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Library Wine Department - Featuring Top Rated Collectibles - 98 points and Up - 11/16/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Highlighted this week are collectibles rated 98 points and up.. In this list you’ll find bottlings from: Dominus, Sine Qua Non, Chapoutier, Saxum, La Mission Haut-Brion, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to add to your collection, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2009 Branon, Pessac-Léognan 98 3 $124.99 View
2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion 100 15 $289.99 View
1990 d'Yquem, Sauternes 99 1 $499.99 View
2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) 100 6 $399.99 View
2003 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) 98 >36 $189.99 View
2010 Gracia, St-Emilion 99 1 $189.99 View
2009 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan 98 2 $199.99 View
2009 l'Église Clinet, Pomerol 100 2 $399.99 View
2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 100 5 $649.99 View
2005 Larcis Ducasse, St. Emilion (375ml) 98 7 $109.99 View
2005 Larcis-Ducasse, St-Emilion 100 1 $269.99 View
2010 Le Dôme, St Emilion 100 1 $289.99 View
2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 98 3 $134.99 View
2009 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux 98 5 $124.99 View
2009 Pape-Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (375ml) 100 20 $199.99 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 100 17 $289.99 View
2009 Rieussec, Sauternes 98 1 $89.99 View
2001 Rieussec, Sauternes (375ml) 100 1 $99.99 View
2001 Suduiraut, Sauternes 98 6 $94.99 View
2009 Suduiraut, Sauternes (375ml) 98 15 $41.99 View
2010 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $399.99 View
2009 Abreu Howell Mountain Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $339.99 View
2001 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 2 $369.99 View
2010 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 98 1 $599.99 View
2013 Bevan "Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 6 $269.99 View
2012 Blankiet "Mythicus" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $274.99 View
1995 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (very high shoulder, lightly oxidized capsule 99 1 $474.99 View
2010 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 12 $324.99 View
2013 Chappellet "Pritchard Hill Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $209.99 View
2013 Cliff Lede "Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $249.99 View
2014 Continuum "Sage Mountain Vineyard" St. Helena Bordeaux Blend 99 2 $209.99 View
2010 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $599.99 View
2009 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 2 $199.99 View
2014 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $230) 98 >36 Price: Hidden View
2013 Hidden Ridge "Impassable Mountain Reserve" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 100 2 $359.99 View
2006 Hundred Acre "Kayli Morgan" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (soiled labels) 99 1 $399.99 View
2002 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 2 $349.99 View
2009 Kapcsandy Family "Grand Vin-State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $259.99 View
1999 Kistler "Cuvée Catherine" Russian River Pinot Noir 98 3 $229.99 View
2004 Kistler "Cuvée Elizabeth-Bodega Headlands" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 98 3 $229.99 View
2014 Kongsgaard "The Judge" Napa Valley Chardonnay 98 2 $449.99 View
2012 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 100 4 $399.99 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
2013 Myriad "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard - Elysian Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 3 $399.99 View
2013 Myriad "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 5 $249.99 View
2012 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 6" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) 99 1 $799.99 View
2012 Nine Suns Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $249.99 View
2013 O'Brien Estate ''Unrestrained Reserve'' Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 2 $169.99 View
2012 Odette "Reserve" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (lightly torn label) 100 1 $429.99 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
2009 Ovid Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 2 $329.99 View
2013 Ovid Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $299.99 View
2014 Philip Togni "Estate" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 98 26 $119.99 View
2013 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Sonoma/Napa Counties Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $319.99 View
2013 Quintessa Rutherford Bordeaux Blend 98 6 $174.99 View
2012 Realm Cellars "The Bard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 1 $259.99 View
2009 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $219.99 View
2007 Robert Foley Napa Valley Claret 98 3 $149.99 View
2001 Robert Foley Napa Valley Claret (1.5L) 99 1 $399.99 View
2007 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 99 2 $249.99 View
2012 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 98 1 $159.99 View
2007 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously $480) 100 5 $399.99 View
2014 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 98 5 $129.99 View
2014 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend (1.5L) (Previously $300) 98 2 Price: Hidden View
2014 Schrader ''Old Sparky'' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 98 2 $949.99 View
2004 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 100 1 $399.99 View
2014 Schrader "Colesworthy - Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 100 1 $599.99 View
2013 Sine Qua Non "Female" California Grenache 98 4 $259.99 View
2004 Sine Qua Non "Into the Dark" Central Coast Grenache 99 1 $479.99 View
2013 Sine Qua Non "Male" California Syrah 98 6 $274.99 View
2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Syrah 98 4 $339.99 View
2014 Sine Qua Non "Piranha Waterdance" California Syrah 100 4 $299.99 View
2014 Sine Qua Non "Piranha Waterdance" California Syrah (1.5L) 100 1 $749.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Rattrapante - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache 100 5 $599.99 View
2006 Sine Qua Non "Raven Series" California Grenache 98 1 $329.99 View
2014 Sine Qua Non "Shakti" California Grenache 100 2 $349.99 View
2014 Sine Qua Non "Shakti" California Grenache (1.5L) 100 1 $699.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah 98 11 $299.99 View
2010 Sine Qua Non "Stockholm Syndrome" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 100 3 $724.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Touche - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 100 13 $599.99 View
2010 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (chipped vintage seal) 99 1 $449.99 View
2013 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $179.99 View
2001 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $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
2013 Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $199.99 View
2007 Vineyard 29 "29 Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $219.99 View
2013 Vineyard 29 "Aida Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $229.99 View
2007 Williams Selyem "Precious Mountain" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 98 1 $89.99 View
2003 Huët "Cuvee Constance" 1er Trie Vouvray Moelleux (500ml) 98 1 $119.99 View
2000 Dow's Vintage Port 99 7 $99.99 View
2011 Dow's Vintage Port 99 3 $249.99 View
1963 Fonseca Vintage Port 98 15 $399.99 View
2011 Fonseca Vintage Port 99 21 $99.99 View
2000 Graham's Vintage Port 98 5 $99.99 View
2007 Taylor Fladgate "Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha" Port 98 8 $219.99 View
2011 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 98 20 $99.99 View
1970 Taylor Vintage Port 99 5 $269.99 View
1992 Taylor Vintage Port 100 25 $249.99 View
2001 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) 99 1 $799.99 View
2010 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) 100 1 $999.99 View
2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 100 2 $179.99 View
2009 Clos Saint-Jean "Combe des Fous" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 99 4 $139.99 View
2009 Delas Freres "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie 100 2 $229.99 View
2011 Delas Freres "Les Bessards" Hermitage 99 2 $179.99 View
2007 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape 98 4 $109.99 View
2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 99 6 $149.99 View
2003 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Reservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 99 2 $154.99 View
2010 Domaine Grand Veneur "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 100 1 $219.99 View
2006 Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 99 2 $229.99 View
2000 Le Clos du Caillou "La Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 99 1 $219.99 View
2007 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc 100 7 $324.99 View
2013 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge 98 12 $179.99 View
2009 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage 98 2 $229.99 View
2009 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage (torn labels) 98 7 $209.99 View
Alvear "1927" Pedro Ximenez Solera Montilla-Moriles (375ml) 98 32 $14.99 View
2004 Glaetzer "Godolphin" Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley South Australia 98 5 $89.99 View
2003 Mitolo "Reiver" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia 99 1 $74.99 View
2002 Shirvington Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia 99 12 $139.99 View
2001 Yalumba "Octavius" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia 98 1 $99.99 View
1999 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino 98 22 $109.99 View
2013 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana 98 17 $99.99 View
2007 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana 100 1 $699.99 View
2011 Horsepower "The Tribe Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 98 1 $189.99 View
2013 Quilceda Creek "Galitzine Vineyard" Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 98 4 $159.99 View
2006 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 3 $169.99 View
2012 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $199.99 View
1999 Quilceda Creek Washington Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $179.99 View
2012 Reynvaan "Stonessence" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 98 1 $169.99 View


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2009 Branon, Pessac-Léognan - 3 available ($124.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This magnificent, dense plum/purple-colored Pessac-Leognan reveals notes of scorched earth, burning embers, blackberries and truffles. Composed of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from a vineyard gorgeously situated between Malartic Lagraviere and Haut-Bailly, it possesses full-bodied power, a stunningly intense, voluptuous, layered mouthfeel and abundant levels of fruit, glycerin and tannin. The 2009 ranks alongside the magnificent 2000, which is aging at a glacial pace. Unfortunately, proprietress Helene Garcin only produces around 500 cases of this somewhat cult-ish Pessac-Leognan. (RP)" (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright medium red. Roasted, slightly wild aromas of black raspberry, mocha and game complicated by an exotic candied quality. Lush, silky and utterly seamless wine, with compelling concentration and sweetness of fruit. This didn't quite match the Haut-Bailly I tasted before it for lift but there's enough energy here, not to mention noble, fully ripe, mouthdusting tannins, to ensure 10 to 15 years of graceful evolution in bottle. The impression of exotic ripeness returns on the plush, very long finish. Should prove to be the best vintage yet for this property. (ST)" (07/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This smolders beautifully from start to finish, showing warm tar, tobacco leaf and steeped black currant fruit, with hints of hot stone and graphite buried deeply on the finish. Deep and long, with lots of character still to emerge. (JM)" (07/2012)

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2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion ($289.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "After tasting it three times from bottle, I am convinced this prodigious wine is one of the greatest young Bordeaux I have ever tasted. Inky blue/purple with notes of camphor, forest floor, blackberry, cassis, sweet cherries, licorice, the wine has stunning aromatics, unctuous texture and an almost inky concentration, but without any hard edges. With considerable tannin and just enough acidity to provide definition, this wine transcends even its premier grand cru classe terroir. It is certainly the finest Clos Fourtet ever produced. Give it 5-7 years of cellaring to allow some of its baby fat to fall away. There is certainly enough structure underneath to keep for 30-50 years. Bravo! From my barrel score of 95-98, I suppose I should have seen this perfect score coming, particularly considering what proprietor Philippe Cuvelier and estate manager Tony Ballu have accomplished over the last decade. This is one of the great terroirs of St.-Emilion, nearly 50 acres high on the clay beds and deep limestone plateau of the region, just a stones throw from the luxury hotel and restaurant Hostellerie de Plaisance. Yields were moderate at 34 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend is 88% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon (somewhat unusual) and the rest Cabernet Franc, aged 18 months in 80% new oak. (RP)" (02/2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Elegant as well as rich, this is a beautiful wine. It has great depth of flavor, the sweetest fruit, deliciously ripe. At the same time, the tannins are an underlying sustenance to the impressive ageworthiness. *Cellar Selection*" (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby. Slightly porty yet fresh on the hugely ripe nose, offering scents of medicinal cherry, minerals, licorice and roasted meat. Plush, seamless and wonderfully deep, with sexy sweetness leavening by strong minerality. One of the fullest and most mouthfilling wines of this fleshy vintage. Not hugely complex--in fact a bit youthfully monolithic today--but wonderfully dense wine with fully ripe, sweet tannins and superb persistence. (ST)" (07/2012)

94 points James Suckling: "Lots of wet earth and minerals on the nose with hints of sliced meat. Dark fruits galore. Full bodied, with a beautiful velvety texture and a juicy and delicious finish. Try after 2017. 94+" (11/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Rather ripe, but nicely framed by singed apple wood, which keeps the core of damson plum, black currant and black cherry flavors at bay for now. Licorice root and black tea notes undercut the finish, which is on the grippy side. This opens steadily in the glass, too. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2027. (JL)" (03/2012)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2013

** Super-balanced wine. Wonderful! At UGC: Fine rich texture, silky, with layers of fruit. Elegant!

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2013

Loved it every time we tasted it. Sweet, silky dark purple fruit.

