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2018 Giant Steps Chardonnay Wombat Creek Vineyard (750ml)
Chardonnay 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.


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Super fine aromas of limes and chamomile with hints of beeswax, apple pie crust, pears and white-almond paste. The palate has a very sleek, steely and resolute line of mouthwatering fruit, cast in the lime and white-peach zone. Super fine and long. Wow! Drink or hold. Screw cap.

96 points, James Suckling (Jun 2019)

$34.99

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2016 Clos de Luz Massal 1945 Carmenere (750ml)
Carmenere from 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 in 1945 by Luz, Gabriel's grandmother. At the age of 37 Edwards returned home to run the estate. Schooled in the wine business in Burgundy followed by a career at Moet & Chandon in Champagne, and at Undurragua in Chile, he was well prepared. For decades the superb fruit at Clos de Luz was sold to Casa Lapostolle and Clos Apalta. No more. This gem of Clos de Luz is a singular wine, more complex with a graceful, balanced expression that only comes from old vines.


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The 2016 Massal 1945 Carménère comes from vines planted ungrafted in 1945 from a massal selection, which always includes stray plants of other varieties like Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Carignan, which always add something to the wine, as they are picked and fermented together. It fermented in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts at an old winery (1642) in Almahue and then matured in fifth use 500-liter oak barrels and a 7,000-liter oak foudre for 12 months. It's very floral, a different expression of Carménère, in a place only six kilometers away from Peumo, the classical zone for the variety. This is completely different, different from the rest of Carménère; it's less monochromatic, more nuanced, soft and pleasant, with depth. I'm sure the natural balance of these old vines contributed to the difference. They were able to harvest the grapes before the rain, and the wine shows the freshness of the year. Very impressive. 30,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2017.

92 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 239 - Oct 2018)

This shows a ripe nose with cassis, some black olives and dried flowers with citrus undertones. The palate is dense with round tannins but a bit short. Drink now.

90 points, James Suckling (May 2016)

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2016 Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial Sardon de Duero (750ml)
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Traveling along the N-122, following the River Duero in the direction of Vega Sicilia, we reached the small town of Sardon del Duero. Just outside this town, about a mile down the road in Retuerta, the Count of Castile commissioned the construction of a series of Abbeys in the 12th century. One of the most important was the monastery of Santa María de Retuerta (Abadia de Retuerta), built in a beautiful enclave on the banks of the Duero River – of all the monasteries built during this period, Abadia de Retuerta is one of only two in existence today.

Stunning, awe-inspiring, eye-popping in every sense – just plain nuts... this place is beautiful. Restoration began on the buildings as well as the Abbey in the 1990s. The current owners are heirs to this place and they did it right. A majestic spa, a Michelin starred restaurant, a Relais & Chateaux luxury hotel, guided tours via helicopter.... Quoting Maître de Maison, Andrés Araya, "Every architectural detail has been immaculately preserved. The monks’ cells are now guestrooms, the chapter house is the lounge bar, and the refectory is now a sumptuous restaurant." Friends, it's THAT amazing!

Planted in the 1990s (Petrus' winemaker as their guide), the only major difference between the vineyards here and Vega Sicilia is vine age... the bang for the buck is unbelievable! As I tasted through the lineup, they shared with me their thoughts regarding the personality of the 2016 Seleccion Especial – Vintage 2016 mimics Bordeaux – stellar. As I tasted this new bottling, I was reminded of the Wine Spectator Top 100s of previous vintages and how well have you received this property in the past. It's been too long!


95JS

This is a stunning Ribera that shows a plethora of finely judged mulberries, blackberries, oyster shell, rust, iron, citrus, vanilla, undergrowth and licorice. Full-bodied and powerful with muscular tannins, but a wealth of dark fruit. Long and chewy on the finish. Drink in 2025.

