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98 points

2019 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili

James Suckling, James Suckling, April 2022

“Sweet and succulent aromas of tangerines, freshly cut ripe strawberries, cherries and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate with sleek and dense tannins that run the length of the wine and then fan out into a dense, vivid finish of fruit. It’s chewy and seriously structured with finesse and energy. Silky texture.”

95-96 points

2019 Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc

James Suckling, James Suckling, February 2020

“This is very energetic with a creamy texture and a depth of fruit that is aided by a vertical line of acidity that takes you down. Steely and rich and the same time.”

93 Points

2016 Animo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling, James Suckling, May 2019

“Although this is a dense and ripe Napa cabernet, there are hints of fresh herbs and blood oranges that lift the ripe blackberry, plum and citrus aromas. On the palate, the bitter-chocolate character is more discreet than in many modern-style wines and nicely sets off the generous fruit and supple tannins. The long, fresh finish is supported by restrained tannins. Drink or hold.”

92 Points

2018 Animo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, February 2022

“A rich, plush style, with a wave of cassis, plum reduction, melted black licorice and smoldering tobacco notes that move in unison from start to finish, ending with a late tug of singed cedar. Drink now through 2032.”

91 points

2020 Luke Columbia Valley Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast, March 2022

Editor's Choice. Fruit for this wine comes from Evergreen Vineyard. The aromas offer notes of apple, pear, talc, corn husk and French pastry. The palate brings volume and weight while still remaining fleet of foot. It sails on the finish.”

90 points

2019 Luke Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, February 2022

“A zesty, well-built red, with straightforward blackberry, savory herb and pepper flavors that finish with medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2028.”

92 points

2019 Luke Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast, March 2022

Editor's Choice. Mostly old block Weinbau Vineyard fruit, this is immediately identifiable as Cabernet Sauvignon, with aromas of black currant, pink peppercorn and herb, with spice notes in the background. On the palate it's a big, bold wine, with a punch of dark fruit. The tannins give a light squeeze.”

92 points

2019 Luke Columbia Valley Merlot

Wine Enthusiast, March 2022

Editor's Choice. Weinbau fruit makes up the backbone of this wine. The aromas pull you into the glass, with notes of blue plum, raspberry, vanilla, graphite and coffee. The palate is full feeling, with lush fruit flavors and sneaky structure behind them. There's a pleasing lick of acidity that ups the interest. It's a big mouthful of a wine that overdelivers. Decant to see it at its best”

91 points

2019 Luke Columbia Valley Syrah

Wine Enthusiast, March 2022

Editor's Choice. Fruit for this wine comes principally from Stone Tree, Clifton Hill and Frenchman Hill vineyards. The aromas are fairly quiet, showing a sleek mix of pomegranate, grilled herb, smoke and bacon fat. The palate brings creamy flavors of smoked ham and olive—an intriguing mix. There's a lot of richness to be had, along with silky soft flavors.”

91 points

2019 Luke Columbia Valley "The Companion" Red Blend

Wine Enthusiast, March 2022

Editor's Choice. This is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 17% Syrah aged in a mix of French and American oak (about 10% new). With fruit coming from across the Wahluke Slope, aromas of violet, green herb, coffee, rose, raspberry and black cherry are followed by plump flower and plum flavors that show a lot of layering. There's plenty of juicy structure behind it all.”

Gold Medal

2018 Oberon Chardonnay

San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2020

91 Points

2019 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon

Meredith May, Tasting Panel, March 2022

“Ripe, spiced blackberries are framed by espresso and cigar leaf. A dynamic, big-hearted red, woodsy, and plush.”

90 Points

2018 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

“This wine represents tremendous value for the price...it has a velvety plushness to the texture and balanced tannins, the dark baked fruit adding richness.”

90 points

2018 Oberon Merlot

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

“With the addition of nearly 11% Syrah and just under 2% Zinfandel, this is a hearty red with both fruit and spice on the nose. Supple, velvety texture is highlighted in bold flavors of cassis, raspberry and plum, finishing with ease.”

92 points

2019 Oberon Merlot

Meredith May, Tasting Panel, February 2022

PUBLISHER'S PICKS SECTION. Intense pomegranate and cherry pipe tobacco is compelling on nose and palate. Easy drinking with smooth tannins. Tart strawberry and red plum lend more fruit-filled notes followed by heather and white pepper.”

92 points

2019 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Panel, June 2020

“Succulent and bright, with lovely, dry flavors of peach and great finesse; classic, long, and elegantly stylish. ”

Gold Medal

2019 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc

San Francisco International Wine Competition, October 2020

95 points

2006 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires

James Suckling, November 2021

“Rippling with ripe stone-fruit and citrus aromas, plus notes of buttered toast and chalk, this is both powerful and mouthwatering, with enough structure to carry its imposing stature. The lemony finish is at once creamy and saline. A Blanc de Blancs from 5 top Crus in the Côte des Blancs. Drink now.”

94 points

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

James Suckling, James Suckling, November 2021

“Remarkable depth of mature aromas - tons of candied lemon peel, dried pear and brioche - plus wonderful textural richness on the palate make this stand out amongst the regular Brut NVs. Then comes the intense and very long, mineral finish to crown this prince of the category. Based on 2016 base wines, but with 52% reserve wines, almost a third of which were 10 to 20 years of age. Drink or hold.”

94 points

2005 Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Rosé

James Suckling, James Suckling, November 2021

“Striking nose of candied orange, dipped in bitter chocolate and tobacco leaf. Powerful and mouth-filling, with impressive textural richness. Now at its best, the dry finish fully mature, but complex and spicy. The color comes from about 7% pinot noir red wine, partly from the little known Les Riceys in the far south of Champagne. Drink now.”

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