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April 28, 2009 New Arrival Email

The following is a list of new arrivals that have come into our inventory within the last seven days, with at least one bottle in stock at the time of this email. We've split the list into three sections. First we show a limited number of our top picks for the week. Next, we display all new arrivals coming into our inventory for the first time. Finally, there is a list of old wines and items we've sold previously that have just returned to our inventory.

TOP PICKS...
(a handful of our favorites also listed in the New Arrivals and Back in Stock sections)

  • 2004 Binder-Mitchell "Gunslingers" Shiraz (Elsewhere $34.99) ($19.99)
    92-94 points Robert Parker: "This joint venture between Kilikanoon’s winemaker, Kevin Mitchell, and Rolf Binder has produced a 100% Shiraz aged in a combination of American and French oak. Tasted just before bottling, it is a full-bodied red revealing scents of melted licorice, pepper, dried herbs, blackberry, and cassis. Full-flavored, opulent, and powerful yet elegant, this beauty should drink well upon release, and age effortlessly for 12-15 years." (10/05)

  • 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Paul Autard ($39.99)
    90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Exotically perfumed nose displays cherry, dark berries, musky herbs and incense, plus a suave mineral undertone. Firm and vibrant, with no excess fat and vivid red and dark fruit flavors. Gains weight, flesh and deeper dark berry flavors on the finish, which leaves behind bitter cherry and licorice notes. Pretty serious, and built to age." (02/2009) 93 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers a very large core of crushed currant, plum and blackberry fruit, all held in check by hints of maduro tobacco, bittersweet ganache, black tea and graphite. The long finish has ample grip, lending further length and definition to the impressive range of fruit. Best from 2010 through 2025." (08/2009) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper of the vintage, the deep ruby/purple-hued 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape, a blend of 70% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah and Counoise, exhibits gorgeously plump, sexy aromas of red and black fruits, licorice, smoke, Provencal herbs, and flowers. Full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuous, it is an endearing, exuberant, flashy Chateauneuf that tastes like the bottled essence of Provence. Drink it now and over the next 10-12 years. " (10/2009)

  • 2005 Beaulieu Vineyard Napa "Georges de Latour" Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Was $90) ($74.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Classic structured, firm and soft at the same time, with a lyrical, creamy mouthfeel. The tannins are evident now, but that is characteristic of a young Georges, wand the reason it ages so well. The depth of blackberries, cherries and currants is unreal and persistent. This is one for the cellar and will age for at least a decade and propbably far longer. Try to keep you hands off it until after 2011." (12/2008) 92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Two stars* Once the proudest name in the Napa Valley, Beaulieu's flagship wine has reclaimed its place atop the Cabernet rankings over the past decade or so. And while it now has plenty of company at those august levels, there is still some-thing very comforting to see an old favorite emerge when we pull the covers off the top wines in our tastings. This year's version is full of black cherry and curranty fruit, adds in touches of roasted vanilla bean and milk chocolate and is suitably ripe without any turn to excess. Supple in feel yet sufficiently tannic for aging, this vintage is a Napa Valley classic." (08/2008) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "A vineyard selection from blocks in Rutherford, St. Helena and Oakville, this classic cabernet from Beaulieu contrasts dark tannins and brighter fruit flavors. The finish lasts with warm scents of baking spices and earth. Firm and supple, this will age well, or decant it long before dinner with roast beef." (12/2008)

  • 2006 Gary Farrell "Rochioli Allen" Chardonnay Russian River Valley ($37.99)
    96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Stunning and dramatic, reminiscent of a fine Burgundy. Hugely complex flavors of grilled tropical fruits, minerals, peaches and pears, elaborated with waves of smoky, honey-sweet oak and dusty spices. For all the richness, it's completely dry. A blend made from two of the greatest vineyards in the Russian River Valley." (04/09) And, according to Wine Spectator: "Tight and flinty, with medium-weight citrus, tangerine and nectarine flavors that offer crisp acidity and good length. Drink now through 2013. 204 cases made." (Web Only, 2009)

  • 2006 Clos Mimi Paso Robles Petite Rousse Syrah ($23.99)
    91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Powerful, exotic scents of red and dark berry preserves, blood orange, underbrush, smoky herbs and black olive. Pungent, smoky raspberry and blackberry flavors stain the palate and supple tannins add support. The herbal and olive notes resonate on the long, smoky, deeply sweet finish. I suspect that this will be overly wild for some winos." (Nov/Dec '09) 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A lovely interpretation of a Paso Robles-styled French Crozes-Hermitage, Clos Mimi-s 2006 Petite Rousse Syrah exhibits intense raspberry, black cherry, and currant fruit interwoven with licorice and meaty/animal-like notes. With medium to full body, silky tannin, and a broad, savory mouthfeel, this provocative red should drink well for 3-5 years." (08/08)

NEW ARRIVALS...
(items coming into our inventory for the first time)

Argentina - Argentina and Chile

  • 2007 Dominio del Plata "BenMarco" Malbec, Argentina - 10 available ($17.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Very juicy, with fresh-cut plum and fig fruit flavors laced with violet, graphite and high-toned spice notes. Long, racy finish. Drink now through 2010." (11/08)

  • 2007 La Posta del Viñatero Cocina Blend, Argentina ($13.99)
    89 points Wine Spectator: "Very up front, with mocha and fruitcake aromas leading the way for a creamy-textured palate of fig, melted licorice and dark plum fruit. The round finish lets the toast and fruit linger. Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah. Drink now through 2009." (10/08) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 09: "($15; 60% malbec, 20% bonarda and 20% syrah) Good deep ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of dark fruits, mocha and nutty oak; got a bit fresher with air. Quite sweet and easy to drink, with a creamy texture to the dark berry and spicy oak flavors. Finishes with soft tannins and good vinosity and length."

