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Telavi Wine Cellar Marani Saperavi 2013 (750 ml)

Owns a deep cherry red color with complex and rich aromas of cherry, black prune, blackberry and dried fruits integrated with toasted oak notes. The initial palate starts with black fruit and vanilla aromas, goes on with an elegant, aromatic and soft mid palate. The aftertaste is long and spicy with touch of oak, supported by silky tannins.

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Telavi Wine Cellar Kondoli Vineyards Rkatsiteli 2012 (750 ml)

Owns a bright golden color with aromas of elegant, mineral, toasted and ripe yellow fruit. The mouth is rich with ripe apricot, melon and peach, supported by baked hazelnuts and buttery notes in the juicy finish.

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Krsma Estates Sauvignon Blanc, Hampi Hills 2016 (750 ml)

KRSMA Estates was established in 2008 by the husband and wife team, Krishna Prasad and Uma Chigurupati. They had previously established a pharmaceuticals company in India, and transferred their business expertise and knowledge to make fine wine.

Their vineyards are located in Karnataka’s Hampi Hills, a short journey from the spectacular World Heritage Site.

Straw colored with lovely tropical fruit nose. Crisp and well balanced palate that brings about defined gooseberry acidity, cut grass and a prolonged lingering finish.

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Telavi Wine Cellar, Marani Kondoli Sami 2009 (750 ml)

Saperavi, full-bodied with its deep red color, intense black fruit juice aromas and, Alexandreali – lighter color and texture full of strawberry and sweet vanilla notes and Merlot with its concentrated ripe fruit aromas at mid-palate and touch of green grass at the end, compose a perfectly balanced wine with bright crimson and brick rim at the edge. Complex and rich nose is dominated by red berries and cherry, with some mint, spiciness and toasted oak notes.

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Bagrationi 1882 Royal Cuvee Brut 2007 (750 ml)

This particular sparkling wine is made in the same time tested style as Champagne, the Methode Champenoise. The result of all this history and the classic style is a remarkable sparkling wine. It is Fresh and lively fragrance of citrus fruits. Fine, threadlike bubbles seem to last forever. Good body, noteworthy acidic interplay. The taste is fruity with a dry finish. This is absolutely regal.

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Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS 92

The 2013 Riesling Spatlese Piesporter Goldtropfchen opens very clear and precise on the nose intermixing cool, slate aromas with grapefruit and white peach flavors. Intense and piquant on the palate, this is a surprisingly straight, pure, stimulating, piquant and salty Spätlese bottled with 7.5% alcohol and a rather moderate residual sugar of 67 grams per liter. The high acidity of 10.5 grams make this a long-distance runner.

- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, South Africa 2014 (750 ml)

WS 90

Tightly coiled, with verbena, white asparagus and tarragon notes weaving around a core of lemon curd. Reveals a light paraffin echo on the finish. Let this unwind a bit. Drink now through 2018.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (April, 2016)

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Bessa Valley Winery Enira Reserva, Bulgaria 2010 (750 ml)

WA 91


The 2010 Reserva Enira is a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot, aged in a mixture of new (50%) and second-use French barrels of varying age for 16 months. Sensual and elegant, this beautifully balanced Reserva has all of its elements in harmony while still managing to demonstrate nice grip on the finish and lingering flavors. More power becomes evident with an hour or so of aeration. Fresh and in a very good place just now, it should continue to drink well throughout the decade, at the least. It is quite the charmer, and the price is very nice, yet again in this fine lineup from Bessa Valley. By a small margin, it is probably my favorite of the Reservas, but admittedly it was pretty close.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Meerlust Rubicon, Stellenbosch 2013 (750 ml)

Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness with liquorice and stony minerality. The palate is full-bodied, structured by sleek tannins which restrain the vibrant dark fruit. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit.

Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument.

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Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani 2013 (750 ml)

JS 92, V 91

Pelissero's 2013 Barbera d' Alba Piani embodies the virtues of this cool, late-ripening vintage. Freshly cut flowers, mint, hard candy, spices and sweet dark cherries are some of the notes that inform this vibrant, super-expressive Barbera. In 2013, Giorgio Pelissero did not bottle his top of the line Barbera Tulin; all the best fruit went into the Piani.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Giorgio Pelissero Langhe Nebbiolo 2011 (750 ml)

WA 89, IWC 89

The 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo is another attractive, entry-level wine that overdelivers. Juicy dark berries, crushed flowers and cinnamon come to life as this expansive, generous Nebbiolo shows off its class. An expressive, perfumed finish adds complexity and considerable appeal. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

- Anotnio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)

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Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2012 (750 ml)

WS 93

This is dense, with black cherry, blackberry, tobacco and leather flavors, picking up mineral and spice details on the long aftertaste. Shows ample tannins, fine depth and complexity. Drink now through 2023.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (May, 2017)

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Charles Smith K Vintners Viognier, Columbia Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WA 92

Up there with the top Viogniers coming out of Washington (I’d put this right beside the Viognier from Cayuse), the 2014 Viognier was barrel fermented with no malolactic fermentation (just in 2014). It has fabulous Viognier character in its floral, citrus and peach aromas and flavors, and on the palate it has plenty of depth and texture, yet is pure, clean and layered. It’s a fabulous Viognier to drink over the coming 2-3 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Brumont Chateau Montus Blanc Sec 2010 (750 ml)

WE 90

This blend of Petit Manseng and Petit Courbu is dry, although the Petit Manseng gives its characteristic hints of honey even here. It is floral, fragrant, rich and balanced. Acidity cuts through the richness to give shape and allow the texture to fill out. The wine is ready to drink.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2015)

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Telavi Wine Cellar Marani 'Satrapezo' Ice Wine 2013 (375 ml)

100% Rkatsiteli. Vibrant fruit flavors accented by the natural sweetness are well balanced with embedded orange zest. The finish is fresh with fruity core leading to a tantalizing citrus and lingering aftertaste.

The fully frozen grapes in Rkatsiteli southern blocks of Kondoli vineyards and selected old Rkatsiteli vineyards in Ikalto and Gulgula villages in Kakheti have been picked in early December, when the outside temperature fell down to -9°C. At these temperatures the water portion of each grape separates from sugar, flavor and acid components. The water freezes and crystallizes leaving the other compounds as suspended liquid drops among the water crystals. The grapes were hand harvested early in the morning in small boxes, hand sorted in our winery, all the damaged grapes were removed and gently pressed in basket press. The fermentation was held for 2 months period in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature 16-18°C. After fermentation wine was kept cold around 0°C for 6 month. Light filtration complemented by bottling and 6 months bottle aging in our cellar before the release.

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Bodegas Ramirez Rioja Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva 2008 (750 ml)

IWC 90

Rich ruby red with a tawny rim. On the nose it is intense with notes of Oriental spices, violets, incense and secondary fruit aromas. In the mouth it is silky and elegant with great refinement. The back-taste is long and persistent.

- International Wine Cellar

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Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Riesling Spatlese Scharzhofberger 2015 (750 ml)

WA 92+

The bright colored 2015 Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese is very clear and slightly smoky on the still discreet and reductive nose. Lush and aromatic, this is a crystalline, piquant and racy Spätlese with a well structured, stimulatingly clear and salty finish. Excellent aging potential and really digestible.

- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)

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Samsara Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)

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Clos Pepe Estate 'Barrel Fermented' Chardonnay 2011 (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

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Krsma Estates Chardonnay, Hampi Hills 2014 (750 ml)

KRSMA Estates was established in 2008 by the husband and wife team, Krishna Prasad and Uma Chigurupati. They had previously established a pharmaceuticals company in India, and transferred their business expertise and knowledge to make fine wine.

Their vineyards are located in Karnataka’s Hampi Hills, a short journey from the spectacular World Heritage Site.

Light golden color with a fantastic nose, delicately floral with stone fruit and citrus. The palate has a play of peach, pineapple and vanilla with a fresh mouth feel which lingers, developing smooth honey notes as it opens up.

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Brumont Chateau Montus, Madiran 2011 (750 ml)

WE 93, WS 91


The wine is impressive and packed with dense dark fruits. It comes from the showpiece estate of Madiran that was created by the iconic producer of the region, Alain Brumont

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2016)

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Armando Piazzo Barbaresco 2013 (750 ml)

WA 88

The 2013 Barbresco is a plump and yielding wine with a soft and opulent approach. The flavor profile spans across spice, ripe fruit, tar and licorice. You taste the sweetness of the primary fruit at its core. Soft tannins give more support and the wine finishes with a supple and velvety texture.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)

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Dierberg Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 92, WS 91, WE 91

The 2013 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is a smoking white from the Santa Maria Valley that was brought up in 15% new 400-liter French oak barrels. Full, bodied, rich and beautifully textured, with lots of buttered apple, melon, spice and creamy notes, it stays crisp and clean on the finish. Drink this full-flavored, beautifully made Chardonnay over the coming 4-5 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

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Azienda Agricola Cos 'Nero di Lupo' Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2014 (750 ml)

WE 91

Aromas of sunbaked soil, truffle, game, Mediterranean scrub and mature black-skinned fruit lead the nose on this earthy red. Made entirely with Nero d'Avola, the round, delicious palate tastes of ripe black cherry, blackberry, orange zest, spice and chopped herb. Velvety tannins and bright acidity support the juicy flavors. Drink through 2017.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)

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JCB by Jean Charles Boisset No 81 Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml)

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)

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Antucura Gran Vin 2011 (750 ml)

WA 89

The oily/olive sensations are even stronger in the 2011 Grand Vin, a blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec that is ripe and matured in oak barrels, which added spicy sensations. Juicy and heady, this is slightly sweet toward the finish.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (May, 2015)

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Telavi Wine Cellar Marani 'Satrapezo 10 Kvevri' Rkatsiteli 2010 (750 ml)

Notes of rose and waxy flower mingle with savory nut and nut skin on this traditionally-made Georgian wine. Long maceration on the skins in clay vessels gives it a deep, golden hue, and a concentrated palate, with flavors of tangerine and crushed stone.

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Charles Smith K Vintners Milbrandt Vineyard Syrah, Wahluke Slope 2015 (750 ml)

Shimmering, this wine is alive with energy. Vibrant aromatics, red and black fruits and heaps of minerality on a long focused finish. Great today, great in ten years, the Great Milbrandt!

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Vina Alicia Malbec, Las Compuertas 2011 (750 ml)

JS 92


Earthy and intense with dried meat, yet it remains fresh and stylish. Full body, silky tannins and a flavorful finish. All there. Decadent style.

- James Suckling (June, 2015)

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Ayres Perspective Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2014 (750 ml)

Silky smooth and ultra showy. Dark berries, violets, Provencal herbs, flecks of cinnamon. Approachable now - in fact you'll have a hard time keeping your hands off this one. A blend of the winery's estate fruit and neighboring Saikkonen and Armstong Vineyards.

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Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2015 (750 ml)

WS 92, WA 91+

The 2015 Bolgheri Rosso is mostly Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. The Merlot is harvested on the early side in order to preserve acidity, meanwhile the other varieties are harvested a bit later to add softness and roundness. In order to highlight the crispness of the fruit, one-fourth of the mass is aged in cement and the rest goes into various types of neutral barrel. This terrific wine boasts firm lines and a soft, cherry-driven core.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)

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Finca Decero The Owl and the Dust Devil 2014 (750 ml)

WS 90

Rich and well-structured, with loads of minerality to the pepper-accented dried raspberry and red plum flavors. Hazelnut details linger on the plush, cream-filled finish. Drink now through 2020.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)

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Flechas de los Andes 'Gran Corte' 2011 (750 ml)

WA 91, V 91


There is a big jump to the top of the range, in all senses, making, quality... and price. The 2011 Gran Corte is a blend that is more or less replicated each vintage. This 60% Malbec, 20% Syrah and 20% Cabernet Franc wine aged for 24 months in brand new French oak barrels. This feels more like a Bordeaux than its siblings do. It has plenty of influence from the élevage (still at age four) with toasty oak, sweet spices and smoke enveloping a core of ripe berry fruit. The palate is medium to full-bodied with abundant, grainy tannins that need more time in bottle to get polished. The acidity is enough, and the wine feels quite fresh, but you still notice the faint bitter flavors of the oak in the finish. It should develop in bottle for some time. 30,000 bottles produced.

Flechas de los Andes is one of the components of the Clos de los 7 group of Bordeaux wineries that established themselves in Vista Flores in the Uco Valley. It's owned by Benjamín de Rothschild and Laurent Dassault. They work 105 hectares of vineyards from which they produce around 600,000 bottles per year, but do not think about Lafite's ambition level if you cross paths with one of these bottles, the wines are in a completely different price ballpark.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

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Domaine Marcel Deiss Englegarten Premier Cru, Alsace 2011 (750 ml)

WA 91

From gravel planted with Riesling, Muscat, and assorted Pinots, Deiss’s 2011 Engelgarten is dominated by kumquat, nut oils and apple blossom, its faintly oily palate presence entirely compatible with refreshing juiciness, and its finish incorporating ripe peach and a hint of underlying stoniness. This ought to delight and intrigue through at least 2018.

- David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2014)

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Krsma Estates Sangiovese, Hampi Hills 2013 (750 ml)

KRSMA Estates was established in 2008 by the husband and wife team, Krishna Prasad and Uma Chigurupati. They had previously established a pharmaceuticals company in India, and transferred their business expertise and knowledge to make fine wine.

Their vineyards are located in Karnataka’s Hampi Hills, a short journey from the spectacular World Heritage Site.

An aromatic nose, layered, marked by intense fruit and toast of cherries and spice. Palate: Deceptively gentle, the wine shows refinement and harmony. The tannins and the alcohol are all in balance. The fruit is ripe, and although the oak is pronounced, the wine deftly retains balance.

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Bodegas Olivares Dulce Monastrell 2011 (500 ml)

WA 91

The 2011 Dulce Monastrell was bottled at 16% alcohol with 195 grams of residual sugar. Produced with fruit from ungrafted, 50-year-old Monastrell vines that were hand-harvested in late October/early November, the wine starts fermenting with indigenous yeast and fortified to stop fermentation. It's bottled completely unoaked the June after the harvest and aged for two years in bottle before being sold. It has a complex nose of black olives, tomato vine and balsamic herbs. The palate is sweet but keeps fluid and while it could do with a little more freshness it has enough acidity. Quite pleasant.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

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Cantina Tramin Selections 'Stoan' White Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige 2014 (750 ml)

WA 91

The delicious 2014 Alto Adige Stoan is a blend of 65% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon, 10% Pinot Bianco and 5% Gewürztraminer. The wine ages in tonneaux for 11 months and remains in contact with the lees for four of those months. The wine exhibits a very good sense of textural richness and creaminess. The bouquet emits tones of mango, tropical fruit and honeysuckle. Stoan is a wine of great execution.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (July, 2016)

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Compania de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez Gago, Toro 2013 (750 ml)

WS 92

Thick, solid and balanced, this red delivers plum, cola and tarry flavors. Ripe but savory, supported by muscular tannins and balsamic acidity. Rich and a bit austere now, but has depth. Decant. Drink now through 2028. 75 cases imported.

- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2016)

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Prager Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Hinter der Burg 2015 (750 ml)

WA 89

From a classified vineyard since 1521, the 2015 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Hinter der Burg is a clear, intense and juicy wine with white fruit aromas and a vibrant acidity. Medium-bodied and mineral in the finish, this is a serious expression of terroir in a lighter, very clear and refreshing style from gravelly soils. Good tension and intensity.

- Stephen Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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De Morgenzon DMZ Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2015 (750 ml)

WS 92

A broad, creamy, honeyed version, with an alluring toasted hazelnut accent framing the core of creamed peach, apricot and melon flavors. The long finish lets matchstick and dried quince notes in. Not shy in style. Drink now through 2019.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)

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Sardus Pater Carignano Riserva Kanai 2005 (750 ml)

WA 90

The 2005 Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Kanai is a very pretty red made in a mid-weight, ethereal style. The wine reveals lovely inner perfume into its floral red fruits and sweet toasted oak, showing excellent balance and poise. This elegant, restrained Carignano makes a great introduction to the estate’s wines. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2013.

These are the first wines I have tasted from Sardus Pater, a cooperative located on the Sant’Antioco islands, just off the southwest coast of Sardinia. The winery was founded in 1949 and today counts over 300 members. Consulting oenologist Riccado Cotarella oversees winemaking. His approach is often very much felt in the wines, yet I often get a sense that with a lighter touch in the cellar and a more transparent expression of variety and terroir these wines might very well reach a higher level. The raw materials certainly seem to be available, as the estate’s top reds are made from ancient, pre-phylloxera vineyards. This a beautiful set of wines from an emerging property readers should keep an eye on.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (April, 2009)

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Vatan Tinta de Toro 2012 (750 ml)

IWC 93, WE 92, WA 91

There is a new top-of-the-range produced in Toro starting with this vintage, the 2012 Vatan, made from older vines on different soils, clay and sand mainly; it fermented in open top stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in brand new, luxury French oak barrels for some 21 months. Curiously enough, this 2012 feels oakier and warmer than the 2013, while it has 1.5% less alcohol. There are some aromas of esparto grass and plenty of smoky, earthy, peat-like notes and other Mediterranean herbs (thyme, rosemary) alongside attractive balsamic notes. It is developing pungent, smokier, roasted nuances (coffee, dark chocolate) with time in the glass. The wine is named after a small river in Toro; it's not at all related to the cult-producer from Sancerre. The palate is full-bodied with some dusty, slightly drying tannins. It ends dry. It might need a little bit more time, but the quality of the tannins does not seem to reach that of the 2013. The oak is much more noticeable in the 2012 than in the 2013. 9,000 bottles were filled in September 2014.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Heartland Directors' Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

V 91

Inky ruby. Vibrant, smoke-accented dark berries, cracked pepper and a hint of mocha on the perfumed nose. Silky, seamless and pliant, offering sweet blackberry and blueberry compote flavors and a repeating peppery quality. Gentle tannins provide shape to the very long, spicy finish, which leaves a suave blue quality behind.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

WS 88

Displays a charming savory side that commingles with dusty berry, gravel and brick notes. Supple in texture until the very end, where the tannins give the flavors traction. Drink now through 2024.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)

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Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz 2013 (750 ml)

V 92


Glass-staining purple. Complex aromas of ripe blackberry, vanilla, potpourri and smoky minerals, with a floral accent building in the glass. Very sweet and supple in texture, with intense black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors gaining weight and spiciness with air. Finishes sappy and very long, with supple tannins, impressive vivacity and lingering floral and vanilla notes. This youthful wine deserves some patience.

- Vinous

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Shaw + Smith Shiraz, Adelaide Hill 2013 (750 ml)

WA 92

Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2013 Shiraz opens to expressive red and black cherry notes enveloped by nuances of black raspberries, pepper, star anise and violets. Medium-bodied, soft and satiny, the palate is fresh and pure with great concentration leading to an elegant, long finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

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CARM Casa Agricola Roboredo Madeira Grande Reserva 2013 (750 ml)

WA 92

The 2013 Grande Reserva is mostly a Touriga Nacional with 10% Touriga Franca and 5% Tinta Roriz added in. It was aged for 12 months in new French oak. This is the first big step up in dollars in CARM's red lineup this issue, a lineup that is chock full of values. What do you get for the extra bucks? The easy answer is the obvious one: structure and concentration. There is also more wood apparent, but the deeper mid-palate absorbs it well. Showing fine grip on the finish, although the tannins are controlled and not particularly hard, this is not quite as expressive as its less expensive siblings because it needs more time to develop. Overall, this has great potential, but it needs a little more time. Come back around 2019-2020 if you can. It certainly looks like a fine example of the brand.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)

WS 91


Starts trim and focused, and then the fruit accelerates and expands, with a burst of spicy raspberry, fresh earth, wilted rose and black licorice. The texture smooths out, but this is appealing for the zesty personality and fine-grained tannins. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (2016)

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Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2010 (750 ml)

V 94, JS 92, WA 91

La Lecciaia's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is beautifully layered in the glass, with gorgeous intrigue, depth and personality all on full display. There is a sense of translucent finesse in the 2010 that is impossible to miss. Sweet red cherry, stone fruit, mint and wild flowers all grace the exquisite finish. What a pretty wine this is.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Petit Verdot 2012 (750 ml)

WA 92, JS 91

Decero produce some of the best Petit Verdot in Argentina, and they are capable of convincing the skeptics with examples like the 2012 Remolinos Vineyard Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot that does not show the aggressiveness often associated with the grape. There is perfect ripeness here, no excess and no charred or toasted sensations either from the grape or the élevage (which is always pristine at this address). Polished tannins, very good balance and a sleek palate, the house signature is also applied to this finicky Bordeaux grape. 12,400 bottles produced.

Finca Decero, the Agrelo estate planted in the year 2000, keeps producing prodigious examples from the region. Polished, very drinkable wines that reflect place and vintage. Some might say technological, but I think they are superb.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

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Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades 2014 (750 ml)

V 91-93, WA 90


Strawberries, raspberries, flowers and mint all emerge from the medium-bodied 2014 Gigondas les Souteyrades, and this beautiful, forward 2014 has no hard edges, tons of charm, fine tannin and a good finish. It plays in the style of the vintage and is an early drinker, but it has loads to love.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Bertani Valpolicella Recioto della Valpolicella Valpantena 2010 (500 ml)

WA 88


Bright and easygoing, the 2010 Recioto della Valpolicella Valpantena is loaded tight with blackberry pie, sweet spice, prune, cherry liqueur, cola and baking spice. The wine shows mild sweetness that you definitely register on the palate, but it is not overwhelming. The structure is firm and the finish is driven by loads of fresh cherry. Drink 2014-2018.

Anyone who frequented Verona’s famed Bottega del Vino wine bar in its glory days will remember the Bertani “altar” set up in the downstairs cellar. Carefully erected under its own pool of light, the shrine consisted of important vintages arranged into a giant pyramid with magnum-sized wooden cases at the base. Small church candles flickered at the perimeter. That altar to a single brand, so revered and holy to the Veronesi, always comes to mind when I taste Bertani’s wines. This cherished symbol of Valpolicella is a beacon for those who appreciate the storied winemaking customs of the region. In 2011, Bertani was purchased by Tenimenti Angelini (a branch of the Angelini Group pharmaceutical firm). Despite the new ownership, Bertani remains one of the most consistent producers of traditional Amarone.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)

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Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 2013 (750 ml)

WE 92

This wine combines a fine, lacy mouthfeel with a strong, lattice-like structure, suggesting that while approachable now, it should age well for up to 10 years. The bright cherry fruit features an attractive herbal-stemma nuance, and the finish lingers, shaped by silky tannins.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)

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Andrew Murray Vineyards Roasted Slope Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley 2013 (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)

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Trione Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)

This wine is filled with aromas of black cherries coupled with forest floor, subtle earthiness, loam, and notes of damp redwoods. On the palate the wine is rich and velvety with lingering hints of sage, plum and allspice. This Pinot Noir shows the cool season but with depth and intensity. This wine will age with grace for 5-10 years.

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Icardi Pinot Nero "Nej" 2007 (750 ml)

LM 98

With fruit reminiscent of Pinot Noir from Burgundy, nuances of velvety rich fruit and tea spice softly enchant the palate. Seductive and enthralling tannins perfectly balance the fragrance of fruit and a subtle scent of oak. Powerful and majestic, this bold Pinot finishes with refined elegance and a note of aged balsamic, cherry, and vanilla.

- Luca Maroni's' Annuario dei migliori vini italiani' (Annual Guide to Italian Wine)

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De Trafford Blueprint Shiraz, Stellenbosch 2011 (750 ml)

WS 92, WA 91

Dark and ripe, with alluring ganache and espresso notes out front, followed by a core of dark plum, fig and boysenberry confiture flavors. Everything pulls together nicely through the broad, fleshy finish, which picks up a licorice accent while the ganache takes an encore. Still going strong despite the late release. Drink now through 2020. 140 cases imported.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)

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John Duval Shiraz Entity 2013 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 92


Densely packed, focused and brimming with blueberry, currant and plum fruit notes that play against a blanket of fine tannins, picking up savory accents as the finish keeps pumping gracefully. Best from 2017 through 2022.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (2016)

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Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2014 (750 ml)

WA 92

The 2014 Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett is more open than the Graacher Himmelreich (#AP 19) and displays a very delicate bouquet of white fruits intermixed with vegetal and subtle slate aromas. Refined and juicy on the palate, this wine has a perfect balance of a fruity sweetness and a finely racy acidity. This Kabinett is very expressive and complex in its mineral and grippy finish. It is impressively long in the finish, but due to the piquancy and minerality, not due to alcohol that is just 8%. The Sonnenuhr is more complex and intense than the more delicate and filigreed Himmelreich.

- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Azienda Agricola Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2013 (750 ml)

WA 91, WE 91, WS 90

The 2013 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico opens to a pretty ruby color and a slightly cloudy appearance. The wine is aged in cement vats and large oak casks. The aromas are steady and bright with wild berry, dried cherry, spice and wet earth in pole position. Like all of the wines from this estate, this red promises an above average level of complexity and sophistication. The mouthfeel is polished, lean and long in persistency. There is a touch of bitter almond flavor on the finish. If you love the elegant side of Sicilian wine, I highly recommend this bottle.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc 2014 (750 ml)

WE 92, WS 90

Bright and racy, with red currant and plum fruit lined with a lively tang of iron that streaks through the finish. A touch taut, but should unwind nicely with modest cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2024.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Ogier Gigondas Oratorio 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92

This wine manages to capture the essence of the southern Rhône in its fine scents of garrigue and sun-baked cherries. Despite a certain warmth, it remains fresh, supple and detailed, offering intricate nuances of licorice, sage and thyme on the long finish.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2013)

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Finca Valpiedra Reserva 2009 (750 ml)

WA 91

The 2009 Finca Valpiedra Reserva had something of a Bordeaux air to it, with tobacco leaf aromas intermixed with blackberries and a minty touch. It must have been the 4% Maturana Tinta that complemented the 92% Tempranillo and 4% Graciano that made up the blend. Save that, the rest is quite updated classic Rioja, the spiciness from the oak and the polished mouthfeel. It matured in French oak barrels for some 22 months. Cleaner and fresher than previous vintages I tasted.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)

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Domaine du Gros' Nore Bandol, Provence 2014 (750 ml)

For many years, all the fruit from the Pascal family vines were sold to Domaine Ott and Château de Pibarnon, with a small amount being kept and bottled for family consumption. To honor his father’s passing in 1997, Alain Pascal started Gros ‘Noré, which has brought considerable attention and respect from peers throughout Bandol, dubbed the grand cru village of Provence. The domaine bottles a rosé and a blanc but the blend of the rouge offering is 80% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache, and 5% Cinsault, all of which come from vines between 40 and 60 years of age. The grapes are partially de-stemmed with percentages dependent on the vintage, and fermentation kicks in naturally via indigenous yeasts. Never fined or filtered before bottling.

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Giovanni Rocca Bricco Ravera Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WE 93

Toast, ripe dark berry and camphor aromas take shape in the glass while the chewy palate offers ripe raspberry, juicy black cherry, uplifting mint and a mineral note. Youthfully assertive, fine-grained tannins provide the framework. Drink 2018–2025.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)

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Walt Wines La Brisa Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml)

WE 93

Rich sugar-apple and pear tart provide warmth and decadence to this wine. Despite its voluptuous nature, the wine is also layered and complex in intriguingly satisfying ways. A touch of ripe peach and salty pretzel figure into the mix quietly, yet harmoniously.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2016)

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Alvaro Palacios 'Les Terrasses' Velles Vinyes, Priorat 2014 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS 93

The 2014 Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes is a blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Cariñena from different villages. The 2014 vintage was a high yielding, warm vintage and the grapes from the nine villages of Priorat fermented in a combination of oak and cement vats with natural yeasts and matured in oak barrels for ten months. This is always a characterful wine, with the unmistakable signature of the Cariñena with the rusticity of the dusty roads of Priorat. The palate is really lively, with some dusty tannins and high acidity. It's long and it finishes with a mineral sensation. Despite my references to some rusticity, this is very elegant, much more elegant and refined than the wines from the 1990s and 2000s. Elegant rusticity, that is!

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne NV (375 ml)

JS 93, WS 92

A finely knit Champagne, this is driven by smoky minerality and layered with a subtle mix of lemon curd, biscuit, Acacia blossom and white peach puree. Long and vibrant on the spiced finish. Drink now through 2020.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)

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Pierre Amadieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Paillousse 2014 (750 ml)

WS 89

Solidly built, with a frame of chestnut and tobacco leaf notes around a core of lightly dried cherry and plum fruit flavors, giving way to sandalwood and garrigue accents through the finish. Best from 2017 through 2022.

- James Moleworth, Wine Spectator (2016)

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John Duval Wines Plexus Shiraz - Grenache - Mourvedre, Barossa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93+, WS 92

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2013 Plexus has a seriously spicy perfume over a core of baked raspberries, crushed blackberries and red currant jelly, plus wafts of pepper and tar. Ripe, rich and medium to full-bodied, the palate offers a gorgeous, velvet-lined texture, with savory and earthy flavors coming through on the long finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Livon Eldoro Pignolo Colli Orientali del Friuli 2011 (750 ml)

A stellar example of the potential of Italian indigenous grapes this is 100% Pignolo, a small-clustered variety that faced almost certain extinction. This robust, succulent single-vineyard wine has blackberry, prunes, cigar box and sticky melted milk chocolate aromas and flavors. Rich in soft tannins and fruity concentration.

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Marani Satrapezo Saperavi 2013 (750 ml)

The nose shows a strong blackberry, prune and vanilla oak nose with some notes of tobacco. The full bodied initial palate exhibits sweet black fruit and dried berry flavors. The middle palate is soft and round with well integrated complex of grape and oak tannins. The finish is long and spicy supported again by ripe tannins.

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Basilisco Aglianico del Vulture 2009 (750 ml)

WE 92

Basilisco delivers a deeply volcanic expression of Aglianico, with aromas of dried fruit, crushed granite, lead pencil and exotic spice. Thanks to 18 months of oak aging, it also shows supple softness and a velvety texture that gives this usually austere wine an easy approach overall.

- Monica Larner, Wine Enthusiast(Feb, 2013)

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Bader Mimeur Chassagne Montrachet Red 2011 (750 ml)

A fruity, complex nose leads on to a lively palate with finely balanced acidity. A mid-palate of cherry and redcurrant fruits gives way to a smooth, persistent finish.

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Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir 2012 (750 ml)

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)

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Adelsheim Vineyard Breaking Ground Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2014 (750 ml)

WS 91, WE 91

Focused, bright and sleek, with juicy blackberry, currant and black tea flavors set on a lively frame. Nubby tannins rub against the finish as this sails on with presence. Best from 2017 through 2023.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)

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Morgan Winery Double L Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml)

WE 93, WA 92

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)

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Samsara Rancho La Vina Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2012 (750 ml)

WA 92

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

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The Other Guys 'Gehricke' Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)

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)

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Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore 2012 (750 ml)

World class red from an artisan producer. Made much a like a dry Amarone, this wine has tremendous depth and complexity with dried flowers and spiced currant aromas and has a silky and savory palate of plum, cherry and finishes with full and succulent tannins. Grilled lamb and rich cheeses are supreme pairs with this marquis red.

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2008 (375 ml)

WA 93, WE 93, WS 92

Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. It is clear that the aromatics on the 2008 are a little simpler and more straightforward than the 2007 with honeysuckle, jasmine and mango scents emerging with time. The palate is ripe and precise on the entry with well-integrated oak that is in sync with the lemon curd and apricot fruit. There is a lovely sweetness on the finish with a hint of spice lingering in the mouth. As I wrote last year – sublime. Drink 2017-2030+

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)

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Seghesio Family Vineyards Rockpile Zinfandel 2014 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 92

Plump fruit meets lively acidity and good structure. Floral cherry, river stone and spiced cinnamon aromas open to rich, sleekly complex raspberry and tarragon flavors. Drink now through 2026.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Spectator (May, 2017)

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Bodegas Muga Rioja Selección Especial Reserva 2011 (750 ml)

JS 95, WS 93, WA 92


This red has a firm backbone and a solid texture, with harmonious flavors of plum, blackberry, licorice, cocoa and espresso. Concentrated yet graceful, showing alluring mineral and floral notes on the finish. Drink now through 2026.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Tenuta di Fessina 'Musmeci' Riserva Etna Rosso, Sicily 2011 (750 ml)

WE 92, WA 91

This elegant red opens with alluring aromas of violet, tilled earth and red berry. The savory juicy palate doles out black cherry, raspberry, white pepper and cinnamon framed in firm, polished tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2017–2026.

- Kerin O'Keefe, WIne Enthusiast (June, 2016)

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Chateau De Fieuzal Pessac-Leognan 2014 (750 ml)

WE 95

Spice from wood aging gives this rich wine its great character. It is supported by the tropical and white fruits. It is developing into a ripe full wine, delicious with its acidity and with its tangy aftertaste. Drink from 2022.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)

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Bodegas LAN Edicion Limitada 2013 (750 ml)

WS 94

This inky red is ripe and concentrated, with currant, kirsch and boysenberry flavors, framed by espresso, licorice and black pepper notes. Well-integrated tannins support the fleshy texture, while citrusy acidity keeps this lively. Expressive and balanced, in the modern style. Best from 2018 through 2028.

- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2017)

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Dehlinger Estate Bottled Unfiltered Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WS 92

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

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)

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Domaine Marcel Deiss 'Schoffweg' Bergheim, Alsace 2010 (750 ml)

WA 92

A smoky, sweet, reductive machine oil note marks the nose of Deiss’s Pinot-dominated 2010 Schoffweg, mingling with musky and bittersweet evocations of narcissus and iris as well as lanolin and resin from barrel. Suggestions of red raspberry and its distilled essence inflect the juicy apple-like fruit here along with liquefied expressions of the aforementioned floral elements. Fine-grained and saturated with flavor, the subtly oily, glycerol-rich yet vivacious palate here is not in any awkward way marked by the presence of oak. Chalk and salt add interest and saliva-inducement to a long, brightly juicy, energetic finish, whose citrus rind impingements generate real sizzle. Something must have changed (and I don’t think it’s me) in the barrels or how they are used for this bottling because I find both this and its 2011 successor far superior to the corresponding, slightly wood-challenged 2009 and 2008.

- David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2014)

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Kelley Fox Wines 'Mirabai' Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml)

Starting with the 2015 vintage and going forward, the Mirabai will have 100% Maresh Vineyard fruit. The Mirabai 2015 is a selection of 21 barrels of wines from all of my blocks at Maresh except for the Red Barn Blocks: the Old Block (planted in 1970), the Long Rows (planted in 1970), the Star-of-Bethlehem Flower Block (planted in 1988) and Block 8 Pommard (1978). All of my wines in 2015 were 100% whole cluster. The colour is a shining, brilliant, transparent light red. The nose is full of sun-warmed Hood strawberries and a little spice, but not the sun of a hot summer day, but one of a late spring day, with both a welcome sunshine from above and a fresh coolness like the dew of a spring morning not yet warmed. There are soft minerals in this lithe, high energy, aerial Pinot, reminding me of hummingbirds, but with a certain trickiness of Tinkerbell. The vines are old and know themselves: this Mirabai has a twinkle in its eye with a seriousness that doesn’t need to be obvious.

Wine Cellarage Tasting Note: Elegant aromatics of red cherry, strawberry, orange zest and delicate spices rise from the glass. The wine is refined and velvety on the palate with great depth and minerality. I will describe the wine's color as a jewellike gossamer crimson...very translucent. The delicate coloring coupled with the tremendous underlying power present in this wine creates a beautiful paradox.

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Rocca di Frassinello Maremma Toscana 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93

We are finally seeing some very exciting results from Paolo Panerai's Rocca di Frassinello estate in northern Maremma, Tuscany. The 2012 Maremma Toscana Rocca di Frassinello is a thickly extracted and beautifully favored red blend. The richness of the wine is very attractive and the bouquet peels back with chocolate, candied cherry, pressed blackberry and grilled herb. The wine shows exceptional texture with firm tannins that are enveloped within fleshy berry flavors.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2015)

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Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2015 (750 ml)

WA 90


Opening with apricot, guava and honey toast scents with a waft of butterscotch, the 2015 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch has a medium body laden with ripe stone fruit and toast flavors, marked by a lively backbone and finishing clean and fresh.

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

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Domaine J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse 2015 (750 ml)

WS 92

A sleek, stony version, this white exhibits lime blossom, apple, mineral and subtle spice flavors. Energetic, resonating on the long, citrus- and mineral-infused aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)

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Sant' Elena Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (1.5 Liter)

WA 90

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (magnum) offers up dark red fruit, roasted coffee beans, grilled herbs and licorice in a mid-weight, elegant style. Soft tannins inform the soft, polished finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2011)

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Cantina di Terlano Pinot Bianco Vorberg Riserva 2012 (750 ml)

WS 92

Vibrant acidity focuses this rich and smoky white, enlivening the flavors of baked plum and nectarine, singed orange peel, star anise and ground white pepper. Fine and harmonious throughout, with a long, detailed finish. This should show nicely with some age. Drink now through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)

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Milbrandt Vineyards Sentinel Northridge Vineyard 2009 (750 ml)

WS 88

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

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2012)

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Vivanco Coleccion Vivanco Dulce de Invierno 4 Varietales, Rioja 2013 (375 ml)

The Coleccion wines from Dinastia Vivanco are limited-production wines that capture the essence of traditional Rioja grape varieties and their cultivation in extraordinary terroirs. The personality of each wine is distinguished on the label by an original piece of art from the family’s collection on display at the museum. A late harvest blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, and Mazuelo, yields are extremely low. Intense aromas of crystallized fruit, dried peaches, orange marmalade, and quince jelly are framed by delicate floral and cocoa notes. The sweetness is balanced by fresh acidity. Each varietal is vinified separately in large French oak vats, then aged 12 months on the lees in French oak barrels.

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Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml)

WA 92+, WE 92


Another terrific wine from this estate is the 2014 Lucienne Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard. Fresh, focused and vibrant, with nicely integrated acidity giving plenty of lift to notes of black cherries, sappy herbs and spring flowers, it has fine grained tannin, excellent concentration and a great finish. It will be better in a year or two (which is a rarity in 2014) and keep through 2024.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)

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Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml)

WE 92, WS 91


Baked black cherry, rare roast beef and light sage aromas show on the dynamic, earthy nose of this bottling by Winemaker Paul Clifton. Garrigue is prominent on the tip of the sip, with strong but not overripe black cherry and plum flavors. These lead into forest floor, juniper, pine needle and mulling spice on the finish.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)

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Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan 2012 (750 ml)

WA 90, WE 90, JS 90

A sensational wine from this Pessac-Leognan estate, the 2009 possesses notes of charcoal, graphite, roasted herbs, truffles, spice box, and luxurious quantities of black currant and black cherry fruit. Full-bodied, impressively endowed. and well under the radar for most consumers, this outstanding wine is a sleeper of the vintage and well worth buying. It should drink well for 15 or more years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2012)

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St. Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90+

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

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

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Chateau Clos des Jacobins, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml)

WE 89-91

Barrel Sample. Attractive fruits are balanced by some dusty tannins, as well as hints of new wood and spice. There is a smoky character that gives a textured character to the bright palate, boasting lively acidity.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2016)

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Celler Can Blau 'Mas de Can Blau' 2010 (750 ml)

IWC 92, WE 92, WS 91


This red is expressive, racy and dense, delivering black raspberry, licorice, garrigue and mineral flavors, with a nice balance of sweet and savory. Harmonious and alluring, in the modern style. Mazeulo, Garnacha and Syrah. Drink now through 2020. 700 cases made.

- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2013)

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Ruinart Brut Rose, Champagne NV (375 ml)

WS 93, JS 93

A pure note of wild strawberry rides the fine and creamy mousse of this mouthwatering rosé. Expressive, with flavors of ripe berry, candied ginger, pink grapefruit zest, marzipan and smoky mineral. Elegant overall. Drink now through 2020.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)

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Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 (750 ml)

WA 93, JS 93, WE 92


The star of the show among La Lecciaia's new releases is the mid weight 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. A little slow to open, the wine shows power and depth followed by a pretty embroidery of varietal aromas. This wine is focused on the small details and the finer nuances. Lingering aromas of wild berry, toasted nut, smoke, wet earth, cola and balsam herb add brightness and buoyancy to the bouquet. There is a dry mineral note on the finish that serves to give weight and definition. The wine reveals tight tannins and a silky feel. I suggest giving this Riserva another few years to reach integration.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Felsina Berardenga Vin Santo Chianti Classico 2005 (375 ml)

WA 92, WS 91

Made with Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese, the 2005 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico opens to a brilliant amber color and thick viscosity that hugs to the rim of the glass. Oak-driven tones of vanilla and caramel are immediately apparent, but quickly followed by candied fruit, butterscotch and orange peel. Clusters undergo a natural drying process on mats until February of the following year. The must is transferred to sealed oak casks containing the “mother,” or gelatinous remains from previous vintages.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Stellenbosch 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93

The 2012 Five Soldiers Chardonnay comes from some of the oldest vines on the property, around 22 years old that tend to suffer a lot of coulure that lower yields, whole-bunch pressed with slightly more new wood (70%) for 15 months. The bouquet handles the wood well, with attractive dried honey and candle wax aromas complementing the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and frankly you would hardly notice the oak. Citrus fresh with delicate white peach and pink grapefruit notes, this is a lovely Chardonnay.

While I have lamented some of the stalwarts of the region for dragging their heels and remaining hidebound to outdated practices and styles, that is not the case for all. Some estates such as Kanonkop and here at Rustenberg, are really producing some well-crafted wines that deserves attention.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Tulin 2009 (750 ml)

V 91, WS 90, IWC 90

This inky red offers plum, cherry jam, violet and tobacco aromas and flavors on a full, rich, powerful frame. Concentrated, needing air to cohere, with a firm grip of tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2018. Only 750 cases made.

- Vinous

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Krsma Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Hampi Hills 2012 (750 ml)

KRSMA Estates was established in 2008 by the husband and wife team, Krishna Prasad and Uma Chigurupati. They had previously established a pharmaceuticals company in India, and transferred their business expertise and knowledge to make fine wine.

Their vineyards are located in Karnataka’s Hampi Hills, a short journey from the spectacular World Heritage Site.

Ruby red color with a light violet hue. A fruit forward wine with a slightly floral nose and a palate comprising of red berries, cherries, velvety tannins finished very well with a hint of spice.

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Bodegas Hermanos Pecina Senorio de P. Pecina Gran Reserva, Rioja 2009 (750 ml)

WA 94

There is one more exceptional red with an extended aging in barrel that was only produced in 1998, 2001 and 2003, and now in this 2009 Señorío de P. Peciña Gran Reserva. It is the usual Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano, but in this case from 50-year-old vines from their Finca Iscorta vineyard in the Sonsierra zone. The wine is aged in well-seasoned American oak barrels for four years with manual and gravity racking twice per year. If the nose could somehow remind you of the 2009 Reserva, this is more open and aromatic, more nuanced, and the palate also shows a level of complexity and refinement that makes it much more enjoyable, with polished tannins and great length. While it's not a wimp, it doesn't overload your senses. A great and classical Gran Reserva. 15,000 bottles were filled in September 2013.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)

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Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2013 (750 ml)

WS 92

Creamy and supple-textured, with complex notes of clay, black tea and star anise, accented by plum compote, tobacco and sage details. Comes together in harmony on the long, lingering finish, where a touch of tomato leaf lingers. Drink now through 2030.

- MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2016)

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Dierberg Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WE 89

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

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)

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Jose Maria da Fonseca Domini Plus, Douro 2014 (750 ml)

WS 91, WE 90

Elegant and finely crafted, with a deep current of savoriness to the plum, dark currant and slate flavors, supported by ample acidity. Complex blueberry and pastry notes show midpalate, leading to a finish that lingers with dark chocolate and spice details. Drink now through 2020.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)

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Thomas George Estates Baker Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2012 (750 ml)

WE 88

Richly intense, this wine wraps thick textures of caramel and toffee around tropical mango. The full body celebrates ripeness while finding enough restraint.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2016)

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Vignobles Mayard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Pere Pape 2014 (750 ml)

WA 89

A more rounded, complete wine is the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Domaine Du Père Pape (60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault). It is expansive and layered, with medium-bodied notes of black cherries, licorice and hints of roasted herbs. Drink this supple, elegant Châteauneuf du Pape through 2023.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Elk Cove Vineyards 'Clay Court' Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2014 (750 ml)

WE 93, WS 91

A standout among the winery's single-vineyard selections, this big-boned effort brings flavors of chewy cherry alongside a citrus highlight and a definite underpinning of wet stone and clay. Texturally compelling, it should age gracefully through 2024.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2016)

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Valdipiatta Alfiero, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010 (750 ml)

WS 92

Fresh, austere and focused, underlining the black cherry, eucalyptus and tobacco flavors. Finishes with tension, tannins and a long aftertaste of fruit, earth and spice. Best from 2017 through 2027.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2015)

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Andrew Will Winery Flaneurs, Columbia Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 91

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir, Bannockburn 2014 (750 ml)

WS 94

Plush and elegant, offering wild strawberry and raspberry flavors, with plenty of precision to the white pepper and fresh earth notes. Fresh and vibrant, showing intensity on the finish. Drink now through 2026.

- Mary-Ann Wobiec, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2016)

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Poggiopiano Chianti Classico la Tradizione 2007 (750 ml)

WS 92

Ripe and complex, this is full of sweet mulled plum and cherry, showing leather, spice and cigar box overtones. Focused and fresh, with plenty of life and a fine, savory aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2013)

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EnRoute Les Brumaires - Les Brumeux Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WE 94

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)

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Chateau Gloria, Saint-Julien 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92-94

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

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2013)

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Charles Smith K Vintners Morrison Lane Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 95

Another wine that overachieves is the 2013 Syrah Morrison Lane. Easily the best vintage of this cuvee to date, it has a killer bouquet of olive tapenade, grounded, peppered meats and a core of darker fruits. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant and with fine tannin, it’s terrific and will drink nicely for 10-15 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Chateau Grand Mayne, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml)

WA 93

The 2014 Grand-Mayne has a fragrant bouquet, perhaps more refined than in recent years with dried rose petals and incense fusing with the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity and a gentle build towards a vivid, lightly spiced finish that maintains impressive delineation, perhaps less extracted and more precise than wines of the past. This is a superb Grand-Mayne that represents a subtle change in tack for the estate—one that this writer approves of. Tasted on three occasions and consistent every time.

- Neal, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90

Offering up lovely notes of framboise, wild strawberries, candied violets and licorice, the 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape is medium-bodied, forward and elegant, with sweet tannin and a clean finish.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Titus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90

An excellent value is undoubtedly the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. For $55.00 one rarely finds this level of quality in Napa. The wine has a dense purple color, a good sweet kiss of crème de cassis, blackberry and licorice. Graphite makes an appearance in this medium to full-bodied, delicious wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Calcaire, Alsace 2014 (750 ml)

WE 93, JS 93, WS 92

Though the aromas and flavors of dried apricot, papaya and orange peel are rich and ripe in character, this broad white is dry and lip-smacking overall, focused by intense acidity. The pronounced minerality echoes smoke and saline notes, with almond skin and paraffin hints lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2027.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2016)

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Eric et Joel Durand Cornas Empreintes 2014 (750 ml)

WS 93

Ripe and tightly focused, with racy cassis, blackberry and plum fruit that stretches out through a lengthy, mineral-driven finish. Mouthwatering bay and rosemary accents streak through, giving this great cut. Best from 2018 through 2029.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)

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Colli di Lapio di Romano Clelia Fiano di Avellino 2010 (1.5 Liter)

WA 90

The 2010 Fiano di Avellino comes across as intensely pointed and mineral, even within the context of this wine. Seashells, crushed rocks, minerals, grapefruit and white flowers are some of the notes that are woven into the wine's mid-weight, focused fabric. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2011)

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Ayres Pioneer Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2012 (750 ml)

V 92, WA 92


The 2012 Pinot Noir Pioneer is a barrel selection from the Dijon 667 clone. It has an upfront nose with a bit of hubris: blackberry and iodine scents with hints of violet. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity and it is packed to the rafters with juicy blackberry and blueberry fruit. Delicious.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March, 2015)

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Yatir Red Blend, Judean Hills 2012 (750 ml)

Rich and deeply extracted, with generous blackberry, currant, black cherry and wild berries that are highlighted by mocha, vanilla and cedar wood overtones.

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Viberti Giovanni 'Inisj' Langhe, Piedmont 2010 (750 ml)

WE 90

This full-bodied wine opens with aromas of blue flower, black berries and cooking spices. The palate delivers dark cherry layered with accents of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a hint of orange peel. Assertive tannins give way to a minty, fresh finish.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2014)

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Armando Piazzo Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

Classic Nebbiolo aromas of wild berry, aromatic herb, tilled soil and a balsamic note slowly emerge on this structured red. The focused, full-bodied palate offers wild cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, white pepper, anise and mint alongside assertive tannins and bright acidity. It needs to come together but already boasts finesse and complexity. Drink 2019–2031.

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Farnese Edizione Cinque Autoctoni, Abruzzo 2013 (750 ml)

WS 90


Fragrant, with mesquite smoke and oak spice notes, this lush, modern-style red layers supple, sculpted tannins with flavors of crème de cassis, blueberry puree, espresso and melted licorice. Lightly juicy and medium- to full-bodied, this ripples across the palate and lingers on the lasting finish. Montepulciano and Sangiovese from Abruzzo and Primitivo, Malvasia Nera and Negroamaro from Puglia. Best from 2018 through 2023.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2016)

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Terrazze dell'Etna Cirneco Etna, Sicily 2010 (750 ml)

WE 93, WA 92

I tasted the 2010 Etna Rosso Cirneco (100% Nerello Mascalese) last year and had the chance to revisit the wine again. Since then, not much has changed although my impression is that it has started to flesh out nicely. It shows more spice coloring of cinnamon and clove this year. This is an austere and stubborn wine that plays its cards close to its chest. It reveals crushed stone, dark fruit and grilled herb with slow precision. These qualities bode well for its future evolution. So does the tannic management. The wine is stern, firm and structured. Fruit comes from 60-year-old pre-phylloxera vines that have been pruned down to just two clusters per vine.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2015)

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Caduceus Cellars Dos Ladrones, Arizona 2012 (750 ml)

Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards 2012 Dos Ladrones is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Malvasia Bianca from Bonita Springs Vineyard, Graham County, Arizona. It has beautiful floral notes with crisp white fruit, pear, honeysuckle, gooseberry, and vanilla flavors. Think dreamy spring nights, chalked hopscotch next to a blooming bed of tulips.

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Mitolo G.A.M Shiraz 2013 (750 ml)

The palate is powerful and extremely focussed with great depth of fruit character that is well framed by fine grain tannin, and drawn together to a long finish by naturally balanced acidity. Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 18 months.

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Purple Hands Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2015 (750 ml)

WE 93

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

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)

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Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1990 (750 ml)

WA 91


The 1990 Colheita Port (Feuerheerd’s) is a blend of 30% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz, 10% Tinta Barroca and 10% Tinto Cão, coming in at 114 grams per liter of residual sugar. It is a bit lighter-styled but it is laced with all of those classic, old Tawny flavors, adding in complexity what it lacks in power and concentration. Quite elegant, it has a crisp, fresh finish and subtle intensity. Overall, there's a graceful feel to go with its fine and complex flavors. This was scheduled for release in September 2015.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Armando Piazzo Barbaresco Riserva 2010 (750 ml)

WE 90

Scorched earth, black-skinned berry, orange zest and baking spice are some of the aromas that emerge on this vibrant red. It's still nervous, offering flavors of raw red berry, white pepper and grilled herb alongside bracing tannins. A coffee note signals the close. Drink 2018–2026.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2015)

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Albet i Noya Reserva Marti, Penedes 2009 (750 ml)

JS 92

Some bell pepper, but a lot of spice too. This is a cool wine with a nice freshness alongside the ripe flavors and tannins. Good length. Drink now.

- James Suckling

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Castello di Neive Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano 2009 (750 ml)

WA 92


The 2009 Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano unfurls on the palate with layers of highly expressive dark fruit. Hints of menthol, smoke, incense, leather and tobacco appear later, adding considerable depth and complexity. A plush, open finish rounds things out in style. Though fresher than the straight bottling, the Santo Stefano is also remarkably open today. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)

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Giovanni Viberti Barolo Buon Padre 2012 (750 ml)

WE 90

Leafy underbrush, leather, truffle, grilled herb and tilled soil aromas lead the way. The dense, forward palate doles out juicy black cherry, star anise, tobacco and an earthy hint of game while velvety tannins give it a smooth, polished texture. It has immediate appeal and will offer fine drinking for the next few years. Drink through 2020.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)

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Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2014 (750 ml)

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

Standing in stark contrast to the leaner, racier 2013, it celebrates the diversity of vintage that we are blessed (and sometimes cursed!) with here in the Willamette Valley. Enjoy some of this hedonistic young wine now, but put some away to watch it gain sophistication with age.

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Trinchero Napa Valley Mario's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml)

WA 90


The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mario's (14.8% alcohol) shows soft tannins in an up-front, forward dramatic style in keeping with this vintage. The wine has medium to full body, low acidity and loads of black and red currant fruit. Drink it over the next 8-10 years.

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

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Ceretto Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

JS 93, WA 92

Ceretto presents a fine expression of Barolo (with fruit sourced from various sites) in the 2012 Barolo. The wine is redolent of pressed flowers, cassis, dried raspberry and grilled herb. Lighter, more vertical aromas of cola, smoke, campfire ash, dried ginger and toasted anise seed lift gently from the back. The mouthfeel boasts savory, ripe fruit and offers a distant note of succulent sweetness.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WS 90

There's much to admire in this rich, savory, layered and well-fruited effort, featuring bold dark berry, anise, mocha and jazzy oak flavors. Deep and persistent. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)

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Il Borro Toscana Rosso 2013 (750 ml)

WA 95, JS 94


The 2013 Il Borro is a delicious wine that I have tasted several times over the past few months. It presents seamless aromatic integration with luscious dark fruit, proportioned doses of spice, tobacco and sweet blackberry flavors. This wine offers velvety softness and plumpness over a richly extracted mouthfeel and sweet oak tannins. The slightly cooler 2013 vintage reveals very long persistence with pretty nuances of moist earth, rum cake and cherry liqueur. This is a landmark wine from the Il Borro estate in Tuscany.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (May, 2017)

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Barao de Vilar Maynard's 30 Years Old Aged Tawny Port NV (750 ml)

WA 92-93


The NV 30 Years Old Tawny Port Maynard's is a traditional blend with 111 grams per liter of residual sugar. It was bottled in 2016--in a rather odd bottle looking like a Mateus Rosé. The wine is a lot better than that, happily. This was the first release of this bottling with this presentation. A bit hard and a little harsh on the end, it evolves a bit in the glass and then shows off its best points--the amazing structure, the precision and focus. There still seemed to be just a touch of alcohol on the finish, a little too much brandy. It is dry and persistent, otherwise exceptional. In fairness to this bottling, it was only bottled the day before being seen--but since it was hand bottled just to show it to me, said Alvaro van Zeller, it was fine to present. Hence, this note.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Alfred Gratien Brut, Champagne NV (750 ml)

WS 92, V 91

Offers lovely balance and a fine, lacy texture, with the firm acidity providing a backbone for the flavors of ripe blackberry and pear fruit, pastry cream, candied lemon zest, almond biscotti, oyster shell and chalk. Disgorged November 13, 2013. Drink now through 2021.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2014)

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Barberani Moscato Passito Villa Monticelli 2005 (500 ml)

WE 91

With a deep amber color and luminous copper highlights, this Moscato-based dessert wine from central Italy boasts pretty aromas of caramel, chestnut honey, pinecone and candied orange. There are well-integrated toasted or nutty notes in the background. It’s a full and sophisticated wine with a masculine, brooding personality and lightly candied fruit on the close.

- Monica Larner, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2008)

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Domaine Johann Michel Cornas Cuvee Traditionelle 2012 (750 ml)

WA 95

About as polished and elegant as they come from the appellation, Michel’s 2012 Cornas offers rocking crème de cassis, raspberry, spice, toasted bread and licorice to go with an elegant, medium to full-bodied profile. Possessing no hard edges and slightly hidden, sweet tannin, this is an awesome wine that will have 15+ years of sexy drinking.

Johann Michel continues to produce brilliant wines from the steep, granite infused slopes of Cornas. Both his 2012s, which I raved about last year, and his 2013s are some of the most successful in appellation.


- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

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Charles Smith K Vintners 'Guido', Walla Walla Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WE 93, WA 92

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Ayala Rose Majeur Brut, Champagne NV (750 ml)

WS 90


Firm and smoky, with a chalky texture, this balanced rosé shows more mineral character than it does hints of mulberry, dried herb and toasted raisin bread.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2015)

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Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2014 (750 ml)

WA 89

Luciano Sandrone's 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is a terrific drinking wine that offers fresh fruit, pretty balsam intensity and crisp acidity on the close. A bottle like this begs for a wood-oven pizza topped with spicy sausage or wild mushrooms. It exhibits fine tannins and an easy overall approach.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Coho 'Old Poodle Dog' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

San Francisco legend tells of a French restaurant in the gold rush days of the city named Le Poulet d'Or. Though beloved by the patrons come down from the gold fields, many had a hard time pronouncing the unfamiliar language of the restaurant's name. Some began to simply call it Old Poodle Dog and soon that's what it became. Our wine is an homage to that spirit of our favorite city that learns from the traditions of others and creates something new and delicious from it.

2/3 Coombsville fruit, rest Yountville Cross Road and Diamond Mountain. Nose: cinnamon dusted black cherries, cocoa powder, tar and wheat toast. Taste black currants, more black cherries, pie spice, tobacco and mocha. Big, youthful finish of both flavor and tannins. A “serious” Napa Cab for a not-so-serious price. 8% combined Merlot, Malbec & Petit Verdot.

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Agricola Punica 'Barrua' Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia 2013 (750 ml)

WS 91

Sleek and mouthwatering, this harmonious red features creamy tannins and layers of flavor, with black currant pâte de fruit, dried marjoram and smoky mineral notes accented by abundant ground white pepper, star anise and graphite details that play out on the finish. Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2025.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)

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Chateau Doisy-Vedrines, Sauternes 2013 (750 ml)

WS 94, WE 93-95, WA 91-93

Still youthfully rambunctious, this is packed with pineapple, ginger, bitter almond and apricot flavors. Despite the heft and weight, this has a glistening acidity and a long bitter orange and maple finish, and should unwind slowly in the cellar. Best from 2018 through 2035.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2016)

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Purple Hands Latchkey Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml)

WS 94

Silky and harmonious, with an elegantly precise structure and black cherry, fresh violet and spice notes that glide expressively toward the long finish. Drink now through 2022.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)

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Purple Hands Holstein Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2015 (750 ml)

WS 94, WE 93

Vibrant and rich, offering complex savory cherry and pepper notes that play against loamy minerality as this flows toward refined tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)

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Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition Blanc 2015 (750 ml)

WA 90

Looking first at his whites, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is an outstanding, medium-bodied, refreshing and classic white that would be a terrific case purchase for Southern Rhône white lovers. Made from 40% Clairette and 30% each of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, aged in a mix of new and old barrels, and stainless steel, it gives up notes of citrus blossom, honeysuckle, white flowers and maybe a touch of white peach in a balanced, layered, fresh and rich package. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Chateau Gaudin, Pauillac 2010 (750 ml)

WE 91

From one of those rare properties in Pauillac that are not classified growths, this wine is ripe, dark, still smoky and very structured. It has some of the weight of the vintage although in a restrained way, giving juicy black currant fruits behind the tannic structure. Drink from 2017.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)

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Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Girard 2011 (750 ml)

WS 91, IWC 91

A ripe, fleshy style, with plum sauce, blackberry paste and raspberry ganache notes that stay driven and fresh, thanks to a racy graphite spine and a lingering black licorice accent. Very solid. Drink now through 2021.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (July, 2014)

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Montepeloso Eneo Toscana IGT 2013 (750 ml)

WS 90

A muscular red, with black cherry, plum, tar and licorice flavors. Tannic yet fresh, with a long, complex finish. Not everyone's cup of tea, but has character. Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Alicante and Malvasia Nera. Best from 2018 through 2024.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)

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The Crane Assembly G.B. Crane Vineyard Disciples Zinfandel, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)

Complex and evolving from first taste, unique aromas of granite, brambly fruit, mixed berry cobbler, forest floor and smoke open from the glass. More aromas abound; black plums and boysenberry compote that carry through to the palate that is lush, rich, big and brawny. The finish is lingering and persistent and the wine is definitely addictive.

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Papapietro Perry Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2010 (750 ml)

WS 91

A supple, graceful style, deceptively elegant and understated, with crushed rock and mineral supporting crushed raspberry and black cherry, ending with a dash of anise. Drink now through 2023. 690 cases made.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2012)

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Papapietro Perry Elsbree Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2010 (750 ml)

Dark garnet in color, the wine opens with a combination of raspberry fruit, spice, cinnamon with a hint of clove. On the pallet the clove leads into a blast of bing cherry, raspberry, spice and hints of cola. This wine has bright acidity and great balance that leads to a long cherry fruit finish. This wine also has enough tannins to allow to age well. Best from 2013 through 2020.

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Alta Vista Single Vineyard Temis Malbec 2012 (750 ml)

WA 95, WE 95

Part of the single-vineyard series, the 2012 Malbec Temis is produced with the fruit from vines averaging over 70 years old at El Cepillo in the Uco Valley. The grapes fermented in small, 52-hectoliter cement vats and the wine matured in 100% new French oak barrels for one year. This is the coolest of the three vineyard-designated bottlings, and the wine seems to have a livelier color, nose and palate. There's more stony minerality here, plus a suppleness and a freshness that I don't get in the others. The full-bodied palate is compact, but without any excess, and is very balanced within its large size. Serious and concentrated, a wine to age for a long time in bottle. The oak only shows with extended aeration, another sign of a wine that will only get better in bottle. If you're on the lookout for a serious, mineral, terroir-driven Malbec, this one is for you.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

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Marcarini Brunate, Barolo 2011 (750 ml)

JS 94, WE 92, V 91

A rich and flavorful red with plum, dried orange peel and a chocolate finish. Full body, round tannins and a savory finish.

- James Suckling (April, 2015)

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Caymus Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas Vineyard 2015 (750 ml)

WS 92

Dark-hued, rich and spicy, with an enticing core of mocha-laced blackberry, cherry, spice and floral scents. Ends as it begins, bold and rich. Drink now through 2026.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Caymus Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman Vineyard 2015 (750 ml)

WS 92

Delightfully rich and expressive, with tiers of dark blackberry, mocha, licorice and cherry. Broad and lingering on the deep and persistent finish. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Alfred Gratien Brut Rose, Champagne NV (750 ml)

V 92, WS 91, IWC 91

A bright, tangy rosé Champagne, with a fine, lacy mousse carrying flavors of white raspberry, poached pear, almond skin and fresh ginger. Offers a lasting, chalky finish. Disgorged February 7, 2014. Drink now through 2020.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2014)

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Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco 2012 (750 ml)

WS 93


Intense aromas of cherry, tar, wild herb and camphor signal this rich, fleshy red. Cherry fruit comes forward on the palate, while tobacco, licorice and iron notes play supporting roles. The dusty tannins are moderate. Long finish. Best from 2019 through 2032.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)

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Caduceus Cellars Nagual de La Naga, Arizona 2012 (750 ml)

The Arizona take on a Super-Tuscan blend: 50% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 20% Sangiovese. Aged 18 months in new & neutral French oak, making for a lush and spicy wine perfect with steak or veal, and especially compliments red sauce dishes.Located in the Verde Valley of Arizona, Caduceus operates under the direction of founder/winemaker/musician Maynard James Keenan, himself a descendant of Italian winemakers. The grapes come from his own Merkin Vineyards in Jerome, AZ, where he grows a multitude of varietals.

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Montagna Tre Vigneti Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

WA 91

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Tre Vigneti is the softest and most accessible of the Cabernet Sauvignons, with a dark purple color, notes of blackcurrants and creamy oak, a luscious, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, excellent purity, and good texture and length. It is relatively dramatic and evolved, so drink it over the next 10-12 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011 (750 ml)

IWC 93, WA 91, WS 91

Looking at the reds and perfumed and beautifully Provencal, the 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape has rocking aromatics of kirsch liqueur, lavender, garrigue, licorice and saddle leather to go with a medium-bodied, supple and nicely textured profile. I-d like to see more mid-palate here, but this is all about up-front fruit. Filling in nicely with air (tasted twice from multiple bottles), it should be enjoyed over the coming 7-8 years. Drink now-2021.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct 2013)

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La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande-de-Pomerol 2010 (750 ml)

JS 93, WA 92, WS 91

The 2010 La Fleur du Bouard (80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) is bottled unfined and unfiltered and hit 14.5% natural alcohol. The wine offers up notes of black raspberry and blueberry pie intermixed with incense, lead pencil shavings and plenty of underlying floral notes. Some background oak is also present. The wine is medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, voluptuously textured, rich, long and hedonistic and satisfying. Drink it over the next 10+ years. The other cuvee, a limited production wine, can be absolutely magnificent with some bottle age, as the 2000 is certainly proving to be.

The standard of excellence for Lalande de Pomerol is Hubert de Bouard’s 50-acre property, over half of it located on the highly prized Neac plateau, which consists of clay, sand and gravel sub-soils.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)

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Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, Pessac-Leognan 2008 (750 ml)

WE 93, WA 91, JS 91

One of the most successful wines of the vintage, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with sweet notes of creosote, graphite, lead pencil shavings, black currants, plums and licorice. Medium to full-bodied and silky with good underlying acidity, it is a juicy, savory, quintessentially elegant wine that will benefit from several years of cellaring and last for 15+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (May, 2011)

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Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92, JS 91-92, WA 90-92

A sleeper of the vintage, it exhibits a healthy dark ruby/purple color and the bouquet offers lots of mocha, raspberry, black cherry, incense, lavender and background oak aromas. Medium to full-bodied, plump, rich, dense, pure and well-balanced, it can be drunk over the next 10-12+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2013)

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Peju Province Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WE 91

A sizable percentage of Merlot is blended in here, as well as much smaller amounts of Petit Verdot, Zinfandel and Malbec. Together, they work, offering a lushness of blackberry jam and chocolate in a medium-bodied package that's smooth, with just the slightest tension of tannin and tobacco.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)

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Sbragia Family Vineyards Gamble Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (750 ml)

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)

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Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional, Douro 2010 (750 ml)

WS 91

This rich and fruity red shows ample violet notes, with touches of cinnamon and spice to the red plum, cherry and ripe melon flavors. Smoke and tar linger on the chewy finish. Drink now through 2018.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (June, 2013)

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Weingut Gottardi Mazzon Blauburgunder Sudtirol, Trentino-Alto Adige 2013 (750 ml)

The vineyard estate Gottardi is famous for its South Tyrolean Pinot Noir. In the year 1986, the Gottardi family from Innsbruck, originally with roots in Trentino, bought the Fernheimhof at Mazzon in Neumarkt/Egna and continued the wine trade. In 1995, the first wine was produced in their own cellars. Since then Bruno and Alexander Gottardi have succeeded in acquiring a well-respected name as wine producers. Since his father Bruno’s passing, Alexander is now controlling the fate of the estate. At the "Blauburgundertage" (Pinot Noir Days), the Gottardi wines have on a number of occasions been on the podium with the three best Pinot Noir wines in Italy. The 6 hectares of vineyard have now grown to nearly 9 hectares, with annual production between 45,000 and 50,000 bottles. In the new cellar, refinement takes place for one year in barrique, a further 8 to 10 months in wooden barrels, before bottling the wine 20 to 22 months after wine harvest.

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Madrigal Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012

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.

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Moutard Pere et Fils Cuvee Six Cepages Brut, Champagne 2007 (750 ml)

WS 91

Smoky, with roasted nut and charred brioche notes, this rich Champagne is balanced by juicy acidity and flavors of baked plum and cherry fruit, honey, graphite and spice that ride the soft, creamy bead. Disgorged January 9, 2014. Drink now through 2022.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2014)

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Cliff Lede Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2011 (750 ml)

WE 91

A classic Cab blended with smaller handfuls of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this 2011 is balanced and supple in plum, cassis and minty chocolate. The oak is accented in pretty ways by clove, sage and cardamom spice. Structured and soft, the finish is lengthy and the wine perfectly capable of waiting until 2019–2021 in a cellar.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2014)

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Coho Headwaters Red, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

JS 93

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

- James Suckling (July, 2015)

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Chateau Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Médoc 2010 (750 ml)

WE 93, JS 92, WS 91

From a 30-acre property next to Château Chasse-Spleen, this 2010 is solid, dark and rich, typical of the vintage. There is a veneer of smooth new wood that opens to reveal firm, solid tannins. This is big, structured and ready for long-term aging.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2013)

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Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (750 ml)

WE 90

This robust red opens with enticing aromas of mature black-skinned berry, pipe tobacco, baking spice and crushed violet. The dense hearty palate delivers ripe black cherry, fig, mocha and star anise framed in chewy tannins.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)

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Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2010 (750 ml)

WA 93

Icardi’s 2010 Barbaresco Montubert opens with dark concentration and a tight aromatic embroidery of tar, cola, licorice, cedar, dried cherry and black currant. The personality here is steady, strong and smart. Firm Nebbiolo structure holds it together beautifully. There is an initial shyness or restraint that unwinds as the wine spends more time in the glass. You can count on the same softening to occur with more cellar aging. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)

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Saintsbury Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml)

WE 93, WS 92

From a cool spot planted within classic Goldridge soils, this wine opens with smoky graham cracker and soft red and blue berry fruit. Black tea and clove speak to its site, providing intriguingly exotic and savory undertones that meld well with the fruit and oak. Still young, the wine needs to open for full effect.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2015)

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Medlock Ames Bell Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 2012 (750 ml)

WE 90


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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)

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Armando Piazzo 'Sottocastello di Novello', Barolo Riserva 2009 (750 ml)

WE 93

Wild berry, red rose, baking spice and a balsamic note meld together in the glass. The structured, savory palate doles out juicy wild cherry, crushed raspberry, anise, cinnamon and tobacco. Bracing but refined tannins provide the framework. Drink 2018 through 2026.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2016)

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Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2014 (750 ml)

WA 93-95

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

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Marchesi Antinori Castello della Sala 'Cervaro della Sala' 2013 (750 ml)

WS 91

Bright and well-knit, offering a streak of smoky minerality and accents of oak spice and chopped hazelnut, deftly layered with racy acidity and flavors of ripe pear, apricot, fresh hay and lemon parfait. Chardonnay with Grechetto. Drink now through 2025.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (April, 2015)

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Monteverro 'Terra di Monteverro' Toscana 2012 (750 ml)

WA 91, WS 90


The 2012 Terra di Monteverro shows inner sunshine and warm climate traits of ripe fruit and blackberry confit. This is a more affordable wine from Monteverro with good complexity and overall harmony. It would pair nicely with succulent cuts of lamb or pork. The wine reveals soft tannins and delicious intensity. There is an extra level of sweetness here that comes from the hot vintage.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)

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EnRoute Les Pommiers Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WE 93

The producer's flagship wine, this is sourced from several Green Valley sites, including Amber Ridge and Manna. Both contribute a full-bodied wealth of packed-earth flavor in a generously layered, rich explosion of dark cherry, plum and pomegranate. Along the way, streaks of citrus and black tea provide exotic interludes.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)

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Domaine des Baumard Savennieres Trie Speciale 2010 (750 ml)

WA 93+, WE 93

The Trie Spéciale is a famous Chenin made from the very best selected grapes and produced only in finest vintages. However, you should not drink it as soon as the bottle has been uncorked because you would give too much away and could be disappointed as well. The first day the straw yellow 2010 Savennieres Trie Speciale reveals yeasty/nutty flavors and lacks the brilliance and fruit expression of the generic Savennières or the Clos du Papillon. However it is a very rich, almost oily textured, very elegant, salty and persistent wine with finesse and expression. Somewhat bitter in the finish at the moment it needs another five years to develop. When I consulted the bottle again the next day it had open up a little bit and offered baked apple, raisin, and fresh citrus flavors on the nose and more vibrancy, salinity and citric freshness on the palate, whereas the long, caramel finish had energy, vibrancy and length. I retested the wine from the same bottle a month later (!) but the findings are quite similar. I found some candy flavors (which I do not like in wine) and walnut aromas on the nose, whereas the palate was very powerful, firmly structured and well balanced. This is both an impressive and expressive wine but I won’t drink a bottle on my own (except over several weeks – which seems to be possible), because it is so terribly rich and powerful. This wine is on a long trip and we can only estimate its true potential.

- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, (Oct, 2014)

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Ca'Viola Sotto Castello Barolo 2010 (750 ml)

WS 94, JS 94

Firm and salty, this red delivers cherry, strawberry, mineral and tobacco notes. Tightens up on the finish, so probably best to wait another five years. Delivers fine harmony and a lasting finish. Best from 2019 through 2035. 665 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)

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Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Reserve Generations 2013 (750 ml)

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)

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Chateau Prieure-Lichine, Margaux 2012 (750 ml)

WE 91, WA 91

Performing much better from bottle than barrel, this is a super effort from Prieuré Lichine. This inky purple-colored wine displays beautiful floral-infused blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as cassis. It is medium to full-bodied, stunningly pure, gorgeously textured, and quite long and impressive. This is a top success in the vintage, capable of lasting 20 or more years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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MacPhail Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WE 94

A full-bodied, complex and supple-textured wine, this offers plump, ripe black-cherry aromas shaded by hints of forest floor and sautéed mushrooms, along with mild plum and cherry flavors. While soft and soothing on the palate, a fine layer of tannins wraps it up and keeps it appetizing.

- Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)

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Domaine Laroche Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes, Chablis Premier Cru 2014 (750 ml)

V 90, WS 90, WA 90

The 2014 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes has a gentle bouquet with hints of popcorn at first, though soon replaced by ripe Satsuma and slightly smoky scents. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, modest weight, but with a pleasant salinity that fans out towards the finish. This is a typical Vaillons, but one that is holding itself back for now, so afford this a couple of years in the cellar to get the most from it.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)

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Conceito Tinto, Douro 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93, WE 93

The 2012 Estate Tinto is revisited this issue as part of the vertical of Conceito's Estate red. This lacks the depth of some vintages, but it is fresh, lifted, graceful and powerful. In other words, the same type of profile we saw with the 2011. Beautifully focused, vigorous and a bit astringent at the moment, this has closed up since I last saw it. Handling its oak well, it demonstrates how fine it will be one day. It would really help if you could give it a couple of years before opening it, though. This is a young puppy whose best days are well in front of it. It may not have the same depth as some years, but its fresh feel and serious backbone will serve it well.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Freeman Vineyards & Winery Ryo-fu Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml)

WA 90

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

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

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Freeman Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml)

Offers a core of rich red and dark berry flavors, shaded by dusty, cedary oak, with a mix of black and red licorice creeping into the mix. Drink now through 2021.

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Rodney Strong Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WE 93

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)

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Cedar Knoll Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

This is the second label from the uber sensational winery known as Palmaz vineyards. This Cabernet is a genuine Napa Valley classic with structure and style worthy of its famous heritage. After 86 years abandoned, the Palmaz family resurrected this historic wine. The label design was taken from a rubbing of the 1889 barrel brander. This wine has super silky tannins and bold, delicious fruit in the blackberry and cassis families. An excellent value for the money.

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Ceretto Asij Barbaresco 2013 (750 ml)

Ruby-red in color with garnet highlights, aromas of dried cherries and rose petals are complemented by undertones of violets, licorice, vanilla, and spices. On the palate, this wine is medium-bodied and rich with flavors of tart cherries, rose petals, and hints of truffles with a long, impressive finish.

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Tenuta dei Sette Cieli Indaco 2012 (750 ml)

WE 93

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

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

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Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93-95, WE 94

Tasted as a barrel sample and Betz’s take on a right bank Bordeaux, the 2012 Clos de Betz is 67% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot. Inky-purple in color (has anyone seen a Betz wine not inky purple?), if offers impressive cassis, plum liqueur, spring flowers and underbrush-style aromas and flavors to go with a mouth-filling, layered and voluptuous style on the palate. I love the mid-palate here, and the tannin builds through the finish, so, while it should have plenty of up-front appeal, it should also evolve for 15+ years.

As always, my visit with Bob Betz and Tyson Schiffner at Betz Family Winery (which has been owned by the Griessel family since 2011) is always one of the highlights of my trip through Washington. For the tasting at the domaine, we focused on the 2012s (I tasted the 2011s from bottle at my office in Colorado), and they are easily some of the greatest wines I’ve tasted from this estate to date. While these wines always have considerable structure and focused profiles, these 2012 have an extra dimension of depth and texture, and should not be missed!

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2014)

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Andre Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux Blanc 2015 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 92

A terrific white that delivers on all accounts, Brunel’s 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is a Roussanne-dominated blend that includes 20% Grenache Blanc. It comes all from the southern part of the appellation, in the lieu-dit of Les Serres. Aged in concrete tanks, it has a ripe, rounded, beautifully textured style to go with lots of ripe peach and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. I love its texture and it has first rate purity, as well. This is a classic Châteauneuf du Pape white that will shine on the dinner table over the coming 2-4 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Podere Poggio Scalette 'Capogatto' Alta Valle della Greve 2010 (750 ml)

JS 90, WS 90


Concentrated but not overbearing, showing good acidity, this boasts black cherry, plum and spice flavors, finishing on the elegant side, with subtle accents of tar and earth. Best from 2016 through 2028. 175 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2013)

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Tenuta delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottana Rosso Etna, Sicily 2015 (750 ml)

The wines of Terre Nere hail from the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna–that's right, on the side of an active volcano. It's here that many believe Sicily will show that it can make wines of elegance, depth and refinement. I can honestly say that I am a believer.

What makes Terre Nere so special?

A number of things, such as vineyards that sit at some of the highest elevations for red wine grapes in Europe, about 800-900 meters above sea level. Between the three Crus that Terre Nere sources from, there is a diverse mix of soils due to volcanic eruptions over thousands of years. The vines, primarily Nerello Mascalese, are between 40-50 years old–and are in some cases pre-phylloxera (not grafted onto American root stock). Lastly, the production is all organic. What this all adds up to are characterful wines of amazing finesse, haunting aromatics, and complexities that have often been compared to Barolo and Burgundy.

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Mastroberardino Radici, Taurasi 2012 (750 ml)

WE 93, WA 91

Underbrush, red fruit, dark spice and a whiff of menthol are some of the aromas that come together on this. The firmly structured elegant palate offers ripe plum, red cherry, licorice and tobacco framed in youthfully austere fine-grained tannins that need time to unwind. Drink 2020–2028.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)

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Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut Medoc 2009 (750 ml)

WA 90


Ferocious tannins are not unusual for Sociando Mallet, but I was surprised that in a vintage that produced exceptionally tannic, but ripe wines, the Sociando Mallet tannins were atypically austere. Nevertheless, the wine boasts huge concentration along with an inky/purple color, a full-bodied, powerful palate, and a long finish. Excellent purity, density, and minerality are present in this cuvee, and it is capable of lasting 30-40 years. This estate is situated on some of the finest terroir of the Haut-Medoc, near Calon-Segur in St.-Estephe. (Tasted two times.)

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2010)

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Hoopes Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

This cellar-worthy treasure has attention-grabbing spice, leather and smoky oak aromas. Ripe fruit flavors are heavily shaded with undeniably delicious accents of cedar and chocolate. It is bold in flavor, full in body and quite tannic in texture. Hold until at least 2018; the wine should improve even more after that.

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Failla Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 2015 (750 ml)

V 93, WS 92

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

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2017)

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Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml)

V 96

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

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Finca Carlos Pulenta Vistalba A 2013 (750 ml)

WS 91

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

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)

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Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml)

WS 93, WE 91


There's plenty of elegance here, from the light touches of flowers to the red berry and stone flavors to the vivid acidity. This hangs together, with the structure driving the long finish. Best from 2020 through 2036.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

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Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Barbaresco Marcarini 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92

You'll find classic Nebbiolo scents of perfumed berry, rose, violet, tilled earth, leather and a hint of game in this striking wine. On the palate, notes of sage, white pepper and clove accent a core of red and black cherry. It's balanced with nervous acidity and gripping tannins.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2015)

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Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2006 (750 ml)

WA 90

Claudio Icardi’s 2006 Barbaresco Montubert is an attractive, fruit-driven Barbaresco bursting with generous dark cherries, plums, spices and flowers. The wine possesses excellent length and soft, polished tannins that make it accessible with a minimum of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016.

- Antoni Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct 2009)

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Domaine Tempier Bandol 2015 (750 ml)

The Cuvee Classique blend combines grapes from the estate’s different terroirs. In the area known as ‘Le Petit Moulin de la Cadiere’, named after its windmill, the vines grow on south-facing terraces stretching out over hilly terrain. The soil in this part of the vineyard is characterised by the presence of fossilised seashells (85 million year old bivalve molluscs). Clay is found to varying depths throughout the estate’s soil and, although the clay is quite dense, alluvial layers comprised of silt-sand sediment deposits are also present. One might think these looser layers in the soil would have little influence on the wine, but in fact they provide excellent drainage which helps to produce very refined wines.

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Villa di Capezzana Toscana Ghiaie della Furba 2007 (750 ml)

JS 93, WS 92

Ripe and generous, featuring black currant, black cherry, cedar, sandalwood and underbrush aromas and flavors. This is built with serious tannins, leaving a firm grip on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Best from 2015 through 2028.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2013)

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Delas Freres Chateauneuf-du-Pape Haute Pierre 2011 (750 ml)

WE 91

If it’s possible for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape to have Burgundian style, this would be a candidate. The cherries are delicate and herbal, with crisp acids and silky tannins that provide a wiry, peppery framework for the elegant fruit. Drink now–2020.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2015)

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Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94

The 2014 Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (AP #20) opens with a deep, pure and stony lime and grapefruit bouquet, indicating a high ripeness and intensity. Concentrated, piquant and very elegant on the palate, this is an expressive, complex and compactly structured Sonnenuhr Spätlese with a very long and mineral finish. Impressive in its finesse and mineral expression. Dr Manfred Prüm says, "2014 was a very expensive harvest. We made a brown harvest when we negative-selected all rotten grapes. We had to do a pre-selection because the maturity of the berries on one grape was not homogenous. Therefore, we picked the top vineyards rather late. We started the main harvest after ten days, since the acidity levels went down. So we accepted 20% to 25% of green grapes and 5% of noble rot. Towards the end of the harvest we picked the noble botrytis grapes, which was again a selection between rot and noble rot."

- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2016)

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Radio-Coteau 'La Neblina' Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml)

Lifted red fruit with no sweetness, and conifer accents with light spice and hints of graphite, Radio Coteau’s La Neblina Pinot carries pleasant depth of character with good acidity, judicious tannin, and lots of length. Delicious and interesting.

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Giorgio Pelissero Nubiola, Barbaresco 2010 (750 ml)

V 94

Impeccable. Dark red cherries, freshly cut flowers, mint and crushed rocks take shape in the glass. The style is focused, tense and energetic. Sweet floral, tobacco and spice notes develop in the glass, adding depth, complexity & nuance.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Bedell Cellars Musee, North Fork of Long Island 2012 (750 ml)

WA 91

The 2012 Musée is Bedell's upper level, a roughly equal blend of Merlot and Petit Verdot with 18% Malbec. It was aged for 14 months in French oak (25% new; the rest second and third use). This is my favorite of the reds this issue. It gets the nod for the purity of fruit--the fruit flavor is just concentrated and delicious here, while nonetheless avoiding anything overtly sweet or jammy. In other words, it remains a cool-climate red with a sense of refinement and understatement. That concentration of flavor without the feel of richness gives it a distinguished, classic feel. I used the word "purity" notwithstanding the extra hit of oak here. Even with that, the beautiful fruit, with just a hint of beef on the end (the Malbec?), rises above it. It also has the best length on the finish and the best structure of Bedell's group this issue.

It will be a pleasure to drink over the next decade. Hopefully, it will develop and not just hold in the cellar, too. That, admittedly, is my main concern. Dive in now; you won't care. There were 300 cases produced.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Clau de Nell Anjou Cabernet Franc, Loire 2012 (750 ml)

WE 88

Solid, with a racy core of damson plum and bitter cherry fruit backed by lively tobacco leaf and olive notes. The fresh finish lets a savory edge chime in, leaving a mouthwatering echo. Drink now through 2015. 330 cases imported.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2016)

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Frank Family Vineyards Brut Rose, Carneros (750 ml)

WE 92

This méthode Champenoise blend of 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay impresses with its inviting mousse of peach and strawberry. It's fresh and lush, aged on the lees for three years, giving it body without an overabundance of alcohol. Dry, it finishes with a twist of candied orange peel.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)

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Charles de Cazanove Stradivarius Brut, Champagne 2007 (750 ml)

WS 92

Finely honed acidity structures the well-spiced flavors of blackberry financier, rose hip, crystallized honey and lemon curd. Bright and harmonious, and persistent on the satiny palate. Drink now through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2014)

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Heidsieck & Co Monopole Gold Top Brut 2005 (750 ml)

WS 93

Bright, finely cut acidity provides a crystalline frame for this toasty version, with the creamy bead carrying flavors of roasted hazelnut, charred toast, crème de cassis, creamed apple and clover honey. Smoke and spice notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 320 cases imported.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2013)

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Giesen The Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay, Marlborough 2013 (750 ml)

WA 95

All of the Giesen “The Fuder” wines are made in large, 1,000-liter German oak fuders and come from single vineyards. The 2013 The Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay has a very pretty nose, yielding apricots, acacia honey, orange blossoms and a touch of cedar with some notable sulfides/struck match and baker's yeast hints. The medium-bodied palate offers wonderful intensity with a crisp backbone cutting though the concentrated stone fruit and savory flavors, finishing long. Delicious now, it offers great medium-term (5-6 years) aging potential.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml)

WA 91-93, WS 91


Tasted from barrel, the beautiful 2012 Barbaresco Martinenga is shaping up to be an exemplary edition of this celebrated wine. Already at this young stage, it shows an impressive level of harmony and intensity with an impeccable sense of vertical lift. This is a wine of energy and loud varietal voice. It speaks volumes of the Nebbiolo grape with etched tones of wild berry, balsam herb, cola and licorice.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Marchesi Antinori Badia a Passignano Riserva Chianti Classico 2010 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 92+, WS 92

This opens with subtle aromas of dark berry, tobacco and exotic spice. The vibrant palate is more expressive, delivering a core of juicy black cherry accented by notes of raspberry, white pepper, vanilla, licorice and savory herb. This finessed wine is still young, but structured with tightly knit, yet fine-grained tannins. Drink 2016–2025.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2015)

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Foradori Granato, Trentino-Alto Adige 2011 (750 ml)

JS 95, V 94


Pomegranate, wild cherries, flowers, mint, leather and sweet spices abound in the 2011 Granato. Sexy and radiant to the core, the Granato is especially seamless in this vintage, with voluptuous fruit, silky tannins and exceptional overall balance. I imagine the 2011 will provide consumers with a wide window of drinking pleasure.

Today, the fruit is naturally quite primary, so readers who prefer more shades of nuance will want to cellar the 2011 for at least a few years."The estate consists of 16 hectare, spread over 15 parcels, all farmed biodynamically. All Teroldego vines are planted in the Campo Rotaliano, the “grand cru” of Teroldego. The soils are a mixture of sandy alluvial deposits and morainic limestone from the nearby dolomites. While the vineyards are flat, they have excellent drainage.

