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The stellar 2022 rieslings from the wizards of Wehlen, JJ Prum, have arrived, and they are gorgeous. Incredibly concentrated yet light as a feather, ethereally beautiful yet built to age, full of sweet fruit yet perfectly balanced by laser-like acidity and slatey minerality, a connoisseur's dream yet so easy to enjoy; this is fruity riesling at its best. The wines of JJ Prum are perennial favorites at Binny’s, as our recent blind tasting shows. Do not miss these Mosel masterpieces!
Quantities are extremely limited. Availability varies by location.

J J Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2022

750 ml Bottle
$55.99
$62.99

“This wonderful Mosel Kabinett has a wide spectrum of white tree fruit, wild berry and herb aromas. Impressive concentration on the very focused light-bodied palate. I love the racy acidity and pronounced slatey minerality that is wrapped around the very long and clean finish.”

95 points

Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com, December 2023

J J Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2022

750 ml Bottle
$59.99
$66.99

“This vibrantly peachy, salt-licked kabinett requires just a few minutes of aeration to peel back the layers of smoke and slate that may obscure its fragrant, abundantly fruity style. Just a shade off-dry, it's a piercing, laser-edged sip of cut stone, bracing white peach, and lemon and lime flavours. Lacy in texture but lifted and searing, the finish is harmoniously dry and meanders on veins of salt and gunpowder. A thrilling, complex yet irresistibly youthful wine that's ready now with a decant but sure to reward cellaring as well.”

95 points

Anna Lee Iijima, Decanter, October 2023

J J Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2022

750 ml Bottle
$59.99
$66.99

“Striking nose of garden herbs with just a hint wet earth underlining the delicate white tree fruit aromas. Stunning concentration and energy on the super-straight medium-bodied palate. Very long, almost perfectly balanced finish that is surprising for this category at this early stage in the wine’s development. Great slate expression.”

96 points

Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com, December 2023

J J Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2022

750 ml Bottle
$66.99
$74.99

“Tasted young, this sprightly spatlese announces itself with strikes of flint and an intensely smoky, earthen veil of reduction. With a bit of time and aeration (even 15 minutes introduces a remarkable transformation) you'll find deep, dazzling layers of crisp white peach, lime and lemongrass speckled with salt and stone. It's a leaner expression of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, with a delicacy of texture that juxtaposes a piercing, pure fruit profile. A thirst-quenching sip with just a hint of sweetness that lingers on the finish. Hold until 2026 if possible, it will develop stunningly for decades.”

95 points

Anna Lee Iijima, Decanter, October 2023

J J Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese 2022

750 ml Bottle
$71.99
$79.99

"This very concentrated and super-elegant riesling Auslese is still tightly-wound. However, it already has a very wide spectrum of subtle yellow fruit and wildflower aromas. Terrific structure behind the rich, but still medium-bodied palate. Incredibly long, slatey finish with staggering freshness that pulls you back for more of this Mosel masterpiece."

97 points

Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com, December 2023

J J Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2022

750 ml Bottle
$79.99
$89.99

“Still very youthful on the nose, this is crammed with ripe peach, plus more delicate notes of pineapple and mangosteen. It’s a minor miracle that this kind of concentration can be packed into such a sleek, medium-bodied palate. What an amazing mouthfeel this has thanks to the seamless integration of slatey acidity and ripeness. Very long finish with spot-on balance.”

97 points

Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com, December 2023


The Tasting Panel embarked on their maiden fortified wine voyage down Portugal’s winding Douro River with ports of call that included Reserve Rubies, 10-Year-Old Tawnies, 20-Year-Old Tawnies and the incredible 2016 Vintage Ports. We tasted through examples from top houses, noting the distinct differences between producers, but also recognizing house traits that bridge all styles. When we finally reached the end of our journey and slipped into port, we had a list of favorites that rippled with power, energy and finesse.

Our winners are on sale now. Availability varies by location.

Graham's Six Grapes

750 ml Bottle
$21.99
$25.99

A saturated ruby-purple color precedes a nose full of brambly, black and raspberry fruit, stewed black cherry and a litany of complicating scents including cocoa, clove, mint and elusive floral notions. Frankly sweet, bold and well-structured in the mouth, there is a lifted sense of purity and a degree of finesse, despite the plush waves of luscious fruit. The top scorer in the reserve category and well deserved.

