Maria Benz
Top Ten Wines

I’m the kind of person who always has something to say and being able to speak my mind. This is why I absolutely love being an Advisor! From being able to test brand new products on the market to being able to write about and share my opinions, it’s definitely the easiest and most fun job I’ve ever had.

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Expert Opinion

Peter Lauer Mosel Saar Riesling Barrel X

3.2Reader Score
This is a beautiful, delicate, lightly sweet riesling of the type that was classically called kabinett.
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Domaine Trapet Alsace Pinot Auxerrois Ox

2.1Reader Score
Made with the workhorse auxerrois grape, is chalky, creamy and minerally with a rich texture, but not heavy at all.

Louis-Antoine Luyt Chile Itata Valley Pipeño Portezuelo

3.6Reader Score
Louis-Antoine Luyt, moved to Chile, makes juicy, tart, delicious reds from old-vine grapes he finds in the southern Itata Valley

António Lopes Ribeiro Dão Casa de Mouraz Encruzado

3.0Reader Score
This wine is fresh and floral, light and sleek, yet structured with intriguing mineral flavors.

Gutiérrez Colosía Jerez Oloroso Sangre y Trabajadero NV

3.4Reader Score
Oloroso is the great sherry frontier, a wonderful example: savory, steely, deeply mineral, bone dry with a core of caramel.

Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba

2.5Reader Score
This bottle, from a superb producer, is pure and refreshingly bitter, direct, honest and delicious.

Lise & Bertrand Jousset Montlouis sur Loire L’appétillant Brut Nature NV

2.0Reader Score
Sparkling wines from the Loire Valley, made with chenin blanc, from Montlouis, is lovely: creamy, chalky and deliciously rich.

Foxglove Paso Robles Zinfandel

2.5Reader Score
Bob and Jim Varner make chardonnays and pinot noirs from the Santa Cruz Mountains. It has plenty of spicy fruit flavors.

Jo Landron Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil

2.3Reader Score
This lip-smacking wine, from the terrific Jo Landron, is creamy and energetic, full of rocky, earthy, herbal flavors

La Marca di San Michele Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Superiore “CapoVolto”

1.6Reader Score
Comes from organic grapes grown in Ancona, with the flavor of apricots and a mild bitterness reminiscent of almonds.