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Alpha Estate Hedgehog Vineyard Xinomavro 2015 (Amyndeon, Macedonia, Greece) - [RP 90] [WE 90, #99 Top 100 of 2018]
Alpha Estate Hedgehog Vineyard Xinomavro 2015 (Amyndeon, Macedonia, Greece) - [RP 90] [WE 90, #99 Top 100 of 2018]
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90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2015 Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard was aged for 12 months in an equal mixture of new and second use French oak and comes in at 12.8% alcohol. If you want to know why this region and grape have a reputation for acidity, this issue certainly shows you. This is one good example. Alpha's Axia is another and the Kir-Yianni Kali Riza yet a third. Silky yet fruity, without a lot of concentration but with enlivening lift to the fruit and plenty of power, this has all those old-school Xinomavro nuances of earth and amber to go with the big hits of acidity. These types of Xinomavro make me think "Nebbiolo" every time. In fact, this often seems to have more rusticity than Alpha's upper-level (and typically more refined) Vielles Vignes bottling. When these old-school types come down the road, you are best off letting them rest a bit and coming back in a few years. The acidity and tannins will preserve them for a long time, perhaps longer than expected, so there is no rush. This is a fine value that does a lot of great things that wines in this price category often do notÑbut you will need some patience, and it does have to be your style." - Mark Squires (29th Jun 2018)

Kir-Yianni Paranga White 2016 (Macedonia, Greece)
Kir-Yianni Paranga White 2016 (Macedonia, Greece)
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Paranga white is mostly Roditis, with 20% Malagouzia added in. It is unoaked and comes in at just 11.5% alcohol. Sourced from vines at 700 meters in Amyndeon and using this grape blend, this is always going to be a lighter-styled, fresh white. If that's your style, this does nicely as a classic summer refresher. Relying more on aromatics, acidity and a tasty finish than fat and rich fruit, this drinks easily but always seems very appealing. It is enlivening and hard to resist, with a dry and clean finish. Drink it young for best results, but it can hold well for a couple of years." - Mark Squires (31st Aug 2017)

Terredora Falanghina Irpinia DOC 2017 (Campania, Italy)
Terredora Falanghina Irpinia DOC 2017 (Campania, Italy)
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92 Points - James Suckling (2014 Vintage):
"Subtle aromas of dried peaches and lemons follow through to a full body and lots of fruit, but there's a tangy, electric, vibrant finish of edgy acidity. Excellent. One of the best Falanghinas out there. Drink now." - (October 29th, 2015)
Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi DOC 2017 (Piedmont, Italy)
Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi DOC 2017 (Piedmont, Italy)
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91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
“Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, earth and spice are the hallmarks of this juicy red. Approachable now, with some tannins on the finish. Decant now or cellar short-term. Drink now through 2021. 3,917 cases made.” –BS (Nov 15, 2017)

Bodegas Alto Moncayo "Veraton" Campo de Borja DO 2015 (Aragon, Spain) - [WS 92]
Bodegas Alto Moncayo "Veraton" Campo de Borja DO 2016 (Aragon, Spain)
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93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck (2015 Vintage):
"The 2015 Alto Moncayo Veraton is the entry level effort yet offers serious bang for the buck. Made from 100% Garnacha from vineyards in Tabuenca and aged in a mix of French and American oak, it gives up terrific notes of blackberries, currants, toasted spices and dried flowers. Possessing beautiful purity of fruit, a full, layered mid-palate, integrated oak, and a great finish, it’s a smoking good Grenache to enjoy over the coming 4-5 years." - 3/1/2018 (Jeb Dunnuck)

Justin Vineyards Proprietary Red "Savant" 2014 (Paso Robles, California) - [WE 91] [RP 90] [JD 90]
Justin Vineyards Proprietary Red "Savant" 2014 (Paso Robles, California) - [WE 91] [RP 90] [JD 90]
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Notes from the Winemaker:
The 2014 SAVANT is a bold, complex wine that combines the intensity of a Paso syrah with the complexity that cabernet sauvignon brings to the table. Speaking of the table, this wine is great with the usual grilled meat like trip-tip or lamb with herbs and garlic, or try matching it with the rich flavors and layered spices found in Moroccan and Middle Eastern stews like a lamb tagine, or roasted cauliflower with chickpeas or lentils and a ras el hanout spice blend

Appearance: Deep, nearly opaque, purple ruby core lightening toward the rim with thick, slow forming moderately stained tears on the glass.

