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New Cellar Now In-Stock: Collectibles for the Holidays and Beyond - 12/18/2017 - Red Bordeaux

Just in time of the holidays, we’ve curated a bevy of tempting selections from the world’s most celebrated producers and vintages. From the old world to the new world, presented here is an array of newly arrived collectibles that are guaranteed to pique your interest. Highlights include such classics from Bordeaux as 2000 Latour, 2009 Vieux-Château-Certan, and 1989 Léoville-Las-Cases. Those who gravitate towards the best out of California, will want to check out the single vineyard bottlings from Dana Estates, a vertical of Next of Kyn from Sine Qua Non, as well as multiple vintages of Shafer “Hillside Select.” Italy is also well represented, with top bottlings from Paolo Scavino, Casanova di Neri, and Giacomo Conterno. And for those after the best of Washington State, scroll down to the impressive collection from Cayuse. Whether you are looking for a special gift for the wine lover in your life or are on the hunt for a bottle to celebrate the season, the wines featured here are certain to fit the bill.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2000 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 96 2 $199.99 View
2008 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 95 2 $149.99 View
2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien 96 2 $229.99 View
2009 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac 97 2 $119.99 View
2005 La Conseillante, Pomerol 98 2 $269.99 View
2000 Lafleur, Pomerol 100 1 $1,799.99 View
2005 Larcis-Ducasse, St-Emilion 100 3 $269.99 View
2000 Latour, Pauillac 100 2 $999.99 View
1989 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien 96 2 $299.99 View
2001 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien 97 1 $149.99 View
2002 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien 95 2 $164.99 View
2003 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien 97 7 $199.99 View
2004 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien 95 9 $139.99 View
1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 96 5 $399.99 View
2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 97 10 $299.99 View
1996 Margaux, Margaux 100 1 $799.99 View
2003 Pavie, St-Emilion 96 4 $259.99 View
1990 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 97 1 $299.99 View
2006 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 94 32 $149.99 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) 100 4 $599.99 View
2009 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol 100 23 $369.99 View
1990 d'Yquem, Sauternes 99 5 $499.99 View
1990 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) 99 7 $249.99 View
2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) 100 18 $399.99 View
2009 Domaine Faiveley Echézeaux Grand Cru (1.5L) 95 1 $399.99 View
2012 Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne-"Quintessence" Grand Cru 94 3 $159.99 View
2007 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Proprietary Blend 96 5 $399.99 View
2015 Aubert "Eastside Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay 98 5 $169.99 View
2014 Aubert "Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay 95 2 $129.99 View
2012 Bevan "Tin Box" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $299.99 View
2012 Bevan "Wildfoote Vixen Block" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $299.99 View
2013 Chateau Boswell Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 2 $179.99 View
2012 Dana Estates "Helms Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $399.99 View
2012 Dana Estates "Hershey Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $429.99 View
2012 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $449.99 View
2010 Drinkward Peschon "Entre Deux Mères" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 2 $69.99 View
2001 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 95 2 $149.99 View
1993 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 93 1 $239.99 View
2013 Hall Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 99 2 $169.99 View
2002 Harlan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 1 $1,049.99 View
2008 Kobalt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 1 $84.99 View
2013 Macdonald Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $549.99 View
2014 Macdonald Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $499.99 View
2008 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 4 $219.99 View
2011 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 5" Central Coast Red Blend 97 3 $359.99 View
2011 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 5" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) 97 2 $699.99 View
2012 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 6" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) 99 2 $799.99 View
2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend 99 9 $374.99 View
2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) 99 4 $759.99 View
2009 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 96 4 $89.99 View
2013 Roberts + Rogers "Louer Family" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 4 $64.99 View
2009 Scarecrow "M. Étain" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 1 $199.99 View
2012 Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $599.99 View
1997 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 96 2 $429.99 View
2002 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $459.99 View
2003 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $299.99 View
2004 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $349.99 View
2006 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $239.99 View
2007 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $399.99 View
2008 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $289.99 View
2011 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $239.99 View
2006 Sine Qua Non "Raven Series" California Grenache 98 2 $329.99 View
2008 Sine Qua Non "The Line" California Grenache 98 1 $299.99 View
1990 Spottswoode Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $149.99 View
1999 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Cask 23" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 9 $279.99 View
2004 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Proprietary Red (1.5L) 99 1 $449.99 View
2001 Aldo Conterno "Granbussia" Barolo Riserva 95 6 $289.99 View
2007 Cascina Luisin "Leon" Barolo 96 2 $59.99 View
2007 Ettore Germano "Lazzarito" Barolo Riserva 96 3 $139.99 View
2007 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia" Barbera d'Alba 94 6 $74.99 View
2007 Paolo Scavino "Bric dël Fiasc" Barolo 96 2 $89.99 View
2010 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino 100 2 $199.99 View
2004 Castello dei Rampolla "Vigna d'Alceo" Toscana 98 2 $179.99 View
2012 Clos Saint-Jean "Sanctus Sanctorum" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) 99 2 $649.99 View
2003 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée da Capo" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (3L) (damaged capsule) 100 1 $1,849.99 View
2007 Domaine Giraud "Grenaches de Pierre" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 100 1 $199.99 View
2010 Domaine Grand Veneur "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 100 19 $219.99 View
2012 Cayuse "Armada Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 96 3 $119.99 View
2013 Cayuse "Armada Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 95 4 $149.99 View
2012 Cayuse "Camaspelo" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 2 $119.99 View
2013 Cayuse "Camaspelo" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend 94 3 $109.99 View
2014 Cayuse "Camaspelo" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend 96 5 $119.99 View
2013 Cayuse "God Only Knows" Walla Walla Valley Grenache 94 3 $129.99 View


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2000 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe - 2 available ($199.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Indexs 2000 tasting in London. This is a fantastic Cos dEstournel that I was unsure about out of barrel, but is now blossoming with age. It is adorned with a lovely nose: blackberry, wild hedgerow, espresso, a touch of chocolate and sandalwood. Very fine definition and vigour. The palate is full-bodied with ripe tannins, superb symmetrical structure, dense, obdurate black fruits, a saline note, very well balanced, very focused, broadening out nicely towards the ravishing, supple finish. (NM)" (09/2010)

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

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "For a Saint-Estèphe this is surprisingly supple at this stage. The density is all in the exotic fruit, while the tannins are more of a background. That suggests this is a wine that will develop relatively fast, but it is going to give great pleasure along the way." (06/2003)

93 points James Suckling: "Shows age now with aromas of tobacco, plums and smoked meat. Licorice too. Full-bodied, round and soft with plenty of attractive tertiary character." (10/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is showing noticeable maturity, with dark plum and currant fruit flavors now well-ingrained with singed cedar, tobacco and bay notes, but the structure remains remarkably polished, with a caressing feel through the finish, where a hint of warm pebbles peeks through. (JM, Web-2016)"

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Surprisingly low-key nose. Actually, it is almost Lafite like in its low-key raciness. Not at all the dense mode of Cos. Dry finish but not too concentrated. Very appetising and quite racy and ethereal. Interesting. Obviously here for the long term even if not with enormous ripeness and mass. 17.5+/20 points (JR)" (03/2010)

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2008 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe - 2 available ($149.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This big, smoky wine has great richness and a big, concentrated structure. The feel is dark, solid, based on spice, new wood and ripe black plums touched with red berries, the tannins sheltering beneath. (RV)" (04/2011)

94 points James Suckling: "A very decadent wine on the nose with so much meat, spice and ripe fruit character. Sea shell as well. Full body, tight and structured with silky tannins and a lots of intense fruit. Vibrant wine. Better in 2020 but already fascinating to drink." (06/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. This bottle of Cos dEstournel 2008 is not as scintillating as the one tasted at the property, but it remains a great performer. Compared to its peers it is more forward on the nose: quite meaty and savoury, some expressive, slightly herbaceous Cabernet Franc here that I have not noticed previously. The palate is medium-bodied with good extraction: fleshy and supple in the mouth, a lot of creamy new oak and perhaps just lacking the mineralite on the finish that I discerned on other bottles. Very fine indeed although it will improve with bottle age. (NM) 93+" (03/2012)

93 points Vinous: "The 2008 Cos dEstournel had one of the most backward, reticent bouquets that I encountered during my tasting. This is so sultry and broody, begrudgingly offering some lovely brambly red fruit mixed with pencil box. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, plenty of black fruit laced with allspice, black pepper and sage, leading to a dense and concentrated finish that should see this age for 20 or 30 years. It does not really serve as a forerunner to the blockbuster 2009 because this is cut from a completely different cloth. (NM)" (02/2018)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Complex aromas and flavors of currant, raspberry, smoke, musky dried herbs, sexy oak tones and minerals. Rich, broad and lush; big, rich and sweet but with an edge of acidity giving lift and grip to the middle palate. At once sexy and serious wine, finishing with broad, horizontal tannins and excellent length. (ST)" (07/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This has a slight hint of the vintage's crisp, angular feel, but there are impressive layers of fruit here, with a bright mineral edge cutting through the damson plum and red currant notes. This has put on a little bit of weight in the bottle, too. Showing well. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

K&L Notes: Cos d'Estournel is a 2nd Growth from St-Estèphe. Their 91 hectares are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, with the Cabernet on the hilltop and southern slopes where there is a thin gravel soil and the Merlot is planted on the eastern exposed limestone slopes. Grapes for the Grand Vin come only from vines at least 20 years old. The late 2008 vintage has low yields and a final blend of 85% Cabernet, 13% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

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2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien - 2 available ($229.99)

96 points James Suckling: "I must admit that I was a little unimpressed with the Ducru 2000 in the beginning when I tasted it after bottling in 2003. But it's clearly outstanding now and seems to get better and better with age. It shows wonderful aromas of roses and currants with hints of mint. It's full body yet very finely textured with pretty fruit concentration and length." (06/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A stunning wine from Ducru Beaucaillou which showcases its great terroir, this elegant but substantial 2000 has a dense purple color that has hardly budged since it was first bottled. Displaying a floral note, with hints of boysenberries, black raspberries, black currants and a touch of background oak, the wine has superb concentration and density, but still has some substantial tannins that are not yet fully resolved. I originally predicted that it should be drinkable from 2010-2030, but I would modify that now to 2015-2035. (RP)" (06/2010)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This has mature hints, but there's great focus as the cedar, bay and leather notes race along with, rather than pull away from, the core of fig and blackberry fruit flavors. The long, bittersweet cocoadusted finish provides a solid bass line. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red, less saturated than the 2002. Very pure aromas of cassis, minerals and mocha, with a hint of raw berries. Juicy, pure and tightly wound, with intense flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, espresso and licorice. Broadens impressively on the long, aromatic, suave finish, showing lovely grip and class. Finer than Borie's 2000 Grand Puy Lacoste and in need of longer aging but not clearly stronger. (ST) 92+" (05/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "If Bordeaux, St-Julien in particular, is about symmetry, proportion and a certain majesty, this Ducru is a very fine example. The great counterpoint of the 2000 vintage -- freshness with ripeness, intensity with finesse -- is to the fore here. This is complex and just beginning to unwind. (AH) 18.5/20 points" (10/2015)

K&L Notes: 97 points Neal Martin: "Tasted at Farr’s Ducru-Beaucaillou dinner at the Ledbury. Consistent notes when compared to last year with a spellbinding bouquet: blackberries, smoke, a touch of dried herbs and pine needles with stunning delineation and vibrancy. The palate is full-bodied with outstanding mineralite and a sense of symmetry that is beyond both the very impressive 1995 and 1996. It still needs another five or six years, but will be worth the wait. Tasted October 2010." (Wine Journal, 11/2011)

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

If I had to pick one bottle as the wine of the night from our incredible dinner of 2000 Bordeaux, this would be it. Composed of about 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, this Ducru was timeless. It drinks so well right now, but doubtless will make an excellent 50 year old, not because of its size, but because of its exquisite balance. My notebook was full of questions rather than observations on this bottle: How does so much perfectly pure Cabernet cassis flavor and aroma come across so effortlessly? What can I say about this wine? It seemed light and easy to drink, but it was also so long, complex and concentrated. The acid and tannins are in perfect balance with the fruit. I think Cinnamon said it best as we drank it together: this bottle has pedigree.

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2009 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac - 2 available ($119.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, it displays an inky/blue/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, forest floor, licorice, lead pencil, cedar and subtle barrique smells. Viscous and full-bodied, it is the most concentrated and broadest example of this cuvee I have tasted in over three decades. It will be ready to drink in 5-7 years and should last for three decades or more. Consumers looking to maximize value should be checking out Duhart Milon, as this may be the single smartest purchase in this great and historic vintage! (RP)" (02/2012)

95 points James Suckling: "This is superb, with so much beautiful subtle fruit and wonderful flowers. Full and very lively, with super fine tannins and a lively finish. Very exciting. Best ever from here. Try in 2018." (03/2012)

93 points Decanter: "Sweet oaky nose, with considerable intensity. Medium-bodied, svelte, concentrated, with robust tannins to balance the sweetness of fruit. No blockbuster, but it shows elegance and persistence, and some density of black fruits. Its subtle in that the structure is rather disguised but its undoubutedly there. Good length. (SB)" (03/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This takes a fleshy, rather toasty approach, showing roasted plum and black currant fruit, with a smoked mesquite note on the loam-tinged finish. There's more breadth than depth, but this has the latent minerality to last a long time in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2027. (JM)" (03/2012)

K&L Notes: 96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. To the astonishment of our group of experienced palates, the Duhart-Milon '09 took on all-comers under blind conditions and triumphed. I always regarded it as a fantastic Pauillac but this good? I mean ... it received a higher average group score than almost every Grand Vin. It has a very intense bouquet with blackberry, mulberry, quince and a touch of dried flowers picked from down in Margaux. There is a slight meaty tincture suggesting some Cabernet Franc? The palate is medium-bodied but with superb fruit concentration. Again, there is a beguiling sense of precision and harmony that lends the finish weightlessness and poise. This is an effortless wine and a benchmark Duhart. Bravo! Tasted January 2013."