Australia - Australia

  • 2007 Elderton Botrytis Semillon Barossa Valley South Australia .375ml ($17.99)
    92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(Orange-gold color. Powerful aromas of apricot, cling peach and chestnut honey are complemented by notes of green tea and smoke. Fleshy, palate-coating pit fruit and honey flavors are extremely deep and gently chewy, picking up cinnamon and clove notes on the back end. Very rich wine with excellent finishing thrust and sappy persistence. This is a dessert in itself." (Sept/Oct '09) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (02/09)

  • 2007 Rocky Gully Shiraz-Viognier Western Australia ($14.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (02/09) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and silky, weaving a spicy apricot character through the peppery blackberry and currant fruit, lingering effortlessly against fine tannins. Drink now through 2015." (08/09)

  • 2005 Rutherglen Estates "Red" Shiraz-Petite Sirah Rutherglen Victoria ($10.99)
    One of Wine & Spirit's 100 Top Values of the Year: "This rustic blend of Shiraz (85 percent) with Petite Sirah is packed with meaty fruit - its blueberry flavors completely fill the tannins, finishing rich and firm. For ribs." (06/09) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 07: "($12; 85% shiraz and 15% petite sirah) Inky ruby. Powerful, deeply concentrated cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by cured tobacco and espresso. Liqueur-like in its dark fruit depth and sweetness but held together by bitter chocolate and licorice qualities and solid tannins. This dense, broad-shouldered blend needs hearty food."

  • 2005 Rutherglen Estates "The Reunion" Mourvedre-Shiraz-Grenache Rutherglen Victoria ($14.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 06: "($15; 60% mourvedre and 20% each of shiraz and grenache) Ruby-red. Intense aromas of cherry, plum, underbrush, flowers and spices. Dense, concentrated and powerful, with a ripeness to the dark fruit flavors verging on sweet. Offers a lovely balance between ripe, subtly sweet fruit and supple tannins on the back end. An outstanding value." According to the Wine Spectator: "Plump and juicy, with ripe cherry and plum fruit, finishing fleshy and generous. Mourvèdre, Shiraz and Grenache. Drink now through 2010. 900 cases imported." (09/06)

  • 2006 Tir Na N'Og "Old Vine" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australian - 9 available ($28.99)
    90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The purple-colored 2006 Old Vines Grenache reveals an attractive perfume of Asian spices, cedar, and black cherry. Smooth on the palate with no hard edges, this tasty Grenache is nicely layered and lengthy. Drink it over the next six years."

Australia - Australian/NZ/South Africa - Old and Rare

  • 2004 Frankland Estate "Isolation Ridge" Shiraz Frankland River Western Australia ($24.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is the sort of Shiraz that forces tasters to re-examine their view of the variety as produced in Australia. It starts off with powerful aromas of cracked pepper and floral notes evocative of violets, then delivers explosively spicy flavors of pepper and licorice cushioned by ripe blackberries and a rich, supple texture. It’s the best of New and Old Worlds. Drink 2010-2020."

  • 2007 Rocky Gully Riesling Frankland River, Western Australia ($14.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 08: "($18) Pale yellow. Vibrant, sharply focused lemon, lime and quinine aromas reminded me of the Platonic gin and tonic. Clean, sharply focused and pure, offering energetic citrus and green apple flavors and a late note of anise. Very refreshing riesling, with excellent finishing lift and length." 89 points Wine Spectator: "Dry and crisp, with melon and lime flavors plus floral and white pepper notes that mingle nicely with the fruit on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 450 cases imported." (11/08)

  • 2006 Rutherglen Estates "Alliance" Marsanne-Viognier Rutherglen Victoria - 12 available ($13.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Crisp and appealing for its floral-scented green apple flavors, lingering on the taut finish. Drink now through 2010. 550 cases imported." (11/07) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 07: "($14; a 70/30 blend) Yellow-gold. Fresh pear and peach on the nose, with a bright floral quality; dominated by the viognier today. Vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors are sharply defined and show good finishing energy. This saw no oak."

  • 2008 Wishing Tree Unoaked Chardonnay Western Australia ($9.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Bright and tangy, with a lemony edge to the green apple flavors, hinting at star fruit as the finish lingers. Drink now." (08/09) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. Pungent aromas of peach and melon are underscored by a note of lemon zest. Light in body but fleshy, with deep pit fruit and melon flavors and a late kick of tarragon. The finish repeats the lemon zest note and is refreshingly tight and brisk." (Sept/Oct '09)

Austria - Austria and Hungary - Old and Rare

  • 2008 Hugl Gruner Veltliner 1.0L ($11.99)
    Grüner Veltliner represents about 70% of this young winery's vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines.

Chile - Argentina and Chile

  • 2008 Terra Andina Carmenere, Chile ($7.99)
    Carmenere is grown only in Chile though it is known as the 'lost grape of Bordeaux.' This Carmenere is intense with plumy fruit flavors accented by spicy cedar and cloves. The nose offers a blend of black currant, blackberry, grilled red pepper and black pepper, and those flavors carry over to the palate. This wine shows balance with volume and soft but present tannins and a formidable aftertaste

Chile - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2008 Terra Andina Sauvignon Blanc, Chile ($7.99)
    According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The white wines begin with the 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Reserva from cool-climate Leyda. It reveals a fragrant grapefruit, lemon-lime, and melon nose followed by a crisp, balanced, tasty Sauvignon that will drink well over the next 12-18 months. All of Terra Andina’s wines are worthy of recommendation." (04/09) Ever notice how the price has climbed for a domestic Sauvignon Blanc since more and more wine drinkers have swtiched from Chardonnay to this racier, brighter grape? Fortunately, there are still SBs of character that come cheap. This one is an intense, fresh and pure wine evoking grapefruit, lime, nectarines, and indigenous notes like peach and Acacia flowers. Is a fresh wine with a harmonious and pleasant aftertaste, and all this for well under $10!

France - 2008 Pre-Arrival Bordeaux

  • 2008 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival ($39.99)
    90 points Robert Parker: "A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, this is an outstanding wine made in a classic style. The tannins are high, but the wine possesses abundant notes of cedar, licorice, underbrush, black currants and cherries. Medium-bodied and dense, but structured and backward (as are most vintages of Calon-Segur), give it 7-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the next 20-25." (05/11) Five Stars from Decanter: "Deep purple, pure, rich and aromatic blackcurrant fruit with a touch of wild roses, extremely elegant, harmonious with immense charm and sufficient depth to last a long time. The Lafite of Saint-Estephe. Drink 2015-30." 90-93 points Tanzer's IWC: "Deep ruby-red. Captivating aromas of blackcurrant, sweet spices and milk chocolate, nicely lifted by hints of minerals and graphite. Enters the mouth creamy and fruity, with flavors of small berries and plum, then turns somewhat tighter and distinctly minerally on the long, smooth, restrained finish. This is classic claret, a wine admirably combining grace and power, and just one of a string of very fine wines from Calon-Segur in the last ten years." (May/June '09) Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

  • 2008 d'Angludet, Margaux Pre-Arrival ($22.99)
    90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Initially rustic and earthy, this wine does show some good, solid fruit. The tannins are smooth, polished, coming into balance with the fruit." (04/09) 88-90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This has a light brambly nose with better-integrated oak than some other Margaux wines, with scents of blackberry, smoke and graphite. This is an impressive Margaux ’08: good fruit concentration, well balanced, high acidity but in synch with the rest of the wine, very pure, fresh and taut on the black cherry finish. This is a better d’Angludet than encountered in recent vintages. Tasted April 2009." (04/09) From Steven Spurrier in Decanter: "...Chateau d`Angludet was in the same place as some of the appellation`s best. At first smoky and a touch earthy on the nose, then notes of spice and bitter chocolate, and more fragrant. On the palate savoury, with plenty of richness to coat the tannins. This fine effort from the Sichel family is, once again, our pick of the cheap Margaux. It`s £12.50 a bottle: it can`t get much cheaper! Fine black-red, fragrant and slightly smoky crushed black fruits, fine concentration on the palate with no loss of elegance, good earthy Cabernet, good breadth, length and structure. Drink 2015-24. 16.5 points." Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

  • 2008 d'Angludet, Margaux (1.5L) Pre-Arrival - 9 available ($44.99)
    90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Initially rustic and earthy, this wine does show some good, solid fruit. The tannins are smooth, polished, coming into balance with the fruit." (04/09) 88-90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This has a light brambly nose with better-integrated oak than some other Margaux wines, with scents of blackberry, smoke and graphite. This is an impressive Margaux ’08: good fruit concentration, well balanced, high acidity but in synch with the rest of the wine, very pure, fresh and taut on the black cherry finish. This is a better d’Angludet than encountered in recent vintages. Tasted April 2009." (04/09) From Steven Spurrier in Decanter: "...Chateau d`Angludet was in the same place as some of the appellation`s best. At first smoky and a touch earthy on the nose, then notes of spice and bitter chocolate, and more fragrant. On the palate savoury, with plenty of richness to coat the tannins. This fine effort from the Sichel family is, once again, our pick of the cheap Margaux. It`s £12.50 a bottle: it can`t get much cheaper! Fine black-red, fragrant and slightly smoky crushed black fruits, fine concentration on the palate with no loss of elegance, good earthy Cabernet, good breadth, length and structure. Drink 2015-24. 16.5 points." Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

  • 2008 Giscours, Margaux Pre-Arrival ($34.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "A dense wine, powerful while also elegant. It shows all the best character of a grand Margaux, with fine tannins as well as dense structure. It will age well." (04/11) 89 points Wine Spectator: "This has a solid core of dark plum and mulled black currant fruit, with sleek minerality and a dash of espresso on the finish. A touch firm, but has more flesh than most of its peers in this vintage. Drink now through 2015." 88-90 points Robert Parker: "The sexy, opulent 2008 Giscours exhibits plenty of dark fruit, forest floor, and earthy notes, sweet, velvety tannin, and good fresh acids. This medium to full-bodied effort should prove to be outstanding with more time." 87-90 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright, full ruby. Rather Burgundian aromas of raspberry, black cherry and flowers, nicely lifted by sweet spices. Juicy, fine and light on its feet, with lovely lift to the red cherry and plum flavors provided by a pretty floral element that lingers on the spicy aftertaste. Very smooth and well-balanced, but perhaps a touch short for outstanding. My guess is that it will gain in flesh in bottle and ultimately merit a score at the high end of my projected range." (03/11) Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

  • 2008 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L) Pre-Arrival - 6 available ($469.99)
    95-97 points Robert Parker: "The 2008 reminds me of a hypothetical blend of the 1996 and 1998. It is a classic, elegant, but substantial Haut-Brion with a dense ruby/purple color as well as crushed rock, spring flower, blueberry, and black currant characteristics presented in a vivid, vibrant, full-bodied style that cuts an ethereal feel across the palate. Haut-Brion is somewhat akin to Cheval Blanc in that it can be seemingly light on the palate, but very intense in flavor. That is the case with the 2008. There is plenty of tannin, but it is very ripe. This impressive, deep wine requires patience, and a ten year wait is mandatory. This formidable Haut-Brion should have a 40-50 year lifeline." (04/09) 93-96 points Wine Spectator: "A very complex wine, with black licorice, sweet tobacco, blackberry and earth. Full-bodied and long, with big, juicy tannins and lots of bright fruit, mushroom, earth and decadent fruit flavors. The most powerful wine of the vintage. Only 35 percent of the total production (normally this is 50 percent or 55 percent). Shows the selection." (Tasting Highlight, 04/09) 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A heavily structured wine, with dark tannins and intensity. Very concentrated, with fruit and spice flavors, a strong element of wood. It is powerful and brooding." (04/09) Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

