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2014 Precious Syrah - New
Exotic aromas of exuberant black and blue fruits, tobacco, smoky minerals, incense and Indian spices! Plump and juicy, with deep, sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors, soft tannins and sweet vanilla and mocha qualities! A velvety palate stainer with excellent finishing breadth and persistence!
2012 Reillys Stolen Block Shiraz
Totally opaque inky black colour with a very dark red black tinged hue! Scented aromas of liquorice and ripe blackberries are intermixed with dark chocolate followed by vanillin oak and spice. Large scaled, decadently rich and opulently textured the palate boasts a sumptuous flavour profile of liquorice, ripe blackberries and dark chocolate over a background of vanillin oak, subtle earthiness and spice. Excellent power and concentration with a long lush aftertaste of ripe blackberries, liquorice, dark chocolate and spicy vanillin oak!
2010 Alpha Crucis Cabernet Rating:+91
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Alpha Crucis Cabernet Sauvignon brings aromas of crème de cassis, cloves, menthol, cedar with hints of black cherries and dried mint to the glass. Medium- to full-bodied and packed with muscular fruit, the wine has a good structure of medium to firm, fine tannins, balanced acid and a long length. Drink it now to 2022+.
2010 Alpha Crucis Shiraz Rating: 90+
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Alpha Crucis Shiraz starts out a little reduced and rubbery before giving way to notes of warm black plums, blackberry preserves and licorice over nuances of earth, truffles and salami. Full-bodied and richly fruited, the palate reveals a vibrant acid line, medium levels of rounded tannins and a long, spicy finish that has a slight dried-berry edge. Drink it from 2014 to 2020+.
2004 Torbreck - The Struie 3L Rating: 96
The 2004 The Struie is 100% Shiraz from 40- to 60-year-old and 120-year-old vineyards. Half of the fruit is from the Eden Valley and half from the Barossa, and the wine spends 18 months in French oak (20% new). An exotic bouquet of blackberries and other sweet fruits is followed by a full-bodied, powerful, rich red with great purity as well as focus, a laser-like precision, huge intensity, and a blockbuster finish that lasts nearly a minute. It will be even better with 2-3 more years of bottle age, and should last for two decades.
2004 Torbreck - The Struie 6L Rating: 96
The 2004 The Struie is 100% Shiraz from 40- to 60-year old and 120-year old vineyards. Half of the fruit is from the Eden Valley and half from the Barossa, and the wine spends 18 months in French oak (20% new). An exotic bouquet of blackberries and other sweet fruits is followed by a full-bodied, powerful, rich red with great purity as well as focus, a laser-like precision, huge intensity, and a blockbuster finish that lasts nearly a minute. It will be even better with 2-3 more years of bottle age, and should last for two decades.
2010 Eileen Hardy Shiraz
2010 Henry's Drive Shiraz
2012 Farmer's Leap Brave Shiraz
2012 Two Hands Sophie's Shiraz Rating: 91+
Deep garnet-purple in color the 2012 Sophie's Garden Shiraz gives an earthy, meaty nose of loam, tree bark and peppered salami encasing a core of blackcurrant cordial and dried plums. Full-bodied and voluptuously fruited on the palate, a crisp line of acid juxtaposes the densely packed fruit and firm, grainy tannins to good effect. It finishes with very good persistence. Drink it now to 2022+.
2012 Two Hands Max's Shiraz
2012 Two Hands Harry & Edward's Shiraz Rating: 92+
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Harry & Edward's Garden Shiraz has an intensely perfumed nose of dried flowers, cinnamon stick, cloves and lavender intermingling with a core of crushed blackberries and crème de cassis. Very big, rich and full in the mouth, this wine’s spicy flesh is well-framed by grainy tannins, uplifting acidity and a long finish. Drink it now to 2022+.
2013 Two Hands Bella's Shiraz
2014 Two Hands Lily's Shiraz
2015 Two Hands Lilly's Shiraz - NEW
2012 Samuel's Gorge Shiraz - Rating: 95
Intense scents of crushed blueberries, mulberries and plum preserves with underlying licorice and dark chocolate hints. Full bodied with tons of ripe, opulently spicy flavor!
2010 Saltram No. 1 Shiraz - Rating: 96
Follows prior releases in maturing old vine shiraz in a mix of French oak and smaller barrels. It has freakish colour, still a deep, vivid crimson-purple; black fruits of every description, licorice and polished leather illuminate the bouquet and palate, tannins adding both to the present and long-term future of the wine.
