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  1. Ulithorne Corsus Vermentinu 2012
    Ulithorne Corsus Vermentinu 2012

    Made by Rose Kentish at the Vino Vecchio winery in Corsica (French-governed island west of Italy / southeast of France). I don’t much love the price but three releases in – I do love the wine itself. Super drinking. Gorgeously aromatic and, most of all, textural. It’s an experience. Melon, wax, citrus, brine, honeydew and honeysuckle. Thoroughly delicious. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

    2012
    Vermentino
    France
    382
  2. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 1500ml
    Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 1500ml

    The 2015 Cotes du Rhone marks a terrific return to form for this cuvée. It’s intense and peppery, with concentrated black cherry fruit, a medium to full-bodied palate and a long finish. JOE CZERWINSHI robertparker.com

    The 2015 Côtes du Rhône checks in as a final blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre. It offers a juicy, Syrah-driven bouquet of ripe blackberry fruits, smoked meats, pepper, and hints of underbrush as well as a rich, medium to full-bodied, polished style on the palate. It has ripe tannin, plenty of mid-palate depth... it’s a beautiful Côtes du Rhône that will deliver the goods. JEB DUNNUCK


    Very flashy, glossy Syrah on the nose. Bit of treacle but great richness too. Great gloss and balance. Racy. Energetic. This doesn’t taste very like southern Rhône! They specialise in buying lots which others don’t want. They seek slow-maturing well-structured Syrahs. This will be a huge hit! JANCIS ROBINSON

    2012
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  3. La Castellada Pinot Grigio 2012
    La Castellada Pinot Grigio 2012
    100% Pinot Grigio from 26 year-old North-east facing vines planted in limestone and marl Ponca 180 metres above sea level. Hand harvested in September, destemmed and left on skins in Slavonian oak for 15 days. Spontaneous ferment then aged for 2 years in large Slavonian oak and a further year in stainless steel. Bottled without filtration and aged for a further year in bottle prior to release,13.5%. The unique microclimate of the site  makes it possible to take a natural approach in the vineyard, with the ventilation provided by the Adriatic and Alpine winds protecting from disease. Treatments of copper and sulfur are used only when necessary to protect against downy and powdery mildew, vineyards are fully grassed in order to protect biodiversity and retain moisture, yields are low in order to achieve perfect ripeness. LA CASTELLADA
    2012
    Pinot Grigio
    Italy
    391
  4. Forlorn Hope Mil Amores 2012
    Forlorn Hope Mil Amores 2012
    The DeWitt Vineyard is sustainably farmed, made up of granite and quartz soils. A blend of Portuguese grape varieties, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz, Trincadeira are planted in a single block. The block was picked and co-fermented at the same time. Aged only in neutral oak for 12 months then bottled. The blend is loaded with black, blue fruit, earthy and spicy undertones, unmatched suppleness with lots of intrigue. PWS
    2012
    Tinto, Touriga
    USA
    362
  5. Trimbach Frederic Emile Riesling 2012 375ml
    Trimbach Frederic Emile Riesling 2012 375ml

    Bright pale straw-green. Fresh nose of green apple, quince lime and herbs. Then minty, almost peppery flavors of green fig, apple and gooseberry. Finishes long and suave with zippy acidity and a hint of minerality at the back. This is still very young but magically combines precision, concentration and refinement as only this cuvée manages. Strikes me as an earlier maturing version of Fréderic Emile, but will undoubtedly be another great star in this wine’s constellation history. IAN D'AGATA, Vinous Media

    The 2012 Riesling Frédéric Emile starts clear, subtle and very elegant on the floral nose. Elegant, piquantly mineral and finesse-full on the palate, with a lot of Spiel and restrained power but also some petrol hints (?) this bottling shows a nice purity and a long and tension-filled finish. A real Trimbach classic to be enjoyed over the next 20+ years. STEPHAN REINHARDT, The WIne Advocate

    2012
    Riesling
    France
    343
  6. Williams Paola Medina Fino Palomino de Anada 2010 500ml
    Williams Paola Medina Fino Palomino de Anada 2010 500ml
    Based on old vines in Pagos Añina and Carrascal (jerez). Product of a cool, humid vintage.
    The 2019 saca is the last bottling of this incredible Fino.

