak barrels that are rolled for the first six months. The élevage lasts for two years. 1,000 bottles were filled in August 2017. This is outstanding. Wine Advocate 93 2018-09-05
2013 Dominio de Eguren Codice Vivid purple. Lively dark berry, anise and white pepper scents, with a hint of underbrush emerging slowly. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that sweeten up slowly with aeration. Shows a refreshingly bitter cherry pit note on a nicely persistent finish framed by sneaky, fine-grained tannins. Vinous 89 2018-09-04
2015 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto Plenty of punchy oak, tarry notes and grapefruit peel with some boysenberries and strawberries too. The palate has punchy, crunchy tannins and builds fresh dark plum stone flavor through the finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2018-09-04
2014 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Cabernet Sauvignon Brilliant ruby. Ripe blackberry, cherry, vanilla and pipe tobacco on the perfumed nose. Appealingly sweet and nicely concentrated, offering black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that put on weight and develop a smoky nuance as the wine opens up. Shows good power and thrust on the gently tannic finish, where the blackberry and vanilla notes return. Vinous 89 2018-09-04
2012 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Cabernet Sauvignon Bright violet color. Dark berry and cherry aromas are complicated by hints of cocoa powder and cola. A jolt of cracked pepper adds spiciness and lift to the sweet, seamless blackberry and blueberry flavors, with a smoky element emerging with air. Focused and structured but in no way hard, this aggressively priced cabernet finishes with appealing spiciness and gentle tannins. Vinous 90 2018-09-04
2015 Quintay Q Chardonnay The recognizable 2015 Q Chardonnay felt like a very good example of a barrel-fermented Chardonnay even though only half of the volume followed that process, and the rest was kept in stainless steel until bottling. This is a cool-climate white from Casablanca Valley with a mixture of smoky, spicy and yellow fruit aromas and a hint of orange peel. The palate is very tasty if predictable. 8,000 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 88 2018-09-04
2016 Quintay Q Sauvignon Blanc Sourced from Las Dichas, in southwestern Casablanca, this is an exuberant sauvignon. Its herbaceous aromas and tropical fruit flavors fill a dense and creamy white. Chill it for pan-roasted mahi mahi in a cream sauce. Wine & Spirits 90 2018-09-04
2017 Quintay Clava Sauvignon Blanc This offers chalky aromas and tight, mineral acidity that keeps it restrained and youthfully severe. With air, it shows some herbal character, but the chalky component prevails, creating the sensation that this was made from stones rather than fruit. A good match with sea urchin. Wine & Spirits 91 2018-09-04
2017 Quintay Clava Sauvignon Blanc Very attractive summer meadow and melon nose. Crisp and clean, but also ripe enough to have good balance. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 90 2018-09-04
2016 Buccia Nera Chianti DOCG 'Guarniente' Made entirely from organically farmed Sangiovese, this opens with dark-skinned berry and baking spice aromas, with an earthy hint of underbrush. The straightforward, juicy palate offers red plum, clove and cinnamon touches alongside polished tannins. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's Snappy and easy to drink, with floral raspberry, licorice and smoked pepper flavors that finish on a lively note. Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo. Drink now through 2023. 5,500 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's This blend of 52% Syrah, 44% Grenache and 4% Tempranillo is always one of the best price point bets in the region. Savory aromas of pomegranate, boysenberry, tar, charred meat and dried thyme lead into a palate layered in purple flowers, marjoram and dark-berry fruit. Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's Lots of peppers and spices with dark berries, chocolate and hints of meat. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. A fun blend of syrah, grenache, and tempranillo. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 91 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Cotes du Crow's An attractive Rhone-style blend of 52% Syrah, 44% Grenache and 4% Tempranillo, the Cotes du Crow’s exhibits purity of brambly black cherry fruit flavors on the attack. Aged 10 months in French oak, 15% new, it reveals nicely integrated oak and fruit on the palate with good concentration. A very drinkable wine, although it shows the tannic grip of youth. I-Wine Review 89 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Highland Chardonnay Very restrained on the nose, this bottling shows light aromas of honeysuckle, blanched almond and lemon rinds. There is good tension on the sip, where fresh and clean citrus and stone fruit flavors ride a steely texture. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Highland Chardonnay A fresh and bright white with sliced cooked apples and lemon-rind character. Medium to full body, tight and linear palate and a clean finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Highland Chardonnay The 2016 Highland Chardonnay is a flavorful blend of grapes from Morgan’s Double L Vineyard and neighboring vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. It display aromas of ripe tropical fruit and toasted oak with medium acidity and a long finish. i-Wine Review 91 2018-09-04
2015 Morgan Winery Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay The estate's un-oaked Chardonnay from Monterey County, the 2015 Chardonnay Metallico is crisp and lively on the palate, with bright acidity giving lift to notions of green apple, citrus peel, and mint. Nicely balanced, fresh, and textured on the palate, with plenty of fruit, it's another rock-solid effort from this team that will keep for 4-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay A dense and fresh white with sliced-apple, honey and lemon character. Full-bodied, layered and flavorful. No oak. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 91 2018-09-04
2015 Morgan Winery Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay Morgan’s Metallico is among the finest unoaked Chardonnay’s produced in California. It displays pure Chardonnay fruit flavors without an overlay of oak or malolactic fermentation. Aged 5 months in stainless steel, it offers ripe orchard fruit with crisp acidity and freshness with a zesty finish. i-Wine Review 91 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Pinot Noir Double L Vineyard The Pinot Noir Double L exhibits a rich cherry nose and hints of vanilla oak. It is soft and round in the mouth with excellent purity of flavor and depth. It exhibits more precision, and refinement than the 12 Clones and has a lovely persistent finish. i-Wine Review 92 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Sauvignon Blanc The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc opens with green apples, grapefruit and lemon zest notes with hints of dried herbs, coriander seed and paraffin. Medium-bodied, zippy and zesty in the mouth, it gives a good intensity of pure flavors with a citrusy finish. Wine Advocate 87 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Sauvignon Blanc Light and crisp on the nose, this bottling shows passion fruit, lemon, chilled Anjou pear slices and a hint of grassy scents, proving broadly appealing. There is great zip to the sip and a bit of viscosity as well, with zesty flavors of green apple rinds and chopped lemongrass. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Sauvignon Blanc A crisp sauvignon blanc with sliced lime and honeydew. Medium body, bright acidity and a clean finish. Drink now. James Suckling 89 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Sauvignon Blanc Light straw, this Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of classic Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Musqué, and Semillon. If offers lovely aromas of citrus and apple not unlike a Bordelais white. Aged 5 months in French oak, it is rather soft in the mouth with medium acidity and freshness and a persistent finish. i-Wine Review 89 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir A bit light on the nose, this bottling from 12 clones of Pinot Noir shows aromas of light-red fruit juice and turned earth. The palate shows lots of floral elegance, with rose petals and purple flowers lifting up the core of boysenberry fruit. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir Aromas of strawberries, tar and light earth follow through to a medium body with fine and light tannins. A floral, watermelon and citrus aftertaste. A pleasing purity of fruit to this. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2018-09-04
2016 Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir Sourced from among the finest vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Pinot Noir Twelve Clones offers ripe dark cherry fruit with considerable purity and hints of toasted oak. It is soft and round in the mouth with good balance, finesse, depth of flavor and a persistent finish. i-Wine Review 90 2018-09-04
2015 Bodegas y Vinedos Valderiz Juegabolos A very fresh array of mulberries and boysenberries with sweet, spicy oak adding early interest. The texture on the palate is impressive with a swathe of smooth, velvety tannins. Bright and tight. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2018-08-31
2015 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valderiz Impressive aromas of dark spice and pepper with graphite and ripe dark berries. This has a very plushand succulent palate with rich dark plums, dark chocolate and berries. Fresh, concentrated and powerful Ribera. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2018-08-31
2016 Bodegas y Vinedos Valderiz Valdehermoso Roble Explosive blueberry nose with plenty of ripe fruit, but only medium-bodied with moderate tannins. This is a good introdution to this region. Drink now or in 2019. James Suckling 90 2018-08-31
2015 Bodegas y Vinedos Valderiz Valdehermoso Crianza Aromas of blueberries, dark plums and sliced ripe strawberries with soe spice from oak. Full body, polished tannins and medium-to-long, slightly bitter finish. Perhaps better from 2020. James Suckling 89 2018-08-31
2011 Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva Aromas of walnuts, dark fruit and cedar follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with a tight and focused center palate and chocolate and plum flavors at te end. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2018-08-31
2015 Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza The depth here is impressive. Ripe dark plums and cherries lead to a palate with a bright core of ripe red-plum flavor. Slick tannin finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2018-08-31
2014 Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Reserva A slew of plum and blueberry aromas here with just a hint of violets. Ripe and generously tannic, this is a richwine for the vintage, but also well balanced on the moderately long, supple finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 90 2018-08-31
2015 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Mazos Graciano Extremely vivid and racy, this has attractive, fresh black cherries, modest tannins and crisp acidity. A very food-friendly, new-style red Rioja. Drink now or in 2019. James Suckling 90 2018-08-31
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano The ripeness here is intense with jammy raspberry and blackberry aromas laced with herbal nuances. The palate has a slippery, succulent feel, saturated in plum and blackberry flavors, soft tannins and an easygoing finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2018-08-31
2014 Bodegas Bhilar Phinca Encanto Rufete A fine and tight red with black cherry, spice and berry character. Medium body, silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2018-08-31
2013 Mas d'en Gil Priorat Coma Alta An intense nose showing butter, acacia, caramel and cooked-apple character. Full body, good fruit concentration and refreshing acidity that follows through to a medium and spicy finish. Some wood and yeast undertones. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2018-08-31
2015 Mas d'en Gil Priorat Bellmunt Quite earthy and savory with very ripe, but not overripe blackberries. Rich with generous, rather soft tannins and quite a long, savory finish. A good food-wine. Drink now or hold. James Suckling 90 2018-08-31
2013 Mas d'en Gil Priorat Coma Vella Plenty of savory and balsamic character on the nose, then rather fleshy on the palate with good balance and enough vitality to make this an attractive food-wine. Very harmonious finish. Drink now or hold. James Suckling 92 2018-08-31
2017 Chateau Beauchene Grande Réserve Blanc Côtes du Rhône A solid effort based on equal parts Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Roussanne and Clairette, the 2017 Côtes du Rhône Grande Réserve Blanc is another rich, textured, yet fresh white from this estate. It offers classic citrus blossom, peach, and a touch of salinity, and will be versatile on the dinner table. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2018-08-29
2016 Chateau Beauchene Grande Réserve Châteauneuf-du-Pape Moving to the reds, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grande Réserve (80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre) was completely destemmed and spent 18 months in mostly older barrels. It offers a darker, traditional, peppery style as well as a charming, beautifully balanced style on the palate. It should certainly be outstanding. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2018-08-29
2016 Chateau Beauchene Cuvee de la Serrière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Last of the 2016s, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vignobles de La Serrière is the same blend as all the cuvées here (80% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre) and comes from a mix of rolled stones and sandstone soils. It’s a rich, powerful wine that has loads of black cherry fruit, lavender, rose petal, and peppery herb aromas and flavors. With ripe tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and terrific complexity, it will drink nicely for 10-15 years. Jeb Dunnuck 93-95 2018-08-29
2017 Chateau Beauchene Grande Réserve Côtes du Rhône The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Grande Réserve has similar garrigue, peppery herbs, and classic red and black fruits. It's balanced, Provençal, and will keep for 4-6 years. The blend is 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and the rest a mix of permitted varieties. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2018-08-29
2016 Chateau Beauchene Premier Terroir Cotes du Rhone I loved the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Premier Terroir, a classic yet elegant Côtes du Rhône with its pretty black cherries, spring flower, and obvious minerality. Clean, classy and balanced, with medium-bodied depth and richness, it should keep for 4-6 years. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2018-08-29
2016 Domaine Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf du Pape The classic 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Domaine Chante-Perdrix is smoking good in 2016, offering tons of garrigue, seaweed, cracked pepper, and damp earth aromas and flavors. With a darker, earthier slant, medium to full body, a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish, drink it over the coming decade or so. The blend is 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, and the balance Muscardin, all aged in a mix of foudre and smaller barrels. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2018-08-29
2015 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez-Montsant Zerran Intense black-cherry nose with just a whiff of smoke. Good depth on the ample body. Bright and straight, thanks to the crisp acidity. If the dry tannins were a bit less strident, then this would rate higher. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2018-08-29
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Prestige The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige is the only wine to include significant portions of Mourvèdre (85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre), partially destemmed and aged in a mix of demi-muids, barrels, and concrete tanks. It has a darker, slightly more reserved bouquet of blackberries, peppery herbs, graphite, and scorched earth. It's rich, powerful, concentrated and textured, yet also beautifully balanced and pure, with fine tannin. Give bottles a year or three, and it's going to cruise for a decade. Jeb Dunnuck 93+ 2018-08-29
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Sables de la Crau Also deeply colored, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sables de La Crau is 100% Grenache from sandy soils, and it was raised all in demi-muids. With a huge nose of blueberries, crushed flowers, cedarwood, and baking spice, it hits the palate with a full-bodied, silky style, no hard edges, beautiful purity of fruit, and a great, great finish. It's one of the most profound wines I've tasted from this estate. Jeb Dunnuck 96 2018-08-29
2017 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Prestige Lastly, lots of black cherries, earth, peppery herbs, and graphite notes emerge from the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige. It has more density than the Les Sables de La Crau, is medium to full-bodied, has ripe tannins, and plenty of length. It’s another character-filled, expressive wine from Jean Marie Royer. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2018-08-29
2017 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape - Sables de la Crau More sweet red fruits, blueberries, violets, and awesome floral notes all emerge from the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sables de La Crau, which is, as always, 100% Grenache from the sandy portions of the La Crau lieu-dit. This full-bodied, flamboyant, exotic Grenache has tons of upfront appeal, a sexy, seamless texture, and loads of personality, although it appears to lack the density and depth found in the 2016. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2018-08-29
