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2017 Donnafugata Floramundi – Tasting Notes

2016 Oberon Merlot – Label

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2017 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc – Label

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Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle

2016 Oberon Merlot – Tasting Note

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2017 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon – Tasting Note

2016 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon – Tasting Note

2017 Oberon Los Carneros Chardonnay – Tasting Note

2016 Oberon Los Carneros Chardonnay – Tasting Note

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2016 Oberon Chardonnay Wine Spectator 90 Pt – Shelftalker

2002 Dehesa 14 – Label

2002 Dehesa 14 – Bottle

2002 Dehesa 14 – Tasting Notes

2011 Dehesa La Granja – Tasting Notes

2011 Dehesa La Granja – Label

2008 Dehesa La Granja – Bottle

2018 Coppo La Rocca Tasting Notes

2018 Coppo La Rocca Label

2018 Coppo La Rocca Bottle

2016 Coppo Pomorosso Tasting Notes

2016 Coppo Pomorosso Label

2016 Coppo Pomorosso Bottle

2017 Fillaboa Albariño – NEW LABEL – tasting notes

2017 Fillaboa Albariño – NEW LABEL

2017 Fillaboa Albariño – NEW LABEL – bottle

2018 Dutton-Goldfield Rosé of Pinot Noir – Bottle

2016 Dutton-Goldfield Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir – Bottle

2016 Dutton-Goldfield Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir – Tasting Note

2017 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir – Tasting Note

2017 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir – Bottle

2018 Dutton-Goldfield Rosé of Pinot Noir – Tasting Note

2016 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc – Vintage Notes

2017 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc – Vintage Notes

2016 André Brunel Côtes du Rhône La Bécassonne Blanc – Vintage Notes

2016 André Brunel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes

2016 André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Rouge – Vintage Notes

2016 André Brunel Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Grenache Vintage Notes

2016 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec WA 92+pts- Shelftalker

2016 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec – Label

2016 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec Tasting Notes

2017 Susana Balbo Signature Brioso White Blend Tasting Note

2018 Susana Balbo Signature Rose – Label

2012 Nosotros Malbec Single Vineyard Nomade – Label

2012 Nosotros Malbec Single Vineyard Nomade – Tasting Notes

2017 Crios Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle

2017 Crios Cabernet Sauvignon – Label

2017 Crios Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes

2016 BenMarco Malbec – Label

2016 BenMarco Malbec Bottle

2016 BenMarco Malbec-Tasting Notes

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2017 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc Wine Enthusiast 90 Pt 3-19-Shelftalker

2017 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc – Tasting Note

2017 Donnafugata Sherazade – Bottle Shot

2016 André Brunel Côtes du Rhône La Bécassonne Blanc – Bottle

2013 Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintage Notes

2017 Emblem Rodgers Creek Petaluma Gap Chardonnay – Vintage Notes

2015 Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintage Notes

2017 Coppo Costebianche Tasting Notes

2017 Coppo Costebianche Label

2017 Coppo Costebianche Bottle

2018 Moncalvina Tasting Notes

2018 Moncalvina Label

2018 Coppo Moncalvina Bottle

2016 Donnafugata Fragore – Label

2016 Donnafugata Fragore – Bottle

2017 Donnafugata Bell’Assai- Label

2017 Donnafugata Bell’Assai- Bottle

2017 Donnafugata Bell’Assai- Tasting Notes

2016 Donnafugata Fragore – Tasting Notes

2017 Hangtime Pinot Noir – Tasting notes

2017 Hangtime Pinot Noir – Label

2015 André Brunel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes

2013 André Brunel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes

2015 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes

2014 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes

2015 André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Centenaire – Bottle

2015 André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Centenaire – Vintage Notes

2016 Coppo Camp du Rouss Tasting Notes

2016 Coppo Camp du Rouss Label

2016 Coppo Camp du Rouss Bottle

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90 Points

Wine Advocate, July 2018

There are slightly more spicy aromas in the 2017 Críos Cabernet Sauvignon, partly because of the varietal aromas and partly because some 40% of the wine matured in neutral, well-seasoned oak barrels for about nine months. They like stonier soils for Cabernet Sauvignon, and in the last few years, this has been produced with grapes from the Valle de Uco. They want to avoid green aromas and also the over-ripeness, and the stony soils are the best for that. 90,000 bottles produced.

