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2011 Ramey Napa Valley Claret
Review Date: 5-27-2013
Not exactly a typical Bordeaux Blend, the 2011 Napa Claret is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Syrah and 2% Cabernet Franc. The Claret is made in a style to drink right away and to be enjoyed with food. It is a lighter, softer style red that shows lots of spice, sweet herbs and earth. This wine is a nice change of pace and will match well with roasted or grilled chicken.

2010 Ramey Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 5-27-2013
The 2010 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is definitely in a leaner more “Chablis-like” style. It is very fresh and bright with an ABV of 13.5%. This wine will round out and soften with a few years in a cellar, this is a wine for fans of a crisper style Chardonnay- like me!

2009 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 5-27-2013
The 2009 Cabernet is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvingon, 18% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec. For me Jordan Cabernet is usually a wine that can be enjoyed at a very young age. The 2009 shows ripe upfront red cherry fruit, a round, soft, almost creamy mouth feel and followed by hints of vanilla, mint and mocha. This wine is perfect to drink over the next 10 years.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-23-2013
Spicy, almost exotic mocha aromas in the glass. Dark chocolate, fleshy mid-palate fruit and a velvety texture. This wine is sexy and long-definitely an earlier drinker. This wine should show well on release; it tastes pretty good now. 93-95 points.

2011 La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-21-2013
Very focused and tightly wound, with lots of mineral and cedar and sweet mid-core fruit. The tannins are rather soft for La Mission, integrated and velvety; it's still a big wine, but has finesse. I like it. 91-93 points.

2004 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 3-4-2013
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Amazing wine that is showing well now and will age gracefully for another 10-15 years! It is loaded with black cherry, coco powder, leap pencil and red currant fruit. This wine is rich and lush in the mouth but sits on a firm structure. Tannins are ripe and integrated.
Drink from 2013 to 2025
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart WS 93 BC 0

2002 Heitz Cellar "Trailside" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 2-28-2013
Super lush and layered in the mouth, the 2002 Trailside shows amazing concentration and power but still comes off as sweet and fleshy. Underneath all the fruit are hints of minerals, spice and cedar. Drink this one now with some air but no rush. It should age well for another 10 years.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Heitz Cellar "Trailside" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 2-28-2013
Loaded with spice, mint and bright cherry fruit, this wine is dense and firm. Great mid texture and tons of complex flavors have yet to even come out of this wine. Will be great in 10 years if one can hold out that long!
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 2-28-2013
Classic Martha’s Vineyard aromas and flavors come through this vintage. Still quite young, this wine is seamless and balanced with a fresh lively texture. Tannins are firm and this wine should really flesh out over the next 5-10 years. One for the cellar for sure!
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart WS 93 BC 0

2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 2-11-2013
Super-long, with great depth, a plush middle and a ripe, spicy finish. The tannins were fine and well-integrated.

2011 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
Dark color. Intense on the nose. Tightly wound, deep and super concentrated. A massive wine with huge tannins that’s not showing much for me now. Very focused. I loved ’09 and ’10 out of barrel, but I had never understood this wine in its youth before those two vintages—now I am back to not understanding the wine.

2011 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
Dark and exotic on the nose, then spicy and open, dense and concentrated. Lots of power, plus big powerful tannins that are ripe and almost silky. Long, firm and fleshy on the finish. 93-95 points.

2011 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
New wave nose, lots of oak, creamy sweet and lush on the mid-palate. Ripe, fleshy tannins and a sweet finish. Loads of fruit and concentration. Lots of stuffing. 92-94 points.

2011 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
Inky color, dark and toasty nose. This is very concentrated and layered, with tons of vanilla and spice. Definitely in a flashy style, but I like it. 90-92 points.

2011 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
Compact. This wine’s tight palate is dense and concentrated, with a sweet core of black cherry and black berry fruit, lots of structure and power. Very dense, but the tannins are integrated and fleshy. 92-94 points.

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