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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Done in a more oxidized style, this wine shows marzipan, dried apricot, browned butter, dried pineapple and a gunmetal flint character on the nose. The palate is very focused, with flavors of preserved lemon, lime rind, sage-roasted chicken and a faint minty element. (MK)" (11/2015) Wine Spectator: "Trim and leesy, with enough richness and intensity midpalate on to sustain itself, showing a creamy touch to the fig, apricot and green apple flavors. (JL)" (7/2014)
96 points Wine Enthusiast: "An offering meant to toast all manner of celebrations, this wine wows, blending 78% Pinot Noir with 22% Chardonnay in a near-perfect union. Dry and beautifully floral, it opens in a bouquet of marzipan, peach and honey. The mousse is fine, while supporting acidity lends a lemon peel and grapefruit lift. The memory imprinted on the palate will linger long after all the toasts to the happy couple (or whatever else you're celebrating) have been made. (VB)" (3/2017) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Delicate rose petal and strawberry aromas lure you in for a taste, leading to graceful notes of ...Read More »
The intensely flavorful wines from Rutherford's Trailside Vineyard have been part of the Heitz range since 1989. The vineyard is flanked by the Silverado Trail on one side and Conn Creek on the other and is certified organic. According to the winery: "From first sip to glorious finish, the 2004 Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon captures the essence of this superb vintage. This wine is a Rutherford classic, deeply-hued and powerful, with a lush bouquet of fresh raspberry. Its vibrant core of Cabernet fruit is beautifully wrapped in French oak with a s... Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "Shows hints of maturity, with chocolate mint, cherry and currant flavors that are intense yet elegant, balanced and stylish. Full-bodied, firm and focused, this is complex and concentrated without being heavy, offering the wine's classic style and personality. (JL)" (10/2009) K&L Notes: A legend in Napa Valley Cabernet, Martha's Vineyard in the Valley's Oakville appellation is now certified organic by CCOF. Heralded as a classic, the 2004 shows pure "Martha's" Cabernet blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors along with the iconic wine's tell-tale minty note. T... Read More »
Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Mildly creamy with a light veneer of yeast overlying a trim touch of green apple fruit, this carefully made Brut is a wine without extremes, and it maintains a comfortable, gently autolyzed focus from front to back. It is nicely balanced and slightly rounded in feel with a steady stream of tiny bubbles, and its very mannerly Méthode Champenoise statement tags it as a versatile sparkler that is as suited to solo sipping as it is to drinking with milder foods." (11/2016) K&L Notes: Toasted nuts, double cream brie, oysters and roast game bird; these are a few... Read More »
The 1995 vintage produced roasted nut aromas combined with crisp apple-like flavors to produce a terroir-driven, Meursault style Chardonnay. The scents and flavors of this wine emanate from the marine fogscape of the Sonoma Coast, and the marine shale and limestone terroir. These rich flavors and aromas are reminiscent of a freshly baked yellow plum tart, ground cinnamon, roasted almonds, etc. The unusually favorable fruit-acid structure of this cool climate wine will allow for the sustained development of bottle complexity.
