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September 24, 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)

  • 2010 Trimbach Pinot Blanc ( $12.99)
    89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale green. This shows a little more auxerrois on the nose than the 2011, with delicate honey and spice notes mixed in with the green apple and beeswax. Shows similar flavors in the mouth but with a less obvious floral component than the 2011 and more structure. Lovely integrated acidity keeps the flavors fresh and clean. Beautiful pinot blanc, and one of the best from Trimbach in my memory." (12/2012) Wine Spectator: "Clean-cut and fresh, with a subtle salinity to the well-meshed flavors of green pear, lemon zest, almond and spice. Hard to stop sipping. Drink now." (10/2012)

  • 2010 Monbousquet, St-Emilion ( $51.99)
    95 points James Suckling: "Great nose of spices, dried herbs, chocolate and coffee. Very intense nose. Full-bodied, with fabulous tannins and finesse. This is layered and rich yet very harmonious. Best Monbusquet ever. Try after 2018." (06/2013) 95 points Wine Spectator: "A lush, modern, style, with hyperdrive on the blueberry, loganberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Nothing gets too heady though, as there's charcoal-studded grip, smoldering coffee grinds and roasted bay leaf notes all in the background for definition and further development with cellaring. Modern, yes, but firmly grounded in its terroir. Best from 2016 through 2035." (03/2013) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottle unfined and unfiltered, it exhibits notes of Christmas fruitcake, black raspberry, cedar wood and spice box and has a full-bodied, fleshy, succulent mouthfeel, sweet tannin and decent acidity along with the tell-tale purity that always seems to emerge from the Perse estates. This wine should drink beautifully for at least 12-15 or more years. The 2010 is a brilliant effort from this estate, which occupies 80 acres on the so-called 'wrong side' of the road dividing the appellation of St.-Emilion in two. Yields were a modest 33 hectoliters per hectare and the wine is a blend of 70% Merlot and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with some Cabernet Sauvignon." (02/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. High-toned aromas of dark berries, espresso and bitter chocolate. Superconcentrated but a bit youthfully gritty, with strong acidity keeping the chewy cassis, licorice, spicecake and bitter chocolate flavors under wraps today. Finishes with serious ripe tannins. This rather brooding wine will need at least a few years in bottle to express its personality." (08/2013)

  • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve Champagne ( $26.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "This balanced Champagne is ripe and juicy, with crème de cassis and Honeycrisp apple fruit flavors accented by details of honey, smoke and biscuit. A fresh and creamy aperitif. Drink now through 2018. (AN)" (11/2016) Connoisseurs Guide: "Fairly light in most every aspect and leaning in the direction of a Blanc de Blancs, this slender, crisply balanced bottling comes with scattered touches of minerals and chalk but is essentially reserved and restrained. It hits all of the right Champenoise marks without being emphatic in any, and it earns the nod for its refinement and well-polished style." (12/2014) Vinous: " Light yellow. Lemon zest, white pepper and a touch of mint on the nose. Dry and spicy, with a slightly rigid quality to its bitter citrus pith and quince flavors. On the tart side, with the white pepper note repeating on the nervy finish. (JR)" (01/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "One of the best-selling Champagnes in the world, this is a blend of the three main Champagne grapes. It is elegant and fruity, with a soft, balanced character that makes it very drinkable. White fruits are cut with lemon acidity that gives a lively, crisp aftertaste. (RV)" (12/2016)

  • 2008 Terre da Vino "Paesi Tuoi" Barolo ( $19.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Balanced, bright and dense, this powerful offering delivers a bold, masculine mouthfeel with flavors of dark fruit, spice and bitter chocolate. The finish is drying and astringent; drink after 2018." (09/2012)

  • 2012 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch ( $16.99)
    17 points Jancis Robinson: "Very sophisticated nose with a lovely delicate insistence - they have really eked out Mourvedre's sensitive side! It's absolutely in the mode of Provence. Very good, very accomplished. (RH)" K&L Notes: Following in the footsteps of the great rosés of Bandol, the Waterkloof's Circumstance Cape Coral rosé is made entirely from Mourvedre. From the winery: "The newly released Circumstance Cape Coral 2012 is a sophisticated rosé that is not overly fruity with a dry, yet firm character and delicate spicy nuances. Sensual red fruit, spice and some earthiness linger with great persistence, ending with a tight, dry finish, whilst the herbaceous flavours becoming more prominent as the wine ages. The hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed Mourvèdre grapes used for this luminous rosé, stem from the Stellenbosch region, characterised by mild winters and long hot summers, with the vines planted in cool, deep red soils which provide adequate water for this late ripening variety. Waterkloof follows time-honoured traditional winemaking techniques in its state-of-the-art gravitational cellar and in their pursuit of more individually styled wines, the team relied on natural, wild yeast fermentation which took five months to complete. The wine was left on the primary lees for another five months to add further complexity before bottling. Its fruity yet drier taste makes the Circumstance Cape Coral 2012 a versatile wine from a drinking and food pairing point of view. It is quintessentially the chosen accompaniment for seafood indulgences such as sushi, crayfish and crab and also stands up well to mild curries and spicy Thai cuisine."

  • 2006 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja ( $12.99)
    There is a wonderful element of whimsy and joy at this tiny, family bodega located in Laguardia. The elephant logo, the on site African art museum, as well as the name (there is no Señor de Lesmos, as it turns out) all speak to the family's joie de vivre and sense of humor. There is nothing funny about the quality of these wines, though. All estate fruit, hand-harvested, and carefully vinified with native yeasts, this is a hand sewn wine with the purity, texture, and elegance to prove it. Produced from 85% Tempranillo and 15% Mazuelo, the wine shows a rather Burgundian nose of cherries and plums, opening to reveal a hint of sandalwood that leads to a wonderful palate that opens with tangy cherry flavors that are persistent and presented on an elegantly textured frame. Terrific acidity and a lasting finish. One could not ask for much more in a classically styled Rioja Crianza.

  • Sherman & Hooker's Shebang! "Sixth Cuvée- Old Vine Cuvée" Red Blend ( $11.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "*Best Buys* Shebang! is the appealing project of Morgan Twain Peterson, son of the long-time Ravenswood winemaker Joel Peterson. His objective is to fashion innovative, old vine cuvees that satisfy the most demanding wine enthusiasts. [Distributer] Doug Polaner is his name, and high quality wines in all price ranges is his game. I have been tasting with Polaner over a number of years, and these notes represent his very finest value selections." (08/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Assertive aromas of candied dark fruits and violet, with a peppery topnote. Juicy and open-knit, offering plump blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that show a slight jamminess. An emphatically fruity blend with good finishing lift and gentle tannins. Morgan Twain-Peterson told me that some old-vine zinfandel from the Bedrock Vineyard wound up in here, adding that he made 7,500 cases of it this year." (06/2013) K&L Notes: Shebang is a project of Bedrock Wine Co.'s Morgan Twain-Peterson, who happens to be one of only 30 Masters of Wine in the United States and son of Ravenswood founder Joel Peterson. While Bedrock's focus is on small-lot, single-vineyard expressions, Shebang is an exuberantly juicy, multi-vintage red blend with a lot of pedigree as well. The Sixth Cuvée is designated as an Old Vine Cuvée for the first time, as 92% of the fruit was sourced from vines more than 90 years old. This includes some declassified fruit from the 100+ year old Bedrock vineyard in Sonoma Valley, as well as other particularly fine old vineyard discoveries. The blend of the Sixth Cuvée is 60% Zinfandel with a primary balance of Carignan, Alicante Bouchet, Syrah, and other assorted old vine, field blend grapes. The wine was fermented on native yeasts, aged in French oak (15% new), and entirely made with the same attention that is given to Bedrock's wines. Shebang has become very popular as a by-the-glass bistro wine, and imagine restaurant-goers delight when they discover that the whole bottle can be had for under $12!

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

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2010 Atalon Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ( $24.99)

  • 2009 Beaulieu Vineyards "Beaurouge" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $19.99)

  • 2010 Bridesmaid Napa Valley Red ( $38.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Proprietary Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. It possesses a deep plum/ruby color, a lush, medium-bodied mouthfeel, a nice texture, and an elegant, restrained, French-like style. Tasty, evolved and forward, it is best drunk over the next 5-7 years." (10/2013) K&L Notes: The Bridesmaid namesake is a reference to the wine's style: juicy, alluring, and available! The 2010 vintage is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon with 25% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot, and 4% of each Petit Verdot and Malbec. From the winery: "Dense color meets the eye and profuse berries and flowers greet the nose. Black cherry, currants, red rose petals and pipe tobacco all knit together for a big juicy mouthful of flavor. Oh so smooth finish with lots of length. All of this in a very seductive wine."

  • 2009 Cain "Concept" Napa Valley Red Wine ( $59.99)
    95 points James Suckling: " A generous, sexy wine with an abundance of subtle red fruits and mushrooms. Full body with soft, velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Umami character. The juiciness of a top Burgundy. This is made from mostly cabernet sauvignon and merlot from top vineyards on Rutherford Bench. Why wait? Drink now." (05/2014) K&L Notes: From the winery: "This wine is vinified and aged exactly like the Cain Five, but the core of our Cain Concept—The Benchland is Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the classical 'benchlands' that have defined the greatness of the Napa Valley for more than 100 years. Naturally, in the 'Cain Way,' we blend in the sister varieties to build complexity, to add nuance, to articulate the structure, and to draw the wine to a satisfying close."

  • 2010 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 10 available ( $64.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The elegance, finesse and purity of these wines are well evidenced by the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, this beauty boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as a stunning nose of acacia flowers, blueberries and raspberries. Medium to full-bodied with an ethereal elegance and lightness as well as beautiful texture, finesse and harmony, it reveals the Margaux-like side of southern Napa. Drink it over the next 15-20 years." (10/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(15.4% alcohol; from vines picked over a period of seven weeks; 80% cabernet sauvignon, 11% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot): Full, bright red-ruby color. Inviting aromas of plum, tobacco, truffle and damp earth. Broad, lush and sweet, offering seamless flavors of redcurrant, plum and tobacco. Finishes with plush tannins and enticing lingering sweetness. This makes for a very satisfying drink already." (06/2013)

  • 2010 Farm Collective Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $34.99)

  • 2009 Matthews Estate Columbia Valley Claret - 12 available ( $29.99)

  • 2009 Maybach Family "Amoenus" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $149.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus, which I previously tasted from barrel when it was a lot more open, has shut down completely (as a lot of 2009s seem to be doing). Full-bodied and rich, it reveals notes of damp earth, blackberries and creme de cassis as well as a distinctive terroir character. Although there are elevated tannins, they seem relatively sweet and not the least astringent. Nevertheless, this cuvee has gone into a firm, closed state and several years of bottle age is recommended. It should keep for 15-25 years. (RP) 94+" (10/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, dark ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and minerals. A very rocky style in the mouth, with distinctly black flavors of dark berries, violet and minerals. Less pliant and deep than the Materium but in a more powerful style, finishing with serious tannic spine and lingering violet perfume. A rather cool site that's open to afternoon breezes from the west. Well worth following. (ST)" (05/2012)

  • 2008 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ( $399.00)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Materium comes from a single block called the Weitz Vineyard at a 1,000-foot elevation on the eastern hillsides of Oakville. It would be hard to improve upon the virtually perfect 2007, but the 2008 is not far behind. Notes of graphite, blueberry, charcoal, spring flowers, and some background oak are followed by a dense, purple-colored wine with full-bodied power, great elegance, precision, and purity. This is again an extraordinary effort from Maybach. It should drink well for 20-25 years." (12/2010) 95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerful, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. Impressive for the sheer density of fruit, namely blackberries, cherries and chocolate, accented with buttery, caramelized new oak perfectly in keeping with the wines volume. The tannins are soft, sweet and intricate. Despite the richness, Theres a firm minerality that adds to the structure and grounds it. So opulently delicious, you could drink it now, and it should develop in the bottle over the next six years, at least." (11/2011) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, dense, tannic and chewy, but with a wealth of flavors and nuances, showing black licorice, graphite, blueberry, charcoal, currant and spice character. Full-bodied and very tight in a good way, as the flavors are slow to unravel. Best from 2013 through 2021." (08/2011) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from cobbly red soil on the top of the ridge line past Dalla Valle and Showket): Bright red-ruby. Cherry, tobacco and minerals on the nose, lifted by a floral quality that reminded me of cabernet sauvignon. Lush and sweet but also lively and perfumed, with a strong rose petal element and firm acidity enlivening the red fruit flavors. This captivating, juicy wine really saturates the mouth and lingers on the aftertaste. Winemaker Thomas Brown noted that it has the lowest pH ("3.6 at the most") of all the cabernets he makes for his various clients." (06/2011)

  • 2009 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml) - 1 available ( $99.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium from the Weitz Vineyard reveals lots of minerality along with sweet red and black currants, licorice, graphite and spring flowers. Deep and full-bodied, it is displaying a lot of tannin in addition to a reserved, backward, brooding style. Everything is there for super enjoyment and high quality, but patience is required. (95+) (RP)" (10/2013) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Highly aromatic nose combines red berries, game, menthol, tobacco, flowers and a whiff of juniper berry. Concentrated and fine-grained, with enticing floral lift to the red berry, tobacco and mint flavors. Finishes dense and impressively long, with lovely floral perfume. Very distinctive. I like the combination of definition, elegance and power here. Winemaker Thomas Brown noted that this wine, from a vineyard 1,000 feet above the valley floor in the eastern hills of Oakville, never has a pH higher than 3.5." (05/2012) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, with rich, snappy dried berry, currant, spice and tar flavors, ending with a cedary oak edge. Not as flamboyant as the 2008, but well-built and cellar-worthy. Best from 2013 through 2028." (10/2012)

  • 2010 Ramey "Annum" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $94.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The spectacular 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a multi-appellation blend revealing classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes of forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco, creme de cassis and vanillin, a dense, full-bodied mouthfeel and a long, heady finish. Consume it over the next 15-20 years. (RP)" (12/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Lively dark berry and cherry scents are complemented by licorice, fruitcake and vanilla, with a spicy nuance adding lift. Sweet, palate-coating blueberry and cherry liqueur flavors become more energetic with air and pick up a sexy floral nuance. Distinctly powerful yet lithe, with zesty spice and mineral notes adding bite to the long, subtly tannic finish. (ST)" (05/2014) 91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Picking a favorite from the Ramey Cabernet bunch is as usual no easy task and the choice is one that will be ultimately based on whether precision or an extra bit of depth is preferred. This one succeeds on the strength of its wonderfully incisive varietal fruit and its slightly more mannerly stance. It is structured and solid without being brawny, and it show lots of complexity now with more to come once it has aged. It would seem a shame if its cork were to be pulled before and fewer than six to eight years have passed." (08/2013) Wine Spectator: "Bordeaux-like and austere, presenting a mix of cedary oak and tobacco leaf. Firm, rich and full-bodied, this is slow to unravel, with a cling of oak, ending with drying tannins. Best from 2014 through 2024. 215 cases made. (Web Only2013)"

  • 2010 Ramey "Pedregal" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $169.99)
    98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " As usual, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is a fabulous effort. The debut vintage of this cuvee was 2004, which is still quite young (I recently rated it 95). From the Oakville appellation, it is aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels, but sadly, only about 260 cases are made. The 2010 boasts beautiful notes of fruitcake, espresso roast, chocolate and black currants in its complex, full-bodied, concentrated, multi-dimensional personality. There is a huge up-side to this beauty as the tannins have not yet fully resolved. Give it another few years of bottle age and drink it over the following two decades or more. (RP)" (12/2013) 96 points Vinous: "Iron, graphite and a host of ferrous notes open up in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard. This is a distinctly savory, mineral-driven Cabernet long on intensity, power and depth. The most virile of the 2010 Ramey Cabernets, the 2010 is going to require a measure of patience. On this day, the 2010 Pedregal is a bit less expressive than it has been in the past. David Ramey elected to blend in 15% Petit Verdot, which is on the high side, and may explain the wine's reticence at this stage of the wine's development. (AG) 96+" (02/2014) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Pungent black and blue fruit aromas show an exotic peaty quality and suggestions of incense, violet and Indian spices. Deeply pitched cassis and blueberry flavors are braced by juicy acidity and pick up a suave floral pastille nuance with aeration. The spice and blue fruit notes dominate the finish, which is firmed by youthful but harmonious tannins. While I have no doubt that this wine is built to age it's pretty showy already. (ST)" (05/2014) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Bold and expressive, featuring loads of deep flavors, with a fine measure of restraint and balance. The core flavors are keyed into dried dark and red berry, cedary oak, crushed rock and loamy earth, ending on the dry side. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JL)" (11/2013) 92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Big and burly as Ramey's red wines are wont to be, and pushed just a bit more by obvious ripeness than the winery's Annum bottling, this very deep, very dense, very rich offering is a mouthfilling, full-bodied wine that shows little in the way of restraint. Happily, its generously extracted, cassis-like fruit is free of any chocolaty distractions, and its accompanying notes of forest floor, cola and loam are the hallmarks of good Cabernet. It may be a little less poised and precise than its mate, but it is the slightly deeper wine of the two, and it is set to age famously for decade or more. *Two Stars*" (08/2013)

  • 2009 Renteria Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $31.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Smooth, dry and tannic, but a little thin, this is not one for the cellar. Shows some nice blackberry, black currant and oak flavors, with marked Napa elegance and balance. Drink up." (08/2013)

  • 2011 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon .375ml ( $9.99)

  • 2008 Speratus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $34.99)
    Wine Club Price: $24.99.

    A blend from multiple appellations, including Spring Mountain and Stags Leap. From the winery's notes: "Deep black cherry with purple on the rim. On the nose: Vanilla, white pepper, cinnamon, blackcurrant, dark chocolate, clay, lavender, violet and touches of clove. On the palate: Velvety entrance turning on some blueberry candy, blackcurrant, strawberries, prunes lingering on soft tannins and cherry liqueur."

  • 2008 Steinbeck Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon ( $39.99)
    From the winery: "Pomegranate and violets on the nose frame our Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich black cherries, pink peppercorns and a hint of cola follow to round out the mouth. The tannins are evident but silky and velvety at the finish."

  • 2010 Tower 15 "The Swell" Paso Robles Bordeaux Blend - 10 available ( $19.99)
    A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Consulting winemaker Kenneth Juhasz says: "The Swell has this incredible complexity. We like to call it a "California twist" on a Bordeaux blend because the Petit Verdot really kicks this wine into high gear. It's delicious for summertime grilling."

  • 2010 Vineyard 7 & 8 "Vineyard 7" Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $69.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 7 offers up freshly cut flowers, mint, licorice, spices and violet. The 7 is more laid back than the Estate, with less underlying structure but more near-term appeal. Graphite, violets, dark cherries and menthol are some of the many notes that flesh out in a Cabernet Sauvignon that is relatively approachable for the year. Hints of smoke, licorice and incense flow through to the detailed, nuanced finish. This is a great showing. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028." (12/2012) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Musky blackberry and a hint of dried plum on the nose. Plump in the middle, offering herb and spice nuances to the black fruit and plum flavors. A tad green on the finish, with dusty tannins drying the teeth. Not my favorite style of cabernet." (06/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "This is an interesting Cabernet from a difficult vintage. Although the wine has some black currant and cassis flavors, they're scattered and diluted with herbal, tobacco notes, and those Spring Mountain tannins are as strong as ever. Hard to see it improving with age." (10/2013) K&L Notes: The winemaker for this project is Luc Mortlet. From the winery's note: "The 2010 '7' Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a few select private growers on Spring Mountain, as well as younger Estate fruit. This wine displays a complex bouquet of red cherry, cocoa, and framboise, intermixed with hints of tobacco, cocoa and graphite. A beautiful mid-palate rounds out a fleshy and concentrated wine, followed by youthful, fine-grained silky tannins. This fantastic wine is already approachable now and will age beautifully over the next decade and more."

