Recent Ratings and Reviews

  • The 2013 Valtellina Superiore Vigneto Fracia is gorgeous. Deep, fleshy and resonant on the palate, the 2013 possesses striking depth and notable pedigree. There is a wonderful sense of breadth that runs through the 2013. Sweet cherry, cinnamon, orange peel, dried rose petal and mint all flesh out in…

    Nino Negri 'Vigneto Fracia' Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points

    The 2013 Valtellina Superiore Vigneto Fracia is gorgeous. Deep, fleshy and resonant on the palate, the 2013 possesses striking depth and notable pedigree. There is a wonderful sense of breadth that runs through the 2013. Sweet cherry, cinnamon, orange peel, dried rose petal and mint all flesh out in…

  • The 2013 Superiore Le Tense Sassella is soft and pliant, with lovely bright red fruit character, and terrific balance. Orange zest, sweet red cherry, mint and floral notes meld together effortlessly. I especially like the wines freshness, something that can at times be an issue with Valtellina reds.…

    Nino Negri 'Le Tense' Sassella Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Vinous / 91 Points

    The 2013 Superiore Le Tense Sassella is soft and pliant, with lovely bright red fruit character, and terrific balance. Orange zest, sweet red cherry, mint and floral notes meld together effortlessly. I especially like the wines freshness, something that can at times be an issue with Valtellina reds.…

  • The 2013 Valtellina Superiore Inferno offers a good bit of aromatic and flavor complexity to match its lifted, mid-weight personality. Scents of sweet tobacco, anise and dried herbs are laced together in this pretty Valtellina red.

    Nino Negri Inferno Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Vinous / 88 Points

    The 2013 Valtellina Superiore Inferno offers a good bit of aromatic and flavor complexity to match its lifted, mid-weight personality. Scents of sweet tobacco, anise and dried herbs are laced together in this pretty Valtellina red.

  • Made with 100% Syrah, this opens with aromas of black-skinned berry, cooking spice and a hint of smoke. The forward palate delivers blackberry jam, clove and black pepper alongside assertive tannins. Drink through 2020.

    Tenuta Rapitala Nadir Syrah Sicilia D.O.C. 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points

    Made with 100% Syrah, this opens with aromas of black-skinned berry, cooking spice and a hint of smoke. The forward palate delivers blackberry jam, clove and black pepper alongside assertive tannins. Drink through 2020.

  • This blend of Nero dAvola and Pinot Nero opens with aromas suggesting black-skinned berry, Mediterranean brush and a whiff of dark spice. The sleek palate renders black-cherry compote, cinnamon and a hint of licorice alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2021.

    Tenuta Rapitala Nuhar Nero d’Avola/Pinot Nero Sicilia D.O.C. 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points

    This blend of Nero dAvola and Pinot Nero opens with aromas suggesting black-skinned berry, Mediterranean brush and a whiff of dark spice. The sleek palate renders black-cherry compote, cinnamon and a hint of licorice alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2021.

  • This 100% Chardonnay opens with warm aromas of toast and oak. The aromas carry over to the full-bodied palate along with mature yellow apple, citrus rind and a hint of butterscotch.

    Tenuta Rapitala Grand Cru Chardonnay Sicilia I.G.T. 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points

    This 100% Chardonnay opens with warm aromas of toast and oak. The aromas carry over to the full-bodied palate along with mature yellow apple, citrus rind and a hint of butterscotch.

  • Tender notes of jasmine and rose rise from the glass. The concentrated palate has both freshness and texture from citrus zestiness. Pear and peach notes are subtle but long on the dry, textured finish.

    Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points

    Tender notes of jasmine and rose rise from the glass. The concentrated palate has both freshness and texture from citrus zestiness. Pear and peach notes are subtle but long on the dry, textured finish.

  • There is a creamy freshness to the pear notes on the nose. The dry palate delivers friendly, earthy pear fruit on a rounded body that has phenolic texture and bright freshness. This wine is rich, dry and perfectly balanced. The dry finish sings with lemon.

    Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points

    There is a creamy freshness to the pear notes on the nose. The dry palate delivers friendly, earthy pear fruit on a rounded body that has phenolic texture and bright freshness. This wine is rich, dry and perfectly balanced. The dry finish sings with lemon.

  • Produced from the three main Champagne grapes and with a higher dosage than for Brut, this is an off-dry Champagne. The fruit is all there, along with touches of maturity, balancing ripe apricot and orange flavors against toastiness. Drink this wine now.

    Champagne Pol Roger Rich Demi Sec Non-Vintage NV / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points

    Produced from the three main Champagne grapes and with a higher dosage than for Brut, this is an off-dry Champagne. The fruit is all there, along with touches of maturity, balancing ripe apricot and orange flavors against toastiness. Drink this wine now.

  • Pol Rogers nonvintage cuve is perfectly in the house style with its great balance and poise between crisp dryness and a softer character. That makes for a very drinkable wine, rich, stylish and ready to drink now.

    Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve 'White Foil' NV / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points

    Pol Rogers nonvintage cuve is perfectly in the house style with its great balance and poise between crisp dryness and a softer character. That makes for a very drinkable wine, rich, stylish and ready to drink now.

  • This producer gives this style of bone-dry Champagne just the right bottle aging to allow it soften and fill out with ripe fruit. Of course, it still has crispness as well as a tight mineral texture. Together with the fruit, the elements are balanced, right in place, giving a wine that is ready to drink.

    Champagne Pol Roger Pure Brut NV / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points

    This producer gives this style of bone-dry Champagne just the right bottle aging to allow it soften and fill out with ripe fruit. Of course, it still has crispness as well as a tight mineral texture. Together with the fruit, the elements are balanced, right in place, giving a wine that is ready to drink.

  • The latest vintage release from this producer, this is beautifully balanced with white fruits and touches of citrus paralleled by a tight mineral texture and acidity. It is still young, because vintages from this producer age for many years. Drink from 2020.

    Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Cellar Selection

    The latest vintage release from this producer, this is beautifully balanced with white fruits and touches of citrus paralleled by a tight mineral texture and acidity. It is still young, because vintages from this producer age for many years. Drink from 2020.

  • This is the latest release of this legendary wine. A blend, although with a majority of Pinot Noir (Churchills preference), the wine is rich, just beginning to show wonderful signs of maturity. It still has intense fruit along with the taut mineral texture that will allow the wine to age further. It…

    Champagne Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2006 / Wine Enthusiast / 98 Points / Editors Choice

    This is the latest release of this legendary wine. A blend, although with a majority of Pinot Noir (Churchills preference), the wine is rich, just beginning to show wonderful signs of maturity. It still has intense fruit along with the taut mineral texture that will allow the wine to age further. It…

  • With fruit from the Cte des Blancs, this is a classic, textured, mineral-driven Chardonnay Champagne. Its bottle age gives a toasty edge to the crisp, lively grapefruit and bitter orange flavors. Well balanced, this impressive wine is still likely to improve with aging. Drink now, but, better, wait…

    Champagne Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2009 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points

    With fruit from the Cte des Blancs, this is a classic, textured, mineral-driven Chardonnay Champagne. Its bottle age gives a toasty edge to the crisp, lively grapefruit and bitter orange flavors. Well balanced, this impressive wine is still likely to improve with aging. Drink now, but, better, wait…

  • This is a steely, flinty Riesling set for the long haul, hence the name. At the moment, its showing a good deal of fruit: lemons, apples and orange peel, on the nose. But the palate is all about the flinty minerality. You could drink this now, but youd be rewarded for cellaring it for at least 10 years.…

    Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2017 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points / Cellar Selection

    This is a steely, flinty Riesling set for the long haul, hence the name. At the moment, its showing a good deal of fruit: lemons, apples and orange peel, on the nose. But the palate is all about the flinty minerality. You could drink this now, but youd be rewarded for cellaring it for at least 10 years.…

  • Bright red. Expressive aromas of red currant, licorice, flowers and tar. Floral, bright and subtle, with blood orange and red fruit flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes suave, dry, and long. Lovely, elegant, old-style Brunello that will prove very food-flexible.

    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points

    Bright red. Expressive aromas of red currant, licorice, flowers and tar. Floral, bright and subtle, with blood orange and red fruit flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes suave, dry, and long. Lovely, elegant, old-style Brunello that will prove very food-flexible.

  • A lively version, offering a juicy combination of apple, lemon and mineral notes, with the acidity keeping this well-defined and long. Not built for the long haul, but shows verve for the vintage. Drink now through 2024.

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2016 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    A lively version, offering a juicy combination of apple, lemon and mineral notes, with the acidity keeping this well-defined and long. Not built for the long haul, but shows verve for the vintage. Drink now through 2024.

  • Rich, driven by lemon aromas and flavors, with a supporting cast of apple and honey notes. Firms up on the finish, where a light stony element emerges. Drink now through 2023.

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2016 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    Rich, driven by lemon aromas and flavors, with a supporting cast of apple and honey notes. Firms up on the finish, where a light stony element emerges. Drink now through 2023.

  • Just hitting the market now, the 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo Sbirolo is very representative of the grape. Fruit comes from the lower and less prized portions of vineyards otherwise used to make top shelf Barolo and Barbaresco. The wine offers youthful aromas of wild berry and raspberry with some bitter almond…

    Marchesi di Barolo Sbirolo Nebbiolo Langhe DOC 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points

    Just hitting the market now, the 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo Sbirolo is very representative of the grape. Fruit comes from the lower and less prized portions of vineyards otherwise used to make top shelf Barolo and Barbaresco. The wine offers youthful aromas of wild berry and raspberry with some bitter almond…

  • (from a .62 ha parcel in Le Rognet, which is in Ladoix). A difficult nose is presently composed by notes of reduction, sulfur and soft wood. Rich, full-bodied and powerful flavors are also blessed with an impressive amount of dry extract that coats the palate on the expressly dry but not really austere…

    Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016 / Burghound / 91-94 Points

    (from a .62 ha parcel in Le Rognet, which is in Ladoix). A difficult nose is presently composed by notes of reduction, sulfur and soft wood. Rich, full-bodied and powerful flavors are also blessed with an impressive amount of dry extract that coats the palate on the expressly dry but not really austere…

  • Like the Blagny, the fruit is overwhelmed by the strong reduction and wood influences. The caressing and notably finer medium-bodied flavors possess very good mid-palate density while displaying focused power on the balanced and sneaky long finish. This needs to develop more depth but the underlying…

    Domaine Faiveley Bienvenue Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2016 / Burghound / 90-93 Points

    Like the Blagny, the fruit is overwhelmed by the strong reduction and wood influences. The caressing and notably finer medium-bodied flavors possess very good mid-palate density while displaying focused power on the balanced and sneaky long finish. This needs to develop more depth but the underlying…

  • (from Puligny fruit). Here too the nose is dominated by reduction and wood. On the plus side, there is good size and weight to the rich, fleshy and mouth coating large bodied flavors that brim with dry extract on the almost painfully intense and sneaky long finish that possesses just a bit more depth…

    Domaine Faiveley Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2016 / Burghound / 91-93 Points

    (from Puligny fruit). Here too the nose is dominated by reduction and wood. On the plus side, there is good size and weight to the rich, fleshy and mouth coating large bodied flavors that brim with dry extract on the almost painfully intense and sneaky long finish that possesses just a bit more depth…

  • An overtly floral-suffused nose exhibits additional breadth in the form of citrus, apple and petrol scents. There is both better precision and minerality to the chalky and textured medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a chiseled and saline finish.

    Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains 2016 / Burghound / 89-91 Points

    An overtly floral-suffused nose exhibits additional breadth in the form of citrus, apple and petrol scents. There is both better precision and minerality to the chalky and textured medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a chiseled and saline finish.

  • Reduction, wood and residual malolactic fermentation aromas presently dominate the underlying fruit though there is good freshness and verve to the intense, rich and stony medium weight flavors that offer fine length but limited depth, at least today.

    Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 2016 / Burghound / 87-90 Points

    Reduction, wood and residual malolactic fermentation aromas presently dominate the underlying fruit though there is good freshness and verve to the intense, rich and stony medium weight flavors that offer fine length but limited depth, at least today.

  • A pungent nose combines notes of petrol, straw, pear and a whiff of citrus rind. I like both the volume and punch of the middle weight flavors that emanate a subtle minerality on the clean, dry and moderately complex finale. This saline-inflected effort should drink well young.

    Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette 2016 / Burghound / 87-89 Points

    A pungent nose combines notes of petrol, straw, pear and a whiff of citrus rind. I like both the volume and punch of the middle weight flavors that emanate a subtle minerality on the clean, dry and moderately complex finale. This saline-inflected effort should drink well young.

  • Nicely rendered, with a polished mix of plum, currant and blackberry compote flavors. Alder, tar, chestnut and tobacco flow in the background. Drink now through 2021.

    Vidal-Fleury Saint-Joseph 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    Nicely rendered, with a polished mix of plum, currant and blackberry compote flavors. Alder, tar, chestnut and tobacco flow in the background. Drink now through 2021.

  • Polished in feel, with creamed raspberry and warm cherry paste flavors gliding through, lined with red licorice notes and backed by a light apple wood hint on the open finish. Drink now through 2020.

    Vidal-Fleury Gigondas 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points

    Polished in feel, with creamed raspberry and warm cherry paste flavors gliding through, lined with red licorice notes and backed by a light apple wood hint on the open finish. Drink now through 2020.

  • Ripe and lightly sappy black cherry and date flavors are layered with fine-grained tannins and accents of mocha, candied orange peel and cured tobacco in this red. An expressive, medium- to full-bodied version in a flashy style. Drink now through 2025.

    Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo Salento IGT 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points

    Ripe and lightly sappy black cherry and date flavors are layered with fine-grained tannins and accents of mocha, candied orange peel and cured tobacco in this red. An expressive, medium- to full-bodied version in a flashy style. Drink now through 2025.

  • A balanced, medium-bodied red, showing light tannins sculpting the creamy cherry and strawberry fruit flavors, with subtle accents of smoke, mocha and spice. Drink now through 2021.

    Castello Monaci Maru Negroamaro Salento IGT 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    A balanced, medium-bodied red, showing light tannins sculpting the creamy cherry and strawberry fruit flavors, with subtle accents of smoke, mocha and spice. Drink now through 2021.

  • A savory, light- to medium-bodied red, with notes of cured tobacco and singed orange peel layered with flavors of bright currant fruit. Grippy tannins firm the finish. Drink now.

    Lungarotti Rosso Montefalco DOC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    A savory, light- to medium-bodied red, with notes of cured tobacco and singed orange peel layered with flavors of bright currant fruit. Grippy tannins firm the finish. Drink now.

  • An appealing note of minerality pierces through the dense cherry, plum and blueberry flavors, adding an appealing savory touch, with muscular tannins. Drink now through 2028.

    Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvedre 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    An appealing note of minerality pierces through the dense cherry, plum and blueberry flavors, adding an appealing savory touch, with muscular tannins. Drink now through 2028.

  • Red licorice, cherry and star anise notes are smooth, juicy and crisp, with plenty of vitality and energy to the flavors. Shows plenty of focus. Grenache, Mourvdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Drink now through 2027.

    Hewitson Miss Harry Rhone Style Blend 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    Red licorice, cherry and star anise notes are smooth, juicy and crisp, with plenty of vitality and energy to the flavors. Shows plenty of focus. Grenache, Mourvdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Drink now through 2027.

  • A tangy version, offering lemon, apple and earth flavors, with a chalky feel as this plays out on the moderately long finish. Drink now.

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    A tangy version, offering lemon, apple and earth flavors, with a chalky feel as this plays out on the moderately long finish. Drink now.

  • This is lush and full of black cherry, blackberry and spice flavors, allied to a smooth texture. A good dose of new oak is balanced by the ripe fruit. This should come together in the near term. Best from 2019 through 2028.

    Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Champs-Pimont Rouge 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    This is lush and full of black cherry, blackberry and spice flavors, allied to a smooth texture. A good dose of new oak is balanced by the ripe fruit. This should come together in the near term. Best from 2019 through 2028.

  • This polished red has a juicy core of glazed cherry and raspberry coulis flavors, marked with cassis, mineral and spice elements. Details of black tea and floral mark the clean finish. Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. Drink now through 2023.

    Hecht & Bannier Languedoc 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    This polished red has a juicy core of glazed cherry and raspberry coulis flavors, marked with cassis, mineral and spice elements. Details of black tea and floral mark the clean finish. Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. Drink now through 2023.

  • This is also reduced but there is a fine sense of underlying tension and freshness to the precise and markedly mineral-driven middle weight flavors that terminate in a saline infused, moderately austere but slightly clipped and short finish where notes of bitter lemon and wood appear. I like the underlying…

    Olivier Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Burghound / 91-93 Points

    This is also reduced but there is a fine sense of underlying tension and freshness to the precise and markedly mineral-driven middle weight flavors that terminate in a saline infused, moderately austere but slightly clipped and short finish where notes of bitter lemon and wood appear. I like the underlying…

  • (entirely from the Puligny side). A pungent nose consists of wood toast and reduction. Once again though there is a lovely sense of energy and freshness to the surprisingly refined broad-shouldered flavors that display focused power and seriously good length on the balanced, dry and sappy finish. This…

    Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Burghound / 92-95 Points

    (entirely from the Puligny side). A pungent nose consists of wood toast and reduction. Once again though there is a lovely sense of energy and freshness to the surprisingly refined broad-shouldered flavors that display focused power and seriously good length on the balanced, dry and sappy finish. This…

  • (from Peux Bois). A trace of reduction is not enough to materially mask the floral and citrus zest scents. There is good muscle to the vibrant and moderately stony medium-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract that imparts a sappy texture to the impressively long and complex finish that is notably…

    Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Burghound / 90-93 Points

    (from Peux Bois). A trace of reduction is not enough to materially mask the floral and citrus zest scents. There is good muscle to the vibrant and moderately stony medium-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract that imparts a sappy texture to the impressively long and complex finish that is notably…

  • Here there is no reductive funk to the elegant, pure and airy nose that features notes of honeysuckle, lemongrass, essence of pear and a whiff of oak. The notably finer medium weight flavors are an exercise in refinement that carries over to the more complex and sneaky long finish where a hint of natural…

    Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Burghound / 91-93 Points

    Here there is no reductive funk to the elegant, pure and airy nose that features notes of honeysuckle, lemongrass, essence of pear and a whiff of oak. The notably finer medium weight flavors are an exercise in refinement that carries over to the more complex and sneaky long finish where a hint of natural…

  • Firm reduction blocks an evaluation of the nose though there is a lovely sense of freshness to the voluminous and concentrated medium-bodied flavors that evidence solid power on the clean, dry and nicely complex and persistent finale. Good stuff with equally good aging potential.

    Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Burghound / 90-92 Points

    Firm reduction blocks an evaluation of the nose though there is a lovely sense of freshness to the voluminous and concentrated medium-bodied flavors that evidence solid power on the clean, dry and nicely complex and persistent finale. Good stuff with equally good aging potential.

  • Limpid orange-pink. Cherry, orange zest and pungent flowers and herbs on the nose and palate. Chewy and taut, showing good heft and a white pepper note that adds spicy bite to the finish.

    Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2017 / Vinous / 88 Points

    Limpid orange-pink. Cherry, orange zest and pungent flowers and herbs on the nose and palate. Chewy and taut, showing good heft and a white pepper note that adds spicy bite to the finish.

  • Light brilliant orange. Ripe red berries, orange zest and subtle floral and herbal notes on the fragrant nose. Supple and open-knit, showing good depth to the gently sweet raspberry and tangerine flavors. The floral notes comes back on the smooth, nicely persistent finish, which features a touch of…

    Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rosé 2017 / Vinous / 89 Points

    Light brilliant orange. Ripe red berries, orange zest and subtle floral and herbal notes on the fragrant nose. Supple and open-knit, showing good depth to the gently sweet raspberry and tangerine flavors. The floral notes comes back on the smooth, nicely persistent finish, which features a touch of…

  • Vivid orange-pink. Aromas and flavors of pungent red berries and orange pith reveal a floral nuance and a touch of pepperiness. Shows good heft on the palate. The pepper and orange notes return on a firm, nicely persistent finish.

    El Coto de Rioja Rosé Rioja DOCa 2017 / Vinous / 88 Points

    Vivid orange-pink. Aromas and flavors of pungent red berries and orange pith reveal a floral nuance and a touch of pepperiness. Shows good heft on the palate. The pepper and orange notes return on a firm, nicely persistent finish.

  • Valentina Abbona describes the soil of the Sarmassa cru as 'strong'. Her parcel sits on a steep, heavily eroded slope leaving just clay and stone, which curbs vigour. Aged in a combination of French oak barrique and large Slavonian oak cask, it offers rose tea, black raspberry and grilled herb notes.…

    Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2013 / Decanter / 93 Points

    Valentina Abbona describes the soil of the Sarmassa cru as 'strong'. Her parcel sits on a steep, heavily eroded slope leaving just clay and stone, which curbs vigour. Aged in a combination of French oak barrique and large Slavonian oak cask, it offers rose tea, black raspberry and grilled herb notes.…

  • A delicate skein of spice on the nose unravels through flavors of Asian pear, pineapple, apple blossom and saline-tinged minerality in this fresh and focused, light-bodied white. Lithe and elegant. Drink now through 2021.

    J. Hofstatter Barthenau Vigna S. Michele Pinot Bianco Alto Adige DOC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    A delicate skein of spice on the nose unravels through flavors of Asian pear, pineapple, apple blossom and saline-tinged minerality in this fresh and focused, light-bodied white. Lithe and elegant. Drink now through 2021.

  • A fresh, open style, offering lemon and apple flavors, with a touch of stony mineral. Not complex or long, but balanced and delicious. Drink now.

    J. J. Vincent Bourgogne Blanc JJ 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    A fresh, open style, offering lemon and apple flavors, with a touch of stony mineral. Not complex or long, but balanced and delicious. Drink now.

  • Defined flavors of apple, lemon and mineral are deftly shaded by spicy oak in this tightly knit white that's intense and long, with an equilibrium that should gain cohesion over the next year or so. Best from 2020 through 2027.

    Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2016 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points

    Defined flavors of apple, lemon and mineral are deftly shaded by spicy oak in this tightly knit white that's intense and long, with an equilibrium that should gain cohesion over the next year or so. Best from 2020 through 2027.

  • Vanilla, clove and smoke notes from the generous oak embrace peach, spiced apple and lemon cake flavors in a harmonious manner. Fine, vibrant acidity and the lush spice accents remain saturated on the long finish.

    Olivier Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points

    Vanilla, clove and smoke notes from the generous oak embrace peach, spiced apple and lemon cake flavors in a harmonious manner. Fine, vibrant acidity and the lush spice accents remain saturated on the long finish.

  • Creamy and alluring, featuring floral, peach, lemon curd, citronella and mineral flavors meshing beautifully with the vibrant structure. Turns toasty and smoky, building to a long, harmonious aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2028.

    Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points

    Creamy and alluring, featuring floral, peach, lemon curd, citronella and mineral flavors meshing beautifully with the vibrant structure. Turns toasty and smoky, building to a long, harmonious aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2028.

  • Intense and spicy, with a core of peach, apple and mineral flavors driven by the bracing acidity. Builds to a long, lingering aftertaste focused on the mineral element, but also echoing fruit and spice notes. Shows terrific length and potential. Best from 2020 through 2038. From France.

    Olivier Leflaive Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points

    Intense and spicy, with a core of peach, apple and mineral flavors driven by the bracing acidity. Builds to a long, lingering aftertaste focused on the mineral element, but also echoing fruit and spice notes. Shows terrific length and potential. Best from 2020 through 2038. From France.

  • A rich, powerful style, with deeply embedded oak spice, peach, apricot and citronella aromas and flavors. The vibrant structure keeps this balanced and well-defined, while the finish builds on the tangy acidity to a lingering aftertaste of ripe orchard fruit and spice notes. Drink now through 2027

    Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains 2016 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    A rich, powerful style, with deeply embedded oak spice, peach, apricot and citronella aromas and flavors. The vibrant structure keeps this balanced and well-defined, while the finish builds on the tangy acidity to a lingering aftertaste of ripe orchard fruit and spice notes. Drink now through 2027

  • Quite a lush nose, reflecting the ripeness of the vintage. But the wine is clean and bright on the palate with just a hint of creaminess. Without the little touch of bitterness at the finish, this would have been rated a point higher. Drink now or in 2019 and 2020.

    Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points

    Quite a lush nose, reflecting the ripeness of the vintage. But the wine is clean and bright on the palate with just a hint of creaminess. Without the little touch of bitterness at the finish, this would have been rated a point higher. Drink now or in 2019 and 2020.

  • Aromas of sunbaked earth, underbrush, grilled herb and mature black-skinned fruit lead the nose along with a whiff of worn leather. The chewy palate offers ripe wild cherry, cinnamon and anise framed in velvety tannins.

    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2010 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points

    Aromas of sunbaked earth, underbrush, grilled herb and mature black-skinned fruit lead the nose along with a whiff of worn leather. The chewy palate offers ripe wild cherry, cinnamon and anise framed in velvety tannins.

  • Fattoria dei Barbi has created a lovely Riserva. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva exhibits power and grace. The quality of the fruit is evident and the bouquet opens to dark cherry, pressed rose, cola, balsam herb and spicy tobacco. Those aromas faithfully underline the best qualities to be found…

    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2010 / The Wine Advocate / 94 Points

    Fattoria dei Barbi has created a lovely Riserva. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva exhibits power and grace. The quality of the fruit is evident and the bouquet opens to dark cherry, pressed rose, cola, balsam herb and spicy tobacco. Those aromas faithfully underline the best qualities to be found…

  • Cherry and strawberry flavors are augmented by wild herb, earth and tar elements in this focused red, which is firm and balanced in a gruff way, with fine length. Best from 2018 through 2030.

    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2010 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    Cherry and strawberry flavors are augmented by wild herb, earth and tar elements in this focused red, which is firm and balanced in a gruff way, with fine length. Best from 2018 through 2030.

  • Benchmark Grand Cru Chablis, with haunting aromas of kelp and seashore. Very fine and poised on the palate, with delicate oak, finely toasty notes, and a long, dry, chalky and mineral finish.

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2016 / Decanter / 97 Points / Chablis Grand Cru Trophy, White Burgundy Trophy, French White Trophy, International Chardonnay Troph

    Benchmark Grand Cru Chablis, with haunting aromas of kelp and seashore. Very fine and poised on the palate, with delicate oak, finely toasty notes, and a long, dry, chalky and mineral finish.

  • A brisk style, with savory and tobacco hints framing a core of peach and watermelon rind flavors. Lively finish. Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now.

    Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2017 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points

    A brisk style, with savory and tobacco hints framing a core of peach and watermelon rind flavors. Lively finish. Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now.

  • Light but persistent, with a peach pit note adding length while pretty tangerine and white peach details check in. Very fine acidity keeps this pleasantly refreshing. Drink now.

    Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2017 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    Light but persistent, with a peach pit note adding length while pretty tangerine and white peach details check in. Very fine acidity keeps this pleasantly refreshing. Drink now.

  • A light- to medium-bodied red framed by sculpted tannins, this offers flavors of juicy dried strawberry, singed orange peel, anise and mineral. Balanced. Drink now through 2023.

    Nino Negri 'Quadrio' Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    A light- to medium-bodied red framed by sculpted tannins, this offers flavors of juicy dried strawberry, singed orange peel, anise and mineral. Balanced. Drink now through 2023.

  • Over the years, Re Manfredi has developed a precise and somewhat conservative approach to its high end red wines. The 2013 Aglianico del Vulture Taglio del Tralcio is indeed a classic interpretation of the appellation that stays neatly within its flavor boundaries. It offers high intensity, as expected,…

    Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points

    Over the years, Re Manfredi has developed a precise and somewhat conservative approach to its high end red wines. The 2013 Aglianico del Vulture Taglio del Tralcio is indeed a classic interpretation of the appellation that stays neatly within its flavor boundaries. It offers high intensity, as expected,…

  • The 2016 Bandol Ros contains a hefty 60% Mourvdre, well above the minimum 20% required by the appellation. It's a medium-bodied, silky-textured wine, floral, complex and long, with hints of crushed stone, raspberries and cherries.

    Hecht & Bannier Bandol Rosé 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points

    The 2016 Bandol Ros contains a hefty 60% Mourvdre, well above the minimum 20% required by the appellation. It's a medium-bodied, silky-textured wine, floral, complex and long, with hints of crushed stone, raspberries and cherries.

  • To the firm's credit, Hecht & Bannier does a nice job distinguishing the styles of their three roses. The 2017 CdP Rose is a plump, medium-bodied effort, marked by crisp, citrusy fruit. Passion fruit and grapefruit nuances give it a zippy, refreshing finish.

    Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2017 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points

    To the firm's credit, Hecht & Bannier does a nice job distinguishing the styles of their three roses. The 2017 CdP Rose is a plump, medium-bodied effort, marked by crisp, citrusy fruit. Passion fruit and grapefruit nuances give it a zippy, refreshing finish.

  • The 2012 Altimus is a Malbec-based blend from Cafayate with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc fermented with indigenous yeasts in a combination of barriques, stainless steel tanks and oak vats where the wines aged for 12 months. The different wines are blended and matured for a further six…

    Bodega El Esteco Altimus 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points

    The 2012 Altimus is a Malbec-based blend from Cafayate with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc fermented with indigenous yeasts in a combination of barriques, stainless steel tanks and oak vats where the wines aged for 12 months. The different wines are blended and matured for a further six…

  • A red with a linear seriousness that gives the wine form and verve. Full to medium body, silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Plenty of blackberry and stone aftertaste. Well crafted. 61% malbec, 25% cabernet sauvignon and 14% cabernet franc.

    Bodega El Esteco Altimus 2012 / JamesSuckling.com / 94 Points

    A red with a linear seriousness that gives the wine form and verve. Full to medium body, silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Plenty of blackberry and stone aftertaste. Well crafted. 61% malbec, 25% cabernet sauvignon and 14% cabernet franc.

  • Hailing from the upper Loire, this Pinot Noir blend is salmon-colored with a bright, fruity nose. It has a softer mouthfeel and excellent balance of juicy berries and minerality, with a tight, smart finish.

    Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2017 / VinePair / #4 - The 25 Best Rosés of 2018 Ranked!

    Hailing from the upper Loire, this Pinot Noir blend is salmon-colored with a bright, fruity nose. It has a softer mouthfeel and excellent balance of juicy berries and minerality, with a tight, smart finish.

  • A supple texture and round profile wraps around the cherry, leather and spice flavors here. Firms up, turning more chewy by the finish, exhibiting a salty, minerally finish. Best from 2021 through 2035.

    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    A supple texture and round profile wraps around the cherry, leather and spice flavors here. Firms up, turning more chewy by the finish, exhibiting a salty, minerally finish. Best from 2021 through 2035.

  • Rich, bursting with cherry, plum, spice and chocolate flavors. Accents of tobacco and leather seep in at the edges as this winds down on the long finish. Dense and powerful. Best from 2022 through 2036.

    Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    Rich, bursting with cherry, plum, spice and chocolate flavors. Accents of tobacco and leather seep in at the edges as this winds down on the long finish. Dense and powerful. Best from 2022 through 2036.

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Nino Negri '5 Stelle' Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points The 2013 Sfursat 5 Stelle, Negri's top wine. 2018.07.11

Nino Negri 'Vigneto Fracia' Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points The 2013 Valtellina Superiore Vigneto Fracia is gorgeous. Deep, fleshy and resonant on the palate, the 2013 possesses striking depth and notable pedigree. There is a wonderful sense of breadth that runs through the 2013. Sweet cherry, cinnamon, orange peel, dried rose petal and mint all flesh out in… 2018.07.11

Nino Negri 'Le Tense' Sassella Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Vinous / 91 Points The 2013 Superiore Le Tense Sassella is soft and pliant, with lovely bright red fruit character, and terrific balance. Orange zest, sweet red cherry, mint and floral notes meld together effortlessly. I especially like the wines freshness, something that can at times be an issue with Valtellina reds.… 2018.07.11

Nino Negri Inferno Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Vinous / 88 Points The 2013 Valtellina Superiore Inferno offers a good bit of aromatic and flavor complexity to match its lifted, mid-weight personality. Scents of sweet tobacco, anise and dried herbs are laced together in this pretty Valtellina red. 2018.07.11

Tenuta Rapitala Nadir Syrah Sicilia D.O.C. 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Made with 100% Syrah, this opens with aromas of black-skinned berry, cooking spice and a hint of smoke. The forward palate delivers blackberry jam, clove and black pepper alongside assertive tannins. Drink through 2020. 2018.07.11

Tenuta Rapitala Nuhar Nero d’Avola/Pinot Nero Sicilia D.O.C. 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points This blend of Nero dAvola and Pinot Nero opens with aromas suggesting black-skinned berry, Mediterranean brush and a whiff of dark spice. The sleek palate renders black-cherry compote, cinnamon and a hint of licorice alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2021. 2018.07.11

Tenuta Rapitala Grand Cru Chardonnay Sicilia I.G.T. 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points This 100% Chardonnay opens with warm aromas of toast and oak. The aromas carry over to the full-bodied palate along with mature yellow apple, citrus rind and a hint of butterscotch. 2018.07.11

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points Tender notes of jasmine and rose rise from the glass. The concentrated palate has both freshness and texture from citrus zestiness. Pear and peach notes are subtle but long on the dry, textured finish. 2018.07.11

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points There is a creamy freshness to the pear notes on the nose. The dry palate delivers friendly, earthy pear fruit on a rounded body that has phenolic texture and bright freshness. This wine is rich, dry and perfectly balanced. The dry finish sings with lemon. 2018.07.11

Champagne Pol Roger Rich Demi Sec Non-Vintage NV / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Produced from the three main Champagne grapes and with a higher dosage than for Brut, this is an off-dry Champagne. The fruit is all there, along with touches of maturity, balancing ripe apricot and orange flavors against toastiness. Drink this wine now. 2018.07.11

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve 'White Foil' NV / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Pol Rogers nonvintage cuve is perfectly in the house style with its great balance and poise between crisp dryness and a softer character. That makes for a very drinkable wine, rich, stylish and ready to drink now. 2018.07.11

Champagne Pol Roger Pure Brut NV / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points This producer gives this style of bone-dry Champagne just the right bottle aging to allow it soften and fill out with ripe fruit. Of course, it still has crispness as well as a tight mineral texture. Together with the fruit, the elements are balanced, right in place, giving a wine that is ready to drink. 2018.07.11

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Cellar Selection The latest vintage release from this producer, this is beautifully balanced with white fruits and touches of citrus paralleled by a tight mineral texture and acidity. It is still young, because vintages from this producer age for many years. Drink from 2020. 2018.07.11

Champagne Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2006 / Wine Enthusiast / 98 Points / Editors Choice This is the latest release of this legendary wine. A blend, although with a majority of Pinot Noir (Churchills preference), the wine is rich, just beginning to show wonderful signs of maturity. It still has intense fruit along with the taut mineral texture that will allow the wine to age further. It… 2018.07.11

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2009 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points With fruit from the Cte des Blancs, this is a classic, textured, mineral-driven Chardonnay Champagne. Its bottle age gives a toasty edge to the crisp, lively grapefruit and bitter orange flavors. Well balanced, this impressive wine is still likely to improve with aging. Drink now, but, better, wait… 2018.07.11

Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2017 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points / Cellar Selection This is a steely, flinty Riesling set for the long haul, hence the name. At the moment, its showing a good deal of fruit: lemons, apples and orange peel, on the nose. But the palate is all about the flinty minerality. You could drink this now, but youd be rewarded for cellaring it for at least 10 years.… 2018.07.11

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points Bright red. Expressive aromas of red currant, licorice, flowers and tar. Floral, bright and subtle, with blood orange and red fruit flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes suave, dry, and long. Lovely, elegant, old-style Brunello that will prove very food-flexible. 2018.07.03

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2016 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A lively version, offering a juicy combination of apple, lemon and mineral notes, with the acidity keeping this well-defined and long. Not built for the long haul, but shows verve for the vintage. Drink now through 2024. 2018.07.03

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2016 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Rich, driven by lemon aromas and flavors, with a supporting cast of apple and honey notes. Firms up on the finish, where a light stony element emerges. Drink now through 2023. 2018.07.03

Marchesi di Barolo Sbirolo Nebbiolo Langhe DOC 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points Just hitting the market now, the 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo Sbirolo is very representative of the grape. Fruit comes from the lower and less prized portions of vineyards otherwise used to make top shelf Barolo and Barbaresco. The wine offers youthful aromas of wild berry and raspberry with some bitter almond… 2018.06.21

Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016 / Burghound / 91-94 Points (from a .62 ha parcel in Le Rognet, which is in Ladoix). A difficult nose is presently composed by notes of reduction, sulfur and soft wood. Rich, full-bodied and powerful flavors are also blessed with an impressive amount of dry extract that coats the palate on the expressly dry but not really austere… 2018.06.21

Domaine Faiveley Bienvenue Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2016 / Burghound / 90-93 Points Like the Blagny, the fruit is overwhelmed by the strong reduction and wood influences. The caressing and notably finer medium-bodied flavors possess very good mid-palate density while displaying focused power on the balanced and sneaky long finish. This needs to develop more depth but the underlying… 2018.06.21

Domaine Faiveley Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2016 / Burghound / 91-93 Points (from Puligny fruit). Here too the nose is dominated by reduction and wood. On the plus side, there is good size and weight to the rich, fleshy and mouth coating large bodied flavors that brim with dry extract on the almost painfully intense and sneaky long finish that possesses just a bit more depth… 2018.06.21

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains 2016 / Burghound / 89-91 Points An overtly floral-suffused nose exhibits additional breadth in the form of citrus, apple and petrol scents. There is both better precision and minerality to the chalky and textured medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a chiseled and saline finish. 2018.06.21

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 2016 / Burghound / 87-90 Points Reduction, wood and residual malolactic fermentation aromas presently dominate the underlying fruit though there is good freshness and verve to the intense, rich and stony medium weight flavors that offer fine length but limited depth, at least today. 2018.06.21

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette 2016 / Burghound / 87-89 Points A pungent nose combines notes of petrol, straw, pear and a whiff of citrus rind. I like both the volume and punch of the middle weight flavors that emanate a subtle minerality on the clean, dry and moderately complex finale. This saline-inflected effort should drink well young. 2018.06.21

Vidal-Fleury Saint-Joseph 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Nicely rendered, with a polished mix of plum, currant and blackberry compote flavors. Alder, tar, chestnut and tobacco flow in the background. Drink now through 2021. 2018.06.21

Vidal-Fleury Gigondas 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Polished in feel, with creamed raspberry and warm cherry paste flavors gliding through, lined with red licorice notes and backed by a light apple wood hint on the open finish. Drink now through 2020. 2018.06.21

Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo Salento IGT 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Ripe and lightly sappy black cherry and date flavors are layered with fine-grained tannins and accents of mocha, candied orange peel and cured tobacco in this red. An expressive, medium- to full-bodied version in a flashy style. Drink now through 2025. 2018.06.21

Castello Monaci Maru Negroamaro Salento IGT 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A balanced, medium-bodied red, showing light tannins sculpting the creamy cherry and strawberry fruit flavors, with subtle accents of smoke, mocha and spice. Drink now through 2021. 2018.06.21

Lungarotti Rosso Montefalco DOC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A savory, light- to medium-bodied red, with notes of cured tobacco and singed orange peel layered with flavors of bright currant fruit. Grippy tannins firm the finish. Drink now. 2018.06.21

Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvedre 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points An appealing note of minerality pierces through the dense cherry, plum and blueberry flavors, adding an appealing savory touch, with muscular tannins. Drink now through 2028. 2018.06.21

Hewitson Miss Harry Rhone Style Blend 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Red licorice, cherry and star anise notes are smooth, juicy and crisp, with plenty of vitality and energy to the flavors. Shows plenty of focus. Grenache, Mourvdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Drink now through 2027. 2018.06.21

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A tangy version, offering lemon, apple and earth flavors, with a chalky feel as this plays out on the moderately long finish. Drink now. 2018.06.21

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Champs-Pimont Rouge 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This is lush and full of black cherry, blackberry and spice flavors, allied to a smooth texture. A good dose of new oak is balanced by the ripe fruit. This should come together in the near term. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2018.06.21

Hecht & Bannier Languedoc 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This polished red has a juicy core of glazed cherry and raspberry coulis flavors, marked with cassis, mineral and spice elements. Details of black tea and floral mark the clean finish. Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. Drink now through 2023. 2018.06.20

Olivier Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Burghound / 91-93 Points This is also reduced but there is a fine sense of underlying tension and freshness to the precise and markedly mineral-driven middle weight flavors that terminate in a saline infused, moderately austere but slightly clipped and short finish where notes of bitter lemon and wood appear. I like the underlying… 2018.06.20

Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Burghound / 92-95 Points (entirely from the Puligny side). A pungent nose consists of wood toast and reduction. Once again though there is a lovely sense of energy and freshness to the surprisingly refined broad-shouldered flavors that display focused power and seriously good length on the balanced, dry and sappy finish. This… 2018.06.20

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Burghound / 90-93 Points (from Peux Bois). A trace of reduction is not enough to materially mask the floral and citrus zest scents. There is good muscle to the vibrant and moderately stony medium-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract that imparts a sappy texture to the impressively long and complex finish that is notably… 2018.06.20

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Burghound / 91-93 Points Here there is no reductive funk to the elegant, pure and airy nose that features notes of honeysuckle, lemongrass, essence of pear and a whiff of oak. The notably finer medium weight flavors are an exercise in refinement that carries over to the more complex and sneaky long finish where a hint of natural… 2018.06.20

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Burghound / 90-92 Points Firm reduction blocks an evaluation of the nose though there is a lovely sense of freshness to the voluminous and concentrated medium-bodied flavors that evidence solid power on the clean, dry and nicely complex and persistent finale. Good stuff with equally good aging potential. 2018.06.20

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2017 / Vinous / 88 Points Limpid orange-pink. Cherry, orange zest and pungent flowers and herbs on the nose and palate. Chewy and taut, showing good heft and a white pepper note that adds spicy bite to the finish. 2018.06.20

Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rosé 2017 / Vinous / 89 Points Light brilliant orange. Ripe red berries, orange zest and subtle floral and herbal notes on the fragrant nose. Supple and open-knit, showing good depth to the gently sweet raspberry and tangerine flavors. The floral notes comes back on the smooth, nicely persistent finish, which features a touch of… 2018.06.20

El Coto de Rioja Rosé Rioja DOCa 2017 / Vinous / 88 Points Vivid orange-pink. Aromas and flavors of pungent red berries and orange pith reveal a floral nuance and a touch of pepperiness. Shows good heft on the palate. The pepper and orange notes return on a firm, nicely persistent finish. 2018.06.20

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2013 / Decanter / 93 Points Valentina Abbona describes the soil of the Sarmassa cru as 'strong'. Her parcel sits on a steep, heavily eroded slope leaving just clay and stone, which curbs vigour. Aged in a combination of French oak barrique and large Slavonian oak cask, it offers rose tea, black raspberry and grilled herb notes.… 2018.06.15

J. Hofstatter Barthenau Vigna S. Michele Pinot Bianco Alto Adige DOC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A delicate skein of spice on the nose unravels through flavors of Asian pear, pineapple, apple blossom and saline-tinged minerality in this fresh and focused, light-bodied white. Lithe and elegant. Drink now through 2021. 2018.06.15

J. J. Vincent Bourgogne Blanc JJ 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A fresh, open style, offering lemon and apple flavors, with a touch of stony mineral. Not complex or long, but balanced and delicious. Drink now. 2018.06.15

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2016 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Defined flavors of apple, lemon and mineral are deftly shaded by spicy oak in this tightly knit white that's intense and long, with an equilibrium that should gain cohesion over the next year or so. Best from 2020 through 2027. 2018.06.15

Olivier Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Vanilla, clove and smoke notes from the generous oak embrace peach, spiced apple and lemon cake flavors in a harmonious manner. Fine, vibrant acidity and the lush spice accents remain saturated on the long finish. 2018.06.15

Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2016 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Creamy and alluring, featuring floral, peach, lemon curd, citronella and mineral flavors meshing beautifully with the vibrant structure. Turns toasty and smoky, building to a long, harmonious aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2028. 2018.06.15

Olivier Leflaive Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Intense and spicy, with a core of peach, apple and mineral flavors driven by the bracing acidity. Builds to a long, lingering aftertaste focused on the mineral element, but also echoing fruit and spice notes. Shows terrific length and potential. Best from 2020 through 2038. From France. 2018.06.15

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains 2016 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A rich, powerful style, with deeply embedded oak spice, peach, apricot and citronella aromas and flavors. The vibrant structure keeps this balanced and well-defined, while the finish builds on the tangy acidity to a lingering aftertaste of ripe orchard fruit and spice notes. Drink now through 2027 2018.06.15

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points Quite a lush nose, reflecting the ripeness of the vintage. But the wine is clean and bright on the palate with just a hint of creaminess. Without the little touch of bitterness at the finish, this would have been rated a point higher. Drink now or in 2019 and 2020. 2018.06.15

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2010 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Aromas of sunbaked earth, underbrush, grilled herb and mature black-skinned fruit lead the nose along with a whiff of worn leather. The chewy palate offers ripe wild cherry, cinnamon and anise framed in velvety tannins. 2018.06.13

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2010 / The Wine Advocate / 94 Points Fattoria dei Barbi has created a lovely Riserva. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva exhibits power and grace. The quality of the fruit is evident and the bouquet opens to dark cherry, pressed rose, cola, balsam herb and spicy tobacco. Those aromas faithfully underline the best qualities to be found… 2018.06.13

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2010 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Cherry and strawberry flavors are augmented by wild herb, earth and tar elements in this focused red, which is firm and balanced in a gruff way, with fine length. Best from 2018 through 2030. 2018.06.13

Nino Negri Sfursat della Valtellina DOCG 2015 / Gambero Rosso / Tre Bicchieri 2017 Tre Bicchieri 2017 2018.06.01

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2016 / Decanter / 97 Points / Chablis Grand Cru Trophy, White Burgundy Trophy, French White Trophy, International Chardonnay Troph Benchmark Grand Cru Chablis, with haunting aromas of kelp and seashore. Very fine and poised on the palate, with delicate oak, finely toasty notes, and a long, dry, chalky and mineral finish. 2018.05.25

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2017 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A brisk style, with savory and tobacco hints framing a core of peach and watermelon rind flavors. Lively finish. Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now. 2018.05.25

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2017 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Light but persistent, with a peach pit note adding length while pretty tangerine and white peach details check in. Very fine acidity keeps this pleasantly refreshing. Drink now. 2018.05.25

Nino Negri 'Quadrio' Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A light- to medium-bodied red framed by sculpted tannins, this offers flavors of juicy dried strawberry, singed orange peel, anise and mineral. Balanced. Drink now through 2023. 2018.05.25

Chateau Mont-Redon Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Bright star fruit, plantain and green almond notes stream through, backed by a fresh, unadorned finish. Drink now through 2019. 2018.05.25

Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2017 / Decanter / 91 Points Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 2018.05.22

Re Manfredi Vigneto “Serpara” Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2012 / Gambero Rosso / Tre Bicchieri ... 2018.05.21

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Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points Over the years, Re Manfredi has developed a precise and somewhat conservative approach to its high end red wines. The 2013 Aglianico del Vulture Taglio del Tralcio is indeed a classic interpretation of the appellation that stays neatly within its flavor boundaries. It offers high intensity, as expected,… 2018.05.21

Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2017 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points / Editors Choice "A plump, medium-bodied effort, marked by crisp, citrus fruit. Passion-fruit and grapefruit nuances give it a zippy, refreshing finish. 2018.05.15

Hecht & Bannier Bandol Rosé 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points The 2016 Bandol Ros contains a hefty 60% Mourvdre, well above the minimum 20% required by the appellation. It's a medium-bodied, silky-textured wine, floral, complex and long, with hints of crushed stone, raspberries and cherries. 2018.05.09

Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2017 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points To the firm's credit, Hecht & Bannier does a nice job distinguishing the styles of their three roses. The 2017 CdP Rose is a plump, medium-bodied effort, marked by crisp, citrusy fruit. Passion fruit and grapefruit nuances give it a zippy, refreshing finish. 2018.05.09

Bodega El Esteco Altimus 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points The 2012 Altimus is a Malbec-based blend from Cafayate with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc fermented with indigenous yeasts in a combination of barriques, stainless steel tanks and oak vats where the wines aged for 12 months. The different wines are blended and matured for a further six… 2018.05.08

Bodega El Esteco Altimus 2012 / JamesSuckling.com / 94 Points A red with a linear seriousness that gives the wine form and verve. Full to medium body, silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Plenty of blackberry and stone aftertaste. Well crafted. 61% malbec, 25% cabernet sauvignon and 14% cabernet franc. 2018.05.08

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2017 / VinePair / #4 - The 25 Best Rosés of 2018 Ranked! Hailing from the upper Loire, this Pinot Noir blend is salmon-colored with a bright, fruity nose. It has a softer mouthfeel and excellent balance of juicy berries and minerality, with a tight, smart finish. 2018.05.04

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2017 / VinePair / #10 - The 25 Best Rosés of 2018 Ranked! Another exceptional value, this brightly hued bottle is thoughtfully made. Id be really happy drinking this all afternoon, one panelist said. 2018.05.04

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A supple texture and round profile wraps around the cherry, leather and spice flavors here. Firms up, turning more chewy by the finish, exhibiting a salty, minerally finish. Best from 2021 through 2035. 2018.05.04

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Rich, bursting with cherry, plum, spice and chocolate flavors. Accents of tobacco and leather seep in at the edges as this winds down on the long finish. Dense and powerful. Best from 2022 through 2036. 2018.05.04

Glazebrook Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Bright, with a mouthwatering mix of ruby grapefruit, Meyer lemon, mango and lemon verbena flavors. Polished and juicy, showing plenty of intensity and focus. Drink now. 2018.05.04

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A ripe style, sporting black pepper, cherry, plum and licorice flavors, accented by earth and tobacco notes. Shows enough freshness and structure for aging, with a fine, lingering aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2033. 2018.05.04

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva Rioja DOCa 2013 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points This supple red offers modest cherry, leafy and licorice flavors, with light tannins and gentle acidity. Harmonious and fresh. Drink now through 2021. 2018.05.04

Bodega El Esteco Malbec Don David Reserve 2016 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points A firm and silky wine with blackberry, spice and walnut character. Full to medium body, racy and fine finish. Lovely wine. Like the spices in this. Drink now. 2018.05.04

Weingut Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Plumes of saffron, spice and crushed earth accent ripe yellow-cherry and honeysuckle notes in this deeply honeyed sptlese. Equal parts sun-kissed fruit and earth offset by dazzling lemon-lime acidity, it's a deftly balanced wine that offers a pleasantly astringent finish. 2018.05.04

Weingut Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Pronounced aromas of smoke and struck flint dissipate into zesty tangerine, grapefruit and lime on the palate of this juicy, lip smacking kabinett. Delicately sweet but impeccably balanced in acidity, it's a spry, revitalizing wine to enjoy now though 2021. 2018.05.04

Weingut Dr. Fischer Steinbock Riesling 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points Invigorating pineapple and crisp white grapefruit flavors are jolted by high-toned electric acidity in this sprightly off-dry wine. Its an easy drinking juicy sip but nuanced subtly by hints of crushed slate and salt. This is ready to drink now. 2018.05.04

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Cellar Selection Musk and earthen complexities of smoke and struck flint meld into sun-kissed yellow cherry and tangerine in this seductive, complex kabinett. It's ethereal and sheer yet boldly penetrating, with a piercing lemon-lime finish. Delicious already but sure to improve through 2022 and hold well beyond. 2018.05.04

Egon Muller Scharzhof Riesling QbA 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points Stark, electric acidity bolsters this intensely steely yet deeply fruity off-dry Riesling. It's a cutting, spine tingling wine pulsating with staccato hits of white grapefruit, stone fruit and citrus flavors. The finish is gossamer and sheer yet endless. 2018.05.04

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points Bright straw. Apple, guava and liquid minerals on the nose and palate. Finishes zingy and clean, with persistent pomaceous fruit notes complicated by hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Marc Hugel mentioned that in hot vintages this wine typically develops the spicy notes of bread pudding and tropical fruits.… 2018.04.30

Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Pale straw. A mainly Pinot Blanc nose of musk, white flowers, beeswax, pomaceous fruit and herbs (thyme, oregano, marjoram and sage). Showcases lovely juicy cut and fresh bite in the mouth, offering Granny Smith apple and ripe pear flavors. The finish is long, juicy and lively. There is real depth to… 2018.04.30

Famille Hugel Gentil 2016 / Vinous / 90 Points Pale bright yellow. Fresh aromas of mirabelle, nectarine, tangerine, minty herbs and crushed stone. Quite dry, juicy and elegant, featuring stone fruit and mineral flavors sexed up by a flinty nuance on the end. Still a bit youthfully tight, but this is a marvelous Gentil, the best I remember from Hugel… 2018.04.30

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Cellar Selection This wine was aged for 14 months, including a period in wood that gives it richness and a smooth texture. It is concentrated, with intense citrus fruit balanced by minerality and a flinty edge. The wine, from the easternmost and smallest of the Grand Crus, will age well. Drink from 2021. 2018.04.23

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points Now owned by the Faiveley family of Nuits-Saint-Georges, this estate is producing crisper wines than in the past. This is true of this Grand Cru that balances great acidity and crisp apple and citrus fruits with a smoother texture from oak aging. Floral and ripe, the wine will age. Drink from 2021. 2018.04.23

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points This wine is crisp, mineral and tight. Citrus, pears and crisp apple fruits give a wonderful lifted character. Acidity and a steely edge add to this classic Chablis character with freshness and a crisp aftertaste. Drink from 2019. 2018.04.23

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points / Editor's Choice Close to the Grand Cru vineyards, this premier cru shares many of the same characteristics, including the ability to age. Thats certainly the case with this intense wine, still young and full of apricot and crisp apple fruits. A flinty line cuts right through the wine, bringing out the zesty texture… 2018.04.23

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Barrel aging has given this wine extra richness without losing the great fruit of the vintage. It comes from a seven-acre parcel within the premier cru, giving a ripe, full wine with citrus fruit and hints of apricots. Drink this beautiful wine from 2019. 2018.04.23

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Cellar Selection This wholly owned, single walled vineyard is by the Chateau de Fuiss, home of the Vincent family. From old vines, the wine is rich, concentrated and densely fruity. It is also structured, spicy from aging in mainly new-wood barrels. With acidity and crispness along with a steely texture, it will age.… 2018.04.23

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Les Combettes 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points One of three single-vineyard wines from this historic estate, this is structured, tight and with a crisp apple and citrus character. Against this is the richness of the wine and its potential for aging. It is a taut wine while also richly fruity. Drink from 2020. 2018.04.23

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points / Editor's Choice A blend from more than 20 individual vineyard sites, this wine is an excellent reflection of the Pouilly-Fuiss appellation. With a strong mineral character as well as tight acidity, it is structured, rich and intense. Drink from late 2019. 2018.04.23

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuissé Les Brules 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Called Les Brls, the burnt, because of its full-on southern exposure, this vineyard has produced a rich style of wine in this warm vintage. The wine is toasty, creamy as well as packed with generous peach and apple fruit. This is an easy wine to drink now, although it will be even better when aged.… 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Star winemaker Fabien Moreau makes a delicious Chablis, full of fruit, crisp with acidity and with a light, steely edge. This wine is all fruit, ripe lemon and green apple with a tight, fresh aftertaste. Drink from 2019. 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points This vineyard, on the left, cooler bank of the River Serein, has produced a crisp, intensely fruity wine, with something of the steely character that marks out many Chablis. Along with that, a riper style brings out peach and pear flavors. Drink the wine soon for the fruit, although it will be even… 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points In the opulent 2015 vintage, this is a particularly opulent wine. Its ripe fruits are laced with unusually prominent toastiness that needs to integrate better. The yellow fruit though is gorgeous, cut with lemon and a rounded final texture. The wine is sourced from a number of plots planted in 1933… 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 96 Points / Cellar Selection Sourced from a number of plots planted in 1933 by Guy Moreau, the grandfather of the present winemaker Fabien Moreau, this wine is rich and generous while still keeping an intense streak of acidity. Yellow fruits, touches of toast and the potential for considerable aging mark out this wine. Drink from… 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Cellar Selection Beautifully rich, this wine is developing well. Its ripeness with yellow-fruit flavors and layers of intense acidity are held together by the minerality, the tight and nervy edge of the wine. As it ages further, the wine will broaden and soften to give further richness. Drink from 2020. 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points Still a very young wine, this comes from the higher slopes of the sweep of Chablis Grand Cru vineyards. It is properly rich, permeated with intense acidity and a strong mineral texture. It has fullness, particularly in the ripe apricot, peach and lemon fruits that come together in the zesty aftertaste.… 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points A ripe, rounded wine, this shows the richness of the vintage while not missing out on intense acidity. The mineral texture and the concentration of the ripe yellow fruit come together in a harmonious whole while needing a little more aging. Drink from 2020. 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points Moreau owns three acres of this, the smallest, grand cru vineyard. Delicate toast flavors beautifully enhance the great fruitiness of the wine. Bright apple, apricot and quince flavors are laced with a tight texture, toast and final acidity. Leave this wine to mature and drink from 2021. 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points Even in a warm vintage like 2015, this vineyard produces the most structured of the Grand Cru wines, as this still tight, tense and mineral wine illustrates. With its steely edge and firm structure, it is still to show its rich fruit. Expect the wine to take its time and dont drink before 2022. 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Cellar Selection This is a rich wine, even from the normally austere Les Clos vineyard. Minerality is here, but it is surrounded by sumptuous ripe white fruits that have intense youthful acidity. It is a great wine that needs to age further, so drink from 2021. 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points The wine is generous, rich and full of the finest ripe citrus and apple fruits. It also has a steely edge to it, crisp with acidity and minerality. The wine comes from the one acre parcel of Le Clos Grand Cru that once belonged to the Hospices de Chablis. Drink this intense wine from 2021. 2018.04.23

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 96 Points / Cellar Selection A small portion of the Les Clos vineyard once belonged to the charitable Hospices de Chablis. Today, this one acre is vinified apart from this producers other Le Clos cuve. This is a rich wine, hinting at wood aging with intense fruit and acidity. It has a rich texture, a great balance between acidity… 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Sétilles 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points The wine is a blend of Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet fruit, hence its lowly Bourgogne appellation. There is nothing lowly about this richly fruity wine. A mix of wood and tank aging has produced a crisp wine with touches of spice, delicious acidity and a zesty, mineral texture. Drink this attractive… 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points This premier cru is situated above the village of Rully, giving a crisp style that is very evident here. Aged for six years in oak, the wine has a vanilla, toasty edge as well as pure acidity. It is delicious already, so drink now. 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne Montrachet AC 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points A blend of multiple parcels throughout the village, this wine is complex, ripe and with aging potential. It has great acidity, delicious citrus flavors and a good balance between wood aging and fruit. It is rich, as befits the vintage, and is likely to be ready to drink from 2021. 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Cellar Selection From part of the Olivier Leflaive domaine, this wine comes from the largest premier crus in Chassagne-Montrachet. Ripe and with the careful wood aging typical of this producer, it is rich and sumptuous, with a velvet texture that is cut with acidity and minerality. Drink from 2022. 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points / Cellar Selection Arguably Pulignys most famous Premier Cru has produced a wine that is structured and taut as well as fruity. For the moment, mineral texture and great acidity are balanced by the wood-aging spice. More time will usher in the fruit to give a ripe, full wine, always with a tangy edge. Drink from 2022. 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet AC 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points A blend of a variety of parcels in the Leflaive home village of Puligny-Montrachet, this wine is rich while also intensely structured and mineral textured. Spice and buttered toast comes from the wood aging along with the peach and ripe quince fruits. The line of acidity that cuts through the wine adds… 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Cellar Selection From part of the Olivier Leflaive estate, this elegant wine comes from one of the top Premier Cru vineyards, displaying a richness that could be Grand Cru. Cream, spice and toast contrast with intense acidity and apricot and apple fruitiness in great harmony. The wine is still young with a firm structure… 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points A blend of many parcels, this wine brings out the character of Meursault, poised between a crisp, mineral style and something much richer. Wood aging has brought out the riper side of the wine, emphasizing apricots as much as citrus. Drink this sumptuous wine from 2020. 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points Located just south of the village of Meursault, this vineyard is in the heart of the run of Premier Cru. The wine sings of Meursault, crisp, fruity with just a hint of a buttery texture and plenty of delicious acidity. Its rich and generous, with a tight mineral texture as well. Drink from 2021. 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points / Cellar Selection Who can resist a wine called Charming? This wine, in this ripe vintage, lives up to the name with its open, ripe yellow and white fruit, crisp touch of citrus and creamy wood-aging flavors. The wine shows a generous texture along with the youthful fruit. 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points This wine combines power and richness with fruity crispness. The balance is just right, poised between lemon flavors and riper apricot. Even in this warm vintage, the minerality and acidity are intense and will allow the wine to age. Drink this wine from 2023. 2018.04.23

Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Cellar Selection This intense, concentrated wine is also beautifully elegant. It comes from parcels in all parts of the Grand Cru giving a rich wine that has great acidity as well as apricot and crisp apple flavors. The wine is intense, stylish, fruity and structured in a way that will allow it to age so well. Drink… 2018.04.23

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 94+ Points Showing a heavier gait and footprint, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva will appeal to those who love the dark side of Brunello. The wine boasts dense richness and black fruit aromas with spice, leather and tar. What sets this Riserva apart, however, is that it never feels too heavy or jammy.… 2018.04.23

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Pipe tobacco, leather, prune and camphor aromas pull together in the glass. The smooth full-bodied palate evokes dried black cherry, raspberry compote and licorice alongside polished tannins. 2018.04.23

Luigi Bosca Malbec D.O.C. 2014 / Food & Wine / 25 Bottles of Argentine Malbec to Drink Right Now A gorgeous nose swirling with leather and spiced mulberry conserve turns to a beguiling palate of berry, plum, flowers, sandalwood, and peppercorn. Concentrated, lively, and layered. 2018.04.23

El Coto de Rioja Crianza Rioja DOCa 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points This plump red shows cherry, red plum and orange peel flavors, tinged with sandalwood, tobacco and vanilla notes. Bright, citrusy acidity and light tannins give this a lively structure. Drink now through 2022. 2018.04.10

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 95 Points The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore is a superb wine from an estate that boasts some of the most prized pedigree in Montalcino. This wine made me so happy to taste. Its various elements of spice, dark fruit and textural fortitude come together with seamless precision. Of course, you get… 2018.04.09

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino exhibits a nicely balanced presentation with dark fruit layers that are embellished by well-managed oak spice and savory smoke. This vintage is particularly elegant and tight, with streamlined intensity that builds slowly in the glass as the wine takes on more volume… 2018.04.09

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Vinous / 97 Points Deep red. Perfumed aromas of raspberry, strawberry, tea leaf and crushed stone are lifted by a lovely violet topnote. Bright, dense and juicy, this features lively, harmonious acidity extending the very precise, pure, multilayered flavors of red currant, sweet spices and red cherry on the long vibrant… 2018.04.06

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points Bright, red. Expressive aromas of red currant, licorice, flowers and tar. Floral, bright and subtle, with blood orange and red fruit flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes suave, dry, and long. Lovely, elegant, old-style Brunello that will prove very food-flexible. 2018.04.06

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Vinous / 92+ Points Medium red with a hint of amber at the rim. Deep, perfumed nose of red cherry, cedar and violet. Enters juice and round, displaying outstanding sweetness to the red fruit flavors, then more austere, with a noteworthy tannic spine providing backbone but also suppressing the fruit somewhat on the long,… 2018.04.06

Bodegas Castro Martin Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2016 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points This tangy white has a briny, chalky character, with bracing acidity giving a racy edge to the fleshy texture. Assertive, fresh and lively. Drink now through 2020. 2018.04.06

J. Hofstatter Lagrein Alto Adige DOC 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Hints of game and herb on the nose lead to brambly currant and berry notes on the creamy palate of this bright and balanced, medium-bodied red. Drink now through 2021. 2018.04.06

J. Hofstatter Lagrein Alto Adige DOC 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Hints of game and herb on the nose lead to brambly currant and berry notes on the creamy palate of this bright and balanced, medium-bodied red. Drink now through 2021. 2018.04.06

J. Hofstatter Joseph Gewurztraminer Alto Adige DOC 2016 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Showing abundant Gewrztraminer character, with rose petal, lychee, ground white pepper and face cream notes, this medium-bodied version is dry and focused, offering hints of crystallized honey and smoky mineral that play on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2021. 2018.04.06

Marchesi di Barolo Coste di Rose Barolo DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points This is lush, with a minty menthol note running throughout. Plum and mulled cherry notes fill the middle, while a tobacco accent holds court on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2035. 2018.04.06

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A combination of black cherry and blackberry flavors and toasty oak marks this opulent red. The plush texture gives way to dusty tannins on the moderately long finish. Best from 2021 through 2035. 2018.04.06

Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Offers resinous aromas and black cherry, black currant and blueberry flavors. Dense and chunky, with ample freshness underneath. A bit monolithic now and gruff on the finish, with dusty tannins and a long aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2042. 2018.04.06

J. Hofstatter Steinraffler Lagrein Alto Adige DOC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A fresh and fragrant red, with licorice and bergamot notes leading to flavors of sun-dried cherry and fig cake, layered with lightly chewy tannins and a streak of spicy mineral that lingers on the finely detailed finish. Pinot Nero. Drink now through 2028. 2018.04.06

Lungarotti Torre di Giano Bianco di Torgiano DOC 2016 / Wine & Spirits / 87 Points This bright and juicy blend of vermentino, grechetto and trebbiano offers flavors of white grapefruit edged with notes of lemon peel and dried oregano. 2018.04.06

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine & Spirits / 92 Points This wine combines red-berry flavors with notes of fennel, bay leaf and roasted tomato in a mid-weight structure. The tannins feel fine-grained, giving the wine immediate appeal. 2018.04.06

Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2015 / Wine & Spirits / 91 Points Fruit for this wine is harvested from 60- to 70-year-old vines and vinified like the estate's Brunello, with a 15-day submerged-cap maceration followed by aging in large Slovanian botte (for one year instead of Brunello's 3 years). The black-cherry flavors feel concentrated and pure, taking on a fleshy… 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc Sauvage 2015 / Wine & Spirits / 92 Points / Year's Best! A selection from five acres of old vines growing on limestone in Champtin and Bue, this ages on the lees for a year in stainless steel. Those vines ripened their fruit into a soft pillow of sauvignon, lime green and lemon yellow, along with some candied notes of tangerine that manage not to leave any… 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Le Chene Marchand 2016 / Wine & Spirits / 90 Points / Year's Best Jolivet selects this from a 4.5-acre parcel within this vineyard in Bue, fermenting the fruit in stainless steel without added yeasts. It's a ripe 2016 with notes of white cherries and white peaches, that fragrant fruit hinting at a red blush. Rich and soft, there's a touch of lime and pithy acidity… 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Pouilly-Fume 2016 / Wine & Spirits / 92 Points / Years Best! Jolivet's latest release of Pouilly-Fume hits with the scent of stone striking stone. It's a tense, green wine that opens to a rich flintiness, a liquid evocation of minerals. Notes of citrus oil and roses develop as the wine sits open. Delicious if you decant it now, it's also suited to aging for several… 2018.04.06

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2016 / Vinous / 94 Points Scents of white peach, white currant, lime and grapefruit lead to a lusciously fruited palate strongly citric in its bright juiciness but with less naked sense of electric acidity than in the corresponding Kabinett, or in this years Braune Kupp Sptlese. There is even a hint of creaminess to the texture.… 2018.04.06

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2016 / Vinous / 91 Points A penetrating nose features gooseberry, cassis, apricot and apple, and suggestions of seeds and pits as well as a nettle-like prickle lend invigorating crunch and piquancy to the brightly animating, cheek-scouring acidity that emerges on the palate. But even as you feel the impact of the acids, there… 2018.04.06

Egon Muller Scharzhof Riesling QbA 2016 / Vinous / 90 Points Penetrating aromas and bright juiciness of apple and lemon are reinforced in their invigorating effect by the pungency and bite of raw ginger as well as a nettle-like prickle. An impression of wet stone also runs from the nose through the polished, delicate but concentrated midpalate. A luscious infusion… 2018.04.06

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points Quite classically styled with leather and cedary aromas alongside dried cherries. The palate has bright acidity and poached red-cherry flavors hold long, smooth and even. You can drink now or hold for a more savory style and try around 2021. 2018.04.06

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / JamesSuckling.com / 93 Points A superb wine for the mellow and complex, concentrated palate, this has a very impressive dark-cherry and earthy core. Spiced leather and sweet and rich red- and dark-cherry fruits roll into the finish. Great wine. Try from 2022. 2018.04.06

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 100 Points / Cellar Selection Dark spice, pipe tobacco, blue flower, crushed herb and wild berry are just some of the aromas youll find on this stunningly beautiful, fragrant red. Vibrant and elegant, the radiant palate has great intensity and energy, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, pomegranate, white pepper and star anise set… 2018.04.06

Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Delicately fragrant, this offers heady scents of crushed blue flower, wild red berry and baking spice. The bright polished palate doles out juicy Marasca cherry, white pepper and a hint of star anise alongside supple tannins. Enjoy through 2020. 2018.04.06

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points Aromas of wild berry, leather, rose and tobacco leaf come together in the glass. The polished full-bodied palate doles out crushed raspberry, Morello cherry and star anise set against taut fine-grained tannins. Give this time to fully develop. Drink 20232033. 2018.04.06

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Underbrush, dark kitchen spice and woodland berry aromas lead the nose. The solid palate offers Marasca cherry, prune and ground clove alongside firm tannins. Drink 20212028. 2018.04.06

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Whiffs of leather, fur and coffee grinds lend complexity to fresh, concentrated blackberry and boysenberry flavors in this wine. Its a juicy, succulent Syrah with peppery elegance thats ready to drink now but should hold nicely through 2025. 2018.04.06

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Whiffs of leather, fur and coffee grinds lend complexity to fresh, concentrated blackberry and boysenberry flavors in this wine. Its a juicy, succulent Syrah with peppery elegance thats ready to drink now but should hold nicely through 2025. 2018.04.06

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Whiffs of leather, fur and coffee grinds lend complexity to fresh, concentrated blackberry and boysenberry flavors in this wine. Its a juicy, succulent Syrah with peppery elegance thats ready to drink now but should hold nicely through 2025. 2018.04.06

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Viallière 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Warming skeins of cinnamon, smoke and charcuterie tangle into black cherry and raspberry in this rich, silken wine. Aged in new oak, its lavishly accented by vanilla and chocolate, along with mouthcoating, deeply integrated tannins. It drinks well already but should improve till 2028 and hold further. 2018.04.06

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Sarrasine 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Soft and approachable already, this Cte-Rtie offers silky, sumptuous black-plum and fig flavors cushioned by feathery, mouthcoating tannins. Undertones of granite and violet as well as fresh acidity lend balance, but its a wine for enjoying now through 2025 rather than cellaring. 2018.04.06

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Garde 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Editors Choice La Garde is a blend of grapes from the producers best parcels in both the Cte Blonde and Cte Brune. Its a lavish, perfumed wine wafting of violets, leather and game. The palate is fleshy yet nuanced, pulsating with rich black cherry and plum accented by pepper, earth, smoke and bacon. It drinks gorgeously… 2018.04.06

Chateau Mont-Redon Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points While initially earthy on the nose, this wine reveals bright red cherry and raspberry tones after a few minutes of aeration. Dry in style, its an easy drinking, juicy sip with a brisk, slightly mineral finish. Drink this fruity, fresh ros now 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Red fruits are lifted by crisp acidity and made richer by a nutty character. This is a bright, fruity wine with caramel and vanilla flavors, textured, tangy, lively and ready to drink now. 2018.04.06

Attitude by Pascal Jolivet Sauvignon Blanc 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 87 Points This is the epitome of crisp, herbal Loire Sauvignon Blanc. Along with its lively acidity, green and citrus fruits and tangy, zesty texture, it is light and fruity, ready to drink now. 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Pouilly-Fume 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points This wine is a blend from all the major separate areas of Pouilly Fum. It has ripe fruit and a structure that is typical of the appellation. Lemon fruit and a tangy, mineral texture ensure a bright, crisp wine that also has some weight. Drink now. 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Pouilly-Fume Les Terres Blanches 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Sourced from a single 16-acre vineyard, this wine is closed, still firm and young. Grassy and herbal, this classic cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc is rich and needs to develop further. This wine with great potential will be ready to drink from 2019. 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Young and racy, this crisp wine is full of white fruits, acidity and herbal flavors, with a bright, light mineral texture. This is textbook Sancerre, lively, fruity and ready to drink. 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Les Caillottes 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Produced from organically grown grapes, this wine is fruity, crisp and with a rounded, ripe character. Its acidity and mineral texture are surrounded by rich apple, citrus and quince flavors. With its great fruitiness, the wine is well balanced and ready to drink now. 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Clos du Roy 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points From a small, prestigious, 3.7-acre vineyard, this wine is still young, with a yeasty edge that will blow away as it matures. It has great fruit though, with apples, rich lime, lemon and a tight, tangy texture. The wine needs some time. Drink from 2019. 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Le Chene Marchand 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points / Cellar Selection This wine comes from one of the top vineyards in Sancerre, overlooking the village of Bu. It has both richness and a tight, herbal character that gives a mineral texture. Fermented using wild yeasts, the wine is elegant, ripe and generous. Drink from 2019. 2018.04.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc Sauvage 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Editors Choice Produced from organically grown grapes and aged for 12 months on lees, this is a concentrated wine. It has rich apple and quince fruit and a layers of strong mineral texture. All these elements combine into a dense wine that is ready to drink. 2018.04.06

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points Violet, bramble and fresh thyme accentuate bright blackberry and plum in this velvety, rich red. While its juicy, floral style is approachable, the wine is surprisingly bold in structure, framed by dense, penetrating tannins and brisk acidity. 2018.04.06

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points Juicy blackberry and plum flavors are tinged with complexities of mushroom and forest floor in this approachable but nuanced wine. Its plush and warming on the palate but tempered squarely by crisp acidity and firm, gripping tannins. 2018.04.06

Vidal-Fleury Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points While roasted plum and fig flavors are plump and fleshy here, savory hints of earth and bramble lend complexity to this silken soft wine. Sunny raspberry acidity and ripe, fleshy tannins accent its warm appeal along with delicate clove and vanilla notes that linger through the finish. 2018.04.06

Vidal-Fleury Gigondas 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Plump, juicy boysenberries and roasted plums are lifted by notes of dried rosemary, thyme and violet in this big, brooding Gigondas. Round and warming on the palate, its an unctuous wine framed by bold, grippy tannins. Drink now through 2030. 2018.04.06

Vidal-Fleury Saint-Joseph 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Vibrant and spicy, this full-bodied Syrah offers mouthwatering blackberry and currant flavors nuanced by earthen shades of forest floor, mushroom and game. Its a complex yet juicy, punchy wine with a sexy anise finish. 2018.04.06

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points A blend of mostly Cinsault and Syrah grapes, this sunny watermelon and cherry-fruited ros is an easy drinking aperitif or picnic wine. Its juicy and plush, with a finish edged by a whisper of tannins. Drink now 2018.04.06

Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points This rich, full-bodied Marsanne offers fresh pear and apricot notes accented by savory swirls of nut and smoke. While delicate in concentration, its creamy, silken mouthfeel is warming and expansive. 2018.04.06

Stephane Aviron Moulin a Vent 2016 / Wine Review Online / 93 Points Avirons Moulin--Vent dazzles with a paradoxical firmness and fleshiness. The tannins are fine, not hard or astringent. You can almost taste the granitic soil of this cru in this tightly wound wine. Uplifting brightness in the finish amplifies its appeal. It takes time in the glass to blossom so either… 2018.04.06

Stephane Aviron Morgon Cote du Py 2016 / Wine Review Online / 92 Points Morgon, along with Moulin--Vent, are the two cru that produce the sturdiest wines that often need several years of bottle age to show their true beauty. The Cte de Py is an area within Morgon made of black volcanic soil that imparts an austere mineral-like quality to the wines. Avirons, while displaying… 2018.04.06

Stephane Aviron Julienas 2016 / Wine Review Online / 92 Points While not as ripe and fleshy as the 2015 wines from Beaujolais, the 2016s are racier while maintaining charm for which the region is known. Avirons Julinas borrows a bit of the density of his Chnas and combines it with an alluring spice. Suave mild tannins and bright acidity make it ideal for current… 2018.04.06

Stephane Aviron Chenas 2016 / Wine Review Online / 90 Points Stphane Aviron makes wines from many of the crus of Beaujolais, the ten villages that have the potential to produce distinctive wines that stand apart from those labeled Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages. (Indeed, wines from these villages rarely put Beaujolais on the label.) One of the things I love… 2018.04.06

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2016 / Wine Review Online / 96 Points Vaudsir, along with Le Clos, sit atop most critics lists -- certainly mine -- of top Grand Cru vineyards in Chablis. To me, the wines from Vaudsir, in the hands of the best producers, combine power with elegance and epitomize the stature of Grand Cru classification. Christian Moreaus 2016 Vaudsir fits… 2018.04.06

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2016 / Wine Review Online / 94 Points Vaillon is a large well-known 1er cru vineyard on the Left Bank in Chablis that is composed of many plots. Christian Moreaus plot, where the average age of the vines is 56 years, according to their website, is in the heart of the vineyard. Year in and year out, their Vaillon is always one of their most… 2018.04.06

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2016 / Wine Review Online / 95 Points Fabien Moreau, the current winemaker, says that this portion of their plot in the Vaillon vineyard was planted by his grandfather, Guy, 83 years ago and contain the oldest vines of their estate. Located on the steepest part of the slope, the vines have excellent exposure and drainage. An extraordinary… 2018.04.06

Weingut Dr. Fischer Steinbock Riesling 2016 / Vinous / 92 Points This wine, nicknamed Steinbock, originates in parts of the Bockstein deemed well-suited to neither Grosses Gewchs nor Kabinett. Its another instance at this estate of a Riesling that signals stoniness on the nose, in this instance accompanied by a whiff of fusel oil as well as by intimations of apple,… 2018.04.04

Weingut Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett 2016 / Vinous / 91 Points From under a slightly stinky veil of fermentative residues emerge site-typical scents of fresh apple and orange wreathed in their blossoms. A squirt of fresh lime reinforces the bright juiciness exhibited on a silken, buoyant, generously fruity and unapologetically sweet palate that alluringly perpetuates… 2018.04.04

Weingut Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese 2016 / Vinous / 88 Points Scents of bruised apple and Rainier cherry anticipate the cherry and apple fruitiness on a surprisingly creamy palate. This finishes with soothing albeit surprisingly simple persistence. Less site-typical and - for now, at least - much less clear, charming or complex than the corresponding Kabinett,… 2018.04.04

Weingut Dr. Fischer Riesling 2016 / Vinous / 88 Points From parcels in the Ockfener Bockstein and to a lesser extent Saarburger Kupp most picked in the third week of October this delivers juicy, bright apple fruit lightly tinged with stone and salt for a satisfyingly and mouthwateringly Saar-typical if not terribly complex performance. (Acidity in this… 2018.04.04

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Greves 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points An elegant version, with bright acidity and refined tannins framing cherry, currant, vanilla and toast flavors. Still tight on the finish, where the tannins leave a sinewy feel. Best from 2021 through 2035. 2018.04.04

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Feguine Rouge 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A silky, enticing red, featuring black cherry, raspberry, earth and spice flavors, picking up a saline element on the finish. Harmonious and polished, echoing dark fruit on the aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2033. 2018.04.04

Bodega El Esteco Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 92 Points This is a wine that gives so much in tension and depth of fruit. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a vivid finish. Give it a year or two. 2018.04.02

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 2016 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Purity is the hallmark of this sleek red, whose vibrant structure marshals the flavors of cherry, raspberry and currant to a lingering conclusion. Balanced and focused, this fades gracefully with berry, orange zest and spice notes. Drink now through 2030. 2018.03.20

Grooner Grooner 2016 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Theres a nice balance here between the peach and apple fruit and the herb and grassy flavors. This is harmonious too, leaving a fresh impression. Drink now through 2023. 2018.03.20

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / JamesSuckling.com / 92 Points The fresh berry and hints of rose petal come through on the nose. Full body and chewy tannins but plenty of dried fruits and bright acidity. Drink now. 2018.03.09

Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 90+ Points The delightful 2015 Rosso di Montalcino does exactly what you should expect a Rosso to do. The bouquet opens to a fresh, vinous and cherry-driven set of aromas. Floral notes of rose and violet add to the intensity. Le Chiuse dedicates much thought and precision to the production of its Rosso, and that… 2018.03.09

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 96+ Points Le Chiuse delivers an impeccable wine that beautifully captures the classic side of this elegant vintage. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a gorgeous garnet color that is both luminous and sultry. The bouquet takes a minute or two to reach cruising altitude. Once it does, it reveals wild cherry,… 2018.03.09

Tenuta Rapitala Grand Cru Chardonnay Sicilia I.G.T. 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Ripe, with rich baked apricot and pear flavors, finely balanced by lively acidity. Elegant overall, offering subtle accents of pastry, smoke and spice that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 2018.03.09

Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points An appealing aroma of ripe pear fills the nose. The palate is similarly abundant in fruit yet ultimately feels clean, dry and slender. 2018.03.07

Famille Hugel Gentil 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points Fresh, ripe apple, lemon and pear are on full display on the open nose. The palate balances this abundance with a pleasantly bitter, tangy note. This is dry, slender and refreshing with a layered, stony core. 2018.03.07

Nino Negri Sfursat della Valtellina DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points New leather, baked plum, truffle and fruitcake aromas rise up from the glass. It's rounded and full bodied, with velvety tannins that underscore fig, stepped prune, cinnamon, graphite and chewing tobacco. Fresh acidity lifts the rich flavors. 2018.03.06

Nino Negri 'Vigneto Fracia' Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Spicy aromas of clove, nutmeg and anise combine in the glass along with scents of baked plum, violet and aromatic herb. The tense palate offers dried black cherry, cranberry, cedar and sage along with a hint of fig. Tensed close-grained tannins and a backbone of firm acidity provide the framework. 2018.03.05

Nino Negri 'Le Tense' Sassella Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points Aromas of dark-skinned berry, French oak, wild rose and a whiff of Alpine herb lift out of the glass. Linear and tense, the taut palate offers dried cherry, cranberry, clove and a hint of espresso alongside a backbone of firm fine-grained tannins and bracing acidity. 2018.03.05

Luigi Bosca Gala 2 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points / Cellar Selction Ripe but subtle aromas of aged balsamic vinegar, blackberry, baked plum and vanilla are alluring and feed into a flush layered palate. Spicy black plum and berry flavors are just rustic and toasty enough, while this blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with Cab Franc and Merlot tastes peppery, deep, a touch… 2018.03.01

Nino Negri 'Quadrio' Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Dark baking spice, wild berry and a whiff of pressed rose form a delicate bouquet. The light-bodied easygoing palate offers strawberry, pomegranate and a hint of tobacco alongside vibrant acidity and lithe tannins. 2018.02.28

Champagne Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2006 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points This dances gracefully on the palate, with rich and expressive flavors of peach tart, raspberry sorbet, candied ginger and orange peel, and sleek acidity that leaves a mouthwatering impression on the satiny finish. Drink now through 2031. 2018.02.21

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Decanter / 90 Points A powerful and complex nose of dried strawberry, balsamic and leather, the palate has strawberry fruit, wild mushroom and sweet spices, complete and complex. 2018.02.16

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Earthy aromas of truffle, leather, dried herb and dark berry slowly take shape in this full-bodied red. Smooth and concentrated, the palate doles out fleshy wild cherry, raspberry compote, and savory orange zest and star anise notes, framed by fine-grained tannins. Drink 20192025. 2018.02.16

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Vinous / 90+ Points Dark red with a large amber rim. Forward aromas and flavors of spicy red fruit, camphor and black tea leaf. The musky finish is bright and juicy though I find this to be at once strangely open and shut down. Currently, the classico Brunello from Barbi is much more precise and enjoyable, but maybe its… 2018.02.16

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 93+ Points The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore is a special single-vineyard expression that really delivers the goods. Only 3,900 bottles are made, whereas production numbers for the Brunello annata top 200,000. Both are priced the same. If you can get your hands on this wine, I recommend it. The bouquet… 2018.02.16

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Exhibiting a fine blend of fruity and savory characteristics, this red evokes wild strawberry, cherry, juniper, leather and iron aromas and flavors. There is energy and a sweetness midpalate. The finish extends with refined tannins and freshness. Best from 2020 through 2034. 2018.02.16

Domaine Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Graphite and spice notes seep into the edges of this cherry- and kirsch-flavored red. Piercing and persistent, with fine balance and a silky texture. Ends with a long, saturated aftertaste. Best from 2022 through 2040. 2018.02.16

Vidal-Fleury Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde de Vidal Fleury 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points / Cellar Selection Cellar Selection. Hints of coffee, earth, smoke and spice highlight cool, crisp blackberry and cherry flavors in this wine. It's fragrant and fresh, with a vibrant core of acidity and firm tannins that feel taut and thrilling. While beautiful already, its concentrated fruit and mineral complexities… 2018.02.16

Vidal-Fleury Condrieu 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Honeycomb and marzipan accent bright tangerine and peach flavors in this delectably silken sip. It's unctuous and plush in mouthfeel but balanced firmly with sunny citrus acidity and airy plumes of violet and honeysuckle florals. 2018.02.16

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This red starts out with cherry, strawberry and floral notes, adding leather, underbrush and tobacco through the finish. Elegant overall, showing balance in a sinewy, tensile way. Best from 2022 through 2036. 2018.02.05

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Ample rose, cherry and raspberry flavors highlight this rich, powerful Barolo. This is shaded by leather and mineral notes, with dense tannins providing the framework. Balanced and long. Best from 2022 through 2039. 2018.02.05

Luigi Bosca Malbec D.O.C. 2014 / Vinous / 87+ Points Moderately saturated bright red-ruby. Aromas of roasted plum, dark raspberry, mocha, milk chocolate and spicy oak. Supple dark berry and spice flavors display good intensity but are a bit dried by edgy herbal acidity, which gives the wine a slight youthfully tart quality. The dusty tannins currently… 2018.02.05

Luigi Bosca Malbec 2014 / Vinous / 88 Points Medium red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of blackberry and musky smoky oak. Offers an easygoing sweetness with good varietal complexity to its pliant dark berry and dark chocolate flavors. A softer-style but juicy and fairly substantial Malbec with early appeal. 2018.02.05

La Linda Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 / Vinous / 88 Points Healthy medium red. Aromas of redcurrant and tobacco leaf along with some distinctly vegetal notes. Plush and sweet but with a Cabernet greenness to its currant, tobacco and tomato leaf flavors. Nicely concentrated but easygoing wine and ready to drink. 2018.02.05

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Le Chene Marchand 2016 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points An invigoratingly fresh, chiseled style, offering piercing lime and flint notes laced with a whiff of smoke. The steely finish has lovely cut. Long and mouthwatering, with the textbook profile of the vintage. Best from 2019 through 2021. 2018.02.05

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Pouilly-Fume Les Terres Blanches 2016 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A real rapier, with flint, chive and thyme notes that ripple along, flecked with sel gris and chalk accents along the way. Long and very precise. Needs a little time to unwind. Best from 2019 through 2022. 2018.02.05

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2016 / Burghound / 91-94 Points One more time moderate wood frames the super fresh, cool and admirably pure aromas of citrus, floral, sea breeze and mineral reduction scents. Just like the straight version of Les Clos, I very much like the lovely texture of the energetic medium weight plus flavors that also possess fine concentration… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2016 / Burghound / 91-94 Points Once again moderate wood stops just short of overshadowing the pretty and well-layered aromas of rose petal, petrol, mineral reduction and white peach. The sleek and beautifully refined medium weight plus flavors exhibit more minerality and almost as much power that really comes up on the balanced,… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2016 / Burghound / 91-93 Points Moderate wood stops short of fighting with the ripe aromas of white peach, melon, algae and citrus rind whiffs. The slightly richer and more imposingly-scaled big-bodied flavors brim with dry extract that confers a sappy texture to the more powerful if slightly less mineral-driven finale. 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2016 / Burghound / 90-92 Points A pungent nose consists of full-on reduction and wood which renders an assessment impossible. There is a citrusy character to the obviously ripe, dense and powerful middle weight flavors that evidence plenty of minerality and richness that carries over to the sappy and wood-inflected finish. This will… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2016 / Burghound / 90-93 Points A ripe but airy nose blends notes of petrol and mineral reduction with exotic fruit, ocean breeze and a hint of shellfish. There is more volume still to the opulently textured big-bodied flavors that also possess a beguiling texture on the clean, dry and focused finale. This is really quite good and… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2016 / Burghound / 89-91 Points Here the nose is similar to the regular cuve but with the addition of mineral reduction wisps. There is a bit more wood evident in the mouth on the rich, concentrated, powerful and palate coating flavors thanks to the abundant level of dry extract, all wrapped in a bitter lemon and saline-inflected… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2016 / Burghound / 88-91 Points Enough wood to warrant mentioning is present on the ripe white orchard fruit aromas that also exhibit hints of the exotic and tidal pool. The rich, caressing and seductively textured mid-palate of the medium weight flavors contrasts considerably with the very dry, ultra-crisp and slightly clipped finish… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 2016 / Burghound / 87-89 Points A slightly riper if modestly less tropical nose reflects just enough Chablis character to be persuasive. The round, rich and more voluminous flavors possess good punch and concentration while delivering better depth and length on the somewhat drier finish. 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2016 / Vinous / 93-95 Points (aging in what Olivier Bailly described as 15-hectoliter stainless steel barrels; he noted that he was lucky to have purchased some small cuves for the 2016 harvest): Bright light-medium yellow. Knockout nose combines aromas of fresh apricot, musky ginger, crushed rock and scallop shell; no shortage… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 2016 / Vinous / 91-93 Points (just a single barrel produced from a very small crop with a yield of around 15 hectoliters per hectare): Bright, light yellow. Sexy, sappy aromas of lime, white peach and spices. Suave, silky and delicate, offering both good volume and noteworthy delineation; nicely filled in and balanced from the… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2016 / Vinous / 91-93 Points Medium yellow. In a rather virile style for Les Preuses, offering scents of spices, herbs and caraway seed. Seriously concentrated and saline but quite tight in the early going, with notes of spices and flowers providing inner-mouth lift. The acidity here is only 3.88 grams per liter but this very dry,… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2016 / Vinous / 91-93 Points (assembled in cuve): Light-medium yellow. Aromas of slightly exotic yellow fruits, spices and hazelnut, plus a whiff of banana and a toasty note. Silky-sweet and quite spicy in the mouth, with the exotic fruit flavors given a light touch by harmonious framing acidity. Most of these 2016s show excellent… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2016 / Vinous / 91-93 Points (Billaud-Simon produced 48 hectoliters per hectare as this sector was spared by frost and hail): Orange and lime zest aromas are complicated by musky apple, mint, crushed stone and ginger. Silky, suave and classic; quite dry but not edgy, offering alluring flavors of peach, minerals and ginger. A rather… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2016 / Vinous / 90-92 Points (entirely in cuve; from purchased fruit): Light-medium yellow with green reflections. A bit more exotic on the nose than the Bougros, offering scents of blood orange, flint and pepper. Silky, juicy and dry; more saline, chiseled and alive than the Bougros, which is a bit too fruity and opulent today.… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2016 / Vinous / 89-92 Points (aging in small cuves; from Vaupulent): Bright light-medium yellow. Aromas of fresh apricot and smoke show a candied aspect and good lift. Suave, intense and saline on the palate, displaying very ripe yellow fruit flavors and more obvious earth tones than the village wines. Conveys a creamy texture… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2016 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (from purchased grapes; done entirely in cuve): Medium yellow with a faint green tinge. Aromas of white peach, white pepper, herbs and spices. Not more intense than the Monte de Tonnerre but in a fruitier, less saline style, conveying lovely sucrosit and an impression of honeyed ripeness. This very… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2016 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (80% cuve but there are also a few fts and two demi-muids): Light-medium yellow. Fresh apricot and yellow peach aromas are accented by ginger, white pepper and herbs. Suave, brisk and minerally, showing lovely inner-mouth floral lift, not to mention a complementary touch of oak. Nicely dry and spicy,… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2016 / Vinous / 88-91 Points (one ft, the rest in cuve): Full medium yellow. Higher-pitched on the nose than the foregoing samples, offering scents of peach, pear, ginger and minerals. Then richer and more opulent than the Vaillons in the mouth, but conveying a light touch in spite of its volume thanks to its mineral and white… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent 2016 / Vinous / 88-90 Points (done entirely in cuve; this was the second year in which Billaud-Simon purchased grapes for this bottling; the crop level here was barely 25 hectoliters per hectare owing to millerandage): Bright medium yellow. Pungent, almost Riesling-like nose shows brisk limey lift along with hints of ginger, mint… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete d'Or 2016 / Vinous / 87-90 Points (this got a small percentage of neutral oak): Medium yellow; these 2016 colors are fairly deep. Ripe, fruit-driven scents of yellow stone fruits and orange zest. A step up in sweetness and texture over the basic village wine, showing a gingery oak quality that's neither dominant nor drying. Good energy… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2016 / Vinous / 86-89 Points (done entirely in cuve): Medium yellow. Apricot, yellow peach and a touch of banana on the nose. Fat, spicy and lightly saline, conveying musky lime oil and ginger flavors. Less reduced than the Petit Chablis, which needs a racking. Good material here, if a bit lower in acidity than the Petit Chablis… 2018.02.02

Domaine Billaud-Simon Petit Chablis 2016 / Vinous / 85-87 Points (just finished its malolactic fermentation a couple weeks before my visit): Full yellow. Intriguing scents of musky yellow peach and honey. Full of gas but obviously fresh, with a gingery spice character intensifying the stone fruit flavors. This is carrying a healthy 4.6 grams per liter of acidity,… 2018.02.02

Re Manfredi Vigneto “Serpara” Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points A tightly knit, full-bodied red, with dense, sculpted tannins well-meshed with dark blackberry and black currant fruit, notes of licorice snap and lots of tarry smoke accents. Big and sleek, with a lasting, herb-laced finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 90-92 Points Matured in 35% barrel and the remainder in tank, including just 2% new oak, the 2016 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons comes from six different parcels that are vinified separately. It has a refined, floral bouquet with scents of nectarine and apricot blossom. I appreciate the purity of this wine. The palate… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points From vines planted in 1933 and harvested separately from the remainder of the holdings, the 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Cuvee Guy Moreau has a lovely melted wax, praline and almond-scented bouquet that manifests more mineral scents as it opens in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a fine… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points There is only one barrel of the 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots this year and it will be bottled as 150 magnums. Good luck finding one. It has a tight nose that feels a little enervated by the hail damage to be honest, especially when compared to the Vaudesir or the Vaillons. The palate is certainly… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos has a complex, quite charming bouquet with peach skin and nectarine notes, orange pith and a touch of smoke. I admire the delineation and focus of this les Clos. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity, crisp and poised with a touch of spice on the… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos des Hospices, the one hectare bought from the Hospices in 1904, has a vivacious and charming bouquet with dried pineapple, nectarine, cold wet stone and a subtle sea spray aroma that is more evident here than on the regular les Clos. The palate is very well balanced… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur has an attractive bouquet with scents of dried pineapple, quince and a touch of melted candle waxquite pithy in style. The palate is well balanced with a crisp entry and a fine line of acidity cutting through the lightly honeyed fruit, leading to an attractive, precise… 2018.02.02

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 90-92 Points The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir is matured 100% in two or three-year-old barrels. Production was reduced by 50% this vintage due to hail. The bouquet is quite resinous at first with scents of lime flower and dried quince emerging with time. The palate is well balanced with a crisp, lightly spiced… 2018.02.02

Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera del Monferrato DOC 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2015 Maraia is an immediate and accessible wine with a plump and juicy approach. The wine is partially aged in oak and fruit comes from the Monferrato sub zone that normally renders a slightly more rustic and earthy personality. Wild berry is followed by forest bramble, button mushroom and black… 2018.01.31

Bodega El Esteco Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 / Vinous / 90 Points Bright red-ruby. Inviting, varietally expressive scents of black raspberry, licorice, mocha and spices, along with classic medicinal, floral and leafy Cabernet Sauvignon nuances. Supple, smooth and dry, with its fragrant dark berry and black cherry fruit flavors complemented by subtle herbs and menthol.… 2018.01.24

Hecht & Bannier Faugères 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points Smoked earth, currants, cured meats and spices all emerge from the rich, full-bodied 2014 Faugeres. A blend of 60% Syrah, 25% Mourvdre and 15% Carignan, aged mostly in demi-muids, it has a smoking mid-palate, a ripe, layered textured and a big finish. Like in 2013, it's another hidden gem in this lineup. 2018.01.24

Hecht & Bannier Faugères 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Fresh red plum, kirsch and boysenberry notes give a focused, tangy profile to this muscular, full-bodied red, with tea, floral and mineral aromas adding interest through the grippy, spice-infused finish. Drink now through 2023. 2018.01.24

Tenuta Rapitala Alto Nero d'Avola Sicilia D.O.C. 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Deep red. Spicy black currant and red cherry aromas offer hints of minerals and violet. Black cherry and licorice flavors are enlivened by a spicy element and juicy acidity. Closes on a refined note, showing very good energy, focus and gentle tannic grip. This is much better, more serious and less sweet… 2018.01.23

Famille Hugel Riesling Schoelhammer 2008 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points Bottled in September after the harvest, the 2008 Riesling Schoelhammer is from the Schoenenbourg Grand Cru and opens with a gorgeous nose: pure, fresh and lemon-flavored, with great maturity and some minty flavors. Fermented down to two grams of residual sugar, this is a full-bodied, finessed and elegant… 2018.01.19

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive 2009 / The Wine Advocate / 93+ Points Entirely from the Sporen, the 2009 Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive offers an intense, clear, fresh and spicy bouquet with grapefruit and cumin aromas. Rich and elegant, this is a very intense and juicy, well-balanced undercover Sporen provided with a fine tannin grip and a long and mineral aftertaste.… 2018.01.19

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Grossi Laue 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 90+ Points Fermented dry, the 2011 Pinot Gris Grossi Lae has a clear, deep, ripe and complex but also fine and concentrated bouquet with lemon flavors. Full-bodied, rich and intense, this is a very concentrated and powerful Pinot with lovely bright flavors. 2018.01.19

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Grossi Laue 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2011 Gewurztraminer Grossi Lae is a 100% Sporen (deep clay soils) and opens with a clear, cool and spicy bouquet with very clear and elegant fruit aromas. Full-bodied, rich and very elegant on the palate, this is a lush and concentrated, pretty sweet cru with a long and spicy, fresh and tension-filled,… 2018.01.19

Famille Hugel Riesling Grossi Laue 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points Entirely sourced in the Schoenenbourg, the 2011 Riesling Grossi Lae (375 ml) offers a deep, clear, fresh and fine bouquet. Sourced in the best three parcels next to the Schoelhammer, the wine shows a clear and fine, yet warm and rich, bouquet of cooked white fruits along with sweet almond aromas. Rich… 2018.01.19

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Estate 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 89+ Points Sourced mainly in the Sporen and the Schoenenbourg, the 2013 Gewurztraminer Estate (formerly named Tradition) shows a clear and aromatic bouquet with orange peel and kumquat aromas. On the palate, this is a rich and elegant, piquant and salty, well-balanced, but tension-filled Gewurz with a lot of vitality.… 2018.01.19

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89 Points The 2015 Pinot Gris Classic is clear, fresh and aromatic, with white-fruit aromas (red-skinned apples), cumin and crushed stones. Full-bodied, intense and aromatic, this is a well-structured and spicy Pinot with a good freshness, grip and tension. Really ripe and with character. 2018.01.19

Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2015 Pinot Blanc Classic is a blend of 50/50 Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois. The wine is clear, ripe and fresh, reveals good grip and elegance on the palate and finishes with good balance and fresh aromatics. 2018.01.19

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89 Points The 2015 Gewurztraminer Classic opens clear, fresh and spicy on the nose. The palate is pure and salty, pretty intense and provided with ripe pear aromas. The 2015 is stunningly clear, fresh and finessed for the vintage and finishes with good grip and tension. 2018.01.19

Famille Hugel Gentil 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points The 2016 Gentil Hugel is a blend of all the white Alsatian grape varieties that had been bottled the day before I tasted it in late April 2017. The wine is clear, fresh and aromatic on the nose, terribly crisp and piquant on the palate, provided with a really racy acidity. The 2016 has good phenolic… 2018.01.19

Churchills Port 30 Year Tawny NV / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The NV 30 Years Old Tawny Porto, a field blend, was bottled in 2016 with a bar top cork and comes in with 114 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is not the most concentrated or gripping 30-year-old tawny ever but when I pulled the cork the aromas of caramel, molasses and a hint of treacle filled… 2018.01.19

Churchills Port Vintage Port 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points The 2014 Vintage Port is a field blend that comes in at 102 grams per liter of residual sugar. This was tasted from a 375 milliliter bottle, to which the price applies. For a 2014a perilous year in Dourothis is pretty fine. Showing a reasonably serious backbone, it adds a little eucalyptus on the nose,… 2018.01.19

Churchills Port Late Bottled Vintage 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points The 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port is an unfiltered field blend bottled in 2015 with a long cork and 107 grams per liter of residual sugar. This was tasted from a full-sized bottle, to which the price applies. This LBV has some tannins around the edges as it airs out but it is certainly easy to drink… 2018.01.19

Chateau Mont-Redon Lirac 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89 Points A traditional blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvdre, one-third of the 2015 Lirac was aged in barrel, the remainder in tank. Aromas of raspberries, cinnamon and clove dominate, while the medium to full-bodied palate shows ample concentration and silky tannins. This is a likable, easy-drinking red that… 2018.01.19

Chateau Mont-Redon Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points Hints of crushed stone and sea air give the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Reserve Mont-Redon Blanc an invigorating aroma. It's not an overly fruit-driven wine but one that relies on acidity and texture for interest. There's enough pear and pineapple to round out the mouthfeel but that briny note continues through… 2018.01.19

Stephane Aviron Cote de Brouilly 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89 Points The 2015 Cote de Brouilly Vieilles Vignes offers attractive, quite winsome mulberry and loganberry fruit on the nose, hints of broom and sorrel emerging with time. The palate is fresh on the entry with supple tannin, well judged acidity and an appealing if short, tensile finish. Enjoy over the next… 2018.01.19

Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points From a vineyard planted in 1853, the Hewitson 2013 Mourvedre Old Garden Vineyard offers a rich mouthful of concentrated fruit. The dark fruit is framed by toasty, vanilla-scented French oak, blending into a full-bodied, supple wine that provides plenty of flavor yet never feels heavy. Although approachable… 2018.01.19

Hewitson Falkenberg Shiraz 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points Despite a similar barrel regime to the 2013, the 2014 Falkenberg Vineyard Private Cellar Shiraz seems less oaky, with more fruit spice and berry fruit than the 2013. Red berries and cherries pick up hints of peppery spice and vanilla on the long, silky finish. Not a huge blockbuster Barossa Shiraz,… 2018.01.19

Hewitson Miss Harry Rhone Style Blend 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points Largely a Grenache-Mourvdre blend, the 2015 Miss Harry Harriet's Blend does incorporate bits of Cinsault and Carignan as well. Subtle spice notes add nuance to the straightforward cherry-berry fruit in this medium-bodied, supple wine. Hints of cinnamon, allspice and clove linger nicely on the softly… 2018.01.19

Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2017 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points Zesty lime notes jump from the glass on the nose of the Hewitson 2017 Gun Metal Riesling. This is classically lean and streamlined on the palate, offering little more at this point than racy lime juice over a bed of crushed stone, but pair it with Coffin Bay oysters (or any raw oysters for that matter)… 2018.01.19

Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2017 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points Zesty lime notes jump from the glass on the nose of the Hewitson 2017 Gun Metal Riesling. This is classically lean and streamlined on the palate, offering little more at this point than racy lime juice over a bed of crushed stone, but pair it with Coffin Bay oysters (or any raw oysters for that matter)… 2018.01.19

Lungarotti Torre di Giano Bianco di Torgiano DOC 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points The 2016 Bianco di Torgiano Torre di Giano is a terrific option for appetizers or outdoor lunches. The wine has just enough fruity zest, with peach, citrus, kiwi and tropical fruit, to keep your attention. Yet, it also leaves just as easily as it comes, making for a solid yet informal ride. 2018.01.19

Le Ragose Marta Galli Amarone Classico DOC 2007 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points From the Negrar sub zone of Valpolicella, the 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Marta Galli is a dense and darkly saturated wine that puts a capital "A" on Amarone. Thick layers of blackberry preserves, liquid smoke, tar, Indian spice and rum cake together form a thickly endowed patchwork of… 2018.01.19

Le Ragose Amarone della Valpolicella Classico D.O.C. 2007 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points Here's a beautiful wine that offers a powerful blast of black fruit intensity. The 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a very intricate wine despite all that muscle and brawn that acts as a momentary distraction when you first approach the bouquet. You'll get tertiary aromas of dried fruit and… 2018.01.19

Le Ragose Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore DOC 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2011 Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore is a dark and savory red wine. It opens to an inky, dense appearance with dark garnet highlights. The wine presents an openly sweet element with cherry marmalade, cinnamon and dried prune. Plump and rich in terms of mouthfeel, this wine offers a pleasant… 2018.01.19

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Ermitage Blanc 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points Not quite as rich or honeyed as the 2013, the 2012 Ermitage Blanc features scents of toasted almond and citrus. This medium to full-bodied wine hints at marmalade on the palate with a slightly bitter, orange pith edge to the finish. 2018.01.19

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Ermitage Rouge 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points Sourced from the Les Dionnires lieu-dit, the 2012 Ermitage is full-bodied and velvety textured, generous in its berry fruit, leather and spice but with some tough tannins on the finish. It should drink well for 15 years or so. 2018.01.19

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points The 2014 Crozes Hermitage is a silky, easy-to-drink offering. Cherries, brown sugar and leather notes mingle easily on the medium-bodied palate and linger through the finish. 2018.01.19

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 89 Points The 100% Marsanne 2016 Crozes Hermitage Blanc was made mostly in stainless steel but 20% spent time in used oak. It's barely noticeable but there is a toasty component to this medium-bodied wine as a result, along with fresh pear, stone fruit and melon flavors. Some peppery notes and a hint of tannin… 2018.01.19

Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016 / Jeb Dunnuck (dot com) / 90 Points This team has made a fabulous 2016 Cotes de Provence Rose and it offers classic raspberry, orange peel and salty citrus characteristics in its fresh, clean, downright classy style. Drink it anytime over the coming summer. 2018.01.19

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Viallière 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points While Bonserine's La Sarrasine is a blended wine, the 2013 Cote Rotie la Vialliere is sourced from a single vineyard on the Cte Brune. It shares a similar gorgeous nose of cracked pepper, clove and cinnamon but adds greater fruit richness and more supple tannins to the mid-palate. Flavors of blueberry,… 2018.01.19

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Sarrasine 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The Domaine de Bonserine 2013 Cote Rotie la Sarrasine, a classic blend of ten different lieux-dits mainly from the Cte Brune, boasts a knockout nose of cracked pepper, cinnamon and clove, rounded out on the palate by flavors of blueberries and roasted meat. This medium-bodied blend of 97% Syrah and… 2018.01.19

Domaine de Bonserine Condrieu 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2016 Condrieu showed well in my blind tasting. It boasts textbook aromas of crushed stone and flowers, underscored by hints of peach, honey and pear. This medium to full-bodied wine is plump and round in the mouth, ending on subtle notes of gingery spice that linger on the finish. Drink it now and… 2018.01.19

Vidal-Fleury Gigondas 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2015 Gigondas has been bottled but not yet released. It's a stunning effort, perfumed and floral on the nose, loaded with raspberries and stone fruit on the palate. Full-bodied and lush without being heavy or warm, it's among the best of the vintage. 2018.01.19

Vidal-Fleury Saint-Joseph 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The 2015 Saint Joseph may be the finest Saint Joseph ever made at this venerable producer. It's got sexy aromas of flowers and baking spices plus sturdier notes of espresso and plum. Full-bodied, creamy textured and rich, it's supple enough to drink now but should age effortlessly for a decade or more. 2018.01.19

Vidal-Fleury Condrieu 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points The full-bodied 2016 Condrieu is round and lush with exotic notes of tropical fruit and maybe even a touch of banana but also more classic aromas of crushed stone, spring flowers and peppery/gingery spice. Drink it over the next few years. 2018.01.19

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 89 Points Slightly deeper and more coppery in hue than many of its counterparts, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Rose is made in a grown-up, savory style. There's no bubblegum or cotton-candy fruit here. Instead, it delivers crushed stone, melon and berry flavors in a medium-bodied, silky-textured format, finishing on… 2018.01.19

Bodega El Esteco Malbec Don David Reserve 2016 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points An elegant red that offers a lively and well-structured mix of juicy red fruit and savory spice flavors framed by silky tannins. Finishes with notes of chocolate and hints of cream. Drink now through 2021. 2018.01.19

Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points This is one of the most popular and important wines made by Marchesi di Barolo. The 2013 Barolo Cannubi is a fine and delicate expression with big floral intensity. You get dried lavender and rose hip on first nose. Below those more fragrant layers are solid aromas of wild cherry and red currant. This… 2018.01.17

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2013 Barolo Sarmassa is a robust and juicy expression of Nebbiolo from a classic vintage. Aged in both barrique and botte grande, the wine is silky and smooth with bright aromas of wild berry, smoke, grilled herb and white truffle. These aromas are delivered with a steady hand. This is a finely… 2018.01.17

Marchesi di Barolo Coste di Rose Barolo DOCG 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points Marchesi di Barolo's 2013 Barolo Coste di Rose is one of three single-vineyard expressions released in this vintage. Of the three, this wine is the most immediate and accessible. The wine reveals delicate layers of dried cherry, spice and pressed violets. There is a pretty sense of softness to this… 2018.01.17

Umberto Cavicchioli e Figli Col Sassoso Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC 2016 / Vinous / 90 Points Deep ruby-purple. Violet, blackberry and underbrush on the nose. Then similar flavors to the aromas with very good density and precision; strikes me as being less massive than some past examples of this wine, which I find to be a welcome change. Finishes on a creamy note, which reinforces the atypical… 2018.01.17

Umberto Cavicchioli e Figli Vigna del Cristo Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC 2016 / Vinous / 88 Points Dark pink. Fresh, red cherry and plum aromas are complicated by a slightly green element on the nose. Rich and dense but lifted by lively acidity in the mouth, with a repeating pyrazinic element to the licorice and red fruit flavors. Finishes with zingy acidity and plenty of flavor. Im normally a huge… 2018.01.17

Stephane Aviron Fleurie Domaine de la Madrière 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points Brilliant ruby. Smoke-accented dark berries, candied licorice, cola and a hint of violet on the deeply perfumed nose. Sappy, fleshy and broad in the mouth, offering lush boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that show no rough edges and take a sweeter turn with air. In an ample but energetic style,… 2018.01.04

Stephane Aviron Chenas 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points Dark ruby. Mineral-laced blue fruit and floral pastille aromas, along with hints of violet candy and licorice. Sappy, densely packed black raspberry and blueberry flavors smoothly blend power and finesse and pick up a spicy nuance as the wine opens up. Closes very long, broad and appealingly sweet,… 2018.01.04

Stephane Aviron Morgon Cote du Py 2015 / Vinous / 92 Points Bright violet. Dark berries, cherry pit and licorice on the expansive, spice-accented nose. Open-knit and fleshy in style, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors and a mineral nuance that emerges with air. A subtle floral pastille note builds on the youthfully tannic finish, which hangs on with resonating… 2018.01.04

Stephane Aviron Moulin a Vent 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points Deep ruby. Powerful, smoke-accented aromas of ripe dark berries and cherry pit pick up a subtle incense nuance with aeration. Densely packed bitter cherry, cassis and succulent herb flavors deepen and become sweeter on the back half. Closes juicy, broad and long; building tannins lend shape and solid… 2018.01.04

Stephane Aviron Beaujolais Villages 2015 / Vinous / 89 Points Deep red. Blackberry, plum and a hint of candied flowers on the deeply perfumed nose. Plush and open-knit, offering ripe dark fruit flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Round and open-knit, displaying good finishing cling and just a whisper of supple tannins. 2018.01.04

Stephane Aviron Cote de Brouilly 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Lurid ruby. Ripe raspberry, cherry liqueur and candied flowers on the perfumed, spice-accented nose. Supple, sweet and broad on the palate, offering pliant red fruit and spicecake flavors that deepen as the wine stretches out. In a plush, seamless style, delivering strong fruity thrust and a hint of… 2018.01.04

Stephane Aviron Julienas 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points Bright violet. Lively, mineral-tinged red fruit and floral pastille aromas pick up a spicy accent with air. Gently sweet and focused on the palate, offering sappy raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors and a touch of smokiness. Closes smooth and quite long, featuring repeating spiciness and supple… 2018.01.04

Domaine Labruyere Le Clos du Moulin à Vent 2015 / Vinous / 94 Points Vivid ruby. Intensely perfumed red and blue fruit liqueur, mocha and licorice scents, along with hints of exotic Moroccan spices and cola. Sweet, penetrating and expansive on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry, cherry pie, floral pastille and succulent herb flavors that become livelier as the… 2018.01.04

Domaine Labruyere Moulin à Vent Coeur de Terroirs 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points Deep ruby. Suave, mineral-accented aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry pie and incense, lent spiciness by a peppery element. Plush and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that become livelier with air. A refreshing jolt of acidity enlivens a supple,… 2018.01.04

Hecht & Bannier Minervois 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Dried cherry, balsamic and licorice notes are the hallmarks of this full-bodied red, with supple tannins framing herb, olive tapenade and spice notes that weave through the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. Drink now through 2022. 2018.01.04

J. J. Vincent Juliénas 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points Lurid ruby. Black raspberry, licorice and candied flowers on the deeply perfumed nose. Appealingly sweet and lively on the palate, showing very good heft and focus to the dark berry and bitter cherry flavors. Becomes sweeter with aeration and picks up a spicy nuance that carries through the very long,… 2018.01.04

Domaine Labruyere Le Clos du Moulin à Vent 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 95 Points The old-vine character to this tiny-production wine comes through clearly with wet earth, peat, blackberries and bark. Full-bodied, dense and extremely deep. Firm and silky tannins melt into the wine. Mineral, granite undertones. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. 2017.12.20

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc Sauvage 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 93 Points A deep and rich white with lots of dried-pear and apple character in addition to a subtle flint undertone. Full body, dry and flavorful. Drink now. 2017.12.20

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2016 / JamesSuckling.com / 93 Points This is very clean and pure with an intense herbal-mineral quality that's beautifully complemented by the apple and berry notes. The finish has an Alpine meadow freshness that no other kabinett from this vintage I've tasted has, and that's the most exciting thing about it. 2017.12.20

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2016 / JamesSuckling.com / 95 Points Lovely, orange blossom and bergamot/Earl Grey tea nose that's unique. A super-elegant wine that underplays its power and concentration. That makes the finish very delicate and deceptively light. A masterpiece of subtlety that you could drink now or any time during the next 30 years. 2017.12.20

Egon Muller Scharzhof Riesling QbA 2016 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points Super-fresh, wild herbal and berry nose. Very pure and racy with a lot of drive. Tastes drier and lighter than the 2015, but this is another classic example of the house style. Drink any time during the next five years. 2017.12.20

Marchesi di Barolo Barbaresco Tradizione DOCG 2014 / JamesSuckling.com / 90 Points Elegant Barbaresco which shows morello cherries, treacle tart, dark plums and lavender. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. 2017.12.20

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets St-Georges 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Cellar Selection This generous although also complex wine brings in many elements. With lush tannins and concentrated acidity it has a dry, still very young character. The weight of juicy fruit suggests a future that is rich and for the long-term. Drink from 2025. 2017.12.15

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Chaignots 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Cellar Selection Dense and full of black-cherry fruits, this is a richly textured wine. Its concentration and firm tannins are there for the long haul, although it is tempting to drink such a delicious wine young. Resist: this wine will be best from 2025. 2017.12.15

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points The tannins in this wine are firm and still prominent, giving both richness and aging potential. The fruit is full, weighty, packed with dark tannins and with firm concentration. This a dark, firm wine needs to age. Drink from 2024. 2017.12.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A broad red, offering cherry and woodsy flavors and accents of spice and stone. Juicy and solid, with a long, spice- and cherry-laced finish. Best from 2020 through 2033. 2017.12.15

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe aux Moines 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Rich, with grip providing support for the cherry, currant, tobacco and woodsy flavors. All the components are there, but this needs some time to integrate. Offers a fine, lingering aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035. 2017.12.15

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Lush, laced with black cherry, violet and chocolate aromas and flavors, this red is elegant, with a velvety texture carrying through to the dusty tannins on the lengthy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.12.15

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny AC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Silky in texture and evoking black cherry, black currant and violet flavors, this red tightens up as it evolves on the palate, leaving a chalky sensation on the finish. The lasting impression is of sweet fruit. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.12.15

Domaine Faiveley Vosne Romanee AC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points An expressive red, featuring rose, cherry, strawberry and spice flavors. Elegant and balanced, firming up on the spicy finish, where a chalky feel emerges. Best from 2019 through 2032. 2017.12.15

Castello Monaci Aiace Salice Salentino Riserva DOC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Plum cake and baked raspberry flavors are accented by oak spice and licorice snap notes in this grippy, medium- to full-bodied red. Bright and expressive, with a lingering, mineral-tinged finish. Best from 2019 through 2024. 2017.12.08

Famille Hugel Riesling Schoelhammer 2008 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points Bottled in September after the harvest, the 2008 Riesling Schoelhammer is from the Schoenenbourg Grand Cru and opens with a gorgeous nose: pure, fresh and lemon-flavored, with great maturity and some minty flavors. Fermented down to two grams of residual sugar, this is a full-bodied, finessed and elegant… 2017.12.08

Famille Hugel Riesling Schoelhammer 2007 / Vinous / 92+ Points Bright dark straw-yellow. Apple, fennel, sweet spices and minerals plus hints of rose water and chamomile on the complex nose. Then bright and fresh, but with a suave mouthfeel to the buttery, ripe citrus fruit and balsamic nuances. Finishes long and peppery, with a bright juiciness. This is actually… 2017.12.08

Famille Hugel Riesling Schoelhammer 2008 / JamesSuckling.com / 96 Points A very complex rose petal and herbal riesling that is ridiculously fresh for almost a decade of age. Very muscular and concentrated, but still cool and fresh with enormous mineral depth at the finish. Just coming to its peak, but decades of aging potential! 2017.12.08

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2015 / Vinous / 92+ Points (fermented and aged in barrels, 80% new): Palish bright yellow. Very rich, full-blown aromas of yellow peach, fresh apricot, spices, roasted nuts and minerals; this has the weight and salty minerality of a top Puligny wine. Plush, ripe and very concentrated, conveying an almost exotic orange oil and… 2017.12.08

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuissé Les Brules 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points (aged for a year in 100% new oak): Bright light yellow. Aromas of peach, soft citrus fruits and sweet nuts with an obvious overlay of spicy, vanillin oak. Very rich, sweet, layered wine with terrific opulence, depth and spicy lift to its ripe stone fruit flavors. Sweeter and more tactile than the Combettes… 2017.12.08

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Les Combettes 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points (aged entirely in young but not new oak barrels): Pale, bright yellow. Fresher on the nose than the Tte de Cru, offering scents of peach, apple and flowers; more evidence of limestone lift here. Suave, fine-grained, energetic wine with excellent density of texture but also a lovely light touch for the… 2017.12.08

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2015 / Vinous / 89 Points (60% aged in oak, 25% new, the rest in stainless steel): Yellow-straw color seemed to lighten with air. Aromas of yellow apple, baking spices, menthol and marzipan complicated by saline minerality. Very rich, tactile, concentrated wine with the almost roasted ripeness of the vintage leavened by dusty… 2017.12.08

Champagne Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2006 / JamesSuckling.com / 95 Points Some reductive meaty notes of bacon fat and flint, with lemon cream and butter too, as well as a light forest berry edge and toasted hazelnuts. The palate has attractive lemon citrus cream flavor. Super pure, there's power amongst the charm. This is a great '06. Drink now. 2017.12.01

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Rosé Vintage 2008 / JamesSuckling.com / 92 Points Some dried rose-like flowers as well as an array of red and darker cherry fruit aromas and flavors. Quiet, fleshy and bold, the structure and acidity of the vintage carries it perfectly. Pastry-like finish. Drink now. 2017.12.01

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008 / JamesSuckling.com / 94 Points Attractive red berries, nectarines and biscuity notes with a hint of spice, too, and a sweet-smelling freshness to it. The palate delivers a very attractive and concentrated array of yellow stone fruit flavors. Smooth and creamy, sorbet-like finish. Drink now or age. 2017.12.01

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2009 / JamesSuckling.com / 93 Points This has an air of ripeness with gently candied praline and grilled ripe peach fruits. The palate delivers lemon pastry and a smooth, custard-like texture. Really supple and fleshy. One to drink early. 2017.12.01

