Every month, our buyers select two wines to feature. These special selections over-deliver on price, quality and value.
Robust reds for sophisticated suppers
PÉREZ CRUZ PIRCAS DE LIGUAI
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
Maipo Valley, Chile
536839 (XD) 750 mL $29.95
TASTING NOTE: … grapes underwent a three-day cold soak and then fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats … matured in new and second use French oak barrels for 16 months. … very classical Maipo. You’d never mistake this for a Bordeaux, but it has the seriousness of the tannins that made Bordeaux famous … from a cold year that provided very good freshness and wines that are developing very slowly … drinkable but should also develop more complexity in bottle … the grapes used for this wine come from a combination of [alluvial and colluvial] soils. A textbook Maipo Cabernet. Drink date: 2017-2023.
Score: 93 (Luis Gutierrez, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017)
Full-bodied & Firm
XAVIER ARCANE XV LE DIABLE 2015
Vin de France
526301 (XD) 750 mL $29.95
TASTING NOTE: There are two slightly eccentric wines from this estate that merit serious attention. Almost 100% Mourvèdre from a parcel close to Vinsobres, the sensational 2015 Vin de France Arcane XV Le Diable had a three-week maceration (Xavier prefers to get as much extraction as possible before alcoholic fermentation), and was aged mostly in small oak tanks and concrete. Blueberries, blackberries, peppery herbs and spice all flow from this layered, full-bodied beauty that has awesome purity, integrated acidity and plenty of structure. Give bottles 2-3 years and drink over the following 10-15 years. Drink date: 2018-2033.
Score: 94 (Jeb Dunnuck,robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)
Full-bodied & Smooth