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January 27, 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)

  • 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes ($159.99)
    98 points Wine Spectator: " *#1 in Top 100 Wines of 2007 & Collectibles designation* Really tight now, but packed with dark fig, currant, espresso, licorice and chocolate notes. Superfleshy but seriously structured, there's layer after layer of sweet spice, fruit and minerality pumping through the finish, with lots of latent depth and power. Far more backward than the 2003 or 2004 on release, but since this red typically puts on weight as it ages, it should be a monster--à la the 1990--when it reaches its peak." (12/2007) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A complex nose of resiny pine forest notes intermixed with black raspberry, sweet kirsch, licorice and lavender jumps from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied, powerful, rich, and tannic, this wine begs for 4-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25+ years. In short, you can’t go wrong with either of these vintages, although the 2006 will provide more up-front charm, and the window for drinking it will be just as long as the 2005. Patience will be required for the 2005." (10/2007) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Explosively perfumed nose offers a profound bouquet of red and dark berries, licorice, incense and musky underbrush. Broad, palate-staining raspberry and blackcurrant flavors are enveloped in velvety tannins, with suave anise and Asian spices adding complexity. A huge but balanced-even graceful-wine, with a finish that refuses to let go of the palate." (02/2008) K&L Notes: According to Robert Parker: "This remains one of the irrefutable reference point estates for traditional Chateauneuf du Pape. The wine is always aged in a battery of foudres in the air-conditioned and humidified cellars. Vincent Avril told me that yields have been very low since 2003 at Clos des Papes, with 24 hectoliters per hectare in 2003 and 21 hectoliters per hectare in 2004, 2005, and 2006...the classic blend is 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the rest very small percentages of Vaccarese, Counoise, and Muscardin." (10/2007)

  • 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, "Cuvee Juline", Paul Autard Pre-Arrival ($74.99)
    95-97 points Robert Parker: "A blend of barrel-aged Grenache and Syrah, the 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Juline is fabulous. My first note was “wow!,” and that was after tasting some truly great 2007s. Inky/ruby/purple-tinged with a rich, sumptuous bouquet of blackberries, kirsch, incense, licorice, and subtle smoke, this is a powerful, multilayered Châteauneuf boasting admirable purity, stunning intensity, and a finish that lasts over a minute. A remarkable cuvee, it should be one of the monumental wines of the vintage after sufficient time in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025+." (10/08) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Shows lots of exotic braised fig, black tea, roasted mesquite, incense and bittersweet cocoa notes, with a core of black cherry and raspberry fruit in reserve. The long, flashy finish lets pastis and Black Forest cake notes emerge. This has some toast to absorb, but it’s all there. Best from 2010 through 2025."-WS Insider May 20, 2009. ETA Fall of 2009.

  • 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvee La Cote Ronde" Paul Autard Pre-Arrival ($44.99)
    92-94 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cote Ronde appears to handle the oak component better than some of its older siblings. Inky/ruby/purple to the rim with a beautiful perfume of cassis, kirsch, charcoal, and graphite, this wine is powerful, rich, and full-bodied with a subtle hint of toasty oak in the aromatics, and no hard edges. The vintage’s hallmark purity, and gorgeous texture as well as length are present in this excellent 2007. It should hit its stride in 3-4 years, and last for 20-25." (10/08) ETA Fall of 2009.

  • 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Paul Autard Pre-Arrival ($34.99)
    90-93 points Robert Parker: "The opaque ruby/purple-colored 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up beautiful, sweet black raspberry and kirsch fruit, tremendous opulence, and a sexy, gamy character. Layered, sumptuous, and long in the mouth with excellent purity and freshness, it should drink effortlessly for 10-15 years." (10/08) ETA Fall of 2009.

  • 2004 J.C. Conde "Neo" Ribera del Duero, Spain (6 bottle limit per customer) ($59.99)
    96 points and a "Highly Recommended" designation from Wine Spectator: "This dense red shows power and harmony. It fills the palate with black plum, dark chocolate, mineral and game flavors, ripe, rich and thick. Muscular tannins dominate, but this remains focused and balanced. Sweet fruit and spice linger on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2020. 1,400 cases made." (Web Only 2008) 94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Neo, from a better vintage than the 2003, is a more hedonistic effort. It is more expansive aromatically and offers greater complexity on the palate. This opulent wine is full-bodied, layered, and concentrated. Its structure is well-hidden but, make no mistake, this wine should blossom over the next 8-10 years for those with patience and will provide pleasure through 2030." (Feb. 2007) 91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Powerful, pungent and sweet on the nose, with intense blackberry and blackcurrant aromas accented by notes of licorice and baking spices. Deep, sweet and lush, with pure blackberry and boysenberry flavors, supple texture and intense notes of baking spices. Finishes with broad but harmonious tannins and lingering spice notes." (Sept/Oct '06)

  • 2006 Anderson's Conn Valley Right Bank ($54.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Right Bank (70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a dark plum/purple hue along with gamy, cedary, black cherry, black currant, plum, toffee, and caramel aromas. Deep, rich, and youthful with significant tannin as well as impressive concentration and length, this is a stunning, complex Napa Valley red that should continue to evolve for 15-20 years. " (12/2009)

  • 2007 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Chardonnay ($10.99)
    90 points from Robert Parker: "There are 16,000 cases of this spectacular bargain in Chardonnay. This 2007 from, of all places, Napa Valley, is a beautifully fruited wine (orange blossoms, nectarines, poached pears, and a hint of pineapples) revealing little oak, medium body, zesty freshness, and gorgeously pure fruit. This dry, delicious 100% Chardonnay is best consumed over the next 1-2 years." (12/08)

  • 2005 Franz Hill Napa Valley Zinfandel ($29.99)
    93 points from Robert Parker: "In a very difficult vintage for Zinfandel, proprietor Jack Bittner has fashioned a brilliant effort that reminded me of a French Rhone with its meaty, peppery, berry character. Full-bodied, spicy, and impeccably well-made, this is a stunning effort. Bravo! Drink it over the next few years." (12/08) Winemaker Jack Bittner also works over at Cliff Lede. He only made 10 barrels of this wine and K&L is fortunate enough to have lined up a fair amount of stock to offer you, though it's not bound to last once word gets out.

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

Argentina - Argentina and Chile

  • 2008 Elsa Malbec Mendoza, Argentina ($7.99)
    The classic Malbec aromas of ripe plum and violets are evident in the nose, with hints of vanilla. The beauty of the Malbec in Argentina is its ability to combine a rich, weighty mouth feel with a soft silkiness normally associated with lighter wines. Elsa Malbec takes the promise of the nose through to the palate, with pleasing fruit that mimics the aroma. The soft, supple palate leads to a lingering finish.

  • 2005 Hacienda al Plata Malbec ($24.99)
    Wine Club Price: $13.95.

    Further proof that the wines of Argentina are to be bought and enjoyed comes in the form of this 2005 Hacienda al Plata Malbec. This wine is an unbelievably good value and drinks like a wine of two to three times the price. The 2005 Hacienda al Plata lets you know from the very first aroma that this is a serious wine, with deep black fruit, crushed volcanic rock, graphite and dark chocolate aromas. This wine smells silky. On the palate it delivers with a plush, velvety mix of blackcurrant, black cherry and blackberry fruit which mingles nicely with the dark chocolate and mineral notes. This finish is long, smooth and plush, with the dark fruit flavors setting like a Hawaiian sunset on your palate.

France - Alsace/Loire - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Huet Vouvray Le Clos de Bourg Moelleux ($49.99)
    We are so very very pleased to have this opportunity to offer you the latest from one of the premier producers of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, if not the world. Maison Huet has been a leading force in the Vouvray appellation for quite sometime now. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided up between three properties: Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg - throughout the region that have been farmed in the biodynamic method since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. Legends in the making here! Le Clos du Bourg is six-hectare vineyard site completely surrounded by a stone wall and just above the church in Vovray. Made up of a fairly thin soil, roughly three feet deep, and laying directly on top of non-active limestone the wines are loaded with structure and power. Unreal textural sensation with vibrant acidity and a long long finish.

  • 2007 Huet Vouvray Le Clos de Bourg Sec ($29.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The Clos du Bourg vineyard has produced a concentrated wine, definitely dry, but with richness rounding it out magnificently. The texture is tight, flavors of ripe apples and cream surrounded by dense, complex mineral, almond and spice. Age for at least 7–10 years. " (09/2009) K&L Notes: We are very pleased to offer you this selection from one of the premier producers of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, if not the world. Maison Huet has been a leading force in the Vouvray appellation for quite some time now. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided among three properties: Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg have been farmed biodynamically since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. Legends in the making here! Le Clos du Bourg is six-hectare vineyard site completely surrounded by a stone wall and just above the church in Vouvray. The soils here are fairly thin, roughly three feet deep, and layered directly on top of non-active limestone. The resulting wines are loaded with structure and power, with unreal textural sensation, vibrant acidity and a long, long finish.

  • 2007 Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec ($36.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: "More off-dry than medium sweet, this is a fabulously concentrated wine. It has honey, spice, lemon and sweet pear flavors, which give it a bright, vivid character in its youth. Expect it to close up for 3-4 years, before emerging again as a wine with elegance, balance and complexity." (09/2009) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Just awakening, this sports heather, ginger, cardamom, green fig, toasted almond and persimmon notes backed by hints of dried nectarine and apricot on the slightly taut finish. Decant or hold a bit longer. Best from 2014 through 2022. " (06/2013) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light yellow-gold. Lively aromas of lemon, orange and honeysuckle, with subtle herbal and mineral qualities. Smooth, soft citrus and honeydew flavors are braced by dusty minerals and show a candied floral quality on the back half. The finish is juicy, focused and very long, repeating the orange and floral notes and leaving a trail of minerals behind. I'd hold this wine for at least another five years but there's no harm in drinking it now." (06/2010) K&L Notes: Maison Huet has been a leading force in the Vouvray appellation for quite some time now. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided up between three properties: Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg--throughout the region that have been farmed in the biodynamic method since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. Legends in the making here! Stretching 9 hectares Le Haut-Lieu provides extremely deep limestone and brown clay soils. Due to the rich heavy soils the wines from this site tend to have a richer rounder character, deep nuances of stone fruit and finish off with a mouthwatering, juicy finish.

  • 2007 Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec ($29.99)
    We are so very very pleased to have this opportunity to offer you the latest from one of the premier producers of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, if not the world. Maison Huet has been a leading force in the Vouvray appellation for quite sometime now. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided up between three properties: Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg - throughout the region that have been farmed in the biodynamic method since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. Legends in the making here! Stretching 9 hectares Le Haut-Lieu provides extremely deep limestone and brown clay soils. Due to the rich heavy soils the wines from this site tend to have a richer rounder character, deep nuances of stone fruit and finish off with a mouthwatering, juicy finish.

  • 2007 Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec ($29.99)
    We are so very very pleased to have this opportunity to offer you the latest from one of the premier producers of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, if not the world. Maison Huet has been a leading force in the Vouvray appellation for quite sometime now. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided up between three properties: Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg - throughout the region that have been farmed in the biodynamic method since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. Legends in the making here! Le Mont is an eight hectare site which runs along the slopes of the Loire Valley. The soil structure is one of pebbles and green-colored clay and silica which produce sleek wines with elegance and a soft femininity.

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2006 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion ($59.99)
    91 points Robert Parker: "A blend of 80% Merlot and the rest equally split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine has a dense purple color and a beautifully sweet nose of blackberry and blueberry fruits intermixed with acacia flowers, charcoal, and some subtle oak. The wine is nicely textured, medium-bodied, and very concentrated for a 2006 St.-Emilion, with a certain degree of opulence and sucrosite. This is a beauty, with moderate tannins in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2027. If you haven't gotten on the Clos Fourtet bandwagon, now is the time, as demand will certainly increase." (02/09) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Crushed blackberry, dark chocolate and spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with very soft tannins that turn silky and refined. Fresh, rich and racy. Better than previously reviewed. Best after 2013. " (06/09) K&L's notes - Sweet and balanced. Not overdone. Creamy middle. This is to buy. At UGC - long and deep - very fine sweet fruit. Very good structure-superb. *+ Ralph Sands: no question one of the stars of the right bank in 2006. Alex Brisoux: Sweet red fruit, clean wine, bright elegant, even a bit of minerality.

  • 2005 de l'Estang, Cotes de Castillon ($19.99)
    Wine Club Price: $13.95.

    Since the late 90s one of the best "Value" areas in Bordeaux is the Cotes de Castillon, just east of St Emilion. The have been many property owners from the prestigious regions of St Emilion, pomerol, etc moving into this area. One of our biggest 2005 Bordeaux sellers is d'Aiguilhe from Stephan von Neipperg of Canon La Gaffeliere fame. We first tasted this Chateau de l'Estang in April 2008 and fell in love with it immediately. We were able to convince the owner Jean Michel Ferrandez and his negociant to give us some cases of a special batch he had and we named it "Clos Kalinda Cuvee" Well here it is. And at a great price for such a pedigree. This property is a 26 hectare (53 acres) piece planted on rolling hills in Saint Genes de Castillon at a density of 5000 vines per hectare (lots of vines in small area). The vineyard is planted 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc with the average vine age of 35 years. There is a strict selection in the vineyard and at the winery -only 36 hectoliters per hectare (they are allowed 50). In 2005 the harvest started on October 1st and the wine was aged in 30% new and 30% one-year old barrels. And only 13.6% alcohol which is on lower level of the right bank Merlot wines from 2005. Air France has bought some of this wine to serve on their business class flights. We love the vibrant style of this wine. Deep color and blackberry aromas with a touch of cassis. The tannins are round and the wine has great acidity.

  • 2006 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan ($64.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A superb success for the vintage, the 2006 exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a poised, classic bouquet of sweet black cherries, graphite, camphor, truffles, and a subtle hint of oak. Medium-bodied with a stunningly layered texture, impressive purity, and beautiful balance, this cuvee is haute couture in a glass. Although surprisingly approachable, it won’t hit its adolescent stage for 8-10 years, and will last for 25-30 years thereafter. Bravo!" (02/2009) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "You need to think ahead here, because this wine is currently totally dominated by wood. The richness and classic, balanced structure that is normal with Haut-Bailly seems to have been put aside in favor of a highly polished, toast-laden style. Search for the fruit and there is blackberry,spice and fruit tannin. But it’s hard. Wait 10 years at least." (03/2009) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Berries, mineral and violet on the nose follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a beautiful floral finish. Starts out earthy, but turns rich and beautiful. Evolves beautifully in the glass. Best after 2013." (03/2009) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Sappy aromas of black and blue fruits, licorice pastille and menthol lifted by a floral topnote. Then tight, dry and classic on the palate, with terrific energy and an impression of weightlessness to the youthfully imploded flavors of black fruits, minerals, camphor, cedar and tobacco. As smooth as it is, it's also quite serious and uncompromising. Showing better than a sample I tasted last year right after the bottling, but still an infant. Offers impressive cellaring potential. 91(+?) points" (06/2009)

  • 2006 La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande-de-Pomerol ($34.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "At present, this estate is the reference point for high quality wines from Lalande de Pomerol. The basic cuvee from proprietor Hubert de Bouard and his wife Corinne, the 2006 La Fleur de Bouard is composed of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sensationally rich, with abundant quantities of blue and black fruits, spring flowers, graphite, licorice, and hints of espresso roast as well as toasty oak, it is supple enough to be drunk now, or cellared for a decade." (02/2009) 89-91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. Owned by Hubert de Bouärd of Château Angélus, this is an example of what can be done in the lesser appellations if money is no object. It is smooth, ripe, with new wood but not too much, powered by top quality, densely dry tannins. " (12/2009) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Very pretty blackberry, dark chocolate and blueberry aromas follow through to a full body, with wonderfully integrated tannins and a long, refined finish. Fine and polished. Best from 2011 through 2015." (03/2009) K&L Notes: 90% Merlot At UGC, Chocolate and oak dominate this wine at this stage. Should improve quickly-could be a value. *+

  • 2006 Lagrange, St-Julien ($46.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Very elegant, very classy, this wine shows, discreetly, its sweet juicy fruit, great ripe black currant flavor and fine tannins. Nothing is overstated; this is for lovers of stylish wines." (03/2009) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A very strong effort from Lagrange in 2006, this estate’s tendency for including a nearly overwhelming oak component in its wines has been tamed in this cuvee, resulting in a better-balanced, potentially complex offering. A deep opaque purple color is followed by aromas of espresso roast, subtle pain grille, black currants, and cigar box. Full-bodied and surprisingly powerful for a 2006, with outstanding purity, texture, and depth, patience will be required for this beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2027." (02/2009) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of blueberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, pepper, herbs and violet. Enters the mouth suave and smooth, then builds and expands toward the back, offering classic black fruit, licorice, mineral and violet flavors and saturating the palate with fine, dusty tannins. The floral finish offers lovely lift and sneaky persistence." (06/2009) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle aromas of raspberry and coffee bean follow through to a full body, with refined tannins and a fruity finish. Silky and balanced, even delicate. Not at all overdone. " (03/2009) Jancis Robinson: "Rather dull deep purple. Very introvert at the moment. Brooding and pretty convincing on the palate. Lots of fruit concentration and very fine, well-managed tannins. No excess of acidity - just extremely inexpressive currently... It did open up in the glass. 17+/20 points. Drink 2016-2030" (01/2010)

  • 2006 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe ($33.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Raspberry, mineral and dried herbs, such as thyme and nutmeg. Very perfumed. Medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a chewy yet polished finish. Structured. Best after 2012." (03/09) K&L's notes - 50% cabernet sauvignon and 50% merlot At Joanne the wine was quite powerful, with plenty of tannin. Shows hard. At the property it had slightly doughy aromas with some sweetness on the palate entry and plenty of tannin on the mid palate. Black berry fruits on the nose. Fresh, old-school style. This wine, like so many other 2006s, shows much better after decanting. At UGC it showed very well-blackberries and integrated tannins. * Ralph Sands: Shows lovely freshness and spice. Elegant with zesty/lively acidity-nice harmony. AB: Blackberry, cassis, leather, dense, clean integrated tannin, nice fresh acidity. And on 01/23/09: so elegant for St-Estephe. Silky on the palate. A great value and in stock!

  • 2006 Talbot, St-Julien ($44.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "This displays blackberry, sweet tobacco and green coffee aromas. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a caressing texture. This has a really lovely mouthfeel for the vintage. Best after 2014. " (03/09) K&L's notes - 61% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. At the property-very spcy, toasty oak aromas. High tone, lively and refreshing style. Red berry flavors abound. Slight hole in middle but round tannins and good finish. At Joanne-meaty tones on the nose. Very nice entry. Mint and blueberries. Well-made. Clean. Very nice. Could be a value. At UGC-softer, elegant style. Good middle fruit. This could be a value if priced correctly. *1/2 Ralph Sands: Concentrated, zesty black fruits. The deep tannins are a bit drying on the finish, but I like it. Alex Brisoux: Pure cassis, rich, good structure, masculine, tight earthy core, concentrated finish. And on 01/23/09: in stock. Very elegant and smooth on the palate. Perfumey aromas. Clyde loves this!

France - Burgundy - Red

  • 2006 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Maison Emile Chandesais ($11.99)
    Wine Club Price: $9.49.

    This bright and engaging Bourgogne Rouge is made from 100% Pinot Noir. It is a bit earthy in character, with pretty cherry fruit notes. It will accompany lighter dishes, such as roast chicken or grilled salmon, beautifully. Maison Chandesais is in the Challonaise, not far from the famous Michelin Three-Star Restaurant, Lameloise. They are now owned by the Chablis producer, Michel Picard, who has built a storng and vibrant domaine in only two generations. Under his owneship, the wines have continued to improve. This is a terrific value in everyday Pinot Noir, for any region!

France - Champagne

  • Franck Pascal Cuvee Reserve Extra Brut ($41.99)
    Wine Club Price: $35.99.

    This is one of the most exciting Champagnes we carry! Franck Pascal has a tiny property in the western valley of the Marne- only eight and three quarter's acres, which he farms completely organically. This wine is a blend of 90% Meunier, 5% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir and composed of 70% 2004 with the balance coming from 2003 and 2002. The Champagne has an attractive straw color and a very nice, compact bead. On the nose it has an exotic, flowery personality anchored by savory croissant butter. It is exceptionally clean on the palate, with subtle pineapple fruit and just a hint of doughy richness. It finishes quite dry, as it should at only 5.6 grams per liter of dosage.- Gary Westby, K&L

  • Perrier Jouët Grand Brut 3L Jeroboam - 2 available ($169.00)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is what you expect a prestige Champagne to look, smell and taste like. Poised and stylish, it layers sharp citrus fruit with spicy wood and light toast. Layers of citrus, tangerine and flower blossoms unfold elegantly; lime and grapefruit accents add interest, and above all it comports itself with impeccable balance, precision and grace." (12/1/2006)

  • Perrier Jouët Grand Brut 6L Methuselah - 1 available ($350.00)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is what you expect a prestige Champagne to look, smell and taste like. Poised and stylish, it layers sharp citrus fruit with spicy wood and light toast. Layers of citrus, tangerine and flower blossoms unfold elegantly; lime and grapefruit accents add interest, and above all it comports itself with impeccable balance, precision and grace." (12/1/2006)

France - Loire

  • Huet Touraine Methode Traditionelle Brut Rosé ($25.99)
    We are so very very pleased to have this opportunity to offer you the latest from one of the premier producers of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, if not the world. Maison Huet has been a leading force in the Vouvray appellation for quite sometime now. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided up between three properties: Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg - throughout the region that have been farmed in the biodynamic method since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. Legends in the making here!

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape, Domaine Beaurenard "Cuvée Boisrenard" ($69.99)
    96 points Wine Spectator: " ** Collectibles ** This lush beauty really tames the rugged structure of the vintage, offering gorgeous boysenberry and raspberry confiture layered with mocha, Turkish coffee, licorice and fig paste notes. The long finish has great grip, though it's remarkably well-embedded, allowing the exotic spice notes to linger beautifully. Best from 2010 through 2030. " (04/2008) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Exotically perfumed nose offers a striking array of red and dark berries, flowers and garrigue Fresh cherry and boysenberry flavors are sweetened by vanillin oak and candied licorice, finishing with gentle grip and superb persistence. Leaves a lingering spicy quality on the palate, along with clinging dark fruit preserves. " (02/2008) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dense dark ruby/purple with a nose of pain grille, melted licorice, espresso, chocolate, blackberry and cherry, the modern-styled 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Boisrenard has little evidence of spicy oak but is deep in color, structured, masculine, with less flesh than some of the previous top vintages such as 1998, 2000, and 2001, but with plenty of power, concentration, and intensity. This is certainly one of the best Boisrenards since the 2001, and needs a good 4-5 years of bottle age. It should keep for at least two-plus decades. 92+. (RP)" (10/2007)

  • 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Domaine de Saint Préfert Reserve Auguste Favier ($59.99)
    95 points Wine Spectator: " *Highly Recommended* A dark and densely packed, with lots of fig, black currant and bittersweet cocoa notes leading the way for blazing minerality and a superracy, graphite-loaded finish. Long, lush and pure, with great grip. Best from 2008 through 2027." (10/2007) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier offers up a dense, peppery bouquet of incense, black currants, and herbs. Full-bodied and rich with good acidity as well as noticeable tannin, it should be drinkable between 2012-2020+. " (10/2007) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple. Stunning bouquet of dark cherry, cassis, anise and garrigue, picking up fresh flowers and minerals with air. Chewy tannins frame lush dark fruit and licorice flavors, with cracked pepper and espresso notes emerging on the close. Pretty serious stuff, and not for early drinking. 92(+?) points" (02/2008)

France - Rhone Valley Pre-Arrival

  • 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, "Colombis" Isabelle Ferrando Pre-Arrival ($59.99)
    92-95 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape looks to be the best Isabel Ferrando has made to date. A beauty, this wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim as well as an already gloriously complex bouquet of kirsch, subtle smoked herbs, roasted meats, incense, and copious quantities of black and red fruits. It is full-bodied, with silky tannins and a sexy, supple mouthfeel. Its full-bodied richness and layered finish only add to the pleasure and intensity of this wine, which should be approachable in its youth and last for 15 or more years." (10/08) 92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Fresh, complex bouquet of spicy red berries, cherry, minerals and fresh flowers; there's an appealingly Burgundian quality to this wine. Brisk and focused, with sweet red fruit flavors, silky texture and very fine tannins. The finish is impressively pure and vibrant, with the raspberry note clinging tenaciously." (Jan/Feb '09) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Lovely kirsch, pepper, shiso leaf and mulled cherry fruit aromas and flavors run through this full-bodied, silky-textured offering, followed by a long, cherry fruit¿filled finish. A flattering, modern style. Grenache. Drink now through 2023. 665 cases made." (10/09) ETA Fall of 2009.

  • 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, "Cuvee Juline", Paul Autard Pre-Arrival ($74.99)
    95-97 points Robert Parker: "A blend of barrel-aged Grenache and Syrah, the 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Juline is fabulous. My first note was “wow!,” and that was after tasting some truly great 2007s. Inky/ruby/purple-tinged with a rich, sumptuous bouquet of blackberries, kirsch, incense, licorice, and subtle smoke, this is a powerful, multilayered Châteauneuf boasting admirable purity, stunning intensity, and a finish that lasts over a minute. A remarkable cuvee, it should be one of the monumental wines of the vintage after sufficient time in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025+." (10/08) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Shows lots of exotic braised fig, black tea, roasted mesquite, incense and bittersweet cocoa notes, with a core of black cherry and raspberry fruit in reserve. The long, flashy finish lets pastis and Black Forest cake notes emerge. This has some toast to absorb, but it’s all there. Best from 2010 through 2025."-WS Insider May 20, 2009. ETA Fall of 2009.

  • 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvee La Cote Ronde" Paul Autard Pre-Arrival ($44.99)
    92-94 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cote Ronde appears to handle the oak component better than some of its older siblings. Inky/ruby/purple to the rim with a beautiful perfume of cassis, kirsch, charcoal, and graphite, this wine is powerful, rich, and full-bodied with a subtle hint of toasty oak in the aromatics, and no hard edges. The vintage’s hallmark purity, and gorgeous texture as well as length are present in this excellent 2007. It should hit its stride in 3-4 years, and last for 20-25." (10/08) ETA Fall of 2009.

  • 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Paul Autard Pre-Arrival ($34.99)
    90-93 points Robert Parker: "The opaque ruby/purple-colored 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up beautiful, sweet black raspberry and kirsch fruit, tremendous opulence, and a sexy, gamy character. Layered, sumptuous, and long in the mouth with excellent purity and freshness, it should drink effortlessly for 10-15 years." (10/08) ETA Fall of 2009.

  • 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, "Vieilles Vignes" La Milliere Pre-Arrival - 0 available ($36.99)
    92-94 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes reveals gorgeous aromas of spring flowers, crushed black cherries, ink, lavender, and spice. The wine is dense ruby/purple-hued, deep, and full-bodied with terrific concentration, a layered texture, and a stunningly long finish. It should drink beautifully young, yet age for 15 or more years."(10/08) 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Intensely perfumed, with a spicy bouquet of raspberry, kirsch, smoky herbs and minerals. Open-knit red and dark berry flavors coat the palate and are supported by fine-grained tannins. Finishes with good sweetness, clarity and an echo of minerals. Here's another 2007 that will be very appealing on release." (Jan/Feb '09). ETA End of 2009.

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2003 Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino - 2 available ($89.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Brunello di Montalcino reveals perfumed aromatics and gorgeous layers of ripe red fruit, smoke, menthol, tar and licorice as it flows onto the palate with remarkable grace and elegance. This sweet, nuanced Brunello shows outstanding persistence and balance, particularly in the way the tannins are so beautifully integrated with the rest of the wine. Readers who love great Sangiovese from Montalcino should be sure Cerbaiona’s 2003 Brunello is at the top of their shopping lists. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020." (04/08)

  • 2003 Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 1.5L - 11 available ($74.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "There's lots of blackberry and plum character on the nose. Full-bodied, with plenty of ripe fruit flavors and hints of black pepper. Chewy. Needs time. Best after 2010." (09/07) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Marchesi di Barolo has turned out a lovely wine in the 2003 Barolo Cannubi. It offers outstanding concentration and depth in its suggestions of sweet roses, raspberries, spices and dark fruit. Made in a plush, accessible style, it will be even better in another few years once the tannins have had a little more time to settle down. It would be nice to see this chronically underachieving estate pursue the level of quality in its other wines of which it is clearly capable. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019." (10/07)

  • 2007 Tenuta Waldgries Sauvignon ($23.99)
    Golden yellow in color, this full bodied white shows floral aromatics with notes of licorice that carry through to the very fresh and floral (think white mountain flowers) palate. If you're fond of pasta with frutti di mare (mixed shellfish) or asparagus, you'll want to stock up on this beauty.

Italy - Italy

  • Bisol Prosecco "Crede" ($17.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Crede is a top-notch Prosecco Brut (with 10% Pinot Bianco and 5% Verdiso added to the blend for extra structure and crispness respectively) that offers generous fresh fruit tones followed by almond blossom, macadamia nut and Golden Delicious apple. The mouthfeel is streamlined and crisp with a creamy, frothy finish." (8/1/2008)

  • 2005 Palari "Rosso Soprano" - 12 available ($36.99)
    Palari Rosso del Soprano has an intense ruby red color. The fragrance is loaded with concentrated perfumes of typical berry and jam. A dry wine with lots of lush, spicy black fruit flavors in the mouth helps ease the tannins so that all comes together in a ripe and youthful finish. An appealing noble wine with great aging potential depending on the vintage. This wine is best suited for just about everything, from spicy pastas to grilled meat or barbecued chicken, and aged cheeses. A blend of local grape varieties: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Nocera, Acitana, Jacche'

  • 2007 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria ($19.99)
    A blend of Nero d'avola and Frapatto (60/40) from one of Sicily's best-known wineries, Planeta. Produced in Vittoria, the wine is a vibrant ruby red showing bright fruit aromas and flavors like strawberry and cherry, with hints of fig. Distinctive, with food-friendly acidity and a supple texture, this wine's finish is long and rewarding. Try serving with risotto balls or Sfincione (a Sicilian-style pizza).

  • 2005 Planeta Nero d'Avola "Santa Cecilia" - 11 available ($35.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Planeta’s flagship red is a lush, modern wine that showcases Nero d’Avola’s vast enological potential. The aromas are deep, layered and generous and draw attention to chocolate fudge, creamy espresso, plump cherry and smooth blackberry preserves. The finish is silky and long with bright notes of red fruit and spice. Dusty tannins back the robust structure." (3/1/2008)

  • 2007 Tenuta Waldgries St. Magdalaner Classico (Schiava) ($18.99)
    Intense violet aromatics make this light and bright red divine from the moment you lift the glass to your nose. Hints of almonds and carnations lead to a palate impression that is lusty, round and caressing. Not a big hulking monster of a red, but very very addictive for its balance and fresh fruit. Ideal with poultry.

Portugal - Port

  • Sandeman 30 year Tawny Port - 6 available ($69.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Very minerally, with sea salt and black pepper notes to the sweet plum, beef and dried berry flavors. Features raisin and vanilla on the crisp, balanced finish. Best from 2012 through 2017." (12/10) Specially selected Portos are chosen for ageing in wooden casks, Gradual exposure to air, concentrates the flavors and matures the ruby colors to amber, creating this rare and delicious tawny. The ageing process intensifies the fruit creating the complex flavors characteristic of tawny. This particular release shows intense aromas of honey and spices, underscored with deep flavors of dried apricots, hazelnuts and vanilla, creating a rich yet elegant combination.

  • Sandeman 40 year Tawny Port - 4 available ($99.00)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dark raisin and dried apricot flavors manifest on this immensely dark, old goldhued wine. Enormous concentration, as with the initially, almost painful acidity that comes through the spirit. This is an old wine, no question, but not too old, one to be savored in sips with all the flavors working at high intensity." (12/15/2008)

Portugal - Port and Madeira - Old and Rare

  • 2003 Taylor LBV Port - 3 available ($16.99)
    This dark colored port has an authoritative nose of dried fruit and classic Spanish root. One of the best LBV's that we have tasted at K&L lately, it has solid dark fruit flavors and a very long finish for the price. (Gary Westby, K&L)

South Africa - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2006 De Wetshof "Bon Vallon" Chardonnay South Africa ($14.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "A restrained, minerally style, but with latent concentration to the green plum, pippin apple, lime zest and mineral notes. The finish is long and chiseled. Drink now through 2009. 800 cases imported." (07/07) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 07: "Pale color. Subtly complex nose suggests stone fruits, nutmeg and lees. Juicy, spicy and quite dry, with some unabsorbed CO2 and an edge of acidity giving a penetrating quality to the peach and lemon cream flavors..."

  • 2007 De Wetshof "Lesca" Chardonnay South Africa ($18.99)
    89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "That Danie de Wet excels also in barrel-fermented Chardonnay is demonstrated by the De Wetshof Estate 2007 Chardonnay Lesca. Smelling of baked apple; toasted nuts and grains; lime and tangerine zest, this wine offers clarity of fruit and refined expression of lees and barrel such as one too-seldom encounters with this ubiquitous grape variety. Salt, citrus, lees, and nut oils mingle in a satisfying and finish that encourages the next sip." (08/08)

  • 2003 Kevin Arnold (Waterford) Shiraz, Stellenbosch South Africa (Elsewhere $38.99) ($24.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 07): "(with 6% mourvedre) Bright ruby-red. Exotic aromas of black raspberry, roasted meat, flowers, tobacco and nuts, with sauvage notes of leather and cigar ash. Sweet, lush and seamless, with impressive breadth to the flavors of blackrasbperry, smoked meat, leather and truffle. Dusty, late-arriving tannins give this a firm edge. Should make a flexible dinner table companion."

  • 2004 Waterford "The Jem" Stellenbosch South Africa (Elsewhere $90) ($64.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "A broad wine, with lots of coffee, toast and vanilla leading the way for a core of black cherry and currant fruit. The long, supple finish is driven by the toast, but this has good purity underneath, with hints of mineral and lavender peeking out. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Mourvèdre, Shiraz and Barbera. Drink now through 2009. 750 cases made." (10/07) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "An alluring nose of violets, berries and a touch of spice begins this stylish wine from Waterford. On the palate, flowers, spice and minerals unfold and mingle with elegance. The tannins are pronounced but refined. The wine will age and offer more as time passes, but it’s a gorgeous sip today." (9/1/2008) Waterford Estate released their flagship red wine, The Jem, in October 2007. Waterford’s ambition has always been to make the best possible red wine from their home grown vineyards, a wine that expresses Waterford’s ethos of uncompromising quality. This wine has been ten years in the making, and is dedicated to, and named after, Jeremy Ord, the proprietor of Waterford Estate, who is fondly known as Jem to his friends and family.

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2006 Bogle California Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($9.99)
    Bogle blends fruit from Clarksburg, Lodi and Sonoma County to create this sweet, bold Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots of forward cherry and plum fruit on the nose and palate are complemented by hints of black tea, new leather and cigar box spice. Supple and drinking well now with braised lamb shanks braised in the same wine!

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 2004 Valentine Tory's Block Mendocino County Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99)
    Wine Club Price: $24.99.

    2004 California Cabernets are becoming scarce. We were lucky to get this beauty for the club. It comes from the folks at Valentine Vineyards, a small, family-run winery in southern Mendocino. The vineyard was first planted in 1976 by Rodney Strong and operated by Sonoma Vineyards until 1985. Owner Bob Valentine sells off much of the fruit, making small amounts for his own label. This wine has plenty of structure for the cellar, but it is also delicious now with a bit of air. Sweet cassis fruit on the palate entry. Rich and round with smooth tannins. Perfect with roast beef.

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2003 Arcadian "Stolpman Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah - 12 available ($49.99)
    94 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Singular perfumed nose melds pinot-like red cherry, strawberry, pepper, rose petal, potpourri, lavender and thyme. Densely packed and suave, combining the weight and texture of pinot noir with very sexy, complex, syrah-typical flavors of framboise, leather, meat and pepper, with some gaminess underneath.Finishes leathery and long, with fine-grained tannins and a lingering peppery quality. With three days in the recorked bottle, this showed captivating flavors of black raspberry, dark cherry, leather and game; a wonderfully silky texture; and lovely framing acidity. An utterly fascinating syrah from vines planted on limestone." (Jan/Feb '07)

  • 2007 Brewer Clifton "Mt. Carmel" Chardonnay - 12 available ($69.99)
    96 points from Robert Parker: "The 2007 Chardonnay Mount Carmel exhibits a liqueur of rocks-like component reminiscent of a Chassagne-Montrachet grand cru. Peach blossom, white citrus, and orange notes are present in this full-throttle, intensely flavored Chardonnay, and brilliant acidity gives the wine laser-like precision. This is another tour de force from these talented winemakers. Two brilliant young winemakers, Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton, are symbolic of both the present and future of California high quality wine production. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, with their own personal visions of wine quality formed by French and Italian experiences as well as their belief in the cool climate sites of Santa Rita Hills, they have proven time and time again that remarkable wines can emerge from this relatively new viticultural region. Their Chardonnays, which go through full malolactic fermentation, see very little new oak (usually one-third, but that has been declining in every vintage), and they are moving in the direction of almost 100% neutral or older wood casks." (Sept. 2009) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright gold. Deep, smoky offers honeyed pear, iodine and smoked meat scents. Sweet tangerine and lemon meringue flavors are given bite by citrus pith and depth by a toasty leesy element. The dry finish offers impressive focus and cut. This is already complex, but I'd hold off on drinking it for another year or so." (Nov/Dec '08)

  • 2007 Brewer Clifton "Sea Smoke Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay - 12 available ($57.99)
    92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid gold color. Intense, mineral-driven aromas evoke iodine, lemon zest, wet stone and white flowers. Pliant in texture and deeply concentrated, offering precise citrus and pear flavors and a strong overlay of salty minerals. Finishes clean and tangy, with an echoing iodine note." (Nov/Dec '08)

  • 2004 Caliban Napa Valley Petite Sirah ($44.99)
    94 points from Robert Parker: "A fabulous Petite Sirah, Caliban’s 2004 rivals the finest Napa examples of this underrated varietal. An inky/blue/purple hue is followed by aromas and flavors of creosote, graphite, blueberries, blackberries, and brioche. The wine is full-bodied with fabulous pure fruit that cascades over the palate in layer upon layer. There is plenty of tannin, but most of it is buried under the extravagant display of fruit and glycerin. This 2004 should drink well for 20-25 years." (12/08) If you love "BIG" wines then you will surely want to grab a couple bottles of the Caliban Petite Sirah. Made by Dave Phinney of Orin Swift fame this is a complete, powerful, inky wine full of aromas of black coffee, black raspberry, cinnamon stick and tar. Both glass and palate coating this wine has had some time in bottle to assuage Petite Sirah's typically brutal tannins. Well under control at this point in its life with rich, ripe flavors of black licorice ropes, obsidian, olive and freshly picked blackberries. Long and lasting this is a perfect wine for a rib-eye or a braised roast. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

  • 2004 Kosta Browne "Amber Ridge" Pinot Noir - 2 available ($125.00)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, intense and concentrated, with a strong tea-laced tannic backbone and tightly wound black cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit. Hints of mineral, pebble, herb and sage join in on the finish." (08/06) According to Stephen Tanzer: "Medium red. Red fruit aromas of strawberry, raspberry and cherry are complicated by a loamy nuance and lifted by a floral topnote. Tightly wound and fresh, with a higher pitch to its flavors than the Sonoma Coast or Russian River Valley examples. Nicely concentrated, spicy wine: Mike Browne notes that this fruit is becoming the cornerstone of the winery's Russian River Valley blend." (May/Jun 06)

  • 2000 Martinelli "Blue Slide Ridge" Russian River Pinot Noir - 1 available ($125.00)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The outstanding, opaque purple-colored 2000 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge is a powerful offering (15% alcohol). It is a full-bodied, Burgundian-styled effort displaying notes of blackberries, blueberries, violets, minerals, and smoke. This stunning 2000 is dense, thick, and juicy, with vibrant acidity (remarkable given its weight and richness)." (08/2002) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated bright ruby. Compellingly pure aromas of black fruits, black licorice, bitter chocolate and mint. Very concentrated, deep and fresh; a youthfully packed pinot with terrific verve. Finishes with big, dusty, spreading tannins and impressive length." (06/2002)

  • 2007 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Chardonnay ($10.99)
    90 points from Robert Parker: "There are 16,000 cases of this spectacular bargain in Chardonnay. This 2007 from, of all places, Napa Valley, is a beautifully fruited wine (orange blossoms, nectarines, poached pears, and a hint of pineapples) revealing little oak, medium body, zesty freshness, and gorgeously pure fruit. This dry, delicious 100% Chardonnay is best consumed over the next 1-2 years." (12/08)

United States - Domestic Pinot Noir

  • 2005 Arcadian "Sleepy Hollow Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir - 5 available ($54.99)
    91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Spicy redcurrant and strawberry on the nose, with a zesty white pepper quality adding energy. Shows deeper cherry and plum on the palate, but also offers vibrant minerality and a suave floral pastille character. Finishes with a crisp, exotic orange peel flavor and impressive length." (Nov/Dec '07)

  • 2007 Brewer Clifton "Cargasacchi Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 11 available ($67.99)
    98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Utterly profound as well as reminiscent of some of the mythical 1990 DRC red burgundies is the 2007 Pinot Noir Cargasacchi. If you think that is a ridiculous comparison, I dare you to put it in a blind tasting with one of those wines, since I am among the few people who remember what the 1990 DRCs tasted like at age two! This wine should be on your list to buy. Very unevolved, but a killer Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills, this wine boasts a dark ruby/purple color in addition to a gorgeously sweet perfume of blue, black, and red fruits intermixed with incense, forest floor, and spring flowers. It reveals extraordinary density, a full-bodied richness, and terrific acidity, precision, and purity. A tour de force, it is one of the most promising young Pinot Noirs to emerge from the Santa Rita Hills to date. Look for it to evolve over the next 10-15 years." (08/2009) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red. Perfumed nose offers medicinal cherry, blackberry, dried flowers and smoky Indian spices. Broad and seductively sweet, delivering a sweet, lush texture and powerful red and dark berry flavors. An element of white pepper provides lift and back-end cut. Finishes with very fine tannins, a note of smoky minerals and a light touch. This suave wine is drinking well right now." (12/2009)

  • 2007 Brewer Clifton "Mt. Carmel," Santa Rita Hills, Pinot Noir ($79.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel cuts a stylistic path between the rich, fruit-driven Melville and the more earthy, barnyardy, terroir-driven Clos Pepe. The Mount Carmel offers plenty of blue and red fruits intermixed with hints of smoke, roasted herbs, earth, pomegranate, and underbrush. The sweetness of the tannins, beautiful full-bodied mouthfeel, and good acidity all reflect another brilliant Pinot Noir from this exceptionally talented duo. It should drink well for 10-15 years." (09/2009) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Pretty aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, rose and spicecake. Supple, silky and restrained, with alluring sweetness on the middle palate. The red berry flavors are penetrating and impressively pure; silky tannins add shape and provide structure but fade quickly into the fruit. Spreads out on the sweet, spicy, very long finish." (12/2009) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A big, rich powerhouse of a wine, freighted with tannins and fragrant in savory wood spice, forest floor, cardamom, roasted thyme, sage, sandalwood, licorice and red cherry pulp flavors. Dry and full-bodied, this young wine needs time. Better after 2012." (10/2009)

  • 2007 Brewer Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($41.99)
    93 points Robert Parker: "A fabulous introduction, the generic cuvee, the 2007 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills (just over 1,000 cases produced), possesses a deep plum/ruby hue as well as gorgeously sweet, sexy, plum, cherry, forest floor, and spring flower notes. Sensual and medium to full-bodied with great fruit, good acidity, and an incredible Burgundian-like character that suggests something from Morey-St.-Denis or further north, it should drink well for 7-8 years." (09/09) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "You can taste and feel the stem inclusion in this whole cluster-fermented Pinot Noir. It’s tannic, dry and spicy, with a heart of cherries and briary berries. Tough and chewy now. Better after 2011." (10/09Brewer-Clifton is a collaborative project uniting winemakers Steve Clifton (Palmina, Tritono) and Greg Brewer (Diatom, Melville) designed to showcase the terroir of Santa Barbara County. This young, dynamic duo makes delicious wines, and their 2007 vintage is superlative. This is the first-ever appellation bottling for the winery, creating a more affordable wine with great regional character from the same high-quality fruit that goes into the single-vineyard offerings. Heady lavender and rose petal aromas create an initial impression of walking through a summer garden, and the flowers are nicely complemented by raspberry fruit notes. The wine is tangy in the mouth, showing pomegranate, black cherry and orange zest nuances framed by fine-grained, chalky tannins and good acidity.

  • 2005 Carneros Creek "Carneros Grail" Pinot Noir ($34.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Refreshing ripe, vibrant, complex and fruit driven, with full bodied black cherry, plum and wild berry fruit that’s rich and focused,ending with a long, layered finish. Drink now through 2014." (04/09)

  • 2006 Tayerle Carneros Pinot Noir ($27.99)
    Working in a winery can be stressful, with a thousand different thing happening at once. So you can imagine that while winemakers are paying careful attention to everything that goes in the bottle, they occasionally miss something that goes on the label. In this case, the label for Loren Tayerle's 2006 Carneros Pinot Noir fails to mention that it comes entirely from the famed Las Brisas Vineyard, prized for its sandy, gravelly soils. A wonderful, moderately priced Pinot, the wine has an intriguing, complete bouquet with notes of spice, Bing cherry and rose petals. In the mouth, the cherry fruit and clove spice dominate right now. This is a bigger style of Pinot Noir, but all of its varied parts sing in harmony. Only 200 cases produced.

  • 2006 Walter Hansel "South Slope Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (12 bottle limit per customer) ($34.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Spicy dark berries, licorice and pungent herbs on the nose. Bright strawberry and raspberry on the palate, with a suave undertone of floral pastilles. Gains energy and focus with air and finishes with good mineral cut and admirable persistence." (May/June '09) From Robert Parker: "This is a source for very fine Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at some of the most realistic prices to be found in Northern California. Like several producers in the Russian River, the 2006s out of bottle from Walter Hansel Winery seem to be evolving quickly and, by-and-large, are slightly less impressive than they were at the beginning of their lives. Nevertheless, the good producers have achieved noteworthy success in this vintage, and certainly Stephen Hansel should be proud of what he’s been able to accomplish in that vintage. Moreover, the 2007s look to be a return to the brilliant quality of the wines produced here in 2005 and 2004. Tasting through barrel samples of all the 2007 Pinot Noirs, this looks to be a superb vintage for Stephen Hansel. Yields were very small, averaging about 1.5 tons of fruit per acre, so these wines reflect a level of concentration, but with the overt fragrance and good acidity that the cool growing season provided." (120/08)

United States - Domestic Zinfandel

  • 2005 Franz Hill Napa Valley Zinfandel ($29.99)
    93 points from Robert Parker: "In a very difficult vintage for Zinfandel, proprietor Jack Bittner has fashioned a brilliant effort that reminded me of a French Rhone with its meaty, peppery, berry character. Full-bodied, spicy, and impeccably well-made, this is a stunning effort. Bravo! Drink it over the next few years." (12/08) Winemaker Jack Bittner also works over at Cliff Lede. He only made 10 barrels of this wine and K&L is fortunate enough to have lined up a fair amount of stock to offer you, though it's not bound to last once word gets out.

BACK IN STOCK...
(items we've carried in the past that have just arrived again)

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

  • 2004 Jasper Hill "Georgia's Paddock" Riesling Heathcote Victoria (Elsewhere $30) ($16.99)
    Steven Tanzer's IWC: "Medium straw. Energetic aromas of Meyer lemon, key lime and pink grapefruit, complicated by anise and fresh floral notes. Fleshy and supple, with the wine's citrus qualities expanding into flavors of kumquat, yellow apple and ripe pear. This has a dense, chewy texture and finishes on a ripe, round peach note. "

France - Alsace/Loire - Old and Rare

  • 2005 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex - 12 available ($105.99)
    96 points Wine Spectator: "Tightly wound, with a lot in reserve, this has a piercing minerality that leads the way for floral, lemon verbena, lime, salted butter and thyme notes. Very long on the finish and very precise." K&L Notes: According to wine writer James Turnbull: "No other wine born of silex soil has the firm and austere authority of Dagueneau’s; an intense and smoky character with a wonderful richness, perfect balance and an impressive persistance. Though very disciplined, it bewitches the palate with its innate charm and the quality of the original material shows through immediately. The magnificent Silex is more than probably capable of improving with age for 20 years or so while at the same time being totally irresistible when young."

  • 2001 Huet Vouvray Petillant Cuvee Huet Sec ($29.99)
    We are so very very pleased to have this opportunity to offer you the latest from one of the premier producers of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, if not the world. Maison Huet has been a leading force in the Vouvray appellation for quite sometime now. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided up between three properties: Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg - throughout the region that have been farmed in the biodynamic method since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. Legends in the making here!