95 points, James Suckling (Dec 2019)

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2016 Dominio de Atauta (750ml)
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain
B-21 Top Recommendation
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After experiencing Atauta in the summer of '05, I was determined to bring it to B-21 Spanish wine lovers. I've been a big fan of the work done by Alejandro Fernandez of Pesquera, the man who put Ribera del Duero on the map, but this is Tempranillo of a very different color. Located in the far eastern reaches of the Ribera, Atauta's vineyards are roughly five miles south of the coursing Duero River. Lower temps prevail here; the Advocate calls it "the coolest place in Ribera." This is Soria, with incredibly diverse soils and ungrafted Tinto Fino vines nearly a century old. Altitude is everything, with vines planted more than 3,000 feet in elevation. One of the most impressive plots defies gravity as it perches on the slopes of a cliff, crumbling calcareous rocks all around. Multiple crus are hand-harvested throughout these biodynamically farmed vines – barrel aging only for the finest selections. As I sat and tasted through each bottling, I couldn't help but wonder what Alejandro would think if he too could sample this brilliant, saturated, silken, sultry selection.


93WS

This red delivers bright flavors of cherry, cranberry and currant, backed by woodsy, floral and vanilla notes and energized by tangerine acidity. Muscular tannins lurk beneath the polished texture, showing that this has stuffing as well as polish. Best from 2020 through 2032. 2,300 cases made, 450 cases imported.

93 points, Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Sep 2019)

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2015 Marques de Murrieta Reserva Finca Ygay (750ml)
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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The birthplace of Rioja, where every vine is estate owned, Marques de Murrieta spans 750 acres across the majestic Ygay Estate. Generations of proud traditionalists have toiled the land here, identifying three dozen unique parcels, where terroir and topography contribute to the unique cuvees we've been enjoying for decades. The benchmark for value-priced Rioja, nothing competes with Murrieta's Reserva Finca Ygay. One of the perennially consistent Rioja producers. Another gem in 2015. One of their more limited, inspired and unique wines has got to be this – their bottling known as Capellanía, from a single, centenarian vineyard of extremely old vines. It's a white wine – with the depth and soul of their reds – which takes its staggering complexity from a year and a half in new French oak barrels followed by one year in bottle. The vineyard itself, which is the source of the wine as well as the name, is planted on a ridge, the highest elevation in the Ygay Estate, perched at 1,600 feet elevation. Planted to 100% old-vine Viura, this site is exclusively segregated for this monumental bottling. Fermentation is intentionally slow, painstaking, lasting 24 days in steel. The final aging – in 225-liter French oak barrels – will take much longer, 17 months to reach its zenith. I've consumed the world's greatest white wines across decades worth of vintages. If you have a taste for the finest, this should be in your collection.


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The red blend 2015 Rioja Reserva is 80% Tempranillo with 12% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo and 2% Garnacha, a little more Graciano and Mazuelo, something logical in ripe and warm years like 2015. It's produced with grapes from a diversity of the 30 different plots within the estate, to represent the character of if. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in American oak barrels for 18 months. It's spicy and somewhat balsamic, with some dusty tannins. It's a ripe and powerful vintage that only suffers next to the 2016 I tasted next to it when there's a jump in precision and finesse. This is by far the largest volume produced at Murrieta, with almost one million bottles.

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

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2016 Obalo Crianza (750ml)
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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Scoring in the 90s is impressive for any Rioja Crianza. Obalo has consistently been doing this since its debut in 2005. The secret of Obalo is small, old vineyards with an age range between 40 and 90 years old. The winery is located right at the border of La Rioja Alta, although most of its vineyards are distributed throughout Rioja Alavesa. The wine is aged for 12 months in a variety of French oak that are two to three years old, so well balanced and integrated with the 100% pure Tempranillo shining through.


92WS

Rich and chewy, this red delivers bold flavors of blackberry, kirsch, licorice, mineral and loamy earth, showing a balance of fruity and savory characteristics. Muscular tannins and balsamic acidity give this a solid structure. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2,500 cases made, 600 cases imported.

92 points, Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Oct 2019)

$16.98

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