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Samsara Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml) Charles Smith K Vintners Viognier, Columbia Valley 2016 (750 ml) Clos Pepe Estate 'Barrel Fermented' Chardonnay 2011 (750 ml)
WA 90

The peppery, herbal, black cherry and smoked earth-scented 2014 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is rich, textured and balanced on the palate, with bright acidity and a clean, gulpable style that keeps you coming back to the glass. It has excellent complexity, plenty of fruit and will drink nicely for 4-5 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
V 91

The 2011 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented boasts gorgeous textural depth and volume. Varietal notes flesh out in a wine that shows tons of Clos Pepe character in its brightness, but with an additional layer of complexity from the fermentation in barrel. This is the first Clos Pepe Chardonnay to see a touch of new oak, 5% in this vintage. The flavors are a little broader than in the Hommage, but the style is quintessentially Clos Pepe and 2011.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Dierberg Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2014 (750 ml) JCB by Jean Charles Boisset No 81 Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml) Foley Estates Two Sisters Courtney's Vineyard Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills 2015 (750 ml)
V 93, WE 91

The aromas are restrained and mellow in this bottling from winemaker Tyler Thomas, showing mostly yellow apple and citrus peel notes. The palate is racy, high-toned and steely in structure, framed by a razor-sharp edge of zippy acidity, with only faint background notes of ripe stonefruit.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2017)
WA 91

The 2014 Chardonnay No. 81 is scented of ripe apples and peaches with hints of cedar, baking bread, marzipan and ginger. Medium to full-bodied and silken textured, it offers a great concentration of clean, ripe stone fruit flavors with some savory characters coming thorough on the long finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
WE 92, WA 90

Tangy aromas of lemon curd meet with warmer touches of Marcona almonds and cider-laced popcorn on the dynamic nose of this bottling. The palate starts with a melted butter richness before tangy citrus peels and savory sea salts combine for a long finish, where both butterscotch and vanilla also make an appearance.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2017)
Samsara Rancho La Vina Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2012 (750 ml) Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) The Other Guys 'Gehricke' Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)
WA 92

Another savory, peppery effort, the 2012 Pinot Noir Rancho la Vina Vineyard has a solid core of black raspberry and cassis-scented fruit to go with plenty of sous bois, wild herbs and tapenade on the nose. Medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and graceful on the palate, it has polished tannin, nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. Like the Las Hermanas, it has plenty of stem influence, yet has everything in the right proportions, lots of charm, and is a joy to drink. Fermented with 70% stems and aged 20 months in 30% new French oak, drink it anytime over the coming 5-7 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
WS 88, WA 88

Cedary oak stands apart from the core of licorice and dark berry flavors, yet remains close enough to impart nuance. Time may benefit this wine, which is complex and balanced, drinking well already. Drink now through 2025.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2017)
WE 91

Softly floral and brightly spicy, this wine rocks in red cherry and tangy citrus, sure to please a broad range of palates in its approachable elegance and restraint. Toasted vanilla oak rounds out the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
Hartford Family Winery Hartford Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 2016 (750 ml) Kesner Blustone Red, North Coast 2010 (750 ml) Foley Estates Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 2015 (750 ml)
WA 92

Already bottled, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Hartford Zinfandel is scented of baked blueberries, stewed plums and kirsch with touches of raspberry leaves, dried herbs, spice box and new leather. Full-bodied, firmly textured and with a lively backbone, it gives a great intensity of blue and black berry preserves, finishing long and spicy

- Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
An elixir of Zinfandel, Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Counoise, the fruit was sourced from two vineyards, planted in 1918 and 1933. Aged 16 months in 30% new-ish French oak, this is unlike any Zinfandel blend you’ve ever had before. Jason purposefully harvested the fruit on the earlier side, producing a wine with more acidic structure than what you would typically find with a Zin. While the wine is dense with purple and black fruit, there is an undercurrent of savory herbs and minerality that gives it lift, making this one complex field blend.
WE 93

Plump red cherry, rust, dried sage, wild thyme and baking spices show on the nose of this top-end regional wine from Bill Foley. The palate shows cohesive well-woven flavors of strong red fruits, turned earth, brown spice, cracked pepper and a menthol-like finish. The acidity is perfect, the tannins soft but structural.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2018)
Andrew Murray Vineyards Roasted Slope Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley 2013 (750 ml) Joseph Phelps Ventana Wines Le Mistral Rhone Blend 2015 (750 ml) Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir 2012 (750 ml)
WA 92

The 2013 Syrah Roasted Slope Vineyard is a rock-star blend of 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier that saw 30% whole clusters during fermentation and 18 months in 10% new French oak. It's a classic, pure and layered beauty that exudes notions of black raspberries, peach pit, violets, pepper and spice in a medium-bodied, elegant and seamless style. The purity of fruit is what really sets this apart, and while it's singing already, it should evolve nicely through 2023.

Andrew Murray is on a roll and these latest releases are all superb. All of the wines have distinctive, individual characters and are impeccably made. In addition, they all represent killer values. If you haven't tried the wines from here yet, now is certainly time taste for yourself!

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

Ventana proudly introduces its new sister vineyard, Le Mistral. Founded by Joseph Phelps over ten years ago, this Monterey vineyard is about 10 miles south of the Arroyo Seco in the foot hills outside of King City. Le Mistral is a blend which includes the major grape varieties, or cepages, that have been grown in the Southern Rhone Valley of France for centuries. These include (but are not limited to) Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Carignan. We believe there are remarkable similarities between Monterey, California’s wine growing regions and the Southern Rhone Valley, including the blustery afternoon winds for which this Rhone-style wine is named.

Le Mistral is typically comprised of 60 to 70 percent Syrah and Grenache, and Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah may also contribute to the balance of the blend, depending on the vintage. The grapes are harvested and the wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and the blend assembled within six months after the harvest. The final blend is then aged for approximately 16 months in new and older French and American oak barrels, followed by a light filtration and bottling the second summer following the harvest.
WE 92

Medium in build and high in minerality, this fruity, dark-cherry wine is tethered by sizable oak and tannin. It finds its balance midway through, before offering a substantial finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml) Draxton Vineyards Cult X Pinot Noir 2009 (750 ml) Morgan Winery Double L Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml)
WE 94, WS 92, WA 92

Refined and powerful, with concentrated flavors of green apple, ripe citrus and mineral that are deftly supported by fresh acidity. Hints of dried savory herbs show on the finish. Drink now through 2022.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)
Brick red with a light reddish-orange rim. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, plum, portobello and red licorice. Lightly spicy notes of black pepper and garden soil on the nose. Soft, savory, and voluptuous with a cherry, beet, and plum core framed with generous vanilla, black raspberry and baking spice.
WE 93, WA 92

The 2014 Chardonnay Double L Vineyard is a cellar selection from their estate vineyard and incorporates eight different clones. Brought up in 30% new French oak, it's a rich, textured and concentrated beauty that has terrific purity and freshness in its orchard fruits, toasty oak and baked apple aromas and flavors. It has a Montrachet-like vibe and will drink well for 4-5 years at a minimum.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)
Mullan Road Cellars Red, Columbia Valley 2014 (750 ml) Lail Vineyards Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (750 ml) Caduceus Cellars Dos Ladrones, Arizona 2014 (750 ml)
WA 91

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec, the 2014 Columbia Valley Red Wine offers an impressive bouquet of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice and integrated toasty oak. Ripe, rounded and beautifully textured, it has loads to love and should drink nicely for 7-8 years, probably longer.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WE 93

This barrel-fermented white is made from three stellar vineyard sites: Crocker, Farella and Rewa, the latter two in Coombsville. Philippe Melka makes the wine. Smooth, soft and floral, it has citrus-driven acidity that keeps it fresh in the glass against a backdrop of stunning complexity and lush texture.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2018)
Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards 2014 Dos Ladrones is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Malvasia Bianca from Bonita Springs Vineyard, Graham County, Arizona. It has beautiful floral notes with crisp white fruit, pear, honeysuckle, gooseberry, and vanilla flavors. Think dreamy spring nights, chalked hopscotch next to a blooming bed of tulips.
EnRoute Les Brumaires - Les Brumeux Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml) Milbrandt Vineyards Sentinel Northridge Vineyard 2009 (750 ml) Patz and Hall Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2016 (750 ml)
WE 94

From a selection of vineyards influenced heavily by fog, this wine shines in fleshy, expansive stone fruit and brightly integrated flavors of apple and pear. With a focused, velvety and juicy texture, it retains plenty of balance against a backdrop of elegant richness.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WS 88

Dark and peppery, with a tangy edge to the firmly textured blackberry, fresh sage and tar flavors that play against refined tannins on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best after 2014.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2012)
WA 89

The 2016 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast has aromas of ripe peaches and Golden Delicious apples with hints of allspice, lightly browned toast and lemongrass. The palate is medium-bodied with nice purity and freshness, offering a slight creaminess to the texture and savory finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2018)
Dehlinger Estate Bottled Unfiltered Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml) Andrew Will Winery Flaneurs, Columbia Valley 2013 (750 ml) Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2015 (750 ml)
WS 92

A graceful, elegant style that impresses with nuance and finesse, offering subtle smoky, toasty oak and leesy, yeasty notes that add dimension to the fig and apricot flavors. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)
WA 91

50% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon. The most structured and tannic of the lineup, the 2013 Flaneurs comes mostly from Two Blondes and Ciel du Cheval Vineyards, and spent 21 months in 35% new French oak. Loaded with dark fruits, bouquet garni, licorice and sweet oak, this rich, medium to full-bodied effort has rock-solid purity, plenty of texture and building, chewy tannin on the finish. It needs short-term cellaring and will drink well for a decade. While I think this lacks a touch of the elegance found in the other 2013s, it's a terrific wine.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
WA 93+, WE 93

The 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard bursts forth from the glass with vibrant white peach, pink grapefruit and yuzu aromas with underlying marzipan, orange blossom and honeyed toast hints. Light-bodied, with intense stone fruit and citrus flavors that punch above its weight, it has an electric backbone of freshness and long, minerally finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2017)
Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2015 (750 ml) Kale Wines Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvee, Sonoma County 2012 (750 ml) Charles Smith K Vintners 'Guido', Walla Walla Valley 2013 (750 ml)
WE 94

This wine's Honeycrisp apple and Applejacks cereal scents lead the nose before bold layers of luxurious texture confirm its complexity and overall appeal on the palate. Densely packed with flavor, it also shows plenty of structure to support its powerful range.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2017)
WE 90

A mere youth, this blend of 68% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 2% Viognier needs time, suggesting a decant before enjoying. High-toned and juicy blueberry and blackberry remain shy on the palate, while the wine's more exotic handfuls of black licorice and tea are more pronounced, alongside a dark chocolate vibe and pinches of white pepper.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2015)

