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Telmo Rodríguez

As Caborcas 2016

Valdeorras, Spain

As Caborcas is a wine based on old-vine Mencia made from a special single vineyard site in Valdeorras. The bush-vine parcels are traditional field blends and also include small quantities of native varieties Merenzao, Sousón, Garnacha, Godello and Brencellao.

Wine Advocate "The 2.5 hectares of north- and west-facing terraces planted with old vines produced the 2016 As Caborcas, a wine of unusual intensity, elegance and balance in 2016. The cooler year…

Telmo Rodríguez

Gago 2016

Toro, Spain

Like all the Telmo Rodriguez wines from Toro, Gago is 100% Tinto de Toro (the local clone of Tempranillo). Gago is the second wine made in Toro by Telmo Rodriguez. The Telmo Rodriguez range in Toro is named after a Spanish breed of bull that is both elegant and powerful. The 19th century lower-case “g” typeface that appears on all the Toro wines is transformed, and modernized, by a bull horn.

Wine Advocate "The 2016 Gago from Toro was surprisingly elegant. It matures in foudres that were bought in the year 2,000 and by now are well seasoned and neutral and seem to…

Telmo Rodríguez

Gaba do Xil Mencia 2017

Valdeorras, Spain

This bright red hails from Valdeorras (“Valley of Gold”) in eastern Galicia, a region once famous for gold-mining and now best known for its unique and complex wines made from the indigenous Godello and Mencia grapes. The wine is named for the river Sil that flows through the region (Xil is its ancient name, used by the Celtic people who once inhabited the area).

Wine Advocate (90+) "It was hard to beat the superb 2016, but the 2017 Gaba do Xil Mencía was also perfumed and open, expressive, with a little more ripeness, with good volume and…

Telmo Rodríguez

Gaba do Xil Godello 2018

Valdeorras, Spain

This slinky, mineral white hails from Valdeorras (“Valley of Gold”) in eastern Galicia, a region once famous for goldmining and now best known for its unique and complex wines made from the indigenous Godello grape.

Wine Advocate (90+) "The 2018 Gaba do Xil Godello comes from a very difficult year in Galicia when mildew decimated many vineyards. When tasted a few months after bottling, it was very balsamic…

Ferrer Bobet

Vinyes Velles 2016

Priorat, Spain

Ferrer Bobet's Vinyes Velles is an old vine blend of Carignane (70%) and Grenache (30%). It's produced from some of the best steep slate hillside and terraced vineyards in Priorat. Though the "second wine" of Ferrer Bobet, the initial 2005 release put Ferrer Bobet on the wine world map. Two of the most important publications in Spain named it their wine of the year, and accolades came pouring in from Russia, the UK and the US. It launched the Ferrer Bobet mission of creating wines of elegance and purity, and the message has resonated.

Wine Spectator "Impressive, dark-cherry and raspberry aromas here with a very pure impression of perfect ripeness and fragrance. The palate has a focused and succulent core of red cherries and red plums,…

Wine Advocate "As with other wines, the 2016 Vinyes Velles has a little less alcohol and more acidity than the 2015. There is a little more Cariñena, up to 70%, and the…

Ferrer Bobet

Selecció Especial 2016

Priorat, Spain

Selecció Especial is 100% Carignane from hundred year old vines in some of the best vineyards in Priorat, in one of the coolest, steepest and highest elevations of the appellation, factors which contribute to optimal phenolic ripeness and help preserve flavors and acidity. A wine of truly profound fruit and minerality.

Wine Advocate "The expressive 2016 Selecció Especial reminds me of the 2010, with all the baby fat and all the primary notes still there. It seems to have a lot of everything…

Ferrer Bobet

Selecció Especial 2015

Priorat, Spain

Selecció Especial is 100% Carignane from hundred year old vines in some of the best vineyards in Priorat, in one of the coolest, steepest and highest elevations of the appellation, factors which contribute to optimal phenolic ripeness and help preserve flavors and acidity. A wine of truly profound fruit and minerality.

Wine Advocate "The 2015 Selecció Especial, pure Cariñena from centenary vines in the village of Porrera, matured in new French oak barrels for 19 months. 2015 was a warm and dry year…

Ferrer Bobet

Priorat 2016

Priorat, Spain

Ferrer Bobet's Priorat is produced from their own vineyards planted in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and grapes from 20 year old vineyards near Porrera. It's a Carignan-based blend consisting of Carignan (48%), Grenache (22%), Syrah (23%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (7%). If fulfills the vision of elegance, freshness and detail that were the key reasons for starting the estate.

Wine Advocate (92+) "2016 was a fresher year than 2015, and so the 2016 Ferrer-Bobet is also fresher than the 2015, with a little less alcohol and more acidity. The blend changed a…

E. Guigal

Gigondas 2016

Gigondas

Guigal’s Gigondas is an incredible introduction to serious Southern Rhône reds, and a show-stopper at the price. In the hands of Guigal, the rich ripe fruit and savory character of the wine bursts with sheer pleasure, yet the wine displays terrific refinement, complexity, length and ability to age.

Wine Advocate (92-94) "The 2016 Gigondas is full-bodied, creamy and rich. It must boast considerable alcohol, as it prompted Philippe Guigal to offer, “When dry extract is high enough, alcohol is not a…

Jeb Dunnuck "The finest effort I’ve tasted from this estate’s Gigondas, their 2016 is a drop-dead gorgeous wine that competes with the best in the appellation. Loads of framboise, lavender, garrigue, and…

E. Guigal

Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018

Côtes du Rhône

Guigal’s Côtes du Rhône Blanc both sets and steps outside the standard for the appellation and showcases one of the great secrets of the Guigal family: their specialization in the great white Rhône varieties. While only 8% of the Rhône's production is white, a full 25% of Guigal’s production is white and they are today the single largest producer of whites in the Rhône Valley.

