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  • Bright yellow. Classic aromas of grapefruit, smoked beef and sweet spices. Vivid, precise and fruity, preserving noteworthy freshness in light of what can best be described as enamel-shattering acidity. Very well balanced on the dry, long finish. A major success for Gewrz in 2014.

    Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2014 / Vinous / 89+ Points

    Bright yellow. Classic aromas of grapefruit, smoked beef and sweet spices. Vivid, precise and fruity, preserving noteworthy freshness in light of what can best be described as enamel-shattering acidity. Very well balanced on the dry, long finish. A major success for Gewrz in 2014.

  • Bright straw. Lovely nose of apple, pear and caramel; not unlike a fresh summer-fruit cocktail. Then more austere on the palate, but with fresh, lively apple and pear flavors. Finishes medium-long and clean. Given the difficult year, its not surprising that I found this a little less complex and showy…

    Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2014 / Vinous / 88 Points

    Bright straw. Lovely nose of apple, pear and caramel; not unlike a fresh summer-fruit cocktail. Then more austere on the palate, but with fresh, lively apple and pear flavors. Finishes medium-long and clean. Given the difficult year, its not surprising that I found this a little less complex and showy…

  • Pale straw-green. Crisp, fresh aromas of beeswax, stone fruit and botanical herbs. Fresh and juicy, featuring honeyed orchard fruit flavors, but turns a little cloying toward the medium-long back end.

    Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2014 / Vinous / 88 Points

    Pale straw-green. Crisp, fresh aromas of beeswax, stone fruit and botanical herbs. Fresh and juicy, featuring honeyed orchard fruit flavors, but turns a little cloying toward the medium-long back end.

  • Bright straw. Fresh citrus and floral aromas and flavors are simple and bright. Offers surprising texture for an entry-level wine, finishing bright and clean, with average length. A little larger in the mouth than the 2014, in keeping with the warmer year. A very complex blend of Sylvaner, Riesling…

    Famille Hugel Gentil 2015 / Vinous / 88 Points

    Bright straw. Fresh citrus and floral aromas and flavors are simple and bright. Offers surprising texture for an entry-level wine, finishing bright and clean, with average length. A little larger in the mouth than the 2014, in keeping with the warmer year. A very complex blend of Sylvaner, Riesling…

  • The Cristo locality of Sorbara is one of the worlds most prestigious growing sites for Lambrusco, and it is where the Cavicchioli family has been producing its prized wines for more than a century. This limited-production, 100-percent Sorbarathe 2014 vintage of Umberto Cavicchioli e Figli Vigna del…

    Umberto Cavicchioli e Figli Vigna del Cristo Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC 2014 / Robb Report / 5 Lambruscos Worth a Second Sip

    The Cristo locality of Sorbara is one of the worlds most prestigious growing sites for Lambrusco, and it is where the Cavicchioli family has been producing its prized wines for more than a century. This limited-production, 100-percent Sorbarathe 2014 vintage of Umberto Cavicchioli e Figli Vigna del…

  • A velvety and opulent red, boasting flavors of black cherry, raspberry, currant and spice. This is elegant, showing finesse and beautiful harmony, backed by a deftly integrated structure and discreet oak. Exhibits fine length, with lingering fruit and spice details. Best from 2019 through 2033.

    Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points

    A velvety and opulent red, boasting flavors of black cherry, raspberry, currant and spice. This is elegant, showing finesse and beautiful harmony, backed by a deftly integrated structure and discreet oak. Exhibits fine length, with lingering fruit and spice details. Best from 2019 through 2033.

  • A pure, elegant version, showing rose, cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, accented by spice and mineral hints. Delicate and lacy, with a firm backbone. Best from 2019 through 2033.

    Domaine Faiveley Vosne Romanee AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    A pure, elegant version, showing rose, cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, accented by spice and mineral hints. Delicate and lacy, with a firm backbone. Best from 2019 through 2033.

  • Concentrated and intense, with macerated cherry and raspberry fruit, augmented by tobacco, iron and leather notes. Builds to a complex aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035

    Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points

    Concentrated and intense, with macerated cherry and raspberry fruit, augmented by tobacco, iron and leather notes. Builds to a complex aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035

  • Sour cherry and raspberries countered with cinnamon-dominated baking spice in a medium, soft-bodied 100% Tempranillo. Just a touch of savory dill lingers on the palate. El Coto consists of a group of winemakers who own the largest vineyard holdings in Rioja. This enables them to pass the savings along…

    El Coto de Rioja Crianza Rioja DOCa 2013 / The Tasting Panel / 90 Points

    Sour cherry and raspberries countered with cinnamon-dominated baking spice in a medium, soft-bodied 100% Tempranillo. Just a touch of savory dill lingers on the palate. El Coto consists of a group of winemakers who own the largest vineyard holdings in Rioja. This enables them to pass the savings along…

  • Simonetta Valiani's Le Chiuse shows very nice results in this vintage. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens relatively quickly after being poured into the glass. It opens to soft aromas of ripe cherry and dark fruit with leather, tobacco and spice at the back. The wine is shapely, supple and shows…

    Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points

    Simonetta Valiani's Le Chiuse shows very nice results in this vintage. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens relatively quickly after being poured into the glass. It opens to soft aromas of ripe cherry and dark fruit with leather, tobacco and spice at the back. The wine is shapely, supple and shows…

  • Fattoria dei Barbi's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows thick lines and excellent composure. The warm 2011 vintage tends to offer more jammy fruit aromas and you get a fleeting sense of that here. There is extra suppleness and softness that comes from a hot summer growing season. The wine's basic…

    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 94 Points

    Fattoria dei Barbi's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows thick lines and excellent composure. The warm 2011 vintage tends to offer more jammy fruit aromas and you get a fleeting sense of that here. There is extra suppleness and softness that comes from a hot summer growing season. The wine's basic…

  • The 2012 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino offers a clear and bright quality of fruit. This wine really hits the high notes better than most others in its class. Stefano Cineli Colombini and his team have done a fine job with this Brunello annata. Beyond the dark cherry and cassis are elegant…

    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points

    The 2012 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino offers a clear and bright quality of fruit. This wine really hits the high notes better than most others in its class. Stefano Cineli Colombini and his team have done a fine job with this Brunello annata. Beyond the dark cherry and cassis are elegant…

  • The boldly named 2010 Icono is a big blend of 55% Malbec with 45% Sauvignon from their vineyards in Las Compuertas in Lujn de Cuyo. They commented that the 2010 harvest was well balanced, with excellent grain maturity and firm tannins. The wine spends 18 months in new French barrels (down from 30 in…

    Luigi Bosca Icono Luigi Bosca 2010 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points

    The boldly named 2010 Icono is a big blend of 55% Malbec with 45% Sauvignon from their vineyards in Las Compuertas in Lujn de Cuyo. They commented that the 2010 harvest was well balanced, with excellent grain maturity and firm tannins. The wine spends 18 months in new French barrels (down from 30 in…

  • The 2014 Malbec D O C, one of the few Controlled Appellation wines (D.O.C.) from Lujan de Cuyo, is pure Malbec aged for 14 month in new French oak barrels. But, the nose is not about the barrel but about the place and its different soils, with ripe fruit without excess and a pinch of spices. The palate…

    Luigi Bosca Malbec D.O.C. 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points

    The 2014 Malbec D O C, one of the few Controlled Appellation wines (D.O.C.) from Lujan de Cuyo, is pure Malbec aged for 14 month in new French oak barrels. But, the nose is not about the barrel but about the place and its different soils, with ripe fruit without excess and a pinch of spices. The palate…

  • A juicy white, with flavors of apricot, peach, thyme and white pepper. Vibrant and balanced in an easygoing way. Drink now.

    Grooner Grooner 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points / Best Value!

    A juicy white, with flavors of apricot, peach, thyme and white pepper. Vibrant and balanced in an easygoing way. Drink now.

  • Lean, intense and tightly wound, offering a core of lemon cake, apple and mineral wrapped in a veil of toasty oak. Vivid acidity cuts through, marshaling the long finish, where spice and mineral elements linger. Best from 2019 through 2028.

    Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2013 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points

    Lean, intense and tightly wound, offering a core of lemon cake, apple and mineral wrapped in a veil of toasty oak. Vivid acidity cuts through, marshaling the long finish, where spice and mineral elements linger. Best from 2019 through 2028.

  • Good bright red with pale rim. Racy aromas of spicy red berries, sour red cherries and rhubarb on the nose. Crisp, bright and juicy, with an enticing easy-going sweetness characterizing the fresh and tasty red berry and mineral flavors. This medium-bodied wine is quite tangy and penetrating today with…

    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Vinous / 91 Points

    Good bright red with pale rim. Racy aromas of spicy red berries, sour red cherries and rhubarb on the nose. Crisp, bright and juicy, with an enticing easy-going sweetness characterizing the fresh and tasty red berry and mineral flavors. This medium-bodied wine is quite tangy and penetrating today with…

  • Fresh and succulent, with a texture enfolding the strawberry, cherry, spice and tobacco flavors. This is silky and refined despite the firm tannins girding the finish. Shows fine balance and a long aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2030.

    Domaine Faiveley Beaune 1er Cru Clos de l'Ecu 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points

    Fresh and succulent, with a texture enfolding the strawberry, cherry, spice and tobacco flavors. This is silky and refined despite the firm tannins girding the finish. Shows fine balance and a long aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2030.

  • Forthcoming aromas of cherry, raspberry, spice and graphite are the main themes, with smoke and tar accents lurking underneath. Everything is in the right place, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.

    Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Issarts 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    Forthcoming aromas of cherry, raspberry, spice and graphite are the main themes, with smoke and tar accents lurking underneath. Everything is in the right place, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.

  • Black cherry and floral aromas and flavors permeate the lacy texture of this enticing red. Spice, tea and mineral notes add depth, with an iron accent on the lingering finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.

    Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    Black cherry and floral aromas and flavors permeate the lacy texture of this enticing red. Spice, tea and mineral notes add depth, with an iron accent on the lingering finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.

  • There's plenty of fruit here, along with a dense and tight structure. Sour cherry, currant, spice and earthy, leafy elements play out on the long, grippy finish. Best from 2020 through 2033.

    Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    There's plenty of fruit here, along with a dense and tight structure. Sour cherry, currant, spice and earthy, leafy elements play out on the long, grippy finish. Best from 2020 through 2033.

  • Marked by sweet oak, this displays black cherry, earth and mineral flavors in a linear profile. Long and balanced, with bright acidity driving the earth- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2033.

    Domaine Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    Marked by sweet oak, this displays black cherry, earth and mineral flavors in a linear profile. Long and balanced, with bright acidity driving the earth- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2033.

  • Rich and dense, wrapped in a layer of spicy new oak, this red offers black cherry and blackberry flavors. Dusty tannins quickly take over. The finish is vibrant and long. Best from 2020 through 2032.

    Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Champans 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    Rich and dense, wrapped in a layer of spicy new oak, this red offers black cherry and blackberry flavors. Dusty tannins quickly take over. The finish is vibrant and long. Best from 2020 through 2032.

  • Dominated by oak initially, this offers black cherry and black currant fruit that comes forward with air, framed by toast and spice details. Shows some power, with a firm, dusty finish. Best from 2019 through 2030.

    Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Feguine Rouge 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    Dominated by oak initially, this offers black cherry and black currant fruit that comes forward with air, framed by toast and spice details. Shows some power, with a firm, dusty finish. Best from 2019 through 2030.

  • This elegant, light- to medium-bodied red weaves together a subtle mesh of smoke, grilled herb, dried fig and cherry fruit. Fresh, with light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2020.

    Nino Negri Inferno Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    This elegant, light- to medium-bodied red weaves together a subtle mesh of smoke, grilled herb, dried fig and cherry fruit. Fresh, with light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2020.

  • A juicy red, light-bodied and balanced, offering flavors of dried raspberry, singed citrus peel and fresh, loamy earth. Silky on the finish. Nebbiolo and Merlot. Drink now through 2019.

    Nino Negri 'Quadrio' Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points

    A juicy red, light-bodied and balanced, offering flavors of dried raspberry, singed citrus peel and fresh, loamy earth. Silky on the finish. Nebbiolo and Merlot. Drink now through 2019.

  • Creamy tannins frame this finely knit red, layered with a rich profile of plumped black cherry, raspberry, licorice snap and singed orange peel. Offers a long, lingering finish. Best from 2018 through 2027.

    Nino Negri Sfursat della Valtellina DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    Creamy tannins frame this finely knit red, layered with a rich profile of plumped black cherry, raspberry, licorice snap and singed orange peel. Offers a long, lingering finish. Best from 2018 through 2027.

  • This generous red offers ripe flavors of dried cherry and roasted plum, in a thick texture, with accents of cocoa and loamy earth. Balsamic acidity maintains balance. Drink now through 2020.

    El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva Rioja DOCa 2012 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    This generous red offers ripe flavors of dried cherry and roasted plum, in a thick texture, with accents of cocoa and loamy earth. Balsamic acidity maintains balance. Drink now through 2020.

  • Crisp and energetic, this lively white wraps bright peach and blanched almond details in tangy tangerine and quince flavors, finishing with a light briny note on the finish. Drink now.

    Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    Crisp and energetic, this lively white wraps bright peach and blanched almond details in tangy tangerine and quince flavors, finishing with a light briny note on the finish. Drink now.

  • Healthy pale yellow. Slightly high-toned, very ripe aromas of yellow peach and pineapple. In a low-SO2 phase, this comes across as plush, sweet and rich, with inviting stone fruit and lime flavors carrying nicely on the finish. But more Chardonnay than grand cru Chablis.

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points

    Healthy pale yellow. Slightly high-toned, very ripe aromas of yellow peach and pineapple. In a low-SO2 phase, this comes across as plush, sweet and rich, with inviting stone fruit and lime flavors carrying nicely on the finish. But more Chardonnay than grand cru Chablis.

  • Enticing flavors of smoky black cherry, blackberry and violet are the hallmarks of this suave red. Picks up spice accents as the firm structure asserts itself. Best from 2020 through 2035.

    Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    Enticing flavors of smoky black cherry, blackberry and violet are the hallmarks of this suave red. Picks up spice accents as the firm structure asserts itself. Best from 2020 through 2035.

  • Black currant, cherry and raspberry flavors are framed by tobacco and spicy oak in this elegant red. Firms up, yet has the potential to come together quickly. Best from 2019 through 2030

    Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets St-Georges 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    Black currant, cherry and raspberry flavors are framed by tobacco and spicy oak in this elegant red. Firms up, yet has the potential to come together quickly. Best from 2019 through 2030

  • This is vibrant, featuring cherry and wild berry flavors that take on spice and leafy, vegetal accents. Solid, with a line of tannins demarcating the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030.

    Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    This is vibrant, featuring cherry and wild berry flavors that take on spice and leafy, vegetal accents. Solid, with a line of tannins demarcating the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030.

  • Violet and black currant notes mark this intense, brooding red. The vivid acidity creates tension, while the dense tannins provide a matrix of support. Best from 2020 through 2035

    Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Vignerondes 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points

    Violet and black currant notes mark this intense, brooding red. The vivid acidity creates tension, while the dense tannins provide a matrix of support. Best from 2020 through 2035

  • From the same stable as Sheep Dip and Pig's Nose whiskies, Edinburgh Gin offers a selection of innovative gins, including this version with its foraged seaside botanicals like scurvy grass. Taste: Aromatic spices meet mineral and salty notes.

    Edinburgh Gin Seaside Gin NV / The Whisky Advocate

    From the same stable as Sheep Dip and Pig's Nose whiskies, Edinburgh Gin offers a selection of innovative gins, including this version with its foraged seaside botanicals like scurvy grass. Taste: Aromatic spices meet mineral and salty notes.

  • Fresh lemon and mirabelle plum notes stream through, laced with verbena and chamomile threads. Rounded, friendly feel on the finish. Sauvignon Blanc and Smillon. Drink now.

    Chateau Saint-Sulpice Esprit de Saint-Sulpice Bordeaux Blanc 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points

    Fresh lemon and mirabelle plum notes stream through, laced with verbena and chamomile threads. Rounded, friendly feel on the finish. Sauvignon Blanc and Smillon. Drink now.

  • A savory red, with hints of underbrush and smoke up front, but bright acidity carries a creamy mix of crushed raspberry, orange zest and ground ginger notes. Drink now through 2019.

    Le Ragose Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore DOC 2012 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points

    A savory red, with hints of underbrush and smoke up front, but bright acidity carries a creamy mix of crushed raspberry, orange zest and ground ginger notes. Drink now through 2019.

  • This is tight, with a heady mix of black cherry, black currant, violet and spice flavors. There is a dusty feel to the tannins, leaving an astringent finish. Shows power and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2035.

    Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    This is tight, with a heady mix of black cherry, black currant, violet and spice flavors. There is a dusty feel to the tannins, leaving an astringent finish. Shows power and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2035.

  • This is bright and focused, channeling lemon, grapefruit and stone flavors into a linear, racy conclusion. Intense, lacking the harmony found in the best of this vintage. Best from 2018 through 2025.

    Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points

    This is bright and focused, channeling lemon, grapefruit and stone flavors into a linear, racy conclusion. Intense, lacking the harmony found in the best of this vintage. Best from 2018 through 2025.

  • A plump, fleshy white, backed by lively acidity, with flavors that evoke apple, lemon, butterscotch and smoky oak. Needs several months to settle in, but shows fine potential. Best from 2018 through 2025.

    Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Marc (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    A plump, fleshy white, backed by lively acidity, with flavors that evoke apple, lemon, butterscotch and smoky oak. Needs several months to settle in, but shows fine potential. Best from 2018 through 2025.

  • A stony, chalk-infused white, with notes of peach, apple, lemon, butterscotch and pastry. Vibrant and racy, with a slightly hard edge on the lingering finish. Best from 2019 through 2028.

    Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    A stony, chalk-infused white, with notes of peach, apple, lemon, butterscotch and pastry. Vibrant and racy, with a slightly hard edge on the lingering finish. Best from 2019 through 2028.

  • Creamy and well-knit, this medium-bodied white shows a broad palate of baked pear, lemon curd and lightly toasted almond notes. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni and Chiavennasca. Drink now.

    Nino Negri Ca’Brione Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio I.G.T. 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    Creamy and well-knit, this medium-bodied white shows a broad palate of baked pear, lemon curd and lightly toasted almond notes. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni and Chiavennasca. Drink now.

  • Vibrant and crisp, with whiffs of honey and lanolin to the core of lime and pear flavors. Light-bodied yet intense. Drink now.

    Egon Muller Kanta Riesling 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points

    Vibrant and crisp, with whiffs of honey and lanolin to the core of lime and pear flavors. Light-bodied yet intense. Drink now.

  • This has a minerally aroma and red peach, melon, red currant and nectarine flavors that are finely textured. Lively in the midpalate, offering a crunchy finish that lingers with lightly smoke notes. Drink now through 2020.

    Egon Muller Scharzhof Riesling QbA 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points

    This has a minerally aroma and red peach, melon, red currant and nectarine flavors that are finely textured. Lively in the midpalate, offering a crunchy finish that lingers with lightly smoke notes. Drink now through 2020.

  • Rich and refined, with well-sculpted flavors of white currant, flint, apple and green pear. Dried apricot notes fill in the midpalate, with a long, minerally finish that features savory herbal accents. Very fresh. Best from 2034 through .

    Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    Rich and refined, with well-sculpted flavors of white currant, flint, apple and green pear. Dried apricot notes fill in the midpalate, with a long, minerally finish that features savory herbal accents. Very fresh. Best from 2034 through .

  • This offers mouthfilling rich, fruity flavors of peach, ripe apple and melon that are plushly spiced, with lemon curd notes on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2022.

    Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    This offers mouthfilling rich, fruity flavors of peach, ripe apple and melon that are plushly spiced, with lemon curd notes on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2022.

  • A mix of lemon, peach and chamomile notes gives this wine immediate appeal. Crisp and lingering nicely, with a grassy accent. Drink now.

    Marchesi di Barolo Gavi DOCG 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points

    A mix of lemon, peach and chamomile notes gives this wine immediate appeal. Crisp and lingering nicely, with a grassy accent. Drink now.

