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Telavi Wine Cellar Marani Saperavi 2017 (750 ml) Telavi Wine Cellar Marani Saperavi 2017 (750 ml)

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

Our Price: $10.49
Telavi Wine Cellar Marani Rkatseteli, Kakheti 2013 (750 ml) Telavi Wine Cellar Marani Rkatseteli, Kakheti 2013 (750 ml)

The Marani regional range expresses the colorful personality and diversity of Kakheti traditional wines, which have been adored for centuries by wine lovers. They are young, fresh and redolent, spotlighting the regional character and our determination to reflect the best of Kakhetiterroir and Alazani River Valley in particular.

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

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

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Brumont Chateau Montus Blanc Sec 2012 (750 ml) Brumont Chateau Montus Blanc Sec 2012 (750 ml)

WE 91

Alain Brumont likes to throw challenges at himself and this is one of them. Made from two really local grapes, Petit Courbu and Petit Manseng, this wine is dry and strongly oxidative. It has fascinating touches of honey, of yellow fruit, of spice and hints of toast from the wood aging in large barrels. The wine is now very mature and very ready to drink.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2016)

Our Price: $19.99
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2013 (750 ml) Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS 92

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

- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

Our Price: $22.49
Finca Decero The Owl and the Dust Devil 2015 (750 ml) Finca Decero The Owl and the Dust Devil 2015 (750 ml)

WA 91, WE 90

This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat is rich yet it well balanced. Its jammy berry aromas are creamy but also a touch reedy. On the palate, dark black fruit flavors show their herbal, peppery side. It finishes plush. Drink through 2021.

- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2018)

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

Our Price: $24.99
Telavi Wine Cellar Marani 'Satrapezo' Ice Wine 2013 (375 ml) Telavi Wine Cellar Marani 'Satrapezo' Ice Wine 2013 (375 ml)

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

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

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Bodegas Olivares Dulce Monastrell 2013 (500 ml) Bodegas Olivares Dulce Monastrell 2013 (500 ml)

WA 93

I've been waiting for a while to taste their sweet red. This time, I sampled the 2013 Dulce Monastrell, a wine that started the category of sweet Monastrell in Spain. They do long macerations in concrete vats, and the fermentation with indigenous yeasts is stopped, thus adding alcohol. It's bottled with 16% alcohol and 200 grams of sugar. The wine was bottled in June 2014, and they have been waiting to released it, as the wine is aged in bottle. It doesn't even see any oak. The nose is immediately recognizable as Olivares, with the signature aromas of sun-dried tomatoes and black olives intermixed with thyme, lavender and rosemary. The palate is juicy, soft and lush, with good balance between acidity and sweetness. 31,000 bottles produced.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)

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Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Riesling Spatlese Scharzhofberger 2015 (750 ml) Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Riesling Spatlese Scharzhofberger 2015 (750 ml)

WA 92+

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

- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)

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Petrolo Torrione Valdarno di Sopra, Tuscany 2015 (750 ml) Petrolo Torrione Valdarno di Sopra, Tuscany 2015 (750 ml)

JS 94, WS 91, WA 90

This is lean and taut, with cherry, leather, tobacco, earth and iron flavors. Leans to the dry side in the end, but has depth and character. Turns more elegant and complex with air. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2019 through 2025.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (March, 2018)

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

WS 92

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

- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2016)

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Azienda Agricola Cos 'Nero di Lupo' Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2015 (750 ml) Azienda Agricola Cos 'Nero di Lupo' Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2015 (750 ml)

Scents of violets and freshly cut herbs lead into this wine’s tangy flavors of blackberry and plum. It’s lively and fresh, with fruit-skin tannins that feel taut without impeding the juicy flavors. The wine gains density with air, picking up subtle notes of licorice and black pepper.

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Giorgio Pelissero Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 (750 ml)

WS 88

A dense version, yet expressing cherry, leather and tobacco flavors, backed by a firm structure. The tobacco note lingers, along with white pepper and spice notes. Best from 2019 through 2027.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2017)

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Dierberg Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2015 (750 ml) Dierberg Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WE 92

There is a lot of pent-up energy on the nose of this fresh and zesty bottling, which shows aromas of key lime, tangerine, wet stone and a hint of nectarine. The palate is overloaded with citrusy flavors, from Meyer lemon peel to grapefruit pith, but there is also baked-apple warmth at its core.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2018)

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Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 2007 (750 ml) Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 2007 (750 ml)

WE 91

Dry, leafy aromas of tobacco, herbs, wood smoke, raspberry and cherry are classic Rioja. This has a mature, smooth, silky feel to it, although acidity is present and accounted for. Flavors of spiced tomato, vanilla, berry, brine and tobacco finish earthy and loamy. Drink through 2019.

- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2014)

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Vina Alicia Malbec, Las Compuertas 2011 (750 ml) Vina Alicia Malbec, Las Compuertas 2011 (750 ml)

JS 92


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

- James Suckling (June, 2015)

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Telavi Wine Cellar Marani 'Satrapezo 10 Kvevri' Rkatsiteli 2013 (750 ml) Telavi Wine Cellar Marani 'Satrapezo 10 Kvevri' Rkatsiteli 2013 (750 ml)

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

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Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2016 (750 ml) Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2016 (750 ml)

JS 92, WS 92

Outstanding vintage. Elegant, fruity and fun. It makes you smile with pleasure making you understand with ease what you expect from the other wines. Deep ruby red color with purple hues. On the nose you get spices, green pepper and vanilla with forest fruit aromas. The palate is an elegant wine, balanced. Tannins give a feeling of freshness, long and sweet finish.

- James Suckling

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Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 2016 (750 ml) Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 2016 (750 ml)

JS 95

TOP 100 AUSTRALIAN WINESOF 2017 #69 - A decisive, confidently struck pinot that brims with youthful vibrance and plenty of brambly spicy overlay across ripe red and darker cherry fruits. The palate’s succulent, energetic and stacked with punchy cherry-fruit flavors. Tannins drive up through the finish.

- James Suckling (Jan, 2018)

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Meerlust Rubicon, Stellenbosch 2013 (750 ml) Meerlust Rubicon, Stellenbosch 2013 (750 ml)

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

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

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Bodegas Protos 27, Ribera del Duero 2015 (750 ml) Bodegas Protos 27, Ribera del Duero 2015 (750 ml)

WA 89, WE 88

Cherry and boysenberry flavors mingle with black olive and smoky notes in this plush red. Features light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity. A bit reserved, but balanced, with good depth. Drink now through 2024.

- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2018)

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Flechas de los Andes 'Gran Corte' 2012 (750 ml) Flechas de los Andes 'Gran Corte' 2012 (750 ml)

WA 91

Ripe, earthy and oaky, as if it was from a different era, the 2012 Gran Corte is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Syrah that matured in new French oak barrels for two years.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)

Our Price: $29.49
Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml)

WA 90

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

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

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Foley Estates Two Sisters Courtney's Vineyard Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills 2015 (750 ml) Foley Estates Two Sisters Courtney's Vineyard Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills 2015 (750 ml)

WE 92, WA 90

Tangy aromas of lemon curd meet with warmer touches of Marcona almonds and cider-laced popcorn on the dynamic nose of this bottling. The palate starts with a melted butter richness before tangy citrus peels and savory sea salts combine for a long finish, where both butterscotch and vanilla also make an appearance.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2017)

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Cantele Amativo 2015 (750 ml) Cantele Amativo 2015 (750 ml)

WS 89


Ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors are bright and brambly in this elegant, medium-bodied red, which offers light, taut tannins and notes of spice, aromatic herb and citrus lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2018)

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De Morgenzon DMZ Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2016 (750 ml) De Morgenzon DMZ Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2016 (750 ml)

WS 92

An alluring, rich style, with meringue, shortbread, lemon curd and creamed white peach flavors, laced with a hint of warm brioche throughout. A lovely example of the style. Drink now through 2020.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)

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

WA 92

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

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Rocca di Fabbri Sagrantino di Montefalco 2013 (750 ml) Rocca di Fabbri Sagrantino di Montefalco 2013 (750 ml)

A hint of eucalyptus meshes with plump cherry, seared mushroom and herbal black olive flavors in this polished red, while a note of ashy mineral and a core of tightly wound tannins hold sway on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2024.

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Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 2015 (750 ml) Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 2015 (750 ml)

JS 94, WE 92, WS 91

The M3 Chardonnay has evolved into a tight, refined style. It's medium-bodied and tart, with crisp acids that frame juicy citrus flavors. A subtle note of struck match marks the nose, alongside hints of orange zest.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)

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Foley Estates Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 2015 (750 ml) Foley Estates Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 2015 (750 ml)

WE 93

Plump red cherry, rust, dried sage, wild thyme and baking spices show on the nose of this top-end regional wine from Bill Foley. The palate shows cohesive well-woven flavors of strong red fruits, turned earth, brown spice, cracked pepper and a menthol-like finish. The acidity is perfect, the tannins soft but structural.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2018)

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2010 (375 ml) Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2010 (375 ml)

WS 94, WE 93, WA 93

There is a wonderful balance to this wine. It has ripe tropical fruit flavors that are spiced with ginger and lemon zest. At the same time, there is a fine structure with a botrytis core and freshness from pineapple acidity. Drink from 2017.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2014)

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La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande-de-Pomerol 2014 (750 ml) La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande-de-Pomerol 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90, JS 90

The 2014 La Fleur de Bouard has a detailed and quite intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and cedar aromas, an attractive floral scent that emerges with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, lively and crisp in the mouth, although the finish shuts everything down a little early. Therefore, give this Lalande de Pomerol three or four years in bottle to allow those tannins to mellow and just gain the charm of the aromatics.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2017)

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Brumont Chateau Montus, Madiran 2014 (750 ml) Brumont Chateau Montus, Madiran 2014 (750 ml)

WE 94


This is the latest release from this Madiran showpiece estate on steep vineyards surrounding a grand chateau. The wine is black, firm and full of tannins while allowing room for swathes of dark fruits and a bold structure.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2018)

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Cantina - Kellerei Tramin Selections 'Nussbaumer' Gewurztraminer Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige 2014 (750 ml) Cantina - Kellerei Tramin Selections 'Nussbaumer' Gewurztraminer Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige 2014 (750 ml)

WA 91+

The Cantina Tramin 2014 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Nussbaumer offers a bouquet that is so generous and opulent, it almost outsized the wine's petite frame. In fact, that delicate contrast is this wine's most interesting feature. Floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle are followed by drying mineral tones and tropical fruit. The wine shows balance and integrity.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (July, 2016)

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Andrew Murray Vineyards Roasted Slope Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley 2013 (750 ml) Andrew Murray Vineyards Roasted Slope Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 92


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

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

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Heartland Directors' Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml) Heartland Directors' Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

V 91

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

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Armando Piazzo Barbaresco 2015 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo Barbaresco 2015 (750 ml)

WE 90

Aromas of woodland berry, new leather and forest floor lead the nose. The savory palate offers red cherry, star anise and white pepper alongside polished tannins and fresh acidity.

-Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2018)

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Dog Point Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2015 (750 ml) Dog Point Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2015 (750 ml)

JS 96, WA 92

Aged in 40% new French oak, Dog Point's 2015 Pinot Noir is a pristine model of contained power. The cedary notes frame cola and black cherry fruit and channel it down the center of the fairway, a textbook drive designed to set up the second shot. That is to say, better things lay ahead for this medium-bodied wine, once it begins to evolve, loosen the shackles and spread out across the palate a bit. Give it a couple of years, then enjoy its silky-textured charms over the next 5-8 years.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2018)

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Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore 2012 (750 ml) Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore 2012 (750 ml)

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

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Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Petit Verdot 2013 (750 ml) Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Petit Verdot 2013 (750 ml)

V 91

Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, black raspberry, bitter chocolate and licorice on the nose. Suave, smooth and ripe in the mouth, showing subtle peppery lift and inner-mouth energy to the sweet dark berry, floral and licorice flavors. Balanced from the start but possesses the stuffing and structure to evolve gracefully; this wine will rely as much on its harmonious ripe acidity as on its fine-grained tannins for longevity. Finishes subtly sweet and long. Very classy Petit Verdot from Argentina.

- Vinous (March, 2016)

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WillaKenzie Estate 'Pierre Leon' Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2014 (750 ml) WillaKenzie Estate 'Pierre Leon' Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2014 (750 ml)

JS 92, WS 91, WE 91

Firm, sleek and focused, layering currant, blueberry and cream flavors with hints of pepper and cedar. Finishes with point and length. Best from 2018 through 2022.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)

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Azienda Agricola Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014 (750 ml) Azienda Agricola Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94+

This is a tremendous wine and is my favorite bottle in this excellent series. The 2014 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico reveals beautiful integrity and elegance with wild raspberry, blue flower and raw pistachio nut that is a bit sweet and salty at the same time. Buoyant and bright berry fruit takes center stage and although there are some post-fermentation aromas that might stick out to some experts, I embrace them as an integral part of this unique wine's distinctive personality. The bouquet is almost electric. It has many elements that recall a young Nebbiolo with powdered licorice, cola and dried ginger. I tasted this wine from vat and tasted it again as a finished product. The label has been restyled to boast one of the most distinctive and contemporary designs I have even seen in Italian wine.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (May, 2017)

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Ogier Gigondas Oratorio 2013 (750 ml) Ogier Gigondas Oratorio 2013 (750 ml)

WS 91

Lovely plum, kirsch and raspberry fruit cruises along, lined with anise notes and carried by a long, well-embedded graphite spine. Has perfume and purity.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator(Oct, 2015)

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

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

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Giovanni Rocca Bricco Ravera Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Giovanni Rocca Bricco Ravera Barolo 2013 (750 ml)

WE 91


Rose, eucalyptus, espresso and exotic spice aromas lead into a linear, structured palate offering sour cherry, pomegranate star anise and roasted coffee flavors in this wine. Close-grained tannins leave a firm, tight finish. Drink 2023–2033.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

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Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml) Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml)

WE 94, WS 92, WA 92


Refined and powerful, with concentrated flavors of green apple, ripe citrus and mineral that are deftly supported by fresh acidity. Hints of dried savory herbs show on the finish. Drink now through 2022.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)

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Ramey Syrah Sonoma Coast 2015 (750 ml) Ramey Syrah Sonoma Coast 2015 (750 ml)

V 91, WA 90


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


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

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EnRoute Les Brumaires - Les Brumeux Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml) EnRoute Les Brumaires - Les Brumeux Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WE 95

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2017)

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

WS 93

Fresh, with focus and intensity, this nonetheless elegant Champagne is finely knit and minerally, offering flavors of crunchy white peach, toast and lemon curd, accented by aromatic hints of cherry blossom, fresh tarragon and spice that linger on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2022.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2018)

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Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc 2014 (750 ml)

WE 92, WS 90

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

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Marani Satrapezo Saperavi 2014 (750 ml) Marani Satrapezo Saperavi 2014 (750 ml)

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

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Clau de Nell Anjou Cabernet Franc 2012 (750 ml) Clau de Nell Anjou Cabernet Franc 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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Rocca di Frassinello Maremma Toscana 2014 (750 ml) Rocca di Frassinello Maremma Toscana 2014 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS

Brooding and thick, the 2014 Maremma Toscana Rocca di Frassinello takes all the intensity of the vintage and pours it into the glass. That's saying a lot because this vintage infamously lacked in intensity overall, although you'd never know it here. Rocca di Frassinello makes good on the excellent environmental factors that contribute to this wine. There is the sunshine of Coastal Tuscany, the light sea breezes and the reddish Maremma soils. This Bordeaux blend born in Tuscany offers dark fruit aromas, savory spice and bitter chocolate. The tannins are soft, but the wine does deliver solid structure to keep it firmly stitched together.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)

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Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2014 (1.5 Liter) Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2014 (1.5 Liter)

V 92

Linear and loaded with finesse, this delicate, polished red opens with fragrant blue flower, berry and crushed herb scents. The bright, ethereal palate offers sour cherry, strawberry and a hint of baking spice, framed by silky tannins and vibrant acidity. Drink soon.

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

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Varner Wines Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 2013 (750 ml) Varner Wines Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 2013 (750 ml)

V 93, WA 90

Possessing plenty of kirsch liqueur, soy, toasted spice and earth, the 2013 Pinot Noir Hidden Blocks Spring Ridge Vineyard is a medium to full-bodied, ripe, nicely textured Pinot Noir. It has good acidity and present tannin, and should drink nicely for 5-7 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Bodegas Protos Reserva, Ribera del Duero 2013 (750 ml) Bodegas Protos Reserva, Ribera del Duero 2013 (750 ml)

GRAPE VARIETY Tempranillo 100 %

VINEYARDS More than 40 years old.

AGING 18 months in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels and 18 months in bottle.

COLOR Intense bright dark cherry color with garnet rim.

NOSE Powerful, black fruits with nice toasty notes, spicy, creamy oak, complex and elegant.

TASTE Powerful, flavorful, toasty, round tannins, good acidity, fruity and spicy. Good backbone and lingering finish.

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Pierre Amadieu Châteauneuf du Pape La Paillousse 2015(750 ml) Pierre Amadieu Châteauneuf du Pape La Paillousse 2015(750 ml)

WS 89

A light flash of herb leads off, followed by kirsch, blood orange, rooibos tea and singed cedar notes. Everything moves in unison through the elegant, focused finish. Drink now through 2025.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (2017)

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Jose Maria da Fonseca Domini Plus, Douro 2014 (750 ml) 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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Livon Eldoro Pignolo Colli Orientali del Friuli 2012 (750 ml) Livon Eldoro Pignolo Colli Orientali del Friuli 2012 (750 ml)

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

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Joh. Jos. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2014 (750 ml) Joh. Jos. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2014 (750 ml)

WS 92, WA 91

There are plenty of rich, smoky notes to the roasted peach, pear tart and baked pineapple flavors of this white. Fresh acidity is very lively into the finish, which offers slate and savory accents, and plenty of black currant tones. Drink now through 2030.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (April, 2017)

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Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan 2014 (750 ml)

JS 92, V 91

The 2014 Larrivet Haut-Brion is superb. Ripe red cherry, plum, spice, rose petal and savory herbs are neatly fused together. Succulent, fleshy and inviting, the 2014 is showing exceptionally well today. This supple, racy Pessac-Leognan should drink well right out of the gate.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir 2012 (750 ml) Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92


Medium in build and high in minerality, this fruity, dark-cherry wine is tethered by sizable oak and tannin. It finds its balance midway through, before offering a substantial finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)

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Lail Vineyards Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (750 ml) Lail Vineyards Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (750 ml)

WE 93

This barrel-fermented white is made from three stellar vineyard sites: Crocker, Farella and Rewa, the latter two in Coombsville. Philippe Melka makes the wine. Smooth, soft and floral, it has citrus-driven acidity that keeps it fresh in the glass against a backdrop of stunning complexity and lush texture.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2018)

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Bodegas Ramirez Rioja Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva 2010 (750 ml) Bodegas Ramirez Rioja Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva 2010 (750 ml)

JS 94, WE 90

Heavily roasted aromas of gamy berry fruits, herbs and coconutty oak settle on charred. This wine is bulky and a touch stewed and soupy in feel. Oaky flavors of chocolate, baked berry and cassis end with chocolaty oak on a finish that's heavy and lacking in verve. Drink through 2024.

- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2018)

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Mullan Road Cellars Red, Columbia Valley 2015 (750 ml) Mullan Road Cellars Red, Columbia Valley 2015 (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)

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Caduceus Cellars Dos Ladrones, Arizona 2014 (750 ml) Caduceus Cellars Dos Ladrones, Arizona 2014 (750 ml)

Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards 2014 Dos Ladrones is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Malvasia Bianca from Bonita Springs Vineyard, Graham County, Arizona. It has beautiful floral notes with crisp white fruit, pear, honeysuckle, gooseberry, and vanilla flavors. Think dreamy spring nights, chalked hopscotch next to a blooming bed of tulips.

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

WE 91

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

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2015)

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Milbrandt Vineyards Sentinel Northridge Vineyard 2009 (750 ml) Milbrandt Vineyards Sentinel Northridge Vineyard 2009 (750 ml)

WS 88

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

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2012)

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

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

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Bader Mimeur Chassagne Montrachet Red 2012 (750 ml) Bader Mimeur Chassagne Montrachet Red 2012 (750 ml)

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

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Patz and Hall Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2016 (750 ml) Patz and Hall Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2016 (750 ml)

WE 93

Rich and brooding with intensely perfumed oak, this is a layered white made from grapes grown throughout the appellation. It delivers medium-bodied weight and grip, with lush apple and gingersnap flavors.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2018)

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Familia Nin-Ortiz 'Planetes de Nin', Priorat 2014 (750 ml) Familia Nin-Ortiz 'Planetes de Nin', Priorat 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94


Similarly, the 2014 Planetes de Nin is a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena, but the percentages were reversed, 40% of the former and 60% of the later; they had taken some Garnacha for the amphora wine and therefore the Planetes has less of it. It's ripe, a little heady (15.5% alcohol) but with good freshness and acidity. It matured in two large oak foudres and amphorae for 17 months. It might not be your typical Porrera, because it's certainly a lot more elegant, perfumed and refined. The palate is equally elegant, with subtle minerality and great freshness.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Lail Vineyards Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2017 (750 ml) Lail Vineyards Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2017 (750 ml)

WS 93

Aromatic and distinctive, with rich notes of honeycomb, coconut oil and lanolin that give way to fresh apricot and mango flavors, freshened by a crisp jolt of acidity akin to a squeeze of lime juice. Despite the lush, refined flavors and smooth body, the finish is pure refreshment, lingering endlessly. Drink now.

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MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator (2018)

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Evening Land Silver Label 'Seven Springs Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml) Evening Land Silver Label 'Seven Springs Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2013 (750 ml)

WS 92

Crisp and tangy, with a mineral character running through the raspberry and cherry flavors at the core, coming together with harmony and structural tension on the vibrant finish. Best from 2017 through 2023.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)

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Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2014 (750 ml)

The color is deep garnet red. The bouquet has all the typical aromas of the grape Nebbiolo after the aging period provided by the process of production, showing the dried fruit, flowers, spices, sweets, and the typical delicate herbaceous aromas. In the mouth, the perfect balance between tannins, freshness and the alcoholic content, offer truly powerful sensations but absolutely elegant and pleasing. Good intensity and persistence put this wine one of the best expressions of the Langa.

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

WA 91, WS 90


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

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)

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Ruinart Brut Rose, Champagne NV (375 ml) Ruinart Brut Rose, Champagne NV (375 ml)

WS 93

This lovely rosé Champagne is harmonious and bright, featuring sleek acidity layered with the lacy mousse and an expressive range of white peach, ripe raspberry and pickled ginger flavors, with hints of smoke and biscuit. Elegant. Drink now through 2023.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2018)

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

WA 89

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Chateau De Fieuzal Pessac-Leognan 2014 (750 ml) Chateau De Fieuzal Pessac-Leognan 2014 (750 ml)

WE 95

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

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)

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Massaya Gold Reserve Rouge, Bekaa Valley 2011 (750 ml) Massaya Gold Reserve Rouge, Bekaa Valley 2011 (750 ml)

WA 91

The 2011 Gold Reserve is a 50/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre, plus 10% Syrah. All of the grapes were sourced from Haddath Baalbeck vineyard, at 950 meters, with vines varying in age (the Cabernet being the oldest at 30 to 40 years, the Mourvedre at 18-30 years and the Syrah the youngest at 10-18 years). It was aged for 16 months in an equal mixture of new and used French oak and comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Showing its oak a bit too much just now, this is nonetheless very good. The Mourvèdre and the Syrah combine to give this an earthy dimension, cutting the oak and adding some complexity as the wine airs out. Beautifully focused, it is both elegant and gripping. Yet, it is also impeccably balanced, even if it is a bit hard-edged just now. A couple of more years in the cellar wouldn't hurt (this is a late release, a current submission). Give this a chance to calm down and acquire some complexity. It should age well.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)

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Kale Wines Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvee, Sonoma County 2012 (750 ml) Kale Wines Kick Ranch Vineyard Home Run Cuvee, Sonoma County 2012 (750 ml)

WE 90

A mere youth, this blend of 68% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 2% Viognier needs time, suggesting a decant before enjoying. High-toned and juicy blueberry and blackberry remain shy on the palate, while the wine's more exotic handfuls of black licorice and tea are more pronounced, alongside a dark chocolate vibe and pinches of white pepper.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2015)

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Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2015 (750 ml) Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WA 93+, WE 93

The 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard bursts forth from the glass with vibrant white peach, pink grapefruit and yuzu aromas with underlying marzipan, orange blossom and honeyed toast hints. Light-bodied, with intense stone fruit and citrus flavors that punch above its weight, it has an electric backbone of freshness and long, minerally finish.

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

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Vatan Tinta de Toro 2015 (750 ml) Vatan Tinta de Toro 2015 (750 ml)

WS 92

This rich red leads off with smoky notes of espresso and tar, accenting a core of ripe currant, licorice and iron. The palate is dense, with muscular tannins and balsamic acidity. Austere but harmonious. Drink now through 2030.

- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2018)

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Dierberg Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 2015 (750 ml) Dierberg Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WE 94

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

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2018)

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Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016 (750 ml) Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016 (750 ml)

WA 94

About ten producers make wine in the Valmaggiore cru in Roero (many of whom are reviewed here), and these wines get better each year I return to taste them. The 2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is particularly beautiful, thanks to ideal growing conditions during that year. The Sandrone family counts 3.5 hectares in this location. As an alternative to Barolo, this wine presents a soft and graceful side of Nebbiolo with delicate fruit nuances and distinct mineral etchings. Indeed, the wine is almost salty in taste. The sandy soils of Valmaggiore contribute to shaping the wine's lively ruby appearance and those tangy wild berry aromas. This wine is only aged in neutral oak.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)

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La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande-de-Pomerol 2015 (750 ml) La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande-de-Pomerol 2015 (750 ml)

WE 93, WA 92

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard opens with gorgeous crushed black plums, cassis and blackberry pie with touches of baking spices and lavender plus menthol hints. The full-bodied mouth is rich and concentrated with some cedar notes, very spicy, plush and voluptuous with a long finish.

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

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Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2015 (750 ml) Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2015 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 91

Strawberry-rhubarb flavors are fresh and vibrant, with notes of tomato leaf and toasted walnut. Sleek and juicy on the finish, finishing with a sense of polish. Drink now through 2027.

- MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2017)

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Terre Nere Campigli Vallone, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 (750 ml) Terre Nere Campigli Vallone, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 (750 ml)

JS 93, WE 92, V 91

Fragrant and refined, this offers aromas of Mediterranean brush, rosemary, violet, woodland berry and a whiff of dark spice. The juicy savory palate gives layers of succulent wild cherry, black raspberry, clove and star anise while polished tannins provide a lithe framework. Drink through 2022.

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

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Bodegas LAN Edicion Limitada 2015 (750 ml) Bodegas LAN Edicion Limitada 2015 (750 ml)

JS 93, WS 90

This bold red shows blackberry, boysenberry and plum flavors, backed by licorice, cocoa and sandalwood notes. Firm tannins and citrusy acidity keep this balanced. In the modern style. Drink now through 2030.

- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2018)

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Alfred Gratien Brut, Champagne NV (750 ml) 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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Felsina Berardenga Vin Santo Chianti Classico 2006 (375 ml) Felsina Berardenga Vin Santo Chianti Classico 2006 (375 ml)

WA 94

The 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico represens a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia del Chianti that is aged in small oak barrels called caratelli for seven long years. This is a beautiful expression that is not too sweet or heavy. Indeed, it offers a noticeable level of elegance and sophistication that you don't always find in this category of dessert wine from central Italy. The bouquet shows candied fruit, honey, brown sugar and grilled herb. Fèlsina produces 9,000 bottles of this wine, making it one of the biggest producers of Vin Santo in the Chianti Classico area.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc 2015 (750 ml)

WE 93

Barrel Sample. With structured tannins and red berry notes, this is already showing an elegant structure. It is the fruit that sings here, gently supported by the fine, dusty tannins.

- Roger Voss Wine Enthusiast, (April, 2016)

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Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2016 (750 ml) Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2016 (750 ml)

WE 91, WA 91, WS 91


This is a rich, layered wine offering sizable notions of oak within a powerful backdrop of Meyer lemon, melon and apple. It has dense concentration and richness that finds balance in underlying acidity and a mineral tease of crushed rock.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2018)

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

V 91, WS 90, IWC 90

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

- Vinous

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Yatir Red Blend, Judean Hills 2015 (750 ml) Yatir Red Blend, Judean Hills 2015 (750 ml)

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

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Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2015 (750 ml) Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2015 (750 ml)

The 2015 growing season got off to an early start with bud break before the end of March (two weeks early) and flowering in early June. The warm growing season resulted in the earliest harvest ever for our estate vineyard, beginning on September 5th and wrapping up by the 19th (before we would even start in a “normal” year!).

As would be expected from a warm year, the 2015 wines offer plenty of rich, concentrated forward fruit flavors and aromas. What is a bit surprising though is the balance and underlying structure that supports the fruit. They are ripe wines with nerve and freshness, making them very complete and compelling packages.

The grapes come from 4 of our 8 blocks of Pinot nor, planted in 1998 and 1999. A little over half comes from blocks planted to the “old school” Oregon selections (30% Wadensvil and 22% Pommard) with the balance comprising two of the newer Dijon selections (37% 115 and 11% 114). This diversity of elevation, aspect, and selection (along with a high single digit dose of whole clusters) contributes nuance and complexity to make this one of the most intriguing renditions or our flagship estate Pinot to date!

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Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2015 (750 ml) Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2015 (750 ml)

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

Standing in stark contrast to the leaner, racier 2014, it celebrates the diversity of vintage that we are blessed (and sometimes cursed!) with here in the Willamette Valley. Enjoy some of this hedonistic young wine now, but put some away to watch it gain sophistication with age.

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Armando Piazzo Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo Barolo 2013 (750 ml)

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

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Alfred Gratien Brut Rose, Champagne NV (750 ml) 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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Sauska 'Cuvee 7' Red, Villany 2012 (750 ml) Sauska 'Cuvee 7' Red, Villany 2012 (750 ml)

JS 91


Each blend is numbered using a prime number, meaning that it is only divisible by one and itself. This represents the uniqueness of Sauska’s wines. The lower the number, the higher the quality. A bold wine with soft, sweet tannins and flavors of ripe forest fruits. Intense aromas of black berries are backed by tobacco and coffee notes. The finish is long. Enjoy with classic French cuisine.

47% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 10% Syrah

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Vietti Vigna Scarrone Barbera d'Alba 2015 (750 ml) Vietti Vigna Scarrone Barbera d'Alba 2015 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS 93

The 2015 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Vecchia Scarrone is a beautifully crafted and accessible wine made with fruit from a historic vineyard. Luca Currado opted not to make Barbera in the difficult 2014 vintage. This wine opens to immediate density and richness. It shows succulent aromas of blackberry, spice, tar and dark plum that build the wine's soaring aromatic profile. Earthy tones of forest floor and black truffle also appear. The mouthfeel is on the soft side (of the Barbera spectrum) and there is a playful point of sweetness as well.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)

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St. Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2015 (750 ml) St. Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WA 90+

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is scented of cedar, cigars, cassis, earth, dried herbs and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied with firm, grainy tannins, it offers a good core of pure fruit, finishing long.

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

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Giovanni Viberti Barolo Buon Padre 2013 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo Buon Padre 2013 (750 ml)

WS 93, JS 93

This red shimmers with licorice, cherry, tar and mineral aromas and flavors. A bit heady, but expressive, with plenty of buried cherry notes at the core. Fresh and lightly chewy on the long finish. Best from 2021 through 2036.

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

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Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 (750 ml) Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 (750 ml)

WE 93, WA 91, V 91


Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Lucienne Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard has a very earthy nose of mossy bark, damp soil and fungi over a core of black cherries and black raspberries, plus a hint of black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with gregarious black and red fruit preserves-inspired flavors, supported by fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with perfumed hints.

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

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Poggiopiano Chianti Classico la Tradizione 2007 (750 ml) Poggiopiano Chianti Classico la Tradizione 2007 (750 ml)

WS 92

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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2013)

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Bergstrom Wines Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml) Bergstrom Wines Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml)

WS 91, WE 90

Floral and expressive raspberry and violet aromas open to polished and delicately layered pomegranate, anise and spice flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2023.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)

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Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2016 (750 ml) Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2016 (750 ml)

V 92, WA 90


(42% new French oak) Light, bright ruby. Intense red and dark berry, vanilla and peppery spice aromas show excellent focus and are complicated by suggestions of cola and mocha. Appealingly sweet, concentrated and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with aeration. In a rich yet lively style, with smooth tannins adding gentle grip to a very long smoke- and spice-accented finish.

- Vinous

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Colene Clemens Vineyards 'Adriane' Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2014 (750 ml) Colene Clemens Vineyards 'Adriane' Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2014 (750 ml)

WA 93+

Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Adriane has a meaty/broody character with notes of black raspberries, black cherries and red plums plus touches of violets, forest floor and Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied, this is firmly structured with a solid foundation of grainy, ripe tannins and racy acid supporting the muscular fruit, finishing long and earthy. It should age beautifully!

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

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Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml)

WS 90

Pure, rich and zesty, with vibrant, snappy apple, pear and honeydew flavors. Flinty minerality lends this a distinctive quality. Drink now through 2022.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)

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Herman Story Nuts & Bolts Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2015 (750 ml) Herman Story Nuts & Bolts Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2015 (750 ml)

WA 94, V 93

Bright purple. Powerful, mineral- and spice-accented black and blue fruit scents show impressive clarity and pick up a sexy incense nuance as the wine opens up. Sweet, palate-coating boysenberry and cherry compote flavors reveal hints of licorice and candied flowers. Impressively rich yet vibrant, finishing on a juicy blue fruit note with youthful tannins and superb, smoky persistence.

- Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Nov, 2017)

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Herman Story On The Road Grenache, Santa Barbara County 2013 (750 ml) Herman Story On The Road Grenache, Santa Barbara County 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93, V 92, WE 91

Checking in as 100% Grenache, the 2013 On The Road (Grenache) was half destemmed and brought up in 65% new and 35% neutral French oak. It offers up a perfumed bouquet of kirsch and black raspberry fruits, crushed rocks, spice and dried earth in a full-bodied, supple, balanced and delicious style. It has a kick of savory tannin to integrate, but it's already approachable and should offer tons of pleasure over the coming 4-5 years.

Pulling from a number of sites spread throughout the Central Coast, Herman Story’s Russell From makes unabashedly Californian wines that make the most of the beautiful fruit that makes California so special. These are not for those craving tiny, mid-weight efforts and they have rocking textures, tons of fruit and most importantly, always remain a joy to drink. These are gorgeous wines.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)

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Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2014 (750 ml) Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2014 (750 ml)

JS 92, WA 90+

The 2014 La Pointe has a composed, truffle and smoke tinged bouquet that opens nicely in the glass, touches of incense emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, fine tannin and well-judged acidity. This is refined and poised, displaying commendable energy and harmony towards the finish that begs you back for another sip. This is a well-made La Pointe from Eric Monnoret, a Pomerol that seems to be improving now that it is in bottle

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2017)

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Les Cretes Cuvee Bois Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml) Les Cretes Cuvee Bois Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml)

V 93, WE 89

Toasted oak, butter and ripe apple aromas emerge in the glass. The aromas carry over to the medium-bodied palate along with apricot jam and a hint of ginger. Drink through 2021.


- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2018)

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Caduceus Cellars Nagual de La Naga, Arizona 2013 (750 ml) Caduceus Cellars Nagual de La Naga, Arizona 2013 (750 ml)

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

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Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml) Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml)

WA 94, WS 92, WE 92

One of three Chardonnays I tasted and one of two single-vineyard ones, the 2016 Bramare Marchiori Estate Chardonnay has been produced for longer and is sourced from 20-year-old vines in the Marchiori Vineyard that belongs to the family of one of the ex-owners of Viña Cobos, in Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo. Since they decided not to filter the two top Chardonnays in 2016, this might show a little cloudy, but at the same time, it shows more complexity, combining volume with great elegance. This feels very complete. They have started harvesting a little earlier, and that seems to have been something they liked and are going to continue doing here and in other wines. As with the other wines, they are also lowering the percentage of new oak used and are introducing 500-liter barrels, which have a different ratio of wood to wine. It's clean, characterful and very tasty, with good concentration from older vines.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)

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Purple Hands Holstein Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2016 (750 ml) Purple Hands Holstein Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2016 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS 91, WE 91

Precise and well-structured, with deep black cherry, tea and stony mineral notes that build toward broad-shouldered tannins. Drink now through 2024.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)

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Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2016 (750 ml) Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2016 (750 ml)

WA 92


Cheesy fermentative overtones give way to a site-typical amalgam of fresh apple garlanded in honeysuckle and heliotrope. This is another of those Prüm Kabinetts that is watery in a positive sense of that word, combining watercolor-like transparency and wash of flavor with delicacy and refreshment. As with the corresponding Graacher, the finishing sense of wet stone and floral perfume is striking, and here a mouthwatering hint of salinity adds significantly to the appeal.


- Vinous (2018)

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Clos de l'Oratoire, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml) Clos de l'Oratoire, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml)

JS 93, WS 92, WA 91

Shows lovely fruit, with waves of blueberry, plum and boysenberry compote rolling over each other. The polished structure is well-embedded, while the finish lets a graphite note peek out. Emphasizes purity rather than extraction. Best from 2018 through 2028.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Pillow Road Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml) Pillow Road Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2014 (750 ml)

The 2014 Pillow Road Pinot Noir exemplifies the vineyard and the true varietal expression of Pinot Noir. Fresh aromas of wild berries, bing cherry and cola are complimented with notes of violet and cinnamon spice. The palate is soft and elegant with sweet tannins and lively acidity that provide for a balanced and structured wine capable of long-term aging.

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Seghesio Family Vineyards Rockpile Zinfandel 2014 (750 ml) Seghesio Family Vineyards Rockpile Zinfandel 2014 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 92

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Spectator (May, 2017)

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Montepeloso Eneo Toscana IGT 2014 (750 ml) Montepeloso Eneo Toscana IGT 2014 (750 ml)

WS 90

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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)

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Lynmar Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2016 (750 ml) Lynmar Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2016 (750 ml)

WE 93

This delicious appellation wine is a tremendous testament to all it has to offer, from juicy strawberry and blueberry fruit to savory edges of black tea and cardamom. It excels in its depth of evolved flavor and complex balance and approachability.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2018)

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Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2016 (750 ml) Hahn Family Wines Lucienne Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2016 (750 ml)

V 93


Light bright ruby. Highly perfumed, smoke-accented aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and cherry cola are complemented by hints of potpourri and vanilla. Seamless and fleshy in the mouth, offering sweet dark berry, bitter cherry, candied rose and vanilla flavors and a suggestion of spicecake. Expands steadily on the impressively long, smoky finish, which features harmonious tannins and resonating florality.

- Vinous

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Cherry Pie Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml) Cherry Pie Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)

WA 91, WS 90, WE 90

The 2014s, which will be released next year, all look strong and of similar quality to their 2013 counterparts. The fruit is ripe, the texture is terrific and they are gorgeous Pinot Noirs

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Purple Hands Stoller Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml) Purple Hands Stoller Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml)

WS 92

Dark and well-built, with savory black cherry, violet and spicy clove accents that take on complexity and a hint of mineral toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)

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Darioush 'Caravan' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Darioush 'Caravan' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

A classically-styled round, supple and sleek red blend – 2014 Caravan is the first vintage to highlight higher proportions of Merlot. The resulting profile is ripe and decadent with palate-pleasing notes of juicy plum, raspberry and flourless chocolate cake. Cabernet Sauvignon, the lion’s share of the blend, adds layers of complexity and an ideal balance between sweet and savory elements. It’s supple yet firm and polished tannin is complemented by dark, spicy notes of black currant and cinnamon; Caravan has a youthful energy that would reward several years of aging.

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

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Freeman Vineyards & Winery Ryo-fu Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml) Freeman Vineyards & Winery Ryo-fu Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml)

WA 91, WS 90

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

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

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Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml) Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml)

WS 88

A balanced, easy-drinking Amarone, with lightly chewy tannins framing the kirsch and mandarin orange peel flavors and smoky dark chocolate and spice notes. Fresh, open-knit finish. Drink now through 2021.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2018)

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Eric et Joel Durand Cornas Empreintes 2014 (750 ml) Eric et Joel Durand Cornas Empreintes 2014 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 91

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

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)

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Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2010 (750 ml) Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2010 (750 ml)

WA 93

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

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)

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

WA 90, WS 90

Another rich, honeyed style of wine fermented and aged in 100% new French oak is the 2013 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch. This has a light gold, greenish-hued color and plenty of white peach, honeysuckle and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, with outstanding purity, richness and length, it should keep nicely for 3-4 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml) Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)

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.

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Weingut Gottardi Mazzon Blauburgunder Sudtirol, Trentino-Alto Adige 2014 (750 ml) Weingut Gottardi Mazzon Blauburgunder Sudtirol, Trentino-Alto Adige 2014 (750 ml)

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

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

JS 96, WE 94, V 92, WA 92

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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Madrigal Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Madrigal Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

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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Domaine Laroche Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes, Chablis Premier Cru 2015 (750 ml) Domaine Laroche Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes, Chablis Premier Cru 2015 (750 ml)

WS 90

Rich, featuring peach, apple and pastry flavors. Offers plenty of juicy acidity. The finish lingers, with harmony and a buried mineral element. Drink now through 2020. 150 cases imported.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)

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Titus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml) Titus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)

JS 91

Concentrated aromas of blueberry, Marionberry, cassis, slate, sandalwood, nutmeg and oak are apparent right from the get-go. Rich and balanced on the palate, luscious cherry / blackberry compote, brambleberry pie, cacao nib, spicy herbs and brulee give way to a long finish rife with tobacco and chocolate notes. Excellent now, and in the years to come.

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Marchesi Antinori Castello della Sala 'Cervaro della Sala' 2015 (750 ml) Marchesi Antinori Castello della Sala 'Cervaro della Sala' 2015 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS 91

This is a beautiful wine that consistently outperforms vintage variation. In other words, it maintains very high quality despite the many troubles Mother Nature can throw its way. This was an easy vintage with a hot summer and plumper, richer aromas as a result. The 2015 Cervaro della Sala is robust and exuberant with bold fruit flavors and soft renderings of roasted almond, Umbrian saffron and spice. I loved the cooler and more delicate 2014 vintage, but I also adore this more powerful version from 2015.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)

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Trefethen Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District 2015 (750 ml) Trefethen Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District 2015 (750 ml)

WE 95

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2018)

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Poggio le Coste Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Poggio le Coste Barolo 2013 (750 ml)

Deep garnet-red with orange reflections. Slightly floral notes of dried rose and violet, layered over a core of black tea and tobacco. Dry, elegantly austere and with soft tannins that accent dried chery and orange notes emerging in the lingering finish.

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Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco "Nubiola" 2015 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco "Nubiola" 2015 (750 ml)

WS 92

Marked by new oak, in an attractive way, this red delivers coconut, vanilla and spice notes over cherry, tar and underbrush flavors. Shows an extra layer of tannins that needs to be resolved. Best from 2022 through 2036.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (March, 2019)

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Silvano Bolmida Bussia Vigne dei Fantini, Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia Vigne dei Fantini, Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WS 93

A floral aroma introduces this delicate red, whose cherry and leather flavors are ripe. Balanced overall, with sweet fruit, floral and light savory notes that linger on the aftertaste. Not a typical Barolo, this is more lacy in texture. Decant now or age for a few more years. Best from 2018 through 2029.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)

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Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon 2013 (750 ml) 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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Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml) Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml)

WA 91-93, WS 91


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

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Cedar Knoll Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Cedar Knoll Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

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

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Musella Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (750 ml) Musella Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (750 ml)

WE 91

Aromas of exotic spice, baked plum, leather and menthol lead the nose along with a whiff of crushed purple flower. The smooth hearty palate delivers mature blackberry, prune, cinnamon and pipe tobacco while velvety tannins provide seamless support.


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

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Ceretto Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Ceretto Barolo 2014 (750 ml)

V 91

Ceretto's 2014 Barolo offers lovely depth and fleshiness for the year. Silky tannins and a translucent expression of fruit give the wine tons of appeal. Dried cherry, rose petal, cedar, cinnamon and tobacco are finely knit in this very pretty, polished entry-level Barolo from Ceretto – and the more it sits in the glass, the prettier it gets. In 2014, Alessandro Ceretto did not bottle his Barolos from Brunate or Bricco Rocche, as he did not feel those wines were fully expressive of site. Instead, they were blended into the straight Barolo.

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Varner Pinot Noir Spring Ridge Vineyard Picnic Block 2013 (750 ml) Varner Pinot Noir Spring Ridge Vineyard Picnic Block 2013 (750 ml)

WA 90

The 2013 Pinot Noir Neely Picnic Block comes from loamy, porous sedimentary soils and spent 12 months in 25% new French oak. It offers lots of cinnamon, clove, black cherries and forest floor aromas and flavors in its rich, medium to full-bodied, forward and juicy style. It's another Pinot Noir that I suspect is best drunk over the coming 4-5 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Domaine des Baumard Savennieres Trie Speciale 2010 (750 ml) Domaine des Baumard Savennieres Trie Speciale 2010 (750 ml)

WA 93+, WE 93

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

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

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Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco 2012 (750 ml) Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco 2012 (750 ml)

WS 93


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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)

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

WE 93

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)

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Melville Estate Small Lot Collection Sandy's Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml) Melville Estate Small Lot Collection Sandy's Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml)

WA 95, WE 95

Kirsch, dried flowers, dried soils, and spice box flow from the silky, pure, polished and elegant 2014 Pinot Noir Sandy’s, which saw 30% whole cluster during fermentation and 14 months in neutral barrels. I love its complexity, as well as its seamless, silky texture, and while it’s already hard to resist, it will evolve beautifully through 2024.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)

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Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2010 (750 ml) Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2010 (750 ml)

The different structures of the three vineyards weave together to create a rich, dense, balanced, plush and creamy wine. Ripe, dark fruits meld with flowers, smoke, licorice, tar and mineral as this fresh and vinous red opens up in the glass. There is a wonderful purity and sheer density to the fruit that caresses the palate all the way through to the round, engaging finish. A gorgeous wine.

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EnRoute Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml EnRoute Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml

WS 89

Offers a mix of spice, anise, loamy earth and dark berry flavors, firm and chewy, with assertive tannins that add to the texture. Drink now through 2025.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2018)

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

WS 93

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

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2013)

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Gundlach-Bundschu Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml) Gundlach-Bundschu Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WE 90

Rich, smoky cassis, raspberry and cherry flavors define this estate wine. It's lush, round, powerful and full-bodied, with moderate structure and oak, seasoned with cinnamon and chocolate notes.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, (Aug, 2017)

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Farnese Edizione Cinque Autoctoni, Abruzzo 2014 (750 ml) Farnese Edizione Cinque Autoctoni, Abruzzo 2014 (750 ml)

From five autochtonous grapes – hence the name. The vintage is undeclared on the label. The number on the label represents the number of years since the wine’s first release (1999). The reason for this, is that the blend’s five autochthonous (“cinque autoctoni”) grapes actually come from two different regions, Puglia and Abruzzo. Thus, labeling regulations require it to be a “non-vintage” wine. “We wanted to prove it was possible to achieve nobility by using only the incredible range of native grapes our country has to offer,” Valentino confides

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Renteria First Cut Red 2015 (750 ml) Renteria First Cut Red 2015 (750 ml)

WA 91

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

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

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

WE 93, WS 92

A bright and harmonious version, with a thread of citrus and spice unraveling through the generous raspberry and mulberry fruit, while supple tannins and a hint of tar focus the finish. Drink now through 2028.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (March, 2018)

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

WS 91

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

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2014)

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Failla Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 2015 (750 ml) Failla Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 2015 (750 ml)

V 93, WS 92

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

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2017)

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Silvano Bolmida Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)

WS 93


Rose, cherry and strawberry aromas define this elegant red, whose flavors pick up hints of wild herbs, eucalyptus and mineral. Linear in profile and stretched taut, with a long finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2017)

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Ferrari-Carano Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Ferrari-Carano Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml)

WA 91, WS 91


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

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

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Villa Al Cortile, Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (750 ml) Villa Al Cortile, Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (750 ml)

WE 91, JS 91

Aromas of red-skinned berry, tobacco and underbrush emerge from the glass. The juicy palate reveals bright red cherry, clove and star anise alongside fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)

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Peter Franus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Peter Franus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

JS 92, V 91, WS 90

Flavors of roasted plum and blackberry are at the core of this juicy, supple effort, which shows dusty, savory notes amid the ample dark fruit. Best from 2019 through 2029.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)

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

WA 92-93


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

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Estate Argyros Vin Santo 4 Year Barrel Aged, Santorini, Greece 2009 (500 ml) Estate Argyros Vin Santo 4 Year Barrel Aged, Santorini, Greece 2009 (500 ml)

93 Points Decanter

The tension on the finish is remarkable. The acidity is often thrilling, but never shrill. The sugar, fruit and acidity are actually in excellent balance. This vivacious Vinsanto just grips the palate, lifting the fruit flavor and making it linger. It is also pretty delicious on that juicy finish, laced with caramel, apricots and baked peach.

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Chateau Gloria, Saint-Julien 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Gloria, Saint-Julien 2014 (750 ml)

WS 91

A grippy style, with a pleasantly rugged edge to the copious brambly tannins that push the core of plum and blackberry reduction along. Lots of licorice snap and tobacco notes show on the finish, which offers persistent grip. Delivers more guts than polish, but will age solidly.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Il Borro Toscana Rosso 2015 (750 ml) Il Borro Toscana Rosso 2015 (750 ml)

JS 97


Tucked away in the foothills of the Apennines in eastern Tuscany, Il Borro was completely renovated and reinvented in 1995 by Ferruccio Ferragamo, president and CEO of Salvatore Ferragamo. Suckling flipped for this gorgeous red: “This is the best Il Borro to date with fantastic blackberry, blueberry and sandalwood aromas that follow through to a full body with masses of fruit. Yet, it remains bright and linear down the center palate. A rich and toned wine. 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet and 15% Syrah. From organically grown grapes. Needs four or five years to come around.

- James Suckling

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Mastroberardino Radici, Taurasi 2013 (750 ml) Mastroberardino Radici, Taurasi 2013 (750 ml)

V 92

Good dark red-ruby. Exotic, very pure, perfumed aromas of dried red cherry, plum nectar, licorice and Asian spices. Supple and sweetly spicy, showing very good energy and outstanding focus to the cool, suave red fruit flavors. The expressive finish features noteworthy energy and refinement.

- Ian D'Agata, Vinous

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Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2013 (750 ml) Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2013 (750 ml)

WE 91, WS 91, WA 90

Dark and brooding, with bold licorice and wild berry aromas and burly, layered flavors of blackberry, smoky cracked pepper and dark Asian spice. The tannins firm up on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2024.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)

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Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml) Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml)

WE 94

This is a perennially impressive wine, floral in a heady perfume of white roses. Fresh and fleshy, the expansive palate offers concentrated flavors of kiwi and pineapple. The wine was largely fermented in oak, then aged just over a year in French oak (75% new). It holds the oak well, ending bright in juicy acidity.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2018)

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

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)

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La Spinetta 'Pin' Monferrato Rosso, Piedmont 2013 (750 ml) La Spinetta 'Pin' Monferrato Rosso, Piedmont 2013 (750 ml)

A full-bodied red with firm, chewy tannins and lots of dark-chocolate, ripe-fruit and spice undertones. Lots of fruit and flavor. Blend of barbera and nebbiolo.

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

WS 92

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

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2014)

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Armando Piazzo Barbaresco Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo Barbaresco Riserva 2012 (750 ml)

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

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Melville Estate Block M Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml) Melville Estate Block M Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml)

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

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Schloss Johannisberg Grunlack Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau 2015 (750 ml) Schloss Johannisberg Grunlack Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau 2015 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 93

Fermented at 50% in 1,200-liter oak barrels, the 2015 Schloss Johannisberger Grünlack Riesling Spätlese opens with a very clear and piquant lemon and stony flavor, with yellow stone fruit and lactic aromas (of burnt milk) in the background. Very complex. On the palate, this 2015 Spätlese is piquant and creamy, very fresh and pure, with a remarkable acidity (of nine grams per liter) which balanced the 77 grams of residual sugar perfectly. This is a very finesse-full and stimulating Spätlese with mineral grip and tension. Gorgeous.

- Stephen Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Chateau Doisy-Vedrines, Sauternes 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Doisy-Vedrines, Sauternes 2015 (750 ml)

WS 94, WE 4, WA 93-95

Richer in style than the typical Barsac, with notes of almond cream and orange curd along with honeysuckle, white peach and toasted pineapple flavors. The long, unctuous finish lets the almond hint linger longest. Best from 2020 through 2040.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2018)

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Finca Carlos Pulenta Vistalba A 2015 (750 ml) Finca Carlos Pulenta Vistalba A 2015 (750 ml)

WA 92

The pricey 2015 Corte A is pretty impressive. A blend of 70% Malbec, 14% Bonarda (both planted in 1948) and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% of them new. It's a modern, ripe, clean and generously oaked wine, with good balance and tasty flavors. It should age harmoniously in bottle. 18,000 bottles produced.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)

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

WS 90


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

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2014)

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Daou Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (750 ml) Daou Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (750 ml)

WA 91-93+

Tasted from barrel, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reveals lavish aromas of black plums, incense and asphalt, followed by a full-bodied, layered and richly tannic palate, with an abundance of ripe, fine-grained tannins and a deep, concentrated core of fruit. This has all the elements to show very well indeed from bottle.

- William Kelley, Wine Advocate (May, 2018)

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Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto 2013 (750 ml) Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto 2013 (750 ml)

WS 91

Dried strawberry and violet notes are layered with supple tannins in this medium-bodied Amarone, underscored by accents of wild herb, singed orange peel and wood smoke that linger on the silky finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)

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

WS 92

Intriguing, with an overt mint, sage and savory lead-in followed by a reserved core of red currant, loganberry and raspberry fruit flavors. Pure and racy in feel, with light bramble and apple wood notes scoring the very end. Lovely energy and range, albeit in a cooler, more herb-inflected style. Drink now through 2028.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (2018)

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Domaine Roy & Fils 'Maison Roy Incline' Pinot Noir, Oregon 2014 (750 ml) Domaine Roy & Fils 'Maison Roy Incline' Pinot Noir, Oregon 2014 (750 ml)

WS 93

Supple, open-textured, ripe and graceful, rolling out plum, currant, wet earth and spice flavors with finesse. Lingers pleasantly. Drink now through 2024.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectatr (Feb, 2017)

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Binomio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2014 (750 ml) Binomio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2014 (750 ml)

WE 89

As a joint venture between Sabato di Properzio of Fattoria La Valentina in Abruzzo and Stefano Inama of Inama Azienda Agricola in Soave, this bottling starts off with aromas of sweet tobacco leaf and anise over a lightly spiced cherry core. The medium-bodied palate shows a solid intensity of tart cherry and currant, with a mineral twang and medium-grained tannins.

- Alexander Peartree, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2018)

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De Toren Fusion V 2014 (750 ml) De Toren Fusion V 2014 (750 ml)

WE 91, WS 90

Polished, with an alluring mocha note weaving around the core of steeped cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. Coffee and tobacco details underscore the finish, which is fleshy and suave in feel. Drink now through 2020.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (May, 2017)

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Tenute Folonari Cabreo Il Borgo Toscana 2015 (750 ml) Tenute Folonari Cabreo Il Borgo Toscana 2015 (750 ml)

WS 92

This red follows a savory, earthy and minerally line, offering leather, wild scrub, iron and tobacco flavors. Focused and muscular, with a saline persistence. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2021 through 2033.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)

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

JS 91, WE 90

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

- James Suckling (Nov, 2015)

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Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) 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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Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova 2012 (750 ml) Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92, WS 92

Underbrush, herb and woodland berry aromas take center stage in this fragrant red. The full-bodied palate deals morello cherry, cranberry and licorice, alongside firm, refined tannins. Drink through 2018–2023.

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

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Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro Toscana 2011 (750 ml) Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro Toscana 2011 (750 ml)

WS 94, WA 94

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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2015)

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Mayacamas Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Mayacamas Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

17.5 Jancis Robinson

Lovely purity throughout. Notes of ripe berries, crushed rocks, with a mix of fresh herbs and exotic spices. Nicely focused, mouth-watering and lengthy. Delicious.