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1990 d'Yquem, Sauternes - 1 available ($499.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. The wine's medium gold color is accompanied by an exceptionally sweet nose of honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, coconut, and apricots. High quality, subtle toasty oak is well-integrated. The wine is massive on the palate, with layers of intensely ripe botrytis-tinged, exceptionally sweet fruit. Surprisingly well-integrated acidity, and a seamless, full-bodied power and richness have created a wine of remarkable harmony and purity. Certainly it is one of the richest Yquems I have ever tasted, with 50-100 years of potential longevity. An awesome Yquem! Anticipated maturity: 2003-2050+. (RP)" (04/1999)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Truly superb. Yellow with a gold hue. Intense spice, honey and dried orange peel aromas.Full-bodied, very sweet and very alive. Vibrant Sauternes that goes on and on on the palate. Doesn't get much better than this. Beautiful now,but wait.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. (JS)" (08/2000)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full-blown aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, white chocolate and damp earth; slightly Tokaj-like. Hugely concentrated and layered in the mouth; extraordinary sweetness cut by harmonious acidity. As with the best vintages of Yquem, the finish goes on for a minute or more. Stains, and stuns, the palate." (07/1998)

K&L Notes: Most recently, 96 points, Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "Tasted at the Grand Cru Classe opening dinner at Haut-Brion. Still a glorious Yquem when you can find a good bottle, this one has a stunning bouquet with honey, candied orange peel and white flowers, extravagant and showy. The palate is viscous on the entry, very complex with that acidity perfectly in tandem with the mellifluous, pure, honeyed fruit. It just seems to expand in the mouth. Superb. Decadent. Tasted June 2011." (Wine Journal, 3/2012)

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2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) - 6 available ($399.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is so layered and intense on the palate with lemons and dried pineapple, mango and honey. Full body, very sweet, but it remains tangy and vibrant. Shows such amazing balance and intensity. Crazy finish. Hints of vanilla and apple purée. One of the greatest Yquems ever. All about purity here." (09/2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 10,000 cases of this perfect sweet white Bordeaux. The 2001 Yquem reveals a hint of green in its light gold color. While somewhat reticent aromatically, with airing, it offers up honeyed tropical fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, sweet creme brulee, and buttered nut-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with gorgeously refreshing acidity as well as massive concentration and unctuosity. Everything is uplifted and given laser-like focus by refreshing acidity. This large-scaled, youthful Yquem appears set to take its place among the most legendary vintages of the past, and will age effortlessly for 75+ years. (RP)" (04/2005)

100 points Wine Spectator: "The greatest young Yquem I have ever tasted from bottle. Yellow, with a golden hue and an almost green tint. Intense aromas of botrytis, spices and blanched almonds follow through to honey, maple syrup, dried apricot and pineapple. Full-bodied, sweet, thick and powerful, with layers of fruit and a bright, lively finish. Coats the palate yet remains exciting. So balanced and refined, showing the pedigree that only this Sauternes estate can deliver. Best after 2012." (11/2005)

Jancis Robinson: "Magnum. A marvellous wine with a fabulous future but already redolent of crème brulée and marzipan. Great intensity, balance and lift. Fresh, medium sweetness (which looks an awfully prosaic description of this miracle of botrytis) and fresh and crisp on the finish. 19.5/20 points. Drink to 2050 (JR)" (02/2014)

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2003 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) ($189.99)

98 points James Suckling: "A massive Yquem, this has a dense palate that is almost chewy like a red. Full and very sweet, with notes of dried apricot, pineapple, and papaya on the palate. Long, with a vanilla-coconut tart finish. What a wine, voluptuous, sexy, and luscious. 147 grams of RS." (04/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Squarely on the tropical side of the spectrum, with mango, papaya and pineapple fruit laced with a marmalade note. Long and very caressing through the finish, but never heady or overpowering, as orange pâte de fruit, ginger and singed almond accents lend cut and precision. Shows the heat of the vintage while retaining energy and drive. Impressive. Drink now through 2040. (JM, Web-2014)"

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Served from an ex-chateau bottle. Picked in one trie, the 2003 Chateau dYquem is slightly deeper in color compared to the 2004. It is attired with an intriguing bouquet with Manuka honey, quince, honeycomb and a touch of nougat, though it does not have the pixilation of a top vintage. The palate is unctuous right from the start: gloopy in texture with hedonistic ripe honeyed fruit laced with orange zest and a strong spicy note on the finish. It has moderate length, but finishes with plenty of glycerine in the mouth. This is certainly the finest 2003 Sauternes. (NM)" (06/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "More complexity on the nose than the Rieussec. Marzipan. Richness. Citrus. Nerve. Really deep flavours with good acidity. Tense. Yes! 19/20 Points (JR)" (03/2008)

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2010 Gracia, St-Emilion - 1 available ($189.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From very small yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, this wine flirted with perfection on each occasion I tasted it. It is a sensational effort - if you can find it. The wine is dense purple and stunningly rich, with lots of crushed rock and chalky notes from the limestone soils as well as blueberry and black berry liqueur intermixed with some smoky barbecue and an aroma that reminded me of tea-smoked duck. Thick, rich and full, its glycerine and concentration hide some rather lofty tannins This is another prodigious effort from proprietor Michel Gracia - its just a shame he doesnt make more wine. This miniature jewel of a property (all approximately five acres of it) has produced a world-class wine that is one of the superstars of the 2010 vintage although the impossibility of acquiring any of it is frustrating." (02/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright full medium ruby. Superripe aromas of blackberry, mocha, minerals, licorice and smoked duck. Superconcentrated and powerful, with huge density and chewiness to the penetrating flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, bitter chocolate and smoky oak. This wine's chewy minerality gives it real eclat. Most impressive today on the very long, building finish, which saturates the mouth with big but sweet tannins and dark fruits. A classic vintage for Michel Gracia's tiny boutique wine." (07/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A modern, toasty style, but sleek, with the vanilla bean and espresso notes melding nicely into the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. The long finish lets the espresso note weave on, with flashes of tobacco, cocoa and licorice snap as well. Best from 2014 through 2024." (03/2013)

91 points James Suckling: "Very fruit forward, with loads of wood now, but it's bright and fruity." (04/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Blackish crimson. Overripe notes on the nose. Very glossy and seductive on the palate with some saltiness. It almost tastes Argentinean! A bit tough and bitter on the finish. This is almost very good and certainly has a lovely long finish. Very modern, slightly exaggerated style with drying tannins on the finish." (02/2014)

K&L Notes: 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2009 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan - 2 available ($199.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A dense ruby/purple-tinged color offers up notes of forest floor, subtle wood smoke, mulberries, black cherries, cassis and a hint of lead pencil shavings. There is even a floral component lurking in the intricate aromatic profile. The wine is medium to full-bodied with wonderful intensity that builds incrementally and has a long, silky, luscious finish. There is plenty of tannin, but it is largely concealed by the wines beautiful fruit and ethereal complexity. Given its virtually perfect balance, this brilliant Haut-Bailly should age effortlessly for 3-4 decades.This is a tour de force in winemaking, particularly for readers seeking the quintessential example of a Bordeaux that combines compelling complexity and finesse with significant flavor authority and intensity. I suppose we could see this coming as American owner, Robert Wilmers, along with his winemaker/manager, Veronique Sanders, continue to push the envelope. Yields were extremely low in 2009, and the final blend was an intriguing concoction of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It came in just under 14% natural alcohol, which makes it among one of the more powerful Haut-Baillys produced. However, power is not the hallmark of this wine. This terroir is known to produce relatively light wines, and by reducing yields and picking riper fruit, Wilmers and Sanders have achieved a level of concentration and intensity that is unprecedented for Haut-Bailly." (02/2012)

97 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackberries, wet earth and mushrooms, follow through to a full body, with a solid core of fruit. Velvety and delicious, yet wonderfully structured. Muscular wine. Best ever? Try in 2018." (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby-red. Very ripe but subdued aromas of dark berries, black cherry, minerals, woodsmoke, mocha and smoky underbrush. Silky on entry, then utterly smooth and seamless in the middle, with outstanding concentration and lift to the berry, tobacco and hot rock flavors. Finishes with utterly noble tannins and outstanding, slowly building length and lingering perfume. This outstanding Haut-Bailly saturates every square millimeter of the palate without leaving any undue impression of weight. I was reminded of the time I was served three classy old Pessac-Leognan wines blind. I guessed that I was tasting Haut-Brion, but the bottles turned out to be Haut-Bailly 1961, 1945 and 1928." (07/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a rich, very dense feel, but stays racy thanks to a strong graphite frame around the core of roasted fig, plum sauce and maduro tobacco. Muscular but defined on the finish, with a long tarry edge in reserve. This shows serious depth and is more backward than most of its peers. Should really stretch out nicely in the cellar. Best from 2017 through 2035." (03/2012)

K&L Notes: **½ 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Absolutely charming wine, with a cashmere-like texture. Excellent.

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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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2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 5 available ($649.99)

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

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

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

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

2005 Larcis Ducasse, St. Emilion (375ml) - 7 available ($109.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This great terroir on the Cote Pavie has long been recognized as one of the most privileged spots in St.-Emilion, but it was not until the wunderkind duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt took over in 2002 that the wine finally began to live up to its potential. Old timers who remember the 1945 Larcis Ducasse will attest to how great this cuvee can be. Sadly, fewer than 3,000 cases were produced of the 2005, a blend of 78% Merlot and the rest primarily Cabernet Franc with a small dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields were a modest 27 hectoliters per hectare. This stunning effort reveals one of the most extraordinary aromatic displays of the vintage, offering up notes of sweet roasted herbs, jus du viande, black olives, espresso roast, creme de cassis, and kirsch liqueur. Extremely full-bodied, opulent, and lavishly textured with plush tannin as well as an ethereal elegance, a sublime personality, glorious sweet purity, and a layered texture, this amazing St.-Emilion is destined to become a legend. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2028." (04/2008)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is very grapey, with plenty of crushed blackberry and vanilla undertones, and floral as well. Full-bodied, soft and silky. Gushes with fruit. Hard not to drink this now, but give it some time. The fruit is amazing. Such purity. Best after 2014." (03/2008)

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

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2005 Larcis-Ducasse, St-Emilion - 1 available ($269.99)

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

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

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

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

2010 Le Dôme, St Emilion - 1 available ($289.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A full-bodied wine, but ethereal in its elegance and finesse, the wine has a strikingly provocative bouquet of camphor, blueberry jam, violets, new saddle leather, white chocolate and spice. Extremely full-bodied, but again, not showing any weighty fatigue or any type of aggressiveness, this wine has extraordinary purity and richness as well as a blockbuster finish of close to a minute, yet is so flawless, seamless and compelling, its hard to believe the wine is this concentrated and rich. It will be interesting to see how it evolves, but it certainly can be drunk in 3-4 years and, Im sure, cellared for as long as 25-35 years from now. There are 1,000 cases of this wine, which has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc of any wine in Bordeaux (80%). The balance is Merlot. The 2009 from Le Dome flirted with perfection, but this wine swallows the entire scoring system, and rightfully so. (RP)" (02/2013)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a perfumed wine, dominated by Cabernet Franc. Black fruits are layered with wood, dry tannins and a beautiful aromatic quality. The wine is deep and complex, built for the long term with its power, density and considerable elegance." (05/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A burly, extracted style, with lots of roasted apple wood and mesquite flavors leading the way, followed by briary grip and slightly chewy plum, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors. Shows more heft than cut and drive, featuring scads of tobacco, ganache and loam on the finish. If cellaring can tame the chewy edges, this will become an impressive, modern-styled wine down the road. Best from 2016 through 2030. (JM)" (03/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright, dark red. Knockout nose combines cassis, plum, violet, dark chocolate, licorice and mint. Pliant, layered and deep, with captivating sweetness to its dark berry and floral flavors. In a distinctly plush, creamy style but the wine's youthfully aggressive finish and serious ripe tannins suggests that it will be better for five to seven years of cellaring. Seriously rich wine with lovely purity and floral lift." (07/2013)

93 points James Suckling: "A juicy and savory wine with tobacco, forest floor and chocolate character. Roses too. Lots of red fruits. Full body, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Better after 2017." (02/2013)

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2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 3 available ($134.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Ranked #3 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* A major success of the vintage. The wine exhibits extreme richness of the fruit, with all its sweet blackberry flavors. It also has underlying firm structure, density and solid tannins. Bring in the acidity at the end, and this is both impressive and ready for long-term aging. (RV)" (02/2012)

96 points James Suckling: "Very floral, with fresh mushrooms and currants on the nose. Full body, with powerful tannins, yet polished and refined. Lovely length. Vibrant acidity. Well structured. Try after 2018." (02/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is powerful Cabernet, with gutsy weight, but polished feel to the fresh plum, warm blackberry sauce, bittersweet ganache and roasted apple wood notes. Long and tarry through the finish, but still invigorating despite its heft. Will need some time to round fully into form. *Ranked #6 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2012* (JM)" (03/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Head and shoulders above its stablemate, Langoa Barton, proprietor Anthony Bartons 2009 Leoville Barton is another massive, excruciatingly rich, tannic, potentially long-aged wine. Meant for consumers with old fashioned tastes, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a bouquet of licorice, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco and a hint of earth. The wine reveals tremendous denseness and richness, a broad, savory mouthfeel and elevated tannins in the finish. However, there is a sweetness to the tannins and no trace of bitterness and astringency, always a sign of a top vintage as well as fully mature grapes. Still a monolithic baby, this 2009 should be forgotten for at least a decade, and consumed over the next 30-50 years. (RP)" (02/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Red- and blackcurrant, licorice, chocolate mint and sexy oak tones on the nose. Dense, solidly built and youthfully backward, with strong acidity and a medicinal quality leavening the sweetness of this plush, seamless wine. Most impressive today on the very long finish, which features a firm spine of dusty tannins, hints of cedary oak and dark chocolate, and lovely lift. Should evolve positively over the next two decades. (ST)" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Perfumed. Seductive. Dense and powerful. Very intense and ambitious indeed. Well-managed tannins. Glossy. Very dry at the moment. 18/20 points." (01/2013)

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A textbook Leoville-Barton, the fantastic '09 opens with pure crushed currant aromas and a lovely, leafy undercurrent of Cabernet complexity--just a beautiful nose. Black fruits on the palate are supported by elegant tannins. While the wine is still in its youth, the fruit expression and overall balance suggest a long life ahead.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 05, 2015

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Probably the best Ive tasted from Anthony and I have been tasting his wines since 1973. Tons of fruit masks the high tannin levels-will age for a very long time. 95 points!Still a superb buy for the cellar. Cb 2015

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 13, 2013

Deep, grapey, masculine wine. It was really good the second time we tasted it.

