Want to impress your friends or dinner guests with some serious selections? You can't go wrong with these seriously delicious, critially acclaimed wines!
Laurent Perrier Rose N/V France 96PTS Connoisseurs Guide
Elegant and fruity at the same time with a quick invitation from bright, pure cherryish notes and then filled out handsomely by whiffs of chalky soils and well-integrated, rich and uplifting yeast-driven scents, this wine manages to be both vigorous and layered at one and the same time. Its bubbles are insistent, finely carved and add to the early sensations of lightness and energy yet also carry the wine long into a balanced, refined finish.
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir Flavors: Rich, Yeasty, Vigorous Ideal Temperature: 35F Food Pairing: Hors d'oeuvres, Caviar, On its own
Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Charmes France 94PTS Robert Parker
Wines from Puligny-Montrachet are typified by aromas and flavors of green apple and lemon and tend to be tauter and firmer on the palate compared to wines from neighboring villages. Aging in a small percentage of new French oak barrels lends accents of toast and vanilla. Structured white wines with high acid and grip, Puligny-Montrachet is destined for long aging.
Catena Zapata White Stones Chardonnay Argentina 98PTS James Suckling
This is the first wine to display any appreciable amount of wood and even here it's quite subtle as it easily allows the aromas of lychee nut, matchstick and petrol to shine. The slightly sleeker though still markedly rich medium-bodied flavors possess a highly attractive mouth feel and particularly so on the lingering finish. This is an interesting combination of refinement with focused power that should also drink well young if that's your preference.
Paolo Scavino Barolo Ravera Italy 96PTS James Suckling
The nose is really spot-on here, delivering a wholesome array of fresh hibiscus, redcurrants, fruit tea and rose petals. The palate is very silky and polished, weaving its way neatly through finely arranged layers of bright red fruit. Medium-to full-bodied and wonderfully elegant.
Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo Flavors: Hibiscus, Red Current, Fruit Tea, Rose Petals Ideal Temperature: 60F Food Pairing: Game Birds, Pheasant, Duck, Pork
Evening Land Pinot Noir Ssv La Source Oregon 94PTS Wine Spectator
Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir la Source Seven Springs Vineyard has a lovely savory nose with aromas of charcuterie, toasted cardamom, forest floor, potpourri, perfume and bramble berry. Medium-bodied, it has a great silky texture opening to tart wild blackberries, cracked pink peppercorn and savory/meaty touches, with a firm frame of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long with mineral accents.
Turnbull Cabernet Oakville Reserve California 94PTS Wine Spectator
Solidly built, with layers of warm cassis, cherry puree and raspberry coulis stretching out over long, fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity. The plushness of the sweet fruit marries wonderfully with the grippy underlay on the lengthy finish.