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2014 Claude Dugat Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 12-01-2016
I love the nose on this wine! It shows a vibrant, candied, bright cherry fruit quality that grabs your attention right out of the gate. In the mouth the wine is slightly aggressive and definitely high in acidity. Still a young wine with plenty of fruit, this will be a wine to buy now and enjoy in 3-5 years down the road.
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2015 Domaine Paul Pernot Beaune Rouge "Clos des Marconets"
Review Date: 12-01-2016
This is a fantastic example of a delicious 2015 red that will show well right out of the gate. This wine shows a fleshy, round, spicy mid-palate and with lots pure clean fruit. The finish is juicy and lingering. This is a wine to buy now and drink over the next 5 years.
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2015 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Aligote
Review Date: 11-29-2016
This is the first time we have had the opportunity to work with Paul Pernot's Aligote. We did taste this wine before bottling last May. It is bright and fresh with a supple soft mouth feel. Despite the riper 2015 vintage, this wine shows wonderful acidity and zip on the finish.
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2013 Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-06-2016
A tad closed in the nose when we tasted it, this wine is obviously still a baby and has a long life ahead of it. While still being powerful and dense, it shows amazing purity and freshness. Flavors of blackberries, black cherry and plums are mixed in with hints of cedar and spice. This is serious wine that I would keep in my cellar and start to enjoy in 10-15 years and should last for many more.

2013 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-06-2016
The blend for the 2013 is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. The majority of the fruit comes from the Eastern parcels of the Eisele Vineyard. The new owners have cut back a bit on the heavy toasted barrels and have switched to a lighter toast. For 2013 the fruits are dark, spicy and rich. It shows a round, velvety texture, hints of cedar and minerals and finishes with great freshness and focus.
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JS 95 RP 93

2014 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-06-2016
Lewis Cabernet is made for fans of that full throttle California style! The 2014 doesn’t disappoint. It is a big, rich and ripe wine that coats the palate with flavors of crushed blueberries, blackberries, coco and vanilla bean. The 2014 is surprisingly open for such an early age. If you like your wine with a little kick and a ton of fruit, you can enjoy this now with some decanting. Just make sure you fasten your seat belt!
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2013 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Review Date: 10-06-2016
First produced in the 1974 vintage, Insignia is the first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend produced in California. Beginning with the 2004 vintage, the Insignia is sourced from entirely estate-grown fruit. The 2013 vintage is a classic Insignia. It is dense, powerful and shows lots of structure but all of that is hidden underneath layers of fresh, ripe fruit. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, plums, vanilla bean and spice linger on the finish. A great effort on their 40th anniversary!

2013 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-06-2016
First produced in the 1974 vintage, Insignia is the first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend produced in California. Beginning with the 2004 vintage, the Insignia is sourced from entirely estate-grown fruit. The 2013 vintage is a classic Insignia. It is dense, powerful and shows lots of structure but all of that is hidden underneath layers of fresh, ripe fruit. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, plums, vanilla bean and spice linger on the finish. A great effort on their 40th anniversary!

2015 Jean-Michel Dupre "Terre Noire" Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 10-01-2016
Located on the northwest edge of the Beaujolais region, very high in altitude (500 meters), this Beaujolais-Villages has been declassified as a Beaujolais. The vines are around 65 years old and all farming is done sustainably. Talk about a wine that over-delivers for the price point—the Terre Noire is loaded with red and dark purple fruits, spice and a fresh lively finish.
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2015 Les Freres Perroud "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly
Review Date: 10-01-2016
This 100% Gamay Noir wine comes from a 4 acre vineyard where the average age of the vines are 65 years old. Soil type is clay and red granite sand. This is really a serious Brouilly which shows wonderful fruit, a juicy, lush texture and finishes with spicy ruby red fruits and mineral hints. A nice peak into the quality of the 2015s!
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VN 90

2015 Domaine Renaud St-Véran
Review Date: 09-13-2016
The Renaud wines have been my “go-to” picks for many years now when I am looking for inexpensive refreshing Chardonnay. The St Veran is probably the most aromatic wine in their line-up. The mouth is round and creamy with nearly tropical fruit and hints of toast and spice.
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2015 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes"
Review Date: 09-13-2016
The Renaud wines have been my “go-to” picks for many years now when I am looking for inexpensive refreshing Chardonnay. The Pouilly-Fuisse is made from 50-80 year old vines. This is by far the richest of the line-up. Thanks to the very ripe 2015 vintage, this wine shows tons of concentrated lush fruit along with a creamy texture that coats the mouth. Hints of white peach, green apple and a long mouthwatering finish top it off!
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WE 90

2014 Château de la Charrière Santenay 1er Cru "Gravieres"
Review Date: 09-13-2016
We had a chance to visit Benoit Girardin this past May and taste his current releases. For me, his wines really show a purity of fruit that is refreshing to taste in today’s world. A winner from the tasting was the 2014 Santenay Ier Cru “Les Gravieres”. This wine sees about 25% New Oak, which helps add an extra dimension to the aromas and texture of the wine. Lots of pure red cherry Pinot Noir fruit shines through here!
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2013 Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-29-2016
Actually, a pretty nice little Chardonnay! It shows a rich, round mouth-feel upfront and is followed by lots of "Chablis-like" characteristics in the back - very fresh, crisp acidity and mineral driven fruit. This is not a heavy, buttery Chardonnay so for the summertime this is a great pick. For under $10 this is a steal!
Top Value!
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WE 91

2015 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-13-2016
This one wowed us! Amazingly pure and elegant, with a velvety texture and seamless lush sweet core of fruit that goes on and on in the mouth; it is not a monster but the definition of elegance, balance and finesse -A blend of 80% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.

