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September 10, 2013 New Arrival Email

The following is a list of new arrivals that have come into our inventory since our last email a week ago, with at least one bottle in stock at the time of this email. We've split the list into four sections. First we show a limited number of our top picks for the week. Next, we display all new arrivals coming into our inventory for the first time. Then there is a list of old wines and items we've sold previously that have just returned to our inventory. Lastly, we list the new (live) auction lots from the past seven days. For complete tasting notes for every wine listed below, view the Email Archive page on KLWines.com

TOP PICKS...
(a handful of our favorites also listed in the New Arrivals section)

  • 2007 Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino (Elsewhere $43) ( $29.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Opens with dark concentration and ripe berry fruit with layers of plum, blackberry, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, cherry liqueur, cola and underbrush. It offers a wonderful 360-degree portrait of Sangiovese Grosso. Tight structure, integration and loads of fruity intensity. Drink after 2018." (05/2012) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctive iron, balsamic and tobacco notes accent the core of cherry in this intense red, which is firmly structured, with moderate acidity. The finish evokes underbrush and tea. Best from 2014 through 2023." (10/2012) 90 points James Suckling: "A wine that is slightly jammy, but shows flower and light herb character too. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. Better in 2014." (01/2012) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium red. Aromas of cherry, raspberry and mocha show less floral lift than the 2006 version. Supple, sweet and nicely concentrated, with good red fruit freshness for 2007 but a bit less energy and cut than the 2006. Finishes with tongue-dusting tannins, a lightly herbal quality and a hint of oak." (07/2012)

  • 2012 Zeni "Vigne Alte" Bardolino Chiaretto Classico ( $13.99)
    Bardolino Chiaretto is the rosé version of the Bardolino red wines that grow on the eastern shores of Lake Garda in the Veneto region. This Vigne Alte selection from Zeni is is comprised of 60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara. Grapes are exclusively hand-harvested from vineyards in the Classico zone of the region. The intense and fruity nose is also driven by floral tones of rose and violet which reverberate on the palate with a bright and dry impression.

  • 2010 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ( $199.99)
    98 points James Suckling: "A triumph for Solaia. It suggests the greatness of the legendary 1997 Solaia. This is a wine with very subtle and complex aromas and flavors with currants, licorice and raspberries. Wonderful nose. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Love this wine. The precision of the cabernet sauvignon comes through here. Better in 2016." (09/2013) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Solaia puts on an incredible show that hits all the senses and keeps your unyielding attention for as long as there is wine in the bottle. There are various ways to describe the bouquet. First, is the wine's sweet side, as this beautiful 75-20-5 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc delivers ripe cherry, black currant, baking spice and dark chocolate. After that, the wine becomes redolent of tobacco, balsam, bay leaf, rum cake and dark licorice. The bouquet is all encompassing and complete. A firmly structured backbone is padded generously by the fleshy richness of its consistency. This is a gorgeous wine that will age for decades. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040." (08/2013) 97 points Vinous: "The 2010 Solaia is even better than the Tignanello. Here, too, it is the wine's energy and sheer vibrancy that stand out most. Blackberry jam, graphite, tar, espresso, violets, crushed rocks and spices all take shape in the glass. The 2010 is a wine I have followed since its infancy, and it has never failed to deliver the goods. Earlier this year I had a chance to taste every vintage of Solaia back to the inaugural 1978. It is still early, but there is little question the 2010 is one of the greatest - if not the single greatest - Solaia ever made. 97+" (08/2013) 97 points Wine Enthusiast: " ** Cellar Selection ** Already one of Italys most iconic bottlings, this gorgeous 2010 is already a classic. Its complex and intense bouquet unfolds with ripe blackberries, violets, leather, thyme and balsamic herbs. The palate shows structure, poise and complexity, delivering rich black currants, black cherry, licorice, mint and menthol notes alongside assertive but polished tannins and vibrant energy. This wine will age and develop for decades. Drink 20182040." (05/2014)

  • Nikka 21 Year Old Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml ( $169.99)
    After Nikka's 21 year old whisky won "World's Best Blended Malt" for 2010 (remember this is a blended single malt, not a blended whisky -- meaning there's no grain whisky added), we were flooded with emails from customers wondering where they could get it. "You can't" we were forced to say, "unless you're willing to travel out of the country." Years later we're finally sitting on our own supply at K&L! The complexity of spice and nuance on the palate of the 21 year is incredible -- rich, round fruit, cocoa, exotic spices, and even a hint of soy sauce -- and the finish goes on forever. This is not something we anticipate being able to keep in stock regularly given both the pent up demand and the quality.

  • Nikka Coffey Still Grain Whisky Japanese Whisky 750ml ( $62.99)
    92 points Whisky Advocate: "Sweet, with subtle, crisp, nutty oak, then comes fudge, ripe banana, and peach. The overall effect is like eating vanilla ice cream with toffee fudge and hazelnut sprinkles. The structure is thick and physical, the palate sweet and quite fat, with light hints of raspberry, fruit salad. A jag of acidity freshens the delivery on the finish. With water theres more toffee, and it becomes slightly more yielding, with less oak. For me the gold standard of grain. (DB, Fall 2015)" 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The name of this whisky has nothing to do with coffeerather, it's named for a type of still invented by Aneas Coffey, which is used to make this golden spirit. It offers mild vanilla-pear aromatics and is relatively light and silky on the palate. Look for a light vanilla sweetness at first, which gives way to a rounded dark chocolate note and baking spice finish. Recommended for highballs and other mixed drinks. (KN)" (03/2016) K&L Notes: Grain whisky is one of the least understood components of the whisky world. When you sip a blended Scotch like Johnnie Walker or Suntory's Hibiki, you're drinking a blend of two types of whiskies--both single malt and grain--hence the term "blend" (many people assume the "blend" refers to the blend of various distilleries). While we've gone out of our way here at K&L to help our customers understand 100% malted-barley single-malt whisky, we've never really talked very much about grain whisky--mostly because there's very little of it available! Grain whisky is made from corn, wheat and unmalted barley on a continuous still--much like vodka is produced. The Coffey Still is a type of continuous still that can pump out grain whisky without having to alternate batches. Because of the efficiency and cheaper production cost, grain whisky has taken on a bit of a bad rap. This reputation is entirely undeserved, however, especially when delicious grain whisky like the new Nikka Coffey Still is available. This is classic grain whisky--round vanilla, hints of caramel, and an herbaceous, spicy note that brings some pop on the finish. NOTE: While grain whisky can be enjoyed on its own, I find its flavors are much more impressive on the rocks and when splashed with a bit of soda. The Nikka Coffey Still is perhaps the best grain whisky we've yet seen available on the American market. We need more whiskies like this! ASAP!

  • Nikka Miyagikyo 12 Year Old Single Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml ( $109.99)
    The spectacular Miyagikyo 12 year is a true masterpiece. This special distillery in the Sendai prefecture makes some of the best whisky in Japan. Softly smoky and utterly irresistible, the 12 year old from Miyagikiyo shows incredible balance and complexity. The pungent nose of bright fruit and soft phenol is marked by a wonderful honeyed vanilla. On the palate the richness is evident and the sweetness is perfectly balanced by the most subtle whiffs of peat, grass, earth and exotic wood. This special whisky is more expensive than it's pure malt brother, Taketsuru 12 year, but shows a great deal more complexity. A fabulous value in my opinion. (David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits Buyer)

  • 1998 Arran 14 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky ( $99.99)
    Our first attempt to visit the lone distillery on Scotland's Isle of Arran was disastrous - a gigantic blizzard blew through the south of Scotland, completely shutting down the available ferry system and knocking out power for the entire island. Despite our desire to finally see one of the true up-and-comers of the Scotch industry, we were simply out of luck this year. That didn't mean we couldn't taste through casks, however. Luckily for us, the Arran rep was stationed at Glasgow when the storm hit and had samples pulled in anticipation of our appointment. We met up with her shortly after the storm and immediately fell in love with an ex-sherry hogshead that was as complex and delicious as anything we had ever tasted from the young distillery. The nose is all golden grains, brandied fruit, and malty goodness. The palate has a short burst of bright fruit before settling down into faint sherry and sweet barley. At cask strength the alcohol makes these flavors even more powerful, but water doesn't hinder them in any way. Arran is easily the MIP of the malt industry - the most improved player. Recent releases have been top notch, especially for a producer that began in 1996. We have no doubt that this wonderful cask will make believers out of K&L customers as well. The richness of the finish lingers on forever, reminding for minutes how legit this whisky is. Of course, we knew that going in. That's why we were willing to brave the blizzard. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

  • 2010 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $184.99)
    97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is, as always, a gorgeous wine, rich, balanced and delicious. It shows classic Napa Valley ripeness, with blackberry jam, plum, dark chocolate and sweet oak flavors. Plush and velvety doesnt begin to do it justice. Despite its fabulous lushness, this is a wine to age. Depending on your taste, it will provide excellence from now until 2030. *Cellar Selection*" (12/2013) 95 points Vinous: "Bright, dark ruby. Very young, brilliantly pure aromas of dark fruits and strong minerality. Then wonderfully juicy but youthfully imploded, conveying an impression of weightlessness to its penetrating flavors of cassis, blackberry, minerals, dark chocolate and flowers. Savory, sappy, rather masculine wine with terrific precision and energy but still folded in on itself today. Finishes suave, vibrant and very long, with sophisticated fine-grained tannins in perfect harmony with the wine's fruit. Very little Suscol fruit went into the blend as it was too green, according to Hepworth. (ST)" (04/2016) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A gorgeously intense bouquet of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, black currants, blackberries, and subtle smoke and foresty aromas jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with soft tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty is one of the top Insignias produced over recent years. It should age easily for 20+ years. (RP)" (11/2013) 94 points Connoisseurs Guide: "It is a very rare outing in which Insignia does not rank among the best and nothing has changed in 2010. Right from the start, this latest effort impresses with its depth, its obvious polish and its vibrancy, and, while never wanting for ripeness, it is a wonderfully layered and patently sophisticated wine of real pedigree. Its ample, but decidedly fine tannins and its firm acid balance mark it as one that will evolve handsomely for a decade or two despite the fact that its refinement is sure to tempt early drinking, and it deserves to be set aside and patiently saved for special occasions. *Two Stars*" (12/2013) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, dense and deeply concentrated, this offers a powerful thrust of flavors, with mocha- and espresso-laced blackberry, black licorice and cedar notes, revving up on the finish. Long, pure, driven and persistent, this seems set for a long life. Best to cellar. *Collectibles* (JL)" (11/2013) 93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blueberries, chocolate and licorice follow through to a full body, with soft tannins and a fresh finish. This is a luscious, delicious JP Insignia. Harmonies and forward now. Drink now or hold." (05/2014) K&L Notes: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 2% Malbec.

  • 2009 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ( $249.00)
    97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* This is clearly one of the greatest Shafer Hillside Selects ever. It shows incredibly concentrated blackberry, dark chocolate and ripe cassis flavors, wrapped into impeccably rich tannins. Made from 100% Cabernet, its a superb example of Hillside. Tasted from the same bottle a day later, the wine was even richer and more satisfying, which is a solid indicator of ageworthiness." (12/2013) 96 points Wine Spectator: "A monumental effort, offering a striking crescendo of dense, rich flavors, beginning with pure dark berry, mocha, tobacco leaf, cigar box, dried herb and crushed rock notes. The tannins are full-strength as well, drying and gripping on the finish as they hold the road tar and cedar details in place. (JL)" (03/2014) 95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "As always a decidedly extravagant wine and one that marches right to the very brink of being too much of good thing, the latest Hillside Select will be frowned upon by those who find unabashed richness and size to be faults and joyously celebrated by those of us who do not. It is powerful stuff that is marvelously deep in near-juicy fruit, and it is lavishly appointed with lovely oak, but for all of its largesse, it is solidly built with the structure to age for years. We have seen how its fully ripe predecessors have flourished with time, and we have no doubt that this one will do the same." (12/2013) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a more ordinarily constructed, compact effort from Shafer, but very powerful, with blackcurrants, cedar wood, vanillin and spice box. The wine is full-bodied, showing outstanding purity, a slightly more narrow framework and a linear personality. Nevertheless, its top-notch and a brilliant wine on its own. (RP)" (12/2014) 93 points Vinous: "Deep ruby-red. Youthfully medicinal perfume of black cherry, dark plum and wild sage. Densely packed, super concentrated and extremely young, showing lovely inner-mouth focus and floral lift to the flavors of dark cherry, licorice and minerals. Not a hugely thick vintage for the Hillside Select but wonderfully delineated and perfumed, and very young. The tannins are silky. This lovely 2009, from a slightly above-average crop level, may eventually merit an even higher score. (ST)" (07/2016)

  • 2011 Cambria "Bench Break" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay ( $23.99)
    93 points Vinous: "Smoke, crushed rocks, apricots and dried pears are some of the many notes that jump out from the glass in the 2011 Chardonnay Bench Break. A layered, textured Chardonnay, the 2011 blossoms on the palate with tons of depth. Even with all of its richness, the 2011 remains light on its feet and a model of pure grace. There is so much to like here, including the exceedingly fair price." (07/2013) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even richer, with gorgeously ripe apple tart, toasted hazelnut, brioche and white flower-like aromas and flavors, the 2011 Chardonnay Bench Break is full-bodied, richly texture and fresh on the palate, with a layered, multi-dimensional feel. Its a classy Chardonnay meant for drinking over the coming 2-3 years. Drink now-2016." (08/2013) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: " **Editors' Choice** This Chard competes well with others that are considerably more expensive. The palate exhibits the cool growing conditions of the vintage with tart acidity that brightens flavors of tropical fruit and orange. Notes of oak and lees lend (complexity) to this delicious wine." (02/2014) K&L Notes: Cambria prides themselves on being an "estate" winery, which means that they grow every grape themselves and control the winemaking process from cultivation all the way through vinification and bottling. This has resulted in a well-informed understanding of their terroir on the Santa Maria Bench and how to coax the best possible expression of the vineyards. The Bench Break Vineyard sits on the highest point of these estate vineyards, situated on shallow soils of eroded shale and quartz. The results are naturally restricted yields with small, intensely flavored Chardonnay grapes. The long, cool growing season in 2011 was actually nothing unusual for this site. With rich flavors and a bright disposition, it would appear that 2011 was right in this vineyard's comfort zone.

  • 2012 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir ( $24.99)
    We here at K&L couldn't be more excited to bring you the second installment in what hopefully will turn out to be a long, fruitful project with wineries from around the United States, working with us directly to make exclusive bottlings for our customers. The Domestic team here at K&L has spent a great deal of time kicking around the idea of approaching wineries or winemakers we love, and asking them to work with us to create exclusive wines to our specifications. Furthermore we wanted to not only promote these outstanding wines, but the wineries behind them (rather than putting them in a private label with no winery attribution). We hope that you think that these wines offer a tremendous value and a slightly different expression of wineries that you are already familiar with. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

  • 2011 Gorman "The Devil You Don't Know" Columbia Valley Syrah ( $27.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "A supple, expressive wine, featuring ripe fruit aromatics that veer toward savory, smoky flavors, touching on grilled vegetable notes before returning to the dark berry and spice at the core. Focused finish. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2020. 525 cases made. (Web-2013)"

NEW ARRIVALS...
(items coming into our inventory for the first time)

United States - Bourbon and Rye

  • Pow-Wow Botanical Rye Whiskey 750ml - 4 available ( $39.99)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2009 Arbios Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 11 available ( $26.99)
    Bill Arbios helped to pioneer California Bordeaux-style blends during the heyday of Chateau Souverain, and at Lyeth, Chateau DeBaun and Fieldstone. With his own brand, he's rather quietly blazing his own path. According to the winery's tasting note: "The wine's color is deep garnet with purple hues – classic Cabernet color. Plum and berry aromas are followed by spice, cedar and cassis notes. Dried red cherries, pomegranate and plum flavors are complemented by hints of vanilla and pie spices. The wine is soft, full and rich; well balanced with nice, ripe tannins."

  • 2010 Cakebread Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $59.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa represents an attractive blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. This fruity, still grapy 2010 is nicely concentrated with lots of cassis and plum notes. Medium to full-bodied, pure, juicy, sexy and alluring, it will clearly age for 15 or more years despite its early appeal. (RP)" (10/2013) Wine Spectator: "Tilts toward the herbal side of Cabernet, with dill, cedar, dried berry, sage and loamy earth notes. Well-balanced and moderately rich, this ends with a clean, pure finish and fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2022." (08/2013) K&L Notes: From the winery's tasting note: "Beautifully balanced and richly textured on the palate, its concentrated black cherry, wild berry, cassis and mocha flavors are supported by supple tannins and extend into a long, chocolate-y finish. The product of a cool growing season, this rich, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious now, but will develop greater nuance with another 5-7 years of cellaring."

  • 2009 Cimarossa "Rive di Cimarossa" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $64.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Rive di Cimarossa presents a little more richness in its fruit than the 2008, which serves to balance the firm mountain tannins. Mint, grilled herbs, flowers and licorice are some of the notes that are layered into this energetic, focused Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a great showing for the 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (93+)" (12/2011) K&L Notes: "Rive di Cimarossa is a blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from all 10 vineyard blocks from the Cimarossa estate. This wine represents the best that Howell Mountain has to offer. Elevation ranges from 1700-2100 feet; several soil types; sun exposures from the east, west and north. The wine is aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels, 45% of which are new." (Winery notes)

  • 2010 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $24.99)
    Connoisseurs Guide: " *One Star* Leading with comparatively restrained aromas of red cherries and raspberries along with subtle accents of wet clay, herbs and a bit of vanilla-bean oak, this wine follows with precise, if slightly scaled-down, flavors that fully reflect the nose. Slender, but neither thin nor at all lacking in character, it is an insistent, very mannerly, well-tailored take on Cabernet that should come into its own some four or five years hence." (12/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "The winerys basic Cabernet is ripe with cherries and blackberries, with a veneer of oak and an edge of tangy acidity. Its not an ager, but its a polished wine, similar to the 2009." (02/2014) K&L Notes: From the winery: "Clos Du Val, French for 'small vineyard estate of a small valley,' was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val’s iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history. Today, for Clos Du Val Winemaker Kristy Melton, it is the bounty from these renowned vineyards that acts as the foundation for the distinctive, terroir-driven wines of balance and elegance for which Clos Du Val is known."

  • 2010 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $184.99)
    97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is, as always, a gorgeous wine, rich, balanced and delicious. It shows classic Napa Valley ripeness, with blackberry jam, plum, dark chocolate and sweet oak flavors. Plush and velvety doesnt begin to do it justice. Despite its fabulous lushness, this is a wine to age. Depending on your taste, it will provide excellence from now until 2030. *Cellar Selection*" (12/2013) 95 points Vinous: "Bright, dark ruby. Very young, brilliantly pure aromas of dark fruits and strong minerality. Then wonderfully juicy but youthfully imploded, conveying an impression of weightlessness to its penetrating flavors of cassis, blackberry, minerals, dark chocolate and flowers. Savory, sappy, rather masculine wine with terrific precision and energy but still folded in on itself today. Finishes suave, vibrant and very long, with sophisticated fine-grained tannins in perfect harmony with the wine's fruit. Very little Suscol fruit went into the blend as it was too green, according to Hepworth. (ST)" (04/2016) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A gorgeously intense bouquet of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, black currants, blackberries, and subtle smoke and foresty aromas jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with soft tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty is one of the top Insignias produced over recent years. It should age easily for 20+ years. (RP)" (11/2013) 94 points Connoisseurs Guide: "It is a very rare outing in which Insignia does not rank among the best and nothing has changed in 2010. Right from the start, this latest effort impresses with its depth, its obvious polish and its vibrancy, and, while never wanting for ripeness, it is a wonderfully layered and patently sophisticated wine of real pedigree. Its ample, but decidedly fine tannins and its firm acid balance mark it as one that will evolve handsomely for a decade or two despite the fact that its refinement is sure to tempt early drinking, and it deserves to be set aside and patiently saved for special occasions. *Two Stars*" (12/2013) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, dense and deeply concentrated, this offers a powerful thrust of flavors, with mocha- and espresso-laced blackberry, black licorice and cedar notes, revving up on the finish. Long, pure, driven and persistent, this seems set for a long life. Best to cellar. *Collectibles* (JL)" (11/2013) 93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blueberries, chocolate and licorice follow through to a full body, with soft tannins and a fresh finish. This is a luscious, delicious JP Insignia. Harmonies and forward now. Drink now or hold." (05/2014) K&L Notes: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 2% Malbec.

  • 2011 Lewis Cellars "Mason's" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $54.99)
    90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "There is little question but that the 2011 vintage is one in which careful selection will go a long way, but, as in every year, there will still be good Cabernets to be had, and this one from Lewis proves that point. It musters far more richness and sheer fruity muscle than the admittedly less-pricey 2011s that are debuted in this issue, and the winery's predilection for high ripeness and substance cannot go unnoticed. It is big, very big, but with its size comes a clear theme of currants, and it is dressed up with plenty of very sweet oak. It is unconcerned with finesse now, and it may never be, but it will never be faulted for being timid or at all underfilled." (12/2013) K&L Notes: Lewis doesn't make the Mason's Cabernet every year--this is the fifth vintage since it was first made in 2003 to commemorate the birth of Debbie and Randy Lewis' youngest grandson. The 2011 is still incredibly youthful, like 10-year-old Mason, and it's bursting with cherry-fruited energy. Notes of chocolate and licorice add to the wine's complexity, as do firm tannins and a medium- to full-body.

  • 2010 Mark Ryan Winery "Dead Horse-Ciel du Cheval Vineyard" Red Mountain ( $49.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More refined and elegant, with classic Cabernet Sauvignon on the nose and palate, the 2010 Dead Horse is made from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and the balance Malbec and Petit Verdot. Seeing 21 months in 78% new French oak, it has integrated its oak elevage brilliantly and delivers black currant, tobacco, pencil shavings, violet and wild herb qualities that flow to a full-bodied, concentrated and seamlessly textured 2010 that has juicy acidity, excellent mid-palate concentration and masses of finely polished tannin on the finish. Give it 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 15+ years or more. Drink 2016-2030.An estate thats getting up into the creme de la creme of Washington State producers, Mark Ryan Winery was founded by Mark Ryan McNeilly in 1999. Mark now gets assistance in the winemaking from the talented Mike MacMorran (of Manu Propria and Force Majeure), and the wines have overall classical profiles, with bright acidity and tannin, that never lack for fruit or depth. If you havent tried these wines, now is great time to check them out." (06/2013) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The Dead Horse is Mark Ryans book end to the Long Haul. This one is Cabernet-dominated (rather than Merlot), with all five Bordeaux grapes in the final blend. Its dark and fragrant, satiny in the mouth, with appealing flavors of plum, cassis and red licorice. Smooth and lingering, its a fine example of the Mark Ryan Dead Horse style." (09/2013) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and spicy, with a layer of prickly tannins wound around a generous core of currant and blackberry fruit, hinting at bay leaf as the finish lingers expressively. Best from 2015 through 2020. 1,175 cases made." (05/2013)

  • 2010 NXNW Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $19.99)
    This $20 Washington Cab comes from a handful of vineyards across the Columbia Valley appellation and adds in 12% Merlot and 2% Malbec for balance and structure. Its cherry-vanilla nose, tobacco, cola and mint aromas are enticing. The palate is full-bodied and firm, with kirsch, chocolate, vanilla and currant notes offset by leather and mushroom.

  • 2010 Pahlmeyer "Jayson" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ( $46.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and persistent, displaying a vivid core of blackberry, espresso, vanilla bean and dried herb notes. Ends with an elegant aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2022." (08/2013)

  • 2010 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $179.00)
    95 points James Suckling: "This is a solid Cabernet Sauvignon with blackberry, cocoa, stone and spice character. Full and intense with a core of fruit and tannins. Give it three to four years to come together." (05/2014) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From one of the great sites in Oakville, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard bristles on the palate with considerable energy and focus. Freshly cut flowers, red berries and crushed rocks all come to life in the glass. In 2010 Las Piedras stands out for its bright, intense salinity, which is the essential characteristic of this site. The 2010 needs at least a few years in bottle to settled down, but it is drop-dead gorgeous, even today. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. 95+ (AG)" (12/2012) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining purple. Powerful, deeply scented cherry pit, cassis, pipe tobacco and licorice aromas, with vanilla and floral nuances adding complexity. Succulent and expansive on the palate, offering intense bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a hint of candied violet. Rich but lively, with superb finishing clarity, well-knit tannins and a late jolt of peppery spices." (06/2013) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: " **Cellar Selection** First you feel the velvety softness of this Cab. Then the flavors arrive, explosive in blackberries, cherries and currants, green olives, sage, cocoa and oak. Immediately the tannins close in, astringent, dry, hard. The bottom line is an extraordinary wine but one thats not drinkable now. Hold until 2018." (12/2013) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Tight and well-focused, featuring dense red and dark berry fruit that's compact, restrained and persistent, turning delicate and subtle. Drink now through 2024." (11/2013)

  • 2010 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer To-Kalon" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ( $349.00)
    98 points James Suckling: "This is a cab from one of the Napa Valleys most famous vineyards. I often find wines from here overdone, but not this one. Its rich but reserved and beautiful, with lots of dark fruit, chocolate and spice character. Better in 2018." (06/2014) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A much darker and more virile wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard opens with beguiling aromatics that meld into a core of blue and black fruit, exotic spices, tar, smoke and violets. The 2010 boasts superb depth, power and richness in a weighty, brooding style that is the essence of To Kalon. A huge, intense finish rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2032. (AG)" (12/2012) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Drop-dead aromas of black and blue fruits, sandalwood, vanilla and floral pastilles, with woodsmoke and anise qualities building with air. Deeply pitched blueberry and dark cherry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and a hint of cracked pepper. Sweet and seamless on the finish, which seems to go on forever. Rich but showing unlikely elegance and precision; this one is built for the long haul." (06/2013) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Seamless and pure, offering fine aroma, texture, weight and focus, this features a core of dark berry, currant and wild berry flavors that glide across the palate with a Pinot Noir-like fleshiness. Oozes on the finish. Drink now through 2024." (09/2013)

  • 2010 Paul Hobbs "Stagecoach Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $154.99)
    94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple. Sexy, expressive aromas of ripe blackberry, cherry compote, licorice and vanilla, along with a floral nuance. Deep and sweet, with liqueur-like dark berry flavors that show impressive focus and energy. Densely packed but lively cabernet that finishes with smooth, harmonious tannins and impressive mineral snap." (06/2013) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard is impeccably refined in this vintage. Sweet, dark berries, mint and licorice lead to raspberry jam, white flowers and cloves layered into this impeccable, beautifully balanced wine. There are no hard edges or angular contours at all in this finessed, vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028." (12/2012)

  • 2009 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ( $249.00)
    97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* This is clearly one of the greatest Shafer Hillside Selects ever. It shows incredibly concentrated blackberry, dark chocolate and ripe cassis flavors, wrapped into impeccably rich tannins. Made from 100% Cabernet, its a superb example of Hillside. Tasted from the same bottle a day later, the wine was even richer and more satisfying, which is a solid indicator of ageworthiness." (12/2013) 96 points Wine Spectator: "A monumental effort, offering a striking crescendo of dense, rich flavors, beginning with pure dark berry, mocha, tobacco leaf, cigar box, dried herb and crushed rock notes. The tannins are full-strength as well, drying and gripping on the finish as they hold the road tar and cedar details in place. (JL)" (03/2014) 95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "As always a decidedly extravagant wine and one that marches right to the very brink of being too much of good thing, the latest Hillside Select will be frowned upon by those who find unabashed richness and size to be faults and joyously celebrated by those of us who do not. It is powerful stuff that is marvelously deep in near-juicy fruit, and it is lavishly appointed with lovely oak, but for all of its largesse, it is solidly built with the structure to age for years. We have seen how its fully ripe predecessors have flourished with time, and we have no doubt that this one will do the same." (12/2013) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a more ordinarily constructed, compact effort from Shafer, but very powerful, with blackcurrants, cedar wood, vanillin and spice box. The wine is full-bodied, showing outstanding purity, a slightly more narrow framework and a linear personality. Nevertheless, its top-notch and a brilliant wine on its own. (RP)" (12/2014) 93 points Vinous: "Deep ruby-red. Youthfully medicinal perfume of black cherry, dark plum and wild sage. Densely packed, super concentrated and extremely young, showing lovely inner-mouth focus and floral lift to the flavors of dark cherry, licorice and minerals. Not a hugely thick vintage for the Hillside Select but wonderfully delineated and perfumed, and very young. The tannins are silky. This lovely 2009, from a slightly above-average crop level, may eventually merit an even higher score. (ST)" (07/2016)