  • A trim, athletic red, with an upright structure channeling the black cherry, blackberry and violet flavors. The compact finish keeps the theme intact. Drink now through 2020.

    Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    A trim, athletic red, with an upright structure channeling the black cherry, blackberry and violet flavors. The compact finish keeps the theme intact. Drink now through 2020.

  • A dense matrix supports flavors of cherry, eucalyptus, licorice, and rose hip tea. Tensile and lively, with a lingering aftertaste of leather and tobacco. Best from 2019 through 2033.

    Marchesi di Barolo Coste di Rose Barolo DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    A dense matrix supports flavors of cherry, eucalyptus, licorice, and rose hip tea. Tensile and lively, with a lingering aftertaste of leather and tobacco. Best from 2019 through 2033.

  • Bright and juicy, this balanced bubbly offers a lively bead and flavors of poached apricot, pastry and honey. Delivers a tangy, saline-tinged finish. Drink now.

    J. J. Vincent Cremant de Bourgogne NV / Wine Spectator / 88 Points

    Bright and juicy, this balanced bubbly offers a lively bead and flavors of poached apricot, pastry and honey. Delivers a tangy, saline-tinged finish. Drink now.

  • A taut, linear version, with apple, lemon, spice and stone notes wound around the backbone of acidity, this is a bit austere in flavor yet remains long and focused. Drink now through 2024.

    Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    A taut, linear version, with apple, lemon, spice and stone notes wound around the backbone of acidity, this is a bit austere in flavor yet remains long and focused. Drink now through 2024.

  • Granny Smith apple, green plum, lime and gunflint flavors are the hallmarks of this sleek, vivid Chablis. The tension-filled finish evokes citrus and stone. Drink now through 2024.

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90

    Granny Smith apple, green plum, lime and gunflint flavors are the hallmarks of this sleek, vivid Chablis. The tension-filled finish evokes citrus and stone. Drink now through 2024.

  • A floral style, this is racy and long, with lemon, green apple and stone notes. Austere, yet intense and mouthwatering, this leaves a chalky impression on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2030.

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    A floral style, this is racy and long, with lemon, green apple and stone notes. Austere, yet intense and mouthwatering, this leaves a chalky impression on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2030.

  • A brisk, elegant style, offering lemon curd, apple and light spice flavors, this tails off slightly, but lingers with subtle elements of citrus and spice. Drink now through 2020.

    Domaine Faiveley Montagny Blanc 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points

    A brisk, elegant style, offering lemon curd, apple and light spice flavors, this tails off slightly, but lingers with subtle elements of citrus and spice. Drink now through 2020.

  • Sweet berry and cherry flavors are front and center, while spice and light vegetal accents flit around the edges of this taut red. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2026.

    Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points

    Sweet berry and cherry flavors are front and center, while spice and light vegetal accents flit around the edges of this taut red. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2026.

  • You expect the sort of intense, precisely focused minerality from low-yielding, 20 to 30-year-old mountainside vines that this wine shows in abundance, but very rarely at this bargain basement price. No oak but extended lees aging give it more presence than most generic Gavis.

    La Scolca White Label Gavi DOCG 2015 / Forbes / 10 Great White Wines Under $20 To Drink Tonight

    You expect the sort of intense, precisely focused minerality from low-yielding, 20 to 30-year-old mountainside vines that this wine shows in abundance, but very rarely at this bargain basement price. No oak but extended lees aging give it more presence than most generic Gavis.

  • Has Albarino's dry, green-apple crispness but lifted out of the all-too-ordinary banality of the varietal by loads of fabulous fruit. Not a wine for meaty fish, but I'm going to try it with Dover Sole.

    Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Forbes / 10 Great White Wines Under $20 To Drink Tonight

    Has Albarino's dry, green-apple crispness but lifted out of the all-too-ordinary banality of the varietal by loads of fabulous fruit. Not a wine for meaty fish, but I'm going to try it with Dover Sole.

  • Rich notes of black currant, bay leaf and anise are set in an elegant, medium- to full-bodied frame that is well-knit, with supple tannins. Creamy, showing hints of smoke and spicy mineral on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola. Drink now through 2023.

    Tenuta Rapitala Hugonis Cabernet Sauvignon/Nero d’Avola Sicilia I.G.T. 2013 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points

    Rich notes of black currant, bay leaf and anise are set in an elegant, medium- to full-bodied frame that is well-knit, with supple tannins. Creamy, showing hints of smoke and spicy mineral on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola. Drink now through 2023.

  • Darkskinned berry, forest floor, pipe tobacco, new leather and balsamic notes float out of the glass. On the elegantly structured palate, taut, polished tannins and vibrant acidity frame ripe red cherry, exotic spice and aromatic herb flavors. A lingering star anise note announces the close. Impeccably…

    Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 96 Points / Cellar Selection

    Darkskinned berry, forest floor, pipe tobacco, new leather and balsamic notes float out of the glass. On the elegantly structured palate, taut, polished tannins and vibrant acidity frame ripe red cherry, exotic spice and aromatic herb flavors. A lingering star anise note announces the close. Impeccably…

  • Charming and open, this red exudes cherry, strawberry and rose aromas and flavors. Remains elegant overall despite the firm, ripe tannins underneath. Approachable now, yet this should develop well over the next decade. Best from 2019 through 2032

    Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points

    Charming and open, this red exudes cherry, strawberry and rose aromas and flavors. Remains elegant overall despite the firm, ripe tannins underneath. Approachable now, yet this should develop well over the next decade. Best from 2019 through 2032

  • You can almost smell the countryside in this expressive red. Wild herb, underbrush, cherry and smoke notes weave throughout this supple red. Firms up on the finish while remaining fresh and resonant. Best from 2020 through 2035

    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points

    You can almost smell the countryside in this expressive red. Wild herb, underbrush, cherry and smoke notes weave throughout this supple red. Firms up on the finish while remaining fresh and resonant. Best from 2020 through 2035

  • A smoky note overlays apple and lemon notes in this sleek, vibrant white, which is expressive, with a creamy texture and vivid acidity driving the lingering pastry and citrus flavors. Drink now through 2023.

    Olivier Leflaive Chassagne Montrachet AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    A smoky note overlays apple and lemon notes in this sleek, vibrant white, which is expressive, with a creamy texture and vivid acidity driving the lingering pastry and citrus flavors. Drink now through 2023.

  • Melon and a green note of pole beans and lettuce set up a high-acid citric palate. Grassy notes of clover and lettuce infiltrate core citrus flavors, while this shows lemony punch and an herbal note on a juicy tangy finish.

    Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 87 Points

    Melon and a green note of pole beans and lettuce set up a high-acid citric palate. Grassy notes of clover and lettuce infiltrate core citrus flavors, while this shows lemony punch and an herbal note on a juicy tangy finish.

  • Tropical fruit, melon and fresh carrot aromas lead to a shearing palate with sharp acidity. Quick-hitting, sharp-angled lemony flavors finish tangy, minerally and lasting, with zesty citric acidity creating length. This is lean and pointed at only 12.3% abv.

    Bodegas Castro Martin Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points

    Tropical fruit, melon and fresh carrot aromas lead to a shearing palate with sharp acidity. Quick-hitting, sharp-angled lemony flavors finish tangy, minerally and lasting, with zesty citric acidity creating length. This is lean and pointed at only 12.3% abv.

  • 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.

    Fattoria dei Barbi 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.

  • Crisp notes of freshly peeled pear mingle with a creamier aspect on the nose. The palate is a similarly appetizing and attractive mix of crisp freshness and creamy roundness. The body is very light but clean. The finish shines with fresh lemon.

    Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 90

    Crisp notes of freshly peeled pear mingle with a creamier aspect on the nose. The palate is a similarly appetizing and attractive mix of crisp freshness and creamy roundness. The body is very light but clean. The finish shines with fresh lemon.

  • There has been an excellent streak of Islay blended malts recently, and here is another worthy contender from the Spencerfield Spirit Company. This one offers the sizzle of bacon fat, thick clods of peat, cocoa, and breezy smoke. The rounded palate has sweet satsuma, spice, generous malty notes, and…

    Sheep Dip Islay Blended Malt Whisky NV / The Whisky Advocate / 93 Points / Top 10 Highest Rated New Releases (#9)

    There has been an excellent streak of Islay blended malts recently, and here is another worthy contender from the Spencerfield Spirit Company. This one offers the sizzle of bacon fat, thick clods of peat, cocoa, and breezy smoke. The rounded palate has sweet satsuma, spice, generous malty notes, and…

  • (entirely destemmed, as these thick-skinned grapes were extremely high in tannins and total polyphenols): Saturated dark red-ruby. Distinctly dark aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet convey an impression of medicinal reserve. Powerful black cherry, crunchy raspberry and licorice flavors boast…

    Domaine Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos de Cortons Faiveley 2015 / Vinous / 95-97 Points

    (entirely destemmed, as these thick-skinned grapes were extremely high in tannins and total polyphenols): Saturated dark red-ruby. Distinctly dark aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet convey an impression of medicinal reserve. Powerful black cherry, crunchy raspberry and licorice flavors boast…

  • (made from same plot of 60+-year-old vines on the Chambertin side of this grand cru as in the past; 100% destemmed): Bright dark red. Raspberry and a touch of reduction on the nose. Then dense, sappy and high-pitched in the mouth, with terrific intensity and saline complexity to the intense red berry…

    Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze Les Ouvrées Rodin 2015 / Vinous / 94-97 Points

    (made from same plot of 60+-year-old vines on the Chambertin side of this grand cru as in the past; 100% destemmed): Bright dark red. Raspberry and a touch of reduction on the nose. Then dense, sappy and high-pitched in the mouth, with terrific intensity and saline complexity to the intense red berry…

  • (just a single new 150-liter barrel of this wine, vinified with 50% whole clusters): Bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, coffee, mocha and pistachio. Plush, dense and deep, conveying more saline minerality and deep soil tones than primary dark fruits in the early going. But this wine…

    Domaine Faiveley Musigny Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points

    (just a single new 150-liter barrel of this wine, vinified with 50% whole clusters): Bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, coffee, mocha and pistachio. Plush, dense and deep, conveying more saline minerality and deep soil tones than primary dark fruits in the early going. But this wine…

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Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2014 / Vinous / 89+ Points Bright yellow. Classic aromas of grapefruit, smoked beef and sweet spices. Vivid, precise and fruity, preserving noteworthy freshness in light of what can best be described as enamel-shattering acidity. Very well balanced on the dry, long finish. A major success for Gewrz in 2014. 2017.03.24

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2014 / Vinous / 88 Points Bright straw. Lovely nose of apple, pear and caramel; not unlike a fresh summer-fruit cocktail. Then more austere on the palate, but with fresh, lively apple and pear flavors. Finishes medium-long and clean. Given the difficult year, its not surprising that I found this a little less complex and showy… 2017.03.24

Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2014 / Vinous / 88 Points Pale straw-green. Crisp, fresh aromas of beeswax, stone fruit and botanical herbs. Fresh and juicy, featuring honeyed orchard fruit flavors, but turns a little cloying toward the medium-long back end. 2017.03.24

Famille Hugel Gentil 2015 / Vinous / 88 Points Bright straw. Fresh citrus and floral aromas and flavors are simple and bright. Offers surprising texture for an entry-level wine, finishing bright and clean, with average length. A little larger in the mouth than the 2014, in keeping with the warmer year. A very complex blend of Sylvaner, Riesling… 2017.03.24

Umberto Cavicchioli e Figli Vigna del Cristo Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC 2014 / Robb Report / 5 Lambruscos Worth a Second Sip The Cristo locality of Sorbara is one of the worlds most prestigious growing sites for Lambrusco, and it is where the Cavicchioli family has been producing its prized wines for more than a century. This limited-production, 100-percent Sorbarathe 2014 vintage of Umberto Cavicchioli e Figli Vigna del… 2017.03.24

Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points A velvety and opulent red, boasting flavors of black cherry, raspberry, currant and spice. This is elegant, showing finesse and beautiful harmony, backed by a deftly integrated structure and discreet oak. Exhibits fine length, with lingering fruit and spice details. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2017.03.24

Domaine Faiveley Vosne Romanee AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A pure, elegant version, showing rose, cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, accented by spice and mineral hints. Delicate and lacy, with a firm backbone. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2017.03.24

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Concentrated and intense, with macerated cherry and raspberry fruit, augmented by tobacco, iron and leather notes. Builds to a complex aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035 2017.03.24

El Coto de Rioja Crianza Rioja DOCa 2013 / The Tasting Panel / 90 Points Sour cherry and raspberries countered with cinnamon-dominated baking spice in a medium, soft-bodied 100% Tempranillo. Just a touch of savory dill lingers on the palate. El Coto consists of a group of winemakers who own the largest vineyard holdings in Rioja. This enables them to pass the savings along… 2017.03.24

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points Simonetta Valiani's Le Chiuse shows very nice results in this vintage. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens relatively quickly after being poured into the glass. It opens to soft aromas of ripe cherry and dark fruit with leather, tobacco and spice at the back. The wine is shapely, supple and shows… 2017.03.24

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 94 Points Fattoria dei Barbi's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows thick lines and excellent composure. The warm 2011 vintage tends to offer more jammy fruit aromas and you get a fleeting sense of that here. There is extra suppleness and softness that comes from a hot summer growing season. The wine's basic… 2017.03.24

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2012 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino offers a clear and bright quality of fruit. This wine really hits the high notes better than most others in its class. Stefano Cineli Colombini and his team have done a fine job with this Brunello annata. Beyond the dark cherry and cassis are elegant… 2017.03.24

Luigi Bosca Icono Luigi Bosca 2010 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The boldly named 2010 Icono is a big blend of 55% Malbec with 45% Sauvignon from their vineyards in Las Compuertas in Lujn de Cuyo. They commented that the 2010 harvest was well balanced, with excellent grain maturity and firm tannins. The wine spends 18 months in new French barrels (down from 30 in… 2017.03.21

Luigi Bosca Malbec D.O.C. 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2014 Malbec D O C, one of the few Controlled Appellation wines (D.O.C.) from Lujan de Cuyo, is pure Malbec aged for 14 month in new French oak barrels. But, the nose is not about the barrel but about the place and its different soils, with ripe fruit without excess and a pinch of spices. The palate… 2017.03.21

Grooner Grooner 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points / Best Value! A juicy white, with flavors of apricot, peach, thyme and white pepper. Vibrant and balanced in an easygoing way. Drink now. 2017.03.20

Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2013 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points Lean, intense and tightly wound, offering a core of lemon cake, apple and mineral wrapped in a veil of toasty oak. Vivid acidity cuts through, marshaling the long finish, where spice and mineral elements linger. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2017.03.16

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Vinous / 91 Points Good bright red with pale rim. Racy aromas of spicy red berries, sour red cherries and rhubarb on the nose. Crisp, bright and juicy, with an enticing easy-going sweetness characterizing the fresh and tasty red berry and mineral flavors. This medium-bodied wine is quite tangy and penetrating today with… 2017.03.15

Domaine Faiveley Beaune 1er Cru Clos de l'Ecu 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Fresh and succulent, with a texture enfolding the strawberry, cherry, spice and tobacco flavors. This is silky and refined despite the firm tannins girding the finish. Shows fine balance and a long aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2030. 2017.03.15

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Issarts 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Forthcoming aromas of cherry, raspberry, spice and graphite are the main themes, with smoke and tar accents lurking underneath. Everything is in the right place, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.03.15

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Black cherry and floral aromas and flavors permeate the lacy texture of this enticing red. Spice, tea and mineral notes add depth, with an iron accent on the lingering finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.03.15

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points There's plenty of fruit here, along with a dense and tight structure. Sour cherry, currant, spice and earthy, leafy elements play out on the long, grippy finish. Best from 2020 through 2033. 2017.03.15

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fume Les Griottes 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Ripe, with a core of gooseberry and mirabelle plum notes, carried by a flinty spine through a focused, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018. 2017.03.15

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Le Chene Marchand 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Fresh, with good cut to the mix of gooseberry and white peach notes. A pithy jicama edge on the finish imparts tension. Drink now through 218. 2017.03.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Marked by sweet oak, this displays black cherry, earth and mineral flavors in a linear profile. Long and balanced, with bright acidity driving the earth- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2017.03.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Champans 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Rich and dense, wrapped in a layer of spicy new oak, this red offers black cherry and blackberry flavors. Dusty tannins quickly take over. The finish is vibrant and long. Best from 2020 through 2032. 2017.03.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Feguine Rouge 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Dominated by oak initially, this offers black cherry and black currant fruit that comes forward with air, framed by toast and spice details. Shows some power, with a firm, dusty finish. Best from 2019 through 2030. 2017.03.15

Nino Negri Inferno Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This elegant, light- to medium-bodied red weaves together a subtle mesh of smoke, grilled herb, dried fig and cherry fruit. Fresh, with light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.03.15

Nino Negri 'Quadrio' Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A juicy red, light-bodied and balanced, offering flavors of dried raspberry, singed citrus peel and fresh, loamy earth. Silky on the finish. Nebbiolo and Merlot. Drink now through 2019. 2017.03.15

Nino Negri Sfursat della Valtellina DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Creamy tannins frame this finely knit red, layered with a rich profile of plumped black cherry, raspberry, licorice snap and singed orange peel. Offers a long, lingering finish. Best from 2018 through 2027. 2017.03.15

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva Rioja DOCa 2012 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This generous red offers ripe flavors of dried cherry and roasted plum, in a thick texture, with accents of cocoa and loamy earth. Balsamic acidity maintains balance. Drink now through 2020. 2017.03.15

Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Crisp and energetic, this lively white wraps bright peach and blanched almond details in tangy tangerine and quince flavors, finishing with a light briny note on the finish. Drink now. 2017.03.15

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points Healthy pale yellow. Slightly high-toned, very ripe aromas of yellow peach and pineapple. In a low-SO2 phase, this comes across as plush, sweet and rich, with inviting stone fruit and lime flavors carrying nicely on the finish. But more Chardonnay than grand cru Chablis. 2017.03.15

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Enticing flavors of smoky black cherry, blackberry and violet are the hallmarks of this suave red. Picks up spice accents as the firm structure asserts itself. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.03.14

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets St-Georges 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Black currant, cherry and raspberry flavors are framed by tobacco and spicy oak in this elegant red. Firms up, yet has the potential to come together quickly. Best from 2019 through 2030 2017.03.14

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is vibrant, featuring cherry and wild berry flavors that take on spice and leafy, vegetal accents. Solid, with a line of tannins demarcating the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030. 2017.03.14

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Vignerondes 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Violet and black currant notes mark this intense, brooding red. The vivid acidity creates tension, while the dense tannins provide a matrix of support. Best from 2020 through 2035 2017.03.14

Edinburgh Gin Seaside Gin NV / The Whisky Advocate From the same stable as Sheep Dip and Pig's Nose whiskies, Edinburgh Gin offers a selection of innovative gins, including this version with its foraged seaside botanicals like scurvy grass. Taste: Aromatic spices meet mineral and salty notes. 2017.03.03

Chateau Saint-Sulpice Esprit de Saint-Sulpice Bordeaux Blanc 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points Fresh lemon and mirabelle plum notes stream through, laced with verbena and chamomile threads. Rounded, friendly feel on the finish. Sauvignon Blanc and Smillon. Drink now. 2017.03.03

Le Ragose Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore DOC 2012 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A savory red, with hints of underbrush and smoke up front, but bright acidity carries a creamy mix of crushed raspberry, orange zest and ground ginger notes. Drink now through 2019. 2017.03.03

Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is tight, with a heady mix of black cherry, black currant, violet and spice flavors. There is a dusty feel to the tannins, leaving an astringent finish. Shows power and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2035. 2017.03.03

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This is bright and focused, channeling lemon, grapefruit and stone flavors into a linear, racy conclusion. Intense, lacking the harmony found in the best of this vintage. Best from 2018 through 2025. 2017.03.03

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Marc (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A plump, fleshy white, backed by lively acidity, with flavors that evoke apple, lemon, butterscotch and smoky oak. Needs several months to settle in, but shows fine potential. Best from 2018 through 2025. 2017.03.03

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A stony, chalk-infused white, with notes of peach, apple, lemon, butterscotch and pastry. Vibrant and racy, with a slightly hard edge on the lingering finish. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2017.03.03

Nino Negri 'Le Tense' Sassella Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points A bright and juicy red, light- to medium-bodied, with tar and spice accents to the plumped cherry fruit. Chewy finish. Drink now through 2021. 2017.03.03

Nino Negri Ca’Brione Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio I.G.T. 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Creamy and well-knit, this medium-bodied white shows a broad palate of baked pear, lemon curd and lightly toasted almond notes. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni and Chiavennasca. Drink now. 2017.03.03

Egon Muller Kanta Riesling 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Vibrant and crisp, with whiffs of honey and lanolin to the core of lime and pear flavors. Light-bodied yet intense. Drink now. 2017.03.03

Egon Muller Scharzhof Riesling QbA 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This has a minerally aroma and red peach, melon, red currant and nectarine flavors that are finely textured. Lively in the midpalate, offering a crunchy finish that lingers with lightly smoke notes. Drink now through 2020. 2017.03.03

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Rich and refined, with well-sculpted flavors of white currant, flint, apple and green pear. Dried apricot notes fill in the midpalate, with a long, minerally finish that features savory herbal accents. Very fresh. Best from 2034 through . 2017.03.03

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points This offers mouthfilling rich, fruity flavors of peach, ripe apple and melon that are plushly spiced, with lemon curd notes on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2022. 2017.03.03

Marchesi di Barolo Gavi DOCG 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A mix of lemon, peach and chamomile notes gives this wine immediate appeal. Crisp and lingering nicely, with a grassy accent. Drink now. 2017.03.03

Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A trim, athletic red, with an upright structure channeling the black cherry, blackberry and violet flavors. The compact finish keeps the theme intact. Drink now through 2020. 2017.03.03

Marchesi di Barolo Coste di Rose Barolo DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A dense matrix supports flavors of cherry, eucalyptus, licorice, and rose hip tea. Tensile and lively, with a lingering aftertaste of leather and tobacco. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2017.03.03

Attitude by Pascal Jolivet Sauvignon Blanc 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points Has the plump edge of the vintage, with wet straw, lemon curd and gooseberry gele notes. Light flint echo on the finish. Drink now. 2017.03.03

J. J. Vincent Cremant de Bourgogne NV / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Bright and juicy, this balanced bubbly offers a lively bead and flavors of poached apricot, pastry and honey. Delivers a tangy, saline-tinged finish. Drink now. 2017.03.03

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A taut, linear version, with apple, lemon, spice and stone notes wound around the backbone of acidity, this is a bit austere in flavor yet remains long and focused. Drink now through 2024. 2017.03.03

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Granny Smith apple, green plum, lime and gunflint flavors are the hallmarks of this sleek, vivid Chablis. The tension-filled finish evokes citrus and stone. Drink now through 2024. 2017.03.03

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A floral style, this is racy and long, with lemon, green apple and stone notes. Austere, yet intense and mouthwatering, this leaves a chalky impression on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2030. 2017.03.03

Domaine Faiveley Montagny Blanc 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points A brisk, elegant style, offering lemon curd, apple and light spice flavors, this tails off slightly, but lingers with subtle elements of citrus and spice. Drink now through 2020. 2017.03.03

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Sweet berry and cherry flavors are front and center, while spice and light vegetal accents flit around the edges of this taut red. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2026. 2017.03.03

Bodegas Castro Martin Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points This tangy white offers juicy flavors of tangerine, quince and kiwifruit, with lively acidity and a light, clean texture. Refreshing. Drink now. 2017.03.03

La Scolca White Label Gavi DOCG 2015 / Forbes / 10 Great White Wines Under $20 To Drink Tonight You expect the sort of intense, precisely focused minerality from low-yielding, 20 to 30-year-old mountainside vines that this wine shows in abundance, but very rarely at this bargain basement price. No oak but extended lees aging give it more presence than most generic Gavis. 2017.03.03

Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Forbes / 10 Great White Wines Under $20 To Drink Tonight Has Albarino's dry, green-apple crispness but lifted out of the all-too-ordinary banality of the varietal by loads of fabulous fruit. Not a wine for meaty fish, but I'm going to try it with Dover Sole. 2017.03.03

Tenuta Rapitala Hugonis Cabernet Sauvignon/Nero d’Avola Sicilia I.G.T. 2013 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Rich notes of black currant, bay leaf and anise are set in an elegant, medium- to full-bodied frame that is well-knit, with supple tannins. Creamy, showing hints of smoke and spicy mineral on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola. Drink now through 2023. 2017.03.03

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 96 Points / Cellar Selection Darkskinned berry, forest floor, pipe tobacco, new leather and balsamic notes float out of the glass. On the elegantly structured palate, taut, polished tannins and vibrant acidity frame ripe red cherry, exotic spice and aromatic herb flavors. A lingering star anise note announces the close. Impeccably… 2017.03.03

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Charming and open, this red exudes cherry, strawberry and rose aromas and flavors. Remains elegant overall despite the firm, ripe tannins underneath. Approachable now, yet this should develop well over the next decade. Best from 2019 through 2032 2017.03.03

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points You can almost smell the countryside in this expressive red. Wild herb, underbrush, cherry and smoke notes weave throughout this supple red. Firms up on the finish while remaining fresh and resonant. Best from 2020 through 2035 2017.03.03

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne Montrachet AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A smoky note overlays apple and lemon notes in this sleek, vibrant white, which is expressive, with a creamy texture and vivid acidity driving the lingering pastry and citrus flavors. Drink now through 2023. 2017.03.03

Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 87 Points Melon and a green note of pole beans and lettuce set up a high-acid citric palate. Grassy notes of clover and lettuce infiltrate core citrus flavors, while this shows lemony punch and an herbal note on a juicy tangy finish. 2017.03.03

Bodegas Castro Martin Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Tropical fruit, melon and fresh carrot aromas lead to a shearing palate with sharp acidity. Quick-hitting, sharp-angled lemony flavors finish tangy, minerally and lasting, with zesty citric acidity creating length. This is lean and pointed at only 12.3% abv. 2017.03.03

Fattoria dei Barbi 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. 2017.03.03

Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Crisp notes of freshly peeled pear mingle with a creamier aspect on the nose. The palate is a similarly appetizing and attractive mix of crisp freshness and creamy roundness. The body is very light but clean. The finish shines with fresh lemon. 2017.03.03

Sheep Dip Islay Blended Malt Whisky NV / The Whisky Advocate / 93 Points / Top 10 Highest Rated New Releases (#9) There has been an excellent streak of Islay blended malts recently, and here is another worthy contender from the Spencerfield Spirit Company. This one offers the sizzle of bacon fat, thick clods of peat, cocoa, and breezy smoke. The rounded palate has sweet satsuma, spice, generous malty notes, and… 2017.02.24

Domaine Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos de Cortons Faiveley 2015 / Vinous / 95-97 Points (entirely destemmed, as these thick-skinned grapes were extremely high in tannins and total polyphenols): Saturated dark red-ruby. Distinctly dark aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet convey an impression of medicinal reserve. Powerful black cherry, crunchy raspberry and licorice flavors boast… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze Les Ouvrées Rodin 2015 / Vinous / 94-97 Points (made from same plot of 60+-year-old vines on the Chambertin side of this grand cru as in the past; 100% destemmed): Bright dark red. Raspberry and a touch of reduction on the nose. Then dense, sappy and high-pitched in the mouth, with terrific intensity and saline complexity to the intense red berry… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Musigny Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points (just a single new 150-liter barrel of this wine, vinified with 50% whole clusters): Bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, coffee, mocha and pistachio. Plush, dense and deep, conveying more saline minerality and deep soil tones than primary dark fruits in the early going. But this wine… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points (entirely destemmed): Bright dark red. Restrained but very pure aromas of raspberry, smoky minerals and game. Viscous, round and generous in the mouth but with terrific fruit intensity and balancing energy; this rather full-bodied wine is ultimately more primary than the Latricires. A wonderfully concentrated… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points (13.8% natural alcohol; entirely destemmed; 45% new oak): Healthy dark red-ruby. Captivating exotic spices currently dominate the nose. Plush, saline, soil-driven wine, offering a rare balance of sheer layered ripeness and pronounced minerality. This big boy is more savory than sweet, and its substantial… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points (25% vendange entier): Bright, dark red. Knockout aromas of raspberry, flowers and smoky minerality. Super concentrated and salty but tighter-grained and less showy today than the Mazis-Chambertin, with its sexy smoke and soil notes energized by terrific mineral verve. Here the tannins stand out and… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges 2015 / Vinous / 92-95 Points (25% vendange entier; 50% new oak): Bright ruby-red. A step up in complexity and depth on the nose from the foregoing Nuits-Saint-Georges samples, offering sexy soil tones to the aromas of raspberry, minerals, smoke and dried flowers. Rich, pliant, soil-inflected wine with terrific breadth, depth and… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015 / Vinous / 92-95 Points Bright red-ruby. Ripe, wonderfully complex scents of redcurrant, plum, dark cherry, animal fur, minerals and sexy oak, plus suggestions of darker berries. Round, silky and sweet, with its full ripeness leavened by saline, soil-driven minerality. A crunchy raspberry element is nicely shaped on the finish… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 92-95 Points (all destemmed; 55% new oak; Faiveley will add "en Orveaux" to the front label of this wine with the 2015 release; these vines next to La Combe d'Orveau and Petit Musigny face south but are situated on very poor soil in a cold combe): Dark red. Highly complex, cooler aromas of strawberry rhubarb pie,… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées 2015 / Vinous / 92-95 Points (from very old vines on deeper, more clay-rich soil than the Combe d'Orveau; Faiveley began replanting these old vines in 2011): Bright red-ruby. Knockout soil-inflected perfume of raspberry, underbrush and smoky minerality. Plush, seamless and deep, perfectly combining a rich, fleshy, dense mouthfeel… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 92-94 Points (Faiveley has one parcel in the middle of the Clos and two at the bottom): Bright red with ruby tones. Pungent aromas of black cherry, crushed strawberry, licorice and flowers complicated by a hint of menthol minerality. A dense fruit bomb on the palate, with its strawberry and cherry flavors given… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau 2015 / Vinous / 91-94 Points (50% new oak; 25% vendange entier; from very thin stony soil): Healthy dark red. Very ripe but reduced aromas of raspberry, black cherry and smoky, flinty minerality, plus a light meaty nuance; almost liqueur-like in the context of this collection. Plush, silky and dense but youthfully reduced, showing… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 91-94 Points Pale greenish-yellow color. Precise aromas of yellow fruits, spearmint and white flowers, with nicely integrated oak tones. Broader and more powerful in the mouth than the Bienvenues, showing better integration of oak. The yellow fruit flavors carry through to a more phenolic, distinctly tongue-dusting… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Chaignots 2015 / Vinous / 91-93 Points (25% vendange entier; 40% new oak; from limestone-rich soil): Bright red with ruby tones. Sexy scents of raspberry, redcurrant, rose petal and exotic spices (Flous says the wine's floral character is due to its whole-cluster component). Fresh and energetic, with suave, lightly saline red berry and spice… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe aux Moines 2015 / Vinous / 91-93 Points Dark red-ruby. Very precise aromas of dark berries and smoky minerality convey a stronger impression of energy than the Amoureuses. In a distinctly savory, dark style, showing more smoky minerality than easygoing fruit today. This rather clenched, solidly structured wine finishes with big but fine-grained… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Issarts 2015 / Vinous / 91-93 Points (25% vendange entier; 45% new oak): Bright, dark red-ruby. Captivating aromas of dark raspberry, smoky soil tones and salty minerality, plus a suggestion of graphite. Wonderfully deep, plush wine with complex flavors of raspberry and saline minerality accented by peppery herbs. This energetic, finely… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points (technical director Flous cut the percentage of new oak here from 50% to 20% due to his fear of making an overly tannic wine): Bright ruby-red. Captivating floral lift to the aromas of raspberry and brown spices. A step up in mid-palate texture and suppleness from the Volnays, but today the serious,… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points Bright, pale yellow. Yellow peach, lemon oil and high-pitched floral nuances on the nose. Concentrated, even opulent, but fine-grained and light on its feet, as these higher-altitude vines are situated just below Meursault Clos des Perrires. Finishes with enticing sweetness and noteworthy lift. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Bienvenue Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points Bright light yellow. Aromas and flavors of lemon, lime, white peach and ethereal brown spices. The spicy quality carries through on the brisk, nicely delineated palate, where solid dry extract energizes the wine without bringing any heaviness. This is carrying a relatively high 4.6 grams per liter of… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Bright ruby-red. Perfumed scents of blueberry, blackberry and bitter chocolate show little of the peppery quality of the Frmiets. Suppler, sweeter and more pliant in the mouth, communicating a plush quality to its enticing raspberry fruit. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and noteworthy length. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points (aged in 30% new oak, as with all of these 2015 premier crus): Bright, pale yellow. Yellow fruits and spices on the nose and palate, complicated by menthol and white pepper notes. Concentrated and brisk, showing a distinctly peppery herbal lift. Not quite as expressive today as the Meursault Charmes… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets St-Georges 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points (15% vendange entier; 50% new oak): Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, licorice and an oaky note on the somewhat compressed nose. Densely packed, spicy and seamless, with the enveloping texture, dark-fruit intensity and saline minerality to buffer its serious structure. The very long finish features repeating… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Bright, dark red. Less noble on the nose than the Fues, offering slightly smoky scents of redcurrant, raspberry, coffee and meaty reduction. At once silky and juicy but without quite the dimension or early sex appeal of the Fues. Backward and classic but I wanted a bit more sucrosit for Amoureuses.… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets 2015 / Vinous / 89-92 Points Brilliant ruby-red. Slightly minty aspect to the pungent red berry and pepper flavors. Nicely intense, sweet and chewy but not a fleshy style of Volnay. This sharply delineated but youthfully tight wine, aged in 20% new oak, finishes with a serious tannic underpinning. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2015 / Vinous / 89-92 Points (25% vendange entier; 35% new oak; from very dry soil that suffered from the drought in 2015): Bright red-ruby. Tight, medicinal scents of black cherry, spices and licorice. Offers subtle sweetness in the middle but a peppery quality to the dark fruit flavors suggests that this fruit did not have the… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 2015 / Vinous / 89-92 Points (13.2% alcohol): Pale, green-tinged color. Lively musky aromas of lime, apple, crushed rock and white flowers. Nicely rich and opulent but also juicy, brisk and vibrant, showing good minerality and acid retention (4.4 g/l today) for 2015, along with a sexy touch of oak. This wine needs considerably… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (Faiveley farms this plot under a 25-year lease; the lowest in alcohol in 2015 at 12.9%): High-pitched aromas of lime and white flowers, with a distinctly herbal quality. Supple, fresh and easygoing; less concentrated and deep than most of these 2015s owing to a higher yield here but this will be very… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Myglands 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points Bright, dark red. Spicy, high-pitched aromas and flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and orange zest. Juicy and intense, showing moderate fleshiness and a light touch. The clay and limestone soil here includes an iron component. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points Aromas of apple, lime, spearmint and menthol. Juicy, suave and cool, with a hint of greenness contributing to the wine's light touch. A wine of moderate phenolic maturity but there's solid dry extract here and good finishing lift. Flous told me that the musts smelled a bit green even when Faiveley began… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze Les Ouvrées Rodin 2015 / Burghound / 94-97 Points Here the wood and menthol influences are a good deal less subtle and while they don't dominate the even spicier and slightly riper liqueur-like cassis, plum and herbal tea aromas, they're certainly in the way. Otherwise the succulent and opulent massively-scaled flavors possess seemingly endless reserves… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos de Cortons Faiveley 2015 / Burghound / 94-96 Points This too is extremely ripe yet manages to avoid any sense of surmaturit on the once again liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, cassis, anise and lilac scents. This is a massive wine, with simply huge mid-palate concentration, power and muscle that terminates just like the Rodin in a borderline painfully… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 93-96 Points Discreet but not invisible wood serves as a backdrop for the airy, ripe and very pure red and dark cherry, earth and wonderfully broad-ranging spice notes. There is terrific punch to the big, robust, tautly structured and well-muscled flavors that ooze with minerality and buckets of mid-palate sap that… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 93-96 Points A ripe yet airy and cool nose offers up aromas of essence of red and dark raspberry with plenty of floral influence along with subtle spice, earth and herbal tea nuances. There is terrific concentration to the rich and remarkably concentrated medium weight plus flavors that brim with both minerality… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 93-95 Points A more deeply pitched nose is composed by notes of dark berry fruit, spice, earth and a hint of animale. There is obvious minerality to the rich, full and naturally sweet broad-scaled yet relatively elegant flavors that are solidly structured, muscular and wonderfully intense while delivering superb… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Musigny Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 93-96 Points Generous wood frames an elegant, pure, airy and sophisticated nose that consists of essence of black cherry, spice and floral aromas. There is an almost pungent minerality on the detailed, sappy and powerful big-bodied flavors that possess a wonderfully appealing texture on the wonderfully long and… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 92-95 Points Earthy red berry fruit aromas trimmed in a discreet touch of wood spice are laced with earth, forest floor and violet hints. The full-bodied and tautly muscled broad-shouldered flavors possess excellent power and detail on the stunningly long, mildly rustic and youthfully austere finish. This is quite… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 92-94 Points Background wisps of wood easily allow the spiced and quite floral-scented plum, red currant and dark cherry aromas to shine. There is good minerality to the seductively textured, velvety and even opulent medium weight flavors that display good power and punch on the relatively refined, balanced and… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015 / Burghound / 92-95 Points Deeply pitched aromas of newly turned earth and animal notes characterize the brooding but notably ripe spiced plum and red berry fruit nose. The rich, full-bodied and tautly muscled flavors exhibit buckets of sappy dry extract that all but disguises the firm tannic spine on the immensely long and explosive… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges 2015 / Burghound / 92-94 Points This is more aromatically elegant with its spicy aromas of plum, rose petal, herbal tea, red cherry and earth. The tautly muscular, dense and mineral-driven flavors possess excellent size, weight and power while delivering strikingly good length on the beautifully balanced if very firm finish. Again,… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points This too is sufficiently reduced to push the underlying fruit to the background. By contrast there is an equally refined mouth feel to the highly seductive and tension-filled medium weight flavors that ooze a fine bead of minerality on the velvety finish that just goes on and on. This is first-rate… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points This too is sufficiently reduced to push the underlying fruit to the background. By contrast there is an equally refined mouth feel to the highly seductive and tension-filled medium weight flavors that ooze a fine bead of minerality on the velvety finish that just goes on and on. This is first-rate… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points This too is sufficiently reduced to push the underlying fruit to the background. By contrast there is an equally refined mouth feel to the highly seductive and tension-filled medium weight flavors that ooze a fine bead of minerality on the velvety finish that just goes on and on. This is first-rate… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points A discreet application of wood sets off the wonderfully spicy, floral, plum and black cherry aromas that are quite ripe yet manage to retain a beguiling freshness. There is fine volume to the equally mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that despite being exceptionally rich display fine delineation… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points A discreet application of wood sets off the wonderfully spicy, floral, plum and black cherry aromas that are quite ripe yet manage to retain a beguiling freshness. There is fine volume to the equally mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that despite being exceptionally rich display fine delineation… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe aux Moines 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points This is the first wine to display overtly generous wood and it fights somewhat with the fresh and cool aromas of red and dark currants, violet, earth and ample sauvage character. The dense, serious and well-muscled big-bodied flavors possess good minerality as well as plenty of sappy dry extract before… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Chaignots 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points A markedly floral nose offers up notes of herbal tea, earth, spice and both red and dark cherry nuances. There is both excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the refined and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess focused power on the elegant and lingering finale. This is picture perfect… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points This is completely different with its brooding and reserved nose of ripe extract of black cherry along with plenty of earth, floral and sauvage hints. The powerful and concentrated middle weight plus flavors possess a lush and velvety mouth feel while displaying ample muscle on the structured, serious… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points Here the slightly toasty nose is sufficiently reduced that the nose is impossible to assess. Otherwise though there is a lovely sense of verve to the more obviously mineral-driven and more muscular flavors that firm up quickly on the dusty, sappy and youthfully austere finale. This is textbook Rugiens… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points A beautifully complex nose exhibits spicy and soft earth red and blue pinot fruit aromas that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is excellent mid-palate density to the tautly muscular medium weight flavors that also brim with dry extract and minerality before terminating in a gorgeously… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points A wonderfully spicy, warm and mildly exotic nose of black fruit, sandalwood and violet aromas complements the round, complex and supple flavors that merge into the dusty, sweet and impressively long finish. There is plenty of nervosit and I quite like the silky texture but the mid-palate density isn't… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Issarts 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points An impressively layered and overtly floral nose is comprised by notes of dark pinot fruit, forest floor and earth. There is a lovely sense of energy to the rich, round and naturally sweet medium weight flavors that possess excellent intensity while retaining very good precision despite the solid richness… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Issarts 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points An impressively layered and overtly floral nose is comprised by notes of dark pinot fruit, forest floor and earth. There is a lovely sense of energy to the rich, round and naturally sweet medium weight flavors that possess excellent intensity while retaining very good precision despite the solid richness… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets St-Georges 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points A pretty if restrained nose speaks of various wild red berries, earth and once again sauvage nuances. The supple yet concentrated medium weight flavors possess both fine volume and detail on the punchy and lightly mineral-inflected finale that is less rustic than usual. What is entirely typical though… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points There is just enough reduction present to suppress the underlying fruit but there is excellent freshness and punch to the pure, detailed and elegant middle weight flavors that brim with both minerality and sappy dry extract on the firm, balanced and beautifully persistent finale. This succulent and… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Beaune 1er Cru Clos de l'Ecu 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points Enough wood to remark upon frames ripe liqueur-like aromas of dark raspberry, plum and earth. The wood can also be found on the succulent, serious and dense middle weight flavors that coat the palate on the firmly structured finale. This rustic effort is rather old school in style and will require patience. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Myglands 2015 / Burghound / 88-90 Points A ripe and attractively fresh nose features notes of violet, plum, earth and dark currant. There is both good detail and energy to the sleekly textured middle weight flavors that deliver solid length on the balanced finish that displays only a touch of rusticity. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Offers spicy cherry, smoke, tobacco and mineral aromas and flavors. Shows terrific intensity and balance, but needs time for all the elements to come together. Best from 2021 through 2040. 2017.02.17

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe aux Moines 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A pure, cherry- and raspberry-flavored red, accented by smoke, spice and mineral notes. Shows a black pepper side as the flavors play out on the aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.02.17

Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Burghound / 93 Elegant and attractively perfumed aromas speak of red cherry, rose petal, spice and sandalwood nuances. The detailed and highly energetic medium-bodied flavors possess a sleek, even silky mouth feel before culminating in a lingering and ever-so-mildly austere finale. This well-balanced and understated… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Burghound / 93-96 Points There is enough wood to notice framing the exuberantly spice red and dark currant aromas that also display sauvage and earth nuances. The cool and pure medium weight plus flavors are remarkably refined for a young Chambertin yet there is clearly plenty of power lurking beneath the refined veneer. This… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014 / Burghound / 93-96 Points In 2014 it's as though the Clos de Bze and Chambertin have switched places in the sense that this is less expressive, super powerful and appears to be the more structured of the two as well. A discreetly spicy nose consists of sandalwood, essence of black cherry liqueur, violets and a hint of the sauvage.… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques 2014 / Burghound / 93-95 Points A discreet but not invisible touch of wood sets off an intensely floral nose that in particular displays notes of violet and lavender along with plum, black cherry, spice and gentle earth scents. There is once again excellent volume to the sleek but powerful and concentrated flavors that exude a fine… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014 / Burghound / 92-94 Points This is also moderately reduced and impossible to properly assess. Otherwise there is excellent volume to the equally muscular big-bodied flavors that are richer but don't quite have the same sense of underlying tension before terminating in a palate coating and quite firmly structured finish that delivers… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Ruchottes 2014 / Burghound / 92-95 Points Strong reduction. The superbly intense, powerful, focused and wonderfully chiseled mineral-driven flavors deliver a palate staining, austere and brooding but once again with a seamlessly well-balanced finish where a hint of wood treatment appears. This is at once refined and restrained though it's quite… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 95-97 Points (100% new oak): Saturated red with ruby tones. Knockout nose combines raspberry, smoked meat, rose petal and mellow oak tones. Pure silk in the mouth but with intense mineral and floral high notes giving powerful dynamism to the flavors of raspberry, spices and crushed stone. Really exhilarating sugar/acid… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 94-97 Points Deep, saturated red. Tighter and more reticent on the nose than the Clos de Bze but with outstanding purity to its aromas of raspberry, coffee, dried flowers and earth. Juicy and intensely spicy but extremely closed; more soil-driven than the Clos de Bze but without that wine's exotic fruit character… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques 2014 / Vinous / 93-95 Points (aged in 80% new oak; for the past few years, Rousseau has vinified the upper and lower sections of his holding separately, then combined the two, although he still had a barrel of each held aside at the time of my visit): The blend:Vibrant dark red color. Aromas of raspberry and red licorice complicated… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Ruchottes 2014 / Vinous / 91-94 Points (20% new oak):Bright, dark red. Wilder and darker in fruit character on the nose than the Clos de la Roche, showing some smoky oak and a touch of reduction. Wonderfully silky in the mouth but with strong saline minerality giving definition and a light touch to the middle palate. More about soil than… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 91-94 Points (10% new oak): Bright medium red. Captivating nose offers aromas of cherry, brown spices, mocha, menthol and underbrush lifted by high notes of blood orange and flowers. Liqueur-like raspberry and spice flavors show outstanding precision and perfume thanks to a firm mineral spine. Finishes spicy, refined… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 90-93 Points (aged in 10% new oak, but most of the rest of the wine was racked into very young barrels in June): Healthy medium red. Sexy oak notes of coffee, mocha and spices complement dark cherry, berries, red licorice and wild herbs on the nose. Juicy and perfumed in the mouth, conveying an enticing hint of… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2014 / Vinous / 90-92 Pionts Deep red. Dark raspberry, licorice, mint and underbrush on the nose; more soil-driven and less floral than the Lavaux Saint-Jacques. Conveys serious density and sharp definition but comes across as a bit youthfully imploded today. Intense, juicy black raspberry fruit is complicated by a saline quality.… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 90-92 Points (60% Mazoyres and 40% Charmes, combined when the wine goes into barrel): Bright medium red. Brambly aromas of redcurrant, minerals and dried flowers. Tighter in the mouth than the premier crus here, showing less charm and early sweetness but noteworthy intensity and a firm shape. More minerals, dried… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 93-95 Points The 2014 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru has an elegant red berry bouquet that could disarm you at a hundred paces. This has so much finesse and detail. The palate is taut and crisp, bright, almost lucid red cherry fruit laced with orange zest, leading to a very refined and sustained finish. This is a… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 95-97 Points The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques will be aged in 80% new oak, although my sample came from a new barrel. It has a very perfumed, voluminous bouquet with billowing red berry fruit, rose petals and subtle flinty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine saline entry. You can… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 94-96 Points The 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a fragrant bouquet, coquettish at first, then opening with wet limestone, Morello and cassis scents; it is very defined and focused though not powerful. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, beautifully poised with pure red cherries infused with orange sorbet… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2014 Mazy Chambertin Grand Cru saw 10% new oak and a touch of reduction appeared to accentuate that. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. I like the weight here. There is more body and density than the Charmes-Chambertin, though with the same finesse on the lightly spiced finish. Once the… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 95-97 Points The 2014 Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru has a seductive bouquet with pure raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, woodland scents and a touch of something sweet deep down underneath...white chocolate maybe? The palate is medium-bodied with very refined, supple tannin. The acidity cuts through the red… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 96-98 Points The 2014 Chambertin Grand Cru has such a vivacious bouquet, as intense and generous as the Clos de Beze with waves of pure red berries mixed with granite and limestone scents. There is just something aristocratic about this Chambertin. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, filigree tannin. There is… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint Jacques unfurls on the nose with red cherry and raspberry scents, a touch of bergamot in the background. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry. You are immediately struck by the fineness of the tannin here. Real energy and tension from the word go,… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Ruchottes 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 94-96 Points The 2014 Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru takes time to unfurl in the glass, eventually opening out with dark berry fruit, a touch of briary and blueberry, and a suggestion of sea spray. It is paradoxically intense but subtle. The palate is medium-bodied and here, it just shows the wood a little more… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Cloudy pale yellow. Ripe stone fruit and spice aromas are complicated by an iodiney oyster shell note. A rich, ripe fruit bomb on the palate, with just enough mineral spine to maintain its shape. This big boy finishes long, with strong saline minerality for the year and for the cru. Offers excellent… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Pale yellow. High-pitched aromas of lemon zest, white peach and crushed stone. Flavors of white peach and minerals are complicated by oak notes of spices and vanilla and firmed by pungent minerality. Youthfully tight and a bit aggressive, with a strong citrus spine running through to the finish. This… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Lively yellow fruits, orange zest, spices, rose petal and lichee on the nose; a bit exotic for young Chevalier-Montrachet. Densely packed and spicy, with pineapple and lichee flavors accented by spices. There's plenty of underlying minerality here but the wine's very… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 91-94 Points Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Lively aromas of fresh pineapple and crushed herbs. Concentrated, savory wine with lemon, lime and yellow peach flavors enlivened by wild herbs and a suggestion of iodiney minerality. Plenty fruity for young Montrachet but also precise and juicy. Finishes sappy, saline… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 92-94 Points Pale yellow-green. Alluring white peach and nectarine aromas are lifted by a floral topnote. Then quite taut in the mouth, conveying a distinctly chalky character to its sharply delineated flavors of citrus fruits and white flowers. Very penetrating for a 2015, and the highest of these wines in acidity… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault AC Clos de Mazeray Rouge 2015 / Vinous / 87-89 Points Healthy dark red. Still a trace of malic acidity blocking the nose but clearly very ripe. Broad, sweet and silky on the palate, with a raspberry flavor accented by a touch of herbs (the stems contribute elegance, notes Gublin). Offers lovely fruit and suave tannins, with nothing hard about it. Made… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2015 / Vinous / 87-90 Points (50% new oak; totally destemmed): Bright dark red. Blackberry, licorice and violet complicated by a hint of dark chocolate on the slightly medicinal nose. At once smooth and juicy, showing moderate depth to the black cherry and mint flavors. This rather crunchy wine finishes with a touch of minerality… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points Bright dark red. Good spicy lift to the aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, pepper and wild herbs. Juicy, supple black fruit and spice flavors saturate the palate, with a pungent mineral quality providing lift. Tactile for young vines but ultimately a wine of only moderate depth. Finishes with initially… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Feguine Rouge 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points Bright dark red. Aromas of dark fruits and licorice are lifted by pungent minerals. The juicy, very dark flavors of black cherry, black plum, spices and bitter chocolate reminded me a bit of Saint-Emilion. Still a touch reduced and not yet showing the texture or breadth one would expect from the high… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Greves 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Bright dark red. Very dark aromas of blueberry, black cherry, chocolate mint and licorice. Densely packed, ripe and chocolatey, but with lovely freshness and inner-mouth tension; reminded me of a Bordeaux from the Right Bank. The gunflint and gravel notes come from the small rocks in the vineyard. Saturates… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Champs-Pimont Rouge 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points (destemmed; these vines on soil rich in red clay are mostly 40 years old; the yield here was just 17 hectoliters per hectare due to hail the previous two years, according to owner Edouard Labruyre): Bright red-ruby. Penetrating scents of black cherry and licorice complicated by leather and smoke nuances.… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Clos de Santenots 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points Dark, bright red. Much more floral on the nose than the young-vines Santenots, offering scents and flavors of red cherry, violet and red licorice. Lovely palate-caressing thickness of texture combined with real lift and verve. This suave, bright, seamless wine is much deeper than the basic Santenots,… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 91-93 Points (vinified with 50% whole clusters and aging in 70% new oak): Bright red-ruby. Aromas of black raspberry and licorice lifted by flinty minerality. Sappy dark raspberry, cherry and spice flavors show excellent mineral definition. A distinctly rocky, airy style if a bit taut and youthfully disjointed today… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 91-94 Points (40% vendange entier): Deep ruby-red. Very pure but reticent aromas of black cherry, herbs and licorice. Offers attractive sweetness to its medicinal black cherry and licorice flavors but comes across as extremely primary today, like a brand-new barrel sample. This youthfully tight, firmly structured… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points (70% new oak; entirely destemmed): Dark red with ruby tones. Aromas of blueberry, blackberry and violet suggest a profound but energetic wine. Silky on entry, offering a surprisingly light tough, then compellingly floral in the middle palate, further energized by penetrating minerality. This remarkably… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Musigny Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 94-96 Points (Gublin vinified this cuvee with 15% whole clusters for the first time, as "the grapes were so magnificent"): Bright red-ruby. High-pitched, soil-driven perfume of raspberry, iron and wild herbs. Tightly wound but already seamless and brilliantly juicy, conveying great urgency to its flavors of crushed… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 94-96 Points (70% new oak; destemmed; this fruit was harvested last, on September 11): Dark, bright red-ruby. Captivating subtle perfume of red berries, peony and spices, plus a whiff of tobacco. Thirst-quenching, saline wine (the pH is a moderate 3.4) with outstanding intensity but a magically light touch to its… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Feguine Rouge 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88-90 Points The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Fguine, which was totally de-stemmed, offers attractive blackberry, raspberry coulis and gravel scents on the nose. The palate is well balanced with sappy, juicy red cherry and raspberry fruit on the entry, the new oak (20%) lending a pleasant sheen and smoothness… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru includes 30% whole bunch fruit. It has a succinct bouquet, quite understated compared to others that I have tasted, but well defined with black cherries, bergamot and pomegranate aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, tensile tannin. There is a keen thread of… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2015 Montrachet Grand Cru has a light, slight smoky bouquet with an intriguing and very subtle licorice note that loiters in the background like a naughty kid. The palate is well balanced and shows more cohesion and terroir expression than the Chevalier-Montrachet: quite powerful with an attractive… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Clos de Santenots 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 90-92 Points The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Santenots comes from the oldest vines in the parcel, more than 55 years old. It clearly has more precision and focus than the younger vines in the Santenots, with notes of blackcurrant, cassis and cold stone. The palate is medium-bodied with well-integrated new oak (50%)… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2015 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru includes around one-third whole bunch fruit this year. Again, the stems are disguised on the nose that is well defined, offering more black fruit than red, an underlying cold stone/mineral edge becoming more apparent as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2015 Chambertin Grand Cru does not include any whole bunch this year, but does include vines in Clos-de-Bze. It matured in 70% new oak. It has a velvety smooth bouquet that is very seductive: black cherries, creme de cassis and iodine aromas that unfurl from the glass. The palate is well balanced… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Musigny Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 94-96 Points The 2015 Musigny Grand Cru perhaps somewhat predictably has the most sophisticated bouquet amongst Prieur's red wines, with mulberry and blackberry notes infused with cold stone and subtle sous-bois aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin that feel quite "bony" at the moment, although… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Greves Blanc 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88-90 Points The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Greves Blanc has a light resinous, honeysuckle-scented bouquet that just needs to muster a little more intensity. The palate is juicy and ripe on the entry with grapefruit and Conference pear notes, quite saline in the mouth, and perhaps just missing the length that a cooler… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Greves 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grves was totally de-stemmed and raised in 20% new oak. It is quite feisty at first, although it calms down in the glass, here a melange of red and black fruit whilst the oak needs a couple more months to be fully assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin,… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2015 Echzeaux Grand Cru has a very opulent bouquet, quite rich compared to others that I tasted, a touch of fresh dates and fig giving away the warmth of the growing season. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry with fleshy ripe black fruit, salted licorice developing on the second half that… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points The 2015 Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrires finally demonstrated some mineral attack on the nose, something deprived by the warmth of the growing season on the Cte d'Or. The palate is well balanced with a spicy entry. There is decent weight in the mouth, demonstrating well-integrated oak and a light walnut,… 2017.02.15

Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points Dried cherry and berry flavors are supported by fresh acidity in this taut red. The savory finish carries notes of forest floor. Drink now. 2017.02.15

Luigi Bosca Gala 1 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A plush red, featuring flavors of hot stone, dried raspberry and red plum, with graphite notes. The supple finish has sandalwood and cedary accents. Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat. Drink now through 2018. 2017.02.15

Tenuta Rapitala Hugonis Cabernet Sauvignon/Nero d’Avola Sicilia I.G.T. 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The top shelf wine released by Tenuta Rapital is the 2013 Hugonis. The wine represents a bold blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola from the southwest corner of Sicily. This wine is teaming with rich fruit flavors and backing spice. Cola, balsam herb and licorice add to the overall complexity.… 2017.02.14

Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A trim, athletic red, with an upright structure channeling the black cherry, blackberry and violet flavors. The compact finish keeps the theme intact. Drink now through 2020. 2017.02.14

Marchesi di Barolo Zagara Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Chopped herb, white spring flower and yellow stone fruit aromas jump out of the glass. The rich, frothy palate offers candied nectarine zest, apricot and lemon drop set against a soft, foaming perlage. 2017.02.14

Marchesi di Barolo Serragrilli Barbaresco DOCG 2012 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points A soft and silky red with dried cherry, berry and light chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. 2017.02.14

Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal Barbera d'Alba DOC 2014 / JamesSuckling.com / 90 Points Clean and silky with a very fine mouthfeel and delicious fruit. Citrusy undertones. Delicately vivid. Drink now. 2017.02.14

Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A trim, athletic red, with an upright structure channeling the black cherry, blackberry and violet flavors. The compact finish keeps the theme intact. Drink now through 2020. 2017.02.13

Marchesi di Barolo Gavi DOCG 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A mix of lemon, peach and chamomile notes gives this wine immediate appeal. Crisp and lingering nicely, with a grassy accent. Drink now. 2017.02.13

Marchesi di Barolo Gavi DOCG 2014 / JamesSuckling.com / 88 Points A very lemony Gavi with mineral and green apple aromas and flavors. Medium body. Crisp finish. Drink now. 2017.02.13

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2011 / JamesSuckling.com / 92 Points Aromas of licorice, blueberries and flowers with hints of citrus follow through to a full to medium body, with a solid core of fruit and a fine finish. Tight and racy. Better in 2017. 2017.02.13

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This cuts a broad swath, offering cherry, leather, menthol and tobacco flavors. Shows vibrant acidity underneath, with burly, mouthcoating tannins. Fine length. Best from 2019 through 2029. 2017.02.13

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points With fruit from various historic vineyards in the Barolo township, the 2011 Barolo opens to plump notes of dark berry, crme de cassis, dark plum and spice. The wine has the summer sun within and you can taste it thanks to the softness and subtle sweetness of the fruit. Ultimately the wine offers more… 2017.02.13

Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2013 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Pure fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry highlight this elegant, supple red, which is harmonious and adds accents of flower and spice on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 2017.02.13

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points Here's a tight and streamlined Brunello that is ready to drink out of the gate. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is redolent with sweet fruit aromas of red cherry and dried raspberry that are characteristic of this vintage. That bright core is surrounded by light tones of spice, cola and tobacco. The… 2017.02.13

La Linda Malbec 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A zesty style, redolent of cherry and licorice flavors, with notes of pepper in the mix. The juicy finish has some paprika details. Drink now. 2017.02.13

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2015 / Burghound / 88-90 Points A difficult nose displays post-malo lactic and wood toast aromas. Otherwise there is a relatively sleek mouth feel to the delicious and notably rich middle weight flavors that are refreshing and persistent if not especially complex. 2017.02.13

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Les Combettes 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points There is a subtle hint of exotic fruit to the peach and apricot, floral and wood-scented nose. The mouth feel of the rich medium-bodied flavors is finer still with slightly better delineation present on the vibrant, balanced and delicious finale. Again the complexity isn't at its usual level but more… 2017.02.13

