some of the best by the bottle:

400 f – Booker “Vertigo 24”, Syrah/Mouv/Grenache. Paso Robles, California, USA. 2013
95
“The extended barrel-aged release of the Vertigo cuvee, the 2013 GSM Vertigo EXT was still in barrel at the time of this tasting. Similar in style, with full-bodied depth and richness, it has more toasted bread, meaty, bloody notes and spice as well as a sexy, voluptuous and seamless style on the palate. This is a knockout wine.”
96/100 Robert Parker’s TWA
401 f – Cayuse, Syrah “En Cerise Vineyard”. Walla Walla, Washington, USA. 2011
130
“Thick, full-bodied and voluptuous, which is common for this vineyard, the 2011 Syrah En Cerise has fabulous aromas and flavors (black cherry, pepper, and olive tapenade), thrilling purity and a mouth coating, decadent profile that’s hard to resist. Despite all of the richness here, it stays remarkably fresh and vibrant. Always one of the more approachable single vineyard Syrahs.”
97/100 Robert Parker’s TWA
409 f – Cayuse, Syrah “En Chamberlain Vineyard”. Walla Walla, Washington, USA. 2012
130
“The dark ruby, opaque 2012 Syrah en Chamberlin Vineyard is a classic example of this vineyard. Gamy, complex and nuanced, with lots of olive tapenade, ground herbs, charcoal and wood smoke, as well as a beautiful core of dark fruit, it has full-bodied richness, building tannin, and a light, elegant texture. One of the more approachable 2012s from Christoph, it still doesn't lack for tannic grip. It offers plenty of pleasure now.”
96/100 Robert Parker’s TWA
402 f – Saxum “Heartstone Vineyard”. Paso Robles, California, USA. 2012
165
“The 2012 Heart Stone Vineyard is 43% Syrah, 41% Grenache and 16% Mourvedre that was aged mostly in concrete (the ’11 was aged 100% in concrete) yet also saw some new and neutral puncheons. Fermented with 40% whole clusters, it’s a big, burly effort that has beautiful creme de cassis, black raspberry, crushed violets, vanilla bean and exotic flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass.”
96/100 Robert Parker’s TWA
407 f – Saxum “Paderewski Vineyard”. Paso Robles, California, USA. 2013
165
“One of the more accessible 2013s is the 2013 Paderewski Vineyard, which checks in as a blend of 34% Mourvedre, 33% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and the rest Tempranillo. Its deep ruby, vibrant color is followed by sensational notes of caramelized black cherries, spice box, peppery herbs and chalky minerality. Rich, full-bodied, utterly seamless and gorgeous on the palate, it's an incredible expression of this higher elevation, warm site that readers shouldn't miss.”
97/100 Robert Parker’s TWA
404 f – Sine Qua Non B20, Syrah. California, U.S.A. 2008
275
“The Syrah B-20 is a cool, inward wine graced with layers of beautifully delineated, chiseled fruit. This is a distinctly mineral, precise style relative to the more outgoing 2009, but both are striking. Floral notes add lift as the finish turns explosive with a burst of dark fruit, tar, licorice and crushed rocks. This is one of the more understated wines readers are likely to come across from Sine Qua Non. It is gorgeous when given time to open up.”
95/100 Robert Parker’s TWA

THE WINES OF EBEN SADIE

Eben Sadie is considered a maverick and visionary in South Africa. After discovering a rich assortment of ancient and abandoned vines on the far west coast of the Cape; vines that were planted during the early experimental stage of South Africa’s wine history; he proceeded to resuscitate these vines and start producing minuscule quantities of extraordinary and distinctive wines. From the outset these wines were met with universal praise so we’re excited to be able to offer them for you to try…

whites

601 – Sadie Family Old Vine Series “T – Voetpad”. Swartland, South Africa. 2014
85
“The 2014 T-Voetpad comes from vines planted in 1887 and where Eben said works the most. A field blend of Semillon Blanc and Gris, Palomino, Chenin Blanc and Muscat, it has an extremely complex bouquet with white fennel, tarragon and rosemary infused tropical fruit with subtle resinous scents developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly honeyed texture, just a pinch of white pepper and fennel, and extremely well balanced with a harmonious, ineffably complex finish that lingers long and tenderly in the mouth. This is Eben's best Old Vine Series White in 2014. Stunning.”
96/100 TWA
602 – Sadie Family Old Vine Series “Kokerboem”. Swartland, South Africa. 2014
80
“A blend of Semillon Blanc and Semillon Gris planted in the early 1900s, the 2014 Kokerboom has a very subtle bouquet, extremely nuanced with lanolin, beeswax, dried apricot and just a touch of brioche. The palate is very well balanced, slightly candied on the entry with dried orange peel and dried quince. There is a lovely texture here, just a mote of waxiness with a finish that is reposed and effortless.”
94+/100 Robert Parker’s TWA
604 – Sadie Family Old Vine Series “Skurfberg”. Swartland, South Africa. 2014
80
“From 90-year-old Chenin Blanc vines on sandstone soil, the 2014 Skurfberg gradually unfurls with dried honey, honeysuckle, broom and hazelnut scents, just a touch of yeastiness underneath. It has wonderful delineation and complexity. The palate is extremely well balanced with enthralling poise and race, freshly sliced pear and red apple interlaced with five-spice towards the long finish.”
95/100 TWA
603 – Sadie Family Wines “Palladius”. Swartland, South Africa. 2013
100
(Chenin Blanc/Grenache Blanc/Clairette/Viognier/Verdelho/Roussanne/Semillon/Palomino) “Bright, light yellow. Outstanding aromatic purity and nuance to the pungent aromas of orange blossom, minerals, clove and mint. Highly concentrated yellow fruit flavors are perfectly framed and carried by harmonious ripe acidity. This wonderfully silky white blend really expands to fill the mouth, without any loss of precision. Finishes with great rising length.”
95/100 Vinous

reds

405 f – Sadie Family Old Vine Series “Poffader”. Swartland, South Africa. 2014
70
“From 48-year-old vine Cinsault grown on slate soils, the 2014 Old Vine Pofadder has an extremely pure bouquet with touches of pressed flowers infusing the fresh strawberry and redcurrant fruit. With aeration, there is an intriguing incense/potpourri note. The palate is taut and crisp, brimming over with tension and extremely focused lending the chalky-textured finish fine symmetry. It might sound odd, but it tastes fabulous.”
93/100 TWA
406 f – Sadie Family Old Vine Series “Soldaat”. Swartland, South Africa. 2014
80
“The Old Vine Series Soldaat...swear to God...if I was served this blind I would claim it to be a Burgundy Pinot Noir. It has a wonderful definition and transparency, and is extraordinarily pure with an enthralling sous-bois undertow. The palate is taut and linear, very focused, nimble and poised with fine but strict tannin; it is tightly wound with tertiary red berry fruit that segue into a poised finish. This is a serious Grenache from Eben Sadie!”
95/100 TWA
408 f – Sadie Family Wines “Columella”. Swartland, South Africa. 2012
130
“The 2012 Columella is a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache from the Swartland and Paardeberg area. It has a very well-defined bouquet that repays time in the glass: wild strawberry and bilberry, cloves and white pepper, distant sea spray scents. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, crisp acidity, superb backbone and real “authority” on the finish. One of those wines that will instantly change anyone who does not take South African wine seriously.”
96/100 TWA

The Naturals

The natural wine movement, using the tools of organics and Rudolph Steiners principles of biodynamics, has become a force to be reckoned with in the last several years. As controversial as some of these wines are we love them for their honesty, energy and vibrancy. They have diverse personalities full of emotion - there is a tension to these wines that makes them feel alive. Here are a few of the best that we love, and hope you do too…

All wines are listed from lightest to fullest

WHITES

106 – JP Robinot, Pet’Nat “Les Annees Folles”, CHENIN/PINEAU. Jasnieres, France. 2014
48
119 – JP Robinot L’Ange Vin “Cuvee Bistrologie”, CHENIN BLANC. Loire, France. 2013
50
141 – Alexander Jouveaux “Le Mont”, CHARDONNAY. Burgundy, France. 2013
60
116 – Domaine Ardoisieres “Argile ”, JACQUERE/CHARD/MONDEUSE. Savoie, France. 2013
36
133 – Suertes del Marques “Vindonia”, LISTAN BLANCO. Canary Islands, Spain. 2012
35
122 – L’Octavin “Zest de Savagnin”, SAVAGNIN. Jura, France. 2013
45
145 – Nicholas Joly, Savennieres “Les Vieux Clos”, CHENIN BLANC. Loire, France. 2011
60
100 – Radikon, RIBOLLA GIALLA. Friuli, Italy. 2009 500ml
49

REDS

250 f – Dom Aguila “Picaro Clarete”, TEMPRANILLO/ALBILLO. Ribera del Duero, Spain. 2013
42
200 – Partida Creus “Vinel-Lo”, GARNACHA/SUMOLI/TREPAT… Catalunya, Spain. 2014
40
261 f – Domaine de L’Octavin ULM, PINOT NOIR. Jura, France. 2013
55
241 s – Alexandre Jouveaux “L’Orme”, PINOT NOIR/GAMAY. Burgundy, France. 2014
58
242 s – Domaine Ardoisieres “Argile Rouge”, GAMAY/PERSAN. Savoie, France. 2013
42
244 f – Clos Saron “Home Vineyard”, PINOT NOIR. Sierra Foothills, California, USA. 2011
60
246 f – Jean-Yves Peron “Cote Pelee”, MONDEUSE. Savoie, France. 2012
40
268 f – Frank Cornelissen “Contadino”, NERELLO MASCALESE IGT. Sicily, Italy. 2014
48
233 s – Foradori “Sgarzon”, TEROLDEGO. Dolomites, Trentino, Italy. 2011
54
234 s – Clau De Nell, GROLLEAU. Loire, France. 2012
45
243 f – Clos Saron “Cuvee Mysterieuse”, SYRAH/MERLOT. Sierra Foothills, California, USA. 2009
50


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