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Wine & Spirits
Winter 2023

90 Points – 2022 St. Supéry Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Tart quince and tangerine lend this wine a bit of fruit-cock­tail sweetness, as does the honeydew flavor in the end. It’s fat and oily, needing a chill to focus the fla­vors. Shop the Wine >>

93 Points – 2019 St. Supéry Napa Valley RU3
This is a selection from the top parcels of cabernet sauvignon (72 percent), merlot (19 percent) and petit verdot at St. Supéry’s Rutherford estate, blended by Michel Rolland, Nicolas Audebert and Michael Scholz. Its vibrant blue fruit ripened through the cool late season of 2019, the wine lasting on dusty tannins and purple berry flavor. This has a long life ahead.

92 Points – 2019 St. Supéry Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Supéry’s estate vineyard in the eastern hills of Napa Valley produced an herbal cabernet in 2019, its scent as exotic as a compressed brick of hashish, its fruit as plush as blackberry coulis. Touches of black cherry liqueur and plum sauce mark its ripeness, as does the rich underside of tannins that keep it sweet and soft as red fruit streams out of the glass.

92 Points – 2019 St. Supéry Napa Valley Élu
Focused on cabernet sau­vignon (71 percent), this Bordeaux-variety blend grows at two estate vineyards—in Rutherford and at Dollarhide, in Napa Valley’s eastern hills. There’s a high-altitude elegance to this 2019, the flavors concentrated but restrained. Tannins keep it black for now, touching on bitter chocolate, espresso roast coffee and iron shavings. Built to age toward a moment when those tannins will be a virtue, min­gling with the sweet fruit in the end.

 

Reviews by Joshua Green and appear in the Winter 2023 issue of Wine & Spirits magazine.


November 29, 2023

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