Happy Tax Day!
In Today’s Newsletter:
Including Glavier, de Villaine
Gimonnet, Pepiere, Huet and More!
New (Easter) Wines from Division
Plus, More Easter Picks!
Reynvaan Challenges for the Walla Walla Throne
Trimbach: Clos St. Hune Returns
More 100 pt Dominus Arrives Tomorrow
Easter Rosé Special
Planeta Rose Siclia, Sicily 2018 750ML ($17.95) $14 pre-arrival special
Case-6 Planeta Rose Siclia, Sicily 2018 750ML ($89.95) $71.90 pre-arrival special (that’s only $11.98/bottle!)
Winery note “50% Nero d’Avola 50% Syrah. Our Rosé, fresh and fruity, represents all the feelings of a Sicilian summer. Its colour is that of a summer sunset. The fresh aromas of strawberry make it a marvellously friendly wine, and easy to drink. Enjoy Planeta’s Rosé in good company, as an aperitif with tapas, raw fish, fresh salads or alone with seasonal fruit.”
Averaen Pinot Noir Rose, Willamette Valley 2018 750ML ($21.95) $17 special
Winery note “You know that band of still-pink-but-almost-to-the-white watermelon flesh next to the rind? Think that with a drop of citrus and some pomegranate tang. Don’t let the pale color fool you – this Rose is packed with intoxicating aromas and complexity on its lithe body. 92% Pinot Noir & 8% Pinot Gris. Refreshing and easy going, AVERÆN Rosé hails from a high elevation, cool vineyard called Mason Ridge in the deep north end of the Willamette Valley. Remote, windy and cold, the grapes here struggle for ripeness, making it an ideal source for Rosé production (and sparkling wine if we were so inclined). As such, the farming including crop load and canopy management was done with intention, our scopes honed in on Rosé.”
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Don’t let the pretty label fool you, this is a serious and vinous Champagne from the newest grower to join Terry Theise’s book
Philippe Glavier La Grace d’Alphael Grand Cru Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Wine & Spirits 91 points “Philippe and Veronique Glavier farm 49 parcels in Avize, Oger, Cramant and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, 11.1 acres in all, and vinify each one separately. This chardonnay ferments in stainless steel and ages on the lees for 28 months, the blend including 30 percent reserve wine from prior vintages. It has the scent of apple blossoms and Queen Anne’s lace, the wine’s acidity bringing a soft, textural chalk abrasion to the heirloom-apple flavors.”
A head-turning Champagne!
Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Cuvee Fleuron Millesime Premier Cru Brut, Champagne 2009 1.5L ($189.95) $159 special
Antonio Galloni 95 points “The 2009 Brut Fleuron is round, voluptuous and racy. Explosive and spherical on the palate, the 2009 exudes richness, with plenty of the radiance of the year on display. Tropical inflections abound in a deep, boisterous Champagne that feels very ripe by Gimonnet standards. Still, there is so much to like, especially the way the wine maintains so much freshness given its intensity. Vineyard sources are 42.5% Cramant, 30% Chouilly, 18.5% Cuis and 9% Oger. Dosage is 4.5 grams/liter.”
The next best price is $169
Affordable DRC? Only to those in the know…
Domaine A. & P. de Villaine Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise La Digoine, Burgundy 2016 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Winery note “La Digoine is a site at the foot of a slope, known for centuries to provide the deep soil and growing conditions necessary for excellent red wine. At first sight, the colour is sustained, intense red. Even if the nose is still slightly shy, it suggests a great wine; this impression is confirmed by the complexity on the palate. A wine fleshy, rich, deep, full of ripe and silky tannins. These wines having been matured and vinified the most natural way possible, we would recommend that you cellar them for a bit and then let them breathe before drinking.”
One of the staff’s all-time favorite estates!
Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Clos des Briords, Loire 2017 1.5L ($59.95) $44 special
Wine Enthusiast 90 points “From 60–70 years old, this wine boasts a rich, concentrated backdrop. Its spice and pepper flavors are integrated with the ripe fruitiness, while delicious acidity and a touch of almond grace the finish. Drink now.”
A bold & rich Muscadet
Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie ‘Les Gras Moutons’, Loire 2017 750ML ($21.95) $18 special
Importer note “100% Melon de Bourgogne. First bottled in 2007, the “Fat Sheep” is a lieu-dit made up of 2 parcels totalling 1.7 hectares in the cru of Monnières-Saint Fiacre. Gras Moutons could be includes in their cru Monnières bottling, but Marc and Rémi have chosen to bottle these “younger” vines of 20 to 70 years old separately. The farming is organic and harvest and all work by hand as for all Pépière vineyards. It came into the Pépière fold through partner Rémi Branger, whose father farmed it for years. The gentle slope faces south and thus ripens well, but slowly, thanks to the constant wind blowing across the vineyard; as a result it is typically the last to be harvested. The soil features gneiss–a compressed form of granite that has a very different impact than the granites found in other Pépière sites–as well as amphibolite rocks scattered throughout.”
“A legend in the making”
Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec, Loire 2017 750ML ($49.95) $39 special
John Gilman 95+ points “The 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet offers up a superb constellation of apple, pineapple, quince, very complex minerality, honeycomb, orange blossoms and lanolin. On the palate the wine is pure, nascently complex and full-bodied, with superb depth at the core, bright, seamless acids, laser-like focus and outstanding grip and balance on the long, vibrant and stunning finish. This too will be approachable for a few years and then shut down for an extended period of hibernation, but unlike the Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec, where early sampling would be perfectly understandable, to waste bottles of the 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec drinking it in its early window of accessibility would border on a crime! This is a legend in the making. 2018-2020.2030-2090.”
Jeb Dunnuck 95 points “The 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec is thrilling stuff, offering a vivid gold color as well as a kaleidoscope of honeyed citrus, white flowers, orange blossom, dried herbs, and chalky mineral-like aromas and flavors. It’s ripe and textured on the palate, with terrific concentration, yet has beautiful acidity, a seamless, perfectly balanced mouthfeel, and a great, great finish. The sweetness is brilliantly managed, and this beauty is going to keep for decades.”
Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec, Loire 2017 750ML ($49.95) $39 special
Jeb Dunnuck 96 points “The 2017 Le Mont Demi-Sec is cut from the same cloth as the le Mont Sec, yet has slightly more weight and richness. Thrilling notes of honeyed apples, caramelized limes, tangerine peel, and ripe pineapple notes all emerge from this full-bodied, deep, beautifully textured beauty that has ample density and richness, yet still glides across the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness. It has thrilling depth of fruit, bright acidity, integrated sweetness, and perfect balance, all making for a totally captivating Vouvray to enjoy over the coming two decades or more. If drinking any time soon, a healthy decant is recommended, as this didn’t start to shine until day two.”
John Gilman 94 points “Domaine Huët’s 2017 Le Mont Demi-Sec bottling is just a touch more honeyed on the nose than the Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec, but as this wine is often more mineral as well (in comparison to the more chalky Le Haut Lieu), the combination works beautifully in this vintage. The nose jumps from the glass in a fine, youthful blend of apple, quince, fresh pineapple, stony soil tones, incipient notes of honeycomb, spring flowers and just a touch of youthful chenin wildness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full and a bit more powerful in personality than the Le Haut Lieu, with impeccable balance, a great core, superb backend mineral drive and a very long, very refined and nascently complex finish. This is an outstanding wine in the making! 2018-2020; 2030-2080.”
Wine Spectator 94 points “Delightfully ripe and lively, with a mix of white peach, ginger, yellow apple and quince flavors that are carried by bright minerality and mouthwatering acidity. Light floral hints gild the finish, while the fruit drives through. Thoroughly delicious, and built to age well. Drink now through 2033.”
We’re bringing in fresh releases from Division Winemaking Co., just in time to pour at your Easter or other springtime festivities.
These arrive Tuesday:
Deep minerality here – one of the finest expressions of the Johan vineyard.
Division Winemaking Co ‘Trois’ Johan Vineyard Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017 750ML ($39.95) $33 pre-arrival special
John Gilman 91+ points “The 2017 Chardonnay “Johan Vineyard” bottling from Division Wine Company is a young and nicely cool climate example of this varietal, for though it comes in at a nice 13.1 percent octane, it is zesty and reserved in personality. The bouquet delivers a fine, youthful blend of pear, fresh almond, a bit of apple pie spice, complex soil tones, white flowers, fresh nutmeg and a hint of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and tightly-knit, with a lovely core of fruit, excellent soil signature, fine focus and balance and a long, youthful and very promising long finish. Dick Ponzi made a really good chardonnay all the way back in the 1988 vintage and this wine reminds me stylistically very much of that wine, though I do not know why. This is eminently drinkable today, but its glory lies in the future and tuck it away in the cellar for a couple of years and watch the magic unfold. 2021-2040.”
Division has dialed in their Sauv Blanc – a thoughtfully made blend of old-world and new-world style
Division Winemaking Co Division-Villages ‘La Frontiere’ Sauvignon Blanc, Willamette Valley 2018 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 pre-arrival special
Winery note “Oregon AVA Redford-Wetle Vineyard (55%) Allegre Vineyard (45%). Myron Redford is as great a legend in Oregon’s wine industry as they come. Always experimenting, sometimes successfully and sometimes not, with grapes like Gamay Noir, Albarino and yes, Sauvignon Blanc. He and his partner Vikki Wetle planted a small 7.5 acre certified organic vineyard on Jory, Yamhill & Woodburn soils at their home property in the Eola-Amity Hills in 2006, which includes the Sauvignon Blanc that makes up a little more than half of our 2018 “La Frontière.” The organically farmed Allegre Vineyard, our first in the Columbia Gorge, makes up the remaining portion of this cuvée. Jen Kroner and Pat Allegre are some of the Hood River area’s finest growers of not only grapes, but premium quality cherries and orchard fruit, all nestled between Mt Hood and Mt Adams, our biggest volcanoes in the region. Our third “La Frontière” demonstrates clear Sauvignon Blanc characteristics ranging from dew-kissed green grass to sugar snap peas, but thankfully on the prettier side of the possibilities for this challenging grape to pick correctly. The aromatics are led by nectarine, Provençal herbs, and botanicals. This wine is not lean and mean, but rather simultaneously racy and rich, ripe, succulent, with the kind of soaring acidity that allows a full spectrum of flavors to dance across the palate, which is medium bodied featuring mouth-coating nectarine and apricot notes that continue through with good depth and length.”
Division Winemaking Co Division-Villages Beton Red, Oregon 2018 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 pre-arrival special
Winery note “Cabernet Franc (55%), Gamay Noir (15%), Pinot Noir (15%) and Côt (10%) from Quady North Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Serra Vineyard Cabernet Franc & Côt, Methven Family Vineyards Gamay Noir, & Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon AVA. The Applegate Valley AVA in southern Oregon has become a favorite for us due to its unique granitic bedrock and its microclimate that is warmer and drier than the Willamette Valley, but cooler and wetter than the greater Rogue Valley to the east. The Applegate has proved to us to be a perfect region for the Loire clones of Cabernet Franc we have come to love so much. Herb Quady is one of the best growers in the region, if not the state, who is doing all the right things for the terroir there, including organic farming techniques and very well thought out and judicious irrigation use. His own Quady North Vineyard and the Serra Vineyard, which he also farms, sit in the hills above the Applegate river. We anchor our Béton bistro style red blend with Cabernet Franc from both of these, as well as the Côt (AKA Loire Malbec) portion from the Serra Vineyard. The Gamay component (15% of the blend) comes from Methven Family Vineyard, planted in 2002 which located in the Willamette Valley, as well as a small amount of Biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir from Johan Vineyards, also in the Willamette Valley. We love the Touraine rouge cuvée wines from the Loire that are typically served as bistro wines in Paris and used them as inspiration for our “Béton” blend. We attribute the success of our red blend, now in it’s seventh vintage, to the desire of so many to have an intriguing and food friendly, yet never overly heavy bistro-style red wine as a mainstay at the dinner table. For those who recall last vintage’s Béton, which was influenced by wildfires in the Applegate Valley, 2018 is a return to Béton greatness! The aromatics scream Cabernet Franc with violet floral overtones, plums, and sauvage berries in the background. The pallet is juicy, clean, perfectly structured and balanced with Cab Franc-y notes of pepper, dark earth, and cassis. We love the elegance and focus on plum and dark berry fruits this vintage and are truly ecstatic for this vintage!”