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2005 La Conseillante, Pomerol - 2 available ($269.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This really does have a wonderful texture that is reminiscent of great pinot noir while remaining obviously cabernet franc and merlot. It shows a seductive nose of cream, berries, chocolate and flowers. It's full-bodied, very intense and seamless in length. Pure class. Drink now and enjoy but will improve for years ahead." (11/2015)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Displaying spectacular aromatics of mulberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit, a dense ruby/purple color, and sweet floral notes, in the mouth the 2005 La Conseillante is not as broad and powerful as Petrus, Trotanoy, Hosanna or Lafleur, but it is gorgeously silky, elegant and stylish. This medium-bodied, savory wine is a graceful, provocative and compelling Pomerol to drink now and over the next 25 years. (RP)" (06/2015)

97 points Wine Spectator: "*** Highly Recommended *** This is decadent and wild on the nose, with fresh cèpe, raw steak and wild berry. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins, yet refined and caressing in every way. A beautiful, balanced red. The best young wine ever from this producer. (JS)" (03/2008)

96 points Vinous: "Tasted after the Clos L'Eglise, the 2005 La Conseillante simply has more of everything. More richness, body and texture, but at the same time, there is a striking element of underlying minerality that confers freshness. The Conseillante is one of the riper wines of the night, yet all the elements are very much in the right place. A host of dark, jammy flavors meld into the effortless, flamboyant finish, where a kick of sweetness from the French oak adds the closing nuances. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG)" (11/2015)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "Conseillante is breathtaking in 2005, a terroir performing at the peak of its potential. The wine is compressed and powerful, layered in sweet merlot tannin and pure, wild berry fruit. It feels cool and dynamic, monstrous at one moment, resonant the next. This was a little disjointed en primeur, and though it has come together in bottle, it still needs long cellar time for the layers of extract to unfold. It seems to take its tremendous sophistication directly from the ground." (10/2008)

95 points John Gilman: "The 2005 vintage of La Conseillante is a great wine in the making, with this estates elegant and always transparent personality very much in evidence in this outstanding year. The bouquet is deep, pure and superb, offering up notes of raspberries, black cherries, gravelly soil tones, tobacco leaf, a touch of menthol and a judicious framing of spicy new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a fine core, superb soil signature, tangy acids and great length and grip on the poised and moderately tannic finish. This is a brilliant vintage for La Conseillante. (Drink between 2020-2055)" (06/2016)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, medium red-ruby. Superripe, complex aromas of kirsch, musky espresso, fruity dark chocolate, spices and game. Wonderfully lush, sweet, dense and ripe; in fact, atypically large-scaled (this is 13.7% alcohol) and full for La Conseillante but perfectly framed by harmonious acidity. The light meaty quality is buried in dark fruits on the palate. The spreading, horizontal finish is very sweet, subtle and long, with fine-grained tannins and lovely lingering aromatic perfume. This beauty will be great fun to follow over the next couple of decades. (ST)" (05/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. More evolved rim than the other 2005 tasted alongside (which turned out to be the wine in double magnum). Healthy crimson. Masses of sweet, almost dried fruit with a hint of leafiness and a big charge of tannins. Dusty finish with some iron filings and lots of future pleasure in prospect. Masses of tension and fruit. 18/20 Points (JR)" (05/2017)

K&L Notes: 97 points Neil Martin for Wine Advocate: "The Château La Conseillante 2005 has a flamboyant bouquet that just soars from the glass with scents of crème de cassis, blueberry, violets and a hint of black olive. This is far more exuberant than I remember it. The palate is full-bodied with ripe and underpinned by sumptuous tannins. It has extremely well-judged acidity, enormous depth and volume and a complex finish with lightly spice dark cherries, blackcurrant pastilles and minerals. There is a sense of completeness and harmony to this La Conseillante, allied with an audaciousness that is truly compelling." (06/2015)

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2000 Lafleur, Pomerol - 1 available ($1,799.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An utterly awesome wine, the only problem with the 2000 Lafleur is that I indicated its maturity window would be 2012-2040+. Based on two tastings of it, I would now argue 2020-2060+. Yes, it is that backward, but it has extraordinary potential. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, this fabulously concentrated wine has a sweet nose of kirsch liqueur intermixed with licorice and subtle floral notes as well as a hint of truffle in the background. It is stacked and packed on the attack, with a multi-dimensional mid-palate of unbelievable intensity of concentration and richness, yet at the same time all this power is allied to striking elegance, purity, and depth. This is great Bordeaux, a profound Lafleur, and in about ten years, much of its magic should begin to be unleashed. If you can find it, it is an extraordinary wine, and as expensive as it was a decade ago, it will look cheap compared to prices for more recent vintages." (06/2010)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A hand-crafted, exciting wine. Solid as rock. Bright aromas of violets, berries, cherries and lilacs. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and superbly refined, silky tannins. Long finish. This is a remake of the superb 1998. Much better than I found it in barrel. Best after 2013. (JS)" (03/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Deepest crimson. Wonderfully bright, healthy crimson. Denser but not as immediately expressive as the Pensées 2000. Very rich and thick and dense and impressive. Long. Very perfumed and aromatic after it has been in the glass for a while more obviously CF than Merlot. Very grown up and savoury. Pretty robust tannins demand waiting for quite a while. Exceptionally solid...18.5/20 Points" (12/2007)

K&L Notes: 100 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Justerini & Brooks agency tasting in London. The Château Lafleur 2000 is a monumental wine. Imagine a Harley Davidson thundering down the tarmac. Wouldn't you want to get on? It has an extremely intense, but ineffably pure nose with more mineral expression than the Lafleur 1995. It has loosened up a little since I last tasted it, but I concur with Robert Parker that if I were lucky enough to have some of these in my cellar, I would wait until 2020 to experience the wine at its plateau. Allowing the wine to open over 30 minutes, I notice an almost flinty scent developing on the bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied, crystalline and symmetrical—everything beautifully focused—almost Left Bank in texture. This had a firm backbone, but that is becoming more "flexible" in recent years, and it fans out with consummate ease on a finish that is so long that it makes "War and Peace" seem like a short read. This is simply magnificent." Tasted February 2015.

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2005 Larcis-Ducasse, St-Emilion - 3 available ($269.99)

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

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

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

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

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2000 Latour, Pauillac - 2 available ($999.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Latour has made truly great wines in the past two decadesand this is one of the best. It has fabulous aromas of black truffles, currants, raspberry and dried flowers. Mind-blowing on the palate, its an emotional and soulful red." (04/2014)

99 points Wine Spectator: "The fruit here is still very much in the primary phase, with a decidedly racy feel to the raspberry coulis, cassis and blackberry reduction notes that are streaked with violet, iron and graphite flavors. The superlong finish alternates between a tug of sweet earth and a velvety feel, as the fruit and grip are still melding together, but there's so much vivacity here, there's no concern with waiting it out. The wait may be a while though. Rather stunning that this can separate itself so clearly from the rest of 2000's high-class field. (JM, Web-2016)"

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is such an expressive wine, with elegance a major factor in its character. It is certainly huge, rich and dense. But there is much more to it. You can peel layers of fruit and tannins away, and still never get to the end of the wines complexity. At every stage of its life, it will reveal a new character, but for now it is dominated by powerful tannins and huge, black, fruit. (RV)" (06/2003)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14,000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009, 2008, or 2005) is 'packed and stacked.' The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009. (RP)" (06/2010)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Wonderfully sweet, rich aromas of cassis, minerals and bitter chocolate. A huge wine with almost painful intensity; solid as a rock and at the same time utterly sensual and creamy, with great inner-mouth complexity and depth of flavor and a complete absence of rough edges. 'Almost too easy today,' says Engerer. Sweet notes of roasted nuts and chocolate add to the wine's early appeal. A powerful, hugely rich Latour with a great building finish and perfectly suave tannins. (ST)" (06/2003)

Decanter: "Big concentrated red, still very young, fine Cabernet concentration with great finesse and vineyard definition, robust yet elegant with superb length. 19/20 points" (03/2010)

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1989 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien - 2 available ($299.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Very ripe, with raisin and dried fruits on the nose. You can smell the sun-dried grapes. Full-bodied, delivering firm tannins and a very fresh palate. Long and flavorful, offering currant, berries and all sorts of dark fruits, but turns lightly earthy and floral. This is a thoroughly complex wine. Just starting to really open into the mature 20-year-old wine it is, but such a great life ahead of it. Muscular. (JS, Web Only-2010)"

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 28, 2013

Delicious, ready to drink wine from a great vintage. Packed with sweet fruit. No edges.

2001 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien - 1 available ($149.99)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "A classic in development, a wine that will last for decades. It is certainly powerful, but already the shape is finalized, with its plums and berries settling down with perfumes, acidity, just enough tannins and a warm, welcoming richness. A great argument for the superiority of 2001 over 2000. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (12/2007)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is very floral and perfumed with lots of violets, roses and berries. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a racy finish. Superfresh and long. Focused and clean. (JS)" (03/2004)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Jean-Hubert Delon thinks the 2001 Leoville Las Cases could turn out to be as good as his 2000. Im not sure I agree, but it may come close. A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19.5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2001 (which represents only 40% of the production) reveals notes of sweet vanillin intermixed with pure cassis, black cherries, and lead pencil shavings. Elegant and medium-bodied, it possesses a saturated purple color, high tannin, and a structured, backward feel in the mouth. This quintessentially elegant Las Cases needs another 5-7 years to hit its plateau of maturity. It will be one of the Medocs longest lived wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2030. (RP)" (06/2004)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Aromas of kirsch, currant, graphite, minerals, camphor and smoky oak. Subtly sweet and penetrating, with lovely energy and clarity of flavor. Classic claret, finishing lively and very long, with the tannins reaching the front teeth. (ST)" (06/2004)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "*No tasting note given*" (12/2004)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Dark garnet core with a deep brick rim. The nose is very intense with an almost honeyed level of richness to it. Blackcurrant, pencil shavings and a touch of Dorset plum, fine definition and gaining more and more clarity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, great fruit intensity here with superb, citrus-driven acidity. Blackberry, a touch of cranberry and cedar, very long and sensual towards the finish. The nose needs more bottle age to development refinement, but the palate is very classy. Tasted March 2011."

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2002 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien - 2 available ($164.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Only 43% of the production made it into the final blend of this remarkable 2002. Produced from a low 17 hectoliters per hectare, it includes 66.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, 13.9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot. It has the highest alcohol ever achieved in a Leoville Las Cases (13.5%) as well as a lofty pH of 3.85. Nevertheless, the impression is one of a structured wine with considerable density, a ruby/purple color, layers of flavor, and a classic overall personality. The wine exhibits pure black currant, licorice-infused fruit, huge body, a viscous mid-palate, and a long, heady finish. I suspect this wine wont be nearly as charming as the 2003 in its youth, but it hasnt yet closed down, and I am amazed at just how rich, intense, and full-bodied it tastes even after bottling. This is certainly one of the half dozen or so candidates for wine of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030+. (RP)" (04/2005)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is the essence of currants and berries with minerals and flowers. Full-bodied, with silky, refined tannins. Superlong and impressive. A beauty. Love it. As it should be. (JS)" (03/2005)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated red-ruby. Captivating if cooler nose of blackcurrant, licorice and minerals. Very intensely flavored and gripping if currently quite tight. The black fruit and menthol flavors show an almost medicinal austerity and uncanny penetration on the palate. Very ripe for 2002, at 13.5%, with a pH of 3.85. Today, I find a more classically firm finish and a bit more personality than in the young 2004, but then the new vintage has a long way to go before it's in bottle. (ST) 93+" (06/2005)

K&L Notes: 91+ points Neal Martin: "Tasted blind at Farr’s 2002 Bordeaux tasting. A ripe blackberry nose with graphite, blueberry, wild hedgerow and a touch of leather. A sweet entry, a lot of extraction here with firm, solid, chewy tannins but well defined and clean. Real density and weight to this wine. Grippy… lacquers the palate with its fruit, one of the most persistent ’02 Clarets but it certainly needs time. Tasted October 2009." (01/2010)

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2003 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien - 7 available ($199.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is more exotic and monstrous than the 2000. It is like a muscle builder, with lots of round and rich tannins and a core of dark fruits like black cherries and blueberries. Still very young, but structured and in need of five more years. Dont touch this until 2015." (05/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Incredible nose of crushed berry, licorice, violets and lightly toasted oak. Pure crème de cassis. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Solid. Best after 2011. (JS)" (03/2006)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An incredibly fresh, lively 2003 (the pH is only 3.6 and the alcohol is 13.1%), this wine offers a dense ruby/purple color along with full body and a remarkable nose of black currants, kirsch, lead pencil shavings and vanilla. Opulent, full-bodied and close to full maturity, it is a seamless classic that will age for 15-20 more years. Kudos to the Delon family for such a brilliant achievement in a tricky vintage. (RP)" (08/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is massive, hugely concentrated, topped with wood and intense tannins. Flavors of bitter chocolate are dominant, heavy fruits, blackberries and texture that fills the mouth with dark, dense flavors. Big in all senses. (RV)" (12/2007)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Plum, tar, cedar and nutty oak on the nose; less exotic than most '03s. Then massive and full on the palate; almost too big for the mouth. As silky as this is, it also possesses very good acidity for the vintage. Finishes with huge but lush tannins and superb length. The IPT here is 74, compared to 70 in 2005, and the alcohol is a tad higher, at 13.2%. A perfect vintage of Las Cases for tasters who normally find this wine too rigorous, but this still promises to be long-lived. (ST) 93+" (05/2006)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index's "10-Year On" tasting in London. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Las-Cases has the most complex nose of the three Leovilles with beautifully defined blackberry, wild hedgerow, leather and black truffle scents that waft seductively from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of pure dark cherry and boysenberry fruit stuck through by a keen thread of acidity. This is very composed, very animated with a long, sensual finish. Superb. Tasted March 2013."

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2004 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien - 9 available ($139.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This 'super second' lives up to its billing. It is rich and concentrated with dark tannins that lie over the ripe, jammy fruit and black, rich chocolate flavors. Acidity and wood are there, but only just hints after the richness of the fruit. A real, magnificent aging wine. (RV)" (06/2007)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of currant, blackberry and light vanilla. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Layered, with everything in the right proportion for the vintage. Excellent. Reminds me of the 1996. *#6 on Top 100 Wines of 2007, Collectibles* (JS)" (03/2007)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Performing better from bottle than it did from cask, this blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc has put on weight over the last year. It exhibits the classic style of both Las Cases and St.-Julien in its deep black currant notes interwoven with sweet cherries, wet stones, and toasty vanillin. Made in a structured, medium to full-bodied style with superb concentration, beautiful purity, and admirable symmetry, this beauty is one of the strongest efforts of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028. (RP)" (06/2007)

Jancis Robinson: "Looks quite evolved. Savoury and well balanced. Very dry on the end but with some character. Drink to 2026." (02/2014)

K&L Notes: Closed in on the nose. Seems like lots of power underneath. Deep core of seriously focused raspberry fruit, spice and grip. Intense-super concentrated-holding back. A star of the vintage.

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1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 5 available ($399.99)

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

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

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

94 points John Gilman: "The 1989 Lynch Bages is one of the finest recent vintages of this wine that I have ever had the pleasure to taste, with a beautiful depth of fruit that only the greatest vintages of this fine estate have been able to boast in the past. The deep and superb nose soars from the glass in a vibrant mélange of black cherries, cassis, incipient notes of petroleum jelly (which are so prevalent in the 1961 and 1959 versions of this wine today), complex gravel soil tones, cigar ash and toasty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core of fruit, impeccable focus and balance, with ripe, moderate tannins and absolutely stunning length and grip. The 1989 Lynch is a beautiful wine and one of the reference point vintages for this superb estate in the last fifty years. Surprisingly, it is one of the few 1989s that is at the same stage of evolution as its 1990 counterpart and is only a few years away from primetime drinking. Given its superior mid-palate depth, I would expect it to outlive the very good 1990. Impressive juice. (Drink between 2016-2060)" (07/2012)

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

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

K&L Notes: In 2011, Robert Parker rated this bottling 99+, saying: "The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins, but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid although the 1990, 2000, and down the road, some of the more recent vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010 should come close to matching the 1989's extraordinary concentration and undeniable aging potential. Its dense purple color reveals a slight lightening at the edge and the stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, oak and graphite. Powerful and rich with some tannins still to shed at age 22, it is still a young adolescent in terms of its evolution and will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring. It should prove to be a 50 year wine." (8/2011)

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2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 10 available ($299.99)

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

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

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

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

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

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red-ruby. Rich, mellow aromas of currant, plum, mocha and oak. Dense, seamless and deep, with burnished plum and tobacco flavors enlivened by very good vinosity. Lush, suave wine, finishing with sneaky length." (05/2003)

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

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

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

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1996 Margaux, Margaux - 1 available ($799.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Chateau Margaux, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, must be a strong contender for wine of the vintage. It offers everything you desire from this First Growth. It is blessed with breathtaking delineation and freshness on the nose, understated at first and then blossoming with mineral-infused black fruit, hints of blueberry, crushed stone and violet. The palate is perfectly balanced with filigree tannin, perfect acidity, a wine where everything seems to be in its right place. Blackberry, crushed stone at the front of the mouth, just a touch of spice towards the finish that shows supreme control. This is a Margaux that seems to light up the senses. It was outstanding in its youth...something that has not changed one bit over the intervening two decades. This may well turn out to be the Left Bank pinnacle of the 1990s. Tasted July 2016. (NM)" (10/2016)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright full ruby. Pure, perfumed aromas of cassis and violet. Dense and tactile in the mouth; a huge, chewy wine with major extract but also considerable refinement. Almost painfully backward today, and a bit less perfumed than it was in the year or so after the bottling, but the huge tannins show no hardness. Another great expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from the '96 vintage. 96+ (ST)" (08/2002)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Fully formed now, with a rush of steeped currant and black tea notes that are melded with a backdrop of anise, sandalwood, bergamot and charcoal. The long, suave finish lets the perfume linger, with a weighty feel. This seems to mark the start of the refinement of tannins; despite the power, this is all grace and elegance.Non-blind Château Margaux vertical (December 2013). Drink now through 2031. (Web Only2014)"

K&L Notes: 98 points Neal Martin: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index Chateau Margaux dinner at The Square. A consistent note to the bottle poured at El Bulli. That crystalline nose, the purity, the mineralite – it is all there. The palate is razor-sharp, brilliant focused with those silky tannins that caress the mouth, lascivious blackberry, black plum and blueberry towards the finish. Stunning. Drink 2010-2035+." (7/2009)

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2003 Pavie, St-Emilion - 4 available ($259.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine has calmed down considerably as it was a blockbuster, somewhat of a Bordeaux fruit bomb in its youth, and now has toned itself down to a serious candidate for one of the wines of this rather bizarre, but interesting, vintage. 2003 offered everything, from pathetically dilute and thin wines to some massive blockbusters. That was true especially in the Northern Médoc and from the limestone hillsides of St.-Emilion (where Pavie is situated). The color is a dark garnet, with a touch of amber beginning to appear on the edge. The wine has a stunning nose of roasted herbs, grilled meats, charcoal, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, with some oak still present. Dense, full-bodied and very succulent and lush, this wine seems to be in late adolescence, ready to enter a relatively mature stage. There is always a suspicion because of the extreme heat in July and August that these wines will crack up very quickly, and certainly that will always be a worry, but this one looks set for at least another 10-15 years of drinkability. (RP)" (08/2015)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Dark purple. Shows intense aromas of raisin, coffee and treacle tart. Very, very ripe. Full-bodied, superrich and velvety. This is so layered and powerful. Blockbuster. (JS)" (07/2006)

93 points Vinous: "Dark ruby-red. Sexy aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry pie, woodsmoke, vanilla and flinty minerals. Then big, rich and suave in the mouth, with concentrated flavors of ripe dark and red cherry, blackcurrant, truffle and cocoa. The long finish features a licorice quality and smooth tannins. The cool limestone soils of Pavie Macquin really came through in the furnace-like conditions of 2003: although this is undoubtedly a very opulent, mouthfilling wine, it is also amazingly refined and suave for the year--anything but over the top. (ID)" (03/2014)

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1990 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 1 available ($299.99)

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

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

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

K&L Notes: The last of three consecutive great vintages for this second growth estate, the 1990 is dense and concentrated with harmonious tannins and a silky finish.

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2006 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac ($149.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the property, the 2006 Château Pichon-Lalande has a voluminous bouquet with outgoing blackberry, cassis and violets scents, a touch of boysenberry jam tucked just underneath, although it does not quite have the delineation of the Lynch Bages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This feels very composed in the mouth, quite fresh with well-judged acidity, harmonious and tensile on the finish. This deserves a higher score than I awarded out of barrel and it continues to improve year by year. (NM)" (05/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The success of this wine owes as much to Merlot as to Cabernet. The Merlot has created the ripeness and smoothness of the wine. While the Cabernet keeps it firm and closed up, there is a base of rich, sweet fruit here that will show over the next two years. The style of the wine is moving away from elegance to power under the new regime of owners, Champagne Roederer. (RV)" (03/2009)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, dark chocolate, cedar, licorice and mint. Rich, lush and sweet, with noteworthy depth to the flavors of dark fruits, smoke and chocolate. Wonderfully broad and tactile in the middle palate. Finishes with sweet, dusty tannins and sneaky persistence. This fine-grained, stylish and downright sexy wine is clearly more successful than the 2005. (ST)" (06/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Displays currant and blackberry, with hints of licorice. Full-bodied, with round, chewy tannins and lots of fruit under the structure. A rich wine for the vintage, needing plenty of bottle age. Best after 2014. (JS)" (03/2009)

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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) - 4 available ($599.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine Ive been lucky enough to have numerous times since release, the 2009 Pontet Canet is one of those magical efforts that wine lovers encounter far too infrequently. From one of the greatest vintages for the region ever, this deep, saturated purple-colored effort offers an incredible bouquet of crème de cassis, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, damp earth, and graphite. This gives way to a full-bodied, powerful Pauillac that carries a massive amount of sweet fruit yet stays light and beautifully balanced on the palate. With ripe, sweet tannin, an expansive texture, and awesome mid-palate depth, as well as incredible purity, freshness, and delineation, its as good as wine gets and can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 4-5 decades. Hats off to proprietor Alfred Tesseron and the team at Pontet Canet!" (02/2018)

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. (RP)" (02/2012)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "98-100 Barrel sample. 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." (02/2012)

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

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

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2013

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

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2013

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

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

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

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2013

Dark blue fruit. Very fragrant.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2013

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

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2009 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol ($369.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is a wine that had extreme intensity of electrifying tannins and acidity, with supercharged fruit. Full-bodied, yet agile and lively. It touches every taste bud on your palate. Chocolate mousse and fruit. I am lost for words. Legendary 1950 all over again. Try it in 2020." (02/2012)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009's nearly 14% natural alcohol, exquisite ripeness, and incredible complex bouquet of Asian spices, fruitcake, licorice, smoke, blackberries and black currants are to die for. A blend of 84% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, it possesses a viscous texture as well as a freshness and vibrancy that are remarkable given the wines weight, richness and potential massiveness. This extraordinary effort is one of the finest Vieux Chateau Certans made over the last sixty years. It will undoubtedly shut down in bottle, requiring a decade or more of cellaring. It should keep for 50 years thereafter. Proprietor Thienpont thinks it is a modern day version of the 1948. (RP)" (02/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This shows gorgeous silk and polish, brimming with beguiling plum, cherry eau de vie and red currant fruit flavors laced with supple toasty vanilla and cedar hints. But in the background brews a darker side, with loam, maduro tobacco and iron notes, which take over on the finish authoritatively. This feels like it will get a lot bigger before it fully melds--and that will be a while. (JM)" (03/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium-deep ruby. Musky aromas of red plum, blackcurrant, cocoa and tobacco leaf. Juicy, sappy and rather stylish on the palate, combining pepper and herb qualities with a subtle touch of sweetness. Not a hugely concentrated wine but amazingly well balanced and silky, and with insidious depth of flavor. Finishes with suave, spreading tannins. (ST)" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Firm crimson. Firm Cabernet and scented. Suave. Appetising. Very sophisticated. Racy and wonderful bone structure. Amazingly long. Beautiful wine. Glossy. 18.5/20 points." (03/2013)

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1990 d'Yquem, Sauternes - 5 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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1990 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) - 7 available ($249.99)

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. (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. (ST) 94+" (08/1998)

K&L Notes: 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." (6/2012)

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2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) ($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: "You may ask: what is the point? Another perfect score for the 2001 d'Yquem. Oh well, why not? This bottle, served blind, reinforced the sheer unadulterated brilliance of this legendary Sauternes now at 15 years old. Doesn't time fly. It seems to be aging at a glacial pace, hardly changed since I last tasted it. The nose is like the throbbing engine of an Aston Martin Vantage, ready to go. It is so packed with intensity, perhaps a little more resinous than I recall, but with almost crystalline delineation. The palate is perfectly balanced and laden with botrytis, not as unctuous or as rich as say, the 2009 d'Yquem, yet with heavenly focus and a crescendo of flavors that take your breath away: acacia honey, yellow plum, white peach and orange sorbet. The startling things is ... this is just the opening act. Tasted September 2016. (NM)" (10/2016)

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. *Ranked #10 on Top 100 of 2005, Collectibles* (JS)" (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)

K&L Notes: 100 points Robert Parker: "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. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2100+." (04/2005)

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2009 Domaine Faiveley Echézeaux Grand Cru (1.5L) - 1 available ($399.99)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Don't Miss!* A gorgeously seductive nose offers up a layered and notably ripe mélange of red and black pinot fruit, spice notes, cassis and floral nuances that lead to robust and full-bodied flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel and striking length. This is a palate staining, powerful and serious effort that is clearly built to age." (01/2011)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Very ripe, complex aromas of redcurrant, dried cherry, exotic herbs, spices and truffle. Broad, ripe and seamless, with nicely integrated acidity and pepper and spice notes giving shape and lift to the sweet middle palate. Finishes classically dry and very long, with a saline quality and a strong element of botanical herbs. Very sexy wine with excellent energy for the vintage." (04/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Pure cherry, wild strawberry and spice flavors are well-defined and intense in this firm red, which shows the pedigree of the appellation, with excellent length and a lingering spicy aftertaste. Needs time. Best from 2015 through 2030. 25 cases imported." (05/2012)

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2012 Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne-"Quintessence" Grand Cru - 3 available ($159.99)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. Ripe peach, sea salt and oak notes of smoke, vanilla and spices on the nose. Very large-scaled, dense and powerful but penetrating and austere today in spite of its considerable sweetness. If anything, this extract-rich wine has deepened since I tasted it from barrel in the spring of 2013. This extremely long wine will need seven or eight years of cellaring to lose some of its baby fat and take on its adult shape. 94+ (ST)" (09/2014)

2007 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Proprietary Blend - 5 available ($399.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Cappella is a riveting effort displaying a dense blue/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of blueberries, camphor, incense, creme de cassis and a distinctive floral scent. It possesses tremendous ripeness, full-bodied richness, incredible purity and a singular style that stands out from the crowd. This flawless, seamless 2007 should drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)" (12/2010)

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2015 Aubert "Eastside Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 5 available ($169.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Great aromas of stone, gun powder and sliced apple. Wow. Full body, dense and layered. Wonderful phenolic texture. Montrachet-like. Drink in 2020 but already superb." (01/2018)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard exudes butterscotch, allspice, baked pears and peach preserves with tantalizing honeycomb, salted caramel and popcorn hints. This rich, full-bodied powerhouse fills the palate with decadent, spicy stone fruit, marked by a refreshing line of acid and finishing with lingering wet pebble and savory hints. (LPB)" (10/2017)

96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard preserves good freshness and aromatic lift, especially for the year. In this tasting, the Eastside presents more of a phenolic character than most of the Chardonnays, with the fruit pushed into the background, while floral/savory/mineral notes are front and center. Of all of these Chardonnays, the Eastside shows the effects of its recent bottling most. At the same time, the rocky nature of this site really comes through in the wine's feel. (AG)" (01/2017)

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2014 Aubert "Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay - 2 available ($129.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chardonnay Larry Hyde & Sons has a greenish hue to its light-gold color, a fresh, lively nose of poached pears, citrus oil, honeysuckle, a hint of pineapple and tangerine. This is a beautiful, full-bodied Chardonnay to drink over the next decade or more. Mark Aubert continues to set the bar incredibly high for the world-class quality of his Burgundian-styled, remarkable Chardonnays...As I indicated last year, Aubert is at the top of his game, and it is hard to believe any Chardonnay winemaker in the world is turning out a half-dozen Chardonnays at this qualitative level year in and year out. (RP)" (10/2016)

95 points Vinous: "The 2014 Chardonnay Larry Hyde and Sons opens with strikingly beautiful aromatics. Sensual, layered and polished, the Hyde boasts fabulous purity, nuance and class. Apricot pit, honey, candied lemon, crème brulee, wild flowers, mint and lightly buttered notes meld into the supple, radiant finish. This is a great example of Hyde. (AG)" (02/2016)

2012 Bevan "Tin Box" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($299.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Tin Box, from a tiny site nestled among what many observers consider the most pedigreed part of Oakville, is utterly magnificent. Explosive and structured on the palate, the Tin Box hits the palate with intense blue and black fruit, spices, mocha, savory herbs, new leather and rose petal, but it is the wine's complexity and huge, eternal finish that stand out above all else. Readers who own the Tin Box can look forward to 15-20 years of absolutely thrilling drinking. This is a stunningly beautiful wine from Russell Bevan. (AG)" (01/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aged in Taransaud (75%) and Darnajou (25%) oak, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Tin Box is more backward than the perfect 2011 was last year, but it reveals similar decadence, opulence and velvety texture. Its opaque blue/black/purple color is followed by a stunning perfume of white chocolate, spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, and an unctuous, massive mouthfeel. It should age effortlessly for two decades or more. (RP)" (10/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Just the right amount of ripe, juicy blackberry and licorice gives this wine vitality and enough suppleness midpalate on to push past the tannins, which turn cedary and gravelly. Drink now through 2024. (JL)" (05/2015)

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2012 Bevan "Wildfoote Vixen Block" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($299.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A remarkably seductive effort, delightfully creamy and chocolaty, plush and layered, with a firm, rich, potent core of dense, earth-laced currant and blackberry flavors. Firm cedary oak is evident, gliding along gracefully on the finish. Drink now through 2029. *Highly Recommended* (JL)" (05/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This nearly 300-case cuvée is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from clone 7 and aged in equal parts new Taransaud and Darnajou. Flirting with perfection for sure, this is an absolutely riveting wine. It offers a magnificent, room-filling fragrance of red and black currants, blackberries, camphor, incense, truffle and lead pencil shavings. Some toasty oak is followed by an almost never-ending style of wine, with enormous extract and body, gorgeous richness, purity, and equilibrium, and a killer finish of close to a minute. This is amazing stuff that should continue to drink well for another 25-30 years. (RP)" (10/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Wild Foot Vineyard Vixen Block, from a site in Stags Leap, is loaded with blue and black stone fruits, licorice, cloves, menthol, mocha and espresso, in a super-ripe, voluptuous style that will provide plenty of immediate gratification. Even with all of its obvious richness, expressive floral notes add lift and freshness. This is another gorgeous 2012 from Bevan. (AG)" (01/2015)

K&L Notes: According to Robert Parker: "Russell Bevan and his partner, Victoria de Cresenzo, are turning out truly mind-blowing, big, rich, majestic wines. Bevan Cellars has hit the bull’s eye with a bevy of incredible efforts that showcases fabulous vineyard sources."

2013 Chateau Boswell Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($179.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The generic 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is a major winner and right up there with Boswells single vineyard, more expensive bottlings. Deep purple, its opulent nose of blackberry and blueberry fruit as well as some graphite and acacia flowers are followed by toasty oak and charcoal in a full-bodied, majestic mouthfeel. There are 300 cases of this gorgeous wine, which should continue to drink well for 15-20 years. (RP)" (10/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Rich, ample and powerful, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville offers superb near term appeal and tons of voluptuousness. Dark red cherry, mocha, spice, lavender, cloves and new leather meld together in a distinctly forward, unctuous Cabernet. The soft contours and silky tannins will make the 2013 nearly impossible to resist, even in its youth. The final blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2012 Dana Estates "Helms Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($399.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Extraordinary aromas of metal shavings, black currants and hazelnuts. Turns to roses and violets. Full-bodied, yet subtle and refined with a polished piercing tannin backbone. This makes you want to drink it. Sexy and elegant. A triumph. Try in 2019 but hard not to drink now." (11/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Rutherford AVA, has a dense black cherry and blackcurrant-scented nose with graphite and forest floor notes, beautiful purity, full-bodied mouthfeel and super-richness and power, but elegant and complex. This is classic Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon and should age beautifully for 20-25 years. (RP)" (10/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Dana's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard possesses remarkable structure and density, especially within the context of the year. Firm yet well-integrated tannins give the wine much of its energy, tension and focus. Black cherry jam, graphite, smoke and tobacco add nuance as the wine opens up in the glass. Far from an easygoing 2012, the Helms is going to need time to fully come together. There is so much to look forward to here. This is the first vintage since 2008 that was vinified in wood uprights, as was originally intended. The intervening vintages have been much shorter, so they were done in barrel. The 2012 impresses for its balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. (AG)" (12/2014)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Captivating nose shows an almost liqueur-like ripeness to the aromas of strawberry, dark cherry, boysenberry, cumin and coriander. Very ripe and dense but with a light touch and no roasted character. Lovely vinosity gives definition to the deep redcurrant, kirsch and exotic spice flavors. Finishes fresh, firmly tannic and very long, with a complicating touch of gravelly minerality. This was fermented mostly in oak uprights. Winemaker Vawter described 2012 as "a more California vintage than 2011, but cooler than 2007 and 1997." (ST)" (05/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Dense and pleasantly earthy, with an edge of loamy earth and crushed rock minerality cutting through the core of currant, blackberry and mocha before the dense, earthy tannins fold in. The finish is long and engaging. Drink now through 2030. (JL)" (10/2015)

K&L Notes: ... and another 96-point review from Wine Advocate from Lisa Perotti-Brown: "Deep garnet-purple, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard sings of crushed blackberries, cassis and black cherries with touches of Provence herbs, violets and chocolate box plus a hint of dusty earth. Medium-bodied with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and a racy acid line, it has youthful, taut, muscular black fruit and a long, refreshing finish. Should age beautifully!" (12/2017)

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2012 Dana Estates "Hershey Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($429.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This really builds on the palate with slate, gun metal, blueberries, blackcurrants and blackberries on the nose and palate. Hints of mint. Full body, dense and chewy tannins that are like cashmere in texture. Layered and beautiful." (04/2015)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard comes from an 1,800-foot elevation and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon harvested October 19-22. This is a sensational superstar from Howell Mountain with an inky purple color, notes of mocha, mulberry, crème de cassis, graphite, and spring flowers. It is dense, full-bodied, opulent, and concentrated with sweet but moderate tannin. This is a stunner that should drink well for another 25 or so years. (RP)" (10/2014)

98 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard has developed into a round, sumptuous Howell Mountain wine with the soft contours and exceptional overall balance. Iron, sweet red cherry, plum, smoke and licorice meld together in an open-knit yet structured Cabernet Sauvignon with tons of sheer appeal. The exotic, savory/mineral bouquet is pure Howell, but there is also a softness to the 2012 that makes it incredibly appealing, even today. A final kick of Howell Mountain tannin lingers on the close. As always, the Hershey is the most vivid and structured of the Dana Cabernets. (AG)" (10/2015)

93-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Tight nose hints at cassis, blueberry, licorice, minerals, and menthol. Densely packed and youthfully medicinal, with brooding flavors of black and blue fruits and crushed stone. This classic Howell Mountain Cabernet went into a shell in my glass. Finishes with huge, chewy tannins that are well supported by the wine's outstanding depth. Holds out great potential. (ST)" (05/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A blockbuster, showing torque and drive, this is dense and chewy, with massive, extracted, earth- and cedar-laced dark berry, graphite, and oak elements, complemented by potent tannins. Needs time. (JL)" (10/2015)

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2012 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($449.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus, which is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot, was harvested much earlier, October 9-18, and aged 25 months in French oak (more than 90% new). There are only 300 cases of this wine, which has a striking floral nose with hints of licorice, burning embers, incense, blueberry and blackberry liqueur. Its powerful, lightly tannic, extravagantly rich and a great classic from a fabulous terroir and impeccable winemaking and élevage. Drink it over the next 20+ years. (RP)" (10/2014)

96 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard is a bit more direct and focused than the Hershey Vineyard tasted alongside it. Iron, herbs and a host of ferrous notes provide the underpinning for a core of distinctly red-fleshed fruit. Veins of acidity and tannin give the wine its somewhat linear personality for the year. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Exhibiting layers of complexity, finesse and nuance, this offers a captivating opening mix of gravel-laced plum and blackberry flavors. Perfumed notes of sweet plum, cassis and cherry rise into the finish. The tannins are rich, loamy and fine-grained. Drink now through 2030. (JL)" (10/2015)

94 points James Suckling: "I love the dusty, terra cotta, meat and plum character. Ripe and luscious. Full-bodied, tannic and chewy with some wood character. Citrus rind and dark berry. Mountain tannins here. Muscular yet fruity. Front-loaded. Better in 2019." (07/2015)

2010 Drinkward Peschon "Entre Deux Mères" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($69.99)

93 points Vinous: "A deep, expressive wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Meres is showing beautifully today. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and licorice all meld together in the glass. I especially like the way the 2010 fleshes out in the glass. The 2010 remains vivid and striking. It will drink well for a number of years based on its fabulous balance. (AG)" (11/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another gorgeous wine from this vintage, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Meres bursts from the glass with vibrant dark cherries, plums, mocha and espresso. Layers of aromas and flavor cover every inch of the palate in this powerful, structured, Cabernet Sauvignon. There is an element of vibrancy and freshness in the 2010 that is compelling. This is a hugely delicious wine from Lisa Drinkward and Francoise Peschon. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2025. (AG)" (12/2012)

K&L Notes: Drinkward Peschon is a collaboration between Lisa Drinkward of Behrens Family Winery and Françoise Peschon, director of winemaking at Araujo.

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2001 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More seriously endowed, powerful and still broodingly backward, but loaded with upside potential, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain reveals gorgeous blueberry liqueur, crushed rock and blackberry liqueur characteristics. This big, mountain-styled 2001 exhibits lots of structure, tannin, density and powerful flavors. Still youthful, vibrant and masculine, it needs 4-5 more years of cellaring and should last for 25-30+ years thereafter. (RP)" (06/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Enticing aromas of cassis, blackberry, leather and violet. Juicy, tightly coiled and penetrating, with the sharp delineation of the best examples from Howell Mountain Densely packed but closed in on itself. A very backward but extremely promising wine that finishes with broad, dusty, fine tannins and excellent length. Wait five years on the Napa cab, but give this at least seven or eight. An impressive return to form for Dunn following the cool, late harvests of 1998 through 2000, which were particularly tough on Howell Mountain. 93+ (ST)" (01/2005)

1993 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($239.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa exhibits a black/purple color, and a sweet nose of cassis, vanillin, and violet/mineral character. Sweet on the attack, with superb concentration and purity, this formidably endowed, full-bodied wine needs at least 8-10 years of cellaring; it is a 30-year wine ... This is also another producer who turned out outstanding 1993s, a vintage that has received some unjustifiably tough press from West Coast wine critics. (RP)" (12/1996)

Wine Spectator: "A lean and muscular style, with the cedary oak, currant, anise and spice flavors struggling to get past the tannins--which they finally do." (11/1996)

K&L Notes: 92 points, Richard Jennings: "Group's #3 (my #3) – 34 pts.; 2, 1, 3, 2 – dark red violet color; nice leather, tart plum and truffle nose; tasty, maturing, tart cherry, cassis, tart red fruit, tart plum, mineral palate with leather edges; medium-plus finish 92+ pts." (RJonWine.com, 3/2009)

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2013 Hall Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($169.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is exquisite. It has an impenetrable blue/black color to the rim, a gorgeous nose of incense, charcoal, mulberry and blackberry liqueur, a multi-layered texture, and terrific purity and length. Keep in mind this is a 2013, so it has at least 25-30 years of upside and would probably benefit from 4-5 years of additional bottle age. This is sensational. (RP)" (12/2016)

90-93 points Vinous: "A huge, massively endowed wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is incredibly raw and unformed today. The purity of the fruit, though, is striking. Graphite, pencil shavings and crushed rocks are laced into the inky, extracted finish. The Howell Mountain Cabernet emerges from three sources. Like all the Hall Cabernets, the Howell is powerful and massively extracted, but these hillsides might be able to handle that approach. We will see when the wine is bottled. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2002 Harlan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($1,049.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The extraordinary Harlan Estate, which I awarded 100 points seven years ago, offers no justifiable reason to doubt its perfect score. It is still a baby, with an inky purple color and notes of smoky camphor intermixed with creme de cassis, Asian soy and a hint of cedar beginning to emerge as well as some espresso and subtle damp forest floor notes. The wine has awesome intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, a skyscraper-like texture, and a finish that goes on for close to a minute. This is a perfect wine, still youthful and young, and not even in full adolescence as of 2012. It has 40 or more years ahead of it, but should hit its plateau of full maturity in another 5-10 years. It is certainly one of the most showy , flamboyant and remarkable Harlan Estates made to date. (More recently, the 2007 tends to resemble this wine more than any other vintage I can think of.) Kudos to Bill Harlan! (RP)" (06/2012)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "The aroma is deep and inviting, equal parts new oak, Cabernet fruit and dried herbs. Has tremendous weight, with red and black cherry, cola, chocolate, cassis and roasted coconut flavors. Brilliant now, virtually flawless and totally delicious, yet has the impeccable balance to age and even improve over the years. The listed price is its pre-release price. Drink now through at least 2020. *Cellar Selection*" (09/2006)

98 points Vinous: "Deep medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, blackberry, candied violet, licorice pastille, black pepper and a suggestion of dusty earth. Like a liquid confection in the mouth: thick and sweet yet almost magically shapely and fresh. The longest, most inexorably palate-staining wine of my tour of the North Coast in early March: this lost no strength in my mouth after I had spit it. Damn near close to perfect wine; only my own refusal to give a perfect score to a wine that's still a decade or more short of its peak kept my score down. Bill Harlan, incidentally, compares the 2002 vintage to the 1995, which is showing spectacularly today. (I was able to retaste the extraordinary 2001, which is perhaps even more classic than the 2002 if not quite as extravagantly thick, with slightly more roasted yet sappy aromas and flavors of crystallized berries, minerals, tar and licorice, and great inner-mouth energy and persistence. This very backward wine has the acid/tannin spine to evolve in bottle for 15 to 20 years. (ST) 98+" (05/2005)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a core of rich dark berry, sour cherry, black licorice, loamy earth and dried berry flavors. Full-bodied, firmly tannic, yet deep and concentrated, almost too young in this tasting. Drink now through 2024. (JL, Web Only-2012)"

Jancis Robinson: "Luxurious red velvet look with a deep brick rim. Extremely voluptuous and flattering essence of Napa Valley and the richest form of Cabernet Sauvignon obviously pretty alcoholic but reined in on the finish. Really caresses the palate. Round and rich. Fleshy and opulent. Positively slides over the palate with just a hint of tea leaves on the finish which keeps it refreshing. Harlan has arguably perfected the art of producing Napa Valley Cabernet that is nothing at all like red bordeaux but succeeds on its own terms. 19/20 points." (11/2007)

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2008 Kobalt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($84.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A joint project between well-known winemaking consultant Mark Herold and Kevin Carriker, Kobalt's big, blockbuster 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) boasts an inky/purple color as well as a big, sweet perfume of camphor, charcoal, blueberries, black currants and toasty oak. Superb fruit, a sweet, full-bodied mouthfeel, a multilayered texture and a long finish with abundant but sweet, nicely integrated tannins...(RP)" (12/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Sexy aromas of cassis, smoke and flint, with lovely violet lift. Lush and mouthfilling without being at all over the top, with dark berry and chocolate flavors dominating. Finishes with broad, serious tannins. This is 14.8% alcohol with a moderate 3.65 pH. Winemaker Herold notes that this fruit always ripens but that cool evening breezes in Coombsville help to preserve acidity levels. This has turned out very well. (ST)" (05/2011)

