2016 Warre's Vintage Port (375ml)
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


98WS #14 Top 100 96JS

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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2016 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources (750ml)
Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Nearly two decades ago, Master of Wine Remington Norman released his James Beard nominated book entitled "Rhone Renaissance." His bio on Jean-Paul Daumen – who took over for his father at Vieille Julienne in 1990 – placed this estate squarely on my to-do list. A first of several visits soon followed. Quality continues to soar.

Jean-Paul Daumen practices one of the most rigorous selection processes in the whole of Chateauneuf. His first experiences with older bottles of his father's wines clearly indicated that although his parcels were particularly well situated, vineyard work had previously lacked vigor. This would change immediately under Jean-Paul Daumen's watch. In particular he set about to restore the rightful luster to the estate's 15 acre parcel of (now) 100+ year old vines in "des Gres," that sector of the appellation which Jean-Paul describes as "the septentrional part of Chateauneuf."


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The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Trois Sources is straight-up sensational and isn’t far off the more expensive Reserve cuvée in style and quality. Huge notes of blackcurrants, black raspberries, crushed violets, licorice, and incredible minerality, as well as a smoking floral quality, all soar from the glass of this full-bodied, seamless, pure wine that readers should snatch up. With good acidity, awesome purity, and a great, great finish, it's an incredible wine any way you look at it. Drink it anytime over the coming two decades or more.

98 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)

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2007 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva (750ml)
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Readers of these pages are keenly aware of my decades-long relationship with Bodegas Lopez de Heredia. My most recent trip to Haro, in the northwest of La Rioja was mesmerizing; unforgettable ancient buildings adjacent to a stunning display of modern architecture designed by Zaha Hadid; a pavilion standing as a philosophy of integration that must be witnessed to be believed. And in my inbox: an offer from my friends at this dynasty; an offer I immediately inked!

Since 1877, the Lopez de Heredia family has done one thing with fanatical zeal: produce authentic Rioja that lasts, mythically long-lived and released after decades, only when wine and winemaker determine the perfect moment. This dedication and zeal cannot be overstated; there are no other producers quite like them. Crianza selections released with years of age, Reserva bottlings held for a dozen years, Gran Reservas resting for what must seem like an eternity for their fans.


96WA

Following the appreciation of the 2007 vintage from María José López de Heredia, the red 2007 Viña Tondonia Reserva is showing great, revealing unusual finesse and elegance. The nose is a little reticent but nuanced and complex, a little shy rather than explosive. The palate is medium-bodied, and the tannins are very refined. This has to be one of the finest vintages of Viña Tondonia Reserva of recent years. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2015.

96 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

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2018 Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard (750ml)
Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
B-21 Top Recommendation
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When John Coltrane split with Miles Davis in the late '50s, he wasted little time releasing his visionary Giant Steps album. Winemaker Phil Sexton was inspired by the album and Coltrane's foresight thus naming his wine in Coltrane's honor. Sexton chose Yarra Valley because of his admiration for the long aging and fine boned wines produced by the new generation of wine growers reestablishing this historic wine region. Giant Steps focuses primarily on the distinctive expression of single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Grapes are sourced from estate and leased vineyards as well as fruit from long-term grower contracts. Wombat Creek is the highest elevation vineyard in the Yarra, planted in the late 1980s in ferric volcanic soils and rock. The 2018s are in stride, showing the serious potential of Wombat Creek under Sexton's hand. In no way do the wines favor that pudgy marsupial.


95JS

Love the aromas of tea, strawberries, cherries and freshly cut flowers, which follow through to a medium to full body. Tight and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Shows focus and finesse with structure. Drink now or hold. Screw cap.

95 points, James Suckling (Jun 2019)

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2016 Quintessa Proprietary Red (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, California
6
B-21 Top Recommendation
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The history behind California's greatest properties is truly fascinating. I've talked a lot about Agustin Huneeus and his wife Valeria, founding owners of Quintessa. But only recently did I discover the original owner of this brilliant piece of land in California's Rutherford AVA. Long before Valeria began her work with Biodynamics on the property she and Agustin would christen Quintessa, this 280 acre site had already been earmarked for a winery.

Valeria was an international viticulturist, earning her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia. Valeria preached organics, sustainable farming and practiced Biodynamics. Between Agustin's vast experience and Valeria's Biodynamics, the Huneeus couple met the high standards required for purchasing the 280 acres they would convert to Quintessa.

Planting 170 acres, the couple enlisted the advice and services of Jean Claude Berrouet (Petrus) in identifying 26 individual vineyard blocks. Phylloxera-resistant clones were planted – American as well as European – with a total of 14 clones planted to seven rootstocks. Every aspect of planting took place with an eye towards diversity. The entire 170 acres was established from day one to function as a self-sustaining, closed biosphere. Biodynamics is serious business, as is the couple's estate motto: "fine wine is a reflection of place."


98JS 97WA

Phenomenal aromas of crushed berries, forest fruit, mushrooms and iron. Medium to full body, with layers of soft and refined tannins that follow through to a beautiful finish. Extremely long and refined. This shows depth and structure with balance and harmony. Hard not to open the bottle now and drink it, but it appears to be closing down now. Needs four to five years to show it all.

98 points, James Suckling (May 2019)

The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère, with all fruit coming from the Quintessa estate, and it aged for 20 months in 73% new French oak. Very deep purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass like a pedigree pup with exuberant notions of crème de cassis, warm blueberries and black cherries with hints of redcurrants, kirsch, candied violets, crushed rocks, cigar box and fallen leaves plus a waft of truffles. Full, rich and beautifully laced with layers of floral notes and fragrant earth, the profound black and blue fruits build slowly in the mouth, achieving great energy and depth with a beautiful velvety frame, finishing long and perfumed.

97+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Dec 2018)

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