"The wines of Dave Phinney and Orin-Swift Cellars capture the imagination in a way unlike almost any we know of. The wines are unapologetically full-flavored and intense, yet with a backbone of structure that holds it all in place. D66 is the inaugural release from their new winery and vineyards in Maury, France. The majority of the vines were planted more than 60 years ago, with many of the vineyards over 100 years old. The terrain is dominated by black schist with a couple small deposits of Granite and Limestone in red rocky soils known as Angile. The result is a very dark, concentrated, and rich wine."
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Wine Enthusiast 91#1 Top 100 Best Buys 2013"This rich and integrated wine is full of ripe berry fruit and firm tannins. It is a full, concentrated wine, densely textured and structured. There is a good sense of juiciness behind the youthful, firm surface. Give this fine, great-value wine at
"The nose offers beautiful layers of baked cherry, blackberry, cassis, chocolate, cola and anise, with hints of cedar and fresh herbs adding Bordeaux-like complexity. On the palate, plum and cherry flavors mingle with sweet oak, cocoa and baking spices. While supple tannins and a smooth, lingering
Wine Enthusiast 90"The cooperative of Reguengos is now a major force in the region. This wine, named after the hilltop town of Reguengos, is a powerful, condensed wine. It has dark black fruits, solid tannins and a smooth texture. Full-bodied and worth aging. Drink from 2015."~RV Best Buy
Robert Parker 90Although tasty, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is slightly less intense and powerful compared to the 2010. It reveals supple tannins, abundant black fruit and spice notes, and an easy-drinking yet seriously endowed, medium to full-bodied personality. Drink it over the next
Wine Enthusiast 93"Editor's Choice - You can smell and taste the damp, cool, forest countryside of the Russian River Valley in this wine. Flavors of earth, mushroom, decaying tree bark and pine needle are all present, and the notes of cherry, cola and pomegranate are intense. It’s fairly tannic,
Wine Spectator 92WS TOP 100 2012 Rank 31"A powerful and opulent style, this red displays ripe cherry, black currant, violet and tobacco aromas and flavors. The tannins are gripping on the finish, which lingers with sweet fruit and mineral accents. Well-proportioned. Best from 2014 through 2021.
Wine Advocate 94"The 2010 Casajus Vendimia Seleccionada comes from five vineyards. It is fermented in small stainless steel tanks and then aged in new and used Allier barrels for 14 months. It comes across more introverted on the nose compared to the Splendor, with broody dark berries and dried
Robert Parker 90"The sensational 2011 Vin de Pays Syrah-Sublime (100% Syrah) reveals sumptuous notes of spring flowers, blackberries, cassis, licorice and forest floor. Drink this complex, textured, full-bodied vin de pays over the next 2-3 years, although it may last even longer."
Wine Spectator 90"Wonderful aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a very fruity finish. Yummy. Hard not to drink now. Best after 2008. 3,955 cases made."
Wine Spectator 97"Contains some exotic fruit—blueberry paste, boysenberry and raspberry confiture, and pastis-soaked currant—but it's a brick house too, with Turkish coffee, bittersweet chocolate and lots of singed wood spice notes fanning out on the finish. A great spine allows the elements to
"gri/gio is a delightfully aromatic, nuanced and crisp Pinot Grigio from Italy's northeast region known as the Veneto. The Veneto is home to much of Italy's quality Pinot Grigio production with its cooler climates and its proximity to the Alps. Our gri/gio comes from the vineyard area surrounding
Rhone Report 92"Just bottled at the time of tasting, the 2010 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel is a great Coudoulet. A blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault from 30-year-old vines, it delivers on all fronts with loads of garrigue, leather,
Wine Advocate 90"The purple-colored 2009 Coyam Red Blend is composed of 41% Syrah, 29% Carmenere, 20% Merlot, with the balance Mourvedre and Petit Verdot. It was native yeast fermented and aged for 14 months in French and American oak. Notions of sandalwood, dried herbs, meat, underbrush,
Wine Advocate 95"The 2009 Antiguos Vinedos comes from four small plots cropped at 3,500 kilogram per hectare, a selection of old vines then raised in new and used oak for 14 months. It has a startlingly fresh bouquet with wild strawberry, raspberry leaf and crushed stone, straight out of the
Wine Advocate 93+"PierLuigi Tolaini and his team blend Sangiovese and Merlot to make the 2009 Al Passo. This is a ripe and delicate red that very successfully strives for that difficult equilibrium between power and elegance. Small berry fruit, moist earth and dried violets open the bouquet. The
Wine Advocate 94"The 2011 Punta Negra is a single vineyard Pinot Noir located at 1,500 meters at the foot of the Andes. After a double grape selection, it is aged in an old cask dating from 1948, which I presume is still under warranty from its original maker, one Mr. Alfonso. It has a very
Robert Parker 92"The 2011 Pinyolet Garnacha (100% Grenache from a vineyard planted in 1962 on pure limestone soils) was aged completely in stainless steel on its lees. Basically a baby Priorato, it reveals rich strawberry and raspberry fruit intermixed with notes of licorice, crushed rock and
" A fresh floral, violet aroma mingles with plum and currant in the nose. On entry, the wine is supple with pleasing richness and density that leads through the midpalate. Warm clove spice, sassafras and a touch of vanilla complement nuances of toast to deliver a complex mix of flavors and texture
"Abstract is a blend of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah primarily from hillside vineyards. Inky blue-purple in complexion, the wine bursts with a perfume of dark fruit, sage, acacia flowers, kirsch, and a hint of California chaparral. Voluptuous in texture, the wine is
Wine Advocate 94+ "A rich, explosive wine, the 2008 Taurasi Vigna Andrea is endowed with superb depth and pure pedigree. Readers will have to be patient for the 2008, as today the wine remains remarkably primary and unevolved. With time in the glass, varietal aromas and flavors develop, adding
Robert Parker 91"In the 2009 vintage, Soter Vineyards handled the conditions as well as anyone. The entry-level bottling, the dark ruby-colored 2009 North Valley Pinot Noir was aged in only 10-20% new oak. Potpourri, incense, and bright red fruits inform the nose of a savory, round, nicely
Antonio Galloni 92"The 2010 Chianti Riserva Castelrotto is rich, generous and inviting, all within the very classic framework of the vintage. Sweet red cherries, flowers and spices abound in this beautifully delineated, classy Chianti. A result of the gradual phasing out of Merlot in favor of
Wine Advocate 90"The 2012 Techni Alipias white is principally a Sauvignon Blanc with 10% Assyrtiko blended in, fermented in stainless steel. It comes in just under 13% alcohol. It may be the best of Wine Art’s whites this issue. Beautifully focused and well integrated, this is fresh, pure and
" This Pinot Noir from the Languedoc is the red image of our l'Escargot Sauvignon blanc. A wine that is 100% faithful to the typicity of the variety, which delivers sweet fruit, freshness and great affordability. Escargot Pinot Noir then has that hallmark black cherry fruit on the nose of the