Thursday, January 21, 2021

90+ Point Rated Red Wine Sampler

90+ Point Rated Red Wine Sampler
1 bottle each of the wines below = $114.94
Special Sampler price = $95 / for the 6 bottles!

  • 2018 Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva (Rated 90/100)
  • 2019 Domaine Saint Prefert Clos Beatus Ille Cotes du Rhone (90/100)
  • 2019 Babs Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir (93/100)
  • 2018 Château Croix d'Aumedes Cuvée Réserve Corbières (Rated 97/100) 
  • 2016 Ridolfi Rocchetto Chianti DOCG (90/100)
  • 2018 Almarada Malbec Uco Valley  (Rated 90/100)

2018 Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva...$12.99
Deep red with a garnet hue. Aromas reminiscent of black cherries, plums and dry leaves are complemented with notes of chocolate and spice from the French oak barrels the wine was aged in. This Carménère is soft and plump, with supple tannins and good length.
Just a delightful mouthful of dark berry compote, plum, sweet red cherry, smoky vanilla and toasty oak spice. Excellent value under $17. Aged in oak barrel for 10 months.
Carmenère food pairings: meaty stews, vegetarian lasagne, slow-braised lamb shanks in red wine sauce. This Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère 2018 was reviewed on July 9, 2020 by Natalie MacLean
Rated 90/100 Natalie Maclean

2019 Domaine Saint Prefert Clos Beatus Ille Cotes du Rhone..$26.99
The cherry-scented 2019 Cotes du Rhone Beatus Ille also boasts intricate garrigue shadings, which bring welcome complexity and a slightly savory overtone to the bold, fruity aromas and flavors. It's full-bodied, supple and round in the mouth, with silky tannins on the licorice, rosemary and bay leaf-inflected finish. It should drink well for 3-4 years.
While well-heeled consumers fight over the limited volumes of the super 2018 Collection Charles Giraud and Reserve Auguste Favier, the smart money will be chasing the regular bottlings of red and white Châteauneuf du Pape. The 2019 Côtes du Rhône Beatus Ille is almost as good even better bargain.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2016 Ridolfi Rocchetto Chianti DOCG...$15.99
Sangiovese 75%, Merlot 15%, Colorino 10%
This wine seriously over delivers for the month and is the perfect embodiment of the great 2016 vintage.
Fruity and simple with dried cherry and lemon character. Good core of fruit in the center. Bright finish.
Rated 90/100 James Suckling

2019 Babs Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir...$29.99
This brand is a partnership between Sonoma County Winemaker Adam Lee and Santa Barbara County vineyard owner John Wagner. This inaugural bottling begins with aromas of baked black plum, star anise and cinnamon, leading into a palate of hefty mulberry, wild berry, grilled meat and purple flowers. The acidity penetrates throughout
Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast
(ours is a custom blend we picked up from the same barrels, so similar profile)

2018 Château Croix d'Aumedes Cuvée Réserve Corbières...$14.99
30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 40% Carignan
The vast Corbières zone in the Languedoc contains a little bit of everything, from classic warmth and generosity on the outskirts of Narbonne to wild mountain wines in the hinterland and concentrated, stony wines up on the border with the Agly Valley and the Roussillon. In a way, this blend of Carignan (a great Corbières speciality) with Syrah and Grenache brings all three styles together: flowers and fruit in the billowing, sweet-scented aromas and both generous fruits and something more stony and driving in the finely constructed palate. The tannins are present but unintimidating, and the acidity is unobtrusive and ripe. So easy to drink that you almost overlook those complexities -- but they'll keep you coming back for more.
Rated 97/100 Decanter Magazine

2018 Almarada Malbec Uco Valley...$13.99
Very fresh but ripe fruit, diffusing black plums, black cherries and a touch of spice. There is a salty tang on the palate, paired with good fruit sweetness. Moderate length. Not a complex wine, but exudes drinkability. Drink now.
Rated 90/100 James Suckling
"Intense fruity aromas of black plum give rise to a palate full of freshness, velvety tannins and flavors of dried cranberry and chocolate with orange peel. Great balance and complexity. Hand Picked grapes, aged in oak for 6 months" - winemaker

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