WE 93, WA 92

The medium-ruby colored 2013 Sangiovese Guido comes all from Jack’s Vineyard in the Rocks region of Walla Walla. It has juicy acidity and an elegant, medium to full-bodied style, as well as lots of kirsch and cherry fruit characteristics, spring and spice. It shines on its purity and finesse, and should keep nicely through 2023.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
Bergstrom Wines Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml) Evening Land Silver Label 'Seven Springs Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml) Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 (750 ml)
WA 90, WE 90

Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Cumberland Reserve has an open, expressive nose of crushed raspberries, Bing cherries and cranberries with hints of violets, chocolate box and dried herbs. The medium to full-bodied palate is rich and opulent, with tons of baking spice and red berry layers supported by fine-grained tannins and a racy backbone, finishing long.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
WS 92

Crisp and tangy, with a mineral character running through the raspberry and cherry flavors at the core, coming together with harmony and structural tension on the vibrant finish. Best from 2017 through 2023.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)
WE 93, WA 91, V 91

Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Lucienne Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard has a very earthy nose of mossy bark, damp soil and fungi over a core of black cherries and black raspberries, plus a hint of black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with gregarious black and red fruit preserves-inspired flavors, supported by fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with perfumed hints.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2017)
Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 (750 ml) Purple Hands Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2015 (750 ml)
There's much to admire in this rich, savory, layered and well-fruited effort, featuring bold dark berry, anise, mocha and jazzy oak flavors. Deep and persistent. Drink now.
WA 92

Produced primarily from Calera and Pommard clones, the light to medium ruby-purple colored 2015 Lucienne Pinot Noir Smith Vineyard has fragrant notes of Bing cherries, pomegranate and cranberries with hints of lavender, dried herbs and forest floor. Medium-bodied, fined-boned and with a great intensity of red berry and earthy layers, it finishes long with some mineral nuances coming through.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2017)
WE 93

Cody Wright sources his fruit from an A-list of Willamette Valley vineyards, and Shea is right at the top. Cloaked in a milk chocolate shell, this sophisticated wine melds blackberry fruit with flavor-extending streaks of cola and caramel. In scent and finish, there is a slight intriguing hint of pine sap.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)
Herman Story Nuts & Bolts Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2015 (750 ml) Herman Story On The Road Grenache, Santa Barbara County 2013 (750 ml) Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2015 (750 ml)
WA 94, V 93

Bright purple. Powerful, mineral- and spice-accented black and blue fruit scents show impressive clarity and pick up a sexy incense nuance as the wine opens up. Sweet, palate-coating boysenberry and cherry compote flavors reveal hints of licorice and candied flowers. Impressively rich yet vibrant, finishing on a juicy blue fruit note with youthful tannins and superb, smoky persistence.

- Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Nov, 2017)
WA 93, V 92, WE 91

Checking in as 100% Grenache, the 2013 On The Road (Grenache) was half destemmed and brought up in 65% new and 35% neutral French oak. It offers up a perfumed bouquet of kirsch and black raspberry fruits, crushed rocks, spice and dried earth in a full-bodied, supple, balanced and delicious style. It has a kick of savory tannin to integrate, but it's already approachable and should offer tons of pleasure over the coming 4-5 years.

Pulling from a number of sites spread throughout the Central Coast, Herman Story’s Russell From makes unabashedly Californian wines that make the most of the beautiful fruit that makes California so special. These are not for those craving tiny, mid-weight efforts and they have rocking textures, tons of fruit and most importantly, always remain a joy to drink. These are gorgeous wines.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
Caduceus Cellars Nagual de La Naga, Arizona 2013 (750 ml) Kesner Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 (750 ml) Kesner Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2011 (750 ml)
The Arizona take on a Super-Tuscan blend: 50% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 20% Sangiovese. Aged 18 months in new & neutral French oak, making for a lush and spicy wine perfect with steak or veal, and especially compliments red sauce dishes.Located in the Verde Valley of Arizona, Caduceus operates under the direction of founder/winemaker/musician Maynard James Keenan, himself a descendant of Italian winemakers. The grapes come from his own Merkin Vineyards in Jerome, AZ, where he grows a multitude of varietals.
Kistler's winemaker, Jason Kesner, makes one of the best 2011 California Chardonnays, period. Labelled under his own name, Kesner’s Alder Springs is pure genius in the glass and a wonderfully crafted wine. I might have to give this wine the nod as my top Chardonnay of the vintage! Kesner’s Alder Springs is simply majestic and glorious with layers of fruit and minerals; complex, lively and elegant, the nose starts off with wet stones, white flowers, brioche and citrus fruits leading to a vivid palate that balances lively acidity with creamy richness.
The aromatic profile is loaded with stone fruit, honeysuckle, lemon zest and graphite, while the palate unfolds with mouthwatering, juicy flavors of peach pit, citrus oil, lemon curd and baked apple. The lively finish is creamy, tart and spicy, with hints of tangy lime and lemongrass.
Hoopes Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Pillow Rd. Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml) Mitolo G.A.M Shiraz 2014 (750 ml)
This cellar-worthy treasure has attention-grabbing spice, leather and smoky oak aromas. Ripe fruit flavors are heavily shaded with undeniably delicious accents of cedar and chocolate. It is bold in flavor, full in body and quite tannic in texture. Hold until at least 2018; the wine should improve even more after that.
The 2014 Pillow Road Pinot Noir exemplifies the vineyard and the true varietal expression of Pinot Noir. Fresh aromas of wild berries, bing cherry and cola are complimented with notes of violet and cinnamon spice. The palate is soft and elegant with sweet tannins and lively acidity that provide for a balanced and structured wine capable of long-term aging.
WA 92

Deep garnet in color with a hint of purple, the 2014 Shiraz G A M offers fruitcake, preserved plums and blueberry tart notes with suggestions of mocha, Marmite and bacon fat. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with spicy black berry preserve layers, supported by rounded tannins and seamless acidity, finishing long and savory.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
Cherry Pie Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml) Varner Wines Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 2013 (750 ml) EnRoute Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml
WA 91, WS 90, WE 90

The 2014s, which will be released next year, all look strong and of similar quality to their 2013 counterparts. The fruit is ripe, the texture is terrific and they are gorgeous Pinot Noirs

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
V 93, WA 90

Possessing plenty of kirsch liqueur, soy, toasted spice and earth, the 2013 Pinot Noir Hidden Blocks Spring Ridge Vineyard is a medium to full-bodied, ripe, nicely textured Pinot Noir. It has good acidity and present tannin, and should drink nicely for 5-7 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WE 94, WS 92

Lush and velvety, this is a robust wine, richly layered in baked strawberry and huckleberry flavors. The palate is seasoned in tones of clove, cinnamon and orange, with a vibrant backbone of acidity and taut tannins that keeps it fresh in feel within a powerful context of ripeness.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)
Peju Province Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Freeman Vineyards & Winery Ryo-fu Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml) Freeman Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml)
Ripe red berries, plum and vanilla bean infuse the glass of this rich 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, a perfect balance of structured tannins and fruit envelop the taste buds, displaying fresh raspberry, leather, smoke and toasted marshmallow. This wine culminates in a long finish with layers of cinnamon and anise. Bold and enchanting now, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to mature for the next decade.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
WA 90

The 2015 Chardonnay Ryo-fu gives toasty oak, honey-nut and butterscotch notes over a guava, honeydew melon and pineapple scented core. Medium-bodied, it offers mouth-filling tropical fruit and oak inspired flavors with a lively line of acid and good length. It is a little old-school, yet nicely done.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
Offers a core of rich red and dark berry flavors, shaded by dusty, cedary oak, with a mix of black and red licorice creeping into the mix. Drink now through 2021.
Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon 2013 (750 ml) Madrigal Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Purple Hands Stoller Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml)
V 94

Another highlight in this range, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Star Lane Vineyard is absolutely delicious. Succulent dark cherry, plum, licorice, menthol and new leather are front and center. The 2013 is a beautiful wine that reconciles bold, racy fruit with the more earthy/savory style that is typical of this site in Happy Canyon.

- Vinous
From the outstanding 2012 vintage, this is a big, rich Napa Valley Cabernet with dark fruit and spice aromas and a hearty core of currant and black cherry flavors. The wine has excellent balance, soft tannins and a long finish.
777 Clone, Jory soil. Hand harvested. Native fermentation, small open top fermenters. Hand plunged and macerated. Aged 12 months in (35% new) French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. This is Purple Hands’ last vintage of Stoller Vineyard. “Black cherry and raspberry, milk chocolate, rich cherry, coffee, chocolate toffee, dense caramel, high tones of watermelon and cotton candy, clove
Purple Hands Latchkey Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml) Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Reserve Generations 2013 (750 ml) Sbragia Family Vineyards Gamble Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (750 ml)
Silky and harmonious, with an elegantly precise structure and black cherry, fresh violet and spice notes that glide expressively toward the long finish. Drink now through 2022.
JS 93, WS 90

Well-proportioned, tight and smoky, with a firm, structured beam of licorice- and blackberry-tinged fruit. Ends with fine-grained tannins and a long, clean finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WA 90, WS 90

Another rich, honeyed style of wine fermented and aged in 100% new French oak is the 2013 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch. This has a light gold, greenish-hued color and plenty of white peach, honeysuckle and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, with outstanding purity, richness and length, it should keep nicely for 3-4 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2014 (750 ml) Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2015 (750 ml) Gundlach-Bundschu Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml)
WA 93-95

Another blockbuster is Tensley's 2014 Syrah Colson Canyon. Yields were down close to 40% for this vineyard in 2014. The only wine to see new oak, it spends roughly 11-16 months in 40% new French oak prior to bottling. It offers incredible notes of graphite, olive tapenade, white pepper and decadent levels of black raspberry that flow beautifully to a full-bodied Syrah that has a huge mid-palate, plenty of tannin and a monster finish. It should have 10-12 years or longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
Fans of riper style Pinots will find a lot to love in this wine. Compact aromas of raspberry and baking spice require a little bit of coaxing, but with air become quite expressive. There is a density on the palate reflective of the vintage, but also a freshness. It is both backward and forward at the same time, displaying a compelling complexity that bodes well for the cellar.

Standing in stark contrast to the leaner, racier 2014, it celebrates the diversity of vintage that we are blessed (and sometimes cursed!) with here in the Willamette Valley. Enjoy some of this hedonistic young wine now, but put some away to watch it gain sophistication with age.
WE 90

Rich, smoky cassis, raspberry and cherry flavors define this estate wine. It's lush, round, powerful and full-bodied, with moderate structure and oak, seasoned with cinnamon and chocolate notes.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, (Aug, 2017)
Colene Clemens Vineyards 'Adriane' Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2014 (750 ml) Trefethen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml)
WA 93+

Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Adriane has a meaty/broody character with notes of black raspberries, black cherries and red plums plus touches of violets, forest floor and Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied, this is firmly structured with a solid foundation of grainy, ripe tannins and racy acid supporting the muscular fruit, finishing long and earthy. It should age beautifully!