    Hints of brassy development, really mature standing grass, traces of fine caramelised toffee as pure perfume, weightless and dry. Great depth without weight, very true to style, tangy as heck, whisper clear and still with a trace of whisky-wildness. SCOTT WASLEY
    2012
    Sherry
    Spain
    410
  7. Vray Croix de Gay 2013 375ml
    Vray Croix de Gay 2013 375ml

    This tiny estate’s (less than 12 acres) sensational terroir has never been fully exploited, but that will change now that the owner of Chateau Latour, Francois Pinault, has purchased an approximately 50% interest in Vray Croix de Gay. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the dark ruby-hued 2013 exhibits notes of black cherries, loamy soil and underbrush. Consume this medium-bodied effort during its first 4-5 years of life. ROBERT PARKER, 2014

    2012
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  8. Mengoba Sancho Martin 2014
    Mengoba Sancho Martin 2014
    I clearly underestimated the 2014 La Vigne de Sancho Martín when I tasted it last year, and I'm glad Pérez submitted it again as I was immediately blown away by its strong personality, perfumed and subtle nose and was devastated when I saw my comments from April 2016. I'm tempted to say this is Mengoba's finest offering to date. It's super elegant with a rare combination of power and finesse. As I mentioned, it's a single-vineyard red from a plot that used to be owned by someone called Valentín in the village of Espanillo in the zone of Sancho Martín. The field blend is mainly Mencía with some 15% Garnacha Tintorera and a little Godello. The grapes are part destemmed, part full-cluster fermented in a 1,000-liter stainless steel vat and then transferred to 600-liter demi-muids for malolactic and 12 months aging. Simply superb! LUIS GUTIERREZ
    2012
    mencia
    Spain
    355
  9. Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012
    Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012
    The 2012 Grand Vintage is a very pretty, high-toned Champagne. Surprisingly nervous for this radiant vintage, the 2012 is going to need a bit of time to be at its best. Some of that may be attributable to early release of the 2012, which was bottled after only five years on its lees rather than the more customary seven or so because the house did not bottle either a 2010 or 2011 Grand Vintage, and the necessities of the market are what they are. Lemon confit, white flowers, and mint gradually open up in the glass. This is an especially taut style for the Grand Vintage, which is usually creamier and more open-knit in the early going. The blend is 41% Chardonnay, 36% Meunier and 33% Pinot Noir. Dosage is 5 grams per liter. Disgorged: February, 2018. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous
    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
  10. Guimaro Finca Cappelinos Single Vineyard Mencia 2012
    Guimaro Finca Cappelinos Single Vineyard Mencia 2012
    It's hard to make up your mind about your preferences in 2012 between the Finca Pombeiras and the Finca Capeliños. Capeliños is an extremely old vineyard, they don't know its age but they know it's at least 96 years old and that it is planted with a field blend dominated by Mencía but also with other white grapes (which are used for the white Viñas Viejas) and other local reds that represent some 20% of the final blend here. Some 40% of the full clusters were put with the rest of un-crushed grapes in a 3,000-liter oak vat where it fermented slowly during some 55 days. It was transferred to used barriques where it completed malolactic and one year aging in contact with the lees. The smaller oak containers might be responsible for the more serious, closed personality of this wine that with some time in the glass unfurls aromas of violets, earth, balsam, aromatic herbs, peach and malted cereals. The palate is medium-bodied with great freshness (orange peel), flavors of violets and an earthy, mineral/slate sensation. This surely has the stuffing for a long, slow development in bottle and it would be fascinating to follow up its development next to the Finca Pombeiras. Only 1,000 bottles were produced. LOUIS GUTIERREZ
    2012
    mencia
    Spain
    471
  11. Louis Roederer Brut Nature Champagne 2012
    Louis Roederer Brut Nature Champagne 2012
    The 2012 Brut Nature is showing beautifully, bursting from the glass with an expressive bouquet of lemon oil, crisp green apple, wheat toast, hazelnuts and wet stones. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with its generous core of concentrated and delicately sun-kissed fruit girdled by brisk acids and undeniable mineral grip and complemented by a delicate pinpoint mousse. Concluding with a saline finish, this lovely wine is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay, reflecting its origins in Cumières. WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker
    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $148.00 Regular Price $175.00
  12. Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2014
    Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2014
    The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is the top white of the estate and it won’t be released until this coming January as they like to give this release additional time in bottle. As a general rule, this is sound advice and almost every quality 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc will show better next summer. This 2014 has more tension and minerality than the La Roquete releases, as well as fabulous notes of mulled pears, citrus blossom and peach. Medium to full-bodied, structured, tight and backwards, it needs another year in bottle but is a sensational white that will evolve gracefully for another decade easily. JEB DUNNUCK
    2012
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  13. Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera 2011
    Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera 2011
    The 2012 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is one of the most beautiful, precise wines of the vintage. Finely cut and chiseled, the Gavarini exudes energy and tension, both signatures of this high-altitude, Monforte site. Crushed flowers, dark red berries, mint and crushed rocks are some of the signatures. So many 2012s are open-knit, but Grasso's Gavarini is going to need at least several years in barrel. If anything, the 2012 is a bit austere, but I say that in the best sense of the word. Exotic, alluring and totally stunning, the 2012 is a real knock-out. (96) ANTONIO GALLONI
    2012
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
    $185.00
  14. Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2012
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2012
    I like the ripe-fruit and smoked-meat aromas to this. Subtle and complex. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Very structured for the vintage. Better in 2020. (96) JAMES SUCKLING

