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September 17, 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)

  • Louis XIII de Remy Martin Rare Cask 42,6 Grande Champagne Cognac 750ml - 1 available ( $22,999.99)
    "In the history of LOUIS XIII, it has happened only once before. One unique and exceptional tierçon discovered by Cellar Master Pierrette Trichet. Marked by extra strength and flavors of unprecedented richness and intensity. Masterfully bottled in black baccarat crystal with a 22 carat rose gold neck. Extremely limited."- Remy Martin. The Rare Cask is finally here. Perhaps the most exclusive product released by any cognac house, the Rare Cask is a confluence of hundreds of years of brandy making prowess. With all of that experience and dedication that goes into crafting the normal Louis XIII, some factors can simply not be controlled by human action. On that rare occasion, when human influence cannot control the natural process, Louis XIII declares a single cask to be "Rare". This means that among all of the tiercons aging at Louis XIII, this particular cask stood out among its peers. A step a head of the already incredible standard bottling, Louis XIII Rare Cask was bottled at cask strength 42.6% and only a few bottles have made there way into the USA. Grab it before it's gone forever.

  • 2005 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion - 12 available ( $699.00)
    100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 from Cheval Blanc is a quintessentially elegant, beautiful, deep bluish/ruby-colored wine from St.-Emilion, with raspberry, blueberry, and floral notes, impressive density, great precision, freshness and purity. Full-bodied, but extremely light on its feet, I dont mean to gush, but it is super-intense, rich and just so meticulously crafted! This is another fabulous wine and a perfect expression for this vintage. It is difficult to forget the gorgeous blueberry and raspberry fruit, full body, sweet tannin, a multi-layered texture, and purity and palate presence of this stunning wine. Drink it over the next 20 years. P.S. In 2005, this was 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot. (RP)" (06/2015) 100 points Vinous: "The 2005 Cheval Blanc is another wine that is utterly mesmerizing from the moment it is opened. Exquisite in its aromatics, the 2005 Cheval is sublime on the palate, where the interplay of Merlot and Cabernet Franc proves to be captivating. In a night of truly spellbinding wines, the Cheval makes a deep impression because of its overall finesse and nuance. Along with the Margaux and Haut-Brion, the Cheval speaks to total refinement and polish. The Cheval is of course not one of the bigger, more imposing wines of the night, but it is among the most complete, which makes it the perfect wine to close out an incredible night. When we first opened the 2005, I thought it might very well be the wine of the night. A few hours later, it was every bit as impressive. (AG)" (11/2015) 98 points James Suckling: "Always a fabulous nose of black fruit, dark chocolate, nuts and spices. It's full-bodied with beautifully dense tannins reminiscent of cashmere. A long, long finish rounds out this beautiful wine. It would be better to leave it alone until 2020 but so hard not to revel in its splendor now." (10/2015) 97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Plump, padded and comfortable is the initial impression. But this is also finely structured and dense, with tannins that are sweet, flavors of dark chocolate to go with the roundness and the enticing Cabernet Franc perfumes. In all, this is a great wine, with considerable aging potential, but with enough sweet fruit to make it attractive now. (RV)" (06/2008) 97 points Wine Spectator: "This is really gorgeous on the nose, with blackberry, mineral, light vanilla bean and milk chocolate. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is racy and very beautiful. The tannins coat the palate, but leave a provoking impression. A Cheval for long-term aging. (JS)" (03/2008) 96 points Wine & Spirits: "The aristocracy of St-Emilion coasts on nonchalant power, with the grandeur you would expect from this site on the edge of Pomerol's sacred plateau. Part voluptuous, part lean, this has a layering of flavor that could fill a writer's notebook with the earthy, meaty and spicy directions of its complexities. It's distinguished by an exact ripeness, so that the Bretty funk that might eat a lesser wine is merely a way into the cool limestone architecture, a tannic underground cellar that will sustain the fresh fruit. For the ages." (10/2008) 96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Knockout nose offers terrific vinosity to the aromas of dark raspberry, mocha, minerals, licorice, menthol and dark chocolate. Lush, fat and suave, with superb energy and lift to the fine-grained, palate-staining flavors. Despite its rather high 14% alcohol, this boasts near-perfect balance and finishes with outstanding verve. A great vintage for Cheval, and likely to improve in bottle for at least two or three decades. 96+ (ST)" (06/2008) Jancis Robinson: "This double magnum was extraordinarily drinkable. I don't know whether the wine had been carefully double-decanted; it was poured straight from the big bottle. But this was amazingly approachable. It was spicy, dense, sweet and scented. I'm sure a long and glorious life lies ahead too. 19/20 points" (10/2015)

  • 2007 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ( $79.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee (of which I was lucky to find a magnum on a Paris bistro's wine list a week after my tasting at the estate) is a brilliant effort that ranks alongside the colossal 2003 Cuvee Reservee. A blend of approximately 85% Grenache, 8-9% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and other varietals from 50-100+ year old vines aged in foudre, it exhibits a dense plum/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of beef blood, grilled herbs, barbecue smoke, lavender, sweet cassis and kirsch and a hint of Asian soy. The wine possesses a fabulous texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity and alcohol. Certainly the alcohol level is pushing 16% in this wine. With extraordinary texture and unctuosity, this remarkable effort should drink well for 20+ years yet be very appealing in its youth given the glycerin, velvety texture, and remarkable complexity. (RP)" (10/2010) 95 points Wine Spectator: "This packs it all together, with the ripe plum sauce, braised fig and currant paste notes of the vintage matched with invigorating hoisin sauce, brick dust and grilled beef notes. The long finish drips with fruit, but stays framed by a wild edge that keeps this firmly planted in terroir." (06/2010) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. The highly perfumed nose offers an exotic array of red and dark berries, spicecake and potpourri, with hints of smoky herbs and olive adding complexity. Juicy and fresh for a wine that's over 15% alcohol, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors framed by silky tannins. Very suave and open-knit today, with excellent finishing clarity and smoky persistence." (02/2010)

  • Laphroaig "Quarter Cask" Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml ( Price: Hidden )
    91 points Whisky Advocate: "The whisky begins sweet and creamy, with notes of vanilla, honey, and ripe malt (reminiscent of a malting floor). Then the Laphroaig signature peat smoke, seaweed, tar, and medicinal notes emerge. Bottling at 48% and without chill-filtering keeps the whisky from being dulled down. A whisky that is very dynamic. Nicely done. (Vol. 15, #2)" Wine Enthusiast: "Bold and overwhelmingly smoky, this golden single malt was matured twice, first in large casks and then transferred to smaller quarter casks, for more contact with the barrel wood. Look for plenty of peat smoke on the nose and palate, with undercurrents of honey and fleeting red fruit, plus an astringent iodine note. Its tannic, drying and full flavored." K&L Notes: Two hundred years ago, malt whisky was carried through Scotland in small casks that were easily transported on the backs of pack horses. As transportation methods improved, Scottish distillers turned to more economical larger casks, which became today's uniform standard for maturation. Until now. Realizing that using the original small cask maturation process would be an innovative way to add new character. Laphroaig Quarter Cask is handcrafted to deliver a new expression of Laphroaig's powerful, smoky flavors with smoother, creamier and more complex notes. Laphroaig Quarter Cask is initially matured in American oak bourbon barrels, and then is transferred into new, specially produced quarter-casks for a final seven-to-eight month period. As a result, the maturing spirit receives 30% more contact with wood than other single malts aged in larger, more commonly used barrels. The additional wood influence imparts a very special character to the spirit. The result is a single malt with the unmistakable peat smoke that is so unique to Laphroaig, and a creamy, coconut-like nose with a soft sweetness, a hint of salt.

  • 2011 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha Cariñena ( $7.99)
    As have the past few vintages before this one, the 2011 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha continues to charm for its bright red berry fruits, juicy acidity and overall sense of balance and drinkability. In the region of Cariñena, this grape variety seems to find a lovely expression, one which is less high octane and lighter on its feet than in some of the neighboring regions. And, as ever, it's a terrific red wine bargain for anyone looking for an inexpensive house red or wine for any party, wedding, or other event.

  • W. L. Weller 12 year old Bourbon 750ml ( $25.99)
    Whisky Advocate: "A wheated bourbon, meaning that it doesnt have the spicy rye notes found in a more traditional ryed bourbon. A pleasantly sweet, easy-going, well-balanced experience. Creamy vanilla, caramel, candied corn, and ripe berried fruit , along with more subtle notes of glazed orange, cocoa powder, and wood shavings. If I were going to ease a new bourbon drinker into the category, I might pick this one."

  • 2011 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ( $11.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: ""The Best Cabernet in the world for $17, 2010 and 2011 Louis Martini Sonoma" - Robert Parker (via Twitter)" (11/2013) K&L Notes: Louis Martini's Sonoma County Cab is always a K&L favorite for affordable, balanced Cab for everyday drinking. The 2011 combines fruit from the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek. Full of plum and blackberry fruit, just enough toasty oak and round, fresh structure.

  • 2009 Ojai "Melville Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah ( $35.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Every bit as good, with a touch more gaminess and meatiness (which is common for the vineyard), the 2009 Syrah Melville dishes out superb blackberry, pepper, bacon fat and smoke as well as supple, voluptuous feel on the palate. Medium to full-bodied, with gorgeous purity of fruit and a solid mid-palate, it will have over a decade of longevity. (JD)" (08/2013) 93 points Vinous: "A distinctly powerful, brooding Syrah, the 2009 Melville is going to need some time to come around. Tar, menthol, graphite, smoke and earthiness all flesh out in the glass over time. This is an especially somber wine from Ojai with considerable gravitas and no shortage of personality.This is a fabulous set of wines from Ojai...Frankly, I am not sure where to start, as there are so many wines here that are worthy of serious consideration...Suffice it to say I can't wait to taste the rest of 2010 Syrahs. As a consumer, sometimes it feels there are no great values left in California. Ojai is a rare exception. These wines deliver the goods (and then some) yet remain exceptionally fairly priced." (07/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Smoky dark berry liqueur and Indian spices on the nose, with seductive floral and bacon fat qualities adding complexity. Very syrah. Fat and juicy, offering sweet, concentrated blackberry and cassis flavors, velvety texture and strong spicy lift. Dusty tannins give shape and grip to the finish, which lingers with strong, smoky persistence." (11/2013)

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

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 2012 Reynon Sauvignon Blanc, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux ( $15.99)
    Wine Club Price: $13.99.

    88-91 points Wine Spectator: "Nice high-pitched style, with thyme and lime notes and a good stony hint on the bright finish" (04/2013)

United States - Bourbon and Rye

  • W. L. Weller 12 year old Bourbon 750ml ( $25.99)
    Whisky Advocate: "A wheated bourbon, meaning that it doesnt have the spicy rye notes found in a more traditional ryed bourbon. A pleasantly sweet, easy-going, well-balanced experience. Creamy vanilla, caramel, candied corn, and ripe berried fruit , along with more subtle notes of glazed orange, cocoa powder, and wood shavings. If I were going to ease a new bourbon drinker into the category, I might pick this one."

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2010 Araujo "Eisele" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $465.00)
    98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Araujos 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a picture perfect example of the year. Vibrant, precise and beautifully chiseled, the 2010 boasts serious depth and concentration. The aromas and flavors are incredibly vivid in this textured, dazzling Cabernet Sauvignon. Hints of dark blue and black fruit, mocha, espresso and grilled herbs flesh out on the huge finish. Today the 2010 is unusually open, but it is almost certain to shut down in bottle over the next 6-12 months. The 2010 is a super-classic Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon from Araujo. (AG)" (12/2012) 97 points James Suckling: "A unique nose of hot earth, stones and river bed with iodine, ink and currants. Full body with a fabulous depth of fruit: blueberry, blackberry and minerals. It's tannic but balanced and chewy. This needs at least five to six years of age but it is already a mesmerizing experience. Biodynamically grown grapes." (05/2014) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full, deep red-ruby. More floral and refined on the nose than the Alta Gracia, offering ineffable aromas of blueberry, brown spices, menthol, bay laurel and cedar. Marvelously silky on entry, then opens out dramatically on the back half, showing insidious, savory flavor concentration but also finishing with outstanding grip and verve. The very fine-grained, building tannins are perked up by notes of pepper and herbs. This wonderfully poised wine, delivering great richness without any undue weight, displays classic Eisele Vineyard character without any signs of roasted fruit. Understated today, this beauty may well merit an even higher score eight or ten years down the road. (ST) 95+" (06/2013) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and delicious, with a sumptuous core of melted black licorice, dark berry, nutmeg-scented spice, loamy earth and dried herb. Shows impressive focus, density and persistence. Tempting now, but should age well. Best from 2014 through 2028." (11/2013)

  • 2011 Columbia Crest "Two Vines" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $6.99)
    For a cheap peak at the charms of Cabernet from east of the Cascades, you can't generally get a more economical, yet dependable deal than Columbia Crest. From the winery's note: "To maintain fruity aromas and flavors, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. Aromas of strawberry, cherry and cola lead to a silky, soft palate that culminates into a long velvety finish. This Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant yet approachable and complex."

  • 2010 Honig "Bartolucci" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ( $69.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, clean, enticing aromas of plum, cherry and wild berry are silky in texture, graceful and light, leading to a host of flavors, textures and extra facets." (11/2013) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The single vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Bartolucci Vineyard exhibits toasty vanillin notes intermixed with red and black fruits. Nicely textured, rich, medium to full-bodied, elegant but substantial, this is a well-made Cabernet Sauvignon to consume over the next decade." (10/2013)

  • 2008 III Somms "Atlas" Napa Valley Red Wine ( $11.99)
    Wine Club Price: $8.99.

    This brand, from three hospitality and wine professionals, was formed at a Portland, Oregon Pinot Noir event. The Atlas, however, is a traditional Bordeaux-style blend of Cab, Cab Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot.

  • 2011 La Honda "Exponent" Santa Cruz Mountains Red Table Wine ( $17.99)
    With Vineyards in Woodside and the winery in Redwood City, La Honda is a neighbor to us at K&L's world headquarters! Within the wonderfully 'out of the wine country' Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, their vineyards are all managed in sustainable methods and their wines are typically produces only in small quantities. The 'Exponent' is La Honda's estate blend of 39% Syrah, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot.