France - Beaujolais

  • 2007 Moulin-a-Vent "Vieilles Vignes," Diochon - 8 available ($18.99)
    Diochon's Moulin-à-Vent is juicily delicious yet there is a majesty to it. It is full-blown and full-bodied, yet it has a lush, supple, swallowable texture. No hard edges. No astringency. No heat. Moulin-à-Vent is supposed to be the grandest of the region Grands Crus, and here you sense a certain grandeur throughout the taste experience. And don't overlook the visuals. Diochon's color is always a sight to see. The color, like the flavor, is cassis-like. Bernard Diochon himself is one of the most respected and beloved figures in the region. His wild moustache looks as if it has seen the inside of a million wine glasses, and it's hard to imagine a world without wine like this.

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 1959 Barton & Guestier St. Emilion (B&G) (mid shoulder, handwriting on label) - 1 available ($89.99)

  • 1970 Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre, Margaux (top/high shoulder fills) - 6 available ($49.95)
    Great fill on this esoteric bottling from a little known estate in Margaux, a Grand Cru Exceptionnel of only local distinction. A great birthday bottle of wine ready to drink at this very moment!

  • 1970 Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc (mid shoulder) - 1 available ($69.95)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine continues to evolve beautifully and has turned out to be one of the sleepers of the vintage. The fragrant bouquet of plums, fruitcake, cedar, and spicy oak is followed by a medium-bodied, concentrated wine with gobs of fruit, excellent length, and overall balance. The wine appears to have just entered the plateau of maturity. This is undoubtedly the best Cantemerle made during the seventies." (01/1998) Wine Spectator: "Medium ruby-garnet; concentrated, aromatic cassis and tar nose; firm, fruity, quite young and fresh, with much vigor." (05/1993)

  • 1970 Clerc Milon, Pauillac (mid shoulder fills) - 1 available ($39.99)
    Clerc Milon, classified a Fifth Growth in 1855, is located in an exceptionally favorable situation adjoining Lafite and Mouton. Now owned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her children, Clerc Milon was purchased by the Baroness' father, Baron Philippe in 1970, a year of significant changes for this storied chateau. This is a historical bottling for this chateau.

  • 1970 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac (some top/high shoulder fills) - 9 available ($69.99)
    1970 was an excellent all-round vintage for Bordeaux, and wines from 1970 typically display lots of structure when young along with lots of fruit. 1970 just happened to be the year that the fifth growth Clerc Milon was purchased by Baron Philippe de Rothschild, a watershed occasion for the estate, which had been an underachiever in decades past. Strange that the wines weren't always spectacular, if you consider that the vineyards of Clerc Milon lay sandwiched between Mouton and Lafite.

  • 1977 Clerc Milon, Pauillac (top shoulder fills) - 2 available ($39.95)
    Clerc Milon is one of the Baroness Philippine Rothschild estates. The vineyard is adjacent to both Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild, producing classic Paulliac in a light, forward style.

  • 1973 Cos d'Estournel, St. Estephe (some high shoulder fills) - 1 available ($49.95)
    From a blockbuster vintage it was not, but this fully mature example of what is today one of Bordeaux's finest estates, represents a great opportunity to sample an aged classed growth.

  • 1970 Cos d'Estournel, St. Estephe (top shoulder fills) - 2 available ($99.95)
    According to Robert Parker: "The 1970 Cos d'Estournel's color remains an impressive dark garnet with ruby/purple tints. The wine is medium to full-bodied, tannic, rustic, and concentrated…It will keep for another 25 years." (06/96) 89 points Wine Spectator. Four star rating from Michael Broadbent.

  • 1955 du Chat Noir, Margaux (B&G bottling) - 1 available ($149.00)

  • 1955 du Chat Noir, Margaux (B&G bottling) (mid to low shoulder fills) - 2 available ($129.00)

  • 1971 Ducru Beaucaillou, St. Julien (top shoulder fills) - 2 available ($79.95)
    Wine Spectator: "Fleshy and rather soft, with elegant cedar and tobacco aromas and plum flavors.--Ducru-Beaucaillou vertical." (10/1992)

  • 1953 Fonroque, St-Emilion (mid shoulder, slightly torn label) - 1 available ($149.00)
    The modern story of Chateau Fonroque begins with the arrival of the Moueix family, in this case Jean Moueix, at the property in 1931. Jean Moueix, originally from farming stock, had settled in Paris with his wife, and there they had set up a successful chain of shops selling dairy produce. But having seen his brother Antoine purchase Chateau Taillefer in 1923, Jean decided that this was also the life for him. He and his betrothed Adèle purchased Fonroque and then settled at the estate, and the property has remained with their descendents and relatives long after their deaths.

  • 1961 Grand Puy Lescours, St. Emilion (high-to-mid shoulder) - 1 available ($99.95)
    It's pretty much impossible to find classed growth Bordeaux from this legendary vintage at a price under a hundred bucks, but this is just such a deal. Not often encountered outside of France, the Château Grand Pey Lescours produces soft but traditional wine from 70% merlot and 30% cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Fully mature, this is a real rarity!

  • 1970 Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan (high shoulder) (Was $175.00) - 1 available ($99.95)
    According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In a 1970 claret tasting held several years ago, Haut-Bailly performed well, indicating that this is probably the best vintage for the chateau between 1964 and 1979. It still has that in-your-face, up-front, smoky, sweet, herbaceous fruit, medium body, soft, velvety tannins, and a long, smooth, alcoholic finish. Anticipated maturity: Now." (Bordeaux book, 1998)

  • 1974 Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan - 7 available ($125.00)
    According to Robert Parker: "Given the vintage, the Haut-Brion could be considered a modest success. Now fully mature... this wine has an open-knit, spicy, earthy bouquet, somewhat angular, medium-bodied flavors, and a short finish." (01/98)

  • 1974 Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan (4 1/2--5cm fills) - 1 available ($99.95)
    According to Robert Parker: "Given the vintage, the Haut-Brion could be considered a modest success. Now fully mature... this wine has an open-knit, spicy, earthy bouquet, somewhat angular, medium-bodied flavors, and a short finish." (01/98)

  • 1957 La Tour Blanche, Medoc (B&G bottling) (high shoulder) - 1 available ($99.95)
    This estate was formed in the early 20th century. It borders on Ch. Les Grands Chenes and shares the same beautiful gravelly rise, not far from the Gironde estuary. This part of the Medoc peninsula was invaded by the Normans, and town along the estuary built fortresses to protect themselves. Winegrowing became a major occupation in this area starting in the 17th century, and this mature wine carries on this long tradition of quality. Ideal for a birthday or anniversary bottle.

  • 1970 Langoa Barton, St. Julien (mid-shoulder fills) - 1 available ($39.95)
    According to Robert Parker: "A wonderfully successful wine, the 1970 Langoa smells and tastes comparable to a top Pauillac. A big, yet restrained bouquet of cedar and black currants is first rate. On the palate, the wine is ripe, weighty, rich, tannic, full bodied, and several years away from its zenith. This is Langoa at its best." (01/98) According to the Wine Spectator: "Deep garnet; tight, cedary nose; elegant cassis and cedar flavors; slightly lean, but very friendly." (05/93)

  • 1970 Langoa Barton, St. Julien (top shoulder) - 1 available ($69.95)
    According to Robert Parker: "A wonderfully successful wine, the 1970 Langoa smells and tastes comparable to a top Pauillac. A big, yet restrained bouquet of cedar and black currants is first rate. On the palate, the wine is ripe, weighty, rich, tannic, full bodied, and several years away from its zenith. This is Langoa at its best." (01/98) According to the Wine Spectator: "Deep garnet; tight, cedary nose; elegant cassis and cedar flavors; slightly lean, but very friendly." (05/93)

  • 1959 Lassegue, St. Emilion (mid to low shoulder) - 1 available ($89.95)
    Now in the hands of California winemaker and visionary, Jess Jackson, Lassegue and its impressive chateau and vineyards have been producing quality wine for decades. This little bottle (mostly merlot, with small amounts of cabernet franc and sauvignon) of history represents a wonderful value and a rare chance to sample a mature offering for a very reasonable price indeed!

  • 1970 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien (high shoulder fill) - 1 available ($89.95)
    According to Michael Broadbent: "An excellent wine, still fairly deep, rich but showing some maturity. A soft, harmonious, slow-to-emerge but cedary, fragrant smoky bouquet, full rich, fleshy yet still tannic." 89 points from the Wine Spectator: "Deep garnet; concentrated cedar and tar nose, with hints of volatile acidity; very concentrated, with chewy cassis and cedar flavors; short of its peak; promising." (05/93)

  • 1974 Lynch Bages, Pauillac (saome top/high shoulder fills, some soiled/torn labels) - 6 available ($39.95)
    Lynch Bages is an undisputed star of Bordeaux, indeed of the world of wine as a whole. With a price to match its reputation. The 2005, for example, is about $100, and it won't be drinking really well for decades. This mature Lynch Bages is therefore a terrific value, and just the ticket for a birthday or anniversary bottle.

  • 1961 Lynch Bages, Pauillac (top/high shoulder fill, slightly soiled label) - 1 available ($299.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Still a spectacular wine, the 1961 defies mortality. It has been at its peak for nearly 15 years, yet it shows no signs of losing its fruit and drying out. The color is a dark garnet with orange/amber at the edge. The profound bouquet has the magnetic allure that leaves great Bordeaux unmatched for complexity. Sweet notes of dried fruits, herbs, tobacco, smoke, and roasted meats are followed by an opulently-textured, thick, nearly viscous wine with high glycerin, ripe, jammy fruit, and an intoxicating combination of glycerin, extract, and suppleness. The wine holds in the glass without cracking up, and has a good 40-45 second finish. There is no telling how much longer this 1961 will retain its magic, but it is still a classic. " (06/2000) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas of plum, light currant and milk chocolate follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a long finish. Very silky and refined, with a slightly raised acidity on the finish. A pretty wine. (Web-2007)" K&L Notes: Believe us, Parker is right on the money. At a K&L dinner, this '61 was absolutely stunning, showing both grace and power. A benchmark Bordeaux and a lovely Lynch-Bages.

  • 1970 Pape Clement, Graves (mid shoulder) - 1 available ($49.00)
    According to Robert Parker: "...this medium-bodied, very soft and supple wine has a classy, earthy, cedary, spicy bouquet, and good flavors..." (01/98) From Wine Spectator: "Medium garnet; cassis nose, almost flowery, with cedary notes; pronounced earthy flavor..." (05/93)

  • 1970 Pape Clement, Graves (top/high shoulder fills, some torn labels) - 2 available ($79.00)
    According to Robert Parker: "...this medium-bodied, very soft and supple wine has a classy, earthy, cedary, spicy bouquet, and good flavors..." (01/98) From Wine Spectator: "Medium garnet; cassis nose, almost flowery, with cedary notes; pronounced earthy flavor..." (05/93)

  • 1966 Pichon Baron, Pauillac (high shoulder fills) - 3 available ($125.00)
    Clive Coates: "Full, mature colour. The nose shows touches of oxidation and volatile acidity. A bit inky underneath. Difficult to judge. Seems less structured than 1964. Quite warm and spicy. Round and with flexibility. Some astringency on the finish." (Grands Vins: The Finest Château of Bordeaux and Their Wines, pg 86)

  • 1970 Pichon Baron, Pauillac (high shoulder fills, oxidized capsules) - 5 available ($69.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Deep garnet; mild cedar and tar nose, with black truffle notes emerging; firm..." (05/1993)

  • 1966 Pichon Baron, Pauillac (mid shoulder fill, slightly stained label) - 1 available ($89.95)
    An excellent vintage that critic Michael Broadbent gave four stars, calling it: "One of my favourite vintages...a 'lean, long-distance runner.'" in his book Vintage Wine. The last time K&L co-owner Clyde Beffa had it, he found the wine's usual dense and fleshy wine had softened into something quite elegant and lovely. He suggests trying it now with rack of lamb.

  • 1966 Pichon Lalande, Pauillac (top shoulder) (Was $229.00) - 1 available ($199.00)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Now ready to drink, this moderately dark ruby-colored wine has a rich, toasty, peppery, somewhat minty bouquet, and firm, fleshy, tannic flavors. Medium bodied, with good concentration, as well as the austerity that marks the vintage..." (01/1998) K&L Notes: Four stars from critic Michael Broadbent.

  • 1979 Prieure Lichine, Margaux (1.5L) - 1 available ($99.95)
    According to Robert Parker: "Prieure tastes particularly light in this vintage. Nevertheless, the wine is medium bodied with soft, pleasant flavors..." (01/98)

  • 1979 Prieure Lichine, Margaux (1.5L) (slight signs of seepage, soiled label) - 1 available ($89.95)
    According to Robert Parker: "Prieure tastes particularly light in this vintage. Nevertheless, the wine is medium bodied with soft, pleasant flavors..." (01/98)

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 1973 Beaune, 1er Cru, "Montee-Rouge", Leon Violland - 2 available ($59.95)
    This producer is no longer around, which is a shame, for Maison Violland was known for its exceptionally long lived reds, including those from this Premier Cru in Beaune. A fantastic bottle that is holding up remarkably well, and shows still vibrant sous bois and cherry notes.

  • 1991 Santenay Beaurepaire, Joseph Drouhin - 1 available ($39.95)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Light and smooth; refreshingly straightforward, shades its raspberry flavor with spice and tobacco overtones. A bit astringent on the finish. Drinkable now." (01/94)

  • 1973 Savigny les Beaune,Chevalier du Tastevin, Laboure-Roi - 3 available ($29.95)

  • 1977 Vosne Romanee, Antonin Rodet (5 1/2cm fill) - 1 available ($39.99)
    This venerable domaine was founded by Antoine Rodet in 1875, then passed down to his son, Antonin who managed the business until his death in 1939. The Marquis de Jouennes, son-in-law of Antonin RODET, took over direction until 1978, at which time he passed the torch to his own son-in-law, who managed the House until October 2003. The nose on this historic and fully mature Vosne Romanee offers very fine and delicate aromas of red berries and sweet spices. Refined and elegant on the palate, with subtle notes of vanilla and fruits, at this stage the tannins are nonexistent.

France - Champagne

  • Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Champagne - 12 available ($44.99)
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Yellow-gold with a faint peach skin tinge. Peach, nectarine and spun sugar on the nose. Lush, creamy flavors of sweet pit fruits and melon are deepened by notes of honey and nougat. A touch of orange peel lifts this sappy, off-dry wine, which finishes on a slightly syrupy note. This is easier to drink and less cloying than many examples of sweet Champagne." (12/2009) Wine Enthusiast: "A good benchmark for a sweeter Champagne. In fact, not extravagantly sweet, because the fruit remains fresh, giving pear and apricot flavors, and a pure line in fresh acidity. " (12/2009) Wine Spectator: "Lightly sweet, with ripe apple, honey and candied citrus peel flavors. It's round and accessible, with a fresh finish. For fans of the style. Drink now. (Web-2008)"

France - Champagne - Old and Rare

  • De Meric Cuvée Catherine de Medicis Brut Champagne '95/'96 (1.5L) - 6 available ($199.00)
    We were able to get a tiny allocation of magnums of this ultra-rare cuvée! This is simply one of our best Champagnes at any price. In the past, we have only been able to get a trickle here and a trickle there, but with ownership in flux, and the economy suffering, we secured not only a good quantity but also a fantastic price. I have been lucky enough to have this wine on a few occasions and it is second to none. I feel that it is in the very highest bracket of Champagne and should be treated like a $600 magnum (choose your occasion wisely!) even though it sells for much less. It is made exclusively from fruit grown in the Grand Cru of Ay, and is comprised of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay. The wine has exquisite texture from obviously low yields and almost 10 years aging on the lees. It has a very dense, rich Pinot Noir flavor but a delicate, lengthy Salon-like finish that shows off the quality of the Chardonnay. (Gary Westby, K&L Wine Merchants)

  • 1998 Mumm "Rene Lalou" Brut Champagne - 5 available ($119.00)
    92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 08: "(50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir) Bright yellow-gold with a strong mousse. Meyer lemon, green apple and subtle leesy nuances on the nose, with suave floral honey and green tea notes emerging with air. Medium-bodied citrus and bitter quince flavors are impressively precise, with dusty minerals adding lift and grip. Understated, brisk Champagne with excellent finishing clarity. This is Mumm's first tete de cuvee since the 1985 Lalou." 91 points Wine Spectator: "This has some muscle, with a firm structure supporting citrus, whole-grain toast and candied berry flavors, with accents of vanilla and butter. Well-knit and complex, ending with an elegant aftertaste of pastry. Drink now through 2018. 200 cases imported." (10/08)

  • 2002 Perrier Jouët "Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque" 375ml - 12 available ($54.99)
    40% off! Perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays! 94 points Wine Spectator: "Hints of burnt sugar and toffee accent this bright Champagne, along with notes of apple pie, bread dough, cream and candied lemon peel. There's a fine balance between the wine's finesse and its lively character, with a long, smoke-tinged finish. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2024." (11/10) 91 points Stephen Tazner's IWC: "Light gold. Fresh citrus and pear aromas are complemented by notes of brioche, honey and minerals. Fruit-driven, silky and refreshing, with an undertone of minerals adding lift to the sappy pear and nectarine flavors. Finishes on a brisk note of lemon curd, with very good, gently toasty persistence. I like this wine's balance and sneaky depth." (Nov/Dec 10) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Are delicate and full-bodied contradictions? Not here, with this ripe, red-fruit-flavored wine, which still creeps delicately around the palate. From its just pink color to its soft, yet still crisp aftertaste, this is a well-balanced wine, which could probably age well for 2-3 years." (12/30/2007) A half bottle of this luxury Champagne may be just what the doctor ordered in light of the global financial crisis and all the other bad news of late. It is a blend of the best pinot noir and the best chardonnay grapes to which this historic Champagne house has access. Drink now with someone you love or, better yet, someone you lust after!

  • 1973 René Collard Cuvee Reservee Millesime - 4 available ($169.00)
    Please keep this SKU inactive... This wine has hand written labels!

France - Other Spirits

  • Francois Peyrot Poire Williams Au Cognac 750ml - 6 available ($39.99)
    The Poire Williams au Cognac requires 32 pounds of pears to produce one bottle of cognac liqueur. It is a product of Grande Champagne and is one of the best pear brandies that our staff has tasted!

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes ($159.99)
    98 points Wine Spectator: " *#1 in Top 100 Wines of 2007 & Collectibles designation* Really tight now, but packed with dark fig, currant, espresso, licorice and chocolate notes. Superfleshy but seriously structured, there's layer after layer of sweet spice, fruit and minerality pumping through the finish, with lots of latent depth and power. Far more backward than the 2003 or 2004 on release, but since this red typically puts on weight as it ages, it should be a monster--à la the 1990--when it reaches its peak." (12/2007) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A complex nose of resiny pine forest notes intermixed with black raspberry, sweet kirsch, licorice and lavender jumps from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied, powerful, rich, and tannic, this wine begs for 4-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25+ years. In short, you can’t go wrong with either of these vintages, although the 2006 will provide more up-front charm, and the window for drinking it will be just as long as the 2005. Patience will be required for the 2005." (10/2007) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Explosively perfumed nose offers a profound bouquet of red and dark berries, licorice, incense and musky underbrush. Broad, palate-staining raspberry and blackcurrant flavors are enveloped in velvety tannins, with suave anise and Asian spices adding complexity. A huge but balanced-even graceful-wine, with a finish that refuses to let go of the palate." (02/2008) K&L Notes: According to Robert Parker: "This remains one of the irrefutable reference point estates for traditional Chateauneuf du Pape. The wine is always aged in a battery of foudres in the air-conditioned and humidified cellars. Vincent Avril told me that yields have been very low since 2003 at Clos des Papes, with 24 hectoliters per hectare in 2003 and 21 hectoliters per hectare in 2004, 2005, and 2006...the classic blend is 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the rest very small percentages of Vaccarese, Counoise, and Muscardin." (10/2007)

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 1987 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva - 2 available ($39.95)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Lean and crisp, with appealing, spicy cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors that linger on the palate." (09/92)

  • 1983 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva "Brolio" - 2 available ($39.95)
    A Best Buy from the Wine Spectator: "Mature and rich, with velvety texture, complex flavors of cedar, spice, dark cherry and toast. An intriguing wine that would be better if it had a bit more concentration. Drink now." (05/89)

  • 1975 Fattoria Il Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino - 1 available ($99.00)
    The fame of the great Brunello di Montalcino knows no limits. It is the only Tuscan DOCG wine to be produced with 100% Sangiovese and it enchants wine lovers worldwide with its full-bodied, yet soothing, rustic yet elegant nature. The first vintage of Brunello di Montalcino Greppone Mazzi produced by Ruffino was the 1979, before this date, the wines were made by the estate itself, which gets its name partly from the poor soil, rich in galestro and alberese rock, which characterizes the area known as "dei greppi"and generates grapes of rare quality and serious longevity!

  • 1983 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale (some top shoulder fills) - 5 available ($29.95)
    This undergoes a long ageing period in botti, the traditional Tuscan ageing casks. It is an extraordinarily complex Chianti Classico Riserva featuring a solid structure and elegant perfumes. The Ducale is the top wine from this historic estate in the heart of the Chianti zone. But can it stand the test of 25 years? One of this extraordinary wine's main features is, in fact, its longevity. Try it with a mixed grill of red meats!

Scotland - Single Malt Scotch

  • Edradour Un-Chillfiltered Signatory Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 4 available ($69.99)
    I love this bottle of Edradour so much that there is always a bottle of it at my home. It is a great malt for anyone who likes a rich, sweet, heavy sherry style. Classic Edradour with the additional flavors that come from not chill filtering which leaves all the natural oils in the bottle. A deep and dark, super rich, sweeter style malt, multi-layered with flavors of roasted nuts and caramel. Dessert! 46% ABV (Susan Purnell, Spirit Buyer)

South Africa - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2003 Waterford Shiraz Stellenbosch South Africa (Elsewhere $25-$30) ($19.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Large-scaled, with bittersweet cocoa covering dense plum, fig and black currant fruit backed by game, tar and mineral notes. Thick but ripe tannins drive the lengthy finish. Drink now through 2010. 700 cases imported." (12/05)

Spain - Sherry and Madeira

  • Domecq Amontillado 51-1a VORS - 7 available ($69.99)
    The Domeq Amontillado 51-1a VORS comes from a solera established in 1830. The youngest wine is at least 30 years old, the average age is greater than 60 years and the oldest stuff is well over 100 years old! The wine has huge aromatics that remind me of freshly roasted and salted almonds, it even has the warming sensation! The flavors are very intense and the style is bone dry. This Sherry has amazing old solera complexity while maintaining an almost weightless texture. The finish goes on and on! Simply put- this is great, not just very good! -Gary Westby, K&L

  • Domecq Pedro Ximmenez Venerable VORS - 5 available ($69.99)
    The Domeq Pedro Ximmenez Venerable VORS comes from a solera established in 1830. The youngest wine is at least 30 years old, the average age is greater than 60 years and the oldest stuff is well over 100 years old! This is one of the greatest dessert wines in our stock. It is so powerfully rich and concentrated that it certainly would not be for everyone. It is made entirely out of ancient stocks of Pedro Ximmenez wine. The grapes were all dried on mats to raisined state before tiny amounts of ultra sweet juice were pressed from them. After a few generations of ageing a miniscule amount of this essence is produced at 45% residual sugar. Despite the huge amount of sweetness it is still a balanced, drinkable and extremely complex wine. -Gary Westby, K&L

  • Domecq Sibarita VORS Oloroso Sherry - 9 available ($69.99)
    The Domeq Palo Cortado Sibarita VORS comes from a solera established in 1830. The youngest wine is at least 30 years old, the average age is greater than 60 years and the oldest stuff is well over 100 years old! This is one of those rare Oloroso's that has the fineness of an Amontillado- I question why the do not call it a Palo Cortado. It has been blended with 2% Pedro Ximmenez (a dried grape sweetening wine), which has left it with an almost imperceptible 2% residual sugar. It has ultimate power, precision and chess master plan complexity. The tang of ancient dry Oloroso stocks is paired up with the roundness of the Pedro Ximmenez to make rich, dry finishing sherry that is not austere. This is my favorite of the three VORS from Domecq. -Gary Westby

Spain - Spain - Old and Rare

  • 2003 Aalto Ribera del Duero, Spain (Was $60 Elsewhere) ($34.99)
    92 points Robert Parker: "The 2003 Aalto is a purple-colored wine offering a stylish nose of smoke, toast, graphite, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied, ripe, but slightly compact and the finish is firm. It would appear that the 2003 vintage has removed some of the generosity normally found in this wine in top years. Nevertheless, it is a fine effort that should drink well through 2027." (02/07) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Intense perfume of boysenberry, sexy oak spices, vanilla and candied flowers. The concentrated flavors of red and dark berries and vanilla are almost sweet but are nicely lifted by juicy acidity. Finishes lush, broad and long, with supple tannins. Those who are laying out $100+ for California cult cabs ought to give this wine a go." (Sep/Oct 06) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and fig are sweetened by vanilla oak in this plush, jammy red. The tannins are big, ripe and well-integrated. Not polished, but exuberant and full of pleasure. Drink now through 2012." (11/06)

  • 2004 J.C. Conde "Neo" Ribera del Duero, Spain (6 bottle limit per customer) ($59.99)
    96 points and a "Highly Recommended" designation from Wine Spectator: "This dense red shows power and harmony. It fills the palate with black plum, dark chocolate, mineral and game flavors, ripe, rich and thick. Muscular tannins dominate, but this remains focused and balanced. Sweet fruit and spice linger on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2020. 1,400 cases made." (Web Only 2008) 94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Neo, from a better vintage than the 2003, is a more hedonistic effort. It is more expansive aromatically and offers greater complexity on the palate. This opulent wine is full-bodied, layered, and concentrated. Its structure is well-hidden but, make no mistake, this wine should blossom over the next 8-10 years for those with patience and will provide pleasure through 2030." (Feb. 2007) 91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Powerful, pungent and sweet on the nose, with intense blackberry and blackcurrant aromas accented by notes of licorice and baking spices. Deep, sweet and lush, with pure blackberry and boysenberry flavors, supple texture and intense notes of baking spices. Finishes with broad but harmonious tannins and lingering spice notes." (Sept/Oct '06)

  • 1990 Marqués de Cáceres, Rioja - 2 available ($29.99)

United States - Bourbon and Rye

  • Willett Single Barrel Estate Reserve Bourbon 750ml - 6 available ($44.99)
    The Willett Distilling Company, which has been family, owned and operated since 1935, is now the home of Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd. The Pot Still Reserve is KBD's flagship single barrel product and while it doesn't carry an age statement, it is of the highest quality. Beacuse it is bottled in single barrel format, the precise flavors change from cask to cask. However, the general style of this bourbon, despite the single cask nature, is one of great elegance. It is bottled in a lovely glass pot still decanter. A very graceful bourbon. It's very subtle and complex and always shows a soft mintiness framed by some fresh vanilla and a round rich body. Without a doubt a must try for any bourbon lover.

