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Mouton of the Andes: 97 pt. Almaviva 2016
Almaviva is a collaboration between Concha y Toro and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Founded in 1997, the idea was to create a Chilean Grand Cru Classé. To say that they have achieved their goal is an understatement. The wine has achieved a level of global recognition as not just a Chilean First Growth, but one of the world’s great Cabernet blends. With 60 hA in Maipo Valley’s Puente Alta, the highest point in the valley, the alluvial soils are ideal for the traditional Bordeaux grapes, with a strong core of Cabernet Sauvignon but also supporting vines of Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Ian Halbert
“Total Knock-Out”: 2013 Vietti Barbaresco Masseria
We have sold a small ocean of Vietti’s triumphant 2013 series and this week we have decided to throw another one into the mix. Can you blame us? Any bottle stamped with the year 2013 and labeled as Vietti is pure gold. As you know it was an epic year for the Piemonte, a vintage that Luca Currado and company made some of their best wines in over a decade – including this one, the 95-point banger “knock-out” Barbaresco Masseria. Confident to the point of towering and impeccably balanced, the 2013 Masseria is sourced from a special single vineyard (limestone and clay) that captivates with a theatrical...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
Pre-Arrival: Cardinale’s 96+ Point 2015: “Nearly impossible to resist!”
Today brings one of the most anticipated releases in the Napa calendar, with the magnificent and well reviewed 2015 Cardinale. Made every year as a blend of what is essentially the ‘greatest hits’ of Napa, with Oakville’s legendary To Kalon vineyard combined with mountain fruit from Diamond Mountain, Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder, and Spring Mountain. I was lucky enough to taste this at the estate in Oakville a couple of weeks ago, and it’s an absolute beast. Dark, powerful, brooding, and insanely...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Guy Davies
Crystal Vision: 98 Point “Mind-blowing” Alsace Treasure
Antoine Kreydenweiss just dropped the mic. Wine Advocate recently announced his 2015 stellar Grand Cru series to be “the most exciting wines produced in Alsace in that vintage.” Don’t believe them? Just try his spectacular 98 point Grand Cru Kastelberg – a bottle which wine geeks and Alsace insiders are already debating to be legendary. Kreydenweiss produces some our favorite Rieslings in Alsace. They’re stylish, but not styled. They consistently exciting, but never in an extreme way. They have a Zen like balance and the best of his Rieslings carry a supernatural ability...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
Once Krug Cellarmaster, Now All-Star: Sublime Rodez Champagne
With their striking depth, refined power and intensity, the Champagnes from Éric Rodez serve as a vital reminder that Champagne is, first and foremost, a wine. Not just bubbles, Rodez’s wines are real wines, complete and versatile, age-worthy and transportive, they are unequivocally on the same level as great Burgundy, Riesling, or Bordeaux. “I don’t make Champagne,” Rodez told me. “I make wines from Champagne.” Operatic in its intensity, power and richness, yet thrumming with a mineralic...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
Outside the Box: 94+ pt. Canary Island Greatness in Witheringly Small Quantities
Suertes del Marqués’s little masterpiece ‘El Ciruelo’ is a hymn to bright, mouthwatering elegance – and the Canary Islands’ indefinable rustic charm. Chilled or cellar temperature, this is irresistibly delicious and among the most compelling wines we’ve tried all year. “Always a favorite of mine, the 2015 El Ciruelo didn't disappoint. The old vineyard that the wine is named for gets its name because there is an old plum tree in the middle of the rasta-looking vines (ciruelo means plum tree in Spanish), and it's the vineyard with...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
Go Extra Extra Large: 2015 Release of El Nido, Clio
Even its most ardent followers won’t argue the wines born from Bodegas El Nido are in flavor, size, and for that matter, points, Extra Large. Since 2002, El Nido has perfected the art of hedonistic opulence to impressive heights. For the 2015–a record hot year for Spain– those skyscraper proportions are stretched even further. Clocking in at 16% alcohol, you can’t really can’t get any bigger or sumptuous than this. The 2015 release from El Nido has been circled on the calendar for a long, long time. The wait was worth it. The hulk has entered the building here folks. “Clio” could be the finest...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
Eternally Intriguing : 2014 Ferrando Carema “Etichetta Bianca”
If there is one wine which completely epitomizes Neal Rosenthal’s taste and love for wine, it is Ferrando Carema. “For us at Rosenthal Wine Merchant, Ferrando Carema is more than a wine; it’s an emblem—a one-wine encapsulation of our history, our aesthetic sensibilities, and our most deeply held values.” No small words. It was the first wine Neal imported in the United States and has for the past thirty plus years continued to be the beating heart for his portfolio.Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
On Top Of The Mountain: 2015 Release of Philip Togni - 96 pts.!!!
Togni has nothing to prove. For six decades the legendary estate has produced a spellbinding collection of some California’s greatest red wines. When you open a well-aged bottle, chances are you about to have one of most complex glimpses into Cabernet that Napa can offer. The wines legendary longevity and extraordinary track record for profundity make Togni cabs some of the most consistent and sought after for collectors worldwide. Located at a two thousand feet elevation near the top of...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
“Especially Potent, Explosive”: 97 Pt. 2015 Ceritas Pinot Noir Elliott Vineyard
For years there has been a very clear line defining New and Old World wines, but now it’s 2018 and estates like Ceritas, the heavily acclaimed cult Sonoma coast producer, this line is becoming increasingly blurred. Led by the husband and wife duo of John Raytek and Phoebe Bass, Ceritas has been on the scene for about ten years now, quietly selling out each vintage to its mailing list (which is now closed) while slowly acquiring some of the top sites in the Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and Santa Cruz mountains.Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
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