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New Cellar Arrival: Highly Collectible Wines from Top Vintages and Estates - 11/09/2017 - 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 Ausone, Lafleur, Larkmead, Saxum, 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.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2000 Ausone, St-Emilion 98 1 $1,049.99 View
2003 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 98 3 $249.99 View
2003 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien 97 2 $189.99 View
2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 100 6 $649.99 View
2005 Lafleur, Pomerol 100 2 $1,649.99 View
2005 Latour, Pauillac 100 3 $929.99 View
2009 l'Église Clinet, Pomerol 100 2 $399.99 View
1995 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (1.5L) 94 2 $299.99 View
1983 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien 94 2 $239.99 View
2009 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien 99 1 $349.99 View
1988 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 93 1 $949.00 View
2000 Pavie, St-Emilion 100 1 $474.99 View
2003 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 96 1 $149.99 View
2001 Suduiraut, Sauternes 98 15 $94.99 View
2005 Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 96 3 $299.99 View
1985 Maison Leroy Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 94 4 $999.99 View
2010 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 98 1 $599.99 View
2007 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 1 $189.99 View
2005 Bond "Vecina" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 0 $274.99 View
2013 Booker "Oublie" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 94 7 $69.99 View
2013 Booker "The Ripper" Paso Robles Grenache 97 2 $139.99 View
1992 Dominus "Napanook Vineyard" Napa Valley Proprietary Red 95 1 $159.99 View
2008 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 1 $219.99 View
2009 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 5 $199.99 View
1997 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 1 $1,099.99 View
2004 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 1 $199.99 View
2005 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 0 $199.99 View
2012 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $229.99 View
2013 Larkmead "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 2 $119.99 View
2013 Larkmead "Firebelle" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 94 2 $119.99 View
2013 Larkmead "LMV Salon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 1 $159.99 View
2013 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $179.99 View
2001 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 1 $124.99 View
2004 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 1 $129.99 View
2005 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 3 $129.99 View
2007 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 99 2 $399.99 View
2014 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 100 1 $774.99 View
2014 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 100 3 $379.99 View
2007 Merus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $159.99 View
1996 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 94 4 $349.99 View
2013 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $129.99 View
2014 Outpost "True Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 100 2 $359.99 View
2013 Ovid "Hexameter" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 1 $299.95 View
2013 Ovid Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $299.99 View
1994 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 96 3 $149.99 View
2002 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot (1.5L) 93 3 $169.99 View
2002 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot 95 5 $84.99 View
2010 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Red (1.5L) 95 1 $349.99 View
2013 Pride Mountain Reserve Sonoma/Napa Counties Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $319.99 View
2014 Realm "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $399.99 View
2014 Realm "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $249.99 View
2014 Realm "Houyi Vineyard" Napa Valley Red Wine 97 1 $249.99 View
2008 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 1 $109.99 View
2008 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 98 1 $179.99 View
2013 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 1 $134.99 View
2013 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 1 $149.99 View
2008 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $289.99 View
2004 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $299.99 View
2000 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 1 $109.99 View
2002 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 100 1 $599.99 View
2003 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 2 $139.99 View
2013 The Debate "Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $149.99 View
2013 The Debate "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 5 $169.99 View
2008 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend 99 3 $329.99 View
2008 Vérité "La Muse" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend 100 8 $349.99 View
2008 Vérité "Le Désir" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend 100 10 $349.99 View
2010 Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 0 $199.99 View
2012 Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 0 $199.99 View
2013 Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $199.99 View
1995 Krug Brut Champagne 98 2 $299.99 View
1996 Krug Brut Champagne 100 0 $459.99 View
1996 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne 97 1 $399.99 View
1999 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne 98 1 $324.99 View
2002 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne 100 0 $274.99 View
1993 Château Pajzos Tokaji Esszencia (500ml) 99 4 $349.99 View
2001 Aldo Conterno "Granbussia" Barolo Riserva 95 2 $229.99 View
2004 Aldo Conterno "Romirasco" Barolo 95 1 $139.99 View
2004 Gaja "Sperss" Nebbiolo Langhe 99 1 $264.99 View
2006 Pio Cesare Barolo 94 1 $59.99 View
2011 Dow's Vintage Port 99 5 $249.99 View
2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana 100 1 $1,099.99 View
2001 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri 94 1 $239.99 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 "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
1999 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 97 0 $229.99 View
1999 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 93 2 $129.99 View


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2000 Ausone, St-Emilion - 1 available ($1,049.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Its saturated purple color was followed by a surprisingly more evolved and open wine than I had written in my tasting note in 2003, where I predicted maturity between 2020 and 2075. This wine displays wonderful, sweet tannin and a big, sweet kiss of truffle, crushed rock, blueberry, blackberry, and licorice. Extremely rich, full-bodied, with astonishing power, precision, and delicacy, this is a sumptuous wine that should age well for 50-60 years...(RP)" (06/2010)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Forget all those garage wines, forget the upstarts of Saint-Emilion. When you want real class, you have to turn to Ausone. What a wine - magnificently dense and opaque, hugely rich and sensual. Yet it doesnt seem in the least decadent - for deep inside the wine is a huge backbone of ripe tannins. Keep for at least 10 years." (06/2003)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This is like a perfectly cut piece of silk fabric. Every angle is just right, every texture great. Fabulous aromas of tobacco, mineral and cool berry fruit. Full-bodied, with loads of silky tannins and a length that goes on and on. Very racy. Very sexy. Best wine I have ever had from this estate. Best after 2010." (03/2003)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Profound nose melds raspberry, black cherry, mocha and minerals. Wonderfully silky and spherical, with monumental solidity and yet incredible inner-mouth perfume. This builds and builds toward the back, finishing with big but suave tannins and extraordinary minerally length. One of the two or three greatest wines I tasted on my spring trip to the Bordeaux region." (03/2003)

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2003 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe - 3 available ($249.99)

98 points James Suckling: "A dense and powerful wine as always with very ripe fruit yet an underlying freshness and complexity with tobacco, dried fruit and fresh spices such as lemon grass and Thai basil. Layered and long." (10/2015)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Two terrific efforts from this vintage, the 2003 Cos dEstournel (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) remains one of the superstars of the vintage. It offers an opaque ruby/purple hue as well as notes of incense, camphor, licorice, creme de cassis and graphite. Full-bodied, opulent, incredibly fresh and well-delineated... Kudos to the team at Cos dEstournel. (RP)" (08/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Knockout nose combines currant, espresso, earth and exotic spices. Wonderfully round and sweet, with outstanding volume and density. A spherical, seamless wine that saturates the entire palate. The huge but lush tannins coat the teeth. This is accessible now but has the sheer material for long aging. (ST)" (05/2006)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark bricky garnet. Rich and spicy with dried-fruit aromas but also a leafy note. Fine-grained, dry but not at all drying. More elegant than many. Lively and harmonious and attractively dry. Finesse and decent freshness to the end. 17.5/20 points. (JH)" (03/2013)

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2003 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien - 2 available ($189.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "(#28 on the Top 100 Wines of 2006) Intense aromas of blackberry, currant and cherry. Full-bodied, with masses of big, velvety tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. A blockbuster. A classic big, juicy claret. Best after 2012." (03/2006)

94 points James Suckling: "Ripe currants, spices, and blueberries on the nose. Full bodied, with big chewy tannins and a juicy finish. This still needs time. Pull the cork after 2014. Find the wine." (03/2011)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colour with a hint of purple. Opulently spiced, dark fruit nose of black cherries, plum pudding, cinnamon, cloves and a little tar. The palate gives good support to the fleshy fruit with medium+, fine tannins and medium acidity. Medium to full body and a long finish. Drink now to 2020+. Tasted March 2009." (05/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Sexy nose offers superripe currant, raspberry, graphite and coconut. Lush, very rich and fine-grained, with an almost confectionery sweetness and thickness for this St. Julien. Atypically powerful on the back end, but not hard. Bruno Borie took over direction of this property with the 2003 and immediately switched to a heavier bottle with a longer neck that could accommodate a 55-millimeter cork. A terrific showing-but I'd still give this wine another four or five years of aging." (06/2006)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "The initial scents of molasses and sweet fruit give way to an equally black, but more complex and potent wine with air. It's extremely ripe, with the scent and feel of fruit skin in the tannins-almost pruney. But there's also a sense of stature and elegance, a supple wine that should prove itself around ten years of age." (10/2006)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a solid, powerful wine packed with tannins and heavy black fruits. As so often, Ducru is taking its time, and this wine is still knitting itself together. But in future years, watch for the generosity, the richness as well as the finesse and freshness." (05/2006)

K&L Notes: ** Under the capable ownership of Bruno Borie, Ducru is improving on what was already a great wine. The Ducru (80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot) is closed on the nose, but it has a silky mouthfeel upfront with a tannic finish. Big wine with earthy components and super structure. I think it is a bit more elegant than previous vintages, but it has power behind it. (Tasted from barrel, 03/2004)

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2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 6 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)

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2005 Lafleur, Pomerol - 2 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 Latour, Pauillac - 3 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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2009 l'Église Clinet, Pomerol - 2 available ($399.99)

97-100 points Wine Spectator: "*Barrel Tasting* The nose on this already suggests a deep and contemplative wine with blackberry, dried flowers and sweet berries. Evolves to black olive and hints of asphalt. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and tangy, rich fruit. It really grabs hold of you and wants to tell you it's special. Loads of ripe tannins too. Big and structured. Turns to tapenade. (JL, Web2010)"

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Proprietor Denis Durantou has produced a blockbuster Pomerol from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, tipping the scales at just over 14.5% natural alcohol. A riveting wine, pure, elegant, but at the same time, extremely powerful and concentrated, with stunning texture, opulence and density, the tannins are abundant, and the wine certainly in need of a decade of cellaring. Fabulous creme de cassis and cherry liqueur notes are intertwined with hints of licorice, truffle, and graphite. Full and rich, but still in an infantile state of development, this wine needs to be cellared for 10 years but should keep for five decades or more. This 2009 is absolutely profound. (RP)" (02/2012)

95-98 points Vinous: "Ruby-purple. Knockout nose is unbelievably pure and rich, exuding expressive, heady scents of raspberry, plum syrup, Oriental spices, espresso and minerals. Sweet and dense but almost magically vibrant, this wine boasts terrific depth and freshness to its pomegranate, watermelon, dark berry, mineral and floral flavors. Finishes with utterly silky tannins and outstanding palate-saturating length. One of the stars of the vintage. (ID)" (05/2010)

97 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of crushed blackberries and blueberries and spices. Rose petals. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Beautiful layers of tannins, with hints of acidity. Best after 2017." (02/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Essence-of-Merlot aromas of bitter cherry, bluberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate, licorice and spices, lifted by a whiff of violet. Dense, thick and sweet, with a saline nuance to the seamless flavors of dark berries, licorice and spices. Wonderfully sweet, subtle and long, finishing with substantial building tannins and a medicinal reserve that bodes well for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. A great vintage for this estate. (ST)" (04/2012)

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1995 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (1.5L) - 2 available ($299.99)

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 Only-2007)"

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Somewhat closed and reticent after bottling, but still impressive, this 1995 possesses a dark ruby/purple color, as well as an oaky nose with classic scents of cassis, vanillin, cedar, and spice. Dense and medium to full-bodied, with softer tannin and more accessibility than the 1996, but not quite the packed and stacked effect on the palate, the 1995 is an outstanding textbook St.-Julien that will handsomely repay extended cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025. (RP)" (02/1998)

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. Drink 2010-2025." (02/2011)

K&L Notes: 92-94 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "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."

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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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2009 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien - 1 available ($349.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of cep mushrooms, dark fruits and fresh flowers, follow through to a full body and super velvety tannins with a long long finish. Gorgeous structure to this. Sexy and almost decadent." (02/2012)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. Analytically, it is high in tannin and the alcohol is 13.8%, nearly a record at this estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc was showing brilliantly at the 2009 tasting I did in Hong Kong and at a later tasting. It boasts an inky/purple color, monumental concentration and lots of sweet, jammy black currant, black cherry and kirsch fruit intermixed with crushed rock and mineral notes. As always, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon has built a massive wine with exceptional precision, unbelievable purity and aging potential of 40-50 years. I was surprised by the lusciousness of this cuvee on several occasions, and how much more forward it is given the fact that Las Cases can often be forebodingly backward and in need of 10-15 years of cellaring (at age 30, the 1982 is still a baby in terms of development!). The super-concentrated 2009 needs another 5-7 years before additional nuances emerge. This is a brilliant, full-throttle St.-Julien. (RP) 98+" (02/2012)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautifully structured wine, with its tannins layered between the ripest black plums, damsons and black currants. It is opulent while remaining dense, concentrated and very serious. Certainly a wine for long-term aging. *Top Cellar Selection of 2012* (RV)" (04/2012)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This is gorgeously layered with cassis bush, anise, roasted fig and plum reduction notes all framed by racy espresso and graphite. Very deep and very long, with terrific intensity on the finish thanks to razor cut from the seemingly endless iron spine. With its purity and precision, this mineral-driven Cabernet should cruise for two decades. *Collectibles* (JM)" (03/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant medium ruby. Brooding, medicinal aromas of cassis, blueberry, exotic spices and sexy oak. Large-scaled, dense and deep, with superconcentrated dark fruit and spice flavors given definition by strong acidity. Hugely rich but impeccably balanced Saint-Julien wine with a great, slowly building finish featuring a boatload of harmonious, noble, fully ripe tannins. This endless, subtle wine is at first growth level in 2009. (ST) 95+" (07/2012)

Decanter: "Deep purple red, naturally concentrated bouquet over really smooth, sophisticated fruit with a taffeta lift, great purity and depth of vineyard fruit, superb elegance and length. 19/20 points." (03/2010)

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76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc. Sexy wine. Red currant flavors. Power and elegance together. Tons of lush, decadent fruit. K&L's Ralph Sands adds, "All of the above, with a powerful strike on the palate and great freshness!"

1988 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) - 1 available ($949.00)

93 points James Suckling: " There's licorice here along with mint, some lead pencil and flowers. It's full and round displaying wonderful vanilla and plum flavors. Very silky and refined yet dense and caressing. A beauty, though it does turn a little dry, always revealing its wood." (03/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1988 Mouton has an attractive aroma of exotic spices, minerals, coffee, black currants, and sweet oak. Much like the 1989, the bouquet is staggering, but the flavors are distinctly less profound. In the mouth, it is a much firmer, tougher, more obviously tannic wine than the 1989, with medium body and outstanding ripeness. A beautifully made 1988 that will last 20-25 years, its short finish keeps it from being sublime. The 1988 is somewhat reminiscent of the 1985, but with more tannin. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020. (RP)" (12/1997)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark crimson with some age at the rim. Much darker than any of the lesser 1988s tasted alongside. Very warm and rich on the nose -- was the château in its California phase then? Tannins are still pretty angular. An awkward blend of sweetness on the nose and extreme dryness on the palate. Perhaps it will eventually blossom when those tannins diminish but at the moment it is out of kilter. Quite a bit of acidity. Dry finish. Drink 2015-2030. 17+/20 points" (10/2011)

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2000 Pavie, St-Emilion - 1 available ($474.99)

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

97 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful and on point now, with a cascade of gently steeped blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry fruit flavors that are showing some secondary notes, all followed by singed alder, dried anise, tobacco and black tea accents. Features a mineral lining on the finish, along with a long sanguine echo. Presents a mature edge, but this is racy and fresh, with hints of menthol and bay leaf.Non-blind Pavie vertical in March 2017. Drink now through 2035. (JM, Web Only-2017)"

95 points Vinous: "(bottled in March of 2003) Good full medium ruby. Knockout nose of blackberry, espresso, licorice, minerals and burnished oak; offers terrific verve and clarity for a wine so ripe and rich. Then extremely youthful on the palate, with tightly wound flavors and great inner-mouth energy. Brilliant black fruit and mineral flavors offer compelling perfume. This is still remarkably primary despite its long elevage (the wine was bottled just three weeks prior to my tasting). Finishes with great tactile, chewy persistence. An outstanding vintage for this property. (ST)" (05/2003)

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

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2003 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 1 available ($149.99)

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

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

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

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

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

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2001 Suduiraut, Sauternes ($94.99)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of honey, passion fruit, mango and candied lemon rind. Full-bodied and ultraconcentrated, yet balanced and refined. It lasts for minutes on the palate. This has just about everything in the right place. Stunning. *Collectables, Ranked #9 on the Top 100 Wines of 2004* (JS)" (09/2004)

95 points Vinous: "Medium yellow-gold. Flamboyantly ripe, complex nose combines pineapple, apricot, toffee, clove and vanilla. Hugely sweet and rich, with deep, powerful flavors of honey, marzipan and toffee. A major mouthful of wine, with great lingering sweetness. Today, this makes the Rieussec seem almost polite by comparison. (ST)" (08/2004)

93 points James Suckling: "This is just starting to open up, with a dried lemon, meringue, pineapple, and honey. Full and very sweet with a spicy character. Long and tangy, yummy." (04/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Stunning wine. Wonderful balance. Barley sugar sweetness but just the right amount of freshness. A bottle in great shape served by Brian Croser who reported that the late Len Evans in his Bordeaux phase (backed by his well-heeled friend Foxy) tried to buy Ch Suduiraut - and Ch Lascombes! 19/20 points (JR)" (03/2016)

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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)

1985 Maison Leroy Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru - 4 available ($999.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1985 Leroy Ruchottes-Chambertin is a classic example of a grand cru from the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation. The color is still very dark ruby, and the bouquet has just begun to release secondary aromas of grilled meats, leather, and baked red and black fruits. The high tannin levels may cause some to think the wine is rustic and rough-edged, but there is sensational concentration of fruit, a deep mid-palate, and a spectacular, long, opulent, tannic finish. The wine is still too young to be enjoyed, and can be safely cellared for another 20-25 years." (12/1992)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "The barest hints of sous bois and truffle combine with rounded, lovely, complex, supple flavors that display fine length. Very classy juice that is drinking perfectly now though it should hold for some time to come. In sum, this is a lovely if not profound wine of good overall character and charm." (04/2004)

2010 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($599.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Araujos 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a picture perfect example of the year. Vibrant, precise and beautifully chiseled, the 2010 boasts serious depth and concentration. The aromas and flavors are incredibly vivid in this textured, dazzling Cabernet Sauvignon. Hints of dark blue and black fruit, mocha, espresso and grilled herbs flesh out on the huge finish. Today the 2010 is unusually open, but it is almost certain to shut down in bottle over the next 6-12 months. The 2010 is a super-classic Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon from Araujo. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035. (AG)" (12/2012)

97 points James Suckling: "One of the great wines of California made from biodynamically grown grapes. Shows unique character of hot stones, iodine and currants. Tannic yet balanced and refined. Better in five or six years of bottle age." (06/2014)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full, deep red-ruby. More floral and refined on the nose than the Alta Gracia, offering ineffable aromas of blueberry, brown spices, menthol, bay laurel and cedar. Marvelously silky on entry, then opens out dramatically on the back half, showing insidious, savory flavor concentration but also finishing with outstanding grip and verve. The very fine-grained, building tannins are perked up by notes of pepper and herbs. This wonderfully poised wine, delivering great richness without any undue weight, displays classic Eisele Vineyard character without any signs of roasted fruit. Understated today, this beauty may well merit an even higher score eight or ten years down the road." (05/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and delicious, with a sumptuous core of melted black licorice, dark berry, nutmeg-scented spice, loamy earth and dried herb. Shows impressive focus, density and persistence. Tempting now, but should age well. Best from 2014 through 2028." (11/2013)

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2007 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($189.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red (60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot) exhibits abundant notes of espresso, chocolate, creme de cassis, blackberry, forest floor and graphite. Full-bodied, dense and rich, it is just beginning to reveal some secondary nuances as well as complexity. There are 940 cases of this big, rich 2007 that should continue to drink well for two decades. (RP)" (12/2010)

94 points Vinous: "Full medium ruby. Some slightly porty high tones to the aromas and flavors of black plum, espresso, licorice, violet and tar. Wonderfully suave, sweet wine with terrific depth of texture and harmonious balancing acidity. With its balance, energy and intensity, this wonderfully long, juicy wine is approachable and complex already, but will still improve and gain in nuance for many more years in the bottle. The ripe tannins saturate the molars. (ST) 94+" (05/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "A fragrant nose of deep dark fruits, cigar box, roasted coffee, vanilla bean, and hints of flowers. Full bodied and velvety with dark luscious fruits. Very round with a very soft palate and a velvety texture. Very yummy and delicious right now but will get even better after 2014." (04/2011)

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2005 Bond "Vecina" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 0 available ($274.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Vecina is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 100% new oak, like the other cuvées. It is from an 11-acre site directly southeast of the Bond Winery, close to Harlan Estate. This wine tends to be the closest to the Harlan Estate in quality, with notes of new saddle leather, blackberry, roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate -- and again -- graphite and subtle smoke. Opaque purple, but still incredibly youthful, the wine is spicy, intense, full-bodied and majestic. There is a deep tone to this massive Cabernet Sauvignon, which is set for another 25 or 30 years of life, although it certainly is accessible at present. (RP)" (06/2015)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Very refined, with lovely perfume. Heady, showing currants, cassis, cedar, chocolate-covered cherries and sweet herbs. Decadent, classy, elegant, with a great tannin structure. Just oozes class." (05/2009)

96 points Vinous: "Saturated bright ruby, showing little evidence of evolution. Deep, pure, bright aromas of cassis, black raspberry, crushed rock, dusty herbs and spices; already a knockout on the nose in spite of its youth. Wonderfully plush, ripe and deep, combining a seamless texture and creamy ripeness with youthfully medicinal black cherry fruit and a hint of herbs. Finishes with noble but huge tannins, echoing and rising on the slowly building finish. Some barrel fermentation gave this powerful wine a creamy aspect. (ST)" (05/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and racy wild berry and blackberry fruit is flashy, tight, pure, focused and beautifully defined, picking up a nice dusty berry edge, with hints of black licorice, and offering wonderful depth, richness and persistence. (JL)" (10/2008)

91 points James Suckling: "Loads of violets, flowers, and dark fruits on the nose. Full bodied, with dusty tannins and a medium finish." (02/2011)

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2013 Booker "Oublie" Paso Robles Rhône Blend ($69.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Oublie is more Grenache heavy than the 2012, and is 44% Grenache, 36% Mourvedre and 20% Counoise. Showing plenty of black and blue fruits, underbrush, peppery spices and violet nuances, this serious barrel sample hits the palate with full-bodied richness, rock-solid mid-palate depth and a great finish. It will drink well on release and evolve for a decade or more." (08/2014)

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2013 Booker "The Ripper" Paso Robles Grenache - 2 available ($139.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 The Ripper (Grenache) is up with some of the greatest expressions of this variety in California. Aged in a combination of concrete and neutral demi-muids, it offers truly spectacular notes of kirsch, black berries, rose petals, licorice and herbes de Provence as well as a full-bodied, rich, voluptuous and unctuously textured feel on the palate. Possessing thrilling purity of fruit, tons of glycerin, superb concentration and a blockbuster finish, drink this hedonistic and sexy Grenache anytime over the coming 7-8 years. (JD)" (08/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Bright violet color. Complex scents of ripe raspberry, anise, potpourri and minerals, with a smoky accent building in the glass. Very sweet and seamless in texture, offering intense red fruit and floral pastille flavors that gain depth and spiciness with air. Finishes very long, with smooth tannins, impressive vivacity and lingering allspice and cinnamon notes. (JR)" (09/2015)

1992 Dominus "Napanook Vineyard" Napa Valley Proprietary Red - 1 available ($159.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1992 Dominus is similar in style to the 1990. It exhibits an open knit, opulent, rich, easy-going character with gorgeous levels of earthy, cassis fruit intertwined with scents of herbs, coffee, and chocolate/mocha ice cream. Rich and full-bodied, with thick, viscous flavors and low acidity, this is a forward, exceptionally concentrated, easy to understand Dominus...(RP)" (12/1995)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very deep red-ruby. Very complex aromas of raspberry, licorice, road tar, lead pencil and mint; a faint vegetal nuance adds to its complexity. Fat, supple, sweet and mouthfilling... Finishes powerful and very ripe, with dusty, substantial tannins and a hint of alcohol. This will age more on its tannins than on its rather soft acidity. (ST)" (08/1999)

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2008 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($219.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years. (RP)" (12/2010)

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. Best after 2014." (06/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very Bordeaux-like in its makeup and structure, this firm wine offers good acidity and tight tannins, delivering complex flavors of loamy earth, vivid dried currant and berry, with anise and mineral notes sprinkled in. My favorite young Dominus of late. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022." (11/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot): Good full red-ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napanook, showing raspberry, plum, mocha and tobacco aromas. Round and plummy in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of milk chocolate, mocha and licorice. A wine of moderate ripeness for the vintage, and in a shell today. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and notes of plum, mocha and chocolate. I don't find quite the structure or grip of the best years." (06/2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Another fine Dominus, dry, well-structured and ageworthy. Lacks the flashiness of the dramatic 2007, but is still ripe and rich enough to drink now, and should develop over the next six years. Rewards for the depth of blackberries, cassis, blueberries and cedar, wrapped into plush tannins." (11/2011)

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2009 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 5 available ($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."

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1997 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($1,099.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1997 Harlan Estate is one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines I have ever tasted. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this enormously-endowed, profoundly rich wine must be tasted to be believed. Opaque purple-colored, it boasts spectacular, soaring aromatics of vanilla, minerals, coffee, blackberries, licorice, and cassis. In the mouth, layer after layer unfold powerfully yet gently. Acidity, tannin, and alcohol are well-balanced by the wine's unreal richness and singular personality. The finish exceeds one minute. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2030. (RP)" (12/2000)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby. Liqueur-like superripe nose combines roasted cherry, black raspberry, minerals and Valrhona chocolate; distinctly port-like notes. Voluptuous and huge in the mouth, with explosive fruit bordering on confectionary; flavor of chocolate-covered currants. Much more powerfully structured than the estate second wine but the backbone is hidden under a tidal wave of lush fruit. Endless finish features extraordinarily fine, suave tannins. Like the '97 Bryant Family Vineyard cabernet, this freakishly ripe wine reminds me of a great '47 Pomerol. (ST)" (05/2000)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A great bottle, ripe, intense, structured, focused and concentrated, with youthful, vibrant, layered flavors, gaining velocity and length. There's a tremendous finish. (JL, Web Only-2010)"

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2004 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($199.99)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tasted in October, 2007, the wine was mute, offering little aromatically except for teasing notes of blackberries and oak. That shyness extended to the taste, where strong, hard tannins provide an almost impenetrable coat of armor to whats inside. But right down the middle of the palate is a deep, intensely powerful stream of perfectly ripened cassis thats all the proof you need of ageability. This is a magnificently structured young wine, reminiscent of a fine young Pauillac. Best after 2012, and should have another decade after that, at least." (02/2008)

95 points Vinous: "Bright, dark ruby-red. Deep, ripe, expressive nose offers plum, graphite, mocha and violet aromas, plus hints of dried fruits and nutmeg. Wonderfully plush, superconcentrated wine; fleshy and sweet, conveying a small-berry character and outstanding early appeal. Its lavish ripeness is supported by firm acidity, underlying minerality and big, late-arriving tannins. As sexy as this wine is today, it's not yet near its peak. Beginning with this vintage, the Insignia has been made with 100% estate fruit. (ST)" (04/2016)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Among the richest and most succulent wines to be had in December's very fine bunch, Phelps's latest Insignia is a sweet and flamboyant wine that literally oozes concentrated, cassis-like fruit. It is filled out by lots of very rich, crème caramel oak, and it finds added dimension by way of its loamy earth accents. Its ample, well-tailored tannins go nearly unnoticed in light of its wonderfully plush texture, and if there are temptations to enjoy this plump and polished offering in its youth, there are manifold reasons to believe that it will continue to unfold and to improve for a decade or more. *Two stars*" (12/2007)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the 2004 Insignia was aged 24 months in new French oak. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as rich, full-bodied, supple tannins, abundant fruit and exciting levels of complexity and richness. This cuvees large production makes it one of the finest quality/quantity Cabernets produced in Napa Valley. Drink it over the next two decades. (RP)" (04/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A powerful expression, tightly wound yet pure, rich and vibrant, with delicious blackberry and dark berry flavors supported by firm, gritty, earth-laced tannins that grip and hold, yet the fruit pushes through. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. (JL, Web Only-2014)"

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2005 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 0 available ($199.99)

97 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Three Stars, Wine of the Year in 2008* This year's version of Insignia is a stunning wine that vies for very top honors of the vintage. Its utterly enveloping aromas of perfectly ripe currants, creamy oak and dried violets are followed up in the mouth with wonderfully extracted, carefully proportioned Cabernet flavors that go on and on. The wine is lush yet solidly structured with a fine sense of balance and tannin right where it should be, and, as good as the wine will be in its youth, it will be better yet with age." (12/2008)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Proprietary Red Insignia (14.5% alcohol and typically aged 24 months in new French oak) is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. Juicy, fresh and vibrant, with a dense, ruby/purple color, and a classic nose of licorice and crème de cassis as well as hints of new saddle leather and earth, the wine is a brilliant blend that after ten years shows no evidence of the 24 months it spent in new French oak. Full-bodied, opulent, but still youthful, this wine looks set for another 25-30 years of aging. The wines best elements are its finesse and elegance allied to great richness and intensity. This wine is accessible now, as most Insignias tend to be, but much of its greatness will be revealed over the next two decades. (RP)" (06/2015)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is not a wine for tonight, or next year, or for at least the next six years. It's shut down in tannins, with an astringency that cant be overcome even with decanting, although that won't stop people from opening it before its time. Buried beneath the tannins are well-developed black currant, roasted meat and cedar flavors that define upscale Napa Cab. Really fine and distinguished, a wine to cellar and enjoy for many years. *Cellar Selection*" (05/2009)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "For now, it's a sleek wine, with black currant flavors equal to a substantial presence of oak. The tannins are superripe and luxurious; they gain detail with air, becoming more mineral while allowing a fresh scent of roses to come forward. Accessible now for its richness, this will yield more complex pleasures with ten years of age." (06/2009)

92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Musky aromas of black raspberry, plum, mocha, smoked meat, porcini and underbrush. Plush, thick and quite dry, showing excellent depth and good lift to its flavors of black raspberry, pine needless and cigar box. With aeration, this wine showed a building truffley perfume and substantial tannins. Any early sweetness this wine might have shown has been nicely integrated. (ST)" (05/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, supple and complex, offering wonderful aromas and serving up a range of herb- and mineral-laced currant, black cherry, blackberry, sage and pebble notes. Ends with a clipped edge. (JL)" (10/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Rather ridiculous special bottle. Dark crimson. Actually pretty convincing and beautifully knit on the nose. Mellow and rich with balsamic and black olive notes. Very luscious and sumptuous. (JR)" (10/2014)

K&L Notes: 2005 Insignia blend and grape sources: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot from estate-owned vineyards in Rutherford (30%), South Napa (22%), the St. Helena home ranch (17%) and Stags Leap District (Barboza Vineyard, 17% and Las Rocas Vineyard, 14%).

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2012 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($229.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 70% new French oak) is even better than I thought last year. This spectacular wine boasts notes of white chocolate, hot gravel, crème de cassis, blackberries, licorice and forest floor. A subtle smoky barbecue character is noticeable in the background. This is a thrilling, full-bodied, majestic Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 25-30 years, although its tannic structure suggests cellaring it for 2-5 years will be beneficial. (RP)" (10/2014)

95 points James Suckling: "A wine with sliced mushroom, bark and spice plus berry and dark chocolate. Full body with forest flower, bramble, and light earth. Powerful and rich. A wonderful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from here. Pure Cab. Available in November. Give it two or three years to soften. Try in 2017." (07/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A broad, rich, expansive expression of dark berry, currant, espresso and mocha, this hits all the right notes, with touches of savory herb and tobacco leaf. Most impressive on the lingering finish, where the flavors run deep. Drink now through 2030. (JL)" (11/2015)

94 points Vinous: "Graphite, smoke, licorice, incense, game and black fruit race across the palate in the 2012 Solari. This is an especially explosive, structured wine for the vintage, with superb balance and the density to support years of exceptional drinking. Black cherries, plums, game and tobacco reappear on the huge finish. This is a rare 2012 that demands patience. 94+ points. (AG)" (12/2014)

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2013 Larkmead "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($119.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (White Label) is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in about two-thirds new French oak. Very Bordeaux-like, with a St.-Julien-like personality, there are notes of crushed stones, gunflint, licorice, cedar wood, Christmas fruitcake and loads of red and blackcurrants. It is a powerful wine with a hint of chocolate as well. This beautiful and structured yet elegant wine should drink well for at least 15-25 years.This famous, historic estate, highly renowned in the late 1800s, sits to the north of St. Helena and to the south of Calistoga. It is a valley-floor vineyard of 110 acres that has been divided into a hierarchy of quality. The lineup of wines for now remains the same. They have had an incredible run of great successes at Larkmead, with the 2013s easily the match for the impressive 2012s. (RP)" (10/2015)

92 points Vinous: "A dark, powerful wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (white label) hits the palate with masses of dark fruit, cedar, tobacco, savory herbs and leather. Today the tannins are a bit rustic, but the 2013 possesses remarkable density and the pedigree to age for many years. The distinctly ferrous, iron-infused and meaty notes are some of the key Larkmead signatures. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2013 Larkmead "Firebelle" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($119.99)

94 points James Suckling: "The blackberry and bramble berry aromas with cloves, walnuts and cedar undertones follow through to a full body, firm and chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Needs time to soften, but impressive backbone of tannins and fruit. Better in 2020." (01/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Firebelle Proprietary Red is a blend of 76% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. This wine shows loads of roasted espresso notes mixed with white chocolate, plum, black cherry and currant. The wine is ripe, opulent, full-bodied and a very sexy, lush example of 2013 to drink over the next 15 or more years.This famous, historic estate, highly renowned in the late 1800s, sits to the north of St. Helena and to the south of Calistoga. It is a valley-floor vineyard of 110 acres that has been divided into a hierarchy of quality. The lineup of wines for now remains the same. They have had an incredible run of great successes at Larkmead, with the 2013s easily the match for the impressive 2012s. (RP)" (10/2015)

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2013 Larkmead "LMV Salon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($159.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Proprietary Red LMV Salon, which is a proprietary red of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Cabernet Franc, is stunning. The Cabernet Franc seems to give this wine a tremendous fragrance, as the opaque purple color offers notes of cedar wood, underbrush, forest floor and spring flowers along with creme de cassis and black cherries. With a full body, ripe texture and moderately high tannins, this wine will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring and keep 30-35 years. This famous, historic estate, highly renowned in the late 1800s, sits to the north of St. Helena and to the south of Calistoga. It is a valley-floor vineyard of 110 acres that has been divided into a hierarchy of quality. The lineup of wines for now remains the same. They have had an incredible run of great successes at Larkmead, with the 2013s easily the match for the impressive 2012s.The red wines include six cuvées from the estate vineyards, with three of them designated by white labels, while their most expensive and limited cuvées are designated with a black label. The three Black Label wines are about as good as Cabernet Sauvignon can be. (RP)" (10/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 LMV Salon is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. The significant presence of Cabernet Franc gives the rich, deep Larkmead fruit an additional top register of brightness that is compelling. Sweet floral notes, spice, mocha, new leather and mint are some of the signatures in this vivid, exceptionally beautiful wine. This is another wine that will require patience, but the 2013 is a knock-out, there is no doubt about it. Winemaker Dan Petroski told me he plans to increase the Cabernet Franc in this bottling. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of blackberry, wet tobacco, pistachio and wet bark. Full body with velvety and chewy tannins that are polished and reserved. Long and savory finish. Better in 2020." (01/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and intense, this is rounded at the edges, with caressing tannins that join in rather than challenge. Built for short-term cellaring, as the blackberry, currant, mocha, licorice and dried herb notes are long and persistent. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2019 through 2030. 827 cases made.(JL, Web Only-2016)"

2013 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($179.99)

94-97 points Vinous: "Massive and structured to the core, the 2013 Solari is another totally captivating wine from Larkmead. Lavender, blackberry jam, cassis, mint, new leather and smoke saturate the palate as this dramatic, full-bodied wine shows off its captivating personality and huge sense of structure. Today the tannins are searing an intense, but there is more than enough fruit to go the distance. I sincerely hope readers will have the discipline to forget about the 2013s for a good 7-10 years, and even that may not be enough.This is a stunning set of wines from Larkmead. The 2012s are big, powerful Cabernets that will require quite a bit of patience. They are among the most structured wines of the year I tasted. The 2013s are even more intense. After a little bit of a hiccup with 2011, the winemaker transition from Andy Smith to Dan Petroski seems to have occurred pretty smoothly. Petroski has a decidedly Old World-leaning palate, which seems very well suited to the kinds of wines that seem to emerge pretty naturally from this historic Calistoga site. Longtime Larkmead fans will note a few changes in the wines, such as a move to make Cabernet Franc an important component in the LMV Salon and the evolution of the flagship Lark to a single-parcel wine, rather than a field or cellar selection. Personally, I very much like what is coming out of Larkmead these days, and that is no way a critique of prior vintages, but rather an observation of what looks like a very bright future here. (AG)" (09/2014)

96 points James Suckling: "So much blueberry, black currant and licorice aromas follow through to a full body, plus focused and chewy tannins that are polished and beautiful. A super wine with a future. Drink in 2020." (01/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari, which is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot (945 cases), is a huge, massive wine of great intensity, coiled tightly at present, but with high tannins, formidable extract and unlimited upside potential. This is a real connoisseurs choice, since it needs a good 5-8 years of bottle age. This is a monster effort from the valley floor and should be respected appropriately. Forget it for now. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035+. This famous, historic estate, highly renowned in the late 1800s, sits to the north of St. Helena and to the south of Calistoga. It is a valley-floor vineyard of 110 acres that has been divided into a hierarchy of quality. The lineup of wines for now remains the same. They have had an incredible run of great successes at Larkmead, with the 2013s easily the match for the impressive 2012s.The red wines include six cuvées from the estate vineyards, with three of them designated by white labels, while their most expensive and limited cuvées are designated with a black label. The three Black Label wines are about as good as Cabernet Sauvignon can be...Cam Baker, the proprietor of Larkmead, told me that the 2013s were off the analytical charts in terms of extract, tannin levels and color density, whereas the 2014s were about 25% less on all the indices of power, strength, color and extract, but theyre still very concentrated wines. (RP)" (10/2015)

2001 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($124.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A tour de force, at times smooth, rich and creamy, with layers of complex currant, blackberry, black cherry and mocha-laced oak. The flavors run deep and are persistent, with ripe, round tannins and the kind of concentration that bodes well for cellaring. (JL)" (08/2004)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Surprisingly opulent and outgoing for a Cabernet of its tender years, the latest Lewis Reserve is deep in fruit and fit with layer upon layer of wonderfully rich oak. If striking in its generosity, it is still on the tough and tannic side at the finish, yet here again intense and unrelenting fruit fights its way through the wine's imposing astringency and all but guarantees eight to ten years of spectacular development." (04/2004)

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2004 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($129.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "as maintained a youthful vibrancy and a core of flavor, with plum, blackberry, wild berry and cedary oak notes accented by hints of sage and mocha. Ends with firm, gripping tannins and a burst of black licorice and crushed rock. (JL, Web-2014)"

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2005 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($129.99)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Three Stars* As deep and defined and impressively structured as any wine in this issue, Lewis adds to its recent string of show-stopping Char-donnay successes with a Cabernet that stands with the best. A big, highly extracted wine whose concentration and sheer sense of scale are matched by few, it shows layer upon layer of cassis, creamy oak, cola, chocolate, coffee and loamy soil qualities that outdistance its ample young tannins and handily buffer its scant edge of heat. Downright enthralling, yet only a shadow of what it is bound to become, it deserves seeking out and needs to be cellared for ten or more years." (08/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Maturing nicely, with rich, mocha-laced blackberry wild berry flavors, accented by anise and black licorice notes. The tannins are firm and still assertive, raising the question of when or whether they might ease up. Drink now through 2025. (JL, Web-2015)"

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2007 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($399.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The prodigious 2007 Materium exhibits an even more opaque purple color, and ratchets up the level of intensity and aromatic complexity. Blackberry, black raspberry, blueberry, and cassis aromas intermixed with notes of crushed rocks, spring flowers, and toasty new oak are found in this beauty. Outstanding intensity along with full-bodied power and beautifully integrated acids, tannins, alcohol, and wood suggest this 2007 should hit its peak in 5-7 years, and evolve for three decades or more. (RP)" (12/2009)

98 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 of 2010, Highly Recommended* A riveting wine, notably rich and sophisticated, with layers of plush yet firm mocha, blackberry, plum and wild berry flavors that are full-blown. A dash of lavender and mineral, with floral scents, give this great depth, persistence and range of flavor, followed by a grand finish. (JL)" (10/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby. Sweet, ripe aromas of dark berries, graphite and flowers. Creamy and lush, with an almost confectionery sweetness leavened by exotic floral lift and perfectly integrated acidity. This wine, which comes from a vineyard above Dalla Valle and Showket in the eastern hills of Oakville, has a relatively low 3.5 pH and was harvested in mid-October. Sexy soil tones add complexity. Finishes with broad tannins, excellent grip and length, and lingering sweetness. This is seamless in the way of many 2007s but not at all heavy. (ST)" (05/2010)

2014 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) ($774.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium, represents 560 cases and achieved 14.8% alcohol after aging in 90% new Taransaud and Darnajou casks. Remarkably, the wine matches the perfect 2013, with extraordinary fragrance of blueberry, blackberry, forest floor, truffle, spring flowers and background barbecue smoke followed by a thick, unctuously textured, juicy, but incredibly well-balanced, intense wine. This is built like a skyscraper with enormous quantities of blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, well-integrated acidity and sweet, gentle tannins. This is an extraordinary effort from Maybach that can be drunk now or cellared for up to 30 or more years. (RP)" (10/2016)

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2014 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($379.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium, represents 560 cases and achieved 14.8% alcohol after aging in 90% new Taransaud and Darnajou casks. Remarkably, the wine matches the perfect 2013, with extraordinary fragrance of blueberry, blackberry, forest floor, truffle, spring flowers and background barbecue smoke followed by a thick, unctuously textured, juicy, but incredibly well-balanced, intense wine. This is built like a skyscraper with enormous quantities of blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, well-integrated acidity and sweet, gentle tannins. This is an extraordinary effort from Maybach that can be drunk now or cellared for up to 30 or more years. (RP)" (10/2016)

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2007 Merus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($159.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted too late to make it into the December issue, Meruss 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an inky/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of blueberry liqueur intermixed with graphite, charcoal, cassis, and spice. The wood seems pushed to the background given the extraordinary concentration of fruit. Full-bodied, powerful, and rich with chocolaty espresso notes intermixed with blackberries and blueberries, this pure, impressively textured, long Cabernet should evolve for two decades. (RP)" (02/2010)

94 points James Suckling: "Very rich aromas of raspberries, licorice and minerals follow through to a full body, with big velvety tannins and a long flavorful finish. Lots going on here. Big in-your-face Napa Cabernet. But polished at the same time. Almost ready to try." (02/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright ruby. Explosive nose offers cassis, blueberry, bitter chocolate, violet and minerals. Downright sexy on the palate, with penetrating blackberry, graphite, coffee bean, licorice and violet flavors carrying a full load of sweet oak that gives a slight youthful bitter edge to the long, seriously tannic finish. Not particularly fleshy but conveys an insidious sweetness of fruit. Merus is aged in 100% new oak, with Darnajou and Seguin-Moreau the preferred coopers." (05/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Ultrarich and concentrated, with tiers of earthy currant, anise, huckleberry, leather, gravel and sage, full-blown and progressively dry and earthy, somewhat offsetting the dense, pure core of Cabernet flavors. Drink now through 2017." (05/2010)

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1996 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 4 available ($349.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one of the finest Opus Ones to date, offering a dark ruby/purple color, as well as a striking, intense bouquet of sweet licorice intermixed with blackberries, cassis, plums, and saddle leather. This seamless, full-bodied wine is more velvety-textured, opulent, and succulent than past vintages. The mid-palate is expansive and chewy. The long finish is filled with glycerin, ripe fruit, and sweet tannin. Drink this impressive, user-friendly yet richly concentrated effort over the next 15 years. (RP)" (01/2000)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright full ruby-red. Pungent black raspberry, leather, game, chocolate, espresso, pepper and fresh herbs. Juicy, bright and very concentrated, with crunchy currant, tobacco and dark chocolate flavors supported and amplified by a firm spine of acidity. Long on personality. Finishes with dusty tannins and excellent length. (ST)" (06/2000)

90 points Vinous: "A total opposite of the 1995, the 1996 Opus One blasts from the glass with massive dark fruit, iron, scorched earth, graphite and new leather. The 1996 is one of the more virile, bombastic wines in this vertical. Plums, cloves, leather and tar all flesh out on the huge, imposing finish. Although a bit rustic and brooding, the 1996 is an outstanding wine if taken on its own terms. The finish is framed by substantial tannins and an element of burliness that is likely the result of a succession of heat spikes. (AG)" (06/2013)

Wine Spectator: "Dark, rich and intense, with layers of currant, blackberry, cedar and spice. The flavors are still youthful, yet this turns drier and earthier from midpalate on, with a brambly sage edge on the finish. (JL, Web-2007)"

K&L Notes: Opus One was founded as a joint venture between Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, and in 1984 released its first vintage, the 1979. It has since become an international success and a landmark Napa Valley winery. Comprising 169 acres of vineyard in Napa Valley, they produce a luxury Bordeaux-style blend.

2013 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($129.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 75% new French oak prior to bottling) demonstrates the vintages great intensity, purity, structure and potential high ceiling. Opaque blue/purple with notes of graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, charcoal, incense and a full-bodied mouthfeel, the wine has noticeable, but sweet, well-integrated tannins, acidity and wood. This wine is young and promises to be even better in another 5-6 years and keep for 20-30 or more years. 95+ (RP)" (10/2015)

92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is bold, inky and powerful to the core. Crème de cassis, blackberry jam, mint, licorice and cinnamon meld together as this extroverted, powerful wine shows off its Howell Mountain pedigree. The 2013 is going to need at least a few years in the cellar to fully come together, but it is pretty special, even at this early stage. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2014 Outpost "True Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($359.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The limited-production 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard (475 cases) is also 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 90% new French oak. This is an amazing 2014 and one of the few perfect wines that I could find while tasting at the top addresses in Northern California. Blue/purple in color, with extraordinarily intense floral notes intermixed with blueberry, blackberry, crushed charcoal and camphor, the wine hits the palate with a spectacular display of glycerin, fruit, sweet tannin, adequate acidity, and wonderful equilibrium and purity. The finish was close to a minute. This wine is irresistible, although it is certainly capable of lasting three decades or more. Kudos to the Dotzlers and Thomas Rivers Brown for this magnificent achievement! (RP)" (10/2016)

2013 Ovid "Hexameter" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($299.95)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Their exercise with a Cabernet Franc-dominated wine, the 2013 Hexameter (a 500-case blend of 64% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot) is pushing perfection. Its beautiful notes of acacia flowers, forest floor, blackberries and blueberries interwoven with touches of barrique, licorice and spice are followed by an even more intense and complex palate with silky, ripe tannins, opulent, full-bodied texture, and beautiful purity. A wow wine in so many different aspects, this multi-dimensional classic should age beautifully for 20 or more years. (RP)The wines of Ovid have been extraordinary since I first tasted them. This is not a big property, just a mere 15 acres, high on Pritchard Hill. Winemaker Austin Peterson gets consulting help from Andy Erickson, and my recollection is that Michel Rolland also provided assistance at some point. Viticulturalist to the superstars, David Abreu, manages the vineyard. Everything they do is fermented in concrete tanks except for the Syrah, and the wines typically spend just under two years in mostly new oak and are bottled with minimal, if any, clarification. All of these wines obviously display great fragrance, purity and incredible equilibrium/balance. (RP)" (12/2015)

96 points Vinous: "Cabernet Franc takes center stage in the 2013 Hexameter. Mocha, dark red cherry, leather, spice and floral notes are beautifully layered in a deeply expressive wine endowed with real pedigree and class. The 2013 is starting to flesh out, but it is still a few years away from offering its best drinking. The blend is 64% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot. 96+ Points (AG)" (12/2016)

2013 Ovid Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Proprietary Red, a slightly different blend from the 2012 of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc, is a much smaller production of 350 cases. This wine, which ratchets up the level of intensity, has an opaque purple color and a beautiful nose of blackberry, blueberry and cassis as well as hints of espresso, white flowers, and subtle background toast. The wine hits the palate with a cascade of gorgeous fruit, sweet tannin, great delineation and acidity, and a long, velvety, voluptuously textured mouthfeel. This big, inky, thick, juicy wine should age beautifully for 25-30 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

98 points Vinous: "A rich, dense wine, the 2013 Ovid is going to need a number of years to open up. Today it is compact and incredibly dense, with superb balance and tons of potential. Already super-intense, it's hard to imagine what the 2013 will develop into, but it will be something special. Firm beams of tannin provide the backdrop for an exotic concoction of dark cherry jam, spice, plum, mint, iron, smoke and licorice. With time in the glass the 2013 turns darker and more explosive, but it will be some time before it is ready to drink. (AG)" (10/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A dense, powerful expression of loamy earth, crushed rock and gravelly dark berry, shaded by firm, cedary oak. Dense and tannic, this begs for cellaring, though the flavors keep unfolding on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2032. (JL, Web-2016)"

93 points James Suckling: "A red with blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors. Hints of coffee. Medium to full body, firm and chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Solid red here. Muscular. Better in 2018." (12/2016)

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1994 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 3 available ($149.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The proprietary red wine made by Pahlmeyer is usually a blend of 75%-80% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a tiny quantity of Malbec. The 1994 Proprietary Red Wine exhibits a purple/black color, as well as sweet, integrated tannin, a gorgeous blackcurrant, toast, tar, and licorice-scented nose, fabulous texture, and a 35-45 second finish. The 1994 may be slightly sweeter in the mid-palate than the 1995, but the differences are negligible. The abundant tannin is mostly concealed by the wine's wealth of fruit, glycerin, and alcohol. This wine should drink well from the late nineties through the first two decades of the next century. Very impressive! (RP)" (12/1996)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, complex and full-bodied, with pretty currant, black cherry, spice and cedary oak flavors that continue to develop far into the finish. The tannins are a little rough around the edges, but they're not out of line for a wine this young. *Highly Recommended*" (11/1996)

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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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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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2013 Pride Mountain Reserve Sonoma/Napa Counties Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($319.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A real tour de force once again, and their second consecutive perfect score, is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which is 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot aged 22 months in 40% new French oak. It is a larger cuvée of 1,416 cases versus 450 for the Reserve Claret. The Cabernet is just under 15% alcohol. A fantastic wine, with great intensity, notes of graphite, forest floor, crème de cassis, white chocolate and blackberry, the wine hits the palate with a thunderous presence, has a multi-layered, skyscraper-like palate feel, a plush, intense texture, high but well-integrated tannin and acidity, and nicely disguised oak. This is a magnificent wine, with 79% of it coming from the Sonoma side of Spring Mountain and 21% from the Napa side. Drink it over the next 25-30+ years. (RP)" (10/2015)

96 points Vinous: "The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon captures all the best of the Pride house style. Rich, ample and concentrated, with superb depth, the 2013 possesses exceptional balance and tons of pure pedigree. The sheer intensity of the fruit nearly buries the tannins, but they are there. Polished, silky tannins add to the wine's tremendous appeal. This is a total knock-out from Pride and winemaker Sally Johnson. Pride fans will not want to miss this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG) 96+" (12/2016)

2014 Realm "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($399.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 400 cases of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, which is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. This comes from the backstreets of St. Helena and the site basically looks like a quarry with its extreme gravelly soils. The wine is made from clone 337, which may be my favorite of the Cabernet clones. As I have said before, this is a Mission Haut-Brion on steroids an incredibly fabulous wine with notes of scorched earth, charcoal embers, blackberry and blueberry fruit, an almost endless mouthfeel with powerful fruit, but elegance as well as purity. A thoroughly flawless and seamless full-bodied wine with 30 years of upside, this is pure perfection. If you have the patience, try to hold off for a couple of years, as this is one of the more structured of the 2014s. (RP)" (12/2016)

98 points James Suckling: "An exquisitely complete wine reminiscent of a tightly wound ball of silk. Medium to full body and mind-blowing flavors of iodine, blackberries and blueberries. It seems to open up beautifully. Goes on for minutes." (01/2017)

2014 Realm "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($249.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Intense stone and blackberry character. A kaleidoscope of flowers and berries. Herbs, too. Blueberries, blackberries and licorice. Lead pencil, too. Medium-to full-bodied, savory and juicy with big tannins. Gorgeous. To Kalon grandeur. Yes! Give it three to four years." (01/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kalon Vineyard, coming from clones 4 and 337 from that famous first-growth Oakville vineyard of 90 acres. Remarkably, the Robert Mondavi winery still owns even larger portion of the To Kalon Vineyard, but certainly doesnt exploit it to the extent that most purchasers of Beckstoffer To Kalon fruit do. This cuvée of 450 cases is closer to a Château Latour in a great vintage than you might believe, since its from Napa Valley. Notes of graphite, charcoal, blackcurrant liqueur and cedar wood are followed by a muscular, full-bodied wine with fabulous purity, a skyscraper-like texture and a long, long finish, with moderately sweet, ripe tannin. Give it several years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades, as it is a fabulous effort. (RP) 97+" (12/2016)

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2014 Realm "Houyi Vineyard" Napa Valley Red Wine - 1 available ($249.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From Pritchard Hill, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Houyi Vineyard Pritchard Hill is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the iron-rich, red soils of that famous hill above the Oakville crossroads. There are 425 cases of this wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon clones 4, 7 and 337. The Houyi Vineyard, owned by the Changs, is in an expensive neighborhood of superstars, including Brand, David Arthur and Colgin. Well above the fog-line, this area gets very warm days with plenty of UV sunshine and cool nights, which give this wine great acidity to go along with its stunning display of chocolaty, blackcurrant fruit intermixed with blackberry, graphite and forest floor. There are some spring flowers as well. A full-bodied, stunning wine, very much in the Realm style, it should drink well for 20+ years. (RP)" (12/2016)

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2008 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 1 available ($109.99)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of 79% Syrah, 13% Grenache, and 8% Mourvedre, the 2008 Saxum Broken Stones is a full bore Syrah, delivering earthy dark berry fruits, roasted meats, charcoal, and spice box aromas that are lifted and framed by serious underlying minerality and crushed stone notes. Full bodied and powerful on the palate, with a ripe, grippy texture, gorgeous balance despite the overall large scale and a beautifully focused, blockbuster finish, this superb Syrah should benefit from 2 to 3 years of bottle age, and then drink well for 10 to 15. (JebDunnuck.com)" (11/2010)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Broken Stones (79% Syrah, 13% Grenache, and the rest Mourvedre) has a bluish purple color to the rim, with the classic nose of camphor, charcoal, black currant, and blackberry with hints of licorice and smoke. This intense wine displays great fruit, some structure, and a beautifully seamless texture. It is more evolved and open than the 2007 was at the same time, and just slightly less profound. It should drink nicely for at least a decade. (RP)" (09/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Exotic, floral and spice-accented black and blue fruits on the nose, with hints of fruitcake, vanilla and cola emerging with air. Impressively deep and powerful, offering sweet dark berry preserve and smoky spice flavors and a touch of candied violet. The extremely persistent finish is broad, sweet and penetrating, leaving smoke and spice notes behind. I like this wine's blend of depth and energy. (JR)" (11/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant style, rich without being weighty, serving up a mix of spicy dried berry, tobacco leaf, mineral and graphite. This wows you with its finesse and polish, offering subtle flavors that caress the palate. (JL)" (02/2011)

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2008 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 1 available ($179.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I had previously reviewed the 2008 Saxum James Berry Vineyard from a tasting at the winery, so it was enlightening to get to sit down, and drink through a full bottle. A blend of 52% Grenache, 31% Mourvèdre, and 17% Syrah, aged for 19 months in puncheons and smaller barrels, it presents an unabashedly Californian profile that oozes sweet fruit and flesh, but balances it with a seamless, weightless texture and perfect balance. Notes of sweet crème de cassis, raspberry, smoked meats, and flowers all soar from the glass and are followed by a powerful, yet polished wine that carries loads of perfectly ripe, sweet fruit, good acidity, gorgeous depth, and a blockbuster finish. Profound, and a joy to drink, this should easily evolve for 4-6 years, and perform brilliantly for 2 decades. (JebDunnuck.com)" (03/2011)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 James Berry Vineyard (52% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, and 17% Syrah) saw some of its Grenache aged in the concrete eggs that are now catching on among some of the top producers on Californias Central Coast. With strong minerality from the limestone soil, this exuberant, fleshy, full-bodied wine is already drinking well. (I believe it was actually bottled just a day or two before my visit, which makes its performance that much more remarkable.) Dense purple, with sweet notes of barbecue smoke and meats as well as roasted herbs, extravagant black cherry, black currant, and blackberry fruit are all present in this wine, but there is plenty of underlying structure that comes from both the minerality and the Mourvedre component. Pure, full-bodied, but again, impressively elegant and nuanced, this is a tour de force and another prodigious example of this extraordinary vineyard site. (RP)" (08/2010)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Riveting aromas of fresh raspberry, mineral, wilted rose and wild berry turn firm and spicy, full-bodied and concentrated on the finish, yet the flavors dance with acidity. The purity of the crushed rock and snappy berry flavors is rivaled by the elegance and finesse evident in the texture, balance and length. Ends with a subtle touch of toasty oak and black licorice. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2024. *Collectibles - Top 100 Wines of 2011* (JL)" (02/2011)

95 points Vinous: "(52% grenache, 31% syrah and 17% mourvedre; 15.8% alcohol) Glass-staining ruby. A drop-dead bouquet displays red and dark berry preserves, potpourri, incense and smoky minerals. Sweet, sappy and penetrating, with open-knit raspberry and blackberry flavors complemented by notes of candied rose and violet. The palate-staining finish is broad, spicy and extremely persistent. This wine is approachable now but really deserves a good five more years of age. (JR) 95+" (11/2010)

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2013 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend ($134.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Incorporating more Petite Sirah than normal, and the first time there's been less than 50% Syrah, the 2013 Syrah Broken Stones is made from 48% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah, 17% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre the rest Tempranillo and Roussanne. Its deep, inky color is followed by a structured, seriously mineral-laced and full-bodied red that offers lots of fruit (cassis, black cherries and raspberries), smoked earth and chocolate aromas and flavors. The tannin is front and center, yet they're beautifully ripe and polished. (JD)" (08/2016)

95 points Vinous: "Dark purple. A heady, highly complex bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, cherry liqueur and sandalwood, while smoky mineral and Indian spice accents build in the glass. Seamless and strikingly concentrated, offering surprisingly lithe blueberry, cassis and violet pastille flavors that become spicier and sweeter with air. At once lush and elegant; finishes extremely long and sappy, delivering repeating blueberry and floral notes and velvety tannins. (JR)" (09/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A wine that's defined by density and rocky minerality, this is not for the faint of heart. Aromas of bitter chocolate and dark blueberry lead to complex licorice, smoky pepper and graphite flavors. Built for the cellar. (TF)" (03/2017)

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2013 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend ($149.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red is made from 45% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 8% Counoise (which Justin commented was a blend that was put together relatively late). It saw a big chunk of whole cluster (the Grenache was mostly destemmed though) and was brought up all in puncheons and foudre (the normal concrete component went to the Rocket Block). It offers up gorgeous notes of black raspberries, cherries, cassis, ground herbs and flowers. This beauty hits the palate with incredible purity, fine tannin and an overriding sense of elegance and finesse, backed up by full-bodied richness and depth. It needs to be forgotten for 3-4 years and it will drink beautifully through 2028. (JD)" (08/2016)

96 points Vinous: "Brilliant purple. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes an array of ripe red and blue fruits, candied flowers and exotic spices, backed by a vibrant mineral overtone and a hint of smokiness. Utterly stains the palate with concentrated boysenberry, black raspberry, lavender pastille and fruitcake flavors that are enlivened by an intense jolt of juicy acidity. Shows an uncanny blend of richness and vivacity, with no rough edges and an endless, floral-driven finish framed by polished, harmonious tannins. I'd hold on to this wine for at least another seven or eight years but wouldn't fault anyone for checking it out sooner than later for its youthful exuberance. (JR)" (09/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "An imposing wine, rich and powerfully built, revealing a sense of personality and place. Distinctive aromas of crushed stone and floral blackberry combine with densely structured and complex flavors of black raspberry, bitter chocolate and smoked pepper. Finishes with burly but ripe tannins. Needs time to fully bloom. (TF)" (03/2017)

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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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2004 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Sloans spectacular inky/purple/garnet color is followed by notes of high quality espresso roast, chocolate, black currants, truffles and a striking minerality. Full-bodied and super-rich with that roasted character that one finds in Cote Rotie and some of the great Haut-Brions from Pessac-Leognan, this full-bodied, rich 2004 is a super-star of the vintage. Although the tannins are elevated, they are extremely sweet and well-integrated. This spectacular 2004 is performing even better now than it did following bottling. It is also one of the more developed and evolved vintages of Sloan, no doubt because that was the nature of the 2004 vintage. Drink it now and over the next two decades. (RP)" (04/2014)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, rich and concentrated, with great structure, depth and complexity, offering tiers of spicy currant, blackberry, sage, herb and pleasant mineral notes. The tannins are firm as well, giving this an excellent framework. (JL)" (10/2007)

92 points Vinous: "Saturated dark ruby. Musky cassis, black cherry, rust and mocha on the deeply pitched nose, along with a touch of inky reduction. Large-scaled, ripe and a bit youthfully aggressive; seems somewhat monolithic today. Needs a bit more energy, but has plenty of tannic support for continued evolution in bottle. (ST)" (06/2015)

2000 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($109.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In 2000, Rosemary Cakebread was still in charge, and production soared to more than 5,000 cases for the first time since 1992. This was a challenging vintage in California, but this wine is a real sleeper of that year and certainly one of the vintages strongest efforts. This was the first wine made entirely at the new Spottswoode Winery. The blend was identical to so many of the Spottswoode wines: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. Exotic, rich, blue and black fruits soar from the glass of this wine that seems open-knit, velvety textured and not terribly structured, but possessing beautiful fruit and fragrance. It is a sleeper selection and a beauty of medium body to drink over the next 7-8 years. (RP)" (08/2016)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Big, rich, perfumed aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, violet, menthol, coffee and loam. Rich and mellow but vinous, with fruit-driven flavors of currant, blueberry and boysenberry. Nicely full in the middle but slightly lean on the back end, with a bit of acidity showing. 'In 2000 we benefitted by being on the valley floor, with lighter soils,' noted winemaker Rosemary Cakebread. (ST)" (06/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Savoury, meat extract complete and well integrated. Qute intense and voluptuous. Very seductive yet savoury and interesting. Racy, velvety and lovely and harmonious. Opulent. Quite sweet on the finish. 17.5/20 points (LM)" (10/2006)

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2002 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($599.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In 2002 very small yields produced only about 3,000 cases at 14.7% natural alcohol and a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. This wine is going from strength to strength since I first tasted it prior to bottling. Now a perfect wine, the incredible perfume of blueberries, black raspberries and cassis, along with white flowers and camphor is extraordinarily fragrant and intense. That is easily matched by the magnificent full-bodied richness and compellingly layered mouthfeel of this wine that is rich, full-bodied and a still youthful vintage that remains capable of another 25-30 years of cellaring. This is a dramatic vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is always fascinating to taste a top winerys 2001 and 2002 next to each other because they are both such great years. However, the 2002s tend to be the more flamboyant wines, and the 2001s the more structured and broodingly backward. (RP)" (08/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Deep, saturated red-ruby. Ripe, almost liqueur-like black raspberry and truffle on the nose; and yet there's something very youthful about this. Generous, plush and sweet but with a tangy raspberry flavor keeping the wine in check. Rich, deep and wonderfully youthful. A touch of menthol emerges with air. A beautiful result from a hot year, despite having the highest alcohol (14.7%) of any vintage of Spottswoode to date. (ST)" (06/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The estate is in St. Helena. The wine is dry, tannic and too young, an obvious cellar candidate. Those tannins mask the underlying core of black cherry, black currant and cocoa fruit. This is a lovely, fine Cabernet, rich and supple, that should start showing well by 2010. *Cellar Selection*" (03/2006)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Sweet, ripe fruit redolent of cassis and black cherries is perfectly filled out by creamy oak and root beer-like spice in the inviting aromas of this medium-full-bodied wine. It is supple but never soft in feel on the palate and has an appropriate spine of firming tannins in reserve. Well-stuffed and decently polished, it is likely to reward immediate drinking for those who are impatient but it will certainly improve with bottle age, and a wait of four to six years would seem the better choice. *Two stars*" (12/2005)

Jancis Robinson: "Exceptionally concentrated crimson. Very dark. Sweet and so young there are practically fermentation aromas still! Big and yet beguiling. Lovely soft texture. A bit like I imagine the 1990 in its youth. Very well made. Rather glamorous and ritzy even a slight hint of coconut. Although its obviously a hot vintage there is Spottswoode elegance too. No shortage of alcohol though! 18.5/20 points (LM)" (10/2006)

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2003 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($139.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In 2003, production jumped up to 3,700 cases, with the blend identical to so many other vintages with 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. This was a year where there was some freaky heat spells, but this wine has come through nicely. Deep bluish purple with notes of blackberry and cassis and charcoal followed by a soft, velvety textured, opulent and full-bodied wine that seems to be approaching full maturity. It is interesting, this wine is far more evolved, and on a faster evolutionary track than the 2001 or 2002. Nevertheless it is a beauty, loaded, layered and impressive. It must be one of the top 2003s. Drink it over the next 20-some years. (RP)" (08/2016)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "The Spottswoode estate celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and its latest release is a fitting tribute to the vineyard on the property first planted in 1916 by the Spotts family. The Novak family bought Spottswoode in 1972 and replanted the vines. Tony Soter made the first Spottswoode Cabernet in 1982; this current vintage was made by Rosemary Cakebread. Her '03 is lovely, a wine of tremendous richness packed with black currant flavor. It's smooth and lush, a sleek Napa Valley red, destined to be a classic." (04/2007)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A sturdy young Cabernet showing great harmony and class. It's fresh in ripe tannins, very poised and balanced, with a great depth of cedary blackberry fruit. This is really classic Napa Cabernet, so elegant, and a great food wine." (05/2007)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle aromas of red currant, black cherry and plum carry over to the palate in an elegant, supple manner. Excellent balance, depth, complexity and length. The finish is long and persistent, keeping the emphasis on the fruit. (JL)" (10/2006)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated dark red-ruby. Briary black fruits, coffee bean, flowers and earth on the nose; more primary than the '02. Fat and plush, with pliant, inviting dark fruit and licorice flavor showing a bit of alcoholic warmth. (ST)" (06/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Spottswoode's 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is in a beautiful place right now. The aromatics are developed and tertiary, yet the wine retains gorgeous depth. I don't imagine the 2003 will improve much from here, but it is striking today. Leather, licorice, tobacco and smoke all resonate on the finish. The style is super-ripe and intense, but all the elements are very nicely balanced. (AG)" (11/2013)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Two Stars* Here is another outstanding effort from this exceptional winery. The grapes are grown in the St. Helena area at the north end of the Napa Valley's western benchlands that stretch from Yountville to St. Helena and are home to some of the world's leading red wines. In its better incarnations, such as this one, the wine is both ripe and very well-balanced with notes of currants and ripe cherries joined by rich, loamy suggestions and a noticeable layer of crème caramel oakiness." (12/2006)

Jancis Robinson: "Still very purple. Some floral notes on the nose extremely youthful! Rather similar to 2002 though with more acidity and bite. More prominent tannins because there is decidedly less flesh here. This may outlast it and even overtake it though Briney finish. 17.5/20 points" (10/2006)

K&L Notes: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc.

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2013 The Debate "Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Missouri Hopper, which comes from another Oakville Beckstoffer Vineyard, is spectacular. Opaque purple in color, the wine offers up notes of white chocolate, blackberry and cassis, some subtle background oak, rich, foresty notes, a full-bodied, opulent texture, and terrific purity and overall harmony. It is young and tightly coiled, but this is a stunner that should evolve beautifully for 25-30 years. (RP)" (10/2015)

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2013 The Debate "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($169.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The ever-humorous and clever Jean Hoefliger says about the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon, "It has the complexity and depth of Sigmund Freud and the integrity of Abraham Lincoln." Perhaps my tasting notes cant say it much better than that. Its a prodigious Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of charcoal embers integrated with blueberry, blackberry and cassis, some lead pencil shavings, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and a massive, full-bodied mouthfeel with incredible purity, structure and intensity. Forget it for 4-5 years and drink it over the following 30+.Bigger than life Jean Hoefliger is the winemaking guru behind these wines. He has partnered with Rob McKay, and they obviously have access to some incredibly great vineyards in Napa in order to produce such world-class wines. Three of the five wines I tasted came from 100% Beckstoffer-owned vineyards, and that generally means amazing materials. (RP)" (10/2015)

92 points James Suckling: "A rich and opulent red with blueberry, black currant and licorice aromas that follow through to a full body, firm and chewy tannins and a medium finish. Full-throttle but shows tension and zest." (01/2016)

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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 - 8 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 - 10 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)

2010 Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 0 available ($199.99)

96 points Vinous: "The estate's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon literally bursts from the glass with juicy dark cherries, mint, spices, orange rind, tobacco and dried herbs. Like so many wines of the vintage, the 2010 is bright, focused and very tightly wound. It will require considerable patience, but is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. The 2010 brings together the fruit density and darkness of the 2008 with the textural refinement of the 2009, a pretty terrific combination in my book. The 2010 has shut down quite a bit since I first tasted it this spring, and is probably best left alone for at least another two years. 96+ points (AG)" (12/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of crushed blackberry, cassis, licorice, violet and crushed rock. Densely packed but remarkably light on its feet, with lightly peppery acidity giving a taut texture and outstanding verve to its dark fruit, expensive oak and saline mineral flavors. Really insidious, urgent intensity without any heaviness. Wonderfully complex and expressive wine, with an explosively long, slowly mounting finish that saturates the palate with suave tannins and a powerful impression of extract. This delicious, exciting cabernet, made by Francoise Peschon, long-time winemaker and still consultant at Araujo Estate, is built to age. The 2009 release was superb but this one is at a more exalted level. This site in the western hills of Oakville is also the source of Bond's Vecina bottling. 95(+?) points (ST)" (06/2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This has the makings of a great classic from Napa Valley. There is lots of structure as well as deep, concentrated, rich fruit, a heady perfume of black currants, licorice, spring flowers and toasty oak, a full-bodied, powerful, well-delineated style, and terrific purity as well as aging potential. Still young and tightly wound, but loaded, this 2010 will benefit from a few years of bottle age, and should keep for 20+ years. Kudos to Vine Hill Ranch. 94+ points. (RP)" (10/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Combines a tight core of focused berry with a measure of opulence and finesse, delivering tiers of blackberry, mocha, crushed rock and jazzy oak. Ends with firm, gripping tannins, giving the flavors traction. Drink now through 2024. (JL)" (10/2013)

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2012 Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 0 available ($199.99)

93-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Knockout aromas of black raspberry, dark chocolate, minerals and wild herbs, plus a hint of menthol; suggests a more even ripening of the grapes than the 2011. Boasts an outstanding combination of fruit depth and energy, displaying superb intensity to the silky, mineral-driven flavors of raspberry, sage and forest floor. A real essence of western Oakville soil. Finishes with great slow-building length and lift, the ripe tannins perfectly supported by fruit. This is likely to be more pliant on release than the splendid though relatively austere 2010 was. (ST)" (05/2014)

96 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has filled out and put on considerable weight over the last year. Even with all of its overtness and intensity, the 2012 is far from accessible. This is one of the more primary 2012s readers will come across, so patience is going to be critical. Smoke, mocha, dark red cherry, menthol, licorice and savory notes flesh out on the racy, voluptuous finish. Drops of Petit Verdot make an appearance in the blend for the first time. Vine Hill Ranch's 2012 is one of the resounding successes of the vintage. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points James Suckling: "A glorious red with clay, tile, dark fruit and dusty texture. Full body, ripe tannins and a long and rich finish. Very, very long and intense. A beauty. Drink or hold." (07/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Vine Hill Ranch VHR exhibits the exuberance and boisterous characteristics of this vintage, with plenty of Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, licorice, black currants galore, a stunningly full-bodied texture, purity, and opulence. Rich and dense, with soft tannins and relatively low acidity, this is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next 20+ years.Vine Hill Ranch has a brilliant team working on the vineyard, with Mike Wolf as their viticultural manager, and former Araujo winemaker and co-owner of the small boutique label Drinkward Peschon, Françoise Peschon, as their winemaker. These are the best wines I have ever tasted from this relatively large, 70-acre vineyard in Oakville. (RP)" (12/2015)

2013 Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($199.99)

98 points Vinous: "Majestic and towering in personality, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the truly great wines of a great vintage. The flavors are bold, intense and driving, with huge swaths of tannins and layers of pulsating minerality in support. Graphite, leather, lavender, tobacco and spices wrap around the virile, imposing finish. A wine of vertical structure and stunning detail, the 2013 is going to need the better part of the next decade to start opening up. Today, it is impressive, but it will be even better in a few years' time. (AG)" (10/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A slightly higher production of 775 cases was made with the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a prodigious Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, with notes of creosote, camphor and burning embers, which give it an almost Graves-like character, but then the rich, creamy, pure blackberry and cassis fruit kick in. The wine has fabulous intensity, a multi-layered, dense, full-bodied texture and terrific finish. The tannins are slightly more dominant than in the 2012, but they offer sweetness and creaminess as opposed to any astringency or harshness, This is a modern-day classic from Vine Hill Ranch and probably the finest wine they have ever made. Drink it over the next 30+ years. 96+ (RP)" (12/2015)

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1995 Krug Brut Champagne - 2 available ($299.99)

98 points Wine Spectator: "**Collectibles & Ranked #26 on Top 100 Wines of 2006** A very youthful '95. Delicate. Intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and multigrain bread turn to honey, roasted almonds and graphite on the palate. It's all underscored by a precise structure and creamy texture. Its structure keeps it persistent through the long finish. A picture of precision and intensity. Drink now through 2025. (BS)" (07/2006)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A mature, honeyed nose shows how rich and open this beautiful wine is. It is rich and toasty, with layers of citrus and very ripe, almost honeyed, fruit. It is lively and fresh, with excellent structure. (RV)" (11/2006)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light yellow. Rich and powerful, with leesy pear and white truffle aromas accented by gentle notes of white pepper and cinnamon. Extremely powerful Krug, with rich orchard fruit flavors, a velvety texture and warm, rich, inviting notes of brioche and creme brulee Finishes with intense pear and peach flavors and lingering notes of smoke, iodine and toffee. One of the most concentrated Champagnes I tried this year." (12/2006)

95 points Vinous: "Krug's 1995 Vintage continues to grow in bottle. It showed fabulous focus and definition in a vibrant, refreshing style that was perfect with hors d'oeuvres. Surprisingly, the 1995 remains one of the more under the radar recent released from Krug. (AG)" (02/2012)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "The deep golden color implies just how rich this wine will be. The 1995 vintage provided a baroque canvas of flavors that seems weightier and more robust than a classic Krug, but no less fascinating. The wine is downright huge, aggressive in its savory power, in its aching acidity and persistent minerality. Brusque and mouthcoating in its richness at 11 years of age, this will begin to mellow as it turns 15 or 20." (12/2006)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I have a preference for the 1995 Brut Vintage, as it shows quite a bit more freshness and verve than the 1998. Mint, dried flowers, truffles and bright fruit are some of the nuances that flow from this precise, focused Champagne. The vibrant, refreshing finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. (AG)" (12/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep, rich, pale copper colour. Masses of evolution on the nose. Rich, even quite toasty. Broad yet still fresh with the slightest hint of cheesiness. Pretty dramatic and fine in a distinctly big-boned way. 18/20 Points (JR)" (08/2016)

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1996 Krug Brut Champagne - 0 available ($459.99)

100 points Wine & Spirits: "It's hard to imagine how a wine of this power can sustain perfect balance. What is now a more nonchalant intensity in the aroma was, in fact, too much to handle when we tasted this last year, as if the wine had no time for mere humans with their limited sense receptors. If you stop to taste ripe pear, ginger spice, apple blossom and butterscotch the wine leaves you lost in random flavor descriptors as it soars off into a vinous glow that lasts for minutes. This may well be the greatest vintage wine of Henri Krug's career (unless it is challenged by the 2002). It is impossible to predict how long this wine will thrive in bottle, though considering the current fine condition of the 1959 Krug, the first 50 years are a given." (12/2008)

99 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles and #10 on Top 100 Wines of 2007* A powerful, majestic Champagne. Deep and compelling, with aromas of whole-grain toast, coconut and dried citrus that draw you in. Lean and racy on the palate, with a creaminess that's yet to be integrated. A classic '96, with ripe, exotic aromas and a steely structure. Still a baby, with the long, resonant finish confirming its potential. Best from 2009 through 2040. (BS)" (07/2007)

99 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light gold. Remarkably perfumed nose projects an exotic bouquet of deep, leesy yellow fruit, minerals, honeycomb, smoked meat and flowers, with Asian spices building expanding in the glass. Almost painfully concentrated, offering a surreal parade of orchard and pit fruits, smoked meat, toasted brioche and marrow braced by intensely salty, stunningly incisive minerality. Imagine a Frankenstein's monster of Chablis Le Clos and Clos Ste. Hune-but one with perfect balance, of course-and you get an idea of what I found in my bottle. The energetic, stony character builds exponentially on the finish, which didn't seem to, well, finish. The best analogy I can come up with for the intensity, focus and clarity of this Champagne is liquefied barbed wire. Utterly hallucinatory and one of the most amazing wines I've ever been fortunate enough to drink. At the risk of sounding completely out of touch with reality, this is a value. (JR)" (12/2007)

98 points Vinous: "The 1996 Vintage is magnificent. A towering, explosive Champagne, the 1996 delivers the houses signature breadth in a full-bodied, structured Champagne with enough pure density and acidity to age well for decades. Warm nutty and spiced overtones add nuance on the finish. The 1996 is just beginning to enter the early part of its mature stage, where it is sure to remain for several decades. Krug's Vintage is one of the truly epic wines of the year. (AG)" (10/2014)

97 points John Gilman: "The 1996 vintage of Krug is a stunning and very young example of the year, and the wine really needs at least another six to eight years in the cellar to fully blossom and start to show all of its potential. The bouquet is deep, complex and youthfully tight, as it offers up a very, very promising nose of apple, lemon, stony minerality, a touch of orange, caraway seed, citrus peel and rye toast. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very, very pure, with a rock solid core of fruit, a soil-driven personality, the broad shoulders of a vintage Krug from a ripe year, elegant mousse, and brilliant length and grip on the focused and quite youthful finish. This will be a great vintage of Krug in the fullness of time. (Drink between 2016-2050)" (11/2011)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It has been a while since we met, but the Krug 1996 is unequivocally a brilliant slice of champagne the nose cut from some slab of limestone that must of plummeted into the Champagne countryside from outer space. The palate is rapier like acidity, life-affirming mineralite and a focus and freshness that is nothing less than thrilling. Krug is one of lifes great pleasures and this is one of their finest vintages. Tasted November 2012. (NM-Wine Journal)" (05/2013)

K&L Notes: This great vintage from Krug is rich, toasty and decadent on the nose, concentrated and ultimately vivacious on the palate. It has it all, from hazelnuts and cream to citrus zip. This wine is expansive, with a peacock's tail of flavors revealing itself after the wine has been swallowed and continuing on for as long as you care to pay attention. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

1996 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne - 1 available ($399.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 1996 Cristal is another highlight in a tasting full of thrilling wines. Cristal is all about finesse, nuance and understatement, all of which come through in spades here. Hints of apricot jam and wild flowers are laced into the soft, super-expressive finish. (AG)" (10/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even though Cristal is typically very appealing upon release, the truth is that it needs serious cellaring to reveal its pedigree. Several recent bottles have been breathtaking. The aromatics, fruit and acidity are all beautifully woven together in this fabulous Cristal. (AG)" (11/2010)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "Score only, no tasting note provided." (12/2005)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Multidimensional nose offers baked apple, orange oil, acacia honey, white chocolate, toffee and earthy low tones. Expansive, superconcentrated and powerful but not aggressive, with wonderfully sweet flavors of orange, flowers and honey supported by strong underlying structure. An amazingly solid Champagne with the stuffing for extended development in bottle. (ST)" (12/2002)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A paradox. This has weight yet a sensation of weightlessness thanks to its seamless texture and harmony. Still firm and forceful yet elegant, offering citrus, pastry, biscuit and hazelnut notes enmeshed in the creamy texture. Great structure for aging." (11/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "A green hint. Tangy and very vibrant and nervy and vivacious. Very tight and firm and tightly laced like a corset. More depth and extract than in the 99 -- very nerveux. About as much astringence as the 1999, still. Very firm. Very fine and tight and angular. This should make spectacular old bones -- if its allowed to. 19.5/20 points. (JR)" (08/2007)

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1999 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne - 1 available ($324.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the finest Champagnes I have ever brought to my lips, the 1999 Cristal bursts from the glass with fresh hazelnut and apple scents. Elegant, deep, and silky-textured, this medium to full-bodied beauty is immensely concentrated, pure, packed with apple flavors, and astoundingly long in the finish. Louis Roederer does not display a disgorgement date or consumer friendly lot number on its non-vintage Brut. This is regrettable as it has consistently been one of the finer bottlings in this category. (PR)" (12/2005)

97 points James Suckling: "From the family collection, disgorged ten years after harvest, slightly lower than original dosage. A warm year, the hottest since 1959 at the time, this has high ripeness and plenty of spice, a touch reductive, gentle citrus peel and some candied tropical fruits, clear chalk, dried honey and brioche too. The palate has a compression to it, smooth and finely layered texture here, some flesh and some succulent texture, generous dried red cherry fruit flavours pressed together with layers of more savoury autolysis. Complex and textural Champagne." (07/2014)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "The precision of the flavors in this vintage of Cristal is riveting. They feel substantial, complete, youthful and extremely long even as their aromatic intensity remains subtle, layered in scents of fresh apple, brioche and yellow plum. But the integration is such that rather than emphasizing individual elements, the wine brings to mind words like brisk, elegant, refined. A beauty to drink now, though it will have more to offer with age." (12/2006)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerful Cristal, which has all the richness of the 1999 vintage. The aromas of white flowers and cocoa lead to a palate that is rich, intense, concentrated, but restrained. It is already drinkable, but should mature well." (11/2006)

94 points Vinous: "Still incredibly youthful and primary, the 1999 Cristal Rosé offers plenty of power, but it is clearly much less refined than the other wines in this tasting, tough company, it must be admitted. Still, the 1999 looks like it will drink well for many years even if it is a bit compact and rough around the edges next to the other wines in the range. With time in the glass, hints of game, smoke and wild flowers with distinctly Pinot-leaning inflections add character. (AG)" (05/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light gold. Vibrant, tangy aromas of apple, pear, white peach and minerals. Wound tight right now, only reluctantly offering up flavors of fresh orchard fruits, herbs and pepper. Finishes zesty and long. Seems less deep than the 1997 bottling; is this just in a sullen, youthful stage? (JR)" (12/2006)

91 points Wine Spectator: "High-toned and floral, with hints of coconut and spice. Firm and lively. Needs a little time to integrate and resolve the fine mousse with the tactile finish. More backward and powerful than most 1999s, this has potential." (11/2006)

Jancis Robinson: "From jeroboam. Wow. Stunning nose, really stunning. Toasted marshmallows, saline, apple juice. Flinty, sparky, firework smokiness. Evocative. This is what the fuss is all about! (RH) (19.5/20 points)" (06/2012)

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2002 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne - 0 available ($274.99)

100 points Wine & Spirits: "If a wine could ever make you want to pull the top down on your '68 Ferrari convertible, rip off the rearview mirror and take off, this is it. It has a different kind of energy than the '02 Cristal Rosé, which is more ethereal, like strawberries at the right hand of some ancient Gallic god. This is more insolent, brash, earth bound. All the scents and flavors seem to emanate from limestone, as does the acidity, which hits at the front of the mouth and powers through the wine with the kind of solar energy that lifts mist off the white chalk on a cool morning in Cramant. The wine goes on for miles. It's already irresistible, and will only improve with ten, 20, 30 and 40 years of age." (12/2009)

99 points James Suckling: "An exceptional vintage with the same piercing drive and precision as the scintillating 1996. Intensity and fine concentration are the hallmarks of this fine Champagne; chalky aromas, fine citrus and tight, minerally restraint, some quite concentrated stone fruits here, peach and nectarine, really assertive, some flint and mineral too. The palate is needle-like in its precision, piercing acidity and fine floral notes, clean and long. Not one to be missed. A concentrated vintage with wind dehydrating the grapes ahead of harvest. An exotically flavoured, yet tightly structured Cristal. (NS)" (03/2012)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is an exceptional wine, as is the vintage. The fruits - grapefruit, crisp red apple - balance with a fine yeasty character. There is a great depth of flavor, the fruits going in a pure line of freshness. The one problem is that it is much too young, the result of the demand from the market for the next vintage. Age this wine for at least four years. (RV)" (12/2008)

96 points Vinous: "The 2002 Cristal is just now beginning to enter a plateau of early maturity. The ripeness and exuberance is on full display, but the 2002 needs quite a bit of air to fully open up and show its personality. Today, the 2002 is racy and intense to the core, with fabulous balance and plenty of the vintage's trademark opulence. What a gorgeous Champagne this is. (AG)" (05/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Roederers 2002 Cristal is still in its infant, fresh stage. Subtle notes of pears, flowers, spices, mint, minerals and oak are woven into a cashmere-like frame of extraordinary grace and elegance. This beautifully-sculpted Champagne possesses notable clarity but with the additional depth of fruit that is characteristic of this vintage. It is a gorgeous, seductive Cristal of the highest level. 96+ (AG)" (12/2008)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Its Pinot Noir portion notwithstanding, this wine has a crisp, chalky, lightly citrusy, lightly toasty aroma that is more than a little bit suggestive of an elegant Blanc de Blancs. And perhaps that is its secret. It is an incredibly refined yet deep wine whose suggestions of roasted soy and caramel are kept as complex nuances within a well-filled, refreshing, crisp set of flavors and a graceful, lengthy aftertaste. It occupies a comfortable middle ground between the quiet refinement of Dom Perignon and the bold approaches of the top Bollinger and Krug wines." (12/2008)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A suave customer, with hints of citrus, berry and coffee. Harmonious and refined, with freshness and a bright structure. The finish shows a lot of potential, with a mouthwatering aftertaste. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2030. (BS, Web-2009)"

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This Champagne comes entirely from estate Grand and Premier Cru vineyards and is one of the finest young Cristals I have tasted. It is very, very dry and tight, with the kind of precision and minerality that one would only expect from a much smaller production Champagne.

1993 Château Pajzos Tokaji Esszencia (500ml) - 4 available ($349.99)

99 points Wine Spectator: "One of the world's finest dessert wines. Sensational, ultrasweet Tokay, yet with a lovely citrus underpinning that keeps it from being heavy. Like melted honey, with lime and pineapple, this is one of those marvelous gems that makes you swoon in delight. Tempting now into the 21st century. A collector's item to drink in small portions, by itself, to celebrate life. (PM)" (12/1997)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "This took three years to reach 4.8% alcohol, leaving behind 434 grams/liter of residual sugar! Peach preserve and new leather in the nose. Pure, creamy and rich in the mouth. Flavors of fresh nectarine, peach and quince jelly. A little like a cross between a great Quarts de Chaume and Scharzhofberger TBA, but very unevolved. (And future evolution might require charting by the decade rather than from year to year!) Elegant, pure and long, quite amazingly hiding its sweetness. (DS)" (09/1999)

K&L Notes: "The most luxurious Tokay of all is made only from the juice that aszù berries naturally exude as they are waiting to be crushed. This Essencia is up to 60% sugar and will hardly ferment at all. Of all the essences of the grape it is the most velvety, oily, peach-like and penetrating. Its fragrance lingers in the mouth like incense. No age is too great for it. What it is like at 200 years (some of the great Polish cellars kept it that long) only the Tsars can tell." - Hugh Johnson

2001 Aldo Conterno "Granbussia" Barolo Riserva - 2 available ($229.99)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full medium red. Very ripe aromas of strawberry, licorice, minerals and truffle, with balsamic and dried floral nuances. Fat, sweet, rich and deep; at once succulent and seamless, with a wonderfully layered texture and great early appeal. Very full without coming across as weighty. The slow-building finish features substantial sweet tannins. "Shows the magic side of 2001," Franco offers. "It can keep for a long time but it's great right now." By the way, 2001 was the seventh consecutive vintage in which this wine was bottled, but there will be no '02, '03 or '04." (12/2007)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Barolo Riserva Granbussia is gorgeous today. The bouquet is starting to show its age, with early signs of tertiary evolution that take shape in the glass. There is more than enough fruit to suggest the 2001 will drink well for another decade or so. Nothing in particular stands out, just the wines textural beauty and incomparable finesse. Rose petals, autumn leaves and sweet spices waft from the glass as the wine continues to freshen up over time. This is a terrific showing from one of the icons of Piedmont. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. (AG)" (04/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Displays wonderful aromas of strawberry and Indian spices, with a hint of flowers. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins, a beautiful texture and excellent balance. Drinking really well now. One of the most balanced Granbussias yet. Best from 2008 through 2012. (JS)" (10/2007)

Jancis Robinson: "Fleshier nose than the older Granbussias. Quite a rich palate entry. Firm and dense. Still quite chewy. Liquorice, but very dry. Some compost. Very pure. Sweeter than the vintages in the 1990s. Lots of energy. The Conterno family love 2001. 18/20 Points." (03/2011)

2004 Aldo Conterno "Romirasco" Barolo - 1 available ($139.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Ottoman restaurant in Canberra. A brilliant Barolo from Conterno from the splendid 2004 vintage. It is showing a fair bit of oak on the nose although there is plenty of fruit to back it up. But those aromatics are just packed full of well-defined fruit. The palate is beautifully balanced with svelte tannins, so silky smooth, so lithe in the mouth you cannot possibly resist its charms. It just gets better and better in the glass. (NM)" (03/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-tinged red, a bit deeper than the Colonnello. Wilder, brooding, youthfully medicinal aromas of dark fruits, basil, licorice and spices. Tight on entry, then focused and firm in the middle, with less obvious sweetness to its berry flavors than the Colonnello. This boasts a very firm tannic spine and will need extending bottle aging. Incidentally, there was no Cicala or Gran Bussia in 04, due to hail. 94+ Points (ST)" (12/2007)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "There's more thickness and extraction here thanks to a sophisticated use of oak. You can taste the wood tones in the form of vanilla, tobacco and spice. Overall, this wine exhibits a bold, immediate style that is immensely seductive and tasty. Drink the wine after 2015 and pair it with important meat dishes." (04/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Plum, ripe berries and hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of ripe fruit, with spices and hints of raisin. The Conternos decided to make this single-vineyard wine because the crop of the Cicala vineyard was destroyed by hail in 2004. So you won't see Cicala or Granbussia Riserva in 2004. Just this and Colonnello. Best after 2011. (JS)" (06/2008)

93 points Vinous: "Imposing and dark on the palate, the 2004 Barolo Romirasco possesses massive fruit, beguiling aromatics and considerable depth. Today, the 2004 is a bit in an awkward stage, where tertiary aromatics have not yet developed although much of the wine's youthful exuberance has begun to fade. As such, the 2004 is best cellared for at least another few years. Although some time has passed, I did expect the 2004 Romirasco to be a touch fresher than this. I purchased this bottle following the liquidation of a large amount of Aldo Conterno stock in the US a few years ago. (AG)" (05/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Vines 45-50 years old and this vineyard is their monopoly. Aged 28-30 months in big Slavonian oak. Sweetly perfumed dark, violet fruit, with sweet oak spice and generous on the palate. Rich with sweet cherry and spice and dried fruit and just starting to show a leathery note. Concentrated and firm but tannins already remarkably velvety. 19/20 Points. Drink 2011-2030. (JH)" (08/2008)

2004 Gaja "Sperss" Nebbiolo Langhe - 1 available ($264.99)

99 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectible* Powerful and structured. Delicate aromas of sandalwood, blackberry, licorice and cherry follow through to a full body, with very chewy tannins and loads of pretty fruit and hints of vanilla. Sneaks up on you to deliver a red for aging. Massive. An amazing wine. (JS)" (09/2008)

97 points Vinous: "The 2004 Sperss is one of the most finessed wines I have tasted from Angelo Gaja's property in Serralunga. The darkness and gravitas of Serralunga are tempered by the supreme elegance of the year. Dark red and black cherries, smoke, tobacco, menthol and licorice flow through on the deep, resonant finish. This is another powerhouse wine that has been given an extra level of refinement in 2004. (AG)" (05/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Sperss is a vineyard located in the Serralunga area (Nebbiolo with 6% Barbera) that delivers pristine aromas of wild berry, anise, sweet spice, licorice and Spanish cedar. Oak-driven notes of vanilla and leather softly shade the background and fuel a soft, supple mouthfeel. The wine is generous, polished, well integrated and will drink beautifully for decades to come." (04/2009)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Very wild aromas of red and black fruits, spices, smoked meat and nutty oak, with a suggestion of fruit syrup. Creamy-sweet and very ripe but much less open to inspection than the Conteisa; with its chocolatey ripeness this comes across as a bit undifferentiated today. In a distinctly backward Serralunga style-in direct contrast to the Conteisa, which is from the Cerequio vineyard in La Morra. Finishes quite long, with a boatload of tannins and lingering notes of plum and chocolate. 93+? (ST)" (11/2007)

2006 Pio Cesare Barolo - 1 available ($59.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Barolo offers up a super-classic profile of tar, roses, raspberries and licorice, all wrapped around a firm core of tannins. Fresh and vibrant throughout, the Barolo impresses for its superb balance and poise. Deceptively medium in body, the wine sneaks up on the mid-palate, gaining more and more volume through to the finish. There is the subtlest hint of French oak that points to the slightly updated style the estate is going for with this bottling, but not enough to detract from the classic feel. This is a magnificent, impeccable Barolo from Pio Cesare, but it will be even better in a few years. The estates Barolo is made from a number of vineyards in Serralunga, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Novello and other villages. The wine is aged mostly in cask, although 30% sees French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031." (12/2010)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Sweet but lower-toned aromas of mocha and nuts. Powerful, broad and rich, with a plush texture to the flavors of plum, coffee and mocha. There's something distinctly old school about this wine and yet there's a pliancy to the middle palate. Finishes with suave, building tannins that reach the front teeth." (12/2009)

93 points James Suckling: "A beauty as always. Love the nose here with dried roses and dark fruits. What a nose. Full bodied, with chewy tannins and a loads of fruit and tannins. This is very powerful. Give it another two or three years, but so good now" (02/2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Here is a classic expression of Barolo from a very good vintage that opens with bright fruit aromas that are embellished by carefully measured oak tones. Youll recognize blackberry, cassis, tobacco, mineral, cola and humus. The tannins are young and this wine requires more years of bottle aging." (12/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Sweet and spicy, displaying a viscous texture that envelops the cherry, menthol and allspice notes. Firm, upright tannins on the finish keep this honest, and the spice lingers, along with notes of mineral. Needs time. Best from 2013 through 2030." (03/2011)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Heady French oak makes the first impression, showing the sweet vanilla scents of a red wine aged in barrique and larger casks for three years. Air brings out the juicy burl of the wine itself, a ripe Barolo with sleek, dark fruit. It's substantial in a generous, modern style." (12/2010)

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2011 Dow's Vintage Port - 5 available ($249.99)

99 points Wine Spectator: "*** #1 Wine of the Year 2014 - Collectibles *** Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirsch and cassis flavors that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty. One for the ages. Best from 2030 through 2060. (KM)" (02/2014)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Dow Vintage Port was made from no less than 44 separate ferments from finest fruit sourced from Quinta do Bomfim (35% of the blend), Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira (42%) and the Santinho (14%) and Cerdeira (6%) estates. Just six of the best lots were used in the final blend, which consists of 40% Touriga Franca, 36% Touriga Naçional, 10% Sousão and 14% of old vine plantings. It has a beautiful, quite extravagant bouquet with copious black and red fruit, Indian spice, and hints of menthol and orange rind that unfold wonderfully in the glass. The palate is a sumptuous affair, one that is beautifully balanced with velvety smooth, plump tannins, copious black fruit with a harmonious, white pepper-tinged finish that is a decadent delight. This is one of the finest of the declarations of 2011 Vintage Ports, a sublime expression of the vintage you would be foolish not to buy. This is Dow at its best. (NM)" (05/2013)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, saturated dark ruby. Penetrating aromas of black cherry, violet, lavender, licorice, dark tobacco and minerals. Then plush and elegant in the mouth, with outstanding depth and a hint of youthful bitterness to the superconcentrated flavors of black raspberry and spices. The wine's perfectly integrated acidity and floral lift give the finish great hang time. With 48 hours in the recorked bottle, this beauty showed its powerful underlying medicinal reserve without losing its freshness. Should be a wonderful follow-up to the splendid 2007 Dow--and very long-lived. Snap this one up and grow old gracefully with it. 97+ Points (ST)" (06/2014)

97 points Wine & Spirits: "Dows Vintage is often remote on release, a kernel of impacted flavor. This vintage is more like a perfect sphere. All the elements are there, from plump, superripe fruit to polished schist tannins, suspended in a round, complete integration that refuses to break apart. Smoky, bright, luscious and bold, its a wine thats easy to imagine being still fresh and complex at 50 years old, and its not a reach to believe it will live well to 80 or 100. This is a blend of Cima Corgo fruit from Bomfim and Douro Superior power from Senhora da Ribeira." (12/2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*** Cellar Selection *** A powerfully dense wine, solidly based on dry tannins and rich black fruit. Structure, fruit and acidity all come together in a wine that shows immense potential as well as a softer side now. (RV)" (09/2013)

96 points James Suckling: "Wow. What a sexy nose with aromas of crushed berries, wet earth and pebbles. Full body, medium sweet with an intense and powerful finish. A vintage Port that leaves an impression." (05/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Declared in 2013. This has appreciated more than any other vintage port, three times since launch (£54 to £180 a bottle). Syms have only 300 or 400 cases left. Very dark purple. Massive and great combination of ripe fruit and very fine tannins. So chewy but wonderfully concentrated. Refined and dry and with lots of fine, dry tannins. 19/20 Points (JR)" (09/2016)

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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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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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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 "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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1999 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 0 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 - 2 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)