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Library Wine Department - Collectible Verticals and Horizontals - 03/09/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Our Old and Rare Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week are verticals and horizontals from around the globe. In this list you’ll find such favorites as: Aubert, Climens, Sine Qua Non, Colgin, Lafite, Lynch-Bages, Schrader, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to assemble a vertical or a horizontal of your favorite producer, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2012 Aubert "Eastside Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Previously 230) 99 1 $189.99 View
2010 Aubert "Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay 93 1 $104.99 View
2009 Aubert "Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay 95 1 $129.99 View
2009 Aubert "Lauren Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 95 3 $149.99 View
2013 Aubert "Lauren Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 98 2 $169.99 View
2012 Aubert "Lauren Vineyard" Sonoma County Chardonnay 98 1 $169.99 View
2005 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 97 1 $129.99 View
2010 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 94 1 $129.99 View
2011 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 96 2 $129.99 View
2013 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 97 1 $144.99 View
2012 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (torn labels, some cut capsules) 95 3 $119.00 View
2012 Aubert "UV-SL Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 96 3 $139.99 View
2001 Climens, Barsac 99 2 $299.99 View
2006 Climens, Barsac 96 1 $99.99 View
2007 Climens, Barsac 98 20 $149.99 View
2010 Climens, Barsac 96 5 $99.99 View
2001 Climens, Barsac (375ml) 99 5 Price: Hidden View
2007 Climens, Barsac (375ml) 98 36 $99.99 View
2005 Colgin "Cariad" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 4 $399.99 View
2006 Colgin "Cariad" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 2 $299.99 View
2010 Colgin "Cariad" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 1 $499.99 View
2006 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 3 $449.95 View
2005 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $299.99 View
2008 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 1 $299.99 View
2009 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 1 $349.95 View
2006 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah 95 2 $144.99 View
2007 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah 95 2 $189.99 View
2008 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah 95 1 $199.99 View
2009 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah 97 1 $209.99 View
2008 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 3 $289.99 View
2009 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $309.99 View
2011 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 6 $259.99 View
1994 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac 93 1 $599.99 View
1994 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (bin soiled label) 93 2 $579.99 View
1996 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac 98 2 $999.99 View
1990 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac 96 2 $674.99 View
2003 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac 100 7 $999.99 View
1996 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (bin soiled labels) 100 1 $949.99 View
1995 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (signs of past seepage) 96 1 $749.99 View
1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 96 4 $399.99 View
1999 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 90 4 $149.99 View
2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 97 6 $249.99 View
2001 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 92 2 $149.99 View
2002 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 91 1 $109.99 View
2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 96 27 $209.99 View
2006 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 94 3 $139.99 View
2008 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 94 1 $129.99 View
1982 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (high shoulder fill,lightly scuffed label) 95 1 $349.99 View
2003 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (lightly bin soiled labels) 95 2 $159.99 View
1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (soiled labels) 99 1 $369.99 View
1990 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (very high shoulder fill) 99 1 $354.99 View
2007 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac(lightly bin soiled label) 93 1 $119.99 View
1999 Pavie, St-Emilion 93 1 $229.99 View
2000 Pavie, St-Emilion 100 1 $499.99 View
2004 Pavie, St-Emilion 96 21 $299.99 View
1998 Pavie, St-Emilion 95 10 $199.99 View
2013 Peter Michael "Belle Cote" Knights Valley Chardonnay 99 2 $169.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Belle Côte" Knights Valley Chardonnay 99 13 $179.99 View
2014 Peter Michael "Belle Côte" Knights Valley Chardonnay 98 1 $109.99 View
2013 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Fort Ross - Seaview Pinot Noir (Previously $200) 94 11 $149.99 View
2014 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir 94 2 $179.99 View
2011 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 1 $139.99 View
2003 Peter Michael "Cuvée Indigene" Knight's Valley Chardonnay 95 1 $149.99 View
2013 Peter Michael "Cuvée Indigène" Knights Valley Chardonnay 96 15 $219.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "La Carrière" Knights Valley Chardonnay 97 4 $124.99 View
2002 Peter Michael "La Carrière" Sonoma County Chardonnay 97 1 $119.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 98 8 $109.99 View
2013 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 1 $119.99 View
2014 Peter Michael "Le Moulin Rouge" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 93 4 $129.99 View
2013 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $199.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Ma Belle-Fille" Knights Valley Chardonnay 99 5 $179.99 View
2013 Peter Michael "Ma Belle-Fille" Knights Valley Chardonnay 98 5 $114.99 View
2014 Peter Michael "Ma Belle-Fille" Knights Valley Chardonnay 95 4 $149.99 View
2013 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir 97 8 $129.99 View
2014 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir 93 7 $159.99 View
2011 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 3 $129.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Mon Plaisir" Knights Valley Chardonnay 97 1 $159.99 View
2014 Peter Michael "Mon Plaisir" Knights Valley Chardonnay 96 5 $124.99 View
2013 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Knights Valley Chardonnay 99 1 $299.99 View
2014 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Knights Valley Chardonnay 100 11 $349.99 View
1998 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Sonoma County Chardonnay 99 1 $189.99 View
1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 94 2 $169.99 View
2000 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 97 3 $279.99 View
1999 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 91 3 $139.99 View
2003 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 96 3 $149.99 View
2005 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 96 6 $179.99 View
2008 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 95 6 $149.99 View
1990 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 1.5L 97 1 $599.99 View
1970 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 94 5 $169.99 View
1986 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 95 31 $299.99 View
1990 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 94 3 $199.99 View
2005 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 95 12 $139.99 View
2008 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 94 11 $99.99 View
2002 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L) 94 1 $269.99 View
1982 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (soiled label, very high shoulder fill) 98 3 $599.99 View
2014 Schrader ''Old Sparky'' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 98 1 $989.99 View
2011 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras - LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 6 $169.99 View
2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $219.99 View
2011 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - CCS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 4 $249.99 View
2011 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 7 $159.99 View
2011 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - T6" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 1 Price: Hidden View
2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - T6" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously 300) 95 1 $279.99 View
2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $269.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon, CCS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 2 $509.99 View
2013 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 95 10 $169.99 View
2013 Sine Qua Non "Female" California Grenache 98 6 $259.99 View
2008 Sine Qua Non "Kolibri" Proprietary White Blend 97 1 $179.99 View
2007 Sine Qua Non "Labels" California Syrah (Previously 350) 98 2 $299.99 View
2014 Sine Qua Non "Light Motif" Central Coast Proprietary White Blend 97 3 $159.99 View
2013 Sine Qua Non "Male" California Syrah 98 9 $274.99 View
2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Grenache (Previously $500) 97 24 $339.99 View
2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Syrah (Previously $500) 98 21 $339.99 View
2014 Sine Qua Non "Piranha Waterdance" California Syrah 100 5 $299.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Rattrapante - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache 100 5 $599.99 View
2006 Sine Qua Non "Raven Series" California Grenache 98 3 $329.99 View
2013 Sine Qua Non "Résisté" Central Coast Proprietary White (Previously $190) 97 3 $169.99 View
2014 Sine Qua Non "Shakti" California Grenache 98 4 $299.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Stein" Central Coast Grenache 97 2 $299.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah 98 4 $299.99 View
2003 Sine Qua Non "Sublime Isolation" California White Blend 93 4 $259.99 View
2010 Sine Qua Non "That Type of... Rosay" Rosé 3 $229.99 View
2008 Sine Qua Non "The Duel" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache (Previously $500) 97 1 $399.99 View
2006 Sine Qua Non "The Hoodoo Man" White Blend 95 1 $179.99 View
2006 Sine Qua Non "The Raven" California Syrah 96 3 $279.99 View
2004 Sine Qua Non "The Rejuvenators" White Rhone Blend 96 2 $299.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Touche - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 100 5 $599.99 View
2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis FE 203-3E Roussanne Vin de Paille (375 ml) 97 1 $159.99 View


2012 Aubert

2012 Aubert "Eastside Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Previously 230) - 1 available ($189.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "(Note from 2013 review, re-reviewed with no new note in 2014) The 2012 Chardonnay East Side, a vineyard owned by top viticulturist Ulises Valdez, is a 1,000-case cuvee that reveals a liquified wet stone character intermixed with notes of white currants, quince, honeysuckle, pineapple and peach marmalade. Strong minerality as well as a remarkable finish make this a candidate for perfection. (RP)" (12/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Smoke, slate, yellow orchard fruit, honey and apricot notes flesh out in the 2012 Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard, another of Mark Aubert's sites planted with the Montrachet clone. The heavy presence of rocks in this vineyard gives the wines a sense of energy that balances the overtness of the fruit. Even with all of the richness, there is plenty of detail and nuance in the glass. (AG)" (01/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator: " *Top 100 0f 2014, Highly Recommended* Delicious from start to lingering finish, this is rich, broad and exotic, with tiers of complexity built around smoke, fig, apricot, citrus peel and bubble gum flavors. Features a silky smooth texture and just the right amount of tannins. (JL)" (06/2014)

2010 Aubert

2010 Aubert "Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay - 1 available ($104.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard blossoms from the glass with tangerine, lemon, spices and butter. It shows gorgeous minerality and freshness that balances some of the wines more overt tendencies. Crushed rocks, lemon peel and mint reappear on the textured, large-scaled finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. This is a stunning set of wines from Mark Aubert. Both the Chardonnays and Pinots developed considerably over the time I followed them. Readers should open the wines at least several hours in advance. In general, the 2010s are brighter and more focused than the 2009s, which are more generous. Alcohol levels are also lower across the board in 2010. (AG)" (02/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Rich without being weighty, with intense smoke, spice, nectarine, peach and pear notes that are fresh and vibrant. Gaining depth, ending with a citrusy aftertaste. Drink now through 2019. 660 cases made. (JL)" (07/2012)

2009 Aubert

2009 Aubert "Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay - 1 available ($129.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard comes across as rich, round and layered. Dried apricots, peaches, flowers and tangerine are some of the notes that flow from this sumptuous, well-spoken Chardonnay. The wine turns more and more delicate with time in the glass. I loved it. This is a great showing from Mark Aubert. (AG)" (02/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and refined, with spicy citrus, pithy lemon peel, anise, smoked fig and roasted marshmallow flavors, gaining depth and persistence on the long, detailed finish. (JL)" (12/2011)

2009 Aubert

2009 Aubert "Lauren Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 3 available ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard is one of the more understated wines in this lineup. It also shows a bit more freshness and brightness than the other 2009s. Tangerine, mint, light floral honey and spices are all beautifully layered into the detailed, nuanced finish. The French oak is better balanced here than in the Reuling, which allows the fruit to show the fullest breadth of its personality. Here, too, the finish seems to expand in every direction. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. This is a stunning set of wines from Mark Aubert... The Chardonnays spend 10-12 months in barrel, followed by 2 months in oak, and are usually bottled around Christmas. The cellar is kept cold to encourage slow malos, which occur in the spring. The wines are never racked until they are prepared for bottling with no fining or filtration. (AG)" (02/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Ultrarich and deeply concentrated, this is intense, persistent and graceful, with layers of ripe fig, honeydew melon, anise, sage and melted black licorice. Gets more complex and interesting with every sip. Best from 2012 through 2020. (JL)" (12/2011)

2013 Aubert

2013 Aubert "Lauren Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 2 available ($169.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay Lauren Estate is made from 15-year-old vines from the old Wente and Mt. Eden clones of Chardonnay planted in Goldridge soils. This wine offers loads of nectarine, honeysuckle, liquefied rock, quince and white currants. The wine has incredible richness, no real evidence of any of the 100% new oak it is aged in, and a multi-dimensional, long finish. This compelling Chardonnay is still young and capable of lasting 10-15 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

97 points Vinous: "Apricot pit, peach, wild flowers and honey meld together in Aubert's 2013 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard. The soft contours are shaped by 100% new French oak, all of which is already fully integrated. Sweet, voluptuous and layered, the Lauren captures the essence of Mark Aubert's style. Even with all of its obvious opulence and texture, the Lauren needs time in bottle. I also tasted the 2003 and 2005 on this visit, two wines that are peaking right now. (AG)" (01/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers a laser beam of zesty acidity amid a chorus of green apple, lemon-citrus, pippin apple and tart butterscotch flavors. Maintains a trim, elegant profile on the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now. 750 cases made. (JL)" (06/2015)

2012 Aubert

2012 Aubert "Lauren Vineyard" Sonoma County Chardonnay - 1 available ($169.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "(Note from 2013 review, re-reviewed with no new note in 2014) We finished the Chardonnay portion of the tasting with Mark Auberts favorite wine, the 2012 Chardonnay Lauren Estate, which comes from rich Goldridge soils. There are 1,000 cases of this straw/greenish-colored beauty fashioned from various clones, including the Old Wente, Hyde, Hudson Corton-Charlemagne selection and the Mt. Eden clones. It possesses more of a tannic backbone than its siblings because of its grip. Full-bodied with lots of honeyed citrus, orange marmalade and abundant fruit on the attack and mid-palate, this youthful Chardonnay seems barely touched by its oak aging. (RP)" (12/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Almonds, hazelnuts, pastry and green orchard fruit meld together in Aubert's 2012 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard. One of the more textured, layered wines, the 2012 impresses for its balance and overall sense of harmony. A racy, perfumed finish rounds things out. (AG)" (01/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and graceful, with layers of anise, fig, apricot, pear and honeydew. This picks up a touch of smoke and hazelnut, ending with a long, sustained finish that reverberates with flavor. (JL)" (07/2014)

2005 Aubert

2005 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 1 available ($129.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard reveals superb minerality and acidity, a laser-like precision, a light green/straw color, a steely, full-bodied mouthfeel, and plenty of orange blossom, lemon oil, creme brulee, and honeysuckle notes. This powerhouse should drink well for a decade. (RP)" (02/2010)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Slightly hazy greenish-yellow color. Captivating, highly nuanced nose offers lime zest, lemon candy, nutmeg and crushed stone. Dense, thick and powerful, but for all its intensity this offers a magically light touch. The pineapple and crushed stone flavors are framed and intensified by sappy, perfectly integrated acidity and complicated by a leesy element. Boasts a truly three-dimensional texture that's rare for a dry white wine, not to mention extraordinary sweetness of fruit and length. Still quite young. 96+ (ST)" (05/2007)

95 points Vinous: "It's interesting to taste the 2005 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard next to the Lauren. Here the flavors are quite a bit more mineral-driven, with plenty of graphite and crushed notes. Hints of orange peel and white truffles add the final layers of nuance. The 2005 Ritchie is a bit more forward than the Lauren, and has also aged with a bit less overall finesse, but that is a pretty small critique at this level. (AG)" (01/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: " *Highly Recommended* Beautifully crafted, this is rich, intense and focused, with a complex mix of ripe, vibrant green apple, pear, melon and spice, picking up a subtle honeyed edge on the finish. (JL)" (07/2007)

2010 Aubert

2010 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 1 available ($129.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard comes across as implosive and structured. Today the wine is quite reticent, as it is showing just the barest hint of its potential. The 2010 Ritchie impresses for its power and energy. This tightly coiled Chardonnay needs another year or two in bottle to show the full breadth of its potential. These 36-year-old vines are the oldest Aubert works with. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. 94+. (AG) " (02/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Deeply perfumed, with expansive, detailed flavors of ripe pear, green apple, honeysuckle and light toasty oak. Very complete and balanced, ending with a hazelnut and roasted marshmallow note. Drink now through 2019. (JL)" (07/2012)

2011 Aubert

2011 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 2 available ($129.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is utterly magnificent. I especially like the way the 2011 is at once unbelievably rich, but not at all heavy. Yellow stone fruit, light floral honey, nectarine and almonds inform the rich, oily finish. The 100% new barrels are imperceptible. All the elements are beautifully in place in this harmonious, voluptuous Chardonnay. This is a great, great showing from Mark Aubert. (AG)" (07/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich smoke, fig, apricot and crème brûlée flavors are deep and persistent in this white, which is slow to open but gains depth, focus, persistence and length, ending with light toasted marshmallow. (JL)" (06/2013)

K&L Notes: Antonio Galloni reports that because of the late, cool vintage, Aubert’s 2011 Chardonnays are "a bit brighter and more focused than is the norm." Excellent news!

2013 Aubert

2013 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 1 available ($144.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2013 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is translucent and weightless, yet also magnificent in its depth. Graphite, slate, smoke, incense, lemon and white peach emerge from the glass, but only with great reluctance. The Ritchie is the most reticent wine in this range, but it is in many ways the most intriguing. Intensely mineral and nuanced, the 2013 Ritchie will thrill those lucky enough to own it for another decade-plus. I can't wait to see how this develops in bottle. The 2013 was done in 100% new oak, yet there is virtually no trace of oak at all. (AG)" (01/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the oldest vines that Aubert works with, the 2013 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is made from the old Wente clone favored by so many of the top winemakers for Chardonnay. It boasts the wet rocks and candied citrus, the white peach and pineapple notes, has a strong green hue to the light gold color, and a full-bodied, powerful finish. It is a ten-year wine at the minimum. (RP)" (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and vibrant, with a sleek build and a tight mix of green apple, citrus, mineral and melon flavors, ending with a juicy aftertaste. A sleek beam of zesty fruit makes this striking. Drink now through 2020. (JL)" (06/2015)

2012 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (torn labels, some cut capsules) - 3 available ($119.00)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mark Aubert is one of the contenders for Californias finest practitioner of Burgundian-styled, yet classic, California Chardonnays. His offerings are all made like grand cru Burgundies with full malolactic, the use of French oak and lees stirring, but the purity of fruit, the textural dimensions, and the stunning singularity of these Chardonnays can only be matched by a handful of other Chardonnay producers in the world. Hes that good. Auberts 2012s, which I have enjoyed multiple times out of bottle since I purchased most of them, merit the scores I gave them last year. (RP)" (12/2014)

95 points Vinous: "The 2012 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is a wine of pure texture. Lemon, white flowers, dried pears, mint and spices meld together in the glass. Absolutely nothing is out of place here. The flavors are vivid, intense and layered. Readers may notice a slightly cloudy color in the 2012, which is the result of one tank that had an especially late malolactic fermentation. I tasted these wines right after bottling, and it is entirely possible over time the color will settle a bit. The wines are never fined or filtered here, so from time to time the color can be cloudy, as consumers who have bought these wines in the past know. In any event, the 2012 Ritchie is gorgeous. (AG)" (02/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and lively, with peach, nectarine, smoke and honeydew notes giving this a wealth of core flavors. The aromatics and graceful mix of balance, texture and subtlety give this extra dimensions. Drink now through 2020. 900 cases made. (JL)" (07/2014)

2012 Aubert

2012 Aubert "UV-SL Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 3 available ($139.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "(Note from 2013 review, re-reviewed with no new note in 2014) A tour de force in Chardonnay, the 2012 Chardonnay UV-SL was made from an Old Wente clone of Chardonnay. It exhibits copious aromas of mango, pineapple and subtle background wood, a voluptuous texture, beautiful acidity and terrific length and personality. As the wine sits in the glass a structured feel comes forth along with a notion of pears. It should offer delicious drinking over the next decade. (RP)" (12/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Aubert's 2012 Chardonnay UV-SL Vineyard, from a site owned by vineyard guru Ulises Valdez, is superb. Apricot, honey, mint, nectarine, butter and white truffles flesh out in the glass. The flavors are remarkably vivid and nuanced, with tons of richness and intensity, but no sense of heaviness. Here, too, the oak is 100% new. Bright veins of underlying salinity and minerality become more prominent over time, adding to the wine's energy and vivid personality. Aubert fans will want to jump all over the UV-SL. (AG)" (01/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Deep, rich and persistent, with tiers of elegant apricot, fig, pear, nectarine, honeydew and spicy oak. Finishes with a full-blown yet delightfully graceful finish. (JL)" (07/2014)

2001 Climens, Barsac

2001 Climens, Barsac - 2 available ($299.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Climens 2001 has always possessed a deliriously complex and intense bouquet that is beautifully defined: dried quince and marmalade, honeycomb and antique furniture. There is an inchoate, resinous element that will surely surface over the next decade or so. This is a bouquet that demands attention and in this blind tasting, sticks out from the crowd, a sui generis. Since I last tasted it, the palate has opened up and is beginning to pump on all cylinders. It is wonderfully balanced with fabulous intensity and a long, citrus-tinged finish that is utterly beguiling. As Kate Bush once sang: 'Wow.' (NM)" (10/2014)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Loads of orange peel and dried apricots on the nose here. Full-bodied, with a wild and exciting palate. Sweet yet racy. Electrifying. Great class and elegance. One of the best Climens I have tasted. Best after 2010. (JS)" (09/2004)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium yellow. Reticent, liqueur-like aromas of yellow plum, vineyard peach, spices, white flowers and menthol. Impeccably balanced and impressively structured, with its new oak component to the fore. But this extremely bright, intense, focused wine possesses a strong core of spicy, botrytized fruit. Finishes with terrific fruit and an almost tannic firmness. Like so many of these 2001s, give this long aeration if you plan to taste a bottle any time soon." (08/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "So massive and unctuous yet with great freshness. Wonderful stuff with a slightly burnt edge. Great complexity. Long. Brava! 19/20 points." (03/2011)

2006 Climens, Barsac

2006 Climens, Barsac - 1 available ($99.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Sauternes 2006 ten-year on horizontal in Bordeaux. The 2006 Climens still feels youthful on the nose, a car revving its engine but yet to release the handbrake. The palate is medium-bodied with harmonious, honeyed marmalade and quince-tinged fruit, plenty of botrytis and perhaps here, a little more advanced than the aromatics. They will catch up in time to complete the gorgeous, quite ravishing yet tensile Climens from Bérénice Lurton and her team. (NM)" (05/2016)

K&L Notes: 96 points and one of Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2009: "Beautiful aromas of orange zest are followed by gingerbread, caramel and creme brulee flavors. This is a beautiful, rich, smoothly dense wine with a core of botrytis, spice and vivid fresh citrus acidity. Cellar Selection." (03/09) 94 points Wine Spectator: "This offers lots of honey and toffee aromas, with lemon, orange peel and apricot character. Full-bodied, very sweet and rich. Thick and flavorful, with vanilla, spice and cream character as well. Builds on the palate. Best after 2012." (03/09 Vines have been planted at the incomparable Château Climens since the end of the 16th century and was granted First Growth status in the classification of 1855. The current proprietor, Bérénice Lurton, has steered the great château's destiny since 1992, producing wines of complexity and elegance vintage after vintage. 18+ Jancis Robinson: "If Yquem was a big step above the rest, Climens was at least half a step above the rest. Very complete and dense with wonderfully smooth texture if in some cases a little lighter than some years with a distinctly green tang to some lots. Still some astringency but very fine tannins. Good concentration and good acidity too. Drink 2012 to 2030."

