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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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Bodega Tacuil 33 de Davalos 2011 (750 ml)

IWC 93


A field blend of approximately 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is really floral and aromatic, very showy. The violet aromas remind me of a Touriga Nacional from Portugal. It has some burned skin character, and I’d normally say roasted, smoky or toasty, which is what I feel, but there are no barrels involved there, so it has to be the high phenolics in the wine. It is a big wine but with a sense of elegance and balance. Quite an extreme red. Drink 2014-2017.

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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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Feudo Maccari Saia Sicilia IGT 2013 (750 ml)

WA 91, WS 90, WE 90

The 2013 Sicilia Saia offers dark cherry and dried blackberry with a good amount of spice, leather and tar at the back. This is a full and complete expression of Nero d'Avola that exhibits the soft and sophisticated side of the grape. The wine is aged in oak for 14 months and both its structure and persistence are well evident as a result.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Agricola Punica 'Barrua' Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia 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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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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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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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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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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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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Massaya Gold Reserve Rouge, Bekaa Valley 2010 (750 ml)

WA 90

The 2010 Gold Reserve is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah aged in equal parts new, second-year and third-year French oak. It came in at 14.5% alcohol. As with many newly released wines, the oak is front-and-center here, but there is a lot more. With 30 minutes in the glass, and after an uninspiring beginning, this fleshes out nicely and becomes more and more interesting and sometimes impressive. It tightens noticeably, showing beautiful focus and penetration. Despite the elegance in the mid-palate, it does have a bit of a burly feel to it, largely due to the combination of oak, alcohol and some power appearing on the finish. That all seems to get better with air. Happily, as it airs, it also shows some complexity, not surprising considering that half the blend is Mourvedre or Syrah. As is always the case, it showed way better at proper drinking temperatures. This (and lots of other red wines) will work a lot better at 64 degrees Fahrenheit than 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Drink 2015-2024.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (June, 2014)

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Mullan Road Cellars Red, Columbia Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WA 91

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay, Central Otago 2013 (750 ml)

WA 91, WS 90

The 2013 Chardonnay has pretty white blossom notes – orange and peach blossoms – over a core of grapefruit, white peaches and baking bread with a hint of marzipan. Medium bodied and still very tight in the mouth, it has great tension lifting the citrus and stone fruit flavors, finishing long and creamy.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

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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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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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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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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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Pine Ridge Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

WE 91

A dark, rich color imparts a hearty feel to this wine, which features velvety tannins around integrated oak. Concentrated, yet finessed, it sparks in cedar, dried herb and blackberry-infused chocolate.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2016)

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Robert Keenan Winery 'Keenan Napa Valley' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml)

WE 90

This is 100% varietal and mostly from the producer's Spring Mountain District estate, with the remaining grapes, 28%, from Pope Valley. Heavy and spicy on the entry, it offers a striking combination of black pepper and mountainous sage. Drink now through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2016)

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

WE 93

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.

- Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2015)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nickel & Nickel Medina Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)

The 2014 Medina Vineyard Chardonnay is a very refreshing wine with gorgeous, floral aromas leading to bright flavors of lemon-lime, tangerine, honeysuckle and Muscat on the palate. Spicy oak complements these flavors, while a backbone of vibrant acidity becomes refreshingly dry on the finish.

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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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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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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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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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Dehlinger Goldridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WS 93, V 90-93

Defined by juicy plum, raspberry, cherry and blueberry flavors, this offers an enticing berry medley, joined by red licorice, dusty earth and minerally notes, achieving a measure of elegance and finesse. Young and gaining, this has a promising future. Drink now through 2023.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)

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Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Chardonnay Colline Teatine IGT, Abruzzo 2012 (750 ml)

WS 90


A lively, medium-bodied white, with rich notes of glazed apricot, butterscotch and crushed almond, accented by an aromatic hint of dried herb. Sleek and mouthwatering. Drink now through 2021.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)

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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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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)

Our Price: $52.99
Clos Beauregard, Pomerol 2011 (750 ml)

WS 89, WA 88-90

I rarely see this wine (readers should not confuse it with Beauregard), but the 2011 is a sleeper of the vintage. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by lots of meaty, black cherry fruit notes intertwined with herbs, caramel and mocha. With surprisingly good density, medium body and excellent purity as well as texture, it can be drunk over the next decade.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2012)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)

Our Price: $55.49
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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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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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.

