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Elvio Cogno
Bordini Barbaresco DOCG – 2016

Wine & Spirits
94 Points

Valter Fissore’s 2016 Barbaresco fires on all cylinders, weaving together flavors of perfectly ripe plum, black cherry and tarragon. It feels bold, taut and chiseled, with polished tannins, carrying the wine to a harmonious, expressive finish.

December 1, 2019
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Champagne Gosset
Grand Millésime Brut – 2012

Wine & Spirits
94 Points - Wine & Spirits Year's Best Champagnes

Jean-Pierre Mareigner made this wine and bottled it in 2013; Odilon de Varine, who took over as cellar master in 2016, disgorged the vintage in 2019. It’s two-to-one chardonnay to pinot noir, though the fruit ripeness of the pinot noir contributes more than its fair share of plum and red-blushed peach to the savory depths of flavor. As it opens, the brink yellow-apple flavors develop intensity, the pure flavor of fruit picked fresh, the incipient scent of apple blossoms. Tina Vaughn of The Simone described that fruit depth as “musky, delicious, sexy.”

December 1, 2019
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Champagne Gosset
Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut – Non-Vintage

Wine & Spirits
93 Points - Wine & Spirits Year's Best Champagnes

This wine’s flavors seem to be carved out of chalk, its fruit mellowed to notes of Marcona almond, toast and white mushrooms, its structure firm and classical. It’s a blend of chardonnay from Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims, achieving its richness without malolactic fermentation, so there’s a sharp line of acidity adding a chalky grace note at the end.

December 1, 2019
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Champagne Gosset
CELEBRIS Extra Brut – 2007

Wine & Spirits
93 Points - Wine & Spirits Year's Best Champagnes

An impressive wine from a challenging vintage, this is brisk and cool, with tense muscularity to its structure. The wine’s brash savor parallels a meaty stock, with smoky complexity and tannins powering the lasting orange-and-red-fruit buzz. Decant it as a main course wine with white meats.

December 1, 2019
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Champagne Gosset Grand Brut Rosé — NV – Wine & Spirits – 92 Points
Champagne Gosset Grand Brut Rosé — NV – Wine & Spirits – 92 Points

Wine & Spirits
92 Points - Wine & Spirits Year's Best Champagnes

A pale-pink rosé, this has shades of raspberries, rosehips and rhubarb touching the earthly limestone scent of Champagne. It’s concentrated and lasting, with a clean quinine bitterness that will pair well with sashimi.

December 1, 2019
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Elvio Cogno
Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG – 2013

Wine & Spirits
97 Points - Wine & Spirits Year's Best Barolo & Barbaresco

Walter Fissore’s focus on Novello’s Ravera cru makes a powerful case for specialization. He produces four Barolos, all from Ravera, all from the wines that surround his farmhouse, and his wines seem to get better with each vintage, regardless of conditions. Vigna Elena is a singular wine, the only Barolo made entirely from Nebbiolo rosé, once thought to be a Nebbiolo clone but now shown to be a separate yet closely related variety...

December 1, 2019
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Elvio Cogno
Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2015

Wine & Spirits
95 Points - Wine & Spirits Year's Best Barolo & Barbaresco

Valter Fissore’s Ravera is brilliant in the warm 2015 vintage, striking a balance between fleshy cherry fruit, fresh florals and chiseled tannins. The wine feels generous yet precise, the flavors and aromas amplifies by the lively acidity that draws them out in a long, vertical finish.

December 1, 2019
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Frenzy
Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2018

Wine Enthusiast
89 Points

This is a balanced, food-friendly example of Marlborough Sauvignon succeeding despite a tough vintage. The nose is all about the citrus fruit: lemon-lime and grapefruit, with some soft grass and green herbal notes in the background. The mouthfeel is creamy but buoyed by bright, crisp acidity. Tangy citrus fruit lingers on the long finish.

Christina Pickard, November 1, 2019
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Domaine de Beaurenard
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Boisrenard 2017

Wine Spectator
94 Points

A fruit-driven style, with lush black currant, raspberry and boysenberry pâte de fruit flavors, carried by velvety tannins. The long finish features a graphite edge and lingering anise and apple wood notes. Delicious, and showing a bit more depth than most '17s. Best from 2020 through 2035.

