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  1. Black Kite Kite’s Rest Pinot Noir

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#92794

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2017
    Brilliant red. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes fresh red berries, incense and candied flowers, with a smoky oak nuance that builds in the glass. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering vibrant cherry and raspberry flavors accented by a peppery flourish. Concentrated but lively as well, showing impressive finishing cut, building spiciness and subtle, harmonious tannins.
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    Primary Grape: Pinot Noir | All Grapes: Pinot Noir

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  2. Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clásico

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#66915

    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019
    The unoaked 2018 Malbec Clásico 2018 comes from a very good year, after 2013 and 2014, which were very difficult years, and 2015 and 2016 that saw lots of rain. According to winemaker Leo Erazo, it’s the most complex wine to make because of the many different sources of grapes, growers and the volume they make. But they planted 22 hectares in 2012, so they use more of their own grapes; the wine now has some 30% of grapes from Valle de Uco, which is always a cooler region that is noticed in the wine, which is very balanced, harmonious and easy to drink. It has a dusty note and fine tannins; it’s elegant and especially very drinkable.
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    Primary Grape: Malbec | All Grapes: 100% Malbec

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  3. Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#92944

    VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
    The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is seductive, with its sweet spices and floral tones in a bouquet that gives way to dusty black cherry with grounding notes of worn leather and shaved cedar. Dark, ripe fruits, propelled by vibrant acids, and a mix of cooling minerals, savory spice, and fine tannins settle in. The finish is long and structured, with resonating acids, as ripe red fruits and sweet spices slowly fade under an air of pretty red florals. This is a gorgeous expression that can be enjoyed now but will also perform beautifully over the medium term in the cellar. A wonderful mix of ripeness and structure.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese Grosso

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  4. J. Wilkes Cabernet Sauvignon

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#92524

    WS8888 pts. - Wine & Spirits - December 1, 2019
    A high-toned acidity keeps this wine’s notes of ripe plum and fruit nectar in line and on point.
    VN8787 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2019
    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Highlands District is a bold, pungent wine. Savory herbs, tobacco and cedar add a strong aromatic presence. Although a very good wine, the Cabernet is not quite as compelling as the other wines in the range, while the savory style is on the edge of being distractingly vegetal.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon



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  5. Veraz Garnacha

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#77495

    VN8787 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2021
    Brilliant ruby. Jammy, spice-tinged red fruits on the nose and palate, and a subtle floral nuance in the background. Supple and easygoing, showing some heat on the broad finish, which betrays just a hint of tannins.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  6. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#74000

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
    The 2018 Chardonnay Vintner’s Reserve, the Kendall-Jackson flagship, is gorgeous. Pretty tropical accents add complexity to a core of citrus and floral notes. Orange confit, white and yellow flowers and mint all grace this delicious, inviting Chardonnay. This is such a pretty wine.
    WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2020
    Fruity, smooth and slightly spicy, this medium-bodied wine is a crowd-pleaser. Still one of the best Chardonnays with the broad California label designation, it offers delicious peach, ginger and vanilla flavors, and a good balance between ripeness and crispness.
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    Primary Grape: Chardonnay | All Grapes: Chardonnay

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  7. Amici Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#93953

    RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 5th Nov 2020
    A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is deep garnet-purple in color, striding confidently out of the glass with classic notes of baked plums, blackberry pie and blackcurrant cordial plus hints of cedar, unsmoked cigars and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and featuring impressively pure black fruit flavors, the palate delivers a firm texture of ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing long, layered and with lovely freshness. 1,400 cases were made.
    JS9494 pts. - - Monday, August 24, 2020
    Lots of walnut, chocolate, currant and thyme character to this with some wet earth and forest fruit. Vibrant nose. It’s full-bodied with lots of fruit and ripe tannins. Flavorful finish. Solid red. Drink or hold.
    JD92+92–94+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - January 31, 2020
    Lastly, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve comes is a selection put together by Biagi and comes from a mix of the single vineyards. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, all still aging in new barrels, it offers a plush, forward, full-bodied style that carries classic notes of jammy blackberry and cassis intermixed with lots of spice, chocolate, and a touch of graphite. This pleasure bent beauty will drink nicely for 10–15 years.
    VN91+91–94 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
    The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is powerful and dense with a real sense of classicism that runs through it. Gravel, licorice, black cherry, cloves and leather all race out of the glass in a positively stunning, inviting Cabernet that hits so many high notes. There is something truly magical about the 2018. Given its quality and price, the Reserve is unquestionably the wine in this range readers should focus on first.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

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  8. Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#75444

    VN8787 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2020
    Very pale, bright yellow. Inviting aromas of peach, honeydew melon and flowers, plus a suggestion of dusty stone. Distinctly sweet but with harmonious balancing acidity — and a bit of unabsorbed CO2 — keeping it from cloying. Flavors of stone fruits, ripe apple, baking spices and flowers take on a faint canned peach quality with aeration. This dirt-cheap Riesling boasts considerable easy-drinking charm; it may deepen in pitch with another year in the cellar but why wait? Note that Chateau Ste. Michelle offers a Columbia Valley Dry Riesling (not tasted) as well.
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    Primary Grape: Riesling | All Grapes: Riesling

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  9. Garnacha de Fuego

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#93685

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2021
    Brilliant violet. Expressive cherry, blueberry and floral pastille aromas are complemented by suggestions of cola and licorice. Sweet, seamless and broad in the mouth, offering jammy black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Shows appealing sweetness and no rough edges on the long, juicy finish, which features repeating spiciness and a hint of florality.
    JD9090 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - October 21, 2020
    All destemmed Grenache from the Calatayud region of Spain, the 2019 Garnacha De Fuego offers a deeper purple, almost opaque color to go with gorgeous wild strawberry and blueberry fruits intermixed with notes of candied orange and flowers. This beauty is medium-bodied, seamless, textured, and just impossible to resist. It sells for a song and way over-delivers. Enjoy bottles over the coming year or two, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep even longer.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  10. Sella & Mosca Cannonau de Sardegna Riserva

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#77877

    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2021
    The 2018 Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva is a very pretty yet understated effort that slowly comes to life in the glass with a display of fresh roses, cardamom and wild strawberries. This is silky and cool-toned with a pure display of mineral-tinged red and blue fruits, gaining an inner sweetness toward the close. Round tannins mix with residual acids to create a push and pull of tension through the finale, as this tapers off to a flourish of violets and spice. The 2018 is a wonderfully harmonious and pure expression of Cannonau.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Cannonau


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  11. Ego Bodegas Infinito

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#84475

    SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 15, 2019
    Dense and velvety, this big red delivers flavors of currant, blackberry, cocoa and licorice. Ripe and heady, but well-integrated tannins and bright acidity keep this fresh and balanced. In the modern style. Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028. 12,500 cases made, 10,000 cases imported.
    WS9393 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 12/19
    After working for wineries all over Europe, Santos Ortiz and Ioana Paunescu founded their own brand in 2011, settling on a farm in Jumilla with 86 acres of vineyards of sandy soil and multiple varieties, including ungrafted monastrell. The monastrell in this wine comes off those ungrafted vines, the fruit fermented for 18 months in American and French oak and blended with cabernet sauvignon, syrah and petit verdot. It’s a bold red, rich in tannins and mulberry flavors. With its gamey savor and wild herb notes, it would pair well with braised beef.
    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2021
    Deep garnet. Oak-tinged dark berries and cherry liqueur aromas are sharpened by a smoky mineral nuance. Appealingly sweet, focused and energetic on the palate, offering juicy black currant and cherry-vanilla flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Slow-building tannins add shape to the long, smooth finish, which features a suave floral pastille note and a hint of spiciness.
    WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 3/1/2020
    A dense nose is loaded to the hilt with ripe berry, raisin and prune aromas. This Monastrell-led blend is giant on the palate, with rubbing tannins. Forceful oak results in chocolate and vanilla flavors on top of blackberry fruit, while on the finish graphite and herbal-medicinal notes help with complexity.
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    Primary Grape: Mourvèdre | All Grapes: 70% Monastrell, 20% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

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  12. Paolo Scavino Vino Rosso

    L 2017 A / 750 ml. | Item#86439

    VN8787 pts. - Vinous - May 2019
    The 2017 Vino Rosso is a straightforward, fruity wine to drink now and over the next year or two. The warm, dry growing season plumped up the fruit nicely. This is a delicious everyday red from Scavino.
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    Primary Grape: Nebbiolo | All Grapes: Nebbiolo, Barbera


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  13. Luzón

    2014 / 750 ml. | Item#74965

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2016
    Bright violet color. Exuberant dark berry and floral scents are complemented by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Seamless and energetic on the palate, offering fresh blackberry and boysenberry flavors that spread out nicely on the back half. Graceful and seamless in style, finishing with very good clarity and gentle, shaping tannins. This wine was fermented and aged in large stainless steel tanks.
    WE8686 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 8/1/2017
    Cherry and blackberry aromas come with spice and cool note of cola in this Monatrell-Syrah blend. It’s narrow and tannic, with black fruit and desert herb flavors that finish dry and rubbery.
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    Primary Grape: Mourvèdre | All Grapes: 70% Monastrell, 30% Syrah

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  14. Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica

    2020 / 750 ml. | Item#93216

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    Primary Grape: Verdicchio | All Grapes: Verdicchio

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  15. Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#89261

    RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2019
    Streamlined and elegant, this mid-weight red trots out notes of grilled herb and dark fruit nuances that segue to spice, tilled earth and savory tobacco, with great complexity. This 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga is still a bit closed and tight, but this beautiful wine boasts all the best qualities of this vintage. It shows elegance and power, two contrasting characteristics that only work well together in the world’s most achieved expressions. The most satisfying aspect of this Riserva is the crisp acidity on the close that keeps the palate refreshed and ready for the next sip.
    SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 15, 2019
    This red offers density and focus, creating an ideal frame for the cherry, strawberry, almond, leather and earth flavors. A firm backbone of tannins lends structure and the finish persists, leaving an accent of bitter almond. Best from 2022 through 2040. 5,833 cases made.
    VN92+92+ pts. - Vinous - Aug 2019
    The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva shows all the quality and pedigree of the year in its layered personality and overall nuance. Cedar, dried cherry, game licorice and tobacco convey the darker, gamier side of Sangiovese that is such a signature at Fèlsina. The 2016 finishes with terrific energy and bright acids that suggest it will enjoy a long life in the cellar, but readers should plan on giving it at least a few years in bottle.
    WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2020
    Aromas of exotic spice and black plum mingle with notes of wild herb and a whiff of oak. On the tight elegant palate, firm close-grained tannins support red cherry, pomegranate, chopped mint and star anise while bright acidity lends balance. It’s still youthfully austere so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2024–2036.
    JS9292 pts. - - Thursday, November 7, 2019
    This is a very cedary Chianti Classico, the wood showing prominently, but also showing beautiful dried rose petals and orange rind. Full-bodied with structured tannins and a chewy finish. Drink from 2023.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese


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