CountryBrandProductVintageRatingPublicationReviewDateActive Brand WA?Active Brand OR?Active Brand CA?
SpainBodegas LANRioja Edicion Limitada202194Wine Spectator
"Rich flavors of black cherry preserves and blackberry coulis are enlivened by a tang of orange peel acidity, with lavish accents of licorice, violet and Earl Grey tea. A generous red, offering a muscular frame of tannins, yet this shows lovely poise and harmony throughout, expanding with hints of graphite and cocoa powder on the lasting finish. Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2036."
OregonKen Wright CellarsPinot Noir Willamette Valley202291Wine Spectator
"Bright and juicy, offering tart raspberry and cranberry flavors laced with mineral and forest floor accents, which build tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2031. 25,000 cases made."
FranceYves CuilleronCornas Lieu-Dit Les Cotes202291-93Jeb Dunnuck
"Yves 2022 Cornas Lieu-Dit Les Côtes reveals a ruby/plum hue as well as an incredibly meaty nose of red and black fruits, venison, bouquet garni, and baking spices. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, has ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish."
FranceYves CuilleronCote Rotie Lieu-Dit Bonnivieres202292-94Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2022 Côte Rôtie Lieu-Dit Bonnivières comes from a higher elevation site, in the Côte Brune side of the appellation. Its deep purple hue is followed by a dense, powerful, medium to full-bodied Côte Rôtie that has exotic aromatics of red and black fruits, cigar, sandalwood, and spring flowers. I love its mid-palate density, and it has fine tannins and nicely integrated acidity."
FranceYves CuilleronCote Rotie Lieu-Dit La Vialliere202293-95Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2022 Côte Rôtie Lieu-Dit La Viallière is cut from the same cloth, although it might be a touch more elegant. Black raspberries, spring flowers, spicy herbs, and some meaty nuances develop with time in the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a silky, elegant mouthfeel, fine tannins, and a great finish. I suspect 2-4 years of bottle age will be warranted, but this is clearly going to be a beautiful Côte Rôtie and have two decades of overall longevity."
FranceYves CuilleronCrozes-Hermitage Lieu-Dit Les Chassis202291+Jeb Dunnuck
"Lots of red and black plums, cedary herbs, ground pepper, and black pepper notes emerge from Cuilleron's 2022 Crozes-Hermitage Lieu-Dit Les Chassis, a richly textured, structured, medium-bodied Crozes-Hermitage that has plenty of mid-palate depth as well as outstanding length. It needs 2-3 years or so of bottle age but will shine over the following decade."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint Joseph Les Serines202291-93Jeb Dunnuck
"Bright purple fruits, candied violets, sandalwood, and bouquet garni-like notes all soar from Cuilleron's 2022 Saint Joseph Les Serines, a beautifully balanced, medium-bodied Saint Joseph that has a juicy spine of acidity, fine tannins, and a great finish."
FranceYves CuilleronCondrieu La Petite Cote202294Jeb Dunnuck
"Another gem from Cuilleron, the 2022 Condrieu La Petite Côte has a light gold hue as well as fresh, mineral-laced aromatics of crushed pineapple, minty herbs, and sappy flowers. I love its purity of fruit, and it's medium-bodied, with a vibrant, focused mouthfeel and a beautiful finish. I think it will be even better with a year or two of bottle age."
FranceYves CuilleronCondrieu Les Chaillets202296Jeb Dunnuck
"Yves’ 2022 Condrieu Les Chaillets is absolutely brilliant, and I'd put this up with the finest in the appellation. Ripe, intense aromatics of ripe pineapple, honeyed flowers, orange blossom, and subtle floral notes all define the bouquet, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a layered, seamless mouthfeel, beautiful concentration and depth, and one heck of a great finish. If you get a chance, buy it."
