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Altare Barolo Arborina 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 Barolo Cerretta 2010
The 2010 Barolo Vigna Bricco Cerretta will hit the market in 2016 because Altare treats this as if it were a Riserva. Fruit is from Serralunga d’Alba, am I’m not sure if the words “Vigna” will appear on the final label given the disciplinary changes that limit producers to using the name of a single vineyard on their bottles. It’s hard...


Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010
Concentrated and elegant, featuring macerated cherry, raspberry, peony, iron, tobacco and chalk aromas and flavors. Structured and fresh, offering intensity and balance, with a terrific finish. Youthful and elegant, yet powerful. Best from 2019 through 2036. 500 cases made.
–BS 96 Spectator


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


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


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


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


Antinori Tignanello 2013
Aromas of graphite, smoke and tobacco introduce the cherry flavor in this expressive, focused red. Firm tannins and lively acidity balance the fruit and purity, while herbal, spice and mineral elements all gather steam as this plays out on the long finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2027. 2,500 cases...


Antinori Toscana Tignanello 2015
Antinori Toscana Tignanello -#24 Top 100 Spectator 2018
Dense and intensely flavored, with violet, black currant, blackberry, graphite, wild herb and spice aromas and flavors, this is concentrated and solidly built, yet also harmonious, vibrant and pure. Approachable now, but should be better in a few years. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and...


Arkenstone Obsidian Estate Cabernet 2013
The 2013 Obsidian (625 cases) is a similar but slightly different blend than its predecessor (72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, and the rest small portions of Malbec and Merlot). It has an opaque purple color and a stunning nose of acacia flowers, blackberries, licorice, forest floor, mocha/chocolate, and gobs of cassis...


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


Bacio Divino Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet 2014
97 Advocate


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


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


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


Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2026. 4,500 cases made.
–TF Top 100 2017 #12


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


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


Billecart Salmon 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-Salmons NV Brut Rose is a reliably tasty wine.


Bodegas Breca Garnacha Aragón Old Vines 2015
Bodegas Breca Garnacha Aragón Old Vines -#29 Spectator Top 100 of 2018
Round, smooth and dense, this red shows harmony and balance. Plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black olive, toast and mineral notes, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity, leaving a lovely floral finish. Drink now through 2027. 20,000 cases made. —TM


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


Bodegas Lan Rioja Edición Limitada 2011
This rich red delivers ripe, racy flavors of blackberry, kirsch, toast, spice and mineral. Plush but dense, with subtle yet powerful tannins and tangy acidity. A big wine, showing energy and style. Drink now through 2031. 6,250 cases made. #23 Top 100 Spectator 2015


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


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


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


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


Bouchard Monthelie 1er Les Duresses 2009



Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2011
The subtle and complex aromas are mesmerizing here in this famous Barolo with strawberries, red roses, citrus and fresh walnuts. It's full-bodied yet reserved and beautiful with an incredible backbone of firm and composed tannins that form a gorgeous tannin line to the wine. It's so silky textured with incredible depth of fruit and a long, long...
*6 bottles


Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet 2014
Shows deft balance, offering a charming mix of spicy, toasty oak amid a core of red and dark berry, with touches of anise and herb. Slowly and gracefully gains momentum and depth. Best from 2018 through 2028. 7,125 cases made.


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


Cakebread Dancing Bear 2013
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Dancing Bear Ranch (a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot aged 22 months in about 50% new French oak) has a dense purple color, wonderfully sweet cassis fruit and blackberries, with a touch of mulberry, forest floor and underbrush. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and super-pure, this beauty is young, but...
*6 bottles in OWC


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


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


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


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


Caparzo Brunello 2013
17 Top 100 2018 Spectator 95
Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino -
This cuts more of a broad swath than its peers, yet remains graceful, evoking strawberry, cherry, tobacco and stony mineral flavors. Long and dense in structure, with a tobacco- and underbrush-tinged finish. Best from 2021 through 2033. 15,000 cases made. —BS


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


Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello 2013
Casanova di Neri's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is celebrating its 20th anniversary (1993-2013), and a special gold-label edition of the wine was made to commemorate this important milestone. This is a bold and expressive Brunello that displays tightly knit aromas of Morello cherry, spice, leather and balsam herb that are the building...


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


Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis Vigna San Guiseppe Riserva 2010
An old-school style, this complex red features an array of cherry, berry, leather, tobacco and underbrush flavors, backed by a dense, beefy structure. Long and powerful, with a savory, saline aftertaste. Shows ample fruit up front, but should be better in two to three years. Best from 2019 through 2036. 550 cases made 97 Spectator


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


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


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...
*9 bottles available


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 2012
What I think might end up being the best Beaucastel since the 1990 or 2001, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape offers a full-bodied, decadent style to go with awesome black and blue fruits, garrigue, licorice, crushed flowers and violets. The purity here is truly something, and it has fabulous mid-palate concentration, building tannin and massive...


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


Chateau Cheval Blanc 2006
The brilliant 2006 Cheval Blanc performed better from bottle than from barrel. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown in a superb vineyard site facing La Conseillante and lEvangile 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 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, DIssans 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...

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Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2012
What I think might end up being the best Beaucastel since the 1990 or 2001, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape offers a full-bodied, decadent style to go with awesome black and blue fruits, garrigue, licorice, crushed flowers and violets. The purity here is truly something, and it has fabulous mid-palate concentration, building tannin and massive...


Chateau 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,...
*12 bottles in owc


Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2005
The 2005 Ducru Beaucaillou is a 10,000-case blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot (they used to produce 18,000-20,000 cases). It is an exceptionally powerful wine with a dense purple color, superb intensity, and a beautiful, sweet nose of spring flowers, raspberries, blueberries, graphite, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied with fabulous...
*10 bottles available


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...
*Original sealed wood box. Only one available.


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


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


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


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


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


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,...
*2 bottles available


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...
*12 bottles in original sealed wood box


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 Medoc. Best after 2006. 18,330 cases made. JS Top 100 in past Spectator
*12 bottles in owc


Chateau Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf du Pape Quet 2012
Easily one of the top wines in the vintage, the incredible 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Quet comes from the northern part of the appellation and is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. Full-bodied, decadent and layered, with fabulous mid-palate depth and building tannin and structure, it knocks it out of the park with it ripe black...
*12 bottles in OWC


Chateau Monbousquet 2000
Although still youthful, I do not think the 2000 Monbousquet will develop much more complexity. It is a seductive, rich, generously endowed effort revealing plenty of spice box, herb, black currant, kirsch, espresso, and toasty oak characteristics in a decidedly modern, but opulent, fleshy style. Enjoy this endearing, long, velvety-textured...


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


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


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


Chateau Pavie Macquin 2008
Consultants Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt have produced a beautiful St.-Emilion that tastes like the quintessence of crushed rocks intermixed with blueberry, blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, camphor and truffle notes. This full-bodied effort should drink well in 4-5 years, and last for two decades or more. It achieved 14.5%...


Chateau Petrus 2008
It is hard to call Petrus a sleeper of the vintage,but the 2008 will merit more attention than most consumers would think. Low yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare resulted in only 25,000 bottles of this beauty. A wine of great intensity (possibly the most concentrated wine of the vintage), this 100% Merlot boasts a dark purple color as well as a...
*One bottle available


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 Ste. Michelle-Dr. Loosen Eroica Single Berry Select 2005
Rich, silky and polished, offering a plush, exotic mouthful of honey, pear, quince, orange marmalade and pineapple, with whiffs of mayflower swirling through the flavors, persisting impossibly long on the finish. This is deftly balanced with acidity to keep it from being too syrupy. Drink now through 2020. 75 cases made. 98 Spectator
*2 bottles available


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...
*12 bottles available


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


Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2001
The classically styled 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape has plenty of the telltale kirsch and sweet spice notes that always seem to be present in Avril's wines. Showing more mature notes of truffle, olive, licorice and garrigue as it sat in the glass, it's medium to full-bodied, elegant and balanced, with a great texture and finish. It has solid...
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Clos Des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Papes 2009
Sinewy and reserved, with a light dusting of cocoa powder over the tangy damson plum, red licorice and cassis notes. The long, supple finish, with a lovely wafting note of Lapsang souchong tea, is packed with minerality and tight-grained tannins that will need time to fully evolve. One of the more backward 2009s, though this should pick up steam...


