Perhaps most famous for the Wine Spectator Top 100 list released annually at the end of each year, Wine Spectator is at the forefront of wine reviews, wine recommendations, and wine education. Spectator has been in publication since 1976, and their top critics evaluate and report on tens of thousands of wines every year. Take comfort in knowing that, if Wine Spectator liked it, you probably will, too!
SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2021 Juicy and plump, with easygoing black raspberry, tarragon and sassafras flavors. Drink now through 2023. 6,547 cases made.Premier SelectPremier Select wines are handpicked by our staff from amongst thousands of wines for their exceptional quality. They're made by a top producer and comparable to wines at twice the cost.
RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Oct 2018 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Proprietary Red Blend Family Reserve Generations is intensely scented of warm black and red currants, Black Forest cake and blueberry compote with nuances of chocolate mint, new leather, tilled soil and fallen leaves. Full-bodied with a taut frame of grainy tannins supporting the densely packed black fruit layers, it has a long lingering minty kick on the finish.SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2020 Features a solid range blackberry paste, fig and plum notes, with cassis bush, bittersweet cocoa and licorice root accents. The solidly grippy finish leaves a hefty impression, but this will have fans. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2029. 2,400 cases made.Premier SelectPremier Select wines are handpicked by our staff from amongst thousands of wines for their exceptional quality. They're made by a top producer and comparable to wines at twice the cost.
WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2020 With a good balance between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this blend is poised and stylish. Juicy black fruits have structure and some aging potential from tannins in the background. Drink this wine from 2021. (Roger Voss)SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2021 Cherry and cassis notes take the lead here, with hints of singed cedar and a tug of warm earth on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now. 23,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported. (James Molesworth)Premier SelectPremier Select wines are handpicked by our staff from amongst thousands of wines for their exceptional quality. They're made by a top producer and comparable to wines at twice the cost.
WS8888 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 10/22 This stylish white has a gewurz-like spice along with flavors of ripe pineapple and guava. An herbaceous celery-leaf herbal note keeps the wine focused and the finish lean.WE8787 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2022 Nestea Lemon Iced Tea aromas are out front, followed by flower and ripe peach. Medium-sweet stone-fruit and lime flavors follow. There is much to enjoy. (Sean P. Sullivan)
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2022 This bright red ripples across the palate, with savory hints of cured tobacco and loamy earth underscoring the black currant and black raspberry fruit. Medium-bodied, with lightly chewy tannins. Drink now through 2027. 35,000 cases made, 30,000 cases imported. (Alison Napjus)
JS9797 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 9, 2022 A young wine with superb depth and polish that shows great depth and brightness. Full and focused with blue fruit and long, fine tannins that are compact and energetic. Slate. Graphite. Sophisticated and curated. So beautiful to try now, but be patient and open after 2026.JD96+96–98 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/27/2021 A blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Petite Sirah, the 2018 Relentless looks to be just about sensational, offering a dense purple color as well as rich, loaded notes of blackberries, currants, smoked meats, peppery spice, and violets. Reminding me of a great Cornas on steroids with its gamy, exotic character paired with beautiful richness, it has fabulous purity, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. This will undoubtedly be a great vintage for this cuvée, and my money is on it being one of the best yet. (Jeb Dunnuck)VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2022 The 2018 Relentless is silky and polished. In 2018 the blend includes a relatively high percentage of Petit Syrah, but the wine does not taste like that at all. Ripe red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, rose petal, black pepper and sweet spice are laced into the super-expressive finish. This might be the most refined Relentless ever. (Antonio Galloni)SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2022 A compelling blend that marries deep structure with richness and polish. Features accents of black cherry, grilled anise and smoked pepper, with refined tannins on the finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2032. 3,300 cases made. (Tim Fish)RP92+92–94 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 27th Nov 2019 Deep purple-black colored, the 2018 Relentless is a barrel-sample blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah. It sings of crushed black cherries, mulberries and black plums plus cracked pepper, garrigue, lavender, Indian spices and licorice hints. The palate is full-bodied, firm, spicy and energetic with rounded tannins and a long, peppery finish. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
