Vintage Producer Product Name Notes Source Score Updated
2017 Nicodemi Notari D'Abruzzo Montepulciano Teramane DOCG A plush nose with loads of dark-cherry compote, vanilla and eucalyptus. Full-bodied and big on the palate with exuberant tannins and lots of fruit, but some acidity to keep this in check. Still, less could have been more. Drink in 2022. James Suckling 92 2019-09-13
2017 Nicodemi Notari D'Abruzzo Montepulciano Teramane DOCG Deep bright ruby. Hints of ripe red and black fruit, herbs and blueberry nectar on the nose and in the mouth. Nicely suave on the long, juicy, precise finish. Vinous 90 2019-09-13
2017 Nicodemi Le Murate Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOCG Good full inky ruby. Clean, simple citrus nuances complicate the dark berry aromas and flavors. Rich but lifted on the medium-long back end, which features polished tannins and a lovely, suave mouthfeel. Vinous 89 2019-09-13
2018 Nicodemi Le Murate Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC Bright straw-green. Aromas and flavors of poached apple and pear reveal hints of custard. Round and ripe, with slightly monolithic flavors of baked fruit and sweet herbs. An easygoing wine but less lively than what I am used to with Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. Vinous 88 2019-09-13
2017 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape White roses and grilled pears with hints of grapefruit and lemon blossom. The palate is driven on long, pithy fruit. Really impressive structure. Fresh, lemon and pear flavors to close. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2019-09-12
2017 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape The 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée hits the standard assemblage: 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and 10% "others." Still in cask at the time of my visit, it has expressive floral and garrigue notes, plus hints of star anise layered over a base of black cherries. Full-bodied, deep and rich, this looks like a vintage to set aside for a while, with at least 15 years of longevity ahead of it. Wine Advocate 94-96 2019-09-12
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza The value-priced 2015 Crianza checks in as all Tempranillo aged 15 months in American and French oak. Deep ruby/plum-colored with notes of ripe currants, black cherries, dried earth, leather and tobacco, this medium-bodied, rounded wine has good fruit, a supple, easy-drinking style, and plenty of character. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-09-09
2017 Bodegas Nekeas El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa The 2017 El Chaparral De Vega Sindoa comes from very old Grenache vines (ungrafted and some pre-phylloxera) and was brought up in a mix of new and used barrels. Ripe cherries, orange blossom, underbrush, and white pepper notes all flow to a beautifully elegant, complex Garnacha that has good acidity, plenty of fruit, and a clean finish. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-09
2018 Arrumaco Garnacha Rosado Based all on Garnacha brought up in stainless steel, the 2018 Garnacha Rosado is a rounded, juicy, delicious rosé loaded with notions of ripe strawberries and white flowers. Clean, medium-bodied, and beautifully textured, this is another generous, fleshy effort that's a joy to drink. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-09
2018 Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir Spiced cherries, wood smoke, and some earth all emerge from the 2018 Pinot Noir Fincas and it's medium-bodied, charming, and enjoyable. It has some real Pinot Noir character, a light texture, and a good finish. It’s a good value, but drink up. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2019-09-09
2018 Alfredo Roca Malbec Smoky, blackberry, leafy herbs, earth, and spice notes all emerge from the 2018 Malbec Fincas. It's medium-bodied, balanced, and has plenty of character. As with all of these latest releases, value as well as quality are the name of the game. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2019-09-09
2018 Alfredo Roca Fincas Chardonnay Another smoking value from this estate, the 2018 Chardonnay Fincas is sourced from 20-year-old vines planted at nearly 2,500 feet above sea level. Notes of spice box, orchard fruits, smoked earth, toasted brioche, and spice all emerge from this richer, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that blossoms with time in the glass. It’s a steal at the price. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2019-09-09
2016 Bodegas Ordonez Zerran A tiny production cuvée (there are less than 2,000 cases), the 2016 Zerran is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 40% Cariñena, and 10% Syrah brought up in used French oak. It has beautiful currants and raspberry fruit notes as well as plenty of minerality, ground pepper, and violets. This beautiful, elegant wine has the classic Montsant fruit and minerality, yet also has nicely integrated acidity, notable balance, and a clean finish. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-09
2017 Bodegas Ordonez Nisia Verdejo Coming from 40- to 80-year-old ungrafted vines of Verdejo, the 2017 Nisia was barrel fermented and spent 7 months on lees before bottling. It has a richer bouquet of golden apple, pineapple, and Meyer lemons as well as a medium-bodied, nicely textured, mouthfilling style on the palate. It has good acidity, plenty of fruit, and a clean finish. It's rock solid. Jeb Dunnuck 89 2019-09-09
2017 Bodegas Ordonez Nisia Las Suertes Verdejo Coming from a single vineyard planted in 1885 in pure sand soils, the 2017 Nisia Las Suertes (100% Verdejo) was barrel fermented and spent 10 month on lees. It offers a rocking bouquet of pineapple, tangerines, and spice that develops beautifully with time in the glass. Rich, medium-bodied, with beautiful depth of fruit and bright acidity, it's a seriously good white to drink over the coming 4-5 years, if not longer. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-09-09
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Mazos An old vine selection based on 100% Graciano, the 2016 Rio Mazos was completely destemmed and brought up in 50% new oak. This inky colored effort has a rich, smoky bouquet of blackberries, spicy oak, cedary spice, and violets. With beautiful fruit, plenty of classy integrated oak, full body, a terrific texture, and ripe tannins, it's a beautiful, layered, singular Rioja that’s loaded with character. Drink it any time over the coming decade (and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep longer). Jeb Dunnuck 95 2019-09-09
2017 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano Made from 100% Graciano, the deeply colored 2017 Rio Madre Graciano offers a great bouquet of ripe black fruits, ground pepper, game, and hints of violets. Gamey, exotic, complex, and medium-bodied, it has outstanding purity, good acidity, and a clean, balanced, finish. It's a gem of a wine that sells for a song. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-09
2018 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Rose The 2018 Rio Madre Rosé is all Garnacha and has a vivid raspberry color as well as a powerful bouquet of ripe strawberries, cherries, violets, and spice. This rich, textured rosé has terrific purity, loads of fruit, and a great finish. It would stand beside a top Tavel with no problem. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-09
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto Made from 100% Tempranillo brought up all in tank, the 2017 Protocolo Tinto is well worth checking out and has a blackcurrant, black cherry, and earthy, spicy profile as well as medium body, plenty of texture, and a charming, gulpable style. Drink up. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2019-09-09
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado Lightly colored, the 2018 Protocolo Rosado (50% Tempranillo and 50% Bobal) offers Provençal notes of strawberries and orange blossom as well a medium-bodied, lively, fresh and crisp style on the palate. It's well-made, has good acidity, and delivers a clean finish. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2019-09-09
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado Organic Made from 100% Tempranillo, the 2018 Protocolo Rosado Organic is similar to the classic Rosado yet has more density, a touch more fruit, good balance, and nicely integrated acidity. It's rock-solid as well as a terrific value. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-09-09
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco Organic The 2018 Protocolo Blanco Organic (100% Airén) offers more pineapple, green apple and white peach notes as well as medium body, good acidity, and a clean finish. It's balanced, has a kiss of salty minerality, and a good finish. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-09-09
2016 Dominio de Eguren Codice The 2016 Codice is also all Tempranillo yet was aged six months in used French and American oak. It also comes from slightly older vines and higher elevation vineyards. Deep ruby-colored with deeper notes of black cherries, blackberries, earth, and ground herbs, it has medium-bodied richness, plenty of fruit, some old-school earthiness, and a good finish. It’s a good value for near-term drinking. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-09-09
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva The 2014 Reserva is all Tempranillo that spent 15 months in French and American oak. It has a great nose of blackberries, spice box, vanilla, and licorice. Dark, meaty, medium-bodied, and nicely textured, this elegant, balanced, high-quality wine represents a great value. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-09
