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Samsara Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml) Clos Pepe Estate 'Barrel Fermented' Chardonnay 2011 (750 ml) JCB by Jean Charles Boisset No 81 Chardonnay 2014 (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
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)
Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Samsara Rancho La Vina Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2012 (750 ml) The Other Guys 'Gehricke' Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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) Andrew Murray Vineyards Roasted Slope Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley 2013 (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.
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)

Joseph Phelps Ventana Wines Le Mistral Rhone Blend 2015 (750 ml) Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir 2012 (750 ml) Draxton Vineyards Cult X Pinot Noir 2009 (750 ml)
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)
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.
Morgan Winery Double L Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml) Dierberg Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 2013 (750 ml) EnRoute Les Brumaires - Les Brumeux Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)
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)
WE 89

There's a lot of rust and blood aromas on the nose of this wine, with pencil lead and black slate keeping up that mineral-driven sensibility. The flavors are light and earthy, with juniper laced across a strawberry-blossom core, showing a touch of black olive and crushed sage as well.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
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)
Dehlinger Estate Bottled Unfiltered Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml) St. Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml) Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 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 90+

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is scented of baked cherries, black currant cordial and dark chocolate with hints of bay leaves, cedar and cloves. Full-bodied with a solid structure of firm, chewy tannins and uplifting acidity, the palate provides a great core of black berry and earth flavors, finishing long with an herbal lift.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
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)
Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2015 (750 ml) Kale Wines Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvee, Sonoma County 2012 (750 ml) Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)
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)
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)

WS 90

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.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 (750 ml) EnRoute Les Pommiers Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
Herman Story Nuts & Bolts Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2015 (750 ml) Herman Story On The Road Grenache, Santa Barbara County 2013 (750 ml) Kesner Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 (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)
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.
Kesner Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2011 (750 ml) Hoopes Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Pillow Rd. Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)
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.
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.
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.
Madrigal Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Sbragia Family Vineyards Gamble Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (750 ml) Coho Headwaters Red, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)
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.
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)
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)
Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2014 (750 ml) Varner Wines Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 2013 (750 ml) Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Reserve Generations 2013 (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)
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)
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)
Rodney Strong Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml) Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Sonoma County 2012 (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 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
WA 93

A blend of predominately Cabernet Sauvignon (76%) and Merlot (12%) with some Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2012 Cyrus has a deep garnet color and slowly evolving nose of crème de cassis, plum preserves and cedar box with hints of underbrush, pencil lead, cloves and charcoal, plus a waft of bay leaves. The medium-bodied palate delivers tons of muscular fruit with a firm frame of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long with plenty of berry preserves, herb and earth layers.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
Cedar Knoll Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Trefethen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Kesner Rockbreak Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2011 (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.
WE 90

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.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2017)
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."
Failla Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 2015 (750 ml) Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml)
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)
WE 94, WS 93

Always impressive in its grasp of power and grace, this white is memorable from start to finish, beginning with a dark golden-hay color that dazzles in the glass. A strong floral component of jasmine invites on the nose, while sparkling acidity maintains a freshness amidst the integrated oak and delicious flavors of honeyed pear and crème brûlée.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2017)
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)
Medlock Ames Bell Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 2012 (750 ml) Radio-Coteau 'La Neblina' Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml) Renteria First Cut Red 2015 (750 ml)
WE 90

Plum jam and cranberry rise aromatically from the glass, with pretty accents of violet and cedar. Notes of baked bread add a comforting notion, while soft, sticky tannins combine with toasted oak and caramel on the midpalate and finish. There’s a boldness to the structure; drink through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)
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) Chalk Hill Proprietary Red Estate 2014 (750 ml)
V 89-92, 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 92, WE 91

Blended of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 16% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot and 5% Syrah, the 2014 Estate Red has a deep garnet-purple color and notes of blackberry preserves, crème de cassis and cedar with touches of baking spices, vanilla pod, dark chocolate and Mediterranean herbs. Full bodied, concentrated and generously fruited, it has firm, ripe, velvety tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with the oak poking through. Afford it another 2-3 years in bottle and enjoy it over the next 15+ years.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon 2013 (750 ml) Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml) Shafer Vineyards Merlot 2014 (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
WE 94

