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Ponzi Vineyards

Aurora Chardonnay 2016

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Oregon Chardonnays present an unparalleled combination of bright acidity, texture and freshness of fruit on the mid-palate. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics each vintage through single vineyard expressions. Aurora yields an elegant wine with bright acidity and fruit.

Vinous Media "Pale, shimmering gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit and ginger qualities on the highly perfumed nose, along with a suave honeysuckle nuance. Dry, chewy and focused in the mouth,…

Wine Enthusiast “Oregon Chardonnay is attracting global attention thanks to wines such as this. Supple and seductive, it opens with splashy flavors of chamomile, lychee, citrus zest and flesh. There’s a whiff…

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Aurora Chardonnay 2016 Tech Sheet

E. Guigal

Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2015

Côte-Rôtie

Guigal is synonymous with the Côte-Rôtie area, for bringing this great wine region to prominence, and for owning three times as much land as next largest land-owner, vinifying 1/3 of the total appellation, and unquestionably holding the finest sites in this tiny, special area. The incredible Syrah from this area, co-fermented with a touch of Viognier, has tremendously balanced concentration, depth and finesse.

Vinous Media “Glass-staining ruby. Powerful black/blue fruit, floral pastille, cola, olive and incense aromas pick up a smoky mineral nuance as the wine opens up. Fleshy and expansive in the mouth, offering…

Wine Spectator "Dark and winey, this is youthfully tight, with a core of intense black cherry and black currant preserve flavors, encased within layers of olive, singed alder, juniper and iron. Very…

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2015 Côte Rôtie Brune Et Blonde is a step up and one of the top vintages for this cuvée which, given how good 2015 is, should surprise no one.…

Wine Advocate "Much more open and inviting than the Hermitage, Guigal’s 2015 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde boasts hallmark aromas of dried flowers, herbs, raspberries and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, it’s…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Romanée” 2016

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Romanée”

Mounir says that Chassagne-Montrachet “La Romanée” is, to make an analogy, the most “Puligny” wine from Chassagne. It has a lot of silkiness and sweetness, and low acidity compared to other Chassagnes; it is a very clean wine, with a particular crème brûlée character that gives way to sweet fruit.

Vinous Media “Bright yellow. Aromas of spices, coconut and crème brûlée au citron put me in mind of a mini-Chevalier-Montrachet. At once creamy and zesty on the palate, delivering a subtle earthy…

E. Guigal

Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2014

Côte-Rôtie

Guigal is synonymous with the Côte-Rôtie area, for bringing this great wine region to prominence, and for owning three times as much land as next largest land-owner, vinifying 1/3 of the total appellation, and unquestionably holding the finest sites in this tiny, special area. The incredible Syrah from this area, co-fermented with a touch of Viognier, has tremendously balanced concentration, depth and finesse.

Wine Spectator "This is bright and high-pitched, with violet, rose petal and lavender notes leading off, followed by red currant and damson plum fruit flavors. They all give way steadily to sage,…

Wine Advocate Recently bottled, the 2014 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde spent 36 months in half new and half second-fill oak. It’s a bit lightweight perhaps, but it boasts pretty cherry and…

Related Materials: Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2014 Technical Sheet

E. Guigal

Hermitage Blanc 2018

Hermitage

Whites make up a small percentage of production in the Rhône, under 2%, but white wines are a little bit of a secret specialty at Guigal and today comprise 25% of their production. And for good reason, as the whites of the Northern Rhône are true discovery wines, immensely appealing and complex. They specifically display an expressiveness and brightness while also capturing the warmth of the area. Even more of a discovery is Hermitage Blanc, one of the least-known yet most intriguing wines of the Rhône Valley and in the small 309 acre Hermitage AOC.

Wine Advocate (91-94) "The 2018 Hermitage Blanc seems even more concentrated than the impressive 2017. Flamed citrus zest marks the nose, while the full-bodied wine is round and rich, finishing with plenty of…

Jeb Dunnuck "Plenty of quince, crushed stone, and white flower notes emerge from the 2018 Hermitage Blanc, a rich, medium to full-bodied white Hermitage. It has a kiss of toasty, nutty notes,…

E. Guigal

Hermitage Blanc 2016

Hermitage

Whites make up a small percentage of production in the Rhône, under 2%, but white wines are a little bit of a secret specialty at Guigal and today comprise 25% of their production. And for good reason, as the whites of the Northern Rhône are true discovery wines, immensely appealing and complex. They specifically display an expressiveness and brightness while also capturing the warmth of the area. Even more of a discovery is Hermitage Blanc, one of the least-known yet most intriguing wines of the Rhône Valley and in the small 309 acre Hermitage AOC.

