92+ Points! The 2017 Chardonnay Summum opens with touches of gunflint and candle smoke, very slowly giving up Red Delicious apple peel, crushed almonds, saline and stone with notes of honey, white blossom and a savory undercurrent. The palate is light to medium-bodied, precise and minerally, framed by tangy acidity and finishing with tons of energy.. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94 Points! The 2017 Hirsch Reserve brings together the finest barrels from the vintage to capture the most complete and powerful expression of the Hirsch Vineyard through selecting the very best and oldest vineyard blocks for this wine. Dark fruit complimented by savory, earthy aromatics. Classic Hirsch tannins provide backbone and gravitas.
This achieves another step up the quality ladder for Leeuwin Estate, seemingly impossible. There's been no change in the vinification, nor in the vineyard. The change is an increase in the intensity of the flavors, and hence their length and aftertaste. It's an extraordinary wine, among the greatest of Burgundy (and elsewhere in the world). Whatever you expect from its...
95 Points! This beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon is made by the same winemaking team as the consistently-excellent Shafer Hillside Select and is great value! This is a rich, fruit-forward, powerful style of Cabernet. Fresh cassis and blueberries with crushed violets and stones too. This is fresh and complex. The palate carries a smooth, supple and tautly refined brand of tannin and...
“... has a taut, focused nose with subtle hazelnut aromas that lend it a Meursault-like personality. The palate is crisp and saline on the entry with touches of orange peel and white peach and moderate depth, just tapering a little in terms of intensity toward the finish. Yet overall, this is a fine Maranges Blanc that actually improves in the...
Notes of green apple, lime, oyster shell and iodine introduce Piuze's 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux, a medium to full-bodied, ample and attractively layered wine that's concentrated, cool and controlled, with tangy acids and a saline finish. This cuvée derives from a parcel of 75-year-old vines in clay-rich soils that have weathered the warm vintage conditions very well. Credit -...
95 Points! "Readers looking to get a taste of the impeccable quality and style from Schrader at a more affordable price point would do well to check out the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Double Diamond. Coming all from Oakville, it has a classic Cabernet nose of black and blue fruits, green tobacco, cedar pencil, damp earth, and chocolate. It's not over...
Leonard Kreusch started exporting their wines to the US after the repeal of prohibition in 1933 and through their US import company, they still import their wines produced from the Rhine Valley and Mosel in Germany. This historical bottle would make a fun gift!
The first wines were made under the SIMI name in 1876 in Healdsburg, Alexander Valley, California. Interesting historical bottle of Rose made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the 1977 vintage
From the original label "....has the agreeable fruitiness which is typical of these wines. It has a deep red color, light body and a wonderful flowery freshness". Check out the 2nd photo with the original print ad advertising the wine! Thomas Barton established his original company in 1725 in Bordeaux, France, that later became known as Barton & Guestier.
Produced in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, this Viognier received added depth and richness from the intense heat waves that struck the region in September 2008. These conditions increased the wine’s acid level, which perfectly complements its rich, ripe flavors. Aromas of wildflowers and acacia greet the nose, while the palate is treated to a taste of succulent apricot and honeydew.
2008 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard, a grand cru site for sure given the number of top wines (made by different producers) that have emerged. Elegant white peach, honeysuckle, orange marmalade and white currant aromas intermixed with earthy undertones are followed by a crisp, medium to full-bodied, impressively ripe white wine. Robert Parker
95 Points Wine Enthusiast! "Winemakers Braiden Albrecht and Andy Erickson crafted magic out of a difficult vintage, picking the grapes for this beautiful white well before the October 2017 fires. It's gorgeously racy and light, bright and effusive, offering fleshy flavors of peach and lemon. Licorice and fennel finish out the expressive wine, which persists in wet stone. **Editors' Choice**"