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Les Brules 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points A very generously wooded nose includes plenty of toast and vanilla characters and it frankly fights somewhat with the ripe essence of pear and floral scents. The wood extends to the opulent, even lush and viscous flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before concluding in an impressively complex… 2017.02.13

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2015 / Burghound / 90-92 Points A difficult nose displays plenty of lactic character along with menthol and wood toast nuances. As is usually the case this is the biggest and most powerful wine in the range with its rich and full-bodied flavors that exhibit a lovely minerality on the succulent yet chiseled finish. This manages to… 2017.02.13

Vidal-Fleury Tavel Rosé 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2015 Tavel is a deeply colored effort (which isn't unusual for a Tavel) and has rich, forward notes of ripe raspberries, cherries and spice in its medium-bodied, nicely textured and balanced style. It's a high-quality Ros that will shine on the dinner table. 2017.02.10

Vidal-Fleury Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points Another winner is the deep purple-colored 2015 Vacqueyras. Revealing loads of kirsch, black raspberry fruits and Asian spices, this beauty is medium-bodied, rich and textured, with no hard edges and notable purity. Drink it anytime over the coming 5-7 years. 2017.02.10

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2015 Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a tank-aged blend of Viognier, Clairette and Roussanne. It sports a light gold color as well as classic notes of pears, flowers and spice. Medium-bodied, silky and layered, it's another high-quality white from this terrific vintage. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Petit Chablis 2015 / Burghound / 87 Points A ripe, fresh and pretty nose features mainly notes of apple and citrus along with nicely rich and round flavors that terminate in a lemon-inflected, clean and refreshing finale. This straightforward effort should be appealing young. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete d'Or 2015 / Burghound / 88-90 Points A discreet but not invisible touch of wood frames the slightly riper aromas of white orchard fruit, lemon and sea breeze. There is a bit more volume and richness to the generously proportioned yet intense flavors that possess better depth and length. I wouldn't describe this as entirely classic but… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2015 / Burghound / 88 Points Here there is better Chablis character and even a hint of mineral reduction to the green apple, citrus and tidal pool-scented nose. There is impressive richness to the solidly intense medium-bodied flavors that offer good salinity on the equally clean and dry finale. This isn't an elegant wine but it's… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points This is very Mont de Milieu with its mildly exotic and vaguely Viognier-like aromas that introduce big, rich and impressively scaled flavors that exhibit fine mid-palate concentration before culminating in a softly mineral-inflected and saline finish that delivers both very solid depth and length. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points This is very different from the Fourchaume with its spicy and intensely floral nose that is more elegant if not quite as complex. There is slightly less volume but more precision to the round and supple middle weight flavors that tighten up on the delicious and lingering finish. Like most of these 2015s,… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points This is also notably ripe but not really exotic with its array of pear, citrus, mineral reduction and wisps of sea shell and ocean scents. The slightly bigger and richer flavors possess a caressing mouth feel before delivering a vibrant and citrusy finale that offers good if not truly special depth. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2015 / Burghound / 90-92 Points This is at once more classic and more elegant with its ripe yet airy combination of pear, apple, mineral reduction and floral nuances. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the refined medium weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality onto the lingering, balanced and delicious finish… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points This is noticeably more reserved with its pure nose of green fruit, mineral reduction and sea shore scents. The palate impression of the slightly more voluminous flavors manages to combine richness with refinement that continues onto the mouth coating, sappy and well-balanced finish. This notably pretty… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points An attractively fresh nose features notes of mineral reduction, green fruit, tidal pool and iodine nuances. There is both good vibrancy and intensity to the admirably well-concentrated flavors that possess focused power and detail on the beautifully long finish. This is finer than it usually is as it's… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points Notes of freshly sliced citrus and mineral reduction combine with those of white flower and discreet spice nuances. There is a restrained energy to the caressing, intense and lilting middle weight flavors that possess good richness but also a lovely sense of refinement on the bitter lemon-infused finale. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2015 / Vinous / 87 Points Pale, green-tinged yellow. Very ripe aromas of pear, yellow peach, spices and dusty herbs, plus a hint of banana. Nicely concentrated and distinctly dry, finishing with a note of licorice and some alcoholic warmth. (I enjoyed the candied lemon and lime peel and high-toned ginger aromas of the just-bottled… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2015 / Vinous / 87-90 Points (a stainless steel wine): Pale yellow. Licorice and white pepper dominate fruit on the nose. At once juicy and a bit exotic, showing a hint of banana and some alcoholic warmth. Bailly says this is going through an exotic grapefruity stage but I was more worried about the wine's heat. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete d'Or 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points (blended the day before my visit, for bottling in September; 20% oak): Bright, pale yellow. Apple, yellow peach and spices on the zesty nose. A step up in concentration and personality from the basic village Chablis: tactile and brisk, with lemon and lime flavors accented by dusty minerality. Finishes… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points (just three barrels of this juice, two of oak and one of stainless steel): Penetrating aromas of menthol, spearmint and white pepper suggest a slightly volatile element. Supple on entry, then lemony and dry in the middle palate, showing modest real flavor intensity. Turns distinctly tart-edged on the… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (sample tasted from stainless steel tank): Bright pale yellow. An aroma of lemon zest is lifted by a floral topnote. Concentrated and sappy, with lemon and white peach flavors braced by ginger and quinine notes, not to mention a lot of CO2. Winemaker Olivier Bailly may add some oak lots to this wine… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (this cuve consists of two 600-liter casks plus one 50-hectoliter tank): Lemon-limey lift to the aromas of stone and licorice. A fairly rich, pliant wine, not quite exotic but showing inviting spicy high notes. Dry, essentially classic Chablis with a rather tight-grained texture and good length. One… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (all done in stainless steel; made from three parcels of vines averaging 54 years of age): Vibrant aromas of lemon and lime smell like another vintage. Then surprisingly rich and pliant in the mouth, conveying a strong impression of fruit but less stony minerality and tautness than normal for this wine.… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (all in stainless steel): Exotic aromas of pineapple, banana and orange blossom. Quite plush and rich, with pineapple and menthol flavors--and 13.6% alcohol--showing the exotic side of the vintage. Large-scaled for Preuses and not especially floral, finishing with a slightly edgy quality. But not hailed… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (two barrels produced, one oak and one stainless steel): High-pitched, high-toned aromas of white peach, lime, licorice, fresh herbs and pepper. Plush and supple in the mouth, conveying enticing sweetness along with a saline complexity to its ripe peach flavor. Not at all obviously oaky but still a… 2017.02.10

Olivier Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 98 Points This is saturated with flavors and aromas of nut oil, sweet corn, lemon verbena, citronella and toasted baking spices, married to a texture that verges on oily. Backed by racy acidity, this leaves a long, mineral- and spice-infused aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035. 2017.02.08

Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Elegant, offering lemon, apple, floral and mineral flavors, with accents of baking spices. Balanced, building to a sleek, citrus-, stone- and spice-filled aftertaste. Shows tremendous focus. Best from 2019 through 2029 2017.02.08

Olivier Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points This white is monolithic and chunky, offering a vein of stone underneath the peach, lemon and spice flavors. The racy structure takes over, but the long, detailed aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral shows potential. Best from 2020 through 2033 2017.02.08

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2015 / Burghound / 87-90 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 2015 / Burghound / 87 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2015 / Burghound / 88-91 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Burghound / 90-92 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Burghound / 90-92 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 2015 / Vinous / 88 Points (bottled two weeks prior to my early-June visit): Metallic lemon-lime nose. Juicy, spicy and brisk, with classic lemon and white pepper flavors; nothing exotic about this 2015. Nicely penetrating village wine with sneaky length. Start drinking this wine at the end of the year, suggests Christian Moreau. 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (tasted from cuve, where it had been blended; the remaining 20% of this wine was aging in barrel): White peach and lemon on the nose. Energetic and taut for the year, showing lovely cut to its citrus, crushed stone and licorice flavors. Finishes tactile and long, with firm acidity providing definition… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (this site was harvested on September 10 at 12.9% potential alcohol; the wine started in barrels and was racked into tank at the beginning of May): Ripe peach and spices on the nose. Fat, ripe and fruity, showing a thicker texture and more power than the Blanchots but not quite the clarity of that wine.… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Vinous / 89-92 Points (this wine had not yet been blended but Fabien Moreau created a representative sample from barrel and tank; picked four days early owing to the hailstorm--"before the grapes turned," according to Moreau): Aromas of lemon zest and chlorophyll. Offers good texture to the flavors of lemon zest and licorice.… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Distinctly riper on the nose than the classic Vaillons, offering scents of lemon oil and orange blossom. More tactile in the mouth as well, conveying an impression of dusty extract to the ripe citrus, ginger and quinine flavors. These 83-year-old vines are the estate's oldest. Powerful, penetrating… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Ripe aroma of fresh apricot with a complicating oaky element. Dense, sappy and vibrant, displaying terrific energy and floral lift to the stone fruit and crushed rock flavors. This site was the most affected by hail in 2015, with production just 1-1/2 barrels vs. a normal 2-1/2, but the rain after the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points Slightly exotic aroma of ripe pineapple. Dense and rich but holding a good bit of CO2 and difficult to judge today. Shows more texture and salinity than the classic Clos, and finishes classically dry and long, with a touch of youthful dryness. Easier to taste today than the regular Clos but this will… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Vinous / 91-93 Points A complex nose featuring peach and mineral aromas leads to a dense, tightly wound palate conveying more acidity and punch than the Vaudsir. A menthol element contributes to the backward impression. Finishes dry, classic and long. 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos des Hospices has a clean and precise bouquet, focused with touches of lychee and pink grapefruit, perhaps not quite as mineral-driven as the 2014. The palate is well balanced with mango and dried pineapple on the entry, the oak neatly assimilated with a harmonious… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir is completely matured in barrel. For me, this has a more convincing bouquet than the Blanchots with some gorgeous yellow flower, orange blossom and almost sweet marzipan like aromas. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, detailed and precise, the mineralit… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir is completely matured in barrel. For me, this has a more convincing bouquet than the Blanchots with some gorgeous yellow flower, orange blossom and almost sweet marzipan like aromas. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, detailed and precise, the mineralit… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur has another winning bouquet of white flowers, hints of white chocolate and roasted almond all very well defined, perhaps the mineralit not quite as present as the Vaudsir. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, tightly wound and focused with green apple,… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots has an attractive bouquet: yellow flowers, a touch of lemon curd with the mineralit taking a back seat for the moment. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, perhaps missing a little complexity on the entry, though it delivers a fine saline finish that lingers… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Cuvee Guy Moreau has a fresh lime flower and citrus peel bouquet with just a faint hint of tropical fruit emanating from the warmth of the growing season. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, lively and chalky with dried pineapple and a hint of brioche… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2015 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons has a crisp Granny Smith apple and fresh pear scent, very harmonious and with commendable purity. The palate is very cohesive with a slight oyster shell note on the entry. The acidity is well judged with lemon peel and a touch of white peach on the finish. This is a… 2017.02.07

Churchills Port 30 Year Tawny NV / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points The liquorous old gold color of this wine indicates the long barrel aging. It is rich with spice, dried fruits and old wood flavors all finely interwoven. The wine, which originated in a field blend of old vines, has a final shot of acidity to bring it to life. 2017.02.03

Churchills Port 30 Year Tawny NV / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Alluring, with walnut husk, hazelnut oil, dried bergamot and bitter almond notes lending this a slightly earth-edged profile. Sleek and racy through the finish, featuring a long echo of salted caramel. Marries hedonism and intellectualism. Drink now. 2017.02.03

Churchills Port 20 Year Tawny NV / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A restrained style overall, with light toffee, sesame, salted caramel and singed almond notes gliding through, and a twinge of dried orange peel adding cut on the finish. Drink now. 2017.02.03

Churchills Port Vintage Port 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points A solid, juicy-edged version, with a lively core of plum, anise and aai berry flavors that keeps the energy up through the bramble- and mint-edged finish. Should mature on the earlier side. Only available in 375ml and 1.5L formats. Best from 2020 through 2030. 2017.02.03

Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2013 / Wine Spectator / 97 Points Superb aromas of rose, black currant, graphite and spice mark this supple red. The black currant, cherry and strawberry flavors are pure and expressive, supported by a dense base of tannins. Fresh and long, with a mouthwatering finish. Best from 2022 through 2045. 2017.02.03

Bodega El Esteco Malbec 2014 / Wine & Spirits / 92 Points / Best Buy! Far from the traditional style of heavy, ripe malbec from Salta, this is filled with violet and sour cherry notes, the structure tense, firm and nervy in its acidity. A lively wine to serve with barbecued ribs. 2017.02.03

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2014 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Intense, with lime blossom, lemon cake, peach, spice and mineral flavors focused and driven by the racy structure. Very young, but shows admirable intensity, depth and persistence. Beautifully balanced, this goes on and on, presenting a kaleidoscope of lemon, cinnamon and mineral details on the aftertaste.… 2017.01.27

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A lean, tensile white, this is saturated with lime blossom, nut oil, lemon and apple flavors. Tightly wound now, with a citronella note peeking through on the long, mineral-inflected aftertaste. The palate-staining finish reveals the potential for both complexity and longevity. Best from 2019 through… 2017.01.27

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A lean, tensile white, this is saturated with lime blossom, nut oil, lemon and apple flavors. Tightly wound now, with a citronella note peeking through on the long, mineral-inflected aftertaste. The palate-staining finish reveals the potential for both complexity and longevity. Best from 2019 through… 2017.01.27

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Well-marked by oak, this white offers peach, lemon cake, smoke and toast flavors. A buttery note emerges, leading to a chalky, tactile sensation on the finish, along with vibrant acidity. A touch more hedonistic than its peers. Best from 2018 through 2028. 2017.01.27

Domaine Labruyere Moulin à Vent Coeur de Terroirs 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points This is a rich cru wine with red-plum flavors as well as tannins that are still young and forceful. Densely textured, the wine has plenty of potential. It will become a ripe and fruity wine while also remaining firm and structured. Drink from 2018. 2017.01.27

Domaine Labruyere Moulin à Vent Coeur de Terroirs 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points ood-aging flavors have given this cru wine a toasty character that balances its natural fruitiness. The structure and linear character of the wine is prominent. The red fruits and acidity come through slowly at the end. Drink from mid-2017. 2017.01.27

Domaine Labruyere Le Clos du Moulin à Vent 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points From a single-walled vineyard, this is a ripe, generous and still structured cru wine. It has layers of delicious black-plum fruits and a jammy ripe texture that cushions the tannins. The vineyard is wholly owned by Edouard Labruyre, making it a monopole. Drink from 2018. 2017.01.27

Domaine Labruyere Le Clos du Moulin à Vent 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points This is a concentrated structured cru wine from a single vineyard. It has dark tannins and a dense spice character from the wood aging. The fruit is still developing to give the wine its potential richness. Drink this firmly structured wine from 2018. This walled vineyard is wholly owned by producer… 2017.01.27

Stephane Aviron Cote de Brouilly 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Old vines, at least 40-years old, are behind this ripely structured wine. It was wood aged to give the extra richness this producer looks for. With concentration and tannins, this cru will age. Drink from 2018. 2017.01.27

Stephane Aviron Morgon Cote du Py 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points The Cote du Py, one of the best cru vineyard sites in Beaujolais, is on the slope of a 3,000-foot extinct volcano. It produces structured wines that can age well. Stephane Aviron brought out the quality of Py with a wine that is powerful, ripe and dense with considerable tannic structure. It will certainly… 2017.01.27

Stephane Aviron Fleurie Domaine de la Madrière 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points From a family-owned cru vineyard. Stphane Aviron has produced an impressive, ripe and dense wine. It has great swathes of black fruit and generous acidity. The tannins, still young, are a background to this delicious fruitiness. Drink from 2020. 2017.01.27

Stephane Aviron Moulin a Vent 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Cellar Selections A firm and structured cru wine from 100-year-old vines that has layers of firm fruits and tannins. It is a wine that is likely to mature well, with its wood aging and dry core. A blend from four parcels, it is concentrated and with a rich black-cherry character. Drink this exceptional wine, from old-vine… 2017.01.27

Stephane Aviron Moulin a Vent 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Editors Choice Be grateful that Stphane Aviron is an old-vine hunter. Serious tannins and concentration from 100-year-old vines give this wine its depth and richness. It has a great potential to age with black fruits, a mineral texture and acidity. This is an impressive cru wine, full of both fruit and density. Drink… 2017.01.27

Stephane Aviron Chenas 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points / Editors Choice This producer, who makes cru wines in a Burgundian way by avoiding the regions carbonic maceration technique, has found a parcel of prephylloxeravines that have produced an impressive wine. It is serious and concentrated, a wine that is made to age over a long period. With black fruits, intense acidity… 2017.01.27

Stephane Aviron Julienas 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Produced from two separate vineyards, the wine has all the concentration of old vines. It has tannins and dark fruits, blackberry and black plum. This is a finely structured cru wine that will need to age. Drink from 2020 2017.01.27

Bodega El Esteco Torrontes Don David Reserve 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points Crisp and juicy, with green apple and ripe lime flavors, loaded with rich, spicy notes. Floral finish. Drink now. 2017.01.27

Domaine Billaud-Simon Petit Chablis 2015 / Burghound / 87 Points A ripe, fresh and pretty nose features mainly notes of apple and citrus along with nicely rich and round flavors that terminate in a lemon-inflected, clean and refreshing finale. This straightforward effort should be appealing young. 2017.01.27

Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points This light- to medium-weight wine is drinkable nowtry it with Coffin Bay oysters if you canbut should also age well for up to 15 years. Notes of citrus, lime and crushed stone are mouthwatering and refreshing. 2017.01.27

Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points Bright ruby. Mineral-accented raspberry, cherry and floral pastille aromas are complicated by subtle garrigue and spice qualities. Seamless, focused and sweet on the palate, offering potent red berry preserve and floral pastille flavors sharpened and lifted by juicy acidity. Finishes impressively long… 2017.01.26

Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2014 / Vinous / 92-94 Points Brilliant ruby. Energetic, mineral-tinged red berry and floral pastille aromas show excellent clarity and building spiciness. Silky, sweet and powerful in the mouth, offering raspberry liqueur and lavender flavors that steadily become deeper with air. Fine-grained tannins give gentle grip to the impressively… 2017.01.26

Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2013 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A ripe, strapping style, with bold black licorice and fruitcake notes leading the way, followed by juicy raspberry and plum paste flavors. Everything knits through the graphite-edged finish. Should age nicely. Drink now through 2025. 2017.01.26

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2014 / Wine & Spirits / 90 Points / Year's Best White Burgundy Saturated with sweet baked-apple flavor, this is a robust and friendly take on Montee de Tonnerre. It's rounded by almond scents and hints of caramel, while the freshness of the wine keeps it lifted and clean. 2017.01.26

J. J. Vincent Bourgogne Blanc JJ 2015 / Wine & Spirits / 90 Points / Year's Best White BurgundyBest Buy Antoine Vincent makes this wine from chardonnay grown in Macon and Pouilly-Fuisse, aging 30% of it in oak barrels, the rest in stainless steel. The southern accent of the fruit and the time in oak gives this wine a creamy richness, with notes of orange blossom and hazelnuts, while leesy tension brings… 2017.01.26

Glazebrook Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points / Best Buy! These entry-level Sauvignons rarely improve with age, so drink this one up before the end of 2017 for its exuberant notes of passion fruit and gooseberry. Its medium in weight, with perhaps a tickle of residual sugar, but finishes crisp and long, with mouthwatering acids. 2017.01.23

Nino Negri '5 Stelle' Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG 2013 / Gambero Rosso / Tre Bicchieri 2017 Review not available at this time. 2017.01.20

Nino Negri '5 Stelle' Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Cellar Selection Full-bodied and velvety, this opens with alluring aromas of baking spice, mature plum, violet, Alpine herb and a balsamic note. The concentrated palate is smooth and robust, but it also boasts a weightless quality, delivering dried black cherry, nutmeg, cinnamon, anise, dried date and pipe tobacco alongside… 2017.01.20

