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Library Wine Department - Featuring New Arrivals - 02/22/2018 - Old and Rare Wines

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 areNew Arrivals. In this list you’ll find the top selections from Montrose, Latour, Rhys, Saxum, Schrader, 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
1970 Montrose, St-Estèphe (mid shoulder) 1 $169.99 View
1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien Nicked Scuffed Label 1 $169.99 View
1982 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien 98 0 $329.99 View
1982 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien Exposed Cork Bin Soiled Label 1 $199.99 View
1982 Pavie, St-Emilion (very high shoulder, nicked label) 1 $199.99 View
1986 Coutet "Cuvée Madame", Barsac 96 1 $274.99 View
1986 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien 96 0 $199.99 View
1986 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac 100 0 $849.99 View
1988 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe 91 1 $119.99 View
1988 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac 93 1 $399.99 View
1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 96 5 $399.99 View
1989 Montrose, St-Estèphe 100 0 $359.99 View
1990 Clinet, Pomerol 97 0 $329.99 View
1990 Figeac, St-Emilion 93 1 $224.99 View
1990 La Dominique, St-Emilion 92 2 $129.99 View
1990 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac 96 1 $749.99 View
1990 Latour, Pauillac 100 2 $849.99 View
1990 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 99 5 $349.99 View
1994 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien 90 1 $99.99 View
1994 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac 90 2 $69.99 View
1994 Montrose, St-Estèphe 91 2 $89.99 View
1995 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 94 6 $149.99 View
1995 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Previously 200) 92 0 $169.99 View
1995 Palmer, Margaux 94 1 $299.99 View
1996 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe Bin Soiled Label 0 $129.99 View
1996 Clerc Milon, Pauillac 90 1 $109.99 View
1996 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) 96 1 $159.99 View
1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 91 0 $139.99 View
2000 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe Bin Soiled Label 1 $129.99 View
2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac 95 0 $149.99 View
2000 Lagrange, St-Julien 93 1 $119.99 View
2000 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 97 2 $279.99 View
2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (1.5L) 100 2 $1,499.99 View
2001 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 96 1 $124.99 View
2001 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 92 6 $139.99 View
2001 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 95 1 $159.99 View
2002 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe Scuffed Labels 3 $69.99 View
2002 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 92 1 $89.99 View
2002 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien 90 2 $69.99 View
2002 Montrose, St-Estèphe 92 4 $89.99 View
2003 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 96 1 $149.99 View
2003 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (soiled label) 94 1 $159.99 View
2003 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion 94 1 $89.99 View
2004 Prieure Lichine, Margaux 92 1 $39.99 View
2005 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan Bin Soiled Labels 2 $59.99 View
2010 Virginie de Valandraud, St-Emilion 1 $74.99 View
1995 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 4 $99.99 View
1995 Bacio Divino Napa Valley Red Blend 94 2 $49.99 View
1996 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wrinkled Label 1 $124.99 View
1996 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92 2 $89.99 View
1997 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 94 1 $199.99 View
1998 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1 $89.99 View
1999 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 90 11 $79.99 View
2002 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $249.99 View
2006 Etude "Deer Camp" Estate Carneros Pinot Noir 91 1 $59.99 View
2007 Von Strasser "Spaulding Vineyard" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1 $109.99 View
2008 Aratás Napa Valley Petite Sirah 94 2 $39.99 View
2008 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 98 0 $179.99 View
2009 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 3 $289.99 View
2009 Aratas Napa Valley Petite Sirah 92 1 $34.99 View
2009 Bryant Family "Bettina" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend Nicked Labels 4 $369.99 View
2009 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 98 4 $799.99 View
2009 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) Nicked Label 1 $799.99 View
2009 DuMol "Jack Roberts Run" Russian River Valley Syrah 94 1 $74.99 View
2009 Goldeneye "Gowan Creek Hillside" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 94 1 $79.99 View
2009 Goldeneye "Gowan Creek Lower Bench" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 1 $79.99 View
2009 Goldeneye "Gowan Creek Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 91 1 $79.99 View
2009 Goldeneye "Ten Degrees" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 94 1 $79.99 View
2009 Goldeneye "The Narrows Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 93 1 $79.99 View
2009 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 2 $119.99 View
2009 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 225) 98 2 $199.99 View
2009 Von Strasser "Estate Vineyard" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1 $89.99 View
2010 Aratas "Shake Ridge" Amador County Petite Sirah 1 $39.99 View
2010 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah 100 3 $349.99 View
2010 Keplinger "Sumo" Amador County Red Blend 95 1 $69.99 View
2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend Damp Stained Label 1 $129.99 View
2010 Saxum "Terry Hoage Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 95 5 $109.99 View
2010 Von Strasser "Estate Vineyard" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1 $99.99 View
2010 Von Strasser "Reserve" Diamond Mountain District Bordeaux Blend 1 $69.99 View
2010 Von Strasser "Sori Bricco Vineyard" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1 $119.99 View
2011 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 95 1 $299.99 View
2011 Behrens Family "At the Movies" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1 $89.99 View
2011 Bryant Family "Bettina" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) 98 6 $399.99 View
2011 Colgin "Cariad" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $290) 97 6 $239.99 View
2011 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 3 $199.99 View
2011 Favia "Quarzo" Amador County Syrah 93 2 $59.99 View
2011 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $90) 92 2 $79.99 View
2011 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 92 1 $89.99 View
2011 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah Nicked Label 1 $159.99 View
2011 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 130) 96 6 $104.99 View
2011 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 95 3 $89.99 View
2011 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 9 $109.99 View
2011 Sine Qua Non "Dark Blossom" California Syrah 99 2 $299.99 View
2012 Andremily "No 1" Santa Barbara County Syrah 97 1 $189.99 View
2012 Arnot-Roberts "Fellom Ranch Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $99.99 View
2012 Behrens Family "Head in the Clouds" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 4 Price: Hidden View
2012 Carlisle "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 94 1 $69.99 View
2012 Carlisle "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 95 3 $49.99 View
2012 Caymus "40th Anniversary" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 4 $229.99 View
2012 Keplinger "Diamond Bar - Fair Play" Amador County Syrah 94 2 $49.99 View
2012 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 93 2 $89.99 View
2012 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 2 $99.99 View
2012 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 6" Central Coast Red Blend 99 1 $399.99 View
2012 Rhys "Horseshoe Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 95 12 $104.99 View
2012 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 99 1 $144.99 View
2012 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 1 $129.99 View
2012 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 1 $104.99 View
2012 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 5 $129.99 View
2012 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 5 $124.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Stein" Central Coast Grenache 97 2 $249.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah 98 12 $249.99 View
2012 Von Strasser "Spaulding Vineyard" Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1 $109.99 View
2013 Andremily "No. 2" Santa Barbara County Syrah 99 1 $199.99 View
2013 Arnot Roberts "Montecillo Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $99.99 View
2013 Arnot-Roberts "Vare Vineyard" Napa Valley Ribolla Gialla 5 $44.99 View
2013 Carlisle "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 3 $49.99 View
2013 Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah 92 9 $34.99 View
2013 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 93 6 $89.99 View
2013 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 5 $89.99 View
2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend 99 6 $374.99 View
2013 Rivers-Marie "Corona Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $119.99 View
2013 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 2 $149.99 View
2013 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 97 1 $129.99 View
2013 Saxum "Rocket Block - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Grenache Nicked Label 1 $149.99 View
2013 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 1 $139.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $299.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras, LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $224.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $349.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon, CCS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $524.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon, RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $299.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon, T6" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $299.99 View
2013 Schrader "Old Sparky" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 100 1 $1,179.99 View
2014 Andremily "No. 3" Santa Barbara County Syrah 100 4 $199.99 View
2014 Andremily California Mourvedre 98 1 $159.99 View
2014 Aubert "Eastside Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay 98 14 $154.99 View
2014 Aubert "Lauren Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 99 6 $159.99 View
2014 Aubert "Sugar Shack Estate" Napa Valley Chardonnay 97 15 $159.99 View
2014 Aubert "UV-SL Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 97 9 $149.99 View
2014 Becklyn "Moulds Vineyard Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 6 $99.99 View
2014 Kosta Browne "Gap's Crown Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (torn, soiled label) 94 1 $109.99 View
2014 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 2 $99.99 View
2014 L'Aventure "Optimus Estate" Paso Robles Red Blend 92 1 $53.99 View
2014 Macdonald Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 3 $499.99 View
2014 Myriad "Las Madres Vineyard, 100% Whole Cluster" Carneros Syrah 1 $44.99 View
2014 Myriad "Sangiacomo Vineyard-Petalua Gap" Sonoma Coast Syrah 1 $49.99 View
2014 Myriad "Sugarloaf Mountain" Napa Valley Syrah 1 $49.99 View
2014 Quivet Cellars "Kenefick Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92 3 Price: Hidden View
2014 Rhys "Horseshoe Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 95 13 $109.99 View
2014 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 1 $119.99 View
2014 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 2 $119.99 View
2015 Myriad Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 3 $74.99 View
2015 Rivers-Marie Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 2 $89.99 View
2004 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Emile" Riesling 93 0 $34.99 View
2004 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Emile" Riesling (1.5L) 1 $69.99 View
2009 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Émile" Riesling Alsace 97 8 $59.99 View
2002 Nicolas Potel Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 91 3 $199.99 View
2003 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Cailles" 93 1 $154.99 View
2010 Hudelot-Noellat Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Murgers" 92 2 $114.99 View
2012 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux 95 7 $399.99 View
2002 Dom Pérignon "Andy Warhol Trubute" Brut Champagne 98 9 $299.99 View
2010 Domaine Grand Veneur "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 100 12 $219.99 View
2010 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 5 $79.99 View
1985 Taylor Vintage Port (bin soiled & torn label) 93 1 $129.99 View
1985 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 1 $99.99 View


1970 Montrose, St-Estèphe (mid shoulder) - 1 available ($169.99)

1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien Nicked Scuffed Label - 1 available ($169.99)

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1982 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien ($329.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet/purple color offers up scents of beef blood, steak tartare, cassis, herbs, tobacco, and underbrush. One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage (as well as one of the most concentrated Bordeauxs I have ever tasted), it is a huge, full-bodied, weighty, rich wine whose tannins are getting silkier and silkier. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. This behemoth is a singularly profound example of Gruaud Larose that continues to justify its legendary status. Anticipated maturity: now-2050. (RP)" (06/2009)

96 points Vinous: "Bright red with a pale rim. The still-closed nose reluctantly releases aromas of red cherry, sweet spices, aromatic herbs and coffee. Dense, rich and fleshy, with ripe red cherry, tobacco and forest floor flavors given shape by harmonious acidity and smooth tannins. The very long, slightly chewy finish shows a peppery chocolatey persistence. This is developing at a snail's space and might last another three or four decades in a cold cellar, but while its tannic structure is noble and impressive, I'd probably want to check in on it again in five years' time to see how the fruit is holding up. (ID) 96+" (04/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "One of the best wines ever made at this estate. Dense ruby color with a slight amber edge. Intense grape, berry and raspberry aromas. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, ripe fruit and mineral aftertaste. (JS)" (11/1998)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Very complex, perfumed aromas of plum, leather, meat and minerals. Sweet, lush and young; really stuffed with fat, meaty fruit. Broad without being really thick, with impressive precision of fruit. The most complex of these three vintages of Gruaud-Larose. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and palate-staining sweet fruit. The young 2000 reminds me of this wine. (A second bottle of equal quality showed roasted currant, tobacco and leather on the nose; a broad, silky palate of compelling sweetness; and a sweetly fruity finish with big, firm tannins and excellent length.) (ST)" (07/2002)

Jancis Robinson: "Cool and very fresh with a seam of graphite. Drier than the Grand Puy Lacoste 1982 served blind alongside. More intense but with more obvious acidity. 18/20 points (JR)" (06/2012)

K&L Notes: 96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. I have lost count how many times I have not only tasted this wine, but how many times that I have enjoyed it. Here, this bottle is a little more backward and Pauillac-like in style with vibrant black fruit, crushed stone and a little burnt toast. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. It is beautifully balanced with the vivacity and outgoing personality of Leoville Poyferre ’82. There are lovely tobacco and cooked meat notes towards the long, persistent finish. I have written several times how damn delicious this Gruaud is – so don’t let me bore you again. Tasted November 2012." (01/2013)

1982 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien Exposed Cork Bin Soiled Label - 1 available ($199.99)

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1982 Pavie, St-Emilion (very high shoulder, nicked label) - 1 available ($199.99)

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1986 Coutet "Cuvée Madame", Barsac - 1 available ($274.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This unbelievably decadent, unctuous Cuvee Madame has the type of extract (but without the overlay of heavy, toasty oak) that one normally finds only in a great vintage of dYquem. The wine is much less evolved than the regular cuvee of Coutet. At the moment, it is crammed with honeyed tropical fruit that comes across in a powerful format. This is an enormously rich, almost overwhelmingly intense Barsac that needs another decade to begin to reveal its subtleties and complexities. It is mind-blowing! Anticipated maturity: Now-2020. (RP)" (01/1998)

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1986 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien - 0 available ($199.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Still tasting as if it were only 7-8 years of age, the dense, garnet/purple-colored 1986 Gruaud-Larose is evolving at a glacier pace. The wine still has mammoth structure, tremendous reserves of fruit and concentration, and a finish that lasts close to a minute. The wine is massive, very impressively constituted, with still some mouth-searing tannin to shed. Decanting of one to two hours in advance seems to soften it a bit, but this is a wine that seems to be almost immortal in terms of its longevity. It is a great Medoc classic, and certainly one of the most magnificent Gruaud-Larose ever made. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035. (RP)" (01/2003)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very youthful deep ruby-red color. Brooding nose offers perfumed blackcurrant, mineral, violet and quinine aromas. Big, dense and rich, conveying an impression of strong extract to the powerful, well-delineated blackberry and herb flavors. The long, tactile finish features chewy but polished tannins and a lingering floral note. Though ready to drink now, this wine will continue to age gracefully. One of the best Gruaud-Larose wines of the past 40 years. (ID)" (04/2013)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at The Ledbury Gruaud Larose lunch, a consistent note compared to the one encountered last year, perhaps one of the finest wines of the decade after the 1982. It has a typically backward, distant nose that does not really want to play ball, but reluctantly offers black fruits, tobacco, cedar and retains that Graves-like personality. The palate is masculine, bolstered by rigid tannins, quite tarry in the mouth with hints of mocha towards its stern, finish. Gentleman’s claret! Superb. Tasted June 2011." (1/2012)

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1986 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac - 0 available ($849.99)

100 points Decanter: "Wonderful, concentrated and still astonishingly young, this has brushes of violet aromatics rising above the tight cassis fruits and rich black truffle, and the classic menthol edging of a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Pauillac. We drank this over lunch and it was breathtaking, but were told that 24 hours later it had blossomed even further, so make sure you give this a serious amount of time in carafe to open up - something that gives you just a small clue as to how structured, layered and complex the wine we are dealing with here is. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. (JA)" (10/2017)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 1986 Mouton-Rothschild is a behemoth that almost has a California-like richness and sweetness of fruit. Offering incredible yet classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, and wood smoke, this beauty starts out reticent and backward (which is mind blowing for a wine thats 32 years old) yet opens up gorgeously with time in the glass. Full-bodied, deep, rich and unctuous, yet still incredibly pure and lively, its a sensational, benchmark Bordeaux that probably has another 2+ decades of longevity." (02/2018)

100 points James Suckling: "This was the greatest bottle of the 1986 Mouton I have ever drunk. I have been lucky enough to drink it many times, but on occasions it has come across as very tight and reserved, even hard. Yet on this special night last Friday in Bangkok it was perfect the perfect wine that it was purported to be for a very long time. How strange that the owner of Mouton, Philippine de Rothschild, died the same day. Please read my tribute to here. The bottle we drank showed amazing aromas of mushrooms, mint, minerals and dark berries. It boasted a fully body of ultra richness and extraordinary length and beauty. It had an almost chiseled precision to the quality with fabulous length. It lasts for minutes on the palate. My Thai friend decanted it four hours before serving." (06/2016)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1986 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked from 2 October until 16 October. Winemaker Philippe Dhalluin, who was not working at the property back then, told me that the pH was fairly low at 3.54 when it is usually around 3.75, due to the natural tartaric acid in the vines. It has a powerful and intense bouquet as always: exemplary graphite and cedar scents, a touch of black pepper and incense. It seems to unfurl in the glass, like a motor revving its engine. The palate is beautifully balanced with its trademark firm tannic structure, a Mouton-Rothschild with backbone and masculinity. Layers of black fruit intermingling with mint and graphite, a hint of licorice emanating from the Merlot, gently fanning out and my God, it is incredibly long. It is not like the 1985 Mouton-Rothschild that is so fleshy and generous. This is serious, aristocratic Mouton, a true vin de garde and yes, I do think drinkers will have to wait until it reaches its true peak. Sometimes that's just the way it is. (NM)" (12/2016)

99 points Vinous: "Philippe Dhalluin served the 1986 Mouton Rothschild to wrap up our vertical. The 1986 remains one of my favorite Moutons. A dark, powerful wine, the 1986 is endowed with a vertical sense of structure that is a marvel to behold. Dark stone fruit, smoke, graphite, mocha, soy and licorice are fused together in a marvelously intense, deep Mouton that promises to drink well for another few decades. Tonight, the 1986 is absolutely stunning. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Harvest started on October 2nd and wrapped up on the 16th. (AG)" (05/2016)

99 points Wine Spectator: "Ageless, yet balanced. Black color. Mint, mineral, berry and cherry. Full-bodied, chewy and tight. Long, long finish. A great, great wine. (JS)" (06/2001)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very deep, saturated ruby with only a hint of garnet at the rim. Ripe red and black fruits, mint, vanilla, minerals and delicate black pepper on the captivating nose. Very rich, big and deep, with a luscious texture and ripe flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes smoothly tannic and very long, with building sweetness. This gorgeous Mouton, though massively built, also reflects the long hang time of the berries, which led to a perfect polymerization of its tannins and a fleshy structure. Still very much an infant: I wouldn't touch a bottle for at least another ten years. I also like the fact that, although it's very sweet and creamy, strong acidity (note the lower-than-usual pH) is keeping it vibrant. This vintage is the first in which Mouton vinified its young vines separately and only used those vats judged to be of grand cru quality. Following a slowdown in physiological ripening during August, the late harvest (October 2-16) permitted a longer growing curve. Tourbier noted that 'petit verdot needs its head in the sun and its feet in the water, and as it had been initially planted on one of the highest, coolest sites at Mouton, a mistake on our part, it rarely ripened enough to be included in the grand vin, and this explains why we hardly used it in the older vintages.' (ID) 98+" (08/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "This was always an exceptional wine, but an exceptionally slow-maturing one. It was served blind and seemed immediately like Mouton with its sweet, light mintiness and spice. This opulent monument of a wine has at least cast off enough tannin to provide majestic drinking now. What a treat to encounter this wine again at this exciting stage of its life. 19/20 points (JR)" (07/2016)

1988 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe - 1 available ($119.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1988 Calon-Segur outshines both wines from the more heralded vintages of 1989 and 1990. Deeply colored, superbly balanced, rich and full bodied, it appears to be a worthy candidate for another 15-20 years of longevity. It is a classic example of this chateau's wine - cedary, very fragrant, with plenty of sweet red and black currant fruit. I should also note that it is surprisingly powerful for the vintage. It gets my nod as the finest Calon-Segur between 1982 and 1995. (RP)" (01/1998)

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1988 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac - 1 available ($399.99)

93 points James Suckling: "There's licorice here along with mint, some lead pencil and flowers. It's full and round displaying wonderful vanilla and plum flavors. Very silky and refined yet dense and caressing. A beauty, though it does turn a little dry, always revealing its wood." (11/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1988 Mouton has an attractive aroma of exotic spices, minerals, coffee, black currants, and sweet oak. Much like the 1989, the bouquet is staggering, but the flavors are distinctly less profound. In the mouth, it is a much firmer, tougher, more obviously tannic wine than the 1989, with medium body and outstanding ripeness. A beautifully made 1988 that will last 20-25 years, its short finish keeps it from being sublime. The 1988 is somewhat reminiscent of the 1985, but with more tannin. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020. (RP, Bordeaux Book 3rd Edition)" (12/1997)

K&L Notes: The label of the 1988 Mouton 1988 features the artwork of Keith Haring (1958-1990), a "satirical version of the Dancing Rams theme."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1989 Montrose, St-Estèphe - 0 available ($359.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "For many years I have vehemently argued that the 1989 Montrose is a benchmark wine for the estate. Having tasted it several times over the last couple of months, I have never found a single occasion to alter that view. Tasted at the vertical in London, it continues to shine, having never lost any of its luster in recent years. It is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that was picked from 11 to 28 September. Lucid in color, the aromatics do not hold back with vibrant blackberry, blueberry and black truffle, hints of sous-bois, all with sensational precision that few can match in this vintage (indeed, its precision lends it a veneer of modernity since "precision" is now more commonplace across Bordeaux). The palate is brilliantly balanced with filigree tannin. There is wonderful backbone here, extremely fresh and tensile, crystalline even with an exceptional detail, mineral-rich finish that lingers in the mouth. Difficult to fault, this might well be the greatest 1989 Montrose that I have tasted, and certainly wishing to take nothing away from the 1990 Montrose that I tasted alongside, the 1989 is now the one I would pick. Is this the greatest Saint Estèphe of the 1980s? I would put it within the top five Bordeaux of the 1980s. Could this be inching its way to perfection??? Tasted June 2016. (NM)" (03/2017)

99 points James Suckling: "This was yet another wine I drunk with wine collector friends in Bangkok the city is truly buzzing when it comes to wine and when you know where to look! On the nose, there were intense aromas of iron, pot iron and dried fruits, as well as hints of nuts and wet earth. On the palate, it showed a gorgeous texture of ripe tannins and lots of spicy and currant fruit character. A full-bodied, very soft and silky Bordeaux with lots of flavors and a superb finish. Just right now indeed it seems to be getting younger with age, not older! Decant an hour before. I think it's better than the legendary 1990. It's certainly cleaner and more consistent quality." (06/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of crushed blackberry and mineral turn to dried flowers and dried fruits, staying fresh on the nose. Full-bodied, offering big, round tannins and loads of ripe, seductive fruit. This is decadent and wild, turning nutty and fruity. A beautiful bottle. This is very close in quality to the legendary 1990. (JS, Web Only-2010)"

Jancis Robinson: "Very dense and concentrated still with very firm Cabernet Sauvignon and stony characteristics. But there is also some obvious ripeness. More impressive than charming. 18/20 points. (JR)" (12/2014)

K&L Notes: Château Montrose is a second growth property in St-Estèphe comprising 95 hectares in exposed gravel along the Gironde. The vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot (though the actual percentages in the final blend will vary from year to year). At his last tasting, Robert Parker gave it 98+ points, saying: "This was not in the tasting at the chateau, but I opened two bottles on my return home, because this is another near-perfect wine from Montrose. It is an unusual two-grade blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. The wine emerged from another very hot, sunny, dry growing season, with early, generous flowering. Harvest in Montrose took place between September 11 and 28. The wine has never had any issues with brett, making it a somewhat safer selection than the more irregular 1990. Like a tortoise, the 1989 has finally begun to rival and possibly eclipse its long-time younger sibling, the 1990. The wine is absolutely spectacular and in auction sells for a much lower premium than the 1990. That should change. This is a magnificent Montrose, showing notes of loamy soil undertones, intermixed with forest floor, blueberry and blackberry liqueur and spring flowers. It has a full-bodied, intense, concentrated mouthfeel that is every bit as majestic as the 1990, but possibly slightly fresher and more delineated. This great wine should drink well for another 40-50 years." (08/2014)

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1990 Clinet, Pomerol - 0 available ($329.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sensational effort, and one of the two finest Clinets made before the 2008, this prodigious wine made by the late Jean-Michel Arcaute has always been a sprinter out of the gate. Even at age 19, it continues to strut its stuff. A dense blue/garnet/purple hue exhibits slight lightening at the edge, and the gorgeous nose offers up aromas of sweet blueberries, licorice, smoke, acacia flowers, and camphor. Full-bodied with silky tannins, low acidity, and terrific purity, this 1990 has hit its plateau of full maturity where it should remain for another decade. (RP)" (06/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very good deep medium color. Compelling nose combines caramel, clove, smoke, black raspberry and a floral nuance. Very concentrated and rich, but sound acids and strong extract give this wine lovely shape and firmness in the mouth. Impressively long finish. While the '90 Clinet can't match the '89 for density, its balance and freshness will make for a delicious drink. (ST)" (11/1993)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Beautifully crafted red. Brilliant ruby color. Aromas of fresh berries, blackberries and chocolate jump from the glass. Full-bodied and chewy, but velvety and caressing. Lots of ripe fruit. (JS)" (08/2000)

K&L Notes: 96 points Neal Martin: "Tasted at Roberson’s Pomerol tasting. The exquisite Clinet ’90 has a lovely rounded, gourmand bouquet, quite meaty and savoury, a touch of garrigues going on here, a little oxtail and Bovril, vibrant and completely seductive. A quintessential Pomerol ’90 bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely rounded, quite voluptuous texture, tight at first but unwinding nicely. Very focused, very well defined with just a touch of spice and cloves on the finish. Drink now-2020. Tasted November 2010." (Wine Journal, 1/2011)

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1990 Figeac, St-Emilion - 1 available ($224.99)

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

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

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

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

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1990 La Dominique, St-Emilion - 2 available ($129.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A soft, low acid, fruity 1990, this fully mature wine exhibits notes of cedar, spice box, fruitcake, licorice, black currants, and cherries. Full-bodied, opulent, and exotic, it is best drunk now and over the next 4-5 years. This is a very sexy, fruity, attractive wine. (RP)" (06/2009)

Wine Spectator: "Delicious red. Medium-ruby color. Aromas of tobacco, ripe berry and earth. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft tannins and a chocolate, meat and fresh fruit aftertaste." (08/2000)

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1990 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac - 1 available ($749.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Interestingly, a bottle of 1990 Lafite Rothschild I pulled from my cellar for a video blog on my web site was still buttoned down, tight, and even with extended decanting was not showing as much as I would have hoped. However, a bottle tasted, of all places, in Seoul, Korea in February, was only a few points short of perfection. That amazing performance motivated me to pull another bottle out of my cellar and follow it over the course of two days. Sure enough, by the second day the wine was roaring from the glass. The 1990 Lafite has turned out far better than my early assessment. While it still possesses some firmness, and performs like a late adolescent in terms of its evolution, it boasts gorgeous aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, cassis, and lead pencil shavings. The explosive aromas are followed by a fleshy, full-bodied wine that should hit its peak in 5-8 years, and last for 25-30 more. (RP)" (06/2009)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated deep red. Shoe polish, minerals and cassis on the nose, with a hint of toasty oak. Intensely flavored, vibrant fruit shows great middle-palate fullness for a young Lafite. Very long, multidimensional finish of great subtlety. Has the acidity and tannic underpinning for long life. An outstanding, classic Lafite; claret for the millennium. Along with Latour, an early candidate for Medoc of the vintage. (ST)" (11/1993)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Very serious fruit, with juicy berry, tobacco and cedar character. Slightly more body than the 1989, but they are very close in character. (JS)" (02/2005)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark ruby. Lively, fresh and transparent at first with the soaraway refined scent of a Lafite. Then it took on the typical concentrated rich and velvety character of a fine 1990. Long. Impressive. 18.5/20 points (JR)" (12/2012)

K&L Notes: Château Lafite-Rothschild is one of the five First Growth Bordeaux Châteaux, and one of the most famous and collected wines in the world. The vineyard covers 112 hectares and is well-drained and well-exposed, with soil made up of fine deep gravel, mixed with aeolian sand on a subsoil of tertiary limestone. The Estate dates back to at least the 13th century and has had an amazing and prestigious history to look back upon.

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1990 Latour, Pauillac - 2 available ($849.99)

100 points Wine Spectator: "This is one of my favorite wines ever. Full-bodied, with layers of silky fruit and masses of currant, mineral and berry character. Amazing. It's a wine with perfect structure, perfect strength. It's 1961 Latour in modern clothes. It's hard not to drink it now. (JS)" (02/2005)

98-99 points James Suckling: "The quality of the tannins and density of fruit is truly beautiful. This is so focused, with purity and beauty. The 1990 Latour came into my head when I tasted this (twice). It starts off slowly and then builds and builds and builds . So intellectual. A superb wine with precision." (04/2011)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep red. Great vibrant nose of redcurrant, licorice, minerals and tobacco, along with a minty austerity. Thick and large-scaled, like an essence of Pauillac. Really explodes in the middle palate. Incredible unfolding peacock tail of a finish. A monumental, powerfully structured wine with great long-term aging potential. (ST)" (08/2002)

98 points Vinous: "Then, the 1990 Latour arrives. Powerful and dense to the core, the 1990 possesses superb density for a wine of its age. Despite its considerable depth, the 1990 remains light on its feet for such a big wine. I imagine the 1990 Latour will drink well for another thirty years. What a wine. (AG)" (11/2017)

96 points John Gilman: "The 1990 vintage from Château Latour is a superb example of this ripe and more forward year, with the torrid growing season having put its imprimatur on the wine a bit in its slightly more forward and plush style, without ever impinging upon the classic Latour house style. The bouquet is tremendously deep and expressive, offering up scents of cassis, blackberries, tobacco, gravelly soil tones, a hint of violets, cedar and a blossoming topnote of cigar smoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and simply packed at the core, with superb focus and grip, lovely complexity and a very long, ripely tannic and already fairly pliable finish. This wine has plenty of structure for the long haul, but it does not possess the classic sternness of vintages of Latour from the fifties or sixties, nor of wines made in the last decade or so. That said, it is probably the finest Left Bank wine of the 1990 vintage." (09/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one of the more perplexing Latours to evaluate. It has plenty of sweetness as well as a gorgeous, rich fruitiness, but it lacks the firmness one finds in more recent great vintages such as 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008. There is plenty of sweet, ripe currant fruitiness, abundant glycerin, and full body, but Im still waiting for that extra nuance of complexity to emerge. Its all there, but the wine still seems to be more monolithic than one would expect in a wine approaching 19 years of age. It is not the sure-fire winner I thought it was in its youth, but then again, I dont have any reason to doubt that more complexity will emerge. (RP)" (04/2009)

K&L Notes: From an opulent, well-structured, classic Bordeaux vintage.

