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95 Points (Gold Medal), 2022 Decanter Wine Awards
The expert reviews on this incredible new release from Herve Fabre are insane. 90 points and a ‘Best Buy’ designate from Wine Enthusiast, 90 more from Suckling. Ditto from Vinous who called this “young, firm, with well-worked tannins and good structure”. But in a crowded see of nearly 20,000 wines at the Decanter Wine Awards in 2022 – this stole the show. The only 95-point, Gold medal Cabernet that you can get for under $20/bottle, its second straight year in the most rarified air.
#1 Wine of the Year Wine Spectator (2019 Vintage)
There’s not a whole lot to say about this one other than I wish I got a lot more. I was allocated two cases of half bottles of last year’s Wine Spectator Wine of the Year, in the brand new 2021 vintage. Multiple 100-point winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown crafts an absolutely gorgeous dark-fruited Cabernet Sauvignon in the new vintage that the folks at Schrader think is even better than their 2019. How is that even possible???
#2 Wine of the Year, Wine Enthusiast (2023)
97 Points, Wine Enthusiast – 95 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Here’s an exciting new submission from the house of Ratti. Serradenari is a large MGA and one of only a few cru sites that exist on the western slope under the village of La Morra. The 2019 Barolo Serradenari has a more botanical-smelling bouquet, and by that I mean that it has lavender bud, thyme, aniseed and the kinds of flowers and herbs that you might find in a fragrant garden. It is nuanced and delicate and framed by a light note of ash or crushed limestone.”
WS #4 2019 Wine of the Year, 96 Points, Wine Spectator
2016 was an incredibly special year in Napa Valley. It was essentially the 5th straight vintage of near perfect-conditions and a lot of the big boys produced some of their biggest, most elegant Cabernets to date. Groth’s was still one of the standouts in any group, a deeply concentrated, weighty Cab with sappy, juicy fruit and a carefully intertwined tannic structure. Absolutely gorgeous.
#21, Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2023
93 Points, Wine Spectator – 93 Points, Decanter – 92 Points (Best Buy), Wine Enthusiast
“Intense and generous, with mango, orange sherbet and apricot flavors, along with notes of sweetgrass and lemon blossoms on a fleshy, juicy frame. Reveals notes of fresh ginger and a hint of jasmine on the finish.” -Wine Spectator
Chad’s 2020 McKinley Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is drop dead gorgeous and actually makes zero sense at all at this price. Dark purple to the rim with aromas of black fruits, violets, creme de cassis and a hint of spice. On the palate, full-bodied, round and juicy with elegance and the gorgeous, pure fruit– red and black currants, blackberries and a touch of sweet tobacco. It’s a delicious bottle of Cab.
Opus One due to the massive demand for the iconic wine has ballooned in prices to nearly $700/bottle. For that reason, I have no problem suggested the lights out second wine from this epic winery – the Operture. Overture is a multi-vintage cuvée of all five Bordeaux grape varieties, selected and seamlessly blended together to showcase the style and character of its big brother but in a much more approachable and ready to drink package. The new release combines the fantastic 2018 and 2019 vintages and does so flawlessly.
#36 Wine of the Year, Wine Spectator (2023)
92 Points, Wine Spectator
“A silky, succulent red, with pure blackberry and black cherry fruit shaded by a graphite note. On the elegant side, showing terrific harmony and finesse, with excellent structure and length.”
Once again dialing up fruit from 1000-1500ft in elevation in the Dundee Hills, Chad’s 2021 is juicy, laser focused and roaring out of the gates. Chad tells me that similar wines (very similar wines) off this vineyard are raising their prices up to $55/bottle from $45 this year due to 2020’s lost year. But where most people are raising prices to recoup last year’s losses, the CHAD Pinot Noir price is somehow lower. A true gift from our favorite winemaker.
What would a Chardonnay collection be without something special from the master of Chardonnay, Steve Kistler? I was just allotted a few cases of the outrageously good Les Noisetiers from California’s exceptional 2021 vintage. It comes bristling with energy, nuance, juicy fruit and a mouthwatering mineral backbone. As always with these wines, it is expertly made with lemon, honeysuckle and stone fruit aromatics leading to a full bodied, juicy core, loaded with flavors of peach, apricots, pineapple and pear.
95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 95 Points, Vinous
“If you’re a Coleraine lover—and let’s be real, any self-respecting Cabernetphile is—then you’ll know that the Awatea Cabernet represents sensational value for the money. Slightly lighter framed and less dense/powerful than the Coleraine, and with an admirably open and lusty fruit profile, the 2020 Awatea Cabernets Merlot gives the people what they want. It leads with leafy, elegant, very fine Cabernet fruit laden with cassis, pomegranate, ferrous notes, a hint of iodine and loads of bramble and bay leaf. The palate is populated by very fine, powdery tannins that shape the flow of flavor. Gorgeous. The draw of flavor across the palate is sensational.”
This one is our little secret. Cooper’s Reed Cabernet Sauvignon allows the distinction of the grape to shine unabashedly. This wine is a nod to history. It’s aged in large vessels sealed with reeds, engrained with the wisdom of the past. This is the fresh take on a crowd-pleasing classic. This pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon evolves with each sip and gracefully unfolds on the palate. A slightly bashful beginning leads to an exuberant end. And it’s about 1/5 the price of the other Rutherford bottling, if you catch my drift.