2007 Climens, Barsac

2007 Climens, Barsac ($149.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted single blind against its peers. Chateau Climens always tends to go into its shell after bottling, which is probably why I was not dishing out an even higher score to this still, spellbinding Barsac. The 2007 is endowed with a lovely bouquet: very pure with honey, a touch of orange-blossom and a touch of quince. The palate is very well-balanced with great purity and a dash of spice as well as a lovely viscous, botrytis-laden finish that possesses awesome weight and persistency. This is a slice of heaven in a glass, but it definitely needs time to reveal its true potential. (NM)" (02/2012)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* A big, rich wine, showing its gorgeous fruit easily. But with a core of dryness, the ripest apricots touched by caramel, it should age well over many years. There is intense power here, still hidden by the youth of the wine, but with final concentration. (RV)" (06/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright gold. Captivating, complex nose offers fresh apricot, peach and honey, lifted by an intoxicating spicy, floral scent. Very intensely flavored and precise, with superb lift and purity to the rich, silky flavors of stone fruits, honey and peppermint. As opulent and creamy as this is, it's extremely young today, conveying an impression of oomph and power. Finishes broad and very long, with superb energy. This will probably need a good 12 to 15 years to approach maturity and should be long-lived. 94(+?)" (08/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers loads of citrus aromas, along with dried apricot and honey on the nose, as well as toffee. Full-bodied, with a medium sweetness, spicy, fruity flavors and a long, racy, spicy finish. There's toffee and caramel as well. Hard not to drink now. Best after 2014. (JS)" (03/2010)

2010 Climens, Barsac

2010 Climens, Barsac - 5 available ($99.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Attractive nose with hazelnuts, vanilla and apricot. Lots of dried orange peel and honey in this excellent sweet wine. Dense and very sweet on the palate with bright acidity and wonderful purity of fruit. Soft, well-balanced and very elegant long finish. Medium sweetness. Intense botrytis spice on finish. Better in 2016. " (02/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Dense and lush now, offering tangerine, apricot, honey-roasted almond and dacquoise notes, with a long, powerful, honeyed finish that lets toasted coconut and mango cruise through. The lovely dried pineapple and honeysuckle accents flitter through the background. Shows stunning length and depth. This will become dreamy with age. Best from 2018 through 2035." (03/2013)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " **Cellar Selection** Full and very rich, this is an opulent style of wine. It has a ripe, tropical fruit feel to it, offering power as well as fresh acidity. Pineapples and lychees give fruitiness, perfume and spice. The aftertaste, with its liquorous character, is gloriously warm and concentated. Drink from 2018." (02/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Climens is a mercurial wine - Bérénice Lurton commenting that is keeps changing personality in recent months. Here, it has closed in a little, with tightly wound honeyed fruit, fresh pear and a touch of candle wax. The palate is viscous on the entry, extremely well balanced, tensile in the mouth, but you can tell that it is keeping 90% of its secrets to itself. If cuts away swiftly on the finish as if to say: that's your lot. In other words, this represents a long-term Climens that will need considerable cellaring. Tasted April 2016. (NM)" (06/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Very firm on the nose. Round and unctuous. Lots of clean, very sweet fruit here. The acid and alcohol are well managed. The proportions of this wine are excellent. 18.5/20 points. Drink 2020 - 2045" (12/2012)

2001 Climens, Barsac (375ml)

2001 Climens, Barsac (375ml) - 5 available Price: Hidden

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Climens 2001 has always possessed a deliriously complex and intense bouquet that is beautifully defined: dried quince and marmalade, honeycomb and antique furniture. There is an inchoate, resinous element that will surely surface over the next decade or so. This is a bouquet that demands attention and in this blind tasting, sticks out from the crowd, a sui generis. Since I last tasted it, the palate has opened up and is beginning to pump on all cylinders. It is wonderfully balanced with fabulous intensity and a long, citrus-tinged finish that is utterly beguiling. As Kate Bush once sang: "Wow." (NM)" (10/2014)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Loads of orange peel and dried apricots on the nose here. Full-bodied, with a wild and exciting palate. Sweet yet racy. Electrifying. Great class and elegance. One of the best Climens I have tasted." (09/2004)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium yellow. Reticent, liqueur-like aromas of yellow plum, vineyard peach, spices, white flowers and menthol. Impeccably balanced and impressively structured, with its new oak component to the fore. But this extremely bright, intense, focused wine possesses a strong core of spicy, botrytized fruit. Finishes with terrific fruit and an almost tannic firmness. Like so many of these 2001s, give this long aeration if you plan to taste a bottle any time soon. 94+ (ST)" (08/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "So massive and unctuous yet with great freshness. Wonderful stuff with a slightly burnt edge. Great complexity. Long. Brava! Drink 2012-2030. (19/20 points)" (03/2011)

2007 Climens, Barsac (375ml)

2007 Climens, Barsac (375ml) ($99.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted single blind against its peers. Chateau Climens always tends to go into its shell after bottling, which is probably why I was not dishing out an even higher score to this still, spellbinding Barsac. The 2007 is endowed with a lovely bouquet: very pure with honey, a touch of orange-blossom and a touch of quince. The palate is very well-balanced with great purity and a dash of spice as well as a lovely viscous, botrytis-laden finish that possesses awesome weight and persistency. This is a slice of heaven in a glass, but it definitely needs time to reveal its true potential. (NM)" (02/2012)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* A big, rich wine, showing its gorgeous fruit easily. But with a core of dryness, the ripest apricots touched by caramel, it should age well over many years. There is intense power here, still hidden by the youth of the wine, but with final concentration." (06/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers loads of citrus aromas, along with dried apricot and honey on the nose, as well as toffee. Full-bodied, with a medium sweetness, spicy, fruity flavors and a long, racy, spicy finish. There's toffee and caramel as well. Hard not to drink now. (JS)" (03/2010)

2005 Colgin

2005 Colgin "Cariad" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 4 available ($399.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The blend that Colgin fashions from three vineyards owned by David Abreu (Madrona, Thorevilos and Howell Mountain) is called Cariad. The 2005 Proprietary Red Cariad consists of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot. Offering up spring flowers and garden aromas, sweet blueberry and black raspberry fruit, a touch of charcoal embers, graphite and background toast, it is fleshy and full-bodied, and again, meriting a three-digit score. This is absolutely remarkable wine. As it sat in the glass, it developed some rather compelling chocolaty, licorice undertones. This is a great classic to drink over the next 20-25 years. By the way, for those interested, the cooperage generally chosen is dominated by Taransaud barrels, but there are at least four different coopers. (RP)" (06/2015)

97 points Vinous: "The Cariad is the most severe of the 2005s. Early signs of aromatic development are just starting to appear, but the 2005 remains quite backward, dense and brooding. There is an element of explosive energy in the 2005 that I find especially appealing. Hints of rose petal, mint, cherries, smoke and white pepper gradually unfurl in the glass, but 2005 still hasn't hit its stride. (AG)" (04/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "It feels a little tentative now, as if the components are still learning how to mesh. Theres a shy, tannic quality to the cherry, currant, chocolate and plum flavors, and a glyceriney mouthfeel that makes the wine slippery smooth." (06/2008)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and intense, with firm, minerally tannins that have a dry, dusty edge wrapped about the earthy dried currant and black cherry fruit that's deep and concentrated, ending with a long, persistent finish. (JL)" (10/2008)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Highly nuanced nose offers raspberry, violet, minerals, licorice, mocha, tobacco and flowers, plus a whiff of game. Large-scaled, fat and rich; a bit plumper and more oily in the middle than the Tychson Hill and Herb Lamb offerings but ultimately less nuanced. But this impressively sweet and sexy wine is a no-brainer for those who can find and afford it. Finishes broad and spicy, with very fine-grained tannins. This is mostly from vines planted in the late '80s in Madrona Vineyard. (ST)" (05/2008)

94 points James Suckling: "This is juicy, rich, and round. Aromas of sweet tobacco and cigar box. Full bodied, with notes of chocolate and a decadent mouthfeel. I love the depth and richness to this, very subtle and fascinating with so much going on." (02/2011)

K&L Notes: Highly sought after and always in short supply, Colgin Cellars' wines are a California collector's dream. Sold by the winery directly at release, we are often able to obtain these bottles from well-stored private cellars. If you're not lucky enough to be on the Colgin mailing list, here's your chance to live like you are!

2006 Colgin

2006 Colgin "Cariad" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Meriting the same rating I gave it at its release, the 2006 Cariad is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. One of the stars of the vintage, this thrilling, opaque purple-colored wine offers up sweet espresso, jus de viande, blackberry, blueberry, flower and chocolate aromas. A fabulous texture, tremendous purity, sensational brightness and authoritative flavor intensity allied to striking complexity and elegance are the signature of this creative blend from the David Abreu vineyards of Thorevilos and Madrona Ranch. Six hundred cases were produced. Give this wine another 3-4 years of cellaring and enjoy it over the following 15+. (RP)" (06/2011)

96 points James Suckling: "A fabulous nose of iodine, stones, licorice, and dark fruits. Full bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. I love this. So much going on here, and the finish lasts for minutes. This is a symphony. Don't touch this until 2015." (02/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of ripe, complex currant, plum and black cherry show a dry, loamy earth edge on the palate. Full-bodied, deep and focused, this is well-structured, with chewy tannins and a long, lingering finish. Best from 2011 through 2017." (11/2009)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good saturated medium ruby. Complex but reticent nose hints at minerals, dried herbs, sweet spices, hot gravel and tobacco. Quite closed but very deep on the palate, with an exotic spice quality (cardamom?) lifting the powerful dark fruit and menthol flavors. This very broad, classically dry wine reminded me of a top claret from the Medoc-and with its rather powerful tannins it may well age like a Bordeaux. Very unevolved today." (05/2009)

K&L Notes: Highly sought after and always in short supply, Colgin Cellars is a California wine collector's dream producer. Sold by the winery directly at release, we are often able to obtain these wines from well stored private cellars. If you're not lucky enough to be on the Colgin mailing list, here's your chance to live like you are!

2010 Colgin

2010 Colgin "Cariad" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($499.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Proprietary Red Cariad reveals great intensity along with abundant notes of unsmoked tobacco leaf interwoven with blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and coffee bean nuances as well as a Pauillac-like lead pencil shaving character ... one of the finest wines I tasted over the 12 days I spent tasting in Napa Valley in late August and early September. This remarkable 2010 should drink beautifully for 20 or more years. (RP)" (10/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated, bright ruby-red. Deeper and darker on the nose than the Tychson Hill cabernet, offering vibrant scents of blackcurrant, graphite minerality and bitter chocolate. At once round and delineated in the mouth, with dark berry and mineral flavors displaying outstanding depth without excess weight. With its very firm tannic structure, this typically Medoc-like wine will need a good eight to ten years to evolve in bottle and may ultimately merit an even higher rating. These vines in Madrona Vineyard in St. Helena were planted on an alluvial fan in the 1980s. (ST)" (05/2013)

95 points James Suckling: "Lots of ripe fruit, chocolate and iron. Full body, with loads of velvety tannins and a round and rich palate. It is round and mouthfilling yet fresh and beautiful. Delicious already but will improve with age." (05/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Notable for its charcoal and graphite woodiness, along with its edgy entry into the core of dark berry fruit. Keeps you at arm's length, with the flavors both concentrated and nuanced." (10/2013)

K&L Notes: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc

2006 Colgin

2006 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 3 available ($449.95)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The good news is that there are 1,500 cases of this cuvee. It, too, reveals the noble sweetness of tannin, the extraordinary rich, intense mouthfeel, and sumptuous aromas of flowers, burning embers, blackberries, blueberries, spice box, and cedar. With extraordinary intensity, beautiful purity, a texture and flavors that build incrementally on the palate, and a significantly long finish, this is a perfect wine. (RP)" (12/2008)

97 points James Suckling: "What a nose on this wine, almost makes drinking it unnecessary. Layers of lead pencil, blackberries, licorice, asphalt, roses, and so much more. Full bodied and tight, with so much to give still. The best is yet to come for this wine. Keep your hands off of this until 2015." (02/2011)

97 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* A stunning effort that offers a rich, full-bodied, layered band of ripe currant and green and black olive, with hints of herb and spice. Expands into a long, deep, penetrating finish, echoing chocolate brownie. (JL)" (11/2009)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Exhilarating nose of wild berries, wild sage, bay laurel and flowers. Wonderfully dense and sweet, but with an extraordinary light touch to the black fruit, floral and spice flavors. A terrific core of ripe acidity gives the wine outstanding inner-mouth lift and extends the finish, which builds inexorably. The tannins are firm but fine-grained. The best vintage to date for the winery's estate vineyard overlooking Lake Hennessey, which was planted in 2000. In fact, this is extraordinary for five-year-old vines. (ST)" (06/2009)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "From the estate, in the Pritchard Hill area of St. Helena which is worthy of its own appellation, comes this densely structured, impressive but young wine. Its massive in fruity extract and new oak, flooding the mouth with soft, ultrarich flavors of blackberries and dark chocolate and a leathery, peppery, grilled meat quality. This is the kind of wine even a non-red wine drinker will be dazzled by, and connoisseurs will appreciate its power and finesse." (04/2010)

K&L Notes: Highly sought after and always in short supply, Colgin Cellars is a California wine collector's dream producer. Sold by the winery directly at release, we are often able to obtain these wines from selected private cellars. If you're not lucky enough to be on the Colgin mailing list, here's your chance to live like you are! A little juicier than the 2005, Colgin's 2006 "IX Estate" also displays more red-toned bramble berry fruit, over a bouquet of dark, red roses.

2005 Colgin

2005 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, the 2005 Proprietary Red IX Estate, from one of the most strikingly beautiful vineyards in all of Napa, high on Pritchard Hill overlooking Lake Hennessey, is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Inky purple with a provocative and profound bouquet of graphite, white flowers, cassis and blackberry as well as hints of coffee and chocolate, this full-bodied classic has perfect balance, undeniable purity and a long finish. Drink it now and over the next 20 years. (RP)" (06/2015)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This Bordeaux blend is similar to Colgins Cariad bottling, but the grapes are from the winerys estate vineyard, high up on Pritchard Hill, ranging in elevation from 1,1001,300 feet. A distinct note of violets and Provençal herbs erupts from the glass, supported by fruiter ones of cherries, red and black currants, dark chocolate, caramelized oak and cedar. What is so masterful about the wine is its complex structure. The tannins are fine as can be, offering just the right quality of briskness, and balanced with vital acidity. Tasted alongside Colgins other 2005 wines, the IX Estate surpasses them all in sheer power and depth." (06/2008)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby-red. The most reticent of these '05s but with lovely purity and subtlety to its aromas of black plum, sage oil, chocolate liqueur, licorice and smoked meat. Lush, pure and sweet, with lovely spicy lift to the complex flavors of plum, minerals and dried herbs. A wonderfully seamless wine that finishes with youthful medicinal reserve and building but thoroughly ripe thoroughly ripe tannins. (ST)" (06/2008)

95 points Vinous: "The 2005 IX Estate comes across as a bit clenched and tightly wound. Still, two recent tastings both suggest it doesn't quite have the depth, intensity and potential as the best wines in this flight. Ultimately, the 2005 IX Estate is a wine of two very beautiful dimensions, but not three. Iron, smoke, lavender and a host of ferrous notes are quite expressive, while the fruit remains pushed to the background. (AG)" (04/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Serves up a rich, complex array of flavors, built around cedary oak, ripe currant and black cherry, with hints of leather and spice. Ends with a long, intricate finish that pulls all the flavors together. Firmly tannic. (JL)" (10/2008)

94 points James Suckling: "Loads of sweet tobacco, bay leaf, sage, and dark fruits on the nose. Full bodied with chewy tannins and a firm finish. Fresh and clean, with a little more muscle than the others." (02/2011)

2008 Colgin

2008 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($299.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Incredible nose of mint, spices and dark fruits. Forest floor. Then turns to Indian tea. Roses too. Full-bodied, with very fine tannins and lovely fruit. Soft and silky fruits. Amazing backbone of tannins. This reminds me of a great modern vintage of Margaux -- but with that Napa shine." (06/2011)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is an absolutely beautiful wine to drink now, but the richness comes at the price of considerable alcohol. The color is dark and impenetrable, the aromas huge in Cabernet-inspired blackberries and black currants, with a touch of something herbal and also a stony minerality. Theres also a fascinating peatiness, like an Islay Scotch. It really opens up in the glass, becoming ever more complex. Its great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, but that high alcohol may limit its ageability." (10/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The opaque purple-hued 2008 IX Proprietary Red, a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and the balance Petit Verdot (also slightly modified from last year), reveals notes of espresso roast, blueberries, black currants and lead pencil shavings. The wine reveals superb concentration and richness as well as a structured mouthfeel. It begs for 4-5 years of cellaring and should drink well for 20-30+ years. (RP)" (12/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby. Blackberry, spices and graphite on the nose. Broad and rich but also magically airy in the mouth, with compelling perfume to the dark fruit and mineral flavors. A very dark, deep, young wine with terrific finishing grip. Here, too, the substantial tannins will require at least five years of patience. 94+ points. (ST)" (06/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, dense and earthy, with a chewy edge to the gamy tobacco leaf, dried currant, roasted herb and forest floor notes. Full-bodied and notably tannic, yet altogether very complex, stylish and muscular. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2012 through 2022. (JL)" (10/2011)

2009 Colgin

2009 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($349.95)

99 points James Suckling: "henomenal aromas and flavors of pure fruit with stones and rock. Turns to mint and eucalyptus. Full body, with powerful yet polished tannins. Creamy and fresh. Changes continually. The finish goes on for minutes Savory. And juicy." (05/2014)

98 points Vinous: "The 2009 IX Estate Red Wine is another breathtaking wine. It is the coolest, most inward of these 2009s. Graphite, tar, smoke, savory herbs, licorice and black fruit are some of nuances that emerge from the IX Estate. Here, too, the tannins are quite imposing at this stage, but the integration of fruit and structure is superb. This has more than enough stuffing to age for a number of years. (AG)" (12/2011)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, the 2009 IX Estate exhibits a flowery bouquet with notes of subtle smoke, blackberries, black currants, kirsch and baking spices. Rich, deep and full-bodied, this voluptuous, sensational blend boasts an inky/purple color. While approachable, it should hit its stride in 4-5 years and last for two to three decades. (RP)" (10/2013)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated deep ruby. Pure but subdued aromas of black cherry, blueberry, menthol and sweet butter. Pure liquid pleasure in the mouth, combining the seamlessness of the Tychson Hill with the tannic force of the Cariad. This wonderfully sweet, palate-saturating wine is downright penetrating without betraying any rough edges. Finishes strong and very long, with mouthfilling chocolatey ripeness. A classic example of the way the best Napa Valley Cabernet-based wines can combine sheer sweetness and size with structure. 96+ points. (ST)" (05/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A muscle-bound effort, tight, dense and chewy, with tar, blackberry, cedar and tobacco flavors. Ends with a pleasant wall of tannins and a persistent push of flavors. (JL)" (10/2012)

K&L Notes: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot.

2006 Colgin

2006 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah - 2 available ($144.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: " An amazing Syrah, vivid, juicy and concentrated, with blackberry and wild berry fruit providing the centerpiece to this complex, full-bodied beauty, which reveals hints of mineral, spice and pebble as it unfolds, ending with firm, chunky fruit flavors. Best from 2010 through 2018. (JL)" (02/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Massive, high in alcohol, distinctly New World in style, this 100% Syrah impresses for its sheer volume. Explodes on the palate with waves of blackberries, cherries, currants, anise, leather, mocha and peppery spices that sink in deep and last long on the finish. With alcohol approaching 16%, its a wine youll either love or hate." (04/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Not to be forgotten are the 400+ cases of Colgins Estate IX Syrah. The French-styled 2006 IX Syrah Estate offers an exotic nose of roasted meats, bouquet garni, and flowers, silky tannins, and full-bodied blackberry and cherry fruit. (RP)" (12/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Very closed but pure nose offers crushed black cherry, licorice, dark chocolate and licorice; showing less of the game and truffle qualities of other vintages. Moderately sweet and ripe but a bit stunted on the palate; juicy but could use more pliancy. Dark berry flavors are firmed on the end by substantial tannins. This may well be passing through a sullen stage: will it expand and gain in flesh with more time in bottle? 90+ (ST)" (03/2013)

2007 Colgin

2007 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah - 2 available ($189.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 475 cases of the 2007 IX Syrah Estate, which offers up flowery, roasted meat, balsamic, tar, and blackberry characteristics in a full-bodied format. The wine reveals sweet tannin, and layers of fruit, including a note of lavender that emerges as the wine sits in the glass. It should drink well for a decade. (RP)" (12/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, rich and layered, offering spicy dried berry, mineral, anise and sage flavors that are full-bodied and stylish. Firms up on the finish, with a subtle spicy edge. (JL)" (03/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby. Subdued but complex nose offers blackberry, mocha, game, spices and a hint of sweet butter. At once primary and pliant in the mouth, with dark fruit and spice flavors lifted by violet, mint and fresh herb high notes. Intense and stuffed with fruit, but still needs at least a few more years in bottle to express itself. Finishes with dusty minerality, excellent energy and building tannins. 92+ Points" (03/2013)

2008 Colgin

2008 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah - 1 available ($199.99)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright full ruby. Pungent aromas of candied blueberry, minerals, lavender, crushed stone, roasted meat, mocha and black olive; youthful but already expressive. Pliant, rich and deep, with terrific verve and incipient complexity to the intense flavors of black cherry, salty minerality, game and white pepper. Really exhilarating high-toned floral/wild herb character and inner-mouth tension. Still an infant, and extremely long on the aftertaste. This reminded me of a top Syrah bottling from Cayuse. 95+ (ST)" (03/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Impressive for its elegance and finesse, this is taut and minerally, with dried berry, plum and blackberry, roasted game meat, white pepper, sage and cedary notes that are sleek, focused and long on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2025. (JL)" (02/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Interesting French-like Syrahs are also made from the estate's steep hillside vineyards. The 2008 IX Syrah Estate is performing even better than it did last year from barrel. Juicy bacon fat, roasted meat, grilled herb and smoky notes are classic northern Rhone Syrah characteristics. A floral component suggests some Viognier could be co-fermented, but this is 100% Syrah. The wood is well-concealed in this full-bodied, delicious wine. It is capable of a decade or more of cellaring. (RP)" (12/2010)

2009 Colgin

2009 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah - 1 available ($209.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This shows so much dark fruit, spice, berry and minerals incense. Full body, with lots of black pepper, spice and berry. It's so dense and beautiful. The purity of fruit is all there. Hard not to drink now. But will improve for many years ahead." (05/2014)

96 points Vinous: "The Araujo and Colgin Syrahs had something in common in that they were first and foremost wines of place. Along similar lines, 2009 Colgin's Syrah from IX Estate on Pritchard Hill, was very much defined by a hillside sense of structure. (AG)" (06/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* A brilliant expression of dense, rich layers of spice, beef, wild berry, savory and herbal notes, offering intensity, focus, grace and finesse. Should evolve beautifully over the next decade or two. Drink now through 2030. (JL)" (12/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I could have sworn the 2009 IX Estate Syrah had some Viognier in it, but all of these wines are 100% Syrah. Flowery, peppery, blackberry and bacon aromas reminiscent of a Cote Rotie jump from the glass. However, once in the mouth, the masculinity, power, awesome richness and incredible texture come forward. This killer Syrah should drink well for 20 or more years. (RP)" (10/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium ruby. Musky nose combines dark berries, crushed rock, game, violet, espresso and tangerine rind. Fresh but youthfully tight and primary, and currently dominated by its structure. The intriguing citrus quality follows through in the mouth, where it perks up the dark fruit, licorice and tar flavors. Finishes classically dry and firmly tannic, with a lightly saline character. I'd forget about this one for four or five years. 93+ (ST)" (03/2013)

K&L Notes: Highly sought after and always in short supply, Colgin Cellars is a California wine collector's dream producer. Sold by the winery directly at release, we are often able to obtain these wines from selected private cellars. If you're not lucky enough to be on the Colgin mailing list, here's your chance to live like you are!

2008 Colgin

2008 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($289.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Dried violets and berries with hints of minerals and dark chocolate. Turns to licorice and spices. Full-bodied, with wonderful velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is so beautiful and balanced with an amazing core of fruit on the finish. Wonderful finish. Leave it for about four to five years before opening." (06/2011)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dense purple-colored 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard exhibits notes of cassis, charcoal and toast in a full-bodied, velvety textured, concentrated style. The tannins are ripe and the wine reveals impressive levels of richness as well as intensity. The final blend is virtually all Cabernet Sauvignon and the wine can be drunk now or cellared for 20 or more years. (RP)" (12/2010)

93 points Vinous: "Saturated medium ruby. Compelling, pure aromas of black raspberry, violet and ginger convey a rather cool quality. Juicy, gripping and penetrating; not an opulent wine but boasts outstanding definition and energy to its flavors of dark berries, flowers and licorice. Finishes youthfully tight, with firm-edged tannins and excellent length. Still needs time to unwind. (ST)" (04/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, rich and graceful, with delicate plum, blackberry, anise and fresh herb notes. Elegant and stylish, this is rich without being heavy, finishing with a loamy berry aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (10/2011)

2009 Colgin

2009 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($309.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is a gorgeous wine laced with dark red fruit, flowers and spices. It reveals the silkiest of tannins and remarkable grace throughout. All of the aromas and flavors wrap around beautifully to a deep, sensual finish layered with sweet floral notes. This is a sensual, totally dazzling Cabernet. In 2009 the blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (12/2011)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, saturated ruby. The vibrant, highly aromatic nose offers notes of plum, hard candy and incense. Superripe and voluminous but not a bit heavy or cloying in spite of the compelling, almost chocolatey sweetness of its primary sweet berry fruit. The wine's floral perfume lingers long on the suavely tannic, firmly mineral back end. 'Our earliest-drinking 2009,' noted Allison Tauziet. (ST, in Vinous)" (04/2015)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, dense and enormously complex, this just keeps on gaining, with a tight core of currant, fresh earth, dried berry, sage and cedar flavors. Long, graceful and persistent on the finish, ending with silky tannins. Best from 2014 through 2028. (JL)" (10/2012)

95 points James Suckling: "This pops out of the glass with ripe fruit and spice, violets and mint. Full body, with round and velvety tannins and a lot of currant and berry character. Hints of minerals and spices. Toasty oak. Coffee. Juicy and intense. Savory. Drink or hold." (05/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Production was tiny in 2009. From a 2.5-acre site, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard offers lots of black currant, black cherry, plum, licorice and toasty oak characteristics along with beautiful purity and balance. The wine hits the palate with surprising suppleness for a 2009, medium to full-bodied richness, and a classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon personality. It can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

K&L Notes: Highly sought after and always in short supply, Colgin Cellars is a California wine collector's dream producer. Sold by the winery directly at release, we are often able to obtain these wines from selected private cellars. If you're not lucky enough to be on the Colgin mailing list, here's your chance to live like you are!

2011 Colgin

2011 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($259.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill opens with the most exquisite of aromatics. Sage, rosemary, graphite, tobacco, menthol, black cherries, plums all flesh out in a dark, voluptuous wine loaded with class. The interplay of savory notes with layers of fruit is simply breathtaking. Vivid, nuanced and beautifully structured, the 2011 is firing on all cylinders. There is a level of aromatic lift and pure finesse that is simply striking. Hints of orange peel and white pepper add an exotic flair on the close. Tychson Hill is Cabernet Sauvignon with splashes of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Shades of the 2001 linger in the empty glass. (AG)" (11/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright ruby. Reticent but pure nose opens with air to show highly complex scents of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite, rosemary, mocha and wet rock. Very pretty, slightly wild flavors of black fruits, juniper berry and violet are very young and wound up but already convey a strong impression of the site. Finishes with edgy tannins that will require patience. The estate did a lot of crop thinning to eliminate the underripe berries and hasten the ripening process for the rest (the wine is actually 14.8% alcohol in bottle). Boasts terrific definition and avoids the greenness shown by so many Cabernets from this vintage. This vintage marked the latest harvest here: between October 16 and 19. (ST)" (04/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard has plenty of blue and black fruit characteristics as well as an endearing, lush opulence. This 2011 is disarming in its charming softness, roundness and medium-bodied, richly fruity style. A hint of lavender is noticeable, but this is not herbaceous, vegetal or astringent. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

Wine Spectator: "Well-focused on a core of blackberry, mineral, spice, road tar, black licorice and cigar box flavors, this is restrained and balanced, with tannins that are firm without being weighty. Drink now through 2022. (Web Only - 2014)"

1994 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac

1994 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac - 1 available ($599.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: " *Cellar Selection and Top 100 Wines of 1997* A luscious Lafite that is silky and elegant with layers of wonderful violet, berry, cherry and chocolate flavors. It's full-bodied, with racy, refined tannins and good length. Drinkable now, but best from 1999 and through another decade." (01/1997)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Because Lafite-Rothschild (1) tends to lack the weight of many wines of the northern Medoc, and (2) is never a flashy, ostentatious style of wine, it is often more difficult to evaluate when young than some of its neighbors. Made from nearly 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine is stubbornly backward, unappealing, and severe and astringent on the palate. There is plenty of weight, and the wine possesses admirable purity, with no suggestion of herbaceousness or underripe fruit, but the wine's personality refuses to be coaxed from the glass. The 1994 Lafite may turn out to be austere and disappointing flavor-wise, but possesses a fabulous set of aromatics (does that sound reminiscent of the 1961, another Lafite that was primarily Cabernet Sauvignon?). I am not giving up on this wine, but purchasers should be willing to wait 15-20 years before pulling a cork. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030. (RP)" (02/1997)

1994 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (bin soiled label)

1994 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (bin soiled label) - 2 available ($579.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: " *Cellar Selection, Ranked #37, Top 100 of 1997* A luscious Lafite that is silky and elegant with layers of wonderful violet, berry, cherry and chocolate flavors. It's full-bodied, with racy, refined tannins and good length. Drinkable now, but best from 1999 and through another decade." (01/1997)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Because Lafite-Rothschild (1) tends to lack the weight of many wines of the northern Medoc, and (2) is never a flashy, ostentatious style of wine, it is often more difficult to evaluate when young than some of its neighbors. Made from nearly 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine is stubbornly backward, unappealing, and severe and astringent on the palate. There is plenty of weight, and the wine possesses admirable purity, with no suggestion of herbaceousness or underripe fruit, but the wine's personality refuses to be coaxed from the glass. The 1994 Lafite may turn out to be austere and disappointing flavor-wise, but possesses a fabulous set of aromatics (does that sound reminiscent of the 1961, another Lafite that was primarily Cabernet Sauvignon?). (RP)" (02/1997)

1996 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac

1996 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac - 2 available ($999.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Lafite-Rothschild was remarkably deep in color considering that it is now 20 years in age. The bouquet is classic Pauillac with pencil shavings and sous-bois infusing the black fruit, masculine and a little aloof, yet focused and very well delineated. The palate is very well balanced with crisp blackberry and boysenberry fruit, spicier than I recollect, a crescendo of flavors so that it seems understated at first but fans out with a sense of confidence towards the finish. I think this still has more to give so cellar it away for another 5-8 years if you can, but otherwise this is an exemplary Lafite-Rothschild that I can envisage getting better and better in bottle, if not quite as enthralling as either Mouton-Rothschild or Château Margaux. Tasted July 2016. (NM)" (10/2016)

97 points James Suckling: "The beauty and balance of this are phenomenal. Seamless tannins and fruit. Full body yet so balanced and refined. Sweet tobacco and berries. Minerals and cedar. A beautiful wine. The depth is superb. Drink now." (01/2017)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full, deep ruby, by far the darkest of these vintages. Knockout nose of great precision: cassis, black cherry, lead pencil, licorice, dried herbs and mint. Densely packed and extremely unevolved; a powerfully structured wine with uncanny precision and penetration. Finishes with powerful, firm tannins and exceptional mounting persistence. An infant, but a great Northern Medoc '96 in the making. 96+ (ST)" (08/2002)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of currant, berries and licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Still holding back. People talk about this as one of the greatest Lafites ever... (JS, Web-2007)"

Jancis Robinson: "Looks (and tastes) SO much much younger and more purple than the Lafite 1995. Quite aromatic, very rich and ripe. Seductive. Very smooth. Almost formless for the tannins are well in retreat. Solid stuff that still has a way to go. Slightly inky. Much younger and more angular than the 1995. But it should come out of its shell very elegantly. 18.5/20 score" (02/2011)

1990 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac

1990 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac - 2 available ($674.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Interestingly, a bottle of 1990 Lafite Rothschild I pulled from my cellar for a video blog on my web site was still buttoned down, tight, and even with extended decanting was not showing as much as I would have hoped. However, a bottle tasted, of all places, in Seoul, Korea in February, was only a few points short of perfection. That amazing performance motivated me to pull another bottle out of my cellar and follow it over the course of two days. Sure enough, by the second day the wine was roaring from the glass. The 1990 Lafite has turned out far better than my early assessment. While it still possesses some firmness, and performs like a late adolescent in terms of its evolution, it boasts gorgeous aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, cassis, and lead pencil shavings. The explosive aromas are followed by a fleshy, full-bodied wine that should hit its peak in 5-8 years, and last for 25-30 more. (RP)" (06/2009)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated deep red. Shoe polish, minerals and cassis on the nose, with a hint of toasty oak. Intensely flavored, vibrant fruit shows great middle-palate fullness for a young Lafite. Very long, multidimensional finish of great subtlety. Has the acidity and tannic underpinning for long life. An outstanding, classic Lafite; claret for the millennium. Along with Latour, an early candidate for Medoc of the vintage. (ST)" (11/1993)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Very serious fruit, with juicy berry, tobacco and cedar character. Slightly more body than the 1989, but they are very close in character. (JS)" (02/2005)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark ruby. Lively, fresh and transparent at first with the soaraway refined scent of a Lafite. Then it took on the typical concentrated rich and velvety character of a fine 1990. Long. Impressive. 18.5/20 points (JR)" (12/2012)

K&L Notes: Château Lafite-Rothschild is one of the five First Growth Bordeaux Châteaux, 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.

2003 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac

2003 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac - 7 available ($999.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Lafite Rothschild comes as close to perfection as any of the great Lafites made over the past three decades (1982, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010). This sensational effort came in at 12.7% natural alcohol, it is made in the style of one of this estates great classics, the 1959. Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim along with a luxurious bouquet of cedarwood, lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, cocoa and cassis. Fat, rich, opulent and full-bodied with low acidity and stunning seductiveness and complexity, this noble wine possesses a bountiful, generous, heady style. It is just coming into its plateau of maturity where it should hold for 20-25 years. This is one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage make no mistake about that. (RP)" (08/2014)

98 points James Suckling: "Spicy and rich, with a tobacco and berry character on the nose and palate I love the nose. Full bodied, with soft velvety tannins that give you so much. This goes on and on. Sexy and exciting right now, but leave this for five or six years." (03/2011)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a splendid wine. Yes, it is more powerful than the usual aristocratic Lafites, but it still manages to retain a special air of great elegance and presence. The fruits are black, the tannins immensely powerful, the flavors are of black figs, dates, cocoa. At the end, there is a vibrant acidity that shows through, which promises a great life for this great wine. (RV)" (05/2006)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle, complex aromas of berries, licorice and currants. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Very well-integrated wine. Lovely stuff. Wonderful length and finesse. Best after 2012. (JS)" (03/2006)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby color. Captivating aromas of cassis, cherry, tobacco, mocha, coffee and leather, with a complicating element of dried oregano and thyme. At once silky and penetrating in the mouth, with very firm acids for the vintage giving shape and thrust to the dense flavors of currant, tobacco and iodine. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and superb persistence... 93(+?)" (06/2006)

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 thirteenth century and has had an amazing and prestigious history to look back upon. 94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index's "10-Year On" tasting in London. Comparing the wines side by side, the Lafite Rothschild '03 has a similar bouquet to the Latour but perhaps it retains just a little more delineation. It is more understated than Latour but offers lifted pencil shaving scents and hints of sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, sensual entry - layers of red berry fruit, mint, vanilla and white pepper. It is very composed towards the finish, nicely focused and stretches long in the mouth. I appreciate the refinement here, the composure and finesse. Tasted March 2013."

1996 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (bin soiled labels)

1996 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (bin soiled labels) - 1 available ($949.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Unquestionably this renowned estate's best wine since the 1986 and 1982...This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around...The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottle. It should unquestionably last for 40-50 years. (RP)" (04/1999)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full, deep ruby, by far the darkest of these vintages. Knockout nose of great precision: cassis, black cherry, lead pencil, licorice, dried herbs and mint. Densely packed and extremely unevolved; a powerfully structured wine with uncanny precision and penetration. Finishes with powerful, firm tannins and exceptional mounting persistence. An infant, but a great Northern Medoc '96 in the making. Drink 2015 to 2040. 96+ (ST)" (08/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of currant, berries and licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Still holding back. (Web Only2007)"

Jancis Robinson: "Looks (and tastes) SO much much younger and more purple than the Lafite 1995. Quite aromatic, very rich and ripe. Seductive. Very smooth. Almost formless for the tannins are well in retreat. Solid stuff that still has a way to go. Slightly inky. Much younger and more angular than the 1995. But it should come out of its shell very elegantly. (18.5/20 points)" (02/2011)

K&L Notes: 97-99 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "First tasted at the Farr horizontal in January 2003. Deeper than 1995. Nose is closed. Tobacco and wood with a touch of licorice. Fine definition. Very concentrated palate - full-bodied. At an adolescent stage. Earthy/cigar-box notes. Quite austere on finish. Vin de garde. Very fine indeed. Then at the Lafite vertical in November 2005. Opaque purple/black color. Just an incredible nose: blackberry, roasted herbs, pain grille all with brilliant definition. Absolutely stunning. The palate is very backward with firm, masculine tannins. Perfect acidity. Dense, earthy black fruits, minerals with a touch of black truffle developing. Incredible concentration and a perfect wine that marries power and finesse. Very complex. Brilliant, but a long-term wine. Leave it 10 years or more." (01/2000)

1995 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (signs of past seepage)

1995 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (signs of past seepage) - 1 available ($749.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of blackberries, black licorice and currants, with mineral undertones. Full-bodied, with a solid core of tannins and a long, silky finish. Still holding back, but is concentrated and powerful. The 1996 is always talked about, but I think this is superior and will be in the future.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. (Web-2007)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild (only one-third of the harvest made it into the final blend) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine was showing spectacularly well when I tasted it in November, 1997. It exhibits a dark ruby purple color, and a sweet, powdered mineral, smoky, weedy cassis-scented nose. Beautiful sweetness of fruit is present in this medium-bodied, tightly-knit, but gloriously pure, well-delineated Lafite." (02/1998)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red. Sappy, expressive aromas of cherry, plum, minerals, woodsmoke and game, plus an exotic suggestion of baked apple. Rather subtle on the attack, then quickly expands to fill the mouth. A big, deep, very rich vintage for Lafite, unusually generous at this early stage and extremely long on the aftertaste. But went into a shell with aeration, and showed a hint of tobacco leaf vegetility. Finishing notes of coconut, woodsmoke and tobacco add flavor interest." (06/1998)

Jancis Robinson: "Blaickish ruby with hardly any suggestion of ageing. That very refined lift of Lafite on the nose oyster shells? Very elegant indeed no dry tannins. Complete and with enough juice. A very fine Lafite. Lovely graphite finish sinewy. No heaviness at all. And the tannins are SO well managed!" (03/2011)

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.

