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Icardi Barolo "Parej" 1999 (750 ml)
Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.99
Savings: $20.00
Juslyn Vineyards Perry's Blend, Spring Mountain District 2003 (750 ml)
List Price: $69.99
Our Price: $55.99
Sale Price: $47.99
Savings: $22.00
WS 91

Big and grapey with spice, berry and cherry character. Full-bodied, chewy tannins and a smoky, berry aftertaste. Delicious and well-structured.
WA 92

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Merlot, the 2003 Perry’s Blend reveals a chocolaty, fleshy bouquet with hints of espresso and black fruits, soft acidity, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors, and a corpulent, heady finish. While not quite as stunning as the 2002, it is a beautiful red to consume during its first 10-12 years of life.

As I have written before, Carolyn and Perry Butler have quickly made Juslyn one of the finest sources of top quality wine on Spring Mountain. They planted their estate vineyard in 1997 and have been sourcing high quality grapes from several of Andy Beckstoffer’s top Napa Valley vineyards.

Robert Parker (Dec, 2006)

WA 95+

Levy and McClellan's 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, which spent 26 months in new oak (mostly Taransaud), is developing at an incredibly slow rate. Its opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by beautiful aromas of roasted coffee, melted chocolate, creme de cassis, burning embers, camphor, and a hint of cedar. On the palate, the wine combines considerable substance, power, and extract with a sense of harmony as well as elegance. Black currant, blackberry, and gamy, meaty notes are also present in this full-bodied effort with an incredibly long finish. The wine is just beginning to shed some tannin and become accessible. It will benefit from another 4-5 years of bottle age, and will easily last for three decades or more.

Under their personal label, the brilliant husband and wife team of Martha McClellan and Bob Levy turn out 400 cases of a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all from a mountainside vineyard planted in volcanic soils at a 500-600 foot elevation. The vineyard spacing is unusually close with 2,900 vines per acre (compared with around 600 vines per acre at many other Napa Cabernet vineyards). Bob Levy has been the winemaker at Harlan Estate since its inception, and, along with owner Bill Harlan, is in the process of making Bond as prodigious as Harlan Estate. Martha McClellan is the winemaker for two Napa Valley superstar cult wineries, Blankiet and Sloan. As I have written in the past, these efforts are produced by two quiet, somewhat reclusive individuals with extraordinary resumes, limitless talent, and a perfectionist, nearly obsessive attitude toward making world-class wines.


- Robert Parker
IWC 92

The 2009 Licinia is a blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Tempranillo aged sur lie for 12 months in predominantly French oak with occasional batonnage. Purple-colored, it offers up a bouquet of smoke, pencil lead, Asian spices, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. Restrained and elegant on the palate, it has ample savory fruit, good depth and concentration, and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. Drink this classy effort from 2013 to 2023.
WS 93

Sleek, rich and polished, with great depth and structure, firming from midpalate on and allowing the ripe currant, blackberry, mineral and cedar notes to fold together nicely, with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made
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WA 93, WS 91

The 2003 Flaccianello della Pieve has aged well considering the oppressive heat of the year. The tannins will always remain firm and the aromatics are starting to show slight elements of oxidation. I don’t see the 2003 ever developing into a great Flaccianello. Readers should consider drinking the 2003 over the next 5-7 years at most. This is a decidedly huge, opulent Flaccianello, but the wine’s extroverted qualities are as well-balanced as one could reasonably hope for. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.

- Antonio Galloni (June, 2012)
WS 93

Sleek, rich and polished, with great depth and structure, firming from midpalate on and allowing the ripe currant, blackberry, mineral and cedar notes to fold together nicely, with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made
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WA 95, IWC 94

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon displays beautifully sweet blue and black fruits intermixed with espresso roast, smoked meats, chocolate, and scorched earth. Dense purple in color, deep, rich, broad, with plenty of tannin and concentration as well as noticeable oak, this wine is a massive Cabernet meant for long-term cellaring. I wouldn’t touch a bottle for 6 to 8 years, then watch it unfold over the following 25-30.

Under their personal label, the brilliant husband and wife team of Martha McClellan and Bob Levy turn out 400 cases of a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all from a mountainside vineyard planted in volcanic soils at a 500-600 foot elevation. The vineyard spacing is unusually close with 2,900 vines per acre (compared with around 600 vines per acre at many other Napa Cabernet vineyards). Bob Levy has been the winemaker at Harlan Estate since its inception, and, along with owner Bill Harlan, is in the process of making Bond as prodigious as Harlan Estate. Martha McClellan is the winemaker for two Napa Valley superstar cult wineries, Blankiet and Sloan. As I have written in the past, these efforts are produced by two quiet, somewhat reclusive individuals with extraordinary resumes, limitless talent, and a perfectionist, nearly obsessive attitude toward making world-class wines.


- Robert Parker
WA 95+

Levy and McClellan's 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, which spent 26 months in new oak (mostly Taransaud), is developing at an incredibly slow rate. Its opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by beautiful aromas of roasted coffee, melted chocolate, creme de cassis, burning embers, camphor, and a hint of cedar. On the palate, the wine combines considerable substance, power, and extract with a sense of harmony as well as elegance. Black currant, blackberry, and gamy, meaty notes are also present in this full-bodied effort with an incredibly long finish. The wine is just beginning to shed some tannin and become accessible. It will benefit from another 4-5 years of bottle age, and will easily last for three decades or more.

