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Philip Bohorfoush
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Philip's background includes Wine Buyer, Sommelier, and Five Diamond Hotel management. He specializes in collection building and collection management focusing primarily on Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, and Champagne. Philip earned the Level 3 Award with honors from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and continues his education with WSET diploma level coursework. He's an avid sailor and previous SF Bay area weekend racer. In addition to enjoying working out and everything to do with the ocean, he loves to cook with family and friends which started as a sushi chef in college.


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2015 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-30-2018
Dominus continues to set the benchmark as one of CA’s finest Bordeaux blends. The first thing I noticed about the 2015 Dominus was the finesse, balance, and drive. The fruit, body, texture, tannins, and acids are all in complete harmony. There is incredible tension that keeps the wine fresh and penetrating. Deep, brooding, and complex nose with black and red fruits, wild herbs, light earth, and dark spices. Only hinting at the potential here, there is so much material here yet to develop. Outstanding.
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RP 100 VN 97

2014 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-12-2018
One of the two ‘black label’ bottlings along with the ‘Dr. Olmo’. Both are stunning soil driven examples of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon showcasing CA terroir. The ‘Dr Olmo’ is grown on gravel and shows more brooding character, scorched earth, and minerality. The ‘Solari’ is grown on Cortina gravel and clay parcels resulting in a profile that is more plush, round, and seamless. The first vintage of ‘Solari’ was 2002 and ‘Solari’ has developed a well deserved cult following. One can’t help but be impressed by the plush texture and a savory quality. A superior bottling showcasing CA terroir.

2014 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-12-2018
The 2014 Dunn Howell shows excellent purity and intensity. The 2014 showcases the wild Howell mountain Cabernet character with black and blue fruit, wild herbs, lavender, and graphite. The tannins are rounder and more textural than the traditional ‘vin de garde’ style of Dunn. Mike Dunn’s hard work in the vineyards, production, and cellar is impressive and Dunn remains one of my favorite CA Cabernets over the decades. Bravo!

2014 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-12-2018
This is absolutely delicious and very well done. I love the dark cassis, wild berries, crushed thyme, violets, and cedar. Full, pure, and deep with outstanding texture and mouthfeel. This is immensely enjoyable now or can be cellared.
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VN 90

2015 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-12-2018
Dark hue hints at the concentration. Impressive nose of blackberry, cassis, light earth, anise, and cocoa powder. Medium bodied and moderate plus tannins are all in balance with an excellent core of Cabernet fruit. There is superb depth and structure to lay this down but the wine is so deftly balanced that you can decant and enjoy now. Grab this now before it sells out. You don’t want to miss the 2015.

2015 d'Yquem, Sauternes (1.5L)
Review Date: 09-14-2017
**One of the wines of the vintage** At our first tasting of the 2015 d’Yquem 'en primeur', we immediately knew it would rank along the epic 2001 and the reveled 2009 Chateau d’Yquem. The botrytis aromatics and perfume jump out the glass. The palate is incredibly saturated – exotic yet precise, pure, and lifted finishing incredibly balanced, so long, and in reserve. This is a singular Chateau d’Yquem and absolutely breathtaking. All purity and class.

2015 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 09-14-2017
**One of the wines of the vintage** At our first tasting of the 2015 d’Yquem 'en primeur', we immediately knew it would rank along the epic 2001 and the reveled 2009 Chateau d’Yquem. The botrytis aromatics and perfume jump out the glass. The palate is incredibly saturated – exotic yet precise, pure, and lifted finishing incredibly balanced, so long, and in reserve. This is a singular Chateau d’Yquem and absolutely breathtaking. All purity and class.

2015 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-17-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Perfumed and very fine with rich black fruits, graphite, liquid minerals, and cocoa powder. Exotic mouthfeel and weight (14.6% alcohol) yet completely in balance. Cashmere from the Cabernet Franc with power from the Merlot. On the palate, this is absolutely seamless, long, and pure. Extraordinary.

2015 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux (3L)
Review Date: 06-08-2016
**Don’t Miss** Primary and saturated with intense cassis, framboise, fig paste, and light earth. Plush and full on the palate but very fresh. You are getting so much wine here for the price. Excellent.

2015 Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 06-08-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Palmer shows the signature of the best 2015’s with an incredibly pure core of dense fruit, floral and perfumed aromatics with unctuous texture and fresh acidity. Inky robe. Aromas of black and blue fruits, cocoa powder, mineral, and earth. Firm and structured yet completely balanced, fresh, and saturated to the core. This is on another level.

2015 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-07-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Black cherry and dark fruits, spice, anise, and mineral. The purity of this wine is amazing. Elegant, deep, and lifted with fine acidity and lovely aromatics. Intense and complex with old vine character. The Grand Vin includes fruit from four hectares of old vines, some of which are over a hundred years old. A truly inspired Claret.