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
This is an elegant, refined and lighthearted red that shines with a wooded tannin structure and accents of pencil and clove. Rounded and smooth on the palate, it's bright and succulent in blackberry and black currant flavors, with well-integrated oak.
V 96

The 2014 Chardonnay is brilliant. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint, almonds and smoke are all beautifully delineated in this transparent, super-finessed Chardonnay built on total finesse. The decision to pick a touch earlier plus the blocked malo style result in a focused, energetic Chardonnay that hits all the right notes.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Cedar Knoll Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml) Rochioli Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml)
This is the second label from the uber sensational winery known as Palmaz vineyards. This Cabernet is a genuine Napa Valley classic with structure and style worthy of its famous heritage. After 86 years abandoned, the Palmaz family resurrected this historic wine. The label design was taken from a rubbing of the 1889 barrel brander. This wine has super silky tannins and bold, delicious fruit in the blackberry and cassis families. An excellent value for the money.
WS 90

Pure, rich and zesty, with vibrant, snappy apple, pear and honeydew flavors. Flinty minerality lends this a distinctive quality. Drink now through 2022.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)
WE 91, WS 90

Golden-honey colored, this wine has toasty toffee oak and full-bodied richness, with a stark layering of citrus and baked apple. Concentrated and thick, it shows its youth and should benefit with time in both the glass and in the bottle.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
Kesner Rockbreak Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2011 (750 ml) Tenuta dei Sette Cieli Indaco 2012 (750 ml) Coho Headwaters Red, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)
Rockbreak comes from a rock-strewn site in the windy southern area of the Sonoma Coast appellation. Native yeast fermentation, 15% "newer" barrels, and "natural acids," Kesner is careful to note. According to the winery, the tasting notes are almost identical to the 2010, on account of this vineyard's remarkable consistency: "Delicate essences of fleshy white peach and citrus rind and wet rocks dominate the nose. A wonderfully full yet crisply balanced body, well buttressed by vibrant acids that lead to the striking, lingering finish."
WE 93

A blend of 30% Malbec, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, this opens with aromas of ripe blackberries, Mediterranean herbs and cedar. The firmly structured palate doles out layers of black currants, blackberries, white pepper and licorice alongside chewy tannins. Drink through 2022.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
JS 93

Aromas of licorice and tar with black currants. Full body, round and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Gorgeous wine. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling (July, 2015)
Rodney Strong Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml) Failla Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 2015 (750 ml) Cadence Winery Tapteil Vineyard Red 2014 (750 ml)
WE 93

Compost, earth and spicy cardamom notes provide the savory intrigue of this full-bodied, expressive wine, with additional pine forest, pomegranate and orange peel flavors that add to its complexity and appeal. Sourced from several vineyards in the heart of the appellation, it represents the vintage and the location well.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)

V 93, WS 92

Appealing for the rich, perfumed apple, pear and melon flavors, with spicy oak giving this another dimension and smoothing out the pithy citrus skin texture. Ends with a minerally aftertaste. Drink now through 2020.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2017)
WA 94, WE 92, WS 91

The 2014 Tapteil Vineyard is showing well, wafting from the glass with classy and complex aromas of cassis, loamy soil, pencil shavings and cigar box. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and elegant, with a lovely core of earth-inflected fruit and fine-grained structuring tannins. It's a beautifully balanced blend with a decidedly Bordelais aesthetic.

- William Kelley, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
Darioush 'Signature' Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml) Radio-Coteau 'La Neblina' Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml) Renteria First Cut Red 2015 (750 ml)
WS 90

Buoyant flavors of apple tart and baked pear are lavishly spiced. Hints of lavender show on the creamy finish, with notes of sage honey. Drink now through 2021.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (June, 2018)
Lifted red fruit with no sweetness, and conifer accents with light spice and hints of graphite, Radio Coteau’s La Neblina Pinot carries pleasant depth of character with good acidity, judicious tannin, and lots of length. Delicious and interesting.
WA 91

A blend of 27% Merlot, 27% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Proprietary Red 1st Cut is medium garnet-purple in color with very pretty spiced plums and baked cherries notions plus an undercurrent of mulberries, baking spices and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied and packed with spicy plum and cherry flavors, the palate is soft, rounded and opulent, offering great length and expression.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
Peter Franus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Melville Estate Small Lot Collection Sandy's Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml) Walt Wines Clos Pepe Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml)
JS 92, WS 90

Flavors of roasted plum and blackberry are at the core of this juicy, supple effort, which shows dusty, savory notes amid the ample dark fruit. Best from 2019 through 2029.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)
WA 95, WE 95

Kirsch, dried flowers, dried soils, and spice box flow from the silky, pure, polished and elegant 2014 Pinot Noir Sandy’s, which saw 30% whole cluster during fermentation and 14 months in neutral barrels. I love its complexity, as well as its seamless, silky texture, and while it’s already hard to resist, it will evolve beautifully through 2024.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
WA 94, WE 94

Wow, the inky opaque colored 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard is a sensational Pinot Noir. Giving up tons of black raspberry, cassis, toasty oak, crushed violets and campfire aromas and flavors, this youthful, even backwards effort has fabulous richness and depth, a layered texture and ripe tannin that emerges on the finish. This is a big, rich Pinot Noir that should benefit from short term cellaring and have a decade or more of longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml) Ferrari-Carano Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Spring Valley Vineyard Kathryn Corkrum Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley 2011 (750 ml)
WE 94

This is a perennially impressive wine, floral in a heady perfume of white roses. Fresh and fleshy, the expansive palate offers concentrated flavors of kiwi and pineapple. The wine was largely fermented in oak, then aged just over a year in French oak (75% new). It holds the oak well, ending bright in juicy acidity.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2018)
WA 92+

Deep garnet colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has notes of crème de cassis, dried mulberries and plum preserves with hints of eucalyptus, dark chocolate and cedar chest. The medium-bodied palate offers great poise and expression, with plenty of menthol laced black fruit preserve flavors nicely framed by ripe tannins and great freshness, finishing long.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
WS 90

Ripe and sleek, with underlying tobacco and chocolate notes adding to the deftly balanced beam of black cherry. Comes together smoothly on the refined finish. Drink now through 2018.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2014)
Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2013 (750 ml) Daou Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2015 (750 ml) Charles Smith K Vintners 'El Jefe' 2014 (750 ml)
WE 91, WS 91, WA 90

Dark and brooding, with bold licorice and wild berry aromas and burly, layered flavors of blackberry, smoky cracked pepper and dark Asian spice. The tannins firm up on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2024.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)
WE 92, WA 91

This wine is a blend of around 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc making up the other 20%. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers ripe cassis, blackberry preserves, dried herbs, incense and dusty earth notions with a hint of smoked meat. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals a firm, fine-grained backbone with layered, relatively elegant fruit expression and a long and earthy finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2017)
WA 94

A beautiful wine, with layers of cedary herbs, black cherries, currants, toasted spice and pencil lead, the 2014 El Jefe Tempranillo Stoneridge Vineyard hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an elegant, silky texture, plenty of concentration and a great finish. It’s just another incredible example of this variety coming from Washington.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
Saintsbury Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir, Carneros 2015 (750 ml) Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick Red 2013 (750 ml) Domaine Roy & Fils 'Maison Roy Incline' Pinot Noir, Oregon 2014 (750 ml)
WE 94

Juicy and stemmy, this is a big, bold wine, explosive in highlights of huckleberry, dark cherry and forest floor. With firm tannins for days, it offers enviable length and spice along a smooth grippy texture and forceful complexity.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2017)
WS 90

Solidly built, with juicy blackberry and plum flavors at a core, framed by firm tannins and lively acidity that lift the persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2018 through 2023.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WS 93

Supple, open-textured, ripe and graceful, rolling out plum, currant, wet earth and spice flavors with finesse. Lingers pleasantly. Drink now through 2024.
- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectatr (Feb, 2017)
Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml) Roserock Zephirine Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2014 (750 ml) Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2013 (750 ml)
WE 91

Bittersweet at first, with sizable tannins, this Cab also contains 13.8% Petit Verdot. Red and black berries give it a juicy palate atop dusty, chalky tannins and a richness of leather and clove on the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2016)
JS 96, V 92, WA 91

The 2014 Roserock Pinot Noir offers blackberry and briary scents on the nose with a touch of earthiness - well defined and quite vivacious in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with dusky blackberry and blueberry fruit. It exerts a gentle grip in the mouth and delivers white pepper sprinkled over the finish that is nicely detailed. This should drink well over the next 8-10 years and at this price, I would be loading up.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
WA 92

The inky purple 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon displays plenty of classic creme de cassis and lead pencil shavings along with some licorice, charcoal and vanilla notes. It is full-bodied and opulent, with good integration of sweet tannin and bright acids. This wine is still young but approachable, and certainly capable of evolving for 10-15+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
Melville Estate Block M Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml) Siduri Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml) Rubicon Estate Inglenook Blancaneaux, Rutherford 2014 (750 ml)
Bold maroon hued, rich components of moist potting soil, blood orange, black cherry cola and plum skin weave alongside more lofty and high toned expressions of redwood, graphite and black tea. The wine is superbly balanced, with a plush mid-palate core that transitions seamlessly into a broad, fanned out finish with both beautiful clarity and drive.
WA 93, WE 93

From vines planted in 1997 (the first crop from Garys' Vineyard was in 1999) and all Pisoni clone (which is rumored to be from la Tache), the 2014 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard offers textbook notes of dried earth, savory red and black fruits, dried flowers and a hint of bouquet garni. Medium-bodied, supple and elegant on the palate, it has a killer texture, impeccable balance and a great finish. I went back to this bottle after three days of being open and it was still terrific.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)
WE 90

Made light and bright, this wine combines 56% Viognier with 22% Roussanne and 22% Marsanne. The three varieties are fermented in stainless steel to preserve the lean linear characteristics of lemon and lime that wrap around crisp tight acidity, the entirety buoyant in floral honeysuckle.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2017)
Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) B.R. Cohn Winery Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2015 (750 ml) Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2014 (750 ml)
WA 90

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, shows much sweeter tannins, a dense purple color, loads of crème de cassis and vanilla, a medium to full body, attractive opulence, purity and length. This is outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 12-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
This Cabernet is sustainably farmed and produced from a blend of our best hillside blocks on Olive Hill Estate. A ripe and masculine Cabernet Sauvignon, with generous amounts of black fruit, cassis and espresso with dark earthy undertones of forest floor and briar. An enticing bouquet of cigar box, cloves and cedar all wrapped with subtle hints of mocha and anise leading to a rich palate of warm caramel, complex yet firm tannins and a long lasting finish.
This terrific young wine was a star of the show at the International Pinot Noir Celebration last summer, and is just reaching the beginning of what will surely be a long drinking window. True to its Yamhill-Carlton appellation, the wine shows concentrated, dark fruit flavors and aromas accented with notes of fresh herbs and flowers. It is one of those rare vintages that offers early appeal as well as the potential for 10-20 years in the cellar.
Long Shadows Pirouette 2014 (750 ml) Yao Family Wines Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Beringer Vineyards Quantum Red 2013 (750 ml)
WA 94+