Our Price: $56.99
Rex Hill Jacob Hart Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 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)

Our Price: $57.49
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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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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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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Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2012 (750 ml)

WA 92

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon shows lots of Pauillac-like crème de cassis, cedar wood, forest floor and fruitcake. There’s a touch of white chocolate, a nice influence of spicy and the wine is full-bodied, fleshy and opulent. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (July, 2014)

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mastroberardino Radici Riserva, Taurasi 2007 (750 ml)

WS 94

A lovely, harmonious red, layering supple tannins and a pure beam of sweet black cherry fruit with rich, loamy earth, mocha, melted licorice, leather and smoky grilled beef flavors. Well-structured but accessible, showing balance and grace, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2030.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2015)

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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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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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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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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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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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Young Inglewood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2012 (750 ml)

WE 93, WS 91

This is a small, family-run estate situated in the heart of the appellation, with a bent for making elegantly styled wines. Here, in its fourth vintage, small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc are blended in to provide a concentration of high-toned raspberry, cherry and cassis atop soft layers of integrated tannin and oak. The wine remains rich and velvety through a long finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)

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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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Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir, Bannockburn 2013 (750 ml)

WS 94

Aromatic and very spicy, with clove, cinnamon and nutmeg details that lend plenty of intrigue to the core of fleshy plum and blackberry flavors. Fresh and vibrant, but with some brooding earth and forest floor notes that gain momentum on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2030.

- Mary-Ann Wobiec, Wine Spectator (Oct, 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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Le Salette La Marega, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 (750 ml)

WE 93


Crushed blue flower, ripe plum and a whiff of exotic spice emerge on this bold wine. On the concentrated palate, ground pepper, cocoa and licorice notes accent ripe black cherry and baked plum. Velvety tannins lend elegance and support.

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

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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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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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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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Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2012 (750 ml)

This vineyard border the southernmost part of the Rutherford appellation, yielding a wine that exhibits characteristics from both Rutherford and Oakville. The 2012 Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers alluring aromas of cherry and cedar. On the palate, flavors of cherry and raspberry fruits combine with a dusty, earthy quality that comes from the Rutherford AVA. Additional notes of Chocolate and spice harmonize with these flavors, carried on board, coating tannis reminiscent of Oakville.

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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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Elio Grasso Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate, Barolo 2011 (750 ml)

WA 94, WE 94, WS 92

The 2011 Barolo Ginestra Casa Matè sees a fresher quality of fruit compared to the Barolo Gavarini Chiniera. Vines are picked at slightly lower altitudes and harvest starts a few days earlier in this vineyard. The wine reveals an elegant and streamlined bouquet with lively tones of wild berry, spice, white truffle and balsam herb. The complexity here is very enticing indeed. I also appreciated the quality of tannins. They are silky and structured without feeling harsh or astringent.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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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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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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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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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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Signorello Hope's Cuvee Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WA 96

The 2014 Chardonnay Hope’s Cuvée, a selection of the best lots and barrels, is a stunning Chardonnay. There are 379 cases of this wine, which went through 44% malolactic and was aged in 56% new French oak. The wine shows plenty of orange blossom, honeysuckle, lemon custard and crushed rock notes. It is certainly very Burgundian and almost like a grand cru from the village of Puligny-Montrachet. Terrific stuff, with stunning texture and richness, this wine should drink well for another 5-7 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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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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Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2013 (750 ml)

The Quicksilver Vineyard lies on the western Rutherford bench, in the acclaimed winegrowing area on Bella Oaks Lane. The soils are predominantly well-drained loams that produce vines of moderate size. These older vines were planted to the California sprawl system, with wider spacing and a divided canopy, giving great exposure to the fruit. Minimal irrigation is needed to obtain maximum fruit potential from this vineyard.

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Nickel & Nickel Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2013 (750 ml)

The 2013 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has gorgeous floral aromas mixed with blueberry fruits. Rich, pie-like flavors of plum and blueberry fruits, nutmeg, vanilla, cedar and stone make this wine alluring. Velvety tannins cleanse the palate and broaden the wine’s depth of character, leading into a long, succulent finish.

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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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Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2013 (750 ml)

Essence of cassis, herb and green and black olive blend together so exquisitely that this might be our best vintage for this vineyard to date. The wine offers deep flavor and a round and generous texture, making it seamless from start to finish.

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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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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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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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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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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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Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz, Barossa Valley 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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Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir, Bannockburn 2013 (750 ml)

WA 92+, WS 91

Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2013 Block 3 Pinot Noir offers a herbal laced nose with notes of Provence herbs and dried lavender over a core of mulberries and warm red currants plus touches of roses, cloves and cedar. Firm and structured in the mouth with layers of currant and mulberry laced flavors supported by chewy tannins, it finishes with great length.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

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J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2013 (750 ml)

WE 93

This celebration of legendary Jerry Lohr's 80th birthday is a winner on all fronts. A zesty, uplifting nose of blackberry, cola, licorice, leather and clay leads into a cohesively woven palate of soy, shiitake dust, roast beef and dark chocolate. The acidity is well-measured, the tannins are chalky and grippy and it's powerful without being flashy.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)

Our Price: $92.99
Nickel & Nickel Rock Cairn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2014 (750 ml)

This wine opens with plum, black cherry, herb, and earth aromas. While this Cabernet Sauvignon offers incredible juicy fruits, it is the well-integrated tobacco leaf, bay leaf, anise, and oak spice that make it compelling. Enhanced by a vibrant acidity, the texture of this wine is smooth and velvety, providing a long and juicy finish.

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Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Les Champs Gain, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2013 (750 ml)

WA 89-91

From a 0.12-hectare parcel, the 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gain represents the smallest cuvee of the domaine. It has a stony, more reticent bouquet compared to the Maltroie ’13 at the moment. The palate is crisp and fresh with a keen line of acidity, vibrant citrus fruit and an almost effervescent finish that lingers nicely, yet it does not quite have the bravura of the Vergers of the Maltroie. Still, this is a well-crafted Chassagne that should age nicely over the next decade.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

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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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Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2014 (750 ml)

Offers gorgeous raspberry and black cherry aromas, leading to a bright palate of cherry flavors melded with chocolate, floral notes and a hint of Rutherford dust. The velvety, coating tannins are in perfect harmony with the fruit. Richness persists from the entry to the seductive, lingering finish.

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Nickel & Nickel Hayne Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2014 (750 ml)

WA 95, JS 93

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hayne Vineyard, which like its siblings is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, comes from the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in St. Helena. Easily the blackest and most saturated in color of the Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignons, the wine is rich and concentrated, with loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit, some licorice, graphite, and a full-bodied, opulent mouthfeel. This is sensational stuff that should drink beautifully for the next 20-25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 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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Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)

The home vineyard of Nickel & Nickel, Sullenger Vineyard is situated behind the winery in the heart of Oakville. Its 30 acres of clay loam soil are planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon and the wine is known for its rich flavor and supple tannins. The property is named after Napa Valley pioneer John C. Sullenger, who, in 1865, purchased this property and developed a farmstead in the 1880s. SullengerÕs restored Napa Valley farmstead is the home of Nickel & Nickel winery.

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Nickel & Nickel Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2014 (750 ml)

The 2014 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon exudes dark berry flavors with a hint of fresh blueberry, which defines this special site. A mouthwatering entry coats the palate, while the flavor and texture are complemented by restrained oak. Ultimately, the tannins dissolve, leaving an impression of resolution and completeness.