  • 2011 La Honda "Salinian Block" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon ( $24.99)
    From the winery: "The 'Salinian Block' is a granitic geologic rift that runs through a portion the San Andreas Fault at the spine of the San Francisco Peninsula. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon blend is derived from a careful selection of our best Cabernet vineyard lots along the hardscrabble east-facing slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains."

  • 2011 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ( $11.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: ""The Best Cabernet in the world for $17, 2010 and 2011 Louis Martini Sonoma" - Robert Parker (via Twitter)" (11/2013) K&L Notes: Louis Martini's Sonoma County Cab is always a K&L favorite for affordable, balanced Cab for everyday drinking. The 2011 combines fruit from the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek. Full of plum and blackberry fruit, just enough toasty oak and round, fresh structure.

  • 2010 Nickel & Nickel "Branding Iron Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $89.99)
    Nickel & Nickel was begun in Oakville in 1997 by the owners of Far Niente (the similarity of their label is hard to miss). In contrast to Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel is dedicated to producing single-varietal wines from distinct individual vineyards. Each vineyard is farmed and vinified to best illustrate its unique site. In turn, some vineyards are not far apart in distance, but the wines are very different in character. The Branding Iron Vineyard was planted in 1998 in well-drained clay loam soils at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 18 months in 48% new French oak before bottling. From the winery: "The 2010 Branding Iron has a wonderful combination of blackberry and raspberry fruits, blended with earthy and floral characters. Nicely balanced and richly textured, this wine offers ripe fruit flavors and amazingly fine tannins. This depth of flavor is carried by the wine's classic structure into a long, lasting finish. Named for the branding iron owned by the proprietor, the 8.5 acre vineyard lies in western Oakville, close to the base of the Mayacamas Mountains."

  • 2010 Nickel & Nickel "C.C. Ranch" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ( $89.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch is a Rutherford site that sits on the western slope overlooking the Silverado Trail. More sweet kirsch, black cherry liqueur, floral and dusty, loamy notes are present in this dense ruby/purple-colored, elegant effort. With medium body, crisp minerals and attractive freshness, this moderately endowed, stylish, graceful 2010 can be consumed over the next 10-12 years." (10/2013) K&L Notes: Nickel & Nickel was begun in Oakville in 1997 by the owners of Far Niente (the similarity of their label is hard to miss). In contrast to Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel is dedicated to producing single-varietal wines from distinct individual vineyards. Each vineyard is farmed and vinified to best illustrate its unique site. In turn, some vineyards are not far apart in distance, but the wines are very different in character. The C.C. Ranch Vineyard is planted in gravelly loam soils along a slope in Rutherford just west of the Silverado Trail. From the winery: "The 2010 C.C. Ranch has some of the brightest fruit from the entire vintage. This wine is rich and jammy, with persistent cherry and berry flavors. The distinctive 'Rutherford dust' shines through the spice and toast from the oak, and pairs beautifully with the fruit. The texture is silky, and the soft tannins that are associated with the Rutherford AVA melt away into a long, harmonious finish."

  • 2010 Nickel & Nickel "Hayne Vineyard" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon ( $89.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Hayne Vineyard comes from a site that is better known for its Petite Sirah and Zinfandel made famous by Turley Cellars. This has always been a site that produces ripe wines, and you see that with this 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Offering blackberry and jammy fruit flavors, it is a full-bodied, in-your-face, yet elegant and pure Cabernet that delivers lots of blue and black fruits in an All-American / All-Napa, first team sort of way. This beauty should drink well for two decades or more. " (10/2013) K&L Notes: Nickel & Nickel was begun in Oakville in 1997 by the owners of Far Niente (the similarity of their label is hard to miss). In contrast to Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel is dedicated to producing single-varietal wines from distinct individual vineyards. Each vineyard is farmed and vinified to best illustrate its unique site. In turn, some vineyards are not far apart in distance, but the wines are very different in character. The Hayne vineyard was planted in St. Helena at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in gravelly loam soils which produce small yields of grapes. From the winery: "The 2010 Hayne Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful expression of the St. Helena AVA. Dark cherry and wild berry marry beatifully with the sweet,s picy flavors derived from the French oak. The dark, jammy fruit is rich and coating and builds on the palate, while the integrated tannins add to the lengthy finish."

  • 2010 Nickel & Nickel "John C. Sullenger Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ( $89.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger Vineyard comes from an Oakville site known for its deep clay and loamy soils. A textbook mid-Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers plenty of black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of toasty oak, white chocolate and espresso. Full-bodied and rich, this definitive Napa Cabernet is still young, but it has a certain accessibility, and should drink nicely for 15-20 years. 93+ points. (RP)" (10/2013) 93 points Vinous: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger Vineyard boasts tons of richness and depth. Dark red and black plums, smoke, menthol, tobacco and melted road tar are some of the many notes that emerge from this explosive Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2010 is big, full-bodied and beautifully intense, with more than enough structure to support the super-ripe fruit. Today the flavors are quite primary, so readers who want to experience a little more complexity and nuance will want to cellar the 2010 for at least a few years. 93+ points. (AG)" (11/2013) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "This 30-acre vineyard is planted entirely to Cabernet, located behind the Nickel & Nickel winery and stretching from Highway 29 east to the Napa River. It produced a sleek 2010, chocolate rich in its tannins, refreshing and cool in its red fruit. Solidly built, this is transparent enough in its flavors to frame the earthy notes of the tannins in a long, classically proportioned Cabernet." (06/2014) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A glorious wine, rich, ripe and delicious. Its dry, but lush in blackberries and cherries, tobacco and cola, with the Nickel & Nickel signature of new and one-year-old oak. Very tannic, this is clearly a wine that needs time. Should begin to come into its own after 2018." (12/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated bright medium red. Aromas of cassis, licorice, violet and black tea, plus a whiff of fruity peppercorn. Bright, juicy and intense, with lovely clarity to the tightly wound, slightly medicinal flavors of black fruits and flowers. Today the chewy, building tannins show a youthfully dusty character that calls for patience, but this wine has the concentration and ripeness to reward several years of bottle aging. 91(+?) points" (06/2014) K&L Notes: Nickel & Nickel was begun in Oakville in 1997 by the owners of Far Niente (the similarity of their label is hard to miss). In contrast to Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel is dedicated to producing single-varietal wines from distinct individual vineyards. Each vineyard is farmed and vinified to best illustrate its unique site. In turn, some vineyards are not far apart in distance, but the wines are very different in character. The Sullenger vineyard is the home vineyard for the winery in Oakville and was planted in 1989 and 2003 to 30 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. From the winery: "The 2010 Sullenger has ample black cherry and blackberry flavors with layers of tobacco and earth, characteristic of central Oakville.The wine's defining velvety thickness and beautiful texture emphasize this flavor profile, expanding on the middle palate and easing into the supple tannins that make this wine so age-worthy."

  • 2010 Nickel & Nickel "Quarry Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $89.99)
    Nickel & Nickel has specialized in the production of single vineyard, single varietal wines from Napa Valley's distinct AVAs since the winery was founded in 1977 by the partners of Far Niente. Cabernet Sauvignon can vary widely in expression based factors such as soil type, micriclimate, and exposure, and it is very interesting to taste the different vineyard terroir expressions in each bottling, despite how close some of these vineyards are to one another. The Quarry Vineyard is located on the eastern side of the valley, on the slopes above the Silverado Trail in Eastern Rutherford. It is named for an abandoned quarry that once mined white rock for nearby construction. The white, rocky loam soils here are particularly well-draining, causing vines to yield smaller, more concentrated berries than on the valley floor. When you combine this with western exposure and full afternoon sun, you get Cabernet with intensity, structure, and evident minerality. The 2010 vintage was cool overall, and the notorious August heat wave only adversely affected one Quarry vineyard block and the fruit was dropped. The wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon which was aged in 52% new French oak barrels for 17 months before bottling. From the winery: "The 2010 Quarry Cabernet is an intriguing wine with layers of flavor that awaken the palate. Cherry fruit, dried herb, earth, mineral, pepper and tea blend nicely to create a medley of flavor."

  • 2011 Ramsay North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon ( $12.99)
    Ramsay is a label from from Kent Rasumssen Winery that delivers quality, affordable, stylistically-consistent wines vintage after vintage. This wine comes from vineyards in Lake and Mendocino counties, and is the first Cabernet Rasmussen has made with grapes from those regions. There are also small amounts of Petit Verdot and Merlot in this rich, fruity and nicely-structured value.

  • 2010 Wallis Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $59.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Tough and hard, this is a Cabernet that tastes old fashioned with its dry, tannic astringency. It certainly marches to a different beat, even for the Diamond Mountain District thats known for difficult tannins. Will it age? There's a solid core of black currant and green olive flavor that suggests it will. Hold until 2018, at least." (05/2013) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate bursts from the glass with loads of blue and black fruits, grilled savory herbs licorice, ash, smoke and new leather. Today the tannins are imposing to the point of making the wine hard to read. The 2010 was also massively tannic when I tasted it from barrel last year, but the tannins were better balanced. This is another wine that is going to require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2026. (AG)" (12/2012)

  • 2009 Chateau St. Jean "Cinq Cepages" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend (Previously $60) ( $46.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Another superb Cinq Cépages. A blend of all five classic Bordeaux grape varieties, but based on Cabernet Sauvignon, it is both immediately pleasurable and intensely complex. Waves of black currants, dark chocolate, green olives, licorice and toasty oak roll across the palate, wrapped into firm, dusty tannins. Very good now but should develop further over the next 810 years. *Cellar Selection*" (05/2013) 93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "As energetic as it is rich and loaded with very deep and long-lasting fruit that is enriched by beautifully matched oak, Chateau St. Jean's latest Cinq Cépages is a compelling, well-crafted opus that is hard not to like even now. That said, its early charms are exceeded by its long-term potential, and, however supple and juicy and inviting it may be at present, it has the structure and balance to age into better if cellared away. *One Star*" (04/2013) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The estate's flagship 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages is a wine mostly of promise at this stage. Mocha, espresso and savory herbs add nuance and complexity as this dark wine gradually unfurls in the glass. I see terrific depth and richness here, but readers will have to be patient. There is a lot going on here. A second bottle tasted in a complete vertical of Cinq Cepages came across as blend of 2007 and 2008, with a slight nod to the older vintage. The 2009 was impressive in that setting as well. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG) 92+" (04/2013) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full medium red. Inviting aromas of redcurrant, licorice, herbs, graphite and tobacco leaf, lifted by a peppery nuance. Suave, lively and fine-grained, with attractive inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of redcurrant, licorice, herbs and minerals. Juicy, firmly tannic wine with moderate ripeness but no shortage of energy or personality. Made in a rather subdued, traditional style, this blend should age gracefully. (ST)" (06/2013)

  • 2009 Keenan "Reserve" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $89.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve shares much of the same aromatic flavor profile as the 2010, but it is a bit less tannic and structured. Layers of fruit build to an effortless, huge finish long on texture and pure class. This voluptuous, highly expressive Cabernet Sauvignon is likely to drink well earlier than the 2010, but it also has the pedigree to age gracefully for years. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. (AG)" (12/2012) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Powerful, extracted blackberry, blueberry and chocolate flavors mark this wine. It shows its mountain origins in the thick tannins, but theyre soft and smooth, in the modern style. Expensive, yes, but classy." (11/2012)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Anderson's Conn Valley "Prologue" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauviginon - 2 available ( $24.99)
    We're not exactly sure what this is "Prologue" to in the eyes of the winemaker, but we know that when you open a bottle it's a start to a great night. A Napa Valley Cab through and through, this 100% Cabernet from the impressive 2007 vintage is aged for 18 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels. The oak influence is subtle and really complements the blackberry and currant fruit. It leads with a heady nose of black tea, new leather, coffee, chocolate, purple flowers and fruit, all of which carry over to the palate, which is full and sweet but impeccably balanced. Best of all? This won't need 10-20 years to show - it's drinking well now.

  • 1974 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ( $99.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wine's color revealed amber at the edge, a roasted, herbal, sweet, spicy nose, loosely-knit, jammy fruit, and some hot alcohol in the finish. (RP)" (06/1995) K&L Notes: The signature wine from one of Napa's oldest and most esteemed wineries. From wine writer Richard Jennings: "Hazy, bricking, medium red violet color with .5 millimeter clear meniscus; appealing, mature, tart cassis, raspberry, black raspberry nose; mature, silky textured, raspberry, cassis, coffee syrup palate; medium-plus finish 93 points" (RJonWine.com, 02/2015)

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2011 Bailiwick California Vermentino ( $15.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This wine is so good, it could make Vermentino the next big thingexcept there's so little of the variety planted in California. Bright and juicy in acidity, it has flavors of citrus and tropical fruit, apricot, peach and honeysuckle. It finishes dry and spicy; pair it with pasta in pesto sauce." (02/2013) K&L Notes: If you're tired of the same ol' white wine, it's time to mix things up with a bottle of this Vermentino, one of the varietals "shaking up the California wine establishment," according to the Wine Enthusiast. More than half of the blend comes from two vineyards in Paso Robles, which give the wine its structure and citrusy quality. The rest comes from Lovett Vineyard in Lake County, which contributes the varietal's classic apple, pineapple and bay qualities. A sheer delight.

  • 2010 Brick House "Cascadia" Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay - 12 available ( $36.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tunnell's 500 cases of 2010 Chardonnay Cascadia based on a multiplicity of clones on contiguous plots, including a for him relatively recent, 2000 planting boast effusively ripe pineapple, white peach, and grapefruit piquantly laced with lemon and grapefruit rind, peach kernel, toasted hazelnut, as well as alkaline, saline, marine breeze notes noticeable already in the nose. Buoyant, polished in texture and satisfyingly lees-enriched, yet infectiously juicy in its primary fruitiness all the way through a lip-licking and downright refreshing finish, this bottling should prove delightfully versatile for at least the next 4-5 years." (08/2012) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and deftly balanced to show off its ripe pear, grapefruit and crème fraîche flavors, sliding in a tart edge to keep the finish in deft balance. Drink now through 2014. 500 cases made." (09/2012)

  • 2011 Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay ( $21.99)
    Cameron is an idiosyncratic Willamette Valley winery that takes a stand against "faux Burgundian" practices like irrigating vines, in rainy Oregon. They dry farm, and also grow their grapes without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fungicides.

