91 Points, James Suckling
The Bisol “Jeio” Prosecco NV is a delicious sparkler that comes from the Veneto region of northeast Italy. A brilliant straw yellow color, the first sip is an intense and fresh nose of citrus fruits and saline sensations. If you love fruit forward sparklers… this one is for you.
90 Points, Wine Spectator
Fresh off its feature as one of Wine Spectator’s ‘Exciting California Values Under $25’, winemaker Matt Cline’s 2018 Contra Costa Zinfandel is a gem crafted off old-vines between 110-140 years in age. This is a bowl of blackberry fruit with a dusting of baking spice. The fruit is pure, fresh and long making it both delicious on its own or terrific with a burger, BBQ ribs, or grilled leg of lamb. Crazy cheap for what is in the bottle, load up!
The 2019 Clos Julien is a classic example of California coastal Chardonnay, zippy-fresh and long on the palate. It starts out with a great nose of Granny Smith apple, citrus rind and acacia. In the mouth, the fruit is pure, with plenty of extract and the finish is clean and crisp. This Pacific-influenced wine is the perfect house white, delicious by itself as an aperitif but a fantastic foil to the cuisine of summer, scallops, grilled poultry, and summer corn.
The 2019 Frenzy Malborough Sauvignon Blanc is a fabulous value white wine, loaded with green apples, pears and white peaches plus a hint of spice. It’s juicy and fresh, the perfect cocktail hour white. It’s what is referred to as the perfect ‘pool wine’. It’s great paired with just about anything or just enjoyed on its own.
The 2019 Barbera from my friend Gianni Doglia just got off-loaded from its temp-controlled container and is ready to go. Black in color to the core, bright and wonderfully aromatic, this is an organic, juicy red wine that is flat-out epic with a Rosie’s pie. Do not miss out on what should be your next House red!
Drawn from two choice spots in the Columbia Valley where Washington’s high desert land meets the Columbia River – the 2018 Cascade Heights is a juicy, inky purple, full-bodied Cabernet. Despite the bright tannins that argue for a successful drinking window of over 10+ years, this big, juicy cab is drinking excellent right now. The ‘X’ factor though is the price. At just $15/btl on bottle 1, this is unrivaled value territory.
If you’ve never had one of Jose’s wines, you’re in for an absolute treat. Jose’s estate, Couselo is located just north of Portugal in Rias Baixas. It’s a coastal wine, sourced from old Albarino vines. It’s beautiful Albariño with a stony minerality and creamy, long finish that makes it both fantastic with anything from the sea but also just as good with a pre-meal apertif. The perfect backyard sipper.
The sandy soil of north Piemonte is home to the appellation Roero and the indigenous variety, Arneis. Stefano Almondo is a master of the rare variety, crafting aromatic and mineral wines that rival any of the best white wines in Italy. The 2019 Vigne Sparse dazzles right out of the bottle; floral and fruity with juicy peaches and apricots yet with a chalky mineral streak as well. This is such a complex white and the kicker is its finish which goes on for a minute of pure joy.
91 Pts, Decanter Wine Awards
It’s hard to imagine a wine that delivers more bang for your buck and consistency than what Herve Fabre is able to produce from his 100+ year old vines each vintage. Last year, his Malbec Reserva landed on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Buys of the Year. Tasted last week, I expect similar accolades will roll in soon for this one. It’s a big, full-bodied Malbec with The 2018 Reserve Malbec from the heart of Mendoza is garnet in color with inviting aromas of raspberry pie, sage, herbs and roasted mushrooms. This is a wine that pairs perfectly with some cooler weather.
90-92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Xavier Vignon’s highest ever rated CDR 100% from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate was described as, “Rich, velvety and long”. All three adjectives accurately describe what Xavier Vignon believes might be his greatest vintage of winemaking yet. His 100% Cotes du Rhone offers the best value in his impressive arsenal, with big, juicy flavors flooding out of this one and making it the ideal wine to enjoy with most anything at the table or by itself so it can truly shine.
94 Points, James Suckling
Riccardo Cotarella is a winemaking superstar and the most famous and well respected consultant in Italy. Robert Parker Jr. himself heaped perhaps the highest praise possible, referring to him as “one of the most influential personalities in the world of wine in the last 20 years.” His 2018 Donnachiara Greco di Tufo is outstanding, bright with fresh citrus fruit, juicy notes of Turkish apricots and a killer mineral streak. Don’t miss it.
