91 Points, James Suckling
Their Possessioni Bianco is a unique type of Venetian wine which pairs the intense aromas of Sauvignon Blanc with the elegance and structure of Garganega. It’s a classic Italian white blend with good green apple, lemon-lime and pear notes, and a vibrant acidity which resonates all the way through the dry finish.
91 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points, James Suckling
Utilizing both the proximity to the river and the amazing soil which lies beneath (limestone, clay, and loam), the family makes their Bordeaux Superieur using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. In 2019, the fruit is intense and supple with a generous full body of red and black fruits and silky tannins.
The 2020 Savigny-les-Beaunes Rouge, is the product of ancient vines, upwards of 75 years old in the lieux-dits of Planchots and Connardises. It’s a blockbuster red Burg, blasting out of the glass with an aromatic profile of spiced red berries with just a touch of savory anise.
Britt Nichols, whose résumé includes stints at Jordan, Peter Michael and Melka, blows my mind each year. 2021 was no exception. Her 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the steep, rocky hillsides of St Helena just northwest of Lake Hennessey from dry-farmed, Napa-Green Certified vines that produce tiny, thick-skinned berries. This is the source of the wow-factor in Nichols Cabernet. The ’21 is flashy, with dark, powerful fruit yet balanced by fine tannins and great length, hallmarks of that long growing season.
93 Points, James Suckling – 92 Points, Decanter – 92 Points, Wine Spectator
In the well-respected 2017 vintage, there is no doubt that Ruffino produced something otherworldly with their Greppone Mazzi. The wine was treated to a trio of big scores, highlighted by the 93-point score from James Suckling who called it “lovely, full-bodied and juicy.” Wine Spectator and Decanter concurred.
96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – 93 Points, Wine Spectator
“Ripe orchard fruits, butted lemon, crushed stone, and salty, marine-influence notes all emerge from the 2021 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills, a concentrated, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with a liquid rock-like sense of minerality, beautiful mid-palate density, and a great finish. You should never underestimate these appellation releases from Greg Brewer. This is an insane value in top Chardonnay from California.” -Jeb Dunnuck
92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“This is one of the wines that transcends its price category, and it’s serious and balanced. It has very fine, elegant tannins. They harvested early, and the wine is complete, with great finesse and elegance, great balance and 13.3% alcohol.” -Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Labet fully destems the fruit and then ages it, two-thirds in stainless steel and one-third in French oak, before bottling. That helps it become highly well-balanced and approachable in its youth, with some spice and blue and red fruits as well as earthy and rocky notes. On top of the ripe core of fruit, there’s some Mediterranean herbs and a hint of anise and French oak spice. The bright, clean finish reflects the wine’s rocky, high-country terroir with juicy, silky tannins and a snap of tangy acidity that packs a punch.