2013 Macdonald Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($549.99)

100 points Decanter: "A brooding bouquet of fragrant black cherry, bitter chocolate and rich soil tones is followed on the palate by a layered, three-dimensional wine of massive proportions. While this is an undeniably ripe Cabernet Sauvignon, both new oak and alcohol are nicely integrated by the richly savoury tannins of the vintage. 2013 was the first year when Graeme MacDonald had control over the farming of his family's parcel of the historic To Kalon vineyard, one of Napa Valley's greatest terroirs, which he cultivates organically. Drinking Window 2023-2065. (MK)" (05/2016)

97 points Vinous: "What a pure pleasure it is to revisit the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. Even though the 2013 is hard as nails, its pedigree and potential are both amply evident. Huge beams of tannin support a core of huge, inky fruit. Towering and completely enveloping in all of its dimensions, the 2013 won't be ready to drink for many years. Those lucky enough to own it can look forward to several decades of exceptional drinking. (AG) 97+" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: According to the winery release letter: "MacDonald is a collaboration between brothers Alex and Graeme MacDonald whose family roots in Napa go back to 1954. Made exclusively from hand-tended and harvested fruit grown on the fifteen acre MacDonald family Oakville estate in the core of the fabled To Kalon Vineyard, including several blocks comprised of vines that are contenders for being the oldest commercially producing Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in Napa (60 years old). 227 Cases (9 barrels) produced, 100% allocated to mailing list. macdonaldvineyards.com

2014 Macdonald Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($499.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from MacDonald comes from the To Kalon Vineyard just outside of Oakville. Its a classic 2014 possessing the purity, elegance, and sheer charm thats the hallmark of this terrific vintage in the Valley. Crème de cassis, black raspberries, crushed flowers, and incense notes all develop with time in the glass, and while it starts out reticent and lightly textured, it gains incredible depth and length over the evening. This is Napa Valley at its most finesse-driven and elegant, and its going to drink beautifully for another two decades." (02/2018)

93-96 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is the most polished, refined young wine I have tasted at MacDonald. Even so, there is not shortage of depth, but in 2014 the young Cabernet is also exceptionally finessed. Interestingly, the fruit tonalities tend more towards red and purple rather than the bluer shades that are typical here. Rose petal, mint, lavender and red stone fruits build into the tense, brilliant finish. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG)" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: From the producer: "As the only organically farmed vineyard within this historic site and situated on its rockiest soils... the 2014 MacDonald displays all the hallmarks of To-Kalon, with layers of black cherry, black olive, graphite, and fine noble tannins. Only 345 cases were produced."

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2008 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($219.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Materium comes from a single block called the Weitz Vineyard at a 1,000-foot elevation on the eastern hillsides of Oakville. It would be hard to improve upon the virtually perfect 2007, but the 2008 is not far behind. Notes of graphite, blueberry, charcoal, spring flowers, and some background oak are followed by a dense, purple-colored wine with full-bodied power, great elegance, precision, and purity. This is again an extraordinary effort from Maybach. It should drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)" (12/2010)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerful, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. Impressive for the sheer density of fruit, namely blackberries, cherries and chocolate, accented with buttery, caramelized new oak perfectly in keeping with the wines volume. The tannins are soft, sweet and intricate. Despite the richness, Theres a firm minerality that adds to the structure and grounds it. So opulently delicious, you could drink it now, and it should develop in the bottle over the next six years, at least." (11/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, dense, tannic and chewy, but with a wealth of flavors and nuances, showing black licorice, graphite, blueberry, charcoal, currant and spice character. Full-bodied and very tight in a good way, as the flavors are slow to unravel. Best from 2013 through 2021. (JL)" (08/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Cherry, tobacco and minerals on the nose, lifted by a floral quality that reminded me of cabernet sauvignon. Lush and sweet but also lively and perfumed, with a strong rose petal element and firm acidity enlivening the red fruit flavors. This captivating, juicy wine really saturates the mouth and lingers on the aftertaste. Winemaker Thomas Brown noted that it has the lowest pH ("3.6 at the most") of all the cabernets he makes for his various clients. (from cobbly red soil on the top of the ridge line past Dalla Valle and Showket). (ST)" (06/2011)

2011 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 5" Central Coast Red Blend - 3 available ($359.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While I reviewed the 2011 Cumulus Vineyard #5 last year, I was thrilled to be able to retaste it this go around. Showing consistently, with tons of savory, meaty characteristics in its currants, cassis, ground herbs and wood smoke-like aromas and flavors, this is a full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated 2011 that shows the freshness and purity of the vintage, yet backs it up with plenty of texture and length. Give it a few years and enjoy bottles through 2032. (JD)" (08/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2011 Next of Kyn - No. 5, from one of the most maligned California vintages in recent memory, is quite attractive, if a bit compact. Although very much light to medium in body next to the other wines in this tasting, the 2011 is full of perfume, freshness and bright fruit. If anything, the 2011 still needs time to develop the full breadth of its aromatic complexity. In this tasting, the 2011 is more reticent than it has been in the past. 42% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 16% Mourvèdre, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Touriga Nacional. 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)

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2011 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 5" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) - 2 available ($699.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While I reviewed the 2011 Cumulus Vineyard #5 last year, I was thrilled to be able to retaste it this go around. Showing consistently, with tons of savory, meaty characteristics in its currants, cassis, ground herbs and wood smoke-like aromas and flavors, this is a full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated 2011 that shows the freshness and purity of the vintage, yet backs it up with plenty of texture and length. Give it a few years and enjoy bottles through 2032. (JD)" (08/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2011 Next of Kyn - No. 5, from one of the most maligned California vintages in recent memory, is quite attractive, if a bit compact. Although very much light to medium in body next to the other wines in this tasting, the 2011 is full of perfume, freshness and bright fruit. If anything, the 2011 still needs time to develop the full breadth of its aromatic complexity. In this tasting, the 2011 is more reticent than it has been in the past. 42% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 16% Mourvèdre, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Touriga Nacional. 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)

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2012 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 6" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) - 2 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)

2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend - 9 available ($374.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2013 Cumulus Vineyard #7 (45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah and the balance Mourvèdre, Touriga Nacional and Roussanne) is a killer wine that delivers the that rare mix of hedonistic and intellectual pleasure thats almost impossible to find outside of this address. Notes of cassis, violet, iris, toasted spices and caramelized cherries all emerge from the glass. Full-bodied, unctuous and decadent, yet seamless and silky, with no weight, it has ultra-fine tannin and a finish that wont quit. This is a tour de force in wine that deserve 3-4 years of bottle age and will keep for another decade or more. I loved the 2013s from Manfred Krankl, and these are reminiscent of the 2010s (as are the 2015s)." (08/2017)

99 points Vinous: "The 2013 Next of Kyn - No. 7 Cumulus Vineyard is a real stunner. Rich, explosive and overwhelmingly beautiful, it takes hold of all the senses and never lets go. Even with all of its power and richness, the 2013 retains striking aromatic lift and energy. I would give it another few years to settle down, but it is superb today. This is an extraordinary wine by any measure. Don't miss it. In 2013, the blend is 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Roussanne, done with 58% whole clusters and aged for 30 months in French oak. (AG)" (09/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cumulus Vineyard #7 is blended of 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Rossanne, using 58% whole clusters. It sports a deep garnet-purple color with a sexy spiced plums, black cherry coulis and blackberry tart-laced nose accented by hints of tea, dried Provence herbs, mocha, spice box and eucalypt. The bold, powerful, outspoken palate delivers concentrated black fruits and savory layers framed by firm yet fine-grained, velvety tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with lingering baking spice and mineral notions. Full and fresh with plenty of spices and wonderful length. Owned and operated by Manfred and Elaine Krankl, Next of Kyn is the entirely separate operation from Sine Qua Non, coming from their 'home' Cumulus Vineyard in Ventura. The Krankls commented that the composition of the 7th (2013) and 8th (2014) releases are coming much closer to the original vision for this vineyard and subsequently the wines. It is quite a singular experience to visit here--there really arent many other vineyards in the vicinity--the impressive results being a true testament to the vision and dedication of this dynamic duo. (LPB) 97+" (09/2017)

2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) - 4 available ($759.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2013 Cumulus Vineyard #7 (45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah and the balance Mourvèdre, Touriga Nacional and Roussanne) is a killer wine that delivers the that rare mix of hedonistic and intellectual pleasure thats almost impossible to find outside of this address. Notes of cassis, violet, iris, toasted spices and caramelized cherries all emerge from the glass. Full-bodied, unctuous and decadent, yet seamless and silky, with no weight, it has ultra-fine tannin and a finish that wont quit. This is a tour de force in wine that deserve 3-4 years of bottle age and will keep for another decade or more. I loved the 2013s from Manfred Krankl, and these are reminiscent of the 2010s (as are the 2015s)." (08/2017)

99 points Vinous: "The 2013 Next of Kyn - No. 7 Cumulus Vineyard is a real stunner. Rich, explosive and overwhelmingly beautiful, it takes hold of all the senses and never lets go. Even with all of its power and richness, the 2013 retains striking aromatic lift and energy. I would give it another few years to settle down, but it is superb today. This is an extraordinary wine by any measure. Don't miss it. In 2013, the blend is 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Roussanne, done with 58% whole clusters and aged for 30 months in French oak. (AG)" (09/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cumulus Vineyard #7 is blended of 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Rossanne, using 58% whole clusters. It sports a deep garnet-purple color with a sexy spiced plums, black cherry coulis and blackberry tart-laced nose accented by hints of tea, dried Provence herbs, mocha, spice box and eucalypt. The bold, powerful, outspoken palate delivers concentrated black fruits and savory layers framed by firm yet fine-grained, velvety tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with lingering baking spice and mineral notions. Full and fresh with plenty of spices and wonderful length. Owned and operated by Manfred and Elaine Krankl, Next of Kyn is the entirely separate operation from Sine Qua Non, coming from their 'home' Cumulus Vineyard in Ventura. The Krankls commented that the composition of the 7th (2013) and 8th (2014) releases are coming much closer to the original vision for this vineyard and subsequently the wines. It is quite a singular experience to visit here--there really arent many other vineyards in the vicinity--the impressive results being a true testament to the vision and dedication of this dynamic duo. (LPB) 97+" (09/2017)

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2009 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($89.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain bursts from the glass with expressive layers of roasted coffee beans, graphite, scorched earth and tar. It is a massive wine, yet shows remarkable balance and harmony from start to finish. Layers of racy black fruit build towards the muscular, virile finish. Simply put, this is a stunning example of Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain. The 2009 Howell Mountain is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot and 2% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029+. (AG)" (12/2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This hits the jackpot. You taste it and are struck by its incredible richness, but then the balance kicks in, making it all the more impressive. It shows intense mountain flavors of blackberry, currant and dark chocolate, which are set into firm tannins. New oak brings delicious layers of vanilla and buttered toast. So good now, you can hardly keep your hands off the cork, but it should develop for many years." (02/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of currant, bitter cherry, espresso and crushed rock, lifted by a violet topnote. Suave and smooth on entry, with a vibrant peppery nuance, then seamless in the middle; less rich and showy than the Mount Veeder bottling--in fact, still quite dry and uncompromising. The tannins are noble but this tight, high-pitched wine has a medicinal reserve that calls for several years of aging. 93+ Points" (05/2012)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Deep, rich and keenly focused on substantial curranty fruit with hints of raspberry and loamy soil to its outreaching aromas, the wine is generous in body weight, supple in texture and displays a fair amount of polish in spite of the ample tannins that firm up its latter going. Much of this wine's personality speaks to size and depth, yet everything about it also is in balance owing to its clear and continuous fruit and its youthful energy." (12/2012)

Wine Spectator: "Offers a firm, tannic mix of dried berry, cedar, crushed rock and savory herb. Intense and best to cellar in order to let the flavors and texture knit. Best from 2014 through 2025. (JL, Web-2012)"

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2013 Roberts + Rogers "Louer Family" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($64.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Louer Family is a blockbuster of power and elegance. Young, exuberant and youthful, with a dense purple color, notes of charcoal and smoke from the barrels interwoven with copious quantities of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. This lavishly rich, full-bodied, multi-dimensional wine is still youthful and coiled tight, but has enormous upside and promise. Give it several more years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20-25 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

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For those of you looking for a big, rich and intense Cabernet, this is your wine! It is a young and powerful Cab but is dominated by its fruit character. The wine glides across the palate and finishes ripe and lush as opposed to harsh and tannic. Napa Cab fans will love this wine!

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2009 Scarecrow "M. Étain" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($199.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Amazingly complex, firm, dense and concentrated, with a vivid, lively, structured mix of dried currant, mineral, cedar, sage and tobacco notes. Fills out nicely on the finish and holds its focus, ending with a satisfyingly chewy, rich bundle of dark berry fruit. (JL)" (04/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon M. Etain is dark, rich, sumptuous and highly expressive. A totally voluptuous wine, the 2009 flows across the palate with layers of dark fruit. Stylistically, the M. Etain is very close to the Scarecrow Cabernet in this vintage, although it has less aromatic complexity and depth. Hints of smoke, tobacco, incense and licorice are layered into the juicy, mid-weight finish. (AG)" (12/2012)

K&L Notes: The 2009 vintage is the second for Scarecrow's M. Étain Cabernet Sauvignon--a second label of sorts--which essentially comes from a slightly less rigorous selection of fruit hand picked from the famous J.J. Cohn Estate in Rutherford. The wine is cleverly named after the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz, 'Étain' being French for "Tin."