  • 2011 Failla "Hudson Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay - 11 available ( $47.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Butter, nectarines, smoke and passion fruit all emerge from 2011 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard. A rich, viscous Chardonnay, the Hudson is totally alive in the glass. It is fascinating to taste the Hudson next to the other Failla Chardonnays. The 2011 is totally sensual and polished from the very first taste. Hints of mango and tropical fruit reappear on the viscous, oily finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021." (04/2013) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from the F Block, the same parcel that goes into the Kongsgaard chardonnay): Bright yellow. Aromas of mirabelle and medicinal herbs; smells a bit like Chartreuse. Surprisingly big, rich and sweet but with terrific acidity giving cut to the intense lemon curd, wet stone and wild herb flavors. Superb texture and energy here. Finishes with palate-staining length. The rainfall on June 3 and 4 drastically cut the potential size of the crop here, and the harvest took place very early, on September 7." (06/2013) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This precisely crafted wine lifts Carneros Chardonnay to a whole new level. Yes, its pricey, but so complex and decadent, its worth it. The alcohol is refreshingly low, the acidity is bright, and theres a lick of steel to balance the nectarine and mango fruit, buttered-toast and cream flavors." (07/2013) K&L Notes: This is the best value for Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay fruit I have seen or tasted. The vineyard is shard with Konsgard and Hudson Vineyards, Failla uses the 'F' Block parcel of the vineyard. This is a super expressive, explosive Chardonnay with intense minerality and yet very elegant fruit. It's a powerful site that mimics Burgundy. Fermented in 1/3 concrete, 1/3 new oak, and 11 months on the lees, unfined and unfiltered. Simply delicious and balanced with great approachability for New or Old world wine lovers. (Christie Cartwright, Hollywood Buyer)

  • 2012 Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay ( $49.99)
    Winery note: "Our 2012 vintage fits right into the lineup of Far Niente Chardonnays. A near ideal growing season, with warm days and cool nights, lead to a large but balanced crop and beautiful fruit flavors. This wine offers lively aromas of lemon and lime citrus zest, honeydew melon, wet stone and honeysuckle blossom. Bright upon entry with a silky texture through the midpalate, the wine is focused and long with citrus and mineral flavors supported by integrated notes of oak. The finish is clean and refreshing."

  • 2012 Ferrari-Carano Sonoma County Chardonnay ( $22.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: " There are lots of buttered toast and popcorn flavors in this Chardonnay, but the underlying tropical fruits and pears are strong enough to stand up to them. Its a decadent wine to drink with richly sauced shellfish dishes." (04/2014) K&L Notes: One of the North Coast's more reliable Chardonnays. Screw-cap.

  • 2011 Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay ( $32.99)
    From 100% Russian River fruit that is allowed to ripen slowly over a long growing season and kept cool by the fog, Jordan's 2011 Chardonnay is an elegant style that delivers bright citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors layered over a finely knit palate. It balances refreshment and richness with aplomb, thanks to a combination of natural acidity in the fruit, French-inspired winemaking techniques, and all French oak aging.

  • 2012 Nickel & Nickel "Stiling Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 12 available ( $47.99)
    Wine Enthusiast: "From a vineyard in the Green Valley, it has ripe flavors of apricots, tangerines, peaches, pears and Meyer lemons, with lots of smoky, honeyed notes of new French oak. Not very subtle, it will appeal to fans of oaky, ripe Chardonnay." (07/2014) Wine Spectator: "Aromas of apple and citrus blossom are captivating and on the tart side, lending this a mouthwatering presence. The finish is light and elegant. Drink now." (06/2014) K&L Notes: Winery notes: "Stiling Vineyard, located in the Green Valley AVA of the Russian River Valley, was planted by the Stiling family in 1988. The vineyard is composed of the infamous Goldridge sandy loam soils, which produce vines of moderate vigor. We source our fruit from two different blocks and two different clones - the See clone and the Rued clone. These clones each offer a unique flavor to the Stiling wine."

  • 2012 Nickel & Nickel "Truchard Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay ( $47.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Sommeliers will love this Chardonnay for its lean, Chablis-like elegance. The lemon and passion fruit flavors stand alongside stony minerality and a leesy, sourdough bread tartness, while the brisk acidity makes the mouth water. Elegant rather than opulent, this gathers momentum as it warms in the glass." (09/2012)

  • 2010 Ojai Santa Barbara Chardonnay ( $21.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting off the whites, and coming mostly from Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills, the 2010 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County is a beautiful wine with focused, clean aromas and flavors. Charcoal, white peach, citrus and subtle toasty notes all emerge from the glass and possesses beautiful mid-palate richness and depth. Fermented and aged all in older French oak and never racked, its an outstanding effort to drink over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2016." (08/2013) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light yellow. Vibrant aromas of pear and lemon zest, with jasmine and green tea nuances adding complexity. Displays an array of crisp citrus and orchard fruit flavors, picking up deeper melon and anise qualities with air. Floral and spice notes linger on the long, juicy, seamless finish. This wine was made younger vines in the Solomon Hills and Bien Nacido vineyards." (12/2012)

  • 2011 Picayune Sonoma - Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc - 12 available ( $19.99)
    This Sauv Blanc comes from the Sonoma and Napa Valleys and is fermented in a combination of cement eggs, stainless steel barrels and neutral French oak. The result, according to the winery, is: "Pure, crisp and fresh. Good balance between fruit, minerality and acidity."

  • 2011 Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay ( $19.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* A fine, brisk Chardonnay, marked by acidity and minerals and a certain elusiveness. But at its core are amazingly ripe tropical fruit, honey and vanilla flavors, with additional richness from oak. Good price for a Carneros Chard of this elegance and complexity." (08/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The delicious, fruit-forward 2011 Chardonnay displays the subtle influence of wood along with honeyed citrus, poached pear and white peach notes. Medium-bodied, pure and seductive, it can be enjoyed over the next several years." (10/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full green-yellow color. Pear, tropical fruits and brown spices on the nose, lifted by dusty lime skin, flowers and herbs. Juicy and fresh but on the lean side, with zesty acidity giving a slightly tart character to the citrus and pear flavors. Not complex but nicely balanced, fresh and quite dry." (06/2013) Wine Spectator: "Simple yet refreshing, with modest grapefruit, citrus and green apple shadings. Drink now. (Web-2013)"

  • 2012 Samsara Grenache Rosé - 12 available ( $18.99)

  • 2012 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé ( $14.99)
    89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A soft, supple and beautifully textured rose that stays fresh and lively , the 2012 Vin Gris de Cigare Rose (62% Grenache, 17% Mourvedre, 9% Roussanne, 6% Grenache Blanc and 6% Cinsault) delivers loads of sweet strawberries, peach and crushed flower-like aromas and flavors. Delicious and quaffable in the best sense of the word, this beauty should be consumed over the coming 6-12 months. Drink now-2013." (06/2013) 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright orange. Redcurrant and strawberry on the nose, with a hint of white pepper adding lift. Tangy and focused, offering bitter cherry and citrus zest flavors and a touch of herbacity. Clean and light on its feet, finishing with good cut and a lingering note of bitter orange pith." (07/2013)

  • 2006 Cabot Vineyards Humboldt County Syrah - 2 available ( $19.99)
    In a sea of over-ripe California Syrah that all tastes the same, it was refreshing to find this delicious and serious Syrah from a great producer dedicated to this nuanced varietal - and from Humboldt County of all places! Who knew Humboldt could produce syrah of balance and finesse, but here it is! This wine has everything true Syrah fans crave: a lush mid palate of blackberry, blueberry, sage, and thyme spices, and a nice finish that grips the palate with a healthy dose of cracked pepper. A real Syrah for real Syrah lovers- and at a great price too!

  • 2012 Hermann J. Wiemer Finger Lakes Dry Riesling - 10 available ( $18.99)
    Hermann J. Wiemer is a leading Finger Lakes estate, and dry Riesling is the chosen signature style of their lineup. Grapes are selected from each of their three estate vineyards and vinified in small lots to ensure quality of the final selection. Stone fruit and citrus characteristics are set to the crisp structure and a distinct mineral characteristic that expresses dry Riesling vigor with the cool and unique terroir of the Finger Lakes. For an entry-level bottling, this is a nicely textured and lengthy wine.

  • 1995 Kalin Cellar "Cuvee LV" Sonoma Chardonnay - 6 available ( $32.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Releasing an 18-year-old Chardonnay is astonishing, but the 1995 Chardonnay Cuvee LV, which comes from the Long Vineyards in west Dry Creek, went through full malolactic, was aged in 50% new French oak for 12 months, and was bottled without filtration. It exhibits a light gold color followed by unbelievably fresh citrus notes intermixed with hints of lemon oil, white currants and candle wax. It is medium to full-bodied and flavorful, with no trace of oxidation or oak, this beautiful, rich, incredibly well-balanced Chardonnay will easily last another decade.Yes, Terry Leighton marches to the beat of not just a different drummer, but a different solar system. These 1995 and 2000 whites are his currant releases. I have been a big fan of his wines for many years (I still have a few bottles of his 1981 Pinot Noir and some of his older Sauvignon Blancs and Semillons in my cellar); he is a master at making incredibly long-lived wines. His Sauvignon Blanc is Californias longest-lived Sauvignon. These are unbelievable wines from an eccentric genius." (12/2013) K&L Notes: Only released by Kalin in late 2012, the 1995 Cuvée LV was sourced from a single vineyard in western Dry Creek Valley on a gravelly hillside which sees plenty of morning and evening fog. The vineyard is planted with low-yielding Wente Clone Chardonnay. The wine was barrel fermented in 50% new French oak where it spent 12 months before bottling. The wine then spent more than 15 years in Kalin's cellars until release. From the winery: "Rich varietal character is combined with exotic essences reminiscent of orange preserves, fresh tangerines, wild jasmine, and grilled bread." This wine has not been professionally reviewed, but the 1995 "Cuvée LD" released in 2010 garnered 93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red

  • 2012 Aha Wines "Bebame" El Dorado County Red Wine ( $17.99)
    If you're a fan of Old World wines then you undoubtably try Bebame, which proves that New World wines don't have to be "er"--richER, riperER, or highER in alcohol. Made mostly from Cabernet Franc from the Camino Alto and Boeger Vineyards in El Dorado County, plus a dash of Gamay from Witters Vineyard, the grapes are all fermented separately using native yeasts.

  • 2010 Dunham "Three Legged Red" Columbia Valley Red ( $17.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a blend of almost 50% Syrah, with Sangiovese, Cabernet and splashes of three other grapes. Jumping from the glass are flavors of juicy raspberry and sweet cherry swathed in a note of chocolate." (09/2012) Wine Spectator: "Fresh and vital, this is lively with blackberry and lime blossom aromas and flavors, lingering on the jazzy finish. Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2014." (09/2012)

  • 2012 Edmunds St. John "Bone-Jolly" El Dorado County Gamay Noir ( $17.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale pink. Intense red berry and tangerine aromas are complemented by notes of jasmine and white pepper. Racy, focused and pure, offering fresh strawberry and citrus fruit flavors and a hint of candied rose. Finishes dry and long, with lingering spiciness and a jolt of dusty minerals." (07/2013)

  • 2010 Heitz Cellars Napa Valley Grignolino ( $17.99)
    An old favorite of the late Joe Heitz, the Grignolino is always a super friendly open style, slightly spicy wild strawberry and juicy. A really pretty wine. It's a great wine to put just a slight chill on and serve it at a BBQ or a fall weather outdoor meal.

  • 2008 Bonny Doon "Le Cigare Volant" Rhone Blend - 12 available ( $27.99)

United States - Domestic Pinot Noir

  • 2011 Ancien "Jouissance" Ruissian River Valley Pinot Noir - 12 available ( $44.99)
    From the winery: "We fermented in our one ton, open-top tanks, layering the bottom 25% of each tank with whole clusters of fruit, adding structure and spice notes to the back palate and balancing the otherwise plush fruit of Gilbert’s Vineyard. A warm fermentation with a combination of native and isolated Burgundian yeasts produced excellent and focused flavor extraction, complemented and completed with traditional punch-downs by hand. The wine was aged entirely in Francois Freres cooperage, half new, and racked once, gently, prior to bottling. Grapes, must, and wines were moved using gravity through to the barrel and using inert gas through racking and bottling. 168 cases produced."