  • 2009 White Rock Napa Valley Claret ( $34.99)
    White Rock's a 3,000-case winery in the Napa Valley, with roots going back to the 70s...Both of the most recent 70s, that is: "In 1977, we set out to revive White Rock Vineyards where a vineyard and winery had been established in 1870 by Dr. J Pettingill. The original stone winery still stands after being converted into a residence in the 1920's. Today our wines are made in an underground cave, dug in 1988 from the same white volcanic rock that characterizes our vineyards." (The winery) The claret is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

  • 2009 Wolf Family "Estate" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ( $79.99)

  • 2008 Columbia Crest "Reserve" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $40) ( $29.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Chewy with tannin, but bursting with fresh currant and plum, sneaking in hints of mint and black tea as the finish lingers. A graceful wine that has miles to go. Best from 2013 through 2018." (05/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Columbia Crest's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve displays more dark berry sap than the corresponding 2009 and while a bit sweet-sour (a more serious issue in 2007), it offers a less awkward integration of its obvious new oak. Its tannins are grainy but not obtrusive and there is an attractive underlying bittersweetness of nuts and herbs. Above all, there is vigor to the finish for all of the sweetness of fruit and caramelized wood. Enjoy it over the next year or two." (03/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red-ruby. Youthfully stunted aromas of dark fruits, mocha, cola, menthol and nutty oak. Then surprisingly supple following the nose, showing good density and depth to the flavors of currant, black cherry and menthol complicated by chocolatey oak. Little in the way of easy sweetness here. Finishes with serious, dusty, building, oak-influenced tannins: will they be absorbed? 88(+?)? points" (10/2011) K&L Notes: Made from the top 10% of the fruit harvested from Columbia Crest's best vineyard sites, the 2008 Reserve Cabernet, which blends in 14% Merlot is a classic Washington Cab. Floral nuances on the nose give way to licorice and brown spice-scented fruit. The wine is generous on the palate, with cherry and raspberry mocha flavors, more spice and medium-grained tannins that linger on the vanilla finish.

  • 2009 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ( $175.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium from the Weitz Vineyard reveals lots of minerality along with sweet red and black currants, licorice, graphite and spring flowers. Deep and full-bodied, it is displaying a lot of tannin in addition to a reserved, backward, brooding style. Everything is there for super enjoyment and high quality, but patience is required. (RP) 95+" (10/2013) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Highly aromatic nose combines red berries, game, menthol, tobacco, flowers and a whiff of juniper berry. Concentrated and fine-grained, with enticing floral lift to the red berry, tobacco and mint flavors. Finishes dense and impressively long, with lovely floral perfume. Very distinctive. I like the combination of definition, elegance and power here. Winemaker Thomas Brown noted that this wine, from a vineyard 1,000 feet above the valley floor in the eastern hills of Oakville, never has a pH higher than 3.5. (ST)" (05/2012)

  • 2008 Rivers-Marie Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ( $74.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Enticingly smooth, rich and layered, delivering a classy, well-proportioned mix of mineral, currant, blackberry and cedar. Full-bodied and focused, ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2021. (JL)" (11/2011) K&L Notes: Thomas Rivers Brown was the 2010 Food and Wine Magazine Winemaker of the Year. Notes from the producer: "The 2008 Rivers-Marie Cab is, in its early stages, driven by texture. Less opaque in the glass than the '07, the '08 begins with aromas of fully ripe raspberry and blueberry and is followed shortly with notes of sandalwood and pencil shavings. With air, the red-blue fruit notes dominate the nose. On the palate, the wine possesses a weighty entry and is already generous and expansive. This broadness is what we've come to like so much about the vintage. The mid-palate tannin sweetness is the real payoff before a textured finish of cocoa and graphite. Ultimately, this wine is really about the typicity of Cabernet."

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Beaulieu Vineyard "Rutherford House" Napa Valley Red - 2 available ( $19.99)

  • 2005 Delgadillo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ( $79.99)
    Delgadillo Cellars, founded by winemaker Ignacio Delgadillo, Sr. and his son, Ignacio Delgadillo Jr., releases their wine only after three years of bottle age, following a lengthy stay in barrel. Hence, this 2005 is a recent release. Ignacio Delgadillo, Sr. became cellar master at Freemark Abbey "during the days when Freemark produced one of the top Cabernet Sauvignon releases in the Napa Valley." They farm a small vineyard in the northwest part of the Napa Valley along Mill Creek.

  • 2004 Paul Hobbs "Hyde Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ( $99.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Paul Hobbs is one of the few producers to fashion brilliant Cabernets from Carneros, and his 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard (150 cases) possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a refreshing, elegant nose of black raspberries, black cherries, mint, and tobacco leaf. Beautifully rich, medium to full-bodied, stylish, and elegant, it represents a gorgeous expression of cool climate viticulture and impeccable winemaking. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (From 12/06 review, RP)" (12/2008) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Fresh cherry, redcurrant, iron and raw meat aromas, with a dusting of dried flowers. Zesty red berry and cherry pit flavors display impressive energy and cut; there's a spicy tone to the bright, long finish. I'd sit on this for a few years. (ST)" (06/2007) Wine Spectator: "Ripe plum and wild berry fruit is plush and opulent, with aromas of dark berry fruit that are supple and elegant on the palate, ending with smooth tannins. The best of four bottles tasted." (11/2007) K&L Notes: According to Robert Parker: "Paul Hobbs is one of the most brilliant consultants working in California, and he is well-placed in Argentina with a number of projects there as well. His empire is in the Russian River, and it continues to expand, with a bevy of artisinal hand-made Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, and more recently, Syrahs. These are full-throttle wines that merit serious attention...In addition to the great success he enjoys with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, Hobbs also hits all the high notes with his Cabernet Sauvignons. There are five offerings, starting with his Napa bottling, one of the better generic efforts in the marketplace." (12/2008)

  • 2007 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ( $499.00)
    98 points James Suckling: "A very opulent, yet fresh nose. Perfumed with fresh mushrooms, currants, and blackberries. Full bodied with an amazing density of fruit, and ripe velvety tannins. So big and compacted, with a superb structure. Very 2006 in style but with much more intensity. The fruit amazing and intense." (04/2011) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beautiful aromas of blueberry liqueur, blackberries, camphor, incense and acacia flowers is followed by a well-textured, full-bodied, stunningly opulent, voluptuous wine with plenty of structure lurking beneath the surface. Super-pure and intense, it is the strongest wine produced by Bryant over the last 4-5 years. It needs 3-4 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades. 97+ Points (RP)" (12/2010) 97 points Wine Spectator: "*** Collectibles *** At points rustic and rough-hewn, but also enormously complex and layered, with dense, elegant herb, olive, cedar, blackberry and wild berry fruit that is full-blown and tightly focused, rich and layered, gaining velocity on the finish while retaining a sense of wildness. Best from 2012 through 2024. (JL)" (10/2010) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Healthy ruby-red. Wild plum, dark berries, musky espresso, mocha and graphite on the varietally expressive nose. Shows wonderful mineral verve but this utterly seamless wine still conveys a musky suggestion of reduction. It's also more red than black fruit in style and shows its site more than the vintage character. Really lovely inner-mouth aromatic perfume here. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and lovely slowly building lift. This wine blew away many of the portier, clunkier examples in my 2007 group tastings but it may need earlier drinking than some vintages of Bryant. The silky, seamless finish features a light touch and terrific spice and mocha lift. (ST)" (05/2017) K&L Notes: Bryant Family is one of the premier collectors' dream Cabernets in California. Serious wine here--David Abreu is their vineyard manager and Michel Rolland is the consulting enologist. Always highly rated and sought after, the Bryant Cab is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate vineyard "Pritchard Hill" which looks out over Lake Hennessey.

  • 2006 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $349.99)
    95 points James Suckling: "Very perfumed with spices, blackberries and currants, hints of mushrooms develop with time in the glass. Full and silky, with ripe juicy tannins and wonderful fruit. Hints of vanilla bean and dark chocolate on the finish." (04/2011) 95 points Wine Spectator: "A true star of the vintage, capturing the essence of great Cabernet, with an array of rich, fine-tuned dark berry, earth, mineral, graphite and tobacco leaf notes. The sum of the parts is what makes this shine. No sign of fatigue, though now is an ideal time to enjoy this. Yum. (JL, Web Only-2016)" 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A very strong effort, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a sweet perfume of blue and black fruits intermixed with hints of toasty oak, graphite, truffles, and forest floor. Full-bodied, rich, and concentrated with remarkably silky tannins for a 2006, it will benefit from 3-4 more years of cellaring, and should keep for 20-25 years. (RP) 94+" (12/2009) 93 points Vinous: "Bright, dark ruby. Superripe aromas of raspberry compote and graphite minerality are complicated by a touch of herbs. In a rather muscular, backward style and a bit tough to taste today. Displays the slightly earthy, autumnal qualites often found in the '96s but also possesses very good bite. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins. Much less opulent than the 2007. Bettina Bryant noted that this wine was a bit rustic in its youth, and it still needs further aging. (ST) 93+" (05/2017) K&L Notes: Bryant Family is one of the premier collectible Cabernets in California. Serious wine here -- David Abreu is their vineyard manager and Michel Rolland is their consulting enologist. Always highly rated and sought after, the Bryant Cab is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate vineyard on Pritchard Hill, which looks out over Lake Hennessey.

  • 1988 Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 1 available ( $44.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Tight, with firm tannins, and more fruit and flesh than most '88s; the currant, black cherry and plum flavors are well defined. Turns simple on the finish, where the flavors lose velocity.--1988 California Cabernet retrospective." (11/1998)

  • 2006 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) ( $189.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is big, dark and juicy. There is an element of wildness that runs through the wine. Graphite, licorice, tar and smoke are just some of the nuances that add complexity. The 2006 boasts superb purity from start to finish. Elements of fleshiness give the impression the 2006 might drink well relatively early, until the massive tannins set in. Floral notes add freshness on the finish. This is another fabulous wine from Randy Dunn. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036." (12/2011) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright full medium ruby. Expressive nose offers cassis, blackberry, black raspberry and leather scents lifted by a minty nuance. Lush and fine-grained but with a firm edge of acidity and menthol and minty nuances energizing the rich dark berry flavors. Finishes with civilized tannins but still needs a few years to harmonize its acidity. Like the Napa Valley bottling, this is suppler than many past releases of this wine." (06/2010)

  • 2005 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ( $164.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Named after the super-luxury car of the same name, the extraordinary 2005 Materium (614 cases) has more in common with a first-growth like Chateau Margaux than a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with a striking bouquet of blue and black fruits intermingled with acacia flowers, lead pencil shavings, and licorice, excellent fruit, medium to full body, substantial but sweet tannins, and compelling harmony among its acidity, alcohol, tannin, and extract. This sensational 2005 eclipses even the brilliant 2004. It should easily last 25 or more years. (RP)" (12/2008) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Lovely perfume to the slightly exotic aromas of smoky raspberry, plum and spices. Sweet, dense, chewy and broad, but with firm acidity giving shape and aromatic lift to the berry, spice and floral flavors. Winemaker Thomas Brown noted that it was necessary to let the fruit hang for a long time to get thorough ripeness, even at the risk of picking a few raisins. And yet this retains a juicy quality and displays lovely lingering perfume. (ST)" (06/2008)

  • 2007 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ( $350.00)
    99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The prodigious 2007 Materium exhibits an even more opaque purple color, and ratchets up the level of intensity and aromatic complexity. Blackberry, black raspberry, blueberry, and cassis aromas intermixed with notes of crushed rocks, spring flowers, and toasty new oak are found in this beauty. Outstanding intensity along with full-bodied power and beautifully integrated acids, tannins, alcohol, and wood suggest this 2007 should hit its peak in 5-7 years, and evolve for three decades or more. (RP)" (12/2009) 98 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 of 2010, Highly Recommended* A riveting wine, notably rich and sophisticated, with layers of plush yet firm mocha, blackberry, plum and wild berry flavors that are full-blown. A dash of lavender and mineral, with floral scents, give this great depth, persistence and range of flavor, followed by a grand finish. (JL)" (10/2010) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby. Sweet, ripe aromas of dark berries, graphite and flowers. Creamy and lush, with an almost confectionery sweetness leavened by exotic floral lift and perfectly integrated acidity. This wine, which comes from a vineyard above Dalla Valle and Showket in the eastern hills of Oakville, has a relatively low 3.5 pH and was harvested in mid-October. Sexy soil tones add complexity. Finishes with broad tannins, excellent grip and length, and lingering sweetness. This is seamless in the way of many 2007s but not at all heavy. (ST)" (05/2010)

  • 2002 Neal Family "Fifteen Forty" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $64.99)
    Wine Spectator: "A big, ripe, expressive style that delivers a wide range of spicy currant, blackberry and cedary mocha-laced oak, finishing with a dry edge to the tannins. (Web Only- 2005)" K&L Notes: From the winery: "April 29, 2005 - Just a few miles north of the winery is my Fifteen Forty Vineyard on the east-facing flank of Howell Mountain. The vineyard is beautifully terraced at an elevation of 1365 feet, just below the Howell Mountain appellation. Howell Mountain flavors and quality similar to those found in our Estate bottling with a very firm structure but approachable tannins for this hillside location. Mature aromas of integrated oak, fruit and spice come from an intensely dark colored Cabernet. This wine is full of rich, ripe fruit flavors, age-worthy yet elegant mountain tannins and a long fruit forward finish. This vineyard was converted to organic management in 2005."

  • 2003 Neal Family "Fifteen Forty" Napa Valley Petite Sirah - 1 available ( $59.99)

  • 2002 Neal Family "Howell Mountain Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $64.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Supple and harmonious, with a rich array of currant, blackberry and cassis flavors flanked by coconut and spicy, exotic wood flavors. Intense and concentrated, it coats the palate and finishes with a strong burst of flavors." (11/2005) K&L Notes: From the winery: "April 29, 2005 - This mountain property is the home for my family and the winery, located 1800 feet above sea level. The vines here have been farmed organically since 1998. A beautiful, fragrant nose that is signature Howell Mountain includes cherry and cassis. In the mouth there are multiple layers of black fruit, berries and spice. A big wine with firm tannin, refreshing quality and a long lingering finish."

  • 2002 Neal Family "One Lane Bridge" Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $49.99)
    Wine Spectator: "A ripe, rich, exotic style with lots of smoky, meaty aromas along with a brown-sugar glaze edge. There's also a mix of intense currant and black cherry fruit that's rich and concentrated, gaining complexity and nuance on the finish." K&L Notes: From the winery: "April 29, 2005 - West of the city of Napa as you climb into the Mt. Veeder district. Here the vines cover a southwest slope at 515 feet and the vineyard is farmed organically. Like the others, this wine is very dark purple in color. Fragrant dark fruits and complex aroma in the nose. Blueberries, mint and tobacco spice on the palate contribute to the most approachable and elegant tannin profile in the set. The Mt. Veeder fruit expresses itself as a unique profile of flavor."

  • 2003 Neal Family "Rutherford Dust" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ( $39.99)

  • 2001 Neal Family "Second Chance Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ( $99.99)
    The Second Chance Vineyard is on Napa Valley's Atlas Peak, and this 2001 bottling is the winery's second vineyard-designated offering from the site. Most of the fruit from the vineyard actually goes into the winery's Napa Valley bottling, which recieved 91 points from Wine Spectator, but the best barrels were reserved for this. Aromas of black cherry cola, milk chocolate and vanilla. In the mouth, those same characteristics come through with precision, framed by firm tannins that will soften with air or age.

  • 2001 Neal Family Vineyards "Howell Mountain Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ( $149.99)
    Even better out of magnum! A selection exclusively from the Neal Family estate vineyards on Howell Mountain, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was barrel aged for eighteen months in 100% new French oak. Concentrated and tannic in youth, this '01 has enjoyed over a decade of bottle age and should settling nicely into its prime drinking window. Release notes from Neal Family: "This is the second offering from our home and winery estate: approximately 10 acres of organically farmed vines at 1750 feet elevation. In 2001, we increased the production yet only bottled 85 cases. As the vineyard matures, we are able to capture the expressive Howell Mountain character of Cabernet Sauvignon without having excessively rough tannins. Another fine example of mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, this distinctive wine is well balanced and full of great character. Intriguing aromas of vanilla and integrated oak as well as spice and black fruit make this a very captivating wine. Coffee, cassis, black cherry and cocoa flavors create a delightful complexity that will be further enhanced with bottle age. Firm mountain tannins wrap the entire palate and provide great balance to the mouthfeel and finish."

  • 1998 Neal Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $49.99)

  • 2003 Neal Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ( $39.99)
    From the winery: "Strikingly deep and dark ruby in color. An intoxicating mixture of cherries, black cassis, sweet oak, violet and cigar box spice rises from the glass. Layers of ripe Bing cherries, raspberries and semi-sweet cocoa dominate the mid-palate giving this wine a nice backbone and plenty of structure. The fruit is present with firm tannin and a nice acidity provides a beautiful balance. Brown sugar and a crème brulée induced finish that lingers for more than 30 seconds. Not a flamboyant, in your face type of wine, but rather an elegant, restrained and seductive style to lure you in. The 2003 will reward you handsomely after cellaring for some additional time or if decanted when young."

  • 2001 Neal Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ( $69.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, intense and concentrated, with a rich, well-defined, focused core of earthy currant, leather, cedar, anise and blackberry fruit. Firmly tannic, with a long, rich, detailed aftertaste and hints of nutmeg and sage, this is an impressive wine from start to finish. Best from 2005 through 2012" (09/2004)

  • 2002 Neal Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ( $49.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, rich and polished, with concentrated layers of currant, mocha, vanilla and plum-laced fruit, supported by firm, ripe tannins, even showing a touch of leather on the finish." (05/2005) Connoisseurs Guide: "*One star* Although hard-charging ripeness is an omnipresent factor here, this bottling has the requisite fruit to succeed where many of its kin come up short. Fairly full-bodied and decidedly fleshy in feel, it is measured in tannin and keeps its heat nicely hidden for a wine of its temperment. Classic Cabernet complexity is simply not what it is about, but those seeking a very rich and outgoing wine will find lots to like." (04/2005)

  • 1999 Neal Vineyards Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $69.99)

  • 2004 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $149.99)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle aromas of ripe currant, black cherry and plum are rich and riveting on the palate, coating the mouth with tiers of flavor. Sleek and polished, with hints of anise and mocha, this finishes with a long, focused, lingering aftertaste. Best from 2009 through 2018. 304 cases made." (11/2007) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a superb St. Helena site, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is a 330-case cuvee of nearly 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Boasting a dense ruby/purple color along with notes of graphite, crushed rocks, white flowers, and black currants, its plush, Pomerol-like style reveals low acidity as well as heady, concentrated, powerful flavors that linger on the palate. There are no hard edges to this 2004, which offers immediate gratification, but promises to age for 12-15 or more years." (12/2006) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Strong floral notes accent spicy blackberry and boysenberry on the nose, with an exotic note of cigar box. Restrained dark berry flavors are framed by soft, fine-grained tannins and joined by gentle spice and floral pastille tones that extend through the finish. Impressive for its balance and elegance; I suspect this will repay at least a decade of cellaring." (05/2007)

  • 2003 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $149.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a St. Helena vineyard, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Crane Vineyard (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) boasts tremendous fruit and ripeness along with hints of graphite, espresso roast, blackberries, creme de cassis, and spice. This rich, concentrated, prodigious effort should be enjoyed between 2008-2020+." (12/2005) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Cassis, chocolate, licorice and a floral topnote on the nose; shows an almost roasted ripeness. Highly concentrated, silky and supersweet, with the chocolate and loam flavors that characterize cabernet from this gravelly soil in a warm site. Chunky, substantial wine, finishing with big but fairly fine tannins." (06/2006) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Racy blackberry and wild berry flavors teeter on overripe, but the wine stays in balance, turning elegant, supple and graceful on the finish. Not in the same class as Hobbs' 2002s, yet successful nonetheless, achieving an appropriate balance." (10/2006)

  • 2005 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard" St. Helena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $179.99)
    97 points Wine Spectator: "Amazingly complex, with great structure, depth, richness and concentration. A young and powerful expression of Cabernet, with tiers of dried currant, wild berry, fresh earth and toasty, smoky oak, ending with a long, persistent finish." (10/2008) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the back streets of St. Helena, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard exhibits earthy, graphite, and scorched rock-like aromas (the latter nuance reminiscent of top-notch Bordeaux Graves) as well as dense, full-bodied creme de cassis and floral notes. An impressive effort, it reminds me of a cross between a great Pomerol and a Graves. With a sumptuous texture as well as a full-bodied, long finish, this beauty should drink well for two decades." (12/2007) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dense ruby-red. Powerfully scented, smoky nose of cherry, tobacco and incense. Deeply concentrated, chewy cherry and cassis flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and complicated by bitter chocolate and licorice. Sweet oak spice builds with air and carries through the finish. A serious, ageworthy cabernet that will require patience." (05/2008)

  • 2005 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer To-Kalon" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $199.99)
    97 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Three Stars* This stunning effort stands as our favorite of the remarkable lot of new 2005s from Paul Hobbs, and its seductive sensations of deep, optimally ripened curranty fruit and sweet-scented earth speak to the vinous virtues that make classic Napa Valley Cabernet unique in the world, and its generous dollop of lovely oak completes a near-perfect picture. Big, balanced and already showing a sense of polish that is uncommon in a wine of its age, it will tempt early drinking, but should be set aside for no less than six to ten years." (12/2008) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "If the Dr. Crane Vineyard is La Mission Haut-Brion, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a classic first-growth and, for Napa, a Pauillac-like offering. It has a dense purple color and is as youthful as the Dr. Crane, but exhibiting less minerality, with more classic crème de cassis, wild mountain berry fruit, and hints of tobacco and spring flowers as well as licorice. As often is the case, every nook and cranny of the palate seems to be filled with wondrous flavors of red and black fruits and spices in a silky, full-bodied, opulent style. This is a beauty, still young, with as much upside as the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane. Nevertheless, this is a slightly bigger wine, even though the alcohol level is about the same as the Dr. Crane (15.3%). This beauty is approachable, but another five years will reward with even greater pleasure, and 20-25 years of cellaring is well within its potential. (RP)" (06/2015) 95 points Wine Spectator: "This has wonderful purity of fruit. Rich, ripe, intense and elegant, with layers of spicy currant, wild berry, black cherry, anise and hazelnut shadings. Gains depth and length on the finish, which sails on. (JL)" (10/2008) 92 points Vinous: "Dark red. Classy, reserved aromas of redcurrant, roast coffee, cocoa powder and flowers. Suave and fine-grained on the palate, showing a penetrating quality but no hardness to its berry, licorice, spice and mineral flavors. Much sweeter on the very long finish, closing with a wall of fruit and noble tannins. The class of the site really comes through here. (ST)" (05/2016) Jancis Robinson: "Extremely luscious and flattering. Hand-made, as though the hands were beautifully manicured. Toasty, leathery nose. Round and sweet and full - very glossy and paradigmatic of Napa Cab. All Cab. Really quite refined and very well balanced. 17.5/20 points (JR)" (11/2009)

  • 2004 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer To-Kalon" Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $199.99)
    99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Hobbs was one of the first to recognize the brilliance of Oakvilles Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard, and he has produced several wines that were either perfect, or pushing perfection. This 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard reveals that haunting, almost indescribable bouquet of red and black fruits, spring flowers, and subtle hint of lead pencil shavings that aromatically blows away the taster. If one could have a 100-point bouquet, this is it. Moreover, the flavors dont let the taster down. Nearly as powerful and rich as the 2002, this full-bodied 2004 is a glorious, classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that has been flawlessly vinified. The enormity of the mid-palate, texture and skyscraper-like mouthfeel with no heaviness result in a prodigious effort that is one of the top four or five wines of the vintage. This spectacular wine can be drunk now or cellared for another two decades. (RP)" (04/2014) 94 points Wine Spectator: "This pushes ripeness to the edge, yet it's balanced, with spicy currant, cedary oak and hints of anise and cassis that are complex and deep without being heavy. The tannins are ripe and polished. Best from 2008 through 2015." (10/2007) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Powerful dark berry aromas are complicated by cured tobacco, licorice, cedar and incense. Very sweet but poised, with expressive red and dark berry flavors supported by gentle acidity and framed by silky tannins. Gains weight with air, finishing lush and chewy, with outstanding length. As I went back to this it seemed to grow fresher." (06/2007)

  • 1999 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $149.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, ripe and seductive, with wonderful purity of fruit centered around ripe plum, black cherry, blackberry and currant. Gains points for its supple texture, elegance and nuance, with a long, measured aftertaste that picks up anise and mineral flavors. Tannins are ripe and very well-integrated, with some heat on the finish. (JL)" (11/2002) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard is profound and complex. It boasts cedar, black currant, and toast characteristics as well as great richness, full body, superb purity, layers of fruit, and high tannin. There are 312 cases of this superb 1999. However, patience will be required. (RP)" (08/2002) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Brooding aromas of cassis, violet and bitter chocolate. Sweet but tightly wound, with a flavor of crystallized dark berries framed by juicy acidity. Finishes with very fine, noble tannins and enticing lingering sweetness." (06/2006)

  • 2005 Paul Hobbs "Hyde Vineyard" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $109.99)
    93 points Robert Parker: "There may not be a better Carneros Cabernet than Hobbs’ 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard. This beauty boasts a dense ruby/purple color, refreshing, sweet aromas of subtle menthol, black cherries, and black currants, full-bodied power, elegance, cool climate acids, and a long, layered finish. Enjoy it over the next 15 years." (12/07) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Vibrant, intensely spicy bouquet of red- and blackcurrant, candied cherry, black cardamom and anise. Lively, sharply focused dark berry flavors are firmed by juicy acidity, which carries into the finish. Closes with impressive lift and cut, repeating the anise quality. Really energetic stuff." (May/June '08) 92 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, supple yet dense and savory style, with herb- and sage-laced currant, loamy earth, anise, tea and cedary oak flavors that are intense and wrapped in firm tannins. Drink now through 2014. 191 cases made." (10/08)

  • 2004 Paul Hobbs "Stagecoach Vineyard" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $159.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A cuvee needing some bottle age is the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard. This broodingly backward, deep ruby/purple-hued effort gives up scents of crushed rocks, smoky oak, blackberries, and cassis. Powerful and rich with exceptional concentration and structure... (RP)" (12/2006) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Big, rich and potent, yet gracefully balanced, with a tasty core of vivid blackberry and wild berry flavors, accented by shades of fresh earth. Picks up rich black licorice, subtle spice and road tar details on the long and lingering finish. (JL, Web-2014)" 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Lush, candied blackberry and boysenberry aromas, with a suggestion of dark chocolate. Creamy in texture and packed with sweet berry and cassis flavors and an exotic fruitcake quality. Takes on a ripe, tarry note on the gently tannic finish, which shows very good grip and length. (ST)" (06/2007)

  • 2003 Paul Hobbs "Stagecoach Vineyard" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $169.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From an Oakville hillside vineyard, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard possesses a dense purple color, a scorched earth/broodingly backward, volcanic style, and extraordinary concentration as well as richness. A tightly-knit personality and a tannic structure suggest patience will be required. (RP)" (12/2005) 93 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Two Stars* Unstinting ripeness is matched step for step here by voluminous fruit and a wealth of wonderfully rich oak, but the wine is far more than a simple exercise in excess, and its focus is fixed on precise Cabernet fruit from beginning to end. It is uncommonly well balanced for a wine of its richness and immense size, and its claimed 15.2% alcohol goes largely unnoticed in the face of its riveting extract. There is simply so much to this wine that it is wholly fascinating now, but it is very much a youngster at heart and will age famously for many years." (08/2008) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Tight aromas of black cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, iron and minerals. Suave and lush if not hugely concentrated, but this conveys an impression of refinement and offers very good life in the mouth. The tannins hit the palate later, offering the flavors a chance to expand. (ST)" (05/2006) 91 points Wine Spectator: "This wine grows and grows on you. Elegant and stylish, with a mix of vivid blackberry and black cherry fruit and a light touch of creamy oak and lavender. The intensity builds, revealing extra facets of depth and concentration, with firm tannins and hints of mineral and herb. (JL)" (10/2006)

  • 2005 Seven Stones Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $139.99)
    99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This vineyard, high above the Meadowood Resort, has produced a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months. The label says 14.9% natural alcohol. Having once visited the proprietors, the Wornicks, it is well worth the effort to get an invitation to their property, given the extraordinary sculpture that one confronts on the high steep hillside road leading to the residence. This wine blew me away in the tasting, and again, it is another of the absolutely compelling, great, great wines of this vintage." (05/2015) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and expressive, with ripe, potent, concentrated tiers of spicy currant, fresh earth, mineral, sage and dried berry flavors that are tight, focused and concentrated, ending with a long, persistent finish." (06/2008)

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2012 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Gris (375ml) ( $8.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Quite tart when it hits the lips, this is nonetheless a dense, flavorful Pinot Gris, tasting of grapefruit, sour orange, apple and green banana. It shows lots of juice and powers through the mid-palate into a fruit-driven finish." (12/2013) 89 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and lively, with juicy pear, apple and spice flavors set on a light frame, remaining tangy through the finish. Drink now." (12/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " Production of Adelsheims 2012 Pinot Gris dropped by nearly 40% vis-a-vis its 2011 predecessor on account not just of lower yields due to a small set, but also of having jettisoned a major grape contract. Honeydew and apple inflected by rind and pit piquancy offer a juicy and refreshing performance, if neither especially complex nor cepage-distinctive. Plan to enjoy this over the next 9-12 months. (DS)" (10/2013)

  • 2011 Byron Santa Maria Chardonnay ( $17.99)
    89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A pure, classy Chardonnay that has plenty of ripe apple, brioche, hazelnut and vanilla cream, the 2011 Chardonnay is medium-bodied, rounded and supple, with juicy acidity balanced by plenty of richness. Its a delicious, classy Chardonnay that will drink nicely for 2-3 years. Drink now-2016." (08/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, green-tinged gold. Ripe pear, nectarine and pungent herbs on the perfumed nose. Fleshy and broad but dry, offering pliant orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a hint of bitter peach pit. Picks up a buttery quality on the subtly sweet finish, which shows good breadth and smoky persistence." (12/2013)

  • 2011 Calera Mt. Harlan Viognier - 12 available ( $29.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Viognier Mt. Harlan covers every inch of the palate with layers of rich, sensual fruit. The Mt. Harlan Viognier is less overt in its aromas and flavors than the Central Coast Viognier. It is a wine that impresses most for its sublime texture and vibrant, focused fruit. Hints of citrus, white flowers and crushed rocks are woven into the generous, inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017.Calera is clearly not in Napa Valley, but these current and upcoming releases are deserving of serious attention, hence their inclusion here." (12/2012) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The cool 2011 vintage was kind to Caleras Viognier, helping to rein in the fruit which sometimes can be overwhelming. You still get plenty of tropical fruit and honeysuckle flavor, but its just part of a package that also includes acidity, oak and minerals." (07/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, green-tinged yellow. Dried pear and white flowers on the pungent nose. Firm and sharply delineated, offering bitter citrus pith and pear skin flavors that are slow to unwind. In a fairly strict style for the variety, especially a New-World version. Closes on a subtle peachy note, with good clarity and an echo of bitter pear skin." (12/2013)

  • 2012 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc - 12 available ( $21.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc stood out as one of the most delicious and precise of the Sauvignon Blancs I tasted. Lots of fig, melon and citrus oil notes intertwined with undeniable minerality are found in this medium-bodied, fruity, intense Sauvignon with unmistakable varietal character. Enjoy it over the next several years." (10/2013) Wine Spectator: "A fresh mix of tropical and citrus fruit flavors, with peach, nectarine and mango notes that are bold and intense. This is medium-bodied, offering an appealing fleshy texture and spicy aromatics that crescendo on the finish. Drink now." (11/2013)

  • 2011 Failla "Chuy Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay - 12 available ( $59.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Layers of tropical fruit, white truffles, almonds and dried pears flow effortlessly from the 2011 Chardonnay Chuy Vineyard. This is an unusually dense, concentrated wine for the Sonoma Coast, particularly in this vintage. Elements of exoticism give the Chuy much of its beguiling, captivating personality. Chuy was planted in 1964. The head trained vines are dry farmed. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021." (04/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from a 1964 planting dry-farmed on St. George rootstock on a terraced hillside above Glen Ellen; this fruit previously went into Kenwood's chardonnay): High-pitched, very subtle aromas and flavors of crystallized lemon peel, apple, hazelnut oil, menthol and medicinal herbs. Sweet, layered and musky but still quite wound up in the mouth, with its 14.1% alcohol nicely buffered by bright acidity. Finishes with very good length. Hands off for at least a year or two." (06/2013)

  • 2011 Four Vines "Naked" Santa Barbara Chardonnay ( $9.99)
    Wine Enthusiast: " **Best Buy** This Chardonnay is rich and balanced, with brisk acidity and deep, long flavors of limes, tangerines and Meyer lemons." (04/2013) K&L Notes: The "Naked" moniker refers to the disrobed quality of the wine: without a robe of oak, that is to say, wearing less than nothing than a barrel; i.e., this wine is fermented in stainless steel. Normally, this release is non-malolactic fermented as well, but since 2011 was a bit cool even for cool-climate vineyards, Four Vines allowed 4% of the wine to undergo malolactic fermentation. It's designed to be crisp, a little creamy and quite affordable, for enjoying with food and washing down oysters.

  • 2012 Hanzell "Sebella" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay ( $34.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This was aged in used French barrels for several months, just enough to give it a rich edge of soft butter and honey. The basic fruit flavors are pure, ripe and delicious, with suggesting notes of tangerine and mango, brightened by a vibrant thread of lime juice." (12/2013) Wine Spectator: "Pure, clean and flavorful, with ripe pear, apple, white peach, melon and spicy-floral overtones. Drink now through 2018. (Web Only-2014)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Sebella is Hanzells answer to Chablis, a white made from younger vines, fermented in stainless steel and aged in neutral oak. It exhibits crisp citrus, wet steel-like minerality, and a medium-bodied, fresh, pure, lively style. Drink it over the next 2-3 years." (12/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(fermented in stainless steel and aged in used French oak; no malolactic fermentation): Very pale straw-yellow. Apple and citrus aromas are complicated by floral and ginger nuances. Juicy-verging-on-steely, with moderate richness but very good purity and definition to its flavors of green apple, lemon and minerals. I'd wait 6 to 12 months before opening this very fresh chardonnay." (06/2014) K&L Notes: Hanzell utilizes young estate vine parcels for their Sebella bottling which will someday be included in their flagship Chardonnay. The style of this bottling celebrates the purity and focus of youthful fruit. The precise profile is allowed to shine by virtue of its vinification and barrel-aging in French oak, but without new wood or malolactic fermentation. As a second wine, Sebella is far from simple and its virtue shows most clearly on the persistence of finish which out-classes much more fleshy and obvious Chardonnay bottlings on the market. From the winery: "Gorgeous floral aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle and citrus blossoms give way to scents of apple skin, lemon verbena, tangerine and cake batter. The flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon and wet stone minerality are long and true to the nose. The bright acidity belies the richness on the palate and gives striking purity to the flavors."

  • 2011 Roblar Vineyards Potting Shed White Blend ( $9.99)
    This is a lovely white blend from Roblar Winery in Santa Ynez Valley made of Chardonay, Symphony (a unique aromatic varietal with very rare plantings), Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. The fruit is sourced from a variety of vineyards from Monterey and the Central Coast. This is a great value if you're a fan of Conundrum. It's a cleaner version for half the price! Perfect with spicy food or just as a cocktail. (Christie Cartwright, Hollywood Domestic wine buyer)

  • 2006 Big Basin Vineyards "Rattlesnake Rock" Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah - 1 available ( $39.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Bright ruby. Exotically perfumed aromas of cherry-cola, five-spice powder, cinnamon, tobacco and smoked meat, with a sexy floral quality gaining strength with air. Deeply concentrated dark berry compote flavors are framed by supple tannins and brightened by Asian spices and minerals. The tannins carry through the finish but don't interfere with the wine's sweet, juicy, very persistent berry qualities. Give this a couple more years in the bottle." (Nov/Dec '09) The Rattlesnake Rock name was inspired by the large outcrop of sandstone boulders in the middle of the Rattlesnake Rock vineyard block and the snakes that may sometimes be found there. Yikes! This intense wine is a deep garnet color. Notes of toasted cinnamon, cardamom, currants, chocolate, cigar box, kirsch, blueberry, creme brulée unfold on the nose. Medium to full body with fine tannins that lay evenly across palate from front to back revealing hints of cloves, mulberry and olallaberry with a long lasting finish that lingers with an unctuous persistence. With extended time in a decanter, the black fruit and floral qualities begin to emerge with a sustained finish that builds and lingers. With a relatively low alcohol and finer tannins, this wine will pair well with a variety of food.

  • 2007 Maybach "Eterium" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Previously $100) - 1 available ( $99.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Since this is a Napa winery, I have included a review of their offering from the Sonoma Coast, the 2007 Eterium. It reveals plenty of minerality as well as crisp, lemon and orange blossom notes, medium body, good acidity and freshness, and no evidence of oak. Drink this delicious, complex white over the next 7-8 years." (12/2009)

  • 2008 Maybach "Eterium" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Previously $100) - 1 available ( $99.99)
    The Eterium comes from the B. Thieriot vineyard, a hillside site near Occidental, just a few miles from the ocean. The cool climate produces fruit with bright acidity, and this Chardonnay shows the apple-y side of the varietal, with floral aromas, minerality and fresh acidity. Lovely.