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Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 (750 ml)

WS 91, JS 91

Firm tannins are tightly knit to the core of crushed blackberry, wild herb, tarry mineral and abundant spice notes in this sleek, full-bodied red. Fresh and focused, this should open nicely with air or short-term cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Paul Autard Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee la Cote Ronde 2009 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 93, IWC 92

Autard’s quasi-modern-styled offering is the dense plum/purple-colored 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde, a blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah from relatively old vines (60 plus years) that sees some new oak barrels. However, the 2009 shows only subtle evidence of vanillin and toast. It is a seductive, full-bodied, opulent effort displaying notes of caramelized red and black fruits, herbs, licorice and a hint of ink. This full-bodied, rich 2009 is ideal for drinking over the next 12+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2011)

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Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)

A great vintage with trophy winning quality! Medium dark with black-red color. Explosive nose of red fruits and infused cherry, the palate projects cranberry and plum with smoky strawberry high tones. Bright with a good grip and velvety mouthfeel with considerable ageing potential.

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Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon 2013 (750 ml)

V 94

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

- Vinous

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Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Sonoma County 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93

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

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

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Renato Corino Arborina, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)

WS 93

This beautiful red exudes rose, strawberry, cherry and mineral aromas and flavors, matched to a supple texture, with a vibrant structure underneath. More open than its peers today, but should evolve well nonetheless. Best from 2022 through 2036. 200 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

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Peter Franus Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

V 93, WS 90

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is superb. A host of graphite, grilled herbs, licorice and spice meld into a core of inky fruit in a rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon that is going to take at least a few years to fully come together. This is an unusually big, opulent wine from Peter Franus, but all the elements are in the right place.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2015)

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Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WE 94

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)

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Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2009 (750 ml)

WA 91, JS 91, V 91

Very savory and almost spicy, the 2009 Nemo (Cabernet Sauvignon) opens to grilled notes of smoked meat and rosemary with loads of dark, luscious fruit at the back. Barbecue sauce and sweet spice give the wine added aromatic appeal. Where this wine really stands apart is in the mouth, where polished tannins add a firming sense of structure. Nemo is ready to drink now or can be put aside for the future.

The wines made at Castello di Monsanto are some of the most consistent in the entire Chianti Classico appellation. Year in and year out, they offer an impeccably clean perspective that is always characterized by varietal and vintage. This set of new releases follows faithfully in the tradition set forth by this winery.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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Le Piane Boca Nebbiolo 2011 (750 ml)

Nebbiolo (85%) and Vespolina (15%)
The mineral composition of the porphyry soil together with the characteristics of the Nebbiolo grapes create in “Boca” a full expressive wine. Flavors are reminiscent of well-matured wood berries, tobacco and leather with hints of balsamic and citrus fruits. Power and silky elegance develop in the mouth which plays with a slightly noble-bitter finish.

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Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro Toscana IGT 2011 (750 ml)

WS 94, WA 94

A firm, linear red, featuring black cherry, black currant, leather, tobacco and tar notes on a dense frame. This persistent version builds to a long fruit-, spice- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Combines power and finesse, and should age beautifully. Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2027.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2015)

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Chateau Monbousquet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml)

WS 93

Not shy, with hefty fig paste and blackberry pâte de fruit notes backed by a rumble of bramble, ganache and licorice snap. Underneath roils a base layer of tobacco and graphite that should slowly surface with time. May have pushed the extraction envelope ever so slightly, but this keeps it together in the end. Best from 2022 through 2032.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Spring Valley Vineyard Kathryn Corkrum Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley 2011 (750 ml)

WS 90


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

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2014)

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Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick Red 2011 (750 ml)

The nose is packed with ripe strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit as well as a lot of floral undertones. The structure of this wine is abundant with juicy, velvety tannins.

Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec

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Zyme 60-20-20 2008 (750 ml)

V 93, WA 91

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, the 2008 60-20-20 is aged in new French oak for 36 months. The wine is full and immediate with thick aromas of black fruit, plum, spice cake and cigar box that fit together seamlessly. Pretty accents of dried rosemary or Italian oregano add lift and buoyancy to the bouquet. This is a large and opulent wine in terms of mouthfeel with thick, fruity extract and a delicious touch of soft sweetness on the finish. Drink 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)

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Vollereaux Cuvee Marguerite Brut Millesime 2007 (750 ml)

WS 92, WE 92


An expressive version, with hints of toasted brioche and roasted almond imparting a rich and smoky character to the creamy palate of apple tarte Tatin, lemon curd, blackberry and spice flavors. Sleek acidity keeps this fresh and focused through to the lasting finish. Drink now through 2027.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2014)

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Charles Smith K Vintners 'El Jefe' 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)

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Vollereaux Cuvee Marguerite Brut Millesime 2008 (750 ml)

WE 91

A blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, this is the top wine from Vollereaux. It is dry and crisp, although with ripe fruits in the background. Just becoming mature, this is a wine to hold for another couple of years and drink from 2018.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)

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Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial NV (750 ml)

Moët Ice Impérial's crisp freshness and powerful tropical fruit aromas are the embodiment of summer, an instant escape to warm and exotic locales around the world. Moët Ice Impérial is served in large cabernet-style glasses with ice cubes that enhance the freshness experience, and can be personalized according to taste preferences with garnishes including mint leaves, a slice of cucumber, or white grapefruit zest. Packaged in luxurious white lacquered bottles with a black tie, gold label and silver design that revamp industry conventions, Moët Ice Impérial exemplifies the House's elegance and pioneering nature.

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Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93-95

Tasted out of barrel and scheduled to be bottled in June of this year, the 2013 Clos de Betz checks in as a blend of 63% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Petit Verdot, mostly from Red Mountain and Yakima Valley, that spent 19 months in French oak. Inky colored, it has terrific and classic notes of plums, black raspberry, violets, espresso and scorched earth to go with full-bodied richness, lots of fruit and mid-palate depth, and an overriding sense of elegance and purity that carries through the finish. I wrote "classic" about three time in the note, and this is a beautiful 2013 that will cruise for 15 years or more in the cellar.

These latest releases from Betz Family Winery are flat out great, and as I said last year, the 2012s are the greatest wines I've tasted from this estate. While the winery was sold to the Griessel family in 2011, Bob Betz has remained firmly involved and there's certainly been no dip whatsoever in quality; if anything, the wines show another level of texture, purity and structure. While assistant winemaker Tyson Schiffner has moved from making wine to brewing beer, he's been replaced by Louis Skinner, who was the assistant winemaker at Delille for a number of years. In short, readers who want to see the best of Washington State need to check out these latest releases!

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Cascina Bongiovanni Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WE 91, WS 90, JS 90


Oak, roasted coffee bean and star anise aromas lead the nose. On the palate, notes of fennel, licorice, mocha and espresso lend depth to a core of dried cherry while firmly delineated tannins provide the framework. Drink after 2020.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)

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Bader Mimeur Chassagne Montrachet White 2013 (750 ml)

Deep and gourmand nose, melting lemony and mint touch to mineral notes. Ample attack on freshness that evolves on richer and full-bodied mouth.

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Willm Gewurztraminer Cuvee Emile Willm Vendages Tardives, Alsace 2012 (750 ml)

WE 94

Blood orange and peach snatch your senses at the very first whiff. The aromatics are disarming but no longer heady: this has matured into a sober pleasure that's full of peaches scented with passion fruit and barley sugar. The flavors swirl and soar, the luscious sweetness anchors them deftly. This is what a combination of time, fruit and a sugar can do. This is a very sweet late harvest style, suited to fruity desserts.

- Anne Krebiehl, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)

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Bodegas El Nido 'Clio', Jumilla 2015 (750 ml)

70% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a glass-coating opaque purple color with an expressive nose of pain grille, underbrush, brier, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry fruit leading to a plush, opulent wine with great density, savory flavors, and a lengthy finish.

- Winery

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Argiano Solengo Toscana 2014 (750 ml)

WS 93

This is elegant, with well-integrated structure framing black currant, black cherry, violet, leather and tobacco flavors. Stays long and resonant on the finish, where a touch of oak spice shines through. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2018 through 2030.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)

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Shafer Vineyards Merlot 2014 (750 ml)

V 90-93, WA 92

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

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2015)

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Mount Eden Pinot Noir Estate 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93, WE 92, V 91

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Poggiopiano Chianti Classico la Tradizione 2006 (750 ml)

WA 92, WS 92

The 2006 Chianti Classico La Tradizione flows onto the palate with masses of rich dark fruit, mocha, chocolate and French oak. The Tradizione is anything but, as it is an extroverted, loaded Chianti Classico far out on the spectrum in terms of its sheer density. Of course, Poggiopiano excels with this style and the Tradizione is another in a line of fine efforts from this property. The generous French oak adds considerable volume, texture, along with scents of mocha, chocolate and spices. A warm, resonating finish rounds this full-throttle Chianti out nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2010)

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Sant' Elena Quantum L'Autoctono Pignolo Venezia Giulia 2006 (750 ml)

WA 94

The 2006 Quantum L’Autoctono (100% Pignolo) is an absolutely delicious, huge red that explodes from the glass with dark fruit, leather, licorice, anise and French oak. This large-scaled, exuberant wine exhibits remarkable depth and plenty of textural richness. Hints of mocha and espresso frame the huge finish. This is the finest wine I have tasted from Sant’Elena. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2011)

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Fattoria di Magliano Poggio Bestiale Rosso Maremma Toscana 2012 (750 ml)

JS 91, WE 90

A fresh, clean red with strawberry, cherry and lemon-rind aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Lots of bright acidity gives this backbone. Better in 2016.

- James Suckling (Nov, 2015)

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Fattoria di Magliano Perenzo Toscana 2012 (750 ml)

WE 89

This round, structured Syrah opens with aromas of ripe black fruit, tilled soil and ground black pepper. The palate shows mature blackberry and raspberry together with notes of spice and clove. Velvety tannins provide the framework.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2016)

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Domaine Roux Pere et Fils Les Cortons, Saint-Aubin Premier Cru 2014 (750 ml)

WE 90

The wine is soft, developing well with its ripe yellow fruits and accompanying acidity. It has a fine citrus streak of crispness along with the hints of wood aging. The wine will age well over the medium term and will be ready to drink from 2018.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)

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Carpineto Vigneto St. Ercolano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009 (750 ml)

WS 92

A broad, ripe style, bursting with plum, black cherry and blackberry flavors. Accents of violet, graphite and spice add interest, while dusty tannins line the finish. Enjoyable now when paired with braised meats and stews. Drink now through 2020.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (May, 2017)

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Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (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)

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Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml)

WA 94+, WS 93, WE 92

The Argiano 2012 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of interpreting the vintage and of showcasing its special microclimate on the southern flank of the Montalcino appellation. Both these elements point to warm-climate Sangiovese. and Argiano accepts that challenge with creativity and expertise. This is a proud expression of the grape with thick texture, determination and a succulent approach. Aromas of dark cherry, moist earth, tobacco and grilled herb lift from the bouquet. Bright acidity marks the close. The wine still carries its baby fat and needs a few more years of cellar aging in order to fully express itself.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)

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Bodegas Caro Caro Cosecha 2012 (750 ml)

JS 98, WE 94


Incredible aromas of spice, cedar, walnut and dark berry. Floral too. Spectacular nose. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a racy and refined finish. Fresh and succulent. Made from old vines of mablec in Compuertas and cabernet sauvignon from Altamira. Such finesse. The best wine ever from the Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena winery. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling (Sept, 2015)

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Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova 2010 (750 ml)

WE 93, WA 92, WS 93

The 2010 Barolo Cascina Nuova is great example of the elegant wines crafted in the Novello township of Barolo. The wine offers deep layers of bold fruit and cherry, but it also shows delicate highlights of mint and wild sage that add an extra sense of depth and dimension. Its texture is rich and supple and that plush concentration goes a long way on the finish. Drink: 2016-2026.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2014)

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Chalk Hill Proprietary Red Estate 2014 (750 ml)

Our 2014 Estate Red is soft and rich with a fragrant bouquet of black cherry, black tea and lavender. The palate is plush and round, offering flavors of black currants, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate and leather. As the flavors fan out across the palate, a distinct oak nuance intermingles seamlessly with supple tannins on the long finish. This wine is appealing in its youth, but will also age beautifully over the next 10 years.

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Roserock Zephirine Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2014 (750 ml)

JS 96, V 92, WA 91

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

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Emmolo Merlot, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WA 88

The 2014 Merlot Emmolo is named after Cheryl Emmolo, Jenny Wagner’s mother, who runs this wine operation. It is a fleshy, dense ruby/purple-colored wine with a full body, loads of fruit and straightforward, chunky, fleshy, consumer-friendly, big, chewy Merlot to drink over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc 2009 (750 ml)

WE 92, WA 91+, WS 91

Readers looking for the more ethereal, elegant side of Bordeaux need search no further than Cantemerle, one of the estates in the very southern end of the Medoc. Dense ruby/purple (nearly opaque), this wine offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, raspberries and black cherries. The wine is ethereal, medium-bodied, and by no means a blockbuster, but long and intellectual. However, the tannins are present, and the wine is certainly capable of putting on weight with time in the bottle. Give it 3-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 25+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, (Dec, 2011)

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Chateau Cos d'Estournel 'Les Pagodes de Cos', Saint-Estephe 2014 (750 ml)

WE 93

The second wine of Cos d'Estournel is powerfully packed with tannins and dark ripe fruit. It is enormously rich and intense while keeping a fine smooth texture. There is a dark core that is going to allow the wine to develop over many years. Drink from 2024.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)

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E. Guigal Condrieu, Rhone 2015 (750 ml)

WS 95, JS 94

Peach and apricot-pie character that's very showy and very much within the sweet-pastry spectrum. There's also some spicy appeal to complement notes of cumquat rind. Pithy and focused. The palate has an exotic, tropical thread of mangoes, peaches and cantaloupe melon. Very hedonistic and regal — full of fat and very convincing viognier. A great vintage. Drink young whilst exuberant!

- James Suckling (Oct, 2016)

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Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2013 (750 ml)

WA 92, WS 92, WE 91


The delicious 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone opens to a rich and darkly saturated appearance. The bouquet peels back to layers of dark fruit, dried blackberry, cherry confit, spice, leather and cured tobacco. It offers all the robust and enriched characteristics you should expect of a great Tuscan red. This vintage was a bit cooler than average, and the wine offers a pronounced sense of linearity and freshness as a result. Asinone should hold nicely over the next ten years.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)

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Castello di Monsanto La Chimera Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2005 (375 ml)

WA 94

The 2005 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico La Chimera opens to a dark amber color and thick layers of glycerin that move in thick streaks down the side of the glass. It shows tertiary tones of burnt butter, toasted almond and candied fruit. This Vin Santo is very caramelized in personality with a chewy thickness that makes it a meal on its own, or an ideal pairing partner to an after-dinner cigar.

The wines made at Castello di Monsanto are some of the most consistent in the entire Chianti Classico appellation. Year in and year out, they offer an impeccably clean perspective that is always characterized by varietal and vintage. This set of new releases follows faithfully in the tradition set forth by this winery.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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Sanford Pinot Noir la Rinconada Vineyard 2012 (750 ml)

WE 93, WA 90

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

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Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Amano 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93

The top of the range, the 2013 Decero Amano Remolinos Vineyard is superb in a fresh vintage like 2013. This time the blend was 65% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Tannat. The élevage might sound a bit brutal, with 20-22 months in brand new oak barrels, but sometimes longer is better once you have used new barrels and although it's slightly oaky and smoky, all the violets and cherries are also there, and I'm sure it' will develop into a nice bottle of Agrelo. The palate reveals sophisticated tannins and elegant balance, with good freshness and a remarkable finish. Patience should be rewarded.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Jean-Marc Bernhard Riesling Selection de Grains Nobles (500 ml)

WS 90

An elegant version, offering streamlined acidity for balance, with a smoky undertow. This is rich with flavors of dried apricot, crystallized honey, beeswax, candied orange peel and almond financier, leading to a finish of moderate length. Drink now through 2017.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (May, 2013)

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Badia a Coltibuono Sangioveto Vino da Tavola 2011 (750 ml)

WS 91

Ample cherry and strawberry flavors are matched by savory elements of wild herbs, leather and tobacco in this firmly structured red. Still firm, but has all the components. Drink now through 2020.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2015)

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J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (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)

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Ferghettina Milledi Brut, Franciacorta 2010 (750 ml)

WE 90

Packaged in an elegant square-bottomed bottle, this opens with fragrances of peach blossom, stone fruit and citrus. Showing its 100% Chardonnay pedigree, the creamy palate delivers mature yellow apple, white peach and lemon zest alongside bright acidity. White almond and mineral note back up the finish.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2014)

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Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2013 (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)

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Nickel & Nickel 'Bear Flat' Merlot, Oak Knoll District 2014 (750 ml)

The 2014 Bear Flat Merlot combines the berry fruits from a warm region with the savory notes of a cooler growing area. The wine opens with aromas of plum, spice, and forest floor. Juicy fruit flavors pop upon entry and are followed by layered notes of cedar, fine herbs, and black olive. The texture is full, yet so smooth and beautifully balanced that the lingering fruit leaves you yearning for the next sip.

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Bodegas Protos Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero 2011 (750 ml)

JS 94, WE 93

Full-throttle oak, vanilla, tobacco and smoky blackberry aromas feed into a full, grippy but surprisingly fresh palate. Toasty oak, blackberry and spice flavors finish long and steady. Drink this excellent Tempranillo from a powerful vintage through 2025.

- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)

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Vivanco Coleccion Vivanco 4 Varietales, Rioja 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93, WE 91

It's very interesting to see the four varietals separate (although not from the same vintage) and then blended as is done in this 2012 Colección Vivanco 4 Varietales. It is made with the same proportion as the 2010, 70% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, 10% Garnacha and 5% Mazuelo all fermented with indigenous yeast and aged separately with the lees for 16 months, The ripe and hedonistic nose is showy with violets and blueberries making it much more aromatic (it perhaps resemble more the Mazuelo, but curiously enough is the minority in the blend) with subtle spices. The palate shows sophisticated, velvety tannins that are laced with texture, good acidity and balance. A great showing for this wine.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Pali Wine Co. Fiddlestix Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2013 (750 ml)

WA 92

Showing lots of savory herbs, dusty earth, spice and darker currant and blackberry-like fruit, it's medium-bodied, nicely textured and structured on the palate, with plenty of mid-palate depth. Given its recent bottling, I suspect it will be better this time next year and have 4-5 years of prime drinking. It was completely de-stemmed and aged 16 months in 50% new French oak.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

WS 94

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

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (2017)

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Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (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)

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Rochioli Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WE 91, WS 90

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)

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Ferghettina Rose Brut, Franciacorta 2011 (750 ml)

WA 90

The 2011 Franciacorta Rosé Brut (100% Pinot Nero) is on the informal side of the Franciacorta sparkling wine spectrum, but it also delivers loads of delicious fruit freshness. This attractive rosé sparkler offers a food-friendly personality that would pair with seafood, grilled tuna or sushi. The wine is fresh, forthcoming and versatile. Crisp acidity and silky perlage appears on the close. This wine sees 36 months of sur lies aging.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2015)

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B.R. Cohn Winery Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2014 (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.

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Terre Nere Campigli Vallone Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino 2010 (750 ml)

JS 95

Love the perfumed aromas to this red with lots of dark fruits and flowers. Full body, tight and very fine tannins. Chewy yet polished and satisfying. Long finish.

- James Suckling

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Robert Craig Winery Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

JS 94, WA 93+

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Quinta do Vallado Reserva Field Blend, Douro 2012 (750 ml)

WE 95

In the old times, a Douro vineyard held a muddle of any number of different local grapes. This wine, from 80-year-old vines, is a tribute to the old style of vineyard planting. It's firm, very concentrated and dark, with stunning tannins and rich fruit. The black plum-skin texture, superripe fruit, chocolate and final acidity are all developing slowly and impressively. Drink from 2018.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2015)

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2013 (750 ml)

WS 96, WE 93-95

This gorgeous Sauternes is still really tight, with racy floral and green plum edges along the core flavors of white peach, mirabelle plum, melon and green fig, but there's stunning length, with a rapier of minerality that matches the sweetness step for step on the long, quinine-infused finish. Built for the long haul. Best from 2018 through 2038.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2016)

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Melville Estate Block M Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml)

Bold maroon hued, rich components of moist potting soil, blood orange, black cherry cola and plum skin weave alongside more lofty and high toned expressions of redwood, graphite and black tea. The wine is superbly balanced, with a plush mid-palate core that transitions seamlessly into a broad, fanned out finish with both beautiful clarity and drive.

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Clos Pepe Estate Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2009 (750 ml)

V 92, IWC 91

The 2009 Pinot Noir is gorgeous. Bright red fruit, flowers, licorice and spices are some of the notes that emerge from this mid-weight, striking Pinot. Though at times a touch closed this shows marvelous mid-palate presence and a long finish that resonates beautifully. There is a reticence from the cool growing season that is totally alluring, as the wine is only showing a part of its ultimate potential at this stage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Aug, 2011)

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Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2009 (750 ml)

JS 93, WS 92

Rather dark and reticent, with bittersweet cocoa and licorice snap notes blocking off the core of ripe plum and boysenberry fruit, while the tarry undertow emerges more on the finish. A powerfully rendered 2009 Pomerol that will need cellaring to assimilate. Best from 2014 through 2027.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2012)

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Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2013 (750 ml)

V 93

A highly aromatic bouquet evokes fresh red fruits, incense and Asian spices, along with bright mineral and floral overtones. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering alluringly sweet raspberry preserve, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with air. Delivers a suave blend of power and elegance, finishing with silky, harmonious tannins and excellent clarity and floral-driven persistence.

