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Vinous is a modern day cross between magazine and web-site, and the brainchild of renowned wine critic Antonio Galloni. In 2014, Vinous acquired another leading wine publication, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, and expanded it's wine coverage to all major wine regions. Vinous reviews thousands of wines each year, and is a trusted source for guidance when it comes to choosing wines. Use Vinous ratings on this site to assist you in choosing the perfect wine!

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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. 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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  3. 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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  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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    Organic

    Organic: SIP Certified Sustainability in Practice

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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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    Not Shippable. Western New York Local Delivery and In-Store Pickup only. Learn More Sorry, this item is not available for shipment outside of the Western New York area. Either the bottle is too large for our packaging (i.e. we cannot ship anything larger than 750 ml), the dimensions/shape of the bottle doesn't fit within our packaging for safe shipment, or this is a widely-distributed wine (e.g. Barefoot, Yellow Tail, etc) which we only sell at our physical store or for in-store pickup.

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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. Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#92435

    JD9696 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - January 31, 2020
    Coming from estate fruit on Howell Mountain and made from 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% each of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers a darker, more mineral-driven style compared to the Napa release. It has beautiful blackcurrant, cassis, forest floor, graphite, and tobacco leaf-like aromas and flavors. Deep, full-bodied, beautifully polished and elegant, it’s another remarkable effort from this team. As Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon goes, it’s a brilliant value!
    RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019
    The 2017 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, is deep garnet-purple colored and a little closed, slowly giving up warm cassis, blackberry tart and mulberries with touches of spice box, pencil shavings and Marmite toast. The full-bodied palate is firm, grainy and muscular with an earthy expression and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering mineral note.
    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a dense, chewy Howell Mountain wine. A blast of black cherry, plum, licorice, smoke, leather, bittersweet chocolate, spice and tobacco hit the palate. The 2017 is bold and immediate in feel, but it also has plenty of structure. I would give it a few years to soften but this is a potent, brooding wine with a bright future.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% 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. 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. - JamesSuckling.com - 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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  10. 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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  11. Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#91918

    VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2019
    Bright red. Red cherry and flowers on the perfumed nose; much more fragrant than the 2017 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Then fresh and juicy, with bright red fruit repeating in the mouth. Finishes long and savory, showcasing notable purity. Outstanding cool-climate Montepulciano of noteworthy refinement. Very, very well done; I’m not sure readers fully realize just how hard it is to obtain a result of this level in a cold-weather environment such as that of Popoli. This success speaks loudly of the capability and talent of owner Leonardo Pinzolo and his Valle Reale technical team.
    WE8888 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 7/1/2020
    This entry-level wine from Valle Reale is produced from organic grapes and sees no time in oak. The result is a pure, fresh wine that dazzles in flavors of tangy red plum and succulent red cherry. Lifted acidity and delicate, sandy tannins frame it all, giving it enough structure and verve to be enjoyed at the dinner table.
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    Primary Grape: Montepulciano | All Grapes: Montepulciano

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    Organic

    Organic: Made with organic grapes, Certified organic by ICEA

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  12. 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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  13. Tilia Malbec

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#68983

    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Dec 2016
    The youthful and aromatic 2016 Malbec has an alcohol level that is one degree lower than the 2015, as the grapes where harvested earlier because of the problems with the vintage. This ended up being an advantage to produce a light and very drinkable Malbec, balsamic and aromatic, even minty with something that reminded me of basil leaves. The palate is similar to the 2015, a tad fresher, and even if they are very similar in style this 2016 is more exuberant in the aromas. A triumph over the vintage. A perfect introduction to Mendoza Malbec at a very attractive price. Some 390,000 bottles produced.
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    Primary Grape: Malbec | All Grapes: Malbec

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    Organic

    Organic: Certified sustainable

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  15. Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#91846

    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Aug 2020
    The 2018 Chardonnay Katherine’s Vineyard is a gentle, open-knit wine. Soft contours and the tropical accents typical of Santa Maria give the 2018 a very pretty sense of immediacy. Airy and gracious, with terrific precision, the Katherine’s Chardonnay is classy through and through.
    SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Aug 31, 2020
    Lithe and powerful, featuring a vibrant core of apple and peach pastry flavors, with dried tropical fruit accents. Buttery midpalate, with a plush finish that lingers with intense spiciness. Drink now through 2024. 56,701 cases made.
    WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 7/1/2020
    For such a widely available wine, this is an extremely reliable bet. Aromas of clean and light lemon, nectarine and sea salt are pleasantly mellow, while the palate offers balanced brushes of lemon peel and white peach, wrapped in a soft yet acid-boosted texture.
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    Primary Grape: Chardonnay | All Grapes: Chardonnay

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    Organic

    Organic: Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing

    AWARDS & ACCOLADES

    2019 Wine Spectator Top 100 Selection | #61

    Wine Spectator Top 100 selection - 2019 | #61

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