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San Felice Campogiovanni Il Quercione, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 (750 ml)

WS 94, WA 92

A deep well of black cherry and blackberry flavors, accented by roasted herbs and tar, marks this dense, muscular red. Already beginning to pick up some leather and mushroom notes, this finishes long and fresh. Best from 2018 through 2030. 500 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, WIne Spectator (June, 2016)

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Achaval Ferrer Malbec Finca Mirador 2011 (750 ml)

WS 96


This pure, racy red exhibits a dark side, with layers of spice, graphite and maduro tobacco to the crushed raspberry, blackberry and concentrated cassis fruit. Needs time in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2022.

- Wine Spectator (Nov, 2013)

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Gundlach-Bundschu Vintage Reserve, Sonoma Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 97

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

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

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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)

Our Price: $104.99
Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1975 (750 ml)

WA 93


The 1975 Colheita Port (Feuerheerd’s) is a blend of 35% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Barroca, 15% Tinta Roriz and 15% Tinto Cão, coming in at 133 grams per liter of residual sugar. It is light, but lingering. While it is relatively light for its age, it still seems to have more concentration than the 1982, also reviewed, plus a sharper, more intense feel. That has some pros and cons. The acidity and the age lend this more complexity, but it does finish rather sharply, without quite the same sex appeal. Overall, it does the job. Here, as with most all Tawnies, it is important to drink this a bit cool. This is scheduled for release in September 2015.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Montagna La Presa - One South Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Pine Ridge Vineyards Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93, WE 92

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has an opaque purple color and beautiful aromatics of macerated black cherries, black currants, licorice and incense. Medium to full-bodied, with zesty acids, sweet tannin and a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel, this is remarkably elegant but offers up terrific purity and personality. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2013 (750 ml)

WA 96, WE 94

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

Our Price: $112.99
Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2011 (750 ml)

WS 96, WA 95, JS 95

The 2011 Malbec Finca Altamira is a subzone from La Consulta in the Uco Valley, which is located at 1,050 meters above sea level on the east bank of the Tunuyan River. The soils have big boulders and volcanic ashes, and there is an important component of calcium carbonate. This is the first old vineyard they found, and it produces a very dark-colored, bright, wine with a subtle nose, mixing flowers (violets) and red, blue and black fruit, with hints of spices and a velvety feeling. The palate is medium-bodied, silky, with an impressive acid spine and completely ripe and round tannins. The velvety feeling is also confirmed in the texture, which displays a long tactile sensation mixing electricity, minerality and very good acidity. A superb wine! Drink 2014-2025.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2014)

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Domaine Michelot Les Genevrieres, Meursault Premier Cru 2015 (750 ml)

WS 92

Though rich and opulent in profile, this white is also packed with apple tart, lemon, honey and baking spice flavors. Long, leaving a tangy impression on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 250 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2017)

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Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

V 93-96, JS 94

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

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2014)

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Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 94+, WE 93

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits 2013 (750 ml)

WS 92


Pure, boasting kirsch, raspberry, floral and mineral flavors, all etched into a lean frame. A solid structure provides support, but overall this is elegant and racy. Best from 2019 through 2029. 150 cases imported.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2016)

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Daou Vineyards Estate Soul of a Lion Red 2013 (750 ml)

WA 96

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)

Our Price: $123.99
Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie, Rhone 2013 (750 ml)

V 94, WA 92-94

Still not in bottle, the 2013 Cote Rotie was more tight and reserved on this occasion than during my tastings last year. Nevertheless, it still offers terrific depth and concentration, as well a plenty of tannic grip. Offering classic notes of violets, blackberries, raspberries, cured meats and pepper, it has a certain austerity and will be one to hide in the cellar for a good 6-7 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

Our Price: $127.99
Domaine Laroche Les Clos, Chablis Grand Cru 2012 (750 ml)

WE 96, WS 93

This wine has weight, structure and richness. Spice comes from wood aging while the texture is concentrated and dense. It's powerful, full of apple and crisp pear flavors that are tight and firm. There is a dusty, almost tannic character to this powerful wine that is still young. Drink from 2018.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2015)

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Renteria Pinot Noir Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)

WA 88

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Macauley Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 94+

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

Our Price: $149.99
Castello di Ama Vigneto Bellavista, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2007 (750 ml)

WA 97


The 2007 Chianti Classico Vigneto Bellavista is a knock out. Rose petals, flowers, all sorts of red berries and mint are some of the nuances that emerge from the 2007. Striking inner perfume, ripe tannins and phenomenal overall balance are the calling cards. Today the 2007 comes across as a modern-day version of the 1990 or, to use a more contemporary comparison, the 2004, but with more weight and also greater sweetness in the tannin. Either way, it is flat-out stunning and a must-have. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2037.

This vertical of Castello di Ama’s flagship Chianti Classico Vigneto Bellavista was one of the more remarkable tastings I have ever had the privilege of participating in. From his very first vintage, 1982, Marco Pallanti was clearly onto something big. Readers still lucky enough to own that wine are in for a real treat. The single-vineyard Bellavista is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Malvasia Nera, a combination of indigenous grapes that works beautifully. The early vintages included a dollop of Canaiolo that was planted in the vineyard up until 1988, when it was ripped out in favor of the Merlot that would go on to produce L’Apparita. I also tasted the 2011 Bellavista in barrel, the first since 2007, and a year that it resembles from a stylistic standpoint.

Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Bellavista Key Points:

1. 80% Sangiovese/20% Malvasia Nera aged in French oak barrels

2. Made from Ama’s Bellavista vineyard, a high-altitude plot in Castellina

3. A powerful, intense Chianti Classico

4. Aging potential: 20-30 years

- Anotnio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2012)

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Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1963 (750 ml)

WA 95


The 1963 Colheita Port (Feuerheerd’s), coming in at 142 grams per liter of residual sugar, is brilliant. Lush and gorgeously constructed, it shows off its power and its intensity of acidity on the finish, but also its remarkable viscosity and intensity of flavor. It is often wonderful, frequently fabulous. It's a beauty that touches all the bases. This was scheduled for release in September 2015.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

Our Price: $157.99
Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2013 (750 ml)

WA 96, WE 94

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

Our Price: $158.99
Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94, WS 93, V 93-95

On another level, the 2014 Côte Rôtie La Mordorée is a perfumed, incredibly layered and even sexy 2014 that has lots of black raspberry fruits, flowers, potpourri, and spice aromas and flavors. It’s a deeper, richer wine than the Les Bécasses, has solid mid-palate depth and sweet tannin. It will drink well for at least a decade.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

Our Price: $169.99
Grgich Hills Estate Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (750 ml)

WE 92, WA 91, JS 91


The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Selection (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals sexy, open-knit, meaty, charcuterie and black currant aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, abundant fruit, complexity and finesse, it is hard to resist at present, and should continue to evolve for 10-15 years.


- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)

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Stags' Leap Winery Estate Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2010 (750 ml)

WA 92+

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)

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Castello di Ama L'Apparita Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2009 (750 ml)

WA 94


Stunning as usual, the 2009 L’Apparita (100% Merlot) starts off slow but builds steady momentum and intensity. This is a seamless and beautifully integrated expression that sees fine contrast between acidity, structure and fruity extract. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (August, 2013)

Our Price: $187.99
Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2012 (750 ml)

WA 97


Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru from Faiveley has a beguiling nose with brambly red berry fruit, damp earth, cold flagstone and just a faint smear of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin matched with assiduous acidity that lends tension and poise. It is quite backward, even compared to other grand cru 2012s, but there is the substance and the breeding here to suggest a seriously long and pleasurable evolution. This is one of the standouts of the Côte de Nuits.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Gerard Bertrand Minervois La Liviniere 'Clos d'Ora', Languedoc-Roussillon 2013 (750 ml)

WS 90

This muscular red has a meaty undertone supporting ripe flavors of roasted plum and raspberry compote. With a solid acidity, this shows peppery spice, black olive and mocha accents on the hot stone–tinged finish. Drink now through 2020.

