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Andrew Bernardo

Andrew Bernardo

Reserve Red Blend

Glenelly Estate Reserve Red Blend 2011

Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa
8 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 94/100

This wine is utterly bonkers for the price. The tarred blackberries and crushed black currants give way to smoked juniper, singed cedar and Kenya AA coffee. It’s boldly structured and doesn’t give an inch even though it’s 8 years old. Star anise, alderwood and cinnamon stick round out the finish. Pair with roasted and NOT grilled meats, the tannins are still too grippy to deal with char. Drink now through 2028. 94 Points.

12 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 94/100

This wine is absolutely stunning. The oak is well-integrated and we are talking serious length and body here. The wine gushes with savoury plum and blackberry fruit with herbs, crushed flowers and a hit of cocoa nib. Finish is endless. 94 Points

Colossal Reserva

Casa Santos Lima Colossal Reserva 2015

Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal
14 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 91/100

I was super happy with this offering, loaded with black fruit, plum and cassis, along with savoury herb, meat blood, chalky minerals and a lively zip of acidity. Give it another year and the oak will be perfectly incorporated into this wine. Great value. 91 Points

Montes Alpha Syrah 2015

Colchagua Valley D.O., Chile
25 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 90/100

This wine is always good. This vintage is heavy on the hung meat, coffee, and dark chocolate, along with the savoury herb-laced cherry and plum fruit. Pair with beef. 90 Points.

40 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 93/100

I consumed this wine on its 10th birthday, still the best time to open Brunello in my opinion. This wine has so much going on. The red cherry fruit is mixed with dried raspberry, along with orange rind, licorice, fresh and dried mushroom, fresh herbs, scrub, and sasparilla. Insanity category. Catching a Brunello at age 10 means witnessing the crossing of the Rubicon from primary and secondary notes to tertiary characteristics. Eat with roasted veal or something to do with mushrooms. 93 Points.

Andrew Bernardo

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Memorable Wine

1989 Chateau Bel-Air

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First Wine

1961 De Montille Volnay

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