Noval Black

750 ml Bottle
$17.99
$19.99

Another outstanding reserve that may represent the opposite end of the stylistic spectrum. The color is equally saturated, but the nose is more savory showing hints of licorice, earth, pipe tobacco and orange blossom alongside ripe plum, wild blueberry and cherry. One taster immediately noted the pulled back and balanced sweetness of the fruit on the palate that features flavors of blackberry pie filling and chocolate covered cherries. The finish is firmly tannic, quite spicy and has the warm glow of alcohol. For those who like their sweetness tempered by the savory. Although ostensibly pop and pour, this has the structure to improve with a day of aeration.

Graham's 10-Year-Old Tawny

750 ml Bottle
$34.99
$39.99

This presents a classic 10-year deep ruby core, fading to tawny at the rim. The nose still has loads of red and blue fruits with subtle oxidative aromas of walnut, honey, candied orange peel, black tea and a little smoke just starting to peek through. The palate, in typical house fashion, is quite sweet featuring jammy plum and cherry, dried apricot, dates, brown sugary Sugar Babies candy, burnt honey and the lift of orange zesty acidity. The finish is long, silky and full of sweet brown spice, chocolate and a hint of toffee that frolic amid the fruit.

Warre's Otima 10 Year Old Tawny

500 ml Bottle
$23.99
$28.99

This has a slightly paler and more mature color. The nose is fresh from notes of tangerine, red currant and cinnamon Red Hots. Macerated strawberries, candied cherries and dried cranberries are joined in the mouth by toasty walnuts, honey and baking spice. The finish is easy, sweet, long and friendly with lingering molasses-like richness, spicy cinnamon, chocolate and buttery toffee.

Graham's 20-Year-Old Tawny

750 ml Bottle
$61.99
$69.99

The color strikes a perfect 20-year red core that quickly fades to burnt orange. A heavenly mix of dried fruits, nuts, spices and chocolate covered caramel aromas are so inviting. This has the classic Graham’s concentration of sweet fruit. Dried apricots, dried cherries, brown sugary dates, Fig Newtons and spicy, brandy soaked, candied citrus studded fruit cake are kept lively by a streak of orange zesty acidity. Candied walnuts, pecan, almondy, chocolate covered English toffee, custardy creme brulee and a savory umami note are all delivered on a silky, creamy body. Flavors echo on the long nutmeggy finish.

Warre's Otima 20-Year-Old Tawny

500 ml Bottle
$41.99
$47.99

Offering the palest, most transparent and mature tawny color of the tasting. The nose is expansive showing loads of honey roasted almonds, black tea leaf, mint, orange blossom, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Interestingly, our collective notes mentioned figs, dates and citrus but, as indicated by the nose and appearance, this is leaning into nutty, nougaty oxidative notes with fresh fruits close to being subsumed. The finish is long and loaded with sweet baking spice, brown butter, peanut brittle and chocolate covered salted caramel, offset by orange zest, mint and a lingering notion of walnut bitters. Delicious!

Graham's Vintage Port 2016

750 ml Bottle
$99.99
$115.00

Wow! What a great example of the vintage and the sweet, packed and stacked Graham’s style. The color remains a saturated black-purple and the wine is still youthful, with decades of life ahead of it. A complex nose of blackberry puree, blueberry, plum, root beer, licorice, sweet and savory (cumin) spice, decadent chocolate syrup and orange marmalade prepares you for the intense and layered flavors. In the mouth this is seamlessly integrated with sweet silky tannins and flashy, fleshy fruit making for a supremely sensuous wine. This is a tour de force in modern vintage port winemaking that showcases the decadent pleasure of youth and the power that will allow this to improve for many years to come. Brilliant!

