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Sandrone

Dolcetto d’Alba 2018

Dolcetto d'Alba

Sandrone's Dolcetto d’Alba is produced using Dolcetto grapes from 11 different vineyards, all within the Barolo DOCG. Sandrone’s Dolcetto sees no time in wood and is a remarkably robust and complex example of the variety.

Wine Advocate "The Luciano Sandrone 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba has fleshed out over the past 12 months. It offers a generous disposition with blackberry, plum and dried cherry. This vintage has produced tight…

Vinous Media "The 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba is elegant, super-refined and all class. The 2018 shows all the richness that is typical of the Sandrone Dolcetto, but in a more slender style that…

Ponzi Vineyards

Abetina II Pinot Noir 2016

Willamette Valley

For decades, Ponzi Abetina Vineyard, which sits on a spectacular east-facing slope born in 1975 as a clonal experiment for Oregon State University, has produced an impressive Pinot noir with unique and complex flavors. So enthralled by the success at Abetina, in 2005 an exact duplicate was planted at Ponzi’s stunning Aurora Vineyard. The experimental collection of more than 20 Pinot noir clones was planted to the same soil, elevation and aspect, as Abetina. With the added element of youth, the Abetina 2 block at Aurora Vineyard gives this cuvée unparalleled vibrancy and depth.

Wine Enthusiast “This is a block selection from a 2005 planting at the Aurora Vineyard, designed to replicate the original Abetina vines. It's silky and saturated, and scents of roses and flavors…

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Abetina II Pinot Noir 2016 Tech Sheet (95 WE)

Vinous Media "Brilliant red. Fresh cherry and raspberry on the nose, along with building vanilla, root beer and incense notes. Concentrated yet lively, offering appealingly sweet, oak-spiced red fruit and floral pastille…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

The commune of Aloxe-Corton, has the unusual distinction of having over half its area covered in grand cru vineyards. These occupy 298 acres divided among 19 climats which take the Corton grand cru appellation for red wines; five among these, totalling 120 acres, take the Corton-Charlemagne grand cru appellation for white wines as well as the Corton grand cru appellation for red wines.

Vinous Media “Green-tinged yellow. Very ripe aromas of apple, orange peel soaked in sugar, and spices, enlivened by white pepper and a positive vegetal nuance (“one smells the humidity of the west…

Sandrone

Dolcetto d’Alba 2017

Dolcetto d'Alba

Sandrone's Dolcetto d’Alba is produced using Dolcetto grapes from 11 different vineyards, all within the Barolo DOCG. Sandrone’s Dolcetto sees no time in wood and is a remarkably robust and complex example of the variety.

James Suckling "Nice blueberry and black olive character on the nose and palate. Medium body, fruity finish."

Wine Spectator "An intense nose of black cherry, blackberry and pomegranate notes marks this dense, concentrated red, which is well-structured but covered in fleshy fruit until the long finish. Drink now through…

Related Materials: Sandrone Dolcetto d’Alba 2017 Tech Sheet (91 JS)

Ponzi Vineyards

Avellana 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. The successes at Aurora Vineyard are expressed at this youthful vineyard planted in 2006. The site features a fusion of the right clones and rootstock planted on rich Laurelwood soil. Avellana yields a richer, weightier style Chardonnay as compared to the Aurora single vineyard wine.

Vinous Media "Light, shimmering gold. A suave, deeply perfumed bouquet displays tangerine, iodine, fresh fig, jasmine and buttered toast qualities, with subtle vanilla and toasty lees notes in the background. Impressively concentrated…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Corton Les Grandes Lolières Grand Cru 2016

Corton Les Grandes Lolières Grand Cru

Sometimes this cru forms part of Lucien Le Moine’s Corton Blanc, other times it is bottled separately. A cru that is not often seen, and is a red cru above all. It has an exotic spicy side to the aromas and flavors, and a broad body that maintains its precision.

Wine Advocate “The 2016 Corton Grand Cru Les Grandes Lolières Blanc is showing brilliantly from bottle, wafting from the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of crisp green pear, fresh peach,…

Vinous Media “Ginger-spiced apple and wet rock on the nose; one feels the cool quality of the mother rock as well as a sunny element. Very fresh and penetrating but harmonious from…

Ponzi Vineyards

Pinot Blanc 2018

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Pinot blanc was planted at Aurora Vineyard in the early 1990s, taking advantage of an ideal portion of the 80-acre site. This versatile white wine is a wonderful alternative to Pinot gris. Beautiful floral aromas of jasmine and magnolia mingle with notes of lychee, lemongrass, beeswax and green tea mochi with a touch of cardamom. The textured mouth is reminiscent of shortbread and the freshness of rainwater and wet slate with bright, juicy acidity that encourages another sip.