Made by Philippe Mekla, the 2014 Pirouette checks in as a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 17% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc and a splash of Malbec. This inky colored beauty gives up tons of graphite, toasted spice, dried herbs and chocolatey dark fruit, full-bodied richness, building, ripe tannin and a great finish. It’s another killer wine from this estate, and possibly the best to date.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
JS 92, WA 90

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Yao Ming is a blend of 95.33% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This has an outstanding aromatic profile of cedar wood, blackcurrants, licorice and forest notes followed by a supple-textured, medium to full-bodied, round, juicy wine that can be drink now or cellared for 10-15 years. This is well-made, clean, pure and well-balanced.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 90

Another proprietary red, the 2013 Proprietary Red Quantum is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Malbec aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. This wine offers up notes of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, coffee bean, licorice and spice box. It is medium to full-bodied, exhibits outstanding ripeness, purity and depth. Drink now-2028.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
Pine Ridge Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Ken Wright Cellars Tanager Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml) Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Sonoma County 2013 (750 ml)
WA 90

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color with baked berries, earth, dried herbs and leather scents. Full-bodied with a good concentration of fruit, the tannins are a bit firm but good black fruit comes through on the finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
WE 92, WS 91

This is round and pretty, and seems, at least for now, to be a bit more accessible than some of the more compact and ageworthy 2015 single-vineyard selections from Ken Wright. Drink it up soon, and enjoy the light touches of orange peel and cinnamon highlights.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2018)

WE 90

While Cabernet Sauvignon-driven, this blend includes all five major red Bordeaux varieties. It offers plenty of full-bodied richness within framing, structured tannins. The palate is marked by flavors of leather saddle, pencil, black cherry and cassis.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)
Cadence Winery Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Peter Franus Red Wine, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Failla Chardonnay Chuy Vineyard 2015 (750 ml)
WA 95+

Made from 50% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2014 Bel Canto sports a deep ruby color as well as sensational notes of graphite, leafy herbs, flowers, currants and dried soil. Elegant, seamless, silky and pure, with building, polished tannin, it's another wine that's the best to date from this terrific estate.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WE 90

Blending sizable portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with Cabernet Franc, this approachable mix opens in a succulence of cherry and berry that remain juicy through the fleshy midpalate and finish. The oak is well-integrated and the tannins softened.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2018)
WS 90

Ultrarich and intense, this is a potent expression of extracted Chardonnay, reliant on a core of citrus-infused pear, peach and tangerine flavors. Maintains full-bodied weight and can stand short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2021.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2017)
Freemark Abbey Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml) Mount Eden Pinot Noir Estate 2014 (750 ml) Freeman Vineyard & Winery Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml)
WA 90+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is a 2,218-case cuvée made from a blend of 78.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.7% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in 28% new French oak, this is another relatively tannic, backward wine, but it is 2013, which are now starting to close down ever so slightly. It is built for the long haul, with loads of cassis, black cherry fruit, a touch of allspice, and sweet, toasty oak. This is a big, chewy, dense, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon to drink between 2020 and 2035.

Freemark Abbey remains one of the legendary Napa Valley wineries. In spite of what many feared when it was acquired by the Jackson family of Kendall-Jackson, things have only gotten stronger and more consistent under their leadership, with the continuation of chief winemaker Ted Edwards. Since I have been tasting these wines over the last few years, this has been a consistent producer of high quality wines in both red and white. They have added a couple of new cuvées to the portfolio, but are still well-known for their non-malolactic style of Chardonnay.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 95, WE 95

The 2014 Pinot Noir Estate from Mount Eden is beautiful, wafting from the glass with aromas of red cherries, potpourri, mountain laurel, forest floor and cinnamon. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, ample and layered, with velvety tannins, succulent acids and lovely length and grain on the tangy finish. Follow this young classic for the next 15 years.

- William Kelley, Wine Advocate (May, 2018)
WE 95

This wine is especially lively and focused, driven by electric acidity, nervy tannins and intricate fruit and spice flavors. While full bodied, it's not a blockbuster yet gives plenty of excitement in terms of mint, red-cherry and cinnamon flavors and a bracing mouthfeel. It will no doubt age well for several years.

- Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)
Mayacamas Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah 2015 (750 ml) Ken Wright Cellars 'Guadalupe Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)
17.5 Jancis Robinson

Lovely purity throughout. Notes of ripe berries, crushed rocks, with a mix of fresh herbs and exotic spices. Nicely focused, mouth-watering and lengthy. Delicious.

- Elaine Chukan Brown, Jancis Robinson (June, 2016)
WS 91

Polished and supple, with raspberry and spice aromas and elegant, harmonious blueberry and toasty cinnamon flavors that glide along the finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)
WA 91

Planted in 1989, the 2014 Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard has an elegant and pure bouquet with wild strawberry and raspberry coulis, nuanced pine cone scents developing with aeration, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, dark berry fruit mixed with brown spices and a touch of sea-salt with a satisfying, long finish. This is one of Ken Wright's best 2014s.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
Coho Summit Vine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District 2013 (750 ml) Bergstrom Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2015 (750 ml) Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)
WS 90, WA 90

Sleek, jazzy, mocha-infused oak adds a wonderful touch to this firm, dense and chewy effort. The vivid dark berry and licorice notes join loamy earth and dried underbrush details to round out the flavor profile, never straying from the tannic theme. Best from 2019 through 2028. 825 cases made.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
WS 93

Sleek and polished, with lovely raspberry and fresh violet aromas that open to harmonious dark cherry, stony mineral and black tea flavors, picking up speed toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2022.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)
WA 95, WE 95

Youthfully mute at this primary stage, the 2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard offers suggestions of lemon curd, white peaches and white grapefruit with underlying notes of honeyed toast and butterscotch. The palate is full-on seduction with an appealingly oily texture and tons of peaches and cream flavors, finishing long with a lively lift.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
Long Shadows Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml) Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Far Coast Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)
WA 96, JS 93

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Feather is lovely, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, blackberries, petroleum jelly and burning embers. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ripe and powerful, with an expansive attack and an ample core of dark berry fruit, underpinned by a fine-grained, stony chassis of ripe tannins. This wine is made by Howell Mountain veteran Randy Dunn, and its profile—while marked by the torrid 2015 vintage—will be familiar to followers of the wines he produces there.

- William Kelley, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
Engaging aromas of lemon verbena, honeysuckle, Bosc pear and a hint of hazelnut are carried by the bright citrus notes of pink grapefruit, lime and Meyer lemon. With a creamy, yet light texture, flavors of tangerine, pink grapefruit, golden delicious apple, pear, thyme and a saline character linger on the palate through a long and bright finish.
WA 94

Another saturated ruby/purple wine is the 2014 Pinot Noir Far Coast Vineyard. This comes from a mountain ridge north of Fort Ross at a 1,000-foot elevation. Dense ruby purple, with notes of sassafras, forest floor, red and black cherries, raspberry and underbrush, the wine exhibits medium to full body and terrific texture and length. This is another 10-year Pinot Noir, but should be drinkable during that entire window of opportunity.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Stone Cote Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (750 ml) J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Hartford Family Winery Marin Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)
WA 95, V 92-94

One of the bright shining stars in California winedom, their Chardonnays are clearly Burgundian, but with sensational purity and ripeness.The 2013 Chardonnay Stone Cote Vineyard (572 cases produced) is fashioned from a specific block of vines that Don Hartford farms in the well-known Durell Vineyard. Fermented with indigenous yeast, it exhibits lots of white peach, orange blossom, pear and honeysuckle notes in its medium to full-bodied, gorgeously pure, textured personality. With terrific acidity as well as focus, it should drink well for 10+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
WE 92, WS 91

There is a healthy dose of 22% Petit Verdot in this bold, juicy wine, rich in wild raspberry and cassis aromas and flavors. Graphite and chocolate fill out the dense, integrated midpalate, complemented by tangy acidity that provides structure and a hint of grace.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WA 92

Hartford Court’s Pinot Noirs are also extremely successful, and of course, they make a bevy of them. I tasted eleven separate selections, all of them priced between $50 and $75 a bottle with the exception of the Arrendell, which comes from the oldest vines of the whole batch and sells for $110. The 2014 Pinot Noir Marin County emerges from that wealthy county on the western side of the Golden Gate Bridge, where few vineyards are located. Aged 17 months in 37% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this comes from Dijon clone 828 and offers up the classic Burgundian notes of forest floor, pomegranate, plum, and smoky black cherries and strawberries. A Côte de Nuits-like Pinot Noir that is medium-bodied, but beautifully fruited and savory, it should be drunk it over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Velvet Sisters Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml) Titus Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014 (750 ml)
WE 94, WA 93

This bold, beautiful wine has toasted, oaky undertones that support concentrated layers of apple skin, caramelized crème brûlée and a texture of gritty minerality. Papaya, mango and baked pineapple tug at the palate amidst a strong streak of stone.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)
WA 91

The 2014 Pinot Noir Velvet Sisters emanates from another Anderson Valley site and is sourced from four separate clones – Dijon clones 115, 666, 777 and the Pommard selection. This wine displays notes of baked apple skins, pomegranate, black cherry and a hint of raspberry, with some floral notes as well as forest floor. It is rich, ripe, medium to full-bodied, and best drunk over the next 5-7 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 94

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Family Estate Reserve is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest equal parts Merlot and Malbec. This is superbly etched wine with an inky/purple color, moderately intense aromatics of blueberry and blackberry liqueur interwoven with spring flowers. The wine is deep, sumptuous, rich and long. It is a beauty and another great example of high-quality winemaking at a realistic price. Drink it over the next 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Kale Wines Stagecoach Vineyard 'Broken Axle', Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Trinitas Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2014 (750 ml) Chanin Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml)
WE 91

From the Pritchard Hill section of the vineyard, this wine consists of 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache. A hearty, fruity and big-boned explosion of blueberry and strawberry, it's rimmed in coconut flake and black, leathery pepper. Dense and full bodied, the minerality should allow it to cellar and integrate through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2015)

JS 91

Rich red cherries are abundant on the nose accompanied by notes of plum, blackberry compote, muddled blueberries, cocoa, and a hint of baking spices. The Cabernet is incredibly rich in flavor but surprisingly elegant and velvety in structure. Chocolate covered black cherries and beautiful blackberries are present throughout the core.
WA 92

The 2014 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is another terrific Pinot Noir from Chanin. Rose petals, strawberry, spice and forest floor notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, silky, elegant beauty that never puts a foot wrong. Aged 15 months in 15% new French oak, I’d drink it over the coming 5-7 years, but wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve longer.

Pulling from top sites in Santa Barbara County (Los Alamos, Santa Maria and the Sta. Rita Hills), winemaker Gavin Chanin makes incredibly balanced, elegant and pure wines that are always up with the creme de la creme in a vintage. His 2014s across the board are outstanding.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
Fisher Vineyards Mountain Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml) King Estate Pinot Noir Domaine 2013 (750 ml) Bergstrom Wines 'Silice' Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2015 (750 ml)
WA 94

The 2014 Chardonnay Mountain Estate from an Old Wente clone and aged in 50% new French oak is full-bodied with beautiful notes of tangerine oil, orange marmalade, lemon custard, brioche, white peach and pineapple. There is some underlying wet gravel, giving it a stunning minerality. This is a beauty to drink over the next 5-7 years.

Here are two brilliant Chardonnays from Fisher Vineyards, which is on the Sonoma side of Spring Mountain.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, (Oct, 2016)
WE 93

The Domaine cuvée spent 20 months in French oak, 30% new and another 30% once-used. The concentrated, well-ripened fruit sets up a chunky core of strawberry jam that plays nicely against defining acidity. It remains focused and pure through a driving, lingering finish.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2016)
WA 92, WE 92

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Silice Vineyard has an animal/meaty nose with savory notes of baking bread and Marmite over a core of kirsch, bay leaves, pepper, black raspberries and red currant preserves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of chewy tannins and just enough freshness to support the muscular fruit, finishing long.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2014 (750 ml) Robert Craig Winery Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2014 (750 ml)
V 93, JS 93, WA 92, WS 91

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Laurene offers a very fragrant nose of exotic spices—anise, cardamom and fenugreek—over a core of pomegranate, rhubarb, Bing cherries, fertile loam and truffles. Medium-bodied with a taut, fine structure of fine tannins and refreshing acid, the fruit has plenty of earth and red berry layers that linger with great persistence.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
WA 92

Their least expensive wine from 2014 is their blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Petite Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc called Affinity. Delicious black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, some spice box, licorice and incense are all present in this supple-textured, medium to full-bodied, opulent wine, which is sexy, lush and ideal for drinking over the next decade or more. The color is a healthy dense purple, and the wine full-bodied and textured, with a beautiful finish and real harmony. Drink it over the next decade.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 90+

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is scented of black currents, black plums, blueberries and cedar with a hint of sandalwood. Full-bodied in the mouth, it delivers tons of muscular fruit with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and good length. Still very youthful, it needs another 4 to 6 years to enter its drinking window.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
Guarachi Family Wines Gaps Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml) Honig Vineyard & Winery Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (750 ml) Alpha Omega Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)
WE 91

From the owners of another marquee vineyard nearby, Sun Chase, this wine is expressive and expansive on the palate, dark red-purple in color, thick and dense on the palate. Blackberry, black plum and black pepper rise to the fore, built along a continuum of earthy forest floor. Tannin and oak are interwoven well, before a soft finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2015)
Dessert in a bottle, with the aromas of dried apricot, peach cobbler, figs and honey, spiced with nutmeg and vanilla. Rich, bright and exquisitely balanced.
JS 92, WS 91

A broad-shouldered effort, rich and layered, with extracted pear and melon flavors and toasty, smoky, vanilla-scented oak making for a mouthful of Chardonnay that reminds me of versions from Napa in years past. Drink now through 2021.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2017)
Swanson Vineyards Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon "Brother's Ridge" 2013 (750 ml)
JS 91, WA 90

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexis (1,572 cases made) offers abundant aromas of crème de cassis, licorice and spice, medium to full body, round tannins, decent acidity and good balance as well as depth. Approachable, it should continue to evolve nicely for a dozen years or more. This is the best set of bottled wines I have seen from Swanson in a number of years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 91+

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander's Crown Vineyard Estate opens with notions of freshly crushed red and black currants with touches of black cherries and mulberries plus a waft of fallen leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a good firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of juicy black fruits, finishing long and refreshing.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
WA 92+

The single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest elevation (400-1000 feet) is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Ridge. It displays blacker fruit, loads of plums, blueberry and blackberry, a deep, full-bodied, mouthfeel, rich, concentrated, moderately high tannin, a nice minerality and plenty of black fruits. These are all well-built and potentially very long-lived wines of 25-30 or more years. This wine needs a good 4-5 years of cellaring.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
Kelley Fox Wines 'Mareesh Vineyard' Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2016 (750 ml) Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2014 (750 ml) Hartford Court Pinot Noir Muldune Trail 2015 (750 ml)
This stunningly beautiful vineyard in the Dundee Hills A.V.A. (American Viticultural Appellation) was first planted in 1970 by Jim and Loie Maresh on Worden Hill Road above Dundee. Situated on a mostly south-facing slope between 500 and 700 feet above sea level, these old vines planted in Jory soil produce Pinot noir with the most seductive texture. The Maresh family has been living on the farm since 1959. There is tremendous biodiversity and balance here because from the beginning Jim had the foresight and common sense to avoid vineyard monoculture. There are hazelnuts, walnuts, fruit trees and plenty of acreage of wild areas throughout the farm. His daughter Martha keeps houses for violet green swallows and bluebirds on the trellis posts and they are flying all over the place in the spring and summer. She lovingly refers to this land as ”the farm” and so do I. It is not just a vineyard at all. Maresh Vineyard is certainly one of the most sought-after fruit sources in the Willamette Valley and it has consistently produced Pinot with high reviews from the press for decades.
WE 91

Velvety, with a touch of grit, this wine is tart and tangy in acidity, with a firmness of structure and tannin. The boldly interwoven flavors are defined by wild strawberry, cranberry and black tea.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)
WA 94+, WE 93

Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Muldune Trail features expressive mulberries, stewed red plums and dusty earth notes with touches of garrigue, fresh hay, oolong tea and cloves. Medium-bodied with an appealing chewy grip to the texture, the palate gives compelling savory layers with a long, lively finish. 265 cases were produced.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
Arietta 'Hudson Vineyard' Merlot, Carneros 2012 (750 ml) Domaine Serene 'Evenstad Reserve' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014 (750 ml) Juslyn Vineyards Perry's Blend, Spring Mountain District 2012 (750 ml)
V 95, WA 92

Arietta's 2012 Merlot emerges from the oldest vines on Lee Hudson's vineyard in Carneros. A dark, super-expressive wine, the Merlot is endowed with serious depth, power and structure. Brambly red fruit, smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs emerge from a surprisingly big, structured wine that should drink well for many, many years. This is the finest and most complete set of wines I can remember tasting from Arietta. Proprietor Fritz Hatton and winemaker Andy Erickson seem to have reached a new level of quality with the 2012s and 2013s, both of which are brilliant. This is a fabulous showing from top to bottom.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2014)
JS 95, WE 94, V 93, WS 92

There is a darker fruit spectrum evident in the reserve, with notes of coffee, smoke, black fruits, a touch of charred wood all worked through, and without damping the core fruit flavors. Those bright flavors spotlight raspberry, plum and black cherry. A light cola flavor pokes through, with ripe tannins and proportionate acids. The barrel treatment is beautifully applied, adding sweet spice to the finish.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2017)
WA 93

The proprietary red, a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 17% Cabernet Franc, is the 2012 Perry’s Blend. This was aged almost 30 months in 50% new French oak and 50% second-year barrels. Gorgeous aromatics of unsmoked cigar tobacco, spring flowers, black and red currants, a touch of raspberry and blueberry are followed by a sexy, delicious, lush, medium to full-bodied wine with beautiful balance, purity, and overall texture. This is hard to ignore, but then again, it is another very showy 2012. This wine should continue to drink well for 12-15 years at the minimum, but who has such patience?

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
Benziger Family Winery Tribute Estate Red, Sonoma Mountain 2012 (750 ml) AXR Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Fisher Cameron Proprietary Red 2012 (750 ml)
WA 88

The 2012 Tribute Estate Proprietary Red (from a biodynamically-farmed vineyard) is a blend of Bordeaux varietals. Its deep plum/ruby color is followed by sweet notes of cassis, black cherries and subtle oak, medium body, and good opulence as well as roundness. This consumer-friendly, lush red possesses good purity and character. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
On the rim: deep ruby with garnet and royal red on the rim.

On the nose: beautiful subtle notes of dark fruit like cassis, dark cherries, with touches of tarragon, thyme, cured Bresaola and saw dust.

On the palate: velvety soft entrance with touches of cedar, vanilla, blackberry jam, touches of plums, tomato, dark cherry, lingering on granular dense tannins that show amazing balance, lingering on violet and dark chocolate
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WA 90

The 2012 Cameron Proprietary Red, a blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and the rest other Bordeaux varietals, shows supple tannins and is a nice medium-bodied, elegant, almost St.-Emilion-laden Napa style of wine, with fruitcake, tobacco leaf, spice box and red and blackcurrants. Drink it over the next decade or so.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
Silverado Vineyards Geo Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville 2014 (750 ml) Faust The Pact Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Michael Mondavi Family 'Animo' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)
In 1987, Silverado Vineyards founders, Ron and Diane Disney Miller, purchased a significant portion of the historic Cedar Knoll site as part of the winery’s journey toward its now exclusively estate-grown model. Over the years, their Mount George ranch has proven to be a contributor to Silverado’s Estate and Limited Cabernet blends and is the sole origin of the estate’s single-vineyard Merlot.

As the 20th anniversary of Silverado’s first Mount George harvest approached in 2012, the decision was made to make a wine for the occasion. It is called GEO – Greek for “Earth” and short for “George” – and it represents the highest expression of single-vineyard Cabernet from this extraordinary place.

Ripe dark plum and herb aromas with dry acidity and slow approaching tannins. Hints of fresh cracked peppercorns with a tantalizing plum and smoky finish; 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot.
JS 95

A rich and layered red showing classic aromas of pure Cabernet Sauvignon from sweet tobacco and green olives to currants. Full-bodied, long and flavorful. Gorgeous red.

