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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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Grape type: other red varietal
A carefully constructed blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, Hervé Chagneau's 2012 "La Folie" straddles the line between Vista Flores black-fruit explosiveness and Bordeaux's Right Bank cut. Though nearly 15% in alcohol, there is no sense of heat or overbearing weight, as the wine's unusually firm backbone keeps all the vintage opulence in perfect check. read more »
Region: Oregon > Willamette Valley
Grape type: Pinot Noir
Brilliant dark-ruby to the rim, infused with piercing black raspberry and floral aromas, laced with sweet spice and smoke. Rich, marvelously juicy, opulent, yet finely delineated on the attack, packed with crushed-red-fruit preserves, tinged with a sprinkle of white pepper.
Finished alcohol is 14.2 degrees, though you never feel the heat. Aged for 13 months, entirely in French cooperage, 1/3 of which was new. This is a magnificent effort from King. read more »
Region: California > Napa > Howell Mountain
Grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Heidi Barrett's monumental 2008 Lamborn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a black-fruit powerhouse. Deepest purple to the rim, infused with explosive aromas of crushed blackberries and mountain blueberry, laced with licorice and new-wood cedar. Rich, compact, and chewy on the attack, packed with crushed black fruits, classic dark chocolate, and mint — all of the textbook concentration of Howell Mountain braced by sturdy tannic backbone. Drink now-2028. read more »
Region: Italy > Tuscany
Grape type: Sangiovese
Even in cool growing seasons like 2008, Poggio Antico "Altero" is surprisingly lush and forward, finishing without any trace of dried-fruit angularity. But it's in these unusually hot years — none more so than 2009 — that "Altero" reaches new heights, offering up the kind of crushed-red-fruit opulence that delights New World palates as no Brunello di Montalcino has before. read more »
Region: France > Rhone > Chateauneuf du Pape
Grape type: Rhone Blend
Three years after bottling, the ultra-rich 2009 "Anonyme" is perfectly primary — still a baby in a cradle. Saturated purple to the rim, infused with intoxicating aromas of crushed blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, and sweet herbes de Provence. Terrifically concentrated yet still light on its feet, walking the tightrope between New World modernity and Old World mineral complexity. While this ancient-vine blend is drinking beautifully right now, The Wine Advocate suggests that it won't hit full stride until sometime in the early 2030s! In our estimation, Parker's prediction is spot-on.
$90/bottle on the secondary market. STILL $45 today thanks to our 96-point handshake in July 2011 in Le Barroux. Last call. read more »
Region: Oregon > Willamette Valley > Ribbon Ridge
Grape type: Pinot Noir
For those of us who have been collecting Oregon's most exquisite Pinot Noirs over the last 20 years, just a small handful of single-parcel Pinots have distinguished themselves as America's Grand Crus.
But if you're like us, and you're captivated by silken red-fruit plushness, superb delineation, and age-worthy backbone, Harry Peterson-Nedry's 20-barrel "RR" is one of a kind.
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Region: France > Bordeaux
Grape type: Sauvignon Blanc
For those who pay close attention to Bordeaux vintage reports, you know all about the challenges posed by the 2013 growing season. An impossibly wet spring led to a tiny, irregular set. June was nippy, to be followed by a glorious July and August. While the châteaux of the Médoc were obliged to wait through a wet and problematic September to harvest late-maturing Cabernet Sauvignon, both the Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc at Château Turcaud were picked under fine conditions in the first week of the month. Sugars were solid, while acids were stinging, reminding Maurice Robert of his superb 1984 — an age-worthy blend that was still going strong when we tasted it nearly 20 years after bottling! read more »