- Gillian Sciaretta, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)

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Delas Freres Hermitage Les Bessards 2013 (750 ml)

WA 94+

Closed, tight and backwards, the 2013 Hermitage les Bessards is a big, full-bodied, burly wine that offers first rate purity in its black raspberry, ozone, liquid rock, and creosote-like bouquet. It has plenty of material and density, but will need 7-8 years of bottle age to become approachable. As normal, it comes all from the “Bas de Coteau” portion of the Bessards lieu-dit, was completely destemmed and saw 18 months in 30% new French oak.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

Our Price: $212.99
E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto Blanc, Rhone 2013 (750 ml)

WS 97, WA 97

Ripe and enticing, with lemon curd, apricot gelée and nectarine flavors bursting forth, backed by light citrus oil, blanched almond and salted butter notes. Shows a flash of green tea through the finish. Exotic in range, refined and detailed in feel. Drink now through 2027.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

Our Price: $214.99
Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Cote de Nuits 2013 (750 ml)

WA 89-91+


The 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru is more serious and introverted than the Village Cru at the moment, the fruit veering darker. The palate has a pastille-like purity, very well balanced, but already showing more density than the Village Cru with plenty of substance on the finish. This is yet to show character but all the constituent parts are here. It may merit a higher appraisal post-bottling.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

Our Price: $219.99
Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (1.5 Liter)

WS 90

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

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)

Our Price: $227.99
Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2012 (750 ml)

WA 98

Of the three Beckstoffer Vineyards, it’s pretty much a joyride as to which one readers may prefer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane moves more toward the wet rock, blueberry, raspberry fruit spectrum, but still stays dark and foreboding, very concentrated and full-bodied. The great terroir comes through and the wine is distinctive, singular, opulent and rich. Another fabulous success from Paul Hobbs and one more showcase wine for this great vineyard. Anticipated maturity: now-2032.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

Our Price: $234.99
Luce della Vite 'Luce' Toscana 2012 (1.5 Liter)

JS 94, WS 91

Rich and fleshy, this red exudes black currant, blackberry and sweet baking spice flavors, with a layer of dense, refined tannins underneath. Fresh and elegant overall, with fine harmony and a lingering aftertaste. Merlot and Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2024.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2015)

Our Price: $239.99
Delas Freres Cote-Rotie La Landonne 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94

Both of the Côte Rôtie releases are excellent wines. One of the most structured wines in the vintage, the 2014 Côte Rôtie La Landonne (100% Syrah aged in 40% new barrels) gives up terrific notes of black raspberry, cassis, toasted spice, graphite and crushed rocks. Possessing full-bodied richness and a concentrated and beautifully-textured style, with building tannin, it should be given 3-4 years of cellaring and enjoyed over the following 10-15 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

Our Price: $244.99
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc, Rhone 2014 (750 ml)

WA 97, WS 95, V 93-95


Similar in style to the hedonistically-styled Cuvee de l’Orée (especially when compared to the structured, mineral-laced l’Ermite), the 2014 Ermitage le Méal Blanc (aged in 10% new demi-muids) offers layers of celery seed, brioche, caramelized pineapple and citrus oil on the nose. Thick, rich, voluptuous and full bodied with a massive finish, drink this sensational white anytime over the coming two to three decades.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

Our Price: $259.99
Domaine Faiveley Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2015 (750 ml)

V 93-96, JS 93-94


Captivating exotic spices currently dominate the nose. Plush, saline, soil-driven wine, offering a rare balance of sheer layered ripeness and pronounced minerality. This big boy is more savory than sweet, and its substantial ripe tannins are totally buffered by mid-palate stuffing. Erwan Faiveley described this wine as his favorite of the vintage, while technical director Jerome Flous called it his "desert island wine." This cool site has clearly benefited from the extra density brought by the conditions of 2015

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jan, 2017)

Our Price: $267.99
Claude Dugat Lavaux Saint-Jacques, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2013 (750 ml)

WA 88-90

The 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques, which, like all of the crus, is 100% new oak, has a clean, quite linear bouquet with dark berry fruit that at the moment shows quite a lot of wood. The palate is medium-bodied, fleshy in the mouth, with sappy red fruit, the oak better integrated here than on the nose since there is more fruit to carry it on the finish. There is a pleasant spicy aftertaste struggling to express itself under the wood, so hopefully that will surface during bottle age.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