  • 2010 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ( $99.00)
    97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More serious, edgy and structured, the spectacular 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Carmenere that spent 22 months in new and neutral French oak. Layered, pure and complex, with ethereal spice-laced black currant and blackberry fruit, singed herbs, coffee and floral notes on the nose, this full-bodied, impeccably balanced 2010 has phenomenal purity of fruit, a great mid-palate and masses of finely polished, perfectly ripe tannin that coat the palate. Brilliant on all accounts, it will live to see its 25th birthday in fine form. Drink now-2035. Located in Walla Walla, made by Chris Figgins and a benchmark estate, Leonetti Cellars produces seriously rich efforts that have a perfect blend of power and finesse, with gorgeously managed tannin, seamless textures and awesome purity. 97+ points. (JD)" (06/2013) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(includes 12% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Carmenere): Good dark ruby-red. Cassis, blackberry, menthol and milk chocolate on the varietally expressive nose. Large-scaled and powerful, but with an extraordinarily silky texture and outstanding spicy lift to the deep flavors of dark berries, coffee, spices and minerals. Wonderfully long and perfumed, finishing with outstanding breadth, great saline precision and toothcoating tannins that are not a bit aggressive. A baby today, but balanced from day one. 95+ points. (ST)" (11/2013) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* All Leonetti wines are 100% estate-grown fruit, mixing Seven Hills, Mill Creek Upland and Loess vineyard grapes. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon includes 12% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Carmenère in the blend. Young and chewy, with a hint of herbaceousness, this shows lovely balance and a mix of raspberry, black cherry, cassis, coffee and cacao. Its a young, deep and powerful wine that will certainly reward cellaring." (07/2013) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "Another 2010 Walla Walla wine for which the predominant note is potential. Dark currant and mocha scents are given a gentle kneading from a calfskin glove. The flavors feel poised but hardly ready, with a dusty earthiness and grip on the back end. For all that, it feels like a complete wine in the wings. Cellar." (10/2013) K&L Notes: From Wine Advocate: "Just shy of two decades on in the history of Walla Walla's first bonded winery and one of Washington State's greatest vinous success stories, pioneer Gary Figgins and his son Chris (who had just gotten his horticultural degree and joined the family business) embarked on a path of re-directing, indeed re-creating Leonetti Cellars as an estate bottler and farmer of the local terroir. In the summer of 1996, the Figginses became partners in the emerging Seven Hills Vineyard south of Walla Walla. The following winter, severe frost drastically cut their supply of fruit from established Yakima Valley vineyards, encouraging a decision to invest in sites of their own nearer home. Chris Figgins chose the spot that the following year became Mill Creek Upland Vineyard - then the rare instance of a family wheat farm for sale, and at a price that raised not just locals' eyebrows but ire; and in 2002 Loess Vineyard was planted 17 miles away and adjacent to the winery, with lay-out and clonal diversity predicated on the family's by then extensive experience at Seven Hills and Upland...These three Leonetti estate vineyards offer a vivid example of Walla Walla microclimatic diversity...which make for a typically month-long harvest, not to mention for a corresponding diversity of raw materials from which to achieve wines of balance and complexity or - if desired - site-specificity." (12/2012)

  • 2011 Oberon Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon ( $18.99)
    From the winery: "Classic Napa Valley with deep, rich color and concentrated black fruit character. Lush, dark berry and cassis flavors complemented by 12 months of French oak barrel aging and a supple tannin structure."

  • 2010 Woodward Canyon "Artist Series #19" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $44.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More refined and elegant, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series #19 is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and was aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. Very classic on the nose, with plenty of black currant, tobacco leaf, chocolate, cedar and herbs, it is medium to full-bodied, seamless and perfectly balanced, with a light fresh texture that conceals underlying ripe tannin. Enjoy it over the coming 12-15 years. Drink now-2028.Owned and run by long time Walla Walla Vintner Rick Small, with the wines made by Kevin Mott, this estate produces classic, elegant wines that have lots of oak, yet the fruit to handle it. In addition to the 2010s reviewed here, I was able to taste through a full lineup of 2012s, all of which showed well and in line with the reviews here. Due to the timing of my visit, I wasnt able to get a look at the 2011s, and Ill report on those this time next year." (06/2013) Wine Spectator: "Lean, focused and distinctive, with toast, bay leaf and blueberry flavors on a tight frame, finishing firm. Needs cellaring. Best after 2015. (Web-2013)"

  • 2009 World's End "If Six was 9 Nine" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 10 available ( $39.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a blend from multiple sites): Bright ruby to the rim. Pure, reticent aromas of cassis, chocolate and crushed rock. Juicy, smooth and harmonious; not hugely complex but a very well-judged blend, with pliant black cherry, menthol and mineral flavors and a graceful, long finish featuring sweet, firm tannins. I'd give this a few years in the cellar. 91(+?) points." (05/2012) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This interesting Cabernet was grown in various parts of the valley, but you can detect a cool-climate influence in the acidity and especially the tannins, which are firm and astringent. Yet the wine, which contains small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, is remarkably ripe in blackberries, cherries and currants. Shows lots of elegance and complexity. Drink it over the next six years." (02/2012) 89 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Starting out with a fairly complex nose of ripe cherries, currants, blackberries and caramel, this solid young wine stays right on track with like-minded flavors of expressive, deeply constituted fruit. As should be expected, it is still on the gruff and rather unrefined side but does not empty or dry out as its ample tannins come into play. It shows plenty of room for growth and has the fruity drive to improve for six to ten years." (04/2012) K&L Notes: Jonathan Maltus, owner of Chateau Teyssier in St-Emilion (one Bordeaux's first "garagistes" decades ago) is making his foray into California wine with the newly-released World's End label. Back in March, Decanter Magazine reported that Maltus had sold the entire production of his first vintage, so fans have been eagerly awaiting the 2009s. This bottling, named for the Jimi Hendrix song, blends from the Circle S, Coombsville and Sugarloaf Mountain vineyards for a deft Napa Valley meets St-Emilion Cab. Blue-fruited, with a voluptuous structure and hints of vanilla, espresso and coffee bean, this drinks like many California cult wines that sell for two to three-times the price.

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 11 available ( $74.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "...Elegant and sophisticated in the Napa style. The tannins are soft and melted, and the flavors offer immediate rewards of blackberries, cherries, currants, cassis, anise and smoky oak. Will develop bottle nuances over the next eight years." (12/2009) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright, full ruby. Spicy dark plum, redcurrant and cherry aromas complicated by menthol, lavender and leather. In a very closed stage today, with moderately sweet bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors currently muted by an impression of slightly tart acidity. The finish is reasonably long but distinctly medicinal today, with an obvious herbal element. Will this expand with time in bottle? Corison normally picks her Cabernet during the second or third week of September, but in 2006 the harvest was nearly a month later." (09/2012) Wine & Spirits: "An unusually heady vintage of Corison, this is a robust red mixing high-acid notes of ruby red grapefruit with superripe flavors of peach. Approached from a different angle, the flavors read as herbal cherry with a slight volatility. Whichever way you look at it, this needs some time to meld. When it does, it should marry well with slow-smoked pork ribs." (12/2009) Connoisseurs Guide: "In this outing, the Ms. Corison's clear penchant for elegance and understatement is once again clear, but leanness inherent in the 2006 vintage is made all the more evident by the style. Not at all massive, but still very tight and a little tart at the edges, this is a nervy wine with a real need to relax, and it promises to soften if not fully flesh out in four or five years." (12/2009) K&L Notes: 93 points Richard Jennings: "Opaque purple red violet color; tart black fruit, pencil lead nose; tasty, elegant, tart plum, black fruit, pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish." (8/21/2011, RJonWine.com)

  • 2006 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red - 3 available ( $229.99)
    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. Its full yet balanced with blueberry, currants, and spices on the finish. Racy is a word that comes to mind." (03/2012) 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)" (12/2009) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated deep ruby. Cassis, bitter chocolate and sexy smoky oak on the nose. Dense and sweet but firmly structured, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic quality giving the wine sappy lift. Pure, penetrating flavors of cassis, lead pencil and bitter chocolate, with a sexy oak quality that I can only describe as Mouton-like. This is still quite tightly wound and will need several years of bottle aging to soften up...'The biggest change here has been our independence,' said winemaker Michael Silacci, who took over winemaking responsibilities with the 2004 vintage; previously former partners Mouton-Rothschild and Robert Mondavi were involved in crafting this wine. (ST)" (06/2009)

  • 2005 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $259.99)
    100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a hot vintage and incredible any way you look at it, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon has that laser-like focus of a cooler year, yet the voluptuousness and richness of a warmer year. Smoked black fruits, coffee, truffle and pen ink-like aromas and flavors all emerge from this massive, incredibly full-bodied effort and on the palate, it carries itself perfectly with a weightless, yet decadent texture, masses of polished tannin and blockbuster length. More classic and textbook than the 2007, it is every bit as good. (JD)" (06/2013) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Still young, chewy and textural, this stands as a classic Washington 2005 red--lusciously laden with mixed red and black berries, generous and deep; dense and jammy. The mixed berries, red licorice, cherries, layers of butterscotch, toffee and caramel are beautifully integrated and linger seductively into the finish. It has some initial alcoholic heat, but the flavors compensate and go on and on. This is a wine that must be cellared another five or more years before it even begins to pull itself together. If you must pop the cork before then, decant it for at least six hours and more if possible before drinking. *Best of 2008, Cellar Selection* (PG)" (12/2008) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Richly aromatic, this brims with dark berry and currant aromas and flavors, shaded with espresso and dark chocolate overtones set against somewhat gritty tannins. A meaty note adds extra depth as the finish lingers on and on against the tannins. (HS)" (07/2008) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, saturated medium ruby. Sexy aromas of cassis, black raspberry, minerals, mocha and smoky oak. Juicy, layered and intense, with superb depth of fruit and an impression of breadth rare for Washington cabernet. This superripe wine shows considerably more finesse of tannins than the estate's red blend. This began with a slightly roasted quality but with time in the recorked bottle it appeared to gain in energy and sheer density. This was a vintage that yielded very small berries, noted Alex Golitzin. 94+ (ST)" (12/2008) Jancis Robinson: "Small berries and a tannic vintage. Small percentage of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 88% Champoux and 12% from Red Mountain vineyards. 22 months in new French oak. Both red and dark fruit on the nose. Such restraint even though you know this has great fruit depth. Smooth, deep-pile velvety tannins. Thick but not heavy. Savoury and very dry but in no way drying. Firm seude-like tannins and these tannins are perfectly enhanced by the acidity. 18/20 points (JH)" (01/2010)

United States - Domestic Merlot

  • 2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot ( $13.99)
    Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Just what you want a California Merlot to be. Its soft in the mouth, with silky tannins framing easy flavors of cherries, red currants, mocha and cinnamon spice. Great with cheeseburgers, lamb curry, beef tartare." (11/2013)

  • 2011 Lewis Napa Valley Merlot - 12 available ( $69.99)
    Founder Randy Lewis came to Napa from a racing career, and winemaker Josh Widaman came to Lewis Cellars from Pahlmeyer. Expect a full-throttle Merlot. From the winery's note: "Cabernet may be king but a little Merlot can be a guilty pleasure! Redolent ripe fruits are fleshy, loose-knitted and provocative. An invisible cloud of Tahitian vanilla, clove and cocoa spice swirls from the glass. The first sip reveals sensuous sweet berry flavors that yield to a surprisingly athletic frame of svelte tannins and natural acidity. The second sip? 75 cases produced."

  • 2010 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Merlot ( $19.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, deep, round and expressive, roiling with black cherry, smoke and meat flavors, persisting on the finish. This is coming together nicely. Drink now through 2018. 1,250 cases made." (10/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Looking at the Bordeaux varieties and a soft, straightforward and quaffable effort, the 2010 Merlot possesses solid cherry, underbrush and spice aromas and flavors, medium body and a clean finish that has solid length. Drink it over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2016." (06/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "A smooth, almost satiny Merlot, with generous flavors of plum and cassis. The ample fruit is wrapped in darker flavors, providing a coating streaked with licorice, dusted with coffee grounds and finished with chocolate." (11/2013)

  • 2009 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot - 2 available ( $39.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby. Assertive aromas of raspberry, cherry and fresh flowers, with vanilla and mint accents building with air. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet red fruit flavors and a hint of candied rose. Shows very good energy and clarity on the long, vanilla-tinged finish. This wine was sourced from 13 acres' worth of parcels within the Monte Bello vineyard that yielded a total of only 25 tons of fruit." (11/2012) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Merlot Estate is a very beautiful wine that reflects more Santa Cruz Mountains personality than varietal character. Dark red fruit, tobacco and mintare woven together in this bright, generous, beautifully articulated wine. The Merlot is made from two parcels planted at 1,300 and 2,000 feet of elevation in the Jimsomare property, which is now part of the Ridge estate. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019." (08/2012) K&L Notes: 100% Merlot from Ridge's iconic Monte Bello Vineyard, from younger plantings, 2009 marks their first bottling of a varietal Merlot since 1997. It underwent a whole-berry fermentation with native yeasts and was aged for twenty months in 75% new (25% year-old) air-dried American oak. It exhibits bright berry and plum aromas and flavors, with accents of mint leaf, warm earth, and baking spices. Elegant and refined, this is classic California Merlot done right. Enjoy now over the next decade.

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2011 Bernardus Monterey County Chardonnay ( $18.99)
    89 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Very clean, optimally ripened, distinctly apple-like fruit abounds in the nose and stays the course throughout this wine's lengthy flavors, and a nicely measured trim of mildly caramelly oak adds a little richness and range. The wine is not so much one of great complexity or breathtaking depth as it is one of very fine focus and fruity insistence, and it is balanced to keep well for several years even while being enjoyable now." (05/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "Satisfies the Chardonnay sweet tooth, with vanilla, buttered toast and jammy apricot, orange, lime and honey flavors. Theres good Central Coast acidity for balance." (07/2013) Wine Spectator: "This fresh and vibrant white offers intense citrus, green pineapple and pear notes. Juicy and persistent, with a cleansing finish. Drink now through 2017." (06/2013)

  • 2011 Cakebread Reserve Carneros Chardonnay ( $59.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dominated more by smoky hazelnut characteristics, the richer, fuller 2011 Chardonnay Reserve is medium-bodied and best drunk over the next 3-4 years." (10/2013) Wine Spectator: "Offers a twinge of bitter citrus amid the floral scents and snappy green apple flavors. Clean and refreshing. Drink now through 2019. (Web Only--2014)" K&L Notes: From the winery: "Our sumptuous 2011 Chardonnay Reserve offers creamy, complex aromas of lemon custard, ripe golden apple and white peach, complemented by subordinate notes of jasmine, buttercream, light yeast and oak toast. Round and creamy on the palate, with deeply concentrated peach, apple and melon flavors, the wine picks up zesty citrus, spice and mineral tones in the long, elegant finish. This big, beautifully balanced Chardonnay is delicious now, but it will handsomely reward another 5-7 years' aging."

  • 2011 Cambria "Bench Break" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay ( $23.99)
    93 points Vinous: "Smoke, crushed rocks, apricots and dried pears are some of the many notes that jump out from the glass in the 2011 Chardonnay Bench Break. A layered, textured Chardonnay, the 2011 blossoms on the palate with tons of depth. Even with all of its richness, the 2011 remains light on its feet and a model of pure grace. There is so much to like here, including the exceedingly fair price." (07/2013) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even richer, with gorgeously ripe apple tart, toasted hazelnut, brioche and white flower-like aromas and flavors, the 2011 Chardonnay Bench Break is full-bodied, richly texture and fresh on the palate, with a layered, multi-dimensional feel. Its a classy Chardonnay meant for drinking over the coming 2-3 years. Drink now-2016." (08/2013) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: " **Editors' Choice** This Chard competes well with others that are considerably more expensive. The palate exhibits the cool growing conditions of the vintage with tart acidity that brightens flavors of tropical fruit and orange. Notes of oak and lees lend (complexity) to this delicious wine." (02/2014) K&L Notes: Cambria prides themselves on being an "estate" winery, which means that they grow every grape themselves and control the winemaking process from cultivation all the way through vinification and bottling. This has resulted in a well-informed understanding of their terroir on the Santa Maria Bench and how to coax the best possible expression of the vineyards. The Bench Break Vineyard sits on the highest point of these estate vineyards, situated on shallow soils of eroded shale and quartz. The results are naturally restricted yields with small, intensely flavored Chardonnay grapes. The long, cool growing season in 2011 was actually nothing unusual for this site. With rich flavors and a bright disposition, it would appear that 2011 was right in this vineyard's comfort zone.

  • 2012 Dragonette Cellars Grassini Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc - 12 available ( $34.99)
    92 points Vinous: "Bright yellow. Heady aromas of poached pear, honey, jasmine and iodine, along with a smoky, leesy overtone. Offers pliant orchard and ripe citrus fruit flavors and a touch of sweet butter, complemented by anise and honeysuckle. Smooth and expansive on the clinging finish, showing very good intensity and bright stony cut.Now settled into a spacious facility on the northern outskirts of Buellton, John and Steve Dragonette and Brandon Sparks-Gillis have plenty of room to spread out and work more efficiently and quickly than when they were based in Lompoc, where the barrels were stacked to the roof, according to Sparks-Gillis, who told me that they're trying to "strip away as much artifice as possible" from their wines and are taking a highly flexible approach to fermentation times, stem inclusion and new oak while "trying to make each wine distinct from the others. Otherwise, why not just make single-varietal bottlings and be done with it?" Sparks-Gillis asked rhetorically." (12/2014) K&L Notes: These days, when we see Santa Barbara on a label we think Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. But the Happy Canyon AVA, a little warmer than its neighbors thanks to a range of mountains that block the coldest sea breezes, is a place where Bordeaux varietals thrive. Grassini is a high-density, low-yielding (for Sauvignon Blanc) vineyard. The folks at Dragonette purchase the grapes on a per-acre basis, instead of per-ton, and harvest them in multiple passes, by hand. Add aging in 67% neutral French oak barrels and puncheons, 11 months aging on the lees with occasional stirring, and you can see why this is a $34.99 Sauv Blanc--and worth it. The 2011 was scored 92 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Tanzer's International Wine Cellar and Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine.

  • 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Coast Gewürztraminer ( $17.99)
    90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Sporting very clear themes of allspice and clove in the nose with suggestions of ripe apples and a hint of spiced orange as well, this relatively mouthfilling Gewurz stays in step on the palate with ample, nicely filled flavors. While it flirts with a bit of unnecessary heat at the finish, it never wavers from its varietal course, and, while we would not choose it as a picnicky cooler, it has the richness to stand up to flavorful fare such as a classic Alsatian Choucroute Garnie." (06/2013) K&L Notes: From the winery: "The Bundschu family’s 150+year-old vineyard is located on the SW slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just eight miles north of San Pablo Bay. • Terrain below 150 ft elevation features gently sloping Huichica clay loam soils with gravel deposits and cooler growing conditions that deliver minerality and focused acidity. Wines grown in these blocks bear the Sonoma Coast designation to reflect their cool climate character. • Eleven acres of Heritage Selection vines planted 1969, harvested in 2 lots. Eleven acres of clone 47 vines planted 2005, harvested in 3 lots. Yield 3.5 tons/acre"

  • 2011 Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Valley Chardonnay - 12 available ( $21.99)

  • 2012 Jaffurs Santa Barbara County Viognier - 12 available ( $24.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale gold. High-pitched citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complicated by pungent flowers and honey. Silky and refreshingly brisk, offering juicy tangerine, pear and ginger flavors along with a sweet marzipan flourish. Nicely combines richness and vivacity and finishes with strong cut and tangy thrust. In an energetic, precise style for the variety, especially for a New World version." (11/2013) 91 points Vinous: "The 2012 Viognier is pure class. Jasmine, white peaches, mint and light honey are some of the many notes that are woven together. In 2012, the Viognier is a true stand out. The 2012 was aged 60% in neutral oak and 40% in steel, with the oak giving the wine much of its textural depth. This is a fabulous showing from Jaffurs. This is a beautiful set of wines from Craig Jaffurs. This year I found the wines particularly expressive and transparent to site. Most of the wines are made from destemmed fruit, although Jaffurs does use whole clusters occasionally on Mourvedre and Grenache components. The wines are aged predominantly in neutral oak, which again, emphasizes the purity of fruit sourced from a number of the most highly regarded sites in Santa Barbara." (07/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "All from Bien Nacido, the 2012 Viognier has a soft, sweetly fruited profile with fresh lemon, white peach and hints of flowers and apricot flowing to a quaffable (in the best sense of the word) palate that-s hard to resist. Drink it over the coming year or so. Drink now-2014. (JD)" (08/2013) K&L Notes: Jaffurs entirely sourced their 2012 Santa Barbara County Viognier from the distinguished Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, but they left the usual AVA labelling and price point anyway. Made from 100% Viognier, the wine was vinified in 60% neutral French oak barrels and 40% stainless steel. From the winery: "With classic aromas of fleshy white peach, flowers and tropical fruits, this wine also delivers flavors of licorice and spice while maintaining a stony mineral edge. Pair with fresh seafood: think mahi-mahi with tropical fruit salsa or seared scallops."

  • 2012 Jana Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ( $15.99)
    Made in a dry, fresh style, Jana's Sauvignon Blanc adds a dash of Napa Pinot Gris and a dash of Mendocino Riesling for acidity and aromatics. The winemaker uses no oak and suppresses malo, allowing the full melony character to come through. Delightful.

  • 2012 Lewis Napa Valley Chardonnay ( $44.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and alive, with zesty green apple, pear, butterscotch and apricot flavors. This is full-blown, gliding along on the finish, with the fruit and oak elements side by side. Drink now through 2019 (Insider)" K&L Notes: Known for a rich, forward style of Napa Chardonnay, Lewis Cellars' recent vintages have been described by The Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine as "big, broad, no-holds-barred," "extravagant and flamboyant," and praised thus: "It is hard not to gush over wines whose ambition is matched by their achievement, and here in the Lewis Napa Valley edition, we are offered both." Even in the cool vintages! The 2012, from the only "normal" vintage in the past three years, is no exception. From the winery: "Remarkably ripe and saturated with stone fruit, pear and mineral, the wine is shot-through with toasty oak spice, caramel and brioche. Sumptuous texture and beurre blanc dominate the mid palate with plenty of lees character and native acidity bringing length to the lustrous finish."

  • 2012 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc - 12 available ( $34.99)
    Randy Lewis's Lewis Cellars might be better known for their brawny reds, but they make a vibrant, tropical Sauvignon Blanc that shouldn't be overlooked. If you like your SB's plush with stone fruit and mango scents spiked with vanilla and that same fruit, with bright acidity and a creamy texture, you'll like this.

  • 2010 Mayacamas Napa Valley Chardonnay ( $27.99)
    Wine Enthusiast: "Lean, dry and minerally, with tart flavors of grapefruit, lemon peel and Asian pear. The acidity is refreshingly crisp. This is a bottling that rarely does well in blind tastings because its so austere. But it is elegant." (07/2013) K&L Notes: This Chardonnay from the venerable Mayacamas was grown in the winery's dry-farmed, estate vineyards in the Mt. Veeder region. Richard Jennings: "Light yellow color; tart peach, apple nose; baked pear, tart pear palate with lowish acidity; medium-plus finish. (4/2013, RJonWine.com)

  • 2012 NXNW Columbia Valley Chardonnay ( $11.99)
    NxNW "North by Northwest" is operated by Ed King of the northwest's King Estate Winery, and offers everyday-priced, liquid snapshots of some great properties in the Columbia River Basin grape growing region. Hand picked, whole cluster pressed, slow fermented, sur lie aged 5 months. 20% New French Oak. Aroma of vanilla, oak, pear, honeysuckle, red apple, banana, and a hint of toast. On the palate vanilla, peach, toast, tropical fruit, banana, and a hint of toffee. Viscous, round, long, and crisp acidity.

  • 2011 Paul Hobbs "Ross Station" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ( $79.99)
    93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright gold. Candied orange, poached pear, honey and iodine on the powerfully scented nose. Fleshy and broad but energetic, offering palate-staining orchard fruit flavors and a smoky mineral underpinning. Shows very good depth and focus, finishing with impressive energy and an echo of smoky minerals. This is the first bottling from this 7.5 acre, south-facing vineyard, which was planted in 2008 to Calera, Mount Eden and Wente clones." (06/2013) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate comes from Old Wente and Hudson clones, and was aged 15 months in new French oak. A Meursault-like Chardonnay, it offers up aromas of roasted hazelnuts, honeysuckle, peach marmalade and a touch of smoke. This full-throttle, surprisingly rich, heady Chardonnay should drink nicely for 3-4 years." (12/2013)

  • 2012 Randy Lewis "Race Car White" Sonoma County Chardonnay ( $29.99)
    Indy race car driver Randy Lewis took a spin from his Napa Valley winery to find these grapes, all the way west to Sonoma County's Dutton Ranch. It's about not who finishes first in this cool-climate locale, but which grapes ripen most deliciously--that's the gold cup.

  • 2012 Sensorium Paso Robles Viognier - 12 available ( $18.99)

  • 2010 Thomas George Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 12 available ( $32.99)
    A blend from two estate vineyards: Cresta Ridge (56%) and Starr Ridge (44%). The fruit was all hand harvested and whole cluster pressed to tank, settled, and racked to French oak barrels (77%), concrete egg (18%), and stainless steel drums (5%) for fermentation. The wine was aged sur lie with 25% malolactic conversion. From the winery: "Aromas of ripe stone fruits accompanied with zesty citrus fruit aromas, and white pepper. The limited malolactic conversion allows subtle flavors of lemon-lime to express themselves amongst brighter notes of peach and apricot. The finish is long, with a long searing acidity complemented by hints of macadamia and spice."

