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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 Furstentum Grand Cru 2010
Open-knit and aromatic, with jasmine and honeysuckle notes wafting through the flavors of orange granita, almond and grapefruit zest. This is dry, with well-knit acidity and a fresh, fleur de sel tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 40 cases imported. –AN 91 Spectator

Albert Mann Gewürztraminer 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. –AN 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...

Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927
The impressive 1927 Pedro Ximenez Solera, from a Solera begun nearly 80 years ago, boasts a dark amber color as well as an extraordinary nose of creme brulee, liquefied nuts, marmalade, and maple syrup. Huge and viscous, yet neither cloyingly sweet nor heavy, it is a profound effort priced unbelievably low. It is meant to be drunk alone at the end...
*375 bottle

Amavi Cabernet Walla Walla 2011
Wine Spectator Top 100

Ancillary Cellars Pinot Noir Sangiacomo 2012
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, ¾ Dijon 115 and ¼ classic French Pommard which was aged on lee’s for 10 months in barrel to add...

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,...

Anderson's Conn Valley Eloge Napa 2008
Remarkably, the 2008 Eloge may be as compelling. Composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot, it exhibits a dense opaque purple color followed by aromas of espresso roast, cassis, blueberries, licorice and lead pencil shavings. Deep, full and layered with phenomenal concentration and purity, this...

Anne Gros Echezeaux Grand Cru 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....

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

Antinori Tignanello 2009
The 2009 Tignanello is quite beautiful. Cedar, graphite, sweet herbs, licorice and leather add complexity to a core of highly expressive red fruits. The 2009 impresses for its energy, drive and focus. Today, the 2009 comes across as slightly understated relative to many recent vintages, especially 2007 and 2008. There is a silkiness and polish...

Antinori Tignanello 2010
Tignanello shows magnificent aromatic layering and an enormous capacity to peel back and reveal itself in beautiful slow motion. This is an articulate wine with a long story to tell about the quality of its profound 2010 fruit. This Tignanello has the elegance of 2004 and the structure of 2007. A brief note on the structure: The mouthfeel here is...

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

Argiano Solengo 2001 Magnum
Still one of the top wines of the region. Bold and exotic, with a muscular style. Full-bodied, with fantastic, velvety tannins and a long, opulent finish. Got to love this wild wine. Best after 2007. 3,750 cases made. –JS 95 Spectator

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 Cult Cabernet 2011
A blockbuster as well as a candidate for the wine of this irregular year is the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Cult, which comes from a single vineyard. It offers explosive black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with notes of cedarwood, forest floor and spring flowers. A wine of great charm, opulence and richness, this may be one of my highest...

Beau Vigne Juliette 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 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.

Beau Vigne Romeo Cabernet 2010
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Romeo emerges from the glass with freshly cut flowers, sweet black cherries, French oak and licorice, all of which are woven together in an attractive, mid-weight fabric. Juicy and flavorful, the Romeo is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. The 2010 is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 1%...

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...

Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel 2013
Morgan Twain Peterson, the son of Ravenswood's Joel Peterson, has hit the wine scene with a bang, producing vibrant, personality-filled, delicious wines from extremely old vines and, in some cases, virtually unknown grapes, such as Aubun, Teredalgo, Trousseau Noir, Le Noir, Mission, Trousseau Gris, Grand Noir and Abouriou, as well as Zinfandel,...

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...

Betz Clos de Betz 2008
The Bordeaux-styled wines begin with the 2008 Clos de Betz, a multi-regional blend from four renowned vineyards, and composed of 66% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Petit Verdot. It was aged for 16 months in 65% new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it surrenders an expressive nose of pain grille, graphite, Asian spices, a...

Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve NV
The NV Brut Reserve is an attractive, easygoing wine with good up-front fruit and an accessible personality. Flowers, dried pears and spices are some of notes that linger on the finish.

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.

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,...

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 2012
Bodegas El Nido is a project of the Gil family of Jumilla with the winemaking overseen by the veteran vigneron Chris Ringland of New Zealand

Bodegas El Nido Nido 2006
The purple/black 2006 Clio is composed of 70% old vine Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 26 months in new oak. It offers up a super-sexy nose of underbrush, incense, lavender, blueberry muffin, and black currant. Voluptuous and creamy on the palate, this loaded, well-balanced wine is a total turn-on. For those who prefer their flavor...

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

Bodegas Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva 2001
The 2001 Vina Tondonia Reserva is bridled with a lovely nose of decayed red fruit, fireside hearth, a touch of mulberry and small red cherry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp red fruits (wild strawberry and cranberry) with a sharp, vibrant, tense, tannic finish that has immense precision. There is a slight saline note lingering...

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...

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 Bottles available in original wood box

Bond Vecina 2009
BOND’s 2009 Proprietary Blend Vecina, from Vine Hill Ranch, is fascinating to taste after the St. Eden. While the St. Eden is round and sensual, the Vecina is all about linear power and structure. Endowed with tremendous length and persistence, the Vecina presents endless layers of dark fruit and expressive aromatics supported by considerable...
*Limited supply

Bond Vecina Proprietary Red Wine 2010
Another wine flirting with perfection is the 2010 Vecina, the nearby neighbor of Harlan Estate on the western hills overlooking the Oakville Corridor, and further south, Yountville. A Graves-like effort, it displays notes of burning embers, scorched earth, creme de cassis, and charcoal. Primordial, dense, rich, full-bodied, masculine and backward,...
*6 bottles in OWC available

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 Châteauneuf 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 Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne 2009
A cool, fresh and densely fruited nose of crushed citrus, green apple and mineral reduction gives way to seriously concentrated and overtly muscular flavors that possess a suave and silky mouth feel yet do not lack for an underlying reserve of power. It’s even longer [than the Montrachet], at least at present with a chewy character that provides...

Brewer Clifton Mt. Carmel Pinot Noir 2008
The power and honeyed notes of the 2008 Chardonnay Mount Carmel are dramatic. This plush, up-front style of Chardonnay from Brewer and Clifton often reminds me of a California version of a Batard-Montrachet. The wine is light gold in color, with notes of honeyed nuts intermixed with crushed rock, lemon butter, orange rind, and pear. Broad, savory,...

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 Mica Cabernet 2007
Buccella Mica is the 2nd label for Buccella. The deep purple color leads to a intense full-bodied mouthful of lush black fruits, texture and long lingering finish. Winemaker Celia Welch known for her masterful work at Scarecrow, Keever, D.R Stephens and others, has done an amazing job on this 617 case production while keeping it reasonably priced."

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.

Cakebread Benchland Select 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...
*4 bottles available

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.

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

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

Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon The Grand Daddy 2012
Due to perfectly balanced yields and just the amount of hang time, this To Kalon block produced exceptional wines in 2012. These old vine clone 4 vines render our most elegant wine from this vineyard, but just like great Bordeaux, this elegance is wrapped up in a cloak of raw but refined power. Crème de cassis, licorice, tobacco and spice cake...

Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon The OG 2012
2012 was very kind to the ‘O.G.’ block of Beckstoffer To Kalon. Deep ruby/purple hues boast amazing levels of dark currants, violets and barrel spice. Perfectly framed tannins integrate with a plush, persistent and bold mid-palate making this a prodigious and complex wine which expertly showcases Napa Valley terroir. The mélange of fruit is...

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...

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...

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.

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 2008 Magnum
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is the first example of this cuvee to include Merlot (about 14%) in the blend. The Merlot component has given the wine a cocoa/chocolate nuance to its black currant, licorice-infused fruit. The tannins are velvety soft and the wine is beautifully textured and full-bodied. It is ideal for drinking now...

Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2011
The 2011 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard got a big “Awesome Wine!” in my notes. Almost Cornas-like with its meaty, exotic bouquet of black fruit, spice, olive, saddle leather and bloody meat, it has full-bodied richness, a layered, concentrated mid-palate and an overall beautifully fresh, energetic profile. Up there with, and possibly surpassing, the...
*2 bottles available

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 2012
The 2012 Syrah En Cerise has wonderful aromatics backed up with incredible richness and extract on the palate. Smoked earth, currants, herbs de Provence and olive tapenade are just some of the nuances here and it has incredible density, richness and depth, without seeming the least bit heavy. Advocate 97-100
*3 bottles available

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...

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...
*3 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...
*3 bottles 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 2006
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino literally explodes onto the palate with masses of dark cherries, plums, wild herbs, menthol and spices. Hard candy and gorgeous inner perfume emerge from a sweet, ripe and totally expressive core. The finish is elegant, decisive and eternal. At times the Cerbaiona 2006 has been surprisingly dark and weighty while...

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 sweet,...

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...

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 2000
Deep garnet colour with a faint touch of brick in the rim. Classic Beaucastel earthy/meaty/gamey nose with an undercurrent of stewed strawberries, Chinese dried plums and soy. Quite elegant on the palate with a medium to full body and a reasonably taut structure of medium to high acidity and a medium level of velvety tannins. Layer upon layer of...

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...

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 fruit’s fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This...

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...
*limited supply

Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape1998
Very youthful, with a juicy blast of red plum and fig fruit flavors on a racy frame, this also has plenty of spice, tar, plum cake and mineral in reserve, as the finish shows more structure and slowly darkens with time in the glass. Only just starting to hit its stride.--1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2027. 15,000 cases...
*6 bottles

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 Bernadotte 2000
This property (which borders Lafite, Mouton, and Pontet-Canet) is owned by the proprietors of Pichon-Lalande. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the 2000 is an elegant, nicely textured, smoky, sweet wine offering scents of caramels intermixed with black currants, cherries, cedar, and licorice. Supple-textured and lush, it should be...

Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2010
Rounded and inviting, with hints of pear and apple giving way to more citrus, floral and straw notes. This has good range, with a brisk edge waiting in the wings on the finish. Score range: 89-92 –JM

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,...
*Limited supply. Please inquire

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...
*12 bottles on owc

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
Aromas of blackberry, currant and toasty oak, with a hint of spice, lead to a full-bodied palate, with plenty of blackberry, chocolate and Indian spices. Balanced, refined and very pretty, with a velvety texture and a long, beautifully textured finish. Best after 2013. 10,000 cases made. –JS 95 Spectator 2nd Growth
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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-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 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 Lynch Bages 2008
A sensational effort for the vintage, this textured, opulent, superb Lynch Bages is already strutting its stuff and should easily last for 20 years. Medium to full-bodied with an opaque dense purple color, notes of flowers and cassis, a layered texture that builds incrementally in the mouth and tremendous purity and depth, it can be drunk now or...

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 châteaux 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 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...
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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 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 Troploong 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

Chave Crozes-Hermitage Silene 2010
This has nice character, with chestnut and bay leaf aromas followed by gutsy flavors of blackberry and plum paste. A tarry edge takes over on the finish, but this stays fresh and driven. Drink now through 2016. 500 cases imported. –JM 91 Spectator

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 2009
The greatest wines Chave has produced since 2003 are the two cuvees of 2009 Hermitage. The 2009 Hermitage exhibits a black/purple color along with a sumptuous nose of roasted meats, ground pepper, black currants, blackberry jam, and subtle smoke and licorice. The extraordinary bouquet is followed by a wine of extravagant intensity as well as...

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...

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2007
Though dense and rich, this red is also sleekly proportioned and harmonious. The cherry, raspberry, licorice, earth and tobacco flavors meld with the solid structure. Offers fine length and complexity that increases with aeration. Best from 2014 through 2025. 3,750 cases made. –BS 94 Spectator Top 100 #9 of 2012

Ciacci Piccolomini Pianrosso Brunello 2007
Complex aromas of red fruits, flowers and fresh mushrooms follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and intense fruit and bright acidity. Goes on for a long, long time. So juicy and fruity. Hints of bitter lemon rind. Give this two or three years more of bottle age. 96 Suckling

Clerico Percristina Barolo 1999
The 1999 Barolo Per Cristina demonstrates the clear superiority of this vintage compared to 2000 – Ciabot Mentin Ginestra is Clerico’s best vineyard, but this year Per Christina his best wine. Very ripe on the nose, but with a freshness and vigor which make it seem like a very young wine indeed, its aromas of raspberry, anisette, and chocolate are...

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 Figueres Priorat 2006
The 2006 Clos Figueras, a blend of Garnacha, Carinena, and Syrah, is opaque purple-colored with an expressive nose of scorched earth, mineral, truffle, blueberry, and blackberry. Opulent, sweet, dense, and structured, it will evolve for another 5-7 years and drink well from 2015 to 2031. Advocate

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 Châteauneuf 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 Châteauneuf 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 2009
The 2009 Continuum comes across as much more understated next to the 2008. It has plenty of silkiness and finesse, but less of the size and shape of its older sibling. Dark cherries, espresso, exotic spices and licorice are woven together in a fabric of notable elegance and harmony. The 2009 Continuum is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc,...

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...

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...

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

Delas Crozes Hermitage Grand Chemins 2010
The dense purple-colored 2010 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins offers abundant meaty, smoky, tapenade, creme de cassis and bay leaf notes as well as exceptional intensity and full-bodied power. It can be drunk early in life or cellared for 10-15 years. Advocate
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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 Pétalos 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. –TM 93 Top 100 Spectator

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 Perignon 2004
2004 Brut Dom Perignon, along with hints of the apricot, pear and grapefruit that then inform a luscious and creamy yet strikingly delicate as well as consummately refreshing palate. Sweet-saline savor of scallop – also already intimated in the nose – lends compulsive saliva-inducement to a ravishingly rarified and persistent finish, joined by...

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...

Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Champagne
Well-knit, integrating a firm backbone of acidity and a fine, lightly creamy texture with flavors of patisserie apple, pastry, blanched almond and meringue. A smoky hint of minerality gains momentum on the finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 500 cases imported. –AN Spectator
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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 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 D'Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs 2009
The 2009 Volnay Clos Des Ducs is the only wine in this lineup that is playing its cards close to the vest. Weightless yet powerful, the Clos des Ducs impresses for its striking balance and poise. There is so much going on in the glass its hard to know where to start. Floral notes meld into hints of licorice, sweet red cherries and mint in this...

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 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 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 Galevan Chateauneuf Du Papes 2010
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the finest traditional cuvees I have tasted as well as a sleeper of the vintage. Made from 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre from 55-year-old vines, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a stunning perfume of creme de cassis, kirsch, incense, licorice and a vague notion of beef blood and roasted...

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...

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...

Dominus Estate Napa Valley 2008
Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years. 99 Advocate
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Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello 2006
dense with cherry, blackberry, tobacco and mineral aromas and flavors. Precise and vibrant, this cruises through the long aftertaste with complex fruit and spice notes. There's fine balance and grip. Best from 2013 through 2027. 300 cases imported. –BS 94 WS

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” – they are packed with intense flavors, bold structure and occasionally extravagant finishes. Advocate
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Egly Ouriet Champagne Grand Cru Brut Tradition
The non-vintage Grand Cru spent 70 months on its yeast (its name stands for Vieillissement Prolonge, or “extended aging”). Creamed toast and yeast are discerned in its thick aromas. A broad, dense, medium to full-bodied Champagne, it displays awesome depth in its lush, plump, and prolonged pear-dominated personality. Spectator

Elderton Command Shiraz 2004
The 2004 Shiraz “Command” comes from a single block of 104-year-old vines. It was aged in 100% new oak puncheons (400 liter barrels). Opaque purple-colored, this Shiraz has fabulous aromatics of smoke, melted tar, licorice, espresso, game, and blueberry compote. Layered but tight, this full-bodied wine is thick, rich, and totally hedonistic. The...

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...

Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
Ehren Jordan is one of those people who are maddeningly talented at many things. Jordan recently left his post at Turley, where he spent nearly 20 years making a dizzying array of superb Zinfandels. At Failla, which Jordan owns with his wife Anne-Marie, the focus is on cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinots, rendered in a range that approximates...

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,...

Ferrer-Bobet Vinyes Velles 2010
The 2010 Vinyes Velles was taken from barrel and comes from a cooler growing season than 2009, hence its greater sense of restraint and femininity. It displays clean, pure cassis, blueberry and violet aromas that blossom with continued aeration. The palate is understated on the entry and displays filigree tannins, while the texture really caresses...

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

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...

G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole 2007
The 2007 Barolo Bricco delle Viole has just been bottled, but that doesn’t seem to get in the way of a terrific showing. It is a beautiful wine graced with tons of delineation and sheer intensity. The aromas and flavors build effortlessly to a hugely impressive, dazzling finish. The 2007 shows the volume and depth of the vintage, but with the...

G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole 2007 Magnum
The 2007 Barolo Bricco delle Viole has just been bottled, but that doesn’t seem to get in the way of a terrific showing. It is a beautiful wine graced with tons of delineation and sheer intensity. The aromas and flavors build effortlessly to a hugely impressive, dazzling finish. The 2007 shows the volume and depth of the vintage, but with the...

G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2012
Aldo and Milena Vajra are among the quietest and most introspective of Piedmont’s top echelon growers. It is the wines that do the talking here, and they do that ever so eloquently. The estate’s continued focus on excellence throughout their entire range comes through in spades in these new releases

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 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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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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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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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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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

Henriot Souverain Champagne
Light and playful, with floral, apple and grapefruit flavors set against a bright structure. Nice length. Drink now. 8,500 cases imported. –BS

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...

Hollywood & Vine Short Ends 2009
This is a new second label from Hollwood & Vine where you can find one of the most talented winemakers in the valley, Celia Welch.

After crafting Hollywood and Vine "2480" wines, there is a little wine left from each world-class vineyard sources, and they are blended "Short Ends" into this remarkable and uniquely delicious Napa Valley Cabernet.

Hourglass Blueline Cabernet 2008
Smooth-textured, with complex black cherry, plum, anise and savory herb touches, this full-bodied effort is elegant and stylish, gaining depth and complexity on the finish, where the flavors turn delicate and linger. 513 cases made Spectator

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

Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Derriere chez Edouard 2012
The 2012 St Aubin 1er Cru Derriere Chez Edouard had a relatively trouble-free growing season and was consequently cropped between 35 and 45 hectoliters per hectare. It has a strict, very linear, “correct” bouquet with upstanding, rather distant red berry fruit. The palate expresses the terroir in accomplished fashion with a crisp, chalky texture...

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...

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 Cabernet Kayli Morgan 2009
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan Vineyard is generous and textured from start to finish. Layers of dark red fruit, espresso, new leather, spices and sweet savory herbs are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. High-toned floral notes and the silkiest of tannins frame the striking finish. This is a great showing. Anticipated...

Isole e Olena Cepparello 2007
The 2007 Cepparello (Sangiovese) makes a case for itself as one of the finest wines ever made at Isole e Olena. It is an open, sublime Cepparello endowed with tons of clarity and definition. The ripe red fruit floats on a core of refined, silky tannins that caress the palate with exceptional elegance and finesse. As the wine sits in the glass its...

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...

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...

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 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 2010
Offers bold, ripe, opulent tiers of dark berry fruit, plum, currant and blackberry flavors, with pretty oak shadings and hints of anise, cigar box and cedar. The finish is long and persistent. Drink now through 2026. 3,563 cases made. –JL Spectator
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Kathryn Hall Cabernet 2011
Beautifully orchestrated, rich and juicy, offering an opulent array of deliciously ripe and layered red and black fruits, with black berry, currant and raspberry flavors, shaded by mocha and toasty-cedary oak nuances. Drink now through 2025. 3,888 cases made. –JL 93 Spectator
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Kobalt Cabernet 2011
Mark Herold and Kevin Carriker make these delicious wines for Kobalt. All of the Mark Herold projects have their own distinctive signatures, and that is very much the case here as well

Kobalt Window Pane Cabernet 2011
Mark Herold and Kevin Carriker make these delicious wines for Kobalt. All of the Mark Herold projects have their own distinctive signatures, and that is very much the case here as well.

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

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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Kosta Browne Gap's Crown 2012 Half Bottle
Similarly styled (to the 2010), the 2012 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown has plenty of charred spices, plum, licorice, scorched earth and dried flowers to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich, yet nicely focused style on the palate. It took plenty of air, so decant if drinking anytime soon. It should have a solid 8-10 years of evolution. 93 Advocate

Krug Clos du Mesnil 1990 Champagne
The 1990 Clos du Mesnil captures the warmth and opulence of the year, yet preserves fabulous minerality and freshness. It is a beautifully balanced, harmonious wine that delivers on so many levels. There is plenty here to satisfy both the intellectual and purely hedonistic senses. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the seamless, glorious...

Krug Clos du Mesnil 2000
Silky and fine like featherweight cashmere, this vibrant blanc de blancs is nonetheless laden with ample, expressive flavors. Rich hints of XO cognac and coffee liqueur underscore bergamot and glazed apricot fruit, while smoky minerality, spun honey, grilled nut and exotic spices impart further complexity and linger on the lasting finish....

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...

La Fiorita Brunello Riserve 2006
his red boasts sweet, ripe cherry, raspberry and plum flavors, with tar, spice and licorice in supporting roles. Vibrant, harmonious and expressive through the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2035. 1,000 cases made. –BS 95 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 Gran Reserva 904 Vintage 2001
Dark ruby-colored with a garnet rim, it displays a lovely nose of Asian spices, incense, tobacco, balsamic, and blackberry. On the palate it has exceptional depth, layers of spicy black fruit, excellent ripeness, and an elegant personality. Upon release it should continue to evolve for another 5-6 years and drink well through 2040.
96 Advocate

La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña 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...

Laurent Perrier Alexandra Rose 2004
Fresh and minerally, this elegant rosé 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. –AN
*Outstanding Champagne!!

Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Champagne

Le Dome 2010
A full-bodied wine, but ethereal in its elegance and finesse, the wine has a strikingly provocative bouquet of camphor, blueberry jam, violets, new saddle leather, white chocolate and spice. Extremely full-bodied, but again, not showing any weighty fatigue or any type of aggressiveness, this wine has extraordinary purity and richness as well as a...
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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...

Le Piane Boca 2008
The 2008 Le Piane is more than a worthy follow-up to the gorgeous 2007. In this vintage, the wine is much more classic in style. The sweetest of black cherries, grilled herbs, menthol, spices and licorice all meld together in this beautiful, delineated, totally vibrant wine. The balance of focus and power is simply stunning. This is a dazzling...

Leonetti Cabernet 2011
Across the board, Chris’s 2011s are more linear and supple than the 2010s, without the back-end level of depth or concentration found in that vintage. Already complex and up-front, without the density found in the 2010, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is still gorgeous. Loaded with leafy tobacco, cassis, saddle leather and mineral aromas and flavors,...

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

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 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...

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 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 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

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...

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva 2001
The 2001 Vina Tondonia Reserva is bridled with a lovely nose of decayed red fruit, fireside hearth, a touch of mulberry and small red cherry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp red fruits (wild strawberry and cranberry) with a sharp, vibrant, tense, tannic finish that has immense precision. There is a slight saline note lingering...

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

Loring Wine Company Clos Pepe 2008
Smooth, supple and graceful, with fleshy plum, black cherry, wild berry and hints of spice and floral scents, gaining depth and richness on the finish, where the flavors fan out nicely. Drink now through 2016. 175 cases made. –JL 92 Spectator

Loring Wine Company Garys' 2008
Gentle and supple-textured, yet firm and structured, with ripe plum, black cherry and wild berry fruit that offers a hint of anise and sage, gaining depth and nuance on the juicy finish. Drink now through 2016. 525 cases made. –JL 92 Spectator

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...

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"...
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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 Lolita 2008
Aromas of caramelized oranges, white peaches and honeysuckle jump from the glass of this light greenish/gold-colored effort. More glycerin and unctuosity make this slightly more controversial given its thickness and richness. Nevertheless, there is zesty acidity and loads of weight and concentration. This is a classic California Chardonnay filled...

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...

Martinelli Zinfandel Guiseppe & Luisa 2012
The 2012 Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel has a superbly ripe nose of blackberry, bright cherry bramble, plum, orange and mint. The palate is poised and centered red raspberry, cassis, golden currants and plum. Drink 2014 – 2022.

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 Cambie’s 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...

Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 2007
The 2007 is spectacular, but it is very, very young and in need of significant cellaring to shed some its baby fat. Purists may prefer the 2006. I have not tasted both wines side by side from bottle, but 10 years from now it won’t matter. Readers will be thrilled to own either. In 2007 Mascarello opted not to bottle his Riserva Ca’ d’Morissio as...

Mascarello Monprivato Barolo 2008
Detailed and fragrant, offering floral, strawberry, cherry, licorice and spice flavors, this is elegant and underlined by a strong mineral streak. Well-proportioned, picking up intensity and complexity on the long, savory finish. Extremely fresh and classy. Best from 2016 through 2035. –Bruce Sanderson 95 Spectator Top 100 2013.
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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

Mauro Terreus 2006
The flagship cuvee, the 2006 Mauro Terreus is sourced from a single vineyard of old-vine Tempranillo produced only in the better vintages. Like the V.S. bottling, it demonstrates a vibrant, energetic personality complementing its fragrant bouquet of exotic spices, lavender, and black fruits. Plush, rich, and layered, it has terrific volume,...

Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Shows wonderful purity and focus to the honeydew melon, passion fruit, lime and pear flavors, with floral and mineral details. The texture is succulent and smooth, finishing with a bright acidity. Drink now. 9,850 cases made. –MW 91 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...

Montille Vosne Romanee les Malconsorts Christianne 2011
The 2011 Vosne-Romanee Les Malconsorts Christiane is made from a tiny part of the Malconsorts vineyard that sits within La Tache.

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...

Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
At first, this teases, fresh and snappy, displaying lively acidity and zesty citrus, green apple and pear notes. Turns pithy midpalate, but the flavors pour though on the finish, adding mouthwatering touches of light oak and mineral. Should only get better. Drink now through 2025. 1,974 cases made. –JL
94 Spectator

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.

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 Kelham Vineyard Cabernet 2009
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Kelham Vineyard is succulent and exotic. A racy, flashy wine, the 2009 Kelham boasts serious depth in its dark fruit allied to formidable structure. The distinct spiciness and silkiness of this Oakville site comes through in spades on the intense, resonant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029. 94 Advocate
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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...

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

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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Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red 2010
Mocha, espresso, cloves and blackberry jam are some of many nuances that emerge from the 2010 Red Blend. A deep, rich wine, the 2010 boasts stunning aromatics, beautifully chiseled fruit and fabulous overall balance. I sense a slightly less sweet, overt style than in previous years, yet at the same time, there is plenty of richness in the glass. I...
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Paloma Merlot 2007
The 2007 Merlot is a sumptuous, round, silky, generous, delicious effort offering plenty of berry fruit, mocha, and chocolatey undertones. Like so many wines that have emerged from this Spring Mountain vineyard, it offers delicious drinking. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years. 91 advocate
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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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Passopisciaro Passopisciaro 2010
The 2010 Passopisciaro is deceptively mid-weight, but behind the light color and seeming fleeting structure lies a deeply expressive core of perfumed red berries, crushed rocks, flowers and mint. A burst of deep salinity frames the bracing finish. Quite simply, this is a stunning wine. Think of the Passopisciaro as a cross of Chambolle-Musigny and...

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

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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 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 Barbaresco Nubiola 2009
The 2009 Barbaresco Nubiola blossoms on the palate with juicy dark cherries, flowers and spices, all of which come together in a voluptuous style that is highly appealing. Layers of dark, spice-infused fruit swirl around in the glass all the way through to the huge, voluptuous finish. This plush, layered Barbaresco is inviting and offers pure...

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 1999
Dense ruby/purple to the edge, with a bouquet of blackberries, mulberries, and floral-like aromas, and medium to full body, the 1999 has an acid punch, but also tremendous layers of fruit and extract. Not massive, but elegant and nicely layered, it requires another 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-15 years.

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,...
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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...

Penfolds Grange 2006
Deep garnet colored, 1996 Grange is scented with stewed plums, warm cherries and mince meat with hints of Ceylon tea, black olives and Chinese five spice. Medium-full bodied and with a generous amount of flesh on the palate, it gives very crisp acid and a medium-firm level of grainy tannins, finishing long. The layered complexity of this wine is...
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Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2006
The second wine, from lots culled out from Les Pavots, is called L’Esprit des Pavots. The 2006 L’Esprit (45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot) is soft, round, fresh, with loads of berry fruit, a touch of herb, and a spicy finish. It should be drunk over the next decade. 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 L"Apres Midi Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Not to be forgotten is Peter Michael’s fabulous white wine, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc l’Après Midi (2,544 cases produced), a blend of 92% Sauvignon Blanc and 8% Semillon. Malolactic fermentation is totally blocked, and the result is a wine with copious aromas of passion fruit, honeysuckle, lime blossom and a hint of white peach. Crisp, zesty and...

Peter Michael Les Pavots 2009
Offers a strikingly complex mix of flavors that are refined and graceful. Pure, rich and supple given its level of intensity and concentration, with a beautiful core of ripe wild berry, pomegranate, spice, mineral, cedar and graphite. Holding back ever so slightly. Another classic Les Pavots. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit...

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,...

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,...

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...

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 Langhe Nebbiolo 2012
Enticing aromas and flavors of rose, raspberry, strawberry and spice enhance this elegant, balanced red. Tightens up a little on the finish, where pure berry notes linger. Best from 2015 through 2023. 10,000 cases made. –BS 90 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...
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Quilceda Creek Cabernet 2001
A smidge more evolved than the 2002, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, mostly from the famed Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. It offers a rock star bouquet of blackberry liqueur, cassis, dried licorice, spice and roasted meats to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, yet...
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Quilceda Creek Cabernet 2002
Almost as good as the 2003, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc that spent 22 months in 100% new French oak. Its youthful purple/ruby color is followed by gorgeously complex and intense aromas of wild herbs, exotic spices, caramelized beef, licorice and layers of sweet black fruits and...
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Quilceda Creek Cabernet 2008
More pure and focused than the 2009, with a slightly closer to the vest feel, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon shows the cooler nature of the vintage and has incredible detail, purity and freshness to its aromas and flavors. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot that spent 22 months in 100% new French oak, it offers classic black currant,...
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Quilceda Creek Cabernet 2009
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot) is a ripe, flamboyant and brilliantly proportioned effort that oozes kirsch, licorice, lead pencil shavings and dried spice on the nose. Showing the perfume and headiness of the vintage, it nevertheless stays vibrant and lively on the palate while delivering layers of fruit and...
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Quilceda Creek Cabernet 2011
This line up was one of the highlights of my trip through Washington and without a doubt, this awesome estate, which is run by Paul and Alex Golitzin, is producing some of the top Cabernet Sauvignon blends in the state, and I would venture, the world. While all of the wines are incredibly age-worthy, the tannins are so well managed and the...
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Quilceda Creek Red 2008
The Quilceda Creek lineup begins with the 2008 Red Wine made up of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Aromas of cedar, spice box, mineral, incense, black currant, and blackberry inform the nose of a ripe, savory, smooth-textured wine. In the glass it displays more minerality, excellent volume, and...

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 Larkmead Cabernet 2004
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead (1,360 cases from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, and 9% Merlot) has that gorgeously pure creme de cassis that I notice consistently in Screaming Eagle. The wine is full-bodied, elegant, sexy and rich, and should easily last and evolve for 10-15 or more years. In fact, I would give it 2-3...
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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

Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee 2012
A rich red, showing good power to the mineral-infused dried blackberry, dark plum and currant flavors. Engaging dried herbal notes emerge on the focused finish. Kosher. Drink now through 2017. 14,000 cases made. –KM 90
Top 100: 2014, Rank: 93

Red Car Dreamland Pinot Noir 2008
On the tart side of ripeness, featuring sour berry, cherry, mineral and spice. This is full-bodied, a bit simpler from the midpalate on, but then gains some nuance on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 162 cases made. –JL

Red Car Heaven & Earth Pinot Noir 2008

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 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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Rochioli Pinot Noir 2007
Dry and full-bodied, offering a core of loamy earth, dried berry, sage and light cedary oak. Complex and tight. Best to cellar. Best from 2011 through 2017. 1,232 cases made. –JL Spectator
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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
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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...

Round Pond Kith & Kin Cabernet 2012
A balanced Cabernet Sauvignon ideal for an evening glass to help unwind your day or for a meal any day of the week, this wine makes its intentions known with aromas of bright strawberry, raspberry, and cranberry followed by notes of black cherry, toasted oak and vanilla. The lush full entry teases the palate with a confectionery blend of red...

Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Opens up with lemon verbena, citrus and melon notes that are round and juicy, balanced with sophisticated details of honeysuckle and grapefruit zest. This finishes with a crescendo of flavors, lingering on the finish. Drink now. 9,700 cases made. –MW 90 Spectator Top 100: 2014, Rank: 83

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 le Mesnil Champagne 1997
Walnut oil and smoky suggestions of struck flint in the nose of Salon’s 1997 Brut Le Mesnil are joined by intimation of the fresh lime and grapefruit that go on to inform its silken yet vivacious and refreshing palate with metaphorically cooling and sorbet-like refreshment. There is a vivid, hauntingly long, wave-like and buoying exchange of chalk...

San Felice Campogiovanni Brunello 2007
Wedding wine Registry
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San Felice Pugnitello 2007
The 2007 Pugnitello, from an ancient variety that the estate has worked to restore, possesses striking vibrancy and freshness in its dark cherries, violets, minerals and flowers, all wrapped into a soft, textured frame of notable length. Hints of tobacco, smoke and new leather emerge over time, adding to the wine’s sensual, inviting personality,...

Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 1999
The 1999 is easily one of the best wines in the series. It offers rich sensations of spices, flowers, toasted oak and minerals along with well-delineated layers of ripe dark fruit, menthol, and eucalyptus flavors, finishing with exceptional structure, length and freshness. I didn’t taste the superb 1989 (see above) at age six, but when I tasted...
*3 bottles available

Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2001 Magnum
The 2001 Barolo Cannubi Boschis is one of the highlights of the vintage. A gorgeous deep translucent ruby, it presents multi-dimensional aromas of dark fruit, plums, spices, minerals, menthol and eucalyptus that meld seamlessly onto the palate where the wine is packed with rich, round flavors of dark cherries and plums. It shows outstanding depth...

Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 1999
Shows gorgeous strawberry tart aromas, with fresh flowers and subtle vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with seamless tannins and a solid core of beautiful fruit. Lots of new wood. Needs more time to come together.'99 Piedmont blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2011. 1,740 cases made. –JS WS
*1 bottle available

Sassicaia 2005
Dark ruby in color, showing aromas of currant, new oak and fresh herbs, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with very chewy tannins and an outstanding concentration of fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Needs plenty of bottle age. Best after 2012. 20,000 cases made. –JS Spectator

Sassicaia 2008
The 2008 Sassicaia is a rich, deep wine imbued with notable class in its black cherries, plums, grilled herbs, minerals and smoke. The 2008 is a decidedly buttoned-up, firm Sassicaia that is currently holding back much of its potential, unlike the 2006 and 2007, both of which were far more obvious wines. Readers who can afford to wait will be...

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...

Sea Smoke Southing Magnum 2004
The 2004 Pinot Noir Southing, which takes its name from a south-facing hillside vineyard, is a packed and stacked effort with a dense ruby/purple color as well as a restrained, but promising nose of black currants, cherries, and raspberries with forest floor/earthy undertones. This is a full-bodied, powerful Pinot revealing striking elegance,...

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

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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....
*5 bottles available

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

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...

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 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.

St Cosme Chateauneuf du Pape 2009
This is a powerhouse, with roasted bay, sage and tobacco leaf notes running through the layers of dark plum, blackberry compote and roasted fig fruit. The long, almost unbridled finish flaunts muscle, coated with ganache, while a note of hot stone lurks in the background throughout. Best from 2013 through 2030. 830 cases made. –JM 95 Spectator

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 Cabernet 2010
The sucrosity and richness of the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate are prodigious. This dense purple-colored offering from the famous Rutherford AVA exhibits copious red and black fruits (especially blackberries and dark jammy cherries), an intense mouthfeel and full body, but no heaviness or astringency. There is plenty of structure, the wood is...

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 2010
Switchback Ridge wines are sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The rich, rocky soils of this beautiful vineyard property consistently produce low yields of intensely flavored fruit, resulting in extremely concentrated, fruit driven wines that are the hallmark of Switchback Ridge. Not only are we blessed with an...

Tamber Bey Deaux Chevaux Cabernet 2010
The visual expression of this wine is immediately apparent in its deep garnet color and purple rim. The nose offers a mix of dark stone fruit intermingled with light notes of leather, earth, beef broth, cacao powder and black licorice. Black currant and black cheery sweetness is followed by notes of cola. The finish provides rich flavors of...

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...

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...

Tenuta Ornellaia 2010
This year Ornellaia celebrates the 25th anniversary of its flagship wine, the eponymous Ornellaia (1988-2013).
Poured from the special anniversary bottle, the 2010 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is a truly outstanding wine that leaves a lasting memory for those who are lucky enough to enjoy it. What stands out is the absolutely...

Tenuta di Trinoro Vino da Tavola 2007
The estate’s Grand Vin, the 2007 Tenuta di Trinoro, is shaping up to be one of the vintage’s finest successes. A dark, richly-textured wine, the 2007 Tenuta boasts a seamless core of ripe fruit that flows onto the palate in a stunning expression of sheer elegance. This super-ripe, explosive wine offers spectacular density and richness in a...

Tenuta Ornellaia 2003
Subtle aromas of currant, coffee and blackberry, yet rather coarse on the palate just now. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Needs some time to mellow. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best after 2009. 11,300 cases made. –JS

Tenuta Ornellaia 2011
The 2011 Ornellaia is another gorgeous wine. Mocha, plums, tobacco and licorice blossom from the glass in a rich, seamless wine endowed with stunning depth. Savory notes develop later, adding depth and resonance. The 2011 looks to have a broad drinking window that is sure to provide many stages of pleasure over the next 20+ years. The blend is...

Tenuta Ornellaia 2011 Magnum
The 2011 Ornellaia is another gorgeous wine. Mocha, plums, tobacco and licorice blossom from the glass in a rich, seamless wine endowed with stunning depth. Savory notes develop later, adding depth and resonance. The 2011 looks to have a broad drinking window that is sure to provide many stages of pleasure over the next 20+ years. The blend is...

