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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Emmolo Merlot, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 88

This big, fat, juicy Merlot (15.1% alcohol) is luscious, pure and ripe. It has a dense ruby/purple color and is plump, not terribly complicated, but savory and fleshy. Drink it over the next 8-10 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova 2010 (750 ml)

WE 93, WA 92, WS 93

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

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2014)

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Chalk Hill Proprietary Red Estate 2014 (750 ml)

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

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Weingut Gottardi Mazzon Blauburgunder Sudtirol, Trentino-Alto Adige 2012 (750 ml)

WS 88

Baked black cherry and plum fruit flavors are layered with a streak of smoky minerality, and red licorice and grilled herb notes in this fresh, light- to medium-bodied red. Well-balanced, with spice and tar accents on the finish. Drink now through 2018.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2015)

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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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J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WE 92, WS 91

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)

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Ferghettina Milledi Brut, Franciacorta 2010 (750 ml)

WE 90

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

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

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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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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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Alpha Omega Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WS 90

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

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2016)

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Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WS 90

Pure and focused on fresh citrus, with touches of lemon, blood orange and citrus blossom, maintaining a core zestiness through the persistent 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)

Our Price: $54.99
Quinta do Vallado Reserva Field Blend 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)

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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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 Marin Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml)

V 91

Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint and cinnamon are laced together in the 2013 Pinot Noir Marin County. This floral, savory, mid-weight Pinot is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years.

- 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)

Our Price: $59.99
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)

Our Price: $60.99
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 2012 (750 ml)

WE 91

Ripe, black-skinned fruit, dark spice and chopped herbs abound on this structured red. The big, bold palate offers ripe black cherry, blackberry extract, mocha and licorice while round tannins envelop the palate.

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

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

WA 91

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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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)

Our Price: $61.99
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)

Our Price: $62.99
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.

Our Price: $63.99
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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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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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)

Our Price: $64.99
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)

Our Price: $65.99
Guarachi Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WE 92, JS 92, WA 91

Another of the producer's 100% varietal wines, this comes from two head-turning sites: Broken Rock Ranch at the foot of Atlas Peak, and Beckstoffer Las Piedras. The two marry well, offering sizable tannin and power atop complex layers of leather, cedar, pencil lead and coffee. Soft, integrated oak makes the wine enjoyable now, while its structure suggests further time in bottle, too. Drink now through 2021.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2016)

Our Price: $66.49
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)

Our Price: $67.99
Cascina Bongiovanni Barolo Pernanno, Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92, JS 91

This opens with aromas of menthol, chopped mint, ripe berry, leather, underbrush and a hint of toasted oak. On the firm palate, tightly wound tannins weave through Morello cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and a balsamic note. Drink after 2020.

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

Our Price: $67.99
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)

Our Price: $68.99
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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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)

Our Price: $69.99
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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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)

Our Price: $75.99
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)

Our Price: $76.99
Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2012 (750 ml)

JS 96, V 93


The 2012 Barolo Sorì Ginestra is one of the more understated wines I have tasted here in some time. Silky, pliant and expressive, the 2012 boasts considerable aromatic presence to match its overall weight and intensity on the palate. A host of lavender, smoke, mint, plum, spice and savory herb overtones add the closing shades of nuance.

- Vinous

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Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate 'Rockfall' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml)

WA 95, V 94


The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rockfall Vineyard, which sees 57% new French oak for 20 months, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with a deep, opaque purple color and notes of charcoal, créme de cassis, graphite and white chocolate. It is full-bodied, multilayered, very deep, impressive and long.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

Our Price: $78.99
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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Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley has a dense opaque purple color, a kiss of blackberry and cassis fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel with ripe tannin and a long finish. It is very Caymus in its immediate accessibility, but has plenty of staying power and depth. This is lush, full, intense and pure. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

Our Price: $79.99
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.