Nino Negri '5 Stelle' Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Aromatic, this red offers notes of kirsch, Christmas spice and orange peel that carry from the nose to the palate, where they are underscored by tarry mineral, dried fig and herb accents and layered with sculpted tannins. Drink now through 2027. 2017.01.20

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points A whiff of chalk in the aroma leads to flavors of strawberry, currant and cherry in this racy red. There is an element of tension between fruit and mineral elements, offering a silky texture and a dense matrix of tannins. The long aftertaste is resonant and compelling. Best from 2023 through 2045. 2017.01.20

Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Brilliant aromas and flavors of cherry, strawberry, currant and mineral highlight this complex red. Intense and elegant, building to a kaleidoscopic finish. Structured and harmonious, showing terrific aging potential. Best from 2020 through 2039. 2017.01.20

Ca Bianca Barolo DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Cherry, leather, licorice, tobacco and spice aromas and flavors are backed by a fresh, supple profile. Firms up, yet remains balanced and long. Minerally finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. 2017.01.20

Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This starts out silky, offering cherry, strawberry, tobacco and briar flavors. The chewy tannins chime in midpalate and dominate the still-tight finish. Stays fresh, with licorice, earth and mineral elements lingering. Best from 2020 through 2033. 2017.01.20

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Has a ripeness uncommon for the AOC, featuring creamy-edged melon and pear notes backed by more typical hints of gooseberry, verbena and wet straw. Shows lovely mouthfeel and length, with an echo of flint at the very end. Drink now through 2019. 2017.01.20

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Pouilly-Fume 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Focused, with a core of white peach, honeysuckle and gooseberry notes, framed judiciously by light brioche and blanched almond hints. Offers a long, focused finish. Solid. Drink now through 2019. 2017.01.20

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2014 / JamesSuckling.com / 92 Points A steely pinot gris with lots of tangy fruit and spicy, dried-pineapple undertones. Full to medium body, a creamy texture and a fruity finish. Drink now. 2017.01.20

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2014 / JamesSuckling.com / 93 Excellent dried-citrus, spice and dried-mango character. Full, powerful, focused and pinpointed. Drink now. 2017.01.20

El Coto de Rioja Crianza Rioja DOCa 2012 / Forbes Crianza is the youngest level of Rioja classification, but this little beauty is still replete with all the earth and dust and heat of a high sun in an impossibly bright blue sky of a sleepy Spanish town in mid-summer at least after an hour's decanting. Along with the other Rioja on this list, its a… 2017.01.20

Churchill's Estates Douro 2012 / Forbes Big and robust as you'd expect of a table wine from the sun-baked Douro. Just hitting its prime, and, packed with the heady aromas of rosemary and wild mountain thyme, the perfect antidote to mid-winter gloom, and an ideal companion for the heartiest stew. 2017.01.20

Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2012 / Decanter An established producer, making wines of excellent structure. This is a meaty, earthy style of Agliancico with notes of charred meat. Good balance of acidity, though it's a touch astringent at present. 2017.01.17

Nino Negri Inferno Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points Woodland berry, wild rose and a whiff of crushed stone aromas come together on this luminous red. The vibrant silky palate offers tart red cherry, Alpine herb and a hint of white pepper alongside bright acidity and polished tannins. 2017.01.11

Tenuta Rapitala Campo Reale Sicilia D.O.C. 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A light- to medium-bodied red, with crushed raspberry, dried thyme, pink peppercorn and citrus peel flavors, framed by bright acidity and light, snappy tannins. Balanced. Drink now through 2018. 2017.01.09

Attitude by Pascal Jolivet Sauvignon Blanc 2015 / PlanetGrape.net / 90 Points Light, tart, racy and bone dry with notes of lemon, grapefruit, peach, thyme, rosemary and pink peppercorn. Silky middle. 2017.01.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Pouilly-Fume 2015 / PlanetGrape.net / 91 Points Brisk, dry and tart with a creamy middle and notes of lime zest, peach, egg custard and chalk. 2017.01.06

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2015 / PlanetGrape.net / 91 Points Soft, fresh, silky and subtle with notes of lime zest, pink grapefruit, green bean, pasilla pepper, and chalk. 2017.01.06

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva Rioja DOCa 2010 / PlanetGrape.net / 91 Points Developed, plush and spicy with notes of cherry, stewed tomato, sage, bay leaf, black coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. 2017.01.06

Domaine de Bonserine Condrieu 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points Starting with the Condrieu, notes of pineapple, apricot and flowers as well as a beautiful powdered rock-like quality emerge from the 2015 Condrieu. This medium, to full-bodied, rich, pure and elegant beauty has plenty of fruit, yet stays fresh and lively. 2017.01.06

Churchill's Estates Douro 2012 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Offers and appealingly firm texture, with engaging minerality to the flavors of dried berry and red plum. Shows notes of white pepper midpalate, finishing with hints of smoke and black olive. Drink now through 2018. 2017.01.06

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This is creamy, well-integrated and long, displaying peach, honey, spice and butterscotch flavors. The fleshy texture is wrapped around a core of bright acidity. A mineral element emerges on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2023. 2017.01.06

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This shows cut and definition to the floral, peach and citrus flavors, offset by a hint of richness in the texture. In the end, this leans toward the acidity, presenting a clean, lemony aftertaste. Drink now through 2021. 2017.01.06

Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Aligote (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Rich, with bracing acidity buoying the apple, lemon and straw flavors. Balanced on the crisp side, offering a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.01.06

Tenuta Rapitala Alto Nero d'Avola Sicilia D.O.C. 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Tar and black licorice notes herald this creamy, medium-bodied red, underscoring flavors of plumped cherry, orange zest and cocoa powder. Lively, with lightly chewy tannins that firm the finish. Drink now through 2021. 2017.01.06

Lungarotti Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano DOC 2013 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Crushed raspberry and violet flavors are layered with notes of spice and orange zest and light, sculpted tannins in this balanced, medium-bodied red. Mineral-tinged finish. Sangiovese with Colorino. Drink now through 2020. 2017.01.06

Lungarotti Torre di Giano Bianco di Torgiano DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Subtly spiced and floral, a fresh, light-bodied white delivering a creamy mix of melon and white peach notes, with hints of almond skin and lemon pith. Vermentino, Grechetto and Trebbiano. Drink now. 2017.01.06

Cavicchioli 1928 Spumante NV / Philadelphia Daily News I'm rarely a fan of cheap, sweet sparklers, but I have loved ones to consider. And they were thoroughly charmed by Cavicchioli 1928 Spumante, and not simply because of the cheery flowers blooming across the bottom of the bottle. This 100% Malvasia Modena lands with a sugary, big bubble buzz but pirouettes… 2017.01.06

Edinburgh Gin Cannonball Gin NV / The Palate Press (PalatePress.com) / 92 Points Edinburgh Gins Navy Strength Cannonball gin clocks in over 114 proof and adds an extra kick in the pants from Szechuan pepper to go with double the juniper. Everything about this is big and aggressive, on the nose and on the palate. Juniper and pepper aromas come up like a fist. On the palate, the pepper… 2017.01.06

Edinburgh Gin Cannonball Gin NV / The Palate Press (PalatePress.com) / 92 Points Edinburgh Gins Navy Strength Cannonball gin clocks in over 114 proof and adds an extra kick in the pants from Szechuan pepper to go with double the juniper. Everything about this is big and aggressive, on the nose and on the palate. Juniper and pepper aromas come up like a fist. On the palate, the pepper… 2017.01.06

Edinburgh Gin Seaside Gin NV / The Palate Press (PalatePress.com) / 90 Points Seaside is a limited edition gin from Edinburgh Gin Distillery. It is flavored with foraged botanicals from the seaside, including scurvy grass, ground ivy and bladderwrack, along with coriander and cardamom. It is a very earthy gin with great salinity. Coriander and cardamom come through on a bed of… 2017.01.06

Edinburgh Gin Edinburgh Gin NV / The Palate Press (PalatePress.com) / 90 Points The first, the 86 proof namesake, is a classic London Dry style with a twist of citrus. Juniper is clear on the nose. It is far less pronounced on the palate, where coriander and citrus, plus a touch of pine on the mid-palate, give great complexity and depth. It is a very clean, bite-free spirit. Use… 2017.01.06

Edinburgh Gin Seaside Gin NV / The Tasting Panel / 92 Points Produced in the heart of Edinburgh, this 86-proof expression features botanicals forged from and inspired by the Scottish coastline. Ground ivy, scurvy grass and bladderwrack are some of the local finds, in addition to coriander, juniper berries, citrus and cardamom. It's a saline-driven, sweet oyster… 2017.01.06

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 / Gambero Rosso / Tre Bicchieri 2016 Winner na 2017.01.06

Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2012 / Gambero Rosso / Tre Bicchieri 2016 Winner na 2017.01.06

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Underbrush, mature berry, leather and grilled herb aromas lead the way. The ripe, chewy palate offers juicy wild cherry, cinnamon, menthol and a hint of anise while seasoned tannins give the finish a firm grip. It's rather straightforward but enjoyable. Drink 20182025. 2017.01.04

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a steady and pleasing effort that shows dark fruit layers packed tight with spice and tobacco. Like many of the wines this vintage, Fattoria dei Barbi's newest release is immediate and approachable. You can drink it now or wait a few years longer. It tastes just great… 2017.01.04

Famille Hugel Riesling Jubilee 2009 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points Part of the impressive series of Jubile wines that are aged before release, this Hugel Riesling is just getting to maturity with its soft aromatic character, touch of toastiness, and refreshing herbal flavors. It's now ready to drink, although it will be even better from 2016. 2017.01.03

Vidal-Fleury Ventoux 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Fresh, with good drive to the cherry and plum compote notes, backed by a lively anise edge. 2016.12.16

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Les Combettes 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Ripe and creamy, this white delivers peach, apple and lemon flavors, shaded by honey, vanilla and spice notes. Finishes with a hint of graphite. Drink now through 2024 2016.12.16

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Les Brules 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Sleek and stony, with apple, spice and butter flavors. Creamy mid-palate, leading to a persistent and fresh finish. Shows fine length and harmony. Drink now through 2020. 2016.12.16

Santi Amarone della Valpolicella DOC 2011 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points / Best of the Year 2016 This opens with aromas of forest floor, mature dark-skinned fruit and leather. The hearty palate offers raisin, dried black currant, clove and tobacco alongside rightly wound tannins that leave a firm finish. 2016.12.16

Luigi Bosca Malbec 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points / Best of the Year 2016 Reedy red-fruit aromas are woody and a touch medicinal. This feels round but edgy, with grabby prodding tannins. Savory herbal berry flavors with salted plum notes finish with overt oak and rubbery tannins, 2016.12.16

El Coto de Rioja Crianza Rioja DOCa 2012 / The Wine Buzz Warm, spicy aroma with notes of earth, black licorice and berry; smoky cherry flavor with solid tannins and a hint of cassis. 2016.12.16

La Linda Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 / The Wine Buzz Baking spice aroma with notes of vanilla and cassis; clean and juicy, with ice fruit, medium body and dark chocolate notes. Good value. 2016.12.16

Churchill's Estates Douro 2012 / The Wine Buzz Earthy aroma with hints of violets, black licorice and cassis; rich and full of powerful black fruit flavor with notes of vanilla and spice. 2016.12.16

Lamberti Rosé Spumante Veneto VSAQ NV / The Wine Buzz Fruity floral aroma with a hint of rose petal and baked apple; gently sweet flavor of ripe cherries. 2016.12.16

Lamberti Prosecco DOC NV / The Wine Buzz Pear and almond aroma with a mineral undercurrent; bright pear and apple flavors with a touch of honey. 2016.12.16

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve 'White Foil' NV / The Wine Buzz Yeasty nutty aroma with a touch of honeyed pear; clean and crisp with lively mousse and bright lemon and toasty brioche flavors. 2016.12.16

J. J. Vincent Cremant de Bourgogne NV / The Wine Buzz Subtly toasty aroma; creamy and crisp, with flavors of Red Delicious apple and vanilla; bright tart finish. 2016.12.16

Bodegas Castro Martin Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2014 / Sommelier Journal The martin family have been producing Albarino in the village of Barrantes for generations, originally for local consumption by friends, family and a few local restaurants. In 1981, Domingo Martin decided it was time to expand; he built the current cellar of Bodegas Castro martin, with a capacity of… 2016.12.16

Nino Negri Ca’Brione Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio I.G.T. 2014 / Chicago Tribune This decadent wine from northeastern Italy combines chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and nebbiolo vinified as a white wine. Its creaminess will bond with the cream in the dish and lift the smokiness of the bacon fat. The acidity in the wine is fresh, reminiscent of green apples, which will cut through the… 2016.12.16

J. J. Vincent Pouilly Fuisse Cuvée Marie Antoinette Vincent 2014 / The Black Dress Traveler As elegant as the perfect little black dress, this delightful Chardonnay sashays across the palate with crisp minerality, vibrant acidity and fresh flavors of apple, peach, and a kiss of vanilla. Trs chic! 2016.12.16

Famille Hugel Riesling Classic 2014 / The Black Dress Traveler With more than 370 years of experience, the Hugel Family brings an abundance of know-how and passion to winemaking. Their excellent Riesling Classic is dry but exuberant with crisp minerality and mouthwatering flavors of white peach, green apple, and a touch of citrus. A sip is reminiscent of a tender… 2016.12.16

Nino Negri '5 Stelle' Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG 2011 / Food & Wine / "The More The Merrier" In Valtellina, the Nebbiolo grapes grow on hillsides so steep, they sometimes have to be harvested by helicopter. The resulting wines dense, dark and spicy gain even more intensity from the sforzato technique, in which the grapes are dried before fermentation. 2016.12.16

La Scolca D'Antan Gavi dei Gavi DOCG 2004 / Wine & Spirits / 90 Points La Scolca makes this wine only in the best vintages, aging it up to ten years in bottle before release. Its weighty flavors of caramel and white truffle wrap around a core of lemony acidity, offering a contrast of softness and sharpness. One taster compared its savory and earthy notes to an aged white… 2016.12.16

El Coto de Rioja Crianza Rioja DOCa 2012 / Wine & Spirits / 87 Points / Year's Best!/ Best Buy! Supple and clean, this is a simple, red-fruited tempranillo with sweet notes of strawberries and herbal, earthy tannins. For braised lamb. 2016.12.16

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Gran Reserva DOCa 2010 / Wine & Spirits / 90 Points / Year's Best! This is a comfortable, round wine that's shaped by its oak tannins, with gentle red fruit cozying up to the oak spice. It feels full and sappy, the spice providing enough briskness to keep it structured. Ready to pour with roast eggplant stuffed with ground veal. 2016.12.16

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2011 / Wine & Spirits / 90 Points / Year's Best! Initially shy, this wine's aromas open into scents of rose petals and fresh red berries. Mouthwatering acidity carries its flavors of black cherry and licorice as the wine picks up notes of spice and orange peel. Its firm tannins need a few years to soften before serving with roast veal chops. 2016.12.16

Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2011 / Wine & Spirits / 91 Points / Year's Best! Showing good freshness for the warm vintage, this offers notes of mint and licorice that spice up the wine's flavors of sweet plum and dried cherry. It opens with a perfumed porcini scent and takes on more of those mushroom flavors over time. The tannins are finely abrasive, well integrated with the… 2016.12.16

Champagne Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2004 / Wine & Spirits / 91 Points / Year's Best! Pol Roger's tete de cuvee emphasizes pinot noir over chardonnay, all of the grapes from grands crus. And this is a grand wine, powerful and supple, with limestone abrasion at the service of its style. That style feels very buttoned up and very British - nutty, mature and rich-- even as the wine has… 2016.12.16

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2014 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points A ripe style, this white features hints of vanilla and lanolin detailing the core of peach, apple and mineral. Opulent, with good cut and a lingering aftertaste of ripe fruit and stone. Though balanced, this will benefit from a year or two of aging. Best from 2018 through 2029. 2016.12.09

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Green plum and melon fruit pervade this intense, bracing white. Compact, leaning toward the austere side in the balance. Stays long on the steely, chalky finish. Best from 2018 through 2027 2016.12.09

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is crisp, with apple, plum and lemon flavors, accented by floral and mineral notes. Delicate, finishing with fine harmony and length. Drink now through 2026. 2016.12.09

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A bracing sea breeze of a white, whose brine, green fruit and mineral flavors show a mouthpuckering intensity. Finishes tight and flinty, with a mouthwatering sensation. Think oysters or scallops. Best from 2018 through 2028. 2016.12.09

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points A clean, understated version, this shows an essence of lemon and stone with hints of lanolin and white flowers. Beautifully integrated and long, this continues with elements of citrus and mineral long into the aftertaste. Drink now through 2028. 2016.12.09

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2013 / Decanter / 95 Points / Platinum Best in Category and Platinum Best in Show medals Enjoys a deep nose with white pepper, graphite notes and bright red fruits. The palate is powerful and intense with black cherry and dark, muscular berry fruit, crisp acid and some neat, grippy, slightly salted tannins. The finish is long with berries and spice. 2016.12.09

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2012 / JamesSuckling.com / 93 Points Sarmassa cru made beautiful wines in 2012 and this is very aromatic with rose petal and raspberry aromas. Very subtle aromatically. Full-bodied, chewy and tannic, yet has a pretty dusty texture giving the wine a softness at the end with bright acidity. Better in 2020. 2016.12.09

Marchesi di Barolo Coste di Rose Barolo DOCG 2012 / JamesSuckling.com / 94 Points I like the aromas of lavender and raspberry with hints of citrus rind. Full-bodied and ripe with hints of dried fruits and tree bark. Silky tannins. Slightly better than 2011. Fresh finish. Drink or hold. 2016.12.09

Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2012 / JamesSuckling.com / 94 Points The aromas are complex and impressive with hazelnut, cocoa, light plum and cherry. Hints of flowers. Full and velvety texture yet fresh and very fine. Subtle finish. So balanced that it's wonderful to drink now but will be even better in three or four years. 2016.12.09

Fattorie Melini Terrarossa Chianti Classico DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Balanced and expressive, this red exhibits cherry, almond, tobacco and earth flavors, supported by a dense matrix of tannins. Remains fresh and vibrant on the lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2023. 2016.12.09

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2014 Chablis Villages from Domaine Billaud-Simon has a more floral bouquet than its peers with peppermint scents subtlety interwoven into the citrus and green apple aromas. The palate is very well balanced with a keen line of acidity. This just feels natural and harmonious, the finish just flowing… 2016.12.06

Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal Barbera d'Alba DOC 2012 / JamesSuckling.com / 93 Points Very aromatic, perfumed red with incense, spice and berry. Full-bodied, soft and round-textured with a gorgeous finish of cinnamon and blackberry. A Barbera that delivers class and balance. Drink or hold. 2016.12.06

Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2013 / JamesSuckling.com / 90 Points A soft and fresh white with sliced apple, lemon and melon character. Full body, good fruit. Flavorful finish. Easy and delicious. Drink now. 2016.12.06

Stephane Aviron Julienas 2014 / Vinous / 90 Points Bright ruby-red. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying intense red berry and floral pastille aromas and a peppery topnote. Juicy, sharply focused cherry and raspberry flavors take a turn to darker boysenberry with air and show very good clarity. Closes on an energetic note, with offering repeating… 2016.12.06

Hecht & Bannier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 90-91 Points Whereas in 2011 Hecht & Bannier had to seek sources of Syrah to replace those hammered by hail, Gregory Hecht calls 2012 the revenge of the Syrah in Roussillon, and their 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages incorporates from of that variety from Lesquerde as well as fruit for the grapes and places that… 2016.12.06

Hewitson Miss Harry Rhone Style Blend 2014 / Halliday Wine Companion / 96 Points / Top 100 Wines of 2016 A blend of Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault, this is flush with gloriously juicy red, blue and purple fruits, the components picked with unerring accuracy. Hewitson weaves some of the magic of the Rhone Valley's iconic Chateau Rayas, the ultimate compliment. 2016.12.02

Famille Hugel Gentil 2014 / Real Simple / The Best White Wines Under $15 This filigreed, aromatic white blend has lots of personality. 2016.12.02

