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Valderiz Ribera del Duero "Valderiz" 2016 (Castilla y Leon, Spain) - [WS 96] [JS 94]
Valderiz Ribera del Duero "Valderiz" 2016 (Castilla y Leon, Spain) - [WS 96] [JS 94]
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96 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"The dense, polished texture carries rich, harmonious flavors in this elegant red. Blackberry and currant notes mingle with espresso, mineral, licorice and spice accents. Lovely floral hints emerge on the long, clean finish. Beautifully sculpted. Drink now through 2030. 2,000 cases made, 657 cases imported." - TM (Issue Web Only - 2019)


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Warre's Vintage Port 2016 (Portugal) - [WS 98, #14 Top 100 of 2018] [DM 98] [JS 96] [WE 96]
Warre's Vintage Port 2016 (Portugal) - [WS 98, #14 Top 100 of 2018] [DM 98] [JS 96] [WE 96]
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98 Points & Rank #14 Top 100 of 2018 - Wine Spectator:
"Gorgeous, with warm plum reduction and gently steeped raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors forming the core, all inlaid with warm ganache and smoldering tobacco accents. Very plush in feel, but has no lack of energy, as everything sails beautifully through the long finish. A late echo of anise completes the seduction. Best from 2035 through 2055. 3,000 cases made. " - JM (Dec 2018)


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Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (California) - [WS 90, #62 Top 100 of 2018]
Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (California) - [WS 90, #62 Top 100 of 2018]
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90 Points & #62 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Juicy pear, peach and citrus flavors are bright and smooth, with a touch of dried chamomile and lemon verbena lingering on the finish. Impressive for the focus and aromatic detail. Drink now. 96,700 cases made." - MW (Aug 2018)
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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017 (Portugal)
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017 (Portugal) - [RP 98-100] [WE 97] [WS 97]
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98-100 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2017 Vintage Port, not quite bottled when seen but the final blend, is a field blend aged for approximately 20 months in wood. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. A step up (or two) on the 2016, this shows fine depth, more focus, vivid fruit and serious power. It's not particularly thick, austere or astringent, but this is built for the long haul. It is potentially a great Taylor's, effortlessly combining brilliant fruit and structure. It tastes great now (today, it is far more vivid than its Vinha Velha sibling), but the power makes this hard to drink today. So, have some patience. It will need some time, probably a lot more than indicated, and will likely last longer than indicated as well. As noted in the accompanying article, I don't see much point to impossibly long drinking windows. At some point, reevaluation is required." - Mark Squires (11th Jul 2019)
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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017 (Portugal)
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017 [375mL HALF-BOTTLE] (Portugal) - [RP 98-100] [WE 97]
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98-100 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2017 Vintage Port, not quite bottled when seen but the final blend, is a field blend aged for approximately 20 months in wood. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. A step up (or two) on the 2016, this shows fine depth, more focus, vivid fruit and serious power. It's not particularly thick, austere or astringent, but this is built for the long haul. It is potentially a great Taylor's, effortlessly combining brilliant fruit and structure. It tastes great now (today, it is far more vivid than its Vinha Velha sibling), but the power makes this hard to drink today. So, have some patience. It will need some time, probably a lot more than indicated, and will likely last longer than indicated as well. As noted in the accompanying article, I don't see much point to impossibly long drinking windows. At some point, reevaluation is required." - Mark Squires (11th Jul 2019)
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Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint-Julien Grand Cru 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [WS 96, #16 Top 100 of 2019] [WE 95] [JS 95] [RP 92-94] [AG 93+] [JD 92+]
Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint-Julien Grand Cru 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [WS 96, #16 Top 100 of 2019] [WE 95] [JS 95] [RP 92-94] [AG 93+] [JD 92+]
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96 Points & #16 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"The core of this red is loaded with pure plum, blueberry and black currant fruit flavors. The polished structure is integrated, with alluring ganache, anise and sweet tobacco notes throughout, all in a polished and balanced frame. A very classy red that isn't shy about its power but pushes its purity to the fore. Best from 2024 through 2039. 15,000 cases made." — JM
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Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione "Vigna del Sorbo" DOCG 2015 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 97] [RP 96+] [WS 95 & Rank #60 Top 100 of 2018]
Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione "Vigna del Sorbo" DOCG 2015 (Tuscany, Italy) - [AG 97+] [DC 97] [JS 97] [RP 96+] [WS 95 & Rank #60 Top 100 of 2018]
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97+ Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"Another captivating wine in this range, the 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is all class. A rush of dark cherry, plum, sage, lavender and menthol races across the palate. Deep and powerful, yet also remarkably light on its feet, the 2015 has it all. Moreover, the 2015 is one of the most refined Vigna del Sorbos yet. It won't be long before the 2015 is recognized as one of the all-time great Vigna del Sorbos. Proprietor Giovanni Manetti prefers whole berry ferments in order to maintain as much freshness as possible. In recent years, Manetti has reduced punchdowns to just once a day in fermentation. The gentler approach to extraction comes through loud and clear." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2019)
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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2016 (Portugal) - [AG 97] [RP 94-96]
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2016 (Portugal) - [JS 100, #4 Top 100 of 2018] [WS 98, #23 Top 100 of 2018] [AG 97] [RP 94-96]
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100 Points & #4 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - James Suckling:
"OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor's I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025." (Nov 2018)

98 Points & #23 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This is packed with raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors that play off one another, melding with anise, fruitcake and ganache notes. A warm tarry edge coats the finish, revealing an echo of bramble. A seriously grippy, strapping Port, this revels in its power. Best from 2032 through 2055. 6,200 cases made." — JM
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Louis Jadot Bourgogne 2015 (Burgundy, France) - [WS 90, #68 Top 100 of 2018]
Louis Jadot Bourgogne 2015 (Burgundy, France) - [WS 90, #68 Top 100 of 2018]
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90 Points & #68 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Infused with graphite and cherry aromas and flavors, this red is expressive and silky, with a good underlying structure for balance. Drink now through 2023. 35,000 cases imported." - BS (Jul 2018)
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El Esteco "Don David Reserve" Malbec 2017 (Calchaqui Valley, Argentina) - [WS 90, #65 Top 100 of 2018]
El Esteco "Don David Reserve" Malbec 2017 (Calchaqui Valley, Argentina) - [WS 90, #65 Top 100 of 2018] [JS 90]
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90 Points & #65 Top 100 Wines of 2018 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Dried red fruit flavors are lively, offering a surplus of rich, dried savory herb notes. Accents of hot stone and white pepper flood the finish. Drink now through 2023. 110,000 cases made." - AM (Nov 2018
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