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Library Wine Department -Featuring Napa's Elite - 01/04/2018 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Our Library Wine Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week are Napa's elite collectibles rated 95 points and above. In this list you’ll find the top selections from Napa's most sought-after estates including: Abreu, Blankiet, Dana Estates, Schrader, Pahlmeyer, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to add to your collection, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2012 Abreu "Las Posadas" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 3 $499.99 View
2004 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $319.99 View
2010 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $399.99 View
2011 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 2 $399.99 View
2009 Abreu Howell Mountain Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $339.99 View
2009 Anderson's Conn Valley "Estate Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $79.99 View
2010 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 98 1 $599.99 View
2009 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah 96 4 $139.99 View
2010 Araujo "Eisele" Napa Valley Syrah 96 5 $159.99 View
2014 Barnett "Rattlesnake Hill" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 95 27 Price: Hidden View
2014 Bevan "Ontogeny" Oakville Proprietary Red 96 1 $119.99 View
2008 Bevan "Ontogeny" Oakville Red Blend 97 2 $139.99 View
2013 Bevan "Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 5 $269.99 View
2012 Bevan "Tin Box" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $299.99 View
2012 Blankiet "Mythicus" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 Price: Hidden View
2006 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 95 1 $159.99 View
2005 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $149.99 View
2002 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot 95 1 $89.99 View
2002 Blankiet "Paradise Hills" Napa Valley Merlot (1.5L) (cracked capsule) 95 1 $179.99 View
2008 Cardinale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $249.99 View
2013 Carlisle "Palisades Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah 95 2 $54.99 View
2014 Carter "Beckstoffer To Kalon - The Grand Daddy" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $189.99 View
2013 Carter "Beckstoffer To Kalon - The Three Kings" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $249.99 View
2014 Carter "Weitz Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $159.99 View
2010 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 7 $324.99 View
2013 Chateau Boswell Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $179.99 View
2013 Cliff Lede "Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $249.99 View
2009 Continuum Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 95 6 $169.99 View
2009 Continuum Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) 95 1 $359.99 View
2011 Continuum Oakville Bordeaux Blend 95 2 $149.99 View
2013 Continuum Oakville Bordeaux Blend 99 1 $219.99 View
2011 Dana Estates "Hershey Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 97 3 Price: Hidden View
2012 Dana Estates "Hershey Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $429.99 View
2010 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $599.99 View
2006 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 95 2 $299.99 View
2012 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $449.99 View
2014 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $230) 98 >36 $199.00 View
2001 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $149.99 View
2012 Hall "Kathryn Hall" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $149.99 View
2013 Hall "Kathryn Hall" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $169.99 View
2006 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 6 $599.99 View
2012 Joseph Phelps "Backus" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 2 $249.99 View
2003 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 96 1 $179.99 View
2009 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $169.99 View
2014 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 >36 $199.99 View
2013 Kapcsandy Family "Grand Vin - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 46 $549.99 View
2013 Kind Cellars "Lampyridae Vineyard" Mount Veeder Syrah 96 1 $69.99 View
2014 Kongsgaard "The Judge" Napa Valley Chardonnay 98 2 $449.99 View
2010 Lail Vineyards "J. Daniel Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $129.99 View
2013 Larkmead "LMV Salon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 1 $159.99 View
2007 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $199.99 View
2009 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 2 $174.99 View
2010 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $189.99 View
2013 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 3 $269.99 View
2014 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 >48 $29.99 View
2005 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 6 $219.99 View
2014 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 100 1 $774.99 View
2013 O'Brien Estate ''Unrestrained Reserve'' Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 2 Price: Hidden View
2014 Odette Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 95 >36 $124.99 View
1980 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red (very high shoulder fill, lightly nicked label) 95 1 $329.99 View
2009 Outpost "True Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 95 3 $179.99 View
2012 Outpost "True Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 96 2 $199.99 View
2009 Ovid Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $329.99 View
1995 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 96 3 $169.99 View
2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot 97 >36 $74.99 View
2001 Paloma Napa Valley Merlot 95 1 $139.99 View
2013 Quintessa Rutherford Bordeaux Blend 98 2 $174.99 View
2013 Realm "Houyi Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $274.99 View
2013 Realm "The Bard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $324.99 View
2014 Realm "The Moonracer" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $359.99 View
2015 Realm "The Tempest" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 2 $139.99 View
2012 Rivers-Marie "Corona Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $119.99 View
2012 Rivers-Marie Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $139.99 View
2007 Robert Foley Napa Valley Claret 98 2 $149.99 View
2013 Roberts + Rogers "Louer Family" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $64.99 View
2012 Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $599.99 View
2014 Schrader ''Old Sparky'' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 98 3 $949.99 View
2015 Schrader "Beckstoffer Georges III" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $329.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras, LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) 97 1 $224.99 View
2001 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $329.99 View
2015 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon, RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $339.99 View
2014 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $299.99 View
2014 Schrader "Colesworthy - Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 100 1 $599.99 View
2011 Schrader "Old Sparky" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 95 1 $679.99 View
1997 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 96 2 $429.99 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
2010 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (chipped vintage seal) 99 1 $449.99 View
2001 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $169.99 View
2002 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 2 $129.99 View
2005 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 3 $99.99 View
2005 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah 95 1 $74.99 View
1997 Turley "Aida" Napa Valley Zinfandel 95 1 Price: Hidden View
2002 Turley "Estate" Napa Valley Petite Syrah 95 1 Price: Hidden View
2006 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah 96 1 $79.99 View
2007 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah 97 1 $99.99 View
2012 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah 100 2 $99.99 View
2005 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel 95 1 $74.99 View
2009 Turley "Library Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah 96 1 $69.99 View
2011 Turley "Library Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah 96 1 $79.99 View
2003 Turley "Tofanelli" Napa Valley Zinfandel 95 1 $54.99 View
2014 Turnbull "Fortuna" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $134.99 View
2013 Turnbull "Leopoldina" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $149.99 View
2013 Turnbull "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $99.99 View
2011 Venge "Family Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 95 6 Price: Hidden View
2004 William Cole "Cuvée Claire" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $129.99 View


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2012 Abreu "Las Posadas" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 3 available ($499.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Las Posadas Proprietary Red is a massive fruit bomb from that high-elevation vineyard. Forest floor, floral notes, lead pencil shavings, licorice, fruitcake, cedar wood and oodles of black fruits soar from the glass and from the palate of this full-bodied, majestic, multi-layered wine. Like most 2012s, it is really strutting its stuff. It is still obviously young, but dramatic and flamboyant. This sensational wine should age effortlessly for 25-30+ years. (RP)" (10/2015)

97 points James Suckling: "So much tar with blackberry and blueberry aromas. Perfumed. Black olive. Forest floor. A fabulous Bordeaux blend with complexity and subtlety. Full-bodied yet polished and refined. Incredible length and finish. Wonderful spice. Hard not to drink now. About 300 cases made. March release." (03/2016)

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2004 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($319.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The youthful dark ruby/purple-colored 2004 Madrona Ranch(500 cases produced) reveals a slight touch of lightening at the edge along with beautiful blueberry, black currant and floral notes. The enticing entry is followed by a medium to full-bodied, lush, opulent, Pomerol-inspired wine (despite the fact it is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc rather than Merlot). There is enough stuffing in this 2004 to hold it for another decade. (RP)" (04/2014)

K&L Notes: Abreu Winery was established by David Abreu of Rutherford, and began releasing wine with the 1987 vintage. Since then, the wines have become highly respected and sought after. The Madrona Ranch offering comes from a vineyard at the base of Spring Mountain, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in Pleasanton loam and Aiken loam.

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

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

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

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2011 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($399.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the back hills of St. Helena, in the direction of Spring Mountain, comes Abreus first single-vineyard offering from vineyards planted in 1982, the Madrona Ranch. This cuvée usually contains at least 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc, ranging from 33% to 45%. Tiny quantities of Petit Verdot and Merlot are also added, depending on how they fared in any given vintage. Last year I mentioned that the 2011 Proprietary Red Madrona Ranch was one of the rare Abreu wines that showed a little herbaceousness, but that has completely aged out. There is now a forest floor intensity to this full-bodied, opaque purple-colored 2011. After spending 26 months in 100% new oak, it exhibits great fruit, concentration and intensity. The fact that Abreu and Grimes do malolactic in their new oak barrels seems to integrate the wood better than at many wineries. It is certainly a key to understanding the wines complexity. It displays lots of Christmas fruitcake, coffee, chocolate and spice box notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and sweet tannin. Drink it over the next 15+ years. (RP)" (10/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Abreu's 2011 Madrona Ranch possesses remarkable textural depth and richness, especially for the year. Rich, layered and super-expressive, the 2011 graces the palate with a compelling interplay of bright fruit, expressive aromatics and lovely breadth. New leather, crushed flowers and mint add nuance on the close. (AG)" (12/2014)

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2009 Abreu Howell Mountain Bordeaux Blend ($339.99)

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

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

2009 Anderson's Conn Valley "Estate Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($79.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve is rich, sumptuous and totally gorgeous. Plums, black currants, blackberries, menthol, licorice and sweet herbs jump from the glass as this intense, full-bodied wine shows off its considerable personality. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly as the 2009 continues to open up over time. This is a gorgeous 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. 96+ Points (AG)" (12/2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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2009 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah - 4 available ($139.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Syrah Eisele Vineyard stands out for its textural elegance and finesse. Dark berries, flowers and mint are some of the many nuances that come together in this silky, totally captivating wine. The 2009 has never been the most varietally expressive Syrah from the Eisele Vineyard, but it is exceptionally polished, sexy and pure. Sweet floral notes add lift and a measure of brightness on the finish. (AG)" (12/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous, very rich and polished, dark and seductive, with blackberry, mocha, spice, mineral and cedar notes. Yet it's the completeness, density and focus that pulls it all together. Ends with fine-grained tannins. *Highly Recommended* (JL)" (02/2013)

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

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium ruby. Tight but nuanced nose hints at cassis, cocoa powder, licorice pastille, spices and gunflint. Dense, rich and savory, with dark berry and chocolate flavors dominating the palate. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and a lingering saline quality. I missed the floral lift that this wine can show in the cooler years. (ST)" (05/2012)

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2010 Araujo "Eisele" Napa Valley Syrah - 5 available ($159.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another standout, the 2010 Syrah Eisele Vineyard is drop-dead gorgeous. A bevy of black olives and plums burst from the glass in an explosive wine loaded with varietal nuance and sheer power. The cooler vintage brought out the best. This is a marvelous, totally compelling wine endowed with massive concentration and depth. The addition of 3% Viognier and a small amount of stems add complexity. Black fruit, tobacco, savory herbs, licorice and menthol are layered into the brooding finish. (AG)" (12/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "The flavors are explosive in this dense, firm and pure version, with expansive roasted game meat, herb, espresso, hot brick, black tea and mocha notes. Ends with dense, chewy tannins that cling. Should be a long-lived wine, best served by a few years of cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2030." (03/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby. Restrained but complex nose hints at musky raspberry, tobacco, Brazil nut, crushed rock, smoke and pepper. Suave, smoky and fine-grained in the mouth, with an enticing sweetness nicely supported by ripe acids. Spreads out to saturate the mouth on the long finish, which features smooth tannins and a firm spine of acidity. I like the influence of the cooler vintage here, as this wine shows more convincing varietal character than in warmer years." (05/2013)

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2014 Barnett "Rattlesnake Hill" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake is their reserve wine and has been called this since 1991, no doubt because of the number of rattlesnakes that populated the property. It is usually their greatest wine, when they declare it. They only made 69 cases in 2014, so this is a tough one to find. The color is opaque ruby/purple and the wine has a few extra gears in it, with plenty of blueberry, cassis, forest floor and white flowers, followed by a full-bodied, beautifully built style of wine. This wine goes on and on it is incredible rich, but with no defects or hard edges. A full-bodied, lush, elegant, yet powerful wine, this is a classic Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20+ years. (RP) 95+" (12/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctive, offering rich blueberry and wild berry notes. The firm, well-integrated tannins let the flavors seep through, leading to an engaging finish that echoes the core fruit. (JL)" (04/2017)