- Josh Raynolds, Vinous

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Alpha Omega Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WS 90

Rich without being weighty, offering a subtle presentation of green apple, melon, citrus and cedary nutmeg flavors, with the wood most prominent on the finish. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2016)

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Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml)

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

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Bodegas Salentein Primus Malbec, Uco Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 91+

The 2013 Primum Malbec, also called Primus in some markets, comes mostly from their El Oasis vineyard at 1,200 meters altitude with some 15% of the volume sourced from plot 22 of La Pamapa that is located a little higher, at 1,300 meters. It fermented in a combination of oak vats (80%) and barriques and matured in barrel, where it also went through malolactic fermentation, for some 18 months. There is quite a noticeable influence from the barrels here, with plenty of smoky aromas. Here you see the hand of the winemaker more than in the single vineyard bottling, which shows more the Malbec from each place. The palate is full-bodied and lush, with glossy tannins and a spicy, smoky finish.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Macauley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93, JS 92

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has the essence of cassis, graphite, spice box, gorgeous purity, full-bodied opulence and a long, rich finish with nothing out of place. There’s background oak, but overall, it’s the fruit that dominates and this wine has lots of it, building a nice skyscraper-like mouthfeel. This is a super Cabernet Sauvignon from Macauley. Drink it over the next decade or more.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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Peter Franus Red Wine, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

JS 93, WS 93

This combines power with finesse and grace, with an extracted core of dark berry, loamy earth and crushed rock amid the dried herb and cedar notes. Smooth early on, yet gains tannic traction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2016)

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Yao Family Wines Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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St Hallett Old Block Shiraz, Barossa 2010 (750 ml)

WE 93, WS 92

This is a savory style of Shiraz that remains very drinkable. Despite being full-bodied, it's bright and refreshing on the palate, delivering notions of cracked pepper, sour plum and roasted meat. The long finish is simultaneously dusty and mouth-watering. Drink now–2025.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2016)

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Poggio Antico Altero, Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml)

WA 95, WS 93

Here's a richly concentrated expression from one of the highest sites in Montalcino. The wine shows excellent balance and suppleness. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Altero flaunts the best characteristics of the hot vintage including beautifully saturated color intensity, seamless aromas and good texture richness. On that last point, I feel that the mouthfeel has been positively impacted by oak tannins. Dark cherry and dried blackberry are followed by spice, tar, licorice and grilled rosemary or Mediterranean herb. The wine is youthful and tight but should obtain a more polished approach with a few more years of bottle aging.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)

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Acumen Moutainside Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WE 93

This new project from the heights of Atlas Peak involves Steve Matthiasson as both viticulturist and winemaker, having had to take over the reins from the late Denis Malbec. It shines in bristling acidity, dusty tannin and a beautiful floral aroma of violet. Notes of chocolate, fig and cigar sit atop a pillowy, complex structure, while vanilla lingers on the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)

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Charles de Cazanove Tradition Brut NV (1.5 Liter)

WS 92


This Champagne offers an array of flavor, including toasted brioche, Gala apple, lemon zest, graphite and ginger, with a touch of honey. Elegant, but with good intensity and a moderate, nut-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (June, 2011)

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Recanati Winery Reserve Wild Carignan, Judean Hills 2013 (750 ml)

WE 92


A bouquet of cherry, blueberry and vanilla prepares the tastebuds for flavors of blueberry, strawberry, fennel bulb and white chocolate. There is a nice play on the palate between bright acidity and chewy tannins, and the delightful finish is like a mouthful of blueberry pie with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds.

- Mike Desimone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2015)

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Cantina Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Vigneto Nervo, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml)

WS 88

A dark, licorice- and tar-flavored version, with dense tannins and a spicy finish. Tightens up on the finish, which leaves a woolly feel on the gums. Best from 2017 through 2026.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2014)

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Sanford Winery 'Sanford & Benedict Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml)

WE 93

From the producer's iconic and historic vineyard comes this classic bottling, with red cherries, crushed brick, anise, tart plum skin, candied rose water and even a touch of tobacco on the nose. It's crisp and fresh on the sip, where more flavors of red cherry and anise meet with thyme and bay leaf.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast(Oct, 2016)

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Domaine Michelot Meursault 2015 (750 ml)

WS 90

This rich white borders on creamy, boasting apple, honey, butterscotch and baking spice flavors, balanced by a juicy texture. Finishes long. Drink now through 2021. 280 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2017)

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Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 2008 (750 ml)

WS 93, IWC 91


This is rock-solid, with crushed raspberry, kirsch, juniper and smoked apple wood notes, backed by a broad, plush, spice- and anise-filled finish. Nicely rounded and integrated for the vintage. Drink now through 2021.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2010)

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World's End 'If 6 were 9' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

JS 94

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

- James Suckling (Jan, 2017)

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Andrew Will Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Mays Discovery 2012 (750 ml)

WA 94

Another wine that’s possibly the best vintage to date, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mays Discovery is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 18 months in 35% new oak. Inky colored, full-bodied, concentrated and layered, with impressive black raspberry, plum, licorice, wild herbs and spring flower-like aromas and flavors, it has enough texture and fruit to shine now, yet will be better with short-term cellaring, and have two decade of overall longevity.

These latest 2012s from Chris Camarda are easily some of the best wines I’ve tasted from him and they have everything; texture, richness, balance and structure. Chris continues to think 2007 is his best vintage (we tasted his 2007 Sorrella during the visit and it’s an incredible wine) to date, and he describes 2012 as a “bigger 2008.” Nevertheless, I think these 2012s will rival the 2007s in another 4-5 years. In addition, they have a new vineyard near Two Blondes called Pollard Vineyard that’s planted to Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. I visited earlier this year and the 2013s had not been put together, so I’ll review those (possibly from barrel) next year. These are great wines.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Arterberry Maresh Juliard Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2012 (750 ml)

WA 92


The 2012 Pinot Noir Juliard Vineyard lies right above the Weber Vineyard, though it is very different in profile: much more rugged and tends to produce earthier and more savory wines. The vines were planted in 1977 and 1988 and contain what is known as the "Upright Clone." There is some stem addition here to create a little chewiness in the wine and it includes just one new Sirugue barrel (even though Jim remarked that they tend to leak). The bouquet is very complex with a mixture of red and black fruit, Italian cured meat, dried blood and brown spices. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, savory on the entry, with hints of tobacco and wild fennel. This is a feral, untamed Oregon Pinot Noir surfeit with character and charm. My only minor quibble being that it does not quite have the persistence that other vintages might have.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2015)

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Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

WA 94

A cuvee that continues to become more and more Cabernet Sauvignon dominated (Bob Betz loves Cabernet and think it’s the top grape of Washington), the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) is utterly seamless and elegant. It is full-bodied and open, with forward notes of cassis, crushed flowers, red currants and licorice. Where the 2014s are more exuberant and dense, this 2013 excels on its pretty, pure and overall elegant style. Drink it anytime over the coming 15+ years. While there's a long history of terrific wines from this estate, I think they've hit another level in the past few vintages, and these latest releases show a purity, elegance and textural quality not found in early bottlings. I'm sure this is in part due to the creation of a second wine, and even a stricter selection for all of the top cuvees. In short, don't miss a chance to try these wines.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (May, 2016)

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Cadence Winery Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93+, WS 92, WE 91

One of the reserve wines from Ben Smith, the 2013 Bel Canto is a fabulous blend of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot that saw just under two years in 50% new French oak. It shows the lengthy elevage on the bouquet with a spicy, ripe, incense, dried flowers and currants driven style that shows a hint of evolution at first, yet continues to gain freshness and purity with time in the glass. This gives way to a complex, layered red that has fabulous mid-palate depth, building, ripe tannin and a big finish. Even with the slightly evolved style, this beauty will age gracefully. Give bottles 3-4 years and plan on drinking through 2030.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Rex Hill Jacob Hart Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)

WE 94

This outstanding vineyard, matching mature vines to biodynamic farming, really shines in 2014. A toasty nose sends up coconut and vanilla notes, leading into a full-bodied full-flavored wine with the structure to age another decade or more. It's the perfect balancing act between immediate accessibility and long-term cellaring potential. Drink now through 2030.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2007 (750 ml)

WE 96, WA 94

Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. Like one or two other 2007s, the aromatics on the Guiraud ’07 are rather subdued at the moment and they demand coaxing to offer honey, lemon curd and orange blossom. The palate is well-balanced with finer tannins than the 2006. Here, the quality of the vintage finally shows through with impressive precision and focus, building toward the fresh, feminine apricot and dried peach finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is an outstanding Guiraud, but it will reward those with patience. Drink 2017-2035.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)

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Fontodi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004 (375 ml)

WA 96, V 94

Ending on a sweet note, both figuratively and literally, the 2004 Vinsanto del Chianti Classico is a pure incarnation of vinous opulence and beauty. The wine is absolutely stunning, from start to finish. It shows bright amber highlights against the same shade of dark brown you see on a polished chestnut shell. Its thick, viscous consistency glides over the smooth surfaces of the glass with the soft, slow motion movements of maple syrup. The bouquet is impossible to forget as it leaves notes of honey, brown sugar, roasted nut, rum cake, vanilla, white truffle, candied apricot and moist pipe tobacco firmly etched in your memory. The blend is 50-50 Sangiovese and Malvasia. You don’t drink this wine. You slurp it down instead, savoring each tiny drop. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2013)

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Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2010 (750 ml)

WE 93, WS 93

This has power in reserve, but stays remarkably restrained for now, with a torrent of boysenberry, fig and raspberry fruit held in check by charcoal-studded grip and well-embedded acidity. The long, dense smoked apple wood finish should let this cruise nicely in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2013)

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Castello di Bossi Corbaia 2010 (750 ml)

WA 93, V 92

The 2010 Corbaia is tight and streamlined, with thorny aromas of forest berry and bramble that give the wine an interesting prickly or nervous energy. It keeps you on its toes on the palate as well, where Sangiovese’s fresh acidity is paired nicely against the firm tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon. That pretty duality gives the wine persistency and power as well as the ability to evolve over time. In fact, I would set off drinking this wine for at least another four to five years.

Castello di Bossi made a terrific showing in 2009 with wines that are bursting with lively fruit, momentum and balanced structure. In contrast, this set of 2010 super Tuscans shows less consistent results. Cooler vintage characteristics played out very differently among the three grapes (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) used in these two wines.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92, WS 91

Subdued aromas of menthol, dark spice and a whiff of leather lead the nose while the full-bodied palate offers mature black cherry, star anise and clove. Tightly wound tannins give a solid finish.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)

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Coho Summit Vine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District 2013 (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)

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Jermann 'Were Dreams', Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2014 (750 ml)

JS 93

This acclaimed Chardonnay, first crafted in 1987, is dedicated to U2’s 1987 album “The Joshua Tree” and the song “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Loads of aromas of candied lemons, peach skin and a touch of camembert. Light toffee, too. Full body, lots of fruit and an oily texture. Lively acidity on the finish.

- James Suckling

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Andrew Will Cellars Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2012 (750 ml)

WA 95, WE 93

A gorgeous wine that's loaded with that candied lavender, violets, lead pencil shavings, black cherries and licorice aromas and flavors that define this terroir, the 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is full-bodied, elegant and silky on the palate. It has polished tannin, impeccable balance between its alcohol, tannin and acidity, and a great finish. It's another beauty that will still benefit from short term cellaring and keep through 2032.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)

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Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chaupin 2012 (750 ml)

WA 94


The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin, which I was able to taste (and drink) from multiple bottles, is a beautiful Grenache that comes from the cooler, northeastern edge of the appellation. Coming almost all from the Chapouin lieu-dit (it gets a small bit from La Janasse), it gives up the classic notes of black berries, spring flowers, violets, and licorice that I always seem to find in this cuvee. Building nicely on the palate, it is medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, has tons of sweet fruit and solid, if not firm, tannin that come out on the finish. It will be better in another couple of years and have 15+ years of overall longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2014)

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Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana 2014 (750 ml)

JS 94

A wine with terrific texture and balance. Very polished tannins that are etheral and harmonious. Full-bodied, yet fresh, this is about combining elegance with power. It's so Latour in style. Excellent depth.

- James Suckling (Aug, 2015)

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Bergstrom Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2015 (750 ml)

The 2014 Shea Vineyard is a gorgeous expression of the vineyard in this vintage: a potpourri of dark fruits, blue fruits and loamy earth with a lifted floral perfume reminiscent of roses that adds delicacy and grace. The wine is medium bodied with full ripe fruit flavors that coat the palate with dense silky waves of texture, sweetness and a long mineral and floral finish. Drink now to 2019.

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St. Supery Elu Red, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

JS 93

Black currants with sweet tobacco as well as espresso undertones dominate the nose of this Bordeaux blend. On the palate, this wine shows concentration, plenty of tannins and a finish with lots of dark fruits. A blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 9% malbec with the balance of cab franc and petit verdot.

- James Suckling

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E. Guigal Hermitage Blanc, Rhone 2012 (750 ml)

WA 94

Showing similar to last year, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc (which doesn’t include the grapes that went into the Ex Voto) is a fabulous white that gives up classical notes of acacia flowers, buttered citrus, wood smoke and crushed rock. Medium to full-bodied, rich, textured and layered, it will have another decade of thrilling drinking.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml)

WE 91

Cassis, blue flower, baking spice, grilled herb and a whiff of new leather lead the nose. The chewy palate offers dried black cherry, mature plum, chewing tobacco and nutmeg alongside fine-grained tannins. Despite its solid structure, it also has elegance and freshness.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2017)

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Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Far Coast Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml)

V 91

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

- Vinous (Jan, 2015)

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Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Stone Cote Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (750 ml)

WA 95, V 92-94

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

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Gonzaga Tenuta San Leonardo 'San Leonardo' Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2010 (750 ml)

WA 95

San Leonardo was not produced in 2009. The 2010 San Leonardo (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot) is a seamless and polished wine that shows the best of this estate and this vintage. This is a profound and lasting wine with a bouquet that opens to dark fruit tones backed by spice, leather, tobacco and polished river stone. It tastes very young now but offers good material (in terms of richness, acidity and structure) to promise a steady aging evolution ahead. This edition of San Leonardo is gorgeous with a capital G.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (May, 2016)

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Cantina di Soave Rocca Sveva Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (750 ml)

WS 89

Round and juicy, this balanced red shows light tannins and expressive notes of raspberry preserves, dried thyme, mocha and smoke. Chewy. Drink now through 2020.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2016)

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Fisher Vineyards Mountain Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (750 ml)

WA 91

The 2013 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard shows slightly crisper acids, a more close-to-the-vest style, with notes of white currants, quince, wet stones and a touch of white peach. The wine is medium-bodied and seems to offer up loads of fruit, but in a zestier, slightly less dramatic style than its 2012 counterpart. It could be only a question of being a year younger.

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

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Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Velvet Sisters Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)

WA 91

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 93

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)

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Damilano Brunate Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WS 92

A juicy, vibrant style, this offers cherry, strawberry, spice and tea flavors, backed by a firm structure. Stays tight and compact on the finish, with enough complexity to show potential. Best from 2019 through 2030. 333 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)

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Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Barberini 2010 (750 ml)

WA 91, IWC 91

The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Barberini is virtually two-thirds tank-aged Grenache with the balance Syrah and a little (about 10%) Mourvedre, the latter aged in small oak barrels. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color and a more modern style than the traditional cuvee or the 100% Grenache cuvee Cornelia Constanza reviewed below. Despite its so-called -modern leanings,- which some people deplore, this is a beauty. Dense purple, with elegant blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as hints of garrigue, vanillin and spice box, it is dense, full-bodied, yet wonderfully precise and fresh, given the vintage's liveliness and vibrancy. In light of some noticeable tannins, give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15-20+ years.

One of the most significant estates in Chateauneuf du Pape and one of the earliest to estate-bottle, the Lancon family has been producing these wines for many, many decades. They have 75 acres, with most of it situated in the widely renowned rocky plateau in the eastern part of the sector know as La Crau, the hottest, earliest-maturing sector of the appellation. The Lancons don't believe in showing barrel or tank samples, so everything I tasted was already in bottle, and no 2011 reds were tasted. The 2010 vintage is another strong one for them, keeping their track record of hitting home runs for much of the last decade intact.


- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)

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Damilano Cerequio Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WS 91

Aromatic and spicy, this elegant red delivers cherry, leather and tobacco flavors shaded by vanilla and licorice accents. The tannins are on the rustic side, gaining finesse with air. Best from 2019 through 2029.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)

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Pecchenino Bussia, Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WS 93

An alluring, fruity style, boasting black cherry, raspberry and menthol flavors, backed by chalky tannins. Elegant and firm, this loses some rusticity with air on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2032. 350 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)

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King Estate Pinot Noir Domaine 2013 (750 ml)

WE 93

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

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2016)

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Hartford Court Pinot Noir Muldune Trail 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94

The 2014 Pinot Noir Muldune Trail comes from a vineyard at the southern end of the Anderson Valley planted at an elevation of 1,600 feet. Again unfined and unfiltered, this has a dense ruby/plum color that is more saturated than its two predecessors and notes of fresh herbs intermixed with wet gravel, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate. It is medium-bodied, long, rich, and made from Dijon clones 115 and 777. This is a broad, savory, impressive Pinot Noir to drink over the next decade.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 2013 (750 ml)

WA 91+, WS 91

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 407 opens with notes of menthol, eucalyptus, blackcurrant cordial and black cherry pie plus underlying cedar, toast and dark chocolate hints. Full, generously fruited and wonderfully forward with firm tannins and lively acidity, it offers a beautiful expression of the best of South Australia Cabernet.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2015)

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Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)

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)

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Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010 (750 ml)

JS 96, WA 93

Barone Ricasoli’s flagship wine, the 2010 Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio flaunts its pedigree and beauty right from the start. The bouquet is balanced and intense with a charming mixture of bright berry fruit and oak-driven tones of spice and tobacco. The fabric of the wine is firm, fresh and perfectly streamlined. Menthol highlights and grilled herbs are fitting endnotes. The best part is that this wine never strays far from tradition. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2013)

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Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2012 (750 ml)

WA 94, WE 93

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) is beautiful. Giving up lots of black and blue fruits, tobacco leaf, sweet oak and graphite, this fabulous Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and focused, with fine tannin and impeccable balance. It shows its class on the lengthy finish as well. It's a baby and needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will have more than two decades of overall longevity.

Located on the warmer, eastern/northern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mount Eden Vineyards is one of the most historic estates in California. In addition, their wines have one of the longest track records in the region for aging beautifully. Originally planted in 1945, the estate covers roughly 40 acres today and Jeffrey Patterson makes the wines. Under their Mount Eden label, they release three Chardonnays, a single Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Their Domaine Eden label is focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from a vineyard lying just to the south of the estate, and also includes Bordeaux varieties from throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2008 (750 ml)

JS 94, WS 92, V 92

A modern style, yet beautiful in its execution. Black cherry and blackberry flavors are pure and tinged with violet, toast and oak spice notes. A beam of acidity keeps this fresh, lingering with a spice, berry and mineral aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2020.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2011)

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Calera Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mount Harlan 2014 (750 ml)

WE 93


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

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)

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Delas Freres La Galopine Condrieu 2014 (750 ml)

WA 93

Moving to the 2014 whites, these all show the more elegant, streamlined style of the vintage, yet also pack plenty of fruit and texture. Fresh, lively, juicy and incredibly pure, with fabulous notes of tangerines, white flowers and orange blossom, the 2014 Condrieu La Galopine is medium-bodied, perfectly balanced and focused on the palate. This is about as classic as they come and strikes a perfect balance between freshness and richness.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Rene Barbier Manyetes Clos Mogador 2011 (750 ml)

WA 96

The 2011 Clos Mogador feels ripe, serious and young. Rene Barbier likes to pick ripe grapes but without any raisins making it into the vats. The wine is a blend of the different grapes in his Clos Mogador vineyard (it’s just one of a handful of wines officially awarded the single-vineyard label by the Catalan wine institutions): Garnacha, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. But the wine speaks more of the place than the grapes, with notes of slate, thyme, rosemary, sage, lavender, black cherries and a supple palate, full-bodied, with pungent flavors, round, velvety tannins and a long aftertaste. This is a superb effort for such a warm vintage, the warmest and driest in Priorat since 2003, and great value for the quality. 30,000 bottles are produced of this prodigious, powerful but balanced Priorat. Drink 2015-2025.

Clos Mogador and the Barbier family should require no introduction to any Priorat aficionado, as they are the pioneers and catalysts of modern day Priorat. To understand low yields (and high prices) it should be enough to say that from their 40 hectares of vineyards they produce 45,000 bottles of wine per year. The wines are not cheap, but for the quality they offer they represent good value and are all highly recommended.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2014)

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Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 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)

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Finca Lugilde Goulart 'Goulart Grand Vin Malbec' 2008 (750 ml)

WA 93

Bodega Goulart’s 2008 Malbec (100%) spent 24 months in new French oak. The fruit was sourced from the estate’s oldest vines (95 years of age) and the wine was made by Luis Barraud and Andrea Marchiori (who, along with Paul Hobbs, produce Vina Cobos). A glass-coating opaque purple color, it emits inviting aromas of pencil lead, smoke, espresso, truffle, black cherry, boysenberry, and blackberry. Opulent on the palate with layers of ripe, succulent fruit, exceptional volume, and precision balance, it has the structure to evolve for several more years and will be delivering pleasure through its 20th birthday.

- Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2010)

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Chateau La Lagune, Haut-Medoc 2012 (750 ml)

JS 91, WA 90

This property has been making excellent wines under the administration of Caroline Frey, and 2012 continues their recent success. With a deep ruby/purple color, notes of new saddle leather, graphite, blackcurrants and black cherries, a supple texture, medium to full body and beautiful purity, this is an outstanding 2012 to drink over the next 20 years. In general, the blend tends to be approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance 25% Merlot followed by 15% Petit Verdot.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Bodegas Mas Alta La Basseta Priorat, Priorat 2012 (750 ml)

WA 94

The 2012 La Basseta has a high percentage of Garnacha from a high-altitude vineyard in Vilella Alta that lends the wine a fresh nose of red fruit, orange peel and Mediterranean herbs that is quite harmonious and elegant, with imperceptible oak. The fleshy and supple palate is medium to full-bodied, has very fine tannins and good freshness, and nothing heavy about it. 2,765 bottles produced.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Glaetzer Anaperenna - Godolphin, Barossa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93, V 93, WS 92

A blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Anaperenna is profoundly scented of creme de cassis, blueberry compote and black cherry pie with hints of aniseed, pepper, chargrilled meat and underbrush. Big, full-bodied and voluptuous on the palate, the generous blend of blackberry and meaty, savory flavors is structured by a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and refreshing acid through the very long finish. Drink it now to 2024+.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Renteria First Cut Red 2015 (750 ml)

27% Merlot, 27% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah, 5% Petite Verdot. This is a deep, dark wine that brims with layered aromas of black fruits, crushed rock, violets, earth and black spice. Lush and intricate, each sip reveals more and more of this complex blend. Flavors boom long across the mid-palate, framed by well-integrated oak and ample tannins. The finish is long with hints of black spice, turned earth and mocha.