Under their personal label, the brilliant husband and wife team of Martha McClellan and Bob Levy turn out 400 cases of a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all from a mountainside vineyard planted in volcanic soils at a 500-600 foot elevation. The vineyard spacing is unusually close with 2,900 vines per acre (compared with around 600 vines per acre at many other Napa Cabernet vineyards). Bob Levy has been the winemaker at Harlan Estate since its inception, and, along with owner Bill Harlan, is in the process of making Bond as prodigious as Harlan Estate. Martha McClellan is the winemaker for two Napa Valley superstar cult wineries, Blankiet and Sloan. As I have written in the past, these efforts are produced by two quiet, somewhat reclusive individuals with extraordinary resumes, limitless talent, and a perfectionist, nearly obsessive attitude toward making world-class wines.


- Robert Parker
WS 99, WA 97, IWC 94

Shows excellent color and richness for a Sangiovese, with aromas of sultana, coffee, toasty oak and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and chewy tannins. The concentration and depth of fruit and layers of tannins are breathtaking. A blockbuster. Best after 2014.
WS 99, WA 97, IWC 94

Shows excellent color and richness for a Sangiovese, with aromas of sultana, coffee, toasty oak and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and chewy tannins. The concentration and depth of fruit and layers of tannins are breathtaking. A blockbuster. Best after 2014.
JS 96, WS 96, WA 95

The 2008 Barolo Colonnello is impressive. It shows gorgeous richness and depth in its focused, energetic fruit. Sweet red berries, flowers and spices are woven together beautifully in the 2008 Colonnello. The elegant side of Barolo comes through, but with an extra degree of muscle. The oak, sometimes noticeable in this bottling, is very well-integrated. Floral notes are woven throughout the finish. The Colonnello often gives the impression of being early to mature relative to the estate’s other Baroli, but the 2008 is surprisingly powerful and structured. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033.

- Antonio Galloni (April, 2012)
JS 100, IWC 96, WA 95+, WS 95

The 2005 Barolo Riserva Granbussia is shaping up to be one of the great wines of the vintage. The bouquet is classic Barolo to the core – pure rose petals, tar, licorice, orange peel and leather. The 2005 is a wine of contrasts. It is at once powerful yet delicate, rich yet weightless. In other words, it captures all of the elements that make Nebbiolo such a fascinating grape. Both bottles I tasted were spectacular. Within the context of Granbussia, the 2005 isn’t likely to be one of the longer-lived vintages, but it is stunning right now. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025.

- Antonio Galloni (April, 2012)
Bright with a deep ruby core, lighter with a bit of garnet toward the rim. Rich and aromatic with dark fruit of black cherry, cassis, exotic licorice, cinnamon, and subtle vanilla spice with sweet notes of tobacco, a little cocoa, and subtle toasted cedar in the background. Full-bodied with black cherry and classic black currant fruit, complex brown spice of star anise, licorice with cocoa, and herbal notes of sweet tobacco and a hint of eucalyptus. The rest is classic Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon — fruit, complex spice, and mineral flavors balanced with guiding structural elements on a long, memorable finish.

Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot

JS 96, WS 95, WA 94, IWC 94

The 2008 Barolo Colonnello is impressive. It shows gorgeous richness and depth in its focused, energetic fruit. Sweet red berries, flowers and spices are woven together beautifully in the 2008 Colonnello. The elegant side of Barolo comes through, but with an extra degree of muscle. The oak, sometimes noticeable in this bottling, is very well-integrated. Floral notes are woven throughout the finish. The Colonnello often gives the impression of being early to mature relative to the estate’s other Baroli, but the 2008 is surprisingly powerful and structured. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033.

- Antonio Galloni (April, 2012)
WA 93+

The 2009 Barolo Parej is a slow to evolve wine that grows in careful increments and measured intensity with each swirl of the glass. The aromas veer over to the dark side with licorice, tar, asphalt, plum, dark berry and wet earth. It’s well worth waiting to see where it will go. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.

- Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
WA 96, WS 94

The 2009 Barolo Romirasco is an incredibly rich and powerful wine and by far the most elaborate of the bunch. Those oak-driven notes of spice and toasted nut will require many more years of bottle aging until they fully integrate, but the wine certainly shows the girth and consistency to bring it forward over time. Lingering notes of mocha, espresso, cola, dark spice, plum and dried blackberries complete the finish. Don’t even think of opening this bottle anytime soon. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.


- Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
WS 97, WA 95
Wine Spectator Top 100: 2004, Rank: 10


Monumental, with masses of blackberry, coffee, berry and cherry aromas. Full-bodied, with layers of ripe tannins. Goes on and on. Builds on the palate. I have never tasted a greater wine from here. Better than 1997. Best after 2007.

- James Suckling
Eric et Joel Durand Cornas Empreintes 2010
Our Price: $59.99
Sale Price: $39.99
Savings: $20.00
WA 95, WS 94

A true blockbuster from this mind-blowing vintage in the Northern Rhone, it will be fun to compare the 2010 Cornas Empreintes with the 2009 over the next few decades. As opaque as a moonless night, this black/purple-colored 2010 reveals notes of incense, camphor, charcoal, flowers, blueberries and blackberry liqueur. It is enormously endowed and full-bodied with good minerality as well as a fabulous multidimensional texture and a finish that lasts nearly 50 seconds. Give it several years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.


- Robert Parker (Dec, 2012)
WA 92, IWC 91

The 2007 Reserva has an attractive, bashful bouquet that demands coaxing, with scents of singed leather and allspice. The palate is very well-balanced with crisp tannin. It is a little rustic but there is a surfeit of personality. It has lovely leafy red fruit married with white pepper and leather towards the meaty finish. Drink 2015-2030.

- Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate (Aug, 2012)
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