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New Arrivals and Back In Stock Highlights - April, 11th, 2017 - 04/11/2017 - Preferred Customer Alerts

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

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Domaine de Bila Haut "Les Vignes de Bila Haut" Pays d'Oc Rosé $10.99 View
2016 Chateau Les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clementine" Cotes de Provence Rosé $15.99 View
2013 Agostino Bosco "Volupta" Barbera d'Alba 91 $19.99 View
2016 Haut-Brisson, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) 95 $23.99 View
2013 Le Filigare "Lorenzo" Chianti Classico (Elsewhere $30) 93 $24.99 View
2016 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 97 $26.99 View
2015 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Signature" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $39.99 View
2009 Domenico Clerico "Ciabot Mentin" Barolo (Elsewhere $60) 94 $39.99 View
2012 Agostino Bosco "La Serra" Barolo 94 Price: Hidden View
2009 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 94 $59.99 View
2015 Signorello "Hope's Cuvee" Napa Chardonnay 98 $79.99 View
2009 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Elsewhere $100) 94 $79.99 View
2016 Enclos Tourmaline, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) 97 $134.99 View
2000 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 95 $149.99 View
2010 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 99 $159.99 View
2013 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri 98 $169.99 View
2015 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru (Mommessin) (Pre-Arrival) 99 $499.99 View


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2016 Domaine de Bila Haut "Les Vignes de Bila Haut" Pays d'Oc Rosé ($10.99)

Praise for the producer from Jeb Dunnuck: "I continue to be blown away by the quality coming from Domaine de la Bila Haut, which is run with the Chapoutier team. They’ve continued to grow these Roussillon releases, and even at the entry-level price point, the quality is stunning... In short, these are fabulous wines that show classic characters (most are aged all in concrete) and represent incredible values. Don’t miss them."

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2016 Chateau Les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clementine" Cotes de Provence Rosé ($15.99)

Wine Enthusiast: "This is a bright friendly open wine. With its light crisp fruitiness, layers of acidity and a twist of lemon, it is bone dry with a lively fresh aftertaste. Drink now and call it your Valentines Day. (RV)" (07/2017)

K&L Notes: The winegrowing estate of Chateau les Valentines is more than a century old. The estate originally brought their grapes to the local cooperative, but when Gilles and Pascale Pons took over in 1997, they decided to make their own wine. They built a modern winery and called the domaine "Les Valentines" after their children, Valentin and Clémentine. Château les Valentines now covers approximately 100 acres. The "Le Caprice de Clémentine" is part of the second range of wines coming from the estate. Moderately priced, it is a high quality Côtes de Provence made from the traditional grape varieties Cinsault (50%) and Grenache (50%). Its easy approach shows fresh and fruity aromas indicative of the region. It is light and delicate with a pure nose and good acidity to preserve freshness. Serve with traditional Mediterranean fare such as a Niçoise salad, grilled fish and vegetables, light cheeses and such.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

The Caprice has been one of our best sellers over the last five years. The 2016 is full on fruit, with a classic nose of strawberries and lemon zest. It is supple on the palate and lingers beautifully. Perfect for light salads and roasted vegetables.

2013 Agostino Bosco "Volupta" Barbera d'Alba ($19.99)

91 points James Suckling: "A barbera with dried berry, lemon and almond aromas and flavors. Medium body, bright acidity and a fruity finish. There's a salty undertone to this. Drink or hold." (11/2015)

2016 Haut-Brisson, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) ($23.99)

94-95 points James Suckling: "Soft and velvety wine with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry character. Full body, a dense center palate and a long and pure finish. Another winner." (03/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Haut Brisson is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc was cropped at 42 hectoliters per hectare picked from 5-15 October, matured in 35% new oak. It has a rich and slightly heady bouquet with intense black cherry and crème de cassis notes, although I find that the Tour St Christophe, which is also owned by Peter Kwok, has far more detail. The palate is full-bodied with dense ripe tannin, quite intense with a touch of dried blood infusing the black fruit with a structured, gently grippy finish. I would just like to see more finesse come through once this is bottle. (NM)" (04/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep crimson. Scented and peppery on the nose and then gently sweet on the palate. Much less drying than most. Charming! 17/20 points. (JR)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 25, 2017

One of the great bargains for the appellation and a killer wine in its own right. This is dark and serious with layers of sweet blueberry fruit, limestone shadings and gravely grip on the finish, A complete and easy to like wine.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 11, 2017

22 hectares of vines in a mix of clay limestone and sand and gravel soils. Major improvements here recently to bolster the already high quality of the wines. Vinification is by parcel in small, conical steel tanks. Barrel aging with 35% new. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Rich and round with very sweet, ripe fruit. 14.5% alc. Finishes very fine.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 10, 2017

Great value here. Coffee and tea aromas with some black fruit underneath. A powerhouse on the palate, but so sweet and lush. Very round tannins.

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2013 Le Filigare "Lorenzo" Chianti Classico (Elsewhere $30) ($24.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Very fine and pretty with a balance and refinement delivering light chocolate and blueberry character. Medium body, super silky and a long finish. Cool single vineyard wine." (08/2016)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 22, 2017

Le Filigare is definitely among the cream of the crop in Chianti and the 2013 "Lorenzo" reminds us why. It offers complexity, depth, rich fruit, balanced acidity, fine integrated tannins and freshness to boot. It's delicious from start to finish with just a hint of new oak that never intrudes. The "Lorenzo" is one of the best Chiantis I've tasted in some time.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

In this wine you will find black cherries, plum with minerals and a touch of chestnuts on the finish. Medium-bodied with soft tannins, this is a very user-friendly Chianti that will show well with the pizza and pasta.

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

What a delightful full-bodied Chianti that has all the richness of dark cherry but never loses its wonderful focus! It's bright and has great length, freshness and purity of perfectly ripened Sangiovese. Delicious and approachable wine to enjoy it on its own, but it will also complement any grilled meats or pecorino cheese.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

If you are newer to Tuscan wines, this Chianti Classico is a great place to start. The riper, fuller vintage of 2013 shows beautifully in the fleshy, juicy fruit of this balanced wine. The dusty tannins and active acidity gracefully lead into a beautiful deep plum finish. A perfect pairing for grilled summer meats!

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 18, 2017

Le Filigare is just a little west of Panzano in San Donato in Poggio, the center-western portion of Chianti Classico. From the moment I put my nose in the glass this wine just exploded, ripe wild cherry, spice, bits of earth but all couched in a inviting sweetness that makes you want to taste it! On the palate that sweet luxurious nature slides across your palate but thenwhats that structure, balance, focuswow, what a combination. The palate flavors are a complex fruit compote laced with violet and lilac with hints of sage that all play out toward the finish. The Lorenzo is 100% Sangiovese; it shows the ripeness of the 2013 vintage but is exceptionally balanced, long, long finish, youre going to love it!

2016 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($26.99)

96-97 points James Suckling: "This is superb: a triumph for the vintage considering how complicated it was in St.-Emilion. Elegance with power. Full-bodied, intense and forthright. Wonderful length and depth. Better than the 2015." (04/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Tour Saint-Christophe, the Saint Emilion estate of Peter Kwok whose eye-catching terraced vineyard looks upon Barde-Haut from the other side of the valley, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked between 5-23 October and matured in 40% new oak. It has a sensual bouquet with black cherries and cassis scents, the new oak neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet and supple tannin, a little richer than the 2015 and yet still managing to translate the terroir with aplomb. Tasted twice, one bottle showed a little more precision than the other, but I remain confident that this will turn into a Saint Emilion worth investigating. (NM)" (04/2017)

91-94 points Vinous: " *Top 30 Bordeaux Values of 2016 Vintage* The 2016 Tour Saint Christophe is gorgeous. Exotic, ripe and voluptuous, the 2016 possesses striking aromatics and plenty of presence. Smoke, grilled herbs, inky dark fruit, crème de cassis and leather are beautifully delineated in the glass. This is the first recent vintage I can remember tasting that is not overextracted. There is a real expression of fruit. Suffice it to say, this is a very positive development for the château. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Tasted two times. (AG)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

Another success for this bargain priced property that is pushing quality to new levels vintage after vintage. There is wonderful purity to the vanilla laced blueberry fruited middle that is layered and expressive. Tons of mineral character here with just the right amount of tannin. This barrel sample was ready to take home and drink.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2017

From 20 hectares of terraced vineyards on clay limestone soils in the commune of Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes near Chateau Barde-Haut. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Harvest quite late here in 2016 beginning on October 5th with the Merlot and finishing on October 23rd with the last of the Cabernet Franc. Fruit very sweet and ripe and a bit forward at 14.8% alc. Still, a supremely balanced effort overall sure to please many palates. Tannins are quite firm though very fine in keeping with the vintage. Quality is very high here with no expense spared. Very polished effort. Excellent value.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 10, 2017

Just like last year, but perhaps a bit better? Pure and precise. 20% new oak. Fresh and lively aromas of boysenberry that follow to palate. Lots of mineral from the limestone and clay soil. Outstanding value. These guys are on a roll.

