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Tania & Vincent Careme "Terre Brulee" Chenin BLanc 2018 (Swartland, South Africa) - [WS 90, #65 Top 100 of 2019] Quivira "Alder Grove Vineyards" Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (Dry Creek Valley, California) - [WS 90]
Quivira "Alder Grove Vineyards" Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (Dry Creek Valley, California) - [WS 90]
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90 Points & #65 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Elegant, showing a gentle texture, with intense acidity giving energy to the flavors of yellow apple, lime and honeysuckle. Salty mineral elements emerge midpalate, leaving a savory aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2028. 2,200 cases imported." — AZ
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90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Stylish, with a pretty floral detail weaving in and out, adding a honeysuckle overtone to the succulent peach, apricot and lemon zest flavors, set on a smooth frame. Spicy accents show on the juicy finish. Drink now. 580 cases made." - MW (Issue May 31, 2020)

Marques de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Rioja Reserva 2015 (Rioja, Spain) - [WS 92, #40 Top 100 of 2019] [RP 93] [JS 93] [WE 90] G D Vajra Barolo "Albe" DOCG 2016 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 94] [RP 94] [JS 93] [AG 91]
G D Vajra Barolo "Albe" DOCG 2016 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 94] [RP 94] [JS 93] [AG 91]
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92 Points & #40 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Cedar, tobacco, dried cherry and spice flavors mingle in this red. Features a polished texture, with well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity. Supple, harmonious and graceful. Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha. Drink now through 2025. 100,000 cases made, 9,067 cases imported. —TM Score 92 | Price $29"
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Aromas of woodland berry, new leather, camphor and pressed rose waft out of the glass. Juicy and delicious, the chewy palate doles out succulent Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry and white pepper. Polished tannins and fresh acidity give it an immediate appeal but this also offers several years of drinking pleasure. Drink through 2028. Editor's choice. Kerin O’Keefe" - (9/1/2020)

Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne NV [1.5 L MAGNUM] (Champagne, France) - [WS 92] [WE 91] Nervi Gattinara DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy)
Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne NV [1.5 L MAGNUM] (Champagne, France) - [WS 92, #95 Top 100 of 2019] [WE 91]
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Nervi Gattinara DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy)
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92 Points & #95 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:

"Lithe and vibrant, this graceful Champagne is driven by well-knit, racy acidity, carrying flavors of ripe black cherry, grated ginger, toast point and mineral on the satiny mousse. Drink now through 2022. 222,500 cases made, 29,000 cases imported. —AN
91-93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Tasted from the barrel, the 2016 Gattinara will be bottled in September and will hit the market one month later in October. This is a more important wine compared to the 2015. It shows more depth and substance in the mouth and more length. It's more robust too. The consumer should wait several more months for this one." - Monica Larner (28th Jun 2019)

94 Points & #36 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator (2015 Vintage):

"Haunting aromas of rose, wild cherry, kirsch, mineral and leather are the hallmarks of this silky, elegant red, which is linear and balanced, extending on the finish with notes of fruit, spice, mineral and tobacco. Very harmonious. Drink now through 2033. 5,000 cases made." —BS
G D Vajra Barolo "Albe" 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 94] [RP 94] [JS 93] [AG 91] Luigi Baudana Barolo "Cerretta" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [RP 96] [WE 95] [AG 95]
G D Vajra Barolo "Albe" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 94] [RP 94] [JS 93] [AG 91]
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Luigi Baudana Barolo "Cerretta" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [RP 96] [WE 95] [AG 95]
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94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Aromas of woodland berry, new leather, camphor and pressed rose waft out of the glass. Juicy and delicious, the chewy palate doles out succulent Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry and white pepper. Polished tannins and fresh acidity give it an immediate appeal but this also offers several years of drinking pleasure. Drink through 2028. Editor's choice. Kerin O’Keefe" - (9/1/2020)


96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Cerretta is one of my personal favorite growing sites in Serralunga d'Alba, thanks to that more pronounced mineral signature of rusty nail or crushed stone that comes into plain view. White marl soils cover reddish clay not too far under the surface. Those territorial markers are especially well defined in this classic vintage. The Luigi Baudana 2016 Barolo Cerretta unfolds slowly in the glass to reveal orange peel, blue flower and camphor ash. There is generous black fruit in there as well, carefully woven into the greater texture of the wine. The tannins are accessible and integrated, and that's an important fact to know when measuring the wine's drinking window. You could age it longer or even contemplate a cork-popping in the not-so-distant future (say after 2025). I love the lingering linearity of this 3,000-bottle production." - Monica Larner (23rd Jul 2020)
Snowden "Brothers Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (Napa Valley, California) - [AG 96+] [WS 94, #91 Top 100 of 2019] [JS 92] Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750 ml) - [WA 95, #9 Top 20 of 2019]
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750 ml) - [WA 95, #9 Top 20 of 2019]
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96+ Points - Vinous:
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers is the best wine I have tasted from Diana Snowden-Seysses. Rich, explosive and savory, the 2016 dazzles with intensity in all of its dimensions. Graphite, smoke, savory herbs and spice notes wrap around a core of dark fruit in a vertical, towering Cabernet Sauvignon that captures all the vintage has to offer. " Antonio Galloni - (Dec 2018)

94 Points & #91 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Offers a tasty core of plum and blackberry fruit, backed by lively anise and apple wood notes. Restrained overall, with an alluring freshness and a subtle charcoal hint lingering deftly at the end. Drink now through 2032. 639 cases made." — JM



92 Points & #9 Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 - Whiskey Advocate:
"This Quinta Ruban succeeds the 12 year old version, adding two additional years of finishing in port casks, while maintaining the same bargain price. The result is a symphony of understated opulence. Marzipan, fresh apple and pear, milk chocolate, red berries, candied ginger, and praline on the nose build slowly, leading into a fruity, spiced palate. Flavors of soft gingerbread, molasses cake, cherry pie, spiced plums, almond nougat, and dark chocolate intermingle with faint strains of pipe tobacco. It sings on the finish, with a parting crescendo of hazelnut, spice, cigar wrapper, and lengthy oak." — Susannah Skiver Barton
Aberlour a'Bunadh Alba Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Speyside, Scotland) - [WA 93, #5 Top 20 of 2019] Loveblock Pinot Noir 2017 (Central Otago, New Zealand) - [WE 91] [WS 90]
Loveblock Pinot Noir 2017 (Central Otago, New Zealand) - [WE 91] [WS 90]
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93 Points & #5 Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 - Whisky Advocate:
"The yin to Aberlour A’bunadh’s yang, this cask-strength single malt is matured entirely in bourbon casks rather than sherry. The result is a bracingly pure whisky with deceptive simplicity; its flavors are clean and its structure precise, but it’s far from boring. The nose recalls black-and-white cookies, vanilla-frosted yellow cake, and shortbread with caramel topping, along with honeysuckle, jasmine, and coconut cream. Mouth-coating and full, it has flavors of poached pear, malt balls, nougat, lemon curd, toasted coconut, and hints of spice. Vanilla, chocolate, and nut flavors are almost endless on the finish. Add water, or don’t: this is delicious either way." — Susannah Skiver Barton


91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This is a tightly wound, laser-focused Pinot that offers lifted aromas of red raspberry, cherry flowers, savory herb, stalk and a streak of mushrooms in hoisin sauce. A long line of savory tannins knit together crunchy fruit on the palate and flow right through to the herb-flecked finish." - Christina Pickard (5/1/2019)
Roar Pinot Noir "Sierra Mar" 2018 (Santa Lucia Highlands, California) - [JD 94] La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2016 (Napa Valley, California) - [JD 96] [WS 95 & #37 Top 100 of 2019] [RP 94+] [JS 94] [AG 92]
Roar Pinot Noir "Sierra Mar" 2018 (Santa Lucia Highlands, California) - [JD 94]
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94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Mulled cherries, wild strawberries, iodine, sappy herbs, and a touch of forest floor all emerge from the 2018 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard. Nicely balanced, it has a wonderful texture and sweet tannins, and is just a classy, complex Pinot Noir. Coming from a mix of clones (943, Calera, Pisoni, and Swan) and brought up in 61% new French oak, drink it over the coming 8-10 years." - Jeb Dunnuck (5/21/2020)

