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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 section)

  • 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. (RP)" (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. (RP) " (12/2009)

  • 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.

  • 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)

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.

Argentina - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 ( Price: Hidden )
    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." (05/1993) K&L Notes: 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." (12/1989)

  • 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)
    Wine Spectator: "Medium garnet; cassis nose, almost flowery, with cedary notes; pronounced earthy flavor; slightly lean and dry. " (05/1993) K&L Notes: "A highly important vintage in many ways," says Michael Broadbent of the 1970 Bordeaux, "its fine quality (initially overrated) and its timing provided a jump start to the wine boom which was already hotting up during the dreary 1967, 1968 and 1969 vintages."

  • 1966 Pichon Baron, Pauillac (high shoulder fills) - 3 available ( $125.00)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This exceeded my expectations given that this was supposed to be after the estate lost their way under Bertrand Bouteiller. A dark mahogany core. The nose is quite attractive, soft red-berried fruit, redcurrant, hot bricks on a summer day with a touch of mint. It is marred by a slight tinge of dishwater. Medium-bodied, good cohesion with a solid structure and good depth. Rustic, edgy but with good ripeness for a ’66, less austere and fleshier than other ’66 Pauillacs. On the finish: decayed cherry fruit, mouldy oranges in an antique glass vase. A pleasant surprise. Drink now. Tasted May 2009. (Neal Martin, Wine Journal)" (09/2009) K&L Notes: 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) Decanter: " Fairly deep red; sweet ripe cedary nose, elegant; elegant, ethereal, lean, delicious though still quite tannic; quite good length." (06/1994) K&L Notes: Four stars from critic Michael Broadbent. 91 points Neil Martin: "Tasted at the Fine Wine Experience’s Pichon-Lalande vertical in London. Mature tawny rim. The nose is not showing the same level of brightness that the previous bottle last year. Very austere, leafy with tobacco and leather, less of the black fruits that before. The palate is still commendable with very fine balance, racy acidity, a little sharpness in the attack, firm tannins, still masculine and perhaps foursquare but showing good vigour and refinement towards the finish. This remains a very fine but linear ’66 Pauillac. Tasted December 2008." (Wine Journal)

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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) Jancis Robinson: "Light, slightly burnt note on the nose. Just a tad austere but beautifully made. Polished by a master craftsperson... Awfully youthful. It’s all texture rather than flavour at the moment. Did the fruit ripen quite as fully as in the two previous vintages, I wonder? The acidity is really marked – though apparently the level was exactly the same as in 2005." (10/2011) K&L Notes: Notes from Haut-Bailly: "The 2006 vintage has very deep colour, an intense fruity character and, to our delight, an impressive tannic structure. The Merlot is smooth and the Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful. This vintage will undoubtedly be well-balanced, silky, and elegant. In short: a great wine and a credit to its terroir."

  • 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 - 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 - 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)

  • 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)" K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Nectar Impérial is the boldest and most unexpected Moët & Chandon champagne. It reflects the diversity and complementarities of the three champagne grapes and the richness of the region's best vineyards to reveal the magic of the world's most loved champagne. Lively and generous Nectar Impérial distinguishes itself by its tropical fruitiness, its richness on the palate and its crisp finish, that instantly surprise and delight."

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 - 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 - 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 - Old and Rare

  • 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) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While I have some concerns with the tannin in the classic cuvee, I’ve no such reservations with the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Boisrenard and it’s a gorgeous wine that’s still young and vibrant. Cassis, licorice, sweet oak, menthol and spice and all emerge here, and it’s full-bodied, big-boned and structured, with a balancing amount of fruit and texture. Give this beauty another year or three and enjoy bottles through 2030. (JD)" (02/2015) 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) Jancis Robinson: "Blackish ruby. Thick, sweet and dense but without much refreshment factor. Pretty heavy with still-marked tannins. But lots to get your teeth into. Still a bit severe but promising and with good structure. Attractive, cool, unexaggerated finish. 17.5/20 points." (10/2015)

  • 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)

  • 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. (RP)" (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)

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)

  • 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'

  • 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 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.

  • 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!

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)

  • 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).

  • 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)

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

  • 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.

  • 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. Because 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 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!

  • 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. (RP) " (12/2009)

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.

  • 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)

  • 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. (Tasted in barrel.)" (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: "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? (RP)" (12/1997) 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's Wine Advocate: "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. " (04/1995)

  • 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. (RP)" (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. (ST)" (05/2000) 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. (Web Only—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! (RP)" (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. (RP)" (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." (05/1999)

  • 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 & Spirits: "No tasting note provided." (12/2000) 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-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. (RP)" (12/1997) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant, refined and delicate, offering fresh aromatics of spicy oak, currant and flowers. (Web Only—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. (ST)" (06/1998)

  • 1993 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $125.00)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. 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. That being said, Peter Michael's Les Pavots has enjoyed an unprecedented string of highly successful vintages." (12/1996) Wine Spectator: "There's balance to this, with high-toned dried berry, cherry and spice notes, ending with firm, drying tannins. A very good wine that has peaked. (Web Only-2011)"

  • 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 Wine Spectator: " *Cellar Selection* A rich, bold and complex wine, with intense, concentrated currant, 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." (07/1990)

  • 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! (RP) " (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.

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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 redolen