This wine has a nose of black cherry and oregano with a hint of cardamom. Dark-fruit flavors of cherry and black plum are bolstered by notes of juniper berry and tomato leaf which fill the mouth and then make way for smooth tannins punctuated by bright notes of pomegranate.
Red violet in the glass, this wine offers a bouquet of raspberry and sage. It is easy drinking, despite sturdy tannins, and features flavors of cherry, cranberry and tomato leaf that round off the bright finish.
Bright at first sip, this black-cherry-colored wine has a bouquet of cherry and juniper berry...offers vanilla-laced flavors of blackberry and raspberry that wind down to a soft tangerine finish.
This wine has aromas of blackberry and thyme. Flavors of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla and aniseed are supported by a backdrop of smooth tannins that dry the palate ever so slightly, culminating in a smooth, lengthy finish.
This violet-red wine proffers a bouquet of cassis and roasted fennel bulb. Flavors of dark plum, black currant, vanilla bean and anise are wrapped in a web of velvety tannins that recede
into a soft, violet-scented finish
The aroma is fresh and bright, welcoming with pineapple and pear. All together, this fruity-smoky profile suggests charred pineapple, plus a vanilla and clove finish.
The distinctly fruity aroma suggests fresh-cut apple. Soft waves of vanilla and agave nectar are tinged with sweet spices, exiting with cinnamon and black pepper and an echo of apple, creating a cinnamon-apple effect.
Soft, subtle, creamy and dry with notes of buttered rye toast, apple tart and cinnamon.
Ripe, jammy, lean and dry with notes of cherry, black plum, chocolate-covered raisin, thyme, oregano and cedar.
Succulent red cherry and red plum fruit, along with soft contours, give the Riserva di Fizzano much of its sensual appeal.
Sweet tobacco, menthol, licorice, new oak, orange peel and spice overtones add aromatic complexity to this decidedly racy, ripe Chianti Classico. Pliant and inviting, with terrific structure...good bit of depth and plenty of power, as well as a touch of wildness to the 2015.
Soft, silky and inviting...polished feel and generous, open-knit personality. All the elements fall into place effortlessly, but what stands out most about the 2016 is its persistence. Floral notes brighten up the finish nicely.
It’s an aromatic and balanced mix of green bell pepper, tomato leaf, grapefruit and lemon zest. The whole package is backed by crisp, crunchy acidity, a slippery texture and a long, lemony finish.
A closed nose bubbles to life with tones of coconut and ripe berries, while the hefty palate is built by gripping tannins.
Intensely concentrated and chewy with notes of black currant, graphite, sundried tomato, savory herbs and char.
Muscular and youthfully chewy with notes of cherry, plum, black olive, black licorice, cinnamon and clove.
Full and chewy with notes of red apple skin, cassis, black olive, dark chocolate and cedar.
Full, luscious and ripe with notes of cherry cobbler, fig tart, coffee, vanilla and chocolate cake.
This light straw-colored beauty features a classic petrol-to-grapefruit nose with a hint of baby's breath flowers and a kiss of wet stone. Grapefruit peel gives a pleasant texture to the mouthfeel while dill, tarragon, and chamomile add zest, zing, and tonality.
Unique aromas of chocolate cherries arise with a thread of graphite built in. Precise acidity points to savory and juicy notes of cranberry and coffee before spiced plum takes over on the pleasant finish, lingering with a long note of sweet tobacco.
This offers delicate scents evoking orchard fruit, chamomile and bread crust. On the linear palate, a racy perlage and vibrant acidity frame yellow apple, lemon zest and a hint of Alpine herb.
This Chardonnay-based wine is crisp and mineral driven, yet balanced by a softer texture that will develop as the wine matures. Attractive fruitiness contrasts with the bright acidity and tangy aftertaste.
Yeasty, bready aromas of briny nectarine show early onset autolysis.Flavors of dried papaya and melon include a note of brioche, while this is steady, bready, mature and ready on the finish. Drink now.
This wine captures a wild brambly character without being tricked up with new oak...it shows raspberry and tea aromas, while the palate brings ample cherry and raspberry flavors and balanced tannins.
Grainy, thick and concentrated, this wine offers structure amidst its big-boned richness and ripe flavor. Sizable tannins surround a core of brambly fruit and toasted oak that lingers on the finish.
Scents of jasmine, mandarin orange, plumeria, and lanolin are mesmerizing. Unctuous on the palate without being cloying, its flavors further inspire the elderflower essence as white peach, white tea, and pink grapefruit add complexity to a weighty mouthfeel.
A modern style, driven by cherry and berry fruit, vanilla and milk chocolate flavors. Firm and tightening up, with plenty of grip and leafy elements on the back end.
A dusting of bittersweet chocolate coats the black cherry and blueberry fruit in this firmly structured red. Bitter almond and earth accents chime in on the dry finish.
This shows richness and breadth, featuring notes of plum, coffee, iron and leather, punctuated by cherry hints and tangy acidity. Finishes firm and dense, with a fresh feel.
A compact, tar-accented style, with blackberry, plum, iron and tobacco flavors. Give this time to resolve the dense structure. Features a core of sweet fruit and the finish shows promise.
A dark version, featuring intense flavors of blackberry, black cherry, spice and tar up against a wall of tannins. All the elements are here, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Terrific length.
Aromas of blackberries, wet earth, lavender and blueberries. Full-bodied, deep and layered with bright acidity and a bacon-fat, mushroom, smoked-meat and fruit aftertaste.
A fresh and fruity wine with blueberries, chocolate and hazelnuts that follow through to a medium-to full-bodied palate with medium tannins and a clean finish.
A delicious wine with a tobacco, dark-tea and dried-fruit character. Balsamic and hints of bitter wood, too. Medium to full body, juicy fruit and a savory finish. Drink now.
This red shows red plums, raspberries and hints of light cedar. Medium to full body, soft and juicy tannins and a nice finish. Drink now.
A really pretty red, showing blood oranges, blueberries, crushed violets, dried herbs and some cedar. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh, tight finish. Drink now.
Cedar, dried nutmeg, sour cherries, blueberries, citrus and spices. Medium to full body and blue fruit that’s well wrapped up in firm tannins and driven acidity.
A subtle vermentino with white stones, sliced apples and preserved lemons. Medium body, fresh acidity and a taut finish. Drink now.
Impeccably made, this is lively and refreshing, but also very harmonious and easy to enjoy. With a little more lemony aroma this would have rated higher. Drink now.
A blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon and 50% sangiovese with some pretty ripe fruit and hints of hazelnuts and walnuts. Medium body and a fresh finish.
A taut but polished red, packed with dried raspberry, currant and boysenberry fruit, detailed with dried herb, soy sauce and licorice elements. Floral and mineral details echo on the licorice-laced finish. Drink now through 2028. –G.S.
This wine offers expressive tones of strawberry, leather and jam, with a full-bodied, rich approach. A creamy, velvety quality unfolds on the palate, supported by brawny tannins.
This wine opens with a nutty, woody nose that delves quickly into a brazen blue-fruit flavor. Clove and pepper season it well and contribute to its length and depth.
While steely in acidity, this wine offers a counterbalance of fleshy pineapple and mango flavors. It finds a balance between both sides of the equation and also shows great integration with the oak.
TOP 100 (#11) BEST BUYS 2018; Cellar Selection; This rich, full wine is firmly anchored in ripe tannins. It has concentration and a dense texture layered with black fruits and acidity. Partly fermented in clay amphoras, the wine has a particularly juicy edge as well as freshness. Drink from 2020. - RV
Dense, sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins provide plenty of structure to the core of blackberry and black pepper flavors, with cigar box, sage and cumin accents that linger on the finish.
An intense, intriguing mix of dark chocolate, fresh peppermint, cassis and wild blackberry flavors, with dense, velvety tannins and hints of tobacco and spice. The tannins firm up on the finish, where a black licorice note lingers.
An intense, intriguing mix of dark chocolate, fresh peppermint, cassis and wild blackberry flavors, with dense, velvety tannins and hints of tobacco and spice.