2012 NBV Shiraz - Rating: 94
Deep purple-black in color, rich, powerful blackberries, chocolate and Christmas cake! Full bodied, rich and concentrated, it delivers loads of flavor layers and lovely ripe, rounded tannins and long multi-layered finish.
2013/14 NBV Shiraz - Rating: 92
Deep purple-black in color, the 2013 North Barossa Vintners Shiraz exudes warm blackberries, black cherries and licorice with a waft of dark chocolate. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, it delivers loads of flavor layers and lovely ripe, rounded tannins, finishing long.
2015 NBV Shiraz - NEW
2013/14 Chris Ringland - The Reservation Shiraz
The Reservation Shiraz is actually the same wine as the North Barossa Vintners Shiraz, but with less time in barrel—about six months less maturation time. Possessing vibrant crushed blueberries and blackberries notes, with a floral and anise undercurrent. Big, rich and bold in the mouth, it has a really taut backbone and firm, muscular fruit, finishing long.
2015 Chris Ringland The Reservation Shiraz - NEW
2012 Reillys RCV Pressing Shiraz
Black as a starless night; you not only get 17% alcohol but 91-year old vines, 23 months in new French oak and 100% pressings. Aromatic profile of liquorice, dark plums and chocolate over vanillin cedar and spice! The big, rich, full-bodied palate has lavishly textured flavours of liquorice, dark plum and blackberries filling the mouth over nuances of vanillin cedar, chocolate and spice.
2012 Kooky Village Shiraz
Intense ripe blackberry, dark plum and liquorice aromas rise out of the glass followed by hints of dark chocolate, vanillin oak, subtle scorched earth and spice. Decadently rich, a blast of opulently textured ripe blackberries, liquorice, black cherries and dark plum on the finish!
2012 Tim Smith Reserve Shiraz - Rating: 97
A 100-year old vineyard in the Eden Valley provided most of the grapes, two others in the Barossa Zone, the remainder; mostly matured in thick-staved French puncheons. This has all the complexity its pedigree suggests; black fruits, pepper, licorice and dark chocolate.
2010 Chris Ringland - Dimchurch Shiraz - Rating: 92
Complex nose of chocolate, spice cake, aged meat and blackberry tart with hints of lavender and cracked pepper. Full bodied and balanced, it offers velvety tannins and layer upon layer of spice-laced berry flavors.
2012 Chris Ringland - Dimchurch Shiraz Rating: 94
Scents of crushed blueberries and black cherries, plus dried Provence herbs, Sichuan pepper, anise, cloves and mocha! Full-bodied mouth with a firm, tannic backbone and a wonderfully long, layered finish.
2012 Chris Ringland Anniversary Shiraz
2006 Chris Ringland Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz
Aromas of cedar, tar, liquorice and blueberries! Full-bodied with great depth! A powerful 16%+ alcohol wine! Medium levels of velvety tannins and balanced acid through a long finish! Rating: 94.
2007 Chris Ringland - Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz Rating: 97+
Reveals aromatic core of warm blueberries and plums with hints of dark-chocolate-covered cherries, Christmas pudding and coffee! Full bodied, rich and vibrant! The flavors are married nicely to medium levels of velvety tannins and balanced acid through the long finish.
2008 Chris Ringland - Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz Rating: 96+
Layers of dried mulberries, espresso, incense, licorice, coffee and smoked meat! Incredibly big, densely packed and rich! This very concentrated 17%+ alcohol wine shows medium levels of chewy tannins.
2009 Chris Ringland - Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz Rating: 92
Offers notes of baked berries, cherry cordial, blackberry pie and Indian spices, with hints of mince meat, aniseed and dried herbs! Very full bodied! Chewy tannins and spices in the finish!
2010 Chris Ringland - Hoffmann Vineyard Rating: 99+
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz possesses an extraordinary nose of cassis, crushed blackberries, earth, Bovril and yeast extract with licorice, spice box and dried herb hints. Full-bodied, rich and densely packed, with a lovely backbone of ripe tannins and great freshness, the long finish here is just incredible. A true "wow" wine, this complex beauty certainly has the potential to hit "perfection" with a little more time in bottle.
