92 Points, Habersham Tasting Panel | Winemaker's Notes Medium deep opaque purple color with dark red rim. Initial aromas redolent of blackberry and blueberry with underlying hints of red fruits give way to pleasing complex elements of vanilla and toffee. Soft, big, yet elegant mouth feel, rich, full body, density, superb balance and grip, lead to a long finish, carrying intense ripe fruit and complex flavors. Soft, supple, dramatic, sexy wine with a compelling yummy factor that screams 'drink me.'
94+ Points, Robert Parker Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with lifted crème de cassis, violets and chocolate box notes plus hints of lilacs, raspberry leaves, anise and cardamom. The perfumed black fruit preserves and chocolate-laced notes completely pack the full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. Definitely one for hedonists seeking immediate gratification.
95 Points, Wine Enthusiast Wild berry, crushed herb, violet and baking spice scents lift out of the glass along with a whiff of menthol. Focused and elegantly structured, the delicious palate doles out ripe Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, cinnamon, sage and white pepper, while refined tannins and bright acidity provide supple support and impeccable balance. Drink 2023–2033.
94 Points, James Suckling This is a rich and racy young red with chocolate, currant and hints of sandalwood. Full body, chewy tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Savory and juicy. Cabenret sauvignon, syrah, merlot and a splash of sangiovese. Drink or hold.
96 Points, James Suckling A wine with lots of depth and fruit now with dark berry and dark chocolate character. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. So much here. Give it four to five years bottle age. Great wine.
92 Points/Top 100 of 2017, Wine Enthusiast Lemon, orange blossom and rose aromas start this exotic and refreshing wine. On the palate, bright flavors of citrus mingle with melon and pepper. Easygoing but distinctive.
92 Points, Ultimate Wine Challenge This prosecco pours pale straw with a fine head before releasing a floral aroma of lilies and apples. The carbonation balances out the fruity sweetness of pear and apple flavors before a clean, crisp finish that refreshes the palate.
Recommended by Chad, Wine Consultant @Abercorn St. Distiller's Notes: A thrilling vermouth, rich in sensations: among the herbs and the aromatizing spices, Artemisia and citrus are the protagonists with their balanced bitter and citrusy notes which characterize Cocchi style. A rich taste with vibrant notes of cocoa and bitter orange. From the infusion of some noble and balsamic woods, we have in the end light aromas of camphor and rosemary notes. Among the minor ingredients, herbs and woods with unique perfumes such as sandal, musk, myrrh and nutmeg.
Winemaker's Notes: This classic red wine varietal is well known for its rich personality and taste. Barefoot Merlot is the perfect combo of cherry, boysenberry, plum, and chocolate. A mocha finish is complemented by hints of smoky vanilla oak. Raised right, it’s well rounded with mild tannins.
Winemaker's Notes Black tie optional, Barefoot required! Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante is a deliciously sweet sparkling wine perfect for your next special occasion or just a night in with friends. Wine paired with apricot and peachy flavors mix it up with a crisp acidity, finishing off with tasty tangerine.
Gold Medal, Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2014 Winemaker's Notes: Celebrate with the Bubbly that tickles your toes! Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée Champagne, our driest and most traditional Bubbly offering, is vibrant on the palate until the last sip. Green apple, jasmine, hints of kiwi and peach flavors bubble up for a crisp, lingering finish. Bubbling with aromas of Chardonnay, it’s an instant favorite for any champagne occasion.
Ageing: Twenty months in 100% French oak barrels, 60% new oak
95 Points, Robert Parker Winemaker's Notes: The Buoncristiani O.P.C. is our Napa Valley proprietary red blend. In the quest to create a wine uniquely ours, we discovered the synergy of marrying Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah, while also folding in further complexity of texture and flavor with Napa Malbec and Merlot blenders. Grapes are sourced from some of Napa’s most prestigious vineyards including Hyde, Stagecoach, Hossfeld and Bennett. Just like our winemaking fathers before us, with “Ol’ Pa’s Cuvée” we four brothers continue the family tradition of handcrafting blends that help accentuate the enjoyment of life.
Winemaker's Notes Vibrant red fruits, such as strawberries and currants, on the palate and an intense perfume, make this wine a perfect accompaniment for cheese, charcuterie and traditional holiday fare.
92 Points, Vinous The 2015 Zinfandel East Bench, 100% Zinfandel from Ridge’s Dry Creek estate, is deep, pliant and generous, all qualities that make it easy to drink and enjoy, even today. Succulent dark cherry and plum fruit flavors add to the wine’s up-front personality. Bright acids perk up the finish, but this is a decidedly fruity style.