  • 2008 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien Pre-Arrival ($31.99)
    89-92 points Wine Spectator: "Bright blackberry and currant aromas, with flowers. Cool and fresh on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and juicy fruit." (Tasting Highlight, 04/09) 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer: "Opaque deep ruby. Candied violet, chocolate-covered dried blueberry and plum on the nose. Lovely balance to the fresh blackberry and blueberry flavors, with lively acidity extending the finish. There's sneaky concentration to this very well-made, graceful midweight, which should develop nicely and resolve some of its still-chalky tannins. An excellent vintage for Langoa." 88-90+ points Robert Parker: "Impressively big, muscular, and formidably backward, this dense, full-bodied 2008 possesses beautiful fruit, but extremely high tannins as well as a blockbuster style that is difficult to fully appraise. It will require at least 6-8 years of bottle age, and should last for three decades. It will probably be at least 2-3 points better than my conservative score suggests." (04/09) K&L's notes - ** Black cherry and blueberry aromas. Tons of Merlot-infused fruit. Extremely sweet on the mid-palate. Shows some oaky nuances. Smooth tannins. Quite concentrated wine with a creamy texture. Structured to age. Killer wine. At UGC: Very creamy texture, sweet and lovely. Has plenty of guts for 10 years-plus cellaring. Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan-Dec 2011. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

  • 2008 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (1.5L) Pre-Arrival ($66.99)
    89-92 points Wine Spectator: "Bright blackberry and currant aromas, with flowers. Cool and fresh on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and juicy fruit." (Tasting Highlight, 04/09) 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer: "Opaque deep ruby. Candied violet, chocolate-covered dried blueberry and plum on the nose. Lovely balance to the fresh blackberry and blueberry flavors, with lively acidity extending the finish. There's sneaky concentration to this very well-made, graceful midweight, which should develop nicely and resolve some of its still-chalky tannins. An excellent vintage for Langoa." 88-90+ points Robert Parker: "Impressively big, muscular, and formidably backward, this dense, full-bodied 2008 possesses beautiful fruit, but extremely high tannins as well as a blockbuster style that is difficult to fully appraise. It will require at least 6-8 years of bottle age, and should last for three decades. It will probably be at least 2-3 points better than my conservative score suggests." (04/09) K&L's notes - ** Black cherry and blueberry aromas. Tons of Merlot-infused fruit. Extremely sweet on the mid-palate. Shows some oaky nuances. Smooth tannins. Quite concentrated wine with a creamy texture. Structured to age. Killer wine. At UGC: Very creamy texture, sweet and lovely. Has plenty of guts for 10 years-plus cellaring. Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan-Dec 2011. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

  • 2008 Latour, Pauillac Pre-Arrival - 9 available ($229.99)
    96-98 points Robert Parker: "Damn me for saying it, but I actually think the 2008 Latour will turn out to be even better than the 2005 or 2000...A fabulous infant, it exhibits an inky/purple color as well as extraordinarily pure notes of creme de cassis, crushed rocks, and flowers. The fact that there is no hint of oak is a testament to the vintage's density and richness. The wine possesses full-bodied power as well as a boatload of tannin, and it is even more backward than Lafite Rothschild. Nevertheless, the hallmark of a great wine and potentially top-notch vintage is the sweetness of the tannin, and that is evident. The wine is young, unevolved, and incredibly pure (another hallmark of this unexpectedly magical vintage) with an amazingly long, textured, layered finish. It should be forgotten for 5-8 years, and consumed over the following four decades." (04/09) 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Elegance and fruit are the hallmarks at Latour in 2008. The tannins are present, but subdued. The balance is what is impressive, with tight ripe fruits, nothing over-stated." (04/09) 91-94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers currant and blackberry aromas, with hints of flowers. Starts as a slow attack on the palate, then builds with superpolished tannins and pretty fruit, offering berries and mineral. Long and caressing." (Tasting Higlight, 04/09) Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan-Dec 2011. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

  • 2008 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (1.5L) Pre-Arrival - 9 available ($89.99)
    95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "New wood aromas, follow with solid, dark fruits. This is a powerful wine, which shows elegance and structure together and in balance. A beautiful wine for long-term aging." (04/03/09) 90-93 points Wine Spectator: "Roses, blackberries, currants and wet earth. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and very pretty fruit. Long and juicy. A delicious wine, very balanced." (04/09) 92-94 points Robert Parker: "Another blockbuster, long-term wine from proprietor Anthony Barton, this 2008 is among the biggest, most back-strapping efforts of the vintage. As with many vintages of Leoville Barton, it is best forgotten for another decade. An inky/purple color is followed by notes of forest floor, camphor, red and black fruits, and a hint of wood. This brawny, masculine-styled St.-Julien possesses huge body, massive concentration, and mouth-searing levels of tannin. However, the tannins are much sweeter than the 2005's were at the same stage, so that should not be an issue as long as potential purchasers exercise patience. This impressively pure, classic Bordeaux should be at its finest between 2020-2050." (04/09) Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan-Dec 2011. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

France - 2008 Pre-Arrival Sauternes

  • 2008 Suduiraut, Sauternes Pre-Arrival ($56.99)
    93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Christian Seely triumphed both in Pauillac and Sauternes in 2008. This Suduiraut displays immense intensity on the nose with clear honey, limestone and a touch of almond. Crystalline. The palate is medium-bodied, lovely texture, honeyed fruit, butter, mandarin, a touch of quince and almond. Cohesive right through to the long, seductive finish. This is a sophisticated, 'confident' Sauternes that will cellar effortlessly." (04/09) 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rich, generous, opulent, and showing big swathes of intense fruit and orange marmalade. The dried fruits shine in this powerful, sweet wine." (04/09) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Packs power and purity into an unctuous yet sleek frame, with mouthwatering acacia honey, creamed melon, honeysuckle, white peach and green almond notes that drive through the lengthy finish. A serious Sauternes. Drink now through 2024." (03/11) K&L's notes - * to *+ Fat and rich. A heavyweight wine that's a bit chunky but with decent acidity. Value-priced! At UGC: Sweet and sour. Pineapple and grapefruit. Intriguing. Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2005 de Rochemorin Rouge, Pessac Leognan ($17.99)
    Wine Club Price: $13.95.

    89 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of blackberry, tobacco and coffee follow through to a full body, with soft, round tannins and a chocolate, berry and smoke aftertaste. Best after 2011." (03/08)

France - French Regional Wines - Old and Rare

  • 2008 Cassis Rosé Domaine du Bagnol ($20.99)
    From the prettiest village on the Mediterranean comes one of our finest rosés. The Bagnol Cassis rosé gives expression to the intense minerality that comes from the white stone cliffs that provide background to these vineyards; but there is also a gracious and silky texture to this wine that makes this most satisfying and the perfect accompaniment to freshly caught fish.

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Paul Autard ($39.99)
    90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Exotically perfumed nose displays cherry, dark berries, musky herbs and incense, plus a suave mineral undertone. Firm and vibrant, with no excess fat and vivid red and dark fruit flavors. Gains weight, flesh and deeper dark berry flavors on the finish, which leaves behind bitter cherry and licorice notes. Pretty serious, and built to age." (02/2009) 93 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers a very large core of crushed currant, plum and blackberry fruit, all held in check by hints of maduro tobacco, bittersweet ganache, black tea and graphite. The long finish has ample grip, lending further length and definition to the impressive range of fruit. Best from 2010 through 2025." (08/2009) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper of the vintage, the deep ruby/purple-hued 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape, a blend of 70% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah and Counoise, exhibits gorgeously plump, sexy aromas of red and black fruits, licorice, smoke, Provencal herbs, and flowers. Full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuous, it is an endearing, exuberant, flashy Chateauneuf that tastes like the bottled essence of Provence. Drink it now and over the next 10-12 years. " (10/2009)

  • 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Paul Autard "Cuvée La Côte Ronde" ($49.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde (a blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah from 60-year-old vines, with the Syrah enjoying malolactic fermentation in barrel and aging in new oak) possesses smoky, roasted herb, seaweed wrapper, licorice, cassis, and black cherry characteristics. The oak component is beautifully integrated, and the wine has superb concentration, a full-bodied style, and a true Chateauneuf du Pape personality in spite of the new oak. It should drink well for 15+ years. " (10/2009) 95 points Wine Spectator: "A stunner, combining the rich currant, fig and boysenberry fruit of the vintage with the region's characteristic charred apple wood, graphite, aged tobacco and black tea notes. The long, invigorating finish is supported by riveting acidity and well-embedded grip. When power and finesse work together, it's a beautiful thing. " (09/2009) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Pungent scents of cassis, smoked meat, licorice and oak spices, with slow-building floral character. Broad, palate-staining dark fruit flavors are framed by chewy tannins and become sweeter with air. Showing a lot of oak spice right now but shows impressively concentrated black and blue fruit qualities as well. The finish packs a solid punch and leaves sweet boysenberry, vanilla and licorice notes behind. Give this a few years for the oak to recede." (02/2010)

Germany - German - Old and Rare

  • 2007 August Kesseler Rheingau Spätburgunder Rose ($17.99)
    Prove yourself the epitome of hip by toting this dry rose to your next backyard fest. Like its cousins in southern France, this is made by the saignée method from the juice of Pinot Noir grapes from vines up to 100 years old. Clean and bright on the nose, with flavors of ripe strawberry and sweet raspberry. Elegant and balanced, this wine is lively and refreshing but with a good structure as well. Something rare, unique and beautiful to enjoy this summer!

  • 2007 Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett ($24.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Intense mineral and spice notes mark this snappy Riesling, which shows fine clarity and detail, with peach and lime adding interest. Has fine harmony, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2022. 700 cases made." (10/08) According to Wine Enthusiast: "Beeswax, oranges and crushed stone on the nose, then tangerine and more mineral notes on the palate. It's medium-bodied, prettily plump and succulent..." (10/09)

  • 2007 Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett ($39.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "A lush, opulent kabinett featuring apricot, peach and orange notes. It's on the soft side, or at least the acidity is submerged right now. Nice tangy finish though. Drink now through 2018. 200 cases made." (Web only, 2009) According to Wine Enthusiast: "Exotic, offering up scents of oranges and apricots, then folding flavors of melon and spice on the palate. It's broad but basically balanced; round yet with adequate acidts, picking up hints of citrus pith on the finish." (10/09)

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2004 Bruno Giacosa "Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba" Barolo - 11 available ($174.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Giacosa's 2004 Barolo Falletto is so compelling it will be hard not to drink it in its youth. This gorgeous Barolo reveals a deeply structured frame layered with sweet dark fruit, mint, spice and pine. At once delicate and powerful, it is a beautifully finessed wine that is sure to provide much pleasure. A recent bottle of the 1982 is a testament to the virtues of this great site as interpreted by Bruno Giacosa. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024." (12/2007) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium red. Musky aromas of sappy cherry liqueur and minerals. Juicy, mineral-driven and gripping, with excellent clarity and thrust to its intense, slightly candied flavors. A very sexy, wonderfully rich and broad Barolo with substantial ripe tannins. The pHs of the Barolos and Barbarescos here are higher today than they were previously, admits Giacosa, but that's a function of warmer years and riper fruit rather than any change in philosophy." (12/2007) 92 points Wine Spectator: "A delicate wine, with intense aromas and some strawberry, citrus fruit and cherry character. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, beautiful finish. Very pretty. All in balance and refinement. Best after 2010." (06/2008) 91 points James Suckling: "Compelling aromas of citrus fruit and berries. Full-bodied, medium tannins and a long pretty finish. This is ready." (05/2012)