Jeb Dunnuck "The quality of this cuvée has soared over the past decade, and the 2018 Côtes du Rhône Blanc is another terrific vintage. Tasting like a mini Condrieu with its floral,…

Mitolo

Marsican 2015

McLaren Vale

Named after the rare Marsican bear, native to Frank’s father Bruno’s homeland, Abruzzo. The same bear can be seen in the night sky over Italy forming the Ursa Major – a constellation that has been a navigational reference point for ages. Marsican is a tribute to Frank Mitolo’s heritage and his fathers enduring influence and guidance. 

Wine Advocate "A terrific effort, the 2015 Marsican Shiraz is a 220-case barrel selection of the best Shiraz in the cellar. It’s an artful blend of fruity (blackberries and blueberries) and savory…

Mitolo

G.A.M. 2018

McLaren Vale

G.A.M. represents the first initial of each of the Mitolo children's first names - Gemma, Alex and Marco. The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block within the Lopresti Vineyard, located all the way at the southern tip of McLaren Vale and on the coast.

Wine Advocate (94-96) "The 2018 GAM Shiraz is aging in 70% new oak, which has given it a cool, menthol-cedar nuance. Full-bodied and dark-fruited, the cassis flavors finish long and mouthwatering. It looks…

Mitolo

G.A.M. 2017

McLaren Vale

G.A.M. represents the first initial of each of the Mitolo children's first names - Gemma, Alex and Marco. The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block within the Lopresti Vineyard, located all the way at the southern tip of McLaren Vale and on the coast.

Wine Advocate "Another successful vintage, the 2017 GAM Shiraz is a bit more savory than usual, with meaty notes and hints of black olives joining rich blackberry flavors. Full-bodied and velvety on…

Mitolo

Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

McLaren Vale

“Serpico” was a famous New York police officer who wasn’t afraid to ‘work against the grain’. With Serpico, Mitolo aims to step outside its peers and redefine the accepted style of Cabernet making. Serpico is a 100% Cabernet made in the Amarone method to achieve intense aromas, and a concentrated viscous middle palate with soft and silky tannins.

Wine Advocate "Made in a way akin to Amarone, from partially dried grapes, the 2018 Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon features lifted, almost floral, notes of black tea leaves atop fresh blueberries and cassis.…

Mitolo

Jester Shiraz 2018

McLaren Vale

The Jester wines share the pedigree of the top Mitolo wines, but are more accessible and fruit-forward. Jester Shiraz is a blend of several blocks within the Lopresti vineyard in the Willunga district, all the way at the southern tip of McLaren Vale overlooking the coast. Intense, textured and shows pure dark fruit flavors.

Wine Advocate "The medium to full-bodied 2018 Jester Shiraz is a solid value, offering up scents of ripe blackberries and mulberries. It’s juicy, fresh and vibrant, with soft, supple tannins framing the…

Mitolo

Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

McLaren Vale

Jester Cabernet is a “baby” Serpico, the top Mitolo Cabernet produced using an Amarone drying process. For the Jester Cabernet, only a portion of the grapes are left to dry in the traditional Amarone winemaking method. Jester Cabernet is upfront and approachable, delivering excellent quality for the price.

Wine Advocate "Like its partner, the Shiraz, the 2018 Jester Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific value for current drinking. It’s less weighty than the Shiraz, appropriately medium-bodied, with fresh, leafy notes layered…

Mitolo

Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

McLaren Vale

Jester Cabernet is a “baby” Serpico, the top Mitolo Cabernet produced using an Amarone drying process. For the Jester Cabernet, only a portion of the grapes are left to dry in the traditional Amarone winemaking method. Jester Cabernet is upfront and approachable, delivering excellent quality for the price.

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Mitolo

Jester Shiraz 2017

McLaren Vale

The Jester wines share the pedigree of the top Mitolo wines, but are more accessible and fruit-forward. Jester Shiraz is a blend of several blocks within the Lopresti vineyard in the Willunga district, all the way at the southern tip of McLaren Vale overlooking the coast. Intense, textured and shows pure dark fruit flavors.

James Suckling "A very tart and tangy, red-fruited style with a crunchy, fresh palate that has an elegant, slightly tangy, citrusy finish."

Ponzi Vineyards

Avellana Chardonnay 2017

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Oregon Chardonnays present an unparalleled combination of bright acidity, texture and freshness of fruit on the mid-palate. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics each vintage through single vineyard expressions. The successes at Aurora Vineyard are expressed at this youthful vineyard planted in 2006. The site features a fusion of the right clones and rootstock planted on rich Laurelwood soil. Avellana yields a richer, weightier style Chardonnay as compared to the Aurora single vineyard wine.

James Suckling "Very impressive, pure and lively aromas of fresh lemons on offer here with lemon pastry, stones and a fragrant, spiced-pastry note. The palate has impressive, fleshy appeal and smooth peaches…

Wine Spectator "Polished and compelling, showing graceful complexity and offering lively apple blossom and pear flavors that linger on the long, supple finish."

Dog Point Vineyard

Pinot Noir 2017

Marlborough

Dog Point's renown as a Sauvignon Blanc producers has done nothing to lessen the enthusiasm around their Pinot Noir, today considered one of the finest in New Zealand. What sets their wine apart is the generosity of the structure, which comes off as rich but not sweet, and the complex mingling of fruit and savory notes.

James Suckling "This is very convincing, complex and downright impressive pinot noir. The intense aromas of ripe-cherries and plums are framed in such intensely attractive oak spice and earthy, sous-bois complexity. The…