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Lynmar Estate

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Russian River Valley

The Russian River Valley Pinot Noir showcases the purity and vibrancy of the region with nuanced texture and bright aromatics. At its core, this wine is comprised of Lynmar’s three Russian River Valley vineyards - Quail Hill, Susanna’s and Adam’s - along with neighboring properties that share similar viticultural philosophies.

Attems

Cicinis 2017

Collio Sauvignon Blanc DOC

The Cicinis Sauvignon Blanc is an utterly distinctive expression of Sauvignon Blanc. From a single vineyard in the Collio area, the tremendous density and aromatics are joined by a deep and complex texture due to the aging in oak barrels and cement eggs. Truly the Attems flagship.

James Suckling "A dense and beautiful sauvignon with  lime, kiwi and lemon character, as well as soil and stone. Full body.  Flavorful and long. Excellent energy and brightness at the end. Phenolic…

Masseto

Masseto 2016

Toscana IGT

Masseto is one of the most celebrated wines in the world. Coveted by international collectors and fine wine connoisseurs across the globe, Masseto constantly receives the highest accolades from the most prestigious wine critics in the world, and is a fixture in the international fine wine trade indices.

Wine Advocate "Masseto has pulled off back-to-back home runs. This is the first time than an Italian wine has earned 100 points in successive vintages. The 2016 Masseto is a thunderstorm of…

Tommasi

Ripasso Valpolicella 2016

Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC

This wine is made by refermenting the juice from the Valpolicella on the warm Amarone grape skins, in the typical “Ripasso” method, which imparts a rich character and personality to the wine. The grapes are sourced from three of most prestigious Tommasi vineyards: Conca d’Oro, La Groletta and De Buris.

James Suckling "Shows plenty of ripeness with dried-berry and floral character on the nose. Medium body and firm, silky tannins. Chewy and intense. Structured."

Petrolo

Galatrona 2014

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Year after year, Galatrona has quietly been recognized as one of the great wines of Italy and is often referred to as the Petrus of Tuscany. What it truly is, though, is beyond comparison - a wine of utter individuality reflective of the Petrolo estate and its unique location in an all but unknown appellation of Tuscany.

Wine Spectator (+) "Black currant, cedar, thyme and spice flavors are backed by a solid structure here. Firm tannins take hold of the finish as this winds down, with echoes of fruit and…

Sandrone

Barbera d’Alba 2017

Barbera d'Alba

Wine Advocate "The 2017 Barbera d'Alba is a child of a hot vintage, and there's no missing its correspondingly sweet and dark fruit flavors. This vintage actually makes for an especially vibrant…

James Suckling "Succulent and delicious with lots of dark chocolate and blackberry aromas and flavors. Medium body. Soft texture."

Sandrone

Valmaggiore 2017

Nebbiolo d'Alba

Wine Advocate "With scorching heat and little rain overall, there was reason for worry during the 2017 growing season at large, but in the Roero zone by the banks of the Tanaro…

James Suckling "Attractive strawberry and orange-peel character. Medium body. Light tannins and a fresh finish."

Sandrone

Barolo Le Vigne 2015

Barolo

Le Vigne is a wine created from four different Nebbiolo vineyards, each of which brings its own contribution. This union generates an exceptionally complex wine that is round and harmonious on the palate, with fruity and spicy notes, and this approach of blending together plots is in fact the traditional one in Barolo.

James Suckling "A tight and focused Le Vigne with strawberry, orange-peel and floral aromas and hints of hazelnuts. Full-bodied, very intense and focused. Extremely long and polished, tannic finish."

Wine Advocate (95+) Luciano Sandrone expected this would be a beautiful year for Nebbiolo, with fruit showing the qualities of an important wine all throughout the growing season and right up to harvest.…

Vinous Media (95+) "The 2015 Barolo Le Vigne is a wine of pure and extreme grace. Silky and nuanced on the palate, with tremendous character, the 2015 is all class. Rose petal, mint…

Ornellaia

Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia 2017

Toscana Bianco IGT

Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia is one of Italy's most innovative and progressive white wines, providing an altogether different experience of the Ornellaia estate and its Mediterranean influences.

Wine Spectator "This expressive white exudes peach, gooseberry, sage and white pepper flavors, backed by lively acidity and finishing with a saline accent. Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Viognier and Verdicchio."

James Suckling "Honeysuckle, dried jasmine, daffodils, apricot pie and peach flan with some butterscotch undertones. Full-bodied and intense, but very precise in its delivery of sleek stone fruit and steely acidity."