Vinous Media "Light, vivid gold. Mineral-driven peach brandy, white pear, lemon pith and succulent herb aromas show fine detail and a hint of green tea. Densely packed and focused on the palate,…

James Suckling "This offers a fresh array of melon and pears with hints of mirabelles. The palate has a more savory stance with rich and ripe peaches and pears, plenty of spice…

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2016 Hermitage Blanc gives up plenty of golden fruits, honeysuckle and that obvious Hermitage minerality to go with medium to full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. It’s classic…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Hermitage Blanc 2016 Tech Sheet

E. Guigal

Hermitage Blanc 2015

Hermitage

Whites make up a small percentage of production in the Rhône, under 2%, but white wines are a little bit of a secret specialty at Guigal and today comprise 25% of their production. And for good reason, as the whites of the Northern Rhône are true discovery wines, immensely appealing and complex. They specifically display an expressiveness and brightness while also capturing the warmth of the area. Even more of a discovery is Hermitage Blanc, one of the least-known yet most intriguing wines of the Rhône Valley and in the small 309 acre Hermitage AOC.

Vino "Light yellow-gold. Expressive, mineral-accented orchard and pit fruits on the highly perfumed nose; suave jasmine and lemon curd nuances build in the glass. Shows excellent depth as well as energy…

Jeb Dunnuck “The 2015 Hermitage Blanc showed beautifully. From a number of lieux-dits (Beaume, Péleat, and Rocoules to name a few) and 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne, it has a crisp, mineral-laced…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées 2016

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Embrazées"

This vineyard lies on this Santenay end of the road that leads down from Chassagne to Santenay, widely considered the best area for white Chassagne. The wines here are racier and have more depth than most other white Chassagne.

Vinous Media “Aromas of pear, green apple, menthol, mint leaf and rosemary, complicated by warm southern herbs. Very rich, even opulent wine with noteworthy sucrosité and lowish acidity. This very tactile, smooth…

E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph Blanc 2019

While the reds of Saint-Joseph are today one of the most exciting stories in the Rhone Valley, the minuscule production of whites, in the hands of the best producers, are absolutely thrilling and in a perhaps less extreme way than the other great whites of the region, namely in Hermitage and Condrieu. Get them while they're still affordable.

Jeb Dunnuck "Pretty apple blossom, spice, and sappy flower notes dominate the bouquet of the 2019 Saint Joseph Blanc. This carries to a more medium-bodied, elegant white that offers a solid sense…

Quinta do Noval

Touriga Nacional 2018

Douro DOC

Intense and concentrated, with fine tannic structure, Touriga Nacional is distinguished by its delicacy, a characteristic of the Quinta do Noval style. It is the product of a strict selection from the best lots produced by the Quinta in any given year.

Wine Advocate (90+) "The 2018 Touriga Nacional was aged for 11 months in 30% new French barriques. It comes in at 14.1% alcohol. Fragrant and chock-full of blue-fruit flavors, this elegant Touriga is…

Quinta do Noval

Cedro do Noval Branco 2019

Douro Valley, Portugal

Named after the emblematic cedar tree that dominates Quinta do Noval's terrace, Cedro do Noval is an authentic expression of the Douro. It is made at Quinta do Noval using carefully selected grapes 100 % grown on the highest steeply terraced vineyards of Quinta do Noval, in the heart of the Douro Valley, in Northern Portugal.

Wine Spectator "A spicy white with elements of pineapple and warm peach that are detailed with baking spice, lemon oil and tarragon notes. Savory hints of herb and mineral join in on…

Quinta do Noval

Cedro do Noval Branco 2018

Douro Valley, Portugal

Named after the emblematic cedar tree that dominates Quinta do Noval's terrace, Cedro do Noval is an authentic expression of the Douro. It is made at Quinta do Noval using carefully selected grapes 100 % grown on the highest steeply terraced vineyards of Quinta do Noval, in the heart of the Douro Valley, in Northern Portugal.

Wine Advocate "The 2018 Cedro do Noval Branco is an equal blend of Viosinho and Gouveio partly (80%) aged for six months in French oak. It comes in at 13% alcohol. The…

Quinta do Noval

Touriga Nacional 2017

Douro DOC

Intense and concentrated, with fine tannic structure, Touriga Nacional is distinguished by its delicacy, a characteristic of the Quinta do Noval style. It is the product of a strict selection from the best lots produced by the Quinta in any given year.

