Good medium red-ruby. Musky aromas of ripe red cherry, spicy dark plum, tobacco, cedar and menthol. Then lively and perfumed but tight on the palate, showing lovely energy and focus to the flavors of cherry, spices and cedar. Finishes long, clean and youthfully imploded, with a firm tannic spine and enough fruit to stand the test of time. Lovely classic Brunello.
Bright red. Pomegranate and sour red cherry on the fresh, precise nose. Lively but dense in the mouth; peppery red cherry flavors are complicated by tobacco and underbrush nuances. Finishes long, with youthfully chewy tannins and a repeating spicy nuance.
This Gran Selezione is aged in French oak barriques for 18 months. Andrea Briccarello: A nose of dark fruits with plenty of seductive, ripe, wild elements. Hints of pomegranate and rhubarb exude from the glass. Beautifully crafted with plenty of dark plums and juicy currants. Great gripping tannins and lingering fruit notes. Susan Hulme MW: Sweet wild strawberries and red cherries on the nose, with creamy oak spice. Very warm and inviting on the palate; enough fruit to support the lavish oak. Very fine tannins. Supremely harmonious. Andrew Jefford: Breezy and chic fruits with well-judged oak and incipient secondary complexities. Concentrated and beguiling on the palate, with a sweet note which gradually softens and fills as it sits in the mouth. It’s rich yet far from vulgar, full of the nuance of field and forest as well as vineyard.
This is a flinty, medium to full-bodied wine, bursting with notes of white grapefruit, lime, fresh green beans, matchstick and toasted nut aromas. The palate is focused and tightly wound, with more flinty, nutty, limey and grassy goodness. Drink now–2023.
Subdued aromas suggesting dark-skinned berry, tobacco leaf and baking spice slowly take shape on this. Densely concentrated, the monolithic palate offers dried black cherry, clove and star anise alongside firm tannins. Drink 2021–2028.
Aromas of black-skinned berry, tobacco and forest floor lead the way. The concentrated palate evokes dried Marasca cherry, raspberry jam, star anise and licorice alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink 2021–2030.
Enticing scents of exotic spice, iris, red berry and a whiff of eucalyptus mingle together. On the youthfully assertive palate, firm close-grained tannins and bright acidity frame sour cherry, pomegranate and white pepper. Drink after 2023.
Blackberry, cassis, prune and chocolate aromas make for a ripe wine. This Malbec full in body, with bright acidity that helps keep its heart rate up. Bold blackberry, cassis, herb and spice flavors are baked and chocolaty across the finish. Overall, this is a complete package, especially for 2014, which was a cold year. Drink through 2026.
Blossomy and fresh, Jean Luc Colombo's entry-level bottling offers a bang-for-your-buck introduction to the Rhône region's uniquely silken, textural white wines. Made primarily from Clairette, it's chock-full of easy drinking apple and lemon flavors touched by hints of bitter almond and smoke. Drink now through 2020.
This is a densely packed, powerful and ripe wine from a tremendous site in the heart of the appellation. Black cherry, dark chocolate and coconut shavings make for a rich impression on the velvety palate, with plenty of toasted oak for support. This wine will do well in the cellar. Enjoy from 2024–2034.
This outstanding effort from the famous site is truly inviting on the nose, with a prominent rose aroma. The smooth palate boasts power and grace, with a deft mix of black cherry coulis and cassis flavors tamed by dusty tannins. Hints of tobacco and dark chocolate carry through to the finish. Enjoy best 2023–2033.
Earthy aromas of underbrush, tobacco leaf and grilled porcini lead the nose. The full-bodied linear palate evokes wild cherry, pomegranate and ground clove set against tightly knit tannins and fresh acidity. Drink from 2021 through 2033.
The 2017 Estate Single Block S1 Sauvignon Blanc takes Awatere leafiness and supports it with gooseberry and pink grapefruit notes. It's a distinctive, medium-bodied example of Sauvignon Blanc that reflects the windy, low-yielding site in its concentrated fruit and crisp acids.
Delicate, elegant style. Charms sneak up on you. Not overt, graceful and long.
Look for a soft gold hue and jalapeno zing on the aroma. The drying palate opens with a savory flash, then the long fade layers vanilla, spearmint and cinnamon. Aged 6-7 months.
This is a big wine, combinatining richness with freshness. The broad flavors touch ripe yellow apples and Key lime pie; there's also a spicy radish-like brunch to the acidity, keeping the structure precise for the wine's size. Bold and juicy, this is built for a roast chicken.
Ripe and robust, featuring concentrated dark plum, red berry and currant flavors that are well-concentrated. Spicy, with plenty of smoky notes on the finish. Drink now through 2021.
Polished and full of richly spiced dark and red fruit flavors that feature some meaty accents. Offers seductive creaminess, with a finish that oozes with raspberry tart and dark chocolate notes. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Elegant and well-structured, with a core of pear and apple flavors that are supported by vibrant acidity. Cream and honeysuckle notes linger into the powerfully minerally and spicy finish. Drink now through 2022.
Cherry, strawberry and mineral flavors are the hallmarks of this elegant red, whose dense tannins lend support. Winds down with tobacco and chalk notes. Best from 2023 through 2038.
A ripe, intense version, with plum, black cherry, tar, roasted almond, leather and soy aromas and flavors, backed by muscular tannins. Balsamic notes of wild rosemary and juniper add interest. Shows a hint of oxidation, yet this remains fresh and long. A singular Barolo. Still youthful, with a long life ahead. Drink now through 2033.
Ripe cherry, leather, iron and tar flavors mark this dense, vibrant red. All the components are here, but this needs some time to come together. The fruit and tannins dovetail on the long finish. Best from 2022 through 2036.
Distinctive for a sweet cherry aroma and flavor, accented by mineral and wild herb notes. Light-bodied and expressive, with dense, well-integrated tannins. The fine length evokes green olive hints. Best from 2021 through 2033.
This is round, showing black cherry, blackberry and light spice flavors. Stays fresh on the moderately long finish. Drink now.
A dense, tightly wound version, offering cherry, plum, leather, tar and tobacco flavors. Long and saturated with flavor, backed by a layer of beefy tannins. Be patient. Best from 2020 through 2032. 15,000 cases made.
A snap of blueberry-skin tightness lends structure to this wine’s flavors of red and black berries tinged with notes of sweet tobacco. It finishes warm and a little weighty, so give it a light chill before serving with roasted poultry.
Aromas and flavors of blackberries and blueberries with hints of Chinese tea and bark. Full body, extremely flavorful and intense. Drink now or hold.
The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a light garnet color and an elegant appearance. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry, cherry and red forest fruit. At the back, you get mild spice, cured tobacco and grilled rosemary. The effect is delicate and finessed. Yet the wine offers a long and polished mouthfeel with integrated tannins and acidity. These help to build power and length on the close.
Col d'Orcia takes care to make an elaborate and generous Rosso to serve with more sophisticated meat and pasta dishes. The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino Banditella opens to savory tones of leather and spice with loads of ripe fruit at the back. Those fruit nuances recall blackberry confit and dried fig. You also get scorched earth and barbecue smoke. This vintage really hits all the right spots.
The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino offers sweet and plump aromas of dark cherry and wild raspberry over a simple and bright delivery. The quality of fruit in this vintage truly is exceptional, especially in an immediate and easy-drinking wines like this.
The 2015 Cornas Terres Brûlées comes from various parcels in the appellation and was brought up just like the single parcel releases, spending 23 months in 15% new barrels. Its deep purple color is followed by fabulous notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, bouquet garni, and bay leaf. Deep, unctuous and concentrated, with sweet tannin, it's a pleasure-bent effort that will be better with short-term cellaring and deep for a decade or more.