  • 2006 Pisoni "Estate" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir - 5 available ( $69.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A fabulous effort from the irrepressible Gary Pisoni, this deep ruby/purple-hued 2006 exhibits a sensational perfume of spring flowers, forest floor, black raspberries, even blacker berries, and hints of smoke as well as earth. A sensational texture, full-bodied mouthfeel, and no sense of heaviness suggest this well-structured, moderately tannic wine will last for at least a decade. (95+, RP)" (12/2008) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Exceptionally fine. Effortlessly combines the impressive power and authority the vineyard is known for with sensual elegance. The flavors of currants, cherries, cola, balsam and clovespice are mouth-watering. Such is the balance of tannins, acids, oak and all other parts that the wine should improve over the next six years, then hold for several more." (12/2008) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and well-structured, this is intense and firmly tannic, offering a tight core of wild berry, blueberry and huckleberry fruit, ending with a touch of mineral and spice. Decant for now. Drink now through 2014." (09/2009) Connoisseurs Guide: "This highly extracted and mouthfilling effort ranks among the biggest and most backward Pinot Noirs to be had, but, even though blocky, brawny and toughened by acid-pushed tannins, it still manages to show lots of tenacious, black-cherry fruit. It needs patience and should be held for three or four years at the least, and we would not be surprised if it takes twice that long to soften out. Keep the faith." (06/2009)

  • 2005 Pisoni "Estate" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir - 3 available ( $69.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A brilliant effort, this dark ruby/purple-hued 2005 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyards exhibits aromas of forest floor, spring flowers, black currants, blueberries, and raspberries. Full-bodied, opulent, rich, structured, and dense, 2-3 years of cellaring will bring out additional nuances. It should keep for 12-15 years. (RP)" (08/2007) 90 points Wine Spectator: "This has excellent structure, intensity and focus, with complex earthy berry, mineral, pebble and dusty, minty notes. Firms up nicely on the finish, with fine-grained tannins that provide a sturdy backbone." (06/2008)

  • 2004 Pisoni "Estate" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir - 1 available ( $84.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A brilliant offering from Jeff and Gary Pisoni, this deep ruby/purple-colored 2004 offers up a captivating aromatic smorgasbord that includes black raspberries, blueberries, forest floor, and flowers. Broad, rich, and savory, with everything in perfect balance, this is great Pinot Noir! (RP)" (08/2006) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Openly fruity, supple and polished, with the emphasis on vivid black cherry and blackberry fruit. Has just enough tannins to provide backbone, with the fruit pouring through on the finish." (04/2007)

  • 2010 Sea Smoke Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay - 2 available ( $79.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "An exotic, candied style of Chardonnay, almost in a class by itself, this offers flavors including pineapple, brown sugar, lemon drop, ginger and vanilla cookie, honey, green apple butter and baked pear. Texturally, the wine is dry, crisp in acidity and minerally, with a tang to the finish. Theres nothing subtle here, so pair this with rich foods, and dont overchill the wine." (03/2013) K&L Notes: Grapes for Sea Smoke's Chardonnay are exclusively sourced from their estate vineyard. It was aged in 55% new French oak for 16 months. From the winery: "An elegant Chardonnay with aromas of dusty peach, star fruit, rock dust and honeysuckle--complemented by a focused mid-palate and the refreshing cool climate acidity of our estate vineyard."

United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red

  • 2011 Banshee "Mordecai" Red Blend ( $21.99)
    The folks at Banshee have done it again. The 2011 Banshee is another unique blend that starts with Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley, and then throws in some Syrah from Paso, the Sonoma Coast and the Anderson Valley, plus Grenache from Paso, Dry Creek Zin and Sierra Foothills Barbera. The result? A full throttle wine with lots of briary red fruit, plenty of acidity and approachable tannins.

  • 2012 Bedrock Wine Company "Bedrock Vineyard-Heritage Wine" Sonoma Valley Red Wine - 12 available ( $39.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Bedrock Vineyard Heritage comes from a vineyard planted in 1888 by the father of William Randolph Hearst. It has 22 interplanted varieties, and Morgan Peterson thinks that the final blend is something in the neighborhood of 55% Zinfandel, 20% Carignan and different proportions of about 20 other varietals. There are 600 cases, it was aged in 30% new French oak, and the alcohol is 14.8%. This outstanding wine displays lots of elegance, a distinctive earthy, loamy soil character intermixed with black currants, black cherries and underbrush, an attractive perfume, medium to full body, and is exceptionally well-made and pure. Drink it over the next 5-10 years.Morgan Twain Peterson, the son of Ravenswood's Joel Peterson, has hit the wine scene with a bang, producing vibrant, personality-filled, delicious wines from extremely old vines and, in some cases, virtually unknown grapes, such as Aubun, Teredalgo, Trousseau Noir, Le Noir, Mission, Trousseau Gris, Grand Noir and Abouriou, as well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Carignan, Alicante Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo. Many of these sites are heritage terroirs from the ancient past which, until Peterson's arrival, were largely ignored or were co-mingled into some innocuous industrial blend. Bedrock's portfolio is filled with exciting wines." (12/2013)

  • 2010 Ehlers Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Franc - 12 available ( $49.99)
    Ehlers is a unique property in the Napa Valley. Not because it's an all-estate operation, making wine just steps away from where the grapes are picked on the 43-acre property. It's also owned by a nonprofit foundation that was founded to benefit international cardiovascular research. The foundation, headquartered in Paris, France, gives winemaker Keven Morrisey the resources to make the best wine possible from the property. Ehlers wines are perfumed, elegant, and ready to enjoy. "Ehlers has a solid track record with Cab Franc," agrees Wine Enthusiast. According to the winery's tasting note: "A beautiful, 100% Cabernet Franc with great structure, firm, mature tannins, and compelling flavors. Aromas are reminiscent of a walk in the forest in Autumn, with dried brambles and dusty, stony undertones, woven into the black raspberry and red plums that we expect from an Ehlers Cabernet Franc."

  • 2009 Kuleto "Native Son" Red Blend ( $19.99)
    89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(made from 83% cabernet sauvignon, 15% sangiovese and 2% zinfandel): Opaque ruby. Intensely perfumed, fruit-dominated bouquet evokes candied red and dark berries, anise and mocha, with a peppery topnote. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Closes smooth and long, with resonating spiciness and a faint hint of dusty tannins." (06/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "Easy to drink, this has sweetly ripe, upfront blackberry and cherry flavors that have a bite of tannin. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Zinfandel, it has a savory spiciness. Drink now." (11/2012) Wine Spectator: "A rustic, simple style, with game meat, dried berry, savory herb and cedar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Zinfandel. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2012)" K&L Notes: A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Sangiovese and 2% Zinfandel.

  • 2011 Le P'tit Paysan "Le P'tit Pape" Monterey County Rhone Blend ( $19.99)

  • 2011 Roblar Vineyards "Meule Rouge" Rhône Red ( $19.99)
    Roblar's Meule Roge is a Rhône-style red that contains 16% Cinsault, 16% Counois, 16% Carignane, 10% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 19% Sangiovese, 8% Syrah. This wine is made from vineyards in two distinct areas of Santa Barbara County. The Syrah (Susich Vineyard), Sangiovese (Three Creek Vineyard), and Cinsault, Counois and Carignane (Camp Four Vineyard) are from vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, within a couple of miles of Roblar Winery. The Mourvedre and Grenache are from the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard at about 3,000 feet elevation, to the east of the Santa Ynez Valley. This is a very balanced Santa Barbara blend that has finese and food friendly structure! Very friendly to have even as a cocktail wine and a for sure crowd pleaser. Enjoy! (Christie Cartwright, Hollywood Buyer)

  • Sherman & Hooker's Shebang! "Sixth Cuvée- Old Vine Cuvée" Red Blend ( $11.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "*Best Buys* Shebang! is the appealing project of Morgan Twain Peterson, son of the long-time Ravenswood winemaker Joel Peterson. His objective is to fashion innovative, old vine cuvees that satisfy the most demanding wine enthusiasts. [Distributer] Doug Polaner is his name, and high quality wines in all price ranges is his game. I have been tasting with Polaner over a number of years, and these notes represent his very finest value selections." (08/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Assertive aromas of candied dark fruits and violet, with a peppery topnote. Juicy and open-knit, offering plump blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that show a slight jamminess. An emphatically fruity blend with good finishing lift and gentle tannins. Morgan Twain-Peterson told me that some old-vine zinfandel from the Bedrock Vineyard wound up in here, adding that he made 7,500 cases of it this year." (06/2013) K&L Notes: Shebang is a project of Bedrock Wine Co.'s Morgan Twain-Peterson, who happens to be one of only 30 Masters of Wine in the United States and son of Ravenswood founder Joel Peterson. While Bedrock's focus is on small-lot, single-vineyard expressions, Shebang is an exuberantly juicy, multi-vintage red blend with a lot of pedigree as well. The Sixth Cuvée is designated as an Old Vine Cuvée for the first time, as 92% of the fruit was sourced from vines more than 90 years old. This includes some declassified fruit from the 100+ year old Bedrock vineyard in Sonoma Valley, as well as other particularly fine old vineyard discoveries. The blend of the Sixth Cuvée is 60% Zinfandel with a primary balance of Carignan, Alicante Bouchet, Syrah, and other assorted old vine, field blend grapes. The wine was fermented on native yeasts, aged in French oak (15% new), and entirely made with the same attention that is given to Bedrock's wines. Shebang has become very popular as a by-the-glass bistro wine, and imagine restaurant-goers delight when they discover that the whole bottle can be had for under $12!

  • 2009 Wolf Family "Estate" Napa Cabernet Franc - 6 available ( $69.99)
    Wolf Family grows their Cabernet Franc on their estate vineyard in the foothills west of St. Helena. The wine was fermented on native yeasts and aged in 75% new French oak for 19 months before bottling unfined and unfiltered. From the winery: "The aromas are herbal, blackberry and licorice. The palate has the distinct oily mid texture characteristic of great Cab Franc. This wine exudes softness on the mid palate and velvety tannins on the finish which is a luxury only found in Cabernet Franc."

United States - Domestic Other Misc. White

  • Sean Thackrey "La Pleïade" # 1 California White Blend ( $21.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium yellow. Slightly high-toned aromas of yellow apple, dried fruits, nuts and spices. Dry and chewy in the mouth, with a pronounced phenolic character to the flavors of pear skin, cyanic peach pit, green almond and bitter herbs. Suggests a good bit of skin contact. Not a fruity style but this distinctly idiosyncratic blend should be endlessly flexible with food. Hipster alert!" (06/2014) K&L Notes: Yes, he finally did it. A white wine from Sean Thackrey. Made a lot like the Pleiades red, a blend of many different grape varieties. A fruit-driven style with loads of floral and tropical flavors. Ripe, but dry and with great acidity. A beautiful wine and a great first attempt at white wine. (Mike Jordan, K&L Domestic wine buyer)

United States - Domestic Pinot Noir

  • 2011 Byron Santa Maria Pinot Noir ( $19.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Looking at the reds, and a beautifully done Pinot Noir that has solid typicity with its black cherry, underbrush, flowers and earthy nuances, the 2011 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley is medium-bodied, juicy and pure on the palate. Already delicious (especially for a 2011), theres enough ripe tannin to allow it to evolve gracefully for 4-5 years. Drink now-2018." (08/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Smoky cherry and red berries on the nose and in the mouth. Silky and light on its feet, offering modestly concentrated raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of licorice. Finishes on a peppery note, with good cut and a slightly dry edge." (12/2013) K&L Notes: From the winery: "The 2011 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir displays aromas of dark berry and cherry accented by hints of floral and mineral. The flavor profile has a core of dark berry and dark cherry with hints of earth and brown spices, backed by a smooth, silky and long finish. The wine is styled to highlight the vivid aromas and flavors of our cool-climate fruit, enhanced by careful winemaking."

  • 2010 Calera "Mills Vineyard" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir ( $47.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The transparent ruby-colored 2010 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard has considerable structure and depth hiding under all of its texture and richness. Offering up notions of sweet cherries, strawberry, underbrush, crushed flowers and chalky minerality, it has a massive mid-palate, incredible purity and a seamless, elegant overall profile. It, too, will have 10-12 years or more of prime drinking. Drink now-2025.Open, voluptuous and sexy efforts, these all benefitted from substantial air time and gained richness and depth over the evening. Theyre brilliant Pinot Noirs. (JD)" (08/2013) 93 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes red fruit preserves, incense and floral oils, with a spicy overtone and a hint of cola. Sappy, incisive and pure, offering palate-staining raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of black cardamom. Dusty tannins give shape to the finish, which lingers with impressive persistence and energy. (JR)" (11/2013) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is delicious now for its raspberry and cherry sweetness, accented with smoky oak and brightened by crisp acidity. It shows the elegance that Calera Pinots are known for. Its complex enough to offer lots of pleasure, but you may want to age it for 6-8 years to let it mellow." (07/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, dark and intense, well-centered on wild berry, savory herb, tea and spice, this comes together on the vibrant, persistent finish. Best from 2014 through 2022. (JL)" (10/2013)

  • 2011 Failla "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 12 available ( $69.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From one of the great sites in California, the 2011 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is impeccably nuanced and layered from start to finish. Black cherries, menthol, licorice and sweet spices all flesh out in a textured Pinot that impresses for its transparency. This is a great Hirsch Pinot in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026." (04/2013) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Youll need to give this young pup some years in the cellar, because as constructed, its tough and hard. The acids and tannins stand out, while the fruit and oak have not been integrated. But its an enormously rich, complicated Pinot Noir, offering tiers of cherries, currants, cola, pomegranates, licorice, orange peel and sweet smoky oak, and the texture is pure silk. Better after 2011 and through 2014." (12/2009) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep red with ruby highlights. Superripe aromas and flavors of black cherry, sassafras, tea leaf and blood orange. Rich, ripe and broad, boasting strong, penetrating fruit of great depth. Wonderfully savory in the middle palate and crunchy and bracing on the aftertaste. The high quality of this site comes through loud and clear." (06/2013) K&L Notes: Carved into a multi-faceted diamond of unique blocks that highlight a vast array of exposures and soil profiles, the Hirsch Vineyard represents our most complex fusion of Pinot Noir elements. Mostly destemmed, each lot was aged separately sur-lie until bottling. Intense aromas of white flowers, pepper and blueberry pie. Classic Hirsch elegance comes courtesy of the Mt. Eden clone - a lush feminine silkiness on the palate which complements the chiseled tannins and fresh acidity of the ubiquitous Pommard clone. Will age well for 12-15 years.

  • 2011 Failla "Occidental Ridge Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 12 available ( $59.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the more delicate wines in the range, the 2011 Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge is laced with tobacco, crushed flowers and dried herbs. The 2011 comes across as a bit fragile, but it is quite beautiful. I will not be surprised if the 2011 turns out even better than this note suggests once the whole clusters are a little bit better integrated. There is a lot to like here. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026." (04/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep red. Tangy cherry and raspberry aromas are complicated by cola and earth notes; very Sonoma Coast! Wonderfully creamy and dry on the palate, with distinct whole-cluster notes of spices and pepper giving another dimension to the pungent red fruit flavors. Finishes with substantial smooth tannins, noteworthy energy and a strong spicy character. (92+?)" (06/2013) K&L Notes: From the winery's note: "This NW facing vineyard perched above the town of Occidental produces Pinot Noir black in color with structured acidity. In 2011 Ehren fermented about 40% in an open-top neutral oak fermentor, allowing for warmer fermentation to minimize overly fruity elements. As evidence, the nose in the finished wine offers aromatics of mushroom, forest floor and tea rose. Pavlovian acidity is well-integrated with elegantly resolved tannins. Enjoy this wine's evolution over the next 12-15 years. 350 cases produced."

  • 2012 Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir ( $15.99)
    Last of Vintage - Fossil Point is named for the rugged headland in San Luis Obispo County which features sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Central Coast. The 2012 Pinot Noir is from cool coastal vineyards between San Luis Obispo and the coastal beaches, some of which fall under the Edna Valley AVA. Hand-harvested fruit was fermented in small lots and aged for 14 months in French oak. From the winery: "The 2012 vintage opens with pretty aromas of ripe cherry, strawberry, cedar and rose petal. The palate is round and supple, with fresh, juicy flavors of black cherry and raspberry. Hints of cinnamon spice and cola join fine-grained tannins on a clean, balanced finish."

  • 2011 Foxen "Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block 8" Santa Maria Pinot Noir - 12 available ( $61.99)
    93 points Vinous: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 is beautifully layered from start to finish. Dark red fruits meld into sweet floral and balsamic notes as the wine opens up in the glass. Medium in body and beautifully textured on the palate, the 2011 is all about polish. This is another terrific showing. Best of all, the 2011 will offer tremendous pleasure right out of the gate. Drinking window: 2014 - 2021" (07/2013) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Theres a severity of acids and tannins that limits this Pinots immediate enjoyment. It feels tight and hard, despite a core of black and red cherries and the sweetness of toasty oak. All indications point to the cellar. Give it 6-7 years, and it could be going strong well after 2020." (11/2013) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More structured and broad, with a big frame that should fill in with another year or three in the cellar, the 2011 Pinot Noir Block 8 Bien Nacido Vineyard has the crushed rock-like minerality that's a hallmark for the vineyard as well as notions of white pepper, dried underbrush and spice-laced red fruits. Medium-bodied, firm and tight, it should have a graceful evolution through 2023. Drink 2016-2023+." (08/2013) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(75% new French oak): Bright ruby. Powerful, heady aromas of dark berry preserves, vanilla, mocha and woodsmoke. Opulent and emphatically fruity, offering black raspberry and vanilla bean flavors that coat the palate. What this pinot lacks in delicacy it makes up for with heft and decadent fruit. Finishes sweet, smoky and long, with a strong echo of vanilla. Fans of large-scaled pinot will go nuts for this one, while those in the proverbial pursuit of balance will no doubt demur; I suspect that both camps will disagree with my score." (12/2013) Wine Spectator: "Offers ripe, juicy plum, strawberry and wild berry notes in a medium-weight style. The tannins show a touch of earthiness on the firm finish. (Web-2013)"

  • 2011 Foxen "La Encantada Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 3 available ( $61.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Theres a style to this Pinot that takes some understanding to appreciate. Its cranberry, pomegranate and rhubarb flavors are complex, highlighted by brisk acidity and minerals. The result is an elusive wine, low in earthy elements and immensely satisfying. This is one for the cellar. Best after 2019. " (11/2013) 93 points Vinous: "Foxen's 2011 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard is a beautifully precise, sculpted Pinot. Delineation and pure nuance are the calling cards. Black cherries, mint, leather, spices and licorice are some of the many notes that flow through to the vibrant finish. The 2011 will appeal most to readers who like Pinots with a sense of structure. This is undeniably sexy juice. Once again, I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted from Foxen this year, including a number of outstanding Pinots and Chardonnays from some of the best sites in Santa Barbara County. The Pinots are made from fully destemmed fruit and aged in French oak (50-75% new) for 16 months, on the long side by California standards. Foxen fans will also want to check out the two fabulous 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons that are marketed under the Foxen 7200 label and reviewed separately." (07/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, Asian spices, rose and woodsmoke. Sweet, sappy and focused, with impressive clarity to its red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Becomes spicier and smokier with air and shows very good balance, in a Chambolle way. Finishes very long, with fine-grained tannins adding shape and grip." (12/2013) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More red fruit-driven, with a core of sweet cherries, dried leaves and forest floor, the 2011 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard has a Burgundian savoriness on the palate (a character of the vintage) with ripe tannin and solid edge. The acidity pokes out slightly here, yet its still outstanding. Drink it over the coming 5-6 years. Drink now-2019.This was a classy, character filled lineup of wines by the folks at Foxen." (08/2013) Wine Spectator: "Sleek and well-balanced, this medium-weight style offers a spicy edge of dried herb and raspberry, with touch of fresh-turned earth. Drink now through 2020. 190 cases made. (Web Only, 2013)"

  • 2009 Kutch "Savoy Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir - 1 available ( $59.99)
    90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard (aged completely in neutral oak) exhibits a dark ruby color along with a sweet kiss of raspberries, blueberries, spring flowers and subtle earth and spice, good acidity, nice texture and purity, and an elegant, graceful, well-balanced mouthfeel and finish. It will benefit from several years of bottle age and should keep for a decade." (02/2011)

  • 2012 Loring Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ( $32.99)
    91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The entry level 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands is a great example and offers up fantastic purity, loads of black and blue fruits, crushed flowers and even background meatiness to go with a seamless, voluptuous, yet also focused mouthfeel. Its impressive and should represent a smoking value. Drink 2014-2020. This was an impressive (and large) lineup of wines. Made by the brother/sister pair, Brian and Kimberly Loring, with Rachel Silkowski functioning as assistant winemaker, these efforts never lack for fruit or texture and, for the most part, reward immediate gratification. Having said that, I think these 2011s will offer a relatively broad drink window. The 2012s are more rich and voluptuous, with the purity of fruit and seamlessness of the vintage." (08/2013)