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


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


Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina 2012
The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina is a blend of 60% Grenache aged in foudre (from close to 100-year-old vines) and 40% Mourvedre aged in demi-muids. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by incredible notes of cassis, roasted meats, licorice, toasted spice and a liquid rock-like minerality. Full-bodied, massive and concentrated, yet...
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Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous 2012
The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous is another gorgeous wine from this estate that offers incredible richness while never seeming heavy, cumbersome or over-the-top. A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Muscardin, Vaccarese and Cinsault, it exhibits thrilling cassis, black raspberry, chocolate, crushed flowers and exotic...
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Colgin IX Estate Red 2013
Another perfect wine from Ann Colgin and her winemaking team is the 2013 IX Proprietary Red Estate, a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. An absolutely compelling wine, with notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, blueberry, blackberry and cassis, it has the full smorgasbord of black and blue...
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Colgin IX Estate Red 2014
From their steep hillside vineyards on Pritchard Hill, the 2014 Proprietary Red IX Estate is an old-fashioned Médoc blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, but with some Cabernet Franc (rarely seen in the Médoc these years) as well as Merlot and Petit Verdot. Striking aromatics of violets, forest floor, loamy soil nuances, blueberry, black...


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


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


Coup de Foudre Cabernet 2012
The deep purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a more linear style with lots of straightforward creme de cassis. It does not reveal the nuances and complexity of its sibling, the Cuvee 37.2, but if you love Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine delivers it in spades. Rich, ripe, medium to full-bodied and pure, it should drink well for 12-15+...
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Croft 2003 Vintage Port
Gorgeous aromas of blueberries and dried flowers follow through to a sweet, full-bodied palate. Velvety and round, with lovely fruit. Long finish. Best after 2015. 6,500 cases made. JS 96 WS


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


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


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


Doisy Daene Sauternes 2007 Half Bottle
Very fruity, showing tropical fruit such as mango on the nose, with lots of spice. Full-bodied and really sweet, with a honeylike, almost syrupy density. Spicy and intense on the finish. Best after 2015. JS Spectator


Dom Ruinart Brut Rose 2002
Refined and creamy, with a rich vein of smoky minerality layered with flavors of strawberry pâte de fruit, dried marjoram, peach skin and marzipan. An elegant version, but firm and focused throughout. Drink now through 2025. 76 cases imported.

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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.


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 Clos De Tart Monopole Grand Cru 2014
The 2014 Clos de Tart Grand Cru will contain 40% whole bunch fruit in the final. It was picked from September 17 until September 22. This blend that I tasted included the young vines at the bottom of the vineyard that may or may not be deselected to make a Forge de Tart (the decision will be made next year). It is also the first vintage that does...
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DOMAINE DU PÉGAÜ Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée da Capo 2015
Juicy and focused, with a dense core of cherry paste, kirsch and plum preserve flavors supported by fresh acidity and racy tannins. Loads of bay leaf, garrigue and warm stone notes score the finish, where additional waves of fruit kick in, adding length and depth.Best from 2020 through 2040.—J.M 96 Spectator


Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche GC 2013
The 2013 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru does not quite have the same fruit expression on the nose as the barrel sample of Clos-Saint-Denis '13 tasted alongside. It feels a little more contained at the moment, but it opens with aeration with attractive earthy tones. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and more salinity toward the finish....
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Domaine Dujac Vosne Romanee Aux Malconsorts 2013
The 2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Malconsorts has a touch more fruit on the nose than the Beaux Monts '13 at this point, the aromatics possessing more volume. The palate is well balanced and very harmonious with lacy tannins that belie that depth of fruit underneath. This has more breeding than the Beaux Monts at this stage and certainly more...
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Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape VV 2012
The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is in the top 2-3 wines in the vintage. Possessing rock-star concentration and depth, full-bodied richness and loads of sweet tannin, it offers layers of ripe blackberry, graphite, licorice and toasted-spice aromas and flavors. One of the more powerful and structured efforts in the vintage, it...
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Domaine Hubert de Montille Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Malconsorts "Cuvée Christiane 2013
The 2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Malconsorts "Christianne," which I asked to taste directly alongside the regular Malconsorts, has more delineation and precision, more mineralité coming through on the nose, veins of wet limestone and sea spray emerging with time. The palate is also noticeably different with greater tension and focus, a sense...