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2009 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux - 5 available ($124.99)

98 points James Suckling: "A wine, with intense spice and berry character, with hints of sweet tobacco. It changes all the time from flowers to fruit and wet earth. Full-bodied, with super fine tannins and ripe fruit. It's long and juicy with lovely fruit. Super long and beautiful, with fine tannins that last for minutes. Tight now, but juicy and gorgeous. Best ever from here. Try in 2020." (02/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An inky/purple color is followed by notes of Asian plum sauce, forest floor, creme de cassis, black raspberries and a floral component that is unusual for a Margaux. A wine of exceptional intensity and purity with a full-bodied, sumptuous texture, lots of fresh vibrancy and excellent definition, this beautiful 2009 exhibits high but sweet tannin. It is more sexy than the 2005 was at a similar age, although their level of extract and concentration is relatively equal. Something about the 2009 reminds me of a Margaux version of St.-Julien's Leoville Poyferre ... if that makes any sense. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040. (RP)" (12/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is beautiful, with smoldering tar, espresso and tobacco leaf notes fully melded together, while the core of crushed plum, steeped black currant and blackberry fruit sits in reserve. A twinge of iron adds extra length and definition on the finish. Very suave. Approachable now, but with plenty of stuffing and balance for the cellar as well. Best from 2013 through 2030. (JM)" (06/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Notably dark purple. Clean, fresh nose. Very intense. Very sweet indeed but not heavy nor overripe. Fresh finish. Zesty. Supple and concentrated. Drink 2017-2032. 17.5/20 Points (JR)" (01/2013)

K&L Notes: 95 points from Neil Martin, Wine Advocate: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Malescot-St-Exupery '09 is unruly at first, but it settles down nicely to become a well behaved pupil: boysenberry, lifted cassis and violet aromas all very clean and well defined, the oak subtly enmeshed. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry. Lovely ripe, filigree tannins and a lovely elegant caressing finish make this an excellent Margaux. Tasted January 2013." (07/2013)

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Deep-inky purple color. Very aromatic with an almost candied plum note, crème de cassis, espresso coffee beans, concentrated palate and yet not heavy. Super velvety tannins and all very integrated, very balanced. It is ripe, but not hot. Awe-inspiring.

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2009 Pape-Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (375ml) ($199.99)

100 points James Suckling: " This really is phenomenal. It shows subtle complexity with dried lemons, papaya, and hints of vanilla. What blows you away is the palate. It is so dense yet agile with amazing tension and a bright finish. It builds and builds in the finish. Superb. Speechless. Drink or hold." (08/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pape Clement Blanc is an absolutely remarkable wine, which is not a surprise given what this historic estate has done in both white and red over the last 20 years. Their white wine, an intriguing blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Gris and the rest Muscadelle, comes from 7.5 acres of pure gravelly soil. An exquisite nose of honeysuckle, tropical fruit, pineapple, green apples, and orange and apricot marmalade soar from the glass. Great acidity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a texture more akin to great grand cru white Burgundy put this wine in a class by itself. I wouldnt be surprised if there were others who also think this is pure perfection in white Bordeaux. I tasted this wine four separate times and gave it a perfect score three of the four times. It is one of most exquisite dry white I have ever tasted from anywhere period. Certainly the founder of Pape Clement, Bertrand de Goth, would be happy with his decision to plant a vineyard here in 1305. Pure genius! (RP)" (12/2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a finely balanced wine, combining an herbaceous flavor with apricot and sweet pear. The whole is a delicious wine that brings together notes of toast and fresh fruit, with a firm, dry structure. For long-term aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (09/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A big, creamy, shortbread- and white peach-filled version, with extra layers of salted butter, heather and grapefruit pulp driving through the finish. A more muscular style, but with the vivacity and length to pull it off. Best from 2014 through 2020. (JM)" (03/2012)

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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac ($289.99)

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

98-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "A superb wine, with the purest fruit, great freshness and ripeness. It is certainly structured with dry tannins, but the blackcurrant freshness is all there. The wine has a great limpid, flowing feel, but also power. (RV)" (08/2010)

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning aromas of fresh flowers, with blueberries, blackberries and currants that follow through to a full body, with super balance and finesse. The tannins are super polished. Such class here. Best ever from here. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try in 2018." (03/2012)

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

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

K&L Notes: 98 points from Neal Martin, Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2009 Pontet-Canet is a wine that I have tasted several times throughout the year. Here, it is clearly bestowed a very powerful and intense bouquet with raspberry jam, boysenberry, graphite and cold, wet limestone aromas - very well defined and focused, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, in a funny way more like a 2010 towards the finish thanks to its structure. It still feels quite backward and with much more to give, a sense of coiled up energy conveyed upon the extremely persistent finish. It remains a deeply impressive Pauillac with decades ahead of it. Tasted December 2016."

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

Just a perfect wine and enough said. Can enjoy in a few years until 2050.

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2009 Rieussec, Sauternes - 1 available ($89.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Lots of caramel and Seville orange. Apricots, vanilla and sultanas. Intensely sweet on the palate with a deep texture and and good complexity. This Sauternes is wonderfully long and dense with superb purity and precision. Extravagant sweet wine. Drinks amazingly well already now, so why wait?" (05/2013)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The team at Chateau Rieussec have conjured a stellar wine in 2009. There is a little reduction at first that fortunately blows away, revealing thickly layered scents of honey, Danish pastry and quince that appear to gain vigor with every passing sip. The palate is stunning: very viscous in the mouth with tangy grapefruit, honey and white peach. It is still primal, but the acidity is perfectly judged and there is a life-affirming sense of precision and tension towards the finish. Exceptional. Drink now-2045. (NM)" (02/2013)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This closed, reticent wine promises to pack a rich, generous punch in the future. Its potential shows in the botrytis flavor and the touches of smoky wood and apricot jelly. With this leashed power, it promises to be a very fine wine. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2013)

92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, with powerful almond, bitter tangerine, mango and papaya notes, as well as racier heather, mirabelle and yellow apple flavors. Long and very focused despite the weight and breadth, this features a gorgeous hint of warm tarte Tatin on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2035. (JS, Web-2015)"

Decanter: "Massive, with great transformed level of alcohol, useful when the sugar content is so high too, a monument of a wine, but a wait of 10 years at least will be necessary to do justice to its majestic power." (04/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Yellow gold. Interesting depth and complexity. Springs out of the glass. Very big and round and yet refreshing. Great satin texture. How I'd imagine Climens. Rather nice saltiness on the finish. 18.5/20 points" (01/2013)

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2001 Rieussec, Sauternes (375ml) - 1 available ($99.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is a crazy wine! Its sweet, but not sugary. Mushrooms, furniture wax, spices then dried oranges, lemons, pineapples, and just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with great density and power, yet balanced and refined. So amazing, but give this five to six years still. Pull the cork in 2016. 145 grams RS." (05/2012)

100 points Wine Spectator: "Like lemon curd on the nose, turning to honey and caramel. Full-bodied and very sweet, with fantastic concentration of ripe and botrytized fruit, yet balanced and refined. Electric acidity. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is absolutely mind-blowing. This is the greatest young Sauternes I have ever tasted. Best after 2010. *Collectibles and Wine of the Year 2004*" (09/2004)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-gold. Superripe nose dominated by honey and marzipan. Hugely ripe and deep, with compelling layers and depth of fruit. Superconcentrated, exotic flavors of apricot, minerals and coconut. Wonderfully chewy, thick and sweet, and extremely long on the aftertaste. A huge wine that will impress early but will really need a minimum of a decade to shed some of its baby fat." (08/2004)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Rieussec 2001 has a deep golden colour. The bouquet offers marmalade, quince jus and yellow flowers. It has fine definition, if not the killer precision of a top vintage, though the oak appears to have been assimilated since I last tasted it. There is something almost Germanic here, like a Beerenauselese! The palate is unctuous on the entry with kumquat, quince and barley sugar, almost Barsac-like in style leading to an unctuous finish that is long in the mouth, but does not quite have the detail and delineation of the 2005 tasted blind alongside. (NM)" (06/2015)

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2001 Suduiraut, Sauternes - 6 available ($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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2009 Suduiraut, Sauternes (375ml) ($41.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 is one of the greatest wines ever produced from the estate. It has a riveting bouquet of quince, honey, pear and a touch of clarified butter that is beautifully defined, offering scents of yellow flowers with continued aeration. It is a little heavier and more intense than its peers at this stage. The palate is beautifully balanced with perfectly judged acidity and immense purity. The finish offers crisp honey, quince and clementine notes laden with botrytis that is counterpoised by wonderful acidity. It possesses an unerring sense of completeness and composure that is irresistible. Bravo! Drink now-2050. (NM)" (02/2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "The new-wood smokiness is an important element of this creamy-textured wine. The richness bares flavors of honey, botrytis, almond and orange peel. Ripe and age worthy, this wines opulence is just beginning to show. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is loaded, with gorgeous papaya, mango, yellow apple and creamed peach flavors carried by salted caramel, toasted coconut and ginger cream notes. Very long on the finish, this just sails on and on. Showing terrific range and depth, this has a long life ahead of it. Best from 2014 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2012)

96 points James Suckling: "Yummy young Sauternes with caramel, honey, dried apples, pears, and tarte tatin. Full body, layered and compacted. Medium sweet and a flavorful finish. So much to come still. Give it three or four years to understand all it has." (05/2013)

K&L Notes: *1/2+ Very lush on the palate. Super-concentrated. 160 grams of sugar. The entire crop picked around September 15th. Some coconut flavors. Thick and oily, but with fine balancing acidity. From Ralph Sands: "Thick fruit, with complex pear and persimmon notes." 93% Sémillon, 7% Sauvignon Blanc.

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2010 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($399.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Madrona Ranch, which David Abreu told me he crop-thinned by at least 50%, is a more backward, tannic, brooding wine at present. An inky/purple color and lots of baking spice, espresso, black and blue fruits, and hints of graphite and toast emerge from this wine as well as formidable tannins in the finish. However, the tannins are sweet and well-integrated in this big, blockbuster effort. It will require patience by purchasers as it needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years; it will drink well over the following three decades. As a set of wines, it is hard to surpass the four cuvees from the estate vineyards of David Abreu. As I have written many times in the past, all of these wines are truly world-class efforts that stand alongside proprietary red wines made from Bordeaux varietals from any appellation in the world. (RP)" (10/2013)

98 points Vinous: "Abreu's 2010 Madrona Ranch dazzles with its intensity and extraordinary overall balance. Menthol, new leather, tobacco, cedar and earthy notes are all backed up by serious power. The 2010 is explosive on the palate -as so many 2010s are - yet the tannins are remarkably polished for a young wine with this much structure. A creamy, deeply resonant finish rounds things out in this stunning red from Madrona Ranch. The blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot. 98+. (AG)" (11/2013)

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2009 Abreu Howell Mountain Bordeaux Blend ($339.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Howell Mountain offers up scents of graphite, mulberries, blueberries, vanillin, chocolate and forest floor. The wines full-bodied mouthfeel, moderately high tannins, and spicy, structured personality result in a masculine-styled 2009 that requires 4-5 years of cellaring. It should last for three decades. (RP)" (10/2013)

98 points Vinous: "The 2009 Proprietary Red Howell Mountain wraps around the palate with masses of blue and black fruit, smoke, tar, incense and licorice. A dense, resonant wine, the 2009 stands out for its extraordinarily vivid fruit and equally compelling personality. This is pure Howell Mountain at its very best. With time in the glass the 2009 opens up beautifully. There is more than enough fruit to fill out the wine's huge, broad-shouldered frame. The 2009 Howell Mountain is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot. (AG)" (12/2012)

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2001 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($369.99)

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

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

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

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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2013 Bevan "Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 6 available ($269.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The last two 2013s I tasted included the 2013 Proprietary Red Sugarloaf Mountain. This fabulous and exciting elixir is a equal-part blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot aged in equal parts Gamba and Darnajou, all new French oak. A stunning nose of forest floor, blueberry, blackberry, mulberry and spring flowers soars from the glass of this inky purple wine. Another offering of great intensity, with voluptuous texture and lavish, almost extravagant fruit richness, this pure, rich and incredibly well-made wine is yet more proof that Bevan is a genius on so many levels, as he can produce compelling wines whether they are Bordeaux varietals, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc or even Chardonnay. (RP)" (10/2015)

96 points Vinous: "Rich, opulent and voluptuous - with no hard edges and exceptional balance - the 2013 Proprietary Red Sugarloaf Mountain wraps around the palate with serious depth and intensity. Sweet red cherry, plum, mocha, spice and wild flowers meld together effortlessly. A blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the Sugarloaf takes over all the senses with its heady richness and unctuousness. (AG)" (10/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Notably rich and juicy, with tiers of blackberry, dusty earth and black licorice, showing cedar-scented tannins that impart a measure of refinement. Ends slightly trim, offering savory herb and dusty earth notes. (JL)" (03/2016)

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2012 Blankiet "Mythicus" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($274.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Mythicus is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and a smaller cuvée of only 220 cases. It is close to perfection, for sure, with an inky purple color and a beautiful nose of smoldering embers intermixed with charcoal, blackberry, new saddle leather, crème de cassis, incense and graphite. Full-bodied, with enormous extract and richness, but with a flawless integration of alcohol, acidity, tannin and wood, this wine is still a baby, even for a 2012, but promises to evolve for 25-30 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Knockout Cabernet nose combines currant, licorice menthol and wild herbs; brooding but not overly dark. Utterly seamless and glossy on the palate yet at the same time sharply delineated, with outstanding floral lift to the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. For all its early sex appeal and noble tannins, this wonderfully sappy, extremely long wine is very backward today and in need of extended aging. An addition to the range, the Mythicus is a new 100% Cabernet Sauvignon bottling that debuts in 2012. (ST) 96+" (05/2015)

96 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mythicus comes across as quite closed today, with the structural elements dominating the wine's balance. Most of Blankiet's 2012s are open and expressive today, but the Mythicus is not. In this tasting, the Mythicus is dark, brooding and totally shut down, which is probably a good thing for the future. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points James Suckling: "Lots of blueberry, blackberry and black currants on the nose with hints of flowers. Full-bodied, firm and layered with lots of chocolate and berry character. Long and agile with form. Needs at least five years to soften. A pure Cabernet made from the best selection of grapes from the three key vineyards. This is first vintage of this wine." (07/2015)

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1995 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (very high shoulder, lightly oxidized capsule - 1 available ($474.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon is cut from the same mold as the profound 1996, displaying astonishing levels of black fruits (the usual suspects - blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cassis), phenomenal concentration, and virtually perfect balance and equilibrium." (12/1997)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby-red. Fruity, expressive aromas of black raspberry, nuts and fresh herbs; distinctly cooler than the '97 and '96. Velvety and sweet in the mouth, with an extraordinarily lush texture for the vintage. Extremely harmonious from the outset, with nicely integrated acidity and sweet, slow-to-build tannins. Great finishing fruit. Production here fell sharply beginning with this vintage because of replanting." (06/1998)

Wine Spectator: "One of the more pleasant and complex aromas, with currant, cherry and vanilla. It's a bit drier on the palate, with shades of red currant, anise, sage and cedar. Tilts toward dry, mouthcoating tannins on the finish. (Web-2005)"

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2010 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($324.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection exhibits an opaque purple color, slightly more toasty oak in the aromatics, and explosive richness on the attack, mid-palate and length. The nose is slightly more restrained than in the regular bottling, but there is no doubting the Special Selection is a cut or two above the Napa bottling when it hits the palate. Extraordinary purity of fruit, creme de cassis, licorice and incense all emerge from this full-bodied, iconic classic. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 25+ years. (RP)" (10/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator: " *Top 100 Wines of 2014, Collectibles* A seductive style that's openly fruity, showing supple plum and black cherry notes, with floral scents and spices, turning creamy and gaining a mocha-espresso-vanilla scent that's enticing. Finishes with a smooth texture, fine-grained tannins and then another burst of fruit. Drink now through 2025. (JL)" (06/2013)

93 points Vinous: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is, big, rich, voluptuous and totally sexy. Mocha, chocolate, plums, sweet spices and black cherries jump from the glass in this full-bodied, intense wine. This is one of the more immediate wines of the vintage, but all the elements are very nicely balanced. (AG)" (12/2012)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Heady and polished, this is a rich Napa Valley Cabernet focused on sweet black fruit. Its based on a mix of owned and leased vineyards in eight Napa sub-AVAs, 75 percent in the valley, the balance on hillsides or higher into the mountains. New French oak comes across in scents of espresso-roast coffee and cedar, while the fruit has blue-black depths of plum skin. Its tight and relatively austere for this style of Napa Valley Cabernet, needing bottle age to show its best." (12/2013)

K&L Notes: A cool summer pushed the final days of the 2010 harvest into the month of November, and Caymus reduced production by 40% to select grapes that were up to the standards of their benchmark Cabernet.

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2013 Chappellet "Pritchard Hill Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($209.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. This is a 40- to 50-year wine and simply compelling. Inky bluish/purple with a stunning nose of white flowers, crushed rock, blueberry, black raspberry and cassis, this is a great, great effort in this vintage, which is not that surprising, but this youthful wine still seems in its infancy and certainly has huge upside to it. Its very deep and full-bodied, but still coiled very tight and restrained, this should turn out to be a tour de force and a great offering in 2013. Dont touch it for another 5-7 years. (RP) 98+" (12/2015)

97 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of dark fruits but there's a soulful undertone of forest floor, sweet tobacco and leaves. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a delicious finish. Ultra-refined. So drinkable now. Harmonious and thoughtful. Elegant." (01/2016)

96 points Vinous: "A deep, inky wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill exudes richness and concentration. Blackberry jam, crème de cassis, graphite, mocha, smoke and spices meld together as this ample, structured Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its personality. The Pritchard Hill is made in a ripe, concentrated style that is quite typical of the vintage. At the same time, the impact of heavier extractions and more new oak also shapes the wine to a significant degree. I am not sure the Pritchard Hill is meaningfully more complex than the Signature, but it is quite striking just the same. As good as the 2013 is today - and it is terrific - my sense is that it would be even better with less oak influence. This is an especially somber, virile Cabernet Sauvignon from Chappellet. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2013 Cliff Lede "Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($249.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another black/purple wine is the Cliff Lede 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. Flirting with perfection, this wine boasts blueberry and blackberry notes, spring flowers a hint of charcoal and subtle toast, a full-bodied mouthfeel and stunning concentration. Its the hallmark of purity and the multi-dimensional texture and length that make for a profound Cabernet Sauvignon thats accessible. It promises to hit its peak in 8-10 years and last 30 or more. (RP)" (12/2015)

95 points Vinous: "Lede's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a classic wine from this famous Oakville site. Inky and deep - with tons of dark blue and purplish fruit, the To Kalon exudes density and unctuousness. The To Kalon is gorgeous, but it is not a wine for the timid. A great example of the more forward, voluptuous side of Napa Valley Cabernet, Lede's 2013 To Kalon hits all the right spots. Today, the aromatics are a bit closed. Otherwise, the To-Kalon is terrific. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points James Suckling: "A powerful and structured red with firm yet polished tannins that are always present. But there is a richness and intensity of fruit as well. Needs time to soften though clearly outstanding." (01/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Nuanced dusty cocoa and blackcurrant aromatics carry into a palate of gunmetal, wild cherry and lavender with an ultra-long tobacco finish. Fine tannins and mouth-watering acidity. This wine wants some more time in bottle to open up and show what it has to offer. A bit reticent currently with nice promise. (ECB)" (06/2016)

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2014 Continuum "Sage Mountain Vineyard" St. Helena Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($209.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, sage and mint. Lead pencil and graphite, too. Full body and ultra-fine tannins that are slowly transformed to ripe and beautiful fruit. Super polished and textured. Great finish. Drink in 2022, but it's hard not to drink now. This harkens back to the great Mondavi reserves of the 1970s in texture and construction. *Top 100 of 2017*" (11/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A touch raw in texture, with a strong showing of spicy, toasty, cedary oak that is unmistakable and dominant, yet more graceful and refined as this develops. Shows currant and blackberry fruit underneath. Ends as it starts, a little ragged, but authentic and forceful. (JL)" (08/2017)

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2010 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($599.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard from the Napa Valley is a brilliant effort that flirts with perfection (much like the 2007). Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 24 months in 100% new French oak (225 cases produced), it boasts beautiful ripe black currant and blueberry fruit intermixed with hints of licorice, violets and forest floor. With more ripeness as well as a bigger, richer style than the other 2010s as well as formidable structure and tannin, this is a quintessentially gorgeous, compelling Napa Cabernet that is accessible enough to provide enjoyment now. (RP)" (10/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Ultrarich, bordering on syrupy, this packs a wallop, with dark, deep layers of blackberry, currant, blueberry and spice that coat the palate. For all the apparent density and extract, this glides along nicely. (JL)" (11/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium ruby. Higher-toned on the nose than the Helms bottling, showing superripe dark fruit, cola and exotic chocolatey oak aromas. Extremely deep and creamy-sweet on the palate, with a dominant flavor of blueberry liqueur and a texture of liquid velvet. Finishes with powerful ripe tannins and a hint of dryness. This is almost too much of a good thing. (ST)" (06/2013)

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2009 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 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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2014 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $230) Price: Hidden

98 points James Suckling: "Loads of dark tobacco aromas with blackcurrants and black olives. Boysenberries, too. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and lots of flavors of smoke, dried roasted chillis, black truffles, mushrooms and fruit. Bright acidity on the finish. Sexy and subtle austerity. Alluring. Very approachable now but better in 2021. *Top 100 of 2017*" (01/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014s, where the production of Napanook was only 2,200 cases and Dominus slightly more than the 2015 at 4,000 cases, was another early harvest, although somewhat later than 2015. The 2014 Dominus, which is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot really struts its stuff. Moueixs belief in dry farming seems to be paying off with stronger and stronger vintages, each successive year, and the 2014 is a sexy, opulent, layered, multidimensional wine with notes of red and blackcurrant, cedar wood, tobacco leaf , spice box and licorice. The color is a dense plum/ruby/purple, much like the Napanook. This is a beauty that is already drinking gorgeously as most 2014s are and will continue to evolve for 25 or so years. (RP)" (10/2016)

96 points Vinous: "The 2014 Dominus is endowed with tons of depth, power and muscle. Black cherry, plum, smoke, menthol, licorice, chocolate, dried herbs and dark spices are all pushed forward. Deep, pliant and exquisitely layered, the 2014 possesses tons of concentration and mid-palate depth. Like so many wines in this vintage, the 2014 comes across as a hybrid of 2013 and 2012. I very much like the energy and focus in this wine. This is a fabulous wine in every way. With time in the glass, the flavors gain in brightness and focus. There is certainly much to look forward to. (AG)" (12/2016)

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2013 Hidden Ridge "Impassable Mountain Reserve" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($359.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Impassable Mountain Reserve sounds relatively intimidating, but if you want a quintessential example of what perfection is in my business, taste this wine! Absolutely remarkable in every sense -- the incredible pure aromatics of blue, red and black fruits, the minerality, the volcanic, earthy sweetness that emerges in a subtle fashion, the full-bodied opulence, the staggering finish of more than a minute, and its unreal concentration certainly make this one of the most compelling and profound Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted, and the first perfect wine of 2016. This should be nearly immortal, drinking well young, and for those with the patience and wisdom to wait 25-35 years, a legacy wine from Sonoma. When I first started doing my centralized tastings of the many wineries that I could not possibly have time to visit, one of the remarkable standouts for Cabernet Sauvignon was Hidden Ridge. These are clearly world-class Cabernet Sauvignons and should be considered by any serious collector for their cellars. (RP)" (03/2016)

2006 Hundred Acre "Kayli Morgan" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (soiled labels) - 1 available ($399.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Wow! I cant say I underrated this wine, but, boy, it is pushing perfection ... and pushing it quickly. A nearly flawless, monumental effort, the 2006 boasts an extraordinary opaque purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, licorice, chocolate, toffee, espresso roast and blackberries. This multilayered wine is built like a skyscraper, with terrific intensity, but no heaviness, stunning richness, full body and great purity. With a youthful, voluptuous mouthfeel, it can be drunk now for its extraordinary purity of fruit, but it will not hit its prime for at least a decade. It should keep for three decades. (RP)" (06/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red-ruby. Blacker, more brooding nose than the Ark: cassis, licorice and a whiff of caramel. Then sweet, lush and full in the mouth, with superb minerality contributing to this very deep wine's almost 3-D texture. Plusher and more effusive than the Ark, finishing with outstanding palate-coating breadth and length. Reminds me of a top Pomerol. Owner Jayson Woodbridge calls this bottling 'a sexy, rumbling Ferrari,' while he describes the Ark, with its structure, power and elegance, as a Rolls-Royce. (ST)" (06/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Aging beautifully, marked by a tight, firm structure and dusty, loamy tannins that provide backbone and muscle, this slowly uncoils to reveal spicy red cherry, raspberry and boysenberry notes that cascade on the finish. Ends with a crushed-rock, gravelly edge and tannins that give the flavors traction. (JL, Web-2016)"

93 points Vinous: " Bright medium red with ruby tones. Deep, vibrant aromas of black cherry, black raspberry and licorice. Sweet, spicy and concentrated, showing a compelling creamy quality to its youthful black fruit and spice flavors. But this rather brooding, youthfully medicinal wine is in an awkward stage today, with its firm spine of ripe tannins currently dominating. Hold this for another five years. 93+ points. (ST)" (06/2016)

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2002 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($349.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2002 boasts an inky/purple color along with notes of graphite, violets, blackberries, creme de cassis and hints of charcoal and barbecue in addition to a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel that builds incrementally with great purity, staggering fruit concentration, and a long, velvety, 50+-second finish. This prodigious effort should continue to drink well for 20+ years. (RP)" (11/2013)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Once again showing the extraordinary combination of polish, fruity depth and wonderfully rich oak that is particular to the very best of the Insignia lineup, this concentrated, intensely aromatic wine comes up long on character and style. Its evident ripeness is manifest in a touch of last-minute heat, but its fleshy feel, superb balance and neatly fit tannin bring it a peerless sense of refinement that will tease us all long before this stunningly compelling bottling reaches its finely polished peak some five to seven years hence." (12/2005)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Rich flavors fan out, the way you hope for, coating the palate with layers of currant, fresh earth, mineral, cedar, tobacco, mocha, black licorice and espresso. The tannins are firm and the structure built for a longer haul. Very much in its infancy still at age 10, it finds that unusual bridge between dense Napa fruit and a Bordeaux build. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. *Wine of the Year 2005*(JL, Web Only-2012)"

Jancis Robinson: "Glowing blackish purple. Silky smooth texture with a little putty notes on the nose. Hint of something roasted but very much more integrated and silky than the 2001. Already broachable. Lip smacking. Pure. Not shy though! 18/20 points. (JR)" (03/2013)

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2009 Kapcsandy Family "Grand Vin-State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($259.99)

98 points Vinous: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin opens with the most beguiling bouquet imaginable. Freshly cut flowers, mint, cinnamon and licorice all make an appearance as this vivid, beautifully delineated wine opens up in the glass. A model of total finesse and elegance, the 2009 wraps around the palate with what feels like endless layers of aromas and flavors. This totally seamless, polished Cabernet Sauvignon is virtually impossible to resist today, but it will be even better in another few years. The 2009 is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. (AG)" (12/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The more closed but potentially greater 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard is a 480-case blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of licorice, creme de cassis, camphor and subtle toast. Full-bodied and concentrated, it represents 15% of the total Kapcsandy production. The wine finished with 13.7% alcohol, which in these days is relatively low, although the alcohol levels were down in 2009 through 2011 because of the cooler, less ripe years. 95+ (RP)" (10/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright medium ruby. Spectacular nose offers crushed blackberry, cassis, licorice, violet and minerals complicated by leather and game. Lush, silky and deep, with enticing floral lift for the vintage. Big, powerful but very fine tannins are thoroughly coated by fruit on the extremely long finish. Conveys a somewhat higher-pH mouth feel than the more gripping 2010 version but this vintage may have even riper tannins. (ST)" (05/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A substantial effort that weaves together dense, earthy, clay-laced currant, dark berry, sage and cedar. Slow to unfold, but does so gracefully and gets better with each sip. Best from 2013 through 2028. (JL)" (11/2012)

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1999 Kistler "Cuvée Catherine" Russian River Pinot Noir - 3 available ($229.99)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Pinot Noir Cuvee Catherine, a selection of the best barrels from the Kistler Vineyard, displays a bouquet of roasted meats, earth, truffle, blackberry, raspberry, and smoky cherry fruit. Full body, an unctuous texture, and terrific acidity define this large-scaled effort. A monumental Pinot Noir that has to be tasted to be believed, it should hit its prime in about three or four years and last for 12-15, if not longer. (RP)" (12/2000)

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2004 Kistler "Cuvée Elizabeth-Bodega Headlands" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ($229.99)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bordering on perfection, the 2004 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands (from Kistlers new vineyard planted on the Sonoma Coast) offers up sweet plum, forest floor, and violet scents along with a La Tache-like, ethereal, floral, and black raspberry-like character. This prodigious, deep ruby/purple-colored Pinot possesses fabulous concentration as well as a layered, multidimensional palate, wonderful fruit, sweet tannin, and good acidity. It should age beautifully for 10-12 years. Interestingly, Steve Kistler planted this vineyard with the old Calera clone, which is rumored to be a suitcase clone pulled out of the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti grand cru vineyards. (RP)" (12/2005)

K&L Notes: Founded in 1978, Kistler can easily be considered one of the first modern cult California wineries.

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2014 Kongsgaard "The Judge" Napa Valley Chardonnay - 2 available ($449.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chardonnay The Judge (275 cases) emerges from his best parcel, which was planted in 1976 and 1990 on St. George rootstock in rocky, malnourished soils that rarely give up more than one ton of fruit per acre. This is a fabulous Chardonnay, and certainly one of the Chardonnays of the vintage. Rocky minerality intermixed with lemon custard, orange blossom, pineapple and white peach are all present in this big, complex, sensational Chardonnay to drink over the next decade or more. (RP)" (12/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "In this style, there's nothing better in California. Serves up a medley of rich, exotic pineapple and tropical fruit flavors that are as broad as they are deep. Most impressive on the finish, where the flavors coat the palate and linger, with fig and apricot details adding to the pleasure. Buttery oak folds in nicely. Drink now through 2020. 372 cases made. (JL)" (06/2017)

95 points Vinous: "Another highlight in this tasting, the 2014 Chardonnay The Judge is developing into a magnificent wine. Silky, gracious and lifted, the 2014 offers plenty of nuance. Lemon confit, hazelnut, orchard fruit and slate build as this sweeping, creamy Chardonnay shows off its personality. (AG)" (12/2016)

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2012 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 4 available ($399.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard, which will probably be released in a few months, displays great minerality, notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, poached pear, and white flowers as well as a touch of quince. A wine of great intensity, yet incredibly ethereal elegance, this light greenish gold-colored wine is full-bodied, stunningly rich, and altogether remarkable. When you consider that they use 100% new French oak and 100% heavy toast for both their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, it is remarkable how little oak appears in these wines. This wine should age well for 10-15 years, as most of the Marcassin Estate Chardonnays have done to date. (RP)" (03/2016)

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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)

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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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2013 Myriad "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard - Elysian Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($399.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Elysian Reserve has a black/bluish purple color, extraordinary suppleness and velvety integration of tannin, copious quantities of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, graphite and white flowers. Its amazing wine and would be the equivalent of a great vintage of a Mission Haut-Brion on steroids. Whether it lasts 20 years or 30 or 40 is still up for speculation, but this is a profound Cabernet Sauvignon and one of the most compelling examples of this remarkable vintage. This is an utterly compelling, prodigious effort. Heres to you, Mike Smith! (RP)" (12/2015)

94 points James Suckling: "Plenty of blueberry, blackberry, fresh herb and sweet tobacco aromas follow through to a full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Full-throttle yet the breaks are on with a bit chewy tannins." (01/2016)

93 points Vinous: "A fabulous, open-knit, hedonistic wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Elysian captures the more exotic, flashy side of this famous St. Helena site. Mocha, espresso, black cherries, smoke, licorice and tobacco flesh out in a totally effortless, unctuous Cabernet. Layers of flavors blossom through to the exuberant finish. There is so much to like and admire here. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2013 Myriad "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($249.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard tastes like a California version of a La Mission Haut-Brion. Blueberry and blackberry fruit, wet gravel, crushed-rock notes and white flowers are followed by a full-bodied, elegant wine - with not the level of concentration of the Georges III, but with seemingly more ethereal and sublime subtleties and nuances. This is a stunner with sweet tannin that is beautifully, rich full and long. It should drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane is one of the most seamless, polished wines in the Myriad lineup. Sweet floral and spice notes meld into a core of dark red fruit. Supple and open-knit, the 2013 offers plenty of near and medium-term appeal along with silkiness that is perhaps the single most specific signature of Dr. Crane Cabernets. (AG)" (10/2015)

92 points James Suckling: "A soft, full-throttle style with lots of dried fruits, blackberries and viscous texture. Chewy tannins. Old school Napa red but shows some form. Drink now." (01/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A robust yet charming effort, with dark berry, mocha, licorice, cedary oak, dried herb and graphite flavors. Turns supple and caressing midpalate before the tannins weigh in. Drink now through 2032. (JL)" (11/2016)

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2012 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 6" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($799.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine that flirts with perfection, the 2012 Cumulus Vineyard #6 is an interesting blend of 38% Syrah, 37% Grenache, 17.4% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvedre that saw 33 months in 54% new French oak. Theres a tiny 191 cases made, and its one of the most singular, exotic wines Ive tasted. Spice, cedar, chocolate, exotic flowers and an assortment of dark fruits all emerge from this full-bodied, layered blend that hits the palate with serious richness and depth. Yet, like all truly great wines, its light, ethereal and never, ever heavy. Theres big structure here as well, so forget bottles for 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 15+ years. (JD)" (08/2016)

98 points Vinous: "One of the highlights in this tasting, the 2012 Next of Kyn - No. 6 belongs to a group of vintages including 2007 and 2009 that are all about suppleness and raciness. Bright, perfumed and nicely lifted, the 2012 is also quite delicate. Grenache plays an important role in the blend, and that comes through in the wines silky, punchy fruit. Further time in bottle will allow the aromatics to develop more fully, but the 2012 is absolutely delicious today. Moreover, its sense of poise is truly exceptional. This retrospective tasting provided a great opportunity to revisit the first seven releases of Manfred and Elaine Krankls Next of Kyn. As compelling as the Krankls Sine Qua Non wines are, I have always found Next of Kyn to be just as fascinating, especially in recent years. This vertical only served to reinforce that impression. (AG)" (08/2017)

2012 Nine Suns Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($249.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Proprietary Red (500 cases of a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, and the rest Malbec and Cabernet Franc) is an absolutely profound wine. Aged in 100% new oak, which you would never know, this sexy beast of a wine offers up an opaque bluish purple color and gorgeous notes of spring flowers, blueberries, crème de cassis, licorice and graphite. The wine is bold, exuberant, lavishly rich, layered and irresistible. This is a beauty to drink now and over the next 20-25 years.These are two great wines made by Sam Kaplan, with David Abreus company doing the viticulture. The owners are the Chang family. The wines come from the Pritchard Hill vineyard of Houyi, which is planted on the pure Hambrick red soils that can be found on Pritchard Hill. (RP)" (03/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and smoky, with a supple core of licorice-laced blackberry, currant and wild berry, turning ever more graceful and showcasing harmony and finesse. Ends with dusty tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now. (JL)" (04/2016)

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2013 O'Brien Estate ''Unrestrained Reserve'' Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($169.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Proprietary Red Unrestrained Reserve is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Only 125 cases were produced from winemaker David Yorgensen. This wine has unbelievable richness, and truly merits its name. Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruit, white flowers, no evidence of wood, full-bodied unctuosity, super-purity, great density and richness make for a prodigious, even profound, drinking experience. The low acid and sweet, ripe tannin suggest drinking this wine over the next 10-15 years (RP)." (12/2015)

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2012 Odette "Reserve" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (lightly torn label) - 1 available ($429.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) is off-the-charts, mind-blowing. Absolutely opaque purple color, a stunning nose of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, a full-bodied skyscraper-like textural extravaganza, luxurious ripeness, freshness and fruit. Its a big wine at 15.4% natural alcohol, but youd never know that if it werent on the label, as everything is beautifully married in one harmonious, glorious wine. The wine has an almost endless finish of 45-50 seconds that just hints at its ultimate potential. If you have discipline, put it away for 3-4 years and watch it unfold and develop for at least two decades. (RP)" (10/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Odette's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve takes things to another level, with a dazzling interplay of ripe fruit, tannin and acidity. Dark raspberry jam, wild flowers, cinnamon and rose petals blossom in the glass as this radiant, super-expressive Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its personality and class. The addition of 20% Merlot in the blend contributes to the wine's radiant, silky personality. What a gorgeous Cabernet this is. (AG)" (12/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is real head-turner, offering a mix of rich, dark, pure fruit and jazzy, mocha-laced oak with firm yet graceful tannins and a long, pure finish. Ends as the tannins gain traction. Drink now through 2028. (JL)" (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)

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2009 Ovid Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($329.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Ovid is stunningly beautiful. At times it shows a little more depth, power and richness than the Hexameter, but both wines are compelling. Endless layers of fruit saturate the palate as this rich, intense wine conquers the heart and intellect. A totally vivid wine, the 2009 is even more impressive from bottle than it was from barrel. Over the time I followed it, the 2009 gained finesse and elegance in the glass, which bodes quite well for the future. Intense graphite, crushed rocks and pencil shaving nuances add energy to the polished, huge finish. 98+ Points (AG)" (12/2012)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "With a beautiful purple color, this wine quickly exhibits classic Cabernet aromas of black currants and cedar. In the mouth, its full bodied and concentrated, showing powerful, sweet blackberry fruit. Its incredibly refined, impressively structured, massive, impeccable and frankly delicious. This should develop over the next 20 years, at least." (10/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas, plump and generous, lead to ripe, rich, juicy plum and black cherry flavors that show touches of cedar, fresh earth, black licorice and spice. Gains momentum and finesse, with a long, subtle, detailed finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2026. (JL)" (10/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, cassis, shoe polish, minerals, menthol and dusty earth. Suave and claret-like, even a bit strict in the early going, conveying a strong crushed stone character that gives the wine a powerful spine. Tightly wound and youthfully clenched, but already showing considerable personality. Lay this down. (ST)" (05/2012)

K&L Notes: The blend is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

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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2014 Philip Togni "Estate" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.99)

98 points Decanter: "The Togni family's 2014 reveals a beautifully complex bouquet of plum, black cherry, clove, sweet tobacco, cocoa nib and hints of mountain laurel. On the palate the tannins are very silky and refined, especially by the standards of this site, framing a wine with great concentration, depth and acid line. A supremely graceful Cabernet and a worthy successor to the profound 2013." (05/2017)

97 points Vinous: "Togni's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is quite dark and powerful, but also very much medium in body. Graphite, smoke, savory herbs, mint, leather and a core of inky dark red and purplish fruit infuse this deep, beautifully layered Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 is a wine built on energy and aromatics that won't hit its stride until at least age ten...I tasted a large number of wines during my most recent visit to this benchmark estate on Spring Mountain. Philip Togni boasts one of the longest track records of excellence in Napa Valley. Today, Togni's daughter, Lisa, runs the show. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has turned out beautifully, while the three library releases I tasted were a poignant reminder of just how regal these wines become with age. (AG)" (10/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate from his vineyard high on Spring Mountain is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It seems slightly more approachable and civilized for a young Togni wine, with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of blackcurrant, licorice, and graphite, some earth and spice, but very subtle earth nuances. It is full-bodied and rich, but the tannins are well-integrated and dont scream as loudly as some vintages of Togni can. For Togni, this is probably one of his more forward and precociously styled Cabernets. It will probably approach drinkability in several years, but dont discount its aging potential, as this easily has 20-25 years of cellaring potential.I have Philip Togni's vintages going back to the mid-1980s, and these are truly long-lived classics of Napa Valley. As I have written many times, one of the greatest Napa Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted was one made by Philip Togni while working at Chappellet, the 1969 Chappellet. His wines definitely stand the test of time, although sometimes they are a bit rugged and unapproachable in their youth. (RP) 94+" (12/2016)

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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)

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2013 Quintessa Rutherford Bordeaux Blend - 6 available ($174.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This is really fantastic on the nose with blackberry, blueberry, lavender, and violets. Even sage. Full body plus extremely integrated tannins that are polished and refined. The balance and harmony is phenomenal. Goes on for minutes. Beautiful now but will satisfy for decades." (05/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Proprietary Red Wine has always been good, but I think they have re-positioned themselves at a much higher pinnacle with the 2013. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend but has important component parts such as Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot from their gorgeous vineyards just off the Silverado Trail in Rutherford. The wine has a dense bluish/purple color and a beautiful nose of black raspberries, blueberries, lead pencil shavings, and touches of oak and spring flowers. The complexity of the fragrance is followed by a wine with terrific body, stunning purity, wonderful balance, and great depth and richness. This is certainly the most profound Quintessa made to date and should evolve gracefully for at least 20-25 years. Quintessa is a magnificent estate in Rutherford, and this is the flagship wine of proprietor Agustin Huneeus. (RP)" (10/2015)

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For those looking for true premium wines from California, the 2013 Quintessa should certainly be on your list. The nose is highly perfumed with notes of anise, dark berries, and elegant oak spices. The dark, seductive fruit shows very smooth and concentrated right off the bat. Though the wine has excellent structure which should allow it to age beautifully, it is still approachable young. There is really nothing lacking here: elegance, weight, depth, structure, fruit and earth combine beautifully and bring out the true potential of premium California reds.

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2012 Realm Cellars "The Bard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($259.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Proprietary Red The Bard, a 500-case blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, is meant to showcase the finest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes they access from such great Napa Valley sites as Beckstoffer To Kalon, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Fortuna and Weitz. Beautiful notes of pungent baking spices, licorice, melted chocolate, espresso, blackberries and cassis soar from the glass of this ostentatious, flamboyant, classic, locked-and-loaded Cabernet Sauvignon. There is some tannin lurking under the surface, but this majestic superstar behaves as if it wants to be drunk young as well as over the next 15-20 years. (RP)" (10/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 The Bard is the deepest and richest of Realm's non vineyard-designate wines. Lavender, violets, smoke, mint, dark spices, plums and blackberry jam meld together in a rich, pliant wine loaded with depth, texture and pure voluptuousness. A powerful, explosive finish rounds things out in this decidedly plush, extroverted wine. 94+ points. (AG)" (12/2014)

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2009 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($219.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Monte Bello ,72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot is simply magnificent. Layers of dark red fruit, flowers, spices and graphite are all woven together in this utterly impeccable wine. The 2009 is an especially huge, intense Monte Bello, yet a sexy, silky core of fruit lies within its imposing frame. Everything comes together in this glorious, radiant wine. Last year the 2009 had some pretty stiff competition from the 2010, but today it is simply firing on all cylinders. Eric Baugher describes 2009 as a year with cold weather early on, followed by heat in early June and July. The fruit was brought in on October 12, just before an intense downpour swept through the region. There is a purity and silkiness supported by structure in the 2009 that is impossible not to admire. Simply put, this is another utterly magnificent, towering masterpiece from Ridge. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2049. (AG)" (08/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot): Opaque ruby. Assertive redcurrant, cherry and pipe tobacco aromas, with suave floral and mineral notes gaining strength with air. Fresh and precise, offering deeply concentrated red berry and bitter cherry flavors, a supple texture and slow-building sweetness. Becomes more exotically floral with air, finishing sappy and long, with excellent clarity and gentle tannic grip. An extremely promising young Monte Bello that smoothly melds power and vivacity. (JR)" (11/2012)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Ridge has quietly been making world-class Cabernets for some forty years and, from the beginning, they have been balanced wines that have emphasized beauty over brawn. This latest is a deep and wonderfully refined working that teams a wealth of precise varietal fruit with suggestions of fresh loam, briar, black tea and a very complementary measure of mildly vanillin oak. Make no mistake, this is by no means a "light" wine, and despite being so well-crafted as to be almost seamless, it needs several years of age before even starting to hit its stride, and it is guaranteed to continue to grow for a generation. *Three Stars*" (12/2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*#4 on the Top 100 Wines of 2012, Cellar Selection* This Cabernet-Merlot blend is packed with blackberry and crème de cassis, with a firm minerality. With the weight of the middle palate and the long, spicy finish, its especially attractive, although it's also quite tannic. The only difference between this Estate Monte Bello Cabernet and Ridge's Monte Bello Estate Cabernet ($150; note the difference in the placement of "estate") is that the winemaker selected lots from the vineyard that were considered more accessible, which in this case means more luscious. Despite its many charms, the wine should age for a long time." (08/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Taut and structured, with cedar-laced currant, dark berry and dried berry notes joining a mix of mineral-laced fresh earth and tobacco flavors, offering a wide range of tight-knit fruit overall. Firmly tannic on the finish, yet the ripe purity pushes through. True-to-form Monte Bello in a classic style. *Top 100 Wines of 2012, Collectibles*" (11/2012)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "A relatively dry growing season and a cool fall produced this Monte Bellos austere power and grace. Its a substantial wine based on bright, mountain-grown fruit, lush strawberry and red currant flavors that track the energy of the tannins. Theres a savory earth tone underneath, complexity built into the tannins that will develop over the next decade. For now, the new oak is prominent; give this time to realize its full beauty." (12/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. This wine and Silver Oak are the only ones in this line up that use US oak. Here it has been air dried for 2-3 years and most of the barrels are 200 litres. Vines at 1500 ft at least. Greenstone mixed with clay over fractured limestone. Cabernet planted at different times, from 1949 to 1993. Inky black. Dark and coaly on the nose. Mouthwatering, dark, savoury, tarry cassis but there's also a pine/cedary and garrigue note from the site. Smoky, complex and concentrated. Even though it is so dark and intense, it is juicy on the finish. Some spice but not overly oaky even now. Incredibly firmly structured but no hardness and still has a freshness. Finishes with great fruit purity. Going back, lovely, lively peppery note. Hint of mocha on the very end. 18+/20 points. (JH)" (12/2013)

K&L Notes: San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "Quite simply, one of the best California Cabernet-based wines I've ever had, although with 22 percent Merlot and 6 percent Petit Verdot, it's a true blend. A cool early season got Monte Bello off to a modest start, but this wine is perfectly integrated already, yet is primed to improve over a quarter-century. A handsome wood aspect frames plum skin, black peppercorn and dried branches. A complex savory weave matches the dusky fruit, and as it opens, it gets more sappy to the taste and more rewarding."

2007 Robert Foley Napa Valley Claret - 3 available ($149.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The extraordinary 2007 Claret, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, displays inky notes of lead pencil shavings, pen ink, creme de cassis, blackberry, incense, and licorice. The wine is super-pure and super-rich, an extraordinarily full-bodied powerhouse of a Cabernet Sauvignon that should evolve for 15 or more years. Its sweetness of tannin and headiness already make it accessible. (RP)" (12/2009)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated bright ruby. Subdued but pure nose offers brooding black fruit aromas joined by emerging notes of graphite, licorice and exotic oak. Dense, lush and superrich but not overly sweet. This mouthcoating wine is a bit youthfully aggressive but already quite sexy, even if it really merits at least a few years of cellaring. Finishes with powerful but sweet tannins and very good energy and grip. More vibrant than the 2006 version. (ST)" (05/2010)

93 points James Suckling: "A massive wine, but still very agile. Full bodied and chewy, with a wonderful spice and berry character. At the moment it is tight and is holding back, but you know it's going to be a big one." (02/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a wonderful sense of harmony, balance and finesse. Ripe and rich without being heavy, this is marked by complex currant, black cherry, anise, spice and sage, gaining depth and complexity on the long, lingering finish." (02/2010)

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2001 Robert Foley Napa Valley Claret (1.5L) - 1 available ($399.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The virtually perfect 2001 Claret (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) is a tour de force in winemaking. It possesses extraordinary concentration, intensity, purity, and ripeness, yet retains an elegant style. With a spectacular perfume of blackberry liqueur, cassis, acacia flowers, graphite, espresso roast, and chocolate as well as a 60-second finish, this long, dense 2001 is still primary, but already fun to drink. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020. (RP)" (12/2003)

96 points Wine Spectator: "An intense and powerful Cabernet blend, with intense, vibrant, concentrated currant and blackberry flavors that show off exotic spicy fragrances, finishing with a potent aftertaste that gushes with fruit and tannins. A genuinely exciting wine with fascinating flavors and balance." (08/2004)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated bright ruby. Extroverted aromas of cassis, blackberry, minerals and dark chocolate show a strong element of torrefaction. Then lush, smooth and extremely deep, with terrific vinosity giving the wine the texture of a great Medoc wine. With its complicating notes of cedar, coffee, earth and tobacco, this is quite different in style than the outstanding Pride Reserve Claret that's also made by Bob Foley. Finishes with powerful, brooding tannins and great palate-staining persistence. (ST)" (06/2004)

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2007 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah - 2 available ($249.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Bone Rock, which comes from the James Berry Vineyard (82% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, and the rest Grenache, also aged 28 months in a combination of smaller barrels, demi-muids, and pungeons), is super as well. Like its late-released sibling, it has an inky/purple color to the rim and an extraordinary, soaring set of aromatics consisting of spring flowers, pepper, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit with hints of raspberry and licorice and jus de viande as well. The extraordinary freshness and elegance of this wine leads to a minerality that even eclipses the Heart Stone. The finish goes on for a good 45+ seconds, and the purity is awesome. This extraordinary wine completes the 2007 portfolio of unbelievable efforts from the Smiths. (RP)" (08/2010)

98 points Wine Spectator: "At points ultrarich, opulent and elegant, providing a broad range of dark berry, loamy earth, spice and cedar flavors, with touches of black licorice, sage and tobacco. Powerful yet restrained, gaining weight, depth and traction on the finish, where this ends with a peppery minerality that's fascinating. (JL)" (02/2011)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. A sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry, Moroccan spices and violet, with a seductive incense quality that gains strength with air. Lush and creamy on the palate, offering deep black and blue fruit flavors and exotic floral character. Reaches every corner of the palate and finishes with outstanding clarity and powerful floral nuances. (JR)" (11/2010)

2012 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend ($159.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2012 Booker Vineyard is a blend of 73% Syrah and 27% Mourvedre that was aged 20-26 months in 60% new French oak. It's a classic expression of the vineyard and offers up lots of smoked meats, cracked pepper, wild herbs and tons of dark fruit. Big, full-bodied, thick and chewy, it has gorgeous purity and sweetness of fruit. It shows surprising finesse and elegance with time in the glass, but make no mistake, it's a big, rich and decadent beauty that will benefit from short-term cellaring and age for 15+ years. (JD)" (08/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Inky purple. Smoky blackcurrant and blueberry aromas show excellent clarity, with building Asian spice and floral pastille qualities adding complexity. Seamless and sweet in the mouth, offering lively dark berry preserve and candied violet flavors and a bright, spicy kick on the back half. Finishes with supple tannins and lingering floral and blue fruit notes. (JR)" (09/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Presents a massive core of earth- and dark berry-driven flavors, with dense mineral, graphite, crushed berry and rock, mocha and raspberry accents. Ends with a sturdy wall of tannins. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2016 through 2028. (JL)" (03/2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend - 5 available ($129.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Checking in as a final blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 22% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 13% Tempranillo and the balance Grenache and Petite Sirah, the 2014 Paderewski Vineyard is as voluptuous and decadent as it gets. Plum sauce, exotic spices, white pepper, candy corn and spring flowers, it hits the palate with a broad, expansive, sexy style, ripe tannin, no weight and a blockbuster finish. Its so well balanced and seamless, it can come across as a touch easy, yet it has terrific complexity, good mid-palate density and a great, great finish. This is what great wine is all about. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A 30% Mourvèdre, 22% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah, 13% Tempranillo and 12% Grenache blend, the 2014 Paderewski Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of warm mulberries, blueberry compote and preserved plums with touches of Chinese five spice, licorice, black pepper and underbrush. The full-bodied palate has a solid frame of chewy tannins and just enough freshness supporting the earthy, tightly knit flavors, finishing on a peppery note. (LPB)" (09/2017)

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2014 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend (1.5L) (Previously $300) - 2 available Price: Hidden

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Checking in as a final blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 22% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 13% Tempranillo and the balance Grenache and Petite Sirah, the 2014 Paderewski Vineyard is as voluptuous and decadent as it gets. Plum sauce, exotic spices, white pepper, candy corn and spring flowers, it hits the palate with a broad, expansive, sexy style, ripe tannin, no weight and a blockbuster finish. Its so well balanced and seamless, it can come across as a touch easy, yet it has terrific complexity, good mid-palate density and a great, great finish. This is what great wine is all about. Drink it anytime over the coming decade." (08/2017)

95 points Vinous: "Glass-staining ruby. Displays sexy, highly expressive aromas of cassis, blueberry, Indian spices and candied flowers, along with notes of incense and mocha. Sweet, pliant and expansive in the mouth, offering intense red and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that become spicier and more energetic with air. Dense but nervy and light on its feet, finishing with outstanding clarity, smooth tannins and solid, mineral-driven punch. (JR)" (11/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A 30% Mourvèdre, 22% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah, 13% Tempranillo and 12% Grenache blend, the 2014 Paderewski Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of warm mulberries, blueberry compote and preserved plums with touches of Chinese five spice, licorice, black pepper and underbrush. The full-bodied palate has a solid frame of chewy tannins and just enough freshness supporting the earthy, tightly knit flavors, finishing on a peppery note. (LPB)" (09/2017)

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2014 Schrader ''Old Sparky'' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 2 available ($949.99)

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

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

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

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2004 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) - 1 available ($399.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In possession of everything anyone could want in a wine, this profound effort offers up a bouquet of lavender, cedarwood, creme de cassis, blackberry, subtle smoke and incense. It is broad, full-bodied and opulent with ethereal complexity, remarkable concentration and that indescribable gravitas and nobility that world-class prodigious wines possess. It is the most youthful of this quartet and probably wont be at its best for another 3-4 years, but it should drink well for at least two decades thereafter. (RP)" (04/2014)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This remains a stunningly complex and beautifully crafted wine, capturing optimal ripeness and exhibiting layers of blackberry, raspberry, plum and boysenberry. Juicy, fleshy and structured, with appealing fresh earth scents. Drink now through 2030. (JL, Web Only-2014)"

92 points Vinous: "Good full ruby. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice, violet and tar, with more new oak showing than in the RBS. Then less pliant and open in the mouth, with considerable power to its dark fruit and mineral flavors. Very chewy young cabernet with a strong backbone for aging, and much less fruit-forward than the RBS. The Clone 4 component is responsible for the wine's muscularity, notes winemaker Thomas Brown, while Clone 6 gives the floral high tones. (ST) 92+" (06/2007)

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2014 Schrader "Colesworthy - Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($599.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is phenomenal with blackberries and blueberries, not to mention quite incredible stones and black tea. What a nose. Full-bodied and so tight and dense yet agile and austere with so much going on. Fantastic balance. One of the best Schraders ever made. Better in four or five years, yet wonderful now. Only in magnum. *Top 100 of 2017*" (11/2017)

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2013 Sine Qua Non "Female" California Grenache - 4 available ($259.99)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013 Sine Qua Non "Male" California Syrah - 6 available ($274.99)

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

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

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

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2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Syrah - 4 available ($339.99)

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

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

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2014 Sine Qua Non "Piranha Waterdance" California Syrah - 4 available ($299.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blended of 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Touriga Nacional and 1% Graciano, sourced from 34% The Third Twin, 35% Eleven Confessions and 31% Cumulus (all estate vineyards), the provocative, inky purple colored 2014 Syrah Piranha Waterdance was made using 26% whole cluster and hits the scent scene with exuberant, pure crème de cassis, blackberry cordial and blueberry coulis notes with hints of espresso, licorice, garrigue and menthol, plus a gorgeous underlying perfume of red roses. The full-bodied palate is oh-so-elegant and pretty, revealing very finely pixelated tannins that beautifully frame the almost electric intensity, culminating in an epically long, licorice and chocolate-laced finish. Too stunning for mere words and rude to even try--just drink it. (LPB)" (09/2017)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2014 Syrah Waterdance is utterly sensational, and like all great wines, blends incredible intensity and depth with a weightless elegance and seamlessness thats hard to believe. Checking in as a blend of 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvèdre, Touriga Nacional and Graciano that was fermented with a quarter whole clusters and aged in just over 50% new oak, it offers to-die-for notes of crème de cassis, cracked pepper, liquid violets, wet stone and hints of spice. Utterly sensational on the palate as well, its a full-bodied, rich, unctuous beauty that has nothing out of place, perfect balance, sweet tannin and a finish that wont quit. Ideally it would be given 4-5 years of cellaring and it will see its 20th birthday in fine form. I loved the 2013s from Manfred Krankl, and these are reminiscent of the 2010s (as are the 2015s). The 2014s are more plush and sexy, with a forward style thats already impossible to resist. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

95-97 points Vinous: "A wild, exotic wine, the 2014 Syrah Piranha Waterdance hits the palate with serious richness, power and voluptuousness. This is in a decidedly lush, exotic style. A rush of super-ripe, intense fruit builds into a flamboyant finish in a heady, inviting wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. The blend is 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Touriga Nacional and 1% Graciano, done with 26% whole clusters. (AG)" (09/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, ripe and powerfully built, with deep and expressive smoky beef, cracked pepper and currant flavors that charge like a bull toward big but polished tannins. Best from 2019 through 2025. (TF)" (09/2017)

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2014 Sine Qua Non "Piranha Waterdance" California Syrah (1.5L) - 1 available ($749.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blended of 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Touriga Nacional and 1% Graciano, sourced from 34% The Third Twin, 35% Eleven Confessions and 31% Cumulus (all estate vineyards), the provocative, inky purple colored 2014 Syrah Piranha Waterdance was made using 26% whole cluster and hits the scent scene with exuberant, pure crème de cassis, blackberry cordial and blueberry coulis notes with hints of espresso, licorice, garrigue and menthol, plus a gorgeous underlying perfume of red roses. The full-bodied palate is oh-so-elegant and pretty, revealing very finely pixelated tannins that beautifully frame the almost electric intensity, culminating in an epically long, licorice and chocolate-laced finish. Too stunning for mere words and rude to even try--just drink it. (LPB)" (09/2017)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2014 Syrah Waterdance is utterly sensational, and like all great wines, blends incredible intensity and depth with a weightless elegance and seamlessness thats hard to believe. Checking in as a blend of 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvèdre, Touriga Nacional and Graciano that was fermented with a quarter whole clusters and aged in just over 50% new oak, it offers to-die-for notes of crème de cassis, cracked pepper, liquid violets, wet stone and hints of spice. Utterly sensational on the palate as well, its a full-bodied, rich, unctuous beauty that has nothing out of place, perfect balance, sweet tannin and a finish that wont quit. Ideally it would be given 4-5 years of cellaring and it will see its 20th birthday in fine form. I loved the 2013s from Manfred Krankl, and these are reminiscent of the 2010s (as are the 2015s). The 2014s are more plush and sexy, with a forward style thats already impossible to resist. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

95-97 points Vinous: "A wild, exotic wine, the 2014 Syrah Piranha Waterdance hits the palate with serious richness, power and voluptuousness. This is in a decidedly lush, exotic style. A rush of super-ripe, intense fruit builds into a flamboyant finish in a heady, inviting wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. The blend is 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Touriga Nacional and 1% Graciano, done with 26% whole clusters. (AG)" (09/2017)

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

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

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

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2006 Sine Qua Non "Raven Series" California Grenache - 1 available ($329.99)

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

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

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

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2014 Sine Qua Non "Shakti" California Grenache - 2 available ($349.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Grenache Shakti is blended of 88% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Petite Sirah and 2% Touriga Nacional, coming 51% from the Cumulus (Estate) Vineyard, 18% from The Third Twin (Estate) Vineyard, 9.5% from Bien Nacido Vineyard and 21.5% for the Eleven Confessions (Estate) Vineyard. It was produced using 42% whole cluster and aged for around 21 months in French oak, 6% new (bottled June 21, 2017). It offers up a deep garnet-purple color and notes of dried Mediterranean herbs, dusty earth, Chinese five spice and rose petals over a core of red currants, mulberries, red plums and black raspberries, plus a waft of chocolate covered cherries. Full-bodied, decadently concentrated and yet very, very pretty in the mouth, it delivers incredibly fine-grained, ripe tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing on a persistent--totally disarming--perfumed red fruit note. (LPB)" (09/2017)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the more elegant, ethereal releases from this incredible address, the 2014 Grenache Shakti checks in as blend of 88% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Petite Sirah and the rest Touriga Nacional that was fermented with 42% whole clusters and aged 21 months in just 6% new French oak, with the balance in neutral barrels. Its ruby/purple semi-opaque color is followed by a thrilling bouquet of black raspberries, black olive tapenade, leafy herbs, pepper and spring flowers. Its not a small wine by any measure, yet its graceful, lively and elegant on the palate, with a full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet, polished tannin, no hard edges and a gorgeous finish. Drink this beautiful Grenache anytime over the coming 15+ years. I loved the 2013s from Manfred Krankl, and these are reminiscent of the 2010s (as are the 2015s). The 2014s are more plush and sexy, with a forward style thats already impossible to resist. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

96 points Vinous: "A wine of precision and nuance, the 2014 Grenache Shakti has turned out beautifully since I last tasted it. Dark red and plum fruit, herbs, spices and rose petal jump from the glass. The flavors are beautifully delineated in this super-expressive, harmonious Grenache from Sine Qua Non. Stylistically, the 2014 is medium in body, understated and beautifully detailed. The blend is 88% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Petite Sirah and 2% Touriga Nacional. (AG)" (09/2017)

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2014 Sine Qua Non "Shakti" California Grenache (1.5L) - 1 available ($699.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Grenache Shakti is blended of 88% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Petite Sirah and 2% Touriga Nacional, coming 51% from the Cumulus (Estate) Vineyard, 18% from The Third Twin (Estate) Vineyard, 9.5% from Bien Nacido Vineyard and 21.5% for the Eleven Confessions (Estate) Vineyard. It was produced using 42% whole cluster and aged for around 21 months in French oak, 6% new (bottled June 21, 2017). It offers up a deep garnet-purple color and notes of dried Mediterranean herbs, dusty earth, Chinese five spice and rose petals over a core of red currants, mulberries, red plums and black raspberries, plus a waft of chocolate covered cherries. Full-bodied, decadently concentrated and yet very, very pretty in the mouth, it delivers incredibly fine-grained, ripe tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing on a persistent--totally disarming--perfumed red fruit note. (LPB)" (09/2017)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the more elegant, ethereal releases from this incredible address, the 2014 Grenache Shakti checks in as blend of 88% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Petite Sirah and the rest Touriga Nacional that was fermented with 42% whole clusters and aged 21 months in just 6% new French oak, with the balance in neutral barrels. Its ruby/purple semi-opaque color is followed by a thrilling bouquet of black raspberries, black olive tapenade, leafy herbs, pepper and spring flowers. Its not a small wine by any measure, yet its graceful, lively and elegant on the palate, with a full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet, polished tannin, no hard edges and a gorgeous finish. Drink this beautiful Grenache anytime over the coming 15+ years. I loved the 2013s from Manfred Krankl, and these are reminiscent of the 2010s (as are the 2015s). The 2014s are more plush and sexy, with a forward style thats already impossible to resist. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

96 points Vinous: "A wine of precision and nuance, the 2014 Grenache Shakti has turned out beautifully since I last tasted it. Dark red and plum fruit, herbs, spices and rose petal jump from the glass. The flavors are beautifully delineated in this super-expressive, harmonious Grenache from Sine Qua Non. Stylistically, the 2014 is medium in body, understated and beautifully detailed. The blend is 88% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Petite Sirah and 2% Touriga Nacional. (AG)" (09/2017)

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2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah - 11 available ($299.99)

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

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

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2010 Sine Qua Non "Stockholm Syndrome" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah - 3 available ($724.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Syrah Stockholm Syndrome is a monumental effort that will stand toe-to-toe with the greatest Syrahs in the world. A blend of 96% Syrah, 3% Roussanne and 1% Viognier, it was fermented with 16% whole cluster before spending just under 42 months in 100% new French oak. It offers an incredible array of sweet dark fruits, cassis, white chocolate, licorice and hints of bacon fat that meld perfectly with its full-bodied, seamless, layered and impeccably put-together palate. Given the wealth of fruit here, its amazing how this stays light, graceful and elegant, without ever seeming over the top in any way. While theres no shortage of tannin here, theyre sweet and integrated, so feel free to enjoy this rock-star effort anytime over the coming two decades or more. (JD)" (08/2014)

97 points Vinous: "Lavender, violets, smoke, menthol and new leather are some of the many notes that inform the 2010 Syrah Stockholm Syndrome. A huge, seamless wine, the 2010 boasts magnificent richness and a totally voluptuous personality. The powerful finish dazzles with its combination of fruit, acidity and minerality. 97+ (AG)" (07/2014)

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

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

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

2010 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (chipped vintage seal) - 1 available ($449.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Sloan may ultimately eclipse the 2009 as it appears to have greater longevity. Dense blackberry, cedar, lead pencil shavings, cassis, espresso, white chocolate and forest floor notes are incredibly complex and inviting. Full-bodied and virtually perfect in all senses with flawlessly integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood, this is a tour de force and one of the superstars of the vintage. It, too, can be drunk now or cellared for 30+ years. (RP)" (10/2013)

96 points Vinous: "The 2010 SLOAN ESTATE is just as gorgeous from bottle as it was from barrel. Violets, graphite, smoke, licorice, plum and cedar notes jump from the glass in the 2010 Sloan Estate. Rich, sumptuous and layered, the 2010 impresses for its balance and class. Today the tannins are a bit firm, so readers should give the 2010 at least a few years in bottle. With time in the glass, the 2010 is quite stunning though. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Petit Verdot. (AG)" (11/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium red. Restrained but deep aromas of cassis, mocha, brown sugar, smoke, espresso and dusty brown spices. Wonderfully silky and voluptuous despite the recent bottling, but also shows terrific verve to the flavors of black cherry, minerals and menthol. More about finesse than thickness of texture. Finishes very long and vibrant, with suave, seamless, broad tannins and compelling perfume. This will be approachable early but has the stuffing and balance for a graceful evolution in bottle. (ST)" (05/2013)

K&L Notes: Stuart Sloan sold this luxury estate in 2011 to Goldin Financial Holdings, a Hong Kong-based conglomerate headed by the Pan family. Michel Rolland continues to consult.

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2013 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($179.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Yields continued to increase in 2013, with just over 4,000 cases of wine from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. This is another killer effort from Spottswoode. Inky bluish purple to the rim, it has hints of violets intermixed with sweet foresty notes, blackcurrants, chocolate and a touch of subtle smoke and earth. It is dense, with higher acidity and more noticeable structure than the 2012, but is as concentrated, dense and promising. Some patience is warranted in 2013, and I would suggest waiting another 5-6 years before pulling the cork on one. It is a 50-year wine at the very minimum and a great classic. 99+ points. (RP)" (08/2016)

98 points James Suckling: "Glorious blueberries, blackberries, violets, and hot stones. Cloves and other spices. Even sliced mushrooms. Full body, very firm tannins, and a persistent and savory finish. A tight and polished young Cabernet." (01/2016)

98 points Vinous: "A truly monumental wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is simply magnificent. A huge, energetic wine, the 2013 exudes richness, concentration and depth. Cool, mineral and savory notes meld into a core of intense dark fruit in a vertical, towering Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with superb purity and depth. This is the best showing yet from the 2013. 98+ points. (AG)" (12/2016)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This remarkable wine from the famed family-farmed, organic estate impresses immediately in its depth of concentration and stately grace, imparting a wealth of rose-garden compost and wild truffle on the nose. Within the vibrant range of sensual flavor is salted caramel, black cherry and chocolate, alongside a twist of saddle and campfire coffee. Its grip of focused tannin suggests years of aging potential; enjoy best from 2023 to 2033. *Ranked #4 on Top 100 of 2017, Cellar Selection*" (02/2017)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby to the rim. Classic young Spottswoode scents of cassis, boysenberry, black cherry, lavender and coffee bean. Wonderfully juicy but tightly wound, conveying a medicinal backward character to the flavors of dark fruits and musky cocoa powder. The tannins are huge and a bit chalky but not dry. This extremely primary, floral wine should be long-lived and should ultimately merit an even higher rating. Novak Milliken described the 2013 as the most tannic recent vintage for Spottswoode. 93+ points. (ST)" (06/2016)

Decanter: "Top Five Wine of the Vintage: Nuances of clove, tar and graphite marry with aromas ofcrunchy dark fruit, introducing a firmly structured and intenselyconcentrated wine that displays striking cut and energy. This isone of the best young Spottswoodes of recent times, and one ofthe most vibrant, primary benchland Cabernet Sauvignons ofthe vintage its also likely to be one of the mostlong-lived."

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Deep, dark purple in color, the 2013 Spottswoode Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is showing very well with a lovey internal core strength and great acidity. Aromas of vanilla and cocoa give way to flavors of dark blue fruits with cream and caramel with a lingering finish. Highly recommended!

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A great wine from one of the Valley's classic producers. It is a supple and restrained wine that belies its intensity and concentration. Dark Cabernet fruit tones with subtle layers of spice, earth, sneaky tannins and a core of fruit that goes and goes. Drink this slow,this wine will have you savoring every sip and leave you a little heartbroken when it is gone.

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2001 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($169.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The other-worldly 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard is ... to die for! Given its quality, the price is surprisingly realistic, considering how many California North Coast mediocrities fetch three digit prices. This opaque purple-colored Cabernet exhibits wonderfully sweet aromas of melted licorice intermixed with cedar wood, black currant liqueur, chocolate, and spice box. This full-throttle, unctuously-textured, dense, broad, pure, impeccably balanced, expansive 2001 is mouth-coating in its richness and intensity. It can be drunk with great pleasure, or cellared for 15-20 years. Wow! (RP)" (12/2003)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A fabulous young wine. Ultrarich and harmonious, with ripe, supple tannins wrapped around a delicious core of currant, blackberry, vanilla, espresso bean and mocha, gliding to a long, sensual finish with lots of rich, intricate flavors. (JL)" (11/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. Superripe, brooding aromas of cassis and espresso; less expressive today than the Merlot. Then sweet, fat and supple in the mouth, with powerful cassis and chocolate flavors and a light herbal component. Comes across as more roasted and a bit less vibrant today than the Merlot, with tougher tannins. But this, too, is impressively concentrated, and a few years of additional bottle aging should bring it into better harmony. (ST) 90+" (05/2004)

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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)

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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2007 Vineyard 29 "29 Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($219.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship wine, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard 29 Estate, is an extraordinary effort. Performing even better than it did last year from barrel, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon spent 20 months in French oak barrels (90% new). The nose reveals notes of graphite, ink, cassis, and flowers. Superbly concentrated with impeccable purity and balance, this full-bodied wine is one of both power and elegance. If I didnt know better, I would guess it was from Stags Leap rather than the west side north of St. Helena ... its that refined and gracious. The stunning length and suppleness of the tannin suggest this 2007 should easily last for 20-25 years. (RP)" (12/2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full deep ruby. Very ripe aromas of dark berries, black cherry and mocha torrefaction, with hints of smoke and roasted tomato. Sweet, glyceral and creamy on entry, then full and seamless in the middle, with just enough energy to frame the superripe black raspberry and dark chocolate flavors. Finishes very long and lush, with substantial fine-grained tannins. (ST)" (06/2010)

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2013 Vineyard 29 "Aida Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($229.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "On the valley floor, with an almost Châteauneuf du Pape layer of small stones, is the Aida Estate, one of my favorite vineyards just north of St. Helena. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Estate is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc aged 20 months in three-fourths new French oak. The good news is that there are 800 cases of this magnificent wine, with a somewhat Graves-like scorched-earth, charcoal, burning ember-scented nose, with notes of hot earth, blackberry and cassis fruit. Big, full-bodied, exuberant and rich, this thick, unctuously textured, purple wine should drink beautifully for 25-30 or more years. (RP)" (10/2015)

91 points Vinous: "A huge, bombastic wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Estate hits the palate with notable density and pure power. Bittersweet chocolate, espresso, torrefaction and dark stone fruits abound. Flashy and opulent, the 2013 is built on a core of massively extracted fruit. This warm site on the northern edge of St. Helena leans towards opulence, something the winemaking seeks to accentuate. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2007 Williams Selyem "Precious Mountain" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($89.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe and delicious right out of the bottle, although it will age well. Made from a vineyard on the true Sonoma Coast, in the remote Fort Ross area, its fabulously rich in cherry, framboise and red currant flavors, with intriguing waves of anise, bacon and sweet, vanilla-scented smoky sandalwood. Theres a foresty taste, too, suggesting dried pine needles. The tannins and acids are near perfect. Stunning now, and should hold for at least six years." (02/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Seductive aromas of blackberry, kirsch, spice cake and potpourri, with a subtle mineral undercurrent. Weighty dark berry flavors are impressively pure, with a smoky cola-like quality emerging with air. While this is a tad brooding today, the power and purity of its fruit are impressive, and the finish is deeply sweet, focused and extremely long. Hands off, for a while." (06/2009)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2007 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard exhibits a sweet, kirsch, floral, and raspberry-scented nose (reminiscent of a Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape), medium to full body, good acidity, and a distinctive, relatively intense personality. It should keep for 10-15 years. This wine is still a baby, but its aromatics are sensational." (02/2010)

2003 Huët "Cuvee Constance" 1er Trie Vouvray Moelleux (500ml) - 1 available ($119.99)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a stunning array of date, quince paste, fig and persimmon aromas and flavors, with a laser of acidity carrying it all through an extremely lengthy finish. Just when you think it's all opulence, riveting acidity and a green tea hint flash on the finish, leaving a wonderfully elegant impression. Drink now through 2030. 330 cases made." (06/2006)

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2000 Dow's Vintage Port - 7 available ($99.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Shows the intense ripeness of the vintage with hints of raisins and other dried fruits. Full-bodied, medium sweet and so very velvety. A big mouthful. Superb. Just starting to open." (01/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "An impressively concentrated wine, showing the hallmark Dows dry edge, but still full of ripe fruit, flavors of black plums and berries. It has weight and spice, but also a delicious perfume, layered through a smooth, opulent texture. (RV)" (10/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An opaque blue/purple color (typical of this vintage's top offerings) is followed by a strikingly provocative aromatic display (flowers, licorice, blackberries, and cassis). This firmly-structured, classic, tightly-knit, restrained port exhibits brilliant purity as well as impressive intensity. While not the most dramatic or flamboyant, it is a beautiful, classically structured port that will age gracefully. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030. (RP)" (10/2002)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated bright ruby. Primary, backward aromas of cassis, redcurrant, licorice, minerals, bitter chocolate and spices. Penetrating, structured and powerful. Not hugely sweet but boasts superb flavor definition and impressive extract. A very unevolved port that's best today on the expanding finish, which features notes of cassis, violet, dark chocolate and peaty earth and terrific grip and thrust. (ST)" (01/2003)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Very grapey, with black licorice and blackberry character. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and an exquisite finish. Refined and well-made. Best after 2012. (JL)" (05/2003)

K&L Notes: Typical Dow. Big, burly and dryish style. Violets and some malty aromas. Rich cassis flavors. Sweet on the entry and quite silky on the mid-palate. Dry finish with plenty of tannin and acid evident. (Alex Pross, K&L) And 95+ from Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "I under-estimated this Dow when it was first released. It has a deeper in colour than the Fonseca, the Dow 2000 has a lifted nose with fruitcake, damson, black plum, a touch of nail varnish and apricots. The more that you inhale its perfume the more complex it seems. The palate is full-bodied, quite spicy on the entry but very austere in the middle. Firm tannins, robust, a touch of dryness towards the earthy finish. Nice persistency on the finish, those peppery motes flittering about the mouth. Drink 2020-2050+ Tasted May 2009."

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2011 Dow's Vintage Port - 3 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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1963 Fonseca Vintage Port ($399.99)

98 points Wine Spectator: "A grand slam. Deep ruby with a slightly red edge, intense black cherry and raspberry nose, full-bodied, with masses of fruit, full tannins and an extremely long finish. This can age indefinitely. (JS, Web Only-1989))"

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This example was bottled in Porto and remained in the houses bin until this tasting. The 1963 Vintage Port has a dark russet color. The nose is beautifully defined, perhaps this particular bottle less exuberant than other that I have encountered. It offers waln