FranceYves CuilleronCrozes-Hermitage Blanc Les Rousses202290Jeb Dunnuck
"Exotic flowers, quince, honeyed orange, and sappy herb notes all show in the 2022 Crozes-Hermitage Les Rousses Blanc, and it's medium-bodied, with a bright, juicy, elegant mouthfeel and a clean finish. I like its complexity, and it should benefit from 6-12 months in bottle and drink well through 2026."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint Joseph Blanc Le Lombard202292Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2022 Saint Joseph Le Lombard Blanc is bright and exotic, with lots of minty, floral, and sappy herb notes as well as subtle quince and green apple-like fruit. It's balanced, medium-bodied, has nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. This complex, nuanced, incredibly satisfying white will shine over the coming 2-5 years."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint Joseph Blanc Lieu-Dit Digue202293Jeb Dunnuck
"A bigger, richer wine, the 2022 Saint Joseph Lieu-Dit Digue Blanc offers up a rock-solid bouquet of honeyed quince, tangerine, toasted bread, and orange blossom. It's medium to full-bodied, has a round, mouth-filling texture, a good sense of freshness, and outstanding length. It's another impeccably made, impressive wine from this talented winemaker."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint Joseph Blanc Lyseras202291Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2022 Saint Joseph Lyséras Blanc is more medium-bodied, with a fresher, lively, elegant style as well as pretty citrus, honeyed white flowers, and obvious minerality on the nose. It's balanced, has a clean, pure profile, and will evolve nicely over the coming 3-5 years."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint-Peray Les Potiers202291Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2022 Saint-Péray Les Potiers is fresh and lively, with pretty citrus, tart quince, and minty, floral nuances in a medium-bodied, juicy, elegant profile. It's impeccably balanced and has good acidity as well as length. Enjoy bottles over the coming 2-4 years."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint-Peray Lieu-Dit Biousse202291Jeb Dunnuck
"Bringing more richness, as well as complexity, the 2022 Saint-Péray Lieu-Dit Biousse has juicy apple and quince-like fruit as well as some brioche and savory spice-driven aromas and flavors. These carry to a medium-bodied, elegant Saint-Péray that has a focused, structured mouthfeel, integrated acidity, and a great finish. It's going to shine on the dinner table over the coming 2-4 years."
FranceYves CuilleronCornas Le Village202190Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2021 Cornas Le Village is up-front and fruit-loaded, with ripe mulberry and blackberry notes as well as some peppery, herbal, sappy flower-like hints. With medium-bodied richness, a round, fruit-loaded mouthfeel, supple tannins, and a great finish, it's a classy, undeniably delicious Cornas to enjoy over the coming decade."
FranceYves CuilleronCornas Lieu-Dit Les Cotes202191Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2021 Cornas Lieu-Dit Les Côtes comes from a lieu-dit in the southern, warmer part of the appellation. Its deeper purple/plum hue is followed by a ripe, medium to full-bodied Cornas that has lots of spicy red and black fruits, ripe, velvety tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and classic Cuilleron cedary spice, pepper, and savory nuances. Drink this satisfying, concentrated 2021 over the coming 10-12 years, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see it evolve longer."
FranceYves CuilleronCote Rotie Lieu-Dit Bonnivieres202191Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2021 Côte Rôtie Lieu-Dit Bonnivières is very much in the spicy, complex style of this estate. Black raspberries, cedary herbs, incense, flowers, and pepper all shine here, and it's medium-bodied, with an elegant, layered, silky mouthfeel, fine tannins, and outstanding length. This complex, satisfying, elegant Côte Rôtie will drink nicely for a decade."
FranceYves CuilleronCote Rotie Lieu-Dit La Vialliere202190Jeb Dunnuck
"Sweet black raspberries, wild strawberries, spring flowers, incense, and cedary, peppery notes all define the 2021 Côte Rôtie Lieu-Dit La Viallière, a medium-bodied, supple, elegant wine from Cuilleron that has fine tannins and a great finish. Drink this complex, nuanced, lengthy Côte Rôtie over the coming decade or so."
FranceYves CuilleronCote Rotie Madiniere202191Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2021 Côte Rôtie Madinière brings more richness, with a darker core of fruit as well as classic peppery herbs, crushed stone, flowery incense, and spicy aromas and flavors. It's medium-bodied, has a round, layered mouthfeel, solid mid-palate depth, and outstanding length. As with most 2021s, this beauty is already drinking nicely and should be on a relatively fast evolutionary track over the coming 10-12 years or so."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint Joseph Les Pierres Seches202190Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2021 Saint Joseph Les Pierres Sèches is a layered, medium-bodied, nicely textured 2021 that has lots to love. Spicy red fruits, mulberries, leather, and savory herb and violet notes give way to a balanced, enjoyable Saint Joseph that has the appellation minerality and structure. It's going to benefit from a few years of bottle age and keep nicely through 2031."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint Joseph Les Serines202191Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2021 Saint Joseph Les Serines is bright and vibrant, with lively cassis and blue fruits as well as tons of violet and floral nuances. It's medium-bodied and has good concentration, ripe tannins, and nicely integrated acidity. It's going to shine for a decade."
FranceYves CuilleronCondrieu Lieu-Dit Verlieu202191Jeb Dunnuck
"Possessing a kiss of reduction in its honeyed orange zest, minty herbs, and spicy, mineral-laced aromas and flavors, the 2021 Condrieu Lieu-Dit Verlieu is medium-bodied and has a fresh, lively mouthfeel, terrific balance, and outstanding length. It shows the fresher, juicy style of the vintage yet brings plenty of classic Condrieu character."
FranceDomaine AleofaneCrozes-Hermitage202291Jeb Dunnuck
"Always an exotic, perfumed wine, the 2022 Crozes-Hermitage is no exception and has a great nose of ripe blue fruits, exotic flowers, bouquet garni, and cracked pepper. It's medium-bodied, has a supple, elegant mouthfeel, fine tannins, and the juicy spine of acidity that defines this vintage in the Crozes appellation. It will have a solid decade of longevity."
FranceDomaine AleofaneSaint Joseph 202293Jeb Dunnuck
"Cassis, brambly herbs, spring flowers, and mulled plum notes all show in Natacha's 2022 Saint Joseph, a medium to full-bodied, broad, layered, incredibly satisfying Saint Joseph that has plenty of mid-palate depth, ripe, velvety tannins, and a great finish. It's another stunning wine from this talented winemaker."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint-Peray Les Potiers202290Vinous
"The 2022 Saint-Péray Les Potiers presents ripe citrus fruits alongside white peach, ripe pear and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied and round, the 2022 is neatly framed by bright acidity and culminates in a sapid finish. The blend is 50/50 Marsanne and Roussanne."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint-Joseph Blanc Le Lombard202292Vinous
"The refreshing 2022 Saint-Joseph Blanc Le Lombard exhales precise lemon zest, yellow apple, ripe pear, white peach and hints of cedar. Medium-bodied and concentrated, the 2022 touches the palate with bright acidity and fans out with good energy on the sapid finish. I like that the fruit is just ripe but not overripe, which adds to the overall sense of freshness."
FranceYves CuilleronSaint-Joseph Blanc Lieu-Dit Digue202293Vinous
"There’s so much to love about the 2022 Saint-Joseph Blanc Lieu-Dit Digue, a varietal Roussanne with a deep straw color. Herbal tea, ripe pear, honeysuckle and yellow apple are front and center. Concentrated and round, the mediumbodied 2022 is a wonderful expression of the variety, showing fine persistence on the fragrant finale."
FranceYves CuilleronCondrieu La Petite Cote202291Vinous
"The fruit-forward 2022 Condrieu La Petite Côte is delightful. Offering up punchy apricot, ripe peach, lychee and rose water, it hits the palate with soft acidity and a juicy core of just-ripe fruit. Round and refreshing, the mediumbodied 2022 closes with good energy on the sapid finale."
FranceYves CuilleronCondrieu Les Chaillets202292Vinous
"The 2022 Condrieu Les Chaillets exhales marked cedar and vanilla elements alongside ripe peach, quince and apricot. Showing a little more substance than the La Petite Côte from the same vintage, the well-made 2022 Les Chaillets touches the palate with ample flavor concentration and refreshing acidity."
FranceYves CuilleronCornas Lieu-Dit Les Cotes202291-93Vinous
"The promising 2022 Cornas Lieu-Dit Les Côtes wafts from the glass with ripe black fruits, orange rind, cured meat and earthy gradations. Medium- to fullbodied and fleshy, the 2022 is neatly framed by ripe tannins and concludes with persistence on the savory finale."
FranceDomaine AleofaneSaint Joseph 202291Vinous
"Vinified from certified biodynamic grapes grown on high-density plantings of 8,000 vines per hectare, the 2022 Saint-Joseph is delightful. Offering a deep purple color, this 2022 red exhales attractive raspberry, red plum and red
cherry fruit, complemented by leafy subtleties and gravel shadings. Medium-bodied and concentrated, this excellent Saint-Joseph is framed by bright acidity and closes with a bright finale."
ItalyLa FioritaRiserva Brunello di Montalcino201895Wine Spectator
"Aromatic and expressive, this red features plum, cherry, leather and iron flavors, with accents of rose and woodsy underbrush. This straddles the line between power and elegance, with fine harmony and a saline aftertaste, showing fine potential. Best from 2027 through 2042."
ItalyLa FioritaFiore di NO Brunello di Montalcino201996Wine Spectator
"Savory notes of wild herbs and olive frame the cherry and plum flavors in this complex red. Sanguine and mineral accents are interwoven as this gathers steam on the long, expansive aftertaste. Balanced and solidly built, showing terrific length and energy, with a lasting impression of cherry. Best from 2026 through 2043."
ItalyPoggio AnticoBrunello di Montalcino201994Wine Spectator
"A blast of pure cherry fruit erupts from the glass, with iron, tobacco and spice notes adding complexity. Lively and balanced, showing a chalky feel to its tannins on the lingering finish. Best from 2026 through 2042."
ItalyColterenzioSauvignon Lafoa202291Vinous
"The 2022 Sauvignon Lafóa is rich and spicy, with masses of crushed stone and white smoke giving way to nectarines and lemon zest. It's silky-smooth with a pretty inner sweetness contrasted by zesty citrus tones and juicy acidity that enliven its tart orchard fruits. It leaves a lemony concentration and savory herbal flourish while tapering off long and lightly structured."
ItalyColterenzioChardonnay Lafoa202292Vinous
"A blend of almond custard, white flowers, chamomile and freshly sliced nectarines create a seductive bouquet as the 2022 Chardonnay Lafóa blossoms in the glass. This is silky smooth, nearly oily in texture, with masses of ripe apple and pear complicated by saline mineral tones. It finishes with staining length and is lightly structured, leaving confectionary spice hints to contrast tart green apples. Well done."
