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Vintages: April 18th 2020
2018 INVIVO GRAHAM NORTON’S OWN SAUVIGNON BLANC MARLBOROUGH
$17.95 | VINTAGES#: 560284 | 750 mL bottle | 93pts Wine Orbit
Punchy, lively and fabulously expressed, the wine shows passionfruit, green rockmelon, kaffir lime and jasmine characters on the nose, leading to an intensely flavoured palate that is vibrant and juicy. It is instantly appealing with classic varietal notes, backed by refreshing acidity, finishing long and delicious. At its best: now to 2021.
2016 MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE VIEILLES VIGNES SAINT-VÉRAN
$27.95 | VINTAGES#: 11906 | 750 mL bottle
Headed by Nicolas Potel, this dynamic négoce activity proposes a Saint-Véran displaying a caressing texture and deprived of pronounced woody notes. Marzipan, peach, apple and lacteous notes are liberated from this Mâconnais white. Take it out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving with salmon or a warm goat-cheese salad.
2018 TORNATORE ETNA BIANCO
$24.95 | VINTAGES#: 577676 | 750 mL bottle | 91pts Decanter
Made from 100% Carricante, with fine balance between minerality and fruit and hints of sweetness; full of white peaches, balsamic herbs and a refreshing citrus finale. A nicely direct wine. Drinking Window: 2019-2024. Score – 91. (decanter.com, April 1, 2019)
2017 SISTER’S RUN OLD TESTAMENT CABERNET SAUVIGNON COONAWARRA
$17.95 | VINTAGES#: 478271 | 750 mL bottle | 93pts Australian Wine Companion
Good colour; offers a savoury/spicy/leafy trifecta of flavours, cedary tannins to the fore. All up elegance and finesse. Drink by: 2032. Special Value. Score – 93. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2019)
2016 CHÂTEAU DE MONTFAUCON CÔTES DU RHÔNE
$18.95 | VINTAGES#: 13439 | 750 mL bottle | 90pts Robert Parker
The silky 2016 Cotes du Rhone is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise. Cherries, garrigue and leather notes all come together in this medium to full-bodied but gentle, elegant wine. It’s smooth from start to finish, with fine-grained tannins and hints of thyme that emerge on the finish. This historic property sits next to the Rhône on its western bank, looking across the valley to the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux in the distance. The current owner, Rodolphe du Pins, has been making wine at the property since 1995. “Sixteen was just an amazing year,” he said. “For whites as well as reds.”
2017 ORGANIZED CRIME WILD FERMENT RIESLING
$21.20 | VINTAGES#: 11952 | 750 mL bottle | 91pts Wine Align
This is not highly aromatic Riesling but has classic Niagara character. It is very nicely balanced, essentially dry and shows excellent length. Expect ripe pear aromas with lemon, petrol and spice. It is more intense on the palate, with lively acidity some warmth and bitterness on the finish. Classy and great value. Tasted Feb 2020.
2017 THE ORGANIZED CRIME BREAK-IN PINOT NOIR
$21.95 | VINTAGES#: 396267 | 750 mL bottle | 89pts Wine Align
High-toned, limestone soil like example, dusty, dark cherry but not overly pressed or extracted. Peppery and expressive, with proper acidity and local garrigue. Solid pinot noir. Drink: 2019-2021. Tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019. Score – 89. (Michael Godel, winealign.com, July 21, 2019) .
2014 CORTONESI LA MANNELLA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG
$63.00 | VINTAGES#: 12405 | 750 mL bottle | 93pts Wine Align – Michael Godel
Cortonesi works through the challenge with a sangiovese in 2014 that finds critical mass and therefore celebrates la vita bella in Brunello. With no reason to choose a Vigna-designate nor a Riserva to produce, the best of the best therefore finds its way into this eponymous family Brunello. It’s equipped with notable vintage fruit, finer acids than many and a tannic structure that is not only correct but highly promising. Lengthiness is one of the best in the vintage. Drink date: 2023-2031. Score – 93. (Michael Godel, winealign.com, March 10, 2019)
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