2013 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-13-2016
98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot make up the 2013 Lafite blend. Though somewhat closed, the barrel sample showed upfront cedar, minerals and lead pencil flavors. The wine was balanced, with a dry finish. This is not a huge Lafite, but should be a good cellar candidate for the short to mid term. 91-93 points.

2015 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Barrel tasted April 9, 2016: Inky color, lots of upfront fruit, very ripe and layered in the mouth, loaded with mocha, cream and blackberry flavors, shows a fair amount of structure and the wine is fresh on the finish. This is a sleeper and a great buy from the 2015 vintage!

2015 La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-16-2016
Densely concentrated fruit with hints of graphite, minerals and spice, the 2015 La Mission is very rich and sweet in the mouth yet still shows amazing freshness and purity. Could be a pick for wine of the vintage!

2015 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-08-2016
This is a lush mouth coating wine; hints of coco and vanilla bean in the nose is followed by fleshy fruit that feels broad in the mouth and carries through to the finish; there are no holes in this wine; the tannins are firm but ripe and are hidden by the copious amount of fruit. This is a very solid effort.

2015 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Love this nose! Hints of cedar, spice, black cherry and licorice, this wine is polished and pure. The mid-palate fruit is round and full with a long spicy finish. This should be an excellent wine for the cellar but will be quite approachable upon release.

2015 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-03-2016
Loaded with tons of red fruits and a velvety texture, the 2015 Malartic is a big time winner in my book! There are hints of minerals, chocolate and spice, the wine is full and rich in the mouth, with a super long fresh finish. Tannins are ripe and integrated.

2014 Jacques Bavard Santenay Rouge
Review Date: 05-31-2016
This is a new wine for Bavard. It shows a bit more concentration, depth of fruit and grip. The fruit here is also a bit darker and more mineral. Another excellent food wine!
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2014 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses Rouge
Review Date: 05-31-2016
This vintage shows a bright cherry character, with fine-grained tannins, lovely perfume and spice along with a very red-fruited long finish. It is fresh and lively! Perfect wine for summer sipping and will pair well with a variety of food.
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2014 Jacques Bavard St-Romain Blanc
Review Date: 05-31-2016
A blend of fruit from the vineyards “Sous la Velle” and “Sous la Chateau” the St-Romain village is known for its cool climate and rocky soils. Lots of minerals and hints of citrus are followed by a long spicy finish.
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2014 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses "Les Clous" Blanc
Review Date: 05-31-2016
The “Les Clous” shows a rich and round mouth feel with hints of melon, pear and a touch of cream. It is his rounder softer entry that is probably the most “user” friendly. Still, as with the majority of 2014’s the finish is crisp and vibrant!
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2015 Figeac, St-Émilion
Review Date: 05-30-2016
Always made in a “classic” style, the Figeac 2015 shows lots of bright high toned fruits, a focused and lean mouth feel with lots of spicy edges and hints of tobacco and sweet herbs. I would think this wine comes together nicely with some more barrel age. Should prove to be a excellent if not great Figeac!

2015 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-30-2016
2015 Troplong Mondot shows a rich, ripe and nearly exotic fruit character that is touched with a hint of toasty oak and chocolate. The mouth is broad and concentrated. This will be a good wine for mid-term cellaring!

2015 l'Evangile, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Along with 2010 Petrus and a few others, this could be one of the greatest wines I have ever tasted out of barrel. In the mouth the wine is so rich, polished and lush that it practically melts into you. Hints of cedar, cola and black currants are followed by a long, sweet and spicy finish that last for at least a minute. A blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, this wine has a nearly perfect balance between power and finesse. Wow!

2015 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-04-2016
This one wowed us! Amazingly pure and elegant, with a velvety texture and seamless lush sweet core of fruit that goes on and on in the mouth; it is not a monster but the definition of elegance, balance and finesse -A blend of 80% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.

2015 Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2016
A blend of 44% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, this wine is dark and inky in color, loaded with black licorice, mocha, and sweet blueberries. This is a big wine with lots of structure and tannin but it shows amazing purity of fruit, length and freshness. I liked this more than the rest of the group. Having recently tasted the 2005 and 1990, it is difficult to beat Chateau Palmer when it is firing on all cylinders!

