Orders are available for pick-up at Restaurant Nicholas at 160 Route 35 South Red Bank, NJ 07701 during the following times:
Monday: 9:30-3:30; Tuesday – Friday: 9:15am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday: Closed
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92 Pts, James Suckling – 90 Pts, Vinous
This offer is really an easy one. Two of the greatest wine pioneers from two different hemispheres (Baron Eric Rothschild from ‘Chateau Lafite Rothschild’ and Nicolas Catena from ‘Catena’) join forces to make a delicious, Bordeaux style Malbec, crafted nearly 4600 feet above sea level and offered for a fantastic price. This beauty that Vinous called, “remarkably intense” is a case-buy all the way every single vintage released. Only 30 btls to sell though… sorry in advance!
97 Points, James Suckling
This is the flagship bottling of the partnership between Catena and Chateau Lafite Rothschild and their most ‘Bordeaux like’ in their impressive fleet of wines, no doubt a product of all the Lafite Rothschild hands that have their say in its composition. The Cabernet/Malbec blend that I tried last week is simply stunning from the 2017 vintage, and unsurprisingly carries a very big score, a 97-pointer from James Suckling who calls it “one of the most direct and clear Caros in a long time.
Soon to be Rated
With Herve and Fabre Montmayou wracking up NYT features, huge scores, gold medals and lifetime achievement awards, I’m left with one choice: get in now or be left in the cold. Waiting for the scores to roll in is a luxury that we know longer have with Fabre Montmayou. Good for the winery, but not so good for us. Rest assured though, the 2020 Cabernet Franc Herve sent me is fantastic, and will surely be minted with the same kind of high-flying praise as the vintage before it. But by that time, you’ll only have a bottle or two left in the cellar.
94 Points, Vinous
“The 2020 Malbec Gran Reserva from Vistalba, Lujan de Cuyo, was aged for 12 months in 1/5 new barrels. Purple in the glass. The nose offers cedar and plum with notes of cherry and jam. In the mouth, it has good concentration, an expansive feel and shapely muscles in a well-defined, classical style. This red fills the mouth and stretches out the flavors with a striking sense of place.”
92 Points, James Suckling
It’s hard to imagine a wine that delivers more bang for your buck and consistency than what Herve Fabre is able to produce from his 100+ year old vines each vintage. Last year, his Malbec Reserva landed on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Buys of the Year. I called a big score form this one and it has just arrived. It’s a big, full-bodied Malbec from the heart of Mendoza and has great tannic structure and primary fruit, giving it similar characteristics to a Napa Valley Cab. Inviting aromas of raspberry pie, sage, herbs and roasted mushrooms.