This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines come from the latest part of Antonio Galloni's article, Napa Valley's Thrilling 2018s & 2019s . There is wine inspiration abound from Chardonnay to Syrah plus, of course, several must-try Cabernet Sauvignons. Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “Napa Valley experienced two stunning back-to-back vintages in 2018 and 2019 the likes of which I have never seen. Both vintages produced a bevy of breathtaking wines that will thrill Napa Valley fans. The 2018s are refined and vibrant, while the young 2019s have a bit more depth and energy.” --Antonio Galloni, Napa Valley’s Thrilling 2018s & 2019s, Parts 1 & 2, January 2021 1. Beringer Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2. Kongsgaard 2018 Chardonnay 3. Nickel & Nickel 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch 4. Oakville Ranch 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 5. Odette 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 6. PlumpJack 2018 Syrah 7. Robert Biale Vineyards 2018 Zinfandel Black Chicken 8. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis 9. Shafer Vineyards 2018 TD-9 10. Turnbull 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label

Turnbull Wine Cellars

Black Label Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Delectable Wine
9.7

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label is fabulous. Inky, deep and powerful, the Black Label has so much to offer. Crème de cassis, graphite, new leather, cedar, mint, spice and lavender all run through this full-bodied, unctuous Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. The Black Label pushes all the right buttons. It is a tremendous wine in every way. I loved it. The blend is 87% Leopoldina and 13% Fortuna. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)
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Odette

Estate Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a powerhouse. It needs time to come together, as the elements are a bit disjointed, but there is a ton of potential, that much is clear. Dark blue/purplish berry fruit, spice, lavender, chocolate and white flowers abound. I would prefer to cellar the 2018 for a few years to allow the tannins to soften. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)
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Kongsgaard

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2018 Chardonnay is a gorgeous, luscious Chardonnay loaded with character. Plush fruit and soft contours bring out all of the natural richness of various Wente Clone Chardonnay selections. Almond paste, dried flowers, butter, chamomile, apricot and tropical fruit all build into a striking crescendo of flavors and textures. This is an especially oily, weighty style of Napa Valley Chardonnay. As always, the Napa Valley Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from Hudson and Hyde. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)
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Shafer Vineyards

TD-9 Napa Valley Red Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2018 TD-9, Shafer's Merlot-based blend, is just as delicious from bottle as it was from barrel. Succulent dark red cherry/red plum fruit, licorice, spice, lavender and dried herbs are front and center. Readers will find a gorgeous 2018 that is ready to deliver plenty of pleasure from the get-go. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)
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Robert Biale Vineyards

Black Chicken Napa Valley Zinfandel 2018

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2018 Zinfandel Black Chicken is dense and explosive in the glass. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, cloves, new leather, licorice and earthy notes abound. This is an especially potent, brooding Zinfandel, with all of its elements in total harmony. Drink it over the next 10-20 years. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)
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Oakville Ranch

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Opulent and creamy, with superb persistence, the 2018 packs a serious punch. Inky dark fruit, mocha, spice, menthol and licorice all build in the glass. The 2018 is deep and opulent to the core, but more than that, it captures all the personality of this site in Eastern Oakville. Bright floral accents liven up the finish nicely. I would give the tannins a few years to soften. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Artemis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis is a very pretty wine that shows just how alluring the vintage is. Open-knit and silky, Artemis is so inviting today. Crushed flowers, hints of spice, leather, cedar and tobacco add attractive layers of nuance to this mid-weight, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)
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Plumpjack

Napa Valley Syrah 2018

Delectable Wine
9.6

The 2018 Syrah is a powerhouse. Inky dark fruit and strong varietal notes scream out of the glass. Blackberry jam, dried herbs, licorice, sage, mint, graphite and black pepper all develop with a bit of coaxing. There is a lot of wine here, but a bit of patience is absolutely essential. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)
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Nickel & Nickel

C.C. Ranch Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch is a wine of real breadth and dimension. All of the natural power of Rutherford comes through in a Cabernet that is impressive from the very first taste. Black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, cloves and scorched earth all open in the glass. Sumptuous, bold and powerful, the 2018 C.C. Ranch is superb in this tasting.(Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)
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Beringer Vineyards

Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley) is a very elegant wine, especially for the appellation. Sweet cherry, mint, rose petal, gravel, licorice and orange peel give the 2018 soaring aromatic nuance. This gracious, mid-weight Cabernet has so much to offer. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)
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