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Clos Pepe Estate 'Barrel Fermented' Chardonnay 2011 (750 ml) Dierberg Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2014 (750 ml) JCB by Jean Charles Boisset No 81 Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml)
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
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)
Foley Estates Two Sisters Courtney's Vineyard Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills 2015 (750 ml) Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) The Other Guys 'Gehricke' Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)
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)
WA 90

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and scented of crushed blueberries and blackcurrants with hints of chocolate mints and garrigue plus a touch of pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with good length.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
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)
Kesner Blustone Red, North Coast 2010 (750 ml) Morgan Winery Double L Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml) Foley Estates Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 2015 (750 ml)
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, 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 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) Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015 (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 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)
Ramey Syrah Sonoma Coast 2015 (750 ml) EnRoute Les Brumaires - Les Brumeux Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml) Draxton Vineyards Cult X Pinot Noir 2009 (750 ml)
V 91, WA 90

The 2015 Syrah Sonoma Coast is medium garnet-purple in color and scented of black cherries, mulberries and warm black plums with notions of peppercorns, violets and garrigue plus a touch of black olives. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and with a firm frame of ripe, rounded tannins, it has a lively peppery lift on the finish.


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

This rich and voluptuous wine wins one over with its baked pear and vanilla sumptuousness, etched with an apple blossom aroma. Robust and velvety on the palate, it's balanced by fresh citrus and wet stone nuances. The lifted acidity provokes both succulence and complexity.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 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.
Lail Vineyards Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (750 ml) Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir 2012 (750 ml) Patz and Hall Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2016 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
Walt Wines Clos Pepe Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml) Kale Wines Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvee, Sonoma County 2012 (750 ml) Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria 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 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)

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)
Dierberg Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 2015 (750 ml) Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2015 (750 ml) Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 (750 ml)
WE 94

Baked black-cherry and plum aromas meet with star anise, hot gingerbread and wet slate on the fairly opulent, very delicious nose of this bottling. It's more tightly wound on the palate, where cherry and black raspberry are lifted by baking spice. It's the pitch perfect acidity and tannic edge that are most impressive.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2018)
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 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)
Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 (750 ml) Herman Story Nuts & Bolts Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2015 (750 ml) Herman Story On The Road Grenache, Santa Barbara County 2013 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Cenyth Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml) Pillow Rd. Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml) Kesner Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 (750 ml)
WA 93, V 90-02

The 2014 is a beauty, with plenty of finesse, forest floor, floral blueberry notes, silky tannins, medium to full body, high energy, a vibrant mouthfeel, and a long crisp finish with loads of blue and black fruits. It should drink nicely for 15 or more years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
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.
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) Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon 2013 (750 ml) Hoopes Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 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.
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
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.
Melville Estate Small Lot Collection Sandy's Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml) The Crane Assembly G.B. Crane Vineyard Disciples Zinfandel, Napa Valley 2016 (750 ml) Cherry Pie Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)
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 93

A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 13% Charbono, 6% Grenache and 5% Petite Sirah, the 2016 Disciples is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with gorgeous notions of hoisin, Black Forest cake, prunes and potpourri with hints of black pepper, unsmoked cigars and cloves. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and oh-so-spicy, it fills the palate with decadent fruit and a plush texture, finishing with a lively lift.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
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)
Varner Wines Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 2013 (750 ml) Darioush 'Caravan' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Titus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)
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)
A classically-styled round, supple and sleek red blend – 2014 Caravan is the first vintage to highlight higher proportions of Merlot. The resulting profile is ripe and decadent with palate-pleasing notes of juicy plum, raspberry and flourless chocolate cake. Cabernet Sauvignon, the lion’s share of the blend, adds layers of complexity and an ideal balance between sweet and savory elements. It’s supple yet firm and polished tannin is complemented by dark, spicy notes of black currant and cinnamon; Caravan has a youthful energy that would reward several years of aging.

Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
JS 91

Concentrated aromas of blueberry, Marionberry, cassis, slate, sandalwood, nutmeg and oak are apparent right from the get-go. Rich and balanced on the palate, luscious cherry / blackberry compote, brambleberry pie, cacao nib, spicy herbs and brulee give way to a long finish rife with tobacco and chocolate notes. Excellent now, and in the years to come.
Peju Province Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Sbragia Family Vineyards Gamble Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (750 ml) Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 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, 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)
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.
Freeman Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml) Madrigal Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Reserve Generations 2013 (750 ml)
WA 90

The 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is pale to medium ruby-purple in color and intensely scented of Bing cherries, cranberries and pomegranate with touches of rose petals, cinnamon stick and fragrant earth. The palate is medium-bodied, finely crafted, refreshing and elegant with great red berry intensity and ripe, soft tannins, finishing long and perfumed.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2018)
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.
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)
Trefethen Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District 2015 (750 ml) Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2014 (750 ml) Freeman Vineyards & Winery Ryo-fu Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml)
WE 95

Blended with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot, this is an impressive wine well worthy of the producer's 50th anniversary. Currant, boysenberry and light handfuls of spice are wrapped in soft, polished tannins that offer an elegant length.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2018)
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)
WA 91, WS 90

The 2016 Chardonnay Ryo-fu has compelling notes of baker's yeast, candied ginger, allspice and toasted almonds over a core of warm apricots, lemon pie and pink grapefruit. Medium-bodied with a great intensity of savory-laced stone fruit flavors, it has a lively line of acid and long, spicy finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2018)
Rodney Strong Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml) Cedar Knoll Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay 2015 (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)

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)
Gundlach-Bundschu Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml) Kesner Rockbreak Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2011 (750 ml) Darioush 'Signature' Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml)
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)
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."
Signature Chardonnay shows remarkable harmony and balance in its youth, characteristic of the finest examples of this noble variety. Honeycrisp apple and Bosc pear flavors are energized by clean, bright layers of fleshy citrus and stony minerality. Our cellar regimen of French oak fermentation and sur-lie aging lends additional complexity with hints of baking spice, toasted brioche, and hazelnuts; while gentle racking preserves the wine’s integrity and nuance without fining or filtration.
Renteria First Cut Red 2015 (750 ml) Failla Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 2015 (750 ml) Ferrari-Carano Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml)
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)
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 91, WS 91

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is medium garnet-purple in color and opens with classic cassis and warm plums scents with hints of violets, menthol and mocha plus a waft of cedar chest. The palate is medium to full-bodied with velvety tannins and refreshing acid supporting the youthful black fruits, finishing on a lingering perfumed note.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
Peter Franus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2010 (750 ml) Chalk Hill Proprietary Red Estate 2014 (750 ml)
JS 92, V 91, 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)
The different structures of the three vineyards weave together to create a rich, dense, balanced, plush and creamy wine. Ripe, dark fruits meld with flowers, smoke, licorice, tar and mineral as this fresh and vinous red opens up in the glass. There is a wonderful purity and sheer density to the fruit that caresses the palate all the way through to the round, engaging finish. A gorgeous wine.
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)
Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2013 (750 ml) Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml) Daou Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (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 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)
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)
Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Saintsbury Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir, Carneros 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)
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)
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)
Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml) Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2013 (750 ml) Melville Estate Block M Pinot Noir 2015 (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)
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)
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.
Siduri Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml) Rochioli Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2016 (750 ml) Saintsbury Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml)
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 94, WA 91

Rich and creamy, this is a standout wine from the great vineyard owner and producer. It shines in a wealth of golden honey and salty oak, a well-balanced sensibility streaked through in a memorable, ying-yang of lushness and crisp Gravenstein apple.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)
Offers light plum and blackberry flavors, with a touch of lavender, backed by fine-grain tannins. Ready to drink.
B.R. Cohn Winery Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2015 (750 ml) Failla Chardonnay Chuy Vineyard 2015 (750 ml) Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Sonoma County 2013 (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.
V 94, 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)
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)
Beringer Vineyards Quantum Red 2013 (750 ml) Miner Family Winery Garys' Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml) Mount Eden Pinot Noir Estate 2014 (750 ml)
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)
WE 91, V 90

Light in color, this bottling from a famous vineyard shows red cherry, crushed clove and woody herb notes on a nose that's both sanguine and sharp with anise spice. The palate is lively and spicy, with energetic white sage and bright red fruit leading into a long-lasting, menthol-laced finish.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2018)
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)
Peter Franus Red Wine, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah 2015 (750 ml) Freemark Abbey Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)
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 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 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)
Freeman Vineyard & Winery Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml) Hanzell Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml) Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Far Coast Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Coho Summit Vine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District 2013 (750 ml) Kale Wines Stagecoach Vineyard 'Broken Axle', Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Chanin Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills 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)
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)

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)
Celani Family Vineyards Tenacious, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)
WA 93

Their blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc (all from the estate) is the 2014 Proprietary Red Tenacious. Fabulous aromatics, which are no doubt attributed to the Cabernet Franc, are present in this deep, ruby/purple wine with floral notes intermixed with forest floor, graphite, blueberry and blackcurrant. It is medium to full-bodied with silky tannins and a supple, velvety textured finish. Drink it over the next 10-15+ years.

