FOUR 90 Points & Higher Ratings for Eco Terreno From Wine Advocate!

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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

 

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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. 

More Love for Las Compuertas Project!

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! 

 
 
...floral, expressive and aromatic, fruit-driven and juicy, with pure Malbec fruit.
— 91 points, Luis Gutiérrez - Wine Advocate
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'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.

91 Points to Mehofer's Organic "Alter Weingarten" Gemischter Satz!

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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. 

 

Tim Atkin Loves Our Argentinians!

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. 

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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. 

 

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W&S Gives Anella Crianza 2014 92 Points!

This month, our Anella Crianza 2014 from Ribera del Duero received 92 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine! 

 
 
It’s a vibrant crianza wine, focused on refreshing red-fruit flavors...that throbs with energy...radiant and fresh...
— Wine & Spirits Magazine
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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.

Josh Raynolds - 90 Points to Vignoble Bodillard's Morgon Tradition 'Cuvée Alexia' 2016

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"Vibrant, mineral-tinged red/blue fruit and allspice flavors show very good clarity and a building floral note."

-Josh Raynolds

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. 

More Love for Marchiori & Barraud - 90 Points From Wine Enthusiast!

We are so pleased to announce that Michael Schachner from Wine Enthusiast Magazine has given our Marchiori & Barraud Cabernet Sauvignon 90 points. 

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...deep palate that’s loaded with...wild berry and plum flavors...

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!

91+ Points for Marchiori & Barraud!

This month, Malbec Cuartel Dos 2015 from Marchiori & Barraud received 91+ points from Vinous! 

...Intense and penetrating but youthfullly bound up; offers lovely density and grain, not to mention definition to its backward dark berry, licorice, bitter chocolate and mineral flavors.
— Stephen Tanzer, 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

Domaine Begude Etoile 2015 AOC Receives 95 points from Decanter!

 

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.  

Las Bas Gewuztraminer and Sommos Premium Selected to Represent the Somontano Appellation

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!

93 Points for Aguijón De Abeja Malbec Reserva 2015 from Wine Enthusiast!

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.

Jordi Miro’s Ennak Earns a 90 from Vinous!

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.

Closes long and silky; rounded, slow-building tannins add shape to the persistent dark fruit.
— Josh Raynolds

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.

Food & Wine Magazine Picks Commuter Cuvée as Wine to 'Drink Now'!

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!

See the full list here, or to read more about Grochau Cellars, check out their page on our site

 

"An unusually fragrant, elegant Pinot for the price that comes from a small Willamette Valley winery."

- Ray Isle, Food & Wine Magazine November 2016

Commuter Cuvée Pinot Noir Picked for New York Times' 20 Under $20 List!

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.

Read an excerpt below, or read the full article here. Additionally, you can learn more about Grochau Cellars, and its devoted founder and namesake, John Grochau here

"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

Viñabade Albariño Featured in Somm Journal!

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. 

Sommelier Allyson Gorsuch note's the Viñabade winery's 'deep, collective experience, acquired over more than 50 years in the wine industry" and says the wine "...offers a citrusy, clean palate."

You can read the profile on Viñabade here or check out the full article here

90's for Lunar Apogé's CDR & Lirac Red from Wine & Spirits Magazine

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."

90 Points for Gran Gesta Cava Reserva Especial!

Exciting news - Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave our new Gran Gesta Cava Reserva Especial 90 points! Author Michael Schachner says that "Direct flavors of apple, herbs and white pepper don't mess around..." You can read the full review here, and learn more about the winery on their page

"...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

92 Points for Quinta de Pancas Reserva!

We are very excited to announce that Wine Enthusiast Magazine has given Quinta de Pancas Reserva 2012 a 92 point rating! Author Roger Voss describes it as "...a powerful wine, dense and full-bodied." We couldn't agree more and think it would pair beautifully with a perfectly grilled steak, an earthy mushroom dish - or you could always cellar it for that next special occasion. 

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Learn more about the 518 year old Quinta de Pancas winery on their webpage, or check out the full Wine Enthusiast review here

Maisulan & Honoratus Aurum A Hit With Vinous

We are very happy to announce that five wines from Bodegas Vinaspral received top marks in Vinous' "The Many Facets of Rioja" (November 2015), by Josh Raynolds. 

 "Smokey dark berries, licorice...on the assertively perfumed nose. Juicy, spicy and focused..."  90 points  - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

"Smokey dark berries, licorice...on the assertively perfumed nose. Juicy, spicy and focused..." 90 points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

The word "Maisulan" means "good hard work" in the Basque language. In this case, it has been well rewarded. Raynold's gives 90 points to their Maisulan 6, calling it "Concentrated but lively, with very good finishing thrust and length."

He found Honoratus Aurum, their aged white Rioja "Fleshy and dry, offering concentrated lemon and peach flavors" and scored it a 90. 

The Maisulan Crianza, Sobremoro, and Los Lagos wines also garnering 91, 93 and 92 points, respectively. You can check out the full reviews here.

 "This weighty, classically dry wine finishes with strong finishing thrust and length..." 90 points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

"This weighty, classically dry wine finishes with strong finishing thrust and length..." 90 points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Husband and wife winemaking team, Luis and Eva, craft the Maisulan and Honoratus wines in the mountains of Rioja Alavesa. They cultivate their families' vineyards following biodynamic practices and aim to make wines that fully express the character of the place they both know and love. To read more about this hard working pair, please check out their page on our website.