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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 » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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WS 90

2010 Franc Mayne, St-Emilion Top Pick!
2010 Franc Mayne, St-Emilion

94 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of crushed blueberries and minerals with flowers follow through to a full body, with solid fruit and tannin structure and a long, long finish. Very intense. Better than 2009. Try in 2017." (2/2013)92 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers the profile of the vintage, with spice-infused raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit coursing along nicely, followed by delineated anise and spice notes, all carried by a racy graphite spine. Rock-solid and nicely balanced, this should age elegantly. Best from 2014 through 2024. (Web-2013)" Jancis Robinson: "Rather sweet and sumptuous on the nos ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City

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JS 94 WS 92

2009 Castello di Bossi "Girolamo" Merlot Toscana (Elsewhere $64) Top Pick!
2009 Castello di Bossi "Girolamo" Merlot Toscana (Elsewhere $64)

94 points Antonio Galloni: "Castello di Bossi's 2009 Merlot Girolamo is undeniably sexy. Plump, juicy and wonderfully expressive, the 2009 captures the very best qualities of the year. Dark cherries, plums, menthol and licorice all jump from the glass in this generous, inviting Tuscan Merlot. There is a lot to love about the 2009, starting with its impeccable balance. The purity of the fruit alone is striking. I am not sure how the 2009 is going to age, but it is drop-dead gorgeous today." (8/2013)94 points James Suckling: "Wow. This wine shows an impressive depth of blackberries and blueberries with hints of ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


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


2010 Corbin, St-Emilion

93 points James Suckling: "Nose starts with fresh brewed coffee, cedar and chocolate toffee. With a bit of air it shows ripe plum, sweet licorice and fresh leather. Wonderful dark round fruit on the palate with velvety caressing tannins. Full with a long finish with lots of dark fruit. Succulent wine." (2/2013)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lush, concentrated black currant and kirsch-like fruit, a hint of licorice and some floral notes and subtle background oak jump from the glass of this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It is another relatively large-scaled St.-Emilion at 15% natural alcohol, but the ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City


2012 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion

92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This full-bodied beauty exhibits a dense opaque purple color in addition to copious notes of creme de cassis, kirsch, licorice and incense. It should drink well for 15-20 years. This will be a sleeper of the vintage. A superstar of the vintage (not surprising given how successful the proprietors, the Decoster family, have been over the last decade or more), this 58-acre vineyard located near the village of St.-Etienne de Lisse enjoyed yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. The harvest took place extremely late — between October 22 and November 3. The fina ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco


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

91-94 points Antonio Galloni: "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 » 


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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 Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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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) James Halliday: "Smokiness dominates the nose at the moment but there’s still evidence of fresh and aromatic cassis underneath. Rich and yet juicy...Drink 2010-2016." (6/2007) Jancis Robinson: "Quite a rich nose and some farmyard elements. Solid and straightforward. Quite chewy tannins at present." (4/2006) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep ruby/purple with notes of sweet cherries intermixed with hints of espresso roast and drie ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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WE 91 - 93

2011 Certan de May, Pomerol (Previously $85)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Firm and concentrated, this wine has great structure and density along with acidity and berry flavor. There is an attractive final spicy element." (4/2012) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Aromatic herbs, red fruits and a touch of game on the nose, nicely lifted by sweet spice and violet notes. Bright and fresh in the mouth, with the cassis and herb flavors nicely supported by lively acidity and smooth tannins. Finishes with a coffee note." (5/2012)90 points James Suckling: "The aromas in this 2011 are impressive, with flowers, plums and currants. Full body with velvety tannins and pretty, ripe, ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City


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: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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JS 93 WS 90

2011 Gigault "Cuvée 'Viva" Premières Côtes de Blaye (Previously $15)

91 points James Suckling: "A red with plum and berry character, plus lots of hazelnut. Chalky. Full body with chewy tannins and a fresh finish. This is always excellent. Drink in 2015." (2/2014) Wine Spectator: "Bouncy blueberry and cherry fruit flavors are backed by toasted spice. Open knit and fresh." (4/2012) K&L Notes: One of our favorites from the value regions on the right bank. Cotes de Blaye region now referred to as Cotes de Bordeaux. This wine is 90% Merlot and has a lot of blackberry fruit flavors. Decant one hour and serve with a pot roast. 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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JS 91

2009 Coufran, Haut-Médoc Top Pick!
2009 Coufran, Haut-Médoc

92 points James Suckling: "Soft and fruity with milk chocolate. Full and round textured. Goes on for a minute or two. Excellent for the vintage. Better than I remember. And better in 2014, but why wait?" (7/2012) 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Firm tannins, but also ripe, sweet fruits, with a fine balance. While the wine is on the light, fresh side, it does have a good, final structure." (4/2010) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This Merlot-dominated wine displays a dense ruby/purple color, soft berry fruit intermixed with mocha, and hints of white chocolate, herbs, and spice. It should drink well for up to a decade or more. (RP)" (4/2010) Wine Spectator: "Solid, wi ...Read More » 


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JS 92 WE 90 - 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 » 


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JS 91 WS 88 - 91

2010 Tertre Daugay, St-Emilion (Previously $40.00)

90-93 points Wine Spectator: "This has the rich, dark blueberry and blackberry fruit of the vintage, with ample graphite and spice and a solid, tannic backbone. Toasty, but with flesh. (Web-2011)"92 points James Suckling: "Fascinating wine with dark fruit and citrus undertones. Full and refined. Lovely finish." (4/2011) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the finest Tertre Daugays I have tasted (although the 2009 is also attractive), this sleeper of the vintage exhibits a dense purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet kirsch, black fruits, licorice and graphite. Medium to full-bodied with a corpulent, layered mouthfeel, light to mode ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2002 Pride Mountain Napa/Sonoma Counties Merlot

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Full and delicious, Pride's merlot achieves a balanced ripeness at the mountaintop border of Napa and Sonoma counties. The wine has density of fruit while it retains a spot-on varietal identity, a flavor of black cherry and rose petal jam. Tannins amplify the richness with a chocolate warmth, evenly meshed with the fruit across the palate." (6/2005)93 points Wine Enthusiast: "What a fabulous Merlot. Yes, it’s dense in texture, like molten metal, with melted tannins, but it’s kept lively with clean acids. Meanwhile, the flavors are sheer mountain fruit: concentrated blackberries and ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2004 Pride Mountain Napa/Sonoma Merlot

94 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and fleshy, with a pretty dash of toasty oak. The fruit is sweet, with currant and berry flavors that are intense, concentrated and complex, ending with a pretty burst of fruit and oak that lingers. Well-structured, with ripe tannins." (2/2007)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Sexy, expressive, slightly high-toned nose melds redcurrant, cranberry, leather and nuts. Supple and refined, with a creamy texture to the red fruit and spice flavors. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and lovely aromatic persistence. Slightly high-toned throughout but not overly sweet. I find this q ...Read More » 


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2009 Pride Mountain Sonoma/Napa Counties Merlot

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright medium-deep red. Sexy, expressive aromas of redcurrant, red plum, chocolate and nutty oak. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, with enticing flavors of red berries, cocoa powder and spices. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and lovely lingering perfume. According to winemaker Sally Jackson, the Merlot in 2009 had less weight and structure than usual, but this wine is a charmer." (5/2012) Wine Spectator: "Muscular and focused, though not as fleshy as previous vintages. Aromas of black cherry and earth lead to dense flavors of plum, dried herb and cedar. Tan ...Read More » 


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2001 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol

96 points James Suckling: "This wine possess great beauty, it is almost Burgundian with its soft tannins and sweet fruit. Pure class and finesse in this, it is round and thick, long and very yummy. No need to wait on this, pull the cork. This vintage had more Merlot than the 2000 and you can tell. A subtle wine." (5/2012)94 points Wine Spectator: "Very subtle aromas of blackberries, chocolate and plums follow through to a full-bodied palate, with very silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. An excellent wine with great intensity for the vintage. Very long indeed. Winemaker and part-owner Alexandre Thienp ...Read More » 


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2014 Canon-La-Gaffelière, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

93-96 points Antonio Galloni: "Exuberant and explosive, the 2014 Canon La Gaffelière is quite forward in style, yet all the elements seem to come together. An open, exotic bouquet melds into sweet red cherries, plums, spices and dried rose petals. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc gives the wine considerable aromatic lift and tons of personality. Floral and savory Franc notes abound on the super, long finish. The 2014 is 55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)" (4/2015) 93-96 points Wine Spectator: "A strong ganache element flows along with the dark currant and blackberry flavors. A charco ...Read More » 


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2005 Pride Mountain Napa/Sonoma Counties Merlot

93 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and concentrated, with bold aromas of plum, currant and mocha leading to complex, layered blackberry, licorice and spice flavors that finish with a flourish of ripe, minerally tannins." (11/2007)91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Wonderfully rich and well-concentrated aromas of sweet oak and optimally ripened cherries make for a stellar start here, and the wine more than lives up to its promise with powerful, keenly proportioned flavors brimming with precise varietal fruit. Big, but beautifully balanced with a long, insistent finish, it is a generous and involving Merlot even now and ...Read More » 


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2012 Nickel & Nickel "Suscol Ranch" Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "An herbal, 100% Merlot from a nine-acre ranch in Jamieson Canyon, just south of the town of Napa, this wine is steeped in sage, cinnamon and dense, smoky leather. Soft tannins lend succulence and warmth, while the finish is marked by notes of tobacco and toasted oak." (3/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Merlot Suscol Ranch is named for the indigenous American Indians that once lived in Napa Valley. The wine shows chocolate and tangy acidity with a dense ruby/purple color, good mocha and black cherries in a medium-bodied format. It is not the most complex Merlot, but it is s ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse San Francisco

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WE 91

2000 La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol Top Pick!
2000 La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a wonderful, dense wine, very concentrated, very intensely flavored. At this stage of its development, it is the opulence which is most evident, but there are already hints that it will show pure fruit alongside sweet tannins, and will develop complexity." (6/2003)93 points James Suckling: "A delicious nose of black olives, brown sugar, and sliced plums. Full bodied but shy, with a dense palate and soft and silky tannins. Flavors of milk chocolate, plums, and light vanilla bean come through. This is so good now, but wait three to four years to really see it shine." (3/2011)93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I ...Read More » 


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2014 Beauséjour (Duffau), St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Antonio Galloni: "Power and finesse collide in the 2014 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse, a breathtaking, vertical wine that hits all the right notes. Sweet black cherries, smoke, licorice and tar are some of the many notes that flesh out. The 2014 is quite dark and brooding in personality. I imagine the 2014 will drink beautifully for decades, although it is also going to need quite a bit of time to fully come together. There is so much to like here. Tiny yields in the Cabernet Franc resulted in a Beauséjour with more Merlot than is the norm. The 2014 is magnificen ...Read More » 


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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

1990 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion

91 points Wine Spectator: "A wine with plenty of compact fruit and backbone.Good ruby color. Plenty of chocolate and berrycharacter on the nose. Full-bodied, with lots ofsilky tannins and a long, fresh finish. Willcontinue to improve. Drink now or hold.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective." (8/2000)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 offers an impressively saturated color, exhibiting a touch of amber and a black cherry, mineral, smoky component, with a dash of roasted herbs. Spicy, rich, long, and massive in the mouth, it is full-bodied, sweet, jammy, and capable of lasting for another 8-10 years. Last tasted, 5/01 ...Read More » 


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WS 91 RP 90

2011 San Giusto a Rentennano "La Ricolma" Toscana

95 points Antonio Galloni: "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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2003 Blankiet "Paradise Hills" Napa Valley Merlot

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From their beautiful hillside vineyards situated behind the vast estate of Dominus, Blankiet has produced a 2003 Merlot Paradise Hills Estate (14.9% natural alcohol) offering a gorgeously complex bouquet of Chinese black tea, black currants, earth, chocolate and a touch of mocha. Frankly, I’m not sure a Napa Merlot can be any more complex than this. With a deep plum/purple color and round, juicy, full-bodied opulence, this 2003 could easily compete with the greatest Pomerols or St.-Emilions. Made from 100% Merlot, it was aged 18 months in 100% new Tarans ...Read More » 


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RP 97 ST 93

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) 90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby. Slightly jammy aromas of dark berries, chocolate and graphite. Sweet, plush and broad, with mouthfilling flavors of dark cherry, cassis, cocoa powder and caramel. Not especially brisk or sharply delineated but finishes with sufficient energy, ripe tannins and very good sweetness and length." (5/2014)91 points Antonio Galloni: "White truffle, smoke, ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1994 Petrus, Pomerol Top Pick!
1994 Petrus, Pomerol

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "After several uninspiring efforts between 1978 and 1988, it is irrefutable that Christian Moueix and his flagship estate, Petrus, have rebounded with a vengeance, producing a bevy of extraordinary wines, even in rain-plagued vintages such as 1992 and 1993. Opaque purple/black in color, with a sweet vanilla, pain grillee, jammy cherry and cassis-scented nose, this full-bodied, densely packed wine reveals layers of flavor, and an inner-core of sweetness with huge quantities of glycerin and depth. A tannic, classic style of Petrus, with immense body, great ...Read More » 


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RP 93 WS 93

2012 Emmolo Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Although this winery has been around since 1944, I am unfamiliar with its wines. Packaged in an interesting bottle with a label sporting green ink, this 2012 Merlot is made in an explosively rich, blockbuster style. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by oodles of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intertwined with hints of espresso and chocolate. Full-bodied and super-rich, but not overly extracted or astringent, this beautifully made, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal Merlot should wine the hearts and minds of many California wine enthusiasts. It i ...Read More » 


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RP 92

2011 Duckhorn "Three Palms Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "**Two Stars** The best Merlots are wines that charm in their youths but grow in breadth and gain complexity as the years pass, and this one from Duckhorn is a wine that is nowhere near reaching its best even if it is easy to like and shows impressive range even now. It is fully grounded in the rich, cherry-like qualities that define good Merlot, and it is well-balanced, weighty and seductively supple in feel. It teases with complexing touches of toast, sweet cream, graphite and mint that will be amplified as it ages, and, its very considerable immediate ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse

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CG 93 WS 91

1997 L'Evangile, Pomerol

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby color. Fruity aromas of blackberry, blueberry and violet, plus a whiff of peach. Supple, suave and beautifully balanced; not thick but sweet and dense for the vintage. Notes of licorice and mocha. Finishes with good length, sweet tannins and no rough edges." (6/1998) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A pure, truffle and black raspberry-scented nose with oak in the background defines the classic style of l'Evangile. Nearly outstanding, this sexy, ripe, medium-bodied wine offers gorgeous levels of fruit, not a great deal of density, length, or tannin, but plenty of near-term a ...Read More » 


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ST 88 - 91

2012 Côtes de Ciel "Ciel de Cheval Vineyard" Red Mountain Merlot

91 points Antonio Galloni: "Bright, full red. Dark cherry, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, brown spices and sexy oak on the nose, plus a whiff of tobacco. Supple and juicy on entry, then pliant and seamless in the mid-palate, with sweet red fruit, milk chocolate and nutty oak flavors nicely framed by ripe acidity. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and very good length. This is nicely balanced from the outset, in spite of the high alcohol. (Stephen Tanzer)" (12/2014)  


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AG 91

2011 Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot

92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Merlot Estate is gorgeous. A blast of dark red and black stone fruits melds into a more typical expression of mountain fruit, with savory herb and floral notes that develop in the glass. A kick of bracing 2011 acidity supports a finish laced with iron, smoke, leather and spices. There is plenty to like in this accessible Merlot from Ridge." (7/2014)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Merlot is not afraid to show its rough side, with aromas of tobacco smoke, cigar box, thick blackberry, ripe blueberry, black cherry and dust. The mouth-coating tannins are strong on the plush, gr ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City


1995 Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol (Previously $120)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas of flowers, plum and licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Turns a little austere.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. (Web-2007)"  


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WS 90

2012 Arietta "Hudson Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

95 points Antonio Galloni: "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 » 


Inventory: Hollywood


2014 Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2014 Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

95-98 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a gorgeous caressing feel at first, with velvety raspberry and plum fruit, then picks up a light briar echo and a fine pebbly feel through the finish, adding range and length. The latent grip is supple and fully embedded, while an alluring incense note weaves throughout. A thoroughly beguiling wine." (3/2015) 93-96 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Pétrus possesses remarkable density and power, with superb overall depth and an explosive sense of energy that is impossible to miss. Scents of violet, spice and rose petal open up in the glass before the fruit totally takes over. Broa ...Read More » 


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2012 K Vintners "Northridge Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Merlot

92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Merlot Northridge comes from the Wahluke Slope and is made from 100% Merlot that was aged in 60% new French oak. Vibrant and up-front, with pure layered aromas and flavors of plum liqueur, graphite, mineral and assorted wild flowers, it is full-bodied, sweetly fruited and downright sexy on the palate, with a voluptuous, hard to resist profile. Loaded with fruit, it nevertheless stays graceful and very drinkable. It should drink nicely on release and evolve nicely for upward of a decade." (6/2014) K&L Notes: Located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla ... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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RP 92 - 95

2002 Trotanoy, Pomerol

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated medium red. Subtly sweet aromas of maraschino cherry, iron and minerals. Suave on entry, then sweet, supple and fine-grained, with captivating, somewhat cool red berry, floral and smoky oak flavors. Not a powerful or hugely deep style, but floral and classy. Finishes with firm tannins that avoid dryness." (5/2005)90 points Wine Spectator: "You have to like the plum, floral and berry aromas in this wine. Medium- to full-bodied, with firm tannins and a silky finish. Subtle sweet fruit at the end. Best after 2007." (3/2005) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep plum/ruby with a nose of new saddle l ...Read More » 


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ST 90 WS 90

1981 Trotanoy, Pomerol

94 points Wine Spectator: "Nearly as great as the legendary '82 Trotanoy. Incredibly silky with great color and subtle perfumes of violets, tobacco and chocolate that follow through on the palate. It's full-bodied but reserved. Great backbone of tannins." (10/1994)  


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WS 94

2000 Twomey Napa Valley Merlot

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Smoky, roasted French oak sweetens the currant syrup, black cherry and mocha aromas. Lush and sweet but firm, with sexy, complex flavors of currant, gunflint, mocha, meat, minerals and oak spices. Clearly less green than the '99, as the owners have opened up the canopy to get more sun on the fruit, and discontinued nitrogen treatments to reduce the vigor of the vines. Very right bank in style. Finishes with firm but fine tannins and noteworthy persistence. This should be a merlot to follow as the vines mature." (6/2002)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A top-notch, sexy eff ...Read More » 


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1999 Monbousquet, St-Emilion Back In Stock!
1999 Monbousquet, St-Emilion

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 Monbousquet exhibits a port-like bouquet of super-ripe black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with scents of coffee, tobacco, and vanilla. Tipping the scales at a whopping 14% alcohol (extremely high for Bordeaux), this wine, which spends 18 months in 100% new oak and is bottled unfined and unfiltered, is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was cropped at an amazingly low 30 hectoliters per hectare. It possesses an amazing texture, a mid-palate that you could get lost in, a ...Read More » 


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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. This lush, fruit-driven, hedonistic, sensual Merlot can be drunk over the next 7-8 years. (RP)" (10/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "Nicely defined, black cherry fruit sits in the starring role here even if the wine is on the more structured, slightly sturdy and less outgoing side o ...Read More » 


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RP 92

2006 Pride Mountain Napa/Sonoma Counties Merlot

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made in the Pride style, this is a big, powerful wine that should age well. It’s enormously ripe, with flamboyant cassis, cherry pie filling, milk chocolate, licorice and smoky oak flavors that are wrapped into thoroughly modern, softly refined tannins." (7/2009)92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "**Two Stars** Wispy suggestions of loam and briar are almost obscured by chocolate and cherries in the highly ripe aromas of this one, but, the wine judiciously takes a step back in the mouth from excess and eschews simple ripeness in favor of sweet oak and deep, fully extracted fruit. Its pushy t ...Read More » 


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2002 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A terrific effort, this classic blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as a complex bouquet of cedar, spice box, black cherries, and cassis. With impressive purity, medium body, moderate tannin, and a long finish (40 plus seconds), it will be at its finest between 2008-2018." (4/2005)92 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of sweet plums and spices follow through to a full-bodied palate, with firm tannins and a solid core of fruit. This is very tightly knit and needs to unravel with bottle age. Turns big and chewy wit ...Read More » 


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2004 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a stunning Merlot, impossibly rich. Saturated and opaque in color, it tastes fat and flashy, with masses of cherry and blackberry jam, anise, chocolate and Provençal herb flavors. Yet this opulently soft wine has a classic structure, backed up with firm tannins. This is a profound Merlot." (3/2007)94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Merlot Paradise Hills Estate offers a big, sweet kiss of cassis, kirsch, spice and spring flowers. Rich, medium to full-bodied and seemingly close to full maturity, it is easily capable of lasting 10-15+ years. The aromatics smell just like a gr ...Read More » 


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2012 Frog's Leap Rutherford Napa Valley 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) Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is in keeping with the producer’s goals of making restrained, balanced wines. It is both those things, characterized by firm, tight tannins and muted sage, the texture narrowly defined." (3/2015)  


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse

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W&S 92

2010 Rollan de By, Médoc (3L) (Previously $150)

92 points James Suckling: "Beautiful note with lots of fruit like blackberries, crushed raspberries and some dark plum. Full and wonderfully velvety on the palate with ripe tannins and a sweet pure dark fruit. Already drinks very well, but a few years patience will be rewarded. Best ever?" (2/2013)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* A powerful selection, this is dominated by tannins. Under the firm structure, there is a fruity aspect that will develop. It has the potential to evolve into a full-bodied, intense wine that maintains a sense of elegance." (3/2013)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Consistently better than its humble appe ...Read More » 


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2008 Pride Mountain Sonoma/Napa Counties Merlot

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "It may sound strange, but this wine tastes like the liquid equivalent of a buttered toast bacon sandwich, spread with a little blackberry jam. However it sounds, it’s really delicious." (8/2011)90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "As this deeply drawn wine demonstrates so well, Pride Merlots are as unruly as they are rich when still in their infancy, but even with all of its blustery ripeness, its puckery young tannins and its palpable trailing heat, its enduring message is one of convincing depth and fruity confidence. Aging is a must, and more rather than less is recommended, so our endors ...Read More » 


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