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2006 Anderson's Conn Valley Right Bank ($54.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Right Bank (70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a dark plum/purple hue along with gamy, cedary, black cherry, black currant, plum, toffee, and caramel aromas. Deep, rich, and youthful with significant tannin as well as impressive concentration and length, this is a stunning, complex Napa Valley red that should continue to evolve for 15-20 years. " (12/2009)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 1989 Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($49.95)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Presents a ripe, youthful core of plum, currant and cherry, fine, integrated tannins and good richness, depth and balance. Impressive now.--1989 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink through 2005. 5,780 cases made." (08/99)

  • 1989 Beaulieu Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($19.99)
    According to Wine Spectator: "Minty, herbal aromas and bright currant flavors make this an appealing wine with a moderate structure that turns gentle and inviting on the finish." (03/92)

  • 1982 Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Claret (1.5L) - 1 available ($89.95)
    Under the long-term guidance of André Tchelistcheff Beaulieu Vineyard has earned its reputation for creating some of the most elegant wines in the Napa Valley. Consistent and age-worthy, these are the wines you want in your cellar. And when the rare opportunity to buy older vintages comes along like this, don't pass it up.

  • 1983 Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Was $69.95) - 4 available ($49.95)
    Wine Spectator: "Delicious, with currant, plum and berry character. Medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a short finish. " (02/2000)

  • 1984 Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($84.95)
    Still drinking well in 2000, the Wine Spectator awarded it 91 points, saying: "Ripe and meaty, with loads of character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, chewy finish. Still needs time to mellow, but very impressive.--Georges de Latour Private Reserve vertical. Best after 2001." (02/2000)

  • 1985 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($29.95)
    Under the long-term guidance of André Tchelistcheff Beaulieu Vineyard has earned its reputation for creating some of the most elegant wines in the Napa Valley. Consistent and age-worthy, these are the wines you want in your cellar. And when the rare opportunity to buy older vintages comes along like this, don't pass it up.

  • 1986 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($29.95)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Richer and more generous than this wine usually tastes. Soft and supple, but there is enough of a backbone of velvety tannin to support the generous flavors of cherry, plum, nutmeg and vanilla. Drinkable now." (09/89)

  • 1987 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($29.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Earthy and mushroomy, with pleasant bay leaf, currant and plum flavors ... Tannins are in proportion and the finish fans out." (12/1990)

  • 1978 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 8 available ($34.95)
    According to James Laube's California Wine book: "This bottling often shares the bright cherry and currant flavors of the Reserve and it sometimes exceptional..." (1995); 93 points, Richard Jennings: "Medium brick red color with clear meniscus; narrow, slightly stewed, dried plum nose; mature, dried plum, tangy, smoky cassis palate; medium-plus finish." (RJonWine.com, 5/22/2008)

  • 1992 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 10 available ($19.99)
    According to Wine Spectator: "Well crafted, striking a nice balance between ripe plummy flavor and spicy oak..." (11/95)

  • 1986 Benziger Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($29.99)
    It's been nearly 30 years since Mike and Mary Benziger discovered the wild ranch on Sonoma Mountain that would become Benziger winery. Still a family operation, Benziger has helped shaped the California wine industry. According to Wine Spectator: "Supple and medium-bodied, showing fresh berry aromas, smooth flavors and a soft texture. Spice and berry flavors linger on the finish." (07/89)

  • 1989 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($79.95)
    Wine Spectator: "Lean and firm, showing mostly oak and spice up front, with just a hint of currant-tinged flavor, but becomes more interesting on the finish, where bay leaf and cherry flavors come through..." (11/1992) K&L Notes: "Few wineries in the world can boast such an enviable record of consistent excellence as that of Caymus. There is no doubting that Cabernet Sauvignon is King at Caymus. For nearly twenty years this winery has excelled at producing boldly-flavored, ripe, concentrated regular bottlings and lavishly-oaked, big, spicy, luxury-priced Special Selection offerings," wrote critic Robert Parker in 1993.

  • 1985 Chappellet "Signature Reserve" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($69.95)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderfully exotic and rich, with great depth and length and plenty of fine tannins. It's packed with fruit flavor, accented by fig, spice and mint in the aromas, but should get even better with time. Shows how fine this vintage was in California. Drink from 1995 to 2005.--Chappellet Cabernet vertical." (02/93)

  • 1984 Chappellet "Signature Reserve" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($69.95)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "A ripe, sumptuous wine, with currant and chocolate aromas and rich, smooth flavors. It's firm with tannins, but tastes balanced and elegant. Has room to grow..." (02/93)

  • 1983 Charles Krug Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($39.95)
    It's hard to get more legendary than Charles Krug, the winery purchased by Cesare Mondavi in 1933, and run by brothers Peter and Robert Mondavi until a family dispute caused Robert to leave and start his own winery in 1966. After a decade of feuding, Peter Mondavi returned to Charles Krug in 1977 to start anew, making solid wines over the years, though they've often been overshadowed by the wines of Robert Mondavi. These older bottling represent a rare opportunity to taste what Wine Spectator called "Golden Oldies" in an article last April.

  • 1985 Charles Krug Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($39.95)
    It's hard to get more legendary than Charles Krug, the winery purchased by Cesare Mondavi in 1933, and run by brothers Peter and Robert Mondavi until a family dispute caused Robert to leave and start his own winery in 1966. After a decade of feuding, Peter Mondavi returned to Charles Krug in 1977 to start anew, making solid wines over the years, though they've often been overshadowed by the wines of Robert Mondavi. These older bottling represent a rare opportunity to taste what Wine Spectator called "Golden Oldies" in an article last April.

  • 1978 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (top shoulder) - 1 available ($69.95)
    Wine Spectator: "Simple and direct, with ripe plum and currant flavors that fade on the finish." (11/1992) K&L Notes: Founded in 1861, the Charles Krug Winery was the first in Napa Valley, sold to Cesare and Rosa Mondavi in 1943. When Cesare died in 1959, their sons took the helm, Robert as General Manager and Peter as Vice President. In 1966, Peter took over the role as President and Robert moved on to start his own winery in Oakville. The 1978 vintage in Napa Valley was rated 92 points by Robert Parker. Plump, ripe and forward in youth, this wine's style mirrors the vintage. It reveals lots of cedar, earth, and tobacco in maturity. When stored in ideal cellar conditions, this can be a very long-lived wine. Fully mature, drink now.

  • 1991 Chateau St. Jean "Cinq Cepages" (some high shoulder fills) - 2 available ($69.95)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Dark color and ultrarich flavors that run deep and plush, revealing very impressive depth and concentration. Offers layers of plump currant, plum, blackberry, cassis and black cherry flavors. Firms up nicely, finishing with rich fruit and lots of spice, yet it's elegant and graceful.--'81/'91 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2010." (Web only, 2002)

  • 1984 Conn Creek "Collins Vineyard" Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($69.95)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "A big, rich, beautifully focused wine, with ripe black cherry and plum flavors that are deep and concentrated with layers of complexity. Tightly wound and beautifully balanced." (03/89)

  • 1995 Dalla Valle Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($139.00)
    92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an opaque blue/black/purple color, followed by sweet cassis aromas intermingled with scents of earth, spice, smoke, and grilled meats. This dense, powerful, muscular, concentrated wine provides an enormous mouthfeel. Wineries need more than luck to produce multi-dimensional wines with this concentration, ripeness, sweetness of fruit, and overall intensity and complexity. (Barrel tasting)" (06/1997) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated dark ruby. Multidimensional, expressive aromas of cassis, plum, violet, licorice, mint, leather and flowers. Juicy, penetrating fruit given thrust and focus by superb acidity. Really uncanny three-dimensional texture and great flavor intensity. Richness currently kept under wraps by powerful structure. Finishes with firm-edged Medoc-like tannins. Perhaps the classiest bottling to date of this wine. " (12/1998) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Perfumed red currant, cherry, anise and a sort of melted-chocolate aroma. It's firm, tight and concentrated, yet elegant in its own way, with tannins that are in balance and a long, detailed finish that shows off a minerally quality. (Web 2005)"

  • 1994 Dalla Valle Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($179.95)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Impressive for its richness, depth and concentration, this is a tightly wound, well-focused Cabernet that exhibits a wonderful pure core of currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's remarkably youthful. For all its depth and complexity, it ends up being elegant and sophisticated.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. Drink now through 2014." (11/2004) 94 points Wine Spectator: "The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon, which I have drunk with great pleasure despite its backwardness, possesses a full-bodied, multi-layered personality, with plenty of tannin, but sufficient earthy, black currant/plum-like fruit to balance out the wine's structure. With an opaque purple color, a high tannin level, and gorgeous layers of fruit and intensity, it will be at its peak after 4-6 years of cellaring, and will last for 20-25 years. I don't think I need to reinforce the fact that these offerings are extremely difficult to find, but isn't that the way it always is with such extraordinary wines? " (12/1997)

  • 1997 Dalla Valle Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($199.00)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (2,800 cases from a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc) boasts an opaque purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of mineral-infused black currants, and spicy oak. Full-bodied, structured, muscular, and multi-dimensional, it is approachable, but best cellared for 2-4 years, and drunk over the following 20-25 years." (12/2000) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated full ruby. A fruit bomb of a nose: cassis, blueberry, licorice and espresso, complicated by a floral topnote from the franc and a whiff of dark chocolate. Suave, chewy and very concentrated, with excellent acidity to frame the lush fruit. Tannins are big but sweet. Showing very well." (06/2000) Wine Spectator: "Aging nicely. Well structured, firm and intense, with maturing currant and blackberry fruit that's fresh and lively. Graceful aftertaste. (Web-2008)"

  • 1986 Ferrari Carano Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($39.95)
    Wine Spectator: "A pleasant style, with mint, currant and herb-tinged Cabernet flavor of moderate depth and intensity, but it's lacking on the finish, which is a bit lean and short." (09/1990)

  • 1985 Freemark Abbey Bosche Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (oxidized capsules) - 7 available ($89.00)
    In 1970, on a handshake deal with John Bosché, Freemark Abbey began crafting a few hundred cases of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bosché Vineyard, located in the heart of the Rutherford Bench. This predominantly dry-farmed Cabernet Bosché continues year after year to produce one of the most distinctive wines in Rutherford, and remains one of our most sought-after releases.

  • 1984 Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon Rheinfarm Vineyard (some top shoulder fills) - 2 available ($29.95)
    According to Wine Spectator: "A ripe, herbal, open style. Very fruity and full-bodied, with black currant , herb and mint aromas, firm tannins and a slightly tannic finish." (09/88)

  • 1972 Inglenook "Cask 20" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($49.95)
    Another unbelievable bargain from one of Napa's original producers. These wines are notably long-lived. You must not pass this up.

  • 1985 Inglenook Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($39.95)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a correct, medium to dark ruby-colored wine revealing little signs of age. A spicy, light intensity nose is followed by a wine with moderate tannin, relatively high acidity, and a pleasant finish...one of Inglenook's better efforts." (04/1995) K&L Notes: "The property once known as Inglenook isn't simply important in Napa Valley history--it's as close as Napa gets to hallowed ground, a spot that encompasses nearly the valley's entire wine history," wrote Jon Bonné in the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2013. In 1984 a young Tony Soter (who has gone on to make wine in Oregon) took over, softening the style from previous maker Andre Tchelistcheff.

  • 1991 Inglenook Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($29.99)
    Another unbelievable bargain from one of Napa's original producers. These wines are notably long-lived. You must not pass this up.

  • 1986 Inglenook "Niebaum Reserve" Claret (some high shoulder fills) - 2 available ($49.95)
    Another unbelievable bargain from one of Napa's original producers. These wines are notably long-lived. You must not pass this up.

  • 1985 Inglenook "Reserve Cask" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($49.95)
    90 points Wine Spectator: " *Cellar Selection* Smooth and polished, with intense cherry, currant, mint and herb aromas and flavors framed by hints of cedar. A bit tannic, but balanced, and almost elegant right through the finish. A youthful wine that can use until 1996 or '97 to buff the edges." (02/1991) K&L Notes: 95 points James Laube: "Beautifully balanced, with layers of rich, elegant, concentrated plum, cherry, currant and spice flavors supported by firm, lean yet structured tannins. Promises to be long-lived Cabernet in the finest Cask tradition. Fruit echoes on the finish. Impeccable balance. (The Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide - California's Great Cabernets, 1989, pg 208)

  • 1978 Louis Martini Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 7 available ($89.95)
    The story of Louis Martini is a key chapter in Napa's winemaking history. Genovese immigrant Louis Martini established his first business in 1922, smack in the middle of Prohibition (in force in the US from 1919 until 1933). He was therefore limited to making "sacramental and medicinal" wines at first. With the end of prohibition, Martini became one the first winemakers in California to produce vintage varietal table wines in quantity, and at reasonable prices.

  • 1970 Louis Martini Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (some top shoulder fills, replacement foil capsules) - 7 available ($99.95)
    The story of Louis Martini is a key chapter in Napa's winemaking history. Genovese immigrant Louis Martini established his first business in 1922, smack in the middle of Prohibition (in force in the US from 1919 until 1933). He was therefore limited to making "sacramental and medicinal" wines at first. With the end of prohibition, Martini became one the first winemakers in California to produce vintage varietal table wines in quantity, and at reasonable prices. His son's 1968/70 Merlot was the first varietal Merlot made in the US. Sourced from prime vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, including Monte Rosso in the mountains above Sonoma Valley and La Loma in the cool Carneros district south of Napa, and made with care and expertise, Louis Martini wines have aged exceptionally well. With their hallmark of impeccable balance, older Louis Martini Cabs never cease to amaze.

  • 1976 Louis Martini Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (top shoulder, replacement foil capsule) - 1 available ($99.95)
    The story of Louis Martini is a key chapter in Napa's winemaking history. Genovese immigrant Louis Martini established his first business in 1922, smack in the middle of Prohibition (in force in the US from 1919 until 1933). He was therefore limited to making "sacramental and medicinal" wines at first. With the end of prohibition, Martini became one the first winemakers in California to produce vintage varietal table wines in quantity, and at reasonable prices. Louis Martini wines have aged exceptionally well. With their hallmark of impeccable balance, older Louis Martini Cabs never cease to amaze.

  • 1987 Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($29.95)
    The story of Louis Martini is a key chapter in Napa's winemaking history. Genovese immigrant Louis Martini established his first business in 1922, smack in the middle of Prohibition (in force in the US from 1919 until 1933). He was therefore limited to making "sacramental and medicinal" wines at first. With the end of prohibition, Martini became one the first winemakers in California to produce vintage varietal table wines in quantity, and at reasonable prices. His son's 1968/70 Merlot was the first varietal Merlot made in the US. Sourced from prime vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, including Monte Rosso in the mountains above Sonoma Valley and La Loma in the cool Carneros district south of Napa, and made with care and expertise, Louis Martini wines have aged exceptionally well. With their hallmark of impeccable balance, older Louis Martini Cabs never cease to amaze.

  • 1978 Louis Martini Special Selection Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($125.00)
    The story of Louis Martini is a key chapter in Napa's winemaking history. Genovese immigrant Louis Martini established his first business in 1922, smack in the middle of Prohibition (in force in the US from 1919 until 1933). He was therefore limited to making "sacramental and medicinal" wines at first. With the end of prohibition, Martini became one the first winemakers in California to produce vintage varietal table wines in quantity, and at reasonable prices. Louis Martini wines have aged exceptionally well. With their hallmark of impeccable balance, older Louis Martini Cabs never cease to amaze.

  • 1966 Louis Martini Special Selection Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) top/high shoulder fills, replacement foil capsules) - 1 available ($99.00)
    90 points Wine Spectator (Web only, 1985) The story of Louis Martini is a key chapter in Napa's winemaking history. Genovese immigrant Louis Martini established his first business in 1922, smack in the middle of Prohibition (in force in the US from 1919 until 1933). He was therefore limited to making "sacramental and medicinal" wines at first. With the end of prohibition, Martini became one the first winemakers in California to produce vintage varietal table wines in quantity, and at reasonable prices. Louis Martini wines have aged exceptionally well. With their hallmark of impeccable balance, older Louis Martini Cabs never cease to amaze.

  • 1985 Louis Martini "Special Selection" North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($39.95)
    The story of Louis Martini is a key chapter in Napa's winemaking history. Genovese immigrant Louis Martini established his first business in 1922, smack in the middle of Prohibition (in force in the US from 1919 until 1933). He was therefore limited to making "sacramental and medicinal" wines at first. With the end of prohibition, Martini became one the first winemakers in California to produce vintage varietal table wines in quantity, and at reasonable prices. His son's 1968/70 Merlot was the first varietal Merlot made in the US. Sourced from prime vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, including Monte Rosso in the mountains above Sonoma Valley and La Loma in the cool Carneros district south of Napa, and made with care and expertise, Louis Martini wines have aged exceptionally well. With their hallmark of impeccable balance, older Louis Martini Cabs never cease to amaze.

  • 1989 Pahlmeyer 'Caldwell Vineyard' Napa Proprietary Red (Was $110.00) - 1 available ($99.00)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Firm, minty and tannic, with a lean, angular band of currant, mineral, cedar and spice, returning to a firmly tannic finish.--1989 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2005. 450 cases made." (08/99)

  • 1990 Pahlmeyer "Caldwell Vineyard" Napa Proprietory Red - 1 available ($139.00)
    89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A deep ruby/purple color and a bouquet that offers pure, moderately intense aromas of smoke, cassis, and spicy oak, are followed by a wine with deep, ripe, rich, curranty flavors, firm, elevated tannins, and high acidity..." (10/1993) Wine Spectator: "Decidedly minty, with a ripe currant and black cherry character that's moderately complex and well-balanced..." (02/2001)

  • 1987 Pahlmeyer "Caldwell Vineyard" Napa Proprietory Red (Was $149.00) - 1 available ($119.00)
    According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby. Superripe aromas of redcurrant, bitter cherry, tobacco, roasted nuts and dried herbs. Juicy, tightly wound and minerally, with a faint medicinal quality. Intensely flavored and still fresh..." (09/02)

  • 2000 Pahlmeyer Napa Proprieatry Red - 1 available ($99.95)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderful richness, complexity and concentration, with layers of mouthcoating dark fruits centered around currant, plum, blackberry and even a trace of prune. Finishes with a long gush of ripe fruit and ripe tannins that ease into the elegant aftertaste. " (10/2003) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "($90; nearly half of the fruit was from Jayson Pahlmeyer's home ranch on Atlas Peak; 73% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot, 5% malbec, 4% petit verdot and 1% cabernet franc) Saturated bright ruby. Aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, minerals and loam are fresher and more focused than those of the 2000 merlot. Musky, juicy, rich flavors of black fruits, black licorice, minerals and mocha. Perhaps not as deep as some recent vintages of this wine, but offers solid structure. Finishes firmly tannic and sweet, with more obvious grip than the merlot." (06/2003)

  • 1993 Pahlmeyer Napa Proprietary Red - 1 available ($129.00)
    88-91 points Robert Parker: "Pahlmeyer's 1993 has an unbelievable resemblance to a fine vintage of Bordeaux's renowned Chateau Leoville Las-Cases. The saturated dark ruby/purple color is followed by a wonderfully pure, vivid nose of blackcurrants, minerals, and spicy, high quality oak. Medium to full-bodied, rich and elegant, this well-endowed, beautifully concentrated, graceful Cabernet Sauvignon will need 5-7 years of cellaring; it will keep for 20+ years. This fascinating wine could easily be confused with a top class Medoc if tasted blind." (04/95)

  • 1997 Pahlmeyer Napa Proprietary Red - 1 available ($189.00)
    98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The finest proprietary red produced by Pahlmeyer to date is their 1997 (a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Petit-Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec). Production is 3,300 cases, and the wine tips the scales at 14.7% alcohol. A super-rich, blockbuster effort, it exhibits an opaque purple color in addition to a fabulous bouquet of black fruits, espresso, cocoa, mocha, and flowers. A prodigious red, with low acidity, spectacular concentration, and fabulous purity as well as overall symmetry, it can be drunk now, but promises to last for 20-25 years. " (12/2000) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very saturated black ruby to the rim. Dark aromas of cassis, black raspberry, licorice, maple syrup, shoe polish and flowers. Superripe and compellingly layered and deep; as thick and sweet as the merlot but more tactile, with a stronger impression of acidity and structure and superb flavor definition. Thoroughly ripe, noble tannins reach the entire palate. Pahlmeyer still shows a slight preference for his cabernet sauvignon-based blend. 'The merlot, after all, used to be the leftover juice, the stuff that didn't go into the red blend,' he explained." (06/2000) Wine Spectator: "Fresh and vibrant, with snappy red currant, herb, sage and mineral flavors that are focused and persistent. Best of two bottles. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.--'97 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. (Web-2008)"

  • 1992 Pahlmeyer Napa Proprietary Red - 1 available ($125.00)
    92 points Robert Parker: "The 1992 Proprietary Red Wine, is a wine made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, with the usual suspects as component parts, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. It possesses an opaque purple color, a superb, sweet, expansive nose of mint, cassis, and toast, a full-bodied, rich, creamy, lavishly intense palate with great purity, gobs of cassis fruit, nicely integrated oak and tannin, and enough acidity to provide uplift. This superb red wine can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15+ years." (12/95)

  • 1994 Pahlmeyer Napa Proprietary Red - 1 available ($189.00)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The proprietary red wine made by Pahlmeyer is usually a blend of 75%-80% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a tiny quantity of Malbec. The 1994 Proprietary Red Wine exhibits a purple/black color, as well as sweet, integrated tannin, a gorgeous blackcurrant, toast, tar, and licorice-scented nose, fabulous texture, and a 35-45 second finish. The 1994 may be slightly sweeter in the mid-palate than the 1995, but the differences are negligible. The abundant tannin is mostly concealed by the wine's wealth of fruit, glycerin, and alcohol. This wine should drink well from the late nineties through the first two decades of the next century. Very impressive!" (12/1996) 92 points Wine Spectator: "(Highly Recommended) Ripe, complex and full-bodied, with pretty currant, black cherry, spice and cedary oak flavors that continue to develop far into the finish. The tannins are a little rough around the edges, but they're not out of line for a wine this young." (11/1996)

  • 1991 Pahlmeyer Napa Proprietary Red (Was $179.00) - 1 available ($179.00)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1991 Proprietary Red Wine Caldwell Vineyard is muscular, tannic, and concentrated, as well as backward... The color, mouthfeel, ripeness, and extraction are present..." (10/1994) K&L Notes: Made by Helen Turley and Randy Dunn from the Caldwell vineyard. According to the Underground Wine Journal: "Outstanding...Has aromas and flavors of cherry, currant, mint and fennel, with notes of smoke, cedar and tobacco. It is complex, rich and expressive, with good depth and balance - very tasty." (Volume XVI, #1,2,'94)

  • 1991 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($149.00)
    91 points Robert Parker: "Peter Michael produces a Bordeaux-like, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon called Les Pavots. The 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots, which will be released September 1st, is Bordeaux-like with a fragrant pure, blackcurrant-scented nose, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors, and a fine underpinning of acidity and moderate tannin. Its long finish admirably combines power and intensity with finesse. It is not close to maturity. While it is accessible, I recommend 3-5 years of cellaring; it is capable of lasting for two decades." (06/94)

  • 1996 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($169.95)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The powerhouse, opaque purple/blue-colored 1996 Les Pavots is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc. The nose offers up blackberry, licorice, cassis, and pain grille aromas. The superb extract, well-defined personality, and smoky, licorice, Asian spice, and blackberry flavors provide a thrilling tasting experience. It was bottled with neither fining nor filtration. There are approximately 2,800 cases of this fabulous effort. Anticipated maturity: now-2025." (01/2000) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Perfumed aromas of blueberry, kirsch and framboise, with complicating notes of mint and pencil shavings. Sweet and supple, but firm and penetrating, with sharply defined, intense flavors that are complex but unevolved. Strong acids currently clash with huge tannins. Quite dominated by its structure in the early going, but this very dry wine has the concentration of fruit to benefit from extended bottle aging." (06/1999)

  • 2000 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knight's Valley Red - 1 available ($139.00)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A well-ripened, opulent wine; it’s huge in blackcurrant and cassis flavors and elaborate oak. You can taste the barrels in the smoke, vanilla and spicy flavors. Acidity hasn’t been integrated yet, nor have the dusty tannins. It’s really good now, but is best left to soften and integrate through 2008." (05/2004) 92 points Wine Spectator: "An impressive showing, this very complex, trim and balanced wine displays ripe currant, spice, loamy earth and black licorice flavors, with refined tannins. (Web-2011)" 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good saturated ruby. Highly complex aromas of black cherry, cassis, black licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, leather, meat and cola. Powerful, dense and rich, with deep sweetness and a strong chocolatey flavor. Finishes with huge, broad tannins that reach the front teeth but also superb middle-palate fat and persistence, especially for the vintage. I underestimated this last year." (06/2003)

  • 1997 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($229.00)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1997 Les Pavots originates from a hillside vineyard overlooking the Knight's Valley that has 23 acres planted with Bordeaux varietals. The 1997 blend consists of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in French oak (50% new), and bottled without filtration. Fortunately, there are 4,351 cases of 750 ml bottles, as well as 330 cases of magnums. A blue/black/purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of toast, blackberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and cedar. Full-bodied, with silky tannin, low acidity, and layers of concentrated, pure black fruits judiciously wrapped in subtle toasty oak, this wine can be drunk early, but promises to hit its peak in 5-7 years, and last for two or more decades." (12/2000) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very deep, saturated ruby. Extremely complex nose melds brambly blueberry and blackberry, cassis, molasses, tar, cocoa and lavender. Very thick and sweet but quite primary; powerfully structured and muscular but not hard thanks to its huge buffering extract and reasonably elevated pH. Substantial tannins spread out to suffuse the entire palate. This very impressive wine has the balance and sheer material to enjoy a long and slow development in bottle. The most impressive cabernet I've yet tasted from Peter Michael. 92(+?) points " (05/2000) 92 points Wine Spectator: "On the plus side, this is dense, firm and concentrated, offering notes of dried currant, olive and anise. Still rustic, ending with chewy tannins. (Web Only- 2011)"

  • 1995 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($149.95)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The black/ruby/purple-colored 1995 Les Pavots (a 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 13% Cabernet Franc blend), which achieved 13.9% alcohol naturally, reveals a sweet, tobacco, lavender, and cassis-scented nose, medium-bodied, tannic, elegant flavors, outstanding purity, ripeness, and length, yet a measured, restrained style... This rich, nicely proportioned proprietary red is California's answer to a graceful Medoc. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2020." (12/1997) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant, refined and delicate, offering fresh aromatics of spicy oak, currant and flowers. (Web-2011) " Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red-ruby. Cooler aromas of lavender, blueberry, cassis and boysenberry, along with pepper and floral nuances. Leaner and tighter in the mouth, with a stronger impression of acidity. Very firmly built and slow to evolve; less welcoming than the '96. Finishes distinctly drier, with chewy tannins and a minerally quality." (06/1998)

  • 1993 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($125.00)
    92 points Robert Parker: "The 1993 Les Pavots, another impressive wine from a vintage that has plenty of skeptics in the West Coast press, reveals a dense, ruby/purple color, and a complex nose of smoke, spice, toast, and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, with an inner-core of sweet, rich fruit, outstanding purity, and a powerful yet elegant personality, this layered, multi-dimensional wine should drink well young, but keep for 20+ years. The blend for Peter Michael's Les Pavots proprietary red wine varies year to year, but the composition usually includes at least 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5%-15% Merlot, and 5%-15% Cabernet Franc. Sixty percent new French oak casks are utilized. The result is a wine that comes as close as any other California Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine to resembling a structured, rich, complex St.-Julien/Pauillac." (12/96) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Still big, potent, mouthcoating and firmly tannic. Tight and reduced, showing firm earth, game, iron and mocha-enriched currant, with a slight whiff of oxidation commingling with tar, currant, raisin and roasted meat flavors. Dare I suggest it's still not ready?" (11/03)

  • 1992 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($139.95)
    91 points Robert Parker: "The 1992 Les Pavots, reminiscent of a top-class St.-Julien/Pauillac, is the first vintage that has begun to exhibit some complex cedar, lead pencil, and cassis aromas. Medium to full-bodied, with impressive richness, this layered, intense yet balanced wine still needs another 2-3 years of cellaring, although it reveals more immediate charm and secondary aromas than its three younger siblings. It is a wine that will last for at least 20+ years. The blend for Peter Michael's Les Pavots proprietary red wine varies year to year, but the composition usually includes at least 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5%-15% Merlot, and 5%-15% Cabernet Franc. Sixty percent new French oak casks are utilized. The result is a wine that comes as close as any other California Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine to resembling a structured, rich, complex St.-Julien/Pauillac. The wine is more broad-shouldered and deep than most Bordeaux. Readers should be forewarned that Les Pavots is not made in an up-front, fruity style that begs for immediate consumption. They are rich, full-bodied, complex, restrained wines built for the long haul." (12/96)

  • 1985 Ravenswood Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($29.95)
    Notes of plum, cherry and vanilla characterize this bold, firmly structured Cabernet from the winery that brought you the slogan, "No Wimpy Wines." Well there's nothing wimpy about this Cab, but the time in bottle should have softened its edges significantly, making this a lovely drinker now.

  • 1985 Raymond Private Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (oxidized capsules) - 2 available ($59.00)
    91 points and a Cellar Selection, Wine Spectator: "plum, chocolate and spice flavors that are lavishly oaked and very well balanced, finishing with layers of flavor and a sense of elegance that goes on and on." (07/90)

  • 1976 Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($49.95)
    While there are many individuals and wineries that helped catapult California's wine industry onto the international stage, all of their efforts can be summed up in the life of one man: Robert Mondavi. These older vintages of Mondavi's Cabernets are like a sneak peek into our winemaking past, a chance to taste history and a collector's dream. Don't miss this rare bottling.

  • 1984 Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($69.95)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Tasty and likable, with jam and berry flavors up front, modest tannins and lingering fruit. In a soft, accessible style, it's drinkable now and should improve over the next three to five years..." (12/87)

  • 1981 Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($39.95)
    90 points Wine Spectator (no tasting note). According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Robert Mondavi was 53-years old when he debuted his Cabernet Sauvignon in 1966. I know winemakers who have retired by that age! He had cut his teeth at Sunny St. Helena Winery before he became general manager at the Charles Krug Winery that his father Cesare purchased in 1943.." (04/09) From California's original cult winery, Robert Mondavi's '81 Cabernet Sauvignon still holds up well considering it's a 30-year old bottle. Don't decant and drink quickly to savor the fruit flavors before they dissipate.

  • 1986 Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (Was $89.95) ($79.95)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Classic Cabernet aromas and flavors, a bright beam of currant flavor shining through the toasty, vanilla and brown sugar complexity. Very seductive and elegant." (07/1989) K&L Notes: According to Robert Parker: "...1986 was a transitional year for the Mondavi philosophy of Cabernet Sauvignon winemaking. The unfiltered school of winemaking, which ended in 1974, resumed in 1987, yet had not taken full hold in 1986. Nevertheless, Mondavi had already moved away from the excessive manipulation and acidification practiced during the 1975-1985 era."

  • 1970 Robert Mondavi Unfined Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (raised cork) - 1 available ($199.00)
    90 points Robert Parker: "Although denser and more tannic than the Unfiltered cuvee, the 1970 Unfined bottling possesses terrific intensity, gobs of fruit, and better color saturation than its sibling. It also reveals a rustic, hard side. This top notch California Cabernet can be drunk now or cellared for another 10-15 years." (08/94)

  • 1985 Robert Pepi "Vine Hill Ranch" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($29.95)
    89 points Robert Parker: "Sweet, jammy, black-cherry and cassis aromas jump from the glass of this well-made, nearly outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine reveals full body, an expansive, chewy fleshiness, and excellent purity." (04/95) According to Wine Spectator: "Spicy, exotic wine, with dense berry and currant flavors and overtones of mint, eucalyptus and clove, balanced and fairly long. A well-crafted wine, with plenty of style but not much for immediate appeal." (07/90)

  • 1986 Robert Pepi "Vine Hill Ranch" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($29.95)
    According to Wine Spectator: "The deeply concentrated currant, earth, mineral and cherry flavors are tightly wound now, and it's in need of cellaring, but the core of fruit is ripe and rich and the oak is strong but balanced." (10/90)

  • 1985 Rodney Strong "Alexander's Crown" Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($49.00)
    This elegant, balanced wine showed beautiful plum fruit upon release, but it was also uber-tannic, too. Time in the bottle should have resolved those tannins, making this a lovely, well-aged (and affordable) Cab to enjoy with tonight's dinner.

  • 1999 Shafer "Hillside Select" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($225.00)
    97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of the finest wines of the vintage. The 14.9% alcohol is barely noticeable given the amazing concentration and intensity. A saturated opaque purple color is followed by scents of vanilla, blackberry liqueur, crushed minerals, and a hint of white flowers. There is stunning intensity, tremendous purity, full body, and a remarkable, seamless finish (amazing given the elevated, austere tannin). Give the 1999 another 2-3 years of cellaring, and enjoy it over the following two decades or longer. A brilliant effort! " (12/2003) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Combines the richness and power of youth with the subtleties of age. Big, ripe and expressive, with tiers of ripe currant, black cherry, plum and mocha, showing a touch of cedary oak and finishing with a long, pure, focused finish. —1999 California Cabernet blind retrospective (Web-2009)." 94 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Another very bold and impressively concentrated effort, the 1999 bottling is a broad, many faceted Cabernet whose ample ripeness and generous appointment of rich oak are always complementary themes to its deep, vital, very well-focused fruit. It is still a young wine with a very long lifeline, yet, even now, it has bloomed into a *** beauty that will tempt present drinking. Originally reviewed at **." (03/2007) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good saturated ruby-red. Superripe aromas of currant, tobacco, coffee, chocolate and maple syrup. Sweet, lush and suave, with a floral aspect; showing the vibrant, juicy quality of the vintage's better examples. Really spreads out to coat the palate. Finishes with big, sweet, broad tannins and a mineral note. " (06/2003) K&L Notes: Robert Parker writes: "There are 2,000 cases of this offering, which is aged for 32 months in 100% new French oak prior to bottling. It is head and shoulders above any other Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags Leap appellation, combining an extraordinary elegance, delineation, and purity with a tremendously layered, thick opulence that coats the palate with exceptional purity as well as precision." (12/2003)

  • 1985 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.95)
    91 points and a Spectator Selection from the Wine Spectator: "Bursting with boysenberry and raspberry fruit, firm, lean and lithe, with toast and chocolate on the finish, a racy wine in a lively package. Drinkable now, but the tannins will come on in a couple of years, so if you don't get to it soon, wait." (11/88)

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 1991 Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir (some slightly raised corks) - 5 available ($19.99)
    Located just a couple of miles from San Francisco's San Pablo Bay, Acacia Vineyard sits at the heart of Napa Carneros, a cool growing region that's earned its reputation as the source for excellent Burgundy varietals. Plush with cherry fruit and savory herbs, this Pinot was tightly wound upon release with firm tannins. Extensive time in the bottle has allowed its tannins to soften and integrate and secondary aromas and flavors to shine through.

  • 2004 Blue Rock Vineyard Sonoma Syrah ($23.99)
    This is winemakers Nick Goldschmidt and Kenneth Kahn's fourth vintage of Blue Rock Syrah, made from 100% estate grown Alexander Valley fruit. Focused on grace and elegance rather than extraction, the wine's smoky meat, pomegranate and blackcurrant aromas are redolent of Northern Rhône. The bouquet continues on the palate, adding game and earth flavors as well as some black cherry. Soft, fine-grained tannins make this wine approachable now, but it has enough structure to continue to improve over the next five years. 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The tannins are dusty and astringent and give the wine a lockdown character, so you’ll want to cellar this one. Aging is no problem. The wine is dry and balanced, with a rich array of blackberry, pomegranate, cola, sweet leather, coffee and spice flavors that have been generously oaked. Should improve by mid-2008 and evolve for another few years." (03/08)

  • 1959 Buena Vista California Vintage Port (top shoulder fills, capsules taped to bottles) - 2 available ($99.95)
    This Port comes from one of California's oldest premium vineyards. Buena Vista was founded in 1857 and has been a dominating force in the Carneros region for 150 years.

  • 1981 Charles Krug Napa Burgundy (1.5L) - 2 available ($59.95)
    It's hard to get more legendary than Charles Krug, the winery purchased by Cesare Mondavi in 1933, and run by brothers Peter and Robert Mondavi until a family dispute caused Robert to leave and start his own winery in 1966. After a decade of feuding, Peter Mondavi returned to Charles Krug in 1977 to start anew, making solid wines over the years, though they've often been overshadowed by the wines of Robert Mondavi. These older bottling represent a rare opportunity to taste what Wine Spectator called "Golden Oldies" in an article last April.

  • 2006 Château Souverain Alexander Valley Chardonnay ($11.99)
    Wine Club Price: $9.49.

    Château Souverain's 2006 Chardonnay is a synthesis of stone fruit, pear and pineapple on the nose with citrus and pear flavors on the palate highlighted by rich Tahitian vanilla bean. The wine has a round, creamy mid-palate balanced by bright acidity on the finish. A "Good Value" designate, the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "If hardly among the bigger and bolder looks at the grape, this very tasty young wine goes straight to the appley point of good Chardonnay, and its lightly laid-on accents of sweet, vanillin oak provide a bit of added richness. It is rounded in feel and ready to drink, and it comes at a price that is quite inviting. It carries the winery's new name even though its Reserve partner does not." (02/08)

  • 1985 Clos du Val Napa Zinfandel - 2 available ($29.95)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Big, tight, tannic and concentrated, with jammy currant and blackberry arom as and flavors, powerful, full-bodied but not brutal. A lot of flavor and style." (04/88)

  • Heitz Cellars Napa Pinot Noir, Lot 1970-71 - 2 available ($89.95)

  • 1966 Louis Martini "Special Selection" California Mountain Pinot Noir (1.5 L) (replacement foil capsules) - 2 available ($129.00)
    The story of Louis Martini is a key chapter in Napa's winemaking history. Genovese immigrant Louis Martini established his first business in 1922, smack in the middle of Prohibition (in force in the US from 1919 until 1933). He was therefore limited to making "sacramental and medicinal" wines at first. With the end of prohibition, Martini became one the first winemakers in California to produce vintage varietal table wines in quantity, and at reasonable prices. Louis Martini wines have aged exceptionally well. With their hallmark of impeccable balance, older Louis Martini Cabs never cease to amaze.

  • 2002 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch "Water Trough" - 1 available ($79.95)
    90 points Robert Parker: "Tart acidity and a crisp, elegant personality, with more smoky, herbal notes and a decidedly cool climate style characterizes the 2002 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard. This wine is well-made, but a completely different expression of Pinot Noir from a cooler area. It is remarkable how the 2002 is so different from the explosive 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2012." (02/05) 90(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby. Very dark aromas of wild plum, bitter chocolate and nutty oak; lightly syrupy and roasted notes, along with a faint dusty quality, detract from the wine's clarity. Then thick and strong in the mouth, with a distinct impression of extract. The wine's fruit syrup character is leavened by its sound acidity. Shows less "French funk" than some of the winery's other 2002 pinots, according to Julie Martinelli, but currently comes across as rather muted on the nose." (May/June 04)

  • 2001 Martinelli Pinot Noir Three Sisters - 1 available ($99.95)
    Wine Spectator: "Lighter in color, yet with enough ripe, rich black cherry, cranberry and wild berry fruit that turns complex and finishes with a touch of anise and citrus. (2004)"

  • 2004 Sonoma-Cutrer "Les Pierres" Chardonnay - 8 available ($38.99)
    Sonoma Valley's "Les Pierres" vineyard is a unique site, comprised of gravelly clay loam soils in an ancient river bed of cobbled stones from the Sonoma Mountain caldera. Set into an east-facing slope, this vineyard is close enough to the San Pablo Bay to fully experience the cooling effects of the fog that rolls off the Bay, cutting a deep swath across Valley Ford toward the Valley of the Moon. The wine made from this vineyard, not often available outside the winery, is treated with the utmost care, what the winery calls their Grand Cru approach. The results are a wine that looks like clear liquid gold and smells of honeycomb, rose petal, lime zest and fresh Granny Smith apple on a flinty frame. Focused mineral flavors on the wine's entry give way to pear, peach and a hint of cream. Subtle hints of honey and lemon appear on the mid-palate and the wine finishes with very elegant and subtle hints of oak, great acidity and lemony minerality that lingers long after the wine is gone.

  • 1980 Sutter Home "Dessert" El Dorado Zinfandel - 2 available ($29.95)

  • 2006 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel" Blanc (375ml) - 10 available ($17.99)
    92-95 points Robert Parker: "Beautiful notes of orange blossoms, lemon oil, assorted tropical fruits, white currants, rose water, and spice emerge from the 2006 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc (60% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Picpoul). Full-bodied, rich, intense, dry, and stony in its minerality, this superb dry white should age nicely for 4-5 years or longer." (08/07) 93 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "Tablas Creek's top white bottling is consistently one of the most complex Rhône- varietal blends produced in California. The '06 combines 65 percent roussanne and 30 percent grenache blanc, with a lesser amount of picpoul blanc, all grown in the estate's limestone soils. It's savory and floral, with aromas of mint and honeysuckle that gradually unfold to richer flavors of fresh apple, pear and lavender-scented honey. It's warm and inviting without ever feeling heavy. Hold on to this for a few years and then match it with seared veal chops." (06/08) 92 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale gold. Vibrant quince and green apple on the nose, with energetic citrus zest and minerals adding energy. Sharply focused lime and apple flavors are impressively balanced and clean, with slow-building honey and tangerine adding depth. Finishes with impressively pure, vibrant citrus flavors and excellent length. A very fresh blend." (Nov/Dec '07)

  • 2006 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel" Blanc Paso Robles - 7 available ($34.99)
    92-95 points Robert Parker: "Beautiful notes of orange blossoms, lemon oil, assorted tropical fruits, white currants, rose water, and spice emerge from the 2006 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc (60% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Picpoul). Full-bodied, rich, intense, dry, and stony in its minerality, this superb dry white should age nicely for 4-5 years or longer." (08/07) 93 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "Tablas Creek's top white bottling is consistently one of the most complex Rhône- varietal blends produced in California. The '06 combines 65 percent roussanne and 30 percent grenache blanc, with a lesser amount of picpoul blanc, all grown in the estate's limestone soils. It's savory and floral, with aromas of mint and honeysuckle that gradually unfold to richer flavors of fresh apple, pear and lavender-scented honey. It's warm and inviting without ever feeling heavy. Hold on to this for a few years and then match it with seared veal chops." (06/08) 92 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale gold. Vibrant quince and green apple on the nose, with energetic citrus zest and minerals adding energy. Sharply focused lime and apple flavors are impressively balanced and clean, with slow-building honey and tangerine adding depth. Finishes with impressively pure, vibrant citrus flavors and excellent length. A very fresh blend." (Nov/Dec '07)

  • 1977 Trefethen Napa Pinot Noir (top shoulder) - 1 available ($39.95)
    The folks at Trefethen have been making wine on their estate for more than 40 years, but finding older vintages of their delicious, award-winning wines is rare. Don't miss this opportunity to taste some Napa Valley history, for an extremely friendly price.

  • 2001 Williams-Selyem "Rochioli Riverblock" Pinot Noir - 1 available ($79.95)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The ’99 was a joy and so is this stunning wine. It has a perfume of violets, blackberries, dried autumn leaves, succulent raspberry tart, licorice, coffee, and all sorts of other wholesome scents. The flavors, which are similar, drink complete and complex, at once subtle and compelling. Absolutely addictive in its interesting complexities, and undoubtedly will improve with a few years in the bottle. " (05/2004) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard (521 cases) is a spectacular effort. A striking nose of crushed rocks is intertwined with rose petals, as well as sweet black cherry, raspberry, and blueberry fruit. This seamless, rich, full-bodied wine was rocking the day I tasted it. Medium to full-bodied and well-delineated with crisp acids as well as sweet tannin that provides structure to its weighty, rich feel. " (12/2003) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Subdued nose nonetheless hints at an exotic ripeness, with notes of cola, sassafras and tar to go with the dark fruits. Fat and rich but a bit youthfully sullen, and not yet showing the clarity of the Allen. Very ripe flavors of blackberry, plum and smoke. Big, oaky finish features ripe tannins and excellent length." (05/2003) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, creamy, delicate style, with vivid blackberry, tea, creamy oak and fresh earth and mineral flavors that reveal its nuances sip by sip, finishing with firm tannins and a smoky edge." (05/2004)

  • 1999 Williams-Selyem "Rochioli Riverblock" Pinot Noir - 1 available ($89.00)
    92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Brooding, deeply pitched aromas of wild plum, cassis, mocha and roasted, smoky oak. Large-scaled, sweet and fat; doesn't offer the finesse of the Allen bottling but boasts superb density and volume. Really glyceral pinot, finishing with sweet tannins and excellent length. Will offer considerable early appeal. Sure to be Williams-Selyem best release to date from these young Rochioli Vineyard vines." (05/2001) 91 points Wine Spectator: "A wine of substance, depth, complexity and richness, built around a core of ripe plum and black cherry, with hints of mineral, anise, sage and wild berry. A seductive style that should improve with another year in the bottle. Drink now through 2007. 577 cases made." (05/2002) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers looking for a premier cru/grand cru Cote de Nuits look-alike should check out the deep ruby/purple-colored 1999 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard (550 cases). Floral aromas mixed with sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit are accompanied by a broodingly backward, moderately tannic, long, concentrated wine. Patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2014." (08/2002)

United States - Domestic Pinot Noir

  • 2005 Kosta Browne "Garys' Vineyard" Pinot Noir - 1 available ($149.00)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "Builds intensity, depth and dimension, exhibiting loamy earth, sage and underbrush notes joining a medley of dried berry, plum, raspberry and black cherry flavors. Wonderful finish.—Kosta Browne non-blind vertical (March 2011). Drink now through 2017. (Web-2012)" 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Very ripe, rather powerful aromas of cherry, cassis, tobacco and roasted coffee. Deep and weighty, with concentrated cherry and dark berry liqueur flavors; firm, youthful tannins; and building notes of musky underbrush and succulent herbs...undeniably impressive, finishing on a dense, sweet kirsch note. Serve this with peppery grilled steaks or even game." (05/2007)

United States - Domestic Zinfandel

  • 2006 Ravenswood "Barrica" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel - 12 available ($29.99)
    90 points and one star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Leaning a bit towards the very ripe end of the Zinfandel spectrum but endowed with a fair measure of blackberry fruit tinged with notions of wildflowers and caramel, this full-bodied wine comes with a supple entry and a tannic backend while delivering good fruit at its heart. It dries a touch and shows an edge of acidity to its finish, and a few years of age would seem the best course in seeing this one to its best." (January 2009) 91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Deep, saturated red. Zesty cherry and redcurrant aromas display admirable energy and clarity. Tangy, finely etched red berry flavors are medium in weight, with mint and camphor adding vivacity. Becomes sappier and sweeter with air, finishing with excellent lift and snap." (06/08)

  • 2006 Ravenswood "Big River" Alexander Valley Zinfandel ($29.99)
    92-94 points Stephen Tanzer: " Bright ruby. Sexy, pungent aromas of cassis, blackberry and Asian spices. Deep, sweet and sappy, offering round, supple dark berry preserve flavors and good spicy snap. Impressively balanced for such a rich wine, with outstanding finishing sweetness and length." (May/June '08) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A gorgeous wine, the best Big River that Ravenswood has ever produced. Has everything you want in a Zinfandel. It displays rich, peppery blackberry and currant fruit, splendid tannins, crisp acidity, fine dryness and a long, impressive finish. The high alcohol is not out of place." (12/08) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "From vines planted in the 1890s on benchlands between the Alexander and Russian River valleys, Big River produced a fat and happy Zin in 2006. The stalwart structure allows it to expand into a juicy middle, where the deep mineral tannins are saturated by the floral black fruit before they tighten up around it. Decant a bottle for roast lamb." (04/09)

  • 2006 Ravenswood "Teldeschi" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel - 12 available ($29.99)
    95 points and three stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "20% Petite Sirah; 4% Carignane. The mating of Teldeschi fruit with the Ravenswood hand has yielded superb results across the years, and 2006 is not exception. From its first nose of ripe, concentrated blackberries tinged with sweet spices to the background notes of soils, toast and toffee to its varietally compelling flavors firmed by tough yet fruit-buffered tannins, this one never lets up, but it does want time in the cellar to soften its age-demanding astringency." (January 2009) 91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Deep, saturated red. Zesty cherry and redcurrant aromas display admirable energy and clarity. Tangy, finely etched red berry flavors are medium in weight, with mint and camphor adding vivacity. Becomes sappier and sweeter with air, finishing with excellent lift and snap." (May/June '08) From Wine Spectator: "Aromas of black raspberry and spice lead to zesty, appealing rustic flavors of cherry, licorice and toasty dill. Drink now through 2012. 4,745 cases made." (Feb. 28, 2009)

  • 2006 Tobin James "Ballistic" Paso Robles Zinfandel ($14.99)
    Don't worry there isn't any shrapnel in this wine, though it may make you go ballistic when you taste it, in the informal sense. A blend of fruit from 21 different Paso Robles appellation vineyards, including a large proportion from the famed Dusi Vineyard, the 2006 Tobin James "Ballistic" looks like a gem heist in a glass. Bursting with peppery berry fruit on the nose, it's decadent on the palate, with lots of blackberry, black cherry and black currant flavors. Hints of savory herb, oak spice and black pepper and a great acidic lift make this a lovely wine to have with braised short ribs or veal saltimbocca.

