Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Chateau Saint Sulpice Esprit de Saint-Sulpice 2016 Sauvignon Blanc




Chateau Saint Sulpice Esprit de Saint-Sulpice 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $12.99-$15.99, 89 points, poured a medium yellow gold color.
Aromatic lemon, apple, and wet stoniness were excellent.
Light-plus body with fair to good acidity did show a rather sleek texture, and flavors were reflective of the aromas with a hint of Red dragon fruit.
Finished long with nuanced ginger, honey-dew melon, and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our roasted spicy tangerine chicken.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Coppola 2017 Pinot Grigio (California)






Coppola 2017 Pinot Grigio (California), $4.13-$7.99, 88 points, was a light gold color clearing at the glass rim.
The aromas were dominated by apple and a floral vibe.
Light-plus body showed good acidity and rich flavors of kiwi, apple, Necco wafer, and a rear-guard ginger.
Finished fair on the trailing palate and a restrained 12.5% alcohol.
Paired well with our Buffalo wings, celery, and chunky blue cheese.
I'm not a big fan of Francis Ford Coppola wines, but this was an excellent value close-out buy.



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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Buena Visita Sonoma Valley 2014 Merlot





Buena Visita Sonoma Valley 2014 Merlot, $11.89-$26.99, 86+ points, poured a deep ruby red with an orange/red penumbra, a clear meniscus, and dense stained sheeting.
Aromas of plums, cloves, and a subliminal touch of funk were okay.
Struggling to support the medium-plus body was soft tannins and fair acidity, but the flavors of plums, pomegranate, and a bit of that funk were also okay.
Finished interestingly on a bit of cherry syrup, mild pepper spices, and a controlled 15% alcohol.
Paired fine with my nachos topped with spicy chili with kidney beans.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Tangent Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley, 2016 Sauvignon, Blanc






Tangent Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley, 2016 Sauvignon, Blanc, $10.19-$14.99, 88 points, poured a medium brass color with a yellow sheen and clearing near the glass rim.
Aromas were soft, but hints of lemon and pome blossoms were pleasant.
Light bodied with bright acidity managed slightly sour flavors reflective of the aromas, but were nicely punctuated and carried long into the finish marked by flavors of sweet hay, ginger, and lemon with a spot-on 13.5% alcohol.
Paired well with our deep fried Sea scallops.

Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Cali)

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Mareno Di Piave 'Bellissima' Brut Prosecco (DOC)





Mareno Di Piave 'Bellissima' Brut Prosecco (DOC), $9.79-$19.99, 90 points, was a light gold color with a big head of foam with continuous eruptions of medium sized bubbles.
The aroma was nearly 'dumb' save for a pleasant hint of white grape and toast.
Mareno Di Piave 'Bellissima' Brut Prosecco was typically light, acidic, and refreshing.
Flavors of yeast and dominantly neutral Glera grape were mysteriously pleasant with its accompaniment of fizz.
Finished pretty much as it started, but a touch of cilantro and its well balanced 11.5% alcohol tied the ribbon.
Nothing earth-shattering to describe, but still a best-buy delicious.
Having found Prosecco to be so consistently good, ironically I found myself so busy exploring other wines that I hadn't opened a bottle since September of 2016;  This week Vinogirl reminded just how good Prosecco is with spicy food, and so it was with my spicy Buffalo wings.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Wattle Creek Alexander Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon





Wattle Creek Alexander Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $24.64-$59.99, 93 points, poured a blood-red color with a bright meniscus and thick stained legs.
Aromatic perfumed-plums, flowers, and red fruit were delightful.
Satiny smooth full-bodied red wine with a comfortable underlayment of tannin managed a rather unusual red fruit flavor profile, with an interesting cranberry/red raspberry up front.
Finished long on tertiary flavors of coffee, herbs. licorice, and leather with a well-balanced 14.3% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my spinach/mashed-potatoes/beef goulash.

2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Château Montlabert Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine




Château Montlabert Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $21.67-$25.49, 92 points, poured opaque purple/red with a broad clear wine ring and moderate fat legs.
Aromas of plum, coffee, loam, and a floral vibe were interesting.
Full-bodied red wine with good acidity and comfortably firm tannins managed to deliver a 'rustic' flavor profile which mirrored the aromas.
Finished long on pomegranate, plum, and a alcohol (14.5%) inspirited warm pepper spiciness.
Varietals were 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.
Paired perfectly with my loaded pizza.

