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2005 Fontenil, Fronsac

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the home estate of Dany and Michel Rolland, the 2005 Fontenil has an opaque, thick ruby/purple color. Dense plum, black cherry, blackberry and cassis fruit jump from the glass of this full-bodied, terrific Fronsac, which is one of the appellation’s stars of the vintage. Long, rich, young, and capable of lasting another 15-20 years, this is one of the candidates for Wine of the Vintage in Fronsac. This wine actually needs another several years of bottle age. (RP)" (6/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Round and fruity, with crushed black fruit and a hint of oaky vanilla. Full-bodi ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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RP 92 WS 91

2009 Grand Corbin Manuel, St-Emilion (1.5L) Top Pick!
2009 Grand Corbin Manuel, St-Emilion (1.5L)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "One of several châteaux in Saint-Émilion with the name Corbin attached, this is a finely made, ripe, dusty wine. It conveys a southern French feel with its rich fruitiness and powerful dry tannins. It has concentration and power, and will develop well over the medium-term. Drink from 2016." (6/2014) 90 points Wine Spectator: "This is on the tangy side, featuring a nice sanguine streak that runs through the blackberry and black cherry fruit. The fine-grained finish shows a roasted apple wood edge. Not big, but offers nice range and focus." (6/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Grand-Corbin-Manuel’s offering exhibi ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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WE 92 WS 90

2012 Barde-Haut, St-Émilion Top Pick!
2012 Barde-Haut, St-Émilion

92 points James Suckling: "A dense and polished red for the vintage with dried strawberry, raspberry and chocolate character. Full body, firm tannins and a pretty finish. Needs two or three years to soften slightly but already impressive." (1/2015) 92 points Vinous: "The 2012 Barde-Haut is dark, fleshy and voluptuous, with notable depth and resonance from the Merlot. Mocha, bittersweet chocolate, plums and spices all add nuance, but above all else, the 2012 is a wine of spherical texture and intensity. Give it a few years to fully unwind. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, aged in 300-lit ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2010 Gigault "Cuvée Viva" Premières, Côtes de Blaye

93 points James Suckling: "Nicely taut, with a mix of damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit racing along, carried by a bright iron note and picking up floral and bergamot notes on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2016." (2/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Nicely taut, with a mix of damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit racing along, carried by a bright iron note and picking up floral and bergamot notes on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2016." (3/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An impressively opulent wine for its price point, the 2010 exhibits notes of vanillin intermixed with spice box, licorice, Provencal ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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JS 93 WS 90

2010 Arnauton, Fronsac

91 points James Suckling: "A solid structure of blueberry, plum and spices. Full and chewy. Structured and dense. Needs another four or five years of bottle age." (3/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Lively, with a taut plum skin frame that eventually melds nicely into the core of raspberry, warm cherry compote and red currant fruit. Charcoal and chalk lend definition and length to the finish, which is well-packed, but racy overall. Drink now through 2020. (Web Only—2013)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Arnauton, a blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc that came in it at 14.75% natural alcohol, displays a deep ruby color and load ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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JS 91 WS 90

2005 Coufran, Haut-Médoc

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. If you're looking for great, ripe black currant fruits, this is where to come. The wine is full and hugely fruity, but it still manages a good Bordeaux sense of proportion." (6/2006) Jancis Robinson: "Smokiness dominates the nose at the moment but there’s still evidence of fresh and aromatic cassis underneath. Rich and yet juicy. A slightly leafy aftertaste may not to be everyone’s taste but it does finish fresh. (JH)" (12/2007) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Coufran is much more concentrated than normal, with a big, rich, black cherry, earthy, spicy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, with a ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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WE 91 - 93

2012 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. Full bodied and ripe, this wine is marked by smoky character, spiciness and full-throttle tannins. Blackberry fruits on the palate complement this serious structure. Obviously a long-term wine." (4/2013) 94 points James Suckling: "There is a purity and directness to this wine with blueberry, sliced-mushroom and floral character. Full body, firm tannins and a long and intense finish. Racy." (2/2015) 94 points Vinous: "The 2012 Pavie Macquin is pure elegance. Silky tannins and a supple, layered personality give the 2012 much of its inviting personality. With time in the glass, the 2012 turn ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood San Francisco


2012 Grand Corbin Manuel, St-Emilion

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A tiny estate of just over 20 acres on the St.-Emilion-Pomerol border, this 2012 is one of the strongest wines I have yet tasted from this producer. The color is opaque bluish/purple, and the wine offers up notes of blueberry, black raspberry, crushed rock and earth. Chewy, thick, juicy fruit and beautiful, with impressive length, this top-flight St.-Emilion is well under the radar and a major sleeper of the vintage. Drink it over the next 15+ years. It is 80% Merlot and the balance mostly Cabernet Franc. (RP)" (4/2015) Wine Spectator: "This offers a good, direct core of r ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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RP 90

2005 Haut-Brisson La Reserve, St-Emilion

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This well-run property of the Kwok family has produced some great wines in their short tenure as owners. The 2005 La Réserve is an open-knit, sexy, opulent style of wine. Very forward, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color and plenty of crème de cassis, kirsch, licorice and new saddle leather. Spicy and full-bodied, it is best drunk over the next 7-10 years. (RP)" (6/2015) K&L Notes: This wine has everything in perfect proportion. Tobacco, coffee, and toasty aromas. Extremely sweet on the palate. Ripe, soft tannins and plenty of acidity for cellaring. Lots of blackb... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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RP 93

2010 Fombrauge, St-Emilion

92 points James Suckling: "Soft red fruit and fresh coffee. Some chocolate and spice. Beautifully textured fruit on the palate with a bright acidity and velvety tannins. Very long and smooth finish. So enjoyable already. Best ever from here? Better in 2015." (2/2013) 92 points Wine Spectator: "This has a really nice graphite frame that drives the core of fig, plum and boysenberry fruit authoritatively, with dense ganache, espresso and tar on the finish. The grip is keeping things tight now, but this should meld in the cellar, as the underlying feel is energetic. Best from 2015 through 2025" (3/2013) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2012 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Benefiting from a larger percentage of Three Palms Vineyard fruit than ever before, this majority Merlot also holds Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The result is a density of rich, soft and spicy red fruit supported by structured tannins. This is ready for the table and a wide range of pairings." (12/2015) 90 points James Suckling: "A fresh style of Merlot with light chocolate and blueberry character. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Food matcher." (7/2015) K&L Notes: This Merlot-dominated blend reminds us why Duckhorn earned its reputation as one of Cal... Read More » 


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WE 91 JS 90

2013 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Vinous: "Shafer's 2013 Merlot is wonderfully fresh, brisk and nuanced. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and expressive spice notes are all pushed forward. This open-knit, fleshy Merlot should drink well for the next handful of years. Shafer is one of Napa Valley's best oiled machines. Year after year the wines deliver the goods in a rich, sumptuous style that defines the very essence of contemporary Napa Valley at its very best. The 2012s are terrific, but Shafer really shines in 2013 and 2014, two vintages in which the wines have a bit more energy and delineation t ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2009 Lestruelle, Médoc (1.5L) Top Pick!
2009 Lestruelle, Médoc (1.5L)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Nicely toasty, with vanilla and espresso notes up front, but the core of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit rushes in behind it, with a long, licorice-filled finish. Should settle in nicely. Stéphane Derenoncourt consulting here. Best from 2012 through 2017." (3/2012) Jancis Robinson: "Light crimson. Smells sweet and light. Very forward and rather soft but lots of fun. Fine tannins perceptible only on the very end of the palate." (4/2010) K&L Notes: You heard it from K&L's Clyde Beffa, Jr. (see below): "Buy cases of this." Here's an ultra-value, everyday Bordeaux that's got rea... Read More » 


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WS 90

2010 Bonalgue, Pomerol

93 points James Suckling: "Ripe fruity nose with plums, blueberries, tobacco and aniseed. Some vanilla, chocolate and leather. Pure fruit on the palate with medium-full body and good intensity. Velvety texture and outstanding length. Lots of new woods that need to integrate. Tannins still quite firm. Better after 2016." (2/2013) 89-92 points Wine Spectator: "*Barrel Tasting* Juicy, with a core of kirsch, plum and anise. The solid, toasty finish has a nice fleshy edge. (Web Only—2011)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A delicious wine from proprietors Pierre and Jean-Baptiste Bourotte, this frequent sleeper of the vintage is a blend of 95% Merlot ...Read More » 


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JS 93 WS 89 - 92

2009 de Fonbel, St-Emilion Top Pick!
2009 de Fonbel, St-Emilion

91 points James Suckling: "Intense aromas of blueberries and raspberries, with hints of citrus. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and firm. Best in 2018." (2/2012) 88-91 points Wine Spectator: "Pretty Cabernet Franc aromas of crushed berries and some milk chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins. Long sweet fruit on the finish. (Web-2010)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made by Ausone's perfectionist owner, Alain Vauthier, Fonbel is a sleeper of the vintage in 2009. Raspberry and black currant notes intermixed with incense, camphor and a note of crushed wet/rock steeliness offer up a complex s ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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JS 91 WS 88 - 91

2009 Chauvin, St-Emilion

91 points James Suckling: "Blackberries, with dried meats and flowers on the nose. Full body, with silky tannins and a long caressing finish. Very fine. Try in 2015." (2/2012) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A major sleeper of the vintage, this over-achieving St.-Emilion seems to come up big in many of the top vintages and needs more recognition from consumers. Loads of black currants, toasty oak and forest floor notes comprise this large-scaled, substantial wine. With its intense fruit, copius glycerin, and long, complete finish, this wine is successful now but should be better in 3-4 years and last for 15 or mor ...Read More » 


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JS 91 RP 91

1997 Pavie-Decesse, St-Emilion

90 points Wine Spectator: "Seriously good. Lots of blackberry, vanilla and tobacco character on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish of polished texture. Finely crafted wine. Best after 2000." (1/2000) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is the first vintage the vinification was controlled by Gerard Perse and his two consultants, Dr. Alain Raynaud and Michel Rolland. Dense ruby/purple-colored, with copious quantities of black raspberry and cherry fruit intermixed with spicy oak, this deep, rich, medium to full-bodied 1997 possesses sweet tannin, low acidity, excellent length, a ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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WS 90

2012 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

97 points James Suckling: "This continues to be a benchmark for Napa merlots for me with soft and velvety tannins, earth, mushroom and meat character. White truffle too. Unique nose. Full body and a juicy, long, long finish. Drink or hold." (7/2015) 93 points Wine Spectator: "An unapologetically plump and flamboyant style that offers pure pleasure. Blackberry and spicy toast aromas lead to rich, complex flavors of black cherry and mocha, with a hint of dry herb. The finish lasts forever. Drink now through 2020." (11/2014) 90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby. Slightly jammy aromas of dark berries, chocolate and graphite. Sweet, plush ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City


2012 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ml)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Benefiting from a larger percentage of Three Palms Vineyard fruit than ever before, this majority Merlot also holds Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The result is a density of rich, soft and spicy red fruit supported by structured tannins. This is ready for the table and a wide range of pairings." (12/2015) 90 points James Suckling: "A fresh style of merlot with light chocolate and blueberry character. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Food matcher. Drink now." (7/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and deeply structured, with bold blackberry and cedar aromas and fla ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco


2005 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion Top Pick!
2005 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 from Cheval Blanc is a quintessentially elegant, beautiful, deep bluish/ruby-colored wine from St.-Emilion, with raspberry, blueberry, and floral notes, impressive density, great precision, freshness and purity. Full-bodied, but extremely light on its feet, I don’t mean to gush, but it is super-intense, rich and just so meticulously crafted! This is another fabulous wine and a perfect expression for this vintage. It is difficult to forget the gorgeous blueberry and raspberry fruit, full body, sweet tannin, a multi-layered texture, and purity and ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City


