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91 Points

2015 Animo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, February 2019

“This offers classic flavors of crisp, red currant and cassis, with background notes of dried herb and floral rose. The tannins are sturdy and supportive of the fruit. Toasted oak components are emphasized on the lengthy peppery finish.”

93 Points

2015 Animo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling, James Suckling, December 2017

“Blueberry and floral aromas dominate here. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. This is tight and reserved and needs two or three years to open. Drink in 2019.”

93+ Points

2015 Animo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2017

“The Animo is a second label, a cross section from the ranch. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Animo opens with expressive blackberry pie and blueberry compote notes with hints of red currant jelly, cinnamon stick, rose hip tea, dried lavender and cigar box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has fantastic tension and a solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins supporting the vibrant black and red fruits, finishing long and perfumed.”

92 Points

2016 Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG

James Suckling, James Suckling, September 2018

“Rich aromas of black cherries, raspberries and hazelnuts. Hints of caramel, too. Full body, velvety and polished tannins and a bright, glorious finish. Drink or hold.”

93 Points

2015 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, April 2019

“A savory style, this red offers balsamic aromas of eucalyptus, wild rosemary and fennel, leading to a core of cherry, licorice, tar and tobacco flavors. The tannins are still a bit gruff, but a sense of elegance persists. Best from 2022 through 2042.”

97 Points

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, April 2019

“Fluid and juicy, with savory notes of menthol and juniper, matched to the cherry and currant fruit. Underlined by a mineral element, this features a serious whack of tannins on the finish, yet the lasting impression is of sweet, ripe cherry and berry flavors. Wonderful length. Best from 2022 through 2045. From Italy.”

91 Points

2016 Dutton-Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2019

“This is floral in jasmine and steely on the midpalate—a beautiful white wine that's balanced and elegant in approach. With a good grip of tannin and oak, it shines in sharp flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon and crème brûlée., while the richness is seasoned in nutmeg.”

92 Points

2016 Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, March 2019

“Delicate, with a core of macerated red cherry and crushed raspberry flavors that are pure and juicy. Mineral and spice notes come in on the lithe finish. Drink now through 2023. 767 cases made.”

94 Points

2016 Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2019

“This wine is beautifully fruity in tones of cranberry, strawberry and raspberry, with perfumed wafts of rose and lavender on the nose. It's light in body, driven by bright acidity that keeps it fresh and inviting. A silky display of Asian spice rings on the finish.”

94 Points

2016 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2019

“This white has an expert level of intensity and concentration, and plenty of length within its balanced frame. Flavors of lemon meringue, brioche and apricot are complemented by wet stone.”

89 Points

2015 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila

James Suckling, James Suckling, August 2018

“Smoke and graphite notes as well as big black fruit here. On the palate, the generous fruit and supple tannins are well married, but the oak is a bit obvious on the finish. Drink now or hold.”

93 Points

2016 Palacios Remondo Plácet Valtomelloso

James Suckling, James Suckling, July 2017

“A more linear and long white from Rioja with tropical fruit and density. Vertical. Medium to full body. Fresh and vivid. Energetic finish. Drink now.”

89 Points

2015 El Vínculo Alejairén

Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, September 2018

“This rich, distinctive white has a deep gold color and a thick, toothsome texture. Candied orange, dried fig and vanilla flavors give this a dessert wine profile, but without sweetness. Shows enough acidity to stay fresh. Drink now. 200 cases imported.”

88 Points

2013 El Vínculo Crianza

Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, January 2018

“Inside a hard shell of tannins, flavors of kirsch, strawberry preserves and vanilla mingle. A bit candied but lively, thanks to sweet-tart acidity. Slightly disjointed, but has fruit and muscle. Tempranillo. Drink now through 2023. 1,300 cases imported.”

92 Points

2011 Dehesa La Granja

James Suckling, James Suckling, August 2018

“Big, ripe blackberry and smoky nose with hints of earth and caramel. A full-bodied red with plenty of positive, dry tannins. Pleasantly warm, but also fresh and animating, this is delicious now and should hold through at least 2021.”

90 Points

2017 Maison Champy-Chassagne-Montrachet

James Suckling, James Suckling, February 2019

“If you like elegant chardonnay with some oak, this is for you. Very fresh acidity, helping it to carry the generous body. The tannins are not too much. Plenty of citrusy flavors here. Drink or hold.”

93 Points

2015 Maison Champy Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru Les Vergelesses

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, December 2018

“This wine is ripe with tannins and red-cherry fruits. It has spice from wood aging and a firm core that will soften. This will be a rich wine, juicy and well balanced. Drink from 2023.”

91 Points

2015 Maison Champy Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru Les Vergelesses

James Suckling, James Suckling, February 2018

“An estate-grown parcel of 1.69 hectares with a third of old vines and 25% new oak. There are brambly, sous-bois aromas with red cherries, berries and cool, dark cherries. Succulent on the palate with fine, firm tannins that hold well. This has some aging potential. Try from 2021.”

92 Points

2017 Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru En Caradeux

James Suckling, James Suckling, February 2019

“Full, yet delicate nose of hazelnuts and ripe pears, then a ripe but cool and restrained palate. The combination of concentration, graceful balance and mineral acidity gives this so much appeal, if sophistication is what you are seeking. Long, clean finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.”

93 Points

2015 Maison Champy Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru

James Suckling, James Suckling, February 2018

“Just two barrels (one new) of purchased grapes. This has a peppery edge with spiced orange zest, pomegranate and some very attractive wild red cherries. The palate has a juicy and plush feel. Very layered with fine tannins, which build long and emphatic power into the finish. Plenty of acidity, good depth and some chew. Try from 2021.”

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