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Joseph Phelps Ventana Wines Le Mistral Rhone Blend 2016 (750 ml) Kesner Blustone Red, North Coast 2010 (750 ml) Andrew Murray Vineyards Roasted Slope Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley 2013 (750 ml)
Ventana proudly introduces its new sister vineyard, Le Mistral. Founded by Joseph Phelps over ten years ago, this Monterey vineyard is about 10 miles south of the Arroyo Seco in the foot hills outside of King City. Le Mistral is a blend which includes the major grape varieties, or cepages, that have been grown in the Southern Rhone Valley of France for centuries. These include (but are not limited to) Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Carignan. We believe there are remarkable similarities between Monterey, California’s wine growing regions and the Southern Rhone Valley, including the blustery afternoon winds for which this Rhone-style wine is named.

Le Mistral is typically comprised of 60 to 70 percent Syrah and Grenache, and Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah may also contribute to the balance of the blend, depending on the vintage. The grapes are harvested and the wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and the blend assembled within six months after the harvest. The final blend is then aged for approximately 16 months in new and older French and American oak barrels, followed by a light filtration and bottling the second summer following the harvest.
An elixir of Zinfandel, Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Counoise, the fruit was sourced from two vineyards, planted in 1918 and 1933. Aged 16 months in 30% new-ish French oak, this is unlike any Zinfandel blend you’ve ever had before. Jason purposefully harvested the fruit on the earlier side, producing a wine with more acidic structure than what you would typically find with a Zin. While the wine is dense with purple and black fruit, there is an undercurrent of savory herbs and minerality that gives it lift, making this one complex field blend.
WA 92

The 2013 Syrah Roasted Slope Vineyard is a rock-star blend of 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier that saw 30% whole clusters during fermentation and 18 months in 10% new French oak. It's a classic, pure and layered beauty that exudes notions of black raspberries, peach pit, violets, pepper and spice in a medium-bodied, elegant and seamless style. The purity of fruit is what really sets this apart, and while it's singing already, it should evolve nicely through 2023.

Andrew Murray is on a roll and these latest releases are all superb. All of the wines have distinctive, individual characters and are impeccably made. In addition, they all represent killer values. If you haven't tried the wines from here yet, now is certainly time taste for yourself!

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

Mullan Road Cellars Red, Columbia Valley 2015 (750 ml) Milbrandt Vineyards Sentinel Northridge Vineyard 2009 (750 ml) Mitolo G.A.M Shiraz 2014 (750 ml)
WA 94

The 2015 Columbia Valley Red Wine opens in the glass with aromas of cassis, plums, sweet spices and burning embers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with lovely concentration, an abundance of fine-grained tannins and a pure, penetrating finish. A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc

- William Kelley, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
WS 88

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

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2012)
WA 92

Deep garnet in color with a hint of purple, the 2014 Shiraz G A M offers fruitcake, preserved plums and blueberry tart notes with suggestions of mocha, Marmite and bacon fat. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with spicy black berry preserve layers, supported by rounded tannins and seamless acidity, finishing long and savory.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
Caduceus Cellars Nagual de La Naga, Arizona 2013 (750 ml) Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Reserve Generations 2013 (750 ml) Tenuta dei Sette Cieli Indaco 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.
JS 93, WS 90

Well-proportioned, tight and smoky, with a firm, structured beam of licorice- and blackberry-tinged fruit. Ends with fine-grained tannins and a long, clean finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WE 93

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

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
Cadence Winery Tapteil Vineyard Red 2014 (750 ml) Renteria First Cut Red 2015 (750 ml) Chalk Hill Proprietary Red Estate 2014 (750 ml)
WA 94, WE 92, WS 91

The 2014 Tapteil Vineyard is showing well, wafting from the glass with classy and complex aromas of cassis, loamy soil, pencil shavings and cigar box. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and elegant, with a lovely core of earth-inflected fruit and fine-grained structuring tannins. It's a beautifully balanced blend with a decidedly Bordelais aesthetic.

- William Kelley, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
WA 91

A blend of 27% Merlot, 27% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Proprietary Red 1st Cut is medium garnet-purple in color with very pretty spiced plums and baked cherries notions plus an undercurrent of mulberries, baking spices and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied and packed with spicy plum and cherry flavors, the palate is soft, rounded and opulent, offering great length and expression.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
WA 92, WE 91

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

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
Spring Valley Vineyard Kathryn Corkrum Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley 2011 (750 ml) Daou Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Col Solare Shining HIll Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml)
WS 90

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

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2014)
WE 92, WA 91

This wine is a blend of around 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc making up the other 20%. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers ripe cassis, blackberry preserves, dried herbs, incense and dusty earth notions with a hint of smoked meat. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals a firm, fine-grained backbone with layered, relatively elegant fruit expression and a long and earthy finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2017)
WA 94+

The 2014 Proprietary Red is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and the balance Syrah. Notes of smoked tobacco, black currants, licorice and a gravelly minerality all flow to a rich, multi-dimensional and concentrated yet elegant Cabernet. It needs short term cellaring, but it's a beautiful wine that is going to have 15-20 years of overall longevity.

