2016 Xipella Tinto, Clos Montblanc, Catalonia, Spain
This spicy, fruit-laden gem gives so much wine for the money. Intense dark red in colour, with aromas of ripe fruit, mineral notes and oak aging. On the palate it is gentle and sweet with fine tannins. The finish is long and satisfying.
2015 Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Safres, Clos du Caillou, Rhone Valley, France
"A big step up over the base cuvée, the deeper, more purple-hued 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Safres offers a downright smorgasbord of Provençal herbs, spices, wild strawberries, garrigue, and black cherry aromas and flavors. About as seamless and sexy as they come, with full-bodied richness and building tannin, as well as incredible purity, I just hope it shows this well from bottle!" 93-95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate