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Is there a house style? Yes. All wines must have rich, clean fruit flavors. But they must have enough mineral backbone to balance the richness. Almost all are delicious on release, but they must also improve with age.
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Region: France > Bordeaux > Saint Emilion
Grape type: Merlot
In 2010, one of the greatest vintages of our lifetimes, M. Pauquet's Château Haut Rocher St.-Émilion Grand Cru is deep, dark, and polished. The nose offers a sumptuous mix of raspberries, dark plum, cedar, and new-French-cooperage vanilla. After 45 minutes in oversized Riedel, the aromas become much more intense, piercing, and chiseled. Big, rich, and voluminous on the attack, filled with red and black fruits, the sturdy tannins are just beginning to soften, arguing powerfully for 10-15 years of cellar slumber.
The turnaround at Haut Rocher is one of the most compelling stories of the appellation, and this 2010 may well be the most underpriced St.-Émilion of the year. read more »
Region: California > Napa
Grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Ultra-plush, velour-like in texture, just beginning to take a step back and regroup, marrying intense black-fruit concentration with more sophisticated flavors of earth and tobacco, faintly touched with new-wood cedar. The finish is soft and sumptuous, yet the tannins are firm, cutting the fats in the Boulevard T-Bone like a stiletto. Drink now at The Tipping Point, or lay down for another 3-5 years. This magnificent 2007 is ready for the long haul.
$75/bottle. $44.99 today. 240 bottles. Sorry in advance. (If you're shut out, book a table at Boulevard and ask John Lancaster to hook you up!). Shipping included on 4. read more »
Region: Italy > Tuscany
Grape type: Sangiovese
Sting’s 2011 Casino delle Vie is deep ruby in color, infused with aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, and graphite, tinged with black olive. Rich, dense, and finely structured, filled with black- and red-fruit preserves, this is a far weightier wine than the excellent 2010, finishing with firmer backbone and persistence. Serve at 62 degrees. Drink now-2020.
93 points from James Suckling, former Wine Spectator European bureau chief. 300 cases have been allocated for the U.S. market, 100 of which are earmarked for WineAccess. $40 on release. Just $23.99 this morning. Shipping included on 4. read more »
Region: California > Napa > Atlas Peak
Grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tim Milos has become something of phenom in Napa Valley, having just added three 97-98+ ratings to his mountain Cabernet résumé. Milos' soon-to-be-reviewed 2012 Bookmark Cabernet Sauvignon punches yet another notch in Tim's belt.
The 2012 Bookmark Elkington Vineyard is opaque purple. Explosive aromatically, featuring a piercing, high-toned mix of blackberry, black currant, and sweet spice. Big, rich, and brawny on the attack, filled with chewy black-fruit intensity. Dense and compact, finishing with surprisingly firm acidity and plenty of tannic muscle.
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Region: Oregon > Willamette Valley
Grape type: Pinot Noir
In the marvelously cool 2011 growing season, one that brought the Willamette Valley as close in style as it has ever come to Volnay and Pommard — Montalieu hand-picked a few special blocks for himself. The Hyland Estates Pinot Noir he crafted would be one of the finest and most elegant ever to come off this historic property.
Bright ruby to the rim, infused with piercing aromas of crushed red fruit, white pepper, sweet spice, and violets, touched with new-wood cedar. Rich and juicy, yet wonderfully light on its feet — true to its Dijon clone roots — the attack features an ethereal mix of raspberry and black cherry preserves, finishing with superb vibrancy and penetration. Drink now for its primary-fruit hedonism or far, far better, lay this Côte de Beaune look-alike down for 5-7 years. read more »