88 Points

Vinous, August 2018

Good medium red. A sexy note of musky, smoky reduction to the aromas of plum, currant, espresso and mocha, plus a whiff of candied flowers. Supple, nicely concentrated, inexpensive Cabernet with good herbal lift and bright acidity enlivening its varietally accurate currant, tobacco and spice flavors. In fact, this wine relies as much on its sound acidity as on its fine dusty tannins for structure. Distinctly riper than the 2016 version and an excellent value. Sappy and easy to drink.

92 Points

James Suckling, April 2018

This still has the morello cherries you would expect, but there's certainly a layer of more subtle complexity in the form of bark, tar and creme de cassis. Full body, finely judged acidity, soft but structured tannins and a chewy finish. Drink now.

92 Points

Wine Advocate, July 2018

Produced with grapes from one vineyard in Chacayes in the Valle de Uco, the 2016 BenMarco Malbec is floral, spicy, aromatic, showy and expressive, with great freshness and lots of aromatic herbs, black pepper and flowers. This has both good ripeness and freshness, with very fine tannins. It's a short (the shortest!) vintage with moderate alcohol but good concentration. 200,000 bottles produced. In the last few years, this has been sourced from Altamira.

89 Points

Vinous, August 2018

Susana Balbo ages this wine in second-use French oak to preserve primary fruit aromas): Inviting dark ruby-red. Lovely violet lift to the vibrant aromas of blackberry, chalky minerals and earth. At once juicy and creamy, in a more European style, showing more tension than weight to its dark berry flavors. Vibrant and nicely delineated thanks to its relatively low 3.55 pH and sound acidity.

88 Points

Wine Advocate, December 2015

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Emblem Oso is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot. This is a more earthy, tannic wine, that frankly, for twice the price I don't like as much as the less-expensive bottling. Nevertheless, there's nothing wrong with it - it's just structured, tannic and earthy. Drink it over the next 10-25 years, but give it several years of bottle age if possible.

92+ Points

Wine Advocate, December 2018

A Sicilian Chardonnay, the 2015 Sicilia Contessa Entellina Chiarandà offers gorgeous intensity and richness. The team at Donnafugata has done a great job in executing a more elegant and streamlined wine in a hot vintage. The bouquet is robust and round but never heavy or sticky. Ripe fruit and peach segue to vanilla cream and lemon mousse. The finish is rich, textured and soft.

94 Points

Wine Advocate, December 2018

This wine is drinking beautifully right now. The 2012 Mille e Una Notte is a lot of fun to drink. You are treated to balanced aromas of black fruit and plum that are contrasted against spice, licorice and smoke. Nero d'Avola tends to show aromas of black olive, caper and aniseed in its natural state. You get some of those aromas here, but the black fruit is ultimately what shows strongest. This full-bodied red is endowed with rich texture and solid structure. It should continue to evolve over the next 10 years.

94 Points

Wine Advocate, December 2018

The 2014 Tancredi is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Nero d'Avola. The wine is creamy and dense with excellent concentration and a smooth style that leaves an especially warm feeling in the mouth. Tancredi is one of those go-to wines when you want something good, but you don't want to think too hard. It offers happy, quality drinking. This is my favorite vintage of Tancredi to date.

94 Points

Wine Advocate, December 2018

This wine is something of a national anthem for Italian wine. It is indeed an extremely cheerful and happy one with flowing melodies and an impressive succession of high notes. The 2015 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé shows the generosity and exuberance of a hot vintage. The bouquet offers dried apricot, raisin, fig and brown sugar. Not to be underestimated is that important blast of acidity on the close that keeps the wine from feeling too heavy or rich.

95 Points

Wine Advocate, December 2018

The 2014 Mille e Una Notte is mostly Nero d'Avola with some other red grapes in a supporting role. This was a terrific vintage in Sicily that did not see the below average temperatures and heavy rainfall that plagued the rest of mainland Italy. Instead, the growing season was characterized by balanced temperatures and steady sunshine. The fruit has matured beautifully here, showing blackberry, ripe cherry and plum. Tangy leather and spice add complexity to the wine. This is a full-bodied red with beautiful textual richness.

90 Points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, December 2018

Ripe and exotic, this red exudes blackberry, boysenberry, violet and mineral flavors. Solidly built, with a strong grip on the lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2024. 150 cases imported.

92 Points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, October 2017

Distinctive, opening with warm yellow apple and ginger flavors, followed by rich grapefruit oil, mirabelle plum and nectarine notes. Broad through the finish, showing a light waxy edge, but with an underlying freshness. Drink now through 2019. 100 cases imported

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).

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.

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.

93 Points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, November 2015

A ripe, fruit-driven style, with lush creamed apple, melon and pear flavors pumping along, inlaid with ample heather and salted butter notes. The long, juicy finish pulls everything together, with enough energy to sustain brief cellaring. Drink now through 2017. 100 cases imported.

96 Points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, October 2016

This beauty is just hitting its stride now, with a still-robust structure that is starting to show more velvety nuance while melding with the core of dark currant preserve, warmed fig and steeped plum flavors. Lots of cocoa and tobacco notes form the backdrop, and there’s a long, smoldering feel to the finish. Another classic from a classic vintage. Best from 2017 through 2035. From France.—J.M.

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.

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. Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa, CA

88 Points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, October 2015

A fresh style, with a blanched almond frame around the apple, fennel and white peach flavors. Sleek finish. Drink now. 800 cases imported.

88 Points

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2015

Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and red berry aromas, along with suggestions of licorice and dried flowers. Bitter cherry, plum and dark chocolate on the palate; a hint of cracked pepper adds spiciness. Chewy tannins build steadily on the finish, which shows good persistence and repeating spiciness.

88 Points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, March 2017

This is an easydrinking, harmonious blend of 50% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and 20% Clairette. Pineapplle, anise and marshmallow aromas lead into wellrounded flavors of pineapple and melon. Drink now. Folio Fine Wine Partners. —J.C.

88 Points

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2015

Full ruby. Dark berries, cherry pit and a hint of smoked meat on the pungent nose. Bitter cherry and cassis flavors show a slight leatheriness and a hint of candied lavender. Closes with building sweetness and an echo of game; silky tannins lend shape. My score would be higher if it weren't for that sauvagecharacter, and I'm sure that fans of old-school Rhône wines will find my assessment stingy.

89 Points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, December 2016

Fresh, with a juicy edge to the mix of plantain, green almond and yellow apple flavors. Light chamomile and verbena notes help stretch out the finish. Drink now. 1,250 cases imported.

90 Points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, March 2017

Brunel’s 2013 is traditionally styled. The aromas are peppery and ferrous, leaning toward sour plum, while the palate is medium-bodied, taut and silky, ending on notes of black olive and espresso. Drink it over the next 5–8 years.

91 Points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, August 2015

An excellent value, this comes from vines that average 40 years of age. It’s unusually complex for the price, offering hints of cracked pepper, clove, leather, plum and mint, all delivered with ample weight and a rich, supple texture. Drink now–2020.

87 Points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, June 2016

Shows a mix of bramble, pepper and tobacco notes, with lightly mulled cherry and blackberry fruit. The finish picks up light cedar and savory hints, lending this a slightly rustic feel in the end. Drink now. 1,036 cases imported.