2015 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Signature" (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

91-93 points Vinous: "(fermented in concrete eggs and aged in foudres and stainless steel tanks) Vivid ruby. Highly expressive cherry and black raspberry aromas are complicated by energetic floral and Asian spice nuances. Sappy, sweet and broad in the mouth, offering juicy, densely packed red and dark berry flavors that become deeper as the wine open up. Stains the palate and shows impressive vivacity on the persistent, floral-dominated finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins." (03/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Signature is a blend of 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 13% Syrah and the rest Vaccarèse, Clairette Rose and Cinsault. Vinified all in concrete and aged in a combination of foudre, demi-muids and stainless steel, it offers a tight, grippy, medium to full-bodied and beautifully structured style, as well as classic notes of black raspberries, black cherries, crushed flowers and hints of crushed rock. I love its tension, purity and focus, and it has terrific length on the finish as well. The young superstar Julien Barrot has just completed construction on a new cellar and the 2016 vintage should be the first vintage made completely at the new site (I believe the 2015 might have been aged there). Looking at his 2015s, there are only two cuvées produced, the classic Châteauneuf du Pape, which is 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah and other permitted grapes, and the 100% Grenache Châteauneuf du Pape Pure. The Pure cuvée is always made in a single, old foudre, and while it can normally be reserved and difficult to be evaluated from barrel, it was singing on this occasion. Its also worth noting his new Vin de France cuvée, which is from a newly acquired parcel of old vines. In addition, it gets a small part of declassified Châteauneuf du Pape grapes, hence why its released as a Vin de France and not a Côtes du Rhône (Châteauneuf du Pape can only be declassified into Vin de France, not Côtes du Rhône). I wasnt able to get a suggested retai" (10/2016)

2009 Domenico Clerico "Ciabot Mentin" Barolo (Elsewhere $60) ($39.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One notch down on the intensity ladder is the 2009 Barolo Ciabot Mentin. Less obvious and definitely more flirtatious, this gorgeous wine playfully dangles subtle hints of licorice, dark fruit, anisette and Middle Eastern spice in front of your nose. They morph and transform into something new and unexpected with each swirl of the glass. Theres enough flesh here to keep the wine grounded, but theres also enough tonic freshness to keep it from feeling heavy. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. 94+ Points (ML)" (06/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Less roasted than the Briccotto, offering aromas and flavors of cherry, mocha, coffee and spices. Less fat and full in the mouth but shows more lift and energy. A bit youthfully clenched, but the wine's firm tannic spine and impressive length suggest it will be a beauty with a few years of aging. Despite being situated at high altitude, these are the first Barolo vines Clerico picks. The acidity here is a very healthy 6.3 grams per liter. 93+ Points (ST)" (11/2013)

93 points James Suckling: "A beautiful ripeness of fruit here with dried strawberries and sliced mushroom aromas. Full body, with polished and round tannins and a cedar, mahogany and dried berry aftertaste. Needs at least two or three years of bottle age." (01/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A fresh, vibrant red, with notes of eucalyptus, tea, cherry and leather notes are backed by dense, ripe tannins. Balanced on the firm side, with a coating of dusty tannins on the long finish. Give this some time. Best from 2017 through 2032. (BS)" (04/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Commune of Monforte dAlba. Concentrated ruby with orange tinges. Balsamic fruitcake and cardamom skin. Fine cherry fruit with a layer of coating tannins. Intense, long and with a hint of vanilla. Quite spectacular and modernist but executed with huge skill. 18/20 Points (WS)" (06/2013)

2012 Agostino Bosco "La Serra" Barolo Price: Hidden

94 points James Suckling: "Lots of ripe strawberry, licorice, aniseed and rose petal on the nose. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Vibrant and muscular for the vintage. Slightly better than the already excellent 2011. Try in 2020." (03/2016)

91 points Vinous: "Bosco Agostino's 2012 Barolo La Serra is a very pretty La Morra Barolo. Dark cherry, tobacco, smoke, licorice and leather are front and center. The La Serra tannins, often quite pronounced in wines from this site, are nicely integrated. I would prefer to drink the 2012 sooner rather than later. This is an especially dark style for La Morra. That said, there is plenty to like. (AG)" (11/2016)

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 29, 2017

While the 2012 vintage kept winemakers on their toes, a few months of high heat brought intensity and boldness to the La Serra Barolo. The nose is layered with leather and dark ripe fruit with just tiny hints of the classic floral as the wine opens up. The strong tannic structure is matched with a higher alcohol than some previous vintages and some gentle acidity to lift the palate. While the wine is currently full of complexity, I think that some of it's potential is masked behind its adolescence. Definitely a wine to be patient with.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 24, 2017

If you are in the market for an outstanding Barolo that can be enjoyed now and also cellar well for the next few years, this one is ideal. The Agostino Bosco "La Serra" is flavorful and lively with loads of juicy cherry fruit and a fine spine of ripe tannins and solid acidity. It also boasts the classic Barolo aromas of tar, roses, dried florals and earth. Thanks to their thoughtful winemaking and aging, the oak takes a back seat allowing the fruit to truly shine. Don't miss out.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

Grab it while you can. Ripe and laced with tobacco and gravel flavors as well as leather and tar. Lots of tannin structure Would drink now ( Six to eight hours of decanting) and over the couple of years.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

The nose of Andrea Boscos La Serra Barolo is piercing, filled with bold, wild cherry and blueberry aromatics mixed with tobacco and earth, hints of sandalwood, sage and leather. On the palate the wine shows the classic La Serra tannic signature, well structured yet incorporated, it seemingly stretches from the soil into the glass. While the wine drives across your palate bold kirsch like flavors emerge to meld with the more traditional Barolo flavors of leather and dried rose petals, the combination adds depth and background to the powerful texture. The finish is long, and seems to etch itself on your palate, delineating layers of fruit, earth, spice and intrigue. Make no mistake this is a classic Barolo, powerful, full bodied and capable of aging 30+ years. To drink all Barolo drinkers will tell you that you should decant for several hours and then have it to accompany braised meats or wild mushroom risotto or both.

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2009 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja ($59.99)

94 points James Suckling: "This is very ripe with dried fruits and dried flowers. Exuberant aromas. Full body, round and silky, chewy tannins. Bright and exciting. Wonderful fruit. Shows tension and beauty. Needs time to soften and little. So gorgeous. Decant two hours in advance." (07/2015)

94 points Vinous: "Deep, bright ruby. Highly complex, expansive scents of ripe dark berries, cherry pie, mocha, pipe tobacco and vanilla, with a smoky overtone. Sweet, deep blackberry and floral pastille flavors are complicated by notes of spicecake and bitter chocolate, showing unlikely vivacity on the back half. This ripe and rich but elegant Rioja combines finishes supple, smoky and very long, with velvety tannins making a late appearance to add grip. (JR)" (11/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Imperial Gran Reserva, the textbook blend of Tempranillo with 15% Graciano and Mazuelo, is fermented in oak vats with malo in barrels (part did it in cement) where it matured for two years and the bottles rested in their caves for no less than three years before being released. In this ripe and approachable vintage the wine is soft and round, showing the classical aromas inherited for the American oak along with very balsamic notes of incense, cigar ash, old furniture and good, ripe black fruit in the background. The palate shows more abundant tannins, slightly grainy in nature and an ending that is quite dry. I would wait on this one, but it should develop nicely in bottle. (LG)" (04/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Plum and currant flavors mingle with notes of espresso, tobacco, dried herb and spice in this solid red. Firm tannins and orange peel acidity give this structure and balance. Lovely fruit and floral accents linger. Drink now through 2024. (TM)" (08/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Blackberry, cassis, coffee and charred aromas make for a smoky, healthy, attractive bouquet. This is dense, deep, tannic and a bit rubbery and bouncy in feel. Tea, herb, chocolate and baked blackberry flavors end with cocoa and herbal, earthy notes. Drink this ripe gran reserva through 2023. (MS)" (08/2015)

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2015 Signorello "Hope's Cuvee" Napa Chardonnay ($79.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The best Chardonnay I have ever tasted from Ray Signorello has to be the 2015 Chardonnay Hopes Cuvée. With its tiny yields, old vines and unfiltered style of keeping the wine nine months in barrel (of which half is new French oak and the rest used),this wine is absolutely spectacular. The wine has a Montrachet-like richness with profound concentration from the tiny yields, loads of caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, white peach, melons and a touch of brioche. It is full-bodied, but great acid, purity and length make for an incredible wine from this old vineyards clay and loamy soils. Drink over the next 10-12 years as this has every indication of being long-lived. Ray Signorellos winery sits at the very southern end of Napa Valley where he has a moderately sized estate of 43 acres of vineyard, including some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in all of Napa Valley the 37-year-old vines that go into his Hopes Cuvée." (10/2016)

91 points Vinous: "The 2015 Chardonnay Hope's Cuvée is rich, viscous and very nicely textured, with that extra kick of unctuousness that comes from stirring of the lees. Orchard fruit, lemon confit, pastry, mint, dried pear and almonds meld into the silky, super-expressive finish. Medium in body, but with no shortage of depth, the 2015 is another terrific wine from the Signorello Estate." (12/2016)

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2009 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Elsewhere $100) ($79.99)

94 points James Suckling: "A silky, fine 2009 Brunello with light berry, chocolate and prune character. Medium to full body. Ultra-fine tannins. A wonderfully crafted Valdicava along the same lines as the excellent 2004. Drink or hold." (11/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Vincenzo Abbruzzeses 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a dense and full-bodied rendition that delivers an enormously floral bouquet of crushed rose petal and dried potpourri with background tones of cinnamon stick, root beer and caramelized brown sugar. Past vintages of this wine have shown great power and structure in the mouth, but the 2009 vintage is veiled and nuanced instead. Theres a silky and tight quality to the tannin backed by a long, polished feel. The wine never feels bulky or dense. It will be interesting to see how it evolves, but if you dont want to wait, it can also be consumed in the near-term. Drink: 2016-2024. 92+ Points (ML)" (02/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and open, showing floral, strawberry, dried cherry, balsamic and tar flavors. The tannins are a bit firm now, but overall this red is pretty and long. Best from 2016 through 2023. 3,900 cases made. (BS)" (06/2014)

2016 Enclos Tourmaline, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) ($134.99)

96-97 points James Suckling: "This is very close in quality to the great 2015. Full body yet complex and layered. Very refined. Fine grained tannins. Super tight. A real beauty here. Only 3,000. Beautiful follow up. Second vintage." (04/2017)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Enclos Tourmaline is pure Merlot cropped at 50 hectoliters per hectare and matured in new oak. It has a beautiful bouquet with black cherries, crushed violets and just a hint of licorice that is very well defined and gains intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation, good weight in the mouth with a fine line of acidity. One bottle felt a little pinched, but a second was much more refined and demonstrated superb detail and focus on the finish, with a gorgeous saline/black pepper aftertaste. My score reflects that second showing. (NM)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2017

Here is a fantastic wine that shows the quality, freshness and precision of the vintage. This big wine is almost black in color with a deep chiseled nose of granite and endless red and black fruit. The middle is thick, full and completely effortless and fine, integrated tannins sneak in on the finish. This is a roaring success.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 11, 2017

From a mere 1.2 hectares of vineyards in three small parcels in the very heart of the Pomerol plateau one near lÉglise Clinet, one near La Fleur Petrus, and the third lying midway between Trotanoy and Le Pin. Made entirely of Merlot and aged in 100% new oak barrels. There is incredible intensity here. The wine is deeply colored and wildly aromatic. Very rich in style with ripe, sweet fruit. A bit riper than the vintage on average at 14.7% alcohol but you would never guess. The wine remains very fresh with lively acidity and fine tannins.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 10, 2017

Like the 2015, but maybe a bit more precise and focused. Blackish color, Very aromatic aromas of blackberry and black cherry. So rich yet so balanced. Only 3000 bottles produced.

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2000 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac ($149.99)

95 points Decanter: "Intense, focused, cedary nose. Super-ripe and sumptuous, highly concentrated, but has spice and vigour to counter the fruit. Massive, pungent; full of life and nuance. Long, vibrant finish. Drink from 2012. (19 points)" (11/2010)

94 points James Suckling: "I drank this fabulous 2000 Pontet-Canet in Hong Kong last summer at home with family. It was a wonderfully complex wine that was really starting to show its best. On the nose it displayed tar and currants with hints of dried fruits and berries. It was full-bodied yet so refined and delicious at the same time." (06/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Upgraded in score over my original rating, which was several points lower, Alfred Tesseron has done a remarkable job since 1994 with Pontet-Canet, which has been hitting first-growth levels since 2003. But the 2000 also shows exceptionally well. In need of another decade of cellaring, this dense purple wine has a classic nose of incense, charcoal, creme de cassis, and subtle new oak. Full-bodied, powerful, still very tannic, and shockingly backward, this is a big, rich wine that has put on weight and seems to need more time than I originally predicted. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035+. 94+ Points (RP)" (06/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red-ruby. Explosive nose combines raspberry, roasted currant, grilled nuts and exotic spices. Rich, sexy, silky and full in the mouth, with expressive flavors of black raspberry, game, smoke and truffle. Finishes with strong but suave tannins and excellent length. (ST)" (06/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A lovely lead-in of singed cedar and vanilla notes gives way to slightly taut, racy red and black currant fruit flavors that drive nicely through an iron-edged finish. Rather sleek and tightly focused, relying more on minerality than power.2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2023. (JM, Web-2016)"

Jancis Robinson: "Still very young. Very deep purple. Notably fragrant. Stil slightly tough on the end although there is already some aromatic evolution. Still a bit raw. Wait. 17.5/20 points." (08/2010)

K&L Notes: 92 Points from Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical, the 2000 Château Pontet-Canet is perhaps where things start getting interesting, as Alfred Tesseron's top-to-toe reconfiguration of the vineyard and vinification began to impact and ameliorate the wine. It has a lovely bouquet of blackberry and briary fruit, hints of black truffle developing, later damp earth. There is an intensity here, if not the complexity of the best millennial Pauillacs. The palate is medium-bodied with a mixture of red and black fruit, cedar and sous-bois percolating up through and rendering it a 'serious' Pontet-Canet in keeping with the vintage. There is a subtle and yet insistent grip on the finish. It has always been a tannic wine, but these are now softening, albeit at a slower pace than some might like. Therefore, I might be inclined to hold on to bottles for another 3-4 years. Tasted February 2016."

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 15, 2015

Although this has the depth, structure and balance to age many more years I really can't imagine it getting any better than it is right now. This is fabulously complex with smoky, woodsy blackberry fruit, steeped tea, leather and cigar box aromas and a creamy texture that seems to accent the sweetness of the fruit. The fine and subtle tannins on the graphite laced finish add tremendous length to this delicious wine.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 25, 2015

Pontet Canet makes great wines-ever since 1994. 2000 was a magical year and this wine is selling for half the price of the 2009.

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2010 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ($159.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of dried mushrooms, flowers, plums, nuts and cedar. Complex. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. I love the finish. Such elegance. Racy and very long. Superb. What a wine. I always love this. Drink or hold." (02/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine that shows immense harmony and inner poise. The powerful vintage is elegantly tempered in this expression thanks to the flowing and musical nature of the aromatic presentation. The bouquet opens to a steady pace with small berry nuances followed by spice, tobacco, pressed rose and moist earth. Dig deep and there is a bit of white truffle in there as well. The wine boasts a silky texture with a lean, tonic feel that excels in terms of length and persistence. It never feels too heavy or flat. In fact, the wine is brimming with inner energy and vitality. (ML)" (03/2016)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "The nose is still a bit closed but eventually reveals black-skinned berry, dark spice, iris and a whiff of tilled soil. The palate is more expressive and downright delicious, offering juicy black cherry, raspberry jam, cinnamon and a touch of exotic spice. Firm, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity provide the framework while a licorice note closes the lingering finish." (05/2016)

95 points Vinous: "Fuligni's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is deep, dense and powerful, with plenty of voluptuousness and inner sweetness for the year. Leather, menthol, spice, violet and licorice wrap around a core of intense, dark-fleshed fruit. The 2010 needs a few years to fully come together, but it is impressive, even today. Mocha, black cherry, plum and mentholated nuances are woven into the persistent, juicy finish. The 2010 spent three plus years in cask. (AG)" (02/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Saturated with ripe cherry, plum, dusty cocoa, tobacco and tea aromas and flavors. The solid tannins provide support but don't get in the way of the fruit and savory components. Finishes long and expansive. Best from 2019 through 2035." (06/2016)

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2013 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri ($169.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Fabulous structure for a Sassicaia with powerful, polished, chewy tannins and ripe, subtle fruit. Aromas of blueberry, black currant, rosemary and lavender. Full body, bright acidity and a savory finish. Juicy and lively. Better to drink this beginning in 2020 but so impressive now." (11/2016)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I had reviewed this wine just a few months prior and my impression has remained pretty much the same. One difference I did notice at this more recent tasting of the 2013 Bolgheri Sassicaia is the bouquet. It has shifted to slightly more delicate and finessed aromas of pressed flower and blue violets. You do of course get that solid core of dark fruit and spice that characterizes this famous Tuscan blend. But that extra time in the bottle has awarded wiggle room for profound precision and focused detailing. The wine's complexity emerges slowly with subtle notes of savory spice and tobacco. There is power and depth here, especially in terms of the mouthfeel. As the wine evolves in the glass, it begins to show ethereal tones of road paving, tar and licorice. This Sassicaia should go straight into the cellar. (ML)" (04/2017)

93-96 points Vinous: "Tasted from separate lots in barrel, the 2013 Sassicaia is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Rich, layered and expansive on the palate, the 2013 possesses remarkable depth, spherical texture and fine, silky tannins that wrap around the finish. A first sample, taken from a parcel in Mandrione shows remarkable perfume, while a second sample, from 40 year-old vines in Castiglioncello is all about density and power. There is a lot to look forward to here, that much is obvious. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A racy, tightly wound style, this offers violet, black currant, cherry, wild herb, spice and mineral flavors matched to a dense, smooth texture. Shows finesse and intensity in a seemingly effortless manner. The aftertaste is long and focused. Should provide years of pleasure. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2019 through 2035. (BS)" (08/2016)

2015 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru (Mommessin) (Pre-Arrival) - 11 available ($499.99)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was tasted both as separate cuvées from individual parcels around the vineyard (always a stimulating and insightful exercise) and of course, as the final blend, assembled in the same proportion as eventually bottled. It has a classic bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, hints of dried rose petals in a vase and a distant sea-spray scent that becomes more accentuated with time in the glass. There is a sense of restraint here, keeping lock and key on the precocity of the growing season. The palate is very well balanced with a superb line of razor-sharp acidity, palpable 'coolness' imparted by the assiduous early picking. It is equipped with fine tannin, imbued with natural poise and gathers more black fruit towards the finish that offers a subtle slate-like note. It is one of the best I have tasted from this ancient vineyard, so assured and regal, destined to last more than 30 years with ease. (NM)" (12/2016)

97 points Decanter: "There are eight lots here, and this is the likely definitive blend, which will be made final before bottling. Voluptuous red fruit nose displaying power, force and aromatic purity despite the new oak. Lovely attack, packed with fruit and a graceful acidity. Great clarity and precision, but it's no heavyweight, convincing by its intensity. There's 13.4% alcohol here but it's not apparent, and neither are the tannins. Harmonious and very long finish.Drinking Window 2019 - 2040" (02/2017)

93-96 points Vinous: "(an approximation of the final blend, including the young vines): Healthy dark red. Superb soil-driven nose combines raspberry, musky rocky minerality, roast coffee and subtle floral lift. Large-scaled but fresh and gripping; more juicy than chewy in texture, with its very concentrated yet delicate berry fruit complemented but not overshadowed by strong soil tones. Finishes with serious but suave tannins that arrive late and an exhilarating light touch. (Incidentally, I also tasted a few of this wine's components. My favorite was from old vines planted in the upper part of the Clos on white soil rich in soft marl and rocks. This sample displayed ineffable rose petal lift to its aromas of raspberry and bacon fat, and its utterly suave, seamless, perfumed palate reminded me a bit of a great Côte-Rôtie from the Côte Blonde. Another sample from very old vines planted in the bottom part of the Clos on a plate of limestone featuring very shallow topsoil combined terrific thrust and delicacy, a silky texture and a spherical quality that reminded me of Romanée-Conti. The wine's tannic touch was wonderfully refined. The young-vines component of Clos de Tart will contribute raspberry, spice and chocolate notes to the ultimate assemblage. While this sample seemed a bit facile--and not at the level of the other components--it will no doubt add an element of juiciness to the final blend.) (ST)" (01/2017)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Moderate wood frames very ripe aromas of plum, cassis, floral and ample spice and earth nuances. There is excellent richness to the opulent yet relatively refined big-bodied flavors that exhibit a subtle minerality on the powerful, mouth coating and driving finish that possesses outstanding complexity and persistence. There is a hint of warmth but overall this is quite well-balanced and the length is really quite remarkable. My sense is that while this will age effortlessly for decades, it should not be particularly difficult young." (01/2017)