1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 4 available ($399.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers so much blackberry, leather and dried fruits on the nose. Full-bodied, with ultrapolished tannins and a silky mouthfeel. The palate turns to leaves, cedar and dried berries on the finish, which goes on and on. This is still reserved for the vintage, suggesting a long life ahead. Just coming around now, but will improve many years ahead. I have always loved this Lynch. (JS, Web-2010)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I have tasted the Château Lynch Bages 1989 several times since my last penned note in 2010. It is such a consistent wine, a Pauillac that never lets you down. Here it continues to sport a relatively backward blackberry and cedar scented nose, the graphite (pencil box) element a little more accentuated. The aromatic purr like a Bentley, unraveling with each swirl of the glass. The palate is very well defined with a rigid structure, well-judged acidity and hints of chestnut and cooked meat offering secondary notes on the dense finish that suggest a long drinking plateau. What a stupendous wine from Jean-Michel Cazes! (NM)" (07/2016)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Still youthfully closed but highly complex nose hints at cassis, minerals, gunflint and Oriental spices. Quite clean and juicy, boasting lovely precision and size to its flavors of small dark berries, smoky plum, coffee and minerals. This pure, long wine finishes with enticingly soft flavors of red cherry and marzipan. Though rich and opulent, this graceful, seamless wine can still age effortlessly. Maybe the best Lynch-Bages of the last 30 years. (ID)" (01/2012)

94 points James Suckling: "I have always been a big fan of this rich wine, with its currant and tropical fruit character on the nose and palate, and just a hint of toasted oak. Its full-bodied, with wild fruit and tobacco character, and a roasted coffee bean aftertaste. This is a fabulous wine." (03/2012)

Decanter: "Big intense colour, and lovely rich, intense nose showing real class. Ample fruit and balance on the palate, and a good, persistent finish. Has potential."

Jancis Robinson: "A really lovely Lynch this. As it has been for some time. Dark ruby. Very rich and sweet. Just very slightly rusty on the end. Lovely and vital on the mid palate and just slightly falls off at the end. But it sure delivers both peasure and richness so that initially I wondered whether it wasn't right bank. Voluptuous. 18/20 points" (05/2013)

K&L Notes: In 2011, Robert Parker rated this bottling 99+, saying: "The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins, but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid although the 1990, 2000, and down the road, some of the more recent vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010 should come close to matching the 1989's extraordinary concentration and undeniable aging potential. Its dense purple color reveals a slight lightening at the edge and the stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, oak and graphite. Powerful and rich with some tannins still to shed at age 22, it is still a young adolescent in terms of its evolution and will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring. It should prove to be a 50 year wine." (08/2011)

1999 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

1999 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 4 available ($149.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A charming, lush, round, generous Lynch Bages, the 1999 offers plenty of sweet black currant fruit, damp earth, licorice, cedarwood and spicy herb-like characteristics. Medium-bodied, savory and broad in the mouth with no hard edges, this fully mature effort is a somewhat underrated vintage for this estate. Enjoy it over the next decade. (RP)" (08/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red with a hint of garnet at the rim. Crème de cassis complemented by floral, tobacco and incense notes on the brightly aromatic nose. Very well balanced, clean, and juicy, with good inner-mouth perfume and energy to the dark fruit, cedar, herb and graphite flavors. The finish features mounting tannins that teeter on the brink of drying. This seems to have picked up some flesh and volume with bottle age, but I hope the fruit outlives the tannins. (ID)" (01/2012)

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2009

Heavenly. Just tasted it back in the tasting bar. The aromas are so enticing - full of savory notes and smoked meats. The flavors are delicate and elegant. The acidity is still present and the wine will continue to get better, but man, does it taste good now. A tasting bar really isn't the place to experience this wine, but it'll be a while until I can pony up for one of these guys. At least we had Redwood City...

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2009

I really like 1999 Pauillacs, theyre much better balanced than 1998 and sweeter on the palate. This is a great price for a fabulous wine.

2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 6 available ($249.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beginning to open magnificently, the still dense purple-colored 2000 reveals a blossoming bouquet of blackberries, cassis, graphite and pen ink. Full-bodied with velvety tannins that have resolved themselves beautifully over the last eleven years, this wine is still an adolescent, but it exhibits admirable purity, texture, mouthfeel and power combined with elegance. One of the all-time great examples of Lynch Bages, the 2000 is just beginning to drink well yet promises to last for another 20-25+ years. (RP)" (08/2011)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This has a dense but well-defined core of currant and fig paste flavors supported by a gorgeous graphite spine. Long and authoritative, with notes of bay, pepper, leather and juniper slowly emerging on the finish. Terrific structure and integration give this a chiseled feel. No rush here. (JM, Web-2016)"

95 points James Suckling: "Another wonderful 2000 coming out of its long sleep. Beautiful aromas of berry, tobacco, herb and spice that follow through to a full palate with round, textured tannins and lots of fruit." (04/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Best of 2003* Typical of Lynch-Bages in its sumptuous rich style, this is a resounding success for the team of Jean-Michel Cazes. With its sweet fruit, opulent but balanced wood and red and black fruit flavors, it is a wine that will develop relatively quickly but will certainly age. (RV)" (06/2003)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Knockout aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, mocha and cedar complicated by scorched earth and tobacco. Big, ripe and dense, with flavors similar to the aromas and a seamless, rich texture. Though powerful and rich, with a sensual mouthfeel, it maintains a graceful, light-on-its-feet quality. Finishes with ripe, fine-grained tannins and excellent length. Still an infant, but clearly a great vintage for this property. (ID)" (01/2012)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003)

K&L Notes: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. 94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 2000 tasting in London. This is more taciturn on the nose than Pontet-Canet ‘00, but is well defined with some lovely savoury, chestnut and black truffle aromas developing in the glass. Touches of damp moss/lichen. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, gentle grip, foursquare but good weight, blackberry, graphite, leather and cedar, chewy towards the dry, structured finish. Very fine, perhaps a little broody and introverted at the moment. But great potential. Drink 2016-2040." (09/2010)

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2016

This wine is off the charts in qualityone of the great 2000 Bordeaux wines. Drink it now or cellar 20 more years.

2001 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

2001 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 2 available ($149.99)

0-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Indexs 10-Year On horizontal. The first bottle of this was denuded of vitality and out of sorts (indeed this is a major problem with this vintage.) Not corked, but previous experience old me that it was not happy bottle. Fortunately I stayed for another to be opened and this far more representative. Ripe, dark berried fruits on the nose with touches of mulberry, briary, graphite and sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp entry, tarry black fruits on the entry, sharp acidity, very tight but that is probably because this bottle had just been opened. Very fine. (NM)" (05/2011)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "*no tasting note given*" (12/2004)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Offers gorgeous aromas of currant, chocolate and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Very pretty. Still tight. (JS, Web-2007)"

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Currant, herbs and smoke on the nose. Rich and suave on entry, then rather closed and austere in the middle palate, with moderately ripe, nicely delineated flavors of currant, cherry, smoke and mint. Best today on the back end, which features broad tannins and subtle lingering flavor. 90+ Points (ST)" (05/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "Quite dark crimson. Very rich and seductive on the nose. Some evolution and lots of burnt mineral aromas. Lifted and fresh on the finish. But not angular and awkward. Actually rather racy and refreshing after the opulent nose. 17.5/20 Points" (03/2012)

2002 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

2002 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 1 available ($109.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of currant bush, berries and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with medium tannins and a long finish. Lovely texture to this wine. (JS, Web-2007)"

Connoisseurs Guide: "Long on woodsy, black coffee and toffee-like complexities from the very first sniff, this solid, richly oaked wine exhibits a foundation of berries and blackcurrant fruit that becomes a little more visible in the mouth than it is in the nose. Slightly supple in feel and fairly smooth in its overall construction, the wine is surprisingly approachable given its age and may prove to be at its best in only three or four years." (04/2005)

Decanter: "Very individual fruit character. Lovely texture, very rich, succulent, and masses of potential. Drink 2013-19." (04/2005)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Fully saturated deep ruby. Enticing, slightly high-toned aromas of red cherry, menthol and spicecake pick up considerable depth with aeration. Turns a little austere in the mouth, showing a cooler, almost medicinal edge and a vegetal streak to the flavors of cherry, spices, coffee and herbs. Finishes peppery, clean and precise, with mounting, youthfully mouth-puckering tannins. Though this is hardly a blockbuster, it is turning out much better than the rainy growing season might have suggested. The 13.4% alcohol surprised me given the growth cycle in 2002, but the wine doesn't taste hot at all. A rather successful, well-done 2002 Bordeaux. (ID)" (01/2012)

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.

2006 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

2006 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 3 available ($139.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This classic, powerful, firm Lynch Bages may be as concentrated (if not more so) than the 2005. It possesses a dense purple-tinged color, tell-tale cassis notes interwoven with hints of roast beef, savory herbs, spice box and subtle oak, good acidity and ripe tannin. (RP)" (08/2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Year after year, Lynch-Bages is able to produce sumptuous wines, typically rich, powerful and structured. This is solid, the blackberry ripe fruit enveloping this structure with a velvet sheen. This is developing into one of the successes of the vintage. (RV)" (03/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Blackberry, licorice and mint aromas lead to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and lots of blackberry and mineral fruit character. Shows outstanding concentration and balance. (JS)" (03/2009)

92 points James Suckling: "Very focused and pretty now, with currants, minerals and hints of dried flowers. Full body with super-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Beautiful. Drink or hold." (07/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Fully saturated bright ruby. Currently in a slightly dumb phase and aromatically compressed on the nose, revealing cool blackberry and cassis aromas with extended aeration, complicated by notes of cola, flowers, red cherry and sweet spices. Then soft, round and ripe in the mouth, with persistent flavors of black cherry, cassis and cinnamon. A very serious wine offering impressive definition and very good balance, turning almost austere at the back, but with a pretty, pristine quality to its repeating floral and black fruit notes. Finishes with smooth, building tannins. (ST)" (01/2012)

K&L Notes: Outstanding wine. Lovely red cherry and raspberry aromas, with tons of fruit, a touch of cassis, and toasty oak on the palate. Great mouthfeel. Perhaps not as opulent as the 2005, but many feel it is a better wine. Full-bodied, balanced, and delicious with a long finish.

Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2013

A damn serious Lynch. Black fruit with red tinges. The high-toned fruit is round and viscous, textbook Lynch aromas of cigar/wood. A real winner, better than '05.

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 21, 2009

Barrel notes: "79% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. 50 htl/htr and same production volume as 2005." At Joanne: "lovely fruit on nose and palate. Shows great today. Tons of fruit and superb length. Outstanding wine." At the property: "lovely redcherry and raspberry aromas. Some cassis on the palate and touch of toasty oak. Good mouthfeel, maybe not as opulent as 2005 but we think it is a better wine." At UGC: "super fine wine. Full-bodied, balance,sweet, long and delicious." **

2008 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

2008 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 1 available ($129.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "In the powerful style of Lynch-Bages, although perhaps less exuberant than usual. Instead the concentration comes from juicy fruit, which gives it a softer quality. Even so, it still has solid tannins, dense texture and always the promise of good aging." (04/2011)

93 points James Suckling: "Wonderful purity of fruit here with flowers, clean fruit with strawberries and currants. Full bodied with fine tannins and floral and fruity with ultra fine tannins and elegance. Give it four to five years." (12/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sensational effort for the vintage, this textured, opulent, superb Lynch Bages is already strutting its stuff and should easily last for 20 years. Medium to full-bodied with an opaque dense purple color, notes of flowers and cassis, a layered texture that builds incrementally in the mouth and tremendous purity and depth, it can be drunk now or cellared for two decades or more. Bravo!" (05/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Very solid, with a super beam of dark currant, tobacco and iron pushed by charcoal, melted fig and cocoa notes. There's a nicely rounded feel, but also plenty of grip in reserve. Best from 2013 through 2018." (04/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Dark berries, redcurrant, licorice and mint on the nose. Sweet, tactile, chewy and rich, with a firm edge of acidity giving cut and definition to the flavors of crushed cherry, redcurrant, minerals and spices. The building tannins come across as smooth. An elegantly styled Pauillac with a firm spine of acids and tannins for aging." (08/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dense dark crimson with a hint of evolution at the rim. Extremely introvert -- not much nose for the moment though obviously very concentrated. Lots of acidity. Spark. This could be from the Latour stable? Velvety texture; minerally flavours. Pretty glossy and confident. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2015 - 2028." (01/2012)

1982 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (high shoulder fill,lightly scuffed label)

1982 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (high shoulder fill,lightly scuffed label) - 1 available ($349.99)

95 points James Suckling: "This shows intense aromas of mint, lead pencil and currants that follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a finish with tension and freshness." (12/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This vintage was a modern benchmark for the estate. Intense aromas and flavors of berry, currant, mint and light toasty oak. Full, round and refined, with a long, long finish. Gorgeous. Drinking beautifully. (Web Only2007)"

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at Pebbles/Zachys 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. This is one of the best bottles of Lynch Bages that I have come across. It has a life-affirming nose of blackberry, strong graphite aromas and cedar quintessential Pauillac. This bottle exhibits a slight floral accent that makes it more charming. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation and bundles of freshness. There is plenty of tobacco-infused black fruit to savour and perhaps it just dips towards the finish when its peers show more flourish. Perhaps that is a sign of its age? Still a great wine that should continue drinking well over the next decade. Tasted November 2012. (NM)" (01/2013)

92 points Vinous: "Dark red with a hint of garnet. A floral element lifts the very ripe aromas of kirsch and spicecake. Smooth, juicy, balanced and clean, with flavors of raspberry jam, graphite and tar exhibiting very good sweetness. Lively, balanced acidity confers precision and cut to this easygoing midweight. Finishes linear and long, with plenty of charm. (ID)" (01/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Soft garnet. Gently perfumed, even a touch of vanilla-sweet freshness. Gorgeous scent and the merest hint of development as it opens up. Elegant and juicy on the palate. Silky, dry tannins and scented with red fruit and a touch of cedar on the mid palate and a gentle dry grip on the finish. Very fine and self-contained but not hidden. Lovely balance. (JH)" (03/2010)

2003 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (lightly bin soiled labels)

2003 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (lightly bin soiled labels) - 2 available ($159.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This sexy, evolved, dense ruby/purple-tinged 2003 reveals notes of smoke, herbs, black currant jam, licorice and graphite. Full-bodied, opulent and flamboyant, it is another example of a stunning 2003 northern Medoc that can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 more years. This irregular vintage hit its zenith in the northern Medoc and in a handful of limestone terroirs in St.-Emilion. In contrast, other areas, particularly Pomerol, Graves and the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, experienced difficulties in 2003." (08/2011)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "The terroir of Lynch-Bages shines through in '03, with a wine that tastes like it grew somewhere-somewhere stony. The dark scent is funky, with a fresher blackberry flavor underneath. Richness powers the flavor, but the tannins keep it elegant and sophisticated, their tough grip becomes the center of the wine, berries grown in stone. After a sip, you can breathe in the structure; it's all tannin, but it has life. This should be great 12 to 14 years from the vintage." (10/2006)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Considering the reputation of Lynch-Bages as a rich, polished wine, it is not surprising that, in 2003, the team of Jean-Michel Cazes and Daniel Lhose produced a superlatively ripe, opulent wine, one that could almost have come from Napa. But not quite: The fruit is compact and dense, with layers of acidity that speak more of Bordeaux than California." (05/2006)

94 points James Suckling: "Pretty, clean, and perfumed, with a milk chocolate and berry character. Full bodied, with round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Polished and very beautiful, caressing. Pull the cork after 2014." (03/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Loads of rich, plummy fruit with vanilla undertones follows through to a full-bodied palate, with soft tannins and a long, long finish. Gorgeous.--Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical. Best after 2010. (Web-2007)"

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of red cherries macerated in alcohol, leather, lead pencil and sweet spices. Very forward and open-knit on the palate, with earthy black fruit flavors complemented by coffee, licorice and bay leaf notes. Turns quite tannic on the moderately long finish. This does not appear to have reached full polyphenolic maturity. Though there is no denying the wine's initial fleshy appeal, I find it a little too astringent and grainy." (01/2012)

1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (soiled labels)

1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (soiled labels) - 1 available ($369.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins, but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid although the 1990, 2000, and down the road, some of the more recent vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010 should come close to matching the 1989's extraordinary concentration and undeniable aging potential. Its dense purple color reveals a slight lightening at the edge and the stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, oak and graphite. Powerful and rich with some tannins still to shed at age 22, it is still a young adolescent in terms of its evolution and will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring. It should prove to be a 50 year wine." (08/2011)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers so much blackberry, leather and dried fruits on the nose. Full-bodied, with ultrapolished tannins and a silky mouthfeel. The palate turns to leaves, cedar and dried berries on the finish, which goes on and on. This is still reserved for the vintage, suggesting a long life ahead. Just coming around now, but will improve many years ahead."

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Still youthfully closed but highly complex nose hints at cassis, minerals, gunflint and Oriental spices. Quite clean and juicy, boasting lovely precision and size to its flavors of small dark berries, smoky plum, coffee and minerals. This pure, long wine finishes with enticingly soft flavors of red cherry and marzipan. Though rich and opulent, this graceful, seamless wine can still age effortlessly. Maybe the best Lynch-Bages of the last 30 years." (01/2012)

1990 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (very high shoulder fill)

1990 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (very high shoulder fill) - 1 available ($354.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This magnificent Lynch Bages has been drinking well since the day it was released and it continues to go from strength to strength. The biggest, richest, fullest-bodied Lynch Bages until the 2000, the fully mature 1990 exhibits an unbelievably explosive nose of black currants, cedarwood, herbs and spice. The majestic, classically Bordeaux aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, voluptuously textured, rich, intense wine with superb purity as well as thrilling levels of fruit, glycerin and sweetness. This beauty should continue to provide immense pleasure over the next 15+ years. (RP)" (08/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of tar, currant and berries follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Still not completely ready, but so good anyway. Web-Only 2007 (JS)"

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red with a garnet edge. Initially inexpressive nose opens with aeration to reveal aromas of red fruits, flowers, tar and minerals. Sweet on entry, with flavors of red cherry syrup, vanilla and milk chocolate, then develops a delicate animal nuance with air. The long finish features persistent notes of tobacco and kirsch. Typically seductive Lynch-Bages, and quite opulent in texture. (ID)" (01/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark blackish ruby. Both sweet and lively - fresher than many 1990s are tasting in 2015. Very racy and vivacious still. Rich but with a light sensation of iron. 18.5/20 points" (03/2015)

2007 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac(lightly bin soiled label)

2007 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac(lightly bin soiled label) - 1 available ($119.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rich, impressively ripe fruit, the fruit dense and black, with juicy black plum flavors followed by dusty tannins. The wine is chunky, powerful for the year, the dryness smoothed by new wood." (04/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Attractive note of blueberry complements the cedar fresh note. One of the firmest wines of the day. Firm but not aggressive, just in need of more time. Fresh long finish." (11/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Delicious, supple and close to full maturity, the 2007 Lynch Bages exhibits a dark plum/purple color with some lightening at the edge along with tobacco leaf, bay leaf, black currant and earthy, loamy notes. Medium-bodied, supple and charming, it is best drunk over the next 7-8 years." (08/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice and minerals. Juicy and tightly wound but essentially pliant, with smooth black fruit and licorice flavors complicated by leather and fresh herbs. Classically dry and very Pauillac. Finishes with supple but firm tannins." (08/2010)

K&L Notes: K&L's notes - Tasted at UGC, it was sweet and lush on the palate. Fine balance. At the property it was sweet and sexy. Lots of cassis and currant flavors. Very silky on the palate. Will be very good in only a few years. Ralph: Round and sweet, very good and consistent. Completely ripe and sweet.