  • 2004 Bruno Giacosa "Rabaja" Barbaresco - 3 available ($179.99)
    97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Barbaresco Rabaja is off the charts. It boasts phenomenal richness and complexity in its dark, brooding aromatics and powerful structure, with suggestions of roses, tar, menthol, coffee beans and baking spices that emerge from the glass in an endless display of elegance married to sheer force. Although the Rabaja will be released as a white label non-Riserva, it is very close to Riserva-level quality. From barrel it revealed just a little less length than the Asili, It will be interesting to see how the Asili and Rabaja develop in bottle. I would not be surprised to see the Rabaja merit a higher score in another year or two. This magnificent wine will especially appeal to readers who enjoy a structured style of Barbaresco. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029." (10/2007) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Reticent, more reduced nose hints at game and minerals. Then fatter, sweeter and creamier in the mouth than the Santo Stefano; a step up in texture and richness. The limestone element brings energy and minerality, which extends the wine's rather fine-grained finish." (12/2007) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Very pretty aromas of strawberry and rose follow through to a full body that builds on the palate, with mushroom, berries and hints of cedar. Long and chewy, yet layered and beautiful. Very tight and reserved. Wonderfully crafted. Best after 2013. 600 cases made." (09/2008)

  • 2004 Bruno Giacosa "Santo Stefano" Barbaresco - 9 available ($159.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Giacosa's 2004 Barbaresco Santo Stefano is a superb wine. Sweet, floral, mentholated aromatics meld into an expressive core of ripe fruit, with superb length and elegant tannins to round out the finish. Made in a more linear style than the Asili and Rabaja, it doesn't possess the expansiveness of those two wines, but it does reveal tremendous depth, harmony and balance. This pure, sweet, long Barbaresco is the best Santo Stefano in years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022. " (10/2007) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers subtle and focused aromas of crushed ripe strawberry, with hints of dried mushroom and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with big, juicy, velvety tannins and loads of ripe, sweet fruit. Needs time to come together. Voluptuous. Open." (09/2008) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated medium red. Explosive aromas of tobacco, dried flowers, minerals and iron. Juicy, spicy and enticingly floral, with a refreshing quality to its precise flavors of brown spices, leather, mocha and earth. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and subtle suggestions of minerals, smoke and marzipan. I'd give this another year or two in the bottle before even thinking of pulling the cork." (12/2007)

  • 2004 Cavallotto "Bricco Boschis" Barolo - 5 available ($59.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Barolo Bricco Boschis tastes just like it did from barrel, which is to say sweet, layered and totally irresistible. The ripe red fruit is incredibly primary, and this wine is years away from offering its finest drinking, but it is already very impressive at this stage. This is an especially refined, elegant vintage for this wine, and I can only say that I await the Riservas with eager anticipation. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024." (10/08) ETA: 4/21/09

  • 2004 Conterno Fantino "Mosconi" Barolo - 6 available ($79.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Barolo Mosconi is the first release from this south-facing vineyard in Monforte, which the estate controls through a long-term lease. It is an impressively endowed, full-bodied Barolo with a multitude of tar, smoke, mocha, vanilla, mint and sweet dark fruit flavors that coat the palate with superb depth and persistence. As is usually the case with Barolos from this site, the wine is made in a distinctly powerful style that emphasizes fruit at the slight expense of aromatic complexity. That notwithstanding, it is a compelling Barolo. In 2004 the Mosconi contains fruit from only the oldest vines. A parcel the estate replanted will be added to the wine in forthcoming vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. " (12/2007) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Musky strawberry, blackberry, violet and sexy oak on the nose. Superripe and deep but youthfully backward, showing more cedar and tobacco and less flowers than the Ginestra. A big, rich, chewy wine that's currently showing more oakiness in the middle palate and wood tannins on the finish than the Ginestra. Seems almost old-fashioned in the context of this producer's wines. Incidentally, although Conterno replanted half of the vineyard in 1998, this 2004 was made from only the old vines. The Ginestra may well be tastable early for its sheer sex appeal but this bottle will require aging. 94(+?) points" (12/2007) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of blackberry, licorice and plum. Full-bodied with chewy tannins and lots of fruit. A big, juicy wine, with plenty of muscle. A new Barolo from this producer. Best after 2012." (06/2008) Jancis Robinson: "Monforte d'Alba, barrique and botti 24 months. Marked spice and coffe aromas but with a lovely floral note still appearing. Complex and seductive and ripe. Rich and dense and chewy but all the components are there for a promising future. 17/20 points." (12/2008)

  • 2004 Gaja "Spress" Barolo - 6 available ($319.99)
    99 points and a 'Collectibles' designation from Wine Spectator: "Powerful and structured. Delicate aromas of sandalwood, blackberry, licorice and cherry follow through to a full body, with very chewy tannins and loads of pretty fruit and hints of vanilla. Sneaks up on you to deliver a red for aging. Massive. An amazing wine." (09/08) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Gaja's 2004 Langhe Sperss is an infant. Still incredibly primary, it exudes the essence of Serralunga black fruits, smoke and tar. The new oak is still very evident here and the wine seems to be at an awkward phase of its development. Still, it offers stunning concentration as well as length, with soft, caressing tannins that frame the fruit all the way to the long finish. This wine is in need of serious bottle age and may very well merit a higher score once it emerges from its temporary period of dormancy." (12/07) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Red-ruby. Very wild aromas of red and black fruits, spices, smoked meat and nutty oak, with a suggestion of fruit syrup. Creamy-sweet and very ripe but much less open to inspection than the Conteisa; with its chocolatey ripeness this comes across as a bit undifferentiated today. In a distinctly backward Serralunga style-in direct contrast to the Conteisa, which is from the Cerequio vineyard in La Morra. Finishes quite long, with a boatload of tannins and lingering notes of plum and chocolate." (Nov/Dec '07)

