If I Could Buy Only One – Sept 29th, 2018 VINTAGES Release

As part of our VINTAGES recap, we asked our critics: “If you could buy only one wine from this release – which one would it be and why?”

Our picks from the Sept 29th VINTAGES release:

John Szabo, MS: Malbec gets most of the airtime, but Argentina is quietly making some excellent cabernet sauvignon (and franc). Giant Trapiche delivers a fine value here with the Trapiche Medalla 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, made in a more ‘boutique’ style, very ripe but still peppery in a pleasant way, honest and authentic. The palate is juicy and lively, with great acids and fine tannins. It’s drinking well now, but will also reward a few years, 2-3 at least, in the cellar no doubt. Best 2018-2024.

Trapiche Medalla Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Michael Godel: If you have never tasted an example of the La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva you have not fully lived and though there have been great vintages before there has not (recently) been one quite as classy and complete as this. The ethereal quality of this 2008 may at some point draw a tear, if only in place of a smile. The lift and perfect balance between moorish architecture and volatility is at once dramatic and then, simply stunning. The effects of Americanized oak rendering leaves grapes surrounded, supported and elevated, like a religious procession with onlookers in rapturous delight. This is the real deal to open in ’18, ’28 and perhaps, even ’38.

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008

David LawrasonRapet Aux Fournaux 2015 Savigny Lès Beaune 1er Cru is a very pretty Savigny, and to me the first duty of this appellation with a more northeast aspect (producing lighter wines) is to be oh-so pretty. It is not intensely aromatic but the florals, berries and spice weave beautifully. Great integration. It is light to medium bodied, silky and very refined with supple tannin. Lovely warmth, flavour intensity and ripeness in this generous vintage. Excellent length. A Burgundian charm offensive. Tasted Sept 2018.

Rapet Aux Fournaux Savigny Lès Beaune 1er Cru 2015

Sara d’Amato: Cabernet Franc may not be what first comes to mind about Chile but there are many fine examples if you start digging. If carménère is your style, then cabernet franc is not a far stretch. Both varieties are considered part of the original “Bordeaux six” grapes and cabernet franc’s parentage of carménère is expressed in the wine’s characteristic notes of dried herbs and floral aromas. This example from Maquis is a departure from the greener styles and has a rich, velvety profile. Gentle use of oak allows the fleshy fruit to shine. Very fine tannins and an undercurrent of acidity ups the level of sophistication. Offering a great deal of complexity and finesse at under $20.

Maquis Gran Reserva Cabernet Franc 2014

Finca Villacreces Pruno 2015 Magnum


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Lawrason’s Take
Szabo’s Smart Buys
Michael’s Mix
Sara’s Sommelier Selections

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