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  • Tenuta di Trinoro Palazzi 2019


    “Because of frost and a cold spring, some of the vineyard parcels at this estate saw late harvest dates. But the Merlot was the first to come off the vines by the 14th of September. The Tenuta di Trinoro 2019 Palazzi is a pure expression of Merlot with incoming fruit from the Palazzi vineyard that is characterized by dense clay soils. The wine’s intensity is what stands out most, and that power is fueled by lovely nuances of black fruit, spice, sweet tobacco and baker’s chocolate. The alcohol content weighs in at 15.5%. Palazzi excels in terms of mouthfeel. The smooth richness and deep softness achieved here is only possible with this grape. Furthermore, it seems only possible in this spectacular, sun-drenched corner of undiscovered Tuscany known as Sarteano. Drink: 2022-2045. 96 points

    “Tenuta di Trinoro is a vast mosaic of soil types,” says proprietor Andrea Franchetti, who lives in a rustic farmhouse overlooking the vines. The high-density vines are over 20 years old and their root systems are fully developed. The estate counts 23 hectares of vines between 400 and 620 meters in altitude. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are the heart of the estate, and there are smaller plots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot as well. High-density planting, fruit selection in the vineyard, low yields, full phenolic ripeness and concentration give these wines a unique and unmistakable personality, Franchetti explains: “The wines are extreme in their perfumes, color and taste. They can be enjoyed in the near term but are also built for long aging.””

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (10/21)

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  • Tenuta San Leonardo Carmenere 2015


    “Savory, sweet, spicy and fresh, the 2015 Carmenère di San Leonardo is pulling me closer and closer to the glass with its seductive bouquet, mixing depths of cherry and young strawberry with cracked black pepper, rosemary and sage, as white smoke combines with the slightest hint of brown sugar to set off all of the pleasure sensors in the brain. This is elegant and refined, showing silky textures playing host to tart red and a hint of black fruit, with noble tannins, as inner florals and savory herbs resonate for up to a minute, leaving just a hint of blackberry in their wake. This is a selection from San Leonardo’s oldest vines of Carmenère, and it’s a stunner! Drinking window: 2022-2038. 94 points

    While the primary focus at Tenuta San Leonardo remains on the flagship San Leonardo Rosso, the house also produces a number of varietal expressions and Bordeaux blends from the estate’s vineyards. From the varietal selections, the Sauvignon is a cool-toned, crisp mountain wine for easy sipping, while the house Riesling is a more serious, barrel-fermented and aged effort that spends an extended time on the lees. The extremely limited Carmenère di San Leonardo, a passion project of Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga, hails from the estate’s oldest parcels and pays tribute to the variety that set Tenuta San Leonardo on its path to international fame. Think of the Rosso Villa Gresti as the “Right Bank” expression of San Leonardo, as it puts Merlot front and center in the blend. Lastly, you can’t go wrong with the remarkable value found in the house’s second wine, the Terre di San Leonardo Rosso. Each of these is worth checking out if you’re a fan of the house style.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (11/20)

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  • Tenuta Tignanello Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2018


    “The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Marchese Antinori offers a beguiling mix of Sangiovese energy and Cabernet Sauvignon savoriness. Translucent and energetic, the 2018 has much to offer. I would prefer to see a bit more Sangiovese character, but the Marchese is designed to be a sort of mini-Tignanello and it leans towards the more savory end of the spectrum because of the presence of Cabernet Sauvignon. Drinking window: 2021-2028. 93 points

    CEO Renzo Cotarella and his team continue to move the Antinori wines in the direction of elegance over power. Recent vintages have provided the ideal conditions to do that. Tignanello and Solaia, the family flagships, naturally get most of the attention, but I am increasingly impressed with the entry-level wines, all of which are now made from estate fruit, which is remarkable at these volumes.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Terres de Velle Meursault Les Luchets Vieilles Vignes 2017


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  • Thillardon Moulin a Vent 2020


    The Thillardon brothers continue to go from strength to strength, and they are fast emerging as one of the most exciting producers in contemporary Beaujolais. The 2019 vintage has turned out beautifully at this address and is strangely reminiscent of the domaine’s 2016s—even though the two growing seasons have very little in common. Ethereal, elegantly tightly wound and low in alcohol, they will blossom with a year in the cellar. From the last couple of vintages, this has been one of the most consistently successful addresses for low/no sulfite Beaujolais, and the wines come recommended.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (08/21)

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  • Valette Macon-Villages 2017


    “Aromas of minty green apples and citrus oil introduce the 2017 Mâcon-Villages, a medium to full-bodied, supple and fleshy wine that’s bright and layered, concluding with a saline finish. This bottling comes from comparatively young vines and is vinified and matured in tank. The 2017 is quite easy to understand and makes a great introduction to the wines of this fascinating and idiosyncratic domaine. Drinking window: 2019-2029. 89 points

