(2024) From a vintage described as 'joyous' after a more difficult few years, this cuvée is a selection of the best quality Cabernet Sauvignon, with small berries and high skin-to-juice ratio. Fruit was optically sorted before a portion was fermented in new French oak barrels, the rest in stainless steel and concrete tanks. The wine was then blended with 6% Petit Verdot and aged 22 months in French oak, 95% of the barrels new. There's so much depth and lush, plump black fruit in the nose, with vanilla and spices, dark chocolate and yet a floral, violet and kirsch element that lifts the aromas too. The oak is sensitively and beautifully done. In the mouth the plush concentration of the black fruit is silky and velvet-rich, the creamy oak adding a light veneer of toast, and yet the cherry-skin bite of the acidity and dusty, very fine tannins adds savoury complexity. Really very impressive wine, which Beaulieu Vineyard suggests will cellar for 30 years. Note that this wine will not be available until September 2024.
(2024) Second release of this wine, another Galician variety from the cooler northwest of Spain. A more neutral nose than the Albariño, but with more mealiness to the aromas, perhaps to do with 46% of the wine being made in concrete eggs?  That oatmeal character translates to the palate, again long lees ageing surely emphasising that. Plenty of juicy lemon and taut, crisp apple acidity. UK price and stockists to be confirmed.
(2024) Marimar says she experimented with a Tempranillo for a decade before deciding quality was right. This, with seven years under its belt, is glorious with a beautiful quality of oak from 12 months in French oak barrels, 50% new, coopered by Magreñán from the Vosges forest. It was bottled in August 2018. This has a fabulous nose, bloody and game-streaked over really ripe, deep berry fruit, a slick of chocolate underpinning. The palate has bountiful fruit, depth and texture with that touch of roasted coffee bean adding plushness. A Rioja Reserva of the highest level would stand alongside this, and it does have that extra ounce of Californian fruit intensity perhaps.
(2024) Having first planted this variety in a coastal vineyard in Sonoma, that proved too cold to ripen this variety, even though it famously reaches it's peak in the Atlantic-influenced Galician region of Spain. It was re-planted and thrives in the Russian River Valley. Fermented with indigenous yeast and with extended time on the lees, there's a delightfully floral aspect to this - somewhere between floral and leafy, soft green herbs, firm white fruit aromas. Nicely textured, this burst with juicy citrus on the palate, but there's plenty of dazzling acidity. Something a little like green fig shows ripeness, in a fresh and delightful Albariño.
(2023) Forget the oceans of cheap 'blush' Zinfandel produced in California. This red wine grape is also capable of deep, big-scaled, full-throttle reds of which this 15.4% alcohol behemoth is one example. From old, old vines in Lodi - up to 120 years old - it is barrel fermented and aged. Inky-dark crimson, The nose is smoothly suffused with chocolate and berries, a little floral top note adding interest. In the mouth it is luscious and full. It has to be said that the alcohol is well-handled; it's there alright, adding some heat and volume, but the plushness of the fruit and lip-tingling spice and acidity is a counter-weight. Not for everyone, but if you like the sound of it, it's a wine that delivers.  

Angeline Vineyards has the knack of producing beautifully pitched wines, that are easy and approachable, without being dumbed down or inelegant. This has a delicious character, creamy and almond, with the merest hint of flintiness and very good fruit. The palate has succulence and fruit ripeness, very good texture and a ripe, lime or orange acidity, and a long, crisp, but creamy-textured finish.

(2023) From Napa Valley's Oak Knoll district, this is a mighty Bordeaux blend that quite unusually for this region majors on Malbec (52%), plus 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. It's a plush and hedonistic style, 18 months in barrels, 50% new, adding all the chocolate and cream. As well as the copious black fruit there's a delightful violet lift too, showing the floral side of Malbec, and the palate is as glossy as black silk, the ripe, sweet tannins and generous plummy acidity barely ruffling the surface of the deep pool of smooth black fruit and mocha. It's a wine that some may find too much, but it's also a glorious mouthful of archetypal Napa red.
(2022) A sumptuous style of Pinot this, brimming with the ripe fruit of California, bramble and nicely ripe red and black berries, but exotic too, Sandalwood and perfumed spices moving into floral notes. The fruit becomes more piquant and cherry-ripe with a little air. On the palate there is masses of sweetness and intensity, real concentrated and firm-edged black fruit, hints of bitter dark chocolate and spiciness to spare. Juicy but tart and mouth-watering plumskin grip from tannins and fine liquorice acidity adds some cut and thrust too. A relatively large-scaled Pinot, but very nicely made indeed.
(2022) Old vine Zinfandel weighing in with 14.8% alcohol, blended with around 10% Petite Sirah and other red varieties aged in French and American oak. Big and bountiful nose, crammed full of berries and spices, rich in dark chocolate and presenting that unique Zinfandel blast of hedonistic pleasure. Succulent and juicy on the palate, it is equally expansive with its fruit depth, but there is some structure and an edge of precision to the welter-weight of plump and sweet black fruits. The long finish cannot help but bring a smile to your face.
(2022) All fruit from the Daou Mountain, hand-picked,l and sorted by optical technology. The wine is fermented with proprietary native yeast from the estate, and aged 22 months in French oak barrels. Immediately aromatic, an intense mulberry and blackcurrant glossy depth with spice and cocoa notes, but there's a higher-toned floral aspect too, adding to the complexity. The palate has a silky texture and a smooth, velvety core of pure cassis and black plum. Lots of juiciness here, but also pot-pourri aromas and spices continuing. Touches of roses and patchouli continually draw one back to the aromas. A large-scaled but beautifully proportioned wine, where the attention to detail is writ large in every mouthful.