Mark Herold is the consultant for proprietors Tom and Vicki Celani at their facility on Big Ranch Road in Southern Napa Valley.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
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 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)
J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Hartford Family Winery Marin Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml) Trinitas Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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.
Honig Vineyard & Winery Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (750 ml) Robert Craig Winery Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 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.
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 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)
Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2014 (750 ml) Guarachi Family Wines Gaps Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml) Alpha Omega Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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) Hartford Court Pinot Noir Muldune Trail 2015 (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 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)
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)
Chateau St Jean 'Cinq Cepages' Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2013 (750 ml) Arietta 'Hudson Vineyard' Merlot, Carneros 2012 (750 ml) Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2015 (750 ml)
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)
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)
WA 92+

Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Sea View Ridge has a fragrant nose of black cherries, pomegranate and chocolate box with wafts of potpourri, tree bark and baking spices. Medium-bodied, firm and grippy, it has a solid core of tightly wound fruit and earth flavors, finishing on a lingering peppery note.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2018)
Silverado Vineyards Geo Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville 2014 (750 ml) Fisher Cameron Proprietary Red 2012 (750 ml) Juslyn Vineyards Perry's Blend, Spring Mountain District 2012 (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.
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)
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)
AXR Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Renteria Chardonnay Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Faust The Pact Cabernet Sauvignon 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 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)
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)
Parallel Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Michael Mondavi Family 'Animo' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Lail Vineyards Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)
WA 91+

Parallel's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a fruit-driven, dense ruby/purple wine with loads of black cherry and blackberry fruit. The wine has a medium to full body, good tannin, a neutral mouthfeel and high quality. I don't know much about the winery, but this is classy Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
JS 95

Aromas of blackberries, walnuts and light chocolate. Full-bodied, tight and beautiful. Fine and polished tannins. Fabulous length and beauty. Impressive fruit but there’s tension and firmness. Better in 2021, but already enticing to taste.

- James Suckling (Jan, 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)
Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml) Dominus Estate Napanook 2015 (750 ml) Celani Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)
WA 95, WE 93

Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate opens with pronounced black raspberries, black cherries and violets scents with touches of chocolate box, anise, black soil and oolong tea plus a touch of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied with a firm foundation of grainy tannins and lively freshness, it has a wonderfully expressive core of black berries and floral notions, finishing with great persistence.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2018)

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)
Altvs Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Robert Craig Winery Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Merry Edwards Coopersmith Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml)
WE 90

Lavender and licorice tones give this wine a savory touch. The fruit comes from Oak Knoll and Coombsville, relatively cooler appellations within the Napa Valley, and includes the addition of 20% Petit Verdot. Rich, thick layers of blueberry, blackberry and cigar box meet dried herbes de Provence and sweet spice.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2018)
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+

The 2015 Pinot Noir Coopersmith is medium to deep ruby-purple colored and scented of wild blueberries, black raspberries and forest floor with touches of rose hips, oolong tea and fungi. The palate is medium to full-bodied with taut, muscular fruit and a firm, grainy frame, finishing long and earthy.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2018)
Stags' Leap Winery Estate Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Gandona Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Ramey Annum 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 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)
Montagna Cabernet Sauvignon The Montagna Estate, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) World's End 'Crossfire' Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)
WA 91+

From the estate, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon The Montagna Estate is medium to full-bodied, and again made in an elegant style, with higher levels of tannin giving the wine grip and delineation. It is a fuller, richer, more concentrated wine with a higher ceiling, but some patience is necessary, as this wine will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and keep for 15 or more years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
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 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)
Honig Winery Bartolucci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Juslyn Vineyards Perry's Blend, Spring Mountain District 2014 (750 ml) Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)
WS 94 JS 91

Aromas of lead pencil, graphite and juicy plum and cherry form the core, giving this complexity. Given the supple tannins, this is an easy-to-enjoy offering. Best from 2020 through 2032.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (2018)

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 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)
Shafer Vineyards One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Upper Barn Chardonnay, Alexander Valley 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2014 (750 ml) Delectus Boulder Falls Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2013 (750 ml) Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)
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)
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)
WS 93