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1990 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 5 available ($349.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This magnificent Lynch Bages has been drinking well since the day it was released and it continues to go from strength to strength. The biggest, richest, fullest-bodied Lynch Bages until the 2000, the fully mature 1990 exhibits an unbelievably explosive nose of black currants, cedarwood, herbs and spice. The majestic, classically Bordeaux aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, voluptuously textured, rich, intense wine with superb purity as well as thrilling levels of fruit, glycerin and sweetness. This beauty should continue to provide immense pleasure over the next 15+ years. (RP)" (08/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of tar, currant and berries follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Still not completely ready, but so good anyway. (JS, Web-2007)"

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Aromatic, vibrant aromas of blackcurrant, bitter chocolate and shoe polish. Chewy, sweet, dense and deep, with the wine strong minerality contributing to the impression of aromatic lift in the mouth. The classiest of these vintages of Lynch-Bages. Finishes with ripe tannins and impressive length. (ID)" (07/2002)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark blackish ruby. Both sweet and lively - fresher than many 1990s are tasting in 2015. Very racy and vivacious still. Rich but with a light sensation of iron. 18.5/20 points (JR)" (03/2015)

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1994 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien - 1 available ($99.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ducru is on a roll, with fine efforts over recent vintages, including an exceptional 1994, spectacular 1995, and what looks to be an equally profound, super-concentrated 1996. A top-notch effort in this vintage, Ducru-Beaucaillou's 1994 displays a dark purple color, a textbook, cassis, mineral, licorice, and floral-scented nose, medium body, outstanding extract and purity, moderate tannin, and a persuasively rich, sweet, spicy finish. Everything is well-integrated (including the tannin). This should prove to be a classic St.-Julien. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2022." (02/1997)

Wine Spectator: "Offers a goodly amount of ripe fruit and dried cherry flavors, well balanced for the vintage, medium, round tannins and a fruity finish." (01/1997)

1994 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac ($69.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Grand-Puy-Lacoste is the drinker's Pauillac. It is not an investment wine (having been largely forgotten by the trophy hunters and investors looking to make a quick buck), although certain vintages (1982 and 1990) have tripled in price. Grand-Puy-Lacoste, usually loaded with character and personality, has enjoyed three fine vintages in 1993-95, with each of these years under-priced for such quality. The 1994 has turned out to be an outstanding effort for this estate. The wine reveals even more flesh than it did prior to bottling, as well as the high tannin that marks many of this vintage's wines. The color is an opaque ruby/purple, and the nose offers up a gorgeously pure blast of sweet cassis fruit. Medium to full-bodied, with layers of extract, this classic, rich, powerful Pauillac will be at its best between 2003-2020. A sleeper!" (02/1997)

Wine Spectator: "Vivid aromas of raspberries, licorice and cassis, hints of oak. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and succulent fruit flavors that build on the palate." (01/1997)

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1994 Montrose, St-Estèphe - 2 available ($89.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Montrose has been one of Bordeaux's most consistently successful chateaux since 1989. An opaque purple color suggests a wine of considerable intensity. One of the most successful 1994s of the northern Medoc, the wine's closed aromatics offer jammy black fruits, plums, spice, and earth. On the palate, there is impressive extract, purity, and copious amounts of sweet blackcurrant fruit nicely balanced by moderate yet ripe tannin. Medium-bodied, with excellent to outstanding concentration, this impressive Montrose should be close to full maturity with another 4-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020. (RP)" (02/1997)

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1995 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 6 available ($149.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted wonderful in October 2000. A meaty rich ripe nose of cassis, mulberry and cherry. Full-bodied and expansive structure. Approachable with layers of strawberries and red fruits. A rich voluptuous Barton that should be ready in 2-3 yrs. Then blind in April 2005. A very attractive nose with a slight under-ripeness that lends it freshness and vitality. The palate is well-balanced with toasty new oak. But quite backward compared to others with a dense sweet, chocolate tinged finish. Quite modern in style on the surface, but you can tell that there is a robust classic structure underneath. (NM)" (12/1999)

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

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

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

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1995 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Previously 200) - 0 available ($169.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that was harvested from 13 to 26 September. The bouquet is less vigorous and more approachable than the 1996 Montrose, initially quite taciturn, but gaining vigor with time and offering blackberry, briary and undergrowth scents, later just a touch of bay leaf and sandalwood. The palate is driven by the higher Merlot content, rendering this a relatively plush and comely Saint Estèphe, well balanced with very good depth, perhaps a Montrose for those with a penchant for headier and opulent styles of wine. Whilst the 1996 has the class and sophistication, the greatest virtue of the 1995 is the most fundamental: enjoyment. Tasted June 2016. (NM)" (03/2017)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Excellent red-ruby color. Plum, currant, animal fur, smoked game, roasted nuts and graphite on the nose, plus a note of toffee. Lush and smooth in the mouth, with notes of minerals, leather and game. Still rather tightly wrapped following the mise, but very nicely balanced from the outset. Firm acidity gives the wine superb delineation and grip. Tannins are dusty and firm-and more obvious today than in the '97, despite the fact that the later year featured higher polyphenol levels. 91+ points. (ST)" (06/1998)

Wine Spectator: "Aromas of Indian spice, blackberry and currant. Subtle. Full-bodied, with slightly angular tannins, but soft and caressing in the finish...--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. (JS, Web-2007)"

Jancis Robinson: "Bright crimson. Very grown-up minerals sort of nose with lots of development. Lift and lightness on this wine with real confidence and its ready to drink. Perhaps not an enormous depth of fruit but nice balance and very refreshing. Quite racy. And then sinewy, dry, angular on the finish. There is real lift in this wine but the tannins are a bit dry. 17/20 points. (JR)" (02/2011)

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1995 Palmer, Margaux - 1 available ($299.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet with a brick rim. Very pure aromas of warm cassis, kirsch and dried lavender over a touch of truffles and game. The power of the palate is in the taut structure of medium +, fine grained tannins and medium to high acidity, fleshed-out by generous rich fruit. Very long finish. Beautiful balance. (LPB)" (03/2010)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Big and powerful, with loads of fruit and chewy tannins. Still just a baby. Full-bodied, with lots of structure and a long, long finish. Give it time. (Web-2007) (JS)"

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby color. Lower-pitched, redder aromas of plum, redcurrant and mulberry. Soft, sweet and lush, with an enticing layered texture and plenty of body. Currently more expressive in the middle palate than the '96 but not quite as sharply delineated; conveys an impression of lower acidity. Finishes with very good length and even, ripe tannins. This gentle, ripe, seductive wine seems virtually unaffected by the bottling. (ST)" (06/1998)

Jancis Robinson: "51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc. Bottle deposit. Brownish ruby. Much broader and more seductive than the 1996. Much more life and suppleness and concentration. This is good stuff. Real stuffing here and richness. Lovely breadth and this seems to have quite a future even if it is capable of giving huge pleasure already. Proves how important Merlot is to Palmer. (17.5/20 points)" (02/2011)

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Superb Merlot year and Palmer shines in Merlot years. Toasty aromas and black fruit flavors. Long finish. Ready now or save it a few years.

1996 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe Bin Soiled Label - 0 available ($129.99)

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1996 Clerc Milon, Pauillac - 1 available ($109.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Clerc Milon was surprisingly closed on the nose, tightly wound at first but gently unfurling with scents of melted tar, desiccated orange peel and leather that are interwoven into the black fruit. I noticed a more pronounced tobacco scent developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a little more flesh than the 1996 d'Armailhac, spicy with cracked black pepper, Hoi Sin, bay leaf and Asian spice notes liberally sprinkled over the finish. Decant this for an hour before pouring folks. (NM)" (10/2016)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Pungent spices, black fruits, minerals, roasted nuts and coffee on the nose. Smooth and thick but solidly structured; faint animal notes in the mouth. Nicely integrated acids and tannins. A vin de garde yet the tannins seem less tough than normal, spreading out nicely on the aftertaste. (ST)" (06/1999)

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1996 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) - 1 available ($159.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This leans toward the tropical side, with mango and guava notes out front, while maple, date, blood orange and citrus oil flavors fill in behind. The finish kicks into another gear, taking off with honeysuckle, orange blossom and frangipane accents. Has almost unbridled power today, while maintaining serious cut. A very impressive showing in a rather overlooked vintage.Non-blind Yquem vertical (July 2014). (JM)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee, vanilla beans, honey, orange marmalade, and peaches, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals loads of power in its restrained, measured personality. There is admirable acidity, weight, texture, and purity in this impeccably made Yquem. However, patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060. (RP)" (04/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Served at The Clove Club's Bordeaux lunch with roast foie gras, loquat, hazelnut and amaranth - a particularly successful combination. Deep orangey gold. Masses of botrytis exhibited on the rich nose full of pungent lanolin. The finish was fresh and clean and the sweetness, if on a scale of 1 to 10, would be about 7. Lots of weight and presence - really very majestic. No hurry whatsoever to drink this." (05/2015)

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1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac - 0 available ($139.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant, plum, tobacco and black olive nose is more complex and serious than that of either of the foregoing vintages. Thick, grapey and concentrated; still quite primary. This shows the fat and depth of the '96 vintage in the northern Medoc. Finishes long, with substantial tannins. Impressive. (ST)" (05/1999)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of black licorice, currant and toasted oak. Full-bodied, with silky, refined tannins and a medium finish. Holding back still. (JS, Web-2007)"

2000 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe Bin Soiled Label - 1 available ($129.99)

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2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac - 0 available ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Château Grand Puy Lacoste is an exceptional wine from Xavier Borie. It has a brilliant nose of blackberry, crushed stone, graphite and cedar. Putting it to one side for ten to 15 minutes reveals subtle mint-like aromas that whisk you straight to Pauillac. The palate is smooth and silky, cloaking the tannic frame of this GPL so that you barely notice it. But that will stand it in good stead for the long-term, the cornerstone of all great wines from this estate. Then there is that hint of spice on the aftertastethe show ain't over yet. Served alongside a magnum of Pichon Baron 2000, I would say that at the moment, it does not quite possess the same level of precision. However, it remains a magnificent Pauillac to cherish long-term. Tasted January 2016. (NM)" (07/2016)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby-red. Exotic black fruits and spices on the nose, with notes of chocolate, smoke and game; showing its 29% Merlot component today. Rich, broad and chocolatey; sweet, creamy and superripe. A big, mouthfilling vintage for this chateau, combining a classic Pauillac medicinal character with the chocolatey ripeness of the vintage. Thick but nicely delineated, finishing with very broad, sweet tannins and excellent length. Like a more refined version of the 1990, says Francois-Xavier Borie. (ST)" (06/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A lovely, elegant version, with sweet tobacco and lightly singed cedar notes now taking the lead, while dried currant and warmed blackberry preserve flavors still have their say. The lengthy finish has a gentle, supple edge, with the dried fruit showing a sweet hint. Textbook aged Pauillac. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

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

We tasted quite a few 2000 Bordeaux one evening on the 2015 Bordeaux evaluation tripwhat a treat, as the wines were stunning, especially the Giscours and this 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste. We bought them and here they arelimited availability, of course. The Giscours was sweet and lovely, with the GPL having more strength and some tannins. Both were showing great, and they held up to Ch. Margaux and Ch. Haut-Brion, which were served at the same tasting.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2016

A powerful and very elegant wine. Developed aromatics of truffles, brown sugar, along with sweet coffee, crème de cassis, plums and wet earth. On the palate it is almost creamy and incredibly soft, but still framed by the caressing tannins. Think of it as one of those rare wines you could drink now or leave in your cellars for another 20 years easily. It is excellent!

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2000 Lagrange, St-Julien - 1 available ($119.99)

93 points James Suckling: "A wine that is just starting to wake up after a long sleep. Its medium-to-full-bodied, with super-integrated tannins and a lead-pencil, currant and berry character. Lemon peel undertones. Lovely silky texture. Drink now and beyond." (07/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An impressive performance by Lagrange, the 2000 possesses a saturated ruby/purple color with obvious notes of melted licorice, creme de cassis, and toasty new oak. This ripe, dense, full-bodied St.-Julien is chewy, thick, high in tannin, large-bodied, and impressively long and dense. As always, it is less expressive than some of its peers, but it is loaded as well as reasonably priced. (RP)" (04/2003)

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

93 points Wine Spectator: "This is a muscular red, rippling with bramble-edged tannins that push the dense core of blackberry, fig and boysenberry fruit paste flavors along. Juicy star anise notes and a swath of well-roasted apple wood add even more range on the finish, which is seriously long. Just ever so slightly woodsy in the end, but a terrific showing. (JM, Web-2016)"

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, saturated bright ruby-purple. Brooding aromas of cassis, violet and cedar ('hibernating now,' says Ducasse). Very densely packed but very closed and extremely backward. Nearly painful flavors of black fruits, violet and menthol. Finishes very firm and very long, with powerful tannins supported by the wine's flesh. (ST) 92+" (09/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson. Attractive scent and development on the nose. Well balanced and well judged - neat - even if not a blockbuster. Quite introvert but confident with great balance. No hurry to drink. 18/20 points (JR)" (03/2010)

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2000 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 2 available ($279.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Château Pichon Baron is just getting better and better and better. Perhaps the magnum format played its part, but nevertheless...just...wow. This is a millennial Left Bank with the keys to the top drawer. It has an incredibly precise, mineral-driven bouquet with intense black fruit infused with cedar and graphite scents. It just reeks of Pauillac in an almost uncompromising, yet compelling manner. The palate is structured, stylish and effortless, extraordinarily pure and unerringly youthful. This is a Pichon Baron saying, 'You ain't seen nothing yet.' You could broach this now if you wanted, but the clever people will wisely bunker this for another decade and gloat from 2025 onward. (NM)" (07/2016)

95 points James Suckling: " A rich and spicy wine with lots of walnuts, dried berry and plum. Full and very savory. So much tobacco and sous bois. Roasted fruit too. Classic 2000. Drink now." (10/2016)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red-ruby. Complex nose combines plum, mocha, minerals, tobacco and burnished oak. A bit tight on entry, then expands and explodes toward the back, showing dense, insinuating flavors of black fruits and licorice. Chewy, sharply delineated Pichon-Baron with excellent underlying backbone and broad, palate-coating tannins. An outstanding vintage for this estate. (ST)" (05/2003)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rock-solid, with a block of currant, fig and blackberry paste notes forming the core, while youthful brambly-edged grip still holds sway throughout. Lots of enticing licorice root and sweet tobacco flavors wait in reserve, and there's nice lift from a light savory hint at the very end. Still has a ways to go.2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2028. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

Jancis Robinson: "Dark blackish ruby, more orange than the Pichon Lalande colour. Warm, integrated nose. Dense and beautifully balanced. Pure Pauillac without recourse to pastiche. Much riper than Pichon Lalande but not overripe. Already broachable but with potential too. Good stuff! 18/20 points (JR)" (03/2010)

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2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (1.5L) - 2 available ($1,499.99)

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

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 10,000 cases of this perfect sweet white Bordeaux. The 2001 Yquem reveals a hint of green in its light gold color. While somewhat reticent aromatically, with airing, it offers up honeyed tropical fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, sweet creme brulee, and buttered nut-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with gorgeously refreshing acidity as well as massive concentration and unctuosity. Everything is uplifted and given laser-like focus by refreshing acidity. This large-scaled, youthful Yquem appears set to take its place among the most legendary vintages of the past, and will age effortlessly for 75+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2100+. (RP)" (04/2005)

100 points Wine Spectator: "The greatest young Yquem I have ever tasted from bottle. Yellow, with a golden hue and an almost green tint. Intense aromas of botrytis, spices and blanched almonds follow through to honey, maple syrup, dried apricot and pineapple. Full-bodied, sweet, thick and powerful, with layers of fruit and a bright, lively finish. Coats the palate yet remains exciting. So balanced and refined, showing the pedigree that only this Sauternes estate can deliver. Best after 2012. *Collectibles, ranked #10 in Top 100 Wines of 2005*" (11/2005)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Luminous golden yellow. Cool, pure aromas of white peach, honeyed mango, guava nectar, white flowers and saffron are complicated by elements of crushed stone and spicy lemony botrytis. Suave and intensely flavored, with mineral-spiced apple, mango, passion fruit and grapefruit flavors offering outstanding purity, precision, and depth. The brisk but harmonious acidity gives this great Sauternes a penetrating quality and provides a powerful spine to the very deep flavors, making it seem less opulent than it really is. This Yquem has the depth of the 2007 but boasts even greater purity and focus. Finishes bright and extremely long, with repeating suggestions of white flowers and lemony botrytis. Though it lacks the depth of the 2001 or the opulence of the 2009 at a similar stage of development, this is one of my favorite young Yquems ever: it will age spectacularly well." (08/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "What a marvel this wine is! Enjoyed with the successful bidders for a boardroom lunch generously provided by Berry Bros & Rudd for an auction lot at the Tokyo Room to Read wine gala. On the nose there is a sort of gingery spice (though nothing whatever like bacterial spoilage). Such intensity and tension. Great richness and creaminess combined with extreme liquid excitement. Stunning. Berrys apparently sold 2,200 dozen bottles of this very special wine. Unusually approachable. (20/20 points)" (12/2015)

K&L Notes: 80% Semillion and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. 3.8 pH. 144 g/l residual sugar. 97+ points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 10-Year On horizontal. The nose is very tight at first with scents of dried honey, yellow flowers and melted butter with fine definition: very complex and cerebral. The palate is medium-bodied with a vibrant, zesty entry, good acidity with apricot, orange zest and white peach towards the well defined finish. Exquisite balance and poise although it needs years in bottle. Tasted March 2011."

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2001 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 1 available ($124.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A wonderfully firm, concentrated wine that walks a fine, balanced line between richness and poised structure. It is classic in the best sense, showing all the shape of a fine Bordeaux, while adding the extra dimension of the freshest of black fruits, complexity from a few hints of wood, and a dark, brooding, long-lasting aftertaste. *Editors' Choice* (RV)" (12/2007)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberries and flowers. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-knit tannins and a silky, caressing palate. Long. This is a wonderful wine. Lots of finesse. (JS)" (03/2004)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Civilized and approachable for a young Leoville-Barton, it exhibits a saturated plum/purple color along with classic Bordelais aromas of damp earth, creme de cassis, smoke, vanillin, and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied and rich, with high but well-integrated tannin, and a long, 40+ second finish, it should turn out to be a brilliant effort, and one of the stars of the Medoc. However, patience is essential. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020. (RP)" (06/2004)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby-red. Sweet, pure nose dominated by black cherry and spices. Juicy and fine-grained, with a lovely restrained sweetness and nicely integrated acidity. A hint of pepper lifts the wine's fruit without introducing intrusive greenness. Stylish, firm claret with good extract and a firm, lingering finish. (ST)" (05/2004)

K&L Notes: Are you kidding? This is a great value from Bordeaux--or anywhere in the red wine world. 70% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot, 10% Cab Franc. Very focused wine, tons of fruit. Big and powerful wine. Super pure and classic style. As usual, it is one of the best wines in Bordeaux and one of the best values in the world. And 94 points, Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "A very ripe blackberry and blueberry nose that is lacking some definition. Just a little muffled. The palate is full-bodied, sinewy, good grip with toasty tannins. Blackberry, cedar, mint, tobacco with a very fine tannic off-dry finish. Very correct, good breeding, surfeit finesse on the finish." (05/2008)

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2001 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 6 available ($139.99)

0-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Indexs 10-Year On horizontal. The first bottle of this was denuded of vitality and out of sorts (indeed this is a major problem with this vintage.) Not corked, but previous experience old me that it was not happy bottle. Fortunately I stayed for another to be opened and this far more representative. Ripe, dark berried fruits on the nose with touches of mulberry, briary, graphite and sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp entry, tarry black fruits on the entry, sharp acidity, very tight but that is probably because this bottle had just been opened. Very fine. (NM)" (05/2011)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "*no tasting note given*" (12/2004)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Offers gorgeous aromas of currant, chocolate and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Very pretty. Still tight. (JS, Web-2007)"

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Currant, herbs and smoke on the nose. Rich and suave on entry, then rather closed and austere in the middle palate, with moderately ripe, nicely delineated flavors of currant, cherry, smoke and mint. Best today on the back end, which features broad tannins and subtle lingering flavor. 90+ Points (ST)" (05/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "Quite dark crimson. Very rich and seductive on the nose. Some evolution and lots of burnt mineral aromas. Lifted and fresh on the finish. But not angular and awkward. Actually rather racy and refreshing after the opulent nose. 17.5/20 Points" (03/2012)

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2001 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac - 1 available ($159.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The high proportion of Merlot in Pichon Lalande is a good reason why this wine, among the great wines of Pauillac, is always so seductive. This is no exception; it charms as well as excites with vibrant fruits as well as serious, dense tannins and acidity that promise good aging. Give it 7-9 years for full maturity to begin. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (11/2007)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Sneaky, with a modest set of currant and tobacco aromas and a more expressive core of bramble, tar, singed cedar and warm fig paste flavors. Shows a sleekness through the finish, with a racy iron note underneath that gives this length and interesting contrast. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JM, Web Only-2018)"

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A distinctive bouquet of violets, soy, pepper, blackberries, cassis, and tree bark gives this 2001 a singular style. This dense ruby/purple-colored blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and a whopping 14% Petit Verdot exhibits plenty of structure, wonderful sweetness, a closed style, but a rich, textured, persistent character. The unusually large percentage of Petit Verdot gives the wine more structure and less initial charm. This beauty needs some time in the cellar. (RP)" (06/2004)

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

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Enticing aromas of plum, woodsmoke and Cuban tobacco. Lush, silky and suave, with intriguing hints of mocha and cedar. A wonderfully sweet, impeccably balanced claret without any rough edges. Finishes long and firmly tannic. (ST)" (06/2004)

K&L Notes: 93 points fron Neal Martin: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 10-Year On horizontal. This has quite a precocious bouquet with raspberry jam, boysenberry, marmalade and pencil shavings. Very fine delineation and lift, certainly more backward than its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with structure tannins, just a hint of brine on the entry, good depth of black fruit with a sinewy, grippy blackberry and cedar-infused finish. One has the feeling that this has more to offer over the next decade. Tasted March 2011."

2002 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe Scuffed Labels - 3 available ($69.99)

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2002 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 1 available ($89.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better from bottle than from cask, and one of the finest wines of the vintage, this dense purple-colored 2002 reveals wonderfully sweet notes of charcoal, fresh mushrooms, smoke, earth, leather, cassis, and cedar. Full-bodied, highly extracted, broodingly backward, dense, and deep, this impressively endowed offering is built for the long term. (RP)" (04/2005)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Complex nose melds black cherry, cedar, graphite, menthol and chocolate. Cool, penetrating flavors of blue and black fruits, minerals, licorice and menthol, with hints of chocolatey ripeness. Rather laid-back Bordeaux , with the structure for mid-term aging. Finishes with firm but fine tannins and lovely length. (ST) 91+" (05/2005)

Decanter: "Candied fruit, cherry/blueberry compote and Cabernet bouquet. Good purity of expression in a poor vintage. Confident, attractive tannins and appealing weight of fruit. Will reward keeping. A classic Claret." (10/2012)

K&L Notes: 91 points Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "A rather taciturn nose but there is obviously good fruit intensity coiled up inside, blackberry, graphite and a touch of iodine. The palate is full-bodied with a lot of dry extract, tannic, austere and rather stoic. Very 'classic' in style, but certainly good breeding that will blossom in the future. Tasted October 2009." (Wine Journal, 1/2010)

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2002 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien - 2 available ($69.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine has completely shut down since its been bottled but exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, high levels of tannin, and sweet, noble black currant fruit intermixed with some licorice, espresso roast, and pain grille. In the vernacular, it is closed for business, with medium to full body, high levels of tannin, and good acidity in a more structured, classic style than the 2003. This is a big, traditionally made wine to forget for a good 5-8 years. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2020. (RP)" (04/2005)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Complex aromas of cherry, currant, cedar, tobacco, mocha, minerals, menthol and licorice. Bright and penetrating, with juicy acids giving definition to the wine's flavors. Flavors run more to black fruits than the nose would suggest. A nicely aromatic wine with ripe tannins and solid structure." (05/2005)

Wine Spectator: "Dark color with beautiful blackberry, currant and smoky earth character. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicate finish. Excellent attack...(JS, Web-2006)"

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2002 Montrose, St-Estèphe - 4 available ($89.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Very pretty aromas of blackberries, spices and milk chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a silky mouthfeel. Still tight but refined and long. Just as I remember. (JS, Web-2006)"

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated ruby-red. Expressive aromas of currant, black cherry, leather, mocha, game, black olive and minerals. Suave, seamless claret with a firm edge of acidity. More harmonious now than it was just prior to the bottling last June, but still rather closed and in need of a decade of cellaring. But this is not really austere in the way it might have been 15 years ago. A very minerally vintage of Montrose, with very good rather than outstanding density. Quite complex on the firmly tannic finish, throwing off notes of minerals, game, flowers and bitter chocolate. (ST)" (06/2005)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An elegant yet richly fruited style of Montrose with medium body, sweet notes of black fruits, leather, dried herbs, and earth, this round wine is not profoundly concentrated, but is well-made, with excellent depth, ripeness, and overall length. (RP)" (04/2005)

K&L Notes: Chateau Montrose is a Second Growth St. Estêphe comprised of 95 hectares in exposed gravel along the Gironde. The vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot (though the actual percentages in the final blend will vary from year to year)

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

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

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

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

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

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

2003 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (soiled label) - 1 available ($159.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Normally one of the most elegant of Pauillacs, the 2003 is big and dense. These dark tannins mask delicious black fruit, flavors of spice and layers of acidity. This is going to develop relatively fast, despite the density of the wine, just because it is so rich." (05/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Very pretty aromas of plum, blackberry, chocolate, espresso and cherry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ultrasilky tannins, refined fruit and a long, caressing finish. This is fine and refined with a wonderful texture. Not quite the 2000, but excellent. Best after 2011." (03/2006)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Flamboyantly expressive aromas of raspberry, currant, earth, smoked meat, chocolate and pepper. Fat, full and voluptuous yet somehow light on its feet. This has a texture of liquid velvet. Wonderfully opulent wine with considerable inner-palate flavor complexity: raspberry, game, leather, mocha and chocolate. Finishes with very fine-grained tannins that coat the entire palate. A wonderful success for the year, and a wine that can be enjoyed already, even if its sheer material promises 15 to 20 years of life in bottle." (06/2006)

2003 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion - 1 available ($89.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Troplong Mondots 2003 is a brilliant success in this vintage, largely because of the limestone soils and incredibly low yields. There are nearly 70 acres of vines in production, yields were tiny, and the harvest was early. Nevertheless, there is an opulence and youthfulness in this wine that suggest it has at least a decade of life left. A luxurious effort with high glycerin, loads of blueberry, mulberry, black currant, licorice and charcoal ember-like notes, full body, low acidity and sweet tannin, this beauty is close to full maturity and can be drunk now as well as over the next decade. (RP)" (08/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Sappy aromas of very ripe redcurrant, tobacco and minerals. Fat, sexy and deep, with flavors of redcurrant, plum, tobacco and spice lifted by the wine's mineral component. Wonderfully rich, full-blown wine, finishing with serious toothcoating tannins that call for at least four or five years of patience. This is close to 14% alcohol, but even this vintage of Troplong-Mondot has more acidity than the 1990." (06/2006)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful plum, berry and raspberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with refined tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very nicely done. Best after 2009." (03/2006)

2004 Prieure Lichine, Margaux - 1 available ($39.99)

89-92 points Robert Parker: "An outstanding effort from Stephane Derenoncourt, Prieure-Lichine’s 2004, which appears to be even better than the 2003, exhibits a dark ruby/purple color in addition to a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, black fruits, spicy oak, and damp earth. Medium-bodied with superb concentration, wonderful elegance, and a layered, intense persistence on the palate, it should be drinkable in 2-3 years, and last for 16 or more." (06/06) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(55% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot and 5% petit verdot) Good saturated medium ruby. Aromatic nose of blackberry, violet and licorice. Suave on entry, then juicy, bright and intense, with nicely delineated black fruit and spice flavors of moderate ripeness. Finishes with serious but well-buffered tannins and good length. Consultant Stephane Derenoncourt is helping to increase quality here by working only with 45 or so of this huge property's 79 hectares of vines, and eliminating from the final blend most of the fruit from acreage added by Alexis Lichine in the 1970s and 1980s." ( May/Jun 05) According to the Wine Spectator: "Chewy, with blackberry and wet earth character. Full-bodied, with angular tannins and a toasty oak and fruit finish. Lots of tobacco..." (01/05)

2005 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan Bin Soiled Labels - 2 available ($59.99)

2010 Virginie de Valandraud, St-Emilion - 1 available ($74.99)

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1995 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($99.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is performing far better after a year of bottle age. This dark ruby/purple-colored, seductive wine offers blazingly intense aromas of cigar box, smoky oak, and jammy black currants with a hint of Provencal herbs. Ripe and full-bodied, with low acidity, and a fleshy, succulent texture... (RP)" (12/1998)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A touch of dill and coconut from oak give this a unique aromatic and flavor profile and there's plenty of rich, intense, spicy currant, plum and blackberry fruit to stand up to the wood. Hints of anise and cherry flow through on the finish, keeping the fruit in the forefront. (Web Only2005)"

1995 Bacio Divino Napa Valley Red Blend - 2 available ($49.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The second awesome release from this tiny winery dedicated to producing intriguing wines, the 1995 Bacio Divino (a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Sangiovese, and 12% Petit Sirah) is a formidable wine of exceptional richness, layers of flavor, and a multi-dimensional personality. The color is a deep saturated ruby/purple. The nose offers up juicy/jammy strawberry, black currant, and blackberry notes wrapped with subtle toasty oak. Full-bodied, with outstanding ripeness and purity, a silky texture, and an explosive finish, this is a sumptuous example of what can be done with three grapes rarely blended together in such proportions. By the way, sentimentalists will be moved by the government warning label that reads, 'contains sulphites and also some of the winemaker's heart and soul.' This wine should continue to drink well for a decade. (RP)" (08/1998)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A curious mix of varietals, its up-front creamy, oak-driven currant and berry flavors are followed by chewy tannins. Hits a few rough spots on the finish but also shows pretty berry notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah." (10/1998)

1996 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wrinkled Label - 1 available ($124.99)

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1996 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($89.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dark ruby-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley exhibits a pronounced smoky, espresso bean, and kirsch-scented nose. Round, dense, rich, full-bodied, and open-knit, its low acid flavors are undeniably appealing. Black olives make an appearance in the wine's aromatics as it sits in the glass. (RP)" (01/2000)

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1997 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($199.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A vintage that had big yields and a hectic harvest, the 1997 Monte Bello is a sexy, supple and layered beauty that's drinking beautifully today. Cassis, toasted spice, cigar and dried herbs all flow nicely to a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that has solid textured, good mid-palate depth and still present tannin. I thought the tannin could be cause for concern at first, but they sweetened up with time in the glass; nevertheless, I see no need to delay gratification and would drink while the getting is good. (JD)" (10/2015)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full deep ruby to the rim. Superripe aromas remain just this side of surmaturite: black plum, black cherry, roast coffee, dark chocolate, menthol. (I might have picked this blind as ripe-year St. Julien.) Great lushness and depth on the palate; pliant, seamless and thoroughly ripe, but with strong supporting structure under the seductive flesh. Finishes with noble, broad tannins and great freshness; mint and licorice notes contribute to the impression of grip and snap. The crop level was 2.5 tons per acre, which Draper says was the highest ever at this estate, and the alcohol is 12.9%, on the high side for Monte Bello. Another outstanding vintage for this wine. 94+ Points (ST)" (10/2000)

92 points Vinous: "(12.9% alcohol; aged for 18 months in new American oak; a 45% selection for the estate's grand vin): Bright, dark red-ruby. Sexy, lifted aromas of cassis, redcurrant, licorice, tree bark, mint and roasted herbs. Intensely flavored and surprisingly firm and energetic, with sweet plum, currant, tobacco and earth flavors lingering through a persistent finish. Tannins are firm and dusty but fine-grained. There's nothing at all over the top about this midweight, focused, juicy wine. Was it fleshier five years ago? In any event, it's still juicy and lively today. (ST)" (09/2017)

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1998 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($89.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot) is a narrowly constructed, firmer, less generous offering than previous vintages of the nineties. The attractive dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of cassis, smoked herbs, oak, and earth. Gritty tannin is noticeable in the finish. (RP)" (08/2002)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby, with a hint of amber. Riper on the nose than the Alexander, with currant, loam and mocha aromas complicated by herbs and nutty oak. Offers more texture and sweetness to buffer its acidity, with bitter cherry and currant flavors in the middle and on the aftertaste. Here the tannins are broader, but the lingering finish is still a bit dry and green. (ST)" (05/2002)

Wine Spectator: "Shows Silver Oak's signature cedar-dill oak profile. Dry, dusty sage, cedar, cigar box and currant flavors are lean yet appealing, with a minerally edge. Full-bodied yet simpler midpalate. (JL, Web Only-2009)"

K&L Notes: Silver Oak library notes: "The 1998 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark ruby color. It has a nose of blackberry, rose petals and cumin. This wine is elegant on the palate and has an extremely long finish. This Cabernet will continue to improve through 2018 given proper cellaring. Composition: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot."

