This year, the Eastside Cuvee hails from a primo vineyard just off the Silverado Trail– perfectly positioned next to neighbors Caymus and Frog’s Leap and just down the road, Quintessa. Amongst the elite, Carl Roy’s team locked into some incredible fruit, with gorgeous blackberry jammy opulence, firm grippy tannins and that signature Rutherford earthiness to the finish that many try to emulate but can only be produced off the special soil from which this beauty was created.
92 Pts, Vinous – 92 Pts, Wine Enthusiast
Not only is this easy to drink, it’s a serious wine as well. I can’t argue with Vinous’s 92 point assessment: Brilliant salmon skin. Highly perfumed, mineral- accented aromas of fresh berries, citrus and pit fruits and a suave floral note. Silky and focused on the mouth, offering juicy nectarine, strawberry and blood orange flavors that show fine clarity and tension. Deepens on a very long, lively finish, that leaves a repeating floral note behind.
91 Points, James Suckling
The Rothschild’s investment in Chile has been immense with phenomenal support from the parent company. They approach the portfolio as a team. So while Winemaker Marcelo Gallardo – typically makes bottles of wines for twenty bucks a bottle, he gets to travel to all the other wineries and leverage the same support team as the guys who make wine for $1250/btl. The result is a full-bodied Cabernet that won’t break the bank but will absolutely impress.
91 Pts (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast – 91 Pts, James Suckling – 90 Pts, Wine Advocate
The Umani Ronchi CaSal di Serra Verdicchio hits with energetic, clean notes of stone fruit, jasmine, lemon drops and citrus fruit. It’s refreshing and very straightforward, it still brings nuance, depth and structure to the plate with a mineral finish that is as memorable as it is long. With a triple threat of 90+ scores, I was a little late to the game on this one. With there only being 25 cases left stateside, I took them all for the NW faithful.
95 Points, James Suckling
Drawn from some the finest parcels on the storied hill of Montosoli, James Suckling says of the tiny Cerbaia estate’s newest release: “Extremely aromatic with plums, black cherries, flowers and some orange peel. Hints of cedar and sandalwood. Full-bodied with firm, silky tannins that are polished and very pretty. This is really well crafted and poised.”
96 Points, Wine Enthusiast
“Firm lines of graphite and loamy earth streak through the opulent aromas of black plum and dried violet on the nose of this brooding Pinot Noir. The palate is a whirlwind of exuberance, as leathery tannins wrap around more graphite minerality, dried violet and lavender, stewed plum and a touch of bittersweet cocoa on the finish.”
93 Points, James Suckling
“Loads of peppery and spicy, ripe cherry and berry character on the nose and palate. Hints of coffee and chocolate, too. Full to medium palate, where the spicy tannins push the fruit into a long finish. I like the full-throttle drive to this red. Will improve in the bottle. Drink or hold.”
The 2020 Crochet Sancerre Rosé is drawn from the high elevations of Janine and Teddy Chrochet’s Pinot Noir vines in the village of Bue. The conditions are perfect for delicious Sancerre Rose. Salmon-pink in color with a pretty nose featuring aromas of roses and cherry fruits. Slightly more acid this year, the wine as always has terrific fruit, juicy citrus and berries which lead to a racy, high-toned finish that screams for good food.