A trio of 95-point Pinot Noirs from around the world as well as 10 bold California Syrahs and blends take center stage in this week's blind tastings. Barolos from the 2015 and 2016 vintages bring in big scores with 11 new releases at 94 and 95 points. A spotlight on Burgundy A-lister Olivier Leflaive includes six of the winery's latest Chardonnays earning up to 96 points. Plus, check out our 4 Hot Wines, as well as an expressive 92-point Chardonnay costing only $25.
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Two 97-point wines from one of Italy's legendary producers along with 13 outstanding releases from California lead the way in this week's blind tastings. Spain's Rioja region shows its impressive diversity with white, red and rosado selections, all earning 93 points. A spotlight on Piedmont's Roagna showcases 10 of its new releases earning scores up to 97 points. For Cabernet fans, four new releases from Washington show the state's knack for compelling and refined reds. Lastly, don't miss this Insider's 4 Hot Wines garnering classic scores, along with a 92-point Spanish red for only $17.
A 99-point blue-ribbon Barolo and classic-rated racy white Burgundies are front and center among this week's blind tastings. Pinot Noir fans should check out the latest outstanding releases from California and Oregon. Powerful Barolos from the 2015, 2014 and 2013 vintages impress with classic scores while alluring Mosel Rieslings dazzle with intense spice and fruit flavors. This Insider Weekly is topped with 4 Hot Wines from collection-worthy producers as well as an acclaimed Rioja wine scoring 91 points and costing only $22.
This week, we turn to wines for celebrations. A festive occasion can be a showcase for a wide variety of wines. Sparkling wines are always welcome, so you’ll find many outstanding Champagnes here—up to 96 points. Vintage Ports are perfect ways to end a special evening; this Insider Weekly includes 8 options including 5 that scored 97 points. A celebration is also a good opportunity for discovery, as we turn toward new adventures, so we offer some outstanding wines from South Africa, Germany, Spain and France that may be off the beaten track for many wine lovers. Most of these wines have appeared in previous editions of Insider. They aim for the sweet spot of high quality, reasonable price and generous availability. We hope they will help make your celebrations special.
This week, we offer 40 food-worthy wines—up to 95 points—that are perfect for your holiday feasts. There are bold reds to accompany standing rib roasts, elegant reds perfect for leg of lamb, bold whites that will complement baked ham and elegant whites for meals centered on seafood. And there are options for sparkling and sweet wines, to open and close the occasion. Most of these wines have appeared in previous editions of Insider. They aim for the sweet spot of high quality, reasonable price and generous availability. We hope they will help make your celebrations special.