Our Price: $269.99
Claude Dugat Lavaux Saint-Jacques, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90-92

The 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques has an elegant, mineral-driven and rather introspective bouquet that takes time to unfold from the glass. The palate is vibrant with lovely, pure blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine tension with impressive weight on the linear finish. This is a stylish Lavaux that should give 10-15 years of pleasure.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

Our Price: $274.99
Opus One, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

JS 97, V 95

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

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2016)

Our Price: $298.49
Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2011 (1.5 Liter)

WA 95

Forever the superstar, the 2011 Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso is a delicious wine that never holds back in terms of intensity and seamless integration. Every detail has been finessed. The blend is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Each vineyard parcel is fermented separately to maintain varietal identity. The wine’s appearance is dark and luscious with thick extraction and a vibrant dark garnet hue. Generous aromas of dark fruit, tobacco and chocolate lift steadily from the glass. The mouthfeel is soft and yielding with a great sense of tannic persistency that holds up the finish, which can be counted in many long minutes. Give this wine five years or more to fully evolve.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

Our Price: $299.99
E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto, Rhone 2013 (750 ml)

WS 97, WA 94-97

This is intense, as dense ganache, espresso, roasted juniper and alder notes form an impressive frame around an equally ornate core of steeped fig, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors, all while maintaining terrific cut and drive despite the heft. A mouthwatering iron accent at the very end seals the deal. Best from 2020 through 2040. 30 cases imported.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

Our Price: $314.99
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon, Rhone 2014 (750 ml)

WA 96, WS 95, V 94-96


The 2014 Ermitage le Pavillon is another wine from this team that defies the vintage. Full-bodied, concentrated, impeccably balanced and seamless, with classic notes of crushed rocks, graphite, cassis and blackcurrants, it hits the palate with no hard edges, has a great mid-palate and possesses sweet tannin. Michel commented that this wine reminded him of the 1982, and while it offers pleasure even today, it won’t hit maturity for another decade.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

Our Price: $361.99
Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 2013 (3 Liter)

Our 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is garnet in color with a ruby red rim. It has an alluring nose of blackberry bramble, baking spices and black olive. Aromas of vanilla, cassis and sage fill the glass, revealing the influence of American oak barrel aging. On the palate, notes of raspberry are complemented with lingering acidity and a finish of dusty, silky tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2036.

Our Price: $368.99
Fontanafredda Vigna La Rosa, Barolo 2008 (1.5 Liter)

WS 95

Fine harmony and sweet cherry and berry flavors are the hallmarks of this rich Barolo. Licorice, spice and tobacco flavors add depth as it stays focused and persistent through the finish. The tannins are ripe and well-integrated. Best from 2015 through 2033.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (March, 2013)

Our Price: $399.99
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany 2013 (1.5 Liter)

WE 97, WA 97, WS 95

The 2013 Bolgheri Sassicaia is released 30 years after the death of Tenuta San Guido founder, Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and in the same year that his son Nicolò celebrated his 80th birthday. This is a wine of excellent execution, beautiful balance and seamless intensity. The bouquet opens slowly to reveal delicate aromas of dark fruit and integrated spice that build in steady strength. That forward momentum, which is so specific to Sassicaia, is what ultimately brings us confidence in the wine's remarkable ageing potential. The mouthfeel delivers freshness and power, but in measured doses, with long and silky persistence. The 2013 vintage should be set aside for ten more years.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (July, 2016)

Our Price: $414.99
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany 2014 (1.5 Liter)

WA 93, WS 92

This is my official review of the 2014 Bolgheri Sassicaia after having been graciously invited to the estate for various barrel samples spanning back several years. I have watched the evolution of this wine with a close eye and am impressed by how its real quality is diametrically opposed to the poor expectations of this difficult vintage. The nose is redolent of bright fruit and blackberry. Spice, tar and leather appear subtly at the back. The wine took on considerable weight each year I came back to taste it and this vintage was bottled earlier than average, precisely to give it more time to unwind and relax in the small confines of the bottle. This is a solid effort for sure and the wine is a stunning example of what it takes to make great wine, even when weather conditions are not in your favor.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)

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Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2011 (3 Liter)

Our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant representation of Napa Valley Cabernet from a cool vintage. It presents an opaque garnet hue in the glass and reveals aromas of sandalwood and roasted meats. Flavors of vanilla, coffee beans and raspberries are buttressed by dusty tannins, firm acidity and a mouth-coating texture. Given proper cellaring, this wine should provide drinking pleasure through 2029.

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Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2014 (750 ml)

WA 93-95

The 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a well-defined bouquet, the oak here nicely integrated with the fruit that consists of blackberry and wild strawberry, underneath mineral scents joined by rose petals that unfurl with time. The palate is medium-bodied and silky smooth in texture, opening nicely in the glass with its refined and very pure, very Charmes-like finish. Whereas the entry-level wines left me wanting more, this Grand Cru pushes all the right buttons.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 'Cuvee Vieilles Vignes' 2013 (750 ml)

WA 95-97

The 2013 Clos de la Roche Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, from vines planted in 1905, has an inviting, delineated bouquet with vibrant wild strawberry, raspberry preserve and mineral notes. The palate has great tension – so suave and poised with superb symmetry and an effortless finish that I don’t think the Clos Saint Denis has at the moment. Laurent Ponsot did not disguise his enthusiasm for this Grand Cru and I could understand why.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

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Domaine Jacques Prieur Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune 2012 (750 ml)

WA 92-94, IWC 92-94

The 2012 Montrachet Grand Cru comes from their 0.5863-hectares (to be exact) of vine, one plot located in the middle of the vineyard and one above located on the terrace. The bouquet takes a little while to start motoring, eventually unfolding to reveal scents of fresh lime, green apple, wet limestone and sea spray. The palate is well balanced with a slight viscous texture on the spicy, rich opening. There is plenty of depth here, with lightly honeyed fruit and that spicy leitmotif becoming more pronounced towards the finish. I can appreciate the persistency and a long saline aftertaste – superb.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2013)

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M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon, Rhone 2013 (1.5 Liter)

WA 98+, WS 96, V 96


The star of the show in 2013 is the 2013 Ermitage le Pavillon. Coming from the west and eastern edges of the Bessards lieu-dit and aged in 30% new French oak, its sensational black/blue color is followed by the awesome bouquet of cassis, smoked earth, graphite and caramelized meats that could come from no other terroir in the world. Full-bodied, massive, dense, sexy and with a liquid rock-like character that comes out with time in the glass, it has sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It needs 5-6 years of cellaring and will have 30-40 years of more of ultimate longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany 2012 (3 Liter)

WA 94, WS 93

The 2012 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is very similar to the 2011 Ornellaia that precedes it. These were both hot vintages, but 2012 saw the heat towards the end of the growing season. In fact the harvest in 2012 came two weeks earlier than average. This seamless blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (56%), Merlot (27%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (7%) shows some of the roundness and softness of that summer heat. The wine's density and extraction are spot-on and the bouquet is beautifully shaped by dark cherry nuances with spice, leather and tobacco at the back. There is a gorgeous sense of richness and plushness here. Some 160,000 bottles were produced. This edition of Ornellaia is more immediate in character and less suited to the decades-long aging that cooler vintages can affront so successfully.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany 2013 (3 Liter)

WE 97, WA 97, WS 95

The 2013 Bolgheri Sassicaia is released 30 years after the death of Tenuta San Guido founder, Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and in the same year that his son Nicolò celebrated his 80th birthday. This is a wine of excellent execution, beautiful balance and seamless intensity. The bouquet opens slowly to reveal delicate aromas of dark fruit and integrated spice that build in steady strength. That forward momentum, which is so specific to Sassicaia, is what ultimately brings us confidence in the wine's remarkable ageing potential. The mouthfeel delivers freshness and power, but in measured doses, with long and silky persistence. The 2013 vintage should be set aside for ten more years.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (July, 2016)

Our Price: $864.99