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"Unusual in Every Respect"
2020 Château Simone Palette Rouge

Given the wine's harmony and Simone's track record for aging, the 2020 seems poised to show brilliantly for at least the next decade.

Garnacha on the Mountain: 2017 Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros Tinto Vinos de Madrid

This is an expression of the Grenache grape that greatly expands the idea of what the grape is capable of. Here you have Grenache that is gulpable, silken and energetic.

Rhône Royalty Within Reach:
2012 Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade

Few names loom as large as Château Rayas in the Rhone. The estate is one of the most storied, mythical and mysterious in the region.

"The appellation’s greatest guardian of traditional winemaking" - 2007 Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins

Bonneau's wines exist on another level, especially Célestins. They are peerless and singular Châteauneufs. Bonneau's unyielding traditionalism reaches its zenith in the Célestins bottling.

Back-Vintage Rhône Royalty:
1998 Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Beaucastel is a name that looms large for those obsessed with the Southern Rhône.

"The appellation’s greatest guardian of traditional winemaking" -Robert Parker
2010 Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Anytime that I have the opportunity to sit down with one of Bonneau's wines I get very excited. They are some of the most magical and soulful wines around. He was the grand old wise man of the Southern Rhône. There is simply nothing like Bonneau's Châteauneufs. I write all of this with a fair amount of melancholy. Sadly, Henri Bonneau passed away this March.