  • 2004 Luigi Pira "Marenca" Barolo - 3 available ($59.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As it often is, Pira’s 2004 Barolo Marenca is a thrilling wine. This layered, sumptuous Barolo possesses generous, plump fruit, sweet spices, menthol and new leather flavors with an expansive, rich personality. The oak is well-integrated and the wine offers superb balance, with tannins that finish big but polished. The Marenca is aged exclusively in 500-liter barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024." (12/2007) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red. Deep, ripe, nuanced aromas of plum, redcurrant, tobacco and mocha. As rich as this is, it's also less chunky than the Margheria, with more lift and a stronger impression of acidity. Finishes with sweeter tannins and very good vinosity, and an inviting element of sweet loamy earth." (12/2007) Jancis Robinson: "The Pira family began bottling their own wine only in 1995 after years of selling their grapes to other producers. Today, they have 8 hectares in Serralunga d’Alba, one of the 5 main Barolo villages. Its soil is composed of compact sandstone and clay, which produces particularly powerful and long-lived wines. Bigger, more structured than Margheria - also a little higher in altitude; 2.2ha vineyard. Aged in 500-litre tonneaux, 50% new. Strongly spiced -- both sweet and savoury aromas and a peppery char overlay. Richer fruit than the Margheria, juicier and tannins are finer though still pretty firm. Power and depth and real class for the long term. Very fine. 18.5+/20 points." (08/2008)

  • 2004 Mauro Sebaste "Brunate" Barolo - 10 available ($49.99)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "There's fabulous richness on the nose, with blackberry, flowers, cedar, dried mushroom and fresh meat. Full-bodied, with wonderful fruit and supersilky tannins. Long and caressing. Very close to the classic 1997." (09/08) ETA: 4/21/09.

  • 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco "Asili" Riserva ($54.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2004 Barbaresco Riserva Asili conveys an impression of sheer luxuriousness as it coats the palate with waves of ripe fruit that nearly manage to cover the wine’s tannins. Generous and expansive on the palate, the wine reveals tons of depth and richness, with a long, satisfying finish. This remains a vibrant, pure Barbaresco in need of cellaring, yet readers who want to take this bottling out for a test drive won’t be disappointed, but beware, the wine shut down quickly in the glass. Simply put, this is sublime stuff. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2024. . Wine Advocate # 179 Oct 2008

  • 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco "Moccagatta" Riserva ($54.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The 2004 Barbaresco Riserva Moccagatta suffers only by virtue of being placed among this group of phenomenal wines; most producers would be delighted to have this as their top Barbaresco. As is often the case, the Moccagatta is a relatively accessible, forward wine, but like the Rio Sordo, it has an unusual level of plumpness and inner sweetness that makes up for any complexity that may be missing. Sweet spices, plums, prunes and espresso are just some of the nuances to be found in this compelling wine. The Moccagatta should be one of the more accessible Riservas early on. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022." (10/08) 92 points Stephen Tanzer: "Good medium red. Medicinal nose is locked up tight today. Then ripe and sweet in the mouth, with noteworthy depth and intensity of material. Firm acidity gives shape to the black cherry and menthol flavors. Finishes with suave tannins and lovely breadth and chewiness. Nicely ripe and balanced for this cru and long on the aftertaste. From a cooler southeast exposure." (Nov/Dec '09)

  • 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco "Montefico" Riserva - 8 available ($54.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The 2004 Barbaresco Riserva Montefico is another of the larger-scaled wines in this lineup. It reveals a profile of ripe red fruits, spices and menthol wrapped into a seamless yet structured frame. This Barbaresco doesn’t quite have the level of profoundness of the finest wines in this vintage, but it comes awfully close. Shades of Bruno Giacosa’s 1971 Barbaresco Montefico linger on the long and immensely satisfying finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024." (10/08)

  • 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco "Montestefano" Riserva ($54.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The 2004 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is one of the more reticent wines in this lineup of 2004 Riservas. Its vibrant, fresh color is followed by notes of violets, roses, black cherries, menthol, smoke and licorice. The wine possesses tons of structure and sheer muscle behind the fruit, suggesting this will be an especially long-lived Barbaresco. In recent vintages I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Montestefano, but this superb 2004 is impossible to resist. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024." (10/08) 92(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red. Reserved nose hints at mocha, smoked meat and truffle. Sweet, dense and intensely flavored; not yet especially expressive but suave and fine-grained. The wine's firm spine of acids and toothcoating tannins call for at least several years of patience. Both this and the Montefico come from sites facing full south." (Nov/Dec '09)

  • 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco "Ovelllo" Riserva ($54.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The 2004 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello is deep, dense and incredibly primary. Although the wine clearly possesses remarkable stuffing, there is very little tertiary development here. With air, suggestions of menthol, pine, spices and licorice gradually emerge, but this remains a wine in need of serious bottle age. Lingering notes of sweetness resonate on the long finish. This austere, but beautiful Barbaresco is destined to develop beautifully in bottle and should offer glorious drinking down the road. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024." (10/08) 90 points Stephen Tanzer: "Good full red. Very ripe aromas of cherry liqueur, raspberry and menthol. Surprisingly sweet in the mouth, but less sharply delineated than the Moccagatta or Rabaja in spite of possessing firm acidity. Solid and rich but in a slightly more rustic style, finishing with serious tannins. With more clay in the soil, there's a bit less lift, notes Vacca, who describes this cru as 'a tomboy.'" (Nov/Dec '09)

  • 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco "Pora" Riserva ($54.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The 2004 Barbaresco Riserva Pora is a dense, chewy offering loaded with ripe red cherries, licorice, tar and sweet wild herbs. The wine’s sheer concentration and power are impressive but today the tannins seem to lack the extra level of elegance that characterizes the best wines in this vintage. Despite its slightly rustic personality, this medium to full-bodied Barbaresco delivers plenty of drinking pleasure in an intense style. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. " (10/08) 89 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright medium red. Subdued aromas of strawberry, truffle and smoke. Soft, sweet and easygoing, but nicely shaped by ripe acidity. I find little of the greenness this wine can often show in the early going: Vacca attributes this to picking on the late side in 2004. Finishes fresh, with dusty tannins." (Nov/Dec '09)