2014 Bevan "Ontogeny" Oakville Proprietary Red ($119.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 700 cases of the 2014 Ontogeny Proprietary Red, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Totally dry, even though there is a wonderful sucrosity to the fruit. The wine has stunning blackberry and cassis notes, spring flowers, supple tannins and a long, multidimensional mouthfeel. It is a sexy beast for sure and best drunk over the next 15 or so years. (RP)" (10/2016)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Ontogeny is bold, racy and opulent, with plenty of up-front dark cherry, jam, mocha, chocolate and sweet spices. Bold, racy and exotic, the 2014 offers tremendous appeal. Once again, Bevan poured the Ontogeny last in my tasting. It certainly did not suffer being tasted after all the big guns, or bigger guns, I should say. Given its price relative to the other wines in the range, Ontogeny is the wine to buy for readers who are looking for alternatives to the more sought after bottlings. This is a terrific introduction to the Bevan wines. (AG)" (12/2016)

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2008 Bevan "Ontogeny" Oakville Red Blend - 2 available ($139.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The stunning 2008 Ontogeny Proprietary Red (a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) boasts an opaque purple color along with notes of kirsch, blueberries, boysenberries, mocha and subtle smoke. Expansive on the palate as well as opulent and fleshy with tremendous fruit, depth and richness, there is some tannin lurking in the background, but it is largely concealed by the luxurious fruit component. Already showy and complex, this stunning red can be drunk over the next decade. One of the major fruit sources for Bevan has been the Showket Vineyard in Napa, which was recently sold to Peter Michael. Although last year I gave superb reviews to two of Bevan Cellars wines, this years extensive portfolio was one of the revelations of my tastings. A small artisanal operation in Santa Rosa run by Russell Bevan and his partner, Victoria Descrescenco, Bevan Cellars has assembled a stunning line-up of wines. I think the tasting notes say it all, but I cant recommend this up-and-coming producers wines highly enough. (RP)" (12/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and generous, with layers of dark berry, mocha, spice and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and concentrated, with a long, persistent, mouthcoating finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2020." (03/2012)

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2013 Bevan "Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 5 available ($269.99)

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

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

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

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2012 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 Blankiet "Mythicus" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available Price: Hidden

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

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

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

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

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2006 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($159.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The real star is the nearly 1,000 case-lot of the Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red. The dense, opaque plum/purple-hued 2006 Paradise Hills Vineyard exhibits a beautiful, sweet bouquet of melted chocolate, burning embers, blackberries, mocha, espresso roast, cassis, and cherries as well as stunning concentration, and formidable, but velvety, beautifully integrated tannins. This wine comes across like a hypothetical blend of California, a great Graves, and something from further north in Bordeaux, such as a Pauillac. Full-bodied and powerful, it requires 2-4 years of cellaring, and should evolve for 20-25+ years. 95+ (RP)" (12/2009)

93 points James Suckling: "Fascinating aromas of dark fruits, souis bois, sweet tobacco and chocolate. Full bodied, with a round and soft tannin structure and lovely chocolate, coffee bean, and spice notes. The finish turns to floral notes of lilacs and violets. Don't touch this until 2014. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot." (02/2011)

93 points Vinous: "Good dark red, but less deep at the core than the 2005. Plum, game, cocoa, mocha, tobacco and a whiff of leather on the nose; less fruity than the 2005. Fat, silky and sweet, conveying an impression of energetic extraction. A very deep, opulent style but with cool hints of mint and pepper too. Finishes with slightly gritty tannins that are not yet ready for prime time. Quite Graves-like and in need of patience. This was the first vintage in which Blankiet's top red wine did not say Cabernet Sauvignon on the label. 93+ (ST)" (05/2015)

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2005 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Proprietary Red Wine Paradise Hills Vineyard (1,200 cases) reveals a chocolatey espresso roast note with mocha, blackberry and cassis, high tannins, but full body, superb concentration, purity, and an almost Graves-like scorched earth character. This wine needs 3-4 years of bottle age, and should last 25-30 years. (RP) 95+" (12/2007)

93 points Vinous: "Deep ruby-red. Distinctly cooler on the nose than the 2004, offering scented aromas of blackberry, violet, bitter chocolate, tobacco and wild herbs, along with a hint of hay and a citrus high note. Surprisingly dense and creamy on entry, then firm acidity and underlying minerality give shape to the rather wild flavors of black fruits, herbs and violet. Can't match the opulence or depth of the 2004 but this initially slightly rigid wine opened nicely with air. Made from a large crop; Michel Rolland was responsible for the final blend. (ST) 93+" (05/2015)

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2002 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot - 1 available ($89.99)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Wonderfully complex, deep aromas of plum, currant, licorice, smoke, dark chocolate and spices. Superconcentrated, round, sweet and creamy, with highly complex flavors of plum, dark chocolate, minerals and leather. This offers breadth and palate coverage rare for Merlot that's not grown on the Pomerol plateau. The rising finish boasts superb breadth and length. A great California Merlot. (ST)" (06/2005)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep, rich 2002 Merlot is not up to the level of the 2003, although it does possess fabulously complex notes of scorched earth, chocolate, espresso roast, and meaty black cherries, currants, and plums. A broodingly backward, concentrated, full-bodied, dense, and super-rich Merlot, it should drink well for 15 or more years. This is an amazing operation on the hillsides overlooking the huge Dominus/Napanook estate. A complex set of caves and a remarkable, nearly surreal chateau grace the property. Winemaker Helen Turley, working with her viticulturalist husband, John Wetlaufer, is fashioning some spectacular wines from these hillsides of volcanic ash and basalt. These are big, structured, potentially long-lived wines that will need some cellar time for those lucky enough to latch onto a few bottles. Everything to date has been aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels for 18-19 months and then bottled unfiltered. (RP)" (12/2005)

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2002 Blankiet "Paradise Hills" Napa Valley Merlot (1.5L) (cracked capsule) - 1 available ($179.99)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Wonderfully complex, deep aromas of plum, currant, licorice, smoke, dark chocolate and spices. Superconcentrated, round, sweet and creamy, with highly complex flavors of plum, dark chocolate, minerals and leather. This offers breadth and palate coverage rare for merlot that's not grown on the Pomerol plateau. The rising finish boasts superb breadth and length. A great California Merlot. (ST)" (06/2005)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep, rich 2002 Merlot is not up to the level of the 2003, although it does possess fabulously complex notes of scorched earth, chocolate, espresso roast, and meaty black cherries, currants, and plums. A broodingly backward, concentrated, full-bodied, dense, and super-rich Merlot, it should drink well for 15 or more years. This is an amazing operation on the hillsides overlooking the huge Dominus/Napanook estate. A complex set of caves and a remarkable, nearly surreal chateau grace the property. Winemaker Helen Turley, working with her viticulturalist husband, John Wetlaufer, is fashioning some spectacular wines from these hillsides of volcanic ash and basalt. These are big, structured, potentially long-lived wines that will need some cellar time for those lucky enough to latch onto a few bottles. Everything to date has been aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels for 18-19 months and then bottled unfiltered. (RP)" (12/2005)

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2008 Cardinale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($249.99)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Another fabulous Cardinale, better than the 2007 but short of the perfect 2006. This is so complete; it tastes like Cabernet on a cloud, light but ethereal, with ripe, polished blackberry and cherry flavors and touches of mocha, spice and cedar. The tannins are a wondersoft and pliantyet gorgeously complex." (08/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Over 1,000 cases of the 2008 Cardinale were made from a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Merlot. Interestingly, the To-Kalon portion is the only fruit source located on the valley floor, which is not surprising given Jess Jacksons propensity to buy, plant and source fruit from high elevation hillside and mountain sites. The 2008 exhibits a dense purple color along with sweet kirsch, unsmoked cigar tobacco, toasty oak and black currant characteristics. The wine hits the palate with a resounding opulence, full-bodied richness, moderate, sweet, well-integrated tannins and a long, heady finish. There is a floral component in the 2008 that was not noticeable in the 2007. This beautiful, full-bodied wine was aged 21 months in 100% new French oak. Slightly more evolved than the 2007, the 2008 should last for 20-25+ years. (RP)" (12/2010)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Strikingly graceful, refined, dense and polished, this presents a tight-knit core of dark berry, black licorice, crushed rock and floral-violet scents, keeping its focus and ending with an amazing finish. Best from 2013 through 2028. (JL)" (11/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot): Bright ruby-red. Restrained but complex aromas of black cherry, cassis, minerals, espresso, Cuban tobacco and sexy oak. Penetrating black- and blueberry fruit flavors are given precision and lift by a strong floral element. Lovely juicy, firmly structured wine that really requires at least five years in bottle to express itself. Not fat but boasts terrific definition and energy, not to mention superb persistence. In the style of the 2007 Cardinale kbut with even more grip. A distinctly adult style. Winemaker Chris Carpenter describes 2008 as a "lighter year," and thus the selection for this wine was 95% from mountain fruit and the other 5% from To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. (ST)" (05/2011)

2013 Carlisle "Palisades Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah ($54.99)

92-95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard, from one of the best Petite sites in Napa Valley, races from the glass with a huge core of dark fruit, smoke, game, tobacco, spices and savory herbs. Mike Officer gave the 2013 35 days on the skins to help soften the formidable tannins that are such a signature of this site. A rich, explosive finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal. (AG)" (01/2015)

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2014 Carter "Beckstoffer To Kalon - The Grand Daddy" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($189.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Sweet tobacco and blueberries with hints of blackcurrant aromas that follow through to a full body. Yet it's not big on the attack. It finishes beautifully with lightly austere tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink in 2020." (05/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kalon The Grand Daddy is a 202-case cuvée from a block in the Beckstoffer Vineyard that is the last that Carter harvests. Black fruits galore, including blackberry, cassis, blueberry, a full-bodied nose with charcoal embers, camphor and subtle smoke, are followed by a gorgeously proportioned full-bodied wine with fabulous purity and flawless integration of acidity, wood and tannin. Drink it over the next 20+ years. (RP)" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Carter's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Grand Daddy is powerful, intense but also light on its feet for such a big wine. Savory herbs, tobacco, menthol, licorice and dried flowers are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. The Grand Daddy is not a big wine by Napa Valley standards. Instead, what comes through is a distinctly silky and understated expression of To Kalon. (AG)" (12/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctive for the melted black licorice, blackberry, anise and cedary road tar flavors, this adds up to a mouthful of plush Cabernet that's rich and persistent, with a long, full finish. Drink now through 2034. (JL)" (11/2017)

K&L Notes: Henry Hossfeld was considered a wild man 20 years ago because he wanted to grow vines on a steep slope of solid rock on the SE Napa hills in an area called Soda Canyon. In order to accomplish this feat, each vine hole was fractured into terraces with a stick of dynamite (!!!) The result is a vineyard resembling a Roman Coliseum (hence the name). Therefore, the Cabernet takes on a very distinct flavor profile: graphite, herbs, mega fruit extraction, powerful tannins, and compelling structure.