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96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"One of the top Merlots in the report is certainly the 2016 Merlot Howell Mountain from La Jota. This fabulous wine boasts a deep purple color as well as a true “wow” nose of blackberries, ripe cherries, spice, bay leaf, and ample savory, complex herbal notes. It’s medium to full-bodied, has a layered, balanced style, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Drink it any time over the coming two decades." - Jeb Dunnuck (1/31/2019)

95 Points & #37 Top 100 Wines of 2019 Wine Spectator Magazine:
"An elegant style, featuring lilting flavors of red currant and dried raspberry that show hints of cedar and paprika. Fine-edged, with savory richness midpalate. Dried green herbal notes emerge on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,657 cases made." - KM (Issue Nov 30, 2019)
G D Vajra Barolo "Coste di Rose" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 95] [WE 94] [AG 94] [RP 94] Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Pauillac 2016 [3.0L DOUBLE MAGNUM] (Bordeaux, France) - [JS 99] [RP 97] [WS 96, #8 Top 100 of 2019] [ VM 96]
G D Vajra Barolo "Ravera" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 95] [WE 94] [AG 94] [RP 94]
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96 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Focused and vibrant, this chiseled red has enticing scents of small red berry, rose, menthol and culinary spice. On the taut, youthfully austere palate, a backbone of firm, fine-grained tannins supports juicy red cherry, strawberry and licorice while fresh acidity keeps it balanced. Give it time to unwind and come together. Drink 2026–2041." - Kerin O’Keefe (9/1/2020)

99 Points - James Suckling:
"The concentration and largesse of the 2016 Pichon Baron is apparent from the get-go with incredibly alluring, ripe and expansive fruit aromas in the blackberry, dark-cherry, mulberry and plum zone. Espresso and cedar, as well as a slate-like, stony mineral edge add complexity. The palate has incredible depth, drive and detail. Fine and plush tannins stretch the palate in every direction. So fresh and vivacious, this is the greatest Pichon Baron since 1989 and has a long future. Try from 2024." (Jan 2019)

96 Points & #8 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"This gushes with dark fig and black currant compote flavors backed by lively sweet tobacco and singed alder edges. Very fleshy in feel, though there's ample grip to keep this red grounded, echoing with tar and humus accents through the finish. A thumper. Best from 2025 through 2040. 13,500 cases made." —JM
G D Vajra Barolo "Coste di Rose" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 95] [WE 94] [AG 94] [RP 94] G D Vajra Barolo "Bricco delle Viole" DOCG 2016 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Piedmont, Italy) - [RP 98] [AG 97] [JS 97] [WE 95]
G D Vajra Barolo "Coste di Rose" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 95] [WE 94] [AG 94] [RP 94]
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95 Points - James Suckling:
"This has some very attractive rose perfume and anise spice with raspberry, redcurrant and red-cherry aromas. Blueberry pastry, too. So perfumed. The palate has very fine, almost crystalline tannins and such intense, juicy and vivaciously delivered flavors of essence-like red fruit. So precise. Drinkable now, but with potential for long-term cellaring." - (28 May, 2020)

