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Château Boutisse 2016

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Purchased in 1996,the Milhade family have invested enormously in the vineyards and facilities at Boutisse and, above all, with their energy. Today Boutisse is no longer a surprise - dynamic young winemaker Marc Milhade has transformed this estate into an outstanding Saint-Emilion, with ripe, structured and engaging character.

Vinous Media "The 2016 Boutisse is magnificent. Striking aromatics and veins of saline minerality frame this absolutely exquisite, nuanced Saint-Émilion. Blood orange, mint, sage and floral notes add myriad shades of nuance…

Related Materials: Château Boutisse Tech Sheet 2016 (93+ VM)

Paternoster

Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture 2015

Aglianico del Vulture DOC

Don Anselmo is a landmark wine made from 100% Aglianico grapes, the native varietal in Basilicata for which the region is renowned. It is dedicated to the winery's founder, Anselmo Paternoster, and represents the history, roots, and continued importance of the Paternoster family in the area of production of the wines, Vulture.

Wine Advocate “The 2015 Aglianico del Vulture Don Anselmo sees fruit sourced from a 4.5-hectare single vineyard located at 600 meters above sea level. The wine opens to tangy fruit aromas that…

Related Materials: Paternoster Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture 2015 Tech Sheet (95 WA)

Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Napa Valley, California

The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium-bodied wine offering notable raciness up front, compelling freshness and depth of flavor. The earthy, complex and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon is softened by the judicious addition of Merlot. This is a wine that delivers immediate pleasure upon release.

Vinous Media "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a very pretty wine. Floral, lithe and understated, the 2016 is a wine of grace above all else. Sweet red cherry, mint, licorice,…

Related Materials: Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Tech Sheet (92 VM)

Chateau Montelena

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Napa Valley, California

The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is Chateau Montelena’s flagship wine and a quality icon of Napa Valley. The winemaking team works obsessively and passionately with each vintage to capture the best expression of their historic terroir. This is a show-stopper that reveals the perfect blend of flavors, aromas and textures to reach the pinnacle of balance.

Vinous Media "A powerful, intense wine, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Montelena exudes depth and textural richness, all with the tannic and structural underpinning that is such a signature of the Montelena…

Related Materials: Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Tech Sheet (96 VM)

Mitolo

G.A.M. 2015

McLaren Vale

G.A.M. represents the first initial of each of the Mitolo children's first names - Gemma, Alex and Marco. The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block within the Lopresti Vineyard, located all the way at the southern tip of McLaren Vale and on the coast.

Jeb Dunnuck “Deeper and richer than the 2014, the 2015 Shiraz G.A.M. (which represents the initials of the Mitolo children) offers a smokin’ good bouquet of mulled spices, chocolate, salted caramel, and…

Related Materials: Mitolo G.A.M. 2015 Tech Sheet (95 JD)

Ponzi Vineyards

Chardonnay Reserve 2015

Willamette Valley

The Ponzi family has dedicated over 25 years to innovation in farming and winemaking to develop Oregon Chardonnay's place in the world. Luisa Ponzi's formative experiences working in Burgundy in the early 1990s guide her vision of producing complex and ageworthy Chardonnay.

Wine Enthusiast “This excellent reserve celebrating the winery’s 45th anniversary is a multi-vineyard blend that includes grapes from the top cuvées. It’s high toned and scented with whiskey barrel aromas and hints…

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2015 Tech Sheet (91 WE)

Champagne Ayala

Perle d’Ayala 2006

Champagne, France

A treasure in the portfolio, Perle d'Ayala is produced only in exceptional years, according to practices that have remained faithful to the Champagne tradition. Composed of a majority of Chardonnay, this wine captures the essence of the Champagne terroir, in the purest respect of the style of the House.