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1999 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 11 available ($79.99)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep fresh ruby-red. Brooding aromas of currant syrup, licorice, naphtha and tobacco leaf. Fairly intense flavors similar to the aromas. Still quite youthfully tight, but offers solid concentration and very good length. Just a hint of greenness on the end; the firm tannins reach the teeth. (ST)" (06/2002)

Wine Spectator: "Displays notably oaky dill and mocha aromas. Full-bodied and firmly tannic, with dried currant, mineral, sage and cedary dill flavors showing on the finish. (JL, Web-2009)"

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley exhibits a deep, saturated ruby/purple color. The wine possesses aromas of sweet toasty oak, earth, spice box, cherries, and currants. It is a soft effort for this vintage. The wine has medium body, and good fruit and flavor. (RP)" (08/2002)

2002 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($249.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A spectacular blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, over two-thirds of the fruit from the Alexander Valley Mountain Estate and the balance from Knights Valley and Bennett Valley, the 2002 La Joie exhibits a sweet, opulent bouquet of charcoal, burning embers, forest floor, blackberries and kirsch. Deep, full-bodied, supple-textured, flamboyant and extroverted, with undeniable purity as well as finesse, it should drink well for another 20-25 years. Interestingly, the pH is a normal 3.61 and the alcohol is only 14.1%. (RP)" (06/2012)

94 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, licorice and mocha on the nose. Densely packed and juicy, with sharply delineated dark berry and floral flavors. Large-scaled but light on its feet owing to its lovely lift. Serious, gripping wine with a long, bright finish. (ST)" (05/2005)

2006 Etude "Deer Camp" Estate Carneros Pinot Noir - 1 available ($59.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer: "Good bright, full red. Good energy to the rather Burgundian aromas of spices, underbrush and game. The most precise and lively of these 2006 pinots in the mouth, displaying delicate, tangy wild strawberry and cherry flavors complicated by spices and flowers. Supple in the middle palate but nicely firm on the back end." (May/June '09) 90 points Burghound: "A very subtle touch of wood frames elegant, pure and airy aromas that blend together mostly red berry fruit notes that combine with a hint of vegetal that adds complexity before merging into detailed, focused and balanced middle weight flavors that are quite serious in demeanor at present as the tannins are firm without being aggressive and they also serve to provide shape to the admirably long and moderately austere finish. This is clearly in need of a few years of bottle age first as it's definitely built to age. Lovely but definitely built to age. Lovely but definitely not intended for near-term consumption." This is the third "Deer Camp," Etude's first vineyard-designated wine. It comes from a unique parcel tucked away in the northwest corner of Carneros, named for an old deer camp structure. Brooding blueberry and cherry fruit aromas mingle with notes of toasted almonds and bay. In the mouth, vibrant black cherry fruit and spice are delivered on a magic carpet of velvety tannins and juicy acidity. Elegantly structured, this wine should continue to develop in bottle for at least five years.

2007 Von Strasser "Spaulding Vineyard" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($109.99)

2008 Aratás Napa Valley Petite Sirah - 2 available ($39.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Captivating, with rich, jammy blackberry cobbler flavors that are thickly tannic and wonderfully spicy, intense and powerful, with a wonderful chew. Features hints of black licorice on the long finish. Drink now through 2019. 393 cases made. *Highly Recommended* (MW)" (10/2011)

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2008 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 0 available ($179.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain takes things to another level, as hard as it may seem to believe. This was another difficult vintage for Dunn. Yields were down a full 50%. In exchange, nature rewarded Dunn with the fruit to make an epic wine that could very well turn out to be a modern-day legend. The 2008 is a huge, towering wine packed with dark fruit, licorice, tar, asphalt and licorice. Layers of perfume are woven throughout this majestic effort. The 2008 should only be purchased by the very patient, but it is a legendary wine in the making. (AG)" (12/2011)

98 points Vinous: "Randy Dunns 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has always bean a real beast. The product of a year in which a spring frost decimated yields, the 2008 boasts massive fruit and overall intensity to the point the tannins are nearly buried. The flavors remain incredibly primary, with very little in the way of aromatic development, but, at the same time, I am happy to report readers will not have to wait another decade-plus to enjoy the 2008, as I had originally thought. Little by little Dunn's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is coming together. (AG)" (01/2015)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby-red. Deeper and riper on the nose than the Napa Valley bottling, showing brooding aromas of blackberry, cassis, tar, minerals and licorice. Rich and deep but extremely backward and youthfully imploded; a step beyond the Napa bottling in texture and depth, not to mention inner-mouth perfume. This really saturates the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Most impressive today on the subtle, rising, slowly expanding finish, which features big, rich, serious tannins and outstanding energy. There's nothing exotic about the Dunn 2008s, which perfectly capture the energy of this vintage. Should be long-lived. (ST)" (05/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, rich and concentrated, this offers tight tannins enriched by loamy earth. Dried currant, spice, floral and underbrush flavors impart a savory profile. Should benefit from cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2024." (08/2012)

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2009 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($289.99)

97 points Vinous: "Mocha, espresso, plums and raspberries float from the glass as the 2009 Proprietary Red Cappella conquers the palate and intellect. A sexy, radiant wine, the 2009 Cappella is bright, focused and exceptionally polished. Floral notes intermingled with hints of sweet tobacco, sage and mocha appear on the finish, adding considerable lift and finesse. Ideally the 2009 needs time in bottle, but it is incredibly appealing even today. I wouldn't suggest opening the Abreu 2009s anytime soon, but if I were going to open one, it would be the Cappella. In 2009, the Cappella is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot. (AG)" (12/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cappella, which is nearly three-fourths Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and a tiny quantity of Merlot, possesses an inky/purple color and sweet notes of incense, violets, espresso beans, white chocolate and lots of creme de cassis and blackberries. There is plenty of glycerin, but unlike a lot of 2009s, despite relatively elevated tannins, the wine is open, showy and exuberant, which I consider to be a positive. Production was tiny, with only 250 cases produced. The 2009 should continue to drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

2009 Aratas Napa Valley Petite Sirah - 1 available ($34.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Appealingly dense and intense, with plenty of ripe and juicy wild blueberry and blackberry flavors, given traction by the firm tannins and notes of crushed rock, violet and tobacco spice. Powerful yet graceful. (MW)" (12/2012)

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2009 Bryant Family "Bettina" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend Nicked Labels - 4 available ($369.99)

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2009 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 4 available ($799.99)

97-98 points James Suckling: "Insane nose of pure cassis, minerals, and gorgeous flowers. This is stunning. Full and juicy, with amazing layers of fruit, from cassis to blueberries and hints of vanilla on the great finish." (04/2011)

97 points Vinous: "Bryant's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is totally gorgeous. Mocha, plums, espresso, rosemary and plums are some of the many notes that burst from the glass in this rich, powerful, totally seductive wine. The 2009 impresses for its sensual personality and sheer class. An impeccable sense of refinement and polish rounds out this huge, glorious Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a wine of extraordinary elegance. (AG)" (12/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rich and smooth in tannins, with some sharpness through the finish, this shows masses of ripe blackberries and dark chocolate. A bit of time in the glass reprises and accentuates the chocolaty richness. Despite its power, this is refined and high toned, a serious cellar candidate. *Cellar Selection*" (10/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The fabulous 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill displays the tell-tale floral character that routinely emerges from this vineyard, along with blueberry and black currant liqueur intermixed with hints of oak, camphor and incense. The purity of the fruit, the layered, multidimensional mouthfeel and spectacular 50-second finish are all characteristics of some of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignons Napa Valley has ever produced. This beauty is one of the candidates for wine of the vintage. It should continue to drink well for 25-30 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good dark red. Expressive, complex scents of plum, black raspberry, cedar, tobacco leaf, mocha and minerals. Fine-grained and energetic on the palate, with its sweet plum and mocha flavors lifted by a floral element. There's something Pomerol-like about this wine, which is about much more than simply primary fruit and displays more energy than either the '08 or '07 bottlings. A youthful yet already impeccably balanced wine with great class and finesse, this beauty finishes with utterly seamless, noble tannins. Winemaker Marc Gagnon named this as one of his three favorite bottles of this tasting. (ST)" (05/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A real beauty, exhibiting riveting aromatics that touch a range of dark berry, green olive and herb flavors, with cedar, mocha and espresso notes. Yet for all the size and density of this Cabernet, the tannins are fine and silky. Best from 2014 through 2030. *Collectibles* (JL)" (10/2012)

K&L Notes: 96 points from Jeannie Cho Lee, M.W.: "Sumptuous and layered with attractive dark fruit profile and velvety, thick tannins. This is a large, teddy bear, enveloping you in its ripeness and generosity. Richness combined with focus and detailed flavors. A well-crafted and ripe, powerful red that is ready to drink now and should evolve well over the next decade or more." (09/2015)

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2009 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) Nicked Label - 1 available ($799.99)

2009 DuMol "Jack Roberts Run" Russian River Valley Syrah - 1 available ($74.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Syrah Jack Roberts Run Gregori Vineyard is a gorgeous wine layered with blackberries, tar, graphite, incense, camphor and game. In 2009 winemaker Andy Smith waited out the rain and harvested in late October. He was rewarded with a huge, opulent wine that possesses stunning richness and intensity yet is not at all heavy. A mineral-drenched finish adds the last layer of complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024." (02/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining purple. Highly perfumed aromas of candied red and dark berries, smoky minerals, Asian spices and black pepper. Deeply pitched black raspberry and cherry flavors show impressive intensity and pick up spice and floral pastille nuances with air. Silky, sweet syrah, with gentle tannins and building notes of olive and peppery spices on the very long, sappy finish" (05/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Shows a high level of intensity and rusticity, marked by chewy dried berry, game meat and cedar notes. The most complete of the DuMOL Syrahs. Best from 2013 through 2022." (03/2012)

2009 Goldeneye "Gowan Creek Hillside" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($79.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* The richness and quality of this Pinot Noir are instantly striking. Its like a medieval tapestry, intricately woven and velvety, with interlocking flavors of berry, cherry, cola, mushroom, buttered toast and spice. As powerful as it is, it retains a subtlety thats captivating and elusive. Still, the acids and tannins are strong and unresolved. Cellar this for at least six years." (08/2012)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Another deep and fully extracted Pinot that manages to be ripe and very well-balanced at one and the same time, the Gowan Creek version is an extracted, fairly powerful take on the grape whose comparatively sturdy frame is filled in with ample fruit stuffing. It reminds that Pinot Noir can, in fact, be moderately tannic without losing its varietal bearings, and we have no qualms in predicting great things for this one four or five years down the lines." (02/2012)

2009 Goldeneye "Gowan Creek Lower Bench" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir - 1 available ($79.99)

2009 Goldeneye "Gowan Creek Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir - 1 available ($79.99)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Another deep and fully extracted Pinot that manages to be ripe and very well-balanced at one and the same time, the Gowan Creek version is an extracted, fairly powerful take on the grape whose comparatively sturdy frame is filled in with ample fruit stuffing. It reminds that Pinot Noir can, in fact, be moderately tannic without losing its varietal bearings, and we have no qualms in predicting great things for this one four or five years down the lines." (02/2012)

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2009 Goldeneye "Ten Degrees" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir - 1 available ($79.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* This low production (365 cases) Pinot Noir is a selection from the winerys various vineyards. Its an enormous wine, intricately layered with blackberry, cherry, cola, mushroom, pine needle, bacon and toasty oak. Its also very acidic, and the tannins close in fast, giving the wine an astringency that lasts through the finish. This needs time; hold until 2016, at the very least." (08/2012)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Two Stars* Goldeneye's Pinots have typically been structured, ageworthy wines that were on the more muscular end of the varietal spectrum, and led by this deep, well-extracted working, the current bunch meets expectations. Full, but still fairly tight with solid fruit and a firm acid spine, it is laced with complexing notes of woodsy spice and is at once long, concentrated and a bit lean. It will need at least a few years before showing much in the way of finesse, but keeping comes without the slightest gamble or risk." (02/2012)

Wine Spectator: "Aromas of loamy earth, raspberry, cedar and sage are firm and focused on the palate, gaining richness and depth and ending with a persistent, earthy finish. (JL)" (09/2012)

2009 Goldeneye "The Narrows Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($79.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Aloof and resistant, this Pinot is almost rustic. The vineyard is at the coolest deep end of Anderson Valley, and the chilly vintage has accentuated the acids and tannins. Theres a complex core of flavor, however, suggesting cherries, pomegranates, sautéed wild mushrooms and cured meats. All indications are of ageability; give it 68 years in a proper cellar." (08/2012)

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2009 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 2 available ($119.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Broken Stones is sourced from all of the estates vineyards, which in this vintage includes Padereweski fruit for the first time, although most of the fruit was sourced from James Berry. Today it comes across as rather tightly wound and implosive, although with air the wines potential becomes more evident. Dark cherries, licorice and smoke wrap around the intense finish. Floral notes add the final layers of complexity and nuance. This is another fabulous effort. In 2009 the blend is 60% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Petite Sirah and 8% Grenache. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. (AG)" (09/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This muscle-bound red offers a firm backbone of mineral, loamy earth, spice and cedar, with blackberry, licorice and berry pie flavors folding in behind. The most intense and angular of the new Saxums. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah and Grenache. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining purple. Highly complex, intensely perfumed bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, potpourri, licorice and pipe tobacco, with a strong note of pepperyspices. Deep and juicy, offering palate-staining raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a complete absence of rough edges. Closes sappy and sweet, with excellent clarity and spicy thrust. Really vivacious wine, and balanced to age. (JR)" (11/2011)

94 points Vinous: "(60% syrah, 20% mourvedre, 12% petite sirah and 8% grenache): Glass-staining purple. Highly complex, intensely perfumed bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, potpourri, licorice and pipe tobacco, with a strong note of pepperyspices. Deep and juicy, offering palate-staining raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a complete absence of rough edges. Closes sappy and sweet, with excellent clarity and spicy thrust. Really vivacious wine, and balanced to age. (JR)" (08/2011)

92 points James Suckling: "This is ripe and lightly jammy, with plum and blueberries. Full-bodied, with soft and pretty fruit with a spicy character and a bright finish. Punchy and juicy. 60% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Petit Syrah and 8% Grenache. Drink now." (10/2011)

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2009 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 225) - 2 available ($199.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Simply put, the 2009 James Berry Vineyard is one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted from California, or anywhere for that matter. Bright, floral aromatics lead to expressive red fruit in this impossibly elegant, dazzling wine. A melange of rose petals, mint and licorice follows as the James Berry shows off its breathtaking clarity and finesse. Fine-grained, chalky tannins frame the exceptional finish. Frankly, I am surprised this is the first wine of the tasting. Where does one go from here? (AG)" (08/2011)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Sporting a vibrant ruby, semi-opaque color, the 2010 Saxum James Berry Vineyard is the most tight, backwards version of this cuvee that I can recall. A blend of 52% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre, and 22% Syrah, it has a decidedly savory bouquet of blackberry liqueur, kirsch, violets, bouquet garni, ground pepper, and graphite. Full-bodied and layered on the palate, with brilliant mid-palate concentration, superb freshness, and masses of tannin, this brilliant Rhône blend from Paso Robles will stand toe to toe with the best wines out there, but it is not for those seeking instant gratification and will require 4-5 years of bottle age. In 2010, the Grenache component was aged in a combination of concrete tank and oak puncheons, and this change shows in both the aromatics and texture, with less obvious sweetness and more freshness. It will evolve gracefully for two decades. (JebDunnuck.com)" (12/2012)

97 points James Suckling: "Beautiful aromas of violets and sandalwood. Bright fruit too, with citrus, zest and mineral notes. Full, yet compacted and dense. Long and spicy yet minerally and fruity. Warm finish. So wonderful now but will age beautifully. Amazing elegance." (10/2011)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Strikingly complex, rich and fruity, this beautifully proportioned red delivers an initial burst of red berry fruit that echoes red and black licorice. This quickly gains traction and depth, with firm, layered tannins that give the spicy berry flavors a perfect foundation. *Top 100 Wines of 2012, Highly Recommended* (JL)" (02/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright violet. Intensely perfumed black raspberry and blueberry on the nose, with seductive Asian spice, lavender and incense qualities emerging with air. Sappy red and dark berry liqueur flavors are lifted by juicy acidity picking up suave spice and floral pastille notes on the back end. Velvety tannins provide shape but are absorbed by the lush fruit, which carries through an extremely long, sappy, incisive finish. (JR)" (11/2011)