Domaine Montille Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts Christianne 2011
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Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du pape Cuvee Imperiale Magnum 2010
A candidate for perfection, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale Vignes Centenaire is clearly the greatest wine I have ever tasted from Raymond Usseglio, even eclipsing their remarkable 2007. Don't be surprised if it merits a three-digit score in five or six years. Somewhat closed, but bursting with potential, the wine is inky/purple to...


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


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


Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet 2012
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is classic Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, with plenty of licorice, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, forest floor and background oak and earth. It is full-bodied, showing wonderfully sweet tannin and a long, layered finish. It does strike me as somewhat more approachable in its youth than Randy...


Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet 2013
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a little closed at this stage, offering glimpses at fresh blackcurrants, blackberry pie and crushed black plums with nuances of cedar chest, underbrush, black truffles, charcuterie and espresso. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the muscular fruit, with very firm, ripe,...


Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
The utterly compelling 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage and 1,800 cases were made. The wine is off-the-charts great, with an opaque bluish/purple color to the rim, an aroma of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit, a hint of licorice, camphor and incense. The wine is full-bodied, with extraordinary...


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. Its a couple thing. I was suitably impressed by recent releases


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...


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


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 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...


Gaja Pieva Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille 2010
The core of black cherry and plum is shaded by vanilla, coconut and sweet spice notes in this intensely flavored yet fluid red. Long and beautifully integrated at this young stage, with tobacco, leather and mineral details emerging on the aftertaste. Needs time. Best from 209 through 2036. 1,500 cases made. BS 96 Spectator, 96 Advocate


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


Gaja Sperss Langhe, Piedmont 2000
Gaja's 2000 Sperss is wonderfully open and radiant. Layers of dark fruit, grilled herbs, cassis and smoke saturate the palate in this powerful, stunningly beautiful Sperss. Gorgeous inner perfume and a long, intense finish round things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030 Advocate
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Gibson Old Vine Collection Shiraz 2004
A blockbuster, the 2004 Shiraz Old Vine Collection is 100% Shiraz made from an amazing parcel of 140-year-old vines. It is a broodingly rich, backward, formidably endowed, dense ruby/purple-hued Shiraz boasting a huge, spicy, smoky nose, rich, sweet, blackberry and cassis fruit as well as hints of melted road tar, pepper, and flowers. This is a...
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Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 2010
Starts out elegant and perfumed, sporting cherry and berry flavors, picking up earth, licorice, leather and spice notes. This is all about the silky texture and civilized tannins that should come together in the next few years. Spice and earth accents line the finish. Best from 2017 through 2033. 1,870 cases made. 96 Spectator


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


Giuseppe Mascarello Monprivato 2013
A perfumed style, boasting floral, cherry, kirsch and licorice flavors. Slightly chewy, yet elegant overall, with fine balance and a lingering finish of macerated cherry, earth and tobacco notes. Shows fine length and intensity, leaving an essence of mineral.
Best from 2021 through 2043. From Italy.—B.S.


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


Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi 2006
The 2006 Barolo Cannubi/S.Lorenzo-Ravera is surprisingly rich and opulent in this vintage. Sweet red cherries, menthol, spices and flowers emerge with gorgeous inner perfume and great body. This shows incredible power and richness through to the round enveloping finish, where sweet roses and cherries in liqueur linger for an eternity. Readers who...

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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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Guigal La Dorianne Condrieu 2015
Easily one of the greatest Condrieu I’ve ever tasted is the 2015 Condrieu La Doriane. A wine that needs to be tasted to be believed, it possesses a huge nose of toasted brioche, liquid rocks, apricot, flower oil and salty minerality. Unctuous, full-bodied, massively rich, yet also elegant and graceful, with beautiful freshness, enjoy this tour...


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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Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2014
The 2014 Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyard is a larger cuvée of 1,285 cases that comes from relatively old vines for Northern California (planted in 1975). The wine is super-opulent, offering terrific honeysuckle, orange marmalade and pineapple notes in a full-bodied, sexy, super-fresh, pure style. This stunning Chardonnay was aged in 43% new...


