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Late Harvest Torontel

2010 Chile Maule Valle
94 Points

A sublime set of caramel and honeyed late-harvest aromas couldn’t be more inviting. This Torontel is the best dessert wine from Chile. It’s intense and pure, with acidic balance. Rich amplified flavors of caramel, toffee and cocoa finish with grace on the finish. This is like a trip to Europe: think Vin Santo or Vendange Tardive. 

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Wine Enthusiast March 2018
Late Harvest Torontel Platinum

José de Sousa

2014 Portugal Douro Valley
92 Points

Domingos Soares Franco began experimenting with fermentation in amphorae after his family’s company bought the Casa Agricola José de Sousa Rosado Fernandes in 1986. Locals were using their massive, century-old clay pots as planters at the time; he bought up as many intact vessels as he could and filled the winery, adding more when they exploded in the middle of fermentation, in the middle of the night. The technique and style of this wine has shifted over the years, and this is the first vintage in recent memory that has found such a remarkable balance. A blend of grand noir (50 percent) with trincadeira and aragones, most of it fermented cool in stainless steel. A small portion fermented in clay pots charges the wine with complexity, creating a rainbow of color in the flavors, from strawberry to cassis, orange and blackberry. It’s volatile when first opened, but air allows the wine to integrate, firmly shaped by the tannins. Decant it for a glimpse into the Alentejo’s past.

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Wine & Spirits February 2018
José de Sousa Platinum

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

2015 Germany Mosel
93 Points

Year's Best Mosel Rieslings. This is wound so tight right now that it’s hard to get much detail out of it. What it does offer is a sense of clarity so strong it feels like it’s got superpowers: If a wine could see, this one would, for miles. With time in the glass, notes of peach, pear and citrus emerge, but the sense of transparency and energy remains.

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Wine & Spirits February 2018
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Platinum

Asti

NV/MV Italy Piedmont
92 Points

Powerfully aromatic with notes of lemon peel, apple butter, honeysuckle, ginger, and pineapple. Sweet, frothy, and gushing with tropical fruit flavors on the palate, this refreshing wine offers complexity and a long, semisweet finish dotted with citrus.

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Ultimate Wine Challenge Ultimate Wine Challenge
Asti Platinum

Chianti Classico

2014 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

Castello di Verrazzano's The 2014 Chianti Classico is gorgeous. Beautifully perfumed and deep on the palate, with a classic, midweight sense of structure, the 2014 hits all the right notes. Succulent red cherry fruit, pipe tobacco, leather, smoke and cedar infuse this creamy, super-expressive Chianti Classico from Verrazzano.

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Vinous January 18, 2018
Chianti Classico Platinum

Chianti Classico Riserva

2013 Italy Tuscany
93 Points

The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva is a powerful, somewhat austere wine that needs time to shed some of its formidable tannin. Vertical in structure and also quite virile, the 2013 shows the more masculine side of Sangiovese to great effect. The flavors are dark and bold in this authoritative Riserva.

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Vinous January 18, 2018
Chianti Classico Riserva Platinum

Sassello

2013 Italy Tuscany
95 Points

The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Sassello is a total knockout. Rich, creamy and beautifully textured in the glass, it exudes concentration and yet retains quite a bit of freshness. The balance of fruit, tannin and acidity is superb. Today, the red cherry, plum and pomegranate flavors are remarkably primary. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2013 for at least a few years in order for it to develop aromatic complexity.

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Vinous January 18, 2018
Sassello Platinum

Sassello

2013 Italy Tuscany
95 Points

The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Sassello is a total knockout. Rich, creamy and beautifully textured in the glass, it exudes concentration and yet retains quite a bit of freshness. The balance of fruit, tannin and acidity is superb. Today, the red cherry, plum and pomegranate flavors are remarkably primary. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2013 for at least a few years in order for it to develop aromatic complexity.

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Vinous January 18, 2018
Sassello Platinum