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  • Arnot-Roberts Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

    £75.99

    Was £89.99

    “One of the highlights in this range, the 2018 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard dazzles from the very first taste. In the glass, the 2018 is deep, inky and yet also light on its feet. Sweet red fruit, red plum, mint, spice, licorice infuse the Coastlands with tremendous intensity, and yet the 2018 remains light on its feet, in the way the best Pinots from this site magically can. This is a fabulous showing and a textbook example of what Coastlands is all about. Readers who can find it should absolutely not hesitate. Drinking window: 2020-2033. 96 points

    California is a hotbed of talent these days. Even so, I can’t think of too many producers who excel with so many different varieties and wines as Duncan Arnot and Nathan Roberts do. This range is full of highlights. The reds are especially strong this year, led by the stunning Coastlands Pinot, three rock-star Syrahs and a trio of 2017 Cabernets that capture all the best that challenging year had to offer. As always, the wines are built on energy and vibrancy, with a good bit of whole cluster influence in the Pinots and Syrahs.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage 2019

    £37.99

    “The 2019 Evangelho Heritage Wine is a total knock-out. The later than normal harvest yielded a wine with a bit more mid-palate juiciness than is typically the case. Dark red/purplish fruit, along with hints of cinnamon and new leather, develop with time in the glass. The Evangelho is a blend of the Zinfandel, Mataro and Carignan-based field blends, with the Mataro quite prominent today, and the Carignane less so. In a word: superb. Zinfandel, Mataro, Carignan, Palomino, Alicante, Mission. Drinking window: 2024-2039. 95 points

    Morgan Twain-Peterson MW and Chris Cottrell turned out a dazzling set of 2019s. The whites in particular are brilliant and show just how compelling the vintage is in Sonoma for white varieties. As for the 2019 reds, they don’t quite reach the stratospheric heights of the 2018s, but that is a pretty high bar to match. In the 2019 reds, readers will find aromatic, bright wines with terrific energy and just a bit less structure than in the most important years. More importantly, the Bedrock wines provide a fabulous opportunity to explore the nuances of many top Sonoma sites. Stated another way, the quality of vineyards is especially apparent in 2019, a year with a bit of rain in the spring that caused berries to size up. Lastly, readers won’t want to miss the Zinfandel Old Vine. Twain-Peterson and Cottrell were a bit wary of the wine market during a pandemic and were consequently especially stringent with the lots that were bottled as vineyard designates. Everything else went into the Zinfandel Old Vine, to its benefit, and yours.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heritage 2016

    £48.99

    “The 2019 Bedrock Heritage Wine is a tough wine to read today. It is quite tannic and closed, but also does not appear to be quite as powerful or heavy as it can be, which in my view is a positive. Size and weight come so naturally at Bedrock that the wines can at times be a little too much of a good thing. I hope to have a chance to taste the 2019 again in the future, as it is in no mood to show its cards today. Zinfandel, Carignan, 25 Other Varieties. Drinking window: 2027-2039. 93+ points

    Morgan Twain-Peterson MW and Chris Cottrell turned out a dazzling set of 2019s. The whites in particular are brilliant and show just how compelling the vintage is in Sonoma for white varieties. As for the 2019 reds, they don’t quite reach the stratospheric heights of the 2018s, but that is a pretty high bar to match. In the 2019 reds, readers will find aromatic, bright wines with terrific energy and just a bit less structure than in the most important years. More importantly, the Bedrock wines provide a fabulous opportunity to explore the nuances of many top Sonoma sites. Stated another way, the quality of vineyards is especially apparent in 2019, a year with a bit of rain in the spring that caused berries to size up. Lastly, readers won’t want to miss the Zinfandel Old Vine. Twain-Peterson and Cottrell were a bit wary of the wine market during a pandemic and were consequently especially stringent with the lots that were bottled as vineyard designates. Everything else went into the Zinfandel Old Vine, to its benefit, and yours.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    £49.99

