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95+ Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane Vineyard offers up beguiling scents of Morello cherries, mulberries and blackcurrant pastilles, plus underlying cinnamon stick, chocolate mint and tilled soil hints. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals a firm and fine-grained texture, allowing the black and red fruits to shimmer with jaw-dropping energy, finishing on a persistent spicy note.” -Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
97 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2018 Chardonnay Banfield Vineyard has tremendous energy and singular expression this vintage. The nose is a kaleidoscope of quince, coriander seed, honeysuckle and pastry, continually changing as it spends time in the glass. The palate balances bursts of juicy preserved citrus character with deeper tones of graphite and almond, its flavors continuing to shift and evolve, and it finishes with exceptional energy and length. Wow!” – The Wine Advocate
98 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The former assistant winemaker and apprentice for Helen Turley at Marcassin, Matt Courtney left to start something special at Arista in 2013 and is well on his way. The winery has expanded, their waitlist for bottle allocations now stands at 20+ months (!) and every critic in America raves about these wines. After having the 2016 Farmington Vineyard at 96+ points to offer up last year, I’ve managed to out do myself with easily one of the best Pinot Noirs of the year.
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, 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.
It’s always nice to be in good standing with one of the most beloved wine brands in America! Our special relationship with the Wagner has granted us incredible access on their newest release! These won’t last long! This is an opulent, powerful dark-fruited Cabernet with tightly woven tannins, that is just raring and ready to go. Textbook, full-bodied, revved up and ready to go, this new Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet is the definition of a crowd pleaser.
92-93 Points, James Suckling – 92 Points, Vinous
Galloni called it, “rich and powerful” a “hearty Margaux with plenty of personality”. Suckling fell for the wine’s grace, calling it “long and polished’ as well as a “very suave, attractively balanced Margaux.” The 2017 Chateau La Gurgue Margaux is a big thick wine, but it’s built to perfection. Released by the historic estate that was once owned by the mayor of Margaux, this baby is 55% Cabernet, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot classic Left Bank Bordeaux blend that is just coming into its own. According to the Galloni’s tasting note, the drinking window for this one is 2022-2037. Now’s the time.
This champagne is so good, it’s often a staple on the wine lists of Michelin two and three star restaurants. It offers elegant aromatics, pristine fruit and the crisp, mineral finish that screams for food. We loved it so much, we asked Jacques Diebolt to bottle a special cuveé for the restaurant– and he happily agreed, but it sold out like hot cakes this year. So here is old faithful. Just as delicious as I remember it.
Jean-Claude Janin’s Domaine des Terres de Chatenay estate has 7 hectares of naturally farmed, old-vine Chardonnay with his vines rooted in some of the most mineral soil in all of Burgundy. The resulting wines are electric renditions of white Burgundy, with high-toned, floral aromatics, a deep concentration of green apple and pear fruit and a laser-like finish that is stony, a touch saline and a mile long. The 2021 is an extra notable year – despite a lower than normal yield, the quality across the board in Burgundy is exceptional.
This is about as special as it gets for white wine. My other Leflaive is declassified P-M but this is the real thing from the best White Burgundy producer by far. The Leflaive family’s roots in the region date back to 1717, but the wines rose to prominence under the stewardship of Joseph Leflaive. For decades and decades, they’ve been the top dog in the region – even DRC will tell you who makes the best whites! Their 2020 Puligny-Montrachet is a gorgeous, effortless bottling with a fantastic mineral streak that cuts through the abundant pure citrus fruit.
Jenny Wagner, the youngest daughter of Chuck Wagner (Caymus) took over the reins in 2011 and absolutely ran with it, making Emmolo a name of its own. In the enormous and beloved 2018 vintage in Napa Jenny was able to deliver a stunning ode to the Right Bank with a super powerful, dark-fruited Merlot. But even though it’s early for this new release, I’m thinking she might’ve outdone herself with the 2019. It’s just so smooth and well-balanced with intricate flavors of black cherries, blueberries, mocha and and violet. It’s still early, I think I’d wait a year or two, but it’s hard to resist this wine now as it’s so youthful and energetic.