92 Points, Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points, James Suckling
With his good buddies at Hyde, Hudson, Dutton Ranch and Chenoweth vineyards still on speed dial, the ‘Doctor of Pinot’, Donald Patz tapped into his special relationships to start a new chapter at Maritana and further cement his Hall of Fame legacy. The Maritana ‘Le Russe’ Pinot Noir is a beauty. Gorgeous and inviting, it’s super fragrant, exuding aromas of crushed red fruits and rose pedals, with strawberries, blueberries and fresh rhubarb pie.
97 Points, James Suckling – 94+ Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
This is an absolute home run coming out of Rioja. The 2016 Contino Rioja Reserva is a flawless wine. 97 Points from James Suckling who raved like he rarely does noting, “so much intensity and power” in the wine. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate chimed in with a big 94+ point score of their own and said the wine was “expressive and open”, even “Rhône-ish”. This is a real treat. Drink now and over the next decade and you’re going to love every sip.
The ‘Beauroy’ is selected from those parcels that cut right through the center of the estate creating as dynamic and beautifully round expression of Sauvignon as you will find anywhere. With the soils right near the town of Verdigny, Reverdy-Ducroux cashes in with their hilltop parcels planted on rocky Kimmeridgian limestone, giving a super powerful and an expressive mineral component to the wine. It’s so pure and crisp. This is one folks will love.
96-98 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The “Cuvée Speciale” Hautes Brusquieres is a must-have for Chateauneuf lovers. It’s easily one of the best of the 2017 vintage. The superstar estate led by Michel Maret has been one of the best in the region for two decades +. But it earned its highest ever score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate with this silky smooth monster, that creeps up on you with its sneaky high alcohol content. It’s a single-vineyard beauty flush with black cherries, raspberry and licorice with massive shoulders, suggesting a ton of life ahead but lead by super elegant tannins even at this early stage, it’s a beauty to drink even now. 60% Grenache, 39% Syrah, 1% Counoise.