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2011 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-21-2014
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The 2011 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet is a super effort! In a vintage like 2011, if a winemaker tries to do too much with the wine in the cellars, the wine will come out rough, unbalanced and green. The 2011 La Jota was created with a light hand. It shows tons of spicy red currant fruit, minerals and cedar hints. There is a wonderful freshness that explodes from the glass! This is an earlier drinking wine that shows great right now with some air.

2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 7-17-2014
The 2012 Barton shows classic Léoville-Barton color and flavor profile. Dark, with almost black fruits, the 2012 has a purity of fruit that I like, along with an almost velvety mid-palate. Tannins are definitely present and the wine shows a firm structure, which leads me to believe this will be a good wine to cellar for the mid- to longer-term for the vintage.

2012 Beaux Frères Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This blew me away! Never light in style, the 2012 is about as full and opulent as you can get from Oregon without being clumsy and disjointed. Despite its size and power, this wine has wonderful perfume and freshness, as well as length. I would love to hold a few bottles of this for five years or so to see how it rounds out.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-7-2014
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The 2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cab is an great example of the quality to come with the 2012 vintage in California. Upfront the wine smells like classic California Cab; hints of toasty oak, plum, black licorice and cocoa powder. The tannins are present but integrated and sweet, while the finish is long and lingering. Excellent, straightforward Cabernet that will not disappoint!
Top Value!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-24-2014
One of the pleasant surprises this vintage! Cantemerle is on a roll with their recent wines, and the 2012 is no exception. It shows pleasant, upfront fleshy fruit that is focused and clean. Tannins are integrated and ripe, with just a touch of spice and cedar hints that linger on the finish. This wine should show well upon release and develop well in a cellar for 10 years after bottling.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-24-2014
One of the pleasant surprises this vintage! Cantemerle is on a roll with their recent wines, and the 2012 is no exception. It shows pleasant, upfront fleshy fruit that is focused and clean. Tannins are integrated and ripe, with just a touch of spice and cedar hints that linger on the finish. This wine should show well upon release and develop well in a cellar for 10 years after bottling.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (3L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-24-2014
One of the pleasant surprises this vintage! Cantemerle is on a roll with their recent wines, and the 2012 is no exception. It shows pleasant, upfront fleshy fruit that is focused and clean. Tannins are integrated and ripe, with just a touch of spice and cedar hints that linger on the finish. This wine should show well upon release and develop well in a cellar for 10 years after bottling.

2013 Margerum Wine Company "K&L Blend" Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 5-20-2014
Wow! This wine came out fantastic! We blended this wine back in early February with Doug at the winery. We had 6 lots to taste. We ended up choosing a blend of 3 of the lots. The wine is a great example of what kind of Sauvignon Blanc can be grown in California. While still having a tropical fruit element upfront, the acidity is what keeps this wine together and focused. It is rich, fruity and loaded with citrus on the backend. Although a great wine for summertime sipping, it shows so much complexity and richness, that this wine would even be better paired with food.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-14-2014
This wine has a crazy nose. My first thought was a young J. Swan Zinfandel - that is how ripe this wine was in the nose. In the mouth it calms down a bit, revealing its Cabernet backbone and displaying surprising freshness and acidity. This is a very interesting wine that should drink well young. 91-93 points.

2013 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-14-2014
Composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, the 2013 is an open-knit, dark and lush wine that coats the palate with fruit and flavors of mocha and black currants. Tannins are integrated and ripe but still firm. It's a tad strong, but really a solid effort, bordering on the exotic. 91-93 points.

2013 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-14-2014
Classic Pauillac, with black licorice and black currant aromas and flavors. There's lots of fruit and tannin but it stays balanced, with nice, silky mid-palate fruit and a tannic finish. 89-91 points.

2013 Montrose, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-14-2014
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2013 Montrose is tight, tannic and closed right now. Rustic. The fruit was hard to find. We tasted this wine twice and I have similar notes. English tasters seemed to think the wines was excellent, however. Maybe not for the American palate?

2013 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-14-2014
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. Lots of cola, licorice, red currants, smoke and cedar. Good fruit, ripe tannins, medium bodied, balanced and fresh. Fine tannins. Good value! Early drinker. Long, fresh and lingering finish. Sleeper. 91-93 points. Ralph: I'm absolutely wild about this wine! So much more sweet fruit to enjoy, hints of passion fruit and perfectly ripe grapes. Round and lush, this wine may not live as long as the first wine but it is flat out delicious and will be the first wine I buy. **

2013 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-14-2014
The 2013 Cos is a solid effort. On the nose, the wine reveals toasty and exotic aromas with hints of coco powder and graphite. The fruit is spicy, full and balanced on the palate with firm but ripe tannins which hold the wine together. I would expect this will to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. 91-93 points.

2013 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-13-2014
For the first time ever, Pichon-Lalande is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is very lush and rich in the mouth, showing classic sweet herb, coffee flavors and hints of mocha. Tannins are ripe and sweet with a lingering finish. Should be an early drinker! 91-93 points.

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