2014 Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Reserva The 2014 Selección Reserva is a solid step up over the 2015 and offers more intensity and complexity in its black cherry, currants, smoked earth, graphite, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. It has some classic American oak influence, medium body, good acidity, and should keep for 8-10 years. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-09
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Reserva The 2015 Selección Reserva is in the same mold as the 2014 and has more richness and depth, with rocking notes of blackberries, plums, graphite, licorice, lead pencil, and incense. It's another elegant, medium-bodied, nicely textured red from this estate that has good purity, fine tannins, and a great finish. Jeb Dunnuck 91 2019-09-09
2011 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva The 2011 Gran Reserva is all Tempranillo spent a full two years in American and French oak. This deeply colored effort offers terrific smoky dark fruits, leather, graphite, and some cigar notes. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, has beautiful density, building tannins, and a great finish. This is a rich, concentrated, classic Rioja with loads of character. Jeb Dunnuck 93+ 2019-09-09
2016 Bodegas Sierra Salinas Mira Salinas Also 100% Monastrell but a selection of old, head-trained vines, the 2016 Mira Salinas was brought up in a mix of new, once-, and twice-used barrels. Its deep ruby/plum color is followed by a Bandol-like bouquet of smoked black fruits, earth, meat, and spice. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, has beautiful fruit, good acidity, and plenty of tannins, and it's a classic, balanced Monastrell that more than over-delivers at the price. These are custom cuvées for Jorge Ordonez that are only brought into the US. Jeb Dunnuck 93 2019-09-09
2018 Bodegas Sierra Salinas Mo Vitrum is the premium line from Chocolán and this is certainly an ambitious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, Malbec and Petit Verdot with structured, ageworthy tannins, subtle, minty reduction and layers of cassis, blueberry Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-09-09
2018 Jean Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Les Vignes de Lantignie There are fully 27,000 bottles of Burgaud's 2018 Beaujolais-Villages Les Vignes de Lantignié, a superb wine that bursts from the glass with an expressive bouquet of cherries, mulberries, smoked meats and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with juicy acids, good concentration and a flavorful finish. This saw a mere seven days maceration, and the resulting wine represents incredible value. Wine Advocate 92 2019-09-05
2018 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py The 2018 Morgon Côte du Py derives from both higher-altitude and lower-lying parcels, and it is a great success this year, offering up a lovely bouquet of dark fruits, cherries, smoked meat and licorice. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and layered, with a fleshy and concentrated core, fine girdling tannins and succulent acids, concluding with a long and sapid finish. Wine Advocate 94 2019-09-05
2018 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras Aromas of rose petals, raspberries, cherries and licorice introduce the 2018 Morgon Grands Cras, another superb wine from Burgaud that's medium to full-bodied, layered and enveloping, with a fleshy core, ripe acids and a long finish. If anything, this is even more charming than Les Charmes this year. They make a formidable—and keenly-priced—duo that readers will enjoy comparing. Wine Advocate 93 2019-09-05
2018 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Les Charmes Burgaud's 2018 Morgon Les Charmes is superb, revealing a lovely bouquet that mingles cassis and dark cherries with smoked meats, dark chocolate and peonies. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and charming, with velvety tannins, succulent acids and a fleshy, layered core, concluding with a long finish. Despite its visceral drinkability, it's also a serious wine that will evolve gracefully for 15 years. Wine Advocate 93 2019-09-05
2017 Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py Javernieres The 2017 Morgon Côte du Py Javernières is showing beautifully from bottle and will be worth a special effort to seek out. Unfurling in the glass with a complex bouquet featuring ripe black cherries and cassis fruit complemented by nuances of smoked meats, incense, spices and dark chocolate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, with both considerable concentration and terrific energy, framed by powdery tannins and weightless despite its broad-shouldered profile. Wine Advocate 94+ 2019-09-05
2018 Mas d'en Gil Bellmunt Blanc The fruit-driven white 2018 Bellmunt Blanc is a village wine with notes of white flowers, fruit and some exotic undertones. It's 70% Garnacha Blanca and 30% Viognier bottled unoaked. The palate is super tasty, with a salty twist and a dry, serious finish. Classy juice. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2019. Wine Advocate 90 2019-09-04
2016 Mas d'en Gil Bellmunt The village red 2016 Bellmunt, shows lots of elegance and balance. It seems like 2016 was a great year at the property, and many wines show really well. This is a blend of 65% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from younger vines and deeper soils, and it's a more approachable face of Priorat, with red fruit aromas and a medium-bodied palate with very fine tannins and great balance. This shows great purity, and there is no oak after an élevage of ten months in a mixture of 1,500- and 3,000-liter oak vats and 3,300-liter concrete vats. Wine Advocate 92 2019-09-04
2016 Mas d'en Gil Coma Alta The expressive and characterful white 2016 Coma Alta shows notes of acacia flowers, nuts and a touch of camphor, with powerful aromatics. The palate is beautifully textured and has superb balance, clean flavors and a long-lasting finish. It's a blend of Garnacha Blanca grapes from the five valleys within the Mas d'en Gil estate and has 14% alcohol. Thirty percent of the volume fermented in used 500-liter oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel, where the wines matured for five months. It has great complexity. This could be the finest vintage to date. 3,868 bottles were filled in May 2017. Wine Advocate 93 2019-09-04
2016 Mas d'en Gil Coma Blanca The elegant white 2016 Coma Blanca is a nuanced and subtle blend of 60% Macabeo and 40% Garnacha Blanca from the older vineyards of the estate on slate, alluvial and sandy soils (the property has a diversity of soils unmatched in Priorat). It fermented in stainless steel and matured in 500-liter oak barrels for six months, and the bottles were kept for a couple of years before the wine was released into the market. There is unusual finesse in this vintage, unmatched purity and superb texture. It's a Mediterranean white with good body, the texture of a Grand Cru Burgundy, pungent but subtle flavors and a dry and faintly bitter finish. 3,098 bottles were filled in May 2017. Wine Advocate 95 2019-09-04
2014 Mas d'en Gil Clos Fonta As classical as it gets, the red 2014 Clos Fontà, a selection of the oldest vines from their 40 hectares of vineyards, is a blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Cariñena from vines planted between 1931 and 1973 on slate soils. It fermented in oak vats and matured in French and Austrian oak barrels and 1,500-liter vats for some 14 months. It has the Priorat character reminiscent of wet slate as well as wild berries, a floral touch, a tree bark-like twist and an unusual elegant rusticity. The palate is medium to full-bodied with ripe flavors but without excess, hints of Mediterranean herbs and flowers and a dry, long and austere finish with no room for sweetness. 6,138 bottles were filled in May 2016. Wine Advocate 94 2019-09-04
2014 Mas d'en Gil Coma Vella The red 2014 Coma Vella feels a tad rustic in the context of the 2016s, which show great finesse. It is a blend of Garnacha with 20% Cariñena and 10% Syrah from the Coma Valley within the Mas d'en Gil property. It fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak vats, and the wine matured in 225-, 1,500- and 3,000-liter oak barrels and vats for one year. It has some earthy notes reminiscent of the dusty Priorat roads, integrated oak and good ripeness but without excess. The palate is medium-bodied with dusty tannins and a dry, serious and mineral finish. Impressive. 35,658 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2016. It's evolving quite slowly. Wine Advocate 92 2019-09-04
2014 Mas d'en Gil Nus The sweet red 2014 Nus is a blend of 80% Garnacha, 15% Syrah and 5% Viognier. The Garnacha grapes are sun-dried for ten to 20 days, and the juice from those foot-trodden bunches starts fermenting, while the unfermented juice of Syrah and Viognier is fortified with alcohol. It matured in 60-liter oak barrels for 18 months and then was bottled and kept for one more year before being released. The nose is that of a dry red Priorat, with the dusty and wet slate aromas, so you don't really expect a sweet wine. The combination of sweetness and tannin is quite unusual but somehow works, like a rustic version of a Port. It feels quite balanced and doesn't come through as very sweet. It's 16.5% alcohol. Experiment with blue cheese. 1,948 half-bottles produced. Wine Advocate 90 2019-09-04