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2013 Carter "Beckstoffer To Kalon - The Three Kings" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($249.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Three Kings shows gorgeous blackberry and blueberry fruit, some white floral notes, a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel, fabulous precision, purity and balance, an inky mouthfeel, but nothing heavy or out of balance. This is profound Cabernet Sauvignon from a great, great vintage. Drink it over the next 25-30 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Three Kings is the deepest and most savory of Mark Carter's three Cabernets from To Kalon. Iron, smoke, minerals and a host of ferrous notes are pushed forward, while the fruit sits more in the background. With time in the glass the wine opens up beautifully, revealing layers of nuance and pure textural resonance. Tobacco, cedar, smoke and a host of savory/mineral overtones take on greater prominence as the wine continues to flesh out. This is another super-expressive wine from Mark Carter and Mike Smith. (AG)" (10/2015)

2014 Carter "Weitz Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($159.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Lots of terracotta and red soil highlight the red berries and plums. Full-bodied yet very poised with a dusty tannin texture that gives length and energy. Classic, traditional style. Drink in 2019." (05/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From above the Dalla Valle vineyard in Oakville emerges the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Weitz Vineyard (160 cases). This is a 25-year wine for sure and a rather classic Oakville, with notes of Pauillac-like cedariness, Christmas fruitcake, crème de cassis, licorice and pen ink. It is full-bodied, dense, moderately tannic and for 2014 probably better in 2-3 years time, although certainly has the depth and richness and overall equilibrium to age for 20-25 years. (RP)" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Weitz Vineyard is a powerful, enveloping wine built on serious intensity, ripeness and textural richness. Dark plum, chocolate, espresso and licorice give the wine its bold, radiant personality. The Weitz shows just how magical this sector in the eastern side of Oakville is. (AG)" (12/2016)

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2010 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 7 available ($324.99)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2009 Continuum Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 6 available ($169.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2009 Continuum is still in that part of its life where fruit and texture dominate, while the more aromatic qualities are yet to fully emerge. A rich, explosive wine, the 2009 can be enjoyed young for its exuberance, but the best is yet to come. Personally, I would wait a bit on the 2009. The finish is rich, layered and sumptuous. (AG) 95+" (11/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and understated, making its mark with firm, dense, tightly wound espresso, dried berry, crushed rock and black licorice flavors, with a finish that emphasizes the loamy earthiness. The tannins are firm and well-integrated.(JL)" (09/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby-red. Deep, brooding aromas of cassis, licorice, dark chocolate and warm spices. Sweet and round on entry, then rather powerful in the middle, showing lovely floral lift to its medicinal black fruit flavors. Plenty of mouthfilling texture here but shapely too. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins. Comes across as a bit less sweet and pliant now than the 2008, but this is in a rather brooding phase today and needs time. (ST) 93+" (05/2012)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Proportion and polish are the strengths of this very deep wine, and, although starting out on a note of sweet fruit, it is far more than simply fruity. It smacks of vanilla and cream and shows the classic loamy traits of fine Napa Valley Cabernet, and its highlights of olives and roasted beets lend a distinctive twist all its own. It is supple and silky with bountiful yet mannerly tannins, and its considerable richness comes without sacrifice of refinement. All of its parts are so seamlessly fit that it is bound to tempt early drinking, but it has a long life before it and will age famously. *Two Stars*" (08/2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The 09 Continuum proves the adage that a great winery will produce fine wine even in a compromised vintagesuch as 2009, with its cool conditions and rain during harvest. With dense tannins and a solid core of blackberry and spice flavors, the wine shows lovely complexity, with firm and masculine minerality. Still, its gritty and too young now to enjoy. *Cellar Selection*" (08/2012)

K&L Notes: Continuum is is the next-generation of Mondavis (Tim and Marcia) doing what California's first family of wine does best: innovating and making excellent wine. Continuum is a Left Bank-style Bordeaux blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon from the winery's higher elevation Pritchard Hill estate in Oakville.

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2009 Continuum Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($359.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2009 Continuum is still in that part of its life where fruit and texture dominate, while the more aromatic qualities are yet to fully emerge. A rich, explosive wine, the 2009 can be enjoyed young for its exuberance, but the best is yet to come. Personally, I would wait a bit on the 2009. The finish is rich, layered and sumptuous. (AG)" (11/2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Continuum impresses for its layered, textured personality and impeccable grace. Stylistically, the 2009 isnt quite as rich as the 2008 but is instead more polished and refined. Sweet floral notes add an attractive upper register to the dark fruit, mocha and sweet spice aromas and flavors. The 2009 Continuum is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, 82% of which came from estate-grown fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. (AG)" (12/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and understated, making its mark with firm, dense, tightly wound espresso, dried berry, crushed rock and black licorice flavors, with a finish that emphasizes the loamy earthiness. The tannins are firm and well-integrated. (JL)" (09/2012)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Proportion and polish are the strengths of this very deep wine, and, although starting out on a note of sweet fruit, it is far more than simply fruity. It smacks of vanilla and cream and shows the classic loamy traits of fine Napa Valley Cabernet, and its highlights of olives and roasted beets lend a distinctive twist all its own. It is supple and silky with bountiful yet mannerly tannins, and its considerable richness comes without sacrifice of refinement. All of its parts are so seamlessly fit that it is bound to tempt early drinking, but it has a long life before it and will age famously." (08/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby-red. Deep, brooding aromas of cassis, licorice, dark chocolate and warm spices. Sweet and round on entry, then rather powerful in the middle, showing lovely floral lift to its medicinal black fruit flavors. Plenty of mouthfilling texture here but shapely too. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins. Comes across as a bit less sweet and pliant now than the 2008, but this is in a rather brooding phase today and needs time. (ST)" (05/2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* The 09 Continuum proves the adage that a great winery will produce fine wine even in a compromised vintagesuch as 2009, with its cool conditions and rain during harvest. With dense tannins and a solid core of blackberry and spice flavors, the wine shows lovely complexity, with firm and masculine minerality. Still, its gritty and too young now to enjoy." (08/2012)

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2011 Continuum Oakville Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($149.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2011 Continuum is a dark, brooding beauty. The heavy presence of Petit Verdot, 11% in this vintage, is clearly felt in the wine's somber, intense personality. The 2011 is going to require significant patience. It boasts superb density and pedigree, but it was also bottled just a few months ago, and is a bit unsettled at this stage. The 2011 was made from virtually all estate fruit, with a splash of Petit Verdot from Mount Veeder. 95+." (11/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Cellar Selection**This classic Napa Valley blendthe majority Cabernet Sauvignon, supported by 12% Petit Verdot (quite noticeable in the wine), 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlotis made from grapes grown on volcanic soils. Needing a decant or many years in cellar, it is savory and dusty in coffee and Mediterranean spice, the fruit predominantly blackberry and plum and the tannins supple but not yet smooth. (VB)" (12/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This rich, harmonious, supple-textured wine shows the potential of 2011, with dense dark berry, dried herb, mocha, cedar and tobacco leaf notes. Ends up dry and tannic, with a push of ripe fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. (Insider - 08/2014) (JL)" (10/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another strong effort by Tim Mondavi from this relatively new project on Pritchard Hill, the 2011 Continuums final blend was 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot. Harvested late, between October 17 and November 3, it spent 19 months in 85% new French oak. The wines impressive deep ruby/plum/purple color is followed by notes of blackcurrants, black cherries and spring flowers. Like most 2011s, it has evolved early, but it is a medium to full-bodied beauty that represents one of the most successful wines of the vintage. Drink it now and over the next 12-16 years. (RP)" (10/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(75% cabernet sauvignon 12% petit verdot, 11% cabernet franc and 2% merlot): Full ruby-red. Sexy, slightly liqueur-like aromas of currant, plum syrup, licorice, menthol and iron. Spicy and energetic but with a soft, creamy middle giving the wine considerable early appeal. Not a hugely fleshy or structured cabernet but offers lovely restrained sweetness and inner-mouth aromatic character. Finishes with building, slightly tough mountain tannins that call for four or five years of patience. (ST)" (06/2014)

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2013 Continuum Oakville Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($219.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Impressive purity of fruit and definition with black currant, oyster shell, blueberries and slate. Graphite too. Very complex yet subtle. Full-bodied, very chewy and powerful yet polished and gorgeous. Muscular, well-formed tannins. Electric style. Best ever from here. Drink in 2020." (01/2016)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The blend of the 2013 Proprietary Red Continuum is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot. This was aged in about 80% new French oak for 20 months prior to bottling. In his technical notes he said that 30% of production was declassified. A flawless, potential masterpiece in the making, the dense ruby/purple color, beautiful notes of blueberry, black cherry, graphite and a touch of earth and background smoke are followed by a full-bodied wine with gorgeous integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol. The tannins are present and substantial, but silky and well-integrated. This is a tour de force from Tim Mondavi and his team a masterpiece of power and finesse that, although approachable now, should age gracefully for at least another 25-30 years. (RP) 97+" (12/2016)

97 points Vinous: "Graphite, lavender, sage, cloves and menthol race out of the glass in the 2013 Continuum, a wine that is just as impressive in bottle as it was from barrel. An intensely saline, mineral-drenched wine endowed with serious depth and precision, the 2013 shines with exceptional structural intensity and power, all that despite just having been bottled. In 2013 the Cabernet Franc is way up, which helps give the wine more aromatic top notes as well as greater overall complexity. Simply put, the 2013 is a real knock-out.The bonds of family run deep at Continuum, where Tim and Marcia Mondavi have created a world-class estate in just a few years. Here, high up on the Vaca Mountains, nestled between Ovid and Stagecoach, the Mondavis are making wines of pedigree and class. Tim Mondavi's daughter, Chiara, runs day to day winemaking, but no detail is too small to escape Tim Mondavi's attention. An increasing emphasis on Cabernet Franc, co-fermentations and less new oak are some of the more recent developments at Continuum. The attention to detail is equaled at only a handful of properties across the valley. Since 2012 Continuum is a 100% estate wine, so it is very much early days. Needless to say, it will be fascinating to watch this latest chapter in the Mondavi family history unfold over the coming years and decades. (AG)" (10/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Spicy oak adds suppleness and a hazelnut and sandalwood character to the texture of fine-grained earth and flavors of espresso, savory berry and underbrush. Impressively delicate, balanced and refined. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2017 through 2027. (JL)" (10/2016)

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2011 Dana Estates "Hershey Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

97 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of blackberries, blueberries, mushrooms and violets. Full body with a dense, precise palate and a firm, intense finish. Masculine but formed and polished. This needs at least four or five years to come even more together." (05/2014)

97 points Vinous: "Graphite, crushed rocks, smoke, melted road tar, black fruit and incense explode from the glass in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard. A huge, structured wine, the 2011 boasts stunning depth, power and richness. The intense salinity of the vintage and the trademark Dana intensity of fruit meld together in a Cabernet of true distinction. What a gorgeous wine this is. This is the first vintage to incorporate more than the original first acre of plantings. The first vintages were pure clone 1 Cabernet, while subsequent vintages include See clone fruit as well. The 2011 was fermented in barrel and spent 21 months in oak, 100% new. (AG)" (11/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby color, the darkest of these 2011s. Dark berries, coffee and licorice on the nose, with a sexy animal character adding interest. Less sweet than the Lotus but with noteworthy finesse of texture to the flavors of blue fruits, menthol and dark spices. Very pure and laid-back today, finishing with sneaky length. The tannins seem much more successfully integrated with the wine's fruit than they appeared to be in barrel a year ago. Winemaker Cameron Vawter noted that the 2011s were racked only after the malolactic fermentations and again for the blending. (ST)" (05/2014)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The fruit for the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard was picked on November 2, and it is certainly one of the stars of the vintage, reflecting the success Howell Mountain enjoyed in this vintage. It possesses excellent ripeness along with mulberry, blueberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with hints of wet rock and graphite. Ripe, lush and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, this beauty, because of the precociousness and forward character of the 2011s, is best consumed over the next 10-12 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, powerful expression of dense loamy earth, tobacco, black licorice, mineral and dark berry flavors. This never lets up, framed by persistent, gutsy tannins. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (11/2014)

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

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

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

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

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2006 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($299.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a vineyard situated on the lower hillsides in the St. Helena appellation, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyards dark ruby/purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of crushed rocks, spring flowers, and black currants. The wine exhibits superb intensity, elegance, and richness. This gorgeous 2006 should drink nicely for 15-20 years. (RP)" (12/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby. Slightly liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, melted chocolate, toffee and minerals. Broad, ripe and deep but youthfully austere, with plenty of grip to its blueberry, plum and lightly herbal flavors. Some serious, dusty wood tannins in conjunction with an impression of elevated alcohol give the finish a slightly rustic quality." (06/2010)