Bordeaux Red Wine Vintage 2015

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Meiomi California 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé





Meiomi California 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé, $6.82-$19.99, 86 points, was a light salmon pink color terminating quite clear.
A light floral strawberry aroma was pleasant.
Flavor reflective of the aroma was a bit unremarkable until the warm spicy finish with a well balanced 13.9% alcohol.
The body was light with fair acidity.
Paired well with my rotisserie chicken.
Certainly not a Côtes de Provence Rosé, but for the closeout price of $6.82, it was magic.


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Tiki Single Vineyard Marlborough 2014 Pinot Gris (New Zealand)





Tiki Single Vineyard Marlborough 2014 Pinot Gris (New Zealand), $9.99-$19.99, 89 points, poured a straw yellow color with a copper sheen.
The aroma was a fresh water running stream of minerality.
Medium-bodied (first unusual characteristic) with good acidity embraced a robust grapy flavor profile enriched with an ale yeastiness (second unusual characteristic).
Finished long with a kick of unoaked Chardonnay impersonator (third unusual characteristic), ginger, and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my sautéed Haddock.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

North By Northwest Columbia Valley 2015 Chardonnay





North By Northwest Columbia Valley 2015 Chardonnay, $6.99-$12.99, 88 points, poured a medium glossy gold color.
Lovely apple and nuanced honeysuckle aromas were excellent.
Medium-bodied white wine with fair-plus acidity, smooth texture, mirrored flavors reflective of the aromas, and a judicial touch of oak make this a winner of a Chardonnay for me.
Finished softly with just a whisper of ginger and kiwi while a balanced 14% alcohol tied the bow.
Paired well with our Easter Sunday roast chicken, butternut squash, mashed potatoes, and veggies.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Tattoo Girl Columbia Valley 2017 Riesling





Tattoo Girl Columbia Valley 2017 Riesling, $14.99, 86 points, poured the lightest of brass colors grading water clear.
Aromas of lychee and subdued apple were soft, but without any annoyance.
Very light texturally, quite dry, with good acidity and nondescript innocuous flavors made for a tasty if not a cerebral tipple.
Finished more on apple notes and a well balanced 11.2% alcohol.
Paired fine with our Chinese cuisine.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Tenuta di Nozzole D.O.C.G. 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva




Tenuta di Nozzole D.O.C.G. 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG), $16.99-$19.99, 92 points, poured deep ruby red grading garnet red toward the very broad meniscus and moderately draped glass bowl.
Aromas wafted very floral, very fruity, and very lovely.
A more than medium-bodied red wine from Italy which showed great balance, was rather smooth with a supportive underlayment of tannin, and excellent flavors of red raspberry, black tea, and subtle herbal notes.
Finished long on red licorice, a whisper of cherry cola, pleasant pepper spices, and a spot-on 14% alcohol.

Paired perfectly with our delicious Fremont pizzeria special pizza.


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Trader Joe's California 2017 Sauvignon Blanc





Trader Joe's California 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $5.99, 85 points, was a light brass color clearing toward the glass shallows.
Smells were weak lime and minerality.
Trader Joe's rendition of a Cali SB was light, crisp enough, and innocuous enough to be a fair tipple.
Finished okay on a mild lemon/lime, an almost woody note, and another innocuous aspect, a 10.86% alcohol.

Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Cali)

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Three days almost completed without a drop, then . . .



Three days almost completed without a drop, then . . .


And:



  Last week, my son Ethan was getting married in Miami, and I chose this occasion to be free from wine and alcohol altogether.
The setting was an amazing sixth floor rooftop of the Betsy Hotel where the wedding party was celebrating the glorious affair. 
  I just had to peruse the wine offerings placed on top of the bar: a 2017 California Cabernet Sauvignon stood out, but 2017? Then I saw the 'sommelier' pull out a Sancerre; I relented! I'm glad I did. Too busy and involved I failed to note the vineyard or vintage, but the wine was excellent! When isn't Sancerre wonderful? Soon almost everyone, who wasn't drinking beer or whisky, was drinking Sancerre. As I guessed, the 2017 Cab was on the astringent side of a too tight tannic attack.
  I seldom drink whisky of any kind, but when the Twenty Year Mortlach was given by the Swede for the men of the wedding party, I had to give that a small simple sampling.
In the end, six days with but two glasses of wine and three sips of the best whisky I ever tasted.
I think everyone agreed on the Scotch, especially Brandon.




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Domaine De La Jolive 2017 Sancerre





Domaine De La Jolive 2017 Sancerre, $15.99-$17.99, 89 points, poured a medium yellow gold color clearing only at the glass edge.
Aromas of pome blossoms, wet stoniness, and just a hint of apple were lovely.
Medium-plus bodied white wine with good acidity managed to deliver more of the apple flavor (a bit sour) than other reflected aroma translated flavors.
Finished fair with a bit of ginger-ale and an innocuous 13% alcohol.
Paired okay with our rotisserie chicken.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Caparzo 2015 Rosso Di Montalcino (DOC)




Caparzo 2015 Rosso Di Montalcino (DOC), $13.99-$25.99, 90 points, poured a bright clear ruby red grading cranberry red, and showing a broad clear wine ring with fat hanging stained legs.
Aromatic perfumed red raspberry, black tea, and soft rose pedal were excellent.
An earthy medium-bodied red wine with bright acidity and flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished long, a tad astringent, appropriately imbued with a 13.5% alcohol, and with a touch of white pepper.
Paired perfectly with my meat lovers pizza.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Josef Weinberg 'Radiance' Rheinhessen 2016 Riesling (Germany)





Josef Weinberg 'Radiance' Rheinhessen 2016 Riesling (Germany), $8.09-$8.99, 88 points, was a light brass color, almost grey with a yellow cusp.
Aromas were soft petrol, refreshing minerality, and a floral vibe.
Light-bodied off-dry white wine with bright acidity and good flavors of guava, a bit of pineapple, and citrus notes.
Though the early palate was a tad weak, the rest was quite tasty.
Finished fair on the fading palate, a slight white pepper spiciness, and a well-balanced 9.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our Chinese cuisine.

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Charles And Charles Single Vineyard, Yakima valley, Washington, 2016 Riesling





Charles And Charles Single Vineyard, Yakima valley, Washington, 2016 Riesling, $3.14-$12.99, 88 points, was a medium brass color clearing toward the glass shallows.
First whiff was a hint of petrol, but evolved nicely to apple pie and pome blossom aromas.
Light, crisp, tangy, and a bit tart edgy white wine which delivered citrusy and wet stoniness flavors.
Finished dry, added a hint of Lychee, and the 12% alcohol worked well.

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2019, 90 point wines


2019, 90 point wines



2019, 90 point wines (more than 100 so far), many under $20 are racking-up deep into this year; in mid-November I will post my best-picks for the year.
Why the 90 point hubbub bub? Have you been disappointed in a wine you’ve plunked down your hard earned pesos? Are you in a wine rut, always the same wine because you trust its history? Let's see if my selections can't help with that.
I work hard at judging the wines I drink, because my family and friends trust me when I say “this is a great wine!"
It’s important that you know what ‘type’ or style of wine you do like and don’t like, and sometimes we just don’t really know, but comparing a soft, jammy, and lush Apothic red, for example, to a distinctive food busting, medium-bodied, and acidic Italian Sangiovese (think Chianti) will quickly give you a clue to your palate's preference in a red wine.
Or consider, like I often do, an oaky Cali Chardonnay with that of a clean mineral tasting Chablis (Chardonnay from northern Burgundy, France) and everything in between, because there exists a wide and often unappreciated difference; Chardonnay is often referred to as "the winemaker's grape".
A 90 point wine can assist in exploring wines and often lead to the “ah ha moment”, otherwise known as an epiphany, when, like my son, a wine best paired, is a wine nearly divine.
An 80 point wine vs. a 90 point wine can be the difference between a White Castle burger and one from the 80 Thoreau’s bar.
Feel free to add your thoughts on the 100 point system; if you're on the negative side of the issue, first see my post on that subject here:
So why do so many hate wine. . .scores. . .
If you have any comments on the wines mentioned below, I'll be glad to entertain them.


13 Celsius Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), $13.74-$17.49, 90 points

Antinori 'Bramito Della Sala' Umbria 2016 Chardonnay, $19.79-$21.99, 91 points

Antinori Peppoli 2015 Chianti Classico (DOCG), $19.54-$24.99, 90 points

Aurore De Dauzac Grand Vin Margaux 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $29.69-$32.99, 90 points

Azienda Agricola G. D. Vajra 2016 Barbera D'Alba (DOC), $22.49-$24.99, 91 points

Azienda Agricola Podere La Pace Maremma Toscana Rosso 2014 Red Wine (DOC), $29.99-$59.99, 92 points