2014 Castellroig Sabate i Coca Mosset Brut Nature The new sparkling white 2014 Mosset Brut Nature is from a zone that names the wine, a terraced part of the Bitlles River in Penedès. This is the first vintage produced. It has a very expressive nose with a notable absence of fruit and is stony, austere and mineral with some lemon peel citrus twist and some fennel. It has very tasty flavors and a dry palate with a chalky texture and a saline hint on the finish. Brilliant. This is not about the grapes, but it's produced with 65% Xarel·lo, 25% Macabeu and 10% Parellada and matured with the lees in bottle for at least 48 months. 29,485 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 91 2019-09-04
2012 Castellroig Sabate i Coca Josep Coca Brut Nature The 2012 Josep Coca Brut Nature is a blend of 85% Xarello and 15% Macabeo that was aged for no less than 80 months. It comes from two soils that deliver grapes that are apt for a long aging due to their very good acidity, bright aromas and high resistance to oxidation so that the wine evolves very slowly. Like the rest of the range here, the wine has a strong stony sensation, and it's serious, austere and mineral. I also tasted the 2010 vintage of this wine to check the evolution, and it is very fresh, with a stronger stony sensation and doesn't show any oxidation. 14,663 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 92 2019-09-04
2012 Castellroig Brut Reserva Rosat The 2012 Reserva Familiar Rosé Brut is an unusual rosé made with Garnacha grapes and the only sparkling wine produced with some added sugar, because the wine was too austere and had so much acidity that it was impossible to domesticate. This is not your classical rosé, because this is a super mineral wine (like all the wines I tasted with owner Marcel Sabaté). This has aged for a very long time sur lie, and it feels young and unevolved, with a long life ahead of it. A mineral sparkling rosé! 5,760 bottles produced. Wine Advocate 92 2019-09-04
2018 Chateau Beauchene Grand Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc The 2018 Côtes Du Rhône Grande Réserve Blanc is solid. Based on 25% each of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Roussanne, with the balance Bourboulenc and other permitted varieties, it has plenty of lemon curd, tangerines, and honeyed flower notes as well as a clean style on the palate. It's nicely balanced, with good acidity and a crisp finish. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-08-22
2018 Chateau Beauchene Cotes du Rhone Blanc Viognier Made from 100% Viognier, the 2018 Côtes Du Rhône Viognier Blanc offers lots of apricot, white flowers, and tangerine notes as well as a richer, textured, layered style on the palate. With plenty of character and a good finish, this is an enjoyable white to drink over the coming year or so. Jeb Dunnuck 87 2019-08-22
2018 Chateau Beauchene Grand Reserve Cotes du Rhone The 2018 Côtes Du Rhône Grande Réserve from this estate has a solid perfume of light cherries, sappy herbs, and earth to go with a soft, plush, beautifully textured style on the palate. It's not terribly deep or profound, but it’s undeniably delicious. Drink it over the coming couple of years. Jeb Dunnuck 88 2019-08-22
2017 Chateau Beauchene Grand Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape The same 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre blend, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Grande Reserve is slightly deeper colored and has attractive notes of blackcurrants, smoked earth, garrigue, and pepper. One of the deeper, richer wines in the lineup from this estate, it has plenty of mid-palate flesh, good purity, and outstanding length. It's a workhorse-styled effort to enjoy over the coming decade. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2019-08-22
2017 Chateau Beauchene Vignobles de la Serriere Chateauneuf du Pape Not yet bottled, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vignobles De La Serriere (80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre) sports a medium ruby color as well as earthy notes of black raspberries, cherries, garrigue, and peppermint. It's medium-bodied, supple, and polished on the palate, and certainly has potential. Jeb Dunnuck 88-90 2019-08-22
2016 Lava Cap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Both concentrated and luxurious, this wine is a classic that offers a broad range of enticing aromas, plenty of delicious fruit in the middle and a lingering finish. Clove, cedar and cassis fill the aromas, while ripe blueberry and black cherry flood the palate. A great balance of a velvety texture and soft tannins holds it all together. Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-08-22
2017 Lava Cap Winery Chardonnay This wine is packed full of ripe apple and pear flavors that are accented by vanilla and butter. This is a full-bodied, barrel-fermented wine that's big in profile but smooth in feel. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-08-22
2017 Domaine Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf du Pape The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape is terrific, showing classic ripe cherry and berry fruits, spice, and garrigue aromas, medium to full body, and a rounded, voluptuous texture. It's beautifully balanced, and while it has the sexy, sunny style of the vintage, it stays pure, complex and, again, balanced. It's going to deliver loads of pleasure over the coming 10-15 years. The blend is 65% Grenache, 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, with the remainder Muscardin, brought up in foudre, demi-muids, and old barrels. Jeb Dunnuck 92 2019-08-22
2018 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Leading off the wines from Domaine Du Pégau, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc is another terrific effort that has a classic, mineral-laced style as well as plenty of peach, lemon, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied, fresh, and vibrant on the palate, and again, has this interesting mix of minerality and fruit. Jeb Dunnuck 90 2019-08-22
2018 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée is a softer, more forward and charming wine that has beautiful dark fruits, ground pepper, violets, and ample classic Pégau meatiness. It doesn’t have the density of a top vintage, yet I love its balance, it has sweet tannins, and it’s already hard to resist. It’s going to be approachable in its youth but keep for 15+ years. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2019-08-22
2017 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape Not yet bottled, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée is a normal blend of 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre, and the rest assorted varieties (not destemmed), brought up all in foudre and old barrels. It has classic Pégau notes of ground pepper, earth, meat, truffle, and blackcurrants as well as medium to full body, good density, building tannins, and a great finish. Laurence compared this vintage to 2005, but I think this 2017 has more density and flesh. It’s a beautiful, classic Pégau that reminds me a slightly toned down 2009. Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 2019-08-22
2018 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition I loved the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape from Jean Royer. It's loaded with sweet kirsch and strawberry fruits and offers medium to full-bodied richness, sweet tannins, and a great finish. This is Grenache at its most elegant and finesse-driven, and it has a Burgundian vibe in its texture and complexity. Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 2019-08-22
2018 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Prestige has a similar vibe to the traditional cuvée yet has slightly darker fruits and more structure. It's elegant, seamless, and beautifully balanced on the palate, with a great mid-palate. This cuvée is 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, all from the pebbly soils of the Bois de la Ville and Les Grandes Serres lieux-dits, brought up 65% in demi-muids and the balance in stainless steel. Jeb Dunnuck 90-93 2019-08-22
2018 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Sables de la Crau Similarly colored to the Prestige release, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Sables De La Crau is 100% Grenache from sandy soils brought up all in demi-muids. Ripe blueberries, strawberries, flowery incense, and pepper garrigue notes all emerge from this ethereal, elegant, beautifully balanced Grenache that has no hard edges, ripe, sexy tannins, and a great finish. This is another brilliant, layered, seamless wine from this estate that readers will love. Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 2019-08-22
2018 Penya Rose Cotes Catalanes A juicy, fruity richness is right upfront on the nose of this wine, expressed though bold waves of guava, peach, lychee and ripe melon. The palate is somewhat soft and rounded, with just enough acidity to lift the slightly slick, viscous texture and plush peach and rosehip flavors. Best Buy Wine Enthusiast 88BB 2019-08-16
2018 Domaine Les Rocailles Apremont Jacquere From the village of Apremont in the foothills of the Alps, this crisply textured wine offers green-apple and lime flavors. Lightly spicy and with refreshing acidity, it is ready to drink Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-08-16
2012 Lornano Chianti Gran Selezione Attractive scents of ripe plum, blue flower, eucalyptus and baking spice spill out of the glass. The round, rich palate doles out juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and a hint of chopped herb. Velvety tannins provided polished support. Drink through 2021. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-08-12
2017 Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir Snappy raspberry and sweet hibiscus aromas are layered with dewy herbs on the fresh nose of this bottling. The palate is both high toned and fruity, with fresh flavors of raspberry, dried rose petal and Earl Grey tea riding on zippy acidity. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-08-12
