Xavier Vignon’s 2016 Côtes du Rhone 100% is 100% of what a CDR can be….perhaps even more so in 2016 (the best vintage in the southern Rhone in a generation to my taste). Xavier’s 20116 100% CDR is completely knocked-out with superb aromatics, a generous mid-palate and long finish. At today’s price tag, it’s a no brainer-case buy.
The 2019 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is fine and elegant, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel and finish; drink this with everything, even Christmas Day pickles! The price is crazy, the best in the country and it’s got 92 points from Parker to boot. We are likely not to see another price like this on any iconic white all year, load up!
The 2016 Denis Carré Saint Romain rouge is a wine of uncommon elegance. The wine is deeply concentrated, with layers of red berry fruit and the finish is long, with silky tannins and a mineral streak that simultaneously makes it brilliant at any dinner table and a perfect candidate for short term aging.
Matt Cline’s Three Wine Company’s 2016 Mataro delivers the goods, packing a Superman-sized wallop of incredible black fruit. This is a winter wine, dark and spicy with a fresh, vibrant finish that both speaks to the 100-year old vines it was sourced from and makes it spectacular for any cold-weather feast.