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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.
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.
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
This one is simply way too stinking good for the price tag. In the 97pt Left Bank vintage in Bordeaux, this Baby Graves stands out as an exceptional value. It shows tremendous energy with bright, ripe fruit right up front along with the backbone to continue to gracefully age if you have a few years of patience. A beautifully well-balanced ready to drink Bordeaux at an unbeatable price.
91-93pts, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2015 Edmond de Rothschild “Chateau des Laurets” St. Emilion is something special and even after a barrage of fabulous Bordeaux offers this year, I’m still calling it the Bordeaux of the year. It absolutely dazzles, displaying all the silky, elegant tannins and harmonious nature characteristic of the vintage. Lay some down in a dark cellar for the long haul but don’t be afraid to enjoy some right now.
92 Points, James Suckling – 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
James Suckling said that in the 2018 vintage, some Cotes de Bordeaux wines were so good that the are, “meeting the quality of many grand cru wines from St. Emilion”. That’s ridiculously high praise– but considering his 92-point score of the Chateau Hyot, I’m going to assume he meant wines like this one. He’s not wrong either. This one is tight and firm with way more structure than one should expect at this price point. Spicy on the nose, with blackberry jelly on the palate, with a smooth and refined finish. One to snag up by the case.
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
In the sensational 2018 vintage in the Right Bank, Chateau la Gaffeliere’s second wine ‘Dame de Gaffeliere’ very well might take the prize for the best value of the vintage. It’s an exceptionally sleek and full-bodied Bordeaux Blend that perfectly displays the incredible depth, structure and agebility of the great Right Bank wines. The best part is that somehow, this phenomenal bottling can be had at a price that reads like a misprint thanks to some scared wine accounting departments right now in Bordeaux. Take advantage of a great deal like this while it’s around.
Winemaker Pascal Sirat consistently puts out some of the best value Bordeaux in the region but he may have outdone himself in the 2018 vintage. Just south of Pomerol, the vines at Panchille borrow deep in the soil. The resulting wines are ripe but fresh, with an aromatic complexity and stony finish usually reserved for wine twice the price. Daniel Boulud tells me it’s been the hottest bottle of wine at Bar Boulud for over a month, so I figured I’d better hurry up and secure my allocation! Don’t miss it.
92 Points (Top 2018 Cru Bourgeois), Vinous – 91 Points, James Suckling
Bordeaux expert Neil Martin at Vinous looked in-depth at the 2018 vintage and offered that it was “a wellspring of wines of exceptional quality and unbeatable prices at decent quantities.”He went on to name some of the Cru Bourgeois from the entire vintage and at the top of his list was the 2018 Chateau Prieure de Beyzac Haut-Medoc. With incredibly gravelly, clay limestone soil, the tiny, swanky producer is able to make some staggering Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Clearly the wine made an enormous impression with Martin, who lobbed a 92-point score on a wine he deemed, “absolutely superb.”
99 Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate
It’s no stretch to call Insignia a first growth of Napa Valley wine. Its track record of huge scores and incredible longevity speak for themselves. The 2016 Phelps Insignia may just be the finest in history! Unlike any vintage that proceeded it, the 2016 is Insignia like you’ve never tasted. Still brooding with immense power, the extended growing season provided finesse that is just not possible in most years. This is a collector’s item you don’t want to miss.
Each year their Historico Tinto Blend represents Catena’s best value Red, garnering big scores (94 points last vintage from James Suckling) despite an extremely modest price tag. But this year, I decided not to wait around, secured my allocation before the big scores came in, got a discount for securing it early and decided to go out at my lowest price ever on this great wine. The brand new 2019 Catena Zapata Historico Blend was released by the winery for $30/bottle and can be found by big wine outlets such as wine.com for $22/bottle. But if you want a better price on this outrageously good, mountain fruited Malbec dominant blend, today I’ve got you covered.
97 Pts, Vinous – 96+ Pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate, – 96 Pts, James Suckling – 96 Pts, Jeb Dunnuck
When this super rare deal was offered to me, I didn’t blink and ordered every bottle I was allowed to. Only 30. But, this is their 30th anniversary bottling and it happened to come from an absolutely terrific vintage in Napa. A true collector’s treat. Even with the pedigree, this one still surprised me. I don’t know how a wine gets any smoother or delicious. Sure, every reviewer known to man gave this wine a 96-point score or higher, but I’m surprised to see this one not rated closer to perfect. If the reviews were from now and not a few years ago, there’s no question you would see a few 100s.