WS9696 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 12/21 Based on the 2018 vintage, this wine includes reserves dating back to 1988. Most of the components come from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; all grow on chalk. The wine seems to layer that chalk’s seabed heritage into beautiful richness, as it combines different parcels aged in stainless steel, oak barrels or concrete. “It reminds me of architecture,” Tina Vaughn of NYC’s The Simone said. “The smell of a building site—granite, concrete, steel beams. Very Ayn Rand.” Or is it the architecture of ancient fossilized soil, along with a softer impression, one that made me smile at the glory of Champagne.SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2020 Sleek and mouthwatering, with a fine, satiny mousse and a fresh panoply of crunchy pear, grapefruit sorbet, pickled ginger and spring blossom notes. Bright and finely knit, with rich hints of toast and mineral echoing on the finish. Disgorged November 2019. Drink now through 2025.VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020 The NV Blanc de Blancs Cuvée de Réserve is such a gorgeous wine. Bright, mineral and savory, with attractive tropical accents, the Cuvée de Réserve offers striking nuance and tons of class. This release is based on 2016, with reserve wines that go back to 1988. Partially blocked malolactic fermentation helps preserve a measure of freshness, but what impresses most is the wine’s total sense of balance. For readers who want to know what the Côte des Blancs is all about, without spending the money for an elite cuvée, this is the place to start. In a word: impressive. Dosage is 6.5–7 grams per liter. Disgorged: March, 2020.WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2020 This is a beautifully balanced selection that’s crisp and laced with taut apple and citrus flavors. It has a rich texture, intense fruit and a tight minerality, which gives it structure and the potential for bottle aging.
SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 15, 2011 Crisp and lively, showing aromas of lemon curd and white chocolate, with vibrant flavors of baked apple and spiced nuts. Drink now. 130,000 cases made.WE8686 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2013 This distinctly fruity sparkler is infused with flavors of honey, green apple, peach and lemon. It’s clean and zesty, with a lingering finish. A nice sparkling wine to drink with just about anything.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2023 Packs ripe, fleshy mango, peach and dried apricot flavors that show terrific focus and persistence, with details of pear, lemon zest, candied ginger and lemongrass. Shows impressive focus on the long finish, with a fresh thread of acidity that keeps the flavors lively and mouthwatering. Drink now. 10,780 cases made. (MaryAnn Worobiec)WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 3/1/2023 Floral and aromas take the lead in this full-bodied, creamy-textured wine that offers a soft mouth-feel and the roundness that comes from aging on the lees. Concentration in peaches melons and a good viscosity help the wine stand out. (Jim Gordon)
JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 9, 2022 Attractive aromas of blue fruit with slate and black-licorice character. It’s full-bodied with juicy fruit and an orange-peel undertone. Wet earth, some fresh sage and rosemary, too. I like the Mediterranean flavors in this vintage. Drink or hold.RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 12th May 2022 A blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Ornellaia 2020 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia shows medium darkness and texture followed by a very primary and fruit-forward bouquet. There is a generous display of cherry, cassis and wild plum. On second nose, this easy and straightforward Tuscan blend reveals hints of spice, cardamon and polished river stone. In a hot vintage like this, the wine comes together nicely and rather effortlessly. (Monica Larner)SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2022 This balanced red is laced with black cherry, blackberry, violet and spice flavors. Concentrated and juicy, leaving a lining of dusty tannins on the long finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2028. 12,500 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)JD9090 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 6/8/2022 The 2020 Le Volte Dell’Ornellaia is a juicy, forward blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese that’s aged in a mix of concrete and oak. It’s one heck of a delicious bistro wine and is loaded with ripe redcurrants, strawberry, tobacco, and cedary herb aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, this plump, round, mouth-filling beauty is ideal for near-term drinking. (Jeb Dunnuck)