Wine and Spirits Top 100 Wine of 2020  "This has the textural beauty of the schist-rich air on a cool summer night in the Douro. Its silken refinement takes touriga to a level…

Wine Enthusiast "Ripe and elegant, this is a fine wine. Its perfumed character is balanced by the firm tannins that give the wine structure and density. The wine has a sense of…

Wine Advocate "The 2017 Touriga Nacional was aged for ten months in French oak of varying ages (only 35% new). It comes in at 14% alcohol. This was bottled about three weeks…

E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph Blanc 2018

While the reds of Saint-Joseph are today one of the most exciting stories in the Rhone Valley, the minuscule production of whites, in the hands of the best producers, are absolutely thrilling and in a perhaps less extreme way than the other great whites of the region, namely in Hermitage and Condrieu. Get them while they're still affordable.

Wine Spectator "This bounces along nicely with an open-knit mix of peach, pear and honeysuckle notes, backed by a kiss of brioche on the finish."

Vinous Media "Pale gold. Ripe, smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas are complicated by succulent herbs and honeysuckle flourishes. Creamy and seamless on the palate, offering densely packed pear and white peach…

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2018 Saint Joseph Blanc has a big kiss of minerality as well as medium to full-bodied, ripe notes of quince, honeysuckle, and white flowers. It's beautifully textured, balanced, and…

E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph Blanc 2017

While the reds of Saint-Joseph are today one of the most exciting stories in the Rhone Valley, the minuscule production of whites, in the hands of the best producers, are absolutely thrilling and in a perhaps less extreme way than the other great whites of the region, namely in Hermitage and Condrieu. Get them while they're still affordable.

Vinous Media "Translucent yellow. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of fresh pear, tangerine and white peach are complemented by a jasmine nuance that builds with air. Round and seamless in texture, offering densely packed…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Grande Montagne” 2016

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Grande Montagne”

This tiny vineyard is located - as the name suggests - on the steep hillside of the same name just west of Chassagne-Montrachet. La Grande Montagne itself is the most southerly of the limestone hills which make up the Côte d’Or escarpment. It is located in the heart of the band of the best Chassagne 1er Crus at the top of the slope that includes Grandes Ruchottes, la Romanée and Caillerets.

Vinous Media “Pristine, welcoming aromas of citrus zest, white flowers, crushed rock and dusty herbs (“welcome to Chassagne,” says Saouma): A distinctly airy style owing to its energy and wild herb character…

E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph Blanc 2016

While the reds of Saint-Joseph are today one of the most exciting stories in the Rhone Valley, the minuscule production of whites, in the hands of the best producers, are absolutely thrilling and in a perhaps less extreme way than the other great whites of the region, namely in Hermitage and Condrieu. Get them while they're still affordable.

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2016 Saint Joseph Blanc offers terrific notes of white flowers, citrus, and orange blossom, with a medium-bodied, fresh, clean, nicely balanced style. Like all the 2016s here, it’s fresh,…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Blanc 2016 Tech Sheet (92 JD)

E. Guigal

Tavel 2019

Tavel

The Guigal family has been working for decades in Tavel, and today specifically works with 6 growers to produce the traditional style of rosé the region is known for deep fruit, full of spice you find in the reds of the area, structured, and substantial enough to age. Thank goodness this appellation across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 100% dedicated to rosé, still produces wines of this full-bodied style!

Vinous Media "The 2019 Tavel offers everything you could want from a Tavel. Medium to full-bodied, it has wonderful cherry and raspberry fruits, a rounded, nicely texture mouthfeel, and a fresh, dry…

Vinous Media "Brilliant orange. Pungent red currant, cherry pit and blood orange aromas, along with suggestions of potpourri and fennel. Chewy and energetic on the palate, offering intense red berry, bitter cherry…

E. Guigal

Tavel 2017

Tavel

The Guigal family has been working for decades in Tavel, and today specifically works with 6 growers to produce the traditional style of rosé the region is known for - deep fruit, full of spice you find in the reds of the area, structured, and substantial enough to age. Thank goodness this appellation across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 100% dedicated to rosé, still produces wines of this full-bodied style!

Vinous Media "Brilliant orange. Pungent red currant, cherry pit and blood orange aromas, along with suggestions of potpourri and fennel. Chewy and energetic on the palate, offering intense red berry, bitter cherry…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Cailleret” 2016

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Cailleret”

Chassagne-Montrachet Caillerets is defined by minerality. It is a very classy wine, with lots of dustiness. It’s the wine in Chassagne that you can’t totally pin down with an easy description, and that’s why some consider it a Grand Cru level. Minerality is the main point – little white stones, lots of limestone.

Burghound “Reduction presently dominates the underlying fruit. The notably finer and even more mineral-inflected flavors possess a lacy yet punchy mouth feel while exhibiting sneaky long finish that also flashes a…

Vinous Media “Aromas of apple, spices, marzipan and iodine convey a distinctly flinty minerality. Dense, thick and backward, with its lovely sucrosité buffered by sheer thickness of material. The wine’s mouthfilling opulence…