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New Cellar Arrival: Highly Collectible Wines from Top Vintage and Estate - 11/03/2017 - Red Bordeaux

We’ve recently acquired a cellar filled with some of the most coveted wines from across the globe. Included are elite collectibles from Sine Qua Non, Masseto, Pahlmeyer, Spottswoode, and more. Many of these items are extremely rare and only limited quantities are available, so quick action is required. With impeccable provenance and in ideal conditions you can purchase these treasures with absolute confidence.

Some highlights of this parcel include a set of perfect scoring vintages from Masseto - 2001 (JS100), 2006 (WA100), and 2007 (WE100) We also have rare collectibles from Sine Qua Non including the 2012 "Rattrapante - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" (WA100), 2012 "Touche - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" (RP100), 2001 "Into the Dark" Grenache (WA99), as well as back vintage selections from Pahlmeyer and powerhouse bottlings from the Napa Valley icon Spottswoode.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
1995 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac 94 2 $99.99 View
1995 Clinet, Pomerol 96 3 $174.99 View
2008 Clinet, Pomerol (1.5L) 94 2 $224.99 View
2008 Clinet, Pomerol 94 4 $104.99 View
1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 98 2 $199.99 View
2005 d'Issan, Margaux 96 9 $129.99 View
2009 Feytit-Clinet, Pomerol 95 2 $89.99 View
1990 Figeac, St-Emilion 93 1 $249.99 View
2000 Figeac, St-Emilion 93 2 $159.99 View
2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac 95 1 $99.99 View
2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 100 9 $649.99 View
2005 La Gomerie, St-Emilion 95 7 $109.99 View
2010 La Confession, St-Emilion 93 11 $59.99 View
1976 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac 96 1 $599.99 View
2005 Lafleur, Pomerol 100 1 $1,649.99 View
2005 Larcis-Ducasse, St-Emilion 100 2 $269.99 View
2005 Latour, Pauillac 100 2 $929.99 View
1983 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien 94 2 $239.99 View
1995 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 94 19 $149.99 View
1982 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 95 1 $349.99 View
2005 Marojallia, Margaux 94 10 $99.99 View
1986 Montrose, St-Estèphe 95 2 $159.99 View
2009 Palmer, Margaux 98 2 $274.99 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) 100 2 $599.99 View
2000 Rol Valentin, St.-Emilion 94 5 $89.99 View
2010 Château de Puligny Montrachet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Folatières" 94 1 $89.99 View
2002 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 94 4 $129.99 View
2005 Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 96 3 $299.99 View
2008 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru 95 1 $429.99 View
2009 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 95 2 $199.99 View
2010 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru 95 3 $199.99 View
2010 Domaine Joseph Roty Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Fontenys" 93 1 $149.99 View
2010 Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Caillerets" 94 1 $79.99 View
2002 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses" 95 1 $59.99 View
2001 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $369.99 View
2008 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $324.99 View
2009 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $259.99 View
1992 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3L) 96 1 $499.99 View
2002 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 3 $134.99 View
2005 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 3 $199.99 View
2006 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 96 6 $199.99 View
2007 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 4 $219.99 View
2009 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 13 $199.99 View
1985 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 1 $109.99 View
2012 Harlan "The Maiden" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 93 2 $324.99 View
1994 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 2 $239.99 View
1995 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 2 $229.99 View
2006 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml) 95 5 $89.99 View
2009 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 2 $169.99 View
2002 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot (1.5L) 93 3 $169.99 View
2002 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot 95 8 $84.99 View
2008 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 93 2 $124.99 View
2008 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) 98 1 $419.99 View
2010 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Red (1.5L) 95 1 $349.99 View
2011 Peter Michael "Au Paradis" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 94 2 $174.99 View
2005 Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $119.99 View
2002 Quintessa Rutherford Bordeaux Blend 94 1 $119.99 View
2007 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously $480) 100 5 $399.99 View
2008 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $289.99 View
2001 Sine Qua Non "Midnight Oil" California Syrah 97 3 $479.99 View
2004 Sine Qua Non "Into the Dark" Central Coast Grenache 99 1 $479.99 View
2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Grenache 97 3 $339.99 View
2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Syrah 98 4 $339.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Rattrapante - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache 100 8 $599.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Touche - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 100 15 $599.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "In the Abstract" California White Blend 97 3 $199.99 View
2013 Sine Qua Non "Female" California Grenache 98 3 $259.99 View
2013 Sine Qua Non "Male" California Syrah 98 6 $274.99 View
2013 Sine Qua Non "Résisté" Central Coast Proprietary White (Previously $190) 97 6 $179.99 View
2001 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $249.99 View
2006 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 2 $159.99 View
2008 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 2 $139.99 View
2008 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend 99 3 $329.99 View
2008 Vérité "La Muse" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend 100 9 $349.99 View
2008 Vérité "Le Désir" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend 100 11 $349.99 View
1999 Moët & Chandon "Cuvée Dom Pérignon" Brut Champagne 93 3 $169.99 View
1998 Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge 98 1 $249.99 View
1999 Chapoutier Ermitage "L'Ermite" Rouge 96 1 $274.99 View
2007 Château de Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes 99 5 $149.99 View
2001 Cuvée du Vatican "Réserve Sixtine" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 1 $64.99 View
2006 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 96 3 $99.99 View
2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 1 $79.99 View
2006 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 2 $74.99 View
2007 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 99 4 $119.99 View
2010 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 100 1 $199.99 View
2010 E. Guigal "Ex-Voto" Hermitage Rouge 100 2 $329.99 View
2003 M. Chapoutier "De l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc 99 1 $199.99 View
2007 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc 100 8 $324.99 View
1983 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage 98 1 $199.99 View
2002 Glaetzer "Amon-Ra" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia 96 7 $89.99 View
2004 Glaetzer "Godolphin" Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley South Australia 98 6 $89.99 View
2010 Torbreck "Run Rig" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia 100 1 $209.99 View
2001 Bodegas Numanthia-Termes "Numanthia" Toro 95 3 $89.99 View
2002 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero 95 6 $329.99 View
2010 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino 100 6 $199.99 View
2006 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 95 4 $79.99 View
1999 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino 98 24 $109.99 View
2001 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 97 1 $124.99 View
2006 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 94 2 $54.99 View
2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana 100 1 $1,099.99 View
2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana 99 1 $799.99 View
2005 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana 96 1 $699.99 View
2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore 97 1 $199.99 View
2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana 100 1 $899.99 View
2007 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana 100 1 $699.99 View
2008 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana 99 1 $649.99 View
2008 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore 97 2 $189.99 View
2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana 96 2 $579.99 View
2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore 97 2 $199.99 View
2001 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri 94 1 $239.99 View
1999 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 97 2 $229.99 View
1999 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 93 3 $129.99 View
2013 Cayuse "Flying Pig" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend 93 1 $159.99 View
2013 Cayuse "The Lovers" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah 93 1 $159.99 View
2010 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Grenache 94 1 $129.99 View
2010 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 95 1 $149.99 View
2011 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Grenache 95 1 $119.99 View
2011 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 95 1 $129.99 View
2012 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 96 1 $139.99 View


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1995 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac - 2 available ($99.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of black licorice, currant and blackberry. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very tight, yet with air it comes around wonderfully. Give it time. This was always one of the buys of the vintage. (JS, Web2007)"

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1995 Clinet, Pomerol - 3 available ($174.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another extraordinary wine made in a backward vin de garde style, the 1995 Clinet represents the essence of Pomerol. The blackberry, cassis liqueur-like fruit of this wine is awesome. The color is saturated black/purple, and the wine extremely full-bodied and powerful with layers of glycerin-imbued fruit, massive richness, plenty of licorice, blackberry, and cassis flavors, full body, and a thick, unctuous texture. This is a dense, impressive offering from administrator Jean-Michel Arcaute. (RP)" (02/1998)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Wild aromas of forest fruits, coffee and toasted oak follow through to a rich and decadent palate with full body and a long chewy finish. This still needs time. (JS, Web-2007)"

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2008 Clinet, Pomerol (1.5L) - 2 available ($224.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another resounding success for the vintage, the opaque purple-colored 2008 Clinet (14.4% alcohol) is composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare, while higher than in 2010, were still modest. Another powerful, big, large-scaled effort, the 2008 exhibits an inky/purple color as well as sweet creme de cassis, blackberry, plum, Asian spice, licorice and incense notes. Layered and full-bodied with stunning purity and a 40+ second finish, this beauty needs 3-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25-30 years." (05/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, rich and almost flashy, with gorgeous spice, mocha and warm raspberry ganache notes up front, followed by darker fig, currant, graphite and black tea on the long, racy finish. Accessible now, this will be a real winner when it knits together fully. Best from 2013 through 2019." (04/2011)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dark-colored wine, with smoky, bitter chocolate flavors: cocoa plus spice and jammy black plums. Its powerful, densely textured, finishing with good acidity." (04/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, balsamic vinegar and minerals. Offers a rich mouthfeel, with pure, fresh balsamic plum and black cherry flavors nicely framed by strong acidity. Finishes with impressive persistence, although some biting tannins currently detract from the wine's overall charm." (06/2009)

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2008 Clinet, Pomerol - 4 available ($104.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another resounding success for the vintage, the opaque purple-colored 2008 Clinet (14.4% alcohol) is composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare, while higher than in 2010, were still modest. Another powerful, big, large-scaled effort, the 2008 exhibits an inky/purple color as well as sweet creme de cassis, blackberry, plum, Asian spice, licorice and incense notes. Layered and full-bodied with stunning purity and a 40+ second finish, this beauty needs 3-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25-30 years. (94+) (RP)" (05/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, rich and almost flashy, with gorgeous spice, mocha and warm raspberry ganache notes up front, followed by darker fig, currant, graphite and black tea on the long, racy finish. Accessible now, this will be a real winner when it knits together fully. Best from 2013 through 2019. (JM)" (04/2011)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dark-colored wine, with smoky, bitter chocolate flavors: cocoa plus spice and jammy black plums. Its powerful, densely textured, finishing with good acidity. (RV)" (04/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Exotic Pomerol scents of dark chocolate and violet complemented by sexy oak tones. Lush and large-scaled; a bit youthfully undifferentiated today, but the flavors of cherry-cola, cassis and licorice are compellingly creamy and sweet. Finishes with serious, broad, supple tannins and very good length. (ST)" (08/2011)

90 points Vinous: "Full ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, balsamic vinegar and minerals. Offers a rich mouthfeel, with pure, fresh balsamic plum and black cherry flavors nicely framed by strong acidity. Finishes with impressive persistence, although some biting tannins currently detract from the wine's overall charm. (ID)" (05/2009)

90 points James Suckling: "Smoky and fruity, with dark fruits and spices. Full body, chewy tannins, with an excellent core of fruit underneath it all. This needs time to mellow. Give it at least three or four years. (JS)" (12/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark crimson. Lively top note. Thick and sweet. Not the prettiest aspect of Pomerol but certainly not unappealing. Modern idiom. Needs lots of time. Sort of Clinet-esque. 17/20 points. Drink 2018-2030. (JR)" (01/2012)

K&L Notes: ** Smoky nose and flavor. Intriguing wine. A bit international in style, but I like it very much.

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1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe - 2 available ($199.99)

98 points Decanter: "This has to be one of the wines of the vintage. More deft and cedary than the bigger boned 1986 vintage (also tasted), this is light delicate and elegant. Again, ink and spice on the nose, with stunning cedar and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of undergrowth, graphite and cigar box. Beautifully fresh with sublime melting tannins. (JS)" (11/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the château, the 1996 Cos d'Estournel was aged in 65% new oak (unlike the 1995 which was 100%) and is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has a straight down the line, intense and focused, graphite and melted tar bouquet. It is almost Pauillac in style, no surprise given its proximity. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity, finer tannin than the 1986 Cos d'Estournel tasted alongside, but sharing those same leitmotifs of black pepper and sea salt. I like the nonchalance of this Cos d'Estournel. At 20 years it is not an ostentatious wine, not determined to go out and impress, but its nuance, stylishness and classicism grow on you. Its virtues seem to register only after you swallow the wine and find yourself tempted back for more. Excellent. (NM)" (10/2016)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated deep ruby. Ineffable aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice and Havana tobacco. Rich, dense and thick; powerful but harmonious. Layered texture over a strong backbone. Very long on the palate, with thoroughly ripe, noble Cabernet tannins. Superb. (ST)" (05/1999)

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2005 d'Issan, Margaux - 9 available ($129.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The more serious grand vin twin, the 2005 dIssan, has a stunning nose of spring flowers, blackcurrant and blue/black fruits galore, and an impressively opaque dark plum/purple color. With a rich, concentrated and pure mouthfeel, wonderfully sweet tannin, full-bodied density and richness, but elegance in abundance, this is a stunner, and one of the great Margaux of the vintage. Drink it now and over the next 20 years. (RP)" (06/2015)

95 points James Suckling: "Lots of sweet tea leaf with mineral and currant character. Stone undertones, too. Full body, firm tannins and a tight finish. One of the best ever from here with beautifully polished tannins. This needs at least three hours of decanting now. A wine for the future. Better in 2019." (03/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Displays blackberry and black licorice aromas, with some tar. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Tight and structured. Needs time. Best after 2013. (JS)" (03/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Fine and still middle-aged but promising. Sweet and red." (05/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby-red. Currant and game on the slightly jammy nose. Sweet, rich and suave, with good intensity to the game, jammy fruit and nutty oak flavors. In a soft style, finishing with substantial ripe tannins." (06/2008)

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2009 Feytit-Clinet, Pomerol - 2 available ($89.99)

92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Blackberry and licorice, with spices. Tar. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a round and beautiful finish. So silky and beautiful. Lovely texture. (Web-2010)"

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dominated by Merlot (95%) blended with a small amount of Cabernet Franc (5%), with 14.5% natural alcohol, it exhibits an opaque blue/purple color as well as a bouquet reminiscent of blueberry pie intermixed with espresso beans, black raspberries, charcoal and graphite. Full-bodied, thick and juicy with undeniable purity, a layered mouthfeel and abundant but sweet tannins, this exceptional Pomerol should be ready for prime time drinking in 5-8 years and last for at least three decades. Unfortunately, there are just over 1,300 cases produced. This estate has been coming on strong over the last decade and the 2009 is their finest effort to date." (02/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright red-ruby. Wild, meaty aromas of black raspberry, roast coffee, minerals, toffee and smoky oak; very Pomerol. Pliant and sweet, with superb depth and an utterly seamless texture to the flavors of black raspberry, mocha and roast coffee. As plush as this Pomerol is, it easily maintains its shape. Dusty tannins spread out to saturate the palate on the long, generous finish. A superb result for this property." (07/2012)

K&L Notes: *+V From Clyde Beffa: "I bought eight cases of Feytit-Clinet's 1970 vintage for $4 per bottle. The '09 price will be higher, but so is the quality. Should be a great value. Chocolate aromas. Seamless, with a black licorice finish. Pure Pomerol."

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 22, 2015

One of the great old time names in Bordeaux-I remember the 1970 fondly. This fabulous year and great terroir make for superb wine for the cellar. Tons of blackberry fruit.

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1990 Figeac, St-Emilion - 1 available ($249.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red. Initially cool aromas of cherry, blackberry, minerals, iron and menthol; an initial musty note dissipated with aeration. Sweet, supple and layered, with a deeply spicy Cabernet component. Lovely ripe acids give clarity to the very rich flavors. Finishes with superb firmness and persistence. An excellent vintage for Figeac." (08/2002)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Ruby color. Interesting aromas of plums, leaves and berries. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a ripe fruit and chocolate aftertaste. Rich and chunky Figeac." (08/2000)

Jancis Robinson: "In magnum. Sweet and lovely. Is this on its way to becoming a 1959? It's a little loose but it's certainly pretty good and livelier than most 1990s. (18/20 points)" (05/2010)

K&L Notes: Ready-to-drink St-Emilion!

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2000 Figeac, St-Emilion - 2 available ($159.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Spices, herbs, plums, and meat on the nose. Full and round, with soft tannins and a beautiful finish. Chocolate and fruit everywhere. Give this another two or three years. Pull the cork in 2013." (05/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Overt rosemary, bay and tobacco notes lead the way, backed by dark fig and steeped black currant fruit flavors at the core. The finish is loamy-edged, with a serious tug of earth. There's nice flesh and density here, though I like where this is now, rather than wanting to wait too much longer.2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2020. (JM, Web-2016)"

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " It is some years since I last tasted the 2000 Figeac. There is a valid argument that it is being eclipsed by the 2001, but it is still a fine Saint Emilion. The nose is clean and fresh with strong graphite aromas, very Left Bank in style with black truffle and smoky notes developing. (NM)" (08/2016)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Wild, expressive aromas of black raspberry, cedar, lead pencil, mocha, coffee and animal fur. Fat, silky and lush yet dry; a thick, round Figeac with impressive volume. Even the Merlot in 2000 showed solid structure. Like the 2001, this shows an intriguing burnt note. Finishes with big but suave tannins and lingering notes of cherry, chocolate and black olive. The richest of these three vintages by a wide margin. (ST)" (06/2003)

K&L Notes: Big, dense, and chewy, the Figeac is full of ripe middle fruit, balanced by firm but ripe tannins. Here is a wine of great purity. As good as their 1982? Should age well.

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

The stars are aligned. This wine vies with Cheval Blanc in 2000. Clyde scores it 95. Superb wine!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 26, 2015

An exception for the right bank, Figeac is composed of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and only 30% Merlot. My favorite of the right bank flight, and a serious contender for wine of the night! The Figeac was natural, effortless claret that had a lovely herbal bouquet with hints of both olives and chocolate. This had the complexity, but also the drinkability that makes me want to spend more time and drink more of it. It was flawless texturally; layered, medium bodied and fresh and lifted on the back end. Lots of flavor and complexity can be had here without any cost to freshness But your wallet will feel it! What a bottle!

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2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac - 1 available ($99.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Complex and decadent. Blackberries and black currants, with fresh herbs on the nose. Tea too. Full body, with soft tannins and an earthy finish. Juicy wine. Turns to pure black currants. Best in 2018." (02/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Performing better from bottle than it did from cask (and comparable to their wines 2005, 2000, 1990 and 1982), this is a great classic from Xavier Borie's estate situated on the back roads west of the town of Pauillac. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by hints of spring flowers, crushed rocks, black currants, cedar and earth/underbrush. Precise and elegant as well as backward and foreboding, it should put on weight in the bottle and evolve for two decades. Very concentrated as well as velvety-textured, it is a beauty of finesse, balance, purity and nobility. It will benefit from 5-7 more years of bottle age. (RP)" (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Ripe, slightly high-toned aromas and flavors of cassis and chocolate, lifted by cedar and minerals. Then more dark berries and minerals in the mouth, complicated by a candied violet nuance. Not particularly large-scaled in what is a generally exotic, very ripe vintage, but intensely flavored and very well delineated, offering an enticing combination of ripeness and energy for the year. The long finish features a suave tannic backbone and repeating notes of dark berries and violet. (ST)" (07/2012)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2013

People are often surprised when I tell them that my favorite 5th Growth Pauillac is not Lynch Bages but rather its close neighbor Grand-Put-Lacoste. Currants,blackberries,cedar,graphite,earth and mineral meld effortlessly in this sleek and powerful wine where the copius fruit is held at bay by the sheer structure. Wine this balanced is difficult to resist but this classic will greatly reward several years of bottle age and could be cellared for well over a decade.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 19, 2013

This blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc is brooding, backward Pauillac for the long haul. The nose is extraordinary; lead pencil, black currant and high class gravelly earth are all in harmony. On the palate the wine is tense, packed and unyielding. The finish is powerfully tannic but also powerfully complex, hinting at the bright future that this wine has. This wine is from the old school, and is not a 2009 to open early, but the patient will be rewarded, as this Grand-Puy-Lacoste has the structure to unfold like the 1982 has. I am happy to see that wines like this are still being made in Bordeaux.

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2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 9 available ($649.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the wines of the vintage, the 2000 has barely budged in its evolution since it was bottled and released in 2002. After ten years in bottle, it still reveals a dense opaque purple color along with a potentially sensational bouquet of blueberries, black currants, graphite, asphalt and background oak. Extremely powerful, full-bodied and superbly concentrated with good acidity and high but round tannins, this massive La Mission-Haut-Brion should take its place among this estates most hallowed vintages when it hits full maturity in another one to two decades. I was surprised by just how youthful this wine tasted at age 12. If tasted blind, I would have guessed it to be around 4 to 5 years old. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050. (RP)" (08/2012)

95 points Vinous: "Saturated ruby-red. Full-blown aromas of dark berries, smoked meat, tobacco and iron. Lush, thick and ripe; really builds steadily in the mouth and explodes on the back end. Quintessential La Mission notes of tobacco, minerals, tar and hot stones. Today the 2001 seems even more sharply etched but this is denser, riper and deeper, with perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes very long, with huge, palate-coating tannins. (ST)" (05/2003)

95 points James Suckling: "This is tight and beautiful, with a firm tannin structure and a beautiful silky texture. Full and concentrated, with a destiny. In the glass it keeps evolving, notes of iodine, spices, cedar, and earth tempt the senses. This still needs some time to come together. Dont touch it until 2015." (05/2012)

K&L Notes: 97 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Farr Vintner's La Mission dinner. The 2000 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion seems remarkably backward compared to the 2005. Sultry and broody, it reluctantly reveals very pure scents of blackberry, blueberry, iodine that are joined by black olive compote with time. The palate is smooth and mellow, slightly viscous in texture betraying the concentrating within this almost saturnine La Mission Haut-Brion. This is a powerful wine, one that will only be tamed by time. Drink 2018-2045." (05/2014)

2005 La Gomerie, St-Emilion - 7 available ($109.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As usual, La Gomeries 2005 is a sexy, dense plum/purple-tinged effort. From a 7-acre, 32-year old site planted with 100% Merlot, it exhibits a sumptuous bouquet of white chocolate, roasted coffee, blackberries, black cherries, graphite, and toasty oak. This is a modern-styled, decadently rich St.-Emilion, but because of the vintages higher acidity and more tannic structure, this offering possesses a more classic framework than usual. (RP)" (04/2008)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dark purple black in color, showing intense aromas of blackberry, licorice and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This offers loads of coffee, milk chocolate, toasty oak and ripe fruit, with wonderful concentration and polish. (JS)" (03/2008)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby-red. Extravagantly ripe aromas of plum, game, smoke, bitter chocolate and musky espresso. Broad, fat and sweet, with a compelling mouthfilling texture. Wonderfully pliant wine, finishing with uncommonly sweet tannins and terrific breadth and length. A great vintage for this property. (ST)" (05/2008)

2010 La Confession, St-Emilion - 11 available ($59.99)

92-93 points James Suckling: "Solid and structure with mineral and blueberry character. Long and silky. Intense and balanced. Confession of high quality here." (04/2011)

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

90-93 points Wine Spectator: "ery ripe and flattering, with loads of linzer torte, cassis and crushed cherry fruit, but well-supported by notes of cocoa, graphite and toasty spice. The finish is long and grippy. Very solid. (Web 2011)"

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1976 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac - 1 available ($599.99)

96 points James Suckling: "This is the wine of the vintage. I love the rosewater, currants and citrus character to this now. It's still full body yet so ethereal. It goes on and on in the finish turning creamy and citrusy." (10/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1976 Lafite clearly stands far above the crowd in this vintage. A beautiful bouquet of seductive cedarwood, spices, and ripe fruit precedes a very concentrated, darkly colored wine, with great length and texture. Some amber is just beginning to appear at the edge. The 1976 has turned out to be the best Lafite of the '70s. (RP)" (01/1998)

Wine Spectator: "Very good in quality. It has very herbal, currantlike aromas, with smooth fruit and herb flavors and some smoky accents." (11/1991)

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 with an amazing and prestigious history.

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2005 Lafleur, Pomerol - 1 available ($1,649.99)

100 points Wine Spectator: "Exhibits a complex nose of crushed blackberry, dried flowers and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, with a rich, powerful palate. Tannic and muscular, with great length. Superracy. Builds and goes and goes. So fine and beautiful. Mythic. Best after 2017." (03/08) 95+ points Robert Parker: "The 2005 Lafleur is tight and austere at present, but unquestionably enormously endowed. It displays a dense ruby/purple hue as well as a beautiful bouquet that only emerges with coaxing. Aeration is essential in order to release the subtle, restrained scents of licorice, kirsch liqueur, black truffles, and flowers. In the mouth, there is compelling richness, depth, and intensity, but the wine’s power, full body, forbiddingly backward style, and high tannins suggest significant cellaring will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050." (04/08)

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2005 Larcis-Ducasse, St-Emilion - 2 available ($269.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With an unbelievable nose of licorice, tapenade, black cherry and blackcurrant liqueur, as well as full body, super-sweet tannin, and astonishing richness and length, this prodigious effort in 2005 announced the resurrection of this great terroir on the slopes near Château Pavie. Dark garnet/plum/purple, this is compelling stuff and drinkable already, but capable of lasting another 25-30 years. This beauty is not to be missed! (RP)" (06/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2005 Larcis Ducasse offers an intriguing interplay of bright, lifted aromatics and intense tannins that still need time to soften. The 2005 Larcis does not offer the sheer appeal that so many other 2005s do today. That is probably a good thing for its future potential, but readers should be prepared to cellar the 2005 for at least a few years. (AG) 95+" (03/2017)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Superripe, vibrant nose offers cherry, blueberry, blackberry, mocha and fruity dark chocolate. Rich and wonderfully fine-grained, with excellent acidity leavening the impression of superripeness and giving cut to the intense dark berry, plum and mineral flavors. Finishes very long and lush, with a fine dusting of tannins and noteworthy subtlety. With its 14.5% alcohol, this is a big boy, but its energy and balance are impressive for such an opulent wine. (ST)" (05/2008)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is well-stuffed, with juicy bramble, cassis bush, blackberry paste and plum sauce flavors that are nicely backlit by floral and mineral notes. Still very compact on the finish but with excellent energy, this stands out from the pack, showing more briar than chalk in the structure. A mouthwatering, vivacious wine that will stretch out nicely with some extended cellaring. (JS, Web-2013)"

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2005 Latour, Pauillac - 2 available ($929.99)

100 points James Suckling: "A very complex nose of lavender, currants, spices, and hot stones. Full and dense on the palate, with a very tight structure. The tannins have a perfect polish to their density, and the finish is very intense, with wonderful fruit and truffle character. This turns almost decadent, with tremendous energy and a constantly changing profile. This is a very challenging wine to get to know, please leave this for at least ten years." (02/2011)

100 points Wine & Spirits: "How rare to confront a wine of this inner strength and perfect form. Grown at a 116-acre vineyard at the southern border of Pauillac, some of the vines now reaching 100 years of age on a gravel bar overlooking the Gironde, Latour harvests Cabernet Sauvignon with natural power. I could describe it as colors, from glistening ruby to purple-black then back to scarlet tannins that vibrate in red. Or just the pure, unadulterated flavor of black currant, unformed as a child is unformed, beautiful as a child is beautiful. However I might describe it, the wine is stronger than I am and will outlast me by decades. This is the most provocative and most brilliant Latour I have tasted on release." (10/2008)

100 points Wine Enthusiast: "A great wine, the summation of a great vintage in Bordeaux. The core of richness, the dense, bone-dry tannins, the black currants, red berries and black plum skins are the elements, but its the way they have been integrated that makes this such an impressive wine. There is great elegance as well, a fabulous counterpoint to such power. Cellar for at least 15 years, but this will keep forever. *Cellar Selection*" (06/2008)

99 points Wine Spectator: "Dark ruby black in color. Brilliant, intense aromas of mineral, blackberry and currant, with hints of Indian spices and cigar box, lead to a full-bodied palate, with ultrafine tannins and a beautiful balance of blackberry, raspberry and mineral. There's subtlety, yet also great depth. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is a Latour with fabulous tone and vigor. (JS)" (03/2008)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Latour (87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) is a spectacular effort from Château Latour. It has an inky plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose of graphite, crème de cassis, and floral notes with some forest floor in the background. It is full-bodied, super-concentrated, and for my taste, probably one of the two or three most intense, rich, and complex wines of the entire Médoc. The wine has great texture, purity and a finish of close to 40 or 45 seconds. The tannins are surprisingly sweet, even in this large-scaled, masculine wine. Drink it over the next 50+ years. (RP)" (06/2015)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Reticent, brooding aromas of cassis, black plum, graphite and flowers. Then utterly explosive in the mouth, with wonderful sappy complexity of flavor and a thickness of texture that builds and builds toward the back; almost no sign of the new oak here. Offers a near-magical combination of power and refinement, but this extremely primary wine is still an infant. Finishes with extraordinary persistence that leaves the palate vibrating. One of the greatest young Bordeaux I've tasted in recent years, and more complete and classic than the outrageously lush 2003. For his part, Engerer feels that this wine combines the best traits of the 2003 and 2000 Latours. I made the mistake of retasting the 2007 after trying this, and the tannins of the younger wine came off as dry by comparison. (ST)" (06/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid to dark ruby a less impenetrable colour than I would have expected. Savoury, meaty nose. And then some unexpectedly polished tannins. This is far from the monster you might expect from the combination of property and vintage. Quite readable and fine. Quite a surprise. Marked acidity. The building blocks are there but they have yet to be put together. (18/20 points)" (01/2015)

K&L Notes: 98 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Château Latour 2005 has an outgoing and ebullient bouquet with blackberries, wild strawberry, minerals and wilted rose petals. It has great intensity and authority, a bouquet that is polished but not over-buffed. The palate is full-bodied with a silky smooth entry. The acidity is beautifully judged, layers of small red cherries, raspberry and cedar, with graphite revealed towards the long and persistent finish with startling architecture. Outstanding." (02/2015)

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1983 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien - 2 available ($239.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Las-Cases off-line at The Square. Many years have passed since I last tasted the 83 Las-Cases. It is reticent at first, like and old tongue-tied friend entering the room, then it blossoms with aeration offering scents of leather, chestnut, brambly black fruit and freshly rolled tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with melted red-berry fruits, firm tannins and superb balance. Hints of bell pepper and sandalwood furnish the long, harmonious finish. This is a wonderful wine for the vintage that is drinking perfectly now. (NM-Wine Journal)" (07/2011)

Wine Spectator: "A deceptive Bordeaux which shows extremely gamy, roasted, ripe fruit character, medium body and a silky, slightly austere mouthfeel." (10/1994)

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1995 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien ($149.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted wonderful in October 2000. A meaty rich ripe nose of cassis, mulberry and cherry. Full-bodied and expansive structure. Approachable with layers of strawberries and red fruits. A rich voluptuous Barton that should be ready in 2-3 yrs. Then blind in April 2005. A very attractive nose with a slight under-ripeness that lends it freshness and vitality. The palate is well-balanced with toasty new oak. But quite backward compared to others with a dense sweet, chocolate tinged finish. Quite modern in style on the surface, but you can tell that there is a robust classic structure underneath. (NM)" (03/2005)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A beautiful wine, with layers of ripe fruit, berry, cedar, vanilla and light spice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Very, very classy stuff. (JS, Web-2007)"

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very good ruby-red. Currant, tobacco, game and roasted nuts on the expressive nose. Full, supple and sweetly oaky. Also wears its oak more gracefully. Very long on the finish, with ripe, tongue-coating tannins. (ST)" (06/1998)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark lustrous ruby. Quite evolved nose. Scented. Hint of linseed oil. Solid, well balanced, lots of stuffing and the tannins are well managed - almost imperceptible until the very end of the palate." (03/2011)

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1982 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 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. Drink now." (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. --Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical. (JS, Web Only-2007)"

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beautifully mature with sweet, sun-drenched black currant, fig, roasted herb and loamy soil characteristics, the dark plum/garnet-colored 1982 possesses opulent, fleshy flavors and a full-bodied finish. All the tannins are resolved, the acidity is low and this deliciously savory, rich wine is in full bloom. Drink the complex, beautiful 1982 now and over the next decade. (RP)" (08/2011)

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: "A beautiful wine that was minty fresh, fragrant, sweet and gorgeous. I ended up writing 'gorgeous' twice and 'beautiful' once, I see from my handwritten notes. (19/20 points)" (03/2015)

2005 Marojallia, Margaux ($99.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Billing itself as the first garage wine from the appellation of Margaux, this comes from a property owned by Philippe Porcheron. The wine, made with meticulous care by the partnership of Muriel Andraud and Jean-Luc Thunevin, consistently performs well above its pedigree. Still youthful, exuberant and rich, this wine has a dense ruby/purple color and beautiful notes of violets, graphite and crème de cassis as well as some blueberry fruit. It is well-endowed, medium to full-bodied, and stunningly proportioned. This wine should continue to evolve and drink well for another 15 or more years. (RP)" (06/2015)

90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby color. Very rich, deep aromas of kirsch and chocolate liqueur. Superripe, sweet and concentrated, with surprising lift and energy to the plush, layered flavors of dark berries, fruity dark chocolate and leather. Finishes impressively long, with chewy, firm tannins and enticing sweet oak. A superb vintage for this Margaux. I am partial to this style. (ST)" (05/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This is dark, with intense aromas of crushed blackberry, currant, tar and mineral. Full-bodied, with a superrich palate of ripe berry, raspberry tart and vanilla. Soft and caressing, with loads of fruit. (JS)" (03/2008)

89-91 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Barrel Sample* This micro-property, vinified by Jean-Luc Thunevin, has produced a huge, dense wine, powered by dark tannins. It's impressive, even if it has little connection with Margaux. (RV)" (06/2006)

1986 Montrose, St-Estèphe - 2 available ($159.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderful clean berry fruit with currant, light mint and mineral following through to a full, firm palate with long, silky tannins and a mineral, berry and spice aftertaste. Lovely wine. Firm. This is squeaky clean and beautiful. Enjoyable now but better to wait a few years still. (JS, Web-2006)"

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the château, the 1986 Montrose is a wine that I had not tasted for many years and up until now, I was concerned about whether there was sufficient fruit to balance its sturdy, obdurate tannins. A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc picked between 30 September and 16 October, it has a similar core to the 1986 Cos d'Estournel, albeit with a slight wider bricked rim. The nose is pleasant and quite floral, not as rich or as opulent as the Cos d'Estournel, quite refined with cedar and undergrowth aromas, then pencil lead that becomes more dominant with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, a fresh line of acidity, a little more leather coming through towards the finish with commendable weight and focus, if not quite the exuberance of the best 1986s. It is drinking perfectly now. Though a long way behind the 1989 and 1990 Montrose, this conservative Saint Estephe will continue to give 15-20 years more pleasure. (NM)" (03/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson much deeper than the 1985. Correct, dense, slightly austere at present. Very fragrant and correct but still much marked by extremely fine tannins on the palate. Very dry finish. 17.5/20 Points" (09/2005)

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2009 Palmer, Margaux - 2 available ($274.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This has such class and power. Aromas of blueberries and blackberries, with hints of violets. Full-bodied, with polished tannins and a juicy finish. Solid and extremely pretty. Fabulous finish. Try in 2020." (02/2012)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* A beautiful wine, with the firmest tannins surrounded by perfumed fruit. It is dense, of course, but this density is balanced with great elegance, blackberry fruits, sweetness and final juicy acidity. The wine is structured, a powerhouse of concentration while preserving this complete style." (02/2012)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and that-s exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years. (RP)" (02/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium red. Very ripe aromas of boysenberry, chocolate, violet and minerals. Wonderfully silky and intense, with terrific complexity to its dark berry, floral and minerals flavors. Most impressive today on the building, vibrant finish, which boasts a solid structure for at least mid-term aging. With 72 hours in the recorked bottle, this wine showed a texture of liquid velvet, with its seductive raspberry and chocolate flavors kept fresh by sound acidity. A beauty." (07/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is on another level from most in the appellation, with gorgeous layers of warm currant confiture, smoldering tobacco, licorice snap, warm paving stone and anise all framed by tarry but integrated grip. Stays sleek and well-defined through the finish. Should age beautifully. Best from 2015 through 2030. Tasted twice, with consistent notes." (03/2012)

K&L Notes: This is a big wine, with laser-like focus and mineral undertones. Tons of blueberry and and other dark berry flavors. Super-concentrated, but elegant at the same time. Built to last with great minerality, structured tannins and a beautiful, long finish.

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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) - 2 available ($599.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075. (RP)" (12/2011)

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning aromas of fresh flowers, with blueberries, blackberries and currants that follow through to a full body, with super balance and finesse. The tannins are super polished. Such class here. Best ever from here. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try in 2018." (02/2012)

96 points Vinous: "Bright, full ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite and leather. Like liquid velvet on entry, then energetic and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with penetrating minerality intensifying the pristine dark berry flavors. Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which shows suave, noble tannins and a magically light touch for such an intense wine. This wine is remarkably tastable today but it's also built for 30+ years of aging. (ST)" (07/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is amazingly expressive now considering how huge it is, with stunning espresso and warm fig confiture aromas followed by lush layer after layer of blackberry paste, cassis and plum sauce. A terrific loam underpinning strides in on the finish, which is weighty but sports serious cut. Equal parts fruit and earth. Best from 2018 through 2038. (JM)" (03/2012)

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** A fabulous wine. Tons of spicy black fruits. At property: Plummy, oaky aromas with chocolate undertones. No edges. Serenity.

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Tart blackberry fruit with a touch of spice and good acidity. Bright and fresh.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2013

So sweet, plush and fruity that the tannins were hardly noticeable.

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Dark blue fruit. Very fragrant.

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Tart berries and spice. Bright and lively. Superb weight and texture.

2000 Rol Valentin, St.-Emilion - 5 available ($89.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Performing even better than I remember, former proprietor Eric Prissettes 2000 may be the finest wine he ever made at this modestly sized St.-Emilion estate. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color with little evolution, abundant notes of melted licorice, black currants, blackberries, coffee, and chocolate, and a hint of toasty oak in the background. It is a full-bodied, layered, rich wine to enjoy over the next decade. (RP)" (06/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby-red. Sexy, smoky aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, musky espresso, chocolate and smoke. Lush, fat and expressive, with very sweet flavors of black raspberry, kirsch, game and chocolate; already rather open-knit. With its compelling volume, glyceral texture and uncanny mouth coverage, this could easily be mistaken for a top California wine. Finishes with a very fine dusting of tannins and lingering sweetness. Will offer great early appeal. (ST)" (05/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Still youthful, with engaging blueberry and blackberry confiture flavors that have nice energy, pushed by singed apple wood and licorice notes but staying fresh thanks to brambly tannins. Still has a ways to go.2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2023. (JM, Web-2016)"

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2010 Château de Puligny Montrachet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Folatières" - 1 available ($89.99)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale, bright yellow. Precise aromas of stone fruits, flowers, minerals and wet stone. Dense and glyceral but almost painfully backward today, with terrific floral cut lifting and intensifying the wine's mid-palate fruits and minerals. The juicy, rising finish stimulates the salivary glands. This wine should evolve positively in bottle for a long time. 94(+?) points." (09/2012)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a .52 ha parcel situated in the middle of the vineyard) Discreet oak notes don't compromise the expressiveness of the white peach and overtly exotic fruit aromas that introduce concentrated, naturally sweet and textured medium plus weight flavors that possess a seductively textured mouth feel and fine intensity. This is certainly very pretty if not exactly typical. Still this is a quality effort though not really my style. Drink: 2017+" (01/2012)

K&L Notes: Burghound writes: "(from a 52 Ha parcel) As noted in Issue 6, Etienne de Montille of Domaine de Montille...is now the régisseur (general manager) of this old Domaine, replacing Claude Schneider. de Montille has already made a number of important changes, including moving the viticulture to biodynamic farming principles..."

2002 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru - 4 available ($129.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Solid, rich wine, which is piled with tannins and beautifully crafted black fruits, acidity and firm tannins. (RV)" (09/2004)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I loved the 2002 Le Corton (domaine). A structured, powerful wine with loads in reserve, it reveals aromas reminiscent of spice-laced red cherries, stones, and fresh herbs. On the palate, this medium-bodied effort has outstanding depth, concentration, and length. Cherry pits and fleshy black raspberries are intermingled with rocks as well as blackberries in its complex flavor profile. (PR)" (06/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Game and smoke aromas, with a whiff of currant leaf and a strong impression of soil tones. Big, chewy and lush, but with rather reticent flavors of licorice, minerals, menthol and earth. This is all potential today, finishing very subtle, long and strong, with terrific clarity, freshness and grip. (ST)" (04/2005)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, displaying kirsch and wild cherry aromas and flavors, accented by rosemary and earth. Tannins need time to integrate. (BS)" (05/2005)

2005 Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru - 3 available ($299.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ah, now this is a real Grand Cru! It has a wonderful, lively nose of dark cherries, dark chocolate, citrus lemon orange peel perhaps. It just rushes up from the glass to greet your senses and utterly seduce them with its charms. The palate is very pure with a certain ravishing quality, an open, ebullient wine with supple, saturated tannins, vibrant acidity and great nervosite towards the minerally finish. Drink 2012-2030. (NM)" (11/2008)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An exuberantly spicy and ripe nose of red and black cherries nuanced by hints of smoke, anise and crushed herb merges seamlessly into classy, seductive and opulently textured flavors that are borderline thick as there is so much dry extract and sap on the sweet and palate staining finish. This is a big Griotte yet it remains balanced, focused, delineated and delivers flat out tremendous persistence. A wow wine." (01/2008)

2008 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru - 1 available ($429.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Naturally Lachauxs 2008 Romanee Saint-Vivant bats last in the Arnoux line-up, but in addition, this vintage it puts every wine that came before it in the collection into perspective, and all but the Reignots in the shade (not that as a group these werent already noir enough Pinots). Sumptuous black fruits accented by fruit pit piquancy; complex if to some extent ineffable, decadent forest floor and mineral notes; exotic spices, rich chocolate, and heady floral perfume all are on display in this seamlessly-rich, already velvet-textured beauty whose structure is implicit but deeply-buried. Yet there is not an ounce of superfluous fat or a bit of superficial sweetness, and there is that vibratory resonance possessed by the exceptional wines of this vintage. There are around 140 cases of this not a small quantity by the standards of top-notch grand cru Burgundy though of course a bottle will cost you dearly. I suspect it will be among the last 2008s to still be seducing a few lucky wine lovers 25 or more years from now. (DS)" (06/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good dark red. Less showy today than the Suchots but deep and nuanced, offering notes of blackberry, violet and licorice. Pure but reticent on the palate, with silky, sappy dark fruit and spice flavors complemented by harmonious oak. Bigger and thicker than the Suchots yet wonderfully elegant. A bit brooding today and hiding its complexity and subtlety, but this will be a knockout. Saturates every square millimeter of the palate on the very long finish. Lachaux recommends drinking it for its glorious fruit in 2 or 3 years or holding it for 10 to 15. (ST) 94+" (03/2011)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is quite similar to the Suchots in many respects, especially aromatically but there are more dimensions present as the RSV is finer, deeper, more elegant and more complex. The middle weight and reserved flavors are supple and relatively forward, indeed there is a tenderness, even a delicacy to them, all wrapped in a naturally sweet, seductive and hauntingly long finish. Lovely in every respect." (01/2011)

2009 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru ($199.99)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A wonderfully fresh, cool and complex nose of wet stone and airy red berry fruit coupled with hints of underbrush and pungent Gevrey-style earth serves as a worthy foil for the detailed, intense and gorgeously energetic middle weight flavors that possess real verve on the refined, pure and stunningly long finish. This is a serious effort yet the ripeness of the '09 vintage tames the natural austerity of the terroir." (01/2011)

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2010 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru - 3 available ($199.99)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A fresh but quite restrained and noticeably cool nose of herb and stone-infused wild red berry fruit aromas precedes impressively intense, powerful and agreeably rich medium-bodied flavors that ooze a fine minerality on the wonderfully detailed flavors that explode on the mouth coating and overtly stony finish. Like the Suchots, this is one impressive effort with outstanding upside potential though note that at least 15 years of cellar time will be required." (01/2012)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full, bright medium red. Aromas of small wild dark berries, licorice, coffee and sweet oak perked up by pepper and herbs. Fat and sweet, but without quite the definition of the Reignots, Clos Vougeot or Echezeaux. With its creamy, candied qualities and herbal edge, this suggests a wider range of fruit ripeness than most of the other 2010s here. A bit clenched on the back. (ST)" (01/2012)

2010 Domaine Joseph Roty Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Fontenys" ($149.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(75% new oak): Good dark red. Ripe, vibrant nose offers kirsch, redcurrant, cedar and a whiff of black pepper. At once silky-sweet and tangy, with lovely inner-mouth energy to the fine-grained red and darker fruit flavors. Notes of violet and minerals emerge with air. Finishes broad, lively and long, with harmonious acidity and ripe tannins giving the wine solid structure for aging. More refined than the 2011 version. (ST)" (03/2013)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An attractively layered and enveloping nose of black cherry and black raspberry is set off by subtle earth, spice and wood nuances. There is real verve to the wonderfully fresh and seductively textured flavors that exude a fine minerality on the balanced, delicious, dusty and long finish where a discreet if not invisible touch of wood appears. I like the balance and depth and the wood will probably integrate in time. *Outstanding*" (01/2013)

2010 Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Caillerets" ($79.99)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: " *Outstanding* This is also quite restrained with a similarly styled nose of cool mineral-reduction, citrus zest and dried white flower aromas. There is a wonderful sense of underlying tension to the stony, intense and beautifully well-delineated flavors that possess excellent length on the impeccably well-balanced finish. The class of a fine Caillerets is on display here." (06/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright straw-yellow. Lemon, coconut and vanilla on the slightly exotic nose. Fat, rich and pliant on the front half, mouthfilling without coming across as heavy. Then ripe but a bit youthfully aggressive on the back, with strong lemony fruit carrying through to a long, bracing finish. This energetic wine is very young. 93+ (ST)" (09/2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* A signature wine for Girardin, this is powerful and rich, with apricot, quince and green plum fruits that are layered within the taut texture. A toast note rounds out this complex, ageworthy wine. (RV)" (11/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A powerful, strapping white, boasting lemon, apple, mineral and spice flavors, all marshaled by bracing acidity. Lean and coiled, this delivers a lingering floral, citrus and mineral aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2026. (BS)" (07/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Chassagne-Montrachet Clos du Cailleret comes across as cool, inward and reticent. It is a gorgeous, complete wine loaded with both fruit and minerality. Accordingly, the Clos du Cailleret needs time to come together. The age of the vines and the high percentage of shot berries contribute to the richness and sheer weight of the fruit. This is a promising wine, but it needs time. The Clos du Cailleret is the last parcel harvested at the maison. 92+ (AG)" (08/2014)

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2002 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses" - 1 available ($59.99)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Extremely subtle smoke and wood spice blend with classic Chablis green apple and crushed oyster shell aromas that precede gorgeously complex, ripe, painfully intense flavors that are less angular than the Bouguerots. This doesn't have the same power but it's actually a more complete and harmonious wine, at least at this point with top flight elegance and an unmistakably sense of class and grace. I very much like this as it's a bit more understated yet possesses great flavor authority and precision on the fantastically long finish." (10/2003)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Produced from a 2.55 hectare parcel (6.3 acres), the magnificent 2002 Chablis Les Preuses (domaine) has a complex nose of smoky slate and spices. Medium-bodied, deep, rich, and satin-textured, it reveals an inspiring character of outstanding depth, concentration, focus, and length. Loads of creamy seashells are intermingled with flint and pears in its detailed yet powerful core. (PR)" (02/2004)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pure, sweet aromas of lime blossom, minerals and flinty soil; offers much more lift today than the Cote de Bouguerots. Then very ripe but racy on the palate, with creamy-sweet citrus and stone flavors enlivened by bracing acidity. Wonderfully fresh, supple grand cru Chablis with superb inner-mouth energy. Finishes very long, lush and sweet, with a whiplash of fruits and stone. 'A real competition wine,' notes Hervet, 'always more showy early on than the Valmur and the Clos.' (ST)" (07/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "Green and round and deep. A big, bold Chablis perhaps too big for purists, but certainly impressive. Long term. 18.5/20 points (JR)" (01/2004)

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2001 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($369.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A compelling example of this noble terroir in the northeastern sector of Napa Valley, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard still has a dense purple color and possesses a seamless personality with spectacular notes of licorice, incense, black raspberries, black currants, crushed rock, and spring flowers. Stunningly full-bodied, multi-layered, with great purity and expression, this fabulous wine is still youthful but very accessible, as the tannins are velvety and well-integrated. This wine will keep aging beautifully for a minimum of another quarter century. Bravo! (RP)" (06/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Warm and inviting aromas of plum, mocha, tobacco, smoke and spices. Rich, silky and suave, with mellow, claret-like flavors of currant, plum, tobacco and mocha. Pure, layered and stylish wine, finishing with substantial but lush tannins and subtle persistence. One can see the hand of consulting enologist Michel Rolland in this wine. (ST)" (06/2004)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderful complexity, depth and finesse, with layers of mocha, espresso, currant, wild berry and vanila bean flavors that are sharply focused, finishing with tight yet supple tannins and a long, rich aftertaste with layers of complexity. (JL)" (11/2004)

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2008 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($324.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is breathtaking. Everything is in the right place in this dazzling, superb Cabernet Sauvignon. Layers of dark fruit, plums, camphor, licorice and espresso emerge from this effortless, gracious wine. The integration of fruit, tannin and French oak (100% new) is simply phenomenal. There is a dark, brooding quality to the 2008 that is immensely appealing. This is a stunning wine from Araujo. The 2008 is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. (AG) 97+" (12/2011)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Dense, rich and enormously concentrated, mixing power with finesse. Pure, ripe, riveting aromas of blackberry, blueberry, currant, sage, cedar, espresso and mocha lead to a full-bodied palate, firming beautifully on the finish, where the flavors glide along and gain traction. (JL)" (11/2011)

95 points James Suckling: "I have tasted this a number of times now, and it is exciting stuff with loads of energy. A nice combination of the power of 2007 and the complexity of 2006. Fabulous nose of sweet tobacco, blackberries that turn to porcini mushroom and brambleberry. It's almost ginger root in character too. Full and very soft with gorgeous round and delicious tannins and a subtle, long, long finish. Hints of coffee and vanilla. Very subtle. So beautiful now. Balanced and refined." (06/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Reticent but pure aromas of black cherry, black tea and flowers. Densely packed and youthfully tight, with juicy, high-pitched flavors of sweet dark fruits, leather and licorice. At once lush and perfumed, showing lovely vibrancy for a wine from this hot site. The long, building finish displays the firm tannic structure for a graceful evolution in bottle. This has turned out very well. (ST) 94+" (06/2011)

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2009 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($259.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is one of the great wines of the vintage. It brings together gorgeous aromatics, juicy, expressive red fruit and silky tannins. Now seemingly past a period of closure post-bottling, the 2009 looks like a wine that will drink well pretty much throughout its entire life. The 2009 is a totally sexy Cabernet endowed with stunning depth and a rich, enveloping personality. This is pure Araujo and pure Eisele. (AG)" (12/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red-ruby. Musky, deep nose offers crushed blackberry, cassis, graphite and coffee. Wonderfully sweet and rich, displaying an uncanny combination of textural thickness and verve. Strong crushed rock minerality gives this beauty an extremely youthful quality. The very long, palate-staining finish features big but suave tannins and outstanding harmoniousness. The pH of 3.73 is 'not too high' for this consistently superb wine, says winemaker Nigel Kinsman. (ST)" (05/2012)

93-94 points James Suckling: "This is just one component of the final blend. It is a vineyard that was planted in 1964. It is block 3...it went into the 1971 Ridge and 1974 Conn Creek. Joe used to call it gold. This is full bodied and rich with a beautiful sea shell and olive character. Very fine on the palate with chewy tannins. Complex and beautiful, with loads going on." (02/2011)

1992 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3L) - 1 available ($499.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The opaque-colored 1992 exhibits a huge, chocolatey, smoky nose crammed with gobs of black fruits, This soft, voluptuously-textured, full-bodied wine boasts remarkable concentration and purity. It is a round, flattering, luscious style of Cabernet Sauvignon that will be hard to resist when young...Beringer has once again proven that they are one of the qualitative leaders in California as they continue to turn out reference point wines - not only for California, but the world." (12/1995)

Wine Spectator: "A solid effort, with a mix of intense currant, earth, cedar, juniper berry and tarry notes. Complex and concentrated, it firms up on the finish, with dry, earthy tannins.--'92 California Cabernet retrospective." On the Top 100 Wine Spectator Wines in 1995" (05/2003)

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2002 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($134.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This appears to be one of the great efforts from Chateau Montelena, something I think I was correct about when I gave it an 'in the bottle' rating in 2006 of 95+. It is still an amazingly young wine that came from old vines on the famous St. George rootstock that did not require replanting because of the phylloxera epidemic that swept through Napa in the late 1980's and 1990's. Despite its lofty 14.4% alcohol (high by Montelena standards) and the overall flamboyance of the 2002 vintage, it needs another 4-6 years of cellaring. This young, classic Cabernet Sauvignon represents the quintessential traditional school of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a tight, but promising nose of black currants, crushed rocks, earth and spice. Rich, full-bodied, pure and brilliantly executed, with perfect harmony, this is a sensational yet forebodingly backward, youthful Cabernet Sauvignon that needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep another quarter of a century. (RP) 96+" (06/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose combines musky redcurrant and tobacco. Plush, broad and fine-grained; atypically sexy and showy for this wine, in much the same way that Montelena's basic 2002 Napa Cabernet is unusually pliant and rich. Finishes with big, dusty, but rather suave tannins. This offers early accessibility but has the material and structure for extended aging. The alcohol here is 14.3%, the highest since the 1978, which was 14.4%. (ST)" (06/2005)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Right now this wine is strutting its stuff, showing dense, fudge-like scents of tobacco, cassis and whiffs of vanilla and coconut and flavors of blackberry with lashings of vanilla and cocoa. But like many vintages of Montelena, expect this one to shut down in another year only to reemerge as a beauty around age 10 or 12. Another classic. *Cellar Selection*" (09/2006)

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2005 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 3 available ($199.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot (note that rarely is any Merlot utilized at the historic Napanook Estate in Yountville). The alcohol, by California standards, is a relatively modest 14.1%. Blending the best of French savoir faire with the brilliant fruit purity and ripeness of Napa Valley, Moueix has turned in another tour de force that seems far superior today than it did when it was first released. This is one of the vintage's greatest wines. Dense purple and youthful, with a glorious nose of earth, blackcurrants, sweet black cherries and incense, the oak is pushed way in the background, as it is in all of the Moueix wines, and the result is a wine of terroir, of great originality and authenticity. This full-bodied classic from Dominus can be drunk now, but really won't hit its prime for another 4-5 years and last at least another two decades or more. (RP)" (06/2015)

95 points James Suckling: "This is very pure fruit for Dominus. This will be interesting to see how it develops in the future. 2008 was a very small crop. Very perfumed and beautiful, with currants, flowers, and notes of mint. Full-bodied, with round velvety tannins that lead up to a chocolate and ripe berry finish. This is showing great fruit, and a great finish. Structurally this is like a 2005 La Mission." (06/2011)

95 points Vinous: "Dark red-ruby. Knockout nose combines raspberry, plum, mocha, game, minerals and tobacco. Offers alluring Right Bank sweetness but also superb energy and definition; a lovely combination of Old World nuance and dark Napa Valley fruit. As suave and fine-grained as this wine is, it's also penetrating and gripping, stony and high-pitched. Finishes with terrific tannic spine and mineral reserve. This very youthful wine still has upside. (ST)" (05/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "More balanced than the overripe 2004, the 05 Dominus is marked by dryness and firm tannins. Its an obvious cellar candidate. Those tannins, along with unresolved acidity, give the wine a tough, almost rustic grittiness now. But theres an enormous core of black currants, crushed blackberries, anise and cedar thats deep and balanced. Should develop bottle complexity over many years, perhaps as long as 15. *Cellar Selection*" (11/2008)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "A quick glance at this wine may leave the impression that it is a bit too tough and tannic and not quite as rich in fruit as it could be, but a second and third look finds it unfolding and revealing ever more richness and depth. As it opens, it shows elements of dark cherries, loam, sweet cream and touch of pencil-box spice, and its layered flavors are rife with curranty fruit that powers past its considerable tannins. As in vintages past, this latest opus from Dominus is a wine meant for keeping, and eight to ten years of cellaring seems a minimum wait. *Two Stars*" (08/2008)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "This vintage produced a more feminine style than is typical of Dominus. It's bright, sweet and floral, with scents of candied violets over chocolate-rich tannins. There is a grit and detail to those tannins, but it is masked for now in youthful fruit. There's also a zest to the wine that implies it has the energy to live long into maturity." (10/2008)

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2006 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 6 available ($199.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Starting to take on the tertiary character of ripe fruit and savory components with dusty tannins. Full and round with a lovely texture and a light salty, meaty and tobacco character. Forest floor. Sweet and sour. Just opening." (10/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Very deep garnet-purple colour. A wonderfully perfumed nose of violets, crushed blackberries, black cherries, mace and cloves leading into some smoked meat and mocha aromas with swirling. Very structured on the palate with high acidity, a medium to high level of fine tannins and a full body providing plenty of flesh in the mid-palate. Very long layered finish. (LPB)" (05/2010)

94 points Vinous: "Bright red-ruby. Lovely floral lift contributes precision to the aromas of raspberry, rose petal and licorice. Sweet, high-pitched and sharply delineated; velvety but not thick. There's a juicy quality to the ripe red fruit, mineral and graphite flavors, not to mention a firm underlying spine, that promises a long and positive evolution in bottle. Quite young but not austere, finishing with building tannins and lovely lift. The lingering perfume of red fruits, pepper, flowers and licorice is unusually complex. A really superb 2006, seemingly every bit as good as the sensational 2005. (ST) 94+" (06/2010)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Youthfully floral and tight, this vintage of Dominus is a big wine that holds all of its weight behind a powerful structure. And it's the power of that structure that is front and center-red apple-skin acidity and walnut-skin tannin-needing a ribeye with plenty of fat to bring the fruit out of its cage. Stay with it and the wine's earthiness begins to meld with the blueberry and chocolate richness. But it's all completely primary. Put this away for ten years, and drink the Napanook while it matures." (12/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Unless you knew that this was Dominus and had tasted older vintages, you might not be impressed. In its youth the wine is tannic and dry and linear. However, it is Dominus and it does need cellaring. Right now it shows blackberry, black currant, cedar and bakers chocolate flavors. Will slowly open and reach maturity after 2011, and could easily develop for far longer. *Cellar Selection*" (12/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "Very deep crimson and extremely intense, exciting, vibrant nose. Very dry finish but with lots of tannin and great mouth presence and grip. True savour. Tense and much drier than most Napa Cabernets. Glossy and seductive though with a heavy tannic charge. (JR) 17.5/20 points" (10/2013)

K&L Notes: One of the SF Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2009.

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2007 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 4 available ($219.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Dominus, the quintessential model of haute couture, is pure elegance exhibiting a seamless integration of wood, tannin, alcohol and acidity as well as a complex bouquet of cedar, new saddle leather, sweet kirsch, black currant and plum fruit and a notion of licorice. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years. (RP)" (12/2010)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " Easily the greatest Dominus in memory. Comes down on the drier, lower alcohol and less ripe side than many Cabs in its league, yet lacks for nothing in complexity and sheer deliciousness. Tantalizes with blackberry tart, cherry, carob bean and a Pinot Noir-esque cola-rhubarb richness that retreats behind rich tannins and an earthiness suggesting sweet blond tobacco and dried sage. Clearly ageable, it will develop bottle complexity over the next 12 years, at least. Its 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a few drops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. *Top 100 Cellar Selections 2010*" (11/2010)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "Pure Cabernet in its curranty blackness, this is a top vintage of Dominus: It has the precision and elegance of a wine from a great vineyard. The aromas of currants and black figs meld with the mineral tightness of the tannin; there's suppleness to the tannin that points up red tones in the fruit, seeming to glow from within. The wine is comforting and challenging at once, holding its freshness and bearing as it evolves over the course of several days. This should thrive in the cellar for two decades or more." (12/2010)

95 points Vinous: "Saturated dark red with ruby tones. Bordeaux-like scents of currant, black cherry, blackberry, cedar, mocha and spicecake, with a cool medicinal note adding interest. This very suave, fine-grained wine starts closed but juicy, then builds steadily along its length (like a good Cuban cigar!), with flavors of dark berries, licorice and sweet spices continuing through a juicy, rising finish that leaves the palate vibrating. A very subtle wine of great finesse and insidious intensity, though not particularly Napa-like in its texture or weight. The tannins really dust the palate and linger. This very distinctive wine has a long life ahead of it. (ST)" (05/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "Lots of forest berries and flowers in the nose. On the palate, it is thick and very rich, with big plummy fruit and a light raisin aftertaste. Chewy, round, and very generous on the palate. This still needs some time to come together. Leave this alone for another three to four years." (02/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Another very good vintage. Dark glossy crimson. Complex and seductive nose -- more immediately accessible than the 2006. Round and fresh and lovely supple tannins. Already gorgeous. Lift of the heels. Real lift overall. Round. Clean. Tannins lurk but they are fresh and ripe.18.5/20 points" (10/2013)

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2009 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($199.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning nose of lavender and flowers. Currants and raspberries. Subtle and intriguing. Full and dense but wonderfully balanced with firm and silky tannins and a persistent finish. Dusty texture. A wine so balanced that you want to drink it already. Better in 2017." (10/2012)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Dominus saw about 40% new oak compared to the 20% for Napanook. A seamless classic, it offers a symphony of red and black currants, Asian plum sauce, lavender, and underbrush. Sweet Christmas fruitcake characteristics emerge from this magnificent Dominus that finished at 14.5% natural alcohol (slightly higher than usual). The seamless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol, the brilliant length and overall compelling complexity and richness make it one of the great classics from this historic estate. It should drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

97 points Vinous: "The 2009 Dominus has closed down quite a bit since I last tasted it. Today, all of the glorious fruit of the vintage is hiding behind a serious wall of tannin. The 2009 still possesses gorgeous inner perfume and plenty of sweetness, but little of the sexiness that will emerge over time. From time to time, the utter genius of the 2009 shows a glimpse of its potential. There is little doubt the 2009 will be a jewel once it awakens from what might very well be a long slumber. This is another wine that begs for patience. 97+ (AG)" (12/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby-red color, more saturated than the Napanook. Knockout floral lift to the aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, blond tobacco, almond and mint. Suave, savory and extremely precise, with penetrating flavors of dark berries, licorice, minerals and cocoa powder. The Petit Verdot component acts as an amplifier of aromas and flavors, notes winemaker Tod Mostero, 'like a good seasoning.' Medicinal in a Bordeaux way. The finishes shows outstanding length, noteworthy juiciness, and firm, noble tannins. A great vintage for Dominus." (05/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Delightfully harmonious given its intensity, with complex aromas of savory herbs, flowers, ripe and dried currant and berry, crushed rock and cedar flavors. Well-proportioned, focused and persistent. Very youthful and vibrant. (JL)" (10/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Warm and sweet, almost burnt, on the nose and very round until refined, almost burnt chocolatey notes on the palate. But lovely and cool on the finish. Very clean and glossy. Lovely balance. Is it a fault to be too pleasant at a young age? Even rounder than the 2007. 18/20 points. (JR)" (11/2013)

K&L Notes: Christian Moueix owns some of the most remarkable estates in Bordeaux--La Fleur-Petrus, Hosanna, and Trotanoy among them, so it should come as no surprise that his California project would be equally remarkable. From the exceptional 2009 vintage, this Dominus is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. Meant for aging, this reveals tight, dark berry fruit, hints of incense and minerals now. Give it some air if you open it soon, or find a cozy place in your cellar to let it rest for the next five years or more. San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "This vintage of Christian Moueix's California legend shines by sheer density. An expanse of fresh black fruit, espresso, burnt thyme, gravel, ink, and a sweet blackberry bramble, with big tannins and thickness. Yet it firms up and focuses with time, showing the sheer power and timelessness of the Yountville benchland and the Napanook vineyard."

1985 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($109.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 Wines of 1998, Cellar Selection* Intense and concentrated, packed with ripe cassis, cherry and currant flavors that are rich and elegant. The acidity and tannins are crisp and juicy, offering great potential for the cellar. A real mouthful of Cabernet." (09/1988)

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2012 Harlan "The Maiden" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($324.99)

93 points Vinous: "The 2012 The Maiden is super-refined, polished and expressive. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, mint, pine and cinnamon are some of the signatures. Open-knit and medium in body, the Maiden is racy and super-polished to the core. It is feminine, lifted in style and well-suited to near-term drinking. (AG)" (10/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 The Maiden displays soft blackcurrant liqueur notes, as well as cedar wood, forest floor, underbrush, and hints of white chocolate and espresso. It is broad, savory, sexy and opulent. Drink it over the next 12-15+ years. (RP)" (10/2015)

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1994 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($239.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1994 boasts an inky/purple color along with a glorious nose of black raspberries, blackberries and black currants that is still somewhat primary despite nearly 18 years in bottle. The Phelps team kept this cuvee in 100% new French oak for 28 months. Its magnificent structure, intensity and purity of fruit, ripeness, balance combined with authoritative power and the magnetic appeal of this full-bodied, Bordeaux-styled wine are extraordinary. This amazing effort is just coming into its best years, and should drink well for at least another 15-20 years. (RP)" (11/2013)

93 points Vinous: "Healthy bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, tobacco, truffle and smoke are distinctly darker than those of the 1990. Wonderfully suave, fine-grained wine with superb intensity and retention of dark fruit flavors. Harmonious acidity and a firm tannic spine give this wine noteworthy thrust and extend the finish. The wine's 10% Merlot component was partly from the cooler Hudson and Hyde vineyards in Carneros. This impeccably balanced wine remains remarkably fresh. (ST)" (04/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A tremendous wine that combines dark, rich, deeply concentrated flavors with a sense of grace and finesse. This is still a bold, potent youngster, with a wealth of currant, mocha, anise and sage flavors. The tannins are big, too, but they're ripe and they let the rich flavors push through. (JL)" (11/2004)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at “The Wine Treasury” vertical. Yes, yes, yes. An adorable bouquet soars from the glass: expressive black cherries, plum, mint, burning autumn fires and a touch of pain grille. Wonderful definition, with a hint of menthol developing with time. The palate is full-bodied and very focused, opulent ripe black fruits inflected with dark chocolate and leather, later a touch of orange zest. It has a beguiling sense of beauty, but merits cellaring for 10-15 years." (11/2009)

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1995 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($229.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine of great intensity and richness, it displays classic notes of licorice, barbecue smoke, creme de cassis, cedarwood and forest floor. Full-bodied with sensational purity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a long, voluptuous finish with no hard edges, it has only reached mid-adolescence, and has at least two decades of life ahead of it. (RP)" (11/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very Bordeaux-like in its complex cedar, currant and anise aromas. Firm, concentrated and still quite tannic, it is bold and rich, with layers of currant, plum, mineral, cedar and tobacco flavors, many of which are still in their youthful primary stage. While it is certainly approachable (best decanted) it appears to have the concentration and stuffing to go another decade. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. (JL, Web-2005)"

K&L Notes: 96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at 'The Wine Treasury' vertical. Another bewitching Insignia, here again with lifted, high-toned black fruits with hints of espresso and Provencal herbs. Every swirl of the glass and that bouquet gains ever more intensity and complexity. The palate is full-bodied, a lot of extraction here and there is some new oak still to be subsumed into the fabric of this ambitious, decadent but beautifully crafted Insignia. Comparing it against the 1994, this 1995 would seem to be the vintage born with the most longevity. Full of nuance and style. Awesome." (11/2009)

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2006 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml) - 5 available ($89.99)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Already amazingly seductive with wonderfully rich aromas of sweet oak, cocoa and fully expressed fruit making a first-rate introduction, this riveting young wine in no way lets up on the palate and delivers deep, multi-faceted flavors that combine ripeness, sweet oak and very precise fruit in near-perfect proportion. As is often the case with Insignia bottlings, it is so beautifully balanced that it invites early drinking, and, while we do not condemn giving in to its charms, we also would lobby strongly for patience as its best years lie down the line. *Three Stars*" (12/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Insignia possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as copious amounts of cassis, but has not yet developed secondary nuances. It remains a big, full-throttle, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine with 14.5% natural alcohol, impressive purity, sweet tannin, decent acidity and a monolithic personality. Everything needed for a graceful evolution is present, and the 2006 should keep for another two decades. (RP)" (11/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "There are $15 Cabs that are better to drink now. This is so strong and fruity, so oaky, so tannic, it just overwhelms the palate in its extreme youth. Just massive in blackberries, black currants, coffee, cocoa, dried herbs and 100% new, smoky-sweet French. Ridiculous to open it anytime soon. Desperately needs time in the bottle, and the point score reflects potential. *Cellar Selection*" (03/2010)

92 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Aromas of cassis, briary blackberry, mocha and black tea, plus a rocky, flinty minerality unlike any previous vintage of Insignia. Silky-sweet and fine-grained but with noteworthy energy to its dark berry, tar and mineral flavors. Finishes with huge tannins and slowly building length. This brooding, closed wine still needs time to absorb more of its tannins. (ST) 92+" (04/2016)

92 points James Suckling: "A wonderful nose of chocolate, blueberries, and cherries. Full and velvety on the palate, with glorious fruit and fine tannins. Long and juicy with the fruit in balance. Give this about three to four years." (04/2011)

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2009 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($169.99)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide: "It is quite clear by now that 2009 is proving to be a standout year for Cabernet, but within the crowd of outstanding wines, this one holds its head just a bit higher. It is, as Insignia always is, a wine of exceptional crafting and polish, and yet in this outing, it seems to have an extra measure of richness and fruity strength, not to mention plenty of grippy structural tannins. There is an almost brooding aspect about it that suggests that it is not yet even close to showing all that it has, and it looks very likely to be among the more age-worthy and longest lived Insignias of recent years. Bravo!" (12/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine continues a long-standing tradition, showing a mastery of the art of blending. It's made using grapes that are sourced from at least six vineyards scattered from Yountville to St. Helena. Right out of the bottle, it's a soft, smoothly tannic wine that's rich in blackberry jam, black currant, blueberry, raspberry, dark chocolate and spice flavors. The wine, which contains small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec, is so powerful, it easily carries the 100% new French oak. Just gorgeous now, and it should develop bottle complexity for at least the next 10 years." (12/2012)

95 points Vinous: "A gorgeous, totally voluptuous wine, the 2009 Insignia bursts from the glass with exuberant blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, cloves and cassis. In 2009, the Insignia is silky and polished, yet there is considerable underlying tannin that needs time to soften. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly to the huge, structured finish. I imagine the 2009 Insignia will enjoy a broad drinking window. It is striking today, but also clearly has the stuffing to age for many, many years. The 2009 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. (AG)" (12/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(Bright dark ruby. Rather brooding aromas of cassis and licorice. Very young, even a bit medicinal today, conveying intense black fruit and chocolate flavors and an element of thickness leavened by fresh acidity. This extremely primary wine finishes very long but strongly tannic, with its finishing fruit currently dominated by its spine. This wine was easier to taste upon its release in late 2012 and still needs a lot of time in the cellar. The winery started doing longer maceration in 2008 and 2009, said Hepworth, who also told me that there was heat in September but that the fruit in many spots was not fully ripe when four inches of rain fell in mid-October. Insignia, however, was made with fruit that was in by then. Phelps rushed to pick in Suscol owing to some mold growth but declassified the affected fruit. 'In 2009 we learned not to wait too long to pick,' said Hepworth, who rates 2009 and 2011 the trickiest vintages since she took over winemaking responsibilities in 2008. (ST, in Vinous) 93+" (04/2016)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Extravagantly rich, this seems to be perfumed by its tannins. Its heady, gravelly power and spicy black fruit is cut short in the finish, yielding to the wines alcohol. With several years in bottle, this will be ready to decant for a thick cut rib eye." (12/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Combines deep, ripe dark berry fruit with crushed rock, cedar and lead pencil notes. A step back in richness and complexity for Insignia, this is built for cellaring. Tannins have a green, bitter edge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JL)" (10/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This deep ruby/purple-colored offering is an elegant, medium-weight wine with sweet red and black currant fruit, dark cherry, loamy soil and foresty characteristics as well as ripe tannin. This should be an early maturing Insignia that evolves quickly, but positively over the next 10-12 years. (RP)" (11/2013)

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2002 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot (1.5L) - 3 available ($169.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer: "Full ruby-red. Roasted plum, blackberry, blueberry, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose. Intensely flavored and sweet, with harmonious acidity framing the complex, slightly saline flavors of dark berries and game. Finishes with lovely lift and length, with the fine-grained tannins arriving late. A strong vintage for this bottling." (May/Jun 05) 91 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, concentrated yet elegant wine, with layers of mocha, currant and blackberry fruit. Tightens up on the finish, where the tannins flex their muscles. Intensity of the oak suggests short-term cellaring." (05/05) 91 points Robert Parker: "The big, rich, layered, complex, opulent 2002 Merlot boasts an opaque purple color along with a rich bouquet of black fruits intermixed with chocolate, cocoa, and smoke. A seriously endowed effort with wonderful sweetness, a sensual tactile impression, and a long, heady finish, it will drink well for a decade." (02/05)

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2002 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot ($84.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2002 Merlot is the ultimate Merlot in terms of pure, seductive prowess. It possesses a dense purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of espresso roast, melted fudge, black currants, cherries and subtle smoke as well as earth, great intensity, and full-bodied opulence, in a voluptuous, juicy, unctuously textured style that cascades over the palate with no hard edges. This is haute couture of Merlot. Moreover, while it has always been open and accessible, this 2002 will last for another 15-20 years given its concentration. (RP)" (06/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Roasted plum, blackberry, blueberry, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose. Intensely flavored and sweet, with harmonious acidity framing the complex, slightly saline flavors of dark berries and game. Finishes with lovely lift and length, with the fine-grained tannins arriving late. A strong vintage for this bottling." (06/2005)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, concentrated yet elegant wine, with layers of mocha, currant and blackberry fruit. Tightens up on the finish, where the tannins flex their muscles. Intensity of the oak suggests short-term cellaring." (05/2005)

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2008 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($124.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Proprietary Red Wine blend (essentially a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec blended in) has a more opaque/purple color. With more graphite, blueberry and lilac notes, sweet tannin, medium to full body, and an elegant, gracious feel, it is more restrained than previous examples but has no shortage of richness and concentration. It looks to be a beauty in a Bordeaux style, with sweet tannins but loads of fruit--unmistakably California but French in structure. Drink it over the next 15+ years." (12/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Complex nose melds briary black raspberry, black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. Concentrated, lush and intense, with very good purity to the nicely delineated dark fruit, spice and floral flavors. A hint of wild herbs adds complexity. The serious, broad tannins are sweeter than those of the merlot and arrive late. Winemaker Erin Green notes that the 2008 reds have some light herbal qualities, 'but nothing like the 2005s or 2003s, which were both more complex after five years in the bottle." (06/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a mix of tight, structured cedar, graphite, pure black cherry, currant and wild berry flavors, with touches of anise and crushed rock, ending with firm, ripe tannins and good length. Drink now through 2020." (11/2011)

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2008 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($419.99)

98 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles - Top 100 Wines of 2011* Presents a dazzling array of flavors, along with focus, style and authenticity. Dark, dense and spicy, with dark berry, mineral, cedar,sage, roasted caraway and tobacco flavors, this is full-blown yet graceful and detailed, with a tremendous finish that reverberates with the joys of ripe, stylish Cabernet." (07/2011)

97 points James Suckling: "This is my favorite vintage of recent with loads of roses and plums and berries. Flower petals and sandalwood too. It's full-bodied and beautiful with firm tannins and a lovely balance. Fruity and long. Rich and juicy finish. Already gorgeous. Wonderful length. I would still wait until 2014." (06/2011)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Peter Michaels Bordeaux program is built around their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, Les Pavots. The 2008 Les Pavots, a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot, offers up notes of roasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate fudge, black currants, licorice and a hint of truffles. This full-bodied, beautifully rich red boasts an opulent texture, impressive purity and a long finish. Impressively made with impeccable attention to detail (it is sorted berry by berry rather than grape bunch by grape bunch), this 3,500-case cuvee should drink well for two decades or more. Quality-wise, the 2008 is just a notch behind the stratospheric 2007. (RP)" (02/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby. Alluring aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry compote, incense and pipe tobacco. Lush and creamy on entry, then firmer in the middle, offering sweet dark fruit flavors complicated by notes of candied rose, licorice and smoky herbs. Supple and palate-staining wine with superb finishing clarity and lingering sweetness." (06/2011)

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2010 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Red (1.5L) - 1 available ($349.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Les Pavots (3,000 cases produced) is composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. More backward and firmer than the 2009, it exhibits copious notes of chocolate fudge, creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, graphite and licorice as well as stunning concentration, full body, perfect balance and a massive personality. Still unevolved, it will benefit from several more years of bottle age, and should keep for three decades. (RP)" (12/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(made from 67% cabernet sauvignon, 17% cabernet franc, 14% merlot and 2% petit verdot; 70% new oak): Dark purple. Heady, floral-accented aromas of dark berry preserves, vanilla, mocha and black truffle, with a smoky overtone. Sappy, palate-staining blackberry and cassis flavors are lifted and braced by zesty mineral and spice notes and show excellent clarity. Becomes sweeter with air and finishes with superb energy, focus and persistence, with just a whisper of dusty tannins." (06/2013)

93 points Vinous: "The 2010 Les Pavots has come together nicely since last year. Black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice, grilled herbs and new leather burst from the glass. The 2010 is intense and explosive to the core, with terrific richness, volume and breadth. A huge, resonant finish rounds things out nicely. The 2010 Pavots is a classic Peter Michael red built on power and layers of flavor. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (02/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a ripe, generous mix of wild berry and dark berry, with dried herb, cedar, road tar and tobacco leaf elements imparting an herbal, Bordeaux-like presence. Gains focus and persistence on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. (JL)" (11/2013)

K&L Notes: Les Pavots is the winery's flagship Bordeaux-style blend from their 1,400-foot elevation Knights Valley estate vineyard at the foot of Mount Saint Helena. The blend is typically two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

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2011 Peter Michael "Au Paradis" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($174.99)

94 points James Suckling: "A Cabernet with clay, iron, meat, red soil and fresh fruit, as well as hints of fresh herbs. Full to medium body with fine tannins and a sweet-berry and spice character. So attractive now but will improve for many years to come. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. This is the first vintage." (05/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Peter Michaels newest offering, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis, is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc, the latter coming from the great red soils on the eastern hillsides that were first made famous by Dalla Valles Maya. The Au Paradis offers lots of black currant, cedar wood, unsmoked cigar tobacco and vanillin notes in a dense, full-bodied, impressive style, especially for a 2011. Sweet tannins auger well for drinking this cuvee now and over the next 15+ years. (RP)" (12/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Pungent, oak-spiced aromas of dried cherry, dark berries, licorice and mocha, with a subtle note of cracked pepper in the background. Penetrating bitter cherry and cassis flavors unfold slowly and pick up a richer plum jam character, with a spicy note adding lift. Closes smoky and long, with gentle, slow-building tannins and lingering spiciness. (ST)" (05/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Deftly balanced, firm, dense and tightly focused on earth- and mineral- laced currant and dark berry flavors. Lightly oaky and well-built, this ends with touches of graphite and pencil lead. Drink now through 2021." (10/2014)

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2005 Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($119.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is just beginning to enter its early plateau of maturity. Savory herbs, plums, graphite, rose petal, lavender and sage all open up in an exotic, beguiling Cabernets that exudes personality. The 2005 has enough depth and structure to drink well for another 20 years... A second bottle, tasted six months prior, was much deeper, inkier and explosive. (AG)" (10/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is a more closed and restrained style of wine, with firm tannins, Bordeaux-like austerity, but dense ruby/purple with notes of menthol, black currant liqueur, coffee, and a hint of olive. The wine is full-bodied, youthful, tannic, and a promising candidate for long-term cellaring. In fact this kind of vintage at Togni generally means laying the wine away for at least a decade, which is always good advice here. This may be a 30- to 40-year Togni Cabernet Sauvignon. (RP)" (12/2007)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby-red. Wild nose combines black raspberry, blackberry, coffee bean, licorice, leather and smoked meat, along with hints of menthol and smoky oak. Then almost surprisingly lush and sweet in the middle palate, with ripe acids giving shape to the sauvage blackcurrant and game flavors. Turns more austere on the back end, finishing with firm-edged tannins and very good length. Philip Togni told me he thinned the vines heavily in 2005 and ultimately brought in less crop than he did in 2006 or 2007. (ST)" (06/2008)

2002 Quintessa Rutherford Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($119.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The best Quintessa in years, this huge, rich wine is really too young now. All the parts are beautiful, from the ripe, sweet cherry-blackberry fruit through the fine, dusty tannins to the lush overlay of vanilla-scented oak. This will be a great wine by 2007 and should last for many years afterward." (12/2005)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A 9,500-case blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2002 Proprietary Red Wine boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as lovely scents of flowers, plums, black currants, and notions of cherries, earthy/loamy soil, and tobacco leaf. Clearly the richest Quintessa to date, it is medium to full-bodied, with a seamless integration of wood, tannin, and acidity. (RP)" (12/2003)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Sarah Gott made this wine at the Huneeus estate on the Silverado Trail just north of Rutherford. The wine has consistently been more about elegance than power or size, and this vintage follows in that path, offering a lot of presence without a lot of weight. That allows the texture to feel luscious and rich without feeling heavy. The fruit flavors range from juicy black cherry to riper plum, as well as an edge of super-ripeness that one taster compared to a ripasso wine." (12/2005)

Wine Spectator: "Sleek and focused, dark in color and rich in flavor, with full-bodied currant, mocha, blackberry and clove flavors that gain depth and complexity on the finish, leaving you hoping for a shade more length. On the aftertaste, the woody, leathery flavors stand out. (JL)" (11/2005)

Vinous: "Bright, saturated ruby-red. Sweet aromas of roasted plum, mocha, truffle, loam and maple syrup. Sweet, lush and broad, with fat flavors of currant and spices. Finishes with substantial, building, dusty tannins that coat the teeth. This would make a very good steakhouse red. (ST)" (05/2005)

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2007 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously $480) - 5 available ($399.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Easily the most massive, dense, and powerful wine of the evening, the 2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard is up there with the best of the best and certainly, one of the most monumental wines Ive ever tasted. A blend of 41% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, and 28% Syrah, it delivers a staggering array of red and black fruits, licorice, mineral, wood smoke, and floral qualities on the nose. Every bit as good on the palate, with full-bodied power, a weightless, detailed texture, and blockbuster length, this incredible effort is still an infant and needs another 2-3 years of bottle age; I wouldnt be surprised to see it have upwards of two decades or more of ultimate longevity. Hats off to proprietor Justin Smith for this awesome effort. (JebDunnuck.com)" (12/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Utter perfection, and one of the most profound Rhone Ranger wines I have ever tasted... As with many prodigious wines, the extraordinary freshness, purity, equilibrium, and singularity of this effort is breathtaking. Its dense purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary, incredibly pure, all enveloping, intense, sweet nose of black raspberries, kirsch, spring flowers, spice box, and pepper. Full-bodied with not a hard edge to be found, it is stunningly concentrated with unreal purity, a voluptuous texture, and remarkable freshness for a wine of such power, depth, and concentration. (RP)" (08/2009)

98 points Wine Spectator: "An amazing wine, dense, rich and layered, offering a mix of power and finesse, with concentrated dark berry fruit, mineral, sage, herb and cedar notes that are pure, intense, focused and persistent. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. *#1 of 2010 Top 100 Wines. Highly Recommended* (JL)" (02/2010)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple color. Spectacular nose combines black and blue fruit preserves, cola, smoky Indian spices and potpourri, with a vibrant mineral underpinning. Juicy, vibrant and focused, offering sweet boysenberry and blueberry flavors and suave floral pastille and allspice qualities. Deeply concentrated but lithe, with superb finishing clarity and a spicy, endless finish. (JR)" (11/2009)

97 points Vinous: "(41% grenache, 31% mourvedre and 28% syrah) Inky purple color. Spectacular nose combines black and blue fruit preserves, cola, smoky Indian spices and potpourri, with a vibrant mineral underpinning. Juicy, vibrant and focused, offering sweet boysenberry and blueberry flavors and suave floral pastille and allspice qualities. Deeply concentrated but lithe, with superb finishing clarity and a spicy, endless finish. I also retasted the 2006 James Berry Vineyard and it is in a highly expressive, juicy phase right now, with strong, sweet red and dark berry flavors and excellent clarity. I suspect that my score of 94 last year was low by a point. And the 2008 version, tasted from barrel, looks at least as good as this 2007. (JR)" (11/2009)

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2008 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($289.99)

96 points James Suckling: "I can't wait to taste this in bottle. Bright fruit, with currants and plums on the nose. A powerful and structured palate, with plenty of tannins and a long flavorful finish. This is precise, a combination of the 2006 and 2007. Barrel sample." (02/2011)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Muscular and tightly wound, yet beautifully focused and proportioned, dense and chewy, delivering rich layers of dried currant, blackberry, spice and licorice flavors. Demands cellaring. *Collectibles* (JL)" (10/2012)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "Rich and fragrant, this wine has all the succulent depths of black currant fruit and layers of savory, chocolate-scented tannins that cult cabernets have tried to emulate and perfect. Since 1978, this series of rocky knolls under the Stags Leap Escarpment have produced one of Napa Valleys signature red wines; the generosity and concentration come naturally. This is a vibrant 2008, one that reaches over the top while staying grounded, earthy and real." (12/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Another great Hillside Select from selected blocks in Shafer's vineyard. It's a perfect illustration of the 'iron fist in a velvet glove' description of Stags Leap Cabernet, with perhaps more emphasis this year on the velvet glove that the iron. With smooth tannins and luxurious, oak-influenced blackberry and black cherry jam flavors, it's delicious now and will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 8-10 years." (12/2012)

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2001 Sine Qua Non "Midnight Oil" California Syrah - 3 available ($479.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2001 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil boast a big, almost exotic nose of both red and black fruit, spiced meat, smoke and violet aromas that is simply stunning and seems slightly old world. Full bodied with an outstanding, lush, mouth-coating texture, awesome balance and incredible length. While missing (slightly) the precision and back-end level of concentration of the Poker face, this is much more expressive and open and the finish on this wine is shockingly long. (JebDunnuck.com)" (09/2007)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The impeccable 2001 Midnight Oil (95.5% Syrah, 3% Grenache, and 1.5% Viognier) is a product of four vineyards, Alban, Stolpman, Bien Nacido, and White Hawk. The good news is there are 950 cases of this compelling effort. With a 'midnight' black color, and the viscosity of 10-W-40 oil, its aromas of violet/acacia flowers, melted licorice, camphor, blackberries, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty new oak are accompanied by a wine boasting terrific texture, good underlying acidity, ripe tannin, and a 60-second plus finish. This stunning effort competes with the 2000, and what looks to be Krankls greatest Syrah-based wine to date, the 2002. (RP)" (08/2003)

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2004 Sine Qua Non "Into the Dark" Central Coast Grenache - 1 available ($479.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More up-front and open-knit, the 2004 In the Dark (Grenache) checks in as a blend of 84% Grenache, 8% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah and 1% Viognier that comes mostly from Manfreds 11 Confessions Vineyard, yet includes small portions from Alban (10%) and Alta Mesa (9%) Vineyard. Reminding me of Clos Saint-Jeans Sanctus Sanctorum with its incredible bouquet of sweet kirsch, licorice, dried baking spices, graphite and ground pepper, this beauty flows onto the palate with impeccable purity, perfect integration of its fruit, tannin and acidity, and blockbuster length. As is common with this estates wine, its the purity paired with serious richness that sets it apart. While still youthful and benefiting from a healthy decadence, I think its drinking at point and would aim to drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years. It will evolve gracefully for longer, but I see no reason to hold off. (JD)" (07/2014)

95 points Vinous: "(includes 8% mourvedre, 7% syrah and 1% viognier) Bright violet. Pungent raspberry and cassis on the nose, picking up sexy floral and mineral character with air. Silky, sharply focused red fruit preserve flavors offer excellent thrust but possess an airy, pinot-like personality, gaining weight and sweetness on the close. The balance and finesse of this wine are spectacular: how can it carry 16.1% alcohol so effortlessly? (JR)" (11/2007)

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2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Grenache - 3 available ($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)

97 points Vinous: "The 2011 Grenache Patine has turned out beautifully. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, spice and leather meld together in the glass as this savory, beautifully layered wine opens up. Herb, graphite, smoke, sage and tobacco add shades of nuance in a delineated Grenache that captures the best of this cool, late-ripening year. Patine is 77% Grenache, 22% Syrah and 1% Viognier, all from Eleven Confessions, done with 25% whole clusters and aged for 33 months in French oak barrels, 11% new. (AG)" (08/2015)

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2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Syrah - 4 available ($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)

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2012 Sine Qua Non "Rattrapante - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache - 8 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)

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2012 Sine Qua Non "Touche - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah ($599.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, the utterly perfect 2012 Syrah Touche reminds me of a great vintage of Guigals Cote Rotie La Landonne. A blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah and 2% Viognier, all from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, it spent 40 months in 78% new French oak. Deep, concentrated, full-bodied and layered, with a multidimensional texture and to-die-for notes of camphor, cured meats, violets, smoke and assorted dark fruits, this beauty has fine, perfectly ripe tannin and blockbuster length. Give it 3-4 years and drink over the following two decades. (JD)" (08/2016)

98 points Vinous: "A quintessential Sine Qua Non wine, the 2012 Syrah Touché is off the charts. Rich, seamless and voluptuous, the 2012 exudes concentration and flamboyance. Red cherry jam, plum, spice, licorice, pomegranate and new leather flesh out in an effortless, radiant wine bursting at the seams with personality. The 2012 is 93% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah and 2% Viognier, done with 36% whole clusters, all from Eleven Confessions. (AG)" (09/2016)

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2012 Sine Qua Non "In the Abstract" California White Blend - 3 available ($199.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In the same league, the 2012 In The Abstract is a classic Sine Qua Non white blend of 37% Chardonnay, 31% Roussanne, 16% Petite Manseng and 16% Viognier. Coming from roughly equal parts Bien Nacido, Cumulus and Eleven Confessions vineyard, it spent just under 19 months in 48% used barrels (1-4 years old), 27% new French oak and the balance in concrete eggs. It sports a slightly darker color than the Chardonnay and offers up incredible notes of caramelized peaches, poached apples, white flowers and crushed rock that flow seamlessly to a full-bodied, decadent, yet classy and graceful feel on the palate. Its a classic effort that doesnt pull any punches, yet also never seems hot, heavy or puts a foot wrong. Enjoy this beauty over the coming decade or more. (JD)" (08/2014)

95 points James Suckling: "A dense and lemony white with lemon curd, cooked apple and hints of cream. Full-bodied, very deep and oily. Long and flavorful. Back to the legendary style of SQN." (07/2015)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 White Wine In The Abstract represents a return to a much more opulent style after a few years in which the Sine Qua Non whites were a bit more energetic than is typically the case. Honey, apricot, mint, orange blossom and spices meld together in a huge, viscous wine that covers every inch of the palate. The purity of the fruit here is simply striking. (AG)" (06/2014)

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2013 Sine Qua Non "Female" California Grenache - 3 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. (AG) 96+" (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)

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2013 Sine Qua Non "Male" California Syrah - 6 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)

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2013 Sine Qua Non "Résisté" Central Coast Proprietary White (Previously $190) - 6 available ($179.99)

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.

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2001 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($249.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Production fell back to about 4,300 cases in 2001, which was a fabulous growing season in Napa Valley and from the get-go heralded as a profound vintage. Certainly Spottswoode hit all cylinders with its blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, and the first in a series of wines from them that eclipsed 14% alcohol (this one is 14.1%). Still dense purple to the rim, the wine is a young adolescent, with beautiful floral notes intermixed with deep crème de cassis, blackberry and blueberry Hints of licorice and graphite also present in this full-bodied, multilayered, magnificent and majestic Cabernet Sauvignon that is shaping up to be a great classic. There is at least 25-30 years of tasty longevity left in this large-scale Spottswoode that still seems to have a vague resemblance to Château Margaux. Bravo! 98+ points. (ST)" (08/2016)

94 points Vinous: "Good bright, dark red. Wonderfully complex, soil-driven scents of redcurrant, plum, coffee, mocha, nutty oak and malted milk balls; smells dense. At this point in our tasting, Beth Novak Milliken noted that the structure of early Spottswoode vintages was carried by acids and tannins, while this one is carried by its fruit. Utterly smooth, suave, refined wine with redcurrant, plum, black cherry and tobacco flavors given shape by perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes with harmonious tannins and lovely length. I like this! (ST)" (06/2016)

93 points James Suckling: "A rich and fruity red with hints of walnuts, plums, currants and forest flowers. Full-bodied, round and rich with loads of fruit. Wonderful length. Richness with intensity now." (05/2017)

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2006 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($159.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The first vintage for Jennifer Williams, 2006, was a low-crop year, with only 2,743 cases produced. The final blend harkens back to the first two vintages of Spottswoode, in being almost 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5% Cabernet Franc with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon). This wine is flowery with terrific fruit intensity and classic Spottswoode elegance and purity. Deep ruby/purple color, youthfulness still to this day and plenty of breadth, depth and richness. An underrated vintage, sandwiched between 2005 and another great one, 2007, this is a sleeper year and a beautiful wine that should drink well at least for another 20-25 years. (RP)" (08/2016)

95 points James Suckling: "Lots of tobacco, fresh mushroom and wet earth on the nose that turns to dark fruits such as mulberries and raspberries. Full bodied, with a wonderful density of fruit. Round and velvety tannins giving this a beautiful balance. Give it another two or three years of bottle age but already gorgeous." (02/2011)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Two Stars* Deep and defined but lifted by a sense of precision and wine-making polish that sets it apart from the crowd, Spottswoode's latest is a rich and well-crafted wine that tempers appropriate tannins with lots of incisive varietal fruit. Its touches of dust and complementary oak spice herald increased complexity with age, and, while five or six years in bottle will see it bloom nicely, it is built to improve for many years more." (12/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Drying herb, mineral and graphite join grilled meat and dried currant in this taut, tannic, structured and backward youngster. Firmly tannic and chewy, very concentrated and tightly wound. (JL)" (04/2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of black fruits, licorice, mocha and espresso; not currently showing the classic floral character of this wine, despite the presence of 12% cabernet franc. Big, broad, chewy and dry, with cassis and boysenberry fruit flavors currently in the background. Finishes quite tannic and a tad dry. This was bottled late, in December of '08, owing to its tannic structure and its tightness in barrel, according to winemaker Williams. (ST)" (06/2009)

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2008 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($139.99)

97 points James Suckling: "A beautiful Cabernet nose with masses of black currants and sun baked stones. Full bodied, with heavy tannins and a big complex structure. The long finish rounds out this sleeping giant." (06/2011)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A small crop of 1,953 cases and a final blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc emerged from the 2008 vintage, that was known for the damaging fires north of Napa and Sonoma that caused smoke damage to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards in Anderson Valley and sites on the Sonoma Coast. The wine from Spottswoode is pure and rich with deep ruby/purple color, a touch of blackcurrants and floral notes, a medium to full body, slightly chunkier and less profound than the 2007, but still another top-notch effort from this first-growth terroir. It should continue to drink well for another 15-20 years. (RP)" (08/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Healthy ruby-red. Musky, cooler aromas and flavors of black fruits, pepper, mocha, tomato leaf and sexy oak. Very suave, juicy, intense wine; savory more than sweet, and spicy and energetic in European way. Not a big wine but wonderfully refined, even velvety, with a minty element contributing freshness. Finishes with dusty building tannins and lovely spicy lift. This is approachable now but should improve further. (ST)" (06/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, dense and chewy, deep and concentrated, with complex currant, dried berry, blueberry, mineral, sage, cedar and tobacco flavors. Very tight, this needs of aeration and/or cellar space. Ends with an aftertaste of loamy earth. Best from 2013 through 2022. (JL)" (11/2011)

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2008 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend - 3 available ($329.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "How much fun collectors will have comparing the 2007 and 2008 La Joies over the next three decades. A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (48% from Alexander Valley Mountain Estate, 34% from Chalk Hill and 18% from Knights Valley), the 2008 has similar technical numbers to the 2007 (a pH of 3.68 and 14.4% alcohol). Wonderful notes of roasted herbs, asphalt, black truffles, blackberries, cassis, camphor and subtle oak are present in the majestic aromatics. In the mouth, the wine is extraordinarily concentrated, pure and dense with amazing length. It is another 30-40 year wine that confirms the confidence the late Jess Jackson had in both his vineyard sources and his winemaker, Pierre Seillan. (RP)" (06/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose and palate combine black fruits, licorice, minerals and bitter chocolate. Round and lush, with terrific intensity but also a distinctly youthful quality that suggests this wine will need patience. Finishes firmly tannic but not dry, with impressive persistence. Beginning with this vintage, Seillan has used a new robotic sorting machine that eliminates berries that are too big or too small. (ST)" (05/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Right now this is not typically soft and lush like a cult Cab, but hard in tannins, with minerality like little particles of granite. Buried deep down is a pirates treasure of ripe, intense blackberry fruit. New oak, to the tune of 94%, doesnt cloud the wine, suggesting this blends its intensity and concentration. The wine is comprised of all five classic Bordeaux varieties, sourced throughout Sonoma County. Clearly this is one for the cellar; drink after 2018." (07/2012)

Wine Spectator: "Very dry and earthy, with a strong leathery edge to the crushed rock and dried berry flavors, maintaining a rugged personality on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. (JL)" (11/2012)

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2008 Vérité "La Muse" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend - 9 available ($349.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec (52% Chalk Hill, 45% Alexander Mountain Estate and 3% Bennett Valley fruit), the 2008 may have even greater intensity and richness than the 2007. Still young and unformed, it exhibits phenomenal richness and equilibrium as well as a finish that lasts nearly a minute. Its dense plum/purple color is accompanied by notions of black fruits, forest floor, truffles and spring flowers. It should age for 25-30+ years. (RP)" (06/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Inviting nose offers cherry, raspberry and chocolate truffle. Explosive on the front half, with sexy spices lifting and intensifying the redcurrant fruit. Today the wine's tannins give the finish a slightly dry quality but the intensity and subtle persistence of this wine suggest that it simply needs time. Pierre Seillan typically does a pre-fermentation cold soak lasting four or five days, then about eight days of fermentation and no post-fermentation maceration. The malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels of various toast levels and from numerous French forests. (ST)" (05/2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* A pinch of hard tannins gives this bone-dry young wine an astringent toughness. It shows very fine, concentrated black-cherry, cocoa and crème de cassis flavors. Aging in almost 100% new French oak adds notes of toast that the fruit easily tolerates. Nearly all Merlot, its a wine of considerable volume, but nowhere near ready to drink. Give it at least six years in a proper cellar, and it could be one of the rare Merlot-based California wines capable of extended aging." (07/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Shows great structure and intensity, with appealing notes of leather and cedar akin to a Bordeaux. Aromas of black cherry and bay leaf lead to firm flavors of plum, dried herb and mineral that finish with firm tannins. Needs time. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2015 through 2020. (TF)" (11/2012)

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2008 Vérité "Le Désir" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend - 11 available ($349.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The fruit for this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 31% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec came from Chalk Hill (58%) and Alexander Valley (42%). Pierre Seillan believes the Chalk Hill fruit provides a truffle-like character and the Alexander Valley gives minerality, structure, tannin and intensity. The 2008 will be fascinating to taste next to the 2007 over the next 30+ years. Sweet mulberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of black truffles, damp earth and forest floor emerge from this beauty of stunning intensity, purity and texture. (RP)" (06/2011)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "The 2008 vintage presented challenges for Cabernet Sauvignon, but this Cabernet Franc-based blend succeeds wildly. Its bone dry, tannic and enormously complex, with flavors of sour-cherry candy, red currant, licorice and spicy cola. Ninety-five percent new oak lends this a wonderful toastiness. Few wines could handle that much new wood, but this one can. However, it's very tannic. You can drink it now, but it should blossom after 2014." (07/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby. Musky aromas of blueberry, licorice and dusty spices. Dense and sappy, with terrific grip and saline intensity to the dark berry, dark chocolate, clove and mace flavors. Wonderfully energetic Saint-Emilion style of wine, with exhilarating inner-mouth spice character. Tannins are serious but suave and perfectly carried by the wine's density of texture and lingering fruit. A beauty." (05/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and well-built, with a chewy core of tannins wrapped around savory herb, cedar, dried berry and currant. Very Bordeaux-like in its structure. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2024." (11/2012)

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1999 Moët & Chandon "Cuvée Dom Pérignon" Brut Champagne - 3 available ($169.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Dom Perignon is a little flabbier than the 2000. Smoke, toastiness, tar and ripe fruit emerge from the glass in a generous, expansive style. The 1999 offers more body than the 2000 but the aromas and flavors are less well-articulated. This is a relatively simple Dom Perignon, yet the wine possesses outstanding balance and plenty of harmony. According to Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy the warm vintage also resulted in relatively high yields, and the low-acid style is most reminiscent of the 1976. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2024. (AG)" (03/2009)

93 points Vinous: "Green-tinted gold. Tightly wound lime and pink grapefruit aromas open slowly to reveal a gently smoky mineral and floral character, with a light kiss of green cardamom adding interest. Very fresh on the palate, with youthful citrus and green apple flavors giving way to slightly riper blood orange and pear. Finishes firm and dry, with serious grip. This only hints at its potential, and I'd advise anyone drinking it for what's in the bottle rather than on the label to stash it away for at least another five years, minimum. (JR)" (12/2007)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "A lovely, fragrant '99 with tight lemon flavors, this is softer at the edges where brioche scents enrich the roasted apple fruit. It's relatively oxidative for a young vintage of Dom Pérignon. To serve over the next several years with roast pheasant and an apple-chestnut dressing." (12/2007)

90 points Wine Spectator: "There's a high-toned minty graphite accent to the aroma, with a citric edge on the palate. The structure is overlaid with lemon and bread dough notes. This is tight and crisp on the finish, so break out the sole or shellfish, or wait a few years. Best from 2008 through 2020. (BS)" (07/2007)

Jancis Robinson: "Very pale. Smoky, slightly sweetly perfumed nose - very much in the ripe idiom of this vintage. Very tight bead with Dom Ps characteristic citrus note at the end but very little sign of any obvious autolysis. 18.5/20 points. (JR)" (01/2008)

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1998 Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge - 1 available ($249.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Chapoutier's Ermitage l'Ermite possesses a transparent character that almost allows the taster to see through the wine's multiple levels. What stands out is the liqueur of granite liquid minerality. The elegant 1998 Ermitage l'Ermite rouge is light, but exquisitely balanced, with subtle notes of smoke and black currants. The flavors unfold gently and gracefully, with nothing overstated. The power is restrained, the tannin is well-integrated, and the acidity is barely noticeable. However, the wine is fresh and beautifully delineated. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040." (02/2001)

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1999 Chapoutier Ermitage "L'Ermite" Rouge - 1 available ($274.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Ermitage l'Ermite is a wine that borders on perfection compared to its backward performance last year from barrel. Sadly, there are usually 500-600 cases of the cuvee, but in 1999 only 400 were produced. It comes from Chapoutier's oldest vines (most over 100 years of age), and represents the essence of both Hermitage and Syrah. From bottle, the 1999 l'Ermite reveals an old style Lafleur character in its kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries, blackberries, and striking minerality. It has put on considerable weight since last year, but is essentially an elegant, ethereal effort with incredible intensity as well as amazing lightness. It is a phenomenal expression of terroir. However, be forewarned, anyone expecting to derive a lot of pleasure from this before another fifteen years elapse, will be disappointed." (04/2002)

2007 Château de Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 5 available ($149.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The finest bottle Ive had of the 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes, this incredible white is just about as good as it gets. Still light gold in color with a huge nose of buttered orchard fruits, brioche, caramelized nut and orange marmalade, it packs serious amounts of richness and depth on the palate, yet stays lively, fresh, pure and balanced. The Montrachet of the Rhône Valley, dont miss a chance to try this wine." (12/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes (100% Roussanne) could be called the 'Montrachet of southern France.' A wine of great intensity, it boasts thrilling aromas of orange marmalade, nectarine liqueur, honeysuckle, peaches, and apricots. Stunningly rich with full body, terrific acidity, and a finish that lasts 45+ seconds, this is an amazing achievement. It should drink well for 7-8 years, shut down or become oxidized, then, hopefully, re-emerge at around age 12-15, and drink in a completely different fashion for several decades thereafter. (RP)" (10/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is gorgeous, with a creamy mouthfeel that carries lush papaya, green and yellow apple, chamomile, melon and heather honey notes through the long, salted butter-tinged finish. There's great underlying minerality. Superlong. (JM)" (06/2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-gold. Intense, mineral-accented orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by anise, honeysuckle and smoky mineral qualities. Luscious pear and peach nectar flavors become nervier with air, displaying orange peel and baking spice character. The finish is strikingly pure and persistent, with lingering floral and mineral qualities. Put this one away for at least another ten years. (ST)" (01/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "Rich aromas of lemon and apricot. Concentrated and long but still very fresh with a mineral streak underneath the weight. So complete. Lower acidity than the Ch de Beaucastel Blanc 2007 more more marked minerality increases the freshness. 18.5/20 Points (JH)" (10/2010)

2001 Cuvée du Vatican "Réserve Sixtine" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($64.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The special cuvee, the stunning 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine, is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre aged in equal parts small barrels and neutral wood foudres. An elegant effort with freshness yet tremendous power and flavor intensity, it is a full-bodied, layered, provocative 2001 with exceptional depth as well as richness. While the tannin levels are high, there are even higher levels of concentration and fruit. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15-20. This brilliant wine should ultimately be even better than my lofty score suggests. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+.One of the appellations young, dynamic revolutionaries, Jean-Marc Diffonty, has produced his finest Chateauneuf du Papes to date. Additionally, prices remain modest for whats in the bottle. (RP)" (02/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre) Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet, mint and spicy oak on the nose; intriguing suggestions of mourvedre. At once dense and penetrating, with rather oaky flavors of blackberry, violet and eucalyptus. Finishes with a hint of leather... (ST)" (01/2004)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant and refined, balancing some spicy oak, tar, toasted bread and grilled meat with some ripe and sweet fruit. Full-bodied, it coats the palate, delivering lots of firm but opulent tannins." (09/2003)

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2006 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes - 3 available ($99.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Chaupin is slightly eclipsed by the profound quality of the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. Inky/blue/purple, with massive aromatics, an unctuous texture, and superb length on the palate, it is enormously endowed for a 2006. Very pure for a 2006, with sweet tannins as well as amazing length, it will benefit from several years of cellaring, and drink well for 20-25 years." (10/2008)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre. Opaque purple. Highly alluring, expansive bouquet of blueberry, boysenberry, licorice and smoky Indian spices. Broad, sweet and inviting on the palate, offering weighty dark berry compote flavors and complicating notes of truffle, anise and candied lavender. The spiciness repeats strongly on the finish, which is sappy and wonderfully long. These vines are between 80 and 100 years of age." (02/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Really juicy and vivid, with blueberry, boysenberry and raspberry fruit laced with sweet spice, tobacco and fruitcake notes. The long, racy finish has a great refreshing edge and solid, buried grip." (11/2008)

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2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($79.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beautiful wine that's just now hitting maturity, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Jean-Paul Daumen is still ruby colored to the rim and offers up a classic bouquet of black raspberries, black licorice, fruit cake, garrigue and roasted meats. Full-bodied and concentrated, yet with a seamless, impeccably balanced profile, it's drinking beautifully today but has another 10-15 years of overall longevity. (JD)" (02/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very ripe, but focused and pure, with a gorgeous core of crushed plum, pastis and raspberry ganache notes stitched together with long, velvety tannins. Spice, fruitcake and melted licorice notes echo through the superlong finish. Drink now through 2020. (JM)" (11/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "85% Grenache. No stems. Aged in tank and old wood. Very, very dark crimson. Savoury. Real vibrancy and savour. Still lots of tannin. Drink 2013-2020. 17.5/20 Points (JR)" (11/2009)

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This wine is perfectly balanced with firm tannins on the entry, great earthy flavors with hints of smoked meats. The wine closes at the back which lets you know that it's not going to show itself for another decade. Be patient, it will be spectacular.

2006 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($74.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupins deep ruby/purple hue is followed by a phenomenal nose of black cherry liqueur, melted licorice, incense, asphalt, truffles, and a hint of earth. This dense, full-bodied effort is a candidate for wine of the vintage. Consume it over the next 12-13 years." (10/2008)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Spicy red fruits and flowers on the nose, with a gentle underpinning of smoky minerals. Raspberry and blackberry dominate the palate, which is impressively deep, smooth and tannin-free. Leaves sweet red berry and tangy mineral notes behind on the impressively persistent finish. This wine's elegance will allow it to be drunk young." (02/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Really juicy, with a sappy core of cassis, raspberry and currant confiture backed by notes of bittersweet cocoa, fruitcake and mulled spice. The long finish is muscular but well-integrated. Best from 2009 through 2028." (11/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark and dense -- not yielding much aromatically yet. Lots of life inside this wine - BD? Real activity and zest -- almost orange peel among the herbs. Lots of dry tannin on the finish. Exciting energy. Very good. All oaked Grenache. 18.5/20 points. Drink 2015-2028." (04/2008)

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2007 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 4 available ($119.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ive drunk over a case of the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Chaupin from my cellar, and this was easily one of the finest bottles (it was from magnum) Ive ever had. Made from close to 100% Grenache and brought up in foudre, its a crazy good, monumental beauty that offers loads of ripe blackberries, black raspberries, crushed flowers and garrigue aromas and flavors. Concentrated, layered and unctuous, with a to-die-for texture, no hard edges and a huge finish, this beauty is still youthful and is just now starting to show hints of maturity. When its this good, I cant recommend waiting, but Ive no doubt this will continue to offer this level of quality for at least another decade. (JD)" (02/2017)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Absolutely stunning, the 2007 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin is packed with pure, clean and fresh aromas of assorted dark fruits, blackberry, lavender, flowers and spice. On the palate, its full bodied with beautifully sweet fruit ripe, fine grained tannins, perfect balance and a finish that simply wont quite. This has the fruit to drink well young but the structure to age for 20 years. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2009)

94 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Spicy raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by garrigue and Asian spices. Sweet, focused red fruit flavors are given spine by zesty minerality and pick up an exotic floral quality with air. Expands nicely on the finish, leaving behind sweet lavender pastille and raspberry notes. (JR)" (01/2010)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Plush and fleshy, with crushed plum, dark currant and boysenberry notes backed by alluring sweet spice, licorice root and espresso hints. Muscular but well-rounded on the lengthy finish, with the spice notes flittering on. Best from 2010 through 2024. (JM)" (11/2009)

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2010 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($199.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which achieved 16% natural alcohol, possesses an inky/purple color. It is slightly tighter and more restrained than the 2010 Chaupin, but it has enormous volume as well as incredible glycerin, richness and fat. A huge bouquet of pure blackberry and black currant fruit intermixed with charcoal, incense, truffles and spring flowers is followed by a prodigious, full-bodied wine that is capable of 20+ years of evolution. I hope Chateauneuf du Pape enthusiasts can find some of this amazing wine! (RP)" (10/2012)

96 points Vinous: "Opaque purple. Fresh blueberry, cassis, incense, licorice and orange zest on the explosively perfumed nose. Broad and sweet, with potent black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors accompanied by notes of licorice and lavender pastille. Deeper and darker in profile than the Chaupin but just as energetic. Finishes with supple tannins and outstanding persistence, leaving a sappy blueberry note behind. (JR)" (01/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dark and rich, with lush, fleshy layers of warm fig paste, blueberry coulis, bittersweet ganache and licorice root. A dark undertow of Turkish coffee rumbles through the finish. Shows plenty of muscular grip, and will need considerable cellaring to settle in fully. Best from 2017 through 2030. (JM, Web-2013)"

K&L Notes: Additional notes from Robert Parker: "This impeccably run estate, in the capable hands of Christophe Sabon, his sister Isabelle, and their father, is one of the superstars of the southern Rhone Valley. Over the last 12-15 years, the quality of the wines has gone from strength to strength, with brilliant wines being produced in all price categories. They make sumptuous, complex, world-class red, white and rose Cotes du Rhones, and year-in and year-out, their Chateauneuf du Papes are among the top three or four wines of the vintage. Tasting two great vintages (2009 and 2010) from the Sabons was one of the most thrilling tastings I have had this year." (10/2011)

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2010 E. Guigal "Ex-Voto" Hermitage Rouge - 2 available ($329.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Hermitage Ex Voto continues to top out on my scale. This extraordinary Hermitage has more minerality and delineation than the 2009, as well as overflowing aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, jammy blackberries, violets, graphite and wood smoke. Massively concentrated, full-bodied, decadent, layered and sexy, it needs short-term cellaring but should be just about immortal in the cellar. (JD)" (09/2015)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This has lavish range, with intense steeped plum, anise, pain dépices, singed apple wood and fruitcake notes layered together, framed by smoldering charcoal and sweet tobacco accents and riveted to a tarry spine. Expands like a fractal in the glass to display enormous depth and length. Features mouthwateringcut from start to finish despite the heft. An extremely impressive wine that will need some time to stretch out fully. Best from 2018 through 2040. (JM)" (09/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Inky purple. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, incense, olive paste and smoky minerals. Sweet, penetrating and pure, offering palate-staining boysenberry and cassis flavors and suggestions of candied licorice and fruitcake. Densely packed yet lively, finishing with remarkable power and smooth tannins that add shape and grip. (JR)" (02/2015)

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2003 M. Chapoutier "De l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc - 1 available ($199.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Nearly perfect, one of the most prodigious dry white wines I have ever tasted is the 2003 Ermitage Cuvee de lOree. A 669-case cuvee fashioned from yields of 10 hectoliters per hectare, it offers aromas and flavors beyond anything I have previously tasted in a dry white. It tastes like a liqueur of licorice intermixed with a liqueur of honeysuckle, quince, and rocks. Opulent, viscous, and full-bodied, at first glance it is seemingly fragile and over the top, but it boasts extraordinary freshness and liveliness as well as monster concentration and a finish that lasts over 60 seconds. I suspect it will drink beautifully for 3-4 years, then go into a funky stage, and re-emerge two decades later. It may be a 100-year wine ... but who knows? Without question, it is a tour de force in winemaking. (RP)" (02/2006)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a perfume of persimmon and clove-studded blood orange, with a juicy palate that sports dried fruit, date, green almond and smoke flavors. Long, racy finish is filled with salted butter and floral notes. Drink now through 2020. (JM)" (05/2006)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Exotic aromas of candied peach, menthol, tea and spices. Supersweet, ripe and complex, with suggestions of lemon verbena and garrigue At once exotic and powerful, with firm structure and little obvious heat showing today. Finishes extremely long and shapely, with exotic suggestions of oriental spices. Serve this with spicy Asian dishes, Mazoyer suggests, adding that this wine should be drunk soon or laid down for 15 years. (ST)" (01/2005)

K&L Notes: 96-98 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A lovely, intellectual nose of minerals, kerosene, juniper, and lanolin. Very complex. The palate is supremely well balanced with good acidity. Notes of banana skin, grapefruit and beeswax. A little like a Chenin Blanc on the finish. Another stupendous Cuvee de l'Oree." (8/2007)

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2007 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc - 8 available ($324.99)

98-100 points Robert Parker: "Another candidate for perfection is the 2007 Ermitage l'Ermite blanc. A nectar of rocks, honeysuckle, quince, pears, and white peaches, this super-expressive, full-bodied, thick, glycerin-endowed wine is another example of a massive white Hermitage that can not be found anywhere else in the world. It should last for 35-50 years." (04/09) 94 points Wine Spectator: "This has layers of creamy fig, pear, peach and apple fruit flavors, laced with grilled hazelnut and sweetened butter notes that glide through the very long, very precise finish. Beautifully rendered for the vintage. Drink now through 2019." (Insider, 2/10) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light yellow-gold. Leesy apple and orange aromas are complemented by cinnamon, allspice and marzipan nuances. Round, supple and impressively deep, offering luscious peach and pear nectar flavors and gentle citrus lift. An alluring, accessible white Hermitage that is delicious now but has the depth and balance to reward at least a few years of patience. The finish doesn't want to quit." (Jan/Feb 2009)

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1983 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage - 1 available ($199.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This is autumn in the glass, with wet-leaf, fresh-mushroom, smoke and dried-meat character. Orange peel, dark fruits, and game pâté. Full body with incredible depth, length, ripe fruit and intensity. It goes on for minutes. Stunning finish. It is so rich, decadent and intense, but fresh and long. It defines greatness. It defines what hermitage was, is and should be." (12/2014)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Fantastic quality makes your palate spin with joy. Warm July and August with timely rains were a recipe for greatness, and this is a vin de garde. Seamless and silky, but also with a firm backbone of mineral, wet earth, plum, blackberry and leather notes. An old-fashioned red with a long finish. (PM)" (12/1999)

Jancis Robinson: "Light to mid ruby. Light but mellow, lightly tarry nose. Very sweet and charming on the palate. Definitely on the light side but the tannins are - at last - in retreat, making way for a thoroughly satisfying drink. Long and throat-warming. 17/20 points. (JR)" (10/2011)

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2002 Glaetzer "Amon-Ra" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia - 7 available ($89.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-black in color, the 2002 Amon-Ra offers black fruit and plum pudding aromas with whiffs of coffee, nuts, licorice and a touch of game. Full-bodied and tightly-knit in texture, it has medium-firm, fine-grained tannins, and excellent concentration through the long, spicy finish. Drink it now to 2018+. (LPB)" (02/2013)

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2004 Glaetzer "Godolphin" Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley South Australia - 6 available ($89.99)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This nearly perfect wine, made from 70% Shiraz (105- to 115-year-old vines) and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon (60- to 90-year-old vines), was cropped at a minuscule .5 to 1 ton of fruit per acre, and spent 15 months in French oak prior to bottling. Its gorgeously sweet, pure nose of crushed rocks, blueberries, cassis, and minerals soars from the glass. Floral-like black and blue fruits, an inky/purple color, and nearly endless depth and persistence on the palate are the stuff of legends. With extraordinary equilibrium, precision, and purity, it represents the apogee of Ben Glaetzers winemaking talents. (RP)" (10/2005)

95 points James Halliday: "Delicious wine; supple and luxuriant blackcurrant, cassis and quality oak all intermingle, the oak perfectly controlled, the tannins fine and long." (10/2005)

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2010 Torbreck "Run Rig" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia - 1 available ($209.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-black with a hint of purple to the color, the 2010 RunRig taunts at first with a slightly closed nose before it engages with subtle kirsch, preserved plum, dried mulberry and Christmas cake notes intermingled with hints of violets, cinnamon stick, mocha and game. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly concentrated, the palate astonishes with incredible poise for such a big style as it perfectly balances the wines generous fruit flavors with firm, velvety tannins and seamlessly vibrant, lively acid. It finishes with incredible persistence. Delicious now, it should drink best 2016 to 2028+. (LPB)" (02/2014)

97 points James Suckling: "A top-tier wine for Torbreck, and it's showy from the get-go: plenty of brightly lit, fragrant red fruits to start with, then a wealth of spice and viognier-assisted perfume. Full-throttle. Spice billows from the base of red and dark blackberry fruits, and the oak is buried in deep: Everything works in unison. The palate has a lithe, luxurious texture. Tannic, relaxed and velour-like dark-berry-fruit flavors run through toasty, tarry phases, and this finally finishes with assertive drive. Superb wine. Drink in 2018." (01/2015)

96 points James Halliday: "Deep purple-crimson; alcohol analysis can confuse, for the alcohol evident here seems little different to that of Descendant (15%), and the contribution of the Viognier to the Shiraz no less evident; the full-bodied palate is immensely rich and yet supple, the black and red fruits flowing through the length of the palate and into the aftertaste; oak and tannins are seamlessly welded into the fruit." (07/2013)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(97% Shiraz with 3% Viognier): Opaque purple. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of dark berry liqueur, incense, violet candy, fruitcake and licorice. Densely packed, palate-staining blueberry and cassis flavors are complemented by exotic star anise and cola qualities and lifted and focused by juicy acidity. Shows serious intensity and power on the remarkably persistent finish, which features velvety tannins, echoing dark fruit character and lingering florality. As usual, this was one of the stars of my annual Australia tastings. (JR)" (07/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "A perplexing wine to evaluate, the 2010 RunRig (97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier) evolves rapidly once poured, going from slightly stewed and overoaked to a wine that shows considerable class within 20 minutes or so. Aromas and flavors of brown sugar, mocha and roasted meat give way to raspberry compote, while the creamy texture and supple tannins conceal the wines high alcohol level with ease. (JC)" (10/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This thick, dense and complex red offers a layer of fine tannins that swarm around a vibrant core of blueberry, plum and exuberant spice flavors that keep gaining momentum as they head into the long and powerful finish. This has presence and depth. In need of cellaring. Shiraz and Viognier. (HS)" (12/2014)

2001 Bodegas Numanthia-Termes "Numanthia" Toro - 3 available ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship offering, the 2001 Numanthia, is fashioned from a 70-100 year old Tinta de Toro vineyard planted at a 2300 foot elevation. After a 28 day maceration, the wine undergoes malolactic in barrel, is aged 19 months in new French oak, and is bottled without fining or filtration. The spectacular, opaque purple-colored 2001 offers an explosive nose of melted licorice, barbecue smoke, blackberries, creme de cassis, camphor, and graphite. Full-bodied with gorgeously rich, concentrated fruit, a layered texture, and tremendous purity, it can be drunk young, but should hit its prime in 1-2 years, and last for 10-15. (RP)" (04/2004)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from ungrafted vines that date back at least 120 years-from before phylloxera arrived in Spain-according to importer Jorge Ordonez) Saturated medium ruby. Nose like a first-growth Bordeaux: raspberry, cassis, violet, lead pencil and baking spices. Utterly suave on entry, then extremely fine-grained in the middle palate. A huge but tightly wound wine, with great penetration on the palate and no sense of excess weight. Juicy and wonderfully long, but the wine's fruit flavors are kept under wrap by strong tannins. Like a Pauillac on steroids. The yield here was reportedly about half a ton per acre. This was aged in 200% new oak, including a second pass through new Darnajou barrels. Extraordinary wine. (ST) 95+" (09/2004)

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2002 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero - 6 available ($329.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Having skipped over releasing a 2001 due to frost damage, the 2002 Unico is a result of a severe selection as attested by the label which shows that just 42,932 bottles were produced instead of 108,536 in 2000. It has an incredibly intense nose, much more linear and focused than the more flamboyant 2000, with scents of dark cherry, creme de cassis and a touch of honey and melted dark chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied with a slight grainy texture on the entry, a hint of cooked meat inflecting the layers of toasty dark berry fruit. It is very harmonious and perhaps at this juncture, edgier and grittier than the millennial Unico. It is less opulent and more structured than the 2000, but is a more cerebral wine. Drink 2020-2040+. (NM)" (08/2012)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "A selection of Tinto Fino from vines over 40 years old (some close to 90) blended with a small percentage of Cabernet and Merlot, this red comes from a careful selection of grapes in a very rainy harvest. And the results are brilliant. Here the aromas of chocolate and sweet spice blend with scents of black cherries and nuts; the wine is vibrant in acidity, but also powerful and sweet, like oranges dipped in chocolate." (06/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Smoky, floral-accented aromas of redcurrant, cherry pit and plum, with a peppery topnote. Sweet and open-knit, offering musky red fruit and floral pastille flavors and notes of mocha and succulent herbs. Shows very good depth and power for the vintage, finishing smooth, sweet and long. Not the greatest Vega by any means but highly successful for 2002, and you can actually enjoy it right now. (JR)" (09/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "20% of Cabernet and those unknown grapes spice the Tempranillo this year. Tasted straight after the Valbuena of the same vintage this nose was immediately much more compelling. Taut, exciting, multi-faceted, the wine seemed quite different from older vintages - maybe simply because I have never tasted older vintages at this early stage - but I couldn't help but see the resemblance to the smooth richness of Pomerol. Compared with the Toro wine though, this has much more savouriness. (18+/20 points)" (10/2003)

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2010 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino - 6 available ($199.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is a protagonist of the vintage. The fruit is deep and dark with rich levels of extract, intensity and flavor. It goes far beyond your standard cherry and blackberry to include plum cake, spice bread and bacon-wrapped prune. Nothing is obvious or monochromatic about this wine. Everything is nuanced and ethereal. Tenuta Nuova is also distinguished by the linear mineral notes that are characteristic of this single-vineyard site. In 2010, those traits are especially well-defined and pronounced. The tannins reach a level of suppleness that is almost impossible to find in the sometimes prickly and acidic Sangiovese grape. If there is one thing Giacomo Neri has mastered, it is harvesting at optimal ripeness: He knows his property and his vines better than most and it shows. Collectors will want to put this wine aside ten years or longer. (ML)" (02/2015)

99 points James Suckling: "This is very muscular for the vintage. It shows lots of stones, dark fruits and hints of tar. Full body, firm tannins and a chewy texture. Ripe and rich. Yet shows tension and intensity. This racy and structured. Tannic now but will show its greatness in 2018. As it should be from one of the masters but the new hand of his son Giovanni Neri is showing through with a touch more finesse." (12/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas of cherry, plum, tar and black pepper mesh with an elegant profile in this fresh, focused red. Shows plenty of cherry fruit on the palate, with spice and tobacco accents. The structure lends support and creates harmony. (BS)" (04/2015)

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2006 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 4 available ($79.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Wonderful nose of roses and ripe raspberries follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a juicy fruity finish. Very tight and closed. Loads of fruit underneath the firm yet polished structure. Solid wine. Better in 2015." (02/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "An intense and opulent Brunello, with bold brush strokes of ripe cherry, blackberry, chocolate, coffee and mocha. Concentrated fruit and firm tannins are marked by a pretty touch of dusty mineral on the finish." (04/2012)

K&L Notes: Castelgiocondo Riserva 2006 has a lovely intense ruby-red color with very delicate garnet highlights. An olfactory examination first reveals fruity notes of blackberry and prune jam followed by coffee and tree bark. Salty and woody flavous emerge at the finish with hints of black pepper and mineral notes of graphite. Heavy, but fine and elegant tannins. With its long and persistent finish, this will cellar for 15 years.

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1999 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino ($109.99)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Very dark in color, with aromas of raisin, blackberry jam, espresso and nuts. Full-bodied, with loads of powerful fruit and big, velvety tannins. Superconcentrated, layered and dense, with the structure of a great 1945 claret, such as Latour. Still a blockbuster. Spellbinding. Needs a little time. (Web Only-2010)"

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino, good as it is, is rather perplexing. A dark ruby in color with much black currant fruit, mocha, and vanilla on the nose, its sizeable and supple body and its lengthy, warm, and velvety finish are those of a high class wine, but not a wine which seems to have much to do with Sangiovese and Montalcino. Frankly, it is surprising to see a producer with this institutional position release a wine of this type. (DT)" (04/2005)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full deep ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Dense, sweet and impressively concentrated; a real fruit bomb in the mouth. Primary black fruit flavors are complicated by tobacco, chocolate and exotic oak notes. Finishes very long and sweet, with lush, ripe tannins. As youthful as this is today, it's already quite sexy." (10/2004)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rich, dark and lush, with liqueur-like aromas wafting upward from a sea of purple. An obvious entry into the 'modern' category of Brunello. Theres jammy, mouthcoating fruit and only modest acidity. Detractors may find it heavy and bruising, but fans will adore its weight and creaminess." (06/2004)

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2001 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 1 available ($124.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderfully perfumed, with rose, blackberry and a hint of wet earth. Full-bodied, with layers of silky tannins and a long, long finish. Structured. Hard not to drink now, but will be even better with a little more bottle age." (04/2007)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, dark ruby-red. A vibrant Brunello with crisp, mineral-tinged aromas of violet, sour red cherry, pipe tobacco and licorice, all lifted by a note of citrussy white pepper. Nicely delineated and sweet on the palate, with strong raspberry and hazelnut notes dominating. This subtle and deceptively concentrated wine finishes with incredibly fine-grained tannins and outstanding length. One of the best and most refined Riservas of the vintage." (06/2007)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fulignis 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva reveals a focused, poised personality with sweet raspberries, crushed flowers and spices that emerge from the glass. The tannins are sweet and polished, yet this classically built, structured Brunello will require some patience. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021." (10/2007)

2006 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino - 2 available ($54.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the more perfumed, vibrant wines to emerge from the southern reaches of Montalcino. Freshly cut flowers, minerals, licorice and juicy black cherries all come together beautifully in this gracious, utterly impeccable Brunello. With time in the glass the wine puts on weight, but the tannins retain considerable elegance and finesse. Sublte hints of oak linger on the impeccable finish. This is a fabulous effort from Talenti. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. (AG)" (05/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Musky earth, cola, raspberry and dried herbs on the nose, lifted by a floral perfume. Silky-sweet, concentrated and vibrant; verges on opulent but there's no heaviness here. Impressive density to the flavors of red fruits, flowers and spices. Finishes suave and long, with serious, building tannins and a hint of leather. (ST)" (07/2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Talenti delivers a very impressive Brunello with inky-dark concentration and background layers of coffee, espresso, fudge and maraschino cherry. Give it more time to age so that those sharp points of firmness can soften and widen." (04/2011)

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2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana - 1 available ($1,099.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This has an intense nose of brown sugar, porcini mushrooms, dark fruits, tobacco, olives, cigar box... I am running out of words to describe the nose. The palate is full bodied and ultra rich. This is a monumental wine that arouses all your senses. Truly exotic and sensual. Enjoy this for the rest of your life." (03/2011)

100 points Wine Spectator: " *Ranked #6 in Top 100 of 2004* Wonderful aromas of blackberries, raspberries and fresh tobacco, with a hint of exotic fruit. Fullbodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Very silky indeed. A gorgeous, seductive and classy red. A monument to Tuscany. Layers and layers of fruit and tannins. This will live forever. As great as the legendary 1985 Sassicaia, and perhaps the greatest Tuscan red ever. I have tasted this 10 or 15 times in the last two years and it has always been magnificent. Best after 2012." (10/2004)

98 points Vinous: "The 2001's reputation as one of the great all-time Massetos was easy to see. The wine boasted superb power, depth and concentration, not to mention superb overall balance. (Antonio Galloni)" (02/2012)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Masseto lives up to its reputation as a modern-day legend. The wine has everything; beautifully delineated aromatics, generous fruit and plenty of structure to support all of the elements. It is a big, massive Masseto endowed with huge fruit and an exotic, powerful personality. An eternal finish rounds things out in style. The 2001 is dazzling from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2023. (AG)" (11/2011)

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2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana - 1 available ($799.99)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Even better than the highly acclaimed 2001 vintage, this Merlot from a tiny, clay soil vineyard in Bolgheri is just about everything you've ever dreamed of tasting. Gorgeous, generous, voluptuous, cheerful, succulent and intense: Masseto is all those things. The aromas are seamless and capture the essence of chocolate fudge, sweet cherry, blackberry, spice and vanilla. It boasts thick, dense extraction, excellent structure and amazing persistence." (04/2008)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Shows wonderful aromas of flowers and berries, with hints of vanilla and Indian spices. Full-bodied and powerful, with layers of chewy tannins and a long, flawless finish. Compact and dense, yet racy and refined. (JS)" (10/2013)

96 points James Suckling: "There is such precision and refinement to this Masseto with a freshness and deliciousness that makes you want to drink it now. It full to medium bodied, with lovely density and a bright acidity with fine tannins. Goes on for minutes on the finish." (10/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Masseto is all silk and elegance. The 2004 is arguably the most finessed, silky Masseto ever made. Bright floral notes add lift and precision to a core of sweet red berries and spices in this supple, exceptionally polished wine. This is the height of elegance and polish with Masseto. (AG)" (11/2011)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep bright ruby with purple highlights. Extravagantly rich, multidimensional aromas of raspberry, ripe black plum and violet are complicated by black truffle, espresso, milk chocolate and mineral, with high-quality vanillin oak remaining in the background. Wonderfully silky on the palate but with immense power, this is real iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove. The imposingly rich fruit avoids coming across as overripe, and the notes of leather, tobacco, tamarind and mocha linger on the palate for minutes. A compellingly suave and smooth wine whose extremely fine-grained tannins and hint of slightly sharp acidity bring the wine's rich, complex flavors into full focus. This is probably the best pair of wines made at Ornellaia since 2001-a distinct step ahead of the 2003s and 2002s made here-and must purchases for collectors with deep pockets. (ST)"

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2005 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana - 1 available ($699.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* Smells like chocolate mousse, with crushed raspberry and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a rich, fruity finish. This is powerful and structured Merlot, with layers and layers of everything. Needs time to come around. (JS)" (10/2008)

95 points Vinous: "The 2005 Masseto is a fabulous choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so. Now at ten years of age, the 2005 has developed beautifully in bottle. Lithe, delicate and perfumed, the 2005 shows the understated signatures of the cool, late-ripening year in which the harvest wrapped up on September 30. Only 2010 and 2014 have been brought in later. This is the best showing yet for the 2005 Masseto, a wine that has been striking since I first tasted it years ago. Massetos fame has been built on its showing in extraordinary vintages, but to me it is the wines performance in less than stellar years such as 2005 and 2002 that truly places it among the worlds finest wines. (AG)" (12/2015)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Fruit was picked later than normal and the Masseto Merlot does indeed show mature aromas of black cherry, ripe blackberry, earthy iron and polished stone. The intensity and purity are amazing and the wine is sophisticated, soft and very rich on the finish. It is already showing beautiful evolution in the glass." (12/2010)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Masseto comes across as fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated. It is a mid-weight wine that will most likely age along the lines of some of the more slender years from the 1980s. Today the 2005 impresses for its length and sheer energy. In this tasting the 2005 comes across as a bit out of place in a flight of wines from challenging vintages. The 2005 is a striking Masseto. (AG)" (11/2011)

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2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore - 1 available ($199.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is complex and fascinating. At first taste it is like a great California Cabernet mixed with a first growth Bordeaux. Delicious licorice, mint, and currants on the palate. Full bodied, chewy, with ultra fine tannins. A gorgeous, classy wine that needs to be left in the cellar for at least 5 years. Have fun with this one after 2015." (11/2010)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Ornellaia (magnum) is a massive, towering masterpiece. There is awesome depth and richness to be found in the glass. Flowers, minerals, tar smoke and dark fruit are all woven in an intricate fabric of almost indescribable elegance and power. Tonight the 2006 Ornellaia is absolutely moving in its beauty and expressiveness. Vintage 2006 will go down as one of the all-time greats in Tuscany, and Bolgheri in particular, as all of that regions benchmark wines are spectacular. The 2006 shows the intensity of the small berries that were harvested that year, with exceptional concentration, acidity and freshness, qualities that are precious and exceedingly rare when they are found in a single wine. In 2006 the final blend is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Simply put, the 2006 Ornellaia is a must-have bottle. (AG)" (01/2010)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Consistently among Italys top-scoring wines, this vintage of the celebrated Ornellaia (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is a gorgeous expression of the very best of European enology. It delivers extraordinary richness, succulence and intensity, but remains elegant to the end. Aromas include black cherry, spice and dark chocolate." (03/2010)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dark in color, showing loads of dark fruits on the nose, as well as licorice and berries and hints of mint and cedar. Full-bodied, with refined yet chewy tannins and a ripe berry, coffee and chocolate aftertaste. New wood barrels shine through. But it will all come together with bottle age. (JS) *Collectibles*" (10/2009)

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2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana - 1 available ($899.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wine that most delighted me at this historic tasting of Tuscany's most iconic wines was the 2006 Masseto. This is a wine of sheer power, bliss, opulence, infinity and sublime seduction. This Merlot-based masterpiece hits all your senses with the grace of a ballerina and the power of a heavyweight. It is steady on its proverbial feet, but it also glides over the palate with a profound sense of elegance, harmony and rhythm. Among the prized vintages of Masseto, including 2001, 2004 and 2007, this edition is my favorite. The wine delivers an extra sense of tightness or firmness at the back that serves to stitch together its fleshy richness and general sumptuousness. The personality is sunny, expansive, articulate and sophisticated. You'll remember that the 2006 vintage is celebrated for the elegance of its wines. In the coastal Bolgheri appellation, it is also remembered for the power of its wines. You get the best of both worlds with this stunning creation: elegance and power. These traits are particularly well suited to the versatile grape variety at the heart of this Tuscan all-rounder. This is a true Renaissance wine. (ML)" (01/2016)

99 points Vinous: "I still remember where I was the first time I tasted the 2006 Masseto. Since then, I have tasted the 2006 several times. It has never been anything less than utterly profound. That is once again the case on this night. Readers who are cellaring the 2006 Masseto in magnum will want to wait at least a few years for it to be at its very best. Still, it is magnificent tonight. (AG)" (01/2017)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas of perfumes, berries and flowers turn to light toasty oak and sandalwood. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins that build and coat your palate. Long and silky-textured on the finish. Shows great class and finesse. Merlot. (JS)" (10/2009)

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2007 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana - 1 available ($699.99)

100 points and a Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast: "A perfect wine from a classic vintage, the 2007 Masseto (100% Merlot from a 17-acre vineyard of the same name) opens with an unabashedly opulent bouquet of delicous blackberry, cherry, choclate, vanilla, exotic spice and cinnamon. Masseto excels both in terms of quality of fruit and winemaking and delivers plush, velvety tannins and an extra long, supple finish. It will make a special and valuable collection to your cellar." 97 points Wine Spectator: "A very powerful and rich Merlot-based red that delivers so much currant bush, tobacco and toasty oak character. Full and layered. Goes on for minutes on the palate. Best after 2014." 96 points Parker's Wine Advocate: "The estate's 2007 Masseto is fabulous. Loads of black cherry, blackberry and cassis are intermingled with minerals, violets and French oak. This is an especially sensual Masseto that impresses for its clarity, intensity and length. The wine’s pedigree is impossible to miss, in fact in one of my blind tastings it was immediately identifiable; the class and sheer personality of Masseto came through in spades. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027." 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby. Subdued but pure aromas of blackcurrant, coffee and vanilla on the atypically restrained nose. Enters broad and plump, then shows a distinctly restrained sweetness to its blackberry, blueberry and coffee flavors. Finishes ultra-smooth and refined..."

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2008 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana - 1 available ($649.99)

99 points James Suckling: " *Ranked #1 in Top Dozen Bottles Tasted in 2011* Opulent and complex, with dark fruits such as plums and blackberries. Milk chocolate. Dried herbs too. Black olives. Stunning nose. Full bodied, with firm and chewy tannins, but a very creamy texture, and lots of milk chocolate, berry and mineral character. It goes on for minutes. Clear and powerful. Savory and salty. One of the best Massetos ever." (08/2012)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Masseto is another huge wine. It boasts tons of energy in a tense, inward style I can only describe as implosive, as if the wine is holding back all of its energy. A deep core of black fruit, grilled herbs, licorice and new leather emerges from time to time, but the tannins are still imposing. There is no shortage of pedigree. I fully expect the 2008 to develop into one of the great Massetos. Needless to say, it will be interesting to taste the 2008 in vertical tastings in the future. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033. 97+ (AG)" (06/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A dark, extracted red, offering plenty of juicy plum, blackberry and violet notes framed by vanilla and toast. Squarely in the modern camp, yet this works. The tannins are slightly gritty now, but should mesh with time. Merlot. (BS)" (10/2012)

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2008 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore - 2 available ($189.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Impressive nose of dark truffles, milk chocolate and blackberries. Full-bodied, with lots of licorice and blackberries and truffles. Very long and intense. Goes on for minutes. This is amazing and firm, with a racy character. Best after 2016." (09/2011)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Ornellaia continues to blossom in the bottle. Dark cherries, chocolate, espresso, blackberries and mocha are just some of the many notes that explode from the glass. A rich tapestry of licorice, tar and camphor notes develop in the glass, adding considerable complexity. The 2008 is a huge, structured Ornellaia endowed with massive structure. It has come together beautifully since the early days when it was a tannic beast. Readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a spectacular bottle of wine. This is a fabulous showing. (AG)" (06/2012)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* The 2008 Ornellaia delivers concentrated aromas of forest fruit, raspberry and black cherry. There are beautiful elements of soft spice and chocolate at the back and the wine ends with soft, plush tannins and smooth, berry-rich flavors." (02/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Pure flavors of black cherry, blackberry and coffee are enmeshed in the dense texture of this red, which is polished and beautifully balanced, in an international style, with fine length. (BS)" (10/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Black core. Has that slight dusty darkness that is so attractive in its restraint. Dark fruit and some cedar but also the sweetness of damsons and then savoury/balsamic. On the palate, more austere than 09 and currently a little drying on the finish. Tannins like a deep pile carpet but stiff pile. Not as fleshy as 2009. 18/20 points." (05/2013)

K&L Notes: The 2008 Ornellaia is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

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2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana - 2 available ($579.99)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby. Superripe, pure aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet, minerals, milk chocolate and exotic spices. Superconcentrated, rich and seamless, offering explosive sweetness but also great verve, thanks to bright acidity that provides wonderful lift and clarity to the blackberry, blueberry and black cherry flavors. Finishes with ultra-suave tannins and a kaleidoscope of violet and Oriental spice flavors. A very great Masseto from a hot year, when I would have expected the merlot to suffer a bit. But unlike in 2003, when it wasn't just hot but dry as well, Masseto's unique microclimate allowed the merlot to avoid major stress in 2009. As good and refined as the Ornellaia is in 2009, I think the Masseto has an extra layer of complexity and depth." (06/2012)

95 points James Suckling: "Sexy and muscular. Blackberries, licorice and tar on the nose. Bark, earth, and spice as well. Super subtle. Full-bodied, with super chewy tannins and a wonderful line. So beautiful. Creamy tannins. A baby 2001. Try in 2016." (08/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "94+ The 2009 Masseto bursts from the glass with dark red berries, blackberries, flowers, licorice and tar. It shows lovely up-front juiciness and expressive inner perfume in a surprisingly accessible style for this wine. Like the Ornellaia, the 2009 Masseto has quite a bit of freshness, although it, too, is medium-bodied in structure. In this vintage the Ornellaia team was especially selective and only used part of the three vineyards that typically go into Masseto. I have been fortunate to taste every vintage of Masseto, most more than once recently. Masseto has a great track record for aging, even in the smallest, least promising of vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029." (06/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "An effusive aroma of ripe black cherry announces the seriousness of this red, which is concentrated and intense, with shadings of plum and spice from the toasty, smoky oak. Though broad-shouldered, there's a sense of harmony, followed by an expansive finish. Just a bit brawny on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2030." (10/2012)

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2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore - 2 available ($199.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Ornellaia caresses the palate with layers of seamless, radiant fruit. Sweet red berries, mocha, flowers, new leather and spices are some of the many notes that are layered in this sumptuous, totally beautiful wine. The 2009 stands out for its silky tannins and phenomenal overall balance. This is one of those wines that will probably enjoy a long drinking window. There is little question the ability to blend grape varieties was a huge help in this vintage. In my opinion, that is the main reason Ornellaia is a slightly more complete wine than Masseto in 2009. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 made a very eloquent case for itself as the wine of the vintage. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. In 2009 winemaker Axel Heinz used the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever in Ornellaia and gave the wine less time in oak, both with the goal of preserving as much freshness as possible. (AG)" (06/2012)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* If youve ever wondered what makes this wine so special, the answer is simple: elegance. This shows polished fruit and spice aromas that are intense, balanced and beautifully integrated. The blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance made up of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The palate is dense, rich, smooth and supple." (04/2013)

96 points James Suckling: "Subtle and complex with sweet tobacco and chocolate. Tar too. It's full-bodied, with racy tannins and a long finish. So fine. This is the most Cabernet Franc in the blend ever at the estate." (08/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Multidimensional aromas of blackberry, iron, Oriental spices and cedar. Very intensely flavored and suave, with a wonderfully silky texture over a firm underlying structure. A hint of eucalyptus provides lift on the extremely long finish, which features building tannins and a violet nuance. This is a remarkably suave Ornellaia, but it seems a little less concentrated than usual and comes across as almost too polished. Maybe all it needs is a little time to put on more weight and develop greater complexity.94+ (ID)" (09/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* Very aromatic, featuring floral and leafy black currant scents that follow through to plum, iron and tar flavors. Bordeaux-like with a supple texture, yet also firmly structured, offering herb and spice notes on the finish." (10/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Much sweeter and riper on the nose than the 2010, more opulent, more sweetly spiced, a lot more expressive than the 2010 but feels thicker in the mouth. Really Merlot fruit with dark plums and damsons but a touch of red fruit too, and not a hint of overripeness. Much more right bank than 2010's left-bank character. Dry, deep, thick but rounded tannins. Polished already though it is still very young. The alcohol shows in the finish but it is not hot thanks to the fine texture. (18/20 points)" (05/2013)

K&L Notes: James Suckling wrote in 2011: "I love the power and finesse of the Ornellaia. It's a wine that remains classic in style and structure, but with a sexy streak to it. The wine ages wonderfully as well. That's why it is my No. 3 Most Collectible Tuscan Wine."

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2001 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri - 1 available ($239.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas of summer fruits and hints of cream. Then turns to dried Provençal herbs, such as rosemary. Well-defined Sass. Full-bodied, with sleek, refined tannins and a silky finish. All in finesse. Classy wine. Almost chewy. Reminds me of the excellent 1997, but this is slightly better. Give it time. Best after 2008. (JS)" (10/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red with a pale rim. Still reticent nose hints at redcurrant, pomegranate, graphite and cedar. Softer and more approachable than usual for young Sassicaia, with fleshy, easygoing flavors of redcurrant, cassis, balsamic smoke and vanilla. A seamlessly ripe, broad and long wine, finishing with smooth, very peppery, balsamic tannins and a trace of alcoholic warmth. The acid spine is hidden by the glossy, ripe fruit, but there?s plenty of it here; in this respect, the 2007 Sassicaia is not unlike other vintages with similar growing seasons, and reminds me of the 1997 at the same stage of development. I still feel that this vintage of Sassicaia will be remembered for offering early accessibility and perhaps possessing a little less concentration and depth than some recent great releases such as 2001 and 2006. However, do not make the mistake of attributing this to a hot year: unlike in more sun-drenched parts of Tuscany, 2007 was not an excessively hot vintage here. I also noted less bottle variation when I tasted this wine three times in November than I did in my tastings between April and August of 2010." (01/2011)

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1999 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 2 available ($229.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a stunning and superb wine that will simply blow you away. This Riserva is at its prime so you should not miss the opportunity to taste it soon (within the next two to three years) if you have a bottle in your cellar. Aged aromas of old spice and leather are creeping forward, but theres plenty of kirsch, cherry liqueur, cola, mocha, prune, licorice, menthol, bramble and rosemary twig to keep those tertiary aromas from taking over completely. In fact, theres loads of life still packed within the brooding, thick texture you behold before your eyes. The tannins are fine and smooth. Its a beauty now, and although Im assigning a longer drinking window because thats what it merits, I also think its too good to pass up now. Decant four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2024. (ML)" (02/2014)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Editors' Choice* Fresh asphalt, burning timber, bitter chocolate, and anything else that connotes 'darkness' is what this heavyweight is about. And as rough as that may sound aromatically, on the palate its polished like a gemstone, with just enough grit and guts to push it forward. The fruit, meanwhile, is sensational, a panoply of black plums and cherries infused with cocoa and vanilla. This offers a clear look into 21st-century Brunello, and the picture is breathtaking. (MS)" (07/2005)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of crushed berries, sliced meat and flowers lead to a full body. Supervelvety, with loads of ripe fruit and tannins. Yet this is soft and thoroughly delightful. Subtle and rich. Valdicava is style. No use in waiting. (JS, Web-2010)"

91 points James Suckling: "This is powerful stuff, super silky with notes of fresh herbs, dried berries, and black licorice. The finish is a little rough, but the nose is great." (01/2011)

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1999 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino - 3 available ($129.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Shows sweet raspberry and vanilla aromas, with hints of cream. Full-bodied and packed with ripe fruit and new wood, this is starting to come together now. A jammy, fruit-forward wine. (Web-2010)"

92 points Vinous: "The estate's 1999 Brunello di Montalcino is a touch more slender than I would have expected in this vintage. Gorgeous aromas meld into spiced dark fruit, spices, leather and menthol in a pretty style of Sangiovese. (AG)" (11/2008)

91 points James Suckling: "Very spicy and decadent on the nose with a touch of cigar box on the nose. Full bodied with slightly angular tannins and a bit hard." (01/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep crimson. Deeply scented. Nicely balanced. Lively. Dry. Real tang. Quite gentle elevage." (10/2005)

2013 Cayuse "Flying Pig" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend ($159.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium ruby colored 2013 Flying Pig gives up lots of black cherry, violets, spring flowers and savory spice in its medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky personality. Raised in 30% new puncheons, with the balance second and third fill barrels, it should drink nicely for another decade. (JD)" (06/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Bright red-ruby. Musky but pure aromas of black cherry, dark berries and smoked meat convey a sexy note of reduction. Surprisingly plush and sweet in the middle palate following the reticent nose, with dark fruit flavors complemented by sexy oak tones and notes of olive tapenade and spices. Tightens up again on the firmly tannic, classically dry back end. This solidly structured, fine-grained blend should gain further complexity with a few more years in the bottle. (ST)" (11/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Supple and velvety, layered with aromas and flavors of red berry, black currant, floral and spice that glide easily into a long finish against nubby tannins. (HS)" (08/2016)

2013 Cayuse "The Lovers" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah - 1 available ($159.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) with the rest Syrah, this wine offers aromas of fresh tobacco, cherry, cassis bud and smoke. The palate is broad and flavorful, showing a bit more fruit than is often seen from this typically mineral-driven region. (SS)" (12/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The same blend as the 2014, the 2013 The Lovers is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Syrah that was aged in mostly older puncheons. Showing the more elegant, fresh style of the vintage with its subtle black fruits, ground herbs, earth and lead pencil-like aromas and flavors, it has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful elegance, fine tannin and a graceful, balanced style that will keep it evolving nicely over the coming decade or more. (JD)" (06/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Bright, dark red. Sexy, musky complexity to the aromas of plum, currant, bacon fat, game and leather; showing its Syrah side on the nose today. Nobly rustic flavors of raspberry, strawberry, truffle and smoked meat offer lovely sweetness and harmonious framing acidity. This nicely delineated midweight is awfully sexy already but has the reserve for mid-term aging, even if it doesn't have quite the grip or detail of the 2012 version. Finishes with a smooth dusting of tannins and excellent subtle length.Washington Syrah fans who havent tasted Christophe Barons Cayuse wines in a while may have memories of some wild, high-octane bottles from the early 2000s. Todays wines are as lush and complex as ever yet rarely hit 14% alcohol, giving them better balance and flavor definition than ever before. Baron credits his biodynamic farming methods with allowing him to produce fruit with better phenolic ripeness at lower levels of potential alcohol. Baron, who is originally from the Champagne region and continues to make wine there, noted that "2012 in Walla Walla is what 2005 was in Burgundy, while 2013 is like 2006." (ST)" (07/2016)

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2010 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Grenache - 1 available ($129.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Showing the house style, which is generally more finesse driven than the wines of Cayuse, the 2010 Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard is a gorgeously complex, elegant effort that has both richness and freshness. A 100% Grenache that sees no new oak whatsoever, it possesses exotic aromas and flavors of lavender, olive, river rock and spiced meats that are all grounded by a sweet core of black cherry-like fruit. Medium to full-bodied, transparent and supple, with a deft, seamless texture, juicy acidity and outstanding length, this beautifully done 2010 will drink well for 7-8 years. Drink now-2020. (JD)" (06/2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The No Girls Grenache, from a vineyard adjacent to Armada (the source for the Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache) is lighter, more elegant, perhaps brighter than its companion wine, with fresh blueberry and other pie berry fruits, a streak of umami, herbal tea and impressive minerality. Almost Burgundian in style, it possesses excellent length and wonderful texture. (PG)" (12/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and spicy, with tangy acidity to balance the ripe strawberry, cherry and mulberry flavors, picking up licorice and black olive notes as the finish lingers. (HS)" (10/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from a crop level of just 1.2 tons per acre, according to winemaker Christophe Baron; no new oak): Moderately saturated medium red. Saline, Old World aromas of framboise, smoked meat, gunflint and black olive. Silky, sappy and distinctly dry, with rather delicate, salty, understated flavors of dried flowers, smoke and minerals. (ST)" (11/2013)

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2010 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Also brilliant and a superb example of Syrah from the Rocks region of the Walla Walla Valley, the 2010 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard delivers classic aromas and flavors of ground pepper, steak tartar, wild herbs and assorted dark berry-styled fruit. A 100% Syrah that comes from a high density planting located just behind Cayuses Armada Vineyard, it is medium to full-bodied, rich and supple on the palate, with an elegant, seamless feel thats hard to resist. Count me as a fan and this beauty will continue to shine for upwards of another decade. Drink now-2022. (JD)" (06/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh, vibrant, expansive and expressive, this offers towering flavors of black cherry, blackberry, floral and coffee. A flick of strawberry adds freshness to the finish. Deep and harmonious." (10/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Powerful scents of black olive, brine, seaweed and umami introduce this classic Syrah from the heart of whats known as The Rocks District in Walla Walla. The flavors are a complex mix of iron, rock, saline minerality and crushed raspberries. The No Girls project is distinct from Cayuse, sourced exclusively from the La Paciencia Vineyard, and provides a showcase for wines with elegant aromatics, great balance, length and complexity." (12/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from vines planted between 2003 and 2005; the plant material is from Alban Vineyards): Good bright medium red. Sexy, highly complex aromas of cherry, smoke, gunflint, red licorice, pepper and black olive; more northern Rhone than most northern Rhone wines. An intensely flavored midweight with lovely aromatic precision and a restrained sweetness to its saline red fruit and olive flavors. Finishes dry and long, with dusty tannins and a light touch. I prefer the balance of fruit and mineral tones here to the 2010 Grenache. (ST)" (11/2013)

2011 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Grenache ($119.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This vineyard was planted specifically for the No Girls project. The wine is fresh, fragrant and intensely floral, with a mix of rosewater and orange zest. Elegant, with a delicate, lacy texture, the flavors are savory and salty, braced with stiff, lightly peppery tannins. Notes of funk and mushroom come into play as it finishes gracefully and with unexpected length. (PG)" (02/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard is 100% Grenache that was harvested on October 23 and aged 22 months in neutral puncheons. Elegant and finesse driven, with a sweet bouquet of wild strawberries, mint, game, rose petal and dried flowers, it is medium to full-bodied, seamless and silky on the palate, with no hard edges. Already delicious, it will drink beautifully over the coming decade or more. (JD)" (06/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Musky strawberry, raspberry, black truffle and black pepper on the nose; a bit higher-pitched than the God Only Knows Grenache Christophe Baron also makes under his Cayuse label. Concentrated and saline, offering piquant peppery lift to the extremely primary red berry flavors. Sharply delineated, very elegant Grenache made without any new oak. Less rich than the God Only Knows (these vines, mostly from Alban clones, were planted between 2003 and 2005) but with more early punch. Finishes firm and smoky, with savory tannins and excellent verve. Baron recommends serving this wine with white meats or with Asian-style hardshell crab. The La Paciencia Vineyard is located just north of the very stony, high-density Armada Vineyard. The only significant difference between the two parcels is that the rows in La Paciencia are angled differently and get less direct sunlight. (ST) 92+?" (12/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Sensationally complex and subtle, with spicy, savory and smoky nuances around a core of pure currant and plum fruit. The aftertaste reveals a bitter radish bite, but the overall effect is warm, deft and inviting. Drink now through 2019. (HS)" (08/2015)

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2011 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah ($129.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In the same mold, with the buzzwords being finesse and elegance, the 2011 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard offers textbook pepper, olive tapenade, smoke and crunchy berry fruits in its medium to full-bodied, seamless and beautifully textured profile. Showing impressive complexity and already hard to resist, I-d lean towards drinking bottles over the coming decade as well. Distinctly different from both the Cayuse and Horsepower releases, winemaker Elizabeth Bourcier continues to fine-tune these No Girls releases and they always show a perfumed, lively style that-s hard to resist. They all come from the La Paciencia Vineyard, which is located in The Rocks around the town of Milton-Freewater, and all of the wines see only neutral oak. (JD)" (06/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The first impression is of steak tartare, with blood and a saline, savory character. Theres a floral, violet topnote, and streaks of black olive, orange peel, umami and brine. Tight, toned and muscular, its set in a compact, perfectly proportioned frame that requires many hours of breathing to open fully." (02/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, full red. Very tight nose hints at dark raspberry, black olive and baking spices, along with a gamey nuance. Chewy and ripe but extremely backward today, in a distinctly masculine style; a bit less pliant than the Cayuse 2011 Armada Syrah, which is itself somewhat youthfully unforthcoming. Tannins are extremely fine-grained but this Syrah will need a minimum of five more years in the cellar, by which time it will likely merit a higher rating. Finishes with sexy notes of brown sugar and olive tapenade." (12/2014)

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2012 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 1 available ($139.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Complex and evocative plum, tar, black olive and jasmine flavors ride proudly over a refined structure that feels almost weightless. A rich wine that offers finesse and an endless finish. Taut, but ends with an open feel. (HS)" (08/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard sports a darker ruby color to go with lots of savory dark fruits, crushed rock-like minerality, smoke and violets. One of the meatier, masculine Syrahs from Elizabeth, this full-bodied, layered, nicely concentrated beauty will drink well over the coming decade. Drink 2015-2025Winemaker Elizabeth Bourcier continues to fine-tune these No Girls releases and I think these 2012s are her greatest wines to date. These all come from the La Paciencia vineyard, and they've added a new Tempranillo release in 2012. The style here is similar to Cayuse (which is where the wines are made), yet these always show less overt power and more finesse. (JD) 95+" (06/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Bright, moderately saturated medium ruby. Compelling floral lift to the aromas of dark raspberry and smoke; shows Côte-Rôtie-like finesse and perfume. Firm acidity and underlying mineral energy give lift to the wine's raspberry fruit, but the palate feel is essentially soft. The pH here is close to 4.0 but the wine's saline minerality keeps the wine alive. Finishes with notes of dusty crushed basalt and wet stone, and a subtle hint of raw meat. This singular Washington Syrah should be accessible relatively early. (ST)" (07/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Peat, flower, smoked meat and earthy funk aromas are at the fore. The flavors show a combination of richness and elegance, with smoked meat and olive brine flavors that linger. (SS)" (09/2015)