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc Sauvage 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 94 Points From the "best vineyard plots" on the chalky soils of the villages of Champtin and Bu-en-Sancerre, the 2014 Sancerre Sauvage opens clear, precise and fresh, as well as dense and complex on the nose. The fruit has certainly another character on the nose than all of the other Pascal Jolivet wines that… 2016.12.02

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre La Côte 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 92+ Points Coolish, precise and flinty like a gun-shot opens the 2014 Sancerre La Cte, which comes from a 1.56-hectare plot on calcareous silt soils in Crzancy-en-Sancerre. This remarkable Sancerre opens with flinty flavors of white fruits, lemons and crushed rocks. This is a pure, fresh and very mineral Sancerre… 2016.12.02

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Le Grand Chemarin 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The straw-yellow 2014 Sancerre Le Grand Chemarin (from a calcareous 1.4-hectare plot in Bu) offers a clear, fresh and deeply mineral nose with rich fruit aromas being intertwined with flavors of crushed rocks. Full-bodied, clear and racy, with elderflower, gooseberry, grapefruit and salty flavors, this… 2016.12.02

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Clos du Roy 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 91+ Points The 2014 Sancerre Clos du Roy comes from the village of Crzancy-en-Sancerre where Pascal Jolivet owns 0.8-hectare in the corresponding 18 hectare clos. Fermented and aged for four months in stainless steel, this citrus-colored Sancerre is fully ripe and dense on the clear and floral flavored nose. Full-bodied,… 2016.12.02

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Pouilly-Fume Les Terres Blanches 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points From calcareous clay soils, the citrus-colored 2015 Pouilly-Fum Terres Blanches opens with a clear and spicy, slightly floral flavored, very elegant and multi-layered aroma of lemon zest and butterscotch notes. Fresh and vital on the palate, with refreshing lemon flavors and an elegant, refined texture,… 2016.12.02

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Le Roc 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points Sourced in a two hectare plot of the corresponding nine hectare parcel in Saint-Satur (silex soils), Jolivet's golden-yellow 2014 Sancerre Le Roc indicates a super ripe (and partly overripe) tropical and gooseberry fruit on the nose along with some yeasty, floral and spicy flavors. Partly fermented… 2016.12.02

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Les Caillottes 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89 Points The 2015 Sancerre les Caillottes opens with a clear, deep and intense bouquet of lemon zest and grapefruit aromas. Full-bodied, dense and round on the palate, this is an elegant, pretty creamy, well-balanced Sancerre with power, a good structure and pineapple, as well as bitter grapefruit aromas in… 2016.12.02

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2008 / Forbes / Five Super-Luxury Wines For Thanksgiving A magnificent, magisterial wine just coming into its full pomp. The nose is all heady deep blackberries with suggestions of tobacco with cedar, wet leaves and truffles all just emerging. Is wonderful drinking now, but be sure to decant it a couple of hours in advance, and stick a few bottles away for… 2016.11.18

Famille Hugel Riesling Estate 2012 / JamesSuckling.com / 90 Points In contrast to the Classic this is still quite closed, due to the influence of the clay-rich Keuper marl soil of the Schoenenbourg. Dominant aromas of candied lemon peel and grapefruit. On the palate it has a lot more weight and volume compared to the Classic, and those citrus notes come through again… 2016.11.18

Famille Hugel Riesling Classic 2014 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points This is a real charmer in a way the basic Riesling from Hugel never was before. The fruit aromas practically leap out at you, ranging from pineapple to apple, citrus, peach and Mirabelle. Somehow this properly dry Riesling manages to taste full-bodied, fully ripe, yet also charming and refreshing. The… 2016.11.18

Famille Hugel Riesling Schoelhammer 2007 / JamesSuckling.com / 96 Points Decadent and rich with mango, papaya, citrus, and mineral. Slate too. Full-bodied, dry and fruity. It really shows great length and complexity. First vintage of this single vineyard wine from the best parcel of the Schonenberg. Contrasty. Drink now. 2016.11.18

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Grossi Laue 2010 / JamesSuckling.com / 95 Points Another debut vintage and the best dry Pinot Gris from Alsace Ive tasted in years. The freshness and brilliance of the wine is almost Riesling like, but this aspect of the wine hasnt been won at the cost of textural richness or ripe aromas (melon, floral honey and blossoms). This is a seriously concentrated… 2016.11.18

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2013 / JamesSuckling.com / 90 Points This has just a hint of the raisin bread aroma of Pinot Gris. Dried fruit notes range from pear to mango, but the result is much less extroverted than most Alsace wines from this grape. What makes this wine so good is the combination of some richness and remarkably fresh clean finish for Pinot Gris… 2016.11.18

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Estate 2012 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points Very little lychee, but a lot of smoke and spice on the nose. After it aerated in the glass for 20 minutes, a rosewater note also emerged. Theres a great balance between creaminess and dry freshness in this wine married to some discreet textural qualities that add interest without making it too much… 2016.11.18

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese 2015 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points This sings with a pure, elegant mix of peach, quince, dried pear and apple tart flavors. Rich and creamy midpalate, this features an exuberantly minerally and fruity finish that glistens with acidity. Drink now through 2042. 2016.11.18

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Gran Reserva DOCa 2008 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points risp, direct, smoky aromas are intertwined with berry and oak-based vanilla scents. This feels fresh, easy and in the drinkability zone. Cherry, plum and berry flavors are bright for an eight-year-old wine, while the finish is more secure and solid than racy. Drink through 2021. 2016.11.18

Famille Hugel Riesling Grossi Laue 2010 / JamesSuckling.com / 97 Points / Top 100 Wines of 2016 #39 "The purity of this wine is phenomenal now with sliced apple, melon, mineral and hints of chalk. It's full-bodied, dense and compacted with a super finish. There is almost a saltiness on the finish. Dried fruits too, such as lemon, lime and papaya. From the best parcel of the Schonenberg. Very long… 2016.11.18

Luigi Bosca Malbec D.O.C. 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points A reformed red. Offering vibrant cherry, plum and raspberry flavors, backed by fresh acidity. Mineral, spice and white pepper details show on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 2016.11.18

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is opulent, boasting cherry, licorice, leather and spice flavors embraced by a fleshy texture. The sweet fruit carries through to the long finish. Best from 2020 through 2033. 2016.11.18

Churchills Port 10-Year Tawny NV / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Warm fruitcake, brown bread and mulled raisin notes give this a broad, almost languid feel, but there are hints of singed walnut and clove in the background. Drink now. 2016.11.18

Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir 2014 / The Black Dress Traveler / Snuggle Up with a Bottle of Red: Five Fabulous Wines for Fall Proving that Mendoza is more than Malbec, this mighty fine Pinot Noir displays impressive finesse and flavor. Silky and juicy with vibrant cherry and strawberry flavors that are balanced by warm hints of chocolate, coffee, and spice. 2016.11.18

J. J. Vincent Cremant de Bourgogne NV / Forbes / 6 Best Thanksgiving Wines Under $20 Cremant refers to French sparkling wine from anywhere other than Champagne, and frequently, like this effervescent delight, is terrific value. Bigger, fuller richer mouthfeel than many Champs and California fizz at twice the price, probably because of a touch higher dosage, but fear not, its all in… 2016.11.18

Luigi Bosca Malbec 2013 / Time Magazine / The 27 Best Wines under $20 Another darker red wine, this is a full-bodied Malbec that pairs well with red meat and hard cheese. Critics say it has coffee bean, blackberry and mushroom aromas, and notes of dried raspberry and rose hip. It comes to us from Mendoza, Argentina and earned a rating of 90 by Wine Spectator. 2016.11.18

Marchesi di Barolo Servaj Dolcetto Langhe DOC 2015 / Wine & Spirits / The Best For $12 or Less! Smoky and violet-scented, with spiced plum and tart berry flavors; for mushroom pizza. 2016.11.18

Edinburgh Gin Cannonball Gin NV / The Tasting Panel / 90 Points Lemon-lime, pink peppercorn and frankincense shine through even against the abundant bold juniper core. Upon first sip, you immediately understand that the powerful juniper is there to balance the "Navy strength" 57.2 percent alcohol. This also provides a nice rounded texture. Although there is surprising… 2016.11.18

Vidal-Fleury Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points I loved the 2013 Muscat Beaumes de Venise and every time I taste a great wine from this appellation, I wonder why I don't drink more of them. Full-bodied, unctuous, thick, decadently sweet and honeyed, with tons of flower oil, caramelized citrus, marmalade and tangerine, this beauty has vibrant acidity,… 2016.11.17

Vidal-Fleury Ventoux 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points From the southern part of the appellation, the 2014 Ventoux offers plenty of that sappy resin, spring flower-like characteristic I almost always find from the region, as well as plenty of spice and raspberry fruit. Medium-bodied, juicy, straightforward and deliciously quaffable, drink it over the coming… 2016.11.17

Vidal-Fleury Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne 2010 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Baking spice and a hint of black pepper frame plummy fruit aromas, while touches of leather and coffee sneak in on the palate. It's a medium-bodied red that incorporates a high proportion of Viognier into the blend (15%). The finishes brings hints of brown sugar and powdered cinnamon. 2016.11.14

Vidal-Fleury Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne 2010 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Velvety edges of mocha and ganache guide the core of dark plum, black currant and loganberry fruit, balanced by well-embedded iron, sanguine and dark olive accents, adding texture and length on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2027. 2016.11.14

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This has good energy, with a racy citrus peel hint driving the core of yellow apple and peach flavors, while the finish picks up verbena and quinine accents. Drink now. 2016.11.14

Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 89 Points The 2013 Crozes Hermitage is a solid Syrah that comes all from the southern part of the appellation. It reveals medium-bodied depth and richness to go with classic northern Rhone notes of peppery herbs, blackberry fruit and violets; while it shows the fresher, more acid-driven style of the vintage,… 2016.11.14

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points The 2013 Cotes du Rhone is mostly Grenache and Syrah, and has a classic southern Rhone feel in its earthy dark fruits, pepper, lavender and spice-laced personality. Made in an easy drinking, fresh, correct style, it has plenty to like and will drink well for 3-4 years. 2016.11.14

Vidal-Fleury Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points Still in tank at the time of this tasting, the 2012 Chteauneuf du Pape is solid, and should be outstanding. Ripe blueberry, blackberry, violets and wild-herb-like qualities come together nicely in this medium to full-bodied, layered and ripe effort. Possessing sweet tannin, low acidity and a delicious,… 2016.11.14

Vidal-Fleury Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde de Vidal Fleury 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 88-90 Points Not yet in bottle, the 2013 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde should match the 2012 in terms of quality. Cassis, vanilla, graphite and spice all give way to a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, fresh Cote Rotie that will have 10-12 years of overall longevity. 2016.11.14

Vidal-Fleury Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne 2010 / The Wine Advocate / 94 Points A step up over the 09, the 2010 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde La Chatillonne (88% Syrah and 12% Viognier) gives up a fabulous bouquet of violets, rose petal, blackberry jam, game and hints of wild herbs that continues to develop in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and finesse driven on the palate,… 2016.11.14

Vidal-Fleury Gigondas 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2013 Gigondas is at a similar quality level to the Vacqueyras, if not a touch more impressive. Offering classic Gigondas spice, pepper, dried Provencal herbs and savory berry fruits, it's medium-bodied, balanced and nicely structured. Offering both complexity and texture, enjoy it anytime over the… 2016.11.14

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points Made from Viognier, Clairette and Grenache Blanc, the 2014 Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a solid value that offers plenty of buttered citrus, white peach and a kiss of tangerine in a medium-bodied, elegant and fresh style. It's a delicious quaffer to buy a case of and enjoy over the coming year or two. 2016.11.14

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89 Points A terrific rose from this estate, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone Rose (50% Cinsault, 30% Syrah and 20% Grenache) has tons of charm in its red currant, white flower and cherry blossom scented bouquet. This gives way to a balanced, medium-bodied, elegant Ros that has a crisp, dry finish that keeps you coming… 2016.11.14

Champagne Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2004 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points This creamy version has a subtle richness, folded into a fresh, elegant frame. Shows layers of crme de cassis, toast and pastry cream, with citrus peel, smoky mineral and spice accents echoing on the long finish. Drink now through 2027. 2016.10.28

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A finely knit Champagne in a reserved style, featuring rich hints of pastry cream and biscuit, and flavors of poached pear, fresh ginger and smoky mineral. Well-defined by the sleek acidity, with a lovely, creamy mousse. Drink now through 2026. 2016.10.28

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Though on the lean side, this white displays intense flavors of lemon, apple and stone. Dry and chalky, yet vivid and mouthwatering. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2016.10.28

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Lean and bracing, with racy acidity driving the flavors of peach, apple, lemon and spice. Long, echoing the lemon and spice notes. For fans of acidity. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2016.10.28

Domaine Faiveley Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This is lush and mouthfilling, boasting butterscotch, peach, lemon pie and sweet baking spice flavors. Harmonious and approachable now, yet should evolve over the short term. Drink now through 2020. 2016.10.28

Re Manfredi Vigneto “Serpara” Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2010 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2010 Aglianico del Vulture Serpara is a noble and classic interpretation of this little-known appellation in southern Italy. This wine reflects all the volcanic nuances of the Vulture volcano with a vein of mineral purity that lies at the back of dark fruit and spice. There is unexpected softness… 2016.10.27

Re Manfredi Vigneto “Serpara” Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2010 / Gambero Rosso / Tre Bicchieri Tre Bicchieri 2016.10.27

Re Manfredi Vigneto “Serpara” Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2010 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points Aromas of mature plum, leather, pressed violet, dried herb and a whiff of Asian spice unfold on this full-bodied red. The warm, chewy palate offers dried black cherry, blackberry extract, vanilla, licorice and tobacco alongside firm, velvety tannins. You'll also detect the warmth of alcohol on the close. 2016.10.27

Re Manfredi Vigneto “Serpara” Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2010 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Tar and smoke notes lead the way in this muscular red, underscoring flavors of plumped black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, dried thyme and graphite. Rich and well-meshed, with sculpted tannins firming the spiced finish. Best from 2018 through 2026. 2016.10.27

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Riserva della Casa DOCG 2006 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points Aromas include ripe black fruit, spice, savory herb and a balsamic note. The tight palate offers black raspberry, crushed blackberry, menthol and sage alongside a firmly tannic backbone. A licorice note signals the finish. It's still young and a little astringent on the close. Drink after 2016. 2016.10.27

The Feathery The Feathery Blended Malt Scotch Whisky NV / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points / Top 100 Spirits for 2016, #93 Made from a blend of rare and old Highland malts, this tawny Scotch is earthy and complex. The aroma mixes baked apple, subtle smoke and toffee richness. The palate is relatively restrained, starting with unsweetened chocolate and campfire smoke that evolves into a smoky-spiced midpalate tinged with… 2016.10.21

Churchill's Estates Douro 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points This is a structured and dense wine. It has a fine contrast between the ripe red fruits, the mineral tannins and acidity. From the companys vineyards, the wine is balanced and worth aging. Drink from 2017. 2016.10.21

Churchill's Estates Touriga Nacional 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points / Editors Choice From Churchills Quinta da Gricha estate, this is a pure Touriga Nacional. Rich and delicately perfumed, it is a ripe fruity wine, full of tannins as well as concentrated black fruits. Wood aging has smoothed some of the tannins, although the wine needs to age further. Drink from 2018. 2016.10.21

Egon Muller Scharzhof Riesling QbA 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points While feather light in stature, this semisweet Riesling stuns with intensity. From nose to finish, dark earth tones and luminous stone fruit and cherry flavors meld seamlessly. Its intensely ripe, almost tropical in tone, but an electric tang of acidity and minerality keeps it rooted firmly in the Mosel. 2016.10.21

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve 'White Foil' NV / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points / Editors Choice This is a well-balanced, ripe wine in the producers rich house style. A brighter, more mineral crispness and acidity also come through strongly in this bottling. The aftertaste brings together a mineral texture and full yellow and apple fruits. Drink now 2016.10.21

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Rosé Vintage 2008 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points This ripe wine with its red fruits and well balanced texture is beautifully ready to drink, with just the right crisp acidity to balance the soft richness. There is no sign yet of maturity, the fruit from this great vintage showing at its perfumed best. Drink the wine now. 2016.10.21

Famille Hugel Riesling Estate 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points Slight smoke mixes in the nose of this wine, with lifted mandarin-peel notes. The dry palate is streamlined and has uncommon lightness. It's weightless but concentrated, with full and bright citrus lift and a lively core brimming with lemon, bergamot and lime. the finish is wonderfully clean. This will… 2016.10.21

Famille Hugel Riesling Classic 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Some riper stone fruit has joined with bright aspects of green apples and ripe lemon zest in this aromatic and exquisitely light-footed Riesling. Balanced and totally refreshing, it has gloriously lip-smacking finish. 2016.10.21

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points The softest notes of ripe pear frame this gentle, fresh but full-fruited wine, with glimpses of yellow grapefruit flesh. The body is expressive and concentrated without being heavy. It holds its fruit with ease and lightness, carried aloft by fresh acidity and framed by glints of marzipan, finishing… 2016.10.21

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Hints of rosewater and Turkish Delight waft from the glass. More toned down, the palate shines with citric freshness. There is quite a bit of warmth that seems to intensify the floral peach notes even more. It's very aromatic and varietally true, with a tropical finish of passion fruit. 2016.10.21

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points A sumptuously rich nose of musk, creamy peach and fragrant orchid precede a rounded, medium-dry palate of gentle, warm peach and plum. A pleasant bitter-honey edge lends even more grip to the textured midpalate. Savor this slowly and enjoy the tingling baking spices that enliven the palate. 2016.10.21

Chateau Fuissé Juliénas Domaine de la Conseillere 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points The seven-acre domaine is on the east side of the village, facing south. This fruity while lightly structured wine is packed with red-cherry fruit as well as fine juicy acidity. The structure is just right for the fruitiness of this gently wood-aged wine. Drink now. 2016.10.21

Famille Hugel Gentil 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points A light touch is conveyed by aromas of honeysuckle, while the off-dry palate is balanced by fresh, citric verve. This wine has a dancing, easygoing nature marked by freshness and lightness in equal measure. Asian food flavors suggest themselves for this super-balanced, playful white. 2016.10.21

Marchesi di Barolo Zagara Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Chopped herb, white spring flower and yellow stone fruit aromas jump out of the glass. The rich, frothy palate offers candied nectarine zest, apricot and lemon drop set against a soft, foaming perlage. 2016.10.21

Stephane Aviron Beaujolais Villages 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points This negociant wine is soft, ripe and smoothly textured. It has a fine balance between acidity and the rich red cherry fruit. With its edge of tannins, it has a good structure that gives it shape. Drinkable now. 2016.10.21

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Smoke and spice aromas and flavors from oak list the lemon, kumquat, apple and stone notes, while the lively structure keeps this focused and long. Best from 22018 through 2028. 2016.10.21

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points / Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wine List for 2016 Selected from parcels across the estate, this wine aims to reflect the totality of the appellation. It succeeds with its combination of minerality and ripe fruit. Oak, almond and citrus fruits are still right up front, showing that this is a young wine that will age well. Drink from 2018. 2016.10.21

Tenuta Rapitala Nuhar Nero d’Avola/Pinot Nero Sicilia D.O.C. 2013 / Forbes / The Best 20 Red Wines Under $20 Would stand out in Londons club-land as what used to be known as club claret, and, in fact, far superior to some of the rubbish in that catch-all category the neighboring wine merchants would palm off on less than discerning club managers after a jolly good lunch.But its not quite a claret its got too… 2016.10.21

La Linda Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 / Forbes / The Best 20 Red Wines Under $20 Remarkable quality for a modest price. Theres an attractive edginess to balance the super-ripe fruit that one rarely finds in California Cabs at any price. 2016.10.21

Hecht & Bannier Minervois 2013 / Forbes / The Best 20 Red Wines Under $20 Tangy blackberry fruit married with hints of earth and spice and impeccable modern winemaking. 2016.10.21

