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Austin Hope hasn’t just been Paso Robles’ hottest commodity, but arguably one of the country’s brightest rising stars with his Top 10 debut in last year’s Wine Enthusiast’s annual “Top 100 Wines of the Year” list. But as Paso prices start to catch up to their Napa Valley foes, Hope’s greatest trick with his ‘Quest’ bottling is how he manages to pack so much punch in a bottle that can be had today for less than $25/bottle.
92 Points, James Suckling
This Cabernet dominant blend, cut off of mediterranean quartz soils, provides a wonderful dark fruited, chocolatey mix that Wine Spectator’s former Italian Editor-in-Chief, James Suckling called “serious richness”. It’s a crazy food friendly wine, but I wouldn’t waste my time pairing this with a salad, this has pizza wine written all over it. At today’s price, it shouldn’t need convincing, just some space cleared in the wine fridge.
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.
96 Points, Robert Parker, Jr.
96 Points from Robert Parker himself along with extremely high praise. “The wine hits all cylinders in 2010.” This is one the great Margaux wines of the vintage. Probably the greatest Lascombes made to date…” Add in 10 years of aging with perfect provenance and you have our top Bordeaux offer of the year. A third of the price of Palmer and a mere tenth of Château Margaux – $139 per bottle & free shipping on 2. You’ll want two.
Winemaker Pascal Sirat consistently puts out some of the best value Bordeaux in the region. In 2016 he turned out something truly special. 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. This vintage displays even more class than its predecessors. A must buy any year; this year you should stock up. You’ll thank me.
100 Points, Robert Parker – 100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – 98-100 Pts, Wine Enthusiast
“Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Pontet-Canet slips sensuously from the glass with opulent scents of crème de cassis, baked plums and Black Forest cake plus suggestions of Chinese five spice, potpourri, oolong tea and menthol. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and oh-so-decadent in the mouth, it has a fantastically velvety frame and seamless freshness, finishing very long. Wow.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
From the red hot Côtes-de-Bordeaux region, and the brilliant, Jean-Francois Meynard just outside Saint Emilion comes the 2018 Roque Le Mayne. It’s rich and elegant in its youth with vibrant fresh notes of raspberry, wild strawberries and blueberries, with a refreshing minerality and a touch of earth. It’s a classic, sleek Right-Bank blend that can be enjoyed with pretty much anything on a table but has enough body and depth to be enjoyed in a Bordeaux glass by itself.
While modernization over the last two decades (both in the vineyard and cellar) has contributed to the making of “good” wine in most years, it’s in the miracle vintages that modestly priced bottles resemble collectables. At Chateau Sipian, Frederic Mehaye turned out a Medoc for the ages, a lavish blend of broad-shouldered Cabernet Sauvignon, spiked with a generous dose of Petit Verdot muscle. It’s rich and intensely concentrated on the attack, as much New World as Old, velour-like in texture, finishing with great freshness, and with ripe tannin backbone that argues for one or two decades of cellar slumber.
97 Points, James Suckling – 96 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2015 Quintessa is a beautifully layered masterpiece, loaded with seduction and tension. It starts with a bust of jammy black fruits and baked pie and finishes with dense yet silky tannins. When you pop the cork you’re treated to aromas of black cherry clove, bay leaves, and cocoa. The finely grained tannins harmoniously work together with the dense fruit delivering a mouthful of vivacious fruit and lively acidity that finish long and complete. This will drink like a dream for decades to come.
Tenuta Sette Cieli or “The Estate of Seven Skies” is named for the view atop the tiny estate, perched up on a hill overlooking Bolgheri from nearly 1300 ft. Lucky for us, the critics don’t know about this one yet! The 2018 Tenuta Sette Cieli ‘Yantra’ is a wine that if you haven’t heard of you need to try now. Those who have bought it here have raved to me and continue to repurchase. And for great reason. This is easily one of my favorite “Tuesday Nighters” in recent memory.