Terra Di Lavoro 2010
An exotic melange of tar, smoke, graphite, blackberry jam and savory herbs explode from the glass. The 2010 is intense and full-bodied, yet also incredibly elegant. A big, breathtaking wine, the 2010 continues to build all the way through to a deeply resonant, expressive finish. I would choose to leave this uttterly beguiling Campanian red alone...

Tikal Patriota Mendoza 2012
A rich red, packed with concentrated flavors of blackberry, dark plum and mocha, featuring plenty of dark chocolate notes. Offers a ripe texture, with creamy accents and hints of savory herb on the long finish. Drink now through 2020. 12,500 cases imported. –KM 91 Spectator Top 100 2014

Tor Kenward Cabernet 2011
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa appears even stronger than the 2010 ... and that’s saying something. Production was much smaller for this blend of fruit from the Mast Vineyard (70%), Cimarossa (22%) and To Kalon (8%). It exhibits notes of creamy berry fruit, lead pencil shavings and spice box as well as a round, generous, medium-bodied mouthfeel...

Tor Kenward Cabernet Beckstoffer To Kalon 2012
One of my highest ratings goes to the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. Super sweet notes of white chocolate, crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, licorice and cedarwood along with baking spices soar from the glass of this first-growth look-alike from Tor Kenward. Everyone who uses this fabulous vineyard seems to create...

Tor Rock Grenache 2012
The nose on the 2012 Cooper is all red fruits and earth and then backed up by some light spice and mint. On the palate this is medium weight with more red fruits, roasted meats, white pepper and a touch of licorice. Like the 2011 that came before it - this can be paired with any pasta, meat dishes, or would go wonderfully with cheeses. Winemaker's...

Tor Rock Syrah Hommage Alan Napa 2012
The nose on this 2012 Allan just explodes with sage, grilled meat, black pepper and sweet tobacco. On the palate this wine is very rich and full bodied. This shows mostly black fruit, dried herbs and BBQ spices. The finish on this sails on forever and only starts to taper off after 40 seconds. This is a Syrah to take and enjoy with your best...

Torbreck Descandant 2004
The 2004 Descendant, an old oak-aged blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier from a 12-year old vineyard, offers up notes of blackberries, ink, sweet truffles, and acacia flowers. There are 1,000 cases of this full-bodied, intense, rich blockbuster. It will drink well for 10-15 years. 98 Advocate
*1 bottle available

Torre Muga 2004
The 2004 Torre Muga is not as powerful as the 2005 but displays better aromatics. It is loaded with spicy fruit with great depth and concentration, impeccable balance, and a lengthy, pure finish. Give it another 4-5 years of bottle age and drink it through 2034.
Advocate 96

Turley Petite Syrah Hayne 2009
It was difficult to chose a favorite although the 2009 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge, Hayne Vineyard and Library Vineyard are the three greatest in terms of concentration, depth and potential complexity 94-96 Advocate
*Limited, Rare

Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz 2010
Pepper, clove and plum flavors weave through dense dark cherry and roasted plum fruit, melding together smoothly on the complex
and expansive finish. A big wine with depth and harmony.Best from 2013 through 2020. From Australia.—H.S. 95 Spectator

Valdicava Brunello 2006
Though rich and round, the cherry, black currant and violet flavors in this Brunello are pure and focused. This is beautifully textured, displaying bright acidity and refined tannins that drive the long mineral aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2025. 2,000 cases imported. –BS 95 Spectator

Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piave 2006 Riserva Magnum
I thought Valdicava’s single vineyard 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva was a perfect wine when I tasted it last year before it was released, and now almost a year later, I rated it 100 points in a blind tasting in Tuscany. The wine is phenomenal. James Suckling 100 POINTS

Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna 2006
2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a huge, towering wine. Waves of vibrant, intensely perfumed fruit hit the palate, backed up by the firm, broad tannins of the vintage. Violets, spices, new leather and licorice develop in the glass, yet the 2006 remains painfully young and stubborn. Clean mineral notes frame a blast of dark...

Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2009
Pure and bright with floral, mineral and red fruit aromas. From a great Brunello producer!

Vega Sicilia Alion 2004
Bodegas Alion was started by the renowned estate of Vega Sicilia in 1991. Grapes are sourced from vineyards next to the winery and from Vega Sicilia’s own vineyards at Valbuena. Eighteen hectares of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) form the actual Alion estate. The 2004 Alion is inky purple-colored with an alluring perfume of toasty oak, lavender,...

Vega Sicilia Valbuena Ribero del Duero 2009
"The Valbuena red has aged for less time than the Vega Sicilia Único. It is a wine that comes from the younger vines and, it is mostly made with the varieties of tempranillo and more merlot than cabernet sauvignon. It has the garnet cherry red colour of its older brother, with orangey undertones, the ethereal expression of its alcohol content and...
*6 bottles available in OWC.

Verite La Joie 2007
Composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2007’s fruit came from four sources, Alexander Valley Mountain Estate, Knight’s Valley, Chalk Hill and Bennett Valley. This utterly perfect, flawless wine reveals great intensity along with a wonderful perfume of roasted coffee, blueberries,...

Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape 2007
The 2007 Vieux Telegraphe may be the greatest wine made at this property since the 2005 and 1998. Dense ruby/purple-tinged with an exquisite nose of salty sea breezes, licorice, ground pepper, jammy black cherries, black currants, figs, and plums, this is a full-bodied, rich, Provencal-styled offering with lots of sweet, ripe tannin. It is...

Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape 2010
Performing considerably better than it did prior to bottling, the 2010 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the all-time great Vieux Telegraphes I have tasted in the last 3+ decades. I believe it is even superior to the 2007, which I had several weeks ago. The 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of spring...

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