Warre's Vintage Port 2016

750 ml Bottle
$89.99
$99.99

Another monumental 2016 that combines silky, sleek and seductively ripe tannic structure with amazing concentration. If you are still thinking all Vintage Port needs a decade plus in bottle, Warre’s along with Graham’s has a message for you. Opulent aromas of fresh waffles drizzled with blueberry syrup, blackberry jam, plum sauce and floral raspberry mingle with earthy tree bark, anise, tobacco and dried flowers. Plush and luscious in the mouth with layer upon layer of decadent fruit, blackberry pie a la mode, maple syrup, chocolate covered brandied cherries, marzipan and Milk Duds. An exceptionally long, silky finish flashes with star anise, Raisinets and dense figgy fruit. Beautifully ripe, perfectly integrated tannins linger like a coating of velvet on the tongue. The panel was thoroughly seduced.

Prince de Richemont Brut

750 ml Bottle
$7.99
$9.99

Kissing a few frogs before you meet your prince is not unusual, but when you find your valentine, invite this handsome prince as a welcome third wheel. Both brut and brut rose are dry, fresh, full of fruit and forever fizzy. And you don’t need a mountain of riches to afford your princely tastes. Regal bubbles on a budget. What’s not to love? 

ChocoVine Dutch Chocolate

750 ml Bottle
$9.99
$10.99

A perfect marriage between Dutch chocolate and French cabernet sauvignon. Like a liquid chocolate truffle that allows you to have your bonbons and drink them too. So affordable, going Dutch won’t even cross your mind. 

Machmer Gewurztraminer Spatlese 2018

750 ml Bottle
$10.99
$12.99

Like a great date, gewurztraminer is intense, sweet, spicy and smells of roses. The heart of this wine is all exotic tropical fruit, sweet baking spice, and floral perfume. An easy and affordable way to spice up your love life.

Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Acqui 2022

750 ml Bottle
$16.99
$18.99

Lurid rose red in color and positively oozing aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberry and rose water. If Cupid were to hand select a wine, this ebullient, effervescent sweety would be it. So fresh, floral and bursting with sweet fruit that this could be the very definition of love potion. Truly revelatory with chocolate and chilled berries.

Clark & Sheffield 10 Year Old Tawny Port

750 ml Bottle
$17.99
$24.99

If you are looking for the perfect partner... for chocolate and nut-based desserts, bold cheeses or a cozy snuggle by the fire, meet your valentine at the corner of Clark & Sheffield. It’s as strong as true love, just as sweet, and the roasted almond and hazelnut flavors will drive you nuts.10-year-old tawny for under 20 bucks is exceedingly rare, but C&S is undeniably the intersection of quality and value.

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve

750 ml Bottle
$29.99
$44.99

Creamy, fresh and persistently petillant, Nicolas Feuillatte is everything your true love deserves from fine Champagne. So easy to adore for its ripe orchard fruits, crisp citrus notes and long, mineral touched finish that your valentine might have to compete for your heart. #6 on Wine Spectator's top values of 2023- if they had seen the Binny’s price it might have moved up a slot or two. 

Flowers Perennial Pinot Noir 2022

750 ml Bottle
$34.99
$49.99

Whether Valentine’s Day is your first date or a perennial tradition with your longtime partner, flowers are always a good call. Nothing will set the mood like a dozen red roses and a silky, sensual pinot noir. This one is a Binny’s exclusive from the legendary Sonoma Coast winery Flowers, and it really delivers on the promise of the great 2022 vintage. Fresh, bright red berries, nutmeg and Darjeeling tea luxuriate on a textural bed of crushed velvet. So sexy! 

Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2022

750 ml Bottle
$39.99
$45.99

Anxious about your big date? Relax and let the nervous acidity of this stellar sauvignon blanc fill that void. Your valentine will swoon when heavenly sweet peach, apricot, citrus, ginger and fine herb flavors glide across the tongue. Vibrant, vigorous and finishing with an explosion of flavor, it really hits the spot.  From luxury Napa winery Spottswoode. Excellent with fish, scallop and vegetable dishes. 

Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity 2019

750 ml Bottle
$52.99
$59.99

A mutual affinity for topflight cabernet brought you together. Matchmaker Robert Craig will seal the deal this Valentine’s Day with this thrilling Coombsville cab.  A cooler climate expression of Napa that will warm your hearts with abundant cherry and black currant fruit, minty herbs and baking spice. Serve with prime ribeye, wagyu beef, lamb chops... 

Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rose

750 ml Bottle
$59.99
$69.99

Moet & Chandon’s demi sec, Nectar Imperial Rose, is lightly sweet, strawberry and raspberry scented, lusciously fruited and indeed as decadent as drinking the mythical nectar of immortality. Eros, aka Cupid, certainly partakes, why not you and your beloved? It may not confer eternal life, but it will go a long way in encouraging everlasting love. 

Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut

750 ml Bottle
$79.99
$89.99

Slap your favorite LP by legendary R&B singer Barry White on the turntable then punctuate those unctuous grooves with a crisp pop of the cork from a bottle of LP Rose. Deep pink in color, 100% pinot noir and a legend in its own right, the power and precision of LP Rose plays counterpoint the lush sounds flowing from the speakers. A sultry melange of smokey red berries, cherry, mouthwatering citrus and spice have immense appeal. Side two, the finish, is a complex slow jam of flavor that goes on and on like a true long player.

Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Rose 2013

750 ml Bottle
$325.00
$375.00

Everything about PJ’s Belle Epoque Rose exudes romance. It’s a true luxury, from the beautiful 1902 Art Nouveau bottle design featuring Japanese anemones, to its soft, pale, salmon pink hue and frothy nose tickling mousse to the incredibly elegant bouquet and palate. The bead is super fine. Fresh cut flowers, ripe peaches, crunchy red currants, aromatic fraises des bois, tangerine zest and nutmeg spice waft delicately from the glass. So refined, so classy, so delicious. This is the kind of wine or, perhaps more accurately, experience that will form foundational memories for great and lasting romances. Treat yourself and your precious valentine to something truly spectacular. 

Bold, spicy reds perfect for herb-scented winter roasts and braises and lush, creamy whites ideal for richer seafoods and dishes with decadent cream sauces define Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Late release reds from the powerhouse 2020 vintage along with refined, complex, yet accessible 2021s are flooding in while rare 2022 CdP Blancs provide an advanced glimpse of that exciting new vintage. Get them while you can. Quantities are limited. Availability varies by location.

 

Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition 2020

750 ml Bottle
$34.99

“Lovely berry liqueur notes on the nose. Full-bodied, concentrated but not heavy and brimming with ripe fruit. Really provides all the concentration, power, body and rich, ripe fruit that makes Chateauneuf so desirable. The alcohol is on the high side, but so is everything else. A big and juicy wine.”

92 points

Matt Walls Decanter, September 2023

 

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape 2021

750 ml Bottle
$35.99
$39.99

"The 2021 Chateauneuf-du-Pape matured for 20 months in a combination of foudre, concrete and steel tanks. This 2021 Chateauneuf-du-Pape offers up lively aromas of ripe red and black fruits, tomato leaf, cloves, and dried herbs. It is a polished and layered full-bodied red with ripe tannins and bright acidity, capturing the freshness really well."

92 points

Nicolas Greinacher Vinous, April 2023

 

Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2021

750 ml Bottle
$46.99

"Sweet blue and brambly red fruits are up front in this red, detailed with black licorice, singed garrigue and violet perfume. The palate is silky, with iron underpinnings and tangy orange peel acidity moving through, with hints of dusty earth, toasted alder and light mocha. Shows good density."

92 points

Kristen Bieler Wine Spectator, March 2024

 

Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 2021

750 ml Bottle
$66.99

"A savory nose with woodland scents, bark, moss and woody herbs. With good weight on the palate, it’s quite muscular with savory tannins and finishes dry. Needs time, but will be a food-friendly, savory and eventually quite complex wine when ready. Organically grown in the northwest of the appellation in lieu-dit Cabrieres, on galets roules and sand. It's whole-bunch fermented and then aged for 21 months in concrete using indigenous yeasts, then bottled unfiltered."

