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Scores, schmores! As much as we respect and idolize all of the wine critics and publications out there, it’s 2019 and we think there are plenty of bottles for enjoyment that don’t have scores. We compiled a list of some, we repeat SOME, score-less wines that have our attention right now. We triple-dog-dare you to try them and give them your own personal score!
|Field Recordings SKINS 2017
Feeling super trendy because ORANGE WINE! This one is a blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 30% Pinot Noir and 10% Verdelho that sit on the skins during fermentation which results in the end product of a lovely hue lying anywhere from atomic tangerine to a brooding amber. Not only is this wine distinct in the color, the namesake winemaking method leaves a textural mouthfeel and savory character that will leave you wanting more- regardless of the lack of scores. A delectable getaway for those family members and friends that are color-ist when it comes to wine!
|Cardedu 'Praja' Monica di Sardegna 2017
An indigenous grape variety with the same name as our favorite FRIENDS character?! Hell to the yeah! Sourced from the most mountainous and least populated region on the island comes this stunning light & bright ‘summer red,’ as we like to call wines like this. The balance is unsurpassable with the stunning earth and bright fruit, making it a wine that will receive 100 points from anyone you decide to share it with!
|Domaine du Pelican Arbois 2017
Two words: Guillaume D’Angerville. If you know your Burgundy, you know that this name means that scores are super unnecessary. Although this wine may not be from his more well-established Domaine Marquis D’Angerville, if you close your eyes and drink this Arbois, we guarantee you think you will be drinking Premier Cru (hell, even Grand Cru) white Burgundy. Racy and exciting with very expressive Jura notes of herbs, such as chives and tarragon, limes and lemons and a chalky minerality, what immediately strikes you about this wine is its freshness, structure and finish.
|Alberto Nanclares y Prieto Ribeira Sacra Tinto 'Pene Pedre’ 2015
Let us introduce you to Alberto Nanclares and his wines. Alberto moved from Basque Country to the village of Cambados with his wife, Sylvia Prieto (hence the winery name) in the early 90s. He wasn’t super into wine but liked the idea of farming because of his great terroir. Fast forward nearly 30 years and the couple is still releasing organically- & biodynamically-farmed wines with crystalline precision and extreme personality. Lise this Mencia blend! Their production is teeny and the wines are super esoteric, though, so, in turn, no scores. More for us!
|Scarpetta Frico 'Friulano' White Blend 2017
Ahhh Friuli-Venezia Giulia **insert heart eyes emoji here** how we just adore you and your white wines—especially your namesake white, Friulano! This example from Scarpetta is one of our faves since its blended with Chardonnay. Serving notes of almond paste, lemon curd, and zesty acid, the wine is begging to be paired with salty pecorino cheese or grilled branzino. Oh and we forgot to mention that it’s Master Somm Bobby Stuckey’s Italian passion project. You’ve gotta trust the guy’s meticulous palate on this one!
|James Rahn Pinot Meunier 2016
You may be asking yourself, WTF is Pinot Meunier but if you drink a lot of Champagne you know that it’s one of the three varietals allowed in the illustrious bubbles blend AND that you rarely ever see it bottled on its own. James Rahn is a producer out of Willamette damnit and his wines are wholeheartedly truthful, intentional, and full of deliciousness. Single-vineyard-focused, and usually only around 100 cases produced. We have a feeling that if critics tasted this they didn’t give it scores because they wanted to keep it all to themselves!
|The Wonderland Project “The White Queen” 2014
Bootlegger, former sommelier, and current proprietor Matt Ahern was looking to fill the niche of high-quality wine at a price point that wouldn’t break the bank. He turned to his friends, brothers Andrew and Adam Mariani of Scribe Winery to assist in creating The Wonderland Project out of Sonoma County. ‘The White Queen’ is an organic chardonnay that’s fit for a queen with notes of grapefruit, white peach, brioche and honey. It’s rich and luscious and makes us want to stick out our pinky while we drink it.
|Dirty and Rowdy Enz Vineyard Mourvèdre 2017
We have all the heart eyes in the world for the team at Dirty & Rowdy. They're basically the rugged cowboys (cowboys don't care about scores, FYI!) of wine who are producing juice that makes you want to put on a pair of Levis and listen to old school Rock n Roll! This Mourvèdre sourced from the Enz Vineyard (Central Coast) that's home to some of the oldest vines in CA (dating back to 1887). Pop the cork and let sit for about 2 hours prior to consumption.
|Chateau Tour des Gendres Pétillant Naturel 2017
So many things we love in a bottle: pet-nat style, 70/30 blend of our two favorite blancs (Sauvignon & Chenin, respectively), organically grown, and low alcohol (11%ABV). Sourced from vineyards in Bergerac, these bubbles make an exceptional aperitif during the cooler months or ‘pool pounder’ in the summer months. When you taste this wine you’ll realize how unnecessary scores are since the bottle speaks for itself.
|Bichi Wines La Santa 2017
Yeah, yeah we all know that Napa Valley makes some of the best wine in the world, but did you know that if you head south for, say, 650 miles you’ll reach another EPIC winegrowing region by the name of Baja California. Here, it’s more than just fish tacos and cervezas, just ask the guys over at Bichi! La Santa is made from the Rosa del Peru (Moscatel Negro) grape and grown at high elevations on dry-farmed vineyards in the region of Tecate. It’s a less-than-350-case-production kind of wine that has limitless elements to it: delicate yet meaty, fruit-forward with earthy unctuousness, and it all totally works! Can you tell we absolutely love it?!