Baron De Ley Rioja Reserva 2012 Tempranillo Red Wine, $14.99-$17.99, 90 points

Bayten Buitenverwachting, Cape Of Good Hope, 2017 Sauvignon Blanc (Constantia, South Africa), $13.59-$15.99, 91 points

Beringer Knights Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $30.59-$35.99, 92 points

Berne Inspiration Côtes de Provence 2017 Rosé, $16.99-$19.99, 90 points

Bodega Numanthia Terms 2009 Tinta de Toro, $21.60-$24.00, 90 points

Bodega Numanthia Terms 2015 Tinta de Toro, $22.49-$24.99, 92 points

Boneshaker Old Vine Cali 2016 Zinfandel, $8.54-$19.99, 90 points

Brady Vineyard Paso Robles 2015 Petite Sirah, $19.79-$21.99, 91 points

Brancaia Tre Rosso Toscana IGT 2015 Red Wine, $14.44-$20.99, 91 points

Bruno Rocca 'Fralù' Langhe 2016 Nebbiolo (DOC), $20.69-$22.99, 91 points

Ca 'dei Frati Turbiana (Trebbiano di Lugana) 2018 Lugana DOC, $16.99-$19.99, 92 points

Cabrillo Napa Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $19.99-$39.99, 90 points


Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.71-$26.99, 91 points


CAPANNA 2011 Brunello Di Montalcino (D.O.C.G.) Revisited, $50.99-$59.99, 95 points

Caparzo 2007 Brunello DI Montalcino, $31.06-$37.99, 93 points

Caparzo 2015 Rosso Di Montalcino (DOC), $13.99-$25.99, 90 points

Casale dello Sparviero 'Paronza' 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione (DOCG), $26.99-$36.99, 92 points

Castellare 2017 Chianti Classico (DOCG), $21.99-$24.99, 91 points

Centonze Terre Siciliane 2016 Frappato Red Wine IGP, $12.74-$16.99, 90 points

CHÂTEAU BARBEBELLE Héritage Domaine Familial Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence AOP 2018 Rosé, $19.99-$21.99, 90 points

Château Beauchene Premier Terroir 2015 Côtes du Rhône Red Wine, $22.49-$24.99, 90 points

Château Beausejour Cuvée Prestige Fronsac 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $14.39-$17.99, 91 points

Château Belle-Vue Haut-Medoc 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $17.84-$20.99, 91 points

Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $48.87-$57.99, 93 points

Château Canon Pécresse Fronsac Grand Vin 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $20.39-$23.99, 92 points

Château Cantemerle, Grand Cru Classé en 1855, Haut-Médoc 2015 Red Bordeaux, $33.99-$39.99, 94 points

Château Condat Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $17.99-$21.99, 90 points

Château Couhins Grand Vin Pessac-Léognan 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine Red Wine, $24.22-$28.49, 91 points

Château De Béchaud Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $25.99-$26.99, 90 points

Château de Camarsac (Thierry Lurton) Bordeaux Supérieur 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, average price is $15.00, 90 points

Château de Camensac Haut-Médoc 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $31.44-$36.99, 90 points

Château du Retout Haut-Médoc 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $14.02-$16.49, 90 points

Château Ferran Pessac-léognan 2015 Red Bordeaux, $16.57-$19.49, 90 points

Château Fleur Cardinale, Saint-Émilion, Grand Cru Classé 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $43.77-$51.49, 96 points

Château Franc Mayne Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $34.42-$40.49, 92 points

Château Godeau Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $19.54-$22.99, 92 points

Château Grand Corbin-Despagne St. Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2015 Red Bordeaux, $32.72-$38.49, 92 points

Château Guiraud Grand Cru Classé (1' er) 2009 Sauternes, average price $70, 95 points

Château Haut Boutisse Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $28.99-$31.49, 90 points

Château Haut-Brisson Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $22.94-$26.99, 94 points

Château Haut-Chaigneau LaLande De Pomerol 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $19.12-$22.49, 91 points

Château Haut-Pezat St. Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $22.49-$24,99, 93 points

Château La Clotte Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $74.79-$87.99, 93 points

Château La Fleur De Boüard Lalande-de-Pomerol 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $31.87-$37.49, 94 points

Château La Gaffelière 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $67.14-$78.99, 95 points

Château La Grange Clinet Grande Reserve 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $11.69-$12.99, 90 points

Château La Sergue LaLande De Pomerol 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $29.32-$34.49, 92 points

Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine (Revisited), $29.74-$34.99, 93 points

Château Larcis Ducasse 1er Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $75.64-$88.99, 95 points

Château Malartic Lagraviere Grand Cru Classé De Graves Pessac-Léognan 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $56.09-$65.99, 91 points

Château Montlabert Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $21.67-$25.49, 92 points

Château Montrose La Dame De Montrose Saint-Estèphe 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $42.92-$50.49, 93 points

Château Plantey Cru Bourgeois Pauillac 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $28.79-$31.99, 91 points

Château Quinault L'Enclos Grand Cru de Saint-Émilion 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $36.97-$43.49, 91 points

Château Smith Haut Lafitte "Le Petit" Pessac-Léognan 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $40.49-$49.99, 91 points

Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $99.02-$116.49, 97 points

Château Tour St. Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $27.62-$32.49, 92 points

Château Trianon Grand Cru de Saint-Émilion 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $25.49-$29.99, 90 points

Claude Riffault Les Boucauds 2017 Sancerre, $19.54-$24.99, 93 points

Columbia Winery (Washington) 2016 Merlot, $11.04-$15.99, 90 points

Confidencial Reserva Tinto 2014 Red Wine, $10.19-$13.99, 90 points

Craggy Range Martinborough 2018 Sauvignon (New Zealand), $15.29-$19.99, 92 points

Cristom Willamette Valley 2017 Pinot Noir, $29.74-$36.99, 92 points

Dashe Dry Creek Valley 2015 Zinfandel, $18.69-$24.99, 92 points

Dibon N/V Brut Cava Rosé (Spain), $10.19-$13.99, 90 points

Domaine Des Sénéchaux 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, $42.49-$49.99, 91 points

Domaine Fontsainte Corbieres 2018 Gris De Gris Rosé, $13.59-$15.99, 90 points

Domaine J. A. Ferret 2017 Pouilly Fuissé, $28.04-$34.99, 90 points

Domaine Pinson Frères Grand Vin De Bourgogne 2016 Chablis, $25.49-$29.99, 91 points

Domaine Séguinot-Bordet 2017 Chablis, $18.69-$27.99, 91 points

Domaine Séguinot-Bordet 2018 Chablis, $21.24-$26.99, 91 points

Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan 2011 Bandol Red Wine, $33.49-$59.99, 90 points

Eroica (Chateau Ste Michelle-Dr. Loosen) 2016 Columbia Valley Riesling, $17.99-$21.99, 91 points

Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva, $18.69-$23.99, 92 points

Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja 2005 Red Wine, $16.99-$44.99, 93 points

Ferrari Carano 2018 Fumé Blanc, $12.74-$17.99, 90 points

Ferrari Carano Sonoma County 2018 Dry Sangiovese Rosé, $11.89-$16.99, 90 points

Fleurs de Prairie Côtes de Provence 2017 Rosé, $16.99-$19.99, 90 points

Francois Carillon 1611 Bourgogne 2016 Chardonnay, $18.69-$21.99, 92 points (France)

Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2016 Zinfandel, $27.19-$33.99, 91 points

Gibbs Three Clones Napa Valley 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, $26.99-$29.99, 91 points

Goose Ridge Columbia Valley 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, $12.74-$18.99, 90 points

Groth Oakville-Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, $107.09-$125.99, 97 points

Groth Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $24.39-$26.99, 90 points

Hall Napa Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $21.99-$24.99, 92 points

Hartford Court 'Four Hearts Vineyards, Russian River Valley 2016 Chardonnay, $35,69-$41.99, 91 points

Heitz Ink Grade Vineyard Napa Valley 2014 Zinfandel, $29.99-$34.99, 91 points

IL Paradiso Di Frassina 'Moz Art Wine' Brunello di Montalcino (D.O.C.G.), $50.99-$59.99, 93 points

Jean Reverdy et Fils La Reine Blanche 2017 Sancerre, $21.24-$26.99, 93 points

John Anthony Carneros (Napa Valley) 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $17.99-$21.99, 92 points

Kettmeir Alto Adige-Südtirol 2017 Pinot Grigio (DOC), $16.21-$21.99, 93 points

La Mozza I Perazzi Maremma Toscana 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon DOC (Italy), $14.44-$16.99, 90 points

Lava Cap El Dorado Sierra Foothills 2017 Chardonnay, $18.69-$21.99, 91 points

Louis Jadot Macon-Villages, 2015 Burgundy White Wine (Chardonnay), $11.04-$14.99, 90 points (France)

Luce Della Vite Lucente 2014 Toscana (IGT), $14.49-$28.99, 91 points Mareno Di Piave 'Bellissima' Brut Prosecco (DOC), $9.79-$19.99, 90 points

Marchese Antinori 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG), $37.99-$41.99 (current price), 91 points

Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva 2010 Rioja, $24.99-$29.99, 92 points

Mayacamas Mount Veeder, Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $106.24-$124.99, 95 points

Merriam Dry Creek Valley Jones Vineyard 2006 Cabernet Franc, $28.79-$35.99, 91 points

Palagetto Bellarina 2013 Brunello di Montalcino (D.O.C.G.), $44.19-$55.99, 92+ points

Paul Hobbs 'Crossbarn' Sonoma County 2016 Chardonnay, $21.24-$24.99, 90 points

Pendulum Columbia Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $15.99-$19.99, 90 points

Pey Family Napa Valley 'Textbook' 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, $19.79-$32.99, 90 point

Pinot Envy Willamette Valley 2016 Pinot Noir, $16.99-$22.99, 90 points

Ramón Bilbao Rías Baixas 2018 Albariño (Spain), $11.89-$13.99, 90 points

Ravines Argetsinger Vineyard Finger Lakes 2015 Dry Riesling, $25.49-$29.99, 90 points

Ravines Finger Lakes 2015 Dry Riesling, $14.44-$18.99, 91 points

Ravines Finger Lakes 2016 Chardonnay, $16.99-$19.99, 91 points

Ravines Finger Lakes 'Maximilie' Bordeaux-Styled Red Wine, $22,94-$26.99, 90 points

Ridge Geyserville 2016 Red Wine, $35.69-$41.99, 94 points

Ridge Geyserville 2017 Red Wine, $36.54-$43.99, 93 points

Ridge Lytton Estates 2015 Petite Sirah, $33.14-$38.99, 92 points

Ridge Paso Robles 2016 Zinfandel, $28.89-$33.99, 92 points

Ridge Paso Robles 2017 Zinfandel, $28.89-$33.99, 92 points

Roaring Meg Central Otago New Zealand 2015 Pinot Noir, $17.84-$22.99, 90 points

Robert Mondavi 50th Year Anniversary Napa Valley Maestro 2013 Red Wine, $42.49-59.99 (gift), 91 points

Robert Mondavi Oakville 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $48.44-$62.99, 95 points

Robert Young Estate Winery 'Scion' Alexander Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Revisited), $30.59-$64.99, 93 points

Roberto Sarotto Riserva 2012 Barbaresco (DOCG), $23.79-$39.99, 93 points

Rockblock Reserve 2006 Syrah (Revisited), $34.99, 92 points

Ruffino Modus Toscana I.G.T. 2015 Red Wine, $19.54-$25.99, 92 points

Ruffino Modus Toscana I.G.T. 2016 Red Wine, $19.54-$25.99, 92 points

Santa Rita Medalla Real 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Revisited), $7.65-$12.00, 91 points

Schramsberg Blanc De Blanc Traditionnelle Méthode 2015 Sparkling Chardonnay, (California) $33.99-$44.99, 92 points

Secoli 2012 Amarone Della Valpolicella (D.O.C.G.), average price $28, 91 points

Sequoia Grove Napa Valley 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, $38.99-$43.99, 93 points

Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate 2017 Chardonnay (Oregon), $23.79-$27.99, 91 points

Souverain (Chateau) North Coast 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, $9.99-$12.99, 90 points

St. Supery Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.99-$21.99, 92 points

Stags' Leap 2013 Petite Syrah (revisited), $33.94-$46.99, 92 points

Steele Mendocino County 'Pacini Vineyard' 2015 Zinfandel, $10.49-$16.99, 90 points

Taylor 10 Year Old Tawny Port Bottled $19.99-$25.99, 92 points

Tenuta di Nozzole D.O.C.G. 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG), $16.99-$19.99, 92 points

Tommasi 'Poggio Al Tufo' Toscana 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon I.G.T., $12.74-$18.99, 90 points

Trione, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.99-$19.99, 92 points

Tuatea Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), $7.99, 90 points

Two Hands Barossa Valley Brave Faces 2006 Red Wine, $17.99-$49.99, 92 points

Villa Pillo Borgoforte Toscana 2014 Red Wine IGT (Revisited), $12.74-$14.99, 90 points

Wattle Creek Alexander Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $24.64-$59.99, 93 points

Whitehaven Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.37-$15.99, 91 points

Willm 2016 Alsace Riesling Réserve (France), $14.39-$15.99, 90 points


2018, 90 point wines

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