94 Points, James Suckling
This is the flagship bottling for Campo Al Mare, their Bolgheri SuperTuscan comes from a very special plot and produces beautiful, plump and fleshy Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This wine does an incredible job of mirroring a Right Bank Bordeaux. But what I love is that its proximity to the sea breezes from the Tyrrhenian give this a little something extra, a delicious mouthwatering salinity.
If you’re unfamiliar with the 2018 vintage, it’s one that Wine Enthusiast called, “surprisingly good” – a sentiment that I think is shared by many, who weren’t expecting a classic vintage due to a very hot summer.
While the heat may have taken some cellaring years away, what it also brings is full maturity to the grapes, giving them soaring aromatics, as well as juicy concentration and depth. It’s an excellent trade off if you ask me, and the very best producers like CG have no trouble bringing elegance and finesse to their 2018s. This is one you need. Just make sure you drink it in the next 20 years as opposed to the next 30… if we all make it that far!
90 Points, James Suckling
This is super refreshing, with a gorgeous pale salmon color, unmistakable notes of Gooseberry and citrus, Mascara cherry, fresh nectarine, raspberry and floral notes. There’s good tension and energy here with a really nice natural acidic backbone that keeps this perfectly balanced with the fruit. A pleasure to drink on a summer day with or without food.
92 Points, James Suckling
One of Italy’s most famous wineries of the past few decades, this winery has achieved it all. Several hundred 90+ scores, a few dozen Tre Bicchieri awards from Gambero Rosso, several ‘Winery/Wines of the Year’ nods. Our newest release from this immaculate portfolio of wines is the 2019 Falanghina – a gorgeous expression of the grape native to Campagnia. It boasts a straw yellow color, along with notes of white blossoms, green apple and pear. It’s a vibrant, and crisp wine with nice minerality and hints of spice and a slight nuttiness on the finish. It’s a harmonious wine with mouthwatering acidity and beautiful balance. A gorgeous wine to enjoy for the rest of the summer into fall.
94 Points, James Suckling – 93 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
The brand new release of arguably Lemelson’s calling card Pinot Noir is sensational – far better than the 94-point score that Suckling game it. It’s a thing of beauty. Made from a blend of all seven 100% organic certified estate vineyards, spread across arguably the two best wine AVAS in the state, Dundee Hills and Yamhill-Carlton. Twice its graced Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list twice in its short existence and with this latest 94-point effort in the 2019 vtg., they have a pretty good argument for a third trip.
92+ Pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 92 Pts, Vinous – 92 Pts, James Suckling – 91 Pts, Decanter – 91 Pts, Jeb Dunnuck
As you can see.. this one comes very highly recommended! If the name sounds familiar, it should. This is the home estate of the Bordeaux legend Pierre Lurton (Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem) and it is a passion project he’s been spending a lot of time on. The results are clearly there, especially in a dreamy 2018 vintage. It’s a gorgeous, Right Bank Bordeaux blend with elegant tannins, vibrant and clean fruit and plenty of depth. Good with food, or just as good in a glass slightly chilled by itself on a warm summer day.
Made in 100% stainless steel, this is packed with aromatics of fresh green melon, citrus, and grassy/herbal notes. On the palate, it’s bright and steely with apple and quince notes that lead to a gorgeous chalky middle courtesy of the limestone with great minerality. It’s the perfect poolside sipper at the price, but don’t think that means it’s not a great candidate for food. Anything summer salad, out of the ocean or with poultry, and this should perfectly complement the meal.
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points, James Suckling – 90 Points, Wine Spectator
This Pinot Noir is a masterpiece piecing together fruit from a variety of exciting spots. In 2018, for the first time in years, fruit comes from Jane’s Vineyard in addition to the Petaluma Gap. It also gets its darkness and silky tannin from the warm Santa Rosa plains and a rich, savory and spicy component from the Middle Reach Neighborhood on West Side Road. The result is a zesty, yet silky smooth and giving Pinot that sings and speaks to the top quality of the single parcels that were chosen to make this all come together so well.