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Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage 2012
A ripe style, with fleshy blackberry and plum coulis flavors lined with black licorice and sweet spice hints. An iron twinge keeps this honest through the finish. Drink now through 2016. 5,000 cases made. –JM 90 Spectator


Albert Mann Gewurtztraminer Grand Cru Steingrubler 2011
The silky palate of this elegant version shows a hint of honey lacing the flavors of melon, orange sorbet and ground ginger. Finely tuned acidity and accents of fleur de sel and smoke linger on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 40 cases imported. 92 Spectator


Altare Arborina Barolo 2010
The 2010 Barolo Arborina shows a strong fruit profile with cherry and cassis that sets it apart from the 2009 vintage that is extremely generous in floral tones of crushed flower and rose. This expression shows great power and substance with 20 to 30% new oak. This is a precise and sharp wine with a heightened sense of focus and definition that is...


Altare Arborina Langhe 2009
The 2009 Langhe Arborina (Nebbiolo) jumps from the glass with freshly cut flowers, red berries and mint. This energetic, impeccable wine boasts incredible class and sheer elegance. It is a gorgeous wine full of energy and polish. Here, too, it is evident Nebbiolo did better than Barbera in 2009. The oak needs time to settle and the overtness of...


Altare Barolo Arborina 2008
The 2008 Langhe Arborina (Nebbiolo) is quite beautiful. It doesn't have the vibrancy or power of the 2009, yet the pedigree of this hillside site comes through in spades just the same. Floral notes wrap around the delicate, perfumed finish. There is a Pinot like sweetness and silkiness to the 2008 that is impossible to miss. The Nebbiolo tannins...


Altesino Brunello Montosoli 2003 Magnum
The single-vineyard 2003 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli, from one of the region's top sites, is fresher and more vibrant than the regular bottling, with superior balance and finesse. It shows lovely plumpness, clarity and depth in its black cherries, oak, spices and tobacco. This medium to full-bodied wine should drink beautifully over the next...


Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2013
2011 was not an easy act to follow as it produced what probably was the best Dofí to date, yet the 2013 Finca Dofí is as good or even better! The single-vineyard 2013 Finca Dofí, made since 2011 with Garnacha and perhaps 5% Cariñena (previously made with Cabernet Sauvignon), was fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in...
*in owc


Alvear Solera 1927 Pedro Ximenez
The NV Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 is non-vintage, but does have some 1927 material in it. This is totally dark brown/amber with notes of figs, toffee, caramel syrup, molasses and coffee. It is dense, super sweet, intense, rich and an amazingly, unctuously textured, thick beverage to consume slowly and introspectively after a meal. Drink now through...


Amuse Bouche Au Sommet Cabernet 2012
The dense ruby/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Sommet, from the winery's estate vineyard on top of Atlas Peak, exhibits a pronounced earthy minerality in both the aromatics and flavors. The wine reveals attractive cassis and a Graves-like terroir character, medium to full body, and moderate tannins in the finish. It will benefit from...
*6 bottles available


Amuse Bouche Pret a Boire Rose 2014
Plump and full-bodied, with notes of smoky raspberry and pepper. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now. 400 cases made. Spectator


Amuse Bouche Proprietary Red 2012
The 2012 Proprietary Red Amuse Bouche offers juicy blue and red fruits along with surprisingly noticeable acidity, good cleanliness and purity, and a style that falls somewhere between a French Bordeaux and a Napa red wine. Although still youthful, it displays a potential for plenty of aromatic complexity, medium to full body, and savory flavors....
*6 bottles availabel


Ancillary Cellars Pinot Noir Sangiacomo 2013
From the famed Robert's Road vineyard, located on level land directly below Gaps Crown and Sun Chase, this special terroir bridges the gap between the old Sonoma riverbed vineyards and its modern hillside approach. Two clones comprise this wine, Dijon 115 and classic French Pommard which was aged on lees for 10 months in barrel to add complexity....


Ancillary Cellars Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
ancillary cellars is a new collaboration between celebrated Napa Valley vintners mike smith and mark carter.
2013 was another stellar year from this high elevation rock laden vineyard located in the Petaluma Gap of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Our four blocks of Pinot Noir are located between 900 and 1400 feet in elevation and are planted to clones 667,...


Anne Gros Echezeaux Les Loachausses 2012
The 2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru was taken from stainless steel vat. It has a deep, inward looking nose that loses its bashfulness in the glass, offering tempting scents of mulberry, raspberry and damp soil. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent, rounded entry. This feels fleshy in the mouth with black moving to red fruits towards the finish....
*4 bottles available


Antinori Guado al Tasso 2001
Of the wines in this flight, the 2001 Bolgheri Guado al Tasso gave the most immediate pleasure. This wine is seductive, supple and soft thanks to its dark cherry, ripe fruit, exotic spice, cassis, grilled herb, crushed mineral and sweet chewing tobacco. The blend is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (with smaller parts Merlot and Syrah). It shows...
*4 bottles available


Antinori Solaia 2009
A pretty red, boasting floral, cherry, black currant, chocolate and spice aromas and flavors. The firm structure is assertive now, both acidity and tannins, but the sweet fruit and spice flavors persist and grace the long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2015 through 2030. 500 cases made. �BS 95 Spectator
*4 bottles available


Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet 2006
Smooth, ripe and fleshy, this full-bodied red shows supple black cherry, plum and wild berry framed by a layer of toasty, mocha-laced oak. Elegant, stylish and understated, this gains complexity and depth on the finish, with hints of mineral and graphite. Drink now through 2016. 1,600 cases made. –JL
*Limited supply


Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 2012
Mark Aubert is one of the contenders for California’s finest practitioner of Burgundian-styled, yet classic, California Chardonnays. His offerings are all made like grand cru Burgundies with full malolactic, the use of French oak and lees stirring, but the purity of fruit, the textural dimensions, and the stunning singularity of these...
*5 bottles available


Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2001
The 2001 Barolo San Rocco is even more impressive than the Bricco Fiasco. Here it is the Serralunga muscle and grip that informs the wine to a great degree. Tar, smoke, leather and plums wrap around the intense, virile finish. The 2001 San Rocco is young, young, young. What a great showing! Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. 94+ Advocate


Bacio Divino Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Virtually perfect, and a California verison of Haut-Brion or La Mission Haut-Brion is the absolutely remarkable 2012 Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon. There are 250 cases of this prodigious wine, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from this site. Loads of scorched earth, burning embers/charcoal, blackberry and blueberry fruit...


Bacio Divino Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
I thought the Jenzen Cabernet Sauvignons showed brilliantly. The 2012 Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense purple color followed by notes of creosote, burning embers, wood spice, forest floor, blackberry and cassis. It is full-bodied with great intensity and a long, rich, concentrated finish. 95 Advocate


Bacio Divino Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
The 2012 Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from the Dutch Henry Canyon area near both the Switchback and Hourglass Vineyards and sits at a 400-foot elevation, is certainly another stunner. It’s rare to see two Cabernet Sauvignons that eclipse anything from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, but I think Jenzen has done that...


Banfi Brunello 1999
"This wine shows an incredible concentration of fruit, with loads of berries and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and lots of smoky character." WS 94 Top 100 1999 Vintage. Other vintages available including the 2001 and 2004.


Banfi Brunello 2001
Loads of blackberry, currant and toasted oak. Full-bodied, chewy and rich. Long finish. This is big and rich. Best after 2009. 50,000 cases made. –JS Spectator


Beau Vigne Juliet 2011
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Juliet (96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot) is slightly better. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a floral nose revealing notes of blackberries, black currants, licorice and a touch of graphite. Full-bodied and rich with low acidity and sweet tannin, it is on a fast evolutionary track, so drink it over...


Beau Vigne Juliete 2010
Beau Vigne’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Juliet impresses for its layered, silky personality. Juicy red cherries, freshly cut flowers and mint all take shape in the glass. A generous helping of Merlot (19%) gives the Juliet much of its finesse and immediate appeal. Layers of cinnamon, mocha and vanillin are layered into the finish.


Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet 2009
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, from vines planted on volcanic soils, is gorgeous. Fresh, perfumed aromatics meld into expressive dark red fruit in this silky, layered Cabernet Sauvignon. High-toned floral, spiced notes add lift on the long, persistent finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Advocate


Beau Vigne Romeo Cabernet 2011
A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Romeo exhibits a dense purple color, a full-bodied, rich mouthfeel, and abundant notes of espresso roast, white chocolate, creme de cassis and spice box. It spent 16 months in 50% new French oak, but there is little evidence of wood in this rich, full-bodied,...


Bedrock Heritage Lorenzo's Heritage 2012
The 2012 Lorenzo's Heritage comes from an alluvial bench of red gravelly soils, and the non-irrigated vines are at least 100-years-old. Another blend of Zinfandel, Carignan, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet, it was aged in 30% new French oak, it achieved 15.4% natural alcohol, and 600 cases were produced. Full-bodied with copious notes of...
*4 bottles available


Bedrock Pagani Ranch Heritage Wine 2013
The 2013 Proprietary Red Pagani Heritage rivals the incredible 2012. An ancient vineyard of mixed black grapes planted in the 1880s, this full-bodied, multifaceted wine offers a stunning display of blue, red and black fruits intermixed with floral notes, a juicy, exuberant personality, and, most importantly, a boatload of pleasure. Drink it over...


Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet 2010
Strikingly rich and layered, this red is beautifully balanced, elegant and graceful, with a tremendous mix of blackberry, mocha, melted black licorice and currant flavors, ending with firm, grainy tannins. The push of ripe fruit is long and persistent. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made. (Spectator top 100) 94


Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet 2010
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is built from completely different sources. Sixty-six percent came from the St. Helena Home Ranch, 18% from the Chabot Vineyard, and the rest from Beringer�s estates in St. Helena, Rutherford and Coombsville. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that came in at 14.6% natural alcohol with a pH of 3.8. Perhaps...


Billecart Salmon Brut Champagne NV
A Champagne Blend Dry White Sparkling wine from France 90 Advocate


Billecart Salmon Clos Saint Hilaire 1998 Champagne
The 1998 Brut Le Clos Saint-Hilaire emerges from the glass with an exotic array of intensely perfumed, candied fruit. The wine possesses gorgeous textural richness in a deep, layered expression of Pinot Noir. The mousse remains refined and very elegant all the way through to the deeply satisfying, resonating finish. This is bottle: 001493 out of...
*3 bottles available


Billecart Salmon Rose
The NV Brut Rose is a pretty, gracious wine. Freshly cut roses, red berries and spices take shape nicely in the glass as the wine shows off its understated, timeless personality. Billecart-Salmon’s NV Brut Rose is a reliably tasty wine.


Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne
The Billecart-Salmon house style is defined by class, elegance, and a sublime freshness to the wines. Long fermentations at cold temperatures with no malolactic fermentation are the rule at this small, family-owned property in Mareuil-sur-Ay.


Biondi Santi Rosso di Montalcino 2008
The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is a beautiful, sexy red laced with sweet cherries, flowers, spices and licorice. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame an expressive core of fruit as this mid-weight, gracious wine opens up in the glass. The Biondi-Santi Rosso isn’t inexpensive, but it does provide plenty of insight into the wines of the estate that...
*Limited supply


Blackbird Paramour 2008
A blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the dense purple-colored 2008 Paramour possesses a big, sweet bouquet of roasted espresso beans, cocoa, white chocolate, black currants, black raspberries and a hint of graphite. The wine is impressively rich and sexy, and almost as impressive as the 2007. Generously endowed with good purity,...


Blankiet Estate Paradise Hills Cabernet 2004
The dense ruby/purple-colored 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Estate reveals notes of cocoa, coffee, chocolate and creme de cassis. It cuts a bigger swath across the palate than the Merlot, but with no hard edges. Deeply textured and multidimensional with loads of fruit as well as a flawless integration of acidity, alcohol, tannin and wood,...


Bodegas Caro Caro 2012
Incredible aromas of spice, cedar, walnut and dark berry. Floral too. Spectacular nose. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a racy and refined finish. Fresh and succulent. Made from old vines of mablec in Compuertas and cabernet sauvignon from Altamira. Such finesse. Half the normal production. The best wine ever from the Domaine Barons de...


Bodegas Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2008
The 2008 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc that spent 24 months in 100% new French oak followed by 24 months in bottle prior to release. It delivers an inviting bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, espresso, incense, lavender, black currant, and black cherry. This...


Bodegas El Nido Clio 2013
Bodegas El Nido, as their labels El Nido and Clio, produced by Australian winemaker Chris Ringland jumped to stardom as soon as they were released. Since 2009 there is a new wine, pure Syrah, called La Viña de Corteo. Seeing the evolution of the 2010 I have serious doubts about the ageability of these wines. Advocate


Bodegas El Nido El Nido 2006
The 2006 El Nido is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Monastrell aged for 26 months in new oak. Aromas of wild blueberry and black currant are room-filling. Dense, layered, and totally hedonistic, it has serous depth and concentration, impeccable balance, and a 60-second finish. A bit more structured than Clio, it will have a drinking window...
*8 bottles available


Bodegas Lan Edicion Limitada 2005
A hard shell of tannins cracks to offer sweet dried cherry and dark chocolate flavors, intense and vibrant, with accents of cranberry, rhubarb and mineral. It's powerful, yet remains light on its feet. Spectator 91
*9 bottles


Bollinger Grande Annee 2002
The 2002 Brut La Grande Annee is marvelous. The 2002 is an understated Grande Annee that caresses the palate with layers of effortless, weightless fruit. The mousse is exceptionally fine, which adds to the impression of total elegance. This is a relatively bright, floral Grande Annee with plenty of aromatic lift, inner perfume and no sense of...


Bollinger Grande Annee Rose 2004
The 2004 Brut Rose La Grande Annee is a beautifully focused, vibrant wine endowed with striking minerality and fabulous overall balance. Clean veins of chalkiness run through the fruit in this energetic, taut Rose, while seductive floral notes linger on the finish. The 2004 is 68% Pinot Noir (including 5% still Pinot) and 32% Chardonnay, 89% from...


Bollinger RD 2002 Champagne
A fine example of power married to elegance, this is impeccably balanced, with a mouthwatering palate of crème de cassis, toasted brioche, fleur de sel and crystallized honey flavors. The rich, smoky underpinning is carried on a finely detailed bead. Disgorged March 2014. Drink now through 2030. 200 cases imported.
–AN 96 Spectator


Bond Pluribus 2011
Displaying plenty of blueberry and black raspberry fruit, the soft, luscious 2011 Proprietary Red Blend Pluribus has more depth and concentration than it did from barrel. Full-bodied, opulent and complex, this beauty should drink nicely for 15-20 years.95 Advocate
*one bottle available


Bond Quella 2007
The 2007 Quella performed slightly better than I predicted last year. A magical combination of blueberry liqueur intermixed with crushed rock, spring flowers (violets?), earth, pen ink and burning ember leads to a full-bodied, majestically rich wine with a multilayered texture, silky tannins and a phenomenally long finish of over 50 seconds. This...
*One bottle available


Bond Vecina 2006
The 2006 Vecina has turned out even better than I expected last year. Graphite/lead pencil notes intermixed with hints of burning embers and charcoal, an opaque purple color, and sweet blackberry and roasted espresso notes are all present in this wine, which is masculine, muscular, tannic, but incredibly well-endowed and a potential candidate for...
*6 in OWC


Bosquet des Papes Chante le Merle VV 2010
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 85% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre from the same parcels as the 2011. The wine is aged primarily in foudres with small percentages of the Syrah and Mourvedre kept in new 600-liter demi-muids. A spectacular effort, it displays a confit of camphor,...


Bosquet des Papes Chante le Merle 2012
A remarkable effort, the blockbuster 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes comes close to the 2010 in terms of quality. Coming from a selection of the top plots and old vines of the estate, co-fermented, and with no destemming, it offers off-the-charts notes of cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, garrigue, licorice and toasted...


Bouchard Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot 2008
There's beautiful purity to the raspberry, black currant and violet aromas and flavors as this compelling red moves across the palate. There's depth and detail, with a long, fruit- and mineral-filled aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2024. 300 cases imported. –BS Top 100 Spectator 2010


Bouchard Monthelie 1er Les Duresses 2009



Bryant Bettina Cabernet 2009
The 2009 Bettina Bryant is a striking wine graced with exquisite aromatics and beautifully delineated fruit. It is a bit darker, firmer and more inward than the Bryant Cabernet Sauvignon. Espresso, spices, black cherries, tobacco, leather and red berries are woven together beautifully in this fabulous Bordeaux-style blend. This is a drop-dead...


Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet 2009
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with rich, dark red fruit, smoke, licorice and incense. The aromas and flavors are a touch ripe, exotic and totally seductive. Polished, silky tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish, where floral notes add the lift and brightness. The 2009 isn’t a huge wine, but it is immensely...


Buccella Cabernet 2012
Celia Welch crafts the Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in Rutherford, Oakville, Stags Leap, Yountville and Coombsville. Welch told me she is gradually backing off from the super-ripe approach of the past. The Cabernet generally spends about 22 months in French oak barrels, 80% new, and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.Advocate


Buccella Mica Cabernet 2008
"Following in the footsteps of Buccella is the Mica (pronounced mee-cah), which is produced by the winemaking team from Buccella with consulting winemaker Celia Welch Masyczek. Mica is the the baby Buccella. This wine has beautiful richness of black fruits, silky mouthfeel and long lingering finish that makes this a sensational wine."


Buccella Mica Cabernet 2012
Buccella's second label, Mica, may just be one of the best "second label" wines we've ever tasted. Fresh and vibrant with blue and black berry flavors, the wine is at once concentrated and light on its feet. 90% Cabernet, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. No scores because there's so little on the market. Only 635 cases produced.


Cade Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet 2012
The stunning, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate boasts beautiful mulberry, blueberry and black raspberry fruit notes, a pure, full-bodied style, sweet tannin, adequate acidity and an opulent, lush mouthfeel. This offering is atypical for a Howell Mountain cuvée, which tends to be more foreboding in its youthfulness. Drink...


Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet 2010
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select offers abundant blueberry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of spring flowers. Deep, rich and full-bodied, it comes across like a great classic Napa Cabernet. Nothing is out of place and the wine has a certain accessibility, but it will not hit its prime for another 5-7 years, and should...


Camigliano Brunello di Moltacino Riserva Gualto 2010
A fluid, expressive style, full of cherry, plum, truffle, eucalyptus and tobacco flavors. Fine balance and a lively structure keep this focused and long on the finish. Decant now, or cellar another year or two. Best from 2018 through 2032. 216 cases made. 96 Spectator and 96 Suckling
*6 bottles in OWC


Campogiovanni Il Quercione Riserva Brunello 2006
Plenty of perfumed sandalwood and incense aromas presage this powerhouse red, which is bright and fluid, with some stiff tannins on the back end. Really blossoms after about an hour and a half in the glass. Best from 2014 through 2028. –BS 95 Spectator


Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2010
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever...


Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2010 3 Litre
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever...


Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Magnum
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever...


Capanna Brunello Riserva 2010
The purity of fruit in this is very impressive with cherry and raspberry character. Full body, chewy and rich yet ultra-fine tannin texture and a long, long finish of focused and subtle fruit. Loving this. Drink or hold.
97 Suckling


Cardinale Estate Red Wine Magnum 1997
There are 3,900 cases of the prodigious 1997 Cardinale, comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon with a tiny dollop of Merlot. The wine has an opaque bluish black/purple color, a knockout nose of black cherry liqueur intermixed with cassis, lead pencil, mineral, and smoky oak. The glorious richness in the mouth is backed up by a full-bodied,...
*Limited Supply


Carpineta Fontalpino Do ut des 2007
Very ripe and intense on the nose, with prune, licorice, blackberry and flowers. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, powerful finish that offers lots of toasty oak and ripe fruit. A full-throttle style. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2012. 1,650 cases made. 94 Spectator
*9 bottles available


Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Three Kings 2012
The Three Kings To Kalon is crafted from the classic Napa Cabernet clone 7 which has had quite the Renaissance in recent years. Noticeably darker and the most virile wine of the Carter Cellar's 2012 offering, it opens up immediately with soaring aromatics of black currants, licorice exotic spices and blue/black fruits. This 2012 vintage reveals...
*8 bottles available


Carter Cellars Coliseum Block Cabernet 2012
On the back side of the Hossfeld Vineyard lies a steeply terraced block of old vine Cabernet Sauvignon that sits across a gorge from some 19th century resort ruins. Like this former landmark, the 2012 rendition of Coliseum Cabernet is a pure mix of power and grace delivered seamlessly to the glass. The 2012 vintage proved ideal for this naturally...
*6 available


Carter Cellars Napa Valley Beckstoffer To Kalon The Grand Daddy 2011
The fruity, soft 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon The Grand Daddy is somewhat lightweight for a To Kalon effort, but it is attractive in a restrained, lower-keyed manner. It should drink well for 10 years. Advocate
*3 bottles available


Carter Cellars Napa Valley Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Three Kings 2011
Mike Smith crafts these rich, textured wines for proprietor Mark Carter. All of the wines are aged in 100% new French oak, which when coupled with the extraction, results in deep, concentrated wines.
*6 bottles


Carter Cellars Weitz Vineyard Cabernet 2012
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Weitz Vineyard is a showy, forward, delicious effort in keeping with the luxurious nature of the 2012 vintage. The tannins are ripe, and the wine shows lots of blue and black fruits as well as a full-bodied, opulent mouthfeel. While it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is reminiscent of a great Pomerol given its succulence...
*4 bottles available

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Carter Cellars Weitz Vineyard Cabernet 2013
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Weitz Vineyard is slightly lighter than the To Kalon cuvées, but it is by no means on the wimpy side of winemaking. Supple, rich and more forward than the To Kalon Cabernets, it is a fragrant, elegant effort revealing sweet red and blackberry fruit. This beauty should drink well upon release and last 15 or more years....
*12 bottles available


Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 2008
The 2008 Sammarco is striking. Freshly cut flowers, red berries, mint and licorice burst from the glass. The 2008 is remarkably open and vibrant today, but it will almost certainly shut down with more time in bottle. Today the 2008 impresses for its length and pure, mineral-infused fruit. Dazzling aromatics, beautifully delineated fruit and...


Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo Vino da Tavola 2010
Rampolla's 2010 d'Alceo is utterly spellbinding today. Even better than it was last year, the 2010 impresses for its exceptional balance and pure finesse. Everything is simply in the right place. Silky, layered and unbelievably expressive, the 2010 d'Alceo is a thrill from the very first taste. Over the decades the Di Napoli family has made so...
*6 bottles available


Castello di Ama Chianti Classico San Lorenzo 2010
Offers a combination of power and elegance, with a racy feel. Notes of wild cherry, strawberry and rose, with leafy, woodsy flavors, permeate this driving red. The finish is long, but this needs time to shed the tannins. Well-defined from start to finish. Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera and Merlot. Best from 2017 through 2030.Top 100 Spectator 2014:...


Caymus Special Select Cabernet 2012
Newest release of the famed cabernet made by the Wagner Family.


Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2013
Starting off the 2013 Syrahs from barrel, the 755-case 2013 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard was cofermented with 5% Viognier and is aged in twice-used French oak. It offers a ripe, voluptuous style in its ground pepper, smoked meats, peat and sweet dark fruits. These give way to a full-bodied Syrah that has solid concentration and good tannin. The...
*2 bottles available in original box


Cayuse Camaspelo 2011
More Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) and seeing the same barrel elevage, the 2011 Camaspelo offers deep, layered aromas and flavors of currants, black cherry, flowers, leafy herbs and spice to go with a medium to full-bodied, concentrated and layered mouthfeel. Still tight and focused, it too will need...
*6 bottles available in original boxes.


Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2011
Thick, full-bodied and voluptuous, which is common for this vineyard, the 2011 Syrah En Cerise has fabulous aromas and flavors (black cherry, pepper, and olive tapenade), thrilling purity and a mouth coating, decadent profile that�s hard to resist. Despite all of the richness here, it stays remarkably fresh and vibrant. Always one of the more...
*2 bottles available


Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2013
The 2013 Syrah en Cerise, of which there's only 361 cases to go around, sees almost all neutral oak and is always 100% Syrah. Peppery, classic rocks, peat moss, violets and plenty of sweet black cherry and cassis aromas all show here. It is full-bodied, layered, sexy and gorgeously textured on the palate. The texture here is classic Cayuse, and it...
*2 bottles in original box


Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2011
Normally the most exotic aromatically and with a firm tannin structure, the 2011 Syrah En Chamberlin doesn't disappoint! Offering up notions of liquid herbs, bacon fat, exotic flowers and grilled meat, as well as a knockout core of sweet Syrah fruit, it possesses a full-bodied, structured mouthfeel that carries awesome purity of fruit, excellent...
*1 bottles available in original case


Cayuse The Lovers 2011
A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and a splash of Syrah (10%) that was first made in 2010, the 2011 The Lovers has some solid Cayuse funk, with copious peat moss, herbs, mineral and violets balanced nicely by black-cherry-styled fruit. Medium to full-bodied, layered and nicely textured, it offers plenty of up-front appeal yet should also evolve...
*1 bottle available


Cedric Bouchard Blanc de Noirs Infloresence
Cedric Bouchard remains one of the most fascinating exponents in Champagne. A visit to this tiny domaine in sleepy Celles-sur-Ource is a must for those who want to see some of the most immaculate vineyards in Champagne first-hand. As always, the Bouchard’s approach focuses on single-vintage, single-variety and single parcel wines. Advocate


Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne la Haut Lemblee Blanc de Blancs Brut
Cedric Bouchard remains one of the most fascinating exponents in Champagne. A visit to this tiny domaine in sleepy Celles-sur-Ource is a must for those who want to see some of the most immaculate vineyards in Champagne first-hand. Disgorged 2009, bottled 2013.


Cerbaiona Brunello 2007
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most exciting wines of the vintage. An exotic melange of freshly cut flowers, dark cherries and plums conquers all of the senses. Intense saline notes and the wine’s underlying minerality are buried under the massive fruit, but over time they emerge. Hints of graphite, spices, crushed rocks and...
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Chappellet Prichard Hill Cabernet 2008
Tough-edged, earthy and leathery, though deeply concentrated and muscular. Built around a core of dense dark berry fruit, mineral, cedar and graphite, this is not the early-allure charmer it's been in recent years. Best from 2013 through 2022. 2,309 cases made. WS
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Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet 2009
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is a wine that should only be bought by the very patient. An infant today, the 2009 is all about promise and potential. The wine possesses stunning depth and concentration, with fabulous balance and tons of personality. The only thing it needs is time. This dark, brooding Cabernet Sauvignon is a lot to...


Chapter 24 Last Chapter Pinot Noir 2012
The 2012 Last Chapter comes from two sedimentary and two volcanic sites that are selected by Louis-Michel Liger-Belair conducting a blind tasting of different parcels. Matured in 75% new oak, the wood is neatly carried by the well-defined dark cherry, briary and sous-bois bouquet that feels very natural. The palate is medium-bodied and here,...
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Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2009
An intriguing blend of nearly 50% Merlot, a whopping 35% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon (a somewhat unusual combination for this region), the 2009 reminds me of the 1990. A big, inky/purple-tinged wine with just over 14% natural alcohol, it exhibits exotic, flamboyant aromas of espresso roast, incense, sweet black cherries, black...


Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2001
Beaucastel has been on a terrific qualitative roll over the last four vintages, and the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (which Francois Perrin feels is similar to the 1990, although I don’t see that as of yet) is a 15,000-case blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance split among the other permitted varietals of the...
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Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2003
Young and tight, with garrigue and roasted game aromas peeking out from a core of ripe black currant, plum and fig fruit. Lots of toast tobacco and iron as well. The finish is well-endowed with tannins, but they are ripe and pure. Best from 2008 through 2025. 15,000 cases made. –JM 94 WS


Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2007
Beaucastel's 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruits fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This...


Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2009
The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed...


Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2010
Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from...
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Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2012
What I think might end up being the best Beaucastel since the 1990 or 2001, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape offers a full-bodied, decadent style to go with awesome black and blue fruits, garrigue, licorice, crushed flowers and violets. The purity here is truly something, and it has fabulous mid-palate concentration, building tannin and massive...


Chateau Bellevue 2000
Impressive fruit in this wine, with crushed plums and spices. Full- to medium-bodied, with super silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A refined and beautiful wine. Best after 2008. –JS


Chateau Cheval Blanc 2006
The brilliant 2006 Cheval Blanc performed better from bottle than from barrel. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown in a superb vineyard site facing La Conseillante and l’Evangile at the very edge of the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of menthol, charcoal,...
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Chateau Clerc Milon 2001
A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc, it exhibits aromas reminiscent of a Starbuck espresso, melted licorice, black currants, cherries, cedar, a notion of dried herbs, and elevated oak. With attractive texture and firm tannin in the finish, it requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 14-15 years...
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Chateau Climens 2007 Half Bottle
Climens 2007 re-confirmed its status as the best Sauternes of the vintage. It retains an ethereal bouquet of honey, white peach, apricot and orange-blossom with ethereal purity and joie de vivre. The palate is medium-bodied with exquisite balance and essence of mineralite. It balances on tiptoe with perfect acidity that effortlessly counterpoises...


Chateau Clinet 2009
Clinet has been on a hot streak lately and the 2009 appears to be the greatest wine ever made at the estate, surpassing even the late Jean-Michel Arcaute’s monumental 1989. A blend of 85% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), this big Pomerol boasts an opaque, moonless night inky/blue/purple color in addition...


Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2000
Absolutely gorgeous on the nose, with currants, blackberries and freshly cut flowers. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a solid core of fruit. This goes on and on on the palate. The essence of class and refinement. Relatively good value, considering the superb quality. No better Cos since 1989. Best after 2010. 20,830 cases made. –JS 95...


Chateau Coutet 2003 Sauternes 375
Honey, apple tart and lemon rind. Full-bodied, medium-sweet and very spicy with intense flavors of mace, apple and honey. Long finish. Thick and powerful. Best after 2010. 4,165 cases made. –JS 95 Spectator


Chateau D'Issan 2010
A complete, medium to full-bodied, exquisite Margaux from this medieval, moat-encircled, compellingly beautiful estate in the southern Medoc, D’Issan’s 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The deep, gravelly soils mixed with clay have provided extraordinary aromatics. The yields were ridiculously low (22 hectoliters per...


Chateau Du Tertre 2000
A dense purple color is followed by layers of concentrated blackberry fruit intertwined with damp earth, mushroom, and sweet, toasty barrique smells. With ripe tannin, medium to full body, a layered texture, and a concentrated, impressively endowed finish, this is the finest Du Tertre since their 1979. This is a property on the move ... up!...


Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2004
One can't say enough about the efforts Bruno Borie is pouring into this wonderful estate that I have often called the Lafite Rothschild of St.-Julien. An undeniable success, the 2004 Ducru boasts sweet aromas of creme de cassis, spring flowers, pain grille, licorice, and road tar. This pure, medium-bodied wine possesses moderately high tannin,...
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Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2005
The 2005 Ducru Beaucaillou is a 10,000-case blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot (they used to produce 18,000-20,000 cases). It is an exceptionally powerful wine with a dense purple color, superb intensity, and a beautiful, sweet nose of spring flowers, raspberries, blueberries, graphite, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied with fabulous...
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Chateau Duhart-Milon 2009 3 L
A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, it displays an inky/blue/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, forest floor, licorice, lead pencil, cedar and subtle barrique smells. Viscous and full-bodied, it is the most concentrated and broadest example of this cuvee I have tasted in over three decades. It will be ready...
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Chateau Guiraud 2005 Sauternes 375
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. Best after 2014. 8,000 cases made. –JS 97 Spectator, #4 in 2008


Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2001
Golden yellow. Butterscotch and vanilla, with hints of ripe apples. Full-bodied, with lots of sweetness and a spicy apricot and honey aftertaste. Excellent concentration and balance. Loads of botrytis character on the finish. Intense. Hard not to drink now because it's so luscious and rich. Best after 2008. 11,665 cases made. –JS 96 Top 100 2004...


Chateau Haut Bages Averous 2000
A clean and focused wine, with raspberry, currant and just the right amount of wood on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Second wine of Lynch-Bages. 10,000 cases made. �JS
90 WS


Chateau Haut-Bailly 2006
A superb success for the vintage, the 2006 exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a poised, classic bouquet of sweet black cherries, graphite, camphor, truffles, and a subtle hint of oak. Medium-bodied with a stunningly layered texture, impressive purity, and beautiful balance, this cuvee is haute couture in a glass. Although surprisingly...


Chateau La Conseillante 2008
The beautiful 2008 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color as well as jammy red and black fruit, crushed rock and floral notes. If this were a Burgundy, one might think of it as a grand cru Musigny. With excellent texture, medium to full body and stunning purity as well as nobility, this fascinating Pomerol should drink well for 15-20 years. 95...


Chateau La Conseillante 2009
The competition between the 2009, 2005 and 2000 La Conseillante will be interesting to follow over the next twenty years. There was more of a selection process at this estate in 2009 than there was in 2000, resulting in a beautiful Pomerol offering notes of mulberries, sweet cherries, spring flowers, raspberries and truffles. The color is a...


Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003
A modern day version of the 1959 Lafite, the 2003 Lafite Rothschild was bottled in mid-May, 2005 after achieving 12.9% natural alcohol – hardly an astonishing figure given the vintage’s weather conditions. A combination of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, it represents a ripe version of the essence of...


Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2010
The 2010 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot (a 3% difference from the barrel sample shown two years ago), achieved relatively high alcohol of 13.32%, according to administrator Charles Chevalier. The wine is very impressive, not as fleshy, flamboyant and massive as the 2009, but nevertheless, a big, rich,...
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Chateau Lagrange 1996
This impeccably run, Japanese-owned property has fashioned a superb 1996. Opaque purple-colored, with a backward yet promising nose of classically pure cassis intermixed with pain grille and spice, this medium to full-bodied, powerful yet stylish wine possesses superb purity, a nicely-layered feel in the mouth, and plenty of structure. It will not...


Chateau Lascombes 2005
A gorgeous example of Lascombes, the 2005, a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, continues the remarkable turn-around in quality that began five years ago. A stunningly opulent wine with a dense purple color, the 2005 possesses a beautiful perfume of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, creosote, and...


Chateau Latour 2008 Magnum
An extraordinary wine, the classic 2008 Latour (13.5% natural alcohol) is composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc (40% of the production made it into the grand vin). Its dense purple color is followed by hints of espresso roast, cassis, burning embers, truffles and graphite. Rich with full-bodied power, beautiful purity...


Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1996 Case 12 Bottles
Having previously rated it nearly perfect, I was apprehensive of a letdown about tasting the 1996 Leoville Las Cases once it had been bottled, but that concern was quickly dismissed once I put my nose in the glass. A profound Leoville Las Cases, it is one of the great modern day wines of Bordeaux. This wine's hallmark remains a sur-maturite...
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Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2006
Classic aromas of sweet black raspberries, kirsch, cassis, and subtle toasty oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine displaying moderately high tannin. This cuvee can often resemble a Pauillac wrapped in the St.-Julien appellation, and the 2006 is no exception. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet...


Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1998
Well done. Aromas of black truffles and ripe fruit introducing a full-bodied wine with lots of fruit and velvety tannins. A mouthful. Amazing for the vintage in the Médoc. Best after 2006. 18,330 cases made. –JS Top 100 in past Spectator
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Chateau Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf du Pape Quet 2012
Easily one of the top wines in the vintage, the incredible 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Quet comes from the northern part of the appellation and is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. Full-bodied, decadent and layered, with fabulous mid-palate depth and building tannin and structure, it knocks it out of the park with it ripe black...
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Chateau Monbousquet 2000
Although still youthful, I do not think the 2000 Monbousquet will develop much more complexity. It is a seductive, rich, generously endowed effort revealing plenty of spice box, herb, black currant, kirsch, espresso, and toasty oak characteristics in a decidedly modern, but opulent, fleshy style. Enjoy this endearing, long, velvety-textured...


Chateau Montrose 2008
One of the superstars of the vintage, this classic Montrose is not as showy or opulent as the 2010, 2009 or 2003, but it offers a dense purple color followed by gorgeously sweet black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with loamy, earthy, forest floor notes, a floral component and a long, full-bodied finish. The 2008 was fashioned from...


Chateau Mouton Aile d'Argent Blanc 2009
2009 dry white Bordeaux,is an extremely strong vintage. Most chateaux equaled the dazzling quality of the 2007 dry whites. That said, the 2009s tend to be less
classic than 2007, but more exotic, honeyed, and higher in alcohol, with compelling richness. The 2009s will probably have a shorter evolutionary curve, but these wines tend to last a long...


Chateau Nairac 2001 Sauternes
Intensely botrytised, with loads of allspice and mineral character, yet lively and exciting. Full-bodied, racy and very long. Fresh sweetness. Score range: 95-100 –JS Spectator


Chateau Pavie 2000
Just beginning to come around and strut its enormous potential, this wine at age 15 has been evolving like a glacier. The wine has an inky, opaque, plum/purple color and a stunningly rich nose of mulberries, bramble berries, blackberries, licorice and incense as well as touches of toast and graphite. Fabulously concentrated and full-bodied, with a...
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Chateau Pavie Macquin 2008
Consultants Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt have produced a beautiful St.-Emilion that tastes like the quintessence of crushed rocks intermixed with blueberry, blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, camphor and truffle notes. This full-bodied effort should drink well in 4-5 years, and last for two decades or more. It achieved 14.5%...


Chateau Petrus 2008
It is hard to call Petrus a sleeper of the vintage,but the 2008 will merit more attention than most consumers would think. Low yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare resulted in only 25,000 bottles of this beauty. A wine of great intensity (possibly the most concentrated wine of the vintage), this 100% Merlot boasts a dark purple color as well as a...
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Chateau Pontet Canet 2008
A candidate for the wine of the vintage, Pontet Canet's 2008 boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet blueberries, blackberries and black currant fruit intertwined with lead pencil shavings, subtle barbecue smoke and a hint of forest floor. Full-bodied, with fabulous richness, texture and tremendous freshness, this...


Chateau Pontet Canet 2009
An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis...


Chateau Pontet Canet 2010
An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that...


Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2005 Half Bottle
96 Robert Parker
Shows enticing aromas of toffee, cream, dried apricot and caramel. Full-bodied, very sweet and thick, with honey and caramel flavors. Long and rich, oozing with sweet, ripe fruit, this is like liquid candy. Best after 2016. –JS
96 Spectator


Chateau Ste. Michelle-Dr. Loosen Eroica Single Berry Select 2005
Rich, silky and polished, offering a plush, exotic mouthful of honey, pear, quince, orange marmalade and pineapple, with whiffs of mayflower swirling through the flavors, persisting impossibly long on the finish. This is deftly balanced with acidity to keep it from being too syrupy. Drink now through 2020. 75 cases made. 98 Spectator
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Chateau Talbot 2000
This was a strong performance (better than my original notes suggested) by the 2000 Talbot. Close to full maturity, it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/purple color in addition to a subtle herbaceousness intermixed with smoked meats, black currants, licorice, cedar, and foresty notes. Rich and full-bodied with light tannins, and a slightly richer, more...
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Chateau Troplong Mondot 2009
It boasts an inky/purple color along with a gorgeous bouquet of mocha, chocolate, blackberry and cassis fruit, an unctuous texture, a full-bodied, viscous mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like, multilayered finish. This spectacular wine is nearly overwhelming in its richness, thickness and intensity. Once all its baby fat falls away, the terroir...


Chateau Troplong Mondot 2005
This estate was justifiably elevated to a Premier Grand Cru Classe in the new St.-Emilion classification thanks to the exceptional efforts of proprietress Christine Valette over the last two decades. The 2005 is one of the monumental wines of the vintage, and may eclipse their prodigious 1990. Inky/blue/purple-colored with an exceptional bouquet...
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Chateau Valrose 2000
Super well-done. Bright and floral, with lovely raspberries and blackberries on the nose. Full-bodied, with fabulous, silky tannins and a solid core of fruit. Very, very long. The wines from this château get better and better. Best after 2008. 2,220 cases made. –JS Spectator


Chateau Vieux Certan 2000
A gorgeous wine of grace, elegance, and power, this youthful 2000 will benefit from another five years of cellaring. It appears to have 25 more years of life ahead of it. A deep ruby/purple color is just beginning to lighten at the edges. The bouquet offers up scents of cedar wood, melted licorice, black currants, blackberries, caramel, and mocha....


Chave Hermitage Blanc 2011
2011 Hermitage Blanc also shows the richer side of Hermitage with its full-bodied, voluptuously textured and up-front profile. Honeysuckle, licorice, toast, citrus oil and liquid mineral-like qualities all emerge from this beauty, and it stays beautifully fresh and focused on the palate. A blend of mostly Marsanne, yet with roughly 20% Roussanne,...


Chave Hermitage Rouge 2011
The 2011 Hermitage (also still in barrel), in comparison, is more focused and straight, with a slightly more serious feel to its tannin profile and overall structure. All of the samples (again, tasted in individual components) were beautifully perfumed, with the Les Bessards (which will make up the bulk of the blend) showing surprising density and...


Chave Hermitage Rouge 2012
Looking at the 2012 Hermitage, which is still resting in barrels and getting ready to be bottled, it�s a much more classic, easy to read Hermitage that has lots of ripe, sweet fruit in its full-bodied, concentrated, textured profile. It has copious sweet blackberry and cassis fruit, violet and serious granite-like minerality, superb mid-palate...
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Ciacci Piccolomini Pianrosso Brunello 2010
Beautiful and delicate from the start, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso impresses for its depth and balance. The wine sees one more year of oak cask aging compared to the base Brunello and you can definitely sense the extra spice on the nose. Those delicate balsam notes of root beer, ginger and rosemary oil are still prominently...


Clerico Barolo Aeroplan Servaj 2007
The 2007 Barolo Aeroplan Servaj is plush, rich and voluminous, all qualities that are typical of the year. Dark red cherries, mocha, flowers and spices are woven together beautifully in this soft (for Barolo), sensual wine. Silky tannins frame the rich, seamless finish. The 2007 probably won’t be a long-term ager, but my guess is most bottles...
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Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2001
The classically styled 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape has plenty of the telltale kirsch and sweet spice notes that always seem to be present in Avril's wines. Showing more mature notes of truffle, olive, licorice and garrigue as it sat in the glass, it's medium to full-bodied, elegant and balanced, with a great texture and finish. It has solid...
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Clos Des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Papes 2009
Sinewy and reserved, with a light dusting of cocoa powder over the tangy damson plum, red licorice and cassis notes. The long, supple finish, with a lovely wafting note of Lapsang souchong tea, is packed with minerality and tight-grained tannins that will need time to fully evolve. One of the more backward 2009s, though this should pick up steam...


Clos du Papes Chateauneuf du Papes 2008
Dark, inviting and very alluring, with captivating black tea, charred mesquite and kirsch aromas and flavors allied to a remarkably silky mouthfeel. Superlong, with mineral, violet, pepper and additional crushed cherry and plum fruit notes all gliding through the finish. Best from 2011 through 2027. 5,500 cases made. –JM 95WS


Clos Mogador 2009
The 2009 Clos Mogador was tasted from a barrel sample. Asian spices, tapenade, incense, licorice, espresso, and blackberry aromas inform the nose of this structured, dense plush, powerful yet elegant offering. It is beautifully proportioned with exceptional length and incipient complexity. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it from 2015 to...


Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina 2012
The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina is a blend of 60% Grenache aged in foudre (from close to 100-year-old vines) and 40% Mourvedre aged in demi-muids. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by incredible notes of cassis, roasted meats, licorice, toasted spice and a liquid rock-like minerality. Full-bodied, massive and concentrated, yet...
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Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous 2012
The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous is another gorgeous wine from this estate that offers incredible richness while never seeming heavy, cumbersome or over-the-top. A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Muscardin, Vaccarese and Cinsault, it exhibits thrilling cassis, black raspberry, chocolate, crushed flowers and exotic...
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Cobb Coastland Vineyard Old Fir Block Pinot Noir 2012
Winemaker's notes: A complex and alluring wine with aromas of black cherry, orange blossom licorice, peppermint and Asian spices. With firm, mouth-filling tannins and bright acidity, this wine has the structure for a long life. 300 cases produced.


Cobb Pinot Noir Rice-Spivak Vineyard 2012
Winemaker's notes: The aromas offer attractive layers of cherry and plum alongside darker, more savory spice notes. The tannins are rich, and a crisp strawberry tartness accentuates the flavors on the palate.


Colgin 1X Estate Napa Red 2009
The 2009 IX Estate Red Wine is another breathtaking wine. It is the coolest, most inward of these 2009s. Graphite, tar, smoke, savory herbs, licorice and black fruit are some of nuances that emerge from the IX Estate. Here, too, the tannins are quite imposing at this stage, but the integration of fruit and structure is superb. This has more than...


Continuum 2010
This has been an impressive, serious wine since the debut vintage, and Tim Mondavi's estate high on Pritchard Hill has fashioned a 2010 blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot. Gorgeously ripe, intricate and nuanced, with aromas of spring flowers and red and black fruits, a stunning texture, sweet...


Continuum 2011
Another strong effort by Tim Mondavi from this relatively new project on Pritchard Hill, the 2011 Continuum’s final blend was 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot. Harvested late, between October 17 and November 3, it spent 19 months in 85% new French oak. The wine’s impressive deep ruby/plum/purple color is...
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Continuum Proprietary Red 2009
The 2009 Continuum impresses for its layered, textured personality and impeccable grace. Stylistically, the 2009 isn’t quite as rich as the 2008 but is instead more polished and refined. Sweet floral notes add an attractive upper register to the dark fruit, mocha and sweet spice aromas and flavors. The 2009 Continuum is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon,...


Coup de Foudre Cabernet 2012
The deep purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a more linear style with lots of straightforward crčme de cassis. It does not reveal the nuances and complexity of its sibling, the Cuvée 37.2, but if you love Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine delivers it in spades. Rich, ripe, medium to full-bodied and pure, it should drink well for 12-15+...
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Coup de Foudre Pinot Noir 2012
Pinot Noir (clone 828) was harvested on September 26th and aged for 14 months in 50% New French Oak and 50% Neutral French Oak. Our vineyard, in the heart of the Sonoma Coast at an 1800 foot elevation, sits atop Kings Ridge Road with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The coastal fog from this region keeps the vineyard cool in the mornings, but...
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Covenant Cabernet 2010
A more expensive Kosher cuvee, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (made by proprietor Jeff Morgan and the well-known Leslie Rudd of Rudd Winery) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as abundant cassis, blueberry, blackberry, spring flower, cedar, earth and spice characteristics, medium to full body, and no hard edges, angularity or austerity. This...
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Covenant Red C 2011
A Kosher offering, the 2011 Red C (Red Sea - get it? made by proprietor Jeff Morgan and the well-known Leslie Rudd of Rudd Winery) a blend of 65% Cabernet and 35% Petite Sirah, is a delicious, soft, round effort displaying a deep ruby/plum color, lots of cassis, cherry and licorice notes, and 3-4 years of drinkability. Robert Parker


Croft 2003 Vintage Port
Gorgeous aromas of blueberries and dried flowers follow through to a sweet, full-bodied palate. Velvety and round, with lovely fruit. Long finish. Best after 2015. 6,500 cases made. –JS 96 WS


Damilano Barolo Cerequio 2010
A mix of pure cherry, wild rosemary and sage notes converge in this fruity yet strict red, which is balanced, but needs time to integrate the dusty, gum-coating tannins. Best from 2019 through 2035. 208 cases made.
–BS 95 Spectator


Delas Freres Hermitage Bessards 2011
Even better and one of the top two to three wines in the vintage, the 2011 Hermitage Les Bessards (100% Syrah that spent 16 months in 70% new French oak) possesses an inky purple color to go with a fabulously rich, pure bouquet of smoked earth, ground pepper, underbrush and licorice that’s supported by awesome black raspberry and cassis-styled...


Delectus Cuvee Julia 2006
This offers wonderful richness and purity of fruit, with tiers of ripe currant, black cherry, plum and wild berry fruit that's full-bodied, well-defined, complex, concentrated and persistent. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot. Best from 2010 through 2017. 350 cases made. –JL Wine Spectator


Delectus French Wedding Cabernet 2009
A rich, chewy style that's dense and extracted, offering loamy earth, black licorice and cedary oak flavors, with a notably dusty, cedary, drying tannic finish. Drink now through 2020. 425 cases made. –JL 92 Spectator


Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo Petalos 2009
This polished red shows density and harmony, delivering complex, well-integrated flavors of mineral, wild berry, fresh herbs and smoke. Not showy, but has character. Drink now through 2018. 25,000 cases made. 93 Top 100 Spectator


Diamond Creek Cabernet 2000
Smooth, rich and complex, with a concentrated core of earthy currant, black cherry, herb and toasty oak. Plush textured at first but then the tannins flex their muscles, suggesting a need for cellaring. Long finish Spectator
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Diamond Creek Gravely Meadow Cabernet 2007
Complex if earthy and a bit mulchy, showing dried currant, berry, herb, sage and cedar notes that gain weight. Full-bodied, with firm tannins Best from 2012 through 2020. 403 cases made. �JL Spectator
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Doisy Daene Sauternes 2007 Half Bottle
Very fruity, showing tropical fruit such as mango on the nose, with lots of spice. Full-bodied and really sweet, with a honeylike, almost syrupy density. Spicy and intense on the finish. Best after 2015. –JS Spectator


Dom Ruinart Champagne Blanc de Blanc 2002
I had very high expectations for the 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Dom Ruinart and was not disappointed. Actually, that is an understatement. The 2002 is a flat-out great Dom Ruinart. It is as compelling as any Champagne I have ever tasted from the estate. Layers of sweet, perfumed fruit emerge with no end in this subtle, sexy Dom Ruinart. The 2002...
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Domaine Bertagna Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts 2002
An immediate appeal comes from lush black cherry and spice notes, with ample flesh to offset dense, finely woven tannins. A modern style that needs time to show its sense of place. Best from 2007 through 2015. 45 cases imported. –BS 93 Spectator


Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 1998
Fully mature, Charvin's 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is a beauty, with an almost Burgundian, ethereal complexity of sweet cedar, spice box, black raspberries, cherries, and garrigue. Fleshy, but at the same time remarkably elegant and pure, this wine has hit a magical point where it should last for another 5-7 years. Absolutely top-notch now.
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Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 2012
The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape came across as classic and very traditional on this showing, with a firm, structured feel that will benefit from short term cellaring. Offering up notes of kirsch, Asian spice, licorice and ground herbs, it has bright acidity, solid concentration and an elegant, lengthy feel. Give it another couple years and enjoy...


Domaine D'Angerville Volnay Champans 2010
The 2010 Volnay Champans wafts from the glass with an ethereal, nearly weightless personality that is hard to describe. There is plenty of length and sensuality, but in a suspended state that seems to hover above the palate. The Champans is delicate, feminine and flat-out beautiful. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. 94-96 Advocate


Domaine de la Mordoree Tavel le Dame Rousse 2015
Another terrific Rosé, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone Rose la Dame Rousse is similar to the Tavel la Dame Rousse, yet is slightly more fresh and focused. Wild strawberries, citrus, mineral and underbrush all emerge from this layered, elegant, gorgeously balanced Rosé that has the freshness to stand on its own, yet the richness and complexity to go...


Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 2007
While the beautiful 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is already accessible, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for two decades or more. It exhibits an inky/ruby/purple color, a great texture, and a gorgeous nose of boysenberries, blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, licorice, and incense. There is wonderful freshness and...


Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape Les Trois Sources 2010
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Trois Sources comes from the estate's vineyards planted in sandy soils. About 10,000 bottles have been produced. One of the great wines of the vintage, this unbelievable Chateauneuf is still extremely young and primary. Its opaque purple color is followed by scents of ink, acacia flowers, blueberries, black...


Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2010
There are 500 cases of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. At 16.4% natural alcohol, the pleasure police will no doubt suggest this wine is hot and out of balance. However, nothing could be further from the truth as there is not a trace of heat in this modern day legend in traditional Chateauneuf du Pape. Yields were under 20 hectoliters per...
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Domaine de Montille Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012
Bright, pale straw-yellow. Knockout high-pitched aromas and flavors of white peach, lavender, fleur de sel and mint. Sweet, tactile and superconcentrated, boasting superb floral lift and inner-mouth perfume. Finishes adamantly dry, tight and extremely long, with outstanding energy and verve. I would not be surprised if this wine merited an even...
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Domaine de Montille Vosne Romanee aux Malconsorts 2012
The 2012 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts, which comes from the Thomas-Moillard two parcels on the upper and lower reaches of the vineyard that were purchased in 2005. It is 100% whole cluster pressed and raised in 50% new oak. It has a beguiling bouquet with brambly red and black fruit, wild mushroom and sous-bois aromas that are intense and...


Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 2010
Comprised of roughly 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and other permitted varieties, aged all in foudre, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo is sheer perfection in a glass. Wine doesn’t get any better. Incredibly rich and concentrated, yet ethereal and even graceful, it boasts off-the-hook aromas of blackberry, licorice, spice-box, smoked...


Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche GC 2013
The 2013 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru does not quite have the same fruit expression on the nose as the barrel sample of Clos-Saint-Denis '13 tasted alongside. It feels a little more contained at the moment, but it opens with aeration with attractive earthy tones. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and more salinity toward the finish....
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Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2008
The 2008 Clos de la Roche is particularly refined in this vintage. The wine literally floats on the palate with weightless elegance in its intensely perfumed fruit. Crushed flowers and red berries linger on the silky, impossibly fine finish. This is a fabulous effort from Dujac. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033. 95 Advocate
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Domaine Dujac Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru aux Combottes 2012
Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes from Domaine Dujac has a lot of reduction on the nose that made it difficult to discern the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy, quite pronounced tannin. It is a broad-shouldered Combottes but the entire group found it difficult to...
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Domaine Dujac Vosne Romanee Aux Malconsorts 2011
The 2011 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts was also raised in 75% new oak and picked around the same time as the Beaumonts. The nose is more sensual than the Beaumonts with lifted red cherry and strawberry fruit, with oyster shell scents developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a spicy opening. This is another masculine 2011...
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Domaine Dujac Vosne Romanee Aux Malconsorts 2013
The 2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Malconsorts has a touch more fruit on the nose than the Beaux Monts '13 at this point, the aromatics possessing more volume. The palate is well balanced and very harmonious with lacy tannins that belie that depth of fruit underneath. This has more breeding than the Beaux Monts at this stage and certainly more...
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Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape VV 2012
The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is in the top 2-3 wines in the vintage. Possessing rock-star concentration and depth, full-bodied richness and loads of sweet tannin, it offers layers of ripe blackberry, graphite, licorice and toasted-spice aromas and flavors. One of the more powerful and structured efforts in the vintage, it...
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Domaine Leroy Bourgogne Blanc 2012
Lalou Bize-Leroy's wines are not the easiest to procure. This is a great find!
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Domaine Montille Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts Christianne 2011
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Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du pape Cuvee Imperiale Magnum 2010
A candidate for perfection, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale Vignes Centenaire is clearly the greatest wine I have ever tasted from Raymond Usseglio, even eclipsing their remarkable 2007. Don’t be surprised if it merits a three-digit score in five or six years. Somewhat closed, but bursting with potential, the wine is inky/purple to...


Domaine William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume 2012
Tasted assembled from tank, the Fevre 2012 Chablis Fourchaume hints in its nose of fresh lime and chalk dust (accompanied by leafy notes) at the brightness and sense of stony suffusion that go on to characterize its firm palate. As with the corresponding Beauroy – and certainly aided by the 50% share of this that originates in Vaulorent – Fevre...


Domaine William Fevre Chablis Montmains 1ER Cru 2012
The Fevre domaine-bottled 2012 Chablis Montmains originating, as usual, half in Butteaux, plus Forets and (true) Montmains, and tasted from tank after it had spent time in bottle displays apple and lemon suffused with chalk and a maritime saline-alkaline minerality and tinged with fusil smokiness. Formidably dense and forcefully persistent, it...
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Domaine William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir 2012
Assembled, but six or more months from bottling, the Fevre 2012 Chablis Vaudesir delivers a zesty, piquant combination of lemon and tangerine rinds and pips on the nose as well as a firm, brightly and juicily-citric palate. Its natural 13.2% alcohol is the highest in the present collection, but its acidity is also measurably near, if not at, the...
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Domaine William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent 1ER Cru 2012
As usual, Fevre's 2012 Chablis Vaulorent tasted assembled from tank puts its predecessors in the present line-up into perspective and upholds its reputation as eighth grand cru of Chablis. A wealth of mineral allusions smoke, oyster shell, struck flint, salt, iodine informs both an intriguing nose and a gloriously mouthwatering palate saturated...


Dominus Proprietary Red Wine 2011
The 2011 Dominus (86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc) displays a streak of herbaceousness. Tasting the wine one can see the stress this vineyard on the valley floor must have endured with all the fog and botrytis. It is exceptionally well made in this agonizing year for vignerons, exhibiting a dark plum/ruby hue along...


Donelan Obsidian Vineyard Syrah 2013
The 2013 Syrah Obsidian may even eclipse the 2012. The crop size for Donelan was seven tons of Syrah fruit from 7.5 acres, which is virtually nothing. Magnificent blackberry fruit with a hint of subtle chocolate, scorched earth, volcanic and a barbecued, smokey component followed by an unmistakable minerality, great opulence and richness and a...
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Dow Vintage Port 1997
Blackberry and plum character. Full-bodied, velvety and balanced. Lovely velvety tannins, sweet and long. Soft-textured yet fresh and racy. A beauty. This is would be better with a little more age, but already pretty. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. Best after 2009. 10,000 cases made. –JS


Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin VV 2012
Bernard's wines have always had a modern sheen with relatively high use of new oak from his village crus upwards (100% for all his premier and grand crus.) These are not wines for those expecting subtlety or transparency with intense flavors, bold structure and occasionally extravagant finishes. Advocate
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Dunham Cellars Pursued by Bear Cabernet 2012
Firm, dense and expressive, with layers of blueberry, currant, cedar and savory spice flavors coming together seamlessly against polished tannins. The finish sails on nicely. Best from 2017 through 2022. 397 cases made.
–HS 92 Spectator


Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet 1998 Magnum
The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is one of the better wines from this cold climate region. Many 1998 Howell Mountain Cabernets are herbaceous and overtly vegetal. There is no trace of herbaceousness in the 1998 Dunn offering. The late harvest (between October 15-20), and the fact that over 40% of the crop was cut in order to obtain ripe...
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Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet 2010
The flagship wine comes from their high elevation vineyards on Howell Mountain. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain possesses stunning minerality as well as sweet notes of ink, acacia flowers, blueberries and blackberries. Thick, unctuously textured and full-bodied with terrific concentration and density, it should drink well for two...

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Dunn Napa Cabernet 2007
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is one of the very finest young wines I have ever tasted from Randy Dunn. Layers of dark red fruit, blackberries, flowers, mint and licorice emerge from this seamless, large-scaled wine. This is a rich, opulent 2007 that never abandons its traditional sense of structure. All of the aromas and flavors build...
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Espectacle Espectacle Del Montsant 2009
Located in the commune of La Figuera, just outside the DO of Priorat, Espectacle is a two-hectare parcel of 100-year-old Garnacha owned by Christopher and Charlotte Cannan, Rene and Isabelle Barbier and Fernando and Marta Zamora. It’s a “couple” thing. I was suitably impressed by recent releases


Espectacle Espectacle del Montsant 2010
Living up to its name, the 2010 Espectacle del Montsant, sourced from three hectares of centenary Garnacha and aged in a 4,500-litre oak foudre, has a really spectacular nose, with such perfume that it feels almost like a white, with notes of lilies, rose petals, lychee, orange blossom, candied violets and blood oranges. The palate is akin to...


Evening Land Chardonnay Summum 2009
The 2009 Chardonnay Summum Seven Springs Vineyard received the same elevage as its siblings but was chosen from a tenderloin parcel of the vineyard. It offers up a complex perfume of minerals, smoke, floral notes, white peach, and spiced apple. This sets the stage for a remarkably rich, concentrated, and lengthy Chardonnay, one of the finest I...


Ferrer Bobet Seleccio Especial VV 2010
The 2010 Seleccio Especial is pure Carinena from extremely old vines (80 to100 years old) on slate slopes, fermented and aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels. The color is a luminescent purple and there is a sensation of harmony that is noticeable as soon as you put your nose in the glass. The palate is extremely balanced and super-fresh,...


Figgins Cabernet 2009
Bottled in July of last year and comprising a roughly 60-40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend (Petit Verdot didn’t make the cut this year due to the late frost), Figgins’ 2009 Estate Red is stunningly scented with perfumed essence of iris and violet as well as ripe dark berries and high-toned, resinous green herbs and geranium. The effect is...


Figgins Cabernet 2011
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot, the 2011 Figgins Estate Red is excellent in the vintage, with classic creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, bay leaf and toast giving way to a medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless 2011 that has good concentration, plenty of sweet fruit and building tannin that emerges with...


Figgins Estate Red Wine 2012
The Figgins 2012 Estate Red Wine is flat-out knockout stuff. Layered, gorgeously concentrated, full-bodied, and balanced, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend gives up sensational notes of cassis, black raspberry toasted bread and sweet spice on the nose. Ultra-pure, elegant and silky, it has the texture to drink nicely today, yet will age...


Fiorenzo Nada Langhe Rosso Seifile 2008
The 2008 Langhe Rosso Seifile is especially sleek and refined in this vintage, reflecting the personality of the year. Ripe, silky tannins support an expressive core of dark red plums, menthol, leather and spices in this polished red. The 2008 is a restrained Seifile, but it works. A subtle, understated finish rounds out this stylish old-vine...


Fonseca 2007 Vintage Port
A subtle yet powerful young Vintage Port, with freshly sliced plum, citrus and mulberry on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a solid core of powerful tannins and a long, balanced finish. So tight and reserved. Muscularly structured. Best after 2017. –JS


Fonseca Vintage Port 1985
The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of dried fig and dates beginning to emerge and add to the complexity. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced on the supple, rounded entry. It is not quite as complex...


Fonseca Vintage Port 2003
The 2003 Fonseca has a rich, well-defined bouquet of black cherries, aniseed, kirsch and dark chocolate that is heady and seductive. The palate is full-bodied with sweet ripe fig and mulberry notes forming the entry. There is fatness here, a viscosity that coats the mouth, although fortunately there is acidity to keep everything in balance. Warm...


Fonseca Vintage Port 2011
The Fonseca 2011 is typically more forthcoming on the nose compared to the bashful Croft: a strident bouquet with lifted scents of freshly picked blackberries, kirsch, crushed stone and a dash of Hoi Sin and oyster sauce. It is very well-defined, very focused and direct. The palate is silky smooth with not a rough edge in sight, though not a...


Fontodi Flaccianello 2007
A generous Sangiovese, with loads of blackberry, dark cherry and berry on the nose and palate. Full and long. Chewy. The new wood could stand to have a little less barley flavor, but the fruit is fabulous. Takes off on the finish. Best after 2012. 5,000 cases made. –JS
95 Spectator #8 on Top 100


Fontodi Flaccianello 2010
Now to a superstar of Italian enology: The 2010 Flaccianello della Pieve will take your breath away. This is a seriously beautiful Sangiovese-based wine with the kind of intensity and aromatic purity you only experience every 1,000 wines or so. There’s a lot to say here. First, the wine’s beautiful appearance shows dark garnet colors with...


Fontodi Flaccianello 2010 Magnum
Now to a superstar of Italian enology: The 2010 Flaccianello della Pieve will take your breath away. This is a seriously beautiful Sangiovese-based wine with the kind of intensity and aromatic purity you only experience every 1,000 wines or so. There’s a lot to say here. First, the wine’s beautiful appearance shows dark garnet colors with...


Fontodi Flaccianello 2011
Aromas and flavors of violet, black currant, raspberry and spice gain intensity as this red builds to its lengthy conclusion. Vibrant and harmonious, this needs some time to shed its well-proportioned tannins. Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2030. 4,000 cases made. –BS 95 Spectator Top 100 2014


Frank Family Reserve Cabernet 2012
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ratchets up the complexity, richness, breadth of flavor and overall texture and personality. Dense ruby/purple with notes of blueberries, blackcurrants, spice box and subtle oak, the wine is full-bodied, generously endowed, opulent (characteristics of 2012), pure and beautifully textured. Built like a...
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Frescobaldi Brunello Castelgiocondo Riserva 2004
Shows subtle yet intense aromas of blackberry, blueberry and flowers, with a hint of vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with lovely flavors of berry, chocolate and spice that follow through to a firm, racy finish. Best after 2012. 1,085 cases made. –JS 95


Frescobaldi Castel Giocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2001
Aromas of currant, berry and light vanilla. Full-bodied and structured. Fine tannins but not giving much now. This is big and powerful. Needs lots of time. Best after 2010. 21,000 cases made. –JS Top 100: 2006, Rank: 27 Spectator


Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2001
Fuligni's beautiful 2001 Brunello di Montalcino offers layers of ripe cherry fruit intermingled with subtle notes of sweet toasted oak, licorice and minerals, with excellent persistence and length in a poised style that captures the stylish, sophisticated qualities of the vintage. This wine will require a few years in the cellar for its tannins to...


Futo Estate Red Wine 2008
The 2008 Futo is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, which is slightly modified from the barrel sample I tasted last year. It reveals aromas of blueberries, raspberries, crushed rocks, graphite, black currants and forest floor. The complex aromatics are followed by a wine displaying wonderful sweetness, a...


Gaja Conteisa 2010
The 2010 Conteisa is a stunner with all the overwhelming elegance that is inherent to this vintage. It opens steadily to reveal red flower, cassis, baking spice, anisette and tobacco. The aromas are expressive and deep with enduring richness. The tannins are slightly sweet and already soft. This is a collectors’ choice. Drink: 2018-2040. 97...
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Gaja Pieva Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille 2010
The core of black cherry and plum is shaded by vanilla, coconut and sweet spice notes in this intensely flavored yet fluid red. Long and beautifully integrated at this young stage, with tobacco, leather and mineral details emerging on the aftertaste. Needs time. Best from 209 through 2036. 1,500 cases made. –BS 96 Spectator, 96 Advocate


Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Rennina 2010
An outstanding surprise, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a monumental wine. The Rennina single vineyard is said to be more feminine compared to the bolder fruit sourced in the nearby Sugarille cru. But in the 2010 vintage, you definitely get a compelling sense of power, density and extraction. What distinguishes the wine is the delicate mineral...


Gaja Sperss 2010
Fragrant, with incense and sandalwood notes framing the core of cherry, accented by hints of leather, tobacco and tea. Exhibits purity and density despite the formidable tannins. The finish is long and complex, revealing fruit and spice elements. Best from 2018 through 2035. 1,833 cases made. –BS 97 Spectator
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Gaja Sperss Langhe, Piedmont 2000
Gaja's 2000 Sperss is wonderfully open and radiant. Layers of dark fruit, grilled herbs, cassis and smoke saturate the palate in this powerful, stunningly beautiful Sperss. Gorgeous inner perfume and a long, intense finish round things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030 Advocate
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Georges Mugneret Gibourg Nuits-Saint-Georges 1Cru Chaignots 2012
The 2012 Nuits St Georges les Chaignots , aged in 40% to 45% new oak, has a perfumed, graceful bouquet with very pure red cherries and wild strawberry fruit, not so far from the Vosne-Romanée 2012 in style, but with a slight pastille-like element that emerges with aeration. The palate is supple on the entry with very fine tannin, quite sappy in...


Ghost Block Cabernet 2010
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a plump, radiant wine graced with exquisite red fruit flowers, spices and minerals. It reveals gorgeous fleshiness all the way through to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
90-92 Advocate


Gibson Old Vine Collection Shiraz 2004
A blockbuster, the 2004 Shiraz Old Vine Collection is 100% Shiraz made from an amazing parcel of 140-year-old vines. It is a broodingly rich, backward, formidably endowed, dense ruby/purple-hued Shiraz boasting a huge, spicy, smoky nose, rich, sweet, blackberry and cassis fruit as well as hints of melted road tar, pepper, and flowers. This is a...
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Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 2010
Starts out elegant and perfumed, sporting cherry and berry flavors, picking up earth, licorice, leather and spice notes. This is all about the silky texture and civilized tannins that should come together in the next few years. Spice and earth accents line the finish. Best from 2017 through 2033. 1,870 cases made. 96 Spectator


Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 2011
This is expressive, with alluring cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral flavors building to a long, expansive finish. The elegant profile belies the serious structure underneath, which should allow this
red to develop over the next 15 to 20 years. Offers fine berry fruit and a minerally aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2033....


Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate 2011
The 2011 Barolo Brunate shows dazzle and pizzazz with a good sense of density and structure at the back. Its tight, svelte texture wraps smoothly over the palate. Bright aromas of cherry, dark fruit, balsam herb, rosemary oil, cola and crushed mineral appear with clear definition and energy Advocate


Graham's 2003 Port
Violets, roses, spices, and candied dark fruits emanate from the glass of the murky black/purple colored 2003 Graham Vintage Port. After four days of air, this wine’s aromatics sweetened further, displaying jammy blackberry and blueberry scents. Bold, full-bodied, and expansive, the Graham benefited the most from extensive contact with air of all...


Graham's Vintage Port 1997
Blackberries, licorice, and melted asphalt stand out in this full-bodied, beautifully made vintage port's moderately intense bouquet. It is not one of the great Graham's ports, and is less sweet than normal, but it is full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.


Greenock Creek Creek Block Shiraz 2004
The 2004 Shiraz Creek Block is near otherworldly. It was sourced from a 66-year-old vineyard with yields of 1.0 tons per acre and aged for 28 months in used American oak. It delivers a super-fragrant nose of smoked meat, bacon, violets, an earthy/truffle element, blackberry, and blueberry muffin. This leads to a full-bodied, voluptuous wine with...


Guigal Cote-Rotie La Landonne 2010
2010 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a more fresh, pure and focused example of the 2009. While it doesn�t have the over the top exuberance of the prior vintage, it offers incredibly pure, detailed and classic aromas and flavors of black pepper, currants, blackberry, mineral and smoked bacon fat. Full-bodied, layered and deeply concentrated, yet also...
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Guigal Cote-Rotie La Mouline 2006
The 2006 Cote Rotie La Mouline displays fragrant aromas of forest floor, bacon fat, spring flowers, cassis and black raspberries. Always the sexiest, most supple and elegant of the three single vineyard Cote Roties, the 2006 is no exception. Full-bodied, dense and delicious, it should continue to drink well for 10-15 years Advocate
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Guigal Cote-Rotie La Mouline 2010
La Mouline is the first of the single vineyard releases to be bottled), the 2010 Cote Rotie La Mouline is certainly in the same league. More fresh and focused, with heavenly black raspberry, wild flower, underbrush, crushed rock-like minerality and hints of vanilla, it flows onto the palate with a seamless, pure silk texture that carries awesome...
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Guigal Cote-Rotie La Turque 2006
The 2006 Cote Rotie La Turque's dark purple/plum hue is similar to La Mouline's, but with slightly more opaqueness. A denser, but seemingly less complex style of wine, it offers notes of animal fat, creme de cassis, charcoal and new saddle leather in its full-bodied, ripe, rich personality. This 2006 will benefit from 2-4 more years of bottle age...
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Guigal Cote-Rotie La Turque 2010
More fresh and pure, with knockout aromas and flavors of pepper, cassis, spice-box, coffee bean and edgy minerality, the 2010 Cote Rotie La Turque possesses spectacular purity, full-bodied power and a massive finish. Despite the slightly burly profile here, it stays seamless and elegant on the palate, with the overall purity, freshness and...
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Guigal Ex Voto Hermitage Blanc 2010
2010 Ermitage Ex-Voto Blanc is absolutely heavenly stuff! Comprised of 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne, this incredible white boasts massive aromatics of white currants, white peach, flowers, licorice, sauteed nuts and brioche, as well as a striking minerality that comes out with additional time in the glass. Coming from the oldest vines in...
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Hall Cabernet 2012
The other wine from Hall's Artisan Collection is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District. A simpler, backward, foreboding style of Cabernet Sauvignon, the mountain elevation gives the wine more structure, masculinity and tannin. The color is a dense purple, the wine less forthcoming and showy compared to the other cuvées from Kathryn...


Harlan Estate Cabernet 2006
The 2006 Harlan Estate has turned out better than I originally predicted. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by classic aromas of creme de cassis, melted licorice, smoked meats, burning embers, and graphite. It has thrown off some of the tannic clout it displayed last year, revealing great balance. A candidate for wine of the vintage, this...
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Harlan Estate Proprietary Red 2008
Espresso, mocha, dark red berries, rose petals and spices are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2008 Harlan Estate. The wine fleshes out beautifully in the glass as it shows off its class and true pedigree. This is a decidedly ripe, forward vintage, but in exchange the wine will drink well right out of the gate. Anticipated maturity:...


Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine 2009
The 2009 Proprietary Blend Harlan Estate is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Cloves, dark plums, cherries, smoke and graphite add richness and resonance to this powerful, incisive wine. Juicy and exuberant, the 2009 has always had a certain raciness that is impossible to resist. Layers of fruit continue to build to the...
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Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2008
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 Hill of Grace has a slightly closed nose before giving subtle notes of ripe black cherries, blackberries and violets with hints of cedar, pepper, green tea and cumin. There's a slight raisin character on the full-bodied palate with crisp acid, dense fruit and firm, grainy tannins, finishing long. Drink it from...


Herb Lamb Vineyards Cabernet 2012
Herb Lamb was initially made famous by the Cabernet Sauvignons produced by Colgin Vineyards starting in 1992, when Helen Turley was producing the wines from this terroir. There are two cuvées. The least expensive wine (named after a dog, E II) is sourced from the very bottom of the Herb Lamb hillside vineyard.


Herb Lamb Vineyards Two Old Dogs Cabernet 2012
Herb Lamb was initially made famous by the Cabernet Sauvignons produced by Colgin Vineyards starting in 1992, when Helen Turley was producing the wines from this terroir. There are two cuvées. The least expensive wine (named after a dog, E II) is sourced from the very bottom of the Herb Lamb hillside vineyard.


Hirsch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012
Hirsch that captures the essence of everything that makes the Sonoma Coast so compelling. The wines are made with natural primary and secondary fermentations and are bottled without fining or filtration. Advocate


Hourglass HG111 Red Blend 2012
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Aromatically, HG III explodes with toasted hazelnuts and bright, pure red fruits - black cherry, and raspberry. On the palate Merlot and Malbec deliver deep color and richness with a plush, silky texture, while Cabernet extends the finish adding layers of dark fruit (blackberry puree) with Asian...


Hubert Lamy Chassagne-Montrachet le Concis du Champs 2012
Olivier told me that his 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet Le Concis de Champs was the first to be picked. It has a primal nose with grapefruit and chalky scents emerging with encouragement. The palate is well-balanced with good depth and plenty of zesty citrus fruit married with a delicious almond and lemon curd finish that is poised and focused Advocate
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Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2012
The 2012 St. Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly comes from Olivier's 2.02-hectare parcel planted in 1989 and it often has a starring role within his portfolio. True to form it has a divine bouquet, beautifully defined as usual with delicate lime, red apple, lemon peel and floral scents. The palate is supremely well-balanced with fine tannins and beautifully...
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Hubert Lignier Charmes Chambertin GC 2013
The 2013 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, which comes from the Mazoyères sector, has a very well-defined and quite intense bouquet with live-wire red cherry and strawberry preserve underpinned by zingy citrus fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and plenty of sorbet-fresh red fruit that build toward a composed but energetic...
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Hubert Lignier Charmes-Chambertain Grand Cru 2012
The 2012 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru has a very complex, quite beguiling bouquet with raspberry preserve, sous-bois, rose petals and orange zest all emerging from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with razor-sharp tannins and superb delineation. This actually reminds me of one of Denis Bachelet’s Charmes-Chambertin and the finish has an...
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Hubert Lignier Gevrey Chambertin aux Combottes 2013
The 2013 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru les Combottes, which was bought by Hubert Lignier way back in 1959, has an enticing bouquet that offers vanilla-tinged red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with considerable weight in the mouth. The tannins form a more masculine finish than the nose suggest, but there is sufficient...
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Huet Cuvee Constance 2005 Half Bottle
Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvee Constance will be virtually ageless. Quince jelly, marzipan, lemon candy, heliotrope, and honey levitate from the glass, in anticipation of the startling elegance, lift, and lightness of touch that this elixir exhibits on the palate, for all of its intensely honeyed richness. Fresh grapefruit and lemon leaven the wine and...


Huet Cuvee Constance 2009 Half Bottle
This stunning wine is fresh, pure and driven at first, with seamless ginger, creamed fig and glazed pear fruit, before showing its density and power via the honeycomb-, quince- and heather-filled core. Then the minerality cuts in, turning the finish back to racy despite the range of exotic fruit. A jaw-dropping display of richness balanced by...
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Hundred Acre Ark 2012
A perfect wine is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Arc Vineyard from Woodbridge's property on Howell Mountain. This is an amazingly deep, rich, blueberry, blackberry and mulberry scented and flavored wine with skyscraper-like texture, remarkable intensity, again great, great purity, and the new oak completely concealed by the lavish and extravagant...
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Hundred Acre Cabernet 2009
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard emerges from a parcel of old, volcanic soils that inform the wine to a significant degree. A vivid kaleidoscope of iron, ash, tar, smoke, crushed rocks and dark red berries take shape as this fabulous, pedigreed wine shows off its considerable personality. A cool, inward wine, the Ark is all about...
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Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan 2004
One of California’s (perhaps the world’s) most flamboyant, talented, contrarian wine producers is Napa Valley’s Jayson Woodbridge, the owner of Hundred Acre winery. Woodbridge has been running in high gear since his debut 2000. His 100% Cabernet Sauvignons are made primarily by him, with some consulting advice from Philippe Melka.
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Il Poggione Brunello 2010
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a striking wine that shows uncompromising varietal pureness, albeit in a most concentrated and elaborate form. This is what great Sangiovese is all about. There's so much happening on the nose and the wine brings you to cherry, spice, licorice, cured meat, pressed rose and grilled meat in equal measure. No one...


Isole e Olena Cepparello 2010
The extraordinary 2010 Cepparello (100% Sangiovese aged up to 18 months in oak, one-third new) presents fine nuances of red berry, cherry, spice, tar, licorice, wet earth and forest leaf. The bouquet is very elegant but this wine delivers power too with tight structure that immediately wraps around the palate. Somewhere in the crossroads between...


Isole Olena Cepparello 2004 Magnum
The estate's 2004 Cepparello (100% Sangiovese aged in French oak, 1/3 new) was made from minuscule yields of just 600 grams per plant and is even better than the 2003. It exhibits a livelier color, fresher aromatics and a nuanced personality, all the products of a more balanced growing season. It boasts layers of vibrant fruit intermingled with...


Jeff Cohn Buffalo Hill Rockpile Syrah 2013
The 2013 Syrah Buffalo Hill Rockpile Vineyard, one of the specialties of Jeff Cohn, is even more complex and flirts with perfection. Notes of new saddle leather, blackberry, cassis and spring flowers are followed by a massively concentrated, but never heavy wine that carries its 15.5% natural alcohol flawlessly. This is great terroir, fabulous...
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Jeff Cohn Cassata Zinfandel 2012
Distinctive and deeply flavored, with aromas of currant, black licorice and bitter chocolate, opening to complex and spirited notes of black cherry and smoky cracked pepper. Drink now through 2022. 184 cases made. –TF 95 Advocate


Jeff Cohn Haley Rockpile Syrah 2013
The 2013 Syrah Haley Rockpile is one of them. Inky opaque/purple in color, the wine has incredible sweet blackberry richness, a beautiful floral note, and that crushed-rock minerality that seems to be part of this AVA. The flavor intensity is mind-boggling, the purity, texture and length exquisite. This is another prodigious tour de force from...
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Jeff Cohn St Peter's Church Zinfnadel 2012
Distinctive and deeply flavored, with aromas of currant, black licorice and bitter chocolate, opening to complex and spirited notes of black cherry and smoky cracked pepper. Drink now through 2022. 184 cases made. –TF


Joseph Phelps Insignia 2008
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia is a towering, statuesque wine bursting with blackberry jam, tar, spices, leather and licorice. It shows fabulous depth and richness backed up by serious, imposing tannins that suggest it has a long life. Ideally, the 2008 should be purchased by those who can be patient; it is not a wine for those seeking...


Joseph Phelps Insignia 2009
This deep ruby/purple-colored offering is an elegant, medium-weight wine with sweet red and black currant fruit, dark cherry, loamy soil and foresty characteristics as well as ripe tannin. This should be an early maturing Insignia that evolves quickly, but positively over the next 10-12 years. Advocate
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Kapcsandy Cabernet Grand Vin State Lane 2009
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin opens with the most beguiling bouquet imaginable. Freshly cut flowers, mint, cinnamon and licorice all make an appearance as this vivid, beautifully delineated wine opens up in the glass. A model of total finesse and elegance, the 2009 wraps around the palate with what feels like endless layers of aromas and...
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Kapcsandy Endre 2007
A new offering made from lots culled out from their barrels, the seductive, charming 2007 Endre (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is a sleeper of the vintage with a magnetic hedonism. White chocolate, dark berries, and lots of flesh are reminiscent of a ripe Pomerol vintage. It is best drunk during...


Kapcsandy State Lane Cabenet Grand Vin 2006 Magnum
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard is a 650-case blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. A candidate for “wine of the vintage,” it boasts an extraordinary perfume of lead pencil shavings, plums, licorice, black currants, and white chocolate as well as a firm, Bordeaux-like structure, good purity, and...
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Kapcsandy State Lane Cabenet Grand Vin 2007 Magnum
Absolutely riveting, and even better than I predicted last year is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard. Made from 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and the rest tiny dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (400 cases produced), in two weeks of tastings, this wine stood out as one of those singular efforts that it is...
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Kapcsandy State Lane Cuvee 2007
The 2007 Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard (a 750-case blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) boasts an inky/plum/purple color as well as a complex bouquet of melted licorice, chocolate, creme de cassis, mocha, and sweet forest floor aromas. Full-bodied and layered with exquisite purity, texture,...


Kathryn Hall Cabernet 2012
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall is slightly more reticent aromatically, offering subtle hints of graphite, blackberry and cassis. Massive on the palate with extraordinary fruit extract, but no hard edges, and the vintage’s tell-tale velvety tannins, good acidity and terrific freshness and energy, this is a large-scaled, prodigious wine....
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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2009 500 ml
Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance, a dessert wine, is one of South Africa’s historic labels; its history stretches back 300 years. It’s produced from Muscat de Frontignan grapes, harvested late after they have shriveled on the vine to concentrate sugar content. Zdenĕk Bakala and Charles Harman purchased Klein Constantia in 2011, investing...


Kongsgaard Chardonnay 2012
The full-bodied 2012 Chardonnay reveals more buttery popcorn and honeysuckle characteristics, but there is no doubting the minerality, great fruit, super-freshness and 40+-second finish. Drink now through 2024.
95 Advocate Parker
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Kongsgaard Syrah 2012
The 2012 Syrah is a compelling example of this varietal. It is 100% Syrah, but it smells as if it includes a large quantity of Viognier. Huge notes of flowers, honeysuckle and lavender jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine along with notes of scorched earth, charcoal, smoked meats and a touch of steak tartar. A wine of great...
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Krug Champagne Rose Half Bottle
Fine and harmonious, this expressive rosé offers grilled nut and coffee accents, layered with exotic spice, dried peach, raspberry, biscuit, pastry cream and bergamot notes. Long and focused, with the flavor range carried on the silky, detailed mousse and driven by vibrant acidity. Disgorged summer 2013. Drink now through 2025 95 Spectator
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Krug Rose Champagne
The pale-colored NV Brut Rose wafts from the glass with dried red cherries, crushed flowers, spices and mint. There is good elegance in the mousse, but the aromas and flavors are a bit developed and mature. I imagine the Brut Rose is best enjoyed over the next few years, notwithstanding its relatively recent disgorgement in the Fall of 2011. This...


Krug Vintage 2003 Clos du Mesnil
Incredibly fresh and vibrant, this stunning Champagne weaves a tightly knit skein of ripe pear and tangy yellow plum fruit flavors together, with accents of rich pastry cream, toasted brioche, elderflower, ground cardamom and coffee liqueur. Shows a beautiful texture. A thread of salinity winds through to the lasting finish. Disgorged fall 2013....


Krug Vintage Champagne 1998
This harmonious Champagne offers luxurious texture and powerful, focused acidity, showing aromatic accents of spring blossom, crushed thyme and chai, with rich notes of lemon meringue, hazelnut, black currant and fresh porcini mushroom. The full package. Impressive. Drink now through 2028.Spectator 98
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Krug Vintage Champagne 2000
Rich and mouthwatering, this powerhouse Champagne is driven by vivacious acidity, with an expansive palate featuring flavors of glazed apricot, toasted brioche, candied kumquat and ginger, espresso crème, fleur de sel and cognac. The well-spiced finish is long and lingering. Disgorged summer 2013. Drink now through 2030. 97 Spectator
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Krug Vintage Champagne 2000 Magnum
Rich and mouthwatering, this powerhouse Champagne is driven by vivacious acidity, with an expansive palate featuring flavors of glazed apricot, toasted brioche, candied kumquat and ginger, espresso crème, fleur de sel and cognac. The well-spiced finish is long and lingering. Disgorged summer 2013. Drink now through 2030. 97 Spectator
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La Poderina Poggio Banale Brunello 2001
Dark in color, with intense blackberry aromas that evolve into licorice, vanilla and cherry. Full-bodied, with gorgeous flavors and ultravelvety tannins. Goes on and on. Best after 2010. 480 cases made. –JS 95 Spectator


La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Ardanza Reserva 2005
This traditional red offers dried cherry, orange peel, tobacco and sanguine flavors in a silky texture, supported by light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity. Focused and fresh, with a juicy finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. �TM 92 Top 100: 2014, Rank: 34


La Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Papes 2009
This captures terrific ripeness, intensity and density with stunning mouthfeel, as layer upon layer of fig sauce, braised plum, cassis, cherry eau de vie and pastis glide along together, with notes of spice, ganache and graphite hanging in reserve. The very long finish has cut and precision, despite its weight. Should age effortlessly. Best from...


Laherte Freres Grand Brut Ultradition Champagne
Thierry and Christian Laherte represent the second of seven generations of Champagne-growing Lahertes to domaine-bottle, though theirs is among the significant and increasing number of Champagne establishments that – despite personally farming all of the vines from which they source – are officially a “negociant-manipulant,” in this instance...


Lail J Daniel Cuvee Cabernet 2009
he 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon John Daniel Cuvee wraps around the palate with expressive layers of fruit. The pure seduction of the vintage comes through beautifully. Silky tannins help convey an impression of total seamlessness. Blue and black fruit, cloves and tar inform the radiant, powerful finish. I can’t wait to see how the 2009 develops in...


Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J.Daniel Cuvee 2013
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée is probably the qualitative equivalent of the 2012, but slightly more backward and coiled tight. Coming from three vineyards that Robin Lail uses in Napa Valley: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and the other on Howell Mountain. This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in about three-fourths new...
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Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2009
This gorgeous wine deftly balances polished cassis, dark cherry reduction and blueberry notes on a compact frame. Structured, with silky tannins lining the long finish that lingers on with hints of apple wood, spice box and underbrush. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2020. 6,361 cases made. 96 Spectator
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Laurent Perrier Alexandra Rose 2004
Fresh and minerally, this elegant rose offers a finely detailed bead carrying a subtle range of white raspberry, biscuit, slivered almond and lemon peel notes, with a long, spiced finish. Drink now through 2027. 20 cases imported.
*Outstanding Champagne!!


Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Champagne



Le Macchiole Paleo 2010
The 2010 Paleo Rosso is the most impressive wine of the tasting and easily cements this wine-s reputation as coastal Tuscany-s finest Cabernet Franc. The complexity is mesmerizing, as the wine playfully offers aromas of black fruit, salvia, rosemary, chocolate and spice in quick succession. It still tastes tight and nervous, so give it the time...


Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
The 2012 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon is similar to the Reserve, yet slightly more elegant and streamlined at present. Made from 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that spent 22 month in new and once-used French oak, it exhibits terrific aromatics of leafy herbs, spring flowers, violets, lead pencil shavings...


Leonetti Reserve Cabernet 2009
The wine known simply as Leonetti 2009 Reserve is, in fact, 92% Cabernet Sauvignon (the rest Merlot), a major departure from the norm of two-thirds to three quarters established in its previous eleven vintages (other exceptions being 2000 and 2001 when the Cabernet share dipped to less than half). Interestingly, too, Petit Verdot vines have...
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Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2003
Some good berry and chocolate character, with just a hint of fresh herbs. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Very good indeed. Second wine of Lagrange. Best after 2007. 22,330 cases made. –JS


Les Forts De Latour 2008
The second wine seems to have picked up most of the Merlot from the Latour vineyards (31.5% Merlot and 66.5% Cabernet Sauvignon dominate the blend). The 2008 Les Forts de Latour is a forward, pure wine displaying remarkably sweet tannins along with aromas of black currants, forest floor, and a hint of underbrush. Opulent, round, and generous, it...
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Leviathan Red Wine 2010
Andy Erickson's own label.
A tight, young and vibrant red, with a pure, focused core of dried berry, currant and dill, expanding and gliding through the finish, where touches of dried herb and cedar reverberate. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2023. 6,700 cases made. JL Spectator 91


Lewelling Cabernet 2010
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers notes of creme de cassis, licorice, charcoal and toasty oak in a spicy, medium to full-bodied, pure, upfront, drinkable style, especially for a 2010. This beauty should continue to age nicely for a decade or more. Advocate


Lewelling Cabernet 2010
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers notes of creme de cassis, licorice, charcoal and toasty oak in a spicy, medium to full-bodied, pure, upfront, drinkable style, especially for a 2010. This beauty should continue to age nicely for a decade or more. Advocate


Lewelling Cabernet Wight Vineyard 2008
The slightly more expensive, opaque purple-hued 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard (aged 18 months in 100% new French oak) is essentially a barrel selection. Obviously, the more structured wines with more density and aging potential were chosen for this cuvee. Very backward compared to the Napa bottling, the Wight Vineyard exhibits more...


Lewelling Cabernet Wight Vineyard 2008
The slightly more expensive, opaque purple-hued 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard (aged 18 months in 100% new French oak) is essentially a barrel selection. Obviously, the more structured wines with more density and aging potential were chosen for this cuvee. Very backward compared to the Napa bottling, the Wight Vineyard exhibits more...


Lewelling Wight Vineyard Cabernet 2010
Richer and fuller-bodied with denser fruit and more structure is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard. Exhibiting copious quantities of black currants intermixed with notions of camphor, spring flowers and toasty oak as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific intensity and purity, a voluptuous texture, and some tannin lurking under the...


Lewelling Wight Vineyard Cabernet 2010
The single-vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight is opaque purple, has similar aromatic and flavor characteristics to the regular Cabernet Sauvignon, just with more concentration and extract. The tannins may also be more elevated, but there is such an extravagant level of fruit, they’re not that noticeable. This is a beautiful wine that...


Lewelling Wight Vineyard Cabernet 2010
Richer and fuller-bodied with denser fruit and more structure is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard. Exhibiting copious quantities of black currants intermixed with notions of camphor, spring flowers and toasty oak as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific intensity and purity, a voluptuous texture, and some tannin lurking under the...


Lewis Alec's Blend 2008
Tightly wound, with dried currant, blackberry, sage and mineral notes. Full-bodied and concentrated, this is slow to expand but as it does the flavors fan out, offering touches of cedar, spice, nutmeg and mocha. Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2012 through 2021. 1,000 cases made. –JL 94 Spectator


Lewis Barcaglia Lane Chardonnay 2014
Barcaglia Lane Chardonnay, sourced from a trio of clones at this Dutton Ranch vineyard. The wine is all succulent, ripe citrus with toasty tangerine, orange zest and lemon-lime. Toasty gun-barrel oak and vanilla, together with tropical fruit skin and spice completes the package. Buttressed by a framework of native acidity the wine is gauzy in...
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Lewis Cabernet 2008
Supple and fleshy, with appealing ripe plum and black cherry fruit that's layered. Rich, complex and elegant, gaining weight and persistence on the finish, where the flavors fan out nicely. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made. �JL


Lewis Cabernet 2012
Beautifully crafted, rich and layered, this offers tiers of currant, blackberry, mocha, espresso and vanilla notes. The flavors slowly build depth while retaining an elegant mouthfeel, ending with a long, persistent finish that keeps echoing the core components. Best from 2015 through 2030. 1,800 cases made. –JL Spectator


Lewis Masons Cabernet 2009
This tight red has firm tannins, with dried berry, cedar and tobacco notes. Well-structured and persistent, as the blackberry and wild berry flavors gain presence and dimension, with a spicy aftertaste. Best from 2013 through 2022. 1,200 cases made. –JL Spectator


Lewis Napa Chardonnay 2014
Rich and layered, showing well-focused green apple, pear, green fig and floral citrus notes, this ends with dense butterscotch accents and lingers on the finish, picking up a touch of smoky oak and anise. Drink now through 2021. 2,200 cases made. �JL Spectator
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Lisini Ugolaia Brunello di Montalcino 2004
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia, from a small old-vine parcel on the estate, floats onto the palate with endless layers of perfumed fruit. Deceptively medium in body, the Ugolaia possesses remarkable depth. Sweet pine, menthol, red cherries and spices meld together seamlessly on the long finish. With time in the glass, the wine gains more...
*6 in OWC


Lokoya Diamond Mountain 2004
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain exhibits a dense purple color along with a sumptuous perfume of charcoal, black currant liqueur, cedar, and spice box, terrific fruit, an opulent, medium to full-bodied palate, and tremendous purity, glycerin, and texture. While it is the most forward and luscious of this trio, all of the 2004s here...


Loring Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Impressive for its rich, expansive, deep layers of ripe fruit, offering portals into huckleberry, wild berry and boysenberry character, supported and framed by fresh acidity and minerally tannins, with a long, engaging finish. Drink now through 2021. 150 cases made. –JL 94


Luca Malbec Uco Valley 2012
Very suave and polished, with ripe, pure flavors of blackberry, hoisin sauce and black pepper. Finely textured, this is packed with tar and roasted plum notes, showing plenty of licorice snap and dark chocolate accents on the powerful finish. Best after 2020. 7,000 cases imported. –KM #19 Top 100 Spectator 2014


Luce Della Vite 2011
Polished and complex, featuring ripe black cherry, plum, mint, vanilla, chocolate, leather and tobacco aromas and flavors. Dense and tannic, with concentrated sweet fruit for balance. Finishes long and harmonious. Merlot and Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2035. 1,600 cases imported. –BS 95 Spectator


Maison Nicholas Potel Chambolle-Musigny 2008
Nicolas Potel consistently favors promoting ripeness at low potential alcohol and consistently eschews chaptalization. He is also a fan of freshness and clarity in Pinot, while maintaining notably low levels of sulfur.


Maison Nicholas Potel Volnay Champans 1er Cru 2010
Nicolas Potel consistently favors promoting ripeness at low potential alcohol and consistently eschews chaptalization. He is also a fan of freshness and clarity in Pinot, while maintaining notably low levels of sulfur.


Maison Nicolas Potel Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2010
In May, 2009, Potel left the negociant firm that bears his name (and which belongs to the Cottin brothers, owners of Laboure-Roi) to devote himself entirely to his own domaine and negociant operation, Maison Roche de Bellene. Long-time cellarmaster, Fabrice Lesne, has now assumed direction of Maison Potel.


Maison Nicolas Potel Nuits St George 2010 Les Cailles 2010
Nicolas Potel consistently favors promoting ripeness at low potential alcohol and consistently eschews chaptalization. He is also a fan of freshness and clarity in Pinot, while maintaining notably low levels of sulfur.


Maison Nicolas Potel Pommard Epenots Grand Cru 2010
Nicolas Potel consistently favors promoting ripeness at low potential alcohol and consistently eschews chaptalization. He is also a fan of freshness and clarity in Pinot, while maintaining notably low levels of sulfur.


Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2006
The 2006 Barolo Brunate blossoms on the palate with layers of dark fruit, menthol, spices and minerals, all of which come together with a classic, ethereal weight that is quite appealing. The tannins are formidable, but there is more than enough richness and depth in the fruit to provide balance. The finish is surprisingly round and harmonious at...


Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2010
This elegant red offers enticing aromas of rose, strawberry and cherry, with a hints of tobacco and spice. Firm and well-balanced, showing sweet fruit intertwined with tannins on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2033. 2,000 cases made. –BS Spectator
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Marilyn Merlot 2004
Marilyn Merlot has itself become a legend and is perhaps the most sought-after of all collectable wines. Sam Shaw took the photo of Marilyn used on the label for the 2004 vintage, and it celebrates the many sides of this 1950s glamour goddess and immortal legend.


Marilyn Merlot 2004 Velvet Collection 1.5
A chance meeting in Hollywood between photographer Tom Kelley and an aspiring but unknown actress led to a two-hour photo session on May 27, 1949 that made history and established Marilyn Monroe as the ultimate sex symbol of the 20th century. The ten stunningly beautiful photographs from the historic session became known as the "Red Velvet"...
*one available


Marilyn Merlot 2005
"The 2005 vintage Marilyn Merlot is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. We prefer the added flavors and structure that Cabernet gives to the predominately Merlot based wine. The addition of 30% new oak barrels for this vintage gives the appropriate aromas of toasted oak and a more complex mouth feel from the new oak tannins. The...


Marilyn Merlot 2007
"Marilyn Merlot wines are known to appreciate in value with most selling for several times their original price" notes Bob Holder, one of the owners of Marilyn Wines. "They offer great value as fine Napa Valley wines on release, and they evolve and appreciate with age."
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Martinelli Bondi Ranch Pinot Noir 2007
Rich, fleshy, full-bodied and expansive, with a mix of savory berry, herb, tea, tobacco and earth. Well-focused and well-proportioned, ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2013. 650 cases made. –JL 92 Spectator


Martinelli Pinot Noir Moonshine 2008
The 2008 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch reveals an evolved garnet/ruby color as well as a bouquet of ripe apple skins, plums, sweet cherries and macerated strawberries. The most alcoholic of these Pinots, it offers hints of sassafras and beet root vegetables in its lusty, heady personality. It will undoubtedly be a “love it or leave it” example of...


Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf du Pape le Tintot 2010
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Tintot (100% Mourvedre) comes close to equaling Manfred Krankl and Philippe debut release of Chimere, which is also virtually all Mourvedre. If you can not find Chimere on retailers shelves, check out the 2010 Le Tintot as there are about 2,000 bottles produced. An amazing expression of fully ripe Mourvedre, it...


Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Marina Cvetic 2010
A fresh, harmonious red, offering a subtle range of flavors, with rich notes of smoky mineral, crushed blackberry, olive tapenade, grilled herb and ground anise. Fine-grained tannins emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 2,500 cases imported. –AN 91 Spectator to 100: 2014, Rank: 85


Massolino Barolo Margheria 2005
There's lovely sweet fruit, cedar and strawberry character in this wine, which is full and supersilky, with ultrarefined tannins and a plum and berry aftertaste. Very polished and pretty. Best after 2013. 380 cases made. –JS 95WS


Montepeloso Eneo 2011
fresh red, boasting plum, black cherry, spice and leather flavors. The harmony and intensity make this enjoyable now, but the wine should continue to develop over the next five years. Drink now through 2022. 1,500 cases made. –BS 93 Spectator


Montevetrano Montevetrano 2007
The 2007 Montevetrano is the product of an unusual vintage characterized by hot temperatures that were virtually uninterrupted throughout the year. Bright red fruit, flowers and spices are some of the nuances that emerge from this silky, beautifully balanced Montevetrano. The combination of explosive ripe fruit, richness and finesse is utterly...


Morlet Family Cabernet Coeur de Vallee 2007
From the To-Kalon Vineyard, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Coeur de Vallee is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. This is another compelling wine from Luc Morlet. It has the seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood which are all present in this deep purple-colored wine, made in small fermenters with beautiful...
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Morlet Family Vineyards Chardonnay Coup de Coeur 2012
The top Chardonnay cuvée, which is flirting with perfection, is the 2012 Chardonnay Coup de Coeur. Aromas of roasted hazelnuts, almond paste, brioche, honeysuckle, white peach and delicate pineapple are followed by a full-bodied, stunning wine displaying a subtle hint of oak (one-third new oak barrels are used). Drink this sensational Chardonnay...
*4 bottles available


Morlet Family Vineyards Chardonnay Ma Douce 2012
The 2012 Chardonnay Ma Douce reminds me of a classic Bâtard-Montrachet produced by Michel Niellon in the mid-1980s. Lots of brioche, honeysuckle, caramelized citrus and buttery pear notes are found in this long, full-bodied, beautiful white. Ripe and full-bodied with terrific acidity as well as freshness, this cuvée comes from a vineyard planted...
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Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree 2012
The 2012 Proprietary White La Proportion Dorée is a blend of 66% Semillon, 32% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle. It reveals an exquisite perfume, a stunningly full-bodied, multidimensional mouthfeel, and many of the same fruit and flowery characteristics found in the 2013. How long it will be drinkable is debatable since this cuvée has not...

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Morlet Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Coteaux Nobles 2012
Luc Morlet produces between 450 and 650 cases of three cuvées of Pinot Noir, all of which come from the second ridge from the Pacific Ocean in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard elevations range between 1,000 and 1,250 feet. All of them come from suitcase field selections of Pinot Noir, largely sourced from the most famous domaine in...
*5 bottles available


Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2011
This stunning wine is deliciously rich and layered, with vibrant flavors of honeydew, honeysuckle, fig and mineral shaded by seductive toasty oak. The flavors build, displaying a deep measure of intensity and persistence. Drink now through 2024. 1,692 cases made.95 Spectator #11 on top 100


Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2012
Taut and vibrant, the 2012 Chardonnay is one of this winery’s finest. The lifeblood of owners Jeffrey and Ellie Patterson, this tiny winery in Saratoga is one of California’s underappreciated treasures. Mount Eden is a labor of love, producing small amounts of Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Chardonnay comes from two shy-bearing...


Napa Valley Wine Soaps
Made by hand in small batches in St. Helena in the heart of the Napa Valley. They are made with the finest ingredients including local grapeseed oil and wine. Most popular variety is the Cabernet Soapingnon and Soapignon Blanc.


Newton Puzzle 2013
Bordeaux Blend from Newton.


Nickel & Nickel Cabernet State Ranch 2010
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch from Yountville boasts an impressive bouquet of chocolate and creme de cassis, and powerful, full-bodied flavors. It may be the most concentrated, dense and powerful effort in this portfolio. This blockbuster, full throttle (14.8% natural alcohol) wine should age effortlessly for two decades. 94 Parker
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Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet 2012
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger is a softer wine than the Hayne, shows nice dark plum, black cherry, blackcurrant fruit, forest floor and a bit of spice. It is medium to full-bodied, shows light to moderate tannin and will better in 2-3 years than it shows now. The wine is long, with lots of upside potential. Advocate


Niepoort 2003 Vintage Port
Dark color. Intense aromas of blackberries, licorice and iodine. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with wonderfully integrated tannins. Long and caressing, yet wonderfully structured. Sexy. Best after 2015. 3,330 cases made. –JS 95 Spectator


Noon Eclipse 2008
A blend of Grenache and Shiraz sourced from old vines with tiny yields. It spent 18 months in small and large French and American oak, just 11% new.


Numanthia 2003
The 2003 Numanthia was fashioned from yields of one ton of fruit per acre (from a clone of Tempranillo that often has the highest polyphenols of any Tempranillo clone). This cuvee is made from 70- to 100-year-old vines planted at a 2,300 foot elevation, which no doubt accounts for the freshness in this massively rich, intense red. A vivid, intense...


O'Shaughnessey Howell Mountain Cabernet 2012
Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, new leather, tobacco, cloves and mocha meld together in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. Rich, ample and textured, the 2012 is full of intensity. The contours are quite soft, though, which makes the 2012 unusually gentle and tamed for a young Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The radiant, explosive...

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Odette Cabernet 2013
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate exhibits graphite, blackberry and cassis, chocolate and a touch of mineral in a full-bodied, layered and impressively pure style. It’s a big wine for Stags Leap (15.4% alcohol), but gorgeously pure, with everything well-knit into a sensational equilibrium. This is only a baby, but promises to hit its peak in...


Opus One 2009 Magnum
This bold, rich and assertive red is firm and concentrated, displaying a mix of dried currant, blackberry, wild berry and spice flavors, ending with loamy earth and melted black licorice notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2025. 22,500 cases made. –JL Spectator


Opus One 2011
Sleek and elegant, with a core of dusty oak, dark berry, black licorice and violet, this gains depth and expands on the finish. The fruit core pushes past the drying, gripping tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2022. 25,000 cases made. –JL


Orin Swift Machete 2013



Ornellaia Masseto 2011
From Italy's most celebrated 7-hectare plot of Merlot, the 2011 Masseto is a wine of grand and lofty ambitions that happily materialize in the glass. This wine delivers on all the many promises it makes. First is the exceptional quality of the bouquet with seamless integration of dark fruit to spice, to chocolate, to Mediterranean herb. The aromas...
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Ornellaia Masseto 2012
Fantastic aromas of lavender, rosemary, violets and currants. Full body, a wonderful concentration of fruit yet tense and taunt energy. The new wood is exposed now but will become integrated and polished. Give it three or four years together. The pure merlot magic is there. The 2011 was a perfect wine, and this is very close indeed. Drink in 2019....
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Ornellaia Masseto 2012 Magnum
Fantastic aromas of lavender, rosemary, violets and currants. Full body, a wonderful concentration of fruit yet tense and taunt energy. The new wood is exposed now but will become integrated and polished. Give it three or four years together. The pure merlot magic is there. The 2011 was a perfect wine, and this is very close indeed. Drink in 2019....


Paloma Merlot 2010
Notes of mocha, black cherry liqueur, plum sauce and a hint of Asian spices jump from the glass of Paloma’s dark ruby-colored 2010 Merlot. Soft and round, this is a textbook Merlot for drinking now and over the next 6-7 years. Advocate


Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra 2007
The 2007 Barolo Ginestra is soft, plush and incredibly inviting. It shows plenty of textural richness and finesse to balance the firm Ginestra tannins. Dark cherries, plums, mint and flowers wrap around the sensual yet substantial finish. This is always my favorite wine at Conterno, and the 2007 is positively singing today. Anticipated maturity:...


Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2001 Magnum
The 2001 Barolo Carobric opens with a perfumed nose of freshly cut flowers, crushed raspberries and menthol. It offers flavors of ripe red fruits with excellent structure and length, closing with good freshness on the finish. Made from the Cannubi, Rocche di Castiglione and Bric del Fiasc vineyards, it comes across as very classic owing to its...


Paolo Scavino Rocche Annunziata Barolo Riserva 2001
The 2001 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata is the perfect way to cap off this strong series. The 2001 presents a multitude of aromas and flavors including roses, minerals, smoke, tar and sweet red fruit in a stunning display of sensual elegance. Today it comes across as open-knit and incredibly expressive. It is hard to say if it will shut...
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Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 2009
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is deep, seductive and powerful. It shows stunning richness and intensity, with layers of dark red fruit, smoke, licorice and tobacco in a style that is very expressive but not at all heavy. The 2009 is Clone 4. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. 96 Advocate
*1 bottle available


Paul Hobbs Napa Cabernet 2012
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon with the Paul Hobbs moniker is pretty serious wine that could easily win many a tasting. Dense purple in color, with notes of blackcurrants, blackberry, charcoal and incense, the wine is full-bodied, opulent and a big-time winner. This is a stunner that’s drinking well already and yet promises to age well for 15-20...


Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2003
2003 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux (150,000 bottles produced) may be the finest example of this cuvee I have yet tasted. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by creamy aromas of cassis, vanilla, flowers, and licorice. Round, generous, savory, expansive, and amazingly long as well as concentrated, I even joked with Paul Pontallier that this...


Pegau Chat Neuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee 2004
A real powerhouse, with muscular layers of fig and black currant compote, backed by braised beef, chestnut, tobacco and tar flavors. The long, mesquite-filled finish lets additional bittersweet cocoa and dark fruit notes linger, with lots of garrigue. Best from 2008 through 2025. 96 WS


Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reserve 2007
This packs it all together, with the ripe plum sauce, braised fig and currant paste notes of the vintage matched with invigorating hoisin sauce, brick dust and grilled beef notes. The long finish drips with fruit, but stays framed by a wild edge that keeps this firmly planted in terroir. Best from 2011 through 2031. 700 cases imported. JM WS 95


Pelissero Long Now 2009
All of the very best attributes of the vintage and the Pelissero house style come through in the 2009 Long Now. A huge, rich wine, the Long Now bursts from the glass with dark fruit, mocha, grilled herbs and smoke. This voluptuous, striking wine is loaded with class through and through. Tar, licorice and smoke are layered into the deep, resonant...


Penfolds Grange 2001
It is always a treat to taste Australia's most famous wine, Penfolds' Grange cuvee (the word Hermitage has been dropped because of legal issues). The 2001 Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at...
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Penfolds Grange 2002
Australia's most famous wine, the 2002 Shiraz 'Grange'The 2002 version was sourced from 77.5% Barossa Valley and 22.5% from McLaren Vale. Included in the blend is 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 17 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple, it gives off an ethereal bouquet of violets, saddle leather, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, and...
*5 Bottles in OWC


Penfolds Grange 2004
Smooth and seductive, this delivers a full-throated chorus of currant, plum, blackberry and spice flavors, hinting at coffee and cardamom as the finish floats and sails easily over a bed of polished, refined tannins. A touch of black olive balances nicely against it all. Beautifully structured, expressive and very long. Best from 2012 through...
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Penfolds Grange 2005
Containing just a dollop of 4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Grange is about 85%+ Barossa fruit with the remaining proportions coming from McLaren vale and Coonawarra. It was aged for 18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. The nose begins a bit animal with some smoked game, mincemeat and bacon notes emerging over the freshly crushed,...


Peter Mchael Chardonnay La Carriere 2014
The 2014 Chardonnay La Carrière displays ripe, honeyed tangerine and nectarine notes, some wet pebbles and crisp acids. As Nicholas Morlet says, this wine is the Puligny-Montrachet of the portfolio. It is easily going to age nicely for at least a decade. 91-96 Advocate


Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Cote 2014
The oldest Chardonnay vineyard Peter Michael uses is Belle Côte. The 2014 Chardonnay Belle Côte, from old Wente clones of Chardonnay planted in 1990, shows notes of crème brûlée, orange marmalade, crushed rock and white peach. It has stunning richness, full-bodied intensity, and a long, long finish. 95-98 Advocate


Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2007
The second wine, the 2007 L'Esprit des Pavots (44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot), exhibits lots of smoky cassis, tobacco leaf, and chocolate characteristics presented in a full-bodied, fleshy, rich format. While it is unquestionably an outstanding wine, it is simply dwarfed by the prodigiousness of its...


Peter Michael Les Pavots 2009
The 2009 Les Pavots, a 3,440-case blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, comes from Knights Valley. It exhibits a distinctive truffle, chocolate, blackberry and cassis-scented bouquet, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and fabulous concentration, purity and density. This magnificent effort’s open-knit style...


Peter Michael Les Pavots 2010
The 2010 Les Pavots (3,000 cases produced) is composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. More backward and firmer than the 2009, it exhibits copious notes of chocolate fudge, creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, graphite and licorice as well as stunning concentration, full body, perfect balance and a...
*12 bottles available


Peter Michael Les Pavots 2010
The 2010 Les Pavots (3,000 cases produced) is composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. More backward and firmer than the 2009, it exhibits copious notes of chocolate fudge, creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, graphite and licorice as well as stunning concentration, full body, perfect balance and a...


Peter Michael Winery Sauvignon Blanc l'Apres Midi 2014
When I was tasting at Peter Michael, the intermezzo, so to speak, was their exquisite 2014 Sauvignon Blanc l'Après Midi, which is 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Semillon. They make a good bit of this (2,810 cases), and this has always been one of the reference points in Northern California for Sauvignon. Loads of almost Loire Valley-like honeydew...


Petrolo Galatrona 2011
The 2011 Galatrona, which I tasted from cement, retains remarkable freshness and vibrancy for a vintage in which so many wines are on the edge of over ripeness. Sweet, floral notes add gorgeous aromatic overtones to balance the intensity of the Merlot fruit. Plum, black cherry, smoke, tar and licorice all flesh out on the voluptuous finish. Today,...


PharaohMoans Syrah 2012
The brilliant 2012 PharaoMoans is a blend of 98% Syrah and 2% Grenache that was aged in 80% new French oak barrels prior to bottling. A big, rich and fleshy Paso red, it knocks it out of the park with its chocolaty dark fruits, pepper, olive and charred meat-like aromas and flavors. This isn’t for those craving delicacy, yet it stays clean and...
*5 bottles available


Phelps Insignia 2011
The 2011’s deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of bouquet garni, mint, red and black currants, tobacco leaf and licorice, and a surprisingly intense, full-bodied mouthfeel with more richness and intensity than I would have expected from this vintage. It is also precocious and can be drunk upon release or cellared for 15 or more...
*6 pack in OWC


Phelps Insignia 2012
Joseph Phelps’ flagship wines include the incredibly ageworthy Insignia. The 2012 Insignia Proprietary Red is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, all aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. The vintage was of such high quality and quantity that 17,500 cases were produced. A...
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Philip Togni Cabernet 2003 Magnum
Not surprisingly, Togni's 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has put on weight, and is performing even better out of bottle than it did from cask. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by classic aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, black currants, blackberries, dried herbs, smoke, barbecue spice, licorice, and tapenade. The wine is full-bodied,...


Pichler Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Loibner Frauenweingarten 2012
The wine is produced from the ripest (and partly overripe) grapes from the oldest vines in the top crus Loibenberg, Kellerberg and Liebenberg.


Pingus Flor De Pingus 2011
The 2011 Flor de Pingus demonstrates wonderful purity on the nose, perhaps more feminine and wily than the 2010 with luscious raspberry, blackberry and forest floor notes. The palate is full-bodied with filigree tannins and a little more volume than the 2010. It seems generous and very supple at this early juncture with a caressing, peppery finish...


Pisoni Pisoni Pinot Noir 2012
Probably the wine of the vintage from the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate comes all from the granite soils of the Pisoni Estate vineyard, which is located in the southern end (which means the fog clears off earlier and warmer temps) of the appellation. It offers rocking aromas and flavors of crčme de cassis and black raspberry...
*12 bottles in 6 packsOWC


Poggio Antico Brunello 2010
A beautifully balanced and subtle Brunello with plum, berry, spice and fresh mahogany character. Full to medium body, fine tannins and a long finish. Very intense and harmonious. This is always a beauty. Drink or hold. 97 James Suckling


Pol Roger Rich demi Sec Champagne
Guava and baked apple notes are layered with bright acidity and accents of praline, ground clove and cardamom spice in this exotic demi-sec Champagne. Mouthwatering throughout, with a creamy mousse and a lingering, smoky finish. 30 cases imported.


Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Champagne 2002
Champagne Pol Roger created their Prestige Cuvée in homage to Sir Winston Churchill mindful of the qualities that he sought in his champagne : robustness, a full-bodied character and relative maturity. The exact blend is a closely guarded family secret but it is undeniable that the composition would meet with the approval of the man to whom it is...


Produttori Barbaresco Ovello Riserva 2007
The 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello comes across as cool, inward and reticent. In other words, very Ovello. It is one of the most complete of these 2007s, as the freshness of the site works to counter some of the more extroverted qualities of the year. The Ovello possesses stunning depth in its fruit, expressive inner perfume and firm yet refined...


Produttori Barbaresco Reserva Rabaja 2007
The 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja is a big, dark wine loaded with dark fruit, menthol, tar, flowers, mint, rosemary and an array of balsamic notes that develop in the glass. The Rabaja possesses stunning depth to match its muscular tannins. It is a dazzling wine endowed with tons of inner perfume and sheer personality as it saturates the palate...


Produttori del Barbaresco 2012
A pretty red, boasting floral, strawberry and raspberry flavors, accented by tobacco and underbrush notes. The tannins are firm yet well-integrated, creating a balanced impression. Best from 2017 through 2027. 23,330 cases made. Spectator


Proprieta Sperino Lessona 2008
The 2008 Lessona is a serious, serious wine endowed with superb depth and textural richness. Today the tannins are a bit firm, and the wine is, of course, very young, but there is no denying the sheer finesse and pedigree of what is in the glass. Juicy dark cherries, plums, graphite, mint and sweet herbs flesh out beautifully as the 2008 continues...


Punset Barbaresco 2007
This concentrated, well-toned red is packed with cherry, plum, soy and spice aromas and flavors. Round and balanced, with a sweet berry and mineral aftertaste. Really builds nicely, gaining elegance and intensity. The fine aftertaste of cherry, tobacco and woodsy notes lingers. Best from 2014 through 2027. Tasted twice, with consistent notes....


Quilceda Creek Cabernet 2000
The dark ruby-colored 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon has a nose reminiscent of a blackberry-flavored Yoplait yogurt laced with roasted oak and hints of licorice. A full-bodied wine of power and structure, it is crammed with black currants, blackberries, and spices. Its dense fruit is matched blow for blow with a muscular, firm structure. Anticipated...
*2 bottles available


Quilceda Creek Cabernet 2013
One of the most impressive barrels samples I was able to taste during my trip through the region, the Galitzin's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a classic, structured feel, as well as sensational purity of fruit. Giving up lots of cassis, currants, spicy oak and bouquet garni, with subtle violet qualities with air, it hits...


Quinta do Crasto Tinto Roriz 2011
This lithe red oozes with rich spiciness, showing concentrated flavors of kirsch, dark chocolate, mineral and allspice. Features a creamy core, presenting medium-grained tannins that lengthen out nicely. The unctuous finish is filled with a vibrant silkiness. Drink now through 2022. 741 cases made. Spectator 94
*3 pack in OWC


Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional 2012
Big and rich, this is full of Asian spice notes that are woven between ripe dark plum, blackberry and dried blueberry flavors. Chocolate mousse accents linger on the long, creamy finish, with some savory hints. Complex. Drink now through 2022. 775 cases made. Spectator 95
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Ramey Annum Cabernet 2008
Very tight, dense and backward, packing lots of fruit and tannins. The up-front flavors, built around dried currant, mineral, graphite, camphor and cedar, are slow to unfold, showing touches of loamy earth and tobacco on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2024. 380 cases made. –JL 93 WS


Ramey Pedregal Cabernet 2012
As usual, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is a great wine (a 650-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot). This sexy, full-throttle, opaque purple-colored 2012 boasts fabulous concentration along with copious notes of pen ink, blueberries, blackberries, and hints of graphite and espresso bean. Deep, full-bodied and...


Ramey Ritchie Chardonnay 2010
The 2010 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is a bit brighter and more focused than the Hudson. There is a sense of energy and focus in the 2010 that is remarkable. Sweet floral and spiced notes resonate on the finish. Saline overtones add to an impression of briskness and raw energy, especially on the finish. This is another fabulous showing....