James Molesworth, November 30, 2019
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Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Boisrenard – 2018 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points
Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Boisrenard – 2018 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points

Wine Spectator
94 Points

Offers a broad, creamy feel, with macadamia nut, piecrust, glazed pear and creamed yellow apple notes, backed by flashes of ginger and brioche on the finish. A lush, seductive wine. Drink now through 2021.

James Molesworth, November 1, 2019
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Elvio Cogno
Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2015

Wine Spectator
94 Points

This is tightly structured and dense, with burly tannins wrapped around cherry, plum, licorice, tar and menthol flavors. It's difficult to see where this is going today, but the finish is long and will need considerable time to hit its stride. Best from 2023 through 2042.

Bruce Sanderson, November 1, 2019
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Elvio Cogno
Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG – 2013

Wine Spectator
95 Points

The silky texture and graceful profile provide a setting for strawberry, cherry, rose, iron and tobacco flavors in this red. No pushover, this features a solid structure that emerges on the long, earth-, leather-, mineral- and tobacco-tinged aftertaste. Once fully integrated, this should be a beauty. Best from 2022 through 2042.

Bruce Sanderson, November 1, 2019
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Elvio Cogno
Cascina Nuova Barolo DOCG – 2015

Wine Spectator
93 Points

A supple texture and harmony are the hallmarks of this alluring red, setting you up for pure flavors of cherry, raspberry, licorice, mint and tobacco. A solid backbone of tannins provides support. This should develop nicely over the medium term. Best from 2021 through 2033.

Bruce Sanderson, November 1, 2019
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Royal Tokaji Gold Label 6 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu Szt. Tamas 2016
Royal Tokaji Gold Label 6 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu Szt. Tamas 2016

Food & Wine
10 Sweet Wines for People Who Don’t Think They Like Sweet Wine

Toasted coconut, coffee, and cacao nibs hover above the glass, and slide into unforgettable flavors of honeysuckle, crisp autumn apples and pears, ripe stone fruit, and honey tuille. Remarkable.

Brian Freedman, October 18, 2019
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Champagne Gosset
CELEBRIS Extra Brut – 2007

Wine Enthusiast
95 Points

A blend mainly of Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims, Gosset's deluxe cuvée has been well aged. With its edge of toastiness and the still-vibrant citrus and white fruits, the wine is at a beautiful, poised moment, though it will continue to age even further.

Roger Voss, December 1, 2019
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2016

Wine Spectator
91 Points

Sleek, with pinpoint focus offering harmonious Meyer lemon, candied almond and fresh ginger flavors that fan out on the crisp finish. Drink now.

Tim Fish, November 1, 2019
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Champagne Gosset
Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut – Non-Vintage

Wine Spectator
92 Points

A toasty version, with sleek acidity sculpting the layers of Meyer lemon peel, papaya, toasted brioche and lime blossom flavors. Tightly meshed, with a well-cut, lingering finish of smoky mineral. Disgorged May 2018. Drink now through 2024.

Alison Napjus, November 1, 2019
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Mirabelle Brut, California – Non Vintage

Wine Spectator
90 Points

Alluring and nuanced, with expressive pear, brioche, and caramelized hazelnut flavors that finish on a rich, polished note. Drink now. 6,250 cases made.

Tim Fish, November 1, 2019
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Castello di Volpaia
Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC – 2013

jamessuckling.com
92 Points

This is a very powerful and concentrated vin santo, which smells like tarte tatin. It also has some apple acidity, but that doesn’t stop it feeling rather massive on the palate. Drink now.

James Suckling, September 11, 2018
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Castello di Volpaia
Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC – 2013

Vinous
94 Points

Lifted, gracious and beautifully perfumed the 2013 Vinsanto del Chianti Classico is a wine with real character. Dried orange peel, dried flowers, autumn leaves and almonds are woven together in a Vin Santo of real distinction and class. The blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia, both white varieties, yields a wine that emphasizes aromatics and mid-weight structure.

Antonio Galloni, February 1, 2019
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