2009 Von Strasser "Estate Vineyard" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($89.99)

2010 Aratas "Shake Ridge" Amador County Petite Sirah - 1 available ($39.99)

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2010 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah - 3 available ($349.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 IX Estate Syrah is one of the most compelling Syrahs ever made in California. It ranks alongside some of the perfect Syrahs from Sine Qua Non in Santa Ynez and the Santa Rita Hills. Tasting like liquified steak au poive with blackberry and blueberry sauce, this amazing wine reveals staggering aromas of flowers, bouquet garni, melted asphalt, licorice, pepper and meaty notes. It should drink well for 15+ years assuming you have that much patience. (RP)" (10/2013)

97 points Vinous: "Saturated medium ruby. More Hermitage than Côte-Rôtie on the extraordinary nose, conveying an impression of granitic minerality to its scents of crushed blackberry, blueberry, violet, licorice and charcuterie. Delivers an uncommon combination of density, energy and definition, not to mention a deeply spicy quality and more obvious iron-like minerality and gaminess than the 2011 version. Still a baby, this remarkable, tightly wound Syrah boasts a slowly mounting, palate-staining finish and perfectly buffered tannins. Exceptional--and built for a long life in bottle. (ST)" (04/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Hard to imagine a wine with more flavor and moving parts, with explosive fruit jumping from the glass. Rich, layered and exotic, this is loaded with tiers of flavor, offering dark berry, espresso, new leather and cracked pepper, then creamy oak, espresso and dried herb. Sails on and, yes, it's tannic. Best from 2014 through 2030. (JL)" (10/2013)

95 points James Suckling: "Another top Syrah from here with black pepper and bacon character with light cedar and spice. Full body, with a core of ripe fruit and a long finish. Drink or hold." (03/2015)

2010 Keplinger "Sumo" Amador County Red Blend - 1 available ($69.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2010 Sumo is showing beautifully today. Everything comes together in the glass. The 2010 is rich, powerful and intense, yet wonderfully nuanced for such a big wine. Floral and spice notes add lift, but it is the dark blue/purple Petite Sirah fruit that dominates. This utterly irresistible wine is just beginning to hit its stride. The blend is 88% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah and 2% Viognier. (AG)" (11/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, explosive mix of blueberry, blackberry and dried berry, with crushed rock, roasted coffee, mineral and cedar accents. Despite displaying power and intensity, this shows a touch of subtlety and finesse. Petite Sirah, Syrah and Viognier. Drink now through 2027. 150 cases made. (JL)" (12/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Sumo is a tremendous wine endowed with serious depth. Explosive and powerful, the 2010 covers every inch of the palate with black cherries, plums, menthol, and melted road tar. Hints of exotic spices develop later, adding layers of complexity and nuance. This is another 2010 that needs bottle age to settle down, but it is fabulous, even today. Here, too, though, the road comes to an end, as 2011 is the last vintage for the Sumo. The 2010 is 88% Petite Sirah and 10% Syrah, co-fermented with 2% Viognier, from Shake Ridge in the Sierra Foothills. This is another brilliant showing from Helen Keplinger. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. (AG) 94+" (04/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated bright ruby. Expressive aroma of crushed black fruits, licorice pastille, violet and lily. Dense, chewy, rich and sweet, with captivating flavors of dark cherry, cocoa powder, flowers and saline, rocky minerality. Finishes with huge, dusty tannins, lingering cocoa powder and floral nuances and very good black pepper lift. This highly concentrated and unusually classy Petite Sirah benefits from its Syrah component. (ST) 93+" (05/2013)

2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend Damp Stained Label - 1 available ($129.99)

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2010 Saxum "Terry Hoage Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 5 available ($109.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Terry Hoage Vineyard is a blend of 46% Syrah, 33% Grenache, and 21% Mourvedre that comes from Jennifer and Terry Hoages west side Paso vineyard. Less gamey than when tasted from barrel, it offers up a pure, beautifully fresh bouquet of red and black fruits, spring flowers, ground pepper, leather, and wet stone-like minerality that flows to a rich, fabulously concentrated, and textured palate. Showing the savory, mineral characteristics of the vintage, as well as noticeable underlying tannin, this gorgeous effort needs short-term cellaring, and will thrill for over a decade. 95+ (JD)" (07/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Saxum's 2010 Terry Hoage, here in its first vintage, has developed beautifully in bottle. Today, the Grenache aromatics are incredibly resonant as the Hoage shows off a floral dimension that was not at all apparent when the wines was first bottled. Finely-knit and super-refined on the palate, the 2010 is hugely appealing. What a gorgeous wine this has turned out to be. I can't wait to see what Justin Smith does with this fruit as the vines get older. This first effort is promising, to say the least. The blend is 46% Syrah, 33% Grenache and 21% Mourvèdre. (AG)" (07/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and detailed, exhibiting a crushed rock backbone and tannic structure, with dark berry, licorice and floral scents. This is very tightly wound and sure to benefit from cellaring. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (03/2013)

2010 Von Strasser "Estate Vineyard" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($99.99)

2010 Von Strasser "Reserve" Diamond Mountain District Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($69.99)

2010 Von Strasser "Sori Bricco Vineyard" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($119.99)

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2011 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($299.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Finally in the bottle, the 2011 Proprietary Red Cappella is showing even better than it did from barrel last year (a common occurrence at Abreu). The 2011, which includes more Merlot than usual because of the cold growing season, reveals terrific notes of espresso roast, chocolate, forest floor, incense, and blackberry and cassis fruit. This broad, round effort is an opulent, fruit-forward, supple, luscious wine that should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)" (10/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2011 Cappella is about as soft and approachable a young Abreu wine as readers will come across. Savory herbs and ferrous notes add nuance in a pretty, accessible wine that will drink well pretty much upon release. I am quite surprised how expressive the Cappella is today. (AG)" (12/2014)

2011 Behrens Family "At the Movies" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($89.99)

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2011 Bryant Family "Bettina" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) - 6 available ($399.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Fabulous blackberries, fresh mushrooms, wet concrete and oyster shells. Full-bodied, dense and wonderfully textured. Fantastic mouthfeel. Great finish. Goes on for minutes." (01/2017)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous blackberries, fresh mushrooms, wet concrete and oyster shells. Full-bodied, dense and wonderfully textured. Fantastic mouthfeel. Great finish. Goes on for minutes. (JL)" (01/2017)

94-97 points Vinous: "Tasted from a preliminary blend, the 2014 Bettina speaks to finesse, elegance and purity. Sweet red cherry, cranberry, mint, cinnamon and rose petal all grace the palate in an utterly exquisite, translucent wine endowed with magnificent pedigree and class. Where will the 2014 go? The sky's the limit. (AG)" (10/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Proprietary Bettina has a much more saturated purple than the DB4 (I believe all of this comes from purchased fruit from David Abreus various vineyards in Napa). Loads of forest floor and graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit dominate the complex set of aromatics. Like most 2014s, there is a softness and lushness, a full-bodied opulence and a long, long finish. This is impressive and beautifully approachable already, but promises to keep for 12-15 more years. (RP)" (12/2016)

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2011 Colgin "Cariad" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $290) - 6 available ($239.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Extremely aromatic with lead pencil and hints of currant undertone. Full body, with silky tannins and a very, very long finish. The texture is just right. This is so racy and refined with fabulous texture. I love the savory character. A wine with a solid core of fruit and super silky tannins. It is beautiful and dense yet refined." (05/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated deep ruby. Very backward, brooding aromas of blackcurrant, black raspberry and minerals. Richer, denser and sweeter than the Tychson Hill and IX Estate bottlings but youthfully shut down in bottle (these wines were bottled last June and July). Shows outstanding breadth and definition to the flavors of dark berries, menthol and bitter chocolate. Finishes with substantial broad, youthfully drying tannins and a lingering note of bitter chocolate. I would not be surprised if this wine needed at least seven or eight years in bottle to approach peak drinkability. (ST) 94+" (05/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2011 Cariad is dark, powerful and intense. Expressive ferrous notes lead to dark red fruit, smoke, licorice, tobacco and orange peel in an exotic, full-bodied wine. There is plenty of stuffing and mid-palate richness, but today the 2011 is raw in its intensity. Ideally the 2011 needs a few more years in bottle. Stylistically, the 2011 is a bit of a departure from past vintages. Because of the challenging weather, Colgin relied more on fruit from David Abreu's Thorevilos more than Madrona Ranch, which gives the wine a distinct sense of Howell Mountain intensity and minerality that is a bit out of character. This is also the first time the Cabernet Sauvignon percentage is under 50%. Readers will have to be patient with the 2011, but there is plenty to look forward to. The blend is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. (AG) 94+" (11/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc, the 2011 Proprietary Red Cariad exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with aromas of tapenade, barbecue smoke, black currants, sweet cherries, baking spices and licorice. Medium-bodied and fleshy with delicious fruit, it showcases the endearing, upfront charm of this vintage where the wines are well-made. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)" (10/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Shows a rounder, more graceful texture than most 2011s, with pure blackberry, black licorice, road tar and cigar box notes, holding a tight focus and ending with a persistent, lingering finish. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (11/2014)

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2011 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($199.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill opens with the most exquisite of aromatics. Sage, rosemary, graphite, tobacco, menthol, black cherries, plums all flesh out in a dark, voluptuous wine loaded with class. The interplay of savory notes with layers of fruit is simply breathtaking. Vivid, nuanced and beautifully structured, the 2011 is firing on all cylinders. There is a level of aromatic lift and pure finesse that is simply striking. Hints of orange peel and white pepper add an exotic flair on the close. Tychson Hill is Cabernet Sauvignon with splashes of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Shades of the 2001 linger in the empty glass. (AG)" (11/2013)

94 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of blueberry, spice, and iron character. Pure fruit. Full body with wonderfully integrated tannins and a mineral, blackberry and iron undertone. I love the balance with this wine. So delicious now. Fresh. Cabernet sauvignon with splash of petit verdot and cabernet franc." (05/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright ruby. Reticent but pure nose opens with air to show highly complex scents of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite, rosemary, mocha and wet rock. Very pretty, slightly wild flavors of black fruits, juniper berry and violet are very young and wound up but already convey a strong impression of the site. Finishes with edgy tannins that will require patience. The estate did a lot of crop thinning to eliminate the underripe berries and hasten the ripening process for the rest (the wine is actually 14.8% alcohol in bottle). Boasts terrific definition and avoids the greenness shown by so many Cabernets from this vintage. This vintage marked the latest harvest here: between October 16 and 19. 93+ points. (ST)" (04/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard has plenty of blue and black fruit characteristics as well as an endearing, lush opulence. This 2011 is disarming in its charming softness, roundness and medium-bodied, richly fruity style. A hint of lavender is noticeable, but this is not herbaceous, vegetal or astringent. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

Wine Spectator: "Well-focused on a core of blackberry, mineral, spice, road tar, black licorice and cigar box flavors, this is restrained and balanced, with tannins that are firm without being weighty. Drink now through 2022. (JL, Web-2014)"

2011 Favia "Quarzo" Amador County Syrah ($59.99)

93 points Vinous: "The 2011 Quarzo appears to have even more concentration and depth than the 2010, at least today. A rich, powerful wine, the 2011 remains an infant. Expressive savory and floral notes begin to make an appearance, but only with great reluctance. This is another wine best buried in a cold corner of the cellar for at least another few years." (11/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, gutsy effort, intensely flavored, with firm tannins wrapped around a core of dense dark berry, mineral, black licorice, leather, cedar and fresh-turned earth. Drink now through 2024. 370 cases made." (03/2014)

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2011 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $90) - 2 available ($79.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Heady scents of raspberry, cherry-cola, floral oil, Asian spices and vanilla. Juicy and penetrating, with superb inner-mouth perfume to its sweet red fruit and candied rose flavors. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with excellent clarity, breadth and persistence. (ST)" (06/2013)

90 points Vinous: "The 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River) is a classic, juicy Russian River Pinot with gorgeous depth, striking aromatics and lovely overall balance. Sweet red berries, plums and spices jump from the glass in a racy, beautifully perfumed Pinot that captures the essence of the Kosta Browne house style. Vineyard sites include Castaldi, El Diablo, Giusti, Graham, Kanzler and others. (AG)" (02/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Dan Kosta makes 11 different Pinots! This one has just 5% whole cluster. 16 months in French oak (60% new). Light cherry aroma. On the palate, dry, savoury and intense with great freshness. No unwanted sweetness, very Burgundian in a richer mode. Deft and firm, some oak flavour and power showing on the long savoury finish. 17.5/20 points. (JH)" (10/2013)

K&L Notes: The 2011 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is sourced from select, cool vineyards including Kanzler, Keefer, Koplen, and Ulises Valdez. The wine was slowly fermented and aged for 16 months in 48% new French oak. From the winery: "This beautifully complex wine shows layered aromas of rich warm fennel and sage spices, mingled with the red and dark fresh fruit components of red raspberry, crushed ripe black cherries and hint of rose petal... (It) is pure, balanced, lush and focused. Rich chocolate-covered cherries come to the front, while fresh ripe raspberries, pomegranate and cola develop throughout the palate, all resting generously on the top of the tongue. The lingering finish wraps around your palate with focus and freshness."

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2011 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($89.99)

92 points Vinous: "The 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) has a bit of a darker toned than the Russian River bottling, and also firmer in its tannin. Plum, black cherry, menthol, tobacco and licorice meld together gracefully as the 2011 opens up in the glass. The combination of fruit and structure is compelling. This is a fabulous appellation-level Pinot, due in part to the vineyard blend, which in 2011 includes 40% fruit from Gap's Crown, along with Terra del Promissio and Walala. (AG)" (02/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and vibrant, with zesty, snappy raspberry and wild berry thats tight and well-balanced, this gains richness and depth on the licorice-accented finish. (JL)" (09/2013)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Very pure, ripe-cherry fruit leads the way here, and, if perhaps a bit less complex and far reaching than Kosta Browne's best, it is a wonderfully sure, well-balanced expression of juicy Pinot Noir all the same. It earns high marks for its liveliness and lasts and lasts at the finish, and, while it is nothing less than thoroughly delicious right now, it has the structure and stuffing to improve for a bit. *One Star*" (10/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Sexy, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of candied red berries, vanilla and rose pastille. Juicy and expansive, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of star anise. Very fresh, with excellent finishing clarity and sneaky tannins. There's 'a lot of Gap's Crown' fruit in here, according to Browne. (ST)" (06/2013)

K&L Notes: The 2011 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is sourced from three select vineyards including Gap's Crown. The wine was slowly fermented and aged for 16 months in 49% new French oak.