Tenuta Luce

Luce 2016

Toscana IGT

Luce is a singular and irresistible expression of Montalcino, a Super Tuscan with an exotic side, and above all full of pleasure. The spectacular estate's diversity of soils, expositions and biodiversity of olive groves and forests come together in a wine as vibrant and exciting as the landscape. 

Wine Spectator "Well-marked by spicy, toasty oak, this plum- and black cherry–flavored red is broad and muscular. Smooth, with fine structural support and hints of chocolate and coffee on the lingering aftertaste.…

James Suckling "A ripe but suggestive nose of dark cherries, dark chocolate, hot stones, cassis, brambleberry pie and bark. Powerful acidity steers it through to a restrained but chewy finish."

Domaine des Baumard

Savennières Trie Spéciale 2010

Savennières

Baumard’s Savennières Trie Spéciale bottling is in many ways the apotheosis of the appellation, and is produced only in great years (’89, ’90, ’95, ’97, ’00, ’10, ’14 to date). Exceptionally ripe bunches are hand-harvested in successive passes (‘tries’) through the estate vineyard, resulting in a concentrated wine of enormous structure and intensity, requiring many years to unwind into a lanolin-textured wine with flavors of stone fruits, spices, and minerals, and great length. One of France’s greatest white wines.

Wine & Spirits “Selected over the course of a series of passes through Baumard’s 10-acre vineyard in Savennières, aged for nine months in stainless steel on the fine lees, this is a wine…

Related Materials: Domaine des Baumard Savennières Trie Spéciale 2010 Tech Sheet (96 W&S)

E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph 2016

Saint-Joseph

Saint-Joseph today is one of the most exciting appellations in the Rhone Valley, and dare we say all of France. The work by leading producers such as Guigal, energy from young growers, and recognition (really, re-discovery) of sites capable of making wines of extraordinary depth and complexity; of the same family as its famous neighbor in Hermitage, but with a distinct suppleness and elegance.

Wine Spectator "Lively in feel, with red currant, pomegranate and damson plum fruit flavors keeping this decidedly in the red spectrum, while floral and iron nuances fill in on the racy finish."

James Suckling "A wildly herbal and spicy, exotic style with aromas and flavors of red plums and cherries, as well as aged meat. Grainy, elegant tannins. Drink or hold."

Vinous Media “Opaque ruby. Spice-accented black/blue fruits, violet, olive and smoky minerals on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering lively boysenberry, bitter cherry and cracked pepper flavors…

Errázuriz

MAX Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Aconcagua Costa

It's becoming common knowledge, Errazuriz is one of the most interesting quality areas to grow Sauvignon Blanc, with wines that sit between the fruit of New Zealand and the minerality of the Loire Valley. MAX Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from the Manzanar Vineyard in Chile's newest appellation, Aconcagua Costa. Planted by Errazuriz in 2005 and just 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the combination of cool climate and diverse, quality soils creates wines with tremendous freshness and bracing minerality.

James Suckling “A pithy sauvignon blanc that shows nectarines, peach pit and papaya. Full-bodied with plenty of tropical character on the palate, but a fine line of acidity balances out the palate.”

Related Materials: Errázuriz MAX Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Tech Sheet (91 JS) Errázuriz MAX Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Shelf Talker (91 JS)

Errázuriz

MAX Pinot Noir 2018

Aconcagua Costa

Hailing from a daring planting nearly 15 years ago of vineyards fewer than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean, MAX Pinot Noir is a stunning expression of Pinot Noir that we believe makes it one of the highest quality, most interesting, and most original Pinot Noirs available at its price from anywhere in the world.

James Suckling “Pure blueberry and cranberry character, in addition to fresh currants and herbs, not to mention citrus and dried orange peel. Fruity and tangy, but with some good structure on the…

Related Materials: Errázuriz MAX Pinot Noir 2018 Tech Sheet (91 JS) Errázuriz MAX Pinot Noir 2018 Shelf Talker (91 JS)

Errázuriz

MAX Chardonnay 2018

Aconcagua Costa

One of Francisco Baettig’s favorite varietals to work with, year after year MAX Chardonnay is noted for its crispness and lively acidity. The exceptional soils and cool ocean breeze provide optimal conditions for Chardonnay in Errazuriz' coastal vineyards, located just 8 miles from the Pacific. Th­e diverse soils control plant vigor, producing fruit that is balanced yet intensely concentrated, with a beautiful fresh citrus and mineral profile.