- Elaine Chukan Brown, Jancis Robinson (June, 2016)

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Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Malbec, Vista Flores 2013 (750 ml) Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Malbec, Vista Flores 2013 (750 ml)

WS 93, JS 93, V 91

Deep, rich and lushly spiced, with powerful flavors of dark plum, dried blackberry, licorice and dark currant that are framed by medium-grained tannins. Minerally and creamy midpalate, offering a long finish of slate and dark chocolate. Drink now through 2023.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2017)

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Marcarini Brunate, Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Marcarini Brunate, Barolo 2014 (750 ml)

WS 91, WE 90

Like a garden after rain, this smells like mint, floral, dusty cherry and wet earth. Licorice and sandalwood notes chime in as this builds to a lingering aftertaste. Elegantly rustic, in a traditional style.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2019)

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Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml) Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml)

WS 93, WE 91


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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

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Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2014 (750 ml) Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2014 (750 ml)

V 94, WA 91


The 2014 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone is a deep and complete wine. Only 10,000 bottles were produced in order for the winery to keep momentum going (and not skip a vintage) despite severely reduced yields in 2014. The wine is silky and elegant with bright berry nuances of dried raspberry and cherry. It closes with balsam intensity followed by grilled herb and licorice. Asinone is 100% Sangiovese.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2018)

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Fattoria di Magliano Perenzo Toscana 2012 (750 ml) Fattoria di Magliano Perenzo Toscana 2012 (750 ml)

WE 89

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

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

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Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml) Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (750 ml)

WE 91

Bittersweet at first, with sizable tannins, this Cab also contains 13.8% Petit Verdot. Red and black berries give it a juicy palate atop dusty, chalky tannins and a richness of leather and clove on the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2016)

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Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2009 (750 ml) Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2009 (750 ml)

WA 91, JS 91, V 91

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

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

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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Barberani Calcaia Muffa Nobile Dolce Orvieto Classico Superiore 2014 (500 ml) Barberani Calcaia Muffa Nobile Dolce Orvieto Classico Superiore 2014 (500 ml)

WA 94+

The words Muffa Nobile have been taken off the front label, although this vintage sees full Botrytis Cinerea, just like in past years. The delicious 2014 Orvieto Classico Superiore Calcaia (500 milliliters) is a fabulous dessert wine from Umbria and one that I highly recommend. The wine is so robust and generous, it sails clear past any problems associated with the difficult growing season. It does so with robust confidence and personality. The wine opens to a beautiful golden color and amber hues. The bouquet delivers honey, dried apricot, white raisin and candied fruit. The mouthfeel is honey-like in intensity. Some 15,000 bottles were produced, so it's not too hard getting your hands on this special sweet wine.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)

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Ayala Rose Majeur Brut, Champagne NV (750 ml) Ayala Rose Majeur Brut, Champagne NV (750 ml)

WS 90


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

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2015)

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

WA 92

The inky purple 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon displays plenty of classic creme de cassis and lead pencil shavings along with some licorice, charcoal and vanilla notes. It is full-bodied and opulent, with good integration of sweet tannin and bright acids. This wine is still young but approachable, and certainly capable of evolving for 10-15+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Cadence Winery Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Cadence Winery Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard 2014 (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)

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Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2015 (750 ml) Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2015 (750 ml)

WA 91-93, WS 91


The 2015 La Pointe is a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, picked between 27 September for the younger vines for the second wines, and 1 October for the heart of the Merlot, the Cabernet picked 8 and 12 October. Eric Monnoret told me that the 2015 was matured in 50% new oak. It has a comparatively flamboyant bouquet compared to recent vintages of La Pointe, with opulent red berry fruit, kirsch, cassis and patina of tar. The palate is medium-bodied, firm in the mouth at the moment, quite structured, the oak nicely integrated with a slightly savory finish. This is a robust La Pointe, quite spicy in the mouth with a long aftertaste. It will gain more harmony during its élevage.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (April, 2016)

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Carpineto 'Molin Vecchio' Appodiato Rosso Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2010 (750 ml) Carpineto 'Molin Vecchio' Appodiato Rosso Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2010 (750 ml)

WS 93

This is hitting its stride. The cherry and plum fruit has mellowed, along with the tannins, and there are supporting elements of mineral, wild herb, leather and tobacco. Still has some tannins to resolve, but food will help. Sangiovese, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2028.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (July, 2018)

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Two Hands Wines Bella's Garden Shiraz 2015 (750 ml) Two Hands Wines Bella's Garden Shiraz 2015 (750 ml)

WS 93

Dark and dense, with blackberry and licorice-scented plum flavors, accented by details of espresso, cacao, sage and clay. A distinctive juicy thread runs through the core. Firm finish. Drink now through 2030.

- Maryann Worobiec, Wine Spectator (July, 2017)

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

WA 92

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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Marchesi Antinori Badia a Passignano Riserva Chianti Classico 2015 (750 ml) Marchesi Antinori Badia a Passignano Riserva Chianti Classico 2015 (750 ml)

WA 94

The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is a pure expression of Sangiovese. Fruit is sourced from the San Donato area of the appellation that is not an official subzone yet but is increasingly emerging as such. This wine is distinguished by a beautiful level of openness and softness (on the Sangiovese spectrum, which means you also get a bright dose of acidity). That softness or lushness comes in part due to the warm vintage but also thanks to the winemaking approach that relies on larger barrels (from 300 to 500 liters) and Hungarian oak that tends to be more porous and thickly textured for increased passage of oxygen. The wine offers beautiful balance between its dark fruit and savory spice comments.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2018)

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Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Barbaresco Marcarini 2012 (750 ml) Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Barbaresco Marcarini 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92

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

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

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Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Sonoma County 2013 (750 ml) Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Sonoma County 2013 (750 ml)

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)

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B.R. Cohn Winery Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2015 (750 ml) B.R. Cohn Winery Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2015 (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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Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (750 ml) Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (750 ml)

JS 94, WS 92

A complex, rich and layered wine, showing honey overtones and dried honeysuckle accents to peach, apricot and Key lime flavors, with spice and ginger notes lingering on the long finish. The texture is supple, with plenty of acidity to keep the flavors bright and fresh. Drink now.

- MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator (Web, 2018)

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Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2014 (750 ml) Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2014 (750 ml)

V 95

Powerful blue fruit liqueur, violet pastille, incense and smoky mineral aromas, along with hints of cola and exotic spices. Appealingly sweet and expansive on the palate, offering densely packed black raspberry, boysenberry, mocha and floral pastille flavors and a strong spicecake note. Supple, well-knit tannins give shape to the intensely fruit-driven finish, which lingers with outstanding persistence and building sweetness.

- Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan, 2018)

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Freemark Abbey Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml) Freemark Abbey Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

WA 90+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is a 2,218-case cuvée made from a blend of 78.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.7% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in 28% new French oak, this is another relatively tannic, backward wine, but it is 2013, which are now starting to close down ever so slightly. It is built for the long haul, with loads of cassis, black cherry fruit, a touch of allspice, and sweet, toasty oak. This is a big, chewy, dense, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon to drink between 2020 and 2035.

Freemark Abbey remains one of the legendary Napa Valley wineries. In spite of what many feared when it was acquired by the Jackson family of Kendall-Jackson, things have only gotten stronger and more consistent under their leadership, with the continuation of chief winemaker Ted Edwards. Since I have been tasting these wines over the last few years, this has been a consistent producer of high quality wines in both red and white. They have added a couple of new cuvées to the portfolio, but are still well-known for their non-malolactic style of Chardonnay.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Chateau La Tour Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml) Chateau La Tour Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml)

WE 94, WS 92

This estate, run on biodynamic principles, has made a rich wine with density and intense, pure black-currant fruits. It has a firm backbone of tannins along with perfumed minerality from the Cabernet Franc in the blend. Drink this wine from 2024.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2018)

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Rochioli Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2016 (750 ml) Rochioli Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2016 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 91

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)

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Long Shadows Pirouette 2015 (750 ml) Long Shadows Pirouette 2015 (750 ml)

WA 93

Pure and fruit-driven, the 2015 Pirouette wafts from the glass with notes of ripe cherries and plums. On the palate, it's lavishly textural and velvety, with an ample core of juicy dark fruits and good balancing acids, its abundant tannins only asserting themselves on the finish. Ripe and generous, it's only deficiency is a lack of complexity. Of all the Long Shadows wines—Michel Rolland's included—this would be the most at home in contemporary Napa Valley. It's made by Philippe Melka and consists of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec.

- William Kelley, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)

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

WS 92

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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (May, 2017)

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Beringer Vineyards Quantum Red 2013 (750 ml) Beringer Vineyards Quantum Red 2013 (750 ml)

WA 90

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Cadence Winery Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard Red, Columbia Valley 2013 (750 ml) Cadence Winery Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard Red, Columbia Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93+, WS 92, WE 91


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

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Canard-Duchene Charles VII Grande Cuvee de Beaute Blanc de Noirs NV (750 ml) Canard-Duchene Charles VII Grande Cuvee de Beaute Blanc de Noirs NV (750 ml)

WE 91

Labeled as a blanc de noirs, this is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. It has the weight and richness you would expect from a Champagne made only from red grapes, textured and full of rich apple and pear fruits.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)

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

WS 93

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

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Clos Beauregard, Pomerol 2012 (750 ml) Clos Beauregard, Pomerol 2012 (750 ml)

WS 90

An enticing red, with lots of black tea, dried star anise and singed mesquite notes leading the way, while supple plum and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors form the core. A ganache edge adds texture and length on the finish, which shows some good latent grip. Best from 2017 through 2025.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2015)

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

WA 94

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

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

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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Charles de Cazanove Tradition Brut NV (1.5 Liter) Charles de Cazanove Tradition Brut NV (1.5 Liter)

WS 92


This Champagne offers an array of flavor, including toasted brioche, Gala apple, lemon zest, graphite and ginger, with a touch of honey. Elegant, but with good intensity and a moderate, nut-tinged finish. Drink now through 2022.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (June, 2011)

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Ken Wright Cellars Tanager Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml) Ken Wright Cellars Tanager Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 (750 ml)

WE 92, WS 91

This is round and pretty, and seems, at least for now, to be a bit more accessible than some of the more compact and ageworthy 2015 single-vineyard selections from Ken Wright. Drink it up soon, and enjoy the light touches of orange peel and cinnamon highlights.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2018)

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

JS 94, WE 93

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

- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)

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Peter Franus Red Wine, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Peter Franus Red Wine, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WE 90

Blending sizable portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with Cabernet Franc, this approachable mix opens in a succulence of cherry and berry that remain juicy through the fleshy midpalate and finish. The oak is well-integrated and the tannins softened.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2018)

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Santos Winery Trygos Vinsanto 2005 (500 ml) Santos Winery Trygos Vinsanto 2005 (500 ml)

85% Assyrtiko – 15% Aidani. A fine dessert wine from the sun dried grapes Assyrtiko and Aidani of Santorini. The 3-year maturation in oak barrels offers a mature and velvety character, tricking the mouth between honey and lemon, raisins and sweet spices.

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DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah 2015 (750 ml) DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah 2015 (750 ml)

WS 91


Polished and supple, with raspberry and spice aromas and elegant, harmonious blueberry and toasty cinnamon flavors that glide along the finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)

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Miner Family Winery Garys' Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml) Miner Family Winery Garys' Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 (750 ml)

WE 91, V 90

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

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2018)

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E. Guigal Condrieu, Rhone 2016 (750 ml) E. Guigal Condrieu, Rhone 2016 (750 ml)

WA 90

Guigal now bottles approximately 40% of the appellation’s total production, so it’s fortunate that the 2016 Condrieu is a fine ambassador for the region. One-third of this bottling sees new oak, while the rest goes into stainless steel. Some may quibble with the oak in an entry-level bottling, but I don’t find it excessive. The wine remains floral and fresh, with apricot and melon flavors that finish with modest spice notes and on a silky textural note. Drink it young.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)

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Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Amano 2014 (750 ml) Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Amano 2014 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS 92, WE 91

The sleek, polished, well-oaked and showy 2014 Decero Amano Remolinos Vineyard has some creamy aromas, a lactic touch and plenty of sweet spices and cocoa, all quite subtle and in a balanced and nice way. There are some varietal flavors from some of the varieties in the blend, which is 66% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Tannat.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)

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Hanzell Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml) Hanzell Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml)

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

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Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2015 (750 ml) Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2015 (750 ml)

JS 97

Sit back and enjoy this very rich but beautifully polished Tuscan red, which is the essence of the sangiovese grape. Great concentration and a very long and silky finish that has a great bittersweet-chocolate character. Beautiful now, but it has many, many years ahead of it.

- James Suckling (June, 2018)

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

WS 91

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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2015)

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Mauro Veglio Castelletto, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Mauro Veglio Castelletto, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)

WE 94

This wine's enticing rose, blue flower, menthol and herb scents come together in the glass. On the taut, precise palate, tightly knit, refined tannins enwrap crunchy red cherry and juicy cranberry flavors. White pepper and clove notes add depth, while bright acidity lends balance. Drink 2023–2035.

- Kerin O'Keefe, WIne Enthusiast (Oct, 2017)

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Tommaso Bussola Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto 2012 (500 ml) Tommaso Bussola Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto 2012 (500 ml)

The wine is of a brilliant and intense ruby color. The nose offers intense aromas of a fruity nature. The taste is sweet, seductive, soft and eminently elegant thanks to the rich tannins and to a balsamic note on the finish. It is very persistent. It should be served at room temperature and it is ideal with desserts and unbeatable with fine pastries, chocolate pralines and soft fruits like strawberries.

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Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (750 ml) Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (750 ml)

JS 94, WS 94, WA 94

This is exotic yet chilled with a red fruit character overlaid with fresh flowers on the nose. Smoky. Medium to full body, firm yet lightly polished. Lovely fruit and subtly refined. Layered. Extremely fine and pretty.

- James Suckling (Nov, 2017)

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Chateau Prieure-Lichine, Margaux 2012 (750 ml) Chateau Prieure-Lichine, Margaux 2012 (750 ml)

WE 91, WA 91

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Far Coast Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml) Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Far Coast Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94

Another saturated ruby/purple wine is the 2014 Pinot Noir Far Coast Vineyard. This comes from a mountain ridge north of Fort Ross at a 1,000-foot elevation. Dense ruby purple, with notes of sassafras, forest floor, red and black cherries, raspberry and underbrush, the wine exhibits medium to full body and terrific texture and length. This is another 10-year Pinot Noir, but should be drinkable during that entire window of opportunity.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Le Piane Boca Nebbiolo 2012 (750 ml) Le Piane Boca Nebbiolo 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93

The 2012 Boca represents a traditional blend of 85% Nebbiolo with 15% Vespolina. It sees a longer maceration time and up to four years of aging in large oak casks. The bouquet in this vintage is slightly less expressive and subdued overall. As it warms in the glass, it begins a long and elegant presentation of dried rose, wild berry, licorice, campfire ash and white truffle. What sets this wine apart, however, is the extreme elegance and finesse of the mouthfeel.

Christoph Künzli is a man of infectious charisma and joyful optimism. I highly recommend a visit to his little tasting room on the main square in the town of Boca. He also produces some of the finest wines you will find in Alto Piemonte. This high-performing winery is a true treasure not only for Piedmont but for Italian wine in general.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)

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Carpineto Dogajolo Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2016 (3 Liter) Carpineto Dogajolo Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2016 (3 Liter)

The name Dogajolo was invented by Carpineto’s founders, derived from the Italian word doga, meaning “stave” - the narrow strips of wood used to form oak casks. A young wine that boasts fruity aromas with hints of cherry interlaced with coffee, vanilla, and spice. Each varietal is vinified separately in stainless steel in this Sangiovese-based baby Super Tuscan. The blend is briefly aged in oak rendering a medium-bodied red that is soft on the palate with a balanced acidity. Suitable for everyday consumption, Dogajolo is best within a few years of the vintage. 70% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Color: deep garnet with violet reflections. Bouquet: very fruity and intense, with hints of cherry, coffee, vanilla and spice. Flavor: full, soft on the palate, complex, well developed.

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Long Shadows Chester Kidder Red 2015 (750 ml) Long Shadows Chester Kidder Red 2015 (750 ml)

V 92

Bright, deep ruby-red. Brooding aromas of dark berries, espresso, violet and graphite convey a youthfully medicinal quality. Very smooth but very tight, with cassis and bitter chocolate flavors dominating. Tough, granular Petit Verdot tannins give the finish a slight toughness. This very concentrated, layered wine will need time to unfold.

- Vinous

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Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2016 (750 ml) Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2016 (750 ml)

WA 93+, WS 92, WE 91-93


The 2016 Bellefont Belcier is blended of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged for 20 months in 80% new and 20% one-year-old barrels. Michel Rolland consults for this wine. Deep garnet-purple in color, it gives delicate dried flowers, garrigue, dusty soil and smoked meats over warm black plums and blackberry preserves with hints of menthol. The palate is full-bodied, concentrated and muscular with a rock-solid structure and loads of layered black fruit in the mid-palate, with a lingering earthiness to the finish.

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

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Ken Wright Cellars 'Guadalupe Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml) Ken Wright Cellars 'Guadalupe Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)

WA 91

Planted in 1989, the 2014 Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard has an elegant and pure bouquet with wild strawberry and raspberry coulis, nuanced pine cone scents developing with aeration, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, dark berry fruit mixed with brown spices and a touch of sea-salt with a satisfying, long finish. This is one of Ken Wright's best 2014s.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Ornellaia 'Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia' Bolgheri Rosso 2015 (750 ml) Ornellaia 'Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia' Bolgheri Rosso 2015 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS 92

This is a stunning and exuberant wine that drinks with beautiful intensity and personality. The 2015 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is made with fruit from the estate's young vines. Fruit from the older vines is instead directed to the top-shelf expressions. If this wine is any indication of what we can expect from the next vintage of Ornellaia to hit the market, we are in for a very special treat. This is a complete and richly concentrated expression that drinks with seamless intensity. It pits power against elegance with confidence and grace.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)

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Bodegas Salentein Primum Malbec, Uco Valley 2014 (750 ml) Bodegas Salentein Primum Malbec, Uco Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WS 90

Ripe and robust, featuring concentrated dark plum, red berry and currant flavors that are well-concentrated. Spicy, with plenty of smoky notes on the finish. Drink now through 2021.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (2018)

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Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WE 92, WS 91

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

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

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Coho Summit Vine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District 2013 (750 ml) Coho Summit Vine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District 2013 (750 ml)

WS 90, WA 90

Sleek, jazzy, mocha-infused oak adds a wonderful touch to this firm, dense and chewy effort. The vivid dark berry and licorice notes join loamy earth and dried underbrush details to round out the flavor profile, never straying from the tannic theme. Best from 2019 through 2028. 825 cases made.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)

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Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva 2011 (750 ml) Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva 2011 (750 ml)

WS 92

This generous and harmonious red is dense and smooth, delivering rich, deep flavors of plum, blackberry, coffee and mineral, with well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity keeping it focused, but it stays plush through the spicy finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)

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Chanin Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml) Chanin Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills 2014 (750 ml)

WA 92

The 2014 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is another terrific Pinot Noir from Chanin. Rose petals, strawberry, spice and forest floor notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, silky, elegant beauty that never puts a foot wrong. Aged 15 months in 15% new French oak, I’d drink it over the coming 5-7 years, but wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve longer.

Pulling from top sites in Santa Barbara County (Los Alamos, Santa Maria and the Sta. Rita Hills), winemaker Gavin Chanin makes incredibly balanced, elegant and pure wines that are always up with the creme de la creme in a vintage. His 2014s across the board are outstanding.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)

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Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (750 ml) Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (750 ml)

WE 93, WS 92

Forest floor, chopped aromatic herb, blue flower and woodland berry aromas slowly emerge. The firm linear palate evokes pomegranate, sour cherry and culinary spice framed in tight fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. It's still primary at this young stage but promises to bloom into a beauty with more aging.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)

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Dehlinger Altamont Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml) Dehlinger Altamont Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WS 93

Captures the racy, wild and eccentric side of Pinot Noir, with zesty blackberry snappiness and a loamy earth presence that holds the flavors in place. All the elements are there, from the aromas to the vibrant finish. Best from 2019 through 2027.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2018)

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Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 93

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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)

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Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)

WA 95, WE 95


Youthfully mute at this primary stage, the 2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard offers suggestions of lemon curd, white peaches and white grapefruit with underlying notes of honeyed toast and butterscotch. The palate is full-on seduction with an appealingly oily texture and tons of peaches and cream flavors, finishing long with a lively lift.

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

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2013 (750 ml) Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2013 (750 ml)

WS 96, WE 93-95

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

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2016)

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Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut Medoc 2009 (750 ml) Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut Medoc 2009 (750 ml)

JS 92, WA 90


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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2010)

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Kale Wines Stagecoach Vineyard 'Broken Axle', Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Kale Wines Stagecoach Vineyard 'Broken Axle', Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

WE 91

From the Pritchard Hill section of the vineyard, this wine consists of 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache. A hearty, fruity and big-boned explosion of blueberry and strawberry, it's rimmed in coconut flake and black, leathery pepper. Dense and full bodied, the minerality should allow it to cellar and integrate through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2015)

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Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Cuvee Prestige 2015 (750 ml) Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Cuvee Prestige 2015 (750 ml)

WS 95, WA 93

Intense, with a delicious core of warm raspberry pâte de fruit, cassis and Linzer torte flavors wrapped in licorice and singed alder notes. The long finish has some heft but stays racy and driven overall, showing a flash of iron through the finish. Well-built. Best from 2020 through 2035.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

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Foradori Granato, Trentino-Alto Adige 2015 (750 ml) Foradori Granato, Trentino-Alto Adige 2015 (750 ml)

Pomegranate, wild cherries, flowers, mint, leather and sweet spices abound. Sexy and radiant to the core, the Granato is especially seamless in this vintage, with voluptuous fruit, silky tannins and exceptional overall balance.

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Hartford Family Winery Marin Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml) Hartford Family Winery Marin Pinot Noir 2014 (750 ml)

WA 92

Hartford Court’s Pinot Noirs are also extremely successful, and of course, they make a bevy of them. I tasted eleven separate selections, all of them priced between $50 and $75 a bottle with the exception of the Arrendell, which comes from the oldest vines of the whole batch and sells for $110. The 2014 Pinot Noir Marin County emerges from that wealthy county on the western side of the Golden Gate Bridge, where few vineyards are located. Aged 17 months in 37% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this comes from Dijon clone 828 and offers up the classic Burgundian notes of forest floor, pomegranate, plum, and smoky black cherries and strawberries. A Côte de Nuits-like Pinot Noir that is medium-bodied, but beautifully fruited and savory, it should be drunk it over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Poggio Borgoni Borromeo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Poggio Borgoni Borromeo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 (750 ml)

Color: bright ruby red with violet reflections Smell: intricate, feelings of blackberry and jam that anticipate elegant scents of licorice, tobacco and coffee Taste: bodied wine, it seduces the palate with elegance and softness long finish and pleasantly spicy

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Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 2015 (750 ml) Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains 2015 (750 ml)

WE 96, V 94

Brilliantly fresh and snappy black raspberry aromas lead into a savory streak of mulberry-laced pork fat, hickory and tobacco smoke, with a hint of crushed slate on this wine’s fascinating and shape-shifting nose. Peppery spice grips the palate immediately, then splashes fresh red plum and pomegranate flavors around, finishing on white pepper, cracked nutmeg and unrelenting tension.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2018)

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Bodegas Caro 'Caro', Mendoza 2016 (750 ml) Bodegas Caro 'Caro', Mendoza 2016 (750 ml)

JS 95

Aromas of spices, smoke, berries and bark follow through to a medium body, medium round tannins and a wonderful finish. Love the finish of this, which gives a hint of walnuts, dark tea and ripe fruit. Very sophisticated. A blend of malbec and cabernet sauvignon.

- James Suckling

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Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyards 2015 (750 ml) Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyards 2015 (750 ml)

V 94


Vivid red. Sexy, high-pitched red berry, incense and candied rose scents are complemented by a smoky mineral aspect and a hint of star anise. Sappy and focused in the mouth, offering energetic raspberry liqueur, bitter cherry, blood orange and floral pastille flavors that put on weight and become sweeter with air. Conveys a suave blend of power and vivacity and closes on a subtly tannic note, displaying outstanding focus and floral-driven persistence.

- Josh Raynolds, Vinous

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Fisher Vineyards Mountain Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (750 ml) Fisher Vineyards Mountain Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (750 ml)

WA 91, WS 90

This rich and creamy white is full-bodied and nicely oaky, with tropical notes of spicy green apple and tree fruits, ending with a long, persistent, layered finish. Drink now through 2021.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

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

WE 94, WA 94

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

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)

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

WA 95

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

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

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Palazzo Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml) Palazzo Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml)

V 91, WE 90

Aromas suggesting sun-baked earth, leather, underbrush, ripe plum, espresso and a balsamic note lead the way. On the full-bodied palate, licorice and clove notes add depth to a core of ripe dried cherry. Solid tannins provide the firm framework.

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

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Bader Mimeur Chassagne Montrachet White 2014 (750 ml) Bader Mimeur Chassagne Montrachet White 2014 (750 ml)

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

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Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge Cuvee La Tourtine 2016 (750 ml) Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge Cuvee La Tourtine 2016 (750 ml)

Domaine Tempier is regarded as one of the greatest estates in Bandol. Lulu and Lucien Peyraud have run the domaine since 1936 and have established Bandol (it's primary grape Mourvedre) as one of the great wine regions of the world. 'La Tourtine' sits just above 'Cabassaou'. The soil here is more homogeneous limestone, with rich clay. 'La Tourtine' produces powerful, tannic wines with gorgeous fruit character. It is 80% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache and 10% Cinsault from a 40+ year-old vineyard.

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Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2014 (750 ml) Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2014 (750 ml)

V 93, JS 93, WA 92, WS 91

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Laurene offers a very fragrant nose of exotic spices—anise, cardamom and fenugreek—over a core of pomegranate, rhubarb, Bing cherries, fertile loam and truffles. Medium-bodied with a taut, fine structure of fine tannins and refreshing acid, the fruit has plenty of earth and red berry layers that linger with great persistence.

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

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Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014 (750 ml) Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014 (750 ml)

Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella is made with late harvested grapes, which are dried on racks in controlled conditions for 4 months after the harvest. In January following the vintage, the grapes are softly pressed and fermented. The result is an intense wine, bursting with spicy, leathery aromas, with a concentrated mix of cherry and chocolate flavors.

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Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 2016 (750 ml) Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 2016 (750 ml)

JS 92, WA 90

Slightly herbal and leafy on the nose, the deep, currant-scented 2016 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon blends fruit from five different regions of South Australia. It's medium to full-bodied, with soft, measured tannins and true Cabernet identity. Aged in French and American oak, there are some cedar and mocha notes apparent on the nose and finish, but the cassis fruit carries the day.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2018)

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Damilano Brunate Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Damilano Brunate Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WS 92

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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)

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

WS 89

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

- Alison Napjus, WIne Spectator (2016)

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Damilano Cerequio Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Damilano Cerequio Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WS 91

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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)

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Finca Lugilde Goulart 'Goulart Grand Vin Malbec' 2009 (750 ml) Finca Lugilde Goulart 'Goulart Grand Vin Malbec' 2009 (750 ml)

V 91

Goulart’s flagship wine is produced from a small vineyard plot originally planted in 1915 by Marshall Gastao Goulart. Now known as the Don Pedro vineyard, this property is located in Lunlunta, which rests at the foothills of the Andes and enjoys a unique microclimate. Aged in French oak barrels for more than a year, this wine offers complex aromas of black fruit — particularly black currants and plums — with hints of chocolate and spices. Juicy on the palate, this Malbec is bursting with energy and purity of fruit. Goulart Grand Vin pairs well with hearty, spicy meat dishes, such as Mexican, Indian, or Cajun cuisine.

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

WS 89

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

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2016)

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Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml) Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml)

WE 93, WS 91

Aromas of fragrant blue flower, wild berry, dark culinary spice, leather and menthol lead the nose. The firmly structured palate delivers succulent wild cherry, raspberry, tobacco and orange zest alongside firm chewy tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance. It's youthfully austere and precise, with good aging potential. Drink 2022–2032.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)

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Long Shadows Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (750 ml) Long Shadows Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (750 ml)

Generous blackberry aromas and flavors with a hint of sage and an appealing earthiness, this classic Cabernet Sauvignon displays well-integrated oak spice that makes for a wonderfully complex wine. Rich and expressive on the mid-palate, the tannins are firm, yet refined. The result is a multi-layered mouthfeel with dark fruit flavors that linger across a long, satisfying finish.

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Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte 2013 (750 ml) Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte 2013 (750 ml)

WS 92

The grippy tannins are well-knit, with an expressive range of crushed black cherry, bay leaf, finely ground pepper and citrus peel flavors in this fresh, medium- to full-bodied red, which shows good tension through to the mineral-laced finish. Harmonious. Drink now through 2028.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2018)

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

WS 88

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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2014)

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Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2014 (750 ml) Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90+

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is scented of black currents, black plums, blueberries and cedar with a hint of sandalwood. Full-bodied in the mouth, it delivers tons of muscular fruit with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and good length. Still very youthful, it needs another 4 to 6 years to enter its drinking window.

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

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Pecchenino Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Pecchenino Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)

WS 93, JS 93

Leads off with scents of graphite, mineral and menthol, giving way to flavors of cherry and black currant. Dense and powerful, with big, dusty tannins guarding the finish for now.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2018)

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Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014 (750 ml) Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014 (750 ml)

WS 90

Aromatic, with hints of pink peppercorn, orange peel and dried rosemary, this firm, savory version is framed by light, taut tannins, offering flavors of crushed currant, blackberry and game. Smoke-tinged finish. Best from 2019 through 2024.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (June, 2018)

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

WA 95, WS 93

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

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)

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E. Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde de Guigal, Rhone 2014 (750 ml) E. Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde de Guigal, Rhone 2014 (750 ml)

V 92, WA 90

Recently bottled, the 2014 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde spent 36 months in half new and half second-fill oak. It’s a bit lightweight perhaps, but it boasts pretty cherry and raspberry fruit accented by cedar, pepper and herbal notes. It finishes on a silky, mouthwatering note, so drink the 2014 while waiting for other vintages to mature.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)

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Kelley Fox Wines 'Mareesh Vineyard' Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2016 (750 ml) Kelley Fox Wines 'Mareesh Vineyard' Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2016 (750 ml)

This stunningly beautiful vineyard in the Dundee Hills A.V.A. (American Viticultural Appellation) was first planted in 1970 by Jim and Loie Maresh on Worden Hill Road above Dundee. Situated on a mostly south-facing slope between 500 and 700 feet above sea level, these old vines planted in Jory soil produce Pinot noir with the most seductive texture. The Maresh family has been living on the farm since 1959. There is tremendous biodiversity and balance here because from the beginning Jim had the foresight and common sense to avoid vineyard monoculture. There are hazelnuts, walnuts, fruit trees and plenty of acreage of wild areas throughout the farm. His daughter Martha keeps houses for violet green swallows and bluebirds on the trellis posts and they are flying all over the place in the spring and summer. She lovingly refers to this land as ”the farm” and so do I. It is not just a vineyard at all. Maresh Vineyard is certainly one of the most sought-after fruit sources in the Willamette Valley and it has consistently produced Pinot with high reviews from the press for decades.

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Domaine Michelot Meursault 2016 (750 ml) Domaine Michelot Meursault 2016 (750 ml)

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.

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Armando Piazzo 'Sottocastello di Novello', Barolo Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo 'Sottocastello di Novello', Barolo Riserva 2012 (750 ml)

WE 88

Subdued aromas evoking sawdust, tobacco leaf and underbrush come together on this. The dense palate offers licorice, ripe dark-skinned fruit and roasted coffee beans alongside assertive tannins. Drink through 2024.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2018)

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Renato Corino Vigneto Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Renato Corino Vigneto Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2014 (750 ml)

WS 92

Savory, offering hay, eucalyptus, orange bitters and wild herb flavors, showing cherry notes underneath. Linear, firm and leafy, with a lingering finish.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)

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

WA 91+

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander's Crown Vineyard Estate opens with notions of freshly crushed red and black currants with touches of black cherries and mulberries plus a waft of fallen leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a good firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of juicy black fruits, finishing long and refreshing.

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

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Alpha Omega Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Alpha Omega Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

JS 92, WS 91

A broad-shouldered effort, rich and layered, with extracted pear and melon flavors and toasty, smoky, vanilla-scented oak making for a mouthful of Chardonnay that reminds me of versions from Napa in years past. Drink now through 2021.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2017)

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Swanson Vineyards Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Swanson Vineyards Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

JS 91, WA 90

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexis (1,572 cases made) offers abundant aromas of crème de cassis, licorice and spice, medium to full body, round tannins, decent acidity and good balance as well as depth. Approachable, it should continue to evolve nicely for a dozen years or more. This is the best set of bottled wines I have seen from Swanson in a number of years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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

WA 94

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

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Glaetzer Anaperenna - Godolphin, Barossa Valley 2012 (750 ml) 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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Gonzaga Tenuta San Leonardo 'San Leonardo' Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2013 (750 ml) Gonzaga Tenuta San Leonardo 'San Leonardo' Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2013 (750 ml)

WA 96, WS 93

The flagship wine from this celebrated Trentino estate was not produced in 2012. We do have the stunning 2013 San Leonardo on the market now. This vintage is large in scale and has immediate intensity, and I am somewhat surprised by the volume and seamless bouquet that appears this early in the game. This vintage shows balanced ripeness with plummy fruit aromas that are carefully contrasted against spice, leather and fine tobacco. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot, and San Leonardo is always aged in barrique for four years (of which only 25% of the barrels are new). This is a bottle to keep long (extra long) in your cellar.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2018)

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Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault 2015 (750 ml) Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault 2015 (750 ml)

IWC 90-91

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

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

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AXR Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) AXR Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

On the rim: deep ruby with garnet and royal red on the rim.

On the nose: beautiful subtle notes of dark fruit like cassis, dark cherries, with touches of tarragon, thyme, cured Bresaola and saw dust.

On the palate: velvety soft entrance with touches of cedar, vanilla, blackberry jam, touches of plums, tomato, dark cherry, lingering on granular dense tannins that show amazing balance, lingering on violet and dark chocolate
.

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Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2014 (750 ml)

WE 95, WA 92

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

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)

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Chateau Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux 2015 (750 ml)

WA 93-95, WS 93-96

The 2015 Malescot-St-Exupery has an intriguing and complex bouquet with oyster shells and seaweed infusing the intense black fruit. It is certainly well defined with nicely integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a keen thread of acidity, very pure and smooth in texture, gently unfolding towards the lightly spiced finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb Margaux, surfeit with breeding and sophistication, though it will need 10-15 years in bottle.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2016)

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Chateau Cos d'Estournel 'Les Pagodes de Cos', Saint-Estephe 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Cos d'Estournel 'Les Pagodes de Cos', Saint-Estephe 2015 (750 ml)

WE 94, JS 93, V 90-93

A big, enveloping wine, the 2015 Pagodes de Cos wraps around the palate with serious depth and intensity. The flavors are rich, voluptuous in this bold Saint-Estèphe. Mocha, black cherry, plum, licorice and menthol meld into the voluptuous, creamy finish. This is a highly appealing second wine from Cos. The blend is 46% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

- Vinous

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Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Gaiun Martinenga, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml) Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Gaiun Martinenga, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS 92

With 24 months in barrique, the 2011 Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga exhibits a ripe and generous style with pretty aromatic embellishments that range from dark fruit and spice to chocolate and caramel cola. The bouquet is shapely, opulent and very pleasing. The wine shows a similar sense of balance in the mouth with well-managed tannins and fleshy fruit endnotes. It flaunts its youth now, but should only improve with more cellar aging. I suggest popping the cork in five years or more.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)

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Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux 2014 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 92, WS 91

The impressive Victorian baronial chateau of Cantenac Brown is one of the landmarks of Margaux. The wine is getting better each vintage. This is ripe and generous, full of freshly minted tannins and layers of wood over the ripe berry fruit.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)

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Chateau La Lagune, Haut-Medoc 2015 (750 ml) Chateau La Lagune, Haut-Medoc 2015 (750 ml)

JS 93-94, V 92

Just a hint currant bush on the nose. This is loaded with healthy tannins on the palate that drive the long finish. Quite an uncompromising young wine that will be better from 2020, but the fundamental harmony is very convincing. Full and flavorful.

- James Suckling

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

WE 91


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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2015)

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

WA 93, WE 91

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

- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)

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King Estate Pinot Noir Domaine 2013 (750 ml) King Estate Pinot Noir Domaine 2013 (750 ml)

WE 93

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

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2016)

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Hartford Court Pinot Noir Muldune Trail 2015 (750 ml) Hartford Court Pinot Noir Muldune Trail 2015 (750 ml)

WA 94+, WE 93

Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Muldune Trail features expressive mulberries, stewed red plums and dusty earth notes with touches of garrigue, fresh hay, oolong tea and cloves. Medium-bodied with an appealing chewy grip to the texture, the palate gives compelling savory layers with a long, lively finish. 265 cases were produced.

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

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Dow's Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Single Quinta Vintage Port 2015 (750 ml) Dow's Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Single Quinta Vintage Port 2015 (750 ml)

WA 93, WE 93, WS 91

The 2015 Quinta de Senhora da Ribeira, the Douro Superior quinta, is a blend of Touriga Franca 55%, Touriga Nacional 35% and Sousão 10%. It comes in at 98 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is a relatively big boy on first taste, showing good structure and a mouth-coating demeanor. The delicious flavors, laced with cherry-chocolate and some mint, make it enticing, not just well structured. This is a lovely single-quinta that should age pretty well and still be approachable young. As it sat and aired, it became a bit more mute. It did seem to come around very fast, and it was not quite as impressive as the initial tastes suggested. It is still pretty delicious and it should hold well through 2060.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)

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

WS 93

An aromatic thread of woodsy spice and dried thyme notes winds around the grippy tannins and layered flavors of baked cherry, singed orange peel, coffee liqueur and tar. A rich, balanced, full-bodied red, with good concentration through to the spiced finish. Best from 2020 through 2031.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (May, 2018)

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Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial NV (750 ml) Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial NV (750 ml)

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

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

WA 92+


The single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest elevation (400-1000 feet) is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Ridge. It displays blacker fruit, loads of plums, blueberry and blackberry, a deep, full-bodied, mouthfeel, rich, concentrated, moderately high tannin, a nice minerality and plenty of black fruits. These are all well-built and potentially very long-lived wines of 25-30 or more years. This wine needs a good 4-5 years of cellaring.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Albert Bichot Domaine du Pavillon Pommard Clos des Ursulines Monopole 2015 (750 ml) Albert Bichot Domaine du Pavillon Pommard Clos des Ursulines Monopole 2015 (750 ml)

WE 94

The wallled Clos des Ursulines is wholly owned by this producer. This perfumed wine is showing strong wood aromas as well as concentrated spice. Underneath, the generous juicy fruit has a fine balance between red plums and bright acidity.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2017)

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

WE 92

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

- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2016)

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Honig Vineyard & Winery Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (750 ml) Honig Vineyard & Winery Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (750 ml)

Dessert in a bottle, with the aromas of dried apricot, peach cobbler, figs and honey, spiced with nutmeg and vanilla. Rich, bright and exquisitely balanced.

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

JS 91, WA 90

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2015 (750 ml) Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2015 (750 ml)

WA 92+

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

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

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

JS 93, WS 92, WE 92

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

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2013)

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Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2006 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2006 (750 ml)

WS 95, WA 92

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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2010)

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Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru NV (1.5 Liter) Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru NV (1.5 Liter)

WE 91, WS 90

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

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)

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Silverado Vineyards Geo Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville 2014 (750 ml) Silverado Vineyards Geo Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville 2014 (750 ml)

In 1987, Silverado Vineyards founders, Ron and Diane Disney Miller, purchased a significant portion of the historic Cedar Knoll site as part of the winery’s journey toward its now exclusively estate-grown model. Over the years, their Mount George ranch has proven to be a contributor to Silverado’s Estate and Limited Cabernet blends and is the sole origin of the estate’s single-vineyard Merlot.

As the 20th anniversary of Silverado’s first Mount George harvest approached in 2012, the decision was made to make a wine for the occasion. It is called GEO – Greek for “Earth” and short for “George” – and it represents the highest expression of single-vineyard Cabernet from this extraordinary place.

Ripe dark plum and herb aromas with dry acidity and slow approaching tannins. Hints of fresh cracked peppercorns with a tantalizing plum and smoky finish; 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot.

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Marchesi Antinori Pian delle Vigne, Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml) Marchesi Antinori Pian delle Vigne, Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml)

WS 94, WE 93

Alluring wild berry, truffle, Mediterranean herb and tilled soil aromas lead the nose of this delicious red. The fresh, balanced palate delivers crushed raspberry, juicy black cherry, star anise and chopped mint flavors, while a cinnamon note closes the finish. Firm, polished tannins provide the elegant framework. Drink 2018–2027.

