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Criterion Collection Reserva Valle de Colchagua Carménère 2018

Nice spice reminiscent of a Pinot would pair well with lamb.  — a month ago

Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley Fumé Blanc (Dry Sauvignon Blanc) 2017

Still the Sauv Blanc benchmark. Floral nose, crisp and refreshing on the palate, enriched with some tropical fruit. — 24 days ago

Cullen Wines

Kevin John Margaret River Chardonnay 2016

MICHAEL COOPER
9.3

Lovely #chardonnay from #margaretriver it is the #benchmark for the region and Jancis Robinson tasted it blind and preferred it over Chardonnays from all around the world Top. Margaret River Chardonnay is recognizeable for its concentrated ripe fruit, high acidity and balance between the two. — 2 months ago

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Pierre Gonon

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2017

Kingly St. Jo, a benchmark along with Chave. All of my favorite Rhône hallmarks, I bend the knee. — 2 months ago

Madison Thatcher
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De Forville

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2017

Young but such a benchmark for the region. Sappy red and black fruit, bramble, and lithe tar notes. You want this in a blind lineup of what barbaresco “should” be. — 9 days ago

Chris, Daniel P. and 4 others liked this

Benchmark Wines

Criterion Collection Friuli Grave Pinot Grigio

Not sure why such low ratings. I thought this was refreshing. I prefer red wine and don’t usually drink Pinot Grigio but I loved this. — a month ago

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Joshua Cooper

Doug's Vineyard-Romsey Pinot Noir 2019

Far too early to crack this open, but I couldn't resist.
It starts a bit like a good Beaujolais from a casual Oz Foillard, but with time loses some vibrancy to unfold complexity. I believe Joshua has found a magnificent vineyard that expresses a wine with many shade and has minerality and freshness quite rare for a red in Australia. I bid on him to become a future benchmark in the local market.
Macedon Ranges are going to become a new Eldorado for pinot...at least I hope...
BTW the 2017 vintage was poured by the glass at the Eleven Madison restaurant in New York, first Oz wine by the glass there.
— 2 months ago

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Bob McDonald

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@Ceccherini Cristiano Interesting story re Eleven Maddison. I hope the Sommelier tries more Australian wines on the strength of this.
Bob McDonald

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Madison I mean.
Ceccherini Cristiano

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@Aaron Tan@Bob McDonald I reckon Joshua is channeling is wines very well in the market. Others in Australia could do the same , there is so much potential at the moment around. So many wonderful wines!!I love it, love it!🙏

Beau Paysage

Tsugane le vent Yamanashi Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

A clear benchmark for beautiful Japanese Cabernet Sauvignon. Earthy, forest floor notes followed by dried dig and berries. Lush and fresh, yet somewhat restrained. — 21 days ago

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E & K G

E & K G

No So2 which could be a factor. Color a lot more developed than the wine shows on the palate.
Kohei Takagawa

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あ、ポーペイサージュ!
E & K G

E & K G

@Kohei Takagawa 見つけちゃうと飲んじゃう…

Bacigalupi

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

Ron R
9.5

Normal service has been resumed.
In my opinion, this represents a benchmark in RRV chards.
Prior notes apply.
Raising a glass to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. What an impact she has had on our society. The world would be a much better place if we had more women in places of influence.
— a month ago

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Robert Evans Jr

Robert Evans Jr

@Ron R i love Bagugulpi. Great Vineyard
Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson

Cheers to that @Ron R !

Azienda Agricola Miru di Arlunno Marco

Vigna Cavenago Riserva Ghemme Nebbiolo Vespolina 2008

Lyle Fass
9.5

What a nose. First Riserva at Miru since 2008! What a nose. Wow. Sick. Holy shit. Ethereal cherries like nothing you’ve ever smelled before. Leather and glorious spice. Roses and tar. It’s so detailed and the clarity is off the charts. Wow. I’m really blown away as this Ghemme is on another level. Moss, Sous bois, minerals. Mulch. So complex and haunting. Volnay meets Ghemme. What a palate. Sick. Sweet cherry fruit. Mid season and some sour cherries. Amazing clarity to the fruit. Sick sweetness. So so elegant. This is the best Ghemme I’ve ever had. What sweet and velvety tannins and such purity. This is amazing. So balanced, so fresh, so energetic and deep. The finish hits every nook and cranny. The finesse is top top notch. Mindblowing wine and it hasn’t even aired out yet. So juicy. So refined for a Ghemme but has a certain rusticity as well but even that is refined. This is a benchmark.

After air this is dizzying. Loads of deep spice and cherries. Minerals. Cherry cough drop. So aromatic. Wow. Leather. Like saddle leather. Palate has loads of sweet fruit and amazing tannins. So juicy. So refined and gentle for a Ghemme.
— 2 months ago

Matthew Cohen
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