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January 20, 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)

  • 2006 Achával Ferrer Quimera (Malbec/Cab/Merlot) (Argentina) (Was $37.99) ($29.99)
    Wine Club Price: $25.99.

    94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Quimera reveals a similar luxurious personality, layers of flavor, and a finish that just won't quit. This sensational wine can be enjoyed in its succulent youth but should still be going strong in 12-15 years. In a brief period of time, Achaval Ferrer has become one of Argentina's benchmark wineries. A visit to the winery in April 2008 was eye-opening. They export 85% of their production, 40% to the USA. The newest releases will not disappoint." (12/08) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of rubber, smoked meat, leather and black fruit create a dark-as-night bouquet. The palate on ths blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and cab Franc is ripe and concentrated, with pure black cherry and roasted berry aromas. The wine runs long and comfortable, with fine balance and good tannins. Drink from 2009-2011." (12/08) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "Lively, ripe red fruit flavors of strawberries and cherries lead this blend of Malbec, Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The tannins have a subtle grip, gaining nuance through aromas of smoke and bright acidity. It's structured to cellar for five or six years." (02/09)

  • 2005 Penfolds "Thomas Hyland" Shiraz ($15 Elsewhere) ($7.99)
    There oughta be a law. In the world of wine values, there are DEALS and there are STEALS, and this one should be wearing a ski mask. Penfolds is one the icons of the Australian wine industry producing wines of great character at every level in their range. The Thomas Hyland, which should retail in the mid-teens, is outrageously good at this price. Weighing in at 13.5 ABV and with a few years in the bottle, this is not your over-the-top Aussie Shiraz, but rather a wine of beautiful proportion and elegance. The fruit for this wine is sourced from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and from the cooler Adelaide region. The bouquet is lifted with plum, cherry and blackberry fruits with notes of toffee, earth and spice. On the palate the upfront fruit is warm and juicy with rounded, velvety tannins framed by hints of chocolate. With seamless balance and a lovely long finish, the wine is delicious to drink right now. This is one you want by the case to have as your daily red. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Aussie buyer)

  • 2006 Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($99.00)
    96 points from Robert Parker: "Absolutely profound is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which clearly puts Beau Vigne alongside the Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet as one of the stars of Stags Leap. A wine of great intensity, exceptional power, and admirable grace as well as equilibrium, this full-bodied 2006 offers beautifully sweet creme de cassis, licorice, spice box, and toasty oak characteristics. Multidimensional, with a layered mid-palate, and a finish that lasts 45+ seconds, it will benefit from some bottle age, although it is accessible enough to be drunk now. Drink it over the next 20-25 years." (12/08) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby. Pure, restrained aromas of kirsch, smoke, minerals, flowers, pepper and tobacco. Silky, broad and sweet; a step up in concentration from the Juliet, with a darker, more mineral-driven cassis flavor lifted by floral oils. Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and lovely length." (May/June '09) This small boutique operation (nine acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) sits on a knoll in the Stags Leap viticultural area. Although somewhat under the radar among the top Napa producers, Beau Vigne’s offerings are very impressive.

  • 2005 Robert Stemmler Carneros Chardonnay (Was $30) ($19.99)
    91 points and Two Stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Deep themes of ripe apples set this winning wine firmly on the varietal track, but its complementary appointment of rich oak, sweet lemons and lees is what moves it to the head of the class. Both full-bodied and carefully balanced with a long finish and a certain spring in its step, this is one whose layered complexity invites drinking now but whose fine structure and depth ensure further improvement." (05/08) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, rich, focused and concentrated, with ripe, zesty, full-bodied pear, citrus, melon and nectarine, ending with fresh, lively acidity. Drink now through 2011. 1,500 cases made." (06/08) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lots of richness in this dry, minerally Chardonnay. It has forward flavors of peaches, pears, baked green apples and flint, while lots of new oak contributes honey and caramel notes." (08/08)

  • 2006 Cambria "Julia's Vineyard" Santa Maria Pinot Noir ($17.99)
    (UPDATE - 12/12/09 - this wine went out on an email and sold out much faster than anticipated, even though we figured a wine with this press and price tag would go quickly. We are very sorry if you did not get a chance to order it - getting your hopes up and then disappointing you is never our intention) 93 points, an Editors' Choice and the Wine Enthusiast's #1 wine of the year in their Top 100 of 2009: "This is the best Pinot Noir at this price on the market. Easily. It's picture-perfect cool climate, absolutely dry and silky, with complex flavors of cherries, Mandarin orange, cola, pomegranates, licorice and cinnamon sice, made even richer by smoky oak. Just lovely, and gets even better as it breathes in the glass." (02/09) 4 stars from Restaurant Wine Magazine (Ronn Wiegand)... "A fine Pinot Noir. The Julia's is finely flavored and full bodied with excellent balance. It is moderately intense in character (red currant, cherry, toast, violet), and long on the finish." This wine is named after the daughter of Cambria's owner, Barbara Banke.

  • 2007 Neyers "Old Lakeville Road" Sonoma Coast Syrah ($28.99)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers wonderful focus and purity of flavor. Intense and concentrated, with gorgeous, pure, ripe blackberry, boysenberry and huckleberry fruit that unfolds to offer hints of pepper, nutmeg and other exotic spices. Deliciously full-bodied. (Web-2008) " 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Captivating perfume of blackberry, violet pastille, licorice and black pepper; offers more lift on the nose the Neyers cabernets. In a distinctly juicy style and less exotic than the same wine in 2006, with ripe acids framing the lively flavors of dark berries, violet, licorice, black olive and lavender. Finishes with firm tannins and lovely aromatic lift. A fruit bomb with a distinctly Northern Rhone perfume." (06/2009) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Eighty percent whole clusters were utilized for the 2007 Syrah Old Lakeville, which comes from the Sonoma Coast. The result is a dense ruby/purple-colored wine displaying a big, sweet nose of damp earth, truffles, tar, black cherries, and blackberries. There is plenty of structure as well as hints of underbrush, pepper, and leather. (91+) " (12/2008)

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

Argentina - Argentina and Chile

  • 2007 Alamos "Selección" Pinot Noir Argentina (Was $15 elsewhere) ($8.99)
    Never has it been easy to find an inexpensive Pinot Noir that delivers all the complexity and subtlety for which this fickle variety is known. This is one of those rare gems, a delicate, crisp, long Pinot Noir with freshness on the nose and flavors of near-to candied strawberry and cherry. Tannins are light and soft, with wonderful acidity and a long persistent finish. A correct and very tasty Pinot Noir priced to enjoy on a very regular basis. Gotta love that!

  • 2007 Luca Pinot Noir Altos de Mendoza, Argentina ($29.99)
    92 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The red wines start with the medium ruby-colored 2007 Pinot Noir, sourced from a relatively young vineyard planted to Dijon clones. It was aged in 30% new French oak and bottled without fining or filtration. It offers up an alluring bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry, saddle leather, spice box, and cedar. Medium to full-bodied, with intense, savory, spicy, red fruit flavors, this lengthy, complex effort will evolve for several years and be at its best from 2010 to 2018. It is a candidate for best Argentina Pinot Noir of the year. At the asking price, it is also a very good value." (Dec. 2008)

  • 2005 Vina Cobos "Bramare-Marchiori Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Argentina ($49.99)
    94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Bramare “Marchiori Vineyard” wines are from 100% estate grown fruit located in Lujan de Cuyo. The 2005 Bramare Cabernet Sauvignon “Marchiori Vineyard” was aged for 18 months in French and American oak, 56% new. Opaque purple in color with glass-coating legs, with wine delivers a superb display of pain grille, violets, scorched earth, black currants and blackberry. The oak component is more apparent as is the wine’s structure. Layered, ripe, and sweet, this classy, elegant effort will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and should deliver pleasure through 2025. The Bramare series is sourced from Lujan de Cuyo, a prime zone in Mendoza. Some of the fruit is from Cobos’s estate vineyard, the balance from contracted fruit. The wines at this level receive more oak, longer macerations, and wild fermentations. Vina Cobos is the Argentina winery of the renowned Paul Hobbs, best known for his namesake wines from California’s North Coast. Hobbs began consulting in South America in 1988 and, early on, became involved with Nicholas Catena in the startup of that winery’s Chardonnay program. In 1998 he temporarily left his consulting projects to start Vina Cobos with the first vintage coming in 1999. In 2005 Vina Cobos constructed its own winery." (Dec. 2007)

Argentina - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Alamos Viognier Argentina (Was $15 elsewhere) ($7.99)
    The 2007 Alamos Viognier shows a pronounced bright yellow color with slightly greenish tones. The nose offers ripe citrus and apricot aromas with delicate floral notes. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with concentrated peach fruit flavors with notes of citrus blossom. The finish is clean and refreshing with excellent natural acidity. No oak and no malo keep this fresh and bright.

Australia - Australia

  • 2006 Hewitson "Miss Harry" Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre ($21.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 08: "(47% each of grenache and shiraz, plus 6% mourvedre) Bright red. Smoky red berry, cherry, floral and herbal aromas reminded me of a suave Chateauneuf du Pape. Extremely fresh palate displays primary redcurrant and raspberry flavors, with silky tannins adding shape. Juicy acidity gives clarity and lift to the long, sappy finish. Already seductive and delicious." 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Miss Harry GSM is a blend of 47% Grenache, 47% Shiraz, and 6% Mourvedre. Dark ruby in color, it reveals an enticing nose of spice box, mineral, earth notes, cherry, and blueberry. Elegant on the palate with loads of spicy red and blue fruits, it has enough silky tannin to blossom for another two years but can be enjoyed now." 94 points James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion: "A prime example of the blend (Grenache/Shiraz/ Mourvedre) and the region , with spicy, earthy nuances to a vibrant medium-bodied palate with exceptional length."

  • 2008 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Victoria, Australia ($15.99)
    92 points James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion: "Really bright colour and lovely vibrant fruit; young, juicy and lots of fun with a touch of spice playing support to delicious cherry fruit; certainly a wine to be enjoyed and not necessarily in moderation. Screwcap." 13.9% alc. The nose explodes with dark cherries, cranberries and fresh raspberries backed by subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Underlying truffles and meaty, wet earth and mushroom notes add complexity. The juicy palate displays fresh berries with a slippery, rich and slightly tart finish. "Innocent Bystander? I think not!" says K&L Australian buyer, Jim Chanteloup. "More like a good samaritan who, for the fourth year in a row, has brought outstanding Pinot Noir at an affordable price with true varietal typicity. All the fruit for this wine was hand harvested, destemmed and then gets a 3-7 day cold soak followed by fermentation with primarily wild yeast. .The nose is lifted with notes of cherry, raspberry and spice. On the palate, the the wine is bright and vibrant with a juicy middle, soft tannins and very nice length." 90 points from Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Vivid red. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet of strawberry, raspberry, potpourri and minerals. Impressively pure, with fresh red berry flavors and seductive sweetness. The finish strongly echoes the raspberry note and leaves a tangy trail of minerals and flowers behind. A super value for pinot."

  • 2005 Penfolds "Thomas Hyland" Shiraz ($15 Elsewhere) ($7.99)
    There oughta be a law. In the world of wine values, there are DEALS and there are STEALS, and this one should be wearing a ski mask. Penfolds is one the icons of the Australian wine industry producing wines of great character at every level in their range. The Thomas Hyland, which should retail in the mid-teens, is outrageously good at this price. Weighing in at 13.5 ABV and with a few years in the bottle, this is not your over-the-top Aussie Shiraz, but rather a wine of beautiful proportion and elegance. The fruit for this wine is sourced from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and from the cooler Adelaide region. The bouquet is lifted with plum, cherry and blackberry fruits with notes of toffee, earth and spice. On the palate the upfront fruit is warm and juicy with rounded, velvety tannins framed by hints of chocolate. With seamless balance and a lovely long finish, the wine is delicious to drink right now. This is one you want by the case to have as your daily red. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Aussie buyer)

  • 2007 R Wines Luchador Shiraz ($15.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (02/09) Chris Ringland and his band of winemakers have invented a wine that speaks to the label. Barossa-driven Shiraz, dark, rich, brooding, charismatic and out-and-out delicious. Lifted and ripe blackberry jam and kirsch aromas, complexed with oak chocolate characters, the palate has a rich smooth texture of black fruit and plums finishing with licorice and soft tannins. 100% shiraz sourced 85% from the Barossa Valley and 15% from Langhorne Creek. This got 92 points from Parker for the 2006, and we expect similar if not better ratings for this new vintage!

Chile - Argentina and Chile

  • 2005 Concha Y Toro "Terrunyo-Rucahue Vineyard" Syrah Peumo Cachapoal Valley, Chile (Was $40 elsewhere) ($19.99)
    91 points from Wine Spectator: "Very rich and detailed, with lots of freshly shaved vanilla, warm fig cake, currant confiture, mocha and loam flavors that glide over round, well-embedded tannins. The long finish lets black tea and licorice notes chime in. A flashy style--and this pulls it off. Drink now through 2010. 1,200 cases made." (Aug. 31, 2008) 90 points from Wine Enthusiast: "From “old” Syrah vines planted all of 15 years ago, this is a meaty and spicy wine that carries clove and licorice aromas in front of a full-bodied palate that houses black fruit, fennel and chocolate. Good acidity ensures that it flows across the tongue with snap and no overt heaviness." (3/1/2008)

France - Alsace/Loire - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Eric Bordelet Poiré "Granit" (pear) ($18.99)
    A sommelier by training, in 1992 Eric took over his family's estate and orchards. His goal is to revolutionize the cider industry and bring it into restaurants, high-end retail and export markets. A close friend of his, Didier Dagueneau, the icon wine-maker in Pouilly-sur-Loire, has encouraged him down the path of producing ciders from apples and pears that are like no others. Ciders that make one draw comparisons to fine vintage wine. The core of Bordelet's estate is the 1.5 hectares of antique varietal apple and pear trees that are 40-50 years old. He plants only true varietal (non-hybrid, non-cross) trees, and the trees are balanced between sweet, bitter and sour varieties. Currently, he has 20 varieties of apples and 14 varieties of pears planted. The orchards are farmed organically and biodynamically, and Eric believes that this is the regimen which produces the best fruit for ciders. This is Bordelet's "Grand Cru" pear cider. The fruit source for this is a stand of 60 foot tall, 300 year old pear trees. This is a cider which can stand tall with fine champagne. It is only lightly filtered in order to preserve the texture and flavor of these minuscule pears.

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan - 1 available ($569.00)
    95 points Robert Parker: "It is always interesting to taste this wine next to its stablemate, Laville Haut-Brion. While Laville has 80% Semillon in it, giving it more fat and concentration, Haut-Brion is 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon. This is a crisp yet powerful wine, full-bodied, with great minerality and a subtle smokiness intermixed with hints of quince, white currant, orange skin, and lemon custard. Long, rich, and tightly knit, with good acidity and no evidence of any oak whatsoever despite the use of 100% new French oak, this wine is set for a long life as well. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035." (02/09) 95 points Wine Spectator: "What a nose, with fresh pineapple, mineral, toasty oak, apricot and other fresh fruits. Full and very structured, with a tight yet thick mouthfeel. Long and flavorful. Really hiding it now, but it's all there. Best after 2011. 500 cases made." (03/09) K&L's notes - A normal 39 htl/hectare. 56% sauvignon blanc and 44% semillon. Cinnamon, clove, pear aromas. Great spice on the palate. Tremendous length-fabulous wine. Will be $$$ if you can find it. **1/2+ RS: The chance to taste this is why you stay in the wine business!

  • 2006 Laville Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan - 4 available ($579.00)
    98 points Robert Parker: "An absolutely staggering vintage for this historic and tiny estate, this 2006 has a huge nose of tropical fruit, including pineapple, as well as a liqueur of minerality, with quince, white citrus, and a hint of subtle toast. Full-bodied, with huge concentration, an almost flinty mouthfeel, zesty acidity, and a monster finish, this is a prodigious Laville Haut-Brion that needs about 10 years of cellaring and should last 30 or more years." (02/09) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Very lemony, with hints of vanilla and cream on the nose. Reminds me of a baby grand cru Burgundy. Full-bodied, showing lots of coconut and toasty oak character, with lemon curd on the finish. A bit ponderous and thick now, but flavorful and structured. Powerful and layered. Best after 2011. 500 cases made." (03/09) K&L's notes - 86% semillon and 14% sauvignon blanc. More closed up on the nose. Reserved at this time, but the lemon/lime flavors are refreshing. Seems like alcohol is high but finishes very clean and crisp. **? Ralph Sands: Just a touch ore angular than HB and a great long ager. Alex Brisoux: WOW! Aromas of pear/peach, chalky/mineral, nice acidity, long clean crisp finish. A favorite.

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2006 Bernadotte, Haut-Médoc (1.5L) - 4 available ($36.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Plenty of good fruit. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Pleasant." (Web only, 2007) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 07: "(51% merlot, 46% cabernet sauvignon and 3% petit verdot) Bright ruby-tinged red. Cool aromas of currant, cherry and mint. Juicy, pliant and sweet, with a bit more texture than past vintages. Finishes with chewy but nicely ripe tannins." According to Robert Parker: "Primarily a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a small amount of Petit Verdot, this offering (from the owners of Pichon Lalande) exhibits a classic style with notes of licorice, roasted herbs, cedar, and black currants. Medium-bodied with fine ripeness as well as moderate tannin, purchasers should cellar it for 2-3 years and drink it over the following 12-15." (02/09) K&L's notes - At Joanne-nice black berry aromas. Red fruit flavors-pure and maybe too tannic. At the property it was expressive on the nose. Sweet and forward fruit-great palate entry. Starts out on feminine side and finishes with some masculine muscle. Good effort. ½*

  • 2006 Beychevelle, St-Julien - 6 available ($48.99)
    90 points Robert Parker: "A property that seems to be awakening, this St.-Julien leans toward more of a Margaux style. The attractive earthy, floral, red currant, and raspberry notes are impressively intense and complex in the aromatics. This dark ruby/purple-tinged wine displays elegance, finesse, and a beautiful mouthfeel in a restrained, moderately intense, but still classic style with sweet tannins. Tobacco, cedar, earth, and red and black fruits are prominent in both the aromas and the flavors. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years." (02/09) According to Wine Spectator: "There's lots of smoky oak and roasted coffee on the nose, with red fruits. Medium-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and chewy tannins and a medium finish. Well-crafted. Best after 2012. " (03/09) K&L's notes - This property is making very nice, elegant wines of late (since 1999). At Joanne-nice spice on nose. A bit reserved. Blueberry, mineral tones. Good mouthful. Feminine style. At UGC-solid wine. Straightforward and elegant. ½* Ralph Sands: Bright mid weight, very elegant wine with nice blueberry fruit. Alex Brisoux: Dark fruit, toast, elegant soft tannins, lush finish, well made.

  • 2005 Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac (3L) - 3 available ($799.00)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Though this is the second wine for Lafite-Rothschild, it is a major wine in its own right, with its dense, powered fruit and a structure obviously built to last. There is sweet, rich fruit and lively vibrant acidity." (06/08) 91 points Stephen Tanzer: "Good deep red. Pungent aromas of currant, cherry skin, leather, graphite, olive and flowers. Suave, minerally and penetrating, with lovely energy and floral lift. Not at all a fleshy style but classic, vibrant and firmly built, finishing with excellent lift." (May/Jun 08) According to Robert Parker: "A classic example of a second wine, the 2005 Carruades de Lafite reveals a dark ruby hue with some pink showing at the rim. The moderately intense nose of graphite, forest floor, and sweet black currant fruit is followed by a medium-bodied, elegant wine with light to moderate tannin. Drink it over the next 10-15 years." (04/08) According to the Wine Spectator: "Has coffee and chocolate aromas, with hints of ripe fruit. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a fruity, plummy, milk chocolaty aftertaste. The second wine of Lafite Rothschild. Best after 2012." (03/08)

  • 2006 Clos de Sarpe, St-Emilion - 5 available ($84.99)
    94+ points Robert Parker: "As I have consistently written in the past, this limited production cuvee, from a 12-acre site that contains a parcel of extremely old vines, 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, is meant to last three decades or more. Tasting like a liqueur of rocks interwoven with creme de cassis, espresso roast, toasty oak, and enormous levels of tannin, it is neither out of balance nor astringent. It is a concentrated, backward, impeccably balanced St.-Emilion made with an uncompromising view of the craft of winemaking. It displays superb intensity, a fabulous texture, a foreboding, tannic overlay, incredibly ripe, pure fruit, and perfectly aligned acidity and tannin. Forget if for a decade, and consume it between 2020-2040." (02/09)

  • 2006 Clos des Jacobins, St-Emilion ($36.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas of curshed blackberry and raspberry, with hints of roasted hazelnut. Full-bodied, with a velvety tannin texture and loads of fruit and flavor. Very long. Impressive for the vintage." (03/09) 90 points Robert Parker: "The finest wine made at this estate since 1982, this sleeper of the vintage possesses complex aromas of herbs, black currants, licorice, camphor, and hints of spicy oak as well as damp earth. It is a richly fruity, dense St.-Emilion with a plush texture, sweet tannins, and gorgeous length. Consume it over the next 10-12 years." (02/09) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "ood deep ruby-red. Cassis, blueberry, flowers and minerals on the nose and palate, complemented by toast and mocha from the oak. Sweet, firm and suave, with good grip and definition. A tight core of spice contributes intensity. The firm tannins are nicely enveloped by the wine's ripe fruit and minerality. With aeration, this showed more fleshiness and really spread out to coat the palate. This may well be the best wine yet made here under the direction of Hubert de Bouard, who began in 2001." (May/June 07) K&L's notes - 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc. Superb black color. Extracted and a bit woody, but balanced on the palate. Jammy and loaded with black fruits. Big boy, but Clyde really likes this. *1/2

  • 2006 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion (1.5L) - 7 available ($129.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 80% Merlot and the rest equally split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine has a dense purple color and a beautifully sweet nose of blackberry and blueberry fruits intermixed with acacia flowers, charcoal, and some subtle oak. The wine is nicely textured, medium-bodied, and very concentrated for a 2006 St.-Emilion, with a certain degree of opulence and sucrosite. This is a beauty, with moderate tannins in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2027. If you haven't gotten on the Clos Fourtet bandwagon, now is the time, as demand will certainly increase." (02/2009) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Crushed blackberry, dark chocolate and spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with very soft tannins that turn silky and refined. Fresh, rich and racy. Better than previously reviewed. Best after 2013." (06/2009) 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Musky, slightly reduced nose offers black plum, licorice and dark chocolate. Full and lush, with attractive mid-palate sweetness to the dark berry and toasty oak flavors. This slightly chunky, modern-style wine strikes me as still a bit reduced, and the big, mouthdusting tannins call for at least a few years of patience. " (06/2009) K&L Notes: Sweet and balanced. Not overdone. Creamy middle. This is to buy. At UGC - long and deep - very fine sweet fruit. Very good structure-superb. *+ Ralph Sands: no question one of the stars of the right bank in 2006. Alex Brisoux: Sweet red fruit, clean wine, bright elegant, even a bit of minerality.

