Everybody loves a great sparkling rose served chilled almost as much as they love a good story. Today’s wine combines the two. “Il Vigliacco” or “the coward” is the Buglioni’s defiant message to the Italian Wine Consortium, but it’s also a wonderful, delicious sparkling rose with its seductive aromas, tiny, creamy bubbles and it’s wonderful dry fruit. This is a great one to drink and talk about with your friends.
The long, hot 2017 vintage gave a few precious wineries the raw ingredients for truly exceptional wines. My favorite RRVs in 2017 came courtesy of Gary Farrell, Paul Hobbs and Merry Edwards. Just one problem, all three of those bottles will set you back a pretty penny. But for the quality to price ratio, Kenwood’s Six Ridges RRV Pinot puts all three to shame. Bright cherries with vibrancy, good acidity and a lot of fruit up front. This is easy breezy drinking for less than $20/btl.
90 Pts, Wine Spectator – 90 Pts, Wine Enthusiast
Davis Bynum has always had a distinct advantage with world-class winemaking team at his disposal that includes alums (and icons in their own right) Gary Farrell & David Ramey. Not on that, he has some incredible vineyards in Russian River Valley, like Janes Vineyard where today’s Sauvignon Blanc is from. This is delicious and crisp with great aromas and juicy stone and citrus fruits. Dual 90 points from two of the big wine critics too if you’re into that kind of thing.
91 Pts, Vinous – 90 Pts, Tim Atkin, MW –Decanter
From South African superstar Rüdger van Wyk, who Jancis Robinson called “a champion winemaker” comes an absolutely sensational bottle of Pinot Noir. My new world wine of the year is an unlikely one– from Elgin, South Africa. So fresh and vibrant with mouthwatering cherries, raspberries, cranberries, and black raspberries with a hint of sage and spice. Perfectly wound together, this is a steal at this price.
97 Pts, Decanter – 96 Pts, Wine Enthusiast
“Trailside Vineyard has been a Rutherford estate site for Heitz Cellar since 1984, and produces one of the most undersung Cabernets in the Napa Valley. Martha’s Vineyard may garner more attention, but the Trailside bottling is every bit its equal in terms of complexity. Softer and more nuanced than the rustic Martha’s, the nose and texture here are dictionary definitions for Rutherford: dusty, plush and long. The finish is astounding in its power and relative weightlessness. A superb wine!” –Decanter
The Vocorets are one of the oldest producers in Chablis – and still family owned and operated today. Their 2019 Chablis is a knockout and a reminder of how special these White Burgundies can be when made right. Light gold color with green hues. Fresh & lively with a wealth of peaches and mangoes. Lemons chime in on the palate. Well-balanced with good acidity and long minerally finish.
The newly released 2019 Sueno Profundo is already drinking incredibly but is clearly just getting started. It’s jet-black to the rim with dense, layered purple and black fruits, creme de casis and a bit of coffee and cocoa on the finish. It shows great depth and boasts a mouth watering finish. What is special to me is that it’s deeply concentrated yet high toned. The 2019 vintage of Sueno Profundo has all the makings of Ry’s best one yet.
From the outstanding 97-point vintage in Bordeaux’s Right Bank. This Montagne Saint-Emilion represents exceptional value. Due to tiny yields, only 40 six-packs made it stateside and after tasting this, I took them all. Bold and plush – with bright blueberries and cherries – held up by thin tight tannins. The finish is long and refined.