Staff Picks

Jose's Pick


2018 Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino

Vinous: 95 Points

Depths of dark, balsamic-tinged black cherry, plum sauce and autumnal spice make the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino impossible to ignore. This is velvety to the core, nearly opulent in feel, with a dense wave of ripe red fruits complemented by nuances of sweet lavender and tobacco. It leaves the palate clenched with fine tannins and primary concentration, creating a classic sensation that transcends the vintage. Nearly a minute goes by, and hints of cocoa and sweet herbs continue to resonate. Wow!

James Suckling: 96 Points


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Ed's Pick

2020 Vincent & Sophie Morey Bourgogne

This “Bourgogne” was included as a ringer in a couple of customer blind White Burgundy tastings and performed better than many Village and 1er Cru White Burgundies.  We’ve sold it by the case to several of the tasting participants and as such, went back to the distributor and bought all they had.  It won’t last long …


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Walt's Pick

2018 Muga Selección Especial Rioja

Wine Advocate: 95 Points

2018 was a cooler vintage, with a fairly long maturation, which made the wines somewhat fresher and less alcoholic, as showcased by the 2018 Selección Especial, a classical blend of the four red varieties from Rioja, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano with contained ripeness (14.05% alcohol) and good freshness. It fermented in oak casks with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak barrels, 40% of them new, for 26 months. ... It's medium to full- bodied, with very fine, chalky tannins, combining power and elegance. Amazing!.

Wine Enthusiast: 96 Points


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Jim's Pick

2021 Turley Pesenti Vineyard Zinfandel

Vinous: 92-94 Points

This seamless, polished but also firm and well-structured wine achieves power with grace. Wonderful black fig, black olive and plump blackberry flavors ride a full body backed by good, well-integrated tannins. This classic from Ridge’s Sonoma County property consists of 79% Zinfandel plus 11% Petite Sirah and 10% Carignan. Best from 2025-2040.


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