  • 2005 d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon (375ml) ($19.99)
    92 points Robert Parker: "This huge, historic property, owned by Stephan von Neipperg, appears to have produced their finest wine to date. The dense purple-tinged 2005 offers up notes of creme de cassis, charcoal, camphor, and espresso roast. A sleeper of the vintage, it is a full-bodied, layered, super-concentrated, smooth as silk blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Enjoy this superb bargain-priced claret over the next 8-10 years." (04/08) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Displays gorgeous aromas of vanilla bean, mineral, raspberry and blackberry. Full-bodied, with very round, soft tannins and a long, rich, fruity finish. Beautiful. Best after 2016." (03/08) K&L's barrel tasting notes - K&L's barrel tasting notes - 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. Bright and effusive wine with a lovely palate entry. Blackberry juice flavors. Plenty of structure.*+ (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)

  • 2006 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (1.5L) - 7 available ($119.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Shows plum and raspberry aromas, with hints of flowers. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and pretty fruit on the middle palate. All there in balance and finesse. Best after 2013." (03/09) K&L's notes - 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 5.5% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot and 1.5% malbec. At UGC-big wine and quite ripe. This has good middle fruit. At property-black cherry, cola aromas. Sweet cherry entry. Good finish-slightly light on mid palate. *1/2 Ralph Sands: Lovely round/plump fruit with hints of earth and tobacco. The fruit is long and very much in control overall. Alex Brisoux: Earth, spice, ripe fruit, supple tannins, fruit forward, nice structure, missing on the finish.

  • 2006 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan (3L) - 12 available ($259.99)
    95 points Robert Parker: "A superb success for the vintage, the 2006 exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a poised, classic bouquet of sweet black cherries, graphite, camphor, truffles, and a subtle hint of oak. Medium-bodied with a stunningly layered texture, impressive purity, and beautiful balance, this cuvee is haute couture in a glass. Although surprisingly approachable, it won’t hit its adolescent stage for 8-10 years, and will last for 25-30 years thereafter. Bravo!" (02/09) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Berries, mineral and violet on the nose follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a beautiful floral finish. Starts out earthy, but turns rich and beautiful. Evolves beautifully in the glass. Best after 2013." (03/09) K&L's notes - 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot. At Joanne-black fruit nose. Tons of minerality. Deep and long. Powerful wine. Superb!! At the property-very spicy, cinnamon aromas and flavors. Bright and lively. Very silky and long on palate. Big wine but in fine balance. More classic style than the very opulent 2005 and almost as good. ** Ralph Sands: Lovely fresh high toned fruit, very solid, racy acid, claret style-not overdone, fine balance. Alex Brisoux: 20% old vines, sweet red fruit, ripe core, good lengh, very long silky mineral finish. And on 01/23/09: wow, this wine is like silk and satin. Refined and balanced, and in stock!

  • 2006 Larcis Ducasse, St-Emilion (1.5L) - 8 available ($109.99)
    91 points Robert Parker: "...it is an impressive blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc displaying a deep, dark ruby color as well as a striking bouquet of powdered rocks/minerals, sweet cherry and plum-like fruit, and hints of Christmas fruitcake and spice box. It is an elegant, medium-bodied, moderately tannic, pure effort possessing outstanding density. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15-20 years." (02/09) 91 points Tanzer: "Bright red-ruby. Soil-driven aromas of blueberry, licorice, minerals, dark chocolate and iron. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, with a lovely light touch to the flavors of black fruits, spices, mocha, minerals and flowers. An elegant, aromatic, very sexy wine with terrific energy and lift from calcaire I love the suave texture on display here. Finishes very long and perfumed, with firm but perfectly buffered tannins and lingering notes of red berries and minerals." 90 points Wine Spectator: "Raspberry, mineral and berry aromas follow through to a medium-to-full-bodied palate, with good fruit and a light toasty vanilla aftertaste. Subtle and refined. Best from 2012 through 2016. " (03/09) K&L's notes - Fruit and structure. Sweet and lovely and a bit of tannin at back. Delicious. Solid wine. Restrained and long. *1/2 Ralph Sands: Wow, is this place on a roll. High-toned ripe fruit, very dark and balanced. Good overall harmony from the big wine. Like it! On 01/23/09: one for the cellar-power and richness personified!

  • 2006 Marjosse, Bordeaux ($14.99)
    This comes from a relatively new, outstanding property under the leadership of Pierre Lurton (Cheval Blanc director). 55% Merlot, 35% Cab Sauvignon, 10% Cab franc, malbec and petit verdot. Lots of black fruits on the palate. Very ripe and rich wine that can be cellared for several years. Lingering finish.

  • 2006 Meyney, St-Estèphe - 5 available ($27.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Spicy raspberry and blackberry aromas lead to a full body, with sweet, ripe fruit, subtle silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. This wine is all in elegance and finish. Very fine. Best after 2013. " (03/09)) K&L's notes - Good meaty aromas. Big and tannic. Has core of ripe fruit. Tasted at Mestrezat, and the wine was open and ripe. A step behind their 2005. ½* Ralph Sands: Good finish. Really liked it.

  • 2006 Meyney, St-Estèphe (1.5L) - 12 available ($49.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Spicy raspberry and blackberry aromas lead to a full body, with sweet, ripe fruit, subtle silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. This wine is all in elegance and finish. Very fine. Best after 2013. " (03/09)) K&L's notes - Good meaty aromas. Big and tannic. Has core of ripe fruit. Tasted at Mestrezat, and the wine was open and ripe. A step behind their 2005. ½* Ralph Sands: Good finish. Really liked it.

  • 2006 Meyney, St-Estèphe (3L) - 3 available ($119.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Spicy raspberry and blackberry aromas lead to a full body, with sweet, ripe fruit, subtle silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. This wine is all in elegance and finish. Very fine. Best after 2013. " (03/09)) K&L's notes - Good meaty aromas. Big and tannic. Has core of ripe fruit. Tasted at Mestrezat, and the wine was open and ripe. A step behind their 2005. ½* Ralph Sands: Good finish. Really liked it.

  • 2006 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe (1.5L) ($66.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Raspberry, mineral and dried herbs, such as thyme and nutmeg. Very perfumed. Medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a chewy yet polished finish. Structured. Best after 2012." (03/09) K&L's notes - 50% cabernet sauvignon and 50% merlot At Joanne the wine was quite powerful, with plenty of tannin. Shows hard. At the property it had slightly doughy aromas with some sweetness on the palate entry and plenty of tannin on the mid palate. Black berry fruits on the nose. Fresh, old-school style. This wine, like so many other 2006s, shows much better after decanting. At UGC it showed very well-blackberries and integrated tannins. * Ralph Sands: Shows lovely freshness and spice. Elegant with zesty/lively acidity-nice harmony. AB: Blackberry, cassis, leather, dense, clean integrated tannin, nice fresh acidity. And on 01/23/09: so elegant for St-Estephe. Silky on the palate. A great value and in stock!

  • 2006 Prieure Lichine, Margaux ($39.99)
    90 points Robert Parker: "With the highly respected Right Bank consultant Stephane Derenoncourt providing advice, Prieure-Lichine has moved to a complete, savory, and for lack of a better description, broad, lush, sexy style. This has always been a wine that was drinkable at an early age, but I think they are building more texture and flesh into the wine, as well as more concentration, without losing the estate’s early appeal. The 2006 is an outstanding wine, with complex notes of spring flowers, forest floor, sweet black currants, and earth. Medium to full-bodied, flavorful, without a trace of astringency or hardness, this is a succulent, fleshy wine to drink over the next 15 or more years." (02/09) 89 points Wine Spectator: "Blackberry, currant and mineral lead to a medium-to-full body, with ripe tannins and a caressing finish. Balanced and pretty. Best after 2013." (03/09) K&L's notes - At UGC-flashy, new wave style. Warm and full on the palate. Blackberry flavors-has a good middle. * Ralph Sands: New world flash

  • 2006 Rouget, Pomerol ($38.99)
    90 points Robert Parker: "Another estate on the rise in Pomerol, the quality here has been very consistent over the last eight years. With sweet kirsch-like notes intermixed with some underlying soil notes, this elegant, attractive wine exhibits a medium-bodied mouthfeel, soft tannins, and outstanding ripeness in a pure, richly fruity style that should provide enormous enjoyment early yet age nicely for 10-12 years." (02/09) According to the Wine Spectator: "Shows aromas of plum jam, with hints of flowers and raspberry. Medium-bodied, with refined, silky tannins and a medium finish. Balanced and reserved. This is not overextracted, which is good. Best from 2012 through 2016. 3,000 cases made." (03/09) K&L's notes - At Joanne-fat and fruity. Smoky toasty oak flavors and aromas. Tasted at LD Vins-very ripe, forward, fat and fruity. Long finish. Delicious wine-as good or better than their 2005! Should be fine value. At UGC - this wine was outstanding, tons of black fruits and super sweet on the palate. Rich and long. This is very good, forward red wine. We tasted this wine four times with good notes each occasion. *1/2 Ralph Sands: Smoky and grapey, good full and honest wine, I really like it!

  • 2006 St-Pierre, St-Julien ($54.99)
    93 points Robert Parker: "A candidate for one of the finest St.-Juliens of the vintage, St.-Pierre’s 2006 is one of the smaller productions in this consistent appellation, making it difficult to find in the marketplace. Its deep opaque purple color is accompanied by notes of roasted herbs, charcoal, graphite, and extravagant creme de cassis and licorice. Full-bodied, powerful, deep, and rich with outstanding balance, purity, texture, and length, this stunning 2006 will be very long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030." (02/09) 91 points Tanzer: "Ruby-red. Sexy aromas and flavors of black- and redcurrant, menthol, licorice and nutty oak, lifted by a violet topnote. Supple, classically dry and quite concentrated, with juicy acidity giving cut to the flavors and extending the finish. A sound tannic spine should ensure at least two decades of development in bottle for this very suave Saint-Julien..." 90 points Wine Spectator: "This offers blackberry jam, with licorice and floral undertones. Full-bodied and chewy, with slightly austere tannins, but also fleshy and well-structured. A textbook claret. Should age nicely. Best after 2014." (04/09) K&L's notes - Very nice nose. Subtle and elegant on nose. Blackberries abound. Nice middle. Fine finish. Alex and Ralph love this.1/2* RS: Right up there for the best wine for the money in the last five years. The regal, dark fruit is serious and delicious from start to finish. Complete wine in the classic style!

  • 2006 Talbot, St-Julien (1.5L) ($89.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "This displays blackberry, sweet tobacco and green coffee aromas. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a caressing texture. This has a really lovely mouthfeel for the vintage. Best after 2014. " (03/09) K&L's notes - 61% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. At the property-very spcy, toasty oak aromas. High tone, lively and refreshing style. Red berry flavors abound. Slight hole in middle but round tannins and good finish. At Joanne-meaty tones on the nose. Very nice entry. Mint and blueberries. Well-made. Clean. Very nice. Could be a value. At UGC-softer, elegant style. Good middle fruit. This could be a value if priced correctly. *1/2 Ralph Sands: Concentrated, zesty black fruits. The deep tannins are a bit drying on the finish, but I like it. Alex Brisoux: Pure cassis, rich, good structure, masculine, tight earthy core, concentrated finish. And on 01/23/09: in stock. Very elegant and smooth on the palate. Perfumey aromas. Clyde loves this!

  • 2006 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion ($129.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* A wine that succeeds in combining great depth of flavor and structure with an impressive array of flavors. On top of the tannins is juicy black fruit, cocoa, a welter of spice and ripeness. The acidity and new wood put the wine into a more modern style. Wait for at least 5-7 years." (03/2009) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It could be easy, after tasting the monumental 2005, to dismiss the 2006 Troplong Mondot, but don’t be so foolish. Proprietress Christine Valette has turned out another exceptional performance. Of course, this is not the 2005- a singular vintage that will be difficult to duplicate in a 20-30 year span, but the 2006 Troplong Mondot is an impressive, powerful, broad, surprisingly masculine and deep effort. Its inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by an exceptional bouquet of powdered rock, blackberries, blueberries, spring flowers, and hints of camphor as well as espresso roast. The wine is full-bodied with a layered, multidimensional texture, sensational purity and structure, and elevated levels of tannin, concentration, and richness. Forget it for 7-8 years, and drink it over the following 20-25 years." (02/2009) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby-red. Brooding aromas of crushed blueberry, bitter chocolate and roast coffee. Rich, broad and sweet, with an almost liqueur-like ripeness of dark berries leavened by brisk acidity and firm minerality. Lots of lift and life here for such a lush, creamy wine. Finishes with big, sweet, building tannins and terrific palate-staining length. This should enjoy a long evolution in bottle." (06/2009) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Coffee, cedar, blackberry and tobacco aromas follow through to a tight, powerful palate. This is full yet very reserved, with silky, polished tannins. Best after 2014." (03/2009)

France - Bordeaux - Sauternes

  • 2006 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes ($36.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A richly liquorous wine, ripe and packed with harmonious sweet textures. At the same time over the ripe structure there is a layer of lively lemon, spice and ginger, spiked with fresh tangerines. The end result is smooth, balanced and vibrant." (03/09) 90 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright yellow-gold. Good citrus zest lift to the aromas of apricot, orange peel, marzipan and honey. Smooth, sweet and nicely concentrated, with a tactile, chewy quality to the honey and orange blossom flavors. With aeration, this showed a building fruit salad component. A moderately unctuous midweight, with good balancing acidity providing freshness. Spreads out nicely on the lingering finish." (Jun 09) K&L's notes - At Joanne-spicy aromas and flavor. Fine balance. At UGC-a fatter style with fine depth and length. Clean acidity. Very good as usual. *1/2

  • 2006 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (375ml) ($19.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A richly liquorous wine, ripe and packed with harmonious sweet textures. At the same time over the ripe structure there is a layer of lively lemon, spice and ginger, spiked with fresh tangerines. The end result is smooth, balanced and vibrant." (03/09) 90 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright yellow-gold. Good citrus zest lift to the aromas of apricot, orange peel, marzipan and honey. Smooth, sweet and nicely concentrated, with a tactile, chewy quality to the honey and orange blossom flavors. With aeration, this showed a building fruit salad component. A moderately unctuous midweight, with good balancing acidity providing freshness. Spreads out nicely on the lingering finish." (Jun 09) K&L's notes - At Joanne-spicy aromas and flavor. Fine balance. At UGC-a fatter style with fine depth and length. Clean acidity. Very good as usual. *1/2

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Chablis, 1er Cru, Sechet Vincent Dauvissat ($54.99)
    90-93 points Stephen Tanzer:'s International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. Aromas of smoke, crushed stone, orange and dried apricot. At once purer and sweeter than the village example, with perfectly integrated acidity and firm minerality giving it a distinctly tighter impression. Finishes with noteworthy nervosite Wonderfully juicy wine, impressively ripe for 2007 but with the compelling juicy quality of the vintage." (Jul/Aug 2008) 89-92 points Allen Meadows' Burghound: "A discreet yet pungent nose features notes of warm stone, floral and lemon peel that introduces ripe, round and exceptionally pure flavors that are at once delicious, detailed and wonderfully intense and the firm acidity allows the bone dry finish to retain its sense of proportion and focus. This is linear to the point of austerity and there is a cuts-like-a-knife quality to the backend. Gorgeous." (10/08)

  • 2007 Chablis, Premier Cru Vaillons Vincent Dauvissat - 3 available ($49.99)
    89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full yellow. Very ripe, slightly high-toned aromas of mirabelle, fresh apricot and honey; smells like a touch of noble rot. Big, opulent and honeyed, conveying less finesse and a slightly more aggressive character today than the village wine. The wine's sheer ripeness is leavened by firm acidity and a finishing element of citrus zest. Not a classic style but wonderfully silky and ripe." (Jul/Aug 2008) 90-93 points Allen Meadows' Burghound: "Here the nose is exceptionally pure, expressive, bright and cool while putting on parade a pretty mix of citrus, floral and obvious spice aromas that complement to perfection the detailed, intense and relatively full-bodied flavors that retain an impressive sense of precision on the explosive and hugely long finish. Like the Séchet, the acid spine is quite firm and confers an agreeably bone dry sensation to the finish." (10/08)

  • 2006 Corton-Charlemagne, Grand Cru, Louis Jadot - 2 available ($119.99)
    94-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Jadot 2006 Corton Charlemagne fermented at what used to be called a glacial pace. Any doubts about the advisability of showing it on the heels of the other grand crus in this collection were largely dispelled by a clarion aromatic fanfare of citrus and herbs; a tactile, quarry-like depth and density of crushed stone on the palate; and a finish of prodigious length, scrupulous pristinity, and electric vivacity. As this opens up, a sense of sheer sweet pit fruit emerges such as one seldom encounters from this appellation, and so do saline, savory sides to its minerality that will add to the fascination at table and over a decade or more of bottle maturation. Given its price and availability - there are all of 33 barrels worth - this is an indulgence in grand cru pedigree that a significant number of consumers should be able to enjoy, even perhaps especially in hard times." (12/08) 94 points Wine Spectator: "An alluring white, with opulence and grace. Peach, apricot, lemon and mineral aromas and flavors permeate the lush texture, all supported by a vibrant structure. This is beautifully balanced and ends with a creamy, vanilla-laced finish." (10/08) 94 (+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar and 93 points Allen Meadows' Burghound as well.

France - Burgundy - Red

  • 2006 Charmes Chambertin, Grand Cru, Domaine Humbert - 12 available ($164.99)
    91-93 points and "Don't miss!" from Allen Meadows: "This is clearly the ripest wine among these '06s with an exceptionally pretty nose of fresh red pinot fruit nuanced by notes of game, warm earth and underbrush that is also picked up on the supple, sweet and detailed flavors that possess a really lovely mouth feel on the muscled and beautifully long finish. This is not robust but it knocks on the door while keeping all the individual structural components in perfect balance. Recommended." (Jan 01, 2008)

  • 2006 Echezeaux, Grand Cru, Domaine de Perdrix - 6 available ($199.95)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Macerated cherry and black currant aromas and flavors are edged in mineral and vanilla, while the silky texture holds off firm tannins until the finish. Fine length. Needs time to come together. Best from 2011 through 2020. 100 cases imported." (05/09) As the vines have aged, and the viticulture improved, these wines have been getting better and better the last few years. This is deep, dark Echezeaux, with earth and spice, and a long finsh. The structure is much more supple than the 2005 was, with delicious fruit. I was most impressed! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

  • 2006 Volnay 1er Cru, Caillerets, Maison Nicolas Potel ($69.95)
    Nicolas Potel is one of a new breed of vinificateurs who are redefining the meaning of négociant in Burgundy. With his father, the highly respected Gérard Potel, who was manager of a well-known domaine in Volnay, he began a négoce house in July 1996. Upon his father's sudden death in October 1997, Nicolas left the domaine and took over the négoce business full time. In 1998, Nicolas began to purchase fruit and post-fermentation lots of wine from prestigious domaines. His own relationships with growers and the legacy of his father helped open doors to some of the greatest domaines, even those who normally sell little or nothing except under their own label. As early as 2000, Clive Coates MW was writing that Nicolas "was already a super-star".

  • 2006 Volnay 1er Cru, Clos de Chenes, Maison Nicolas Potel ($69.95)
    89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from a high site on white marl soil; 100% whole cluster fermentation) Good deep red. Fine, nuanced aromas of smoke, flint, minerals, iron and leather; I might have guessed Pommard Rugiens. Sexy and classic, conveying intensity without weight. Sappy redcurrant and mineral flavors are carried by harmonious acidity. Finishes broad and long, with a serious dusting of tannins."

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2003 Lambardi Brunello di Montalcino - 12 available ($59.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Aromas of dried cherries, with hints of cedar and tobacco. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a crisp, clean finish. Best after 2009." (Web only, 2008) 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 08: "Bright, full red. Red cherry, red berries, licorice and flowers on the slightly liqueur-like nose. Then fresh and scented in the mouth, with rather polite, spicy flavors and a surprisingly juicy quality. A supple midweight that finishes with light, dusty tannins and good persistence."

Italy - Italy

  • 2007 Grotta del Sole Gragnano Penisola Sorrentina ($15.99)
    Move over Lambrusco; here comes Gragnano! They call this Pizza-cola in Naples, and it's what the locals drink with their pizza. It is a frizzante (slightly bubbly) blend of Aglianico, Piedirosso, and Sciasinasso made on the Sorrento peninsula. Attilio Pagli and Federico Curtaz are the extraordinarily talented and famous consulting enologists for this fun, simple and decidedly delicious wine. I absolutely love this wine. Serve it quite cold just as you would if it were Coca-Cola! (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer)

  • 2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove - 5 available ($47.95)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Le Serre Nuove, the estate's second wine from Ornellaia, will challenge many of the top bottlings in this vintage for years to come. The 2006 is a rich, sumptuous wine bursting with ripe dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, grilled herbs, new leather, minerals and tar. The wine possesses superb density and explosive, utterly irresistible personality. At roughly one-third the price of its big sibling Ornellaia, the 2006 Le Serre Nuove is a must-purchase wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022." (01/09) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh, focused aromas of blackberry and cherry lead to a medium body, with silky tannins and a currant, berry and tobacco aftertaste. Subtle and delicious already. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best after 2011." (10/08)

Other International - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Mildiani, Katsiteli, Republic of Georgia - 12 available ($10.99)
    A blend of 80% Katsiteli (once the most widely planted grape in the world) and 20% Mtsvane. Coming from the vineyards of the Tsinandali in the Khakheti appellation this is a wonderfully snappy dry white that is full of sweet herbs and grass. If you like White Bordeaux you're really gonna dig this!

  • 2006 Vinoterra, Kisi, Republic of Georgia - 12 available ($21.99)
    100% Kisi, a very rare grape varietal indeed, which is fermented in kvevri (amphora/clay jars) and then allowed to mature in oak. A little nutty, a little salty, a little savory with loads of mouth feel, structure and character. Try this with smoked white fish!

Other International - Other Misc. Imports

  • 2005 Mildiani, Saperavi, Republic of Georgia - 8 available ($10.99)
    100% Saperavi coming from the Khakheti appelation in The Republic of Georgia. A smoky herb richness wraps around a steely core of peppery spice and juicy tannin. Absolutely fantastic with a plate of sliced cured meats or a hearty stew.

Scotland - Spirits Pre-Arrival

  • 1994 Ardbeg 14 year old Cask Strength, Bourbon Cask, Murray McDavid Mission Gold, Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml Pre-Arrival ($95.99)

  • 1994 Ardbeg 14 year old Cask Strength, Sherry/Amarone Cask, Murray McDavid Mission Gold, Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml Pre-Arrival ($106.99)

  • 1990 Rosebank 18 year old Cask Strength, Ch. Lafite Cask, Murray McDavid Mission Gold, Single Malt Whisky 750ml Pre-Arrival - 2 available ($109.99)

  • 1991 Royal Brackla 17 year old Cask Strength, Bourbon Cask, Murray McDavid Mission Gold, Single Malt Whisky 750ml Pre-Arrival - 5 available ($109.99)

  • 1995 Springbank 13 year old Cask Strength, Ch. Lafite Cask, Murray McDavid Mission Gold, Single Malt Whisky 750ml Pre-Arrival - 7 available ($109.99)

South Africa - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2008 Buitenverwachting "Beyond" Sauvignon Blanc Coastal Region South Africa ($10.99)
    This racy, livewire bottling offers tremendous bang for the buck, consistently earning Best Buy/Best Value accolades. It’s packed with zesty flavors of gooseberry, green pepper, and lime backed by pronounced herbal notes and a minerally tang. It displays an elegance typical of cool climate Sauvignon Blanc. The 2007 got 90 points and Best Buy designation from the Wine Enthusiast, and this write up: "A full, rounded nose of honeyed spice and citrus gives this wine a sexy vibe from the start, and on the palate, curvy floral notes mingle perfectly with minerals and lively acid. Clean but complex, it’s an intriguing white to pair with myriad dishes...think Thai or Indian." (9/1/2008) According to Wine Spectator:This delivers mouthwatering sea salt, lime and lemon zest notes that extend through the finish. Very lively. Drink now." (03/09)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2006 Beau Vigne "Juliet" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($54.99)
    93 points from Robert Parker: "The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Juliet (a 770-case blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc), while essentially a second wine, is a gorgeous effort. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by beautiful aromas of blackberries, black currants, coffee beans, cedar, and toasty oak, a wine with vivid fruit, an expansive, savory mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and a long finish. This is a beauty to drink over the next decade or more." (12/08) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby. Aromatic nose offers cassis, graphite, pepper and spices. Supple and lush, with lovely sweetness to the expressive flavors of black raspberry, currant and pepper. Finishes sweetly oaky, ripe and persistent." (May/June '09)

  • 2006 Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($99.00)
    96 points from Robert Parker: "Absolutely profound is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which clearly puts Beau Vigne alongside the Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet as one of the stars of Stags Leap. A wine of great intensity, exceptional power, and admirable grace as well as equilibrium, this full-bodied 2006 offers beautifully sweet creme de cassis, licorice, spice box, and toasty oak characteristics. Multidimensional, with a layered mid-palate, and a finish that lasts 45+ seconds, it will benefit from some bottle age, although it is accessible enough to be drunk now. Drink it over the next 20-25 years." (12/08) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby. Pure, restrained aromas of kirsch, smoke, minerals, flowers, pepper and tobacco. Silky, broad and sweet; a step up in concentration from the Juliet, with a darker, more mineral-driven cassis flavor lifted by floral oils. Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and lovely length." (May/June '09) This small boutique operation (nine acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) sits on a knoll in the Stags Leap viticultural area. Although somewhat under the radar among the top Napa producers, Beau Vigne’s offerings are very impressive.