92 Points, James Suckling
A wine that was originally slated to be doled out amongst some of the bigger restaurant players, instead is available to the Nicholas faithful today. 92 points from James Suckling who called it “full-bodied with with firm, tight tannins that are polished and soft” before calling the wine, “extremely well done”. Big and bold with spicy and smoky notes, this is the kind of wine that screams for food and pairs well with everything.
Riccardo Cotarella has earned some serious accolades in his career. He’s won winemaker of the year honors from multiple publications and Robert Parker Jr. called him, “one of the most influential personalities in the world in the last 20 years.” Farmed and produced by Riccardo and his brother Renzo off the family winery in Lazio, the 2015 Sodale Merlot hits you with concentrated waves of blackberries, raspberries, and cherries with slight baking spice and leather aromas. This is tightly woven and super fresh– an absolute gem in the warm 2015 vintage.
A beautiful new release from Vincent Ricard! This is the work of super old vines and tiny yields- making super concentrated, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in the Loire Valley. Better than most Sancerre twice its price, Le Petiot has a great depth of flavor and a viscous, satin-like texture. The finish is persistently fruity with a good dose of minerality. This is a can’t miss for the Sauv Blanc lovers!
It’s hard to beat a great value white wine and this one is a at least a cut above the rest. Super crisp with a great mineral streak, the new release from Roc des Anges is picked by hand when the temperature is coolest and is kept cool all the way into the press. From there, the effect of the mineral soil takes over, providing great finesse and freshness in every bottle. This white blend has great backbone and a lot of juicy fruit coming through behind aromas of flowers and stone fruits.
Every year since inception, Anne Sery’s Trousse Chemise wines have wowed folks from Coast to Coast (like Daniel Boulud). Her newly released 2019 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is easily one of the best in Oregon dollar for dollar. Wildly aromatic and bursting with an intense, berried up fruitiness– when people compare Oregon as the closest thing to Burgundy in America, this is what they are talking about. Juicy and vibrant, with even more expressive aromatics as a result of a cool September that allowed for maximum hangtime and concentration.
This picturesque estate lies in the commune of San Casciano, just outside of Florence. The pristine vineyards contain Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines, averaging 25 years in age. The family’s newly released 2019 Chianti is the result of a great harvest in Italy in the 2019 vintage with ideal conditions and no bad weather. This allowed for a lush, silky Chianti that’s just packed with red and black fruits and has just enough backbone to make it the perfect companion for just about any food dish. But this medium bodied delight is also a great spring sipper out on the deck in a glass by itself.
92 Points, James Suckling
The 2019 Kurtatsch Pinot Grigio Alto Adige is a sleek, gorgeous Pinot Grigio. Super crisp with a wonderful chalky mineral streak that is so unique to the Italian Dolomites. Coming from 100% stainless steel, this wine hits with such lively fruit, packed with notes of white peach and citrus flavors with a creamy limoncello finish. This beauty which James Suckling deemed, “fruity and intense” in his 92-pt review is available today for the best price in the country at $15.50/btl down to a ‘screaming buy’ when part of a case at just $13.95/btl.
90 Points, Vinous
This is a fantastic white wine value that is one of my bargains of the year. It lights up with bright, vibrant notes of white peach, nectarine and candied apple with hints of the ocean saline, a chiseled backbone and a wonderfully tight and delicious finish.
This one floods the senses upon opening, hitting with waves of fresh tropical fruit, citrus and herbs de provence. It has vibrant flavors of bright raspberry, nectarine and bing cherries with fresh tropical fruit, citrus and a hint of spice. It’s super well-balanced and well structured to boot — simply a delight to pair with this warmer weather.
92 Points, Tasting Panel
This is a killer Riesling from one of the most trusted names in Alsace. The wine opens up to a bevy of different smells citrus and stone fruits, ripe melon and a hint of petrol. On the mouth, dry and crisp flavors of peach, pear and orange tang with a stony minerality and great tension. The mouthfeel on this is super long and expressive– a real treat with most food pairings at a true Tuesday night price.