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2015 BenMarco Malbec Tasting Notes

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2016 BenMarco Expresivo Tasting Notes

2015 BenMarco Expresivo Tasting Notes

2015 Coppo Camp du Rouss Tasting Notes

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2015 Coppo Camp du Rouss Bottle

2017 LAURENZ V. SINGING GRÜNER VELTLINER TASTING NOTES

2017 LAURENZ V. SINGING GRÜNER VELTLINER LABEL

2017 LAURENZ V. SINGING GRÜNER VELTLINER BOTTLE

2015 LAURENZ V. FRIENDLY GRÜNER VELTLINER TASTING NOTES

2015 LAURENZ V. FRIENDLY GRÜNER VELTLINER LABEL

2015 LAURENZ V. FRIENDLY GRÜNER VELTLINER BOTTLE

2016 Hangtime Pinot Noit – Tasting Notes

2016 Hangtime Pinot Noir – Label

2016 Donnafugata Sedàra – New Label

2016 Donnafugata Sedàra – Bottle – New Label

2016 Donnafugata Sedàra – Tasting notes – New Label

Ricasoli Chianti DOCG 2016 – Label

Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2013 – Label

Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015 – Label

Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG 2015 – Label

Ricasoli Casalferro Toscana IGT 2015 – Label

Ricasoli Toscana IGT 2016 – Label

Ricasoli Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2015 – Label

Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015 – Label

2018 Dutton-Goldfield History of Reviews

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva – Tasting notes

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva – Label

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva – Bottle

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto – Tasting Notes

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto – Label

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto – Bottle

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabajà- Tasting notes

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabajà- Label

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabajà- Bottle

2015 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili – Tasting notes

2015 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili – Label

2015 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili – Bottle

2017 Coppo La Rocca Tasting notes

2017 Coppo La Rocca Label

2017 Coppo La Rocca Bottle

2017 Coppo L’Avvocata Tasting notes

2017 Coppo L’Avvocata Label

2017 Coppo L’Avvocata Bottle

2016 Donnafugata Chiarandà – Tasting notes

2016 Donnafugata Chiarandà – Label

2017 Donnafugata Sherazade – Tasting notes

2017 Fillaboa Albariño – Tasting notes

2017 Fillaboa Albariño – Label

2017 Fillaboa Albariño – Bottle

2014 Donnafugata Mille e una Notte – Tasting notes

2017 Donnafugata Lighea – Tasting Notes

2015 Fillaboa Selección Finca Monte Alto – Tasting Notes

2015 Fillaboa Selección Finca Monte Alto – Bottle

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2016 Fillaboa Albariño – Tasting notes

2016 Fillaboa Albariño – Label

2016 Fillaboa Albariño – Bottle

2010 Coppo Barolo Tasting Notes

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2010 Coppo Barolo Bottle

2014 Coppo Costebianche Tasting Notes

2014 Coppo Costebianche Label

2014 Coppo Costebianche Bottle

2016 Coppo La Rocca Tasting Notes

2016 Coppo La Rocca Label

2016 Coppo La Rocca Bottle

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Ricasoli Casalferro Toscana IGT 2015 Vintage Notes

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Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend Tasting Note

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2015 Casamatta Rosso – Tasting Notes

2015 Casamatta Rosso – Bottle

2016 Casamatta Bianco – Tasting Notes

2016 Casamatta Bianco – Bottle

2017 Casamatta Rosato – Tasting Notes

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92 points

Wine Spectator, February 2018

Focused and lively, this lithe red delivers bright flavors of cherry, berry, mountain herb, vanilla and mineral, mingling harmoniously and supported by light, firm tannins and orange peel acidity.  Not muscular, but had depth. Garnacha, Merlot, Samso, Syrah and Cabernet.  Drink now through 2025.

93 points

Wine Spectator, 2018

This red shows depth and power, with ripe black cherry and plum flavors mingling wiht floral, loamy earth and vanilla notes in a thick, firm texture.  Stays harmonious and fresh. Carignan and Garnacha.  Drink now through 2029.

