Agrelo Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
92/100 - Wine Advocate (10/31/2019) "2018 was a good year for Cabernet Sauvignon in the classical zone of Mendoza, and the peppery 2018 Appellation Agrelo Cabernet Sauvignon shows good ripeness and typicity. It is fresher than 2017 and with better-integrated oak too. It's fruit driven and juicy, with fine-grained tannins, very representative of the variety." (Argentina)
"Ripassa" Valpolicella Superiore 2016
94/100 - James Suckling (11/19/2020) "Lots of ripe blackcurrant and plum with black olive, clove and licorice. It's full-bodied and intensely flavorful with firm but ripe tannins. Lightly bitter orange-peel and coffee-bean notes on the finish. Plenty of backbone. A baby Amarone. Drink or hold." (Italy)
"Pessimist" Paso Robles Red 2018
92/100 - Wine Advocate (1/31/2020) "The 2018 Pessimist is a barrel sample blend of 62% Petite Sirah, 19% Zinfandel, 17% Syrah and 2% Lagrein. It is expected to age for 11 months in 50% new French oak. Opaque ruby-purple, it offers up tar, chargrill, turned black earth and blackcurrants with wafts of blackcurrant bud, dark chocolate, smoked meats and crushed red cherries. The medium to full-bodied palate has lifted flavor layers, a firm, grainy frame and long, spicy, fresh finish." (California)
Mendoza Malbec 2017
94/100 - Vinous, Joaquin Hidalgo (8/2020) "Made with grapes from Gualtallary and aged for 15 months in old foudres, this Malbec, mixed with 10% Cabernet Franc, is proof of the beauty of the combination: the Franc lends the Malbec greater discipline and depth. Bright purple in the glass. The nose offers fresh cherries and plums with aromas of thyme. Gentle in the mouth, delivering fine, subtle tannins that lend framework, all with a genial freshness that brings the flavors to life and pleasantly stretches out the slightly taut palate. A delicious wine. Drinking window: 2020 - 2032." (Argentina)
Domaine des Escaravailles
"Le Ventabren" Cairanne 2017
90-92/100 - Jeb Dunnuck (8/28/2018) "Lots of black cherries, peppery herbs, garrigue, and violet notes emerge from the 2017 Cairanne Le Ventabren. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, fresh and elegant on the palate, it's another beautiful wine from this estate that's well worth your time and money. The blend is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Carignan that was brought up all in tank." (France)
"Lamuri" Sicilia Nero d'Avola 2016
93/100 - Vinous, Ian D'Agata (8/2019) "Good full ruby. Begins rather stern, then opens with aeration to showcase precise aromas of graphite, blueberry, and violet. Medium bodied and quite tangy, with fresh acids giving the flavors similar to the aromas a piercing quality. Finishes with silky tannins and great freshness. A lovely Nero d'Avola of early appeal." (Italy)
"Goru Gold" Jumilla Red Blend 2017
93/100 - Wine Spectator (8/31/2020) "This red is sleek and solid, in the modern style. Bright cherry, berry and currant flavors mingle with licorice, black tea and mineral notes, giving way to a floral and minerally finish. The firm tannins are well-integrated and juicy acidity keeps this lively. Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2029. 7,400 cases made, 2,200 cases imported."
"Estate Reserve" Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2018
#34 - Wine Spectator "Top 100" Wines of 2020.
92/100 - Wine Spectator (4/30/2020) "Expressive and profound, beautifully balancing oak and fruit and floral flavors. Notes of apple, mint, heather and butter mingle in harmony, supported by vivid acidity. Picks up a bit of crunch toward the long, mouthwatering finish, adding to the interesting texture. Best from 2022 through 2032. 2,500 cases made, 1,009 cases imported." (South Africa)
Attika Assyrtiko 2019
92/100 - Wine & Spirits (8/2020) "In the limestone soils of Keratea, far down the peninsula that extends south from Athens, Stamatis Mylonas farms 30 acres of vines in small patches dotted throughout the region's warm, sunny hills. Most of it is savatiano, the region's hallmark variety, but his assyrtiko has had 22 years now to set down roots. And it tastes like it: There's the sun, in the wine's sweet white-fruit flavors, as well as the scent of the wild thyme and scrub that scratch out a living in the vineyard's stony soils. And in the distance, there's the shimmer of the sea, caught in a whiff of salinity that draws the wine to a clean, refreshing close. Hand-picked, macerated for eight hours before fermentation in stainless-steel tanks, and with three months on its lees, it's a clean, clear version of assyrtiko with character." (Greece)
Iconic Wine Co.
"One Shot White" Napa Valley 2019
90+/100 - Our Score (12/2020) The majority of juice for this Napa Valley white was covertly sourced from a highly respected Napa Valley producer known for their unique whites. Crafted by Birk O'Halloran, the "One Shot White" is a blend of Tocai Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. This delicious Napa bottling offers stone, citrus and orchard fruit flavors and medium-plus minerality in a bright, zesty and oh-so-yummy package. PLUS, the label features pandas in jet packs! A seriously impressive wine at a price that is half that of the source winery. (California)
Rias Baixas Albariño 2019
90/100 - Our Score (7/2020) Eric Solomon has imported the Burgans Albariño for many years, and we're grateful to him for it! Entirely classic, with flavors of yellow flowers, citrus, orchard and stone fruit, this medium-bodied, bone-dry white is searing, salty and delicious with a high-pitched mineral finish. Yes! (Spain)
M. Haslinger & Fils
Brut Champagne NV
90/100 - Our Score (12/2020) Here's a quality Champagne for only $22.99! Fresh, lively, tangy and tart with pure citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a lively streaming mousse. It is nearly impossible to find actual Champagne at this price! (France)
Includes one each of the above twelve wines.