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


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


Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2013
The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate San Andreas Fault is another pretty, expressive wine that reflects the mid-weight style of the year. There is a lovely sense of purity on the fruit, yet the 2013 remains tightly wound and in need of time to fully open up. Hints of crushed flowers, dried cherries, mint and spices are nicely layered throughout. Galloni


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 Lignier Charmes Chambertin GC 2013
The 2013 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, which comes from the Mazoyères sector, has a very well-defined and quite intense bouquet with live-wire red cherry and strawberry preserve underpinned by zingy citrus fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and plenty of sorbet-fresh red fruit that build toward a composed but energetic...
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Hubert Lignier Charmes-Chambertain Grand Cru 2012
The 2012 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru has a very complex, quite beguiling bouquet with raspberry preserve, sous-bois, rose petals and orange zest all emerging from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with razor-sharp tannins and superb delineation. This actually reminds me of one of Denis Bachelet’s Charmes-Chambertin and the finish has an...
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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 Kayli Morgan 2004
One of California’s (perhaps the world’s) most flamboyant, talented, contrarian wine producers is Napa Valley’s Jayson Woodbridge, the owner of Hundred Acre winery. Woodbridge has been running in high gear since his debut 2000. His 100% Cabernet Sauvignons are made primarily by him, with some consulting advice from Philippe Melka.
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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2012
Here's a beautifully rich and succulent Brunello that drinks very nicely straight out of the gate. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli delivers a warm, inviting and velvety presentation. This bold wine is redolent of black cherry and dried blackberry with sweet almond, toasted spice and balsam herb on the long finish. What...


Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet 2014
The 2014 Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon sports a very deep garnet-purple color and exotic nose of Indian spices, smoked meats and sandalwood over a core of crème de cassis, baked black berries and blueberry pie with wafts of dried roses and oolong tea. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and seductive, it has beautifully plush...


Jeff Cohn Rockpile Haley Syrah 2014
The 2014 Syrah Haley from Rockpile, is 100% Syrah aged 16 months in different sized French barrels. Thirty percent whole clusters were used. This is more structured, mineral-dominated and masculine than the So Serine, which is a quintessential, elegant, feminine, but super-rich style of Syrah. This is also rich, but more virile, backward and...


Joseph Phelps Insignia 2009
This deep ruby/purple-colored offering is an elegant, medium-weight wine with sweet red and black currant fruit, dark cherry, loamy soil and foresty characteristics as well as ripe tannin. This should be an early maturing Insignia that evolves quickly, but positively over the next 10-12 years. Advocate
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Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011
The 2011’s deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of bouquet garni, mint, red and black currants, tobacco leaf and licorice, and a surprisingly intense, full-bodied mouthfeel with more richness and intensity than I would have expected from this vintage. It is also precocious and can be drunk upon release or cellared for 15 or more...
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Kapcsandy State Lane Cabenet Grand Vin 2006 Magnum
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard is a 650-case blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. A candidate for wine of the vintage, it boasts an extraordinary perfume of lead pencil shavings, plums, licorice, black currants, and white chocolate as well as a firm, Bordeaux-like structure, good purity, and...
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Kapcsandy State Lane Cabenet Grand Vin 2007 Magnum
Absolutely riveting, and even better than I predicted last year is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard. Made from 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and the rest tiny dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (400 cases produced), in two weeks of tastings, this wine stood out as one of those singular efforts that it is...
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Kongsgaard Chardonnay 2014
The 2014 Chardonnay is a knockout, showing loads of structure, with lemon blossom intermixed with subtle pineapple, honeysuckle and crushed rock, giving it a vivid minerality, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a long, long finish. This should drink well for 7-8 years at minimum.Advocate


Kongsgaard Syrah 2012
The 2012 Syrah is a compelling example of this varietal. It is 100% Syrah, but it smells as if it includes a large quantity of Viognier. Huge notes of flowers, honeysuckle and lavender jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine along with notes of scorched earth, charcoal, smoked meats and a touch of steak tartar. A wine of great...
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Krug 2002 Vintage Champagne
Beautifully aromatic, this leads with aromas of ground clove, coffee liqueur and mandarin orange peel, adding crystallized honey, dried cherry, acacia blossom and toasted brioche notes on the expansive palate. Rich in flavor and broad in structure, with verve driving this through to the long, satiny finish. Drink now through 2027.
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Krug Vintage Champagne 2000
Rich and mouthwatering, this powerhouse Champagne is driven by vivacious acidity, with an expansive palate featuring flavors of glazed apricot, toasted brioche, candied kumquat and ginger, espresso crème, fleur de sel and cognac. The well-spiced finish is long and lingering. Disgorged summer 2013. Drink now through 2030. 97 Spectator
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Krug Vintage Champagne 2000 Magnum
Rich and mouthwatering, this powerhouse Champagne is driven by vivacious acidity, with an expansive palate featuring flavors of glazed apricot, toasted brioche, candied kumquat and ginger, espresso crème, fleur de sel and cognac. The well-spiced finish is long and lingering. Disgorged summer 2013. Drink now through 2030. 97 Spectator
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Krupp Brothers Stagecoach Chardonnay 2014
A beautiful Chardonnay from Krupp Brothers, the 2014 displays crushed rock minerality in the aromatics, which also include honeysuckle, poached pear, white peach, and some tropical notes like tangerine. The color is a light gold and the wine full-bodied, layered and totally compelling. This is clearly one of the Chardonnays of the vintage. Drink...


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 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...


Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J.Daniel Cuvee 2013
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée is probably the qualitative equivalent of the 2012, but slightly more backward and coiled tight. Coming from three vineyards that Robin Lail uses in Napa Valley: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and the other on Howell Mountain. This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in about three-fourths new...
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Laurent Perrier Alexandra Rose 2004
Fresh and minerally, this elegant rose offers a finely detailed bead carrying a subtle range of white raspberry, biscuit, slivered almond and lemon peel notes, with a long, spiced finish. Drink now through 2027. 20 cases imported.
*Outstanding Champagne!!


Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Champagne



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


LE VIEUX DONJON Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016
This offers a blitz of bay leaf and juniper notes out front, followed by a racy and tightly coiled core of red and black currant, damson plum and cherry fruit flavors. Lots of brisk iron and garrigue accents rifle through the finish. Clear, precise and streamlined, this should age wonderfully. Best from 2020 through 2040. 7,000 cases made.
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Leonetti Reserve Cabernet 2009
The wine known simply as Leonetti 2009 Reserve is, in fact, 92% Cabernet Sauvignon (the rest Merlot), a major departure from the norm of two-thirds to three quarters established in its previous eleven vintages (other exceptions being 2000 and 2001 when the Cabernet share dipped to less than half). Interestingly, too, Petit Verdot vines have...
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Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2003
Some good berry and chocolate character, with just a hint of fresh herbs. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Very good indeed. Second wine of Lagrange. Best after 2007. 22,330 cases made. JS


Les Forts De Latour 2008
The second wine seems to have picked up most of the Merlot from the Latour vineyards (31.5% Merlot and 66.5% Cabernet Sauvignon dominate the blend). The 2008 Les Forts de Latour is a forward, pure wine displaying remarkably sweet tannins along with aromas of black currants, forest floor, and a hint of underbrush. Opulent, round, and generous, it...
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Lewis Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2014
Gains weight and richness, featuring rich fig, honeydew, apricot and pear flavors. The jazzy, toasty, mocha— and vanilla-scented oak turns to butterscotch and wows with power and finesse, sailing along on the aftertaste. Drink now. 550 cases made. Spectator


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


Lewis Napa Chardonnay 2015
Rich and layered, showing well-focused green apple, pear, green fig and floral citrus notes, this ends with dense butterscotch accents and lingers on the finish, picking up a touch of smoky oak and anise. Drink now through 2021. 2,200 cases made. JL Spectator


Lisini Ugolaia Brunello di Montalcino 2004
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia, from a small old-vine parcel on the estate, floats onto the palate with endless layers of perfumed fruit. Deceptively medium in body, the Ugolaia possesses remarkable depth. Sweet pine, menthol, red cherries and spices meld together seamlessly on the long finish. With time in the glass, the wine gains more...
*6 in OWC