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Bergstrom Wines 'Silice' Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2015 (750 ml)

WA 92, WE 92

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

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

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Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (1.5 Liter)

WE 92

Fresh and fruity, this elegant Cab is supported by smaller percentages of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Firm tannins and a low imprint of oak allow the cinnamon-dusted black cherry and cassis to speak, girded by a fine structure and peppery finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2015)

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Hoopes Vineyard Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

WE 93

This is sophisticated stuff that lives up to Oakville's reputation. It tastes rich and alluring from the first whiff of black currant and espresso to the ultrasmooth mouthfeel and elegant finish. Think extra-fine tannins, opulent currant, dark chocolate and black cherry flavors. Enjoy it now or save through 2023 to encourage even more bouquet.

- Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2016)

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Chateau Phelan Segur, Saint-Estephe 2010 (750 ml)

JS 93, WS 92, WE 92

The best wine from Phélan Ségur for several years, this shows less of the often-intrusive new wood and more of the fruit that had been missing in past vintages. It shows a subtle level of toast and a black currant flavor, plus great acidity and freshness on the finish.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2013)

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Podere Sapaio Superiore Sapaio 2005 (750 ml)

WS 93

Dark-colored, with loads of ripe berry, vanilla, coffee and blackberry aromas that follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big, juicy tannins and a long, rich finish. A very New World style. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

- James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2008)

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Michelle Satta Cavaliere 2005 (750 ml)

WA 92

Satta’s 2005 Cavaliere is an unqualified success in this vintage. Dark wild cherries, herbs, tobacco and underbrush are some of the nuances that emerge from this rich, weighty Sangiovese. In 2005 the Cavaliere shows wonderful depth and persistence on the plate that only a few wines were able to achieve, all while preserving the warmth and expansiveness typical of the wines of Bolgheri. Even better, the Cavaliere should come around sooner than some of Satta’s other wines. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2010)

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Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Il Bosco 2011 (750 ml)

A single-vineyard Amarone, the Il Bosco vineyard is nestled in the heart of Valpolicella Classico. The wine is rich with concentrated flavors of preserved fruit, particularly cherries. Aged in a combination of French and Slavonian oak barrels for 2+ years then bottle for an additional year or so, the bouquet is layered with hints of baking spices, cocoa, and toasted nuts through the long finish. A unique and complex production process renders a wine with similar characteristics. Hand-selected grapes are dried prior to vinification in stainless steel tanks. 80% Corvina, 20% Rondinella.

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Guarachi Family Wines Gaps Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml)

WE 91


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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2015)

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Schloss Johannisberg Silberlack Riesling Erstes Grosses Gewachs, Rheingau 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93, WE 91

The intense yellow 2013 Schloss Johannisberger Silberlack Riesling GG offers an attractively cool and distinguished bouquet of ripe peaches and tropical fruit aromas intermixed with flinty and earthy flavors and a touch of oak (100% fermented in 1200 l Stückfässer). The palate is very round, fruit intense and elegant with lovely piquant notes that lead to a salty finish with a very good length and citrus flavors in the spicy aftertaste. Again this is a very noble and aristocratic, at the same time stimulating, Riesling that can be enjoyed for far more than a decade.

- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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Corte Rugolin Monte Danieli, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 (750 ml)

WS 89

Firm and chewy, this offers flavors of black cherry coulis, singed orange peel, date and fragrant dried herb. Juicy, well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2021.

- Alison Napjus, WIne Spectator (2016)

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Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault 2015 (750 ml)

IWC 90-91

Very pure aromas of white peach, citrus zest and white flowers. Then silky and pliant on the palate, with sweet citrus fruit flavors showing good grip but no bitterness. Finishes with lovely lemony persistence. Very nicely balanced village Meursault. There's nothing extreme about this set of 2015s.

- Stpehen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (Sept, 2016)

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Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2014 (750 ml)

WE 95, WA 92

This is a complete wine, full of both tannins and great swathes of ripe fruit. It has a serious side as well in its solid structure and concentration. The juicy blackberry fruits are beginning to calm down and meld into a fine dense wine that will age very well. Drink from 2025.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)

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Swanson Vineyards Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (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)

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Chateau Batailley Grand Cru, Pauillac 2012 (750 ml)

WA 92

From the famous château estate of the Castéja family, the 2012 Batailley is a very strong effort. This is a big-time sleeper of the vintage. A dense purple wine with loads of crème de cassis, blueberry notes, background forest floor and cedar, this is a strong effort from Batailley and may well usher in a new era for this fifth-growth chateau that is capable of producing great wine. The tannins are sweet and the wine has an opulence and richness that is rare for a Médoc in 2012. Drink it over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94, WE 93

The 2014 Chardonnay is light gold-colored with a greenish hue and beautiful, fresh tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, pear, honeysuckle and a touch of citrus. It is not as dense and concentrated as the 2013, but I love its vibrancy and beautiful subtleties and nuances. It is another top-notch effort from Pahlmeyer to drink over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Vivanco Coleccion Rioja Parcelas de Garnacha 2011 (750 ml)

WA 90

The Vivanco Parcelas 2011 Coleccion Garnacha suffered in comparison to the wines from 2012. This 2011 shows riper with hints of Mediterranean herbs (think esparto grass) and the subtle aromas of the grape seems to have vanished with the ripeness, leaving you with notes of dark plums and hints of raisins.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Michele Castellani Ca' del Pipa Cinque Stelle, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (750 ml)

WS 92

There's fine balance to the rich flavors of dried cherry, fig cake, grilled herb and smoky mineral in this rich red, bolstered by burly tannins and juicy acidity. Shows fine length and depth, with ripe fruit and spice echoing on the finish. Drink now through 2030.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)

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Chateau Lagrange, Saint-Julien 2010 (750 ml)

WS 92

Notes of singed alder, graphite and charcoal wrap around the core of intense blackberry paste, warm plum sauce and currant preserves. Turns sleek and racy on the well-knit finish despite the notable grip. Best from 2015 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2013)

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Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Red 2012 (750 ml)

WA 94+


One of the more backwards, structured efforts, the 2012 Champoux Vineyard is a blend of 64% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon that was raised in 35% new French oak. Full-bodied, serious and loaded with tannin, it offers impressive currant and darker fruits, tobacco leaf and crushed rock like aromas and flavors that continue to gain depth and richness with time in the glass. It should hit full maturity at around age 10, and nicely for a decade or more after that.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml

The 2014 Alexander's Crown exhibits flavors of black and red cherry, blackberries, dried herbs and violets. The wine is elegant, with a rich mouthfeel, soft tannins and a long lingering finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years.

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Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon "Brother's Ridge" 2013 (750 ml)

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)

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Chateau Prieure-Lichine, Margaux 2010 (750 ml)

JS 94, WE 93, WA 92

Dense purple, with loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as hints of smoke and subtle charred wood, this wine is expansive, round, generous, lush and multi-dimensional. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.

A beautiful example of wine from this estate, which is using well-known consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, finished 2010 at 14.5% natural alcohol, and seems to be one of the sexier, more developed and evolved styles of the vintage.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)

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Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2014 (750 ml)

WE 91

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)

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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl, Alsace 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92, WS 92

Clos Windsbuhl in Hunawihr is the northernmost of Zind-Humbrecht’s collection of vineyards. In 2012, it has produced an impressive wine that has all the right spice of Pinot Gris along with acidity and a fresh edge. That gives this rich wine a great lift, with a waft of pear to go with the yellow-fruit flavors. Drink from 2016.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2015)

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Arietta 'Hudson Vineyard' Merlot, Carneros 2012 (750 ml)

V 95, WA 92


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

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2014)

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Chateau Nenin, Pomerol 2010 (750 ml)

JS 96

Amazing complexity and beauty with plums, tangerines and walnuts. Full body and extremely silky textured tannins with gorgeous balanced and beauty. Goes on for minutes. Superb wine. Best Nenin since the 1950s.

- James Suckling

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Silverado Vineyards Geo Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville 2012 (750 ml)

JS 93, WE 91

This is an inaugural release of this variety from the Mount George Vineyard in cool Coombsville, granted AVA status in 2011. Juicy and soft in blackberry and stone fruit, the wine is cradled by generous tannins and herbal tones. Full bodied, its sinewy structure suggests it would benefit from more time in bottle; cellar through 2022.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)

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Albert Morot Les Teurons, Beaune Premier Cru 2012 (750 ml)

WE 93, WS 91

Smoky aromas add to the red fruits and manifest themselves on the palate as the spicy, toasty wood aging. The fruits are still developing, a series of rich berries and currants that will be ripe and generous. For the moment, the dry tannins dominate, so give this wine until 2018.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2014)

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Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2011 (750 ml)

WA 94


A spectacular effort, especially for this challenging vintage, Olivier Bernard’s 2011 Domaine de Chevalier boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of subtle charcoal, graphite, black currants and black cherries. Rich and full-bodied with a multilayered mouthfeel and a long, complex, stunning finish, this is a profound example of a 2011 from a great terroir. Consume it over the next 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2014)

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Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2014 (750 ml)

JS 94, WE 94, WA 93

The 2014 Giusto di Notri is an extremely well-made wine that has most certainly exceeded vintage expectations by a long measure. The blend is Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc with a smaller part Merlot. Fruit was harvested 20 days later in 2014 compared to previous averages and the wine was aged in barrique for 22 months. This is another example of a great Tuscan red made in 2014 that has fleshed out beautifully in barrel. The dry extract here is more than 37 grams per liter. It's impossible not to notice and admire the rich thickness and textural importance of this wine. Black fruit, plum and spice fuels a luscious finish.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)

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Domaine Serene 'Evenstad Reserve' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WE 94, WS 92

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

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2017)

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Chateau Les Grandes Murailles, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2005 (750 ml)

WS 91, WA 91

The Reiffers family has turned out a seductive 2005 offering notes of blueberries and raspberries interwoven with notions of crushed rocks and spring flowers. With medium body, sweet tannin, and outstanding purity, density, and ripeness, it is relatively approachable for a 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2023.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2008)

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Chateau St Jean 'Cinq Cepages' Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2013 (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)

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Benziger Family Winery Tribute Estate Red, Sonoma Mountain 2012 (750 ml)

WA 88

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

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Walt Wines Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014 (750 ml)

The fruit has an energy and personality that is impossible to suppress. Beautiful dusty cherry fruit and crushed rose petal scents soar from the glass. A vibrant palate, laced with plum and spice are lifted by silky tannins and classic Oregon minerality. This wine will effortlessly age for seven years or more, though the primary character of the wine is at its peak now.

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Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre, Barossa Valley 2010 (750 ml)

WA 92

With a medium density of garnet color, the 2010 Mourvedre Old Garden is evolving into a meat and earth-laced bake berry and preserved plum character with nuances of new leather and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers plenty of earthy/savory flavor with a firm backbone of chewy tannins and a good, long finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Marchesi Fumanelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009 (750 ml)

WS 94, WE 92

Pressed blue flower, ripe black-skinned berry, baking spice, tobacco and leather aromas come together on this round, full-bodied wine. The delicious palate offers juicy wild cherry, raspberry jam, vanilla, cinnamon and licorice while pliant, velvety tannins offer elegant support. It deftly combines power and finesse. Drink through 2024.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)

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Cousino Macul Lota Red, Maipo Valley 2010 (750 ml)

WE 92

With brick-colored edges and gritty aromas of turned earth, raw oak, asphalt and berry fruits, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot feels tight, with rubbery tannins. Oak-infused flavors of herbal blackberry, mint and anise finish with notes of licorice and chocolate as well as a touch of heat. Drink through 2021.

- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2016)

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AXR Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (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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Fisher Cameron Proprietary Red 2010 (750 ml)

V 91, IWC 91

Exuberant and youthful, the 2010 Cameron has generous aromas of milk chocolate, bing cherry, raspberry and hazelnut oak spice. The palate is supple and smooth with finely integrated tannin, opulent flavors of plum and cherry. Classic Cameron Vineyard at its finest, just beautiful and eminently drinkable.

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Craggy Range Le Sol Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2011 (750 ml)

WA 92+, WE 91


Medium garnet-purple-colored, the 100% Syrah 2011 Le Sol opens with warm blackberry, kirsch and mulberry aromas fused with hints of spice box, violets and chocolate, plus a whiff of pepper. Medium-bodied and offering great finesse and poise in the mouth, it has a medium level of rounded tannins, lively yet well-balanced acidity and finishes with great length. Drink it now to 2020+.

- Lisa Perrotti Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)

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Juslyn Vineyards Perry's Blend, Spring Mountain District 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Domaine Marcel Deiss Schoenenbourg, Alsace Grand Cru 2009 (750 ml)

WA 92

Quince jelly; kiwi; honeydew melon and herbal liqueur; along with a hint of aromatic woods scent the Deiss 2009 Schoenenbourg, then saturate the palate with oily glyceral-richness, honeyed ennoblement, and sweet yet lip-smacking persistence. For all of its sweetness and alcohol, this also evinces a sense of buoyancy. I would expect it to be worth following for 15-20 years.

- David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate (May, 2011)

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Walt Wines Clos Pepe Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (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)

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Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (750 ml)

WS 94, WA 92

A dense and smoky Amarone, with long, sculpted tannins and finely meshed flavors of baked black raspberry and forest floor, showing accents of citrus peel, dried fig and espresso. Silky on the palate, this should open nicely with air, while the length and harmony make the case for time in the cellar. Offers a long, spiced finish. Best from 2020 through 2030.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

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Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru NV (1.5 Liter)

WE 91, WS 90

With some wood fermentation, this is a particularly rich wine. The wood gives roundness and extra richness that is balanced by the mineral and taut texture. The fruit is less important than the texture, a background of crisp apples and tight acidity. This bottling is ready to drink.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2001 (750 ml)

WS 96, WA 93

Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2001 Guiraud is armed with an intense, vigorous bouquet with scents of marmalade, lanolin, brown sugar and peach that blossom in the glass, the latter becoming exaggerated with continued aeration. The palate is well-balanced with citrus-fresh apricot and orange zest on the entry. It is precise and vigorous with dried mango emerging toward the tightly wound finish that suggests the ’01 would benefit from several more years ageing. This is a great success. Drink 2014-2030+

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)

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Icardi Barolo Parej 2009 (750 ml)

WA 93+

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

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)

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Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2006 (750 ml)

WS 95, WA 92

Dark and brooding, featuring saturated black currant, wild herb and mineral aromas and flavors, just hinting at animal. This is backward and tightly structured with tannins, yet also concentrated and long, with sweetness prevailing in the end. Nebbiolo and Barbera. Best from 2015 through 2040. 780 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2010)

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Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Casa Real Alto Santa Rita Old Vines Vineyard 2010 (750 ml)

JS 96, WE 93, WA 93

The 2010 Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon is the current vintage in the market during 2014, and it was a wonderful year for winemaker Cecilia Torres. She explained how that year she fell in love with oenology again. On top of that, the growing season and the weather during harvest were almost perfect, and helped to produce one of the best vintages of Casa Real. It has a beautiful nose of red currants, fresh fruit (blood orange), some spices and a clear note of mint that adds freshness and complexity to the wine. The tannins are sweet, very fine, with strong, clean flavors and the note of mint making a comeback in the long finish. Very complete and balanced, true to the grape and the place: pure Maipo Cabernet. It’s drinkable now, but still a baby. Drink 2014-2025.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (June, 2014)

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Michael Mondavi Family 'Animo' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WE 91


Brawny in tannin weight and grip, this tight-knit wine is impressively built and in tune with the vintage and its embrace of strength and complexity. Chalky texture is highlighted in tart mountain cherry, graphite and vanilla laced in clove. Enjoy best 2023–2033.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)

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Cantine Argiolas Turriga Isola dei Nuraghi Rosso IGT, Sardinia 2012 (750 ml)

JS 95

Complex aromas of sweet berries such a raspberries as well as plums. Floral and perfumed as well. Full body and very velvety and polished tannins that give the wine a caressing mouthfeel. Persistent and already satisfying. A blend of 85% cannonau, 5% carignano, 5% bovale and 5% malvasia nera. Drink or hold until 2020.

- James Suckling

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Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2013 (750 ml)

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)

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Binyamina 'The Cave' Old Vine, Galilee 2013 (750 ml)

A rich nose and palate of blackberries, plums, and black cherries along with earthy notes of forest and cloves. Nice notes of sweet oak, tar, and acid combine with well integrated yet powerful tannins for a deep, complex, and rich wine with a long and caressing finish. This wine drinks beautifully now but will also age nicely for another several years.

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Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2011 (750 ml)

WE 95, WS 93, WA 93, JS 93

Fragrant blue flower, perfumed berry, leather, cake spice and a balsamic note are some of the scents you'll find on this gorgeous, forward Barolo. The delicious palate offers raspberry, wild cherry, cinnamon, white pepper clove and tobacco. Ripe, polished tannins make this already accessible but it will also age well for a decade or more. Enjoy 2016–2023.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)

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Silvano Bolmida Bussia Riserva, Barolo 2010 (750 ml)

WS 94


Macerated cherry, plum and spice flavors are shaded by leather, tar and tobacco accents in this dense, beefy red. The aromas are beginning to open up. Balanced, with a long way to go. Best from 2019 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1982 (750 ml)

WA 93


The 1982 Colheita Port (Feuerheerd’s) is a blend of 30% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Barroca, 20% Tinta Roriz, 15% Touriga Nacional and 5% Tinto Cão, coming in at 132 grams per liter of residual sugar. It is gorgeous for its rich and diverse medley of flavors supported by fine acidity. The finish lingers wonderfully with the acidity lacing the flavor into the palate. It seems rather viscous as well. This is nicely put together. It won't disappoint.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Pascal Bouchard Chablis Les Clos 2010 (750 ml)

WE 94

The epitome of Grand Cru Chablis, this is mineral and fruit driven—impressive both from its richness and its tense structure. The power comes from the depth of flavor that brings the texture right through the wine. Age for 5–7 years.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2012)

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Monteverro 'Tinata' Toscana 2011 (750 ml)

JS 95

Dark violet color. Aromas of roasted beets, citrus rind and dusty chocolate. Hot stone. Violets. A generous red with lots of fruit. Nicely crafted. Full-bodied. Made from 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache.

- James Suckling (Oct, 2014)

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Bodega Aleanna 'Gran Enemigo', Mendoza 2008 (750 ml)

WA 94

The 2008 El Gran Enemigo Malbec contains small quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in its blend. It has a dense purple color and an alluring nose of sandalwood, exotic spices, incense, lavender, a hint of balsamic, and black cherry. Ripe, sweetly-fruited, and voluptuous, this layered, spicy offering mandates 3-4 years of cellaring and will deliver prime drinking from 2014 to 2023+.

- Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2011)

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Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2012 (750 ml)

WA 96, WS 93

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)

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Ceretto Bricco Asili Bernardot, Barbaresco 2007 (750 ml)

JS 93, WA 93, IWC 91

The 2007 Barbaresco Bernardot is a highly attractive, soft wine redolent of crushed flowers, spices, licorice, tobacco and tar. Everything comes together beautifully in this textured, yet mid-weight, expressive Barbaresco. Spices, menthol and licorice linger on the impeccable, harmonious finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027.

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Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94+, WE 94

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

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

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Kaiken Mai Malbec, Mendoza 2013 (750 ml)

WS 93, WE 92

Explosively fruity and concentrated, with luscious flavors of raspberry preserves, blackberry pie and dark plum that feature plenty of Asian spice notes. Cocoa powder and vanilla accents linger on the rich finish. Drink now through 2022. 80 cases imported.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (2017)

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Renteria Chardonnay Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)

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)

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Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2007 (750 ml)

JS 98, WA 95+

A worthy follow-up of the 2007, the 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial will be released in late 2015. This is a cuvée of mostly Tempranillo with the balance of Mazuelo (Cariñena), a very important grape for Castillo de Ygay in percentages that vary depending on the vintage, and it's almost 15% in 2007. 2007 was not an easy vintage and in Ygay they had a terrible mildew attack and they lost 50% of the bunches. It's a cold, rainy year, but because of that circumstance the wine is concentrated. This is still a baby, long and with depth and tannins that should melt in a couple of years. Compared with the 2005 it is fresher, perhaps not as concentrated, but for me the extra freshness compensates and puts it at a very similar quality level. And the rule of thumb is to wait at least ten years after the harvest to start uncorking any Castillo de Ygay. Cheap it is not, but very good value it is, for the quality it delivers.

- Luis Guiterrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Freemark Abbey Sycamore Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml)

WA 95+

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Sycamore Vineyard comes from a vineyard located at the end of Bella Oaks Lane in Rutherford. This has slightly less Cabernet Sauvignon than the Bosche Vineyard, at 84%, and the rest is Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged three months less in oak. Loads of clove, sweet blackberry and cassis, black olive tapenade and earthy forest floor notes are all present in this wine that shows dazzling richness, a heady full-bodied mouthfeel and stunning finish. The wine is slightly more evolved with the tannins and structure less present than in the Bosché.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Henriot Brut, Champagne 2006 (750 ml)

WS 93

Seamlessly knit, with vibrant, citrusy acidity and a satiny, creamy mousse layered with poached peach, pastry cream, mineral and crushed hazelnut flavors that expand through the midpalate and the zesty, spiced finish. Drink now through 2030. 500 cases imported.

- Alison, Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)

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Stags' Leap Winery Estate Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 2012 (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)

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Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di San Niccolo 2012 (750 ml)

WA 95

As always, this celebrated wine shows excellent results. The 2012 I Sodi di S. Niccolò (85% Sangioveto and 15% Malvasia Nera) is a young wine that needs time to flesh out. It shows bright berry flavors and fresh acidity that will benefit from more time to relax and integrate. The wine is beautifully stitched together and balanced with soft contours, and has a long, lively mouthfeel. It offers wild berry and red cherry with spice, crushed stone, pressed blue flower and scorched earth. The wine is aged in equal parts new and neutral oak.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Chateau La Lagune, Haut-Medoc 2010 (750 ml)

WA 94, IWC 92

Another great success from proprietress Caroline Frey, the 2010 La Lagune provides an essential drinking experience, with notes of Asian plum sauce, mulberries, kirsch liqueur and black currants. The wine also exhibits a savory, rich smokiness and subtle lead pencil shaving notes. Full-bodied and pure, combining both elegance and power, this is a brilliant, very approachable effort that should hit its stride in 5-7 years and last for at least two decades. Think of it as a hypothetical blend of the 2005 and 2009. Kudos!