ItalyColterenzioPinot Nero Riserva St. Daniel202190Vinous
"The 2021 Pinot Nero Riserva St. Daniel is understated, with a pretty blend of dried roses, lavender and wild strawberries forming its bouquet. This is soft and round with a subtle blend of tart wild berry fruit and inner florals. A licorice tinge lingers through the finish, as rose tones swirl over a coating of gently grippy tannins."
ItalyTenuta di SestaBrunello Di Montalcino Riserva Duelecci Est201893Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Duelecci Est displays a youthful medium ruby color and reveals ripe aromas of preserved strawberries, lavender, sweet cedar, and mocha. Approachable and medium-bodied, it has a supple texture with velvety tannins, a rounded mid-palate, and a nice finish. It’s a very attractive Riserva to enjoy over the coming 10-12 years."
CaliforniaPedroncelliMother Clone Zinfandel202190Wine Spectator
"Appealingly old school, this Zin offers briary cherry, dried sage and cracked pepper flavors that zip toward zesty tannins. Drink now through 2031. 7,500 cases made."
SpainBodegas LANVerdejo202291Vinous
"The 2022 Verdejo hails from the DO Rueda and underwent bâtonnage with the lees up until bottling after the winter. Yellow with a greenish sheen, it features a mild, green apple aromatic character, along with scents of herbs and a faintly nutty undertone. Dry and refreshing, with a creamy flow on the palate, it lingers on its fruit notes. This is a subtly savory style for Rueda."
ItalyCastello di MeletoChianti Classico Riserva202092Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2020 Chianti Classico Riserva is a medium ruby red color and is ripe and expressive with notes of candied cherries, sweet herbs, and crushed flowers. I love the refreshing quality this wine retains for this vintage. With juicy fruit up front, it has a refreshing lift all the way through, with ripe tannins and a great mineral-toned, clean finish. It offers a touch of warming spice on the finish, with a toasted bit of incense, and is very well done. Drink 2024-2034."
ItalyCastello di MeletoChianti Classico202190Jeb Dunnuck
"A bright ruby hue, the 2021 Chianti Classico is juicy and inviting with a floral perfume of fresh violets, mixed berries, and peaches, as well as a delicate note of lifted quinine. Medium-bodied, it has good energy and a linear feel, with refined tannins and a clean finish. It’s a refreshing style with a lot of charm to drink over the next 5- 6 years."
ItalyCastello di MeletoChianti Classico Gran Selezione201994Jeb Dunnuck
"A rich ruby although it remains transparent, the 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione offers a more complete and layered picture while retaining the finesse and freshness of the other two wines. Notes of ripe red cherry, toasted cedar, blood orange, and fresh rosemary lift from the glass. Medium-bodied, it’s noble in its structure, with ripe tannins that have an angular feel balanced with an even spine of acidity and a clean, mineral, stony finish. I’m impressed with these wines from Castello Di Meleto. Drink 2025-2040."
OregonKen Wright CellarsPinot Noir Savoya Vineyard202192Vinous
"The 2021 Pinot Noir Savoya Vineyard blossoms with a pretty bouquet of rose petals and mentholated herbs, giving way to dried strawberries. This sweeps across the palate with lifted textures and pretty wild berries underscored by tactile mineral tones. It finishes grippy and long with a sour tinge of cranberry, and gently fading tannins."
OregonKen Wright CellarsPinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton202290Vinous
"The 2022 Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton opens with an intense burst of autumnal spice and crushed raspberries. It's silky-smooth with polished red and blue fruits as lavender and violet inner florals form toward the close. While a bit short, the 2022 leaves the palate "nicely refreshed with a perfumed blend of florals."
OregonKen Wright CellarsPinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard202192Vinous
"The 2021 Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard lifts from the glass with an airy freshness, blending savory herbs with wild strawberries and rubbed sage. Fresh acidity and juicy textures soothe while displaying a delicate blend of wild berries and citrus. The 2021 finishes classically dry and medium in length with a saline mineral tinge and grippy."
ItalyAscheriBarolo201993Wine Spectator
"A taut red, with hay and grass aromas giving way to cherry, strawberry, earth and iron flavors. This has all the components in the right place, with a firm structure and lightly astringent finish. Shows fine harmony and length. Best from 2026 through 2042."
FranceReserve Saint-DominiqueGigondas202290-93Vinous
"The vibrant 2022 Gigondas delights with ripe red fruits, notes of licorice and minty gradations. Velvety tannins caress the seamless palate, delivering juicy red fruit flavors neatly framed by refreshing acidity. Sleek and refined, this 2022 red should be approachable right after release. Aging will take place for one year in concrete tanks."
