10 100-Point Wines from Issue 233
Over 3,700 wines spanning across 11 countries were reviewed in the latest Robert Parker Wine Advocate Issue. EIC Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s Napa Valley report made some huge waves with 15 out of the 915 wines reviewed receiving an outstanding 100 points, as well as a first-hand perspective on the recent wildfires that ripped through the area.
“Having been a fan of Napa Valley wines for many years, I used to think that Napa winemakers were freakishly lucky, because this has to be one of the most consistent regions in the world in terms of overall wine greatness, year in and year out,” says Perrotti-Brown. “After living here in Napa for over two years now, I’ve come to realize that Napa winemakers are not significantly luckier than those from other regions. But many are very, very good at making their own luck.”
Here, the top 10 wines from the issue including many Chardonnays as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc—all 100-pointers.
“The 2015 Chardonnay CIX Estate has the most alluring, singular, beguiling nose so that it cannot fail to impress.”
“Consider holding on to this one for another couple of years and drinking it over the next 12+.”
“Chardonnay UV-SL has a full-bodied powerhouse of a palate that delivers the goods and then some.”
“The vineyard truly offers a unique expression of Napa Valley, with beautiful fruit layers, great elegance and the most profound fragrance being signatures of the vintages I have tasted.”
“Full-bodied, rich, firm and restrained, it has a lovely earthy, soft-spoken style at this youthful stage, promising great things to come over the forthcoming 25-30 years.”
“Medium to full-bodied, the palate has incredible energy and vivacity.”
“The structure deserves its own mention: wonderful, seamless freshness and oh-so-fine, pixelated tannins, with an extraordinary persistence of fruit and mineral nuances. Wow.”
“Medium to full-bodied, the palate is taut and packed with vibrant red and black fruit flavors, framed by firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with wonderful length and depth.”
“The 2015 Chardonnay Point Rouge is pure pedigree and class, showing all the elegance and seamlessness of a truly top-tier Chardonnay.”
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