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95 points

2019 M. Chapoutier Quatuor

James Suckling, James Suckling, February 2022

“Complex nose of smoked bacon, leather, bitter chocolate and pepper, the fruit growing with aeration. Much more blackberry character on the palate than in the nose, and this enables it to easily carry the rather firm structure, the mineral acidity lifting the long finish. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Good aging potential. Drink or hold.”

92 points

2020 M. Chapoutier Les Granilites Blanc

James Suckling, James Suckling, February 2022

“Quite fragrant nose for a white Rhone, with a range of citrus aromas, plus positive touches of smoke and flint. Medium-bodied with nice tension on the mid-palate between retrained richness and mineral acidity. Silky finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.”

90 points

Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel

Christy Canterbury, January 2024

“Deep yellow in color, this smells of Wasa flatbreads, roasted apples, nougat, bone broth and warm crème fraiche. The body is rather full-ish—for Champagne—with a pleasantly dry crunch and raspy finish. Such a classic!”

90 points

Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut

Christy Canterbury, New Wine Review, January 2024

“Smelling of white chocolate, apricots and tree blooms, this is very pretty and fresh. Some hints of pastry crust pop up on the nose as the wine sits in the glass. This is juicy on the palate with oodles of orchard fruits and spring flowers. The finish has notable sweetness and fruitiness. Modest in layers of flavors, this is easy-going.”

97+ points

2006 Rare Millésime Brut

Jeb Dunnuck, November 2019

“The flagship release is the 2006 Champagne Rare, a 70/30 split of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that’s a cellar selection from 8 different Grand Cru vineyards. Tight, backward, and straight-up structured, it offers brilliant notes of stone fruits, toasted brioche, white flowers, and obvious minerality. Needing plenty of air to show at its best, this beauty has a wonderful mid-palate, a racy mousse, and the balance and class to cruise for over two decades in cool cellars.”

96 points

2008 Rare Millésimé Brut

Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck, November 2022

“The 2008 Champagne Rare is luxurious with aromas of graham cracker, honeysuckle, quince, and orange zest. It is round and opulent, with a fine and pillowy mousse, and retains freshness throughout, with apricot and yellow flowers. It is impressive and long, and fully luxurious. Drinking well now, it is sure to hold its own for years to come. Drink 2022-2044.”

93 points

2012 Charles Heidsieck Millésimé Vintage Rosé

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate, April 2023

“Disgorged with nine grams per liter dosage in 2021, the 2012 Brut Rosé is a blend of 62% Pinot Noir and 38% Chardonnay sourced from 11 villages. Nine percent red wine from Les Ryceys has been added. Offering up aromas of blueberry, wild strawberry, pomegranate, almond and spring flowers, the palate is energetic with lively acids, perfectly balanced and juicy, but it already exudes freshness and clarity that lead to a finish with a light grace note of gastronomic bitterness. It will drink at its peak in four to six years’ time.”

89 points

2020 Trenel Fleurie Climat “La Madone”

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, April 2022

“This wine is about structure, dense tannins and concentration. It has licorice flavors and firm tannins that will take time to soften. Drink the wine from 2023.”

Double Gold medal

Piper Sonoma Brut Rosé

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2024

Gold medal

Piper Sonoma Brut Reserve

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2024

Gold Medal

Piper Sonoma Brut

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2024

91 points

2021 Luke Columbia Valley Merlot

James Suckling, James Suckling, January 2024

“Ripe berry, plums, sweet Asian spices, dark chocolate and cedar on the nose. Textured and refined with a medium to full body and velvety mouthfeel. Lengthy and balanced.”

93 points

2021 M. Chapoutier Invitare Condrieu

James Suckling, James Suckling, May 2023

“An excellent Condrieu with a very appealing interplay of stone fruit aromas, lively acidity and a touch of creaminess on the medium- to full-body. Just a hint of toastiness. Restrained tannins at the long finish.”

95 points

2020 M. Chapoutier Chante-Alouette Blanc

Kristen Bieler, Wine Spectator, November 2024

“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 Ricasoli Casalferro Toscana IGT

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 2023

“A rich, dark expression of Merlot, this red walks the line between austerity and generosity, the latter gaining ground as this builds to the fine finish. Dense, with the tight texture working in tandem with black cherry, blackberry, iron and spice flavors. Best from 2025 through 2038.”

97 points

2020 Ricasoli CeniPrimo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

James Suckling, August 2023

“Aromas of al dente cherries with citrus peel. Flowers, such as red roses, also come through clearly. Medium to full body, with open grain tannins that caress like cashmere. Chewy, fresh and vivid. Give this three to five years to come together. Try after 2027.”

91 points

2020 Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 2023

“A savory version, this Chianti Classico delivers green olive, tomato leaf, iron and tobacco flavors centered on a core of macerated cherry fruit. Though lean and sinewy, this is also intense and focused, with a lingering aftertaste that feels the pull of both the savory and fruity sides. Best from 2025 through 2038. 6,250 cases made, 3,500 cases imported.”

91 points

2020 Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

James Suckling, James Suckling, August 2023

“A firm and fresh Chianti Classico with a light to medium body, sour cherries, orange peel and hints of sandalwood. Crunchy finish. Drink now.”

91 points

2021 Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG

James Suckling, James Suckling, August 2023

“Lovely sweet berry and orange zest aromas that follow through to a medium to full body with crunchy fruit and a stony undertone. A year more of bottle age will make it even better.”

Gold Medal

2021 Donnafugata Lighea

Rodeo Uncorked, November 2022

Reserve Class Champion