- Loredan Gasparini Asolo Prosecco Brut Superiore NV$13.98Availability:Out of StockProsecco has been gaining popularity over the last decade or so, but the wide variety of styles and price points makes it a little difficult to get a feel for any particular wine by virtue of the label. Sure they are principally made from the grape Glera and typically bulk fermented. But beyond that it’s anybody’s guess how sweet or aggressively fizzy any individual selection might be just from looking at the bottle. As have learned, there are a number of very appealing selections out there at a variety of price points.Of course any time you have a category, somebody will ask you what the best one is. Admittedly in our case, since we taste so much, that answer could vary over time. But certainly right now the answer is the Loredan Gasparini Asolo Prosecco Brut Superiore NV. It is the most singularly impressive Prosecco we have had in quite some time. The area of Trevigi itself is no newcomer, having been known for wine production since the 1300s and even being praised by the historian Bonifacio in 1590. But the real story starts in 1973 when current owner Giancarlo Palla took the reigns. Clearly the exceptional quality of the site is reflected in this clean, bright, refined Prosecco.The bead is sleek , the bubbles are fine, and the attack is not too aggressive. The wine itself is at the driest end of the spectrum for the genre and the clean, refined fruit, elegant mousse, and lingering, fresh finish play like a lighter on its feet, user friendly version of a fine Champagne. That was a lot for us to find in a wine that sells for less than $14, we aren’t trying to oversell it. The estate makes a number of other still wines, and we didn’t find any magical reviews. But at some point the origins in the Asolo DOCG Superiore subzone seems to have made its mark on the finished wine and this is deceptively polished. Suffice it to say that this is a well made Prosecco that can play to a higher audience, and that alone is good reason to pay attention to this quiet little find.
- Garzon Tannat Single Vineyard Uruguay 2015WS91WE91JS92$25.98Availability:Out of Stock92 Points! This is round and very silky with a lovely texture and intensity. Full body, round and polished tannins. Lots of blueberry, cherry and hints of mineral and stone. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.comLearn More
- Garzon Tannat Reserve Uruguay 2016JS92$14.98Availability:In Stock92 Points! Iodine, ink, tar, crushed stones and dark plum essence. This has all the hallmarks of a fruity tannat, but it's in no way too much. It combines a lovely firm tannin backbone with tangy acidity, which carries all the way to the savory finish. Drink now. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.comLearn More
- Cruse Wine Company Tannat Alder Springs Vineyard 2015VM90$44.98Availability:In Stock90 Points! Michael Cruse's 2015 Tannat Alder Springs is bold and intense, and yet the huge tannins typical of this variety have been largely tamed. A host of earthy, savory notes add aromatic complexity to the deeply expressive, varietal fruit. The 2015 is bold and rustic (there is only so much one can do with Tannat) and yet all the elements are beautifully balanced. The Tannat was vinified in concrete and aged in barrel. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous MediaLearn More
- Drusian Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Extra DryWE90$13.98Availability:In Stock90 Points! Delicate aromas of white flowers, stone fruit and pear lead the way. On the palate, a core of green apple and citrus is carried by vibrant, fresh acidity. Small, lively bubbles lend finesse. - Wine EnthusiastLearn More