Get our editors’ exclusive picks from recent blind tastings of complex Oregon Pinot Noirs, rich Barolos and lively California Sauvignon Blancs. Also featured are Australian Cabernets and Syrahs, plus white Burgundies, including grands crus.
Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley Les Pierres Qui Décident 2021
94 points | $75 | 107 cases made | White
Distinctive, revealing robust Key lime, yuzu, lemon verbena and lemon zest notes, with a savory thread of saline and a touch of dried ginger and graham cracker. As powerful as this is, there is a sense of restraint, while a refreshing thread of acidity keeps the flavors in focus. Drink now through 2029. — M.W.
Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon Russian River Valley Les Leçons des Maîtres 2021
93 points | $75 | 168 cases made | White
A stunning white wine, succulent, intense and complex, featuring fleshy nectarine, apricot and honey-drizzled ripe melon at the core, with litsea oil and lemon verbena aromatics that linger in the background. Bracing acidity cuts through this version’s medium body, leaving a refreshing finish. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now through 2028. — M.W.