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Elvio Cogno
Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
99 Points

From the estate that proved the extraordinary quality of the Ravera subzone, this compelling wine opens with heady scents of rose, iris, perfumed berry, new leather and camphor. Focused and full bodied, the precise palate is delicious and firmly structured, featuring ripe red cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and tobacco framed in tightly knit fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it beautifully balanced and lends youthful tension. Drink 2024–2056.

Kerin O'Keefe, September 2020
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Elvio Cogno
Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG – 2014

Wine Enthusiast
97 Points

Perfumed and structured, this wine opens with alluring scents of rose, tobacco, mint, underbrush and woodland berry. The vibrant, focused palate offers intriguing tension and intensity while at the same time showing finesse, delivering red cherry, raspberry, licorice and baking spice tones framed by firm tannins. Drink 2023–2043.

Kerin O'Keefe, October 2019
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Hyde de Villaine (HdV)
Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley – 2016

The Wine Advocate
95+ Points

Chalky at first, the 2016 Chardonnay takes its time to reveal citrus blossoms, lime peel, crushed stone, apricots and pure lemon and apple fruit with dusty, minerally nuances. The palate walks a wonderful line of pure, ripe fruits and fresh citrusy and rocky accents. It has a silky texture, tangy lift and a very long, nuanced finish. This has the stuffing and structure to be very long lived.

Erin Brooks, June 2020
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Arista Winery
Chardonnay, Banfield Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2017

Wine Spectator
95 Points

Contoured, with a svelte structure to the pure-tasting flavors of Fuji apple, Bosc pear, peach tart and quince, layered with toasty accents. Wet stone notes show midpalate, leading to a finish that lingers with light buttery details and rich spiciness. Drink now through 2026. 357 cases made.

Kim Marcus, June 2020
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Arista Winery
Chardonnay, U.V.-El Diablo Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2017

Wine Spectator
94 Points

Big, complex and rich-tasting, with ripe apple, baked pear and quince paste flavors, offering curry spice accents. Toasty notes glide across the palate on the plush, buttery finish. Drink now through 2025. 210 cases made.

Kim Marcus, August 2020
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Arista Winery
Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – 2017

Wine Spectator
91 Points

Focused, rich and full of Gala apple and ripe pear flavors, featuring concentrated buttery and oak notes. The finish lingers, revealing hints of nutmeg and allspice. Drink now through 2024. 611 cases made.

Kim Marcus, August 2020
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Castello di Volpaia
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2017

Decanter
90 Points

Volpaia's Riserva is typically selected from the estate's highest parcels reaching 600 meters of elevation. As the hot 2017 vintage yielded small bunches and small berry with ripe skins but less ripe seeds, fermentation and maceration times were shortened for a gentler extraction. Indeed, this is quite soft with sweet, plump cherry buoyed by rather snappy acidity. Some dried floral nuances lend intrigue. Overall polished and polite but not for the long-haul. Drinking window 2020-2025.

Michaela Morris, February 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-Vent – 2017

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

A small harvest because of hail has produced this richly concentrated wine. Dense tannins and impressive black fruits are layered with acidity and a tensely structured character. The wine should be aged further to reveal its full panoply of flavors. Drink from 2022.

Roger Voss, September 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Croix des Vérillats, Moulin-à-Vent – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
92 Points

This dense, smoothly textured, single-vineyard wine is packed with tannins as well as concentrated blackberry fruits. Its richness, allied to ripeness, comes with a juicy aftertaste. Drink from 2022.

Roger Voss, September 2020
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Hyde de Villaine (HdV)
Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley – 2017

Wine Spectator
94 Points

Powerfully structured, with ripe citrus accents to the fresh white fruit and spice flavors, supported by ample acidity. Hints of tropical fruit emerge midpalate, leading to a finish that shows savory richness. Best from 2022 through 2027. 1,561 cases made.

Kim Marcus, August 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2017

JancisRobinson.com
16.5 Points

Lightish crimson with soft ruby rim. Even though the percentage of whole bunches is very small, there is an attractive stemmy/herbal freshness to this lifted and aromatic wine. The fruit is definitely in the red spectrum, but tangy and fresh like raspberry and cranberry not sweet like strawberry, or perhaps a hint of wild strawberry as it opens, and rock-dust quality that I associate with granite soils. This is delicate and precise, beautifully scented, suggesting a wine made with the fingertips, which was necessary in 2017...