2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-04-2016
This was a candidate for wine of the vintage from most of our group. It is quite open in the nose for Ducru with layers of sweet fruit, mocha, graphite and minerals in the mouth. There are firm but ripe tannins. The wine is very balanced and long on the finish. It is dense and powerful but deceptively supple and fleshy. I must buy this wine for my cellar!

2015 Petit-Village, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Aromatic nose, round and lush fruit, juicy texture with hints of mocha and black cherries; Easy to taste- soft and fleshy! This was one of the first wines we tasted on our first full day so I was a bit unsure of my notes. Luckily we tasted it several more times and I enjoyed it every time. A winner in 2015!

2015 Canon, St-Émilion
Review Date: 05-04-2016
72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc, this wine is toasty upfront with lots of red currants and red cherry fruit, a seamless mid-palate and a long spicy finish. This wine has a lot of finesse and elegance. Great purity and precision!

2015 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-04-2016
A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, this is a seriously good wine. Dark chewy fruit, intensely concentrated, hints of black cherry and smoke but not overdone, spicy, ripe and fleshy in the mid-palate; the finish is long and fresh. Definite buy!

2015 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Very fresh and ripe nose, velvety, sweet fruit, hints of red licorice, elegant with a long, spicy finish. Complex and very fine, fresh; should drink well upon release

2015 Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-04-2016
The all black label for the 2015 will represent the 25th year anniversary of the Cathiard’s buying the property. The 2015 is dark, black in color with a rich, nearly exotic fruit profile, hints of graphite, cassis, chocolate and Asian spice. The tannins are fleshy and juicy; this is a delicious wine!

2015 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2016
One of my possible candidates for wine of the vintage! Very dark color, lovely spicy nose, hints of bittersweet chocolate, polished juicy texture with a hint of mint and savory herbs. Tannins are ripe and integrated. Very fresh and balanced with a long lingering finish- a wine to buy for the cellar!

2015 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Hints of coffee, spice and red currant fruit is followed by a rich, fleshy texture and velvety finish. This wine is juicy and spicy. Usually not one of my favorites out of barrel this is another winner from Margaux!

2015 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Another winner from the Margaux appellation - The Rauzan-Segla is polished and concentrated with hints of cola, cassis and red cherries that linger on the finish. Lots of layers here – excellent focus and polish here!

2015 Giscours, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Dark and aromatic, this rich and fleshy wine shows tons of chocolate, black cherry and mocha flavors. Tannins are integrated and firm yet ripe. This is a sleeper from the vintage and one of the best Giscours I can remember tasting out of barrel!

2015 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-04-2016
As we heard from many properties in the Medoc “this is not a second wine” but another expression of the vineyards. Either way the Alter Ego is fabulous in 2015. The color is dark and inky, with black cherry, cassis and chocolate flavors that are intertwined within the lovely velvety texture of this wine. This wine is nearly exotic but still shows a wonderful freshness and finesse.

2015 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2016
As we heard from many properties in the Medoc “this is not a second wine” but another expression of the vineyards. Either way the Alter Ego is fabulous in 2015. The color is dark and inky, with black cherry, cassis and chocolate flavors that are intertwined within the lovely velvety texture of this wine. This wine is nearly exotic but still shows a wonderful freshness and finesse.

2015 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2016
At the right price this wine will be a great buy! As always this wine has a minerality at its core but with the 2015 its freshness and lively fruit grabs your attention. This is an elegant and sweet D’Issan that should show well right upon release.

2015 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Another sleeper from the Bruno Borie, the Lalande-Borie is velvety, supple and lush with a round, silky mouth-feel and lingering spicy finish. This is going to drink great upon release!

2015 Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-04-2016
I have enjoyed several bottles of the 2005 La Croix de Beaucaillou recently. That wine is showing fantastic! 2015 is very similar but will even show sweeter and more approachable earlier. It is a great wine for short to mid-term cellaring and the price should be reasonable.

2015 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-04-2016
A winner in St Julien, this wine is elegant and sweet with spicy red fruits and fresh, crisp backbone that holds all the sweet fruit in check. Should be excellent to drink right out of the gate.

2015 Lynch-Bages Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-04-2016
The 2015 Lynch Bages was another winner from Pauillac. Aromatic in the nose, in the mouth there are hints of black cherry, cedar, spice and licorice. This wine shows purity and elegance in the mid palate while the finish is long and lingering.

2015 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Most times while tasting at Lafite “En Premier” I am puzzled by the majority of the wines, including Lafite but especially by this wine. Not with this time. This wine showed sweet and savory, loaded with ripe fruit while still maintain wonderful freshness and lift. This should be a drinker right upon release but has the structure, acidity and freshness to age well for mid-term cellaring.
Price: $66.99 Add To Cart
WE 93 - 95 JS 91 - 92 RP 90 - 92
VN 90 - 92
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2015 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Aromatic and toasty in the nose, lots of ripe fruit, velvety middle, nice balance and length. Usually a bit tough for my taste but this wine is delicious and well made. Excellent effort in 2015!

2015 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Bright and fresh with hints of lemon and orange, the Doisy Daene is clean and elegant in the mouth. It is high toned and lively on the finish. Great acidity!

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