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#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
#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.”
#70 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2023
91 Points, James Suckling – 90 Points, Wine Spectator
“This light-on-its-feet white is dry, tangy and orangey, with blood orange granita, orange blossoms and juicy tangerine acidity accented by hints of fresh tarragon and salty mineral. Drink now.”
#85 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2023
92 Pts, James Suckling – 90 Pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 90 Pts, Wine Spectator
“The 2022 Sauvignon Blanc is unoaked and dry and comes in at 13.1% alcohol. Like the other 2022s in this report, this has a crisp and wonderfully fresh feel. It is tightly wound and not quite as vegetal as some but always leaning to freshness. There is plenty of zing and zest on the finish and it makes this work. For all that freshness and elegance, it has reasonably good concentration and feels substantial in its youth (in bottle only about 60 days when tasted). This is a beauty in its style and on its own terms. It’s another success. “
2021 #67 WS Top 100
If you’ve never heard of Bisci, let’s start here. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate called Giuseppe Bisci’s Verdicchio “one of the finest I’ve ever tasted,” and noted that “Verdicchio is one of the joys of Italian oenology that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and few producers do it better than Bisci.” A staple at $85/bottle for both French Laundry and Eleven Madison Park. “Verdicchio is one of the joys of Italian oenology that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and few producers do it better than Bisci.” – The Wine Advocate
#67 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2022
97 Points, Wine Enthusiast – 96 Points, James Suckling – 96 Points, Vinous – 95 Points, Decanter – 95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – 95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2019 La Gaffelière wafts from the glass with a rich bouquet of blackberries and cherries mingled with subtle hints of burning embers and loamy soil that’s framed by a deft application of creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, it’s a concentrated, vibrant wine built around bright acids and fine, powdery tannins. Its vivid fruit tones and classical balance make this Cabernet Franc-rich blend a promising candidate for sustained bottle age. Anyone who has tasted the great wines this estate produced in the 1950’s and 1960’s knows how great this site can be; and with stricter selection as well as the elimination of fruit from vines growing on the plain from the blend, that potential appears to be being unleashed at last.” -Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
#79 Wine of the Year, Wine Spectator 2023 Top 100
92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 91 Points, Wine Spectator
A super highly decorated Ribera del Duero that serves as the perfect intro to the category if you’re not familiar. In The Wine Advocate’s 92-point write-up they call this a “bread-and-butter wine,” Spanish expert Luis Gutiérrez called it “ripe without excess, with very integrated oak and velvety palate with silky tannins.” Hard to argue with anything there. I also found it beaming with energy and impeccably balanced, which added to my own admiration.
100 Pts, Jeb Dunnuck – 100 Pts, James Suckling – 99+ Pts, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
*Not Eligible for Further Discount* Hands down one of the best wines made in the world in the 2018 vintage. This is a little slice of history in a bottle; a time capsule present for yourself – a rare shot at a perfect wine from an iconic producer. A double 100-point wine with Parker’s Wine Advocate all but conceding perfection in their glowing 99+ review. It’s everything you want in a Napa Cab and in a collector’s item. This will be drinking like a dream for the next half century. Don’t miss a slice of double perfection!
2019 WE CS #7
97 Points, James Suckling – 96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Their beloved Napa Valley Cabernet comes from a who’s who of the best vineyard sites in Napa. It’s a seamless Cabernet blend sourced from Oakville, Stag’s Leap, Diamond Mountain, St. Helena, Calistoga, Oak Knoll and the winery’s estate fruit in Yountville.
#38 Wine of the Year, (2023 Wine Spectator Top 100)
92 Pts, Wine Spectator – 92 Pts, James Suckling – 91 Pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate
If you’re thinking “didn’t I see this wine in the Wine Spectator Top 100 last year as well?” Yes, yes you do. The Shiraz that First Drop has been making in the Barossa Valley in South Australia has been nothing short of extraordinary, and with their ridiculously reasonable price points, it’s no surprise this returns to Wine Spectator’s Top 50 Wines list once again. It’s a complex Shiraz with black cherry notes that lead off followed by blackberry, baking spices and some bramble. It’s a vibrant and juicy wine that has a nice little spicy kick to it at the end.