1999 Pavie, St-Emilion

1999 Pavie, St-Emilion - 1 available ($229.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers complex, yet subtle, aromas of sweet tobacco, blackberry, green coffee bean and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with a deep and subtle palate that shows wonderful density of fruit and impressive balance. It lasts very long on the finish--and what a finish. Don't wait. A blockbuster style. Woody, but exciting. (JS, Web-2010)"

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine has a very youthful color and seems to be close to full maturity, without the density of the 1998, or its successor, the perfect 2000. It has abundant foresty notes, plenty of spice box, blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, some background toasty oak, medium to full body and sweet tannin. A very delicious wine, it offers a complex and fragrant style. (RP)" (08/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby. Highly nuanced nose combines currant, minerals, earth, coffee and mocha. Silky, suave and consistent from start to finish, with sweet, burnished flavors of currant, minerals and tobacco. Complex and flamboyant. Finishes very long and ripe, with lush, firm tannins. Uncommonly satisfying for the vintage. (ST)" (05/2002)

2000 Pavie, St-Emilion

2000 Pavie, St-Emilion - 1 available ($499.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just beginning to come around and strut its enormous potential, this wine at age 15 has been evolving like a glacier. The wine has an inky, opaque, plum/purple color and a stunningly rich nose of mulberries, bramble berries, blackberries, licorice and incense as well as touches of toast and graphite. Fabulously concentrated and full-bodied, with a multidimensional mouthfeel, this profound Pavie is in mid-adolescence. It should evolve and continue to drink well for at least another 30-40 years. This is clearly the first compelling effort made by the Perse family. (RP)" (08/2015)

96 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* Voluputuous red. Glorious aromas of very ripe fruit, with layers of spices and chocolate. Full-bodied, with big yet very silky tannins and a long, long finish. Generous and seductive red. Lasts minutes on the palate. Best ever from here. (JS)" (07/2003)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red with a pale rim. Candied violet, cherry cola, almond paste and savory herbs on the expressive nose. Smooth and suave on entry, then lively and bright in the middle, delivering opulent red cherry, mineral and floral flavors of uncommon purity and poise. Outstanding length and balance on the perfumed, seamless finish. Another standout wine by Thienpont and Derenoncourt. Surprisingly drinkable already but has the stuffing to age and improve for at least another 15 years. Apparently, no Cabernet Sauvignon was included in this blend. (ID)" (03/2014)

2004 Pavie, St-Emilion

2004 Pavie, St-Emilion ($299.99)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "A conspicuously modern wine, Pavie with its hyper-ripe fruit and substantial new oak treatment stands out as an offense to some, a glorious pleasure to others. In the case of the 2004, it carries the oak beautifully, untamed by it. The wine is wild, in fact, and quite hard to resist. The cool complexity of the tannins grows out of three terroirs: the limestone plateau, a sector of gravel and limestone and a third sector of clay. The fruit opens with thick-skinned black plum power, reverberating with feral scents and violets. Staunch and formidable, the wine is packed with life." (10/2007)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A real sleeper effort from the Perse family, the 2004 Pavie has a dense, bluish purple color and a wonderful, sweet kiss of blackberry, licorice, spice box and roasted herbs. The wine is rich, deep, full-bodied and absolutely remarkable for the vintage. This is certainly a candidate for one of the wines of the year and seems still relatively youthful and promising. Drink it over the next 20 years. (RP)" (08/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Black in color, inky, with treacle tart, tar and intense berry on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy yet caressing tannins and lots of ripe, almost raisiny fruit character. Mouthpuckering. Needs time. Best after 2016. (JS, Web-2008)"

91 points Vinous: "(14% alcohol; pH 3.47): Deep red. Refined aromas of ripe red cherry and strawberry jam complicated by notes of rosemary, marjoram and cocoa. Suave, rich and dense, with savory red cherry, licorice and herb flavors showing lovely balance and surprising flesh for the vintage. Finishes long and rich, with mouthcoating, polished tannins. A major success in 2004; perhaps just a touch lean at the back. The estate opted for full maturity of the grapes and risked picking in between the fall rains. For example, the cabernets were picked extremely late, between October 18 and 28. Very well done. (ID)" (03/2014)

1998 Pavie, St-Emilion

1998 Pavie, St-Emilion - 10 available ($199.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine still possesses a dense, youthful, plum/garnet color to the rim, with very little lightening. The first vintage for Pavie under Chantal and Gérard Perse, the 1998 is full-bodied, showing lots of cedar wood, forest floor, roasted herbs, black cherry and blackcurrant and new saddle leather. It is quite full-bodied, opulent and seems to be just entering its plateau of full maturity, where it should last another 15-20 years. (RP)" (08/2015)

93 points John Gilman: "1998 was the first vintage of Pavie under its new ownership and it is the finest example of this estate I have ever had the pleasure to taste. It is too bad that the style departed from this 1998 in the years to come, as this had potential. The bouquet is deep, ripe, but not over the top stylistically, as it offers up scents of black cherries, cassis, tobacco leaf, a nice base of soil tones, a touch of weediness and a well-managed base of toasty oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a fair bit of youthful, well-integrated tannins, fine focus and grip and a long, nascently complex finish. A bit more modern in style than most of the top St. Émilions that I gravitate towards, but a very well-made wine. (Drink between 2018-2035)" (05/2016)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas of cherry, raspberry coulis, roast coffee and exotic wood spices. Wonderfully sweet and mouthfilling, but with harmonious acidity giving shape and clarity to the flavors. Finishes quite long, with fine tannins. Not at all overextracted; in fact, here the tannins seem a bit sweeter than those of the '99. Still unfolding; this may ultimately surpass the '99. 92+ (ST)" (06/2001)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Lots of wood, cedar, vanilla and ripe fruit on the nose. Violets too. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins, yet they are still chewy. This needs some more bottle age to resolve the slightly angular and woody tannins. But it's full of stuffing. (JS, Web-2009)"

Jancis Robinson: "Still blackish hints in the crimson. Sweet spicy notes on the nose. Quite complex and intriguing without being exaggerated. Lovely balance and follow through. Long and neat. This wine is really rewarding. Just slightly dry on the finish. Hint of orange peel. 18/20 points" (03/2006)

K&L Notes: 95 points Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "I have always found much to enjoy in this, Gerard Perse’s sophomore vintage. Now at 15 years of age it is maturing in pleasing fashion with slightly pinched blackberry fruit infused with black olive and iodine. There is real backbone on the palate: sensual dark cherry and kirsch fruit, touches of cassis coming through with great poise and refinement on the finish. Pretty irresistible now, though it should last another 15 years without too much problem. Tasted December 2012." (Wine Journal, 7/2013)

2013 Peter Michael

2013 Peter Michael "Belle Cote" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 2 available ($169.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay Belle Côte, which I had tentatively rated 95 to 97, has turned out to be flirting with perfection. Production was nearly 1,000 cases less than the 2014! Displaying an almost stony liqueur of rocks, lemon butter, and white peach, this is a full-bodied, intense wine with loads of tangerine oil, pineapple jam and that wet stone minerality that runs through it. This extremely massive, rich, super-concentrated wine blew me away in my tasting at the winery. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)" (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Oozing with complex flavors of honeydew, toasty oak, fig, apricot and tangerine, this is enlivened by snappy acidity and ends with a long, expansive flavor. Drink now through 2020. (JL)" (07/2015)

2012 Peter Michael

2012 Peter Michael "Belle Côte" Knights Valley Chardonnay ($179.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The nearly perfect 2012 Chardonnay Belle Côte boasts an amazing perfume of pineapple marmalade, tangerine oil, wet rocks and citrus blossoms. This full-bodied, stunning Chardonnay has a creamy texture as well as fabulous underlying mineral characteristics. One of the great wines of the vintage, this amazing Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next decade or more. (RP)" (12/2014)

95 points James Suckling: "Aromas of flint, pineapples, sliced apples, white peaches, pears and light honey. Ginger. A full-bodied, broad-shouldered white. It turns linear and shows lots of licorice and aniseed character. Drink or hold." (03/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, vibrant, riveting style, with tiers of apricot, fig, honeydew melon, pineapple, toasty oak and blanched almond. Best of all, the flavors run deep and persistent, ending with a long, full finish. Drink now through 2020. (JL)" (07/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale gold. High-pitched citrus fruits and white flowers on the nose, with hints of anise and iodine adding complexity. Racy and mineral-driven and packs a punch, offering zesty orange pith, peach and honeysuckle flavors, with a note of ginger adding bite. The clean, stony finish leaves notes of pit fruits and honey behind. (ST)" (05/2014)

2014 Peter Michael

2014 Peter Michael "Belle Côte" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 1 available ($109.99)

95-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The oldest Chardonnay vineyard Peter Michael uses is Belle Côte. The 2014 Chardonnay Belle Côte, from old Wente clones of Chardonnay planted in 1990, shows notes of crème brûlée, orange marmalade, crushed rock and white peach. It has stunning richness, full-bodied intensity, and a long, long finish. There's nothing that this winery does that is not admirable. Consider that they work with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, they produce world-class wines from all of these varietals, and they do it from Knight's Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Of course, they have had some fabulous winemakers pass through, including the likes of Helen Turley and Mark Aubert, Luc Morlet and now his brother, Nicolas Morlet. Nevertheless, much of the credit has to go to Sir Peter Michael, the owner, who gives these people carte blanche, and expects their very best.As I mentioned last year, the Chardonnay crop in 2013 was wickedly small due to wind damage. 2014, even though it was a hot drought year, was far larger in quantity, actually bringing production levels back to normal (although those levels are low in all of the Peter Michael vineyards). The 2014 Chardonnays at Peter Michael were some of the great highlights of my trip, matching their fabulous 2013s by and large, and coming very close to their dramatic, absolutely remarkable 2012s. (RP)" (12/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A classy effort, with a mix of ripe pear, honeydew, honeysuckle, citrus and light cedary oak, all well-proportioned. Ends with a layered aftertaste that shows a touch of pithiness. (JL)" (07/2016)

2013 Peter Michael

2013 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Fort Ross - Seaview Pinot Noir (Previously $200) - 11 available ($149.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Clos de Ciel is beautiful. Offering sweet bluish/black fruits, forest floor, a touch of graphite, violets and slight underbrush, it's magnificent and probably close in quality to their incredible 2012... All of Peter Michael's estate Pinot Noirs come from their relatively new plantings on that high ridge line above the fog line in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. Everything is 100% destemmed, goes through 5 to 7+-day cold pre-maceration, and is aged in about 50% new French oak. They are bottled without fining or filtration, and are all vinified with indigenous or selected yeasts. The clonal material is from a famous vineyard in Vosne-Romanée. (We can all assume it's probably from one or two of the great grand crus of the domaine, Romanée-Conti, but they're not confirming.) The wines spend their time in François or Gautier cooperage and the early vintages are among the greatest New World Pinot Noirs I have ever tasted. (RP)" (12/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and rich, with a dense, chewy, tannic core of blackberry, wild berry, black tea, dried herb and black licorice. Tightens on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 575 cases made. JL" (09/2015)

2014 Peter Michael

2014 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir - 2 available ($179.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Their most limited cuvée for true connoisseurs, and also the warmest site of the three coastal vineyards, is the 2014 Pinot Noir Clos du Ciel. This is a vineyard planted on clay with a lot of rocks and basalt. The result is a Pinot Noir with plenty of earth, firm tannins, a touch of underbrush, spring flowers, and loads of raspberries and black cherry fruit. The acids seem well-integrated and the tannins moderate, but fine. All of these Pinot Noirs have at least 15 years of life left. (RP)" (10/2016)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Clos du Ciel is the most powerful and structured of the 2014 estate Pinots. Beams of tannin and acidity give the 2014 much of its personality. Like all of these 2014s, the Clos du Ciel is quite shut down while the oak needs time to integrate. Still, there is plenty of underlying intensity waiting to emerge. (AG)" (08/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Marked an assertive woody, toasty core, the fruit struggles to push through, with licorice, blackberry, loamy earth and tarry notes. More agreeable on the finish, where the flavors show better integration. (JL)" (09/2016)

2011 Peter Michael

2011 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($139.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another gorgeous, perfectly balanced wine, although not quite as rich as the 2010, is the 2011 Pinot Noir Clos de Ciel. Lots of forest floor, underbrush, cola and red and black currant characteristics are present in this more evolved yet surprisingly powerful and dense 2011. Production was 530 cases, which is significantly more than in either 2009 or 2010. (RP)" (12/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. A heady, exotic perfume presents of candied red berries, cola, lavender and woodsmoke, with a spicy topnote. Fresh and focused but densely packed, offering sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that pick up a deeper cherry pit quality with air. A powerful finish emphatically repeats the red berry note. (ST)" (06/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant, graceful style, this is youthful, with vibrant, snappy blueberry, wild berry and anise flavors, enlivened by zesty acidity and ending with a long, persistent finish. (JL)" (09/2013)

2003 Peter Michael

2003 Peter Michael "Cuvée Indigene" Knight's Valley Chardonnay - 1 available ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Buttered hazelnut, smoky citrus, crushed rock, and subtle toasty oak notes jump from the glass of the brilliant 2003 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene. White peaches, marmalade, and tropical fruit characteristics also emerge from this big, rich, persistent, extraordinarily pure and elegant Chardonnay. (RP)" (12/2005)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full straw-gold color. Sexy, superrich aromas of pineapple, vanilla, baking spices, smoke and coconut. Large-scaled, plump and rich, with a vibrant orange rind note; wonderfully sweet and opulent without coming across as heavy. Impressively layered, deep Chardonnay with great purity and palate coverage." (06/2005)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and concentrated, with ripe, vivid apple, pear, fig and citrus notes, the flavors fan out and offer greater depth and complexity on the finish." (04/2006)

2013 Peter Michael

2013 Peter Michael "Cuvée Indigène" Knights Valley Chardonnay ($219.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay Cuvée Indigène is an awesome wine. It exhibits white peach, nectarine, mango, candied citrus and a combination of both power and elegance with its marmalade notes and underlying minerality. This wine is fresh, full-throttle, super-rich and layered. What an exquisite wine to drink over the next decade. (RP)" (12/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Though rich and full-bodied, with tiers of flavor, this remains raw and edgy in texture, so cellaring should be beneficial. The core of tropical fruit, green apple and citrus flavors is the focal point. Ends raw. Drink now through 2020. 345 cases made. (JL)" (07/2016)

2012 Peter Michael

2012 Peter Michael "La Carrière" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 4 available ($124.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The sexy 2012 Chardonnay la Carrière reveals notes of honeyed brioche, orange marmalade, tropical fruit blossoms and caramelized citrus. Broad, savory and full-bodied, this stunning Chardonnay should be consumed over the next 5-10 years. (RP)" (12/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Combines amazing richness and sharply defined fruit in a sleek, tapered style that's graceful and elegant, unfolding to offer honey-laced green apple, pear, peach and fig notes shaded by smoky, toasty oak and ending with a long, sustained finish. (JL)" (07/2014)

93 points James Suckling: "This is solid as a rock with a lovely, dense texture and gorgeous apple, lemon cream and vanilla. Full body with a balance of acidity and ripe fruit. Mineral. Slate. So intense. Drink or hold." (03/2015)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Hazy yellow. Powerful, seductively perfumed aromas of Meyer lemon, orange pith and pear, with an undercurrent of smoky minerals and iodine. Chewy, penetrating pear skin and bitter citrus zest flavors gain flesh with air while maintaining impressive energy and focus, with a hint of ginger emerging on the back half. Finishes pure and focused, with repeating notes of iodine and smoke. (ST)" (05/2014)

K&L Notes: According to Robert Parker: "The Peter Michael estate has grown considerably with their vineyards in the Fort Ross-Seaview region of the Sonoma Coast region producing some remarkable Pinot Noirs, and their Chardonnay vineyards in Knights Valley having been at the top of the qualitative hierarchy for many years... Owned by Sir Peter Michael, this estate has employed a bevy of brilliant winemakers over the years, the current being the two Morlet brothers from the Champagne district in France. Nick Morlet is employed full-time as the main winemaker, and his brother, Luc, consults at Peter Michael. Both have brought French savoir-faire and applied it to extraordinary vineyard sites to produce world-class wines of extraordinary richness, intensity and complexity. Readers looking for some of the best Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blancs, Sauvignon/Semillon blends, and Bordeaux proprietary red blends can do no better than the wines from the Peter Michael Winery." (12/2013)

2002 Peter Michael

2002 Peter Michael "La Carrière" Sonoma County Chardonnay - 1 available ($119.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was blown away by the 1,480-case cuvee of 2002 Chardonnay La Carriere. This French-styled offering is made from a vineyard planted in soils filled with white volcanic ash, and is aged completely in Louis Latour barrels. It possesses an exquisite liquid minerality as well as gorgeous aromas of citrus oils intermixed with such exotic tropical fruits as guava and passion fruit. Full-bodied, with dazzling palate penetration, fine balance, and an extraordinary, layered, multidimensional feel, this is one of the single greatest Chardonnays I have recently tasted. It is a brilliant blend of French finesse with California power... (RP)" (12/2003)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Subdued, cool aromas of peach, orange rind and crushed stone. Dense, thick, chewy and very ripe, with a strong minerality that's not currently showing in the Mon Plaisir. Very expansive chardonnay with deep spice and mineral flavors and an exotic citrus oil component. Impressively broad and persistent on the back end. (ST)" (06/2004)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Green apple and green pear and a touch of mint, cedar and tobacco combine in the flavor makeup, with no shortage of rich, complex, concentrated flavors." (06/2004)

2012 Peter Michael

2012 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 8 available ($109.99)

98 points James Suckling: "The purity of fruit here is impressive, with raspberry, iodine and hints of mussel shell. Créme de framboise. Full body with firm, silky tannins and a long finish. The aromatics are crazy here. Great tannin structure. The finish comes out of nowhere with aniseed." (10/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lusher, more expansive and savory, the 2012 Pinot Noir La Caprice (1,485 cases) possesses stunning richness, and is more approachable and exuberant than the 2013 with the vintages boisterousness and heady, intense fruit well-displayed. The color is a dense ruby/plum/purple, and the wine exhibits lots of red and blackcurrant, dark cherry and foresty notes. It, too, should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)" (12/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "While tight and tannic, this slowly unfolds to reveal a more supple, graceful core of plum and wild berry fruit that's firmly tannic without being weighty, ending with a charming finish that echoes the wilted rose suppleness of the core flavors. (JL)" (09/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby. Black raspberry, incense, rose oil and Asian spices on the nose, with a note of cola gaining strength with air. Sappy and concentrated, with sweet red and dark berry flavors becoming spicier with air. Finishes with impressive energy and lingering red fruit and floral pastille qualities that are unencumbered by tannins. (ST)" (05/2014)

2013 Peter Michael

2013 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($119.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Noir La Caprice is absolutely fabulous, with soft, velvety texture, forest floor, red and black currants, some raspberries, spring flowers, roasted meats and herbs. A gorgeously rich wine, it is medium to full-bodied and capable of lasting 10-15+ years. The steepest slope of the three Pinot Noirs is called Ma Danseuse, an acknowledgment to Sir Peter Michael's wife, who was a ballerina. (RP)" (12/2015)

2014 Peter Michael

2014 Peter Michael "Le Moulin Rouge" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($129.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A graceful, refined style that captures suppleness and finesse. Charming, delivering elegant plum and wild berry flavors. Most impressive for the subtle structure and delivery. (JL, Web-2016)"

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the purchased fruit, the 2014 Pinot Noir Le Moulin Rouge Pisoni Vineyard displays a decent plum color, plenty of straightforward black cherry fruit, spice, forest floor and loamy soil undertones. It is a delicious, excellent Pinot Noir, but pales in comparison to the estate offerings in 2014. (RP)" (10/2016)

2013 Peter Michael

2013 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($199.99)

98 points James Suckling: "The energy and decadence in this wine is truly breathtaking with dried flowers, wet bark, plum, strawberry, and forest fruit. Full body, ultra-soft and velvety tannins. Savory and sappy. Juicy finish. Decadent and more-ish. A wine with a great future and richness. 69% cabernet sauvignon, 21% cabernet franc, 9% merlot, and 1% petit verdot." (06/2016)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots, which is their proprietary red wine blend from Knights Valley, is a killer effort, and one of their all-time greats, ranking right up there with the 2007 or 1997. A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, there are 3,600 cases of it. The wine displays plenty of mocha, chocolate, blackberry, creosote and charcoal in an incredibly complex fragrance. Full-bodied and opulent, it shows, loads of tannin, a hint of unsmoked cigar tobacco and plenty of black and blue fruits. Opaque purple to the rim, this wine is in need of a good 5-6 years of cellaring and certainly has 30-40 years of life in it. 98+ Points (RP)" (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Tightly coiled and slow to reveal its strengths, with dusty dark berry, licorice, road tar, cedar and graphite flavors, ending with a touch of mocha and creamy vanilla. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2020 through 2032. (JL)" (11/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Powerful and tannic in the glass, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots is going to require considerable patience. All the classic Knights Valley signatures come through loud and clear, with beams of supporting tannin and acidity that give the wine its shape and overall feel. Black cherry, game, smoke, licorice and tobacco convey brooding intensity. 92+ Points (AG)" (08/2016)

