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  • 2019 Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Viñas Viejas - 93 PTS - WA

    wa93"The red 2019 Es Lo Que Hay is mostly old-vine Garnacha with 5% other grapes, mostly Moristel with a little Miguel de Arco and some Provechón (Bobal), from very stony old vineyards in the village of Villarroya de la Sierra. The grapes fermented together with 20% full clusters in concrete and were destemmed after a five-day cold soak with the natural yeasts; then the wine matured mostly in concrete with some leftovers in Flextank egg for 15 months. It's ripe without excess (14.26% real alcohol), balanced by low pH and good acidity and has a powerful Mediterranean profile, round and full-bodied, with hints of dry hay and straw and a touch of dark chocolate. The 2019s are evolving nicely and should have a positive development in bottle, and this is a good example. 8,270 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2020. - Luis Gutiérrez"

    - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (November 2021), 93 pts

  • 2020 Charles Thomas Cotes de Provence Sainte Victoire Rose - 91 PTS - IWR

    "i winereview logoCopper salmon color. This Grenache based, certified organic rosé from 30 year old vines reveals a pleasant melange of red berry and sweet, ripe stone fruit on a lubricious palate with nice balancing acidity and good length. An easy drinking, poolside wine. Best served well chilled. 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah in the Clos des Miran in the Gard district."

    - i-winereview.com (Rosés From Around the World: 2021 Annual Report), 91 pts

  • 2020 Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Rose - 88 PTS - WA

    wa88"The 2020 Cotes du Rhone—formerly released under the Reserve label—delivers plenty of raspberry, cherry and strawberry fruit on the nose and palate. Medium to full-bodied, it's supple, silky and immensely pleasurable, just good, solid fruit-driven fun in a glass. It should be available at a street price of around $15, making it a terrific deal."

    - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (May 2022), 88 pts

  • 2020 Mas Redonne Bandol Rose - 90 PTS - IWR

    i winereview logo"Light pink. Touches of herbs and earth complement red berry and cranberry fruit in this Mouvèdre based Bandol rosé. It’s soft on the attack and broad on the palate and unlike some Bandol rosés it’s ready to drink now. 55% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault and 10% Grenache; founded in 1979, this Domaine and its 12 ha vineyard of 40 year old vines is run by Henri and Geneviève Tournier.- Don Winkler"

    - i-winereview.com (Rosés From Around the World: 2021 Annual Report), 90 pts

  • 2020 Michel Thomas Sancerre Rose - 91 PTS - IWR

    i winereview logo"Light reddish pink color and revealing a spicy, cherry like nose and a very fresh, concentrated attack. The full, vinous palate shows more cherry with citrus, stone fruit, and herbal notes. A flavorful and nicely balanced Sancerre Rosé. Made from 20-55 year old vines, 50% direct press and 50% saignée, fermented and aged on the lees in stainless steel."

    - i-winereview.com (Rosés From Around the World: 2021 Annual Report), 91 pts

  • 2020 Milton Park Chardonnay - 91 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

    wine enthusiast 91 pts

     


    - Wine Enthusiast (December 2022), 91 pts

  • 2020 Morambro Creek Chardonnay - 91 PTS - WE

    wine enthusiast 91 pts

     


    - Wine Enthusiast (December 2022), 91 pts

  • 2021 Mas Redonne Bandol Rose - 90 PTS - WE

    wine enthusiast 90 pts

     

    - Wine Enthusiast (August/September 2022), 90 pts

  • 2021 Michel Thomas Sancerre Rose - 95 PTS - Gold Medal - BTI

    bti gold 2022"Pink color. Aromas of strawberry fields, eucalyptus, and fresh ferns with a fat body and a very long watermelon, persimmons, lime zest, and sea salt finish. An energetic, lively Rose with exotic flavors that are sure to tantalize."

    - Beverage Testing Institute (May 2022), 95 pts

     

  • El Escoces Volante - WA - November 2021

    wa"Norrel Robertson is El Escocés Volante. He now works with 32 hectares of vineyards in the region of Calatayud, and he's going to plant three or four more hectares around the new winery he's planning to build in the village of Cervera de la Cañada. He now produces around 250,000 bottles and a total of 15 labels. In Calatayud, 2019 was slightly warmer and drier than 2018 but not as extreme as in other zones of Aragón, as Calatayud is cooler and the vineyards are at higher altitude. 2020 saw more rain in the spring and a very early harvest; it was an early but complete cycle of a very elegant and balanced vintage. 2020 has the juiciness of 2018 but the wines are more elegant. The wines from 2019 are tannic from lower yields, a little in the style of 2005, a very dry year. The wines from 2019 are evolving nicely and should develop in bottle. The 2020s are more immediate, perhaps not as long lived as the 2019s but very pleasant and easy to drink already. - Luis Gutiérrez"

    - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (November 2021)

  • El Escoces Volante - WA #248 - April 2020

    wa"I tasted via videoconference with Norrel Robertson, the flying Scotsman ("el Escocés volante"), during the Covid-19 lockdown, and he presented a majority of 2018s, a fantastic vintage in many parts of Spain, including Aragón and more specifically Calatayud, the main place where he works. After the catastrophic 2017 when he lost 75% of the crop to frost, comes a year of freshness and fragrant, delicate and juicy wines when there's a shift to using more of their own grapes from the village of Villarroya de la Sierra, a cooler, higher altitude place with red clay and limestone soils rather than the slate found in other parts of the appellation. Some are sold without Calatayud appellation because they are fermented outside the appellation's limits (one of the nonsenses of the rules of the appellations of origin in Spain), and of course, he also works in Galicia, Murcia and Valencia. He produces a grand total of 300,000 bottles per year. Many wines are produced in Flextank (plastic) eggs; he only has a couple of concrete eggs, used for Es Lo Que Hay and En Sus Trece. The wines are exuberant and showy, round and lush, not shy.

    2020 started with the purchase of a 4.7-hectare site on the outskirts of the village of Cervera de La Cañada, where he plans to consolidate production of his own 26 hectares of vineyards under the same roof. Other than preserving some old vineyards, he has also planted some new ones for the future, and he is planning to plant more in the coming years. Among the old vineyards is a new jewel in the crown, a 1.2-hectare stony plot planted in the 1930s with red Garnacha (Fina) and some other local varieties; it was first fermented separately in 2019.- Luis Gutiérrez"

    - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #248, April 2020)