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve 'White Foil' NV / JamesSuckling.com / 92 Points Pol Roger's NV offering is looking fresh with gently biscuity aromas and peach and nectarine fruits. The palate offers plenty of flesh in an attractive, easygoing style. Bright and pleasing. Drink now. 2017.12.01

Bodega El Esteco Malbec 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Minerally, with dense yet refined flavors of dried red berry, currant and hot stone that are bounded by concentrated sanguine accents. Dried beef and sandalwood notes show on the refined finish. Drink now through 2021. 2017.12.01

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive 2009 / The Wine Advocate / 93+ Points Entirely from the Sporen, the 2009 Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive offers an intense, clear, fresh and spicy bouquet with grapefruit and cumin aromas. Rich and elegant, this is a very intense and juicy, well-balanced undercover Sporen provided with a fine tannin grip and a long and mineral aftertaste.… 2017.12.01

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive 2009 / Vinous / 91+ Points Bright straw gold. Sexy marmalade botrytis tones complement quince, toffee and cinnamon on the nose. Pure, clean and rich, with noteworthy balancing acidity to the ripe yellow fruit and sweet spice flavors. Really an impeccable sugar/acid balance (roughly 5 g/l total acidity and 98 g/l residual sugar),… 2017.12.01

Churchills Port Late Bottled Vintage 2011 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Alluring, with a singed juniper note out front, followed by broad and fleshy waves of fig, boysenberry, plum and blackberry compote. Lots of licorice root and bittersweet ganache flavors coat the finish, while the fruit keeps pace. A dense, character-filled LBV that shows the quality of this vintage.… 2017.11.29

Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This pumps out lush flavors of fig, blackberry and raspberry preserves, along with lively threads of licorice, warm fruitcake and ganache. Stays polished and refined throughout, with the structure thoroughly embedded. The long finish offers a nice tug of graphite. Best from 2018 through 2032. 2017.11.27

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 / Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 / 90 Points / Silver Medal Deep, rich and forest berries. 2017.11.21

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Myglands 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points / Top 100 Wines of 2017 - #83 Ripe and pure, featuring cherry, blackberry, raspberry, mineral and light toast notes. Balanced and intense, playing out on the long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. 2017.11.21

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Licorice, menthol, red berry and clove aromas carry over to the taut palate along with a tobacco note. Tightly wound fine-grained tannins provide firm support. Drink 20192027. 2017.11.17

Famille Hugel Gentil 2016 / Food & Wine / 50 Affordable Wines You Can Always Trust #28 This venerable Alsace producer makes a wide range of white wines, yet its best-known wine is also its most affordable. Hugels Gentil revives a reportedly ancient Alsatian tradition in which wines blended from the regions noble grape varieties were known generically as gentil. Hugels modern version,… 2017.11.17

Domaine Faiveley Monthelie 1er Cru Champs Fulliots 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This red is balanced, open and enjoyable now, showing plenty of ripe cherry flavors, with touches of earth and spice. Drink now through 2020. 2017.11.17

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A lively, fruity style, offering lemon, floral, sweet spice and toast aromas and flavors. Balanced and elegant, finishing with a crisp profile. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2017.11.17

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge La Framboisiere 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Packed with bright cherry, blackberry, graphite and smoke flavors, this racy and elegant red dazzles, yet stays focused and firm. The finish is still slightly austere, but the sweet fruit returns for balance and harmony. Best from 2019 through 2032. 2017.11.17

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Myglands 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Ripe and pure, featuring cherry, blackberry, raspberry, mineral and light toast notes. Balanced and intense, playing out on the long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. 2017.11.17

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet AC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points This is spicy, boasting vanilla, nutmeg, clove and butterscotch flavors, with lemon and apple notes underneath. Elegant and lean, echoing the spiciness on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2017.11.17

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points This is immediately appealing for its juicy cherry and berry fruit, with mineral and earth accents and a long, smoky finish. Firm and vibrant. Drink now through 2023. 2017.11.17

Domaine Faiveley Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points A well-knit combination of lemon, butterscotch, vanilla and toast aromas and flavors, supported by a vivid structure. The lasting impression is of butterscotch and oak spice. Fades gracefully on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.11.17

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points Offers atypical flavors of lemon, basil and peppery greens. This white stays compact and moderately long. Drink now. 2017.11.17

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete d'Or 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points On the crisp side, if refreshing and focused, displaying apple, lemon and white flower flavors. Shows fine length, remaining very clean and sleek overall. Drink now. 2017.11.17

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Apple, pear and lanolin notes mark this open white. Picks up a slight chalky sensation on the finish. Delivers intensity and length, with a lingering lemony aftertaste. Drink now through 2021. 2017.11.17

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This evokes peach, melon and floral aromas and flavors, with a hint of mineral lurking in the background. Well-proportioned and vivid, showing a lingering citrus and stone aftertaste. Drink now through 2021. 2017.11.17

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Good underlying mineral and a firm structure set the stage for peach, melon, apple and lemon flavors here. Balanced, elegant and long on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 2017.11.17

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points An intense, stony effort, with lemon, apple and mineral flavors etched into the steely frame. Long and tangy, echoing the citrus and mineral accents. Textbook Chablis, but lacks the generosity of the vintage. Drink now through 2023. 2017.11.17

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A cool stoniness greets the nose, picking up peach and melon flavors before converging on the tangy, mouthwatering finish. Shows terrific harmony and length. Drink now through 2021. 2017.11.17

Folonari Pinot Grigio IGT 2016 / Food & Wine Though Folonari first became famous for Soave back in the 1970s the company also produces a truly delicious Pinot Grigio that's marked by mouthwatering acidity and bright green-apple flavors. 2017.11.07

Chateau Mont-Redon Lirac 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Ripe and focused, with cherry paste and plum sauce flavors laced with a red licorice note. Offers a lightly singed vanilla frame on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 2017.11.03

Chateau Mont-Redon Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Ripe and racy, with a delicious beam of red currant and raspberry pte de fruit laced with light anise and singed apple wood notes. A light mineral edge adds length and cut. Drink now through 2019. 2017.11.03

Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Key lime, pear and green apple notes form the core here, while light fennel, honeysuckle and quinine accents ripple through the bright, unadorned finish. Drink now through 2022. 2017.11.03

Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Blanc 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This fresh, light- to medium-bodied white is creamy, boasting white peach, apricot and melon fruit, with mineral and floral underpinnings. Spice notes detail the finish. Piquepoul Blanc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Drink now. 2017.11.03

Hecht & Bannier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2013 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points This concentrated, polished red layers dried raspberry, dark chocolate and baking spice flavors that are supported by a firm acidity. Savory herb and mineral details linger into the chewy finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvdre. Drink now through 2022. 2017.11.03

Churchills Port Quinta da Gricha 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This has some flattering fruit, with lush blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry flavors draping the palate, while velvety structure lets them fan out. Light ganache and alder hints line the finish, but this is on the forward side of the ledger overall. Best from 2025 through 2035. 2017.11.03

Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Sétilles 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Peach, melon and apple flavors mark this fruity white. Vibrant and moderately long on the finish. Drink now. 2017.11.03

Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Aligote (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points A crisp, lemon- and apple-flavored white, offering focus and fine overall balance. Accents of straw and earth linger on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.11.03

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru 2013 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points The wild black currant aroma is intense, backed by flavors of macerated black cherry, oak spice and iron. The tannins are formidable, making this seem relatively closed as the finish lingers. A concentrated red. Best from 2020 through 2034. 2017.11.03

Domaine Labruyere Moulin à Vent Coeur de Terroirs 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Medium-bodied, with a supple core of red plum and black cherry flavors and mocha aromas. Spice box and smoky details linger into the moderately tannic finish. Drink now through 2022 2017.11.03

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets 2012 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points A spicy version, boasting vanilla- and clove-studded black cherry. Polished and expressive, with a fine, lingering finish. Best from 2018 through 2027. 2017.11.03

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets 2013 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Silky and harmonious, featuring floral, cherry, raspberry and spice flavors, with a hint of mineral. Impeccably balanced, even at this youthful stage. Lingers nicely on the finish, with an aftertaste of fruit and spice. Best from 2020 through 2038. 2017.11.03

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Offering a mix of lemon drop, butterscotch, peach and melon flavors, this white is fresh and harmonious. The lingering aftertaste echoes citrus and spice details. Drink now through 2023. 2017.11.03

Domaine Faiveley Montagny Blanc 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points An elegant white, boasting lemon, apple and floral flavors, this is harmonious, with well-integrated acidity and a graceful finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.11.03

Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This dense and succulent red boasts smoky cherry, anise and tar flavors, backed by beefy tannins. Finishes on the lean, sinewy side. Best from 2020 through 2033. 2017.11.03

Domaine Faiveley Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Sweet spice and ripe peach notes are underlined by a bright structure here, showing accents of anise and citrus. Open and juicy, with moderate length. Drink now through 2020. 2017.11.03

Glazebrook Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Pear, honeysuckle and marmalade flavors finish crisp and lively, with mouthwatering acidity. Drink now. 2017.11.03

Champagne Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2006 / Burghound / 93 Points (the varietals are a proprietary secret with fruit from old vines in grand cru vineyards, SRP $305). A whiff of petrol can be found on the ripe aromas of baked apple, brioche and soft floral scents. The exceptionally rich yet powerful flavors possess an almost creamy mid-palate mouth feel despite the… 2017.11.03

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Rosé Vintage 2008 / Burghound / 92 Points (65% pinot noir, 35% chardonnay, SRP $130, 9g/L). Mild reduction doesnt completely mask the otherwise pretty nose that combines notes of strawberry, cherry, lemon rind and yeast nuances. There is excellent punch tothe utterly delicious flavors that are supported by a very lively mousse, indeed this… 2017.11.03

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008 / Burghound / 92 Points (60% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay, SRP $114, 8 g/L). A fresh, bright and overtly citrusy nose reflects plenty ofyeast and floral characters. There is really lovely vibrancy to the refined and ultra-pure flavors where the supportingeffervescence is equally fine. The lingering and well-balanced finish is… 2017.11.03

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2009 / Burghound / 91 Points A pretty, elegant and relatively cool nose (and particularly so for the vintage) is comprised by notes of citrus rind, green apple and plenty of yeast and brioche wisps. The 2009 vintage though is more evident on the palate as there is both excellent richness and density to the full-bodied flavors,… 2017.11.03

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve 'White Foil' NV / Burghound / 90 Points (33% chardonnay, 33% pinot noir, 33% pinot meunier, SRP $50, 12 g/L). There is plenty of citrus character present on the green apple, floral and discreet spice wisps. There is good verve to the delicious and relatively rich medium weight flavors that are shaped by a moderately firm if not especially… 2017.11.03

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva Rioja DOCa 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Classic Rioja aromas of earthy berry, cassis and raisin along with cocoa and dry spice notes announce a ripe wine with complexity. A dense palate with good acidity sets the stage for baked berry, cassis and raisin flavors. This Tempranillo is earthy and smooth on the finish. Drink through 2020. 2017.11.03

Domaine Labruyere Le Clos du Moulin à Vent 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A sinewy red, with polished tannins framing flavors of blackberry, plum and coffee. Rich but focused, offering notes of floral, graphite and anise that linger into the tannic finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.11.03

J. J. Vincent Juliénas 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Black cherry, licorice and red plum flavors are fresh and focused in this light- to medium-bodied red, with floral and ground spice accents dovetailing into the long, lightly tannic finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.11.03

Olivier Leflaive Chablis AC Les Deux Rives 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Cool and reserved, offering apple, lemon and mineral notes. Balanced and ready to go, with a crisp, lingering aftertaste. Drink now. 2017.11.03

Stephane Aviron Morgon Cote du Py 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This licorice-tinged red offers juicy red plum, black cherry and mocha flavors, bound together by firm, integrated acidity and fleshy tannins. Earl Grey tea and floral accents drive into the mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2022. 2017.11.03

Stephane Aviron Fleurie Domaine de la Madrière 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This light-bodied red offers glazed raspberry, orange peel and currant notes beaming across the palate, with hints of herb, cherry and mineral lingering into the lightly tannic finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.11.03

Vidal-Fleury Tavel Rosé 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Vidal-Fleury ages its wines longer than most other Rhne firms, so don't be concerned that this is a year behind other Tavels on the market. It's the one ros appellation that can handle a bit of bottle age, so this is at its peak. It shows typical Tavel weight and richness, but also savory, almost meaty… 2017.11.03

Tenuta Rapitala Campo Reale Sicilia D.O.C. 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 87 Points This early-drinking Nero d'Avola opens with ripe black-skinned fruit, tilled soil and cooking spice aromas. Straightforward and savory, it delivers black cherry, blackberry and ground pepper flavors alongside round tannins. 2017.11.03

Tenuta Rapitala Alto Nero d'Avola Sicilia D.O.C. 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points This Nero d'Avola opens with ripe plum, black-skinned berry and vanilla aromas. The medium-bodied palate shows blackberry jam, espresso and tobacco flavors while close-grained tannins give the finish grip. Drink 2018-2022 2017.11.03

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Gran Reserva DOCa 2010 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Interest is stirred right away by tarry aromas of wild berry fruits and rooty spices. The solid palate is creamy while also showing its teeth. Toasty, spicy baked-berry flavors are integrated and finish long and dry, with a touch of latent oak. Drink at any point through 2032. 2017.11.03

El Coto de Rioja Rosé Rioja DOCa 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 86 Points / Best Buy Aromas of peach pit, apricot and melon are basic but a little mealy. A chunky palate seems soft due to waning acidity. Flavors of melon and papaya finish slightly flat and bitter. Drink immediately. 2017.11.03

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points Black-skinned fruit, iris, espresso, dark spice and a balsamic note all meld together in the glass along with a whiff of chopped herb. The firmly structured palate doles out ripe black cherry, raspberry jam, toast, roasted coffee bean and a hint of oak-driven spice alongside fine-grained tannins. 2017.11.03

Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Tight and focused, this opens with aromas of wild berry, red rose, culinary spice and a whisper of menthol. Chiseled and austere, the palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate, white pepper and a hint of anise. Youthfully assertive fine-grained tannins and bright acidity provide the framework. Give it… 2017.11.03

Tenuta Rapitala Grillo Sicilia D.O.C. 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points White flower, orchard fruit and banana aromas lead the nose while the vibrant palate doles out white peach, Bartlett pear, citrus and saline flavors. Tangy acidity provides loads of freshness. 2017.11.03

Le Ragose Marta Galli Amarone Classico DOC 2007 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points This opens with aromas of ripe black plum, resin and nutmeg. The concentrated palate delivers mature blackberry, clove and chocolate framed in polished tannins. A licorice note signals the close. Drink through 2020. 2017.11.03

Vidal-Fleury Tavel Rosé 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Vidal-Fleury ages its wines longer than most other Rhne firms, so don't be concerned that this is a year behind other Tavels on the market. It's the one ros appellation that can handle a bit of bottle age, so this is at its peak. It shows typical Tavel weight and richness, but also savory, almost meaty… 2017.11.03

Hecht & Bannier Bandol Rosé 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Lightly orange pink in color, this ripe wine has the attractive perfumed character of Mourvdre that dominates the blend. It has ripe orange and spice flavors as well as red-currant fruitiness. With its structure, the wine is full, ripe and could well age further. Drink now and until 2019. 2017.11.03

Hecht & Bannier Bandol 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points The blend of old-vine Cinsault with Mourvdre has produced a dense wonderfully perfumed wine. Rich in tannins, it also shows great black fruits and equally great concentration. This is a powerful wine that will be ready from 2018. 2017.11.03

Hewitson Lu Lu Sauvignon Blanc 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Made in a deliberately moderate-alcohol style, this is a medium-bodied wine with no bells or whistles. Leafy notes hint at fresh greens, while the flavors are more green fig and white grapefruit. Drink now for zesty refreshment. 2017.11.03

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Cellar Selection Beautifully rich, this wine is ripe and full of concentrated fruit. It's generous and full bodied, while retaining tight acidity and minerality. Juicy white fruit flavor shows strongly, allied to the still-very-young acidity and texture, suggesting long life ahead. Drink from 2022. 2017.11.03

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points Monte de Tonnerre is considered one of the richest premier crus in Chablis, and this wine lives up to that reputation. It's ripe and full of yellow fruit, while maintaining its acidity and tight texture. Still young, its intense fruit and crispness will allow it to age for many years. Drink from 2019. 2017.11.03

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Cellar Selection From just south of the run of Grand Cru vineyards, this wine is ripe full of sun as well as acidity. Juicy with swathes of lemon and crisp green apple fruit, it's textured, tight and likely to age well. The estate has been owned by Nuits-St.-Georges-based Domaine Faiveley since 2014. Drink from 2020. 2017.11.03

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points This wine is rounded, rich and full of ripe fruit. Its wood flavors, giving spice and vanilla, are a backdrop to the generous apricot and pear flavors and good acidity. Drink this wine from 2022. 2017.11.03

Churchills Port Quinta da Gricha 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points Ripe, fruity and balanced, this has the potential to be a delicious, not-too-concentrated wine. Acidity and some dry tannins give the wine a firm character that is balanced by the fragrant berry fruits. Drink from 2026. 2017.11.03

La Linda Malbec 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 87 Points The old-vines Linda vineyard Malbec is a particular wine, one that shows a high herbal, almost weedy nose that's heavy with tomato leaf. This is choppy and bumpy on the palate. Spicy red-berry and tomato flavors finish with pulling tannins and a lasting herbal character. 2017.11.03

Luigi Bosca Rosé 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 87 Points This copper-colored ros is based on 85% Pinot Gris and 15% Syrah. It smells of dried apricot and cantaloupe, while the palate feels fleshy and round. Moderately complex flavors of salt water and stone fruits finish full. 2017.11.03

Luigi Bosca Gala 1 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Slightly baked aromas of raisin, blackberry and caramel are deep and dense more than bright. This Malbec blend is well built, with spicy flavors of berry fruits and cocoa. The oak on the finish is toasty and leads to dryness and a sense of fineness. Drink through 2023. 2017.11.03

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2011 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Red berry, iris, chopped herb and culinary spice aromas come together in the glass. The round approachable palate offers mature cherry, raspberry, pipe tobacco and star anise framed in lithe tannins. Drink through 2023. 2017.11.03

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008 / Vinous / 90 Points Pol Roger's 2008 Brut Vintage is bright and energetic, but also tightly wound and not fully expressive today. There is good energy to the orchard fruit and citrus driven flavors, not to mention plenty of acid-driven persistence. I would prefer to cellar the 2008 for at least a year or two to see what… 2017.11.01

Domaine Armand Rousseau Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 97 Points A rich style, until the firm structure of vibrant acidity and dusty tannins reveals itself, supporting plenty of cherry, black currant, tobacco and mineral flavors. The essence of black currant lingers on an ethereal frame. Best from 2023 through 2042 2017.10.27

Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Ruchottes 2014 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points A core of cherry and strawberry flavors lurks beneath the floral and vegetal notes in this racy red. The oak is beautifully integrated, and this is layered through the long, spice-tinged aftertaste.Best from 2022 through 2040. 2017.10.27

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 97 Points Towering cherry, raspberry, wild herb and mineral flavors are the hallmarks of this red, which possesses terrific energy and concentration on a slim frame. The fruit-, mineral- and spice-filled finish goes on and on, with an aerial component that drives the complex aftertaste. Best from 2023 through… 2017.10.27

Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points Dusty cherry, currant and leafy underbrush notes are the highlights of this tightly wound red, which is not giving much today, yet there is a center of sweet berry fruit. Fine, resonant and fresh aftertaste, with refined tannins. Best from 2022 through 2040. 2017.10.27

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 98 Points Powerful and lush, with cherry, rose and vegetal elements that are quickly encased in serious tannins, this is monolithic today and just hinting at its full potential, with a finish that keeps coming in waves. Best from 2023 through 2045. 2017.10.27

Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points A mix of sweet, ripe cherry and berry fruit, with underlying stone and savory elements, mark this sleek, compact red. Fresh, elegant and superlong on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2038. 2017.10.27

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Walking a fine line between richness and lively structure, which provides a taut matrix for cherry, currant, floral and stone flavors, this shows poise and balance. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.10.27

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2014 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Fragrant aromas of rose, cherry, sandalwood and sweet baking spice announce this polished, elegant red, whose intense flavors build nicely to the long finish, with a mineral element coming in on the aftertaste. A touch heavy on grip and oak presence now, but this shows terrific potential. Best from… 2017.10.27