Aroma: Intense and layered with black berry jam and ripe black cherry jam fruit, sweet spice of vanilla and cinnamon, with smoky oak notes, cracked pepper, leather, and in time some hints of smoked meat mixed with complex red and purple floral accents.

Palate: Full on the palate with very ripe lush black fruit and baking spice on the entry followed with dried savory herbs, cracked black pepper and smoky elements going into the mid-palate. The finish is very long and complex with a mix of returning ripe fruit, chocolate and chewy tannins as it slowly unfolds.

Varietal Compostion: 62% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Grenache


Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This blend of 62% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Grenache shows relatively restrained aromas of dark chocolate, blackberry, crushed asphalt and baking spice. There is decent tension to the sour and ripe elements of the palate, with hearty flavors of black cherry, black pepper, fennel and vanilla." - Matt Kettmann (11/1/2017)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Composed of 62% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Grenache, the 2014 Savant Proprietary Red reveals a deep garnet-purple color and notes of cassis, black berries and black forest cake plus touches of cedar, toast, cinnamon stick and mocha. Very big, full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the opulent fruit is supported by firm, chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering peppery note." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (29th Sep 2017)

90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2014 Savant (a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache) more blackberry, peppery spice, ground herbs and spice in a ripe, sexy, nicely textured style. It's already drinking nicely, yet has plenty of underlying tannin and should easily keep through 2024." - Jeb Dunnuck (8/10/2017)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A sturdy red, with broad notes of black currant, bitter chocolate and smoked pepper and herb. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Best after 2018. 2,400 cases made." – TF (Web Only - 2017)

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2014 (Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 93]
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2014 (Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 93]
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93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino definitely shows the more accessible and easy-drinking side of this celebrated Sangiovese-based appellation in southern Tuscany. The wine offers all the prerequisite Brunello characteristics of wild berry and tobacco with pressed violets and fresh potting soil. However, those characteristics are presented at a notch or two of decreased intensity. This is quality common to the great majority of Brunellos I tasted from the 2014 vintage. I recommend this wine to lovers of Brunello looking for a wine to drink within the next ten years. Some 15,037 bottles were made." - Monica Larner (31st Jan 2019)

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2015 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Rhone Valley, France) - [WS 94, #58 Top 100 2017] [VM 90-92]
Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2015 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Rhone Valley, France) - [WS 94, #58 Top 100 2017] [VM 90-92]
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94 Points #58 Top 100 of 2017 Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A beautiful wine, with dark fig, warm boysenberry reduction and alluring creamed raspberry flavors streaming forth, accented by graphite, black tea and pastis. There's a healthy dose of singed apple wood through the finish, but it's well-embedded as everything pulls together. Best from 2020 through 2040. 5,500 cases made." -JM (Nov 2017)
Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2017 (Rhone, France) - [WS 94] [AG 91] [RP 90]
Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2017 (Rhone, France) - [WS 94] [AG 91] [RP 90]
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94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Inviting, with a whiff of macadamia nut out front, followed by heather, yellow apple, anise and Cavaillon melon flavors. A light kiss of brioche on the finish is deftly done. Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc. Drink now through 2022. 900 cases made." – JM (Nov 15, 2018)
Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 2016 (Dundee Hills, Oregon) - [WE 95] [RP 92]
Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 2016 (Dundee Hills, Oregon) - [WE 95] [RP 92] [WS 92]
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95 Points & Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This is one of the finest Evenstad Reserves to date, bringing a stunningly good mix of tree fruits nuanced by barrel flavors of butterscotch and toasted hazelnut. It all leads into a sappy, cinnamon-inflected finish that lingers gracefully and promises to age well through 2025." - PG (Dec 2018)