  • 2011 Lucia "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ( $54.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Showing darker fruit, as well as additional minerality, the 2011 Pinot Noir Garys Vineyard is rich and mouth-filling on the palate. Layered, nicely balanced and textured, its a beautiful effort and will evolve gracefully through 2021. Drink 2015-2021.This estate is managed by the Pisoni Family, and high quality and realistic prices are the name of the game here. Year in, year out, these wines over-deliver. While 2011 was an extremely cool, long season, these wines have beautiful ripeness as well as clean, pure aromas and flavors." (08/2013) 93 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 Wines of 2013* Offers a rich, potent, vivid mix of dark berry fruit, with blackberry, raspberry and wild berry notes. Intense, focused and persistent, boasting a long, detailed finish. Drink now through 2021. 745 cases made." (09/2013) 91 points Vinous: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is the ripest and most overt of these 2011 Pinots. Sweet dark cherries, spices and flowers all emerge from a wine that captures the essence of this site and the Santa Lucia Highlands more broadly. The style is surprisingly explosive in a year in which so many wines are more reserved. This is a beautiful set of wines from Lucia, the label the Pisoni family uses for all of the wines they make from vineyards other than their own Pisoni Vineyard. The Lucia Pinots and Syrahs are especially of note as they are a notch or two above the overwhelming majority of wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands in the very challenging 2011 vintage. Frankly, it's hard to go wrong with any of these new releases from brothers Mark and Jeff Pisoni." (07/2013)

  • 2011 Pali Wine Company "Bluffs" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 11 available ( $18.99)

  • 2011 Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ( $69.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A ripe, voluptuous effort that dishes out thrilling levels of fruit, the 2011 Pinot Noir Estate possesses layers of kirsch, black currants, black raspberry, licorice, sweet spice and crushed flower-like aromas and flavors that flow seamlessly to a full-bodied, rich and concentrated palate. Sweetly fruited and rich, it has sweet underlying tannin, incredible purity of fruit and clean, integrated acidity. Opening up in the glass and over the evening, it is a brilliant Pinot Noir thats up there with the best of the vintage. It should evolve gracefully and have upwards of a decade of longevity, although I see no reason to delay gratification either. Drink now-2021.This benchmark estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands is run by the Pisoni family, with Mark Pisoni managing the vineyards and Jeff Pisoni making the wines. While they only release a single estate Pinot Noir under the Pisoni label (always 100% from the Pisoni Vineyard), they also release a number of highly recommended Pinots and Syrahs (from different vineyards) under their Lucia line." (08/2013) 92 points Vinous: "Pisoni's 2011 Pinot Noir Estate presents an intriguing mélange of black cherry, smoke, and licorice notes. Persistent veins of underlying minerality add energy and focus to the dark fruit as this intense Pinot shows off its personality and pure pedigree. This is a fabulous effort, especially within the context of the vintage. Jeff Pisoni makes a wide range of wines these days. The only wine sold under the Pisoni Estate label is the Pinot from the family's estate vineyard, one of the most famous in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Pisoni family's other wines (Lucia, Lulu, Shared Notes) are all listed separately." (07/2013)

  • 2011 Siduri "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir - 12 available ( $49.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A huge wine, massively extracted with raspberry and cherry jam fruit, with complex hints of mocha, cola, vanilla, buttered toast and wood spice. The richness is balanced by firm acidity, smooth tannins and a stony minerality. Seems to be offering its best now and over the next 34 years." (06/2013) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beautiful, mid-weight, elegant effort, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard offers up vivid and defined aromas and flavors, medium-body and a core of juicy acidity that shines on the finish. Developing in the glass, with blacker fruit, underbrush and crushed stone-like minerality, this outstanding wine is youthfully tight and reticent. Give bottles another year or two in the cellar and enjoy through 2019. Drink 2014-2019." (08/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Black raspberry, licorice and exotic floral notes on the fragrant nose. Suave, sweet and nicely concentrated, offering seamless flavors of red fruit preserves, spicecake and mocha. The smooth, sappy finish features dusty, even tannins and lingering spiciness." (12/2013)

  • 2010 Dehlinger "Altamont" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ( $59.99)
    94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Heady, expansive aromas of dark berries, cherry-cola, Asian spices and musky herbs, with a floral overtone. Stains the palate with intense blackberry and cherry compote flavors and shows very good energy and lift. Tannins come on late and fold smoothly into the wine's bright, densely packed fruit. Rich but lively, even graceful, with excellent finishing clarity, vibrancy and persistence. (ST)" (05/2013) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Pinot Noir Altamont displays a deeper pigmented dark ruby color along with sweet aromas of boysenberries, black cherries and spring flowers, a rich, broad, savory mouthfeel, and seemingly lower acidity, although it just may possess more richness than the 2011. It should drink well for a decade.The ever reliable Tom Dehlinger continues to turn out realistically priced wines of exceptionally high quality. Their newest offerings, the Altamont Pinot Noir and Syrah, come from a hilltop vineyards planted in gravelly red soils previously called 'Estate.' (RP)" (12/2013) 92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Very rich and quite attractive for its mix of concentrated, never heavy, ripe red cherry aromas seasoned with notes of bacon and dried wild flowers and the slightest hint of roasted walnuts, this, full-bodied, supple wine is a touch velvety in texture even now. Mouthfilling and wholly inviting because its pieces exhibit plenty of harmony, it will never be thought of as shy, but so too does it not give up any of its keen focus and balance, and its tasty finish is quite long-lasting. With room to improve, it belongs in the cellar rather than on the table. *Two Stars*" (03/2013) 92 points Vinous: "The 2010 Pinot Noir Altamont Vineyard is quite a bit fresher and more vibrant than the Goldridge. Here the aromas and flavors are quite floral, while the fruit tends to the redder side of the spectrum. Wonderfully alive in the glass, the 2010 is a model of elegance and pure beauty with a clean refined finish. (AG)" (07/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Graceful, with a supple texture and ripe plum and cherry fruit, gaining spice, fresh earth and floral scents. Glides along on the finish. Drink now through 2020. (JL)" (09/2013)

  • 2011 EnRoute "Les Pommiers" Russian River Pinot Noir - 6 available ( $56.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The grapes come primarily from the Green Valley and Upper Middle Reach areas of the Russian River Valley, and you can detect the cool climate in the wines light, silky texture, mouthwatering acidity and just-ripe flavors of cherry, rhubarb and persimmon. Elegant and savory, its delicious now, but will reward 56 years in the cellar." (09/2013) K&L Notes: The organically-grown fruit for this Pinot Noir comes from vineyards in the Green Valley and Middle Reach sub-regions of the Russian River, an area once known for its apple orchards.This wine is an hommage to those orchards, most of which have been replaced by vineyards. Full-bodied, with the Russian River's characteristic wild raspberry fruit, soil, and oak spice, this layered Pinot will continue to evolve over the next few years.

  • 2009 Kutch "Falstaff" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ( $69.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Youthfully medicinal aromas of wild red berries, cherry, licorice and Asian spices. Juicy and fresh, with silky red and dark berry and spicecake flavors supported by a firm spine of acidity and framed by fine-grained tannins. Finishes with very good focus and sweetness and a sneaky suggestion of blood orange. Give this some air. (ST)" (06/2011)

  • 2009 Kutch "McDougall Ranch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ( $69.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Expansive, perfumed bouquet of candied red berries, rose oil, cinnamon and five-spice powder. Deep on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and a late note of candied flowers. The finish repeats the spicy quality and lingers with very good clarity and sappiness. This is pretty seductive right now. (ST)" (06/2011) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch is richer, deeper and fleshier than the Falstaff. Exotic spices, tangerine, crushed flowers and red berries are some of the notes that wrap around the finish in this juicy, expansive Pinot. The finish reveals gorgeous depth and plenty of harmony. Kutch used 50% whole clusters and aged the wine 17 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. (AG)" (02/2012)

  • 2009 Kutch Pinot Noir Anderson Valley - 1 available ( $59.99)
    90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley is a classic Anderson Valley Pinot offering crisp boysenberry, blue fruit, strawberry, earth and foresty characteristics intermixed with that flowery note that comes from this cool area site in northern California. (RP)" (02/2011) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. High-pitched aromas of strawberry, redcurrant and cherry, with a deeper cocoa powder note in the background. Sappy, focused red fruit flavors pick up a bitter chocolate note with air and show good depth. Nicely structured if a bit strict right now, finishing with good clarity and grip. Give this some air." (05/2011)

  • 2009 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (Previously $60) - 1 available ( $59.99)
    89-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast reveals a more muscular, earthy character with beet root/vegetal, sassafras, red and black cherry, spice and underbrush notes. This cuvee possesses more body, depth and structure than the Anderson Valley offering, and it should last for a decade or more. (RP)" (02/2011) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Shows all the hallmarks of a fine Sonoma Coast Pinot. It's dry, crisp in acidity, elegant in structure and complex, with an array of red berry, red currant, pine, cola, clove and sandalwood flavors." (07/2011) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Marked by loamy earth, wet rock, dried berry, sage and black licorice flavors, this is moderately ripe, trim and full-bodied. Gains depth and nuance on the finish, where the flavors are tapered and complex. (JL)" (10/2011)

  • 2010 McHenry Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ( $24.99)
    Henry and Linda McHenry consider the 2010 vintage their best ever, with the most perfect grapes they've ever seen. Aged in French oak barrels, this Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir reflects the coolness of the vintage with beautiful acidic backbone and tannic structure with core of focused fruit. Good now, but this will be better with a few years of aging.

  • 2010 Pali Wine Company "Riviera" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ( $18.99)
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Dark berry and cherry aromas are complicated by notes of candied licorice and cola, with a peppery overtone. Pliant, palate-coating black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show good focus and pick up a mocha quality with air. Finishes smoky and slightly hot, with lingering anise and pepper qualities." (05/2012) Wine Spectator: "Intense, with roasted herb, cola, dried berry and wet rock flavors, full-bodied and gaining on the finish. Drink now through 2018." (05/2012) K&L Notes: Pali Wine Co.'s Riviera represents an excellent value in Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir that stood out as a region in 2010. From select vineyard sources, the wine spent 10 months in 30% new French oak before bottling. From the winery: "The 2010 'Riviera' Pinot is light ruby in color, with a lovely nose of cherry, cranberry, blackberry, Asian spice, and gunpowder. The palate is rich and layered, with powerful flavors of black cherry, blackberry, sassafras, and spice. The finish turns lighter with raspberry flavors lingering overtop of earthy, rustic tannins that will lengthen with time."

  • 2011 Paul Hobbs "Crossbarn" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ( $31.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Complex, spice- and floral-accented aromas of raspberry and cherry, with a subtle herbal topnote. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering sappy red fruit and lavender flavors that gain sweetness with air. Immediately appealing and refreshing, with gentle tannins and very good finishing clarity and lingering spiciness." (06/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Crossbarn is gorgeous. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries and cinnamon are some of the many notes that resonate in the 2011. A lively, fresh, vibrant Pinot, the 2011 possesses great energy and finesse. It is a huge over-achiever within its peer group. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.It is always fascinating to sit down with Paul Hobbs and his winemaker Megan Baccitich, as these Chardonnays and Pinots run the gamut of styles, clones and sites in Sonoma. According to Hobbs, the 2010 harvest was two weeks later than normal, while 2011 was three weeks later than normal! One of the other main differences is that temperatures increased toward the end of 2010, but stayed very much on the cool side in 2011. My impression is that when all is said and done, vintage 2011 will turn out to be superior to 2010 for this range. As always, the Hobbs house style does a very nice job of capturing both textural richness and plenty of site specificity." (04/2013)

  • 2011 Siduri "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir - 11 available ( $49.99)
    92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby. Fresh blackberry and cherry scents are deepened by suggestions of candied licorice and smoky minerals. Dense and chewy, offering sweet cherry and dark berry preserve flavors, with a spicy nuance adding lift. A concentrated but lively Pinot that gains sweetness and energy with air, closing with subtle tannins and very good length." (11/2013) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Raw-boned, aggressive in tannins and powerful in fruit, in the manner of a young Garys Pinot. While its not ready to drink, it does show commanding flavors of black cherries, currants, cola and mushrooms that arent going anywhere anytime soon." (06/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Dried herb, dusty berry and cedar aromas are firm and well-built in this Pinot, which shows a dash of licorice on the finish, with the tannins crimping the flavors." (09/2013) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A weightier, richer effort that still plays in the vintage, mid-weight spectrum, the 2011 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard has beautiful currant and blackberry fruit, spice, wild herbs and hints of meatiness all emerging from the glass. Rich and mouth-filling on the palate, with upfront fruit, good underlying structure and a clean finish ... (JD)" (08/2013) Connoisseurs Guide: " *One Star* Siduri's Santa Lucia Highlands Pinots from 2011 are a rich and fairly substantial lot, and this one is the fleshiest and most full-bodied of the bunch. It is rife with dark cherries and counts a considerable complement of oak among its gifts, and, if clearly driven by ripeness, it never loses its fruity bearings. We would not bet on finesse suddenly showing up in its future, but a bit of increased complexity might, and its solidity and strength will hold it in good stead for years." (10/2013)

United States - Domestic Syrah and Petite Sirah

  • 2011 Lucia "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah ( $42.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Slightly more firm and angular (which is common for this vineyard), the 2011 Syrah Garys Vineyard (100% Syrah, 50% whole cluster), which was harvest early in November, exhibits classic Garys notes of coffee bean, black fruits, green olives and wild herbs on the nose and palate. Medium to full-bodied, rich and textured, it should benefit from another year of bottle age and drink nicely for upwards of a decade. Drink 2014-2021.This estate is managed by the Pisoni Family, and high quality and realistic prices are the name of the game here. Year in, year out, these wines over-deliver. While 2011 was an extremely cool, long season, these wines have beautiful ripeness as well as clean, pure aromas and flavors." (08/2013) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Powerful, complex aromas of blackberry, cassis, smoky minerals and dried violet, plus a building note of Indian spices. Broad, sappy and appealingly sweet, offering succulent dark berry flavors and a jolt of bracing minerality. The smoky note comes back emphatically on the extremely long, spicy, sweet finish, which features smooth, harmonious tannins." (12/2013) 90 points Vinous: "Lucia's 2011 Syrah Garys' Vineyard strikes a gorgeous balance between its immediate, generous fruit and the subtlety introduced through the use of 45% whole clusters. A powerful, enveloping wine, the 2011 is going to need at least another year in bottle, but it is terrific, even today. Layers of dark varietal Syrah fruit flesh out on the textured, inviting finish. This is a beautiful set of wines from Lucia, the label the Pisoni family uses for all of the wines they make from vineyards other than their own Pisoni Vineyard. The Lucia Pinots and Syrahs are especially of note as they are a notch or two above the overwhelming majority of wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands in the very challenging 2011 vintage. Frankly, it's hard to go wrong with any of these new releases from brothers Mark and Jeff Pisoni." (07/2013)

  • 2011 Lucia "Susan's Hill Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah ( $42.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My favorite of the Syrahs and the most voluptuous and supple, yet with solid mid-palate depth and structure, the 2011 Syrah Susan's Hill comes from a small block of windswept vines located high up on the Pisoni Vineyard. Loaded with minerality, chalk, wild herbs and decadent blackberry fruit, this seamless Syrah will dish out loads of pleasure over the coming 7-8 years. Drink now-2021." (08/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. A heady, spicy bouquet evokes cassis, blueberry, vanilla and mocha, with a violet accent that builds with air. Lush and seamless in the mouth, offering sweet dark berry and floral pastille flavors that are brightened by zesty acidity and a spicy nuance. Clings with impressive tenacity on the finish, leaving juicy black and blue fruit notes behind. " (12/2013) 91 points Vinous: "Mocha, espresso, plums, sage and rosemary burst from the glass in the 2011 Syrah Susan's Hill. Fruit, acidity and tannin are all masterfully balanced in this powerful, structured Syrah. Here, too, readers will need to be patient. The Susan's Hill will appeal most to readers who enjoy intense, full-bodied wines. There is so much to like here. The Susan's Hill emerges from a site within Pisoni, arguably the single most famous vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Winemaker Jeff Pisoni used 45% whole clusters, an approach that paid off handsomely here. Drinking window: 2014 - 2021." (07/2013) K&L Notes: The Pisoni family, of Pisoni Vineyard fame, releases the wines that are not from their own vineyard under the "Lucia" label. Despite the cool weather of the vintage, the 2011s coming out of Lucia are getting some great reviews. Says Antonio Galloni: "The Lucia Pinots and Syrahs are especially of note as they are a notch or two above the overwhelming majority of wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands in the very challenging 2011 vintage. Frankly, it's hard to go wrong with any of these new releases from brothers Mark and Jeff Pisoni."

  • 2009 Vinum Cellars "PETS- Wilson Vineyards" Clarksburg Petite Sirah ( $9.99)
    This 100% Petite Sirah was sourced from the Wilson vineyard site and spent 14 months in French oak. From the winery: "This inky plum colored pets displays ripe plum and juicy blueberry fruit right up front and is backed with cassis and spice. The mid-palate is full bodied with blackberry and over-ripe huckleberry that is cloaked ingenerous, integrated French oak that coat the palate and finish with a velvety texture. The finish has firm yet approachable cocoa flavored tannins which will allow this wine to age well for 6-8 years."

United States - Domestic Zinfandel

  • 2012 Bedrock Wine Company "Old Vine" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel ( $24.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Zinfandel Old Vine Sonoma Valley is composed of 40% Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel and a kitchen sink blend of five other grapes, the most notable being Carignan, Alicante, Petite Sirah and two obscure grapes called Abouriou and Aubun. It sees about 15% new oak, achieved 14.6% alcohol, and, happily, 1,600 cases were produced. It offers notes of spice, bouquet garni, roasted meats and plenty of red as well as blackberry fruit. The wine displays a wild character, but it is a delicious, medium to full-bodied, very good value that should drink well for 4-6 years.Morgan Twain Peterson, the son of Ravenswood's Joel Peterson, has hit the wine scene with a bang, producing vibrant, personality-filled, delicious wines from extremely old vines and, in some cases, virtually unknown grapes, such as Aubun, Teredalgo, Trousseau Noir, Le Noir, Mission, Trousseau Gris, Grand Noir and Abouriou, as well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Carignan, Alicante Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo. Many of these sites are heritage terroirs from the ancient past which, until Peterson's arrival, were largely ignored or were co-mingled into some innocuous industrial blend. Bedrock's portfolio is filled with exciting wines." (12/2013)

  • 2010 Four Vines "Truant - Old Vine" Zinfandel ( $8.99)
    Wine Enthusiast: "A bit rustic and rough around the edges, but for the price, not bad. Fruity and spicy, its the kind of wine you drink with pizza, lasagna, barbecue or just bacon rinds, and who cares if its not subtle. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: Old vine wine for when the evening's young. The varietal and appellation lineup is, according to the winemaker's note: "Grapes from vineyards in Paso Robles, Mendocino County, Cucamonga Valley, Lodi, Amador County and Russian River Valley go into Truant. Our Old Vine vineyard sources typically range from 30 to 100 years in age. 77% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Barbera and 2% Sangiovese. On the nose there are dark berry notes and spicy notes from oak aging. The wine drinks of juicy blackberry, ripe plums and a touch of blueberry. Generous in fruit flavors, plenty of structure and a velvety finish. Enjoy with a friend!"

  • 2011 Porter-Bass "Dot's Garden" Russian River Valley Zinfandel - 12 available ( $39.99)
    From the organic and biodynamically farmed estate vineyards of Porter-Bass, this Zinfandel is bright and spicy, with intense black cherry, anise, and earth spice aromas and flavors. There's a lot of juicy fruit here, perfectly balanced by fine acid and tannin structure. It's drinkable now but has the structure to age near-term. Vineyard notes: "This block is a steep south facing hill that can only be worked by hand. The last of the hundred year old vines grow here and tie us to our personal history and the history of the vineyard. They produce very little fruit and the flavors are intense and exotic. Half way up the hill runs the path that connected grandma Dot’s house to ours, a bench sits between two small but ancient vines for her to rest and enjoy the view. The hill became known as Dot’s garden. This wine will only be made in vintages that we think live up to the name." (from the winery)

United States - Other Spirits

  • Peach Street Distiller's Aged Pear Brandy 750ml - 6 available ( $59.99)

  • Clear Creek Eau de Vie Pomme 8-year-old Apple Brandy 750ml - 12 available ( $39.99)
    96-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "An American distilling masterpiece by distiller Steve McCarthy." (09/2011) K&L Notes: From the McCarthy Family Orchards in the foothills of Mount Hood comes Clear Creek Distillery's Eau de Vie Pomme. This release was made using a traditional European pot still and barrel aged for eight years. What you get is a beautiful amber-hued brandy that smells remarkably of fresh apples, but has the complexity of an oak-aged gem on the palate. Rivals the best Calvados.

  • Fruit Lab Hibiscus Organic Liqueur 750ml - 12 available ( $29.99)
    The combination of gorgeous red color, floral aromas and tangy berry flavors make this hibiscus liqueur an ideal ingredient for modern, colorful cocktails.

France - Alsace/Loire - Old and Rare

  • 2011 Huber & Bleger Pinot Blanc ( $14.99)
    This domaine is a family-owned winery established in 1938. They own 25 hectares around St. Hippolyte just under Koenigsbourg. Today, brothers Mark and Claude Huber and their cousin Franck Bleger manage the winery. The grapes are organically-grown and hand-harvested. It has good layers of texture across the front and mid-palate with a clean and subtle steeliness on the finish. A good match for vegetable risotto, maybe even a late-Sunday breakfast of bagels and lox.

  • 2010 Trimbach Pinot Blanc ( $12.99)
    89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale green. This shows a little more auxerrois on the nose than the 2011, with delicate honey and spice notes mixed in with the green apple and beeswax. Shows similar flavors in the mouth but with a less obvious floral component than the 2011 and more structure. Lovely integrated acidity keeps the flavors fresh and clean. Beautiful pinot blanc, and one of the best from Trimbach in my memory." (12/2012) Wine Spectator: "Clean-cut and fresh, with a subtle salinity to the well-meshed flavors of green pear, lemon zest, almond and spice. Hard to stop sipping. Drink now." (10/2012)

  • 2003 Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières Coulée de Serrant (Previously $69.99) - 1 available ( $49.00)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas and flavors of lanolin, buttered brioche, baked apple and cardamom run through this full-bodied white. Predominantly creamy on the finish, with just a hint of bitter almond in the background. Not as precise as usual, but still has fine length. Drink now through 2012. 2,000 cases made." (10/05)

  • 2004 Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières Coulée de Serrant (Previously $75.99) - 1 available ( $79.00)
    92 points Robert Parkers Wine Advocate # 172 "The deep brass-colored 2004 Savennieres Coulee de Serrant offers a yet more unusual aromatic spectacle than the Clos de la Bergerie. Apricots and their kernels, quince paste, marzipan, jasmine, and daffodil-like, faintly stinky, musky floral notes are backed by animal and mineral nuances I find impossible to pin down. In the mouth, there is a satiny texture, salty, saliva-inducing mineral inflections, persistent musky florality, and high-toned inner-mouth esters. Salt, stone, quince paste, pistachio, honey and fruit pits dominate this densely-compressed wine’s impressively long finish. It lacks the charm of Joly’s ostensibly lesser 2004s, but then, charm is probably not high on his list of vinous virtues. How will these 2004s age? I know of many vintages of Coulee de Serrant that have needed years just to come around to the level of richness or expressiveness that these display today..." David Schildknecht

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 2005 Gracia, St-Emilion - 1 available ( $149.00)
    98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This estate is a tiny micro-treasure in St.-Emilion. Owned by Michel Gracia and consisting of less than five acres of vines, it turned out a final blend in 2005 of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, but only 5,000 bottles were produced. A wine pushing for perfection, notes of blueberry and blackberry dominate, but also underlying the fruit is a strong core of minerality and flowers. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and absolutely pure, this is a tour de force and a prodigious effort in this great, long-lived, slow-evolving vintage. Forget it or another 5-10 years and drink it over the following 40 or more. (RP)" (06/2015) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby. Captivating aromas of dark berries, violet, coffee, cocoa powder and sexy oak. Chewy and thick but with terrific framing acidity; this really caresses the palate. Finishes with big but thoroughly ripe tannins and superb persistence to the black fruit, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors. "Wait seven or eight years," suggested Michel Gracia, who made it clear that he doesn't like to drink 30-year-old Bordeaux. This must be the best Gracia to date. Incidentally, the second wine, Angelots de Gracia (89), offers a lovely sugar/acid balance and its gentler texture and sweet fruit make it very easy to drink right now. (ST)" (05/2008)

  • 2010 Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan ( $43.99)
    94 points James Suckling: "Wonderful spicy nose with white pepper, lime peel and lots of raspberry. Full and very precise on the palate with juicy well-dosed acidity and great focus. This white has a smooth texture with minerals on white fruit and good length. Drink now or hold. Serious effort here!" (02/2013) 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine feels full, ripe, weighty. More power than elegance, it shows ripe pear and grapefruit juice flavors. Very dense aftertaste." (06/2011) 92 points Wine Spectator: "A very ripe and engaging style, with white peach, tangerine, green almond and chamomile notes that push through the juicy, salted butter-filled finish. There's lots of depth and energy to this, with an echo of quinine and brioche. A strong showing for this estate. Best from 2014 through 2019." (03/2013) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lemon rind, orange marmalade, honeyed grapefruit and subtle smoke soar from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, this very classic wine is pure and charming, combining finesse with substance. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030." (02/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Dark cherry, licorice, flowers and sexy caramel oak on the nose. Quite suave on the palate, offering lovely energy to the complex flavors of dark fruits, licorice, leather and game. The sweet, broad tannins arrive late, allowing the fruit to express itself. Very nicely balanced, elegant wine with nothing hard about it." (08/2013) K&L Notes: Originally a quite large property called Château de Canolle, the estate was reduced in size a number of times, went through a number of owners, and changed its name in the 1870s to "Haut-Brion-Larrive," oddly close to the name of their first growth neighbor Haut-Brion, but in fact with no connection at all. Purchased in 1988 by the Gerverson family (of Bonne Maman fruit jams) the estate has made marked improvements in quality and it shows in their consistently good reception and reviews. It lingers under the radar just a bit, and was not included in the 1855 classifications but this estate is well worth exploration by Graves fans. The red vineyards are planted to 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc and the white vineyards to 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon and 5% Muscadelle.

  • 2004 Trotanoy, Pomerol - 1 available ( $124.99)
    94 points Wine & Spirits: "A beautiful woman brings you a short espresso in a rose garden... Wake up and smell the Trotanoy. The fragrance is unquestionably beautiful, as are the deep layers of dark cherry and cherry-pit flavor, the fruit commingled with florals and earthiness so it is all inseparable from the tannin. The wine feels precise even as it broadens and spreads out into a vast finish, a supple caress to leave you in a dream." (10/2007) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Owned by Jean-Pierre Moueix (and run by Christian Moueix), this 19-acre property is on the highest part of the Pomerol plateau. This is a powerful wine, dense with black fruits, dusty dry tannins, tempered with fresh acidity. A serious, ageworthy wine. (RV)" (06/2007) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of crushed fruit and flowers, with hints of vanilla. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit, ultrafine tannins and light toasty oak. Best after 2012. (JS)" (03/2007) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep medium red. Impressively primary aromas of cherry, mocha and sappy minerality. Juicy, spicy and firmly built if a bit youthfully medicinal, with a strong backbone supporting the flavors of red berries, spices and iron. A seriously structured, firmly tannic 2004 that will need at least four or five years of patience. Not particularly showy today, but opened out nicely with aeration, suggesting that time will bring a higher rating. (ST) 90+" (06/2007)

  • 1990 Bourgneuf, Pomerol ( $64.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Rustic and juicy. Old style but super. Ruby-garnet color, with intense aromas of tobacco, cedar and berries with an almost raisiny character. Full-bodied and very chewy, with loads of fruit. Goes on and on.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. (JS)" (08/2000)

  • 1983 Gloria, St-Julien - 1 available ( $49.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A forward, typically spicy, herbaceous-scented, fruity Gloria, the 1983 has more noticeable tannin than the 1982, but less rich, glossy fat fruit." (01/1998)

  • 1989 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac - 2 available ( $699.00)
    97 points James Suckling: "I have never been a huge fan of this Lafite but it seems to be coming into its own now. It's a wine with a character of cloves and berries with hints plums. It shows loads of potpourri. Roses too. Full and so balanced. Tight and youthful. The winemaker at Lafite says that when he wants to show someone a perfect example of Pauillac this is the Lafite he pours. Maybe he is right?" (12/2013) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This particular vintage has cropped up several times in 2012. Here, served in Bordeaux, it has a leafy bouquet with graphite infused blackberry and briary aromas that build beautifully in the glass. It is quintessential Lafite - elegant and refined, with no desire to impress by its power. The palate is supremely well balanced with fine tannins that frame the undergrowth and cedar-tinged black fruit. It is wonderfully composed, a stately Lafite-Rothschild that is at its peak. Beautiful. (NM)" (03/2013) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle, yet rich and decadent, offering meat, sweet berry and fresh leather on the nose. Full and very soft, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. This has so much ripe fruit. Reserved and firm, this is turning to a very fine and shy Lafite. This is fresh and structured, but still holding back. (JS, Web-2010)" Jancis Robinson: "On being poured there was real tension in the glass, I felt, between Lafite's delicate style and the big, ripe character of this vintage, warmed as it was by a particularly hot summer, the summer of the bicentenary of the French revolution. There was a slightly burnt note and quite a bit of tannin on the finish. But then it really mellowed in the glass and became super voluptuous. And fragrant. But edgier than the 1997. Unusually spicy for Lafite and wonderfully persistent. 18.5/20 Points (JR)" (04/2011) 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.

  • 1996 Latour, Pauillac - 1 available ( $774.99)
    96 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberries, plums and blackberries. Mind-blowing nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long caressing finish. Hard not to drink now, but leave it alone. (JS, Web-2007)" 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 1996 Latour is a wine that continues to perplex. I just think that given the vintage, the team would have made a far superior wine nowadays. That said, it is still a very fine Pauillac. Here, it conveyed a sense of "airiness" on the bouquet, more backward and surly than other bottles tasted with attractive damp earth and leather aromas. It feels strict and uncompromising when compared to others. The palate is medium-bodied with light and supple tannin, tart red berry fruit, black pepper and plenty of tobacco indicating its Pauillac origins. This is a well balanced, correct and elegant Latour, not the powerhouse of the 2000 or 2005, yet continuing to give drinking pleasure unabated after two decades. Tasted December 2016. (NM)" (02/2017) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Dark berries, violet, licorice and a note of torrefaction. Explosive, pure flavors are almost too big for the mouth. Finishes with big, sweet tannins and expanding, exhilarating flavors of pruneaux and crystallized dark berries. Perfectly integrated oak. A great Latour. 95+ (ST)" (06/1999) K&L Notes: A previous Wine Advocate review by Robert Parker upon release: "99 points. A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone of the 1966, only riper. This vintage, which is so variable in Pomerol, St.-Emilion, and Graves, was fabulous for the late-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon of the northern Medoc because of splendid weather in late September and early October. An opaque purple color is followed by phenomenally sweet, pure aromas of cassis infused with subtle minerals. This massive offering possesses unreal levels of extract, full body, intensely ripe, but abundant tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. Classic and dense, it displays the potential for 50-75 years of longevity. Although still an infant, it would be educational to taste a bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050." (06/2000)

  • 2006 Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe - 1 available ( $49.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Shows earth and spice character, with plum and berries. Medium-bodied, with light tannins and a simple finish. Best from 2011 through 2014." (03/09) K&L's notes - Cranberry aromas that follow to the palate. Lots of red berry flavors. Quite approachable. Plenty of acid. * Ralph Sands: Spicy cherry, brisk and firm with racy acid. Alex Brisoux: Cranberry cinnamon palate, lean style, nice claret.

  • 1996 Rieussec "R" Bordeaux Blanc - 2 available ( $59.95)
    The 'R' de Rieussec is produced from plots that do not have the required amount of botrytisation and by sorting the healthy grapes on the other plots. Fermentation takes place for 20% in new barrels. This technique gives the wine great potential for ageing, while preserving its freshness and the grapes' fruity essence.

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2010 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien ( $84.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This rich, full wine shows the chateau to be at the top of its form. Its finely balanced, pushing both its fruit and acidity, with the tannins taking the supporting role. With its power leashed, this shows the stylish side of Saint-Julien, although it will certainly age for many years." (02/2013) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Very polished and stylish, with a velvety feel to the layers of crushed plum, currant and blackberry, while bittersweet cocoa and black licorice glide in on the gorgeous, black tea-infused finish. Features a lovely allure rather than raw power, making this possibly the prettiest St.-Julien of the vintage. There's plenty in the tank for cellaring as well. Best from 2014 through 2030." (03/2013) 94 points James Suckling: "A layered young red with lots of black olives and berries on the nose. Full body, with velvety and chewy tannins. It all comes together at the end with a lovely sweet fruit. Try after 2017." (02/2013) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years." (02/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Aromas and flavors of cassis, mulberry, minerals, licorice and bitter chocolate. Lush, sweet, deep and densely packed if rather youthfully backward, with terrific material to support its strong vanilla and mocha oak element and its serious but sweet tannins. Ultimately quite seamless but in need of several years of aging to harmonize and express itself more fully." (08/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Really broad, ripe and appealing on the nose when tasted immediately after a flight of lesser Pauillacs. Silky and sweet -- unusually so for a St-Julien -- with lots of ripe fruit overpowering the considerable tannic charge. Quite a bit of alcohol. Bone-dry finish. Relatively opulent. 17.5/20 points." (01/2014) K&L Notes: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. "Producer Patrick Maroteaux continues to fine-tune and turn out a succession of brilliant wines from this chateau," comments Robert Parker, "which sits across the famous Medoc Route du Vin from Beychevelle." (02/2013)

  • 2010 Cos Labory, St-Estèphe ( $49.99)
    92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of currants with blueberries and blackberries. Full body, with integrated tannins and a very pretty finish. This has lovely sweet fruit and length. Nicely done here. Try in 2018." (02/2013) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine seems like it's all structure at this stage, firmly tannic and dry. Very solid and chunky, it is hiding its potentially rich fruit, which will show once the intense tannins soften, but the wine will likely always be severe." (02/2013) 87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. Perfumed aromas of red cherry, dark plum, sweet spices and herbs. Enters the mouth fleshy and sweet, then shows vibrant blackberry and blackcurrant flavors in the mid-palate. A solid spine of acidity accentuates the tannins on the back end, leaving a somewhat dry mouthfeel. Still, there should be enough fruit here to stand up to the tannins over time." (05/2011) Wine Spectator: "A very grippy style, with a prominent charcoal spine gripping the plum, currant and blackberry fruit notes before slowly yielding on the finish, where a singed iron accent waits. Displays depth, but the structure remains astringent overall. Best from 2015 through 2022. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. 14% abv.

  • 2011 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur ( $12.99)
    87-90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, slightly extracted in feel with a taut plum skin edge running from start to finish, along with crushed cherry and blackberry fruit. A good tobacco note wafts through the finish. (Web-2012)" James Suckling: "Pretty aromas of blackberries and dried orange peel. Full and soft textured. Full to medium body, with velvety tannins and a bright finish..." (04/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the talented Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the 2011 Croix-Mouton over-delivers in flavor intensity, body and richness. For a Bordeaux Superieur it possesses an atypically dark ruby color as well as a chunky, fleshy bouquet of red and black fruits, spice box and earth. Drink this medium-bodied effort over the next 4-5 years." (04/2014)

  • 2011 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur (1.5L) ( $26.99)
    87-90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, slightly extracted in feel with a taut plum skin edge running from start to finish, along with crushed cherry and blackberry fruit. A good tobacco note wafts through the finish. Score range: 87-90. (Web Only- 2012)" James Suckling: "Pretty aromas of blackberries and dried orange peel. Full and soft textured. Full to medium body, with velvety tannins and a bright finish..." (04/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the talented Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the 2011 Croix-Mouton over-delivers in flavor intensity, body and richness. For a Bordeaux Superieur it possesses an atypically dark ruby color as well as a chunky, fleshy bouquet of red and black fruits, spice box and earth. Drink this medium-bodied effort over the next 4-5 years." (04/2014) K&L Notes: Robert Parker writes: "A consistent winner from the committed, energetic proprietor, Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the 2011 Croix Mouton is his lowest level wine. A blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. It is a very good effort from a vineyard situated near Fronsac."

