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  1. ALAIN JAUME 2016 LIRAC CLOS DE SIXTE

    Item #: i_350312
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93+
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 + POINTS: "The 2016 Lirac Domaine du Clos de Sixte is a terrific wine, easily the rival to many Châteauneufs from across the river, starting with its alluring aromas of flowering garrigue and ripe cherries. A blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, this full-bodied wine is lush and concentrated on the palate, then turns velvety on the long finish. I'd treat it like a Châteauneuf du Pape in terms of cellaring: hold it for a few years, then drink it over the next 15. - Joe Czerwinski" - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 233, October 2017), 93+ pts
    Alain Jaume Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac is made from 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre
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  2. BERNARD FAURIE 2017 HERMITAGE BLANC

    Item #: i_351782
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Marsanne from 100 year old vines

    Bernard Faurie is the wise old man of the hill (the hill of Hermitage that is), the last of the Mohicans I’d say. Let’s start with the vines. Bernard is the fifth generation in a storied lineage working the same vines on the hill (yes, the very same, they are over 100 years old). His two principal cuvées are red Hermitages in two different blends: Gréffieux/Bessards and Bessards/Méal. Occasionally, despite his predilection, he’ll bottle a barrel of pure Méal. He also produces a miniscule quantity of Hermitage Blanc, an absolutely mesmerizing example from the lower slopes of Bessards that is wiry, stony, and coiled for many years of unfurling. Bernard’s wine has renewed a deep sense of understanding for us about what Hermitage really is, and what makes it special.
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    $164.98
  3. BERNARD LEVET 2017 COTE ROTIE LES JOURNARIES

    Item #: i_304757
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Since the 2004 vintage, we have expanded our work with the Levet family to include a second bottling of Cote Rotie known as “Les Journaries”, a cuvée drawn from grapes harvested from old vines in the “La Landonne” lieu-dit. This wine is more subtle, more elegant and “quieter” if you will than the “Chavaroche”. At the same time, it is very much a Levet wine with a bouquet of violets, wild berries, a touch of animal and resinous-like tannins that speak of the inclusion of stems (a hallmark of the Levet tradition). The “Journaries” is approachable at an earlier stage than its companion “La Chavaroche” but, that being said, it is a wine that not only ages gracefully but almost requires a touch of patience. Bernard Levet’s wines are well-structured wines that are built for aging and experience significant improvement with time in bottle. In our opinion, these wines at maturity reflect most effectively the true nature of the terroir of Cote Rotie. MADROSE
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  4. BOSQUET DES PAPES 2016 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE A LA GLOIRE DE MON GRAND PERE

    Item #: i_351455
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 96
    Jeb Dunnuck: 97 Points
    Tasting through the stunning line-up from Bosquet de Papes re-affirmed the brilliance of this estate and reinforced our belief in the strength of the 2016 vintage in Chateauneuf du Pape. The wines from top to bottom are stunning and appear to be the best this great estate has made to date. Shockingly, the wines continue to offer an amazing quality to price ratio. Where else in the world can you find such critically acclaimed wines at such compelling prices?

    Consider the following quotes from critics who review Rhone wines for a living:

    "The wines here seem to be going from strength to strength" - Wine Advocate

    "Today this estate unquestionably produces some of the top wines in the appellation" - Jeb Dunnuck

    'This is a property to buy from before pricing jumps" - Wine Advocate


    Nicolas Boiron is the gregarious, larger than life personality who has led this family owned domaine to its greatest heights. Each of these wines has its own personality, but the common thread is they all display delicious, full-bodied fruit flavors enveloped in silky smooth tannins.

    JEB DUNNUCK 97 POINTS - "I was questioning if the top cuvées were worth the money after tasting the traditional cuvée from winemaker Nicolas Boiron, then I tasted his 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape A La Gloire de Mon Grand-Père and decided that, yes indeed, the special cuvées in 2016 can certainly be worth the uptick in price. Based almost exclusively on Grenache (there’s a splash of Cinsault and Clairette) sourced from the La Gardiole lieu-dit and aged mostly in demi-muids, this heavenly beauty offers awesome notes of garrigue, toasted spices, flowers, licorice and loads of sweet Grenache fruit. Voluptuous, flamboyant, and sexy, yet also elegant and seamless, with a weightless texture, this is Grenache at its finest and is going to knock your socks off over the coming 10-15 years."

    WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS - "There are 10,000 bottles of the stunning 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape A la Gloire de Mon Grand-Père, which is good news for lovers of 100% Grenache. Drawn from a single parcel in the lieu-dit of Gardiole (mostly sandy soils), half of the fruit was destemmed. It's full-bodied and concentrated but silky and refined, with scintillating purity of cherry and raspberry fruit, backed by crisp acids and enlivening hints of orange zest on the long, reverberating finish. It's a terrific value that should drink well for more than a decade."
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  5. BOSQUET DES PAPES 2016 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LA FOLIE

    Item #: i_333781
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 97
    Jeb Dunnuck: 99 Points
    Tasting through the stunning line-up from Bosquet de Papes re-affirmed the brilliance of this estate and reinforced our belief in the strength of the 2016 vintage in Chateauneuf du Pape. The wines from top to bottom are stunning and appear to be the best this great estate has made to date. Shockingly, the wines continue to offer an amazing quality to price ratio. Where else in the world can you find such critically acclaimed wines at such compelling prices?

    Consider the following quotes from critics who review Rhone wines for a living:

    "The wines here seem to be going from strength to strength" - Wine Advocate

    "Today this estate unquestionably produces some of the top wines in the appellation" - Jeb Dunnuck

    'This is a property to buy from before pricing jumps" - Wine Advocate


    Nicolas Boiron is the gregarious, larger than life personality who has led this family owned domaine to its greatest heights. Each of these wines has its own personality, but the common thread is they all display delicious, full-bodied fruit flavors enveloped in silky smooth tannins.

    JEB DUNNUCK 99 POINTS - "The deepest colored of the trio and a true “Wow” wine, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Folie is 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre that was completely destemmed and brought up 10% new barrels, with the balance in demi-muids. An insane bouquet of black cherry liqueur, blackberries, crushed rocks, and pepper garrigue gives way to a full-bodied, incredibly polished, seamless Grenache. This beauty does everything right and possesses a vibrant, sexy texture, no hard edges, and a blockbuster finish. It will most likely merit a triple-digit score in a few years and cruise for a decade or more."

    WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS - "The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape la Folie is a special cuvée that has only been made three times: in 2007, 2015 and 2016. As Nicolas Boiron points out, it's a "modern style" of Châteauneuf, completely destemmed and aged in demi-muids and barriques, with a fair proportion of those barrels being new. Mocha cedar notes mark the nose at this early age, while the flavors resemble caramelized cherries and baking spices. Full-bodied, rich, creamy and undeniably plush, it's still recognizable as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing velvety hints of chocolate on the long finish. The assemblage is 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre."
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  6. CHATEAU BEAUCASTEL 2017 CHATEAUNEUF

    Item #: i_351375
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 95
    Wine Spectator: 95
    Vinous Media: 95 Points
    Decanter: 95 Points
    Jeb Dunnuck: 95 Points
    JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape is another sunny, beautifully Provençal effort that has a huge nose of garrigue, raw steak, leather, truffle, and peppery spice. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and balanced, it’s not a massive Beaucastel yet it has a classic, Provençal, incredibly satisfying style that will benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age and keep for two decades."

    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The full-bodied, dense 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape seems a bit closed at the moment, but Asian five spice powder still brings plenty of complexity and nuance to the rich, dark fruit aromas and flavors. Multidimensional, layered and long, this is another terrific vintage for Beaucastel's main cuvée, perhaps falling just slightly behind the 2016 and 2018."
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  7. CHATEAU BEAUCASTEL 2017 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 1.5

    Item #: i_350935
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    Wine Spectator: 97
    $159.99
  8. CHATEAU BEAUCASTEL 2018 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC

    Item #: i_352234
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    Jeb Dunnuck: 95 Points
    JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc takes it up a notch, offering rocking notes of white peach, quince, crushed rocks, and honeysuckle. It’s medium to full-bodied, with a beautiful core of sweet fruit, a layered texture, and a great finish. It’s unquestionably another beautiful wine, and while 2018 was challenging for the whites, you wouldn’t know it by tasting this."

