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2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 06-14-2018
We decanted for about four hours, but even the first pour on opening had a "wow" factor. Very pure deep red fruit lines impressive aromatics that give way to a touch of sage and smokiness. Pure silk on the palate, there are waves of very bright black fruit propped by impressive acidity. The balance is also impressive - this is no heavyweight, instead it strikes a great balance of energy and tension to support the depth of flavor and a very impressive, lingering finish. Extremely polished, this will be very hard to resist opening even at this age, but it will most likely be a 15-20 year wine all the same. Northern Rhone collectors shouldn't miss this, but anybody who is curious about what a banner vintage brings to this region should give it a go.

2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 06-14-2018
We decanted for about four hours, but even the first pour on opening had a "wow" factor. Very pure deep red fruit lines impressive aromatics that give way to a touch of sage and smokiness. Pure silk on the palate, there are waves of very bright black fruit propped by impressive acidity. The balance is also impressive - this is no heavyweight, instead it strikes a great balance of energy and tension to support the depth of flavor and a very impressive, lingering finish. Extremely polished, this will be very hard to resist opening even at this age, but it will most likely be a 15-20 year wine all the same. Northern Rhone collectors shouldn't miss this, but anybody who is curious about what a banner vintage brings to this region should give it a go.

2017 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-12-2018
2017 Mouton was a very strong showing among the First Growths. The aromatics are heavenly, highlighted by graphite and red/black berry fruit. Plum, fine chocolate, currant, and wild red cherry line the extremely silky palate. It shows the accessible character of the vintage while remaining cool and bright throughout. Very compelling, it is one worth following through release and should be among the best of the vintage in due time. Drink 2022 to 2037.

2017 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-07-2018
Another superb vintage from the treasured terroir of Clos Fourtet. It is a property that has wavered on the modern side of the spectrum in the past decade but is finding a terrific sweet spot these days with a more balanced, vineyard-first approach. Terrific aromatics lead to a refined, red-and-black fruited palate with hints of dark chocolate and baking spices. The purity here is impressive and given time it will be a wine of terrific pedigree.

2015 Scattered Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Review Date: 06-07-2018
This 2015 starts off with dense but very expressive aromatics of deep red/black fruit, forest floor, and vanilla. The palate is layered with brighter red fruit (plum, cherry) and fine grain, mouthcoating tannins. Although the aromatics imply a pretty imposing red, there is a freshness on the palate that highlights a level of refinement. Good balanced Napa Cabernet, and very compelling for the price. With its recent press, this is not long for the shelves.
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2010 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-05-2018
The last time I tasted this wine was on release in 2013 - a wine full of depth and terrific potential, but massive and structured like many a great 2010. Now, five years on, it is starting to unfurl into something terrific. On the nose there is some secondary notes underneath layers of deep red and black fruit, baking spices, vanilla, and graphite. The palate shows more primary notes of pure black fruit, super-fine tannin, and a wonderfully long finish. It reminded me a bit of their 2000 and could easily resemble it in the next 10-15 years, perhaps with a bit more purity and focus.

2015 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 06-05-2018
There is a great perfume here, with deep red fruit and a spiciness that could put it in the Côte de Nuits. The palate is almost effortless with great purity, bright acid, crunchy red fruit, and impressive depth. It lingers with notes of baking spices and stays light on its feet through a compelling finish. If I had the patience, I would watch this evolve over the next five to ten years. But as good as it is now, and at this price, it's going to be difficult to resist. Another superb effort from the folks at Mount Edward.

2016 Martin Ray Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-01-2018
Refined, complex, and rewarding Pinot Noir is something we always search for, and when it comes in at under $20 it quickly becomes one of our most popular wines. This has all the signs of being that best-selling gem of 2018. Expressive aromatics of red flowers, currant, mint, and bing cherry lead to a luxuriously textured palate full of bright red fruit. The finish lingers, carrying on for a good thirty seconds. Splendid by itself, there's enough spice, grip, and acidity that it will pair beautifully with a variety of meals. Enjoy anytime over the next five-plus years, but don't miss out on it while it's still available.
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2015 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-01-2018
Coming from the eight-acre, north-facing plot of the Diamond Creek Estate, 2015 Volcanic Hill is deeply aromatic with perfumed floral notes and dark red fruits. On the palate it shows great purity with raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, and baking spices. Bright acidity carries a long and vibrant finish in this complex and lasting wine.
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2015 Diamond Creek "Red Rock Terrace" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-01-2018
2015 Red Rock Terrace leads with aromas that alternate between deep cassis and a gravelly minterality that highlights the terraced terroir on the slope abutting the winery. There is bold red and black fruit that fills the mid-palate, and a dynamic finish that introduces nuances of leather and vanilla. Compact, it shows all the promise of a great evolution. Drink 2023 to 2040.
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2015 Diamond Creek "Gravelly Meadow" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-01-2018
Remarkably concentrated, the 2015 Gravelly Meadow is a wine that leaves you imagining what it will have in store over the years. It is layered with deep blue and pure black fruit. Dense and layered, there is good acid to lift the flavors that lead to a lengthy, persistent finish with fine grain oak and fruit tannin. Patience will certainly be required here, but those who take the time to follow it will find a stunning example of the modern era at Diamond Creek. Drink 2023 to 2040.
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2014 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 06-01-2018
When tasting at Colgin, our host Paul Roberts said of the 2014 vintage "in a perfect world, this is what we'd do every year." Two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, the balance is a good portion of Cab Franc (16%) and Merlot (12%), with the remainder Petit Verdot. It is one of the more aromatically striking examples we experienced on a trip of some of Napa's finest estates, with deep red and black fruit, sage, and thyme. The IX Estate gives you the impression it is going to be a big wine, but then it is cool, composed, and relatively elegant on the palate with a remarkable minerality and superb texture. Mouth coating fine tannin carries flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and forest floor. Endlessly complex and regal, it is a remarkable wine that could easily cellar centerpiece while aging gracefully for two decades or more.

2017 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-30-2018
A slightly reticent nose gives way to a palate chalk full of dark chocolate, vanilla, and blackberry. The wine is remarkably textured, and continues to show nuance throughout with pine, french oak, and pure red fruit. Mouthwatering acid keeps it lifted and adds length. It is a structured Montrose and a strong showing for the vintage. Montrose continues on a qualitative roll that is the envy of many in Bordeaux and beyond. Drink 2025 to 2035.

2017 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-30-2018
This was a consensus success for our team at En Primeur and we were fortunate enough to be able to taste it multiple times. For a vintage that saw a lot of easygoing and accessible wines, Leoville Barton showed its usual grip and structure. Complex aromas of black cherry and vanilla lead to a signature bright red fruit core and fine grain tannins. Great for the vintage and a wine that will need time. A high percentage of Cabernet (93%) this vintage. Drink 2025 through 2035.

2010 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-30-2018
Tasted at the property. This is one of the first great wines that exemplifies the fruition of Opus One's new generation let by Michael Silacci. He took over in 2001 and it takes years for such a large-scale improvement to take root, but the proof looms large in the splendid 2010. Bright, fresh, and clean, its deep aromatics scream high quality Napa cab. Very young even at age eight, the palate is filled with bright red fruit, balanced acidity, and a very impressive textural refinement. It is a well-proportioned, restrained wine that made the most of a cool growing season. This will certainly be a classic for them over the years and is a great reference-point wine for the new generation at Opus. Although hard to resist, another few years in the cellar will help and it will easily go twenty years from here.

2007 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-30-2018
Tasted at the property. From the infamous 2007 growing season in Napa, it is a poster child for a rich, modern vintage and also a fine Opus that highlights the property in the middle of their qualitative rise that took them through the decade. In an ideal drinking window, the 2007 shows plenty of ripeness, a nuanced secondary earthiness, and lush fruit. It is aromatically complex and loaded with dried cherry, good acid, and a layered finish. If you're looking for something that encapsulates 2007 Napa and a bottle that you can open now, this Opus fits that bill.

2017 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-29-2018
Another solid Lynch Bages from an estate that seems to go from one strength to another. Graphite, pine, and blackberry lead very fine aromas that precede flavors of bright black fruit, integrated tannin, and a general easy-going profile. Very accessible for such a young Lynch Bages, well made for the vintage, and one to enjoy while waiting for the 2016 (or even 2010) to come around. Drink 2021 to 2031.

2010 Calera "de Villiers" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-25-2018
I remember purchasing this gem on release thinking that I would give it the patience it deserves...and then I drank all of them in their youth. This bottle makes me wish I had waited! Beautiful aromatics lead with ripe strawberry and forest floor. On the palate it combines bright acidity, cranberry, and vanilla with a superb elegance, fine tannins, and great detail. There is a reason that Calera is a benchmark property for ageworthy Pinot, and it is clearly exhibited in this 2010 De Villiers.

2013 Giovanni Manzone "Castelletto" Barolo
Review Date: 05-15-2018
Always a great value, Manzone's Castelletto is another winner in 2013. Nice floral notes combine with leather and black cherry aromas. As is a signature with these wines, the texture is splendid and seamless. There is more juicy red fruit on the mid-palate than you see with the more compact, layered Bricat. It is mouthfilling and mouthwatering at the same time with chewy tannins and terrific persistence. This will be a more immediate wine of the releases from Mazone, but strong for it all the same. Decant for a few hours if you're in to younger Barolo, or cellar for a few years and enjoy over the following decade.
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2013 Giovanni Manzone "Bricat" Barolo
Review Date: 05-15-2018
Manzone is always on my radar for collectible Barolo that won't break the bank, and their 2013s are in a real sweetspot. Rose, lavender, bright strawberry, and french vanilla lead a subtle but enticing aromas. On the palate the Bricat is incredibly silky and seamless with great extract. Deep red cherry builds with a bright acidity that carries the finish. The tannins are gentle and a mix between oak and fruit. Very compelling, this will be one to either give a healthy decant or squirrel away for a few years. It does have the stuffing to evolve into something very rewarding, but that's probably about five to seven years out.

2016 Halcón "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands Syrah
Review Date: 05-15-2018
We've been big fans of Paul Gordon and Scott Shapley for a while now, and the last few vintages of their Alturas Syrah have been nothing short of thrilling. Now professional reviewers Jeb Dunnuck and William Kelley are singing their praise with every new publication, including endless comparisons to Northern Rhone all-stars. These wines are not long for this kind of ridiculously low price. Aromatics include deep blackberry, black pepper, and braising herbs. The palate is pure and focused with cool dark red and black fruits, cured meats, and a spicy finish. Texturally pure and balanced, it has a very unique old-world reserve and will be fascinating to visit over the upcoming years. If you can resist, hold for a few years and drink for the following fifteen.

2016 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas
Review Date: 05-14-2018
What a stunner. The 2015 stood out for our team as a truly special wine - balanced, bright, and elegant while carrying the concentration of the vintage with pure class. The 2016 has another dimension - deeper fruit and more structure, but not so intimidating that it's not ready to go now with a healthy decant. Waves of deep red fruit and garrigue marry perfectly with a chalky minerality, bright acidity, fine grain tannins, and a resilient and long finish. If this is a sign of things to come for 2016 Southern Rhone, we're in for some special wines. This, however, might be one of the biggest overachievers of the vintage - one that any old school or new wave Grenache/CdP lover should load up on while available. Enjoy now with some air, or check in anytime over the next ten to fifteen years.

2014 Larkmead "Dr. Olmo" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-11-2018
The second of two "black label" releases tasted at the estate. Lifted blue and black fruit aromas create compelling aromas and lead to a palate that not only reflects that fruit, but shows off a leather, gravel and graphite component. It is certainly compact but has soft, integrated, sweet tannins alongside a layered texture. For those who love structured, ageworthy wines of this profile, it will be hard to do much better. Another stunner from the high-end wines of Larkmead in 2014. Drink 2022 to 2040.

2014 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-11-2018
One of two "black label" bottlings tasted at the estate, Solari is massively compelling in 2014 and exemplifies how the vintage can be truly special. It is focused, elegant, and clean with a melange of black and red fruit. With good acid, purity, and depth, it coats the mouth with super-fine tannin. Incredibly detailed and mouthcoating. It is hard to resist now, but give it a long decant or a few years in a cool cellar and then enjoy for the next 10-20 years. Terrific.

2014 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Bright red fruit lines complex and intriguing aromatics on Dunn's flagship 2014 Howell Mountain. It is extremely silky on the palate with focused acidity, and compelling bright but textured plum, cherry, and currant. Like the Napa, it is very elegant and accessible, but there is an elevated depth, density, and refinement that shows through on this bottling. Another great collectible in the classic, old-school mold, try to wait a few years before opening and enjoy over the following fifteen years.

2014 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Dunn Napa is around half Coombsville and half Howell Mountain estate fruit. It is a stunningly approachable vintage for the Dunn family, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty in reserve. Subtle cassis leads a compact palate that leads to plum, black cherry, and red cherry skins. Clean and approachable, it is a charming vintage of Dunn Napa and one that will be fascinating to follow over the years to come. That said, if you were to pull the cork right now it wouldn't disappoint.
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2015 Eisele Vineyards "Altagracia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Eisele is one of Napa's most intriguing properties, with an illustrious history and a truly unique take on one of the region's most cherished vineyards. Recently purchased by the team at Latour, they have come to adore the land from which they craft two Cab-based reds. Altagracia is mostly produced from three specific vineyard blocks that lend towards a brighter, more approachable style. The wine is full of bright red fruit and is extremely elegant. It is a wine of restraint that many talk about but few can produce. It is not lacking for that, but just unique. With sweet red currant, light milk chocolate notes, mouthwatering acidity, and soft fine-grain tannins, Altagracia will be intriguing to follow over the years to see the heights that this team can reach. Surely a different style in a land where extraction and volume are usually the norm. Decant now, or hold for another five years to see what it really has in store.
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JS 95 RP 94

2015 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 6-Pack in OWC
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Tasted at the property after a three hour decant. As usual, it is much more brooding and compact than the Napanook next to it. It makes Dominus more challenging, but all the better for it. Gentle aromas of black/blue fruit and tobacco lead to a cool, poised, and polished palate filled with deep red fruit (plum, cherry, currant) and balanced acidity. This incredibly dynamic wine is crafted with only 40% new oak and shows none of it. It keeps providing nuance and layers as it opens up in the glass. Although it is not as dense as the '13 or open as the '12, it should be in the conversation among those greats as a wonderful Dominus of the highest regard - different for sure, but all the more interesting for it.
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RP 100 VN 97

2015 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Tasted at the property after a three hour decant. As usual, it is much more brooding and compact than the Napanook next to it. It makes Dominus more challenging, but all the better for it. Gentle aromas of black/blue fruit and tobacco lead to a cool, poised, and polished palate filled with deep red fruit (plum, cherry, currant) and balanced acidity. This incredibly dynamic wine is crafted with only 40% new oak and shows none of it. It keeps providing nuance and layers as it opens up in the glass. Although it is not as dense as the '13 or open as the '12, it should be in the conversation among those greats as a wonderful Dominus of the highest regard - different for sure, but all the more interesting for it.
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RP 100 VN 97

2015 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Tasted at the property after a three hour decant. As usual, it is much more brooding and compact than the Napanook next to it. It makes Dominus more challenging, but all the better for it. Gentle aromas of black/blue fruit and tobacco lead to a cool, poised, and polished palate filled with deep red fruit (plum, cherry, currant) and balanced acidity. This incredibly dynamic wine is crafted with only 40% new oak and shows none of it. It keeps providing nuance and layers as it opens up in the glass. Although it is not as dense as the '13 or open as the '12, it should be in the conversation among those greats as a wonderful Dominus of the highest regard - different for sure, but all the more interesting for it.
Price: $299.00 Add To Cart
RP 100 VN 97

2015 Smith Story "Pickberry Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-04-2018
What a brilliant wine. Although Smith Story has set the stage with some groundbreaking Pinot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, their Cabernet in 2015 steals the show. Gorgeous deep red fruit is carried by brilliant acidity, but it is also lifted by a beautiful texture. With a phenomenal sense of place, the structure to age, depth and detail, it is the kind of wine that everybody searches for at this price-point but rarely finds. Smith Story is one of those need-to-know, up-and-coming wineries in California - make sure to grab a few bottles where you can before they're on everybody's radar.
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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-25-2018
A quick check in on a living legend a week ago - there's still no doubt that 2009 Pontet-Canet is a special, reference-point wine in Bordeaux. Among a table of some of the most seasoned professionals, negociants, and winemakers, the bottle we had was emptied very quickly. Deep and brooding still at this young age, it is loaded with copious red/black fruits, extremely fine grain tannin, and a finish that easily passes a minute. Certainly a rival for the First Growths in a vintage like 2009, it will continue to be a wine that is a must-have for any collector for a few decades to come.

2017 Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 04-23-2018
Palmer is very intriguing in 2017. It is one of those properties that tends to thrive in challenging vintages and Margaux had its fair share of challenges. There was a buzz around the wine from folks who tasted it though. Perfumed and smoky aromatics leads to a bright, clean palate with good depth, juicy red/blue fruit, slightly grainy tannins, and an easygoing finish. There was an approachable nature to it that seems to indicate it will be an accessible vintage. It will be compelling to follow on release to see if it adds some depth and layers. Drink 2023-2034.

2017 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-20-2018
The secret is already out at Tour St Christophe - what they deliver for the price is simply stunning. Such is the case in 2017. Loaded with blackberry, graphite, and dark plum, it is seamless and impressively integrated for such a young sample. With juicy acid and a slightly oaky finish, it shows a class and pedigree that will leave many in St Emilion envious. This will be nearly impossible to resist on release but will reward for years to come and be fascinating to compare with the terrific 2014, 2015, and 2016. Drink 2021 to 2032.

2017 Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 04-20-2018
While some in Pessac struggled in 2017, Smith Haut Lafitte is a triumph in the vintage. Good aromatics of blue and black fruit echo on the palate alongside some french vanilla and a stony minerality. Bright, clean, and deep on the palate, there is mouthcoating, vibrant fruit and slightly drying wood tannin. It has a presence, midpalate, and richness that wasn't found in many of its neighbors. This will be one to follow for the modern-leaning crowd and a relatively accessible example of the vintage. Drink 2022 to 2034.

2017 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-20-2018
An all-star like always, Pontet-Canet is a breath of fresh air in 2017 Bordeaux from an estate that can seemingly do no wrong these days. Pure aromas of black and blue fruit lead to an extremely polished palate full of vanilla, cassis, black cherry, barrel char, and vanilla. There's tons of depth and complexity here but enough acid to carry everything through. Chewy, mouthfilling, and modern - those who have enjoyed Pontet-Canet in their modern years will find a lot to like here. Drink 2022 through 2038.

2017 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-20-2018
There is no shortage of fans of Pichon Lalande at K&L, and it is wines like the terrific 2017 that show why. There are no qualms calling this one of the wines of the vintage. The aromas are complex with wood, pine, and wild cherry. There is tons of red plum and spice on a dense, compact, dense, and linear palate. It is layered in way that shows immense potential and pedigree, and both samples tasted showed the same upside. Superb. Drink 2025 to 2040+.

2017 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-20-2018
One of the great wines of 2017 Bordeaux without a doubt - something that was shared by our team when tasting it on two different occasions. Cool, pure red fruit comes in waves as it continues to build on the palate. There is a mineral/limestone note that keeps a sense of place and resonates with the classic Bordeaux lovers in the room. Great layers and detail is seen through persistent fine grain tannins. This is not a push-it-to-the-limits style, but instead a well-judged, balanced wine. Terrific focus and depth. Drink 2023 to 2038.

2017 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 04-20-2018
Malescot is great again in 2017 - one of the true gems in Margaux and spectacular in a vintage where their neighbors struggled. Production is down a third from the previous vintage. Warm, inciting aromatics of licorice and dark red/black fruit lead a palate that is full of blackberry, vanilla, and cassis. Terrific concentration, plenty of new oak, bright acidity, and structure to tie it all together. The soft-spoken Jean Luc Zuger knew he had a winner here and the wine spoke for itself. Well done. Drink 2023 to 2038.

2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 04-20-2018
Pessac 2017s that had a good chunk of Cab Franc tended to shine in early tastings where others struggled - such was the case for Carmes Haut Brion (41% this vintage). The aroma is pure cassis where the palate is clean, elegant, and packed with red fruit (strawberry, cherry), tobacco, and very fine tannins. One of those under-the-radar properties that took a big turn for the better in 2014, the 2017 caps off a string of four very fine vintages for Carmes. Drink 2021 to 2032.

2017 Larcis Ducasse, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-20-2018
Slightly dialed back from previous years, there is still great character and depth at Larcis Ducasse in 2017. Impressive aromatics are highlighted with deep red fruit, nutmeg, and blood orange. On the palate there is a core of red fruit, a savory note, and a cool elegance that carries if deftly. Focused, persistent, with easy fine-grain tannin - it is very accessible already and will charm collectors for a decade after release with ease. Drink 2022 - 2032.

2017 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 04-20-2018
A property that has taken Margaux by storm over the past half-decade, the grand vin will continue to challenge the status quo in 2017. There is an oakiness on the nose, but it melds with the palate in good time, showing great vibrancy and depth, dark red fruits, impressive intensity, and a chalky minerality. Certainly on the modern side, but well-judged at that for the vintage. Tasted twice, both with encouraging results. Snap this up early and follow for a decade-plus.

2017 Figeac, St-Émilion
Review Date: 04-20-2018
Figeac is a on a qualitative roll that puts it among the finest in Bordeaux on any given modern vintage, and 2017 is no different. Production will be down about half, one of the most significant numbers we heard from any major property. There is an incredible purity here that is supported by bright and resounding blue and black fruit, terrific texture, and vibrant detail. One of the most dynamic and complex wines of the vintage, it will be one to grab early on and follow for 10-20 years. Congrats to Figeac on another winner.

2017 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-20-2018
We were treated to a stunning sample of Duhart at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. It was one of those moments that everyone looked around the table to make sure we had the right glass. It reached an aromatic complexity that was rare in 2017, with aromas of wild black fruit, a touch of vanilla, and sage. Silky, balanced, and clean on the palate there was amble sweet plum, black currant, and blue fruit. Good acid and well-judged tannin completed an impressive finish. Time will tell if this continues to be as dynamic as our one sample, but it is one to keep an eye on. Drink on release and for the following fifteen years.

2017 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 04-20-2018
With the signature textural refinement of the estate, 2017 Domaine de Chevalier shows a real charming profile in the vintage. Juicy, round, and showing impressive depth for the vintage, it has notes of milk chocolate, round red fruit, good detail, and well integrated tannin. Not a blockbuster, but the go-to quality that you'd expect from DDC over these past years. Drink 2021 to 2031.

2017 Canon, St-Émilion
Review Date: 04-20-2018
Canon 2017 will live in the shadows of an epic 2015 and 2016, but it has potential all the same to turn into something very rewarding in time. A bit reticent at this early stage, it still showed great refinement with a seamless texture, bright red fruit, and a good persistence. While some St Emilions used wood to mask anything missing, there is good purity and transparency in 2017 Canon. Less dense than its predecessors, it should be accessible relatively early and drink for the following decade without issue. Drink 2021-2032.

2017 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 04-20-2018
On a run of late, 2017 Calon Segur was very compelling on both occasions tasted. Reticent aromas of graphite, soil, and dark fruit lead to bright red cherry, fine grain tannin. Great structure, focus, and purity of fruit lead to a balanced St Estephe that is more and more competing with Montrose and Cos for the title of top of the region. This 2017 handled the vintage's challenges deftly. Drink 2022-2035.

2014 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 03-28-2018
What a brilliant wine! Leeuwin once again makes the case that world class Chardonnay doesn't have to come from Burgundy or California. Beautifully bright aromatics lead to a perfectly balanced palate full of ripe pear, meyer lemon, and just a hint of nuttiness. The absolutely seamless texture steals the show, and lively acidity lends tension and length to this year's Art Series. Without a doubt, this is Grand Cru caliber at an affordable price. Wonderfully accessible now, it will also be one that those with more patience can enjoy for another decade-plus at the very least.

2015 Fèlsina Chianti Classico
Review Date: 02-27-2018
If you're looking for quality that outperforms a price-point, just look for Felsina on the label (especially for a vintage like 2015). Another homerun in the Tuscan value category, this Chianti Classico shows a classic Chianti character while borrowing from the robust nature of the vintage, adding a beautiful brightness and refinement. It is first a food wine with focus, acidity and tannin. It does have enough fruit, however, that it can stand on its own if need be. It'll be hard to keep your hands off now since it can drink effortlessly with a quick decant, but it'll be fun to follow for the next 5-10 years for those with a bit more patience. Either way, another superb vintage for Felsina's flagship Chianti Classico.

2013 Bodegas Aleanna "Gran Enemigo" Cabernet Franc Gualtallary Argentina
Review Date: 02-23-2018
The last vintage of this sold in a flash due to Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate) comparing it to Lafleur in his lofty 98+ point review. Although I didn't get a chance to try that one, tasting the 2013 it became incredibly apparent why. It is an incredibly seamless, elegant, compact Cab Franc that will age beautifully for years. It is also one of those wines that will be fascinating to follow as it develops and I find myself hoping for that opportunity. One of the most refined Argentinian wines I've ever tried, it also shocked and impressed some of the most devoted Old World wine lovers here at K&L. This is one that should be on any collector's radar for sure.

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