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ROSE

RFS-2902. 22 DANCING CROW LAKE COUNTY ROSE

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-2903. 22 CAHORS ROSE, CLOS COUTALE

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-2904. 21 COTES DE GASCOGNE ROSE PLAISIR, DOMAINE CASSAGNOLES    91/100

All cabernet sauvignon this vintage. The variety spells a particularly vivid rose color. Red currant and red raspberry aromas. The flavors are quite forthcoming. There's cab sauv framework. I'm not big on cab sauv roses usually, so this comes as a pleasant surprise. Very yielding already from both flavor and texture standpoints. More to come. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

RFS-2905. 22 COTES DE GASCOGNE ROSE HARMONIE DE PELLEHAUT, DOMAINE PELLEHAUT    91/100

The usual maintenance of freshness and display of such a variegated cuvee There's that sauvignon blanc thing again. There's got be a dollop of sauvignon in here. Or maybe it colombard shouting loud and clear. Plus berries to show the red fruit side. Plenty vital, for sure. Yes, sauvignon-like citrus and sweet berry red fruit. Unique. Juicy, rangy, well balanced. This is just plain delicious. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-2906. 22 BOURGUEIL ROSE, DOMAINE DE LA CHANTELEUSERIE    91+/100 *

Silicious clay; vines averaging 35 years; 30% saignee, 70% direct press; no malo. Filling out as it airs, aromatically. Discreet; lightly pink fruity. Dry and versatile for its low key fruit statement. Well balanced. Very refreshing brunch, lunch, picnic rose. 91+/100. And enjoyed by attendees. 'Absolutely quaffable.' Orders taken.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-2907. 21 BOURGUEIL ROSE, DOMAINE DE LA CHANTELEUSERIE    92/100

Silicious clay; vines averaging 35 years; 30% saignee, 70% direct press; no malo. Pale peach color. A good and fresh, red raspberry scented classic that has been mellowing and spreading out over the months. Nice and crisp in 2021. Plenty of flavor, and even more textural interest. Has earned a greater degree of fruit sweetness thanks to bottle age. Good acidity of course. Mouthfilling and lengthy. 92/100. List price: $19.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-2908. 22 CHINON ROSE RENE COULY, COULY-DUTHEIL    91/100

Est. 1921; from alluvial terraces of sand and gravel; 12 hour maceration; native yeasts. Mmm, Loire cab franc rose red raspberry in all its beauty. Coordinated and expressive. Less acid than the 2021 so a sweeter flavor and feel. Properly balanced. Full flavor length. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-2909. 22 CHINON ROSE, DOMAINE JOGUET    92/100

30 year old vines; no malo. Dry, well structured, full bodied Joguet style, be it red or rose. Serious dinner rose. Nice big burst of flavor appeal. Wow, this is Joguet personified. What a satisfying mouthful, flavor- and body- wise. Lasting flavor too. Likely to thrive up until the 2023 release. 92/100. Attendees were impressed with its size, structure, and solidity.'A rose for the table.' List price: $30.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2910. 22 CHINON ROSE RIVE GAUCHE CHATEAU DE BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU    91/100

Est. 1976; historic cellars beneath the fortress of Chinon. Very clean cut and racy, subtly red raspberry-strawberry laced. Flavorful, sporting 2022's forward fruit appeal. The acidity is adequate, so it's well balanced on the follow though. Current appeal and versatility. Well priced. Many seafood applications. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2911. 22 CHINON ROSE, DOMAINE JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT    91+/100 *

Est. 1693; from sandy alluvial soil near the Vienne. Plenty of aromatic presence and personality. Cab franc rose red raspberry and strawberry. A good one. Low key flavor and acid at opening. Cold sample. Check it out after aeration, group. Well, attendees liked this, while noting less vigor than the 2021. The palate filled out nicely, and scores rose. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2912. 22 SANCERRE ROSE, DOMAINE DANIEL CHOTARD    92/100

At Crezancy; pinot noir; direct pressing of whole bunches; no malo. One of the longest and best quality rose corks I've seen. Nose understated at opening. Budges a little more as it warms in the mouth. Really a quite lovely, poised, balanced, and satisfying rose 'mouthful'. Long and harmonious finish. Take it to the table. 92/100. List price: $35.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-2913. 22 SANCERRE ROSE, DOMAINE CROCHET    92+/100

Generations old estate at Bue. Some sulphur to start at opening. Hard to get to the core of this. Well, the acid is very bright, and pink fruit flavors come through on the palate. Strawberry in particular. Promises lots of pleasure after necessary aeration. Well priced, as are so many roses as we head towards winter. More and more customers drink them year round. Sally and I can't resist closeout roses. And they're finally free of fermentation residuals. 92+/100. Opened up royally with aeration. Another group favorite.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

RFS-2914. 21 SANCERRE ROSE, DOMAINE DAULNY    92+/100

Daulny has 40 acres in 50 parcels, including some of the AOC's top sites, such as Monts Damnes; vines average 40 years. Strawberry scented and brisk. Aroma runs deep. Some fermentation residual issues on the palate still, primarily the astringency. While the nose is fulfilled, the palate would appreciate a few more weeks. 92+/100. Or a couple more hours. One attendee commented 'the best Sancerre rose I've tasted recently' (backing this up with an order).

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

RFS-2915. 22 SANCERRE ROSE CHAVIGNOLET, DOMAINE GUENEAU    92/100

35 year old vines on caillottes. Accomplished, sweet smelling, strawberry oriented pinot rose nose. Burst of strawberry pinot rose flavor. Better acidity than the nose suggests. But less than 2021, of course. Even keeled. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

RFS-2916. 22 SANCERRE ROSE LE COLOMBIER, DOMAINE ROGER NEVEU    93/100

At Verdigny; 20 year old vines; on caillottes; no malo; unfiltered. Attractive if understated pink fruited northern pinot rose. May be in an aromatic trough. More breathing will determine. Richer, fruitier, and more strikingly flavorful on the palate. Maybe the previous wine's sulphur assault knocked my nose out for a round. This really is luxuriously delicious. Long, deep, balanced, flavorful, perfect now. What a turnabout! 93/100. Nose became more revealing after aeration, eliciting some VERY high praise from a couple of the comnentators.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

RFS-2917. 21 SANCERRE ROSE LE COLOMBIER, DOMAINE ROGER NEVEU    91+/100

At Verdigny; 20 year old vines; on caillottes; no malo. Vintage crispness to the fore. Surprisingly, there's still a little sulphur. As usual, the palate shows less of that. Plumps up nicely while retaining great acidity. More flavor than aroma forthcoming. Certainly a satisfying mouthful at its reduced price. Lasting feel and flavor. 91+/100. Sulphur cleared by the next day: 'lemon juice on strawberries, minerality, not at all fatigued.'

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2918. 22 SANCERRE ROSE TERRE DE MAIMBRAY, DOMAINE PASCAL ET NICOLAS REVERDY    93/100 *

Maimbray is adjacent to Chavignol; Kimmeridgian limestone soil. 30-60 year old vines; unfiltered. Cork length equals the Chassagne's; more pitted though. Who cares? It's rose. VERY pretty northern pinot rose strawberry aroma. One of the loveliest of its genre this year. Equally flavorful. Fresh, fulfilled, and perfect to serve with many a shellfish preparation. Fine acid and length. 93/100. Very popular with attendees. Add 'watermelon' to my 'strawberry' descriptor.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

RFS-2919. 22 SANCERRE ROSE, DOMAINE DE SACY    91/100

Vines average 30 years; on terres blanches near Crezancy and Bue. Pleasing light strawberry aroma. Sits right. Equally lithe and attractive palate. Good acid etch. Etch, not cut. Balanced and persistent. The price is exceptional for quality Sancerre rose. 91/100. Attendees agreed. 'The real deal in Sancerre rose; expressive.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-2920. 21 SANCERRE ROSE CUVEE L'AUTHENTIQUE, DOMAINE THOMAS LABAILLE    91+/100 *

25 year old vines; direct pressed pinot noir; native yeasts; no malo; unfined. At opening, the aroma is unforthcoming. Light pink fruit suggestion. More flavor and texture. 91+/100. This opened up with aeration and was highly praised by attendees.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

RFS-2921. 21 FRANCAIS ROSE PINK PEGAU, CHATEAU DU PEGAU

70% cinsault, 20% grenache, and 10% clairette; vines 30 to 60 years of age located in an area about four miles from Chateauneuf du Pape.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2922. 22 FRANCAIS CINSAULT ROSE VILLA DES ANGES, JEFF CARREL    90/100

Red cherry and orange zest cinsault aromatic profile. Good cinsault mid weight and easy flow. A delicious, quaffable rose for brunch, lunch, and aperitif service. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-2923. 22 COTES DU RHONE ROSE, DOMAINE CHARVIN    92/100

Mainly cinsault and grenache, with a little mourvedre and bourboulenc. Powerful, in your face Charvin approach. Nicely understated varietal spread, well coordinated. Runs deeper as it airs. Yes, the power, the balance, the control of fruitiness all add up to a dinner time rose. Best vintage of this I've tasted, fully in style, and most amply expressed. 92/100. As it aired and warmed, the aroma and flavor became even more generous, as well as the body and power. All to the positive.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-2924. 21 COTES DU RHONE ROSE, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE    91/100

40% grenache, 30% each syrah, cinsault; aged 6 months in concrete vats. That's a coy and beguiling range of pink fruit aromatics. Bravo. I can't resist the nose. Flavors are cool and reserved. Light peels tannin adds texture. Bitter twist at the end. Fully dry and begging for food. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-2925. 22 GARD ROSE RESERVE DE LUBIN, VIGNERONS DE LAUDUN-CHUSCLAN    92/100

All grenache. Oh, the beautiful, forthcoming fruit, woith just the right intensity and levity on the approach. Yes, delicious, 'legere', flavorful, balanced. The integrity of grenache. Welcome dash of refreshing astringency on the long finish. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2926. 22 TAVEL LES QUEYRADES, DOMAINE PASCAL LAFOND    92/100

60% grenache, 20% each syrah, cinsault; on limestone, clay, sand, and cobbles. Deep red orange. Rich and luxurious. Inviting rather than awe inspiring. Well, more power and structure on the palate than the nose suggests. Full fledged Tavel in all respects. 92/100. Positive comments of 'huge fruit, lovely color and nose, very Tavel' and 'classic watermelon, raspberry, and nice herbal notes.' 'Thanksgiving dinner-'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-2927. 21 TAVEL, CHATEAU LA GENESTIERE

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-2928. 22 TAVEL, CHATEAU DE TRINQUEVEDEL    93/100

Wow, that's a full red orange color. Striking. Packed with fruit within statuesque framework. This is Tavel, King of the Roses. Man, big time. And the palate's no letdown. Large scaled, powerful, flavorful, mouthfilling. Best Trinquevedel I've tasted. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

RFS-2929. 21 GIGONDAS ROSE CUVEE DU ROSSIGNOL, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL    93/100

60% grenache, 20% each cinsault, mourvedre. Heavy Bottle Award. This nose is low key upon opening. But it grows quickly into a full bodied Gigondas style of rose. Oh, yes, just minutes of aeration bring this to fulfillment. Full, rich, flavorful, and not as overpowering as some in the field. Cassoulet wine. 93/100. 'Huge wine.' 'Very expressive of Gigondas.' List price: $30.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-2930. 21 GIGONDAS ROSE AU PETIT BONHEUR, DOMAINE LES PALLIERES    91/100

1/3 each grenache, clairette, cinsault; from the domaine's younger vines; undergoes malo. That's a delicate nose and perceived modesty in alcohol for Gigondas. It comes on with aeration but never punches you in the nose. The flavors are equally discreet, as is the alcohol. I suppose we have the cool vintage to thank for all this. Certainly dry and mealworthy. 91/100. List price $28.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-2931. 21 COSTIERES DE NIMES ROSE FLEUR D’EGLANTINE, CHATEAU MOURGUES DU GRES    91/100

60% grenache, 30% mourvedre, 10% syrah. The anticipated elegance of this cuvee. Filled out so thoroughly at this stage, as well as discounted in price at wholesale. Will it ever be? Seems roses are at their best in the cold months. Full flavor and texture presence in the mouth too. That refreshing mourvedre trace of bitterness. Bravo. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-2932. 22 COSTIERES DE NIMES ROSE, CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BERAUD    91/100

55% grenache, 30% mourvedre, 15% syrah. Sweet strawberry fruit of grenache to the fore. Supported by purple and black fruits of mourvedre and syrah in tandem. Yes, an harmonious whole greater than the sum of the parts. Bravo. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2933. 21 COTES DE LUBERON ROSE, DOMAINE ST. JEAN    91+/100

Very fresh and pretty. Syrah, grenache, vermentino. Wow, full dry. Flavors still welling up. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-2934. 22 MEDITERRANEE ROSE LA CROIX DE PEYRASSOL, PEYRASSOL    93/100

50% cinsault, 40% grenache, 8% syrah, 2% carignan. Light peach. Accomplished. No fermentation residuals. Early harvest suspected. And it's a brilliant pink fruit aromatic set at that. Always is. Yes, balanced, suave, and delicious. Lasting. A come hither Provence rose vintage. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-2935. 22 COTEAUX D'AIX EN PROVENCE ROSE, COMMANDERIE DE BARGEMONE    92/100

40% grenache, 25% cab sauv, 20% syrah, 10% cinsault, 5% rolle. Good to get my first taste of this a week before autumn. It's never fulfilled in spring, and, as we learned latest with the 2021, it blossoms throughout its second year in bottle. Fully expresses the quality and nature of the cuvee. If you're going to use cab sauv in a rose, I guess this is the way to do it. Fruity and harmonious on the palate too. The soft and forward nature of 2022. Not wanting for balancing acidity though. Good juice. 92/100. As in past vintages, well liked by all.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-2936. 21 COTE DE PROVENCE ROSE TENTATIONS, CLOS CIBONNE

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-2937. 22 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE, FABRE EN PROVENCE    91/100

Est. 1920. 12.5%. Pale pink. Ample nose already, and free of ferment residuals. This puts it out. The 2022s are running a bit softer than the 2021s, so I little less refreshment. A colder service temperature will take care of that. As flavorful as it is aromatic. Well priced too. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-2938. 21 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE BY OTT, DOMAINES OTT    (90/100)

Vinous 90: 'Fresh pit fruit and red berry scents are complemented by building floral and orange pith nuances. Smooth and open knit, showing good breadth and depth to its juicy strawberry, tangerine and white peach flavors. Drink now-2025. $30.' 80% of the fruit comes from Ott's Chateau de Selle and Clos Mireille vineyards. 60% grenache, 28% cinsault, 8% syrah, 4% mourvedre.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

RFS-2939. 21 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE, CHATEAU LA MASCARONNE    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'Fresh pit fruits, red berries and a hint of orange pith on the incisive nose. Tight and sharply focused on the palate, offering vibrant strawberry, white peach and tangerine flavors that put on weight as the wine opens up. Drink now-2025. $26.'

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

RFS-2940. 21 COTES DE PROVENCE SAINT VICTOIRE ROSE, DOMAINE HOUCHART    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'The wine to buy from Houchart is the 2021 Cotes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rose, a pale flamingo-hued blend of 53% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 11% Cinsault, 9% Mourvedre and 4% Carignan. Hints of crushed stone help to offset the slightly confected scents of cherries, peaches and lime on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate is juicy and mouthwatering, with just enough texture to give it staying power on the finish. $25.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-2941. 21 COTES DE PROVENCE TIBOUREN ROSE, VIGNOBLES RAMATUELLE    91/100

120 member cooperative at Ramatuelle, south of St. Tropez; 85% tibouren planted in the 1950s, 15% grenache. Low key aroma of pink fruit. Not up to the intensity of the Clos Cibonne tibouren take. Warming in the mouth brings forth more varietal character, and it's a special character distinct from the usual Med rose set. Yes, the grenache adds some body, yet its subservient to tibouren's unique flavor profile. Nice texture too. Much more affordable than Clos Cibonne, which is pushing $30 these days. 91/100. List price: $22.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2942. 22 BANDOL ROSE, DOMAINE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE    92+/100

71% mourvedre, 14% grenache, 12% cinsault, 3% clairette. Cool and dark loganberry tones in the lead. Grows deeper, wider, and more complicated with aeration. Again, that mourvedre black fruit emphasis. Medium bodied, still a bit constrained in youth. This will go and grow over its second year. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

RFS-2943. 21 BANDOL ROSE, DOMAINE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE    92+/100 *

71% mourvedre, 14% grenache, 12% cinsault, 3% clairette. Medium red orange. Young, cool, and 2021 crisp. The 2020 was a plumper wine--more so after extra months in bottle. This one has the makings. Good pink fruit statement on the palate. The full body and texture of Bandol rose too. Yeah, all the right stuff coming together. I mean, this is really a Bandol-full rose. Lasting. Mouthfilling. 92+/100. Loved by one and all attendees.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

RFS-2944. 21 BANDOL ROSE, DOMAINE GROS NORE    92/100

54% mourvedre, 25% cinsault, 19% grenache, 2% clairette, averaging 30 years; 65% direct press, 35% maceration. Man, that's one ample rose. The varietal composition is unbeatable from the standpoints of harmony, breadth, and complexity. And oomph. Openly flavorful and wide ranging. This is a rose taste adventure. Great acid, extract, balance, and length. Serious as well as pleasurable. 92/100. Very popular: 'freshness, class, complexity, charm, balance'. Many orders taken.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

RFS-2945. 21 BANDOL ROSE, CHATEAU DE LA NOBLESSE    92+/100

50% mourvedre, 25% each grenache, cinsault; up to 60 year old vines. Medium salmon color. Wow, this is Bandol rose big and serious. Largesse; old vines intensity. Fills the nostrils. And the mouth. Mourvedre purple core. Round, soft fruit coats it nicely. There are brighter, fruitier takes. This one impresses with weight and volume. One panelist also noted its structure, power, and size. 92+/100. List price: $29.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-2946. 21 BANDOL ROSE, DOMAINE TERREBRUNE    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Demure but distinctive, with lovely range, this leads with white raspberry and cherry blossom notes, revealing hints of jasmine and mango through the creamy finish. Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsaut. $39.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

RFS-2947. 21 BANDOL ROSE, DOMAINE DE LA TOUR DU BON    92+/100

Atop a limestone plateau , highest in the AOC; 50% mourvedre, 25% grenache, 10% cinsault, 8% clairette; vines averaging 38 years; no malo. Some sulphur compromise to start. Surprise two years after the vintage. Mourvedre purple fruit pushing through. More clarity on the palate of course. I like the delicacy of its relative low alcohol content (12.5%). Flavor and balance are other fortes. Gives a lot at the new, improved price. 92+/100. List price: $35.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-2948. 22 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE, SAINTE?MAGDELEINE    91+/100

35% grenache, 35% cinsault, 20% mourvedre, 10% syrah; planted 1979-1999; from the commune of La Ciotat, in a vineyard near the coast roughly halfway between Cassis and Bandol; no malo; unfined. This has some SO2 at opening. Otherwise, it's Provence pretty and shows a well thought out encepagement. Less sulphur on the palate. Thus a clearer flavor profile. Up to the estate's merits. 91+/100. Attendees liked the palate, and once the nose cleared up, that too.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-2949. 21 PIC SAINT LOUP ROSE, CHATEAU LA ROQUE    91/100