FranceReserve Saint-DominiqueGigondas202191Vinous
The 2021 Gigondas is a polished wine that stands out from the crowd in this challenging vintage. Neatly blending 80% Grenache with the remainder equally split between Mourvèdre and Syrah, it opens with delightful orange rind, strawberry jam and candied raspberry. White pepper and licorice add spicy payers. Concentrated yet gentle on the palate, it ends with a bright finish."
FranceDomaine Notre Dame des PallieresGigondas Bois des Mourres202190Vinous
"The 2021 Gigondas Bois des Mourres spent ten months in French oak barriques—some new and some second-fill. As a result, wood marks the aromatic profile at this stage. Behind the vanilla, wood smoke and clove layers hides strawberry jam, alongside traces of mint and licorice. Allow this concentrated and structured 2021 red at least one more year in bottle."
FranceDomaine Notre Dame des PallieresGigondas Les Mourres202190Vinous
The inviting 2021 Gigondas Les Mourres mixes 80% Grenache with equal parts Syrah and Mourvèdre. Partially aged in concrete tanks and foudres, it unfurls with pronounced blood orange, raspberry, forest strawberry and black cherry aromatics. Dried herbs add further layers. The seamless mouthfeel and juicy core of fruit offer pleasure, while the 15% alcohol is well-integrated."
FranceCrous Saint MartinGigondas Les Espaliers202290-93Vinous
"The 2022 Gigondas Les Espaliers offers freshness and complexity. Coming in at 14.5% alcohol, it opens up with delicate raspberry and cranberry, accented by licorice nuances and pinches of matcha powder. Refreshing acidity and solid flavor concentration mark the rounded palate, showing persistence on the bright
FranceCrous Saint MartinGigondas Les Espaliers202191Vinous
"The fleshy 2021 Gigondas Les Espaliers mixes 80% Grenache with equal parts Mourvèdre and Syrah. Traces of orange peel, spice box and cured meat complement intense raspberry jam and strawberry compote aromatics. Made in a hedonistic style, this 2021 red is neatly concentrated."
"Hiruzta is a family-owned and -run Txakoli producer that began its life in 2007 when Asensio Rekalde and his two sons planted a 17ha, southfacing vineyard in the foothills of Jaizkibel mountain. A winery followed in 2012. The family sells its wines in 20 countries, with this unoaked varietal the heart of a range that includes a red, a rosé and a sparkling. David Williams: Super-bright, racy, fluent and tangy: so much energy and drive, just a hint of CO2 prickle, ripe red apple and saline finish. Matthew Forster MW: Excellent concentration of ripe Conference pear fruit, balanced with invigorating acidity. Very complete. Ines Salpico: Lovely florality with a subtle flinty edge. Fleshy with a lifted tang of lemonade, clementine, yellow apple and juicy melon. Acidity balanced by a mineral edge and juicy fruit."
CaliforniaSobon EstateZinfandel Rocky Top202192Wine Spectator
"Jammy and plump, this Zin shows dark cherry, licorice and cracked pepper flavors, ending with a rich, generous finish. Drink now through 2030. 1,897 cases made."
New ZealandMisty Cove WinesSauvignon Blanc Marlborough Estate Series202390James Suckling
"This has an aromatic, refreshing nose with notes of gooseberries, lime, crushed herbs and citrus leaf. Smooth, polished and chalky on the palate with a medium body and mouthwatering acidity."
CaliforniaPlumpJackSyrah202195Jeb Dunnuck
"Blackberries, bay leaf, smoked game, bacon fat, and violet notes all emerge from the 2021 Syrah, a medium to full-bodied, concentrated Syrah from this team that has beautiful balance, fine tannins, and a great finish. The purity here is brilliant, and while the focus of this estate is clearly their Cabernet Sauvignon, they make a fabulous Syrah that's well worth seeking out. Drink bottles over the coming decade."
CaliforniaPlumpJackMerlot202193Jeb Dunnuck
"Coming from two sites (Oak Knoll and Carneros), the 2021 Merlot offers a beautifully perfumed, complex, medium to full-bodied style to go with fresher, yet still rich aromas and flavors. Black cherries, mulberries, chocolate, and some floral notes all define the aromatics, and it's balanced, with ripe tannins and a great finish."
CaliforniaPlumpJackCabernet Sauvignon202194Jeb Dunnuck
"Cassis, currants, graphite, crushed stone, and some tobacco and sappy herb notes all emerge from the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, a beautifully textured, full-bodied, Oakville Cabernet that has some classic iron and olive notes with time in the glass. It's one heck of a classic Cabernet from this team that will keep for 15+ years if well stored."
CaliforniaOdette Cabernet Sauvignon202195Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous with classic Stags leap purity and finesse in its cassis and black raspberry fruits as well as chalky minerality, flowers, and spicy, graphite-like notes. Full-bodied, concentrated, and pure on the palate, it has fine tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish. It's concentrated, but this is more about finesse and elegance."
