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Wine Accolades!

Wine Accolades!

May 3, 2016| Categories: News, Wine Tastings

 

Hot News, we have pulled together some wine accolades for you, check out some old favorites, or find a new friend!!

 

Jura Origin 10 Years Old – 97 Points, 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Louis M Martini – 2013 Monte Rosso Gnarly Vine Zinfandel, 90 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast Magazine. “Opaque and thick in color, this bombastically powerful and concentrated wine has pruney sweetness lurking on the back palate, softened by sprinkles of vanilla and black pepper atop a sturdy helping of blackberry pie.” June 2016.

Martin Códax – 2014 Albariño, 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “lemon, lime, stony mineral and tangerine riding a wave of racy acidity through a long, zesty and cleansing finish that leaves a mixed citrus impression.” April 2016.

The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve – Double Gold, 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

TOP Premium ACCOLADES

Alamos – 2014 Malbec, 88 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “a fine introduction to what Argentine Malbec is all about, with concentrated red fruit flavors and a rich, chocolaty finish.” February 2016.

Alamos – 2014 Chardonnay, 88 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “The nose is ripe with yellow fruit, nicely spiced and has lactic hints. The medium-bodied palate is accessible and easy to drink.” August 2015.

Alamos – 2013 Chardonnay, 90 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “a textbook, subtly oaked Chardonnay…Very nice balance, easy to drink and fresh.” August 2015.

Alamos – 2014 Torrontés, 90 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “2014 was a good vintage for Torrontés in Salta…offers that mixture of lime and white flowers with subtle minerality and pungent, fresh flavors plus spiciness in the palate.” August 2015.

Alamos – 2013 Torrontés, 91 POINTS, JamesSuckling.com, “Lots of flowers and lemon peel character with an intense sea salt character. Full body, with bright acidity and a creamy finish. Plenty of sliced white peaches.” June 2014.

Alamos – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 88 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “freshness and properly ripened fruit with peppery aromas and a hint of orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft texture and a pleasant, bitter finish.” August 2015.

Alamos – 2013 Red Blend, 88 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “Plums, smoky bacon and ripe black cherries give it an intoxicating perfume. The palate is soft and lush and supported by moderate acidity and very tasty flavors.” August 2015.

Alamos Selección – 2013 Malbec, 91 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “It feels like a serious Malbec with nice concentration and complex aromas mixing fruit, flowers and spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied with prodigious balance, refined tannins and very good length.” August 2015.

Apothic – Named a “2015 Impact Hot Brand” by Impact Magazine, March 2016.

Apothic – 2013 Apothic White, Silver Award – 89PTS, 2015 California State Fair Wine Competition, May 2015

Brancaia – 2013 Toscana Tre, 92 POINTS, James Suckling, “Lots of vivid spice, meat and dark berry fruit. Full body, fine tannins and bright acidity. Better than the 2012.” August 2015.

Bridlewood – 2012 Central Coast Blend 175 featured in Wine Enthusiast, 90 POINTS & BEST BUY–Steve Heimoff. August 2014. POS available on C2M and

Carnivor – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 POINTS & TOP 100 BEST BUY, Wine Enthusiast, “…bold and stands out from the pack.” November 2015.

Columbia Winery – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon featured in Wine Spectator, 90 POINTS–“Dense and focused, playing the coffee and mineral-accented blackberry flavors against a blanket of fine tannins, coming together smoothly on the purposeful finish.” June 2015.  POS available on C2M and

Columbia Winery – 2013 Columbia Valley Merlot featured in Wine Spectator, 89 POINTS — “Fresh and inviting, with plum and floral flavors coming together smoothly against nubby tannins, lingering on the harmonious finish.” July 2015.  POS available on

Columbia Winery – 2013 Chardonnay featured in Wine Spectator, 88 POINTS–“Fresh and inviting, with juicy flavors of apple, pear and citrus that zing through a long, polished finish.” May 2015.  POS available on

Dancing Bull – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 90 POINTS BEST BUY, Wine Enthusiast, “Tangy green-apple aromas and flavors make this medium-bodied wine refreshing, crisp and palate-cleansing. The texture is vibrant and the finish lively.” October 2014.