2018 Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rosé This appealing and very flavorful wine made from Carignane and Zinfandel grapes has as much color as some red wines along with vivid red-cherry and raspberry aromas, good acidity and enough fruit concentration for a lingering finish. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-08-12
2016 Lyle Thomas Pinot Noir An unapologetic oakiness shapes the aromas and flavors of this full-bodied and firmly tannic wine. Grilled bread, sweet pickles and cedar in the aroma lead to juicy cherry flavors that are held firmly in check by oak notes and a touch of astringency. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-08-12
2016 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel This wine is very fruity, mild-mannered and easy to enjoy. It's full bodied but not too big, and packed with plump strawberry and blackberry flavors that see almost sweet on the finish. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-08-12
2017 Jolete Wines Le Verre Pinot Noir This remains rather stiff, herbal and tannic at this early stage. Made of wines from three Willamette Valley AVA's, it has more green flavors than ripe fruit, though the balance is fine. As it's young and was bottled under a screw cap, it would benefit from aggressive aeration prior to drinking. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-08-12
2017 Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red Aromas struck match, herb, smoked ham, vanilla and baking spice lead to medium-bodied fruit and barrel flavors. Coffee and smoke notes linger on the finish. There's a pleasing sense of texture and balance that ups the interest. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-08-12
2018 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc Pear, pineapple, and ruby grapefruit flavors are vibrant and refreshing, showing purity and intensity on the long, intense finish. Wine Spectator 90 2019-08-08
2015 Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Graphite and mineral hints accent the dark plum and dried currant flavors. Smoky notes and chocolate nib details emerge on the finish with firm tannins. Drink now through 2021. 2,072 cases made. Wine Spectator 88 2019-08-08
2018 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Rose This bold rosé features a deep cherry color, with expressive flavors of cherry, strawberry and spice. The acidity is gentle, but light tannins keep this focused. Old-school. Drink now. 1,500 cases made, 1,500 cases imported. Wine Spectator 88 2019-08-07
2016 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape A singed chestnut accent leads off here,followed by a sappy core of steeped cherry,raspberry and plum fruit,infused liberally with tobacco,brick dust and garrigue notes. Reveals a brawny edge,but there’s ample fruit in the end. Grenache blend. Best from 2021 through 2040. 5400 cases made. Wine Spectator 96 2019-08-06
2015 Vina Chocalan Vitrum Red Blend Vitrum is the premium line from Chocolán and this is certainly an ambitious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, Malbec and Petit Verdot with structured, ageworthy tannins, subtle, minty reduction and layers of cassis, blueberry and mint. Tim Atkin 92 2019-08-01
2016 Vina Chocalan Origen Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Black garnet color. Aromas of blackberry coulis, raspberry leaf, graphite, and fire-roasted bell peppers with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, com-plex, long dark chocolate, pumpernickel, black cassis, jamón serrano, and black licorice finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold cabernet sauvignon with lots of spice and rich chocolate; worthy of a fine steak. GOLD MEDAL & EXCEPTIONAL. BEST BUY Tastings.com 93 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Origen Carmenere Being out on the cool Maipo Costa helped to mitigate the hot vintage conditions on this assemblage of Carmènere with 15% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Refined and re-freshing, this is herbal and textured with subtle oak. Tim Atkin 91 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Origen Syrah There's 5% San Antonio Syrah in the blend here, but it's predominantly a Maipo Costa wine. Co-fermented with a little Viognier, this is a Chilean Côte Rôtie with spicy, minty, meaty fruit, fresh acidity and smooth tannins. Tim Atkin 92 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Origen Pinot Noir Attractive, bright and fragrant strawberries with a fleshy palate that has a plush, drinka-ble feel. Try in the next four years James Suckling 91 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Origen Chardonnay Coastal San Antonio supplies the grapes for this ocean-influenced Chardonnay, made with clones 4 and 5 and fermented in a combination of stainless steel and barrels. Toasty and fresh, it has flavours of pear and citrus and some leesy weight. Tim Atkin 90 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Dusty ruby color. Aromas of salt-cured plum, fine furniture, black tea with violet, and marinated grape leaves with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, long cran-raspberry scone, cedar, chocolate covered strawberries, and licorice finish. A concentrated, steak-worthy wine with lots of stately character. GOLD MEDAL | EXCEPTIONAL | BEST BUY Tastings.com 91 2019-08-01
2017 Vina Chocalan Reserva Carmenere Dark deep purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of granite, scorched earth, raspberry, and red cassis with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish with accents of cherry tart and nutmeg with moderate oak flavor. A mineral-forward Carmènerewith a great sense of place. SILVER MEDAL | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | BEST BUY Tastings.com 87 2019-08-01
2017 Col Vetoraz Cartizze di Valdobbiadene DOCG Col Vetoraz is one of the only wineries located in Cartizze, where glera vines cling to steep slopes at elevations up to 1,300 feet, where clusters ripen under intense sunshine, developing rich flavors of mango and peach along with subtle spice notes. Cool evenings preserve crisp acidity that, along with the wineries pearly texture and bright saline notes, balances the lush fruit flavors and brings the wine to a refreshing finish. Wine & Spirits 92 2019-08-01
2017 Keuka Spring Vineyards Riesling On the dry side of semi-dry, this riesling may leave you wondering where to fix your attention: on the passion fruit accents, the assertive lemon-lime scents, or the wheaty savor that frames it all? The flavors are graceful and a touch creamy from the risidual sugar, but the apple skin finish renders any sweetness a memory, unless the wine is served with something mildly spicy, like Japaneese curry. Wine & Spirits 92 2019-08-01
2018 Quinta da Raza Vinho Verde This blend is mostly arinto and azal, varieties suited to the higher elevations of inland Vinho Verde, with pockets of schist soil close to the Douro region. It's a full-figured white, with fuzzy peach scents and fresh grap sweetness that lasts. The acidity has the peppery bite of arugula, suggesting a match for those greens tossed with flakes of grilled tuna. Wine & Spirits 88BB 2019-08-01
2017 Aquitania Bernon Albarino This has the nutty richness of almond flour, while zesty acidity cuts through it like a knife, leaving mango and lime-pulp flavors that last. Chill it for raw shellfish. Wine & Spirits 88BB 2019-08-01
2018 Chateau de Pampelonne Legende Rose Cotes de Provence Marie Pascaud made this special cuvee to commemorate the formation of Les Maitres Vignerons de St- Tropez, a coalition of ten estates. A selection of cinsault, and grenache from 100 year old vines on the Ramatuelle hill, it's a savory rose, with notes of herbs and flowers accenting the delicacy of it's pale fruit. Its power lies in the texture, at once airy but substantial, which holds the flavors long. Wine & Spirits 92 2019-08-01
2015 Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain District If you're looking for a cabernet with exceptional track record, consider that Michael Keenan's Reserve has earned 94 points or more in every vintage since 2011. This 2015 is close to that level, a tarry, concentrated cabernet from 17 year old vines at Keenan's Big K vineyard, high up Spring Mountain, with a small contribution of cabernet franc. It's intensely spicy, with coriander, anise and red pepper pricking the wine's dark earthiness. The fruit emerges over the course of several days, adding a taste of fresh-picked cherries in the midst of the black extract. It's zesty and racy, with the energy to age, and the flavor concentration to repay patient cellaring. Wine & Spirits 93 2019-08-01
2017 Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Leading with a mossy scent, adorning dark fruit, this pinot's crushed berry aromas carry through to the flavors, sweet and blunt; for chilling and quaffing in the afternoon. Wine & Spirits 87BB 2019-08-01
2016 Lava Cap Winery Petite Sirah This is a pure and focused wine that’s uncomplicated by too much oak or overripeness. It offers dark, dense concentrated black fruit flavors of the variety on a firm, tannic texture. It's built for aging and should be best from 2023-2030. Wine Enthusiast 92 2019-08-01
2016 Lava Cap Winery Merlot This robust and flavorful wine is scented with cigar box and dark chocolate. The palate adds in a black cherry flavor for a big and complex array of facets to savor. A full body and firm tannins give it good structure and its concentration is intense enough to deliver a lingering finish. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-08-01
