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Errázuriz

MAX Chardonnay 2017

Aconcagua Costa

Maximiano Errazuriz founded Errazuriz in 1870 in the foothills of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes Mountains and the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, he sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick.

James Suckling “Aromas of cooked apples and pie crust and floral undertones make for a ripe nose. Full and soft on the palate with plenty of fleshy stone fruit, but the crunchy…

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Wine Advocate “This has the pure and fresh style they are getting famous for—crisp, with integrated oak, transparency, verticality and minerality on a vibrant and focused palate. Great Chardonnay at a great…

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Ornellaia

Ornellaia 2016

Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Ornellaia is the estate's "Grand Vin," with exceptional balance, power, elegance, and great aging potential. It faithfully reflects, in every vintage, its nature, site, and distinctive Mediterranean personality.

Jeb Dunnuck (98+) "From a great vintage for Bolgheri, the 2016 Ornellaia is a classic blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot that was aged 20…

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Vinous Media "Just bottled, the 2016 Ornellaia is a dense, powerful wine. Naturally, the 2016 is just at the beginning of its life, but I am struck by how polished the tannins…

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Wine Advocate "The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is a wine of extreme complexity and precision. It offers monumental depth with profound layers of black fruit, coffee, licorice and baking chocolate. I tasted…

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Dog Point Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Marlborough

Dog Point's Sauvignon Blanc has become the icon in its category, a stainless steel Sauvignon Blanc that pulsates with energy, expressiveness and complexity that push the boundaries of what you may expect from Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 

Wine Advocate "The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is on the tropical end of the spectrum, with hints of guava, pineapple and nectarine—a real fruit bowl. It's medium-bodied and silky in texture, with a…

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Poggio al Tufo

Rompicollo 2016

Toscana IGT

This Tuscan "Super Value" is a blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and comes from a single-vineyard site in the Alta Maremma called Rompicollo. The vineyard benefits from southern exposure, ample sunlight, and a soil rich in tufo, a particular type of volcanic rock.

James Suckling "Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and flowers following through to a full body with firm and chewy tannins. A long and flavorful finish. Structured now. Needs two or three years to…

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Wine Spectator “The black cherry and blackberry fruit in this red makes an immediate impact, ushered along by lively acidity. Harmonious and enjoyable for the lush, ripe flavors.”

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Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Napa Valley, California

A true icon. The Napa Valley Chardonnay is the wine that put Chateau Montelena and Napa Valley at the forefront of the wine world in 1976, in what is now memorialized as “The Judgment of Paris.” To great disbelief, the Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay was the top-ranking wine against four white Burgundies and five other California Chardonnays. And as they say, the rest is history.

Jeb Dunnuck "Sourced mostly from a tiny site in Oak Knoll, the 2016 Chardonnay Napa Valley sees no malolactic fermentation and is brought up in 10-20% new French oak. It's a steely,…

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Château Recougne - Boutisse - Tour Bayard

Château Tour Bayard 2016

Montagne-Saint-Émilion

Vinous Media “The 2016 Tour Bayard is powerful, deep and intense, with tons of earthy and savory character that gives the wine its distinctive feral profile. Iron, smoke, game and cured meats…

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Masciarelli

Villa Gemma Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 2018

Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo DOC

Perhaps the finest rosé production area in Italy, and one of the few appellations dedicated only to rosé, Cerasuolo has a long history of producing serious rosé, and showcasing how well the Montepulciano grape is adapted to rosé. Masciarelli first produced this wine in 1986, only 5 years after the winery was founded. With deep fruit and structure but no shortage of pleasure, it is a rosé you can take to the dinner table.

Vinous Media "Pale red, the color a Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo should always be. Saline herbs dominate the nose and mouth initially, then lusciously ripe but a very fresh red cherry presence emerges and…

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Masciarelli

Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2013

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Villa Gemma is the wine that announced Abruzzo to the world, showcasing what the region and grapes of Abruzzo could produce. Villa Gemma Montepulciano Riserva is the only Italian wine with 14 consecutive Tre Bicchieri awards and, more importantly, was the wine that established Abruzzo as capable of making truly distinct, extraordinary wines. Villa Gemma Montepulciano Riserva is a powerfully – almost undeniably – intense wine of character and complexity.

