Wine Spectator & Wine Enthusiast Scores

WINE SPECTATOR – SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Girard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – 90 POINTS
Smooth-textured and easy to enjoy, with supple green and black olive, currant and spice notes. Offers a kiss of light oak and a finish that replays the fruit themes. Drink now through 2027. –JL

Clos de los Siete 2013 Red Blend – 90 POINTS
This offers good cut to the savory flavors of dried beef, berry and red currant, showing zesty minerality. Sun-dried tomato accents emerge on the finish. Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2019. –KM

Josh Cellars 2015 Chardonnay – 87 POINTS (web only)
A fruity and balanced white, with a mix of ripe apple and dried peach flavors, accented by buttery notes. Spicy finish. Drink now. 200,000 cases made. –KM

Villa Pozzi 2016 Nero d’Avola – 87 POINTS
A beam of ripe and juicy wild strawberry flavors leads the way in this medium-bodied red, framed by light, creamy tannins and hints of spice box, mocha and smoke. Easy-drinking and fresh. Drink now through 2019. –AN

WINE ENTHUSIAST – AUGUST 2017

Ramon Bilbao 2011 Reserva – 89 POINTS
The first take on this Rioja Reserva is of charred wood, then that’s backed up by piercing aromas of cherry and plum. This feels hard and abrasive, but powerful. Flavors of roasted plum, tomato and herbs finish with grating tannins and a lemony oak flavor. – MS

Josh Cellars 2015 Chardonnay – 88 POINTS
Bright lemon cream flavors follow buttery aromas in this bold, expressive wine. It’s showy yet maintains good acidity, its fresh apple notes balancing the butter, vanilla and cream sweetness. – JG

Chateau Bonnet 2016 Rosé – 88 POINTS
This is an attractive, ripe wine from the André Lurton group. It is smoothly rich, with balanced perfumed fruits and acidity. Full bodied and creamy, it is ready to drink. – RV

Kunde Family Winery 2015 Reserve Chardonnay – 88 POINTS
This wine’s tart, high-pitched acidity greets the palate with a youthful splash of lemon and lime before revealing its true concentration of rich toasted oak and baked apple flavor. Fulsome on the palate, it ends on a taste of the tropics. – VB

Joseph Carr 2015 Chardonnay – 87 POINTS
With its strong green olive aroma, this wine evolves into richly concentrated palate of anise, pineapple and pear, the fruit layered with vanilla. Light-bodied and supported by oak, it finishes bright. – VB

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