2010 Chris Ringland - Hoffmann Vineyard 1.5L Rating: 99+
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz possesses an extraordinary nose of cassis, crushed blackberries, earth, Bovril and yeast extract with licorice, spice box and dried herbs hints. Full-bodied, rich and densely packed, with a lovely backbone of ripe tannins and great freshness, the long finish here is just incredible. A"wow" wine, this complex beauty certainly has the potential to hit "perfection" with a little more time in bottle.
2002 Chris Ringland (formerly Three Rivers) - Shiraz Rating: 100
The 2002 Chris Ringland Shiraz comes from a great vintage Ringland likens to 1991, 1996 and 1998. It is a more saturated color than the 2001 with a superb perfume of Asian spices, game, bacon, lavender and blueberry compote. Plush, succulent and powerful, it will age effortlessly for a decade and provide enjoyment through 2027.
2003 Chris Ringland (formerly Three Rivers) – Shiraz Rating: 97
The 2003 Chris Ringland Shiraz has according to Ringland, "changed dramatically in the last year, getting denser". Nevertheless, it is not as saturated in color as the two previous vintages and is more advanced in its development. It is still a brilliant wine with glorious aromatics including spice box, fruitcake, dried fruits, and blueberry preserves. Savory, ripe and elegant on the palate despite its size, it should be cellared for another 5 years and will give pleasure through 2023.
2008 Chris Ringland (formerly Three Rivers) Shiraz NEW Rating: 98
Chris Ringland's 2008 Shiraz is being released this year as a ten-year-old wine. This immense, enormous, full-bodied behemoth of a wine must be tasted to be believed. It oozes brandied cherries, cinnamon and an incredible potpourri of dried spices. Lush, velvety and long, with licorice notes on the never-ending finish, it's simply mind-bending stuff. Through some miraculous high-wire balancing act, the 18.3% of alcohol defies all logic, and while it leaves a warm impression on the palate, it's still supremely enjoyable.
2012 Two Hands - Shiraz Ares Rating: 95+
Primary aromas of crushed blackcurrants, black plums and blueberries with touches of dark chocolate, aniseed, menthol, cedar and yeast extract! Concentrated, rich and packed with black fruits! Backbone of firm, chewy tannins and lively acid with a little oak still poking through!
2012 Two Hands - Shiraz Barney's Block Mcmurtrie Road
2013 Two Hands - Shiraz Barney's Block Mcmurtrie Road Rating: 95
Deep garnet/purple, the single-vineyard 2013 Shiraz Barney's Block Mcmurtrie Road opens to warm blackcurrants and black plums, and blackberry preserves nose with hints of licorice, dark chocolate, cloves and cinnamon stick with a whiff of violets. Big, rich and full bodied in the mouth, it is jammed full of concentrated flavors and structured by firm, grainy tannins. It finishes long with some oak poking through. It needs time.
2010 Two Hands - Shiraz Coach House Block Rating: 94+
Intense dark fruit notes with hints of fruit cake, loam, cloves and chocolate! Densely packed with tight-knit berry preserve, spice and earth flavors! Medium to firm finely grained tannins and lively acid lending support through the long multi-layered finish!
2012 Two Hands - Shiraz Coach House Block
2013 Two Hands - Shiraz Coach House Block Rating: 95
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2013 Shiraz Coach House Block has a lovely perfume of kirsch, blackberry tart, mocha, potpourri and sandalwood with suggestions of dusty earth and cinnamon stick. Big, full-on concentrated and very rich in the mouth, the youthful, muscular fruit has a great foundation of ripe, grainy tannins and enlivening acidity, finishing with wonderful persistence. Give it 3-5 more years before opening.
2015 Two Hands Shiraz Dave's Block - NEW
2015 Two Hands Shiraz Holy Grail – NEW
2015 Two Hands Shiraz Wazza's Block – NEW
2008 Jim Barry - Shiraz The Armagh Rating: 94
Notes of kirsch, warm black cherry, black raspberry and mulberry with overtones of pepper and spice and a bit of truffles and mocha! Slightly prune-like on the palate, it is rich with lively acid and firm, velvety tannins.
2005 Jim Barry - Shiraz The Armagh Rating: 96
Presents enticing smoked meat, blackcurrant preserves and dried mulberries on the nose complemented by notes of charcoal, mocha, nuts and spices making it overall a little funky! Medium to full bodied with rich, savory fruit concentration. Accompanied by medium to firm, grainy tannins! Long finish!