  • 2011 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Fumé Blanc ( $10.99)
    Connoisseurs Guide: "*Good Value* Lighter in most aspects and squeaky clean in them all, this lively youngster marries a bit of white-melon fruit with token touches of grass in a very fresh and somewhat milder take on the grape. It is medium-bodied and balanced to firmness, and, while never an especially demonstrative wine, it hits the proper Sauvignon Blanc marks squarely and at very reasonable price." (03/2013)

  • 2012 Ponzi Willamette Valley Pinot Gris ( $14.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A fine effort in 2012, this clean and fresh Pinot Gris impresses with crisply defined flavors of jicama, white peach, pineapple and honeydew melon. Flavors are persistent and lightly kissed with vanilla through a lingering, lively finish." (10/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and lively, with a distinct ginger root character weaving through the lime and pear fruit, finishing with snap and expression. Drink now. " (09/2013) 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ponzi thinks that the presence of old vines from her familys estate vineyards is responsible for the flattering sense of textural creaminess to her 2012 Pinot Gris, reflecting an endearing potential of this grape variety that unfortunately rarely comes out in Oregonian renditions. (There was a small bit of malolactic on the 2011 but not here, so the creaminess has nothing to do with that.) Most of the non-estate fruit comes from the new winerys northern Chehalem Mountains sector, but some also from the Eola Hills. Juicy pear, peach and apple are tinged with brown spices along with citrus rind, peach kernel and pear pip that lend ping to the finish and there is a disarming sense of buoyancy even at 13.3% alcohol. Plan to savor this fine value over the next 2-3 years." (10/2013)

  • 2007 Ridge Vineyards "Carmichael" Sonoma Zinfandel - 2 available ( $29.99)
    The Carmichael Vineyard was initially part of the Rancho Sotoyomi land grant, then purchased in the mid-1800s by Archibald Carmichael. Ridge starting farming the western half of this 100-acre property in 2000, and the 2007 is the fourth release. Winemaker's note: "A mild winter, followed by a warm spring,brought an early start to the growing season. Unseasonably cool summer weather slowed progress, but the grapes ripened by late August - two weeks ahead of schedule. The vineyard parcels were crushed to three separate tanks for natural-yeast fermentation. We pressed at the sixth day, on average, and assembled the wine before it completed an uninoculated secondary, which finished the following February. Aged for twelve months in air-dried American oak barrels (a quarter new, a quarter one year old, the rest five years old), the wine clarified naturally through settling and quarterly racking. This full-flavored, elegant Zinfandel was picked at moderate ripeness; approachable now, it will be at its best over the next four to five years."

  • 2012 Trefethen Estate Napa Valley Dry Riesling ( $17.99)
    Connoisseurs Guide: "Trefethen has been making dry Napa Valley Riesling as long as most anyone, and, from the beginning, its wines have favored delicacy over richness and aggressive fruit. This latest very much fits the family mold and is a clean, fairly crisp, if somewhat too mild wine, and, truth be told, it could do with a boost in fruity depth with which to buffer the slight, latter-palate bitterness that holds it back from higher marks." (09/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "This Riesling actually tastes off-dry, to judge by the honey and vanilla bean sweetness that accompanies the citrus fruits. It's brisk in acidity and refreshingly low in alcohol. Continues a string of successful, restaurant-fancy Rieslings from Trefethen." (09/2013) Wine Spectator: "A vibrant, fresh take on honeydew melon, lime zest, kiwifruit and apple flavors, with a racy finish. Drink now. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: Do you love Riesling? Are you ready to give California Riesling a second chance? Start here. The Trefethen family planted Riesling decades ago on their Oak Knoll District property, likely because it was one of the Valley's popular varietals at the time. Tastes have changed, but they're still replanting new blocks of Riesling now, in the age of almighty Cab, because it's remained one of their most popular varietals. It's a lovely, dry wine year on year, partly thanks to the vineyard's location on the foggier, southern edge of the valley, and partly thanks to the conscientious approach that Trefethen takes with their Riesling--including multiple picks and specially selected yeasts. The 2012 was the first Riesling to be named a winner at the 2013 Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition, and has won the praise of wine critic Dan Berger: "Classic Riesling aroma with a trace of jasmine spice, bright and lilting. Always a phenomenal wine...." (February 2013)

  • 2012 ZD California Chardonnay ( $26.99)
    ZD's California Chardonnay blends fruit from the Napa Carneros, as well as Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties, to create a wine that's like bottled sunshine. Winemaker Chris Pisani suppresses malolactic fermentation and ages the juice in American oak barrels for 10 months, creating a tropical, full-bodied Chardonnay with toasty accents and fresh acidity.

United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red

  • 2010 Epoch "Ingenuity Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend ( $59.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Ingenuity is a knockout effort that checks in as a mix of 62% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre, 12% Grenache and 12% Petite Sirah that was aged in 61% new French oak. Gorgeous all around, with a lively, yet decadent bouquet of grilled beef, black fruits, licorice, mineral, violets and earth, it flows onto the palate with a full-bodied, rich texture, notable freshness and a clean, energetic finish. Already delicious and approachable, it nevertheless has the concentration, acidity and tannin to evolve gracefully through 2020. Drink now-2020.An estate that continues to go from strength to strength, Epoch is owned by Bill and Liz Armstrong, with the wines made by Jordan Fiorentini. All of their wines come from their estate Paderewski Vineyard, and both their 2010s and 2011s are incredibly strong, with the edge going to the 2010s at the moment. You cant go wrong here, though, and these are serious, top-flight wines. (JD)" (08/2013) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(62% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre, 12% Grenache and 12% Petite Sirah; 15.7% alcohol): Glass-staining ruby. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, licorice, smoky minerals and spicy oak. Offers concentrated blackberry, boysenberry and vanilla flavors and shows impressive back-end mineral lift. Gentle tannins add shape to the strikingly long, sweet, penetrating finish, with the spicy element carrying through. (JR)" (11/2012) 91 points Vinous: "Super-ripe black cherries, mocha and spices come together in the 2010 Ingenuity. The 2010 impresses for its mid-palate juiciness and round, layered personality. It is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next few years. The blend is 62% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre, 12% Grenache and 12% Petite Sirah. (AG)" (07/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Big, broad, rich and chewy, with dense, extracted dark berry, black licorice, anise and cedar notes. Rambunctious now, but will have tamer days ahead. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Petite Sirah. Best from 2014 through 2024." (11/2013)

  • 2010 Gorman "The Evil Twin" Red Mountain Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $59.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Similarly styled, yet more complex and evolved, the 2010 The Evil Twin checks in as a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, also all from Red Mountain. Aged in 100% new French oak, it boasts knockout aromatics of blackberry liqueur, cedar, toasted spice and licorice as well as a full-bodied, mouth-filling and decadently textured palate. Still possessing some tannin to integrate, it should evolve positively for 3-4 years and drink well for over a decade. Drink now-2018.These full throttle wines are made by Chris Gorman and focus primarily on Red Mountain fruit. Theyre unabashedly full-bodied and ripe, and while not for the anti-alcohol crowd, deliver serious amounts of fruit and texture while staying fresh and very drinkable." (06/2013) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Sort of a reserve version of the Zacharys Ladder, this is a 60/40 Syrah/Cabernet blend. Some of the Syrah has been barrel fermented, and the finished wine spent 21 months in new French oak. Thick and tannic, it is still settling into itself, but offers rich components-citrus, acid, spice, stem, chocolate, earth, dust and that dense black fruit core. The tannins are fine-grained and fulsome." (07/2013) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Broad-shouldered but supple, wrapping its ripe cherry, plum and chocolate flavors in a blanket of fine tannins, finishing plush without getting too dense or weighty. Lingers enticingly." (12/2012)

  • 2011 Porter Creek Mendocino County Old Vine Carignane ( $23.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright violet color. An intense bouquet displays cherry, red berry preserves, potpourri and pungent herbs. Juicy, focused and spicy, offering tangy cherry and raspberry flavors and a touch of smokiness. A bitter cherry note lingers on the sappy, refreshingly brisk finish, with dusty tannins adding grip. Lots of fruit here, and no jamminess." (06/2013) K&L Notes: Grown for generations in rural Mendocino County as a blender for Zinfandel, the world-wide popular Carignane (in the dusty backroads of Mendo, relax, you can voice the "g") is increasingly being made into an elegant stand-alone varietal. From Porter Creek: "The depth of character that comes from these very old vines lends to a wine that more than amply stands on its own. Like previous vintages this wine shows dark ripe fruits on the nose and soft tannins, but with more concentration due to the extremely low yield of one ton per acre."

  • 2011 Unti Vineyards "Petit Frere" Dry Creek Rhône Blend ( $19.99)
    Unti's "little brother" to their top Côte du Rhône-style wine Grenache blend. Comprised of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre, Petit Freres is a bit brighter and softer than the winery's Grenache blend, a bit more fruit-forward and immediately approachable, but with that distinctive concentrated Dry Creek Valley fruit. Very interesting to sample this classic style, from a very cool year in California.

  • 2010 Bogle "The Phantom" Red Blend ( $14.99)
    Bogle's "Phantom" is a traditional old vine Zinfandel-based blend from vineyards in Clarksburg, Lodi and Amador County. From the winery's vintage notes: "Phantom has reappeared...Bogle's heady apparition of fierce berry and sensual spice returns to haunt wine lovers. Marked by a bright entry, a full-bodied mid palate and a firm finish, this wine showcases the best of these three unique varietals. Rich black raspberries and briary boysenberries vividly surround the nose and palate, while the decadence of cocoa-dusted pomegranate is enticingly complex. Touches of juniper, cedar and black pepper edge toward the full-bodied fruit, charming you to take another sip. Over two years in 1, 2 and 3 year old American oak capture and concentrate the essence of the Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Mourvedre, creating yet another luscious and intense red wine, impossible to ignore. Though the wine is remarkable now, age in the bottle will only integrate these distinct varietals more. Welcome the winery ghost into your home again with this latest vintage, and enjoy with full-flavored and hearty meals...before it vanishes."

  • 2012 Bonny Doon "Clos du Gilroy" Central Coast Grenache ( $14.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting off the reds, and smelling like a fresh Cotes du Rhone, the 2012 Clos de Gilroy (84% Grenache, 11.5% Syrah and 4.5% Mourvedre aged all in stainless steel) offers up delicious, jammy notes of black raspberry, licorice, black olive, violets and herbs to go with an exuberantly fruity, supple profile. Straight-up delicious, in a hard to resist, quaffable style, it should be consumed over the coming couple of years. Drink now-2016." (08/2013) K&L Notes: The 2012 Clos de Gilroy comes from the hand-harvested grapes of three Central Coast Vineyards: Alta Loma vineyard in Greenfield (a particularly cool site for Grenache), Syrah from the gravelly Alamo Creek Vineyard near Santa Maria, and some truly ancient Mourvèdre vines in the sleepy Sacramento Delta town of Oakley, CA. The fruit was hand-sorted, gently destemmed, and cold soaked to enhance flavor and color extraction, and each lot was fermented separately. The lots were then carefully blended to ensure a harmonious balance in the resultant wine: A strawberry-rhubarb infused Grenache, complemented by a discreet meatiness from the Mourvèdre, and Syrah's signature herbal kiss leave an indelible impression on the palate. The wine is intensely aromatic and supple, but remarkably nimble on its feet. Bonny Doon Vineyard's winemaking practices are exceptionally light-handed, with minimal intervention and manipulation.

  • 2010 Epoch Estate Blend "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhone Blend ( $39.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 Wines of 2013* Combines richness with subtlety and finesse, weaving together fresh earth, chocolate-covered espresso bean and vivid dark berry flavors with touches of hazelnut, gliding to a long, graceful finish. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tempranillo. Drink now through 2022." (02/2013) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As with the 2011, the 2010 Estate Blend is a perfect introduction into the wines of the estate and will compete with a number of other producer's top wine. A blend of 56% Syrah, 26% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre and 7% Tempranillo, it has loads of chocolaty black fruits, licorice, tar, pepper and chalky minerality to go with a great palate. Textured, rich and drinking well beyond most estate's entry-level offering, with serious depth and focus, it will continue to impress for 5-7 years. Drink now-2018." (08/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Spice-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by black tea, licorice and potpourri. Juicy, incisive blackberry and boysenberry flavors are braced by zesty acidity and pick up a touch of candied violet with air. Oak spice and floral notes emerge on the sweet, focused, gently tannic finish. For a rich, ripe wine this is pretty suave." (12/2012) Vinous: "The 2010 Estate Blend impresses for its bright, focused aromas and flavors. Dark raspberry, menthol, floral and spice notes all open up as the wine sits in the glass. In 2011, the Estate blend is equal parts fruit from Catapult and Paderewski....Drinking window: 2013 - 2018." (07/2013) K&L Notes: "You can't go wrong here...these are serious, top-flight wines." (Wine Advocate, 8/2013)

United States - Domestic Pinot Noir

  • 2012 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir ( $24.99)
    We here at K&L couldn't be more excited to bring you the second installment in what hopefully will turn out to be a long, fruitful project with wineries from around the United States, working with us directly to make exclusive bottlings for our customers. The Domestic team here at K&L has spent a great deal of time kicking around the idea of approaching wineries or winemakers we love, and asking them to work with us to create exclusive wines to our specifications. Furthermore we wanted to not only promote these outstanding wines, but the wineries behind them (rather than putting them in a private label with no winery attribution). We hope that you think that these wines offer a tremendous value and a slightly different expression of wineries that you are already familiar with. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

  • 2011 Benton-Lane Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ( $21.99)
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light red. Fresh red berries and herbs on the nose and palate. Tangy and light-bodied, with good clarity and finishing cut. On the tart side but I like this wine's clarity, not to mention price; it would drink well lightly chilled." (08/2013) K&L Notes: A cool growing season with an extended autumn resulted in the latest-ever harvest at Benton-Lane. The grapes reached full maturity while retaining fine acidity. The wine was aged in 20% new French oak for 9 months before bottling. From the winery: "While wrapped in a hint of spice, the aromas of this wine are dominated by bright red fruits like rhubarb, strawberry and cranberry. On the palate, it exhibits lithe fruitiness and lingering cherry and berry flavors."

  • 2011 Domaine de la Côte "Bloom's Field" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 12 available ( $54.99)
    Domaine de la Côte is a collection of 6 vineyards planted over 40 acres on a 25 million year old siliceous (silex) seabed at the furthest western side of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. The vineyards, with vine densities between 4,000 - 7,000 vines/acre, are entirely organically farmed. Originally part of the Evening Land program, the vineyards were purchased by Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman, along with their financial partners, at the beginning of 2013. Chris King was reinstated as the vineyard manager immediately after the purchase from Evening Land was finalized. Bloom’s Field is 7.5 acres, planted to three California heritage selections of Pinot Noir: Mount Eden, Swann, and Calera. The name comes from planting date of the vineyards, which was Bloom’s Day (6/16/07). Unusually, the vineyard is planted to alternating rows of the three selections mentioned above, but always harvested together. The clay topsoil is rich in iron and exceptionally well-drained. Bloom’s Field is situated on a small outcropping of shale with a direct view to the Pacific Ocean (which is 8 miles to the west) and posesses the associated cool climate. Out of all of the estate sites, Bloom’s Field always produces the smallest clusters with the highest levels of acidity. It is an uncommonly linear and mineral Pinot Noir and was made with 90% stem inclusion. 360 cases produced.

  • 2011 Domaine de la Cote "La Cote" Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 3 available ( $85.99)
    Domaine de la Côte is a collection of 6 vineyards planted over 40 acres on the furthest western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation: Memorious (3.5 acres), Bloom’s Field (7.5 acres), Siren’s Call (3 acres), Clos Juliet (1 acre), La Côte (9.5 acres), and 15.5 acres of appellation Sta. Rita Hills. Dramatically rising to an elevation of 700 feet above the Santa Ynez River, the Domaine lies on an ancient 25 million year old siliceous (silex) and diatomaceous seabed 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Originally part of the Evening Land Vineyards program, the Domaine was purchased by Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman, along with their partner, at the beginning of 2013. Sashi Moorman discovered the site and developed the vineyards with Chris King in 2007. Under his direction, the vineyards were planted entirely to California heritage selections at extremely high vine densities between 4,000 and 7,000 vines per acre, unprecedented at the time for the appellation. Although the Domaine spans a mere 40 acres, the diversity of its climats is staggering: each vineyard has a unique geology, aspect, elevation and microclimate. Such distinct expression of site, or terroir, in such close proximity, is unparalleled in California.

  • 2011 Domaine de la Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir ( $44.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beautiful effort that was fermented with 50% whole cluster, the 2011 Pinot Noir Estate spent 16 months in 20-30% new barrels. Deep, rich and laced with violets, crushed stone and smoke, grounded by a core of sweet berry fruit, this medium-bodied, lightly textured wine has superb purity and an overriding sense of elegance and grace. It should evolve gracefully through 2021. Drink 2015-2021+." (08/2013) Vinous: "The 2011 Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills) is soft, open and accessible, especially within the context of a year in which so many wines are tight. Hints of sweet tobacco, flowers, spices and crushed red berries are layered into the delicate, nicely balanced finish. The 2011 was fermented with approximately 50% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak. The Santa Rita Hills bottling includes bits from all of the estate's vineyards, including La Cote, Bloom's Field and Memorious, all of which went into the straight appellation wine in 2011 because production was so small. (That wine will be back as a single-vineyard Pinot in 2012). The 2011 also includes young vine fruit from the estate's most recently planted site, Mesa. Drinking window: 2013 - 2018." (07/2013) K&L Notes: Domaine de la Côte is a collection of 6 vineyards planted over 40 acres on the furthest western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation: Memorious (3.5 acres), Bloom's Field (7.5 acres), Siren's Call (3 acres), Clos Juliet (1 acre), La Côte (9.5 acres), and 15.5 acres of appellation Sta. Rita Hills. Dramatically rising to an elevation of 700 feet above the Santa Ynez River, the Domaine lies on an ancient 25 million year old siliceous (silex) and diatomaceous seabed 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Originally part of the Evening Land Vineyards program, the Domaine was purchased by Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman, along with their partner, at the beginning of 2013. Sashi Moorman discovered the site and developed the vineyards with Chris King in 2007. Under his direction, the vineyards were planted entirely to California heritage selections at extremely high vine densities between 4,000 and 7,000 vines per acre, unprecedented at the time for the appellation. Although the Domaine spans a mere 40 acres, the diversity of its climats is staggering: each vineyard has a unique geology, aspect, elevation and microclimate. Such distinct expression of site, or terroir, in such close proximity, is unparalleled in California.

  • 2011 Inception Central Coast Pinot Noir ( $19.99)

  • 2012 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Pinot Noir ( $17.99)

  • 2011 Paul Hobbs "Lindsay Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ( $89.99)
    96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This bottling by Hobbs typically is a compelling Pinot Noir, but with the 2011 vintage, theyve exceeded even the outstanding 2010. The wine is extraordinarily delicate in the mouth, with a cloud-like airiness thats like pure silk. Yet there are powerful raspberry, cherry, herb, cassis, mushroom and sandalwood flavors that are a delight to experience. The wine has none of the unripe vegetal notes that mar so many other 2011 Pinot Noirs. Drink this gorgeous wine now and over the next 10 years." (12/2013) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate is a remarkable wine for this vintage. Its dark ruby color is followed by composty, mushroomy, black currant and black cherry fruit. This meaty, Cote de Nuits-styled Pinot Noir was made largely from the Calera clone blended with the Swan clone. A remarkable success, this full-throttle Pinot is best drunk over the next 5-6 years. (RP)" (12/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Red berries and cherry compote on the highly perfumed nose. Broad, fleshy and seamless, offering open-knit raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that become spicier with air. Shows an exotic floral pastille quality on the finish, which hangs on with impressive tenacity and suave, insinuating florality. (ST)" (06/2013) 92 points Vinous: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate is beautifully spiced in the glass. Cinnamon, cloves, dark red berries, licorice, menthol and new leather all flesh out over time. The higher presence of clay yields a Pinot of pure texture and depth. All the elements are nicely balanced in this impeccable Pinot from Paul Hobbs. (AG)" (02/2014) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers rich, up-front dark berry, plum, blackberry and raspberry notes that fan out, gaining depth and dimension, ending with a long, persistent finish that runs deep and pure. Drink now through 2020." (02/2014) 91 points James Suckling: "A wine with smoke, berry and bacon character. Full-bodied and powerful with loads of fruit. Chewy and powerful but a little hot." (03/2015) K&L Notes: The "Lindsay Estate" is the vineyard immediately adjacent to Paul Hobbs's winery, tucked into the hills of Sebastopol, California.

  • 2011 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - 12 available ( $37.99)
    89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lightly cooked cherry and salted beef stock mingle in the nose and on the firm palate of Penner-Ashs multi-sourced 2011 Pinot Noir, leading to a finishing of mouthwatering persistence in which cherry pit lends a cyanic glow and the wines beefy, carnal side allied to a stony undertone and peat-like smokiness a surprising sense of depth for a generic bottling. This should delight through at least 2017." (10/2013) 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Musky aromas of dark berries, cherry compote and sassafras, with a subtle mocha nuance in the background. Smooth and open-knit, showing good heft for the vintage. Sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors display good energy and carry through a smoky, nicely persistent finish." (08/2013) K&L Notes: From the winery: 'Black cherry, sweet earth and black tea on the nose. Framed by structured tannins that lead into a layered palate of dense blackberries, bramble and cocoa. Balanced acidity throughout that finishes long with cherry cola and wood vanilla."

  • 2011 Roar "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (3 bottles per customer) ( $49.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More perfumed and lively, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard has knockout aromas of black cherry, citrus, crushed stone and assorted floral nuances to go with a medium-bodied, balanced and deliciously textured mouthfeel that building in richness and depth with air. Finely polished tannin frame the finish and this beauty will benefit from another year or two in the cellar and drink nicely through 2021. Drink now-2021. (JD) 93+" (08/2013) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A stylish effort, rich and vibrant, with tiers of red and dark berry. Elegant and graceful, featuring flavors that gain depth and polish on the finish. Drink now through 2023. (JL)" (09/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(55% new French oak): Bright ruby-red. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of red fruit compote, spicecake and floral oils. Sweet raspberry and vanilla flavors are lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity and show very good depth. Closes tangy and long, with resonating spiciness and sneaky, fine-grained tannins that provide gentle grip. (JR)" (11/2013) K&L Notes: Vintage note, Antonio Galloni: "Gary Franscioni is one of the pioneers in the Santa Lucia Highlands. In addition to the many vineyards he has developed, Franscioni also makes wines under his own label at Roar. Franscioni describes 2011 as the coolest year on record, with temperatures that never surpassed 85 degrees, pretty much unheard of in California. The harvest took place from late September to mid-October, a condensed time frame relative to historical standards. This range from Roar is quite successful, especially within the context of the year." (Vinous, 7/2013)

  • 2011 Roar "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (3 bottle per customer) ( $49.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Bold yet graceful, offering a full-blown mix of red and dark berry, shaded by toasty, cedary oak. Ends with ripe plum and wilted rose scents, featuring firm, ripe tannins that let the flavors glide on. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (09/2013) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A brilliant Pinot Noir that has a core of sweet fruit that's balanced out by savory, mineral-like qualities, the 2011 Sierra Mar Vineyard has a medium-bodied mouthfeel, plenty of texture and juicy acidity. Slightly plump and upfront, this friendly beauty is hard to resist, and I see no reason to either. Enjoy bottles over the coming 5-6 years. Drink now-2019. (JD)" (08/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Smoky red and dark berries, cherry pit and a hint of anise on the intensely perfumed nose. Pliant blackberry and blueberry flavors provide impressive palate coverage and pick up a floral nuance with air. Suave, supple and expansive, with very good finishing power and gentle tannic grip. This is surprisingly lively for such a substantial Pinot. (JR)" (11/2013) K&L Notes: Vintage note, Antonio Galloni: "Gary Franscioni is one of the pioneers in the Santa Lucia Highlands. In addition to the many vineyards he has developed, Franscioni also makes wines under his own label at Roar. Franscioni describes 2011 as the coolest year on record, with temperatures that never surpassed 85 degrees, pretty much unheard of in California. The harvest took place from late September to mid-October, a condensed time frame relative to historical standards. This range from Roar is quite successful, especially within the context of the year." (Vinous, 7/2013)

  • 2009 Thomas George "Campbell Ranch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ( $34.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Enticing aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, pungent herbs and potpourri, with a hint of Indian spices that picks up strength in the glass. Sappy, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors display very good depth, with a sexy candied violet quality emerging on the back half. Combines richness and vibrancy deftly, with tangy minerality giving focus to the persistent finish. By all means decant this if you plan to drink it any time soon. 90(+?) points." (06/2011) K&L Notes: Thomas George operates out of the former Davis Bynum winery in the Russian River Valley. The 2009 "Campbell Ranch" was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle: "This new Healdsburg label takes a weightier, crafty approach to one of the coast's emerging star sites in Annapolis. Shows a dark side - charcoal and birch bark - and a bit of sweetness that's balanced by tangy red fruit and stoic mineral." ("A bounty of Pinot picks from Sonoma Coast," September 11, 2011)

  • 2010 Waits-Mast "Archer Family Vineyards" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 12 available ( $39.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Tight, with a narrow mix of sour cherry and crushed rock notes. Should improve with cellaring. Drink now through 2020. 50 cases made. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: From Waits-Mast: "Archer Family Vineyard was formerly owned by the late Gary Archer and is situated off Starr Road in Windsor in the Russian River Valley. Planted to 777, 828, Pommard and Jackson 9 clones, the site is adjacent to Copain and about 2 miles from Amber Ridge on rolling hills with good fog coverage to temper the warm days. Archer Family is also a participant in the Sustainable Winegrowing Program run by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. 2010 was a cool growing year the Russian River Valley, which meant later ripening, longer hang time and wonderful acidity and structure. The 2010 Pinot Noir from Archer Family Vineyard, our first wine from this vineyard, has a pleasant tartness from that acidity, with dried crushed raspberries on the nose, with a smoky note from the Taransaud French oak barrel. On the palate is sour cherry and savory rhubarb with some warm spice notes. The finish is bracing and lingering with a touch of minerality."

  • 2010 Calera "de Villiers" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir - 11 available ( $38.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A deep, masculine effort that spent 16 months in 30% new French oak, the 2010 Pinot Noir de Villiers Vineyard dishes out serious amounts of earthy black fruits, wild strawberries, sappy underbrush and floral qualities on the nose. This is followed up by a medium to full-bodied, supple and gorgeously textured effort that has no hard edges and blockbuster length. It has a core of sweet fruit and is certainly enjoyable now, yet it should age effortlessly for 10-12. Drink now-2016.Open, voluptuous and sexy efforts, these all benefitted from substantial air time and gained richness and depth over the evening. Theyre brilliant Pinot Noirs." (08/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Spice-accented aromas of raspberry and fresh rose, with deeper cherry pit and earth notes in the background. Gently sweet red fruit flavors are given spine by juicy acidity and complicated by notes of candied flowers and orange zest. Smooth and smoky on the finish, featuring supple tannins and an exotic blood orange quality." (12/2013) 91 points Vinous: "Dark red/blue fruit, mint, licorice and cloves all burst from the 2010 Pinot Noir de Villiers Vineyard. Rich and layered the 2010 impresses for its inner perfume, understated personality and terrific overall balance. Like all of the Calera 2010s, the de Villiers is distinctly ripe in style, but it also possesses terrific length and persistence. The de Villiers is also the only Calera single-vineyard Pinot made from destemmed fruit.Calera is one of California's benchmark producers of Pinot Noir. The winery is located in the Gavilan Mountains, within the Mt. Harlan AVA, but I include the Pinots here for ease of reference. Proprietor Josh Jensen describes 2010 is a vintage with mostly normal conditions in terms of harvest dates, with yields that were slightly above average. The 2010 Pinots were brought in from late September to late October, which is virtually unheard of for Pinot Noir in other regions across the world. Overall, the 2010 Pinots are solid, but not at near the level of the very finest years. Distinct elements of sweet, candied fruit that suggest the fruit was a little riper than ideal. The Pinots are made with 100% whole clusters, except for the de Villiers, which is made from destemmed fruit, mostly because the vines here are younger than they are in the estate's other sites." (07/2013) Wine & Spirits: "Ripe and dark as a late-summer blackberry, this has an herbal, woodland tone underneath that keeps it savory. Its a generous take on Mt. Harlan terroir from adolescent vines planted in 1997. Match its rich fruit to sautéed wild mushrooms." (10/2013) Wine Spectator: "Lightly fragrant, with violet and red candy scents, this is elegant and graceful, featuring modest plum, limestone, raspberry and cherry flavors. Drink now through 2022. 1,681 cases made." (07/2013) K&L Notes: The de Villiers vineyard was planted in 1997 on Calera's Mt. Harlan estate adjacent to their Mills vineyard. The 2009 vintage blew out the doors as soon as the 96 point Wine Advocate review was published. The 2010 appelation wines are already faring well with critics, so it may be best to not wait until the single vineyard wines are scored as well... especially since yields in 2010 were greatly reduced! From the winemaker: "Brilliant and dark-hued, this 2010 de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir effuses playful, bright aromas of blackberry, licorice, mineral and just a hint of sweet oak. The wine is deep and smooth, with black cherry, spice and persistent cherry. Fine grained tannins offer a graceful structure and persistent juicy finish."

