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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. 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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  4. 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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  5. I Veroni Rosso Toscana

    2013 / 750 ml. | Item#71694

    VN8888 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2015
    The Sangiovese-based 2013 Rosso Toscana offers lovely brightness in its vibrant red berry fruit and perfumed aromatics. This supple, juicy red is a terrific choice for drinking over the next few years. Best of all, it is a terrific value.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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  6. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#74000

    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.
    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.
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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. Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#76075

    WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 3/1/2019
    This shows moderate scents of ripe black plum, blueberry and raspberry that ride over subtle hints of blackcurrant leaf, bramble and pressed purple flowers. Medium weight and smooth on the palate, it boasts crushed-velvet tannins. The medium-length finish offers a solid fruit presence that veers toward berry compote and crumble, with lingering sweet spice.
    SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2018
    A juicy, friendly style, with a mix of cassis and cherry preserves backed by a red licorice echo through the light toasty finish. Drink now through 2019. 70,000 cases made.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

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  10. 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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  11. Antinori Tignanello

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#92699

    RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 4th Jun 2020
    The Marchesi Antinori 2017 Tignanello (made with Sangiovese and smaller parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) is a dark, exuberant and inviting wine. I tasted my sample after a double decanting and was pleased by the profound nature of the wine and the immediate openness of the aromas. There is a symphony of dark fruit with black cherry, plum, spice and sweet tobacco. I am particularly attracted by a distant hint of medicinal or menthol herb that I also discovered in other wines with fruit from the Tignanello estate in 2017. There’s a drying mineral note of crushed chalk as well. The heat and dryness of the vintage has added to the aromatic intensity of the wine (yields were reduced by a third), but the mouthfeel is carefully crafted to maintain its softness and smoothness. Fruit comes from a 57-hectare section of the Tenuta Tignanello from a vineyard that is located 390 meters above sea level with Alberese limestone rock and soils of marine origin. The wine is fermented in conical oak tanks and is aged up to 16 months in a combination of mostly French and some Hungarian oak, both new and neutral. Some 300,000 bottles were released in April 2020 after one year of bottle age.
    VN95+95+ pts. - Vinous - Aug 2019
    The 2017 Tignanello is dense, exotic and flamboyant. Red berry fruit, cherries in liqueur, blood orange, wild flowers and sweet spice are front and center in this sumptuous, racy Tignanello that is likely to drink beautifully right out of the gate. The Antinori team has done a terrific job with the 2017, a year in which heat and dry weather took with them 30% of the production.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon

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  12. 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

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    2019 Wine Spectator Top 100 Selection | #61

    Wine Spectator Top 100 selection - 2019 | #61

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  13. Champagne André Clouet Grande Réserve Brut

    Grand Cru 100% Bouzy
    NV / 750 ml. | Item#86929

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2011
    The NV Brut Grande Réserve emerges from the glass with layers of hazelnut, pear, spice and dried flower aromas. This rich, creamy wine impresses for its balance and sheer richness. I loved it. This is Lot L06.
    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2011
    Unfortunately I was only able to taste one new release from Andre Clouet this year. The NV Brut Grande Reserve emerges from the glass with layers of hazelnut, pear, spice and dried flower aromas. This rich, creamy wine impresses for its balance and sheer richness. I loved it. This is Lot L06. Anticipated maturity: 2011–2014.
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  14. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#77198

    WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2020
    Both flavorful and well structured, this nicely balanced wine offers ripe black-cherry, sour cherry and spice elements that are generous but slightly restrained, providing good tension in the texture.
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    Primary Grape: Pinot Noir | All Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

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  15. Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Saint Claire

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#87507

    VN8888 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2020
    The 2019 Chablis Vieilles Vignes de Sainte Claire is more backward than Brocard’s other cuvées in this vintage, reluctantly unveiling melted wax and dried pineapple scents, a very slight reduction just dampening things down. The palate is balanced with a honeyed opening, like the Montmains demonstrating a little overripeness, with tropical notes dominating the finish. It just needs more tension and more nervosité and as such, I would broach it in its youth.
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    Primary Grape: Chardonnay | All Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

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