93 Points, James Suckling
Today’s wine, the ‘Palazzo Della Torre’ is Allegrini’s very best value, and has become a benchmark for all Valpolicella wines. In the 2019 vintage, this brand new release is particularly gorgeous, a silky-smooth number with waves of dark red and black fruits, cocoa, and jammy notes that transitions to a rich dark chocolate mid-palate. True to its benchmark reputation, it’s very highly rated, with 93 points from Italian wine expert, James Suckling.
90 Points, Vinous – 90 Points, Wine & Spirits
The Hahn SLH Chardonnay 2019 is gorgeous double 90-point wine that benefits from ocean breezes from Monterey Bay, and a fog that burns off extreme later in the day. This single-vineyard expression allows for the grapes to reach maximize ripeness with great natural acidity and balance, making for an vibrant, high-toned Chardonnay that totally sings with or without food.
91 Points, James Suckling
Every year I taste wines from Kurtatsch, there’s at least one 90+ point review attached to the wine. It’s like clockwork. But a super short 2020 vintage means that we haven’t had much of this gorgeous PG in our store since the 2019 vintage. Luckily, the 2021 has just arrived and it is excellent. 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. It’s just so dang crisp and delicious with a wonderful chalky mineral streak that is unique to the Italian Dolomites.
92 Points, James Suckling
For me, the the unquestioned top value in Serego Alighieri’s entire portfolio (which of course consists of Valpolicella and Amarone, the hometown favorites). But the Possessioni is like a SuperTuscan but made in a more suitable, cooler climate and with the addition of Corvina, this one is both full-bodied, yet ultra sleek and silky with vibrant red fruits, and waves of licorice intertwined. It’s plump and juicy on the palate with cherries and cocoa and a remarkably smooth, lengthy finish that begs for another sip.
We are super lucky to get a small shot at this one which is usually nearly an exclusive for the AltaMarea group. The newly released 2022 Sancerre “Le Mont” from Maison Foucher Lebrun is zipped up and juicy yet offers up complex aromas of gooseberry, citrus, fresh-cut grass, with a tropical zest. On the palate, the wine is very clean and crisp, full-bodied and laser focused, with a good core and a long, tasty finish that offers a dash of minerality and salinity.
Valery Renaudat’s 2021 P’tit Renaudat Pinot soars from the glass, with a mixture of black cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose, gradually unfurling to reveal some aromas of rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy fruit and a long, fresh finish that will keep you coming back for more.
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
In the 2020 vintage, Guigal made a particularly expressive Rose – a racy little dry number with notes of raspberry, citrus and macerated cherries with good balance and an abundance of freshness. It’s a 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 10% Syrah blend that’s pretty typical for the Rhone, and like most wines made at Guigal it has a 90+ review to accompany the release. Wine Enthusiast gave this one a 90 and called it, “a full-bodied but refreshing dry wine.” Considering what you’re getting – the price couldn’t be any better.
The 2021 CdN Villages is sourced from old vines in the village of Corgolon, just south of Nuits-St Georges. Lydia Cornu’s wine is so racy and fresh with the structure and length that has become the hallmark of Cornu-Camus wines. Great at the table with grilled salmon, lamb chops or mushroom dishes. You can enjoy this one any time over the next decade and it will absolutely sing.