The finest wines in the world, at all price points, are made in surprisingly small lots. Every day, WineAccess presents one wine – a few hundred cases of the very best – for delivery right to your door.
Sometimes we find the wines directly from importers. But mostly, we do it ourselves, going right to the best vineyards and cellars, direct to the source.
Is there a house style? Yes. All wines must have rich, clean fruit flavors. But they must have enough mineral backbone to balance the richness. Almost all are delicious on release, but they must also improve with age.
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Region: California > Napa > Oakville
Grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon
“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark as a moonless night, with classic blackcurrant, blackberry fruit, moving to blueberries, licorice, creosote and incense. Complex, full-bodied and concentrated, the wine is youthful and has good tangy acidity and sweet tannin. This is a beauty that should age effortlessly for 15-20 years.”
95 points — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate read more »
Region: Italy > Piedmont
Grape type: Nebbiolo
While also pushing the envelope on ripeness, the likes of Giuseppe Rinaldi, Gianluca and Elio Grasso, Mascarello, and Marcarini continued to conduct long, cool vinifications, managing tannins without “denuding” their single-vineyard crus from a “sense of place.”
The Vintage. Piedmont’s climate is fickle. Combine meteorological uncertainty with Nebbiolo’s caprice and Nature has a way of driving seasoned winegrowers to the loony bin. In the first 14 years of the new millennium, Barolo has been “treated” to 14 quite-different growing seasons, including the torrid summers of 2003, 2007, and 2009; the hail-ravaged summer of 2002; and the most extraordinary vintage in regional history, 2010. read more »
Region: California > Sonoma > Sonoma Coast
Grape type: Pinot Noir
When it comes to the most opulent $25 Pinot Noir on Sonoma Coast, the critics won't get an argument from WineAccess.
Dark, dark ruby to the rim. Explosive, youthful aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, and rose petals tinged with sweet spice and juniper berries. Broad, rich, juicy, and ultra-concentrated on entry, with a luscious crushed-red-fruit core. This is a classic Pinot Noir from one of Sonoma Coast's most brilliant and iconoclastic winemakers, Bill Hunter. read more »