    After years of trying, it was with great interest that I at last paid a visit to Philippe Valette’s elusive 8.5-hectare Chaintré estate. The Valette family were the first to exit the local cooperative, and they rapidly won a reputation for rich, concentrated wines that were frequently celebrated in the pages of this publication. On leaving school in 1990, Philippe began to convert the domaine to organic farming, and since 1992, their wines have never been chaptalized. Influenced by a meeting with Pierre Overnoy, Valette has come to identify with the natural wine movement, and today, his wines see little or no sulfur and increasingly long élevage—indeed, the 2006 Clos de Monsieur Noly spent fully 12 years in barrel. If the estate’s wines through the late 1990s were simply powerful, textural examples of high-quality white Burgundy (notes on several will appear in the next installment of Up From the Cellar), the wines being released today belong in a category of their own. Complex and sapid, I find them fascinating, but readers should be prepared to find wines that are quite different from any of the Valettes’ neighbors. Anyone who appreciates the Jura bottlings of Jean-François Ganevat or the Thomas Pico Chablis wines is likely to love them! My experience is that they often benefit from extended aeration, and I tend to decant Valette’s wines or follow them over several days.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (244)

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  • Williams Selyem Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2017


    “The 2017 Chardonnay Drake Estate Vineyard offers scents of quince peel, green apple, cheese rind and baker’s yeast, opening to notes of dried chamomile, toast and almonds. It’s light to medium-bodied and lively in the mouth with creamy/nutty touches, tangy acidity and a long, almond-tinged finish. 352 cases produced. Drink: 2020-2026. 91 points

    California lost one of its great wine pioneers with the passing of Burt Williams in December 2019. The first commercial vintage of Williams Selyem was in 1981, and all these years later, it remains a benchmark for Pinot Noir in California. Williams influenced countless winemakers and was integral in shaping the wine landscape in California that we are fortunate to inherit today. We raise our glasses in your honor.”

    Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (12/19)

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  • Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017


    “The 2017 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard is another absolutely gorgeous wine in this range. Pliant, racy and succulent, the 2017 has so much to offer. Sweet red and purplish berries, spice and lavender open up first, with a kick of bright blood orange-infused acids that perk up the flavors. Soft curves and ripe, silky tannins make the 2017 impossible to resist. This is such a gorgeous wine. Drinking window: 2020-2037. 94 points

    Williams Selyem generally releases their wines in two groupings, so I don’t often have an opportunity to taste them all together, as I did this year. I was deeply impressed. From top to bottom, the 2017s are absolutely delicious and also quite differentiated.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/19)

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  • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2014


    “Complex and well-focused, with distinctive aromas of blueberry and mint leading to complex, densely packed flavors of raspberry, white pepper and loamy mineral. Ripe tannins frame the finish. Drink now through 2026. 425 cases made. 90 points”

    Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (06/16)

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  • Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017


    “The 2017 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and a nose of Bing cherry, black cherry, cranberry and rhubarb with cinnamon stick, autumn leaves, potpourri, perfumed earth and dust hints. The light to medium-bodied palate is softly grainy and lifted by juicy acidity, with spiced, bright red fruits accented by new oak touches, finishing very long. 766 cases produced. Drink: 2022-2032. 93 points

    California lost one of its great wine pioneers with the passing of Burt Williams in December 2019. The first commercial vintage of Williams Selyem was in 1981, and all these years later, it remains a benchmark for Pinot Noir in California. Williams influenced countless winemakers and was integral in shaping the wine landscape in California that we are fortunate to inherit today. We raise our glasses in your honor.”

    Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (12/19)

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  • Williams Selyem Unoaked Chardonnay 2017


    “The 2017 Unoaked Chardonnay has a pretty, fresh nose with citrus blossom, tangerine, spring honey and stone fruit aromas. The palate is light-bodied with pure fruits in the mouth, tangy acidity and a long, floral finish. 755 cases were made. Drink: 2019-2023. 90 points”

    Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (242)

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  • Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2014


    “The 2014 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors is juicy, forward and beautifully open-knit. Although not especially complex, the Westside Road Neighbors offers lovely fleshiness as well as considerable near to medium-term appeal, all in the racy, fruit-driven style that is so typical of the Russian River. Drinking window: 2017-2029. 92 points

    I was quite taken with these wines from Williams Selyem. The appellation-level wines in particular are terrific early indicators of what is looking like a very strong vintage here. As always, Williams Selyem releases their wines twice a year, so I was only able to taste through a portion of the 2014s. The wines I did taste suggest the vintage is very strong here, and that is great to see after the less exciting 2012s and 2013s.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/16)

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