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


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


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


Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2010
This elegant red offers enticing aromas of rose, strawberry and cherry, with a hints of tobacco and spice. Firm and well-balanced, showing sweet fruit intertwined with tannins on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2033. 2,000 cases made. BS Spectator
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Marilyn Merlot 2004 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 2013

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


Mollydooker The Boxer 2016
Mollydooker's largest production wine is the 45,000-case 2016 The Boxer Shiraz. Loaded with chocolate-covered plums and hints of green peppercorns, it's full-bodied and velvety in texture, with a long, chocolaty finish Advocate


Montevertine • Le Pergole Torte 2014
The 2014 Le Pergole Torte has come together quite nicely since I last tasted this wine as a barrel sample shortly after the new year. The wine is now showing deeper dimension and a tighter textural constitution. Those aromas of wild berry, blue flower and crushed granite stone have come together with greater focus and precision. This wine...


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


Morlet Family Cabernet Passionnement 2012
The full-bodied 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Passionnément, which comes from the Oakville Bench, was aged in new oak puncheons. There are 250 cases of this Pauillac-like offering. It possesses notes of Christmas fruitcake, spice box, vanillin and black fruits in its opulent, open-knit personality. Drink 2018-2035. Advocate
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Morlet Family Vineyards Chardonnay Coup de Coeur 2013
the selection by Morlet of his favorite barrels is a five-barrel lot of 2013 Chardonnay Coup de Coeur. Pure orange marmalade, white peach, pineapple, mangos, subtle toast, great acidity and a liqueur of rocks underlie the wine's structure and intensity. This prodigious Chardonnay should age well for at least 10-15 years.98+ Advocate
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Napanook 2012
The second wine, the 2012 Napanook Proprietary Red Wine has a similar profile, but certainly comes across as less nuanced and slightly less concentrated and profound compared to its bigger sister. It is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. It does reflect the fact that the selection process has gotten so severe that the second...


Newton Puzzle 2013
Bordeaux Blend from Newton.


Nickel & Nickel Hayne Vineyard Cabernet 2014
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hayne Vineyard, which like its siblings is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, comes from the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in St. Helena. Easily the blackest and most saturated in color of the Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignons, the wine is rich and concentrated, with loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit, some licorice,...

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Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Cabernet 2014
Aromas of wilted rose, blueberry, currant and subtle strawberry add up to a notably complex mix of fruits, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and a persistent push on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2032. 3,544 cases made.


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


Ornellaia Masseto 2012
Fantastic aromas of lavender, rosemary, violets and currants. Full body, a wonderful concentration of fruit yet tense and taunt energy. The new wood is exposed now but will become integrated and polished. Give it three or four years together. The pure merlot magic is there. The 2011 was a perfect wine, and this is very close indeed. Drink in 2019....
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Ornellaia Masseto 2012 Magnum
Fantastic aromas of lavender, rosemary, violets and currants. Full body, a wonderful concentration of fruit yet tense and taunt energy. The new wood is exposed now but will become integrated and polished. Give it three or four years together. The pure merlot magic is there. The 2011 was a perfect wine, and this is very close indeed. Drink in 2019....


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...
*Three bottles available


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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,...


Phelps Insignia 2012
Joseph Phelps’ flagship wines include the incredibly ageworthy Insignia. The 2012 Insignia Proprietary Red is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, all aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. The vintage was of such high quality and quantity that 17,500 cases were produced. A...
*6 packs in OWC


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,...


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


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


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


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


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


RL Buller Calliope Rare Muscat NV 375
Giving aromas of dark brown sugar, black strap molasses, licorice and preserved walnuts, the deeply brown colored NV Calliope Rare Muscat is again incredibly sweet and viscous with a good amount of acid to balance and is decadently rich and nutty / spicy in the very long finish. All these vintage blended fortified wines are bottled to drink now...
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Robert Foley Claret 2012
Foley’s top wine is the inky/purple-colored 2012 Claret, a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It ratchets up the level of concentration, offering a big, sweet bouquet of white chocolate, smoky oak, espresso beans, licorice, forest floor, blackberries and cassis. Viscous and thick with oodles of fruit and glycerin,...


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...


