8 Bottles of Wine We Loved In 2022

Envinate La Santa de Ursula

This particular bottling was born from negramoll, listan negro and listan blanco grown on ancient vines up the Northeast coast of Tenerife. It’s superb and wildly complex with savory-spicy, umami-ish notes that are perfectly balanced out by black pepper and mineral-y dark fruits.

Stirm Calcite

It’s racy, zesty, tangy, bright and affordable with a tangerine, blood orange profile balanced out by zippy minerality and a stone fruit, almondy finish — essentially an orange wine for the classic wine lover. Beyond the Calcite, Ryan’s Syrah and Kick-On Riesling are both stellar, stellar wines.

Emidio Pepe Pecorino (or Cerasuolo or Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo)

The cerasuolo is a deep, energetic rose with lively minerality and notes of blood orange and almond. The montepulciano is elegant and age-worthy. But the pecorino — which is delicately herbal, crisp and lush — still gets my heart beating quickly.

Champ Divin Cremant du Jura Brut

Made on the foothills of the Jura mountains on the Swiss border, the bubbles are high-energy, slightly savory (think roast apples and ripe pear), fiercely mineral-driven, focused and pure.

Ar. Pe. Pe Rosso di Valtellina

Ar. Pe. Pe defects the grape northward to the mountainous Valtellina region of Italy, where nebbiolos are a little racier than their Piedmonte counterparts. This wine is smooth, well-integrated and delicate with red fruit notes of cherry, dark fruit and rose petals.

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