Beautifully crafted, rich and layered, with tiers of lively wild berry, blackberry, anise, sage and cedar notes, ending with a juicy aftertaste that keeps the flavors fresh and lively. Kosher. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)
Renteria Pinot Noir Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) The Prisoner Wine Co. 'The Prisoner' 2016 (1.5 Liter) Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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.
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)
Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Montagna La Presa - One South Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Rock Cairn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2016 (750 ml)
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)

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)
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.
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 Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger Vineyard 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 (750 ml)
Fruit-forward yet savory, the 2015 Quarry Vineyard marries notes of blackberry and black cherry with hints of tapenade and spicy cigar box both on the nose and palate. A generous swirl of the glass reveals a rich depth of aromas and flavors, all supported by long, coating tannins.
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)
Bright, clear black cherry and blackberry aromas, accented by notes of toasty spice, open onto a palate layered with flavors of mixed berries, spice and earth. Elegant and balanced, with a rich backbone of oak, this concentrated vintage possesses the tremendous length, the layered flavor profile and incredible depth that is associated with this and other west Oakville vineyards.
Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml) Juslyn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District 2012 (750 ml) Macauley Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)
WA 95+, WE 94

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon C C Ranch Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of warm blackberries and blueberry compote with hints of cedar chest, mocha and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, it is velvety and elegant with lovely perfume and great persistence.

- 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)
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)
Axios Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (750 ml) Delectus Bear Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2013 (750 ml) Somerston Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (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 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)
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)
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (1.5 Liter) Silverado Vineyards Solo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml) Duckhorn Vineyards The Discussion Red 2014 (750 ml)
V 92

Montelena's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Pliant and supple, the 2015 offers notable density and raciness in an up-front style that will drink well upon release. Succulent red/purplish fruit, spice, new leather and licorice are front and center. A wine of total allure, the 2015 hits all the right spots. Best of all, at $62 a bottle it is one of the best values readers will find in Napa Valley Cabernet. Don't miss it.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
WE 90

This is 100% varietal, from a heritage clone named for the owner and the winery, the Disney Silverado Heritage Clone. It contributes a dusty earthiness to the wine, a density and purity of fruit deep in dense blueberry and blackberry unctuousness. Cedar and graphite season it well, as firm, thick tannins fill up the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)
W&S 93

Renee Ary blends this wine from a range of Duckhorn’s vineyards in Napa Valley, the 2014 including Three Palms merlot for the first time. It’s mostly cabernet sauvignon (57 percent) and merlot, with a little franc and petit verdot. Ary ages the wine 18 months in new French oak, then another six months in neutral barrels. This vintage offers the silken red fruit of cooler Napa Valley cabernet sites and the extravagance of riper fruit. For all its supple richness, it feels racy, a savory matrix of red and black fruit, salty mineral tones and oak smoke. The integration is impressive, suggesting it will develop into a complex maturity with cellar time.

- Wine & Spirits
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Daou Vineyards Estate Soul of a Lion Red 2014 (750 ml) Fisher Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard 2009 (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)
WE 96, WA 95+, WS 93

A sultry shade of dark purple, this luxury bottling by the Daou brothers shows freshly smashed black currant, gravelly minerality, black pepper, espresso and shaved chocolate on the nose. The palate is black to the core, from blueberry to dark chocolate to lava rocks, with strong yet polished tannins and wel-balanced acidity.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2018)
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)
Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 (1.5 Liter) Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Flora Springs Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena (750 ml)
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 95

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has an incredibly evocative nose of crème de cassis, plum preserves and fresh wild blueberries with touches of chocolate mints, tilled soil, yeast extract, chargrill and scorched earth. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with fresh, crunchy black fruit, framed by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with bags of energy.

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.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
WA 95, JS 94

Another of their single-vineyard offerings that has a proven track record for long-term cellaring is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rennie Reserve, which comes from holdings in St. Helena. This shows the valley’s beautiful crème de cassis fruit, nice judicious touch of toasty oak and licorice, full-bodied mouthfeel, and no hard edges. Tannins are present, but round and well-integrated. This is a full-bodied wine made for drinking over the next 20-25 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it last longer.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles Proprietary Red 2014 (1.5 Liter) Brand Winery • Cabernet Sauvignon Brio 2015 (750 ml) Cliff Lede Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2012 (1.5 Liter)
WE 93, WS 93

Shows a measure of finesse and restraint given the size, which is big and expressive, offering notes of plum, blackberry, baking spices and cedary oak. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2032.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (April, 2018)
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) Hall Wines 'Kathryn Hall' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Ulysses Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (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, V 94

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall opens with intense crème de cassis, mulberries and plum preserves notions over hints of Chinese five spice, tapenade and smoky bacon, plus a touch of dried Provence herbs. Full-bodied, concentrated and powerfully fruited on the palate, it has a soft, inviting frame of fine-grained tannins and loads of spice and savory layers coming through on the long finish.