There are a number of new releases from this leading Red Mountain estate, all of which display terrific quality. I suspect quantities are limited on these new special releases, but their classic, higher-production Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is terrific as always. If you want to get a feel for top-notch Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a good place to start.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick Red 2013 (750 ml) Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Sonoma County 2013 (750 ml) Beringer Vineyards Quantum Red 2013 (750 ml)
WS 90

Solidly built, with juicy blackberry and plum flavors at a core, framed by firm tannins and lively acidity that lift the persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2018 through 2023.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WE 90

While Cabernet Sauvignon-driven, this blend includes all five major red Bordeaux varieties. It offers plenty of full-bodied richness within framing, structured tannins. The palate is marked by flavors of leather saddle, pencil, black cherry and cassis.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)
WA 90

Another proprietary red, the 2013 Proprietary Red Quantum is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Malbec aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. This wine offers up notes of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, coffee bean, licorice and spice box. It is medium to full-bodied, exhibits outstanding ripeness, purity and depth. Drink now-2028.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
Cadence Winery Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Dominus Estate Napanook 2015 (750 ml) Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)
WA 95+

Made from 50% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2014 Bel Canto sports a deep ruby color as well as sensational notes of graphite, leafy herbs, flowers, currants and dried soil. Elegant, seamless, silky and pure, with building, polished tannin, it's another wine that's the best to date from this terrific estate.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WA 93+

Bottled in July 2017, Dominus’ more approachable, less tannic sister wine, Napanook, is a blend this year of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Napanook Proprietary Red Wine is redolent of crème de cassis, potpourri, plum preserves and violets with hints of dark chocolate, menthol, licorice and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is densely packed with black fruit preserves and earthy layers, supported by firm, ripe, fine-grained tannins and finishing with great length.

- Robert Parker, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Oct, 2017)
WE 94, WA 93, WS 92

This beautiful wine includes 9% Cabernet Franc that gives a lift of floral violet and grainy cedar. Classic all around in its etchings of coconut shavings, graphite, spice and dust, the fruit is additionally savory in bright red currant and a crunch of cassis, with an underpinning of soft, succulent blackberry.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founders Reserve 2015 (750 ml) The Prisoner Wine Co. 'The Prisoner' 2016 (1.5 Liter) Duckhorn Vineyards The Discussion Red 2014 (750 ml)
WA 93+

The 2015 Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend with 15% Carménère, 8% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc from Panquehue. It fermented in small stainless steel vats and matured in French oak barrels (68% new) for 22 months, including malolactic. This has to be the most elegant version of this cuvée that I tasted, with even a lighter structure than the cooler 2014, and there's also a little more acidity. The texture is seamless, and the balance between fruit, tannins and acidity is superb. This is a superb Bordeaux blend.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
The Prisoner was created and inspired by the drinkable "mixed blacks" first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in the Napa Valley. Launched in 2003, The Prisoner soon became the most recognized innovative and unique Napa Valley Red Wine blend, leading the resurgence of blends by incorporating Zinfandel with the unlikely "mix" of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Charbono. Features enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger harmoniously, for a smooth and luscious finish.
W&S 93

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

- Wine & Spirits
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Cliff Lede Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2012 (1.5 Liter) The Hess Collection The Lion, Mount Veeder 2014 (750 ml)
WA 93-95

A barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color with an earthy/herbal nose of black cherry and blackberry notions plus scents of incense, dusty earth and menthol. Full-bodied, rich and very earthy in the mouth, it offers plush tannins and a long, layered finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
WA 93

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty, showing all the generosity of the 2012 vintage. Composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 3% Merlot, its dense purple color is followed by copious aromas of crème de cassis and spring flowers, supple tannins, and an opulent, fleshy style. A total intellectual and hedonistic turn-on, it is loaded with fruit and complexity, and reveals beautiful harmony among all the component parts. It is a terrific introduction to what Cliff Lede has achieved at such a high quality level. Consume it over the next 10-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 96+

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

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (1.5 Liter) Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'S.L.V' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (1.5 Liter) Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Estate Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1.5 Liter)
WA 93-95

A barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color with an earthy/herbal nose of black cherry and blackberry notions plus scents of incense, dusty earth and menthol. Full-bodied, rich and very earthy in the mouth, it offers plush tannins and a long, layered finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
WA 93-95

A barrel sample, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon S. L. V. offers up aromas of pepper, spice box, lavender and potpourri with mulberries, black cherries and black berries at the core, plus plum preserves and bay leaves hints. Medium to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins, the palate is firm and earthy with a long, minerally finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
WA 94-96

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Estate-Grown is a big-time winner with great fruit, terrific texture, full body, sensational purity and plenty of blue and black fruits interwoven. The amazing thing about all of these wines is that no oak shows through whatsoever, although I suspect the percentage of new oak is relatively high. That’s an example of the extravagance and richness of the fruit that the winery is achieving. Again, purity, harmony, complexity and individuality are hallmarks of these wines. Drink this 2014 Cask 23 over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (3 Liter)
WA 93-95

A barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color with an earthy/herbal nose of black cherry and blackberry notions plus scents of incense, dusty earth and menthol. Full-bodied, rich and very earthy in the mouth, it offers plush tannins and a long, layered finish.

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