A blend from several of the producer's finest vineyards, including Georganne, Flax, Olivet Lane and Klopp, this offers complex notes of smoky lavender and licorice. Velvety texture underlies mouth-coating flavors of blackberry jam, pomegranate and cardamom, finishing tartly in acidity.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)
V 90-93, WA 92

Expressive floral and spice notes open up first in the 2014 Merlot. Fresh, nuanced and energetic in the style of the year, the 2014 is a highly representative wine for the vintage. The 2014 is not quite as generous as the 2013, but it offers a touch more vibrancy today, not to mention considerable potential.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2015)
Walt Wines Clos Pepe Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml) Daou Vineyards Seventeen Forty Reserve 2015 (750 ml) Rochioli Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml) Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2013 (750 ml) Siduri Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (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)
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)
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)
Sanford Pinot Noir la Rinconada Vineyard 2012 (750 ml) Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2013 (750 ml)
WE 93, WA 90

An outstanding effort, the 2012 Pinot Noir La Rinconada Vineyard has more spice, pepper, crushed rock and dark fruit to go with a pretty, elegant and lightly textured style on the palate. While it's slightly mid-weight through the middle, it has a great texture and fine tannin on the finish. Mostly destemmed and aged 15 months in 50% new French oak, from several hillside blocks in the vineyard, drink it over the coming 3-5 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
WS 94

Big and rich, with firm, structured tannins that are powerful and edgy, framing the core of blackberry, black cherry, plum and espresso flavors. An impressive effort. Best from 2019 through 2029.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (2017)
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)
B.R. Cohn Winery Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2015 (750 ml) Beringer Vineyards Quantum Red 2013 (750 ml) Mount Eden Pinot Noir Estate 2012 (750 ml)
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.
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)
WA 93, WE 92, V 91

Fermented and aged in 75% new French oak, the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate from Mount Eden has a lot of peppery spice and underbrush characteristics to go with a core of sour cherry and currant fruits on the nose. Medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured, and balanced with bright acidity, it starts out subtle, yet really stretches out nicely on the finish. It also blossoms with time in the glass. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2027.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Pine Ridge Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Melville Estate Block M Pinot Noir 2015 (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)
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)
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.
Robert Craig Winery Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) World's End 'If 6 were 9' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Calera Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mount Harlan 2013 (750 ml)
JS 94, WA 93+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity has an inky purple color that is much more saturated than its two predecessors. This is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc aged 18 months in 80% new French oak. This is a richer style of wine with much greater density, power and intensity. Opaque to the rim with more tannin, extract and muscle, this is more of a long-term proposition, so I'd suggest giving it 2-4 years of bottle age, and drinking it over the following 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
JS 94

Aromas of berries, stones and light coffee follow through to a medium to full body, integrated tannins and a chocolate, walnut and berry aftertaste. Linear and focused. Nice tension. Better than 2013. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling (Jan, 2017)
WA 95, WE 95

Jensen's 2013 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard is a beauty! It possesses a medium ruby color and sumptuous notes of mulled cherries, raspberries, dusty earth, spice box and wild herbs. Medium-bodied, richly textured, balanced and lively, with good acidity and a great finish, this is a terrific Pinot Noir to drink over the coming decade.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml) Yao Family Wines Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Peter Franus Red Wine, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)
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 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)
Dark ruby and youthful in color, the nose offers black cherry, dried herb, and ripe plum with a background of sweet oak weaving it all together. The mouth captures our stylistic hallmarks—structure, liveliness, and balance. The wine is integrated and harmonious, finishing with an appropriate amount of grip. It is poised for graceful aging.
Failla Chardonnay Chuy Vineyard 2015 (750 ml) Alpha Omega Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah 2015 (750 ml) Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Far Coast Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml)
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 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)
V 91

Silky tannins and expressive, perfumed aromatics are some of the signatures of the 2013 Pinot Noir Far Coast Vineyard. Bright red stone fruits, blood orange, raspberry and savory/floral notes are all nicely lifted in the glass. The personality of this cool site near Annapolis comes through in spades.