87 Points

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2016

Ruby-red. Lively black raspberry and cherry aromas show a slight jamminess and a hint of white pepper. Juicy and supple on the palate, offering gently sweet red and dark berry flavors that open up slowly with air. Smooth and seemingly tannin-free, delivering good finishing punch and a late jolt of bitter cherry pit.

87 Points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, June 2016

Direct cherry fruit is laced with subtle cinnamon and black tea notes that provide a firm twinge through the finish. Drink now. 3,124 cases imported.

95+ points

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, June 2016

Deep, pure and fresh on the fruit-intense and complex nose, the 1995 Blanc des Millenaires is still young and incredibly fresh on the palate. This is refreshingly pure, concentrated, fruity and perfectly round Champagne that reveals a great tension and mineral complexity. It also has a long and salty finish. Keep it for ten or 20 years.

95 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, October 2018

A seamless Champagne, showing a texture of raw silk, this weaves vibrant acidity with an expressive range of glazed apple and poached white cherry fruit flavors, with pickled ginger and saffron spice details and rich notes of pastry cream, toast and coffee liqueur. More about finesse than power, this is long and creamy on the mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2028

97 points

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, June 2016

Disgorged 20 years ago, the golden colored 1985 Blanc des Millenaires – comprised of 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir – displays a deep and beautifully matured nose with wax, honey, caramel and butterscotch aromas. Full-flavored, rich and highly elegant in the mouth, with great intensity, structure and complexity in the aromas, this 31-year-old prestige cuvée is fascinatingly vital – although there are almost no bubbles visible. There are dried stone fruit flavors in the finish. A great drinking experience.

93+ points

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, June 2016

The 2005 Vintage Brut – a classic mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – is a very ripe and concentrated Champagne with a bit of bitterness in the finish. "2005 was austere as a young wine, but since 2015, it shows very well and promises a very good aging potential," finds chef de cave Régis Camus. The wine opens deep, pure and fresh on the nose, with very clear white fruit aromas, spiced bread and a very clear definition. Light, fresh and finesse-full on the silky-textured palate, but also round and intense, this is a very elegant and refined vintage Champagne. It has a pure and fresh finish, and a long and intense aftertaste.

94 points

Nick Stock, James Suckling, July 2015

A pale hue in the glass, this has a savory nose that delivers a very nicely struck toasty edge with chalky pastry and faint red fruits. The palate's sophisticated fine texture is mesmerizing. This really dances, leaving a trail of red berry fruits in its wake, through to a long, pure and fresh, spicy finish. Drink now.

93 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, September 2015

Rich and creamy, this harmonious Champagne is expressive, with brioche, crystallized honey, black currant and toasted marshmallow flavors, accented by hints of verbena, baked peach and chopped nut. Vibrant and focused through to the lasting, saline tinged finish. Drink now through 2022.

94 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, September 2015

This focused rosé Champagne offers a mousse with the texture of raw silk, which swathes the firm frame in layers of roasted hazelnut, baked peach, toasted brioche and crème de cassis flavors, with a rich and smoky underpinning and accents of candied kumquat, espresso, ground ginger and cumin that expand on the finish. Drink now through 2030.

94 points

Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, April 2016

Charles "Champagne Charlie" Heidsieck popularized Champagne in the U.S. in the mid-19 century. Pale pink; smooth and lush, juicy and elegant with raspberry and cherry; long and refined

94 points

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, June 2016

Charles Heidsieck's 2006 Brut Rosé (with 10% Pinot Noir red wine) has been launched before the 2005. Disgorged at the end of 2014, the wine offers a delicate and intense wild strawberry flavor with some lovely spicy aromas on the nose. Ample, full and round, this is a lovely matured Rosé with a super intense and aromatic Pinot character (sweet cherries, red berries). The finish underlines the great complexity, purity and finesse of this vinous Rosé. There are cherry aromas again in the long aftertaste. An impressive Rosé.

91 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, November 2018

Rich hints of toasted brioche and coffee liqueur are layered with black cherry and mandarin orange peel flavors in this creamy Champagne. Fine and satiny on the palate, with lemony acidity refreshing the lingering finish. Disgorged 2018. Drink now through 2021. 4,500 cases imported.

91 points

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, November 2018

Hints of toast and hazelnut form a rich thread running through the poached pear, plum, preserved lemon and grated ginger flavors of this mouthwatering Champagne, with a satiny bead. Disgorged 2017. Drink now through 2021. 90 cases imported

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.

89 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, December 2018

Rich and juicy, exuding black currant, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors, with a hint of chocolate on the lingering finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases imported.

90 points

Stephanie Johnson, Wine & Spirits, December 2016

Tobacco and mushroom notes lend an earthy tone to this wine’s fresh red berry flavors. It feels vibrant and ripe, with hints of menthol, coriander and sweet spice that add dimension. Its ripe fruit and mild tannins make it a versatile partner for poultry or pasta.

91+ points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

The Valmaggiore vineyard in the Roero appellation is one of the hottest spots for grape-growing in Piedmont today. Fruit coming out of this site has been exceptional these past few years. The 2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigne Valmaggiore shows a youthful personality with fresh primary fruit aromas of cherry and raspberry followed by red rose and pressed violet. The Roero area is characterized by sandy soils so those floral perfumes are very pronounced and intense. Bruna Giacosa just signed a ten-year lease on this site meaning she now manages all the farming needs in-house. The Valmaggiore cru awards us with a different and equally exciting perspective onto the Nebbiolo grape.

89 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 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.

88 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2018

This red delivers an appealing cherry fruit component along with licorice, earth and tobacco accents. Chewy tannins emerge on the finish, which echoes the tobacco notes. Drink now through 2021. 700 cases imported.

91 points

Stephanie Johnson, Wine & Spirits, December 2016

Lemony acidity lifts this wine’s honey and orchard fruit flavors and, along with the waxy texture, gives an impression that’s reminiscent of a Loire chenin. It feels poised and balanced, the pear and apple flavors remaining cool and fresh on the way to a long and elegant finish.

92+ points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

The 2016 Roero Arneis was bottled on Saint Valentine's Day and that's a fitting touch. Some 140,000 bottles were made, which is more than average. This is a fresh and buoyant wine that is loaded with tangy tropical fruit, pineapple and honeydew melon. The wine's intensity is exuberant, pronounced and refreshing. Dustings of fine mineral and salty limestone characteristics give the wine a brilliant sense of polish and crispness. Bruna Giacosa tells me the fruit harvested in 2016 was beautiful. She distinctly remembers the perfumes of the Arneis grapes as they came into the winery on the back of a truck during harvest. This is a beautiful white wine.

90 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2017

Floral and peach aromas give way to peach, melon and citrus flavors in this harmonious, juicy white. Impeccably balanced and very drinkable, with a long, delicate aftertaste. Drink now. 11,500 cases made.

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.

92 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, January 2018

A white with lots of white-peach and apple aromas with hints of lemon zest. Full-bodied, round and layered. Rich and exotic in the end. Drink now.

90+ points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 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.

94 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, September 2018

Very tight and focused with orange peel, chocolate and hints of bright fruit. Medium body, firm and silky finish. Structured and beautiful. Don’t forget Giacosa’s Nebbiolos! Drink now.

93 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2018

I am a huge fan of this vineyard site in the Roero region. The 2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigna Valmaggiore serves to encourage and confirm my enthusiasm. The Valmaggiore vineyard is home to dangerously steep rows that make farming extremely laborious. The effort is worth it, especially when you consider those delicate and nuanced berry aromas that so beautifully permeate the bouquet. Wild strawberry, cassis and blueberry are followed by pressed violet and bitter almond. Nor is the mouthfeel to be underestimated, as it provides ample structure and extra crunch on the tonic finish. This wine was bottled just three weeks prior to my tasting and is developing handsomely.