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)

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Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2010 (750 ml)

V 94, WA 92

Given the personality of the year, I am not surprised to find the 2010 Long Now closed down. Over time some of the wine’s inner silkiness and perfume begins to emerge, but only slightly. There is plenty of energy and focus in the glass, but like all of Pelissero’s 2010s, the Long Now needs time. The superb energy and precision of the finish is promising for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

Pelissero is without question one of the top-tier estates in Barbaresco. Every wine in this lineup is solid and well worth seeking out. In particular, the 2009 Barbareschi are some of the very finest wines I have ever tasted here. The management of the tannins – such a problem at other estates – was expertly handled. Pelissero’s 2010 Barbareschi had been bottled just before my visit and were too closed down to properly evaluate.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)

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Ayala Rose No. 8 Brut, Champagne 2008 (750 ml)

JS 95

A superb vintage rosé dedicated to the 2008 harvest, this has an impressively composed style. It's really smooth and supple building excellently and delivering a seamlessly composed impression. The aromas are of fragrant red cherries but in bright, fresh and gently spicy mode. The palate's precisely cut and has supple, tangy acidity underpinning some very pliable fruit flesh, a silky texture and a velvety finish. Impressive length and carefully delivered power here!

- James Suckling (2016)

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Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2005 (750 ml)

WS 93, JS 93, WE 92

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino from Castello Romitorio is a fresh, juicy offering endowed with gorgeous dark fruit. Expressive aromatics are woven throughout, adding complexity. This mid-weight, understated Brunello reveals outstanding length and tons of class, with a round, caressing finish that begs for a second taste. It is a terrific effort in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (April, 2010)

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Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Gaiun Martinenga, Barbaresco 2006 (750 ml)

WS 94, IWC 93, WA 92+

The Barbaresco Gaiun has long been the estate’s most fruit-driven, supple Barbaresco. The 2006 possesses exceptional balance, particularly in the integration of the French oak. Initially bright, the wine turns darker in the glass as the fruit begins to emerge. This shows an attractive roundness on the palate, but with a touch less extraction and a bit more freshness than is often the case. Signature floral, spiced notes linger on the impeccable finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2010)

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2011 (750 ml)

JS 99, WS 97 (Top 100: 2014, Rank:12)

A large-scale version, with seamlessly layered notes of almond cream, apricot, ginger, mango, piecrust, papaya and toasted hazelnut. The long, spice-infused finish shows ample depth, echoing with an enticing tarte Tatin note. Best from 2016 through 2035.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2014)

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Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc 2009 (750 ml)

WS 92

This has a rustic feel, with bittersweet cocoa and smoldering tobacco leaf notes coating the core of dark currant, steeped black cherry and licorice root flavors. A roasted alder edge lines the finish. A bit chewy, but shows ample guts and flesh, with an amplified varietal character. Drink now through 2020.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2014)

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Stonestreet Chardonnay Upper Barn 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93

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

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, (April 2013)

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Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2009 (750 ml)

WS 91

A dense, savory red, with rich, smoky minerality underscoring the flavors of cherry compote, graphite, herbed black olive and star anise. The supple tannins form a firm, well-knit frame. Spicy and chewy on the lasting finish. Best from 2017 through 2029.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2015)

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Whitehall Lane Leonardini Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

JS 93

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

- James Suckling

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Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Cuvee Classique Ampodium 2014 (750 ml)

V 92-94

Youthful violet. Vibrant, spice- and mineral-laced black and blue fruit scents show excellent focus and pick up suggestions of cola and violet with air. Sappy, concentrated and pure, offering juicy blueberry and boysenberry flavors firmed by a spine of tangy acidity. Blends power and vivacity with a deft hand and finishes very long and minerally, with supple tannins building steadily and in harmony with the wine's fruit. All of the fruit from Rostaing's Côte Blonde and La Landonne holdings are in this bottling this vintage.

- Josh Raynolds, Vinous

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Bodegas Muga Torre Muga, Rioja 2011 (750 ml)

WE 96, WA 95

The Mugas are happy with the 2011 harvest. The 2011 Torre Muga is a dark-colored, almost opaque, ripe and concentrated effort. (It contains the Tempranillo that would normally be part of the Aro, and was not produced because they didn't get the Graciano they needed.) They are selling this very young (but still, it will not be released until around September 2015). It is quite heady with aromas of ripe plums, spices, lead pencil, ink and well-integrated oak. The palate is full-bodied, round and lush with plenty of dense and concentrated tannins that feel very young. If you have in mind the Torre Muga from the beginning, this has a lot less oak and is less extracted; it has much better balance. As usual, it's a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and others, from a very cold zone close to the Oja-Tirón rivers, which might explain why this wine is so fresh in such warm vintage. There will be no Torre Muga in 2012 or 2013, and possibly very little 2014. So stock up on this if you want a wine like it, because it will keep and develop well in bottle. 32,000 bottles produced.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Honig Winery Bartolucci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

WA 91

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2005 (750 ml)

WA 97, WS 96

Now in bottle it has become a contender for the finest Sauternes of the vintage. It is blessed with a pure and lifted bouquet with ripe peach, nectarine and honey, hints of shaved ginger poke their head above the surface with aeration. It is very subtle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, perfectly judged acidity and convincing harmony. This is a sophisticated Sauternes with superb mineralite and outstanding persistency. I will confess that I pinned this as “Yquem” and was both shocked and pleased when its identity was revealed. Go buy. Drink 2016-2035.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)

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Bergstrom Wines Sigrid Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml)

WE 95, WS 93

First made in 2006, this succulent luscious Chardonnay is all about minerality. It's got a rich core of butterscotch and the seemingly endless layers of subtle flavors that biodynamic farming can bring. It spends 18 months on the lees prior to bottling. Drink now through 2028.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2017)

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Moschioni Rosso Celtico Friuli 2004 (750 ml)

WA 93, Tre Bicchieri

Moschioni’s 2004 Rosso Celtico (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot) naturally comes across as more international than his other blend, Rosso Real. It presents a heady combination of roasted coffee beans, sweet toasted oak, licorice, black pepper and jammy fruit with stunning purity and structure in a style that is less expressive aromatically but more generous texturally.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2007)

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Pra Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (750 ml)

V 95, WS 91, WE 91

Well-knit and silky in texture, with refined tannins framing the layers of dried cherry and black currant fruit. Aromatic notes of herb and spice show a deep accent of rich wood smoke that builds through to the lasting finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2013)

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Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (750 ml)

The big, big brother of the Grassi Valpolicella, this is delicious & refined with rich ripe plums, bing cherries, oven-baked blackberry jam, with cloves, nutmeg, a hint of cardamom, and pleasing acidity. The finish is endless.

There are only 800 cases made of this wonderful Amarone, and I'm lucky to get any to share. You might find a few dubious bottles of this elsewhere online, but the provenance doesn't get any better than this (we fly it over, straight from Roccolo Grassi's cantina).

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Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founders Reserve 2013 (750 ml)

JS 94, WA 93, WE 92

The 2013 Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve, sourced from a cool vintage, is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 6% Carménère and 5% Petit Verdot; it fermented in small stainless steel vats and matured in French oak barrels (65% new) for 22 moths. It has a very classical nose, a Bordeaux blend with aromas of blackberries, faint balsamic notes, cedar wood, graphite, cigar box, cracked peppercorns and tobacco leaves. It has a lot less new oak than the vintages of yesteryear. The palate is medium to full-bodied with the telltale Cabernet tannins, juicy fruit, and tension keeping the freshness balancing the sweet fruit. One of the finest versions of Don Maximiano.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux 2010 (750 ml)

WE 95, WA 94+

The greatest Cantenac Brown I have ever tasted, the 2010 is one for the ages. Dense purple, with an extraordinary nose of sweet forest floor, blackberry jam, pen ink and graphite, this wine soars from the glass, giving it an aromatic dimension and intensity I have never seen from this estate. The tannins are present, as they are in most Cantenac Browns, but the wine’s sweetness, broad, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, dense, purple color and spectacular length (close to a minute) make this a giant classic and a fabulous sleeper of the vintage that still remains under-priced, considering how great its potential may be. This is a wine for those with cold cellars and youthful DNA. It is going to need at least a decade of cellaring and should last for 20-40 years. A classic!

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)

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Wente Nth Degree Caberent Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

The Nth Degree label by Wente Vineyards are small-production, handcrafted and terroir-driven wines. Small amounts of Syrah and Cab Franc were added to this wine, adding dark fruit aromas and flavors and acidity. Hints of earthy loam and oak spice frame the wine, which needs a bit of air right now, but is drinking nicely.

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Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2013 (750 ml)

JS 95, WS 93

A red with ripe berry and plum aromas. Dried flowers. Full body, layered and gorgeous fruit. Tight and beautiful. Small production. Generous and opulent yet agile and fresh. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling (May, 2016)

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Carter Cellars Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend 2014 (750 ml)

WA 92

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Alpha Omega Proprietary Red 2013 (750 ml)

WS 92

Hides tannic muscle amid a dense, supple core of anise, black licorice, dusty herb and cedar flavors. A style well-suited for hearty fare and a long decant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2026.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)

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Domaine Billaud-Simon Vaudesir, Chablis Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml)

WS 92

Boasting peach, yellow plum, floral and mineral flavors, this rich, open style is powerful, with a lingering essence of stone. Fine balance and length, leaving a mouthwatering impression. Drink now through 2023. 55 cases imported.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)

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Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

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)

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Beni di Batasiolo Vigneto Corda della Briccolina, Barolo 2008 (750 ml)

JS 90

An alluring red, this offers perfumed aromas of flowers, cherry and tar followed by juicy cherry, raspberry, licorice and spice flavors. Flesh covers the structure well, but could benefit from aging. Best from 2014 through 2030.

- James Suckling

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World's End 'Crossfire' Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

WA 89


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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Michele Chiarlo Cerequio, Barolo 2011 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 93

The 2011 Barolo Cerequio is another spectacular offering from Michele Chiarlo, a producer who has a knack for making faithfully consistent wines no matter what the vintage conditions. What stands out here is the balance and the intensity of the fruit. Fragrant tones of dark fruit, dried cherry, liquid smoke, cola and licorice emerge from the bouquet in a steady stream. That continuous and unbroken flow of goodness segues to the palate.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Robert Craig Winery Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WA 95

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Petrolo Galatrona 2013 750 ml)

JS 98

The violets and blackberries show wonderfully on the nose here, yet this remains subtle and complete with hints of walnuts. Full body, ultra-fine and firm tannins and a beautiful fruit and mineral undertone. Tight and substantial. So layered. Another example of finesse and beauty here with this pure merlot.

- James Suckling (Oct, 2015)

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Giovanni Viberti Barolo San Pietro Riserva 2010 (750 ml)

WE 90

Intense aromas of mature black cherry, licorice, leather and a balsamic note lead the nose and follow over to the palate along with cranberry and a note of pipe tobacco. Tightly packed, rather austere tannins provide firm support and need time to unwind.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)

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Ayala Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne 2008 (750 ml)

WS 92

Rich and ripe flavors of glazed apricot and spiced plum are layered with pastry dough, graphite and spice notes in this balanced version, with a lively bead. Accessible, presenting juicy acidity through to the clean-cut finish. Disgorged April 2015. Drink now through 2024. 80 cases imported.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2016)

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Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2015 (750 ml)

WE 94

Pronounced struck flint and candle wax aromas fade with time and aeration, revealing delicate white blossom and lemon rind notes in this off-dry wine. It's an intensely racy Kabinett with salt-rimmed lime and lemon flavors that dart and dash on the palate. Enjoy now for its radiant youthfulness, but also as it matures over the next decade.

- Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2017)

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Beaux Freres 'The Beaux Freres Vineyard' Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2015 (750 ml)

Beautiful, gem-toned clarity. Explosively aromatic, this wine begins with fresh, bright fruit-juiciness leading to a more savory palate. The balance is pitch perfect; enough zest to match the velvety tannins. In this stellar vintage, an ample dose of Estate fruit made its way into our Willamette Valley cuvée. Though this wine always shows early finesse, a bit of tension suggests it will age nicely for several years. The blend is 28% Zena Crown, 18% Gran Moraine, 15% Beaux Frères, 15% Hyland, 11% Sequitur, 8% Guadalupe, and 5% Upper Terrace.

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Giovanni Viberti Barolo La Volta Riserva 2010 (750 ml)

JS 94, WE 93

Red berry, dried rose, leather, eucalyptus and baking spice aromas slowly take shape in the glass. The ripe, juicy palate offers black cherry extract, raspberry, anisette and clove alongside firm, refined tannins. A tobacco note wraps up the finish. Drink 2017–2022.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)

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Giovanni Viberti Barolo Bricco delle Viole Riserva 2010 (750 ml)

WA 94, JS 94

This offers intriguing aromas of chopped mint, menthol, leather, soil and spiced berry. The mint note carries over to the chewy palate, along with soothing licorice, clove and tobacco, all of which add depth to the core of juicy black cherry. Velvety tannins lend structure and polish. It's already accessible and will make wonderful imbibing over the next several years. Drink through 2025.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)

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Bibi Graetz Testamatta Soffocone di Vincigliata 2011 (1.5 Liter)

JS 92, WS 91

An aromatic and spicy version, with white pepper, cinnamon and vanilla notes framing the cherry and berry flavors. Firm and lean, offering complexity and length. Sangiovese with Canaiolo and Colorino. Best from 2015 through 2020.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (April, 2014)

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Icardi Barolo "Parej" 2007 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 92

The 2007 Barolo Parej emerges from the glass with spices, freshly cut flowers, licorice and sweet red cherries. It is a relatively mid-weight wine for the year, but the bright red fruit nevertheless shows considerable depth. Sweet floral notes wrap around the finish. The Parej is a supple, fruit-driven Barolo but I find myself drawn in by the wine's exuberant, sexy personality. Silky tannins frame the long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2011)

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Fisher Vineyards Coach Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml)

V 90

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Coach Insignia is pretty, open and expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and leather are all laced together nicely in the glass. The 2012 has developed very well since I last tasted it, but it remains decidedly medium in body and feminine in style. This is the most accessible of the Fisher 2012s.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2014)

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Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 (1.5 Liter)

WS 92

Silky in feel and very long, with lovely raspberry and boysenberry coulis flavors that glide through, flecked with anise, rooibos tea and well-roasted sandalwood notes. The long finish lets everything drape gracefully. Very suave. Drink now through 2027.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Web, 2016)

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Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2009 (750 ml)

WA 92, IWC 92

The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a standout expression with long and polished notes of dried fruit and tobacco presented in a smooth and seamless fashion. It shows good structure and balance but an even prettier nose with ethereal balsam herbs, tar, licorice and pressed violets that emerge as the wine evolves in the glass. The wine hints at a greater evolution to come. Drink: 2017-2022.

Only a few brief moments into my winery visit with Francesco Ripaccioli, it was evident that I was looking the future of Brunello di Montalcino squarely in the eyes. This young man is the personification of a new generation of vintners and proprietors who will soon inherit this storied winemaking legacy. Francesco's confidence with languages, his clear understanding of his family's patrimony, and his deep commitment to the winemaking process makes him, like many others in his age group, an encouraging symbol of what will come.


- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2014)

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Gandona Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Chene Bleu Abelard, IGP Vaucluse 2009 (750 ml)

WA 95

Much more southern Rhone-like in style, the 2009 Abelard is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah that spent 18 months in barrel. Big, ripe, layered and hedonistic, with tons of sweet Grenache blackberry and black cherry fruits, melted licorice and roasted herb aromas and flavors, this sensational Grenache has full-bodied richness, polished, sweet tannin, no hard edges and a great finish. While 2009 delivers lots of perfumed, upfront and slightly rustic wines due to the heat, this is silky, polished and incredibly pure. Drink this killer 2009 over the coming 7-8 y

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Bouchard Aine & Fils Le Porusot, Meursault Premier Cru 2011 (750 ml)

WE 90

This is a ripe, wood-aged wine that shows the richer side of Meursault. It's generous with ripe yellow fruits, but balanced and complemented by crisp acidity and hints of toastiness. A fine wine with impeccable structure, it will age well, so drink from 2015.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2013)

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Celler Vall Llach, Priorat 2008 (750 ml)

WA 94, V 93

The flagship 2008 Vall LLach is a blend of 65% Carinena, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Merlot aged for 14 months in new French oak. Purple/black in color with a distinguished bouquet of mineral, damp earth, espresso, Asian spices, lavender, underbrush, black cherry, and plum, on the palate it is full-bodied dense, succulent, and brooding. It conceals enough structure to evolve for 6-8 years and will hit its stride between 2015 and 2033.

- Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (May, 2011)

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Renato Ratti Conca, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)

WA 94, WE 93

The excellent 2013 Barolo Conca breaks away from past editions in terms of intensity and elegance. This classic vintage has produced a wine of power, heft and concentration. Yet that determination is delivered with polite manners. The base of the wine consists of ample structure and depth. The multilayered aromas on top peel back to reveal dark cherry, licorice and white truffle. This wine is endowed with generous heft and substance that should carry it steadily through its bottle evolution.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)

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Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2013 750 ml)

WA 95, WE 95

The Barolo Marcenasco is aged in large casks, whereas the 2013 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata sees a mix of smaller wood and barrique instead for a more robust and opulent style. This approach works very nicely across from the hearty intensity and austerity displayed by the Rocche dell'Annunziata fruit. This wine is beautifully redolent of dark cherry and spice with lingering notes of balsam and medical herb that add focus to the wine's already fragrant bouquet. This vintage will require patience. The wine is hard-headed and stubborn now. It needs time to relax with age.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)

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Gerardo Cesari Bosan, Amarone della Valpolicella 2007 (750 ml)

WA 94

Here is a beautiful wine from Cesari. The 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Bosan shows a darkly rich and concentrated appearance. The wine follows two distinct themes. First, it shows an overtly fruity side with dark tones of plum, blackberry and dried cherry. This is a balanced vintage that exhibits heft, heat and determination. The wine is thick and textured in terms of mouthfeel. Despite the wine's power (the alcohol is 15.9%), it ends on a beautifully elegant note. The blend is 80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella. Some 29,500 bottles were produced.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (May, 2017)

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William Fevre Bougros, Chablis Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml)

WA 91-93

The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros, is vinified 60% in used wood where it matured for six months before being transferred to stainless steel. It has a showy, generous bouquet with dewy Granny Smith apple, freshly sliced pear and chalk-scented nose. There is no holding back here. The palate is fresh and crisp, very harmonious, not powerful as such, but displaying admirable precision on the finish. I would agree with Didier Ségieur in that this forms one of the more approachable, less-challenging Grand Crus.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (July, 2015)

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Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 93, WS 92


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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

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E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice, Rhone 2014 (750 ml)

WS 94, WA 91-93

Solid, with an alluring core of lightly steeped plum, anise, blackberry and boysenberry flavors that rolls through, picking up dark tea and warm fruitcake hints along the way. Shows a light echo of apple wood on the finish. Drink now through 2027.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)

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Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (750 ml)

JS 95, V 95, WA 94+

The 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is impressive. The overtness of the year is nicely balanced by the inherent freshness and acidity of Sangiovese. Hints of tobacco, cedar, licorice and spices are layered into the insistent finish. This is a terrific showing. I very much like the energy, length and focus of the fruit. I can’t wait to see how this develops over the coming years. The Vigna del Sorbo is a bit overlooked in the Fontodi stable, but it is often striking, especially after a few years in bottle. This historic vineyard is planted to 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Sorbo has an element of freshness that the Flaccianello doesn’t have. I will not be surprised if over time it enjoys a more gradual and finessed evolution in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2012)

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Robert Keenan Winery 'Keenan Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District 2012 (750 ml)

WA 96

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the estate in Spring Mountain Vineyards is the thirty-sixth vintage for the Robert Keenan Winery. This wine has 7% Cabernet Franc added into the blend and 700 cases were produced. A blockbuster wine for sure, with an inky/purple color, sweet crème de cassis, graphite, chocolate a hint of charcoal and burning embers – almost as if it wanted to behave like a Graves from Bordeaux. This is full-bodied, very rich, powerful and still moderately tannic. It’s a baby for sure, but what an impressive one. This wine needs a good 3-4 years of bottle age and should keep well for 25-30 years at the minimum.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2014 (750 ml)

WA 96+, V 94

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Amon-Ra Shiraz has a youthfully mute nose, offering glimpses at the blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice core, plus suggestions of dark chocolate, cigar boxes, fertile earth and baking spices. The full-bodied palate delivers concentrated, muscular blackberry and earth flavors with plenty of freshness and a beautiful backbone of finely grained tannins, finishing with commendable persistence and layers. This is a great contender for wine of the vintage!

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2014 (750 ml)

If you like big, rich wines then this is the Cabernet Sauvignon for you. Ample, dark fruit with hints of minerality blend harmoniously on a solid core of tannin that will continue to evolve in the barrel.

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Fornaser Monte Faustino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2001 (750 ml)

WS 91

An intense and enticing mix of fresh and spicy dried fig, date and raisin on the nose. Full-bodied, with big, silky tannins that coat the mouth and provide for a long finish of spice and mineral.

- Wine Spectator (Sept, 2006)

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Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (750 ml)

V 96, JS 94, WA 93

The 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is beautiful in this vintage. It shows gorgeous mid-palate depth and pliancy, with wonderful richness in its sweet dark fruit, smoke, licorice and grilled herbs. The 10% Cabernet Sauvignon works particularly well in this vintage, as it seems to give the wine a measure of depth and delineation that is less obvious in the Flaccianello. Higher toned floral notes add lift on the finish. The Vigna del Sorbo is a touch restrained in 2008, as are most wines, yet it shows fabulous balance and tons of personality. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Aug 2011)

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Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2014 (750 ml)

WA 93+

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron Oakville is from an Oakville vineyard. Notes of Christmas fruitcake, sweet black cherry and cassis fruit, some licorice and spice box are all present in this dense purple-colored wine. It is full-bodied, impressively endowed, with moderately high tannin. This wine will benefit from another 2-4 years of cellaring and should drink well for another 20-25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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