2016 Albino Rocca Vigneto Ronchi (750ml)
Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Giacomo Rocca started in the wine business selling grapes from the family vineyards in the 1940s, of course also making a small amount wine for the family. The winery began in the 1960s, the work of Albino Rocca after the inheritance of choice vineyard sites. Continued by Angelo his son and now the grandchildren of Albino run the winery. Having followed the family for over a decade (maybe two), the 2016s are indeed the wineries finest achievement. The Ronchi is the culmination of four generations of hard work by the Rocca family and struggling vines for over five decades, and worthy of the "Cellar Selection" by the Wine Enthusiast.


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Fresh and pure, with rose, strawberry, cherry and licorice flavors that are well-defined and long. Tobacco and tar accents add complexity as this red remains delicate and detailed from beginning to end. This is all about finesse rather than power. Best from 2022 through 2038. 650 cases made, 300 cases imported.

96 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2019)

Forest floor, new leather, underbrush and eucalyptus aromas mingle with a whiff of peppercorn. On the full-bodied, focused palate, tightly knit, noble tannins and bright acidity frame juicy Morello cherry, licorice, tobacco and a hint of truffle. Drink 2026–2036. Cellar Selection.

96 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2019)

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2017 Martinelli Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge (750ml)
Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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If you spend some time speaking with long-established farmers throughout Sonoma, one thing becomes crystal clear. The Martinelli family, with their pristinely well-farmed vineyards – on some of the most dramatic hillside plots in the area – is without rival. Legendary family patriarch Giuseppe Martinelli and his wife Luisa tended vineyards in their native Lucca, Tuscany before emigrating to California in the late 1800s. This understanding of hillside viticulture attracted the Martinellis to many of the steeply sloped sites we see the current generation farming. Add all of these wines by Martinelli to your collection, and enjoy.


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The 2017 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and aromas of blueberry preserves, cranberry sauce, warm black cherries and berries, orange peel and dusty earth with violet hints. Wonderfully concentrated in the mouth with spiced fruits, despite its only light to medium weight, it's framed by very fine, grainy tannins and juicy acidity, with a long, layered finish. 207 cases were made.

96+ points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Issue # 242 - Apr 2019)

The 2017 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge is the most powerful of the four Sonoma Coast Pinots I tasted at Martinelli. Dark red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, rose petal, menthol and spice all infuse this textured, resonant Pinot Noir. Plump, juicy and forward, the 2017 will drink well with minimal cellaring. I especially like the feeling of power without excess weight.

95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2019)

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2017 Martinelli Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch (750ml)
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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If you spend some time speaking with long-established farmers throughout Sonoma, one thing becomes crystal clear. The Martinelli family, with their pristinely well-farmed vineyards – on some of the most dramatic hillside plots in the area – is without rival. Legendary family patriarch Giuseppe Martinelli and his wife Luisa tended vineyards in their native Lucca, Tuscany before emigrating to California in the late 1800s. This understanding of hillside viticulture attracted the Martinellis to many of the steeply sloped sites we see the current generation farming. Add all of these wines by Martinelli to your collection, and enjoy.


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The 2017 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch is marked by an array of bright floral notes and orange peel/citrus overtones that add freshness to a core of sweet red berry fruit. Medium in body, racy and exceptionally beautiful, the 2017 has so much to offer. The mix of three clones here - 113, 114 and 115 - seems to yield a Pinot of remarkable complexity.

95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2019)

The 2017 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch is pale to medium ruby in color with a broody nose of wild blackberries, black cherries, crushed red cherry, moss-covered bark and black tea leaves. It offers intense, dark spicy fruit in the mouth with grainy-textured tannins, good freshness and a long finish. 348 cases produced.

93+ points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Issue # 242 - Apr 2019)

$64.99

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2016 Martinelli Chardonnay Martinelli Road (750ml)
Chardonnay from Russian River, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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If you spend some time speaking with long-established farmers throughout Sonoma, one thing becomes crystal clear. The Martinelli family, with their pristinely well-farmed vineyards – on some of the most dramatic hillside plots in the area – is without rival. Legendary family patriarch Giuseppe Martinelli and his wife Luisa tended vineyards in their native Lucca, Tuscany before emigrating to California in the late 1800s. This understanding of hillside viticulture attracted the Martinellis to many of the steeply sloped sites we see the current generation farming. Add all of these wines by Martinelli to your collection, and enjoy.


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The 2016 Chardonnay Martinelli Road is fascinating to taste next to the Lolita Ranch as it is quite a bit more lifted and citrus-driven in profile. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and chalk add an attractive aromatic upper register to this super-expressive Chardonnay from Martinelli. I very much like the sense of energy here.

95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2019)

Scented of poached pears, baker's yeast, stone and spring blossoms, the 2016 Chardonnay Martinelli Road is medium-bodied and creamy textured with a good core of fruit and uplifting freshness, finishing long and savory. 195 cases produced.

93 points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Issue # 242 - Apr 2019)

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2018 Chateau Miraval Rose (375ml)
Grenache 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.


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Pale brilliant orange. Bright and sharply focused on the mineral-driven nose, displaying intense citrus pith, strawberry, pomegranate and floral qualities. Taut and sharply delineated on the palate, offering an array of fresh red berry and citrus fruit flavors that turn spicier on the back half. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on the persistent finish, which leaves a suave candied lavender note behind.

92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jun 2017)

Bottled just a few weeks before my visit, Miraval's 2018 Cotes de Provence Rose was in fine form. A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 10% Rolle, it boasts floral and melon aromas, while on the palate, it's medium-bodied, plump and fleshy, with a zesty, tangerine-tinged finish.

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

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2017 Martinelli Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard (750ml)
Zinfandel from Russian River, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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If you spend some time speaking with long-established farmers throughout Sonoma, one thing becomes crystal clear. The Martinelli family, with their pristinely well-farmed vineyards – on some of the most dramatic hillside plots in the area – is without rival. Legendary family patriarch Giuseppe Martinelli and his wife Luisa tended vineyards in their native Lucca, Tuscany before emigrating to California in the late 1800s. This understanding of hillside viticulture attracted the Martinellis to many of the steeply sloped sites we see the current generation farming. This bottling of Martinelli Zinfandel pays homage to the founding farmers.


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Medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Zinfandel Giuseppe and Luisa has a wonderful nose of yellow peach preserves, apricot, boysenberry jam, cinnamon stick and warm black fruits—there are loads of fruity and spicy layers here. In the mouth, it's medium to full-bodied with intense tricolored fruits, firm, grainy tannins and very juicy acidity, finishing long and peachy. This is just what Zinfandel should be! 966 cases produced.

96 points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Issue # 242 - Apr 2019)

One of the many standouts in this range, the 2017 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa is fabulous. The purity of the flavors is remarkable. Bright red cherry, blood orange, mint and wild flowers are all beautifully delineated in a racy, textured Zinfandel that delivers the goods big time. All the elements meld together effortlessly.

95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2019)

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2016 Clos de Luz Massal 1945 Carmenere (750ml)
Carmenere from Peumo, Rapel Valley, Chile
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Chile's, in fact the world's oldest Carmenere vines are found at Clos de Luz according to Gabriel Edwards. Clos de Luz is located in the tiny Almahue Valley (750 acres) which has been home to vines since Spanish colonial era. It was Gabriel's great-grandfather who purchased the estate in 1892. Today's vineyards were planted