- James Suckling (July, 2017)
Resting just above Oakville, the Atlas Peak hillside estate vineyard’s volcanic soil provides a minerality and freshness to Animo's family Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows incredible length and beauty with deep and voluminous layers. Heady aromas of blackberries, crushed pecans and cocoa nibs are met with fine and polished tannins, which exemplify the beauty of this vintage. The wine is drinking superbly now and will continue to evolve gracefully over the next 30 years.
Lail Vineyards Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml) Renteria Chardonnay Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2012 (750 ml)
WA 93, WS 92

Containing just 7% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint sports a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant notes of fresh blackberries and black currants, mulberries, dusty earth and garrigue with bay leaves and sandalwood in the background. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features a good core of muscular, expressive fruit, supported by grainy tannins, finishing long and nicely poised.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
WA 89

The 2014 Chardonnay Brown Ranch spends 18 months in French oak and goes through full malolactic. For that reason, the wine offers up plenty of loamy soil notes, honeysuckle, poached pear and a touch of poached citrus in a medium-bodied, attractive style. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 96, WS 93

Continuing to drink brilliantly, the 2012 Sorella is up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. Its deep ruby color is followed by a full-bodied, rich and layered 2012 that boasts fabulous notes of creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, graphite, mineral and toasted bread. Like all of Chris's 2012s, it's still a baby, yet its impeccable balance and purity allow it to dish out tons of pleasure, even today. Nevertheless, it needs 3-5 years of cellaring and will have 25-30 years of overall longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)
Guarachi Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Dominus Estate Napanook 2015 (750 ml) Celani Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)
WE 94, WS 92

This 100% varietal wine comes from two stellar sites: Broken Rock on Atlas Peak and Las Piedras, an appropriately gravelly site farmed by Andy Beckstoffer. Together, they yield magic—a thick, juicy and well-integrated layering of red cherry, clove and cigar that exudes a strong barrel presence and structured tannin profile.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2017)
WA 93+

Bottled in July 2017, Dominus’ more approachable, less tannic sister wine, Napanook, is a blend this year of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Napanook Proprietary Red Wine is redolent of crème de cassis, potpourri, plum preserves and violets with hints of dark chocolate, menthol, licorice and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is densely packed with black fruit preserves and earthy layers, supported by firm, ripe, fine-grained tannins and finishing with great length.

- Robert Parker, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Oct, 2017)
V 95+

Celani's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a knock-out. Rich, enveloping and plush, the 2015 has an immediacy to it that is impossible to resist. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, licorice and wild flowers all come alive in this deep, beautifully textured Cabernet Sauvignon from Celani and winemaker Mark Herold. What a gorgeous wine this is.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Sept, 2017)
Whitehall Lane Leonardini Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Juslyn Vineyards Perry's Blend, Spring Mountain District 2014 (750 ml) Stags' Leap Winery Estate Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)
JS 93

This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a deep, intense color and a distinct fruit center that begins with black cherry, violet and currant aromas. It is well balanced, elegant and sleek on the palate, delivering very long berry and cherry flavors through to the finish. The underlying tannin structure, complexity and ample fruit guarantees rewards to the patient collector over the next 12 or so years.

- James Suckling
WA 93

Blended of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and smaller portions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2014 Perry's Blend shows a medium garnet-purple color with a warm plums, blueberry preserves and spice cake nose plus hints of fallen leaves and pencil shavings. Taut and muscular on the firm, full-bodied palate, with good black fruit and earth expressions, it has an herbal lift to the finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
WA 95+

Stags’ Leap has always had a great reputation for its Petite Sirahs. A prodigious Petite Sirah, their 2012 Petite Sirah Estate Ne Cede Malis is a blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Mixed Blacks aged 12 months in 25% new American oak. There are 900 cases of this massive, blockbuster, full-throttle wine from some of the oldest vines on the estate. (One parcel of Petite Sirah was planted in 1929.) Opaque purple, with notes of pen ink, graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, an amazingly concentrated, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning purity and depth, this is a wine for 30-40 years of cellaring. It is a killer effort.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
Gandona Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Alpha Omega Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml)
WA 90

Their larger cuvée of 800 cases is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Encosta, also 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 21 months in 60% new oak. This opaque purple wine exhibits notes of charcoal, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit, forest floor and spring flowers. The wine is rich and easy to smell, taste and consume, given the low acidity and silky tannins. A touch of asphalt/tar seems to emerge as the wine sits in the glass. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

WE 94, WA 93, WS 92

This beautiful wine includes 9% Cabernet Franc that gives a lift of floral violet and grainy cedar. Classic all around in its etchings of coconut shavings, graphite, spice and dust, the fruit is additionally savory in bright red currant and a crunch of cassis, with an underpinning of soft, succulent blackberry.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
WA 91

As for the red wines, Alpha Omega no doubt spends big dollars to get access to some of the great Beckstoffer vineyards that are spread throughout Napa Valley. In addition, they have their own other sources that have come through strongly in this seductive and appealing 2014 vintage for Bordeaux varietals. The 2014 Proprietary Red offers a dense ruby/purple color, a big, sweet kiss of blueberry and graphite, medium to full body, decent acidity and silky tannin. It is a beauty to drink over the next 15-20 years.

This winery has clearly come on strong over the last 5 to 6 years, with French Alsatian winemaker Jean Hoefliger running the winemaking show, backed up by some guru assistance from the famous Michel Rolland.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
World's End 'Crossfire' Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Robert Craig Winery Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)
WA 89

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Crossfire from Rutherford is one of the stronger wines. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon shows crème de cassis, licorice, blacker fruits, good integration of wood, acidity and tannin, medium to full body and a relatively long finish. It is drinkable now and should continue to evolve nicely for another 10-12 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 95

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder comes from a vineyard once owned by the late Robin Williams called Pym Rae (now owned by the Tesseron family from Bordeaux) that sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet. Blueberry, blackberry and cassis are all present in this full-bodied wine that displays the high-elevation bluer fruits that Mt. Veeder can provide. There is a floweriness and full-bodied richness, big extract, but great balance and no rusticity. This beauty should drink well for at least 25-30 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 92

Another sexy, open-knit and luscious style of wine is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. It is a direct wine, with an extroverted personality offering plenty of red and black fruits, licorice, some toast, and a medium to full-bodied, layered finish. It should drink well for at least 15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
Honig Winery Bartolucci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founders Reserve 2015 (750 ml) Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)
JS 91

Aromas of currants, chocolate, almonds and moss. Subtle and aromatic. Medium to full body, medium chewy tannins and a flavorful aftertaste. A delicious and subtle wine.

- James Suckling

WA 93+

The 2015 Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend with 15% Carménère, 8% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc from Panquehue. It fermented in small stainless steel vats and matured in French oak barrels (68% new) for 22 months, including malolactic. This has to be the most elegant version of this cuvée that I tasted, with even a lighter structure than the cooler 2014, and there's also a little more acidity. The texture is seamless, and the balance between fruit, tannins and acidity is superb. This is a superb Bordeaux blend.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
WA 93, WS 92, JS 92

No problems with the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Select, which is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. A beautiful, deep ruby/purple color, the wine offers notes of pure crème de cassis, a subtle dosage of oak, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, impressive overall purity, equilibrium and a long finish. This is a beauty of elegance and power that can be drunk now or cellared for another 25 or more years.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)
Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2014 (750 ml) Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Shafer Vineyards One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml)
Offers gorgeous raspberry and black cherry aromas, leading to a bright palate of cherry flavors melded with chocolate, floral notes and a hint of Rutherford dust. The velvety, coating tannins are in perfect harmony with the fruit. Richness persists from the entry to the seductive, lingering finish.
WA 90

In 2014 the yields were sightly higher than in 2015, and his 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate shows flattering, front-end loaded and pretty red and black fruits, a dense, dark ruby/purple-tinged color, medium to full body, sweet tannin and a rather Bordeaux-like lushness and elegance. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WS 93, WA 91+

Strikingly complex and engaging, offering tiers of flavor, including dark berry, cedar, graphite and oak, presented in a style that lets the elements speak through the tannins. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2018)
Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Bergstrom Wines Sigrid Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml) Delectus Boulder Falls Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2013 (750 ml)
WA 94+

Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with lifted crème de cassis, violets and chocolate box notes plus hints of lilacs, raspberry leaves, anise and cardamom. The perfumed black fruit preserves and chocolate-laced notes completely pack the full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. Definitely one for hedonists seeking immediate gratification.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
WA 95

The 2015 Chardonnay Sigrid conjures notions of peaches, pink grapefruit and green guava with hints of toasted almonds, chalk dust, coriander seed and baker's yeast. Medium-bodied with a racy backbone cutting through the silken texture, it delivers a wonderful intensity of citrus, tropical and savory flavors, finishing long and layered.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
WA 95+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Boulder Falls is another painfully extracted, rich, full-bodied wine with enormous extract, massive body and richness in a wine seemingly built for 30 or more years of cellaring. Impatient connoisseurs and consumers not willing to defer gratification should steer far clear of this blockbuster, which really requires a decade of cellaring. Kudos to Delectus for making wines that ultimately will prove the magnificent aging potential of what they’re doing in Knights Valley.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
Fisher Vineyards Coach Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Upper Barn Chardonnay, Alexander Valley 2014 (750 ml)
V 93

Fisher's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Coach Insignia is surprisingly dense and powerful. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive throughout. One of the more ample wines readers will come across, the 2014 Coach Insignia continues to develop nicely. A host of dark cherry, mocha, new leather, licorice and plum lead into the plush, inviting finish. The 2014 will drink well with minimal cellaring.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2016)
The Napa Valley wines include up to 15% Napa Valley floor fruit with the remainder of the fruit coming from Howell Mountain. This floor fruit contributes to the wine’s softer approach, even though the wines usually can be laid down for 15+ years.
WA 96

From a site made famous by Helen Turley when she was buying its fruit, the 2014 Chardonnay Upper Barn is at an 1,800-foot elevation and spent 11 months in 52% new French oak. A killer Chardonnay (as it always has been), the wine offers up notes of wet gravel, citrus oil, apple blossom, orange marmalade, honeysuckle, and a hint of almond paste. Fabulous fruit on the attack, mid-palate and finish characterizes this dry, gorgeous, compelling Chardonnay that should age effortlessly for a decade or more.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, (Oct, 2016)
The Prisoner Wine Co. 'The Prisoner' 2016 (1.5 Liter) J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2014 (750 ml) Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)
The Prisoner was created and inspired by the drinkable "mixed blacks" first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in the Napa Valley. Launched in 2003, The Prisoner soon became the most recognized innovative and unique Napa Valley Red Wine blend, leading the resurgence of blends by incorporating Zinfandel with the unlikely "mix" of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Charbono. Features enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger harmoniously, for a smooth and luscious finish.
WE 96

The second vintage release of J. Lohr's Signature wine, first produced to commemorate founder Jerry Lohr's 80th birthday. Rich aromas of stewed black plum, blackberry pie, vanilla, clove and prune cake show on the nose. The mouthfeel is rich overall, but with firm tannins in the background that lend structure to the strawberry and blackberry flavors, graced by hints of wood smoke, peppercorn and licorice. Drink now–2029.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2018)
The finished wine—57% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Merlot; and 12% Petit Verdot-- is quite complex. Yet it still offers the same lush richness so apparent in the ripe grapes as well as previous vintages of Covenant Cabernet. Kosher for Passover.
Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Renteria Pinot Noir Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)
WA 95, WS 92