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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)

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2014 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $230) ($199.00)

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

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

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from their valley floor site in Yountville, the 2014 Dominus is a rich, concentrated red, especially in 2014. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, it sports a deep ruby/plum color as well as a ripe nose of blackcurrants, unsmoked tobacco, lead pencil, licorice and smoked earth. With a ripe, full-bodied, concentrated style, sweet tannin, and a great finish, it has some similarities to the 1990 and will evolve for three decades or more. Theres 4,300 cases of this beauty." (12/2017)

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

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2001 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 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)

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2012 Hall "Kathryn Hall" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($149.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall is largely sourced from their Sacrashe Vineyard. The color is dense ruby/purple. The wine is very young, and less evolved than many of its peers, but bursting with potential. Lots of blueberry and black raspberry fruit with a hint of mocha and background oak are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, absolutely spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a long-distance runner, although not so much because of the tannic structure, because the fruit seems younger and more primary than some of its siblings. Nevertheless, it is loaded with potential promise, and as Kathryn Hall says so frequently, 'Magic.' This full-bodied, classic Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa should hit its prime in 4-5 years and last at least two decades or more. (RP)" (10/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Pulling from both the Sacrashe and Bergfeld vineyards, as well as other partner sites, this is a tremendously impressive wine, bright in herb, cedar and cassis, with soft, integrated tannins. Concentrated, it maintains elegance despite the full-bodied luxuriousness, finishing in decadent chocolate. Drink now through 2022. (VB)" (05/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of red candy and candied apple fold over to the palate in this elegant, medium-weight style. Shows hints of crushed rock and minerality. Long and clean on the finish. Drink now through 2027. (JL)" (11/2015)

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2013 Hall "Kathryn Hall" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($169.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall from Napa is another blockbuster, exhibiting an opaque bluish purple color, notes of charcoal, graphite, blackberry, chocolate and exotic spices, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long, long finish. Like most 2013s, it is just hinting at its ultimate potential, but this wine is loaded and exciting. Forget it for another 4-5 years and drink it over the following three decades. (RP)" (12/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is made to highlight the vintage and best vineyards, relying heavily on the producers top-end site, Sacrashe. A hugely constructed wine, bold and brawny, it also manages to be soft and velvety, allowing for a greater contribution of savory elements than sweet, from leather to black pepper to Mexican chocolate. It pushes the boundaries on decadence in mysterious ways. (VB)" (02/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Offering aromas of opulent blackberry, plum and currant, this is floral, tightly focused and delivers ample fruit intensity and purity on the palate. Ripe, fine-grained tannins and juicy dark berry details grace the finish. Drink now through 2030. (JL)" (11/2016)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Two Stars* Richness rather than restraint is the watchword here, and the wine definitely inclines to ripeness, but its tilt does nothing to compromise its expression of very deep and unfettered Cabernet fruit. Dense, big in body, fleshy and tannic but still a bit brooding and far from evolved, this one ends with a rush of astringency, yet its abiding fruit steps up at the finish and dispels any concern that it might dry up and become austere as it ages. It has the substance and structure of a wine meant for keeping, and, if five years would seem the minimum wait, we suspect that ten will be better." (04/2016)

92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall is dark, powerful and juicy. Raspberry jam, mocha, new leather and dark spices, along with supple, forward fruit give the Kathryn Hall its soft, succulent personality. This is one of the more approachable, racy 2013 Cabernets readers will come across. Silky tannins add to the wine's finesse and texture. (AG)" (12/2016)

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2006 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 6 available ($599.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Intense aromas of black pepper, blueberry, blackberry, tar, and black licorice. Full bodied, with amazing length and a toned muscular character. This lasts for minutes. Like a world class ballerina. It is held back and beautiful. Please leave this alone until 2015!" (02/2011)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Subdued but pure and vibrant nose offers black raspberry, minerals, licorice and truffle, all lifted by an ineffable perfume that carries through on the palate. Boasts terrific definition and energy; following the group of Bond offerings from '06, this tasted like a wine from another vintage. Very intensely flavored but wonderfully refined wine, with a light touch to its slowly mounting, highly complex flavors of dark fruits, spices, minerals, tobacco and spices. A wine of great finesse, finishing with superb tannins and outstanding lift. This wine has been a knockout from the outset. (ST)" (05/2009)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Harlan Estate has turned out better than I originally predicted. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by classic aromas of creme de cassis, melted licorice, smoked meats, burning embers, and graphite... great balance. A candidate for 'wine of the vintage', this dense, full-bodied effort has 25+ years of life ahead of it. (RP)" (12/2009)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Here's a big, flashy, cult-style wine if ever there was one. It offers masses of blackberries, black currants, coffee, spices and new oak. Vastly rich, it defines the Harlan Estate style, although, in this vintage, perhaps not quite at its highest expression. Nonetheless the wine is fat and unctuous and immediately drinkable, thanks to refined tannins. *Cellar Selection*" (04/2010)

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2012 Joseph Phelps "Backus" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($249.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard has really blossomed over the last year. A glorious, towering Cabernet Sauvignon offers super depth an intensity, with the voluptuous personality of the vintage on full display. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, mocha and espresso all flesh out in the glass. The Backus is not as open nor expressive as the Insignia is today, but it is tremendous in its beauty and overall pedigree. This is a terrific example of contemporary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the last vintage made from the vineyards that were planted in 1975. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points James Suckling: "Lots of blackberry, smoked meat and mahogany aromas. Full body, chewy tannins, mineral and mint. Long and intense finish. Better in 2017." (07/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Cabernet Sauvignon Backus is their single-vineyard wine made on the lower hillsides of the Vaca Mountains at the Oakville crossroads. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus, a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. There are 2,900 cases of this massive wine, which is certainly the most backstrapping, highly extracted, muscular Cabernet in the Phelps portfolio. It is inky bluish purple to the rim, showing notes of underbrush, dusty soil notes and plenty of blackberry and blueberry fruit. An elegant and relatively large production for this vineyard, the 2012 is a beauty and the tannins are surprisingly civilized for such a young Backus. It can be drunk in 3-4 years, but will keep 30 or more. (RP)" (10/2015)

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2003 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($179.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "One of the first, if not the first, of the proprietarily named Napa Bordeaux blends, Phelps Insignia has been one of Californias greatest Cabs for decades. This is their 30th anniversary bottling, and its worthy of the tradition. Ultrarich and smooth, with a mouthfeel thats pure velvet, its fairly thick in tannins now, suggesting cellaring. But its huge in blackberry, dark unsweetened chocolate and spicy plum fruit, and will easily hold for a very long time. *Top 100 of 2007, Cellar Selection*" (03/2007)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 has performed well in recent tasting, showing a dense purple color along with notes of creosote, lavender, flowers, creme de cassis, espresso roast, white chocolate and a hint of oak. Still in a young adolescent stage, it should drink nicely for another 15-20 years. (RP)" (11/2013)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Not surprisingly, this year's Insignia again takes its accustomed place near the head of its class. It is a very deep and involving wine with a genuinely complex interplay of ripe cherries, sweet smoke, subtle herbs and notes of dusty soil running its length. As always, it displays hallmark polish and exemplary balance, yet it is never wanting for richness or strength. It deserves to be set aside for at least four or five years and has a very good shot at improving for a decade or more. *Two Stars*" (12/2006)

92 points Vinous: "Saturated bright ruby-red. Aromas of currant, black cherry, graphite, licorice, sweet butter and bergamot, accented by dried herbs. Juicy, spicy and still a bit youthfully tight but with lovely sweetness to its flavors of black cherry, licorice and flowers. Finishes with big tannins supported by the wine's depth. Less viscous than the 2002. This wine has always been tight but may be starting to turn the corner. (ST) 92+" (04/2016)

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2009 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($169.99)

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

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

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

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

91 points Wine Spectator: "Combines deep, ripe dark berry fruit with crushed rock, cedar and lead pencil notes. A step back in richness and complexity for Insignia, this is built for cellaring. (JL)" (10/2012)

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

Jancis Robinson: "Opaque ruby. Juicy, pure fruit with a luscious berry character. Scented spice from oak is quite apparent, but not overdone. Firm, ripe tannins give firm structure. A very good impression of Bordeaux, from the right bank, perhaps? 17.5/20 points (RH)" (11/2013)

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2014 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($199.99)

97 points James Suckling: "The blackberry, dark-chocolate and walnut aromas are persuasive. Full body, a dense and fruity center palate and beautiful depth and intensity. The tannin texture is exceptional. Great wine. Drink in 2020 and onwards." (05/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc coming from six vineyards and reared for 24 months in 100% new French oak, the 2014 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed blackberries and fresh blackcurrants with touches of cigar box, sandalwood, dried lavender, beef drippings and mocha plus a waft of wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied and incredibly elegant and fine in the mouth, the lively fruit is well structured by grainy tannins and seamless acid, finishing long and earthy. (LPB) 97+" (10/2017)

94-97 points Vinous: "The 2014 Insignia is shaping up to be one of the surprises of the vintage. A rich, explosive Insignia, the 2014 exudes pedigree. A host of dark red cherry, plum and pomegranate notes make a strong first impression. Bright, vibrant aromatics add lift, while beams of salinity contribute to the wine's energetic personality. One of the interesting aspects of the 2014 is that there is no Merlot in the blend. (AG)" (12/2016)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This fine vintage of Insignia combines 87% Cabernet Sauvignon with 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Soft, supple and seamless, it offers rich but balanced cassis and milk chocolate flavors, with supportive and complementary oak. It should do well in the cellar and will be best from 2024-2034. *Best of 2017, Cellar Selection* (VB)" (12/2017)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Insignia has been a remarkably consistent performer over the years and always manages to find a prominent place at the head of the class, and its high standing is affirmed once again with this outstanding version from 2014. This wine is both rich and remarkably refined with a great sense of depth, and its forceful themes of currants and black cherries are framed with beautifully matched creamy oak and deft touches of sweet spice. As with past efforts, it is uncannily potent and polished at one and the same time, and the one small caveat to its enthusiastic endorsement is that, if involving now, it is years away from reaching its full potential and should be hidden away and its manifold charms ignored until reaching its tenth anniversary." (12/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia checks in as 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc and was brought up all in new oak. This beauty comes from six estate vineyards and offers a gorgeous bouquet of black raspberries, cassis, Asian spice and white chocolate. With full-bodied richness, a beautiful, opulent, yet balanced texture, sweet tannin, and a great finish, it's a gorgeous 2014 that's already hard to resist, yet will cruise for two to three decades in the cellar." (12/2017)

95 points Decanter: "No Merlot in this vintage, with a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc. The nose is more subdued than on the Napa Cabernet, although there is abundant toasty oak. It's very rich and tannic, concentrated and taut, but remains youthful and reserved. It needs a good deal of time. Very long, with mocha tones on the finish. Of remarkable quality, given that more than 170,000 bottles were produced. Drinking Window 2020-2045. (SB)"

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2013 Kapcsandy Family "Grand Vin - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($549.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Little can be added to the greatness of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine (600 cases) is truly stunning in its dense, crème de cassis and blackberry-scented nose with a hint of barbecue smoke and forest floor. Tasting like a ripe vintage of Château Latour from Pauillac, the wine has amazing richness and a savory, expansive mouthfeel, but tiptoes across the palate like a ballerina. A wine of magnificent richness and intensity, but vibrancy, purity and overall equilibrium, this is a staggeringly great wine and another tribute to the Kapcsándy familys extraordinary professionalism and meticulous attention to detail in their vineyard.The Kapcsándy Family Winery, with their State Lane Vineyard on the Yountville crossroad, burst on the scene just over ten years ago and now has 20 acres planted, producing just four cuvées. The 2015s saw the earliest harvest ever at the estate, commencing and finishing before the end of September, and producing strikingly rich, intense wines that are open-knit and opulent, with sweet, well-integrated tannin. (RP)" (10/2016)

99 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin opens with the most captivating, exquisite aromatics imaginable. A wine of arresting allure and total sensuality, the 2013 simply has it all. Today, the 2013 is a mere infant, but its personality, pedigree and overall class simply can't be denied. An exotic mélange of lavender, violet, sage, mint and wild flowers are laced into the finish. Kapcsándy moves from strength to strength with these current and upcoming releases. The 2012s continue to blossom in bottle, even though this is the lightest-bodied and most accessible vintage of the 2012-2013-2014 trio here. Things get more serious with the 2013s, wines that confirm the towering presence and profoundness they showed when I first tasted them in Spring 2014. (87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot) (AG)" (10/2015)

2013 Kind Cellars "Lampyridae Vineyard" Mount Veeder Syrah - 1 available ($69.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Syrah Lampyridae Vineyard is a compelling wine. Inky purple, with notes of violets, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, sweet tannin, a touch of toasty oak, and a full-bodied, layered, majestic mouthfeel and finish, this is absolutely outrageous. It should drink well for 25 or more years." (12/2015)

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

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

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

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

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2010 Lail Vineyards "J. Daniel Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($129.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvee is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from two sources, 73% from the Dutch Henry Canyon area in Calistoga and 27% from Vine Hill Ranch in Oakville. This wine spent 19 months in three-fourths new French oak. A sensational effort, it reveals copious notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberries, mulberries, black currants, licorice and charcoal. This beautifully crafted, full-bodied Cabernet possesses impressive delineation and a long finish with moderate tannin as well as decent acidity for vibrancy. Approachable now, it should continue to drink well for at least a quarter of a century. (RP)" (10/2013)

96 points Vinous: "Lail's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon John Daniel Cuvée bursts from the glass with explosive fruit, firm tannins and deeply pitched spice notes. This is another wine endowed with gorgeous balance and tons of personality, but it needs time to settle down. Blueberry jam, cloves, mint and licorice are some of the nuances that flesh out on a rich, saline-infused finish supported by firm, insistent tannins. With time in the glass, the 2010 gets better and better. The 2010 was made from a blend of fruit from Heimark and Vine Hill Ranch. The wine spent 19 months in French oak barrels, 78% new." (12/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full medium ruby. Expressive, slightly high-toned aromas of blueberry, licorice pastille, mocha, coffee, black olive, minerals and crushed rock. Youthfully tight but densely packed and serious, with a piquant vein of peppery acidity enlivening the concentrated flavors of currant, minerals and spices. Finishes with outstanding rising length and a firm spine of acids and harmonious tannins. Lay this one down. I significantly underrated this wine from barrel a year ago, when it came across as greener." (05/2013)

Wine Spectator: "Trim and spicy, offering a graceful mix of dried currant, dark berry, cedar, tobacco leaf, dried herb and crushed rock. Bordeaux-like in restraint and detail. Best from 2014 through 2024. (Web-2013)"

Connoisseurs Guide: "An altogether bigger and brawnier wine that runs headlong to ripeness while giving less attention to keen Cabernet fruit, this bottling gets by on richness more than on precision and fights with imposing astringency that precludes near-term enjoyment. It is a wine of raw strength rather than one of nuance, and its stripes may not change even after the prolonged aging that its gritty tannins demand." (12/2013)

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

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

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

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

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

2007 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($199.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari Reserve is a 1,000-case blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. While it reveals less up-front accessibility than the LMV Salon, it is a textbook Napa Cabernet exhibiting notes of high-class unsmoked cigar tobacco, blackberries, black currants, licorice, and graphite. With superb purity, elegance, density, and precision, as well as full-bodied power, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next 25 years. (RP) 96+" (12/2009)

93 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Pungent scents of blackberry, cassis, minerals and bitter chocolate. A fruit bomb on the palate, showing a lovely restrained sweetness and a plush texture to its cassis, blackberry and licorice flavors. This wine comes across as sweeter than the basic Cabernet Sauvignon bottling, not to mention more pliant today. The purple fruit flavors are complemented by a note of bitter chocolate on the long, suavely tannic finish. Very sexy juice. (ST)" (05/2017)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium ruby. Currant, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose and palate. Lush, sweet and spicy, with excellent breadth; this really spreads out to coat the palate. Compared to the LMV Salon, this shows more mineral and menthol notes on the back end, and yet the tannins are more suave. (ST) 92+" (06/2010)

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2009 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($174.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari is super-refined and polished. There is a pure sensuality and finesse to the Solari in 2009 that is striking. Expressive floral spices and red fruit notes form the layered, totally sublime finish. The 2009 isnt as powerful or structured as the 2010, but then again, that is probably a good thing, as the wine will drink well earlier. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. (AG)" (12/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red. Very pure nose is dominated by kirsch, crushed rock and licorice pastille. Rich and chewy but a bit youthfully unforthcoming, showing a saline quality to the classic cassis, black cherry and mineral cabernet flavors. More deeply fruity than the LMV Salon even if it's more backward today. Finishes with huge, palate-dusting, horizontal tannins and superb persistence, with the gravelly, rocky character repeating on the aftertaste. (ST)" (05/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A handsome, richly flavored bottling that shows an edge of roasted coffee, chicory and ripe berry, with a dense, plush midpalate and finish that's still a bit rough and tumble. But this is a good bet to reward. Drink now through 2020. (JL)" (08/2013)

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2010 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($189.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This is like Mouton 1982 on the nose with lead pencil, blackberry, mint and asphalt. Iodine, iron and blood, too. Toasted oak and coffee. Full body with an incredible depth of fruit and structure to this red. The texture of velvet is compelling and makes you contemplate all great wines. A pinnacle of pure Napa cabernet. Reserved opulence. Please give this at least three to five years to soften with bottle age: Try in 2018." (05/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The compelling 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) boasts an opaque purple color as well as notes of black currants, licorice, graphite and charcoal, sweet black fruits on the entry, and hints of pen ink and toast. The terrific aromatics are followed by a textured, multidimensional wine with a 45-second finish. As the wine sits in the glass, aromas of crushed rock and spice box also emerge. This complex, intriguing effort should drink well for 25+ years. (RP)" (10/2013)

96 points Vinous: "Black fruit, smoke, lavender, graphite, tobacco and incense are some of the many notes that appear in Larkmead's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari. A massive, hulking wine, the 2010 comes across as imposing, with huge tannins and tons of pure density. Here, alongside fifteen other first-class Napa Cabernets, the Solari comes across as a bit rustic in its tannin profile. That may just be the wine's youthful period in which the tannins have yet to fully soften, as the 2010 was a bit more polished from barrel and just after bottling. Time will tell. 96+ Points (AG)" (06/2015)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red. Subtle, slightly suppressed aromas of blueberry, licorice, sage and fresh herbs. Precise and intense but youthfully tight and closed; less opulent than the LMV Salon but serious and powerful. The dark berry, licorice, bitter chocolate and crushed rock flavors come across as distinctly dry and uncompromising today but the wine's big, broad, ripe tannins and finishing energy suggest that it will unfold slowly and gracefully with bottle age. This is 100% cabernet sauvignon and it shows. 93+ Points" (05/2013)

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2013 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($269.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Remarkably elegant and refined for a wine of this size and depth, with tiers of plum, blackberry and currant, as well as subtle touches of black licorice that remain pure and graceful on the long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2028. *Ranked #1 on Top 100 of 2016, Highly Recommended* (JL)" (02/2016)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 05, 2015

Lewis sources their fruit from a variety of vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. This allows them to capture different elements of the valley and combine them into a single expression of Cabernet from Napa. This new release is brimming with black and blueberry fruit with hints of cedar, coffee and vanilla bean flavors. The tannins are firm but integrated. The 2013 is still quite young and will be a good candidate to put away in the cellar for 5-10 years.

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2014 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($29.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley spends 18 months in a combination of 30% new and 70% used French and American barrels. It is another big boy at 15.4% natural alcohol. This wine, which was not yet in bottle, is fabulous, and there are 42,000 cases of it. One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 -- a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, licorice, camphor and graphite. The wine is full-bodied and multilayered on the palate with sensational richness and length. It should drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

91 points James Suckling: "Blueberry cake, eucalyptus, spice box and blackberry compote. Lots of underbrush character on the palate, which is full with chewy tannins, some fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink in 2020." (12/2017)

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 11, 2017

Where's the love I always overlook this Cabernet. Always looking for the new, best, Napa red! We opened this the other day and much to our surprise, we discovered it to be a classic a truly balanced Napa Cabernet! It certainly was more than approachable with the big 2014 fruit up front, alluring blackberry jam, cocoa powder and integrated oak on the nose. It has that great depth which lingers with the richness of black fruit. Why not tempt yourself with that elegant, velvet juciness, melting into polished tannins, with a delightfully long finish. I was so glad to have the opportunity to try this wine! With so many choices out there, I will not overlook this one anymore.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

I have always enjoyed the Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet. Year after year it is possibly be the best value in California Cabernet. The step up in price for the Napa is about double but the quality is way more than that. This is a seriously delicious, rich, dense yet supple Cabernet that surprises the palate with a fleshy, toasty mouthfeel and long, lingering finish. I find the tannins silky and ripe, even with this vintage. I would have no problem enjoying this bottle now with a bit of air.

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

For those who like ripeness without the jamminess, the 2014 Louis Martini Napa Valley is the perfect example of achieving phenolic ripeness without extracted, overwrought fruit. There is full ripeness without sacrificing acidity which allows the dark, purple fruit in this Napa Valley Cab to show through without overpowering and tiring out the palate.

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2005 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($219.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Named after the super-luxury car of the same name, the extraordinary 2005 Materium (614 cases) has more in common with a first-growth like Chateau Margaux than a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with a striking bouquet of blue and black fruits intermingled with acacia flowers, lead pencil shavings, and licorice, excellent fruit, medium to full body, substantial but sweet tannins, and compelling harmony among its acidity, alcohol, tannin, and extract. This sensational 2005 eclipses even the brilliant 2004. It should easily last 25 or more years. (RP)" (12/2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Lovely perfume to the slightly exotic aromas of smoky raspberry, plum and spices. Sweet, dense, chewy and broad, but with firm acidity giving shape and aromatic lift to the berry, spice and floral flavors. Winemaker Thomas Brown noted that it was necessary to let the fruit hang for a long time to get thorough ripeness, even at the risk of picking a few raisins. And yet this retains a juicy quality and displays lovely lingering perfume. (ST)" (06/2008)

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

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Like the 2013, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium is another perfect wine. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 90% new barrels, it offers an extraordinary bouquet of blueberries and cassis fruit thats supported by layers of white chocolate, white flowers, toasty oak, and liquid violets. With a deep, saturated purple color, full-bodied richness, incredible elegance and purity, and masses of ripe tannin that are almost hidden by fruit at this early stage, its a heavenly, powerful yet graceful 2014 to drink over the coming 2-3 decades." (12/2017)

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

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2013 O'Brien Estate ''Unrestrained Reserve'' Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available Price: Hidden

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

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2014 Odette Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ($124.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine has terrific aromatics of graphite, spring flowers, and some blackberry and blueberry fruit. Full-bodied, elegant, but also substantial and long, this is super-impressive, rich wine can be approached now or cellared for 20 or more years. (RP)" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Odette's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is dark, sensual and inviting. Black stone fruit, mocha, black cherry and spice are pushed forward. This is an especially ripe, fruity style for Stags Leap. It would be nice to see a little more character, but hopefully that will come with time. The significant presence of Merlot gives the 2014 its succulent, creamy personality. Although not especially complex, the 2014 is delicious.Odette is an intriguing estate. In 2012, the PlumpJack Group purchased the property and cellar from the Steltzner family. Since then, Odette has worked diligently to redevelop most of the vineyard holdings, but that also means that it will likely be some years before the full potential of this site can be realized. One of the unique aspects of Odette is the presence of a fair amount of blenders. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are all planted here. (AG)" (10/2016)

92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of plums, berries, mushrooms and spices follow through to a full body, soft and round tannins and a savory finish. A juicy and soft-textured red. Screw cap. Drink in 2019." (05/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Supple and harmonious, with a silky texture and pure currant and berry fruit flavors, shaded by anise, cedar and light floral scents that linger on the elegant finish. (JL)" (10/2017)

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1980 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red (very high shoulder fill, lightly nicked label) - 1 available ($329.99)

95 points Vinous: "Black cherries, plums, tobacco, incense, new leather, licorice and savory herbs take shape in the 1980 Opus One. A wine of extraordinary richness and pure power, the 1980 impresses for its depth and size. Absolutely nothing is out of place in this impeccably refined, layered wine. Cinnamon, cloves, menthol, hard candy, tar and licorice all flesh out on the rich, resonant finish. Today, the 1980 is firing on all cylinders. It remains a monument to the greatness of California wine. The growing season was long and cool. A late season heat spike pushed the fruit to ripeness, and the winery struggled to pick everything during what turned out to be a fairly narrow window. Tim Mondavi told me that, today, under similar conditions, the fruit would be picked much later. Back then, the custom was to pick only on sugar ripeness. The 1980 is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc." (06/2013)

Wine Spectator: "Mature, with spicy black cherry and dried cherry accented by anise, herb and cedary notes, finishing complex, with firm tannins." (02/2001)

K&L Notes: Only 4,000 cases of the '80 vintage were made. Compare that to 30,000 in 1996.

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2009 Outpost "True Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($179.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard is a much more opulent wine that in many ways is less typical of Howell Mountain. It is an especially seamless Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with dark fruit, flowers and mint, all of which are supported by insistent veins of minerality. All of the flavors build effortlessly to the muscular, inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. This is a gorgeous set of wines from Frank and Kathy Dotzler. The Outpost wines have very distinct personalities, and stand quite apart from most of what is being made in Napa Valley today, especially when it comes to Grenache, Zinfandel and Petite Syrah. The estate is located on Howell Mountain, in a very distinct microclimate that features a condensed growing season. When I visited in April this year the vines were completely dormant, yet when I returned, in late October, early morning temperatures were easily ten degrees warmer than they were on the valley floor. (AG)" (12/2011)

94 points Vinous: "Saturated medium ruby. Knockout nose melds cassis, truffle, eucalyptus, minerals and an exhilarating hint of white flowers; liqueur-like but not from overripeness. Supple, rich and seamless, with terrific underlying minerality leavening the wine's sweetness and giving it a rather classic mien. The very long finish features suave tannins that coat the teeth without showing any youthful roughness. A superb vintage for this wine, which has been consistently outstanding in recent years. (ST)" (05/2012)

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2012 Outpost "True Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($199.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 375 cases of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 90% new French oak. This cuvée ratchets up the levels of structure and tannin, but shares similar notes of blackberries, blueberries, floral, forest floor and spice. It is a broad-flavored, multidimensional wine built like a skyscraper. However, unlike the regular Cabernet Sauvignon, this offering requires patience because of some significant tannin. Forget it for 4-5 years and drink it over the next two decades." (10/2014)

93-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright ruby. Reticent but vibrant aromas of dark berries, licorice, herbs and minerals. Boasts lovely ripeness and silkiness of texture, but the flavors are a bit subdued today and the wine comes across as less showy than the True Immigrant. But this is ultimately lusher and more concentrated, showing serious weight without any heaviness. The substantial ripe tannins are well supported by the wine's extract. Very impressive potential but this will require at least five or six years of bottle aging. In recent years, Outpost has become one of the elite producers on Howell Mountain" (05/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard has closed down quite a bit since I last tasted it this past spring, which is probably a good thing for its long-term aging. Some of the typical 2012 vintage silkiness and polish is present, but the wine need at least a few years to become fully expressive. Hints of lavender, orange peel and sweet spices add intrigue on the supple, racy finish. This is a strong showing from Outpost. 94+ (AG)" (12/2014)

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2009 Ovid Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($329.99)

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

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

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

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

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

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1995 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 3 available ($169.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pahlmeyer's proprietary red table wine tends to be Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated (usually 80-85%) with small portions of Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The 1995 Proprietary Red Wine may be even better than the 96 point score I bestowed it. It is unquestionably among the top dozen 1995s. The wine boasts an explosive blackberry/blueberry/cassis-scented nose that has completely soaked up all the new oak in which it has been aged for the last 22 months. Purple/black in color, it exhibits fabulously extracted, layered black fruit flavors that coat the palate, offering a seamless texture and voluptuous impression. (RP)" (12/1997)

K&L Notes: The winemaker in the 1995 vintage was Helen Turley.

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2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot ($74.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Blackberries, blueberries, forest floor and hints of Spanish cedar. Full-bodied and tight with firm and silky tannins and long and beautiful focus. Goes on for minutes. Terrific wine. Drink or hold." (01/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Merlot is a blend of 94.5% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. It has a dense purple color, although not as saturated as the 2015 or 2013, with a beautiful fruited nose of blackberry, plum, chocolate, mocha and espresso. The aromatics are killer and then the wine hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied lushness and an expression that says, 'Kiss me!' This is a delicious, front-end loaded, full-bodied Merlot to drink over the next 15 or so years. Pahlmeyer certainly has one of the most consistently superb resumés for the last 30 years that any winery could desire. (RP)" (12/2016)

91 points Vinous: "The 2014 Merlot has developed beautifully over the last year. Sweet tobacco, licorice, leather and dried herbs add attractive aromatic overtones. Dark, pliant and expressive, the Merlot will drink nicely upon release. If opened young, the 2014 needs a bit of air to come into focus. Like a lot of 2014s, the Merlot has shut down quite a bit after bottling.Pahlmeyer's 2014s have closed down significantly after bottling, as is quite common for this vintage. That should not be much of an issue, as the wines won't be released for some time. Vintage 2015 was not kind to Pahlmeyer. Yields were down 50% or more, which means most of the flagship wines will not be bottled. There will be no Savoir Faire Chardonnay, Malbec, Piece de Resistance or Raison d'Etre. (AG)" (09/2016)

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2001 Paloma Napa Valley Merlot - 1 available ($139.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A magnificent Merlot, with gorgeous fruit that's ripe, rich and distinctive. The bounty of complex flavors includes enticing black cherry, currant, blackberry and spice, with a smooth chocolaty aftertaste. *Wine of the Year 2003* (JL)" (12/2003)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A spectacular Merlot from proprietor Jim Richards, Palomas full-bodied 2001 offers up a gorgeous display of black currant and mocha-infused fruit that cuts a large swath across the palate. (RP)" (12/2003)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Captivating nose combines black fruits, violet, brown spices, chocolate and earth. Sweet and creamy but not heavy; a near-confectionery, milk-chocolatey wine with a texture like liquid silk. Finishes sweet and lush, with very ripe tannins and a whiplash of dark berries and milk chocolate. Very sexy Merlot. (ST)" (06/2004)

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2013 Quintessa Rutherford Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($174.99)

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

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

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 04, 2016

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

2013 Realm "Houyi Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($274.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Intense aromas of dried mushrooms, blackberry, acorn, and blue slate. Full-bodied, dense and very silky; very long. So balanced and refined with fantastic fruit. Needs at least three or four years to open but it's a glorious wine. Love it. A new wine from here. Vineyard is on Pritchard Hill. 200 cases." (01/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Houyi Vineyard is another 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this one from Pritchard Hill. Made from clone 337, the wine is again brilliant. Its blueberry and blackberry fruit are obvious, and the wine also shows some violets along with charcoal and some subtle background oak. The fruit is sweet, the tannins velvety, and the wine voluptuous, opulent and approachable now, although it probably won't hit its peak for at least another 4-5 years and keep for 25 or more. (RP)" (12/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Houyi Vineyard emerges from a site on Pritchard Hill formerly known as Chang. Beautifully layered in the glass, with intriguing ferrous, floral and savory notes, laced together effortlessly. The Houyi boasts remarkable textural finesse, unctuousness and exceptional balance. This is a strong debut from a vineyard I am sure we will be hearing more about in the future. Rose petal, cinnamon and sweet red fleshed fruits add lift to the precise, sculpted finish. Above all else, the Houyi speaks to texture, and it does so with great eloquence. (AG)" (10/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Strikingly rich and complex, dense without being weighty and well-centered on a core of earth-laced currant, blackberry, anise and licorice notes, this youngster is deep and persistent, stalling midpalate to gather before ending with a long, layered aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2020 through 2033. (JL)" (11/2016)

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2013 Realm "The Bard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($324.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The perfect 2013 The Bard is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot, coming from four vineyards that Realm uses consistently -- B Weitz, Houyi, Blair and of course, the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane in St. Helena. There are 950 cases of this extraordinary wine, which has it all. Notes of graphite, blackberries, roasted espresso and chocolate are followed by a wine of enormous, massive extraction, richness and intensity, but no hard edges. This seamless work of vinous haute couture is staggeringly rich, very long, but not the least bit heavy or overbearing. This is a killer effort that's already showing enormous complexity but should age effortlessly for 15 or more years. (RP)" (12/2015)

93 points Vinous: "The 2013 The Bard is the most intriguing of the three Realm blends because it has enough freshness and overall energy to balance the more overt elements. Inky blue and purplish fruit, spices, new leather and savory herbs flesh out in a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that is both opulent and also vibrant, with plenty of detail and nuance, not to mention enough underlying tannin to drink well for the better part of the next decade, perhaps longer. Most of this fruit emerges from Blair, a site in Calistoga. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2014 Realm "The Moonracer" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($359.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Realm's estate wine comes from their new home vineyard, where all the renovation is taking place, at the 22-acre Stags Leap estate. Only 400 cases were made in 2014 of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon The Estate-Moonracer, a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot from four separate Cabernet clones. While the wine remains the same, each bottle is completely different, which is rather amazing. This wine shows plenty of floral notes, white chocolate, red and blackcurrants, cedar wood and loamy soil undertones. It is a beauty elegant, yet intense and authoritative. Drink it over the next 20+ years. (RP)" (12/2016)

2015 Realm "The Tempest" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($139.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "With the highest percentage of Merlot (95% Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 The Tempest is made with immediate appeal in mind. And it delivers. This knockout Merlot gives up a huge nose of blueberries, currants, licorice, Asian spices and chocolate. This flows to a full-bodied, gorgeously layered 2015 that has the massive, succulent fruit profile of the vintage, yet stays, pure, elegant and seamless, with building tannin. I dont see any need to hold off, but it will keep for 15-20+ years, easily." (12/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 The Tempest displays a deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully plummy nose, backed up by notions of blueberry compote, bakers chocolate, black soil, sandalwood and Chinese five spice. Rich, curvaceous, full-bodied and velvety, it fills the palate with exotic spices, lifted by a lively acid line and finishing on a lingering menthol note. (LPB) 95+" (10/2017)

2012 Rivers-Marie "Corona Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($119.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The opaque purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Crona Vineyard, from gravelly, stony soils in the western Oakville hills, is the most intense, massive, structured and tannic wine of this group of 2012s. Aged in 75% new oak (250 cases produced), it offers up notes of licorice, graphite, vanillin, baking spices, blueberries and blackberries along with stupendous extract, richness and structure. Drink it over the next 20+ years. Rivers-Marie takes its name from Thomas Rivers Brown, the famous wine consultant, and Genevieve Marie Welsh, who started this operation in 2002. These are the first wines I have tasted from this estate... All these cuvées reflect brilliant winemaking and viticultural work. (RP)" (10/2014)