James Suckling   “A pretty and nicely ripe chardonnay that shows cooked apples, peach pit and dried nutmeg. Full-bodied and round on the palate with fleshy stone fruit and clove and spice…

Related Materials: Errázuriz MAX Chardonnay 2018 Tech Sheet (91 JS) Errázuriz MAX Chardonnay 2018 Shelf Talker (91 JS)

Errázuriz

MAX Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Aconcagua Valley

We'll go out in a limb here and say that this is one of the world's great values in quality Cabernet Sauvignon and, beyond that, a Cabernet that utterly reflects where it is grown. A perfect package of fresh and savory fruits and spices within a frame of juicy and supple tannins that offer both pleasure and structure.

James Suckling “The currant and flower-leaf aromas are pungent here, yet they’re not overdone. Medium to full body and juicy fruit. Round tannins. Hints of walnuts. Firm yet very drinkable.”

Related Materials: Errázuriz MAX Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Tech Sheet (92 JS) Errázuriz MAX Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Shelf Talker (92 JS)

Domaine Chanson

Marsannay 2017

Marsannay, Burgundy

Marsannay is a village level located in the northen part of the Côte de Nuits a short distance of Dijon, the regional capital. Chanson has made this appellation an intense focus because of the serious quality the wines can achieve when diligently approached, and the sheer pleasure they can offer.

Wine Spectator "An expression of dark cherry, blackberry, earth, tobacco and spice flavors. Rich and juicy, with a lingering aftertaste of tart cherry."

Related Materials: Domaine Chanson Marsannay 2017 Tech Sheet (90 WS)

Quinta do Noval

Nacional Vintage Port 2017

Douro Valley, Portugal

The word "Nacional" refers to the fact that the vines are Portuguese vines growing in Portuguese soil with no foreign root stock and are therefore "attached to the soil of the Nation." The survival of the tiny parcel (6 acres) of legendary ungrafted vines is a mystery and the National is a unique and extraordinary phenomenon that does not necessarily follow the same rhythm as the rest of the Quinta do Noval. Nacional is every port lover's fantasy and this great wine is a source of pride to the people of Portugal and at its best the finest expression of the extraordinary terroir of Quinta do Noval.

Wine Advocate The 2017 Vintage Port Nacional is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in old wood. It comes in…

Vinous "The 2017 Quinta do Noval Nacional, which was trodden under foot in lagares and matured in wood for 18 months, demands considerable aeration in the glass even after extended decanting. Eventually it…

James Suckling "Such fine tannins and it goes on and on and on. Full-bodied, compact and very fine. Sweet plums and old-vine, bark character. Lasts for minutes. Feels dry."

Related Materials: Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 2017 Tech Sheet (99 JS)

Quinta do Noval

Vintage Port 2017

Douro Valley, Portugal

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port is characterized by its purity of fruit and a fine and delicate quality that is typical of the wines of the property in general but which finds its most remarkable and enduring expression in the Vintage Ports. Equilibrium, harmony, finesse and elegance characterize our great Vintage Ports, which are declared only in great years and only when the wines come up to Noval’s exacting standards. Even then, the wines selected for the Quinta do Noval Vintage Port blend represent only a small proportion of our total production.

Wine Spectator "This is well-packed, offering the vivid plum, boysenberry, cassis and açaí berry fruit profile of the vintage, along with a dark edge of tar, baker's chocolate and salted licorice that…

Wine Advocate The 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão and Sousão, aged for 18 months in old wood vats. It comes in with 99…

Vinous "The 2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port was picked from August 21 to September 28 under perfect conditions. It has a tightly wound bouquet that requires a lot of aeration.…

James Suckling "Big grip in this wine with dark blackberries, blueberries and floral notes. Fine tannins. Ripe but sweet and pretty. Shows a lovely finish."

Domaine des Baumard

Savennières Clos du Papillon 2015

Savennieres

If Savennières produces some of the most compelling dry white wines in the world, the Clos du Papillon plot within Savennières , so named for its butterfly shape, concentrates and magnifies all the characteristics of this small, distinct appellation. Baumard is the largest owner of this vineyard, with the best holdings, and the wines display a captivating combination of ripe orchard fruit, floral, and mineral notes, within a structure able to age decades.

Wine Spectator “This is very alluring, with salted butter, blanched almond and tarragon highlights amid the core of creamed pear, green plum and white ginger flavors. The distinctive mouthfeel combines creamy and…

Related Materials: Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon 2015 Tech Sheet (95 WS) Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon 2015 Shelf Talker (95 WS)