Demeter; vineyards worked by horse and plow; 20 year old vines; 30% each mourvedre, cinsault, 20% each grenache, syrah; unfiltered. Real aromatic volume and oomph spells a PSL rose, even in a cool year. Begs for food. Not a lot of flavor impact. It's more about fullness and texture, which, again, addresses it to the table where it will support, rather than vie, with cuisine. Bouillabaisse perhaps? 91/100. List price: $23.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-2950. 22 HERAULT ROSE GUILHEM. MOULIN DE GASSAC    91/100

35% each grenache, syrah, 30% carignan. Pink. Really quite powerful and pungent. Perhaps the 'largest' vintage I've nosed. Large in the mouth too. Good and sweet fruit to counter the alcohol and texture. Whale of a rose for the bucks. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $8.99 each

RFS-2951. 19 HERAULT COLLINES DE LA MOURE ROSE, OMBRE    91/100

2019: Wonderful strawberry and red raspberry aromas. Brisk and bright, with a tender center of red fruits. Medium bodied. Great flavor, length, and tangy finish. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-2952. 21 COTEAUX D'ENSERUNE PICQUE POUL ROSE, VIGNOBLES FONCALIEU    92/100

The palest of peaches. Full and explicit nose. Only the second rose picpoul I've nosed. Like the first, this talks the talk. The pink peel extracts come though. Flavorful, well textured, even quite powerful. Long. Got to have this. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-2953. 22 COTES CATALANES ROSE PENYA, LES VIGNERONS DE CASES DE PENE    92/100

90% grenache, 10% syrah. Big time aromatic intensity and spread. Both the integrity and generosity of grenache. Equally forthcoming on the palate. Raspberries, strawberries, good wines we brew.. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-2954. 21 COTES DU ROUSSILLON ROSE OLD VINES, CHATEAU SAINT ROCH    91/100

60% grenache, 40% syrah; vines up to 50+ years old; from stony black schist and loam soils of the Agly Valley near Maury. Not a lot of fruit push on the nose upon opening. I sense I smell the schist though. There's minerality. More fruit wells up on the palate. It's not sweet and southern. The modest alcohol level is welcome. In fact, the taste is downright delicious, mealworthy, versatile, dry, nicely balanced with 2021 acidity, even come hither. 91/100. Aroma blossomed with aeration to make it a group favorite. Many orders taken. List price: $19.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2955. 22 PAYS D’OC GRENACHE ROSE, LE VERSANT    92/100

First taste of this one, if I'm remembering right. More forthcoming on the nose than the cinsault rose preceding it. This really has a lot of nasal presence, both aroma and texture wise. Lots of dash and texture on the palate too. And flavor! Wow, what have I been missing-! Must stock and recommend. 92/100

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-2956. 22 CORSE SCIACCARELLU ROSE TERRA NOSTA, LES VIGNERONS CORSICANS    91/100

Indigenous variety said related to sangiovese. Oh, that's a charmer. The aroma is piquant, pointed, and poignant. Pink fruits triumph, subtle and engaging. Palate softer than the nose suggests. Not mushy though. Flavorful. I like the low alcohol, the light weight. The length, and the price. Lunch, brunch, picnic sort of rose. 91/100. Attendees enjoyed this.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-2957. 21 CORSE CALVI ROSE E PROVE, DOMAINE MAESTRACCI    91+/100

E Prove is the microclimate of the granite plateau of Regniu, marked by a high diurnal temperature swings; 40% niellucciu, 40% sciaccarellu, 20% grenache, vines averaging 45 years; 90% direct pressing, 10% saignee. A little understated at opening Ripeness and fruit driven qualities emerge following aeration. Impressive volume and texture. Approaching red wine substance. Not an aperitif. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2958. 22 PORTUGAL DRY ROSE MATEUS, VINHOS SOGRAPE    90/100

Replaces the old standard, the semi-dry rose that was marketed for generations. Truly dry. Dainty scent, sweet scent. Aroma and flavor consistent with decades back. Only it's drier than before. Good acid. Good overall presentation. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-2959. 21 VINHO VERDE ROSE, PORTAL DA CALCADA    90/100

Est. 1917. Tart, fresh red fruits and flowers. Brightness, lift, and fine acidity of vintage and region. 90/100. List price: $15.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

RFS-2960. 21 MINHO ROSE, NORTICO    91+/100

40% each alvarelhao, pedral, 20% vinhao; vines average age 40 years, on schist and granite. Light SUS obscures the full aroma potential. Plenty of pink fruit comes out with time. Some sulphur grip on the palate yet. Again, the fruit basis is obvious, and beginning to push through. After aeration, the sulphur cleared, and the wine improved into the next day. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-2961. 22 LISBOA ROSE CONFIDENCIAL, CASA SANTOS LIMA    90/100

A lot of red fruit personality on the nose. Palate equally flavorful and generous. Easy drinking; wide applications. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-2962. 22 GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA ROSE RUBENTIS, AMEZTOI    90+/100

Hondarrabi zuri and beltza. The red fruited beltza is dominant. Full, yet crisp enough. Upon opening, some H2S still under screwcap. A cleaner, bright palate. More lift. Still the red fruit in command. 90+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-2963. 22 ALENTEJANO ROSE MARIANA, HERDADE DO ROCIM    91/100

60% touriga nacional, 20% aragonez. Very upbeat sort of rose given the grape set and zone. High altitude is the reason. Eminently flavorful. Dry and well balanced. Come hither: one sip invites another. Lasting finish. Deal. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-2964. 21 ALENTEGO VIDIGEIRA ROSE, QUINTA DO PARAL.

All syrah.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-2965. 22 GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA TXAKOLI BALEA ROSE, LASALDE ELKARTEA    92/100

Hondarribis zuri and beltza. Subtly aromatic and tender on the approach. The brisk fruit acidity comes as a surprise, as it did in the white. Flavorful too. These fit the pattern, teaches the class. Nice discovery. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-2966. 21 GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA ROSE GETARIA, TXOMIN ETXANIZ    92/100

The aromas are pure, lifted, and fully complimentary to varieties and origin. A winner, even after a tough act to follow. Pink fruited, smooth, well balanced. Has enjoyed every month in bottle it's been given. Flavorful and well textured finish. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-2967. 21 RIOJA ROSE, BODEGAS MUGA    92/100

Light red orange. Oh, this is SO giving. Robust and generous in both aroma and texture. Always good, I think this is about the best vintage I've nosed. Maybe because it's finally got the extra aging it always needs. Pink and red fruits and some pink citrus from viura. Full textured and satisfying. Lasting. No aperitif. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-2968. 21 RIOJA ALAVESA ROSADO, BODEGAS OSTATU    91/100 *

2020: Full scarlet color. Well, isn't this pretty in pink. Strawberry chiffon. Vanilla-dipped strawberries. After the gentle nose, surprising brisk and racy on the palate. Unique and harmonious. Sandy Alavesa is great rose country. Very popular with the group; case orders taken. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-2969. 22 RIOJA ROSADO, BODEGAS SIERRA CANTABRIA    91/100

Est. 1957; in Rioja Alavesa. Pale peach. Boy, that's a good, already accomplished, nicely fragrant tempranillo rose nose. Well flavored and well textured. Very dry. No aperitif. Needs food. 91/100. List price: $15.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

RFS-2970. 22 PIEMONTE ROSATO, ERCOLE liter    92/100

Barbera. Medium rose pink. Oh, this is beautiful. Cherry pink barbera logical, and forthcoming. What lovely fruit and berry highlights. Delicious flow. Full refreshment. Paves the way for rose as a barbera option. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-2971. 21 PIEMONTE ROSATO LAVIGNONE, SOC. AGR. PICO MACCARIO    92/100

From 40 year old barbera vines. Full and berry-cherry scented. Good clarity and intensity. Full red berry-cherry flavors. Body and texture and acid for food. Especially great, juicy acid this vintage. At a delightful stage. Stamps barbera a worthy rose grape variety. 92/100. List price: $22.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-2972. 21 VENETO CORVINONE ROSE DRAGO, SOC. AGR. MUSELLA    91/100

15 year old vines in calcaire, tufa, red clay; .6 RS. Medium red orange. Corvinone redness and reserve. And fullness. Promises to be rangy at the dinner table. Yes, this is one full and meaty rose thanks to the black variety selection. Dry and mouthfilling. Body over flavor, and that's OK. Even a suggestion of tannin. Age further? I'm not sure. Not for brunch, lunch, or aperitif. Or seafood short of bouillabaisse. 91/100. Attendees were impressed with its body and unique attributes.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-2973. 22 ETNA ROSATO, COTTANERA    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The Cottanera 2022 Etna Rosato is beautiful in the glass, with pink, gold and copper highlights. The wine's color is achieved with just three or four hours of skin contact and finishes in steel. Fruit for this wine comes from a vineyard site that is specifically farmed to make rosé. The bouquet leans toward floral aromas at the front and fruity aromas at the back. It shows balance and precision with a mineral-driven finish. Proprietor Francesco Cambria tells me that 2022 was a hot and dry year and that 2021 was more balanced overall. This is one of my favorite Italian rosés, especially at this price point. Drink 2023-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FORTIFIED

RFS-2975. ST. JULIAN SOLERA MICHIGAN CREAM SHERRY half liter

2017 and 2018 Michigan Wine Competition Double Gold Medal, Best of Class Trophy. On his ten-day visit to Michigan's vineyards in 2002, Master of Wine Tom Stevenson paid compliments to many of the wines. In his followup article in April's Decanter Magazine, he awards the highest rating, 5 Stars, to four wines, including this one. He comments: 'It has the colour of a genuine old fino, the nose and palate of an extremely fine, genuinely old amontillado, albeit a tad sweeter, and amazing length and elegance, but it is its crystal-clear brilliance that entrances.'

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2976. HIDALGO LA GITANA MANZANILLA SHERRY half liter    (98/100)

Wine News 98: 'Clean, pure, fresh appley nose. Clean, crisp, delicate and charming with nutty almond flavors, lovely mouth-feel and long, salty, green olive finish. Ethereal; a whisper of the sea.' From a complex 17-stage criadera, manzanilla doesn't get any better than this. Now marketed in smart half-liter bottles. Manzanilla is delicate; its qualities are fleeting. After opening, refrigerate it, and consume within a month or you will lose many of its ethereal beauties.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

RFS-2977. LUSTAU SOLERA RESERVA PAPIRUSA MANZANILLA SHERRY

Decanter 95: 'Mid-gold. Smoky and toasty on the nose. Palate is satisfying, full and spicy with a typically clean, long finish. Ripe apple fruit lies underneath and there's a delicate, smoky saline charm. Moving to a fino style rather than the delicacy of a manzanilla, showing more texture.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-2978. RAINERA PEREZ MARIN LA GUITA SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA MANZANILLA SHERRY    96/100

Oh, this is clean as a whistle. And fully alert. Total, textbook manzanilla. Yes, lithe and pure. Almond, green olive, and sea salt. Definitive. And well priced. Got to have some of this in my fridge. 96/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-2979. CESAR FLORIDO CRUZ DEL MAR CHIPIONA FINO SHERRY half bottle    93/100

15%. Fresh, full, genuine. Full fino, certainly not manzanilla. Wow, large fino. Nut, almond, earth, flor, even a wisp of leather. Wow. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2980. GONZALEZ BYASS TIO PEPE FINO EN RAMA 2016    (90/100)

Wine Spectator 90; Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Pine resin, apple and sea brine aromas set up a plump palate with a slick mouthfeel. Dry slightly bitter melon and salty flavors finish long and briny, which is standard for a well-made fino like this.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

RFS-2981. GUTIERREZ COLOSIA EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA FINO SHERRY    93/100

A full, rather rich Puerto de Santa Maria style of fino with salt air and almonds lift. Spot on. All that carries on the palate. Defines the genre. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-2982. LUSTAU SOLERA RESERVA JARANA FINO SHERRY    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'The brilliant quality of Emilio Lustau's sherries is indisputable. Sherry remains the world's most underappreciated and undervalued beverage. Certainly the Fino, Dry Amontillado, and Palo Cortado would be amazing with Japanese sushi or rich soups. The crisp, pungent, potent Jarana is redolent of the smells and flavors of roasted nuts.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-2983. PEDRO DOMECQ LA INA VERY DRY FINO SHERRY    92/100

Totally dry. Light, fresh, ventilating sea breeze aroma. Salted almonds. Green olive, sea salt. Mellow, nutty, even lightly 'woody' like a Lustau fino. Appropriately fuller bodied than a manzanilla. Very dry indeed. The salt, the almond--just a wonderful thing. Tells the fino tale 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-2984. VALDESPINO INNOCENTE SINGLE VINEYARD FINO SHERRY half bottle    94/100

Macanardo vineyard, highest in the zone. Dry, crisp, penetrating, classic. The nuttiness, the almond, the sea breeze. Very pronounced and assertive flor aroma. Singular. Very dry, classic fino. Super duper introduction. Nutty, almondy. The relative richness of fino versus manzanilla. Actually, I like the fino padding here. Great fino. Full in the mouth. Yes, unique and pungent in character and texture. Yow. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-2985. LUSTAU SOLERA RESERVA LOS ARCOS DRY AMONTILLADO SHERRY    93/100

Parker 93: 'The non-vintage Dry Amontillado Los Arcos Solera Reserva reveals a medium amber hue along with a nutty, honeyed, dry personality with great acid.' My notes: Dry and distinguished. Not a bit of youthful stickiness. This is all about sophistication of age: wood, nut, toffee, time in cask bouquet. Yes, full dry, good acidity, good spirit. Perfect weight. Wood, nut. All in pleasing harmony. Fine craftsmanship. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-2986. VALDESPINO TIO DIEGO DRY AMONTILLADO SHERRY    95/100

Single vineyard. Soaring. Rings my chimes. Classic hickory nut bouquet. The right amontillado body. Fully dry. Fills a niche. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

RFS-2987. GONZALEZ BYASS LEONOR 12 YEAR OLD PALO CORTADO SHERRY    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92; Wine & Spirits 92: 'Here's a terrific example of the classic Palo Cortado style: One side of this wine is sweet and unctuous, the other more delicate and dry. The two come together in a wine that balances a figgy richness with herbal and mineral notes that last until the very end, leaving a refreshing sensation.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

RFS-2988. LUSTAU PENINSULA PALO CORTADO SHERRY    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'One of my favorites among the drier, lighter-styled Sherries is the non-vintage Palo Cortado Peninsula. Medium amber-colored, with great balance, intensity, and acidity as well as a scorched earth/roasted nut character, it is a stunning, flavorful yet light, crisp Sherry.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

RFS-2989. VALDESPINO VIEJO C. P. MACHARNUDO VINEYARD PALO CORTADO SHERRY    97/100

Unlike most other Palo Cortados, the creation of this one is well documented. They select the most delicate casks from the ninth criadera (the second stage) of their Fino Inocente and Amontillado Tio Diego soleras and fortify this mixture to around 18° to stop / further prevent the growth of flor. It then enters the Viejo C.P. system, with one solera and four criaderas, where it will complete the oxidative ageing process and soon turn from Fino / Amontillado to Palo Cortado. As Viejo CP is fed from Inocente and Tio Diego, it shares their old-school approach. It is a single vineyard Palo Cortado from the pago Macharnudo Alto, made from barrel-fermented musts. Its average age is estimated to be around 20-25 years. Oh, that's palo cortado, all right! Fino sea breeze briskness, oloroso power, depth, glycerol. Totally penetrating. Positively takes over my nostrils!/ Dry, medium bodied, finely burnished texture, well controlled alcohol level. A beguiling, hard to pin point fruit-flower expression on the aftertaste. 97/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

RFS-2990. BARBADILLO FULL DRY OLOROSO SHERRY    92/100

Oh, boy, what a sophisticated nuttiness! I mean, it's mixed nuts. Some filbert, some brazil, some walnut. Wow! Lots of subtle intricacies. Some sweet woodiness too, a subtle caramel layer. Truly dry. Sleek, with just the right weight. The flavor goes through and through and lasts a long time. Steal of a price. If only American consumers were more receptive to the obvious mealtime applications of sherries like this. What bargains they're missing! 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-2991. GONZALEZ BYASS CRISTINA ABOCADO OLOROSO SHERRY    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'The core aroma on this semisweet Sherry is maple syrup, but overall the nose is fresh and vital. Although creamy, this is balanced as a whole. Flavors of mixed nuts and toffee are familiar, while the finish hums along with no faults or bumps.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

RFS-2992. GUTIERREZ COLOSIA EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA DRY OLOROSO SHERRY    93/100

Deep, impressive, sweet nose of walnut and barrel. Power, glycerol. Dry and powerful indeed. Nutty; hickory nut. Satisfying intensity and body and length. Flavor lasts. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

RFS-2993. LUSTAU SOLERA RESERVA DON NUNO DRY OLOROSO SHERRY    (94/100)

Parker 94: 'If you are looking for a dry sherry made in a slightly more oxidized style, the non-vintage Dry Oloroso Don Nuno Solera Reserva is your choice. Again, a nuttiness (in this case, walnuts) intermixed with a hint of Chinese black tea combine with salty, caramelized flavors make for a delicious glass of sherry.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

RFS-2994. WILLIAMS & HUMBERT DRY SACK AMOROSO SHERRY    91/100

Amoroso: an oloroso sweetened to a lesser degree than a cream. Sweet and nutty. Dried fruit, oak, wood, and spirit. Everything works in tandem. Nice, even-handed approach featuring sweetness, nut, fig, sultana, wood. Certainly drier than a cream. Quite powerful and spirited. Serve cool or on the rocks as the label advises. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-2995. ALVEAR CREAM MONTILLA    93/100

Medium dark tawny brown. Fresh, penetrating, and lifted as well as sweet. It's the alcohol that supplies the balance. Luscious, sweet pecan pie flavor, again with the strength to keep it honest. Always a winner. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-2996. GONZALEZ BYASS SOLERA 1847 SUPERIOR CREAM SHERRY     (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Another impressive Oloroso from Gonzalez Byass. This is a sweet, dark, brooding Sherry with prune and other sweet fruit aromas. The palate is rich but has good flow, while dark flavors of dulce de leche and burnt brown sugar are wonderful. Sweet but balanced by mild coffee-like bitterness on the finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

RFS-2997. HARVEYS BRISTOL CREAM SHERRY    92/100

Subtle, treacly, nutty aroma. Pretty sweet. Not too though. Reasonably amount of wood age. Not sticky. Good standard. As it's been for decades. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-2998. LUSTAU SOLERA RESERVA CAPATAZ ANDRES DELUXE CREAM SHERRY    94/100

Good, dry, nutty, classy. Walnut. Sweet and nutty and not sticky. Class old wines in here plus sweet fig and date paste. The acid is assuaged, and so is the alcohol, even at 20%. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-2999. LUSTAU SOLERA EAST INDIA SHERRY    (96/100)

Parker 96: 'The dark amber-hued non-vintage East India Solera is essentially an old Oloroso blended with an old Pedro Ximenez, which gives it a sweet character. It offers more mature notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, spice box, raisin and chocolate beer nuts, and its terrific balancing acidity cuts through the sweetness. This delicious effort is best drunk after the meal.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

RFS-3000. 1927 SOLERA ALVEAR PEDRO XIMENEZ MONTILLA half bottle    (98/100)

Parker 98: 'The NV Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 is non-vintage, but does have some 1927 material in it. This is totally dark brown/amber with notes of figs, toffee, caramel syrup, molasses and coffee. It is dense, super sweet, intense, rich and an amazingly, unctuously textured, thick beverage to consume slowly and introspectively after a meal. Drink now through 2050, or even longer.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

