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Andrew Bernardo

Andrew Bernardo

Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem

M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2016

Côtes Du Roussillon-Villages Latour-De-France, Roussillon A.C., France
2 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 94/100

Easily one of the best offerings in all of southern France year in and year out. The 2015 is a monster, oozing ripe plum, cassis and cherry liqueur. There’s lots of fresh and dried herbs along with hung game and warm spice. 94 Pointa.

Roubials

Château Saint-Roch Roubials 2016

Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon I.G.P., France
2 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 93/100

Utterly stunning. Incredible balance. Effortless and airy soutien. Plums, fresh figs and bing cherries lead to tulip garden and a whiff of fresh herb. This needed to settle down when I bought a couple bottles two years ago. The value is incredible. 93 Points.

Viña Cubillo

R. López de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza 2012

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
77 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 94/100

My favourite producer in Rioja. Doing it right, the traditional way. This crianza (yes, crianza) released this year (2021) has delightful primary cherry and blackberry characteristics, but is taking on tertiary notes of leather, citrus, dried herb, and sumac. Crazy good. Would do battle and win against most Reservas for double or triple the price. 94 Points.

Rocca Guicciarda Riserva

Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Riserva Chianti Classico 2015

Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy
77 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 92/100

Powerful stuff from Ricasoli. Big, fleshy and ripe, with blackberry, black plum and black cherry notes, wrapped around a core of fresh and dried herb, anise seed, chocolate and a hint of cedar, rather than the other way around. Intensely fascinating, and its inverted nature only stands to change dramatically over the next decade. 92 Points.

Vineyard

Closson Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
77 days ago

Andrew scored this wine: 91/100

A lovely Burgundian expression of Pinot. Raspberry, morello cherry, white pepper, crushed stone and a faint note of beetroot make this a perfect pairing for duck. 91 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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