2018 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Criolla Parral 92 Points
2017 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Malbec 1914 95 Points
2017 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Malbec 5 Suelos 95 Points
2018 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Malbec 5 Suelos 95 Points
2018 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Cabernet Franc 94 Points
2018 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Charbono 91 Points
We are so excited to announce that four wines from Eco Terreno received ratings of 90 or higher in the June issue of Wine Advocate:
Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vine Lyon Vineyard 2016 - 91 points
Chardonnay 2016 - 90 points
Red Blend Los Cuatro Lyon Vineyard 2016 - 90+ points
Cabernet Sauvignon Artisanal Selections 2015 - 90 points
Eco Terreno is a certified biodynamic estate winery laid out on the rolling hills of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma. The winery staunchly believes that to become successful farmers and winemakers, they must first create a healthy native ecosystem for their vineyards.
Owner and winemaker, Mark Lyon received great acclaim during his 37 year tenure at Sebastiani. This legacy includes three wines that were made in part or entirely from grapes grown at the Eco Terreno Estate and rated 95-98+ points by Wine Advocate.
We are so happy to announce that in the June 2018 edition of Wine Advocate, our Las Compuertas Project 'Malbec 5 Suelos' 2016 received 91 points!
'Proyecto las Compuertas' (The Compuertas Project) began in 2007, when brothers Pablo and Hector Durigutti purchased 5 Ha of old vine Malbec in Las Compuertas, Mendoza, steps from their winery. At the outset of The Compuertas Project, Pablo and Hector had a precise analysis done of their vineyards, identifying 5 distinct soil types. They have carefully adjusted their care of the vines accordingly, coaxing the best grapes out of the 104 year old vines. Their 'Malbec 5 Suelos' is made from the grapes of each parcel being vinified separately in concrete eggs with native yeasts, before a final cut is made. You can learn more about 'Malbec 5 Suelos' and all of the Las Compuertas Project wines here.
We are very pleased that Wine Enthusiast will give Mehofer's "Alter Weingarten" Gemischter Satz 91 points in their upcoming September issue.
The Mehofer family has lived and worked on their estate for 10 generations, over 300 years. In 1992, they became one of the first wineries in the area to convert to organic farming methods.
'Gemischter Satz' is a traditional style of wine, made with a blend of at least 3 varietals of white grape varieties, planted and vinified together. Vigneron Andreas Mehofer includes 8 varietals in his 'Alter Wiengarten'. The vines are dry farmed, grapes are hand harvested. Fermentation occurs with native yeasts and the winemaking process is entirely vegan.
We are very pleased to announce that Tim Atkin has given high marks to wines from Las Compuertas Project and Marchiori & Barraud in his May 2018 Argentina Report. Las Compuertas Project's Malbec 5 Suelos 2016 and Cordisco 2017 were awarded 95 and 92 points, respectively, while Marchiori & Barraud's Malbec "Cuartel Dos" 2015 and Malbec 2016 received 95 and 91 points.
las compuertas project
MALBEC 5 SUELOS - 95 POINTS
5 separate parcels of centennial vines are cared for based on their soil type as identified by extensive testing and vinified separately in cement eggs before a final cut is made.
CORDISCO 2017 - 92 POINTS
First Mendoza wine made from this varietal native to Abruzzo (Italy). Fermented in cement eggs with native yeasts.
Marchiori & Barraud
MALBEC 2016 - 95 POINTS
MALBEC 'CUARTEL 2' 2015 - 91 POINTS
Andrea Marchiori & Luis Barraud come from families with long winemaking traditions in Argentina. Their grapes are grown organically and hand harvested. In the winery, spontaneous fermentation takes place with native yeasts and no winemaking additives are used.
This month, our Anella Crianza 2014 from Ribera del Duero received 92 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine!
Anella is a family owned winery located in Fuentelcesped at 2,800 feet altitude. Their limestone rich soils provide excellent growing conditions for their Tempranillo vines, 30% of which are old vines, including some ungrafted pre-phylloxera plots (the oldest is from 1865). The winery practices biodynamic farming, the grapes are hand-harvested and fermentation takes place with native yeasts. Learn more about Anella here.
"Vibrant, mineral-tinged red/blue fruit and allspice flavors show very good clarity and a building floral note."
We are very pleased that Josh Raynolds of Vinous has given Vignoble Bodillard's 'Cuvée Alexia' 2016 90 points.
Located in the heart of the Beaujolais region, the Vignoble Bodillard Estate has been cared for by the Bodillard family for 5 generations. Today, vigneron Renaud Bodillard cares for the family vineyards and has converted to organic farming methods, with biodynamic principles. The vines are 20-100 years old and each plot is worked according to it's topography, age and soil.
The family, true vignerons, execute or oversee every step of the process, from vine to bottle.
We are so pleased to announce that Michael Schachner from Wine Enthusiast Magazine has given our Marchiori & Barraud Cabernet Sauvignon 90 points.
Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud come from families with long winemaking traditions in Argentina. Together they make a small amount of wine in pursuit of expressing the best of the terroir for each varietal. Their grapes are organically grown and hand harvested. In the winery, spontaneous fermentation takes place with native yeasts and no winemaking additives are used. Learn more about their Cabernet Sauvignon here!
This month, Malbec Cuartel Dos 2015 from Marchiori & Barraud received 91+ points from Vinous!
Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud come from families with long winemaking traditions in Argentina. Located in the Perdriel area in Mendoza, the vineyards are handled with exceptional care and great attention to detail. Together they pursue the best expression of their terrior only by producing small amounts of wines. Learn more about Malbec Cuartel Dos 2015 here!
At this year's Decanter World Wine Awards, Domaine Begude Etoile Chardonnay was awarded Gold earning 95 points.
The winemaker, Laurent Girault is a native of Limoux and raised in a family of winemakers. The aim at Domaine Begude is to "make excellent wine from long established high-quality terroir... wines reminiscent of the new world, but with the elegance of the old..." The winery organically grows their grapes and is devoted to environmentally sustainable practices.
Etoile Chardonnay has a classic, complex style. With aromas of honey and fresh fruit that lead to a long mineral acidity with a creamy texture.
On Wednesday March 1, Las Bas Gewuztraminer and Sommos Premium were two of eight wines selected to represent the entire region of Somontano. The event was held at Amada Restaurant in New York City outpost of award winning chef, Jose Garces. Wine Enthusiast, The Somm Journal, The Tasting Panel magainze, Nacho Monclus, Head Sommelier at Amada, amongst others were in attendance. We were very excited for the opportunity to share these wines from Bodegas Sommons!
We are very excited to announce that the Aguijón de Abeja Malbec Reserva 2015 has received a 93-point rating from Wine Enthusiast!
Hector and Pablo Durigutti are two of the best-known young winemakers in Argentina today. Their wines are organically grown and display a beautiful balance of New World fruit with Old World elegance. You can learn more about the Durigutti brothers and the Aguijón de Abeja wines here.
We are very pleased to announce that Vinous recently gave Jordi Miro’s “Ennak” 90 points! This spice-accented wine from Terra Alta is described by Josh Raynolds as having “very good focus and lift to the bitter cherry and dark berry flavors.” Click here for full review.
A third generation winemaker, Jordi combines the traditional knowledge passed down from his family with a modern touch to create silky, fresh wines that frequently earn high marks. Learn more about the Jordi Miro winery here.
Holy smokes - Grochau Cellars is once again in the spotlight! We are very happy to announce that Food & Wine included Grochau Cellars' Commuter Cuvée Pinot Noir in their 'Trendspotting' list, 'Drink These Wines Now.'
Author Ray Isle calls the wine an 'unusually fragrant, elegant Pinot' in the November 2016 issue of Food & Wine magazine and advises the reader to buy 'by the case.' An excellent plan for the upcoming holidays. Cheers!
"An unusually fragrant, elegant Pinot for the price that comes from a small Willamette Valley winery."
- Ray Isle, Food & Wine Magazine November 2016
Grochau Cellars is once again making waves. The Commuter Cuvée Pinot Noir 2014 has made Eric Asimov’s much loved 20 Wines for Under $20 list! Asimov looks for ‘exciting and distinctive’ wines to fill his lists, an excellent way to sum up the Commuter Cuvée.
"That rare treat: budget-priced pinot noir from good terroirs, grown and produced conscientiously. Commuter Cuvée shows bright aromas of red and black fruits intermingled with herbs and flowers." -Erick Asimov, NYT Oct. 6, 2016
Our very own Viñabade Albariño has been featured in the August/September 2016 of Somm Journal! "The Albariños of Rías Baixas: An Overview Refresher Course" takes an in-depth look at the land, people and history of the grape and the region.
Lunar Apogé’s Côtes du Rhône and Lirac Red scored high marks with Wine & Spirits Magazine recently! Each earned 90 points - the CDR was noteworthy for its “vibrancy…seeming to radiate energy,” while the Lirac was “bold and juicy, a riot of wild cherry, spice and floral flavors.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
You can learn more about this pioneering, biodynamic winery on their webpage. For the complete reviews, please read below. Cheers!
CDR: "This wins on vibrancy, the wine seeming to radiate energy with its glowing red fruit. A blend of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre and cinsault, all of which Christian Leperchois farms under biodynamics, this holds its freshness for days after opening, the red berry fruit tangy, spicy and clean."
Lirac: "From the 37 acres Christian Leperchois farms under biodynamics in Lirac, this is bold and juicy, a riot of wild cherry, spice and floral flavors, with a hint of sweaty animal in its midst. Its energy is invigorating, and inviting when there’s a roast leg of lamb on the table."
"...stone-fruit and apple aromas arrive prior to a crisp, whole palate. Direct flavors of apple, herbs and white pepper don't mess around...a finish that's tight as a drum."
- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast