RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 3rd Mar 2016 Straw yellow and with a golden hue in color, the Pol Roger NV Réserve Brut displays a brilliant, perfectly ripe but also fresh, highly elegant and refined fruit aroma on the nose; think of cooked pip fruits like pears and apples, but also quince-confiture and yellow stone fruits, such as apricots and peaches intermixed with vanilla, brioche (pain aux raisins), some nutty flavors and also some white floral notes. On the palate, this medium-bodied Brut is as round (if not pretty sweet) and fruit-driven as it is delicate, pure and very elegant. The mousse is deliciously fine and leads this charming and perfectly balanced fizz to a long, aromatic, stunningly dry and slightly mineral, impressively long finish. This is extremely well done Champagne from equal parts of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay sourced in 30 different crus. This Réserve includes 25% of reserve wines and was dosed with nine grams per liter.SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2018 A well-cut Champagne, with a zesty mousse, this offers a harmonious mix of crème de cassis, Honeycrisp apple, candied ginger and toasty notes, offering a subtle, smoke- and spice-tinged finish. Drink now through 2021. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 110,000 cases made, 12,000 cases imported.WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2016 This is a well-balanced, ripe wine in the producer’s rich house style. A brighter, more mineral crispness and acidity also come through strongly in this bottling. The aftertaste brings together a mineral texture and full yellow and apple fruits. Drink now.WS8888 pts. - Wine & Spirits - December 31, 2009 Bright white chalk and yellow fruit scents contrast darker tones of root vegetables and earth. This is clean and dry, with minerality that lasts. The acidity makes it a refreshing match for tempura.
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 / 750 ml. | Item#55714
JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2022 A smoking value, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Silencieux has a medium to full-bodied, silky, pure, incredibly elegant profile that’s just a joy to drink. Giving up notes of jammy darker berries, cassis, lavender, and iron, it’s ideal for drinking over the coming 8–10 years or so. (Jeb Dunnuck)RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2021 The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Silencieux is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it offers powerful notes of stewed plums and boysenberry preserves, with wafts of tobacco, cloves and underbrush. Concentrated and decadently spicy, the full-bodied palate is packed with bags of black fruit preserves, finishing long and layered.
JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - January 27, 2021 Plums, Asian spices, tobacco, and lead pencil notes emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru, which hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a beautifully polished, elegant texture, and outstanding length. This is another gorgeous 2018 displaying notable purity, balance, and length as well as richness. It can be drunk any time over the coming 15+ years. (Jeb Dunnuck)VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2021 The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru is fabulous. A gorgeous, entry-level offering, the Cru Cabernet opens with bright, captivating aromatics. Medium in body, fresh and juicy, the 2018 is an absolute delight to taste today. Black cherry, mocha, licorice and chocolate are all laced together in this hugely appealing Cabernet from Vineyard 29. Drink it over the next handful of years.RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 5th Nov 2020 A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru offers up seductive notes of warm cassis, plum preserves and blueberry compote with hints of chocolate mint and candied violets with a touch of tapenade. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly styled and refreshing, with plenty of crunchy black fruits and a grainy texture, finishing with an herbal lift.
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.
VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021 Saturated ruby. Deep-pitched red/blue fruit liqueur aromas pick up suggestions of licorice, pipe tobacco and pungent flowers and herbs with air. In a lush, weighty style, offering expansive black raspberry, cherry cola, singed plum and fruitcake flavors sharpened by a jolt of spiciness on the back half. For all this wine’s richness, it’s energetic as well, showing solid, spice- and floral-driven persistence on the finish, which is framed by velvety, even tannins.JD94+94+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/3/2021 The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape is ruby/purple-hued and has the classic translucent color of the domaine. It’s more precise and focused than the Télégramme and will need more time, but it offers a complex, gorgeous bouquet of red and black fruits, crushed stone, wild fennel, and ground pepper. Pure, medium to full-bodied, and elegant, do your best to hide bottles for 5–7 years and it’s going to keep for two decades. (Jeb Dunnuck)
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, April 28, 2022 An aromatic nose of stone fruit, fresh tropical fruit and jasmine. Full-bodied with a nice,oily texture. Fruity and lightly honeyed on the palate. Lavender and lily. Steely. Loire-like. Always an excellent sauvignon blanc. Drink or hold.RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jul 2022 The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is fruity and refreshing. “We did a lot of whole cluster pressing,” winemaker Heidi von der Mehden responds when I ask about new approaches in 2020 in response to wildfires. “I think it helped with the texture of the wine and took out a bit of bitterness” she continues. “It started as a logistical decision in 2020, but we liked it, so we will continue to do more whole cluster pressing moving forward.” It’s a significant dedication to quality for one of their largest cuvées, and the 2020 also contains about 60% estate fruit. This Sauvignon Blanc offers pretty aromas of elderflower, white peaches, lime peel and kiwi with touches of baker’s yeast and alluring floral perfume. The palate is medium-bodied and flavorful, with notable concentration and freshness that will broaden its appeal at the table. (Erin Brooks)
JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, December 5, 2021 A very aromatic red, offering baking spices, such as cinnamon, cloves and anisette, as well as notes of ripe blackcurrants, plums and dark chocolate. Full-bodied with soft tannins and a ripe yet vibrant and juicy fruit core. Long, warming finish. Drinkable now, but better in a few years.SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2022 Ripe and caressing in feel, with cassis and plum paste mixed with toasted vanilla and sweet tobacco. A subtle cedar twinge adds range on the generous finish. Drink now through 2028. 26,100 cases made. (James Molesworth)
VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2021 The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a total knock-out. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot has done a tremendous job taming the Howell Mountain tannins. There is still plenty of power and structure, but all the elements are so well balanced here. Inky dark red fruit, iron, new leather, blood orange, spice, a kiss of new French oak and game build in an opulent, brooding Cabernet loaded with personality.JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/27/2021 The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes all from the estate on Howell Mountain and is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, and the balance Merlot and Petit Verdot. More blue fruits, bay leaf, candied violets, orange blossom, and floral notes emerge from this full-bodied beauty, which reveals a rounded, sexy texture, polished tannins, and a great finish. Give bottles just a few years in the cellar and it’s going to keep for 15+. (Jeb Dunnuck)SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2021 This has both grippy mountain fruit characteristics as well as a sleekness, with racy-edged black currant, fig and blackberry fruit lined with bramble, apple wood and licorice snap notes. Features a strong finishing kick of fruit at the end, too. Best from 2023 through 2035. 18,850 cases made.
RP95+95+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 25th Aug 2022 The 2020 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese is pure, clear and flinty on the concentrated nose that is reminiscent of a fresh fruit salad served on a slate plate on an early summer morning. Light, lush and highly finessed but seriously structured on the palate, this is a savory, very clear and elegant Sonnenuhr Spätlese with great precision and finesse and highly stimulating salinity and mouth-watering grip on the finish. The acidity is crystalline and very delicate, making this another great Mosel Spätlese from the 2020 vintage. 7.5% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted at the domaine from AP 37 21 in July 2022. (Stephan Reinhardt)SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2022 An energetic, well-built wine, with juicy peach, fleshy lychee and guava flavors set against fine mineral and racy acidity. Delivers a flash of ginger, which adds nice warmth to the zesty finish. Drink now through 2040. 160 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, March 3, 2022 This is very spicy and linear with fine tannins that run the length of the wine. It’s medium-bodied with freshness and lovely length. Very classic in style. Closed at the end. Drink after 2025.VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2022 The 2019 Les Pagodes de Cos is powerful and explosive, with real energy that builds over time. Black cherry, menthol, licorice, chocolate and dried herbs are all kicked up. In 2019, the Pagodes offers striking power, breadth and resonance. It’s a gorgeous wine in every way. (Antonio Galloni)RP92+92–94 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 3rd Jun 2020 The 2019 Les Pagodes de Cos (14.03% alcohol) is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, aging in 20% new barriques. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, notions of wild blueberries, boysenberries and redcurrant jelly come bounding out of the glass, followed by a profound core of warm cassis, licorice and bouquet garni with a touch of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with bright, expressive black and red fruit flavors, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing on a lingering spicy note. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)