    Valdicava represents its own school within the greater Brunello philosophy. This estate (under proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese) crafts contemporary and modern wines with noticeable density and ever-present aromatic intensity. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark and inky appearance with bright ruby highlights that break through the background darkness with brilliance. The nose is generous and robust with dark cherry fruit, plum, Indian spice, mocha and espresso bean. These elements are stitched together with seamless transitions. Despite that grand approach, Sangiovese's prickly and often nervous personality shines through nonetheless. The variety adds delicate berry nuances and bright acidity that give this wine profound depth. This is a very well-made wine that promises a long aging future. MONICA LARNER
    2012
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  15. Larmandier Bernier Les Chemins d'Avize 2013 Grand Cru Extra Brut
    Larmandier Bernier Les Chemins d'Avize 2013 Grand Cru Extra Brut
    The 2013 Extra Brut Les Chemins d'Avize Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru is floral and gracious, much more so than is common in Avize Champagnes, which tend to have more body. The 2013 is beautifully perfumed and ethereal from start to finish, with striking beams of salinity that confer tension. Candied lemon peel, white flowers, spice, hazelnut, dried flowers and chamomile are some of the many notes that are laced together. This subtle, wonderfully nuanced Champagne has so much to offer. It is the most restrained wine in this range. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
  16. Larmandier Bernier Les Chemins d'Avize 2012 Grand Cru Extra Brut
    Larmandier Bernier Les Chemins d'Avize 2012 Grand Cru Extra Brut
    The 2012 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Les Chemins d'Avize is another powerful, deep wine that needs time in the glass to be at its best. In fact, the 2012 was not really fully expressive until it had been opened for about 24 hours. There is an inherent depth to the 2012 that just needs time to emerge. With air, the 2012 is broad and expansive, with the layers of fruit intensity and tension that are such signatures of Pierre and Sophie Larmandier's very best wines. What a gorgeous Champagne this is. Dosage is 2 grams per liter. ANTONINO GALLONI, Vinous
     