  • 2011 Gazin, Pomerol ( $68.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A powerful, virile 2011, Gazin reveals a dense ruby/purple color, a big, meaty, earthy richness, lots of coffee, black cherry liqueur and spice notes, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. It will benefit from another 3-4 years of cellaring and should keep for 15+ years. 93+ (RP)" (04/2014) 87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium-deep red. Blackcurrant, plum, smoke, iron and mint on the nuanced nose. Juicy, bright and penetrating, with nicely delineated flavors of plum, minerals and lead pencil. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and a lingering note of blackcurrant. This will need time." (05/2012) 88-90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This firmly tannic wine has a dry character that lays over lighter fruits. With soft spice and some sweetness, this wine is developing already." (04/2012)

  • 2010 Monbousquet, St-Emilion ( $51.99)
    95 points James Suckling: "Great nose of spices, dried herbs, chocolate and coffee. Very intense nose. Full-bodied, with fabulous tannins and finesse. This is layered and rich yet very harmonious. Best Monbusquet ever. Try after 2018." (06/2013) 95 points Wine Spectator: "A lush, modern, style, with hyperdrive on the blueberry, loganberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Nothing gets too heady though, as there's charcoal-studded grip, smoldering coffee grinds and roasted bay leaf notes all in the background for definition and further development with cellaring. Modern, yes, but firmly grounded in its terroir. Best from 2016 through 2035." (03/2013) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottle unfined and unfiltered, it exhibits notes of Christmas fruitcake, black raspberry, cedar wood and spice box and has a full-bodied, fleshy, succulent mouthfeel, sweet tannin and decent acidity along with the tell-tale purity that always seems to emerge from the Perse estates. This wine should drink beautifully for at least 12-15 or more years. The 2010 is a brilliant effort from this estate, which occupies 80 acres on the so-called 'wrong side' of the road dividing the appellation of St.-Emilion in two. Yields were a modest 33 hectoliters per hectare and the wine is a blend of 70% Merlot and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with some Cabernet Sauvignon." (02/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. High-toned aromas of dark berries, espresso and bitter chocolate. Superconcentrated but a bit youthfully gritty, with strong acidity keeping the chewy cassis, licorice, spicecake and bitter chocolate flavors under wraps today. Finishes with serious ripe tannins. This rather brooding wine will need at least a few years in bottle to express its personality." (08/2013)

  • 2010 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion - 4 available ( $159.99)
    97 points Wine Spectator: "This takes the fruit of 2009 but harnesses it even more quickly, with rivets of graphite and apple wood studding the core of plum sauce, blackberry reduction and raspberry pâte de fruit. Ample singed apple wood lines the finish, melded wonderfully with the fruit, while the minerality lingers on and on in the background, waiting in reserve. Around it all, a beguiling violet note dances. The combination of power and purity is a wonderful thing.Non-blind Pavie Macquin vertical (December 2014). Best from 2020 through 2035. (JM, Web-2015)" 95 points James Suckling: "Gorgeous nose with great complexity. Blackberry, licorice and a steely mineral note. Lots of chalk, nutmeg and violets too. Dense and full-bodied on the palate with a beautiful fruit and a sumptuous fruity finish that just goes on and on. Velvety tannins and layered texture with lots of raw licorice. Drink from 2018." (02/2013) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is always an extremely masculine, dense, burly wine, and the 2010, which tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol (just slightly under that of the 2009), has a final blend of 80% Merlot and the rest virtually all Cabernet Franc, with just 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Loads of crushed rock and chalkiness, along with licorice, black truffle, smoked game and black fruits dominate the aromatics and flavor. Backward, formidably endowed, full-bodied and almost atypically massive and huge, with gargantuan extraction, this is a wine for patient connoisseurs to forget about for close to a decade. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040+. 95+ (RP)" (02/2013) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Fully saturated deep red. Ripe aromas of spicy red cherry jam, plum, dried herbs, sweet spices and clove. Rich, ripe and dense on entry, then austere and precise in the middle, showing deep flavors of cassis, cinnamon, minerals and savory herbs. Finishes lush, floral and long, with a chocolatey note. This bright, seamless wine strikes me as a very ripe but not over-the-top style of Pavie Macquin. It improves noticeably with aeration, becoming more minerally and less obviously ripe, and I really didn't notice the high alcohol. Great wine. 94+ (ID)" (03/2014) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "A juicy and fruity wine that's sustained by attractive tannins, giving both freshness and a balance of structure. The bright acidity lifts the wine while the tannins promise future aging. The wine is stylish, almost understated, but likely to develop impressively. (RV)" (03/2013) 93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "There is a more than a suggestion of California-like ripeness to this very dense, big-bodied working, and, if among the more massive and highly extracted Saint-Èmilions to be had, it has the fruity depth to make good. Almost chewy in texture and fit with an extra measure of grippy tannins, it is at once sinewy and very fleshy, and it requires a long stay in the cellar before rounding into its best shape." (04/2013)

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2011 Robert Denogent "Les Reisses" Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes ( $34.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dazzling 2011 Pouilly-Fuisse Les Reisses, a monopole for the family, has a bashful but again, mineral-rich bouquet that is beautifully defined and focused. The palate is effervescent on the entry with a crisp citric line of acidity that segues into a focused, understated but very pretty nectarine and Clementine-driven finish. Lovely. Just down the road from Chateau de Fuisse is another of the villages finest exponents: Domaine Robert-Denogent. Here I met Jean-Jacques Robert. In 1988 he quit a career inlaw to take charge of his familys vineyards in Fuisse and Solutre-Pouilly and commenced bottling the wines himself rather than selling it to local co-operatives. Father and son farm a total of 8.5 hectares, with 5.5 hectares in Pouilly-Fuisse including single vineyard bottling. There is minimal intervention out in the vineyard with complete eschewing of inorganic treatments, the harvest always by hand and fermentation natural. In the winery, which an estate agent might euphemistically describe as 'cosy,' the wines are all treated more or less equally, matured in 228-liter oak barrels with only one racking just prior to bottling. What makes this domaine different is the length of elevage, often up to 18 to 24 months depending on the vintage, an unusually long duration for Macon. Let me cut to the chase... These are some of the finest you will find in the region: exemplary, terroir-driven, soulful expressions of Chardonnay that were mostly an absolute pleasure to taste. (NM)" (08/2013)

  • 1990 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes - 1 available ( $599.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Bordeaux-like, saturated dense ruby/purple color is followed by a tight-fisted nose and flavors of black fruits, underbrush, minerals, smoke, and new oak. Although extremely concentrated, the wine is broodingly backward, and not fun to drink...yet. This loaded effort should prove to be one of the longest-lived red Burgundies made in the last twenty years. (RP)" (02/2002) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Solid and chewy in texture, with firm tannins and layers of black cherry, mushroom and orange-peel flavor, getting really decadent on the long finish. Has a sense of grandeur, even if some of the flavors are funky. (HS)" (05/1998) K&L Notes: Clive Coates: "Full colour. Only barely ready. Still quite closed in on the nose. Coffee and mocha flavours. Fullish body. Now finally beginning to soften up. Concentrated. Very lovely raspberry fruit. Very good grip. Just a little tannin still to round off. Excellent long, vigorous finish. Potentially excellent. (March, 2003) Now to 2030. 20.0"

  • 2003 Domaine Louis Latour Corton Grand Cru "Clos de la Vigne Au Saint" - 1 available ( $69.95)
    91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A huge step up in elegance, complexity and purity with extremely pretty spicy red pinot fruit aromas that introduce supple, sweet and opulent flavors that remain precise and beautifully well balanced. An altogether lovely wine that combines power and elegance with first class cellar potential." (04/2005)

  • 2003 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru - 1 available ( $2,299.00)
    99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 La Tache reveals aromas of milk chocolate, violets, roses, and dark cherries. Suave, displaying massive amplitude and a full-bodied, velvety-textured character, this behemoths flavor profile brings to mind chocolate-covered black cherries. Immensely powerful and noble, it offers an interminable finish that is packed with flawlessly ripe, sweet tannin. Projected maturity: 2013-2030. (PR)" (08/2005) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Wonderfully complex nose melds raspberry, rose petal, truffley underbrush and exotic spices. Then almost shockingly fresh in the mouth, with penetrating and rather delicate flavors of red berries and flowers. Still quite tightly wound but already offers compelling inner-mouth perfume. Finishes with building tannins and outstanding verve. (ST)" (04/2006) 95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Like the 2005, this really has not changed significantly though at 8 years of age, one can begin to see a subtle amount of aromatic development but I stress that it's subtle and overall, this remains quite primary aromatically speaking. The usual La Tâche aromatic fireworks are present as the highly perfumed, seductive, spicy and pungent floral notes make for an utterly brilliant nose. The broad-shouldered flavors remain somewhat understated and while there is superb concentration, the unexpected sense of reserve I noted in my original review is still here as there is even a certain coolness that is extremely rare for the 2003 vintage. Perhaps equally unexpected is that the '03 La Tâche is essentially a wine that marries finesse and purity with power because even though it is dense, it remains balanced and never heavy. To be sure, the effects of the vintage are noticeable as the finish is very ripe with notes of plum, mocha and coffee. Again, though this is only 8 years of age, nothing has changed to modify my view that this should be capable of lasting 50 years, indeed I have extended my initial drinking window somewhat. As with the 2005, this should ultimately be a great La Tâche though it's going to require plenty of patience until it gets there." (01/2012) Jancis Robinson: "Bright quite deep crimson with pale rim. Quite surly on the nose for the moment. Obviously very rich but not yet giving much away. Exotic mulch. No sign of the violets that can sometime show at this stage. Lovely texture and great balance. This one punches at the same weight all the way through the tasting experience; the tannins and fruit seem in perfect harmony. Great integrity and finesse. Is this the triumph of vine age against the extremes of Nature? So confident! Such grace. Lovely finish. Goes on and on and on with lovely delicacy and insistence yet no wimp. 19/20 points. Drink 2012-2025." (02/2006)

France - Champagne

  • Canard-Duchêne "Cuvée Léonie" Brut Champagne ( $39.99)
    Wine Club Price: $34.99.

    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright gold. Ripe orchard and pit fruits on the nose and in the mouth, with notes of honey and candied fig building with air. Lush and open-knit, with good heft and a touch of finishing warmth. This rich, weighty Champagne would work well with fish or poultry in a buttery sauce, or with aged, funky cheeses." (12/2012) Wine Enthusiast: "Named after one of the founders of Canard-Duchêne, this Pinot Noir-dominated Champagne is packed with intensely textured fruit along with some beginnings of maturity. With its powerful final acidity, it's a food wine." (12/2011) K&L Notes: 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay.

  • Moet & Chandon "Nectar Imperial" Demi-Sec Champagne - 11 available ( $49.99)
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Yellow-gold with a faint peach skin tinge. Peach, nectarine and spun sugar on the nose. Lush, creamy flavors of sweet pit fruits and melon are deepened by notes of honey and nougat. A touch of orange peel lifts this sappy, off-dry wine, which finishes on a slightly syrupy note. This is easier to drink and less cloying than many examples of sweet Champagne." (12/2009) Wine Enthusiast: "A good benchmark for a sweeter Champagne. In fact, not extravagantly sweet, because the fruit remains fresh, giving pear and apricot flavors, and a pure line in fresh acidity. (RV)" (12/2009) Wine Spectator: "Lightly sweet, with ripe apple, honey and candied citrus peel flavors. It's round and accessible, with a fresh finish. For fans of the style. Drink now. (BS, Web-2008)" K&L Notes: Winemaker's notes: "Nectar Impérial is the boldest and most unexpected Moët & Chandon champagne. It reflects the diversity and complementarities of the three champagne grapes and the richness of the region's best vineyards to reveal the magic of the world's most loved champagne. Lively and generous Nectar Impérial distinguishes itself by its tropical fruitiness, its richness on the palate and its crisp finish, that instantly surprise and delight."

  • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve Champagne ( $26.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "This balanced Champagne is ripe and juicy, with crème de cassis and Honeycrisp apple fruit flavors accented by details of honey, smoke and biscuit. A fresh and creamy aperitif. Drink now through 2018. (AN)" (11/2016) Connoisseurs Guide: "Fairly light in most every aspect and leaning in the direction of a Blanc de Blancs, this slender, crisply balanced bottling comes with scattered touches of minerals and chalk but is essentially reserved and restrained. It hits all of the right Champenoise marks without being emphatic in any, and it earns the nod for its refinement and well-polished style." (12/2014) Vinous: " Light yellow. Lemon zest, white pepper and a touch of mint on the nose. Dry and spicy, with a slightly rigid quality to its bitter citrus pith and quince flavors. On the tart side, with the white pepper note repeating on the nervy finish. (JR)" (01/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "One of the best-selling Champagnes in the world, this is a blend of the three main Champagne grapes. It is elegant and fruity, with a soft, balanced character that makes it very drinkable. White fruits are cut with lemon acidity that gives a lively, crisp aftertaste. (RV)" (12/2016)

  • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve Champagne (375ml) ( $17.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly floral and fresh, this offers pretty notes of ripe Gala apple and glazed apricot, layered with subtle hints of almond paste, piecrust, honey and ground spice. Shows fine balance and a lively mousse, leading to a lingering finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes." (11/2013) 89 points Connoisseurs Guide: "If never as far reaching and complex as those bottlings allowed extra time on the years, Feuilllatte's basic Brut is a complete and carefully crafted Champagne of fine balance and brightness. Its lightly yeasty elements are nicely matched by a trim bit of citrusy fruit, and both its energetic mousse and its keen sense of focus are sustained to the end. And, its very reasonable price earns it an extra tip of the hat." (12/2013) 89 points Wine Enthusiast: "This non-vintage is a stylish wine, well balanced with its acidity, and concentrated with grapefruit and apple flavors. While light on the palate, its very fruitya style that is best drunk now without further bottle age." (12/2013) K&L Notes: 20% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier. Up to 250 crus make up the blend for Feuillatte's entry-level Brut Champagne, with 15-35% reserve wines for depth and consistency. Extended aging in the cellar lends extra body and creamy richness for a solid Champagne that delivers in quality for the price. The 375 ml bottle makes a thoughtful gift, party favor, or stocking stuffer, and it is nice to have on hand for those occasions when you would like a glass of Champagne but don't want to open a full bottle. It could also be the perfect thing to have on hand while traveling just in case the hotel mini-bar options aren't up to par! Silver Medal Award - 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition; Bronze Medal Award - 2012 International Wine Challenge.

  • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé Champagne ( $44.99)
    91 points James Suckling: "A heady mix of raspberry and blueberry fruits on the nose of this deeper colored rosé Champagne. This has a crisp, lively lemon and red berry flavored palate, crunchy through the finish." (07/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Light-bodied and fresh, this open-knit rosé shows subtle notes of strawberry, almond biscotti and candied lemon zest, with a chalk-tinged finish." (11/2014) Wine & Spirits: "The deep pink color of a rose introduces this ripe, quince-and-orange-scented wine. The flavors deepen to tart cherry and savory herbs in a clean, accessible style with wide appeal." (12/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "An onion skin pink is an attractive start to this fresh, red fruited wine. It is crisp, but not bone dry, having a soft texture. There is a fine balance of acidity of fruit, giving a light-bodied wine good as an apéritif." (12/2013) Vinous: "(60% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay; L33086): Light orange. Leesy, smoke-tinged aromas of tangerine and white peach, plus hints of dried flowers and ginger. Big and rich but lively too, with ripe red berry and candied citrus fruit flavors complemented by a suggestion of buttered toast. Finishes supple and broad, with a restrained sweetness and lingering warmth. (JR)" (01/2015) Connoisseurs Guide: "Light to medium in volume and offering whispers of cherries and minerals with quiet but noticeably yeasty overlays to its aromas, this one flirts with the vinosity that some of its genre can deliver but stays on the lighter side. Its palatefeel is led by a suitably full set of bubbles and then picks up a mild touch of tannin towards the back, and, all in all, this wine will be at home with light and modestly savory hors d'oeuvres." (12/2014) K&L Notes: This rosé is made from 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay. It has great fruit on the nose and the Pinot Noir mark is strong in this elegant bottle of bubbles. It is quite dry and light for a wine with this much flavor. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

  • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose Champagne (375mL) ( $24.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "A lively sparkling rosé, with a bright, citrusy overtone to fruit-forward flavors of strawberry puree and black raspberry, showing accents of biscuit, walnut skin and gumdrop. Drink now through 2016." (11/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light orange. Musky blood orange and redcurrant on the nose and palate, an herbal nuance building with air. Chewy and broad, with good finishing punch and a touch of lingering warmth. I'd serve this weighty pink Champagne with roasted chicken or duck - it's definitely more suited to the table than for aperitif duty." (12/2012) Wine Enthusiast: "An onion skin pink is an attractive start to this fresh, red fruited wine. It is crisp, but not bone dry, having a soft texture. There is a fine balance of acidity of fruit, giving a light-bodied wine good as an apéritif." (12/2013) Connoisseurs Guide: "More overt in its fruit than the typical French bottling and a bit closer to the California model, Feuillatte's Rosé tilts top cherries and plums with a suggestion of juiciness beneath its very proper yeast veneer. It is more crisp than creamy, and it is enlivened by a strong but refined mousse, and, while it is crafted in a more obvious style than most of its Gallic kin, it is tasty stuff and very much succeeds in its aims." (12/2013) K&L Notes: A half-bottle of rose is the most romantic way to start off a dinner for two! This rose is made from 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. It has great fruit on the nose and the Pinot Noir mark is strong in this elegant bottle of bubbles. It is quite dry and light for a wine with this much flavor. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

France - Champagne - Old and Rare

  • 1996 Moet & Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne - 1 available ( $299.00)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The nose gives intense toasty, biscuity notes with an underlying fruit character of warm strawberries, golden delicious apple slices, oyster shells and chalk dust. Very crisp, fine, youthful and fresh in the mouth, the finish provides layers of minerals, citrus fruits and a pleasant creaminess in texture and flavour. (LPB)" (05/2011) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This minerally. toasty wine has flavors of almonds and white stone fruits, and a long, finish. It is still young, and is just coming into great balance. Elegant and ethereal." (11/2006) 95 points Vinous: "One of the more accessible wines of the year today, the 1996 Dom Pérignon impresses for its exceptional balance and class. Lemon peel, white flowers and mint are laced together in the glass. The 1996 is in a terrific place today where it can be enjoyed or cellared for a number of years. (AG)" (10/2014) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very pale color. Wonderfully complex, musky aromas of minerals, ginger, lemon, earth, mushroom, smoke and brioche; with aeration, this showed sweaty saline and chicken broth notes that reminded me of Le Montrachet, as well as a captivating topnote of fresh rose petal. Fat, ripe and mouthfilling without being at all heavy. Loaded with flavor and long and delicious on the aftertaste. (JR)" (12/2004) 94 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Vibrant, layered and rich all at the same time, this very fine Champagne is expansive in its aromas and deep yet refined on the palate. Its overall character tends a bit toward the Chardonnay end of the spectrum both in its lemony and minerally character as well as in its terrific balance and finesse on the palate. Its complex flavors go on and on, and the wine will do the same in bottle. *Two Stars*" (11/2004) 93 points Wine Spectator: "This features floral, candied citrus, pencil shaving and hazelnut aromas and flavors. It's fresh and focused, with a firm structure offset by a mouthfilling richness and a lacy texture. Not a blockbuster, but seamless and seductive in its approach. (BS)" (08/2004)

  • 2003 Moet & Chandon "Dom Pérignon Koons" Brut Rosé Champagne - 1 available ( $329.00)
    96 points Wine Spectator: " Finely detailed in texture, with an expressive flavor profile of strawberry pâte de fruit, biscotti, ground anise and ginger, matched to vivid acidity and a rich, minerally character. Broad and creamy on the palate, featuring a long, echoing finish. Drink now through 2029. (AN)" (12/2014) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Whats more, the price-quality rapport here is excellent by any Champagne standards, and puts that of many a prestige cuvee to shame. Moets 2003 Brut Rose Dom Perignon exhibits both richness and robustness reflecting its torrid vintage, yet manages to stint neither on primary juiciness nor transparency to nuance; nor does it come off as at all heavy. Lightly cooked ripe strawberry and fig infused with rose hip, licorice, Ceylon tea, heliotrope and leather inform a delightfully forward nose and lush, effusively fruity palate. A tart and seedy edge to the strawberry serves for invigoration; and lobster shell reduction serves for mouthwatering salinity and somehow downright sweet animal savor. There is a hint of tannin, but it is fine-grained and suggestive of structural support. A long, seductively rich finish manages to harbor not just the immediately aforementioned virtues, but also a sense of transparency to floral and tea-like nuances and to virtually shimmering stoniness. This alluring and distinctive beauty should be worth following for at least the next half dozen years. (DS)" (11/2013) 93 points Vinous: "One of the positive surprises in this tasting, the 2003 Dom Pérignon Rosé is now finally beginning to put on a little weight, although it remains inward and very much tightly wound. It will be interesting to see how the Rosé develops. The 2003 Blanc has always been more impressive than the Rosé. This is the first time I have seen anything that suggests the gap between the two 2003 might narrow some day. Sweet exotic aromatics linger on a finish that remains marked by a slight element of astringency. Disgorged 2012. (AG)" (05/2015) K&L Notes: This collector's edition of Dom Pérignon Rosé is tucked into a gift box designed by the artist Jeff Koons. The exterior of the box has photos of the sculpture Koons created for Dom Pérignon, called the Ballon Venus, with a reflection of the artist's studio visible on the surface of the sculpture's shiny curves. The inside of the box is designed to mimic the iridescent interior of the original sculpture. The bottle itself incorporates the sculpture's radiant magenta color on both the foil and the iconic Dom shield.