92 Points

Wine Spectator, March 2018

"Mountain herb and loamy earth notes frame the core of black cherry, espresso and mineral flavors in this focused red. The texture is plush yet fresh, with tangerine acidity and light, firm tannins. Carignan and Garnacha. Drink now through 2025."

92 points

James Suckling, July 2017

"There's a lot to like here: assertive, flavoursome black cherry and plum fruits are dressed in cedary fresh oak. The right feel for the reserve grade."

92 points

James Suckling, July 2017

"Smoky elements with a wealth of dark rich plum fruits. The freshness is impressive for the nearly ten years of age here. This wine has a lot to offer. The palate has dense tannins but is very focused. Impressive."

92 points

James Suckling, July 2017

"Very bright, ripe and nicely captured ripeness, this has dark cherry and plum as well as a stony edge and some raw earthiness. The palate has energetic appeal, harmonious fruit and oak, and a dark berry and chocolate finish."

92 points

James Suckling, July 2017

"A mighty and tannic wine that has power over finesse."

93 points

James Suckling, July 2017

"A dense layered red with meat, chocolate, dried berry and walnut aromas and flavors. This has a full body and velvety tannins. A little old-school but what you expect in a wine from this producer."

91 points

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, December 2017

"Big and rich, with balanced and well-structured flavors of raspberry, dark plum and currant that feature plenty of refined savory accents. Hints of mineral and smoke show on the finish."

93 points

James Suckling, May 2016

Beautiful dark fruit and raspberry character. Full body, velvety tannins and bright fruit. Pretty and drinkable. A pure and delicious wine. Drink or hold.

91 points

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Adovcate, December 2016

The 2014 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from one specific plot from the Finca Brio in Los Árboles in the district of Tunuyán in the Valle de Uco. The objective here is to avoid green aromas, so the grapes have to be picked ripe but at the same time keep acidity. As in most of these wines, there is a small percentage of other varieties, in this case 5% Merlot. It followed a similar process as the whole range, ending with 13 months in French barriques, mostly second use. The oak is imperceptible, the ripeness is almost perfect, with some black olive-like aromas and a balanced, elegant palate with the textbook Cabernet tannins. 48,000 bottles produced.

91 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

Bright red-ruby. Classic Cabernet aromas of currant, plum, mocha and tobacco leaf. Firmly structured, savory wine with lovely restrained sweetness, serious depth and a tactile fine-grained texture. But very young and tightly wound, in need of time in bottle to expand. I initially preferred the Signature Malbec but this Cabernet has sweeter tannins and more even ripeness, not to mention impressive length.

90 points

Augustus Weed, Wine Spectator, August 2017

The Oberon shows the richness that Napa Merlot can achieve on its own.” A review from Kim Marcus is also included stating, “A robust style, with inky notes to the dark currant, dried sage and fig flavors that glide across the palate. The sanguine finish is richly spiced. Drink now through 2020

89 points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, July 2017

Presents a happy marriage of spicy, toasty oak and apple, melon, fig and pear flavors. The wood and fruit are just coming together, giving this an intense, pithy aftertaste of zesty fruit. Drink now through 2020. 3,500 cases made.

87 points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2016

This lightly ripe wine shows slight reduction on the nose, which presents as toasted oak and salty brine. It's fresher on the palate, recalling green apple and melon.

93+ points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

The 2012 Barolo Falletto is a bit timid to open and needs extra time in the glass (especially when tasted this young). This wine was bottled in March. The wine already shows impressive complexity and depth with drying mineral notes that frame a pretty core of cherry and blackberry fruit. Background notes of light spice and grilled herb complete this pretty picture. What stands out most here, however, is the tight textural fabric of this wine. It is poised for very good aging potential.

97 points

Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, October 2016

Massive, high-toned, cherry and blueberry fruit aromas are joined by an intriguing brushy note. The structure is what you'd expect from a wine of this pedigree, and it's incredibly tight on the palate now. That said, it's destined for real elegance. I'm not in the habit of dropping 100 points on a wine, but this is one of the few future candidates that I've come across. I'll get back to you in about ten years if I get the chance. Wow!

