1) Peter Michael Sauvignon Blanc L Apres-Midi 2019, Knights Valley:  $72.99  Visually compelling with a translucent, silver color accented by a bright, pale golden hue. The bouquet expresses vine and orange blossom along with a vibrant oyster shell and granitic minerality, fresh lime and lemon fruit, and gooseberry with a hint of pine needle and verbena. The flavors carry elegant white spring flowers – jasmine and white vine rose with a resounding array of fruit, Vosges lemon candy, gooseberry, grapefruit to mandarin petite grain, Muscat and guava. The finish is balanced, precise, mineral-driven, and elegant, revealing white currant,apricot, acacia honey, and quince paste.

2) Cakebread Merlot 2017, Napa Valley:  $69.99  Vinous 90 pts.  The 2017 Merlot is deep, fruity and quite expressive. Black cherry, plum new leather, dried herbs and spice are nicely layered in a deep, resonant Merlot.

3) Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley:  $87  Our classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon reveals aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry with hints of dark chocolate and sweet oak. On the palate, the dark fruit is balanced by fresh acidity and lush tannins that carry all the way over a lingering, elegant finish—with just a kiss of minerality. Enjoy this wine now, with everything from lamb burgers to filet mignon and fire-roasted portabello mushrooms—or lay the wine down and watch it continue to develop complexity in the bottle for years to come.

4) Jax Vineyards Y3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, North Coast:  $20.99  Dark aromas of ripe blackberries, currants and a hint of spice. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon coats the palate with dense layers of black cherry, cocoa nib, forest floor and soft hints of cedar. Full-bodied and well proportioned, this wine carries through to a vibrant and lively finish.

5) St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley:  $33 Great price!  Opulent red hues present in this wine. Aromas of blackberry, black currant, and cassis combine with dark cocoa and toasted oak. On the palate, flavors of plum, raspberry, and blackberry compote mingle with attractive elements of mocha and toasted barrel maturation. A structured yet elegant cabernet sauvignon.

6) Details Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Sonoma County:  $34.99  The nose is immediately greeted with sensual aromas of ripe raspberry, plum, and blueberry, with more subtle oak aromas of cedar and allspice.  The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is on full display with bold black cherry, mocha, and licorice, complemented by savory spices and mineral notes.  80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petite Syrah, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.  This vintage features fruit from the AVA’s of Sonoma Valley, Knights Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek, and Chalk Hill.

7) Simi Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Sonoma County:  $17.79  Dark garnet in color with a ruby edge. Aromas of black fruit, plum, and ripe black cherry, the toasty oak frames and adds depth. Complex notes of cocoa, cassis, pepper, and cedar. Black fruit dominates the entry followed by plum and black cherry with a spicy, lifted mid-palate. A bit of peppery cassis leads the finish with some roasted coffee notes and supple yet firm tannins.  It will bring out the best in grilled steaks with roasted mushrooms, Moroccan spiced lamb, and braised duck breast with carrot pure.~winery notes

8) Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru 2017, Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d’Or, Burgundy, France:  $199.99 94 pts.  A brooding if moderately oaky nose grudgingly reveals its aromas of fresh black cherry and violet plus and lovely range of spice facets. There is a more refined if less powerful mouthfeel to the medium weight and tautly muscular flavors that possess slightly better depth on the more structured and youthfully austere finish. This beauty is built to age and is going to need it.

9) Labet & Dechelette Chateau de La Tour Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2016:  $265  96 points Vinous  “(100% new oak): Dark red-ruby. At once more perfumed, more subtle and more laid-back than the cuvée classique (from grapes harvested a bit earlier and slightly riper), offering aromas of black raspberry and licorice. Wonderfully refined, tangy wine, a step up from the basic cuvée in intensity and depth, not to mention energy. This seriously concentrated, deep, sophisticated Clos Vougeot finishes with a firm dusting of building tannins and palate-saturating, rising length. Has all the elements to make a great and long-lived bottle but should also offer great early appeal.” (ST)

10) My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Paso Robles:  $45.99  Jeb Dunnuck: “The 2018 My Favorite Neighbor is a step up, offering a more complex, elegant style in its crème de cassis, black raspberries, toasted spice, crushed flowers, and graphite aromas and flavors. Deep, full-bodied, and incredibly textured on the palate, with silky tannins, it has no hard edges, a deep, opulent style, and a huge finish. It’s going to compete with just about anything coming out of Napa today.”

11) VIK No. V13/51910 2013, Cachapoal Valley:  $124  Great price!  TP 98 pts.  VIK’s vineyards encompass 11,000 acres dispersed across 12 valleys. This wine, first released with the 2011 vintage, took ten years of research to develop, including more than 4,000 deep-soil studies to find the right terroir. Weather stations were installed to determine planting locations and the ideal exposure levels to wind and sun. This vintage,  a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Carménère, 17% Cab Franc, and 2% Merlot, is an intense creature with a satin entry that exudes luxury. Aromas of lavender and rhubarb are accented by alluring hints of spiced red tea. Generous and vivacious, this well-structured red possesses freshness and a bountiful maturity that will last for a decade or more. This is what Chile can deliver at its finest.

12) Thibault Liger-Belair Les Saint Georges Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2015:  $128.99  93-95 points Vinous  “(40% vendange entier; 50% new oak; Liger-Belair owns 2.1 hectares of this great premier cru, out of a total of roughly 7.5): Deep ruby-red. Superb lift to the aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and graphite, plus complicating notes of iodine and squid ink. Densely packed and utterly smooth, displaying youthfully imploded fruit and mineral flavors lifted by a floral element and complicated by a saline quality. This wine is getting more vertical every year, according to Liger-Belair, but this 2015 also saturates the entire palate. Finishes with outstanding incipient sucrosité, firm tannins and terrific length. Liger-Belair has been leading the bureaucratically challenging effort to have Les Saint-Georges elevated to grand cru status, and this wonderfully vibrant wine boasts grand cru class.”(ST)

13) Champagne Geoffroy Empreinte Millesime 2014 Brut Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs:  $70.99  This Champagne bears the hallmark of the Pinot Noir variety from the heart of the Cumières Terroir. We aim to offer the best expression of Pinot Noir from several different plots of the Terroir each year. This Champagne owes its complexity and its substance to the chalky clay soil and then reveals an elegance that typifies the great Terroirs.  Soil: clay and chalk, with fragments of flint; a selection of very early-ripening plots above Cumières (Barremonts, Demoiselles, Houtrants)  Average age of the vines: 30 years.  Blending: 100% Pinot Noir.  Dosage: 1 g/l  On the nose, a coated, flattering bouquet of a complex palette of aromas of red fruits; airy, bright and vigorous in the mouth. Boasting great freshness, generous doses of strawberry and redcurrant dictate, punctuated by hints of fragrant flowers, such as peonies.  It maintains a beautiful balance with a persistent finish.

14) Vincent Giradin Meusault Les Vieilles Vignes 2017:  $72, March 2020  Coming from 60-year-old vines and brought up in 15% new oak, the 2017 Meursault Les Vieilles Vignes offers a solid bouquet of stone fruits and buttered citrus as well as green almonds and white flowers. Nicely textured, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, with a subtle sense of minerality on the finish, it’s an outstanding, classy Meursault to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years or so. 

15) Vincent Giradin Savigny-Les Beaune Les Vieilles Vignes 2017:  $36  90pts International Wine Report  The 2017 Savigny-Les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes comes from 45-year-old vines, mostly from the parcel Les Vermots Dessus. It idisplays an expressive character, with aromas of fresh lemon, white flowers, sliced green apple and fresh mineral nuances. On the palate this is medium-bodied with an nice balance of fruit and minerality. Overall this is a lovely Savigny-Les-Beaune this can be approached nowor cellared for a another few years.

16) COS Pithos Bianco 2018, Sicily:  $32.99  WE 92 pts.  Made with organically farmed Grecanico grapes, this fresh, compelling wine opens with enticing scents of Spanish broom, pear, smoke and a whiff of honey. Fermented and aged for seven months in amphora, it’s smooth, svelte, savory and yet softly rounded at the same time, delivering dried apricot, lemon drop, savory mineral and briny black olive. It continues to blossom in the glass. 

17) Château Puech-Haut Languedoc Tête de Belier Blanc 2017:  $46  Yummy!  The golden yellow color suggests a nose with complex notes of smoke, yellow fleshed fruits, honey and gingerbread.  All raised by a woody touch.  The palate is full, supple, balanced on refreshing round notes.  The balance is impressive.  No feeling of alcohol.  Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier.

18) André Brunel Domaine les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux Blanc 2017:   $52.99  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 92 pts.  A blend of 70% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and 10% Clairette, all vinified and aged in concrete, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is full-bodied, plump and silky, with flavors of pineapple, pear and tangerine. It finishes long, with hints of chalk and crushed stone.

19) Mille e una Notte Donnafugata Rosso DOC 2016, Sicilia:  $79  Red icon from Sicily!  With an intense ruby ​​red color, Mille e una Notte 2016 presents a wide and deep bouquet characterized by fruity notes (blackberry and mulberry) that blend with balsamic (licorice) and spicy (walnut muscat). In the mouth it is soft and enveloping, and surprises for the great finesse of the tannin. It closes with a considerable gustatory length.  Nero d’Avola, Petit Verdot, Syrah and other grapes.

20) Diel VDP Grosses Gewachs Dorsheim Goldloch GG Riesling Trocken 2018, Nahe:  $77.99  Opens with a ripe but aristocratic and very flinty bouquet. On the palate, this is a round, juicy, vital and rich Riesling with lush fruit and lingering piquancy. Very sensual, lively and salty, with good grip and lingering salinity.

21) Christophe et Fils Chablis 2018:  $39.99  Sebastien Christophe inherited his grandfather’s vineyards 9 years ago, when he founded the domaine, and instantly started crafting fine, precise Chablis that became highly sought-after. He gained notoriety amongst importers and sommeliers in an underground tape-swapping kind of fashion, making his way onto the best portfolios and lists with little to no media attention.  This is a prime example of Chablis, fine oyster shell minerality with a touch more fruit due to a warmer vintage. This is pure She Sells Sanctuary…gothic, fine boned, with a pop sensibility and delicious sense of indulgence. 

22) Domaine Bailly-Reverdy La Mercy-Dieu Sancerre Blanc 2019:  $31.99  Very nice pale yellow color with pale green highlights. A lovely complex nose of citrus fruits, flowers and minerality. The entry is fresh and clean, then well-structured, with both roundness and liveliness. An ample wine, a beautiful aromatic power. This wine fills your mouth. Lovely length. Ideal with goat cheese (dry and young), grilled fish, poultry.

23) Sarl Jean Collet Chablis 2018:  $39.99  In Monmains, Romain Collet has stayed with a more traditional Chablis elevage: 100% in stainless steel cuve. We thought wine was lovely: plenty smooth and rich with very good length and a pleasant finish. William Kelley liked it even better, calling it “a high point in the range, unfurling in the glass with notes of crisp green apple, pear, peach, beeswax and oyster shell.”