Raymond Usseglio Cuvee Girard Chateauneuf du Pape 2010
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Girard reveals slightly more meatiness and garrigue notes than the 2009, but the two wines are similar in every other aspect. Full-bodied, rich and pure, it, like the 2009, will evolve over the next 10-15 years.
90-92 Advocate


Red Car Heaven & Earth Pinot Noir 2011



Ridge Monte Bello 2005
While in a good year there's normally 4,000 cases of the Monte Bello, there was a scant 2,200 cases produced of the 2005 Monte Bello. Thick, massive, and concentrated with ample currants, lead pencil, licorice and chocolate aromas and flavors, this full-bodied beauty is just now at the early stages of adolescence, and has plenty of underlying...
*6 Bottles in OWC


RL Buller Calliope Rare Muscat NV 375
Giving aromas of dark brown sugar, black strap molasses, licorice and preserved walnuts, the deeply brown colored NV Calliope Rare Muscat is again incredibly sweet and viscous with a good amount of acid to balance and is decadently rich and nutty / spicy in the very long finish. All these vintage blended fortified wines are bottled to drink now...
*6 bottles available


Robert Biale Black Chicken Zinfandel 2012
There is always a remarkable array of wines from Biale Vineyards. This family has been farming Zinfandel in Napa since 1937, and the wines consistently are among the highlights in my Zinfandel tastings.


Robert Biale Royal Punishers Petite Sirah 2013
Ripe, plush and juicy notes of cherry, wild raspberry and blackberry are impressive for their density and polish,with aromatic details of violet,sandalwood, orange peel and cobbler. Spectator


Robert Foley Claret 2001
The virtually perfect 2001 Claret (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) is a tour de force in winemaking. It possesses extraordinary concentration, intensity, purity, and ripeness, yet retains an elegant style. With a spectacular perfume of blackberry liqueur, cassis, acacia flowers, graphite, espresso roast, and chocolate as well as a 60-second...
*Two bottles available


Robert Foley Claret 2005
A gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, and sweet black cherries emerges from the full-bodied, opulent 2005 Claret. Revealing more concentration, sweeter tannins, and more nuances and complexity than the 2006, this elegant beauty can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. Advocate
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Robert Foley Claret 2012
Foley’s top wine is the inky/purple-colored 2012 Claret, a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It ratchets up the level of concentration, offering a big, sweet bouquet of white chocolate, smoky oak, espresso beans, licorice, forest floor, blackberries and cassis. Viscous and thick with oodles of fruit and glycerin,...


Roederer Cristal 1999
One of the finest Champagnes I have ever brought to my lips, the 1999 Cristal bursts from the glass with fresh hazelnut and apple scents. Elegant, deep, and silky-textured, this medium to full-bodied beauty is immensely concentrated, pure, packed with apple flavors, and astoundingly long in the finish. Louis Roederer does not display a...
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Roederer Cristal Champagne 2002
Seriously precocious nose with notes of apple blossom, fresh strawberries, clotted cream, cashews and lightly toasted hazelnuts plus a barely detectable hint of oak. Great concentration of apple crumble flavours with very fine bubbles and a crisp backbone of acid. Long creamy finish. Drink 2010 to 2029.RP
*One bottle available


Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du-Pape Prestige 2010
Once again the Sabons have hit a home run with their 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige. Opaque purple-hued with a full-bodied mouthfeel, massive concentration, abundant tannin and good acidity, it will not be as drinkable early on as the 2009 Prestige. The 2010 possesses some of the structural characteristics of the 2005, and thus requires...


Rostaing Cote Rotie Cote Blonde 2012
I think the best wine here (at the moment anyways) is the 2012 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde. More reserved and closed initially, it has subtle, yet seductive notes of black raspberry, blackberry, toasted spice, smoke earth and cured meat that gradually open up in the glass. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, substantial Cote Rotie that has...
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Rudd Oakville Estate Cabernet 2010
More serious, substantial and complex is the 2010 Oakville Estate, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. This 1,000+-blend was aged in 100% new oak. It exhibits attractive notes of spring flowers, forest floor, licorice, black currants and graphite as well as medium to full-bodied, seriously...
*6 bottles on OWC


Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Le Mesnil 2002
There's vibrancy and a sense of finesse to this rich and creamy Champagne, which is defined by racy acidity and a streak of chalky minerality. Offers an expansive palate of glazed apricot, oyster shell, toasted almond and spun honey flavors, accented by hints of ground ginger, dried lemon peel and marzipan. The finish is racy and persistent. Drink...
*3 bottles available


San Felice Campogiovanni Brunello 2007
James Suckling
Impressive depth of fruit on the nose, with dark berries, flowers and blueberries. Full-bodied, with a core of fruit that is impressive and sensual. Silky tannins. Long, long finish. Try it in 2016. This is clearly better than the 2006.
Score: 94. January 25, 2012.


San Felice Campogiovanni Brunello 2010
Perfect aromas to this red with licorice, stone, peach pit, plum, leather and iron. Full body, fine, silky tannins that support a deep, rich fruit concentration showing black fruit, Tuscan dust and oyster shell. Needs four or five years to soften but an amazing finish. 96 James Suckling


Sandrone Barolo Cannubi 2009
The single-vineyard 2009 Barolo Cannubi Boschis opens with intense focus and sharpness. Beyond its dark color and bold appearance is a stunning embroidery of delicate floral and wild berry aromas. It’s easy to recognize each distinct layer: licorice, tar, pressed violets, dried mint, white truffle and wet earth. Silky tannins, long and fine,...
*2-6pks in owc

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Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2000
The 2000 Barolo Le Vigne is made from parcels across multiple vineyards, which is always an advantage in challenging vintages. The 2000 Le Vigne is fresher and more delineated than the Cannubi Boschis, although it lacks that wine’s sheer pedigree. Pretty floral notes are woven into a textured fabric of red fruit and spices. There is just enough...


Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2001
Luciano Sandrone’s 2001 Barolo Le Vigne is fresh, vibrant and totally impeccable. Flowers, mint, minerals and juicy red berries are some of the many nuances that come to life in the 2001 Le Vigne. The wine gains volume and shape with time in the glass. Seemingly endless layers of fruit flesh out on the mid-palate and finish. Hints of leather,...
*6 bottles in OWC


Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2007
The 2007 Barolo Le Vigne presents a beguiling combination of explosive, ripe fruit and finessed silky tannins that make it a thrilling wine to taste, even at this stage in its development. Small red berries, minerals, crushed flowers, vanillin and sweet spices are woven together in a fabric of undescribable elegance. The French oak has never been...
*6 in owc


Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2008
Sandrone’s 2008 Barolo Le Vigne is a wine of breathtaking textural finesse and elegance. Nothing really stands out, so phenomenal is the wine’s balance and sense of harmony. This is the kind of wine that is easy to overlook because it doesn’t ask for attention and isn’t showy. Instead, everything is simply in the right place. The finest,...
*6 in OWC


Sandrone Cannubi Boschis 2000
The 2000 Barolo Cannubi Boschis shows early signs of maturity in its autumn leaves, leather and spices. There is an attractive silkiness to the fruit, but ultimately the 2000 comes across as a bit two-dimensional, especially in context with some of the truly great vintages. The wine does freshen up a touch in the glass, not enough to make a...
*6 bottles available


Sandrone Le Vigne Barolo 2010
The 2010 Barolo Le Vigne is composed from an assembly of fruit sourced from the townships of Barolo, Novello and Serralunga d’Alba. It reflects Barolo tradition in which, years ago, this noble wine was made from a wide assembly of fruit instead of single cru sites (as is the custom today). Bright cherry fruit, blackberry and creme de cassis...
*6 in OWC

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Sandrone Le Vigne Barolo 2010 Magnum
The 2010 Barolo Le Vigne is composed from an assembly of fruit sourced from the townships of Barolo, Novello and Serralunga d’Alba. It reflects Barolo tradition in which, years ago, this noble wine was made from a wide assembly of fruit instead of single cru sites (as is the custom today). Bright cherry fruit, blackberry and creme de cassis...


Sassicaia 2010
The 2010 Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia brings back some of the brambly rosemary and wild Mediterranean brush that was missing in 2009. This will greatly appeal to enthusiasts of Sassicaia’s trademark elegance. The wine shows extreme purity that brings its many beautiful aromas into startling focus and clarity. Lingering tones of black fruit and...
*in OWC


Sassicaia 2012
Tenuta San Guido's newest release is the 2012 Bolgheri Sassicaia. This was a warm vintage, especially during summer months that saw hot winds and little rain. Thankfully, winter months delivered ample precipitation. Vines had good access to moisture underground. Production of the lower-tier wines was reduced: Le Difese was cut by 40% and...


Sassicaia 2012 Magnum
Lots of lavender, minerals and blackcurrants on the nose. Turns to black berries. Full body, ultra-refined tannins and an exquisite finish. This is all about delicacy, finesse and grace. Yet there is a solid core of ripe tannins giving it backbone and outstanding form. Better in 2017 but so delicious already. A wonderful surprise. 95


Scarecrow Cabernet 2007
Scarecrow’s inky/purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a prodigious effort. It reveals a liqueur of crushed rocks intermixed with a smorgasbord of spring flower, blueberry, creme de cassis, and assorted blue, black, and red fruit characteristics. It also possesses extraordinary concentration, but what sets it apart is the fragrant aromatics...
*1 bottle available


Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2000
The 2000 Barolo Cannubi is so fresh and primary it would be virtually impossible to peg in a blind tasting as a 2000. Layers of jammy dark fruit flow from this intense, rich Barolo. The house style speaks more loudly than vineyard character in 2000, but the wine makes up for that with its superb length and harmony. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030....
*12 bottles available


Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2001
The 2001 Barolo Cannubi, a dark ruby, is a classic in the making. It offers a multi-dimensional, delicate nose of flowers, menthol and minerals with plenty of ripe dark cherry fruit, great length and a nuanced, ethereal finish. It will require at least a few years of bottle age and will still be vibrant and full of flavor at age 20. Compared to...
*5 bottles


Scavino Rocche dell' Annunziata Riserva Magnum 2001
The 2001 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell’Annunziata is the perfect way to cap off this strong series. The 2001 presents a multitude of aromas and flavors including roses, minerals, smoke, tar and sweet red fruit in a stunning display of sensual elegance. Today it comes across as open-knit and incredibly expressive. It is hard to say if it will shut...
*3 in OWC


Sette Ponti Toscano Oreno 2006
Shows loads of black licorice, blackberry and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Has wonderful concentration and balance. Structured. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Best after 2013. 3,250 cases made. –JS 96 Spectator Top 100 2008


Shafer Hillside Select 2006
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, which was just released, is a stunningly rich effort displaying notes of licorice, cassis, camphor and subtle toast along with a full-bodied, powerful texture and richness. Very pure with surprisingly sweet tannins for a 2006, it’s long finish lasts over 40 seconds. It should drink well for 25+ years....
*4 bottles available


Shafer Hillside Select 2009 Magnum
The 2009 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a more ordinarily constructed, compact effort from Shafer, but very powerful, with blackcurrants, cedar wood, vanillin and spice box. The wine is full-bodied, showing outstanding purity, a slightly more narrow framework and a linear personality. Nevertheless, it’s top-notch and a brilliant wine...
*5 bottles available


Shafer One Point Five Cabernet 2012
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon One Pint Five is a big-time winner, a blend of almost all Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine has an opaque bluish/purple color, almost indigo, and is full-bodied with dense chocolaty crème de cassis notes, licorice and a touch of minerality. The wine has well-integrated wood, is full...


Shafer Relentless 2011
The 2011 Syrah Relentless is certainly one of the lighter versions of this wine, but still merits an outstanding 92-point rating. A blend of 91% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah, this wine shows more of a French style than other vintages because there is a hint of austerity and structural tannin that can be noticed through the roasted herbs, meaty...


Shafer Relentless 2012
The 2012 Syrah Relentless, which has not yet been bottled, is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah. In keeping with this amazing year, it’s full-bodied, juicy, succulent, flamboyant, with blueberry and blackberry fruit galore, lots of glycerin and a massive mouthfeel, but no heaviness or astringency characterize this stunning wine. Advocate...


Shirvington Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up aromas of cassis liqueur, graphite, toast, smoke, and camphor along with huge body, gorgeous sweetness as well as purity, a multilayered texture, and a colossal finish. I would opt for drinking it over the next 7-8 years, but keep one bottle back until age 12-15. Advocate


Showket Cabernet 2004
This is prime Cabernet Sauvignon country and is a part of Oakville that has certainly attracted some top wineries. Nearby neighbors include Dalla Valle, Oakville Ranch, Tierra Roja and near the base of the mountains you find Screaming Eagle and Rudd.


Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 2007
The 2007 Barolo Bricco Luciani is one of the most beautiful wines I have tasted here in quite some time. Dark berries, flowers, minerals and spices are some of the nuances that emerge from this sexy, well-delineated Barolo. The 2007 possesses more depth than has been the norm over the recent past and also less new oak, a combination that has...
*9 bottles available


Snowden Reserve Cabernet 2008
A dramatic upgrade, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exhibits aromas of creme de cassis, burning embers, licorice and smoked herbs. It ratchets up the body, concentration and depth yet possesses silky smooth tannins and a forward style. This beauty should drink well for 15+ years. 92 Advocate


Soda Canyon Barrel Chaser 2009
The color of this wine instantly grabs you. It hasa wonderful, dark hue with a full expression of ripe black fruit, raspberry and strawberry all melded into one. The nose is wonderfully lifted in the front with an envelope of rhubarb, cola and even a touch of espresso bean.


Somerston Cabernet 2010
A dark, sumptuous wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Somerston boasts stunning depth, power and richness. Mocha, chocolate, espresso and cloves flesh out in this intense, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. There is so much fruit, the tannins of the vintage are nearly buried. A full throttle, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 is a gorgeous wine from...


Soter Brut Rose 2006
Tony Soter has long made one of the finest Rose sparkling wines anywhere. The salmon pink 2006 Brut Rose, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, was barrel-fermented and spent 4.5 years aging sur-lie. It gives up enticing aromas of cherry blossom, raspberry, and strawberry leading to an intensely flavored, lengthy, rich wine that will pair...


Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore 2010
The 2010 Barbaresco Pajore resonates off every corner of the palate with layers of rich, intense fruit. Here, too, the balance of fruit and tannin is simply masterful. The pure pedigree of the vintage comes through in spades. Pajore is the only Sottimano Barbaresco made from vines in Treiso (rather than Neive), so it always stands a bit apart from...


Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
The brilliant 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts an inky/purple color as well as glorious aromas of spring flowers, lead pencil shavings, licorice and a multitude of wild mountain fruits, in particular black raspberry, blackberry and cassis reminiscent of a French Pauillac (although I always think of Spottswoode as the Chateau Margaux of Napa). With a...
*1 bottle available


Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Spottswoode produces one of the finest Sauvignon Blancs in Northern California. The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (nearly 100% Sauvignon from two clones, the classic clone and the more fragrant Musque clone, and a small dollop of Semillon) is so popular that it is now a cross county blend, with about 60% of the fruit from Napa and the rest from Sonoma.


Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2014



St Cosme Gigondas 2011
Under the Chateau Saint-Cosme umbrella, the 2011 Gigondas (a 3,400-case blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as powerful blueberry, mulberry, black currant, licorice, graphite and truffle notes. This round, generously endowed, surprisingly deep and full 2011 should drink well for a decade....


Staglin Estate Cabernet 2003
Impressive for its rich, plush, complex core of black cherry, currant, mocha and cedar notes. Sharply focused, intense and persistent, the flavors fan out on the finish, coating the palate.


Staglin Estate Cabernet 2009
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is bursting with primal energy. Sweet floral notes meld into juicy red berries, spice box and cedar, all of which are laced together with remarkable elegance. Silky tannins add to an impression of refinement and total finesse. In 2009, Staglin’s Cabernet Sauvignon impresses for its superb delineation and nuance. The...
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Switchback Ridge Cabernet 2010
This tiny producer consistently fashions excellent wines (Bob Foley is the winemaking force behind these efforts).


Switchback Ridge Merlot 2012
No one will be disappointed in the sumptuous 2012 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard. Its dense purple color is followed by aromas of chocolate, blackcurrants and black cherries. This luscious, full, pedal-to-the-medal 2012 is a seamless, sensational Merlot that is about as good as this varietal can be in Napa Valley. Drink it over the next decade or...


Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2002
Taittinger’s 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is off the charts. I have tasted the 2002 now many times, and it has never been less than thrilling. A vivid kaleidoscope of pure Chardonnay aromas and flavors opens up in the glass. The 2002 is at once incredibly rich yet also totally weightless and impeccable in its balance. All the...


Tamber Bey Oakville Estate Cabernet 2010
This 2010 vintage is showing amazing color and concentration. The wine has a cassis color with dark purple edge. On the nose is black cherry mixed with wet stone and a lingering scent of cedar. In the mouth, the wine has a full body with velvety texture and silky tannins. Black stone fruits evolve into floral notes, a hint of bitter chocolate and...
*8 bottles available


Taylor 2007 Vintage Port
This is a giant of a wine lurking behind fresh flowers and ripe fruit. Starts off in a friendly way, then takes hold of the palate, with intense blueberry and blackberry fruit and chewy yet fine tannins. Mouthpuckering, but impressively complex and long. Really kicks in on the finish. The best Taylor since 1994. Best after 2020. –JS WS 96


Taylor Vintage Port 2011
The 2011 Taylor's Vintage 2011 has a multifaceted, Pandora's Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside, followed by wilted rose petals and Dorset plum. Returning after one 45 minutes that nose has shut up shop. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry, plush and...