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High Scoring Wines from Chateau St. Jean and Roth to Chalk Hill and Silverado Vineyards.

The big scores keep dropping! We’re thrilled to present seven wines in our portfolio that have recently earned 93-95 points from the world’s top critics. And speaking of presents, any of these delicious reds would make an excellent gift for the wine-lover on your list this holiday season.

Scroll below to see some of the recent praise our wines have garnered, along with a buy button if available, or where to find these wines near you.

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2018 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages Red Blend, Sonoma County 

95 Points, James Suckling:

“Rich and concentrated with deep cassis, blackberries, tobacco and a cocoa-powder savoriness. Some roasted red pepper, too. A full-bodied red with a mouthful of powerful, melted tannins that dissipate along with the fruit into a long, creamy finish with some savory licorice in the end. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. Drink or hold.” – JS


Roth 2019 The Beast Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Roth Ode to the Beast Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

95 Points, Wine Enthusiast:

“This powerful yet velvet-textured wine is concentrated, wrapping deep black-cherry and black-currant flavors in a rich blanket of fine-grained tannins. Meant for further aging, it is tempting even at this youthful stage due to its smoothness and richness. Best from 2025–2035.” – Jim Gordon


Chalk Hill 2018 Estate Red

2018 Chalk Hill Estate Red, Russian River Valley AVA

95 Points, The Tasting Panel Magazine

“A texturally thrilling red. It opens with scents of red cherry, boysenberry, and coffee. Bittersweet dark chocolate has a melting, grainy mouthfeel, with powdered, plum skin tannins taking hold. Dynamic and refined, this blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, and 2% Carménère was aged 21 months in (61% new) French oak. Winemaker Courtney Foley’s talented handiwork results in a well-built engine that purrs to the finish.”


Merus 2019 Napa Cab

2019 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville, Napa Valley  

94+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

“Still tight and unevolved, Merus’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon wraps blueberry and cassis fruit in a sheath of 100% new French oak. Sourced primarily from Coombsville (but labeled as Napa Valley), it’s full-bodied and concentrated, firmly structured enough to suggest cellaring for at least a few years, with a dusting of fine-grained tannins lingering on the long finish. Despite a labeled alcohol of 15.8%, it doesn’t come across as hot or unbalanced, a remarkable achievement.”


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Roth 2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

94 Points, Wine Enthusiast:

“A vivid, spicy, toasted-oak aroma leads to concentrated, compact but deep black-fruit flavors in this intense but well-balanced wine that needs time to develop and mellow. Ginger cookies, pencil shavings, cocoa and black currants give a lot to like and the tannins will carry it for a long time. Best from 2028–2038.” – J.G.


Silverado Vineyards 2019 SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Bottle Shot Front HR

2019 Silverado Vineyards SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

95 Points, Decanter:

“Winemaker Jon Emmerich knows exactly what to do with the heritage clones of Cabernet that make up this stunner. It’s got all the bells and whistles of a classic Napa Cabernet, with rich aromas of dark berry fruit, elegant dried herb flourishes and pretty purple floral notes. There’s a lot of upfront drinking pleasure in this vintage, with very juicy blackberry, plum and blueberry nuances. Dashes of clove, cinnamon, cardamom and intense fine-grained tannins lead to a savoury-spiced finish.”


SEB 2019 Cherryblock CabSauv

2019 Sebastiani Cherryblock, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

94 Points, Wine Enthusiast:

“Opens with terroir-driven aromatics of crème de cassis, black cherry, baked plum and all-spice. These aromas carry through to a palate that is well structured and full-bodied, with youthful yet firm tannins. A long echoing finish provides additional notes of dark fruit, earth and toasted oak. While drinking well int its youth, this wine will continue to improve and gain complexity over the next 10+ years.” – Mark Beaman, Winemaker.


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