James Suckling “A Chardonnay dominant cuvee (80 percent) that has rested on the lees for more than eight years.\ It delivers attractive, nutty complexity with an array of peach, lemon and lime…

Related Materials: Champagne Ayala Perle d’Ayala 2006 Tech Sheet (93 JS)

Champagne Ayala

Le Blanc de Blancs 2012

Champagne, France

Ayala’s Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, produced in small quantities in exceptional years only, fully expresses the superb caliber of great Chardonnay from the best crus of the Côte des Blancs. After 6 years of aging in Ayala’s cellars, remarkable minerality and low dosage make this an outstanding wine.

James Suckling “Super attractive aromas of chalky, fine, lemon pastry and pears with a subtle mineral thread. The palate has a very attractive array of fine, smooth peaches and citrus fruit and…

Related Materials: Champagne Ayala Le Blanc de Blancs 2012 Tech Sheet (93 JS)

Petrolo

Bòggina A 2016

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Every year, Petrolo selects a small lot of Bòggina, a wine made purely from their best Sangiovese grapes, to ferment in amphorae. The choice of amphorae has a historical dimension: Terracotta in Tuscany has a history back to the early Etruscan times. The remains of amphorae and other Etruscan relics can be found throughout the Petrolo property, an area that has been settled for thousands of years.

James Suckling “Extremely refined and beautiful with tight density of fruit and polished, linear tannins. Full to medium body and a bright, beautiful finish. Iron and stones, too.”

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina A 2016 Tech Sheet (95 JS)

Petrolo

Bòggina B 2016

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Bòggina B is a little bit of Burgundy with a Tuscan twist. The wine is made with 100% Trebbiano Toscano. The clone of the Valdarno has been known for its quality since the 1300s, when it was regularly sent to the popes in Rome and the courts of Florence. Petrolo has been using Trebbiano grapes for its sweet vinsanto for decades, but owner Luca Sanjust decided that the time had come for a tribute to the great whites of Valdarno’s past. The wine is made under the guidance of one of Burgundy’s greats, Mounir Souma of Lucien Le Moine.

James Suckling “This remains one of the coolest whites in Tuscany with a mineral, apple, and light flint aroma and flavor profile. Full-bodied, tight and focused with a beautiful finish of bright…

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina B 2016 Tech Sheet (97 JS)

Petrolo

Bòggina C 2016

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Bòggina is a Sangiovese cru and a testament to the winemaking foresight of Petrolo’s founder, Gastone Bazzocchi, who planted the vineyard in 1952 and saw the great quality potential of the vineyard early on. Over the years, the vineyard has been replanted little by little with a massale selection to preserve the diversity of the original clones. Bòggina showcases the great expression of a 100% Sangiovese that Petrolo’s unique terroir and microclimate are capable of producing.

James Suckling “This is so focused and precise with fantastic depth and beauty. A pure definition of sangiovese. Full-bodied, tight and refined. Yet, full of strength and length. Succulent, too. A single-vineyard…

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina C 2016 Tech Sheet (96 JS)

Petrolo

Torrione 2016

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Torrione marks the beginning of the Petrolo’s quality revolution. It is considered to be the true identity of Petrolo, made with a blend of grapes from all of the estate’s vineyards.

James Suckling "Aromas of dried flowers, dried berries, cherries and hints of stones. Full-bodied, very firm and silky. An intense underlying energy of acidity and a lovely finish. 75% sangiovese, 20% merlot…

Related Materials: Petrolo Torrione 2016 Tech Sheet (95 JS)

Petrolo

Bòggina B 2015

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Bòggina B is a little bit of Burgundy with a Tuscan twist. The wine is made with 100% Trebbiano Toscano. The clone of the Valdarno has been known for its quality since the 1300s, when it was regularly sent to the popes in Rome and the courts of Florence. Petrolo has been using Trebbiano grapes for its sweet vinsanto for decades, but owner Luca Sanjust decided that the time had come for a tribute to the great whites of Valdarno’s past. The wine is made under the guidance of one of Burgundy’s greats, Mounir Souma of Lucien Le Moine.

James Suckling “The aromas of dried flowers, stones, dark tea leaves, hot tile, and dark berries. Full-bodied, yet tight and linear. Wonderful drive and depth. An extremely long and focused finish. A…

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina B 2015 Tech Sheet (96 JS)

Le Macchiole

Bolgheri Rosso 2017

Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Bolgheri Rosso is a refined and frankly irresistible blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, serving as an introduction to the estate. The wine is, frankly, almost too good at the price. All the intensive artisanal work that Le Macchiole carries out in its vineyards and cellars benefits this wine, and it despite more availability than its Paleo Rosso, Messorio and Scrio siblings, it sells out nearly as quickly.

There are no revidews for this wine, yet.

Le Macchiole

Paleo Bianco 2017

Toscana IGT

First produced in 1991 in tiny quantities for a local restaurant, Paleo Bianco today is a silky, mineral-driven blend of Chardonnay  and Sauvignon Blanc with loads of savory Mediterranean character. 

There are no revidews for this wine, yet.

Le Macchiole

Paleo Rosso 2015

Toscana IGT

Paleo Rosso has been called Italy's landmark expression of Cabernet Franc. It is named for a type of local wild grass, which once covered the land where its vines are now planted. Originally a blend of several different varieties, the wine has been made from 100% Cabernet Franc since 2001, and was the first mono varietal Cabernet Franc to be produced in Bolgheri. The grapes come from several vineyards on the estate, including Vignone, Madonnina, Puntone and Casa Nuova. Each vineyard is picked separately, and fruit from the same vineyard is often picked more than once at different stages of maturity, resulting in about 20 different pickings.

James Suckling “There are so much essence-like fruits on the nose of this Bolgheri Rosso, from blackberry perfume and dark-cherry compote to fresher elements of rosemary, lavender, hot stones and citrus. Full…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Tech Sheet (97 JS) Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Shelf Talker (97 JS)

Le Macchiole

Scrio 2015

Bolgheri DOC

Scrio was first produced in 1994. Eugenio Campolmi's, one of Le Macchiole's founders, created it because he wanted to produce a wine that would best express his vision of Syrah, his favorite grape variety. Scrio has an original personality and stands apart from Syrah grown in France or anywhere else - it is an extraordinarily compelling meld of deep and velvety Mediterranean fruit with cool climate aromatics and detail. Given the extremely limited production, Scrio is decidedly a hidden gem.

James Suckling “A stunning syrah; the real McCoy for the variety. The depth of aroma takes your breath away with bark, tea leaves, peppermint, dried rosemary, thyme, sage, pressed violets, cedar, creme…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Tech Sheet (100 JS) Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Shelf Talker (100 JS)

Domaine Chanson

Gevrey-Chambertin 2015

Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy

Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the major communes in the Cote de Nuits and is located in the northern part of the appellation. This is a "coup de coeur" wine, meaning it touches your heart with its charming style and powerful aromas and flavors.

James Suckling “Savory, nutty and earthy. This has plenty of cherry. Rather elegant, moderately dry tannins, which gives this a graceful line. Not that long but drinks very well now.”

Related Materials: Domaine Chanson Gevrey-Chambertin 2015 Tech Sheet (91 JS)

Domaine Chanson

Meursault 2015

Meursault, Burgundy

Chanson's Meursault is a village wine with Premier Cru standards. The grapes are from 4 different plots of vineyards from selected growers. 2 of these plots are located on mid-slope for finesse and minerality. The other 2 are situated around the village for more richness and depth.

James Suckling “Smokey yeasty nose from aging on the lees, but it also has plenty of candied citrus and a dried pear character. Quite a full body but it shows nice acidity…

Related Materials: Domaine Chanson Meursault 2015 Tech Sheet (90 JS)

Domaine Chanson

Le Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015

Burgundy

This serious Bourgogne Blanc is pale gold in color with intense aromas of citrus fruit, green almond and an underlying minerality. On the palate, it is well-balanced, with very pure fruit and a racy acidity. The finish is refreshing. It's perfect with charcuterie, pâté and goat cheese.

There are no revidews for this wine, yet.