Julia Harding MW, April 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2016

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Mid crimson, a little darker than the 2017, and a little darker fruited and opens up in the glass to a darker and more peppery scent, more peony, a little bit like northern Rhône Syrah, as Édouard Parinet points out – and I agree. This has the classic savoury character of Moulin-à-Vent and still the fragrance of thoughtfully made Gamay on granite, a gently dark-earthed aroma. Makes me think of clean, dark friable earth. Dry, elegant and beautifully balanced. Elegant length and dry finely textured finish even though it is still pretty youthful.

Julia Harding MW, April 2020
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Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent – 2015

JancisRobinson.com
17+ Points

A bigger and more powerful wine from a hotter vintage, which shows in the deeper colour. Much darker in colour than the 2016 and much much darker than the 2017. There’s also a sweetness of spicy black fruit, blackberry and damson, which points to a hotter year and perhaps also some new oak. As it opens up on the day after opening, the scent of the 2016 and 2017 starts to appear though without the floral notes. Also that stone-dust character. On the palate, this is firm, beautifully dry and it’s the tannins that, combined with remarkably good acidity, give the freshness on the long finish. Dry

Julia Harding MW, April 2020
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Hyde de Villaine (HdV)
Belle Cousine, Hyde Vineyard, Napa Valley – 2015

Vinous
95 Points

The 2015 Belle Cousine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Hyde Vineyard. Dark, pliant and super-expressive, the 2015 is endowed with striking purity and nuance. All the elements are impeccably balanced in this pristine, beautiful wine. Bright red fruit, spice, cedar and floral notes meld together in a silky, captivating wine from Hyde De Villaine. The 2015 is a stunner. That's all there is to it.

Antonio Galloni, December 2018
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Hyde de Villaine (HdV)
Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley – 2016

Vinous
92 Points

The 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a very pretty wine. Gentle apricot, tangerine, spice, dried flowers and mint are all woven together. Although quite subtle, the 2016 has plenty of structure, it is just expressed in an understated manner. There is so much to admire in this pristine Chardonnay from Hyde De Villaine. Silky and polished, the 2016 will drink well upon release.

Antonio Galloni, December 2018
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Hyde de Villaine (HdV)
Pinot Noir, Ysabel, Sonoma Mountain – 2016

jamessuckling.com
97 Points

So elegant and complex with so much perfume and rose petal character. Dark fruit. Strawberry. Cedar. Full body, yet bright and focused. Refined and beautiful. Layers. Stone and cement undertones. Drink or hold. Love.

January 2018
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Hyde de Villaine (HdV)
Pinot Noir, Ysabel, Sonoma Mountain – 2016

jamessuckling.com
95 Points

This is very dense and tannic with smoky and juicy character, showing walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. Full-bodied, rustic and real. Very tannic. Austere. Serious. Give it two or three years to soften a little, but I like it!

May 2019
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Hyde de Villaine (HdV)
Syrah, Californio – 2015

Vinous
93 Points

The 2015 Syrah Californio Hyde Vineyard is pliant, supple and very beautiful, with silky tannins that push the red-toned fruit forward. This is a decidedly medium in body, restrained wine for the year. Still very primary and fruity, with pretty overtones from a touch of whole clusters, the 2015 is going to need a few years in bottle to develop the full range of its aromatics. Stylistically, this is a Syrah with Pinot-like leanings.

Antonio Galloni, December 2018
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Hyde de Villaine (HdV)
Syrah, Californio – 2015

jamessuckling.com
95 Points

This is dense and spicy with leather, dried herbs, sweet tobacco, and dark berries. White pepper, too. Full-bodied, layered and flavorful with so much complexity and real syrah character. Wonderful finish. Drink or hold.

May 2019
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Hyde de Villaine (HdV)
Syrah, Californio – 2014

Vinous
92 Pointa

The 2014 Syrah Californio Hyde Vineyard offers good varietal character in a mid-weight, perfumed style. For a wine made in a drought vintage, the 2014 remains surprisingly light on its feet and aromatic. There is good brightness to the sweet red cherry and plum fruit, along with enough freshness to drink well for at least another handful of years.

Antonio Galloni, March 2018
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