DaVinci – 2010 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, 93pts, James Suckling, “Aromas of cedar, lavender and dark berries follow through to a full body and round and polished tannins. Hints of earth, mushrooms and leaves,” October 2015

DaVinci – 2013 Chianti DOCG, 90PTS, James Suckling, “A red with bright fruit character of raspberries and citrus. Full body, light tannins and a fresh finish. Delicious sangiovese. Drink now.” August 2015

DaVinci – 2013 Chianti Riserva DOCG, 90PTS, “This opens with aromas of red berry and black-skinned fruit. On the fresh, easy-drinking palate, savory notes of black pepper accent ripe plum and juicy strawberry. Bright acidity and soft tannins balance the juicy fruit. Enjoy through 2015.” November 2015

Don Miguel Gascon – 2015 Reserve Malbec, 89 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “aromas of black fruit, spices, cured meat, smoke and hints of leather and brick dust together with chocolate undertones.” August 2015.

Don Miguel Gascon – 2013 Reserve Malbec, 92 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “lush flavors of dark plum, blackberry and dark currant accented by Asian spice. Medium-grained tannins give this a refined allure. Creamy and chocolate mousse on the finish.” November 2015.

Don Miguel Gascon – 2014 Malbec, 89 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “delivers bright pepper and blackfruit, supple tannins, good acidity and a long finish that will please a crowd.” September 2015.

Don Miguel Gascon – 2013 Red Blend, 87 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “Red berries, licorice and some vanilla are found in the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with some dusty tannins, which indicates it will be better with food.” August 2015.

Ecco Domani – Prosecco, BEST BUY, Wine and Spirits, ”buzz of bubbles surrounds this wine’s sweet honeydew melon fruit. The flavors last, with mellow notes of grapefruit pith and acidity cutting the sweetness.” August 2015

Ecco Domani – Pinot Grigio, Silver Award: 87PTS, 2015 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition, October 2015.

Edna Valley Vineyard – “2012 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon featured in WineReviewOnline.com, 92 POINTS “”..pure enjoyment this $15 wine provided. Usually you spend twice as much to find those elements.”” Michael Apstein, August 2014.”

Edna Valley Vineyard – 2013 Central Coast Chardonnay featured in Wine Spectator, 88 POINTS & TOP VALUE — “Rich and full-bodied, presenting a range of tropical fruit cocktail, pear and melon flavors.” July 2015.  POS Available on C2M

Frei Brothers Reserve – 2012 Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 92 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “Combines firm, dark fruit and chewy tannins with a measure of finesse and refinement. Ends with gripping, cedary tannins, bolstered by good length and depth. Drink now through 2024.” July 2015.

Gallo Estate – 2012 Northern Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, 93+ POINTS, The Wine Advocate, “A classic Cabernet Sauvignon offering notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco, chocolate, espresso roast, black currants cedar and a touch of barbecue smoke, the wine is full-bodied, dense, moderately tannic, long and mouth filling.” December 2014.

Gallo Signature Series – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 92+ POINTS, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, “Full-bodied with a dense, ruby/purple color, lots of asphalt, loamy volcanic soil and smoky notes, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a nice touch of camphor and a luscious, heady, slightly tannic mouthfeel and finish. This is serious wine…” December 2014.

Ghost Pines – Ghost Pines: 2013 Winemaker’s Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 POINTS, 4th Place, California Grapevine, “Medium-dark purplish ruby color; attractive, forward, ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with notes of dried herbs, and toasty oak; full body; fleshy, plummy, black cherry fruit flavors with some richness in the mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended.” November 2015.

J Vineyards & Winery – NV Cuvée 20 Brut, 90 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast, “Flavors of stone fruit, apple and almond linger on the palate, balanced by a distinct layering of fresh-squeezed citrus, from orange to lime.” August 2015.