2018 Bodegas Sierra Salinas Mo A primary-fruited style with violet reduction and raspberries. Bright and fruity, this is reminiscent of Beaujolais and quite enjoyable. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-07-29
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco A fresh and bright white with sliced lemons, limes and stone. Medium body. Easy and bright. Steely. Mostly viura. James Suckling 89 2019-07-25
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado Organic This is a tight and well-made rosé with creamy, strawberry and light strawberry aromas and flavors. Medium body. Delicious finish. Shows character and finesse. From organically grown bobal grapes. James Suckling 92 2019-07-25
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto Organic A juicy and soft, medium-bodied wine with clean fruit and a delicious, berry and light wet-earth finish. Excellent value. From organically grown grapes. James Suckling 90 2019-07-25
2015 Ramirez de la Piscina Seleccion Reserva Lots of flowers and hints of oak with dark berries and spice. Full-bodied yet fresh and balanced with ripe tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A beauty. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-07-25
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Mazos Graciano This has notes of violets and leaves with a swathe of cassis. The palate has a smooth, sleek and dry feel with crunchy dark fruit and fine tannin. Ripe and juicy. Pure graciano. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2019-07-25
2017 Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano The vanilla and walnut character is strong here with dark-berry and chocolate undertones. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish. A little tannic, but solid. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-07-25
2017 Dominio de Eguren Codice Blueberries, blackberries and hints of nutmeg on the nose. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows refinement and easy accessibility. Drink and enjoy. James Suckling 91 2019-07-25
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto This pure tempranillo shows plenty of crushed-berry and chocolate character. Medium body. Light tannins, yet firm and tight. Shows depth. Amazing value. James Suckling 90 2019-07-25
2018 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosado This is creamy and very pretty with sliced-strawberry and apple character. Medium body. Clean fruit. Flavorful finish. Tempranillo and bobal. James Suckling 91 2019-07-25
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valderiz This has a very rich and fresh array of ripe dark berries and plums, earthy notes and attractively spicy oak influence. The palate has a very sleek, fresh and enlivened feel with lots of energy and depth. Great tannins. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2019-07-24
2010 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Tomas Esteban This has exceptional depth and richness. Such detail, concentration and intense dark fruit, pervading every corner of the palate. The depth, the richness and the layered, long tannins here are stunning. Really exceptional wine that delivers long and rich, flavorsome resolve. Drink or hold. James Suckling 95 2019-07-24
2016 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Juegabolos This is super saturated on the nose and palate. Such rich and ripe dark-fruit flavors make for a compelling nose, packed with black fruit. The palate has a succulent, deep and fleshy feel with impressively ripe, sinewy tannins, holding long. Drink or hold. James Suckling 94 2019-07-24
2017 Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz De Chiripa A bold array of ripe, dark-plum and cherry aromas with rich texture on the palate, as well as a juicy, vibrant and fleshy core and plenty of richness to close. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-07-24
2013 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva Dark-berry and tobacco aromas dominate the nose and palate here with a fresh array of fleshy and juicy flavor. Smooth and plush. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-07-24
2016 Ramirez de la Piscina Crianza This has a rich array of ripe dark fruit with a bold and fleshy palate that has plenty of appeal right now. Smooth, juicy and plush. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-07-24
2012 Lornano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione At these levels of archetypal consistency, balance and integrity, Chianti is certainly not second to none. But only where its colour is of the same untouched blackish ardour, only where its pulp is that so dense as not to leave even a bright ray pierce, especially where its palatal softness is so seductively perfect, so admirably and spherically round, despite the power of its majestic pair of acidity/tannin. A cream of blackberry in pure and viscous pulp whose wonderful spices make it even more balsamic, vanilla and exquisite. A top champion in viticulture and oenology. Chapeau. Luca Maroni 99 2019-07-17
2017 Bodegas Bhilar Phinca Hapa Blanco The white 2017 Phinca Hapa Blanco has some notes of popcorn and a spicy and smoky twist, but it's very different from the other white I tasted. This is from a vineyard that Melanie bought with her savings and then renamed it after her dog. The wine had some skin contact, so it has a faint golden color and a slightly tannic palate. It's a blend of 82% Viura, 12% Garnacha Blanca and 6% Malvasía from a large vineyard in the village of Elvillar. This is a white of strong character, with notes of quince, peach and beeswax, the texture of a light red that calls for food. 2,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2018. Wine Advocate 93 2019-07-17
2017 Bodegas Bhilar Phinca Hapa Tinto There is a note of iron and fresh meat on the nose of the 2017 Phinca Hapa Tinto. This is from a large-ish vineyard in the village of Elvillar where they have both Tempranillo and Viura, so they make a red and a white from it. It has a different profile from the rest of the wines, younger and more fruit-driven. It also has a shorter élevage, following the style of the 2016, perfumed with wild flowers and berries, mild spices and a fine palate. It fermented with full clusters and has that touch of the stems in the texture that somewhat lifts the wine up. 8,000 bottles should be filled the week after I tasted it, as they were waiting for the correct moon. Wine Advocate 93-94 2019-07-17
2015 Bodegas Bhilar Phinca El Vedao The one varietal Garnacha, a grape that's not that common in the village of Elvillar, the 2015 Phinca El Vedao is from three plots on a south-facing slope at lower altitude, some 500 meters above sea level, where the grape sets and ripens properly. The wine matured in 400- and 500-liter oak barrels for almost two and a half years. It has an expressive Garnacha nose with berry fruit and a floral touch, more in the style of some wines from the north of Navarra than the ones from Aragón. It has the freshness and acidity often linked to the wines from Elvillar. It's very balanced and complete and has very fine tannins, a chalky texture from the limestone soils and great balance. A step up over the first vintage. 2,070 bottles were filled in April 2018. Wine Advocate 93+ 2019-07-17
2015 Bodegas Bhilar Phincas Tasted as a sample of the final blend waiting to be bottled, the 2015 Phincas is from a challenging year when they had to move out of their old winery and David broke his foot during the harvest, so he didn't produce some of the wines. So, this has around 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and the rest Viura from all the vineyards except La Revilla and El Vedao, the only single vineyards bottled separately that year. It has an intense balsamic nose of macerated herbs, acid berries and dark chocolate and is spicy but not oaky, with a fine palate with pungent acidity and great freshness. There are 5,000 liters of this that should make it into some 6,500 bottles after almost two years in used barrique and one year in oak vats. When I tasted the bottled wine, it had all the vermouth-like aromas and macerated herbs, and the palate felt quite balanced and with the freshness to develop in bottle. Wine Advocate 91 2019-07-17
2014 Bodegas Bhilar Phincas The 2014 Phincas has a very unusual nose with notes of marzipan and macerated herbs. They didn't produce a Phinca Abejera in 2014, so those grapes, which tend to deliver very balsamic and vermouth-like herbal aromas, were put here. The palate is austere and a little sharp, with some pointy tannins. Unusual. 10,620 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2018. Wine Advocate 90 2019-07-17
2017 Bodegas Bhilar Bhilar The red village 2017 Bhilar was produced with 60% of their own grapes and 40% purchased from local growers. It spent 18 months in oak vats and barriques. It has an expressive nose and is very fruit-driven, with the oak really well-integrated with the fruit. There are notes of ripe berries and herbs with a spicy twist. The palate is medium to full-bodied with chalky, fine-grained tannins. This has to be the best vintage for this bottling so far. 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2019. Wine Advocate 90+ 2019-07-17
2015 Pursued By Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Distinguished and refined, featuring elegantly complex flavors of blackberry, tobacco and clove, with intriguing dark spice notes that take on polish toward well-groomed tannins. Drink now through 2026. 479 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-07-17
2015 Pursued By Bear Baby Bear Syrah Harmonious and refined, with effortlessly complex boysenberry, licorice and smoked pepper flavors that glide on a long finish. Drink now through 2025. 389 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-07-17