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

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Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Mountain 2013 (750 ml) Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Mountain 2013 (750 ml)

WE 94

This is a bright, engaging and vibrant 100% varietal wine, lovely in currant, cranberry and a sanguine earthiness. The acidity is weaved throughout and entirely supportive, uplifting the fruit to greater heights of freshness and focus.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)

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Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2012 (750 ml) Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2012 (750 ml)

WS 91

Unctuous, with a forward core of creamed yellow apple, pear and mango notes, underscored by warm pie-crust and ginger accents. Maintains a plump, open feel through the flattering finish.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2015)

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Fisher Cameron Proprietary Red 2012 (750 ml) Fisher Cameron Proprietary Red 2012 (750 ml)

WA 90

The 2012 Cameron Proprietary Red, a blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and the rest other Bordeaux varietals, shows supple tannins and is a nice medium-bodied, elegant, almost St.-Emilion-laden Napa style of wine, with fruitcake, tobacco leaf, spice box and red and blackcurrants. Drink it over the next decade or so.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Vivanco Coleccion  Rioja Parcelas de Garnacha 2011 (750 ml) Vivanco Coleccion Rioja Parcelas de Garnacha 2011 (750 ml)

WA 90

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

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Michele Castellani Ca' del Pipa Cinque Stelle, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 (750 ml) Michele Castellani Ca' del Pipa Cinque Stelle, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 (750 ml)

WS 93

A dense, well-knit red, offering finely sculpted tannins and rich cherry compote, forest floor, baking spice, date and singed orange peel flavors, set on a silky palate. Long and aromatic, with hints of mocha, citrus zest, spice and smoke echoing on the chewy finish. Drink now through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)

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

WA 93

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Chateau Lagrange, Saint-Julien 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Lagrange, Saint-Julien 2010 (750 ml)

WS 92

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

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2013)

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Chateau Cantenac-Brown, Margaux 2012 (750 ml) Chateau Cantenac-Brown, Margaux 2012 (750 ml)

WS 93, WE 93

This red offers beguiling aromas of bergamot, roasted sandalwood and black tea, before giving way to a well-endowed core of plum, blackberry and raspberry reduction notes. The structure is remarkably fine-grained, showing seamless integration through the long finish. A really great showing. Best from 2017 through 2025.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2015)

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Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (750 ml) Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 93, WS 93

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark, brooding expression of black cherries, menthol, licorice and flowers. The wine possesses lovely detail and clarity, in a somewhat compact, firm style. With air the wine fleshes out nicely. A final floral note gives the wine a sense of lift on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2009)

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Livio Felluga Terre Alte, Rosazzo 2015 (750 ml) Livio Felluga Terre Alte, Rosazzo 2015 (750 ml)

V 93, WS 92


Fragrant lime blossom and spice notes waft through flavors of glazed apricot, lemon meringue pie and saline-tinged mineral in this pure, vibrant white, which is medium-bodied and well-cut, with a lithe, lasting finish. Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon and Friulano. Drink now through 2028.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (March, 2018)

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Col Solare Shining HIll Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml) Col Solare Shining HIll Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml)

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)

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Le Salette La Marega, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml) Le Salette La Marega, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml)

WE 93, V 92, WS 91


Alluring aromas of exotic spice, purple flower, dark-skinned berry and a balsamic note lead the nose. The concentrated palate delivers dried cherry, ripe plum, mint, licorice and a hint of game alongside velvety tannins that wrap around the finish. It nicely balances weight and finesse.

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

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

JS 95

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

- James Suckling (2016)

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Fornaser Monte Faustino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009 (750 ml) Fornaser Monte Faustino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009 (750 ml)

WS 92

Finely balanced and mouthwatering, with a plush mix of dried cherry and raspberry fruit, Earl Grey tea and subtle hints of woodsy spice and smoke, backed by sculpted tannins. Drink now through 2026.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (May, 2016)

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Chateau Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux 2014 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 92, WE 92

Alluring, with Lapsang souchong notes that weave around the core of gently steeped red and black currant and plum fruit flavors. A strong graphite edge marks the finish, giving this excellent cut and drive. Very suave. Best from 2020 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Parallel Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Parallel Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WE 92

Perfumed in smoky oak, this 100% varietal wine is nuanced and well rounded. Expressive in dark, brooding flavors of baked cherry and cedar, it has a persistent, gritty texture that impresses through the spicy, peppery end.

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

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

WS 94, WA 92

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

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

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Faust The Pact Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Faust The Pact Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

JS 95


A rich and layered red showing classic aromas of pure Cabernet Sauvignon from sweet tobacco and green olives to currants. Full-bodied, long and flavorful. Gorgeous red.

- James Suckling (July, 2017)

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Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Rotie 2016 (750 ml) Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Rotie 2016 (750 ml)

WA 90

The medium-bodied 2016 Cote Rotie Village is a silky, easy-drinking wine that should be consumed over the next decade or so. It offers hints of cedar and vanilla framing mixed red berries and notes of tea leaves and black olives. Drink now through 2030.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2018)

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Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2014 (750 ml) Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2014 (750 ml)

WE 92

There's an unparalleled woody intensity on the nose of this offering, with cigar box, myrrh, incense and bay leaf decorating the black peppercorn, herb-laced salt, dark chocolate and black plum aromas. The palate's leathery flavors are woven into fine-grained tannins, revealing flashes of elderberry, violet and gravel. Drink 2019–2033.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2018)

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Michael Mondavi Family 'Animo' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Michael Mondavi Family 'Animo' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

JS 95

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

- James Suckling (Jan, 2017)

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Binyamina 'The Cave' Galilee 2014 (750 ml) Binyamina 'The Cave' Galilee 2014 (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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Lail Vineyards Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml) Lail Vineyards Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WA 93, WS 92

Containing just 7% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint sports a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant notes of fresh blackberries and black currants, mulberries, dusty earth and garrigue with bay leaves and sandalwood in the background. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features a good core of muscular, expressive fruit, supported by grainy tannins, finishing long and nicely poised.

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

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Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2014 (750 ml) Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2014 (750 ml)

WE 97

This is a structured wine with its tight acidity and concentrated white and citrus fruits. Produced from a small parcel on the Chevalier estate, it is complex with its mineral texture, its touch of pepper and its fine herbal acidity. It is a wine for long-term aging.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)

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Domaine Serene 'Evenstad Reserve' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2015 (750 ml) Domaine Serene 'Evenstad Reserve' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WS 94, WE 94, JS 94

Polished and gracefully complex, with refined raspberry and strawberry flavors accented by toasty cinnamon and river stone notes, finishing with lithe tannins. Drink now through 2025.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2019)

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Failla Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml) Failla Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 (750 ml)

V 93, WA 91+

Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge has black raspberries and red plums on the nose with touches of tilled soil, fungi and tar. The palate is medium-bodied and elegantly styled with gentle fruit matched by a racy acid line and chewy texture, finishing long and earthy.

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

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Clos Mogador 'Manyetes' Vi de Vila Gratallops, Priorat 2014 (750 ml) Clos Mogador 'Manyetes' Vi de Vila Gratallops, Priorat 2014 (750 ml)

WA 98

The blend of the top-of-the-range and flagship red changes with the vintage. The 2014 Clos Mogador is 49% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena, 16% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from the vineyard that names the wine (and the winery), planted on llicorella slate soils at 350 meters in altitude. Eighty percent of the vines are 25 to 35 years old. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and had a 35- to 45-day maceration, followed by an élevage in 300-liter barrels and 2,000-liter foudres that lasted 18 months. They introduced oak foudres in 2011, which is the big change, and they use less and less barriques now. They are also using more and more Cariñena and Garnacha, but it depends on the vintage. All of the more recent wines have less tannins from the oak and less Cabernet Sauvignon, and they feel more elegant and balanced.

There is great harmony on the palate, with very fine tannins and a velvety texture with great seriousness. This will develop at a very slow pace in bottle. They picked the grapes before the rains, and it's a concentrated year with nice extract but very good acidity. 31,000 bottles were filled in late June 2016.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2018)

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Silvano Bolmida Bussia Riserva, Barolo 2010 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia Riserva, Barolo 2010 (750 ml)

WS 94


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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

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Renteria Chardonnay Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Renteria Chardonnay Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)

WA 89

The 2014 Chardonnay Brown Ranch spends 18 months in French oak and goes through full malolactic. For that reason, the wine offers up plenty of loamy soil notes, honeysuckle, poached pear and a touch of poached citrus in a medium-bodied, attractive style. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2005 (750 ml) Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2005 (750 ml)

WS 97, WE 95

Delivers lots of botrytis spice, with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied, with loads of cream and vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous, with a layered and beautiful spicy finish. Hard not to drink it now.

- James Suckling, Wine Spectator (March, 2008)

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Signorello Hope's Cuvee Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2016 (750 ml) Signorello Hope's Cuvee Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2016 (750 ml)

The 2016 Hope's Cuvée Chardonnay is rich, explosive and beautifully layered. Honey, almonds, orange blossoms and butterscotch all burst onto the palate in an elegant style Chardonnay with plenty of finish and refinement.

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Chene Bleu Abelard, IGP Vaucluse 2009 (750 ml) Chene Bleu Abelard, IGP Vaucluse 2009 (750 ml)

WA 95

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

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 93, WS 92


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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)

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Ceretto Bricco Asili Bernardot, Barbaresco 2007 (750 ml) Ceretto Bricco Asili Bernardot, Barbaresco 2007 (750 ml)

JS 93, WA 93, IWC 91

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

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

WA 95

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

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (750 ml) Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (750 ml)

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

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

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Chateau Leoville-Las Cases 'Clos du Marquis', Saint-Julien 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Leoville-Las Cases 'Clos du Marquis', Saint-Julien 2015 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 93, WS 92

A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Clos du Marquis gives up expressive notes of warm mulberries, kirsch and blackberry pie with touches of sandalwood, potpourri, anise and charcuterie. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a great core of rich, spicy fruit framed by plush tannins and finishing with an invigorating lift.

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

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Paul Hobbs Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 2016 (750 ml) Paul Hobbs Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 2016 (750 ml)

WA 96

The 2016 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard comes charging out of the glass with super intense grapefruit, green mango, lime leaves and lemon curd scents plus touches of baking bread, coriander seed, crushed rocks and nutmeg. Full-bodied and laden with citrus and tropical fruit layers in the mouth, the palate has wonderful tension and a compelling oiliness to the texture, finishing very long with a mineral kick.

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

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Domaine Henri Clerc & Fils Les Folatieres, Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 2015 (750 ml) Domaine Henri Clerc & Fils Les Folatieres, Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 2015 (750 ml)

The Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres, made from 55-year-old vines, is a classic Puligny: elegant, linear, racy and powerful. Harvest is done entirely by hand. The grapes are meticulously sorted both in the vineyard and the winery to eliminate unhealthy fruit. They are immediately gently pressed in a pneumatic press to retain maximum fruit and aromatic extraction. The must is kept in tanks at low temperatures for 7 days before transferal to oak barrels (of which 30% are new) for alcoholic fermentation and maturation. Only native yeasts, present on the grapes skins, are used. The Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres matures in barrels on its lees with minimal battonage, or stirring of the lees, to ensure the wine’s freshness. Bottling takes place after about 15 months in accordance with the lunar cycle. It offers vivid fruit aromas and flavors of citrus and pear and white peach, nuanced with minerals and oak. It is full on the palate, with pleasing richness and verve.battonage, or stirring of the lees, to ensure the wine’s freshness. Bottling takes place after about 15 months, in accordance with the lunar cycle. The flavor and texture are pure Puligny, with notes of crisp tropical and pear fruit with an extra dimension of richness. The Folatieres AOC represents excellent value.

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Dominus Estate Napanook 2015 (750 ml) Dominus Estate Napanook 2015 (750 ml)

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)

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Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2010 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2010 (750 ml)

V 94, WA 92

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

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

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)

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Chateau St Jean 'Cinq Cepages' Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2014 (750 ml) Chateau St Jean 'Cinq Cepages' Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2014 (750 ml)

WA 92

Composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, with dollops of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot (hence the name), the 2014 Cinq Cepages Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of pure, crushed black currants and blackberries plus hints of garrigue, lavender, chocolate box and wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is firmly textured with a solid frame of chewy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy.

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

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Paul Hobbs Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir, Carneros 2016 (750 ml) Paul Hobbs Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir, Carneros 2016 (750 ml)

WA 93+, WS 93

Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard hits the ground running with bold earthy notes of mossy bark, tilled soil and fungi over a core of red and black cherries, cranberries and Provence herbs plus a touch of lavender. The wonderfully vibrant, medium to full-bodied palate has a fine-grained frame and compelling freshness, finishing minerally and with bags of finesse.

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

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Merry Edwards Coopersmith Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml) Merry Edwards Coopersmith Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WA 92+

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

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

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2011 (750 ml) Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2011 (750 ml)

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

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

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2014)

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

WA 94, IWC 92

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)

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Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2013 (750 ml) Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2013 (750 ml)

WA 94, WS 93, WE 92

The 2013 Barolo Cannubi is a layered and enriched expression that shows both elegance and power. This is a beautiful quality that is so specific to the celebrated Cannubi cru. The wine is silky and dense in texture and offers generous aromas of dark fruit, cassis, licorice and balsam herb. There is moist earth and some dustiness on the finish. The Barolo offers all of the most graceful aromatic highlights that you should expect of Nebbiolo.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)

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

WA 95

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Stags' Leap Winery Estate Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml) Stags' Leap Winery Estate Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 2012 (750 ml)

WA 95+

Stags’ Leap has always had a great reputation for its Petite Sirahs. A prodigious Petite Sirah, their 2012 Petite Sirah Estate Ne Cede Malis is a blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Mixed Blacks aged 12 months in 25% new American oak. There are 900 cases of this massive, blockbuster, full-throttle wine from some of the oldest vines on the estate. (One parcel of Petite Sirah was planted in 1929.) Opaque purple, with notes of pen ink, graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, an amazingly concentrated, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning purity and depth, this is a wine for 30-40 years of cellaring. It is a killer effort.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Chateau Giscours, Margaux 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Giscours, Margaux 2014 (750 ml)

WE 95, JS 95, WA 92

The 2014 Giscours has come on leaps and bounds since I tasted it twice in barrel. It is clearly more sophisticated and complex than the du Tertre on the nose. For a start, there is more fruit concentration with red cherries, raspberry and blackcurrant laced with cedar and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, pure red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit with a precise finish that the property never used to be able to offer. This is a lovely Margaux that should drink well for 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2017)

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Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2005 (750 ml) Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2005 (750 ml)

WS 93, JS 93, WE 92

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

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (April, 2010)

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Paul Hobbs Edward James Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2016 (750 ml) Paul Hobbs Edward James Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2016 (750 ml)

JS 95, WA 94, WS 93

The 2016 Chardonnay Edward James Estate charges forth with robust apricot preserves, guava and pineapple paste scents followed up by croissant, honey-nut and yeast extract accents plus a waft of lemongrass. Full-bodied and richly fruited, the palate provides powerful tropical and savory flavors with a racy line of freshness and a very long, toasty finish. Drink now through 2028.

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

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Domaine Alain Chavy Les Folatieres, Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 2015 (750 ml) Domaine Alain Chavy Les Folatieres, Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 2015 (750 ml)

WS 94, WA 91-93

The 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru les Folatieres has the most complex bouquet of Alain Chavy's premier crus with wonderful cold slate and light fumé notes emerging from the glass, perhaps more on the austere side at the moment, yet it gains intensity on the glass. The palate is well balanced with more fruité than the other premier crus, touches of white peach, pear and citrus peel emerging with time. It feels harmonious and persistent in the mouth, completing what feels like a classy Puligny that should give pleasure over the next decade. Bon vin!

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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

JS 90

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

- James Suckling

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Gandona Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Gandona Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Whitehall Lane Leonardini Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Whitehall Lane Leonardini Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WA 91-93

The barrel sample of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Leonardini Estate, one of the flagship wines, has a dense purple color, beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel and terrific upside potential. There are 2,350 cases of this and it looks to be an outstanding example of 2014--and of Whitehall Lane. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2013 750 ml) Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2013 750 ml)

WA 95, WE 95

The Barolo Marcenasco is aged in large casks, whereas the 2013 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata sees a mix of smaller wood and barrique instead for a more robust and opulent style. This approach works very nicely across from the hearty intensity and austerity displayed by the Rocche dell'Annunziata fruit. This wine is beautifully redolent of dark cherry and spice with lingering notes of balsam and medical herb that add focus to the wine's already fragrant bouquet. This vintage will require patience. The wine is hard-headed and stubborn now. It needs time to relax with age.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)

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Porseleinberg Red, Swartland 2015 (750 ml) Porseleinberg Red, Swartland 2015 (750 ml)

WS 94

This has a gutsy edge, with a mix of steeped fig, boysenberry and blackberry fruit still wrestling with ganache and roasted apple wood notes. A strong, charcoal-coated spine courses through the finish, with waves of tobacco and singed iron echoing. Syrah. Best from 2019 through 2024.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)

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Shafer Vineyards One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Shafer Vineyards One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 91+

Strikingly complex and engaging, offering tiers of flavor, including dark berry, cedar, graphite and oak, presented in a style that lets the elements speak through the tannins. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2018)

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

WA 89


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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Gerardo Cesari Bosan, Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 (750 ml) Gerardo Cesari Bosan, Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 (750 ml)

Bosan Amarone is produced from a single vineyard of 5 hectares located in the prestigious Illasi Valley. Concentrated and full-bodied, Bosan displays jammy, raisined fruit flavors. Ripe red cherry notes envelope the palate, while subtle cocoa and vanilla notes follow on the lengthy finish. The finest dried fruit is vinified in stainless steel using the traditional Amarone production method unique to the Valpolicella and then aged in a combination of French and Slavonian oak barrels for 3 years.

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Estate Argyros Vin Santo 12 Year Barrel Aged, Santorini, Greece 2001 (500 ml) Estate Argyros Vin Santo 12 Year Barrel Aged, Santorini, Greece 2001 (500 ml)

95 Points Decanter

It is understated, graceful, elegant and airy, with its acidity easily cutting through its mid-palate and the sugar. Showing far more grip and tension, however, than the four-year bottling also reviewed this issue, it adds a layer of depth and more power at the end in comparison, plus some additional complexity. It gets better and better with air, too, and showed better on Day 3 than on opening. The ability to combine power and elegance makes this a great experience. Drink now-2030.

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Honig Winery Bartolucci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Honig Winery Bartolucci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

WS 94, JS 91

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

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (2018)

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Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2015 (750 ml)

WE 96, WS 93

Rich, fruity and with great potential, this ripe wine is also dense with firm tannins. Its juicy fruits are a part of a package with the concentrated tannins and smoky wood flavors that allow for long aging. This is an impressive wine from one of the Margaux properties owned by the Lurton family. Drink from 2025.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2018)

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Lewelling Vineyards Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Lewelling Vineyards Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 93+

Very Pauillac-like (as usual), the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight has a similar character, with loads of creme de cassis, smoke, licorice and graphite as well as a full-bodied texture, dense, rich fruit, impressive purity and ripe tannin. This is a beauty, but interestingly, it doesn’t show the dramatic difference in quality that it often does at such a young age, although that may well evolve. Give it several more years of bottle age and drink it over the following two decades.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Celani Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2016 (750 ml) Celani Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2016 (750 ml)

The 2016 Celani Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 20 months in 90% new French oak barrels and was bottled without fining or filtration. The result is a wine that possesses profoundly heady aromas of roasted, ripe blackberries, black raspberries, strawberry jam, currants and espresso, finishing with beautiful minerality. Hints of black cardamom, violets, marzipan and cigar box add to the aromatic complexity. This is a monstrous wine that embodies grace, power and seduction. At first sip this wine is amazingly seamless, leading into richly layered black and purple fruit. The fined-grained tannins integrate effortlessly with the wine’s intensity, finishing with long-lasting echoes of yum! The 2016 Cabernet is drinking beautifully now and will age effortlessly over the next 20 plus years.