- Vinous (Jan, 2015)
Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Stone Cote Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (750 ml) Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Titus Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 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
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 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)
Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Velvet Sisters Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml) Hartford Court Pinot Noir Muldune Trail 2014 (750 ml) Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2013 (750 ml)
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 Pinot Noir Muldune Trail comes from a vineyard at the southern end of the Anderson Valley planted at an elevation of 1,600 feet. Again unfined and unfiltered, this has a dense ruby/plum color that is more saturated than its two predecessors and notes of fresh herbs intermixed with wet gravel, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate. It is medium-bodied, long, rich, and made from Dijon clones 115 and 777. This is a broad, savory, impressive Pinot Noir to drink over the next decade.

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

There's an unparalleled woody intensity on the nose of this offering, with cigar box, myrrh, incense and bay leaf decorating the black peppercorn, herb-laced salt, dark chocolate and black plum aromas. The palate's leathery flavors are woven into fine-grained tannins, revealing flashes of elderberry, violet and gravel. Drink 2019–2033.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2017)
Calera Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mount Harlan 2014 (750 ml) Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2014 (750 ml) Guarachi Family Wines Gaps Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml)
WE 93

From Josh Jensen's 4.4-acre vineyard, this bottling offers black plum and mulberry aromas laced with crushed gravel and lavender notes. There is a powerful minty character to the palate, which helps enliven the hearty ripe cranberry and hibiscus elements. A thought-provoking and earthy wine.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)
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)
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)
Honig Vineyard & Winery Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (375 ml) Swanson Vineyards Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2014 (750 ml)
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 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)
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)
Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon "Brother's Ridge" 2013 (750 ml) Arietta 'Hudson Vineyard' Merlot, Carneros 2012 (750 ml)
The 2014 Alexander's Crown exhibits flavors of black and red cherry, blackberries, dried herbs and violets. The wine is elegant, with a rich mouthfeel, soft tannins and a long lingering finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years.
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)
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)
Juslyn Vineyards Perry's Blend, Spring Mountain District 2012 (750 ml) Chateau St Jean 'Cinq Cepages' Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2013 (750 ml) Benziger Family Winery Tribute Estate Red, Sonoma Mountain 2012 (750 ml)
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)
WA 92+

Dense ruby/purple with a restrained but promising bouquet of cassis,tobacco leaf,subtle oak,this full-bodied wine is very youthful,dense,and extremely promising. Always one the winery's classics this should be at its best between 2018 and 2035.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
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)
AXR Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Fisher Cameron Proprietary Red 2012 (750 ml) Michael Mondavi Family 'Animo' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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.
Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml) Lail Vineyards Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml) Renteria Chardonnay Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)
WA 94+, WE 94

The 2014 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate has a medium ruby-purple color and gorgeous fragrance of red roses, lavender and fallen leaves over a core of crushed cranberries, mulberries and raspberry tart plus a touch of allspice. The medium-bodied palate is taut, youthful and finely structured, with the ripe, very fine grained tannins beautifully framing the multilayered berry and earth flavors, finishing long with loads of freshness and expressiveness.

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

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)
Stags' Leap Winery Estate Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Stonestreet Chardonnay Upper Barn 2013 (750 ml) Whitehall Lane Leonardini Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)
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)
WA 93

The 2013 Upper Barn, a vineyard that Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer made famous, spends 11 months in 49% new French oak and is fermented with indigenous yeasts. This is all Old Wente clone material, planted in 1982, so it’s among the older Chardonnay vineyards in Northern California. This wine always seems to have great acidity and loads of orange blossom, marmalade, honeysuckle and lemon blossom characteristics. The 2013 Upper Barn Vineyard (963 cases) is a beauty and certainly one of my favorites of this group.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, (April 2013)
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
Juslyn Vineyards Perry's Blend, Spring Mountain District 2014 (750 ml) Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Honig Winery Bartolucci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)
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 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)
WA 91

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bartolucci Vineyard from St. Helena is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new French oak. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color, sweet, pure black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, medium to full body, supple tannins and complexity as well as elegance. This is a beauty and probably one of the strongest of Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted from Honig. Drink now-2032.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Carter Cellars Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend 2014 (750 ml) World's End 'Crossfire' Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)
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 92

Carter makes his 2014 Proprietary Red Hossfeld Coliseum, which is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, from a relatively obscure vineyard back on Soda Canyon Road in Southern Napa Valley. This wine is big, chewy, chocolaty and mocha-infused wine with black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, loads of texture, lushness and a heady, chewy finish. It is sexy wine and there are 193 cases of it. Drink it over the next decade.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
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)
Robert Craig Winery Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Gandona Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)
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 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)

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) Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2014 (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)
If you like big, rich wines then this is the Cabernet Sauvignon for you. Ample, dark fruit with hints of minerality blend harmoniously on a solid core of tannin that will continue to evolve in the barrel.
Nickel & Nickel Rock Cairn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2014 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2014 (750 ml) Delectus Boulder Falls Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2013 (750 ml)
This wine opens with plum, black cherry, herb, and earth aromas. While this Cabernet Sauvignon offers incredible juicy fruits, it is the well-integrated tobacco leaf, bay leaf, anise, and oak spice that make it compelling. Enhanced by a vibrant acidity, the texture of this wine is smooth and velvety, providing a long and juicy finish.
The 2014 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon exudes dark berry flavors with a hint of fresh blueberry, which defines this special site. A mouthwatering entry coats the palate, while the flavor and texture are complemented by restrained oak. Ultimately, the tannins dissolve, leaving an impression of resolution and completeness.
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)
Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Fisher Vineyards Coach Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml) Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)
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 89

The 2013 Coach Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon offers up graphite, sweet red and blackcurrant fruit, a touch of loamy soil undertones, and a nice spicy, supple mouthfeel and finish. It’s elegant, yet at the same time concentrated. Drink it over the next decade.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
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.
Lewelling Vineyards Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Renteria Pinot Noir Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)
WA 93+

Very Pauillac-like (as usual), the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight has a similar character, with loads of creme de cassis, smoke, licorice and graphite as well as a full-bodied texture, dense, rich fruit, impressive purity and ripe tannin. This is a beauty, but interestingly, it doesn’t show the dramatic difference in quality that it often does at such a young age, although that may well evolve. Give it several more years of bottle age and drink it over the following two decades.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
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)
Gundlach-Bundschu Vintage Reserve, Sonoma Valley 2013 (750 ml) Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1.5 Liter) Axios Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (750 ml)
WA 97

The 2013 Proprietary Red Vintage Reserve is the winery's rendition of the very best lots of their Bordeaux varietals blended together and presented in an artistic package. Inky purple to the rim, the wine has flawless integration of acidity, alcohol and tannin, beautiful espresso-infused blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, chocolate, full-bodied opulence, and stunning purity and length. It is special a wine with probably 25-35 years of aging potential, even though it is more accessible than the two Cabernets from Moon Mountain. This is a beauty, so kudos to Gundlach Bundschu. Drink it over the next three decades.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, (March, 2016)
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)
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)
Juslyn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District 2012 (750 ml) Montagna La Presa - One South Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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) Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) 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)
V 91-94

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a polished, elegant wine. Medium in body, the 2014 graces the palate with bright red stone fruit and floral nuances. The new oak still needs time to integrate, so I would give the 2014 at least another year or two in bottle. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 gains weight in bottle. Today, it is decidedly on the lighter side of things, even within the context of the vintage.

- Vinous
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 Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2013 (750 ml) Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (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 96, WE 94

The 2013 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard is from another Oakville site. This wine offers up much more unsmoked cigar tobacco, wet gravel/minerality, crème de cassis, licorice and graphite. It is full-bodied, intense, multilayered, gorgeously pure and long. It can be drunk early on, or cellared for 30+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
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)
Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2014 (750 ml) Fisher Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard 2009 (750 ml) Daou Vineyards Estate Soul of a Lion Red 2013 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Macauley Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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.
Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Cliff Lede Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2012 (1.5 Liter) Signorello Padrone Proprietary Red, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)
WA 91

One of the iconic wineries of Napa Valley, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec has produced a relatively restrained and elegant 2014, with pure crème de cassis fruit, some incense, licorice and subtle background barrique. It is medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, plenty of charm, and a relatively velvety smooth finish with well-integrated tannins and wood. This is approachable now and should continue to evolve nicely for 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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)
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)
Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2013 (750 ml) Quintessa Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml) Dominus Estate Proprietary Red 2011 (750 ml)
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)
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)
JS 93

Wonderful aromas of tobacco, currant, berry and mineral. Ink and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely texture and freshness.

- James Suckling
Ulysses Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Stags' Leap Winery Estate Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2010 (750 ml) Ramey Wine Cellars Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)
WA 96

The 2013 Ulysses is absolutely mind-boggling, as so many wines from this vintage are. Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with the telltale cassis and floral notes, jump from the glass. Again, this is Pauillac-like, with some cedar wood and subtle barrique smells. Again produced nearly all from Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, rich and long, with slightly sweeter tannins than the 2012. Production in 2013 was 960 cases, and Moueix told me that the entire growing season averaged about two and half weeks ahead of schedule from bloom break to harvest. This is a prodigious effort and will certainly stand as the great Ulysses of the first trio to be released. I suspect it will be drinkable in 3-4 years and keep for 30 or more, given the Moueix track record.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
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)
WA 95+, WE 95, WS 94

A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of ripe black berries, crushed black currants, pencil lead and dried herbs with hints of dark chocolate and menthol. Medium to full-bodied with a great intensity and harmony, it has a solid backbone of firm grainy tannins and great length. Still very youthful and primary, give it another 2-3 years in bottle and drink it over the next 20+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill 2014 (750 ml) The Crane Assembly G.B. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2013 (750 ml) Guarachi Family Wines Beckstoffer Las Piedras Heritage Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml)
WS 90

A complex, austere style, highlighting flavors of loamy earth, cedary oak, dusty berry and dried herb. Combines the strength of earthiness with a measure of structure and refinement, ending with a black licorice note. Best from 2018 through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2015)
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)
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)
Lail Vineyards J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (1.5 Liter) Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Estate Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml) Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet 2013 (1.5 Liter) Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'S.L.V' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (1.5 Liter)
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)
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 95, WE 92

Celebrating its 40th anniversary vintage, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Stag’s Leap Vineyard (S.L.V.) Estate-Grown may be one of the all-time great offerings from Stag’s Leap Vineyard. It’s not easy to say after 40 years of achievement, but it is certainly a candidate for one of the finest Stags Leap Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons ever made, particularly under this moniker (We have to exclude the Cask 23 and the Fay Vineyard.) Opulent, with fabulous texture, a dense purple color, great blueberry and blackcurrant fruit with spice and flowers, this is sexy Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink beautifully for another 20 years or more. The balance is sensational.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1.5 Liter) Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (1.5 Liter) Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 2013 (3 Liter)
WA 92-95

As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Estate-Grown, this has a similar saturated purple color, terrific presence on the palate, great ripeness, loads of minerality, floral notes and beautifully pure blackcurrant liqueur intermixed with licorice and spice. It is full-bodied and rich with well-integrated tannin and wood. This is another 20- to 25-year wine, but should drink well after its release.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
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)
Our 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is garnet in color with a ruby red rim. It has an alluring nose of blackberry bramble, baking spices and black olive. Aromas of vanilla, cassis and sage fill the glass, revealing the influence of American oak barrel aging. On the palate, notes of raspberry are complemented with lingering acidity and a finish of dusty, silky tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2036.
Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1.5 Liter) Cliff Lede Vineyards Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (1.5 Liter) Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2010 (1.5 Liter)
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)
V 92, IWC 91-93

(blended with 8% merlot and 2% each cabernet franc and malbec): Good saturated red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of cassis, licorice and menthol. Plush and rich, with complex flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, tobacco, cocoa powder and a hint of menthol. Just a hint of herbs on the back end, but here the ripe tannins arrive late, allowing this very attractive wine to express itself.

- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May, 2014)
WE 94

The mighty Martha's spends three-and-a-half years aging in French Limousin oak barrels. It has years to go, its structure so expertly captured in the bottle, yet still willing to impart a lightness of sage and sarsaparilla, the tannins firm and integrated, with slight hints of cigar, coconut and that ever-famous mint. Drink now through 2025.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2016)
Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red 2014 (1.5 Liter) Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Estate Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1.5 Liter) Quintessa Proprietary Red 2014 (3 Liter)
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)
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)
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)
Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2011 (3 Liter)
Our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant representation of Napa Valley Cabernet from a cool vintage. It presents an opaque garnet hue in the glass and reveals aromas of sandalwood and roasted meats. Flavors of vanilla, coffee beans and raspberries are buttressed by dusty tannins, firm acidity and a mouth-coating texture. Given proper cellaring, this wine should provide drinking pleasure through 2029.