93 points Vinous: "A deep, exotic wine 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Corona Vineyard boasts magnificent power, texture and intensity. Iron, smoke, blood orange, mint and violets add considerable nuance to a core of black fruit. Layers of pure flavor build to the huge, imposing finish in a broad Cabernet loaded with personality. 93+ points. (Antonio Galloni)" (12/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Combining power with finesse, this chunky, gutsy entry offers rock-laced dark berry flavors. An exciting, supple style that should only become more harmonious. Best from 2017 through 2028. 200 cases made. (JL)" (10/2015)

2012 Rivers-Marie Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($139.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga is a killer effort. Sweet blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit along with notes of vanilla, toast, licorice, incense and spice box emerge from this full-bodied, classic Napa Cabernet. With good acidity, ripe tannin and a broad, savory, multidimensional mouthfeel, this fabulous wine represents 200 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 75% new oak. The finished alcohol is 14.3%. It should drink well for 15-20 years. (RP)" (10/2014)

93 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga emerges from a single block in what is widely considered the best part of the Larkmead estate. Dark black fruit, graphite, game, smoke and pencil shavings wrap around a core of dark fruit in a powerful, explosive Cabernet built on intensity and inner sweetness, although time in the glass brings out the wine's more seductive qualities. This broad, ample Cabernet Sauvignon should drink beautifully for a number of years. This is a strong debut vintage for the Calistoga Cabernet. (AG)" (12/2014)

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2007 Robert Foley Napa Valley Claret - 2 available ($149.99)

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

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

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

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

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2013 Roberts + Rogers "Louer Family" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 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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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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2014 Schrader ''Old Sparky'' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 3 available ($949.99)

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

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

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

2015 Schrader "Beckstoffer Georges III" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($329.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard, the very deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon GIII bursts forth with an outrageously spicy nose of Chinese five spice and aniseed with a core of crème de cassis, blueberry pie, menthol and chocolate box plus a waft of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, rich, ripe and decadent on the palate, it fills the mouth with exotic spice layers and warm black fruits, framed by velvety tannins and great freshness, finishing with epic persistence. 318 cases produced. (LPB)" (12/2017)

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

2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras, LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (torn label) - 1 available ($224.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of hot stone, iodine, black currants and blackberries. Full body, super polished tannins that highlight the dark fruits, plus white pepper, salt and fruit character. Precise and focused. Better in 2020." (05/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Lpv comes from clone 337. This is a rather earthy style for a Schrader wine, with less drama and flamboyance, but great fruit, a more meaty, dusty style with underbrush as well as blackcurrants, with spicy oak. Its dense, full-bodied and promises to age nicely for 20 more years. (RP)" (10/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a powerful, extracted, high-torque core of zesty blackberry, wild berry, anise, licorice and crushed rock flavors. Sails a steady course once underway, ending where it starts, with a dense mix of complex earth and berry notes. Best from 2020 through 2033. 650 cases made. (JL)" (11/2016)

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2001 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($329.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In fact, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS tastes more like a 3-4 year old wine than one that has a decade of aging. Still tightly constructed, it offers notes of spring flowers, blueberries, black currants, lead pencil shavings and pen ink. This full-bodied, deep, concentrated, stunning, intense, rich, full-throttle 2001 is also wonderfully pure and elegant with outstanding balance. Give it another 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the next 25 years. Both of these wines performed even better than they did when I tasted them from bottle eight years ago. 96+ (RP)" (06/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Aging beautifully, this is pure, ripe, rich, complex and layered, with an even mix of ripe currant, blackberry, melted chocolate, road tar and licorice. Full-bodied, intense and persistent, firming yet ending with a rich, juicy finish. (Web-2011, JL)"

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby to the rim. A fruit essence on the nose: crushed blackberry and cassis complicated by tar and coffee. A highly concentrated fruit bomb, with smooth, bright berry flavors of uncanny sweetness. Very deep cabernet with excellent structure and persistence. (ST)" (06/2004)

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2015 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon, RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($339.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "All from clone 337 and from three different blocks in the To Kolan Vineyard in Oakville, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS is one of the larger production cuvee they make and theres just over 1,000 cases in 2015. Crème de cassis, iodine, flowers, huge spice, and loads of dried herbs all emerge from this thrilling effort that has the full-bodied opulence of the vintage front and center. Despite its massive about of fruit, it stays light and graceful and is an undeniably sexy wine to drink over the coming two decades." (12/2017)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, blocks B1, B2 and E2 planted to clone 337, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS has a very deep purple-black color and is a little reticent to begin, offering glimpses at crushed black berries, black cherries and black currants with touches of cedar chest, pencil lead, dark chocolate and dusty earth with a waft of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied and tautly structured with rock-solid, firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting the muscular fruit, it finishes on a lingering earthy note. Forget this one over the next 4-5 years, and drink it over the next 25+. 1,096 cases produced. (LPB) 98+" (12/2017)

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2014 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($299.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Seductive aromas of crushed berries, wet earth, leaves, mushrooms and violets. Wow. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a super depth of fruit and intensity. Shows power with finesse. This needs three to four years before it will show its true greatness." (12/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is clone 4 from the To Kalon vineyard is aged in 75% new Darnajou and 25% new Taransaud. This is a fruit-forward, opaque purple wine, like its siblings, with notes of creosote, licorice, charcoal, blackcurrants and blackberries. It is full-bodied, but round and succulent. It ended up at 14.5% natural alcohol. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A bold, rich, assertive style that packs in lots of flavor, from spicy oak to mocha and espresso notes, all of which bolster the core of dark berry, licorice, vanilla bean and spice. Ends with full-blown, integrated tannins. Best from 2020 through 2034. (JL)" (11/2017)

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

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

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

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Slightly less impressive, but still a brilliant wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Colesworthy comes across as more backward and closed with a Graves-like minerality. This also hails from the Las Piedras Vineyard and was aged 20 months in 100% new Darnajou. This was the most reserved of all of the 2014s from Schrader, will probably benefit from several years of bottle age, and keep for 15 or more years. (RP)" (10/2016)

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2011 Schrader "Old Sparky" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($679.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Old Sparky reveals lots of cassis, spring flower, graphite and spice characteristics along with good minerality. Medium to full-bodied and strikingly rich, it, too, is a great success for the vintage. It should drink well for 15 or more years. (RP)" (10/2013)

K&L Notes: Working with exceptional winemaker Thomas Brown and the renowned To Kalon vineyard, Schrader Cellars releases a series of varying clonal and barrel selections. The "Sparky" is a blend of the vineyards' Cab clones 4, 6 and 337, and was aged for 20 in rare Darnajou French oak barrels.

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

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

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

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

94 points James Suckling: "A big and rich red with black currant and blueberry and chocolate. Full and vast. A more typical Napa cab of the period. Drink or hold." (12/2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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2002 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($129.99)

96 points Robert Parker: "The extraordinary, inky/purple-colored 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard offers a marvelous perfume of espresso roast intermixed with explosive quantities of blackberries, cassis, licorice, and Chinese black tea aromas. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, with awesome opulence, a voluptuous, silky texture, and layers of fruit and concentration. The finish goes on for close to a minute. Drink this beauty over the next 12-15 years." (02/05) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, rich and concentrated, with intense layers of mocha, currant, espresso bean and exotic spices, this full-throttle, high-extract Cabernet gushes with mouthcoating flavors and finishes with an intense band of oak and Cabernet. Best from 2007 through 2013. 396 cases made." (11/05)

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2005 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($99.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More backward, but still accessible is the inky/purple-colored 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard. A sensational perfume of melted licorice, black currants, smoked meats, underbrush, and toasty oak are followed by blackberry liqueur-like flavors. This is a powerful, full-throttle, concentrated Cabernet to consume over the next 15+ years. (RP)" (12/2007)

92 points Wine Spectator: "The initial whiff of new leather and toasty oak is appealing, though this is a bit tight on the palate, taking time for the zesty wild berry, currant and black cherry flavors to unfold, ending with a flash of black licorice." (10/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium-deep ruby. Blackberry and licorice on the nose. Lush, superripe and concentrated, with a port-like quality to the dark berry and licorice flavors. This fat cabernet boasts serious sweetness in the middle palate and the tannins are sweet too. (ST)" (06/2008)

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2005 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah - 1 available ($74.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "95+ points. Not surprisingly, Switchback Ridge has made a bevy of amazing Petite Sirahs, and the 2005 Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard possesses off the charts richness as well as a full-bodied style offering notes of espresso, ground pepper, blackberries, camphor, and incense. It is an exotic, full-bodied, enormously concentrated wine to drink over the next two decades." (12/2007)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Superrich, powerful and almost syrupy, edging toward prune. Very deep and concentrated, with plush layers of plum, wild berry, cassis and a minerally, earthy aftertaste." (03/2008)

1997 Turley "Aida" Napa Valley Zinfandel - 1 available Price: Hidden

93-95 points Robert Parker: "The 1997 Zinfandel Aida Vineyard (from 30-year old vines; 16.8% alcohol) is once again the Chateauneuf du Pape of northern California. This wine boasts an herbes de Provence, garrigue, peppery, black raspberry-scented, exotic nose that is eerily similar to a top-class Chateauneuf. The color is a saturated dark ruby/purple, and the wine unleashes its full power with layers of roasted meats, pepper, and jammy fruit flavors. This stunning Zinfandel will overload most tasters' olfactory sensors. Moreover, it should drink well for 7-8 years." (06/99) 90 pointts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby color. Syrupy blackberry, black cherry and gunflint aromas reminded me of grenache. Big, thick and superripe; slightly roasted Chateauneuf du Pape-like flavors betray some heat. But very concentrated." (May/June 99)

2002 Turley "Estate" Napa Valley Petite Syrah - 1 available Price: Hidden

92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 250 cases of the 2002 Petite Syrah Estate (14% alcohol). Made from cuttings taken from the Hayne Vineyard, this fabulous effort is one of the finest examples of this varietal I have recently tasted. Inky/blue/black/purple-colored to the rim, with a stunning bouquet of creosote, melted licorice, celestial black fruits, espresso roast, and white chocolate, this enormously-endowed wine possesses surprisingly ripe tannin. As it sits in the glass, violet and acacia flower-like scents also emerge. It has huge structure, but is oh, so backward. Do not touch a bottle for 8-9 years unless you want to do a roto rooter job on your upper GI tract. Fabulous! Anticipated maturity: 2011-2030+. (RP)" (12/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated bright ruby. Captivating, complex nose combines blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice and violet. Dense but clenched today, with an almost gritty, peppery quality that calls out for several years of patience. But this very tightly wound wine is also sharply delineated, intensely flavored and very persistent on the palate. May ultimately merit a higher score. This is clearly an excellent site for this variety." (06/2004)

K&L Notes: 92-95 points Robert Parker: "There are 250 cases of the 2002 Petite Syrah Estate (14% alcohol). Made from cuttings taken from the Hayne Vineyard, this fabulous effort is one of the finest examples of this varietal I have recently tasted. Inky/blue/black/purple-colored to the rim, with a stunning bouquet of creosote, melted licorice, celestial black fruits, espresso roast, and white chocolate, this enormously-endowed wine possesses surprisingly ripe tannin. As it sits in the glass, violet and acacia flower-like scents also emerge. It has huge structure, but is oh, so backward. Do not touch a bottle for 8-9 years unless you want to do a roto rooter job on your upper GI tract. Fabulous! Anticipated maturity: 2011-2030+." (12/03) 90(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated bright ruby. Captivating, complex nose combines blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice and violet. Dense but clenched today, with an almost gritty, peppery quality that calls out for several years of patience. But this very tightly wound wine is also sharply delineated, intensely flavored and very persistent on the palate. May ultimately merit a higher score. This is clearly an excellent site for this variety." (May/June 04)

2006 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah - 1 available ($79.99)

93-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Never disappointing, and usually one of the finest Petite Syrahs made in California, the 2006 Petite Sirah Hayne Vineyard once again hits on all cylinders. A blockbuster Petite Sirah, inky purple in color with a glorious nose of charcoal, black raspberry, blueberry, creme de cassis, licorice, and crushed rocks, it is very full-bodied, powerful, with sweet tannin, decent acidity, and a 45+-second finish. This is an infantile wine that will benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and last 25-30+ years. (RP)" (12/2007)

