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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.
Drawn from two choice spots in the Columbia Valley where Washington’s high desert land meets the Columbia River – the 2018 Cascade Heights is a juicy, inky purple, full-bodied Cabernet. Despite the bright tannins that argue for a successful drinking window of over 10+ years, this big, juicy cab is drinking excellent right now. The ‘X’ factor though is the price.
Obviously, I can’t tell you all the details of the vineyard source but I can let you in on a few of the details. Crafted using fruit from 1000-1500 ft in elevation, Chad’s 2019 is cool climate Pinot at its best– especially given the price tag. While similar wines (very similar wines) will fetch a $45 price tag, you can snag it today just less than half off that price on bottle one. There’s no surprise this is the #1 wine of the year in 2020.
Chad’s 2019 SMR Bordeaux blend came from what is widely considered to be the best old-patch, old-vine vineyard for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Mayacamas Mountains. It’s a vibrant purple color with killer aromatics of wild blueberry, sage and mint. This baby is full-bodied and lush on the pallet, with juicy, ripe plum and cassis flavors and just a touch of dark chocolate. The tannins are fine and long. There’s a lot to like — this is a classy wine.
This is classic Cotes de Provence Rosé from one of the oldest, most respected producers in the region. With over 800 years of winemaking, Peyrassol is best known for their iconic clay and limestone soils that produce mouthwatering Rhone blends. Their 2019 Reserve Des Templiers Rosé is wonderfully crisp and energetic. With a mix of cherries, mango, nectarines and lemon zest flavors and a piercing, dry backbone that ties it all together and gives it a lasting finish.
Lydia’s 2019 Haut-Côtes-du-Beaune is a product of super old vines and a low yield with no new oak in the ageing process. The wine is an absolute joy to drink– a bowl full of berries on the nose, high-toned, racy fruit in the mid palate with the structure and length that is the hallmark of Cornu-Camus wines. It’s delicious now. It’ll be delicious in a decade. As the first non-tariffed Burgundy in a while, the price is truly absurd.
93 Points, James Suckling
Riccardo Cotarella is a winemaking superstar and the most famous and well-respected consultant in Italy. Robert Parker Jr. himself heaped perhaps the highest praise possible, referring to him as “one of the most influential personalities in the world of wine in the last 20 years.” His 2019 Aglianico is a sensational red wine with deep, robust flavors of plum and black raspberry and a complexity that no doubt in part due to its six months slumber in barrique. It’s a full-bodied beauty that is absolutely ready to be drunk right now.
The historic vineyard is located at high elevation within the heart of Chianti Classico. Mazzei could have easily just thrown the Merlot in the dirt and bottled the Sangiovese alone for a much bigger pay day. I’m certainly glad they didn’t. This is deep, dark and luscious with intense aromas of red berry and cocoa. Fresh and lively on in the mouth – and will be an excellent companion to any red sauce – yes, even pizza – pot roast, etc.
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.
This is the first time we’ve been able to offer this electric wine from Jean-Claude as in most vintages, most of the wine is sold directly to private customers and local restaurants. Man, am I happy to have gotten my hands on this one. The Cuvee de Beracius is classic, textured old-vine Chardonnay, done in steel to preserve the inherent fruitiness and pure aromatics of the best of white Burgundy. Pears, apple, white peaches and a hint of ginger.
90-92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Xavier Vignon’s highest ever rated CDR 100% from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate was described as, “Rich, velvety and long”. All three adjectives accurately describe what Xavier Vignon believes might be his greatest vintage of winemaking yet. His 100% Cotes du Rhone offers the best value in his impressive arsenal, with big, juicy flavors flooding out of this one and making it the ideal wine to enjoy with most anything at the table or by itself so it can truly shine.