  • 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco "Rio Sordo" Riserva ($54.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2004 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo is one of the better versions of this wine I can remember. There is considerable depth and richness in the fruit here as this sweet, layered Barbaresco opens up in the glass. The typical spiced, floral Rio Sordo notes are amply present in the wine, but in 2004 there is an additional level of concentration and richness that has eluded previous vintages. This is a beautiful Rio Sordo from the Produttori. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020" (10/08)

Italy - Italy

  • 2007 Tenuta diell'Ornellaia "Le Volte" - 12 available ($24.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Le Volte, Ornellaia’s entry-level wine, is especially opulent in this vintage. A soft, generous red, the wine offers terrific richness and depth in its ripe, perfumed fruit. Sweet scents of French oak linger on the long finish. This generous, seductive wine should continue to drink well over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2012." (08/09) This estate was founded in 1981 by Marchese Lodovico Antinori when he decided to establish a new, truly exceptional wine estate in a beautiful, unspoiled section of the Tuscan coast known as the Maremma. The decision was made to plant Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot as these varietals are most suited to the exceptional microclimate of the Bolgheri area. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia produces four highly-acclaimed wines. The 2007 Le Volte is a blend of 51% Sangiovese, 34% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The aromatic and structural components display perfect balance, with fresh, lightly spiced red berry fruit notes, and smooth fullness on the palate, where the soft Merlot tannins combine with the structure of Cabernet and the classic liveliness of Sangiovese.

Scotland - Single Malt Scotch

  • Bruichladdich 16 year old Bourbon Cask Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 5 available ($99.99)
    Yes, just a good old Bourbon cask. In my humble opinion, Bruichladdich needs nothing else! The sixteen year old is replacing one of my favorite Bruichladdich's, the fifteen year old! (Susan Purnell, K & L Spirits Buyer) Redundant bourbon barrels represent about 97% of casks used for maturing Scotch whisky. Since Prohibition ended in 1933, the US law states these casks can be used just once before being sold - to an eager Scottish whisky market. These casks are made from Quercus Alba, white oak, also known as American Oak from the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Kentucky. Tyloses, or cellular growths, make this oak more watertight meaning it can be machine-worked, use thinner staves, reducing coopering costs. The Classic Bourbon 16 makes a great contrast to our French oak "First Growth" series of 16 year olds. With this bottling which we expect to run until about 2011 we wanted to reaffirm the American connection: Prohibition changed the flavour of Scotch Whisky for a century. Scotch and American whiskies are historically linked. It's a symbiotic cycle: we gave them distilling, so they can sell us cheap casks. Immigrant Scots started distilling, mainly for domestic purposes, in the US shortly after the American War of Independence when they settled in Kentucky, in a newly established (county of Bourbon. It was named Bourbon in 1785 in homage to the French royal family, in recognition of their help in the battle against the English. (Distillery Notes)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2007 L'Aventure Paso Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($74.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another long distance runner is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, a wine worth following over the next 15-20 years. With classic aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, spring flowers, and earth, this is a big, broodingly backward, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that is probably too formidably endowed and intense to attack presently, but given 3-4 years of bottle age, this wine should evolve as well as some of the North Coast Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa. Everything is there -- crushed rock, creme de cassis, graphite, full-bodied power, fabulous concentration, purity, and a saturated purple color, all suggesting a brilliant wine. By the way, it is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 % Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025+. One of the reference point producers in Paso Robles, Frenchman Stephan Asseo continues to turn out an intriguing as well as provocative range of brilliant red wines." (04/2009) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Dark purple. Strongly perfumed bouquet of blackcurrant and cherry pit, with a mounting note of blueberry. Deeply concentrated dark fruit flavors are supported by a suave mineral spine and framed by silky tannins. Impressively pure and vibrant, with strong finishing cut and echoes of smoky minerals and spicecake. As attractive as it is now, this suave wine is built to reward patience." (12/2009)

  • 2005 Levy & McClellan Napa Proprietary Red - 1 available ($489.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Levy and McClellan's 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, which spent 26 months in new oak (mostly Taransaud), is developing at an incredibly slow rate. Its opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by beautiful aromas of roasted coffee, melted chocolate, creme de cassis, burning embers, camphor, and a hint of cedar. On the palate, the wine combines considerable substance, power, and extract with a sense of harmony as well as elegance. Black currant, blackberry, and gamy, meaty notes are also present in this full-bodied effort with an incredibly long finish. The wine is just beginning to shed some tannin and become accessible. It will benefit from another 4-5 years of bottle age, and will easily last for three decades or more." (12/2008) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep medium ruby. Complex, expressive nose offers black raspberry, licorice, brown spices, mocha, smoke, minerals and nutty oak. Wonderfully lush and creamy-sweet for the year, with Graves-like mineral, gravel and smoky notes (from barrel this wine struck me as brooding and Latour-like but today its fruit character is more red). Ripe, harmonious acidity and broad, lush tannins make this cabernet remarkably presentable-not to mention long on personality-for a 2005, but it also has the structure for an extended evolution in bottle. Even in 2005, this young vineyard on volcanic soil produced just over two tons of fruit per acre, according to Bob Levy." (06/2008)

  • 2005 Mount Eden "Saratoga Cuvée " Santa Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon ($24.99)
    90 points Robert Parker: "A big, sweet bouquet of smoke, creme de cassis, earth, underbrush, and herbs soars from the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Saratoga Cuvee. The wine hits the palate with silky tannins, medium to full body, and no hard edges. This smooth, beautifully fruited, well-balanced Cabernet should drink well for a decade or more. This iconic winery continues to offer wines with personalities and styles that set them apart (especially the estate wines) from just about anything else readers will taste from California. Estate grown as well as purchased grapes are utilized in their less expensive Saratoga Cuvees." (02/10) According to the Wine Spectator: "Trim yet full-bodied, with firm, savory dried currant, herb, cedar and mineral flavors that give this a tight focus and distinct personality. Ends with minerally tannins." (Web only, 2009)

  • 2006 Parkmon "Corona Vineyard" Mt. V