90 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, November 2017

Firm, with burly tannins offset by cherry, berry, iron and tobacco flavors. Offers a beam of cherry and berry fruit, just needs a year or so to settle down. Best from 2019 through 2024. 1,166 cases made.

94 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, July 2018

This is very beautiful. Lime-skin, light-pear and lemon aromas and mineral undertones. Full-bodied, dense and very intense with layers of fruit and flavor. Extremely long finish. Fantastic density and richness, yet always crisp and lively. Drink now.

93 points

James Suckling, 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, 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.

90 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2018

Enticing, featuring delicate floral, cherry, strawberry and mineral flavors, allied to an elegant frame. Firm tannins hold court on the long finish, but this is balanced overall. Drink now through 2024. 1,175 cases made.

91 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2018

From a hot vintage, the 2017 Roero Arneis is a rich and pulpy white wine with bright fruit definition. The bouquet delivers tropical fruit, papaya and apricot. The mouthfeel is rich with thick fruit flavors. This vintage shows superior structure. But an expert winemaking hand is clearly at play, because that sunny ripeness falls short of tasting jammy or too heavy. Bruna Giacosa tells me that because of reduced yields, it proved challenging to source enough fruit to make this wine. Drink this fruit-forward white wine within the next few years.

90 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, November 2018

Lemon, tangerine, white flower and mineral aromas and flavors power this sleek, focused white, backed by a vibrant structure. Builds to a long finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases imported.

95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

The recent evolution of this wine is a bit confusing. After the 2009 Barolo le Rocche del Falletto was released, the wine was not made in 2010 or 2011. The following year, we got the 2012 Barolo Falletto that I scored last year. We now return to the series with the 2013 Barolo Falleto Vigna Le Rocche—which is, of course, the white label wine. The wine shows extremely elegant and fine characteristics with a dry and streamlined approach. Fruit tones on offer are delicate and nuanced. White truffle, balsam herb, violet and licorice are folded within. The wine was a little reticent when I tasted it and it definitely needs more time to flesh out in the bottle.

93 points

Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, September 2013

From one of Barolo’s iconic houses, this wine is more delicately structured and forward than usual but still bears Giacosa’s hallmark fi­nesse and complexity. It has mesmerizing perfumes of rose, violet, cherry, strawberry and hints of cedar. The palate shows lively cherry, mineral and spice notes, and has a smooth, silky texture. Drink now or hold 10 years for more complexity.

95 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, June 2017

Cherry and strawberry fruit is supported by leather, licorice, mineral and tar flavors in this red, starting out detailed and elegant, turning firm and unyielding by the finish. Though assertive, the tannins stay within bounds, and this finds equilibrium in the end. Best from 2022 through 2045. From Italy.—B.S.

95 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2017

Cherry and strawberry fruit is supported by leather, licorice, mineral and tar flavors in this red, starting out detailed and elegant, turning firm and unyielding by the finish. Though assertive, the tannins stay within bounds, and this finds equilibrium in the end. Best from 2022 through 2045. 1,150 cases made

97 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, July 2017

This is incredibly powerful and structured with so much tannin backbone and ripe fruit. Aromas of plums and hazelnuts. Full-bodied and chewy. Fabulous finish. Needs three to four years to come together. Great wine. No Falleto was made in 2013. Only Le Rocche. Available in January 2017.

96 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2018

The 2012 Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigna Le Rocche (red label) was bottled last September and has already eased into a comfortable and promising stage in its very early evolution. Bruna Giacosa tells me that this wine will be made in 2014 and 2016, so future supplies are plentiful. The jury is out on whether the wine will be produced in 2015, but Bruna tells me it is unlikely (albeit by no means confirmed at this point). Fruit selection was extreme in 2012. This is a warm vintage expression, and the wine is beautifully rich and velvety as a result. That textural richness is what stands out most. The primary fruit is bold and very well defined. There is a point of dark cherry ripeness, but it adds to the generous fiber and softness of the mouthfeel. Of the many beautiful vintages I have tasted of this wine, I suspect the 2012 might be faster in its evolution.

88 points

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, April 2012

The 2008 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto shows more depth and up-front richness than the Falletto, but then loses much of its persistence on the mid-palate and finish. Frankly, this is a perplexing effort. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. It’s hard to know what to make of Bruno Giacosa’s 2008 Baroli. Over the years I have had the privilege and pleasure to drink virtually all of Giacosa’s wines from both legendary and weaker vintages all the way back to 1961. These wines don’t match anything in my previous experience.

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.

97 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2018

Piercing scents of truffle, rose water, macerated cherry and medicinal herbs are the hallmarks of this elegant red. Less evolved and harmonious on the palate, with a core of sweet fruit and tightly wound, dense tannins. Stays fresh and long on the extended finish. Best from 2022 through 2043. 50 cases imported.

97 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

Here we have the venerated red label. The Bruno Giacosa 2011 Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigne Le Rocche commands attention and respect. The wine successfully, and somewhat magically, turns the tables on the overdone exuberance of the warm vintage and the natural heft that is inherent to Serralunga d'Alba. It does a great job of reining in all that power and transforming it into streamlined elegance instead. The wine opens to a dark and penetrating color and an immediately expressive bouquet. Thick layers of dark fruit, iron-rich earth, balsam herb, Darjeeling tea, dried ginger and cherry cola rise from the bouquet. The wine's Falletto signature is very strong. This is a Grande Vino with the proverbial capital G and capital V.

97 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2017

This alluring red starts out with soft rose, cherry, raspberry and menthol flavors, all harmonious, before picking up tar, tobacco and mineral elements, playing out on the long finish. This has mellowed somewhat, but the fruit never gives up, even as mouthcoating tannins emerge. Best from 2023 through 2040. 900 cases made.

95 points

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

Good deep red.  Redcurrant, plum, sexy brown spices, menthol, marzipan, licorice and a balsamic element on the nose; Bruna compares this wine to the supernal 2000 bottling.  The palate delivers a captivating combination of ineffable perfume and buns of steel, with strong acidity giving definition to the flavors of rose petal, exotic spices, truffle and underbrush.  Offers lovely breadth with a weightless quality.  Really echoes and vibrates on the back end, finishing with huge but sweet tannins that reach the front teeth and explosive tangy red fruits.  Should be fairly long-lived but will it have the finesse of the 2000?

97 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, January 2018

Piercing scents of truffle, rose water, macerated cherry and medicinal herbs are the hallmarks of this elegant red. Less evolved and harmonious on the palate, with a core of sweet fruit and tightly wound, dense tannins. Stays fresh and long on the extended finish. Best from 2022 through 2043. 50 cases imported.

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.

96 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2013

The 2008 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto (aged 36 months in botte grande) is a gorgeous wine from every perspective. Its 360-degree beauty shines comes through in terms of the intensity of the bouquet and the elegance of the mouthfeel. Again, super-finely textured tannins give the wine backbone and create a supporting structure for rich fruit flavors. There-s just enough consistency here to fill the palate, yet the wine is never heavy or flat. It shows vibrant energy thanks to the natural freshness and that beautiful note of garden fresh red rose that pops up as nostalgic sign-off. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040.

89 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, April 2018

Ripe cherry, blackberry and earth notes mark this fruity red. It's firm as well, yet enjoy this overall for its frank expression of ripe Dolcetto. Drink now through 2020. 598 cases made.

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

97 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, July 2012

Amazing nose of chocolate, orange peel, plums and hazelnut. Full-bodied, with super fine tannins and a long finish. Intense with a beautiful line of fine tannins that go on for minutes. Superb. 10,000 bottles made. February 2014 release. Leave it for at least four or five years before drinking!