  • 2008 Chehalem "3 Vineyards" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 375ml ( $14.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Polished, focused and enticing for its floral, white pepper-accented currant and blackberry flavors, playing against a mild grip of fine tannins as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2016. 4,529 cases made." (12/2010) Wine Enthusiast: "A feminine, almost soft Pinot Noir, this opens nicely with scents of roses, red fruits, and pine forest. Despite its light color, it has plenty of grip and density in the mouth, even bringing some streaks of light milk chocolate into the finish." (06/2010) K&L Notes: 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 10: "Bright ruby. Black raspberry and flowers on the nose, with a strong undertone of musky spices that gains strength in the glass. Pliant, palate-coating dark berry flavors are appealingly open-knit. Nicely ripe but quite light on its feet, finishing very good clarity, spiciness and lingering sweetness."

United States - Domestic Syrah and Petite Sirah

  • 2010 Epoch "Authenticity" Paderewski Vineyard Paso Robles Syrah ( $59.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Shifted slightly more towards the Syrah side in 2010, the Authenticity is 76% Syrah and 24% Mourvedre that's fermented in a combination of concrete, stainless steel and new French oak before aging in primarily French oak barrels and puncheons. Fantastic on the nose, with smoky black fruits, graphite, chocolate and complex game and leather nuances, this serious Syrah deliver a full-bodied, powerful, yet elegant mouth feel, brilliant concentration and a chalky, mineral-driven and tannic finish. While a big wine, this has uncommon polish, freshness and poise. (JD)" (08/2013) 92-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Deeply pitched aromas of black and blue fruits, cola and black cardamom, with smoke and cracked pepper accents. Sappy, penetrating dark fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity, which adds back-end cut. Dusty tannins give shape to the very long, spice-accented finish. Shows excellent vivacity for such a hefty wine. (JR)" (12/2012) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and gutsy, with dark berry, road tar, tobacco leaf and crushed rock flavors, this combines power with finesse, ending with a chewy aftertaste of smoke and creosote. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2023. (JL, Web2013)" 92 points Vinous: "The 2010 Authenticity represents a departure from previous years, in that this is the first vintage with stem inclusion, while all of the fruit comes from one specific parcel in Paderewski rich in limestone, both of which give the wine its aromatic lift and tension. Dark red raspberries, flowers, mint and spices all take shape in a Syrah with distinctly brighter aromas and flavors than those found in the darker Block B. The blend is 76% Syrah and 24% Mourvedre. (AG)" (07/2013)

  • 2011 Gorman "The Devil You Don't Know" Columbia Valley Syrah ( $27.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "A supple, expressive wine, featuring ripe fruit aromatics that veer toward savory, smoky flavors, touching on grilled vegetable notes before returning to the dark berry and spice at the core. Focused finish. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2020. 525 cases made. (Web-2013)"

  • 2011 Gorman "The Devil You Know" Columbia Valley Red Blend ( $27.99)
    Gorman's 2011 The Devil You Know is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, and 2% Petite Sirah. It was aged for 21 months in French oak before bottling.

  • 2011 Jaffurs "Thompson Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Petite Sirah - 12 available ( $32.99)

United States - Domestic Zinfandel

  • 2011 Frog's Leap Napa Valley Zinfandel ( $27.99)
    91 points Wine & Spirits: "*Best Buy* Dry farmed and organically grown, this zin is blended with petite sirah (14 percent) and a drop of carignane in an old-school Napa Valley style. It's meaty and smooth, with mellow black plum frutiness cut by spicy cracked peppercorn scents. (13.8% alc.)" (10/2013) 89 points Wine Enthusiast: "An easy wine to drink now, this is rich and mellow with black cherry. raspberry jam and exotic spice flavors. Feels rich in the mouth, with supportive tannins and a nice bite of acidity for balance. Not an ager, but a fine example of how Napa brings elegance to Zins country-cousin personality." (08/2013) Wine Spectator: "An elegant style that will appeal to many, offering good complexity and sleek notes of cherry, spice and herb. Drink now through 2020. (Web-2013)"

  • 2011 Lagier-Meredith "Tribidrag" Mount Veeder ( $44.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Distinctive, if a bit eccentric, with notes of huckleberry, licorice and smoky Asian spice. Zinfandel. Drink now through 2018. (Web Only2013)" K&L Notes: That's right, "Tribidrag" is Zinfandel, tracked down in the hinterlands of the Dalmation Coast by none other than UC Davis professor Carole Meredith, co-founder of this winery with Stephen Lagier. But don't cry for Crljenak Kaštelanski, which is also Zinfandel, according to Meredith's extensive research into the varietal. Zin will still be Zin in California--Lagier-Meredith registered "Tribidrag" as a proprietary name for their small plot of Zinfandel they planted up on Napa's Mt. Veeder.

United States - Gin

  • Tru2 Organic Gin 750ml - 12 available ( $32.99)
    Looking for a gin that's as good for the planet as it is for your cocktail? Organic. Ecological. Renewable. Handmade. These are the principles of Tru Organic from Modern Spirits. These certified organic spirits are free from chemicals from field to bottle, packaged in recycled, recyclable or biodegradable materials. The company plants a tree for every bottle sold to replenish forests. And, of course, all Tru Organic Spirits are handcrafted, using whole, organic ingredients—not extracts. The Tru Organic Gin is a big flavor bomb. Made in the style of the 15th century alchemists, Modern Spirits has refined a wonderful recipe that utilizes century old techniques to create something altogether Modern. Play around with this outrageous gin in new ways (i.e. think of it as a brown spirit).

United States - Single Malt Scotch

  • Charbay S Aged Hop-Flavored Whiskey 750ml - 8 available ( $129.99)
    90 points Whisky Advocate: "Distilled from Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout, alambic pot distilled, aged 29 months in used French oak. Gooey nose, with lots of dark chocolate, toffee, fruit (ripe honeydew, Asian pear, red plum); no hint of the 49.5% ABV heat. Deliciously layered palate: dry malt, juicy fruit, and savory wood spice, sweet malt and chocolate, and a finish thats sweet, light, and quite refreshing and inviting. Lives up to the Charbay hype!" (03/2014) K&L Notes: Distilled from bottle-ready Big Bear Black Stout Beer from Bear Republic Brewery on Charbay's double alembic pot still and aged 29 months in used French Oak. YUM!

France - Alsace/Loire - Old and Rare

  • 2010 Pascal Laffourcade Savennières ( $18.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An outstanding example of a 100% Chenin Blanc from the small yet compact appellation of Savennieres, these wines can age well, but there is no reason to defer your gratification. Medium-bodied with a wonderful flowery, melony character as well as hints of honeysuckle and beeswax, this fragrant 2010 Savennieres possesses crisp acidity, penetrating flavors, and a dry, heady, mineral-laced finish. Drink this dry Chenin Blanc over the next 3-4 years. (RP)" (12/2012) K&L Notes: Viticulture and winemaking are done in a classical style at Domaine Laffourcade. The Chenin Blancs of Savennières are exclusively made in a dry style, and this example is a reliable winner for its expression and value. Vines averaging 20 years old are planted in sandy schist soils where they are harvested manually to modest yields. The juice is slowly fermented to preserve fresh aromatics and the wine is aged in-tank on the lees before bottling.

  • 2011 Sylvain Gaudron "La Butte du Tréson" Vouvray Sec ( $14.99)
    Third generation winemaker Gilles Gaudron makes this dry wine--"friendly for a sec," it has been called--at Domaine Sylvain Gaudron from the white Chenin grape. Typically crisp as a wedge of cold Granny Smith apple, with a bright and mineral-hewn palate balanced by honeyed notes and a textured, chunky mouthfeel. Pour it cool and long with filet of sole.

  • 2011 Sylvain Gaudron Vouvray Demi Sec ( $14.99)
    This affordable, semi-dry white comes from Domaine Sylvain Gaudron, a family-owned domaine in Vouvray. Made entirely from Chenin Blanc grown in the region's famed clay and limestone soils, this version is fresh and elegant, with delicious quince and apple aromas and flavors and is an ideal partner for spicy Morroccan tagines and Southeast Asian curries.

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 2005 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac - 3 available ( $74.99)
    95 points Wine Spectator: " *Highly Recommended* Offers fabulous aromas of currant, tar, lead pencil and mineral. Full-bodied, with supersoft tannins that caress the palate. Beautiful and impressive. A fabulous wine. The best Clerc in a very long time." (03/2008) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fine and impressive even in this vintage, Clerc Milons 2005 has a dense purple color and a beautifully sweet, creamy blackcurrant nose of cedar wood and flowers. Spicy, earthy, rich, and medium to full-bodied, it will probably be at its best between 2020 and 2035. (RP)" (06/2015) 93 points Wine & Spirits: "On a 107-acre site between Mouton and Lafite, Clerc Milon is part of G.F.A. Baronne Philippine de Rothschild, a group of properties including Mouton and managed by the same team. In 2005, the team produced a great performance from this vineyard, a clean, pure wine with delicacy and energy rather than tannic overload. Not that it isn't laden with tannins, but the bright, wild cherry fruit flavor is a formidable partner, lasting for minutes through a buoyant finish. A supple, lovely wine that will go the distance with some of its more powerful neighbors." (10/2008) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Superripe, almost syrupy aromas of cassis, licorice, graphite and coffee. Full, seamless and sweet, with a ripeness verging on exotic; but this is fat with fruit. An outsized Clerc-Milon with a relatively high 13.2% alcohol but also very good energy in the mouth. Finishes with terrific breadth and substantial ripe tannins. "This was very restrained in the barrel but is really opening up in bottle," noted Dhalluin. A superb showing today. (ST)" (06/2008) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Clerc-Milon continues on its rising path of quality with this rich and rounded magnificent 2005. Driven by rich, red jam fruits, and dominated by the dense, solid tannins, this wine is already approachable, but will develop over 8-12 years." (06/2008) Jancis Robinson: "Light to mid crimson. Lively, sprightly. Without the density of most 2005s but well balanced in a relatively low-key way. The tannins are almost hidden." (01/2015) K&L Notes: 93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Château Clerc-Milon 2005 offers slightly more delineation on the nose compared to the d’Armailhac with ravishing blackberry, raspberry, soy and cedar scents vying for attention. The palate is underpinned by a fine lattice of tannin. This is reserved at the moment and dichotomous to the nose, it seems more linear in style, foursquare even with a tight-lipped finish that needs another 3 or 4 years to really open. But the focus and concentration is clearly present and correct and it should be a joy in the not too distant future." (02/2015)

  • 2005 d'Armailhac, Pauillac - 3 available ( $59.99)
    92 points Wine & Spirits: "Located in the north of Pauillac, between Mouton and Pontet-Canet, this 123-acre estate is also part of G.F.A. Baronne Philippine de Rothschild. The aroma balances meaty fruit and mineral scents, and while the pungent red fruit is always there, the tannins seem to increase their intensity with air. They cover the pure black cherry flavor like a powerful skin, deep and plush with an iron-knuckle punch. The tannins don't go away, but their inner velvet eventually wins out. This has improved significantly since the en primeur tastings and will continue to evolve for ten to 15 years in the bottle." (10/2008) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A big, sweet, soft wine, with attractive ripe blackberry fruits. Its lively, smoky and licorice flavored, with delicious fresh acidity to finish. (RV)" (06/2008) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Exhibits blackberry, currant and licorice on the nose. Full and velvety, with plenty of good fruit. A balanced, fruity red. Best after 2012. (JS)" (03/2008) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "DArmailhacs 2005 offers notes of cedar wood, forest floor, black and red currants, spice box and earth. It is medium-bodied, relatively soft for a 2005, and best drunk over the next 12-15 years. (RP)" (06/2015) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Blueberry, chocolate and leather on the nose, which suggests a wider range of ripeness than the 2006. Unusually sweet and lush for this wine but in a youthfully sullen stage, hinting at sexy oak tones and some leafy high notes. Densely packed but tight and tannic today, with its structure dominating. This needs patience. (ST)" (06/2008)

  • 2005 Faugeres, St-Emilion - 3 available ( $49.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Purple to the rim, the 2005 Faugères is a powerhouse at 14.5% alcohol, with notes of graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, licorice and truffle. Some incense also makes an appearance in this full-bodied, super-concentrated, modern-styled St.-Emilion. If I hadnt known, I would have guessed was the luxury cuvée Péby and not the basic Faugères! Drink it over the next 15 years. (RP)" (06/2015) 93 points James Suckling: "This has a wonderful nose of dark fruits, tea, and slightly toasted oak. Very clean and precise, more so than the past vintage. I am loving the succulent fruit and velvety tannins, it is very hard not to drink this right now, but will be much better after 2014. A stylistic change after owner Silvio Denz took over." (06/2012) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Dark in color, with intense aromas of blackberry, tar and mineral. Almost minty. Full-bodied, with loads of ripe fruit and vanilla bean character. Long and supercaressing. This racy wine has so much going on, yet it's subtle and sexy." (03/2008) 90 points Vinous: "Good ruby-red. Exotic, liqueur-like aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and mint. Superripe, thick and exotic, but with the minty element giving lift to the chocolate liqueur flavor. Very sweet and creamy wine with considerable early sex appeal. The tannins are fat and very ripe. (ST)" (05/2008) K&L Notes: Barrel tasting notes: Extremely ripe aromas. Very extracted. Big wine. Very much a crowd pleaser. Tasted three times with consistent notes. Sweet upfront and very tannic and dry on the back end. Extracted. 92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted single blind at Southwold. Macerated black cherries and exotic fruits on the nose: ostentatious, but with good definition and not overbearing with plumes of blueberry soaring from the glass. Very fine balanced on the palate, tannic but nice definition with notes of dense black fruits, tar, black olive with a little spice on the grippy, minerally finish. This is excellent! Drink 2011-2020. Tasted January 2009."

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2009 Domaine Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains" - 12 available ( $34.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Nuanced nose offers orange oil, fresh apple and menthol. At once silky and energetic, with a firm shape to its fruit and saline flavors. Not as complex as the 2010 version but boasts good density and builds nicely on the persistent aftertaste." (08/2011) Wine Spectator: "Ripe peach and apple flavors are accented by grapefruit and vanilla notes in this supple white. Open and ready. Drink now. 200 cases imported. (Web-2012)"

  • 2011 Domaine Gilbert Picq Chablis 1er Cru Vaucopin ( $37.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The finish here veritably bursts with refreshment, liberating the salivary glands and invigorat-ing in its touches of lime and grapefruit pip. Look to be captivated by this terrific value through at least 2022." (08/2013) 90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Not surprisingly, this is notably more refined with a pure, high-toned and very cool nose of citrus, sea breeze, citrus and wet stone. There is plenty of punch to the medium weight flavors that brim with the same minerality as suggested by the nose, all wrapped in a harmonious, intense and beautifully well-balanced finish. As is typically the case, this is a wine of finesse but interestingly, in 2011 it seems to be only slightly more complex than the Dessus la Carrière" (09/2012) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright pale yellow. Aromas of fennel, smoke, menthol, white truffle and earth, with fruit in the background. Supple and moderately concentrated, with lemon and menthol flavors showing less sweetness than the Vaudecorse. Finishes with a creamy vanilla suggestion and a faint dry edge" (08/2013)

  • 2011 Domaine Gilbert Picq Chablis 1er Cru "Vosgros" - 12 available ( $34.99)
    90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Sweet Spot Outstanding! A very tight and quite reticent nose displays reluctant notes of tidal pool, lemon rind and green fruit. The rich, full-bodied and intense flavors possess fine mid-palate density that coats the mouth on the overtly austere and robust finish that is linear, tangy, clean and dry. As is also usually the case, this doesn't have the refinement or minerality of the Vaucoupin but there is more depth as well as more underlying material. This intensely energetic effort should be excellent in time." (09/2012) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "...this outstanding value will prove hard to resist over the coming decade." (09/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "ight, medium yellow. Fresh pineapple and exotic brown spices on the nose; smells like an infusion. Silky-sweet, seamless and concentrated, with fat stone fruit flavors supported by crushed rock and smoky oyster shell minerality. Nicely balanced from the start but will nonetheless need time to express itself. Finishes with rising, palate-dusting length and very good power for the vintage. Sexy and impressive." (08/2013) 92 points Vinous: "The 2011 Chablis Vosgros is beautiful and expressive in this vintage. Honey, almonds, nectarines, tangerines and spices form an attractive mosaic of aromas and flavors. Rich, layered, and voluptuous in style, the 2011 is immediate and juicy, with its generous fruit playing the leading role, while minerality and aromatics remain somewhat in the background. This rewarding, resonant Chablis should continue to drink well for at least another few years." (08/2013) K&L Notes: 40+ year old vines, all wild yeast, aged in 100% stainless steel

  • 2011 Domaine Gilbert Picq Chablis 1er Cru "Vosgros" 1.5L - 6 available ( $74.99)
    90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Sweet Spot Outstanding! A very tight and quite reticent nose displays reluctant notes of tidal pool, lemon rind and green fruit. The rich, full-bodied and intense flavors possess fine mid-palate density that coats the mouth on the overtly austere and robust finish that is linear, tangy, clean and dry. As is also usually the case, this doesn't have the refinement or minerality of the Vaucoupin but there is more depth as well as more underlying material. This intensely energetic effort should be excellent in time." (09/2012) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Succulent white peach and Persian melon, honeysuckle and lily-of-the-valley that liquefy as the first sip hits your palate, such are the seductive charms of Picq-s lithe, luscious 2011 Chablis Vosgros. While it lacks the striking crustacean element or levity of the corresponding Vaucopin, this outstanding value will prove hard to resist over the coming decade." (08/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, medium yellow. Fresh pineapple and exotic brown spices on the nose; smells like an infusion. Silky-sweet, seamless and concentrated, with fat stone fruit flavors supported by crushed rock and smoky oyster shell minerality. Nicely balanced from the start but will nonetheless need time to express itself. Finishes with rising, palate-dusting length and very good power for the vintage. Sexy and impressive." (08/2013)

  • 2007 Domaine Heresztyn Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes ( $36.99)
    Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An almost invisible touch of wood frames pretty and very fresh red berry fruit, earth and underbrush nuances that are in keeping with the supple, round and vibrant flavors that possess a suave mouth feel countered by a touch of minerality as well as good finishing punch. This is a lovely villages that is perhaps a bit rounder than one might like but the underlying material is so good that this is a minor nit." (01/2009) Jancis Robinson: "Sweet oaky nose over fresh red fruit. Clean and pure and not overwhelmed by the oak. Dry, savoury finish and a gentle but firm grip at the end. Harmonious and elegant even though the oak is still quite present." (05/2010) K&L Notes: Vintage note, courtesy of JancisRobinson.com: "100% Pinot Noir. Vines are on average 30-50 years old and planted at a density of 10,000 vines/ha in a 5ha vineyard on clay and limestone soils. Grapes were harvested by hand with favourable weather conditions. Pre-ferment maceration at low temperature, then 1 week post-ferment maceration on skins. Malolactic in new (25%) and one year old barrels, where the wine was aged for 18 months. Unfiltered. Winemakers Stanislas and Bernard Heresztyn. TA 3.5g/l, pH 3.60, RS 0.1g/l."

  • 2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St. Aubin 1er Cru "Meurgers" - 5 available ( $41.99)

  • 2005 Domaine B. Serveau Chambolle-Musigny (Elsewhere $48) ( $34.99)
    This seven-hectare domaine in the Côte de Nuits has been run by Jean-Louis Serveau since 1973. This is just emerging form its slumber and a slightly dark-fruited earhty quality. It has that silky Chambolle texture, but is not light on its feet at present. This is a terrifc value for Domaine bottled Chambolle in today's market, will age gracefully, and drinks well now with a decanting. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 05/2013)

France - Burgundy - Red

  • 2009 Joseph Drouhin Morey-St-Denis - 12 available ( $46.99)
    Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A very fresh and relatively high-toned nose of red berry fruit nuanced with subtle earth and game notes leads to vibrant and nicely detailed middle weight flavors that possess a relatively refined mouth feel and fine length on the mildly austere finish." (01/2011)

France - Champagne

  • Moet & Chandon "Ice Imperial" Champagne ( $56.99)
    Moet & Chandon introduces Moet Ice Imperial, the world's first ever Champagne created to be enjoyed over ice. This is a blend developed from the house's signature crus, to intensify the taste experience of icy freshness and powerful aromas of tropical fruits. Made to be enjoyed in the daytime, Moet Ice Imperial offers a unique experience for spontaneous moments of celebrations with friends on a sunny day.

  • Pol Roger "Pure" Brut Champagne - 12 available ( $54.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Pol Rogers excursion into a bone-dry Champagne brings a house style with natural weight up against an almost bony wine style. The resulting mix is certainly dry, edgy, very crisp, leaning towards austere. Extra bottle time would help the wine to gain weight and flesh out the structure." (12/2009) 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "First released in 2007, Pure is a zero dosage champagne, 33% each chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. A wonderfully elegant very pretty nose of citrus, brioche and floral nuances gives way to robust flavors that possess a borderline aggressive effervescence. There is a real sense of vibrancy here that is enhanced by the clean, crisp and lightly citrus-infused finish that displays just a hint of bitterness that good Champagne sometimes does." (09/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Brut Nature Extra Cuvee de Reserve Pure is an attractive, mid-weight Champagne with excellent delineation, fine overall balance and a round, pleasing finish." (12/2010)

  • Taittinger "La Française" Brut Champagne (375ml) ( $21.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tasted from a half bottle, the rich and complex flavors of Brut La Française show just that extra touch of maturity. The wine has peach and almond flavors that contrast well with the taut, nervy edge. Its full in the mouth and ripe, and works well both as an apéritif and a food Champagne." (05/2013) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Hints of marzipan and lightly charred toast add richness without overwhelming the flavors of poached pear, lemon curd and black currant in this lively version, showing a creamy, detailed texture. Drink now through 2018." (12/2012) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(50% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay and 10% pinot meunier; L1335PP00300): Bright yellow-gold. Musky pear skin, quince and orange zest aromas show very good energy. Hefty and chewy in texture, offering fleshy orchard fruit and chamomile flavors and a hint of bitter citrus fruit. Closes with firm grip and very good length, leaving a poached pear note behind." (12/2012)

France - Champagne - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Aubry "Le Nombre d'Or Sable" Brut ( $74.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Brut Le Nombre d'Or Campaniae Veteres Vites captures the Aubry style at its very best. White flowers, citrus, crushed rocks and fresh mint are supported by clean, piercing veins of acidity in this vibrant, chiseled Champagne. I especially like the energy and pure focus of the 2007. A wine of true pedigree and personality, the 2007 should drink nicely for a number of years. Today, it is exceptionally beautiful, but it could use another year in bottle. The 2007 is 30% Chardonnay, 30% Petit Meslier, 20% Arbanne and 20% Pinot Blanc. Disgorgement date: June 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022." (11/2012) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(made from 30% chardonnay, 30% petit meslier, 20% arbanne and 20% pinot blanc, with a very low dosage of 2 g/l; disgorged June, 2012): Light yellow. Intensely perfumed bouquet of orchard fruits, tangerine, chamomile and anise, along with a suggestion of ginger and a mounting floral element. Firm and dry in the mouth, with chewy pear skin and citrus flavors giving way to deeper peach and nectarine on the back half. Shows a suave blend of richness and energy, finishing very long, with lingering spiciness and minerality." (12/2012) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Attractively mature, this has a toast flavor that combines delicately with citrus and pineapple notes. Tight, crisp and textured, it is delicious and fragrant. This includes old Champagne varieties, including the unusual Arbanne and Petit Meslier." (12/2012) K&L Notes: Praise from Wine Advocate: "Aubry crafts some of the most exciting and distinctive wines in Champagne. This small, family-run estate is one of the few properties in the region to use Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau – traditional grapes seldom seen today. There is a purity to the fruit at Aubry that is striking. The wines typically see very low dosage of just 2-3 grams. The truth is these wines don’t need much. Readers should do whatever they can to taste these unique, compelling Champagnes." (11/2012)

  • 1998 Henriot "Cuvee des Enchanteleurs" - 6 available ( $149.99)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "Like finely woven silk, this offers beautiful texture, sublime balance and integration. Rich apple pastry, candied orange peel, crystallized honey and dried apricot flavors are layered with hints of smoke, sea salt and toasted nut. Lovely, with a fresh, persistent finish. Drink now through 2028. (AN)" (12/2011) 94 points Wine & Spirits: "A 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from grands crus in the Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs, this emphasizes chardonnay in mature scents of golden delicious apple crisp and ripe Bosc pear. Pinot Noir gives it muscle, guiding the wines richness toward meaty dishes like pheasant roasted with morels. Acidity zips up the finish, keeping the nutty, caramelized aspects in check. A mouthwatering wine at a delicious moment of maturity." (12/2011) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Brut Cuvee des Enchanteleurs flows from the glass with juicy yellow peaches, apricots, mint, flowers and light honey. The wine shows gorgeous textural depth along with an utterly refined, impeccable mousse. All the flavors meld together seamlessly on the rich, buttery finish. This is a beautiful, complete Enchanteleurs to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 1998 is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Champagne Mailly, Verzy, Verzenay, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Chouilly, all Grand Cru villages. (AG)" (11/2011) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Light, bright gold. Poached pear, flowers, honey and toasty lees on the smoky, spice-accented nose. Broad and juicy, offering open-knit orchard and pit fruit flavors braced by tangy acidity. Smooth, sappy and smoky on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and closing bite. Tighter than the outstanding 1996 version and missing just a bit of that wine's heft. (JR)" (11/2011) 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Very mild reduction doesn't prevent the pretty raspberry and strawberry aromas to be appreciated. There is a very fine bead and associated mouth feel to the classy and delicious flavors that possess excellent depth on the serious, restrained and impressively persistent finish. This is quite dry and while it certainly could be enjoyed now, I would continue to cellar it for another few years and then drink over the next decade." (06/2012) K&L Notes: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir.

  • 2002 Lanson "Gold Label" Vintage Brut Champagne - 12 available ( $74.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Balanced and delicious, this is rich, full in the mouth, packed with both white and citrus fruits and with secondary flavors of almonds, toast and baked bread. It is poised generously between the fresh and mature ... (RV)" (12/2015) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A finely meshed Champagne, with a creamy mousse and citrusy acidity framing the flavors of pastry dough, baked cherry, chopped almond and singed orange peel. The lingering finish is richly smoky. (AN)" (03/2016) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid yellow. Intense aromas of Meyer lemon, pear skin, honeysuckle, toasty lees and iodine, with a bright mineral quality adding lift and focus. Rich yet lively and precise, offering an array of fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavors that fill out and deepen with air. Closes on a smoky note, with excellent clarity and length and building florality. I really like the marriage of power and vivacity here. (JR)" (12/2014) K&L Notes: This Champagne is composed of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay, both entirely from Grand Cru sites. Because Lanson never allows the wines to go through malo, this is a spectacularly fresh 13 year old that has lots of flowery Chardonnay character as the savory Pinot Noir side has yet to fully develop. This will be a spectacular bottle for the future if you can resist its ample charms right now.

  • 1998 Moet & Chandon "Cuvée Dom Pérignon" Brut Champagne - 1 available ( $149.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a wine that thrives on tension between its structure, opulence, elegance and poise. It is certainly ripe and opulent, but it is so well balanced and layered with acidity, and flavors of almonds, orange peel and kiwi fruits. It will certainly age." (11/2006) 94 points Wine & Spirits: "This young wine has a potent mousse and equally brisk acidity. Its flavors are bright white, from chalk to fresh cream; they take some time to meld with the vibrant structure, coming together with air, lithe and refined. Richness develops in scents of brioche, mouthwatering with a fat Belon oyster, built to age." (12/2006) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. An enticing blend of red berries, butter and toast on the nose; this settled down to an earthy, smoky character that reminded me of Bâtard-Montrachet. Full and rich, with flavors of musky yellow plum and ripe pear accented by crisp mineral notes. Really long and vibrant on the building finish, if not as precise or elegant as the 1996. Still, of the two vintages, this is the one I would prefer to drink... (ST)" (11/2005) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Exuding honey, vanilla and light coffee notes, this creamy Champagne straddles youth and maturity. Well-balanced, fine and vibrant. The coffee and vanilla notes will develop with age." (11/2006) Jancis Robinson: "Pale gold. Fruit smells much riper than on the Dom Ruinart 98. Toasty with a hint of char, almost a little reductive, ginger too. Rich and toasty on impact then filled in the middle with a really bright citrus freshness. Marked struck-match character on the palate. Dense and still so full of energy. Generous in flavour and a tension keeping it in shape on the finish. Lots of char as it opens up. (18/20 points)" (11/2014)

France - French Regional Wines - Old and Rare

  • 2012 Abbaye Saint Hilaire "Domeni" Vin de Pays du Var Rosé ( $9.99)
    A pink created to express the terroir of Provence and Abbaye Saint Hilaire's site in particular. Made from Syrah and Carignan, this crisp pink is redolent of currants, strawberries and vanilla, with a slightly tannic edge that makes it more than a poolside quaffer. Try this with garlicky grilled tri-tip and an arugula salad.

  • 2012 Château Vannieres Bandol Rosé ( $26.99)
    If you like a heartier style of rosé, this blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre is a rich pink, with notes of orange zest and fresh herbs. On the palate there's fresh strawberry and watermelon fruit with a nutty undertone. Try it with fish stew, garlicky stuffed tomatoes or ratatouille.

France - Loire

  • 2011 Domaine de Rocfontaine Saumur Champigny - 12 available ( $16.99)
    Rocfontaine's Saumur Champigny rouge is sourced from 15-20 year old Cabernet Franc vines planted in calcareous clay. Grapes are hand-harvested, and the individually managed lots are fermented quickly to extract a generous fruit profile without hard tannins. The result is a fine Loire red which happens to be wonderfully drinkable and food-friendly in its youth.

  • 2011 Pascal Lambert "Les Terraces" Chinon ( $17.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Chinon Les Terrasses (100% Cabernet Franc) is medium-bodied and stylish. Lambert is playing a dangerous game by using no SO2, but these bottles were very sound and, hopefully, anyone trying them will find the same crunchy fruit as I did, with terrific elegance and lots of red and black fruits with a floral undertone." (12/2012) K&L Notes: Organically certified and free of sulphur additives. This is terrific Chinon with black cherries, subtle herb notes and a succulent black olive finish.

  • 2011 Pithon-Paille "Dessus Naçay" Chinon - 12 available ( $24.99)
    In 2008, the famed Loire Valley vigneron Jo Pithon, his wife Isabelle, Isabelle's son Joseph Paillé and his wife Wendy, joined together to start Pithon-Paillé--a négociant not unlike those in the Rhône Valley or Burgundy. The "Dessus Narçay" is sourced from 50-year-old Cabernet Franc vines, in the process of being converted to organic farming, in the commune of Cravant les Coteaux. A bright, vibrant Cab Franc from Chinon, a great picnic red for cold cuts.

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2006 La Gerla "Vigna gli Angeli" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ( $64.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Always a beautiful wine, this edition of Riserva gli Angeli is austere, sophisticated, lean and elegant. It shows a fine, silky texture with bright aromas of wild berry, cola and mint. There are also interesting tertiary aromas of leather, dusty mineral and cured meat at the back." (05/2012) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe plum, cigar box and iron notes are backed by solid tannins and lively acidity in this muscular red. There's also a suppleness in the texture that should increase as the tannins are absorbed. Best from 2015 through 2032. 850 cases made." (07/2012)

  • 2007 Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino (Elsewhere $43) ( $29.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Opens with dark concentration and ripe berry fruit with layers of plum, blackberry, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, cherry liqueur, cola and underbrush. It offers a wonderful 360-degree portrait of Sangiovese Grosso. Tight structure, integration and loads of fruity intensity. Drink after 2018." (05/2012) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctive iron, balsamic and tobacco notes accent the core of cherry in this intense red, which is firmly structured, with moderate acidity. The finish evokes underbrush and tea. Best from 2014 through 2023." (10/2012) 90 points James Suckling: "A wine that is slightly jammy, but shows flower and light herb character too. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. Better in 2014." (01/2012) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium red. Aromas of cherry, raspberry and mocha show less floral lift than the 2006 version. Supple, sweet and nicely concentrated, with good red fruit freshness for 2007 but a bit less energy and cut than the 2006. Finishes with tongue-dusting tannins, a lightly herbal quality and a hint of oak." (07/2012)

  • 2012 Zeni "Vigne Alte" Bardolino Chiaretto Classico ( $13.99)
    Bardolino Chiaretto is the rosé version of the Bardolino red wines that grow on the eastern shores of Lake Garda in the Veneto region. This Vigne Alte selection from Zeni is is comprised of 60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara. Grapes are exclusively hand-harvested from vineyards in the Classico zone of the region. The intense and fruity nose is also driven by floral tones of rose and violet which reverberate on the palate with a bright and dry impression.

Italy - Italian Pre-Arrival Misc.

  • 2010 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ( $199.99)
    98 points James Suckling: "A triumph for Solaia. It suggests the greatness of the legendary 1997 Solaia. This is a wine with very subtle and complex aromas and flavors with currants, licorice and raspberries. Wonderful nose. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Love this wine. The precision of the cabernet sauvignon comes through here. Better in 2016." (09/2013) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Solaia puts on an incredible show that hits all the senses and keeps your unyielding attention for as long as there is wine in the bottle. There are various ways to describe the bouquet. First, is the wine's sweet side, as this beautiful 75-20-5 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc delivers ripe cherry, black currant, baking spice and dark chocolate. After that, the wine becomes redolent of tobacco, balsam, bay leaf, rum cake and dark licorice. The bouquet is all encompassing and complete. A firmly structured backbone is padded generously by the fleshy richness of its consistency. This is a gorgeous wine that will age for decades. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040." (08/2013) 97 points Vinous: "The 2010 Solaia is even better than the Tignanello. Here, too, it is the wine's energy and sheer vibrancy that stand out most. Blackberry jam, graphite, tar, espresso, violets, crushed rocks and spices all take shape in the glass. The 2010 is a wine I have followed since its infancy, and it has never failed to deliver the goods. Earlier this year I had a chance to taste every vintage of Solaia back to the inaugural 1978. It is still early, but there is little question the 2010 is one of the greatest - if not the single greatest - Solaia ever made. 97+" (08/2013) 97 points Wine Enthusiast: " ** Cellar Selection ** Already one of Italys most iconic bottlings, this gorgeous 2010 is already a classic. Its complex and intense bouquet unfolds with ripe blackberries, violets, leather, thyme and balsamic herbs. The palate shows structure, poise and complexity, delivering rich black currants, black cherry, licorice, mint and menthol notes alongside assertive but polished tannins and vibrant energy. This wine will age and develop for decades. Drink 20182040." (05/2014)

Italy

  • 2011 Poderi Morini "Savignone" Savignon Rosso ( $14.99)

Portugal - Port

  • Kopke "Fine Ruby" Port ( $16.99)
    Founded by a German family of the same name in 1638, Kopke is likely the oldest Port house in existence today. Aged in oak casks before bottling, this is a young, fruity port with a vibrant, sweet feel. This crowd-pleaser features plum and bright cherry flavors. The palate is smooth and balanced.

Portugal - Port and Madeira - Old and Rare

  • 1990 Kopke Colheita (375ml) - 3 available ( $29.99)
    Kopke has some of the largest and most impressive stocks of colheitas (vintage dated, barrel aged ports) in all of the Douro. It is an old house with a wonderful tradition of focusing on tawnies and colheitas that deliver a true, layered, very wood influenced style of port. This particular vintage has a beautiful amber color with ruby glints. Distinguished, nutty aromas lead to more nuts on the palate, with hints of toffee. Perhaps a bit drier than the 1987 Colheita, which we also carry, this wine also shows remnants of red fruit, grapey flavors which can dominate some other houses colheitas and tawnies. Here it is merely in the background, combining with the dried fruit, nuts and other slowly derived wood aged flavors to create one incredibly balanced drink. Enjoy before or after a meal with dried fruits, nuts and cheese; Stilton is a classic but perhaps a great cheddar like Cabot cloth bound would be interesting as well.

  • 1980 Kopke Colheita Port - 10 available ( $99.99)
    Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single year, matured in wood. A great birthday or anniversary gift!

  • 1978 Kopke Colheita Port - 8 available ( $99.99)
    What a beautiful Colheita Port! On the nose, there is a lovely bouquet found in only the finest, older fortified wine: a beguiling pungency, old oak casks, a hint of rancio and peanut shells. This leads to a soft, terrifically nuanced, poised and balanced palate. If 1978 is your birth year, or you simply love great older Madeira, Sherry and Colheita ports as I do, you should absolutely treat yourself to this bottle! (Joe Manekin, K&L Port buyer)

  • 1994 Kopke Colheita Port (375ml) ( $24.99)
    The German Family named Kopke came from Hamburg to Lisbon in 1636. Two years later, in 1638, Christiano Kopke established himself in Oporto, as merchant and exporter of Portuguese products, and he started the export of Portuguese wines already produced in the region, as part of his business. When the Wine - then known as Portwine - was recognized, the House of Kopke which is today the eldest Portwine's export firm, was one of the leaders in the field. Through many generations, the company was run by several members of Kopke's family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its Ports. Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single year, matured in wood. From the great 1994 vintage, this Port is not only unique in that it is an expression of a single year, but happens to be from a superior vintage. A worthy addition to any cellar, this also makes a choice birthday or anniversary gift for that special Port connoisseur in your life.

Portugal - Spain - Old and Rare

  • 2012 Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho "Contacto" Minho ( $19.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Alvarinho Contacto comes in at 13% alcohol. This brand is fast becoming one of my very favorites from Mendes. It is usually a great intersection of quality and price. This is a wonderful follow-up to the very fine 2011. Take the power, finish and grip of its sibling, the very nice 2012 Alvarinho Muros Antigos reviewed this issue. Now, add yet a little more intensity, a full bodied feel and additional complexity. It results in an impressive wine, one that should age beautifully and have the stuffing to hold up well to many foods. Beautifully balanced as well, it is still tightly wound in its youth, precise, pure and focused. There is actually a lot more going on here than at first seems apparent. While never losing its balance, it showed, as it warmed into the 60sF (and THEN over several hours and THEN the next day in particular), what lurked underneathtransparency as well as some laser like bursts of acidity. It may have been at its best on Day 2 actuallyand how many times have you heard that about Vinho Verde?--and at the end of the day at that, some 6 hours after the first taste. It likely will be better with a year or so of cellaring, even though it is certainly wonderful now. Stock up on this. Note: The Contacto is so named because it emphasizes prolonged skin contact. It is also a bit different in that it comes from a different terroir and soil type than Mendes' Muros Antigos Alvarinhorolling stones rather than sandy. Drink now-2020." (04/2013) K&L Notes: This is an impressive and serious style of 100% Alvarinho wine. Intense and almost medicinal aromas open up to a wonderful palate of yellow stone fruits and pithy lime flavors, with a strong thread of acidity and minerality each weaving their way through the fruit. One could likely attribute the unusual complexity and persistence of this wine to the extra maceration of the skins on the juice as well as extended tank aging on the lees. Portuguese Alvarinho does not get much better than this. (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese wine buyer)

Austria - Austria and Hungary

  • 2011 Kirnbauer "Blau Haus" Blaufränkisch ( $13.99)
    This Blaufränkisch takes its name from the Bauhaus art movement. It's a spicy, blackberry and currant-filled wine with juicy acdity and ripe tannins.

Austria - Austria and Hungary - Old and Rare

  • 2011 Hirsch Gaisberg Riesling Kamptal ( $54.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A superbly rich wine, packed with white fruits, this is very aromatic while also keeping a clear line of acidity and freshness. It has power, depth of flavor and minerality from the terroir. A wine for aging over six years and more. Screwcap." (09/2013)

  • 2011 Hirsch Heiligenstein Grüner Veltliner ( $23.99)
    Wine Spectator: "This rich version is full of ripe peach, apple compote and pear flavors, with notes of golden raisin and custard. Allspice and nutmeg accents show on the finish, revealing some savory herbal elements. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: 91 points Richard Jennings: "Light green-tinged yellow color; aromatic, celery seed, mineral nose; tasty, celery seed, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish." (RJonWine.com, 1/24/2013) And from the winery's note: "A showcase wine for Austria's classic white grape variety that comes from the loess and loam soils typical of the lower parts of the Heiligenstein vineyard which belongs to the village of Kammern. Fragrances of sweet vegetables and fruits mingle with elegant spice aromas; this wine is equally supple, substantial and satisfying."

  • 2011 Schloss Gobelsburg "Steinsetz" Grüner Veltliner Kamptal ( $25.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Features a flowery aroma, offering broad, well-defined flavors of salted almond, blood orange and grapefruit, with notes of lentil and gooseberry. The powerful, mineral-driven finish ends with notes of white pepper and tarragon. Drink now through 2020." (02/2013) K&L Notes: Importer Terry Theise writes: "For many years this showed the most esoterically spicy side of GrüVe, as if it were fined with glacier dust and scree and stirred with a peppermint stick. The 2010 was markedly juicier, but I ascribed it to the vintage. This '11 continues the new pattern - if it is a pattern, because I asked Michi if the 'accent' of the wine was being changed on purpose, and he said no, suggesting that perhaps the older vines were creating another kind of wine. Mind you, this '11 is plenty spicy, minty and eucalyptus-y, but unlike the pre-2010 vintages it isn't obdurately firm and nippy. Vetiver, flowering fields and juiciness coat the bones; barky and pine-resiny. A completely original white wine!" (2012)

Germany - German - Old and Rare

  • 2012 Dönnhoff Estate Riesling ( $20.99)
    From the importer: "This was filtered a week before I tasted it, and so it seemed stonier than the '11 and stonier than the sample I'd tasted in January. There's quite a peek of mineral; one could say a pique of mineral, as it has a certain sharpness that isn’t abrasive, and will be subsumed when it recovers its fruit; the smoky porphyry notes are embedded and will emerge. Sourced mostly from Felsenberg (90%) the rest comes from Hermannshöhle and Leistenberg." (Michael Skurnik Wines)

  • 2012 Dönnhoff Estate Riesling Trocken (Dry) ( $20.99)
    Donnhoff's fresh, dry Riesling comes from 15- to 30-year-old vines in the middle Nahe that typify the Donnhoff estate. The soils are stony and volcanic and the resulting wine is fresh, filigreed and mineral. A lovely everyday Riesling.

  • 2004 Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Eiswein (375ml) (Previously $130) ( $64.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Lively aromas of lemon meringue, apple jelly and acacia honey. The apricot fruit and mineral acidity dance lightly and elegantly over the palate. Persistent, honeyed finish given grip and thrust by slate and citrus elements." (02/2006) Wine Spectator: "Spicy, this shows more preserved fruit flavors of pineapple, pear and apricot, with a broader profile. It's lively, but softer overall. Drink now through 2025. (Web Only- 2006)" K&L Notes: Sweet potion indeed: According to a 14th century tale, the Bishop Boemond II (1354-1362) cured himself by drinking this wine. Henceforth, the vineyard called, "Berncasteler Doctor." For more than 100 years, this vineyard has since had the reputation as being the most expensive in Germany. but the pricing being offered on this bottling is less than Eisweins with little to no pedigree. The 2004 harvest was a classic Eiswein vintage across Germany, enabled by even ripeness with racy acidity and lack of botrytis. The Eiswein was harvested at the very end of the season when an ideal hard freeze hit the area, enabling the frozen grapes to be harvested in the early morning hours.

Israel - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2012 Yarden "Mount Hermon" Proprietary White Galilee (Kosher) ( $12.99)
    Producer notes: "Following the record breaking cold and hot temperatures of harvests 2011 and 2010 respectively, we thankfully returned to a more typical vintage in 2012. The relatively cold and wet winter resulted in late but strong budbreak. A somewhat warm April advanced the season, resulting in a normal start of harvest in the first week of August. Trailing a beautiful summer that was just slightly warmer than average, a short warm spell in October allowed us to complete the relatively short harvest on the 21st of the month. The 2012 vintage brought lower than average yields coupled with very good quality. The 2012 Mount Hermon White is made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Semillon fruit harvested from vineyards on the cool northern Golan Heights. The wine’s cold fermentation helps preserve the natural liveliness of these classic white varieties."

  • 2012 Golan Heights Winery Moscato Galilee (Kosher) ( $12.99)

New Zealand

  • 2012 Marisco "The Ned" Pinot Noir Southern Valleys Marlborough ( $15.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Generous raspberry and cherry flavors have velvety tannins, with savory details of forest floor, spice and mineral, followed by a refreshing juicy note on the finish. Drink now through 2027. (MW)" (07/2014) K&L Notes: 2012 was a "classic" cool-climate Marlborough vintage, say the folks at Marisco Vineyards. They've been getting attention for "The Ned" Pinot Noir in the Decanter Wine Awards 2012, praise in the Guardian UK and the Independent, Wine Advocate and Jancis Robinson for past vintages. The new release displays rose and violet notes, according to the winery's tasting note, complemented by black currant, plum and cherry: "Supporting these attractive primary aromatics are signature Pinot leaf mulch savoury elements and oak derived spice with mocha characters. Concentrated flavours of dark berry fruits are underpinned by brambly, spicy notes." Nice foil for oven-roasted beets, duck, or even pizza with goat cheese--at a nice price for scarce New Zealand Pinot Noir.

Japan - Single Malt Scotch

  • Nikka 21 Year Old Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml ( $169.99)
    After Nikka's 21 year old whisky won "World's Best Blended Malt" for 2010 (remember this is a blended single malt, not a blended whisky -- meaning there's no grain whisky added), we were flooded with emails from customers wondering where they could get it. "You can't" we were forced to say, "unless you're willing to travel out of the country." Years later we're finally sitting on our own supply at K&L! The complexity of spice and nuance on the palate of the 21 year is incredible -- rich, round fruit, cocoa, exotic spices, and even a hint of soy sauce -- and the finish goes on forever. This is not something we anticipate being able to keep in stock regularly given both the pent up demand and the quality.

  • Nikka Coffey Still Grain Whisky Japanese Whisky 750ml ( $62.99)
    92 points Whisky Advocate: "Sweet, with subtle, crisp, nutty oak, then comes fudge, ripe banana, and peach. The overall effect is like eating vanilla ice cream with toffee fudge and hazelnut sprinkles. The structure is thick and physical, the palate sweet and quite fat, with light hints of raspberry, fruit salad. A jag of acidity freshens the delivery on the finish. With water theres more toffee, and it becomes slightly more yielding, with less oak. For me the gold standard of grain. (DB, Fall 2015)" 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The name of this whisky has nothing to do with coffeerather, it's named for a type of still invented by Aneas Coffey, which is used to make this golden spirit. It offers mild vanilla-pear aromatics and is relatively light and silky on the palate. Look for a light vanilla sweetness at first, which gives way to a rounded dark chocolate note and baking spice finish. Recommended for highballs and other mixed drinks. (KN)" (03/2016) K&L Notes: Grain whisky is one of the least understood components of the whisky world. When you sip a blended Scotch like Johnnie Walker or Suntory's Hibiki, you're drinking a blend of two types of whiskies--both single malt and grain--hence the term "blend" (many people assume the "blend" refers to the blend of various distilleries). While we've gone out of our way here at K&L to help our customers understand 100% malted-barley single-malt whisky, we've never really talked very much about grain whisky--mostly because there's very little of it available! Grain whisky is made from corn, wheat and unmalted barley on a continuous still--much like vodka is produced. The Coffey Still is a type of continuous still that can pump out grain whisky without having to alternate batches. Because of the efficiency and cheaper production cost, grain whisky has taken on a bit of a bad rap. This reputation is entirely undeserved, however, especially when delicious grain whisky like the new Nikka Coffey Still is available. This is classic grain whisky--round vanilla, hints of caramel, and an herbaceous, spicy note that brings some pop on the finish. NOTE: While grain whisky can be enjoyed on its own, I find its flavors are much more impressive on the rocks and when splashed with a bit of soda. The Nikka Coffey Still is perhaps the best grain whisky we've yet seen available on the American market. We need more whiskies like this! ASAP!

  • Nikka Miyagikyo 12 Year Old Single Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml ( $109.99)
    The spectacular Miyagikyo 12 year is a true masterpiece. This special distillery in the Sendai prefecture makes some of the best whisky in Japan. Softly smoky and utterly irresistible, the 12 year old from Miyagikiyo shows incredible balance and complexity. The pungent nose of bright fruit and soft phenol is marked by a wonderful honeyed vanilla. On the palate the richness is evident and the sweetness is perfectly balanced by the most subtle whiffs of peat, grass, earth and exotic wood. This special whisky is more expensive than it's pure malt brother, Taketsuru 12 year, but shows a great deal more complexity. A fabulous value in my opinion. (David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits Buyer)

Greece

  • 2012 Thymiopoulos "Young Vines" Xinomavro Naousa - 12 available ( $13.99)
    According to Jancis Robinson: "The 100 square metres of Thymiopoulos vineyards are situated in the Valley of the Muses, which lies 60km east of the ancient site of Delphi. The vines here have an average age of 45 years, and produce between 800-900kg of grapes annually. This area benefits from the cooling winds that blow down from Mount Helicon." (10/2013) The soils in the Naousa are rich in clay and limestone, and the Thymiopoulos family has farmed their land here for several generations according the principals of biodynamics. All wines are fermented with wild yeast, and raised without any contact with oak. Newly replanted Xinomavro vines averaging five to seven years in age go into the "Young Vines" bottling. Known for its high tannin, acidity and dark color, Xinomavro has long been regarded as Greece's finest red wine but was hard to come by outside of Greece; now it experiencing an exciting renaissance in popularity among trendy drinking circles around the world as a unique alternative to Bordeaux and Barolo. Loaded with brambly red and black fruits, earthy spice, and mineral, with a touch of flowering herb, this is structured, elegant wine that blossoms with complexity as it opens. Decant or enjoy it as it evolves over the course of the evening, ideally accompanied by grilled beef or lamb kebabs.

Scotland - Single Malt Scotch

  • 1998 Arran 14 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky ( $99.99)
    Our first attempt to visit the lone distillery on Scotland's Isle of Arran was disastrous - a gigantic blizzard blew through the south of Scotland, completely shutting down the available ferry system and knocking out power for the entire island. Despite our desire to finally see one of the true up-and-comers of the Scotch industry, we were simply out of luck this year. That didn't mean we couldn't taste through casks, however. Luckily for us, the Arran rep was stationed at Glasgow when the storm hit and had samples pulled in anticipation of our appointment. We met up with her shortly after the storm and immediately fell in love with an ex-sherry hogshead that was as complex and delicious as anything we had ever tasted from the young distillery. The nose is all golden grains, brandied fruit, and malty goodness. The palate has a short burst of bright fruit before settling down into faint sherry and sweet barley. At cask strength the alcohol makes these flavors even more powerful, but water doesn't hinder them in any way. Arran is easily the MIP of the malt industry - the most improved player. Recent releases have been top notch, especially for a producer that began in 1996. We have no doubt that this wonderful cask will make believers out of K&L customers as well. The richness of the finish lingers on forever, reminding for minutes how legit this whisky is. Of course, we knew that going in. That's why we were willing to brave the blizzard. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

  • Glenfarclas 40 year old, Distillery Bottling 750ml - 6 available ( $469.99)
    95 points Whisky Advocate: "Glenfarclas has a proven track record for aging very well. Ive enjoyed some amazing 25 and 30 year old expressions, in addition to some older vintage offerings. Does this new 40 year old follow suit? Absolutely! Its complex and well-rounded, with great depth and no excessive oak. Lush, candied citrus (especially orange), old pot still rum, maple syrup, fig, roasted nuts, and polished leather, with hints of mocha, candied ginger, and tobacco. A bit oily in texture (which I find soothing) with good tannic grip on the finish. A classic, well-matured Glenfarclas and a very good value for its age. (Editor's Choice)" K&L Notes: Glenfarclas is one of the Highlands' finest, but somehow they managed to get the extra old whisky out for less than $500, which makes this, in my opinion, one of the finest values in single malt...period! (David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits buyer)

AUCTIONS...
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ANY - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 1997 Domaine Delarche Corton-Renardes Grand Cru (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $100.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 11:30 AM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1997 Domaine Delarche Corton-Renardes Grand Cru (90RP, 90ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The medium to dark ruby-colored 1997 Corton Renardes Reserve offers over-ripe peach and sweet cherry aromas. Medium to full-bodied, powerful, as well as expansive, this complex cherry, apricot, earth, cedar, and herb-flavored wine displays admirable purity to its components. It is well-structured, balanced, harmonious, and quite persistent. "

  • 2006 Viña Cobos Bramare "Marchiori Vineyard" Malbec Mendoza - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $390.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2006 Viña Cobos "Marchiori Vineyard" Malbec Mendoza (99RP, 93WS, 91ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "According to Hobbs, 2006 was one of the great vintages of his 20 year career in Argentina. The near perfect 2006 Cobos Malbec Marchiori Vineyard is my favorite of this remarkable collection. A glass-coating, saturated opaque purple/black in color, the wine offers up a sexy/kinky bouquet of pain grille, Asian spices, pencil lead, mineral, lavender, blueberry, and black cherry. On the palate there is layer upon layer of savory fruit, spice notes, espresso, and chocolate as well as exquisite balance. The wine’s finish lasts for more than a minute."

Australia - Australian/NZ/South Africa - Old and Rare

  • 1998 Penfolds "Grange" Shiraz South Australia (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $388.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1998 Penfolds "Grange" Shiraz South Australia (97WS, 97ST, 96RP). Wine Spectator: "A wine of surprising subtlety for the vintage, playing its ripe cherry, red plum and herb flavors against firm tannins that have a bit of grit to them. But those lively cherry and raspberry flavors burst through, and there's a nice hint of green herbs lingering around the finish, which doesn't subside easily."

  • 2005 Mollydooker "Carnival of Love" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia - 5 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $511.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 2005 Mollydooker "Carnival of Love" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia (98RP, 94WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Carnival of Love was the first vintage produced of this wine. It has a deep garnet-brick and pronounced earthy, meaty, gamey aromas with nuances of coffee, damp loam, salami and iron ore over a core of dried plums, potpourri and kirsch. Very rich and full bodied, the fruit is just beginning to mature with a nice line of very crisp acid cutting through and medium level of grainy tannins, finishing very long with some licorice notes."

  • 1990 Penfolds "Grange" Shiraz South Australia (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $450.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1990 Penfolds "Grange" Shiraz South Australia (98WS, 95RP). Wine Spectator: "Magnificent, exotic, a veritable cascade of opulent flavors--earthy currant, black cherry and licorice--on a grand frame of incredible length, wrapped in finely grained tannins."

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 1972-1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien Vertical - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $245.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle vertical of Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien, consisting of a single bottle of the 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1975. According to Wine Advocate: "Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is for many, the quintessential Saint Julien; a name revered by connoisseurs from the Home Counties of England to Oriental collectors. Under the aegis of Francis Borie and his son Jean-Eugène, a succession of admirable wines established Ducru-Beaucaillou as one of finest exponents of Cabernet Sauvignon in the whole of Bordeaux."

  • 1995 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $375.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 1995 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (94WS, 91RP, 91ST). "A beautiful wine, with layers of ripe fruit, berry, cedar, vanilla and light spice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Very, very classy stuff." -Wine Spectator

  • 1995 Margaux, Margaux (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $476.66) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 1-bottle lot of 1995 Margaux, Margaux (100WS, 95RP, 94ST). "Dark color. Black licorice, coffee, currants and black olives. Complex nose. A full-bodied, chewy blockbuster of a wine that is not giving anything at all away. It is like buried treasure still; you have to search for the gold. And it's there. Fabulous. Please give this time. --'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2014." -Wine Spectator

  • 1996 Palmer, Margaux - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $485.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1996 Palmer, Margaux (93RP, 90WS). "Deep garnet colour going a little brick. The nose is very forthcoming with a good intensity of earthy loam and black truffle aromas mingled with dark cherry, leather, tar and black olive. Medium to high acidity and a medium+ level of very fine tannins. Great balance. Long finish." -Robert Parker

  • 1999 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion - 5 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $325.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 1:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 1999 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (91-92ST, 90RP, 88WS). "Bright, saturated medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of crushed boysenberry, blueberry and mineral scents. Thick, fresh, youthful and sweet; a real fruit bomb on the nose and palate. Finishes very long, with big, ripe tannins. This really transcends the vintage." -Stephen Tanzer

  • 2000 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $605.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2000 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (99RP, 96ST, 96WE, 95JS, 94WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "...the 2000 Haut-Brion (a blend of 51% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc) showed incredibly at the tasting, and for me is one of the three or four most prodigious wines of the vintage. A compelling nose of roasted herbs, scorched earth, sweet blueberries, plums, black currants, and a hint of graphite is followed by a deep, layered, sumptuously textured, full-bodied Haut-Brion, but one with extraordinary complexity."

  • 1996 Margaux, Margaux - 6 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $3,201.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 1996 Margaux, Margaux (99RP, 97WS, 96ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Chateau Margaux, which was bottled in September 1998, is undoubtedly one of the great classics produced under the Mentzelopoulos regime. In many respects it is the quintessential Chateau Margaux, as well as the paradigm for this estate, combining measured power, extraordinary elegance, and admirable complexity. I tasted the wine of three separate occasions in January, and in short, it's a beauty!"

  • 1967 Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $331.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1967 Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac. Quite rare and drinking beautifully now, this second wine from Chateau Lafite is a must for the complete Lafite collector. Awarded 3 stars by Michael Broadbent when tasted in November 1986. "I have always described it as a 'lean, long distance runner'." (Michael Broadbent's Vintage Wine, pgs 71 - 74)

  • 1949 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,275.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1949 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (90WS). Wine Spectator: "Tastes broad, juicy, full-bodied and rich, with minty, cedary aromas and plenty of fruit. Wide-ranging in flavor, complete in its balance."

  • 2000 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $203.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2000 Montrose, St-Estèphe (96WS, 95RP, 94ST). "Aromas of mint, berry and licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate that is thick and rich yet refined and reserved. This is dense and well-structured, with loads of vanilla, berry and lightly roasted fruit. Powerful but still holding back. Compacted and dense." -Wine Spectator

  • 1981 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $610.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1981 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (91RP) "This wine is close to full maturity, but it is capable of holding for another two decades. It reveals the classic Lafite bouquet of red and black fruits, cedar, fruitcake, and tobacco-like aromas. In the mouth, this medium ruby/garnet-colored wine displays a delicacy of fruit and sweet attack, but subtle, well-defined flavors ranging from tobacco, cigar box, cedar, and fruitcake. This is a savory, soft Lafite-Rothschild that is pleasing to both the intellect and the palate. Anticipated maturity: Now-2018." -Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  • 2001 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $410.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2001 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (94WS, 91ST). "Very smoky, with berry, coffee and tobacco aromas. Full-bodied, with polished velvety tannins, plenty of fruit and a cedary aftertaste. Tight and compacted. This is better than the 2000 Mouton. It's a baby 1986 Mouton. Solid and very, very fine. Persists for a long time on the palate. Best after 2009." -Wine Spectator

  • 1993 Montrose, St-Estèphe - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $171.00) Auction Ending on September 17, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1993 Montrose, St-Estèphe (90WS). "Fabulous for a '93. Montrose continues to make excellent wines regardless of the vintage. Rich and elegant tobacco, cherry, smoke, toasted oak character, medium to full body, fine tannins and long, flavorful finish." -Wine Spectator

  • 2003 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $340.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2003 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (97WS, 96RP, 92ST). Wine Spectator: "(#28 on the Top 100 Wines of 2006) Intense aromas of blackberry, currant and cherry. Full-bodied, with masses of big, velvety tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. A blockbuster. A classic big, juicy claret. Best after 2012."

  • 2000 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $225.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3 - bottle lot of 2000 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac (92RP,91WS,91ST). "A beautiful wine and one of my favorites from this estate, this blend of nearly two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Merlot is aging impressively. Dense ruby/purple in color, with creme de cassis, charcoal, and sweet leathery and chocolatey notes intermixed with the classic Pauillac cedar and spice box, the wine is medium to full-bodied, fleshy, with sweet tannin and a long finish. It seems to have inched into its window of full drinking maturity, and will stay there for 10-15+ years." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2010)

  • 2001 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $275.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4 - bottle lot of 2001 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (90WS,90ST). "Revealing classic cassis aromas, medium to full body, a firm structure with plenty of finesse...it should age well for 12-20 years, but patience will be required. Certainly the concentration appears up to the level of the tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2004)

  • 1995 Lafleur, Pomerol - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $725.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1995 Lafleur, Pomerol (98WS, 93RP, 91ST). Wine Spectator: "A '95 that exploded in the glass in contact with air. Solid and masculine, with dark chocolate and bitter mocha notes, there's big intensity here. While the tannins are burly for now, the aromas keep coming--rose petal, violet and currant backed by creamy, vanilla bean character. Elegant finish."

  • 1985 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $590.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this magnum of 1985 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L) (95RP, 90WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Approaching full maturity, this beautifully sweet Chateau Margaux has a dense plum/purple color and a huge, sweet nose of black currants intermixed with licorice, toast, underbrush, and flowers. Medium to full-bodied with supple tannin and a fleshy, juicy, very succulent and multi-layered mid-palate, this expansive, velvety wine has entered its plateau of maturity, where it should remain (assuming good storage) for at least another 10-15 years. A very delicious, seductive, and opulent Chateau Margaux to drink over the next two decades. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015."

  • 1999 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (1.5L) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $366.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1999 Ducru Beaucaillou (1.5L) (91RP, 91WS, 91ST). Wine Spectator: "I love the aromas of chocolate, walnut, dark berries and flowers. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Really silky. Just coming around now. Yes."

  • 1986 Angelus, St. Emilion - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $630.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1986 Angelus, St. Emilion (94WS). "Beautifully crafted, with tightly focused, refined aromas and flavors of cherry, currant, cedar and toast, firmly supported with soft tannins; turns pretty and ripe on the finish. With its concentration, a safe bet to age." -Wine Spectator

  • 1985 Angelus, St. Emilion - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $330.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1985 Angelus, St. Emilion (89WS). "Very concentrated, with plum and cassis character and a hint of nuts. It's full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and loads of coffee and fruit on the finish. Better after 1996." -Wine Spectator

  • 1988 Calon Segur, St-Estèphe - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $212.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1988 Calon Segur, St-Estèphe (91RP). "The 1988 Calon-Segur outshines both wines from the more heralded vintages of 1989 and 1990. Deeply colored, superbly balanced, rich and full bodied, it appears to be a worthy candidate for another 15-20 years of longevity. It is a classic example of this chateau's wine - cedary, very fragrant, with plenty of sweet red and black currant fruit." -Robert Parker

  • 1982 Bahans Haut-Brion, Graves - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $343.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1982 Bahans Haut-Brion, Graves. "This wine was so easy to drink at age two that it is hard to believe it is still holding together. The color is medium ruby with amber at the edge. The nose is textbook Graves - minerals, spice, tobacco, and red and black fruits." -Robert Parker

  • 1962 Belair, St-Emilion (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $118.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1962 Belair, St-Emilion. "Belair is one of the elder statesmen of Saint Emilion and during the 19th century was regarded as one the finest wines in Bordeaux, ranked above all others. Although its wines presently dismissed and disparaged even by wine-scribes, I for one have found much to admire in recent vintages. Perhaps a new dawn is breaking?" -Neal Martin

  • 1968 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $380.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1968 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion. "With a cold spring, and a rainy August, 1968 did not end up being the most lauded of Bordeaux vintages. Nevertheless, for serious collectors, or anyone who's looking for this specific date for commemorative purposes, such vintages can be, while rarely found on the market, available at surprisingly nice prices." -Robert Parker

  • 1967 Haut Brion, Graves (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $200.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1967 Haut Brion, Graves. "Haut-Brion's signature is most frequently its glorious perfume of tobacco, black fruits, smoke, and dried herbs, combined with sweet, supple fruit, all crammed into a concentrated wine that never has the weight or tannic power of a Medoc, or the thick unctuosity of a top right bank wine. As I have frequently written, the one significant change to my palate over the last twenty years has been the fact that while I have always admired Haut-Brion, now I am addicted to its perfume and complexity." -Robert Parker

  • 1985 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $330.01) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1985 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (95WS, 90RP). Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year in 1988. "Today it shows loads of fruit, with blackberry, licorice and fresh herb character. Full, round and velvety. Long and delicious." -Wine Spectator

  • 1986 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $135.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1986 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (94RP, 93ST, 90WS). "The 1986 is finally emerging from the dormant stage that many of the wines from this vintage (especially the Medocs) have been going through. It is a full-bodied, still backward wine that will appeal to classicists and old line traditionalists given its firm structure and austere tannins. Nevertheless, the color is a healthy deep garnet and the wine exhibits wonderful freshness along with notes of underbrush, damp earth, black currants, cedar and new saddle leather." -Robert Parker

  • 1985 Pavie, St-Emilion - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $307.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1985 Pavie, St-Emilion (91WS). "Yet another winner from Pavie. Caresses the palate and defines elegance. Lovely mint, berry and chocolate character. Full-bodied yet very refined. Better after 1997." -Wine Spectator

  • 1988 Phelan Segur, St. Estephe - 5 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $210.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 1988 Phélan Ségur, St. Estèphe. "The 1988 Phelan-Segur is a textbook example of a St.-Estephe. A toasty, blackcurrant-scented bouquet is followed by a medium-bodied wine with fine balance, excellent richness, good body, and surprising length. It is a beautiful wine for drinking over the next decade." -Robert Parker

  • 1985 Talbot, St. Julien - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $230.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1985 Talbot, St. Julien (90WS, 90RP). "'Big, ripe, raisiny, earthy fruit bomb. Full-bodied with loads of flavor and tannins. Long and rich. Better after 1997." -Wine Spectator

  • 1970 Lafleur, Pomerol (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $600.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1970 Lafleur, Pomerol (96WS). "Harmonious, supple and very generous, full-bodied, with ripe tannins; perfect to enjoy now but it should last, it's almost black in color and explodes with cassis and green olive aromas and flavors." -Wine Spectator

  • 1986 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $120.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1986 Montrose, St-Estèphe (95WS, 91RP). "Wonderful clean berry fruit with currant, light mint and mineral following through to a full, firm palate with long, silky tannins and a mineral, berry and spice aftertaste. Lovely wine. Firm. This is squeaky clean and beautiful. Enjoyable now but better to wait a few years still." -Wine Spectator

  • 1993 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (Blank Label) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $275.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1993 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (Blank Label) (90RP, 90WS). "The 1993 is a beautifully made wine which could be considered a sleeper of the vintage. The wine boasts a dark purple color, followed by a sweet, pain grillee, roasted nut, and cassis-scented bouquet that is just beginning to open. In the mouth, the wine may not possess the body and volume of a vintage such as 1990 or 1989, but there is more richness of fruit, a sweet, ripe, pureness to the wine, as well as medium body and outstanding balance. This moderately tannic, well-focused, surprisingly rich 1993 is capable of 15-20 years of evolution." -Robert Parker

  • 1995 Angélus, St-Emilion (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $261.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1995 Angélus, St-Emilion (95RP, 95WS, 93ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A superb effort in this vintage, Angelus's opaque purple-colored 1995 is a massive, powerful, rich offering with plenty of ripe, sweet tannin. The wine's aromatics include scents of Provencal olives, jammy black cherries, blackberries, truffles, and toast. A very full-bodied wine, it is layered, thick, and pure. This is the most concentrated of the 1995 St.-Emilion premier grand crus."

  • 2000 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (OWC) - 12 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $976.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 12-bottle lot of 2000 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (OWC - 93WS, 93WE, 91RP, 90ST) in original wood. Wine Spectator: "Lovely berry, spice and leather aromas follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with firm and silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A harmonious wine."

  • 1996 Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $420.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, may turn out to be the finest Carruades I have ever tasted. It possesses as much power, ripeness, and fleshy fruit (because of the high percentage of Merlot) as I have ever detected in this offering. ...It is a beautifully made wine with a subtle dosage of toasty new oak, an appealing texture, and excellent length."

  • 2000 Chapelle d'Ausone, St.-Emilion (OWC) - 12 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,960.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 12-bottle lot of 2000 Chapelle d'Ausone, St.-Emilion (OWC - 90RP, 90ST, 90WS) in original wood. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Consumers should take a look at the 2000 Chapelle d'Ausone. This wine is priced at 10% of its bigger sibling. The tightly-structured, mineral-infused 2000 Chapelle d'Ausone exhibits outstanding concentration as well as depth in addition to floral, blackberry, and blueberry aromas and flavors. Deep and rich, it is better than many Ausones produced in the seventies, sixties, and fifties ... believe it or not!"

  • 1986 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $203.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1986 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (95RP, 92WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted 7 Times Since Bottling With Consistent Notes. The 1986 is a highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors with impressive depth and richness. It possesses more power, weight, and tannin than the more opulent and currently more charming 1985."

  • 1995 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $180.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 1:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1995 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (95RP, 94WS, 92ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine of extraordinary intensity and accessibility, the 1995 Cos d'Estournel is a sexier, more hedonistic offering than the muscular, backward 1996. Opulent, with forward aromatics (gobs of black fruits intermixed with toasty pain grille scents and a boatload of spice), this terrific Cos possesses remarkable intensity, full body, and layers of jammy fruit nicely framed by the wine's new oak. Because of low acidity and sweet tannin, the 1995 will be difficult to resist young, although it will age for 2-3 decades."

  • 2000 Figeac, St-Emilion (OWC) - 12 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $2,120.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 12-bottle lot of 2000 Figeac, St-Emilion (OWC - 91ST) in original wood. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Wild, expressive aromas of black raspberry, cedar, lead pencil, mocha, coffee and animal fur. Fat, silky and lush yet dry; a thick, round Figeac with impressive volume. Even the merlot in 2000 showed solid structure. Like the 2001, this shows an intriguing burnt note. Finishes with big but suave tannins and lingering notes of cherry, chocolate and black olive. The richest of these three vintages by a wide margin."

  • 1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $398.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (93RP, 92WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is unquestionably a profound Grand-Puy-Lacoste, but it is excruciatingly backward. It reveals an essence of creme de cassis character which sets it apart from other Pauillacs. The wine is displaying plenty of tannin, huge body, and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with minerals and subtle oak. Massive, extremely structured, and with 25-30 or more years of longevity, this immensely-styled Grand-Puy-Lacoste will require 7-8 years of patience, perhaps longer. A superb, classic Pauillac."

  • 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (OWC) - 12 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,010.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 6:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 12-bottle lot of 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (OWC - 94RP, 92ST, 92WS) in original wood. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Grand Puy Lacoste is even better than such recent vintages as 2005 and 2009. A broad, classic, large-scaled effort, it boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as tell-tale notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, flowers, and unsmoked tobacco. Powerful, full-bodied flavors have shed a lot of tannin, but they remain relatively youthful. This is a young adolescent, broadly flavored Pauillac with an enticing texture as well as abundant richness and fruit. It can be enjoyed now, but promises to hit its peak in five years, and last for two decades."

  • 2002 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $192.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2002 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (91ST, 91WS). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, smoked meat and warm stones. Dry, classic and deep, but quite closed today, even a bit youthfully austere. Finishes very long, with substantial dusty tannins and brisk acids. Much more backward today than the Haut-Brion, despite possessing a lower indice de polyphenols totaux (65, compared to 70). But both of these wines really call for at least six or seven years of cellaring."

  • 1986 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $180.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1986 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (91RP, 90WS). Wine Spectator: "ocked up tight with dense currant, spice and cedar flavors framed by tannins. On the finish there are hints of elegance and grace."

  • 1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $270.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (99RP, 96WS, 95ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins, but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid... Its dense purple color reveals a slight lightening at the edge and the stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, oak and graphite. Powerful and rich with some tannins still to shed at age 22, it is still a young adolescent in terms of its evolutionand will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring. It should prove to be a 50 year wine."

  • 2004 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $630.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this magnum of 2004 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L) (96WE, 96W&S, 94ST, 93RP, 93WS). Wine Enthusiast: "If one of 2004’s enduring characteristics is its freshness, then Margaux epitomizes this. It is so deliciously fresh and floating, with great black currant and blueberry fruits, pointed up by spice, mint and a sense of elegance and poise. There’s no doubt about its aging potential either: just feel that heart of firm tannins."

  • 1990 Pavie, St-Emilion (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $146.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1990 Pavie, St-Emilion (92WS, 89RP). Wine Spectator: "Ripe and fresh. Just what it should be. Deep ruby with red hue. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and ripe fruit. Full bodied with lots of velvety tannins and a long finish."

  • 1995 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 12 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $985.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 12-bottle lot of 1995 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (90RP, 90RP).Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A stylish, elegant, more restrained style of Pichon Baron, with less obvious new oak than usual, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine offers a pure black currant-scented nose with subtle aromas of coffee and smoky toasty oak. In the mouth, the wine displays less weight and muscle than the 1996, but it offers suave, elegant, rich fruit presented in a medium to full-bodied, surprisingly lush style."

  • 1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 12 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,080.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 12-bottle lot of 1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (91RP, 90ST, 90WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pichon Longueville Baron's 1996 has turned out to be even better than I thought from cask. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (about 80%) resulted in a wine that has put on weight in the bottle. An opaque purple color is accompanied by beautiful aromas of tobacco, new saddle leather, roasted coffee, and cassis. It is dense, medium to full-bodied, and backward, with moderately high tannin, but plenty of sweet fruit, glycerin, and extract to balance out the wine's structure. This well-endowed, classic Pauillac should be at its finest between 2006-2022."

  • 1999 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (OWC) - 12 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $900.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 12-bottle lot of 1999 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (OWC - 91WS, 90ST) in original wood. Wine Spectator: "Slightly earthy, featuring tobacco, cigar box and dark fruits. Full-bodied, offering supervelvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Plenty of subtle things are going on here in the glass, with lots of wonderful fruit underneath."

  • 1986 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $440.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1986 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (97WS, 94RP). Wine Spectator: "Superbly structured, with breathtaking aromas of plums, chocolate and berries that follow through on the palate. Full-bodied, with full tannins and a long, alluring finish."

  • 1995 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac - 5 bottles in this lot (Starting bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $425.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 1995 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (94WS, 92RP, 90ST). Wine Spectator: "Fabulous nose of crushed currants, blackberries and forest flowers. Full-bodied, with plenty of ripe fruit and silky tannins. This is really holding back."

  • 1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac - 12 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $960.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 6:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 12-bottle lot of 1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (92RP, 91ST, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was shocked by how backward the 1996 Pontet-Canet was on the three occasions I tasted it in January. This wine possesses superb potential, but it appears a decade's worth of patience will be necessary. The color is a saturated dark purple. With coaxing, the wine offers aromas of black currant jam intertwined with minerals, sweet oak, and spice. A full-bodied wine, it possesses layered, concentrated sweet fruit, with an elevated level of ripe tannin."

  • 1989 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,601.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1989 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (100RP, 97ST, 96WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It still possesses a blue/purple color with only a hint of garnet creeping in, and the explosive aromatics offer up notes of licorice, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, smoky barbecue meats, truffles and graphite. If that’s not enough to get one salivating, the palate has never disappointed either. Full-bodied with extraordinary opulence as well as sweet, well-integrated, velvety tannins, this fresh, lively, blockbuster La Mission appears to be one of those rare wines that never goes through a closed, unfriendly stage. It has been a compelling, multidimensional effort from barrel, in its infancy, and as it heads into late adolescence. A remarkable tour de force in winemaking, it is one of the all-time profound La Mission-Haut-Brions."

  • 1989 Palmer, Margaux - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $520.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1989 Palmer, Margaux (96RP, 92WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-brick. Dark chocolate covered cherries, espresso, cinnamon, rose petals, tree bark and loam. Medium to full body with layers of concentrated fruit and spice flavours supported by crisp acidity and a medium+ level of fine tannins. Very long finish."

  • 1998 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan - 6 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $601.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 1998 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan (95WS, 93RP, 91ST). Wine Spectator: "An amazing nose of sweet tobacco, orange peel, cigar box and exotic fruit. Lots of tar too. Full-bodied, with exotic and spicy flavors that are slightly decadent and funky, but wild and wonderful, from leather to dried fruits. Just a baby, too. Give this more age."

  • 2003 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (OWC) - 6 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $965.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2003 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (OWC - 95WS, 94RP, 93ST) in original wood. Wine Spectator: "Wow. This shows so much ripe fruit and berry character with just the right hint of lead pencil and spice. Full-bodied and very chewy. Big and powerful. Beautiful wine. Superb."

  • 2000 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,601.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 6:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2000 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (100JS, 100WS, 99WE, 98RP, 96ST). James Suckling: "The nose is fresh, bright, and dense. With aromas of violets, minerals, spices, cool stones, mint, dark fruits, and plum skins, this is beautiful. Very much still a baby right now, it needs much more time. This is a wine for the next generation. Finesse and elegance, truly a wine that makes you contemplate life. This is not about power, there is really nothing like it. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon. Do not even think about touching this for another ten years, 2020. "

  • 2003 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,125.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2003 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (100RP, 97WE, 96JS, 96WS, 93ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A modern day version of the 1959 Lafite, the 2003 Lafite Rothschild was bottled in mid-May, 2005 after achieving 12.9% natural alcohol - hardly an astonishing figure given the vintage's weather conditions. A combination of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, it represents a ripe version of the essence of Lafite-Rothschild. Dense purple-colored, with classic notes of graphite intertwined with melted licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and flowers, it reveals extraordinary richness, opulence, power, purity, intensity, and viscosity. Whether this wine will close down or not is questionable as it is somewhat atypical given its sweetness and softness."

  • 2000 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,216.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2000 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (96RP, 95ST, 93WS).Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Perhaps the most beautiful packaging ever on a Bordeaux bottle, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild literally produced a work of art in the gold-engraved bottle of 2000 Mouton Rothschild. Of course, one can’t drink the glass, but this is a top-flight Mouton Rothschild, eclipsed only by the 2006 and 2009. A rich, tannic, earthy style, with loads of creme de cassis and floral notes, the final blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot is a full-bodied wine with plenty of coffee, earth, chocolatey notes, and still plenty of tannin to resolve."

  • 1982 Latour, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,475.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1982 Latour, Pauillac (100RP, 98JS, 98WS, 97ST).Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The concentration remains remarkable, and the wine is a full-bodied, exuberant, rich, classic Pauillac in its aromatic and flavor profiles. It's just juiced up (similar to an athlete on steroids) and is all the better for it. This remarkable effort will last as long as the 1982 Mouton, but it has always been more approachable and decadently fruity. Drink it now, in 20 years, and in 50 years! Don't miss it if you are a wine lover."

  • 2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc - 6 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $196.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (90RP, 89ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As I indicated last year, quality has improved dramatically at this estate, and the 2006 is a quintessentially elegant Bordeaux displaying a dark ruby/purple color, a lovely bouquet of forest floor, sweet cherries, cranberries, and black currants, medium body, a textured, sweet, tannic mouthfeel, and a long finish. Everything is beautifully pure as well as perfectly balanced in this outstanding effort."

  • 2006 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 6 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $410.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2006 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (94WS, 94WE, 91RP, 91ST). Wine Spectator: "*One of the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009* There's a great dark color to this, with intense aromas of cedar, wood, new leather and crushed blackberry. Fullbodied,with loads of fruit and a firm, powerful palate. Long and mouthpuckering. A muscular baby."

  • 2009 Lynch-Bages Blanc, Pauillac (OWC) - 6 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $283.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2009 Lynch-Bages Blanc, Pauillac (OWC - 89WS) in original wood. Wine Spectator: "Ripe and focused, with nicely wound verbena, salted butter and green almond notes, backed by a vibrant finish that should unwind with brief cellaring."

  • 1996 Bordeaux Mixed Lot - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $240.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle mixed lot of 1996 Bordeaux. Includes 1 bottle of 1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (91RP, 90WS, 90ST), and 1 bottle of 1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (94ST, 93RP, 90WS). Stephen Tanzer review of the 1996 Cos d'Estournel: "Saturated deep ruby. Ineffable aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice and Havana tobacco. Rich, dense and thick; powerful but harmonious. Layered texture over a strong backbone. Very long on the palate, with thoroughly ripe, noble cabernet tannins. Superb." -Stephen Tanzer

  • 1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $206.09) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 11:30 AM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (93RP, 92WS). "This is unquestionably a profound Grand-Puy-Lacoste, but it is excruciatingly backward. It reveals an essence of creme de cassis character which sets it apart from other Pauillacs. The wine is displaying plenty of tannin, huge body, and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with minerals and subtle oak. Massive, extremely structured, and with 25-30 or more years of longevity, this immensely-styled Grand-Puy-Lacoste will require 7-8 years of patience, perhaps longer. A superb, classic Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030." -Robert Parker

  • 2003 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $160.02) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2003 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (97WS, 93RP, 93ST). "Incredible nose of crushed berry, licorice, violets and lightly toasted oak. Pure crème de cassis. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Solid." -Wine Spectator

  • 2010 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $301.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2010 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc (92RP, 88-91ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This blend of 47% Semillon and the rest Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris offers up lush pineapple and heady melon notes with plenty of good acidity and subtle smokiness. It's a beauty."

  • 2006 Bahans Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $245.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2006 Bahans Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (91WE, 89ST). Wine Enthusiast: "A dark, structured wine, with dense black tannins. This second wine of Château Haut-Brion is firm, tough, solid, lightened by acidity."

  • 1994 Canon-La Gaffelière, St-Emilion (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $52.50) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1994 Canon-La Gaffelière, St-Emilion (90RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one of the top estates of St.-Emilion. The ambitious proprietor, Comtes de Neipperg, is to be commended on the terrific job he has done at Canon-la-Gaffeliere since the mid-eighties. A dense purple color is accompanied by strikingly pure aromas of Provencal olives, jammy cassis, and smoky pain grillee notes. Ripe and fat, this medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, muscular yet elegant wine needs another 2-4 years of cellaring. It should keep for 16-17 years. It is an impressive, well-balanced 1994."

  • 1985 Latour, Pauillac - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $735.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1985 Latour, Pauillac (93WS). Wine Spectator: "Rich and ripe wine. Dark red color with an amber edge. Loads of meat, berry and tobacco character on the nose. Very rich. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, ultraripe fruit finish. Still very fresh and young."

  • 1989 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $380.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1989 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien (96WS, 91RP). Wine Spectator: "Very ripe, with raisin and dried fruits on the nose. You can smell the sun-dried grapes. Full-bodied, delivering firm tannins and a very fresh palate. Long and flavorful, offering currant, berries and all sorts of dark fruits, but turns lightly earthy and floral. This is a thoroughly complex wine. Just starting to really open into the mature 20-year-old wine it is, but such a great life ahead of it. Muscular."

  • 1995 Haut-Brion, Pessac Léognan - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $759.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1995 Haut-Brion, Pessac Léognan (96RP, 95WS, 93ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It is fun to go back and forth between the 1995 and 1996, two superb vintages for Haut-Brion. The 1995 seems to have sweeter tannin and a bit more fat and seamlessness when compared to the more structured and muscular 1996. Certainly 1995 was a vintage that the brilliant administrator Jean Delmas handled flawlessly. The result is a deep ruby/purple-colored wine with a tight but promising nose of burning wood embers intermixed with vanilla, spice box, earth, mineral, sweet cherry, black currant, plum-like fruit, medium to full body, a high level of ripe but sweet tannin, and a finish that goes on for a good 40-45 seconds."

  • 1999 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $751.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1999 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (95RP, 94WS, 92ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Lafite Rothschild sports an engraved '1999' on the bottle along with an eclipse to mark that significant historical event of August, 1999. It is a quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild. This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de cassis, toast, and vanilla. It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony. This extraordinary Lafite increasingly appears to be a modern day clone of the majestic 1953. A mere one-third of the crop made it into the grand vin!"

  • 1982 Margaux, Margaux - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,726.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1982 Margaux, Margaux (98RP, 97JS, 96ST, 94WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Consistently scoring between 98-100, the superb 1982 Margaux may be slightly bigger, bolder, and more masculine than vintages produced over the last 15-20 years. Its dark plum/purple color is followed by notes of melted tar intermixed with sweet cassis and floral underpinnings. Very full-bodied and dense for a Chateau Margaux, with a slight rusticity to the tannins, it boasts blockbuster power, richness, and impressive aromatics."

  • 1978 Latour, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $401.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1978 Latour, Pauillac (92WS, 90RP). Wine Spectator: "A sleek and racy wine. Ruby-amber color. Aromas of cedar, cigar box,tobacco, mint and mushrooms, with hints of redfruits, follow though to a medium body with finetannins and a long, silky finish."

  • 1983 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $155.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1983 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (92WS, 90RP). Wine Spectator: "This wine has always been underrated. Shows wonderful aromas of chocolate, berry and earth. Full-bodied, with full, velvety tannins and a sweet berry finish. Drink now or hold."

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2010 Beychevelle, St-Julien (1.5L) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $185.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this magnum of 2010 Beychevelle, St-Julien (1.5L) (95JS, 94RP, 94WE, 93WS, 91ST). James Suckling: "Beautiful aromas of blackberries, currants and flowers. Very aromatic. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and gorgeous fruit. It's polished and very refined. One of the best Beychevelles in years."

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2003 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,760.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2003 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru (96RP, 92BH). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Grands-Echezeaux, which bursts with aromas of jammy blackberries as well as black cherries, is medium to full-bodied and fleshy. Sappy black fruits and distinctive notes of black chocolate are found in its expressive, bold personality. Refined, pure, and muscular, this wine exhibits huge amounts of firm -- yet ripe -- tannin. "

  • 1996 Etienne Sauzet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $201.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this single bottle of 1996 Etienne Sauzet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (95RP,94ST,92BH). "Elegant white fruit aromas are framed by a bit of toasty oak and lead to pure| tight and beautifully defined flavors of impressive length. This is really very classy juice that will be capable of long-term potential| perhaps 20 or even 25 years if well stored. I very much like the style and if this had a bit more mid-palate depth| it would be 'scary' good though it's still impressive." - Allen Meadows - Burghound (2010)

  • 1997 Domaine Marius Delarche Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru "Ile des Vergelesses" - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $105.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1997 Domaine Marius Delarche Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru "Ile des Vergelesses". Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Vibrant aromas of cherry, minerals, licorice and spice. Dense, sweet and stuffed with fruit; flavors of cherry and licorice repeat in the mouth. Solid, peppery back end is longer than that of the above wine. A good showing."

  • 1971 Hospices de Beaune (Jaffelin) Beaune "Cuvée Dames-Hospitalieres" (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $62.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 11:30 AM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1971 Hospices de Beaune (Jaffelin) Beaune "Cuvée Dames-Hospitalieres." The hospices is a beautiful medieval structure in the center of Beaune. It is also a hospital, which was founded in the 15th century. Over the years, devout Burgundians have willed bits of their vineyards to the hospices' charitable organization. The hospices then raise money by selling the wines made from its vineyards at auction and generally shares the profits with other charities. The hospices blends wines from several vineyards in the same village and gives the resulting cuvee the name of a significant benefactor, like the oddly named Docteur Peste, a historic figure and physician at the hospices. These wines are collectible, to be sure, and this one from Henri Boillot is sure to please as well!

  • 1999 Vincent Girardin Echézeaux Grand Cru - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $370.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 1999 Vincent Girardin Echézeaux Grand Cru. "Although the Girardin family can trace their viticultural roots back to the 17th century, it was only in 1982 the present proprietor Vincent Girardin commenced his career with just 2-hectares of vine to his name. After his father retired, he augmented his holdings with another 7-hectares and began contracting grapes from the best growers in the region for his negociant side of the business." Wine Advocate Producer Profile, Neal Martin.

  • 2002 Bruno Clair Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode" - 5 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $310.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 2002 Bruno Clair Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode" (90ST). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Black cherry, licorice and smoky oak on the subtle nose. Supple and broad but vinous and light on its feet. This has the energy and vivacity I associate with the best wines from this estate. Explosive, gripping finish shows strong mineral spine and lovely length. Seventy percent of this cuvee still comes from vines planted in 1902. Give this six or seven years in the cellar."

  • 1997 Domaine Comte de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $316.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1997 Chambolle Musigny, Comte de Vogue (92ST, 91RP). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep bright red. Very spicy but rather shy aromas of blackberry, raspberry, currant, licorice, mace and nutmeg. Penetrating and spicy in the mouth; cool black fruit flavors are downright refreshing for the vintage. Then opens beautifully on the back half, showing a silky texture, captivating sappy sweetness, and superb persistence. This is the best value among the Comte Georges de Vogüé '97s, and a knockout for the vintage."

  • 1999 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru - 6 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $800.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 1999 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru. Vintage notes from Burghound: "Vincent Mongeard reported yields that averaged 46 hl/ha for most of his villages level wines and about 36 hl/ha for several of his grands crus, including Echézeaux and Grands Echézeaux. New oak chez Mongeard averages between 50% for the villages wines to 75% for the grands crus."

  • 2003 DRC Le Montrachet, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $3,200.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2003 DRC Le Montrachet, Domaine de la Romanée Conti (97RP, 93ST, 93BH). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sumptuous aromas of spices, yellow plums and buttery toast are found in the nose of the medium to full-bodied 2003 Montrachet. A dense, layered, ample wine of awesome power, it is concentrated, spicy, and velvety-textured. Toasted pears, butter, vanilla, plump yellow fruits, melon balls, and notes of passion fruit make up its extremely extroverted flavor profile. Boasting terrific mouth-feel, it also possesses an exceptionally long, seamless finish. While it is difficult to assess the ageworthiness of such a big, super-ripe white Burgundy, it will unquestionably deliver loads of pleasure if consumed over the next decade and perhaps longer."

  • 1985 DRC Domaine de la Romanée Conti La Tâche Grand Cru (Starting bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $2,095.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 6:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1985 DRC Domaine de la Romanée Conti La Tâche Grand Cru (93WS, 90BH). Wine Spectator: "Red to brown center, orange edge. Seductive fruit and spice bouquet, with fleeting notes of cherry, kirsch and rose. Warm and spicy on the palate, elegant yet sumptuous, showing fine length and harmony. This turns more acidic and fragile after about an hour in the glass."

  • 2001 Domaine Georges Roumier Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses" (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $795.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2001 Domaine Georges Roumier Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses" (89WS). "Pale ruby colour. A core of warm cherry and cranberry with aromas of damp earth, beets, pepper and a touch of tomato leaf and capsicum on the nose. Crisp acidity with a moderate intensity of soft-spoken fruit. Medium+ tannins, a little astringent. Long finish." -Wine Spectator

  • 2003 Louis Jadot Bonnes Mares Grand Cru - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $863.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2003 Louis Jadot Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (98RP, 96WS, 94ST, 93BH). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Unquestionably one of the vintage's finest wines, Jadot's 2003 Bonnes Mares bursts with roses, violets, cassis liqueur, and black cherries. Armed with magnificent depth, concentration, and extraction, this full-bodied beauty expands on the palate to reveal oodles of black cherries slathered in chocolate. Its finish, which lasts for a minute, reveals additional layers of jammy fruit as well as loads of sweet, round tannin. Though immensely ripe and low in acidity, this gem has the profundity of fruit and structure for considerable cellaring."

  • 2004 Chezeaux Griotte Chambertin - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $202.20) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2004 Chezeaux Griottes Chambertin. Bill Nanson - Burgundy-Report: "The nose starts high-toned with a backdrop of vintage 2004 cedar. Slowly the cedar recedes giving space for a much more mineral aspect than is usual for this vineyard and certainly less alluring. The palate is silky with fresh acidity and super intensity, but unusually the length is again very mineral. It’s actually quite super, but I’d never pick it as Griotte. Day 2 the nose is transformed to the classic soft, but deep red cherry, perhaps including also a shade of raspberry and importantly the cedar is totally vanished - that’s very promising. The palate gains a little more depth and the finish remains unchanged - mineral but very long. This could become a super wine - but wait for 2015 as a minimum - I think it will need it as it was even slightly better on day 3!"

  • 2007 Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $415.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2007 Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru (93RP, 93WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Licorice, game, and sweetly-ripe dark berries inform a broad-shouldered Ponsot 2007 Chapelle-Chambertin that is both less refined and less striking than the corresponding Griotte, but hugely convincing in its expansive and energetic way: palpably dense and finely-tannic, finishing with wave-like dynamic and intensity of sappy berry juices, bitter-sweet herbal essences, and meat stock. Yet another Ponsot 2007 remarkable for its vintage, this should reward 15-20 years of cellaring."

France - Champagne

  • 2001 Cedric Bouchard "Inflorescence La Parcelle" Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $376.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 1:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2 - bottle lot of 2001 Cedric Bouchard "Inflorescence La Parcelle" Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne (94RP). "The 2001 Inflorescence Blanc de Noirs La Parcelle is another richly-textured, sumptuous wine from Cedric Bouchard. A compelling array of hazelnuts, pears and sweet spices emerges from this perfumed, mesmerizing Champagne. The wine possesses a weightless, ethereal texture that recalls a profound grand cru red Burgundy. There aren't too many producers who made vintage wine in 2001, and this effort is certainly among the finest wines of that tricky year. The La Parcelle spent 80 months on its lees prior to being disgorged with no dosage. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008)

France - Champagne - Old and Rare

  • 1996 Krug Brut Champagne - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $863.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 Krug Brut Champagne (100W&S, 99WS, 99ST, 98RP). Wine & Spirits: "It's hard to imagine how a wine of this power can sustain perfect balance. What is now a more nonchalant intensity in the aroma was, in fact, too much to handle when we tasted this last year, as if the wine had no time for mere humans with their limited sense receptors. If you stop to taste ripe pear, ginger spice, apple blossom and butterscotch the wine leaves you lost in random flavor descriptors as it soars off into a vinous glow that lasts for minutes. This may well be the greatest vintage wine of Henri Krug's career (unless it is challenged by the 2002)."

  • 1996 Moët & Chandon "Dom Pérignon Oenothéque" Brut Champagne (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $290.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1996 Moët & Chandon "Dom Pérignon Oenothéque" Brut Champagne (99WE, 97RP, 97W&S). Wine Enthusiast: "A magnificent Champagne, one that is light, delicate, yet packed with character. It is beautifully balanced, with a bone-dry character, just softened by the toastiness that is developing. Expect this to age for many years."

  • 1995 Krug Brut Champagne - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $455.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1995 Krug Brut Champagne (98WS, 95ST, 94RP). Wine Spectator: "(Collectibles & Ranked #26 on the Top 100 of 2006) A very youthful '95. Delicate. Intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and multigrain bread turn to honey, roasted almonds and graphite on the palate. It's all underscored by a precise structure and creamy texture. Its structure keeps it persistent through the long finish. A picture of precision and intensity. Drink now through 2025."

  • 1990 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $240.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 11:30 AM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1990 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (96RP, 95ST). "The 1990 Comtes de Champagne captures a stylistic middle ground between the 1988 and 1990. Slightly advancing tones of orange peel and roasted nuts are beautifully contrasted by a streak of minerality that gives the wine its freshness and verve. Bright floral and mineral notes reappear on the finish, adding focus. Rich in its texture yet effortless, the 1990 offers exceptional balance and tons of class. It should continue to drink well for another 15 years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025." -Robert Parker

  • 1990 Pommery "Cuvee Louise" Champagne (Gift Box) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $130.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1990 Pommery "Cuvee Louise" Champagne (Gift Box - 93WE, 90WS) in original gift box. Wine Enthusiast: "The deep, liqueur-like nose shows almost sweet baking aromas, like egg-enriched breads. Rich and weighty; verging on opulent in the mouth, with honey, almond, orange and apricot flavors. The long spice-and-mineral finish gives it an extra element of class."

France - Rhone Valley - Old and Rare

  • 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $235.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (97RP, 97WS). "The sumptuous 1989 possesses an intense black/ruby/purple color. The nose offers a veritable smorgasbord of jammy cassis, Provencal herbs, Asian spices, fruitcake, coffee, and hickory wood. The wine is sensationally concentrated and well-balanced, with soft tannin and enough acidity to provide balance and freshness. Full-bodied, with layers of fruit and glycerine, it can be drunk now because of its lavish richness, yet it should age for 20+ more years. It should exceed the quality of the superb 1981." -Robert Parker

  • 1988 E. Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $151.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 1988 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape (90WS, 89RP). "*Highly Recommended* Rough and tannic, but so powerful and generous that it's almost sure to develop beautifully with cellaring until 1993 to '95. The ripe black cherry and black pepper flavors just pop out of the glass, hinting at plum and berry on the finish." -Wine Spectator

  • 1998-2000 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vertical - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $483.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle vertical of Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape, comprising of a single bottle each of the 1998 (95WS, 92RP, 90ST), 1999 (92ST, 91RP, 90WS), and 2000 (94RP, 93ST, 90WS). Of the 2000, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes, "Deep garnet colour with a faint touch of brick in the rim. Classic Beaucastel earthy/meaty/gamey nose with an undercurrent of stewed strawberries, Chinese dried plums and soy. Quite elegant on the palate with a medium to full body and a reasonably taut structure of medium to high acidity and a medium level of velvety tannins. Layer upon layer of spices and savoury flavours. Long finish."

  • 2004-2005 Château de Saint Cosme Côte Rôtie Vertical - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $210.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle vertical of 2004-2005 Château de Saint Cosme Côte Rôtie). Includes 1 bottle of 2004 Château de Saint Cosme Côte Rôtie (89-92RP, 93ST), and 1 bottle of 2005 Château de Saint Cosme Côte Rôtie (94RP, 92ST). "The 2005 Cote Rotie has a deep ruby/purple color and a beautiful, intense bouquet of black olives, a touch of pain grille, cassis, cherries, and incense. The wine is medium to full-bodied, a classic display of Cote Rotie that will probably benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and last for 12-15 years." -Robert Parker

France - Sauternes - Old and Rare

  • 2001 Rieussec, Sauternes (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $206.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2001 Rieussec, Sauternes (100WS, 99RP, 95ST). Wine Spectator: "(Wine of the Year 2004, Collectibles) Like lemon curd on the nose, turning to honey and caramel. Full-bodied and very sweet, with fantastic concentration of ripe and botrytized fruit, yet balanced and refined. Electric acidity. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is absolutely mind-blowing. This is the greatest young Sauternes I have ever tasted."

  • 1995 d'Yquem, Sauternes - 6 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,350.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 1995 d'Yquem, Sauternes. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Château d'Yquem is undoubtedly a unique wine, unchallenged in terms of purity, complexity, longevity and subtlety. Aesthetically wondrous, there is a coruscating, golden glow that illuminates even the gloomiest dinner table. Older vintages oxidize and turn deep amber, almost brown hue for the most ancient bottles and one often finds conspicuous variation in colour between bottles of the same vintage, perhaps due to microscopic variations in oxidation through pores in the cork."

  • 2001 Climens, Barsac (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $217.01) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2001 Climens, Barsac (100RP, 97WS, 94ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A prodigious offering, the 2001 Climens’ light medium bold color with a greenish hue is followed by ethereal aromas of tropical fruits (primarily pineapple), honeysuckle, and flowers. It is a medium-bodied wine of monumental richness, extraordinary precision/delineation, great purity, and moderate sweetness. The finish seemingly lasts forever. This monumental effort is the stuff of legends."

  • 1975 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $366.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this half-bottle of 1975 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) (99RP, 95WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1975 may turn out to be the greatest of the modern-day Yquems. When fully mature in another 25-30 years, it may rival the extraordinary 1937 and 1921. This wine continues to evolve at a stubbornly slow pace. It is far more backward than recent vintages such as 1983 and 1986. Nevertheless, it is awesomely concentrated, has perfect balance, and displays the telltale Yquem aromas of vanillin oak, tropical fruit, pineapples, honeyed peaches, and grilled almonds. There is exceptionally crisp acidity that pulls all of the massive extract into precise focus. This is a wine of astonishing power and finesse, with a finish that must be tasted to be believed. It is a monumental effort that may well justify a perfect score in another decade."

Germany - German - Old and Rare

  • 2001 Franz Kunstler Hochheimer Holle Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule - 4 bottles in this lot (Starting bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $200.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2001 Franz Kunstler Hochheimer Holle Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule (92WE, 89WS). Wine Enthusiast: "It’s the glorious pale gold color which sets this wine as a star. That color is the forerunner of the rich botrytis and honey aromas, touched with flavors of tropical fruits and mangoes. It is rich, balanced and intense."

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 1999 & 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Tasting Lot - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $125.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle tasting lot of assorted Brunello di Montalcino. Inlcudes 1 bottle of 1999 Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino (93WE, 92WS, 90ST), and 1 bottle of 2001 Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino (92WE, 91RP). Review of the 1999 Silvio Nardi: "Full, classy and exciting from the first sniff to the last essence of the finish. Along the way is a largely flawless wine that bobs and weaves; at one moment it seems forward and modern; next, classic. Overall it’s a beauty with structure and style. The real deal in newer-style Brunello. " -Wine Enthusiast

  • 1985 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $550.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1985 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva (98RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Santo Stefano is one of the most complete wines of the evening. It shows and outrageous, well-delineated nose of alcohol, roses, tar, licorice, and macerated cherries that continues to open in a never-ending display of sensations and aromas. Deceptively medium-bodied, the Santo Stefano is packed with masses of concentrated dark fruit, with superb length great overall balance, closing with a fresh finish that suggests it will continue to provide much enjoyment for years to come. Some tasters, myself included, mistook this for the Barolo Falletto."

  • 2000 Paolo Scavino "Rocche dell'Annunziata" Barolo Riserva - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $660.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2000 Paolo Scavino "Rocche dell'Annunziata" Barolo Riserva (99WS, 93RP). Wine Spectator: "The nose is pure, freshly crushed berries and cherries with lilacs. Full-bodied and very, very concentrated, with big, ripe, powerful tannins, but it's all in harmony and length. Layers of fabulous fruit. It's just a baby. Wait and watch it grow up into something amazing."

  • 1999 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $400.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 1999 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (93WS, 92RP). Wine Spectator: "Shows sweet raspberry and vanilla aromas, with hints of cream. Full-bodied and packed with ripe fruit and new wood, this is starting to come together now. A jammy, fruit-forward wine."

  • 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Tasting Lot - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $316.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle tasting lot of Assprted 1997 Brunello di Montalcino. Includes 1 bottleof 1997 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino (97ST, 93WS, 90WE), 1 bottle of 1997 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (97ST, 94WS, 92WE), 1 bottle of 1997 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (96ST, 92RP, 92WS), and 1 bottle of 1997 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino (96ST, 93WS, 92WE).

Portugal - Port and Madeira - Old and Rare

  • 1983 Graham's Vintage Port - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $195.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1983 Graham's Vintage Port (93WS, 92RP). Wine Spectator: "A superb achievement from a very underrated year. Deep dark ruby-purple, with rich floral and violet aromas, full-bodied, with masses of strawberry flavors, full tannins and a long finish."

  • 1963 Croft Vintage Port - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $550.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1963 Croft Vintage Port (91WS). Wine Spectator: "Has great elegance and harmony, and should continue to improve for many years. Medium ruby-red, with very fresh plum aromas, medium-bodied, with very delicate fresh fruit flavors, lively acidity and a delicate finish."

  • 1977 Fonseca Vintage Port - 6 bottles in this lot (Starting bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $810.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 1977 Fonseca Vintage Port (100WS, 93RP). Wine Spectator: "What a Vintage Port. Dark ruby center, with a dark garnet edge. Aromas of flowers, blackberry and licorice. Subtle and complex. Wow. What a palate. Full, concentrated and rich, yet balanced and beautiful. Solid and sleepy. Still not giving all it has to give. This is just coming around. Gorgeous and classy. Love it."

Spain - Spain - Old and Rare

  • 1970 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,450.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 6:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1970 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero (97RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "For many years, the 1970 Unico was the greatest Spanish wine that I had ever tasted, and although this was not the same caliber as the previous perfect example, it remains a fabulous wine. It is a blend of 70% Tinto Fino, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot and Malbec and aged for ten years in barriques. It has a thrilling Bordeaux-like personality on the nose that is more aloof than other vintages. The Cabernet component in the blend is pronounced, forming the backbone and austerity of this wine. However, you cannot deny its power and its breeding, or indeed its obdurate, masculine finish that demands respect. This is a Unico you have to look up to, perhaps the sister of Chateau Latour in this same year."

  • 2006 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $625.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2006 Pingus (98RP, 95WS, 95ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Pingus is a spectacular effort. A glass-staining saturated opaque purple, it delivers an other-worldly perfume of smoke, lavender, mineral, scorched earth, and an amalgam of kinky black fruits. Voluptuous on the palate in a measured way, it has superb balance, layered, complex flavors, ripe tannin that is entirely covered by the fruit, and a decade of aging potential. This monumental wine will evolve effortlessly for 10-15 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. "

  • 2004 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $902.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 7:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2004 Pingus (100RP, 96ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Pingus is a glass-coating opaque purple/black color with a bouquet of Asian spices, incense, lavender, truffle, black cherry, and blackberry that soars from the glass. Dense, rich, and seamless, this is a complete, harmonious offering with no rough edges. It will continue to blossom for another 5-7 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2044. "

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2009 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (Starting bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $305.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this magnum of 2009 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L - 96WS, 95ST, 93RP). Wine Spectator: "Pure and impressively expressive, with focused currant, plum, blackberry and black olive aromatics turning on the palate to a more complex profile, weaving in coffee, crème brûlée and chai tea notes, all wrapped in a polished texture. The finish doesn't want to quit."

  • 2009 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $725.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2009 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (97WE, 93WS). Wine Enthusiast: "So delicious now, you can hardly keep your hands off it. Blackberry tart, ripe blueberry, cassis, milk chocolate, licorice and sweet, smoky cedar flavors flood the mouth, dramatically huge and memorable, and lasting long into the finish. The tannins are obvious, but sweetly ripe and soft. A brilliant evocation of Napa Cabernet, despite a high production level of nearly 30,000 cases, which is about the same size as a Bordeaux first growth. Shows the class and potency this bottling has exhibited for many years, and believe it or not, the price is a is a relative bargain these days."

  • 2008 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $185.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 11:30 AM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2008 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (94RP, 94WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is the first example of this cuvee to include Merlot (about 14%) in the blend. The Merlot component has given the wine a cocoa/chocolate nuance to its black currant, licorice-infused fruit. The tannins are velvety soft and the wine is beautifully textured and full-bodied. It is ideal for drinking now and over the next 15 years. From one of Napa Valley’s historic winemaking families, these are two very strong back to back vintages for Caymus. The good thing about these two cuvees is that they are widely available as nearly 20,000 cases of each were produced."

  • 2008 L'Aventure Paso Robles Estate Cuvée - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $200.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2008 L'Aventure Paso Robles Estate Cuvée (94RP, 94ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The finest 2008 I tasted is the 2008 Estate Cuvee, a blend of 50% Syrah, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 14% Petit Verdot. Mocha, fudge, blackberry, graphite, cassis, and smoky barbecue scents jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored 2008. Full-bodied, rich, textured, and layered, this terrific effort is surprisingly soft and accessible. Drink it over the next decade."

  • 2010 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $665.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2010 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (96RP, 95WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "96+ points. Smoke, tar, incense and licorice are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. This is an especially dark, brooding vintage for Bryant. Cassis, pencil shavings and melted road tar emerge later, adding further complexity and nuance. Unlike the 2009, there is little in the way of early appeal. On the other hand, I see the 2010 drinking beautifully for many, many years. There is an underlying vein of minerality that gives the 2010 a sense of energy and focus."

  • 2010 Hundred Acre "Ark Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $560.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2010 Hundred Acre "Ark Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (95-97RP, 95ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard literally explodes from the glass. Precise veins of minerality frame the fruit in this intense, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Black cherries, violets, tar and graphite are all layered together beautifully. Hints of chocolate, mocha and sweet spices appear late. The 2010 Ark sits on the razors’ edge of ripeness, as the Hundred Acre wines often do. At the same time, these wines have a way of developing notable complexity in bottle. There is a level of intensity matched by expressive inner perfume that is compelling."

  • 2010 Spottswoode "St. Helena Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $123.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2010 Spottswoode "St. Helena Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95RP, 92-94ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Spottswoode's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon flows across the palate with gorgeous depth and purity. Warm hints of mocha, espresso, exotic spices and plums blossom in the glass in the dark, voluptuous Cabernet. The 2010 is surprisingly open ... The stunning wine remains incredibly primary, but it promises to drink well for several decades. Graphite, menthol and violets are layered into the precise, delineated finish."

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 2005-2006 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $399.00) Auction Ending on September 17, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle vertical of Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, comprising of a single bottle each of the 2005 (100RP, 96WE, 94ST, 94WS) and 2006 (99RP, 98WE, 95ST, 94WS). Of the 2005, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes, "Opaque purple-colored, it has a splendid perfume of violets, wood smoke, truffle, Asian spices, black cherry, and black currant preserves. Opulent and mouth-coating, the layers of complex flavors nearly hide enough tannin to support 8-10 years of additional cellaring. The oak, tannin, and acidity are beautifully integrated and the lengthy finish lasts for well over a minute."

  • 2002 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $465.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this magnum of 2002 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (100RP, 93WS, 93ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " Dark ruby-colored and sporting a nose of violets, sweet blueberries, dark cherries, and slight undertones of asphalt, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon blossoms on the palate to expose a wine of ethereal delicacy yet immense power. Medium to full-bodied, it expands to reveal concentrated layers of cassis, blackberries, red cherries, raspberries, violets, spices, and touches of candied plums. This rich, exquisitely balanced, sweet, and broad wine is harmonious, graceful, and awesomely long."

  • 2006 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Proprietary Red (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $411.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2006 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Proprietary Red (100RP, 97WS, 95ST). 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."

  • 2004 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Proprietary Red (OWC) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $501.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this single bottle of 2004 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Proprietary Red in an original wood case (98RP,98WS,98WE,95ST). "The 2004 Harlan Estate is probably the most precocious and accessible Harlan Estate that this perfectionist team has made. Already compelling, the wine has notes of roasted coffee, charcoal, blackberry, spring flowers, and some background sweet, toasty notes. Dense, fleshy, exuberant, even flamboyant by the standards of Bill Harlan, this wine exhibits no jaggedness or rough edges, has relatively high tannins, but they melt away on the palate. The wine is sensationally well-endowed, long, and rich -- a tour de force in winemaking." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2007)

  • 1991 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $190.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this magnum of 1991 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (93RP, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1991 Howell Mountain Cabernet is noticeably thicker and more highly extracted than the 1992 and 1993 vintages. It is a huge, rich, powerful wine with great depth, as well as a boat-load of tannin."

