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DUE FALL 2015
"I clearly underrated this wine from barrel. The finest wine made at this estate since 1982, this opaque black wine is a sleeper of the vintage, with oodles of blackberry fruit interwoven with hints of charcoal, forest floor, licorice and damp earth. Deep, rich, chewy, full-bodied and opulent, this is a fabulous Meyney that, because of its low acidity and very ripe tannin, can be drunk in 3-4 years or cellared for two decades. Bravo!" (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
"Green olives, spices and currants on the nose. Full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Lovely layers of ripe tannins and ripe fruit. Best after 2018." (JS)
James Suckling: 93 pts.
"Ripe dark fruits, licorice, smoke, earth and spice aromas open to a medium/full bodied, soft, round, forward wine that can be enjoyed in its youth or aged, as there is enough stuffing for this wine to improve for at least a decade or more. 91 points - Tasted Jan 28, 2014" (JL)
Jeff Leve: 91 pts.
"Decidedly minerally, this has extra layers of wet stone and tar around a core of dark berry and cherry fruit, finishing with intensity and richness. The finish persists. Drink now through 2022. 1,160 cases made. -HS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"The 2012 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon (there's 4% Syrah in the blend) exhibits lots of scorched earth and licorice characteristics to go with ample blackberry and currant-style fruits. Full-bodied, open, supple and textured, enjoy this hedonistic beauty over the coming 4-5 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.
"After starting out somewhat reduced, this becomes aromatic with notes of char, coffee grounds, toast, herbs and dark cherries. It's seamless, silky and rich in feel, with layered fruit and barrel flavors and a beguiling sense of texture. -S.S.(7/1/2015)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 91 pts.
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RICH, CREAMY, BUTTERY, OAKY!
A TRIPLE WOW!
With rich characteristics of apple and spice, this lovely opulent wine is made in the style of a traditional Burgundy Chardonnay. Butterscotch and tropical palate, along with vanilla notes from the barrel fermentation. This Chardonnay ends with a smooth, crisp, enjoyable finish.
OUR TASTING NOTES: VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Always leery of sugary-sweet bulk-juice efforts at this price range, we were absolutely floored when we tasted this! Here's what we found: Inviting aromas of poached pear and toasty, smoky oak are followed by spice and pear tart, with a touch of lemon curd and vanilla. More creamy than buttery, there's a caramelized aspect to the oak and a pleasant crispness. Deftly balanced with underlying complexity and finesse. Finishes strong, with lip-smacking anticipation of the next sip.
"Ridge's 2013 Zinfandel Geyserville is deep, rich and explosive. A much darker wine than the 2012, the 2013 hits the palate with masses of dark red/black fruit followed by iron, smoke and savory herbs. The intensity of fruit nearly covers the tannins that lurk beneath. There is lot to look forward to in this highly promising, engaging Geyserville. The blend is 73% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mataro (Mourvèdre)." (VM)
Vinous Media: 92-94 pts.
"73% Zinfandel; 17% Carignane; 9% Petite Sirah; 1% Mataro. Taking its accustomed place near the head of this year's class, Ridge's classic field blend is once again a wine of great depth and range, and one that comes with the demand for aging. It is fully ripe but never close to being too much and is loaded with deep, dark berry fruit, and it already shows highlights of dried flowers and sweet spice that presage increased complexity to come. It is weighty but impeccably balanced and quite long at the finish, and, given Geyserville bottlings' stellar track record for aging, this one can be held with complete confidence for a good many years." (CG)
Connoisseurs' Guide: 93 pts.
Riserva Il Grigio
"The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio opens to a deeply saturated color that is thick and luminous at the same time. In terms of bouquet, this Riserva veers toward the far end of the aromatic spectrum (as far as Chianti Classico is concerned) with dark tones of spice, saddle leather, pressed rose and moist earth. The finish excels in terms of softness and richness. This is a bold and modern wine with soft tannins and rich extract." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
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Santa Rita Hills
"Rich and ripe, this combines firm, dense red and dark berry fruit with pretty floral and spicy notes that gain depth, hold focus and offer persistence on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 675 cases made. -JL" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 94 pts.
"Even better, the 2012 Pinot Noir Machado has sappy, grippy texture to go with notions of rose petal, earth, underbrush and both blackberry and raspberry-styled fruit. Medium to full-bodied, rich, textured and beautifully balanced, I love the overall energetic vibe here, and it should evolve nicely for upward of a decade." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.
"Bright red. Very fresh, intensely perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, potpourri, smoky minerals and Asian spices. Smooth, dense and energetic, offering sappy red fruit and floral pastille flavors lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Finishes very long and sweet, with supple, harmonious tannins that fade smoothly into the wine's juicy fruit." (VM)
Vinous Media: 93 pts.
"Incredibly delicious aromas of blackberry syrup, strawberries, cherry pie and cinnamon sticks make for a very juicy introduction to this single-vineyard bottling by Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton. The veil of ripeness carries to the palate, but it proves more serious and restrained, with graphite minerality, bergamot and sage elements. It's complex and yet easily. -M.K. (7/1/2015)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 95 pts.
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"A pretty note of apple blossom runs through this elegant Champagne, which is bright and juicy, offering flavors of green and yellow apple, tangerine and ground ginger, with a hint of graham cracker. Shows lovely texture, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2018. 42,000 cases imported." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"Light golden color. Funky, wild, rich, creamy, yeasty, and earthy nose. The leaf mold character is fascinating. As it opens, sweetness balances against the strong sauvage character. On the palate, #4 is full-bodied, dense, and chewy, with superb mouth feel. It's particularly lively and seems to dance on the palate. We suspect that this is an outstanding food Champagne. Stressing power rather than grace and elegance, #4 kept improving in the glass. Excellent quality." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
"($52) (roughly 60% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay and 10% pinot meunier; L037415C108930): Bright yellow-gold. Mineral-accented lemon curd and green apple on the nose, with a spicy topnote. Penetrating and dry on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering intense orchard fruit and buttered toast flavors with a touch of bitter cherry pit. Shows impressive focus and lift on the taut, stony finish, which features a suave floral quality. This bottling is consistently among the very best big-house "basic" NV Champagnes." (VM)
Vinous Media: 91 pts.
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Montepulciano d' Abruzzo
S. Martino Rosso
"A fresh, harmonious red, offering a subtle range of flavors, with rich notes of smoky mineral, crushed blackberry, olive tapenade, grilled herb and ground anise. Fine-grained tannins emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 2,500 cases imported. -AN" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 91 pts.
100% Montepulciano fermented and aged in 100% new Vicard Prestige barrels, 500 gallon puncheons for fermentation, and standard barriques for aging. Both puncheons and barriques are replaced after a single use.
"Juicy and well-built, with a solid core of black and red currant fruit wrapped with anise, graphite and smoldering black tea leaf hints. Nicely packed, but stays racy through the finish. Rock-solid. Drink now through 2020. 1,200 cases imported. -JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"The 2010 Gigondas La Gille has a dense ruby/purple color and sweet cassis notes intermixed with crushed chalk and acacia flower. It is dense, full-bodied, textured and impressive." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 88-91 pts.
"Vibrant ruby. Red berry compote, cherry and potpourri on the intensely perfumed nose. Pliant, palate-staining red fruit flavors take on weight with air and are lifted by juicy acidity and a spicy nuance. Packs a serious punch but comes off elegant and precise, finishing sweet, seamless and very long." (VM)
Vinous Media: 92 pts.
"The 2013 Hütte Riesling Kabinett starts with a very clear, elegant and delicately aromatic and lovely flinty nose. Bottled with 7.5% alcohol this is a full-flavored, sappy and stimulating Kabinett with a lovely salty finish and piquant aftertaste. It's already very accessible and demonstrates the great talent of Max von Kunow for this specific German wine category. Maximilian took over his father Eberhard von Kunow's estate von Hövel in Oberemmel/Saar in 2010 when he was still a freelancing consultant oenologist in Luxembourg and Germany. He shifted the von Hövel wines toward purity, lightness and finesse and has become the shooting star on the Saar since then. His 2013s are excellent again and Max is quite happy with the character of the vintage. "2013 is a classic Saar vintage: very elegant, low in alcohol and high acidity." He harvested very late, as always, and yielded "70 per cent less than usual." Max claims he did not de-acidify: "Although we picked with acidity levels of 12.5´to 13 grams, we bottled our wines with 10 and 11 grams of acidity of which 60-70% is tartaric acid." Kunow ferments spontaneously and 90% of his wines are fermented in fuder. His Kabinett wines are among the finest on Planet Wine, whereas I am not fully convinced yet by the dry wines. By the way, Max is a tame member of the VDP and as such has implemented their partly baffling decisions. The wine range of von Hövel are now structured as the "VDP quality pyramid" is demanding it: Estate wine, Village wine and Grand Cru (the VDP Mosel has just Grosse Lagen, no Erste Lagen like the Rheingau, Rheinhessen or the Pfalz). Apropos Grand Cru: The world famous Scharzhofberger is now called Scharzhofberg and the reason for this is, as Max von Kunow puts it: "Because the VDP asked me to rename it." Aha." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
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Tinta de Toro
Toro, Castilla Leon
"The 2007 Valpiculata was sourced from 100+-year-old, ungrafted Tinto de Toro vines and aged for 18 months in new French oak. Purple/black with a brooding bouquet of pain grille, graphite, espresso, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry, on the palate this full-bodied wine has terrific volume and concentration, layered fruit, savory black fruit flavors, and exceptional length. In the scheme of things, it is a great value in serious red wine. Valpiculata's wines are bottled without fining or filtration, directly into the bottle from the cask." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92+ pts.