RFS-3001. DELGADO ZULETA PEDRO XIMENEZ SHERRY    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 91: 'Flavors of roasted figs and chestnuts play a starring role in this wine. It's nearly as dense as maple syrup, but there's a salinity in the background that keeps the wine balanced. Drink it as a dessert in itself.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3002. LUSTAU SOLERA RESERVA SAN EMILIO PEDRO XIMENEZ SHERRY    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 92: 'The exuberant and saturated sweet flavors of sun-ripened grapes spread throughout the entire palate, sustained by firm acidity. That acidity imposes its mineral tones, without overshadowing the seductive caramel sensation that lasts. Serve it chilled as a digestif. $32.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

RFS-3003. PEDRO DOMECQ VINA 25 PEDRO XIMENEZ SHERRY    95/100

Decanter 94/100. My notes: Solera founded in 1918. Date paste, nut, raisin, fig, prune. Utterly sweet and concentrated and wonderful. Sweet cubed. Celestial figs, dates. Unctuous; everything it should be. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3004. CESAR FLORIDO CHIPIONA DORADO MOSCATEL SHERRY half bottle    97/100

A fresh style of muscat alexandria, full of orange aromas -? juice, blossom, marmalade. Very sweet. Yes, fine expression of Seville bitter orange and peel balanced by full sweetness. Nuttiness of its solera upbringing. 97/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3005. VALDESPINO EL CANDADO PEDRO XIMENEZ SHERRY    95/100

17%. Lock and key top. Very sweet, but the power cools it down. Nuts, molasses, maple. Yes, all about flavor rather than stickiness. Wide range of flavors. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3006. TERRA D'ORO AMADOR ZINFANDEL PORT    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 93 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'The first duty of a Port-style wine is to be dazzlingly rich and sweet yet balanced I acidity, and this bottling is all that. Waves of blueberry jam, cassis and dark chocolate are brightened with zesty acidity, and the sweetness level is very high.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

RFS-3007. FAMILIA ZUCCARDI MALAMADO MENDOZA MALBEC PORT    95+/100

Deep, black, singed. Vintage porto like power, grip of the gob. Sweet, singed, powerful, all. Vintage porto knockoff for sure. At quite a savings. 95+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

RFS-3008. HARDYS WHISKERS BLAKE 8 YEAR OLD AUSTRALIA TAWNY PORT    92/100

Classic nutty-tawny fruit nose. Sweet and sassy. Oak, nut, time in oak. Not sticky, not musky like some of the cheaper ones. Fabulous value. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3009. PENFOLDS CLUB SOUTH AUSTRALIA TAWNY PORT    92/100

Sweet sultana and other dried fruits show youthful vigor, while the woody-nutty aspects point to long cask aging. Great ripeness and power A very nice glass. More finesse than I remember. More age. Doesn't smell at all sticky. Dry, with a nutty cast. A lot of fig, date, raisin. Very pleasing improvement over earlier cuvees. And quite the bargain in its field. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-3010. YALUMBA MUSEUM RESERVE ANTIQUE BAROSSA TAWNY half bottle    (96/100)

Parker 96: 'The Museum Reserve, which has had more the 15 years of oak aging, is a sensational fortified that could easily be confused with a high quality, 20- to 25-year-old Tawny Port. Delicious notes of prunes, sweet raisins, over-ripe strawberries, and caramel soar from the glass of this incredibly intense wine.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3011. DOW'S FINE WHITE PORT    93/100

White fruits, nuts, wood exotica. Good and full and strong and nutty. Just right. Lovely served cool. Much fresher than some of the Portuguese brands' versions. Yeah, sweet and strong and nutty. Perfectly balanced. Musky. A complex of orange notions: pulp, peel, marmalade. Lovely flavor set. Fine balance of sweetness and strength. Worth a detour. Wow! Best white porto I've tasted in a long while. Try with a twist of lemon and splash of tonic. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3012. WARRE'S FINE WHITE PORT    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Very plush, with a buttery essence to the dried white fruit and nutty flavors. Elegantly spiced, featuring a long finish of dried ginger, sandalwood and shortbread.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3013. COCKBURN'S RUBY PORT    92/100

That sweet and soft Cockburn's style now shown in the best light since the Symington family has acquired the brand. This is real ruby port. It doesn't pretend to be something more ambitious. A sweet treat. True ruby. Grip, body, power, seductiveness. Everything a ruby should be. Beautiful balance of sweetness, acidity, and strength. One of the best of its genre. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3014. FONSECA RUBY PORT    91/100

Sweet, singed, powerful, and fruity -? Fonseca style. Dark, bitter raspberries, coffee, mocha, cassis. Deep and lovely. Some Vintage weight and style. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3015. GRAHAM'S FINE RUBY PORT    92/100

Full and spirited. Sweet and singed. In the house style. Full, sweet, and singed taste too. A large Ruby that makes like a Vintage Character. Gives a lot for the money. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3016. RAMOS PINTO RUBY PORT    92/100

Touriga franca, tinta barroca. Aged 3 years in large chestnut casks. Exuberant, voluminous, and sweet. Yes, balance of sweetness, strength, fruit, age. Cherry, plum, and raspberry aromatics of great purity. Fine. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3017. TAYLOR, FLADGATE FINE RUBY PORT    93/100

Sweet, young, and black fruity. Taylor build and power and grip of gob, even in its ruby. Total Taylor Ruby. Yes, sweet, strong, saturated. Total Taylor. Surely one of the best ruby portos. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3018. WARRE'S HERITAGE RUBY PORTO    92/100

Approximately 4 years old. Delicious, sweet blackberry fruit. Very enticing and well balanced palate, between sweetness, strength, acidity. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3019. FERREIRA TAWNY PORTO    92/100

This is the real deal. Nutty-woody, with good dried fruit too. Date-nut bread. A real tawny of reasonable (6-7 year-) age. Sweet, nutty, balanced. Nice. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3020. GRAHAM'S FINE TAWNY PORT    91/100

Dry and aged in bottle as well as barrel. Sweetens up with aeration, giving dried fruit, oak, nut. Graham's sweet now. Really sweet. A relatively youthful tawny. Good, fruit-filled finish. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3021. TAYLOR, FLADGATE FINE TAWNY PORT    91/100

Nice and sweet and nutty. Appropriate for a young tawny. Nuts and caramel. Heady, full, penetrating. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3022. BROADBENT 10 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT half liter

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3023. FONSECA 10 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT    93/100

Dry nose for Fonseca. Nutty. Well aged. Not much original sweetness showing. Not as enticing as some 10 year olds. Dried fruit. The palate is a different story. Fonseca sweet and well spirited. Nuts and dried fruits. Well balanced. The palate is come hither. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $36.99 each

RFS-3024. GRAHAM'S 10 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT    94/100

Well, this is perfectly lovely! The sweetness of the original fruit that should be present in a 10 year old. Nuts, toffee, honey, sorghum, white raisin. The sweetness of Graham's. The sophistication of long cask aging. Toffee, brown sugar, gingerbread. Smashing success. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3025. NIEPOORT 10 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT    (95/100)

Wine Spectator 95: 'Amazing aromas of orange and lemon peel, with hints of toffee, caramel and honey. Full-bodied and luscious, with lots of sweet fruit and a long, subtle finish that goes on and on. A benchmark for 10-year-old tawnies.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3026. QUINTA DO NOVAL 10 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT    93/100

A proper 10 year old. Both original fruit and barrel time. Noval dry form. Good wood, nut, toast. Splendid. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

RFS-3027. TAYLOR, FLADGATE 10 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT    94/100

Wonderful display of sweet, dried fruits, toffee, and nuts. Power to balance the sweetness. Intense. The best this has ever tasted. Can't imagine a better 10 year old tawny. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $36.99 each

RFS-3028. COCKBURN'S 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT half liter    (94/100)

Wine Spectator 94: 'Wonderful aromas of butterscotch, toffee and honey, with just a hint of fruit. Full-bodied, with very sweet fruit and a long caramel and nutty finish. Textbook.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

RFS-3029. FONSECA 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT    (94/100)

Wine Spectator 94: 'Intense, powerful and complex, this features heady aromas and flavors of toffee, marzipan, butterscotch and chocolate. Notes of mocha and French roast chime in as well, with a long, glorious finish of dried white fruits and spice.'

How Many bottles/singles: $62.95 each

RFS-3030. GRAHAM'S 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT    95/100

Nuttier than the 10 year. More sophisticated still. More finesse. Retains the Graham's sweetness too. More cask age bouquet than original fruit now, though the fruit is still subtly present. Just as it should be. Very, very sophisticated. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

RFS-3031. POCAS JUNIOR 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'Pretty sesame, praline and honey-roasted almond notes lead the way, backed by light persimmon and date flavors. A flash of ginseng on the finish keeps this on the slightly drier side. $65.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

RFS-3032. RAMOS PINTO QUINTA DO BOM RETIRO 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORTO    98/100

Lovely, sweet, toffee, power, tawny apricot, wood , nut. Sweet and sassy. Coffee, cocoa, filbert. All in balance. Great concentration and complexity. Wood and wood age complexes. Long, caramel aftertaste. 98/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $99.95 each

RFS-3033. SANDEMAN 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'Broad, rich and elegant, with creamy, supple flavors of butterscotch, toasted coconut and hazelnut. The luscious finish is loaded with spice and cocoa details. Seductive.'

How Many bottles/singles: $62.95 each

RFS-3034. TAYLOR, FLADGATE 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY PORT    95/100

Still my measuring rod for 20 Year tawny. Just perfect harmony of fruit, wood, nut, spirit. Yes, the balance is immaculate -? even more impressive on the palate than on the nose. Refined, lovely, full of subtleties. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3035. FONSECA BIN NO. 27 VINTAGE CHARACTER PORT    92/100

Wine & Spirits 92/100 - TOP 100 BEST BUYS. My notes: Good power, roast, dark fruit. Yes, this is real VINTAGE character. Grip of skin, pulp, gob. Plum, prune, caramel. Seems to me this used to be sweeter, smooth, more commercial. Now it has presence and personality. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3036. SMITH-WOODHOUSE LODGE RESERVE VINTAGE CHARACTER PORTO    92/100

In the house style. Solid, black, spicy, elderberry. Dark berries and dark chocolate. Penetrating, buoyant. Very nicely proportioned as always. A rewarding glass of vintage character port. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

RFS-3037. WARRE'S WARRIOR SPECIAL RESERVE VINTAGE CHARACTER PORTO

Decanter 5 Stars: 'Excellent, bright deep ruby. Clean, fresh and fruity on the nose. Good, clean, lively palate with lots of fruit flavours and some tannin. Well-made with very good structure.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3038. 15 CASA DE SANTA BARBARA LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO    92/100

Bottled by Manoel D. Pocas Junior; from 40-60 year old vines in Ervedosa do Douro (Cima Corgo), Numao (Douro Superior); new to market. Inky. Powerful in my Taster glass. Sweet and nearly as concentrated as a Vintage Port. Warm vintage shows. Yes, warmth, sweetness, barrel spiciness. Working hard to please. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

RFS-3039. 15 COCKBURN'S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91 - SMART BUY: 'This has nice richness, with a mix of melted licorice, fig preserve and blackberry reduction flavors. The plush feel continues through the finish, which has a lingering cocoa note. Drink now through 2028.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

RFS-3040. 17 DOW'S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO    2++/100

From its top Quintas do Bomfim and da Senhora da Ribeira and a declared year for Vintage Port. Well, there's your blackest color of the set. Powerful in my Taster glass. Relative dryness is classic to Dow's. Build of a Vintage Port this round. 4 to 6 years in bottle and still bearing tightness and tannin. Belies the purpose of LBV, but, what the heck, cellar this like a Vintage, and pocket the change. 92++/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

RFS-3041. 17 GRAHAM'S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO    93+/100

Wine Enthusiast 92/100. My notes: Est. 1820; from Graham's four estates; hot and dry growing season; many Vintage Ports declared. Full color and body of a Vintage year. Sweetness of 2017 and Graham's. Boy, that's really sweet even by Graham's standards. Even coats over the power. And tannin, though there are few tannin issues after the max LBV six years in bottle. On the finish, the power is actually cooling as it evaporates. I think this will improve further in bottle, though that is not the intention. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

RFS-3042. 15 GRAHAM'S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO bottled 2021    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'This has all of those Graham's trademarks, including a bit of extra sugar at the end. It's not as powerful as the Symington Cockburn's was on opening, but at the end of the tasting, this actually showed more power. It is also far more elegant and suave, with a big aromatic hit of eucalyptus that makes it invigorating too. Then it is typically Graham's-meaning sweet and delicious. This is nuanced and very fine, an LBV with a bit of a distinction and a lot of everything. It should hold throughout the decade, probably more, but that's not really the point here.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

RFS-3043. 18 NIEPOORT LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO half bottle    94/100

2017: Bottled 2021; est. 1842; from 7+ grape varieties, vines over 70 years old. Powerful in the Taster glass. White dwarf concentration of Niepoort across the board. Pushes Vintage despite the extra barrel age. Sweetness assuages the power and extract concentration. A mammoth LBV, especially in this declared Vintage. The upper Douro is thriving on global warming. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3044. 14 QUINTA DO NOVAL SINGLE VINEYARD UNFILTERED LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'The 2014 Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage Port is a field blend from typical grapes like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cao and Sousao aged for five years in casks. This traditional LBV comes with a long cork. Very respectable for the difficult vintage, and particularly considering that I was not a big fan of Noval's own 2014 Vintage Port, this LBV is impressive in its own right, showing fine power, concentration and structure. The fruit is not quite as expressive as on the 2013-maybe that's where the 2014 vintage rears its head-but it's not bad in that regard (unlike a lot of 2014s). By any measure, this holds up to a lot of lesser Vintage Ports these days. This will be approachable young-but so are a lot of Vintage Ports these days.'

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

RFS-3045. 18 QUINTA DE LA ROSA LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT half liter    2++/100

2015: Bottled in 2019; touriga nacional, touriga franca, sousao; from A graded vineyards. La Rosa's table wines and ports are always black, black, black. The big dose of touriga nacional is clear. As is the early bottling in the permitted 4 to 6 year LBV barrel sojourn window. This is an LBV made to last. Yeah, it's firm, and relatively dry. I love the nuances that peek out around the edges. You won't confuse this with any other LBV, even the stalwart Taylor Fladgate. 92++/100. Tasted 10/27/21.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

RFS-3046. 16 TAYLOR, FLADGATE LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'One of the original Late Bottled Vintage brands, this continues to set a fine style. This latest release is full of black fruits that have been softened by extra wood aging. At the same time, the richness of the wine shows strongly and emphatically, giving a Port that has density and ready drinkability.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

RFS-3047. 09 WARRE'S TRADITIONAL LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT bottled 2013    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The 2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port is the new release, although hardly a new wine. It is a traditional Douro field blend, heavy on Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. It was bottled unfiltered in 2013 with a long cork after four years in cask and then held back at Warre's lodge for bottle aging before release. It comes in with 109 grams per liter of residual sugar. It's pretty spectacular. This unfiltered LBV is expressive and delicious. With the extra aging, it is also velvety and harmonious, but this certainly has power to spare the next day. It has the depth to coat the palate and fill the mouth too. With 90 minutes of air, it is very fresh, but it finally shows welcome hints of complexity. It does everything well and most things brilliantly. It should hold beautifully, at least for 20 years from its vintage date, but I'm guessing 30 may be more like it. For now, let's be a little cautious, but if you have good storage, there is no reason to worry about it anytime soon. If I had a quibble here, on the second day it was tasted it seemed to become a very different wine. What was balanced and harmonious became much riper and more angular as the power and big fruit both became more obvious. Nothing made me retract my initial positive view, but it did create a ceiling, at least for the moment. This is a Big Boy and it will be interesting to see if holds its balance and meets expectations as it ages more. I think it will.'

How Many bottles/singles: $35.99 each

RFS-3048. 03 ROMARIZ VINTAGE PORTO    (90/100)

Wine Spectator 90: 'Fully mature and modest in scale, though still shows good freshness underneath, with slightly dried red cherry and plum fruit infused with black tea, toffee and incense. Tasted from a half-bottle. Drink now through 2031. $44 half bottle.'

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

RFS-3049. 97 CARCAVELOS CASA MANDEL BOULLOSA, QUINTA DOS PESOS half liter    97/100 *

Bottled 2/18; favorite of Thomas Jefferson; featured at Christie's first London wine auction; just 3 producers and 62 acres of the DOC remain, on the coastline west of Lisbon. Golden brown. Huge power and complex of aromas. Sweet ones like clover, tupelo, and buckwheat honey. Nuts, grains, dried citrus peels. Yow!/ Ultra sweetness balanced by power. Broad flavor complex. Inimitable. Long and delicious finish. 97/100. Highly regarded by attendees too. ' Big nose you can smell from 6 inches away.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3050. CRESTA BELLA CALIFORNIA MADEIRA    90/100

Empyreumatic. Grappa like nuances. More marsala than madeira, but fully useful. More madeira like in taste. Baked California fruit. Good strength, sweetness, balance. Right. Well done. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $8.99 each

RFS-3051. BLANDY'S RAINWATER MEDIUM DRY MADEIRA    92/100

Est 1811. Lovely take on rainwater. Good maturity and dried fruits. Sultana, date, spices. Fruit cake. Complete rainwater fulfillment. A 2-3 year old madeira that has achieved balance and complexity. After so many disappointing rainwaters, this one shows the way. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3052. HENRIQUES & HENRIQUES 3 YEAR OLD RAINWATER MEDIUM DRY TINTA NEGRA MADEIRA

From tinta negra mole.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3053. LEACOCK'S RAINWATER MADEIRA

From tinta negra mole.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3054. BLANDY'S 5 YEAR OLD SERCIAL MADEIRA    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'In a recent series of Madeiras, this was a standout, offering excellent complexity and richness at a reasonable price. Nuts, toffee and dried fruit aromas and flavors swirl together, balancing moderate sweetness with harmonious acids. Long on the finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

RFS-3055. 01 HENRIQUES & HENRIQUES SINGLE HARVEST SERCIAL MADEIRA    98/100

Gold Medal - Brussels. 20%. Wonderful, snappy sercial. Off dry, crisp, long. Real balance, fine strength. 98/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $109.95 each

RFS-3056. RARE WINE CO CHARLESTON SPECIAL RESERVE SERCIAL MADEIRA    (92/100)

International Wine Cellar 92: 'Medium amber. Gingerbread, orange zest, clove, blond tobacco and honey on the nose. Spicy citrus and poached pear flavors are lifted by zesty acidity and show a gentle smoky quality on the back end. Blends sweetness and dryness smoothly, finishing with good nervy cut, a jolt of fleur de sel and lingering smoke, citrus and spice notes.'

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

RFS-3057. BLANDY'S 5 YEAR OLD VERDELHO MADEIRA    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Rich and elegant, with layers of delicious dried apricot, pear and butterscotch flavors. Sweet, creamy notes fill the long, spicy finish. Excellent balance, structure and freshness.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

RFS-3058. RARE WINE CO SAVANNAH SPECIAL RESERVE VERDELHO MADEIRA    95/100

Exotically spicy and woody. Long time in wood. Getting into the Indian spice stuff. Extravagant and incredible. Fig, date, buckwheat honey, coffee, nutshell. Almost too much for verdelho. No, not really. There are those lifted verdelho elements too: poached pear, even mango. And flowers. Tremendous verve. Appropriate verdelho dryness. Relish it. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

RFS-3059. BLANDY'S 5 YEAR OLD BUAL MADEIRA    93/100

Sweeter still than the Verdelho. Plum, prune, dried and baked fruits. Delicious. Flavors not as intense. Sweetness still hides them. Typical of boal. Good example. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

RFS-3060. COSSART GORDON 10 YEAR OLD BUAL MADEIRA half liter    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Intense with wood aging flavors that have subdued the fruit giving richness and taut, tangy, spice and acidity. The wine's richness is balanced by the dry character at its core from the orange flavors. Drink now.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

RFS-3061. RARE WINE CO BOSTON SPECIAL RESERVE BUAL MADEIRA    (92/100)

International Wine Cellar 92: 'Light, bright amber. Deep aromas of cherry pit, candied orange, toffee and molasses, lifted by a note of dried rose. Chewy in texture, with dry-edged nut and burnt orange flavors, a touch of molasses sugar and good back-end grip. Quite sweet but the wine's acidity adds focus, nerve and finishing bite.'

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

RFS-3062. BLANDY'S 5 YEAR OLD MALMSEY MADEIRA    96/100

Full sweetness and acidity. Intense, powerful, baked, well balanced. Nuts, baked and dried fruits. Yes, sweet, spicy, nutty, toasty. Couldn't ask more of a 5 year old malmsey. 96/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

RFS-3063. JUSTINO'S BROADBENT 10 YEAR OLD MALMSEY MADEIRA    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Pretty date, caramel and hazelnut husk notes meld nicely, showing good cut through the ginger? and toasted sesame-infused finish. Starts frankly sweet and ends with mouthwatering cut. $50.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

RFS-3064. RARE WINE CO NEW YORK SPECIAL RESERVE MALMSEY MADEIRA    (92/100)

International Wine Cellar 92: 'Medium amber. Powerfully scented bouquet combines cherry compote, cola, molasses, pipe tobacco and brown sugar. Lush and expansive in the mouth, offering sweet pit fruit and orange marmalade flavors and a deeper note of espresso. Clings tenaciously on the finish, which leaves notes of bitter cherry and candied flowers behind.'

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

RFS-3065. ALCESTI FINE IP AMBRA DRY MARSALA    90/100

Very sweet nose. Molasses, prune, and warm spices. Very clear and bright. There's considerable sweetness on the palate too. (I'm used to sweetness in so-called 'dry' marsalas.) Not as sweet as the 'sweet' version though. And the acid is brisker, the alcohol cooler. Again, good focus and brightness. The real stuff. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-3066. BAGLIO BAIATA ALAGNA SUPERIORE S.O.M. MARSALA    93/100

Aged two years in oak barrels. Our driest and most sophisticated Marsala. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-3067. BAGLIO BAIATA ALAGNA MARSALA CREMOVO    94/100

16.5%; 1/3 each insolia, grillo, catarratto. Very attractive egg custard aroma with cardamom, nutmeg, and allspice enhancement. Palate confirms. They nailed this one. This egg-enhanced marsala concept was popular when I started in the wine business over 50 years ago. This is the first one I've seen in a long, long time. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3068. BAGLIO BAIATA ALAGNA MARSALA CREMA MANDORLA    91/100

1/3 each insolia, grillo, catarratto. Wonderful combo of Marsala baked fruit and almond extract. Long running classic. Totally almondy and candied. What it's meant to be. Needs a really sweet dessert. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3069. COLOMBO FINE DRY MARSALA    91/100

Sweet and a little youthfully fig pasty. Good surge of fig and date aromas. Well, this is really -? I mean actually -? dry, unlike many 'dry' marsalas that are just relatively so. A degree of nutty, woody cask aged sophistication as well as the fruit paste taste of the original material. Good power. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

RFS-3070. COLOMBO FINE SWEET MARSALA    92/100

Sweet but not sticky. Rather sophisticated, really, from wood aging. A 'Fine' oak aged marsala. A player. Not hot and spiritous. Rather, mellow and refined. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

RFS-3071. GIAROLA AMBRA SECO MARSALA

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-3072. LOMBARDO FINE IP AMBRA SWEET MARSALA    93/100

Est. 1881. Sweet, with a fabulous aroma set of dried fruits, including fig, date, and sultana. Plus baking spices. Strong and spicy. Cumin and other curry spices. The sweetness is balanced by great acidity. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-3073. LOMBARDO 431 FINE IP AMBRA SWEET MARSALA    91/100

Sweeter and younger than the norm. No dried fruit. Lightly nutty. Less than the usual baked tones. Sweet and engaging. Good power. Starter Marsala. Lasting flavor. Good acid as always. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3074. PELLEGRINO SUPERIORE GARIBALDI SWEET MARSALA    94+/100

Since 1880. Aged over 2 years in oak barrels. Sweet and nutty and rightly strong. Yes, balance of all the elements. Lots of date flavor. Well done. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3075. YALUMBA ANTIQUE MUSEUM RESERVE SOUTH AUSTRALIA MUSCAT half bottle    97/100

Aged 8 years in American and French oak barrels. 15%. Heady, dry-sweet interplay of barrel and muscat alexandria inputs. Tawny, warm. Complete. All about muscat alexandria raisin juice. Great acid and power. Has it all. 97/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3076. CAMPBELL'S RUTHERGLEN MUSCAT half bottle    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'The baked apple, date bread, chicory, honey-roasted peanut and maple syrup flavors are seamless and generous, lingering with peach and fresh earth notes on the finish. Drink now through 2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3077. CHAMBERS ROSEWOOD RUTHERGLEN MUSCAT half bottle    97/100

Highly scented Mediterranean muscat -? muscat alexandria. Orange blossom, burnt orange peel, orange bitters, orange oil -? orange everything!/ Palate adds honey, date, walnut, caramel, licorice, panetone. Complex to say the least. Fills the mouth while maintaining great balance. Intense, thorough, saturated, fabulous. What a sweet treat! 97/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3078. 19 MUSCAT BEAUMES DES VENISE, DOMAINE DE DURBAN half bottle    93/100

Yields of 2 tons per acre; adjusted with 7-10% neutral spirits; 110 g/l residual sugar. Classic petit grains muscat nose discreetly rendered and lightly dosed. Sweet fruit. Clear, strong spirit. Overall, lightly imposed to present a wide range of dessert opportunities. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-3079. 16 BANYULS GRENACHE GALATEO COUME DEL MAS, PHILIPPE GARD half liter    93+/100

Est. 1971; old vines yielding 1.5 tons per acre; fortified while on the peels; aged 6 months in barrels. Well, that's ripe, ripe, rancio grenache, as right it should be. The fortification is on the light side, so it doesn't burn my nostrils even in my Taster glass. Sweetness and old vines and low yield concentration. Peels astringency does more to balance the sweetness than does alcohol. Marks it a unique style of Banyuls. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

RFS-3080. RIVESALTES VIN DOUX NATUREL AMBRE 4 ANS D‘AGE, DOMAINE DE RANCY

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

RFS-3081. 19 RIVESALTES GRENAT TRADITION, ARNAUD DE VILLENEUVE    91/100

15%. A red wine smell, and quite a dry one at that. Grenache strawberry flavor along with barrel and spirit. A good value. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

RFS-3082. RIVESALTES ROSE, ARNAUD DE VILLENEUVE

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

RFS-3083. RIVESALTES VIN DOUX NATUREL HORS D'AGE 6 ANS, TERRASSOUS    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'The NV Rivesaltes Ambre Hors d'Age 6 Ans has a vibrant, light amber/whiskey color to go with sweet notes of golden raisins, bitter orange, almond and subtle browned sugar. Made from 100% Grenache Blanc and aged six years in barrel, it's medium-bodied, silky, seamless and layered. It lacks complexity and is slightly straightforward with its sweetness, yet it's never cloying and is one sexy drink. $25.'

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

RFS-3084. RIVESALTES VIN DOUX NATUREL HORS D'AGE 12 ANS, TERRASSOUS    98/100

A sweet wine from grenache blanc, fortified with young grape brandy and then aged 12 years minimum in barrels, which are never topped up. Pungent and perky. Candied orange peel. Shades of a 10 year old tawny port but of white rather than red fruit basis. Sweet and powerful, yet retains a great sense of freshness, great acid lift, texture, ring. Fabulous balance of sweetness, acid, and power. Wonderful accomplishment of 12 years in barrel, so suave and complex, so comfortable. 98/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

RFS-3085. RIVESALTES VIN DOUX NATUREL HORS D'AGE 18 ANS, TERRASSOUS    (95/100)

Parker 95: 'The sensational NV Rivesaltes Ambre Horg D'Age 18 Ans checks in as 90% Grenache Blanc and 10% Grenache Gris that spent 18 years in barrels. It got a big 'Wow' in my notes and offers layers of caramel, toasted nuts, spice and figs, with gorgeous complexity, full-bodied richness and impeccable balance between its acidity, sweetness and alcohol. This is stunning stuff! $60.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3086. 97 CARCAVELOS QUINTA DOS PESOS, CASA MANDEL BOULLOSA half liter    98/100

21.5%; bottled 2/18; favorite of Thomas Jefferson; featured at Christie's first London wine auction; just 3 producers and 62 acres of the DOC remain, on the coastline west of Lisbon. Golden brown. Huge power and complex of aromas. Sweet ones like clover, tupelo, and buckwheat honey. Nuts, grains, dried citrus peels. Yow!/ Ultra sweetness balanced by power. Broad flavor complex. Inimitable. Long and delicious finish. 98/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3087. MALAGA ANEJO LOTE 01/10 GADEA, BODEGAS HOJIBLANCA half liter    92/100

15%; pedro ximenez; aged in seasoned American oak barrels. Raisin, prune, scorched fruit. Not a sticky PX. Good sweetness. Plum, brown sugar, mango chutney. First Malaga I've tasted from this Jerez/Montilla grape variety. Different from the others. I like it. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

RFS-3088. 17 MALAGA BOTANI VICTORIA #2, JORGE ORDONEZ half bottle    (95/100)

Parker 95: 'An absolutely amazing, decadent, luxurious sweet wine, made from 100% Moscatel de Alexandria, the 2014 Botani Victoria #2 comes from the estate's oldest 50-year-old vines and, according to Jorge Ordonez, it takes 17 pounds of grapes to make one 375-milliliter bottle of this elixir. Truly great stuff, it has loads of honeysuckle, caramelized tropical fruits, hints of maple syrup and brown sugar. The wine is rich, fragrant with plenty of flowery notes intermixed with wet pebble-like minerality. It is full-bodied and unctuously textured, but has enough acidity to balance the sweet, rich texture. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3089. KOURTAKI MUSCAT OF SAMOS    94/100

From muscat a petits grains. A favorite of Lord Byron. Wow! Sweet and spicy. Apricot, warm spices, dried fruits. Total warm climate muscat package, deep and concentrated. Racy and powerful. Impressive flavor intensity. Hallmark. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3090. KEO CYPRUS COMMANDARIA ST. JOHN    94/100

Sweet, spiritous, fortified, complex. Fabulous. Unique. Tastes like red muscat paste. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

SPARKLING

RFS-3092. PAULA KORNELL CALIFORNIA BRUT    (94/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94 - #5 - TOP 100: 'This inaugural release is stunning and incredibly impressive-a wine well worth stocking up on for the price and quality. A beautiful jasmine aroma leads to marzipan, peach and cherry flavors as lively acidity envelopes the palate. It's a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. $22.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3093. 19 SCHRAMSBERG NORTH COAST BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT    (93/100)

2018: Wine Spectator 93 - TOP 100; Wine Enthusiast 93 - EDITORS' CHOICE: ' Combining fruitiness with leesy complexity and an elegant texture, this luxurious wine gives the taste buds plenty to explore, from a doughy, lemony aroma to intricate flavors of white peach, lemon zest, Pippin apple and cookie dough. A brisk but rich bead of bubbles is satisfying and refreshing at the same time. $41.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3094. 19 SCHRAMSBERG NORTH COAST BLANC DE NOIRS BRUT    (94/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94: 'Aromas and flavors lead with a wet stone minerality and flintiness straight away, closely followed by autolytic notes of fresh, crusty bread. Slowly revealed are the vivacious fruits of lemon, lime, green apple and orange zest, complemented by a cherry-blossom floral note. The finish is a perfect culmination of all, crescendoing into a lingering finale.'

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

RFS-3095. 18 SCHRAMSBERG NORTH COAST ROSE BRUT    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Lively, pure raspberry and red-cherry flavors infuse this elegant wine with life while a tangy balance and fine-grained bubbles make it refreshing and substantive on the palate. The red fruits carry through nicely to the finish. $47.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3096. SCHARFFENBERGER EXCELLENCE MENDOCINO BRUT    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'This wine shows amazing complexity, subtle richness, layers of flavor and an ultrasmooth texture. A foundation of fruit flavor is very solid, and the acidity is firm and refreshing. The mouthfeel is plush and the finish lingers, making it a grand wine for a special occasion.'

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

RFS-3097. SCHARFFENBERGER EXCELLENCE MENDOCINO ROSE BRUT    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Pale and refined, with elegant flavors of raspberries, strawberries, vanilla and yeasty lees. With a slightly sweet finish, balanced with crisp coastal acidity, it's a beautiful sparkling wine.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

RFS-3098. PIPER SONOMA SONOMA BRUT    (92/100)

Tasting Panel 92: 'Creamy and lush, with clean, ripe, and balanced flavors of rich, dense fruit as well as a fine mousse. This shows considerable depth of flavor yet is still bright and refreshing.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3099. PIPER SONOMA SONOMA BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Made from 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Blanc, this is a dry, elegant sparkler that delivers nuanced flavors of green apple, mango and grapefruit. Quenching in acidity, it has a linear focus that remains consistent and complex on the palate.' $22.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3100. 17 IRON HORSE ESTATE RUSSIAN CUVEE GREEN VALLEY SEC    (94/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94: 'One of the producer's more luscious and richly layered wines, this is made from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay and given three-plus years in bottle before release. Lengthy and complex, it offers concentrated flavors of apple, peach, stone and almond biscuit. $48.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3101. 17 IRON HORSE WEDDING CUVEE GREEN VALLEY    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'Supple and harmonious, with pretty strawberry, baked apple and nectarine flavors that are laced with yeast roll and spice. $48.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3102. MUMM NAPA PRESTIGE NAPA VALLEY BRUT    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Based on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this sumptuous brut is really as delicious and refined a sparkling wine as you could want for drinking now. Shows lush citrus, strawberry, honey, melon, fig and spice flavors that are wrapped into a smooth, silky bubbling mouthfeel.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3103. MUMM NAPA NAPA VALLEY ROSE BRUT    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 93 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'What a roll Mumm Napa is on with their new releases. This blush wine shows the level of richness and elegance the winery has achieved lately, Made from 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay, it has deliciously forward flavors of raspberries, strawberries, gingersnap cookies and vanilla lemon custard, with the bubbly froth and tart yeastiness of a fine sparkling wine. $24.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3104. BLACK STAR FARMS BEDAZZLED MICHIGAN BRUT

33% chardonnay, 20% gruner veltliner, 20% pinot noir, 14% pinot gris, 13% pinot meunier from a variety of vineyards on Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsula. .77 RS.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3105. 21 MARI SIMPLICISSIMUS OLD MISSION PENINSULA SPARKLING RIESLING    92/100

Still wine aged 5 months on lees in tank; bottled wine aged 14 months en tirage; dry. Sean's nailed it. Clean cut riesling in a subtly aromatic form plus well integrated and equally subtle still and sparkling wine lees influences. Yes, fine en tirage earned mousse, true dryness accented by the bubbles. Wide ranging service options. Is there a better dry sparkling riesling anywhere? Consistent in style and quality since first tasted in the 2017 vintage. Bravo. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

RFS-3106. L. MAWBY LEELANAU PENINSULA BLANC BRUT    93/100

Michigan Wine Competition - GOLD MEDAL, BEST OF CLASS TROPHY All chardonnay. Full bottle bouquet plus chardonnay apple. Purity, quality, brightness. Green apple malic bite plus reserve bottle bouquet. This has never tasted better. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

RFS-3107. L. MAWBY GRACE LEELANAU PENINSULA ROSE BRUT    93/100

2016 & 2017 Michigan Wine Competition - BEST SPARKLING WINE TROPHY. My notes: 98% pinot noir, 2% regent. Great bottle bouquet and clear and full pink fruit. Again, rich, soft attractive fruit, with biscuity bottle bouquet too. High brut. Enticing. Lovely. Well crafted. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

RFS-3108. MAWBY SEX MICHIGAN ROSE    90/100

Sweet nose. Lots of fruit. Forward and alluring. Light-hearted, fruity, not too dry. Sex sells. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3109. PIATTELLI VINEYARDS PINOT NOIR - CHARDONAY ARGENTINA NATURE BRUT    92/100

Champagne method. Light brass tone. This has a lot of brioche yeast autolysis bouquet. Bravo. And good fruit, pinot to the fore. Best Argentine sparkler I've tasted. Mid brut RS level. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3110. JANSZ PIPERS RIVER TASMANIA PREMIUM CUVEE BRUT    92/100

Est. 1986; methode tasmanoise. Fine bead. Wisps of both fruit and doughy bottle bouquet. Unique. Oh, creamy, doughy, very suave. Nice little nip of CO2 at the end. A class product. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

RFS-3111. NYETIMBER CLASSIC CUVEE WEST SUSSEX-HAMPSHIRE BRUT    93/100

NY Times - Great Bubbly From England: 'Wines of great character, fresh, nuanced and impressive at every level.' My notes: Very toasty bottle bouquet. Really a competitor to the set on limestone across the Channel. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

RFS-3112. 14 RIDGEVIEW CAVENDISH SUSSEX BRUT    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 92; Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Subtle creaminess on the nose holds lemon and buttery shortbread notes. The slender palate extends both this very fine, subtle creaminess and the pure, bright lemon and short-crust crumb notes. This is fine-boned and sylph-like in its elegance, but it comes with lovely depth. $56.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3113. A. MARGAINE VILLERS-MARMEY PREMIER CRU BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Parker 92; Wine Spectator 92: 'Refined, with aromatic anise, almond and raisin notes that are finely layered with berry, cassis, candied lemon peel and smoke flavors. Lip-smacking acidity keeps this fresh and lively through to the mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3114. ALFRED GRATIEN BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'Delivers delicate verbena and spice notes of ground anise and cardamom, which accent rich flavors of ripe yellow peach and raspberry fruit, chopped hazelnut, pickled ginger and preserved lemon. Firmed by chiseled acidity, this is finely meshed and mouthwatering, with a satiny mousse and creamy finish. Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. Drink now through 2025. $60.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

RFS-3115. ANDRE CLOUET BOUZY GRAND CRU SILVER LABEL NATURE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (91/100)

International Wine Cellar 91: '100% Grand Cru Bouzy pinot noir fermented in neutral oak. Light yellow-gold. A highly aromatic nose displays lemon zest, fig, pear and ginger, with a bright mineral overtone. Tangy and precise, offering a complex blend of lime, white flowers, quinine and dusty minerals. Juicy, tightly focused Champagne, with nervy acidity adding cut to a long, sappy finish. This wine reminded me a lot of an old-school Chablis.'

