Everybody loves a great sparkling rose served chilled almost as much as they love a good story. Today’s wine combines the two. “Il Vigliacco” or “the coward” is the Buglioni’s defiant message to the Italian Wine Consortium, but it’s also a wonderful, delicious sparkling rose with its seductive aromas, tiny, creamy bubbles and it’s wonderful dry fruit. This is a great one to drink and talk about with your friends.
The long, hot 2017 vintage gave a few precious wineries the raw ingredients for truly exceptional wines. My favorite RRVs in 2017 came courtesy of Gary Farrell, Paul Hobbs and Merry Edwards. Just one problem, all three of those bottles will set you back a pretty penny. But for the quality to price ratio, Kenwood’s Six Ridges RRV Pinot puts all three to shame. Bright cherries with vibrancy, good acidity and a lot of fruit up front. This is easy breezy drinking for less than $20/btl.
90 Pts, Wine Spectator – 90 Pts, Wine Enthusiast
Davis Bynum has always had a distinct advantage with world-class winemaking team at his disposal that includes alums (and icons in their own right) Gary Farrell & David Ramey. Not on that, he has some incredible vineyards in Russian River Valley, like Janes Vineyard where today’s Sauvignon Blanc is from. This is delicious and crisp with great aromas and juicy stone and citrus fruits. Dual 90 points from two of the big wine critics too if you’re into that kind of thing.
91 Pts, Vinous – 90 Pts, Tim Atkin, MW –Decanter
From South African superstar Rüdger van Wyk, who Jancis Robinson called “a champion winemaker” comes an absolutely sensational bottle of Pinot Noir. My new world wine of the year is an unlikely one– from Elgin, South Africa. So fresh and vibrant with mouthwatering cherries, raspberries, cranberries, and black raspberries with a hint of sage and spice. Perfectly wound together, this is a steal at this price.