James Suckling "The fruit here is really beautiful with dried violets, crushed lavender, oyster shell and iodine. To be sure, there’s lots of vanilla and resin, as well as tar and ash,…

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Wine Spectator "A rich, fragrant red, with saturated boysenberry coulis, oak spice, pomegranate and black tea leaf aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and well-meshed, with fine-grained tannins firming the fresh and lingering, graphite-laced…

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Domaine Chanson

Gevrey-Chambertin 2016

Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy

Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the major communes in the Cote de Nuits and is located in the northern part of the appellation. This is a "coup de coeur" wine, meaning it touches your heart with its charming style and powerful aromas and flavors.

Wine Spectator "Defined by vivid acidity, this red is racy, corralling the cherry, currant, tobacco, earthy and mineral flavors into a linear frame. Shows an underlying smokiness, along with fine length."

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Ornellaia

Ornellaia Bianco 2015

IGT Toscana

Ornellaia Bianco is Italy's most ambitious white wine. It is a result of the Estate’s desire to translate the exceptional properties of its terroir not only into red wines, but also into this magnificent white.

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2015 Ornellaia Bianco is a more rounded, powerful white compared to the 2016 and has ripe, sexy notes of honeyed melon, white flowers, honeysuckle, and subtle minerality. While its…

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Vinous Media "The 2015 Ornellaia Bianco, 100% Sauvignon (with a touch of Gris) is quite a powerful wine. In 2015, the Bianco has a real phenolic edge that gives the wine structure…

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Château Recougne - Boutisse - Tour Bayard

Château Boutisse 2016

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Purchased in 1996,the Milhade family have invested enormously in the vineyards and facilities at Boutisse and, above all, with their energy. Today Boutisse is no longer a surprise - dynamic young winemaker Marc Milhade has transformed this estate into an outstanding Saint-Emilion, with ripe, structured and engaging character.

Jeb Dunnuck "From the eastern part of the appellation and firmer clay soils, the deeply colored 2016 Château Boutisse (85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Carménère brought up in one-third new…

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Vinous Media "The 2016 Boutisse is magnificent. Striking aromatics and veins of saline minerality frame this absolutely exquisite, nuanced Saint-Émilion. Blood orange, mint, sage and floral notes add myriad shades of nuance…

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Paternoster

Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture 2015

Aglianico del Vulture DOC

Don Anselmo is a landmark wine made from 100% Aglianico grapes, the native varietal in Basilicata for which the region is renowned. It is dedicated to the winery's founder, Anselmo Paternoster, and represents the history, roots, and continued importance of the Paternoster family in the area of production of the wines, Vulture.

Wine Advocate “The 2015 Aglianico del Vulture Don Anselmo sees fruit sourced from a 4.5-hectare single vineyard located at 600 meters above sea level. The wine opens to tangy fruit aromas that…

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Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Napa Valley, California

The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium-bodied wine offering notable raciness up front, compelling freshness and depth of flavor. The earthy, complex and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon is softened by the judicious addition of Merlot. This is a wine that delivers immediate pleasure upon release.

Jeb Dunnuck "The largest production cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, which comes mostly from Calistoga (there's a small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Oak Knoll) and spends…

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Vinous Media "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a very pretty wine. Floral, lithe and understated, the 2016 is a wine of grace above all else. Sweet red cherry, mint, licorice,…

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Chateau Montelena

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is Chateau Montelena’s flagship wine and a quality icon of Napa Valley. The winemaking team works obsessively and passionately with each vintage to capture the best expression of their historic terroir. This is a show-stopper that reveals the perfect blend of flavors, aromas and textures to reach the pinnacle of balance.

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a brilliant wine and one of the gems out there from this estate. It offers crème de cassis, crushed violets, purple iris, and white…

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Vinous Media "A powerful, intense wine, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Montelena exudes depth and textural richness, all with the tannic and structural underpinning that is such a signature of the Montelena…

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Mitolo

G.A.M. 2015

McLaren Vale

G.A.M. represents the first initial of each of the Mitolo children's first names - Gemma, Alex and Marco. The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block within the Lopresti Vineyard, located all the way at the southern tip of McLaren Vale and on the coast.