2011 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah Nicked Label - 1 available ($159.99)

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2011 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 130) - 6 available ($104.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The brilliant 2011 Syrah Broken Stones comes from a cooler block of the James Berry Vineyard and checks in as a blend of 78% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre and 4% Petit Sirah. Relatively forward (especially when compared to the locked up Bone Rock), with fabulous purity and freshness, it exudes notions of creme de cassis, blueberry, pepper, crushed flowers and sweet oak on the nose. Full-bodied, seamless and elegant, yet with building richness and rock star length, its an elegant version of the cuvee to drink over the coming 15 years or more. (JD)" (08/2014)

95 points Vinous: "A dark, mysterious beauty, the 2011 Broken Stones is laced with expressive dark red and black stone fruits, iron, smoke and French oak. This is one of the more explosive wines in Saxum's range of 2011s. The Broken Stones finishes with substantial depth and power. While oak levels have come down quite a bit here in recent years, Broken Stones is one wine in this range where the oak influence is noticeable. The blend is 78% Syrah, 18% Mourvèdre, and 4% Petite Sirah. (AG)" (07/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Sexy aromas of blackberry liqueur, candied cherry, potpourri and a hint of olive tapenade. Offers sweet black and blue fruit flavors and a velvety texture, with slow-building smokiness and a touch of bitter chocolate. Fine-grained tannins add shape and grip to a long, juicy, dark fruit-dominated finish. This suave wine easily carries its 15.3% alcohol. (JR)" (11/2013)

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2011 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 3 available ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Heart Stone Vineyard is a blend of 58% Syrah, 37% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre that was brought up in mostly concrete, with 20% in puncheons. Showing beautifully from barrel, it didnt disappoint from bottle and has a perfumed, elegant feel to its purple fruits, lavender, violets, white pepper and underbrush-like aromas and flavors. The whole cluster inclusion shows here, yet it has fantastic purity, fine tannin and integrated acidity. Give it another year in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2025. (JD)" (08/2014)

92-94 points Vinous: "The 2011 Heart Stone is delicious. A wine that literally bristles on the palate with energy, the 2011 is fresh, vibrant and beautifully articulated from start to finish. Savory herbs, licorice, mint and smoke are all layered into the vibrant, nuanced finish. The use of 60% stems gives the wine gorgeous aromatic lift and palate presence. This is a fabulous showing from Justin and Heather Smith. The 2011 is 58% Syrah, 37% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre done mostly in concrete (80%) with a dash of French oak. (AG)" (07/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Highly perfumed aromas of dark fruit preserves, violet, olive tapenade and cracked pepper, with an exotic blood orange nuance emerging with aeration. Weighty but surprisingly lithe on the palate, offering sweet blueberry and mulberry flavors and strong floral and spicecake accents. Closes spicy and long, with supple tannins making a late appearance and adding gentle grip. (JR)" (11/2013)

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2011 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 9 available ($109.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Reminding me of a top 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (the 2010 Raymond Usseglio Cuvee Imperiale to be exact), the 2011 James Berry Vineyard is a blend of 69% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 2% Counoise, and a splash of Roussanne, that was aged in a combination of concrete (Grenache) and larger oak puncheons. A fresh, detailed and more elegant example of the cuvee, it offers gorgeous notes of ripe berry fruit, loads of exotic spice, violets, pepper and lavender to go with a full-bodied, beautifully pure and layered profile on the palate. Its no blockbuster, but has loads of energy and tension, as well as class and refinement. Give it 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following decade or longer. (JD) 96+" (08/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Dark red plums, exotic spices, crushed flowers, menthol and new leather are some of the nuances that blossom as the 2011 James Berry Vineyard opens up in the glass. The use of 33% whole clusters adds texture and aromatic complexity in a wine that impresses for its purity. Some of the Grenache was done in concrete, which allows the true personality of the fruit to shine. Hints of tar, game and licorice meld into the expressive finish. (AG)" (07/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, lavender and Asian spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Rich and fleshy but lively, offering intense raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and exotic star anise and floral pastille accents. Silky tannins sneak in late and add shape to a long, smooth and alluringly sweet finish. The Grenache in this blend was raised in a large concrete vat. (JR)" (12/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and deeply flavored, this muscular effort centers around penetrating blackberry, black licorice, charcoal and loamy earth notes. Ends with rustic, chewy tannins that will need a few years of cellaring to subside. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise and Roussanne. Best from 2015 through 2026. (JL)" (02/2014)

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2011 Sine Qua Non "Dark Blossom" California Syrah - 2 available ($299.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom showed even better from bottle than barrel. A blend of 84% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah and the rest Roussanne and Petite Manseng, this beauty was fermented with 17% whole clusters and aged in equal parts new and used French oak. One of the shining successes in the vintage, its a full-bodied, concentrated and layered Syrah that has awesome aromatics of blackcurrants, Peking duck, pepper, licorice and charcuterie in its seamless, thrillingly pure profile. As with Manfreds other 2011s, the tannins are certainly present, yet theyre sweet, polished and have no hard edges. Give this beauty 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2031. (JD)" (08/2014)

96 points Vinous: "The 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom is dark, mysterious and wonderfully inviting. Black fruit, savory herbs, leather and spice meld together in a deep, dense wine that is constantly changing in the glass. Savory overtones add intrigue. The firm, muscular 2011 tannins are going to need time to soften. Readers lucky enough to find the 2011 can look forward to years of thrilling drinking. (AG)" (07/2014)

94-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Deep, lush and pungent on the nose, with powerful scents of cassis, boysenberry, singed plum and violet. Then smooth and sweet on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla, with lively acidity adding lift and focus. Finishes lush, concentrated and extremely long, with lingering flavors of boysenberry and blackberry liqueur. There's 50% new French oak here but it's well-hidden underneath the wine's powerful fruit. (JR)" (11/2013)

2012 Andremily "No 1" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($189.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The inaugural release, Jim's 2012 No. 1 is about as good a first release as you're likely to find anywhere in the wine world today. A blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Viognier and 2% Mourvedre (the Syrah and Viognier were cofermented) that spent 25 months in 58% new French oak, it offers extraordinary notes of sweet black fruits, licorice, scorched earth, spring flowers and beautifully integrated oak that only shows as hints of creaminess and vanilla. Weightless, fresh, lively and nicely focused, yet also rockingly full-bodied and layered, with an awesome texture, this is a gorgeous Syrah that's hard to resist now, yet I suspect will continue to knock it out of the park for another decade. Readers looking for the next cult wine need look no further than these latest releases from Sine Qua Nons right hand man, Jim Binns. These are full-throttle, impeccably balanced wines that make no concessions on texture, flavor or depth. It might already be too late to get on the bandwagon, but dont let that stop you from trying. (JD)" (08/2015)

92 points Vinous: "The 2012 No. 1 is rich, exuberant and beautifully layered in the glass, with plenty of dark cherry compote, herbs, smoke, licorice. Silky, polished tannins add to the wine's sensual feel, while a dollop of whole clusters gives the wine striking aromatic lift to balance the opulence of the fruit. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off the 2012, as it is incredibly inviting. There is just a touch of heat on the finish. Otherwise, this is a very strong 2012. The blend is 93% Syrah, 5% Viognier and 2% Mourvèdre, done with 30% whole clusters. The 2012 spent 25 months in French oak, 58% new. (AG)" (08/2015)

2012 Arnot-Roberts "Fellom Ranch Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($99.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch is a big, almost atypically ripe wine for Arnot-Roberts. Richly textured and voluptuous on the palate, the Fellom Ranch captures the essence of the Santa Cruz Mountains in its interplay of fruit, acidity and tannin. Hints of tobacco, cedar, dried flowers, herbs and smoke flesh out on the huge finish. Small berries in this site and the resulting high skin to juice ratio result in a Cabernet Sauvignon that will reward cellaring. Ideally the 2012 needs time for some of the baby fat to fall off. 95+ points. (AG)" (01/2015)

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2012 Behrens Family "Head in the Clouds" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available Price: Hidden

2012 Carlisle "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($69.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another rocking Syrah from this estate, the 2012 Syrah James Berry Vineyard, which was mostly destemmed (80%) and aged 16 months in 27% new French oak, offers a full-boded, decadent profile that carries gorgeous notes of creme de cassis, licorice, toasted spice, white chocolate and spring flowers. Voluptously textured, yet with a rock-solid mid-palate and sweet tannin, drink this beauty anytime over the coming decade. (JD)" (10/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Sexy aromas of cassis, cherry compote, roasted coffee and incense. Supple, pliant and deep in black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors. Becomes spicier and more energetic with air and picks up a smoky nuance that lingers on the long, sweet, intensely spicy finish. I was shocked to see that alcohol number as the wine doesn't betray it at all. (JR)" (05/2014)

2012 Carlisle "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah ($49.99)

93-95 points Vinous: "Carlisle's 2012 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard is a totally seamless wine with no beginning or end. Sweet floral notes meld into dark red and black fruit in a rich, explosive wine endowed with gorgeous depth and balance. The whole clusters add lift, perfume and brightness in a vivid, highly expressive Syrah loaded with distinction. This is a fabulous showing from Mike Officer and Jay Maddox, who seem to get more out of this fruit than the overwhelming majority of their colleagues. (AG)" (02/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mike's 2012 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard, which saw 25% whole clusters and 16 months in 22% new French oak, sports an inky purple color to go with fabulous cassis and blackberry fruits, crushed-rock minerality, pepper and liquid-violet aromas and flavors. It has a slightly cool climate feel, but has serious depth and richness on the palate, with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, solid concentration and supple, voluptuous texture that will allow it to drink nicely on release. It should evolve gracefully for over a decade. (JD)" (10/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Heady aromas of dark berry preserves, incense and candied flowers, with a bright mineral topnote. Sweet and velvety in texture, offering intense blackberry and boysenberry flavors that gain spiciness in the glass. Shows impressive energy on the gently tannic, very persistent finish, with the dark berry note echoing strongly." (05/2014)

K&L Notes: From Robert Parker: "One of the great success stories in Northern California is the genesis of Carlisle Winery, whose owner, Mike Officer, began as a wine hobbiest / software developer and grew into a full-time wine producer who has done more to save head-pruned, old-vine Zinfandel vineyards than anyone else in the United States. He built his reputation on full-flavored red wines and continues to fine-tune these beauties, often field blends of what are generically referred to as 'mixed blacks' planted primarily by Italian immigrants prior to Prohibition." (eRobertParker.com #216)

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2012 Caymus "40th Anniversary" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($229.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "They appear to be immune to some of winedoms less than intelligent trends and fads that we see from time to time, and the result is a spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary offering. Its dense purple/black color is followed by copious quantities of crème de cassis and blackberry fruit, silky tannins, a voluptuous texture and stunning purity as well as length. This full-bodied effort is a fabulous example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a tribute to this amazing family. It is so good now, why wait? However, Im sure that like most vintages of Caymus, it will last for 20-25 years. Amazing! (RP)" (10/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Lavishly oaked, with creamy mocha, vanilla, cedar and anise notes at the edge of a rich core of dark berry, plum and black licorice flavors. Tight, focused and persistent, showing a seductive character. (JL)" (11/2014)

K&L Notes: With a special bottle and label for their 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon, Caymus is ready to celebrate with this epic 2012 vintage. Charlie and Lorna Wagner, with their son Chuck, launched this winery's legacy as a Napa Valley icon in 1972. Chuck is now the owner and winemaker, and has this to offer: "This wine exemplifies our style of Cabernet out of a great vintage: deep color, rich, concentrated and balanced. 2012 celebrates 40 years of producing our pride and joy, Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon."

2012 Keplinger "Diamond Bar - Fair Play" Amador County Syrah - 2 available ($49.99)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 Diamond Bar, 100% Syrah from Fair Play, is an addition to the range. Dark rich and powerful to the core, the 2012 races across the palate with marvelous density. White flowers, crushed rocks, lavender and purple/black fruit blossom in a dark, brooding wine long on personality and pure class. This is a fabulous first effort. These high-altitude, granite-rich soils yield a wine of pedigree and personality. (AG)" (01/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Bold, rich and layered, with firm tannins cloaking the juicy blackberry and wild berry notes, accented by touches of berry jam, anise and cedar. Gains depth and amplitude, revealing subtle berry and spice hints. Ends with gripping tannins. Drink now through 2027." (03/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(100% Syrah, from south-facing vines planted on decomposed granite in the early 1990s): Deep ruby-red. Lively aromas of black cherry, licorice and orange zest. Densely packed and energetic, conveying a strong impression of minerality to go with its dark fruit, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors. In a distinctly powerful, penetrating style, finishing with muscular tannins that will need time in bottle to resolve. But the wine's saline and floral finishing notes suggest that it will reward patience. (ST)" (05/2014)

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2012 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 2 available ($89.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The straight 2012 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a gorgeous Pinot. Subtle and nuanced, yet no lightweight, it offers layers of mulled red and black fruits, cinnamon, loamy earth and dried flowers on the nose. Every bit as good on the palate, with a medium to full-bodied, supple and layered profile, it has excellent mid-palate depth, a fabulous texture and a clean finish. (JD)" (10/2014)

92 points Vinous: "Sweet floral and red berry notes take shape in the 2012 Pinot Noir (Russian River). This soft, perfumed Pinot is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years, while the fruit retains its joyful exuberance. This is another gorgeous appellation-level Pinot from Kosta Browne. (AG)" (01/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A strikingly graceful, complex and layered effort that puts the raspberry, wild berry, anise and floral scents front and center, and keeps them at the forefront through the long, lingering finish. (JL)" (09/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Intense aromas of strawberry preserves, potpourri and smoky minerals, with a spicy nuance adding lift. Lively and precise on the palate, offering zesty red fruit and blood orange flavors that become fleshier with air. Finishes racy and long, with silky tannins building slowly and shaping the plush red berry and cherry flavors. (ST)" (05/2014)

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2012 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($99.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a beautiful wine that comes from four vineyards, Gaps Crown, Griffins Lair, Terra de Promissio and Walala. It has a deep ruby/semi-opaque color that is followed by a youthful, rich and concentrated wine offering classic dark cherries, plum, licorice, ground herbs and baking-spice-driven aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, layered and structured, it opens up beautifully with air, has seamlessly integrated fruit, tannin and alcohol, and stays classy and nicely focused on the finish. It can be enjoyed now with a decant, but will be better in another year, and have over a decade of longevity. (JD)" (10/2014)

92 points Vinous: "Mineral and saline notes give the 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) much of its distinctive energy. Dark raspberries, flowers, mint and spices open up in the glass, all supported by a very classic sense of Sonoma Coast energy. This is the most structured of the appellation wines in the range. (AG)" (01/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Focused on pure, ripe plum and black cherry flavors, this is supple and structured, ending with a mix of baking spices, anise, mocha and black tea notes. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (09/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. High-pitched red berry and cherry aromas, with a spicy nuance building in the glass. Downright racy for a Kosta-Browne pinot, offering nervy cherry and raspberry flavors underscored by smoky minerality. Closes with repeating spiciness, silky tannins and a touch of bitter cherry that adds a sensation of grip. (ST)" (05/2014)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Juicy, well-ripened, black cherry fruit is teamed up with a fair bit creamy oak and accented with a wee hint of cocoa in the very direct and outgoing aromas of this generous, full-bodied Pinot, and even though underlain by a spry streak of acidity, the wine shows a certain fleshy succulence that gives it a good deal of immediate appeal. Still, it is never fat or unwieldy, and those who choose to set it aside for a few years should be pleased that they were willing to wait. *One Star*" (07/2014)

K&L Notes: Kosta Browne's 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot combines fruit from four vineyards and two distinct mesoclimates: Gap's Crown, Griffin's Lair, and Terra de Promissio vineyards in Sonoma's southerly Petaluma Gap, and Walala vineyard from the northwestern coast near Annapolis. The combination of the rich, voluptuous, black and blue-fruited characteristics of the southern fruit with the more red fruit-driven, earthy, and elegant fruit of the north makes for a well-rounded, complex wine with brightness, intensity, and depth of flavor.