2006 Robert Foley Napa Valley Merlot (Previously $40)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "From this wine's first nose of sweet cherries tinged with hints of blackberry, toasted toffee, caramel and dried spices to its full, supple mouthfeel and deep, compelling, layered flavors, this is first rate Merlot." (3/2009) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers ripe cherry and toasty sage aromas, with concentrated and complex flavors of dried plum and herb that finish with dusty, mineral-tinged tannins." (3/2009) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another fine effort is the medium-bodied, round, supple-textured, cleanly-made 2006 Merlot. Its dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by aromas of sweet black cherries, white c ...Read More » 


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CG 91 WS 91

2012 Duckhorn "Three Palms Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* From one of the best-known sites for the variety in the Napa Valley, this wine shows classic Merlot-structure, with an almost dusty quality to the well-integrated and resolved tannins. It discloses a density of red fruit that remains in balance with its more rugged minerality, remaining soft on the palate throughout. Drink now through 2025." (12/2015) K&L Notes: "Duckhorn's Three Palms bottling is one of the oldest and most consistent Merlot vineyard designations in California..." wine critic Steve Heimoff wrote in the Wine Enthusiast a few years b... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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WE 93

2012 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A cross-Napa Valley blend, the 2012 Merlot is their largest cuvée, and is composed of 85.2% Merlot blended with other Bordeaux varietals. Only 21% new oak is used, so the fruit component dominates. A dense plum/purple color is followed by notes of chocolate, berries, tobacco leaf, forest floor and mocha. (RP)" (10/2014) 90 points James Suckling: "A round and simple Merlot with plum, chocolate and olive character. Full to medium body, velvety tannins. Grows on you. Drink and enjoy." (7/2015) Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Nicely defined, black cherry fruit sits in the starring role here even if the wine i ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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RP 92 JS 90

2012 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Smooth and palate-coating, it’s 100% varietal, with just the right balance between blackberry and black cherry fruit, and barrel-induced flavors of toffee, toasted macadamia nuts, and café crème." (7/2014) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Polished and supple, with ripe flavors of red berry and dark cherry. Almost syrupy in intensity, this is balanced with mineral nuances and buffed to a sheen on the finish. Drink now through 2019." (11/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Pleasantly juicy, blackberry fruit. Slightly smoky on the finish. Well made, easy-going, liquorice and Worcestershire sauce on the fi ...Read More » 


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WE 91 WS 91

2012 Baer Winery "Star" Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice" Made with 75% Merlot with the rest Cabernet Franc, this wine commands attention with aromas of dried and fresh herbs, black fruit, toast and flowers. The dark fruit flavors are rich, layered and tightly coiled, captivating attention with spot-on balance." (11/2015) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "Dark fruited and vinous, with a plum-skin chewiness and plenty of ripeness, this mostly-merlot blend has light tannins and a Right Bank grace that feels elegant. Pour with braised beef." (10/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Builds good tension between the ripe cherry and savory herbal flavors, which are se ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco


2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

91-94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Barde-Haut boasts superb richness and overall intensity. Dark spices, crème de cassis, new leather, mint and licorice meld together in a dark, sumptuous St.-Emilion built on pure depth and resonance. Suave, polished tannins convey an overall impression of creaminess. This clay-rich terroir delivers considerable breath. This is a terrific showing from proprietor Hélène Garcin and consulting winemaker Alain Raynaud. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "This is very dense and intense with lots of extracted fruit that gives a lico ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


2012 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it transcends the vintage boasting a black/purple color along with sweet black raspberry and blueberry fruit notes intermixed with spring flowers, incense, new oak and lavender. Rich and intensely concentrated, this beauty should drink well for a decade or more." (4/2013) 91 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blueberries, minerals and stones follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a delicious finish already. I like the sweet fruit on the finish." (4/2013) 88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining inky purple. Strong, sexy oak not ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1997 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot Top Pick!
1997 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pahlmeyer's 1997 Merlot may be the finest Merlot ever produced in California. A profound blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers gorgeous smoky, black cherry liqueur aromas mixed with melted fudge. The wine is unctuously-textured, super-concentrated, low in acidity, rich, and multilayered. This is a spectacular, hedonistic effort to drink over the next 15-20 years." (12/2000) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, cassis, graphite, tar, minerals and toffee. Lush, superripe and very deep, with almost confectionary sweetne ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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RP 96 ST 93

