1. Seghesio, Arneis 2014
88 points Wine Enthusiast
“The producer continues to give a nod to its Italian roots with this creamy, viscous white, exotic in its blend of pear, melon and vanilla, a touch of wood adding texture and weight.”
2. Vina Casa Silva, Sauvignon Gris 1912 Vines
91 points Vinous
"Pale yellow. Fresh peach, tangerine and honey scents are complemented by subtle floral and herb flourishes. Silky and incisive on the palate, showing impressive heft and energetic lift to the juicy citrus and pit fruit flavors. Tarragon and candied orange zest notes cling on a very long, seamless finish that leaves dusty mineral and orange zest notes behind."
3. Domaine Saint-Nicolas, Cuvée Jacques 2012 (100% Pinot Noir)
91 points Wine Spectator
The Cuvée Jacques is red Loire wine nicely fruity, opening with notes of wild berries, subtle and well-defined. A smooth and silky wine, fruity, with a finish both firm and persisting. To be enjoyed with red meat or small game...
4. Domaine de Nizas Languedoc Rouge 2011 (60% Syrah, 35% Mourvèdre, 5% Grenache)
90 points Wine Spectator
"Elegant, with roasted plum and black cherry fruit flavors, showing savory spice, black olive and mocha accents. Bright acidity and integrated tannins add support through to the mouthwatering finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah..."
5. Vino Lauria, Zio Paolo 2014 (100% Nero d'Avola)
89 points Wine Spectator
"A bright, balanced, medium-bodied red, with a well-spiced overtone of graphite and anise and a lively mix of crushed blackberry, dried mint and smoke flavors, layered with light, crisp tannins. Drink now through 2022."
6. Glen Carlou, Petit Verdot-Tannat 2009 (57% Petit Verdot, 37% Tannat, 6% Petite Sirah)
This limited release wine was crafted using varieties known for their high tannin concentrations and is well-known for exhibiting spicy characters. These varieties are generally used as blending components and mostly in small amounts.