  • 2006 Honig Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($30.99)

  • 2006 Regusci Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 10 available ($49.99)
    The dark, cranberry color of Regusci's 2006 Stags Leap District Cabernet hints at the lively red wine in your glass. Aromas of rose petals and Bing cherries evolve into black cherry and currant fruit on the palate, highlighted by the dill and spice notes from 20 months in American oak.

  • 2006 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Artemis" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($48.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made almost exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a deeply colored, reipely rich young wine that shows masses of blackberries. There are supporting notes of paine grille, anise, violets, anise and smoky oak, with a firm grounding of minerals. Shows some tartness and astringency that strongly suggest time in the cellar. Try beyond 2012." (04/2012) K&L Notes: One of Stag's Leaps signature wines, the Artemis blends fruit from the winery's Arcadia, Fay and SLV vineyards. Briar fruit and wild rosemary aromas and flavors open up to reveal grilled meat and nutmeg notes that pair perfectly with steak au poivre or osso bucco.

  • 2005 Ukiah California Cabernet Sauvignon ($15.99)
    Ukiah Cellars blend this Cabernet Sauvignon with small parts Zinfandel, Syrah, and Viognier to produce a pleasant, lighter-bodied wine enjoyed on its own or paired with food. Produced from a set of Mendocino County's family-owned vineyards that participate in the Wine Institute's Sustainable Winegrowing Program, this fruit-forward wine with soft tannins is a great everyday red bursting with fruit and soft fully integrated tannins. 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, La Ribera Vineyards, 5% Zinfandel, Calpella, 5% Syrah, McDowell and 1% Viognier, Mendocino.

United States - Domestic Merlot

  • 2006 Frog's Leap Napa Merlot ($29.99)
    It's not easy being green - that is unless you're a frog, or, in this case, Frog's Leap. The Rutherford winery has been farming its vineyards organically since 1988, and they also dry farm nearly 200 acres, saving water, too. The majority of the fruit for their Napa Merlot comes from the winery's estate, where the varietal character comes across pure and elegant. Plum and cherry flavors are interwoven with nuances of cigar box, savory herbs and cocoa powder. Refreshing acidity and fine tannins make this a lovely drinker now and for the next five years.

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2004 Ahlgren "Bates' Ranch" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Franc ($26.99)
    Perhaps one of the best boutique wineries you've never heard of. Founded in 1976, Ahlgren Vineyard is the joint effort of husband and wife team Dexter and Val Ahlgren. All of the fruit for this elegant, small production Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Bates' Ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Floral and fruity on the bouquet, the wine is rich, mouthfilling and balanced on the palate, with currant, cassis and vanilla notes domination. Unfined and unfiltered. Only 60 cases produced.

  • 2006 Balletto Russian River Estate Chardonnay ($14.99)
    This wine is a nice pale straw color, which tells you something about its 100% stainless steel upbringing. It has aromas of freshly harvested apples with essences of honey and fig. The flavors are that of a rich, crisp Golden Delicious apple with flinty mineral notes and a hint of butter. Surprisingly full bodied for an un-oaked chardonnay. A characteristic that came from natural, partial malolactic fermentation from the wild yeast that was on the grapes when they were harvested. We suggest serving this wine with roast chicken or if you are feeling decadent, lobster with drawn butter!

  • 2007 Folie à Deux Napa Valley Chardonnay ($13.99)
    90 points from Wine Enthusiast: "A very nice Chardonnay with plenty of oak character that enriches the dry, ripe tropical fruit and white peach flavors. Likeable now for its clean crispness and elegance." (2/1/2009) According to Wine Spectator: "Refreshingly lively, with green apple and pear fruit, joined by a dash of mineral and citrus. Medium-weight, clean and subtle. Drink now through 2012." (07/09)

  • 2006 Handley Anderson Valley Chardonnay ($19.99)
    According to Wine Enthusiast: "You can really taste that cool-climate Anderson Valley acidity. There’s also a minerality to the citrus and sweet oak flavors. Finishes a little austere, but elegant. Drink now." (12/07)

  • 2006 Martinelli "Charles Ranch" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 9 available ($59.99)
    94 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Yellow-gold. Fresh melon, peach, smoked meat, toasty lees, iodine and white flowers on the nose, perked up by exotic Indian spices; lots going on here! Deep, chewy orchard and pit fruit flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and underscored by brown butter, herbs and spices, with smoky lees carrying into the finish. Offers remarkable vivacity for such power and depth, and a finish that refuses to let up. For the quality, this is an absolute steal." (May/June '08) 93 points from Robert Parker: "There are 525 cases of the 2006 Chardonnay Charles Ranch. It possesses a slightly higher acid profile as well as more crushed rock, white currant, quince, lemon, and nectarine-like characteristics. A touch of pineapple also makes an appearance in this complex, impressively-endowed, full-bodied Chardonnay. It should drink well for 3-4 years." (Dec. 2007)

  • 2006 Martinelli "Lolita Ranch" Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 12 available ($69.99)
    This comes from a single vineyard site located on Martinelli Road in Forestville. The property once adjoined the original Martinelli Homestead Ranch. Fourth generation farmer, Lee Martinelli Jr., and his wife Pamela acquired the property in 1999, returning it back to the Martinelli estate and to the family's continuing century-long legacy of viticulture, planting the steep hillside with four different grape varietals. This brand new Chardonnay is sure to become a cult favorite. Gets yours while you can! According to Wine Spectator: "An ultrarich and creamy style, with very ripe fig, honeydew melon and green apple notes framed by toasty vanilla oak. Drink now through 2012." (07/09)

  • 2007 Neyers "El Novillero" Carneros Chardonnay - 10 available ($39.99)
    93 points Robert Parker: "The more limited production (600 cases) 2007 Chardonnay El Novillero Vineyard exhibits a distinctive smoky, hazelnut character intertwined with notes of orange marmalade/nectarine. The wine displays great ripeness, medium to full body, and beautiful acidity. It is a dead-ringer for a top-class premier cru Meursault. Consume it over the next 4-5 years. This is a reliably strong portfolio from Bruce Neyers, the national sales representative for Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant. His winemaker is Turley Cellar’s highly renowned Ehren Jordan." (12/08) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Straw-tinged lemon-yellow color. Ripe stone fruits, hazelnut, oatmeal, honey and smoke on the nose and palate. Densely packed and vibrant, with firm acidity and juicy minerality giving the flavors excellent clarity. Strong on extract and long and lively on the back end, with a sexy earthy complexity adding appeal. Very nicely balanced, strong chardonnay." (May/June '09) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and vibrant, with a sleek, focused core of pear, citrus, honeydew melon shaded by smoky, toasty oak. It's very young and should be cellared short term, yet it's packed with complex flavors. Drink now through 2012. 331 cases made." (11/08)

  • 2005 Robert Stemmler Carneros Chardonnay (Was $30) ($19.99)
    91 points and Two Stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Deep themes of ripe apples set this winning wine firmly on the varietal track, but its complementary appointment of rich oak, sweet lemons and lees is what moves it to the head of the class. Both full-bodied and carefully balanced with a long finish and a certain spring in its step, this is one whose layered complexity invites drinking now but whose fine structure and depth ensure further improvement." (05/08) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, rich, focused and concentrated, with ripe, zesty, full-bodied pear, citrus, melon and nectarine, ending with fresh, lively acidity. Drink now through 2011. 1,500 cases made." (06/08) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lots of richness in this dry, minerally Chardonnay. It has forward flavors of peaches, pears, baked green apples and flint, while lots of new oak contributes honey and caramel notes." (08/08)

  • 2007 Tenbrink Suisun Valley Chardonnay - 12 available ($29.99)
    This wine revealed its depth only in its maturation. it tastes and smells as much of the yeasts as it does of ripe, apple-y fruit. Its complexity is the complexity of wine; the smells and tastes tell the story of fermentation, aging, of a wine settling into itself. The fruit for this wine was harvested from the vineyard adjacent to the Tenbrink's Scholium Project Babylon vineyard. The vines are planted on St. George rootstock, minimally irrigated, and thinned rigorously. The fruit was harvested in two lots separated by eight days. It was whole cluster pressed and fermented in 100% neutral French oak.

  • 2006 Tor Kenward "Durell Vineyard" Wente Clone Chardonnay - 12 available ($49.99)
    92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, pale yellow. Stone fruits, musky lees, cinnamon and minerals on the nose, all lifted by a note of menthol. Lush and strong in extract but with a light touch, offering fresh, rather cool flavors of lemon and stone. At once dense and lively. Finishes dry in a positive way, with sneaky length." (May/June '08)

  • 2007 Vina Robles "Jardine Vineyard" Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99)
    90 points and a "Best Buy" designate, Wine Enthusiast: "With no oak influence, this Sauvignon Blanc was cool-fermented, preserving fresh fruit, and it did not undergo malolactic fermentation, so that the acidity is brisk. It was aged on the lees. That is a great formula for keeping prices low while crafting a wine of creamy interest. With citrus, lemongrass, melon, fig and vanilla flavors, it’s a stunning buy for this price." (09/08) Fresh, bright with good weight. This Sauvignon Blanc sees no wood, the way I prefer my Sauvignon Blancs, but still has great texture in the middle. It also shows good acid, fresh melon, peach and apricot notes. The finish is long and creamy. This is a wine that shows amazing depth and character for a $9.99 Sauvignon Blanc. (Mike Jordan, K&L Wine Merchants)

  • 2006 Walter Hansel "Cuvee Alyce" Russian River Chardonnay ($35.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The best cuvee I tasted of the 2006s is the 2006 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce, a spectacular Chardonnay that possesses notes of buttered citrus, white currants, crushed rocks, honeysuckle, and tropical fruits. It is full-bodied, rich, deep, pure, and stunningly long and intense. This is a superb Chardonnay and the most opulent and fleshy of all these wines. A terrific source of sensational Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays made very much in the style of the wines proprietor Stephen Hansel loves the most, white and red Burgundies, this 80-acre estate continues to build on a brilliant track record of high quality wines offered to consumers at sensationally fair prices." (12/2007) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, hazy gold. Deep, smoky and complex on the nose, offering a seductive bouquet of pear, dried apple, toasty lees and iodine and picking up peat and brioche nuances with air. Firm and sharply focused, with deep orchard fruit and tangerine flavors complemented by buttered toast and cured meat. Finishes on notes of lemon pith and dusty minerals, with outstanding persistence. An impressively balanced chardonnays with the complexity and personality of far more expensive examples." (06/2008)

United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red

  • 2007 Skylark North Coast "Red Belly" Red Blend ($18.99)
    What happens when you give two restaurant wine directors access to great grapes? You get Skylark Wine Company. A partnership between John Lancaster and Robert Perkins from Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco. The wines from Skylark, like this Red Belly, are food-friendly and affordably. Made from 47% dry-farmed Niemi Carignane, 47% Lawyer Vineyard Syrah and 6% Sawyer Vineyard Grenache, the Red Belly smells and tastes like a basket of berries in a redwood forest, with spicy undertone and floral overtones. Ripe, juicy and with supple, well-integrated tannins, enjoy this beauty now and over the next decade.

  • 2006 Talmage "Pija Blend" Mendocino Red Blend ($19.99)
    Talmage Collection is one of the four labels under the Magnanimus Wine Group umbrella, a small wine company committed to creating artisan wines from sustainable, organic and biodynamicaly grown grapes from Mendocino. Their 2006 "Pija" (Spanish for "rascal) is a "field blend" of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Charbono sourced from two vineyards. Plummy with cherry, spice and chocolate overtones, this is a fruit-filled beauty that's like the Goldilocks of wine - just right.

  • 2006 Vino Noceto Sangiovese ($14.99)
    Vino Noceto is a Shenandoah Valley winery specializing in the production of Sangiovese. This is their flagship wine, and it is packed with the forward, ripe, cranberry, cherry/berry fruit that marks Noceto's style. The 'normale' is a delicious food wine and a great value to boot!

United States - Domestic Pinot Noir

  • 2007 AP Vin "Gary's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($47.99)
    94 points Wine Spectator: " ** Highly Recommended ** Beautifully crafted, ripe, rich, supple, elegant and balanced, offering fleshy plum, blueberry and blackberry flavors that are pure and focused, ending with a nice minerally edge that offers even greater depth. Drink now through 2014." (03/2009) K&L Notes: California Pinot Noir fans might recognize Andrew Vingiello's name from his time working with Brian Loring, of Loring Winery. Now on his own and making wine under the A.P. Vin label, Andrew is doing great things. Tim Perr recently wrote of him and a Wine Spectator blog post, "More than anybody I've met in the wine business, Andrew is consumed by the pursuit of making the perfect wine." The superb 2007 "Garys' Vineyard" Pinot Noir comes from the famed Santa Lucia Highlands site, and is balanced, full of fruit and wonderfully fresh, and the Stelvin closure will help keep it that way. Only 350 cases of this beauty were produced.

  • 2007 Balletto Russian River Pinot Noir ($17.99)
    Balletto's 2007 Estate-bottled Pinot Noir is comprised of fruit from the winery's main vineyard on Occidental Road in Santa Rosa and their Burnside Vineyard west of Sebastopol, integrating fruit grown in four different types of soil. Aged in 30% new French oak, this is a lively, but concentrated Pinot Noir with lots of raspberry and cherry fruit on the nose and palate. Hints of Mexican chocolate, cedar and chai spice linger on the finish, complemented by silky tannins that make this Pinot easy to drink, even now. Big enough to stand up to red meat, but delicate enough not to overpower fish, salmon perhaps, this is a great all-around wine to open at your next dinner party.

  • 2006 Cambria "Julia's Vineyard" Santa Maria Pinot Noir ($17.99)
    (UPDATE - 12/12/09 - this wine went out on an email and sold out much faster than anticipated, even though we figured a wine with this press and price tag would go quickly. We are very sorry if you did not get a chance to order it - getting your hopes up and then disappointing you is never our intention) 93 points, an Editors' Choice and the Wine Enthusiast's #1 wine of the year in their Top 100 of 2009: "This is the best Pinot Noir at this price on the market. Easily. It's picture-perfect cool climate, absolutely dry and silky, with complex flavors of cherries, Mandarin orange, cola, pomegranates, licorice and cinnamon sice, made even richer by smoky oak. Just lovely, and gets even better as it breathes in the glass." (02/09) 4 stars from Restaurant Wine Magazine (Ronn Wiegand)... "A fine Pinot Noir. The Julia's is finely flavored and full bodied with excellent balance. It is moderately intense in character (red currant, cherry, toast, violet), and long on the finish." This wine is named after the daughter of Cambria's owner, Barbara Banke.

  • 2007 Cristom "Mt. Jefferson Cuvee" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($28.99)
    From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright red. Sexy aromas of strawberry and raspberry preserves, with a lively floral overlay. Juicy, gently sweet red berry flavors are modestly concentrated but very pure and spicy. A graceful, spicy pinot that's delicious right now. This reminded me of a top-notch cru Beaujolais." (May/June '09) From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The excellent 2007 Pinot Noir collection begins with the entry level 2007 Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvee. Medium ruby-colored, it offers up a spicy, slightly herbaceous bouquet along with cherry and cranberry aromas. Medium bodied with savory flavors, at the moment it is a bit tightly wound but has the balance to fill out with another 1-2 years of bottle age. Continuity and consistency are the keys at Cristom; same family ownership, same winemaking team with Steve Doerner at the helm." (Oct. 2009)

  • 2006 Handley Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($27.99)
    One star from Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Ripe, but not too ripe, and slightly tannic, but not overly so, this bottling sports a good measure of persistent and well-defined cherry-like fruit, but it also seems to want a bit more time in the bottle to knit together. It gets a little tight-fisted after a supple beginning, and we recommend that it be set aside for at least a couple of years." (Oct. 2008) A Wine & Spirits' Best Buy: "A soft and gentle Pinot Noir with kirschlike flavors of cherries, this is ready to drink with duck rillettes or a charcuterie plate." (04/09) According to Wine Spectator: "Well-structured, with tight black cherry, cedar, herb, sage and spicy floral scents that give this a delicate aftertaste and mouthfeel. Drink now through 2011." (05/08)

  • 2007 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($19.99)
    90 points Wine & Spirits: "There's a fineness to the raspberry and fraises des bois flavor in this wine, with the crisp impression of fruit just coming into ripeness. The aroma is floral and tight, the finish showing more oak than fruit at the moment, needing a year in bottle to come into balance." (10/09) According to Robert Parker: "The Pinot Noirs include the very good 2007 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, which exhibits crisp, plum, cherry, and allspice characteristics along with good body and an attractive, fragrant style. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years. This Chardonnay / Pinot Noir specialist should receive rave notices from bargain hunters looking for a top-flight Chardonnay that is complex, rich, and widely available." (12/08) According to Wine Enthusiast: "A fine evocation of a Russian River Pinot from a good vintage. It's dry and silky and crisp, with rich flavors of cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, cola, cedar, cinnamon and pepper. Delicious. Drink now." (08/09)

  • 2006 Loma Prieta Central Coast Pinot Noir ($15.99)
    Is this earth-shaking wine? For the price, you bet. Grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains near the fault line that lent its name to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked the Bay Area, Loma Prieta makes are handcrafted, small lot Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet. The Pinot Noir is bursting with strawberry and raspberry fruit on the nose and palate, with a kiss of citrus blossom and oak vanillin on the finish. Only 195 cases produced.

  • 2007 Loos Family Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($29.99)
    The Loos Family Russian River Pinot Noir comes from the Bohemian Vineyard out in Freestone, where the cool ocean breezes and fog let the grapes hang on the vine extra-long. The resulting wine sparkles like a glassful of garnets, deep red but crystal clear. Slightly smoky and earthy, overall this is a fruit-forward Pinot Noir with spring strawberry and tangy cherry notes dominating. There's plenty of spice, too, to complement the fruit of this medium-bodied gem. Only 300 bottles produced!

  • 2006 Savannah Chanelle "Armagh Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 12 available ($44.99)
    92 points from Wine Enthusiast: "Notable for sheer deliciousness, the way you can’t stop at one sip but want more. Soft and gentle, with just a touch of crispness and oak tannins, this Pinot’s flavors star. Raspberries, cherries, cocoa, red licorice, cola, vanilla all mingle into some fabulously sweet confection that manages to finish thoroughly dry." (12/1/2008) From Wine Spectator: "Tight, rich and earthy, with savory dried herb joining dried blackberry, currant and hints of licorice and mineral. Drink now through 2012. 261 cases made." (Web Only, 2008)

  • 2006 Savannah Chanelle Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 12 available ($27.99)
    From Wine Enthusiast: "Here’s the kind of Pinot that drives the French nuts. With almost no effort, California can ripen the grapes to produce these lush, ripe and, frankly, delicious cherry, raspberry, cocoa, anise and pepper flavors, while maintaining a delightfully crisp, silky mouthfeel." (12/1/2008) From Wine Spectator: "Zesty, peppery wild berry, cranberry and black cherry flavors have a spicy note, with modest complexity and a refreshing finish. Drink now." (Web Only, 2008)

  • 2007 Tenbrink Suisun Valley Pinot Noir - 12 available ($34.99)
    This Pinot smells of the soil and the work of the farmer. The aim of the wine making has been to preserve and present the force of the vineyard and its farmer, not the charm of the sun-ripe fruit. it is a wine of presence and depth and seriousness. Grown on the Tenbrink's four-acre vineyard adjacent to the winery, this is lovely, varietally true Pinot Noir wonderfully suited to pork, poultry and richer fish dishes.

United States - Domestic Syrah and Petite Sirah

  • 2007 Beckmen Estate Santa Ynez Syrah ($18.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dark, full-bodied, rich and dramatic, offering masses of ripe blackberries, mulberries, violets, teriyaki-glazed beef, cedar and black pepper. Dry and tannic, but supple enough to drink now." (11/09) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "A vigorous core of fresh blueberry and violet runs through this Syrah from Steve Beckmen's biodynamically farmed Purisima Mountain estate. It's cool, with lasting flavours of black pepper and sweet berries. Decant for a bone-in pork chop." (06/09 89 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, rich and concentrated, offering a tight mix of dried currant and berry, anise and black licorice, with touches of sage and herb. Ends with dry tannins, but also complexity and depth. Drink now through 2013." (11/09) California's 2007 vintage turned out some incredible wines, including this savory, fruit-filled Syrah from Beckmen. The fruit comes from the famed biodynamically-farmed Purisima Mountain vineyard, the source of some of the best Syrah fruit grown on the Central Coast. Easy on the wallet, this fulfilling Syrah balances freshness and substance, fruit and spice, with an undercurrent of anise for intriuge. Enjoy it with a blood orange and fennel salad served with a spiced lamb loin for a hearty, delicious meal.

  • 2006 Cep Vineyards Sonoma Coast Syrah ($21.99)
    Cep means root vine in French. The vine etching underneath the name represents the focus on the vineyard for producing wines of purity and true terroir expression. The fruit comes from on of the coolest vineyards in California. The nose is meaty with a hint of pepper. The mid palate shows black and blue fruit with a beautiful kick of white pepper. How syrah should be made.

  • 2007 Neyers "Old Lakeville Road" Sonoma Coast Syrah ($28.99)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers wonderful focus and purity of flavor. Intense and concentrated, with gorgeous, pure, ripe blackberry, boysenberry and huckleberry fruit that unfolds to offer hints of pepper, nutmeg and other exotic spices. Deliciously full-bodied. (Web-2008) " 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Captivating perfume of blackberry, violet pastille, licorice and black pepper; offers more lift on the nose the Neyers cabernets. In a distinctly juicy style and less exotic than the same wine in 2006, with ripe acids framing the lively flavors of dark berries, violet, licorice, black olive and lavender. Finishes with firm tannins and lovely aromatic lift. A fruit bomb with a distinctly Northern Rhone perfume." (06/2009) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Eighty percent whole clusters were utilized for the 2007 Syrah Old Lakeville, which comes from the Sonoma Coast. The result is a dense ruby/purple-colored wine displaying a big, sweet nose of damp earth, truffles, tar, black cherries, and blackberries. There is plenty of structure as well as hints of underbrush, pepper, and leather. (91+) " (12/2008)

  • 2006 Stags' Leap Winery Napa Petite Syrah ($32.99)
    This is no sitting-and-sipping wine, but a complex, intense red meant to be enjoyed with food. One of Stags' Leap Winery's signature wines, this Napa Valley Petite Syrah also blends small amounts of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Carignane, Peloursin and Viognier. Framboise, wild lavender and dusty cocoa notes create an alluring bouquet, while the wine's palate comes across like a decadent dessert. Flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate and plum and blackberry fruit are wrapped up with a baking spice and firmly tannic bow. Decant this now or lay it down in your cellar for a few years to allow the edges to soften.

  • 2006 Tor Kenward ROCK Hudson Vineyard Syrah - 11 available ($59.99)
    95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Incredible nose melds black raspberry, leather, game and brown spices, plus a suggestion of apricot. Wonderfully lush, silky and sweet, with superb density and depth to the flavors of raspberry, leather and brown spices. This lightly saline syrah saturates the entire palate. Finishes dry and extremely long, with chewy flavors of rocks, minerals and violet. Vinified with 90% whole clusters. A great California syrah." (06/2008) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better is the prodigious 2006 Tor Rock Syrah Hudson Vineyard. Inky/ruby/purple to the rim, it exhibi