92 Points, San Diego Wine & Spirits Competition Winemaker's Notes: Fresh and fruity with aromas of young strawberry, raspberry and notes of lilac and violets. This French sparkling wine creates a deliciously seductive. Smooth and versatile. A perfect balance of freshness, fruit, acidity and sweetness. A courtship of delicate flavors, red fruit aromas and baby bubbles.
95 Points, San Diego Wine & Spirits Competition Winemaker's Notes: Undertones of Granny Smith apples, honeysuckle, strawberry & toasted brioche. This French sparkling wine creates the perfect balance of fruit, acidity & sweetness. Lingers nicely with a bit of Meyer lemon, honeydew & a continuing apple finish. Great length, crisp and refreshing finish.
91 Points/Top Value Pick, Wine Spectator Plush and supple, with a juicy quality to the plum, raspberry and wild strawberry flavors. Fresh earth, cedar and spicy black licorice notes sneak in on the finish, along with a dried rose petal accent. Drink now through 2025.
91 Points, Habersham Tasting Panel Winemaker's Notes: A wine with tiny long-lasting bubbles. Lovely gleaming pink. Delicate nervy nose with aromas of fresh red fruit. Lively attack and lovely aromatic intensity. Well-balanced mouth enhanced by a fresh but subtle finish.
90 Points, Habersham Tasting Panel Winemaker's Notes: A pale yellow wine with tiny bubbles. Rounded and delicate: a fine nervy complex nose with the freshness of Chenin blanc, floral Chardonnay and fruity Cabernet franc. Lively attack on an enrobed structure evolving with grace. A nice aromatic persistence in the mouth on notes of fresh fruit (pear, peach).
92 Points, Wine Spectator This detailed white shows fresh fennel and celery leaf accents to the core of mandarin orange, papaya and lime flavors. Silky and very juicy, with plenty of elegance on the finish.
93 Points, Wine Spectator This is fleshy and concentrated, delivering peach, apple, lemon, mineral and spice flavors. Lively acidity gives this the structure to offset the density. The finish lingers on and on. Drink now through 2024. 267 cases imported.
93 Points, Wine Spectator Rich and dense, showing delicate flavors of lemon cake, white peach and well-integrated oak spice. Vibrant acidity keeps this balanced, and the finish carries through effortlessly. Drink now through 2025. 140 cases imported.
91 Points, Robert Parker Dark ruby color with shades of purple. Sexy and silky palate, spice-accented blackberry and cherry aromas and a brilliant ruby color with violet notes. This distinctly Garnacha wine finishes with excellent length and warm tannins.
95 Points, Robert Parker Offering tons of ripe, caramelized orchard fruits, honeycomb and crushed rock, the 2014 Chardonnay Hapgood is full-bodied, concentrated and unctuously textured, with notable freshness, no hard edges and a great finish. This is a rich, gorgeous Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming decade or more.
92 Points, Connoisseur's Guide Ripe, well-extracted fruit jumps to the fore here early on and is this moderately full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc’s driving force all the way to the finish, but the wine is far more than simply fruity and gives full play to the grape’s herbal side with a nice dollop of carefully fit oak sweetening the mix. There is a juicy aspect to its frontal appeal, yet there is enough depth and reserve to say that it will be better if cellared, but, whether it is poured in the short term or set aside for a few years, it is a wine that wants pairing with full-flavored dishes such as a spicy, well-seasoned Provençal Bouillabaisse.
92 Points, Wine Spectator Strikes a balance between rich, spicy oak and an intense core of fruit, echoing pear, apple and melon flavors. Maintains equilibrium, ending with creamy, vanilla-scented oak notes.
92 Points, Wine Spectator A mix of cherry, licorice and spice flavors falls in line with the firm, well-integrated structure in this silky, linear red. Fresh, lingering with echoes of fruit, spice and tobacco. Best from 2018 through 2029.
93 Points, Wine Spectator Dark and plush, this combines structure with polish, offering notes of ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, grilled herb and toasty spice that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025.
94 Points, Wine Spectator Smooth-textured, graceful and refined, with a tenderness to the texture and tannins. Features a warm, inviting mix of red and dark berry flavors and subtle shades of licorice, light mocha and savory herbs, revealing floral scents and a long, persistent finish that echoes the core essence. Drink now through 2035.
100% Brunello Aged 36 months in large French oak barrels (30 - 50 hl or 872 -1373 Gallon) followed by a long bottle aging.