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

RFS-3116. ANDRE CLOUET BOUZY GRAND CRU GRANDE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    96/100

6 years on the bottle lees. All pinot noir. Full depth, pinot fruit, long en tirage biscuit character. Bold, big, red fruited Bouzy. Total class. Full yet subtle. Full toast, grain, creme brulee. Krug like. A big boy. Oh, that's wonderful. Suave, smooth, meaty, full, savory. Total. 96/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

RFS-3117. ANDRE CLOUET BOUZY GRAND CRU NO. 3 ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

All pinot noir. 8% Bouzy pinot still wine added (not saignee), so the fruit is bright, fresh. Fruity, deep cherry and black earth Bouzy pinot character. Sweet fruit and nutty lees autolysis richnesses. Dynamic. A full-bodied Bouzy pinot-laden rose destined for the dinner table. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

RFS-3118. 15 ANDRE CLOUET BOUZY GRAND CRU SYMPHONY CAP LEOPARD MILLESIME BRUT CHAMPAGNE    96/100 *

80% pinot noir, 20% chardonnay. From Premier and Grand Cru vineyards on the Montagne de Reims. Partially fermented in seasoned oak barrels. 8 g/l dosage. A fresh and fruity demeanor that defines this vintage. Something reminiscent of 2012. The gear oil Bouzy-pinot style of Clouet is softened slightly. But not on the palate. Full bodied, chewy, black fruit flavored. This is not so extracted that it's hard to swallow like 2008, 2014. And I like that. Harmonious, food worthy of course. 96/100. Widely liked by attendees; orders taken.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3119. 13 ANDRE CLOUET BOUZY GRAND CRU DREAM VINTAGE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

All Bouzy; all chardonnay! Super toasty from its long on lees sojourn. There's something about Montagne de Reims blanc de blancs that's extra heavy duty too. I find it in Coutier's Ambonnay bdb. Wow, big weight and character. Dinner wine for sure. You gotta like this gear-oil style, which comes forth in the top vintages but takes 'elevage' in years like 2013. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3120. ANDRE CLOUET BOUZY GRAND CRU UN JOUR DE 1911 BRUT CHAMPAGNE    97/100

All pinot noir from Clouet's ten choicest Bouzy lieux dits; from a perpetual reserve of the finest 'vins clair' bottled and laid down twelve years en tirage; disgorged 6/23. Spells out Bouzy and pinot noir body and red fruit dominance. And extreme autolysis bakery bouquet. A Bollinger RD at a quarter the price. Oh, yes, all these characteristics magnified on the palate, Yet the acidity and fine mousse curtail any sense of heaviness. This needs full fare. I suggest foie gras. 97/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $74.95 each

RFS-3121. AUBERT ET FILS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100

Cellars in Epernay. Very pleasing, biscuity nose. Yes, biscuit, bread dough. Great texture. Definitely plenty of meunier here giving forward appeal. Good Champagne value. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3122. ANDRE JACQUART PREMIER CRU EXPERIENCE ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'A deep, garnet-hued rose Champagne, with mouthwatering acidity and a delicate herbal overtone layered with flavors of dried raspberry, blood orange peel and star anise. A light chalkiness firms the lingering finish. $95.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3123. BARNAUT BOUZY GRAND CRU GRANDE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

From the Montagne de Reims, Barnaut's Grande Reserve consists of 2/3 pinot noir and 1/3 chardonnay. Barnaut keeps a 'solera' of reserve wines which contribute to the extraordinary bottle bouquet of this cuvee. Roasted nuts; peanuts in the mix. Red fruit: cherry and currant. Red grapes and grapeskins. Bouzy weight and volume. Big-scaled, toasty, weighty, rich, thick, concentrated red-fruit impressions. Long. VOLUME! Thorough Bouzy. Pinot noir on steroids. Invite it to the table. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

RFS-3124. BARNAUT BOUZY GRAND CRU BLANC DE NOIRS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    97/100

100% pinot noir. Full, rich blanc de noirs styling. Fabulously full black-fruit concentration. Hallmark Bouzy. Huge nose of toast, nuts, and biscuity yeast autolysis bouquet. Pinot noir strawberry and cherry subtleties. Bursts with toast and red fruit. Bouzy through and through. Wow1 Lots of character. Real giving bdn, no doubt. Got the stuff. Rich, classic Bouzy fullness, ripeness, plumpness. Full squared; mouthfilling. Everlasting finish. Mr Big. A pleasure to drink now. Nonetheless, I'd advise 'losing' a few bottles in the cellar for a couple of years. 97/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

RFS-3125. BARNAUT BOUZY GRAND CRU ROSE AUTHENTIQUE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100

Barnaut makes its rose by the 'saignee' method whereby color is 'bled' from pinot noir grape skins early in the winemaking process rather than by the addition of still red wine at the end -? a modern development. That's beautiful. Character, quality, pink fruit by the original method. So not gussied up. Not young pink fruit. Not apart from the rest. At the same time, not overly dry. The fruit is still pink, not orange, or blanched. Just as classy as always. Lots of pink fruit, lots of Bouzy bounty. Oh, yeah! Freshness, pink fruit, bottle bouquet. What more could you want? That's got it! 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $72.95 each

RFS-3126. BARON-FUENTE GRANDE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

60% meunier, 30% chardonnay, 10% pinot noir from the west end of the Vallee de Marne. Aged three years en tirage. 40% reserve wines. .9 RS. Very pretty and distinctive. Marches to its own drummer. Red fruit rich. Nutty-toasty bottle bouquet too. Very appealing and upbeat. A lot of gorgeous bottle bouquet biscuit, brioche. Fine, creamy mousse. Striking character. Great now. What a bargain this is! 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $36.99 each

RFS-3127. BARON-FUENTE GRANDE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE half bottle    94/100

60% meunier, 30% chardonnay, 10% pinot noir from the west end of the Vallee de Marne. Aged three years en tirage. Very pretty and distinctive. Marches to its own drummer. Red fruit rich. Nutty-toasty bottle bouquet too. Very appealing and upbeat. A lot of gorgeous bottle bouquet biscuit, brioche. Fine, creamy mousse. Striking character. Great now. What a bargain this is! 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3128. BARON-FUENTE GRANDE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE magnum    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 92 ? Year's Best Champagnes: 'Scents of fraises des bois point up this wine's crunchy red-fruit flavors, one side fresh and bright, the other shaded in mushroom tones. There's spiciness to the finish, close to mace or allspice. This is 60 percent pinot meunier, and it takes what can sometimes be a rustic variety toward refinement.'

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

RFS-3129. 14 BARON?FUENTE GRANDE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE jeroboam    95/100

2012: Of pinot noir, meunier, and chardonnay. Sports that user-friendly style of 2012. Total harmony of fruit and biscuity bottle bouquet. Yes, retains fruit freshness and integrity while taking on a yeast autolysis complex of brioche and shortbread. Fine representative of the vintage. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $199.95 each

RFS-3130. BARON-FUENTE GRANDE RESERVE DEMI-SEC CHAMPAGNE    93/100

Well, this has an outstanding measure of bottle bouquet for a demi-sec. Seems to have spent as much time 'en tirage' as the Brut Reserve. Fine singed cream and brioche bouquet. What a demi sec ought to be. Off dry and appropriate for its category; maybe even drier than the average. Creme brulee, cake frosting. Offers nicely developed lees autolysis flavors while maintaining a fruity freshness. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

RFS-3131. BARON-FUENTE DELORES ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 92 - Year's Best Champagnes: 'Though this is 60 percent chardonnay, the red grapes have more presence in the blend-in fact, it's almost a red wine, with its broad, vinous richness and savory, woodland mushroom tones. The umami depths make it a rose for fall or winter, to serve with tea-smoked duck. $39.'

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

RFS-3132. BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (93/100)

Wine & Spirits 93: 'This tightly knit wine has the buzzing energy of a beehive, the frisson of bubbles calming to a spicy scent of bee balm along with darker tones of whole-grain toast. It's firmly structured, with lasting clarity to its flavors. Pour it with a selection of crudo, dressed in citrus and peppery olive oil. $90.'

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

RFS-3133. HERBERT BEAUFORT CARTE D’OR BRUT CHAMPAGNE

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

RFS-3134. BERNARD GAUCHER RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100

RM at Arconville, south of Bar sur Aube; 90% pinot noir, 10% chardonnay; 2 years en tirage; 10 g/l. Finish cork swells quickly upon opening; doesn't seem to have been in the bottle very long; that's good. Well, that's Aube all right. Pinot rich, pastry bottle bouquet. Champagne of place. Tells the tale. The mousse is fine. This Champagne from the south is richer and lower in acid than those from the classic zones. It is generous and satisfying. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

RFS-3135. BILLECART SALMON RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    96/100

Huge charm. Just what I like about Billecart. Style, charm, everything bright and beautiful. Classic. Lovely, toasty bottle bouquet. My level of brut dryness Great finesse, elegance. Spot on. Brilliant. All it should be. 96/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3136. BILLECART SALMON GRAND CRU BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (93/100)

Wine & Spirits 93: 'Blended from fruit grown in several grand cru villages of the Cote des Blancs, with an emphasis on Avize, this is a beautiful green-gold color, a wine fragrant with scents of spring flowers. It balances full-bodied richness with racy acidity, both expansive and mineral-tight. It finishes on a scent that brings to mind oyster shells, and calls out for a dozen freshly shucked Belons. $80.'

How Many bottles/singles: $84.95 each

RFS-3137. BILLECART SALMON ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    97/100

Only Grand Cru and Premier Cru grapes. Free run and first press only. 3.5 years en tirage. Light pink tint. Very fine and delicate. Finest of mousses. Balance of smooth and crisp. Sooo suave. And flavorful. Wow. Biscuit spread with strawberry preserves on the finish. 97/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $89.95 each

RFS-3138. CHATEAU DE BLIGNY GRAND RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

I really like this. A lot of red fruit, including meunier. Fruit and bottle bouquet balanced. Favors the pinots; on the full flavored, full bodied side. Very creamy mousse. Good product, good price. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $36.99 each

RFS-3139. CHATEAU DE BLIGNY BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

Oh, that's delicate. Real blanc de blancs. Beautiful take. Wonderful overall finesse; fine mousse, fine creaminess. De Bligny's fruit and bottle bouquet balance. Outstanding. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

RFS-3140. CHATEAU DE BLIGNY ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Ripe black cherry, plum and spice notes are framed by juicy acidity, fine texture and a chalky base note in this well-knit rose. Very approachable as an aperitif, but with structure to match light dishes. $56.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

RFS-3141. BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVEE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (94/100)

Wine Spectator 94: 'A rich, smoky Champagne, with hints of marzipan and fennel seed accenting honeyed malt, bread dough, baked apple and gingersnap flavors. It's all focused by intense acidity, which meshes beautifully into the layers of flavor and refined texture, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2021.'

How Many bottles/singles: $74.95 each

RFS-3142. BRUNO PAILLARD PREMIERE CUVEE EXTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

Great finesse and delicacy. A mark of the Paillard style. First one I've tasted in years. Certainly up with the best of the earlier experiences. Not severely dry, as some Extra Bruts can be. This hits the mark. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3143. CANARD-DUCHENE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100

Est. 1868. At Ludes, in the Montagne de Reims Parc National. 45% pinot noir, 35% meunier, 20% chardonnay. 3 years en tirage. .9 RS. A right proper toasty bottle bouquet. Nice. And fine mousse. Creamy mousse. High brut with good acid. A winner at a good price. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3144. CANARD-DUCHENE CHARLES VII GRAND CUVEE DES LYS BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

4-5 years en tirage. .8 RS. Appropriately more delicate. Lovely, ripe chardonnay fruit. More bottle bouquet than the Grande Cuvee. Beautiful. Yeah, pretty special. Creamy, nutty, toasty, brioche-y. This is fine. Fine mousse. Rich for blanc de blancs. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

RFS-3145. CANARD-DUCHENE CHARLES VII LA GRANDE CUVEE BLANC DE NOIRS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

Fuller than the blanc de blancs of course. Same class and quality as the rest of the range. Good red fruit. Nice job. Sweeter fruit. Red fruit dominant. Fine mousse. Good bottle bouquet. High class product. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3146. CANARD-DUCHENE ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

Est. 1868; at Ludes, in the Montagne de Reims Parc National; 45% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay, 25% meunier. That's a well pinked up rose champagne. I mean, the pinot is abundantly clear, and the meunier adds a soft fruitiness. Rose champagne is not meant to be contemplated, right? So this is the proper approach in my opinion. Yeah, alluringly fruity and flavorful, yet not without that biscuity bottle bouquet. All sits well together, to my taste. Come hither: one glass invites another. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

RFS-3147. CHARLES DE CAZANOVE TETE DE CUVEE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

Wine Spectator 92/100. My notes: 60% pinot noir, 30% meunier, 10% chardonnay. Beautiful nv brut; I love the meunier part. Finesse, freshness, roundness, smoothness. Beautiful take. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3148. CHARLES DE CAZANOVE PREMIER CRU BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

50% each pinot noir, chardonnay. Substantially more bottle bouquet and finesse than the regular Brut. Finer mousse. Good fruit and biscuit flavor intensity. Spotlight on finesse. Emulates Premier Cru class. Fine bottle. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

RFS-3149. CHARLES CHEVALIER D'HONNEUR ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

NM at Ay; 3 years en tirage. If it were ever a fruity style, bottle age has mellowed its pinkness. There are drier ones out there, usually with more time en tirage. That said, the palate fairly explodes with both fruit and brioche flavors. And great acid. Along with pink fruit 'sweetness. The palate blows me away for the price. Very unusual dichotomy of tasting impressions. The group loved it. Orders taken. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

RFS-3150. CHARLES ELLNER CARTE BLANCHE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    91/100

Straight forward, reliable, fairly priced NM brut as usual. That nutty aspect of en tirage and red grape involvement. Balanced, nicely textured. Good middle of the road styling and value. Consistent. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3151. CHARLES HEIDSIECK RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Parker 92+: 'Based on the 2014 vintage, complemented by fully 40% old reserve wines, the new release of Charles Heidsieck's NV Brut Reserve was disgorged earlier this year. It's showing very well, opening up in the glass with notes of green apple, dried white flowers, pear, candied peel and walnuts. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a textural attack and a racier, tighter-knit core than either the 2012? or 2010-base renditions, displaying good concentration and underlying richness. This is a bottling that continues to punch above its weight and which both merits and rewards a few years in the cellar before opening. Drink now-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

RFS-3152. CHARLES LE BEL INSPIRATION 1818 BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100

By Billecart-Salmon. 37% chardonnay, 33% pinot noir, 30% pinot meunier. Dosage .9 RS. Tech sheet claims 70% reserve wines, an extraordinarily high ratio. The red fruits are prominent. The brioche stuff of a high component of reserve wines. Alluring, toasty bottle bouquet. Fine mousse. High brut. Encouraging level of en tirage bottle bouquet. Plenty of reserve and yeast autolysis nuttiness. Moderate acidity thanks to the ample meunier content. Toasty aftertaste. Definite value. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $35.99 each

RFS-3153. CHARLES ORBAN CARTE NOIRE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100

Recoltant at Troissy. Very nice and creamy. Seems to have some red fruit in it. Richness. Very fine mousse. Definitely long on the lees. Hits the spot. Just the right degree of creaminess, toastiness. A quality champagne. Yeah, extremely well made. Plenty of push and personality. Wonderful. Totally balanced. Exceptionally beautiful and harmonious. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

RFS-3154. CHARLES ORBAN BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100 *

RM at Troissy, Val de Marne west of Epernay; est.1770; left the cooperative in 1960. Fuller than the Cote des Blancs take on blanc de blancs. Not without freshness and lift though. And a nice modicum of autolysis doughiness that doesn't detract from its vernacular. Flavorful and classic to a Marne bdb style. Middle of the pack brut dryness. Impressive equilibrium. 95/100. Favorable comments from attendees, including 'mineral driven', good acid', 'delicious'. List price: $55.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

RFS-3155. 08 CHARLES ORBAN MILLESIME BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100

Proprietaire-Recoltant at Troissy; Orban left the co-op in 1960; sold his estate to another Champagne family in 2000. 50% chardonnay, 40% pinot noir, 10% pinot meunier. Well, that's 2008. More solid than liquid. Super toasty-mealy. Jawbreaker concentration. Hard to swallow. Yikes! The beefeater's champagne. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3156. CHARTOGNE-TAILLET SAINTE ANNE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Parker 92; Wine Spectator 92 - Top 100: 'Full-bodied and powerful, offering toast and malt aromas followed by honey, roasted almond and ginger flavors. Rich, this finishes dry, with a long aftertaste of honey and nut.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3157. CHATELIN BRUT CHAMPAGNE

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3158. CLAUDE GENET CHOUILLY GRAND CRU BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100

First class. Toasty, full, lovely blanc de blancs. Not a bit of heaviness. Just full fragrance. Special. Very fine mousse. Agreeable level of brut dryness. Extremely well crafted. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $57.95 each

RFS-3159. CHAPUY TRADITION BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

NM at Oger. From the Cote des Blancs but surely not a blanc de blancs. Has some red fruit body in its makeup. A reasonable degree of bottle bouquet. Brochure states 2-3 years en tirage. High brut. The mousse is fine, the acidity nearly overwhelmed by the dosage. Pretty nice price-quality ratio. Finishes with grace. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

RFS-3160. COLLET BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

Founded in 1921, with cellars at Ay, Collet is a cooperative of winegrowers mainly in villages of Premier and Grand Cru ranking. Only the top 10% of their production is bottled under the Collet label. This cuvee consists of 50% pinot meunier, 30% chardonnay, and 20% pinot noir, aged at least three years 'en tirage' before disgorging. An attractive biscuity aspect. Displays a good long stay en tirage, more than the price would suggest. Even more yeast autolysis evidence on the palate, plus a good measure of meunier forward fruit appeal. Well crafted. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

RFS-3161. DRAPPIER CARTE D'OR BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

75% pinot noir, 15% chardonnay, 10% meunier. The usual Drappier Aube embodiment. A lot of body, a lot of pinot noir. Good and fresh and well balanced varietal melange. Full mousse. Heavy, ripe, southern Champagne Drappier style. Hello, old friend; welcome back. What Drappier and Aube are all about. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3162. DUMENIL CHIGNY LES ROSES 1ER CRU GRANDE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

A little different style from the Charles Orban Brut sampled just before it. Toastier. Not as creamy. More pinot? It is reserve, so likely longer on lees. Definitely very, very good. Older, longer on lees. crisp, Fresh and first class. Quality production. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

RFS-3163. DUMENIL CHIGNY LES ROSES 1ER CRU LES PECHERINES VIEILLES VIGNES PRESTIGE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    96/100

80% chardonnay, 20% pinot noir. Greater richness and finesse than the Reserve. More bouquet. Finer mousse. Yes. So creamy, so well composed. Freshness and bouquet both. Outstanding. 96/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3164. ENCRY GRAND CRU VVE BLANCHE ESTELLE BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    97/100

Beautiful nose as always. Brisk yet creamy blanc de blancs perfection and the loveliest, most delicate autolysis brioche. Top drawer. Certainly Grand Cru stature. Plenty of en tirage character coupled black fruit heft and white fruit silkiness. Total harmony on the nose. Flavors accentuate all three elements. Masterfully crafted, perfectly balanced. Finest of mousses. Exquisite acidity, creamy lemon chiffon blanc de blancs taste. I like it better every time I try it. 97/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

RFS-3165. GASTON CHIQUET TRADITION BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 92; Wine Spectator 92: 'Fresh and lively, with a leesy hint of bread dough mixing with candied berry, quince paste, lemon zest, wax and fleur de sel. Fine-grained, with a lip-smacking, juicy finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

RFS-3166. RENE GEOFFROY PREMIER CRU EXPRESSION BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 93; Wine & Spirits 93; Parker 92: 'Geoffroy's NV Brut Premier Cru Expression is totally alive in the glass. Vibrant and delineated, the Expression bursts from glass with dried pears, flowers, almonds and Chamomile. A blend of 47% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir and 13% Chardonnay, the Expression is all about texture and volume from the red grapes, which give tons of richness without detracting from the wine's essential energy, tension and pure drive. A crystalline, layered finish rounds things out beautifully. This is a great showing from a wine loaded with class.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3167. GISELE DEVAVRY PREMIER CRU BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Lightly creamy in texture and firm overall, with a pleasing mix of juicy apple, whole-grain toast, honey, chalk and black currant notes. Well-meshed, with a lasting, mouthwatering finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3168. GISELE DEVAVRY GRAND CRU BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100

All pinot noir; est. 1920 at Champillon, north of Epernay. That's a creamy nose with the finest of beads. Very discreet for a blanc de noirs. Quite the opposite of last week's Clouet. Terroir talks. Well, now wait a minute. The palate is fully red fruited and toasty, and much closer to the Clouet impression. So here, once again, you have a mealtime rather than an aperitif champagne. Take champagne to the table; the results can be thrilling! Great flavor, texture, acidity, and length here. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

RFS-3169. 12 GISELE DEVAVRY MILLESIME BRUT CHAMPAGNE    96/100

Est. 1920 at Champillon, north of Epernay; 4 generation family negociant with 25 acres of its own vines in Premiers and Grands Crus; mainly chardonnay; 6 years en tirage. A lot of brioche from long age on the lattes. That suave and accommodating 2012 harmonious styling. Invites rather than awes. Yes, lots of doughy goodness. Very flavorful and lasting. Superb balance. Chardonnay lift. This brand won't be in the market much longer. I'll miss it. Very popular with the tasting panel. Orders taken. 96/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3170. GISELE DEVAVRY ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100

Est. 1920 at Champillon, north of Epernay; 4 generation family negociant with 25 acres of its own vines in Premiers and Grands Crus. 58% chardonnay, 15% each the pinots, 12% red juice. There's a lot of red fruit here, The high pinot juice contribution makes its mark. An ample, meal worthy rose champagne. Lots of doughy bottle bouquet adds to the nose's complexity. A full rose of body and flavor and follow through. Doughy aftertaste Truly dry, full of both fruit and autolysis influences, this is the style of rose champagne I prefer. No aperitif, I'm taking it straight to the dinner table. 95/100. List price: $48.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3171. GOSSET EXCELLENCE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100

Nice and harmonious varietal assemblage, with good bottle bouquet. Balance of fruit and brioche. Fine mousse. Well crafted all occasion champagne. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3172. GUY DE FOREZ LES RICEYS COTE DES BAR ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

.8 RS--admirably dry. All pinot noir. 3 years en tirage. Fruit dominates bottle bouquet. Which I like in a rose champagne. Pretty, pretty. Delicate and fine. Racy fruit acidity. Just a beautiful rose champagne. Generous, foodworthy. On point. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

RFS-3173. H. BILLIOT RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (90/100)

Wine & Spirits 90: 'Soft and full-bodied, this wine's ripe apricot and succulent apple flavors contrast its pomme de terre earthiness. Melding sunny-sweet and earthy-bitter, this is ready for a savory apple tart.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3174. HENRI DOSNON COTE DES BAR SELECTION BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100

Good value Bar, red fruit and southern body. Rounder, richer, more pinot full compared to the northern zones. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3175. HENRI GOUTORBE CUVEE PRESTIGE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (93/100)

Wine & Spirits 93: 'Focused on pinot noir from Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay (70 percent), this wine is based on the 2014 vintage; reserves contributed 25 percent to the final blend. It has the rich scent of a bushel of apples in the fall, the clean notes of lightly toasty lees only enhancing the wine's freshness. Smoky chalk notes and flavors of yellow cherries last, the wine substantial enough to serve with pate enriched with Calvados.'

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

RFS-3176. J. LASSALLE 1ER CRU IMPERIAL PREFERENCE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100

60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay; 8 g/l dosage. Pale copper color. Quite full of red fruit. Good degree of bottle bouquet. Again, the red fruit emphasis. Decent degree of yeast autolysis aspect. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

RFS-3177. JACQUES LASSAIGNE LES VIGNES DE MONTGUEUX BLANC DE BLANCS EXTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

Wine Spectator 93; Wine & Spirits 93 - YEAR'S BEST CHAMPAGNES. My notes: Very pure, lithe. Delicate, intriguing, lovely. Sweetly fruity, minerally, spicy. Unique and beguiling. Neat stuff. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

RFS-3178. JACQUES PICARD BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100 *

RM at Berru on the Montagne de Reims 3 miles northeast of Reims; 60% chardonnay, 35% meunier, 5% pinot noir; 3 years en tirage; disgorged 5/23; .63 RS. The levity of chardonnay and the apple flan aroma of meunier. Fine mousse and brioche notions thanks to 3 years' autolysis period. Love the finesse as well as the acidity. Notable absence of pinot noir red fruit. Definitely marches to its own drummer. I've never tasted one quite like this. Credit terroir? Grape mix? Winemaking? 93/100. Liked by all attendees. 'Fresh, complex, rich, flavorful.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

RFS-3179. JACQUESSON CUVEE NO. 746 EXTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE    97+/100

Based on the great 2018 vintage; 68% from Ay, Dizy, and Hautvillers, 32% from Avize and Oiry, plus reserve wines; still wine vinified on the lees in oak casks, unfined, unfiltered; disgorged 12/22; .2 RS. Oh, boy, that's Cote des Blancs chardonnay racy and Valle de Marne pinot rich. In balance. The special concentration of a great vintage and the liberal use of reserve wines. The Chiquet brothers weave it all together. Yes, another masterpiece of complexity and integration. Fine bead. Endless flavor interest. 18 extract grip too. Yes! 97+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $79.95 each

RFS-3180. JEAN JOSSELIN CUVEE DES JEAN EXTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100

RM at Gye sur Seine. Two years plus en tirage. 4.5 g/l. For all pinot noir, this has a lot of lift. Amazing! Never would have guessed. Especially one from the south. Here, the deep south. Fine mousse. Has pinot body and roundness, yet is lithe and clear through and through. Extra Brut but not austere. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

RFS-3181. JEAN LALLEMENT VERZENAY GRAND CRU BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92; Parker 92; Wine & Spirits 93: 'Everything about this wine feels natural, from the heirloom apple and apple blossom savor to the Montrachet richness. Fine bubbles lift that deep, savory richness and sustain the flavors for a minute or more after each sip. It's elegant and mouthwatering, more a wine than a Champagne, to serve with Chatham cod roasted in a chorizo crust.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3182. LALLIER R.018 BRUT CHAMPAGNE

70% 2018, a great Champagne vintage. 30% reserve wines from vintages 2014 and 2017. Pinots noir and meunier plus chardonnay.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3183. JEAN LAURENT BLANC DE NOIRS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Parker 93; Wine Spectator 92: 'A full-bodied, opulent style, this Champagne is also concentrated and smooth. Vanilla and sweet spices add depth to its peach and buttered pastry flavors, as this glides to a lingering finish. For hedonists. $59.'

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

RFS-3184. JEAN LAURENT BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100

Wine Spectator 93/100. My notes: A lot of character, bottle bouquet, chalk. Very toasty, doughy, and exquisite. Tremendous depth. Beautiful flavor. Full appeal. Bottle bouquet. Aube terroir. Total. Creamy, rich, full, mature. Unbelievable; extraordinary. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $57.95 each

RFS-3185. JEAN VESSELLE GRAND CRU RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100

Wine & Spirits 94/100. My notes: Domaine at Bouzy. Bouzy black fruit oomph without being overdone. Boy, that's a charmer for Bouzy, I'll tell ya. All pinot noir, which establishes its clear relief. / I love the way this lays together. The mousse is very fine. Bouzy black fruit and nothing to excess. Great bottle bouquet. Discreet, biscuity cookie dough stuff. Age, elegance, finesse, body, quality. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3186. JOEL FALMET LES PARCELLES BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

December 2009, The New York Times published an article about under-$40 Champagnes. Joel Falmet was rated the best. My notes: Generous, balanced. Good and soft, sweet Aube fruit and nutty bottle bouquet. Even more mpressive palate. The dryness, the amplitude of bottle bouquet. Lots to offer. Flavor, balance. Deliciously all occasion. Geez, how can you beat the price-! 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3187. JOEL FALMET NACARAT ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

Very full and expressive, exemplary of southern Champagne and the zone's pinot emphasis. Yes, rich and full of body, red fruit, and mouthfeel. Good volume for meal-time applications. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

RFS-3188. J. M. LABRUYERE VERZENAY GRAND CRU PROLOGUE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    96/100

75% pinot noir, 25% chardonnay; bottled 9/1/15; disgorged 11/4/20. Pinot noir red fruit heavy. A lot of long on the lattes toastiness. VERY sophisticated. Decidedly Grand Cru class, lofty aspirations. Richness without heaviness. Bright acidity. Grand Cru stature, Grand Cru sophistication. Yes! Superb balance. A dynamic Champagne. 96/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3189. LANCELOT-PIENNE ACCORD MAJEUR BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'Offering up expressive aromas of waxy citrus fruit, pear and nectarine, complemented by hints of freshly baked bread and warm biscuits, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, its generous core of fruit girdled by brisk acids and enlivened by a pillowy mousse. Concluding with a chalky finish, this is drinking brilliantly out of the gates but should also age with grace.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3190. LANCELOT-PIENNE INSTANT PRESENT BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (93/100)

Wine & Spirits 93: 'This chardonnay is based on the 2015 vintage, with 20 percent reserve wines. It's floral and tense, the fruit so bluntly chalky it feels like a direct transfer of terroir into the glass. It has a crunchy tannic structure, like the crunch of silver-queen corn in mid-August, mild and intense at once. $64.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3191. LAURENT PERRIER BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

The classic LP dry, lemony, stony style. I revel in its consistency. Superb aperitif; even better with fish. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3192. LAURENT PERRIER BRUT CHAMPAGNE half bottle    93/100

The classic LP dry, lemony, stony style. I revel in its consistency. Superb aperitif; even better with fish. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

RFS-3193. LILBERT FILS CRAMANT GRAND CRU BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    96/100

Delicate and true Cramant blanc de blancs. Even more delicate than Diebolt Vallois. Very pure. Defines finesse. Oh, gads, the ethereal white peach and tangerine suggestions are totally alluring. Unique. Total Cote des Blancs Grand Cru. 96/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $74.95 each

RFS-3194. LOUIS ROEDERER COLLECTION 242 BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94; Wine Spectator 92: - TOP 100: Fresh aromas of multi-grain bread with ginger, toffee and vanilla accents. Lively, frothy entry of tart lemon/lime flavors laced with razor-sharp acidity. Dry mineral, citrus and toast punctuate the lengthy finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $74.95 each

RFS-3195. 14 LOUIS ROEDERER ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (94/100)

Parker 94: 'Wafting from the glass with notes of pear, raspberries and honeycomb, mingled with hints of white flowers and brioche, Roederer's 2014 Brut Vintage Rose is medium to full-bodied, deep and complete, with fine concentration, brisk acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse. Long and penetrating, this is a fabulous cuvee that punches well above its weight, and it comes warmly recommended. Drink now-2040.'

How Many bottles/singles: $79.95 each

RFS-3196. LOUIS DE SACY ORIGINEL BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100

Boy, this is good. Has lots of finesse. Crisp, neat. Delicate fruit, delicate bottle bouquet. Balanced. Put together right. Very, very toasty. Flavorful. The discovery of the tasting. Outstanding. And well priced. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

RFS-3197. LOUIS DE SACY VERZY GRAND CRU BRUT CHAMPAGNE

65% pinot noir, 35% chardonnay, 5% meunier.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3198. MARC HEBRART MAREUIL SUR AY PREMIER CRU CUVEE DE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 93; Wine Spectator 92; Parker 91: 'The NV Brut Cuvee de Reserve is a fabulous wine. Sweet red berries, lime and jasmine emerge from this taut, wiry Champagne. The wine flows across the palate with notable energy and tons of appeal. This is a gorgeous NV bottling. The Cuvee de Reserve is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, from Mareuil sur Ay, Bisseuil, Avenay Val d'Or.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3199. MARC HEBRART MAREUIL SUR AY PREMIER CRU SELECTION BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 93; Parker 92; Wine Spectator 92: 'This elegant version features an expressive profile that rides the delicate, lacy mousse, enlivened by finely knit, vibrant acidity. Abundant spice and graphite notes accent a creamy mix of glazed apple, honey, brioche and lemon parfait. Lightly chalky on the lingering finish. Disgorged September 2015. Drink now through 2020.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3200. MAURICE GRUMIER RESERVE PERPETUAL EXTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92: 'With a high proportion of reserve wines to bring age and richness to the Champagne, this is a full, concentrated wine. Freshness and more mature fruits have been blended into a ripe, balanced wine. $65.'

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

RFS-3201. MAURICE GRUMIER LES BLANCS DE VENTEUIL BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'A crisp, mineral-driven Chardonnay, this is tight, still young and packed with freshness. Strong citrus flavors combine with green apples in a Champagne that is taut, nervy and needs more bottle age. Drink from 2022. $65.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

RFS-3202. MAURICE GRUMIER COEUR DE ROSE ASSEMBLAGE DE 3 CEPAGES ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100 *

RM at Venteuil in the Marne Valley northwest of Epernay; est. 1743; 3 years en tirage. Though all three varieties are included, the chardonnay is just a splash, so the red fruits take to the fore, soft, doughy meunier in particular. An harmonious rose cuvee by the nose. Yes, it's meunier I'm tasting in the main, and it's a good rose basis. An agreeable spell en tirage, not super doughy. It sports rose champagne red fruit. I'd like this with brunch or lunch, not as aperitif or with main courses. 92/100. Well liked by attendees; many orders taken.

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

RFS-3203. MOET ET CHANDON NECTAR IMPERIAL DOUX CHAMPAGNE     92/100

Very sweet and young and fruity. Lots of appeal. Lots of honeydew and some peach. Tremendously appealing. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

RFS-3204. 12 MOET ET CHANDON GRAND VINTAGE EXTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'Rich, with toasty notes of grilled nut and blackberry tart, this creamy Champagne is finely knit and vibrant, enlivened by a firm frame of citrusy acidity and a minerally underpinning. Disgorged February 2018. Drink now through 2027.'

How Many bottles/singles: $74.95 each

RFS-3205. MONTAUDON BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100

Good and lemony, with some meunier pie crust. Spiced apple and stone fruit nuances. Fresh, with light brioche bottle bouquet. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3206. 12 MOUSSE FILS TERRE D'ILLITE BLANC DE NOIRS BRUT CHAMPAGNE

Terry Theise 2 Stars: 'This is Cedric's best wine to date, and gives a thrilling glimpse of what lies ahead for this outstanding vintner. This is 100% from Cuisles, which a local broker calls “The Grand Cru of Meunier,' and with this wine you can clearly see why. It's actively minerally--Meunier! It has the most intricately non-fruit profile I've ever encountered from this variety. Salty, long, fascinating, the core of Meunier that's hidden below the pretty stuff. A dignity. It's para-sensual, beautiful and serious, with herbal notes and spelt bread.'

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

RFS-3207. MOUTARD PERE GRANDE CUVEE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 92; Wine Spectator 91: 'Tropical hints of papaya and passion fruit pate de fruit are enlivened by bright and tangy acidity, layered on the lively bead with flavors of Gala apple, blanched almond and fresh ginger. Well-knit and vibrant, with a sleek, minerally finish. $41.'

How Many bottles/singles: $36.99 each

RFS-3208. MOUTARD CUVEE CARINA LAU BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    92/100

6 months in oak, 4 years in bottle. Not a bit Bar heavy. Fine mousse. Some bottle bouquet. More bottle bouquet. Subtle for 4 years en tirage. Good price. Balance, fine mousse. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $36.99 each

RFS-3209. MOUTARD PERE CHAMP PERSIN CHARDONNAY BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Ripe Gala apple, peach and guava fruit notes lead the way in this juicy version, backed by mouthwatering acidity and a fine, creamy bead. Delivers hints of candied almond, ginger, kumquat and coconut.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

RFS-3210. MOUTARD PERE CUVEE 2 SOEURS NATURE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

Half each chardonnay and pinot noir. From a solera of oak vats drawn down 60% and replaced with barrel-fermented new wine. Bottled and aged 3 years en tirage. Well, that has quite the full, toasty nose that speaks of barrel fermentation, long on lattes aging, and plenty of reserve wines. Red fruit fullness more than white fruit finesse. Intriguing concept and results. Full mousse tingle. More sense of white fruit freshness on palate than nose. What a sensory adventure this is! 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

RFS-3211. MOUTARD PERE ROSE DE CUVAISON BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 93; Wine Spectator 92: 'Ripe raspberry, cherry, graphite and blood orange notes leap from the glass, riding a satiny bead and married to mouthwatering acidity on the palate. Bright and expressive, with a chalky, lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. $42.'

How Many bottles/singles: $38.99 each

RFS-3212. NICOLAS FEUILLATTE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Beverage Dynamics 92: 'As always, one of the standard bearers of the category; the nose is dominated by fresh tree fruit, with a hint of exotic spice; the palate reflects the nose with a lingering balanced finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3213. NOMINE RENARD BRUT CHAMPAGNE    91/100

Vineyards between Epernay and Sezanne. 40% chardonnnay, 30% each pinot noir, pinot meunier. 30 months en tirage. Pleasant, sweet fruited, upbeat. Lots of charm, allure. High brut. Lots of fruit and bottle bouquet toasty enticements. Well priced. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3214. PERRIER-JOUET GRAND BRUT CHAMPAGNE    94/100

Flair and finesse. Plenty of both fruit and bottle bouquet. Always one of the most user friendly champagnes. Broad appeal. Yes, this is fruitier than the others. Right in form, style. I crave glass after glass. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

RFS-3215. 07 PHILIPPONNAT GRAND CRU CUVEE 1522 BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (94/100)

Mostly from Philipponnat's Leon vineyard at Ay. 65% pinot noir, 35% chardonnay. All first press. Parker 94: 'The bouquet is clear, intense and concentrated, revealing ripe pineapple and some honey flavors along with brioche, bread and iodine aromas. On the palate, this is a highly delicate and mineral 1522 with a lean but complex body and a long, complex finish. The finish reveals refreshing and salty acidity, and it just lingers and lingers. This is an excellent grand cru that should go very well with fish and seafood, even algae. Drink now-2040. $136.'