  • 2006 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Gift Box) - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $675.01) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2006 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Gift Box - 96RP) in original cardboard. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Abreu’s first venture with Cabernet Sauvignon was from the Madrona Ranch, which is essentially the lower hillsides of Spring Mountain, just northwest of St. Helena. The dense purple-colored 2006 Madrona Ranch (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot) is extraordinary. Its nose of charcoal, espresso roast, blackberries, cassis, crushed rocks, and white chocolate is followed by a ripe, pure wine with a fabulous mid-palate texture (a characteristic of all these wines), and good balance as well as length. It will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and keep for 30 years."

  • 2006 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $320.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2006 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95RP, 95CG, 94WE, 94WS, 90ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Insignia (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot; 16,000 cases produced) is a superb effort in this vintage. Another 30+ year wine, it boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice, black currants, charcoal, black olives, and graphite. Full-bodied, pure, and rich with moderately high tannins, it represents a California version of a Bordeaux from Pauillac or St.-Julien."

  • 2000 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5L) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $696.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this single magnum lot of 2000 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5L) (93WS, 92RP, 91ST). Wine Spectator: "Tight, concentrated and compact, showing dried currant, berry and mineral character, with tannins that frame the flavors. Ends with a black cherry and blackberry fruitiness. This was a cool, drawn-out year. "

  • 2001 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $670.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 5:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2001 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red (95WE, 91ST, 90RP). (Wine Enthusiast - Cellar Selection) "Starts with tons of rich new oak in the aroma, showing the most inviting notes of cedar, cigar box and pencil lead that segue to the remarkable fruit. The attack is powerful, with a punch of cassis spreading broadly and deeply across the palate. With its sturdy, clean tannins, this beautiful wine displays classic power, elegance and balance." -Wine Enthusiast

  • 1991 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $175.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1991 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red (92RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet brick. Complex notes of meat, game, dried plum, black olive and dried Mediterranean herbs with a whiff of brett influence giving notes of sweaty saddles and a distinctive medicinal / band-aid character. The palate is nicely structured with a medium+ level of finely grained tannins and a crisp backbone of acidity fleshed out by an ample concentration of evolved fruit flavours. Long finish."

  • 1993 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Proprietary Red - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $801.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1993 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Proprietary Red (95RP, 92WS, 90ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1993 should be as prodigious as the 1992. It is an opaque purple-colored wine with spectacular ripeness, purity, and potential. Dense, full-bodied, with a chocolatey, toasty, mineral, and blackcurrant-scented nose, this wine has a rich, full-bodied, chewy texture nicely buttressed by ripe tannin."

  • 1999 Quilceda Creek Washington Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $677.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 1999 Quilceda Creek Washington Cabernet Sauvignon (98RP, 94WS, 93ST, 93WE). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The sumptuous 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark ruby-colored wine with mouth-watering aromas of highly expressive blackberries awash in toasted oak and roasting spices. Medium to full-bodied, thick, concentrated, and exquisitely balanced, this mouth-coating tour de force is densely packed with jammy black fruits and cassis liqueur. It combines elegance with power in a manner reminiscent of Chateaux Margaux's prodigious 1990. This velvety-textured wine is complete, with magnificent depth of fruit, a profound personality, and the requisite structure for long-term cellaring. Bravo!"

  • 2007 Quilceda Creek "Palengat Vineyard" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $115.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2007 Quilceda Creek "Palengat Vineyard" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (96RP, 93ST, 92WE). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Palengat Proprietary Red Wine is made up of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, with the balance Merlot and Petit Verdot. Deep purple in color, it delivers a captivating nose of olives, herbs, Asian spices, blackberry, and plum. Medium to full-bodied and elegant on the palate, it has outstanding volume and concentration, an opulent texture, and a suave personality."

  • 1974-1978 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical - 5 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $675.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 5-bottle vertical of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, comprising of a single bottle each of the 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1978. From the producer's website: "Stag's Leap Wine Cellars was known only in the Napa Valley until the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting, when Winiarski's 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon, the first wine produced at the new winery, bested four top-ranked Bordeaux entries, including first-growths Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The tasting landed Stag's Leap Wine Cellars squarely among the ranks of the world's most noteworthy Cabernet producers and placed Winiarski among the ranks of world's most respected winemakers. It also fundamentally transformed how Californian wines were viewed worldwide."

  • 1995 Diamond Creek Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Horizontal - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $365.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle horizontal of 1995 Diamond Creek Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, comprising of a single bottle each of Diamond Creek "Gravelly Meadow" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon , Diamond Creek "Red Rock Terrace" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Of the "Red Rock Terrace", Wine Spectator writes: "Very Bordeaux-like in its delivery and range of flavors, with a medley of fresh earth, currant, anise, sage and mineral. Fine balance; while the tannins are sturdy, they're integrated, making this a good bet for further cellaring."

  • 2001 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $233.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2001 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (99RP, 96WE, 94ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The sensational, prodigious 2001 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec) has never performed better. Still extremely youthful with a dense purple color as well as a beautiful bouquet of cedar, charcoal, incense, creme de cassis and black cherry jam, fabulous intensity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like texture, it is a Napa classic that is still very youthful and belies its age of ten years. Like its stablemate, it should age impeccably for 35 or more years. Kudos to Joseph Phelps Vineyards!"

  • 2001 Colgin "Herb Lamb Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (OWC) - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $750.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2001 Colgin "Herb Lamb Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (97RP, 94ST, 94WS) in original wood. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Although the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard is the most developed, it remains a youthful adolescent with exceptional intensity. Notes of tapenade, bay leaf, creme de cassis, charcoal and hints of truffles as well as new saddle leather emerge from this opaque purple-hued 2001. The gorgeous perfume is followed by rich, concentrated, full-bodied flavors, sweet tannin and beautiful intensity, purity and balance. It can be drunk now (although 4-5 more years of cellaring will prove beneficial) and over the next 25 years."

  • 2005 Realm "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard" & "Farella" Tasting Set - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $255.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2 - bottle Tasting Set of 2005 Realm Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines comprising a single bottle each of the 2005 Realm "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (96WS,95RP,92ST) and the 2005 Realm "Farella" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (92ST,92RP). "From a renowned vineyard site, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon boasts a deep ruby/purple color in addition to a fragrant bouquet of sweet blackberries, cherries, roasted herbs, espresso, cedar, and chocolate. Full in the mouth, with impressive stuffing, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, an inkiness to the fruit, fabulously sweet tannin, and a 50-second finish, this stunning Cabernet should drink nicely for two decades or more." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2007)

  • 1995 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $390.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 1:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1995 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (99RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon is cut from the same mold as the profound 1996, displaying astonishing levels of black fruits (the usual suspects - blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cassis), phenomenal concentration, and virtually perfect balance and equilibrium."

  • 1990 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $1,900.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 12-bottle lot of 1990 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95RP, 93WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This hedonistic Cabernet Sauvignon's saturated purple color is accompanied by an exuberant, sweet, enveloping fragrance of smoky new oak, and jammy blackberry and cassis fruit. In the mouth, this lavishly wooded, black fruit-filled Cabernet is extremely full-bodied, with superb levels of fruit, glycerin, and extract. Like many 1994 Cabernet Sauvignons, it possesses extraordinary equilibrium, with the sweet tannin giving the wine considerable accessibility. The finish lasts for nearly 30 seconds. This will be a fun wine to drink young, but do not discount its aging ability as it should last for two decades."

  • 1992 Grace Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (OWC) - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $575.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 1992 Grace Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (OWC) in original wood. Grace Family Vineyards was planted with cuttings from the famed Bosché vineyard and first harvested in 1978. Those first grapes were handpicked by family and friends and taken to Caymus Winery in the back of a station wagon. This Napa Valley vineyard sure has come a long way over the past 30 years, but their wines still have that personal, family touch. This Cab comes from the very fine 1992 vintage, which produced supple and balanced wines.

  • 1992 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 5 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $925.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 6:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 1992 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (92RP, 92WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1992 Opus One, a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Merlot, offers a beautiful dark ruby/purple color, a big, spicy nose of cassis, lead pencil, and smoky oak, round, full-bodied, broad, fat flavors crammed with black fruits, soft tannin, low acidity, and a fleshy, full-bodied finish. This rich wine confirms just how fine these wines have become since the 1990 vintage."

  • 1997 Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $251.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1997 Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (98RP, 92ST, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Full-bodied, powerful, still with a boatload of tannin to resolve, and just a faint lightening of the dense purple color at the rim, this is a brilliant wine from a vintage that produced relatively quick-evolving wines, but no such thing is tolerated at Philip Togni. This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon with the exuberance, purity, and richness of fruit that Napa provides, but with a Bordeaux structure that Togni, with his Bordeaux upbringing, somehow builds into the wine. This wine will continue to drink well for at least another 30+ years."

  • 1988 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $430.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 4:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 1988 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine Spectator: "...supple and polished, with complex anise, currant, berry, mushroom and cedar notes. Shows more sweet-tasting fruit and balance than most '88s."

  • 2001 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $575.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2001 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (99RP, 94ST, 92WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A compelling example of this noble terroir in the northeastern sector of Napa Valley, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard still has a dense purple color and possesses a seamless personality with spectacular notes of licorice, incense, black raspberries, black currants, crushed rock, and spring flowers. Stunningly full-bodied, multi-layered, with great purity and expression, this fabulous wine is still youthful but very accessible, as the tannins are velvety and well-integrated. This wine will keep aging beautifully for a minimum of another quarter century. Bravo!"

  • 2001 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $245.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 1:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2001 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (97RP, 94ST, 90WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The spectacular 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve came in at 14.2% natural alcohol. The good news is that winemaker Ed Sbragia produced 10,000 cases of this beauty. Just hitting late adolescence, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee exhibits an opaque dark purple color along with a beautiful, smoky, sweet black currant, licorice, truffle, toast and underbrush-scented nose. With fabulous concentration, great intensity and tremendous purity, this voluptuously textured, full-bodied classic is one of the all-time great Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons. While drinkable now, it will continue to evolve for at least another 20 years."

  • 2005 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $356.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 1:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2005 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95RP, 92ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills Vineyard (1,200 cases) reveals a chocolatey espresso roast note with mocha, blackberry and cassis, high tannins, but full body, superb concentration, purity, and an almost Graves-like scorched earth character."

  • 2002 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $346.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2002 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (93ST, 92CG, 91WS). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, saturated ruby-red. Vibrant nose offers cassis, minerals, gunpowder and spices. Densely packed but nicely delineated, with primary, fruit-driven flavors of blackcurrant and spices. Very juicy and suave but still quite youthfully unevolved. Finishes with firm but smooth tannins. This calls for considerably more patience than the Napa Valley bottling, but even today there's a pleasing pliancy of texture. This held up extremely well in the recorked bottle."

  • 2000 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $160.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 11:30 AM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2000 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (92ST, 92WS, 91RP). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red-ruby. Sappy black raspberry, redcurrant, flowers, tobacco and licorice on the nose, along with sexy, smoky oak notes of torrefaction. Dense and lush, with a restrained sweetness and hints of minerals and chocolate. Not a huge wine but boasts lovely intensity and vinosity. The first vintage of this wine to include some merlot - no doubt at least partly due to the influence of consulting enologist Michel Rolland."

  • 2007 Hundred Acre "Ark Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $485.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2007 Hundred Acre "Ark Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (100RP, 97ST, 93WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A perfect wine, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard (1,300 - 1,400 cases) from Howell Mountain is one of the great efforts from this high elevation terroir. It offers notes of burning embers, black raspberries, blueberries and flowers, a full-bodied opulence, wonderful intensity, but the wine is not weighty or overripe. Fleshy and voluptuous with terrific floral notes, it should drink well for 15-20 years."

  • 2007 Hundred Acre "Kayli Morgan" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $795.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2007 Hundred Acre "Kayli Morgan" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (100RP, 96ST, 92WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A profound wine from a superb Napa vintage for Bordeaux varietals, the 2007’s nose may cause one to overdose on blue, black and red berry fruit. The extraordinary intensity, purity and depth in this rich, flamboyant, exuberant wine are mindboggling. This bigger-than-life Cabernet Sauvignon appears set for 20-30 years of aging. It can be drunk now, but because of its sweet, velvety tannins, it will still be offering sensational drinking in 2040."

  • 1997 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Proprietary Red (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $226.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1997 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Proprietary Red (97WS, 96RP, 94ST). Wine Spectator: "Dense, rich and focused, youthful and concentrated, with hints of maturity on the edge of the core currant, mineral and spicy berry flavors. Wonderful vibrancy and intensity for a wine this age, which only bodes well for the future. A classic."

  • 1996 Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $104.01) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1996 Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (92WS). Wine Spectator: "Dense, earthy and detailed, with firm, chewy tannins wrapped around a core of currant, dried plum, earth, anise and sage. Firms up on the finish, where the tannins are quite evident."

  • 2000 Merryvale "Beckstoffer Vineyards Clone Six " Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $75.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2000 Merryvale "Beckstoffer Vineyards Clone Six " Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (91WE). Wine Enthusiast: "There must have been severe vineyard selection for this wine, for it rises above the vintage to achieve real intensity and concentration. Cassis, blackcurrants and cherry flavors are enhanced with a touch of menthol and a lot of oak to produce a lavish, complex mouthfeel. The tannins are a work of art, lush and soft."

  • 1998 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $131.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 11:30 AM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1998 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Monte Bello Proprietary Red (a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a ripe nose of sweet oak intermixed with blackberries and cassis. It is firm and medium-bodied, with astringent tannin in the finish. Winemaker Paul Draper's comments on the back label are usually modest, but it would appear he is much higher on this vintage than my notes suggest. The 1998 Monte Bello needs 4-5 years of cellaring, and should develop along the lines of an austere Bordeaux vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020+."

  • Assorted Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Lot - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $437.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 5:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle tasting lot of Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, comprising of a single bottle each of the 1990 (93WS), 1992 (95RP, 92WS, 91ST), 1994 (94RP, 94WS), and 1997 (93RP, 93ST). Of the 1992, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes, "Dalla Valle's 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a worthy successor to the blockbuster 1990 and 1991. Huge, sweet aromas of black fruits, spices, and oak are followed by a wine with great fruit extraction, full body, layers of richness, and that multidimensional, layered feel that this producer routinely obtains. The flattering personality of the 1992 has resulted in a more unctuous and voluptuous wine than even the 1991 or 1990."

  • 1991 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $296.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 2:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1991 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (96RP, 94WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I’ve enjoyed many bottles of this spectacular effort, which still possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of spring flowers, graphite, loamy soil, creme de cassis, black cherries and blackberries. With sweet tannin, a full-bodied mouthfeel and incredible purity as well as youthfulness, this wine has another 15-20 years of life left in it. If this were a Bordeaux, one would think it was 8-10 years old, not two decades. There are no hard edges, and the seamless integration of all the component parts make it one of the prodigious Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserves to drink now as well as over the next 20 years."

  • 1992 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $995.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 1992 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (94RP, 90WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (a February, 1996 release) is superior to the 1991 and 1990. The 1992 displays an opaque ruby-purple color, followed by huge, full-throttle aromatics offering a blast of sweet, toasty new oak combined with exceptional red and black fruits. Full-bodied, rich, and concentrated, with not a hard edge to be found, this low acid, fat, delicious Cabernet will be drinkable upon its release; it will last for 12-15 years."

  • 1991 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $261.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1991 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95RP, 94ST, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Montelena's incredible 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is an exceptional wine. It may be the most promising vintage among the bevy of Montelena Cabernets produced over the last two decades, rivaling even the winery's profound 1987... The color is a dense, opaque purple. The nose offers up Chateau Montelena's tell-tale signature - abundant, pure aromas of cassis, minerals, and spicy oak. Full-bodied, spectacularly rich, and highly extracted, with moderate to high tannin, this is a youthful, exuberant, stunning example of blockbuster Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Its inner core of cassis fruit is something to savor!"

  • 1996 Dominus Napa Valley Proprietary Red (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $142.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1996 Dominus Napa Valley Proprietary Red (95RP, 94JS, 93ST, 90WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A super nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, dried herbs, black fruits and kirsch is both intense and persuasive. The wine displays terrific richness, medium to full body, low acidity, a succulent, opulent texture, and superb purity. This beautifully made 1996 is one of the few wines that has successfully tamed the vintage's elevated tannin level. It should be relatively drinkable upon its release, yet evolve nicely for two decades. Impressive!"

  • 1996 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $201.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (91RP, 89-92ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, .5% Merlot, and 1.5% Petit Verdot) has a dark ruby/plum color and a gorgeous, complex nose of cedar, spice box, cherries, jammy plums and cassis. The wine is fleshy, medium to full-bodied, seductive, and filled with glycerin. The finish is all silk."

  • 1992 Stag's Leap "SLV" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $80.20) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1992 Stag's Leap "SLV" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (90RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap Vineyard displays complexity, a deep ruby/purple color, a jammy, plum, and curranty-scented nose, a velvety texture, and a medium to full-bodied personality with well-integrated spicy notes. It should drink well for at least a decade. "

  • 1991 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $350.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1991 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95RP, 94ST, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Montelena's incredible 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is an exceptional wine. It may be the most promising vintage among the bevy of Montelena Cabernets produced over the last two decades, rivaling even the winery's profound 1987... The color is a dense, opaque purple. The nose offers up Chateau Montelena's tell-tale signature - abundant, pure aromas of cassis, minerals, and spicy oak. Full-bodied, spectacularly rich, and highly extracted, with moderate to high tannin, this is a youthful, exuberant, stunning example of blockbuster Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Its inner core of cassis fruit is something to savor! It should hit its peak around the turn of the century and last for 20 years thereafter. Don't miss it!"

  • 2003 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $190.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 1:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2003 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red. Wine Spectator: "Intense and concentrated, with dried currant, wild berry and cedary oak flavors providing a dry, chewy aftertaste. May benefit from time in the bottle."

  • 1994 Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $319.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 1:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1994 Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (97RP, 91ST, 90WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As is the practice at this winery, they hold back 50 or so cases of their finest vintages for release after a decade. The current release of their library selection is the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon, a magnificent effort that, for me, is one of Togni’s six or seven finest wines. Its deep plum/purple color reveals only a touch of lightening at the edge. A glorious perfume offers up aromas of plums, figs, creme de cassis, smoke, hickory spice, and high quality cigar tobacco. In a blind tasting, this California Cabernet could easily be mistaken for a great Pauillac given its structure, density, richness, and perfume."

  • 1997 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $122.00) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 1997 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95WS, 94WE, 90RP). Wine Spectator: "(Spectator Selection and ranked #34 on the Top 100 wines of 2000) An extraordinary wine, dense, rich and earthy, with broad, plush tannins and tiers of complex currant, earth, cedar, black cherry, mineral and anise flavors. Keeps a tight focus on the long, rich, detailed aftertaste."

  • 2004 Viader Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5L) (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $165.20) Auction Ending on September 15, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this magnum of 2004 Viader Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5L) (92ST). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red-ruby. Blackberry, violet and licorice aromas, complicated by leather and graphite. Wonderfully sweet, silky and suave, with an inner-mouth aromatic quality rare for the year. This very well-balanced blend is juicy, even a bit youthfully tight, and finishes with impressive perfume. Has the mid-palate sweetness to balance its firm tannic spine and offers a lovely combination of density and elegance."

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2004 Kistler "Durell Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $130.01) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2 - bottle lot of 2004 Kistler "Durell Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay (91-93RP,91WS,91ST). "The 2004 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard (only 900 cases) possesses tangy, fresh acidity in addition to a sweet perfume of citrus oils, wet stones, and subtle hazelnuts. Tightly-knit, but full-bodied, ripe, poised, and refreshing, it will keep for 5-7 years." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2005)

  • 2006 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $371.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2006 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (94WE, 92ST, 90WS). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated red. Powerfully scented nose displays sexy red and dark berry liqueur, candied cherry and a musky floral quality. Deeply concentrated black raspberry and cherry flavors are energized by tangy minerals and pick up rooty licorice and sassafras with air. Finishes with notes of black pepper and smoky Indian spices and excellent persistence."

  • 2006 Sine Qua Non "The Raven" Series Grenache (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $216.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2006 Sine Qua Non "The Raven" Series Grenache (98RP, 97WS, 95ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, largely from the 11 Confessions Vineyard, with a small amount from Bien Nacido, spent 21 months in barrel. It is really strutting its stuff now, and showing even better than my original note predicted in August of 2009. The wine has loads of meat, licorice, smoke, charcoal and graphite, as well as huge peppery, blackberry and black cherry notes. Full-bodied, with great acidity, nicely integrated tannin, an admirable mouthfeel and tremendous length, this killer Grenache is still young and probably 3-5 years away from prime time drinking."

  • 2006 Rochioli "South River" Chardonnay (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $68.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 12:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this bottle of 2006 Rochioli "South River" Chardonnay (93RP, 92ST). Rober Parker: "The 450-case 2006 Chardonnay South River Vineyard (100% Hanzell clone) reveals notes of brioche, peach, lemon butter, white currants, and spring flowers. Loaded with fruit, and displaying good definition as well as delineation, it should drink well for 5-6 years."

  • 2007 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $230.00) Auction Ending on September 17, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2007 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (95WE, 90ST). "A fabulously rich and approachable Pinot Noir that offers everything now, yet will also age. The considerable tannins will protect it in the cellar for a good 6-8 years, but it's so fresh and vibrant in cherries, red currants and oak-inspired red licorice that it's hard not to drink it now. Hard to exaggerate the deliciousness factor." -Wine Enthusiast

  • 2002 Sine Qua Non "Whisperin' E" White Rhône Blend - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $328.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2002 Sine Qua Non "Whisperin' E" White Rhône Blend (95RP, 94ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2002 Proprietary White called Whisperin’ E is a concoction of 50% Roussanne, 31% Viognier, and 19% Chardonnay, most from the Alban Vineyard with a tiny dollop of Stolpman fruit. There are 524 cases of this light gold-colored 2002. A superb perfume of smoky hazelnuts intermixed with exotic lychee, honeysuckle, peach, and beeswax notes is followed by a full-bodied wine with a multilayered texture that pulls back in the finish to reveal surprising uplift, acidity, and lightness ... an amazing feat given a wine of this power, dimension, and intensity..."

  • 2007 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $625.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 3:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2007 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (99RP, 96WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The mindboggling 2007 Pinot Noir Marcassin Estate may be the finest Pinot Noir Wetlaufer and Turley have ever produced. A wine of extraordinary sublimity, intensity, authority and palate presence, it offers wonderfully ripe (but not overripe) blue and red fruits intermixed with notions of forest floor, spring flowers, camphor, plum sauce and a smoky character that I identify with Peking duck. The wine possesses staggering intensity and richness but it is neither heavy nor overbearing. This is an exquisite Pinot Noir the likes of which Marcassin has never before made. It should continue to evolve for two decades."

  • 2002 Kistler "Cuvée Catherine" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $585.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 3:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2002 Kistler "Cuvée Catherine" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (95RP, 94ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2002 Pinot Noir Cuvee Catherine, which comes from the Kistler Vineyard, is a 500-case cuvee that shows wonderful notes of flowers intermixed with black raspberries, cherries, and forest floor. It is medium-bodied, impressive, and long and authoritative. It should drink well for 10-12 years."

  • 2001 Kistler "Occidental Station Cuvée Elizabeth" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $290.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 4:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2001 Kistler "Occidental Station Cuvée Elizabeth" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This displayed a combination of elements on the nose, with very ripe and attractively fresh pinot aromas mixing with obvious alcohol and plenty of toast yet it is spicy and complex. The supple, forward and sweet flavors are very ripe as well but they remain pinot in character, framed in noticeable oak spice..."

  • 2006 Carlisle Zinfandel Tasting Set - 4 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $140.00) Auction Ending on September 13, 2013 2:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 4 - bottle Tasting Set of 2006 Carlisle Zinfandel wines comprising a single bottle each of the 2006 Carlisle "Carlo's Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel (93RP,92WS), the 2006 Carlisle "Gold Mine Ranch" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, the 2006 Carlisle Sonoma County Zinfandel (91-93RP,90ST), and the 2006 Carlisle "Bacchi Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel (92WS,91ST). "Shows incredible focus and intensity, with wild berry, bay leaf and oregano aromas and structured blueberry and cherry fruit, layered with anise and pepper. The tannins are firm enough that there's no hurry." - Wine Spectator

  • 2007 Carlisle Russian River Valley Syrah - 3 bottles in this lot (Starting bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $105.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 1:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3 - bottle lot of 2007 Carlisle Russian River Valley Syrah (92ST,90CG). "Inky ruby color. Exotically perfumed aromas of dark berries, smoked meat, violet and cracked pepper are underscored by tangy minerals. With its fresh red and dark berry flavors and sexy spice and floral character, this reminds me of a Crozes-Hermitage from Alain Graillot. The brisk finish features impressive lift and length. This is a superb value." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2009)

  • 2006 Copain Syrah & Rhys Pinot Noir Tasting Set - 3 bottles in this lot (Starting bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $90.00) Auction Ending on September 11, 2013 1:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3 - bottle Tasting Set of 2006 Copain and Rhys wines comprising two bottles of the 2006 Copain "Harrison Clarke" Santa Ynez Syrah (92ST,92RJ) and a single bottle of the 2006 Rhys Alesia Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. "Dark red. Exotically perfumed nose displays red and dark berries, smoky bacon, licorice and dried flowers; really smells like a graceful northern Rhone wine. Silky in texture, with medium weight, noteworthy finesse, and fresh, snappy raspberry and blackberry flavors. Turns spicier on the long, sappy finish. Guthrie said that this vineyard is basically all chalk." - Stephen Tanzer's The International Wine Cellar (2008)

  • 2007 L'Aventure "Estate Cuvee" Paso Robles Red Blend - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $190.00) Auction Ending on September 12, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2007 L'Aventure "Estate Cuvee" Paso Robles Red Blend (95RP, 94ST, 93WS, 90WE). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Estate Cuvee (44% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 19% Petit Verdot) is much bigger and denser than its 2008 counterpart, despite the fact that it is only 15.4% alcohol, compared to the 2008's 15.9%. Full-bodied with abundant notes of creme de cassis, blackberries, smoke, graphite, and charcoal, this dense, layered, beautifully textured effort will benefit from another 1-2 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 10-15+ years. "

United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red

  • 2008 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Syrah - 2 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $193.00) Auction Ending on September 14, 2013 12:30 PM PST.
    Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2008 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Syrah (94RP, 93ST, 93WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Broken Stones (79% Syrah, 13% Grenache, and the rest Mourvedre) has a bluish purple color to the rim, with the classic nose of camphor, charcoal, black currant, and blackberry with hints of licorice and smoke. This intense wine displays great fruit, some structure, and a beautifully seamless texture. It is more evolved and open than the 2007 was at the same time, and just slightly less profound. It should drink nicely for at least a decade."

  • 2009 Sine Qua Non "Upside Down" Grenache - 3 bottles in this lot (Current bid as of November 24, 2017 12:36 PM: $625.00) Auction Ending on September 16, 2013 1:00 PM PST.
    Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2009 Sine Qua Non "Upside Down" Grenache (96RP, 95ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Grenache Upside Down emerges from the glass with layers of dark red fruit as it sweeps across the palate. There is an inner sweetness and sheer depth that make the 2009 compelling. The 11% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre make themselves heard clearly in adding layers of depth and pure richness. Tar, anise and graphite meld together on the rich, dramatic finish. This is a striking wine endowed with tons of pure textural dimension."

  • 2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend