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September 01, 2020 95 Points Wine Enthusiast

The nose on this wine offers glimpses of both dried and fresh lemon peel, smoky reduction and wet chalk. The palate comes in with cool concentration focused on a ripe but tingling notion of lemon zest. Earthiness anchors this all, with lemon notes that convey cool, vivid freshness. Stony, chalky lemony purity seems to radiate and real drive seems to propel the wine forward. The finish is bone dry and long.

— Anne Krebiehl

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September 01, 2020 93 Points Wine Enthusiast

A slight whiff of smokiness is all that escapes on the shy, closed nose. The palate of this wine sweeps in with juicy flow, transporting a wealth of ripe, fresh Mirabelle plums framed by a beautiful, pithy texture. The wine offers intensity and a dry finish, and seems like a summer breeze.

— Anne Krebiehl

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September 01, 2020 93 Points Wine Enthusiast

A glint of flinty reduction entices on the cool, lemon nose on this wine. Lemon becomes more precise on the palate, tingling with freshness and pithy zest. The wine has cool, expansive depth, despite the hot vintage. Vivid lemon freshness persists to the long, bright finish, where zestiness lingers.

— Anne Krebiehl

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September 01, 2020 94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Flinty reduction and lemony zestiness create a very appetizing nose. The palate delvers more of those zesty, juicy, mouth-watering lemon notes while the full, rounded body adds a stony depth to those ripe Amalfi lemon flavors. There is tautness, even on this generous body. The dry finish tapers beautifully into a notion of ripe lemon zest.

— Anne Krebiehl

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September 01, 2020 90 Points Wine Enthusiast

This affordable Chardonnay, from one of New Zealand's best known names, is intensely perfumed, a heady, musky combo of flower blossoms, peach cobbler, orange zest and ginger. The medium-weight palate is powdery in texture with a lovely freshness.

— Christina Pickard

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Michele Chiarlo Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2016
September 01, 2020 96 Points Wine Enthusiast

Forest floor, mature plum, new leather and game mingle with a floral scent of iris. Showing an attractive combination of earthiness and elegance, the savory, enveloping palate doles out juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, truffle and white pepper alongside chewy, fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced and youthfully tense.

— Kerin O'Keefe

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Montes Alpha M 2017
September 01, 2020 93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of cassis, fresh tomato, tobacco, herbs, eucalyptus and spice are Chilean all the way, while this Cabernet-led blend feels solid but a little light in the midpalate. Savory plum, berry and tomato-sauce flavors finish dry and smooth, with manageable tannins.

— Michael Schachner

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Michele Chiarlo Cerequio Barolo DOCG 2016
September 01, 2020 96 Points Wine Enthusiast

Fragrant purple flower, dark-skinned berry, chopped mint and pipe tobacco are just some of the aromas you'll find on this captivating red. The delicious palate combines structure, finesse and earthiness, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, black raspberry, licorice and truffle framed in taut, fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it youthfully focused and well balanced.

— Kerin O'Keefe

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Château d’Aqueria Tavel Rosé 2019
September 01, 2020 93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Year after year, this mouthwatering rosé is an approachably priced, stand-out pick amid an excellent lineup of Tavel bottlings. It's weighty and concentrated yet always invigorating, packed with crisp-tart blackberry and black-cherry flavors marked by complexities of bramble, garrigue and earth.

— Anna Lee C. Ijima

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September 01, 2020 91 Points Wine Enthusiast

This vintage of Craggy Range's classic Martinborough SB favors grassy, green herbal notes, woven with zesty lemon-lime, passion fruit and seashell nuances. As it warms in the glass, it offers more generous fruit. The palate is zesty, with green herbal notes riding straight through to the finish. There's a lovely balance of texture and acidity with length and freshness.

— Christina Pickard

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Tenute del Cabreo Il Borgo Toscana IGT 2016
August 06, 2020 90 Points The Wine Odyssey

Its modern suppleness is created from the extraordinary ripeness and balance of 2016 Tuscan vintage. It delivers black-fruit and cedar fragrances, and black-cherry flavor—all carried on a medium body with a soft, round texture that cries “Bordeaux-esque.”

— John Foy

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August 04, 2020 93 Points VinousMedia.com

Deep ruby-red. Intense red and blue fruit, floral and spice qualities on the fragrant nose, along with hints of succulent flowers and musky earth. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, mulberry and cherry flavors sweetened by a vanilla flourish. Smooth tannins build slowly, adding shape to a very long, smoke- and spice-laced finish.

— Josh Raynolds

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Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo DOCG 2016
August 04, 2020 93 Points jamessuckling.com

Ripe and generous with currants, plums and spice, as well as chocolate character. It’s full-bodied with round tannins and a firm, racy finish.

— James Suckling

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Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Toscana IGT 2018
August 03, 2020 91 Points jamessuckling.com

A medium-bodied red with plum and cherry character. Walnut and bark undertones. It’s creamy and savory at the finish.

— James Suckling

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August 01, 2020 92 Points Wine & Spirits

Aurelio Montes has been exploring the coast of Chile as far north as Zapallar (for his Outer Limits sauvignon blanc); this wine includes fruit from that vineyard, as well as from estate parcels in Casablanca and the coastal hills north of that region, in Aconcagua. It’s a long line-drive of Asian pear flavor, brisk and juicy, markedly mineral in its smoke-tinged acidity. It reminded one taster of fresh salt air, “like being out on a boat.”

— Joshua Greene

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August 01, 2020 95 Points Wine & Spirits

This wine’s silken concentration and grace make it compellingly delicious. Here, the plump white-peach sweetness is powered by the drive of the savory pinot-gris tannins. That combination lasts with a freshness I remembered a day after tasting it, making me want the bottle back.

— Joshua Greene

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