How Many bottles/singles: $89.95 each

RFS-3216. PIERRE GIMONNET CUIS PREMIER CRU BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (94/100)

James Suckling 95; International Wine Cellar 93: 'Strong, fine mousse. Deeply pitched but precise aromas of musky stone, minerals, fresh apple and spearmint. Bright, spicy and very dry, with vivacious, mineral-tinged flavors of ginger, nutmeg and wintermint. Intensely flavored but light on its feet. Impressively long, gripping finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

RFS-3217. 15 PIERRE GIMONNET PREMIER CRU CUVEE GASTRONOME BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE     98/100

Grands Crus 18% Cramant, 51% Chouilly, 5% Oger; Premiers Crus 25% Cuis, 1% Vertus; disgorged 10/9/19; .5 g/l dosage. Oh, there's that creamy goodness of 2015 blanc de blancs. In contrast to the jawbreaker style of the 2018. Real biscuity bottle bouquet intensity builds with aeration. So confident, so comfortable with itself..and so comforting for the imbiber. Finest of mousses after extended lees aging. Beautiful harmony of 2015 fruit. generosity and low brut dryness. A Gimonnet vintage; reflects both his style and his mastery. A vintage that allows for the artistry of the winemaker. Yow, endless finish. 98/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

RFS-3218. PASCAL PONSON PREMIER CRU PRESTIGE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    93/100

RM at Coulommes la Montagne; 70% meunier, 15% each chardonnay, pinot noir; average vine age: 35 years; en tirage 3.5 years; disgorged 2/12/19; .6 RS. That's a meunier nose, full of bread dough. Speaks for its en tirage spell too. This has more finesse on the palate than last week's lower Marne champagne. Better terroir, same price. Really a pretty respectable value. I didn't know you could have all that meunier in Premier Cru. Very satisfying finish. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3219. PAUL BARA BOUZY GRAND CRU RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (93/100)

Wine & Spirits 94; Vinous 92: 'Readers who want to get a sense of broad, powerful Champagnes that are typical of Bouzy will want to check out Bara's NV Brut Reserve Grand Cru. Rich, ample and creamy, the NV Brut Reserve possesses notable depth and richness throughout. Stone fruit, white flowers, mint and smoke impart a sense of real gravitas and depth. This is an especially dense, muscular style, but there is no shortage of personality. I find this edition of the NV Brut Reserve Grand Cru compelling, even if the ripeness is a bit pushed. Then again, that is Bouzy.'

How Many bottles/singles: $74.95 each

RFS-3220. PAUL LAURENT CUVEE DU FONDATEUR BRUT CHAMPAGNE    91/100 *

NM at Bethon, south of Epernay; 62% pinot noir, 28% meunier, 10% chardonnay; 21 months en tirage. Not the bottle bouquet of the longer aged Champagnes. It's biscuity enough though, and has pinot body. A little heavy, suggesting Cote de Barr pinot noir. Good enough value. Well liked by the group. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3221. PIERRE GERBAIS SUR OUCE CUVEE DE RESERVE GRAINS DE CELLES EXTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 92; International Wine Cellar 92: 'The NV Reserve is striking. A wine of focus and nuance, opens with attractive scents of pear, white flowers and slate, all with a very slight element of reduction that adds complexity. The Pinot is felt in the wine's weight and slight gamy notes, but the overall impression is of understatement and subtlety. The Reserve is 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Blanc.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

RFS-3222. PIERRE MONCUIT LE MESNIL GRAND CRU MONCUIT-DELOS BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    96/100

Wine & Spirits 94/100. My notes: Very toasty and full for bdb. Le Mesnil stuff. Right on track. Even grander on the palate. Rich. Creamy without being sweet. Very toasty but still maintaining fruit elegance. Le Mesnil fullness. Beautiful. As good as it's ever tasted. 96/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

RFS-3223. PIERRE PETERS LE MESNIL GRAND CRU CUVEE DE RESERVE BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (95/100)

Wine & Spirits 95: 'The first impression is that of a pure and elegant, soil-driven wine, white as the chalk in which it grew. The purity grows only more beautiful with air, with naked, perfectly formed flavors of fresh cream, ginger and the pale, mineral intensity of chalk. With flavors that last for minutes, the terroir expression is stunning.'

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

RFS-3224. PIPER HEIDSIECK BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93 - #84 - TOP 100: 'Elegant, with rich base notes of toasted brioche and smoke adding depth, this integrates finely honed acidity, detailed texture and flavors of black cherry puree, apple tarte Tatin, kumquat and grated ginger. Provides a creamy, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2022. $50.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

RFS-3225. POL ROGER EXTRA CUVEE DE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    95/100

Very toasty. The boldest of yeast autolysis bouquets, supported by pinot noir amplitude. Must well exceed the minimum en tirage aging period. Super. Better than ever. Wow, big time brioche taste. Exceeds its own high standards. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $74.95 each

RFS-3226. R. H. COUTIER AMBONNAY GRAND CRU TRADITION BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92; Vinous 92; Wine & Spirits 93: 'This takes the earthy, red-fruit richness of an Ambonnay Champagne and charges it with energy. It has stamina that seems to drive right along with the bubbles, the flavors firm and juicy, broadened by clay soils, cut by chalky soil acidity. Finely integrated and lasting.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

RFS-3227. R. H. COUTIER AMBONNAY GRAND CRU ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Vinous 92; Wine & Spirits 92: 'Savory pinot noir flavors of roots and rosemary make this a vinous rose. It's dark in tone for such a light pink wine, the flavors subtle and refined, hinting at baking spice, lasting with a fresh, forest scent of ferns. The flavors would benefit from decanting, before serving with seared duck breast.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3228. STEPHANE COQUILLETTE 1ER CRU CARTE D'OR BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The new release of Coquillette's NV Brut Premier Cru Carte d'Or is showing well, mingling notes of fresh peach and lemon oil with hints of verbena and toasted nuts. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and elegantly textural, with an inviting core of fruit and racy acids, it concludes with a penetrating finish. Drink now-2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

RFS-3229. VILMART GRAND CELLIER RILLY LA MONTAGNE 1ER CRU BRUT CHAMPAGNE    (95/100)

Wine Spectator 95: 'Vibrant, finely cut acidity structures this seamlessly integrated version, backing layered flavors of poached apple, quince, honey, candied ginger, lemon zest and creme de cassis with hints of coconut and orchard blossom. Shows lovely texture and length. Drink now through 2023.'

How Many bottles/singles: $89.95 each

RFS-3230. WARIS HUBERT GRAND CRU LILYALE BLANC DE BLANCS ZERO DOSAGE CHAMPAGNE    95/100

Grapes from Avize, Cramant, Oger. Oh, beautifully fluffy blanc de blancs. Huge class of these Grand Cru villages. Boy, that's got finesse, elegance, discretion, everything. Fine mousse. Quite full bodied for a blanc de blancs thanks to the Avize component. And a very good one for it. Finesse, creaminess, toastiness. Very, very fine indeed. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

RFS-3231. WARIS HUBERT GRAND CRU ALBESCENT BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE    98/100

RM at Avize; from plots in Avize, Oger, and Cramant; 30 year old vines; 6 g/l dosage; disgorged 10/22. Boy, that's got Cote des Blancs lift and levity. Light as a feather, really. Total contrast from a Le Mesnil BdB. Just the right degree of autolysis influence so as not to suppress its originality. Wow. Oh, yeah, the finest of mousses, the harmony, the weightlessness, the gossamer delicacy. Positively defines Cote des Blancs. 98/100. 98/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

RFS-3232. CHARLES LAFITTE FRANCAIS PRESTIGE BRUT    91/100

Dry, French, traditional. Wow, yeah. It's dry, has some bottle bouquet. Fine mousse. Awesome. Check the price. Stock it. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3233. VEUVE AMBAL FRANCAIS METHODE TRADITIONNELLE ROSE BRUT    91/100

Less fruit and more bottle bouquet than the white. Dry, with good pink fruit, cherry fruit. A very attractive glass. I'm impressed. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-3234. MARQUIS DE LA TOUR FRANCAIS BRUT    90/100

Good vinosity. Dry. A proper vin mousseux. Light bottle bouquet. Good mousse -? fine and creamy. Good flavor. High brut dryness. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $8.99 each

RFS-3235. 20 CALVET CREMANT DE BORDEAUX BRUT    92/100 *

Est. 1818; 70% semillon, 30% cab franc. Semillon and red grape presence and plenty of bottle bouquet. A champion as always. Yes, the feel of semillon and body of red fruit plus ample bottle bouquet taste. Balanced and delicious. 92/100. Well rated by attendees for quality and value.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3236. 20 CALVET CREMANT DE BORDEAUX ROSE BRUT    93/100

Est. 1818; 90% cab franc, 10% merlot. As previous vintages, just a lovely measure of well developed, doughy bottle bouquet and subtle--not screaming--pink fruits. Mid to high brut tempered by the fine mousse and the ample autolysis flavors. Continues to be one of my favorite Cremant roses from all its AOCs. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3237. M. BONNAMY CREMANT DE LOIRE BRUT    92/100

65% chenin blanc, 20% chardonnay, 15% cabernet franc. Good, light fruitiness and marked bottle bouquet. Again. Prime time example. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3238. M. BONNAMY CREMANT DE LOIRE ROSE BRUT    92/100

All cabernet franc. Nice red fruit and bottle bouquet both. Racy and compatible. Sweet red fruit and good bottle bouquet again. Very fine mousse after 12 months en tirage. Yes. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3239. CREMANT DE LOIRE BRUT, GRATIEN & MEYER    (94/100)

Tasting Panel 94: 'Smart and stylish, this blend of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Chenin Blanc, and 10% Pinot Noir plays delightfully with your expectations. The nose delivers a wealth of spring flowers, honey, salted pear, yellow and green citrus, nuts, and even a touch of banana that leads you in one direction; the palate-lean and very dry with racy acidity and a savory cast-whisks you in another; offering quince, lime flesh and rind, hints of hay and chamomile, and scintillating minerality on the finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3240. DOMAINE DE LA TREILLE, HENRION CREMANT DE LOIRE ROSE    92/100

Cabernet franc. Beautiful softness of the genre, and nice pink fruit. Very well crafted. Good red fruit impression as well as pink. Suave, flavorful, fruity. Champagne method finesse. Class product. Plays out well. Gotta have it. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3241. CHAMPALOU VOUVRAY PETILLANT BRUT    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'Aged two years on the lees, and bottled with low dosage. Pretty, delicate and balanced, featuring notes of citrus blossom, wet earth, clay, flint and lots of lime zest, and delivering precise, crisp, piercing acidity. Classic dry Vouvray sparkling. Drink now-2028. $26.'

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

RFS-3242. DOMAINE DE LA RACAUDERIE VOUVRAY BRUT    91/100

That's a fresh, clear chenin quince aroma. Palate confirms quince flavor and acidity. Unassuming yeast autolysis element in harmony with the fruit. True brut dryness. Good product. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3243. CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE RESERVE BRUT, CAVES BAILLY LAPIERRE    92/100

The underground quarries at Bailly, near Saint Bris in northern Burgundy, provided stone for some of France's most famous cathedrals; since 1972, a 430-member cooperative has occupied them for winemaking and storage; the original Cremant de Bourgogne, this reserve is of pinot noir, chardonnay, gamay, and aligote. Very dry, as is the style of Auxerre area Cremants. I see aligote as a role player. There's a good Cremant degree of autolysis influence if not as strong as in longer on lattes Champagnes. This is exactly what I'm looking for in the nose. It's dry all right, but not austere. Northern Burgundy appley fruit statement. Spot on, and very versatile at the dinner table. Not filling; one glass invites another. 92/100. Well liked by all. Seems to have more of both fruit and doughy aromas and flavors after aeration.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3244. CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR BRUT, CAVES BAILLY LAPIERRE    92/100

The underground quarries at Bailly, near Saint Bris in northern Burgundy, provided stone for some of France's most famous cathedrals; since 1972, a 430-member cooperative has occupied them for winemaking and storage; birthplace of Cremant de Bourgogne; blanc de noirs 75% from the first pressing; aged sur lattes 16 months. The body, oomph, and red fruit basis of a blanc de noirs. This hits the nail on the head. Oh, there's lees autolysis doughiness aplenty. Still, blanc de noirs emphasis dominates. Oh, yes, pinot basis for sure. Good as last week's foundation cuvee was, this is well worth the slight premium. This has blanc de noirs IMPACT, both flavor and texture wise. Love it. No aperitif; take it to the dinner table. 92/100. Enjoyed by all.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

RFS-3245. CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE ROSE BRUT, BAILLY LAPIERRE    93/100

The underground quarries at Bailly, near Saint Bris in northern Burgundy, provided stone for some of France's most famous cathedrals; since 1972, a 430-member cooperative has occupied them for winemaking and storage; birthplace of Cremant de Bourgogne; gamay, pinot noir; 75% first pressing; aged a year en tirage. Well, the pink fruit is surely evident, and the gamay supplies extra brightness and lift. I've had sparkling Loire gamays that delight. First time for the Burgundy combo, and it works. Oh, there is evidence of en tirage doughiness too. The fruit, however, takes the lead. Suave, flavorful, complex spread of original fruits and yeast autolysis. An ideal CdB rose, in my assessment. Long, balanced, complicated, fulfilled. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

RFS-3246. LOUIS BOUILLOT CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE PERLE D'IVOIRE BLANC DE BLANCS    92/100

Chardonnay and aligote. Good rendition. Fluffy blanc de blancs with bottle bouquet. Yes. Yes, all. Fresh and bouqueted and dry. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

RFS-3247. CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE CHARLES DURET    93/100

Fine mousse. Dry for CdB. Plenty of bottle bouquet grain and yeast autolysis biscuit personality. Full and fine Champagne character. Again, dry and sophisticated for the AC. Well, now, this is pretty special! The group was impressed. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3248. 17 GRUHIER CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE EXTRA BRUT    93/100

65% pinot noir, 35% chardonnnay; 2 years en tirage; .45 RS; disgorged 7/21. Really a lot of toast here for the AOC, having well exceeding minimum en tirage requirements. Awesome. The body reflects a high pinot noir proportion too. This is Reims like. On the palate too. Heavy in toast and red fruit. Because it's a CdB from the north, the acid is higher than the norm for the AOC. Maybe more like a Bar than a Reims. Still, I'm making Champagne comparisons. At well below Champagne minium price. Got to have it. Will definitely present to my weekly panel. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

RFS-3249. 18 CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE BRUT, MOILLARD    91/100

Chardonnay, pinot noir, gamay. A good measure of autolysis bread dough and some red fruit bolster to its chardonnay levity. Both red and white fruits and bottle bouquet in harmony. High brut. Balanced. Well priced. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3250. CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE BRUT ROSE, PATRIARCHE PERE    92/100

85% pinot noir, 15% gamay; from the Cote d'Or. Quite the deep color. Probably not saignee.Continues to fill the bill. Fruit and bottle bouquet in harmony. More southern than Champagne of course.Again, plenty of both fruit and autolysis influence. A mellow mouthful. Exceeds expectations once again. In fact, I'm giving it an even higher rating than before. For the price, this is a player. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3251. JOSEPH CATTIN ELEONORE CUVEE 2018 CREMANT D'ALSACE EXTRA BRUT    93/100

Domaine est. 1720; 80% pinot blanc, 20% chardonnay; bottled 12/18, disgorged 9/20. A fine, creamy mousse points to an en tirage period that far exceeds the Cremant minimum. The nose is creamy and biscuity, fresh, and alert. Nutty bouquet developed over time on the lattes and in the bottle. Long, textured finish. Exceptionally sophisticated in its class. A group favorite. Orders taken. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3252. CREMANT D’ALSACE, DOMAINE FREY SOHLER    92/100

At Scherwiller; all pinot noir; Wine Enthusiast 92/100. Well, that's an Alsace take on pinot all right. And a doughy bottle bouquet that coincides. The usual Frey Sohler amplitude. Delivers. Full, rich, and dried nicely by a full mousse, though high brut overall. For flavor and body delivery, this fills the bill and is a mealtime sparkler rather than an aperitif. 92/100. High brut noted. Popular. 'Nice fruit character.' 'Easy drinking.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3253. THE FURST CREMANT D'ALSACE BLANC DE BLANCS    92/100

All pinot blanc. Fresh and soft fruit. Sleek and subtly fragrant, with a nice citrus zip. Total clarity. Nice bottle bouquet. Toast, finesse, yeast autolysis, all. Yes, big time bottle bouquet like Champagne. Properly delicate and moussy blanc de blancs. Very long aftertaste. A winner. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3254. DOMAINE COLLIN CUVEE TRADITION CREMANT DE LIMOUX BRUT    92/100

50% chardonnay, 40% pinot noir, 10% chenin blanc. .5 RS. Fresh and clear nose. Plenty of good bottle bouquet. Light, fine mousse. Yes, fine mousse. Dry and delicate. Nice ring. Really attractive bottle bouquet. Not fruity. Lees aging. Defines category. Delicious. Good value. Chalky finish. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3255. 18 PIERROT A LA VOLEE CREMANT DE LIMOUX NATURE BRUT    90/100 *

France's oldest sparkling wine region; half each chardonnay, chenin blanc; methode traditionelle; zero dosage. Frothy, mousse-y. The mild characters of the varieties. Light toastiness. Toast and earth. I'd guess it's fully dry. The relatively mild acidity compared to Champagne gives it an innate softness. Pretty much right down the middle take on Limoux, and well priced. 90/100. Generally liked by attendees, especially as a good value. Orders taken.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3256. 20 SAINT HILAIRE BLANQUETTE DE LIMOUX BRUT    92/100 *

Created by Benedictine Monks at Saint- Abbey 450 yrs ago; 100 yrs before Champagne. Splendid bottle bouquet, fine mousse. Dry and frothy. That doughy, biscuity lees autolysis bottle bouquet. A value. Well liked by the group. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3257. VEUVE AMBAL CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE GRANDE CUVEE ROSE BRUT    92/100

60% chardonnay, 20% each pinot noir, gamay. Much more bottle bouquet. Legit. Really quite distinctive. Lots of pink fruit, lots of froth, lots of quality bottle bouquet. Stellar production. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3258. CLAVELIN COMTE TETE DE CUVEE CREMANT DE JURA CHARDONNAY    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'For over two decades, Hubert Clavelin and his importer have been promoting non-vintage Cremant du Jura Brut-Comte Chardonnay Tete de Cuvee. Having spent 36 months sur lattes, this is a wine that deserves to be taken seriously at the dinner table. A hint of Jura-typical pungency figures amid aromas of buckwheat, lime zest, and apple cider. With fine mousse and impressive vinosity, this coats the palate with zesty piquancy and saline, mineral-meaty savor of scallops and bacon. Both fascination and versatility are guaranteed for the coming year.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3259. DOMAINE DESIRE PETIT CREMANT DE JURA ROSE    92/100

A pungent and distinctive fruit fragrance. Savagnin-/ Forthcoming, ripe, sweet. Light berry and red stone fruit aromatics. Very spicy and distinctive flavor. Well, I've just learned it's pinot noir. And, my goodness, like none other. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

RFS-3260. PIERRE BONIFACE LES ROCAILLES VIN DE SAVOIE BRUT    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'The non-vintage Les Rocailles Brut de Savoie is blend of 60% Jacquere, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Altesse. (Put it in a blind tasting and see if anyone can guess its composition.) Aromas of apple skins, spring flowers, lemon zest and a delicate hint of pear emerge from this wonderfully effervescent, dry, crisp, light-bodied, featherweight style of wine. Drink this remarkable effort over the next 9-12 months.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

RFS-3261. POULET CLAIRETTE DE DIE TRADITION    93/100

75% muscat, 25% clairette. Much fruitier than the brut. More muscat. Sweet and fruity. Lime and passion fruit. Many applications. A super star. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3262. VEUVE AMBAL MEDITERRANEE RIVA ROSA ROSE BRUT    92/100

Lots of personality both fruit and lees aging wise. Bottle bouquet and good, forceful showing of red fruit. Beautiful. Extremely well rendered. Always sweetly fruity and come hither. Flavorful; pink fruits. High brut. Ideal all occasion rose sparkler at a fair price. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-3263. LOOSEN BROS. DEUTSCHER RIESLING SEKT DR. L.     (91/100)

Tasting Panel 91; Wine Enthusiast 91 - BEST BUY: 'Exuberant green floral perfume, melon and peach abound on this profoundly aromatic sparkler. It's delicate in mousse with soft, persistent bubbles and deeply penetrating flavors of stone fruit and tangerine. Vibrant and spine-tingling, it's a remarkably elegant sekt with a gentle price tag.'

