Marie Jacqueson are built upon old vines, from crazy mineral soils, producing wines at a such a qualitative level that if they were from further north in the tony neighborhoods of Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny or Meursault, would be 3x the price. For my money, these lights out 2019s, are must-buys for any discriminating Burgundy buyer that would prefer to have 3 bottles of excellent Rully rather than just one of most Meursault. She makes special wines. Only 72 bottles. I apologize in advance.
95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
With 2016’s just starting to hit the market, this one was arguably the most enticing of the bunch. I snagged everything I was allowed (12 cases) and am setting them free today for just $49.50/bottle. Unfortunately, thanks to the world’s most important wine critic taking notice of this tiny, over-achieving estate their prices will likely rise in the near future. But for now, just enjoy a knockout Tuscan Sangiovese for the prices you used to see but can no longer find — unless it’s a small producer flying under the radar… for as long as it lasts.
Tank-fermented and aged Chardonnay from the heart of Burgundy is a classic pairing for summer cuisine of all types. The Talmard family have been naturally farming Chardonnay vines in the village of Uchizy for generations. Vinified in tank with no oak influence makes for the purest of Chardonnays; fresh and fruity, with ripe-pear fruit and zippy acidity. It’s a classic summer white.
Austin Hope hasn’t just been Paso Robles’ hottest commodity, but arguably one of the country’s brightest rising stars with his Top 10 debut in last year’s Wine Enthusiast’s annual “Top 100 Wines of the Year” list. But as Paso prices start to catch up to their Napa Valley foes, Hope’s greatest trick with his ‘Quest’ bottling is how he manages to pack so much punch in a bottle that can be had today for less than $25/bottle.
From Soave Classico’s most privileged volcanic-limestone hillsides, this is a high-tone northern Italian white bursting with white flowers, honeysuckle and stone fruits. Crisp and clean, finishing juicy and surprisingly long. A perfect complement to all kinds of seafood dishes, summer vegetables, poultry and light cheeses. There is no old-vine, small lot Pinot Grigio that exists for anywhere near the price of this one.
The Carneros Reserve bottling cherry picks the family’s favorite lots to blend into a harmonious explosion – nearing a sensory overload. The nose is like sticking your face in a freshly baked peach/apple cobbler pie. Equally assertive flavors of melon, apples, and pears swim around the palate. Everything you expect from a classic Cakebread.
95 Points (#74 Top Cellar Selection 2020), Wine Enthusiast
The 2017 Far Niente Bella Union Napa Valley Cab combines luscious estate Cabernet with a sprinkling of Bordeaux varieties from select vineyards nearby. The result is a luscious wine featuring aromas of dark cherry, anise, and spice with big, lip-smacking dark fruit. Both fresh and primary, but with nice tannins that will allow for years of aging. Though still a little underground, it’s impossible to think things will stay that way. The wine already has a 95 point score and made Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2020 list.
92 Points, James Suckling
This Cabernet dominant blend, cut off of mediterranean quartz soils, provides a wonderful dark fruited, chocolatey mix that Wine Spectator’s former Italian Editor-in-Chief, James Suckling called “serious richness”. It’s a crazy food friendly wine, but I wouldn’t waste my time pairing this with a salad, this has pizza wine written all over it. At today’s price, it shouldn’t need convincing, just some space cleared in the wine fridge.