2015 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-07-2016
**Don’t Miss** Deeply black fruited with notes of crème de cassis, black currant, lead pencil, graphite, and earth. This is intense and powerful yet the firm tannins are balanced with an intense core of fruit and purity. Classic proportion, rich, and masculine styled Pichon-Baron.

2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-05-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Dark and deep robe. Begins with a brooding, massive core of pure dark fruits, blackberry coulis, crème de cassis, black cherry, espresso crema, and graphite. Intense and built with a weighty mouthfeel and firm tannins. For the Cathiards, no detail is overlooked from whole cluster fermentation, gravity flow, optical sorting, and even the state of the art use of satellite imagery to assist in optimal harvest times. Pessac-Léognan made stunning wines in 2015 and Smith Haut Lafitte is one of the finest.

2015 Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-05-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Dark and deep robe. Begins with a brooding, massive core of pure dark fruits, blackberry coulis, crème de cassis, black cherry, espresso crema, and graphite. Intense and built with a weighty mouthfeel and firm tannins. For the Cathiards, no detail is overlooked from whole cluster fermentation, gravity flow, optical sorting, and even the state of the art use of satellite imagery to assist in optimal harvest times. Pessac-Léognan made stunning wines in 2015 and Smith Haut Lafitte is one of the finest.

2015 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-05-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Incredibly precise, pure, and detailed with spice, red fruits, floral lift, and earth on a medium plus bodied frame. Ripe but very pretty and high toned. Finishes long with mineral and freshness. Very classy and elegant.

2015 Clinet, Pomerol (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-03-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Penetrating color. Dense and rich with a pure core of black and blue fruit, damson plum preserve, perfume, and light earth. This is so sumptuous on the palate, silky, and long without being cloying or overdone. This is special.

2015 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-03-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Penetrating color. Dense and rich with a pure core of black and blue fruit, damson plum preserve, perfume, and light earth. This is so sumptuous on the palate, silky, and long without being cloying or overdone. This is special.

2015 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-02-2016
**Don’t Miss** Very elegant, fresh, and balanced with complex notes of tobacco leaf, wild flowers, black plums and brambly dark berries. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc contributes complexity and finesse and the whole cluster fermentation adds elegant floral aromatics. Major investments have been made in the vineyard, cellars, and winemaking facilities since the Groupe Pichet purchased the Chateau in 2010. The fruit is fleshing out while maintaining its unique signature and complexity. Les Carmes Haut-Brion is reaching its potential and on the rise.

2015 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-02-2016
**Don’t Miss** Masculine and classic with crème de cassis, black currant, lead pencil, cedar, and truffle. The perfect marriage of quintessential Pauillac with the vintage’s core of beautiful fruit. A classic for the cellar and one of Bordeaux’s finest values.

2015 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-02-2016
**Don’t Miss** Masculine and classic with crème de cassis, black currant, lead pencil, cedar, and truffle. The perfect marriage of quintessential Pauillac with the vintage’s core of beautiful fruit. A classic for the cellar and one of Bordeaux’s finest values.

2015 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux
Review Date: 06-01-2016
**Don’t Miss** Displays all the beautiful fruit, finesse, perfume, and fine grained tannins of the best 2015 Margaux. Rich fruited and lifted with seamless texture and a long finish. Rauzan Segla shines in 2015.

2015 Canon, St-Émilion
Review Date: 06-01-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Incredible purity, rich and deep with a smooth core of black fruits, cassis, purple flowers, and chalky minerality from the limestone plateau. Intense, layered, and full bodied on the palate yet with restraint and tension. Very fine and all class.

2015 Giscours, Margaux
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Cabernet driven, built and serious with black and blue fruits, cedar and spice. Classically styled and full bodied. The tannins are firm but the quality of tannins are very fine. This makes my don’t miss list will be great to cellar.

2015 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Primary and saturated with intense cassis, framboise, fig paste, and light earth. Plush and full on the palate but very fresh. You are getting so much wine here for the price. Excellent.

2015 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux (6L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Primary and saturated with intense cassis, framboise, fig paste, and light earth. Plush and full on the palate but very fresh. You are getting so much wine here for the price. Excellent.

2015 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Primary and saturated with intense cassis, framboise, fig paste, and light earth. Plush and full on the palate but very fresh. You are getting so much wine here for the price. Excellent.

2015 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Owned by the Cazes family. 49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvigon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Black cherry, plum, and wild berries, medium bodied with moderate tannins. Great value.

2015 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Owned by the Cazes family. 49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvigon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Black cherry, plum, and wild berries, medium bodied with moderate tannins. Great value.

2015 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Phelan Segur actually has large holdings very close to Chateau Montrose. In 2011, an extensive renovation was completed and Michel Rolland consults. Full bodied and muscular, deep fruited with black fruits and spice. Looking forward to see how this develops.