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2012 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 6" Central Coast Red Blend - 1 available ($399.99)

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

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

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2012 Rhys "Horseshoe Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir - 12 available ($104.99)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Explosively perfumed cherry-cola, dark berry liqueur, incense and mineral aromas show superb clarity and depth, with a sexy floral quality building with air. Offers palate-staining black raspberry and spicecake flavors that become sweeter and deeper with air. This rich but strikingly lithe and tensile pinot deftly plays power and depth off of vivacity and finishes sweet, youthfully tannic and extremely long. One of the most impressive Pinots I've tasted from the New World, or Burgundy for that matter, in quite a while. (ST)" (05/2014)

94 points Vinous: "Racy and explosive to the core, the 2012 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard hits the palate with a compelling melange of dark red and black stone fruits, cloves, new leather and menthol. Here the style is all about voluptuousness and texture, two qualities the 2012 has in spades. The Horseshoe was fermented with 20% whole clusters, but they are barely evident given the wine's pure intensity and volume. This full-bodied, exceptionally balanced Pinot from Rhys is striking from start to finish. (AG)" (07/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A ripe, layered effort that took plenty of air time to come together (I followed all of these wines over two days), the 2012 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard offers gorgeous cherry and raspberry-like notes to go with ample spice-box, dried flowers and smoky characteristics on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and elegant, it has solid mid-palate density, bright acidity and a big finish. This seemed slightly soft right on opening, but when I came back to the bottle a few hours later, it has come together brilliantly. (JD)" (04/2015)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Once again there is an all but invisible touch of wood setting off the cool, elegant and complex nose that is composed of dark cherry, raspberry, floral, tea and spice nuances. There is a lovely sense of energy to the well-delineated and beautifully refined flavors that possess a dusty mouth feel before terminating in a balanced and delicious finish that is subtly persistent. Here too there is a subtle hint of warmth but it is sufficiently slight that is does not affect the overall sense of harmony. *Outstanding*" (01/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "400 m from Alpine Vineyard but very different - protected from ocean winds and on a ridge of sedimentary shale called Monterey formation. Very intense and bold yet tightly laced. Almost fizzy. Great excitement and richness. 17.5/20 Points (JR)" (02/2015)

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2012 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah ($144.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Syrah James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock is the star of the show in 2012. Borderline perfection, it has straight up awesome notes of black and blue fruits, pepper, crushed violets and searing chalky minerality that shows on both the nose and palate. Full-bodied, seamless and elegant, it's a stacked, concentrated, layered Syrah that never puts a foot wrong. Give it 2-4 years and enjoy bottles through 2032. (JD)" (08/2015)

94 points Vinous: "Vivid purple. Intensely perfumed cherry and blueberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of potpourri, licorice and smoky Indian spices. On the palate, dense, sweet dark berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors are sharpened by zesty mineral and white pepper notes. Elegant for such a rich wine, finishing with supple tannins and excellent floral persistence. This wine was made with 50% whole clusters. (JR)" (09/2015)

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2012 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend ($129.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Syrah Broken Stones is a beauty. Made from 79% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah and the rest Grenache, Mourvedre and Roussanne, it offers up full-bodied, decadent, yet incredibly pure notes of creme de cassis, smoked earth, pepper and violets. Seamless and silky, yet with a great mid-palate and notable tannin, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will have 15 years or more of overall longevity. (JD)" (08/2015)

95 points Vinous: "Saturated purple. Spectacular perfume of fresh blueberry, boysenberry, incense, vanilla and smoky minerals, with suave allspice and star anise nuances coming up as the wine stretches out. Sweet, incisive and pure on the palate, offering an array of dark fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors, along with suggestions of cola and spicecake. Leaves sexy lavender and blue fruit notes behind on an extremely long, vibrant finish that's firmed and focused by silky, fully integrated tannins. (JR)" (09/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A tour de force that's dense, powerful and chunky, with a rich, extracted core of dark berry, graphite, crushed rock, tar and cedar notes. Gripping but engaging on the finish. Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne. Best from 2016 through 2028. (JL)" (03/2015)

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2012 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 1 available ($104.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Heart Stone Vineyard is 43% Syrah, 41% Grenache and 16% Mourvedre that was aged mostly in concrete (the 11 was aged 100% in concrete) yet also saw some new and neutral puncheons. Fermented with 40% whole clusters, its a big, burly effort that has beautiful creme de cassis, black raspberry, crushed violets, vanilla bean and exotic flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass. It too has a structured feel, with high, yet ripe tannin, so short-term cellaring is also advised here. (JD)" (08/2014)

92-94 points Vinous: "Pine, mint, juniper berries, spices and a host of high-toned, expressive nuances meld together in the 2012 Heart Stone Vineyard. The sweet, layered finish is particularly of note. While the 2011 was done entirely in concrete, the 2011 was vinified in a combination of concrete and oak. (AG)" (05/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Smoky, deeply pitched black raspberry, gingerbread and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity. Sweet and palate-staining, with intense red and dark berry liqueur flavors stretching out slowly. Finishes with outstanding thrust and length, chewy tannins coming up quickly to add grip. (JR) 92+?" (09/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a potent expression of loamy earth-infused dark berry, sage, bay leaf, espresso, black tea and black licorice flavors, all deep and persistent, cloaked in chewy tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2016 through 2028. (JL)" (03/2015)

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2012 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 5 available ($129.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 1,580 cases of the 2012 James Berry Vineyard and it reminds me of the 2009 Janasse Chaupin (which is one of Justins favorite wines). Incorporating more Mourvedre than normal, its made from 43% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 10% Counoise thats aged in a combination of concrete and barrel. Rock star stuff, with fabulous black raspberry, cassis, spring flowers and charred meat aromas and flavors, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, yet stays lively, incredibly pure and elegant, with lots of fine tannin emerging on the finish. It will benefit from 2-3 years in the cellar and have 15-20 years of ultimate longevity. (JD) 97+" (08/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 James Berry Vineyard stands out for its textural finesse, sweetness and overall balance. Sweet spices, red berries and flowers all meld together in a decidedly silky James Berry. The 2012 is 42% Grenache, 29% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah and 10% Counoise. More expressive today on the palate than in its aromatics, the 2012 remains a baby. (AG) 94+" (07/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and snappy, with a gritty tannic edge to the currant, raspberry, black licorice and fresh-turned earth notes, lending this a perfumed aroma. Presents a tough-edged tannic side that needs cellaring. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Counoise. Best from 2016 through 2028. (JL)" (03/2015)

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2012 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 5 available ($124.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just bottled five weeks ago, the 2012 Terry Hoage Vineyard (330 cases) is a thrilling blend of 51% Syrah, 31% Grenache and 18 % Mourvedre. It has an up front approachable and sexy feel in its cherry blossom and black raspberry fruit, crushed flowers and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, concentrated and with sweet tannin, its the most ready-to-go in the lineup, yet will still have 10-12 years of longevity. (JD)" (08/2014)

92 points Vinous: "Silky and layered in the glass, the 2012 Terry Hoage Vineyard is a bit laid back for a site that has typically yielded more forward, fruit-driven wines. Plum, sweet spice and mint notes are all laced together nicely in the glass. Overall, the 2012 is a very pretty, feminine wine built more on grace than power. The 2012 is 51% Syrah, 31% Grenache and 18 Mourvèdre, picked a little earlier than the other wines in the range. (AG) 92+" (07/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Generous blackberry, black licorice, anise and sage notes give this a deep, intense core of flavor, matched by chewy, gripping tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2016 through 2028. 338 cases made. (JL)" (03/2015)

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2012 Sine Qua Non "Stein" Central Coast Grenache - 2 available ($249.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting with the Grenache release, the 2012 Grenache Stein is a blend of 76% Grenache, 16% Syrah, and 8% Mourvedre, aged in 14% new French oak (15% was in concrete), that comes mostly from the estate's Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, but also includes grapes from the Cumulus, Third Twin (Syrah) and Bien Nacido vineyards. Checking in at 15.7% alcohol, it's no lightweight, yet it has considerable elegance in its sweet blackcurrants, white pepper, licorice, baking spices and hints of violet-like aromas and flavors. Possessing the hallmark purity of the estate, it's full-bodied, concentrated, rich and textured, with sweet tannin barely noticeable on the finish. I don't think it's one of the greatest Grenaches from the estate, yet it's still an incredible effort that will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 15-20 years or more of overall longevity. (JD)" (08/2015)

95-97 points Vinous: "The 2012 Grenache Stein is incredibly refined, silky and pure, with bright red and blue-hued fruits. Today, the flavors are primary, so readers will have to be patient get the full breadth of aromas, flavors and textures. The Stein is a decidedly feminine, gracious Grenache that impresses for its textural beauty and nuance. I imagine it will provide a long and broad drinking window of pure pleasure over the next 15-20 years. This is an absolutely gorgeous wine from Sine Qua Non. The final blend is 76% Grenache, 16% Syrah and 8% Mourvèdre; 53% from Eleven Confessions, 29% from Cumulus, 9% The Third Twin and 9% Bien Nacido. The 2012 was done with 29% whole clusters and will spend around 22 months in French oak (14%) prior to its scheduled bottling this summer. (AG)" (08/2015)

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2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah - 12 available ($249.99)

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

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

2012 Von Strasser "Spaulding Vineyard" Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($109.99)

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2013 Andremily "No. 2" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($199.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The second release from Andremily's Jim Binns, the No 2 is an utterly profound blend of 85% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre and 4% Viognier that saw a touch of whole cluster fermentation and 23 months in 62% new French oak barrels. Its inky purple color is followed by an incredibly pure bouquet of creme de cassis, pepper, caramelized meat, violets and hints of lavender. Big, full-bodied and luxuriously textured, it has a firm, structured, concentrated mid-palate as well as ripe tannin, notable freshness and a finish that just won't quite. Give this incredibly youthful, even backwards 2013 four to five years of cellaring, and enjoy bottles over the following two decades. Hats off to the team at Andremily! (JD)" (05/2016)

93 points Vinous: "The 2013 No. 2 is a very pretty wine, but it is also less tannic and less structured than most wines of the vintage. Inky blue and purplish fruit, menthol, spice and licorice are all fused together. This is an especially ripe, voluptuous 2013. While the 2013 is very appealing, I would have liked to see a bit more vintage character. On the plus side, though, the 2013 will drink well upon release, something that is quite rare in this vintage. (AG)" (09/2016)

2013 Arnot Roberts "Montecillo Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($99.99)

97 points Vinous: "One of the highlights in this range, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Montecillo Vineyard is utterly magnificent. Deep, pliant and explosive, the Montecillo shows just how magical this vintage is for Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 boasts striking inner sweetness, power and richness, all in a super-classic style built for cellaring. Lavender, plums, gravel, smoke, sage, graphite, licorice, inky fruit and dark spices add the closing shades of nuance. This dark, masculine Cabernet Sauvignon is going to need time, but it is an absolute jewel of a wine. Montecillo, which is on of the Sonoma side of Mount Veeder, has emerged in recent years as a top Cabernet Sauvignon site as a new generation of young producers are showing just what is capable here. The Arnot-Roberts 2013 Cabernets were all done with 30% whole clusters and aged in 30% new oak. (AG)" (02/2016)

2013 Arnot-Roberts "Vare Vineyard" Napa Valley Ribolla Gialla - 5 available ($44.99)

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2013 Carlisle "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah - 3 available ($49.99)

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2013 Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah - 9 available ($34.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Syrah is a blend of the Papas Block and the Steiner Vineyard Syrahs that had been bottled singularly in the past. Deep and rich, with an opaque purple color, it offers up notes of pen ink, blackberries, roasted meats and lard. This big, rich, chunky, succulent Syrah (870 cases produced) should drink nicely for a decade or more.One of the great success stories in Northern California is the genesis of Carlisle Winery, whose owner, Mike Officer, began as a wine hobbiest / software developer and grew into a full-time wine producer who has done more to save head-pruned, old-vine Zinfandel vineyards than anyone else in the United States. He built his reputation on full-flavored red wines and continues to fine-tune these beauties, often field blends of what are generically referred to as mixed blacks planted primarily by Italian immigrants prior to Prohibition." (12/2014)

90-92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Syrah is one of the real overachievers in this range. Mike Officer did not think his flagship Papa's Block Syrah was good enough to be bottled on its own, so it was blended with a parcel of Sonoma Mountain fruit for this year's Syrah. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and licorice all jump from the glass in a plump, extroverted Syrah to drink while the fruit retains its juiciness. Hints of lavender, violets, mint and dark spices wrap around the finish.I am not sure I have met a winery owner quite like Mike Officer before. Of course, Officer is well-known for his advocacy of California's heritage vineyards, but his dedication to delivering value to the end consumer is just as noteworthy. All of that is served up with a giddy, boyish enthusiasm that is reflected in rich, powerful wines that highlight the essence of a number of Sonoma's best vineyards. I tasted all of these wines with Officer and longtime winemaker Jay Maddox from barrel prior to bottling. Maddox describes 2013 as a year with no shock weather events such as frost or heat wave. Weather at set was good, and the main challenge was managing the crop load. Harvest was earlier than normal. In response to the fruit that came in, Maddox opted for lower temperatures in fermentation and fewer punch downs. Unfortunately I was not able to taste the Petite Sirah and James Berry Syrah, both of which were being fined in preparation for bottling." (01/2015)

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2013 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 6 available ($89.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Much more upfront and ready to go than the Santa Lucia Highlands releases, the deep ruby colored 2013 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley offers tons of juicy berry fruits, spice, underbrush and floral characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, supple, voluptuous personality. (JD)" (10/2015)

92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley comes across as a bit restrained, with lovely energy to balance the expressive Russian River fruit. Dark cherry, plum, spice, cedar and cinnamon flesh out on a perfumed, sensual finish with attractive rose petal and lavender overtones. (AG)" (05/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Combines a tight, firm framework and a complex mix of dark berry, anise, gravel, road tar and savory herb notes, finishing with a long, clean, layered aftertaste. Should reward short-term cellaring. (JL)" (08/2015)

Connoisseurs Guide: "True to the brighter, red cherry fruit that its provenance predicts yet still sporting a fair degree of richness that brings it in line with the Kosta Browne style, this very solid, medium-full-bodied wine is fully ripe and fairly lively at once. It is just tight enough to warn off hasty drinking, but it is anything but coarse or crude and will in no way offend if poured in its youth, but even a brief stay in the cellar will pay dividends and, it should continue to get better for another five years. *One Star*" (10/2015)

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2013 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 5 available ($89.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Harvest from September 10th to October 10th, the 2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a sexy, supple and textured effort that has lots of jammy dark fruits, licorice and toasted spice. Surprisingly textured and rounded, it has terrific purity and a hard-to-resist personality. (JD)" (10/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers a pure, focused core of wild berry, raspberry, gravel, anise, dried herb and savory notes that are pleasantly tannic. The fruit pushes through in the end, finishing in a juicy, mouthwatering manner. (JL)" (08/2015)

90 points Vinous: "Red-fleshed stone fruits, crushed flowers and sweet spices are some of the notes that are pushed forward in the 2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. Overall, this is a decidedly forward, juicy Sonoma Coast Pinot built on opulent fruit and near-term appeal. The 2013 is mostly Gap's Crown fruit, which is now an estate vineyard for KB. (AG)" (05/2015)

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2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend - 6 available ($374.99)

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

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

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

2013 Rivers-Marie "Corona Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($119.99)

96 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Corona Vineyard has also turned out beautifully, which is indeed saying something, as Corona is a site that does not perform consistently from year to year. Dark cherry jam, graphite, blueberry compote, tobacco and sweet French oak blossom in a powerful, radiant Cabernet endowed with real breadth and volume. I suspect the Corona will drink well earlier than some of the other wines in this range, specifically the Calistoga and Lore Cabernets. This is one of the very best Coronas I can remember tasting at Rivers-Marie. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from a steep hillside vineyard in the western Oakville hills, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Corona Vineyard is a backward, almost first-growth Pauillac style of wine, with notes of lead pencil, licorice, wet stones, cedar wood and fruitcake. Fine-grained tannins are significant, giving the wine considerable grip and earthiness. This is a big, backstrapping, broodingly primordial style of wine that clearly will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring and keep for three decades or more. 95+ points. (RP)" (10/2015)

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

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

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

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2013 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend ($129.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the more accessible 2013s is the 2013 Paderewski Vineyard, which checks in as a blend of 34% Mourvedre, 33% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and the rest Tempranillo. Its deep ruby, vibrant color is followed by sensational notes of caramelized black cherries, spice box, peppery herbs and chalky minerality. Rich, full-bodied, utterly seamless and gorgeous on the palate, it's an incredible expression of this higher elevation, warm site that readers shouldn't miss. (JD)" (08/2016)

94 points Vinous: "Bright violet color. The nose displays a complex array of black and blue fruit and floral scents, along with suggestions of incense, mocha and licorice. Stains the palate with powerful blueberry and violet pastille flavors sharpened and lifted by juicy acidity. Concentrated, sappy and pure, finishing with outstanding thrust and smooth tannins that are overwhelmed by the wine's dense fruit. (JR)" (09/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Powerful and loaded with personality, this features aromas of smoky dried berry and black licorice that open to dense, rich flavors of plum, cracked pepper beef and grilled herb. The tannins are ripe but muscular. (TF, Web-2016)"

2013 Saxum "Rocket Block - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Grenache Nicked Label - 1 available ($149.99)