Ripe aromatics of pear, fresh apple, grapefruit and light marzipan with a continuation of zesty grapefruit, spice and peppery notes. Pairs well with Asian and Mediterranean recipes and the traditional Wiener Schnitzel. A wonderful refreshingly dry Gruner with the well-known Veltliner pepper!
Gold Medals Concours Generale Agricole Paris & Concours de Vins du Val de Loire. Opens with an expressive nose with aromas of red fruits (strawberries, cherries) and concentrated black fruits. The charming palate is supple and savoury with blackcurrant, blueberry and liquorice which coat structured tannins, then persist in a long and generous finish. Superb red Anjou.
In conversion to organic, use of biodynamic and agro ecology practices with focus on philosophy of living soils; low sulphites. Full of character and minerality; vibrant! Perfect with seafood and raw fish, cold cuts, terrine, white meat in sauce and Asian cuisine.
In conversion to organic certification. Use of biodynamic and agro-ecology practices with focus on philosophy of living soils. Fresh red fruits with bright acidity reminiscent of summer cherries; a little gem with low sulphites! Perfect pairing with charcuterie
Brilliant gold colour and a bead of fine bubbles. The attractive nose combines the aromas of ripe apricot and peach with notes of beeswax and brioche. The fresh attack on the palate offers apricot and toasted notes with lovely balance persisting in a long and elegant finish.Alcohol/Vol 14% Varietal Chenin Blanc
LCBO ONLINE Sept 1st Beautiful purity to the aromas of mangoes, bananas, praline, glacier water and snowdrops. Very sweet, but composed and dialed-in, drawing on a vast array of gliding acidity and glimmering citrus fruit. Long on the finish with pinpoint focus and mesmerizing verve. Drink or hold. Score - 96. (jamessuckling.com, Dec. 19, 2019)375 ML
LCBO ONLINE Sept 1st 94 Points Jeb Dunnuck Our Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay is a blend between two famous Chardonnay clones: the new world Old Wente and the old world Montrachet. Aged on the fine lees (sur lie), there is a richness and complexity in texture that balances the present and refreshing acidity. The 2019 vintage highlights the citrus zest and the chalky minerality one would expect from the Santa Lucia Highlands and particularly the Soberanes Vineyard. The lemon zest acidity is backed by a subtle French oak presence and a refreshing finish. VINEYARD NOTES Located next to Gary’s Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Soberanes Vineyard is a joint venture between the Pisoni and Franscioni Families. The site features tightly spaced vines and is planted to 33 acres of world renowned clonal selections of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
LCBO ONLINE Sept 1st 94 Points Jeb Dunnuck The 2019 Soberanes Pinot Noir is typical of Pinot Noir from a premier vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is medium-full bodied wine with ripe cherry and red rose petals and a background of spice from the coyness of the varietal make for an enticing wine. VINEYARD NOTES Located next to Gary’s Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Soberanes Vineyard is a joint venture between the Pisoni and Franscioni Families. The site features tightly spaced vines and is planted to 33 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. The Pisoni Clone (LaTâche) is the exclusive Pinot Noir clone selection for this vineyard. Constantly in pursuit of the finest wine-growing quality.
A bright, lively and surprisingly sleek wine for a high-end gruner veltliner, this has great vibrancy and mineral freshness at the very long, clean finish. Drink or hold [into the early 2030s]. Score: 94 points. (jamessuckling.com)
This wine has elegantly framed red fruit with touches of chocolate, smoke, wood spice and an underlying clove note. A rich, concentrated wine - verging on lavish - with great character, depth, and integrated moderate tannins. Drink now till 2025.Score: 98 points. (lucamaroni.com)
The 2018 Cornas Harmonie is - as always in this cuvée - approachable in style, with red currant fruit and fine tension between ripeness and power on one side and elegance and acidity on the other. It's full-bodied but doesn't come across as heavy or overbearing, instead finishing with verve and bright fruit. Drink date: 2020-2030. Score - 92-94. (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Jan. 31, 2020)
Explosive blackberry and elderberry fruit on the nose, but there's nothing exaggerated about this youthful Saint-Joseph. Seriously ripe with a wonderful coolness to the concentrated and focused palate. The fine-grained tannins are self-confidently dry and drive the breathtakingly stony and spicy finish along. Drink or hold [to 2027+]. Score - 95. (jamessuckling.com, Nov. 4, 2021)