Santi Amarone della Valpolicella DOC 2011 / The Black Dress Traveler Ah, Amarone, there is no other wine quite like it. Santi harvests the grapes when they reach full ripeness and then dries them for about 3 months to increase the sugar content and concentration of flavors. Amarone is by nature a rich and intense wine but Santi Amarone also displays grace and vibrancy.… 2016.10.14

Santi Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Solane 2013 / The Black Dress Traveler Made in the ripasso method, this blend of Corvina (70%) and Rondinella (30%) gets an extra boost of richness when grape skins and pomace from Santi's Amarone are added to the vats to trigger a second fermentation. The end result is an extremely delicious, medium-bodied, dry red wine with soft tannins… 2016.10.14

Santi Infinito Rosé 2015 / The Black Dress Traveler a delicious reminder that Ros isn't just for the summer. A blend of Corvina (65%), Rondinella (30%), and Molinara (5% ); Infinito balances ripe flavors of cherries & blackcurrants with savory herbal notes that make it a great match with everything from seafood to pasta. 2016.10.14

Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d'Alba DOC 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2014 Barbera d'Alba Ruvei is a darkly colored wine with thick layers of black cherry and blackberry preserves. This is an easy-drinking wine with a bright personality and an enticing sense of playful informality. Black fruit segues to spice, tar and dried rose petal. 2016.10.14

Marchesi di Barolo Coste di Rose Barolo DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points Although the 2012 Barolo Coste di Rose appears slightly advanced in its evolution compared to the estates other 2012 Barolo wines, this wine offers more depth and feminine complexity. It holds its cards close to its chest. But once it starts to perform, it executes each move with careful precision and… 2016.10.14

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The 2012 Barolo Sarmassa delivers a healthy quota of muscle and brawn. Despite its power, it also shows deep inner elegance that does not go unnoticed. This Barolo still needs time to find its footing and it requires five or more years of cellar ageing before it reaches a better place of integration… 2016.10.14

Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The Marchesi di Barolo 2012 Barolo Cannubi shows some restraint at the beginning and feels slightly shut down overall. This Cannubi Barolo takes longer to open, and this does not come as a surprise, given the delicate floral and berry flavors that can be achieved in this vineyard site when optimal conditions… 2016.10.14

Santi Amarone della Valpolicella DOC “Proemio” 2005 / Forbes Closed and ungenerous at first, it soon began to display a gloriously generous sensuality, rich and plush like a big California cab, but there was the gentle spiciness of mature Amarones redolent of licorice and fennel on the finish, and that herbal element the French call garigue. After half an hour… 2016.10.14

Santi Amarone della Valpolicella DOC “Proemio” 2006 / Forbes Glorious nose of decadent dark fruit that doesnt make it through to the palate. Or not yet, at least. A cool vintage has delivered a highly structured wine thats unresolved at the moment but will be brilliant in 10 years. 2016.10.14

Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2012 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Savory herb and olive notes lead the way in this smoky red, leading to a rich mix of dried strawberry, cured tobacco, violet and mandarin orange peel accents. Drink now through 2025 2016.10.12

Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d'Alba DOC 2014 / JamesSuckling.com / 90 Points Vivid and fruity with lemon and ark berry aromas and flavors. Medium body, clean finish. Delicious for the vintage. Drink now. 2016.10.04

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 93-95 Points Slightly hazy green-tinged yellow. Ineffable scents of lemon zest, anise, white truffle, menthol and chalk dust. Pure but painfully backward, with penetrating acidity giving precision but also a bitter edge to the flavors of lemon zest and powdered stone complicated by fresh mushroom and spices. Forget… 2016.09.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 92-94 Points Slightly cloudy pale yellow. More iodiney and closed on the nose than the 2015 version, offering citrus and menthol aromas. Then taut, saline and very dry in the mouth, displaying terrific lemony grip and a slight phenolic bitterness. Not as inviting in the early going as the Chevalier-Montrachet, this… 2016.09.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 93-95 Points Bright, pale yellow-green. White peach flesh and nectarine aromas are complicated by high-toned herbs and spices and a whiff of lavender sea salt on the compellingly complex nose. Densely packed, salty wine with terrific fruit intensity and harmonious acidity. Boasts superb precision but also a rich,… 2016.09.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2014 / Vinous / 91-93 Points Pale, bright yellow with a green tinge. Pure, complex, soil-driven aromas and flavors of citrus fruits, white peach and crushed stone. This rather powerful example of Perrires displays terrific stony density, with lovely citrus lift owing to the nicely integrated acidity. Strong minerality draws out… 2016.09.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault 1er Cru Santenots 2014 / Vinous / 89-91 Points Pale yellow. Deep aromas of peach, nectarine and white flowers. In an opulent but dry style, with its stone fruit flavors framed by a firm edge of lemony acidity and complicated by a saline element. A bit disjointed today but saline, dry and long, in need of a few years of bottle aging to harmonize. 2016.09.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 2014 / Vinous / 91 Points Bright lemon-yellow. Musky, oily yellow peach and sexy hazelnut on the nose. Riper than the Meursaults that preceded it in my tasting but also quite taut in the mid-palate. A sharply chiseled, energetic wine that conveys a silky, seamless texture. Finishes with strong lemony acidity and minerality. 2016.09.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Fèguine Blanc 2014 / Vinous / 89+ Points Bright yellow. Cool aromas of nectarine, sexy flowers and herbs. Densely packed but more closed on the palate than the Champs-Pimont, even slightly bitter-edged. This very backward, youthfully hard wine needs time to come into balance. There was less hail here than in Champs-Pimont, noted enologist… 2016.09.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Champ-Pimont Blanc 2014 / Vinous / 89 Points Pale, green-tinged yellow. Tight, pure aromas of lemon, lime, nectarine, and dusty spices. Densely packed and vinous, with powerful citrus and stone fruit flavors given definition and cut by harmonious acidity. Finishes dense, minerally and long, with lovely energy. Prieur made just two barrels from… 2016.09.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Greves Blanc 2014 / Vinous / 88 Points Pale, bright yellow. Brisk aromas of lemon zest, anise and sea salt. Nicely balanced but tightly wound, with bright yellow fruit and spice flavors framed by firm acidity. The very dry, sappy, saline finish leaves the palate vibrating. There were significant hail losses here. 2016.09.30

Domaine Labruyere Le Clos du Moulin à Vent 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points A creamy, medium-bodied red, boasting layered flavors of black currant, blackberry coulis and espresso, with accents of Asian spice and aromatic herb. Moderate tannins and firm, integrated acidity structure the tangy finish. Drink now through 2020. 2016.09.30

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Cornas 2010 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Sappy and intense, featuring loganberry, black currant and blueberry coulis flavors, pushed by singed alder and bay leaf notes. Features a light woodsy frame on the finish, with a sanguine hint. Best from 2014 through 2026. 2016.09.26

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Garde 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 94 Points The smallest production release, with roughly 300 cases made, the 2012 Cte Rtie La Garde is 100% Syrah that sees a full 36 months in new French oak. More closed, backward and tight than the other cuvees, it reluctantly gives up firm, edgy notes of black raspberry, liquid smoke and violets. Medium to… 2016.09.23

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Viallière 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points Sporting a glass-staining purple color, the 2013 Cote Rotie la Viallire was mostly destemmed and will spend upwards of two years in a combination of demi-muids and new Burgundy barrels. Plums, smoked meats, licorice and hints of vanilla all emerge from the glass, and this medium to full-bodied, rich,… 2016.09.23

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Sarrasine 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points The most forward, charming and medium-bodied in the lineup, the 2013 Cte Rtie La Sarrasine (97% Syrah, 3% Viognier) will see 24 months in 60% new and once used demi-muids. It shows the tinge of oak thats always present in these wines to go with plenty of sweet cassis, blackberries and licorice. Its… 2016.09.23

Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvedre 2013 / Halliday Wine Companion / 94 Points Dean Hewitson notes that the oldest Baby Bush vines are now 18yo, 'so not quite babies anymore'. This release included 15% whole bunches in the ferment. It hasn't hurt the wine's sense of self. It edges towards the impression of 'completeness'. Rakes of tannin, drives of acid, imposing fruit, leather… 2016.09.16

Hewitson Lu Lu Sauvignon Blanc 2015 / Halliday Wine Companion / 95 Points The decision to cool ferment the wine in tank (with a specific yeast) has been handsomely repaid with the purity and intensity of the varietal character; kiwi fruit, lychee, passionfruit, white peach and citrus are all on parade; the crisp natural acidity is sufficient to provide structure and length… 2016.09.16

Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2015 / Halliday Wine Companion / 95 Points Refreshing and elegant, fruit and acid happy to remain in their due place. Drink it now for its zest, or in a decade for the layers of fruit and honey it will have by then. 2016.09.16

Hewitson Miss Harry Rhone Style Blend 2013 / Halliday Wine Companion / 95 Points There are no other Barossa Valley Rhone blends wine with this composition and sheer elegance. It is willowy and savoury, with mouth-cleansing acidity, yet also with a garland of diverse red fruit flavours, all fresh, none sticky or jubey. Simply lovely. 2016.09.16

Hewitson Ned and Henry's Shiraz 2014 / Halliday Wine Companion / 95 Points Cracking quality. Draws you in. Red and black berries, aniseed, wood spice, fresh leather. Delights as it dances along your tongue. Plentiful but then smoky and controlled through the finish. Compelling value. 2016.09.16

Domaine Labruyere Moulin à Vent Coeur de Terroirs 2014 / Wine & Spirits / 90 Points / Best Buy Blended from estate parcels with vines averaging 50 years of age, this wine is dark and Bretty, sustained by a powerful tannic structure that seems to set the funk aside and present a resonant, savory wine. Dark and mushroomy, this is a wine for people who are not averse to some healthy microbial activity… 2016.09.16

Domaine Labruyere Le Clos du Moulin à Vent 2014 / Wine & Spirits / 93 Points Le Clos is a 2.3-acre parcel of 70-year old vines, their fruit destemmed and fermented in a concrete vat. It created a powerful 2014, with major tannic presence, and fruit that stands as an equal to the tannins, youthful and invigorating, floral and ripe. There's a sense of fresh wild strawberries under… 2016.09.16

Stephane Aviron Fleurie Domaine de la Madrière 2014 / Wine & Spirits / 91 Points From a hillside vineyard on Fleurie's western side, this is a fresh 2014 with bright blue fruit and floral notes just beginning to emerge. The juicy acidity cuts through any aspect of dimpled ripeness, bringing out the wine's complexity and verve. Delicious with roast squab stuffed with cranberries… 2016.09.16

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2013 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This minerally version is balanced and fresh, with a subtle mix of yellow plum, slivered almond, white pepper and smoke. Drink now through 2019. 2016.09.16

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Rosé Vintage 2008 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Flavors of strawberries and cream, singed orange peel and macaroon are layered on the finely meshed frame of this rich rose Champagne. Elegant finish. Drink now through 2028. 2016.09.16

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve 'White Foil' NV / Wine Spectator / 92 Points An elegant Champagne, with a smoky, minerally underpinning and subtle flavors of poached pear, toast, candied lemon zest and ginger riding the finely detailed bead. Harmonious, and hard to stop sipping. Drink now through 2020. 2016.09.16

Tenuta Rapitala Piano Maltese Terre Siciliane I.G.T. 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A fresh and juicy white, with pretty spice and floral notes accenting flavors of ripe nectarine, verbena and stone. A crowd-pleasing sipper, with a lively finish. Grillo, Catarratto and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2018. 2016.09.16

Tenuta Rapitala Grand Cru Chardonnay Sicilia I.G.T. 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Rich notes of glazed apple, creamed hazelnut, lemon meringue and oak spice are set in a finely knit, medium-bodied frame in this elegant white. Broad on the palate and lightly mouthwatering throughout, with a long finish of smoke and spice. Drink now through 2021. 2016.09.16

Nino Negri 'Le Tense' Sassella Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points An elegant red, with creamy tannins and a well-meshed mix of juicy, sun-dried cherry, spice box, tobacco and leather notes. Offers a mouthwatering, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2021. 2016.09.16

Nino Negri Ca’Brione Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio I.G.T. 2014 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A light- to medium-bodied white, with lively acidity and flavors of poached apple and apricot fruit, salted almond and lemon meringue. Floral finish. Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni and Nebbiolo. Drink now through 2018. 2016.09.16

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 92+ Points The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru les Preuses comes from 63-year-old vines and sees 16 months in 10% French oak, the remainder stainless steel. It has a lifted, oyster shell scented bouquet that is very well defined, even a touch of mint developing with continued aeration in the glass. The palate is fresh… 2016.09.16

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre is a knockout wine from what is essentially now the Chablis branch of Maison Naively under winemaker Olivier Bailly. It has a lifted, slightly floral bouquet with attractive apple blossom, gooseberry and granitic aromas that are well defined. The palate is… 2016.09.16

Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo Salento IGT 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points The 2013 Primitivo Artas opens to a dark garnet color and thick concentration. The wine presents a mildly sweet bouquet with a generous supply of ripe fruit, dried cherry and blackberry preserves. Artas is chewy and rich in terms of texture with lingering tones of tobacco and jammy fruit on the close.… 2016.09.16

Castello Monaci Pilùna Primitivo Salento IGT 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points Here's a great value wine to pair with grilled meats and Italian sausage with onions and bell pepper. The 2015 Primitivo Pilna shows a modern and well etched bouquet with ripe fruit tones of blackberry and Morello cherry backed by spice, cinnamon and shadings of nutmeg or allspice. The oak influences… 2016.09.16

Castello Monaci Maru Negroamaro Salento IGT 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89 Points The Castello Monaci 2015 Negroamaro Maru shows a more contained and sophisticated side next to the estate's Primitivo. The bouquet is grand in appeal and presentation, yet this wine reveals a tighter fabric with firm stitching that holds it together. The effect is almost seamless. Dark berry, plum,… 2016.09.16

Castello Monaci Aiace Salice Salentino Riserva DOC 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2013 Salice Salentino Riserva Aiace (with 80% Negroamaro and 20% Malvasia Nera di Lecce) is a modern and luscious red wine that is shaped in equal parts by ripe fruit concentration and spicy oak. The wine is soft and yielding in terms of its tannins. Blackberry fruit and spice intermingle with seamless… 2016.09.16

Re Manfredi Bianco Basilicata IGT 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points Basilicata lacks a meaningful production of white wines and there has been a lot of work recently to fill in this void. The Re Manfredi 2015 Bianco is one such attempt. The blend here is Mller Thurgau and Traminer which seems like an ambitious choice given the centuries-old tradition of planting Aglianico… 2016.09.16

Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points Grilled herb and balsam intensity appear at the front of the 2012 Aglianico del Vulture. Those are only preliminary aromas that soon lift to reveal more substantial tones of black fruit, dried cherry, tar, asphalt and crushed mineral. The bouquet is generous and rich but the mouthfeel is short on the… 2016.09.16

Tenuta Rapitala Piano Maltese Terre Siciliane I.G.T. 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2015 Piano Maltese is a excellent value wine that represents a blend of Grillo, Catarratto and Chardonnay. Some 155,000 bottles are produced. Bright luminosity and golden highlights describe its appearance. The wine's performance is similarly fresh and tonic with citrus, white peach and wild sage. 2016.09.16

Tenuta Rapitala Alto Nero d'Avola Sicilia D.O.C. 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points Elsewhere in Italy, 2014 was a difficult vintage. Not in Sicily. The 2014 Sicilia Nero d'Avola Alto is a complete and round wine with thick density that is highlighted by pretty aromas of cherry, blackberry, leather, tar and balsam herb. There's a good amount of sweet spice definition as well. The wine… 2016.09.16

Tenuta Rapitala Campo Reale Sicilia D.O.C. 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points Compared to the other value wines released by Tenuta Rapital this year, the 2015 Sicilia Nero d'Avola Campo Reale is slightly more subdued and closed. The wine offers dark fruit nuances with blackberry and dried cherry upfront. The mouthfeel shows a little less heft and more persistence instead. 2016.09.16

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Les Combettes 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points This is one of a trio of single-vineyards bottlings from this producer. It comes from the village of Fuisse and is situated in a small valley. Elegant and perfumed, the touch of wood aging enhances the white-fruit flavor. The aftertaste is juicy while also ripe. Drink from 2017 2016.09.16

J. J. Vincent Pouilly Fuisse Cuvée Marie Antoinette Vincent 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points Named after the current generation's grandmother, this wine comes from family vines. It is crisp with the strong mineral character typical of the vintage. The acidity and citrus fruits are up front and ready to drink now. 2016.09.16

Tenuta Rapitala Grillo Sicilia D.O.C. 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points / Best Buy Subdued aromas of spring wild flower, hay and orchard fruit. The vibrant palate offers lemon zest, sage, dried herb and a hint of saline framed in lively acidity. 2016.09.16

La Scolca Black Label Gavi dei Gavi DOCG 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Crisp yet pure, this white evokes lemon, apple, pear, cut grass and smoke notes, ending with a chalky, mineral sensation and fine length. Drink now. 2016.09.16

Santi Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Solane 2013 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A chewy, medium-bodied red, with a subtle mix of crushed black cherry and raspberry fruit, loamy earth, leather, spice and cured tobacco notes. Drink now through 2018. 2016.09.16

Ca Bianca Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points Notes of pureed strawberry and milk chocolate are accented by candied kumquat and spice in this tangy, balanced Brachetto. Creamy, with more ripe fruit on the finish. Drink now. 2016.09.16

Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points Cinnamon, clove and Christmas spice open the nose of the 2011 Aglianico del Vulture Re Manfredi. The wine shows the soft heat and mature fruit of the vintage with soft lines and round contours... The 2011 vintage is especially bold and big. Its thick textural richness wraps thickly over the palate coating… 2016.09.12

Domaine Faiveley Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 97 Points Offers power and grace, showcasing lemon oil, peach, apple and white flower aromas and flavors. Harmonious, lulling you with elegance and a gossamer texture until the afterburners kick in on the superb finish. Latent mineral notes should emerge with time. Best from 2019 through 2034. 2016.09.09

Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points A fresh white, exuding lemon tart, apple, peach and toasted spice flavors. Elegant and racy, firming up on the stony finish and echoing notes of citrus and spice. Shows terrific focus and precision on the long aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2032. 2016.09.09

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2008 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A mouthwatering Champagne, featuring a lively, lacy mousse and well-meshed flavors of baked peach, lemon curd and slivered almond. Drink now through 2028. 2016.09.09

Champagne Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2004 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Theres a subtle richness to this creamy Champagne, folded into a fresh, elegant frame. Shows layers of crme de cassis, toast and pastry cream. Drink now through 2027. 2016.08.31

Grooner Grooner 2014 / Imbibe Magazine / 10 ESSENTIAL SUMMER WINES Bypass the Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc and try this summer sipper for a change of pace. Light and zingy, this Austrian wine offers up subtle notes of pear, kiwi and citrus. 2016.08.31

Grooner Grooner 2015 / The Tasting Panel / July's Top Picks This "Grooner" is almost too easy to drink. Underripe pear, green apple, green bean and lemon pith. A very fun label; I can almost hear the lady yelling "Grooooner," in a Pee-wee Herman-like voice. Good value here. 2016.08.31

Bodegas Castro Martin Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2014 / Sommelier Journal The Martin family have been producing Albarino in the village of Barrantes for generations, originally for local consumption by friends, family and a few local restaurants. In I981 , Domingo Martin decided it was time to expand; he built the current cellar of Bodegas Castro Martin, with a capacity of… 2016.08.31

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Myglands 2013 / Sommelier Journal "a more serious expression, it's juicy and very well-balanced, and the tannins are very well integrated. There's a tremendous amount of pleasure here. 2016.08.31

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc Sauvage 2012 / JancisRobinson.com / 16.5/20pts From selected parcels of old vines planted in Bue in 1952 on particularly mineral clay-limestone soil. Vinification and maturation in demi-muids for 15 months, no filtration before bottling. 4,000 bottles filled. Pale to mid crimson. Sweet, very lightly oaky Pinot fruit. Lovely silky texture with a… 2016.08.30

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Pouilly-Fume Les Terres Blanches 2015 / JancisRobinson.com / 16/20pts A blend from different sources designed to showcase Pouilly's 'white soils'. The slightly confusing thing for consumers is that from the look of