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New Arrivals And Back In Stock Highlights - March 1st, 2017 - 03/01/2017 - Preferred Customer Alerts

Whether it is a new allocation or old favorite, below you will find our most recent additions to the diverse selection at K&L Wine Merchants. We receive new opportunities weekly from direct imports to local distributors to carefully inspected back-vintage collections - you'll find the best of our new discoveries below.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
Marietta "Old Vine Red Lot #65" California Red Blend $11.99 View
2010 La Rioja Alta "Viña Alberdi" Reserva Rioja 95 $17.99 View
2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" St-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) $19.99 View
2016 Bedrock Wine Company "Ode to Lulu" California Rosé $20.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" St-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) 94 $22.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 94 $22.99 View
2010 Cune Gran Reserva Rioja 95 $24.99 View
2014 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $40) 93 $28.99 View
2014 Dassault, St-Emilion 92 $31.99 View
Writer's Tears Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey (750ml) $39.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "L'Eglantine" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 96 $54.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Miaux" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 95 $54.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Montmain" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 96 $59.99 View
2010 Gloria, St-Julien 93 $59.99 View
2015 La Ferme du Mont "Côtes Capelan" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $59.99 View
2005 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $59.99 View
2007 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $79.99 View
2010 Serafin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Corbeaux" (Pre-Arrival) 91 $89.99 View
2010 Serafin Morey-St.-Denis 1er Cru "Les Millandes" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $89.99 View
2013 Nickel & Nickel "State Ranch" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 $99.99 View
2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 99 $118.95 View
2014 Plumpjack "Estate" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 95 $119.99 View
2013 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 98 $149.99 View
2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 96 $209.99 View
2015 Domaine d'Eugénie Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 $249.99 View
2009 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $249.99 View
2014 Lail "J. Daniel Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 $249.99 View
Glenlivet 45 Year Old "Alexander Murray" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $899.99 View

Marietta "Old Vine Red Lot #65" California Red Blend ($11.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "For many years I have been touting the old-vine red put together by Marietta cellars as one of the great values in all of winedom. I got to taste two of the old-vine reds, Lot 64 and Lot 65, and there is no reason to change my opinion. This is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and mixed Italian blacks. It usually hits about 13.5% alcohol, which is modest, and aged largely in neutral oak and stainless steel. Production is about 30,000 cases and, of course, they sell it like they are giving away free hotcakes it is so delicious. As for the NV Old Vine Red Lot 65, this was bottled right before I tasted it and again contains lots of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and other varieties such as Montepulciano and Barbera. This is delicious, concentrated and spicy with loads of roasted herbs, black cherry, briary berry fruit, pepper and meatiness. This medium-bodied, lusty wine was aged 60% in stainless steel and 40% in neutral oak. (RP)" (10/2016)

Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* This great-value wine proves that a vintage date is not always needed for high-quality. Drenched with fruit flavor and nicely thick in texture, this full-bodied wine is not overly tannic, so it's easy to appreciate. It shows ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors, with smoky, meaty accents that come out on the second and third sips. (JG)" (03/2017)

2010 La Rioja Alta

2010 La Rioja Alta "Viña Alberdi" Reserva Rioja ($17.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Ripe and intense aromas of strawberries and blackberries with hints of black ink. Savory notes, too. Full-bodied, chewy and focused with linear fruit and character. Very finely crafted. Drink or hold." (12/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Viña Alberdi is a Tempranillo blend from different vineyards from what they consider an extraordinary vintage. This wine is matured in American oak barrels built by their own coopers, the first year in new barrels and the second one in third-year barrels with four manual rackings. This is the younger of their wines, with even some red berry aromas and spicy oak, quite harmonious. The palate is lively, balanced and polished, with tasty flavors and bright acidity. Delicious. (AG)" (08/2016)

Wine Spectator: "This silky red offers dried cherry, orange peel, tea and tobacco flavors, with light, firm tannins and citrusy acidity. Focused and graceful, in the traditional style. (TM)" (11/2016)

K&L Notes: Founded in 1890, La Rioja Alta is one of the most experienced and universally respected wineries in Rioja. Viña Alberdi is La Rioja Alta's juiciest, most approachable Rioja to drink on the younger side. That said, it still is one of the standard bearers of great quality, affordable, traditional Rioja, aged for two full years in barrels produced on site by the company's own coopers. Based upon Tempranillo, this is always quite tasty but in a vintage as strong as 2010, it elevates itself to top value category.

Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 17, 2017

If you like medium bodied, earthy reds that go with food, this is a wine to buy a case of. Last night, Cinnamon and I had the Vina Alberdi from La Rioja Alta with a winter beef stew that I made. It was a stunning wine and a great combination. The savory dark Tempranillo fruit had just the right amount of rose like aroma to contrast its frame of cake like American oak and plenty of good acid to cut the rich stew. We found the 750ml size a bit small for something so easy to drink!

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 15, 2016

The most important fact to know about the 2010 Alberdi is that it needs to breath. The difference between this wine thirty seconds after opening the bottle and thirty minutes is night and day. I decanted this beauty and was absolutely spellbound once the initial intensity blew off and the fruit opened up underneath. This is classic Spanish food wine, full of dark berries and chewy tannins. It's not a big juicy garnacha by any means, but rather an old school Rioja with finesse and style. It has restraint and on the finish there are lingering notes of wood and dark berries. Cook up a steak or a rack of lamb and dump a bottle of this in the decanter for some mighty fine living!

Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 15, 2016

Pours a beautiful deep brick red color, and offers dense aromas of raspberries, ripe strawberries, and aged leather with a hint of salinity. On the palate, robust but fully integrated and silky tannins combine with a vibrant acidity for overall outstanding structure, underlined by the slight influence of vanilla and spice notes from the oak. A powerful and well-balanced Rioja from an outstanding vintage.

Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2016

Upon first whiff, the 2010 Viña Alberdi is spicy, with the cedary oak notes nearly stealing the show. There are of course baking spices and pretty fruits as well, which both become more evident on the palate, where they combine with the oak for a nicely balanced, "bien clasico" expression of Rioja. This level of quality and traditional craftsmanship at under $18 makes this a must in your regular rotation!

2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" St-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) ($19.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leading off the four 2014 St Joseph releases, the 2014 St Joseph La Source comes from a mix of terroirs (both the northern and southern regions of the appellation) and was brought up mostly in concrete. It has a juicy, lively, elegant style as well as lots of granite-induced notes of blackberries, damp earth and crushed rock. Drink this classy, well-made St Joseph over the coming 4-5 years. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

2016 Bedrock Wine Company "Ode to Lulu" California Rosé ($20.99)

Morgan Twain-Peterson may be the most talented young winemaker in United States. How could he not be, growing up in vineyards beside his well-known father, winemaker Joel Peterson (Ravenswood). Morgan has done exceptionally well in the eyes of the press, and us here at K&L, with his label Bedrock. His wines are thoughtfully crafted small production bottlings from old vines located in “heritage” vineyards throughout California. Hard to come by, these Bedrock wines already have a loyal and rabid following that just keeps growing year after year. We are lucky to secure one of Morgan’s less talked-about wines in the Bedrock series, his lovely Mouvedre-dominated rosé. Here is a rosé that, in a recent vintage, was scored 91 points by Robert Parker — high marks for a crisp, quaffable rosé!

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" St-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) ($22.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another huge, sexy wine is the 2015 St Joseph La Source, which at this quality, sells for a song. Black raspberries, cassis, red currants, licorice and graphite all emerge from this full-bodied beauty that has sweet tannin and a stacked mid-palate. It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and drink well for over a decade. Twenty-eight bucks? More please. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "(raised in 80 percent concrete tanks and 20 percent new and used barriques) Dark purple. Mineral-accented black and blue fruits, licorice and Indian spices on the fragrant nose. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering appealingly sweet cassis and boysenberry flavors, a suggestion of bitter chocolate and building spiciness. Lingers with very good tenacity on the finish, which is shaped by dusty, even tannins." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($22.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better than the La Matiniere cuvée, the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Calendes (100% Syrah, destemmed and aged in concrete) offers lots of graphite and minerality, as well as full-bodied richness, a thick, unctuous texture, present tannin and a great finish. Again, the value here is about as good as it gets. At the moment, all of the Crozes Hermitage releases share a lot of similarities, but Im sure theyll show more singular characters with additional time in barrel. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry pit, licorice and woodsmoke, lifted by a spicy hint of white pepper. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, offering ripe red and dark berry and violet pastille flavors that put on weight with air. The lively, smoke-tinged, persistent finish shows resonating spiciness, sneaky tannins and a whiplash of sweet red fruit." (04/2017)

2010 Cune Gran Reserva Rioja ($24.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Certain wines exude a sense of elevated excellence. This one gets to that level via aromas of spice cake, baked plum and tobacco aromas. A stocky saturated palate is structured and built to age, while this tastes of cool blue fruits, herbs, coffee and chocolate. A smoothly textured finish deals cocoa and mocha notes. Drink through 2040. (MS)" (04/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: " *Top 100 of 2016, Highly Recommended* This generous red shows a traditional character, with leafy, dried herb, tea and spice notes framing dried cherry, licorice and leather flavors. Firm tannins and balsamic acidity impart structure, and this shows plenty of depth, with a juicy, spicy finish. Drink now through 2025. (TM)" (06/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cune Gran Reserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo 10%, Graciano and 5% and Mazuelo, which matured in barrel for two years and in bottle for three. There is more American oak here with sweet spices, some roasted and tar aromas, with hints of leather and less finesse than in other Gran Reserva from the house; Viña Real, Imperial and Contino play in a different league. (LG)" (08/2016)

K&L Notes: Cune is one of the historic wineries located in the famed "barrio de estación de trenes." Their Imperial bottlings still are some of the best examples of classic, ageworthy Rioja. That said, this entry level Gran Reserva has hit all the right notes of late, particularly with two great vintages in 2009 and the current 2010.

Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

This is a super solid bottle of wine from Cune. Black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit fill the nose along with dried herbs, tobacco and bittersweet chocolate notes. On the palate, the fruit and earth notes are generous and balanced with fine tannins. This is drinking deliciously now!

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

The Cune is a far more restrained and serious Rioja than the price gives it credit for. This isn't that soft and sultry little Tempranillo that loads up the fruit and oak up front for a short finish on the back. No, no, no! This is a structural, brooding, mouthful of everything we love about Rioja's rustic roots. There's a lovely amount of dried cherry fruit to bolster the wine, but it's accented with firm, but chewy tannins and secondary flavors of earth and spice. I keep telling Bordeaux drinkers that Rioja is their next great adventure (and it's a helluva a lot cheaper). Wines like the Cune show you can still find serious selections with age and depth that are cellar-worthy and will only get better with time. The 2010 Reserva has a lot in common with some of the medium-bodied Bordeaux blends at twice the price.

Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

Hailing from the excellent 2010 vintage, this Gran Reserva will scratch your deepest Rioja itch! Poised and balanced, it offers loads of red fruit on the nose plum and fig with notes of herbs, cedar and exotic spice. Medium weight and full of life, this wine will be incredibly versatile at the table year round. Another classic offering from one of my favorite Rioja producers!!!

Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

This is a classic bottling from an iconic producer! I never fail to be impressed by the Cune wines, and this new vintage of their Gran Reserva is a steal at this price! The wine opens with aromas of red berry, plum and baking spices, accented by a subtle game-y note. On the palate the wine still shows plenty of structure and bright berry fruit, though tempered and softened with the time in barrel and bottle. This wine will no doubt age for years to come, but at the same time is opening up rather beautifully just now.

Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2017

I tasted this yesterday (3/6/2017) and it was the best of both worlds. It has the savory notes and earthy spice that I expect of traditional Rioja but, the overall character also has juicy, dark red fruits, supple tannin, and an unexpected smoothness. It was opened about two hours before I tasted it. At this price, a real bargain! Will also be super versatile at meals. Pair with pork, chicken, lighter beef and hearty vegetarian dishes.

Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 06, 2017

It's tough to get an authentic Gran Reserva Rioja for this price for a simple reason: Gran reservas cost! A minimum of two years' barrel ageing and three years in the bottle means that a winery must taste and manage the wine in barrel, then sit on inventory for a total of at least five years before selling it. With this release, Cune is cementing their reputation as a winery that can produce delicious, yet authentic and convincing, entry level Gran Reserva for a value price. As you've often heard us say, 2010 was amazing in Rioja and this wine shows it: expressive aromas of dark and red fruits on the nose, with subtle hints of cedar and vanilla, lead to an open knit, precise palate of fresh, lively fruits. The bright, intense quality to this wine speaks to the vintage and Cune's know how. This is nearly pitch perfect for drinking now, though it will improve mid-term if you would like to cellar. Delicious!

2014 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $40) ($28.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and refined, with baby powderlike tannins around the raspberry, strawberry, peach skin and hibiscus notes. Comes together harmoniously on a sleek and transparent frame, finishing long. Best from 2018 through 2024. (HS)" (02/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of strawberries, flowers and watermelon follow through to a medium to full body, fine tannins and a bright and fruity finish. A beauty" (11/2016)

K&L Notes: From the winery: A laudable glimpse of the Willamette Valley's finest offerings, our Reserve Pinot Noir is truly a celebration of balance. All three of our vineyards are based in volcanic, red soils, contributing to the sweet cherry, redheart plum, and toasted, rich, earth nose. The tannins are firm, but rounded, an underlying minerality which drives the mid-palate through the long finish. While delving for pure fruit flavors and juicy acidity, we hang our phenolic hat on our trademark silky texture, which has been enhanced through cold soaking in small, 1.5-ton fermenters, along with aging 16 months in French oak barrels.

Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 15, 2017

This wine lives up to its Reserve designation. It has everything that you could want or expect from Willamette aromatics and fruit tones. Where it differentiates itself is texture. It has super polished tannins, giving the wine extra presence without being distracting. It fills your palate with deliciousness and then effortlessly glides onto a lengthy finish. Definitely worth a try.

Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2017

Straightforward Willamette Valley Pinot with lovely notes of cherry, smoke, mushroom and spice. Plenty of bright acid to support. It is refreshing, flavorsome and very worthy of your consumption.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2017

This is Willamette Valley, long and balanced with delicate sweet raspberry tart cherry intermixing with floral notes and a long finish. Argyle is one of those wineries that I can always count on to make quality Pinot Noir and this just continues that tradition.

Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 09, 2017

The beauty of Willamette shines through in this Pinot with aromas of smoke and violets. The palate provides a mix of crunchy red fruits and dark fruits with lovely tobacco spice, slate-like minerality and spice.

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

A classic Willamette Pinot Noir from a supremely drinkable vintage at a great price, the 2014 Argyle Reserve shows crunchy raspberry and deeper plum fruit, with lifted acid and subtle smokiness on the silky finish. Expressive and terroir-driven, this is both serious and accessible.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

Delicate, unobstructed fruit leaning slightly towards the red varieties, hints of tobacco, and great balance make this wine delicious.

Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

The Reserve Pinot Noir is a blend from three volcanic vineyard sites and the volcanic soil is ever-present in this bright, lifted, high acid Pinot Noir. Racy red cherry, rhubarb and strawberry on the nose make way for a lively tart palate of hibiscus, sweet earth and ripe raspberry. Argyle is always a perennial staff favorite and for good reason!

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

I tasted this and didn't know the price until just before writing this. It's definitely WAY cheaper than I thought it would be. I was expecting a $35-$40 price tag for this reserve Pinot.The first thing that strikes you is that it looks like Pinot Noir and not Cabernet like so many Pinot's today. It's a rich ruby red, but still markedly translucent. The aromatics are powerful: loads of cherry and cranberry tangle with the earthier side of the spectrum. Like a forest full of dew, wild herbs, and fresh, savory mushrooms. The palate is friendly and inviting, but with a nice acid cut. The soft fruit is delicious and the velvety texture pleasing. The lengthy finish is clean and bright. All in all an excellent value for high quality Pinot Noir!

Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

Delicious wine from a superb vintage, this 2014 Argyle Pinot Noir is firing on all cylinders. Beautiful floral and mild herbal aromas show as the wine hits your glass. Bing cherry, raspberry and oak spices on the medium palate, with moderate tanin, plus a solid mineral vein and earthen quality from the intriguing volcanic soils balancing out this fantastic Pinot. Argyle continues their long run of top notch Pinot Noir with this offering!

Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

Argyle's known for their fabulous sparkling wines from Willamette Valley but they also make delicious Pinot Noir. The fruit for this wine comes from three of Argyle's estate vineyards and showcases the warm 2014 vintage with vibrant fruit flavors and great balance. The nose is expressive with fresh red cherries, plum, smoky oak and earthiness. Super smooth on the palette with good acid balance, this Pinot is a great one to try!

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

This wine is absolutely stunning just to look at in the glass! It's a gorgeous crimson and violet color that hypnotizes you instantly while you pour it. That's a good thing, however, because the 2014 Argyle Reserve needs about 15 minutes to open up before it really starts to show you what it's got. It's a good idea to just stare at your glass for a bit. When the air opens it up, the wine is textbook Willamette through and through: raspberry notes with hints of forest floor that are fortified by the bright acidity and somewhat firm tannins. It's the whole package for those curious as to what Oregon offers. Don't let the screw cap fool you either - this is a wine that can easily lay down in the cellar for a few years. Oregon pinot fans should be thrilled either way. This is a serious pinot noir that can be decanted for dinner tonight or stored away for a celebration down the line.

2014 Dassault, St-Emilion

2014 Dassault, St-Emilion ($31.99)

92 points James Suckling: "Dark fruits and dark tannins are the hallmark of this brooding beast. Either you like rather bold, dry tannins and this will excite you, or it wont! But I love it." (02/2017)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Dassault is bold, fruit-driven and absolutely delicious, although the firm tannins are going to need some time to soften. Plum, violet, licorice and lavender are some of the signatures in this inky, extroverted Saint-Émilion. In 2014, Dassault is a sleeper. Tasted two times. (AG)" (02/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Well-fruited, with fig, blackberry and boysenberry confiture flavors, showing a touch more purity and polish and a bit less of the typical bramble and gutsy toast. A bolt of graphite and sweet tobacco scores the finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JM)" (03/2017)

Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 16, 2017

This is hearty, deep and firm with dark fruit flavors and wonderfully dry tannins. A rather old school and brooding style that will likely soften up a bit with age but probably always remain masculine and somewhat chewy. This could stand up to a great piece of dry aged beef or even BBQ.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2017

I read an old review from Robert Parker once where he claimed that while Dassault wines were primarily made to drink in their youth, you would rarely come across a bad bottle. Simple, but damn tasty was his summary. That was exactly the experience I had tasting the 2014 vintage from Dassault, my first from the property as we rarely carry the wine here at K&L. This is one tasty bottle of Bordeaux, full of everything I love about St. Emilion: rich and robust fruit, a supple mouthfeel, and plenty of stuffing on the finish. It's a total sleeper on a shelf full of more expensive options. Along with the 2014 Fonplegade, I think it's the value hit of the 2014 Right Bank offerings.

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2017

We have been tasting this wine for 25 years-this is the first time we have bought it in any quantity.Why now-because it is delicious with an intriguing nose of toasted oak and Asian spices. Decant now for one hour, but better to cellar it. 90% Merlot. Lush on the palate but very focused on the finish. Will cellar well.

Writer's Tears Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey (750ml)

Writer's Tears Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey (750ml) ($39.99)

Whisky Advocate: "Like the Writers Tears reviewed in this issue, this is from an independent company linked to renowned whiskey maker Bernard Walsh. It is described as of a style popular in James Joyce's Dublin (hence the name). Grain whiskey was a no-no at that time, so this uses no grain and is a mix of malt and pot still whiskeys. For its price and strength it is amazing a big-hearted and full-flavored whiskey with an oily, apple-y pot still heart and cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper spices. (DS, Summer 2012)"

K&L Notes: The elusive Writer's Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey has been a darling of the whiskey cognoscenti for years. This unusual product from the Walsh Distillery in Carlow, Ireland has gained notoriety across the globe as one of the finest whiskies the Emerald Isle has to offer. It begins with single malt (likely distilled at Cooley Distillery in Louth) and single pot still whiskey (distilled at Midleton in County Cork), which are vatted together and aged in ex-bourbon casks. A true re-creation of a style of Irish whiskey not seen since the last century and named for the great Irish writers and playwrights of the 19th century who would have sought inspiration from a similar beverage in their time. The full-flavored, pure pot still whiskey and sweet floral single malt work magic together to create one of the most drinkable yet exciting whiskies of any kind. Lauded world-wide as one of the best whiskies available, it has been conspicuously unavailable in California until now. Winner of Gold Medals from the World Whiskies Award and listed on Ian Buxton's 101 Whiskies to Try before You Die, and 93 points from Jim Murray's "Whisky Bible", Writer's Tears is easily one of the highest ranking Irish Whiskey available at any price point. We've been lucky enough to grab an exclusive deal on the first few pallets to show up in CA, but don't wait to try it as when it moves to normal distribution we'll likely see a significant price increase.

Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2017

My first ever review on a spirit is for this beautiful, round, exceedingly smooth Irish whiskey that captivated me from the moment my nose met the aroma. This lovely, "Prohibition" style whiskey is soft and caramely with slightly briny accents and a woodsy finish that goes down warm and easy. Do not miss while this is still available.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2017

This should please people who are looking for an easy, soft and delicious whiskey. At first one smells beautiful and mouth watering vanilla aromas. In the mouth it is soft and easy with a creamy mouth feel.This is a fun whiskey to have for simple enjoyment.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2017

This elusive and quite wonderful little whiskey has been on constant request at the story for years. Actually, I've been telling people "No, sorry we can't get that" every other week of so for over 7 years now! It's one of those things that people fall in love with over there and don't realize they can't just pick it up when they get home. Well, the wait is finally over. This wonderful offering from the exceptional Walsh Distillery in County Carlow is easily one of the best values in Irish Whiskey. Hailing from Ireland's historic east, this area is famous for whiskey and beer thanks to the incredible waters that bubble below the surface, but no large distillery has had a presence here for more than 100 years. In the 1800s, the Irish Whiskey industry was on fire. Consumption, production and exports, continued to break records despite social and political upheaval in Ireland. Funny thing about Irish Whiskey, because of the unique process of blending malted and un-malted barley and distilling in pot-stills, it was actually considered the top quality whiskey in the world pre-prohibition. That's because then, and now, the majority of people didn't want stinky peaty malty single malt from Scotland, but instead were looking for a whiskey that's rich, smooth and easy to drink. Irish Whiskey was the best choice for most consumers before the controversial introduction of grian (column still) production in the 1830s. When this low cost and l

Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 06, 2017

This is absolutely lovely pure pot still Irish Whiskey. Aromas of flowers, tea and bananas lead to a palate of chestnuts, caramel, malt and spice. This is rich, full-bodied and textural whiskey that is extremely smooth and easy to drink. The only problem is the bottle will be gone faster than you intended, so stock up!

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "L'Eglantine" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The team at Ferraton makes two Côte Rôties, both of which are brilliant examples of the quality now coming from this estate. The slightly larger production cuvée is the 2015 Côte Rôtie lEglantine, which comes from schist soils and is aged in older barrels. It offers a perfumed, Asian spice, dried flower, graphite, and red and black fruit-driven bouquet, as well as full-bodied richness and ultra-fine tannin. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Miaux" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Notes of powdered rocks, graphite, caramelized meats and both cassis and black raspberry emerge from the 2015 Hermitage Les Miaux. This rich, low-acid, chewy, downright decadent Hermitage is another huge success from this estate. Its going to need a few years of bottle age, yet I suspect the sweetness of fruit will allow it to drink nicely relatively early in its life. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

91-93 points Vinous: "(15 percent new oak) Bright purple. Spice-tinged blueberry, licorice and floral pastille aromas are complicated by suggestions of woodsmoke and dusty minerals. Chewy and concentrated on the palate, offering intense flavors of ripe black and blue fruits, olive and star anise. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity, finishing with impressive energy and supple, slow-building tannins that add gentle grip." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Montmain" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The team at Ferraton makes two Côte Rôties, both of which are brilliant examples of the quality now coming from this estate. Slightly more expensive than the lEglantine, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lieu Dit Montmain (100% Syrah aged in 15% new French oak) is also full-bodied and impressively concentrated, with notes of acacia flowers, toasted spices, black raspberries and brioche. It has fabulous tannin quality, no hard edges and a big finish, all suggesting it will have a long life. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

91-93 points Vinous: "(15 percent whole clusters) Inky ruby. Vibrant and focused on the nose, displaying intense red and dark berry, potpourri and Asian spice scents and deeper suggestions of licorice and olive that build with air. In an energetic style, especially for the vintage, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that flesh out and become sweeter on the back half. Fine-grained tannins frame and shape the finish, which lingers with strong, floral-driven persistence." (04/2017)

2010 Gloria, St-Julien

2010 Gloria, St-Julien ($59.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Medoc were ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, creme de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of the vintage, given the reasonable price it normally sells for. (RP)" (02/2013)

90-91 points James Suckling: "A little coarse, with chewy tannins, but velvety in texture. Full body, with plenty of fruit and bright acidity. Intense and interesting." (04/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright, full ruby-red. Captivating nose combines cassis, kirsch, coffee, game, spices and sexy smoky oak. Densely packed and bright, with a fine-grained texture to the flavors of cassis, black cherry, licorice and chocolate. Concentrated wine with lovely sweetness buffered by framing acidity. Finishes with a hint of fresh herbs and dusty, building tannins. A superb and generous vintage for this property: ripe, rich and sweet. (ST)" (08/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine shows considerable new-wood influence at this stage. However, this wood emphasis brings out polished fruit that is deliciously smooth and blackberry-like in profile. This is likely to develop relatively quickly. (RV)" (02/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy and direct, with a relatively friendly feel to the plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit, all coated with a ganache note that hangs through the finish. Surprisingly accessible, and not quite as grippy as when tasted from barrel. Drink now through 2023. (JM)" (03/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark, toasty oak does not stop the pure dark fruit, mildly herbal, shining through. Lovely combination on the palate of savoury dark fruit and cool freshness. Full flavoured in a taut and elegant framework with a touch of leafy fragrance at the very end. Delicious." (03/2012)

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 12, 2015

Our favorite Gloria in many years. And the price is better than ever.

2015 La Ferme du Mont "Côtes Capelan" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better than the Vendange cuvee, and I suspect one of the wines of the vintage, Stephanes 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Côtes Capelan is the top wine of the estate and is made from 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, raised 70% in concrete and 30% in barrels. Theres under 500 cases of this beauty and it reveals a deep purple color as well as decadent notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, crushed rocks and melted licorice. Full-bodied, thick, unctuous and massively concentrated, with ripe tannin and a killer finish, dont miss it! If you havent figured it out yet, Stephane Vedeaus La Ferme du Mont is one of the up and coming superstars of the Southern Rhône. Moreover, dont miss his Côtes du Rhône releases, or his Clos Bellane releases, for that matterboth of which fly under the radar. (JD)" (10/2016)

2005 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige is a blockbuster that competes with the top wines in the vintage! Loaded with notes of ripe blackberry-like fruit, roasted meats, olive tapenade and truffle, this puppy hits the palate with full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannin, and a seamless, downright sexy texture that keeps you coming back for another drink. Gorgeous now, enjoy it anytime over the coming decade or more. (JD)" (02/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very silky and focused, with a beam of dark fig and plum fruit layered with cocoa, spice and mineral notes. Seems forward at first glance, but there's solid grip that should help this age nicely and allow the extra incense and black tea notes to develop fully. Drink now through 2025. (JM)" (11/2007)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Explosively perfumed aromas of vivid, mineral-dominated redcurrant, strawberry and tangy blood orange; smells like Burgundy. Tangy red fruit flavors offer impressive clarity and flavor impact, with no excess weight. Fresh, precise and persistent on the strikingly sweet, clinging finish. (JR)" (01/2008)

2007 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Vieux Telegraphe may be the greatest wine made at this property since the 2005 and 1998. Dense ruby/purple-tinged with an exquisite nose of salty sea breezes, licorice, ground pepper, jammy black cherries, black currants, figs, and plums, this is a full-bodied, rich, Provencal-styled offering with lots of sweet, ripe tannin. It is surprisingly accessible for a Vieux Telegraphe (this wine normally shuts down several years after bottling), but it should have great longevity (25+ years) given its power, full-bodied mouthfeel, and enormous length and richness. This is a brilliant effort from brothers Frederic and Daniel Brunier. (RP)" (10/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator: " *Highly Recommended, Ranked #3 in Top 100 Wines of 2009* Packed, in a brawny, muscular style atypical for this lush vintage, with a gravelly undertow to the currant paste, braised fig and dark licorice notes. Picks up even more steam on the finish, with grilled mesquite, mineral and garrigue notes and a long, hot stone-filled finish. (JM)" (12/2009)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby. Highly pungent bouquet offers black fruit compote, olive and floral qualities, along with a slightly high-toned quality that recedes with air. The palate-coating, deeply concentrated cassis and blackberry flavors display a slow-mounting spiciness. Pretty powerful for a wine from this estate, showing more heft and dark fruit character than usual. The finish is broad, velvety and impressively persistent. Long-time fans of this property's usually elegant style might not be over the moon for this wine's virility. (JR)" (01/2010)

2010 Serafin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Corbeaux" (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Musky but reticent aromas of black cherry and red berries. Sappy, juicy and very firm, with an impression of strong acidity keeping the red fruit flavors under wraps today. Powerfully structured wine with a bit of finishing toughness. This seemed to close up in the glass. (ST)" (04/2013)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Corbeaux is rather exuberant in its up-front fruit, but that first impression dissipates a bit as the wine finds its sense of classicism with time in the glass. The Corbeaux possesses gorgeous mid-palate pliancy with an underpinning of firm tannin that will allow it to age gracefully for a number of years. (AG)" (02/2012)

2010 Serafin Morey-St.-Denis 1er Cru "Les Millandes" (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Morey St. Denis Les Millandes is a big, broad-shouldered wine graced with tremendous depth in its fruit. Dark cherries, menthol, spices and new leather are some of the many notes that are woven into the fabric of this beautifully balanced wine. Firm tannins support the fruit all the way through to the virile, intense finish. This is a great showing. (AG)" (03/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright medium red. Complex soil-driven perfume of spicy red berries, flowers, minerals and earth. A broad, supple, slightly exotic fruit bomb in the mouth, with noteworthy intensity to its red cherry and raspberry flavors. This deceptively accessible wine finishes with a firm tannic spine. (ST)" (03/2013)

2013 Nickel & Nickel

2013 Nickel & Nickel "State Ranch" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon ($99.99)

97 points James Suckling: " *#23 in Top 100 Reds Of Napa Valley 2016* Impressive aromas of blueberry and lavender with hints of rosemary. Full to medium body, solid core of fruit and a gorgeous finish. Compacted and refined. Better in 2019 but already fantastic. Best wine ever from here?" (11/2016)

94 points Vinous: "A dark, brooding wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch offers up a compelling mix of iron, smoke, black cherry, plum, licorice and new leather, all supported by a firm spine of tannin. Sumptuous yet also quite tannic and in need of time, the State Ranch is another compelling wine from Nickel & Nickel. Stylistically, it is a bit more virile and imposing than some of the other wines, but every bit as attractive. 94+ (AG)" (09/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Editors' Choice* From one of the cooler sites sourced by the producer, this wine is remarkably rich and foreboding, sultry in chalky tannin and lingering blueberry and blackberry notes. Deeply satisfying and complex, its structured and firm, with a sizable presence of toasty oak and a jolt of dark-roast coffee at the end. (VB)" (02/2017)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "This grows in rocky clay-loam soils at a vineyard between the Napa River and the Silverado Trail, the vines planted in 1990 and 2005. The contribution from younger vines seems to provide a primary, clean fruit character while its Yountville provenance makes it feel relatively cool. The black fruit isnt heavily extracted, just buoyed by a structure that holds it without any overt effort." (10/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch (14.9%) is from the Yountville sector and shows nice red and blackcurrant fruit, spice box, earth, graphite, and a long, rich, concentrated finish. Toasty oak is present, but the wine is structured and in need of a good 4-5 years of cellaring. Drink it over the following 25 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino ($118.95)

99 points James Suckling: "Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plums and flowers. Licorice and mushroom It's full body, with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal." (12/2014)

96 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectible* Effusive aromas of incense, green olive, sweet strawberry and cherry, licorice and leather mark this structured version. The tannins are on the beefy side, but this finishes long, with enough fruit and spice for balance. Best from 2018 through 2032. (BS)" (04/2015)

94 points Vinous: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the very best wines I have tasted here in recent years. Dark red cherries, mint, game, smoke, tobacco and licorice are all deeply expressive in a mid-weight, very classic feeling Brunello long on class and personality. Big yet silky tannins frame the dramatic, intense finish. The Valdicava wines are always big, but the 2010 is a bit pulled back, and striking. (AG)" (02/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The gamy 2010 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of presenting intensity and elegance all in the same delicious package. That's not easy to do and the excellent 2010 fruit plays a big role in achieving this goal. The wine offers a long succession of aromas that span from ripe fruit, to smoked meat, to grilled herb and soft spice. Delicate tones of licorice, cola and anise seed add life and energy. The list goes on. The wine's mouthfeel is best characterized by softness and structure, a two-fold approach that gives high hopes for the long aging potential of this wine. Valdicava's Brunello will appeal to those who love earthy and leathery notes in their Brunello. (ML)" (02/2015)

2014 Plumpjack "Estate" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, is a beauty. Bigger-boned and framed than many 2014s, with more structure, this is classic Oakville material, with an opaque purple color and a big, sweet kiss of graphite, blackcurrants, Christmas fruitcake and spice box. Full-bodied and opulent, with moderate tannin, this is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next 20 or more years.This famed estate on the Oakville crossroads, which was once the Villa Mt. Eden winery, where Nils Venge made a succession of profound wines in the 1970s, is now owned by the Getty family and called Plumpjack. These are always among my favorite wines in Napa Valley, as they are consistently well-crafted and represent the best of the Oakville corridor. (RP)" (12/2016)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is another super-appealing wine. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice, new leather and licorice wrap around the palate. Succulent, layered and juicy, the 2014 captures all of the appeal of this Oakville site, albeit in the more restrained style that is typical of the year.Aaron Miller has done a terrific job in coaxing the best out of the 2014 and 2015 vintages. The 2014s are every bit as impressive as they were from barrel, with notable aromatic presence and nuance. A much more flamboyant style emerges from the 2015s, wines that capture all of the opulence of the year. As always, the Merlot and Syrah are made from purchased fruit, while the two Cabernets are both estate wines. The flagship Reserve typically emerges from the front blocks on the estate closest to the Silverado Trail. (AG)" (10/2016)

2013 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($149.99)

98 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a towering majestic wine. Rich, powerful and yet massively tannic, the 2013 possesses a stunning combination of super-ripe fruit, bright acids and plenty of supporting structure. In the early going, the Howell Mountain is a bit reticent, especially next to the Trailer, but after several hours, the vibrancy of the Howell Mountain bottling dazzles. Dunn's Howell Mountain Cabernet is without question one of the wines of the great 2013 vintage.Randy and Mike Dunn's 2013s are off the charts. The Napa Valley Cabernet will give readers a good idea of the vintage, while the two Howell Mountain wines are even more intense. In 2013, the Dunns bottled their Trailer Cabernet alone for the second time (the first was 2012) before redeveloping the vineyard. The Trailer is made in a riper style than the flagship Howell Mountain Cabernet, with more oak influence as well. At the outset, it is more immediate than the Howell Mountain, but as I followed the wines over hours and then days, the Howell showed more energy and overall intensity. 98+ (AG)" (09/2016)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain boasts an opaque color, abundant notes of blackberries, spring flowers and blueberries, fabulous richness and a distinctive, singular smell of pen ink. With great intensity, formidable body, sweet tannin and a long finish, it should drink well for 25+ years.This is a strong line-up from this producer, one of the first (1979) to exploit the Howell Mountain terroir. The current releases include the 2010s. The barrel samples of the 2012s appear to be the strongest efforts Dunn Vineyards has made since the early 1990s. (RP)" (10/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctive, offering rich blueberry and wild berry notes. The firm, well-integrated tannins let the flavors seep through, leading to an engaging finish that echoes the core fruit. (JL)" (04/2017)

2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac ($209.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A meaty and decadent Lynch with very ripe currant aromas on the nose. Full body, velvety-textured tannins and a powerful finish. It shows so much structure and fruit yet remains polished and focused. Lovely now to drink but better in 2017." (10/2015)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "There's a relaxed feel to this wine. Cazes's team can dress Lynch-Bages in the black-tie formality of a first growth, but the wine is still lovely-a touch of gaminess makes it friendly rather than ponderous. There's something ethereal about its tannins, like a chocolate truffle melting in the mouth. (Daniel Llose used 80 percent new oak for this vintage; the yields were short so there were more new barrels to go around, and at a tannic index of 82, the wine could handle it). Pure black cherry flavor saturates the wine with freshness; the complexity is intriguing and silken rather than aggressive. This should be readily accessible at ten to 20 years of age and should thrive for years after." (10/2008)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Classic Lynch-Bages with just a bit of extra power and richness. While the tannins are structured, it is the velvety fruit that rolls around the mouth that is the most dominant character. It is coming together into a wine that will be big and dense, but never over the top. (RV)" (06/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Displays very beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry and dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee. Full-bodied, with a tightly wound palate of ripe tannins. Long and caressing. (JS)" (03/2008)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Delicate aromas of blackcurrant, mocha and graphite are lifted by minerals and violet. Enters pure, dense and round, then shows lively, precise flavors of black fruits, dried nuts, ink and minerals. This has greater volume and flesh than the 2006, along with a brooding, sneaky concentration and a very long, supple finish. The best Lynch-Bages in years, this should prove to be a great wine in time, and a huge success for this estate. 93+ (ID)" (01/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As for the 2005 Lynch-Bages, it is a sexy, surprisingly soft and accessible style of wine, with a deep ruby/purple color, loads of crème de cassis, cedar wood and forest floor notes, medium to full body, ripe tannin and a long, fleshy finish. Drink it over the next 15+ years. (RP)" (06/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Magnum but surprisingly accessible. This was served next to a Ch La Gay 1989 and a Penfolds Grange 1989 and seemed relatively loose and open! Dark crimson and perfumed. Sweet and quite rich on the palate with some tannins but certainly not in excessive quantity. Quite a surprise." (05/2015)