    “The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. Soft, fruity and easygoing, the Napa Valley Cabernet shows the mid-weight structure of the vintage nicely. In 2017, Montelena did not pick one 11-acre vineyard because of the fires, which means that the blend has a bit more Merlot than normal. That, in turn, adds to the wine’s supple, forward feel. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Drinking window: 2019-2027. 88 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • Cobb Coastlands Vineyard 1906 Block Pommard 2014

    £64.99

    “The 2014 Pinot Noir 1906 Pommard offers serious fruit intensity, not to mention phenomenal overall balance. Succulent red cherry, tobacco, spice and dried flowers all flesh out in the glass. Pliant and racy, the 1906 Pommard is one of the most approachable of Ross Cobb’s 2014s. Today, the flavors are really popping. This is a superb showing from the 2014. Drinking window: 2019-2029. 95 points

    I was super-impressed by the 2015 and 2014 Pinots I tasted with Ross Cobb earlier in the year. The 2015 vintage was brutal. Yields were a punishing 0.3 tons per acre across the board. As a result Cobb did not bottle a number of his single-block Pinots from the estate Coastland vineyard. I am not sure that really matters, as the 2015s Cobb bottled are all superb. For the 2015s, Cobb opted for a relatively short (by his standards) aging regime of around 22 months in barrel. In the past, Cobb has often given his wines more time in barrel, an approach I have mixed feelings about. Although in most cases, the wines can handle the longer time in barrel, I am less sure that approach allows the fullest expression of site. In addition to the 2015s, I also had a chance to revisit most of the 2014s. Those wines remain medium in body and a touch nervous in construction. Even so, the 2014s are as expressive or better than they have been in the past. As always, Cobb has a preference for picking on the earlier side. The wines, from cool, coastal sites, are on the floral/savory side of things. More importantly, they are among the most distinctive artisan wines being made in California today. Readers will not want to miss them.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (04/18)

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  • Cobb Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir 2012

    £64.99

    “The 2012 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block is the richest and most powerful of these Pinots. A wine of considerable density, that boasts tremendous power and breadth, especially within the context of the house style. Hints of reduction remain, but at the same time, the 2012 has the potential to develop into something truly special. Beams of salinity add energy to the dark red cherry and plum-inflected fruit. 94 points.

    Ross Cobb makes some of the most distinctive Pinot Noirs on the Sonoma Coast. The 2012s are a bit uneven across the board because of the reduction issues in some wines I wrote about last year. Additonal time in bottle has helped the reduction dissipate, which is, of course, a good sign, but the fruit in those wines remains a bit muted. The difference is striking where there are no reduction issues at all. The 2013s show less concentration and depth than the 2012s, and are also free of issues with reduction. Some of the 2013s taste like the fruit could have benefitted from more time on the vine without compromising Cobb’s restrained style. Readers will not want to miss the new Chardonnay Mariani, which is terrific. Lastly, Cobb has moved on from his previous role as winemaker at Hirsch, and is now focused on his wines and those he makes for a handful of consulting clients, which is likely to be a big positive going forward.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/16)

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  • Cobb Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

    £64.99

    “The 2014 Pinot Noir 1906 Pommard offers serious fruit intensity, not to mention phenomenal overall balance. Succulent red cherry, tobacco, spice and dried flowers all flesh out in the glass. Pliant and racy, the 1906 Pommard is one of the most approachable of Ross Cobb’s 2014s. Today, the flavors are really popping. This is a superb showing from the 2014. Drinking window: 2019-2029. 95 points