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Ponzi Vineyards

Pinot Blanc 2017

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Pinot blanc was planted at Aurora Vineyard in the early 1990s, taking advantage of an ideal portion of the 80-acre site. This versatile white wine is a wonderful alternative to Pinot gris. Beautiful floral aromas of jasmine and magnolia mingle with notes of lychee, lemongrass, beeswax and green tea mochi with a touch of cardamom. The textured mouth is reminiscent of shortbread and the freshness of rainwater and wet slate with bright, juicy acidity that encourages another sip.

Vinous Media "Extremely pale chartreuse. Mineral- and spice-inflected Meyer lemon and pear scents take on a hint of florality with air. Brisk and sharply focused, offering lemon pith, pear and honeysuckle flavors…

Ponzi Vineyards

Pinot Blanc 2016

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Pinot blanc was planted at Aurora Vineyard in the early 1990s, taking advantage of an ideal portion of the 80-acre site. This versatile white wine is a wonderful alternative to Pinot gris. Beautiful floral aromas of jasmine and magnolia mingle with notes of lychee, lemongrass, beeswax and green tea mochi with a touch of cardamom. The textured mouth is reminiscent of shortbread and the freshness of rainwater and wet slate with bright, juicy acidity that encourages another sip.

Vinous Media “Pale silver-straw. Fresh pit fruit, honeydew melon, jasmine and fennel scents show very good clarity. Silky and broad in the mouth, offering pear nectar and peach flavors sharpened by a…

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2016 Tech Sheet (90 VM)

Ponzi Vineyards

Madrona Pinot Noir 2016

Willamette Valley

With its first bottling in 2016, Ponzi Vineyard's remarkable Pinot noir from Madrona Vineyard showcases the consistently stunning fruit from these 30-year-old vine. It reveals a true sense of place in the bottle. The vineyard was named for the madrone trees which surround the 10-acre site and is own rooted Pommard clone. This stunning expression of the Willamette Valley is handcrafted with tremendous attention to detail.

Vinous Media "Deep brilliant red. An exotically perfumed nose evokes ripe red and blue fruits, Moroccan spices, incense and vanilla, and a smoky mineral flourish adds energetic lift. Palate-staining, appealingly sweet raspberry,…

Lucien Le Moine

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot” 2016

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot”

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 “Bright, light yellow. Ripe yet wonderfully detailed scents of lichee, bitter nuts and volcanic rock. A rather powerful, masculine style with a chewy texture, excellent breadth and strong underlying structure.…

E. Guigal

Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2017

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.

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2017 Côte Rôtie Brune Et Blonde showed beautifully. It has the sunny, sexy style of the vintage in its kirsch and black raspberry fruits as well as plenty of…

Wine Spectator "Lively, with a mix of damson plum and bitter cherry notes lined with sanguine and iron hints. An understated style, but this has range and is sneaky long, with dried…

Ponzi Vineyards

Aurora Chardonnay 2017

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 "Limpid yellow. Pungent aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, honeysuckle, vanilla and candied ginger, with subtle lees and smoky mineral qualities in the background. Juicy and seamless in texture,…

Wine Advocate "The 2017 Chardonnay Aurora Vineyard was fermented in 45% new French oak and aged 20 months in neutral oak. It offers aromas of spring honey, cut hay, spiced apples and…

James Suckling "Spiced lemon-biscuit aromas with a fresh-peach thread, which, together with pastry and hazelnut notes, make for a complex nose. The palate has a very rich, layered and fresh feel with…

E. Guigal

Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2016

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 "Opaque, shimmering magenta. Potent, smoke-accented aromas of cherry, dark berry preserves, exotic spices and pungent flowers, along with hints of bacon fat and savory herbs. Deeply concentrated yet lively in…

James Suckling "A terrific range of spice and fragrance that really defines great Côte-Rôtie. The fruit is in the fresh red-plum and dark-berry zone and there’s dark chocolate here, too. The palate…

Errázuriz

Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa 2017

Aconcagua Costa

Errazuriz' Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa (formerly referred to as the Wild Ferment Chardonnay) is recognized as perhaps the top Chardonnay from South America. Errazuriz ferments its best lots of Chardonnay using natural yeast. Natural fermentation starts slower than inoculated fermentation because the yeasts must grow to sufficient numbers to transform sugars into alcohol. During this period the yeasts produce by-products which add distinctive flavors and complexity to the wine.

James Suckling “White stones, loquat, spices and some chamomile and apple-pie undertones. Fine and reserved on the palate with focused acidity, apple rind and citrus flavors and a taut finish yet one…

Related Materials: Errázuriz Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa 2017 Tech Sheet (93 JS) Errázuriz Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa 2017 Shelf Talker (93 JS)

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,…