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2012 Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($599.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The classic 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon included fruit from the 2-acre, old vine parcel that is nearly 70 years of age. It boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious notes of spring flowers, blackberries, black raspberries and wet rocks. The wines gravelly minerality and spectacular opulence and density make it an instant classic. This massive, full-bodied 2012 should drink beautifully for 15-20+ years. It showed incredibly well last year, and it still reveals the potential to possibly merit a 3-digit score its that special. (RP)" (10/2014)

93-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. An appealing elderflower quality lifts the aromas of blackberry, black cherry, licorice and minerals. Layered, rich and deep, with a chocolatey ripeness as well as a medicinal reserve to its plush flavors of cassis, black raspberry, spices and Rutherford dust. Seriously dense wine with broad, noble tannins. The estate's oldest vines now make up barely 15% of Scarecrow's flagship cuvee, but this wine nonetheless offers great potential. (ST)" (05/2014)

96 points Vinous: "A compelling, exotic beauty, the 2012 Scarecrow impresses for its power and intensity. White flowers, spices and new leather wrap around a core of dark fruit as this imposing, structured Cabernet Sauvignon opens up in the glass. The 2012 needs time in bottle to drop some baby fat and develop more aromatic nuance, but it is absolutely captivating, even today. (AG)" (12/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Smoky, dusty tannins give the earth-laced dark berry, raspberry and floral notes definition, accented by espresso, dark chocolate, licorice and anise hints. The density and richness promise a long life, though this is certainly a delight to drink now. (JL)" (10/2015)

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1997 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($429.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a relatively evolved style for Hillside Select and seemingly more advanced than the older vintages, such as 1995 and 1994. Nevertheless, there is plenty to excite. Its a big wine, dense purple in color with some lightening at the edge, plenty of crème de cassis fruit, lead pencil shavings, sweet vanilla and earth. It is very ripe, full-bodied, opulent and voluptuously textured. This is terrific stuff, hedonistic, showing secondary/tertiary nuances in the aromatics and essentially a full resolution of the tannin. This wine also seems to have come into its own and is clearly at its peak of flavor. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)" (12/2014)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fabulous. Dominated now by oak, from the smoky charry aroma to the sappy, sweet flavor. If you chew on it, you find absolutely brilliant blackberry fruit, ripe and pure. Breathtaking structure, with near perfect creamy tannins and soft but supportive acidity. Gorgeous now in it's flamboyant, fleshy youth, or worth aging-have it your way." (12/2001)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "A bit of dusty spice tags this one as just a wee bit different in the nose, but the wine's deep, curranty fruit, accents of milk chocolate and close-to-plush feel are very much the stuff of its winemaker and provenance. While never abrasive, this year's version comes with an extra measure of fine-grained structural tannins, and the wine will benefit from be buried in the back of the cellar for at least another five years. *Two Stars*" (03/2007)

93 points Vinous: "Healthy saturated dark red. Very deep, musky, alluring aromas of roasted plum, dark cherry, nutty oak, mocha, leather and truffle. A seriously outsized Napa Cabernet with a compellingly plush texture but still with a juicy shape to it. This slightly warm wine can't quite match the 1995 for complexity or energy but it makes for a mouthfilling meal substitute. Slightly dusty tannins reach the incisors. (ST)" (07/2016)

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2002 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($459.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In contrast to the more linear, structured, but massive 2001, the 2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is pure fruit-bomb material, but stunningly proportioned, beautifully pure, with notes of melted chocolate, blackcurrant jam, sweet black cherries, licorice, camphor and charcoal. Very full-bodied, like the 2001, but much more lavishly fruited, it is more accessible and hedonistically, as well as intellectually, satisfying. If the 2001 is the long-distance runner, this comes across more like a middle-distancer. It had performed fabulously well since it was released by the winery, and even though its still an adolescent in terms of its evolution, this wine is a head-turner in wine tastings, and a spectacular effort from Napa. Drink now or drink in 20-25 years. (RP)" (12/2014)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "The impression is of a young, tannicly closed but enormously promising Cabernet. Floods the mouth with dramatic black currant, cherry and chocolate flavors, masses of toasty, caramelized new oak, and a rich, minerally earthiness. For all the power, theres elegance and refinement. *Cellar Selection*" (09/2006)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Very young, rich and extracted, this boasts a dense, powerful presence and tannic core flavors of blackberry, black licorice, cedar, mocha, roasted coffee, loamy earth, vanilla and dried herb. A tour de force of flavor, ending with ripe, muscular tannins. (JL, Web2012)"

95 points Wine & Spirits: "The vines that produced John Shafer's first Cabernet in 1978 now form the core of Hillside Select, from the small knolls surrounding the winery. They grow in a sweet spot of the Stags Leap District, farmed since the mid-eighties by Doug Shafer and winemaker Elias Fernandez; since 1991, they have consistently produced one of the top wines of the Napa Valley. Those vines yielded an intensely structured 2002, posh with supple Cabernet fruit and dark minerality in the tannins. It feels sleek even as the delicious berry flavors burst out of the tannins and last. Extremely young and fresh, this will start to reach peak drinking 10 to 15 years from the vintage." (12/2006)

94 points Vinous: "Good dark red. Perfumed, liqueur-like aromas of black plum, dark berries, licorice and cocoa powder. Dense, thick and very ripe but still a bit youthfully brooding; shows the darkest fruit character to this point in the tasting. This extremely dense, thick, youthfully brooding Cabernet finishes with serious ripe tannins and good medicinal reserve. If the 2001 is claret-like in the context of this bottling, then the 2002 is classic liqueur-like Napa Cabernet, even if it's in a bit of a shell today. Less detailed today than the 2001 but I'd love to try these wines side by side again in six or seven years. (ST) 94+" (07/2016)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "In what has proven to be a sometimes difficult year, Shafer shines once again with this spectacular, immensely extracted Cabernet . Underpinned by a wealth of concentrated cassis-like fruit, shot through with rich, loamy spice and awash in altogether extravagant oak, it is a wine that does not speak in hushed tones but comes with plenty of drama. For all of its very considerable weight and undisguised power, it still shows a fine sense of overall balance, and the evident tannins and heat that emerge in its very long finish are beautifully buffered by its deep and wholly compelling fruit. *Two Stars*" (12/2006)

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2003 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($299.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Solidly in the Hillside Select model, this vigorous young Cab is dramatically ripe and powerful. The flavors of red and black currants, milk chocolate, figs and smoky vanilla erupt in the mouth, making the tastebuds jump with joy. However, there is also the structure, among the greatest in California Cabs. The acidity is fine, but the tannins are stupendously rich, sweet and complex, practically a food group in themselves. *Best of 2008, Cellar Selection*" (03/2008)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 is a singular style of wine, but by no means wimpy or undernourished. The 2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has a dense, purple color, notes of creosote, graphite, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and scorched earth. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and excellent purity, while some rather noticeable tannins kick in on the finish. This wine seems to be moving from adolescence to that early mature stage, where I would expect it to hold for at least another 10-15 or more years. Clearly not one of the superstars in what was a rather astonishing qualitative lineup, but its outrageously good Cabernet Sauvignon, and I expect myself, as well as any of my readers, would drink this 24/7. (RP)" (12/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Big and expressive, with intense notes of dark berry fruit, cedar, crushed rock and loamy earth, gaining depth, velocity and texture. Impressive on the finish, where the flavors taper and weave into the tannins. Best to drink this soon.--2003 California Cabernet blind retrospective (July 2013). Drink now through 2024. (JL, Web Only-2013)"

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Elias Fernandez produces a powerful, 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from the hillside blocks John Shafer planted in the 1970s. The 2003 vintage is about as potent as they come, its austere, mineral structure managing to hold all the richness of tannin and crushed berry fruit. Layers of flavor begin to take shape with air, from chocolate cake to blackberries and a hint of strawberry-a complex impression that lasts. Hillside Select will reward cellaring for ten years or more." (12/2007)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Our highest rated Cabernet Sauvignon of the last ten years, Shafer Hillside Select outpoints the 2003 vintage with a wine that has all the depth, size and focus we have learned to expect. Its outgoing black-cherry fruit scents gain complexity from notes of boysenberry, loam, cola and caramel, and there is not much hidden or brooding about it. Full and fleshy at entry, then plush, viscous yet balanced and full of energy across the palate, the wine has proven that it can age despite its size and forward flavors. It has the tannins to last for ten years or more but will invite drinking in half that time." (12/2007)

Jancis Robinson: "The style -- powerful, ultra-rich and hedonistic -- is not for everyone, yet it agrees with many American palates. Its a fine example of how a big, ripe wine can remain surprisingly balanced for all its opulence. Aromas of forest floor, cedar, cassis and black cherry lead to a palate awash in ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit. Tannins are velvet-soft, yet background toast and brisk acidity keep the wine remarkably fresh. At 14.9 per cent alcohol, there is very little heat. 18/20 points (LM)" (07/2008)

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2004 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($349.99)

100 points Wine Enthusiast: "A perfect score has to be considered in the context of its region. Shafers 2004 Hillside Select is tremendous as a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that competes with its peers at the highest levels. Its always a fabulous wine, but in warm 2004, Shafers amphitheater vineyard sheltered the grapes, ripening them to perfection yet protecting the iron fist in a velvet glove structure that André Tchelistcheff defined as Stags Leap. This 100% Cabernet is tremendous in cassis, black currant and mocha flavors, and the 100% new French oak provides perfect additions of smoke and caramel. Its soft and gorgeous enough to drink now, and should age well in a cool cellar for the next 20 years." (03/2009)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This vintage shocked me when I did my retrospective earlier this year, and the 2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select acquitted itself brilliantly in the vertical of Hillside Selects. It was a hot year, a relatively early harvest and there were worries that the heat had stressed the grapes, and there would be a lack of physiological ripeness and nuance. Those worries have not manifested themselves in this great Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky/purple-colored with notes of blueberry, blackberry, cassis, spring flowers, and a touch of toast, the wine is opulent, voluptuous and full-bodied with sweet tannin, just enough acidity to provide freshness, vibrancy and delineation, and a spectacular finish that goes on 40+ seconds. This is a killer, a showy and flamboyant style of Hillside Select thats already drinking beautifully and should continue to do so for another 15-20 years. (RP)" (12/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Good deep red. Brilliantly pure, animated nose offers scents of redcurrant, spices, cedary cigar box and musky underbrush. Boasts outstanding thickness and depth of flavor and an uncanny balance of sweetness and acidity. At once bone-dry and incredibly plush, with the superconcentrated plum and redcurrant flavors complicated by sexy saline soil tones and a note of dark chocolate. Perhaps most impressive today on the suavely tannic, endless finish. This is wonderfully plush and pliant today but should continue to give great pleasure for at least another ten years. (ST)" (07/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This remains a bold, opulent, fleshy style, with explosive layers of spice, blackberry, cedar and crushed rock, ending with firm, ripe tannins and touches of mocha. Tannins lock in the finish and hold the flavors in place.2004 California Cabernet blind retrospective (August 2014). Drink now through 2026. (JL, Web Only-2014)"

95 points Wine & Spirits: "Hillside Select has come to define Stags Leap District Cabernet; it's a luxury wine that still bears the reality of its place, in this case, a series of small knolls beneath the palisades at Napa Valley's eastern edge. Elias Fernandez coaxes a deliciously ripe wine from those hills, a combination of bright cherry and high-toned florals with bass notes that deepen to the marbled fatty richness of a grilled rib eye. It's dark, succulent and mouthwatering Cabernet, hard to resist." (12/2008)

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2006 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($239.99)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Among the deepest, most complete Cabernets that we have yet encountered from 2006, Shafer's latest tête de cuvee wins high praise for both concentration and keen focus. Its plentiful blackcurrant fruit dovetails perfectly with its equally generous oak, and it flavors build and build en route a long and wonderfully sustained finish. There is great scale and substance about this one, yet the wine manages to avoid being too much, and it will age famously for ten years or more on the strength of its exceptional balance. *Three Stars*" (04/2011)

95 points James Suckling: "Bay leaf, dark fruits, and almonds on the nose. This wine is powerful, with a full body, and with flavors of mineral, mint, and lead pencil. I'm thinking Pauillac but tasting California. A very long finish, but needs some time. Be patient with this and wait until 2014." (04/2011)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "Like the best vintages of Hillside Select, this wine has tremendous structural power that remains almost imperceptible. On the surface, the tannins are pillowy soft, their supple richness surrounding a core of dark fruit. The wine is black but not hyperextractedthe layers of dark chocolate flavor seem to come from the soil rather than from oak." (12/2010)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Young, tannic and juicy, filled with sweet blackberry, cherry and cassis flavors, and well oaked, having been aged in 100% new French barrels. Those are the raw facts. The wine itself shows the pedigree of this fine estate, and will no doubt pick up bottle nuances over the years. *Cellar Selection*" (04/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A slightly more compact version of the great Hillside, but nevertheless youthful, the 2006 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has a dense purple color, some notes of damp earth, cedar wood, forest floor, red and black currants, and toast. Some austere tannins kick in in the finish, but the wine is full-bodied, ripe and rich. An outstanding effort, but not one of the monumental vintages for Hillside Select, it should be drunk over the next 20 years. Shafers Hillside Estate Vineyard consists of 54 acres all on steep, amphitheater-like, rocky outcroppings and knolls. It receives the full benefit of southeasterly sunlight, and enjoys the afternoon breezes that blow up from the San Francisco Bay channel. An unusual geographic feature, this vineyard is basically a box canyon. The top soil is virtually non-existent as the bed roots that go into the white tofu volcanic soil base rarely extend more than 18 inches before hitting bedrock. This no doubt is a significant reason for the intense flavors achieved by the Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and why it is able to spend 32 months in 100% new French oak without a woody taste. (RP)" (12/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, dense and chunky, with chewy, extracted tannins and dark berry, gravelly earth, mocha and anise notes, this seems unevolved. No sign of fading or gaining. Ends with gripping tannins. (JL, Web Only-2016)"

91 points Vinous: "Good dark red. Stubbornly reticent, unevolved nose hints at dark fruits, coffee, tar and sea salt. Extremely backward on the palate, conveying a distinctly medicinal character to its flavors of dark cherry, tar and dried herbs. Savory more than sweet and evolving very slowly. Finishes with substantial tannins and a repeating saline character. (ST) 91+" (07/2016)

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2007 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($399.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the perfect wines from Shafer is the 2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Think it over in the first decade of the 21st century, Shafer scored three perfect scores and two 99s thats about as high a praise as I can give any producer in the world. Opaque purple in color, the 2007 has a stunning nose of sweet crème de cassis, black cherries, licorice, and toasty oak, a multilayered, full-throttle personality, and a texture that builds and builds. Great purity, fabulous fruit intensity and a richness without heaviness characterize this massive, prodigious effort from Shafer. Its still very young, despite this vintage, which seems to be maturing precociously. I dont believe this wine will hit its stride for at least another 5-10 years and drink well for at least 2-3 decades. (RP)" (12/2014)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "In keeping with the voluptuous approachability of the 2007 vintage, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is simply fabulous now for its flood of the ripest, sweetest blackberrries, cherries, cassis and chocolate imaginable. Especially noble is the tannin structure, firm and soft, dry and sweet, a combination of opposites. The depth is vast, and the spicy finish goes on for a long time, suggesting the wines concentration. Simply a joy to drink, it should develop over many years, but you might want to err on the side of youthfulness and open it by 2015." (04/2012)

97 points James Suckling: "This won't be out until next year and will mark 25 years of Hillside Select. Nice aromas of mint, mineral, dark fruits, and delicious currants. Full bodied, with a soft beginning that just builds and builds. This is muscular and toned, very impressive. Save your money to get plenty of this. Thought provoking wine. Don't drink this for four or five years." (04/2011)

95 points Vinous: "Saturated bright ruby. Very deep, dark, almost liqueur-like aromas of cassis, black cherry, cocoa powder and mocha. A huge, chocolatey-ripe wine with an obvious warmth and compelling sweetness to its fine-grained cherry liqueur and dark berry flavors. Big but harmonious tannins spread out to saturate the entire palate on the very long back end. This wine is just now embarking on its plane of peak maturity and will probably remain there for quite some time. Some critics of flamboyantly ripe Napa Cabernets may find this wine a bit extreme (as is the case with numerous other 2007s) yet it manages to retain its balance--and its depth of fruit is extraordinary. (ST)" (05/2017)

94 points Decanter: "The ruby-black, unctuously-textured 2007 Hillside Select is a large-scaled wine, even by the standards of this extravagant cuvée. It bursts from the glass with ripe aromas of kirsch, cassis, blueberries, charcoal and subtle woodsmoke. On the palate the acids are fresh, and the wine's vast volume is nicely balanced out by mid-palate depth. This seems to bear a close kinship to the Rubenesque 2002 vintage, and is a real success in that paradigm. Drinking Window 2017-2025. (WK)" (06/2017)

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

96-97 points James Suckling: "I can't wait to taste this in bottle. Bright fruit, with currants and plums on the nose. A powerful and structured palate, with plenty of tannins and a long flavorful finish. This is precise, a combination of the 2006 and 2007. Barrel sample." (02/2011)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Muscular and tightly wound, yet beautifully focused and proportioned, dense and chewy, delivering rich layers of dried currant, blackberry, spice and licorice flavors. Demands cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2028. *Collectibles* (JL)" (10/2012)

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

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

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2011 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($239.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Extremely minty with dried flowers, dark berries and currants. Full body but refined, with super-integrated tannins. The wood, ripe fruit, tannin and acid balance is beautiful. Wonderful potential here." (10/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Possibly the Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage is Shafers 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Last year I thought it was a strong effort, but its even better now that its been bottled. With an opaque black/purple color and notes of subtle burning charcoal embers, blueberry, blackberry and graphite, the wine has a certain Bordelais minerality, but then the richness of Napa kicks in. Its full-bodied (somewhat unusual for a 2011) with lighter tannins, and no doubt the wine will be on a faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2010, 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, the Shafers and Elias said this was the toughest vintage theyd ever experienced. To be able to produce a compelling wine like this is a testament to their extraordinary skills and craftsmanship. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years. (RP)" (12/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This mighty icon of the Napa Valley shows it can handle a cool vintage with as much power and velvety grace as in any other year, providing plenty of grippy tobacco, leather and cedar atop a tannic backbone and mouthwatering mouthfeel. A 100% varietal wine fromvarious estate-farmed vineyard blocks, it guards its minerality with a steely gaze, rationing out black currant, clove and tobacco in measured waves. (VB) *Cellar Selection*" (06/2016)

94 points Vinous: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is gorgeous today. Sweet, floral and expressive, the 2011 speaks to finesse above all else. The 2011 is lithe and elegant, especially within the context of Hillside Select, yet all the elements are in the right place. Savory and floral notes add an attractive upper register on the close. One of the real highlights of the year, the 2011 continues to get better with time. (AG) 94+" (10/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Openly rich and plush, with a dense core of mocha-laced blackberry, charry oak, subtle spice, hot brick and cedary, earthy notes, this hints at a rustic character and is edgy at points, yet the core intensity persists. Ends with drying tannins. Best from 2017 through 2027. (JL)" (02/2016)

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2006 Sine Qua Non "Raven Series" California Grenache - 2 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)

2008 Sine Qua Non "The Line" California Grenache - 1 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine was just released in April of this year, and is a blend of 87.5% Grenache, 11% Syrah, and 1.5% Viognier, with 21% whole clusters used in the Grenache component. Seventy-eight percent of it came from the 11 Confessions Vineyard and the balance from Bien Nacido and the White Hawk. It is no measly wine at 15.5% alcohol, but it displays extraordinary berry fruit and kirsch notes intermixed with lavender and other floral components. Intense, full-bodied, voluptuously textured, and stunningly pure, with no real noticeable oak (21% new French oak was used, most of it the larger demi-muids), this beauty has put on weight and is showing additional complexity since I first tasted it. (RP)" (08/2011)

97 points Vinous: "The 2008 Grenache The Line explodes onto the palate with a rush of dark fruit, licorice and leather. It is a plush, muscular wine endowed with endless layers of flavor that build towards the multi-dimensional, eternal finish. I especially like the way the wine gains freshness and vibrancy as it sits in the glass. This is a striking, breathtaking wine from Sine Qua Non. The 2008 is a bigger, more powerful wine than its 2009 equivalent. In 2008 the blend is 87.5% Grenache, 11% Syrah and 1.5% Viognier. Roughly 21% of the wine (Grenache only) was fermented with whole clusters. The vineyard sources are 68% Eleven Confessions, 20% Cumulus, 9% Bien Nacido and 3% White Hawk. (AG) 97+" (08/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, rich, complex and layered, offering juicy, racy red currant, raspberry and boysenberry notes, with shades of pepper and spice. Full-bodied, deep and focused, ending with a long, pure, elegant, engaging finish that keeps the fruit front and center. *Collectibles* (JL)" (07/2011)

95 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of crushed blackberries and blueberries with hints of flowers and minerals. Love the fruit aromas. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long finish. Lovely balance of ripe fruit, minerals and flower. So delicious. Long finish. Wonderful wine. Drink now or hold." (10/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet displays aromas of black raspberry, Asian spices, rose oil and lavender, with a bright suggestion of white pepper. Juicy and penetrating red and dark fruit flavors reach every corner of the palate and show very impressive depth and clarity. Rich but energetic on the finish, which repeats the sweet berry and floral notes. Wild stuff and surprisingly approachable already. (JR)" (12/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep ruby. Fragrant, almost floral. Similar to the Turn the Whole Thing Upside Down 2009 but with lovely notes of orange as well as the red fruit; and smells a bit richer. Lots of spice. Quite firm tannins but juicy on the finish. Ripe plums and more leathery with time in the glass. (JH)" (10/2012)

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1990 Spottswoode Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "1990 was the first vintage (4,756 cases produced) and one of the most abundant before the replanting became essential because of phylloxera, and was again made at Robert Pepi. However, the percentage of Cabernet Franc jumped to 10% in the final blend. Mia Klein, who worked with Tony Soter, was part of the winemaking team. This wine performed beautifully, and had that Château Margaux-like finesse, elegance and richness. Beautiful blackcurrant notes, graphite, rose petal and licorice, were all present in this deep ruby/plum-colored wine that came across like a Napa version of a first-growth Médoc. It is medium to full-bodied, with beautiful, integrated tannin, acidity and wood. This should continue to drink well for another 10-15-plus years (RP)." (08/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Still young and firm, this delivers spicy plum and chocolate flavors; it's polished, balanced and intense." (12/1998)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "This is a vintage that confuses...yes, we like it, perhaps better than some other tasters, but supple wines with character go perfectly well with fowl or slow-cooked meats and mellow cheeses. And while it is a mature wine, it is not going to fall apart all that soon." (04/2007)

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1999 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Cask 23" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 9 available ($279.99)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide: "How do you spell controversial? With one of the few split scores ever given by Connoisseurs' Guide. Most tasters loved the power, loved the tightly focused black cherry, slightly dried currant fruit, loved the boldness and the way there is a sense of polish developing in the background, loved the structure that promises to keep the wine going for a couple of decades yet. The dissenting voice questions whether the higher alcohol and the slight bit of stalkiness at the edges will eat into the wine's aging potential. It is still a baby and we are going to wait the better part of the next decade before opening our next bottle." (04/2010)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Restrained for a '99, this wine hides its potential in a youthful cloak of oak and tannin. Cellar this while you're drinking your cult Cabs, and come back to it in 2009. (SH)" (02/2003)

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2004 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Proprietary Red (1.5L) - 1 available ($449.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another great showing for a wine from this vintage, the 2004 La Joie is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The majority of the fruit came from the Alexander Mountain Estate, followed by Knights Valley, Bennett Valley and Chalk Hill. Full-bodied, powerful and concentrated, it is richer than either the 2003 and 2001, and comes closer to the 2002s personality. Sweet notes of caramels, espresso roast, forest floor, camphor, plums, chocolate and blackberries emerge from this full-bodied, unctuously textured, chewy, fleshy 2004. It requires another 3-5 years of bottle age and should keep for two decades or more. (RP)" (04/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Dark, bright, youthful ruby. Ineffable aromas and flavors of dark berries, black cherry, minerals and brown spices. Suave and wonderfully silky, communicating an impression of power with finesse. Like Le Désir, this is not overly sweet but boasts a wonderfully fine-grained texture and outstanding inner-mouth lift. The juicy, very slowly mounting finish features serious but seamless, pliant tannins and outstanding length, with a late suggestion of licorice. (ST)" (06/2015)

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2001 Aldo Conterno "Granbussia" Barolo Riserva - 6 available ($289.99)

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

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

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

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

2007 Cascina Luisin "Leon" Barolo - 2 available ($59.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Thankfully, those qualities come back in with beautiful style in the 2007 Barolo Leon. The wine shows so much definition, all its aromas come into focus with startling detail. Red berries, licorice, mint, white pepper, pressed violets and spice make for a fabulous bouquet that is nothing short of symphonic. That same etched detail is present throughout the mouthfeel. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030. (ML) 96+" (06/2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barolo Leon opens with inky, dark concentration and succulent ripe fruit tones of cherry, prunes and cassis. The bold tannic structure, coupled with zesty acidity and drying mineral tones, suggest this wine has a long evolution ahead. *Cellar Selection*" (09/2011)

2007 Ettore Germano "Lazzarito" Barolo Riserva - 3 available ($139.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Barolo Riserva Lazzarito is a gorgeous wine that does a wonderful job of portraying the bold and powerful side of the Nebbiolo grape. Ever-changing aromas of red fruit, cassis, chopped mint, licorice, cola and smoked cedar give the wine elegance and poise. It shows beautiful fleshiness and roundness that isin line with the best offerings from the 2007 vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028." (06/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Serralunga dAlba. Just mid ruby with a pale orange rim. Sweet and hugely concentrated and just holds back before going over the top. Rich, ripe tactile tannins and just enough acidity. Powerful, ageworthy stuff. 17+/20 points. Drink 2018-2034." (07/2013)

2007 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia" Barbera d'Alba - 6 available ($74.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Barbera dAlba Cascina Francia flows onto the palate with waves of dark red fruit, sweet roses, licorice, flowers, menthol and tar, showing a remarkable combination of ripeness, clarity and detail. Medium in body, the wine offers tons of length and a refined, polished finish. Stylistically, the 2007 recalls the finesse and perfume of the 2004, with perhaps a touch more intensity and depth. Simply, put, this is as majestic a Barbera as readers are likely to find. Hard as it may seem to believe, this wine continues to get better with each passing vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2017. My recent visit to Giacomo Conterno was fascinating, as I had an opportunity to spend several hours tasting through all of the wines in barrel with proprietor Roberto Conterno. The question of succession is always an issue in small, family-run wineries, but this is one example where the younger generation is building on past success by taking things to an entirely new level. I can only imagine how proud Giovanni Conterno would be if he could see (and taste!) the sublime wines that have emerged from this property in recent years...In 2007, Conternos Barbera officially carries the Cascina Francia vineyard designation to differentiate it from a new single-vineyard Barbera from the Cerretta vineyard the estate will release beginning with the 2008 vintage." (10/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright, deep ruby-red. Very ripe but lively aromas of black cherry and violet. Chewy, deep and supersweet, with a texture of liquid velvet to the flavors of cherry, raspberry and chocolate. As ripe as this is, it does not come off as porty. In fact, with its solid acid cut, this really captures the best traits of this vintage for barbera. Very long and suave on the aftertaste. (15+% alcohol, with 6.8 grams of acid and a pH of 3.45, according to Conterno)" (12/2009)

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2007 Paolo Scavino "Bric dël Fiasc" Barolo - 2 available ($89.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Smoke, tar, freshly cut flowers, new leather and licorice are some of the aromas and flavors that emerge from the 2007 Barolo Bric del Fiasc. The 2007 is an opulent, explosive Bric del Fiasc that flows with marvelous density, richness and power. The wine captures all of the best qualities of the year in a remarkably open, harmonious style that is sure to find many admirers. The balance of fruit, aromatics and structure is first-rate. (AG)" (02/2011)

95 points James Suckling: "Wild dark fruits here on the nose with raspberries and blueberries. Fresh flowers like lilacs. Full bodied, with chewy tannins and loads of fruit. Very back ended, with a big finish." (05/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full, deep red. Brooding, medicinal nose shows less floral lift than the Cannubi but very good ripeness. Big and rich but with a subdued sweetness today; a bit lower-toned than the Cannubi. This very backward wine will need a long time in bottle to resolve its major load of tannins. (ST)" (11/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Pale crimson. Intense roasted nose. Sweet grilled nuts and lots of pleasure already. Very appetising. (JR)" (12/2014)

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2010 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino - 2 available ($199.99)

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

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

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

2004 Castello dei Rampolla "Vigna d'Alceo" Toscana - 2 available ($179.99)

98 points Vinous: "The 2004 d'Alceo is off the charts. Freshly cut flowers, mint and dark red berries are all finely knit in a fabric of superb elegance and pure pedigree. It is fascinating to watch the evolution of Vigna d'Alceo from a wine of power to a wine of finesse, and 2004 is the inflection point in that arc. The silkiest and most refined tannins imaginable support an impeccable, layered finish peppered with dark red/black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and savory herbs. Simply put, the 2004 is stunning. (AG)" (12/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator: "*** Collectibles *** Displays gorgeous, focused aromas of blackberry, currant and sandalwood. Full-bodied and tightly wound, with velvety tannins and a long finish of mineral, light fresh rosemary and currant. Solid as a rock. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best after 2011. (JS)" (10/2007)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 DAlceo (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot) is even better. It is deceptively rounder and softer than the Sammarco in its expression of cassis, minerals, licorice and sweet, dark fruit. Despite the lushness of its fruit there is plenty of structure lurking underneath, and it will require significant patience before offering its finest drinking. It is one of the highlights of the vintage. 2014-2026. (AG)" (06/2007)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of blackcurrant, violet, licorice, minerals and oak, along with a whiff of truffle. Enters lively and minerally, then turns broad in the middle palate, displaying terrific density of blackberry and dark cherry flavors. Wonderfully classy and vibrant wine with a seamless texture. The long finish boasts compelling subtle sweetness of fruit. This is consistently one of Italy 's best wines, and the 2004 is one of the top vintages for this bottling in recent memory. (ID)" (08/2010)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The beauty of this wine is in its elegant, restrained character. There are no loose ends or sharp spikes here. Instead, the 85-15 Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot blend is extremely compact and streamlined with beautiful extraction and pretty notes of chocolate, spice, tobacco and bold cherry." (04/2008)

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2012 Clos Saint-Jean "Sanctus Sanctorum" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) - 2 available ($649.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The magical 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sanctus Sanctorum is released only in magnums and comes from a small plot of very old vines in the La Crau lieu-dit. Brought up in demi-muids and medium ruby colored (its always lighter colored than both the Combes des Fous and Deus Ex Machina releases), it has an incredible bouquet of sweet kirsch and blackberry fruits intermixed with huge amounts of garrigue, exotic spices and pepper. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, expansive and broad on the palate, with no hard edges, its a heavenly, singular expression of Grenache that every reader needs to taste at least once in their life! Its still young and has another 15-20 years of life ahead of it." (02/2018)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum is a singular wine and comes from a small plot of ancient Grenache vines that are located on the famed La Crau lieu-dit, on the eastern edge of the appellation, near Vieux Télégraphe. It offers an insane bouquet of cassis, kirsch and black raspberry intermixed with sweet licorice, toasted spice and ground pepper thats to die for. This is followed by a massive, full-bodied, seamless wine that has building tannin, no hard edges and a finish that wont quit. The only problem here is that its almost impossible to get your hands on a bottle (there are roughly 200 magnums to go around). Its certainly in the same ballpark as the 2009 and 2010, and will have two decades of longevity, although it should be firing on all cylinders in 5-6 years. (JD)" (10/2014)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and powerfully rendered, with warm ganache, smoldering tobacco leaf, espresso, fig paste and macerated black currant notes all rolled together, while a licorice root accent bolts the finish down. Displays incredible range and remains thoroughly distinctive. Bottled in magnum format only. Best from 2017 through2034 (JM)" (10/2014)

93-95 points Vinous: "Saturated ruby. Explosive aromas of red fruit preserves, sandalwood, potpourri and cola, with a strong spicy overtone. Offers palate-coating raspberry and cherry compote flavors and suggestions of vanilla, spicecake and floral pastilles. Reaches every corner of the palate, displaying superb clarity and a seamless texture. Finishes sweet, broad and long, with supple tannins and an echo of candied lavender. (JR)" (01/2014)

2003 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée da Capo" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (3L) (damaged capsule) - 1 available ($1,849.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "At present the Capo reveals that extra level of flavor, power, complexity and richness. It is a big wine (16.1% alcohol less than in the 1998, but more than in the 2000 and 2007) boasting a dark plum/garnet color as well as a stunning bouquet of aged beef intermixed with pepper, herbes de Provence, and steak au poivre. This unctuously textured, full-bodied Chateauneuf possesses enormous body, huge flavors and sweet, velvety tannins. Still youthful, it has not yet begun to close down, and I'm not sure it ever will given this unusual vintage. It is a modern day classic that should continue to provide provocative as well as compelling drinking for 20-30+ years. (RP)" (10/2010)

99 points Wine Spectator: "Enormously concentrated, with notes of mushroom demi-glace, licorice, tar and hoisin sauce, but also marvelously textured, with additional layers of raspberry, fig and currant paste--all supported by thick, ripe tannins. The slashing finish leaves you both winded and begging for more. Best from 2008 through 2035. (JM)" (06/2006)

95-97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, dark red. Multidimensional bouquet of kirsch, cassis, red plum, pipe tobacco, grilled meat, licorice pastille and roasted coffee; this has nearly all of the Chateauneuf food groups. Utterly mouthfilling in its richness, with tremendous concentration of red and dark berries, garrigue, bittersweet chocolate and aged beef. Finishes with a velvety lushness, round tannins and palate-staining persistence. A simply remarkable wine: it finished at 16.2% but the alcohol only shows in the wine's unctuous, almost oily palate feel. (JR)" (01/2006)

2007 Domaine Giraud "Grenaches de Pierre" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($199.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the most profound wines in the vintage is unquestionable the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee les Grenache de Pierre, which is 100% Grenache, from sandy soils in the la Crau lieu-dit, raised all in concrete tanks and bottled unfiltered. Its deep ruby color is followed by an incredible bouquet of black cherries, black raspberries, licorice, dried herbs and garrigue. Deep, layered, gorgeously concentrated and ultra-fine, with sweet, ripe tannin and an incredible elegance, drink this sensational juice anytime over the coming 10-15 years. (JD)" (02/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Silky and deceptively ripe, with stylish incense, black tea and raspberry hints up front that turn darker and denser through the finish, where fig paste and graphite notes fill in. The long finish really gains steam as it moves along, letting shiso leaf and mineral notes play out. Very stylish." (08/2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Ripe black raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by sexy floral and incense notes, with hints of baking spices and minerals adding lift. Juicy, sweet and focused, offering vivid red fruit flavors and a strong undercurrent of tangy minerality. Packs serious punch but there's also a pinot-like elegance to this wine that's intriguing. The pliant, lush finish echoes the red fruit and spice notes and refuses to let go of the palate." (02/2010)

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2010 Domaine Grand Veneur "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($219.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A monumental effort meriting a perfect score, the super-rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a 4,000-bottle blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from 55- to 105-year-old vines and was aged for 18 months in small oak. The wine offers majestic blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with kirsch, licorice and subtle Provencal herbs in the background. It is akin to chewing meat in the mouth given its viscosity and thickness. This utterly amazing wine comes close to being over the top, but it pulls back just in time. A massive Chateauneuf du Pape (even for a 2010), it needs 5-6 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 25-30 years. Bravo! (RP)" (10/2012)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I absolutely loved this wine on release (I rated it 98+) and it certainly didnt disappoint on this occasion. Made from a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah that spent 18 months in mostly new barrels, this tour de force gives up killer notes of blackcurrants, scorched earth, wood smoke, cured meats and wild herbs. Deep, rich and concentrated, yet opulent and expansive, its just now starting to round the corner and is at the early stages of maturity. It will keep for another 15+ years." (07/2017)

95 points Vinous: "Opaque purple. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, lavender and vanilla, with a spicy topnote. Fleshy, palate-staining blueberry and cassis flavors are lifted by juicy acidity and pick up a smoky quality with air. Supple and expansive on the endless finish, which strongly echoes the dark fruit and vanilla notes. (JR)" (01/2013)

K&L Notes: Additional commentary from Robert Parker: "Credit Christophe and Sebastian Jaume for making this one of the most impeccably run estates in the Rhone Valley. To reiterate, this is an estate at the top of its game and the wines remain fairly priced as well. The 2010 Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Papes reveal youthful, crisper, more focused styles than their 2009 counterparts. I suspect their pHs are lower, the total acids slightly higher, and the alcohols perhaps .5 to 1% lower across the board." (10/2011) 15% abv.

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2012 Cayuse "Armada Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 3 available ($119.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another longer-term prospect is the 2012 Syrah Armada Vineyard. One of the more burly, structured releases from this estate, it's always poured after the Bionic Frog and is the last Syrah we taste in a vintage. The 2012 gives up lots of iodine, raw meats and floral notes that are balanced by a core of distinct black raspberry fruit, which in most vintages veers more toward the darker, more plummy side of the spectrum. Full-bodied, tight and yet nicely concentrated, with good tannin, it should be at its best from 2018-2028. (JD)" (06/2015)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine displays a broader fruit profile than The Rocks is often known for, with aromas of plum leading to crushed rock, cracked pepper, olive, herbs and smoked meat. The texture is captivating, both elegant in its styling yet rich, commanding attention with floral notes on the finish. (SS)" (09/2015)

94 points Vinous: "(13.6% alcohol): Bright red color. Highly aromatic nose melds red fruits, blueberry, violet, smoke, lavender and caramel, accented by white pepper. Wonderfully sweet and smooth but with a strong mineral underpinning to its flavors of berries, spice box and peat moss. A serious tannic spine currently cuts off the finish, but this youthfully tight wine has terrific aging potential. Lay this one down. (ST)" (11/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Polished, round and open-textured, featuring blackberry and cherry flavors layered with savory overtones of black tea and tar. Picks up a black olive note as the finish lingers easily against refined tannins. (HS)" (08/2016)

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2013 Cayuse "Armada Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 4 available ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a vineyard that has the highest clay content of all the estate vineyards, the 2013 Syrah Armada Vineyard is a classically built Syrah that has lots of northern Rhone-like meaty, gamey notes as well as ample dark fruits, beef blood and savory herb-like aromas and flavors. Possessing a rich, multi-dimensional, layered mouthfeel, fine tannin and notable acidity, give bottles 3-4 years in the cellar and enjoy through 2033. (JD)" (06/2016)

95 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Blueberry, blackberry, huckleberry and a hint of peat moss on the nose, lifted by high notes of licorice and pepper. Extremely youthful and tightly wound but already delivers outstanding fruit intensity and compelling sweetness leavened by strong salinity. More horizontal than vertical in the mouth, finishing wonderfully broad, dense and long, with a whiplash of savory raspberry and spices and a sexy hint of incipient truffle. Like the Pacienca vineyard, which supplies the fruit for Christophe Baron's No Girls wines, these vines are planted to a dense 6-by-4-foot spacing. (ST) 95+" (11/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The lilac, charcuterie, peat, smoke and black and green-olive aromas are tightly wound. The palate is focused, flavorful and energetic, showing depth and intensity while remaining quite light on its feet. (SS)" (12/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Lithe and delicately layered, with expressive bacon fat, blueberry and cracked pepper flavors that glide into a rich finish of refined, stony tannins. Drink now through 2023. (TF)" (04/2017)

2012 Cayuse "Camaspelo" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($119.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot, the 2012 Camaspelo is more refined and elegant than the Lovers release, showing a seamless, elegant profile to go with lots of dark fruits, savory herbs, graphite and hints of flowers. While the nose is terrific, the palate is where this really shines and it's full-bodied, concentrated and ultra-pure, with lots of fine tannin that keep the finish going. It should be at it's best from 2018-2032+. (JD)" (06/2015)

94 points Vinous: "Good dark red. Smoky raspberry and cassis bud on the nose, lifted by an enticing orange zest perfume. Silky and seductive in the mouth, with compelling floral perfume and a suggestion of raw meat to its vibrant, pure berry flavors. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding perfumed length. (ST)" (11/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "There's no other area this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) and Merlot could come from than The Rocks. Wafting aromas of earth, mineral, green leaves and funk accent the variety's dried herb. It's soft in feel with elegant tannins and abundant savory flavors, simultaneously distinctive and delicious. (SPS)" (09/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and expressive, supple and round, with juicy red berry and spice flavors, hinting at sage and floral notes as the finish lingers enticingly. (HS)" (06/2015)

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2013 Cayuse "Camaspelo" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend - 3 available ($109.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leading off the 2013s, the 332-case 2013 Camaspelo is made from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot that was aged all in puncheons. Notes of iron, red and black currants, licorice and lead pencil characteristics emerge from this medium to full-bodied, elegant, complex Bordeaux blend that would pass undetected in a lineup of Pauillacs. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink through 2033. (JD)" (06/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Healthy dark red. Very black aromas of cassis, blackberry, black olive, spices and mint. Densely packed and very sweet, boasting a terrific combination of urgent crushed cassis and black cherry fruit and savory complexity. Not yet hugely complex or particularly floral, but this very intense wine is still a baby. Finishes very long and savory, with youthfully edgy tannins and excellent energy and lift. (ST)" (11/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and expressive, layered with cherry, blackberry, cocoa and floral flavors playing against refined tannins that carry the long finish. Has terrific presence and harmony. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2018 through 2023." (08/2016)

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2014 Cayuse "Camaspelo" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend - 5 available ($119.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Camaspelo is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (there's a splash of Tempranillo). It offers lots of red and chocolate-covered black currants, black cherry, black olive, tobacco and leafy herbs. It shows more fruit with time in the glass, has a full-bodied, ultra-pure, layered style and plenty of fine tannin. Forget bottles for 4-5 years and drink over the following two decades. (JD) 96+" (06/2017)

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2013 Cayuse "God Only Knows" Walla Walla Valley Grenache - 3 available ($129.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Grenache seemed to handle the heat nicely in 2013 and the 2013 Grenache God Only Knows Armada Vineyard offers a gorgeous, rich, almost masculine style (especially when its tasted next to the No Girls Grenache) in its dark fruits, crushed herbs, mineral and leather scented profile. Even showing a touch of game with time in the glass, this beauty has fine tannin, plenty of fruit and a great finish, all suggesting it will drink nicely for another decade.(JD)" (06/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Moderately saturated bright red. The sexy high-toned scents of cherry liqueur, rose petal, flint, olive tapenade, hot rocks and spices reminded me a bit of a warm-year Châteauneuf du Pape, which is a neat trick considering that the latter wine would probably be carrying two degrees more of alcohol. Boasts terrific inner-mouth lift and purity to its broad, seamless flavors of cherry, raspberry, peony, jasmine, orange peel, olive tapenade and spices complicated by smoky, salty minerality. The seriously saline finish shows fine-grained, tongue-dusting tannins and terrific subtle length. One of the most intriguing Grenache bottlings I've tasted to date from the West Coast and likely to merit an even higher score with a few years of bottle aging. No easy sweetness here, but it already offers considerable sex appeal.Washington Syrah fans who havent tasted Christophe Barons Cayuse wines in a while may have memories of some wild, high-octane bottles from the early 2000s. Todays wines are as lush and complex as ever yet rarely hit 14% alcohol, giving them better balance and flavor definition than ever before. Baron credits his biodynamic farming methods with allowing him to produce fruit with better phenolic ripeness at lower levels of potential alcohol. Baron, who is originally from the Champagne region and continues to make wine there, noted that "2012 in Walla Walla is what 2005 was in Burgundy, while 2013 is like 2006." (ST) 93+" (07/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is perfumed with notes of potpourri, red fruit, funk, crushed gravel, ash, olive, orange peel and peat. The palate explodes with fruit and savory flavors that bring a sense of depth but also a sense of elegance and weightlessness. A hyper-extended savory finish kicks it up a notch. (SS)" (12/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Razor-focused but brimming with personality, offering smoky raspberry, black olive and crushed stone notes framed with refined tannins. (TF)" (04/2017)