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Vigno by De Martino

Vignadores de Carignan
2011 / 750 ml.

Item #: 80635

RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 25th Jun 2014
The 2011 Vigno Single Vineyard La Aguada is a field blend from an un-grafted, dry-farmed, head-pruned old vineyard called La Aguada in Sauzal, in the coastal mountain range in Maule, one of the closest Carignan plots to the Pacific Ocean in the region, which was planted with a mixture of approximately 90% Carignan and 10% other red varieties (Pais, Carmenere, Cinsault and Malbec) in 1955. It has a beautiful perfumed nose with elegant yet rustic touches of cured meats, tree bark, a touch of smoke, ripe cherries and subtle sweet spices with very good acidity, good tension, and delineated pure flavors. A yummy, supple, meaty, delicious bottle of wine, very drinkable and food-friendly. It’s drinking well now, but it should also age well. This is simply superb, elegant, fresh, balanced, a great expression of Carignan and the Maule. At this quality level this is a real bargain. Super! Drink now–2019.
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2015
Brilliant ruby. Aromas of fresh raspberry and cherry, with suave floral and mineral nuances adding vivacity. On the palate, sappy, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors put on weight and gain sweetness with air. A powerful yet lithe blend with excellent finishing clarity and fine-grained tannins sneaking in slowly to add grip.
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2014
A minerally and exuberantly fruity red, filled with expressive raspberry, cherry and crushed red plum flavors. Snappy midpalate, with a fresh and focused finish, showing plenty of red currant notes. Drink now through 2017. 600 cases made.

Chile | Valle Central | Maule Valley

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Wine Spectator Top 100 SelectionWine Spectator Top 100 selection - 2018 | #31
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2018
Enticing, with bright, engaging raspberry, cherry and red currant fruit infused with gently roasted sandalwood and apple wood, garrigue and licorice root notes. A swath of tobacco underscores the finish, giving this an old-school hint. Best from 2020 through 2040. 2,500 cases made, 550 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Aug 2018
Made from 50- to 80-year-old vines, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape offers tremendous purity for an entry-level cuvée. Pine and rosemary notes accent bright cherry fruit in this full-bodied, creamy textured and lush example of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The assemblage is 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. Enjoy it over the next decade.
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Primary Grape: Grenache

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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 88784

SP9898 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2018
This is packed with raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors that play off one another, melding with anise, fruitcake and ganache notes. A warm tarry edge coats the finish, revealing an echo of bramble. A seriously grippy, strapping Port, this revels in its power. Best from 2032 through 2055. 6,200 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
WE9898 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2018
Ripe, structured while also fruity, this intense, perfumed Port is opulent while also elegant. Its tannins and great fruit are finely integrated and are rich with potential. Black fruits, berries and a juicy aftertaste add freshness to the wine. Drink from 2028.
VN9797 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2018
In 2016 Taylor’s began picking in Vargellas on 17 September, followed by Pinhão Valley estate on 23 and 26 September. The 2016 Vintage Port has an aristocratic bouquet with tight wound aromas of blackberry, bilberry, crushed stone, black olive and a light, marine-tinged element, perhaps almost peat-like. The palate is just beautiful with fine, chiseled tannins and a perfect line of acidity. There is that almost “arching” structure one always seeks in a great Taylor’s with a gentle but insistent grip towards the finish. It is everything you really want from a Vintage Port. Production is 6,200 cases.
RP94+94–96 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 19th Jul 2018
The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend set to be bottled about a week after this tasting. It was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 102 grams of residual sugar. The Croft might be as rich — although I don’t think so; we’ll see as they age — but this is more expressive right now. The most delicious of the three Fladgate Group offerings, this has the sexiest fruit, although the Fonseca seems to have more pure power. Even allowing that it had a fair bit of air, this was showing surprisingly well for young Taylor’s. That is speaking relatively, of course, because this still has power and energy. Personally, this year I’d definitely pick Fonseca, though. Fonseca just seems to have a little more upside potential. With Port, of course, things change over the decades. This is a first look, not a final word.

Portugal | Douro | Porto

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Primary Grape: Touriga Nacional

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Bedrock The Bedrock Heritage

Bedrock Vineyard
2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 89262

SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2019
Brooding but not a bruiser. Finesse combines with power, offering fervent blackberry, fruitcake spice, ground pepper and orange zest accents that build intensity toward big but polished tannins. Zinfandel, Carignan, Mataro, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2026. 750 cases made. (Tim Fish)
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - May 2019
The 2017 The Bedrock Heritage Wine is powerful, dense and explosive, as wines from this site usually are. Even so, there is a newfound element of finesse at Bedrock that is quite evident in wines like Bedrock’s own Heritage Red Wine, which was once much more concentrated and pushed. Sadly, yields are down 30% in 2017.
RP92+92+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 19th Dec 2019
The 2017 Bedrock Heritage comes from a vineyard planted in 1888 to a field blend of 27 varieties. It has a medium ruby-purple color and gives up aromas of tar, tilled soil, dried tea leaves, white peach and red and black berries with blue fruit preserves plus pepper and floral tinges. The palate is medium to full-bodied and dense with earth-tinged fruits. It has a chewy frame and juicy freshness to lift that density, finishing very long. This is still tightly wound and could use another couple years in bottle.
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Primary Grape: Zinfandel

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Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova

2015 / 750 ml.

Item #: 92760

JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 7, 2019
Entrancingly deep, red and blue-rose aromas here with an ethereal, dried-leaf and herb edge and pristine red cherries. The palate has very impressive, fine and tight tannins and a fresh, pure core of red-cherry and plum flavor. Impeccably focused finish. Try from 2023.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
The 2015 Barolo Cascina Nuova is a dark and concentrated expression that offers succulence and richness with a full load of ripe summer plum and blackberry. There is softness here with black and purple fruit, natural rubber and savory spice. Pair this wine with a hearty beef en croute and roasted vegetables.
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2019
Aromas of rose, red berry and wild herbs are front and center on this fresh, refined red. On the bright palate, taut, polished tannins and good acidity accompany juicy raspberry, white pepper and star anise. Drink 2020–2025.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2019
A supple texture and harmony are the hallmarks of this alluring red, setting you up for pure flavors of cherry, raspberry, licorice, mint and tobacco. A solid backbone of tannins provides support. This should develop nicely over the medium term. Best from 2021 through 2033. 1,900 cases made, 500 cases imported.
VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2019
The 2015 Barolo Cascina Nuova is a very pretty entry-level offering from Elvio Cogno. Bright red berry and lifted floral notes pair nicely with the wine’s gracious, mid-weight feel. Silky tannins match the wine’s finely sculpted, saline-infused personality. The Cascina Nuova is a terrific example of the bright, taut Barolos made here in 2015. I would prefer to drink this gracious, lithe Barolo over the next decade or so.

Italy | Piedmont | Barolo

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Primary Grape: Nebbiolo

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Bedrock Lorenzo’s Heritage

Red Wine
2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 92951

VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
The 2018 Lorenzo’s Heritage Wine emerges from a block in Teldeschi, one of the most highly regarded sites in Dry Creek and Sonoma more broadly. Inky dark fruit, rose petal, mint and lavender are given an extra kick of energy by veins of bright acidity. Sumptuous and vibrant. the Lorenzo’s is positively stunning from the very first taste.
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Primary Grape: Zinfandel

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Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 93338

JD9696 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - August 4, 2020
The 2018 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido has a bigger core of dark fruit as well as lots of briny minerality, peppery herbs, and forest floor aromatics. Fermented with 35% stems and aged in just 30% new French oak, it just about screams Bien Nacido and is a great example of this vineyard. With plenty of structure, good acidity, and a great finish, it’s going to hit prime time with 3–4 years of bottle age and evolve for over a decade. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Aug 2020
The 2018 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard opens with a burst of sweet red cherry fruit. Mountain flower, sweet spice, star anise and cinnamon add striking layers as the 2018 opens up in the glass. More than anything else, the Bien Nacido is a supreme example of Gavin Chanin at his best.
WS9393 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 10/20
This tiny-production pinot is briary and pretty, with aromas of smoke, sea wrack and wild strawberry. The fruit elements€ — strawberry and raspberry — are concentrated and framed in fine tannins; for game.
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RP98+98–100 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 19th Dec 2019
Jaboulet’s 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle features scents of crushed stone, violets and cassis. It’s a classic trio, backed by a wine that’s full-bodied, rich and powerful yet also airy, somehow carrying intense plum and black olive flavors without any sense of heaviness or excess weight. Then the wine finishes long and softly dusty, with tannins that accentuate its savory character, picking up delicious hints of licorice at the very end. The proportion of new oak has been trimmed back to a very reasonable 20% and is hardly noticeable in the wine.
JD97+97–99 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - December 12, 2019
A deep, powerful, primordial wine (which is exactly what you’d expect for a great vintage of this cuvée), the inky hued 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle offers tons of crème de cassis as well as a liquid rock-like minerality, peppery herbs, burning embers, and graphite aromas and flavors. The palate mirrors the intensity of the bouquet and is full-bodied, concentrated, and tight, yet still packs a huge amount of baby fat. The 2018 is a beautifully pure, balanced, massively endowed La Chapelle that will need a decade of cellaring and keep for 3–4 decades with no problems. (Jeb Dunnuck)
JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, August 3, 2020
Seems a little shy at the moment, but you can tell that this has serious poise and pedigree with subtle clove, crushed-brick, iron, black-cherry and plum-skin character. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight and reserved with super refined tannins that are so fine-textured, yet intense. Give this three or four years to show its true self. From organically grown grapes. Better after 2023.
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
Opaque ruby. Displays powerful, highly perfumed aromas of black/blue fruit preserves, licorice, cola, baking spices and potpourri, along with an exotic suggestion of incense. Utterly stains the palate with intense blackberry, cherry, cassis, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that deliver a suave blend of weight and energy. Youthfully solid tannins add shape and grip to an extremely long, mineral- and floral-accented finish that shows outstanding clarity and dark fruit thrust.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 6, 2022
Dried fig and cassis are layered with earth, iron and charred mesquite notes in this densely packed red. Delivers dusty tannins with a slightly bitter edge on the nicely structured finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)

France | Rhone | Northern Rhone | Hermitage

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Have a wine drinker on your list, but not sure what to get them? You simply cannot go wrong with any of these bottles.