97 points

James Suckling , November 2016

A young wine that builds on the palate with plums, spices, cedar and hints of chocolate. Turns to hazelnuts. Full to medium body, but this builds on the palate. Juicy and chewy with caressing tannins. Love the way it grows on the palate. Better in 2019.

94 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2016

A gorgeous red, featuring cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco flavors, with hints of tar and licorice—all the hallmarks of great Barolo. The beefy tannins are there, but not overwhelming. This glides to a lingering aftertaste of fruit, mineral and savory elements. Best from 2020 through 2038. From Italy.—B.S.

88 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

The 2016 Dolcetto d'Alba opens to a vinous and foxy nose of black cherry and raw fruit. The wine reveals a saturated ruby color with blackish coloring at the edges. This vintage delivers an extraordinary sense of varietal purity. Grapes used to make this wine were purchased from outside farmers located in the Neive township. I tasted this wine less than a week after it was bottled, but the underlying potential of the fruit is apparent.

90 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, March 2017

A blast of black currant, blackberry, violet and spice notes marks this intense, concentrated red. Juicy, with fine balance and a long, chocolate-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 800 cases imported. –BS

88 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

The 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba opens to a very fruity bouquet with ripe cherry and raspberry on prominent display. The wine offers immediate appeal and dark cherry that spills over into tilled earth and button mushroom. The Dolcetto grape doesn't offer much tannic support, but this wine offers noticeable firmness nonetheless. This was not an easy vintage for Dolcetto, but the winemaking team at the Giacosa winery took extra steps to safeguard the integrity of the fruit.

91 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

This wine was produced in 2012, but the Giacosa family decided to skip over the very difficult 2013 (especially difficult for Barbera) vintage. The 2014 Barbera d'Alba Falletto is made with estate fruit and shows the power and heft of Serralunga d'Alba. This is a more structured expression with good depth and a generous offering of dark fruit flavors. The finish is marked by a crisp spot of balanced acidity.

93 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2017

Silky and elegant, exhibiting cherry, strawberry, rose and subtle white pepper aromas and flavors. Tobacco and iron details emerge as this builds to a long, expansive finish. Already harmonious, yet with a firm underlying structure. Best from 2020 through 2036.

93 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

This is a difficult wine to find in the marketplace and it is rarely presented for official review. In fact, the last time it was produced was way back in 2008. The 2014 Barbaresco sees fruit sourced from the lower part of the Asili cru with some smaller amounts from Rabajà. This is a very opulent and rich expression with forward determination and power. This is an unusual vintage with a cool summer and a very warm pre-harvest period. It produced interesting wines specifically in Barbaresco and almost nowhere else in Northern Italy. The quality of fruit is ripe and a touch sweet. Its texture is succulent and soft. The wine feels like it could be ready to drink now, but it also has the pedigree and beautiful inner structure for long cellar aging.

88 points

James Suckling, November 2015

A bright, fruity red with sliced-plum and peach aromas and flavors. Medium body, clean finish. Crisp aftertaste. Drink now.

88 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, March 2016

A vibrant, intense version, featuring boysenberry and pomegranate flavors integrated with the solid structure. Moderate length. Drink now through 2018.

95 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

Rose petal, perfumed berry, new leather, pressed powder and underbrush are just some of the enticing scents you’ll find on this stunning wine. The structured palate is loaded with finesse, offering crushed cherry, black raspberry and licorice accompanied by polished tannins. This is the firm’s last vintage of Santo Stefano, and they nailed it. Drink 2017–2026.

94 points

James Suckling, January 2015

A wine with silky tannins and pretty bright fruit of strawberries and sliced plums and hints of flowers. Full body, fine tannins and a wonderful clarity. Lovely length of fruit. This is the last vintage of Santo Stefano for Giacosa after many decades of success. Needs at least four or five years to soften. Try in 2016.

93 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, August 2014

Graphite, floral, cherry, licorice and tobacco aromas and flavors abound in this firm, muscular red. Stays bright and focused, with a chewy, savory finish. The last vintage of Santo Stefano under the Giacosa label. Best from 2016 through 2025.