93 points Vinous: "Deep ruby to the rim. Very fresh aromas of medicinal blackberry, game and flowers, complicated by iron and a spicy high note. Then pliant and light on its feet, offering superb definition and lift to the flavors of dark berries, lavender and orange zest. Very sexy wine, with enough mid-palate stuffing to support its substantial youthfully tight tannins. The highest in acidity (7 grams) and lowest in pH (3.41) of the last dozen or so vintages, but then these wines normally fall in a rather narrow range. Should reward several more years of cellaring. (ST) 93+" (05/2015)

Wine & Spirits: "No one in California in recent years has been puzzling over the mysteries of Petite Sirah more than Tegan Passalacqua, who has been making wine with Turley Wine Cellars since 2003. While the winery is renowned for its Zins, Petite Sirah at Turley is treated with similar attention and respectthey make five, more than any other winery in the state....A well-farmed vineyard site, or a balanced vineyard of older vines, will contribute significantly to the inherent character of the fruit. Passalacqua has access to some of the most heralded sites in the Napa Valley, of which two vineyardsHayne and Libraryare practically legendary. (PC)"

Wine Spectator: "Fragrant, with violet, pretty plum jam, cassis and high-toned red fruit and wild berry flavors that have an air of sophistication with their medium body and smooth finish. (MW)" (07/2009)

K&L Notes: Turley labels their Petite from the Hayne Vineyard "Petite Syrah." Provenance note from the winery: "The Hayne Petite Syrah was planted in 1953 by Audi Hayne while he was home from college visiting his grandfather. All head-trained, dry-farmed and organic, this Petite Syrah is one of the most unique wines in California. Powerful and inky in its youth, the wine becomes more feminine and refined with age, and will outlive us all."

2007 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah - 1 available ($99.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A colossal Petite Syrah is the 2007 Hayne Vineyard. Its opaque purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of graphite, blackberries, blueberries, licorice, camphor, and crushed rocks. It is enormously endowed and extremely powerful, with teeth-staining extract, and an amazing finish that lasts nearly a minute. This is truly great Petite Syrah, but purchasers should be prepared to cellar it for 8-10 years, and watch it unfold brilliantly over the following 25-30. (RP)" (12/2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(15.5% alcohol, the highest of any of these vintages): Saturated ruby to the rim. Superripe aromas of kirsch, blackberry and German chocolate cake; here one smells the tannins. Densely packed, thick and sweet, boasting uncanny richness and power, but also a seamless texture, to its dark berry and violet flavors. Verges on warm but has the sheer density and sweetness of fruit to maintain its balance. This should go on for another two decades. (ST)" (05/2015)

K&L Notes: Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. By focusing on old vine vineyards in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. All of the vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and they use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.

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2012 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah - 2 available ($99.99)

96-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Flirting with perfection, the 2012 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard and 2012 Petite Syrah Pesenti Vineyard both have off-the-charts richness as well as opaque black/blue colors, enormously concentrated red, blue and black fruits intermixed with camphor and creosote notes. The Pesenti also reveals a chalky minerality that no doubt is from the limestone soils of that region. They can be drunk for their impressive scale, richness, texture and power in their youth, but they will not exhibit much secondary development for at least a decade. They will still be offering provocative and prodigious drinking 30 to 40 years from now. (RP)" (12/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(14.3% alcohol; spent more than 45 days on its skins, according to winemaker Tegan Passalacqua): Saturated ruby to the rim. Complex aromas of citrus peel, dark chocolate and eucalyptus, with fruit in the background in the early going. Hugely rich, layered and deep, with dense, sweet, palate-saturating flavors of dark berries, menthol and dark chocolate. At once broad and energetic, this very powerful, lush wine finishes with thoroughly ripe tannins and outstanding length. This bottle was much fresher than a sample I tasted a year ago shortly after the bottling. (ST)" (05/2015)

94 points Vinous: "Turley's 2012 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard needs a lot of air to open up. It is also likely to require a considerable amount of time to fully come together in bottle. Today the tannins are imposing, even within the context of this site and wine. Raspberry jam, wild flowers, pomegranate and exotic spices add the final layers of nuance, but it is pretty clear the 2012 is showing just the barest essence of its true potential. 94+ (AG)" (12/2014)

K&L Notes: Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. By focusing on old vine vineyards in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. All of the vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and they use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.

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2005 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel - 1 available ($74.99)

93-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby. Very sexy but youthfully reticent aromas of peppery red fruits. Creamy-sweet but bright, with firm acids giving vinosity and lift to the crunchy red cherry and pepper flavors. A bit disturbed in its current form yet stylish, with a fine-grained texture and firm tannic spine. Should be a knockout. (ST)" (06/2007)

89-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While potentially outstanding, the soft 2005 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard is not as concentrated as past vintages have been. Blackberry, raspberry, and cherry fruit cascade from the glass of this full-bodied, pure, rich, medium to full-bodied Zin. (RP)" (12/2006)

Wine Spectator: "Offers lots of sweet and tart fruit, ranging from plum to rhubarb, with flavors that are nicely complex and focused. Has lots of savory and licorice notes, and the finish turns a bit rustic. (TF)" (04/2008)

K&L Notes: The Hayne vineyard, on the west side of St. Helena, has Zinfandel vines that are over 100 years old. These vines are head-trained and dry-farmed, and produce low yields of powerful, intense fruit. Like many Zinfandels from older sites, this wine will age slowly and gracefully.

2009 Turley "Library Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah - 1 available ($69.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It was difficult to chose a favorite although the 2009 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge, Hayne Vineyard and Library Vineyard are the three greatest in terms of concentration, depth and potential complexity. As I have said so many times, Petite Sirah is by far the most underrated varietal in California, so it is reassuring to see how many producers continue to make remarkable wines with around 13-14% alcohol as well as 20-40+ years of aging potential. (RP)" (12/2010)

2011 Turley "Library Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah ($79.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Turleys 2011 Petite Syrah Library Vineyard proves why this great site simply must not be abandoned. A magnificent wine, the 2011 Library boasts stunning depth and purity. The balance of fruit and tannin, so hard to get right with Petite Syrah, is on the money. Although still an infant, the 2011 is immensely promising. I cant wait to taste it again next year. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. (AG)" (12/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from a vineyard originally planted in the 1890s; a field blend of 14 red and 12 white varieties, including a good amount of muscadelle): Very bright deep ruby. Bright nose dominated by strawberry and licorice. Expressive and powerful, with chewy, slightly exotic black fruit, strawberry and spice flavors complicated by a sexy stone fruit element (the white grapes comprise 10% to 15% of the blend, according to winemaker Passalacqua). Hugely tannic and primary, but with captivating, almost muscaty perfume. Really one of a kind." (05/2013)

93 points Vinous: "An exotic, beguiling beauty, the 2011 Petite Syrah Library Vineyard is laced with juniper, berries, sage, rosemary and a host of savory/floral notes. There are plenty of nuances in the glass, but overall the Library Petite is a bit light in this vintage, which is probably a reflection of the field blend in the vineyard and the tough vintage. The Library remains one of the most distinctive and unique wines in the Turley portfolio. (AG)" (11/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A terrific expression of Petite, offering lovely violet and white pepper notes up front, folding into candied raspberry, fresh cherry and fruit punch flavors. Finds a balance of intensity and power, retaining freshness and grace, with velvety tannins. Drink now through 2026. (MW)" (03/2014)

K&L Notes: Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. By focusing on old vine vineyards in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. All of the vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and they use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.

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2003 Turley "Tofanelli" Napa Valley Zinfandel - 1 available ($54.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A terrific wine and perhaps the finest effort yet from this Napa vineyard, the 2003 Zinfandel Tofanelli Vineyard (350 cases; 16% alcohol) possesses fabulous fruit as well as a complex, multi-dimensional bouquet of licorice, black fruits, blueberries, saddle leather, and earthy, composty scents. The wine boasts huge body, a gravelly, scorched earth character, great presence and singularity in the mouth, and a long finish of 40+ seconds. (RP)" (02/2005)

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2014 Turnbull "Fortuna" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($134.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another single-vineyard Turnbull utilizes is the Fortuna Vineyard. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Vineyard is a larger cuvée of just over 700 cases of dense, purple-colored Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a nose of glorious blueberry and blackberry fruit with licorice, incense and floral background notes, with a full-bodied superb richness and a long, layered mouthfeel. This is elegant and at the same time seriously endowed and capable of drinking well and evolving for 20-25 years. (RP)" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna is a bit darker and fleshier than the 2013 tasted alongside it. Dark cherry, plum, menthol, licorice, spice and violet all meld together in an effortless, silky Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with real depth. This is a very strong showing. Best of all, the 2014 should drink well with minimal cellaring. (AG)" (12/2016)

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2013 Turnbull "Leopoldina" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($149.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Leopoldina Vineyard is showing loads of new oak, plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit, a tightly knit, coiled style that is often the case with these big, rich 2013s. Yet, it has enormous potential, a tremendous full-bodied mouthfeel, and a finish close to 45-50 seconds. This wine just needs another 7-10 years of cellaring and should last 30 or 40 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

94 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Leopoldina is a big, heady wine endowed with serious personality and depth. Macerated cherry, plum, spice, licorice, menthol and crushed rocks infuse this super-expressive, flamboyant Cabernet Sauvignon. Leopoldina is an alternate name Turnbull uses for their Weitz vineyard on the eastern side of Oakville." (12/2016)

2013 Turnbull "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($99.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a beauty. Gorgeous, dense purple color, loads of crème de cassis, graphite, powerfully textured and layered flavors, with ripe tannin and super extract make for a great wine in a great vintage. This should age effortlessly for 25-30+ years. (RP)" (12/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Dense and chewy, with a rough-and-tumble mix of dark berry, licorice and gravelly earth flavors, accented by hints of cedar and lead pencil. Backward and very tannic now, this should make a pleasant turnaround with about five years of cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JL)" (02/2016)

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2011 Venge "Family Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available Price: Hidden

92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A finished barrel sample of the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve exhibits a dense ruby/plum/purple color in addition to sweet cassis, vanillin and spice notes. This will be a forward, precocious, sexy Family Reserve given the vintage conditions. The structure, massive foundation and power of the great years is not there, but that has been replaced by pure charm, lots of ripe fruit and a sensuous style. Most consumers probably prefer this style to a big blockbuster, and this 2011 should be hugely successful when released (RP)." (10/2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aged more than two years in air-dried French oak, this is classic Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, velvety and plush. It boasts juicy blackberry and black cherry fruit aromas and flavors, with weighty oak and a mix of coconut flake and chocolate that linger on the finish. (VB)" (11/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Cassis, black cherry and cocoa powder on the nose. Concentrated and sweet; seamless, fruit-driven wine with a remarkably velvety texture for the year and no apparent greenness. Perhaps showing a tad less energy and definition than the Bone Ash bottling but this pliant, seamless wine is another big success for the vintage. Finishes very long, with fine-grained, building tannins and sexy oak tones. (ST)" (05/2014)

91 points James Suckling: "A 2011 cab with an outstanding density of fruit in the center palate, featuring berry, bark, shiitake-mushroom and spice character. Full body, velvety finish." (05/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Bold, rich and rustic, with ripe blackberry and wild berry flavors, showing touches of cedar, black licorice, dried herb and fresh earth. (JL)" (11/2014)

2004 William Cole "Cuvée Claire" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($129.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I never tasted a wine from William Cole Vineyards before, but their 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvee Claire is an impressive, beautifully elegant as well as authoritatively powerful offering. Gorgeous fruit, terrific purity, an enticing, multilayered texture, sweet tannin, a long finish and super aromatics make for a modern day classic, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)" (04/2014)