2017 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Blanc Chateauneuf-du-Pape Moving to the Domaine du Pégau releases, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Blanc is a Burgundian styled effort that has lots of mineral nuances in its wet stone, lime, citrus peel, and white flower-like aromas and flavors. With vibrant acidity, beautiful balance, and a tight, vibrant style on the palate, it opens up nicely with time in the glass and is going to evolve nicely for 4-6 years. The quality of the whites at this estate has soared over the past 4-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2018-08-29
2017 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape The 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée is a terrific wine, and this is certainly another good vintage for the domaine. Giving up a classic, old-school bouquet of blackberries, currants, iron, bloody meat, and pepper, it's full-bodied, has terrific purity of fruit, serious tannins, impeccable balance, and a great finish. The cellar is going to be your friend. Jeb Dunnuck 93-95 2018-08-29
2016 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape A wine that’s going to rival or surpass the 2015, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée shows the quality of this awesome vintage with its deep, powerful, concentrated style. While Laurence says her 2015s remind her of her 2010s, I find a certain 2010-like purity in this wine as well as killer notes of black raspberries, blueberries, garrigue, and pepper. Possessing both power and finesse, full body, sweet tannins, and a great finish, don’t miss this beauty. Jeb Dunnuck 95-97 2018-08-29
2015 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape The 2015 Châteauneuf-Du-Pape Cuvée Réservée is a beautiful, classic wine from the Feraud family that offers powerful notes of blackcurrants, peppered meat, garrigue, and that classic Pégau spice that's hard to find outside of this iconic estate. Possessing a deep ruby/plum color, beautiful complexity, full-bodied richness, and firm tannin, it has closed up slightly since I tasted it from barrel and is going to need 6-12 months of bottle age to bounce back, but this is a concentrated, powerful vintage for this estate that reminds me a slightly improved 2005. Jeb Dunnuck 96 2018-08-29
2014 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape The 2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée reminds me of the 2008 with its classic, balanced, elegant style. It’s not the most serious wine from the estate, yet it offers textbook garrigue, pepper, and meatiness, medium body, fine, silky tannins, and a great finish. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 7-8 years, and given the track record of this wine for aging gracefully even in difficult vintages, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it drink nicely for longer. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2018-08-29
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige Deep vivid red. A complex and expansive bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, exotic spices, candied flowers and garrigue, and a smoky mineral topnote provides definition. Sappy and concentrated yet light on its feet, offering intense, appealingly sweet raspberry, spicecake and lavender flavors and a touch of sassafras, which adds earthy depth. Shows outstanding clarity and red fruit thrust on the extremely long finish, which is framed by supple, slow-building tannins. Vinous 94-96 2018-08-28
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Sables de la Crau Limpid ruby. Powerful aromas of fresh raspberry and candied cherry pick up incense, lavender and exotic spice nuances with air. Deeply concentrated red berry preserve and spicecake flavors are complicated by suggestions of smoky minerals and floral pastilles. Supple, even tannins give shape to the strikingly long, mineral-tinged finish, which emphatically echoes the floral note. Vinous 93-95 2018-08-28
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Tradition Brilliant red. Vibrant, mineral-accented cherry and raspberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied lavender and allspice. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering intense red and dark berry and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. In a fairly rich style for this bottling, but there's no lack of energy here. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to the finish, which hangs on with strong, red-fruit-driven tenacity. Vinous 91-93 2018-08-28
2012 Chateau de Francs Les Cerisiers Cotes de Francs An impressive marriage of two great winemaking teams are behind this cuvée, the Hebrard and Boüard families. The 2012 Les Cerisiers is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Notes of kirsch liqueur, licorice and spice are all present in this dense ruby/purple wine. Pure, rich, fleshy and medium-bodied, this is another major sleeper of the vintage, capable of providing pleasure over the next 7-8 years. Wine Advocate 88 2018-08-24
2012 Chateau de Francs Les Cerisiers Cotes de Francs A juicy, succulent wine, the 2012 de Francs Les Cerisiers is one of the very best values readers will find in Bordeaux, or anywhere for that matter. Sweet cherry, plum, tobacco, mint and cedar abound in this delicious Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Hébrard and de Boüard families. Vinous 88 2018-08-24
2017 pursued by bear Blushing Bear Rose A blend of Rhône varieties with Mourvèdre making up over half, this wine is pale-copper colored. The aromas are light, with notes of raw salad, strawberry, spice, grapefruit and cherry. The flavors are light but sleek, delivering appeal. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-08-22
2014 pursued by bear Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The aromas offer notes of vanilla, cherry, coconut, cinnamon and baking spice. Fruit and barrel flavors intertwine on the palate, which displays a lovely sense of texture. Vanilla, coconut and cherry notes linger on the long finish. The barrel influence is quite prominent, but it shows a lovely sense of nuance. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-08-22
2014 pursued by bear Baby Bear Syrah Barrel aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla, coconut shavings and baking spice in front of cherry. The flavors bring a sense of richness, with barrel notes speckled throughout. Coconut flavors linger on the finish. It’s a very stylistic interpretation of the variety. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-08-22
2016 Foris Vineyards Pinot Noir Rogue Valley There’s a strong thread of roasted coriander in both scent and flavor, snaking around tart raspberry fruit and buoyant acidity. This is all estate-grown fruit from a winery that almost always over-delivers at this price point. Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-08-22
2015 Annabella Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma An easygoing, enjoyable wine, this is integrated in good dark fruit and integrated oak, with soft tannins and a length of cinnamon and clove. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-08-22
2015 Vina Chocalan Origen Carmenere Aromas of oregano, basil and tomato sauce hint at greenness but pull back. A thick, chewy palate is dense and full, while spicy, herbal berry and plum flavors are sauvage. Gamy berry notes linger on a steady finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-08-22
2013 El Principal Memorias Molasses, herbal black-fruit scents and earthy aromas are big and welcoming, but not 100% complete. A round, ripe, lush palate deals jammy blackberry and cassis flavors in front of a solid finish with mocha, blackberry and baking-spice notes. Drink this Cabernet Sauvignon-led blend through 2022. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-08-22
2014 El Principal Calicanto This opaque blend is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère, with smaller amounts of Cab Franc, Syrah and Malbec. On the nose, the wine is ripe and smooth, with marzipan, latex, black olive and cassis aromas. A full, creamy palate is cut by tartaric acidity, while this tastes of savory plum and clove. More rich than racy, this is a deep and intense blend to drink through 2022. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-08-22
2017 Quinta da Raza Vinho Verde Alvarinho - Trajadura A light prickle on the tongue and ripe tropical fruits give this wine its lift and creamy character. It has great acidity while also relishing the ripeness of the 60% Alvarinho in the blend. The wine is ready to drink although it could age into 2019. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-08-22
2017 Quinta de Curvos Vinho Verde Loureiro From one of the top two varieties grown in Vinho Verde (the other is Alvarinho), this wine is fruity, packed with citrus, and with a zesty tight texture. The fruit is ripe while remaining cool and crisp. Drink this wine from late 2018. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-08-22
2016 Marziano Abbona Rinaldi Barbera d' Alba Aromas of underbrush and dark berry lead the nose. The dense tangy palate delivers blackberry jam, licorice and white pepper alongside rounded tannins. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-08-22
2013 Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo DOCG Aromas of violet, woodland berry and black tea take shape in the glass. The savory palate offers dried black cherry, tobacco and white pepper alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink 2021–2030. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-08-22
2013 Marziano Abbona Ravera Barolo DOCG Aromas of underbrush, woodland berry and a whiff of camphor emerge from the glass. The austere palate offers tart red cherry, clove and a hint of star anise alongside taut tannins and fresh acidity. Give it a few more years to come together. Drink after 2022. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-08-22
2017 Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose Light, bright orange. Punget red berries, cherry and a hint of pungent flowers on the nose. Chewy and focused in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and orange pith flavors that deepen and become sweeter with air. Clings with good tenacity on the finish, leaving a hint of raspberry behind. Vinous 88 2018-08-21
2017 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Tolentino Malbec The 2017 Tolentino is pure Malbec from La Consulta that fermented in a 50,000-liter concrete vat, and 60% of the volume matured in oak for ten months. It has varietal, fruit-driven aromas with a pinch of spices and flowers. The palate is light to medium-bodied with fine tannins and moderate acidity. 50,000 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 87 2018-08-21
2013 Lumos Wine Co Temperance Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting perfume of dark berries and pie cherries with an earthy underpinning. Heavenly flavors of marionberry, plum, pomegranate and spice that fills the mouth with layers of goodness. This wine comes at you from all angles and refuses to leave on the fruit-laden finish. A pinot Noir that is both husky and masculine, yet refined and sophisticated. The serious fruit intensity is deftly balanced by a tannic backbone that insures age ability. I can’t say enough good things about this special wine. Prince of Pinot 94 2018-08-20
2016 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto Tarry, savory accents ahead of blackberry and blackcurrant aromas. The palate has medium body and neatly balanced tannins. Supple, soft and even layered. Punchy finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2018-08-20
2016 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto Organic Some gently tarry and spicy aromas across a swathe of dark-berry aromas. This is a succulent and juicy red with medium body and a fresh, lighter-berry finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2018-08-20
2016 Dominio de Eguren Codice Fresh and firm, this red shows cherry and plum flavors that mingle with smoke, underbrush and loamy earth notes. Fresh acidity balances the sandy tannins. A bit rustic, with depth and harmony. Tempranillo. Drink now through 2024. Best Value Wine Spectator 88 2018-08-16
2016 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Malbec A complex malbec with a lot of hot stones and some herbal character. Plenty of charred oak, too. Really ripe fruit and some excellent tannins. Well balanced, but at the finish the alcohol shows slightly. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2018-08-13
2017 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Vineyard Selection Malbec A striking mix of ripe blackberries, lemon peel and savory notes follow through to a high-structured palate with quite some depth. Serious tannins at the finish, but well-integrated. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2018-08-13
2017 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Lote 44 Malbec Dried strawberries, lavender and walnuts on the nose of this unique malbec. I love the bold tannin structure and the long, earthy finish. Though, there is a hint of warmth from alcohol. This surely has very good aging potential, but can be enjoyed now with hearty food. James Suckling 93 2018-08-13
2015 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Vineyard Selection Malbec The depth and beauty is here right away on the nose with plums, wet earth and dried flowers. Full-bodied, chewy and intense. Love the finish. Solid. All together. Drink now or hold. James Suckling 93 2018-08-13
2014 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Malbec A fantastic young wine with superb density and structure. Agile and racy. Full body, silky and firm tannins and a bright finish. Love the walnut, dark chocolate and dark fruit character. Best ever from here. Drink or hold. James Suckling 95 2018-08-13
2015 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Cabernet Sauvignon Very ripe nose with hints of prune and caramel, but on the palate it is surprisingly fresh. Some alcohol showing on the warm finish. Drink now. James Suckling 88 2018-08-07
2014 Bodegas Y Vinedos 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. Round and plush, this is supported by firm tannins and juicy acidity. Drink now through 2024. 250 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2018-08-07
2014 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Juegabolos Toasty aromas suggest maple, along with a note of sawdust to accompany earthy berry scents. A rich, pure palate is intense but shows balance and comportment. Blackberry, cassis, peppery spice and integrated oak flavors are detailed, with a smooth finish. Drink this full-bodied wonder through 2028. Varietal Tempranillo; highest vineyards 2,625 feet. Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast 96 2018-08-07
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz De Chiripa Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and dried violets follow through to a medium-to full-bodied palate with firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Needs a year or two to soften, but serious. James Suckling 93 2018-08-03
2016 Bodegas Nekeas El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa A ripe and rather complex garnacha/grenache with black raspberries and delicate wild-herb notes. Plenty of rather fine-grained tannins and a fresh, long finish that promises some aging potential. James Suckling 90 2018-08-03
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva Aromas of lavender, blackberries and blueberries follow through to a medium-bodied palate with tight and refined tannins and a flavorful finish. James Suckling 92 2018-08-03
2010 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva Very brash, ripe and dark toasted spices here. Plenty of oak. The fruit is in the ripe, dark-plum zone. On the palate, there’s a wealth of rich, dark chocolate and roasted coffee with a smooth, supple array of fine tannins. Good freshness. James Suckling 94 2018-08-03
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco Floral and ginger notes float across the firm, polished texture of this savory white, with apple and pear flavors supported by fresh acidity. Macabeo and Airén. Drink now. Best Values Wine Spectator 85 2018-08-03
2016 Candoni Organic Pinot Grigio Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, honeycomb, limestone, and dried fruits and nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-long raspberry pavlova, lime zest, and Turkish delight finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A beautiful, delicate, serious expression of pinot grigio. Tastings.com 93 2018-08-03
2016 Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Silky, expressive and showing effortless complexity, with raspberry, orange zest and spiced cinnamon flavors that take on richness and depth on a lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. Wine Spectator 94 2018-07-31
2016 Le Cadeau Rocheaux Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Graceful and polished, with expressive raspberry, violet and delicate licorice accents that take on richness and depth toward the lingering finish. Drink now through 2025. Wine Spectator 93 2018-07-31
2010 Behrens Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Crowley Vineyard An open, sweet, floral-infused bouquet leads to rich dark fruit in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Crowley Vineyard. Within this lineup of decidedly flashy, opulent wines, the Crowley Vineyard comes across as one of the more tightly-wound offerings. A firm sense of structure supports hints of mint, violets and sweet spices, all of which add lift on the finish. The Crowley Vineyard is all about understated intensity and cool minerality. Vinous 94 2018-07-30
2013 Behrens Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Moulds Vineyard The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Moulds Vineyard is deep, savory and expressive. Crème de cassis, lavender, spice, mint and blackberry jam infuse this striking, unctuous yet mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon. I would give the 2013 a year or two to soften, as it is a bit clenched today. The combination of ripe, sweet fruit in this relatively cool site yields a Cabernet Sauvignon of distinction. Vinous 92 2018-07-30
2011 Behrens Family Winery Labor of Love Dark red cherries, plums, mint, sweet spices, herbs and juniper berries meld together in the 2011 Red Blend Labor of Love. Espresso, menthol tar and licorice notes add complexity on the layered, expressive finish. The 2011 is 75% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, all from Martinez Vineyard on Pritchard Hill. Vinous 93 2018-07-30
