Chad’s 2020 McKinley Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is drop dead gorgeous. Those of you who were lucky to catch our sneak preview when we put it in our Gobbler Case can attest. Dark purple to the rim with aromas of black fruits, violets, creme de cassis and a hint of spice. On the palate, full-bodied, round and juicy with elegance and the gorgeous, pure fruit– red and black currants, blackberries and a touch of sweet tobacco.
The 2018 Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is plush and vibrant – with aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, and fig. Cherry, purple berries, and gentle spice give way to plum and light oak with a tight finish that seemingly never ends. It’s drinking phenomenally now, but will continue to improve for another decade.
Lydia’s 2020 HCN is drop dead gorgeous– old-school Red Burgundy with fine aromatics, crunchy, juicy fruit and a sharp vibrancy that makes it just sing with food. Made from super old vines and a low yield with no new oak in the aging process, the wine is a joy to drink– a bowl full of berries on the nose, high-toned, racy fruit that has been touched by a limestone mineral component in the mid-palate with the structure and length that has become the hallmark of Cornu-Camus wines. It’s drinking fantastically now and should be all the way thru 2030.
91+ Pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 91 Pts, Wine Enthusiast – 91 Pts, 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. Their flagship grape is Italy’s own Greco di Tufo. This one is electric. The flavors feature tart apple, meyer lemon, and honey suckle and a touch of salinity. This is dynamite with any seafood and one of the light’s out combos with anything in a shell.
94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
“A richer styled wine (I’ve compared this cuvée to a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert), the 2020 Novellum has a medium gold hue as well as a rich, powerful bouquet of caramelized lemon, honeyed almonds, candle wax, and toasted bread. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, and balanced, this is another no brainer purchase.”
The 2019 Fiancetto Howell Mt. Cabernet is restrained at first, needing air to develop its full signature of cedar laced cassis nose and mid palate of chocolate-covered cherries and savory spices. Full and plush it finishes long and fresh. This is a serious Cabernet for serious Cabernet fans. The price is crazy for Howell Mountain Cabernet at just $54 per bottle but that’s what Ry Richards and Fiancetto is all about.
Located in tiny Lansac in the Cotes de Bourg on the Right Bank, the 2018 Martinat is made off just 24 acres of brilliant clay limestone soil, home to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. One of the true hidden gems of Bordeaux, this is a powerful and structured red with a great mineral component to pair with just incredibly fresh red fruits and layers of complexity. Delicious now, delicious in 10 years, this is the kind of wine that drove collectors to obsess about Bordeaux in the first place.
The newly released 2020 ‘Beauroy’ is selected from parcels that cut right through the center of the estate, creating as dynamic and beautifully round expression of Sauvignon as you will find anywhere. With the soils right near the town of Verdigny, Reverdy-Ducroux cashes in with their hilltop parcels planted on rocky Kimmeridgian limestone, giving a super powerful and an expressive mineral component to the wine. It’s so pure and crisp and with the new vintage upon us– bristling with energy and tension.