93 points

Matt Walls Decanter, September 2022

 

Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2021

750 ml Bottle
$89.99
$99.99

“A deep, quite herbal expression, with licorice and crushed blueberries to the cassis fruit. Full-bodied, powerfully fruited, dense and deep. Really mouthcoating, intense fruit. The tannins are ripe, fine and plentiful, all saturated in blackberry juice on a long finish. Certainly, one of the more successful Chateauneufs this year. Will age well. A Mourvedre-led expression of Beaucastel - it contains more than usual, at least 35% and probably more. Grenache and Cinsault fermented in cement, Syrah and Mourvedre fermented in foudre.”

96 points

Matt Walls Decanter, September 2022

 

Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2021

750 ml Bottle
$110.00
$125.00

"Elegant and approachable, this stunning red offers seductive aromatics of smoked incense and red tea, with floral high notes, followed by a well of cassis, licorice and red currant flavors coated in graphite. Dusty in feel, with fine-grained tannins bringing structure and textural complexity, while an iron element lingers on the very long finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre."

96 points

Kristen Bieler Wine Spectator, March 2024

 

Beauchene Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2022

750 ml Bottle
$28.99
$32.99

"Ripe orchard fruits, orange blossom, and honeysuckle, as well as a kiss of spice, emerge from the 2022 Chateauneuf Du Pape Vignobles De La Serriere Blanc, a charming, medium-bodied, fleshy, delicious white to drink over the coming couple of years."

90 points

Jeb Dunnuck jebdunnuck.com, October 2023

 

Brotte Les Hauts de Barville Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2022

750 ml Bottle
$41.99

"There's beautiful fruit purity on display in this wine, with fresh Bosc pear, star fruit, fresh-cut chives and thyme. Buttercream details add to the lushness, while bitterness, chalk-fine tannins and notes of flint bring structure and balance. A very harmonious white. Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Bourboulenc."

93 points

Kristen Bieler Wine Spectator, February 2024

 

 

Chateau Relais de la Poste Cotes de Bourg 2020

750 ml Bottle
$9.99
$11.99

"The 2020 Relais de la Poste has a perfumed bouquet of kirsch, black cherries and blood orange, generous and nicely defined if not amazingly complex. The palate is very promising, offering plump, plummy fruit, fine acidity and a lovely spicy, curry leaf note toward the finish. This is excellent."

90 points

Neal Martin Vinous, May 2022

Bodegas Borsao Berola 2019

750 ml Bottle
$12.99
$14.99

“Peppercorns, blackberries, vanilla and chocolate wafers on the nose. Juicy and fresh with a full body, soft tannins and peppery finish. Garnacha and syrah.”

91 points

James Suckling jamessuckling.com, September 2023

Domaine Wachau Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Terrassen 2022

750 ml Bottle
$13.99
$15.99

“Limey and lightly mineral nose showing a hint of oyster shell to the green limey citrus and green peppercorns. Chalky and limey on the textured, light- to medium-bodied palate with a subtle spicy verve looming in the middle. Mealy and nervy at the end with a crisp, mouthwatering finish. Sustainable.”

91 points

Zekun Shuai jamessuckling.com, July 2023

Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2022

750 ml Bottle
$13.99
$15.99

“A hefty version of Cotes du Rhone, with a lot of stuffing, showing ripe black plum and black currant flavors layered with black pepper and grilled rosemary. Sturdy tannins hem in the creamy palate, with a kick of bitter mineral and graphite through the medium-length finish. Very solid.”

90 points

Kristen Bieler Wine Spectator, December 2023

 

Neyers Chardonnay 304 2022

750 ml Bottle
$16.99
$19.99

“Chopped apples, pears, peaches and wet stones on the nose. Crisp and focused with a medium to full body. Clean and mineral chardonnay.”

90 points

James Suckling jamessuckling.com, April 2023

Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2020

750 ml Bottle
$18.99
$20.99

“Subtle aromas of cherries, raspberries, mild spices and some bark. Medium body with finely grained tannins. Velvety texture at the center with balance and a flavorful finish.”

93 points

James Suckling jamessuckling.com, December 2023

DAOU Winery The Pessimist Red Blend 2022

750 ml Bottle
$17.99
$23.99

"This bottling delivers the ripe power that so many want, in a package that's balanced by savory elements. Dense aroma of tar, char, asphalt, cassis and cocoa show on the nose. The palate is rich and creamy, loaded with coffee bean, coconut husk and baked fruit flavors."