2015 Pursued By Bear Baby Bear Syrah Coming from the Colombia Valley and all Syrah, the 2015 Syrah Baby Bear spent 30 months in barrel prior to bottling. Saturated purple-colored (to the rim), with a stunning bouquet of spiced plums, smoked blueberries, ground pepper, and barbecued meat, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, sweet tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. As always, it's impeccably made and one serious wine. Jeb Dunnuck 96 2019-07-17
2015 Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah Barrel aromas of vanilla bean, shaved coconut, dark coffee and bittersweet chocolate are out front, with black cherry following. Full-bodied fruit and barrel flavors make up the palate, trailing toward the finish. The oak plays a leading role, at times getting in the way. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-07-09
2016 Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red Aromas of baking spices, coconut, vanilla, anise and blackberry lead to fullbodied fruit and barrel flavors. Coconut and vanilla notes linger on the finish. The oak plays a very prominent part in the show. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-07-09
2017 Keuka Spring Vineyards Riesling A well-concentrated nose of fennel pollen, saffron, honey, white flowers and pine gives this semisweet Riesling intense complexity. It is luscious and enveloping on the palate, built by juicy orchard- and tropical-fruit flavors, yet framed by tangy acidity and delicate tea-like astringency. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-07-09
2018 Keuka Spring Vineyards Rose This delicate rosé offers aromas of white cherry, orchard blossoms and tangerine peel. There’s a soft silky entry to the palate, with integrated flavors of tangy cherry, citrus and blossoms. This is textural and lightly gripping on the finish, with a lingering savory note. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-09
2016 El Principal Calicanto A saucy, herbaceous nose smells of juniper, clove and tomato leaf. In the mouth, this rainy vintage Cabernet blend is edgy feeling. Desiccated berry fruit flavors include notes of balsamic vinegar and green herbs, while the finish is short in both length and complexity. Wine Enthusiast 86 2019-07-09
NV Victoria Ordóñez Las Olas Del Melillero Sparkling Rose Cotton candy aromas lead an inexact nose with gardenia and grassy notes. A round plump palate is easygoing, while this sparkler from the south of Spain tastes of citrus and stone fruits prior to a finish with oxidative notes. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-07-09
2018 Château Pierrail Bordeaux Blanc Full bodied but with an attractive line of acidity, this is a ripe wine. The tangy texture underlines the green fruit and herbal flavors that give the wine density. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 86 2019-07-09
2018 Château Reynier Bordeaux Blanc Lightly perfumed, this wine has fragrant white fruits that give it a floral character. With its fruitiness comes a tangy character that brings out more Sauvignon Blanc flavors. Drink the wine now. Wine Enthusiast 86 2019-07-09
2018 Château Toutigeac Bordeaux Blanc Crisp and herbal, this is a tight wine. The acidity and tangy texture are right up front, highlighted by green-fruit flavors. This wine is ready to drink. Wine Enthusiast 86 2019-07-09
2016 Höpler Blaufränkisch Both pepper and violet are captured on the nose of this light-bodied, fresh-faced wine. The palate has the smoothest, lightest tannins but lovely, ready, bright red cherry notes, edged with spice. This easy, aroma-driven style is ideal for chilling in summer. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-09
2015 Höpler Pannonica Red Notes of juicy, ripe black cherry play on the nose. The palate picks them up with ease and freshness while adding a little cinnamon spice. There is a lovely, central freshness that brings out the inherent juiciness of cherry, plum and forest berries. The body is light, and the finish is dry and smooth. Best Buy. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-07-09
2016 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Within Alain Voge’s spectacular lineup of wines, Les Chailles suggests a fresher, more youthful expression of Cornas, highlighting pristine, primary blackcurrant and cherry flavors. Whispers of leather and an intense granitic backdrop, however, confirm the producer’s trademark complexities. Enjoyed now, it’s vibrant and freshly fruited but should gain greater mineral and savory complexities through 2036. Wine Enthusiast 94 2019-07-09
2015 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Layers of charred meat, granite and anise lend complexity to blackberry and cherry on the nose of this wine. Despite the ample fruit it maintains an earthen, mineral undertone and long finish with ripe, persistent tannins. This riveting wine should open and meld over the next decade and hold further. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 95 2019-07-09
2016 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Skeins of graphite and smoke provide an alluring introduction to this seductively fruity, concentrated Syrah. Blackberry and mulberry flavors are vibrant yet concentrated, spiced with black pepper, leather and olive, edged by fine, supple tannins. Irresistible already, the wine will improve through 2040. Editors’ Choice. Wine Enthusiast 96 2019-07-09
2015 A Mano Imprint Primitivo There's a surprising intensity to the aromas of fresh blackberries, turned earth and violets. The palate mirrors the nose in a package of grippy tannins and crisp acidity. While enjoyably straightforward in nature, the concentration is rather light, so enjoy for its immediate appeal. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-07-08
2017 Aquitania Aquitania Albarino Val do Salnes Tangy, textured, resonant and deep, with citrus and saline flavors. New York Times 3 Stars 2019-07-08
2016 Dunham Cellars Trutina Columbia Valley An older-school style from the outset with woody and biscuity nuances, across an array of blueberries and plums. The palate carries fine-grained tannins and a smooth build of rich dark-berry and plum flavors. 45% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 12% malbec and 3% cabernet franc. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2019-07-08
2015 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XX Columbia Valley Stylish barrel-fermentation nuances with meaty notes and dried plums that lead to a fleshy, silky and supple palate that offers velvety tannin texture and richness of flavor at the finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 92 2019-07-08
2018 Pursued By Bear Blushing Bear Rose Fresh pears and hints of orange rind here that lead to a palate that has salty mineral tang and dialed-in, light berry flavors. Gently creamy finish. 50% mourvedre, 30% grenache and 20% cinsault. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-07-08
2016 Pursued By Bear Baby Bear Syrah A fragrant and easygoing brand of syrah that has an array of biscuit spices with everything from flowers to berries and bacon fat in the offering. The palate has a very plush, deeply saturated feel with a wealth of ripe dark plums and berries on offer. Handy balance and sustain. Drink or hold. James Suckling 93 2019-07-08
2016 Pursued By Bear Cabernet Sauvignon A dark, brambly feel to the nose with bracken and leaves, interspersed with red and dark berries. The palate has a smooth and gently grainy edge that delivers mulberry and poached-plum flavors with sinewy, woody punch. Drink in the next six years. James Suckling 91 2019-07-08
2018 Ryan Patrick Rosé This has quite creamy, berry-pastry aromas with spiced-custard nuances and buttery complexity, leading to a palate that offers a smooth and creamy, round feel. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-07-08
2018 Ryan Patrick Naked Chardonnay A ripe chardonnay with melon and other tropical fruit in abundance. The palate has a rich and fleshy feel with soft, easygoing fruit all the way. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling 88 2019-07-08
2016 Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red The ripe, sweet summer berries are laced with overtly sweet vanilla oak spice, leading to a palate that has a plush, fleshy feel and a wealth of ripe tannins. A blend of 47% syrah, 47% cabernet sauvignon and 6% merlot. Drink now. James Suckling 88 2019-07-08
2015 Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red Assertive cedary, spicy oak aromas across rich, ripe blackberries, blackcurrants and boysenberries. The flavorsome palate is built for immediate drinking. Blend of 73% syrah, 23% cabernet sauvignon and 4% merlot. Drink now. James Suckling 88 2019-07-08
2016 Ryan Patrick Redhead Red A simple, bright and light mulberry-and raspberry-fruited style. Lightly sweet, fleshy berry fruits on the palate. Simple and delicious. Blend of 56% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 17% syrah and 5% petit verdot. Drink now. James Suckling 87 2019-07-08
2018 Pursued by Bear Blushing Bear Rose Mouvedre makes up half of this wine, with the rest 30% Grenache and 20% Cinsault. The aromas intrigue, with notes of citrus rind, herbs, star fruit, strawberry and sprice. Broad-feeling, well-balanced, mouthwatering fruit flavors follow. The acidity keeps the interest high. Yum Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-07-08
2017 Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Simple but pleasant aromas of ripe berries, earthy mushrooms and plum skins show on the nose of this bottling. There's a hint of ripe red fruit on the sip but then come more interesting waves of tea leaves, eucalyptus and a stong, slightly overbearing tobacco-leaf flavor. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-07-08