97 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, June 2017

This alluring red starts out with soft rose, cherry, raspberry and menthol flavors, all harmonious, before picking up tar, tobacco and mineral elements, playing out on the long finish. This has mellowed somewhat, but the fruit never gives up, even as mouth- coating tannins emerge. Best from 2023 through 2040. From Italy.—B.S.

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.

96 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, September 2018

Impressive fresh leather-clad red cherries with a subtle earthiness in the background. Quite pure. Floral and aromatic. The palate has a very elegant yet powerful core of blueberries and cherries. A smooth release of fruit sweetness into the fresh and vibrant finish. Elegant and classic. More open than normal. Impressive now but better from 2022.

97 points

James Suckling, 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.

95 points

Joe D'Angelo, International Wine Report, June 2013

The 2009 ‘Le Rocche del Falletto’ Barolo from Bruno Giacosa is a wine of pure elegance. It brings a wonderful, pure expression of Nebbiolo fruit, with aromas of candied strawberries, wild cherries, rose petals, sweet herbs and licorice notes. This is well structured around fine, silky tannins ending with incredible length. However, patience will be required here, as this will need time to develop further in bottle, but this has remarkable potential and a wine I would love to revisit in the future. (Best 2018-2029)

94 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, November 2018

The picture of elegance, this Barolo is nonetheless steely and solid. Delicate floral, cherry, strawberry and mineral flavors ride the chalky texture, while vibrant acidity and well-proportioned tannins drive the finish. Best from 2022 through 2042. 150 cases imported.

96 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, January 2018

The balance of cherry, strawberry and sweet spice flavors and dense, dusty tannins leaves a divide that needs time to bridge. Offers the requisite amount of fruit, and the finish persists, with sweetness to offset the tannins. Firm, dense and long, gaining floral notes and a more ethereal profile with air. Best from 2022 through 2040. 301 cases made.

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.

96 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2018

The balance of cherry, strawberry and sweet spice flavors and dense, dusty tannins leaves a divide that needs time to bridge. Offers the requisite amount of fruit, and the finish persists, with sweetness to offset the tannins. Firm, dense and long, gaining floral notes and a more ethereal profile with air. Best from 2022 through 2040. 301 cases made.

94 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2017

Delicate and intense, offering rose, cherry, leather and tobacco flavors. Firm and succulent, with leather and tobacco notes joined by a vein of mineral on the long aftertaste. Shows terrific intensity and energy. Best from 2022 through 2036. 299 cases made

95 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2017

Fantastic concentration and richness, yet always bright and vivid. Blackberries and wet earth with lots of orange peel. Full and very long. Lovely texture. Drink now.

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!

95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2018

This is the second year in which this wine was made with estate fruit (opposed to purchased fruit). Bruna Giacosa calls the 2014 Barbaresco Rabajà her “little miracle wine.” The Rabajà cru is very close to Asili, but indeed, the two corresponding wines are extremely different in character. This expression offers black fruit intensity, with sharp and classic lines. Rabajà tends to be closed in its younger years and needs extra aging time before it finds its voice. The mouthfeel is dense, brooding and slightly austere at this point. Ten additional years of cellar aging should be considered at a minimum.

95 points

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2013

The 2009 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto comes from a south-facing parcel with steep slopes for well-draining soils. The vines are approximately 35 years old. There-s a touch of extra ripeness here, even a hint of strawberry, backed by rich berry fruit, cassis and blackberry. The wine shows its most elegant side in the mouth, where the firming, polished tannins give the wine backbone and grace. It-s deliciously silky and extra fine with microscopic precision. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036.

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.

93 points

Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 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.

91 points

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, November 2018

The plum and blackberry fruit stains the palate in this meaty, spicy and intense red. The sheer size and density is offset by vivid acidity, which keeps this focused and long. Think grilled meat. Drink now through 2024. 150 cases imported.

93 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, September 2018

Loads of blackberries and blueberries here with citrus peel and flowers. Full body, juicy fruit and a vivid and fruity finish. Lots of citrus peel underneath it all. Drink or hold.

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.