The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is plump, juicy and wonderfully expressive. Super ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha, cinnamon, new leather and spice flesh out in a racy, radiant Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with tremendous depth and resonance.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon feels like it hasn`t developed much over the last year, and I see that as a positive. Silky, nuanced and still very vibrant, the 2016 is just as inspiring as it was when I tasted it last year.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is extraordinary. Inky, rich and explosive, with stunning depth, the 2018 is insanely beautiful right out of the bottle. Blackberry, mocha, licorice, red plum, spice, leather and cedar all build as this rich, explosive Cabernet shows its pedigree.
Accendo`s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is gorgeous. Aromatic and structured, with terrific intensity, the 2016 is captivating from the very first taste. Lemon confit, white flowers, almonds and chamomile are nicely delineated, but it is the wine`s distinctiveness that stands out most.
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is a very pretty and expressive wine that captures striking varietal character and textural richness, with pretty tropical overtones from the Sauvignon Musqué clone in the blend. Racy, inviting and flat-out delicious, the 2018 is a real winner.
The 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Minéral is a powerful, intense Champagne that captures all of the natural power of these old vines in Avize and Cramant. Aptly named, the Minéral is infused with tremendous mineral and soil inflections that give a real feeling of gravitas.
The IGT Isola dei Nuraghi 2011 Barrua is a hearty blend of 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot that is aged up to 18 months in oak. The wine boasts a compelling international signature that borrows from the great wines of Bolgheri and Bordeaux.
Glass-staining ruby. Mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents, along with hints of smoked meat, violet and cracked pepper. Broad, fleshy cassis and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and take on a smoky nuance on the back half.
Leading off the 2019s from bottle and first given the name Les Chailles in 2003, the base 2019 Cornas Les Chailles comes from multiple terroirs (Combe, Les Saveaux, Cayret, Les Mazards, Chaillot, and Chapuzes) and was destemmed and aged 18 months in used barrels.
Opaque ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays powerful aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, incense, peony and olive paste. Palate-staining blackberry, boysenberry, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors deepen steadily on the back half.
A deep and generous nose of black cherry and dark berry scents, with undertones of liquorice and black pepper. The palate is rich and well defined with a silky mouthfeel. Lots of sweet, dark fruit blends with floral, spicy notes. The tannins are well placed and the finish is fresh and lively.
A textbook Côtes du Rhône with instant appeal. The nose is classic with plenty of upfront sweet, dark fruit, smoked meat, violets and spice. The palate is medium bodied, with plenty of stuffing and structure. Silky tannins and a lively finish make this punch above its weight.