2012 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot

92 points Vinous: "The 2012 Merlot Estate is an absolute joy to taste. Dark and sumptuous to the core, the 2012 boasts superb richness to match its open-knit, welcoming personality. Plum, black cherry, mocha, sweet herbs, cloves and violets are some of the notes that are laced into the voluptuous, racy finish. Expressive savory undertones are a reminder this is a mountain wine, but the raciness is pure 2012." (7/2015) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from 100% Merlot and checking in at 13.5% natural alcohol, the 2012 Merlot Estate sports an inky purple color to go with terrific notes of black cherries, ...Read More » 


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VN 92 RP 91

2012 Feytit-Clinet, Pomerol

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine has a beautiful, dense, opaque bluish/purple color, with loads of sweet fruit, no noticeable oak, earth, spice and a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. The finish is long, opulent and beautifully textured. This is stunning Pomerol in this vintage. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. There is also room for further improvement. The final blend was 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc with the alcohol 14.1% from tiny yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare. (RP)" (4/2015) 92 points James Suckling: "A silky and refined wine with superb balance and beauty for the vintage. Full-bodied, v ...Read More » 


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2005 Paloma Napa Valley Merlot

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Its aromas may be a touch slow to open, and, even with air, the wine shows a certain restraint to its impeccably focused themes of cherries, sweet herbs and creamy oak, but, once in the mouth, this solid, classically structured bottling shows its true self with deeply cast, well-fruited flavors and plenty of mass and bottom. It is extracted without being tough, and its youthful, tailored tannins never get in the way of its lingering fruit. Its impressions of proportion and careful balance guarantee more and better to come with age, and we would strongly ...Read More » 


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CG 95

2002 Etude Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(blended with a bit of petit verdot, malbec and cabernet franc) Good ruby-red. Cassis, black raspberry, licorice and menthol, with a floral lift from the cabernet franc. Sweet, concentrated and densely packed, with berry and licorice flavors complicated by some exotic spices. A big, chewy wine with firm tannic structure and very good grip. Tony Soter noted that his merlot bottling contains no cabernet sauvignon, and vice-versa." (5/2005) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Etude has fashioned a dense ruby-colored 2002 Merlot. It offers rich aromas of mocha-infused black cherries intermixed w ...Read More » 


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ST 91

2012 Keenan Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Good Merlot can often seem workmanlike, this one satisfied to hit fragrant notes of ripe cherries with clarity. It’s not pushed, and though there’s oak present in the tannins, it frames the fruit well." (6/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "Combining estate grapes with others from cooler Carneros, this wine offers a dried herb component and plenty of pencil and cedar. Tannic and oaky before airing, it’ll benefit from a decant." (9/2015)  


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W&S 91

2010 Fombrauge, St-Emilion (1.5L)

92 points James Suckling: "Soft red fruit and fresh coffee. Some chocolate and spice. Beautifully textured fruit on the palate with a bright acidity and velvety tannins. Very long and smooth finish. So enjoyable already. Best ever from here?" (2/2013) 92 points Wine Spectator: "This has a really nice graphite frame that drives the core of fig, plum and boysenberry fruit authoritatively, with dense ganache, espresso and tar on the finish. The grip is keeping things tight now, but this should meld in the cellar, as the underlying feel is energetic. Best from 2015 through 2025." (3/2013) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one of the better, ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2012 Frog's Leap Rutherford Merlot

92 points Wine & Spirits: "John Williams grows one of the most gracious merlots in Napa Valley, a succulent pleasure with plenty of flavor detail. It has the spiciness of smoked meats, cherry bark and fresh herbs. A supple, chocolaty red to serve with a beef filet." (2/2015) Vinous: "Frog's Leap's 2012 Merlot is a delicious, intriguing wine laced with an attractive combination of dark red cherry, plum, earthiness, tobacco and game. A distinctly savory wine, the Merlot offers lovely depth and complexity in a medium-bodied style that is ideal for near-term drinking. (Antonio Galloni)" (8/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "T ...Read More » 


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W&S 92

2000 Pavie Decesse, St-Emilion

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Gerard Perse's 2000 Pavie Decesse, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from a vineyard situated above Pavie, on the steep limestone hillsides outside the walled town of St.-Emilion, is a fabulous effort (all the Perse wines are stunning in this vintage). Notes of camphor, creme de cassis, violets, black currants, cedar, and licorice jump from the glass of this inky/purple-hued offering. Monumental richness, sensational sweet tannin, a skyscraper-like mid-palate, and a 45+-second finish result in an extraordinary wine that is just reaching its pl ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse San Francisco


2010 La Conseillante, Pomerol

98 points James Suckling: "Beautiful nose with cocoa powder, exotic flowers, candied violets and loads of dark berries. Great aromatic complexity. Amazing texture on palate with a superb precision and silky tannins. So beautifully composed showing already great harmony. Difficult to wait! Better in 2018." (2/2013) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A brilliant effort from this property, known for the sheer elegance and finesse of its wines, the 2010 La Conseillante offers back-to-back monumental efforts, particularly given the remarkable 2009. This estate has been on a hot streak of late. The 2010 is a slightly bigge ...Read More » 


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2012 L'Evangile, Pomerol (Previously $170.00)

93-94 points James Suckling: "Lots of mineral, black chocolate and crushed raspberry character. Full-bodied, yet tight and reserved with pretty mineral, chalk and light salty character that turns to spices and blackberries. Better in 2019 but already gorgeous. Always like this." (2/2015) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This dark ruby/plum Pomerol offers up sweet black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, velvety tannin, medium to full body, and a nice lushness and silkiness. A beauty with great fragrance and suppleness, it’s not enormously endowed, as a great vintage would be, but it is certainly an outstanding wine and a ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City


2013 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot New!
2013 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Merlot (15.2% alcohol, along the lines of 2012) has a vivid black cherry nose and blue fruits in the background. One can see the greatness of this vintage in its purity, inky/purple color and wonderful freshness aligned to great ripeness. Wow, this should turn out to be quite special. (RP)" (10/2014) 93 points Vinous: "The 2013 Merlot is dark, powerful and also quite tannic, all signatures of the vintage. Black cherry, mocha, graphite, plum, smoke, licorice and menthol are bold and intense in the glass, but the 2013 is only showing a hint of its potential. Far from ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

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RP 91 - 93 VN 93

2013 Barnett Spring Mountain District Merlot

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, the 2013 Merlot is a beauty. Rich, concentrated, fleshy and fat, this wine from their own vineyard displays plenty of berry fruit, judicious use of toasty oak and a long finish. This is sexy, plump and succulent. Drink it over the next decade or more. (RP)" (12/2015)  


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RP 92

1996 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Merlot (3,000 cases) is a worthy rival. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc tips the scales at a heady 14.6% alcohol. Could it be better than the 1997? The wine is opaque black/purple-colored, with a knock-out nose of plums, black cherries, chocolate, raspberries, licorice, and toasty new oak. Viscous in the mouth, with superb purity, this is a riveting, mind-boggling Merlot that sets a new reference point for this varietal in California. It can be drunk now, but has the potential to last for 15 or more ...Read More » 


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2012 K Vintners "Northridge Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Merlot

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 100% Merlot that saw 60% new French oak, the 2012 Merlot Northridge Vineyard is a plump, rounded, sexy Merlot that's loaded with notions of blueberry, violets, plums and graphite. It's hard to resist, and I see no reason to delay gratification either. As usual, this was a massive lineup by Washington's wild man, Charles Smith. Despite the larger-than-life persona, these wines are dead serious and are always some of the best I'm able to taste from the state. All of the Rhone varieties see 100% whole cluster, native fermentations and aging in m ...Read More » 


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RP 94

2009 Grand Corbin Manuel, St-Émilion (3L)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "One of several châteaux in Saint-Émilion with the name Corbin attached, this is a finely made, ripe, dusty wine. It conveys a southern French feel with its rich fruitiness and powerful dry tannins. It has concentration and power, and will develop well over the medium-term." (6/2014) 90 points Wine Spectator: "This is on the tangy side, featuring a nice sanguine streak that runs through the blackberry and black cherry fruit. The fine-grained finish shows a roasted apple wood edge. Not big, but offers nice range and focus." (6/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Grand-Corbin-Manuel’s offering exhibits sandy, loamy s ...Read More » 


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WE 92 WS 90

2000 La Conseillante, Pomerol

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "La Conseillante made an excellent wine in 2001, another great one in 2005, and the estate hit home runs in both 2008 and, above all, in 2009. In fact, the latter vintage may well end up being the modern-day reference point for La Conseillante. Nevertheless, there’s a lot to be said for this 2000. An elegant, gentle style that is never a blockbuster, the 2000 La Conseillante has a deep ruby/plum/purple color and an unbelievably expressive nose of sweet kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries, incense, toast, and licorice. Full-bodied yet ethereal in th ...Read More » 


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2002 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Wine Spectator: "Dark-colored, rich and chocolaty, with tightly wound layers of currant, blackberry, mocha and spice, ending with chewy tannins and cedary oak. This is a pumped-up Merlot with lots of richness, depth and concentration." (9/2005) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dense plum/ruby/purple-hued 2002 Merlot offers a smoky, earthy bouquet revealing notions of chocolate and ripe blackberries. Medium to full-bodied, chunky, and tasty. (RP)" (2/2005) K&L Notes: Scarcely 200 cases of this 2002 Merlot were produced from a very low-yielding block on Pritchard Hill. Loaded with ripe plum, clove, and sweet oak-spi... Read More » 


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WS 92

1990 La Conseillante, Pomerol

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This deep ruby/garnet-hued 1990 reveals considerable amber at the edge as well as a knock-out bouquet of cedar, kirsch, licorice, roasted herbs, and spice box. An exuberant, atypically flamboyant effort, it possesses supple texture, medium to full body, sweet fruit, plenty of glycerin, and attractive melted tannin. This wine has been delicious since birth, but additional nuances continue to develop in the bottle. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)" (6/2009) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A bit funky but delicious now. Medium-red color with an amber edge. Aromas of ripe berries, earth a ...Read More » 


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RP 97 WS 90

2011 San Giusto a Rentennano "La Ricolma" Toscana

95 points Vinous: "Another gorgeous wine, the 2011 La Ricolma wraps around the palate with fabulous depth and richness. Dark red and black-toned fruit, cloves, menthol, spices and licorice meld together in a supple, radiant wine endowed with notable depth and nuance. Lavender, jasmine and a host of floral notes add gorgeous perfume on the finish. Of all the San Giusto wines, Ricolma seems to get the least attention, but it can be superb, as it is again in 2011." (9/2014) 94 points Wine Spectator: "A cool reserve lends a fresh feel to the pure cherry and blackberry flavors in this dense red. Taut, focu ...Read More » 


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1995 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that Pahlmeyer's Merlot is now the finest being produced in California. One might quibble over other styles of Merlot, but no producer achieves more complexity, flavor, and thrills per sip than Pahlmeyer. The 1995 Merlot is an awesomely-endowed, full-bodied, pedal to the metal style of Merlot with great richness in addition to a knock-out nose of blackberry, raspberry, mocha, and smoky aromas that soar from the glass. The wine has a sweet attack (from its formidable glycerin and extract level, not sugar), ful ...Read More » 


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RP 94 WS 90


2012 Arietta "Hudson Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

95 points Vinous: "Arietta's 2012 Merlot emerges from the oldest vines on Lee Hudson's vineyard in Carneros. A dark, super-expressive wine, the Merlot is endowed with serious depth, power and structure. Brambly red fruit, smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs emerge from a surprisingly big, structured wine that should drink well for many, many years. This is the finest and most complete set of wines I can remember tasting from Arietta. Proprietor Fritz Hatton and winemaker Andy Erickson seem to have reached a new level of quality with the 2012s and 2013s, both of which are bri ...Read More » 


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