2012 Peter Michael

2012 Peter Michael "Ma Belle-Fille" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 5 available ($179.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille reveals notes of citrus blossom, Mandarin oranges, tangerine oil, white peach, pineapple and a wet rock-like minerality. This full-bodied, opulent, exotic, stunningly classic Chardonnay should drink well for a decade or more." (12/2014)

98 points James Suckling: "A denser, more phenolic character with green apple, lemon, lime, mango and papaya. Full body with intense fruit and center palate, and a long, long finish. Why drink Laguiche Montrachet? Drink or hold." (10/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Captivating, sleek, elegant and graceful, this is rich without weight, offering a mix of ripe pear, fig, apricot and melon flavors, with subtle touches of nutmeg, hazelnut and toasted almond. For all its flavor and depth, this displays wonderful lift on the finish. Drink now through 2020." (07/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Green-tinged yellow. Vibrant aromas of lime, anise, chalky minerals and honeysuckle show impressive clarity and a hint of iodine. Firm, tightly focused and dry, offering mineral-driven citrus and orchard fruit flavors and complicating ginger and quinine nuances. Finishes racy and pure, with strong, clinging mineral and citrus zest flavors." (05/2014)

2013 Peter Michael

2013 Peter Michael "Ma Belle-Fille" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 5 available ($114.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This very intense and creamy with light pie crust, apricot, lemon rind and peach pie. Full body and round texture from the phenolics. Very long. Some herb and iodine on the finish. Sneaks up on you! Wow." (06/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille offers plenty of wet rocks, caramelized citrus, and again the apple blossom component -- or is it apple butter? There is a lemon meringue character as well, not to mention brioche. It is definitely different than the other Chardonnays, and it certainly seems as though the Calera clone component comes across very differently. (RP)" (12/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Very trim and spicy, a touch raw and woody in texture, with a citrusy edge to the green apple, nectarine and white peach flavors, ending long and clean. Will benefit from some cellaring. Drink now through 2020. 1,530 cases made. (JL)" (07/2015)

2014 Peter Michael

2014 Peter Michael "Ma Belle-Fille" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 4 available ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Most of the Chardonnay clones used by Peter Michael are the old Wente clones, believed to have come from the grand cru vineyard just north of Beaune called Corton-Charlemagne. Peter Michael uses the Calera clone in their Ma Belle Fille estate vineyard. This has the highest elevation of any of their Chardonnay vineyards, with a southeast and southerly exposure. The 2014 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille (2,500 cases vs. 1,500 cases of the 2013) shows baked apples, brioche, nectarine and crisp apple skin notes in a meaty, almost tannic style. It is quite reserved and behaves more like a red wine in the glass than your typical Chardonnay. It should age nicely for a decade or more. (RP)" (12/2015)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille is one of the most exuberant wines in this range. Rich, creamy and voluptuous, Ma Belle-Fille emphasizes buttery and honey notes, along with an unctuous expression of Chardonnay.The 2014 Chardonnays are the highlights in this range from Peter Michael and winemaker Nick Morlet. The Chardonnays are rich and sumptuous - in classic Peter Michael style - yet also retain quite a bit of freshness. (AG)" (04/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Just starting to open, this offers a subtle mix of citrus skin, green apple, pear and spice flavors. Sustained by intensity and focus, this promises more ahead. Drink now. (JL)" (07/2016)

2013 Peter Michael

2013 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir - 8 available ($129.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Aromas of smoked meat, dried roses, hot stones, and hints of dried fruit. Full body, dense and silky textured tannins. Flavorful and powerful. Yet not overdone. Need two to three years to open and give its pure beauty. But fantastic to drink now." (06/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse is absolutely remarkable, a truly profound Pinot Noir and one of the great Pinot Noirs I have tasted from anywhere. This wine is a California version of La Tache. With beautiful forest floor notes, black raspberries, blackcurrants, black cherries, some spring flowers, a full-bodied mouthfeel, gorgeous acidity and purity, and a stunningly long finish, this is an amazing wine. The good news is that they produced 1,580 cases of this wine which can be drunk over the next 10-15 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Tight and firmly tannic, yet offers a core of red fruit, raspberry and wild berry flavors that are intense, pure and vibrant, with a snappy vibrancy. (JL)" (09/2015)

2014 Peter Michael

2014 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir - 7 available ($159.99)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "2014 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse, which again is a much smaller production than the 2013, shows attractive black fruits, forest floor, some minerality, but it is coiled tightly, although it does seem to have slightly deeper richness and intensity than the 2014 La Caprice. There's nothing that this winery does that is not admirable. Consider that they work with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, they produce world-class wines from all of these varietals, and they do it from Knight's Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Of course, they have had some fabulous winemakers pass through, including the likes of Helen Turley and Mark Aubert, Luc Morlet and now his brother, Nicolas Morlet. Nevertheless, much of the credit has to go to Sir Peter Michael, the owner, who gives these people carte blanche, and expects their very best. (RP)" (12/2015)

91 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse presents a much riper and more overt expression of this site. Dark cherry, blackberry, exotic spice, rose petal and mint are all front and center. Rich, dramatic and enveloping, Ma Danseuse offers notable depth and textural richness. The new oak is a bit prominent at this stage, so I would advise cellaring the 2014 for another 6-12 months at a minimum. (AG)" (04/2016)

2011 Peter Michael

2011 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ($129.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The more mortal 2011 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse exhibits sweet notes of raspberry jam, currants, camphor and powdered rock. This attractive, elegant, medium to full-bodied 2011 is more evolved and fruit-forward than the 2009 or the perfect 2010. The 2011 will drink well for 8-12 years. (RP)" (12/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Vibrant red berry and blood orange aromas, with sexy potpourri and incense qualities gaining power in the glass. Lively, high-pitched raspberry and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate, with dusty minerals providing spine and cut. The floral note comes back on a long, alluringly sweet finish and clings with impressive tenacity. Open-knit and delicious right now. (ST)" (06/2013)

92 points Vinous: " The 2011 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse is the most lifted, bright and aromatic of these three Pinots from Peter Michael. Sweet red berries, mint, rose petals and slate meld together in a silky Pinot graced with considerable near and medium-term appeal. Cranberry and savory herbs notes inform a brilliant, chiseled finish supported by veins of salinity and minerality. This is a lovely showing. Over the last year, Ma Danseuse has come together well, and is now the most complete of Peter Michael's three Sonoma Coast Pinots. (AG)" (02/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator: "An intense red, showing ripe, zesty wild berry and blackberry fruit that's pure and focused, with subtle herb and cedar accents. Gains depth and persistence on the finish. Drink now through 2019." (09/2013)

2012 Peter Michael

2012 Peter Michael "Mon Plaisir" Knights Valley Chardonnay ($159.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is fabulous, with incredibly Californian intensity but also finesse. Full body with bright fruit but a depth of minerals, white peaches and light honey. Wonderful length. Salty aftertaste with fruit. Oyster shell. Drink or hold." (10/2014)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A strong effort, the 2012 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir (1,500 cases) exhibits notes of honeysuckle, lychee nuts, passion flowers, orange marmalade and white peaches. This full-bodied white possesses fabulous fruit intensity, stunning purity and a profound finish. Drink this beauty over the next decade. (RP)" (12/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A truly exotic style, ultrarich and well-oaked, showing off toast and smoke notes. This is dense, with apricot, fig, crème brûlée and marmalade flavors. A truly exceptional wine that combines power with restraint. Drink now through 2020." (07/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. Floral honey, melon and poached pear on the nose, with suave floral and mineral accents adding vivacity. Fleshy yet lively and sharply delineated, offering intense Meyer lemon and yellow apple flavors and a smoky mineral quality. The dry, mineral-driven finish shows excellent clarity and power, leaving a honeysuckle note behind." (05/2014)

2014 Peter Michael

2014 Peter Michael "Mon Plaisir" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 5 available ($124.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "To give you an idea of the difference in production yields, there were 1,780 cases of the Chardonnay Mon Plaisir in 2014 versus 1,320 of the 2013. The 2014 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir comes across like a Meursault Charmes, exhibiting exotic tropical fruit (mango, peach, pineapple and citrus blossom). Intense and full-bodied, with great acidity and super-richness, this is a wine to drink over the next 7-8 years. ... As I mentioned last year, the Chardonnay crop in 2013 was wickedly small due to wind damage. 2014, even though it was a hot drought year, was far larger in quantity, actually bringing production levels back to normal (although those levels are low in all of the Peter Michael vineyards). The 2014 Chardonnays at Peter Michael were some of the great highlights of my trip, matching their fabulous 2013s by and large, and coming very close to their dramatic, absolutely remarkable 2012s. (RP)" (12/2015)

92 points Vinous: "Peter Michaels 2014 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth and textural richness, two of its principal signatures. Candied lemon, succulent apricot and spice notes meld into the creamy, voluptuous finish. This south/south-east facing site at 1,600 feet planted with old Wente clone Chardonnay yields distinctly ample wines.The 2014 Chardonnays are the highlights in this range from Peter Michael and winemaker Nick Morlet. The Chardonnays are rich and sumptuous - in classic Peter Michael style - yet also retain quite a bit of freshness. (AG)" (04/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Shows plenty of up-front wood that works into a more complete and compelling effort, offering tiers of pithy citrus, honeydew, green apple and pear flavors, ending spicy. Drink now. (JL)" (07/2016)

2013 Peter Michael

2013 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 1 available ($299.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay Point Rouge offers up plenty of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, pineapple and baked brioche notes, subtle oak, and a wonderfully multi-dimensional, prodigious mouthfeel and length. This super-intense Chardonnay is exquisite and a tour de force in winemaking. Drink it over the next decade or more. (RP)" (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Ideal for fans of well-oaked, tropical fruitdriven Chardonnays. The wood gives this a buttery hint to offset the core of rich pineapple and guava flavors, revealing depth and nuance on the long, persistent finish. (JL)" (07/2016)

2014 Peter Michael

2014 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Knights Valley Chardonnay ($349.99)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of two wines flirting with perfection (much like the 2012 has already achieved), the 2014 Chardonnay Point Rouge (275 cases in this vintage vs. 165 in 2013) is usually a selection by Nic Morlet and his brother Luc of the finest barrels in the cellar. Much of it comes from the old vines of Belle Côte. The 2014 comes across like a great Bâtard-Montrachet, with buttery apple notes intermixed with white peach, orange marmalade, caramelized citrus, great acid, full-bodied power, and a stunningly long finish of almost 45 seconds. It is often one of the three or four finest Chardonnays made in the world, and appears to be so in 2014. Drink it over the next decade, although they tend to last even longer. (The 2001 I just tasted was amazing.) (RP)" (12/2015)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Chardonnay Point Rouge, the selection of the estates best lots, is terrific. Rich, ample and creamy but never overly heavy the Point Rouge captures the essence of the Peter Michael style. The Point Rouge is another wine that is going to need a bit of time to come into its own. Even today, though, it is super-expressive. (AG)" (08/2016)

1998 Peter Michael

1998 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Sonoma County Chardonnay - 1 available ($189.99)

96-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The light gold-colored 1998 Chardonnay Point Rouge displays an emerging nose of honeyed tropical fruits and citrus. It possesses exquisite concentration, admirable singularity, full body, and terrific purity and delineation. This 1998 is a candidate for a perfect score." (01/2000)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Complex, subtle aromas of dried and fresh apricot and pineapple, plus an intriguing minerally, metallic quality. Thick, sweet and flamboyant; silkier and more pliant than the above and thus much more inviting today. Wonderful layered richness without any loss of focus. Finishes very long and very ripe. Superb chardonnay. I notice that my scores for these chardonnays are virtually identical to my ratings of the '97s; but these '98s should last longer." (05/2000)

1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 2 available ($169.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Pichon-Longueville Baron has a deep garnet core with some bricking on the rim. The nose is fragrant and generous with more red fruit than black, cedar and tobacco, fine definition, perhaps a little rustic in keeping with the winemaking at the time, but certainly giving lots of pleasure. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin -- a cohesive Pauillac with plenty of depth and fine balance. The acidity lends this plenty of freshness and it does not shortchange you with plenty of tarry, cedary fruit. You come away with the impression that this Pichon Baron is going to continue to improve although I would not burn anyone at the stake for opening it now. If you cannot afford the First Growth then this (and Pichon Lalande) would be where I would come. (NM)" (10/2016)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby-red. Roasted plum, leather and smoked nuts on the nose. Silky and layered in the mouth. Sweet and suave, with a complicating mineral quality. Suggests solid extract but ultimately a wine of very good rather than outstanding intensity. Finishes with fine tannins and persistent, slow-building flavor. (ST)" (06/1999)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberries, currant and citrus fruit. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a fruity, herbal aftertaste. A little hollow on the midpalate. Ready to go. (JS, Web-2007)"

Jancis Robinson: "Lead-pencil nose but very slightly scrawny and taut initially. Not especially sweet nor generous but fine-boned and correct. A medium-weight classic that fell away slightly on the finish. 17/20 points. Drink to 2025. (JR)" (04/2015)

2000 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

2000 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 3 available ($279.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Château Pichon Baron is just getting better and better and better. Perhaps the magnum format played its part, but nevertheless...just...wow. This is a millennial Left Bank with the keys to the top drawer. It has an incredibly precise, mineral-driven bouquet with intense black fruit infused with cedar and graphite scents. It just reeks of Pauillac in an almost uncompromising, yet compelling manner. The palate is structured, stylish and effortless, extraordinarily pure and unerringly youthful. This is a Pichon Baron saying, "You ain't seen nothing yet." You could broach this now if you wanted, but the clever people will wisely bunker this for another decade and gloat from 2025 onward. (NM)" (07/2016)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red-ruby. Complex nose combines plum, mocha, minerals, tobacco and burnished oak. A bit tight on entry, then expands and explodes toward the back, showing dense, insinuating flavors of black fruits and licorice... An outstanding vintage for this estate. (ST)" (05/2003)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rock-solid, with a block of currant, fig and blackberry paste notes forming the core, while youthful brambly-edged grip still holds sway throughout. Lots of enticing licorice root and sweet tobacco flavors wait in reserve, and there's nice lift from a light savory hint at the very end. Still has a ways to go.2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2028. (JM, Web-2016)"

Jancis Robinson: "Dark blackish ruby, more orange than the Pichon Lalande colour. Warm, integrated nose. Dense and beautifully balanced. Pure Pauillac without recourse to pastiche. Much riper than Pichon Lalande but not overripe. Already broachable but with potential too. Good stuff! 18/20 points. (JR)" (03/2010)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin: "Tasted at Roberson’s Pichon Lalande/Pichon Baron vertical. Let’s face it: the nose completely blows away the Pichon-Lalande 2000, so much more fruit concentration and complexity with mulberry, boysenberry, lavender and a touch of leather. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, superb weight, very smooth and caressing, lovely weight towards the still quite oaky finish." (Wine Journal, 3/2012)

1999 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

1999 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 3 available ($139.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Slightly earthy, featuring tobacco, cigar box and dark fruits. Full-bodied, offering supervelvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Plenty of subtle things are going on here in the glass, with lots of wonderful fruit underneath. Can't wait on this. Showing beautifully now. Better than ever. (JS, Web-2010)"

0-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the 1999 horizontal at Bordeaux Index. A similar note to last month. Quite animally on the nose, a touch of sous-bois and with further aeration there is a slight estuarine accent. Good definition, a little more opulence than the Pichon-Lalande. The palate is medium-bodied, grainy tannins, broody black fruits, a hint of iodine, a touch of orange zest, great tension and vibrancy on the finish. Ostentatious, perhaps a little too showy, although admittedly very drinkable. (NM)" (07/2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red, a bit pale at the rim. Evolving aromas of currant, tobacco, cigar box, mocha and earth. Sweet, lush and rich; in a distinctly easygoing style, thanks to the very ripe merlot, which comprises 37% of the blend. Not as structured as the 2000 or 2001 but has no shortage of density or personality. Shows the classic mineral and tobacco notes of this Pauillac. Finishes with smooth tannins and very good length. (ST)" (06/2002)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "No taste note given." (04/2002)

2003 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

2003 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 3 available ($149.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Sweet tobacco and plum with hints of leather and cassis on the nose. Full bodied, with big velvety tannins and lots of fruit. Very rich and powerful, even chewy. Give this some time to mellow out. Pull the cork after 2016." (03/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 Wines of 2006* Wow. This shows so much ripe fruit and berry character with just the right hint of lead pencil and spice. Full-bodied and very chewy. Big and powerful. Beautiful wine. Superb. Best after 2012. (JS)" (03/2006)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A brilliant effort, this 2003 displays a vigorous, intact, deep blue/purple color as well as notes of scorched earth, barbecue spices, incense, creme de cassis and cedarwood. Long, lush, medium to full-bodied, round and generous, this opulent Pauillac can be drunk now and over the next 5-8 years. (RP)" (08/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, mocha, tobacco, minerals, grilled meat and cigar box. Big, rich, lush and sweet; velvety but with excellent vinosity and snap. A wonderfully solid wine that finishes with huge but thoroughly ripe tannins and rising flavor. A major success in 2003, with the sheer density and richness to develop in bottle for two decades or more. (ST)" (06/2006)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index's '10-Year On' tasting in London. The Pichon Baron '03 has a well-defined bouquet with composed blackberry, briary, graphite and a subtle note of mint. It has calmed down in recent years having lost its puppy fat. The palate is medium-bodied with a ripe gamey entry. There is a pastel like purity here, actually more like Pichon-Lalande in style towards the pointed, meat-tinged finish. This has always been a very commendable Pauillac from Mr. Seely and his team. Tasted March 2013." (Wine Journal 5/2013)

2005 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

2005 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 6 available ($179.99)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "Baron was trapped in its oak en primeur, seeming flashy, luscious and soft. Now bottled and shipped, it has the unremitting tannic power of the vintage, balanced by unrelenting purity of fruit that somehow manages to anesthetize the monstrous tannin, to soften the extremely dry, mineral-bound finish into a caress. The wine may be bombastic, but it's also succulent and as sweet as a ripe black raspberry. It's easy to imagine this wine 50 years from now, in impeccable condition." (10/2008)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* A great, classic Pauillac, with its dark, dense, almost black currant flavors stirred together with immense tannins. The layers of dryness, fresh fruits, acidity and ripeness are all coming together into a magnificent structure. Age for at least 20 years." (06/2008)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers crushed currant and blackberry on the nose, turning to tar and licorice. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and seamless tannins. Goes on and on. Very, very beautiful. A cross between the 2000 and fabulous 2003. Best after 2013." (03/2008)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red-ruby. Multidimensional nose offers deep aromas of currant, cedar, coffee, tobacco and minerals. The palate offers a rare combination of sweetness, energy and depth, with superb grip and a layered texture to the flavors of plum, cedar, tobacco and minerals. The finish features sweet, noble tannins and outstanding length. I find this more complete and ultimately more exciting than the 2003, but this will need at least a decade of cellaring." (06/2008)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Pichon Baron has a dense ruby/purple color, sweet crème de cassis fruit, lots of cedar wood and forest floor, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and a long finish of a good 30+ seconds. This is a beauty and one of the most successful Pauillacs of this vintage. Drink it now through 2035. (RP)" (06/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. A much more substantial nose than the Pichon Lalande. Polished and with fruit overwhelming the tannic charge. Rather racy and flattering. Very dry, savoury finish. 17.5+/20 points. Drink 2020 - 2040. (JR)" (01/2015)

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 04, 2015

A superb wine for a great price. The 5s are wild for Pichon Baron. In May at the property they served us the mindblowing 1945 and the delicious 1985 in magnum. This wine is better than the 1985 and a touch behind the '45.

