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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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
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Hot Damn! Tiny allocations, HUGE Scoring 2016 Arnot Robert Release!
Rev your engines because we’re about to release some of the most sought after wines from the cult California game: Arnot-Roberts! Watch out though, these high scoring beauties are going to go FAST (don’t they always?) as we’re limited to only just a few cases of each!! Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts met as kids in elementary school and years later partnered up to re-define what California wine could be. Since 2001 they have struck awe-inspiring critical and commercial success becoming one of the most...Learn more
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Unbelievably Good Cab 2014 Stony Hill Napa Cab
One of our favorites of the summer, the 2014 Napa Cabernet from Stony Hill is outrageously good. While many of counterparts in $60-$70 Napa Cab feel almost goofy with their exaggerated oak and cartoonish ripe flavors, Stony Hill has adhered to the tried and true old school philosophy of poise and elegance. Even more impressive is that the 2014 vintage marks only their 6th vintage for their cabernet (and their best yet), yet it feels like they have been doing this forever. It is no coincidence that 2014, a beloved vintage famous for its striking rich energy and aromatic galore, is Stony Hill’s best. The Old World charms of...Learn more
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Collazzi: A Value Supertuscan Masterpiece
Supertuscans are tough. Everybody knows the superstars, the Sassicaias and Ornellaias. Beyond them, while there’s plenty of decent, juicy and easy stuff, it’s not easy to find value options that really thrill me. As with many things in wine, to find the real gems, sometimes you’ve got to go a little bit off the beaten path. Today, we do that by heading south of Florence to Tavarnuzze Impruneta, where the Collazzi estate sits perfectly situated on top of the highest hill, overlooking all that surrounds it. Their 50 hectares of vineyards sit on clay and rock in a microclimate that...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Guy Davies
Ferociously Complicated, Fantastically Drinkable: 94 Point, $31 Point Spanish Gem
Success stories have abounded in Spain in recent years, but none may be more important for American wine consumers than Daniel Landi and Fernando Garcia’s. Their wines, which can be some of the most riveting in Spain, inject a special excitement in a category already crowded with surprise and thrill. That’s not easy. But with their label “Comando G” (cheekily named after 80’s Japanese anime), Mr. Landi and his partner are redefining what was previously viewed as Spain’s workhorse variety, Garnacha, into something...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
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