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93 points

2018 M. Chapoutier Monier de la Sizeranne

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2022

“Glass-staining ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe, smoke-tinged red and dark berries, pit fruits, candied flowers, allspice and licorice. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering appealingly sweet cherry-cola, black raspberry and fruitcake flavors that are underscored by a smoky mineral quality. Finishes long and smooth, with building energy, sneaky tannins and resonating spice and floral notes.”

90 points

2021 Luke Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Eric Guido, Vinous, January 2024

“The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon entices with a spicy blend of crushed raspberries, offset by peppery herbs and hints of white smoke. It's silky and refined, with round textures and ripe red fruits that flow across a core of juicy acidity. It finishes long and staining, while maintaining a lovely energetic feel, leaving gently grippy tannins that frame the experience well. The 2021 will only require a short stay in the cellar to show at its best.”

91 points

2021 Luke Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling, James Suckling, January 2024

“Attractive aromas of black currants and blackberries with walnuts, licorice and hints of moist earth. Medium- to full-bodied, dense and structured with velvety tannins and a succulent aftertaste. Drink or hold.”

92 points

2021 Luke Columbia Valley Merlot

Eric Guido, Vinous, January 2024

“The 2021 Merlot, from the Wahluke Slope, is a total pleasure to take in, wafting up with masses of ripe blueberry complicated by rubbed sage and rum-soaked plums. It's pliant and silky, with textural waves of ripe red and blue fruits that soothe the senses as echoes of sweet spice and hints of cocoa swirl throughout. This tapers off long and savory, leaving a gentle coating of tannins and hints of tobacco to slowly fade. What a darling. The 2021 should enjoy a long and broad drinking window.”

90 points

2019 Luke Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

James Suckling, James Suckling, August 2022

“Aromas of black cherries, blackcurrants and dried herbs. Full-bodied with silky tannins. Ripe, straightforward and approachable. Drink now.”

93 points

2019 Embruix de Vall Llach

Mike DeSimone, Wine Enthusiast, September 2023

“Deep-violet in the glass, this wine has aromas of black cherry, raspberry and a hint of dried Mediterranean herbs. It is soft on entry, with polished tannins and flavors of blackberry, cassis, milk chocolate, violet and a touch of thyme that carries into the smooth finish.”

90 points

2021 Idus de Vall Llach

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, January 2024

“This fresh, medium-bodied red is well-knit, layering supple tannins with a creamy range of pureed mulberry, dried sage, oregano and star anise notes, plus mineral accents of stone and iron. Elegant, with a trim, spiced finish. Cariñena and Grenache.”

94 points

2021 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, January 2024

“There's a subtle, pleasing plushness on the palate of this detailed red, which carries deftly knit notes of macerated raspberry, singed orange peel, wild herb and forest floor. Offering sculpted tannins, this is bright and light on its feet, though still focused and long. Carignan and Garnacha.”

96 points

2016 Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz

Mark Squires, June 2021

“Rather tight on the finish and showing a fair share of power, as this brand often does, this is focused and delicious, with big fruit on the gripping finish. It is very intense and rather backward. This is a super vintage for this, with many miles to go in the cellar. It should continue to improve and is nowhere near peak yet.”

92 points

2020 Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Audrey Frick, Jeb Dunnuck, January 2024

“The 2020 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello Di Brolio pours a jeweled red hue with a hint of orange and is elegant in the glass, offering aromas of candied red cherries, red flowers, mint, and sweet forest herbs. Medium-bodied, it’s approachable and finely textured on the palate, with supple tannins, refreshing, evenly balanced acidity, and a lightly salty finish. This is a very appealing and approachable offering with a lot of finesse that’s drinking well now. Drink 2024-2036.”

91 points

2019 Ricasoli Casalferro Toscana IGT

Audrey Frick, January 2024

“Made from Merlot, the 2019 Casalferro is a deep reflective magenta color and is perfumed with aromas of fresh violets, blueberry, red plum, cedar, and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, it’s plush with ripe tannins and a savory earth tone on the palate and has structure and an expanding feel. It has a good finish and is prime for drinking over the next 5-7 years.”

94 points

2020 Ricasoli CeniPrimo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Audrey Frick, Jeb Dunnuck, January 2024

“A youthful and reflective ruby into magenta, the 2020 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione CeniPrimo opens to layered aromas of cedar, kirsch, fresh leather, candied raspberry, and sweet licorice. Medium to full-bodied, it’s refined and plush on the palate, with a velvety texture that never feels heavy, clean, balanced acidity, and a long finish. This is a gorgeous, very high-quality offering to enjoy over the next 15 to 20 years.”

90 points

2021 Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG

Audrey Frick, January 2024

“The 2021 Chianti Classico Brolio is a bright ruby color and is fresh and inviting with aromas of fresh red cherry, orange peel, fresh herbs, and wet stones. Bright and refreshing, the palate is medium-bodied, with ultrafine tannins, a mineral-toned texture, and a clean finish. It is a very nice entry wine that I would prefer to drink now for its snappy refreshment, although it should hold up well over the coming 4-6 years.”

94+ points

2020 Ricasoli Roncicone Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Audrey Frick, Jeb Dunnuck, January 2024

“A reflective red color, the 2020 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Roncione is distinctive in its aromatic profile, with notes of crushed stones leading the way, followed by toasted sage, menthol, fresh redcurrants, and leather. Medium-bodied, it’s very well-structured, with ripe tannins that are well-integrated into the structure, with fresh acidity and salty earth creating a mouthwatering, long, elegant finish. A very impressive offering with lots to love, it’s certainly going to improve over the coming 12-15 years.”

94 points

2020 Ricasoli Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Audrey Frick, Jeb Dunnuck, January 2024

“With a gorgeous nose and a jeweled ruby color, the 2020 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledila takes on a more floral and primary pure profile with its notes of framboise, candied roses, anise, and fresh pine. Medium-bodied and juicy, with ripe tannins, refreshing acidity, and a rounded mid-palate, it reveals floral notes that last through its fairly long finish. It’s a gorgeous offering with tons of immediate appeal, although it will be another age-worthy wine to enjoy over the next 10-12 years.”

88 points

2021 Donnafugata Lighea

Eric Guido, Vinous, July 2022

“A nostalgic-inducing mix of lime Jell-O, white smoke and confectioners' spice wafts up from the 2021 Zibibbo Lighea. This is all about citrus tension, as it cakes the palate with saline minerals, and a burst of zesty acidity keeps the expression wildly fresh. A salty flourish defines the finale, as the Lighea tapers off fresh and perfumed. ”

91 points

2020 M. Chapoutier La Bernardine Rouge

Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck, November 2022

“The entry level release from Chapoutier, the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Bernardine (80% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre) shows the supple, charming, pretty style of the vintage and has medium-bodied aromas and flavors of ripe cherries, framboise, and peppery herbs. This rounded, forward, front end-loaded beauty is perfect for drinking over the coming 7-8 years or more.”

92 points

2020 M. Chapoutier Chante-Alouette Blanc

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, January 2022

“Chapoutier's blended Hermitage blanc is the 2020 Hermitage Chante-Alouette, which was bottled at the end of August 2021. Almost entirely Marsanne, it boasts scents of gently toasted marshmallow, pear and citrus on the nose. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied and less concentrated than the selections parcellaires wines, but it’s charming and nicely focused, finishing long, vibrant and refreshing.”

95 points

2020 M. Chapoutier Chante-Alouette Blanc

James Suckling, James Suckling, May 2023

“Shows impressive concentration, with a layer of melon, quince and heather supported by a foundation of wet stone. Lightly honeyed and well defined, the palate shows beautiful integration and drive. Reveals echoing notes of dried verbana, white tea tannins and salted, buttery brioche on the lingering finish.”

93 points

2019 M. Chapoutier Chante-Alouette Blanc

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, January 2022

“Blended from the lieux-dits of Les Murets, Le Méal and the loess portion of L'Ermite, the 2019 Hermitage Chante-Alouette is a ripe, rich wine marked by notes of toasty oak, pear, pineapple, melon and citrus. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky in feel across the mid-palate, then long and zesty-briny on the finish. It can be consumed young or after a decade of cellaring.”