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Juslyn Vineyards Perry's Blend, Spring Mountain District 2014 (750 ml) Juslyn Vineyards Perry's Blend, Spring Mountain District 2014 (750 ml)

WA 93

Blended of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and smaller portions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2014 Perry's Blend shows a medium garnet-purple color with a warm plums, blueberry preserves and spice cake nose plus hints of fallen leaves and pencil shavings. Taut and muscular on the firm, full-bodied palate, with good black fruit and earth expressions, it has an herbal lift to the finish.

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

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Icardi Barolo "Parej" 2007 (750 ml) Icardi Barolo "Parej" 2007 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 92

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

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2011)

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Barons de Rothschild Rose, Champagne NV (750 ml) Barons de Rothschild Rose, Champagne NV (750 ml)

IWC 91

Bright orange-pink. Smoky, lees-tinged aromas of ripe red berries, orange zest and honey, with a hint of chamomile in the background. Juicy, penetrating redcurrant and tangerine flavors are braced and lifted by juicy acidity. Stretches out and gains flesh on the finish, which leaves suave floral pastille and berry skin notes behind. The marriage of richness and tension here will make this Champagne very flexible with food.

- Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar (Jan, 2015)

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Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2009 (750 ml) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2009 (750 ml)

WA 92, IWC 92

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

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


- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2014)

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Kenzo Estate Asatsuyu, Napa Valley 2016 (750 ml) Kenzo Estate Asatsuyu, Napa Valley 2016 (750 ml)

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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Bergstrom Wines Sigrid Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml) Bergstrom Wines Sigrid Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml)

WA 95

The 2015 Chardonnay Sigrid conjures notions of peaches, pink grapefruit and green guava with hints of toasted almonds, chalk dust, coriander seed and baker's yeast. Medium-bodied with a racy backbone cutting through the silken texture, it delivers a wonderful intensity of citrus, tropical and savory flavors, finishing long and layered.

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

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Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2016 (750 ml) Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2016 (750 ml)

WA 93-95

I caught the 2016 Flor de Pingus days before it was due for bottling, so what I tasted was the final blend (done after the time in barrel was over) that was just settling in tank before being bottled. The paradox of 2016 is that it was a warm year, but the resulting wines have great freshness, which also happened in 1996 (one of my favorite old vintages of Pingus). The yields were higher, which brought more freshness to the wines; and the wines are airier and not as compact as, for example, 2015. In fact, what they have been doing for some time now is to work in viticulture—the pruning and what you do with the canopy—to achieve slightly higher yields and get the plants to balance, because as you increase the yields, the ripening takes longer. Even though it's young, this shows amazing perfume that should bloom with a year in bottle. This has all the signals to become one of the greatest vintages of Flor de Pingus.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2018)

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Beaux Freres 'The Beaux Freres Vineyard' Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2016 (750 ml) Beaux Freres 'The Beaux Freres Vineyard' Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2016 (750 ml)

WS 95, WA 93

Remarkably and seamlessly complex, with a polished and refined core wrapped in silky raspberry and blueberry flavors, accented by savory spice and orange zest hints. The long finish builds toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025.

- TIm Fish, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2018)

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Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WA 90

In 2014 the yields were sightly higher than in 2015, and his 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate shows flattering, front-end loaded and pretty red and black fruits, a dense, dark ruby/purple-tinged color, medium to full body, sweet tannin and a rather Bordeaux-like lushness and elegance. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (750 ml) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (750 ml)

JS 95, V 95, WA 94+

The 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is impressive. The overtness of the year is nicely balanced by the inherent freshness and acidity of Sangiovese. Hints of tobacco, cedar, licorice and spices are layered into the insistent finish. This is a terrific showing. I very much like the energy, length and focus of the fruit. I can’t wait to see how this develops over the coming years. The Vigna del Sorbo is a bit overlooked in the Fontodi stable, but it is often striking, especially after a few years in bottle. This historic vineyard is planted to 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Sorbo has an element of freshness that the Flaccianello doesn’t have. I will not be surprised if over time it enjoys a more gradual and finessed evolution in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2012)

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Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana 2013 (750 ml) Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana 2013 (750 ml)

WS 97, WA 95, WE 93

A polished, blackberry- and black currant—infused red, with accents of wild herbs and spice, this is both saturated, intense and racy. All the elements are in the correct proportions, this just needs time to express itself fully. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2033.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2018)

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William Fevre Bougros, Chablis Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml) William Fevre Bougros, Chablis Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml)

JS 93, WS 93, WA 91-93

The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros comes from vines enjoying a southwest and south exposure. That said, it was broody and closed when I tasted it, though digging the snout in deeper you can eke out scents of cockleshell and fresh mussels. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity. There is fine definition here, quite saline in the mouth with a crisp, lightly spiced finish that continues that estuarine theme. It cries out for a huge mountain of fruits de mer!

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)

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Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml) Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WE 92

Pungent layers of earthiness, a mix of black tea, compost, clove and forest pine, are at the forefront of this structured, densely packed red. The fruit in this wine shows a lean tart slice of wild strawberry and cranberry. The body is structured and elegant, with plenty of complexity for aging.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2018)

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Le Macchiole 'Paleo' 2014 (750 ml) Le Macchiole 'Paleo' 2014 (750 ml)

WA 92

The 2014 Paleo (100% Cabernet Franc) shows an introverted personality, much like the Messorio from the same vintage. With a few stern swirls of the glass, the wine begins to show increased substance and grit with black fruit, cured leather and spice aromas. The wine oozes darkness overall. It appears opulent and bold in terms of aromas, yet the mouthfeel is more streamlined and compact instead. In terms of the palate, this edition of Paleo definitely needs to flesh out further with additional cellar aging.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)

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Delectus Boulder Falls Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2013 (750 ml) Delectus Boulder Falls Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 95+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Boulder Falls is another painfully extracted, rich, full-bodied wine with enormous extract, massive body and richness in a wine seemingly built for 30 or more years of cellaring. Impatient connoisseurs and consumers not willing to defer gratification should steer far clear of this blockbuster, which really requires a decade of cellaring. Kudos to Delectus for making wines that ultimately will prove the magnificent aging potential of what they’re doing in Knights Valley.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Montagna Cabernet Sauvignon The Montagna Estate 2012 (750 ml) Montagna Cabernet Sauvignon The Montagna Estate 2012 (750 ml)

WA 91+

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

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Upper Barn Chardonnay, Alexander Valley 2014 (750 ml) Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Upper Barn Chardonnay, Alexander Valley 2014 (750 ml)

WA 96

From a site made famous by Helen Turley when she was buying its fruit, the 2014 Chardonnay Upper Barn is at an 1,800-foot elevation and spent 11 months in 52% new French oak. A killer Chardonnay (as it always has been), the wine offers up notes of wet gravel, citrus oil, apple blossom, orange marmalade, honeysuckle, and a hint of almond paste. Fabulous fruit on the attack, mid-palate and finish characterizes this dry, gorgeous, compelling Chardonnay that should age effortlessly for a decade or more.

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

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Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (750 ml) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (750 ml)

V 96, JS 94, WA 93

The 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is beautiful in this vintage. It shows gorgeous mid-palate depth and pliancy, with wonderful richness in its sweet dark fruit, smoke, licorice and grilled herbs. The 10% Cabernet Sauvignon works particularly well in this vintage, as it seems to give the wine a measure of depth and delineation that is less obvious in the Flaccianello. Higher toned floral notes add lift on the finish. The Vigna del Sorbo is a touch restrained in 2008, as are most wines, yet it shows fabulous balance and tons of personality. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Aug 2011)

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Giovanni Viberti Barolo Bricco delle Viole Riserva 2011 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo Bricco delle Viole Riserva 2011 (750 ml)

WS 91

Dense, this offers cherry, licorice, wild herb and tar flavors, backed by lively acidity and dusty, well-integrated tannins. Features a fine, minerally finish.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2018)

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Fisher Vineyards Coach Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Fisher Vineyards Coach Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

V 93

Fisher's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Coach Insignia is surprisingly dense and powerful. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive throughout. One of the more ample wines readers will come across, the 2014 Coach Insignia continues to develop nicely. A host of dark cherry, mocha, new leather, licorice and plum lead into the plush, inviting finish. The 2014 will drink well with minimal cellaring.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2016)

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Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml) Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (750 ml)

WS 93

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

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)

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Domaine Laroche Les Blanchots Grand Cru Chablis 2013 (750 ml) Domaine Laroche Les Blanchots Grand Cru Chablis 2013 (750 ml)

WS 93, WE 93, WA 93

Lovely balance and harmony provides the focal point for the lemon cake, apple, lanolin and stone flavors. Clean and precise, with a long, lemon- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2020.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2015)

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Giovanni Viberti Barolo La Volta Riserva 2011 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo La Volta Riserva 2011 (750 ml)

WS 94, WE 92

This red is settling into a mix of sweet fruit and savory flavors, suggesting notes of cherry, raspberry, juniper and autumn leaves. Hints of burning vine cuttings and mineral grace the subtle yet long finish. Very fresh and harmonious.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)

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Giovanni Viberti Barolo San Pietro Riserva 2011 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo San Pietro Riserva 2011 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 92

A rich, meaty style, boasting cherry, plum, tobacco and underbrush flavors. Well-structured yet harmonious, with a long finish of autumn woods and tobacco.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)

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Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2014 (750 ml) Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2014 (750 ml)

WS 94

Enticing flavors of sweet cherry and strawberry are accented by leather, licorice and tar details in this solidly built yet supple red. Notes of wild herb, menthol, mineral and underbrush add interest as this plays out on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2043.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)

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Bodegas Muga Torre Muga, Rioja 2014 (750 ml) Bodegas Muga Torre Muga, Rioja 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94

There was no 2012 or 2013 produced, so we jumped from the 2011 to the 2014 Torre Muga, a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Graciano and 10% Mazuelo from the middle of the slope in the village of Villalba de Rioja (where the Muga family comes from). It combines the freshness of the higher-altitude vineyards of the Prado Enea with the power of the lower ones used for the Muga range. It fermented in oak vats and had a shorter élevage of only 15 months (it used to be more), and the different varieties were kept separated until the penultimate racking when they were blended. There is more volume here and some more spice from the élevage, with an open and expressive nose. It's medium-bodied with some fine tannins and less weight in the mid-palate than other vintages.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2018)

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Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Fossati, Barolo 2010 (750 ml) Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Fossati, Barolo 2010 (750 ml)

WS 92


A silky, elegant style, offering cherry, spice, tobacco and mineral flavors. Balanced and gaining composure with air, so decant now or cellar for two to three years. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2029.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)

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Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2013 (1.5 Liter) Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2013 (1.5 Liter)

WS 90

Solidly built, with a lively, focused core and aromas of dark berry and spice mixed with sleek flavors of cherry and licorice. Drink now through 2027.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)

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Renteria Pinot Noir Brown Ranch Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) 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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E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice 2015 (750 ml) E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice 2015 (750 ml)

WA 94-96

Still aging in 100% new oak, the 2015 Saint Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice is rich and concentrated, piled high with blackberries and mulberries, yet savory, with a black olive component as well. It’s full-bodied, layered and complex, with a long, velvety finish. It should prove long-lived for a Saint Joseph.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)

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The Prisoner Wine Co. 'The Prisoner' 2017 (1.5 Liter) The Prisoner Wine Co. 'The Prisoner' 2017 (1.5 Liter)

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.

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Wente Nth Degree Caberent Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml) Wente Nth Degree Caberent Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

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

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Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux 2012 (750 ml) Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93, WE 92

Another brilliant example from administrator Thomas Duroux and his team, the intense second wine, Palmer’s 2012 Alter Ego (51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot), offers up plenty of blackberry and crème de cassis notes along with some spring flowers, licorice and subtle background oak. Opulently textured, full-bodied and stunning, this is an outrageously successful second wine to drink over the next 12-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2015 (750 ml) J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2015 (750 ml)

WE 95

The nose on this luxury-level bottling is pure and refreshing, offering aromas of black cherry, loamy soil, dried mint and caramel-laced coffee. The palate is framed by upright tannins, yet is soft enough to enjoy now, showing deep flavors of black currant, dried herb, milk chocolate and toffee. Drink 2020–2040.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2018)

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Bodega Aleanna 'Gran Enemigo Agrelo' Cabernet Franc 2010 (750 ml) Bodega Aleanna 'Gran Enemigo Agrelo' Cabernet Franc 2010 (750 ml)

WA 95, JS 94

The 2010 Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard is from clay soils in a cool vintage. The palate is electric, with citric (pomegranate and blood orange) flavors, completely vertical. I like this much better than the 2009 vintage, but I still prefer the wines from Gualtallary. It is interesting to note that in years with higher acidity he uses less SO2. This is truly vertical. Only 3,500 bottles were produced. Very good value. Drink 2015-2022.

Aleanna is a combination of the names Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena, (winemaker and youngest daughter) of Nicolas Catena and is the name given to their small joint venture. El Enemigo (The Enemy) is the name of the wines produced here, some of which are almost experimental and offered in limited quantities. All the wines were initially fermented in old barriques and old wood vats to avoid excessive influence of the oak in the wines, but they are now moving toward cement vats without epoxy lining and aging in used 225-liter barrels and in 4,000-liter, 100-year-old foudres. I had the great pleasure and superb learning experience to slowly taste the 2009 and 2010 vintages of the Gran Enemigo single-vineyard wines and experience the differences of the vintages and the soils from Agrelo and Gualtallary transparently reflected in the wines. That’s what I call true wines of terroir. There are different bottlings of the Gran Enemigo cuvee, some blending fruit from Gualtallary and Agrelo, but certainly the most interesting ones are the single-vineyard ones. For these the blend is Cabernet Franc with some 15-20% Malbec and the wines are never acidified. The goal is to achieve 13% natural alcohol in the wines, but it has to be done in the vineyard, not with adjustments in the winery. The difference in soils is clear: Agrelo is at 900 meters altitude and the soils are pure clay, a cool soil, but the air is warm. The vineyard in Gualtallary is at 1,480 meters above sea level with 12,000 plants per hectare with pure calcite (planted by Alejandro Sejanovich who used to be vineyard manager at Catena, and was the one who hired Alejandro Vigil). The results speak for themselves, but if you want figures, the wines from Agrelo have seven grams of acidity (which is very high), while the ones from Gualtallary have nine grams (which is almost insane). In both cases pH is around 3.5. Malolactic fermentation is partial.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2014)

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Chimney Rock Elevage Red, Stags Leap District 2015 (750 ml) Chimney Rock Elevage Red, Stags Leap District 2015 (750 ml)

WA 91-93

The 2015 Proprietary Red Elevage, a completely different blend at 77% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is slightly more powerful and bigger-framed wine with loads of juicy blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, mocha, spice and more glycerin and textural impact. It is typical of the lower yields of 2015, and the terrific ripeness and headiness of those wines.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml)

WS 96, WE 94


An elegant and rich-tasting red, full of concentrated red plum, cherry and currant flavors, backed by suave, medium-grained tannins. The finish offers a caressing palate of lush spice, cocoa powder and cream nuances. Drink now through 2024. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (May, 2018)

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Monteverro Toscana 2012 (750 ml) Monteverro Toscana 2012 (750 ml)

WA 94, WS 92

The 2012 Monteverro is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This is a gorgeous wines that excels on many fronts including extraction, intensity and richness. The bouquet opens to aromas of dark berry and spice, with lingering tones of tobacco, resin and blackberry jam. The 2012 vintage was a warm one (similar to 2011) on the Tuscan Coast. As a result, this edition is slightly less nuanced compared to cooler vintages like 2008 and 2010. This is a beautiful option if you choose to drink the wine now or hold it for later.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)

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Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml) Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (750 ml)

WE 91

This wine is a blend of fruit from estate sites McQueen, Bob Healey and Lefore along with Pepper Bridge. The aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of high cacao chocolate, spice, bay leaf, dried flower, cassis, raspberry, herb and cherry, showing pleasing complexities. The black-currant, cherry and spice flavors coat the palate, bringing a sense of richness but still restraint and vibrancy.

- Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2018)

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Luce della Vite 'Luce' Toscana 2014 (750 ml) Luce della Vite 'Luce' Toscana 2014 (750 ml)

JS 96, WE 92, WS 92

Air reveals black cherry and blackberry flavors wrapped in toasty oak in this rich, polished red, supported by dense, muscular tannins. A fine effort in a difficult vintage. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2019 through 2027.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (July, 2017)

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Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2008 (750 ml) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2008 (750 ml)

WA 93, JS 92

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.

Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully.


- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)

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Ceretto-Bricco Rocche Barolo Brunate 2012 (750 ml) Ceretto-Bricco Rocche Barolo Brunate 2012 (750 ml)

WS 94, WA 93, WE 92

A sleek, linear style whose macerated cherry and berry flavors are framed by spicy oak, tobacco and graphite notes, with tannins that are tight and assertive now, but this has balance and finesse overall, and lingering sweet fruit in the aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2038. 210 cases made.

-Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (April, 2017)

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

V 93-96, JS 94

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

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2014)

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Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 (750 ml)

WE 94, WA 93

Sporting a deep garnet-purple color and nose of cedar, baked blackberries and black cherry preserves with hints of menthol and violets, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch is medium-bodied, elegant and fine, with just enough fruit, soft tannins and lovely freshness.

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

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Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml)

A stunning pop of red fruit—the signature of this vineyard—opens this decadent, concentrated vintage. The 2015 Quicksilver has slightly darker fruit flavors than its preceding vintage while still retaining the juicy cherry and plum notes one has to come to love from this western Rutherford site. Elegant floral notes and a mouthwatering natural acidity brightens the palate while rich tannins carry the flavors into a long, persistent finish.

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Nickel & Nickel Hayne Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Hayne Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml)

WA 94+, WE 91

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon John C Sullinger Vineyard Oakville is a deep garnet-purple color with a crème de cassis, blackberry pie and eucalypt nose plus hints of Marmite toast, chargrill and lavender. Medium-bodied and elegant with fine-grained, approachable tannins, the fruit is open and ready for business. Yum!

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)

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Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2003 (750 ml) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2003 (750 ml)

WA 92, IWC 91

The cask-aged 2003 Brunello di Montalcino from Canalicchio di Sopra is a big, full-bodied wine packed with vibrant dark fruit. It coats the palate with gorgeous depth and persistence, showing terrific energy and notable overall balance. This is a great effort from Canalicchio di Sopra and one of the estate's best wines in recent memory.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (April, 2008)

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Chateau Branaire-Ducru, Saint-Julien 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Branaire-Ducru, Saint-Julien 2010 (750 ml)

WE 95, JS 94, WA 94, IWC 94, WS 94

This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years.

Producer Patrick Maroteaux continues to fine-tune and turn out a succession of brilliant wines from this chateau, which sits across the famous Medoc Route du Vin from Beychevelle.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)

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Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml)

Fruit-forward yet savory, the 2015 Quarry Vineyard marries notes of blackberry and black cherry with hints of tapenade and spicy cigar box both on the nose and palate. A generous swirl of the glass reveals a rich depth of aromas and flavors, all supported by long, coating tannins.

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Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger Vineyard 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger Vineyard 2015 (750 ml)

WA 94+

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon John C Sullinger Vineyard Oakville is a deep garnet-purple color with a crème de cassis, blackberry pie and eucalypt nose plus hints of Marmite toast, chargrill and lavender. Medium-bodied and elegant with fine-grained, approachable tannins, the fruit is open and ready for business. Yum!

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

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Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 (750 ml)

Bright, clear black cherry and blackberry aromas, accented by notes of toasty spice, open onto a palate layered with flavors of mixed berries, spice and earth. Elegant and balanced, with a rich backbone of oak, this concentrated vintage possesses the tremendous length, the layered flavor profile and incredible depth that is associated with this and other west Oakville vineyards.

