Complex, rounded, with great personality. Wonderful concert of different sensations in wich come out the "sclarea sage", grapefruit and vanilla. Rich, wrapping taste. All over the palate, very silky, affordable even by beginner. In Italy is called the Lady's Grappa for his fragrance and roundness, very much seductive when drunk in special occasions
WE 92-94

Barrel sample. Solid and concentrated, this wine certainly shows great dryness as well as fruit. It has power and density, and a texture that balances new wood as well as the fruitiness.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2013)
WE 94, WA 91

The estate's Cabernet-dominated release, the 2012 Isosceles checks in as 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, all of which spent 21 months in new French oak. It's a medium to full-bodied, supple, pure and balanced effort that offers lots of toasted spice, cedar, tobacco leaf and cassis-like aromas and flavors. Showing hints of chalky minerality and plenty of tannin on the finish, it will have 10-12+ years of longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
WA 92, WS 91

More classic, focused and edgy, the 2012 Cornas Empreintes has bright acidity in its medium to full-bodied flavors of smoked herbs, beef blood, licorice and assorted dark fruits. The largest production cuvee, give it 2-3 years and drink it through 2022.

Another brilliantly run estate in the Northern Rhône, Eric and Joel Durand have made rich, concentrated and textured 2012s that show the vintage nicely. These should drink nicely on release yet evolve gracefully. Their 2013s follow suit, with their top cuvee, the Cornas Confidence, being the only wine that will really require cellaring to become approachable. The style here is quasi-modern, with plenty of destemming and moderate new oak, but the wines all hold onto plenty of Cornas character. They're highly recommended.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
WE 91

This Malbec-driven blend is concentrated up front, with staunch aromas of espresso, balsamic vinegar, leather, raw oak and mixed black fruits. This is big and lush, but vaguely focused on the midpalate. Flavors of berry fruits, toast and balsamic brine end with cushion and moderate structure. Drink through 2022.

- MIchael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2016)
JS 95, WA 93

Simone Bilorsi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino exhibits a dark garnet color and little light penetration. Fornacina has been using organic farming methods since 2004 and the pureness of the fruit does come through in this classic vintage. Ash, smoke and dried fruit lift from the glass to reveal softer tones of spice, licorice and grilled herb at the back. This wine already shows signs of tar and black tar that hint at the beginnings of bottle evolution. Otherwise, the delivers is very smooth and silky and the wine boasts fresh acidity to keep it lively. The finish is long and rich.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2015)
WS 92, WA 91

A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2006 Calon Segur is an elegant, classic effort that represents about 60% of their total production. Deep ruby, with forest floor, cassis, black cherry, and soil undertones in both the aromas and flavors, this is a medium to full-bodied wine. A success for the vintage, it exhibits fine density, moderately high but sweet tannins, and alluring texture, and fine purity. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2009)
WE 93, WS 91

Blackberry, mint and blueberry, with hints of cassis. Full-bodied, with refined yet chewy tannins. Pretty and balanced. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

- James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2009)
WA 95, WE 94

The 2011 Sorella (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot) is in the same ballpark, with plenty of blackberry, mineral, toast and earthiness, as well as full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. More backwards and structured than the Champoux Vineyard, give it a handful of years in the cellar and plan on drinking bottles through 2028.

Winemaker Anna Shafer continues to produce elegant, classically styled wines from her 13-acre estate vineyard located on the eastern edge – which is slightly higher in elevation and gets additional moisture – of Walla Walla.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2014)
JS 97, V 96, WA 96

Rich, powerful and seductive, the 2012 Opus One blossoms in the glass with superb textural richness and volume. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, cedar, new leather and tobacco all meld together as the 2012 shows off its personality. Fine, silky tannins support the huge, creamy finish. I expect the 2012 will offer a long and broad drinking window of pure pleasure.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Sept, 2014)
WA 93+

The 2009 Barolo Parej is a slow to evolve wine that grows in careful increments and measured intensity with each swirl of the glass. The aromas veer over to the dark side with licorice, tar, asphalt, plum, dark berry and wet earth. It’s well worth waiting to see where it will go. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
BTI 94

Bright amber color. Bright, attractive aromas of sautéed almonds, dried fruits, spicy custard, and leather with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long raisin compote, chocolate nuts, brown spices, and cedar and minerals finish. A flavorful and stylish, after dinner dram with a lot of attractive Sherry barrel character.

- Beverage Testing Institute (May, 2015)
Complex and rounded, with great personality. Wonderful concert of different sensations in which come out of the ripe fruit, cherry, tobacco, cacao and vanilla. Rich, wrapping, confirm the charming sensation smelled. Extremely rich, the grappa at its highest level.
Dessert in a bottle, with the aromas of dried apricot, peach cobbler, figs and honey, spiced with nutmeg and vanilla. Rich, bright and exquisitely balanced.
JS 94, WS 91

Flavors of dark chocolate and spice coat the black cherry core in this rich, oaky red. Dense and muscular, coating the mouth with a dusty feel. Best from 2016 through 2023.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2014)
V 97, WE 95

Much more tannic and austere than the Brunate, the Tre Tine boasts laser-like intensity, searing tannin and phenomenal overall balance. This is a classic Barolo in every sense. The Tre Tine is a blend of three sites; Cannubi/San Lorenzo, Ravera and Le Coste; all in Barolo. In many ways, the Tre Tine is the archetype of Barolo from the village of Barolo.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
100% Barbera D'Asti, aged 10 years, stored in wooden box.

Amber color. Complex, delicate, with sensation of marasca cherry, wood fruits, cacao and vanilla on the nose. Rich, harmonious and persistent taste. Powerful and in the same time very delicate. Real masculine grappa. Very classic though. Highly appreciated by connoisseurs around the world for his intense fruity smell.
WA 95+

Another killer wine from the collaboration between Chris Figgins and Drew Bledsoe, there are 3,000 cases of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and it offers sensational notes of tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, graphite and sweet cassis on the nose. This is followed up by a full-bodied, concentrated, and still elegant 2012 that has lots of tannin, beautiful purity of fruit and a seamless texture that keep you coming back to the glass. Made from 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot, aged 20 months in 83% new French oak, give this rocking 2012 3-4 years in the cellar and enjoy it through 2032+.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
IWC 92

Bright green-tinged yellow. Reduced nose offers peach, brown spices and smoky soil tones. Suppler and sweeter than the 2010, showing an intriguing stony character and nicely integrated oak. Fresh acidity extends the flavor of lemon cream through the long, subtle finish. Nicely silky and refined, and firmer on the back end than the 2010.

- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May/June, 2013)
Black Bear Wines & Spirits
221 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06880 | 203.227.2468
bbinfo@blackbearwines.com