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90 Points

2015 Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling, James Suckling, December 2017

“A ripe and plummy wine with chocolate and hazelnut undertones. Medium to full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Quite forward and easy. Drink or hold.”

94 Points

2015 Ricasoli Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, October 2018

“From a single parcel of vines planted on soils rich with alberese stones, the 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledilà is a beautiful expression of 100% Sangiovese that offers a very genuine interpretation of this warm and sunny vintage. You absolutely taste the ripeness of the fruit at hand with dark cherry and blackberry flavors followed by tar, licorice and potting soil. These earthy aromas transport your mind and soul to the thickly forested Gaiole in Chianti area. Bottle production for this wine is 18,000 strong.”

90 Points

2015 Ricasoli Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 2018

“There is a tactile sensation to this red, with bittersweet cocoa details underlining cherry, loamy earth and mineral flavors. Lush and firm, with a compact finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 300 cases imported.”

97 Points

2015 Ricasoli Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2017

“This is fantastic Gran Selezione with such finesse and beauty. Medium body, delicate tannins and a juicy finish. Love the plum and cedar character. So subtle and polished. Drink now.”

90 Points

2015 Coppo Pomorosso Barbera d'Asti

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, August 2018

“Black cherry and plum aromas and flavors are shaded by vanilla and toasted spice notes. Broad, finishing a touch hot, with fine length. Drink now through 2024. 300 cases imported.”

90 Points

2017 Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti

James Suckling, James Suckling, September 2018

“A no-frills barbera with berry and cherry character, medium body, fresh acidity and a clean finish. Drink now. Screw cap.”

91 Points

2017 Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru En Caradeux

James Suckling, James Suckling, February 2019

“Here is a sophisticated and elegant white Burgundy for a moderate price. The oak is already perfectly integrated with the apple-ring and candied-lemon fruit. Lovely mineral freshness at the rather crisp finish. Drink or hold.”

93 Points

2016 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2018

“Lean and racy, bordering on tart, boasting lime blossom, citronella, apple, pear and lemon verbena aromas and flavors. Could use a bit more flesh on its bones, yet finishes long. Best from 2021 through 2032. 50 cases made.”

87 Points

2016 André Brunel Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Grenache

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, November 2018

“Bright and fun, with breezy raspberry and pomegranate fruit lined with light savory and tea accents. Reveals a flash of dusty tannins. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported.”

89 Points

2015 André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine Rouge

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, February 2018

“Pretty plum and dark cherry fruit is laced with subtle mulling spice and dried star anise notes. Offers a fresh, racy finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,000 cases imported.”

94 Points

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

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, October 2017

“Unlike many luxury cuvées, Les Cailloux's 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire is not simply an example of taking the best fruit from the estate and throwing new oak at it. It is from the estate's oldest Grenache vines, with a small dose of Syrah added for complexity and aging potential, but it's not forced or overextracted in any way, showing beautiful notes of cherries, stone fruit and a touch of stem inclusion. It's full-bodied and creamy, but with a fresh, silky finish that echoes with cranberries. Although a powerful wine, it's more about elegance than sheer brawn.”

96 Points

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

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, November 2018

“Ripe and very solid, with a core of warm fig, fruitcake, mulled plum and roasted alder notes rolled together, carried by a lively mineral streak and backed by sanguine, bergamot and savory flashes on the finish. This has lots of character, showing excellent range and cut through the finish. Best from 2020 through 2040. 50 cases imported.”

92 Points

2014 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, November 2018

“Shows the bay leaf, menthol and tea profile of this cooler vintage, as those notes emerge from the core of lightly mulled cherry, blood orange and raspberry fruit. Gentle cedar threads hold the finish, along with a flash of shiso leaf. A solid effort. Best from 2019 through 2030. 800 cases imported”

90 Points

2014 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, October 2016

“The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape is an outstanding, forward and charming effort that makes the most of the vintage. Made from 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault, the wine was aged 90% in concrete tanks and the rest in very old barrels. Its medium ruby color is followed by perfumed notes of strawberries, black raspberries, leather and wild herbs, and this medium-bodied, balanced 2014 can be enjoyed anytime through 2024.”

92 Points

2015 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, October 2017

“André Brunel's Les Cailloux has been a staple over the years, so it was great to see the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape shine in my big blind tasting. The blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault hasn't changed much, nor has the élevage, almost entirely in cuves béton (concrete vats). This full-bodied wine displays scents of cracked pepper and clove, bright raspberry and cherry fruit, and firm, classically built tannins that turn silky on the long finish. It should drink well for up to 20 years.”

93 Points

2016 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, October 2017

“The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc shows how much can be accomplished without much in the way of winemaking. Vinified and aged entirely in concrete, this blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% Grenache Blanc has no bells and whistles, yet it delivers round, mouth-filling citrus flavors, a wonderfully silky, layered texture and a long, rich finish. It should continue to drink well for several years.”

94 Points

2016 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, November 2018

“Racy and engaging, with a mix of fennel, chamomile and verbena notes giving this cut and lift from the start, while the core of yellow apple, melon and mirabelle plum fruit fills in behind. Shows lots of energy and range. Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Best from 2019 through 2024. 120 cases imported.”

90 Points

2015 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, May 2017

“Unusual for Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Brunel's white is 80% Roussanne (the other 20% is Grenache Blanc). It's a lush, fruit-forward style, with ripe pineapple and peach elements that nonetheless show surprising lift and freshness on the long finish. Drink now.”

87 Points

2016 André Brunel Côtes du Rhône La Bécassonne Blanc

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, November 2018

“Very fresh, with star fruit, green almond and verbena notes streaking through. Offers a flash of lemon peel on the slightly brisk finish. Drink now through 2019. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,250 cases imported.”

90+ Points

2016 Grilli

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, September 2018

“The 2016 Grilli is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 20% Syrah and 20% Merlot (all from vineyards in Chianti) that is fermented and aged in steel vat to preserve the freshness and the fruit-froward nature of the wine. Grilli is also Bibi Graetz's only wine made with Bordeaux or international grapes instead of Italian indigenous varieties. You get great value at this price point especially if you are looking for a mid-weight red for immediate drinking that is intense, soft, ripe and succulent. The wine opens to a beautifully saturated color with dark veins of crimson and inky purple. The bouquet is redolent of blackberry preserves, sour cherry, dark plum, bitter almond and grilled rosemary twig. The finish closes with subtle tones of menthol or medicinal herb. Drink this wine within the next two or three years. Some 30,000 bottles were made.”