2013 Behrens Family Winery Labor of Love The Cabernet Franc-based 2013 Labor of Love is a knock-out. Firm, vibrant and aromatically expressive, the 2013 is compelling, but it also needs time to fully come together. Mocha, espresso, menthol and inky blue/purplish fruit flesh out effortlessly. The 2013 needs time in bottle, but it is super-impressive. Labor of Love emerges from a top vineyard site on Pritchard Hill. Vinous 95 2018-07-30
2013 Behrens Family Winery Labor of Love The 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Labor of Love is a blend of 75% Cabernet Franc and the rest equal parts Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is clearly their most Cabernet Franc-dominated effort. Beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit and spring flowers soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple colored wine. This is high-class Cabernet Franc-dominated wine that is complex, ethereal and has super-intensity without the weight. This is a great effort from Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward. It should continue to drink well for another 20 years. Wine Advocate 95 2018-07-30
2012 Behrens Family Winery The Explorer The 2012 Explorer is built on a core of Petite Sirah from Kick Ranch in Sonoma. Bold and racy throughout, the 2012 offers superb intensity in a racy, voluptuous style that holds tons of near-term appeal. Sweet red-fleshed fruit, cherry, pine, spice and mint meld into the juicy, expressive finish. This is another gorgeous wine from Behrens that should be reasonably priced as well. Vinous 91 2018-07-30
2013 Behrens Family Winery The Collector The 2013 The Collector is a delicious, mid-tier offering from Behrens. Sweet tobacco, dried herbs, red cherry jam, plum and licorice give the 2013 much of its distinct savory personality. Even with all of its unctuous, enveloping fruit, the 2013 could use another year or two in bottle, as the tannins are somewhat forbidding at this stage. Dollops of Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot complete the blend. Vinous 90 2018-07-30
2013 Behrens Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Moulds Vineyard Pure, clean and rich, with plum and blueberry flavors at the core, supported by structured tannins and light oak. Drink now through 2024. 196 cases made. Wine Spectator 88 2018-07-30
2016 Punset Barbera D'Alba DOC Rich and full of plum, black cherry jam and earth flavors, with vibrant acidity keeping this focused and fresh. Balanced, finishing long and mouthwatering. Drink now through 2023. 1,500 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2018-07-25
2014 Calcada Wine Estates Lago Douro Valley Red Blend A polished, full-bodied red, featuring glazed cherry and red plum pudding notes detailed with herb, pepper and fresh earth accents and hints of mocha on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 6,000 Cases made Wine Spectator 88 2018-07-24
2016 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay Sonoma County Well-built and rich, with a solid core of apple pastry, fig and guava flavors that offer a creamy texture. Nutmeg and clove notes show on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2022. Wine Spectator 91 2018-07-20
2015 Marques de Vargas Crianza A polished texture carries lively flavors of cherry, berry, orange peel, spice and vanilla in this fresh, supple red. Floral and herbal accents add interest. Graceful and expressive. Drink now through 2030. Wine Spectator 90 2018-07-20
NV Chateau du Tariquet Folle Blanche 12 Year Armagnac The 12-year-old in Tariquet’s noteworthy series of 100% Folle Blanche bottlings is intense, like the first days of spring. Light in color, with a nose full of white flowers and green herbs, the spices swirl in the mouth, particularly nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s all balanced by a beautiful dried apricot note that develops from the midpalate into a long spiced-fruit finish. Vinous 94 2018-07-20
NV Chateau du Tariquet Folle Blanche 15 Year Armagnac As a brandy made with Folle Blanche ages, it often moves from floral towards attractive tobacco notes, as the Tariquet 15-year-old bottling exemplifies. There’s a hint of burnt sugar and dried fruit, but those play second fiddle to the savory herbal and green tobacco leaf notes. Vinous 93 2018-07-20
2014 David Arthur Vineyards Three Acre Cabernet Sauvignon From the Pritchard Hill producer's estate within an estate, this is dusty in currant and sinewy leather, with a lingering note of resin, violet and graphite. Full bodied and concentrated in black cherry and currant, it shows a density that's complex yet beautifully balanced. Enjoy 2024–2030. Wine Enthusiast 94 2018-07-16
2017 Keuka Spring Vineyards Rose Evoking spring in full bloom, the nose of this wine is carried by white blossom and pollen scents. Silken and rounded in feel, yet with proper balancing acidity, it boasts ripe white plum, citrus and almond skin flavors that carry the palate to a textural, mineral-dusted finish. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-07-16
2017 Hopler Pinot Blanc A faint floral note clings to this wine's tender hints of white pear and lemon. Everything about this spells freshness. It's subtle and light, with a lemony cloud of floral scent. Drink soon. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-07-16
2017 Hopler Pannonica Blanc A subtle aromatic streak of citrus zest characterizes the nose of this wine. There's lemon and grapefruit on the palate, too, and exquisite weightlessness. This is fresh and versatile—the ideal glass of tangy dry white. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-07-16
2015 Pietro Caciorgna Pietro Caciorgna Ciauria Etna Rosso A ripe red showing rose petals, crushed blueberries and hints of vanilla. Medium to full body with silky and soft tannins. A balanced and pure finish. Delicious now. Why wait? James Suckling 93 2018-07-16
2015 Pietro Caciorgna Guardoilvento Etna Rosso Wonderful aromas of blueberries, raspberries and plums. Hints of light caramel, too. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a precise, vertical finish. I like the texture and the tension here. Needs time to soften. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2018-07-16
2017 Trentadue OPR Sauvignon Blanc Dry, fresh and crisp, this is a light-bodied, unoaked, mouthcleansing wine with light fig, herb and citrus flavors and good acidity. It has 5 g/L of residual sugar and was aged on the lees for five months. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-07-16
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco A wine that’s vinified in Manchuela then trucked to Rioja for the élevage and bottling, the 2017 Protocolo Blanco (60% Macabeo and 40% Airen) is a delicious, easy going white offering lots of white peach, dried pineapple, and chalky, salty aromas and flavors. It’s nicely balanced and ideal for a house white. Drink it over the coming year. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2018-07-06
2016 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Nisia Las Suertes This bold white is full-bodied and exuberant, with exotic flavors of pineapple, mango and coconut that stretch out on a rich frame, but remain firmly supported by juicy tangerine acidity. Atypical but has depth and balance. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2018-07-06
2014 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez-Montsant Zerran This aromatic red delivers lively flavors of cherry, kirsch, fresh herbs and vanilla in a creamy texture, supported by well-integrated tannins and sweet-tart acidity. Generous and lively. Garnacha, Mazuelo and Syrah. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2018-07-06
2015 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez-Montsant Zerran From a 22-acre vineyard owned by the Bodegas Ordoñez, the 2015 Zerran is a blend of old-vine Carignan, Syrah and Grenache and aged ten months sur lie in Burgundy and Bordeaux barrels and bottled unfiltered. It has an earthy, mineral nose of wet slate/pebbles intermixed with black cherry and blacker fruits, as well as hints of truffle and loamy soil notes. It is followed by an outstanding wine with terrific richness, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and noticeable, but well-integrated tannins. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. Wine Advocate 90 2018-07-06
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza Ripe cherry and plum flavors mingle with forest floor and espresso notes in this thick red, kept fresh by lively acidity. The tannins are well-integrated and give way to a juicy, vanilla-scented finish. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2018-07-06
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza This has the woodland scent of wild cherries and mushrooms, a wine with more stature and suppleness than you might expect for $15. It’s rich and grounded, and it may well improve your mood on a Thursday night with a steak and grilled mushrooms. Wine & Spirits 89 2018-07-06
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva This plump red offers cherry and vanilla flavors that show a spicy sweetness, balanced by leafy, cedar and tobacco notes. Light, firm tannins add ballast. A graceful example of the traditional style. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2018-07-06
2010 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva Heavily roasted aromas of gamy berry fruits, herbs and coconutty oak settle on charred. This wine is bulky and a touch stewed and soupy in feel. Oaky flavors of chocolate, baked berry and cassis end with chocolaty oak on a finish that's heavy and lacking in verve. Drink through 2024. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-07-06
2017 Col Vetoraz Cartizze di Valdobbiadene DOCG This wine is a bright star in a large sea of commercial Prosecco that floods foreign markets. You should look out for Col Vetoraz. Their 2017 Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze Dry is spectacular. The bouquet offers fragrant tones of white peach, crushed oyster shell and garden rose. The effect is lovely. This Cartizze sparkler tickles the palate with soft and foamy effervescence. There is soothing sweetness on the delicate and elegant finish. Some 39,000 bottles were made. This is a great value offering. Wine Advocate 92 2018-07-06
2016 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Complex, opening with a distinctive floral note of dried lavender that adds an aromatic lift to the polished blackberry, cherry and black pepper flavors. Dark, dense and concentrated at the core. Details of spice, vanilla and clove mingle on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 5,500 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2018-07-05
2016 Two Hands Samantha's Garden Shiraz Fresh, with clay and herbal overtones to the black cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, showing precision, along with floral and black tea accents. Drink now through 2028. 700 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2018-07-05
2017 Quintay Clava Syrah Casablanca Valley Masses of cranberry and cassis fruit and great freshness. Some real structure on the powerful but sleek and elegant palate. Very good to drink now, but probably more complex and satisfying in 2019. James Suckling 91 2018-07-05
2017 Nicodemi Le Murate Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Bright orange-tinged dark pink. Candied red berries, custard cream and spicy herbs. Enters dry but finishes with a hint of residual sweetness. Simple easygoing Rosato that boasts early appeal. Vinous 88 2018-07-05
NV Jean Laurent Blanc de Noirs Brut Well-spiced and juicy, with ripe Honeycrisp apple and white cherry fruit flavors layered with slivered almond, grated ginger and smoky mineral notes, all set on the vivacious bead. Racy finish. Disgorged December 2016. Drink now through 2020. 7,350 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2018-07-05
2017 Finca Jakue Getariako Txakolina This wine's aroma includes pine cone and rubber glove notes but not much fruit. The palate is tight and pinched, with tart citrus flavors and a lightly spritzy, bitter finish. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-07-05
2012 Elia Palazzesi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Some glossy oak with hints of burnt toffee across ripe red and dark cherries. This shows handy richness and depth through the palate. Acidity holds the finish fresh. Try from 2022 James Suckling 92 2018-07-05
2013 Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino Bright red with a pale rim. Flinty red cherry, violet, sandalwood and graphite on the nose and in the mouth. Clean, dense and juicy, with polished tannins nicely framing the juicy flavors; this lovely wine has a captivating vibrancy and is remarkably elegant and precise, rather than powerful and fleshy. The best young Brunello from Collelceto I have memory of. Vinous 94 2018-07-05
2015 Chateau Viranel Saint Chinian Tradition Rouge Twenty percent of Viranel's 2015 Saint Chinian Tradition spent a year in oak (the rest stayed in tank for its élevage), so there's no obvious oak flavor in this blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Carignan and 10% Mourvèdre. Instead, it delivers raspberry and cherry fruit, the merest hints of thyme and rosemary and a touch of star anise. Drink this medium to full-bodied, supple wine on the fruit over the next few years. Wine Advocate 90 2018-07-05
2017 Bargemone Rose This ancient estate, founded in the Middle Ages by the Knights Templar, has produced an exemplary rosé. It has lightness and poise as well as great fruitiness, acidity and a crisp, zesty texture. Perfumed and with red-currant and strawberry flavors, the wine is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-07-05
2017 Keuka Sping Vineyards Rose This dry rose is a blend of Lemberger and Cabernet Franc from vineyards overlooking Keuka Lake. It displays a very pale blush color with faint yellow and red cherry skin scents. Crisp on the attack, it is subtly flavored on the palate, almost like a white
wine. Very clean and mineral like with persistent mineral notes on the finish. Good example of a mineral driven, subtly flavored rose. Part barrel fermented. Astounding value!
I Winereview 91 2018-06-27
2017 Pursued by Bear Blushing Bear Rose Very pale rose, near clear rim. Mourvèdre 50%, Grenache 30%, Cinsault 20%. Actor Kyle McLachlan’s Winery project, with wines made by Dan Wampfler (Abeja). Given the dominant variety, we are not surprised this is a more richly textured, fuller bodied Bandol-style Rosé. Faint berry aromas, then light mineral-fresh, slightly stony aromas. Medium plus acidity adds relief and provides a nice saline, earthy/mineral length to the finish. Not as breezy and lifted as most rosé wines, but perfect to drink with fuller dishes and richly flavorful ones. A blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache and 20% Cinsault made Provence style by winemaker Kyle MacLachlan. 12.9% alc. I Winereview 90 2018-06-27
2017 Hentley Farm Rose A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, this Barossa Valley rose is machine harvested with 24 hours skin contact from vines grown on clay loam over shattered limestone. It has a reserved nose with a hint of underbrush and red berry fruit on palate. It exhibits a lovely crisp palate feel, persistent light red berry fruit, and a long finish. I Winereview 89 2018-06-27
2017 Hopler Rose Medium pink with bronze highlights. Spicy orange cranberry with strawberry nuances. Very dry on the palate with nice minerality and fine lingering notes of pomegranate and red berry. A blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 35% St. Laurent and 25% Blaufränkisch from estate vineyards located in the Leithaberg Hills near Lake Neusiedl. Christhof Höpler is winemaker. I Winereview 88 2018-06-27
2017 Chateau de L'Aumerade Marie Christine Rose Cotes de Provence Light pink. Syrah makes itself known in this Provence blend. Darker fruit notes show on a beautifully extracted wine, but red berry/cherry notes appear on the finish. Crisp, clean and great balance. A blend of 42% Cinsault, 34% Grenache/Garnacha, and 24% Syrah grown on clay-limestone soils in Cru Classé vineyards located in Côtes de Provence's "Golden Triangle". I Winereview 92 2018-06-27
2017 Chateau de Pampelonne Rose Cotes de Provence Very pale blush pink. Light aromas of red raspberry and cherry. Quite a leesy rosé with an unusual mouth feel for a Provence rosé--creamy, creamy and mouth filling. A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah and 10% Tibouren grown on sandy granitic soils near the Saint-Tropez Pampelonne Beach. Aged 5 months on the fine lees in stainless. Winemaker is Marie Pascal. I Winereview 89 2018-06-27
2017 Domaine Poli Ile de Beaute Niellucciu Rose Pale eye of the partridge. Minerals, garrigue and rose petal aromas. Very fresh, mineral laden palate with good intensity of sour cherry fruit. Firmly structured but delicate on the palate, this is a serious food wine. Direct press; 100% Niellucciu from the Domaine Eric Poli's vineyards in the commune of Linguizzetta in Corsica. Eric Poli is the winemaker. I Winereview 90 2018-06-27
NV Champagne Serge Mathieu Rose Bright salmon pink color. Shows notes of ripe red berries and orange zest with a complicating savory, earth note. Its wine like palate offers concentrated flavors that mirror the bouquet and linger on the finish. Serve this Champagne with rare duck breast. 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay with 3 years on the lees and 9.5 g/l RS. I Winereview 91 2018-06-27
2016 Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese Rose 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 2018-06-27
NV Finca Sabate I Coca Castellroig Brut Rosat Light reddish pink. Red cherry with earthy notes on the nose. Nice effervescence on a sweetly flavored palate of pomegranate and maraschino cherry. Sweet and bold enough to handle the varied flavors of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. A blend of organically cultivated and hand harvested 44% Trepat and 56% Garnatxa grown in the Valle del Bitlles and fermented using indigenous yeasts. Spends a minimum of 15 months on the lees. Disgorged 2016. The winemaker is Marcel Sabaté. I Winereview 87 2018-06-27
2017 Finca Sabate I Coca Castellroig SO de Roselles Medium reddish pink with an orange tinge. Scents of fresh herbs, cinnamon and red berries. Sweet notes show on the attack, followed by concentrated flavors of cinnamon and red berries. Dry but very fruity. 100% Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), hand harvested. Marcel Sabaté is winemaker. I Winereview 88 2018-06-27
2017 Enanzo Garnacha Rosado This 100% Garnacha is medium red in color with a lovely perfumed nose of red raspberry, strawberry and floral notes. It has a wonderful silky palate feel, pure fruit and excellent balance. It is handpicked, direct pressed, and fermented in old cement vats with very little lees contact. Bodegas Campos de Enanzo is a cooperative comprised of 269 family winegrowers located in the southern part of the appellation. Firstclass winemaking. I Winereview 91 2018-06-27
2016 Carol Shelton Rondevous Rose Mendocino County Carol Shelton, the Queen of Zinfandel, also makes outstanding rose. This bottling exhibits a nice fresh, red fruited nose that carries over to a quite densely flavored palate. It has excellent balancing acidity and is mouth filling, more like a
red wine in weight and mouthfeel. It also reveals a hint of spices on the palate. Finishes medium long. Made from sustainably grown Carignan grapes
I Winereview 91 2018-06-26
2016 Hopler Pinot Noir A lovely touch of wet earth joins softly floral notes on the nose. The palate has a soft texture, somewhere between silk and velvet, with lovely tart cherry fruit, both red, and black. This is a lovely, elegant and resonant proposition with a beautifully fresh finish. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-06-26
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco Organic Yeasty pear and citrus peel aromas introduce this crisp, quaffable white. Its saline and stone fruit flavors hold steady through the finish. Wine Enthusiast BB 2018-06-22
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco This delivers fresh but generic apple, pear and stone fruit aromas. It's soft on the palate, with saline-rich flavors of apple and lettuce that finish steady. Wine Enthusiast BB 2018-06-22
2016 Juwel Riesling Trocken While understated on the nose, fresh yellow-peach and grapefruit flavors build on the palate of this dry medium-bodied Riesling. It's an approachable easy-drinking wine but accented by bracing hits of lime and a honed steely finish. Drink now through 2021. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-06-22
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva This wine's spiced plum and berry aromas show hints of animal fur and leather. The palate is rough around the edges, offering plum and berry flavors that have veered toward prune. Savory spice and chocolaty oak notes mark the finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-06-22
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Crianza Warm, leathery aromas of baked berries, molasses, animal fur and tobacco announce a heavily oaked style of Rioja. Despite all the oak, it's lean and astringent on the palate, a reflection of 2013's cool, rainy conditions. Its dried berry flavors are overcrowded by toasty, resiny oak straight through the finish. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-06-22
2016 St. Urbans Hof Bockstein Riesling Kabinett Plush pink-grapefruit and pomelo flavors burst from this light-bodied but intensely ripe Riesling. It's subtly sweet yet tangy, balanced by spine-tingling lime acidity and refreshing mineral complexities. Delicious already but it should improve through 2022, hold further. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-06-22
2017 Victoria Ordonez La Pasajera Verdejo This wine's mild citrus and green herb aromas are typical of good but basic Verdejo. It's lean, lemony and light in body, with briny citrus flavors and a salty finish. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-06-22
2016 Victoria Ordonez Monticara Moscatel This wine's gardenia, honeysuckle and tropical fruit aromas are the hallmarks of Moscatel. The palate is narrow yet refined, with lychee and pineapple flavors. The finish is short and marked by bell pepper notes. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-06-22
2016 Victoria Ordonez La Ola del Melillero This floral- and tropical fruit-scented wine is 70% Pedro Ximénez and 30% Moscatel. It's round and oily in texture, with simple orange, lychee and green melon flavors and a nice, steady, citrus-laced finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-06-22
2016 Victoria Ordonez Voladeros This barrel-aged white shows only a faint hint of underripe peach on the nose. On the palate, it's full bodied and resiny, with oak, vanilla and generic white fruit flavors. An attempt at serious and elegant Pedro Ximénez, it's mostly successful. Drink through 2019. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-06-22
2017 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence This ancient estate, founded in the Middle Ages by the Knights Templar, has produced an exemplary rosé. It has lightness and poise as well as great fruitiness, acidity and a crisp, zesty texture. Perfumed and with red-currant and strawberry flavors, the wine is ready to drink. Editor's Choice. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-06-21
2017 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Fresh and pure, with white cherry, watermelon rind and tea notes that glide through gracefully, carried by a light mineral twinge on the finish. Shows subtle depth. Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Rolle, Carignan and Counoise. Drink now. 29,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 89 2018-06-21
2017 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Like the white, the 2017 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé (30% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cinsault, and the rest Rolle, Carignan, and Counoise) has a beautiful saltiness that makes your mouth water. White cherries, strawberries, and spice notes all flow to a medium-bodied rosé that has terrific acidity, plenty of fruit and a clean, dry finish. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2018-06-21
2017 Villa des Anges Vieilles Vignes Rose Cinsault Vin de Pays d'Oc The 2017 Old Vines Rose is 100% Cinsault, which makes it a bit of a curiosity. Luckily, it's a tasty, bargain-priced one, boasting crisp, citrusy flavors and a faint dusting of savory spice. Drink it over the next 6-9 months. Wine Advocate 88 2018-06-21
2017 Chateau Saint-Honore Rose Cotes de Provence Lovely fruit nose with herbal complexity. The cherry fruit and basil notes continue through to a very pleasant after taste. International Wine Challenge 95 2018-06-21
2017 Chateau de L'Aumerade Marie Christine Rose Cotes de Provence The 2017 Cotes de Provence Rose Chateau de l'Aumerade Cuvee Marie-Christine is a top-notch effort in a rich, lush style. Crushed stone, mixed berries and ripe melon notes finish long and expansive. Not a prototypical Provence rosé, it nevertheless offers a concentrated mouthful of flavors. Wine Advocate 91 2018-06-21
2017 Domaine Poli Ile de Beaute Sciaccarellu Rose Eric Poli of Clos Alivu produces this wine from sciaccarello he ferments in stainless steel, and blocks the malolactic fermentation. It’s savory and elegant, the strawberry notes countered by bracing salinity, herbal notes playing around the edges. Wine & Spirits 90 2018-06-21
2017 Chateau de Penya Penya Rose Vin de Pays Cotes Catalanes The 2017 Côtes Catalanes Rosé (96% Grenache and 4% Syrah) is a terrific, fruit forward, yet racy rosé that gives up notes of citrus, strawberries, and flowers, with a beautiful salinity on the finish. Juicy, lively, tart, and hard to resist, it's a seriously good rosé that sells for a song. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2018-06-21
2017 Chateau de Pampelonne Legende Rose Cotes de Provence Pampelonne is situated in the hills above the luxury resort of Saint-Tropez, giving a great view of the yachts. It's a stylish wine in its smart bottle. Almost white in color, it is mineral textured with tight intense acidity and red-currant fruits. It will be worth aging for a few months, so drink this wine from later in 2018. Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-06-21
2017 Ryan Patrick Rose Columbia Valley A tangy and fresh white with light peach and crabapple character. Medium body, bright acidity and a clean finish. Blend of 75% syrah, 14% mourvedre, 9% grenache and 2% sangiovese. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2018-06-21
2017 Hopler Pannonica Rose Medium pink with bronze highlights. Spicy orange cranberry with strawberry nuances. Very dry on the palate with nice minerality and fine lingering notes of pomegranate and red berry. International Wine Challenge 88 2018-06-21
2017 Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rose Mendocino County A spirited California rosé, with lively raspberry, cherry and spice flavors that dance along the finish. Carignane, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now. 1,616 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2018-06-21
2016 Le Cadeau Diversite Pinot Noir Willamette Valley This multi-clonal selection is lushly endowed with a bright mix of red fruit, recalling cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry and cherry. It’s annotated with orange peel highlights and orange blossom scents. The detail and subtlety
are impressive.
Wine Enthusiast 93 2018-06-21
2016 Le Cadeau Rocheaux Pinot Noir Willamette Valley As the name suggests, this wine comes off a rocky part of the estate vineyard, creating a sturdy platform for its rich array of blue-berry and brambly cherry fruit. There’s a whiff of chicken stock also, and it’s still tight with youthful tension. Give it plenty of aeration or an extra year or two in bottle before popping the cork. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-06-21
2010 Punset Barbaresco Campo Quadro DOCG A powerful, meaty style, boasting cherry, plum, licorice, leather and tobacco aromas and flavors, and beginning to show a hint of truffle. Still supported by dense tannins, with a mineral element gracing the long finish. Best from 2020 through 2038. 300 cases made. Wine Spectator 95 2018-06-21
2016 Aubichon Cellars Pinot Noir This blend from three vineyards comes on thick and sappy, with chunky black fruit flavors. Earth, forest floor and dark chocolate details emerge as it fills the palate. It glides smoothly into a rich finish marked by a vein of cola. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-06-21
2016 Aubichon Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir This reserve bottling from five vineyards—principally in the Chehalem Mountains AVA—is layered and complex. It leads with tart berry and Bing cherry fruit, building toward lighter notes of Dr. Pepper, mushroom soup and miso as it opens. Then, it charges back into lush berry flavors through the palate-rousing finish. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-06-21
2016 Jolete Pinot Noir Le Verre Consumers have an impressive number of excellent Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs from which to choose at this price point. This one offers deep and potent black fruit and even darker notes of black coffee and chocolate. There's nothing cheap or cheerful about it. It's a serious bottle of wine, right down to the finishing suggestions of toast from new oak aging. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-06-21
2016 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Cote Est The east-facing block that comprises this wine brings delicate flavors and a hint of compost. Mixed citrus highlights and tart cherry fruit fill out the midpalate, and after a bit of breathing, the wine stretches out through a tasty finish threaded with dark chocolate notes. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-06-21
2016 Mas d'en Gil Bellmunt Blanc The nose is complex and has well-ripened white and stone fruit, peach, apricot and citrus aromas. A bit yeasty and floral. It is pure and clean with a very pleasant texture. Very well made with an elegant bitter touch on the finish.
Drink 2016-2020
Jancis Robinson 16.5 2018-06-20
2013 Mas d'en Gil Coma Vella Opulent and generous dark berries accompanied by an elegant and creamy oak sensation. Quite intense and spicy with great juiciness and superbly integrated firm tannins. Textbook Priorat with a remarkable freshness. What outstanding textured tannins! Drink 2016-2022 Jancis Robinson 17 2018-06-20
2014 Mas d'en Gil Bellmunt The wine is medium intensity showing lots of spices such as liquorice. It also has a leathery sensation with a dominant oak charge. The alcohol sensation is high. It has lots of flavours reflecting cooked berries. A warm, broad and ample Priorat. Drink 2016-2022 Jancis Robinson 16 2018-06-20
2016 Two Hands Sexy Beast For an inky hued New World wine, there's an awful lot of classic to the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Sexy Beast. Start with the nose of pencil shavings and cassis. Add a streamlined, medium to full-bodied palate that shows genuine Cabernet structure—firm acids and crisp edges. Yes, it's bold, flavorful and approachable young, but it also fits into Cabernet's varietal tradition. Wine Advocate 91 2018-06-20
2016 White Hart Pinot Noir It may be impossible to find a carefully made old-vine Pinot Noir from a single vineyard (McIntyre) for just $25 other than this bottling. Earthy tones of dried red fruit meet with pepper and smoked pork on the nose, while the palate offers dark pomegranate, star anise and a touch of smoke. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-06-20
2016 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc 2016 Tightly wound and bright lemon-peel aromas meet with honeysuckle, wet stone, nectarine flesh and a hint of charred wood on this blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier. There’s a flash of sweetness on the palate
which then tightens onto tangy lime and grapefruit peels with a touch of peachy warmth.
Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-06-18
2017 Michael Pozzan Winery Lake County Sauvignon Blanc This lean and refreshing wine smells minerally and tastes bright and citrusy, backed by crisp acidity and a light body. Lemon and lime merge with light herb and mineral flavors that stay lively with each sip. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-06-18
2013 Trabun Syrah The 2013 Syrah is a worthy follow up to the 2012, a pure Syrah from Requinoa in Cachapoal, which fermented traditionally with a total maceration of 30 days and matured in used French oak barrels for some 18 months. 2013 was a complicated vintage; there was a lot of odium and people had to work hard in the vineyard. The wine needed more time in barrel to get polished. The nose is very Syrah, with nicely integrated oak and a dominance of the classical smoked bacon, violets and tapenade aromas complemented by an earthy touch. The palate is medium to full-bodied, there are no corrections here, and the acidity is always what is obtained naturally. The tannins are fine. I think this is still very young and should evolve nicely in bottle. A Cachapoal Syrah with a Rhône accent. 5,756 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 93 2018-06-14
2013 Trabun Syrah Mid to dark crimson. High-toned, lifted, rather intriguing. Juicy start and then masses of fine tannin. Well constructed for the long term. Very dry finish for the moment. But there is silky fruit in the middle. Should be a good long-distance runner. Jancis Robinson 17 2018-06-14
2017 Banyan Gewurztraminer Arroyo Seco This is a fascinating wine at all turns. The color is not darker than water, and the aromas are extremely juicy with orange blossom, poached pear, bubblegum and gardenia - one of the most aromatic bottlings around. The palate is bone dry with a chalky flavor and backbone, yet hints of bubblegum and plumeria give warmth. Wine Enthusiast 90BB 2018-06-12
2016 Folk Machine Parts & Labor Mendocino Kenny Likitprakong designed Parts & Labor as a California red in the spirit of simple bistro wines. He changes up the blend every year, this vintage made from Redwood Valley carignane (50 percent), Potter Valley syrah, Arroyo Seco grenache and Redwood Valley barbera. He ferments the lots separately, in stainless steel without adding yeasts, then blends them and ages the wine mostly in steel, some in large and small barrels. It comes together in fresh, light and frisky red - bright, lovely juice that hints at cranberries and flowers. It's a clean, savory wine for country pâté. Wine & Spirits 91BB 2018-06-12
2016 Hobo Wine Co. Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley This starts off brash, with rooty notes of sarsaparilla and green notes of dill. It firms up with air, focused on an austere line of oak and mushroom flavors. For orechiette with sausage and broccoli rabe. Wine & Spirits 89BB 2018-06-12
2015 Hobo Wine Co. Zinfandel Rockpile Branham Vineyard Bristling with energy, this wine gains its edge from a co-fermentation of fruit from old zinfandel vines and a little petite sirah harvested at the same time, which puts it on the early side of ripeness. Kenny Likitprakong fermented it with 30 percent whole clusters and without added yeasts, then aged it in French oak puncheons. That oak mellowed the wine toward supple fruitiness, with umami notes of forest mushrooms and tart cherries, but the emphasis is on rocks, sage brush and high-elevation chaparral. Wine & Spirits 93BB 2018-06-12
2017 Chateau de Lancyre Le Rose The medium-bodied 2017 Le Rose posseses a richness that belies its pale hue. It's savory and rich, with hints of confection but with more meaty, savory notes and dark berries. The blend is 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cinsault, done direct-press in all stainless steel. Wine Advocate 90 2018-06-07
2016 Mas d'en Gil Bellmunt The village white 2016 Bellmunt Blanc is mostly Garnacha Blanca and 30% Viognier from a cooler year. It was bottled unoaked and has a fresh and expressive nose, quite fruit-driven, clean and with aromas of white fruit and a floral touch with some faint spices. The palate shows a good balance between volume and length, with power and elegance. Easy and approachable. 6,000 bottles were filled in February 2017. Wine Advocate 89 2018-06-06
2014 Mas d'en Gil Coma Alta The creamy and floral 2014 Coma Alta was produced with grapes from a single vineyard in one of the five valleys existing in the Mas d'en Gil property. It has notes of pollen, dried flowers and beeswax intermixed with hints of fennel and a spicy and lactic touch. The palate is intensely tasty, with pungent flavors, very spicy and with very good freshness, coming through as a very balanced, tasty white already developing some complexity. 4,768 bottles were filled in May 2015. Wine Advocate 92 2018-06-06