93 points

Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer, November 2013

Medium with a hint of amber.  Highly complex, scented nose combines red plum, cherry, strawberry, clove, medicinal herbs and a hint of orange zest.  Intensely flavored, juicy and tightly wound, with lovely cut and definition to the red fruit and spice flavors.  Very concentrated, tactile wine whose firm tannic spine will require at least several years of cellaring.  Finishes with terrific lift.

90 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2014

Bruno Giacosa's 2011 Barbaresco Albesani Vigna Santo Stefano is gorgeous. Rose petals, sweet red berries and mint are some of the notes that waft from the glass. Silky, polished and quite striking, the 2011 is already open and super-expressive. Considering the warm, precocious vintage and the southern exposure of Santo Stefano, I expected a bigger, more powerful wine, but the 2011 is all about finesse. My impression is that the 2011 will offer its best drinking earlier rather than later. There is plenty to like here.

91 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, July 2014

This 2011 Barbaresco Albesani Vigna Santo Stefano is on the market since February and has had ample time to flesh out over the last six months of bottle aging. The wine opens to a light garnet color and immediate fruit tones that veer towards the jammy side with sun-dried strawberry and raspberry. It shows a good level of freshness and acidity to counter the warmer tendencies of the bouquet. The tannins deliver a smooth, silky quality and the wine starts to show pretty aromas of wet earth and black truffle after a few minutes in the glass. Drink: 2015-2030. It has been famously reported now that Bruno Giacosa did not make wine in 2010. If you ask his daughter Bruna why this legendary estate would skip such a promising vintage, her reply is simple: “Sometimes you need to follow your heart.” Like the 2006 vintage that was passed over because it marked the same year that Bruno suffered a massive stroke, the family has similarly private reasons for wanting to skip directly from 2009 to 2011. It’s a hole they chose to leave. In other news, the Giacosa family bought a tiny parcel in Rabaja (half an hectare) and plans to release 4,000 bottles of the inaugural vintage in 2013.

89 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, March 2016

Bruna Giacosa says that her family had a much easier time with Nebbiolo in 2014 compared to the other grapes they farm. The 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigna Valmaggiore is an elegant and forthcoming wine that drinks easily in the near-term, thanks to the balanced acidity and silky tannins it offers. The bouquet is laced with wild berry, blue flower and cola. The wine's structure is succulent and firm. In fact, the decisive firmness of this red comes as a pleasant surprise.

90 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, March 2017

A blast of black currant, blackberry, violet and spice notes marks this intense, concentrated red. Juicy, with fine balance and a long, chocolate-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 800 cases imported. –BS

88 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

The 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba opens to a very fruity bouquet with ripe cherry and raspberry on prominent display. The wine offers immediate appeal and dark cherry that spills over into tilled earth and button mushroom. The Dolcetto grape doesn't offer much tannic support, but this wine offers noticeable firmness nonetheless. This was not an easy vintage for Dolcetto, but the winemaking team at the Giacosa winery took extra steps to safeguard the integrity of the fruit.

87 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2017

Peach, apple and grapefruit flavors ply the lush texture in this open white. A light flourish of bitter citrus upholds the finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported.

90+ points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, March 2016

The Bruno Giacosa 2015 Roero Arneis is a mineral-driven and beautifully fresh white wine that would taste great on a warm summer evening. The wine sports a luminous golden color that seems slightly more intense in this vintage. The bouquet offers citrus, peach, dried sage and crushed oyster shell. In the mouth, the wine is tangy and crisp.

93 points

James Suckling, November 2015

A firm, fruity white with sliced apple, melon and hints of cream. Full body, a lovely bead and a long finish. This is always super quality. Disgorged in March 2015.

93 points

James Suckling, November 2014

This is more refined and relaxed than the 2006.  Full body with refined bubbles.  Apple, lemon and hints of minerals.  Drink now.

89 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

Made entirely with Pinot Nero, this straw colored Metodo Classico opens with subdued aromas of nut and a whiff of bread crust. The palate is more expressive, offering white peach, citrus zest and pastry notes alongside a creamy mousse. An almond note closes the finish.

95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Asili (red label) is a full and generous wine that wraps thickly over the senses. The bouquet shows enormous depth and power with a generous presentation of dark fruit, cassis, balsam herb, cola, licorice, tar and lingering smoke. There is an evident sense of fruit ripeness here that helps to build momentum and staying power. Clay soils in the vineyard site have also helped to contribute to the heft and full-bodied nature of this special wine. The finish is characterized by mild acidity and lingering flavors of ripe fruit. The opulent fruit of the wine recalls the 2007 and 2004 vintages.

94 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, April 2016

An elegant, sinewy style, with classic Nebbiolo character, exuding floral, cherry, strawberry, leather and mineral flavors. The lingering tobacco finish gets a boost from the light burr of tannins. Remains juicy and long. Best from 2017 through 2032. 300 cases imported.

99 points

James Suckling, January 2015

This is an incredible wine that reminds me of the perfect 2000 Barolo Rocche de Falletto. Flowers, spices, leather and animals. Decadent. Dried mushrooms. Then changes to Japanese ginger and lemon peel. Full-bodied but refined and so long. It has layers of fruit and power. So refined. Ripe and intense. Perfect balance and harmony. It will be released in 2016.

96 points

Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November 2013

Good medium red.  Crushed cherry, raspberry, rose petal and botanical herbs on the tangy nose and palate.  If the Santo Stefano is a more masculine, underbrushy style of nebbiolo, this one is a perfume bomb in the mouth, incredibly silky and fine-grained but with outstanding sappy tang to leaven its thickness.  Most impressive today on the slowly mounting, elegant, mouth-saturating back end, which features big but fine-grained tannins and outstanding rising length.  A real essence of nebbiolo.

94 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, January 2016

An elegant, sinewy style, with classic Nebbiolo character, exuding floral, cherry, strawberry, leather and mineral flavors. The lingering tobacco finish gets a boost from the light burr of tannins. Remains juicy and long. Best from 2017 through 2032.

98 points

Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, October 2016

Once in a while I get a chance to taste a wine that shows me something I've not experienced before in the most positive way imaginable. The Asili is such a wine -- at its young age, it shows absolutely explosive aromas of cherry, fresh cut orange, powder, candied raspberry and mixed spice, all just as clear as a cathedral bell. The palate is just starting to show the promise of the nose, with a firm grip and dry earth minerality up front now, but the promise is solid as a rock. Riveting wine!

96 points

James Suckling, November 2015

This has superb elegance and depth to it. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a wonderful length. Exquisite tannins. All about class this year. Grows on the palate. The quality of the tannins! Drink or hold.

95 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

Red rose, iris, perfumed berry and baking spice emerge on this stunning, vibrant wine. The elegantly structured palate offers crushed raspberry, juicy red cherry, cinnamon and chopped herb while fresh acidity and polished tannins provide a bright, elegant framework. Drink 2018–2027.

94 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2015

The 2012 Barbaresco Asili is the finest wine I have tasted from Bruno Giacosa since the 2007 vintage. A bright, beautifully translucent red, the 2012 Asili captures the essence of this great site in its perfumed aromatics, silky fruit and understated depth. Hints of orange zest, rose petal, cinnamon and pine are laced into the resonant, alluring finish. Already quite open and expressive, the 2012 should drink well for the next decade or so. Giacosa fans will find much to admire in the sexy, open-knit 2012 Asili. This is a tremendous showing, and one of the very best 2012s readers will come across.

94 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2015

Bruno Giacosa's 2012 Barbaresco Asili benefitted from a warm growing season. The wine opens to a dark, compact appearance and shows an impressive level of aromatic intensity and complexity. The tannins are slightly less mature and more astringent in 2012 compared to 2011. This bodes well for the aging potential of this beautiful wine. Fresh acidity caps a very pretty portrait of the Nebbiolo grape. This is a lovely offering from this historic producer.