The Cuvée LVSB received "Stealth Cuvee" methods including two years of sur lies barrel aging and extended bottle development. It is substantially different stylistically from other Mendocino Sauvignon Blancs that have been released previously and is easily identified by a new “Stealthy” Label. Cuvée LVSB is from Wente Vineyards vines planted in the 1880s from Chateau d'Yquem cuttings imported by Charles Wetmore, Chief Executive of the State Viticultural Comissioners. Following the end of Prohibition, in 1935 Ernest and Herman Wente introduced California... Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "A luxurious sparkler, with toasty brioche, mineral and lemon brûlée aromas and rich, complex flavors of crisp apple and raspberry, showing accents of fresh ginger and spice. (TF)" (9/2016) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "The 2009 vintage grew lush Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the northern California coast, and that vintage character defines Roederer Estate’s tête de cuvée: It’s broad and rich, its ripe apple flavor threaded with the toastiness of barrel-aged reserve lots, while a bright line of acidity gives it a healthy persistence." (12/2016) K&L Notes: L'Ermitage, Roederer Estate's special Tête de... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Asian pear, crisp lime juice and crushed chalk show on the nose of this very restrained wine from one of the region’s top-tier producers. The palate is framed in lively acidity and strong minerality, presenting flavors of white rocks, lemon peel and brie rind. A nice amount of grip will ensure some aging potential too." (8/2015) 91 points Vinous: "Peach, almond, apricot and spices meld together in the 2012 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains. Sweet honeyed and floral notes add lift in a crystalline, entry-level offering that delivers the goods and then some. Drink this supple Ch ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A classy, charming sparkler with lots to love, the 2004 Cuvee Twenty Seven Blanc de Blanc offers up notes of baked apples, toasted bread and hints of lees in its medium-bodied, elegant profile that carries light bubbles, a very fine mousse and a crisp finish. (JD)" (10/2016)
Inventory: Redwood City
95 points Wine & Spirits: "*Voted Top United States Chardonnay of the Year and the Top Best Buy in United States Chardonnay of the Year* Jim Clendenen made his first Bien Nacido Chardonnay in 1989. He knows his way around the sprawling hillside and benchland vineyard better than just about anyone, and makes this exclusively from K Block, a bench of shale-laced gravelly loam that was planted in 1973. The block was grafted over to Chardonnay in the 1990's, leaving the roots intact, so the grapes continue to benefit from some of the oldest root systems in Santa Barbara County. The wi ...Read More »
A special Cuvée Rare bottling of 1995 Chardonnay from Long Vineyards in Dry Creek that has been designated “Cuvée L.” Cuvée L received "Stealth Cuvee" methods (including two years of sur lies aging and additional bottle development) and is substantially different from the 1993 Cuvee LD Chardonnay (Le Darryl) which was released several years ago. Less than sixty cases of this very special and limited wine were produced.
93 points Wine Spectator: "Minty bay leaf aromas are pure, with a spicy edge, leading to firm dark berry, mocha, mineral and sage flavors that are tight and well-structured, with firm, ripe tannins that provide an excellent backbone. Much too young now, however tempting. Should only get much better. Best from 2013 through 2022. (JL)" (11/2011) K&L Notes: Martha's Vineyards has become one of the most well known Cabernets around the world for its unique mintiness, its rich layers of complexity and its remarkable overall balance. The 2005 growing season enjoyed almost perfect weather conditions t... Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* A very light-colored wine made from dark grapes, this is a detailed and multilayered beauty. Fresh ginger, cinnamon and brioche aromas lead to an elegant texture and vivid fruit flavors like white cherry and raspberry that energize the palate and linger long on the finish. (JG)" (11/2016) 90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Mildly creamy yeast is met by energetic fruit in both the nicely autolyzed aromas and flavors of this lively, fairly youthful and complete Blanc de Noirs, and, if the wine comes across as being slightly juicy, it does not cheat to sweetness an ...Read More »
Since 1939, the Hendry family has been harvesting a 114-acre plot in the hills north west of Napa to create their estate wines.
Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and graceful, with an elegant mix of plum, currant, blackberry, licorice, savory herb and dusty oak notes. Very complete and easy to enjoy now. The tannins are chewy and gripping, but this one is ready and should hold another five years with ease.-2006 California Cabernet blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2022. (Web Only, 2016)"
Inventory: Redwood City
93 points James Suckling: "I for one prefer the 2006 Opus to the 2007. I really appreciate the silky, refined, and aromatic quality of this wine. It’s full yet balanced with blueberry, currants, and spices on the finish. Racy is a word that comes to mind." (3/2012) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 comes across as a bigger, more structured wine than the 2007. The tannins are bolder, more dramatic, and more present. The wine displays impressive depth, not the velvety elegance of the 2007, but is a more muscular wine that begs for 2-3 years of cellaring and should drink well for 20-25 years. 93+ points. (RP) ...Read More »
