2012 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino $99.99 (Wine Advocate 94 points)
Valdicava represents its own school within the greater Brunello philosophy. This estate (under proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese) crafts contemporary and modern wines with noticeable density and ever-present aromatic intensity. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark and inky appearance with bright ruby highlights that break through the background darkness with brilliance. The nose is generous and robust with dark cherry fruit, plum, Indian spice, mocha and espresso bean. These elements are stitched together with seamless transitions. Despite that grand approach, Sangiovese’s prickly and often nervous personality shines through nonetheless. The variety adds delicate berry nuances and bright acidity that give this wine profound depth. This is a very well-made wine that promises a long aging future.
2015 Bodegas El Nido Clio $39.99
The wine exhibits a glass-coating opaque purple color with an expressive nose of pain grille, underbrush, brier, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry fruit leading to a plush, opulent wine with great density, savory flavors, and a lengthy finish. Pair with rice, pasta (spaghetti, macaroni), vegetables, mushroom, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, short or medium cheeses.
2016 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Mont $43.99 (Wine Spectator 95 points)
This tilts toward the flattering side of off-dry, showing a plump feel to the core of creamed pear, white peach and yellow apple fruit. Lovely verbena, honeysuckle and mineral accents keep this balanced and driven, with a long finish that lets the fruit echo. Drink now through 2032. 2,000 cases made.
2014 Tether Napa Valley Red Wine $49.99
Amazing color and gorgeous aromas jump out of the glass. Black stone fruit, a whiff of dark chocolate and anise greet you upon impact. On the palate this youngster will really wow you. Lush, beautiful and well-balanced. Bold black fruit from the Cabernet Sauvignon, balanced nicely with the silkiness of the Merlot and a crescendo of intensity from the Petit Verdot lead into a long finish – a good 30 seconds! This is hidden gem that want to impress with!