“This is an oily river of delicious juice, with aromas similar to an Alsatian Pinot Gris—though far stronger and more powerful. Honey and nectarines and cloves on the nose. Outstanding.” (Excellent Value)
“Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2015 is from two high-altitude vineyards owned by the producer: Nicasia, in the Maipú region (over 3,000 feet above sea level) and Angélica, in the Uco Valley (over 3,500 feet). The energy and depth that have resulted from these remarkable vineyards made me sit up a bit straighter after my first sip: The wine shows plenty of dark fruit, as expected, but the deliciously fresh acidity and fine-grained elegance of the texture surprised me. It’s a 100% Malbec that shows all of the generosity you could want, but enough mineral and other savory notes to demonstrate just how remarkable the terroir in which these grapes have been grown truly is. For all of the country’s popular reputation as a producer of inexpensive and fruit-driven Malbec, this bottling is monumental proof of the heights to which the grape variety can soar there. Even at more than $100 per bottle, it seems like a bargain.”
“Mendoza may be more well-known for its adopted Malbec grape, but that isn’t the only variety making waves in the foothills of the Andes. In Tupungato’s high-elevation Adrianna Vineyard, Catena Zapata produces two contrasting styles of Chardonnay. Succulent, exotic aromas of pineapple, orange blossom, and key lime pie give way to a mouthwatering, juicy palate. Hints of sweet mint, pink flowers, and large stones add to the complexity of this balanced wine.”
“Aromas of red cherry, thyme and cocoa powder. Medium-full with excellent richness on the palate, good acidity, subtle wood notes and young, balanced tannins. A bit more forward than recent vintages, but otherwise, this is a very well made Barbaresco.” (Excellent)
“Produced from the most widely planted grape in Portugal, this easy-drinking wine has a core of earth-covered berry and cherry-driven fruit, with alternating notes of iron, cocoa, licorice, and violets. Though coarse tannins coat the palate, bright acidity leads to a dry, clean finish.”
"If you know anything about Margaret River, it’s likely Vasse Felix. It’s Margaret River’s founding wine estate, established in 1967 by regional pioneer Dr. Tom Cullity. The winemaking is run by Virginia Willcock, an absolute force and one of Australia’s most awarded winemakers. The Heytsebury comprises a selection of the property’s best fruit."
“Expressive aromas of black cherry, mace and marjoram. Medium-full, this is ripe with juicy fruit, very good acidity and a distinct herbal finish, with notes of oregano and caraway seed. Excellent complexity along with a sense of place. Give some time – peak in 5-7 years.” (Excellent)