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The highly rated wines and Best Buys from Wine Enthusiast Magazine & Wine Spectator. Not all wines on the list are available in Alabama, but those that are, we have them unless we have already sold them out!
87 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! White spring-flower and orchard-fruit aromas take center stage on this straightforward and enjoyable white. On the bright palate, fresh acidity offsets honeydew melon and green apple. A hint of mineral marks the tangy finish.
89 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! Made with 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot and 5% Colorino, this juicy wine opens with aromas of blue flower, black-skinned berry and a whiff of tobacco. The savory palate doles out Marasca cherry, licorice and black pepper alongside velvety tannins. Enjoy over the next few years.
89 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! Cutting yellow-peach and tangerine flavors are restrained in ripeness but nuanced by delicate hints of earth and crushed slate. Off dry and light in body, this is a spine-tingling, zesty Riesling with a salty crushed mineral finish.
87 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! This wine's berry and plum aromas are standard and don't offend in any way. It feels a bit lean yet is fresh and crisp. Its spicy plum and currant flavors are mildly reedy, while spice notes and dryness drive the finish.
89 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! Light citrus aromas and tangy apple flavors give this light-bodied wine a lively personality. From a long-time value-oriented brand, it has good fruit acidity, very fresh fruit flavor nuances and a crisp, clean finish.
89 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! Smooth and medium in body, this supple wine has fresh and engaging cherry and berry flavors, with subtle oak spices, mild tannins and soft acidity. It's well balanced, polished and pleasing.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! This blend across different regions of Portugal celebrates the voyages of Portuguese explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries. It is a juicy, ripe wine, well structured and rich. With warm red fruits and balanced acidity, this smooth wine can be enjoyed now.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! Dry, crisp plum and berry aromas form a clean opening to this juicy style of Malbec. Pepper, dark plum and blackberry flavors are linear and don't waver on a fresh finish.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! Fragrant purple flower, baking spice and black-skinned berry aromas mingle with an earthy whiff of forest floor. On the succulent palate, supple tannins and fresh acidity balance juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry and licorice. It's easy drinking and savory. Drink through 2020.
89 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! Wiry plum and berry aromas are sassy in front of a plump, slightly rubbery-feeling palate. Roasted blackberry and savory oak flavors give this Malbec a meaty profile. Leftover weight with verve make for a full but lively finish.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! It’s a great to return to an excellent honest-tasting fruit-driven wine that has very good balance, an appetizing texture thanks to fine-grained tannins and light spicy elements to complement the pure cherry and berry core. It's the kind of wine that doesn't get tiring, and it will be ideal to stock up on.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast! 2018 Best Buy! This reliable value producer makes a thoroughly enjoyable dry Riesling inflected with plenty of lush fruit. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, it brings apple and peach notes forward, with lingering lemon meringue flavors, boosted by bright acidity.
This boasts richly spiced aromas, with flavors to match, as well as dried raspberry, portobello mushroom and currant elements. Dried beef notes on the powerful finish. Drink now through 2021. 33,000 cases made.
Lively and supple, with floral raspberry and fresh pepper aromas and sleekly appealing cherry and licorice flavors that glide lightly along the finish. Drink now through 2022. 50,000 cases made.
90 Points Juicy pear, peach and citrus flavors are bright and smooth, with a touch of dried chamomile and lemon verbena lingering on the finish. Impressive for the focus and aromatic detail. Drink now. 96,700 cases made.
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Complex and spicy, offering wild plum, blackberry, spice and tea flavors that show subtle herb shadings, ending with dusty, loamy tannins and good length. Drink now through 2023. 13,000 cases made. 90 points.
91 Points Well-built and rich, with a solid core of apple pastry, fig and guava flavors that offer a creamy texture. Nutmeg and clove notes show on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2022. 30,000 cases made.
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An expressive and supple version, with a complex core of lively tannins and acidity, plus accents of black cherry, cinnamon and spice that linger toward the minerally finish. Drink now through 2024. 14,140 cases made.
Strikes a fine balance between vibrant citrus and green apple and pear notes. Lightly oaky and creamy midpalate, this is deftly elegant and refined. Drink now through 2022. 5,400 cases made.
94 Points Expressive and smooth, this hits all the right notes, with pure black cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Touches of earth, iron and tobacco add complexity. Shows fine harmony and length. Best from 2020 through 2036. 25,000 cases made.
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95 Points The stunning bouquet of ripe black cherry, black currant, leather and woodsy spice notes is enticing, while the sweet fruit is a match for the dense structure. The lengthy finish lingers, with tobacco, eucalyptus and iron accents. Drink now through 2030. 12,200 cases made.
92 Points Firm, rich and tightly focused on a core of vivid dark berry, light mocha and cedar flavors, finishing long and layered. A real treat. Drink now through 2026. 85,000 cases made.
92 Points Bordeaux-like, offering an expansive mix of currant, cedar, cigar box, riverbed and tobacco leaf flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2020 through 2032. 1,429 cases made.
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Effortlessly elegant and complex, with vibrant rose petal, savory smoke and raspberry accents that glide along a silky texture toward the long finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,835 cases made.
95 Points Dense and intensely flavored, with violet, black currant, blackberry, graphite, wild herb and spice aromas and flavors, this is concentrated and solidly built, yet also harmonious, vibrant and pure. Approachable now, but should be better in a few years. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2035. 5,000 cases imported.