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3264. FITZ PFALZ RIESLING EXTRA TROCKEN SEKT    90/100

Oldest sekt producer in Pfalz. Lovely combo of doughy bottle bouquet and light riesling airs. Off dry. Balancing acid. Pleasing bouquet development. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3265. 19 AVINYO RESERVA BRUT CAVA    92/100 *

Can Fontanels vineyard; 60% macabeo, 25% xarello, 15% parellada; disgorged 9/22. A good, full, toasty bouquet as always. A picture cava. Mousse a little bold. Equally toasty flavor. Mid brut. Really a model for cava at this price. 92/100. Well liked by attendees. 'Attractive.' Quite aromatic!' 'Long flavor.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3266. CODORNIU ANNA DE CODORNIU BRUT CAVA    91/100

Lovely packaging. Elegant blanc de blancs style. No earthiness. Fine mousse and flavor. Very nice. Best vintage of this I've tasted. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-3267. CODORNIU ANNA DE CODORNIU ROSE BRUT CAVA    91/100

70% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay. Delicate pink fruits. Lovely fruit. Oh so strawberry expressive. Oh, fruity and tender hearted, plus good acidity for balance. Cuddly. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-3268. CVNE BRUT CAVA    92/100

9 months en tirage. .7 RS. Good bottle bouquet and fine mousse. Creamy. Dazzling. Dough and cream. Class and clarity. Fruit and fine mousse. All adds up to a lot of cava quality for the money. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3269. 20 KILA BRUT CAVA    91/100

Was never much of a fan of this until the previous vintage. This one continues to carry the torch. No earth. Mellow brioche bottle bouquet. Heaps of doughy flavor too plus a mousse that has persisted after many hours. Bravo. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3270. 19 LLOPART RESERVA BRUT CORPINNAT    92/100 *

Est. 1887; 40% xarello, 30% each macabeu, parellada; disgorged 9/22. All good white fruit. None of the heaviness of red fruit cavas. Delicate bottle bouquet, less forthcoming than the 2018. I suspect this will improve with more bottle age. More prominent autolysis flavors and decided textural elements of the same. Impressive as usual. Ideal balance and surprising weightlessness for a cava. This is the top zone and a top producer. No way it could be confused with one of the cheaper cavas from the Big Three Penedes producers. 92/100. Elicited positive remarks from attendees.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

RFS-3271. 18 LLOPART ROSE BRUT CORPINNAT    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 91; Vinous 91: 'Light, lurid orange. Ripe red berries, tangerine and a floral nuance on the deeply perfumed nose. In a plush, ample style, showing good clarity and lift to the raspberry and citrus fruit flavors. Finishes long and supple, with a repeating floral note and a touch of smokiness. Aged on its lees for 18 months. Drink now-2025. $28.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

RFS-3272. JOSEF MASACHS MAS FI BRUT CAVA    91/100

This has been reliable over the years. Good degree of doughiness. Nothing exaggerated. Yeah, good palate too. Fine mousse. Nice little dough, meal, biscuit. Good stuff. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-3273. JOSEF MASACHS MAS FI ROSE BRUT CAVA

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-3274. 15 JUVE & CAMPS RESERVA BRUT CAVA    92/100

All chardonnay. 28-36 months en tirage. Wow, this is good. Has bottle bouquet. Richness of the vintage. They nailed this one. Good chardonnay blanc de blancs lift and biscuity bottle bouquet. No trace of common cava earthiness. Nice. Yes, all fruit and bottle bouquet. No earth. Suave, mellow, gentle, easy. Doesn't act like a reserva. Fresh and come hither. Fine. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3275. MASCARO PURE PENEDES RESERVA NATURE BRUT CAVA    92/100

80% parellada, 20% macabeo; founded 1894. Very pure as it reads. Wonderful bottle fermented bouquet. Fluffy, moussy, toasty. Champagne look alike. Rings my chimes. Oh, my! Plentiful and prominent bottle bouquet. Full and fine mousse. This really soars. Very, very dry as label suggests. Champagne? Yeah, not a grand one but could be one. I'm big on this. Everything about it is a class act. Yeah! 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3276. MASCARO RUBOR AURORAE ROSE BRUT CAVA    92/100

All grenache free run, aged at least a year sur lie. Fresh pink fruit. Very dry. Very fine. Lots of pink character. Some bottle bouquet. Wow. Pink grapefruit. Very individual. Striking taste and bottle bouquet. Special. Extremely fine quality cava rose. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3277. MERCAT BRUT NATURE CAVA    91/100

More bottle bouquet interest and about the same level of dryness as the regular brut. Definitely more en tirage age and more distinction to this. And it's priced the same! 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3278. 19 MESTRES 1312 RESERVA BRUT CAVA    92/100

40% parellada, 30% each macabeo, xarello. 18 months on the lees. A good and clear take on cava. No earth. Powdery bouquet, very blanc de blancs like. Yeah, sweet in white fruit and elegant doughy bottle bouquet, and clear headed. A very bright take on cava. Dry but not austere. Wide ranging applications. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3279. PERELADA RESERVA BRUT NATURE CAVA    92/100

Macabeu, xaello, parellada. 15 months en tirage. Pale, with a slight copper cast. Plenty of lees autolysis character. This really delivers an attractive degree of grainy bouquet. Yes, mealy-grainy on the palate too. Well priced for this much bottle bouquet character. 92/100

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3280. PORTELL BRUT NATURE CAVA    91/100

Est. 1907. 70% macabeo, 30% paralleda. 12 months en tirage. .8 RS. Delicate bottle bouquet. Froth, frosting, dough. Again, all cleanly and clearly conveyed. A nicely developed bottle bouquet. Refined. Full froth. Refreshing. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3281. PORTELL TREPAT ROSAT BRUT CAVA    91/100

All trepat. 15 months en tirage. .8 RS. Good pink fruit character. Hefty and giving nose. Flavorful. Strawberry and red raspberry. Fine mousse. Plenty of quality fruit personality. Finely textured. Easy to like. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3282. SEGURA VIUDAS ROSE BRUT CAVA    (93/100)

Tasting Panel 93: 'Strawberry and pink grapefruit perfume the glass. Defined by decisive flavors of cherry pith, grapefruit zest, and grenadine, it possesses a subtle richness thanks to its refined mousse and textural complexity.'

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-3283. THARSYS DOMINIO & PAGO CAVA ROSE BRUT    91/100 *

Most cavas come from the Penedes area of southern Catalunya. This one's from Utiel-Requena. Liked by many TG Champagne Brunch attendees. I can see that. Lots of aromatic interest. And body. Plus a bottle lees aspect at the finish. And it is properly brut dry. Good product. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-3284. TRUE COLOURS BRUT CAVA    92/100

Estate bottled. Lift, freshness, and light bottle bouquet. Quite a bit of finesse. High brut accounts for its popularity. Yet very fine mousse and pleasing bottle bouquet. Well crafted. And just plain delicious. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3285. 17 VALL DOLINA RESERVE BRUT NATURE CAVA    92/100

2014: Lovely. No earth, no grain, no heaviness. Just lovely bottle 'en tirage' bottle bouquet and a good measure of original fruit to boot. Yes, lots of bottle bouquet. Just the right degree of brut dryness. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3286. VALDELAVIA BRUT CAVA    91/100

Fine mousse. Nice creamy aroma. Exciting, stimulating creamy mousse. Brut dryness. Very, very good all purpose sparkler. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-3287. VALDEORITE BRUT CAVA    91/100

Macabeo, parellada, alarije. From Ribera del Duero and Ribera del Guadiana. Light gold. Fresh and upbeat. Come hither aperitif sort. High brut. Fruity. The warmer origins show. Lots of mindless appeal. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-3288. 22 ESTEVE-NADAL AVINYO PENEDES PETILLANT BLANC    92/100

10.5%; est. 1597; family estate at Avinyonet des Penedes; 'vi d'agulla', i.e. has a needle-point mousse. Full, fine bead. Bright. As fresh as they come. Suggestions of orange and blossom. Lightly fizzy feel. Soft acid. Fresh, dry, cleansing finish. The ultimate quaffer. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3289. TOSTI 1820 ACQUI ROSE BRUT    90/100

New DOCG partner to Brachetto d'Acqui (rosso). Pleasing, red pop aroma, high brut. Nice and fine mousse. Plenty of pink fruit while retaining its dry aspect. Bitter twist at the end is positive. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3290. ANTICA FRATTA CUVEE REAL FRANCIACORTA BRUT    (94/100)

Tasting Panel 94: 'In a word, suave, from the pinpoint perlage onward. The slightest tinge of bread dough on the nose is quickly superceded by honeyed apple, lemon chiffon, and lime leaf along with hints of fig, white flowers, and the salinity that, following a zing of acidity, rings on the minerally midpalate before touches of peach and almond come into play. Of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, it's an expression of clarity and confidence. $46.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

RFS-3291. FRANCIACORTA EXTRA BRUT, CAMOSSI    93/100

80% chardonnay, 20% pinot noir. That shines with a rightful varietal set and bottle bouquet. That's got a right on Franciacorta character of biscuity bottle bouquet and stimulating dryness and acidity.The very dry style preferred by the home market. The palate tells all too, with a perfectly balanced presentation of dryness, acidity, en tirage aging, and original fruit. Forceful fruit and bottle bouquet in harmony. Long, flavorful, complicated Hallmark. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

RFS-3292. BELLAVISTA FRANCIACORTA ALMA GRAN CUVEE BRUT    92/100

80% chardonnay, 10% each pinot noir, pinot blanc. Aged 3 years en tirage before disgorgement. Oh boy, is that Italian dry! Definitely to the home market's tastes. And grand scaled. Wow. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

RFS-3293. ALTEMASI TRENTO CHARDONNAY BRUT

Wiine Enthusiast 91 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'This creamy sparkler has delicate scents of white stone fruit, pastry dough and yellow spring flower. On the savory palate, tangy acidity lifts ripe Bartlett pear, yellow apple and lemon drop before a dry finish. Small, continuous bubbles provide the airy backdrop.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

RFS-3294. BORGO MARAGLIANO ITALIA CHARDONNAY BRUT    92/100

Charmat. Very fruity. Ideal. Fruit salad. Fruit forward. Appley varietal character. High brut. Soft for Italy. 13%. I love this. All occasion. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3295. CANTINE VEDAVA CASA DEI FARIVE ITALIA BRUT    92/100

Prosecco in all but title. Pleasing degree of fruit conveyed by the charmat (tank) rather than Champagne (bottle)-method second fermentation. Fresh and appley. Full apple-juice fruit flavor. High brut sweetness level admirably balanced by great acidity, which sweeps the palate clean at the finale. Serious bargain. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-3296. ROTARI TRENTO BRUT

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3297. 17 CARTIZZE VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE, AZ. AGR. ANDREOLA    92/100

Fine mousse. Elegant. Fruity rather than bouqueted. Fine. As usual these Cartizzes are sweeter than brut. Very fine mousse. Apple and pie dough flavors. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

RFS-3298. 21 ANDREOLA DIRUPO PROSECCO VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE BRUT    (90/100)

2020: Wine Enthusiast 90: 'White spring blossom, orchard fruit and botanical herb aromas lead the nose. On the vibrant palate, crisp acidity and a refined perlage accompany ripe pear, lemon drop candy and green almond. $22.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3299. 21 ANDREOLA PROSECCO SUPERIORE DI VALDOBBIADENE RIVE DI REFRONTOLO COL DEL FORNO BRUT    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'A sweetly scented blend of peach and melon complemented by white flowers and the slightest hint of vanilla bean. The balance is spellbinding. The 2021 Col del Forno is the total package.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

RFS-3300. BISOL JEIO PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE BRUT    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Creamy, racy and fun, this offers inviting aromas of green apple, wisteria and aromatic herb. The vibrant palate delivers Bartlett ear, citrus and thyme accompanied by an elegant, continuous mousse. It has a crisp, dry close. $22.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3301. 21 BISOL CREDE PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE BRUT    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'Here is another classic sparkling wine from northeast Italy. The Bisol 2021 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Crede Brut is crisp and citrusy with crushed oyster shell, flint and grated ginger. The wine ends with fresh, steely effervescence. This is an amazing value. The blend is specifically 87.5% Glera, 10% Chardonnay and 2.5% Pinot Nero.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

RFS-3302. 20 BISOL JEIO PROSECCO ROSE BRUT

NY Times: 'Bright, classy elegance for a refreshing aperitif.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-3303. BORGOLUCE PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE BRUT    92/100

Lots of finesse. Loved it several years back and still do. Yes, finesse, class, balance. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

RFS-3304. BORTOLOTTI PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE BRUT    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'So pretty and floral, the NV Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut mixes notes of yellow flowers with crushed apple and nuances of autumnal spice. It's round and silky with a noticeable inner sweetness, which is perfectly balanced by salty minerals and bright acidity. Nothing is out of place here, as this finishes cool-toned while preparing the palate for another delicious sip. Well done.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3305. CA' FURLAN CUVEE BEATICE PROSECCO TREVISO    91/100

Mousse-y, pleasant, appley. Yes, creamy appley, pleasing extra dry. Well priced. Ready made for Mimosas, Bellinis, et. al. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3306. 22 CANTINA COLLI EUGANEI PROSECCO EXTRA DRY    92/100

Really fine, appley glera definition. Tells the tale. What I'm looking for. And the price is right. Oh, what a taste. Apple, hint of ginger. Deal, deal, deal. Extra dry but not sweet. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-3307. 22 CANTINA COLLI EUGANEI PROSECCO ROSE    90/100

Good combo of white glera and pink pinot noir. Full mousse balances the off dry aspect. Finish carries. Good value. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

RFS-3308. GRAN PASSIONE PROSECCO EXTRA DRY    91/100

Geez, this has kind of a dusty bottle bouquet. Surprise. Very dry for extra dry. Another surprise. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3309. GRAN PASSIONE PROSECCO ROSE    91/100

15% pinot noir. A proper pink prosecco with aromas of baked apple and cherry. Readily forthcoming. Tender extra dry sweetness foiled by good acidity and a bracing, drying mousse. Bravo. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

RFS-3310. LELLE PROSECCO EXTRA DRY    92/100

A bright and shiny, appley glera. Spot on. Flattering degree of extra dry sweetness, well balanced, flavorful. Shows the way. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

RFS-3311. LUNA NUDA PROSECCO TREVISO    92/100

Really, really glera fruity and good. Green apple, blossom, a little melon. Treviso class. On the dry side of extra dry. Beautiful rendition. Flavorful. A very inviting production. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-3312. MASOTTINA PROSECCO DI TREVISO BRUT

Decanter 96: 'Very intense, deep nose with notes of pear, peach, elderflower and almond. This flows onto a mineral-drenched palate with touches of eucalyptus. Great length and depth of flavor. Classy.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

RFS-3313. TUTELA PROSECCO TREVISO EXTRA DRY    91/100

Light, sweet apple aroma of glera. Ease on the approach. The mousse is large and ample, drying out the light sweetness on the palate. Love that modest 11% alcohol. This works. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-3314. TUTELA PROSECCO TREVISO ROSE BRUT    91/100

10% pinot noir. 1.5RS. Pretty in pink. I'm glad they finally approved Prosecco rose. Everyone was making one anyway. Now it has legitimacy. And marketability. Oh, and that's a lovely glera-pinot apple-cherry aroma. A stretch to call it brut. So what. Very flavorful. Balanced. Fine mousse. Deal. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

RFS-3315. ADRIANO ADAMI BOSCO DI GICA PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE BRUT    (91/100)

Parker 91 - ITALY'S FINEST VALUES: 'Emerges from the glass with mineral-infused white fruit, smoke and crushed rocks in an intense, serious style of Prosecco I find appealing.'

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

RFS-3316. NINO FRANCO RUSTICO PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE BRUT    (94/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94 - #1, TOP 100 WINES OF 2019: 'Aromas of white spring flower, Bartlett pear and citrus waft out of the glass. The racy, refreshing palate is full of energy, offering crisp yellow-apple, lemon drop and orange zest flavors balanced by vibrant acidity. A perlage of small, refined and continuous bubbles provides the silky backdrop.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

RFS-3317. 20 MONTESEL VIGNA DEL PARADISO PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE-CONEGLIANO SUPERIORE EXTRA DRY    93/100

2015: Beautiful, fresh, original. Wonderful, fruity, sweet, intense. Lovely quality. Fills the bill. The real deal. Fresh, properly extra dry. Flavorful. Fine mousse. Very classy. Primo. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

RFS-3318. ADRIANO ADAMI GARBEL PROSECCO TREVISO BRUT    92/100

Beautiful high brut. Delicate apple. Classic. Always a go-to prosecco. Off dry, user friendly, perfect balance. To recommend regularly. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3319. BORGOLUCE SUSEGANA ESTATE LAMPO PROSECCO TREVISO BRUT    92/100

Lovely, fresh-cut honey-crisp apple aroma. Just right fizz, flavor, dryness, finesse. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3320. SAN SIMONE SYLTBAR PROSECCO EXTRA DRY    92/100

Nice creamy mousse. Apples in cream aroma. Yes, creamy and delish. A fine extra dry take on Prosecco. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

RFS-3321. SAN SIMONE SYLTBAR IL CONCERTO ROSE BRUT SPUMANTE    91/100

All merlot; founders first tasted prosecco on the German island of Sylt in the North Sea; they contracted with a 105-year-old Veneto family winery to make their prosecco and rose. Light red fruit aroma. Truly dry. Fine mousse for charmat. Yeah, this is one dry Veneto sparkler. The way the Italians prefer them. Not a lot of flavor impact. Very fine mousse feel. Exceptionally versatile at the table. 91/100. Enjoyed by all. Judged 'serious' for its dryness; all the while 'pleasant' for its refreshing acidity and length.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

RFS-3322. 20 EMILIA-ROMAGNA PIGNOLETTO FRIZZANTE, AZ. AGR. TRE MONTI    91/100

An indigenous variety to the Bologna hills, mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his Natural Historia. Subtly aromatic varietal expression. Creamy and lees driven. Enticing. Flavorful. High brut, with the fizz giving a nice, clean, dry mouthfeel. And lasting flavor. Eminently well balanced. Spells it out. Fine winemaking here always. 91/100. Everyone thought this good fun.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

RFS-3323. ITALIA PARTICOLARE GRAN CUVEE BRUT, TENUTA DEL BUONAMICO    91/100

Trebbiano, pinot bianco, semillon. Always like this for its brightness and its tantalizing methode champenoise character despite made via charmat. Round and well balanced fruit basis. Well balanced. Well crafted. Full mousse. Fine class. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each



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