Our Price: $80.99
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)

Our Price: $84.99
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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Kenzo Estate Sauvignon Blanc Asatsuyu, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

JS 93

Translated as “Morning Dew”, Asatsuyu is the only Sauvignon Blanc made by Heidi Barrett and the only white wine from Kenzo Estate. Its purity is the result of ideal ripeness and gentle winemaking. Crisp, rich and complex, true Sauvignon Blanc varietal character is on display in the Asatsuyu. Perfumes of citrus and peach segue to ripe flavors of honeydew, melon and guava. Thirst quenching acidity is framed by hints of minerality and soft undertones of sweet oak.

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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)

Our Price: $87.99
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)

Our Price: $89.99
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.

Our Price: $97.99
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)

Our Price: $98.99
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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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)

Our Price: $103.99
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
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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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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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)

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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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Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils 'Clos des Hospices', Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2014 (750 ml)

WE 96, WS 95

From vines inside the Les Clos Grand Cru purchased in 1904 from the Hospices de Chablis, this is a richly structured wine. It's dense with layers of flavor and great aging potential. Wood and smoky flavors are still calming down to give a wine that will be impressive and long-lived.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2017)

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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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Bodegas El Nido 'El Nido', Jumilla 2014

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Monastrell. Glass-staining purple. Explosive, alluring scents of blueberry, boysenberry, pipe tobacco, licorice and vanilla bean. Lush and broad but juicy and firmly built, with suave candied dark fruit flavors accented by sexy floral and Asian spice qualities. Finishes broad, juicy and impressively long, with echoing boysenberry and spice notes.

- Winery

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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)

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Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (1.5 Liter)

WS 94

Combines power with finesse, offering a rich core of dark berry, mocha, chocolate, dusty oak and loamy earth. Gains depth and refinement on the finish, where the flavors linger pleasantly. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2015)

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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)

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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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Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

WS 95 | Wine Spectator 2016 Top 100: No 44

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

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)

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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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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)

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Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml)

WA 95

Of the three Beckstoffer Vineyards, it’s pretty much a joyride as to which one readers may prefer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard of St. Helena is a knockout: a broad, opulent, round Cabernet fruitbomb with lots of cassis, incense, and blackberry. The wine is full-bodied, generously endowed with terrific purity, texture and length. This is a star and, believe it or not, it’s come in well under 15% natural alcohol. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15 or more years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2012 (750 ml)

WS 94


This is tight and reticent, featuring black cherry and blackberry fruit locked up by dense, burly tannins, with spice and mineral notes adding depth. Finishes with balance and sweet fruit. Just needs time. Best from 2019 through 2035. 60 cases imported.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (May, 2015)

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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)

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Domaine Faiveley Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2012 (750 ml)

IWC 92-95


Cloudy pale-medium yellow. Exhilarating aromas of white peach, lime, stone and menthol ("a cousin of Chevalier-Montrachet," notes Hervet). Juicy, saline and precise; in a rather gentle style for young grand cru but with lovely focus and lingering perfume. This indeed shows the grain and class of a Chevalier-Montrachet. Impeccably balanced wine with a long finish showcasing juicy, salty minerality.

- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (Oct, 2013)

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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)

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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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Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (3 Liter)

WA 96

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection has a dense blackish/purple color and creamy, sweet crème de cassis fruit, blackberries, a touch of graphite and vanilla, This exuberant, boisterous, in-your-face style of Cabernet Sauvignon is clearly a fruit bomb, so be warned. Full-bodied and opulent with stunning concentration and richness, the wine has no hard edges and is much in the Caymus style of terrific fruit intensity (most of it black and blue), voluptuous texture, and a stunning finish with plenty of glycerin, wood and spice. The alcohol on the label is listed at 14.8%, which seems about accurate. I have Caymus Special Selection in my cellar back to some of the historic wines made by Chuck Wagner’s father in the early 1970s, and while the style’s gotten more precocious and consumer-friendly, these wines, even the more latter-day styles, have a tendency to age beautifully. This can be drunk now, or cellared for 20+ years.

- Robert Parker, 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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