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques 2014 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Sleek and focused, delivering currant, wild cherry, rose hip and mineral flavors, this red offers a core of ripe fruit notes that keep it grounded, and well-integrated tannins provide balance. Fine length. Best from 2021 through 2036 2017.10.27

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Blackberry and cherry, violet, mint and spice aromas and flavors signal this polished, velvety red, with dense, assertive tannins and a finish that evokes a stony, chalky impression. Best from 2021 through 2040. 2017.10.27

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Rich and grainy, with a moderate burr to the tannins, which support violet, cherry, black currant, smoke and iron notes, this is dense and very fresh, yet slightly austere on the finish today. The reticence is a good sign for its future development. Best from 2021 through 2038. 2017.10.27

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets St-Georges 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Dark tones of black currant, blackberry and violet mark this broad, muscular red, which is burly on the compact finish, with an earthy aftertaste, yet there is energy and resonance too. Best from 2022 through 2037. 2017.10.27

J. J. Vincent Pouilly Fuisse Cuvée Marie Antoinette Vincent 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points Named after Antoine Vincent's grandmother, the 2015 Pouilly-Fuisse "Marie-Antoinette" comes from the younger vines (15-20 years) from the chateau plus south-facing vines in Vergisson. It is matured in 20% new oak and 80% in stainless steel, the latter to avoid over-fattening the wine. There is a lovely… 2017.10.27

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Les Combettes 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2015 les Combettes comes from limestone soil, with a small proportion of clay, in a small valley close to a forest that tends toward greater diurnal temperature variations. It is vinified 100% in used barrels aged betweend 3 and 5 years old. It has a crisp, chalk-scented bouquet with touches of… 2017.10.27

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuissé Les Brules 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2015 Pouilly-Fuisse Les Brules comes from the south-facing vines, and it was the first to be harvested this vintage. "It is a challenging parcel because when it is a cold season you have to harvest late because of the clay soils, but when it is warm you have to harvest earlier than other [parcels],"… 2017.10.27

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The 2015 Pouilly-Fuisse le Clos is the only bona fide walled vineayrd (2.69 hectares) in Fuisse that contains a variety of soils ranging from deep clay at the bottom, marne in the mid-slope and limestone at the top. The cines range from 40 to 87 years old and have been blended together since the 2014… 2017.10.27

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2015 Pouilly-Fuisse Tete du Cru is a blend of 40 different parcels on slate or sandy soils. There are around 20 to 25 vinifications of individual plots matured in 70% oak barrels (around one-quarter new), the remainder in stainless steel, where, in order to preserve balance, the malolactics were… 2017.10.27

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Grossi Laue 2011 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points A very lifted touch of fir honey hits the nose first before ripe peach with the merest touch of vanilla follow. The palate is incisive and concentrated. Alcoholic heat fires up the mellow, rich and rounded palate that brims with peachy fruit and flavor while zesty lemon oil hints illuminate and brighten… 2017.10.27

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Grossi Laue 2011 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points Heady notes of chamomile and dried hay flower stream from the glass immediately hinting at a wine with some evolution. A touch of candied lemon peel makes the nose even more enticing. The palate is generous but dry showing off the pristine pear fruit and wonderful phenolic texture that gives as much… 2017.10.27

Famille Hugel Riesling Grossi Laue 2011 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points A hint of smoke and a touch of earth precede the fresh lemon notes of the nose. The dry palate, with its vivid impression of very pure, bright and incisive lemon freshness, still seems tightly wound. There is something brooding and alive about this it can be felt below the surface, disquieting but promising.… 2017.10.27

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points The 2015 Chablis Villages, which comes from vines located just to the north of Fye, has a rather reduced bouquet that lacks the freshness and delineation of its peers. The palate is lively on the entry but then it is missing complexity and mineralite, with a rather conservative finish. Give this 12… 2017.10.27

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The 2015 Mont de Milieu has a taut and linear, mineral-driven bouquet with touches of smoke and flint developing in the glass. The palate is well defined with a fine bead of acidity and veins of mango and passion fruit that complement the edgy, mineral core, all segueing into a precise and very focused… 2017.10.27

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons has a clean, precise, chalky bouquet with hints of shucked oyster shells coming through with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. I appreciate the precision and mineralite here, a touch of flint lending edginess and tension all the way through… 2017.10.27

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume has a comparatively austere bouquet for the vintage, with granite and chalk aromas filtering from the glass. The palate is steely and focused, armed with a fine bead of acidity, a discrete Chablis for the vintage but with impressive precision toward the finish. It… 2017.10.27

J. J. Vincent Bourgogne Blanc JJ 2016 / PlanetGrape.net / 90 Points Soft and subtle with notes of lemon wafer and vanilla yogurt and fresh tingly tangerine tartness. 2017.10.27

J. J. Vincent Pouilly Fuisse Cuvée Marie Antoinette Vincent 2015 / PlanetGrape.net / 91 Points Silky and tart with notes of lemon zest, red apple, vanilla bean and toasted pecan. 2017.10.27

Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Sétilles 2016 / PlanetGrape.net / 91 Points Delicate, clean, fresh and tangy with notes of lemon zest, vanilla custard, crme fraiche and sea salt. 2017.10.27

Hewitson Miss Harry Chardonnay 2016 / PlanetGrape.net / 91 Points Creamy and silky with a tart lemon undercurrent and notes of peach pie, crme fraiche, brioche and almond. 2017.10.27

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Grossi Laue 2011 / JamesSuckling.com / 94 Points Dry and powerful style with burning spice and hot stone character as well as dried apple, pineapple and cloves. Full body, lots of fruit and depth. Very long and flavorful. Full throttle. Beautiful aged white. Drink now. 2017.10.20

Famille Hugel Riesling Grossi Laue 2011 / JamesSuckling.com / 94 Points A beautiful and clean wine with flowers, honey dew and gun flint. Medium body, bright acidity and flint undertones. Lots of aniseed, clove and burning-spice flavors here, too. So beautiful. Drink now or hold. Lots of potential here. 2017.10.20

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Grossi Laue 2011 / Vinous / 93+ Points Bright golden yellow. Knockout nose offers explosively rich aromas of candied mango, crystallized papaya, smoked meat, sweet spices and nutmeg. Big, rich and fat, yet with bright, tangy flavors of yellow tropical fruits complicated by underlying minerality and sweet spices. Structured, focused and very… 2017.10.20

Famille Hugel Riesling Grossi Laue 2011 / Vinous / 92+ Points Green-tinged straw-gold. Spicy, peppery melon and fig aromas are complicated by rose water and orange oil. Then sweet and fleshy on the palate, showing excellent depth and an element of refinement to its fruit cocktail flavors. Finishes noticeably tactile and sweet. About 20% of these grapes were of… 2017.10.20

Famille Hugel Riesling Grossi Laue 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points Entirely sourced in the Schoenenbourg, the 2011 Riesling Grossi Lae (375 ml) offers a deep, clear, fresh and fine bouquet. Sourced in the best three parcels next to the Schoelhammer, the wine shows a clear and fine, yet warm and rich, bouquet of cooked white fruits along with sweet almond aromas. Rich… 2017.10.20

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Grossi Laue 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2011 Gewurztraminer Grossi Lae is a 100% Sporen (deep clay soils) and opens with a clear, cool and spicy bouquet with very clear and elegant fruit aromas. Full-bodied, rich and very elegant on the palate, this is a lush and concentrated, pretty sweet cru with a long and spicy, fresh and tension-filled,… 2017.10.20

Famille Hugel Riesling Estate 2013 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Floral and spice notes draw you into the glass of this well-cut Riesling, where a streak of smoky minerality underscores flavors of yellow peach, pink grapefruit zest and honeycomb. Racy finish. Drink now through 2025. 2017.10.20

Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points This light-bodied white is fresh and balanced, with a subtle mesh of apricot, ground ginger, stone and citrus. Drink now through 2019. 2017.10.20

Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A compact style, with roasted alder and juniper notes coating the dark fig and black currant paste flavors. Shows woodsy grip through the finish, while licorice root and tobacco accents fill in liberally. This is a solid effort for the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2030. 2017.10.20

Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A pure, bright, cherry-scented red, boasting juicy cherry and berry flavors. Light earth and spice notes round this out on the elegantly fading finish. Drink now through 2021. 2017.10.20

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points A broad, rich style, this sports peach, apple honey and spice flavors. There is good juicy acidity underneath, persisting on the spice-accented finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.10.20

Domaine Faiveley Blagny 1er Cru La Piece sous le Bois 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A lean yet juicy wild berry and mineral-infused red, boasting a firm, chalky structure. Sinewy, with fine complexity, intensity and length, revealing a bitter cherry finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. 2017.10.20

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A buttery accent shades the peach and apple flavors in this delicate white. Details of vanilla, clove and cinnamon fill in the highlights as this glides to a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2021. 2017.10.20

Domaine Faiveley Bienvenue Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is supple and beautifully balanced, paving the way for apple, lemon cake and baking spice flavors. Fresh and resonant on the long finish. Seems forward, but this should develop nicely over the medium term. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2017.10.20

Domaine Faiveley Beaune 1er Cru Clos de l'Ecu 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is intense and tightly packed, with black cherry, blackberry, earth and chocolate notes, all allied to a firm structure, with the components in the right proportions. Stays fresh, and the fruit persists in the aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2036. 2017.10.20

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points A suave customer, featuring ripe black cherry, black currant and violet aromas and flavors wrapped in a coating of spicy oak. Even the tannins feel polished and well-behaved, adding support without being too obtrusive. Shows fine harmony and length overall. Best from 2020 through 2036. 2017.10.20

Domaine Faiveley Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points A detailed, elegant Pommard, displaying cherry, earth and mineral flavors, with a firm underpinning of chalky tannins. Feels lean and sinewy on the long finish. This will make a fine bottle in due time. Best from 2021 through 2038. 2017.10.20

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points There is a high level of toast and oiliness here, lending spicy, nutty components to the core of apple and citrus fruit. Turns a little less intense on the finish, but lingers nicely. 2017.10.20

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A taut yet expressive version, with lemon-lime, apple, mineral and spice flavors folded into the tensile structure. Intense, leaving a tactile feel on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2025. 2017.10.20

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A lean, lemon-infused version, with bracing acidity and a touch of spice. Starts out with an impact, losing a little steam on the finish, which is chalky and compact. Best from 2019 through 2024. 2017.10.20

Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Intense toast, spice, nut oil and citronella flavors are displayed on a concentrated frame. The vibrant structure provides focus and drive as this unwinds on the long, spice- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2026. 2017.10.20

El Coto de Rioja Coto Real Rioja DOCa. 2010 / Vinous / 91 Points Vivid ruby-red. Cherry, redcurrant, cured tobacco and vanilla on the perfumed nose. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering sweet, concentrated cherry-vanilla and dark chocolate flavors that flesh out slowly with aeration. Dusty framing tannins come in late on the long, penetrating finish. 2017.10.18

El Coto de Rioja Blanco Rioja DOCa 2016 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points Grapefruit and grassy flavors mingle in this crisp white, accented by leesy and ginger notes. Citrusy acidity keeps this lively and refreshing. Viura. Drink now. 2017.10.18

Churchills Port Quinta da Gricha 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This has some flattering fruit, with lush blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry flavors draping the palate, while velvety structure lets them fan out. Light ganache and alder hints line the finish, but this is on the forward side of the ledger overall. Best from 2025 to 2035. 2017.10.13

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault AC Clos de Mazeray 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A juicy, floral version, with support from lemon and apple fruit. On the light side for the vintage, but persists with moderate length. Drink now through 2020. 2017.10.13

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Vignerondes 2012 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points A bright, juicy version, with spiced cherry, currant, earth, licorice and light vegetal flavors. Dense, lingering with grainy tannins and a minerally aftertaste. Very fluid, resonant and long. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2017.10.13

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Dark tones of black currant, blackberry and violet mark this broad, muscular red, which is burly on the compact finish, with an earthy aftertaste, yet there is energy and resonance too. Best from 2022 through 2037. 2017.10.13

Domaine Faiveley Meursault AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This is ripe and buttery, with peach, apple and spice flavors suspended between the generous texture and fine structure. Offers fine, spicy length. Drink now through 2020. 2017.10.13

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Issarts 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points An underlying stony mineral element meets cherry, raspberry, blueberry and leafy tobacco accents in this taut red, which gains elegance and silkiness with air, while the aftertaste is long and fine. Best from 2020 through 2036. 2017.10.13

Domaine de Bonserine Condrieu 2015 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points A gorgeous display of Cavaillon melon, green plum, mirabelle plum and yellow apple fruit melds seamlessly, backed by a bright anise hint and ending with a subtle echo of pear. Showing terrific range, this delivers an intellectual and hedonistic experience. Drink now through 2021. 2017.10.13

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Ermitage Blanc 2012 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Quite ripe, with a slightly languid feel to the creamed melon, peach and warmed pear notes, gilded liberally with toasted brioche and macadamia nut hints. Lush finish. Enticing, if a touch short on cut. For fans of the style. Drink now through 2019. 2017.10.13

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Pretty melon, peach and apricot notes are underscored by a creamy butter hint, all backed by a whiff of honeysuckle through the finish. Drink now. 2017.10.13

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Ermitage Rouge 2011 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points This has an enticing singed mesquite hint leading the way, followed by silky cherry and plum preserve flavors. Reveals a flash of iron through the finish, with the mesquite accent lingering. Drink now through 2021. 2017.10.13

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2013 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Light game and pepper notes mingle with a core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit, picking up sage and charcoal hints through the finish. Pleasantly rustic in feel. Drink now through 2020. 2017.10.13

Famille Hugel Riesling Classic 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points This bright, open-knit white shows a smoky, mineral-laced overtone and flavors of crunchy green pear and blanched almond, with hints of pine and lemon zest. Snappy finish. Drink now through 2025. 2017.10.13

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Balanced and creamy, this light-bodied Pinot Gris offers a well-knit mix of apricot, mandarin orange peel, smoke and spice. Fresh finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.10.13

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Estate 2013 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Sleek acidity and a streak of smoky mineral are layered with flavors of fresh herb, melon rind and candied grapefruit peel in this fresh, light- to medium-bodied white. Aromatic finish. Drink now through 2022. 2017.10.13

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Hints of beeswax and orange blossom herald this dry and balanced Gewrztraminer. A smoky underpinning accents the pink grapefruit granita and white pepper notes. Drink now through 2020. 2017.10.13

Famille Hugel Gentil 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points / Top 100 Values of 2017 This light-bodied white jangles with tangy acidity, offering a stony underpinning to the lively mix of Honeycrisp apple, white cherry, basil and pickled ginger. Drink now through 2019. 2017.10.13

Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93 Points Pale, bright yellow. Pungent scents of crushed citrus peel, ginger and metallic minerality; higher-pitched and spicier than the Btard. At once ripe, smooth and sweet, offering a compelling combination of pliant texture, sweet stone fruit flavors and tactile stony minerality. The richness and fruit depth… 2017.10.13

Domaine Faiveley Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 92 Points Pale, bright yellow. Yellow fruits and spices on the nose. A step up in ripeness, richness and sweetness from the more laidback Bienvenues-Btard, this mouthfilling grand cru captures the sheer volume of the vintage. Plush, smooth orchard and stone fruit flavors display a bit of alcoholic warmth but… 2017.10.13

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains 2015 / Vinous / 90+ Points Pale, light yellow. Bright aromas of apple, pear, spices and powdered stone. Pliant, harmonious, dry and moderately rich, with apple, grapefruit pith, menthol and dusty stone flavors showing a hint of white-pepper austerity. Broad but fine-grained and light on its feet, this wine needs a bit of time… 2017.10.13

Domaine Faiveley Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Pale yellow. Subtle aromas of pear, musky herbs, menthol and flowers, plus hints of honey and wet stone. Broad, spicy and ripe, showing a sexy touch of sweetness to its rather cool apple, pear and stone flavors. Good suave wine with subtle length and no rough edges. But still laid-back and in need of… 2017.10.13

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Light, bright yellow. Brisk aromas of lemon, lime, ginger and crushed stone. Juicy, sappy wine with citrus and spice flavors framed by underlying minerality and well-judged oak. Finishes firm, fresh and persistent, with subtle citrus lift and good energy for the year. Technical director Jrme Flous told… 2017.10.13

Chateau Mont-Redon Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2014 / Vinous / 90 Points Dark ruby. Cherry, blackberry, licorice and cracked pepper on the fragrant nose. Taut and linear on entry, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that become sweeter and deeper with air while maintaining vivacity. Finishes long and seamless, repeating the dark berry character and delivering very… 2017.10.11

Tenuta Rapitala Nadir Syrah Sicilia D.O.C. 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A subtle, creamy red, offering layers of blackberry and boysenberry fruit, spicy mineral, dried thyme and smoke. Fresh and focused, with light, sculpted tannins firming the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.10.06

Nino Negri 'Quadrio' Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This open-knit red is medium-bodied, with lightly chewy tannins layered with flavors of dried cherry, ground anise, leather and smoke. Drink now through 2020. 2017.10.06

Hecht & Bannier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2012 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points This red shows finesse and purity, with raspberry, cherry, white pepper and licorice notes bound together with supple acidity and fleshy tannins. Mineral and floral details linger on the finish. Drink now. 2017.10.06

Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2016 / Vinous / 91 Points Green-tinged straw. Vibrant, sharply focused lime zest, lemongrass and honeysuckle aromas, along with an assertive mineral topnote. Dry and focused in the mouth, offering bitter citrus fruit, quince and fresh fig flavors that stretch out steadily with aeration. Concentrated yet taut and animated in… 2017.10.06

Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points Limpid straw-yellow. Lively, precise scents and flavors of musky kaffir lime, quinine and dusty minerals, plus a suave floral nuance. Firm and vibrant in the mouth, where a deeper suggestion of pear emerges. Closes dry and precise, showing excellent clarity and lingering spiciness. 2017.10.06

Hewitson Lu Lu Sauvignon Blanc 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Very pale straw. Nervy, sharply delineated citrus fruit and quinine aromas, along with subtle herb and floral notes in the background. Taut, nervy and refreshingly bitter, offering lime zest and green apple flavors and a gentle anise flourish. Closes long and tangy, leaving a sexy honeysuckle note behind. 2017.10.06

Hewitson Miss Harry Chardonnay 2016 / Vinous / 90 Points Pale yellow-gold. Spice-accented pear and peach nectar scents, along with tangerine and smoky mineral flourishes. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors along with hints of fennel and sweet butter. Shows very good focus and energy on the finish, which leaves… 2017.10.06

Hewitson Miss Harry Rhone Style Blend 2014 / Vinous / 90 Points Brilliant red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red fruit, incense and Asian spices, while a nervy hint of smoky minerals adds urgency and lift. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering sappy raspberry and rose pastille flavors that show very good focus and building sweetness. Round, even tannins… 2017.10.06

Hewitson Lu Lu Shiraz 2016 / Vinous / 89 Points Bright purple. Jammy blue fruit and floral scents and flavors, lifted by a spicy peppery note. Smooth and lively in style; the round, sweet finish shows just a hint of supple tannins. I'd give this emphatically fruity, easy-drinking Shiraz a year or so to lose some baby fat, but there's nothing that… 2017.10.06

Hewitson Miss Harry Rhone Style Blend 2013 / Vinous / 89 Points Deep red. Spice-accented cherry and red berry scents show good focus and pick up a hint of white pepper with air. Smooth and appealingly sweet, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Harmonious tannins provide finishing shape, and a lingering suggestion of peppery… 2017.10.06

Hewitson Lu Lu Shiraz 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points The wild berry and cherry flavors are bright and juicy, with clove, vanilla bean, pepper and cedar accents. Harmonious on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 2017.10.06

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 92-94 Points Pale, bright yellow. Pungent aromas of lemon, anise and saline minerality. Concentrated, chalky, soil-driven wine with penetrating iodiney minerality, subtle floral lift and a sexy menthol note, as well as a captivating sucrosit from the ripe vintage. Firm acidity (the highest of these 2015s at 4.2… 2017.10.06

Domaine Jacques Prieur Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 92-94 Points (13.3% natural alcohol; about to be bottled): Bright, light yellow. Aromas of apricot, yellow grapefruit, apple and iodine. A distinct step up in intensity and cut from the Chevalier-Montrachet; higher-pitched and more energetic in the mouth, with its ripe apricot and citrus fruit flavors buoyed by… 2017.10.06