As we are in lockdown again..wine might be the only leisure activity we can indulge in over the next few months! Here are Oliver's highlights:
A chunk of the release is devoted to higher-priced offerings from California. It has been an awfully long time since value and Napa were associated. But here are a few of the wines: Cliff Lede, Stags Leap, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017, $124.95. Hold 2-3 years. Growth, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2016, $121.95. Drink after decant, or hold. Hall, Coeur, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2016, $99.95. Also decant to drink.
Flowers, Pinot Noir, Sonoma, 2018, $64.95. About what you’d expect to pay for a well-made Sonoma pinot. Drink now, scored 93 by Jeb Dunnuck.
San Felice, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, 2017, $19.95. An excellent cheaper Chianti, that usually scores incredibly well. 2017 was a reasonable vintage for Tuscany. Drink now, scored 91 by James Suckling.
Turley, Juvenile, Zinfandel, California, 2018, $49.95. This will be of interest for fans of the famed wine consultant Helen Turley. Drink now after decant, scored 89 by Vinous.com
Spy Valley, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2019, $22.95. Another small vintage in terms of crop, but another great one from New Zealand. Drink now
Rustenberg, John X Merriman, Stellenbosch, 2016, $24.95. Decently-priced , and well-aged cab from South Africa. Drink now
Michel Gassier, Nostre Pais, Costieres de Nimes, 2017, $23.95. A great producer from the South of France, this is mainly grenache, with some syrah/cinsault/carignan, and mourvedre. Drink now , scored 93 by Jeb Dunnuck.
Domaine de Triennes, Rose, Mediterranee, 2019, $19.95. You might not be thinking of rose at the moment, but this is outstanding. Drink now, scored 90 by Vinous.
By Oliver Herbst