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Arietta (equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc) tastes like an over-sized, phenomenal Cheval Blanc. It has blossomed beautifully since I tasted it last year. A dense purple color is followed by scents of cocoa, underbrush, chocolaty black cherry and black currant fruit, minerals, truffles, and graphite. A big, thick, chewy, tremendously long, intense, well-balanced red, I would love to taste it alongside the 2000 Cheval Blanc. It should hit its prime in 3-4 years, and last for two decades. (RP)" (12/2003) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated ruby-red. Wild aromas ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Cabernet-based blend seduces the palate with opulence. Cedar, toast, dark chocolate, cassis and maple syrup flavors are couched in soft tannins. Develops even more complexity on the finish, revealing berries, coffee and dried herbs." (2/2004) K&L Notes: Generously aromatic, this Tapestry vintage reveals ripe black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit aromas, combined with subtle yet insistent vanilla-oak and anise scents. Medium-full bodied on the palate, with melted tannins, hints of vanilla, velvety texture and ripe sweet black plum, cherry and currant flavors, t... Read More »
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Three Sisters displays loads of honeysuckle, tremendous opulence (which is a hallmark), and plenty of orange mandarin and tropical fruit in a full-bodied but discreetly oaked style. This is a big, rich, delicious Chardonnay, but limited in availability (179 cases). Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (RP)" (3/2016) 92 points Vinous: "The 2012 Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard is very tight today, but it likely won't be released until 2016, so that should not be much of a real issue by then. Brioche, dried pears, lemon oil spices, apricot pit and mint are al ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille reveals notes of citrus blossom, Mandarin oranges, tangerine oil, white peach, pineapple and a wet rock-like minerality. This full-bodied, opulent, exotic, stunningly classic Chardonnay should drink well for a decade or more." (12/2014) 98 points James Suckling: "A denser, more phenolic character with green apple, lemon, lime, mango and papaya. Full body with intense fruit and center palate, and a long, long finish. Why drink Laguiche Montrachet? Drink or hold." (10/2014) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Captivating, sleek, elegant and graceful, this is rich without weight, offering ...Read More »
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet, espresso and tarry, charry oak on the nose. Lively and sappy, with a strong core of tangy blackberry, violet and minerals. Finishes firmly tannic and fresh, with lingering mineral character, mounting oak tannins and very good length." (5/2004) K&L Notes: The most approachable of the Blair wines, the 2001 is showing beautifully right now with classic Napa Cabernet eucalyptus notes, lead pencil, cedar and dried strawberry and cassis fruit. The wine is very food friendly and shows best with some decanting. For Napa ... Read More »
100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The staggeringly rich, complex, harmonious, impeccably well-balanced 2007 IX Proprietary Red Estate (1,400 case produced) exhibits aromas of spring flowers, cedarwood, Asian spices, licorice, blueberries, and blackberries. A distinct liqueur of minerals buttresses the full-bodied, massive concentration, giving an overall impression of elegance, purity, and harmony. This is another seamless tour de force in winemaking. It should drink well for 25 or more years. (RP)" (12/2009) 97 points James Suckling: "Beautiful aromas of flowers, currants, violets, and mint. The palate is incredibl ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Wine Spectator: "Smooth, rich and complex, with supple black cherry, blackberry and wild berry fruit that's ripe and tame, full-bodied and well-proportioned. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot. (Web Only-2010)"
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*** Cellar Selection *** This complex, young wine needs time. It's tannic and closed, although it has a rich heart of black currants, spice and minerals, accented by nearly 2 years in oak. Nowhere near ready, but an elegant example of classic Napa mountain Cab. Should start to be approachable after 2010." (6/2009)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "...This 2003 reveals a distinctive herbaceousness as well as a nose of Asian spices, black cherries, black currants, spice box and loads of forest floor and underbrush scents...(RP)" (6/2013) Wine Spectator: "...fresh earth, mineral and dried currant fruit shaded by a dill-coconut flavor. (JL)" (10/2007)
Inventory: Redwood City
Wine Enthusiast: "Opens correctly with black currant and cedar aromas, but is tannic and closed on the palate, showing only hints of plum, berry and chocolate. Finishes dry and raspy. Best to cellar..." (6/1999) Wine Spectator: "Elegant and ripe, with black cherry and plummy Cabernet flavors of moderate depth, richness and concentration. Finishes with a pretty burst of ripe fruit and firm but polished tannins. (JL)" (10/1998)
90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Vibrant, young, green apple fruit is the driving force of this sleek, nicely made opus with mildly toasty, lightly laid-on oak a constant, if comparatively quiet, companion. The wine is firmly framed and conveys a clear impression of substance and depth, and, while its hard-to-miss acidity may leave it a little taut and tight at the moment, there is no question but that it has very good places to go." (1/2015)
96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Best of 2008, Cellar Selection* Solidly in the Hillside Select model, this vigorous young Cab is dramatically ripe and powerful. The flavors of red and black currants, milk chocolate, figs and smoky vanilla erupt in the mouth, making the tastebuds jump with joy. However, there is also the structure, among the greatest in California Cabs. The acidity is fine, but the tannins are stupendously rich, sweet and complex, practically a food group in themselves." (3/2008) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 is a singular style of wine, but by no means wimpy or undernourished. The 2003 Shaf ...Read More »
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Intensely floral on the nose, with outstanding precision and energy to the vibrant red berry and mineral elements. Crisp and bright, with lively wild strawberry and redcurrant flavors underpinned by a refreshing mineral note. There's impressive lift on the finish, giving energy and vivacity and carrying the juicy red fruit flavors. (ST)" (5/2007)
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fine acidity and a lick of steel give this Sauvignon Blanc a gravity above and beyond the savory flavors of citrus, green apple, lemongrass and honey. With its elegance, this should pair well with roast chicken." (9/2012) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. High-pitched aromas of lemon zest, green apple, jasmine and iodine, with a hint of white pepper coming up with air. Dry and precise sauvignon, offering solid punch to its intense citrus and floral flavors. Powerful but weightless wine with excellent finishing clarity and length. (ST)" (5/2012) Wine Spectator: "Apple and citrus notes have a touc ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Brut Rosé is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay aged at least four years on the yeast before being disgorged. With strawberries and framboise, this is a delicious, sexy and beautifully light-salmon/pinkish colored sparkling wine with good body, loads of fruit, and plenty of effervescence. In many ways is my favorite, and I am sure it is among the winery’s most popular. Drink it over the next several years. (RP)" (3/2016) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Copper-pink hues shade the experience of this vintage sparkling wine, a dry expression of a warm year. It's dotted in ...Read More »
The perfect growing season of 2012 made for excellent wines across all styles in Napa Valley. Stony Hill's Chardonnay is sourced from 20-30 year old vines and aged in previously used French oak so the fruit and terroir can speak without being dominated by wood. They describe: "Pale straw in color with bright, fresh aromas of pears and apples and a hint of lemon zest. In the mouth you’ll taste the flavors of pure Chardonnay fruit and a distinctive minerality coming from our stony vineyards. All in all, it’s a classically pure Chardonnay with a low alcoho... Read More »
97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This vineyard, high above the Rutherford AVA, on the gorgeous hillside not far from the famed restaurant and hotel Auberge du Soleil, has produced a winner in my retrospective of 2005s. This is clearly a great terroir, and that comes through in this savory, broad, expansive, pure 2005 Proprietary Red from Sloan. Offering black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, silky tannins, notes of forest floor and spice box, and loamy soil undertones, the wine is dense, full-bodied, opulent, and just entering its plateau of maturity, where it should keep for another 1 ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Proprietary Red Wine (a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Sangiovese, and 11% Petite Sirah) is outstanding. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a bouquet of charcoal, toasty oak, espresso roast, and black currants. This dense, rich, full-bodied, sweet wine possesses ripe tannin, low acidity, and a plump, layered, concentrated style. It is a hedonistically as well as intellectually pleasing effort to enjoy over the next 7-8 years. (RP)" (12/2003)
Simply put, one of the best Cabernets in the store right now. We love all of Greg Brown's wines, and this offering is his top-of-the-line red. Full of breed, balance and juiciness. Like the others, it is delicious upon release, but we recommend buying at least one for later, too. Tiny production and a cult following means this '01 Cab blend won't be around for long.
Inventory: Redwood City
93 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and well-structured, with a braid of exotic smoke, currant, green olive and herbal flavors that drape together nicely, holding a tight focus and showing how ripe, supple tannins can integrate without dominating. Finishes with a dash of mocha and spice. (2005)" 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While it is fashionable to criticize this wine because of its price, and the secrecy surrounding the amount produced (who really cares?), the wine is unquestionably outstanding. The 1995 boasts a dark ruby/purple color as well as an attractive bouquet with lavish quantities of toasty new oak an ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This complex, young wine needs time. It's tannic and closed, although it has a rich heart of black currants, spice and minerals, accented by nearly 2 years in oak. Nowhere near ready, but an elegant example of classic Napa mountain Cab. Should start to be approachable after 2010." (6/2009)
92 points Wine Spectator: "Displays a lot of complex elements, showing an array of cedar, spice, currant, black cherry and plum flavors, picking up sage and tarry notes on the finish. Rich and concentrated..." (10/1997) K&L Notes: This is one heck of a bottle of wine! Peju Province was chosen the top 'Artisan Winery of the Year' by Wine & Spirits. This accolade is just one of a long list of wine honors accorded to this relative newcomer in Napa Valley's famed Rutherford Bench area.
Inventory: Redwood City
91 points Wine & Spirits: "This ripe Napa Valley cabernet seems blunt at first, just a thick surround of oak and a sweet core of black cherry flavor. Tasted a day later, the black gravelly tannins begin to eat away at all the sugar, presenting a more savory balance, generous and full. It's a blanket of flavor for filet mignon, seared rare." (2/2005) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon (actually 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot) displays chocolate espresso notes along with some damp earth and black currants in a medium-bodied, drinkable style that has shed most of its tannin. The w ...Read More »
94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Aromas of plum, currant, black raspberry, cedar, graphite and licorice; as Cheval-Blanc like on the nose as any wine in the range. Then vinous and claret-like on the palate, showing less obvious sweetness than the 2002 but terrific grip. Not at all a plush style but superb structure and a firm spine of acidity give it great penetration. This very tight wine still needs at least a few years of patience and should prove to be among the longest-lived vintages of this bottling to date. 94+ Points" (6/2011) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The opaque purple-colored 2001 Arie ...Read More »
100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The good news is that there are 1,500 cases of this cuvee. It, too, reveals the noble sweetness of tannin, the extraordinary rich, intense mouthfeel, and sumptuous aromas of flowers, burning embers, blackberries, blueberries, spice box, and cedar. With extraordinary intensity, beautiful purity, a texture and flavors that build incrementally on the palate, and a significantly long finish, this is a perfect wine. (RP)" (12/2008) 97 points James Suckling: "What a nose on this wine, almost makes drinking it unnecessary. Layers of lead pencil, blackberries, licorice, asphalt, roses, and ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
St. Helena Winery was founded in 2000 and features winemaking from Aaron Pott and Elizabeth Tangney. Block 1 is a designation for a plot of their estate property situated on an ancient riverbed where the loam has more sand, gravel, and stone which causes the vines to struggle and produce smaller clusters and grapes.
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Luscious aromas of dark cherry, raspberries and vanilla, with pungent spice and even bacon notes, mark the nose of this attractive and well-balanced wine. Mouthfilling black-currant flavors display style and depth, and the texture is even and comfortable. The lengthy finish has slightly sweet fruitcake notes along with cedar and pepper accents." (11/2000) K&L Notes: From Rob Hunter, winemaker: "Deep, inky ruby in color with exquisitely intense aromas of dense plummy, minty, briary tobacco Cabernet fruit. Huge, chewy flavors of black cherry, ripe stone fruit and dark ... Read More »
95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium ruby to the rim. Multidimensional, intensely spicy nose combines black plum, black cherry, black raspberry, chocolate mint, coffee and cedar. Fat, thick, dense and impressively deep; penetrating vinosity gives the currently austere black cherry and menthol flavors superb clarity. Powerfully structured and exextremely unevolved. Finishes with superb persistence and toothcoating tannins that spread out over the palate. Will be a great Monte Bello." (10/2000) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello was one of the most backward Cabernets in th ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Two terrific wines from Dalla Valle, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon (a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc) from their hillside vineyards in Oakville, exhibits a dense purple color along with a beautifully sweet perfume of cedarwood, creme de cassis, incense and spice box. Full-bodied and rich with gorgeous purity and texture as well as a multidimensional mouthfeel, it still has some tannins to shed and tastes like it is only 4-5 years old. It has at least two decades of life ahead of it. (RP)" (6/2011) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "What a treat. This is the quintessenc ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Syrah Napa, which comes from a western hillside vineyard overlooking Lake Hennessey, is a fleshier, deeper blue and black-fruited style of Syrah with some charcoal and tar notes. It is lusher and fuller. (RP)" (12/2007)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Classic cool-area Sonoma Pinot, this one features pulpy, ripe red cherry aromas filled with creamy oak and carried comfortably by the wine's varietally correct velvety texture. It is genuinely fruity in the mouth with a pleasing aftertaste and slight firmness to its lingering finish. Time in bottle will temper a bit of its direct and somewhat coarse approach and will allow it to develop an extra complement of range." (6/2005) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Although the immediate impact of this wine is obvious in the soft silk and satin mouthfeel and cherry, cola, mocha and spice flavors ...Read More »