J Vineyards & Winery – NV Brut Rosé, 90 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “…loads of strawberry and Kir cocktail-like notes in a fresh, light to medium-bodied, delicious style…” Robert Parker. October 2015.

J Vineyards & Winery – 2014 California Pinot Gris, 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “Bright notes of melon, peach and tropical fruits, with juicy acidity and exquisite balance.” Robert Whitley. October 2015.

J Vineyards & Winery – 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 90 PTS, Wine Spectator, “Elegantly styled…with nectarine, honeydew, anise and green apple flavors. This is a wine of finesse, showing more grace than power and richness.” February 2016.

J Vineyards & Winery – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 90 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast, “This estate wine is generous in blackberry, black licorice and dark cherry with a classic cola spice dancing around the edges. Smooth and memorable…” July 2015.

J Vineyards & Winery – “2013 Russian River Valley Vin Gris, 92 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “”fresh and clean, with mouth-watering acidity and beautiful aromas of strawberry and tart cherry.”” August 2014.

Laguna – 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay featured in The Tasting Panel, 91 POINTS–Anthony Dias Blue, “Creamy and ripe with sweet oak and lush, dense flavors of vanilla and spice; lovely, tangy, and long; rich and deep.” March 2013.  POS available on

La Marca – Prosecco, 89 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “Light and lacy in texture, with just the right amount of effervescence to delight and refresh the palate, this Prosecco is fresh and fruity, with a pleasantly sweet rather than acidic, edge.” September 2015.

La Marca – Wine & Spirits, Annual Restaurant Poll, “Most Popular Italian Sparkling Wine in Restaurants”, April 2015.

Las Rocas – 2012 Viñas Viejas, 90 POINTS SMART BUY, Wine Spectator, “Cherry and red plum flavors are fresh and focused, framed by notes of smoke, herb and licorice. Light, firm tannins support the polished texture, while balsamic acidity sweeps the finish.” September 2015.

Las Rocas – 2012 El Renegado, 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Syrah that brings dry raspberry, cherry, black pepper, orange zest and tobacco in both aroma and flavor, with moderate grip and a long peppery finish that will pair with a wide selection of spicy red meat preparations.” October 2014.

Louis M Martini – 2013 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 POINTS, 6th Place, California Grapevine, “Medium dark purplish ruby; herbal, cedary, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cassis, dried herbs, and cocoa medium-full body; forward, nicely balanced, currant and red berry fruit flavors, with some richness and texture in the mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.” November 2015.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “Forest floor, cola and red cherry, with medium weight and intensity on the palate…A gem for the price.” June 2015.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Central Coast Pinot Noir, 90+ POINTS, International Wine Review, “It is ripe, earthy and brambly in style offering aromas and flavors of dark cherry and pomegranate fruit…It has a silky texture…and a long satisfying finish.” July 2015.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris, 93 POINTS, Beverage Dynamics, “…clean, unoaked fruit, with lots of weight and texture, so the wood is not missed. This wine is a great match for a wide range of grilled, smoked, and roasted dishes.” November 2014.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 90 POINTS, The Tasting Panel, “Fresh and juicy with pear, tangy acidity and balance; silky with generous fruit and a long, mellow finish.” November 2014.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Reserve, 90 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “Well done, ripe and supple, this is firmly tannic in a good way, with blueberry, blackberry, plum and spicy nutmeg scents…” May 2015.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Winemaker’s Block Pinot Noir , 91 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “A bold, rich Pinot, showing lots of flavor, depth, structure and finesse…ripe plum, blueberry and raspberry notes.” May 2015.

Martin Códax – 2013 Albariño, 91 POINTS BEST BUY, Wine & Spirits, “…apples and limes to herbs and spices…carrying notes of melon and peach. A delightful albariño…” August 2015. ePOS Available NOW!

Mirassou – 2014 Moscato, 88PTS – BEST BUY, Wine Enthusiast, “This is a great find in this category. Gentle, floral notes of honey and apple mark nose and palate. The light body gives a charming, almost delicate character to this well-balanced and refreshing sweet wine.” February 2016

Mirassou – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver, 2015 Indy International Wine Competition, August 2015

Mirassou – 2012 Chardonnay 87PTS & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast, “Classic California buttercream aroma cut by tart green apple. In this good everyday sipping wine, flavors that range from pear to barely ripe pineapple.”  March 2015.

Mirassou – 2014 Pinot Noir, Wine Enthusiast, “Plummy aromas, peachy flavors and a bright mouthfeel lend a lot of appeal to this medium-bodied wine. It tastes smooth and rounded in texture, ripe and somewhat rich but not overdone,” April 2016.

Mirassou – 2014 Pinot Grigio, 87PTS – Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast, “Aromas like ripe pears and apples lead to vivid, tangy apple and apricot flavors and rather light body” November 2015

Rancho Zabaco – 2012 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 90 POINTS, The Wine Advocate, “Displaying lots of pepper as well as full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal intensity, briery, berry fruit and a big, juicy, succulent mouthfeel and finish.” December 2013.

Red Rock – 2014 Pinot Noir, Wine Enthusiast, “This wine has ripeness and a kind of sweetness in the aroma. Good fresh cherry flavors glide along nicely on the smooth texture. It is medium bodied and balanced for easy enjoyment,” May 2016.

Red Rock – 2013 Winemaker’s Blend, 88PTS – Editors’ Choice!, Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

Red Rock – 2013 Merlot, Silver Award – 88PTS, 2015 Ultimate Wine Challenge, July 20, 2015

Starborough – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “pungent aromas of green citrus, cut grass and tart green apple…well-balanced, with crisp acidity and finishes with exceptional freshness.” June 2015.

Starborough – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “This lip-smacking, classically styled Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc delivers far more than its price would suggest. It’s admirably complex, with generous lime, grapefruit, kiwi fruit and green melon aromas and flavors.” March 2014.

Talbott Vineyards – 2013 Kali Hart Chardonnay featured in The Tasting Panel, 90 POINTS & OUTSTANDING –Anthony Dias Blue, “Smooth and fresh with lovely structure and balance; bright and round with depth and grace; clean and vibrant.” May 2015.

Talbott Vineyards – 2012 Logan Pinot Noir featured in Wine Enthusiast, 92 POINTS & Editors Choice–Matt Kettman, “The nose of this excellently priced wine offers sour fruit from Montmorency cherries, earthiness from squeezed beets, spice from toasted sagebrush and umami from soy sauce. The palate is deep, with a sanguine character that’s enhanced by lots of cracked pepper. It delivers plenty of action for the price.” December 2015

Talbott Vineyards – 2013 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir featured in Wine Enthusiast, 92 POINTS– “Concentrated raspberry and brambleberry aromas mix with iron and brown mushrooms on the nose of this wine from a historic vineyard originally planted in 1972. The palate is sanguine with bloody meats and pencil lead, with earthy beet-juice flavors and unrelenting minerality, almost like licking the earth itself.” December 2015.  POS available on Gallo Edge

Whitehaven – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, 92 POINTS, Beverage Dynamics, “Brilliant pale gold in the glass, this is a delicious example of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Citrus fruit is accented by typical grassiness. Fresh and bright on the palate, the finish is long and balanced.” March 2015.

William Hill Estate –  2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay featured in Wine Enthusiast, 90 POINTS — “Aromas of orange blossom and jasmine intoxicate on the entry of this delightful wine, which combines in complex ways to offer savory fennel with a creaminess to the texture. That complexity continues through the finish, which ends long and lean.” May 2015.  POS available on

William Hill Estate –  2013 North Coast Chardonnay featured in Wine Enthusiast, 90 POINTS & Editor’s Choice–“A bowl full of complex aromas and flavors are bundled together in this full-bodied, lush-textured wine…Ripe and honeyed pear flavors come out on the palate and the mouthfeel is nicely viscous.” July 2015.  POS available on C2M and