94 Points, James Suckling
Grifi is a particular highlight in Avignonesi’s impressive portfolio. It’s a large reason, Antonio Galloni called the winery “one of the most respected names in Tuscany”. The ½ Cabernet, ½ Sangiovese blend is a big boy, especially in the hot and dry 2017 vintage, but it also is very tightly structured with silky Sangiovese tannins and a great acidic backbone from the Cabernet that give it lift and elegance as well as ageability. The Grifi Toscana 2017 perfectly exhibits the true terroir of Tuscany – well deserving of the 94-points James Suckling reigned down on it, as well as his praise, “[The Grifi] really brings you through the glass”.
92 Points, James Suckling – 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
James Suckling said that in the 2018 vintage, some Cotes de Bordeaux wines were so good that the are, “meeting the quality of many grand cru wines from St. Emilion”. That’s ridiculously high praise– but considering his 92-point score of the Chateau Hyot, I’m going to assume he meant wines like this one. He’s not wrong either. This one is tight and firm with way more structure than one should expect at this price point. Spicy on the nose, with blackberry jelly on the palate, with a smooth and refined finish. One to snag up by the case.
A super vibrant Sauvignon Blanc made entirely in stainless steel which gives it expressive and fruity notes. A wealth of pear, apple, quince and honey, jasmine and lemon meringue on the nose with a good medium body, dash of minerality and a refreshingly crisp, smooth finish. Goes really well with salads, any kind of charcuterie board, fried foods, seafood and especially chilled shrimp.
97 Points, James Suckling – 94 Points, Robert Parker – 94 Points, Vinous
A very special Italian Collectors item. 2015 was an enormous gift for any winery with a Tuscan address. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated the vintage a shocking 97 points. Ian D’Agata – arguably the foremost expert on Italian wine has gushed, calling the 2015s “the best in recent memory.” But maybe Mr. James Suckling said it most succinctly, exclaiming “The 2015 vintage is a historical year for Brunello di Montalcino that nobody should miss.”