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Almost Perfect: 96+ Point Wines

Almost Perfect: 96+ Point Wines | WineMadeEasy.com

It's not often that a critic scores a wine 96 points or more. That's this close to being perfect. We have a whopping ten of them available in limited quantities.

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  1. Laurel

    Priorat Red Wine
    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#53567

    RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Dec 2020
    The second wine here and one that is easier to drink, the 2018 Laurel was produced with fruit from the younger vines, a couple of barrels that are declassified from Clos Erasmus and the Cabernet Sauvignon, more or less 70% Garnacha and 15% each Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has good ripeness and still a pH of 3.3. It fermented mostly in oak vats and 2,000-liter concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and matured for 18 months in 20,000-liter oak and concrete vats, second use barriques and some clay amphorae. It’s a bright translucent ruby color and has a perfumed and delicate nose with notes of orange peel and flowers; this is the most elegant and ethereal vintage of Laurel as far as I can remember, with red rather than black fruit and a kind of cranberry quality. The palate is medium-bodied, textured and fluid, with subtleness, balance and very fine tannins. The oak is perfectly integrated, and the wine is easy to drink, approachable and very pleasurable right now. It’s a fresh vintage with energy and finesse, quite different from previous vintages. I love it. 22,825 bottles and 515 magnums produced. It was bottled in May 2020.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnatxa Negra

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  2. Paitin Sorì Paitin Barbaresco Serraboella

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#52732

    RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jul 2020
    Bright, energetic and vivid, the Paitin 2016 Barbaresco Serraboella Sorì Paitin (with 15,000 bottles made) wins your heart at the very first sip. The wine shows an outstanding level of purity and Nebbiolo authenticity, with the delicate and fragile nuances that give magic to the grape. It shows a lean-weight approach, but there is plenty of power and lasting intensity that sticks to the senses for many long and pleasurable minutes. The tannins are smooth, silky and integrated.
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    Primary Grape: Nebbiolo | All Grapes: Nebbiolo

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  3. Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#54334

    RP9797 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Jun 2018
    The 2015 Champoux Vineyard is stunning, busting from the glass with a precocious bouquet of ripe cherries, minty blackberries, violets and anise. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, layered and almost voluptuous, with velvety, melting tannins that frame a succulent core of beautifully delineated fruit. The finish is long and fragrant. Infinitely seductive and exquisitely balanced, I struggle to remember an Andrew Will Champoux that was quite this delicious straight out of the gates, yet the wine clearly has the potential to evolve for two decades. The 2015 is a blend of 51% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot.
    JD9696 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - April 5, 2018
    The 2015 Champoux is a beauty. Concentrated, rich, full-bodied and layered, it offers a rocking nose of blackcurrants, graphite, lead pencil, iodine, and salty minerality. Ripe, rounded, and opulent, yet with good freshness and purity, it needs 3–4 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades.
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    Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: 51% Merlot

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  4. K The Beautiful Syrah

    Powerline Vineyard
    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#51023

    JD9898 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - April 11, 2019
    The 2016 Syrah The Beautiful Powerline Vineyard is stunning and one of the finest Syrahs in the vintage. Coming all from Clone 470, co-fermented with 3–4% Viognier in concrete tanks, and brought up in mostly neutral oak, it’s a rich, meaty, smoky, full-bodied Syrah that has classic Northern Rhône-like aromas of black olives, smoked meats, ground, earth, and dark fruits. With a stacked mid-palate and beautiful balance, it’s going to keep for 10–15 years.
    JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, August 22, 2019
    A charmingly fragrant wine that has abundant red plums, swathed in white pepper and fine-ground spices. The palate is smooth, plump and supple with good weight and depth of flavor,finishing boldly in an assertive yet still supple mode. A blend of syrah and viognier. Drink over the next decade.
    RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Dec 2019
    The 2016 Syrah The Beautiful is rich and lush on the nose with an impressive core of sappy fruit, savory essence, olive tapenade and crushed violets. The full-bodied palate is generous and compelling with a robust yet velvety base that demonstrates elegance with power. The wine glides over the palate, connecting structuring tannins and supporting acidity to carry this wine for more than a decade. The wine ends with a long and drawn-out finish, with mineral tension and lingering spice tones on the aftertaste. Just 1,135 cases were produced.
    SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Aug 31, 2019
    This red combines harmony with personality, offering evocative blueberry, black olive, river stone and smoky bacon flavors that build toward the dynamic finish. Drink now through 2027. 1,135 cases made.
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    Primary Grape: Shiraz | All Grapes: 96% Syrah

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  5. K The Boy Grenache

    Powerline Vineyard
    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#54349

    RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 10th Dec 2020
    A resounding success, the 2017 The Boy Grenache shines true with high-toned red berry fruit expressions on the mineral-laced nose, offering dusty florals and elements of juicy cherry, wild strawberries and raspberries. Medium-bodied, the wine is jam-packed with Grenache’s full expression, offering elegance, robustness and roundness. It is full of flavor and is also food-friendly. The wine ends with a spicy impression that is slightly smoky and offers mineral tension on the long, drawn-out finish. Such power and finesse! My problem is that I would drink it too fast if left in my cellar.
    JD9696 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - April 15, 2020
    Made from 100% Powerline Vineyard (since 2015), the 2017 Grenache The Boy Powerline Vineyard sports a lighter ruby hue as well as Rayas-like notes of decayed flowers, kirsch liqueur, licorice, and cured meats. Seamless, medium-bodied, and beautifully polished, with fine tannins, it’s a stunning, Burgundian example of this variety to enjoy over the coming 15–20 years. There are a little over 1,000 cases produced.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Grenache

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  6. Antichi Vignetti di Cantalupo Collis Breclemae

    2013 / 750 ml. | Item#53490

    VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2020
    The 2013 Ghemme Collis Breclamae is fabulous. Deep, dark and also translucent, the 2013 possesses magnificent clarity as well as structure. Black cherry, lavender, truffle, mint, spice and new leather all develop in an ample, resonant Ghemme that hits all the right notes. A rich, substantial finish rounds things out in style. The 2013 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring, but it also has the pedigree to develop in the cellar for many years to come. Each time I come back to the 2013 it is more impressive.
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    Primary Grape: Nebbiolo | All Grapes: Nebbiolo

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  7. Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#53780

    RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 24th Sep 2020
    More powerful than its Le Grand Pin stablemate, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape La Guigasse is made the same minimalistic way — 100% whole-cluster Grenache from a single site, in this case a sandy parcel in the lieu-dit La Guigasse. Raised in demi-muids for two years or more, depending on the vintage, it has some meaty, charred notes that could be barrel-derived, but the overall oak impact is probably more textural than olfactory. Hints of rose petals, cherries and even orange zest join with darker toned notes of cola and dried spices in a whirl of complexity that’s complemented by the wine’s silky tannins. It’s full-bodied but feels lighter, filling the mouth with its flavors while leaving the palate refreshed on the long finish.
    JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - October 6, 2020
    The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Guigasse comes from a single lieu-dit in the heart of the appellation and is 100% Grenache that was not destemmed and was brought up in old barrels. It’s as Provençal as they come, offering a killer perfume of spiced red and black fruits, white pepper, garrigue, and herbes de Provence to go with a medium to full-bodied, seamless style on the palate. It benefits from air, is perfectly balanced, and is a complex, layered, incredibly satisfying 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape that can be enjoyed today or cellared for 15 years or more.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Grenache

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  8. Carlisle Russian River Valley Papera Ranch Zinfandel

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#53623

    JD9696 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - May 21, 2020
    A bigger, richer effort based on 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan from a site in the Russian River, the 2018 Zinfandel Papera Ranch offers a meaty, powerful bouquet of black cherries, red plums, Asian spices, and chocolate. This carries to a full-bodied, beautifully textured, opulent Zinfandel that has ripe tannins as well as the seamless, silky style of the vintage. It’s beautifully done.
    VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2021
    The 2018 Zinfandel Papera Ranch captures all the exuberance of Russian River Valley. Succulent dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and cedar build in a sumptuous, creamy Zinfandel that is showing so well today. Bright red toned fruit and sweet floral notes saturate the finish effortlessly. Best of all, the 2018 will drink well with minimal cellaring,
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    Primary Grape: Zinfandel | All Grapes: Zinfandel

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  9. Ridge Lytton Springs

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#52792

    VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2020
    The 2018 Lytton Springs is magnificent. Elegant, layered and so complete, the 2018 has a lot to offer, but it needs time to fully come together. Sweet red cherry, red plum, blood orange, spice, mint and rose petal open up in the glass. Bright acids and beams of tannin give the wine its vibrant energy. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2018 for at least a few years. Wow!
    JD9292 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - August 29, 2020
    Checking in as 72% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan, and the rest Mourvèdre, the 2018 Lytton Springs has a more nuanced, complex style that builds nicely with time in the glass. Red plums, mulberries, flowery incense, cedar, and a kiss of chocolate all define the bouquet, and this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture (which is the hallmark of this vintage), and ample chalky minerality on the finish. It’s going to benefit from a year or three of bottle age and shine for over a decade. I’ve had this cuvée with 20+ years of bottle age and it ages surprisingly well.
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    Primary Grape: Zinfandel | All Grapes: 72% Zinfandel

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  10. Walter Hansel Cuvée Alyce Pinot Noir

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#54066

    RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 24th Sep 2020
    Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2018 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce opens slowly to alluring aromas of smoked cranberries, red cherries and black raspberries laced with licorice, bergamot and dried lavender. The palate is medium-bodied and super silky with addicting freshness, absolutely packed with layered, detailed flavors, and it finishes very long and elegant. Wow! 1,012 cases produced.
    VN93+93+ pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
    The 2018 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce is bright, floral and super-finessed. This mid-weight, focused Pinot has so much to offer. Red/purplish fruit, blood orange, lavender and spice are all finely-knit Pinot from Hansel. Time in the glass brings out the wine’s textural depth and resonance. I would give the 2018 at least a year or two in bottle.
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    Primary Grape: Pinot Noir | All Grapes: Pinot Noir

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