    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "A terrific example of Beaucastel's white, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc boasts lavish aromas of honeydew and tangerine. It's full-bodied and round, lush and concentrated, with terrific length and presence on the palate."
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  9. CHATEAU BOIS DE BOURSAN 2012 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE DES FELIX

    Item #: i_353005
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    As has always been the case, Versino makes very little Cuvée des Felix—usually about 400 cases in total, a fraction of which make it to the US. Bois de Boursan grows all the 13 authorized Châteauneuf varieties in their multitude of vineyard parcels (27 plots across 10 hectares, all in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape proper), but this wine is driven by Grenache (65%) and Mourvèdre (25%), with Syrah (5%) and an assortment of other varieties comprising the balance. It is aged 18 months in used French oak barriques and is typically a touch more tannic and tightly wound compared to Bois de Boursan’s estate Châteauneuf bottling (which we offered back in January). Nevertheless, like most Châteauneuf-du-Pape, today’s 2012 is delicious to drink now, thanks to Grenache’s generous fruit. It is downright explosive right out of the gate, with a dark, ruby-black hue in the glass and lots of black fruits on the nose and palate: crushed blackberry, cherry, and boysenberry are layered with black licorice, cacao nibs, wild herbs, lavender, warm spices and leather with faint accents of dried olive and meat stock. It is full-bodied on the palate, its richness checked by a lively jolt of freshness. Think big, but agile: It’s built to age 10-15 years and will show best following a 45-minute decant and a service temperature closer to 60 degrees. Use some big Burgundy stems and pair it with pulled pork cooked “low and slow” in the oven. This pairing is a ‘master class’ in concentrated flavors and a great way to enjoy one of wine’s most enduring classics. Enjoy!
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  10. CHATEAU BOIS DE BOURSAN 2016 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE DES FELIX

    Item #: i_321295
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Jeb Dunnuck: 96 Points
    JEB DUNNUCK 94-96 POINTS - "Also not yet bottled the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Felix offers a similar level of concentration, yet is more tight, structured, and elegant. Currants, scorched earth, leather, and ground pepper notes give way to a full-bodied, powerful, concentrated 2016 that's going to benefit from short-term cellaring yet cruise for two decades. This cuvée is 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, and the rest a mix of varieties, all aged in very old barrels."
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  11. CHATEAU BOIS DE BOURSAN 2016 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION

    Item #: i_353006
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Jeb Dunnuck: 93 Points
    JEB DUNNUCK 91-93 POINTS - ""Still not bottled, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a terrific wine, as well as a great example of the vintage. Ripe and upfront, with a gorgeous bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, new saddle leather, and roasted herbs, it's full-bodied, has sensational depth and richness, ripe, yet present tannin, and a great finish. Give it a few years and drink it over the following 10-15 years."
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  12. CHATEAU D'ANGLES 2016 LANGUEDOC GRAND VIN LA CLAPE

    Item #: i_351419
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS: "The 2016 La Clape Grand Vin is a blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah and 20% Grenache. The Mourvèdre and Syrah are aged in second use barrels, while the Grenache ages in tank. The bouquet combines attractive notes of raspberries and blueberries, tying them together with strands of rosemary and bay leaf. Full-bodied and concentrated, it frames the ripe fruit with supple tannins and a briny edge on the finish."
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  13. CHATEAU DE ROUANNE 2018 VINSOBRES BY SAINT COSME

    Item #: i_353128
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 91
    WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Features a core of gently steeped plum and boysenberry fruit, laced with a mouthwatering anise note and gilded with sandalwood and violet hints throughout. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2023."
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  14. CHATEAU DE SAINT COSME 2017 COTE ROTIE

    Item #: i_352383
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    Wine Spectator: 94
    Jeb Dunnuck: 94 Points
    WINE ADVOATE 94 POINTS - "Notes of smoked meat and cold fireplace mark the nose of Saint Cosme's 2017 Cote Rotie. It's medium to full-bodied, with a plush, seductive mouthfeel, supple tannins and a long finish. It should be a beauty."

    JEB DUNNUCK 94 POINTS, WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS, VINOUS 94 POINTS
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  15. CHATEAU DE SEGRIES 2016 LIRAC SECRET GRANGE

    Item #: i_351680
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The estate’s top wine is the 2016 Lirac Secret de la Grange, a 90-10 blend of Grenache and Syrah that never sees oak. This full-bodied blend is fabulously concentrated and lush, with ripe fruit flavors of raspberries and stone fruits, an intriguing hint of almond paste and a rich, long finish tinged with licorice. It should drink well for up to a decade."
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  16. CHATEAU DE VAUDIEU 2017 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

    Item #: i_353133
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Jeb Dunnuck: 94 Points
    JEB DUNNUCK 94 POINTS - "Moving to the 2017s and starting with the base Châteauneuf Du Pape, it's a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that was brought up mostly in demi-muids. Revealing a ruby/purple hue as well as notes of black raspberries, kirsch, garrigue, incense, and loamy soil and earth, this beauty hits the palate with beautiful depth of fruit, a layered, rounded, sexy texture, no hard edges, remarkable purity, and just tons of charm. Drink it any time over the coming decade or more."
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  17. CHATEAU JUVENAL 2017 VENTOUX LA TERRE DU PETIT HOMME

    Item #: i_350047
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 91
    Jeb Dunnuck: 90-92 Points
    We have a fantastic wine from importer Eric Solomon who continues to bring us delicious wine at compelling prices. Solomon is unquestionably one of the best value importers in the world and continues to develop successful partnerships with winemakers in both France and Spain. You know Solomon as the genius behind the Lafage wines such as Bastide Miraflors, Narassa, Novellum and more. La Terre du Petit Homme from Chateau Juvenal shows Solomon's signature fruit-driven style and is a full-bodied wine packed with flavor at an outstanding price.

    The Wine Advocate gave this wine a well-deserved score of 91 Points calling it, "full-bodied, velvety and plush in texture." Jeb Dunnuck tasted this wine out of barrel and gave it an initial rating of 90-92 Points, noting its "depth and richness, with terrific dark fruits."

    This wine benefits from and shows the impact of well-known consultant, Philippe Cambie whom wine critic Robert Parker has called, "The God of Grenache." Cambie has earned his reputation by producing numerous high scoring wines in the Rhone. Under his guidance, Chateau Juvenal is producing delicious wines from Ventoux in the Rhone Valley.

    Ventoux is a wine growing appellation in the southeastern part of the Rhone with vineyards blanketing the south and west-facing slopes of Mount Ventoux. This optimal location is blessed with intense sunshine which allows the grapes to achieve a good level of phenolic ripeness, while the cooler temperatures moderate this effect and allow the grapes extended hang time. The results show in the perfectly ripened fruit which maintains remarkable freshness.

    This Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend offers a lush and richly textured profile of pure fruit flavors and completely over delivers for the price. We are happy to offer it for the lowest price anywhere!

    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "A blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, with the Grenache aged in tank and the rest in barrel, the 2017 Ventoux la Terre du Petit Homme is full-bodied, velvety and plush in texture, with ripe black cherries, a swirl of cinnamon and clove and a long, slightly warm finish. It should drink well for 4-5 years."

    JEB DUNNUCK 90-92 POINTS - "Deeper ruby-colored, the 2017 Ventoux La Terre du Petit Homme (50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre) offers more depth and richness, with terrific dark fruits, sweet spice, and garrigue aromas and flavors. It's medium to full-bodied, silky and elegant, with great balance and purity."
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  18. CHATEAU LAVABRE 2017 PIC SAINT LOUP LA CLOSERIE

    Item #: i_353056
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94-96
    WINE ADVOCATE 94-96 POINTS - "There are just 500 cases of the powerful 2017 Pic Saint Loup Chateau Lavabre. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, it offers up scents of crushed stone, black cherries and blueberries. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, this inky beast finishes with hints of chocolate and licorice."
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  19. CHATEAU MARIS 2017 MINERVOIS BIODYNAMIC