2015 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Pure and clean fruit, very fresh, and excellent quality. Love it for its combination of fruit, power, and balance. Shows the quality of vintage.
Top Value!

2015 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Good bones here and you can sense the potential underneath. Great fruit with Cabernet driven nose of black currant, cedar, mint, and smoke. Calon Segur is one to watch as the quality of the wines is rising and the property is undergoing a significant investment in the vineyards and winery.

2015 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Good bones here and you can sense the potential underneath. Great fruit with Cabernet driven nose of black currant, cedar, mint, and smoke. Calon Segur is one to watch as the quality of the wines is rising and the property is undergoing a significant investment in the vineyards and winery.

2015 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-19-2016
It is easy to understand the purity of fruit, focus, and great core here when you find out that Montrose conducted three passes through the sorting tables and then used an optical sorter. Cassis, blueberry, deep black and blue fruits with graphite. Medium plus bodied, silky, balanced, and pure. Excellent.

2015 Les Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Les Pagodes de Cos is the second wine of Cos d'Estournel grown from younger vines on the same terroir. Modern, round and ripe with dark red fruits, plum and mocha. Balanced and rich finish.

2015 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Only 39% of the harvest was used in the grand vin and includes 40-100 year old-vine Merlot grown on gravel soils. Cos d’Estournel has one of the most privileged terroirs of St-Estèphe on the southern slopes of the hill of Cos. They also use all gravity flow throughout the winemaking facilities. Dark and spicy with currant, black fruits and graphite. Firm but rich fruited and dense from the old vines.

2015 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Only 39% of the harvest was used in the grand vin and includes 40-100 year old-vine Merlot grown on gravel soils. Cos d’Estournel has one of the most privileged terroirs of St-Estèphe on the southern slopes of the hill of Cos. They also use all gravity flow throughout the winemaking facilities. Dark and spicy with currant, black fruits and graphite. Firm but rich fruited and dense from the old vines.

2015 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Sleeper Pick** Owned by Bruno Borie. Plush, ripe, and polished with dark and spicy fruits. Delicious and will drink well early. A consistent favorite.

2015 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Classic, firm and intense with brooding dark fruits, brambly blackberry, coffee, and scorched earth. Excellent depth and old vine clarity. Solid.

2015 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Supremely elegant with dark red fruits, red currant, wild berry, mineral and perfume. Superb depth and purity, very fine and classy.

2015 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Savory with deep cherry, black currant and cassis with floral lift. This has an intense, polished and pliant mid-palate with iron minerality. My first and my last taste at the UGC St-Julien as this was a standout and tasted again at the Chateau with consistent notes.

2015 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Scorched dark fruits, deep with excellent flesh (30+ year old vines) and notes of blackberry coulis, mint, lavender, and earth. Medium bodied with a velvet finish. This is from a separate parcel and not the second wine of Leoville las Cases.

2015 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Scorched dark fruits, deep with excellent flesh (30+ year old vines) and notes of blackberry coulis, mint, lavender, and earth. Medium bodied with a velvet finish. This is from a separate parcel and not the second wine of Leoville las Cases.

2015 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Classically built claret in the finest way. Dark fruited and complex with scorched earth, anise, violet, cedar, smoke, and mineral. Iron fist in a velvet glove. Absolutely love it.

2015 Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Spicy and floral with an excellent core of black and blue fruits with great polish and very smooth tannins. This is the second wine for Ducru Beaucaillou but there is nothing second about it.

2015 Poujeaux, Moulis (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Very fresh on the nose with red and black berries, spice, and cinnamon. Great fruit, medium bodied, and with firm tannins that will develop well. A superb vintage for Poujeaux.
Top Value!

2015 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (6L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Inky color. Deep, pure, and large scaled with black and blue fruits, exotic spice, and a firm but unctuous mid-palate with smoky oak. Moderate plus body with a long and intense finish. One for the cellar and will reward the patient.

2015 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (3L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**Don’t Miss** Inky color. Deep, pure, and large scaled with black and blue fruits, exotic spice, and a firm but unctuous mid-palate with smoky oak. Moderate plus body with a long and intense finish. One for the cellar and will reward the patient.

2015 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Fine and elegant. The fruit is even and a straight lined beam of black cherry, plum, and mocha in a medium bodied and balanced frame. Good finish. I like the fruit and bit of tannic grip.

2015 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Fine and elegant. The fruit is even and a straight lined beam of black cherry, plum, and mocha in a medium bodied and balanced frame. Good finish. I like the fruit and bit of tannic grip.

2015 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-18-2016
**Don’t Miss** Inky color. Deep, pure, and large scaled with black and blue fruits, exotic spice, and a firm but unctuous mid-palate with smoky oak. Moderate plus body with a long and intense finish. One for the cellar and will reward the patient.

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