    I was super-impressed by the 2015 and 2014 Pinots I tasted with Ross Cobb earlier in the year. The 2015 vintage was brutal. Yields were a punishing 0.3 tons per acre across the board. As a result Cobb did not bottle a number of his single-block Pinots from the estate Coastland vineyard. I am not sure that really matters, as the 2015s Cobb bottled are all superb. For the 2015s, Cobb opted for a relatively short (by his standards) aging regime of around 22 months in barrel. In the past, Cobb has often given his wines more time in barrel, an approach I have mixed feelings about. Although in most cases, the wines can handle the longer time in barrel, I am less sure that approach allows the fullest expression of site. In addition to the 2015s, I also had a chance to revisit most of the 2014s. Those wines remain medium in body and a touch nervous in construction. Even so, the 2014s are as expressive or better than they have been in the past. As always, Cobb has a preference for picking on the earlier side. The wines, from cool, coastal sites, are on the floral/savory side of things. More importantly, they are among the most distinctive artisan wines being made in California today. Readers will not want to miss them.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (04/18)

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  • Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    £85.49

    Was £99.99

    “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is bold, luscious and gracious, all in the mid-weight style that is such a signature of Cathy Corison’s Cabernets. Floral overtones add freshness to this super-expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Rose petal, lavender, licorice, mint and dark cherry fruit get an extra kick of vibrancy from the natural brightness of the year. What a gorgeous wine this is. Drinking window: 2022-2036. 92 points

    Cathy Corison’s 2016s are truly stunning across the board. Corison describes 2016 as an ideal vintage, with not a single day over 100 degrees and nighttime temperatures that dipped into the 40s in the weeks leading up to harvest. As for the wines, they are remarkably complete, harmonious and striking in their beauty.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/18)

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  • Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2018

    £30.25

    “Medium ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills opens with savory notions of leather, graphite and tobacco with a core of red and blue berry fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with concentrated, incredibly spicy flavor layers, firm and super fresh, and it finishes very long and flavorful. Give it another 2-3 years in bottle. Drink: 2020-2027. 94+ points”

    Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (252)

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  • Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir 2017

    £45.99

    “Shimmering ruby-red. High-pitched red fruit, floral and exotic spice aromas are complemented by suave incense and vanilla flourishes. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry, boysenberry, cherry preserve and spicecake flavors that convey a deft blend of power and delicacy. Finishes extremely long and precise, with resonating floral character and well-judged, polished tannins that sneak in late. Drinking window: 2023-2030. 95 points

    Veronique Drouhin and her assistant winemaker, Aaron Bell, who has held that position since 2009, crafted a compelling set of Pinot Noirs from 2017 that show this pioneering winery’s signature depth and structure along with distinct energy and harmonious tannins that make them very appealing, even now. These are some of the Willamette Valley’s most ageworthy wines, as bottles from the early 1990s are still proving so there’s never a rush to drink them.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (07/20)

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  • Dominus Napanook 2016

    £74.99

    “The 2016 Napanook will give readers tons of pleasure pretty much upon release. Open-knit and deep, with terrific fruit purity, the 2016 is impeccably balanced from start to finish. In this vintage, Napanook is distinctly medium in body, which adds to its immediacy and sheer appeal. Expressive aromatic top notes and silky tannins round things out nicely. I would prefer to drink the 2016 over the next decade or so. Drinking window: 2019-2028. 92 points

    Tod Mostero echoed the feelings of most winemakers regarding 2016 when he explained that it was a warm vintage until August, when temperatures dropped. I remember that vividly, as my team mapped Dominus and Yountville that summer. As for the wines, 2016 is another superb vintage for Mostero and proprietor Christian Moueix. Truth be told, though, I have a slight preference for Ulysses, Moueix’s Oakville Cabernet, over Dominus today.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/18)

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  • Drouhin Oregon Roserock Pinot Noir 2018

    £28.49

    “Medium ruby, the 2018 Pinot Noir opens to delicate but layered, spicy raspberries and rhubarb with uplifted citrus and floral notes. Medium-bodied, the palate offers a ripe, seamlessly fresh frame with layered, spicy fruits and a long, uplifted finish. Drink: 2020-2026. 93 points”

    Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (252)

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