A “Singular vineyard” which is in direct line with the winds from the north and which sits on a terrain in which the limestone bedrock is only 50 centimetres below the surface. These two features, together with the height (720 metres), give Pujanza Norte notable freshness and acidity which are maintained one vintage after another due to the consistency of the vineyard. A powerful, mature wine. With a clearly defined personality, very expressive and difficult to forget. Like the rest of reds, it fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, with malolactic in those same containers followed by 12 months in French oak barrels (slightly less than in the past) and eight months in concrete. I caught this wine in a slightly awkward moment; the oak was quite noticeable and there was a bit of volatility. It was bottled later because of COVID-19, so it had been bottled a couple of weeks before I tasted it. In any case, San Pedro didn't use any new oak in this wine or, as a matter of fact, in any of the other wines, and the time in barrel was also shortened in this wine. The palate has the balance, the freshness and the depth to overcome this, and I'm sure this wine is going to bloom with a little more time in bottle. The wine is not a powerhouse; this is a more delicate year. With a couple of hours in the glass, the wine shows a lot more poise and harmony, which only reinforced my beliefs. Drink date: 2021-2030. Score - 96. (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Oct. 30, 2020)
Just a tad funky on the nose, but behind that thin screen is a cornucopia of fruit (mostly mandarin and nectarine) and on the palate, there's no doubt about the ravishing texture that caresses your palate. Drink or hold. Score - 95. (jamessuckling.com, Jan. 14, 2021)
Drop everything now, because this is oh so serious, but oh so exciting. At once warm and cool, mouthwatering and ripe with a very long, complex herb and mineral finale. Drink or hold. Score - 95. (jamessuckling.com, Sept. 16, 2020)
A slight yeasty funkiness amid the lemon note on the nose notes the utter youthfulness of the wine. The tight, taut, concentrated palate displays stony steeliness that shimmers with both lemon and tangerine zest around its sleek contours. Drink by 2035. Score - 95. (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2021)
In contrast to the tank-aged, Grenache-based Cuvée Imperiale, Usseglio's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape la Part des Anges is 70% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache and 10% Syrah, all aged in oak. Dark and potent, it marries deep, dark fruit aromas with scents of vanilla and cedar on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is seamlessly smooth and focused, coming to a lingering, precise finish. Given the varietal makeup and elevage, I'd expect this wine to evolve positively for up to two decades. Drink date: 2021-2040. Score - 96. (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Sept. 24, 2020)
An unusual and impressive Chateauneuf-du-Pape with a slew of elderberries and a licorice character. Enormous structure and concentration, the full tannins are already well integrated. The depth at the fundamental finish suggests this needs a lot more time to reach its best. A blend of 70% mourvedre, 20% grenache and 10% syrah. From Demeter-certified biodynamically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but best from 2024. [A wine that will cellar for another 15+ years.] Score - 96. (jamessuckling.com, Nov. 4, 2021)
A shy nose had a hint of hayflowers and lemon zest. The concentrated yet tight palate sweeps in with lemony force. There is cool concentration, vivid freshness and real drive in this supremely toned wine. Score - 95. (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2021)
A touch of peach plays around notes of dried lemon rind and crushed chamomile on the vivid nose of this wine. The palate also carries a touch of peachy gentleness, its cushioning ripeness making the lemon rind more pliable and softer. This wine is gentle and caressing but concentrated, capturing both ripeness and rapier freshness. The finish is bone dry and incisive. Score - 95. (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, Nov.
Smooth textured and rich with ripe plum and blackberry fruit, elegant and lush with depth and balance, what you want from a top-quality Napa Cab. Score - 94. (Anthony Dias Blue, bluelifestyle.com
This historic estate in the heart of Napa's famed Rutherford appellation has been farmed for over a century. The 2017 vintage imbued this Petit Verdot with impressive structure and an intense concentration of ripe cherry fruit, which commingles with toasty oak and dark chocolate tones. Expect this wine to show beautifully through 2030 and beyond.
Raspberry-compote, bay leaf, juniper and blood-orange-rind aromas make for a richly layered yet light and bright expression from this vineyard on the western edge of the appellation. The palate is loaded with sagebrush and crisp raspberry, riding a gravelly texture into a rocky-flavored finish. Score - 95. (Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 1, 2019)
A most engaging wine, this melds a complex mix of mulberries, pie cherries, blue plums and citrus oil, with accents of clean leather and chocolate. It's smooth and supple, spreads out broadly across the palate, and holds itself together nicely over the course of a full day. Editors' Choice. Score - 93. (Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2020)
This packs in juicy crushed plum, blueberry and blackberry flavors, pushed from behind by a lively anise note. Flashes of sassafras and sweet earth score the finish, with the fruit driving through authoritatively. Best from 2021 through 2031. Score - 93. (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2020)