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant nose of cedar, violets, potpourri and crushed blueberries over a core of black currants and plums, plus a hint of dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals impressive energy, with tons of perfumed black fruit and earthy layers supported by firm, grainy tannins, finishing long and lively.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
WA 88

The 2014 Pinot Noir Brown Ranch is made from Dijon clone 667 and 115. It is an elegant wine offering up notes of sassafras, cola, black cherry and strawberry, allspice and a touch of background oak. This medium-bodied wine is seductive and best drunk over the next 4-5 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 94

Containing splashes of Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline Estate displays a medium to deep garnet-purple color and nose of red and black currants, black plums and tapenade with touches of cigar box and dried Mediterranean herbs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with exotic spices and earthy layers, framed by firm, grainy tannins and finishing with great length.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Hayne Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml)
WE 94, WA 93

Sporting a deep garnet-purple color and nose of cedar, baked blackberries and black cherry preserves with hints of menthol and violets, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch is medium-bodied, elegant and fine, with just enough fruit, soft tannins and lovely freshness.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
A stunning pop of red fruit—the signature of this vineyard—opens this decadent, concentrated vintage. The 2015 Quicksilver has slightly darker fruit flavors than its preceding vintage while still retaining the juicy cherry and plum notes one has to come to love from this western Rutherford site. Elegant floral notes and a mouthwatering natural acidity brightens the palate while rich tannins carry the flavors into a long, persistent finish.
WA 94+, WE 91

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon John C Sullinger Vineyard Oakville is a deep garnet-purple color with a crème de cassis, blackberry pie and eucalypt nose plus hints of Marmite toast, chargrill and lavender. Medium-bodied and elegant with fine-grained, approachable tannins, the fruit is open and ready for business. Yum!

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger Vineyard 2015 (750 ml) Juslyn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District 2012 (750 ml) Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1.5 Liter)
WA 94+

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon John C Sullinger Vineyard Oakville is a deep garnet-purple color with a crème de cassis, blackberry pie and eucalypt nose plus hints of Marmite toast, chargrill and lavender. Medium-bodied and elegant with fine-grained, approachable tannins, the fruit is open and ready for business. Yum!

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
WA 92-94

The superb 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc) offers up aromas of forest floor, spring flowers, red and black currants and subtle oak, and a long, rich, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. This exuberant as well as precise 2012 should drink well for 10-12 years.

Despite the high quality wines emerging from Juslyn, this estate remains under most consumers’ radar. Proprietors Carolyn and Perry Butler produce mostly estate-bottled wines from their vineyard holdings. The recently released 2009s are both sensational wines. Both 2011s, which are still in barrel, are lighter-styled wines. The 2012s ratchet up things considerably as they do at most wineries when comparing them to the 2011s.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)
WE 90

Rich and robust with berry and currant fruit, this wine is rounded and full-bodied, with tannic weight and spicy layers of toasted oak.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2017)
Axios Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (750 ml) Montagna La Presa - One South Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)
WE 91

This is made in the smooth, oaky and rich style of the modern cult Cabernet. It offers lots of ripe, jammy blackberries, plus notes of sweet, intense black and red currants, dark chocolate tart, black licorice and smoky oak. The tannins are tough but structured, so give it six years in the cellar and see what happens.

- Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2013)
WA 93

The most impressive of all is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon La Presa. (Not coincidentally, this is the most expensive as well.) With a dense purple color and notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, licorice, and loamy soil undertones, it is deep, full-bodied, moderately tannic, and impressively pure and well-balanced. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
V 93-96, JS 94

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is shaping up to be a real beauty. Pliant and nuanced, the 2012 caresses the palate with a total sense of silkiness. Bright red cherries, mint, spices and flowers are all laced together in a supple, radiant Cabernet Sauvignon that captures the essence of the vintage. The purity of the fruit here is simply striking, but the 2012 is not a powerhouse, rather it is a wine built on finesse. Rose petals, mint, sage and a hint of white pepper add an element of exoticism on the high-toned, expressive finish.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2014)

Delectus Bear Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2013 (750 ml) Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2003 (1.5 Liter) Somerston 'Celestial' Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)
WA 94+

I tasted three Cabernet Sauvignons from Delectus Winery. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bear Crossing (305 cases) has notes of saddle leather, rich, super-concentrated blackberry fruit, striking density, richness, and a connoisseur’s backwardness and profound richness that will require some time to come around. The tannins are excruciatingly high, and this wine reminds me of some of the late 1960s and early 1970s vintages of famous Mayacamas from Mount Veeder when it was almost like Port in its extraction and richness. This wine needs a good 10 years and seems to have a high ceiling.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
WS 91

Elegant, almost aristocratic, offering subtle layers of blackberry, cherry, tar and licorice aromas and flavors, finishing harmoniously. Tannins are firm but not intrusive. This one should develop beautifully in the cellar. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (June, 2006)
WA 95+

More limited in production are the two high-end Cabernet Sauvignons. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Celestial (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a stunner. World-class notes of blackberry, blackcurrants, graphite, licorice, and even a hint of unsmoked cigar tobacco are followed by a full-bodied, rich, super-concentrated wine with low acidity, ripe but significant tannin, and a finish of a good 45+ seconds. This wine should evolve for 20-25 years or more.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
Silverado Vineyards Solo Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml) Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2014 (750 ml)
JS 93, WE 91

This is the winery’s reserve-level 100% Cab, given the utmost care and attention. It opens shyly in cedar and blackberry before offering a luscious palate of tangy leather, dry, firm tannins and a peppery finish. From grapes designated as their own Heritage Clone, UCD 30, it beautifully expresses the appellation and should cellar well through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2015)
WA 94+, WE 93

The 2013 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Cloudy’s Vineyard hails from the Dutch Henry Canyon between the Switchback and Hourglass vineyards, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and a more backward mountain style with noticeable tannin and structure. With a dense purple color and plenty of blueberry, black raspberry, violets and oak spice, it is powerful, full-bodied and moderately tannic. Forget this for 4-5 years and drink it over the following three decades.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 95

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine has terrific aromatics of graphite, spring flowers, and some blackberry and blueberry fruit. Full-bodied, elegant, but also substantial and long, this is super-impressive, rich wine can be approached now or cellared for 20 or more years.

Owned by the Getty family, the Odette estate in Stags Leap burst on the scene a few years back with a bevy of great wines, and it looks set to continue building an impressive portfolio.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Fisher Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard 2009 (750 ml) Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 (1.5 Liter) Daou Vineyards Estate Soul of a Lion Red 2013 (750 ml)
IWC 93, WA 91

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard possesses gorgeous textural elegance and depth. Black cherries, plush, licorice, spices and flowers blossom with time in the glass as the wine opens up gradually. The 2009 boasts considerable richness and weight, not to mention terrific overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2012)
WS 90

Solidly built, with a lively, focused core and aromas of dark berry and spice mixed with sleek flavors of cherry and licorice. Drink now through 2027.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
WA 96

One of the gems in this stacked lineup is the 2013 Soul Of A Lion, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend that includes 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. Aged 22 months in new French oak, this full-bodied, rich, mineral-laced and incredibly textured beauty offers up classic California notes of graphite, coffee bean, ripe black currants and chalky minerality. Drink this full-bore, pedal to the metal effort anytime over the coming 10-15 years (and I wouldn't be surprised to see it keep for longer either).

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Macauley Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)
WA 93-95

A barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color with an earthy/herbal nose of black cherry and blackberry notions plus scents of incense, dusty earth and menthol. Full-bodied, rich and very earthy in the mouth, it offers plush tannins and a long, layered finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
WA 91-94

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is still in barrel and looks to be a 25- to 35-year wine. It is much softer than one normally expects from the old classic vintages of Randy Dunn, but the son seems to be trying to build more approachability into the wines without sacrificing any of their sheer concentration and extract. Blue and black fruits, earth, truffle notes, camphor and creosote are all present in this big, juicy, succulent mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that should be approachable young, hit its peak in 10-15 years and last 25-30.

This iconic winery has some pretty stunning Cabernets for those with patience and cold cellars. Their estate on Howell Mountain now extends to 34 acres of vines. Randy Dunn’s son, Mike, is now running the show and may be picking slightly riper than his dad would have done.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 94+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has an inky blue/black color, tremendous body and richness, and really seems even stronger than the two Beckstoffer cuvées, which is hard to believe. This is intense, full-bodied, with layers of flavor and a great finish. Drink it over the next 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Brand Winery • Cabernet Sauvignon Brio 2015 (750 ml) Cliff Lede Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2012 (1.5 Liter)
The Palmazes bought a forgotten stone winery, a fine old house badly in need of renovation, and acres of land that had once produced fine Napa wines. The little valley had been the site of Cedar Knoll Vineyard and Winery, founded in 1881 by Henry Hagen, one of Napa Valley’s pioneer winemakers. Henry Hagen produced wines that garnered many awards, including a silver medal at the Paris Exposition of 1889. During that era, Cedar Knoll was one of Napa’s premier wineries. The vineyards survived the Wine Country’s phylloxera infestation in the 1890s, but Prohibition was fatal. The winery fell into disrepair and the vineyards lay fallow for nearly eighty years. Today, the vineyards are burgeoning, the restored Hagen house is a family home again, and the winery has been reinvented.
WA 93

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the very deep purple-black colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Brio has a lovely crème de cassis, warm plums and baked cherries-scented nose with hints of spice box and underbrush. Full-bodied, rich, voluptuous, open knit and plush, it finishes long and spicy.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
WA 93

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty, showing all the generosity of the 2012 vintage. Composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 3% Merlot, its dense purple color is followed by copious aromas of crème de cassis and spring flowers, supple tannins, and an opulent, fleshy style. A total intellectual and hedonistic turn-on, it is loaded with fruit and complexity, and reveals beautiful harmony among all the component parts. It is a terrific introduction to what Cliff Lede has achieved at such a high quality level. Consume it over the next 10-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
Signorello Padrone Proprietary Red, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (1.5 Liter) Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2013 (750 ml)
WA 95+

The 2013 Proprietary Red Padrone, the winery’s flagship wine, is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc aged 21 months in 100% new French oak prior to being bottle unfiltered. This wine exhibits an inky purple color, notes of graphite, blueberry, blackberry, a hint of cocoa and a dense, full-bodied super-rich mouthfeel with good acidity and strong, but well-integrated tannin. Give this wine 6-7 years and drink over the following 35-40.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 95

The flagship wine is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve, coming from their vineyards tucked away in the under-the-radar sector known as Conn Valley. It is a beautiful example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense purple with a gorgeous, young, but promising nose of blackberry and cassis, licorice, forest floor and earth, the wine hits the palate with a supple, ripe integrated tannic framework, intense black fruits, full body and a long finish. This is a stunner and another great example from Todd Anderson’s vineyard that first produced Cabernet Sauvignon in 1987 and is coming up on its 30th anniversary next year. This wine, given the track record of Anderson Conn Valley wines to age, has a good 25-30 years of life in it, although it is certainly approachable already because of the characteristics of 2014.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 96, WE 94

The 2013 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon easily lives up to the first-growth reputation of this great terroir in Oakville. Produced from clone 337, this is truly profound stuff. It has an inky purple color with notes of charcoal embers interwoven with blueberry and blackberry liqueur, forest floor and white flowers. This wine was aged 27 months in 100% new Taransaud cooperage and has fabulous texture, richness and well-integrated oak tannin, alcohol and acidity. Drink it now as well as over the next 30+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
Rubicon Estate Inglenook 'Rubicon' 2013 (750 ml) Quintessa Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml) Stags' Leap Winery Estate Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2010 (750 ml)
WE 94, JR 18/20

This vintage of the famous proprietary wine is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, a testament to how much the winemakers loved the variety on its own in this year. Root beer, cola and red plum notes make up its core of flavor, the texture velvety-soft. With its firm structure and clove accents, it will benefit from further time in bottle. Enjoy 2023–2033.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2017)
WA 94

The three red wines are represented best by the flagship wine, the 2014 Quintessa Proprietary Red from their vineyards in Rutherford. A beautiful floral, black raspberry and blackcurrant nose soars from this dense ruby/purple wine. Medium-bodied, beautifully rich and layered, the emphasis is on discreet yet intense flavors, power allied with elegance, and wonderfully supple, lush tannins. This wine has great balance, purity, and presence on the palate and should evolve beautifully for two decades or more.