    Item #: i_351076
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Located in the Languedoc region of the South of France, a stone’s throw away from the Mediterranean sea. Chateau Maris offers sustainable, organic wines. Maris Minervois wine is a blend of Syrah & Grenache, in AOP Minervois. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, pepper, and blackcurrant. Attractive mouth with a fruited palate. A comforting everyday wine perfect for a roast, barbecue and sharing with friends.
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  20. CHATEAU PESQUIE 2016 VENTOUX 1912

    Item #: i_353335
    Bottle Size: EACH
    Jeb Dunnuck: 93 Points
    "These are serious wines, at great prices, and readers need to jump on these before the prices catch up with the quality" - Jeb Dunnuck

    "One of my all-time favorite producers in France" - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

    "This family-run estate is unquestionably one of the reference point estates for the Ventoux appellation" - Jeb Dunnuck

    We just brought in an incredible value that is a great choice as a daily drinker. We were able to make a special purchase on this deeply fruited Rhone blend which is very satisfying with its array of perfectly ripened fruit. This is yet another jewel from importer, Eric Solomon who specializes in sourcing amazing wines at reasonable prices. Rhone loving wine critic Jeb Dunnuck gave Chateau Pesquie Edition 1912 a score of 93 Points calling it a "ripe, sexy, yet concentrated wine."

    Dunnuck also writes, "I continue to sing the praises of Chateau Pesquie, which is one of the leading estates in the Ventoux region and is run by the talented brothers, Alexandre and Frederic Chaudiere. Don't let the prices fool you, these wines are the real deal." We completely agree!

    Named for the elevation of Mont Ventoux (1912 meters above sea level), Edition 1912M is a cuvee made from about 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah with small additions of Cinsault and Carignan. As with most of the southern Rhone, this area is bathed in intense sunshine which allows the grapes to achieve optimal ripeness. This wine demonstrates the freshness and vibrancy that Ventoux is capable of achieving due to its elevation and its unique microclimate provided by the nearby mountain. The result is a supple and rounded style that's ready to drink and so easy to like.

    Chateau Pesquie's 1912 is a delicious wine and an amazing value. Buy this with confidence as an easygoing daily drinker to share with family and friends.

    JEB DUNNUCK 93 POINTS - "A new cuvee that’s from higher elevation vineyards, the 2016 Ventoux Edition 1912M is made from 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that I suspect was brought up all in tank. It’s a ripe, sexy, yet concentrated wine that offers lots of black cherries, violets, lavender, raspberry and mineral-driven aromatics. Clean, medium to full-bodied, and with rock-solid mid-palate depth, it’s going to drink beautifully for upwards of a decade, although there’s absolutely no need to delay gratification.

    This family-run estate is unquestionably one of the reference point estates for the Ventoux appellation. These are serious wines, at great prices, and readers need to jump on these before the prices catch up with the quality."
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  21. CHATEAU SIMONE 2014 PALETTE BLANC

    Item #: i_351023
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  22. CHATEAUNEUF 15 CLOS CAILLOU LES QUARTZ

    Item #: i_349955
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92-94
    Wine Spectator: 96
    WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS: "This is tightly coiled, with intense raspberry and cherry reduction notes waiting to unwind, but held in check for now by myriad licorice, iron, rooibos tea and singed alder details. Shows terrific cut and tension through the finish, revealing a blaze of minerality. Just needs some time to harmonize fully."
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  23. CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 2017 CLOS CAILLOU LA RESERVE

    Item #: i_350566
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $139.98
  24. CHATEAY SAINTE ANNE 2016 BANDOL BLANC

    Item #: i_351374
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Ugni Blanc & Clairette. Unfiltered but no turbidity. The wine tastes fresh, with maturity and lemon peel notes, citrus peel.
  25. CHAVE 2018 COTES DU RHONE MON COEUR

    Item #: i_352095
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    VINOUS MEDIA; ANTONIO GALLONI 91 POINTS - "Smoke-accented cherry, dark berries and licorice on the perfumed nose, which takes on succulent floral and herb nuances with air. Smooth, concentrated and gently sweet, offering mineral- and spice-accented black raspberry, cherry and violet pastille flavors and a spicy jolt of cracked pepper. Finishes supple, sweet and quite long, with harmonious tannins and lingering florality."
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