2015 Antinori Tignanello Toscana $109.99 (Wine Spectator 97 points)
Dense and intensely flavored, with violet, black currant, blackberry, graphite, wild herb and spice aromas and flavors, this is concentrated and solidly built, yet also harmonious, vibrant and pure. Approachable now, but should be better in a few years. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2035. 5,000 cases imported.
2015 Bodegas Aalto Ribera Del Duero $42.99 (Wine Advocate 94 points)
The 2015 Aalto has contained ripeness for the warm and dry conditions of the year, and I find it surprisingly fresh and balanced. It’s still a concentrated wine that is generously oaked, round, lush and with a great combination of power and elegance. Different plots are fermented and aged separately, some in new barrels and others in used ones. It’s very approachable and ready. Really impressive in its style. One of the finest vintages of Aalto in recent times. 250,000 bottles were filled in June 2017.
2016 Clio Jumilla $39.99
Jumilla, Spain- An elegant, full-bodied blend of 60+ year old Monastrell (70%) and 30+ year old Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) showing an expressive nose of wood, vanilla and blueberries followed by a luscious, well-balanced palate filled with ripe red fruits ending in an impressive finish.
2016 Domaine de Bila Haut • Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde l’Esquerda $24.99 (Wine Advocate 94-96 points)
Sporting a deep purple—almost blue—color, the sensational 2016 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde l’Esquerda has a northern Rhône-like minerality as well as notes of classic black and blue fruits, crushed flowers, ozone and licorice. Made from 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, all from granitic soils, it’s a rich, structured, full-bodied and age-worthy red that will drink nicely through 2026. The quality of this release continues to soar and there are not many values like this out there today.