2016 Trentadue La Storia Cabernet Sauvignon This wine is well made and satisfying, opening in a bright sanguine nose of iron and leather. The midpalate is lengthy and graceful, offering a succulence of cassis and black cherry. Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-07-08
2017 Frey Biodynamic Field Blend A touch of wood smoke and a hint of barbecue spices add interest to this ripe, fruity and smooth wine. It is medium bodied, scented with blackberries and laced with dark-chocolate and blueberry flavors. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-08
NV Frey Agriculturalist Ripe bright fruits in the aroma and flavor make this wine very forward and a little tangy, showing red and black cherry along with raspberry accents. Made without added sulfites, its full bodied and has moderate tannins and good acidity to add to the mouthfeel. Wine Enthusiast 87 2019-07-08
2018 Höpler Gruner Veltliner Iced lemon and ripe Mirabelle plum on the nose promise freshness and fruit. The very light, bright palate indeed boasts gentle lemon, which is boosted by gentle spritz. The finish is dry and clean. Wine Enthusiast 88 2019-07-08
2018 Höpler Pinot Blanc A rather neutral nose merely suggests easy freshness. The palate follows this with gentle lemon notes on a slender, fresh and wonderfully light, lemon-scented palate. This is dry, bright and utterly refreshing. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-08
2018 Höpler Pannonica Rose Green pear, lemon and red currant are most appetizing on the nose. The palate introduces gentle, rounded but fresh strawberry notes on a very light, dry body. All this is supported with very slight spritz to make a refreshing summer wine. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-08
2017 Höpler Pinot Noir The merest touch of undergrowth and cinnamon play on the red currant-fruited nose of this tender Pinot Noir. The palate is light, translucent, really smooth and rounded while staying fresh. This is gentle, light and aromatic with a dry finish. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-07-08
2017 Lornano Etel Rosato Toscana Very pretty orange peel, lemon rind and hints of mineral character. Medium body, a lovely center palate and a crisp finish. Drink now. James Suckling 90 2019-07-02
2015 Lornano Chianti Classico A brambly nose of wild plums, crushed elderberries and a hint of earth. Quite darkly spiced on the palate with some real chewiness and fresh acidity. A rather decadent finish. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-07-02
2013 Lornano Chianti Classico Riserva "Le Bandite" A dense and layered 2013 with dark berries, chocolate and dried-meat undertones. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-07-02
2010 Lornano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione A red with ripe-berry, dried-fruit and coffee-bean character. Full body, round tannins and a juicy finish. Drink or hold. James Suckling 91 2019-07-02
2012 Lornano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Lots of dried fruit and spices. Full-bodied, round and juicy. Shows the sunshine of the vintage. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-07-02
2015 Lornano Chianti Classico Sensations: its gustatory persuasiveness is rare and harmonious, ­rst, as an effect of admirable ripeness of the fruit, then effect of great respect in the winemaking process. The acidity that elevates the expressive olfactory note, the tannins, that give the impression of ‑eshy grape, the roundness of ripe berry, that all implies in balanced expressive softness. Then the density, that as the clearness of transformation, reveals the concentration and purity of raw material. A spicy and black blackberry jam, that in a spherical way shines of its best aroma. Absolutely among the best Chianti Classico, chapeau. Luca Maroni 97 2019-07-02
2017 Perusini Pinot Grigio Pale yellow straw. This is a crisp, aperitif style Pinot Grigio with a distinct and prominent mineral edge. It shows white melon and a hint of lime along with chalky minerals that run from the nose to the crisp finish. Its neutral, crisp character makes it the perfect match for oysters, sushi, and other raw and lightly prepared seafood. Made from hand harvested grapes grown at Monte S. Biagio in the hills of Gramogliano. Spends 6 months on the fine lees with no malo. i-Wine Review 89 2019-07-02
2018 Perusini Sauvignon Light yellow. Showing scents of pear and fresh thyme, the Sauvignon is dense and mineral like on the palate with herbal, almond and orchard fruit notes on the palate. An original wine that hits the happy medium between the green Sauvignons of New Zealand and the riper Sauvignons of California. Rich extract and thick chalky minerals on a lingering finish. i-Wine Review 90 2019-07-02
2018 Perusini Ribolla Gialla Light yellow straw. The Ribolla Gialla is similar to the Pinot Grigio with its pronounced minerality, but it’s a more intense, flavorful wine. Aromas of flowers and herbs give way to flavors of nectarine and peach with a lemon edge. The finish is long and pleasant. A wine that could be paired with a wide range of light fare; excellent with Julia Child chicken breast. Ribolla Gialla is like Picolit another historic variety that is enjoying growing popularity today. It’s commonly made as a sparkling wine. i-Wine Review 90 2019-07-02
2016 Perusini Refosco Dark red. Perhaps Italy’s most under-rated grape, Refosco offers rich flavors and freshness in a relatively low alcohol red. This medium weight wine reveals blackberry and black cherry fruit on the nose and palate with fine, firm tannins on a long finish. A lovely, easy drinking wine with real charater. There are many Refosco varieties, but the Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso, named after its red stalk, is especially popular in Friuli. Genetically, it’s the father of the Veneto’s Corvina grape used to make Amarone. i-Wine Review 91 2019-07-02
2016 Perusini Etichetta Nera Merlot Revealing mocha-scented plum and berries on the nose, the Merlot is softly textured on the attack with sweet, expansive fruit flavors and suggestions of mulberry and crushed plum. A medium weight, easy drinking wine with restrained sweetness, velvety tannins, and good length. Aged in French oak. i-Wine Review 90+ 2019-07-02
2011 Perusini Picolit Copper-tinged medium dark gold. Showing effusive aromas of dried stone fruit, orange citrus, and acacia, this is a gorgeous sweet wine, creamy and lush on the palate with excellent freshness and bright acidity that easily balances the 169 g/L RS. The palate shows hints of dried apricot, honey, and toasted nuts. An outstanding wine best consumed with a rich, creamy cheese. Partly dried on the vines and partly harvested very late, the Picolit is matured in barriques of oak and acacia. While the Perusini Picolit is sweet, the variety is also used to make dry wines. It’s also used in white blends like Jermann’s Vintage Tunina and Livio Felluga’s Illivio. i-Wine Review 94 2019-07-02
2015 Rocca di Castagnoli Stielle Chianti Classico The black-cherry and lavender aromas are very pretty here with a medium body, pretty fruit and lightly chewy tannins. Shows depth and richness. Better after 2020. James Suckling 92 2019-06-27
2016 Nicodemi Notari Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG A characterful nose that packs a punch with dark-cherry liqueur, vanilla, resin and spearmint. Full-bodied with ripe tannins and lots of juicy fruit. Fruit-forward but enjoyable. Drink in 2021. James Suckling 92 2019-06-27
2017 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico DOCG A pretty Chianti Classico that shows orange rind, pressed violets and citrus. Medium body, fine tannins and a tangy finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-06-27
2017 Quintay Q Syrah Jammy up front, with dense boysenberry and grape flavors, this opens up with air and takes on a more savory black-olive and black-pepper grip. It's a meaty syrah with some resonance in the tannins. Best Buy Wine & Spirits 92 2019-06-25
2018 Enanzo Garnacha Rosado The Enanzo is a 100% Garnacha rose. Light ruby red in color, it is fruit forward and offers aromas of strawberry and herbs. On the palate it reveals ripe and mouth filling strawberry flavors with good acidity and a dry finish. One of the better Navarra Garnacha roses. i-Wine Review 88+ 2019-06-24
2018 Arrumaco Garnacha Rose Blush pink. This is a modern Spanish Garnacha-based rosé, light in color, fresh in fruit, and crisp and freshly textured. It shows notes of white pepper, white stone fruit and pomegranate on a softly textured palate and finishes with good vibrancy. Incredible value! i-Wine Review 91 2019-06-24
2018 Talai Berri Finca Jakue Getariako Txakolina Rose Light pink orange. Spritzy on the attack with light aromas of red berry fruit. Fresh and crisp on the palate with modest fruit flavors of raspberry and citrus. Lively and fresh tasting finishing dry. One of the better roses from the Basque country. Made from the Hondarribi Beltza grape variety. i-Wine Review 89 2019-06-24
2017 Andrea Oberto Langhe Nebbiolo DOC Fresh rose petals, citrus and orange peel. Fruity and delicious with tangy acidity and a flavorful finish. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-06-24
2016 Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba DOC Another very plush Barbera that shows tons of elderberry reduction, plum compote and morello cherries with vanilla and eucalyptus. Even so, there’s good firmness and polish to the tannins, and I like the intensity and energy to this on the palate. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-06-24