Coming from the steep, granite soils of the La Côte Lieu-dit, the 2015 Cornas La Louvée spent 23 months in 15% new French oak. It’s seriously good, and while it has a slightly modern character, it packs tons of classic Cornas fruit as well as notes of saddle leather, bouquet garni, graphite and cracked pepper. Thick, unctuous and incredibly concentrated, with sweet tannin, it's the finest wine I've tasted from this estate to date. There are only 400 cases but it’s well worth the extra effort to track down. Hat’s off to the young Laure Colombo!
From the Chaillot lieu-dit, the 2015 Cornas Les Ruchets is slightly more firm and focused, yet still offers sensational depth of fruit and richness. Blackberry liqueur, pen ink, cracked pepper, and hints of flowers all give way to a powerful, concentrated, opulent Cornas that has the fruit and texture to drink nicely today, yet the underlying structure to keep for two decades or more. Like the La Louvée, it spent 23 months in 15% new French oak, with the balance in neutral barrels.
A blend of 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne from the more limestone soils located on the southern end of the northern Rhône, the 2016 Saint-Péray La Belle De Mai is terrific and shows how far the quality from Saint-Péray has come. Caramelized pineapple, tangerine and flowery notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, pure, beautifully balanced white that has terrific acidity and length. It's a great vintage for this cuvée, and it should keep for 2-4 years at a minimum.
Plump, peachy fruit tones are elegantly offset by fresh acidity and a lean mineral undertone. Light bodied and dry in style, it's a refreshing value wine with wide appeal. Drink now through 2019.
This dark garnet colored wine has aromas of black cherry and a faint touch of green bell pepper. Sleek tannins coat the palate as flavors of black cherry, raspberry, smoke, black pepper and eucalyptus cavort towards a lasting, smoky finish.
Aromas of black plum and coffee bean set the scene for flavors of blackberry and black cherry that are quickly joined by stronger flavors of smoked meat and espresso bean. Rich tannins coat the mouth, receding into a smoke-filled finish.
A blend of Castelão, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Francesa, this wine, with its wood aging still apparent, needs to age. It will turn into a rich wine, full of black fruits with a structure of generous tannins.
Deep violet in the glass, this wine offers aromas of black cherry, strawberry and black pepper. It is bright on the palate, with soft tannins and flavors of tart cherry, cranberry, juniper berry and black pepper that round off in a zippy finish. Kosher.
This wine offers aromas of scorched earth, pipe tobacco, mature black-skinned berry and a hint of leather. The rounded, generous palate doles out juicy black cherry, fleshy raspberry, star anise and a hint of cinnamon alongside chewy tannins. Drink through 2022.
This deep ruby wine offers a bouquet of blackberry, cassis and a slight touch of bell pepper. The full palate is bolstered by opulent tannins, offering flavors of black cherry, black currant and vanilla, with fennel, black pepper and a hint of spice on the finish. Kosher.
An elegant red, delivering fine-grained tannins and a smooth, supple layering of ripe black currant and licorice snap notes, with hints of cured tobacco, olive and spice box that linger on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028.
Sun-dried black cherry, herbed olive, spice and citrus notes leap from the glass in this medium- to full-bodied red, underscored by a subtle vein of smoky mineral that lingers on the chewy finish. Well-balanced. Drink now through 2028.
A well-balanced red, with cherry, almond, leather and underbrush flavors offsetting the lightly chewy tannins, this shows fine length and complexity. Drink now through 2022.
A pure streak of raspberry and peony marks this elegant red, with accents of black pepper, earth, graphite and tobacco. Firm, stretching out on the finish, showing echoes of fruit, earth and mineral. Best from 2019 through 2033.
Punchy red-fruit flavors finish bright, with a candied, medicinal-ending flavor.
This is a savory, smoky Pinot, reminiscent of charred greens along with red currents and dried flowers. It’s medium-bodied, with a soft grip of salty tannins and bright red fruits.
This is a youthful wine, softened by tiny additions of Merlot and Petit Verdot. Peppery black spice, leather and cedar accent compressed black fruit on the palate, bolstered by a sizable tannic structure.