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The new release of Julian Layla is finally here and it’s spectacular. Named after our daughter, this is the latest in a line of worthy Pinot Noirs. It leads with Bing cherries, and pretty violet and raspberry flavors that are complemented with a hint of spice. It’s pure fruited, bright Pinot Noir with a great mid-palate, silky tannins and a lot of focus. Only 56 cases were made. In these conditions, who the heck knows when we’ll find another JL Pinot Noir. Enjoy this one for the limited time it’s here.
*Nicholas U.S. Exclusive* 93 Points, James Suckling
But to find the best values in Priorat, I rely exclusively on the family with the best reputation for making them. They even have a “secret” weapon that they argue is the highest quality Priorat for the money. That’s pretty tough to argue aginst. Pulled from steep slopes at the foot of the Sierra del Montsant, the Secret de Priorat from the Torres Family is a gorgeous blend of Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah made off llicorella slate soils. It’s medium-palate yet delicate with an opaque shade, packed with blackberries, blueberries and spicy peppery notes.It’s compact yet manages to stay velvety and finished polished and long.
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.
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
This is a gorgeous wine from the vineyard brought to you by Peter Michael and Marc Aubert. Wine Enthusiast raved about this wine, and it’s a bottle that quickly disappeared when it was released all those years ago. But thanks to this cellar raid, I’m able to bring to you think beauty that Wine Enthusiast said would be best from “2022-2029” while also calling it “a layered and complex estate-driven wine.”
95+ Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane Vineyard offers up beguiling scents of Morello cherries, mulberries and blackcurrant pastilles, plus underlying cinnamon stick, chocolate mint and tilled soil hints. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals a firm and fine-grained texture, allowing the black and red fruits to shimmer with jaw-dropping energy, finishing on a persistent spicy note.” -Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
For the first time, we have the 2021 Abbonna Dolcetto Langhe in house. This is a fantastic and fun bottle to enjoy on it’s own, but it is also a showstopper with pizza. Made for those who love their wines with inky dark fruit, this boasts a jet black color with aromas of black cherry, blackberries and baked cake spice. The Langhe Dolcetto is the product of extremely low-yielding but highly concentrated juice that comes from the younger vines of her Estate. Incredibly fun to drink and to smell — it’s also what some would argue is the best compliment to a good pizza pie with some meat on it!
97 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2018 Chardonnay Banfield Vineyard has tremendous energy and singular expression this vintage. The nose is a kaleidoscope of quince, coriander seed, honeysuckle and pastry, continually changing as it spends time in the glass. The palate balances bursts of juicy preserved citrus character with deeper tones of graphite and almond, its flavors continuing to shift and evolve, and it finishes with exceptional energy and length. Wow!” – The Wine Advocate
98 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The former assistant winemaker and apprentice for Helen Turley at Marcassin, Matt Courtney left to start something special at Arista in 2013 and is well on his way. The winery has expanded, their waitlist for bottle allocations now stands at 20+ months (!) and every critic in America raves about these wines. After having the 2016 Farmington Vineyard at 96+ points to offer up last year, I’ve managed to out do myself with easily one of the best Pinot Noirs of the year.
Restaurants can’t get enough wine like this. Pure, fruity, playful white wines with lots of personality, lots of brooding flowery and citrus aromas, and a mean mineral streak that is second to none. This is a dynamic bottle of wine. Last year, Suckling called out the wine’s “wonderful vitality, expressive personality, and razor sharp finish.” This one shares those qualities in abundance, so I have no doubt that a similar 92-94 point score will soon grace the interwebs. But by then, the 2021 August Kesseler R Riesling will be long gone from retail shelves and restaurant wine cellars alike.
95 Points, James Suckling
Grifi is a particular highlight in Avignonesi’s impressive portfolio. It’s a large reason, Antonio Galloni called the winery “one of the most respected names in Tuscany”. The ½ Cabernet, ½ Sangiovese blend is a big boy, especially in the hot 2018 vintage, but it also is very tightly structured with silky Sangiovese tannins and a great acidic backbone from the Cabernet that give it lift and elegance as well as ageability. Coming off two straight years of 94-point scores, the 2018 earned its highest score in the wine’s history.
This one has always been my go-to for entertaining – I just hand everyone a glass upon arrival. The new batch of 2019 Barmes Cremant has just landed featuring a lot of freshness and energy, with a beautiful nose of green apple and Anjou pear with tinges of honey, white nuts and white flowers. The fruit is near perfect, richly concentrated with a creamy texture. The finish is endless, with the tiniest of bubbles, with a zippy acidity that makes it perfect with scallops, grilled swordfish.
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
“This lush, luxurious Pinot Noir begins with hearty aromas of baked black cherry, clove, nutmeg and smoke on the nose. There is undeniable power on the palate yet also some finesse, presenting flavors of black cherry laced with mace as layered tannins and acidity carry through the finish.” – Wine Enthusiast