VinopolNote: A bright, light and vibrant Grenache. No, really!Want more great picks for your Easter table? Here’s what our staff suggests:
A fresh & vibrant answer to what to pair with springtime dishes
Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2016 750ML ($31.95) $24 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2016 750ML ($289.95) $249 special (that’s only $20.75/bottle!)
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 92 points “Opening with nice reduction but precise and ripe fruit as well as crunchy slate aromas on the nose, the 2016 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett is pure and flinty, well-structured and quite aristocratic (though a frivolous aristocrat), with a firm structure, lush fruit and a lovely lightness and buoyancy. Very stimulating and mouthwatering, but it’s far too young to appreciate the full complexity it will deliver in a couple of years. Salty, grippy and fruity—just a perfect Kabinett.”
Stuart Pigott – jamessuckling.com 91 points “Super-fresh and vibrant with a cool, mineral-herbal personality and a very clean, long finish. You could drink it any time during the next decade, but why wait?”
And the case price makes it even lower!
Rene Geoffroy Rose de Saignee Premier Cru Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($79.95) $49 special, 17 bottles in stock now
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 93 points “Macerated for a couple of hours on the skins, this NV Rosé de Saignée Brut Premier Cru is 100% Pinot Noir and is entirely based on the 2013 vintage. Disgorged in September 2017 with a dosage of eight grams per liter, this has a beautifully deep and intense Pinot character with red fruit aromas on the nose. Full, round and vinous on the palate, with great elegance, complexity and expression, this is a gorgeous Rosé with great purity, elegance and intense fruitiness. Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy is truly a master of the saignée method. Tasted April 2018.”
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Goodfellow Family Cellars Syrah – Viognier, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($24.95) $16 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Goodfellow Family Cellars Syrah – Viognier, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($269.95) $169 special (that’s only $14.08/bottle!)
Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses, Loire 2014 750ML ($31.95) $27 special
Wine Enthusiast 94 points “Chalk soil on the slope up to the plateau above the town of Chinon gives this organic wine its mineral texture, which is allied to great fruit and spice. Wood aging lends generous, ripe tannins, the layers of black fruits are impressive and have aged well.”
Way back in 2007, who would have thought a start-up could rocket into the first ranks of Walla Walla wine? Considering the quality geology, geography, and talent in the area, it hardly came as a surprise for Reynvaan. Family-owned and -run, this is a hands-on operation that dedicated itself from the start to producing the finest wines from some of the region’s best vineyard sites. Reynvaan owns two vineyards: In the Rocks recalls the Rhone valley with its rocky ancient riverbed soil, while the Foothills in the Sun vineyard enjoys South-Southwest exposure on one of Washington’s highest-elevation vineyards, at 1600 feet: good ripening in the day, with acidities preserved at night. Once in the winery, the pursuit of terroir and Washington style becomes Reynvaan’s modus operandi.
Are the wines good? Well, Reynvaan now has a waiting list, but we are a proud authorized and long-time dealer (since the ’08 vintage!) of these highly exclusive wines. Stylistically they’re most similar to Cayuse (which makes sense, as Christophe Baron consulted on the early vintages) with wines that show earthy and savory notes along with their full fruit. The wines are limited, though, so if you’re looking to stock up on the highly lauded 2016 vintage, you should do so quickly.
Arriving This Friday, April 19th:
Reynvaan Family Vineyards ‘The Classic’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley 2016 750ML ($89.95) $79 pre-arrival special
Jeb Dunnuck 97 points “The 2016 The Classic checks in as 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, and the balance Cabernet Franc. This ruby/plum-colored effort offers up an awesome bouquet of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, truffle, tapenade, and damp earth that changes and develops beautifully with time in the glass. It’s elegant, seamless and light on its feet, yet also powerful and textured. It’s brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon from this estate to drink over the coming 15-20+ years.”
Jeb Dunnuck 98 points “The 2016 Syrah Estate Stonessence (100% Syrah) is similarly purple-colored and has a gamier, more exotic profile. Plums, blackberries, blueberries, cured meats, ground pepper, and iron notes all flow to a powerful, medium to full-bodied Syrah that has a singular, layered character. It shows the more elegant, seamless style of the vintage and is a beautiful, beautiful wine. Bravo!”Reynvaan Family Vineyards ‘The Contender’ Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2016 750ML ($99.95) $89 pre-arrival special
Jeb Dunnuck 96 points “The 2016 Syrah Estate The Contender from this terrific estate checks in as 95% Syrah and 5% Marsanne that was mostly destemmed (there’s 35% stems) and aged 18 months in barrel. Black raspberries, plums, toasted spice, ground pepper and decaying flower notes all emerge from this incredibly elegant, seamless Syrah that shines for its complexity, elegance, and richness. With plenty of tannins and impeccable balance, it’s approachable today yet will keep for 10-15 years with no issues.”
Reynvaan Family Vineyards ‘Foothills in the Sun’ Reserve Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2016 750ML ($89.95) $79 pre-arrival special
Jeb Dunnuck 96 points “The 2016 Syrah Estate Foothills Reserve is a selection from the estate vineyard and was aged 11 months in neutral oak followed by 13 months in bottle. Deep purple-colored, with terrific notes of blackberries, smoked earth, graphite, cedarwood, and salted meats, it hits the palate with slightly more structure and tannin than the straight In The Hills Release, yet has terrific balance, no hard edges, and a great finish. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age, but this elegant, classic Syrah from Reynvaan will see its 15th birthday in fine form.”
Reynvaan Family Vineyards In The Hills Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2016 750ML ($89.95) $79 pre-arrival special
Jeb Dunnuck 95 points “From a vineyard located near the estate and a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier that saw 25% stems, the deep purple-colored 2016 Syrah Estate In The Hills has a Côte Rôtie-like perfume of red and black raspberries, spring flowers, and smoky, meaty notes. It’s softer and more sweetly fruited and sexy than the Rocks-driven Syrahs, has full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and a beautiful finish.”
Trimbach is perhaps the most resolutely old-school producer in Alsace, producing dry, mineral-drenched whites, most notably Riesling. Their top bottling, Clos Sainte Hune, is one of the truly iconic wines in the world—a monument to austere Riesling’s potential to blossom with age. It’s a wine we try and acquire as often as possible, but with worldwide demand and the vagaries of distribution sourcing it can be tough.
We’re pleased to announce, though, that we’ve secured small lots of two of Trimbach’s top wines—both Clos Ste. Hune and their Geisberg bottling (the only wine which Trimbach markets as Grand Cru). Both are made in a powerful, compact and dry style that’s meant to age. These will reward patience and, with time, turn into some of the best white wines on the planet. Quantities are limited, so get your orders in quickly.
Arriving ETA Early May:
Trimbach Riesling Clos Sainte Hune, Alsace 2013 750ML ($279.95) $219 pre-arrival special, only 9 bottles available
Ian D’Agata-Vinous 96+ points “Bright straw-yellow. Yellow apple, tangerine, crystallized lemon peel and a chalky nuance on the rich, captivating nose. Then dense, tactile and tight in the mouth, communicating superb energy and perfume to the concentrated flavors of ripe citrus fruits and powdered minerals. The penetrating, slowly rising finish offers an almost magically mouthcoating combination of roundness and vibrant acidity; this seamless wine is loaded with insidious sweetness. A knockout Clos Sainte Hune–much deeper and more complex than the Frédéric Emile from the same vintage.”
James Suckling 97 points “This is very dense and powerful. Full-bodied and tight. Gives away very little at first but then opens to a full palate with incredible finish and length. Fabulous. 1.67 hectares as always. This won’t be released until 2020.”
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 95+ points “As readers know Trimbach’s iconic Clos Sainte Hune comes from a 1.67 hectare plot on the Grand Cru Rosacker but is sold as Clos Ste Hune since 1919. The densely planted vines are pretty old (more than 50 years on average), with the oldest planted in the 1940s and the youngest in the 1980s. Bottled, like all the prestigious wines of Trimbach in April 2014, the 2013 Riesling Clos Ste Hune shows a very clear and deep, dusty/smoky, mineral nose which impressively reflects the Muschelkalk terroir. Rich, precise and pure also on the nobly textured and highly elegant palate this expressive and full-bodied Riesling is penetrating mineral and piquant but also very juicy. The finish is extremely long and complex. Very promising and stunningly accessible already. However, this wine won’t be in the market before 2019/20.”
Stephen Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 93+ points“Trimbach’s only wine marketed as Grand Cru, the 2013 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg, shows a deep, rich and intense, impressively precise and elegant nose displaying ripe and seductive pineapple aromas. Full-bodied, round and complex on the palate this is an intensely fruity, almost lush and slightly sweet Riesling with a persistent mineral structure and a lingering salinity. An impressive wine that won’t be in the market earlier than 2018 or 2019 though.”
Ian D’Agata-Vinous 93 points “Bright golden-yellow. A very refined diesel note complements stone fruit, lychee and mushrooms. Enters juicy and bright, then turns more austere; a noteworthy vertical acid spine (rare for the Geisberg, which is a warm site) lifts and extends the tropical and stone fruit flavors. Finishes long and tactile, with slightly chewy mouthfeel and a repeating note of underbrush and mushrooms. Full-bodied Riesling that can pair well even with white meat dishes.”
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We sold through our new arrival of 2015 Dominus so quickly ,we knew we had to secure more. You’re in luck because it re-arrives Tuesday!
Re-Arriving Tomorrow, April 16th
Dominus Estate, Napa Valley 2015 750ML ($349.95) $289 re-arrival special
Dominus Estate, Napa Valley 2015 375ML ($179.95) $159 special
Wine Advocate 100 points “Bottled in July 2017 and composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the Dominus 2015 Proprietary Red Wine leaps from the glass with notes of fresh wild blueberries, crushed blackberries and black currant juice with touches of wild thyme, underbrush, iron ore and aniseed with wafts of lavender and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has incredible energy and vivacity, with the firm, pixelated tannins and lively backbone skillfully framing the muscular fruit, finishing with wonderful length and depth.”
Jeb Dunnuck 100 points “The 2015 Dominus is a flawless, perfect wine as well as a legend in the making. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and the rest Cabernet Franc, from dry-farmed vines and brought up in just 40% new French oak, its ruby/purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of blackcurrants, crème de cassis, damp earth, smoke tobacco, and spring flowers. Reminding me of the 2015 Château Margaux with its incredible mix of elegance and power, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, stunning purity of fruit, building tannins, and awesome length. This sensational textured and voluptuous Dominus drink well today yet will evolve for 25-30 years or more.”
James Suckling 98 points “A phenomenal red from the vintage with sandalwood, roses, currants, blackberries and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, extremely structured and intense with a great finish. The tannins are so polished and poised. Shows tension and beauty throughout. Straight and focused. Drink in 2022.”
Antonio Galloni 97 points “The 2015 Dominus is fabulous. Explosive and alluring on the palate, the 2015 possesses stunning texture and intensity. Blueberry jam, cloves, menthol, licorice and graphite are some of the many nuances that develop over time. In 2015 Dominus artfully balances the richness of the year with the classic structural elements that are such a signature of this wine.”
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