Ripasso is a term that derives from the refermentation of the grapes on the Amarone lees, which gives the wine a deeper color, body, and dried fruit flavors. Ruby red color with light purple shades. On the nose, fresh, floral, and featured with berry notes. On the palate, harmonious and dry. This wine pairs excellent with red, roasted meat and matured cheeses.
98 Points The Best Italian Wines by Luca Maroni 2021
This style of wine is the perfect alternative to Champagnes, which are generally more expensive. So, if you're into bubbles, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg, try this one!
Extremily aromatic, presenting notes of brilliant white flowers and exotic fruits. The palate is bright and refreshing, best served ice cold.
German Riesling is one of the most sought-after wines within professional wine circles. Sommeliers and wine aficionados hold high praise for this unique and food-friendly wine. Nicknamed the "naked grape" riesling perfectly captures the terroir and showcases the unique sense of place, unlike any other grape. This high-acid variety is one of the most versatile wines when paired with food.
"Another terrific wine, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers lots of blackcurrants, spice box, tobacco leaf, and chocolatey nuances to go with a full-bodied style on the palate. It has the 2018 vintage’s fresher, more elegant style yet brings ample fruit and has an expansive, layered mouthfeel as well as a great finish." ~94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck.
" A juicy red with sour-cherry and citrus aromas, as well as some tile and wet earth, following through to a full body with a pretty core of fruit, chewy tannins, and a long, fresh finish." ~94 James Suckling
Gorgeous Bordeaux blend of Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. The dark, haunting aromatics from extended barrel aging and the sumptuous blend make this a serious wine to pair with any meat.
Comparable to a 1990 Sandrone Barolo Cannubi or a 1986 Mouton Rothschild, per our tasting panel.
The 2018 Howell Mountain Cab is a testament to the consistency and quality of the Martin Ray winemaking team. If you're a fan of Napa Valley Cab and aren't familiar with the talents of Martin Ray, then it's time to acquaint yourself. This wine is built to last and can be enjoyed right away but the latent splendors will bless the lucky few who picked up a couple of extra bottles to put away for a special occasion. Will it be you?
Rich and solidly tannic, this is a dramatic statement for this lesser appellation, and the wine has the concentration to carry the treatment. In fact, it finishes rather elegant and classical. You could drink this with a steak tonight, but those who have the patience to cellar it until at least 2020 will get so much more pleasure! ~93 James Suckling
Château Lascombes occupies the most sought-after plots in Margauxand was included in the 1855 Bordeaux classification as a Second Great Growth. 2016 in Margaux received a vintage rating of 97 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. Chateau Lascombes is located about 1 mile west of the iconic Chateau Margaux which retails for $900 a bottle.
"Very attractive, ripe dark berries with a meaty edge that delivers a very compelling wine from the outset. Quite plush and elegant tannins with a smooth, juicy and attractive finish that holds long and is saturated in flavor. Seamless build. Really stunning." ~95 James Suckling
Located at the foot of the Andes Mountains in the best subzone of Mendoza, Uco Valley, the winery is named for life’s Great Adventure. The wines are unique as a result of growing grapes that drink pristine snowmelt and sunbathe under the blue sky at high altitude. This estate Malbec is a taste of this magical place. Finca Buenaventura made this wine to share with you, as you create your own journey.
The base wine is a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc from Happy Canyon. Producer, Greg Martellotto, imbued a proprietary blend of botanicals, herbs, citrus rinds, and cinchona in high proof grape distilled spirit. After numerous, methodical blending trials. The Martellotto Semi-Secco Bianco loves salty snacks, so pair it with olives, nuts, dried cheese and crackers or fresh seafood.
The goal of Bodegas Salentein is clear: to produce first-rate wines, committed with the earth where they come from.
"Deep nose of dark fruit, ink and spice. Full-bodied with firm, tight tannins. The palate is flavorful and structured. Nice acidity supports the long, savory finish. Dried fruit at the end." ~94 James Suckling
This wine comes from the Côte de Besset which is the highest point of the Saint-Amour appellation, at an altitude of 1240 feet!
This gorgeous nose is fruity and floral with enticing aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, and rose petals. On the palate, the wine is fruity, elegant, while maintaining poise and complexity with an everlasting crescendo.
"This wine delivers a blast of cherry and red currant compote flavors out front, backed by lightly toasted vanilla and red licorice notes. An open, bramble-edged finish lets the fruit play out. A crowd-pleaser." ~91 Wine Spectator
The perfect blending of grape varieties gives the wines character, elegance, and an authentic style.
Deep red color with purple rim. The nose is dominated by red fruits, dried apricots, plums, licorice, and spiced cherries. A fruity supple wine with a good structure.
"A very bold statement of modern toasty oak with espresso, baking spices, and cocoa powder, sitting across bright red cherries. The palate has a succulent and deeply juicy feel with a lithe, fresh and lively, red-cherry core. Give this a couple of years to settle in. The fruit is up to the task." ~93 James Suckling
Oriol Rossell is one of the best unsung Cava producers crafting estate-produced wines with organic viticultural practices.
With a pale rose color and fine persistent bubbles, the wine smells of fresh, floral, and ripened strawberries and raspberries. The wine is perfectly balanced, delicate, and delicious. Recommended to pair with frivolity, laughter, and just about any food including cheese, appetizers, seafood, dessert, breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Yes, this wine is that fun and flexible.
Cotes de Gascogne sits just north of the Spanish border on the Atlantic coast of France. The cool climate contributes to the bright refreshing qualities of the wines produced here. This Pierre Jean expression of Sauvignon Blanc is no exception, this wine is sure to dazzle.
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