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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.


Reviews

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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 6-pack in OWC
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
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 (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-13-2016
**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.

2009 Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 06-30-2016
The 2009 Poujeaux continues to impress every time I taste it whether at Bordeaux tastings or when dining with friends and family. The 2009 is a classic. The 2009 Poujeaux has stunning fruit and texture yet is finely detailed, elegant, and incredibly balanced. This drinks beautifully now and will lay down effortlessly for decades. Chateau Poujeaux was purchased in 2008 by Philippe Cuvelier, who also owns Clos Fourtet. Chateau Poujeaux is one of Bordeaux’s finest values and the 2009 is a total sleeper! Buy this by the case and don’t miss the Magnums.
Top Value!

2015 l'Evangile, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-15-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Exotic, black fruits with truffle and mineral, beautifully layered then opening on the palate with an amazing core of dense, sweet fruit and flesh. The supreme mouthfeel and minute long finish are absolutely incredible. Tasted en primeur, the team was in awe as the finish just kept going. Stunning.

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 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 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 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 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 (1.5L)
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 La Dame de Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Excellent fruit and mid-palate, Cabernet shines, open and very approachable. A great 2nd wine.

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 Cos d'Estournel Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Yes, Cos makes an excellent Bordeaux Blanc (since 2005) which is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon barrel fermented in 15% new oak. Smokey and exotic, bright and tropical with gooseberry, citrus, pomelo, and crystalline minerality. We won’t get much but we secured what we could on the spot.

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 Gloria, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Black fruits, earth, and wild berries. Good palate, rich, balanced and fresh.

2015 Beychevelle, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Elegant, red fruits with a very pretty nose of wild berries and flowers. Medium bodied with integrated but firm tannins.

2015 Beychevelle, St-Julien (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Elegant, red fruits with a very pretty nose of wild berries and flowers. Medium bodied with integrated but firm tannins.

2015 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Very Gruaud-Larose nose with herbs, tea, and cigar. Red fruited with good detail and moderate tannins.

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 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-19-2016
**One of the wines of the vintage** Intense core of Cabernet fruit all wrapped with poised structure and tension. Very fresh, pure, and deep with cassis, black currant, graphite, and spice. Outstanding.

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 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (6L)
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Deep robe. Black currant, violet, cassis, earth, and mineral on the nose. Seamless and plush on the palate with excellent density of fruit. Finishes full, long, and elegant. Impressive.
Top Value!

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.

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