CaliforniaOdette Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve202197Jeb Dunnuck
"All Cabernet Sauvignon from a mix of different soils (which is the idea with this release), the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve sports a dense purple hue to go with full-bodied, ripe, plush aromas and flavors of blueberries, jammy black raspberries, ground coffee, and more high-toned candied violet and orange blossom nuances. This powerful, concentrated 2021 has plenty of tannins and enough background oak to warrant 4-5 years of bottle age. It should see its 20th birthday in fine form!"
CaliforniaOdette Cabernet Sauvignon Adaptation201991Jeb Dunnuck
"Cassis, graphite, leather, burning embers, and plum notes all emerge from the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Adaptation, a ripe, full-bodied, sweetly fruited beauty offering tons of upfront charm and character. It's geared for drinking in its youth, but I see no reason it shouldn t evolve for 7-8 years or even a decade."
CaliforniaCADE Estate WineryCabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain202193Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain comes almost all from the estate on Howell Mountain and is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot. It has classic Howell Mountain style in its ripe blue fruits, violets, iron, and bouquet garni-like aromatics, and its medium to full-bodied, with a rich, mouth-filling texture and outstanding length. It has another 15 years of prime drinking ahead of it."
CaliforniaCADE Estate WineryCabernet Sauvignon Reserve202199Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a tiny selection of the best barrels, and it's another just about perfect 2021, offering a saturated purple hue as well as an awesome bouquet of black and blue fruits, spicy oak, graphite, and iron, with a kiss of Graves-like scorched earth. With full-bodied richness, a deep, layered, awesome mid-palate, and building tannins, this classic, age-worthy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon deserves a solid 5-7 years of bottle age and will see its 30th birthday in fine form."
CaliforniaPlumpJackMerlot 202193Vinous
"The 2021 Merlot is a heady, racy wine. Even so, what emerges most is a palpable cool-climate savoriness. Lavender, spice, blue/purplish fruit, menthol and crème de cassis all take shape in the glass. The 2021 is a blend of fruit from sites in Oak Knoll and Carneros. In this edition, the Merlot is a bit less juicy than in some previous years, but that's a style that works well."
CaliforniaPlumpJackCabernet Sauvignon Estate202195Vinous
"The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is rich, racy and super-expressive. Silky and deep, with notable resonance, the 2021 offers up dark red/purplish fruit, lavender, spice, menthol, new leather and licorice. Today, it is a very young wine in need of cellaring, but its potential is evident. Dollops of Petit Verdot and Malbec round out the blend. This should be positively stellar."
"The 2021 Syrah races across the palate with captivating aromatics, deep, dense fruit and tons of pure appeal. A healthy dollop of whole clusters (29%) lends tons of aromatic presence. Crème de cassis, menthol, licorice, plum, espresso and cloves are some of the many aromas and flavors that build with aeration. All the 2021 needs is a bit of time to come together."
CaliforniaOdetteCabernet Sauvignon Adaption201991Vinous
"The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Adaptation is a rich, bombastic wine from vineyards in Pope Valley. Succulent dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice, new leather and tobacco are front and center. A dollop of Merlot adds mid-palate pliancy and juiciness. This full-throttle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon delivers the goods"
CaliforniaOdetteCabernet Sauvignon Estate202194Vinous
"The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a gorgeous wine done in the large-scale style favored by the estate. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, spice, espresso, menthol and copious new oak are all dialed up. As always, the Odette Cabernet is more a wine of style than of place, but its beauty is pretty undeniable. Dense and rich on the close, the 2021 is impossible to ignore."
CaliforniaOdetteCabernet Sauvignon Reserve202195Vinous
"The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is laced with super-ripe dark red/purplish fruit, wild flowers, cedar, tobacco, blood orange and sweet oak. Dollops of Merlot and Malbec lend complexity. As is often the case, the two Odette Cabernets are not that different, but the Reserve shows a bit more freshness and verve than the Estate bottling."
FranceDomaine de la CharbonniereChateauneuf Du Pape Blanc202294Wine Spectator
"Big in stature and scale, with creamy pear and pureed melon backed by stylish oak, flinty minerality and a saline beam of acidity. Decadent and rich, with the energy to keep perfect pace. Reveals dried thyme and heather details on the long finish. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette. Drink now through 2028."
FranceDomaine de la Charbonniere
Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale
202095Wine Spectator
"There's impressive range and depth to the plum paste and bitter cherry flavors in this red, woven with earth, warm spices and charred apple wood smoke. The palate shows power and concentration, yet hums with mineral energy and salty black licorice undertones. Big-boned and harmonious through the deftly built finish. Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. Drink now through 2032."