    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
  17. Pol Roger Vintage 2012 1500ml
    Pol Roger Vintage 2012 1500ml
    Disgorged in October 2018, the 2012 Brut Vintage offers up aromas of smoky peach, apples, pastry cream, white flowers and mandarin. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and powerful, with more volume and amplitude than its blanc de blancs counterpart, revealing racy balancing acids, an already refined mousse and the impressive concentration that typifies this low-yielding vintage. It's a classic blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay that saw seven grams per liter dosage. WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate
    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $357.00 Regular Price $420.00
  18. Louis Roederer Cristal 2013
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2013
    I've revisited Roederer's 2013 Cristal four times since I reviewed it in April of this year—including several times from my own cellar—and I had to admit that even my lavish praise didn't do it full justice. Combining the cool-vintage cut of 2008 with the more completely mature fruit of 2012, the 2013 Cristal might well be said to represent the perfect combination of the two from a purist's perspective. The wine unwinds in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, almond paste and citrus oil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless and multidimensional palate that's intense but weightless, with racy acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, penetrating finish. Drink the 2008 Cristal on its own, and you're unlikely—to put it mildly—to have any complaints; but compare it directly with the 2013 and you'll see Roederer's rapid progress in the vineyards writ large.WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker 2021
    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $379.00 Regular Price $465.00
  19. Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Curra Riserva 2012
    Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Curra Riserva 2012
    The 2012 Barbaresco Riserva Currà is a real knockout. Intense, sweet and beautifully perfumed, the 2012 offers a super-classic expression of this Neive vineyard. Twenty four months in oak have helped soften some of the angular contours the 2012 had when it was younger. Hints of orange peel, white pepper, dried herbs and cherries linger on the exotic, beguiling finish. What a gorgeous wine this is. The 2012 spent 22 months in cask. To be released in 2017. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2012
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  20. Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2012
    Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2012

    Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2012 SHELF PRICE $450 YOUR PRICE $395
    Intense aromas of strawberry and subtle apple with pie crust and some ash and stone. An almost smoky undertone to the aromas. Full-bodied and very layered with ultra fine tannins that give it a rough-cut, velvety texture. It's very flavorful, yet so checked and reserved at the same time. Compact, tight palate that is deep and powerful. Very vinous at the end and in the mouth feel. Spicy and biscuity at the finish. Mostly pinot noir with chardonnay and only grand cru. More density and complexity than the 2008. Seven years on the lees. Delicious and luxurious to drink now, but giving this some age will make it even better. (98) JAMES SUCKLING

    Pol Roger's newly released 2012 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is showing brilliantly, bursting from the glass with youthful aromas of honeyed pears, toasted brioche, pomelo, fresh pastry, green apple and mandarin orange, with hints of stone fruit emerging with time in the glass. Full-bodied, vinous and textural, with an enveloping core of fleshy, concentrated fruit, bright acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse, it concludes with a long, penetrating finish. More muscular and vibrant than the generous and charming 2009, the 2012 ranks alongside the 2008 and 2002 as one of the three finest renditions of Sir Winston Churchill this millennium-and in style it resembles a hypothetical blend of those two vintages. (96+) WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate

    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
  21. Agrapart Venus Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2014
    Agrapart Venus Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2014
    The 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Vénus is sourced from vines planted in 1959 in the La Fosse lieu-dit, a tiny parcel measuring just 0.3 hectares that is worked by horse. It is a stunning Champagne. Initially somewhat reticent, the Vénus literally explodes with a few hours of opening. Rich, exotic and wonderfully resonant, with soaring aromatics, the 2014 captures all of the intensity of Avize, showing tons of depth and class to burn. I suggest opening it several hours in advance, which will really allow the citrus, floral and mineral flavors to come alive. The 2014 was fermented in neutral oak and aged on the cork. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous
    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
  22. Jacques Prieur Musigny 2017
    Jacques Prieur Musigny 2017
    The 2017 Musigny Grand Cru, which is completely de-stemmed, has a very sensual and generous bouquet with very pretty black cherries, raspberry preserve, overripe Satsuma and mineral scents that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, more backward than the aromatics at the moment but very well balanced with super-fine tannin framing the feminine and quite persistent finish. Good potential here. NEAL MARTIN
    2012
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
    Special Price $1,950.00 Regular Price $2,295.00
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