Whitecliff, Pinot Noir Marlborough 2019
92 points Wine Enthusiast
"Give this some good swirls in the glass or decanter for the reductive funk to blow off. When it does, ripe, almost candied cherry and raspberry fruit emerges, along with a floral nuance, like roses and their stems, licorice and something a touch meaty. The palate is where most of the interest lies. Open, bright and juicy fruited, it tingles with acidity, tempered by textural tannins. There's length, verve and complexity. A charming, drink-now wine."
Country: New Zealand Variety: Pinot Noir
Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra 2018
91 points James Suckling
"Plenty of primary fruit here, such as raspberries and orange peel, but there’s some roasted herbs and currant bush that provide complexity. Medium body, juicy tannins and a succulent finish. Drink now."
Country: Spain Variety: Grenache
Charles Smith, Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
90 points Decanter
"An excellent effort, with very attractive, curranty aromas. Vibrant, peppery blackberry and sour cherry fruit with a smoky finish."
Country: USA Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Domaine de Saje, Cuvee Chateau Mar Cotes du Rhone 2019
91 points John Gilman, View from the Cellar
"Jérôme Mathieu only began working on his own in the 2016 vintage, as previously he had worked alongside of his brother at the family’s Domaine Mathieu in Châteauneuf du Pape. However, with his nephew coming of age to start working at the family domaine, Jérôme and his brother agreed to split up the family vineyards and Domaine de Saje was born from Jérôme’s half of the vineyard patrimony. He has two hectares of vines in the Côtes-du-Rhône AOC, just outside of the borders of Châteauneuf, with the field blend roughly planted to two-thirds grenache and one-third syrah. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in cement vats, with the 2019 version coming in at fourteen percent octane. It offers up a superb bouquet of black raspberries, a touch of fruitcake, pepper, smoked meats, a good base of soil and a topnote of bonfire. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, peppery and complex, with fine focus and balance, a lovely core and good soil undertow on the long, moderately tannic and quite serious finish. Not surprisingly, this has plenty of Châteauneuf du Pape character. This is outstanding and a stunning value! 2025-2045+."
Country: France Variety: Grenache and Syrah
Assuli, Lorlando Nero d'Avola Sicily 2017
90 points Vinous
"Deep blue-red color. Ink, blueberry and sassafras on the enticing nose. Then tactile and rich but lively, with delightful easy to drink quality. A very pretty wine the aromas and flavors of which linger long on the aftertaste."
Country: Italy Variety: Nero d'Avola
Domaine Laurent Martray Brouilly La Folie 2016
92 points Vinous
"Brilliant magenta. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet displays fresh cherry and raspberry scents, along with exotic spice, cola and smoky mineral notes. Stains the palate with sweet red fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Conveys a suave blend of richness and energy and finishes impressively long and juicy, with well-knit, rounded tannins and resonating floral and mineral notes."
Country: France Variety: Gamay