Wine Advocate "Hints of menthol and toasty French oak accentuate the plums and mulberries on the nose of the 2015 GAM Shiraz. This is full-bodied, plush and rich on the palate, showing…

Jeb Dunnuck “Deeper and richer than the 2014, the 2015 Shiraz G.A.M. (which represents the initials of the Mitolo children) offers a smokin’ good bouquet of mulled spices, chocolate, salted caramel, and…

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Ponzi Vineyards

Chardonnay Reserve 2015

Willamette Valley

The Ponzi family has dedicated over 25 years to innovation in farming and winemaking to develop Oregon Chardonnay's place in the world. Luisa Ponzi's formative experiences working in Burgundy in the early 1990s guide her vision of producing complex and ageworthy Chardonnay.

Wine Advocate "The 2015 Chardonnay Reserve has a delicate nose of crème fraîche, lemon confit, white peach and wet stone. Medium to full-bodied and creamy textured, it fills the mouth with ripe…

Wine Enthusiast “This excellent reserve celebrating the winery’s 45th anniversary is a multi-vineyard blend that includes grapes from the top cuvées. It’s high toned and scented with whiskey barrel aromas and hints…

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Champagne Ayala

Perle d’Ayala 2006

Champagne, France

A treasure in the portfolio, Perle d'Ayala is produced only in exceptional years, according to practices that have remained faithful to the Champagne tradition. Composed of a majority of Chardonnay, this wine captures the essence of the Champagne terroir, in the purest respect of the style of the House.

James Suckling “A Chardonnay dominant cuvee (80 percent) that has rested on the lees for more than eight years.\ It delivers attractive, nutty complexity with an array of peach, lemon and lime…

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Champagne Ayala

Le Blanc de Blancs 2012

Champagne, France

Ayala’s Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, produced in small quantities in exceptional years only, fully expresses the superb caliber of great Chardonnay from the best crus of the Côte des Blancs. After 6 years of aging in Ayala’s cellars, remarkable minerality and low dosage make this an outstanding wine.

James Suckling “Super attractive aromas of chalky, fine, lemon pastry and pears with a subtle mineral thread. The palate has a very attractive array of fine, smooth peaches and citrus fruit and…

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Petrolo

Bòggina A 2016

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Every year, Petrolo selects a small lot of Bòggina, a wine made purely from their best Sangiovese grapes, to ferment in amphorae. The choice of amphorae has a historical dimension: Terracotta in Tuscany has a history back to the early Etruscan times. The remains of amphorae and other Etruscan relics can be found throughout the Petrolo property, an area that has been settled for thousands of years.

Wine & Spirits "Bòggina is an 11-acre plot of sangiovese vines first planted in 1952. Sanjust began producing a pure sangiovese from the vineyard in 2006, and five years later began vinifying a…

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Vinous Media "The 2016 Bòggina A is 100% Sangiovese done in amphora. Crushed flowers, dried rose petals, mint, sweet tobacco and savory herbs give the wine much of its distinctive, pungent personality.…

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Wine Spectator "This is elegant, offering cherry, plum, tobacco, leather and earth flavors, backed by lively acidity. Harmonious and long, echoing the leather and tobacco elements, with a hint of mineral."

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James Suckling “Extremely refined and beautiful with tight density of fruit and polished, linear tannins. Full to medium body and a bright, beautiful finish. Iron and stones, too.”

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Petrolo

Bòggina B 2016

IGT Toscana

Bòggina B is a little bit of Burgundy with a Tuscan twist. The wine is made with 100% Trebbiano Toscano. The clone of the Valdarno has been known for its quality since the 1300s, when it was regularly sent to the popes in Rome and the courts of Florence. Petrolo has been using Trebbiano grapes for its sweet vinsanto for decades, but owner Luca Sanjust decided that the time had come for a tribute to the great whites of Valdarno’s past. The wine is made under the guidance of one of Burgundy’s greats, Mounir Souma of Lucien Le Moine.

Wine & Spirits "Luca Sanjust was inspired to produce a white wine by Mounir Souma of Burgundy’s Lucien Le Moine. This is the third vintage of Bòggina B (B for “bianco”), a rich, smoky…

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Vinous Media "The 2016 Bòggina B, 100% Trebbiano, is a very pretty and expressive white. A hint of reduction adds complexity without overpowering the varietal orchard fruit, mint and floral flavors. There…

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James Suckling “This remains one of the coolest whites in Tuscany with a mineral, apple, and light flint aroma and flavor profile. Full-bodied, tight and focused with a beautiful finish of bright…

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