This is probably the best set of wines I have yet tasted from the Huneeus family, who own this beautiful property off the Silverado Trail south of the Meadowood Resort.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 92+

The prodigious 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Audentia Estate (only 300 cases produced) takes its name from the Latin “sed contra audentior ito,” which means “always push harder.” A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petite Sirah (I don’t think I’ve ever before seen this blend in Napa Valley), this blockbuster boasts an opaque purple color, layers and layers of blackberries, cassis, incense and camphor-infused fruit, a full-bodied, powerful, muscular mouthfeel and a long finish with its aging in 75% new French oak well-disguised by the wine’s extravagant richness and power. The one downside to the 2010 Audentia is that it needs 5-10 years of bottle age, after which it should age for 35-50+ years. It is a connoisseur’s choice for sure.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)
Ramey Wine Cellars Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Lail Vineyards J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) The Crane Assembly G.B. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2013 (750 ml)
WA 96, V 92-95

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard opens with beautiful lilac, chocolate box and unsmoked cigars scents over a core of cassis, black cherries and preserved plums with wafts of menthol and wood smoke. Full-bodied and packed to the gills with ripe, expressive black fruits and savory layers, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing with fantastic persistence.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
WA 95

The flagship wines include the 2014 J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from three sources – the family vineyard called Molehill at a 1700-feet elevation on Howell Mountain, the Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard and Heimark Vineyard in Calistoga. A gorgeous 2014, with notes of graphite, mulberry and blackcurrant, this full-bodied, opaque purple wine offers terrific fruit purity, sweet tannin, and a long finish of a good 45+ seconds. It was aged 19 months in 75% new French oak and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are 1,064 cases, and it can be drunk now or cellared for another 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 98

The 2013 G. B. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon Composition is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah and 2% Merlot. This is a big boy at 15.3% natural alcohol. Nevertheless, there’s no heat to it. It is a seamless classic from Napa, with copious quantities of blackberry and blackcurrant, some Asian spice and a full-bodied, nearly massive entry on the palate, with oodles of fruit, glycerin and extract. Tannins are present, but soft and well-integrated. This is a big, juicy, compelling effort from Dave Phinney that should drink well for 30 or more years.

The winemaker behind these magnificent wines is Dave Phinney, working from the Dr. George Beldon Crane Vineyard, which was first planted as a site in 1885. At that time it was largely a blend of grapes often referred to as “mixed blacks.” There are now eight acres in production, four containing the original plantings and the rest planted from 1930 onward. Phinney and a group of his friends purchased the vineyard in 2012. These notes reflect what they’re doing to date and serious consumers should be thrilled.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
Dominus Estate Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml) Guarachi Family Wines Beckstoffer Las Piedras Heritage Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml) Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Estate Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)
WA 97. WE 94

The 2014s, where the production of Napanook was only 2,200 cases and Dominus slightly more than the 2015 at 4,000 cases, was another early harvest, although somewhat later than 2015. The 2014 Dominus, which is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot really struts its stuff. Moueix’s belief in dry farming seems to be paying off with stronger and stronger vintages, each successive year, and the 2014 is a sexy, opulent, layered, multidimensional wine with notes of red and blackcurrant, cedar wood, tobacco leaf , spice box and licorice. The color is a dense plum/ruby/purple, much like the Napanook. This is a beauty that is already drinking gorgeously – as most 2014s are – and will continue to evolve for 25 or so years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 96

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras comes in a super-heavy engraved bottle that will challenge your shoulder joints. The wine is a stunner as well, with lots of blueberry and blackberry fruit, spring flowers, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a super intense texture and richness. This is profound Cabernet Sauvignon that can be approached now because of the vintage and personality, but promises to evolve and drink well for another 20-25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 94-96

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Estate-Grown is a big-time winner with great fruit, terrific texture, full body, sensational purity and plenty of blue and black fruits interwoven. The amazing thing about all of these wines is that no oak shows through whatsoever, although I suspect the percentage of new oak is relatively high. That’s an example of the extravagance and richness of the fruit that the winery is achieving. Again, purity, harmony, complexity and individuality are hallmarks of these wines. Drink this 2014 Cask 23 over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (1.5 Liter) Northstar Winery Merlot Columbia Valley 2003 (3 Liter) Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)
WS 90

Notes of dill, herb and vanilla bean-scented oak lead to an elegant array of dark berry, herb, cedar, gravelly earth and underbrush flavors. The tannins cling a bit, but this is an enjoyable and approachable youngster, with a track record for aging. Drink now through 2028.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)
WS 91

Elegant, almost aristocratic, offering subtle layers of blackberry, cherry, tar and licorice aromas and flavors, finishing harmoniously. Tannins are firm but not intrusive. This one should develop beautifully in the cellar. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (June, 2006)
WA 98

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard displays loads of charcoal, barbecue smoke, blueberry and blackberry fruit, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, and hints of charcoal and subtle oak in a full-bodied, multi-dimensional style. Drink it over the next 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet 2013 (1.5 Liter) Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (1.5 Liter) Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (1.5 Liter)
V 95, WE 94, WS 92

An aromatically compelling red, this unfolds to reveal layers of dark berry, chalky earth, sage, tobacco and cedar flavors before clamping down tightly on the finish, yet the fruit pushes through. Best from 2021 through 2033.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)
WA 93-95

A barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color with an earthy/herbal nose of black cherry and blackberry notions plus scents of incense, dusty earth and menthol. Full-bodied, rich and very earthy in the mouth, it offers plush tannins and a long, layered finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
WS 95

This zeroes in on a rich, hedonistic core of wild berry, blackberry, plum and currant flavors, with a graceful, elegant mouthfeel and supple, caressing tannins. The long and powerful yet refined aftertaste keeps reverberating fruit generosity while maintaining Cabernet's strength of personality. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'S.L.V' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (1.5 Liter) Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1.5 Liter) Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red 2014 (1.5 Liter)
WA 93-95

A barrel sample, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon S. L. V. offers up aromas of pepper, spice box, lavender and potpourri with mulberries, black cherries and black berries at the core, plus plum preserves and bay leaves hints. Medium to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins, the palate is firm and earthy with a long, minerally finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
WA 96+, WE 94

This first-growth estate in St. Helena has produced a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon that is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. It is certainly one of the wines of the vintage. Gorgeously opaque purple, it offers up notes of spring flowers, blueberries, blackcurrants, some baking spice and graphite. It is full-bodied, concentrated and rich, with layers of fruit. The wine builds and builds on the palate, with a great finish of 45+ seconds. This is a sensational 2014 to drink over the next 20+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WE 96, V 93-95

The 2014 Insignia is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and the rest Malbec and Cabernet Franc (no Merlot whatsoever). Production was slightly higher at 14,500 cases. This wine has an inky bluish purple color, a big, sweet kiss of crème de cassis, blackberry, blueberry, and hints of graphite and charcoal. It is floral, full-bodied, with tremendous opulence and richness. It is more approachable than the more structured and muscular 2013, but its is certainly no wimpy wine, given its level of extract and richness. It is another beauty, with the oak well-disguised by the extravagant fruit extract. Drink it over the next 30+ years.


- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vineyard 2016 (5 Liter) Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Estate Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1.5 Liter) Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (3 Liter)
Floral and spiced focused with a darker fruit profile than our other sedimentary sites. Lush in the mouth. Displays flavors of cassis, clove, anise and plum.
WA 94-96

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Estate-Grown is a big-time winner with great fruit, terrific texture, full body, sensational purity and plenty of blue and black fruits interwoven. The amazing thing about all of these wines is that no oak shows through whatsoever, although I suspect the percentage of new oak is relatively high. That’s an example of the extravagance and richness of the fruit that the winery is achieving. Again, purity, harmony, complexity and individuality are hallmarks of these wines. Drink this 2014 Cask 23 over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color and entices you with a nose of raspberry, cassis and loose pipe tobacco. This full-bodied wine has an assertively silky structure and is notably spicy on the palate. Flavors of sage and blackberry mark the wine’s entry. The strong acidity in the mid-palate is followed by a lingering finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2038. Our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It was blended in early 2014 and aged for 24 months in 85% new American oak and 15% one-used American oak barrels from our Missouri cooperage, The Oak. Early blending assures a balanced core and allows all components to achieve a seamless harmony during barrel aging. It was then aged for an additional 20 months in bottle before being released in February of 2018.
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (3 Liter) Quintessa Proprietary Red 2014 (3 Liter)
WA 93-95

A barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color with an earthy/herbal nose of black cherry and blackberry notions plus scents of incense, dusty earth and menthol. Full-bodied, rich and very earthy in the mouth, it offers plush tannins and a long, layered finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
WA 94

The three red wines are represented best by the flagship wine, the 2014 Quintessa Proprietary Red from their vineyards in Rutherford. A beautiful floral, black raspberry and blackcurrant nose soars from this dense ruby/purple wine. Medium-bodied, beautifully rich and layered, the emphasis is on discreet yet intense flavors, power allied with elegance, and wonderfully supple, lush tannins. This wine has great balance, purity, and presence on the palate and should evolve beautifully for two decades or more.

This is probably the best set of wines I have yet tasted from the Huneeus family, who own this beautiful property off the Silverado Trail south of the Meadowood Resort.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)