2014 Mas d'en Gil Coma Blanca Wearing a classical label on a Burgundy bottle that very much resembles the wines produced at the property years ago, the top of the range in white is the 2014 Coma Blanca. It is produced with 60% Macabeo and 40% Garnacha Blanca from the older vineyards and has an intense, developed and captivating nose. It mixes aromas of dried flowers and spices with a hint of petrol and some iodine, making it lightly balsamic and medicinal. The palate shows some lightness that is unexpected, coming through as fluid and fresh, with good balance; it's more about the freshness of the backbone and salty minerality. Complex and balanced. The aging was only six months in 500-liter French and Austrian oak barrels. This is a wine that develops nicely in bottle and can go for a decade. Enjoy it in a large glass. 2,348 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2015. Wine Advocate 94+ 2018-06-06
2016 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay Orchard fruits, honeysuckle, and a hint of creamed corn emerge from the 2016 Chardonnay Overlook, which is a solid value. Clean, balanced, and classy, drink it over the coming 2-3 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2018-06-06
2016 Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir Coming from a mix of appellations throughout California (it’s mostly from Monterey), the 2016 Pinot Noir Overlook is another excellent value. Plums, mulberries, and cherry fruit, spice, and underbrush notes all give way to a medium-bodied, charming, fruit forward effort that's nicely balanced. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2018-06-06
2017 Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Rousillon The dusty black cherry-scented 2017 Cotes du Roussillon is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 20% Syrah. It's a medium to full-bodied but easy-to-drink red that speaks of the dry, dusty region from which it comes, evoking hints of crushed stone and wild thyme to go along with plummy, dark fruit flavors. Wine Advocate 88-90 2018-06-06
2016 Domaine Cabirau Serge & Nicolas Maury Sec A blend of 63% Grenache, 23% Carignan and 14% Syrah aged partially in demi-muids, the 2016 Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas (named after the estate manager and the winemaker) is a dark, brooding, representation of ripe fruit and crushed stone. Some brighter raspberry notes emerge with air, and while there's ample weight and richness, the wine is by no means heavy or overly weighty. It's a well-balanced but hearty red at a terrific price. Wine Advocate 91 2018-06-06
2015 Domaine Cabirau First Things First Essentially a lot selection of the Serge & Nicolas that saw extended élevage in foudre, the 2015 Maury Sec First Things First shows a greater degree of elegance and polish as a result. Cherry fruit is accented by hints of baking spices and garrigue, plus vague notions of leather and suede that border on being textural elements as well as aromas and flavors. It's remarkably weightless and silky for a wine from Maury. Wine Advocate 92 2018-06-06
2017 Penya Penya Rouge Vin de Pays Cotes Catalanes Crushed stone and dark, plummy scents mark the nose of the 2017 Rouge from Penya. It's a soft, easy-drinking but flavorful and expressive blend of concrete-aged Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre that offers loads of character and soul at a very reasonable price. Wine Advocate 87-89 2018-06-06
2017 Le Cirque Grenache Gris Smelling of spring blossoms and green apples, the fragrant 2017 Grenache Gris is fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel. It's a crisp yet rounded ball of melon and citrus to enjoy over the next year or so. Wine Advocate 87 2018-06-06
2016 Le Cirque Rouge The supple, flavorful 2016 Le Cirque is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 20% Syrah. It shows plenty of dark cherry fruit, some tarry notes and some brighter berry notes as well. It's medium-bodied, with a softly dusty finish that would partner well with burgers and the like over the next couple of years. Wine Advocate 86-88 2018-06-06
2016 Syrousse Côtes du Roussillon Villages A fruit-forward blend of cherries and blueberries, the 2016 Syrousse is a blend of 55% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 10% Carignan. There's an ample helping of dusty spice and crushed stone to give it complexity and some grip in the mouth, ending with hints of resiny garrigue. It's a characterful red for drinking over the next few years. Wine Advocate 87-89 2018-06-06
2016 Chateau de Lancyre Coste d'Aleyrac Blueberry, cola and spice elements all come together in the 2016 Coste d'Aleyrac, a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Carignan. It's a medium to full-bodied wine, slightly dusty in texture, with a soft underpinning of savory tannins. Drink it over the next several years. Wine Advocate 88 2018-06-06
NV Serge Mathieu Brut Rose Champagne Bright salmon pink color. Shows notes of ripe red berries and orange zest with a complicating savory, earth note. Its wine like palate offers concentrated flavors that mirror the bouquet and linger on the finish. Serve this Champagne with rare duck breast. 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay with 3 years on the lees and 9.5 g/l RS. I Winereview 91 2018-06-05
2017 Hentley Farm Rose Barossa Valley A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, this Barossa Valley rose is machine harvested with 24 hours skin contact from vines grown on clay loam over shattered limestone. It has a reserved nose with a hint of underbrush and red berry fruit on palate. It exhibits a lovely crisp palate feel, persistent light red berry fruit, and a long finish. I Winereview 89 2018-06-05
2017 Hoepler Pannonica Rose Medium pink with bronze highlights. Spicy orange cranberry with strawberry nuances. Very dry on the palate with nice minerality and fine lingering notes of pomegranate and red berry. A blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 35% St. Laurent and 25% Blaufränkisch from estate vineyards located in the Leithaberg Hills near Lake Neusiedl. Christhof Höpler is winemaker I Winereview 88 2018-06-05
2017 Chateau de Pampelonne Rose Cotes de Provence Very pale blush pink. Light aromas of red raspberry and cherry. Quite a leesy rosé with an unusual mouth feel for a Provence rosé--creamy, creamy and mouth filling. A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah and 10% Tibouren grown on sandy granitic soils near the Saint-Tropez Pampelonne Beach. Aged 5 months on the fine lees in stainless. Winemaker is Marie Pascal. I Winereview 89 2018-06-05
2017 Domaine Poli Niellucciu Rose Ile de Beaute Pale eye of the partridge. Minerals, garrigue and rose petal aromas. Very fresh, mineral laden palate with good intensity of sour cherry fruit. Firmly structured but delicate on the palate, this is a serious food wine. Direct press; 100% Niellucciu from the Domaine Eric Poli's vineyards in the commune of Linguizzetta in Corsica. Eric Poli is the winemaker. I I Winereview 90 2018-06-05
2017 Chateau de L'Aumerade Rose Cuvee Marie-Christine Light pink. Syrah makes itself known in this Provence blend. Darker fruit notes show on a beautifully extracted wine, but red berry/cherry notes appear on the finish. Crisp, clean and great balance. A blend of 42% Cinsault, 34% Grenache/Garnacha, and 24% Syrah grown on clay-limestone soils in Cru Classé vineyards located in Côtes de Provence's "Golden Triangle". I Winereview 92 2018-06-05
2017 Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut Typical honeysuckle, stone and orchard fruit nose. Crispy and lemony palate with lots of refreshing acidity. Very well-made, simple but easy-drinking. Decanter 90 2018-06-05
2017 Pursued by Bear Blushing Bear Rose Very pale rose, near clear rim. Mourvèdre 50%, Grenache 30%, Cinsault 20%. Actor Kyle McLachlan’s Winery project, with wines made by Dan Wampfler (Abeja). Given the dominant variety, we are not surprised this is a more richly textured, fuller bodied Bandol-style Rosé. Faint berry aromas, then light mineral-fresh, slightly stony aromas. Medium plus acidity adds relief and provides a nice saline, earthy/mineral length to the finish. Not as breezy and lifted as most rosé wines, but perfect to drink with fuller dishes and richly flavorful ones. A blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache and 20% Cinsault made Provence style by winemaker Kyle MacLachlan. 12.9% alc. I Winereview 90 2018-06-05
2015 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Ribera del Duero Rich and focused, this red delivers ripe fruit flavors of currant and blackberry that mingle with espresso, mineral and licorice notes. The firm tannins are well-integrated and crisp acidity keeps this focused. Concentrated and harmonious. Drink now through 2030 Wine Spectator 94 2018-06-05
2017 Sabate I Coca Castellroig SO de Roselles Medium reddish pink with an orange tinge. Scents of fresh herbs, cinnamon and red berries. Sweet notes show on the attack, followed by concentrated flavors of cinnamon and red berries. Dry but very fruity. 100% Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), hand harvested. Marcel Sabaté is winemaker. I Winereview 88 2018-06-05
2017 Enanzo Garnacha Rosado This 100% Garnacha is medium red in color with a lovely perfumed nose of red raspberry, strawberry and floral notes. It has a wonderful silky palate feel, pure fruit and excellent balance. It is handpicked, direct pressed, and fermented in old cement vats with very little lees contact. Bodegas Campos de Enanzo is a cooperative comprised of 269 family winegrowers located in the southern part of the appellation. Firstclass winemaking. I Winereview 91 2018-06-05
2017 Keuka Spring Vineyards Dry Rose This dry rose is a blend of Lemberger and Cabernet Franc from vineyards overlooking Keuka Lake. It displays a very pale blush color with faint yellow and red cherry skin scents. Crisp on the attack, it is subtly flavored on the palate, almost like a white wine. Very clean and mineral like with persistent mineral notes on the finish. Good example of a mineral driven, subtly flavored rose. Part barrel fermented. Astounding value! I Winereview 91 2018-06-05
2015 Domaine Yves Cheron Les Dentelles Cotes du Rhone 2015 I was blown away by the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Yves Cheron les Dentelles. Made from 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah aged all in cement, it’s a big, rich, full-bodied beauty that’s loaded with notions of kirsch, blackberries, toasted spices and white pepper. Deep, rich, concentrated and impeccably balanced, it’s the real deal. Wine Advocate 92 2018-05-29
2017 Quintay Sauvignon Blanc Valle de Casablanca Clava Reserva Very attractive summer meadow and melon nose. Crisp and clean, but also ripe enough to have good balance. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 90 2018-05-25
2014 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XX Some super ripe dried-plum and herb aromas framed in graphite and toasty oak lead to a palate that freshens the fruit up nicely. Drink young. James Suckling 90 2018-05-22
2014 Dunham Cellars Trutina Very pretty tar and blackberry aromas with hints of mint. Medium body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. A blend of 44 % merlot, 38 % cabernet sauvignon, 10 % malbec and 8 % cabernet franc. Delicious to drink now. James Suckling 92 2018-05-22
2014 Dunham Cellars Syrah Columbia Valley A spicy, ripe and plush expression with straightforward blackberries and dark plums, hints of chocolate, light peppery notes and smooth-honed tannins. A slick and modern wine where dark fruits meet dark chocolate. Drink now. James Suckling 93 2018-05-22
2013 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino This is fresh, evoking cherry, floral, black pepper, mineral, earth and tobacco aromas and flavors. The assertive tannins come into play by the long finish, yet this shows balance overall. Best from 2022 through 2037. 400 cases imported. Wine Spectator 95 2018-05-22
2017 Barker's Marque Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc Blind River The most concentrated of the Barker's marque range is the 2017 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc, which combines tropical and stone fruit notes with hints of sugar snap peas. It's medium-bodied and round in the mouth, where nectarine flavors dominate, leading into a ripe, citrusy finish. Wine Advocate 90 2018-05-10
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco Organic The 2017 Protocolo Blanco Organic is a step up over the classic cuvée and has slightly more freshness and purity. Pear, pineapple, spice, and flower blossom notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, deliciously quaffable effort that’s perfect as a house white. It’s another great value for true wine lovers out there. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2018-05-09
2016 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto Peppery herbs, currants, licorice, and black cherry notes all emerge from the 2016 Protocolo Tinto, which is medium-bodied, juicy, fruit forward, and ready to go. This value priced red is made all from Tempranillo and was brought up all in tank. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2018-05-09
2014 Bodegas Ordonez Zerran A blend of 50% Garnacha, 40% Cariñena and the rest Syrah, the 2014 Zerran has a ripe, earthy bouquet of black cherries, charcoal, licorice, and tobacco. Medium-bodied, juicy and fruit forward, with good freshness, drink it over the coming 4-5 years. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2018-05-09
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado Organic The 2017 Protocolo Rosado Organic (100% Bobal) made with organic grapes is a classic rosé. Lovely notes of strawberries, hints of garrigue and herbs, medium body, and a clean style make for a delicious, balanced rosé I’d happily drink over the coming summer months. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2018-05-09
2016 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto Organic As with the other cuvées brought in by Ordonez, the 2016 Protocolo Tinto Organic is a step up over the non-organic release. Made all from Tempranillo from 30- to 70-year-old vines, this smoking value boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as terrific notes of ripe black fruits, cured meats, and peppery herbs. With an almost northern Rhône like character, medium to full-bodied richness, and shocking elegance and length at the price point, it’s a terrific red to drink over the coming 3-4 years. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2018-05-09
2016 Bodegas Ordonez Nisia Made from 100% Verdejo, the 2016 Nisia is a vibrant, fresh, racy effort that has a touch citrus rind, flowers, and hints of steely minerality emerging from the glass. It's medium-bodied, balanced and vibrant, with bright acidity and plenty of texture. It's another versatile, high quality, well-made white that's a perfect tapas wine. This cuvée comes all from sandy soils and head pruned vines and was brought up in a mix of barrel and tank. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2018-05-09
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Made from 100% Graciano aged in neutral oak, the 2016 Rio Madre offers a ripe bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, dried flowers, leather, and damp earth. Rich and nicely concentrated, it's medium-bodied, well-balanced, and has a solid, layered texture as well as a great finish. It blossoms with time in the glass, has plenty of fruit and character, and is a rock-solid value. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2018-05-09
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva Seleccion The 2013 Reserva Selección is a step up over the Reserve and offers more black cherry, cedarwood, spice, and leather aromas and flavors. Made from 100% Tempranillo aged 20 months in equal parts new French and American oak, it's medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, ripe and textured. It will keep for a decade or more. This is solid stuff. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2018-05-09
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva Seleccion (aged for 16 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels and released after two years of bottle age) Bright violet. Spicy black and blue fruits, pungent flowers, roasted coffee and a hint of vanilla on the deeply perfumed nose. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering concentrated blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter on the back half. The vanilla and cherry notes linger on the spicy, persistent finish, which is shaped by supple, even tannins. Vinous 91 2018-05-09
2014 Bodegas Ordonez Zerran (fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for ten months in used French oak barriques): Opaque purple. Fresh black and blue fruit aromas are sharpened by a smoky mineral nuance and a sexy flourish of fresh lavender. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering juicy boysenberry flavors and a jolt of enlivening minerality. Finishes silky, precise and very long, with lingering florality and harmonious tannins. There's pretty remarkable value here. Vinous 91 2018-05-09
2016 Bodegas Ordonez Nisia Las Suertes A deeper, more serious wine compared to the straight Nisia cuvée, the 2016 Nisia Las Suertes is also 100% Verdejo and spent 12 months sur lie in a mix of French oak puncheons and demi-muids. It offers terrific notes of buttered citrus, pineapple, white flowers, mint, and hints of salty minerality. Vibrant, concentrated, and rich, yet with bright acidity and a great finish, it's a beautifully layered, balanced white that will shine on the table. It's impressive. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2018-05-09
2010 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva The 2010 Gran Reserva is 100% Tempranillo from vineyards in Abalos and San Vicente de la Sonsierra that spent 24 months in new French and American oak. It's a deep, inky effort that's loaded with notions of blackcurrants, scorched earth, graphite, and lead pencil. Concentrated, rich, and full-bodied on the palate, with an awesome, expansive texture and sweet tannin, it's a seriously good, rich, concentrated effort that's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for 10-15 years in the cellar. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2018-05-09
2015 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Mazos The 2015 Rio Mazos (100% Graciano aged in new French oak) is more classical in style and offers lots of black raspberry and cassis fruit as well as classy oak, leather, and cedar. Full-bodied, rounded, and sexy on the palate, with a gorgeous texture, it's another incredibly unique, yet sensational wine. It will keep for two decades. Jeb Dunnuck 96 2018-05-09
2016 Agathe Bursin Gewurtztraminer Dirstelberg Bright dark yellow. Rich, very Gewürz nose of grapefruit, mango, crystallized ginger, cinnamon and smoke. Then typically Dirstelberg in its broad mouthfeel and obvious, fleshy flavors of tropical fruit and spices. Finishes long and clean, with a hint of noticeable residual sweetness and a strong note of orange oil and marmalade. Very aromatic Gewürz blessed with good, balanced acidity. This is the best wine Bursin made on the Dirstelberg in this year. Vinous 92 2018-04-19
2016 Agathe Bursin Reisling Dirstelberg Bright straw-yellow. Aromas and flavors of yellow apple, pear, chamomile and anise. Ripe and luscious, but with good, juicy cut providing lift and clarity. A much bigger wine than Bursin’s 2016 Riesling Graenwiller, but less nuanced. In 2016 this wine has a bit more total acidity than usual and so this is one of the more refined versions of Bursin’s Riesling Distelberg I remember tasting recently. Vinous 91 2018-04-19
2016 Agathe Bursin Muscat Bollenberg Pale straw-green. Fresh aromas of apple and melon, complicated by hints of grapefruit and kiwi. Then very clean and well-balanced sweet and sour notes that bring grapefruit and vanilla to mind. Finishes bright and pure, if a little less aromatic than some other past Muscat wines from Bursin. An 80% Muscat Ottonel and 20% Muscat d’Alsace; the vines are roughly 70 years old. Vinous 90 2018-04-19
2016 Agathe Bursin Sylvaner Lutzeltal Bright straw-green. Aromas of green apple, quince, clove and white flowers. Then notes of crystallized lemon peel complicate flavors similar to the aromas. High but harmonious acidity gives this clean, precise wine a light touch. Finishes with an enticing note of sweet spices. A lovely Sylvaner, but it doesn’t strike me as one of the most concentrated Sylvaner Lutzental wines Bursin has made. Vinous 90 2018-04-19
2016 Agathe Bursin L'As de B Good dark yellow. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, sweet spices and pear. Soft but lively and long on the rich, sweet finish. This is a blend of the various grapes that grow on the Bollenberg, and the 25% Gewürz and 15% Pinot Gris components explain the wine’s roundness and sweetness. The name of “As de B” stands for “Assemblage de Bollenberg”; this is essentially a high-quality Edelzwicker, but I fear this rather pretty wine is just too sweet for most people’s idea of a dry wine. Vinous 89 2018-04-19
2015 Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Jardins Pacherenc du Vic Bilh This smooth, opulent blend of Petit Courbu and Petit Manseng is rich with yellow and white stone fruits along with a touch of spice. It is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-04-19
2014 Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Madiran From the home estate of the Brumont family, certainly the leaders in Madiran, this wine is dominated by Tannat, with additions of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend produces rich tannins and broadens the palate to bring in black-currant fruits, a crunchy, juicy texture as well as longevity. This wine will age and age more, but should be ready to drink from 2023. Wine Enthusiast 94 2018-04-19
2014 Alain Brumont Chateau Montus Madiran This is the latest release from this Madiran showpiece estate on steep vineyards surrounding a grand chateau. The wine is black, firm and full of tannins while allowing room for swathes of dark fruits and a bold structure. It is still in the aging process. Drink this blend of Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon from 2024. Wine Enthusiast 94 2018-04-19
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Est Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Aged for 22 months in French oak, this is a substantial red that is soft in polished tannins. The aromas and flavors carry rich layers of dried herb, cedar, cassis and sweet tobacco. Wine Enthusiast 94 2018-04-19
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge This powerful wine is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It’s intense yet polished, offering dried herb components around tones of cedar, clove and violet, with background notes of coffee and mocha. The tannins are well integrated and supportive. Wine Enthusiast 93 2018-04-19
2017 Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rose A deep pink color and bold fruit and spice flavors help this wine stand out from the pack. Made from mostly old-vine Carignan, it is full bodied, rounded and rich on the palate, yet has good acidity and a glimmer of tannin to add structure. Winemaker Carol Shelton achieves concentration that helps the flavors hang in there for a lingering finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-04-19
2016 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Chardonnay Mendocino County Shy on the nose, this is a thick concentrated white blended with 7% Roussanne that shows big flavors of baked pineapple, papaya and melon. Broad shouldered, it was barrelfermented entirely in French oak, and integrates the wood well. Wine Spectator 88 2018-04-19
2017 Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rose Mendocino County A deep pink color and bold fruit and spice flavors help this wine stand out from the pack. Made from mostly old-vine Carignan, it is full bodied, rounded and rich on the palate, yet has good acidity and a glimmer of tannin to add structure. Winemaker Carol Shelton achieves concentration that helps the flavors hang in there for a lingering finish. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 90BB 2018-04-19
2015 Le Cadeau Trajet Reserve Pinot Noir As in 2014, this reserve bottling uses all estate fruit, 85% whole cluster fermentation and native yeasts. It’s concentrated and complex, with black cherry, cola, iron and coffee highlights. The various components are deftly threaded into a textural, compelling package.
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Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-04-19
2016 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir "Red Label" This red label cuvée is made exclusively from estate grown fruit. And although its production is higher in 2016, the quality remains consistent. Concentrated black fruit abounds, recalling blackberry, blueberry and black cherry. There’s a touch of dark chocolate and café crème, along with fine-grained tannins. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-04-19
2015 Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot Noir Willamette Valley From a cool site, this is tightly wound, with herbal accents and thin red berry fruit. Despite its relatively high alcohol, it seems restrained and slightly underripe, with tomato leaf scents and flavors. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-04-19
2015 Purple Star Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley This wine’s aromas pop, evoking leafy garden herb and black cherry. It’s pleasing in style, weight and balance. A bit too herbal for some tastes, but appealing nonetheless. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-04-19
2015 Purple Star Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Lively and harmonious, with red currant, smoky tea and spice flavors that take on polish toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 1,973 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 2018-04-19
2016 Robert Eymael Monchhof Monchhof Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett Juicy squirts of tropical pineapple, melon and tangerine burst from nose to finish in this zesty spry kabinett. While light in body and delicately textured, there’s a honeyed heft on the midpalate off set by dazzling streaks acidity and crystalline minerality. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-04-19
2016 Robert Eymael Monchhof Monchhof Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese Dusty mineral, salt and spice accent white peach and grapefruit in this lightfooted spätlese. Honeyed yet spine tingling with acidity, it finishes on a refreshingly green melon-rind note. Delicious now but should improve through 2026 and likely further. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-04-19
2016 Robert Eymael Monchhof Monchhof Estate Riesling While exceptionally light footed and frisky, this off-dry Riesling offers bold yellow-peach and cantaloupe flavors glazed by sweet hibiscus nectar. Briskly composed and refreshingly mineral, it finishes with a delightfully nervous tension. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-04-19
2016 St. Urbans Hof Riesling QBA Cutting yellow-peach and tangerine flavors are restrained in ripeness but nuanced by delicate hints of earth and crushed slate. Off dry and light in body, this is a spine-tingling, zesty Riesling with a salty crushed mineral finish. Wine Enthusiast 89BB 2018-04-19
2015 Van Zellers Red Douro Produced by the Van Zeller family at Quinta Vale Dona Maria, this is a ripe wine with crisp red fruits, lively acidity and some fine, dusty tannins. The wine is meant to be drunk young, so go for it now. Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-04-19
2015 Chiappini Felciaino The 2015 Bolgeri Rosso Felciaino is a very pretty entry-level offering from Chiappini. Sweet tobacco, spice, leather and dark-fleshed fruit give this pliant Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend much of its personality. Another six months or so should help the tannins soften. Vinous 90 2018-04-12
2014 Chiappini Guado de' Gemoli The estate's 2014 Guado de' Gemoli is terrific, especially within the context of the year. Gracious and medium in body, the 2014 offers a compelling melange of varietal Cabernet Sauvignon inflections. Hints of espresso, dark cherry, leather and mint shape the expressive finish. Vinous 93 2018-04-12
2015 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Rich, deep and layered, the 2015 Cornas Vieilles Vignes has it all. Big fruit allied to spicy complexity? Check. Ample tannins that are fully ripe? Check. A finish that extends for days? Check. Oh, you want details? Hints of brown sugar, savory spices and roast meat accent black berry and plum fruit, and while the mid-palate is dense and tannic, those tannins actually turn more supple and approachable on the lingering finish. Wine Advocate 95 2018-04-12
2014 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Sonoma County Dark and brooding, with black cherry and bittersweet chocolate aromas and plump flavors of orange zest, black licorice, and smoky cracked pepper. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane and Viognier. Drink now through 2027. Wine Spectator 91 2018-04-09
NV RE:Find Vodka A bit grappa-like on the nose, with some of that funky, twig-‘n’-stem character you see on this spirit, but it’s undercut with the lightest aromas of honey and marshmallow. The body offers more in the way of hazelnuts, banana, and vanilla cookies, which makes for an interesting counterpart to the funkier nose (again, much like a good grappa). There’s a lot going on in this spirit and while it’s initially a bit much when sipping straight, it does show lots of nuance and character, and it merits exploration both on the rocks and in more complex cocktails. Drink Hacker A- 2018-04-06
NV RE:Find Cucumber Vodka Interesting choice for your first flavor, but damn if a nose full of Re:find Cucumber doesn’t smell like you’re headed to a day at the spa. Crisp and authentic, this vodka offers pure and refreshing cucumber flavor through and through, with just the lightest dusting of sweetness on the finish to offer some balance against the vegetal notes up front. You get none of the earthy grappa character in the unflavored vodka here, just fresh cukes from start to finish. Impressive considering this is legitimately flavored with fresh cucumbers. Seasonally available. Drink Hacker A 2018-04-06
NV RE:Find Gin Triple distilled and infused with (mostly local) juniper berry, coriander, orris root, lemon & orange peel, grains of paradise, and lavender. This is an engaging gin, juniper-forward on the nose, with hints of lavender underpinning it. On the palate, things get a bit switched up. Here the lavender picks up the ball and runs, with the citrus notes coming on strong. It’s quite a trick, as the nose sets you up for a big evergreen bomb, then the body lets you down easy with a more sedate character suitable for the tropics. Re:Find Gin could benefit from a bit more complexity — maybe grapefruit peel or black pepper, or both — but as it stands it’s an engaging and quite drinkable little spirit. Drink Hacker A- 2018-04-06
NV RE:Find Limoncello Pale in color in comparison to many commercial limoncellos and translucent, Re:Find’s Limoncello looks and smells more like pure, fresh lemon juice — much more so than the stuff you typically see from Italy. Heavy on sour juice and bitter zest, this is intense stuff. If you’re looking for a sweet and lightly sour limoncello that will pair well with your berries-and-whipped-cream dessert, this isn’t the liqueur for you. If intense, almost raw, lemon character is your bag, give it a go… though you’ll have to visit Re:Find’s distillery to get some. Drink Hacker B+ 2018-04-06
2014 Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah The 2014 Baby Bear Syrah is 100% Syrah that spent 32 months in 60% new French oak. It has plenty of creamy oak as well as rich, beautifully pure notes of crème de cassis, crushed flowers, spice, and vanilla bean. With a full-bodied, rich, beautifully concentrated style on the palate, it's certainly modern, yet just sings with its purity and elegance. Jeb Dunnuck 94 2018-04-06
2014 Pursued by Bear Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Aged 32 months in new barrels, the 2014 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon has a lot of oak in its buttered popcorn, vanilla, and caramelized red and black fruit-driven aromatics yet shows a beautiful voluptuousness and seamless texture on the palate that gives me hope for where it is headed. Full-bodied, seductive, and concentrated, yet with its obnoxious oak always beating you on the head, give bottles 2-3 years, at which point it will be clear where this is going. Jeb Dunnuck 90+ 2018-04-06
2015 Dunham Cellars Trutina The 2015 Trutina from Dunham is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 10% Malbec, and the rest Cabernet Franc. It's another beautiful wine from this estate that over-delivers. Gorgeous crème de cassis, black raspberry, vanilla bean, and Asian spice notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant beauty that has real class. While it's not a blockbuster, it just glides across the palate, has notable purity of fruit, and a great finish, all making it a terrific value, even at the roughly $30 price point. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2018-04-06
2014 Dunham Cellars Syrah Columbia Valley The deep purple/black colored 2014 Syrah Columbia Valley is a ripe, concentrated, modern-styled beauty that has fabulous purity in its black raspberry and cassis fruit, licorice, classy oak, and graphite. Deep, rich, pure and layered on the palate, with fine tannin, it's a seriously sexy Syrah that will keep for a decade. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2018-04-06
2014 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XX The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon XX checks in as 100% Cabernet and was brought up in a mix of new French and American oak barrels. Its deep purple color is followed by a beautiful bouquet of crème de cassis, baking spice, vanilla bean and white chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and silky on the palate, with impressive purity and integrated acidity, drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2018-04-06
2015 White Rock Vineyards Claret Napa Valley The 2015 Red Blend Claret is another intense, pedigreed wine from White Rock. Soft and racy relative to the estate's Cabernets, the Claret will also be ready to drink earlier than is the norm here. The balance of fruit, acidity and structure is one of the many reasons the 2015 is such a joy to taste today. Vinous 94 2018-04-05
2015 Keenan Winery Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District The 2015 Cabernet Franc is perfumed, delicate and super-expressive. Although not especially varietal, the 2015 is nicely balanced, with plenty of sweet tobacco, dried herb and floral notes that give the wine lift. Ultimately though, the 2015 speaks more of Spring Mountain than it does of Franc. Vinous 88 2018-04-05
2015 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a soft, open-knit wine with plenty of near-term appeal. Some slightly angular edges remain, and I don't quite see the pedigree of the best wines in the range, but the 2015 will do in a pinch. Vinous 87 2018-04-05
2015 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain District One of the standouts in this range, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is unusually unctuous and bold. Then again, that is 2015. Inky red/purplish fruit, dried flowers, lavender and licorice all infuse this opulent yet structured Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers should plan on giving the 2015 at least a few years to shed some of its considerable baby fat. There is plenty to look forward to. Vinous 93+ 2018-04-05
2015 Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley Keenan's 2015 Merlot is a soft, attractive wine to drink now and over the next few years, while the flavors remain fresh. This is an especially understated wine for the year. Vinous 88 2018-04-05
2015 Keenan Winery Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard The 2015 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard is fabulous. Deep, rich and exquisitely layered, the 2015 is all class. There is a level of translucence in the 2015 that is captivating. At the same time, the wine possesses striking persistence and delineation. Dark cherry, sweet tobacco and floral notes that add lift through to the finish. The Mailbox is one of the most compelling Merlots being made in Napa Valley. Don't miss it. Vinous 95 2018-04-05
2015 David Arthur Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 has the darker, more spiced profile found in the Three Acre with the lift and freshness of the Old Vine. All the elements come together nicely in this super-expressive Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2015 is wonderfully dense and lush, and yet retains quite a bit of freshness. Vinous 94 2018-04-05
2016 David Arthur Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 has the most freshness and nuance of the David Arthur Cabernets. The 2016 is dark and rich, as all these wines are, and yet also maintains a good bit of detail. Super-ripe red cherry, cedar, tobacco, and spiced menthol give the 2016 much of its considerable aromatic nuance. The Elevation 1147 is nicely done and quite promising, Vinous 92-95 2018-04-05
2015 David Arthur Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Three Acre Dark cherry, cloves, cinnamon, new leather, spice and menthol give the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre its distinctive dark, almost brooding profile. In this vintage, the Three Acre is especially dense, with a bit more richness than is typically the case. Then again, that is 2015. I expect the 2015 will drink well upon release, but it also has enough depth to develop nicely for another decade or more. The burly tannins need time to soften. Vinous 92 2018-04-05
2016 David Arthur Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Three Acre The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Three Acre is plush, dark and inviting. Black cherry, plum, mocha and bittersweet chocolate run through this soft, forward Cabernet from David Arthur. There is good plushness to the fruit, but the tannins will need time to soften. Vinous 89-92 2018-04-05
2015 David Arthur Vineyards Chardonnay The 2015 Chardonnay is soft, open-knit and gracious, all qualities that will make it easy to drink and enjoy young. Apricot pit, orange peel, tropical fruit and lightly honeyed notes are all nicely pushed forward. This is a fairly restrained style. Vinous 88 2018-04-05
2015 David Arthur Vineyards Meritaggio The 2015 Meritaggio is a very pretty wine. Silky, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2015 is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next few years. This Sangiovese-based red is decidedly feminine and lithe in feel. Bright acids bring out those qualities even further. Vinous 90 2018-04-05
2016 David Arthur Vineyards Meritaggio The 2016 Meritaggio offers quite a bit more depth and overall darkness than is often the case. Black cherry, spice and new leather are nicely pushed forward in this decidedly succulent, juicy edition of the Meritaggio. The Sangiovese is not especially evident. Vinous 90-93 2018-04-05
2014 Behrens Family Winery Cemetery The 2014 Cemetery, from one of the top sites in St. Helena, is fabulous. Rich and sumptuous to the core, the 2014 possesses tremendous depth, not to mention pedigree. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and exotic spice flesh out in this resonant, virile Cabernet Sauvignon. Vinous 95 2018-04-05
2015 Behrens Family Winery Front Man The 2015 Merlot-based Frontman is deep, powerful and unctuous, all qualities that are accentuated by the tiny yields of the vintage. Blackberry jam, spice, cloves, new leather and sweet French oak add to the wine's dense feel. This is an especially flamboyant style, even by Behrens's standards. Vinous 89 2018-04-05
2014 Behrens Family Winery Labor of Love The 2014 Labor of Love is most austere and tightly wound of these 2014s. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 gains more flesh with time in bottle. Sweet tobacco, herb, licorice and leather notes open up gradually, but the 2014 is a reticent wine that is not at all giving today. Vinous 90 2018-04-05
2014 Behrens Family Winery Spare Me The 2014 Spare Me is bright, focused and delineated, as so many wines are in this vintage. The aromatics are really popping today. Rose petal, cinnamon and sweet red berry notes abound in this super-appealing, mid-weight Cabernet from Behrens. Dollops of Merlot and Malbec round out the blend. With an expected price in the $60-65 range, Spare Me is one of the best values in Napa Valley today. Vinous 93 2018-04-05
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a new, entry-level wine in the range. Juicy and forward, with good fruit intensity, the 2015 is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. Vinous 88 2018-04-05
2013 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge Napa Valley The 2013 Eloge is showing well today. Dark, sumptuous and quite giving, the 2013 is super-expressive today. There is plenty of tannic underpinning, but the fruit is so deep the tannins are not especially evident. Raspberry jam, chocolate, wild flowers and sweet spice resonate on the juicy, expressive finish. All the elements are very nicely balanced throughout. Vinous 93 2018-04-05
2014 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge Napa Valley A more powerful side of the vintage comes through in the 2014 Eloge. Dark plum, bittersweet chocolate, leather, smoke and licorice add to the wine's virile personality. The flavors are dense and plush in this flavorful wine from Anderson's Conn Valley. In 2014, the Eloge offers good depth and intensity, but in the mid-weight style that is typical of the year. Vinous 93 2018-04-05
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge Napa Valley Anderson's 2015 Eloge is another very pretty and expressive wine. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot all add shades of nuance to this powerful, tightly wound Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine. Sweet red cherry, plum, cedar, smoke, licorice and grilled herbs slowly open up in the glass. Readers will want to cellar the 2015 to allow the tannins to soften. Vinous 93 2018-04-05
2013 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve still needs time in bottle, but it is quite expressive today. Floral and savory notes add lift to the dense, plush fruit in this explosive, richly textured Cabernet Sauvignon. Vinous 94 2018-04-05
2014 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon This is the best showing yet for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve. Tightly wound and powerful, the 2014 packs a serious punch. Big, deeply sketched dark flavors and potent tannins give the 2014 much of its personality. Over the last few years, the 2014 has come together nicely. The 2014 is still finding itself and carries some of the stress of accumulated drought. Even so, it has terrific potential. Vinous 92+ 2018-04-05
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Powerful and sumptuous, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve shows the natural richness and intensity of the year in its super-ripe fruit. The huge, potent tannins need time to settle down, that much is clear. Readers should expect a sumptuous, super-ripe style. This is the first vintage in which the Estate Reserve benefits from the presence of an entry-level Napa Valley Cabernet bottling. Today, the 2015 is a bit compact. It should blossom nicely with more time in the cellar. Vinous 93+ 2018-04-05
2013 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Napa Valley The 2013 Right Bank is a dark, powerful wine with an intriguing combination of deep, Merlot fruit and lifted Cabernet Franc aromatics. The tannins are still quite firm in this potent, brooding wine. As is the case with so many 2013s, the flavors are decidedly dark. Black cherry, plum, licorice and chocolate gradually flesh out, but only with great reluctance. The Right Bank is closed and less expressive than it has been in previous tastings. Vinous 92 2018-04-05
2014 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Napa Valley The 2014 Right Bank is vibrant, focused and nuanced. There is quite a bit of freshness to play off the ripe red-toned fruit in this decidedly mid-weight edition of the Right Bank. In 2014, the blend is high on Cabernet Franc, which gives the wine lovely aromatic lift and freshness. As has been the case in the past, the 2014 is a bit slender. Even so, all the elements are nicely balanced. In particular, the new oak that was quite evident last year is much less intrusive today. Vinous 92 2018-04-05
2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Napa Valley The 2015 Right Bank is soft, open-knit and inviting. Silky tannins, soft contours and mid-weight structure add to the wine's considerable immediacy. In 2015, the Right Bank is decidedly fruity, with fewer of the Cabernet Franc signatures that mark some years, such as the 2014. I would prefer to drink the 2015 over the next handful of years. Vinous 92 2018-04-05
2012 Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vivid dark red. Outstanding verve to the aromas of sour red cherry, raspberry, white pepper, violet and spices. At once velvety and racy on the palate, showing great energy and focus to the rich, ripe but vibrant red fruit, floral and mineral flavors. This electric wine has an almost steely quality from start to subtle, rising, mouth-coating finish. Amazing Brunello Riserva from Collelceto. Vinous 95 2018-04-04
2016 Trabun Sauvignon Blanc Sergio Avendano's grapes come from the coolest part of Cachapoal and it shows in the freshness and vibrancy of this young vine clone 43 Malbec. Peppery, fresh, and attractive with attractive red fruits and a hint of wood. 2019-24 Tim Atkin 92 2018-03-26
2017 Trabun Malbec Soaked blueberry character, orange juice, ink and white chocolate. Bright and vivid on the palate with a medium-to-full body, and a huge serving of blue fruit, vibrant acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2018-03-26
2014 Trabun Syrah A very bright syrah from the outset with notes of orange rind, citrus, black pepper and crushed slate. Medium body, very vibrant acidity, a blue-fruited core, and a mineral finish. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2018-03-26
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Regnie Vallieres Bright ruby. Mineral- and spice-driven red fruit and floral aromas show very good clarity and pick up a hint of succulent herbs with aeration. Lively and focused on the palate, offering subtly sweet raspberry and lavender pastille flavors that unfurl steadily on the back half. In a nervy style, with no excess fat and a long, red berry-dominated finish that's framed by silky, even tannins. Vinous 91 2018-03-20
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Villages 'Château de Thulon' Vivid magenta. Vibrant red berry and spicecake scents are complemented by suggestions of underbrush and candied lavender. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet cherry and raspberry flavors that turn darker and deeper on the back half. Silky tannins sneak in on a very long, spice-tinged finish that leaves a note of candied flowers behind. This wine is showing cru-level complexity and persistence. Vinous 91 2018-03-20
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Les Charmes Deep ruby. An expansive, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red/blue fruits, exotic spices and incense, and a suave floral nuance gains power as the wine opens up. Silky, penetrating and energetic on the palate, offering vibrant boysenberry and strawberry flavors supported by a strong undercarriage of juicy acidity. Shows excellent clarity and minerally tension on the finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity. Vinous 93 2018-03-20
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py Brilliant violet color. Powerful, smoke-accented black raspberry and cherry scents, along with suggestions of minerals and potpourri. Densely packed but surprisingly lithe dark berry, cherry and spicecake flavors show excellent clarity and become sweeter as the wine stretches out. Smoothly plays power off of elegance and finishes with impressive thrust and supple, slow-building tannins. Vinous 93 2018-03-20
2016 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras Lurid ruby. Heady, mineral-accented red/blue fruit aromas show excellent clarity and pick up suave floral and incense notes with aeration. Sweet and focused on the palate, offering intense boysenberry and raspberry flavors that deepen on the back half, with no loss of urgency. Shows outstanding focus and mineral cut on a very long, spice-laced finish that's framed by supple, even tannins. Vinous 92 2018-03-20
2016 Karim Vionnet Vin de Kav Chiroubles Brilliant magenta. Displays intense, mineral-accented red/blue fruit scents, along with suave floral and Asian spice flourishes. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors and a lavender note that builds with aeration. Closes with strong, incisive thrust, sneaky tannins and impressively persistent dark berry and spice qualities. Vinous 93 2018-03-20
2016 Karim Vionnet Du Beur Dans Les Pinards Beaujolais-Villages Limpid red. Displays intense, highly perfumed red berry, blood orange, spicecake and floral scents, with a mineral flourish that gains strength as the wine stretches out. Silky and weightless in the mouth, offering juicy strawberry, bitter cherry and lavender pastille flavors that take a sweeter turn on the back half. Closes very long and nervy, with resonating spiciness and florality and no tannins that I can find. This wine was made from vines once owned by Jules Chauvet, the founding father and guru of whole-cluster, minimal-intervention winemaking in Beaujolais who profoundly influenced many of today's leading winemakers of the region such as Lapierre, Foillard, Thévenet, and Chamonard. Vinous 91 2018-03-20
2016 Romain Jambon Beaujolais Villages Bright violet color. Aromas and flavors of fresh red berries and pungent flowers are accompanied by a hint of earthiness that builds as the wine opens up. Tangy and nicely delineated, with firm back-end cut and dusty tannins adding framework and subtle grip. Vinous 88 2018-03-20
2015 Domaine Cabirau First Things First A new cuvee from Dan Kravitz, the 2015 Maury Sec First Things First is a blend of 60% Grenache, 22% Carignan and 18% Syrah that had 75% of the crop brought in at the “correct” time, and 25% brought in over a week later due to broken equipment in the cellar. Scheduled to be bottled in August or October, it offers sensational notes of black raspberries, cassis, violets and graphite as well as full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannin and an undeniable sexiness that makes it already impossible to resist. Count me a fan and I’d suggest breaking more equipment during harvest in the future as well (or just harvest later). Wine Advocate 93-96 2018-03-20
2014 Boutinot Les Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages Bold doses of cinnamon and mocha accentuate this red wine’s plush, forward style. Crushed red-plum and cherry flavors are juicy and straightforward but balanced brightly by fresh acidity and a subtle granite finish. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-03-19
2015 Chateau Beauchene Premier Terrior Cotes du Rhone Fresh and fruity, this Grenache-based blend offers a bounty of pristine black-cherry and raspberry flavors enveloped in taut, stately tannins. Full bodied yet crisply balanced, it’s a wine with wide appeal to drink now. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-03-19
2016 Domaine Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape A bold dose of Clairette lends a rounded, silken texture and waxy notes of pressed apple and pear to this opulent Rhône white. Delicate tangerine acidity and a whisper of blossoms lengthen the finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-03-19
2016 Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Cuvee Silex Sec This is a beautiful, ripe, honeyed wine. Produced from organically grown grapes, it has richness as well as a touch of spice from partial oak aging. The wine will age further to give a sumptuous richness from 2019. Wine Enthusiast 93 2018-03-19
NV Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Petillant Brut Vouvray Nutty and fruity at the same time, this pear-flavored wine with its hint of honey is dry while also soft. it offers intriguing balance between roundness and dryness, a refreshing style that will make a fine aperitif. Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-03-19
2016 White Hart Chardonnay Light, fresh and easy aromas of lemon blossoms, tangerine juice and a chalky marble-like minerality show on the nose of this bottling from one of the most bang-for-buck regions in Monterey County. Clean and crisp on the sip, flavors of lemon juice, white peach, more chalk and a kiss of oak round out the palate. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-03-19
2015 Barker's Marque The Loop Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley Slightly honeyed aromas of peach, melon, grapefruit rind, citrus and ginger lead into a palate that’s equally perfumed and tightly wound. There’s a wealth of acidity and a slight austerity that’s asking for a bit more fruit weight. Wine Enthusiast 88 2018-03-19
2013 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Aromas of French oak, toasted nut, grilled herb and a balsamic note lead the way. On the warm hearty palate, star anise, espresso and a salty note accent raw cherry. You’ll also notice the warmth of evident alcohol before assertive close-grained tannins grip the finish. Give the tannins a few years to unclench then drink to catch the remaining fruit. Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-03-15
2012 Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo DOCG Earthy aromas of truffle, new leather, darkskinned berry and dried herb aromas lead the nose. It’s savory and full bodied, doling out crushed raspberry, juicy black cherry, ground clove and tobacco alongside solid, refined tannins. Drink through 2027. Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-03-15
NV Bodegas Baron Xixarito Manzanilla en Rama Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-03-14
NV Bodegas Baron Xixarito Pedro Ximenez Wine Enthusiast 93 2018-03-14
NV Bodegas Baron Xixarito Moscatel Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-03-14
2014 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valderiz Ribera del Duero Wine Enthusiast 93 2018-03-14
2015 Juwel Spatburgunder Alsheim Wine Enthusiast 92 2018-03-14
2015 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico DOCG Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-03-14
2013 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Wine Enthusiast 89 2018-03-14
2013 Rocca di Castagnoli Poggio ai Frati Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva Wine Enthusiast 90 2018-03-14
2015 Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Jardins Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Wine Enthusiast 87 2018-03-14
NV Bodegas Baron Xixarito Oloroso Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-03-14