2008 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

2008 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 6 available ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 Pichon Longueville Baron is one of the densest, most concentrated wines of Pauillac in 2008. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, coffee and licorice. Exceptionally full-bodied with velvety tannins and undeniable appeal, this gorgeous, well-proportioned, larger than life 2008 should age effortlessly for two decades or more. (RP)" (05/2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Powerful, rich, firm and solid. The tannins are rounded and there is a noticeable amount of wood here, although the wine has preserved its fresh fruit at the same time. Very linear, the finish showing ripe plums and sweet fruit. (RV)" (04/2011)

94 points James Suckling: "Wow. So much bright fruit in this with orange peel and black currant character. Floral and lively. Full body, silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Hard not to drink now. Do it." (06/2016)

93 points John Gilman: "Currently, the 2008 Pichon-Baron is showing even better than the 2009, as the oak has already fully integrated into the body of the wine and the balance here is now impeccable. The bouquet is deep, complex and really lovely, as it delivers scents of black cherries, cassis, cigar smoke, a nice touch of young cabernet weediness, coffee, fine soil tones and toasty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and really classy, with fine focus and balance, firm tannins and excellent length and grip on the poised and classy finish. Really a classic vintage for Pichon Longueville. (Drink between 2020-2060) 93+" (07/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, leather and strong graphite minerality on the nose. Silky, sweet and suave, with dark fruit flavors lifted by a violet element and given grip and definition by a strong mineral spine. Wonderfully deep, ripe Pauillac with strong early sexy appeal. Finishes very bright and long, with serious but sweet tannins. Deceptively approachable now, this wine is built for two decades of evolution in bottle. (ST)" (07/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This is solidly packed for the vintage, with dark currant, fig and graphite notes framed by bittersweet cocoa, espresso and iron. Still a touch chunky on the finish, but the structure is fine-grained and this should settle in nicely with modest cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2019. (JM)" (04/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Another very dense dark crimson wine. Very high toned. Delicate palate attack rather vivacious. Not concentrated and dances across the palate. Very racy. Rather silky. Very good balance and rather aristocratic. Though far from dense. Real lift on the end. Very dry finish. Nothing luscious about this! 18/20 points." (01/2012)

Decanter: "Creamy oak, spice, ripe black fruit and mineral aromas. Very seamless with a nice texture and very fine-grained tannins. Classical claret. All elements will blend in for a good future." (03/2012)

1990 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 1.5L

1990 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 1.5L - 1 available ($599.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A remarkable vintage for Pichon Longueville Baron, 1990 is one of this estates two or three finest wines made in the last 40 years. Still inky/blue/purple-tinged to the rim, it reveals an extraordinary bouquet of charcoal, incense, creme de cassis, blue and black fruits, and a hint of licorice as well as an impressively long finish. While drinkable, its evolution is extremely slow, and I would not be surprised to see it last another two decades or more." (06/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator: "More tobacco and cedar character on the nose, with hints of ripe fruit. Full-bodied, yet fine and sophisticated, with elegant tannins and a long finish. This is always a top-quality red. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Drink now." (02/2005)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Nose at once subtle and flamboyant, with slightly roasted aromas of currant, cedar, lead pencil and minerals. Large-scaled, sweet and rich, with utterly primary fruit suggesting a long future ahead of it. Tasted next to the '89, this was a much more massive and somewhat softer wine. Very long on the finish, with big but smooth tannins. Of more recent vintages, only the 2000 has a chance to be in the same quality class as the '90 and '89. Drink 2004 to 2025. (93+)" (08/2002)

1970 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac

1970 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac - 5 available ($169.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "One of the wines of the tasting. Fresh and complex, generous in character, with lovely dried cherry and spice aromas that follow through on the palate. Full-bodied, with concentrated fruit and firm tannins, this has a long life ahead. (JS)" (11/1997)

1986 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac

1986 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac ($299.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Now at 30 years of age, there is a gulf between the two Pichons in this vintage that no longer exists. The 1986 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has long been one of the best wines from the estate alongside the 1982 (even if the first bottle was a little oxidized). The second bottle was representative. It has a classic pencil-lead, cedar-infused nose that rockets from the glass, a subtle floral note developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red berry fruit, a pinch of white pepper and cedar, structured compared to coeval vintages and perhaps further along its drinking plateau than previous examples. Certainly à point, I would be reaching for bottles of this now if you cannot locate those 1982s, or alternatively seek out the superlative 1996. This still remains a fine, rather regal Pichon-Lalande. (NM)" (12/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy, fleshy and showy, with warm plum sauce, melted black licorice, espresso, cocoa powder and black currant confiture notes all melded together, yet clearly defined. The smoldering, tobacco-fueled finish expands steadily with air. A wine of power and range that is just hitting its stride. (JM, Web-2014)"

Decanter: "Very youthful crimson in colour. A very intense, lead-pencil nose leading to sheer loganberries. Incredible, strong and meaty on the palate. A huge, four-square wine. 19.5/20 points" (03/1996)

1990 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac

1990 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac - 3 available ($199.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Concentrated. Medium-ruby color, with ripe plum, cigar tobacco and smoke aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Still closed, almost clumsy. Give it time. (JS)" (08/2000)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark blackish crimson. Notably aromatic, even a hint of herbaceousness on this bottle. Lovely balance and spread of mellow aromas. Tannins fully molten. Quite delicate for a 1990. Quite fresh enough on the finish. Subtle with a hint of tarmacadam. Lots of pleasure. Neat. 18/20 points (JR)" (09/2010)

K&L Notes: Elegant, feminine, quite delicate for the vintage, a lovely Bordeaux, showing beautifully.

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 18, 2015

Elegant, feminine, quite delicate for the vintage, a lovely Bordeaux, showing beautifully.

2005 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac

2005 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac - 12 available ($139.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "In recent years, Pichon Comtesse has developed an elegance all its own, with great style, smoothing out the real intensity of the wine. This 2005 continues in that tradition, a spicy, fruity wine, which has restraint as well as hidden power." (06/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful currant, berry and licorice aromas follow through to a full body, with tar and berry character, fine tannins and a long finish." (03/2008)

93 points James Suckling: "What a nose on this, with orchids and currants, this is very perfumed and pretty. Full-bodied, with bright and lively acidity. Rose petals and citrus fruit on the palate give way to a long and intense finish. Wait and see where this goes." (10/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red-ruby. Very ripe, musky aromas of black plum, currant, menthol, dark chocolate, mocha and meat; less pristine than the 2006 but rather youthfully subdued today. Then lush and fat but not overly sweet in the mouth, with a nice balance between ripe fruit and harmonious acidity. A full, broad wine that builds slowly and lingers on the back end, which features substantial but ripe, round tannins." (05/2008)

Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2010

I can't think of a better deal for a good cellar at K&L right now. Pichon-Lalande from a classic vintage has not been seen on our shelves for under a $100 in a very long time, and I doubt that this wine will last long or ever return at this price. This is an extraordinarily concentrated wine that, nevertheless, lays out its power with elegance and restraint. And although it is far to tight to drink now, it will provide the patient with one of the wine world's greatest rewards.

2008 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac

2008 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac - 11 available ($99.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Stylish wine, balanced, intensely elegant. It has freshness and also weight, encased in a structure that is poised, beautifully integrating black currant fruit and chocolate flavors. (RV)" (04/2011)

93 points James Suckling: "A tight and tangy red with currant, spice and dried mushroom character. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. This needs time to open. Decant two hours or wait until 2020." (06/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 is a beauty in the style of the 1988. Although not performing as well as I predicted last year, it is unquestionably an outstanding effort as well as one of the better values from Pichon Lalande in many years. Its dense plum/purple hue is accompanied by sweet aromas of red and black currants, charcoal, herbs, underbrush and a hint of truffles. This medium-bodied, rich, concentrated blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc is an elegant, supple Pichon Lalande that can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. (RP)" (05/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Lively aromas of cherry, redcurrant, flowers, chocolate and tobacco. Intensely flavored, suave and sweet, with ripe acidity framing the flavors of bitter cherry, licorice and loam. Finishes with broad, building tannins and lingering smoky oak. This vibrant Pichon Lalande is built to age. (ST)" (08/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Builds slowly, as the mesquite and roasted plum aromas slowly give way to more layers of tobacco, hot stone, cassis, chestnut and graphite. The long finish really stretches out with mineral and tobacco notes. Best from 2013 through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (JM)" (04/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Bright crimson. Attractively, leafily scented. Very clean and pure. Punchy and fully ripe. But just a tad under full ripeness. Bracing and impressive finish. 17.5/20 points. (JR)" (01/2012)

K&L Notes: This wine comes from vineyards planted along the St. Julien stream. For Pauillac, this estate has an unusually high percentage of Merlot, almost one third of the vines. After blending in December or January, the grand vin is aged for 18 months in half new and half one year old barrels. The estate has done so well in recent years that James Laube has referred to Pichon-Lalande as a "first class second cru."

2002 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L)

2002 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L) - 1 available ($269.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the best wines of the vintage, this is a classic Pauillac that is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. Dense ruby/purple in color with a glorious nose of melted licorice, lavender, barbecue smoke, black currants, and graphite, the wine is tannic, classically structured with an opaque ruby/purple color, beautiful definition, and a 1996-ish personality. This deep, full-bodied, elegant yet powerful 2002 should age handsomely for over two decades. Some patience will be required since this vintage exhibits more muscle and virility than normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. (RP)" (04/2005)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Inky aromas of currant, black cherry, minerals and smoky oak. Tightly wound but not at all hard. The flavors of black fruits, minerals and graphite are enlivened by bright acidity (3.56 grams). A very classy wine with sneaky depth of flavor, in a distinctly cooler style than the 2003 but built to age. (ST)" (05/2005)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of blackberries, cassis with fresh mushrooms and licorice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, refined finish. Slightly austere now but should come around very nicely. Best after 2007. 15,830 cases made. (JS)" (03/2005)

Jancis Robinson: "Light nose. But rather velvety and sweeter than most on the palate with some polish and verve. Not that concentrated but more flattering than most. (JR)" (05/2012)

K&L Notes: 94 points Robert Parker: "One of the best wines of the vintage, this is a classic Pauillac that is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. Dense ruby/purple in color with a glorious nose of melted licorice, lavender, barbecue smoke, black currants, and graphite, the wine is tannic, classically structured with an opaque ruby/purple color, beautiful definition, and a 1996-ish personality. This deep, full-bodied, elegant yet powerful 2002 should age handsomely for over two decades. Some patience will be required since this vintage exhibits more muscle and virility than normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025." (04/05) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of blackberries, cassis and fresh mushrooms and licorice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Slightly austere now but should come around very nicely." (03.05) 91-94 points Stephen Tanzer: "Medium ruby-red. Powerful, slightly medicinal aromas of black raspberry and Cuban tobacco. Dense and lush on entry, then very firm and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with a strongly medicinal, minty character. A powerful, structured wine that's all spine today. Likely to be long-lived." (May/Jun 04)

1982 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (soiled label, very high shoulder fill)

1982 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (soiled label, very high shoulder fill) - 3 available ($599.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Whilst I enjoyed several bona fide perfect examples of the 1982 Château Pichon Lalande in the late nineties, my most recent encounters imply that these years were its peak. Nevertheless, it remains a brilliant, benchmark wine that continues to give a great deal of pleasure. This bottle, of perfect provenance, was captivating on the nose - still youthful and jam-packed with very pure and intense black and red fruit, mixed with cedar and graphite notes that ebb away as the Merlot component takes over and delivers strawberry and undergrowth scents. The palate retains its exquisite balance thanks to its fine tannin and layers of black, graphite-infused fruit that ease you into its sumptuous finish. It is a long-term wine, so do not be surprised if it continues along its plateau for another 20 years. Why is it not 100 points in my book? Well, compared to the 1982 Latour, it does not possess that same level of precision or length. Yet the bottom line is that both wines represent fabulous, era-defining contributions to this legendary vintage, and both continue to offer profound expression of Pauillac at its peak. (NM)" (07/2016)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This unfurls with amazing grace, as refined tannins let the warmed cassis, macerated plum, pain d'épices, melted licorice, roasted alder and smoldering tobacco notes drape together and hang endlessly on the finish. A stunner that has been stuck at at this sublime point for a while, with no signs of moving any time soon. Thoroughly sublime and still the modern-era high-water mark for these wines. (JM, Web-2014)"

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red-ruby color. Liqueur-like aromas of currant, cedar, lead pencil, truffle and smoked meat. Magically sweet and silky in the mouth, with superb depth of flavor and a complete absence of rough edges. A huge wine with utterly compelling sweetness and great terroir character. Powerful if somewhat unrestrained. Finishes ripely tannic, long and sweet. Many tasters still rank this among their two or three favorites of the vintage. (ST)" (08/2002)

Jancis Robinson: "A famous wine that has long been one of the stars of the 1982 firmament. This bottle was not in quite such fine fettle as the bottle enjoyed at the chateau in July 2015 but it's still a superb wine, even if this one seemed to have lost some of its puppy fat and opulence. A real classic with superb balance of ripeness and freshness. Tannins all receded. 18/20 points" (07/2016)

K&L Notes: Robert Parker has scored this bottling 99-100 points a total of seven times.

2014 Schrader ''Old Sparky'' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)

2014 Schrader ''Old Sparky'' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) ($989.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky, Fred Schrader's favorite selection, is clone 4 from the To Kalon Vineyard aged in 100% new Darnajou and seems closest in personality and overall style to the CCS. This is a beautiful wine with great intensity and seems to be one of the superstars of this vintage. Smoky barbecue notes intermix with charcoal embers, blackberry, cassis, Christmas fruitcake, licorice and camphor. This is a complex 2014 that is showing beautifully at the moment and will continue to drink well for another 20 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

97 points James Suckling: "This is really savory with so much meat, currant, mushroom and walnut-skin character. Full-bodied, layered and very powerful. A touch of heat on the finish, but the acid balances it out. Extreme intensity. Contrasty and fascinating. Best eight barrels. Only magnums." (05/2017)

K&L Notes: Praise for the producer from Robert Parker: "As I have written in the past, the Schrader project with Thomas Rivers Brown as their winemaker started as a look at one of Napa Valley’s historic and first-growth vineyard sites – the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. It has expanded now to include Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras Vineyard in St. Helena and the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard in Rutherford. It is basically a study of clonal selections by keeping these wines separate and apart, but enjoying the identical winemaking, upbringing in the cellars and bottling. The bottom line is that these are just hands-down fabulous Cabernet Sauvignons and have been since the project debuted more than ten years ago. The difference between each of them is generally minor and I will probably end up giving sightly different reviews when the wines are in bottle – because they are all at the top of the pyramid of quality. Any one of them is essentially a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon that could compete with the finest made anywhere in the world." (10/2016)

2011 Schrader

2011 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras - LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($169.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Schraders newest offering is the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard LPV, which comes from clone 337 of the Las Piedras site. This is a west side valley floor vineyard with a foundation of alluvial river pebbles and rocks as well as gravelly loam. The Schraders have a long-term lease on 5 acres, which, added to their 16 acres of Beckstoffer To Kalon and 5 acres of Beckstoffer George III, gives them some pretty serious leases on some of the finest terroirs in Napa Valley. The softest wine of this portfolio, there are 350 cases of the 2011 LPV, far less than the 600 cases produced in 2012. Given its warm micro-climated, these grapes were picked before the rains descended. The wine exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, supple tannins, and sweet red and black currants, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, incense and forest floor. This beautiful, medium-bodied 2011 is already complex and evolved. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

91 points Vinous: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is the most open and accessible of these 2011s from Schrader. A deep, inky wine, the 2011 emerges from the glass with black fruit, menthol, cloves and new leather. When it was in barrel, the 2011 had more energy, tension and minerality, but over time it has lost most of those qualities and today it is rich and powerful to the point of being heavy. My sense is that the 2011 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. The LPV Cabernet emerges from a parcel in the vineyard planted with Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink 2014-2021. These three 2011 Cabernets from Schrader are all terrific. This year Schrader is introducing a new wine from Andy Beckstoffer's Las Piedras Vineyard, a well-draining site in St. Helena, aptly named for its rocky terrain. (AG)" (11/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A new addition to the Schrader Cabernet portfolio, this is a rich, gutsy style, with a dense charcoal presence overshadowing the tight mix of dried dark berry, loamy earth and graphite notes. Pulls together on the finish, ending tannic and chewy, but complete. Drink now through 2023. 350 cases made. (JL)" (10/2014)

2012 Schrader

2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($219.99)

98 points James Suckling: "A very rich and dense red with blueberry and chocolate character. Full-bodied, very silky and refined. Wonderful depth and length. Held back and pretty. Elegance and beauty for a Schrader. Better in 2017." (07/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Starts out bold and assertive, with rich dark berry, cedar and nutmeg flavors, revealing touches of espresso, mocha and melted black licorice. Well-built, tight and persistent, this will benefit from short-term cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2029. (JL)" (03/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard LPV is black/ruby, shows lots of charcoal, scorched earth and an almost Graves-on-steroids personality. Deep blueberry and blackberry fruit, a hint of coffee and chocolate are all present in this impressive, very different style of Cabernet Sauvignon from Schrader. This is Clone 337, planted in a St. Helena vineyard. (RP)" (10/2014)

92 points Vinous: "Schrader's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is laced with blueberry jam, cassis, new leather, cloves and violets. Most of the site's inherent minerality has been baked out, either by the vintage or by some of the farming/winemaking choices, and what comes through is a very ripe, oaky Las Piedras with relatively soft contours and plenty of near term appeal. As good as the 2012 is, I am not sure what the point is of making a wine like this in Las Piedras. In fact, Schrader's Las Piedras is one of the least site-specific wines from this vineyard I have tasted. I would give the 2012 a few years to lose some of its baby fat and see what happens. (AG)" (12/2014)

2011 Schrader

2011 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - CCS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($249.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Usually my favorite cuvee, the Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard CCS is a beauty in 2011. Made in a showy, flamboyant style, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet notes of creme de cassis, violets, licorice, forest floor and new oak. This supple, round effort is one of the superstars of this challenging vintage. It should drink well for 10-15 years or longer. (RP)" (10/2013)

95 points Vinous: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is classic Schrader. Layers of dark blue/black fruit, smoke, licorice, mocha, mint, violets and orange peel gradually unfold in a striking wine endowed with superb balance, class and nuance. Everything is wonderfully delineated, yet the 2011 has plenty of the richness Schrader fans are used to. Here it is the Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon that speaks with great eloquence. (AG)" (11/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Offers enticing aromas of plum and red berry, with edgy tannins framing the tight, dense core of red berry, black licorice, cedar and gravel. Ends with gutsy, chewy tannins. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (10/2014)

2011 Schrader

2011 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 7 available ($159.99)

93 points Vinous: "Schrader's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is pure silk on the palate. The aromas, flavors and textures are incredibly refined and lifted. A soft, seamless wine that stands out for its gorgeous balance, the 2011 is showing beautifully today. Freshly cut flowers, mint and red berries all flow through to the impeccably refined finish. It is fascinating to taste the RBS next to Las Piedras. Both wines are Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, but here we are in To Kalon, where the flavors seem to have a little more definition. (AG)" (11/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Dense and powerful, with potent fresh earth and rocky, gravel pit touches, overshadowing the dried dark berry, licorice and spice notes. Ends with depth and length even as the tannins apply the brakes. Drink now through 2023. (JL)" (10/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS is lighter than usual, but still very attractive, forward and endearing ... one of the positives in 2011. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple and the wine is clean, with no herbaceous or mean green characteristics. This elegant, medium-bodied 2011 is ideal for drinking over the next 10-12 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

2011 Schrader

2011 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - T6" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available Price: Hidden

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard T6 is slightly riper and richer than the RBS with plenty of toasty oak intermixed with lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, baking spices, plums and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, ripe and delicious with 14.6% alcohol (slightly higher than the 2010), it should drink well for 10-12 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Tight, dense and layered, with red berry, blackberry, anise, floral, cedar and mineral notes that lend this a wide range of lingering flavors. Perhaps the most complex and aromatic of the 2011 Schraders. Drink now through 2023." (10/2014)

2012 Schrader

2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - T6" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously 300) - 1 available ($279.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard T6, which is from Clone 6 in a different block of Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, is aged in 86% new Darnajou and 14% new Taransaud. This wine is not terribly different, but Clone 6 is believed to be old Bordeaux clones brought over to Napa Valley and propagated. The wine has terrific fruit intensity, blackcurrants, blackberry, licorice, creosote and espresso roast. Deep, full-bodied, powerful and rich, this, again, shows the vintages voluptuous texture, full-bodied power and richness. (RP)" (10/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Steadily builds from a tight, rich core of mocha-laced currant and blackberry to a broader, more expansive mix that folds in creamy, toasty, mocha-laced oak, unfolding to reveal tiers of flavor and nuance. (JL)" (05/2015)

2012 Schrader

2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($269.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS, which is also from Clone 337 but from different blocks on the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, saw oak with 90% new Darnajou and 10% new Taransaud. This wine seems slightly more expansive, shares the black ruby/purple color with all of it siblings, and has a boatload of crème de cassis, incense, licorice, graphite and vanilla along with plenty of spice box and forest floor. This is a killer, full-bodied, super-duper, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20 years. (RP)" (10/2014)