2012 Torbreck - The Laird Rating: 100
Deep garnet colored with a touch of remaining purple at the rim, the 2012 The Laird is one of those wines you could just go on smelling all day. It opens with a complex perfume of kirsch, dried mulberries, blackberry tart and spice cake over cloves, mocha, dusty earth, incense, star anise, yeast extract and aged beef. The full-bodied palate is drop-dead seductive, unfurling in the mouth to reveal exotic spice, meat, earth and berry preserves layers, supported by firm, velvety tannins and seamless acid.
2004 Torbreck - The Factor Rating: 97 - 3L $1333.09 - 6L
Made from 100% Shiraz that spent 24 months in French oak (30% new), The Factor offers up gorgeously pure blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with smoke, bacon fat, camphor and graphite. Silky smooth!
2004 Torbreck - The Struie Rating: 96 - 3L $599.7 - 6L
Half of the fruit is from the Eden Valley and half from the Barossa, and the wine spends 18 months in French oak. An exotic bouquet of blackberries and other sweet fruits is followed by a full-bodied, powerful, rich red with great purity as well as focus, a laser-like precision, huge intensity, and a blockbuster finish that lasts nearly a minute. It will be even better with 2-3 more years of bottle age, and should last for two decades.
2006 Torbreck - The Struie - Rating: 92 - 3L $599.76 - 6L
Opaque purple-colored, it delivers a striking bouquet of lead pencil, game, mineral, blueberry compote and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a focused, elegant Shiraz with a plush texture, outstanding depth and grip, and 5-7 years of aging potential. It should drink well through 2026.
2010 Penfolds - Grange Rating: 99
Deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange – amongst the finest produced – replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background. Medium to full bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. Rating: 99
2012 Penfolds – Grange Rating: 99
Very deep purple-black in color, it opens on the nose with complex earthy/meaty/savory notes, soon giving way to baked blackberries, plum preserves, hoisin and Chinese five spices with dabs of sandalwood, licorice, menthol and vanilla. The palate reveals an open, rich, full-bodied expression exuding a velvet-lined decadence. Still, it possesses that rock-solid “Grange” backbone of firm tannins and great freshness expressed in a real lively lift to the finish.
2010 Henschke – Shiraz Hill of Grace Rating: 99
Reveals a slightly reticent yet beguiling nose of kirsch, dried mulberries and plum preserves with nuances of star anise, potpourri, cloves, dusty earth and menthol! Medium to full bodied with youthfully taut, mouth-filling perfumed berry preserves and exotic spice flavors, the fruit is well framed by rounded, polished tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredible length. It could still benefit from 2-4 years in bottle before entering its drinking window but is already stunning.
2012 Mollydooker – Shiraz The Velvet Glove Rating: 97
Deep purple-black and a little closed on the nose with very pure blackberry and plum preserves, some red fruit and floral highlights intermingled with menthol, espresso and a whiff of coconut and spices! A big, rich and concentrated wine with a great tannic backbone that is both firm and fine! It is complemented by acidity and a very long finish with the licorice and chocolate coming through. Drink it now to 2025+.
2012 Domaine Grand Nicolet Les Esqueyrons Rating: 94
Reminding me of the 2010, the 2012 Rasteau les Esqueyrons is one of the top wines in the vintage. Made from close to equal parts concrete tank-aged Grenache and barrel-aged Syrah, it sports an inky purple color to go with knockout aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, blackberry, crushed violets and licorice. Full bodied, decadent, heady and thrillingly rich, this is blockbuster stuff that will have over a decade of longevity.
2012 Domaine Grand Nicolet Vieilles Vignes Rating: 93
The 2012s here are loaded with potential. Starting out, the 2012 Rasteau Vieilles Vignes is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, with the Grenache aged all in concrete and the Syrah in 2-year-old barrels. Full-bodied, rich and beautifully proportioned, with sweet, silky tannin and rocking length, it gives up copious cassis, currants, graphite, crushed rock and licorice aromas and flavors. Classic Rasteau; it’s well worth seeking out and should shine for upward of a decade. Drink from 2014-2022.
2015 Janasse – Chat. du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Rating: 98
The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is a tour de force. Raspberry and apricot-scented fruit, rich chocolate notes and an incredible whirlwind of spice are delivered in this full-bodied wine that shows no heat, just waves of flavor. It should drink well for 20 years or more.
2015 Janasse – Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin Rating: 96
The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin is all Grenache, 40% whole cluster, aged in two-thirds foudre and one-third demi-muids and drawn exclusively from sandy sites. It showcases incredibly lush, silky fruit. Raspberries and cherries of incredible purity add hints of chocolate on the long finish but never seem heavy or warm.
