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- Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 2017 Pre-ArrivalDEC94JD92JS94VM93$79.9893-96 Points! The 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is subtle and understated, but it’s all there. Lifted aromatics, bright, red-toned fruit and silky tannins add to the wine's brilliant, chiseled personality. I find the 2017 more precise and nuanced than in the recent past, with less overt power. It's hard to know exactly if the style of the 2017 is a result of the growing conditions of the year, or the result of an evolution in winemaking that includes the introduction of terra cotta, among other things. I certainly get the sense Guillaume Pouthier reined the wine back a bit in 2017. No matter. The end result is all that counts, and in 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is positively stellar. As always, the high percentage of Cabernet Franc and a healthy dollop of whole clusters give Les Carmes an explosive bouquet and plenty of saline-infused energy. A closing flourish of sweet red berry fruit, mint, rose petal and mocha leaves a lasting impression. The 2017 is not an obvious wine, but it sure is gorgeous. Don't miss it! Tasted two times. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous MediaLearn More
- Clos Fourtet Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-ArrivalJD94-97JS94-95WA92-94VM92-95$104.9894-97 Points! This incredible terroir located just outside the village of Saint-Emilion has turned out a spectacular 2017 that has more richness and texture than most in the vintage. A rough blend of 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc, brought up in 60% new barrels, the 2017 Clos Fourtet offers a deep, saturated purple color to go with a huge nose of pure red and black fruits, bouquet garni, crushed rocks, and spice box. With medium to full-bodied richness, terrific sweetness and depth of fruit, ripe tannin, and a big finish, it’s a gem in the vintage and a no-brainer purchase. Tasted twice. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
- Pape Clement Pessac Leognan Rouge 2017 Pre-ArrivalWS91JD94-96JS95WA92-94VM94-97$89.9894-97 Points! The 2017 Pape Clément is fabulous. One of the rare 2017s with a real sense of structure, Pape Clément possesses dazzling intensity from start to finish. A rush of dark cherry, plum, chocolate and grilled herb notes hits the palate as this majestic, towering wine shows off its personality. Time in the glass brings out a brighter and more floral set of flavors. The 2017 is the first vintage made with a portion of whole clusters, an inspiration Bernard Magrez takes from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where he recently bought a small property. Quite simply, the 2017 Pape Clément is a magnificent wine by any measure. Don't miss it. The only problem with the 2017 is that yields are down 40% because of frost. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous MediaLearn More
- Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 2017 Pre-ArrivalJD94-96+WA97-99NM95-97VM94-97$599.9897-99 Points! Composed of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon with 3.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Lafite Rothschild is a little shy on the nose to begin, opening out to scents of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries and warm black plums with touches of yeast extract, charcuterie, cigar box and fertile loam plus a hint of iron ore. POW—the paradoxically ethereal, medium-bodied palate hits you with vibrant, exhilarating black fruit and previously latent floral layers, supported with fantastic freshness and super fine-grained, pixelated tannins, finishing with persistent mineral and perfumed layers. Truly. Stunning. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine AdvocateLearn More
- Calon Segur Saint Estephe 2017 Pre-ArrivalJD92-94JS94-95WA92-94VM92-94$89.9892-94 Points! The 2017 Calon-Ségur is tentatively blended of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it opens with pronounced black currants, crushed blackberries and fresh black plums with hints of cigar box, sandalwood and cinnamon stick plus a waft of mossy bark. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant, energetic and fresh with layers of black fruit, perfumed incense and fragrant earth notions, lingering nicely with exotic spices coming through on the finish. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine AdvocateLearn More
- Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Russian River Valley Piner-Olivet Ranches 2017WS92JD93VM91-94$39.98Availability:In Stock93 Points! The 2017 Zinfandel Piner-Olivet Ranches always represents a blend of vineyards, but in 2017 it comes primarily from the Carlisle Estate Vineyard in the Russian River. Darker fruits, chocolate, spice box, and plenty of roasted herb notes all flow to a mouthfilling, textured 2017 that has plenty of grip and length. It will keep for a decade with no issues. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.comSmith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan 2017 Pre-ArrivalDEC94JS95-96WA94-96VM94-97$99.9894-97 Points! The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte is easily one of the highlights of the vintage. Dense, unctuous and impeccably balanced, the 2017 exudes depth from start to finish. Charcoal embers, graphite, menthol, licorice and sage add myriad shades of nuance to the plush, unctuous dark raspberry jam fruit. This is a super impressive showing from Smith Haut Lafitte. I tasted the 2017 two times. On both occasions, the wine showed tremendous aromatic and flavor depth. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous MediaLearn MoreLeoville Poyferre Saint Julien 2017 Pre-ArrivalDEC95JD93JS95WA93$83.9895 Points! This has lower alcohol than usual, but doesn't sacrifice the mouthfeel. There's a succulent damson and cappuccino expression through the finish here, along with tautly constructed, bouncy tannins that are both expressive and powerful. It's one of the more rich and round wines in St-Juliens, as fits the house style. Extremely accomplished, it's powerful and will clearly age well. It's somewhere between 2014 and 2015 in quality, but not touching the majestic 2016. A success in the vintage, underlining again that St-Julien has had an extremely lucky 2017. - Jane Anson, DecanterLearn MorePavie Macquin Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-ArrivalJD93-95+JS94-95WA95-97VM93-96$77.9895-97 Points! The 2017 Pavie Macquin is deep garnet-purple in color and opens with flamboyant notes of warm black and red plums, black cherries and tilled soil with delicate touches of cloves, star anise, red roses and forest floor. Medium-bodied with a firm backbone of very finely grained, very ripe tannins and tons of freshness, it has wonderfully elegant yet intense fruit layers and a long, minerally finish. Just beautiful. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine AdvocatePape Clement Blanc Pessac Leognan 2017 Pre-ArrivalWS93JD94-96JS97-98WA94-96+VM93-96$154.9894-96 Points! From a 6.7-hectare parcel of the Pessac vineyard and made from 55% Sauvignon and 45% Sémillon, aging in 55% new French oak, the 2017 Château Pape Clément Blanc offers a powerful, medium to full-bodied profile as well as smoking good notes of pineapple, lychee nut, and exotic flowers. None of the oak its aging is noticeable, it has bright acidity, a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish. It’s more elegant and focused than the blockbuster styled 2015, and has a chiseled, elegant style capable of lasting for two decades or more. Tasted three times. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.comLearn MoreRevello Barbera d'Alba 2017$14.98Availability:In StockThe 2017 vintage isn't going to answer the question of what Barbera should be. But it is a unique and joyful look at something the grape can be but rarely is. The short story of the vintage is crops reduced by weather quirks in the spring, low yields, warm dry summer, phenolic ripeness and an early harvest. The result is possibly the juiciest, tenderest, most engaging examples of Barbera we can recall tasting...ever! Learn MoreMonteraponi Chianti Classico 2017VM90$27.98Availability:In Stock90 Points! The 2017 Chianti Classico is a gorgeous, racy wine that melds together the natural richness of the year with the classic sense of mid-weight structure that is such a signature of this Radda estate. The 2017 is a bit richer and riper in feel than Monteraponi fans are used to, but it is impossible not to love the wine for its sheer deliciousness and approachability. Soft, silky tannins and lifted floral notes punctuate the finish. Best of all, the 2017 is a fabulous wine for the money. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media Learn MoreTenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2017WS92WE93JS94WA92+VM92$36.98Availability:In Stock92+ Points! A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the 2017 Guidalberto appeals to the more informal side of sophisticated drinking. By that I mean it makes a great choice at lunch or for family dinners. Despite the accessibility and dense concentration of the fruit, especially evident in a warm vintage such as this, the wine's pedigree is evident in terms of the careful management of the structure and acidity. My samples were a little closed at first and needed some extra coaxing. Once open, the wine shows the dark fruit and exuberance of this hot vintage in Tuscany. - Monica Larner, robertparker.com
92 Points! The 2017 Guidalberto is dark, sumptuous and quite powerful. Even with the extremes of the punishing growing season, the 2017 comes through beautifully, showing remarkable clarity and precision. Black cherry, plum, lavender and spice notes are pushed forward, but it is the wine's structure that gives energy and a real sense of direction. Time in the glass brings out an attractive red berry and floral character that adds freshness. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media Learn MoreBedrock Syrah Coast to Foothills 2017VM91$24.98Availability:In StockA wine with a name that evolves as great sites come our way, this is what used to be the North Coast Syrah. In 2017 we started working with the beautiful Shake Ridge Ranch in the Sierra footkhills, which expanded the parameters of this wine beyond the “North Coast” AVA classification. We figured including fruit from this great site was worth changing the name-plus “North Coast” was just so boring. As always, this Syrah is composed of wines that were declassified from vineyard designate lots. Basically, we don’t want to make more than a certain amount of Hudson, Griffin’s Lair, Alder Springs, Weill, etc….so we put whatever is left into this wine-making a bangin’, crazy, flipping, margin-killing bargain given what goes into it. All of the lots saw between 20-80% whole-cluster and there is some co-fermented Viognier present as well. As always, we hope to capture the power and elegance that Syrah can straddle in California, showing here in a wine full of cracked green pepper, smoked meats and violet perfume - Morgan Twain-Peterson, BedrockLearn MoreStolpman Vineyards Syrah Para Maria de los Tecolotes 2017VM92-95$19.98Availability:In Stock92-95 Points! The 2017 Syrah Para Maria is another attractive wine from Stolpman. Here, too, the fruit is bright, precise and articulate, which is to say quite a departure from the style of the 2016. Generous and pliant on the palate, with no hard edges and striking aromatics, the 2017 is shaping up to be a real beauty. The 2017 is a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Petite Verdot (all purchased fruit) done with about 40% carbonic maceration. Don't miss it.Haut Bailly Pessac Leognan 2017 Pre-ArrivalDEC95JS94-95WA94-96VM93-96$109.9895 Points! This reminds me of 2001 more than most wines I've tasted, and perhaps it's no surprise that a vintage that required a skilful touch and a belief in the power of elegance should do well at Haut-Bailly. It's hugely pure and restrained, with great aromatics and extremely well placed bilberry, cassis and mulberry fruits. The tannins are fine and poised, set against cigar box with touches of charcoal and slate. They build through the palate, but remain slightly austere on the finish, with a bounce to them that suggests they are going to age beautifully. They kept the vineyard team for three weeks in July, because the vines kept throwing out green shoots after the June rains. Harvested 13-29 September, the vines were around two weeks ahead all the way through the season. The yield was 28hl/ha overall, but only 2hl/ha on the frosted parts, compared to 40hl/ha for the unaffected areas, 50% of production going into the grand vin. Malo was finished by the end of November, but the vats are still separated and there will be final blend in May 2018 (which is what they always do). 4% of Cabernet Franc finishes the blend given below. - Jane Anson, DecanterCanon Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-ArrivalWS93-96JD94-97WA94-96VM93-96$98.9894-97 Points! One of the gems in the vintage is the 2017 Château Canon, which checks in at 73% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. Sensational notes of black cherries, blueberries, liquid violets, awesome graphite, and scorched earth-like minerality all give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, incredibly pure, yet masculine beauty that has building tannin, beautiful purity of fruit, and a great finish. It's not going to match the 2015 on sheer size and scale, but it's a sensational wine. It’s going to need 3-4 years of bottle age to be drinkable and will keep for two decades or more. Tasted twice. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.comLearn MoreLaroque Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-ArrivalJS91-92VM91-94$29.9891-94 Points! The 2017 Laroque is the best vintage so far at Laroque under the stewardship of David Suire. A rush of dark red cherry, blackberry, smoke, licorice, lavender and incense give the 2017 a distinctly dark, brooding personality. In 2017, Laroque is 99% Merlot and just 1% Cabernet Franc. Ample, broad and creamy, Laroque has a lot to offer. It may very well be the single most improved wine in Saint-Émilion over the last few years. The Grand Vin is a selection of the best parcels across the three terroirs – argillo/calcaire, red clay and blue clay – that run through the property. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous MediaBodega Noemia Malbec A Lisa Patagonia 2017JS93WA93$15.98Availability:In Stock93 Points! Even after only a few weeks of being bottled, the 2017 A Lisa was expressive, exuberant and open. It has a little less alcohol and more acidity than the 2016 I tasted next to it, but it is especially much cleaner and more focused. It's always a similar blend of grapes from 15- to 40-year-old vineyards, mostly Malbec with 9% Merlot and a pinch of Petit Verdot. It fermented with 10% full clusters and matured in used barriques and stainless steel vats for ten months. 2017 saw a warm couple of weeks around the harvest, but the wines show moderate to low alcohol (lower than 2016) and good freshness in a balanced year. Proprietor and winemaker Hans Vinding Diers compares it to 2011, with mostly red fruit, a touch of black too, juicy and with balanced ripeness. It has a pleasant mouthfeel, with lightness, bright fruit and very nice acidity. - Luis Gutierrez, robertparker.com Learn MoreLeo Steen Cabernet Franc Santa Cruz Mountains Ascona Vineyard 2017VM93$39.98Availability:In Stock93 Points! The 2017 Cabernet Franc Ascona Vineyard is one of the most distinctive wines in Leo Steen's range. Powerful and explosive, it packs a real punch in its dark fruit, sage, tobacco, espresso and licorice flavors. The 2017 is a dark, imposing wine, and yet it also has quite a bit of varietal character. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media Learn More