96 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is another wine endowed with fabulous overall balance. Hints of blueberry pie, jam, mocha, sweet spices, violets and lavender open up in the glass. Even with all of its obvious intensity, there is a translucence and weightlessness to the 2012 that is utterly mesmerizing. The RBS is rich and powerful, but never heavy. Schrader's RBS is Clone 337 Cabernet, which often yields perfumed, supple Cabernets. (AG)" (12/2014)

94 points James Suckling: "A big and rich wine with blueberry, spice and green coffee bean. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Very extracted. Yet intense and rich. Better in 2017." (07/2015)

2013 Schrader

2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon, CCS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($509.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There is something ethereal about the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS, a wine that I tend to give more perfect scores to than of the other Schrader offerings. This is clone 4 from a special block of the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, and it always seems to have these incredible, explosive aromatics ranging from blueberry to blackberry to cassis to spring flowers and lead pencil shavings. Its always one of the more seductive wines early on, with sweet, velvety tannins, a plush, succulent mouthfeel, full-bodied splendor and majestic texture. This is a killer effort of great intensity and presence. Drink it over then next 25-30 years. (RP)" (10/2015)

99 points James Suckling: "So aromatic and floral with violet, lilac, and sage character. Full body, very cool. Lots of blue fruit. Hints of sweet tobacco, lemon grass and white pepper. Needs two or three years to open. Muscular. Better in 2023." (05/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A robust and rustic youngster, undeniably powerful and deep, yet tightly wound and begging for cellaring and decanting. The dark red and black fruit is zesty, with minerally acidity, fine-grained tannins and a sense of refinement and elegance. Drink now through 2023. 520 cases made. (JL)" (11/2016)

2013 Schrader

2013 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($169.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even more stunning is the 2013 Pinot Noir, which received similar treatment to the 2012. This wine shows complex forest floor notes, damp earth and Asian plum sauce interwoven with blackcurrant and black cherry as well as hints of underbrush and spring flowers. Deep, rich, complex and showing loads of fruit, it should be drunk over the next 5-7 years. (RP)" (10/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Bold, rich and assertive, with lively acidity and a tight, dense core of raspberry and blackberry, revealing rose, anise and spice scents. Supple, graceful and deep, this ends with a long, rich aftertaste and a supple, caressing texture. Drink now through 2024. (JL)"

2013 Sine Qua Non

2013 Sine Qua Non "Female" California Grenache - 6 available ($259.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Manfred's 2013 Grenache Female checks in as a blend of 78% Grenache, 19% Syrah and 3% Mourvèdre that is mostly from his Eleven Confessions estate vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, yet has smaller portions from his Cumulus, The Third Twin and Bien Nacido vineyards. Seeing just over 24 months in a mix of demi-muids, 300-liter Hog Heads and barrique, it has a sensational bouquet of spring flowers, black raspberries, black cherries, violets, licorice and camphor. Reminding me of a great vintage of Raymond Usseglio's Cuvée Imperiale, this full-bodied, elegant Grenache is impeccably balanced, has a full and layered mid-palate (which is missing from just about every other Grenache made in California), and sweet tannin on the finish. It's almost impervious to air and didn't budge an inch over the three days I followed this bottle. It will cruise for over two decades. (JD)" (08/2016)

96 points Vinous: "Huge tannins wrap around a core of voluptuous fruit in the 2013 Grenache Female. Dark-fleshed fruit, graphite, spices, savory herbs and lavender are some of the signatures. Today, the 2013 is quite imposing and shut down, so readers will have to be patient. The blend is 78% Grenache, 19% Syrah and 3% Mourvèdre, done with 88% whole clusters, which is high for Sine Qua Non. 96+ points (AG)" (09/2016)

K&L Notes: Praise from Wine Advocate: "There are few greater success stories in wine than that of Sine Qua Non’s Manfred Krankl. Austrian-born and showing up penniless in Los Angeles in 1980, he went on to create one of the greatest wine estates in the world today by sheer talent and work ethic." (JD, 08/2015)

2008 Sine Qua Non

2008 Sine Qua Non "Kolibri" Proprietary White Blend - 1 available ($179.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Kolibri continues the brilliant success Krankl has had with dry whites. As one can see when visiting his cellars, he is now using the fashionable concrete eggs as part of the white wines' upbringing. About 25% new French oak is used, and the balance is older barrels. Most of the fruit is from estate vineyards, with about 18% purchased from the Bien Nacido Vineyard. The final blend is 69% Roussanne and 31% Viognier. As is found in all Krankl's whites, the 2008 Kolibri possesses extraordinary aromatics. Abundant notes of marmalade, honeysuckle, white flowers, and candied citrus are accompanied by good acidity, beautiful intensity and purity, and a layered, fresh, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. The wine is intense, but never heavy or overbearing. (RP)" (08/2010)

93 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of lemons, lime, mango and hints of blanched almonds. Full-bodied, with a dense and dried fruit character. Soft and creamy texture. A finish of pear pie and honey -- like panacotta. Rich yet fresh. A blend of 69% Roussanne and 31% Viognier." (10/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(69% roussanne and 31% viognier) Deep yellow-gold. Ripe pit and exotic fruits on the nose, with complicating notes of honey, sweet butter and green almond. Becomes more floral with air, picking up suggestions of jasmine and chamomile. Lush but focused, with a spine of acidity adding structure and carrying through a very long, sappy and gently sweet finish. Krankl said that he'd serve this with a rich shellfish dish. (JR)" (11/2010)

2007 Sine Qua Non

2007 Sine Qua Non "Labels" California Syrah (Previously 350) - 2 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The recently released 2007 Syrah Labels (89% Syrah, 7% Grenache, and 4% Viognier) comes from the 11 Confessions Estate Vineyard (57%), a small amount from the home estate vineyard in Oak View called Cumulus, and the rest from purchased fruit grown in the White Hawk Vineyard in Los Alamos and the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria. A sensational effort, it is performing even better out of bottle than it did from barrel. An opaque purple color is accompanied by beautiful notes of charcoal, acacia flowers, blueberries, blackberries, graphite, and subtle smoke. With great fruit, tremendous texture, and full-bodied power, it is locked and loaded. (RP)" (08/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Sexy, expansive aromas of blackberry, kirsch, potpourri, sandalwood and black pepper. Sweet and rich, but juicy, with superb floral lift to the flavors of bitter cherry, dark berries and fruity pepper. A real essence of syrah: this is all dark berries, flowers and spice, but no game, with plenty of fruit to support the oak (64% new) element. Harmonious, ripe acidity and velvety tannins give shape to a long, sweet finish. (JR)" (12/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh, intense, firm and vibrant, with a touch of suppleness midpalate, focused on spice, pepper, sour blackberry and wild berry, holding its focus and ending with drying tannins. (JL)" (06/2010)

K&L Notes: High praise from Robert Parker, who said in 2010 that "Krankl's fame rests on the strength of his wines - compelling, singular, and world-class wines that are like no others being produced on Planet Earth."

2014 Sine Qua Non

2014 Sine Qua Non "Light Motif" Central Coast Proprietary White Blend ($159.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting with the whites and a rich, thrillingly concentrated and unctuous wine from Manfred, the 2014 White Wine Lightmotif is made from 47% Roussanne, 21% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 11% Viognier and 7% Marsanne that spent 19 months in a combination of concrete eggs, new French oak, neutral barrels and a tiny portion in stainless steel. Coming from close to equal parts Eleven Confessions, Cumulus and Bien Nacido vineyards, this beauty sports a medium gold color to go with a rich, layered profile that carries tons of ripe peach, honeycomb, pineapple, flowers and citrus. Pure, elegant and silky on the palate, with full-bodied richness, it never puts a foot wrong, is ethereally textured and has a great finish. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. (JD)" (08/2016)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 White Wine Lightmotif is striking. Gorgeous, captivating aromatics meld into yellow orchard fruit, peach, mint and apricot jam. Rich, layered and voluptuous, but with notable energy, the 2014 exudes freshness. With air, the 2014 can be enjoyed young, but these wines have a way of developing beautifully in bottle. This is one of the more restrained young whites I have tasted at Sine Qua Non. The blend is 47% Roussanne, 21% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 11% Viognier and 7% Marsanne, from 41% Eleven Confessions, 30% Cumulus and 29% Bien Nacido. (AG)" (09/2016)

2013 Sine Qua Non

2013 Sine Qua Non "Male" California Syrah - 9 available ($274.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Syrah Male is an elegant, seamless Syrah that exudes class in its creme de cassis, black raspberry, smoked meats, graphite and asphalt-laced bouquet. This is a blend of 80% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 3.5% Touriga National and 3.5% Viognier, fermented with 28% whole clusters and aged 25 months in 65% new French oak. It's full-bodied, beautifully layered, silky and seamless, with no hard edges and wonderful freshness in both the aromatics and palate. Give bottles 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 10-15. (JD)" (05/2016)

96 points Vinous: "Blackberry jam, mocha, chocolate and dark spices give the 2013 Syrah Male much of its deep, powerful personality. This is an especially large-scaled, ample Syrah. Today, though, the 2013 is a bit monolithic. Time in the glass helps, but patience and time in bottle are absolutely essential here. The blend is 80% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 3.5% Touriga Nacional and 3.5% Viognier, done with 28% whole clusters. Interestingly, the 2013 Syrah is more expressive than the Grenache at this stage. (AG)" (09/2016)

K&L Notes: Praise from Wine Advocate: "There are few greater success stories in wine than that of Sine Qua Non’s Manfred Krankl. Austrian-born and showing up penniless in Los Angeles in 1980, he went on to create one of the greatest wine estates in the world today by sheer talent and work ethic." (JD, 08/2015)

2011 Sine Qua Non

2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Grenache (Previously $500) ($339.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming all from Manfred's Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and a blend of 77% Grenache, 22% Syrah and 1% Viognier (fermented with 25% whole clusters), the 2011 Grenache Patine spent a full 33 months in almost all neutral oak, with just 11% being new. It offers perfumed and spice-laced notes of white pepper, black raspberry, blackberry and ground herbs that flow to a full-bodied, elegant, nicely concentrated 2011 that has nicely integrated acidity, no hard edges and a terrific finish. It's certainly one of the fresher, more elegant Grenaches from Manfred, yet it still has rocking levels of fruit. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and enjoy bottles over the following decade. (JD)" (08/2015)

2011 Sine Qua Non

2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Syrah (Previously $500) ($339.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine that needs to be forgotten in the cellar for 5-6 years, the 2011 Syrah Patine checks in as a blend of roughly 97% Syrah and the balance Roussanne and Viognier. It too comes all from the estate's Eleven Confessions Vineyard and saw 39 months in 63% new French oak. Backward, tight, concentrated and structured, with full-bodied richness and depth, it gives up Guigal La Landonne like aromas and flavors of graphite, sweet oak, smoked meats, pepper and black raspberry and cassis-like fruit. While it shows the vintage's cooler nature, it has a stacked mid-palate and will evolve gracefully for 15-20 years. (JD)" (08/2015)

96 points Vinous: "The 2011 Syrah Patine is deep, powerful and intense, with huge fruit and texture, especially within the context of the year. Mocha, plums, violets, bittersweet chocolate and dark spice meld into the deep, voluptuous finish. As good as the 2011 is, it could use another few years to fully meld together. The 2011 is 97% Syrah, 2% Roussanne and 1% Viognier, all from Eleven Confessions, done with 22% whole clusters and aged for 39 months in French oak barrels, 63% new. (AG)" (08/2015)

2014 Sine Qua Non

2014 Sine Qua Non "Piranha Waterdance" California Syrah - 5 available ($299.99)

97-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Syrah Piranha Waterdance is young and unevolved (more than the Grenache) and sports an inky blue color to go with lots of minerality, notes of cassis, violets and pepper, full-bodied richness and a surprisingly serious, structured, even masculine vibe on the palate. A blend of 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional and Graciano, fermented with 26% whole clusters and aging in 54% new French oak, it will be bottled just after the Grenache, in April of next year. (JD)" (08/2016)

95-97 points Vinous: "A striking, vibrant wine, the 2014 Syrah Piranha Waterdance is beautifully focused and energetic from start to finish. Plum, blueberry, lavender, mint, violet and sweet spices all take shape in the glass. This is an especially nuanced, sculpted Syrah long on class and personality. There is so much to like here. The 2014 is 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Touriga Nacional and % Graciano, done with 26% whole clusters, all from Sine Qua Non's estate vineyards: 35% Eleven Confessions, 34% Third Twin and 31% Cumulus. (AG)" (09/2016)

2012 Sine Qua Non

2012 Sine Qua Non "Rattrapante - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache - 5 available ($599.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A perfect wine any way you look at it, the 2012 Grenache Rattrapante comes all from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and spent 33 months in 27% new French oak. My notes start - and end - with Wow. Giving up tons of black raspberries, peppery herbs, licorice, dried flowers and cured meats, its a massively concentrated, rich and layered Grenache that somehow manages to stay graceful, lively and fresh on the palate. There are roughly 800 cases of this elixir and any Grenache lover should do their best to latch onto a bottle (or two). Its also worth noting that this cuvee saw 26% whole clusters, which is a small change from past vintages. (JD)" (08/2016)

97 points Vinous: "The 2012 Grenache Rattrapante, from Eleven Confessions, is deep, powerful and voluptuous, with a striking interplay of fruit, structure and overall intensity. Thus is another wine that is going to need time to fully come together. Hints of smoke, licorice, new leather, cherry jam and pomegranate meld into the huge, creamy finish. Dollops of Syrah and Petite Sirah round out the blend. The 2012 was done with about 26% whole clusters and aged for 33 months in French oak, around 27% new. (AG)" (09/2016)

2006 Sine Qua Non

2006 Sine Qua Non "Raven Series" California Grenache - 3 available ($329.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, largely from the 11 Confessions Vineyard, with a small amount from Bien Nacido, spent 21 months in barrel. It is really strutting its stuff now, and showing even better than my original note predicted in August of 2009. The wine has loads of meat, licorice, smoke, charcoal and graphite, as well as huge peppery, blackberry and black cherry notes. Full-bodied, with great acidity, nicely integrated tannin, an admirable mouthfeel and tremendous length, this killer Grenache is still young and probably 3-5 years away from prime time drinking. (RP)" (08/2011)

97 points Wine Spectator: "(Collectibles) Deliciously complex, bold, rich and layered, with dark berry, plum, mocha and spice. Full-bodied and mouth-coating, this is dense without being heavy. Ends with a long, persistent finish. (JL)" (07/2009)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque violet. Complex bouquet of cassis, blueberry and pipe tobacco, complicated by smoky Indian spices and dried rose. Expansive and open-knit, offering sweet dark berry preserve flavors and complementary notes of candied flowers and fruitcake. The smoky element gains strength on the finish, which is long, energetic and refreshingly mineral-driven. This is remarkably lithe for such power; I underestimated its potential last year. Includes 94% estate fruit, vinified with 25% whole clusters. (JR)" (12/2009)

2013 Sine Qua Non

2013 Sine Qua Non "Résisté" Central Coast Proprietary White (Previously $190) - 3 available ($169.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "the 2013 White Wine Resiste is a sensational white from California that's made from 45% Roussanne, 26% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 10% Viognier and 5% Marsanne that spent 19 months in 46% new French oak and the balance in concrete eggs and used barrels. Possessing rock-star levels of richness and texture on the palate, with full-bodied depth and power that never seems heavy or cumbersome, it has classic SQN white notes of buttered golden fruits, honeysuckle, honeycomb, toast and white flowers. Unctuous, full-flavored and still lively and fresh, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will keep for two decades. (JD)" (08/2015)

92 points Vinous: "A rich, voluptuous white, the 2013 White Wine Résisté is built on pure texture. Honey, apricot pit, succulent peaches and mint all race from the glass. The high acidity of the Petite Manseng adds a kick of brightness on the finish. The blend is 45% Roussanne, 26% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 10% Viognier and 5% Marsanne; 40% from Eleven Confessions, 29% Cumulus and 31% Bien Nacido. (AG)" (08/2015)

K&L Notes: Indicative blend: Predominantly Rousanne with Chardonnay, Petite Manseng, Viognier and Marsanne.

2014 Sine Qua Non

2014 Sine Qua Non "Shakti" California Grenache - 4 available ($299.99)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leading off the 2014s from barrel, the 2014 Grenache Shakti (88% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre, 4% Petite Sirah and the rest Touriga Nacionale) comes largely from the Cumulus Vineyard, with smaller portions from Eleven Confessions, the Third Twin and Bien Nacido. Aged almost entirely in neutral barrels (6% new), it has a supple, sexy profile as well as killer base notes of black raspberries, cassis, ground herbs and violets. Deep, concentrated, full-bodied and laced with sweet tannin, I continue to be baffled why so few people in California get close to this level of quality with Grenache. (JD)" (08/2016)

95-96 points Vinous: "The 2014 Grenache Shakti wraps around the palate with sumptuous fruit. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, spice and new leather flesh out as this totally seductive Grenache from Sine Qua Non. Striking aromatics, super-expressive, bright fruit and silky tannins are some of the signatures in a delicious, delicate Grenache that is totally alluring. I suppose the 2014 is not the most structured or complex Grenache ever from Sine Qua Non, but it is a total pleasure bomb. The blend is 88% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Petite Sirah and 2% Touriga Nacional, done with 42% whole clusters. Vineyard sites are 51% Cumulus, 21.5% Eleven Confessions, 18% Third Twin and 9.5% Bien Nacido. I tasted the 2014 from tank just prior to bottling. (AG)" (09/2016)

2012 Sine Qua Non

2012 Sine Qua Non "Stein" Central Coast Grenache - 2 available ($299.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting with the Grenache release, the 2012 Grenache Stein is a blend of 76% Grenache, 16% Syrah, and 8% Mourvedre, aged in 14% new French oak (15% was in concrete), that comes mostly from the estate's Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, but also includes grapes from the Cumulus, Third Twin (Syrah) and Bien Nacido vineyards. Checking in at 15.7% alcohol, it's no lightweight, yet it has considerable elegance in its sweet blackcurrants, white pepper, licorice, baking spices and hints of violet-like aromas and flavors. Possessing the hallmark purity of the estate, it's full-bodied, concentrated, rich and textured, with sweet tannin barely noticeable on the finish. I don't think it's one of the greatest Grenaches from the estate, yet it's still an incredible effort that will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 15-20 years or more of overall longevity. (JD)" (08/2015)

95-97 points Vinous: "The 2012 Grenache Stein is incredibly refined, silky and pure, with bright red and blue-hued fruits. Today, the flavors are primary, so readers will have to be patient get the full breadth of aromas, flavors and textures. The Stein is a decidedly feminine, gracious Grenache that impresses for its textural beauty and nuance. I imagine it will provide a long and broad drinking window of pure pleasure over the next 15-20 years. This is an absolutely gorgeous wine from Sine Qua Non. The final blend is 76% Grenache, 16% Syrah and 8% Mourvèdre; 53% from Eleven Confessions, 29% from Cumulus, 9% The Third Twin and 9% Bien Nacido. The 2012 was done with 29% whole clusters and will spend around 22 months in French oak (14%) prior to its scheduled bottling this summer. (AG)" (08/2015)

2012 Sine Qua Non

2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah - 4 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A step up from the Grenache, the blockbuster-styled 2012 Syrah Stock checks in as a blend of 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petit Sirah, and the rest Viognier and Mourvedre, that was fermented with 32% whole clusters and aged in just over half new French oak. It offers stunning notes of blackcurrants, cassis, smoked meats, ground pepper and wild herbs to go with a full-bodied, unctuous, layered, yet always graceful and elegant feel on the palate. Nicely structured, with perfect overall balance, it still has the open-knit character of the vintage, yet has plenty of underlying structure, which at the moment is slightly hidden by the wine's lavish fruit. It will be better in 2-3 years, and have two decades of overall longevity. (JD)" (08/2015)

96 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah Stock has come together beautifully since I last tasted it a year ago. In particular, the Stock seems to have gained a measure of focus and precision I did not see back then. The inclusion of 32% whole clusters is felt in the wine's floral, savory aromatics and overall sense of freshness. The spherical, creamy finish alone is simply stunning. This is a fabulous showing. The 2012 is 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah, 1% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier, done with 32% whole clusters. The wine spent about 21 months in French oak, 52% new. Vineyard sources are 47% Eleven Confessions, 27% Cumulus, 17% Third Twin and 9% White Hawk. 96+ (AG)" (08/2015)

2003 Sine Qua Non

2003 Sine Qua Non "Sublime Isolation" California White Blend - 4 available ($259.99)

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