2015 Andrea Oberto Barolo Aromas of iron, stone and fresh, sliced strawberries follow through to a medium to full body with tannins that build on the palate. Needs three to four years to soften. Drink in 2022 or later. James Suckling 93 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Blanc de Blancs From an array of villages, this has a reductive edge to the nose, delivering chardonnay purity and freshness. Grilled-lemon and peach aromas and a palate that delivers limes and lemons. Hints of chalk and white peaches here, too. Taut, fresh finish. The base is from the 2014 vintage. Drink young and fresh. James Suckling 92 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Blanc de Blancs Spring flower aromas and attractive minerality are the hallmarks of this wine. Bright apple and ripe apricot flavors partner with attractive acidity. Everything is bound together by the smooth aftertaste, suggesting a relatively high dosage. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 89 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Brut Plenty of bright, ripe-fruit aromas here – rich peaches, pears and grilled almonds. The palate has a very composed feel and a deeper, savory attitude with light honey and grilled nuts. A lot of character for the first cuvée. 2013 base with 45 per cent reserve wine. Drink now. James Suckling 91 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Brut This finely balanced wine is both crisp and fruity. Zingy acidity and lemon crispness are contrasted by riper apple and pear fruitiness. On the drier side of Brut and with lively mousse, this is a great wine for an apéritif. Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast 91 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Brut Toast and pencil shavings introduce this crisp, precise Champagne. Apple, honey and mineral flavors have an underlying bread dough element, with fine length. Drink now through 2014. Wine Spectator 91 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Brut Rose Focused on fresh fruit, this blended rosé has dried, crushed roses on the nose with a chalky edge. The palate is built on acidity, showing neat, fresh pink grapefruit flavor. Super fresh. Drink now. James Suckling 92 2019-06-24
NV Champagne Thiénot Brut Rose A vinous, concentrated rosé, delivering cherry, nut, spice and butter flavors. This is creamy, yet firm and precise on the long, chalklike finish. A mix of fruit and spice lingers. Drink now through 2013. Wine Spectator 91 2019-06-24
2002 Champagne Thiénot Cuvée Alain Thiénot Only produced in the best years, such as 2002, this is a 60-40 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Grand Cru vineyards. This intense wine is well-balanced and packed with fruit tones, yet seems to be just approaching maturity. It is full, generous and tightly textured. Drink now and until 2025. Wine Enthusiast 93 2019-06-24
2002 Champagne Thiénot Cuvée Alain Thiénot Lively and well-knit, this is backed by vibrant acidity that drives flavors of baked pear, grated ginger, marzipan and lemon curd. Fresh and accessible, with a creamy finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,000 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-06-24
2007 Champagne Thiénot Cuvée Garance An expressive version, with vibrant acidity providing fine cut, and flavors of wild berry, toasted brioche, orange pâte de fruit and clover honey riding the finely detailed bead. Smoky on the finish. Enjoy this rich, balanced version with food. Drink now through 2027. 700 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 2019-06-24
2007 Champagne Thiénot Cuvée Garance Named after Alain Thiénot's daughter Garance, this is rich and full of delicious fruit. Well aged, it is just developing some secondary flavors that complement the ripe apple and crisp grapefruit flavors. The mineral tang on the finish adds a bit of levity. Drink now. Wine Enthusiast 90 2019-06-24
2002 Champagne Thiénot La Vigne aux Gamins Hints of marzipan and gumdrop add richness to the flavors of patisserie apple, lemon curd, smoke and honeycomb in this firm, well-cut version. Offers a finely detailed bead and a lasting finish, with a hint of blanched almond. Drink now through 2025. 262 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 2019-06-24
2006 Champagne Thiénot La Vigne aux Gamins From an old vineyard in Avize, this is produced every year and there’s a lot of character in the 2006. Aromas of ripe, exotic tropical fruit, as well as lemons and a hint of toasted coconut. The palate has a lot of pastry-like flavors. Biscuity and powerful with rich, fleshy fruit on the finish. A lot of brioche here, building toasty warmth. Another two-to-three years will take it even more in this direction. Very vinous. Very unique! James Suckling 94 2019-06-24
2017 Nicodemi Le Murate Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOCG A plush nose with loads of dark-cherry compote, vanilla and eucalyptus. Full-bodied and big on the palate with exuberant tannins and lots of fruit, but some acidity to keep this in check. Still, less could have been more. Drink in 2022. James Suckling 92 2019-06-24
2017 Jeff Carrel Les Darons A blend of grenache, syrah and carignan from Minervois, Corbières and La Clape, this is as saturated with sloe-berry flavor as it is bright and lifted. It smells of cedar fronds and lavender and tastes of berries and earth, with a cool-stone feel that makes it refreshing. Best Buy Wine & Spirits 90 2019-06-24
2018 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Pale coppery salmon color. This very popular wine offers exactly what most consumers look for in a Provence rosé–pale color, floral bouquet, light citrus-berry flavors, good acidity, and a nice crisp finish. The Bargemone has all this and more. Highly recommended for Provence rosé lovers. i-Wine Review 90 2019-06-24
2018 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose Marina "Collection" Light pink. This is benchmark Provence rosé with a pretty perfume and vibrant palate showing red berries and citrus. Lively acidity and a welcome, firmer structure compared to most rosés from the region. Delivered in an elegant, weighty bottle. A blend of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Counoise, and Syrah. i-Wine Review 91 2019-06-24
2018 Chateau de Lancyre Rose The Chateau Lancyre is a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Cinsault, Light salmon in color, it offers aromas of light strawberry and orchard fruit. On the palate it is mouth filling with good acidity and freshness and has a slightly tart finish. i-Wine Review 89 2019-06-24
2018 Penya Rose Pale salmon in color, the 2018 Penya rose is 90% Grenache Noir and 10% Syrah sourced from the Roussillon region. It is crisp and dry on the attack with flavors of watermelon, raspberries, cherries and a touch of garrigue. It is fresh and delicate on the palate with medium acidity and a fruit rich finish. i-Wine Review 90 2019-06-24
2018 Villa des Anges Old Vines Rosé The Villa des Anges was sourced from old vnes Cinsault in the Languedoc region of southern France. It exhibits light aromas and flavors of strawberries and hazelnuts. On the palate it is crisp with excellent acidity and a long dry finish. i-Wine Review 88+ 2019-06-24
2018 Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose Medium red rose. A perfumed bouquet of watermelon and apple blossom gives way to a full, vinous palate of red berries and yellow plum. The Cuvée Eglantine has a clean finish that lingers but lacks the crispness one expects in rosé. One of the more exotic wines in this year’s tasting made from the rare Fer Servadou grape variety in the little know appellation of Marcillac located in the western part of Auvergne. i-Wine Review 88 2019-06-24
2018 Domaine de la Fouquette Cuvée Rosée d’Aurore Pale apricot copper. Opens with a floral and mineral nose and understated fruit, but after being open a couple of hours, strawberry and rhubarb fruits announce their arrival and linger on the finish. 65% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 5% Rolle. i-Wine Review 89 2019-06-24
2018 Saint Roch Les Vignes Rosé Pale copper. Bright orange citrus notes and flowers on nose. More flavor on the palate. Softly textured, modest flavors. But fresh, crisp, mineral like. Med long finish. Much like the founders. Chalky finish. 88/9 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault. i-Wine Review 88 2019-06-24
2018 Clos Alivu Patrimonio Rose Platinum blush. A chalky mineral nose with hints of yellow fruit is followed by a clean, precise palate that’s lightly flavored of melon and pear, finishing with good extract. A great oyster wine. Eric Poli makes this wine from 50 year old Nellucciu vines in the town of Oletta. i-Wine Review 89 2019-06-24
2018 Domaine Poli Sciaccerellu Rosé This is a delicious direct press rose sourced from the rare Sciccarellu grape grown in the commune of Linguizzeta in France. It displays a light salmon color and perfumy aromas of red berries and stone fruit. On the palate it is silky smooth with good concentration and flavor and a persistent finish. i-Wine Review 90 2019-06-24
2018 Chateau Saint-Honore Rose Cotes de Provence Light salmon color. This Provence Rosé offers a effusive, floral nose and a crisp, mineral attack with hints of red apple, orange zest and cranberry. Finishes clean with good persistence. i-Wine Review 89 2019-06-24
2018 Chateau de L'Aumerade Marie Christine Rose Cotes de Provence Pale pink with a floral nose of rose petals and light red berries that are mirrored on a crisp, mineral like palate. Good balance and rich extract on the finish. A blend of 42% Cinsault, 34% Grenache/Garnacha, and 24% Syrah grown on clay-limestone soils in Cru Classé vineyards located in Côtes de Provence’s “Golden Triangle”. i-Wine Review 90 2019-06-24
2017 Buccia Nera Guarniente Chianti Silver Medal

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

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