Top Wines of 2018

#1) 1998 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva
Mastroberardino
#1) 1998 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva
Wine Spectator: 94 PointsA lovely, layered red, offering baked strawberry and cherry fruit accented by graphite, chartreuse liqueur, leather and citrus peel aromas. Vibrant and minerally, with creamy tannins and a subtle streak of tarry smoke echoing on...
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#2) 2016 Occidental Freestone-Occidental Pinot Noir
Occidental
#2) 2016 Occidental Freestone-Occidental Pinot Noir
The Occidental vineyards define the western edge of where pinot noir can be grown successfully on the Sonoma Coast.  Since the early 1990s, Steve Kistler has believed that the climate and soils on the uplifted marine terraces and ridges around the...
$72.00
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#3) 2017 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley
Merry Edwards Winery
#3) 2017 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley
This has been our best-selling white wine for years now and, why not?  It’s simply a magnificent rendition of Sauvignon Blanc that manages to appeal not only to already-confirmed lovers of California versions of the variety, but also lovers of...
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#6) 2016 Cockburn's Vintage Port
Cockburn's
#6) 2016 Cockburn's Vintage Port
This is a total spice box; more so than any other 2016 Vintage Port in house. Black pepper, ginger, clove, anise, orange peel, cinnamon and fruit cake notes were so beautifully entwined with plum, blackberry, violet, lavender and chocolate...
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#7) 2016 Ken Wright Shea Pinot Noir Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton
Ken Wright
#7) 2016 Ken Wright Shea Pinot Noir Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton
In the early 1980’s, Dick Shea decided it was time to leave his big city job as an economist and investor so he and his wife got away from it all and purchased a piece of land in then pretty desolate Yamhill-Carlton district of the Willamette...
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$59.97
#9) 2017 Deltetto Roero Arneis San Michele
Deltetto
#9) 2017 Deltetto Roero Arneis San Michele
It’s rare that a single property gets two wines on our list but it happened twice this year with Lisini’s Brunello and IGT and, further north, at the Deltetto winery in Roero. Carlo Deltetto and his sisters have done a remarkable job taking...
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#12) 2016 Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Ilimitado Douro Tinto
Luiz Seabra
#12) 2016 Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Ilimitado Douro Tinto
Importer's Note:After a decade as winemaker at Niepoort, where he was responsible for some of the best known and highly rated wines to come out of the famed Douro and Porto producer, Luis Seabra decided that he no longer wanted to make wines to someone...
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#13) 2016 Alpha Omega Two Squared Red Napa Valley
Alpha Omega
#13) 2016 Alpha Omega Two Squared Red Napa Valley
Winemaker's Note:Patterning itself after most of the top estates of Bordeaux, Alpha Omega offers an elegant second wine brand, Two Squared by Alpha Omega. These wines are designed to be approachable in both flavor and price. Opulent, fruit-driven and...
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#14) 2006 Reserve de la Comtesse de Pichon Lalande Pauillac
Reserve de la Comtesse de Pichon Lalande
#14) 2006 Reserve de la Comtesse de Pichon Lalande Pauillac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: The second wine, the 2006 Reserve de Comtesse, is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot. This beautiful, velvety, seductive effort offers sweet black cherry and black currant...
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#16) 2017 Pierpaolo Pecorari Rosalba Rosato di Refosco e Pinot Noir
Pierpaolo Pecorari
#16) 2017 Pierpaolo Pecorari Rosalba Rosato di Refosco e Pinot Noir
Alessandro Pecorari’s rich, complex expression of Pinot Nero makes a bit of a bold statement.  Here, in the Izonso hills near Italy’s border with Slovenia, the soil is also marked by its limestone on which Pinot Noir thrives.  But...
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#18) 2016 PRIMA Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
PRIMA
#18) 2016 PRIMA Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
OK, not to toot our own horn, but PRIMA’s 2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is in a great space right now.  When it was first released, there was a certain tension to it- an austerity brought about by its youth and the surfeit of...
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