New Arrivals

2021 Aperture Cellars Bordeaux Red Blend  $59.99 (Wine Advocate 95+ points)

The 2021 Bordeaux Red Blend is the first iteration to include a significant amount of fruit from Farrow Ranch, Aperture’s latest vineyard acquisition. It’s a blend of 44% Merlot, 27% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc and was matured for 18 months in 50% new French oak. It has slowly unfurling scents of red and black currants, chocolate-covered cherries, integrated new oak spices, tobacco and tapenade. The palate is particularly elegant, balancing concentrated, nuanced flavors with a frame of velvety tannins and vibrant acidity that calls you back to the glass. 5,270 cases produced.

2019 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino $49.99 (Wine Advocate 94 points)

Offering dark fruit and an articulate bouquet with elements of ripeness and balsamic herb, the Fanti 2019 Brunello di Montalcino releases its aromas in swells of licorice, dark plum, cured tobacco and sweet potting soil. In terms of palate, this Brunello delivers much of its intensity in an upfront manner with a blast of ripe fruit that fades quietly over the mid-palate. The tannins are softly integrated. This wine, with a production of 49,000 bottles, will be almost ready to drink after its release in January 2024.

2022 Alban Vineyards Viognier Central Coast $27.99 (Wine Advocate 92 points)

Still in barrel, the 2022 Viognier Estate has soft, youthful scents of apricot and peach, honeysuckle, white pepper and fresh bread. The medium-bodied palate offers impressively concentrated fruit, an alluringly oily texture and a long, perfumed finish. It will be bottled in August and released in the spring of 2024.

2020 Numanthia Termes $19.99 (Wine Advocate 90 points)

The 2020 Termes, the entry-level red, has 15.65% alcohol and a pH of 3.9 with 4.2 grams of acidity. The grapes from their younger vines, which have higher yields and keep more acidity, fermented with selected yeasts and 20 days of maceration and matured in 225- and 400-liter French oak barrels, 20% of them new, for 14 months with rackings every four months. It’s creamy and spicy, round and soft, with fine-grained tannins and integrated oak (nearly 50% of the élevage was in 400-liter oak barrels), and it’s rich but with the alcohol nicely integrated. This has a more commercial profile, more approachable than its siblings. 130,000 bottles produced.