93 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 2015

Enticing flavors of cherry, strawberry, eucalyptus and underbrush mark this elegant, firm red. Tightly wound for now and just hinting at the future. Best from 2018 through 2030.

91 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

This wine was produced in 2012, but the Giacosa family decided to skip over the very difficult 2013 (especially difficult for Barbera) vintage. The 2014 Barbera d'Alba Falletto is made with estate fruit and shows the power and heft of Serralunga d'Alba. This is a more structured expression with good depth and a generous offering of dark fruit flavors. The finish is marked by a crisp spot of balanced acidity.

93 points

Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, February 2017

Smooth and juicy with depth and elegant flavors of plum, spice and blackberry; silky texture and generous style; long and fresh. Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot, Syrah

92 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, March 2016

Aromas of French oak, mature black-skinned fruit, espresso and a hint of blue flower lead the nose on this structured red. The generous palate doles out juicy black cherry, blackberry, ground pepper and licorice while velvety tannins provide smooth, seamless support. Drink through 2021.

90 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, April 2016

Expressive flavors of cassis, fig cake, dried mint and espresso are set in an elegant, medium- to full-bodied frame, layered with refined tannins and accents of oak spice and graphite that linger on the finish. Rich but polished. Drink now through 2026. 3,750 cases made

94 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, December 2015

The 2011 Mille e Una Notte is based on Nero d'Avola, although the wine sees smaller percentages of other grapes in supporting roles. This is a thick and darkly saturated expression with a bold flavor profile that reveals dark fruit, jammy blackberry, exotic spice and moist chewing tobacco. The 2011 vintage falls under the IGT Sicilia appellation (but newer vintages will be labeled under the Contessa Entellina appellation). The intensity of the bouquet is remarkable as is the thickness and weight of the wine's texture. Mille e Una Notte is an all-Sicilian wine with an interesting Bordeaux slant. The tannins are firm but very well integrated.

91 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, October 2016

Offers flavors of crème de cassis, olive paste, dried mint and plumped black cherry, set in an accessible frame. Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d’Avola and Tannat. Drink now through 2026.—A.N.

87 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, March 2016

Here's an easygoing red that opens with aromas of dark-skinned berry and baking spice. The soft, round palate yields juicy black cherry, ground black pepper and freshness. It's made to be drunk young so enjoy soon.

89+ points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, December 2015

This is an easy-drinking expression of Nero d'Avola, but one that impresses nonetheless. The 2014 Sicilia Sedàra opens to a dark ruby and purple color with fresh aromas of cherry fruit, blackberry and dark plum. The wine is true to its varietal characteristics and you get distant notes of crushed almonds and pistachio at the back. The 2014 vintage offers very good quality at this attractive price point.

88 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, December 2016

Fragrant hints of herb and smoke waft through glazed nectarine, star fruit and lime blossom notes in this lithe, snappy white. Stony finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,350 cases imported.–AN

91 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, August 2016

Vibrant and savory, this opens with lovely aromas of spring flower, citrus, herb and white stone fruit. The round, juicy palate offers ripe white peach, juicy grapefruit, pineapple and mineral alongside fresh acidity. A saline note backs up the finish.

87 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, 2016

Bright and fruit-forward, offering blood orange and pink grapefruit granita notes, this is dry and tangy, with fresh tarragon, crushed pink peppercorn and Meyer lemon accents on the aromatic finish. Zibibbo. Drink now. 1,300 cases imported.

88 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, August 2016

Made with Zibibbo, this refreshing white offers floral and fruit aromas suggesting white rose and yellow stone fruit. The lively palate tastes of apricot, lemon zest and a hint of aromatic herb alongside bright acidity.

86 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, December 2016

This aromatic white is well-spiced and floral, with snappy acidity and flavors of melon, guava, petrol and kumquat. Chalk-tinged finish. Catarratto. Drink now. 4,500 cases imported. –AN

86 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, August 2016

Round and juicy, this offers enticing scents of white flower, mature apple, citrus and pear that carry over to the palate along with honeydew melon and a hint of aromatic herb. Fresh acidity balances the ripe fruit flavors.

90 points

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, March 2016

The best vintage of this cuvee to date, Brunel's single vineyard 2014 Cotes du Rhone la Becassonne is a beautiful blend of 50% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and 20% Clairette. Its medium-gold color is followed by outstanding notes of ripe peach, melon, pineapple and a touch of honey. Medium-bodied, rich, textured and still lively and fresh, it sells for about 15 bucks but tastes like it cost two to three times that. Buy it by the case and drink it over the coming couple of years (although, I would not be surprised to see it evolve nicely for longer).

91 points

Tara Thomas, Wine & Spirits, February 2017

Year's Best: Although Brunel uses younger-vine fruit for this bottling (his older vines provide the fruit for Les Cailloux), it has plenty of complexity, from the spicy, herbal fruit to the notes of shiitakes and seaweed that give it a saline, umami depth. It’s mature and savory.

92 points

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2016

Bright ruby. Displays vibrant aromas of raspberry, peppery spices and garrigue and an emerging hint of smokiness. Juicy, sweet and penetrating, offering energetic red berry and lavender pastille flavors and a refreshingly bitter jolt of blood orange. Finishes sappy and very long, displaying a repeating floral quality and harmonious tannins that lend shape and grip.

91 points

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2015

Brilliant ruby-red. Sexy, perfumed aromas of ripe red berries and floral oils, with hints of orange pith, white pepper and smoky minerals adding lift. Silky and open-knit, offering gently sweet raspberry and candied lavender flavors and a deeper suggestion of cherry pit. Finishes spicy and long, with lingering red fruit and floral notes and smooth, well-integrated tannins.

91 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, November 2014

Silky and perfumy, with bergamot, red currant, warm raspberry coulis and rooibos tea notes all woven together. A chalky, minerally spine frames the finish, revealing a lingering star anise accent. Drink now through 2025.

93 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, September 2016

This displays rich papaya and Cavaillon melon notes, but stays fresh thanks to honeysuckle and citrus oil threads. Offers a long finish. Very inviting. Drink now through 2019.—J.M.

90 points

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, March 2016

A pretty, elegant white from this family estate, the 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc has lots of lemon curd, honeysuckle and white flower notes to go with a clean, elegant and seamless style on the palate. Perfectly balanced, it's not a powerhouse, yet excels for its purity and light, supple texture. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years.

95 points

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 2010

Vivid red color. Seductive, highly expressive aromas of raspberry, anise, Asian spices, smoky minerals and potpourri. Juicy, sweet and palate-staining, with vibrant red and dark berry flavors and superb clarity and back-end florality. The extremely long finish leaves sweet floral pastille and raspberry notes behind. This is one of the most seductive wines of the vintage and is already showing a lot of complexity.

93 points

Nick Stock, James Suckling, July 2015

A wine with some impressive deep-set complexity. Very toasty, sweet, caramelized lemon and grapefruit aromas plus a wealth of grilled hazelnuts and sweet-smelling spicy accents too. The palate's smoky, savory and has sherry-like nutty aged characters. The thread runs long through the finish, and slightly dried citrus fruits fade slowly in a nutty afterglow with a candied lime finish. A truly mature Champagne. Drink now.

95 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2012

The 1995 Brut Blanc des Millenaires shows just how compelling this often overlooked vintage can be. Layers of lemon, pastry spices, crushed rocks and savory herbs literally jump from the glass in this exquisite, perfumed, beautifully delineated Champagne. The 1995 shows lovely flavor complexity and nuance from its extended time in bottle, yet it also retains plenty of freshness, verve and acidity. This is a great showing from Charles Heidsieck. The 1995 was made before the tenure of the house's current team, headed by CEO Cécile Bonnefond. It will be very interesting to see what develops at this historic property over the coming years.

93 points

Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2015

This luxurious blend from the Cote des Blancs is gaining maturity, though it's still fresh enough that the flavors have the taste of a ripe white peach.  The bubbles are fine, the flavors touched by vanilla and cream.  A broad, luscious Champagne to make fried chicken festive.

92 points

Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2013

Platinum gold in color, this wine is moving toward maturity with hazelnut flavors, touches of fresh almond and Sherried notes. Its scent of dried chamomile adds to the rich warmth. Chardonnay as an elder statesman.

95 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, September 2015

A mouthwatering Champagne, refined and satiny in texture, with a citrusy overtone to the flavors of apricot preserves, toasted hazelnut and brioche, crystallized honey and fleur de sel. Presents a lasting, smoke- and spice-filled finish. Drink now through 2025.

95 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, November 2014

An elegant blanc de blancs, with a finely detailed, creamy mousse. There's a purity to the fruit flavors of poached white peach and orange granita that finds fine integration with accents of toasted brioche, grilled hazelnut and ground cardamom. Aging beautifully, this is rich in flavor yet still vibrant and well-focused through the lacy finish. Drink now through 2025. 200 cases imported.

90 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2015

Heidsieck's 2006 Brut Rosé Vintage offers good immediacy and plenty of intensity, both of which make it quite appealing. Still a bit tight, the 2006 could use another year or more in bottle to soften. Although light in color, the 2006 packs a pretty serious punch. Hints of orange zest, chalk and white pepper add an attractive upper register on the finish. With time in the glass, the 2006 softens nicely, hinting at a bright future. Disgorged: October 28, 2014.

93 points

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

This is a pale-colored wine with a finely wrought texture and great fruit. It is tight and mineral on the one hand, but balanced with the crispest red-currant flavors that offer a bright line in acidity. Delicious hints of age round out the final fresh aftertaste.

92 points

Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2015

The brisk focus of fruit grown in limestone gives this wine's Pinot Noir depths of fruit a firm shape and brash tension. Meanwhile, the richness of the wine makes it soft to the touch broad, zesty, firm and lasting, this is built age.

90 points

Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2012

Mature and elegant, this still holds some floral notes along with scents of fresh, crusty baguette. The fruit has strawberry high notes, touching on sweetness in the end. For a fine mousse truffée.

93 points

Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2013

A transparent beauty from 1999, this rosé hums with red fruit. It layers red spices with wild mushroom scents, green fig and floral strawberries, maintaining clarity and freshness through its fine bubbles. The flavors are generous and bold, while held with tight-fisted discretion. Pour this with roast arctic char and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms.

92 points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2015

The 2005 Brut Vintage is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Brioche, pastry, baked apple and apricot are some of the notes that flesh out in the glass. Supple, expressive and inviting, the 2005 offers lovely balance, especially for the year. Warm, toasty notes meld into the resonant, enveloping finish. This is quite lovely. Disgorged: May 6, 2014.

93 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, September 2015

Apricot and black currant preserve notes are layered with racy acidity and flavors of grilled nut, pastry cream and candied lemon peel in this creamy, elegant Champagne. Rich and finely balanced, with a vibrant, smoke-tinged finish. Disgorged 2014. Drink now through 2028.

93 points

Nick Stock, James Suckling, July 2015

This has terrific composure, among the fresher and better-presented of the vintage in terms of aromas. It's toasty with grilled hazelnuts, chalky and flinty. Aromas are in the pithy grapefruit and dried peach spectrum, with lemon too. The palate's seamless, powerful and quite deeply flavored. It climbs high and wide, then focuses neatly through the finish as acidity chimes in as well as some cherry flavor that steadies and balances. Great drinking now.

91 points

Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2015

Plump and rich, this fits clearly within the house style, its flavors broadened by scents of marzipan and spicebox complexity. It's potent and dense, almost gamey in its power, with a slightly green edge to the acidity that should mellow as the wine ages further.

92 points

Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2012

This transforms the sweet ripeness of the 2000 vintage into ornate flavor, matching the intensity of its white chalk minerality with broad apricot notes. It’s a round wine with the stamina to carry those complex flavors through a long finish.

91 points

Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2013

A zaftig 2000, this feels voluminous and heady with toasty scents and mature complexity. The golden color and creamy integration of the bubbles suggest enjoying it now, with foie gras.