92 points

Matt Kettmann The Wine Enthusiast, March 2024

Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc 2022

750 ml Bottle
$20.99
$23.99

“This shows vivid and crunchy stone fruit character with hints of spicy herbs, pear skins and guava. Medium-bodied and textural with crunchy acidity and vivid juiciness in the middle, toned up with notes of citrus peel and mint.” 

91 points

James Suckling jamessuckling.com, April 2023

Marques de Murrieta Reserva Rioja 2018

750 ml Bottle
$21.99
$25.99

“It follows the path of the 2016, where I noticed a change that is taken further in this, controlling the power and increasing the freshness. It's very aromatic, a year completely different from the 2017; it has less structure and more freshness and subtler balance, and enough oomph, concentration and power neatly compensated by freshness. I believe 2018 was a very good vintage to implement this change. It's perfumed, fresh, elegant and medium-bodied, with a velvety texture. Superb!”

94 points

Luis Gutierrez Wine Advocate, July 2022

Eberle Viognier 2022

750 ml Bottle
$23.99
$26.99

“White peach, glazed lemon, honeysuckle and white almond on the nose. Wide and creamy on the palate with medium to full body and some phenolic grip. Slightly weighty finish." 

91 points

James Suckling jamessuckling.com, September 2023

Duckhorn Chardonnay 2022

750 ml Bottle
$27.99
$32.99

"A rich and flavorful Napa chardonnay that gives you the full flavor character with some citrus and white peach character. Plenty of flavor but turns reserved at the end. Complex with some malo, wood and lees stirring undertones. Restrained finish."

93 points

James Suckling jamessuckling.com, January 2024

Coppo Barolo 2019

750 ml Bottle
$29.99
$33.99

“Although Barbera is the flagship grape for this estate based in Canelli, Coppo is grandfathered into the Barolo appellation thanks to its very long winemaking history. In fact, the Coppo 2019 Barolo recalls the extra intensity and richness that you find in the estate's long range of Barbera-based wines. Obviously, that's comparing apples to oranges, yet this wine is indeed more structured and broad thanks to ripe fruit and oak aging (with its sweet spice and cinnamon nuances). The approach is more accessible overall.” 

90 points

Monica Larner Wine Advocate, August 2023

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2022

750 ml Bottle
$39.99
$44.99

"Fresh apples, baked pears, baking spices and stones on the nose following through to a medium to full body with plenty of volume and control on the mid-palate. Dense yet vivid with a precise and lively finish."

92 points

James Suckling jamessuckling.com, January 2023

Pierre Paillard Les Parcelles Bouzy Grand Cru Extra Brut XIX

750 ml Bottle
$49.99
$59.99

“Made from 80% Pinot and 20% Chardonnay, with the base 2019 and the rest reserve wine from the past couple of years, the NV Champagne Grand Cru Bouzy Les Parcelles is expressive and fruit-forward on opening, with notes of cherry blossom, fresh peach, and honeycomb. With zero grams per liter dosage, there’s no lacking for ripeness and freshness. Long on the palate and quite inviting, it’s going to be wonderful drinking over the coming 8-10 years.”

93 points

Audrey Frick jebdunnuck.com, November 2023

Adelaida Vineyards Pinot Noir HMR Estate Vineyard 2020

750 ml Bottle
$50.99
$57.99

"Forest botanicals like pungent new pine tips open on the nose of this pretty Pinot. Whiffs of savory spice and black tea balance black cherry and earthy floral aromas. Lovely, concentrated black raspberry and cherry fruit on the palate are brightened by juicy acidity and flavored with Asian spice and more black tea. There's weight and structure here—a limestone-grown, high-elevation wine—but its depth and length are textured with velvet." 

95 points

Sara Schneider Decanter, June 2023

Monticello Estate Corley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

750 ml Bottle
$69.99
$79.99

"I have some fond memories of this wine from the mid-1980s, and the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Corley Reserve brought those rushing back, from its aromas of mint, black cherries and cassis to the medium to full-bodied palate. Concentrated and firmly tannic but ripe, with a long, dusty finish, it's a pleasant sort of throwback to a classic style that seems to be coming back into vogue." 