  • 2011 August West "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir - 8 available ( $41.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My favorite of the trio, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rosellas Vineyard is pretty and floral on the nose, with sweet red fruits, crushed berries, liquid flowers and sappy underbrush notes all emerging from the glass. This medium-bodied, beautifully textured effort has solid balance and enough underlying structure and depth to evolve for upwards of a decade. Drink 2014-2021. This is an impressive set of Pinot Noirs by winemaker Ed Kurtzman. Across the board, they show slightly masculine, structured profiles that will benefit from a year or two in bottle." (08/2013) Vinous: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard is a beautiful rendition from this well known vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Sweet red berries, cranberries, crushed rocks and mint are all nicely delineated in the glass. Bright floral notes reappear on the finish, adding lift and brightness. The style is all about focus, nuance and clarity. This is a beautiful set of wines from August West, a partnership between Gary Franscioni, Ed Kurtzman and Howard Graham. Considering the significant challenges of 2011, these wines are all pretty and beautifully crafted." (07/2013)

  • 2010 Bailiwick Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ( $23.99)
    89 points Wine Enthusiast: "Juicy and brisk in acidity, this mouthwatering Pinot Noir is dry and silky. It has cool-climate cherry, pomegranate and cola flavors, with a nice mushroomy earthiness. Decant this elegant wine for several hours before opening it." (02/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright red. High-pitched aromas of redcurrant, Asian spices, tobacco and musky herbs. Pliant and fine-grained, with good intensity to its spice-accented red berry fruit. Nicely balanced and taut, finishing with firm, even tannins and good length." (03/2013)

  • 2010 Furthermore "Weir Vineyard" Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir ( $47.99)
    Furthermore was founded by Chad Richard and Robert Zeckes, releasing their first vintage in 2006. From the winery: "Yorkville Highlands is a sub-AVA of Mendocino County and this vineyard is the most northern vineyard that we work with. The coastal influence and northern latitude lead to very low yields which helps to create an elegant wine of nuanced sophistication. The unique clonal blend of Romanee-Conti and Wadenswil 2-A combine to create a medium to light bodied palate of black cherry, cranberry and light spice." 92 points, Prince of Pinot: "Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Very nicely appointed wine with lovely aromas of dark red cherries and berries, rose petals and the inside of a woman's leather glove. Discreetly concentrated core of dark red fruits with a savory, herbal undertone. The oak is well-integrated, the tannins are ripe and balanced, and there is a satisfying kick of acidity on the finish which is of extraordinary length, lasting more than 30 seconds. Drink or hold. (September 5, 2013)

  • 2011 Ghostwriter "Amaya Ridge Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir - 11 available ( $42.99)
    Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Rich and ripe with cherry, pomegranate, persimmon and spice flavors, with a nice, silky texture and fine tannins. The acidity is sharp, the alcohol refreshingly moderate. Could benefit from some time in the cellar." (07/2013) K&L Notes: Who, what? Ghostwriter is not such an unknown, after all. It's a brand created by Healdsburg winemaker Kenny Likitprakong, whose Hobo, Banyan, and Folk Machine wines may be familiar to fans of the eclectic and up-and-coming California wine scene. Ghostwriter is focused on Santa Cruz Mountains appellation Pinot and Chardonnay, and was praised recently by Jon Bonne of the San Francisco Chronicle: "Kenny Likitprakong keeps finding sublime expressions from the region." (6/17/2013)

  • 2011 Hitching Post "Cork Dancer" Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir ( $23.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. High-pitched strawberry and Asian spice aromas show very good energy and clarity. Silky and sweet on the palate, offering lively red fruit flavors and a touch of spicecake. Finishes silky and long, with soft tannins that fade quickly into the wine's lively red fruit." (12/2013) K&L Notes: The 2011 Cork Dancer blends fruit from a who's who of vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills and Los Alamos appellations in Santa Barbara County. As always, it's full of bright red fruit, but it's even fresher than recent vintages, with nice complexity.

  • 2012 Hitching Post "Hometown" Santa Barbara Pinot Noir ( $17.99)
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(includes 9% valdiguie): Light, bright red. Vibrant red berry and peppery spice scents are reminiscent of a youthful Beaujolais. Taut and linear on the palate, offering tangy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of cracked pepper. Closes on a smoky note, with silky tannins and emphatic red fruit character. Drinking very nicely, and easily, right now." (12/2013) K&L Notes: A reliable Santa Barbara Pinot Noir house cuvee from the Hitching Post, the very same Buellton, California restaurant where, at least in the infamous line from the movie Sideways, "we're not drinking any #$&% Merlot!"

  • 2010 Picayune Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ( $28.99)
    This small brand, from two women in the Napa wine industry, aims to give a good home to excellent lots of wine that maybe didn't make it into the winemaker's blend: "Jennifer and Claire arrived around the same time in the Sonoma Valley and instantly shared the same passion for food and wine. Both in contact with exceptional wines and incredible winemakers, they realized that not all good wines were given the same chance. With that in mind, they decided to take a chance and start 'rescuing those odds and ends from cultish wineries.'"

  • 2012 Sean Minor "Four Bears" Central Coast Pinot Noir ( $11.99)
    Sean Minor founded Four Bears in 2005 as a distinct focus on competitively priced varietal wines from the Central Coast and Napa Valley. This Pinot Noir is sourced from five Central Coast appellations, mostly in Monterey County. Aromas of cherry cola and raspberry give way to a palate marked by red fruits and layers of spice and oak.

  • 2009 Cobb "Coastlands Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ( $64.99)
    94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. High-pitched, heady red berry and floral aromas are complemented by star anise and mace. Zesty acidity adds lift and cut to the deep, sappy raspberry and cherry flavors, with a smoky quality emerging with air. The lively, precise finish lingers with outstanding floral persistence." (05/2012) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Juicy dark cherries, flowers, hard candy and sweet spices all meld together in the 2009 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard. The 2009 shows considerable weight, richness and inner sweetness from the high percentage of shattered grapes for the year. Sweet floral notes reappear on the candied, exotic finish. This is decidedly overt style for Cobb, but the wines overall balance is utterly impeccable. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021." (04/2013)

  • 2009 Cobb "Joy Road" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ( $64.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Joy Road Vineyard comes across as a bit tight and unyielding today as the acidity and tannins are both quite dominant at this stage. Firm tannins frame dark red/blue-hued fruit in this linear, structured Pinot. The 2009 needs time to fully come together. This is an unusually pointed, chiseled Pinot for the vintage. Accordingly, it needs time to flesh out in bottle. There is a lot to admire in this nuanced, vibrant Pinot, but patience is the key. Ross Cobb used 10% whole clusters here. The 2009 is the last Joy Road. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.Although the Cobb family bought and planted Coastlands in 1989, they didnt start making their own wines until 2001. Building on his nine years at Flowers, Ross Cobb began gradually expanding the familys range of bottlings. These are delicate, polished Pinots that reflect the unique personality of this coastal site and all of its shades of nuance." (04/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Vibrant red fruit and Asian spices on the high-pitched, expressive nose. Juicy, precise and surprisingly concentrated, offering tangy raspberry and cherry flavors and a sexy note of candied rose. Finishes silky and smooth, with lingering floral and cinnamon notes." (05/2012)

  • 2009 Cobb "Rice Spivak Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ( $64.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Rice-Spivak Vineyard emerges from the glass with dark red cherries, flowers, mint, licorice and minerals. This is a tightly wound, more focused Pinot than the Emmaline Ann. Firm yet well-integrated tannins and bright acidity give the wine its focus and drive. Ross Cobb used 20-25% whole clusters here. This is a very, very beautiful wine. (AG)" (02/2012) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Intense, spice-accented aromas of cherry, redcurrant and rose oil, with a subtle smoky nuance. Juicy, incisive red fruit flavors show excellent clarity and pick up sweetness with air. The bright, nervy finish clings with impressive tenacity and suave florality. (ST)" (05/2012) Wine & Spirits: "Scents of cranberries and coriander seed contrast this wines deeper, earthyiron tannins, giving it a sanguine note. Theres enough sweetness in the fruit to soften the structure, the elements needing bottle age to meld." (10/2013)

United States - Domestic Syrah and Petite Sirah

  • 2010 Graff "Consensus" Chalone Rhône Blend ( $17.99)
    A blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Viognier. A portion of the sale of this wine benefits the Richard H. Graff Scholarship Fund for those entering the field of wine, food, and hospitality. Named in honor of the late Dick Graff's book Consensus, this is a wine that is designed to show that distinctive grapes can come together to create a whole that is more than just the sum of its parts. Perfect with lamb.

  • 2009 Ojai "Melville Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah ( $35.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Every bit as good, with a touch more gaminess and meatiness (which is common for the vineyard), the 2009 Syrah Melville dishes out superb blackberry, pepper, bacon fat and smoke as well as supple, voluptuous feel on the palate. Medium to full-bodied, with gorgeous purity of fruit and a solid mid-palate, it will have over a decade of longevity. (JD)" (08/2013) 93 points Vinous: "A distinctly powerful, brooding Syrah, the 2009 Melville is going to need some time to come around. Tar, menthol, graphite, smoke and earthiness all flesh out in the glass over time. This is an especially somber wine from Ojai with considerable gravitas and no shortage of personality.This is a fabulous set of wines from Ojai...Frankly, I am not sure where to start, as there are so many wines here that are worthy of serious consideration...Suffice it to say I can't wait to taste the rest of 2010 Syrahs. As a consumer, sometimes it feels there are no great values left in California. Ojai is a rare exception. These wines deliver the goods (and then some) yet remain exceptionally fairly priced." (07/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Smoky dark berry liqueur and Indian spices on the nose, with seductive floral and bacon fat qualities adding complexity. Very syrah. Fat and juicy, offering sweet, concentrated blackberry and cassis flavors, velvety texture and strong spicy lift. Dusty tannins give shape and grip to the finish, which lingers with strong, smoky persistence." (11/2013)

  • 2008 Ojai "Presidio Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah ( $35.99)
    95 points Vinous: "The 2008 Syrah Presidio is just now beginning to show the early signs of development in its aromas and flavors. Sweet tobacco, grilled herbs, melted road tar and licorice add complexity to a core of dark fruit. At once powerful yet wonderfully nuanced, the 2008 Presidio impresses for its impeccable balance and crystalline, pure finish. This is yet another marvelous showing from Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel. (AG)" (07/2013) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most masculine and gamey of the lineup, the 2008 Syrah Presidio Vineyard is gorgeous. Meaty and peppery, with green herbs, bacon fat, smoke, mineral and loads of dark fruit, this medium to full-bodied Syrah has superb purity and definition on the palate. Still backwards and tight, it needs another 2-3 years of bottle age and will thrill through 2024. (JD)" (08/2013)

  • 2009 Ojai "Roll Ranch Vineyard" California Syrah - 10 available ( $35.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Always one of Adam's richer, fleshier wines, the 2009 Syrah Roll Ranch is a glass-stainer and dishes out notions of plum, lavender, spice, violets and spring flowers on the nose. Rich, concentrated and full-bodied, it's perfectly balanced and has ripe tannin and good acidity. From a hot region located around the town of Ojai, it's a superb Syrah and will have 15 years or more of longevity. Drink now-2024." (08/2013) 93 points Vinous: "The 2009 Syrah Roll shows the distinct personality of this relatively warm site. Waves of blue/blackish fruit, tar, licorice menthol emerge as the voluptuous 2009 Roll shows off its personality. There is plenty of up-front appeal, but just a touch less complexity within the context of the other Syrahs in the range. Adam Tolmach adds that the time between veraison and harvest is on the short side, which may partly explain why the aromatics are a bit less developed here. Drinking window: 2014 - 2024. This is a fabulous set of wines from Ojai. Winemaker/Proprietor Adam Tolmach and Assistant Winemaker Fabien Castel hit the ball out of the park with a number of these new releases." (07/2013) K&L Notes: The Roll Ranch Vineyard is located outside the town of Ojai, just below the boundary of the Central Coast and Santa Barbara appellations. Thus the California appellation, but that should be no reflection on what a unique, single vineyard release this is. From winemaker Adam Tolmach's notes: "Most warm climate vineyards have no problem ripening their fruit, the issue is whether they can produce balanced wines. Vineyards in warm sites make grapes with too much sugar and too little acidity, and the resulting wines are often awkward. However, Roll Ranch is different. I don’t know if it's the magic that vineyard guru Martin Ramirez performs, or whether the Roll site, under the dramatic striated cliffs of mighty Topa Topa Mountain, is fortuitously endowed; but somehow this vineyard produces a singular and exciting syrah every year. And we have noticed that as the vineyard ages (first crop was in 1995) it's producing better and better quality grapes."

United States - Domestic Zinfandel

  • 2011 Robert Biale "Founding Farmers" Napa Valley Zinfandel ( $41.99)
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated medium red. Slightly diffuse aromas of red fruits, licorice, spices and pepper. Supple and easygoing if a bit shallow, with red berry and spice flavors showing good freshness but modest grip. Not bad but I wanted more depth." (06/2013) Wine Spectator: "Appealing, offering raspberry and spicy cinnamon aromas and soft cherry, herb and anise flavors. Drink now through 2019. 410 cases made. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: Robert Biale Vineyards keeps the legacy of Napa Zinfandel deliciously alive, sourcing from heritage vineyards throughout the valley.

  • 2011 Robert Biale "Monte Rosso" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel ( $59.99)
    The Monte Rosso Vineyard sits on privileged ground at the fog line overlooking the Sonoma Valley. In ages past, it was under the stewardship of Louis M. Martini that it became one of the most revered vineyard sources in California. The oldest Zinfandel vines in Monte Rosso date back to the late 1800s, and Robert Biale has bottled a very limited production from these vines since 1995. A wine of structure and distinction, to label this bottling "old vines" would simply be inadequate. From the winery: "In 2011 Monte Rosso brings its A-game. The cool and moderate season brought out the brambly, peppery goodness of a classic Monte Rosso: Wild blackberry, raspberry compote, pink and black peppercorn, roasted dry chile, clove, dried oak leaves, cured meats, iron filings, and warm stones." The wine was aged in 25% new French oak for 14 months before bottling.

United States - Gin

  • New York Distilling Co. Dorothy Parker American Gin 750ml - 12 available ( $34.99)
    Dorothy Parker represents New York City as no other figure has. A cultural and intellectual beackon of her era and member of the famed Algonquin Round Table, Dorothy Parker represents everything that is great about New York City. As an unabashed gin enthusiast and retorical force of nature, this gin was created to comemorate her legacy in the City that was both her muse and eisele. The gin is a blend of traditional and modern botanicals including elderberries, citrus peel, cinnamon, and hibiscus flower. This ethereal and aromatic gin is perfect for most cocktail applications.

France - Alsace

  • 2010 Charles Sparr "Leimengrub" Pinot Noir ( $32.99)

France - Alsace/Loire - Old and Rare

  • 2012 Champalou "Cuvée des Fondraux" Vouvray - 11 available ( $18.99)
    The Champalou family farms 22 acres in Vouvray, making the Cuvée des Fondraux from 45-year-old Chenin vines grown in the area's prized clay, limestone and flint soils. Like all of their wines, it is distinctive, with incredibly balance and energy, a true representation of the soil. A great value.

  • 2011 Charles Sparr Riesling "Grand Cru Brand" ( $24.99)
    The Sparr family, 12th generation winegrowers, hold 74 acres in Alsace. From the winery: "Overhanging the medieval village of Turckheim, the "Grand Cru Brand" is facing south with granitic soil. A subbtle and sophisticated wine that offers an unique blend of floral, grape fruit and quince. This is an elegant wine with depth and length, wrapped up in a perfect balance."

  • 2011 Charles Sparr "Sporen" Gewurztraminer Grand Cru ( $32.99)
    From the winery's notes: "The nose exhibits great richness and concentration, with intense aromas of rose petals blending freely with exotic fruit. A harmonious palate, perfectly well-balanced, smooth, not excessive and sustained by a gentle acidity."