2012 Marziano Abbona Pressenda Barolo DOCG The 2012 Barolo Pressenda is absolutely beautiful. Ripe, creamy and engaging, the 2012 offers striking depth as well as freshness. Succulent red cherry and plum notes abound, while lifted, vibrant aromatics give the wine its brightness. The 2012 is not especially complex, but it is gorgeous and also a very strong effort for this up and down vintage. Because it is so well-balanced, the 2012 can be enjoyed young, but it also has enough depth to drink well for another decade plus. Silky tannins round out the finish. Vinous 92 2018-03-13
2012 Marziano Abbona Ravera Barolo DOCG Dried flowers, tobacco, dried cherries, mint and anise are some of the signatures in Abbona's 2012 Barolo Ravera. The 2012 features bright acidity - one of the signatures of Novello - but at the same time, the aromatics are a touch forward. I expect the 2012 will always remain a bit edgy and nervous in style, but I would prefer to drink it sooner rather than later, before the fruit drops out. The 2012 is an excellent choice for readers who want a Barolo that offers a good deal of aromatic and flavor complexity. Vinous 90 2018-03-13
2016 Simple Life Pinot Noir Wine Enthusiast 89BB 2018-03-13
2012 Rocca di Castagnoli Poggi ai Frati Riserva Chianti Classico Riserva Tobacco, game, crushed flowers, smoke and dried cherries grace the 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a'Frati. A decidely virile, imposing wine, the 2012 exudes depth that only grows with time in the glass. I would prefer to cellar the 2012 for at least another year or two, but I imagine it will always remain a big, burly wine. There is no shortage of personality here. That much is certain. Vinous 92 2018-03-06
2013 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Made with 100% Sangiovese, fruit is sourced from the eight-hectare Stielle vineyard located at 550 meters above sea level. Compared to the Riserva that takes a more traditional approach, the 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Stielle is a more exuberant and contemporary wine. It shows thicker extraction and more evident use of oak aging. Some 40% of the wine sees stem inclusion. As a result, its consistency is rich, plush and dark, and there is plenty of generous fruit, blackberry and sweet spice on the close. This important wine is packaged in a heavy glass bottle that communicates the fact that this is the estate's flagship wine. Wine Enthusiast 91 2018-03-06
2011 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Aromas of dark fruit with raspberry, orange peel and floral character. Full body, silky tannins and a soft and caressing finish. Very refined and velvety textured. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2018-03-06
2012 Rocca di Castagnoli Buriano Cabernet Sauvignon Blueberry and blackberry aromas, follow through to medium body, fine tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Structured red. Drink now but better in 2018. James Suckling 92 2018-03-06
2011 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico Gran Selezione The 2011 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Stielle is superb. Rich, ample and expressive in the glass, the 2011 offers striking textural breadth and richness, yet never comes across as heavy or overdone. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, tobacco, menthol and licorice meld into the super-expressive, generous finish. The 2011 can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to a decade-plus. This is a tremendous showing. Vinous 94 2018-03-06
2017 Barker's Marque Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc Blind River Grapefruit, peach and lime zest notes mingle with details of lemongrass, mineral and fresh-ground ginger, showing good intensity and a supple, juicy body. Drink now. Wine Spectator 90 2018-03-01
2017 Barker's Marque The Loop Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley Offers a refreshing mix of green papaya, lemon and ruby grapefruit flavors. Fresh and focused, with a crisp and juicy finish. Drink now. Wine Spectator 87 2018-03-01
2016 Barker's Marque Arona Sauvignon Blanc Blind River Bright peach and Key lime flavors are supple and fleshy against a backbone of crisp acidity. Aromatic accents of citrus zest linger on the finish. Drink now. Wine Spectator 87 2018-03-01
2015 Maso Cantanghel Gewuztraminer Medium yellow straw. Spicy yellow fruit and floral notes introduce this appealing wine. It’s full in the mouth with honeyed cling peach and waxy yellow apple and melon nuances. Good balance and a long finish. Vigna Caselle is 5 acres at 1480 feet. I-Wine Review 89 2018-02-28
2015 Maso Cantanghel Pinot Grigio Light yellow gold. Also done in a ripe style, this Pinot Grigio bears no resemblance to the supermarket wines made in much of the Veneto. This one has good viscosity, a full mouthfeel, and moderate acidity that complements and balances the rich fruit. Gorgeous drinking. The Maso Papa vineyard is 1.5 acres at 950 feet altitude and is traditionally Pergola trained. About 20 percent fermented in barrique. I-Wine Review 90 2018-02-28
2014 Maso Cantanghel Sauvignon Blanc Yellow straw. Mineral-accented aromas of lemon curd with a touch of turmeric. Reveals an exciting palate, unexpected for the variety, of intense ripe, rich lemon with a light marzipan notes and vibrant acidity that ensures a super fresh finish. Pair this wine as you would a Grand Cru Chablis. I-Wine Review 91 2018-02-28
2012 Maso Cantanghel Pinot Nero Spicy, somewhat honeyed nose showing notes of red cherry. The Pinot Nero has a lush texture with pomegranate and red cherry notes. Excellent finish, clean and long.and spicy. From a 5.5 acre vineyard at 1650′ altitude. Destemmed and fermented in 30 hl casks and aged in new and used French barriques for 12 months. I-Wine Review 91 2018-02-28
2015 Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fèvre FourChaume 1er Cru Chablis 2015 Generous in its sweet ripeness, this wine takes the vintage to a sophisticated integration of firm, juicy pear flavors, cider apple and lees, all powered by high-toned alcohol. It may not be a wine to cellar, but it holds true to its Chablis roots and will offer a lot of pleasure over the coming year with grilled langoustines or other rich shellfish. Wine & Spirits 91 2018-02-28
2015 Lumos Wine Co Five Blocks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Moderate garnet color in the glass. Love this nose! Aromas of dark cherry, warm spices, toast and rose petal. Forward drinking and welcoming, with mid weight flavors of black cherry, ollaliberry, spice and the right touch of oak. Silky and seamless, with fine-grain tannins and an agreeable finish. Consistently one of Oregon’s best values in Pinot Noir. Prince of Pinot 91 2018-02-27
2015 Lumos Wine Co Temperance Hill Pinot Noir Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry, herbs and seasoned oak echo on the nose. Very charming, with a nicely spiced mid weight blackberry fruit core. The tannic backbone is substantial but not at the forefront. The subtle oak treatment delights. What sets this wine apart is the remarkably persistent finish. Like Tom Brady, it’s all about the finish. Prince of Pinot 95 2018-02-27
2014 Andrea Oberto Barolo Andrea Oberto's 2014 Barolo is beautifully pure, focused and delineated. The energy of the vintage comes through nicely in this midweight, translucent Barolo. Sweet red cherry, mint, kirsch and rose petal are wonderfully alive in the glass. All the elements fall into place effortlessly in a very pretty, attractive Barolo that will drink well upon release. The 2014 is deep and yet also wonderfully fresh. It is one of the better straight 2014 Barolos I tasted. Vinous 91 2018-02-22
2014 Andrea Oberto Barolo Albarella The 2014 Barolo Albarella is fabulous. Succulent black cherry, lavender, graphite, spice, new leather and menthol all flesh out in the glass. Ample, creamy and voluptuous, with plenty of supporting tannin, the dark, brooding 2014 shows off the more potent side of the year while somehow managing to be both deep and wonderfully translucent. This is a tremendous Barolo from Andrea Oberto that needs time to fully come together and assimilate its oak. Vinous 93+ 2018-02-22
2014 Andrea Oberto Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Things get even better with the 2014 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata. Sweet floral aromatics, spice, sweet red cherry and kirsch infuse this silky, racy Barolo from Andrea Oberto. Bright, precise and nuanced to the core, the 2014 is absolutely gorgeous today. The long, persistent finish is a thing of beauty. Readers will find a wine that beautifully encapsulates the qualities that make Rocche dell'Annunziata one of the top sites in Barolo. Vinous 94 2018-02-22
2017 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc Grapefruit, peach and lime zest notes mingle with details of lemongrass, mineral and fresh-ground ginger, showing good intensity and a supple, juicy body. Drink now. 11,500 cases imported. Wine Spectator 90 2018-02-22
2014 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel The Wild Thing displays a dark red garnet color and lovely red berry fruit and spice on the palate. It is fruit forward with notes of underbrush and dried herbs; it has nice density, a soft texture, and a long finish. A blend of organically cultivated 80% Zinfandel, 10% Carignan, 9% Petite Sirah, and 1% Alicante Bouschet matured 10 months in 87% American and 13% French oak, 35% new. I Winereview 91 2018-02-16
2014 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley The Rocky Reserve Zinfandel comes from the Florence Vineyard in Rockpile situated 1400 feet above Lake Sonoma and Dry Creek Valley. It is a beautifully tailored wine offering aromas of blue and blackberry fruit, plum, spice, and dark chocolate. It is nicely structured and has a rich persistent finish. A blend of 86% Zinfandel and 14% Petite Sirah matured 20 months in 60% French and 40% American oak, about one-third new. I Winereview 91 2018-02-16
2015 Carol Shelton Pizazz Zin Lodi Fresh, ripe, dark red fruit shows on the nose of the Pizazz Zin. On the palate, it offers dense dark red fruit with raspberry notes accompanied by earth and herbal notes. Finishes pure and long finish. Fruit sourced from Charlie Piazza’s Lodi Vineyard and aged 20 months in 20% new American and 80% used French and American oak. I Winereview 92 2018-02-16
2015 Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Year’s Best White Burgundy Wine & Spirits 91 2018-02-16
2013 Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Year’s Best White Burgundy Wine & Spirits 90 2018-02-16
2015 Domaine Jomain Batard Montrachet Grand Cru Year’s Best White Burgundy Wine & Spirits 94 2018-02-16
2015 Domaine Jomain Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles Year’s Best White Burgundy Wine & Spirits 91 2018-02-16
NV Donaji Joven Spirit Journal 3 Star 2018-02-16
2015 Domaine Jomain Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes Year’s Best White Burgundy Wine & Spirits 90 2018-02-16
NV Donaji Extra Anejo Spirit Journal 3 Star 2018-02-16
2016 Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Cuvee Silex Sec Best Buy, Year’s Best Loire Valley Wines Wine & Spirits 94 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 This opens with aromas of dark berry, underbrush and chewing tobacco. The structured savory palate offers Morello cherry, star anise and a note of white pepper alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink 2022–2029. 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 This opens with aromas of mature plum, vanilla and mocha. The solid palate delivers prune, espresso and coconut alongside assertive, rather astringent tannins that clench the finish. Drink after 2023. 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 Fleur 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 Fleur 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 Dusty aromas suggest apple. A full, round palate is soda-like and not precise, while this tastes of lightly spiced apple with a dusting of powdered sugar. A short, mellow finish is nondescript. 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 Castagnoli 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 Aromas of violet, tobacco and a whiff of fresh sage lead the nose on this savory wine. The juicy chewy palate offers ripe black cherry, clove and star anise while fine-grained tannins provide support. Drink through 2023. 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. Wine Enthusiast 88 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 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
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
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 Bronze Medal 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
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 The 2014 Meritaggio Estate is a very beautiful, classy wine. Bright, focused and nuanced, the 2014 offers striking aromatics and finely sculpted fruit, all in a refreshing, mid-weight style that will drink well early. Red stone fruit and sweet floral notes are pushed forward in this attractive mid-weight wine. The 2014 has a bit less Sangiovese than in the past. 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
2012 Behrens Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Crowley Vineyard Sexy, fruit forward and luscious, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Crowley Vineyard has sweet tannin, shows loads of red and black cherry, blackcurrant fruit and a savory, full-bodied mouthfeel with not a hard edge to be found. Both Les Behrens and his wife, Lisa Drinkward, seem to have produced a somewhat Right Bank St. Emilion style of wine in this vintage in Napa. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. Wine Advocate 90 2017-07-17
2013 Behrens Family Winery Cemetery Cabernet Sauvignon One of the staples for long-term in the Behrens Family Winery, is their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Cemetery, which I believe comes from a small vineyard next to the cemetery in St. Helena. This is all Cabernet Sauvignon. The beautiful sweet cassis fruit, blackberry and spice box are impressive in this full-bodied, young, youthful, impressively endowed, multi-dimensional Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s still young, but accessible, because of the sweet tannin and opulence of the fruit. This should drink well for at least another 20-25 years. Wine Advocate 95 2017-07-17
2011 Behrens Family Winery Labor of Love Dark red cherries, plums, mint, sweet spices, herbs and juniper berries meld together in the 2011 Red Blend Labor of Love. Espresso, menthol tar and licorice notes add complexity on the layered, expressive finish. The 2011 is 75% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, all from Martinez Vineyard on Pritchard Hill. Vinous 93 2017-07-17
2013 Behrens Family Winery The Change Up Red Blend The 2013 Proprietary Red Blend The Change Up is a slightly lighter style compared to some of the other cuvées, although it’s by no means a wimpy wine. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah, the wine has a dense ruby/purple color, loads of juicy red and black fruits, soft tannin and a luscious finish. It’s right in the wheelhouse of the Behrens style: hedonistic, plump, sexy and best drunk in its next 7-8 years. Wine Advocate 90 2017-07-17
2014 David Arthur Vineyards Elevation 1147 Cabernet Sauvignon The flagship wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147, is all Cabernet Sauvignon compared to the Old Vine, which is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot, and the Three Acre that is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This is pedal-to-the-metal, seriously endowed, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon from Pritchard Hill. Chocolate, crème de cassis, incense, graphite and earth make for a complex, multidimensional set of aromatics. Full-bodied, round, juicy and, like so many 2014s, already showing complexity and easy appeal. This full-bodied, layered and rich Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for another 20-25 years, but there is no reason to defer gratification. Wine Advocate 95 2017-07-17
2011 David Arthur Vineyards Three Acre Cabernet Sauvignon (blended with 11% petit verdot): Dark red-ruby. Dark berries, violet, menthol and bitter chocolate on the nose. Suave and pliant in the mouth, with a slightly musky coffee bean character to the dark fruit flavors. Nicely smooth 2011 cabernet with sweet, broad tannins and good length. Winemaker Nile Zacherle bottled the 2011 cabernets a few months early "to preserve intensity." He also did an abbreviated cold soak and a shorter, warmer fermentation. Vinous 90 2017-07-17
2014 David Arthur Vineyards Chardonnay This is marked by rich honeysuckle, honeydew and pear notes that are broad and deep without being weighty. Holds focus and shows a pithy tannic edge that adds traction to the flavors. Drink now. 459 cases made. Wine Spectator 90 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 Gilbert & Gaillard Gold Medal 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 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. 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
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 Impressive, with bold wild blueberry, kirsch and blackberry flavors that are powerful and persistent, pure and focused. Earth, sage and white pepper accents show on the long, velvety finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,400 cases made. 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 Medal San Francisco Chronicle Silver Medal 2017-02-07
2011 Chateau Bouscasse Madiran Bouscassé is the home of Alain Brumont who also owns Château Montus in Madiran. This powerful wine with its blend of Tannat with the two Cabernets (Franc and Sauvignon) is dense and packed with firm tannins. It is also equally full of generous black-plum fruits and considerable acidity. This is still young—it's a concentrated wine that needs to age further. Drink from 2019. Wine Enthusiast 94 2017-02-07
2014 PureCru Purety Bronze Medal San Francisco Chronicle Bronze Medal 2017-01-27
2012 Bianchi Winery Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon Double Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Double Gold 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 Great Northwest Wine Competition 2016 Best of Show 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 The Fifty Best 2016 Gold Medal 2016-09-01
NV Candoni Brut Prosecco Fifty Best Sparkling: Gold Medal The Fifty Best 2016 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
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