98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"From the Bricco delle Viole cru, or the vineyard most strongly associated with this historic estate, this is a versatile or "evergreen" wine that always delivers consistent results. The G.D. Vajra 2016 Barolo Bricco delle Viole sees fruit from a seven-hectare vineyard with high exposures positioned at 400 to 480 meters above sea level. This site shows characteristic Tortonian-era soils classified as Sant'Agata marl with fossils. These soils have an enormous capacity to regulate the ripening process, resulting in the longer growing seasons relished by the Nebbiolo grape. In a word, the profile here is classic. You get delicate fruit tones and wild rose with camphor ash, licorice and tar. The wine is beautifully harmonious and ethereal. Some 15,000 bottles are hitting the market now." - Monica Larner (23rd Jul 2020)
La Jota "W.S. Keyes Vineyard" Chardonnay 2017 (Napa Valley, California) - [JS 95] [AG 93] [JD 93] Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon Whiskey
La Jota "W.S. Keyes Vineyard" Chardonnay 2017 (Napa Valley, California) - [JS 95] [AG 93] [JD 93]
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Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon Whiskey - [WA 93, #3 Top 20 of 2019]
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95 Points - James Suckling:
"This is a tight, Chablis-like white with sliced-peach and honeysuckle character. Medium-to full-bodied, tangy and vivid. Precise. Wonderful energy. No malo. Drink or hold." - (15 Jan, 2020)
93 Points & #3 Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 - Whisky Advocate:
The limited-edition releases from Four Roses are always top-notch, but this bourbon—a permanently available addition to the lineup—proves itself every bit the equal of its rarer brethren. Made with the distillery’s F yeast strain, among others, it has a perfumed nose, with orange blossom, cedar chest, berries, spearmint, tobacco leaves, sassafras, licorice, and layers of earthy spice. The palate is consistent and deep, with flavors of cherry Coke, cough syrup, orange oil, leathery dark fruit, black pepper, chili flakes, and chocolate, shifting into a minty finish replete with pepper, cinnamon, dark chocolate, cooked berries, and roasted walnuts. Full, rich, and utterly satisfying. —Susannah Skiver Barton
Heaven Hill 7 year old Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon - [WA 93, #5 Top 20 of 2019] Nervi Conterno “Il Rosato” 2019 (Piedmont, Italy)
Heaven Hill 7 year old Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon - [WA 92, #4 Top 20 of 2019]
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Nervi Conterno “Il Rosato” 2019 (Piedmont, Italy)
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92 Points & #4 Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 - Whisky Advocate:
In 2018, Heaven Hill discontinued its 6 year old bottled in bond bourbon that was sold only in Kentucky, but now has roared back with this widely available 7 year old. While the bottled in bond designation isn’t necessarily a quality guarantee, this whiskey more than proves its merit. It’s explosive, bold, and buttery, with warm flavors of honey-roasted peanuts, caramel, chocolate, corn muffins, licorice, and cinnamon, all accented by notes of savory herbs, cloves, white pepper, tobacco, and an earthy undertone. Well-integrated big oak, sweetness, and spice combine to create grace, power, and length. This is pure bourbon bliss, at a very approachable price. —David Fleming

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About the Winery:
Fermented in stainless steel and aged on the lees in tank for four months, the 2019 Il Rosato possesses haunting Nebbiolo perfume, bracing minerality and uncommon depth.
Penner Ash "Shea Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2017 (Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon) - [JS 95] Cantina di Terlano Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2018 (Trentino Alto Adige, Italy) - [JS 92]
Penner Ash "Shea Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2017 (Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon) - [JS 95]
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95 Points - James Suckling:
"A very poised pinot with fresh, wild cherries and abundant fresh, forest leaves, wood and herbs, all deeply woven together. The palate delivers a succulent, juicy impression with an elegant, long and unwavering shape. Excellent pinot. Drink or hold." - (1 May, 2019)

94 Points & #76 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator (2016 Vintage):
"Elegant yet dynamic, with violet, raspberry and spiced cinnamon flavors that build richness and structure toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 1,100 cases made." —TF
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92 Points - James Suckling:
"Sliced apples and cream, as well as hints of sliced pineapple on the nose. Medium body and a layered, creamy texture with green apples and limes on the aftertaste. Drink now." - (20 Apr, 2019)

90 Points & #87 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"A creamy, light-bodied white, with mouthwatering acidity driving a finely knit range of Honeycrisp apple, Marcona almond and orchard blossom flavors, showing a rich and tangy streak of salinity that lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 9,167 cases made, 8,000 cases imported." —AN
Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Grand Cru 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [JD 100] [RP 98+] [AG 97] [WS 97] [JS 96-97] [WE 95] Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2017 (Portugal) - [WS 98, #53 Top 100 of 2019] [AG 97] [JD 97] [JS 97] [WE 94]

100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Coming from the genius winemaking talent of Nicolas Glumineau, the 2016 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande matches the 1982 and is a perfect, legendary wine in the making. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new oak, it's not the most powerful Left Bank but offers perfect balance and thrilling intensity as well as heavenly aromatics of crème de cassis, leafy herbs, jammy blackberries, tobacco leaf, and freshly sharpened lead pencils as well as more violets and minerality with time in the glass. Possessing a deep, full-bodied, singular character, the purity of fruit that's the hallmark of the vintage, building tannins, and a sense of class and elegance that's hard to describe, it's a 50-year-wine. While this cuvée has included a fair chunk of Merlot in the past that gave it more upfront appeal, it's important for readers to know it's much more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated today, and while it is slightly more approachable than some of its neighbors, it shuts down rather quickly with time in the glass. (I followed this wine for multiple days.) I suspect a solid decade of cellaring is warranted." - Jeb Dunnuck (2/28/2019)