  • 2004 Moët & Chandon "Grand Vintage" Brut Rosé Champagne - 6 available ( $79.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This serious, ripe offering is packed with red berry and stone fruit flavors. It also has complex touches of toast and acidity, producing a sense of dryness. (RV)" (12/2012) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A firm, focused version, this is driven by smoke-tinged minerality and racy acidity, while flavors of strawberry pâte de fruit, candied orange zest, apricot tart and ground ginger and clove mesh with the sleek structure. (AN)" (12/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid orange-pink color. Powerful black raspberry, cherry and rose aromas are complemented by buttered toast and allspice. Smoky, penetrating dark berry and blood orange flavors are given lift and spine by tangy acidity, picking up a toasty nuance with air. Finishes smooth, spicy and long, with a sexy floral nuance and a touch of bitter cherry. (JR)" (11/2013) 92 points Vinous: "Much more typical of the year, 2004 Brut Grand Vintage Rosé is pure chalk, rhubarb, pomegranate and rose petals. The flavors possess striking delineation and nuance in a style that is all about tension. I very much like the sense of energy here. Stylistically, the Rosé is quite a bit more focused than the Blanc in 2004, with fewer oxidative overtones and plenty of drive. This is a hugely appealing Champagne from Moët Chandon. (AG)" (05/2013) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Moets deeply salmon-colored 2004 Brut Rose Grand Vintage incorporates 24% Meunier and 45% Pinot Noir of which nearly a quarter was red wine. A nose of fresh red raspberry and fennel leads to a sappy, snappy, marzipan-tinged palate impression whose supportive sweetness led me to imagine a higher dosage than the mere five grams that are present; but then, this wines luscious sense of vivid and ripe red fruit fits the generous and warm nature of its vintage. While not especially complex though perhaps a year or two more in bottle will lend depth this is nonetheless impeccably balanced and irresistibly appetizing. (DS)" (11/2013)

  • 1996 Perrier Jouët 'Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque' Champagne (1.5L) - 1 available ( $279.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The famous Belle Epoque bottle design is based on a 1902 bottle of Emile Gallé. Today's blend of this prestige cuvée is a fine balance between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, crisp and fresh in a ripe, mature aperitif style. It is lively but complex, showing some toasty flavors to complement the rich, ripe green fruit tastes. Great balance and elegace." (12/2004) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Reticent aromas and flavors hinting at vanilla pastry, peach, citrus and ginger, all beautifully integrated with its firm structure and supple texture. A roasted, nutty element emerges on the finish. Drink now through 2010" (11/2004) K&L Notes: The famous 'Flower Bottle', Perrier Jouet's Belle Epoque is one of the most recognizable champagne bottles in the world. Always at the top of the luxury cuvee Champagnes, it makes a gift that will impress!

  • 1998 Piper-Heidsieck "Cuvée Rare" Champagne 1.5L - 2 available ( $399.00)
    97 points Wine Spectator: "Mouthwatering, with rich notes of smoky mineral, truffle and toasted hazelnut underscoring lovely layers of black currant, crystallized honey, espresso, dried pineapple, ground ginger and cumin. The long, lasting finish is all about the creamy bead, which sits like finely woven silk on the palate. Tasted from magnum. Drink now through 2033." (11/2013) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright green-straw. Pungent, pure, mineral-driven aromas of lime, melon, white peach and honeysuckle expand with air. Fresh and sharply focused, offering lively citrus flesh and zest flavors and a suave underpinning of smoky minerals. Turns creamier on the long, gently sweet finish. An impressive showing; this is balanced to reward patience." (11/2008)

France - French Regional Wines - Old and Rare

  • 2012 Andrieux & Fils "Cuvée Victoria" Côtes de Provence Rosé ( $13.99)
    89 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and rich, with hints of chocolate to the well-spiced flavors of raspberry, currant and dark cherry. Ripe tropical notes fill the finish, revealing accents of tangerine and ginger." (08/2013) K&L Notes: This complex Côtes de Provence rosé is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. From the winery: "This Rosé has a beautiful light rose-salmon color with aromas of ripe tropical fruit notes, revealing accents of tangerine and hints of ginger. The mouth is broad and rich, with hints of chocolate to the well-spiced flavors of raspberry, currant, and dark cherry. The finish is lingering and rich." 12.5% abv.

  • 2012 Les Domaniers "Sélection Ott" Côtes de Provence Rosé (1.5L) - 3 available ( $39.99)
    Les Domaniers is part of the Ott Sélection range. These are wines that have been produced from some of the oldest vines and most noble varietals from select growers throughout Provence. The wines are produced using the traditional vinification methods of Domaines Ott, founded in 1912 by Alsatian engineer Marcel Ott. The winemaking team carefully selects the grape lots and produces wines they consider to be worthy and excellent value for wines from the Côtes de Provence. 13% abv.

  • 2012 Domaines Ott "Château de Selle" Côtes de Provence Rosé ( $39.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(made from 50% grenache, 30% cinsault, 15% syrah and 5% cabernet sauvignon): Bright orange-pink. Complex scents of fresh citrus fruits, pink grapefruit and chalky minerals, along with a sexy floral overtone. Stains the palate with energetic citrus fruit and red berry flavors that pick up spiciness with air. Finishes nervy, precise and persistent, with a dusty, stony quality." (07/2013) K&L Notes: Possibly one of the best known Provençal rosé producers (and fastest-selling) that we carry. The Château de Selle rosé from Domaines Ott is a a spicy, grapefruit and apricot-scented and flavored wine with hints of fresh herbs made from a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 13% abv.

  • 1986 M. Chapoutier Banyuls 500ml - 1 available ( $39.99)

France - Loire

  • 2010 Domaine du Pré Semelé "Camille" Sancerre Rouge ( $34.99)
    Pré Semelé's Camille is a 100% Pinot Noir sourced from 45 year old vines planted in clay and limestone soils. Harvested to very modest yields (below those allowable in Grand Cru Burgundy vineyards), only 125 cases of this select bottling were produced. From the importer: "Domaine du Pré Semelé lies in a tiny valley a few miles northwest of the hilltop town of Sancerre. The estate is managed by the third generation of the family Raimbault, brothers Julien and Clément, vigneron and winemaker respectively. They are guided by their father Rémy who has worked their vineyards for decades with his brother Claude. This is another wonderful example of the younger generation [taking over the] family estate and taking it to a new higher level."

France - Other Spirits

  • Chartreuse Green 375ml - 11 available ( $28.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This lime-green, anise-scented liqueur is sweet at first sip, then herbaceous in the middle, showing fennel, pine, tarragon and mild floral notes. The finish is spicy and warming, with anise, white pepper and ginger heat. It's a bit too viscous and fiery for straight-up sipping, but it's beautifully complex and a key ingredient for the classic Last Word and other cocktails. (KN)" (04/2016) K&L Notes: Chartreuse has gotten notice in recent years as an important ingredient in popular Gin cocktails such as the Last Word, but the spirit which named a color has a grand and winding history that goes back more than 400 years. Its recipe is something of legend but something is known about the process. At their sprawling stone monastery in the French Alps, two Carthusian monks oversee the crushing and blending of about 130 plants and herbs that are included... each monk maintains a vow of silence in regard to these ingredients which are archived on the order's secret 400 year old manuscript. These pre-blended ingredients are macerated in alcohol and distilled by the monks in stages at their distillery in Voiron, the final maceration giving the liqueur its color. The finished concoction is stored in huge oak casks in the world's largest liqueur cellar for maturation until bottling (The VEP bottling sees extended wood age to the tune of eight years). The result is remarkable; perhaps the only spirit in the world that actually develops and improves with long-term age in the bottle like only the finest wines. Pour some over ice to see how the essential oils in the liqueur are so massively concentrated that they won't combine with the water of the melted ice... the mixture shimmers in a delicate, rippling swirl. These herbal oils grant digestif powers to Green Chartreuse that are unrivaled... a few sips at the end of a hedonistic feast will quickly erase any discomfort or regret.

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2011 Andrieux & Fils "Cuvée Jules Vieilles Vingnes" Côtes du Rhône-Villages ( $13.99)
    The 2011 Andrieux & Fils "Cuvée Jules Vieilles Vignes" Côtes du Rhône-Villages is a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre that exhibits a beautiful ruby color and an aromatic bouquet of cherry and licorice notes. The mouthfeel is rich and round, with hints of crushed plum and dark berries. The finish is long, silky and smooth. 13.5% abv.

  • 2010 Andrieux & Fils Muscat Beaumes de Venise (375ml) ( $14.99)
    From the winery: "This wine has a beautiful golden color with a nose of fresh and delicous scents focused on pears and grapefruit with touches of honey. The mouth is very well balanced with nice acidity and delicate flavors of apricot and pear. It delivers a refreshing rich and complex finish." 15% abv.

  • 2011 Château Sixtine "Manus Dei" Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( $34.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek, with good cut to the linzer torte and damson plum fruit flavors, while mouthwatering singed anise and wood spice fill in the background. A licorice note hangs on the finish. Drink now through 2024." (10/2013) Jancis Robinson: "60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre. Very dark purplish crimson. Good energy and depth here. Not enormous concentration but at least some distinction. Racy and satisfying..." (02/2013) K&L Notes: 14% abv.

  • 2011 Domaine de la Côte de l'Ange Côtes-du-Rhône ( $14.99)
    From the winery: "This wine is a dark ruby red colour, with superb youthful glints of deep purple. The nose is very fresh, with aromas of violet, blackcurrant, and dark fruits--but also red fruits, cedar, and spices. It is light and fresh in the mouth, with a nice balance of roundedness and intensity, finishing on a peppery note combined with dark fruits." Robert Parker says of the domaine: "This estate, run by Yannick and Corinne Gasparri, is at the top of its game, as recent vintages over the last decade have all been very strong." (10/2012) 14% abv.

  • 2011 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage - 7 available ( $29.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As for the red wines, the charming 2011 Crozes-Hermitage offers loads of strawberry and cherry fruit, good ripeness, a creamy texture, medium body, good freshness and an up-front, evolved style that suggests drinking it over the next 5-6 years." (12/2012)

  • 2009 M. Chapoutier "La Mordorée" Côte-Rôtie - 7 available ( $149.99)
    97 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* Bass notes of roasted mesquite and ganache support the fig and currant core, with lots of singed bay leaf, charcoal and espresso to fill in on the finish, where a black tea note echoes in the background. Shows serious muscle, but riveting acidity keeps it all harnessed. Needs a little time to settle in, but will be worth the wait for its terrific length and range. Best from 2015 through 2030." (07/2012) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cote Rotie La Mordoree (471 cases) is potentially the finest La Mordoree made since the monumental 1991 (which is just beginning to hit full maturity at age 20). Spring flower, black olive, smoky barbecued meat, creme de cassis, graphite and black cherry characteristics are all found in this complex, aromatic effort. With an unctuous texture and a full-bodied mouthfeel, this is a gorgeous example of Cote Rotie Syrah that should drink nicely for 20-25+ years. (RP)" (12/2011) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Cherry compote, cassis and violet on the highly perfumed nose. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors show impressive intensity and focus, with notes of allspice and star anise adding complexity. Smoothly combines power with vivacity. A bright mineral note adds cut to the very long, sappy, refreshingly bitter finish. (JR)" (04/2012) Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson. Cool, spicy nose. Very pure luscious super-ripe Syrah with such perfume that you could almost imagine there were some Viognier in here. Very subtle and very Côte Rôtie. Refined and sophisticated. Only medium weight and a suitably dry finish. Sinewy, non flashy, true Côte Rôtie. Very flattering because there is considerable flesh here but it is aérien overall. Flies over that extraordinary terrain (18/20 points)" (04/2010)

France - Rhone Valley - Old and Rare

  • 2012 Château Sixtine Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ( $59.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Moving to the estate wines, the 2012 Cuvee Sixtine Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a knockout blend of 100% Roussanne that spent 6 months in barrel. Layered, rich and classy, with golden fruits, pineapple, sweet spice and toast, it flows onto the palate with medium-bodied richness, beautiful purity and a clean, focused finish. Always a rich white, it balances everything perfectly and will be versatile on the dinner table. Drink it over the coming couple of years. Drink now-2016." (10/2013) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Bright plantain, Cavaillon melon and salted butter aromas and flavors are followed by a long, creamy finish that shows a hint of macadamia nut. A flattering style." (10/2013) K&L Notes: 14% abv.

  • 2012 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ( $59.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "A juicy, fresh, racy style, with dried star fruit and melon rind notes, followed by heather honey, green plum, chamomile and white peach flavors. The finish is bright and engaging." (10/2013) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An outstanding white, Michel's 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc offers up ripe golden fruits, dried pineapple, flower and citrus (which becomes more and more apparent with air) to go with a medium-bodied, fresh and lively feel on the palate. It-s a delicious, pure and nicely focused wine to drink over the coming couple of years. Drink now-2015." (10/2013) K&L Notes: 14% abv.

  • 2012 Yves Cuilleron Roussanne Vins de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes ( $22.99)
    This 100% Roussanne from northern Rhone superstar Yes Cuilleron is sourced from parcels in Chavanay and St Michel-sur-Rhone with total holdings of a single hectare. It is a round and substantial wine aged in barrels of five to six years of age for six months. Nice acidity and spice lead to a fresh finish with a hint of herbs. 12% abv.

France - Sauternes - Old and Rare

  • 1994 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) - 1 available ( $139.99)
    Wine Spectator: " A very good but not outstanding Yquem. Yellow-gold color. Intense aromas of petrol, spice and honey, with dried apricot. Full-bodied, very sweet, with a green apple and honey character; petrol character comes through on the finish. Better with age. Best after 2005. (JS)" (05/2000)

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2012 Erik Banti Vermentino Maremma Toscana ( $9.99)
    Fresh, Italian white the artisan way. Whole cluster pressed, cool fermented, aged in 10% oak barrels.

  • 2012 Geografico Vernaccia di San Gimignano ( $9.99)

  • 2012 Ronco Blanchis Pinot Grigio Collio ( $14.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Hints of walnut and sous-bois underscore notes of dried apricot, lemon preserves and yellow apple, all backed by well-cut acidity. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: Sitting in the northeastern corner of Italy on the border of Slovenia, Collio has an ancient winegrowing history and remains an important DOC zone for quality white wines. Here the Palla family, led by patriarch Giancarlo, produces distinctive wines from these Friulian lands. Densely planted vines produce a terroir-driven Pinot Grigio, which features a flinty profile with notes of pear and fine minerals.

  • 2003 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore - 1 available ( $124.99)
    About the producer: "Principally known for its famous Amarone della Valpolicella, the winery Romano Dal Forno produces three wines, all characteristic of the area in which the winery is situated, distinguishing itself in its constant and total quest for absolute quality. Born next to his family’s vineyards, the founder grew up with a love for the countryside and an undying passion for his work, dedicating his life to continual improvement. For years, thanks to the commitment of the whole family, the company has reached unparalleled standards in their unflinching goal to give unique pleasure and emotion to all who drink a Dal Forno product. The continuous international recognition, which is received daily, compensates for all the scruples, sacrifices and the attention given to working procedures, in the vineyards and the winery, and gives the strength and energy required to ensure that the horizons of excellence are always moved to the next level."

  • 2003 Paolo Scavino Barolo "Bric del Fiasc" - 1 available ( $87.95)
    94 points Vinous: "Scavino's 2003 Barolo Bric del Fiasc bursts from the glass with notable exuberance. Black cherries plums, iron, smoke and leather are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. A dark, powerful wine, the 2003 needs more time in bottle before it starts to offer its best drinking, especially in magnum. Still the balance of fruit and tannin is super-impressive in the Bric del Fiasc, one of the most intriguing wines of this very challenging year. (AG)" (06/2014) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderful aromas of licorice, fresh mushroom and blackberry. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Goes on and on. Solid and enticing. Excellent for the vintage. (JS)" (09/2007) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Scavinos 2003 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is without question the most balanced of these 2003 Barolos as it has more than enough fruit to stand up to the wines structural components. A big, dark, brooding wine, this richly-textured, sumptuous Barolo is packed with sweet dark fruit, chocolate, menthol, smoke and spices that coat the palate with superb intensity. Not for the faint of heart, it is an over the top, extreme Barolo that captures the freakishness of this vintage. That notwithstanding, this wine has an enviable track record and with bottle age it will likely develop into an outstanding Barolo. (AG)" (10/2007)

Italy

  • 2011 Girolamo Russo ‘A Rina’ Etna Rosso - 12 available ( $24.99)
    92 points James Suckling: "Beautiful aromas of dried strawberries and flowers follow through to a full body with integrated tannins and a silky, delicious finish. Lightly meaty and savory. Drink or hold." (09/2013) K&L Notes: Primarily composed of the Nerello Mascalese grape, with small percentages of Nerello Cappuccio.

  • 2008 Terre da Vino "Paesi Tuoi" Barolo ( $19.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Balanced, bright and dense, this powerful offering delivers a bold, masculine mouthfeel with flavors of dark fruit, spice and bitter chocolate. The finish is drying and astringent; drink after 2018." (09/2012)

  • 2010 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana ( $6.99)
    I met Erik Banti in Florence and immediately liked him: wiley, real, vibrant and impatient; he was impatient because he was so sure that K&L was the perfect match to have us import his wines. I have to be a little coy in these meetings--you don't want to give away your poker hand right away--but I don't have a poker face, so when I tasted his Sangiovese-based 2009 Carato, my tell was played. "How much is this?" I immediately asked. Then I let out a slow, quiet, "wow!" when Erik gave his price. This wine is just delicious; full, fleshy, voluptuous, sumptuous, truly hedonistic. It spends 10 months in Slavonian and American oak barriques, and I think at this price you, too will be saying wow! The 2010, a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot and 5% Syrah, is every bit as "wow." (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian buyer)

  • 2011 Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano ( $10.99)
    The 2011 Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano is a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It features a fruity nose highlighted by violet which reverberates on the palate with a lightly tannic structure. This juicy red ready to drink and is excellent with simple pasta dishes, poultry, and soft cheeses.

Portugal - Port

  • 2011 Dow's Vintage Port ( $79.99)
    99 points Wine Spectator: "*** #1 Wine of the Year 2014 - Collectibles *** Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirsch and cassis flavors that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty. One for the ages. Best from 2030 through 2060. (KM)" (02/2014) 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Dow Vintage Port was made from no less than 44 separate ferments from finest fruit sourced from Quinta do Bomfim (35% of the blend), Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira (42%) and the Santinho (14%) and Cerdeira (6%) estates. Just six of the best lots were used in the final blend, which consists of 40% Touriga Franca, 36% Touriga Naçional, 10% Sousão and 14% of old vine plantings. It has a beautiful, quite extravagant bouquet with copious black and red fruit, Indian spice, and hints of menthol and orange rind that unfold wonderfully in the glass. The palate is a sumptuous affair, one that is beautifully balanced with velvety smooth, plump tannins, copious black fruit with a harmonious, white pepper-tinged finish that is a decadent delight. This is one of the finest of the declarations of 2011 Vintage Ports, a sublime expression of the vintage you would be foolish not to buy. This is Dow at its best. (NM)" (05/2013) 97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, saturated dark ruby. Penetrating aromas of black cherry, violet, lavender, licorice, dark tobacco and minerals. Then plush and elegant in the mouth, with outstanding depth and a hint of youthful bitterness to the superconcentrated flavors of black raspberry and spices. The wine's perfectly integrated acidity and floral lift give the finish great hang time. With 48 hours in the recorked bottle, this beauty showed its powerful underlying medicinal reserve without losing its freshness. Should be a wonderful follow-up to the splendid 2007 Dow--and very long-lived. Snap this one up and grow old gracefully with it. 97+ Points (ST)" (06/2014) 97 points Wine & Spirits: "Dows Vintage is often remote on release, a kernel of impacted flavor. This vintage is more like a perfect sphere. All the elements are there, from plump, superripe fruit to polished schist tannins, suspended in a round, complete integration that refuses to break apart. Smoky, bright, luscious and bold, its a wine thats easy to imagine being still fresh and complex at 50 years old, and its not a reach to believe it will live well to 80 or 100. This is a blend of Cima Corgo fruit from Bomfim and Douro Superior power from Sen