FranceDomaine de la CharbonniereChateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Mourre Des Perdrix202194Wine Spectator
"A smoldering, broad-shouldered version, with impressive stature for the vintage. Black plum and smoked incense wrap around a spine of cast iron, with pepper and charred apple wood in the backdrop. Firm yet finely sculpted tannins shore up the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2025 through 2035."
FranceDomaine de la CharbonniereChateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Mourre Des Perdrix202094Wine Spectator
"A ripe, seductive version, showing weight as well as structure, with a generous stream of cherry coulis and black and red licorice meeting a layer of crushed iron that brings balance and form. The oak is well-integrated, with singed thyme details. Weighty but not heavy-handed. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2035."
FranceDomaine de la CharbonniereChateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes202094Wine Spectator
"A stylish, very enticing version, with an expressive mix of blackberry coulis and plum paste flavors. Violet and lavender notes bring lift, while the palate is mouthfilling and rich, with grilled apple wood smoldering in the backdrop. This has the structure to carry the ripeness, shored up firmly by graphite-edged tannins. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2035."
FranceDomaine de la CharbonniereChateauneuf Du Pape 202093Wine Spectator
"Ripe yet energetic, showing bitter cherry and mulled plum flavors backed up by zesty spices, citrus peel acidity and fine-grained tannins, with a lot of graphite power coursing through the round palate. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2035."
FranceDomaine BrunelyVacqueyras Les Secrets de la Licorne202290Vinous
"The 2022 Vacqueyras Les Secrets de la Licorne holds a narrow lead over the Cuvée Rapahel from the same vintage. Jammy red fruits enter the scene, followed by minty hints with notes of licorice and dried herbs. Containing 14% alcohol, this elegant 2022 red is framed by soft tannins and shows remarkable palate intensity. The 2022 is a round and complete Vacqueyras with solid aging potential."
FranceDomaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Mourre Des Perdrix202191Jeb Dunnuck
"Ripe strawberries, savory cherries, sandalwood, and Provençal garrigue notes all emerge from the 2021 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Mourre Des Perdrix, another beautiful 2021 offering medium-bodied richness, some chalky minerality, fine tannins, and a supple, expansive mouthfeel. It will shine for 8-10 years, although I love it today."
FranceDomaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc202293Jeb Dunnuck
"Beautiful stone fruits, tart pineapple, and subtle spicy, brioche nuances, as well hints of honeysuckle, all define the 2022 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc, a pure, vibrant, medium-bodied white from this family that does everything right. Based on 40% each of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, with the balance Clairette, enjoy bottles over the coming 4-5 years."
FranceDomaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf Du Pape 202190Jeb Dunnuck
"There are two 2021 Châteauneuf du Pape releases from this great estate. Starting with the 2021 Châteauneuf Du Pape, which is mostly Grenache, it has a medium-bodied, focused, juicy style as well as perfumed redcurrant and darker cherry fruit, classic notes of peppery herbs, lavender, and spice, fine tannins, and a good finish. It's a rock-solid success in this vintage and will drink nicely through 2031."
FranceDomaine de la Charbonniere Vacqueyras Cuvee Speciale202291-93Jeb Dunnuck
"Raised all in demi-muids, the 2022 Vacqueyras Cuvée Spéciale is similar in color (it may be lighter than the classic cuvée) and has an attractive mulberry and mulled strawberry-driven perfume with ample background spice and savory Mediterranean herb nuances. These carry to a medium to full-bodied 2022 that has a supple, elegant texture, fine yet building tannins, and outstanding length. Moslty Grenache that saw a touch of stems, it’s still aging all in demi-muids."
FranceDomaine de la Charbonniere Vacqueyras Tradition202291-93Jeb Dunnuck
"A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, the 2022 Vacqueyras Tradition is slightly deeper and richer than the Cuvée Spéciale, with ripe blackberry and darker cherry fruits as well as spicy, leather, and Provençal garrigue driven aromas and flavors. It too is medium to full-bodied, has beautiful balance, and outstanding length."
FranceDomaine BrunelyVacqueyras Les Secrets de la Licorne202291Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2022 Vacqueyras Les Secrets De La Licorne offers more complexity, with a darker ruby hue as well as impressive aromatics of both raspberry and strawberry fruits, some darker, licorice, peppery herb, and graphite notes, medium body, and a layered, elegant mouthfeel. A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, it's going to have 7-8 years of longevity."
FranceCrous St. MartinGigondas Les Espaliers202290-92Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2022 Gigondas Les Espaliers is a touch straightforward at the moment, but I think it has potential. Ripe black raspberries, mulberries, and subtle Provençal herb notes define the aromatics, and it's medium to full-bodied, has good concentration, ripe tannins, and terrific overall balance. Based on 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, give bottles 2-4 years in the cellar if possible and it should drink nicely over the following decade."
FranceCrous St. MartinVacqueyras Les Volutes202290-92Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2022 Vacqueyras Les Volutes should be outstanding. Ripe cherries, red plums, sappy flowers, and some peppery, Provençal herb notes all make an appearance in the aromatics, and it's medium-bodied, with a supple, elegant mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and a rich yet also weightless style that's already hard to resist."
FranceAd FinesCaius202191Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2021 IGP Vaucluse Caius is more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated and checks in as 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah (the Serine clone) that was completely destemmed and brought up in barrels. It has a Bordeaux-like perfume of ripe black raspberries, currants, cedar pencil, and tobacco. This carries to a medium-bodied, fresh, elegant, beautifully balanced red with the structure and class to evolve for 15 years if well stored."
FranceDomaine FLRoche aux Moines201693Vinous
"The 2016 Roche aux Moines is succulent while remaining compact and becoming increasingly taut and precise. It is drawn out and long with excellent intensity of lemon citrus, ripe apple and almond meal lingering on the textural finish, lightly tannic, savory and satisfying. Starting to drink beautifully now."
FranceDomaine FLCoteaux du Layon Les 4 Villages201892Vinous
"The 2018 Coteaux du Layon Les 4 Villages absolutely sings with its excellent balance between sweetness (90g/L) and bright, cleansing acidity. It is richly aromatic and lifted thanks to 100% botrytised Chenin Blanc fruit. Mandarin, peach and vanilla linger on the long finish. This is so moreish you'll want to keep on going back. It can be enjoyed now, but with the freshness of acidity and its residual sugar, there's no rush to enjoy."
FranceDomaine FLLa Fremine201990Vinous
"The 2019 La Fremine is a texturally charming, tranquil wine in the mouth. It spent 12 months in barrel, followed by six months in wooden tanks. Bâtonnage added richness, body, and a layer of sweet, nutty flavors and spice. The finish is fine and textural with sinew and acid-drive, providing length. It’s starting to open up and soften, but a little less oak would be welcome."
FranceDomaine FLLa Croix Picot201990Vinous
"The 2019 La Croix Picot is starting to develop almond meal and savory characters with a hint of honey and toast. It's firm, fresh and direct. It knows what it's doing and keeps a sense of focus and firmness. It's certainly not shy and retiring and is starting to drink well now, providing vivacity and richness of flavor."
FranceDomaine FLLe Parc202091Vinous
"The 2020 Le Parc is a supple, rounded style, but there's no missing the corset of acidity pulling this wine together, providing line and length. Matured in barrels on lees but with no malo, as is the house style, it's full of tension. Flavors of citrus, pear and apple with a lemon pastry cheesecake character linger."
FranceDomaine FLLe Parc201991Vinous
"The 2019 Le Parc offers a sense of tension and brightness akin to a sunny day. It's holding together well with huge focus and acid drive. A bright attack and steely acidity leave you smacking your lips. With some bottle age, this is just starting to settle down and add flesh around its bones with a gentle almond meal character joining the apple and citrus flavors. Long, linear, but characterful."
FranceDomaine FLQuarts de Chaume Grand Cru201595Vinous
"The 2015 Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru in magnum is just delightful. It's sweet and enticing with a delightful lightness of touch like a ballerina, but one wearing a dressing gown and wanting to give you an embrace. It's ethereal yet sweet (190g/L), which is intriguing as I expect an elephant with this residual sugar level. The finish is all sweet orange, toffee apple, honey and spice. Just 11.2% alcohol. A real delight."
ItalySchiavenzaBarolo Prapò201994Wine Spectator
"An aromatic red, with cherry, plum and truffle notes embraced by sweet spices and toasty oak. The tannins build as this evolves on the palate, yet this is balanced, expressive and long overall, with a succulent feel in the end. Best from 2027 through 2046."
SpainAlvarez de ToledoMencia Edicion Especial202193Wine Enthusiast
"Deep violet to the eye, this wine has a nose of black and red berries and fennel pollen. Bright flavors of raspberry and pomegranate wash across the palate joined by bittersweet chocolate, mint, espresso and mocha notes wrapped in a layer of rigorous tannins. The enduring finish is marked with a note of chocolate-covered cherry."
ItalyFattoria di BascianoChianti Rufina202191James Suckling
"Lifted, floral notes with raspberries, violets, sage and crushed mint leaf. Medium-bodied, chewy yet juicy on the palate with brisk acidity. Energetic. Drink in 2024."
ItalyFattoria di BascianoChianti Rufina Riserva201891James Suckling
"This is a firm red showing notes of grilled herbs, roasted chestnuts, black olives and chocolate cherries on the nose. Full-bodied with a sturdy tannin frame that is starting to resolve. Try from 2024."
ItalyFattoria di BascianoI Pini202192James Suckling
"Dark berry fruit, espresso beans, tobacco and tomato leaves on the nose. Chewy and compact with a full body and firm yet polished tannins. Excellent freshness and focus. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. Drink from 2024."