CÔTE RÔTIE- Louis Bernard 2017 - 92/100
VACQUEYRAS - Louis Bernard 2018 - 90/100
"Bold blueberry and violet aromas perfume this plump but freshly balanced blend of Grenache and Syrah. Full-bodied and luscious on the palate, its fig and blackberry preserve flavors are approachably fruity but edged by firm, anchoring tannins. Best enjoyed now–2028". Anna Lee C.Iijima - December 2020
CONDRIEU- Louis Bernard 2017 - 91/100
"In this wine, heady top notes of vanilla, brioche and smoke seep into concentrated yellow apple and grapefruit. Full bodied and just a touch warming, it's an open, generous wine freshened by a mineral lift on the finish. Ready now, it should hold well through 2024." Anna Lee C.Iijima - July 2020
HERMITAGE red - Louis Bernard 2016 - 90/100
"Compared to traditional examples of Hermitage that often take a decade to open, this sunny, ample Syrah offers bright blueberry and boysenberry flavors with ease. Notes of briar, chocolate and cardamom lend a spicy, peppery tone to the midpalate. This accessible but elegant Syrah is ready to enjoy now but should hold through 2025." Anna Lee C.Iijima - July 2020
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 'Domaine la Crau des Papes' red 2017 - 89/100
"Cardamom, cinnamon and cocoa spice this plump, open-knit blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. Full bodied on the palate, it's a juicy, immediately approachable sip full of fleshy strawberry and plum flavors. Tannins are soft and fine grained. Best enjoyed now–2024'' - May 2020
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 'Louis Bernard' red 2017 - 89/100
"Hints of chocolate ganache and cinnamon mingle into strawberry preserves on the nose and palate of this voluminous but softly structured blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. It's fleshy and open knit, with a finish framed by fine, feathery tannins. Best enjoyed now–2024" - Dec. 2019
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 'Louis Bernard' red 2016 - 92/100
"Cherry and plum flavors are youthful and fresh in this wine, accented by crushed mineral and a tinge of peppery spice. It's silken-smooth in texture yet held upright by taut, persistent tannins. Attractive already the wine should improve through 2028 and hold further."Dec.2019
CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES - LOUIS 2017 - 89/100
"A blend of Grenache and Syrah, this full-bodied red offers plump, concentrated flavors of preserved plum and blackberry syrup accented by anise, violet and sage. It's ripe but freshly balanced and edged by fine, gripping tannins that penetrate the finish. " Dec.2019.
CÔTES DU RHÔNE 'Louis Bernard' made with organic grapes 2017 - 89/100 - BEST BUY
"Spicy black-cherry cola and cassis flood the palate of this bold, intensely fruity red. Effortless but concentrated, the wine is balanced by fresh acidity and fine, firm tannins. It's at peak now through 2022" Dec.2019.
GIGONDAS - Louis Bernard 2015 - 92/100
Intensely ripe black-cherry and mulberry aromas are muted by shades of forest floor, porcini and dried violet in this full-bodied wine. The black fruit flavors are lavishly fruity but balanced by complexities of earth, leather and charcuterie. This inviting but stately wine should drink well through 2025. March 2019.
CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES - LOUIS 2016 - 90/100
"Intensely ripe black-cherry flavor is shaded by hints of barnyard, bramble and garrigue in this well-priced wine. It's lush and open knit in fruit character but complex too. The long finish ends on fine-grained, velvety tannins. Enjoy now–2022. " March 2019.
CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES - Louis Bernard red 2016 -89/100 BEST BUY
Crisp blackberry and cherry flavors lend a vibrant edge to this full-bodied yet freshly balanced wine. It's crisply concentrated and silky on the palate, with integrated notes of vanilla, anise and spice. The finish is moderately long, lingering on hints of dried lavender and thyme. A.I. Sept. 2018.
CÔTES DU RHÔNE - Louis Bernard Rosé 2018 - 88/100 BEST BUY
Initial whiffs are a bit earthen and dusty but aeration exposes airy tones of raspberry, peach and strawberry in this wine. It's dry and crisply concentrated but also pristinely fresh and fruity. Drink now. July 2019
In this wine, heady top notes of vanilla, brioche and smoke seep into concentrated yellow apple and grapefruit. Full bodied and just a touch warming, it's an open, generous wine freshened by a mineral lift on the finish. Ready now, it should hold well through 2024. ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA