2015 Azelia Barolo (750ml)
Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Azelia's owner Luigi Scavino is cousin to Enrico Scavino of the more famous Paolo Scavino winery, both sharing ownership of the famous Fiasco hill in Castiglione Falletto (Bricco del Fiasc). Located in Castiglione Falletto, it is no surprise that Azelia's village Barolo is primarily sourced here and is styled to drink upon release; very elegant and refined. Showing more power depth and structure, Azelia's single vineyard wines from Serralunga d'Alba are San Rocco and Margheria. San Rocco is one of Serralunga's top sites and this old vine San Rocco proves it. Also from older vines, the Margheria shows more breadth and openness afforded by clay balanced with limestone energy representing the vintage well.


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This is an enriched expression that shows the intensity and tightness of Nebbiolo with just a margin of the immediate softness and accessibility of this warm vintage. The Azelia 2015 Barolo comes together well on the palate with nice precision and focus. This is a blend of fruit from seven different small vineyards, with about one-third from Castiglione Falletto and the rest from Serralunga d'Alba (largely from the Cerretta and Broglio crus). Some 22,000 bottles were made.

92 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

Aromas of coal dust and tar with a distinctly savory, stony edge and nuances of dried herb-wrapped cherries. The acidity is assertive and delivers a strong burst of red plum-pit flavor, ahead of chalky, smooth tannins. Nice balance. Try from 2022.

92 points, James Suckling (Jun 2019)

This has intense aromas of iris and violet with a whiff of eucalyptus, while the solid, chewy palate offers ripe Marasca cherry, clove and a hint of espresso. Fine-grained tannins provide support. Drink through 2025.

90 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2019)

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2016 Hartford Chardonnay Far Coast Vineyard (750ml)
Chardonnay from Sonoma, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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For nearly 20 years, I've been a serious fan of the single vineyard bottlings made by Jeff Stewart and Don Hartford; their Midas touch is undeniable. With the most recent vintages, I've discovered that the category which has attracted the most attention – for me personally, you as well – has been their single vineyard Chardonnays. The emergence of stunning Pinots over the last decade by this team is astounding. Their Chardonnays seem get more attention because there is more to go around; production here is just a few hundred cases. Fortunately, my Hartford relationship goes way back – so we get the goodies.


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Always one of my favorites, the 2016 Chardonnay Far Coast Vineyard is another classic beauty from this estate. Caramelized lemon and orchard fruits, beautiful minerality, notes of white flowers, spice, and some salty marine notes all dominate the nose. Medium to full-bodied, it offers beautiful tension and elegance, bright acidity, and a great finish. This rich, powerful, structured Chardonnay will be better with a year or two of bottle age and should evolve for over a decade.

98 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jun 2019)

The 2016 Hartford Court Chardonnay Far Coast Vineyard is a little youthfully closed with crushed rocks and chalk dust notes over a core of mandarin peel, Golden Delicious apples, pear tart and lightly browned toast. Medium to full-bodied, the palate simply vibrates with electric tension, offering vibrant citrus and apple layers and finishing long and stony. 323 cases produced.

96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Oct 2018)

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2017 Thunevin-Calvet Cotes du Roussillon Villages les Dentelles (750ml)
Grenache from Côtes du Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Among the top wines of France, the world for that matter, the Roussillon has elbowed its way to the very top. Cuvees of Michel Chapoutier's Bila-Haut, Herve Bizuel's Clos des Fees, Severine Bourrier's Chateau de L'Ou and Thunevin-Calvet reign.

The tectonics that created the region as with the Pyrenees yields a mix of interesting soils. Various shades of slate abound with some ancient sea floor surfaced. Slate shows great drive in the grapes such as Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. Think of Priorat just south of this ancient wine growing region. Dry conditions are found here with good inventory of very old vines at varied elevations.

Partnership between our Bordeaux pal Jean-Luc Thunevin and Jean-Roger Calvet in this most remote wine growing region seems odd, but combine excellent holding of old vines by Calvet and the winemaking genius of Thunevin yields a most impressive range of wines.


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A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Carignan, the 2017 Les Dentelles offers up hints of mint tea, cracked pepper and ripe cherries on the nose. On the palate, it's crisp and fresh, marrying bright red and purple fruit with hints of fresh herbs on one end of the spectrum and dark chocolate on the other.

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

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2017 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Aeolian (1.5L)
Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon
B-21 Top Recommendation
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In 1977, bound by a love for fine wine, the Casteel, Dudley and Webb families acquired 75 acres northwest of Salem, 14 acres of un-rooted, newly planted vines in the ground. The next few years saw the clearing of acreage, additional plantings, inaugural bottlings – they bottled their first homemade basement batch in 1981 – and the first commercial offer, in 1984. The Eola Hills gave these families their independence (third generation of cousins now lending their hands in the winery) – and some mighty fine wines, as well. Those early years were amazing, "What we found here was a living landscape – a geological mosaic of benches and slopes covered with healthy living soils, a crystal clear stream running down the middle through a deep, wooded ravine, and a rich diversity of wildlife to share it all. Sheer magic." The ÆOLIAN wind blows up from the Van Duzer Corridor, west of Bethel Heights, defining this place since the 1800s. It has carved mountain, land and vineyard over the decades, a moniker for Bethel Heights' latest Pinots. My first visit to these windswept, hilltop sites was 30 vintages ago, and their latest Pinots are the most profound wines I've yet tasted.


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Shows grace and presence, with compelling and complex raspberry, dusky spice and orange tea flavors that build richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026. 492 cases made.

94 points, Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Nov 2019)

The alcohol is a point or so lower than 2016's, but if anything the wine is even better. Dusty aromatics conjure up soft scents of barnyard and earth. The flavors are built upon ripe cherry fruit and fine tannins, streaked with tea, tobacco and graphite. There's just enough lemony acidity to complete a perfectly structured wine that's ready already, but that can be cellared for up to a decade.

94 points, Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2019)

This has been made for just a handful of vintages now and it has a brightly perfumed edge with dark cherries and ethereal fragrance. The palate has attractive richness and density with a granular-tannin edge, and delivers intensity and depth. Drink or hold.

92 points, James Suckling (Jul 2019)

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2015 Massolino Barolo Margheria (750ml)
Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
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I've been extolling the virtues of my good friends the Massolino family of Serralunga d'Alba for many years. B-21 Barolo fans know their history by heart. After tasting their profound 2015s, however, I wanted to share something from the pages of Gambero Rosso. With so many Tre Bicchieri awards over the decades, I thought this review quite appropriate; Massolino's '15s are profound:

"If you go to Langhe seeking light, ethereal wines, be sure to give the estate owned by brothers Franco and Roberto Massolino a wide berth, as their ideal type of Nebbiolo (and other wines) has enormously powerful stuffing and tannic backbone. Its close-woven supporting structure appears biting when young, but acts as a sort of fuel for long aging – as you’d expect from legendary vineyards like Parafada, Margheria, and Vigna Rionda (on the western slope of Serralunga) and Parussi (in Castiglione Falletto).

The estate’s fine range has at least three flagships. Parafada stands out among the Barolos for its austere, restrained fullness, along with the sinuous Margheria, with a soft attack and a taut finish, while the Vigna Rionda Riserva is more approachable and caressing..."

– Gambero Rosso


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Hailing from a single vineyard that has slightly sandier soils than the estate's other sites, this lovely wine boasts structure, elegance and a fragrance of rose petal, wildflower, menthol and perfumed berry. On the precise palate, white pepper and star anise accent a core of wild cherry and crushed raspberry. It's balanced, with firm, refined tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2023–2035.

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

Offers a gorgeous expression of cherry, strawberry and plum fruit, shaded by tobacco, eucalyptus and tar accents. Remains pure and elegant due to the vibrant structure, showing terrific balance and a long, fresh aftertaste of fruit, wild herbs, tobacco and mineral. Best from 2022 through 2043.

95 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov 2019)

The 2015 Barolo Margheria is the first single-vinyard Barolo I tasted from Massolino in a lineup that started with the most delicate wine and ended with the most powerful expression. Considering that we are talking about Serralunga d'Alba (the township known for the most powerful Baroli overall), the word "delicate" should be taken with a grain of salt. The vines here are 37 years old, and the soils are slightly looser and sandier in nature. This wine is just slightly more accessible than the other cru expressions with elegant mineral notes that frame dark fruit, spice and pressed violets. This could be a good pairing opportunity with Florentine tripe in a tomato sauce.

94 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

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2015 Massolino Barolo Parussi (750ml)
Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
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I've been extolling the virtues of my good friends the Massolino family of Serralunga d'Alba for many years. B-21 Barolo fans know their history by heart. After tasting their profound 2015s, however, I wanted to share something from the pages of Gambero Rosso. With so many Tre Bicchieri awards over the decades, I thought this review quite appropriate; Massolino's '15s are profound:

"If you go to Langhe seeking light, ethereal wines, be sure to give the estate owned by brothers Franco and Roberto Massolino a wide berth, as their ideal type of Nebbiolo (and other wines) has enormously powerful stuffing and tannic backbone. Its close-woven supporting structure appears biting when young, but acts as a sort of fuel for long aging – as you’d expect from legendary vineyards like Parafada, Margheria, and Vigna Rionda (on the western slope of Serralunga) and Parussi (in Castiglione Falletto).

The estate’s fine range has at least three flagships. Parafada stands out among the Barolos for its austere, restrained fullness, along with the sinuous Margheria, with a soft attack and a taut finish, while the Vigna Rionda Riserva is more approachable and caressing..."

– Gambero Rosso


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Offering an impressive combination of power and finesse, this opens with aromas of black and brown spices, pipe tobacco and black-skinned berry. On the brooding palate, assertive but noble tannins accompany ripe Marasca cherry, licorice, cinnamon and brown pepper. Give it time to let the tannins unwind and to fully develop. Drink 2025–2035.

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

This wine was not made in 2014, when this vineyard site in Castiglione Falletto was hit by not one but two violent hailstorms. Thankfully, the 2015 Barolo Parussi comes from a trouble-free growing season and has resulted in one of the best expressions of the cru made by Massolino thus far, with the first vintage produced in 2007. This site sees a unique soil profile, with sand that is much richer in organic materials compared to the estate's historic vineyard sites. The terrain enjoys two exposures because the vines are planted over the crest of a hill. Harvest comes later here, as well, because the growing cycle is slower and Parussi is one of the last parcels to show beautiful leaf color in the autumn. Thanks to all those extra variables, the winemaking team has a little more to play with in order to achieve complexity and integration. In our progression from least to most powerful single-vineyard wines tasted, this was the third wine in the lineup. Indeed, this wine offers more "grasso" or body weight and volume. Dark mineral tones make for an elegant finish. However, the tannins are very young and need more time to soften. This is your proverbial cellar wine.

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