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


Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2015
This has a little sauvage note peeking out, with bay leaf and game accents adding range to the rich core of crushed plum and blackberry fruit. Best from 2020 through 2035.—J.M. 95 Spectator


San Felice Campogiovanni Brunello 2012
In a traditional style, featuring beefy tanins and savory earth notes, with a core of leather and cherry flavors. Shows some sweetness mid palate and picks up energy on the long finish. Hangs together, ending in an uplifting, resonant manner. Best from 2021 through 2036. 5,833 cases made 96 Spectator #20 on Top 100 2017


Sandrone Cannubi Boschis 2000
The 2000 Barolo Cannubi Boschis shows early signs of maturity in its autumn leaves, leather and spices. There is an attractive silkiness to the fruit, but ultimately the 2000 comes across as a bit two-dimensional, especially in context with some of the truly great vintages. The wine does freshen up a touch in the glass, not enough to make a...
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Sassicaia 2010
The 2010 Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia brings back some of the brambly rosemary and wild Mediterranean brush that was missing in 2009. This will greatly appeal to enthusiasts of Sassicaias trademark elegance. The wine shows extreme purity that brings its many beautiful aromas into startling focus and clarity. Lingering tones of black fruit and...
*in OWC


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


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


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


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


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...


Spottswoode Cabernet 2013
Yields continued to increase in 2013, with just over 4,000 cases of wine from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. This is another killer effort from Spottswoode. Inky bluish purple to the rim, it has hints of violets intermixed with sweet foresty notes, blackcurrants, chocolate and a touch of subtle smoke and...


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 Family Vineyard • Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 30th Anniversary 2012
One of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignons yet made by the Staglins is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 30th Anniversary. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of crème de cassis, camphor, incense, blackberries and high quality, subtle toast in the background. There is great fruit on the attack and the wine fills out...


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 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 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...


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, crme 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 Kenward Herb Lamb Cabernet 2014
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard comes from the lower hillsides of Howell Mountain. Tor Kenward uses the middle section of this vineyard that was earlier used by Ann Colgin for her Herb Lamb bottlings. This wine has always been noted by its blueberry component, touch of licorice and underbrush. This wine has all of that, medium to...
*6 Bottles available


Tor Kenward Tierra Roja Cabernet 2014
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Tierra Roja came in out-of-bottle at the top of its range, which is always a good sign. This is a 4-acre vineyard on the red soil hillsides, just below Dalla Valle in the Oakville corridor. This is a sexy, beautiful, fragrant wine with plenty of scorched earth, blackcurrants and licorice, but copious quantities of...
*6 Bottles available


Tor Rock Syrah Napa 2013
The nose 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 friends or pair with...


Tuck Beckstoffer Wines • Dancing Hares Proprietary Red 2015
The 2015 Dancing Hares Proprietary Red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is very deep purple-black in color with a nose of spice cake, plum pudding, crème de cassis, cigar box, licorice and menthol with a waft of dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, fresh and concentrated with firm, fine-grained tannins, it...


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 2010
Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plum, flower, licorice and mushroom. Full body with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured but shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture...


Valdicava Brunello 2010 3Litre
Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plum, flower, licorice and mushroom. Full body with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured but shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture...
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Valdicava Brunello 2010 Magnum
Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plum, flower, licorice and mushroom. Full body with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured but shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture...


Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva 2010
A wine with superb finesse and depth. So subtle and understated yet powerful and long. The tannin intensity is amazing. It just builds like a massive wave. Superb. Give this time in the bottle. The length is endless. Better in 2018 100 points Suckling


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...


Vega Sicilia Valbuena Ribero del Duero 2009
"The Valbuena red has aged for less time than the Vega Sicilia Unico. 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.


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...


Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Cabernet 2013
On the valley floor, with an almost Châteauneuf du Pape layer of small stones, is the Aida Estate, one of my favorite vineyards just north of St. Helena. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Estate is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc aged 20 months in three-fourths new French oak. The good news is that there...


Vineyard 29 Cru Cabernet 2012
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru, which is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest the other four Bordeaux varietals, comes from many different vineyards and the good news is there were nearly 6,000 cases of this wine that was aged 18 months in a combination of 50% new and 50% once-used French oak. The vineyard sources essentially span the entire...


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