2016 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles NEW Rating:97+
The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is a blend of approximately 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 8% Syrah and the rest other permitted varieties. Tarry and deep on the nose, it delivers waves of blackberries and black cherries on the palate, framing those flavors with plenty of richness, layers of silky tannins and a long, elegant finish.
2016 Janasse – Chateauneuf du Pape NEW Rating: 93
The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits more dark fruit than I would've expected, with black cherries, black olives and tar all mingling on the nose. In the mouth, the blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault is full bodied, rich and velvety, with a lush, lingering finish.
2015 Clos Saint Jean – Chat. du Pape Deus Ex Machina Rating: 97
A blend of 60% Grenache aged in concrete and 40% Mourvèdre aged in new barriques, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina is a modern-day monster. This is rich and powerfully concentrated, loaded with scents of vanilla and baking spices, yet it also possesses masses of red fruit (raspberries, cherries and plums), a wonderfully creamy and intense mid palate and a long finish. It completely hides its no-doubt considerable alcohol.
2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Amirnal NEW RATING : 97 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Amirnal is based all on Grenache, and comes from a single plot of very old Grenache vines (all rolled stone sails) that was destemmed and brought up in demi-muids. Just screaming "Grenache!" at the top of its lungs with its sweet bouquet of black raspberries, candied violets. baking spices, and crushed rock-like minerality, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness and density, a weightless texture, no hard edges, and awesome length. It is a sensational, borderline perfect wine that has everything you want from a bottle of wine.
2006 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 3L Rating:90 NEW
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is an attractive entry-level wine. Dark red berries, crushed flowers, licorice and mint are some of the nuances that emerge from this fleshy, mid-weight offering. The aromas and flavors are decidedly on the ripe side of the spectrum in the racy 2006, but the intensity of the fruit covers the tannins nicely, making this an attractive wine for near-term pleasure. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021!
2012 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Rating:95+ NEW
Il Poggione is a Brunello superstar and a vintage like this reveals every reason why that affirmation is true. From the second the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino pours into the glass, you know you are in for something special. The wine is darkly saturated and rich in appearance. Absent are those slightly amber or browning hues you often get with Sangiovese in a hot vintage, nor does the wine show flat or tired characteristics. Instead, the quality of fruit is vibrant and rich. This is a healthy, generous and exuberant Brunello with dark density and succulent fruit flavors that are followed by integrated spice and tobacco. The balance is impressive and one thing you get here is fresh acidity. This is not to be underestimated, because the acidity quota in the 2012 vintage across the appellation is not as high or evident as usual. This is one of the year's best Brunellos.
2012 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1.5L Rating: 95+ NEW
2012 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 3L Rating: 95+ NEW
2012 Il Poggione Brunello Riserva Rating: 95 NEW
Here's a beautifully rich and succulent Brunello that drinks very nicely straight out of the gate. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli delivers a warm, inviting and velvety presentation. This bold wine is redolent of black cherry and dried blackberry with sweet almond, toasted spice and balsam herb on the long finish. What stands out most, however, is the wine's rich texture that floods the mouth from front to back. That richness is fueled by the warmth of the vintage but also by the magnificent oak integration. This Riserva is aged in botti grandi for four long years.
2012 Il Poggione Brunello Riserva 1.5L Rating: 95 NEW
2012 Il Poggione Brunello Riserva 3L Rating: 95 NEW
2012 Barbi Brunello Rating: 93 NEW
The Fattoria dei Barbi 2012 Brunello di Montalcino offers a clear and bright quality of fruit. This wine really hits the high notes better than most others in its class. Stefano Cinelli Colombini and his team have done a fine job with this Brunello annata. Beyond the dark cherry and cassis are elegant tones of dried herb, tar and rose petal. The bouquet reaches harmony and finesse.
2013 Castello Romitorio - Brunello di Montalcino Rating: 93+ NEW
Castello Romitorio's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a dark ruby color with beautiful garnet-like intensity. The bouquet offers similar stamina and vigor, with thick layers of dark cherry and blackberry. Spice, tobacco and cola also play big roles in this ensemble. The bouquet ultimately offers more immediacy than the mouthfeel, which is still tightly wound and compact at this young stage in the wine's life.
2007 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Riserva Rating: 94 NEW
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina d’Oro is big, rich and seamless. The wine had just been bottled the day of my visit, but it is very promising, even at this early stage.
2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d Brunello Riserva Rating: 96 NEW
With so many fantastic wines produced in 2010, it's hard to make a shortlist of your favorites. One expression that should definitely be included is the stunning 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina d'Oro. This is a graceful and super elegant wine with bold aromatic intensity that is followed by firm tannins and a polished, smooth texture. It offers power in the proverbial silken glove. But the wine is not simplistic by any stretch. The longer it warms in the glass, the more it delights and surprises. Delicate tones of wild berry, cassis, blanched almond and dried ginger work together in harmony.
2012 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Riserva Rating: 95 NEW
The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina d'Oro is a gorgeous expression that sits firmly on a base of dark fruit, spice, tobacco and crushed river stone. There is a spot of ripe fruit and candied raspberry that comes into focus as the wine warms in the glass.
2011 Ciacci Piccolomini - Brunello di Montalcino Rating: 93
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a very beautiful wine that shows a fraction of good things to come. Very fruit-driven at the moment, it should flesh out further with time. Evident fruit underlines the warm growing conditions of this vintage. You get dark cherry, raspberry, dried strawberry and plum. The bouquet doesn't feel overripe per se, but you definitely get a taste of the warm growing season. This Brunello begins to reveal spice, herb, cola, tar and black licorice.
2012 Ciacci Piccolomini - Brunello di Montalcino Rating: 93
The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully finessed and elegant wine. It offers a very pleasing sense of balance in which no one characteristic overpowers the next. A dark ruby appearance gives the wine an open and inviting personality. The bouquet produces a subtle medley of wild berry, blueberry, underbrush and toasted almond aromas. The mouthfeel is lean, but it also shows polished and silky persistence.
2013 Ciacci Piccolomini - Brunello di Montalcino Rating: 94
This wine initially comes off as more somber, brooding and dark in personality. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino takes a few moments in the glass before its starts to relax and grow in volume and context, before long, opulent tones of black fruit, spice and pipe tobacco.
2010 Il Poggione - Brunello Riserva Vigna Paganelli 1.5L Rating: 98
This single vineyard Riserva is sharp, pristine and immaculate. It starts slow and shy but then blossoms to beautiful intensity and aromatic brilliance. It delivers wild berry aromas followed by pressed violets, wet earth, tobacco and lightly toasted spice.
2010 Il Poggione - Brunello Riserva Vigna Paganelli 3L Rating: 98
This single vineyard Riserva is sharp, pristine and immaculate. It starts slow and shy but then blossoms to beautiful intensity and aromatic brilliance. It delivers wild berry aromas followed by pressed violets, wet earth, tobacco and lightly toasted spice.
1992 Joseph Phelps - Insignia Proprietary Red Wine 5l Rating: 95
An attractive dark plum/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of crème de cassis, spring flowers and a touch of background oak. This opulent, full-bodied, sexy, full-throttle Insignia is drinking beautifully. As the wine sits in the glass, mature aromas of black tea and charcuterie begin to emerge. It should continue to age effortlessly for 10-15+ years. A dream vintage for growers, 1992 enjoyed an early bud break, large and even flowering warm weather during the summer and a super-abundant, perfectly mature crop. In fact, in some cases there was too much wine. There were a whopping 9,500 cases of the beautiful 1992 Insignia, a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot (82% came from estate vineyards). This wine, which achieved 13.5% alcohol, has still not reached full maturity. It is one of those magical Napa wines that has been drinkable since its release and has never closed down.
2012 Stonestreet - Cabernet Sauvignon Rockfall Rating: 95
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rockfall Vineyard, which sees 57% new French oak for 20 months, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with a deep, opaque purple color and notes of charcoal, créme de cassis, graphite and white chocolate. It is full bodied, multilayered, very deep, impressive and long.
2010 Robert Foley Vineyards - Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Robert Foley Vineyards - Cabernet Sauvignon Rating: 95
The delicious, fruit-forward, dense purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits plenty of roasted espresso notes intermixed with cassis, chocolate and toasty oak. Opulent, full bodied and unctuously textured, it should continue to drink well for 10-12 years.
2013 Robert Foley Vineyards - Cabernet Sauvignon Rating: 98
Equally impressive is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak and Calistoga. Opaque purple to the rim, with beautiful notes of charcoal embers, melted road tar, truffle, blackberry and cassis, this big, unctuously textured, full-bodied wine has incredible density and richness, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a phenomenal finish. It is young, but undeniably impressive. Give it another 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two-plus decades.
2012 Robert Foley Vineyards - Merlot Napa Valley Rating: 93
The 2012 Merlot offers lots of chocolate, Asian soy, kirsch and coffee bean characteristics in a rich, full-bodied, opulent, sensual style. Layered, fleshy and hedonistic, it can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.
2014 Lewis Cellars Ethan's Syrah Napa Valley NEW
2010 Achaval Ferrer - Malbec Finca Altamira Rating: 93
Finca Altamira comes from 10 acres of old vines in La Consulta, with some that are 80 years old, that is aged in 90% French and 10% American oak. The 2010 Finca Altamira is raised entirely in new French oak. It has a lifted bouquet with blackberry, graphite, a touch of soy and crushed stone. The palate is medium bodied with supple, fine tannins and great balance.
2010 Achaval Ferrer - Malbec Finca Bella Vista Rating: 93
The Bella Vista is always based on four hectares planted in 1910 and is normally the second vineyard harvested each year. The 2010 Finca Bella Vista is a pure Malbec from Lujan de Cuyo located at 980 meters altitude. Fermented in cement and aged for 16 months in new French barriques from the Mercurey cooperage, it has a sublime bouquet of blackberry, briary, woodland aromas and sous-bois that is all succinctly defined. The palate is medium bodied with ripe, fine tannins surrounding a core of pure blackberry and wild strawberry fruit, interlaced by lemon rind and dark chocolate towards the controlled, refined finish.
2010 Achaval Ferrer - Malbec Finca Mirador Rating: 95
The vines in Finca Mirador were planted half in 1928 and half in 1942; the latter pruned double-Guyot. The 2010 Finca Mirador is from the Medrano sub-region, originating from heavier, clayey soils and aged in new French barrels for 16 months. The nose is more expressive than the Finca Bella Vista with cassis and blueberry aromas imbued with a sorbet-like freshness and vivacity. After 20 minutes, there is an estuarine, oyster shell scent emerging. The palate is medium bodied with very fine tannins and a surprising sense of reserve and sophistication that could probably show Bordeaux a few lessons in restraint! It draws you in to its complexity and its precise, delineated finish of blackcurrant pastille, sea salt and crushed stone that lingers long in the mouth. This is an outstanding Argentinean Malbec. Drink 2016-2035.
2012 Matías Riccitelli - Republica del Malbec
The fruit is very ripe, with aromas of plums and blackberries. This is for fans of oaky, ripe and concentrated reds; if 16 months in brand new French oak is your style, then this is for you.
2015 Matias Riccitelli Malbec 2015
2012 Alto Moncayo Rating: 92
The 2012 Alto Moncayo, pure Garnacha from a warm, extremely dry and early vintage is extremely young and oaky with a nose full of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and smoke along with ripe blackberries, some cereal hints and notes of café au lait intermixed with quite a lot of toast aromas from the barrel. The bottled wine is 16% alcohol but feels quite balanced, and it has some grainy tannins to be resolved and some oak flavors to be integrated. A ripe, rich Garnacha that should age well in bottle! There were 55,200 bottles produced in 2012.
2014 Alto Moncayo - Alto Moncayo Veraton Rating:91
Most of the Moncayo wines tend to sell for higher prices, but the 2014 Alto Moncayo Veraton is their least expensive cuvée, overseen by famous Barossa Australian winemaker Chris Ringland. Made from 100% Grenache, it was aged in 60% new French oak and 40% American oak barrels for 16 months prior to bottling without filtration. This is a 1,500-case cuvée that is pedal-to-the-metal material, as one might expect from Ringland. With an opaque ruby/purple color, beautiful blackberry, charcoal and oaky notes are followed by a modern-style wine with huge fruit, big body, sweet tannin and a long finish. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia – Ornellaia 3L Rating:96
The 2001 Ornellaia is easily the finest in the history of the estate, warm and spicy on the nose with superbly focused plum and black currant fruit, much complex and elegant in its concentrated and supple body, and velvety.
2006 Marchesi Antinori - Tignanello 3L Rating: 92
The 2006 Tignanello is especially opulent in this vintage. Masses of dark red fruit, scorched earth and sweet oak emerge as this richly-textured Tignanello flows from the glass. The wine possesses superb density; all it needs is another few years to come together. Today it is remarkably vibrant and primary. Tignanello is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.
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