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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.”
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
94 Pts, Wine Enthusiast – 92 Pts Wine Advocate
92 Pts, Wine & Spirits
Robert Parker famously said “Calera is one of the most compelling Pinot Noir specialists of not only the New World, but of Planet Earth.” He founded Mt. Harlan AVA and it is only right we offer his last Pinot from the amazing wine region he created. Critics were unanimous in their admiration of this wine, with three separate reviewers lofting generous 92+ scores for this Pinot Noir treat. This gorgeous Pinot Noir has a little age to it so it’s drinking like a dream right now. Planted in 1998, Ryan vineyard represents Calera’s highest elevation at more than 2,500 feet!
If you’re unfamiliar with the 2018 vintage, it’s one that Wine Enthusiast called, “surprisingly good” – a sentiment that I think is shared by many, who weren’t expecting a classic vintage due to a very hot summer.
While the heat may have taken some cellaring years away, what it also brings is full maturity to the grapes, giving them soaring aromatics, as well as juicy concentration and depth. It’s an excellent trade off if you ask me, and the very best producers like CG have no trouble bringing elegance and finesse to their 2018s. This is one you need. Just make sure you drink it in the next 20 years as opposed to the next 30… if we all make it that far!
94 Points, James Suckling
This is the flagship bottling for Campo Al Mare, their Bolgheri SuperTuscan comes from a very special plot and produces beautiful, plump and fleshy Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This wine does an incredible job of mirroring a Right Bank Bordeaux. But what I love is that its proximity to the sea breezes from the Tyrrhenian give this a little something extra, a delicious mouthwatering salinity.
The Capablanca HHH Cab Sauv gives you everything you want in small batch Cabernet. The wine is a beautiful representation of the unique terroir. This one is a deep dark purple and features a surprisingly vibrant nose of fresh blackberry, violets, and creme de cassis. The mouth is full-bodied and plush, round and juicy with a core of black currant and a kiss of oak.
93 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 93 Points, James Suckling
“This is the so-called “green label” Brunello with proprietor Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini’s signature on the front of the bottle. Her classic 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is sharp and tonic with wild raspberry, cassis, lilac, earth and garden herb. There is a sweet note of sour cherry on the mid-weight finish. This is made in a traditional approach with two years in casks made with both Slavonian and French oak.”
95 Points, Wine Enthusiast – 94 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The Caprili 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is lovely. The wine strikes that great balance of dark fruit, rose and tar that makes Brunello unique, and it doesn’t have those rough edges or stemmy tannins that you see sometimes in this undeniably hot and dry vintage. This expression remains elegant but also generous, and that’s not an easy intersection to reach. This is a standout wine from 2017, despite the challenges and the lower yields obtained this year. “
This year, the Eastside Cuvee hails from a primo vineyard just off the Silverado Trail– perfectly positioned next to neighbors Caymus and Frog’s Leap and just down the road, Quintessa. Amongst the elite, Carl Roy’s team locked into some incredible fruit, with gorgeous blackberry jammy opulence, firm grippy tannins and that signature Rutherford earthiness to the finish that many try to emulate but can only be produced off the special soil from which this beauty was created.
94 Points, Wine Spectator
The 2019 is a must have for any fans of cellar-worthy Italian red wines. It’s a structured Chianti Riserva, with a ton of character. The nose is intense with notes of leather surrounding a core of bright red fruits. The flavors are intense and the finish is long with lingering Bing Cherry notes that absolutely sing. Obviously, since we’ve got the first crack at it, not all the ratings are in and it probably wouldn’t matter anyway as these will not stick around for long.
100 Points, James Suckling – 99 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“This is really something. There’s purity and focus to the aromas of crushed berries, licorice and black tea, which follow through to an integrated palate of extremely fine, melted tannins that spread to the very ends of the wine. This is all about balance and length. It really is an emotional wine. Great follow-up to the 2017, which was also 100 points. Drinkable now, but better after 2024.” -James Suckling