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Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml) Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 (750 ml)

WA 95+, WE 94

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

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

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Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml)

V 95+, IWC 92


Impresses for its crystalline purity. Bright veins of chalky salinity support the fruit in a drip-dead gorgeous, vibrant Barbaresco built on energy and nuance. An exotic finish laced with hints of tangerine peel, rose petal, anise and spices rounds things out beautifully. This is one of the most polished, graceful wines I have ever tasted from Giorgio Pelissero.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2014)

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Juslyn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District 2012 (750 ml) Juslyn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District 2012 (750 ml)

WA 92-94

The superb 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc) offers up aromas of forest floor, spring flowers, red and black currants and subtle oak, and a long, rich, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. This exuberant as well as precise 2012 should drink well for 10-12 years.

Despite the high quality wines emerging from Juslyn, this estate remains under most consumers’ radar. Proprietors Carolyn and Perry Butler produce mostly estate-bottled wines from their vineyard holdings. The recently released 2009s are both sensational wines. Both 2011s, which are still in barrel, are lighter-styled wines. The 2012s ratchet up things considerably as they do at most wineries when comparing them to the 2011s.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)

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Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 2003 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 2003 (750 ml)

WA 89


The 2003 Barbaresco Tulin presents a dark expression of Nebbiolo in its deep, penetrating aromatics as well as its backward super-ripe fruit, earthy smoke and tar flavors. It is a big, full-bodied effort, with notable concentration as well as length, and an imposing tannic structure. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2017.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2006)

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Macauley Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) 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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Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml) Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 (750 ml)

V 91-94

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a polished, elegant wine. Medium in body, the 2014 graces the palate with bright red stone fruit and floral nuances. The new oak still needs time to integrate, so I would give the 2014 at least another year or two in bottle. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 gains weight in bottle. Today, it is decidedly on the lighter side of things, even within the context of the vintage.

- Vinous

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Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2015 (750 ml) Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2015 (750 ml)

JS 97, WA 95, WE 95

The 2015 Domaine de Chevalier is composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. It went through malolactic and aging on its lees during three months in 35% new, 35% one-year-old and 30% two-year-old barrels, with a total aging of 18 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it has lovely spiciness on the nose—Chinese five spice and black pepper—with a core of red and black cherries and smoked meats. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and refreshing, it's quite minerally in the mouth and persistent on the finish.

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

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Baron de Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 'Baron de L' 2015 (750 ml) Baron de Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 'Baron de L' 2015 (750 ml)

The largest and most famous Pouilly-Fume vineyards have been in the hands of the Comte Lafond and Ladoucette families since 1787 when the Comte Lafond purchased the estate from the illegitimate daughter of the French king, Louis XV. The estate is now owned by Baron Patrick de Ladoucette, a descendant of the Comte Lafond, and Pouilly Fume has earned a reputation as one of the world’s great white wines. After taking over Ladoucette in 1972, the Baron extended his activities to Sancerre, Chablis, Vouvray and Chinon. Today, the Baron produces outstanding Loire Valley wines under the de Ladoucette, Marc Bredif, La Poussie, Regnard and Baron Patrick labels. Many of the wines, including the Pouilly Fume de Ladoucette, Baron de L and Comte Lafond, are considered to be the finest examples of their type.

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Catena Zapata 'White Bones' Adrianna Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml) Catena Zapata 'White Bones' Adrianna Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml)

WA 95


The character of the soils used for the 2014 White Bones Chardonnay is so strong that it marked the wine more than the character of the vintage. 2014 was definitively riper than 2013, but the wine is still incredibly fresh and mineral. The parameters of these whites from Adrianna are just incredible, extremely low pH (around 3) and very high acidity (around nine grams in tartaric), which should provide for longevity. And great freshness and vibrant palates, of course.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane, Rhone 2017 (750 ml) E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane, Rhone 2017 (750 ml)

WA 96


Slightly more forward and flamboyant than the more classically structured 2016, the 2017 Condrieu la Doriane is full-bodied, plush and opulent, loaded with flowers, melons and apricots. Yes, the oak is noticeable, but it adds a relatively restrained note of toasted almonds, serving to focus and lift the waves of succulent fruit. I'd drink this silky-textured beauty over the next few years, while it's still as showy as can be.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2018)

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Delectus Bear Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2013 (750 ml) Delectus Bear Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 94+

I tasted three Cabernet Sauvignons from Delectus Winery. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bear Crossing (305 cases) has notes of saddle leather, rich, super-concentrated blackberry fruit, striking density, richness, and a connoisseur’s backwardness and profound richness that will require some time to come around. The tannins are excruciatingly high, and this wine reminds me of some of the late 1960s and early 1970s vintages of famous Mayacamas from Mount Veeder when it was almost like Port in its extraction and richness. This wine needs a good 10 years and seems to have a high ceiling.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)

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Domaine Michel Gros Clos des Reas, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2014 (750 ml) Domaine Michel Gros Clos des Reas, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2014 (750 ml)

WS 93, WA 90-92

Black cherry, spice and earth flavors are matched to a dense structure here, with concentration and subtle power building up to the finish. Drink now through 2024.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)

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Somerston Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml) Somerston Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 (750 ml)

WA 95+

More limited in production are the two high-end Cabernet Sauvignons. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Celestial (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a stunner. World-class notes of blackberry, blackcurrants, graphite, licorice, and even a hint of unsmoked cigar tobacco are followed by a full-bodied, rich, super-concentrated wine with low acidity, ripe but significant tannin, and a finish of a good 45+ seconds. This wine should evolve for 20-25 years or more.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (1.5 Liter) Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 (1.5 Liter)

V 92

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

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009 (750 ml) Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009 (750 ml)

WA 96, WS 94

Marqués de Murrieta didn't produce their top red in 2008, so I tasted the 2009 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial. In 2009, the final blend was Tempranillo with 19% Mazuelo (or Cariñena), one of the highest percentages of Mazuelo ever. The grapes are now sourced from the La Plana vineyard within the Ygay estate, one of the higher-altitude plots at 485 meters. The grapes fermented and aged separately, the Tempranillo in American oak barrels and the Mazuelo in French barriques for 26 months, given its power. It has that seriousness, character and somehow rusticity of the Mazuelo, austere, harmonious and still young. It has good depth and concentration, still young and lively with fine tannins and a backbone of freshness that lifts it up. It will develop for a very long time in bottle. This is a great classical Rioja for the long haul.

- Luis Guiterrez, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2018)

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Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 (750 ml) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 (750 ml)

V 98, WA 95, JS 95

The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is a timeless expression that embraces all the canons of great winemaking. This vineyard-designate expression (Sangiovese and a small part of Cabernet Sauvignon are planted here) boasts a delicately floral side in 2010 with dried violets and blue flower that gracefully lift the bouquet. Beyond the floral tones are shadings of cassis, wet earth, anisette and tobacco. Like the other wines of Fontodi, Vigna del Sorbo shows an ethereal side and inner elegance that is impossible to repeat elsewhere. It’s sure to develop bottle complexity over the years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2013)

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Chateau Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol 2009 (750 ml) Chateau Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol 2009 (750 ml)

JS 95, WA 94

A brilliant effort from well-known oenologists Dany and Michel Rolland, the 2009 Bon Pasteur is dominated by Merlot, with a touch of Cabernet Franc included in the blend. It reveals textbook notes of mocha, tobacco leaf, blackberries, black cherries, roasted coffee and wood smoke. Full-bodied and luscious with a succulent, beautifully textured, multidimensional mouthfeel, low acidity and sweet but noticeable tannin, it is reminiscent of the 1982 Bon Pasteur, which continued to put on weight for a decade or more. If the 2009 does the same, it will come close to equaling that legendary vintage. Drink it over the next 20+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2012)

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Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV (1.5 Liter) Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV (1.5 Liter)

WS 91


A bright and lacy Champagne, in an aperitif style, with citronella and smoke aromas to the rich flavors of crushed currant, lemon pastry cream and toast. Minerally finish. Drink now through 2021.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2018)

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Silverado Vineyards Solo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml) Silverado Vineyards Solo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750 ml)

WE 90


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

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)

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Domaine Robert Chevillon Les Vaucrains, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2014 (750 ml) Domaine Robert Chevillon Les Vaucrains, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2014 (750 ml)

WA 94

Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Vaucrains has a deep, evolving bouquet with more black fruit than red, quite minerally and tensile with fine delineation. It appears to gain vigor with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tension and impressive structure. It has the substance and depth to suggest a 2014 built for the long haul, and while it is rough around the edges at the moment, I expect it will be glorious in a decade's time. Chevillon's best wine of the vintage? I think so. Tasted September 2017.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)

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Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

WA 95, WS 92

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant nose of cedar, violets, potpourri and crushed blueberries over a core of black currants and plums, plus a hint of dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals impressive energy, with tons of perfumed black fruit and earthy layers supported by firm, grainy tannins, finishing long and lively.

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

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Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2003 (1.5 Liter) Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2003 (1.5 Liter)

WS 91

Elegant, almost aristocratic, offering subtle layers of blackberry, cherry, tar and licorice aromas and flavors, finishing harmoniously. Tannins are firm but not intrusive. This one should develop beautifully in the cellar. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (June, 2006)

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Fontodi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004 (375 ml) Fontodi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004 (375 ml)

WA 96, V 94

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

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2013)

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Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2010 (750 ml) Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2010 (750 ml)

WS 97

Vivid flavors of raspberry, boysenberry, cream and spice mix smoothly as they play against refined tannins in this aristocratic Shiraz, which lets the finish linger gracefully. Gripping in its depth and ease of expression.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (June, 2013)

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Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes 2011 (750 ml) Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes 2011 (750 ml)

WS 96, V 95

A big, broad, powerful style, with piecrust, roasted almond and hazelnut cream notes framing the core of apricot, creamed peach and dried mango. Picks up extra fig and pear details through the toasty finish. Needs a bit of time to finish sorting itself out. Best from 2017 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2014)

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Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1975 (750 ml) Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1975 (750 ml)

WA 93


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

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne, Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne, Barolo 2012 (750 ml)

WS 95, WA 93


A hint of oak lends this a spicy component, along with cherry, licorice and tar flavors. Racy and bright, with fine intensity and a long, tightly wound finish that seems to go on forever. This shows beautiful purity and class. Best from 2020 through 2036.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc-Milon, Pauillac 2010 (750 ml) Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc-Milon, Pauillac 2010 (750 ml)

WA 94, JS 94, WS 94, WE 94

One the finest Clerc Milons I have ever tasted, and showing better from bottle than from barrel, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and the rest a tiny bit of Carmenere and Petit Verdot has a complex nose of cedar wood, red and black fruits, white chocolate and creme de cassis. A very powerful wine at 14.5% natural alcohol (quite high for a Medoc), this wine has impressive purity and texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, relatively sweet tannin, but an already endearing complexity, length and richness that are hard to ignore. This is a superb effort and one of the wines that is usually reasonably priced among the classified growths.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)

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E. Guigal Chateau d'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2014 (750 ml) E. Guigal Chateau d'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2014 (750 ml)

V 94, WA 93

Despite recent bottling, the 2014 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis looks considerably better than the 2013. It’s a bit closed on the nose, but it shows more concentration, a rich, velvety mouthfeel and a long finish. Cedar and herb notes accent red fruit in this charming middleweight that should be approachable young.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)

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Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa, Douro 2013 (750 ml) Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa, Douro 2013 (750 ml)

WA 95, WS 94

The 2013 Vinha Maria Teresa is Crasto's lone single vineyard wine this year--there will be no Ponte--and it is a beauty. Showing the big flavor that this bottling always produces, it is nonetheless a remarkably graceful wine, impeccably balanced, pointed and focused. Over the years, this bottling has become ever more graceful while always retaining its identity. Never bombastic these days, this bottling can be a good food wine, as well as a tasty treat. The bright fruit, laced with a bit of blueberry and vanilla in its youth, becomes more nuanced over time and continues to evolve in the glass. Some air and time does this a lot of good. Its tannins are well integrated, but they do make an appearance. Overall, this is very approachable, but it would be a waste to dive in now. It should hold together very well in cellar over the next couple of decades; let's start conservatively in that regard. It is a beauty overall.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2016)

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Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Monprivato, Barolo 2011 (750 ml) Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Monprivato, Barolo 2011 (750 ml)

WE 95, WA 95, WS 95

No matter the vintage - hot or cold - this special wine always stays true to itself. The 2011 Barolo Monprivato is not as precise or polished as the excellent 2010 vintage, but the wine offers abundant elegance and generosity nonetheless. Dark fruit is followed by pipe tobacco, licorice and cola. These elements achieve a beautiful level of balance, depth and unity. Some tartness appears on the close. This wine demonstrates that you can't beat an excellent vineyard site when it comes to making iconic wines.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Gramolere, Barolo 2012 (1.5 Liter) Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Gramolere, Barolo 2012 (1.5 Liter)

V 94

The 2012 Barolo Gramolere is the most complete and convincing of the three single vineyard Barolos. It is also the wine with most intense expression of site. Blood orange, mint, rose petal, pine, kirsch and anise give the 2012 its characteristic high-toned aromatic profile, while intensely saline, Gramolere tannins add backbone. Deeply colored yet translucent, with notable freshness, the Gramolere is the star this year. Specifically, the 2012 is remarkably vivid, with all the nuance and complexity that only Nebbiolo can deliver.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Daou Vineyards Estate Soul of a Lion Red 2014 (750 ml) Daou Vineyards Estate Soul of a Lion Red 2014 (750 ml)

WE 96, WA 95+, WS 93

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

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2018)

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Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2009 (750 ml) Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2009 (750 ml)

JS 95, WS 92

This red is supple, with bright cherry fruit offsetting the firm tannins. Tobacco and leather flavors, with a hint of tar, add complexity as this persists through the lingering aftertaste of tobacco and spice. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2021.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (April, 2013)

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E. Guigal Chateau d'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2011 (750 ml) E. Guigal Chateau d'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2011 (750 ml)

WA 95-96, WS 95

A wine that will be in bottle by the time you read this, the 2012 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis (it always incorporates 7% Viognier) will check in behind the sensational 2009 and 2010, but should be on par with the 2005 and 2003. Cassis, licorice, smoked meats, graphite and peppery spice all emerge from this beautifully concentrated, full-bodied, seamless Cote Rotie that has building, ripe tannin, terrific purity and a blockbuster finish. It will have 20-25 years of longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits 2013 (750 ml) 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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Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml) Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml)

WE 95, WS 94

A rich style, sporting cherry, raspberry, spice and earth flavors. Moderate tannins lend support, while the flavors persist on the long finish. Though balanced overall, this tightens up at the end, suggesting that the best is yet to come. Best from 2021 through 2038.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)

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Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2013 (1.5 Liter) Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2013 (1.5 Liter)

WS 92

Rather perfumy up front, with savory, mint and incense notes leading the way for silky cherry and raspberry coulis flavors. The finish is lined with subtle tobacco, warm stone and floral hints, ending with a light balsam twinge. This should put on some weight with age. Best from 2017 through 2026.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2015)

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Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2009 (750 ml) Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2009 (750 ml)

WA 95, WE 95, WS 93


In late 2011, I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise, it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style. The 2009, one of the finest Domaine de Chevaliers yet produced, reveals a striking bouquet of burning embers, sweet cherry, black and red currant fruit, spice box, cedar and lead pencil shavings. The tannins are sweet in this fleshy, full-bodied offering. It is built on the notion of extraordinary harmony, elegance and complexity. While not the most concentrated or flamboyant 2009, its intense aromas are already reasonably evolved and its lusciousness and balance are terrific. Made from an interesting blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, its yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare were slightly higher than many of its neighbors achieved. Drink it over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2011)

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Domaine Laroche Les Clos, Chablis Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml) Domaine Laroche Les Clos, Chablis Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml)

WA 92+

The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos needs more precision and focus to come though on the nose. There are notes of green apple and chalk and a touch of dried quince in the background, although it needs to show more vigor and authority. The palate is better, with hints of toffee apple and quince on the entry, well judged acidity and flirty flecks of white peach and nutmeg toward the long finish. It actually improves with aeration and should drink well with three or four years in bottle.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)

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Beaulieu Vineyard BV Reserve Tapestry, Napa Valley 2014 (1.5 Liter) Beaulieu Vineyard BV Reserve Tapestry, Napa Valley 2014 (1.5 Liter)

WA 90


Blended of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot with dollops of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Reserve Tapestry Proprietary Red Wine opens with crème de cassis and blackberry tart notes over hints of menthol, incense and Christmas cake, plus a waft of dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is flamboyant, rich, velvety and seductive, with a lively lift in the mid-palate and a long, spicy finish.

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

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Fisher Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard 2009 (750 ml) Fisher Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard 2009 (750 ml)

IWC 93, WA 91

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard possesses gorgeous textural elegance and depth. Black cherries, plush, licorice, spices and flowers blossom with time in the glass as the wine opens up gradually. The 2009 boasts considerable richness and weight, not to mention terrific overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2012)

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Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2013 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2013 (750 ml)

WS 94

Firm and crisp, revealing cherry, wild herb, leather, tar and tobacco flavors, with mouth-coating tannins and lively acidity framing the lingering finish. Overall, this is elegant, showing grip and a savory impression. Best from 2020 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)

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Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (750 ml)

WS 95, WA 95

Offers a balance of cherry and berry fruit, savory wild herb and balsamic notes and leather and tobacco details, all matched to a firm, harmonious structure. Juicy, building to a long, energetic finish. Best from 2021 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2018)

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Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml) Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (750 ml)

WA 95

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

This iconic winery has some pretty stunning Cabernets for those with patience and cold cellars. Their estate on Howell Mountain now extends to 34 acres of vines. Randy Dunn’s son, Mike, is now running the show and may be picking slightly riper than his dad would have done.

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

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Pommery Cuvee Louise Brut Millesime 2004 (750 ml) Pommery Cuvee Louise Brut Millesime 2004 (750 ml)

WE 94, WS 93

Pommery's prestige Champagne is named after one of the great Champagne widows of the 19th century who took over when her husband, Alexandre Pommery, died. It is a rich, mature wine, with toast and almond flavors as much as fruit. Full of mineral Chardonnay (60% of the blend), this ripe wine is very ready to drink.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)

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Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 (750 ml) Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 (750 ml)

WE 95, WS 94, JS 93

Artist Sandro Chia and his team have delivered a lush, modern, approachable and opulent riserva with aromas of spice, ripe fruit, chocolate fudge and red cherry. This is a round and supple wine, with a soft, generous mouthfeel backed by firm structure and bright acidity. Best from 2015 through 2032.

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Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (750 ml) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (750 ml)

WA 93

Canalicchio di Sopra’s 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is an intense, full-bodied red that is simply captivating for its seamless dark fruit and superb depth. Rich, round and delicious, this racy Brunello offers plenty of dark fruit with sweet scents of licorice, leather and spices that linger on the long, refined finish. Clean notes of minerality give the wine superb balance. This is easily the most elegant, refined Brunello I have tasted yet from Canalicchio di Sopra and is one of the highlights in 2004. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (April, 2008)

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Domaine Laroche Les Clos, Chablis Grand Cru 2012 (750 ml) 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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Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu 2009 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu 2009 (750 ml)

IWC 93+, WA 93+

Higher-pitched on the nose than the Nubiola and Tulin, offering scents of black fruits, violet and dried rose. Juicy and energetic in a calcaire way, combining attractive sweetness with excellent definition. This is every bit as sweet as the 2008 Vanotu, with even more floral character in the mouth. The superb mounting back end features firm-edged tannins and noteworthy verve. In style, this really transcends the vintage.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)

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