97 Points & #97 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Saturated with dark currant, fig and blackberry compote flavors, this has a fleshy, nearly glycerin feel at first before stretching out to reveal singed cedar, tobacco leaf, dark earth and cassis bush flavors. A terrific tug of cast iron emerges at the very end. Deliciously juicy dark fruit keeps rolling throughout. Best from 2025 through 2040. 12,000 cases made. —JM
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98 Points & #53 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"This is well-packed, offering the vivid plum, boysenberry, cassis and açaí berry fruit profile of the vintage, along with a dark edge of tar, baker's chocolate and salted licorice that courses underneath. The long finish lets the fruit play out, keeping singed alder and chai spice hints in the background. Smolderingly seductive. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz. Best from 2035 through 2060. 3,500 cases made." — JM
Luigi Baudana Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [RP 93] [AG 93] [WE 93] Tolaini Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 93] [JS 93] [RP 91+] [AG 91] [WE 91]
Legit (Tolaini) Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 94, #26 Top 100 of 2019] [JS 91]
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93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba achieves a loose and open fiber that gives this wine the most accessible personality among these three Baroli released by Luigi Baudana (owned by G.D. Vajra). On the Barolo scale, the fruit is sharp and straightforward with easily identifiable tones of black cherry, plum and cassis. The intensity of that characteristic Nebbiolo licorice and cola is downplayed in this wine, as dark fruit is the leading force. However, this vintage introduces the acidity and natural structure to play the wine forward for 10 years or more. This release of 8,000 bottles needs a little more time." - Monica Larner (23rd Jul 2020)


94 Points & #26 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"This is broad and incisive, delivering black currant, plum, leather, earth and wild herb flavors. Dense and beefy, yet with ample fruit for balance, driven by vibrant acidity. This is starting to mellow but still has years of life ahead. Drink now through 2036. 15,000 cases made, 3,000 cases imported." — BS (Issue Sep 30, 2019)
Idda Etna Rosso 2017 (Sicily, Italy) Alta Mora "Feudo di Mezzo" Etna Rosso 2014 (Etna, Sicily, Italy) - [JS 94] [AG 91] [WE 90]
Idda Etna Rosso 2017 (Sicily, Italy)
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Alta Mora "Feudo di Mezzo" Etna Rosso 2014 (Etna, Sicily, Italy) - [JS 94] [AG 91] [WE 90]
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About the Wine:
IDDA is also the name of a joint venture involving two families: Gaja and Graci, and adventure that began in 2016 on the highest active volcano in Europe. A winery founded to explore the southern slope of Etna, with the purpose of searching for vineyards that express elegance and complexity thanks to the nature of the soil and the sunlight that characterizes these places.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Vibrant, ruby red
Aroma: Mineral notes bound to sweet aromas, like marzipan, but with tart black cherry and mulberry rising from the glass. The wine shows notes of candied citrus fruits, but also soft herbal tones, such as fresh tomato leaf and oregano.
Taste: This wine has a clear expression of ripe and sweet fruit on the palate. The finish leads off with Intriguing minerality, with a hint of flint. A medium structure with good acidity makes it enjoyable and refreshing.

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94 Points - James Suckling:
"This shows crazy aromas of blueberry, jasmine, elderberries, minerals and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with lots of crunchy black fruit, zesty acidity, fine, lithe tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now." - (20 Oct, 2017)


Tensley "Colson Canyon Vineyard" Syrah 2019 (Santa Barbara County, California) - [JD 94-96] La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2017 (Napa Valley, California) - [JD 94] [RP 94] [AG 92] [JS 91]
Tensley "Colson Canyon Vineyard" Syrah 2019 (Santa Barbara County, California) - [JD 94-96]
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La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2017 (Napa Valley, California) - [JD 94] [RP 94] [AG 92] [JS 91]
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94-96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"A more elegant, perfumed, floral wine from this site, the 2019 Syrah Colson Canyon offers Côte Rôtie-like black raspberry, violets, spring flowers, and gamey, meat-driven aromatics. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully textured, with a kiss of background oak, it's going to show nicely right out of the gate yet also have two decades of longevity." - Jeb Dunnuck (8/4/2020)


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94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Merlot Howell Mountain reveals pretty baked plums, blueberry pie and blackberry compote notes with touches of cloves, star anise, cracked black pepper and black soil plus a waft of underbrush. Full-bodied, the palate is densely packed with crunchy black fruit layers, framed by very ripe, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and peppery." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (31st Oct 2019)
Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Pauillac 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [JS 99] [RP 97] [ VM 96] [WS 95 & #8] G D Vajra Barolo "Bricco delle Viole" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [RP 98] [AG 97] [JS 97] [WE 95]
G D Vajra Barolo "Bricco delle Viole" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [RP 98] [AG 97] [JS 97] [WE 95]
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99 Points - James Suckling:
"The concentration and largesse of the 2016 Pichon Baron is apparent from the get-go with incredibly alluring, ripe and expansive fruit aromas in the blackberry, dark-cherry, mulberry and plum zone. Espresso and cedar, as well as a slate-like, stony mineral edge add complexity. The palate has incredible depth, drive and detail. Fine and plush tannins stretch the palate in every direction. So fresh and vivacious, this is the greatest Pichon Baron since 1989 and has a long future. Try from 2024." (Jan 2019)

96 Points & #8 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"This gushes with dark fig and black currant compote flavors backed by lively sweet tobacco and singed alder edges. Very fleshy in feel, though there's ample grip to keep this red grounded, echoing with tar and humus accents through the finish. A thumper. Best from 2025 through 2040. 13,500 cases made." —JM

98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"From the Bricco delle Viole cru, or the vineyard most strongly associated with this historic estate, this is a versatile or "evergreen" wine that always delivers consistent results. The G.D. Vajra 2016 Barolo Bricco delle Viole sees fruit from a seven-hectare vineyard with high exposures positioned at 400 to 480 meters above sea level. This site shows characteristic Tortonian-era soils classified as Sant'Agata marl with fossils. These soils have an enormous capacity to regulate the ripening process, resulting in the longer growing seasons relished by the Nebbiolo grape. In a word, the profile here is classic. You get delicate fruit tones and wild rose with camphor ash, licorice and tar. The wine is beautifully harmonious and ethereal. Some 15,000 bottles are hitting the market now." - Monica Larner (23rd Jul 2020)
Elio Altare Barolo DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [AG 93] Ezra Brooks "Old Ezra" 7 year old Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - [WA 94, #7 Top 20 of 2019]
Elio Altare Barolo DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [AG 93]
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93 Points - Vinous:
"Bright and floral, with lovely aromatic top notes that give the wine energy, the 2016 Barolo is a terrific introduction to the Altare Barolos. Lavender, rose petal, mint, spice and new leather are some of the many notes that grace this silky, mid-weight Barolo." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2020)

94 Points & #7 Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 - Whisky Advocate:
Old Ezra’s owner, Luxco, historically has played the role of whiskey négoçiant, sourcing liquid from third-party distillers. In 2018, the company opened its own distillery in Bardstown, Ky., where it’s now laying down whiskey. While we wait for it to mature, we’ll happily savor the sourced version. This is Ezra Brooks’ first ever barrel-proof bourbon, and it’s a beauty. A spice storm of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and roasted pecan greets the palate, easing into sweet notes of melted caramel, chocolate, macaroons, marzipan, and crème brûlée. Earthy hints of sandalwood and tobacco complete the finish, making this everything a great bourbon should be. —David Fleming
Luigi Baudana Barolo "Baudana" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [WE 95] [AG 95] Cambria "Katherine's Vineyard" Chardonnay 2017 (Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California) - [WS 91, #61 Top 100 of 2019] [JD 90]
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95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Balsamic aromas of camphor mingle with pressed rose, new leather and small red berry. Firmly structured and youthfully austere, the linear palate features dried cherry, licorice, cinnamon and tobacco alongside assertive but noble tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2026–2036." - Kerin O’Keefe (9/1/2020)

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91 Points & #61 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Well-structured, with a smoky richness to the mineral-infused apple and pear tart flavors. The fresh, spicy finish lingers with a creamy texture. Drink now through 2022. 40,000 cases made." —KM