Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2013 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

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.

Vinous April 2018
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG bottle Platinum

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2013 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

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. 

Vinous April 2018
Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG bottle Platinum

Sergio Zingarelli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

2013 Italy Chianti
95 Points

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.
 

Decanter May 2018
Sergio Zingarelli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione bottle Platinum

Single Block S1 Sauvignon Blanc

2017 New Zealand Awatere Valley
91 Points

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.

Wine Enthusiast May 2018
Platinum

Single Vineyard Malbec

2014 Argentina Mendoza
93 Points

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. 

Editors' Choice Award
Wine Enthusiast May 2018
Salentein, Bodegas Single Vineyard Malbec bottle Platinum

Côtes du Rhône Blanc "Les Abeilles"

2016 France Rhone Valley
89 Points

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.
 

Wine Enthusiast May 2018
Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône Blanc "Les Abeilles" bottle Best Buy

Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 USA Napa
92 Points

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.

Cellar Selection Award
Wine Enthusiast May 2018
Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Platinum

Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 USA Napa
96 Points

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.
 

Cellar Selection Award
Wine Enthusiast May 2018
Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Platinum

Single Block S1 Sauvignon Blanc

2017 New Zealand Awatere Valley
91 Points

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.

Wine Advocate February 2018
Platinum

Sancerre

2016 France Loire Valley
91 Points

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. 

Wine & Spirits April 1, 2018
Rémy Pannier Sancerre bottle Platinum

Gran Vu Blend

2013 Argentina Mendoza
92 Points

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.

Wine Spectator April 30, 2018
Salentein, Bodegas Gran Vu Blend bottle Platinum

Fontanafredda Barolo DOCG- Silver Label

2007 Italy Piedmont
93 Points

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. 

Wine Spectator April 30, 2018
Fontanafredda Barolo DOCG- Silver Label Platinum

Spezieri

2016 Italy Tuscany
87 Points

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.

Wine & Spirits April 1, 2018
Col d'Orcia Spezieri bottle Best Buy

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2013 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

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.

Wine Advocate February 28, 2018
Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG bottle Platinum

Banditella Rosso di Montalcino DOC

2015 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

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.

Wine Advocate February 28, 2018
Col d'Orcia Banditella Rosso di Montalcino DOC bottle Platinum

Rosso di Montalcino DOC

2015 Italy Tuscany
89 Points

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.

Wine Advocate February 28, 2018
Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino DOC bottle

Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2015 France Rhone Valley
93 Points

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.

Jeb Dunnuck January 18, 2018
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Terres Brulées" bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2015 France Rhone Valley
97 Points

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!

Jeb Dunnuck January 2018
Cornas "La Louvée" Platinum

Cornas "Les Ruchets"

2015 France Rhone Valley
95 Points

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.

Jeb Dunnuck January 2018
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Les Ruchets" bottle Platinum

Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai"

2016 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

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.

Jeb Dunnuck January 2018
Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai" bottle Platinum

Special Reserve

2014 Israel Upper Galilee
91 Points

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.

Wine Enthusiast April 2018
Recanati Special Reserve bottle Platinum

Upper Galilee Shiraz

2016 Israel Upper Galilee
91 Points

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.

Wine Enthusiast April 2018
Platinum

Reserva

2015 Portugal Setubal Peninsula
90 Points

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. 

Wine Enthusiast April 2018
Periquita Reserva bottle Best Buy

Reserve Merlot

2016 Israel Upper Galilee
90 Points

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.

Wine Enthusiast April 2018
Recanati Reserva Merlot Bottle Platinum

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Israel Upper Galilee
93 Points

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. 

Editors' Choice Award
Wine Enthusiast April 2018
Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Platinum

Burdese

2013 Italy Sicily
92 Points

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. 

Wine Spectator March 2018
Planeta Burdese bottle Platinum

Santa Cecilia

2013 Italy Sicily
92 Points

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. 

Wine Spectator March 2018
Planeta Santa Cecilia bottle Platinum

Pinot Noir

2016 New Zealand Marlborough
89 Points

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. 

Wine Enthusiast March 2018
Platinum