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2015

Fabulous wine. I have a case in my cellar. Will cellar well for many, many years. Cedar and pencil shaving aromas with cassis flavors. The finish lasts a minute.

2015 Domaine d'Eugénie Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($249.99)

94-96 points Vinous: "Healthy bright, dark red. Knockout nose offers scents of kirsch and maraschino cherry, minerals, spices and white pepper. Tactile, chewy wine with an outstanding combination of sweetness, mineral verve and definition. Really bulletproof fruit here. Finishes very long and penetrating, with incredible energy and lift to its anise and spicecake flavors. These 2015s are wonderfully fresh and transparent to terroir. (ST)" (01/2017)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has a perfumed bouquet with dark cherry fruit, blackcurrant and briary tinged with fine mineralité - hints of cold stone percolating through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannin, good depth of fruit and crucially a keen line of acidity that maintains the tension. There is a subtle spicy, almost white pepper element to this Clos Vougeot that becomes more accentuated as it gently fans out on the finish. This is a very impressive Clos de Vougeot. (NM)" (12/2016)

2009 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($249.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas and flavors of sandalwood, rose, strawberry and raspberry are married to an elegant, lacy frame. Intense, yet light-weight, with fine complexity and a long, fruit- and spice-filled aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2035. (BS)" (06/2012)

94 points Vinous: "The 2009 Clos des Lambrays is ripe, radiant and totally representative of the vintage. Silky tannins frame an expressive core of fruit in this generous, open Clos des Lambrays. The 2009 possesses striking depth and tons of richness allied to a muscular personality. I underestimated the 2009 when I tasted it from barrel. Although very much in the flashy style of the year, the 2009 also has more than enough structure to support mid-term aging at the very least. A round, caressing finish leaves a lasting impression. (AG)" (04/2012)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An intensely floral and spicy nose that is wonderfully elegant and admirably pure speaks of red currant, blue berry, game, smoke and warm earth. The silky-textured, precise and mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors possess copious extract that does a fine job of buffering the very firm tannins and allowing for perfect balance on the mouth coating and impressively persistent finish. A seductive and relatively accessible Clos des Lambrays that should be approachable with only a decade of cellar time yet last for 25 to 40 years." (01/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Clos des Lambrays continues to shine. The self-effacing Thierry Brouin has conjured an exquisite bouquet of wild strawberry, scorched earth, small red cherries and a touch of undergrowth. Brouins style is to keep everything contained, natural and unpretentious and so you get a comparatively conservative Clos des Lambrays that is underpinned by light, tensile tannins, with a veneer of red fruit, not great weight but rather weightlessness that is unusual for this vintage. It is in keeping with the domaines approach to Pinot Noir, one that I have learned to appreciate more and more with passing years. (NM)" (06/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Enticing aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, game, crushed rock, pepper and brown spices. Silky on entry, then delineated and energetic in the middle in the context of the year, with intense pepper and spice character currently keeping the wine's fruit element under wraps. Finishes quite dry, with a fine dusting of tannins and a hint of youthful bitterness. This calls for a good eight to ten years of cellaring. (I was unable to taste the estate's premier cru, which manager Thierry Brouin told me was sold out.) (ST)" (03/2012)

2014 Lail

2014 Lail "J. Daniel Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($249.99)

97 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Cabernet collectors take note! Here is an incredibly deep and exceptionally structured rendition that more than deserves the much-overused term classic, and its marvelous combination of stamina, strength, layering and precise, terrifically sustained varietal fruit is one that is rarely equaled let alone surpassed. As great wines will inevitably do, it reveals a bit more of itself with each sniff and sip, and, even though it shows an unexpected sense of polish and manages to avoid the pronounced tannic harshness of youth, this is one that is some time away from living up to its certain promise. It is not inexpensive, but it makes good on the boast that its price tag poses." (04/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship wines include the 2014 J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from three sources the family vineyard called Molehill at a 1700-feet elevation on Howell Mountain, the Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard and Heimark Vineyard in Calistoga. A gorgeous 2014, with notes of graphite, mulberry and blackcurrant, this full-bodied, opaque purple wine offers terrific fruit purity, sweet tannin, and a long finish of a good 45+ seconds. It was aged 19 months in 75% new French oak and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are 1,064 cases, and it can be drunk now or cellared for another 25 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

95 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon John Daniel Cuvée turned out beautifully. In fact, it is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. Deep, unctuous and powerful, but with good freshness, the 2014 hits all the right notes. Specifically, the 2014 offers tons of richness, but without the heaviness or raisinated character that has defined some previous years.This is a striking set of wines from Robin Lail and her longtime winemaker Philippe Melka. The 2014 Cabernets are among the highlights. Those wines capture all the intensity that is typical here, but with less of the overripe quality of some past years. (AG)" (10/2016)

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