"Deep ruby. Smoky, deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry compote and cola, with sexy oak spice nuances and a hint of pipe tobacco. Plush and sweet but focused, showing very good depth to its dark fruit and spice flavors. Picks up energy and a hint of candied red fruits on the long, smooth finish. I'd drink this now for its exuberant fruit." (VM)
Vinous Media: 90 pts.
Dry Creek Valley
"The finest of this Zins is the 2012 Zinfandel Reserve, a selection of St. Francis' finest cuvées that spent 20 months in French oak. Full-bodied with copious notes of black cherries, black raspberries, earth, bouquet garni, pepper, spice box and vanillin, this dark ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied, opulent, still young and vigorous Zin should drink well for at least a decade." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
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"The 2012 Macon Morizottes is a little delight. The bouquet is very attractive: fresh pear and touches of grapefruit and fresh melon at first, then later spicier scents emerge and add another layer of complexity. The palate is well-balanced, with plenty of citrus fruit, fresh apples and melon. There is impressive weight here and perhaps the precision is just taken down a couple of notches by warmth on the finish. Otherwise, this Macon Morizottes is packed full of flavor and should give drinking pleasure over the next 4 to 5 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.
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Santa Maria Valley
"From a cooler climate and gravelly soils, the 2012 Chardonnay Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands comes from 40-year-old, ungrafted vines, is 100% barrel-fermented and aged eight months in 52% new French oak. Abundant aromas of tropical fruits, an opulent, exotic personality, huge richness, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, good acidity and surprising length suggest a Chardonnay that could easily sell at twice the price. There are just over 4,300 cases of this wine. It should drink well for 4-5 years. Readers who are not familiar with the late Jess Jackson, who created the huge Kendall-Jackson empire from scratch should read the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes titled A Man and His Mountain. It reveals just about everything you want to know about Jess Jackson, with whom I used to taste regularly, and admired and respected enormously. From his millions of cases of Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay to his small production, boutique and cult wineries that are clearly world-class, Jackson was a visionary. His influence on both the value end of the wine market and the more sophisticated, luxury echelon can never be underestimated. Following are the current and upcoming releases from Kendall-Jackson, which is now run by Jess Jackson's wife, Barbara Banke. Their longtime winemaker, Randy Ullom, and his team are responsible for these wines. The remarkable thing about all of these offerings is that they are from estate vineyards. While the Jackson family has been criticized for using the generic California or regional appellations, the quality is in the bottle, and after all, wine is about the enjoyment of consumption, not for collecting dust in a museum." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
BRIGHT AND REFRESHING!
""Lip-smacking lemon and lemon zest flavors are bright and refreshing in this crisp, light-bodied wine, showing a hint of lemon thyme on the finish. Drink now. 58,250 cases made. –MW" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 86 pts.
Chapoutier and Laughton
"Deep garnet-purple, the 2010 Cluster M45 Shiraz has lovely floral and herbal notes wafting over a solid core of youthful blackberries and black cherries with nuances of Chinese five spice and cloves. Great intensity and balance in a rather modest medium-full body with great graininess to the tannins and plenty of freshness. It finishes long. Note that no 2011 Cluster M45 was produced. This illustrious partnership between Michel Chapoutier from France's Rhone region and Ron Laughton of the Heathcote estate, Jasper Hill was founded in 1997 and the project yielded its first vintage in 2003. Formerly called "Cambrian," "Cluster M45" is now the U.S. label for this wine, known as "La Pleiade" elsewhere. It is made from 100% Shiraz from a 20-acre single vineyard just south of Jasper Hill's Georgia's Paddock, which is planted with a 50/50 mix of vines taken from Jasper Hill and Chapoutier's vineyards (imported from France). In December 2014, I visited with Ron Laughton in Heathcote and tasted through a vertical of every vintage made of La Pleiade/Cluster M45." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 97 pts.