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St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
July 31, 2021 91 Points The SOMM Journal

Fruit from estate vineyards in Sonoma, Russian River Valley, and top growers in Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley make up the blend for this well-structured red. Aromas of dark plum, oak, and coffee lead to firm tannins. Crushed violets are teeming with waves of mocha-boysenberry. Black pepper and Italian herbs season cedar-espresso on the finish.

— Meridith May

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Louis Jadot Mâconnais and Beaujolais Wines Pinot Noir Bourgogne 2018
July 01, 2021 90 Points Wine Enthusiast

This appellation covers some of the vineyards that used to be classified as just Bourgogne. The result is some fine wines, like this one, that have extra oomph, structure and concentration.

— Roger Voss

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July 01, 2021 98 Points Wine Enthusiast

All about radiance and finesse, this iconic Tuscan red has beguiling aromas of cedar, wild red berry, menthol and pipe tobacco that mingle with fragrant blue flowers. Made with 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, the focused, elegantly structured palate is vibrant and savory, delivering cassis, orange zest, licorice and a hint of coffee framed in taut, polished tannins. Bright acidity keeps it energized and balanced.

— Kerin O'Keefe

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Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo DOCG 2017
July 01, 2021 93 Points Wine Enthusiast

New leather, truffle and camphor aromas mingle with a whiff of wild berries on this earthy red. The ripe, accessible palate doles out fleshy black cherry, crushed raspberry, culinary spice and game alongside taut, fine-grained tannins.

— Kerin O'Keefe

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July 01, 2021 91 Points Wine Enthusiast

One of the original Late Bottled Vintage brands, this continues to set a fine style. This latest release is full of black fruits that have been softened by extra wood aging. At the same time, the richness of the wine shows strongly and emphatically, giving a Port that has density and ready drinkability.

— Roger Voss

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Tenuta di Biserno Il Pino di Biserno 2018
July 01, 2021 95 Points Wine Enthusiast

Made with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, this has intense aromas of cassis, camphor, leather and dark spice. It's smooth and savory, doling out ripe blackberry, juicy black currant, licorice and tobacco accompanied by polished tannins.

— Kerin O'Keefe

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Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Toscana IGT 2019
July 01, 2021 92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Made with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Sangiovese, this has enticing aromas of cassis, black tea, violet and wild herbs. Savory and elegantly structured, the medium-bodied palate shows ripe blackberry, star anise and a hint of coffee bean framed in lithe, polished tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced.

— Kerin O'Keefe

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Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto Toscana IGT 2019
July 01, 2021 95 Points - Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast

This enticing red offers alluring aromas of fragrant purple flowers, dark-skinned berries and crushed mint. The elegantly structured palate doles out succulent blackberry, orange zest, licorice and saline notes set against taut, refined tannins. It's nicely balanced by fresh acidity.

— Kerin O'Keefe

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Louis Jadot Mâconnais and Beaujolais Wines Bourgogne Blanc 2018
June 30, 2021 88 Points Wine Spectator

Apple and lemon flavors are framed by vanilla in this racy white. A linear profile sets the pace, and this ends with very good equilibrium and length.

— Bruce Sanderson

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June 30, 2021 90 Points Wine Spectator

Hints of chive blossom and ground white pepper flavor the crunchy white peach and grapefruit notes in this sleek Sauvignon Blanc. Minerally smoke and flint accents show on the well-cut finish.

— Alison Napjus

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Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016
June 30, 2021 93 Points Wine Spectator

A mix of cherry, plum, leather, earth and iron flavors mark this red. Starts out rich and supple in texture, then the assertive tannins sweep in midpalate through the finish. Finds a good balance in the end and finishes long.

— Bruce Sanderson

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June 30, 2021 94 Points Wine Spectator

Vanilla and toasty oak aromas and flavors are wrapped around a core of cherry, plum and tobacco in this stylish red. With air, the oak recedes and a mineral element emerges. Shows fine balance and a lingering finish.

— Bruce Sanderson

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St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Reserve Zinfandel 2018
June 30, 2021 92 Points Wine Spectator

Floral rose petal and raspberry flavors open to sleekly layered cherry, smoked pepper and briar patch accents, finishing with medium-bodied tannins.

— Tim Fish

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June 10, 2021 92 Points VinousMedia.com

The 2018 Etna Rosso Animardente mixes hints of sour citrus, spicy florals and tart cherries to create an alluring display. It shows soft textures and a juicy expression of Nerello Mascalese fruit, tinged with salty minerals as inner rose tones form toward the close. Fine tannins linger under an air of licorice and hard red candies, as this tapers off lightly structured and quite pleasant.

— Eric Guido

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June 10, 2021 90 Points VinousMedia.com

The 2016 Etna Rosso Animardente is dusty and coy, giving up only nuances of dried black cherries, roses and hints of cedar. It’s a silky and pure expression with subtle notes of strawberry and inner florals. Fine tannins come forward through the finale, as this resonates on tart red berries and mineral tones.

— Eric Guido

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June 10, 2021 91 Points VinousMedia.com

Like opening a jar of fresh blackberry preserves, the 2018 Syrah Maharis blossoms in the glass. Notes of stone dust, sweet smoke, lavender and violets frame its vibrant fruit-forward expression well. It’s silky and unexpectedly lifted in feel, with an elegant display of tart, mineral-tinged berries and spices, all carried across a core of vibrant acidity. The Maharis turns grippy and structured through the finale, where a coating of saturating tannin pinches at the cheeks, as savory herbs and hints of tar linger incredibly long.

— Eric Guido

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