95+ Points, Robert Parker Il Poggione is a Brunello superstar and a vintage like this reveals every reason why that affirmation is true. From the second the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino pours into the glass, you know you are in for something special.
The wine is darkly saturated and rich in appearance. Absent are those slightly amber or browning hues you often get with Sangiovese in a hot vintage. Nor does the wine show flat or tired characteristics. Instead, the quality of fruit is vibrant and rich.
This is a healthy, generous and exuberant Brunello with dark density and succulent fruit flavors that are followed by integrated spice and tobacco. The balance is impressive and one thing you get here is fresh acidity. This is not to be underestimated, because the acidity quota in the 2012 vintage across the appellation is not as high or evident as usual. This is one of the year's best Brunellos.
90 Points, Habersham Tasting Panel Winemaker's Notes: COLOUR: Clear, bright raspberry. AROMA: floral and spice hints of white pepper. PALATE: smooth and balanced on the palate with a harmonious acidity.
90 Points, Habersham Tasting Panel Winemaker's Notes: COLOUR: Intense in color with purple reflections. AROMA: intense bouquet of ripe red fruit with some floral notes & white paper spices. PALATE: well balanced, elegant dry and complex.
90 Points, Habersham Tasting Panel Winemaker's Notes: Colour:Golden yellow with green reflexes, very brilliant. Aroma:Very intense and complex with a wide range of exotic fruit aromas (lychees, passion fruit) over a background of floral notes. Taste:Rich and aromatic, both round and fresh, very persistent.
Winemaker's Notes This champagne is a brightly sparkling, light golden yellow liquid with an abundance of fine and elegant bubbles. The nose reveals initial aromas of ripe fresh fruit (white and yellow peaches, apricots), tropical notes (lychee and pineapple). It then opens up with the fragrance of vanilla before developing notes of milky caramel, breadcrumbs and yeast, culminating in aromas of dried fruit and honey. An explosion of freshness in the mouth, followed by strong persistence. The complex aromas of fresh fruit and caramel perpetuate the intensity.
89 Points, Wine Enthusiast Quite powerful and oaky in style, this full-bodied wine matches ripeness with firm tannins, carrying a hint of brown-sugar sweetness from the aroma through the finish. It's dry, but the spicy effect of new-oak barrels adds a pastry-like accent, which the texture balances with a welcome bite of astringency.
96 Points, Decanter This is a beautifully fresh, vibrant wine with a soft, savoury edge to it. Cooked peas, tomato leaf and ample gooseberry make this wine juicy and refreshing. BC: This wine is quite seamless, with a touch of sweet and sour character providing beautiful balance. Vibrant, with high energy. CD: This has a pure and pristine bouquet with a delicious, layered frame on the palate. Mineral, stony, fresh and pure flavours are bursting through. This is a lovely example of balance, length and complexity that will build over time.
93 Points, Robert Parker If I liked the 2012, I liked the 2013 Malbec Reserva that I tasted a couple of weeks later even better. The profile is similar but it has the extra zip and freshness of the vintage. Nicely crafted and proportioned, it drinks well, but the oak is a little evident and should show better with little more time in bottle.
93 Points, Wine & Spirits; 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Winemaker's Notes: Reminisce about those delicious La Vie de la Vosgienne Framboises candies in the round tins, highlighted by dark fruit and cola and balanced with fine grain tannins. A mélange of varying soil types create a youthful Pinot Noir with a beautiful blend of flavor profiles and textures…gorgeous and easy to enjoy.
95 Points, Robert Parker The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hayne Vineyard, which like its sibling is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, comes from the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in St. Helena. Easily the blackest and most saturated in color of the Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignons, the wine is rich and concentrated, with loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit, some licorice, graphite, and a full-bodied, opulent mouthfeel. This is sensational stuff that should drink beautifully for the next 20-25 years.
91 Points, Robert Parker Coming all from the vines of the Grand Ferrage domaine in Provence, the 2016 Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rose offers gorgeously pure notes of white peach, hints of strawberries and an undeniable saltiness that makes you salivate. It’s a beautiful wine that delivers everything you could want from a dry, Provencal Rosé.
93 Points, Wine Spectator Alluring scents of ripe cherry, mulberry and fresh herbs complement concentrated flavors of cherry and sweet spice in this red. Offers a backbone of mouthcoating tannins and remains integrated as the finish lingers. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2018 through 2027.
91 Points, Habersham Tasting Panel Winemaker's Notes: High quality, single estate Gavi - fresh, yet weighty and complex. Aromatic, zesty nose with apple and lime notes. Textured and gently nutty with savoury characters - the wine is juicy, with weighty fruit and a zippy, citrusy, mouthwatering feel - creating a refreshing, yet satisfying finish.
90 Points, Wine Spectator A lush yet succulent style, this displays floral, apple, white peach and subtle honey flavors. Balanced, leaving a fresh, cleansing impression on the finish. Drink now through 2021.
96 Points, Robert Parker The 2013 Proprietary Red Estate is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot and the rest Carignane, Syrah and Merlot. This is another titanic effort from proprietor Foley. A spectacular dense-purple color and sweet toasty oak intermixed with licorice, blackberry, cassis and graphite are all present in this profound first-growth quality blend that should age effortlessly for 25-30 or more years. This is a stunner and a revelation.
90-92 Points, Robert Parker What should be a terrific value, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine Barville checks in as a mix of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre that was completely destemmed and aged in a combination of foudre, new barrels, old barrels and concrete tanks. It's a charming ripe, even sexy barrel sample that has terrific notes of plums, blackberries, garrigue and violets. Drink this soft, pleasure-bent beauty anytime over the coming 4-6 years.
Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
93 Points, Wine Spectator Black currant and violet are the hallmarks of this tightly wound red. Vanilla and sandalwood accents enter the fray as this builds to a long, energetic finish. Best from 2020 through 2033.
Winemaker's Notes Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio is the Maserati of California white wine, and it's time to take it for a spin. This bright white wine boasts citrus blossom, tropical fruit, honeysuckle and white peach aromas, followed by luscious flavors of nectarine, lemon and honeydew wrapping up with a clean, refreshing finish. Crisp fruit and zesty acidity make this medium-bodied wine a perfect aperitif or pair for spicy ginger pork, grilled seafood kebabs or spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette.
Winemaker's Notes Brick red and deep purple in the glass, with enticing aromatics of dried plums, black cherry jam, and a hint of vanilla incense. One sip unveils flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate, and licorice. Smooth on the finish with bracing tannins and lingering notes of blueberry and spice.
Winemaker's Notes The wine is full flavored with pear and citrus aromas. Stimulating on the palate, as well as fresh and fruity. It has a nice sweetness balanced with the typical crisp Riesling acidity. It ideally pairs with lighter or spicy cuisine or simply on its own.
Blend: Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Charbono Aging: A combination of French and American oak barrels, 30% new
91 Points, Habersham Tasting Panel Features enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove and roasted fig. Persistent avors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate and vanilla linger harmoniously, for a smooth and luscious finish.
Washington Recommended by Chad, Wine Consultant @Abercorn St.
92 Points, Robert Parker One of the best values I’ve tasted in a long time, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the team at K Vintners was hand-harvested, natively fermented and aged all in French oak. Smoking good notes of cassis, black currants and hints of plum all emerge from this rich, beautifully textured, layered beauty that has solid tannic grip, a silky, elegant texture and a great nish. It has real elegance and nesse and is a dark fruited, unctuous beauty to drink over the coming 3-4 years.
Winemaker's Notes Balanced and elegant, the wine begins with aromas of stone fruits, ripe pear and brioche. Tropical notes of mango complement fresh Chardonnay fruit and limestone on the palate. Finely structured and delicate, the wine has a light, dry finish. Belaire Gold is perfect as a well-chilled aperitif, but it’s also a versatile food-pairing wine, especially with seafood, grilled vegetables, or poultry.
90 Points, Habersham Tasting Panel Winemaker's Notes: This wine has a light straw color with green tints. It has a light floral and fruity bouquet featuring apples and pears. The palate is bright, fresh and dry showing nice balance and a lingering acidity perfect for a variety of lighter cuisine.
Winemaker's Notes To create a Pinot worthy of the Dark Horse label, winemaker, Beth Liston, sourced her grapes from select producers, like the premier vineyards of California’s Central Coast — the region famous for inspiring the world’s obsession with Pinot Noir. By using cutting-edge methods to blend, age, and ferment this varietal, Beth is able to deliver the signature velvety smooth fruit balance usually reserved for pricier Pinots.
Winemaker's Notes New Zealand-style Sauvignon Blancs have become wildly popular for their bright flavors and ability to play well with cuisines from around the world. Winemaker, Beth Liston knew that with a little planning and a lot of know-how, she could achieve that same unmistakable vibrancy with locally-sourced California grapes.