  • 2011 Domaine de Belliviere "Les Rosiers" Jasnieres ( $30.99)
    Wine & Spirits: "From young-vine chenin grown on clay and flint over tuffeau, this wine has warm orange and lemon flavors and a savory note that brings white beans and braised veal to mind." (04/2013) K&L Notes: Like all of Belliviere's whites, this 100% chenin blanc (in this case, from vines under 50 years in age) hails from the regions famous tuffeau (limestone) terroir. Natural fermentation occurs in 1- to 3-year-old barrels (with ¼) new and the wines stay in barrel for one year. The result is a wine that is somewhere between dry and half dry with white fruit and mineral aromas and a fresh, refreshingly sweet palate impression, with wonderful balancing acidity. Fantastic with white fish or smoked trout or salmon.

  • 2011 Domaine de la Charmoise (Henry Marionnet) Sauvignon Blanc Touraine - 12 available ( $13.99)
    From the producer: "Selected Sauvignon, occupies 17 hectares on the Domaine de la Charmoise, planted between 1967 - 1982. The soli is clay to flint with more or less sand or gravel. The domaine is situated at the highest point above sea level between the Northern point of the Loire river and the Southern point of its tributary, the Cher...[In the Touraine] summers are not as hot; winters are much milder than Sancerre and Beaujolais. Vinification can be very different each year according to the millésime, the maturity and acidity at harvest time; most is harvested exclusively by hand is delicately set in baskets...the fruits are delicately de-stemmed, vatted for 18 hours at a temperature of 20°, set into the press with luxurious precaution...a slight filtration is necessary for clarification, then rests in the vats for bottling the year after."

  • 2011 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Blanc Fumé de Pouilly" ( $61.99)
    90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From cask, Dagueneau's 2011 Blanc Fume de Pouilly whose lots had already been assembled in the press, offers a radish-like aromatic prickle and palate bite along with piquancy of citrus pip, all of which, I predict, will put it in good stead to deliver from bottle a sense of vivacity and invigoration that are not easy to come by in this vintage. Mint and sage accent fresh orange and grapefruit on the nose and on a lush, amble, yet buoyant, lively, and refreshingly persistent as well as insistent finish. (DS)" (06/2012) K&L Notes: (Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau)

  • 2011 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Buisson Renard" Pouilly-Fumé (1btl per customer) - 12 available ( $104.99)

  • 2011 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Le Mont Damné" Sancerre Chavignol (1btl per customer) - 3 available ( $124.99)

  • 2011 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Pur Sang" Pouilly-Fumé (3btls per customer) ( $84.99)
    92-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I had chance to compare the two lots that represent Dagueneaus passes on the vineyard for his 2011 Blanc Fume de Pouilly Pur Sang as well as to essay an impromptu blend, featuring high-toned peppermint and pungent if elusive floral essences; a slippery textured, infectiously juicy, wafting mid-palate. A savory, saline, iodine-tinged suggestion of shrimp shell reduction helps render the finish mouthwatering as well as intriguing, while nips of citrus pip peppermint serve for invigoration. The even and advanced ripeness as well as watercolor-like (rather than sharply focused or intensely saturated) expression of the 2011 vintage is here combined with an engaging vivacity and transparency to nuance that one doesnt often encounter. Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau indicated that he was still working with the lees of his young 2011s 'to build body and richness,' but I hope he views this Pur Sang as on the right track to gloriously delicious self-expression without much further assistance! (DS)" (06/2012)

  • 2011 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Silex" Pouilly-Fumé ( $109.99)
    92-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A delightfully, pungently intense bouquet of hedge flowers and resinous herbs rises from the glass of Dagueneau 2011 Blanc Fume de Pouilly Silex, anticipating the bittersweet presence of herbal essences and inner-mouth floral perfume that are allied to nut and citrus oils on a dense, subtly oleaginous palate. This finishes with an authoritative sense of grip and I expect it will not only perform well for a decade but benefit from being left alone for the first several years in bottle. (DS)" (06/2012) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light yellow. Lively citrus and floral aromas are complemented by subtler notes of papaya and pear. Firm and vibrant on the attack, but gains flesh in the middle palate, displaying nicely concentrated melon fruit. Focused but in no sense austere. The finish is gently sweet and persistent... (JP)" (09/2014) K&L Notes: David Schildknecht, writing for Parker's Advocate says: "Tasting at this address has never been more exciting and the wines have never been more evidently at the summit of the Loire Sauvignon pecking order."

  • 2012 Gerard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol - 12 available ( $25.99)
    If you don't know this estate in Sancerre, you should. K&L is fortunate to have discovered these wines a few years back, before the press. And, as Boulay's California importer, we have a leg-up on the few retailers in the country who can get their hands on these wines. Never have we tasted such vivid clarity and expressiveness in Sancerre, much less Sauvignon Blanc. This wine transcends what you think of Sauvignon Blanc. It is much more than a simple quaffer with its aromas of candied grapefruit, Mandarin orange, lime and wildflowers. But what really sets it apart is its mineral-infused personality. These are wines of the soil, wines that echo the land with precision and delineation found in only the greatest of white wines. Comprised from the Boulay's many small parcels around the hamlet of Chavignol, considered to be the finest spot in all of Sancerre.

  • 2012 Jean-Francois Merieau "Hexagonals" Sauvignon Blanc Touraine - 12 available ( $13.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A poor-person's Sancerre, this 2012 Sauvignon de Touraine Hexagonales is 100% Sauvignon Blanc aged five months in stainless steel. The soils are not terribly different from those in Sancerre, being mostly decomposed limestone. Lots of crushed chalk, mango, tropical fruit and caramelized melons intertwined with a hint of orange rind emerge from this medium-bodied, dry, crisp Sancerre look-alike. It should drink beautifully for another year or so. (RP)" (11/2013)

  • 2012 Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir Blanc ( $15.99)
    Are you "over" over-alcoholic, over-priced, over-oaked wines? Then you must get to know the wines of Pascal Janvier. His Coteaux du Loir Blanc is 100% Chenin Blanc, from 15 year-old vines planted to predominantly clay soils. It is crisp and vivacious, with lots of fruit upfront and a fleshy core that leads to a long mineral-kissed finish. It really shows off the balance of ripeness and acidity of the 2011 vintage, and, like all of Janvier's wines, reveals true complexity and sense of place. Think "baby" Vouvray in style, as this delicious, food-friendly Chenin can be enjoyed with anything from salads, to seafood, to cheese and heavier fare, too, or no food at all! Janvier's wines are some of the greatest values from France and at $15.99 this is a remarkable buy; if you don't know the appellation of Coteaux du Loir, or the wines of this talented vigneron, now is the perfect opportunity. We're sure you'll be back for more.

  • 2011 Ricard "Les Trois Chenes" Touraine Blanc - 12 available ( $14.99)
    This wonderful white comes from very old Sauvignon Blanc vines (growing here since 1950) on hills featuring argilo limestone. Ideal conditions for Sauv Blanc. Picked and sorted by hand, with low yields and a slow, careful fermentation, barrel aging and a short battonage brings out complexity and roundness. Enjoy now with cheeses, salads, fish and shellfish.

  • 1995 Bott-Geyl Gewürztraminer Alsace Grand Cru Sonnenglanz Vieilles Vignes - 3 available ( $34.99)
    89 points Wine Spectator: "A delicious white, sporting honey and rose petal aromas and flavors with a hint of bitter grapefruit. Moderately concentrated and on the soft side, so enjoy now through 1998. BS" (09/1997)

  • 2011 Xavier Weisskopf Sauvignon du Touraine - 10 available ( $13.99)
    Xavier Weisskopf was born in 1979. From 2001 to 2004, Xavier had the chance to work with Louis Barruol in Gigondas. After this great winemaking experience, Xavier found the opportunity to make his dream come true : running his own estate. In January 2005, Xavier Weisskopf chose to settle in Montlouis-sur-Loire. This tiny appellation - only 300 hectares – is well known for producing great dry and sweet white wines from Chenin grapes. He managed to buy a small vineyard of 9 hectares, mostly planted before 1940. The oldest vines are now 115 years. The great advantage of old vines is that they are consistent in terms of quality, from one vintage to another. Old vines producing low yield are less sensitive to weather changes. Just like in Rhône, the Touraine region produces various reds and whites. Xavier is lucky to own a collection of exceptional grapes. Grapes are hand picked and transported in small cases. They are pressed without destemming nor crushing. The juice is cold-racked for 20 hours, before filling the barrels for the alcoholic fermentation.

France - Armagnac and Cognac

  • Louis XIII de Remy Martin Rare Cask 42,6 Grande Champagne Cognac 750ml - 1 available ( $22,999.99)
    "In the history of LOUIS XIII, it has happened only once before. One unique and exceptional tierçon discovered by Cellar Master Pierrette Trichet. Marked by extra strength and flavors of unprecedented richness and intensity. Masterfully bottled in black baccarat crystal with a 22 carat rose gold neck. Extremely limited."- Remy Martin. The Rare Cask is finally here. Perhaps the most exclusive product released by any cognac house, the Rare Cask is a confluence of hundreds of years of brandy making prowess. With all of that experience and dedication that goes into crafting the normal Louis XIII, some factors can simply not be controlled by human action. On that rare occasion, when human influence cannot control the natural process, Louis XIII declares a single cask to be "Rare". This means that among all of the tiercons aging at Louis XIII, this particular cask stood out among its peers. A step a head of the already incredible standard bottling, Louis XIII Rare Cask was bottled at cask strength 42.6% and only a few bottles have made there way into the USA. Grab it before it's gone forever.

  • 2000 Beychevelle, St-Julien - 12 available ( $119.00)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "If any wine could be described as beautiful, then Beychevelle is beautiful. Its flavors of liquorice and blackcurrant are smooth and opulent, well proportioned. The texture is rich, ripe and generous. (RV)" (06/2003) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Lovely warmed plum and black currant confiture flavors are starting to settle into a secondary phase as sweet tobacco, lightly singed alder and a perfumy incense note weave around. Nice focused, fine-grained finish. Textbook. (JM, Web-2016)" 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep ruby/purple in color, with a sweet nose of black currants, earth, licorice, and mineral, the 2000 is relatively powerful and dense for the normally restrained and elegant Beychevelle. Medium to full-bodied, dense, and chewy, it is showing even better out of bottle than it was from cask. While it appears to be the finest example made at Beychevelle since the 1989 and 1982, patience will be required. (RP)" (04/2003) Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson with lots of sweetness. Very gentle and a definite 2000. Good vintage definition from Beychevelle! Easy and only very slightly inky. Long and rich. 17/20 points. (JR)" (08/2007) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby-red. Exotic, highly aromatic nose features leather, cedar, roast coffee, minerals and chocolate. Smooth on entry, then a bit pinched in the mid-palate, with a faint peppery herbaceousness. (ST)" (05/2003)

  • 1994 Bon Pasteur, Pomerol ( $59.99)

  • 1999 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien - 1 available ( $59.99)
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Aromas of smoky oak, chocolate, tobacco leaf, mint and earth. Flavors generally cooler than those of the 2001 and 2000, ranging from red fruit liqueur to less-ripe leafy and minty notes. Offers an attractive fruit/acid balance, but there's less stuffing here to support the somewhat less ripe tannins, giving the finish a faint dryness. (ST)" (06/2002) Wine Spectator: "Pretty raspberry, spice and floral aromas to this red. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a slightly astringent finish. A bit hollow in the midpalate. Give it some time in the bottle. (JS)" (03/2002) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Branaire is from an under-rated estate. This is a beautifully perfumed effort revealing scents of graphite, lead pencil shavings, blueberries, raspberries, and black currants. The wine is rich, layered, medium-bodied, pure, and elegant. It is a complex St.-Julien with good flavor depth, soft tannin, and unobtrusive acidity. (RP)" (04/2002)

  • 2000 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien - 9 available ( $109.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Here is a huge ripe and luxurious wine, with great power. The texture is solid, filled with firm tannins, the flavors are black and ripe. Along with the power, though, is much of the elegance and poise that characterizes great Saint-Julien. (RV)" (06/2003) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beautiful wine from Branaire, the 2000 is close to full maturity, and should offer plenty of pleasure over the next 15-20 years. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by scents of boysenberries, black currants, and spring flowers. This medium to full-bodied, pure St.-Julien hits the palate with authority, displaying silky tannins as well as wonderful richness, depth, and texture. (RP)" (06/2010) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Deep, smoky aromas of cassis, raspberry, leather, chocolate and roasted oak. Sweet, supple and thick but not at all heavy. A very concentrated wine with lovely sweetness of fruit and terrific mouth coverage. Really spreads out on the back end, which features broad, ripe tannins and terrific length. (ST)" (05/2003) 92 points Vinous: "(77% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot, 4% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc; 3.8 pH; 12.7% alcohol): Medium red with an amber rim. Precise aromas of red fruits, dried herbs and earth. Then more herbs, minty chocolate and dark fruits on the palate, lifted by a note of faded flowers. The long, creamy finish features truffles and brown spices. (ID)" (03/2014) 92 points Wine Spectator: "This sports a tarry-edged core of slightly chunky-textured plum paste and cassis flavors. The lively, brambly finish is a touch chewy but has good enough energy, with an ample dose of cocoa powder and licorice root in the end. A bit squared off overall, but there's plenty of stuffing here to wait it out a bit longer. Drink now through 2025. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (JM, Web-2016)" Jancis Robinson: "Bright crimson and promising although still quite tight with marked acidity. Some very attractive perfumes have already developed but there is lots of tannin still to resolve. 17/20 points. (JR)" (08/2010)

  • 1989 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis - 9 available ( $109.00)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Make no mistake about it, the 1989 Chasse-Spleen is the finest wine this property has produced since their great 1949. This is a spectacularly rich, powerful, authoritative example of the vintage that can compete with and even surpass many of the most famous names. Layer upon layer of concentrated, sweet, expansive, blackcurrant fruit is wrapped in a frame of toasty new oak and decent acidity. An awesome wine! Anticipated maturity: 1996-2015." (02/1993) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Big and chewy. Impressive. Dark ruby-colored, with cocoa, coffee and chocolate aromas covered by ripe fruit. Full-bodied and very rich, showing lots of chewy tannins and a long, roasted coffee and berry aftertaste." (05/1999) Decanter: " Deep ruby; rich succulent nose, quite mineral Cabernet character; soft, rich, dense, plenty of ripe tannin, fine depth and potential; good length." (06/1994)

  • 1995 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion - 1 available ( $399.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is an outrageously decadent Cheval Blanc. The nose is layer upon layer of ebullient, red-berried fruit: raspberries, crushed strawberries, lavish creamy new oak and a touch of vanilla pod. I would describe it as slutty in the hands of a lesser estate. The palate is full-bodied with plush red-berried fruit, at the moment firmly under the governance of the Merlot with a sexy, lascivious finish. The word that comes to mind is: orgiastic. (NM-Wine Journal)" (09/2011) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Pure aromas of strawberry, flowers, soy sauce, espresso and minerals. Then clean and straightforward on the palate, with nicely balanced flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes very long and smooth. A very good Cheval Blanc, bigger than the 1996 but perhaps a touch less delineated; choosing between the two amounts to a case of different strokes for different folks. This was a warm year: temperatures during the 1995 growing season were on average 1.5°C higher than the previously recorded annual averages, with a very hot July and August, and the harvest took place early, between September 15 and 28. In fact, only the 1989 and 1990 harvests began earlier. (ID) 93+" (10/2011) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Medium ruby-garnet edge. Intense aromas of plums, cherries and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and very tight, with supersilky tannins and a long finish. Solid core of fruit. Still holding back.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2009. (JS, Web-2007)" Jancis Robinson: "Rich and soft. Gentle texture. Very flattering and subtle. A very, very good 1995. Long, sweet and spicy. A very gentle hand here.18/20 points (JR)" (08/2015)

  • 2005 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion - 12 available ( $699.00)
    100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 from Cheval Blanc is a quintessentially elegant, beautiful, deep bluish/ruby-colored wine from St.-Emilion, with raspberry, blueberry, and floral notes, impressive density, great precision, freshness and purity. Full-bodied, but extremely light on its feet, I dont mean to gush, but it is super-intense, rich and just so meticulously crafted! This is another fabulous wine and a perfect expression for this vintage. It is difficult to forget the gorgeous blueberry and raspberry fruit, full body, sweet tannin, a multi-layered texture, and purity and palate presence of this stunning wine. Drink it over the next 20 years. P.S. In 2005, this was 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot. (RP)" (06/2015) 100 points Vinous: "The 2005 Cheval Blanc is another wine that is utterly mesmerizing from the moment it is opened. Exquisite in its aromatics, the 2005 Cheval is sublime on the palate, where the interplay of Merlot and Cabernet Franc proves to be captivating. In a night of truly spellbinding wines, the Cheval makes a deep impression because of its overall finesse and nuance. Along with the Margaux and Haut-Brion, the Cheval speaks to total refinement and polish. The Cheval is of course not one of the bigger, more imposing wines of the night, but it is among the most complete, which makes it the perfect wine to close out an incredible night. When we first opened the 2005, I thought it might very well be the wine of the night. A few hours later, it was every bit as impressive. (AG)" (11/2015) 98 points James Suckling: "Always a fabulous nose of black fruit, dark chocolate, nuts and spices. It's full-bodied with beautifully dense tannins reminiscent of cashmere. A long, long finish rounds out this beautiful wine. It would be better to leave it alone until 2020 but so hard not to revel in its splendor now." (10/2015) 97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Plump, padded and comfortable is the initial impression. But this is also finely structured and dense, with tannins that are sweet, flavors of dark chocolate to go with the roundness and the enticing Cabernet Franc perfumes. In all, this is a great wine, with considerable aging potential, but with enough sweet fruit to make it attractive now. (RV)" (06/2008) 97 points Wine Spectator: "This is really gorgeous on the nose, with blackberry, mineral, light vanilla bean and milk chocolate. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is racy and very beautiful. The tannins coat the palate, but leave a provoking impression. A Cheval for long-term aging. (JS)" (03/2008) 96 points Wine & Spirits: "The aristocracy of St-Emilion coasts on nonchalant power, with the grandeur you would expect from this site on the edge of Pomerol's sacred plateau. Part voluptuous, part lean, this has a layering of flavor that could fill a writer's notebook with the earthy, meaty and spicy directions of its complexities. It's distinguished by an exact ripeness, so that the Bretty funk that might eat a lesser wine is merely a way into the cool limestone architecture, a tannic underground cellar that will sustain the fresh fruit. For the ages." (10/2008) 96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Knockout nose offers terrific vinosity to the aromas of dark raspberry, mocha, minerals, licorice, menthol and dark chocolate. Lush, fat and suave, with superb energy and lift to the fine-grained, palate-staining flavors. Despite its rather high 14% alcohol, this boasts near-perfect balance and finishes with outstanding verve. A great vintage for Cheval, and likely to improve in bottle for at least two or three decades. 96+ (ST)" (06/2008) Jancis Robinson: "This double magnum was extraordinarily drinkable. I don't know whether the wine had been carefully double-decanted; it was poured straight from the big bottle. But this was amazingly approachable. It was spicy, dense, sweet and scented. I'm sure a long and glorious life lies ahead too. 19/20 points" (10/2015)

  • 1997 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion - 2 available ( $39.99)
    89-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby. Complex, sauvage aromas of black raspberry, smoked meat and leather. Soft, sweet and expressive; shows a considerably stronger animal aspect than either Canon La Gaffeliere or Mondotte, Stephan von Neipperg other St. Emilion wines. Quite suave and fresh for the year. Finishes long and ripely tannic. Half of this wine was fermented in wood cuves, which von Neipperg feels has resulted in a more successful integration of the tannins." (06/1999)

  • 2000 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe - 6 available ( $199.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Indexs 2000 tasting in London. This is a fantastic Cos dEstournel that I was unsure about out of barrel, but is now blossoming with age. It is adorned with a lovely nose: blackberry, wild hedgerow, espresso, a touch of chocolate and sandalwood. Very fine definition and vigour. The palate is full-bodied with ripe tannins, superb symmetrical structure, dense, obdurate black fruits, a saline note, very well balanced, very focused, broadening out nicely towards the ravishing, supple finish. (NM)" (09/2010) 94 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "For a Saint-Estèphe this is surprisingly supple at this stage. The density is all in the exotic fruit, while the tannins are more of a background. That suggests this is a wine that will develop relatively fast, but it is going to give great pleasure along the way." (06/2003) 93 points James Suckling: "Shows age now with aromas of tobacco, plums and smoked meat. Licorice too. Full-bodied, round and soft with plenty of attractive tertiary character." (10/2016) 92 points Wine Spectator: "This is showing noticeable maturity, with dark plum and currant fruit flavors now well-ingrained with singed cedar, tobacco and bay notes, but the structure remains remarkably polished, with a caressing feel through the finish, where a hint of warm pebbles peeks through. (JM, Web-2016)" Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Surprisingly low-key nose. Actually, it is almost Lafite like in its low-key raciness. Not at all the dense mode of Cos. Dry finish but not too concentrated. Very appetising and quite racy and ethereal. Interesting. Obviously here for the long term even if not with enormous ripeness and mass. 17.5+/20 points (JR)" (03/2010)

  • 2006 d'Armailhac, Pauillac - 2 available ( $44.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château d'Armailhac has a feisty bouquet with tobacco and sage-infused red berry fruit that seem open for business, unlike some of the other 2006 Pauillac wines. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite supple tannin. There is good weight in the mouth with mint-infused blackberry fruit, fine structure with admirable precision on the finish. (NM)" (05/2016) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Raspberry, mocha and coffee aromas perked up by pepper, tobacco leaf and fresh herbs. Silky on entry, then suave and refined in the middle palate, with perfumed flavors of redcurrant, leather and peppery herbs. Finishes subtle and persistent, with fine-grained tannins. A very refined claret: this has turned out very well. (ST)" (06/2009)

  • 1995 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien - 1 available ( $249.00)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle yet aromatic character of Indian spices, currants and dried cherries. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a long, caressing finish. Wonderful texture. Classy and structured. Long. This was wine of the year in 1998; well deserved. (JS, Web-2007)" 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine is of first-growth quality, not only from an intellectual perspective, but in its hedonistic characteristics. More open-knit and accessible than the extraordinary 1996, Ducru's 1995 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of blueberry and black raspberry/cassis fruit intertwined with minerals, flowers, and subtle toasty new oak. Like its younger sibling, the wine possesses a sweet, rich mid-palate (from extract and ripeness, not sugar), layers of flavor, good delineation and grip, but generally unobtrusive tannin and acidity. It is a classic, compelling example of Ducru-Beaucaillou that should not be missed. (RP)" (02/1998) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright dark ruby. Knockout perfumed nose of great purity: cassis, violet, minerals and bitter chocolate. A penetrating wine of outstanding vinosity and verve; offers great tensile strength. Youthfully tight, classic claret whose extremely long finish features very fine tannins. I'm not convinced Ducru has made a wine in recent vintages to equal its '95 and '96 releases. (ST) 94+" (07/2002) Jancis Robinson: "This was served blind alongside Ridge Monte Bello 1995 and seemed much fresher. The palate had real life and energy to it and the finish was dry and lively after some fruit that was pretty rich for bordeaux. Great balance - Bordeaux's calling card? 17.5/20 points (JR)" (07/2014) K&L Notes: In 1998, Wine Spectator hailed this bottling as "the greatest Ducru produced this century." (JS, 01/1998) Neal Martin awarded 94 points and praise: "Tasted at Farr’s Ducru-Beaucaillou dinner at the Ledbury. Consistent notes with a fabulous Saint Julien that is only just beginning to reach its drinking plateau. The nose is ripe and opulent with hints of wild mint that lend it a Pauillac-like allure. The palate is medium-bodied with cranberry; red cherry and cedar on the entry, a first wave of sweet fruit but then a more structured, masculine finish that is just beginning to mellow. Excellent." (11/2011)

  • 2005 Gloria, St-Julien - 8 available ( $54.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Licorice, blackberry and fresh cèpe on the nose. Full and velvety-textured, with lots of fruit and a long, caressing finish. Pretty and rich. The best Gloria in years." (03/2008) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A big-time sleeper of the vintage, this St.-Julien reveals notes of tapenade, spice box, cedar, sweet black cherries, and black currants. An opulent texture, terrific fruit, medium to full body, and abundant concentration suggest this stunning Gloria will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 15 years. (RP)" (04/2008) Wine & Spirits: "Tart wild cherry flavors give this a lively appeal. The texture is generous, almost voluptuous with chocolate-rich tannin. It ends clean and simple, delicious with rare filet mignon." (10/2008) Jancis Robinson: "Quite toasty and developed on the nose. Forward and easy perhaps not the most ambitious but a nicely balanced drink with just a hint of dark chocolate. This was the group favourite." (07/2009) K&L Notes: Barrel tasting notes: "Deep blackberry fruit aromas that follow to the palate. A serious wine. Very good on palate-lingering finish." (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)

  • 1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac - 2 available ( $124.99)
    93 points 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. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030. (RP)" (04/1999) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Lots of plum, currant and vanilla aromas. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh, citrus and fruit aftertaste.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008. (Web-2007) (JS)"

  • 2000 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac - 5 available ( $79.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Best wine from this estate in decades. Attractive chocolate, berry and currant aromas follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with medium-fine tannins and a pretty berry, chocolate aftertaste. Seriously good value. Best after 2009. (JS)" (01/2003) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the finest Haut-Batailleys ever made (it certainly rivals the 1996), this deep ruby/purple-colored wine is a beauty. Notes of raspberries, liquified minerals, cassis, and tobacco jump from the glass of this attractive, velvety-textured wine. Some tannin is there, but it is abundantly fruity, low in acidity, and is a quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux. (RP)" (04/2003) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep color. Aromas of blackcurrant, licorice and exotic spices. Dense, sweet and creamy, with notes of dark chocolate and jammy berries. Lively acids give this lovely vinosity. Finishes with lush tannins, sweet oak notes and very good length." (05/2003) K&L Notes: Lots of blackberry and black raspberry aromas. Sweet palate entry and nice middle. Good focus and it should be a value.