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

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was aged for 17 months in 45% new French oak, is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is dense purple, with sweet cedar wood, unsmoked cigar tobacco, crème de cassis, and black raspberries in a classic, almost St.-Julien/Pauillac style. This emerged from a valley floor vineyard on the west side of Napa, where Christian Moueix told me that 2014 was characterized by generally slightly higher than average temperatures for the summer with only minor heat spikes in June and July. August and September went off without a hitch, and the harvest took place during the month of September. This full-bodied wine will hit its peak in 3-5 years and last for 25-30.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
Stags' Leap Winery Estate Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2010 (750 ml) Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2013 (750 ml) Rubicon Estate Inglenook 'Rubicon' 2013 (750 ml)
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 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)
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)
Quintessa Proprietary Red 2015 (750 ml) Ramey Wine Cellars Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) The Hess Collection The Lion, Mount Veeder 2014 (750 ml)
WA 94-96

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.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
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 96+

Blended of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon The Lion has a very deep garnet-purple color and nose of baked blueberries, plum preserves and crème de cassis with a wonderfully spicy undercurrent featuring Chinese five spice, black pepper and fenugreek with touches of cigar box and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and tightly wound at this youthful stage, it has a rock-solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and lively acidity supporting the muscular fruit, finishing long and spicy. 158 cases were made. Forget this one in your cellar for 3-4 years and drink it over the next 15+.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
The Crane Assembly G.B. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2013 (750 ml) Gandona Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2013 (750 ml) Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa 2014 (3 Liter)
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 94

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which comes from their 18-plant of vineyard acres (the total estate possesses 116), is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 95% new French oak. The production is less than 500 cases. In contrast to several other Pritchard Hill-styled wines, this one shows significantly more loamy, earthy notes, white chocolate, burning embers and volcanic origins, with a hint of asphalt and smoked meats as well as crme de cassis and blackberries. The wine is a medium to full-bodied, ripe, luscious and rather earthy, masculine and exuberant Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WS 92

Plush and rich-tasting, with finely interwoven flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and blackberry that are accented by cocoa powder notes. Asian spice accents fill the lush finish. Drink now through 2022.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)
Dominus Estate Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml) Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2015 (750 ml) Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (1.5 Liter)
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 99

Deep garnet-purple, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard leaps from the glass with opulent crème de cassis, raspberry tart and black forest cake notions plus underlying cigar box, mocha, licorice and forest floor suggestions. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and decadently generous in the mouth, it has a firm, velvety foundation and wonderful precision, featuring an invigorating lift on the very long, multilayered and provocatively earthy finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 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)
Quintessa Red, Rutherford 2015 (1.5 Liter) Opus One, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml) {Free Shipping With 6 Pack Purchase} Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (1.5 Liter)
WA 94-96

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep purple color and notes of crushed rocks, dusty earth and iron ore over blackcurrants and black cherries, plus hints of tapenade, bay leaves, underbrush and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bursting with densely packed, youthful black fruits, framed by finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long and mineral laced. This was tasted as a barrel sample.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
WA 97+

Composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec, Opus One's 2015 Proprietary Red Wine is truly an iron fist in a velvet glove, delivering a powerhouse of flavors and structure with a seductively plush texture. It opens with a deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully spicy notes of cinnamon stick, cloves and fenugreek with a core of cherry preserves, redcurrant jelly, blackberry pie and warm plums plus hints of camphor, lavender and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and bold in the mouth, it fills the palate with exotic spice-laced black and red fruits, framed by firm, beautifully ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing with epic persistence. Although it is already approachable, allow it another 3-5 years in bottle for its myriad of subtle accents to fully blossom and then drink it over the next 30+ years.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2018)
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) Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Estate Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 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)
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)
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (3 Liter) Quintessa Proprietary Red 2015 (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 94-96

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep purple color and notes of crushed rocks, dusty earth and iron ore over blackcurrants and black cherries, plus hints of tapenade, bay leaves, underbrush and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bursting with densely packed, youthful black fruits, framed by finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long and mineral laced. This was tasted as a barrel sample.

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