2015 Domaine Roche Cairanne La Bousquette (750ml)
Grenache from Cairanne, Rhône, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Cairanne is a quaint walled village positioned between the area called Plan de Dieu and Rasteau with a view of the Dentelles de Montmirail behind Gigondas to the southeast. While the 2015 La Bousquette rested in barrel, the appellation of Cairanne was awarded "Cru" status, that is, joining the ranks of others such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage. Review: Cairanne achieved Côtes du Rhône status in 1953, became a Côtes du Rhône-Villages appellation in 1967, and in 2016 is fully ascendant as "Cru". So what was labeled a Cairanne Cotes du Rhone-Villages can now be referred to as simply Cairanne. We offered you Domaine Roche Cairanne La Bousquette with the very first vintage, 2009. Some of you may still have bottles of those first vintages squirreled away in the cellar? As with many vineyard owners who sold off their grapes to the local co-op, young Romain Roche wanted to produce his own wine from his father's vineyards. Marcel Roche sold all his grapes to the co-op, which he was also the president. After wine schooling in France, Australia, and the United States, young Romain Roche changed that and began producing and bottling his own, family wines. His father's enviable old vine vineyard holdings became Domaine Roche.


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La Bousquette is indeed one of the most impressive wines of the village. The old vines are most expressive, the blending of ancient Carignan vines masterful. The 2015 vintage certainly the best since the 2009 and 2010 is a hybrid of those two vintages and a very close second place for the estate. I don't recall tasting a recent Rhone wine this profound, that has such power without being heavy, graceful tannins, intriguing complexity of Carignan, and an expansive intensity on the palate. Yet somehow subtle. Rare to find very old vine carignan so expressive these days. This is a treasure and a bargain.

94 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Oct 2018)

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2016 Warre's Vintage Port (750ml)
Touriga Nacional from Douro, Portugal
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B-21 Top Recommendation
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"The 2016s are much more finished and refined; they exemplify strength and form. It suggests that they can be consumed slightly younger, perhaps in five to eight years, but they will continue to age beautifully for decades ahead. Maybe the 2016 is the new 1963 — a legendary year that was always admired for its balance and strength."

— James Suckling


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Gorgeous, with warm plum reduction and gently steeped raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors forming the core, all inlaid with warm ganache and smoldering tobacco accents. Very plush in feel, but has no lack of energy, as everything sails beautifully through the long finish. A late echo of anise completes the seduction. Best from 2035 through 2055. 3,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported.

98 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Dec 2018)

#14 - Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018

Very complex with dried flowers and roses. Full-bodied, very layered and tightly wound. Chewy and powerful. Firm and off-dry. Needs five or six years to soften. Beauty. Try in 2024.

96 points, James Suckling (May 2018)

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2018 La Mascaronne Quat'Saisons Rose (750ml)
Rosé from Provence, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
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I can't recall the year precisely – 20 years ago, perhaps 25 – but I'll never forget my first exposure to southern French rosé. I was in Côte d'Azur – Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer to be specific – near the village of Bandol on France's southeast coast near Marseille. At the time, I was the typical red wine hound, always asking after the best wine of the region – no matter where I was stationed. I asked the waitress to bring us her favorite Bandol; I knew where I was and was looking forward to a bold, dynamic, Mourvedre-based beauty to start my adventures off right. Much to my surprise, this young lady appears table-side with a bucket; filled with a bit of ice, a bit of water – and something PINK! "Dear, I ordered Bandol – your finest." "Sir, this IS Bandol – our finest." That was when my love affair with all things pink from the south of France – began. And I've never looked back. Southern French rosé is as complex, thought provoking and diverse as any wine in that country. A recent review article by Joe Czerwinski of the Wine Advocate mentioned this beauty at the top of his list for 2018 Cotes de Provence Rose – with some competitors at three times the price. Started you on the 2014 Quat'Saisons, and offered every vintage since, so I know you know.


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This organic producer clearly merits more attention. The 2018 Cotes de Provence Rose Quat'Saisons offers up hints of wet stone, fresh herbs and citrus on the nose, then adds red currant, cranberry and cherry on the light to medium-bodied palate. It unfolds nicely, yielding pleasant notes of white chocolate on the long, harmonious finish.

91 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 242 - Apr 2019)

This rich wine is full of red fruits with an elegant sense of shape and balance. Crispness adds a zesty element, making it brightly fruity at the end. Drink now.

90 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Jun 2019)

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2017 Domaine de Saint Prefert Classique (750ml)
Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Anyone who has followed the great wines of the Rhone valley for any length of time will easily attest, Isabel Ferrando is one of this generation's most important players. I first met her at her post in Gigondas, where I was a regular visitor to one of the village's great domaines, Raspail-Ay. Her desire to expand into neighboring Chateauneuf du Pape led her to an ancient estate, Domaine Saint Prefert. A domaine which was first established by Fernand Serre nearly a century earlier, in the district of Quartier des Serres at the southern edge of the village, Saint Prefert was one of the first estate bottlers in the 1930s. Isabel's 2017s are among the very finest of Chateauneuf du Pape.


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I loved the 2017s from Ferrando, which all showed deep, rich, concentrated profiles not far off the 2016s. The 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape gives up loads of chocolaty dark fruits, earth, and spice to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, layered style on the palate. It was fermented with no destemming, yet the stems are beautifully integrated and this all comes together seamlessly.

92-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)

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2016 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape (1.5L)
Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Readers of these pages may know, I established a direct relationship with Domaine Pierre Usseglio a few years back, and you have been benefiting from a particularly sweet deal on the estate's 2007s and 2010s. Just today, as I've been anxiously awaiting, my offer on the 2016s arrived (offer, not the wine!). Having an inside edge, keenly aware of the amazingly successful vintage enjoyed by my friends Chez P. Usseglio, I immediately secured this selection for you based on our purchases of 2015s – a good amount!


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The classic 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in at around 75% Grenache, 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and a splash of Cinsault. This rock star traditional cuvée gives up loads of black licorice, garrigue, black raspberries, and kirsch liqueur. It's powerful and full-bodied, yet elegant and seamless, with fine tannin, no hard edges, and a great finish. Despite the richness and weight, it stays weightless and elegant, with silky tannin. Don't miss it.

93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)

A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% each Cinsault and Mourvèdre, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is full-bodied, rich and round. Despite being a touch on the warm side, it's deceptively easy to drink, with sexy flavors of raspberries and chocolate that glide to a smooth, lingering finish.

92 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)

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Tenuta Sant'Anna Prosecco Spumante Brut (750ml)
Glera from Prosecco, Veneto, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Some of the world's greatest wine bargains share the same consultant, Riccardo Cotarella - nicknamed "the Wizard." After tasting this Prosecco, that may come as no surprise. Prosecco is easily Italy's most popular sparkling wine, and Tenuta Sant'Anna Prosecco is one of the very finest. If you prefer your Prosecco in a dry serious style, this is a savvy solution. Sant'Anna is 100% estate owned fruit – very rare in the vast sea of sweet industrial Prosecco. This Brut is light, with refreshingly fine bubbles, a fresh bouquet of acacia flowers and white peach, and a lively, creamy perlage. An excellent aperitif, served with seafood-based dishes. This will change the way you think about Prosecco.


92RAS

Clean, fresh, vivid and bright, this is a wine drinker's Prosecco. Floral nose, creamy textures, clean and vibrant finish. Brut classifies as 6-12grams of residual sugar per liter... Sant'Anna is 8-9g, so mid-range on the Brut scale, as are most Champagnes.

92 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Jun 2019)

Straw-colored yellow of medium intensity. In the glass, it is characterized by a crown of dense and particulate foam that forms for a considerable amount of time with tiny bubbles. To the nose it evokes the scent of acacia, peach and pear flowers. It is easy and pleasant to taste, initially cool and soft on the palate, giving way to fruity traces and an agreeable touch of sapidity. It is easy and pleasant to taste, initially cool and soft on the palate, giving way to fruity traces and an agreeable touch of sapidity.

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