90 points

Joe Czerwinski Wine Advocate, December 2023

Inniskillin Riesling Icewine 2021

375 ml Bottle
$69.99
$79.99

"This is a glorious icewine where acidity and sugar are in perfect harmony. The candied orange peel, ginger, straw and toasted walnut and straw are a mere preview of what's to come. These intense flavors of apricot jam, pumpkin pie and lemon drops are matched by electric acidity. Cellar Selection."

96 points

Michael Alberty The Wine Enthusiast, March 2023

Montes Purple Angel 2019

750 ml Bottle
$79.99
$99.99

“The 2019 Carmenere Purple Angel is also 8% Petit Verdot from Colchagua and was 80% aged in new barrels for 18 months. Intense purple in color. The nose delivers notes of ash, pyrazine, ripe plum, cedar and other aromas from the aging process. Creamy and intense with refined tannins and a broad, hefty flow; the moderate freshness adds a touch of juice. A long-lasting wine with a clear profile."

94 points

Joaquin Hidalgo Vinous, June 2023

They say hindsight is 20/20 vision, so the tasting panel took a hard backwards look at the exceptional 2020 vintage, blind. We tasted value wines all the way up to $100 classified growths and winnowed it down to our top ten. One thing was clear to see; quality is very high and, as expected, we have great prices on all our top scoring wines. These are real beauties, get them while you can. Supplies are limited.

Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien 2020

750 ml Bottle
$99.99

Classy, refined- a coiled powerhouse of breed and structure. The nose is just gorgeous, showing deep black and blue fruits, exotic spices, anise, sandalwood incense, dark roast coffee, earthy tree bark, pencil shavings, understated fine herbs and a lovely lift of violet. The palate is the epitome of power and grace with richly layered creme de cassis, blackberry, blueberry, plum as well as cherry cordial. A spine of fresh acidity and massive but silky-smooth tannins provide a framework for the fruit while baking spice, earth, herbs and a dark chocolate add complexity to the long lingering finish.

The panel agrees that while the remarkable quality is evident now, this is one for the cellar or a very, very vigorous decanting. Oh, and the price to quality ratio is off the charts! 

Chateau Gazin Pomerol 2020

750 ml Bottle
$79.99
$89.99

The 2020 Gazin pours a dramatic black purple. The nose alone garnered some whispered wows from the panel for its deep aromas of dark fruit confiture, spiced Christmas cake, loamy earth, licorice and dried flowers. While it remains medium/full in body there is a sense of layered opulence to the core of fruit that comes in waves of baked plum and cherry, dried fig and dry cured black olive. Licorice, spice and scorched earth unfold on the firmly tannic yet velvety finish. Certainly delicious now, but this is another one that will age like a dream. Highly recommended.

Chateau La Croix Saint Georges Pomerol 2020

750 ml Bottle
$54.99

Another Pomerol, another winner! Aromas of spice box, nutty nougat, chocolate and plum pudding create a warming, inviting nose. This is big boned, deeply concentrated, modern in style and full of dense, compact fruit and chocolatey oak. Round, creamy and packed with dark, dried fruits, black currant, black cherry, forest berries, chocolate and molassesy gingerbread. There are notions of earthy, fresh mushroom, a sanguine meatiness and dried herbs, as well. The finish is long and spicy. A fantastic value for lovers of plush and powerful Pomerol. 

Chateau Lagrange Saint Julien 2020

750 ml Bottle
$52.99
$59.99

This appeals with a pretty, deep purple color, but at first the nose is a bit closed and brooding. With a little air it begins to blossom, revealing fresh red, and to a lesser extent, black fruit, loamy earth, tobacco, a fleeting whisp of Perigord truffle, a whiff of smokey oak, violet and a fresh minty lift. An initial austerity on the palate also begins to gain in richness and definition as it sits in the glass. Crunchy cranberry, lingonberry and red currant are fresh bright and underpinned with blackberry and cassis. Hints of vanilla scented oak and crushed rocks ride silky tannins on the long finish.

