BTI 94

Bright amber color. Bright, attractive aromas of sautéed almonds, dried fruits, spicy custard, and leather with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long raisin compote, chocolate nuts, brown spices, and cedar and minerals finish. A flavorful and stylish, after dinner dram with a lot of attractive Sherry barrel character.

- Beverage Testing Institute (May, 2015)
WA 94, WS 92

The 2012 Monteverro is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This is a gorgeous wines that excels on many fronts including extraction, intensity and richness. The bouquet opens to aromas of dark berry and spice, with lingering tones of tobacco, resin and blackberry jam. The 2012 vintage was a warm one (similar to 2011) on the Tuscan Coast. As a result, this edition is slightly less nuanced compared to cooler vintages like 2008 and 2010. This is a beautiful option if you choose to drink the wine now or hold it for later.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)
Complex and rounded, with great personality. Wonderful concert of different sensations in which come out of the ripe fruit, cherry, tobacco, cacao and vanilla. Rich, wrapping, confirm the charming sensation smelled. Extremely rich, the grappa at its highest level.
JS 97, V 95

The 2014 Opus One has turned out to be a gorgeous wine. Savory, tightly wound and intensely aromatic, the 2014 is going to need time to unwind, but it looks like it will develop along the more classic vintages here. The tannins are firm but also impeccably balanced. A sleeper wine for the year, the 2014 is shaping up to be a gorgeous wine that will handsomely repay several decades of cellaring. The 2014 is not an obvious Opus One, like the 2010, 2012 or 2013, but over time, I will not be surprised if it challenges or even surpasses some of those vintages. In short, the 2014 is a wine of tension, power and grace.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2016)
In 1966, former Master Distiller Robert Arthur laid down a run of particularly outstanding spirit. For five decades, our dedicated Master Distillers have monitored this exclusive whisky as it slowly aged at The Glenlivet distillery. This precious spirit became imbued with increasing depth and complexity, soaking up flavor and a sense of history in equal measure. Now, at the peak of its maturation, Master Distiller Alan Winchester has released just 100 bottles of this rare single malt. Crafted over generations, it’s a tribute to George Smith, who created the original single malt that set the standard in taste and quality. Vintage 1966 is the second edition in The Winchester Collection of 50-year-old single malts.

Released over a number of years, the collection is set to become one of the most sought-after and priceless. Matured in an exceptional ex-sherry cask, Vintage 1966 bursts with soft fruit and sweet treacle flavors, and is tantalizingly rich and dark in color. Upon opening the bottle, the nose exudes sweet, rich aromas of treacle, moist raisins, and homemade apricot jam. On the palate, Vintage 1966 bursts with an abundance of soft fruits, treacle, and juicy orange, with hints of cinnamon and liquorice. The finish is exceptionally luscious and long lasting.

The packaging for The Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 brings together the craftsmanship of Brodie Nairn, Richard Fox, and John Galvin. Every element has been designed and created to stay true to the product and pioneering spirit of The Glenlivet. All of the materials and finishes have been chosen to create a work of art that’s as timeless as the precious liquid inside. Housed in a hand-blown decanter that shines like moving water, encased in a handmade wooden box, and sealed with a precious stopper, each bottle of this remarkable Speyside single malt sets new standards for luxury and taste. Simply put, it’s a masterpiece of whisky-making tradition.
V 94, WE 94, WA 93

Formally known as Barolo Cannubi S. Lorenzo - Ravera, this wine has been renamed Tre Tine. The 2012 Barolo Tre Tine is a beautifully fragrant and elegantly perfumed Nebbiolo with a graceful and ethereal approach. This is traditional Barolo in its highest and most distinguished form. The bouquet offers pressed rose, licorice, tobacco, cola, dried fruit and white truffle. The quality of these aromas is pristine and sharp. Barolo Tre Tine takes a similar approach on the palate with long, silky tannins. This wine is built to last.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
JS 95, WA 93

Simone Bilorsi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino exhibits a dark garnet color and little light penetration. Fornacina has been using organic farming methods since 2004 and the pureness of the fruit does come through in this classic vintage. Ash, smoke and dried fruit lift from the glass to reveal softer tones of spice, licorice and grilled herb at the back. This wine already shows signs of tar and black tar that hint at the beginnings of bottle evolution. Otherwise, the delivers is very smooth and silky and the wine boasts fresh acidity to keep it lively. The finish is long and rich.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2015)
100% Barbera D'Asti, aged 10 years, stored in wooden box.

Amber color. Complex, delicate, with sensation of marasca cherry, wood fruits, cacao and vanilla on the nose. Rich, harmonious and persistent taste. Powerful and in the same time very delicate. Real masculine grappa. Very classic though. Highly appreciated by connoisseurs around the world for his intense fruity smell.
WS 91

Ripe and rich, with muscular flavors of blackberry, dark plum and cherry tart, laced with savory accents. Offers sanguine notes midpalate, finishing with hints of slate and black peppercorn. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda. Drink now through 2021. 250 cases imported.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
WE 92-94

Barrel sample. Solid and concentrated, this wine certainly shows great dryness as well as fruit. It has power and density, and a texture that balances new wood as well as the fruitiness.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2013)
JS 93-96, WA 94

Tasted from an ex-château bottle at BI Wine & Spirits Calon-Segur dinner in London, the 2009 Calon Segur is cut from such a different cloth to the 2008, you might presume they are totally different châteaux! What they share in common is that they are both long-term propositions. This is an atypical 2009 in the sense that it remains one of the few that require patience. Sure, it has an opulent and intense bouquet with plenty more glycerine and warmth than the 2008, maintaining fine delineation, but you know there is more to come. The palate is full-bodied, powerful and almost viscous on the entry, bold but structured, especially towards the substantial finish that clams up tightly after 20-30 minutes. Punishment for jumping the gun? Hey, it's up to you, but there are many other Left Bank 2009s that you could enjoy within ten years of age before considering this excellent Saint Estèphe.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WE 94

This hearty blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 9% Merlot is what put Justin on the map, and it still impresses with its elegantly woven tobacco, leather, cocoa, blueberry, and caramel aromas. It hits the palate softly, showing black cherry, baking spice, milk chocolate and faint mint notes, ending in a finish that reveals a firm tannic structure.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)
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