  • 1995 Haut-Brion, Pessac Léognan - 1 available ( $425.00)
    96 points 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. (RP)" (01/2003) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Sweet tobacco, blackberries and violets on the nose. Subtle. Full-bodied and very tight, with fantastic tannins and a long caressing finish. Wonderful texture. All in reserve still. Give this time. (JS, Web-2007)" 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very good deep red-ruby. Sweet, highly expressive aromas of redcurrant, hot stones, roasted plum, woodsmoke and tobacco. Fuller and more textured in the middle palate, with a chewy, tactile mouth feel that suggests strong extract and a wonderfully pliant texture. A firm mineral underpinning and sound acids frame the fruit. Expansive and seductively sweet in the mouth. Finishes very long and ripe, with thoroughly civilized tannins. (ST)" (06/1998) Jancis Robinson: "Just lovely wine, and the only one that was not dominated by a single variety, being a Cabernet/Merlot blend. Excellent lustrous, nuanced ruby... Clearly a very fine mature wine. Strong liquorice notes (Haut-Brion 'warm bricks' earthiness?) For a second I wondered if it was a 1998 Hermitage. Very complex. Spread across the palate. 18.5/20 points (JR)" (02/2013) K&L Notes: Château Haut-Brion is one of the five First Growth wines of Bordeaux, and the only one from Graves. Located on two hillocks of gravel over clay and sand in Pessac--classic Graves terroir--it consists of 51 hectares of mostly red varietals (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot). Haut-Brion is the oldest wine estate in Bordeaux; its wines were served to Charles II of England in the 1600s! The estate is now owned and lovingly managed by the Dillon family, the royal family of Luxembourg. 95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The 1995 Haut Brion has a gorgeous bouquet: less opulent than the bottle encountered in March 2011, here offering a more sedate, but somehow "languid" bouquet of tertiary black fruit, cigar box and autumn leaves that are all beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, open for business with fine tension shimmering throughout. It does not quite possess the breeding or clinical focus of the 1996, but it is a generous Haut-Brion, rounded in texture with Morels and tobacco lining the finish. I would broach bottles of the 1995 before reaching for the 1996. Drink now-2025." (05/2014)

  • 1989 La Conseillante, Pomerol - 1 available ( $299.00)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Having tasted the 1989 Château La Conseillante on more than a dozen occasions, I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that it is one of my favourite Pomerols from the vintage. Although on its day, the 1989 Clinet can outplay La Conseillante, the fact of the matter is that the latter is the more consistent Pomerol. Here, it has that beguiling bouquet of melted black fruit, sage, undergrowth and hints of bacon fat, like a wagging finger inviting you inside. The palate is smooth and harmonious, a mixture of red and black fruit that seem to revel on the precocity of the growing season, even though it was now 27 years ago. It is a voluminous, mouth-filling Pomerol, but not extravagant, flamboyant for sure and yet never betraying its roots. It's just a wonderful La Conseillante, a thoroughbred Pomerol that puts a smile on your face. (NM)" (07/2016) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers sweet, dried fruits on the nose, with plum jam and Turkish delight candies. Full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and loads of fruit. Chewy and Porty. Has turned so decadent and yummy over the years. (JS, Web Only- 2010)" Jancis Robinson: "A bit tart like the 1990. This was more popular with the other tasters but I found its superripeness just a tiny bit lacking in refreshment. Strong black-cherry flavours. 17.5/20 points." (12/2010)

  • 1995 La Croix du Casse, Pomerol - 2 available ( $69.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An outstanding wine, this dense ruby/purple-colored 1995 offers up a knock-out nose of blackberries, cassis, minerals, and spicy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, with plenty of pain grille-like flavors and abundantly sweet fruit imbued with glycerin and tannin, this wine possesses a long mid-palate, as well as a finish that builds in the mouth. It is an impressively built, pure, rich Pomerol that merits considerable attention. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015." (02/1998) 89 points Wine Spectator: "Decadent funkster of a wine. Dark, inky color. Masses of crushed raspberries and currants. Full-bodied and rather fat, with smoke, vanilla and gamelike flavors. A bit soft. Best after 2000." (01/1998)

  • 1970 La Lagune, Haut-Medoc (1.5L) (3cm fill, torn label) - 1 available ( $199.00)

  • 1993 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac - 1 available ( $589.99)
    91 points James Suckling: "Aromas of peat and fruits, with hints of cedar and berries. Full and velvety with good fruit and a medium finish. Goes mushroomy." (03/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A successful wine for Lafite, this dark ruby/purple-colored 1993 is tightly-wound, medium-bodied, with a closed set of aromatics that reluctantly reveal hints of sweet blackcurrant fruit, weedy tobacco, and lead pencil scents. Polished and elegant, with Lafite's noble restraint, this is an excellent, classy, slightly austere wine. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. (RP)" (02/1997) Wine Spectator: "Very polished and well-crafted black cherry, toast, earth and mineral flavors, all in nice proportions. Medium body, supple tannins. (JS)" (01/1996) K&L Notes: 91 points from Jeannie Cho Lee, Master of Wine: "Lean on the palate with a nose of dried herbs, green tea leaves and cedar. There is no greenness from the rainy vintage and no bitterness. This is by no means a powerful or intense wine but there is plenty of charm and it is ready to enjoy. Delicious with steak and much better than I expected." (03/2016)

  • 1995 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac - 2 available ( $749.99)
    98 points James Suckling: "I pulled this lone bottle out of my cellar at the last minute to remind some Italian vintners of the great quality of the 1995 Bordeaux vintage. They seem to be finally opening up! What a red with incredible depth and finesse. Cedar, cigar box and toabaaco character with currants and fresh tobacco undertones. It's full-bodied yet tight and dense. Precision. So refined and intense. Such freshness and beauty." (06/2016) 96 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of blackberries, black licorice and currants, with mineral undertones. Full-bodied, with a solid core of tannins and a long, silky finish. Still holding back, but is concentrated and powerful. The 1996 is always talked about, but I think this is superior and will be in the future. (JS, Web-2007)" 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild (only one-third of the harvest made it into the final blend) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine was showing spectacularly well when I tasted it in November, 1997. It exhibits a dark ruby purple color, and a sweet, powdered mineral, smoky, weedy cassis-scented nose. Beautiful sweetness of fruit is present in this medium-bodied, tightly-knit, but gloriously pure, well-delineated Lafite. The 1995 is not as powerful or as massive as the 1996, but it is beautifully made with outstanding credentials, in addition to remarkable promise. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028. (RP)" (02/1998) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red. Sappy, expressive aromas of cherry, plum, minerals, woodsmoke and game, plus an exotic suggestion of baked apple. Rather subtle on the attack, then quickly expands to fill the mouth. A big, deep, very rich vintage for Lafite, unusually generous at this early stage and extremely long on the aftertaste. But went into a shell with aeration, and showed a hint of tobacco leaf vegetility. Finishing notes of coconut, woodsmoke and tobacco add flavor interest. 93+ points. (ST)" (05/2008) Jancis Robinson: "Blaickish ruby with hardly any suggestion of ageing. That very refined lift of Lafite on the nose -- oyster shells? Very elegant indeed --n o dry tannins. Complete and with enough juice. A very fine Lafite. Lovely graphite finish -- sinewy. No heaviness at all. And the tannins are SO well managed! 19/20 points. Drink 2010-2040. (JR)" (01/2015) K&L Notes: Château Lafite Rothschild is one of the five First Growth Bordeaux, and one of the most famous and collected wines in the world. The vineyard covers 112 hectares and is well-drained and well-exposed, with soil made up of fine deep gravel, mixed with aeolian sand on a subsoil of tertiary limestone. The estate dates back to at least the 13th century and has had an amazing and prestigious history to look back upon.

  • 1999 Latour, Pauillac - 1 available ( $489.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored with a touch of brick, the nose offers notes of cassis, tobacco leaf and tar with hints of tree bark and earth. The palate is taut and savory / minerally with very firm chewy tannins somewhat dominating the restrained fruit at this stage. (LPB)" (11/2012) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, minerals and leather. Wonderfully harmonious in the mouth, with compelling sweetness of fruit but also superb grip. A lush, rich wine that already displays impressive inner-mouth perfume. Finishes with broad, essentially gentle tannins. Doesn't quite possess the grip or thrust of the '01, but this is wine-of-the-vintage material. (ST)" (06/2002) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and fresh, with milk chocolate and berry aromas. Subtle and refined on the nose. Full-bodied and very elegant, featuring a solid core of ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. So much finesse here. Still tight, needing time in the bottle to open. No longer big, this is in just the right proportions for the vintage. '89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2012. (JS, Web-2010)" Jancis Robinson: "Medicinal and sinewy on the nose. Exciting and vibrant. Deep-flavoured. Long but the tannins are still very evident (though in this case there seems to be enough fruit to stand up to them). Ambitious - needs quite a bit of time yet. 18/20 points. (JR)" (09/2009)

  • 2000 Latour, Pauillac - 2 available ( $999.00)
    100 points James Suckling: "Latour has made truly great wines in the past two decadesand this is one of the best. It has fabulous aromas of black truffles, currants, raspberry and dried flowers. Mind-blowing on the palate, its an emotional and soulful red." (04/2014) 99 points Wine Spectator: "The fruit here is still very much in the primary phase, with a decidedly racy feel to the raspberry coulis, cassis and blackberry reduction notes that are streaked with violet, iron and graphite flavors. The superlong finish alternates between a tug of sweet earth and a velvety feel, as the fruit and grip are still melding together, but there's so much vivacity here, there's no concern with waiting it out. The wait may be a while though. Rather stunning that this can separate itself so clearly from the rest of 2000's high-class field. (JM, Web Only-2016)" 98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is such an expressive wine, with elegance a major factor in its character. It is certainly huge, rich and dense. But there is much more to it. You can peel layers of fruit and tannins away, and still never get to the end of the wines complexity. At every stage of its life, it will reveal a new character, but for now it is dominated by powerful tannins and huge, black, fruit. (RV)" (06/2003) 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14,000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009, 2008, or 2005) is 'packed and stacked.' The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009. (RP)" (06/2010) 97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Wonderfully sweet, rich aromas of cassis, minerals and bitter chocolate. A huge wine with almost painful intensity; solid as a rock and at the same time utterly sensual and creamy, with great inner-mouth complexity and depth of flavor and a complete absence of rough edges. 'Almost too easy today,' says Engerer. Sweet notes of roasted nuts and chocolate add to the wine's early appeal. A powerful, hugely rich Latour with a great building finish and perfectly suave tannins. (ST)" (06/2003) Decanter: "Big concentrated red, still very young, fine Cabernet concentration with great finesse and vineyard definition, robust yet elegant with superb length. 19/20 points" (03/2010) Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Light, bracing nose. Not the most intense Latour vintage but it is at least more Latour than 2000. Very solid and mineral with some lift and I should think no disappointment in the long run, though I would strongly recommend the more expressive Forts in the short term. 18.5+/20 points" (03/2010)

  • 2000 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 2 available ( $169.99)
    96 points James Suckling: "This wine has always been soft and delicious, with an almost decadent character of strawberry tart, earth, meat and spices. Its full and very soft, with refined tannins and a very long finish." (04/2014) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Right from the early days of tasting in spring 2001, this was going to be one of the stars of the vintage. And a star it remains. There is big, ripe fruit, with solid, ageworthy tannins. It may not be as powerful as some of the blockbusters of the vintage, but it is certainly more opulent, less classical than Léoville-Barton can sometimes be. (RV)" (06/2003) 96 points Wine Spectator: "Hello. Take textbook St.-Julien warmed fig, blueberry compote and blackberry reduction notes along with ample graphite, bramble and tobacco flavors, then dial it up a notch. This has terrific energy to offset the admirable depth and length, and hasn't even started a second phase yet. One of the stars of the vintage.2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Best from 2018 through 2033. (JM, Web-2016)" 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I found this to be one of the more backward wines of the 2000 vintage and gave it a window of maturity of 2015-2040 when I reviewed it in 2003. In my two recent tastings of it, I changed that window to 2018-2050, which probably says more than the following tasting note could say. This is a behemoth dense, highly extracted, very tannic, broodingly backward, with a dense purple color and very little evolution since it was bottled 8 years ago. Wonderfully sweet cedar and fruitcake notes are intermixed with hints of creme de cassis, licorice, and earthy forest floor. It is full-bodied and tannic, with everything in place, but like so many wines that come from Leoville Barton, it makes a mockery of many modern-day consumers wanting a wine for immediate gratification. Those who bought it should continue to exercise patience and be proud to own a wonderful classic with five decades of longevity ahead of it. (RP)" (06/2010) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Knockout superripe nose combines black cherry, licorice and exotic spices. Compellingly sweet, lush and complete, with harmonious acids giving the wine lovely vinosity and extending the flavors. Finishes with lush, dusty tannins and superb persistence. A great vintage for Leoville-Barton. (ST)" (06/2003) Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Very solid and savoury on the nose. Essence of St James's Street?! Lots of mass here and something really very promising even if it is far from its full realisation. Bravo! 18/20 points (JR)" (03/2010)

  • 2005 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac - 10 available ( $249.99)
    94 points James Suckling: "Very classy with plenty of raspberry, currant, and licorice character. This is dense and compacted on the palate. Leave it for at least two or three years from now." (04/2012) 94 points Vinous: "Open-knit yet deep and powerful, the 2005 Les Forts de Latour is striking today. The pedigree of the vintage comes through in spades. Expressive, perfumed aromatics meld into a core of supple, open-knit fruit in a mid-weight, impeccably balanced Forts de Latour. Hints of red fruit, iron, smoke and tobacco add lovely shades of nuance. Latour's President Frédéric Engerer adds that that 2005 was the easiest and most balanced growing season (including 2009 and 2010) he has seen because his team had the total flexibility of choosing when to harvest. (AG)" (07/2016) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Shows blackberry, coffee, cedar, and raisin on the nose, turning to licorice and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with refined, silky tannins and a long finish. Balanced and juicy. Builds on the palate, with currant, licorice and mineral character, followed by a powerful finish. An amazing second wine. (JS)" (03/2008) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Les Forts de Latour is another beautiful wine from this estate. Medium to full-bodied, with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of blackcurrant fruit, earth, and spice, the wine is extremely pure, broad, savory, and quite expensive. This is a fabulous second wine, but in essence, this is really of classified growth quality. Drink it over the next 20+ years. (RP)" (06/2015) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby. Exotic aromas of roasted plum, currant and graphite. Big, round and sweet but with the broad shoulders of the year. The silky flavors of currant, tobacco and sweet oak show extraordinary baby fat and volume. Wonderfully rich, expressive wine with a very long, silky, aromatic back end. 'Better than the 2007 Latour today, and almost as long,' says Engerer. (ST)" (05/2007) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Always the equivalent of many classed growths, Les Forts de Latour is hardly a second wine, deriving from a particular parcel of the Latour vineyard. This 2005 is beautifully balanced, with lively fresh acidity, dense tannins and ripe, juicy black fruits. The acidity stays right to the end. (RV)" (06/2008) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "It took four days after this bottle was first opened for the wine to shed the tough, reductive character in the tannin and begin to show the plump claret this will become with time. What initially feels dark, ripe and dry-as-a-drought turns toward juicy red and black currant fruit underlined by pleasantly bitter chocolate tannin. Les Forts is produced from the young vines at Latour's Grand Enclos (the main vineyard) from lots that do not make it into the first wine, plus selections from three other estate parcels." (10/2008) Decanter: "Deep extraction of fragrant, floral small berry Cabernet fruit, both creamy and crunchy, fresh and exuberant, much more approachable than expected due to perfect ripeness, very fine. Drink 2012-25. 18/20 points" (04/2006) Jancis Robinson: "Will be released in September 2015. Very intense nose massive concentration. Deep blackish ruby. Lift and minerals and pzazz. Very Latour. Very grown-up. Spicy and absolutely classic. 18/20 points" (07/2015) K&L Notes: 93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Les Forts de La Tour 2005 has a more complex bouquet compared to the Petit Mouton, with blackberries, wild strawberry and floral scents that just blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, almost symmetrical in the mouth with great precision and intensity towards the finish that gently caresses the mouth. There is a tang of soy on the aftertaste that imparts a sense of tension, an edginess, completing a bona fide classy Deuxième Vin built for the long-term." (02/2015)

  • 2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 4 available ( $209.99)
    97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beginning to open magnificently, the still dense purple-colored 2000 reveals a blossoming bouquet of blackberries, cassis, graphite and pen ink. Full-bodied with velvety tannins that have resolved themselves beautifully over the last eleven years, this wine is still an adolescent, but it exhibits admirable purity, texture, mouthfeel and power combined with elegance. One of the all-time great examples of Lynch Bages, the 2000 is just beginning to drink well yet promises to last for another 20-25+ years. (RP)" (08/2011) 96 points Wine Spectator: "This has a dense but well-defined core of currant and fig paste flavors supported by a gorgeous graphite spine. Long and authoritative, with notes of bay, pepper, leather and juniper slowly emerging on the finish. Terrific structure and integration give this a chiseled feel. No rush here. (JM, Web-2016)" 95 points James Suckling: "Another wonderful 2000 coming out of its long sleep. Beautiful aromas of berry, tobacco, herb and spice that follow through to a full palate with round, textured tannins and lots of fruit." (04/2014) 95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Typical of Lynch-Bages in its sumptuous rich style, this is a resounding success for the team of Jean-Michel Cazes. With its sweet fruit, opulent but balanced wood and red and black fruit flavors, it is a wine that will develop relatively quickly but will certainly age. *Best of 2003* (RV)" (06/2003) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Knockout aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, mocha and cedar complicated by scorched earth and tobacco. Big, ripe and dense, with flavors similar to the aromas and a seamless, rich texture. Though powerful and rich, with a sensual mouthfeel, it maintains a graceful, light-on-its-feet quality. Finishes with ripe, fine-grained tannins and excellent length. Still an infant, but clearly a great vintage for this property. (ID) 94+" (01/2012) K&L Notes: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. 94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 2000 tasting in London. This is more taciturn on the nose than Pontet-Canet ‘00, but is well defined with some lovely savoury, chestnut and black truffle aromas developing in the glass. Touches of damp moss/lichen. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, gentle grip, foursquare but good weight, blackberry, graphite, leather and cedar, chewy towards the dry, structured finish. Very fine, perhaps a little broody and introverted at the moment. But great potential. Drink 2016-2040." (09/2010)

  • 2005 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan - 2 available ( $59.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Perhaps the strongest wine I have ever tasted from Malartic Lagravière, the 2005 has a dense ruby/purple color and a wonderfully sweet nose of crème de cassis, graphite, and soil undertones. Medium-bodied., smoky, with classic scorched earth, Graves-like aromatics and flavors, this wine displays impeccable winemaking, with pure fruit, medium body, and gorgeously long, rich flavors and moderate levels of tannin. The wine should be relatively drinkable in 3-5 years and last for at least two decades or more. This is possibly the finest Malartic Lagravière ever made. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025" (04/2008) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: " deliciously black currant-flavored wine, with juicy fruit, plum skins and spice over the firm tannins. Great balance already shows through; a finely poised wine." (06/2008) 90 points Wine Spectator: "There's beautiful blackberry and toasty oak on the nose, with hints of licorice and meat. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a dark chocolate, fresh herb and currant aftertaste. Best after 2013." (03/2008)

  • 2005 Meyney, St-Estèphe - 1 available ( $39.99)
    90 points James Suckling: "This starts off a little bretty with barnyard undertones, but it blows off to flowers and rich fruit. Round and juicy, with yummy flavors. A long finish on this. Very spicy and earthy. St. Estephe character. Enjoy or age." (02/2011) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of currant and fresh flowers follow through to a medium-to-full body, with chewy tannins and a slightly woody finish, but the fruit comes through. Turns long and pretty. Best after 2010. (JS, Web-2008)" K&L Notes: From barrel: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 29% Petit Verdot. Sweet and lush-delicious. Elegant style. We love this wine. Ready sooner than most. Mouth-coating wine. Elegance personified. New school Meyney-buy it. Tasted three times with consistent notes. Ralph says: Best I've ever tasted and showed superb at every tasting. Deep raspberry fruit on nose and palate, silky middle. *1/2+ (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)

  • 1990 Montrose, St-Estèphe - 2 available ( $499.99)
    100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " I was served blind a magnum of the 1990 Montrose in Cape Town, which had been purchased on release and stored in perfect conditions. Now, here was the real deal, unfettered by any infection, a regal Saint Estèphe. It shows approximately the same evolution as the 1989 in bottle, but unsurprisingly showed less bricking in magnum format. The bouquet is cut from a different cloth to the 1989 and attests to that warm vintage: hickory, clove, undergrowth and wild fennel, later garrigue-like scents and terracotta, the latter two more pronounced on the bottle format compared to the youthful magnum. The palate is full-bodied and powerful, yet the balance is perfect, a ballerina-like poise with the structure of the Forth Bridge. It is a multi-layered Montrose that offers enormous length, fresh and vibrant with the magnum demonstrating tangible mineralite and tension as it fans out on the crescendo of a finisha fanfare for Saint Estèphe in all its glory. Improving all the time in the glass, this example of 1990 Montrose is a privilege to behold. One can speculate whether larger formats are a "safer bet" in terms of experiencing this behemoth without any brettanomyces. Perhaps. However, if you do come across the 1990 Montrose like this, you are in the presence of a king. (NM)" (03/2017) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Wild, exotic aromas of crystallized redcurrant, leather, tobacco and minerals; distinctly exotic, even overripe. Then lush, sweet and opulent, with an atypically velvety texture for Montrose. But extremely young and structured, finishing with powerful tannins and great grip and length. Almost California-like in style; in Bordeaux, they'd refer to the fruit expression of this wine as "original," which is not necessarily high praise. Drink 2008 through 2030. (ST)" (07/2002) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Dark in color with decadent aromas of ripe fruit, earth and amazing mint and spearmint undertones, yet there's also an underlying meaty funkiness. Full-bodied, with layers of very ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Massive and caressing. A big, powerful wine. Like velvet. (JS, Web-2006)" Jancis Robinson: "This is a famous wine, though not all bottles seem in perfect condition. At first, the nose was not utterly pure and precise, but it seemed to clean itself up in the glass. It was definitely sweeter and richer than any Montrose I can think of and was pleasing, flattering and easy to drink with some very fine tannins and just a little dustiness on the finish. 17.5/20 Points" (09/2009) K&L Notes: Rated 100 Points from Robert Parker Jr. on six different occasions for the Wine Advocate (and a few other tastings for Hedonist's Gazette), the current online average for 1990 Montrose is $592 (as of Jan 2017). Current stock comes from a single collector, delivered to us in original cases. Latest Robert Parker review (besides Neal Martin's Wine Advocate review above, also 100 points) is from August 2014: "The final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc was harvested between September 14 and October 3. The spring was cold, yet summer was extremely hot and dry – one of the hottest vintages since 1949. The fact that virtually no rain fell in September served as a catalyst to get all the grapes ripe and in cellars....This wine has an incredibly complex nose of spring flowers, blackberry and cassis liqueur, scorched earth and barbecue spice. It is full-bodied, majestic and opulent, with low acidity and fabulous fruit. It is close to full maturity. The wine should continue to drink well for at least another 30 or more years, but it is showing secondary nuances in the perfume. The wine is absolutely magnificent, broad, savory and mouth-filling. This is one of the all-time modern legends from Bordeaux as well as Chateau Montrose."

  • 1999 Moulin-St. Georges, St-Emilion - 1 available ( $44.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dense, ruby/purple-colored, elegant St.-Emilion is a sleeper of the vintage. The wine exhibits a sweet blackberry/blueberry nose with striking minerality and purity. It is medium-bodied, long, rich, and structured. This 1999 will actually benefit from several years of cellaring. (RP)" (04/2002) 88-90 points Wine Spectator: "Good core of ripe fruit, with chocolate and berry and fine, velvety tannins. Full- to medium-bodied, with a medium finish. Web-Only 2000 (JS)" Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium red-ruby. Expressive aromas of currant, game, smoke, tobacco and roast coffee. Sweet and fresh, with moderate flesh and thickness and good vinosity. (ST)" (06/2002)

  • 1989 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac - 2 available ( $375.00)
    98 points James Suckling: "Freshly picked blackberries turn into minty dark chocolate and oozing caramel with domineering eucalyptus on the nose. It becomes yet more complex on the palate thanks to layers upon layers of spices and sage plus fat and rounded tannins. There's a long finish with a bitter aftertaste, suggesting this could do with another 10 years or more of bottle aging. This is a Mouton I found massive at the time, then elegant and slightly austere years later, but today true to its former glory. Like the amazing 1947, it should not be forgotten." (06/2016) 96 points Wine Spectator: "Shows so much ripe and decadent fruit on the nose, from dried berries and raisin to strawberry and sultana. There is a nutty, cedar undertone as well. Very complex and full-bodied, with lots of vanilla bean and ripe plum flavors. This is almost Burgundian in texture: so soft and so attractive, but then the Bordeaux tannins kick in at the end. What a wine. So much ahead in its life, but just coming around now. (JS, Web Only-2010)" 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted from magnum and presented by Baron Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, the 1989 Château Mouton-Rothschild might not reach the ethereal heights of the 1982 or 1986, but it is certainly a lovely Claret. It has an attractive, slightly leafy bouquet armed with cedar and pencil lead. There is less fruit concentration than I expected, resolutely classic, slightly austere Bordeaux. The palate follows suit. What it lacks in substance it compensates with in balance and personality. This is an understated Mouton-Rothschild that is probably at its peak, although I envisage this offering another two decades of pleasure. (NM)" (01/2017) Jancis Robinson: "Notably dark ruby with a blackish tinge. Dense, exotic cassis nose. Lots of ripe fruit but no obvious sweetness. Clearly a very fine, long-living wine. Attractive freshness on the finish. Very persistent. No hint of tiring or furry, indistinct fruit - unlike some 1989s. Complex classic claret. No hint of modernism. Attractive spicy note on the end. Very neat. 18.5/20 points (JR)" (08/2015)

  • 1995 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac - 1 available ( $449.00)
    95 points James Suckling: "This explodes on the nose with prunes, blackberries, mushrooms and fresh tobacco. Full body, ripe tannins and a juicy finish. Big and powerful. Still could do with a decade or more of aging." (10/2015) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in June, 1997, this profound Mouton is more accessible than the more muscular 1996. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 19% Merlot, it reveals an opaque purple color, and reluctant aromas of cassis, truffles, coffee, licorice, and spice. In the mouth, the wine is 'great stuff,' with superb density, a full-bodied personality, rich mid-palate, and a layered, profound finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. There is outstanding purity and high tannin, but my instincts suggest this wine is lower in acidity and slightly fleshier than the brawnier, bigger 1996. Both are great efforts from Mouton-Rothschild. (RP)" (02/1998) 95 points Vinous: "(72% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 9% cabernet franc; pH 3.68; IPT 64; 12.4% alcohol; 88% new oak; 95% selection for the grand vin): Very dark, fully saturated ruby to the rim. Deep, brooding, rich aromas of blackberry, violet, milk chocolate, black pepper, cedar and incense; sexy and captivating. Bright and focused on entry, then rich, very smooth and suave, with highly concentrated flavors of red berries, dark plum, cedar and graphite. The extremely long, juicy finish features lively acids, great balance and persistent notes of underbrush and minerals. The mounting tannins coat the palate dry and are still years away from resolving fully. Harvested from September 12 through 27, which suggests that the merlot was probably very ripe. According to Tourbier, "We included a bit more merlot than usual because we felt the cabernet sauvignon had particularly tough tannins in 1995 and we didn't want to risk making too tough or structured a wine. So we used the merlot to soften it up a bit." The estate was so happy with the quality of the wine (and the rather high 95% selection for the grand vin speaks volumes), said Tourbier, that they only made 15 barriques of the second wine Petit Mouton, which was launched with the 1993 vintage. A huge volume year, 1995 was characterized by very fine weather through most of the growth cycle but was marred by September rains. (ID)" (08/2011) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of ripe fruit and grilled meat follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a long caressing finish. Very beautiful wine. Mouton shows finesse yet richness in this vintage. (JS, Web-2007)" Jancis Robinson: "Deep garnet, ruby rim. Fine mineral nose and more reticent than the Margaux 1995 tasted alongside. Firm but paper-fine tannins that slide across the palate. The tannins are just perfect. Melt in the mouth but still giving shape. Starts to open up in the glass but retains that elegance and restraint which is so beguiling. Very long finish. 18.5/20 Points (JH)" (05/2011)

  • 1998 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac - 1 available ( $449.00)
    94 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (04/2002) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(86% cabernet sauvignon, 12% merlot and 2% cabernet franc; pH 3.82; IPT 76; 12.3% alcohol; a 57% selection): Very deep saturated ruby. Archetypical cabernet sauvignon-dominated nose offers fresh blackcurrant, lead pencil and flowers complicated by strong spice notes. Bright and juicy on entry, with very pure flavors of dark berries, underbrush and dried herbs, then slightly austere and linear in the middle palate. Finishes with a lingering saline nuance and very good length. A very refined and impeccably balanced Mouton, but I would have liked a little bit more concentration and opulence for an even higher score. This classic Mouton possesses relatively high acidity and a solid tannic structure; it offers early accessibility but should age effortlessly for another 15 or 20 years. In 1998, after a couple years of experimentation, Mouton began to de-leaf in a systematic fashion on both sides of the vine rows. Another vintage with a large crop, 1998 featured an unsettled September with rain falling during the cabernet sauvignon harvest (one of the reasons why 1998 is widely considered a Right Bank year.) (ID) 93+" (08/2011) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Claret Club Mouton-Rothschild dinner. The 1998 Mouton has a very deep garnet hue. The nose has good intensity and fine definition with blackberry, cassis, graphite and a touch of sous-bois. The palate is tight at first...a dense ball of Pauillac stubbornness are the exact words that I wrote. But it unwinds nicely: graphite and cedar interlacing the black fruit, almost brutal towards the finish that needs more persistency. This will been another 4-5 years in bottle. (NM)" (05/2011