Wine Director Barbara Herman commented (blind, mind you) - “Very Saint Julien, in a refined way.” 

Chateau Grand Corbin Despagne Saint Emilion 2020

750 ml Bottle
$36.99

Tasters loved the regal purple color and fruit richness that borders on jammy but somehow retains a sense of grace. Ripe blueberry, blackberry, plum, juicy black cherry and cassis vie for dominance in a complex mélange of fruit. Nuances of spicey, clove inflected oak, vanilla, bay leaf and flowers add counterpoint and lift to the deep core of fruit. The palate is medium to full, plush and bold, leading to an earthy, cocoa powder dusted finish that just keeps pumping out fruit. One taster started their note with a simple declaration- “Wow, yum!” Yum indeed and check out that price!

Chateau Villemaurine Saint Emilion 2020

750 ml Bottle
$44.99
$49.99

There is no denying the new oak in the nose and on the palate, but it is well integrated, bringing creamy mocha, vanilla and sweet brown spices to the party. While there is ample raspberry, cherry, blackberry and blueberry fruit this wine adds notions of bailed hay, cedar and a thrilling energy from zesty orange acidity. Medium bodied but fleshy and supple. Velvety tannin, brambly fruit, floral perfume, mint and a savory, bordering on saline, edge keeps the generous oak in check on the long finish. One taster gushed- “Like freshly baked cinnamon scented cherry pie, including crust and a generous dollop of Chantilly cream.” Who could resist that?

Chateau Sociando Mallet Haut Medoc 2020

750 ml Bottle
$39.99

The panel loved this wine’s chiseled precision and noted the clear potential to age gracefully for years to come. Notably ripe and rich but in need of time, the nose already shows pretty notes of violet and raspberry blossom, graphite, vanilla, baking spice, loamy earth and tobacco on top of raspberry coulis, creme de cassis, plum and huckleberry. Medium-full, it’s still a bit closed on the palate but the excellent concentration of fruit, chocolatey oak and spice, along with ripe, plush never ending chalky tannins, make reading the tea leaves easy. A classic, grippy, muscular vin de garde. Already nice, the panel expects to marvel at its development over the coming decades. Striking value! 

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 2020

750 ml Bottle
$79.99

Another tightly coiled powerhouse looking for a cool, dark spot to hibernate in for a few years. In time, this deeply concentrated wine will unwind to reveal its hidden complexities. This was the only Pauillac, the repository of powerful and finessed cabernet-based classified growths, to make the list and it’s definitely a winner. The nose sits above the glass, offering savory black fruits, toasty oak spice, vanilla, mint, bay, cardamom, sassafras and wintergreen. Sleek and focused in the mouth with a bright streak of tangerine-like acidity, black currant, plum and spiced cherry compote. It’s all framed by caramelly oak and a powerful tannic structure. Very fine.

Virginie de Valandraud Saint Emilion 2020

750 ml Bottle
$39.99

The only estate to have their second wine make our list is the excellent Right Bank all-star, Chateau Valandraud. It’s another stunner from Saint Emilion and, at a fraction of the price of the Grand Vin, offers exceptional value. It exudes inviting aromas of ripe fruit and plenty of fine, spicy, nutty, clove and milk chocolate scented new French oak. An array of luscious ripe fruits spread out in the mouth, riding on the round, silkily tannic medium body. Strawberry, red currant, boysenberry, Bing cherry and plum are accented by pleasantly bitter roasted herbs and decadent, creamy chocolate. The finish is long, refined and polished. For those who miss Robert Parker’s influence on Bordeaux.

Chateau Gloria Saint Julien 2020

750 ml Bottle
$38.99
$44.99

Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, toasted panettone, tobacco, bergamot, bay and thyme float along gracefully on a bed of red and black fruits. Plum, cassis, tangy red currant and the freshness of aromatic orange oil make for an elegant assemblage of fruit character that slips seamlessly into the juicy, mocha flavored finish. Gravelly, slightly saline minerality and classy, well managed tannins provide poise and structure. Already excellent. One to look out for year in and year out. 

 

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