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September 1, 2015 New Arrival Email

The following is a list of new arrivals that have come into our inventory since our last email a week ago, with at least one bottle in stock at the time of this email. For complete tasting notes for every wine listed below, view the Email Archive page on KLWines.com

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

  • 2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino ( $54.99)
    98 points James Suckling: "An unforgiving and powerfully structured wine with fabulous grilled meat and granite stone character with dried berry and flower petal. Full body, chewy and intense. Great structure and extremely long and intense. Sexy austerity. Gets the juices going. Best ever from here. Reminds me of the great Argianos of the 1970s but now! Better in 2017 or 2018. " (12/2014) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aged for 24 months in oak, the gorgeous 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a brooding, dark wine with great aromatic purity. The fruit tones are rich and penetrating, spanning from plum, prune and cassis to spice cake, tar and black licorice. The wine's concentration is luscious and opulent. The oak element imparts lasting aromas of spice, toast and caramel but the wine already shows a good degree of integration that should help it continue its bottle evolution. Hold this wine until 2017. (ML)" (03/2015) 95 points International Wine Review: "The 2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino is an absolutely stunning effort, offering gorgeous aromas of freshly crushed dark cherries and blackberries along with sweet spices, fresh floral and minerals which are beautifully layered in the glass. This full-bodied Brunello shows notable depth and structure, continuing to impress with its gorgeous velvety texture all the way through the finish. Today, the wine is quite accessible with extended air contact, but readers may want to consider allowing some additional bottle age as it will also prove to be age worthy. Best 2017-2030. -Joe D'Angelo" (03/2015) 94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino jumps from the glass with notable energy and precision. Grilled herbs, smoke, tobacco, rose petal and mint are all beautifully delineated in the glass. Distinctly savory and mineral notes add complexity to the expressive, stone-inflected fruit in a chiseled, pulsating Brunello endowed with considerable energy. The tannins need time to soften, but Argiano's 2010 is unquestionably a winner. (AG)" (02/2015) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Underbrush, savory herb, leather and darkskinned fruit aromas mingle in the glass. The firm, structured palate delivers mature plum, black cherry, vanilla, licorice and a confectionary note alongside assertive tannins. Drink 2018–2028. " (05/2015)

  • 2010 Fattoria Le Pupille "Saffredi" Maremma Toscana ( $54.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Saffredi (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) delivers gorgeous intensity and broad aromas of black berry, leather, crushed granite and lingering smoke. It’s a masterpiece on all happy fronts. The textural elegance is superb. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. There is always a single face that identifies a region: A sole producer with the charisma and communicative talents required to perform the ambassadorial duties that bring a relatively obscure wine area to the world stage. For the Maremma, that person is Elisabetta Geppetti. Her newest releases confirm the extreme quality that distinguishes Fattoria Le Pupille. (ML)" (08/2013) 93 points James Suckling: "The aromas of blueberries and lavender come out nicely in the glass. Full body, with fine tannins and a bright acidity. The texture is wonderful here. Needs two or three years to come together. Saffredi is a benchmark in Tuscany's Maremma region." (07/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Black cherry and licorice flavors hold the center, with accents of vanilla, clove, cedar and wood resin. This is concentrated and backed by stiff tannins, leaving a firm finish for now. Needs time. Best from 2016 through 2029." (10/2013)

  • 2011 Il Palagio "Sister Moon" Toscana ( $44.99)
    96 points James Suckling: "This is so refined and polished with dusty tannins and shaved-chocolate and dried-berry character. Full-bodied but fresh and lively. Long, long finish. Trudy and Sting's best wine ever. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Very drinkable now but better in 2017." (10/2014) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Violet, black currant and boysenberry flavors highlight this fruity, supple red, showing abundant support from well-integrated tannins and lively acidity. Fine length. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2022. " (09/2015) K&L Notes: The 350-acre Villa il Palagio is owned by famed musician Sting, and it features vineyards, olive groves, lakes, and forests. He and his wife, Trudie, have opened a farm shop, selling the estate's fruit and vegetables as well as olive oil and local salami.

  • 2011 Tenuta Orma Toscana ( $49.99)
    97 points James Suckling: "A gorgeous, sleek wine with super-polished tannins and fabulous fruit. It's full but so refined and sexy. It goes on for minutes. Really fine. What a wine. This Bordeaux blend from here is the best ever. Better in 2016 but great now." (10/2014) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This full-bodied blend of 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc offers aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, crushed Mediterranean herbs, scorched earth and tobacco. The dense palate doles out black cherries, red currants, cedar, anise and mocha alongside ample, velvety tannins. Drink 2016–2021." (08/2015) Wine Spectator: "Though lean and tight, this red shows cherry and raspberry flavors, along with spice, tobacco and earth accents. The grainy tannins and lively acidity provide support. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2025. (Web Only—2015) "

  • Balblair 21 Year Gordon & Macphail First Fill Sherry Cask Strength Single Barrel Single Malt Scotch 750ml ( $229.99)
    Only 5 cases for California and we got them all! This is massively sherried Balblair at the peak of maturity. A true Sherry Bomb if you're in the market for one. Dark like coffee, rich like molasses. It's a dream for any lover of the Sherried style, but also a great introduction to the unusual Balblair Distillery.

  • 2015 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch ( $16.99)
    Now a perennial favorite with staff and customers alike at K&L, this is one of our best selling and most raved abour Roses every year. Hand-picked from Biodynamically farmed, old Mourvedre vines in a cool coastal sub-region of Stellenbosch. It's a fresh, elegant wine that does a fantastic impression of Bandol (which is also predominantely made from Mourvedre) but at a fraction of the cost! Waterkloof is a stunning property working with very natural, non-interventionist methods, the wines are pure, expressive and precisely balanced. I am excited to work with Waterkloof Estate as a direct import partner and hope you enjoy this year's Circumstance "Cape Coral" Rose...and remember total production is less than 350 cases! Ryan Woodhouse (K&L South African Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "Pale, salmon colour. Delicate floral aromas, with hints of minerality are prominent on the nose. The palate is soft, fresh and supple, finishing with a balanced acidity. Traditionally the wine is served chilled on its own, but also marries well with salmon and fresh dishes. Grapes were hand harvested and a gentle whole bunch pressing extracted only the finest juice. No further maceration of the juice with the skins was allowed. The fermentation started spontaneously with wild yeasts that occur naturally in the vineyard. This was completed in our older neutral oak fermenters. The wine was then left on the primary lees for another three and a half months to add further complexity before bottling."

  • 2013 Borsao "Tres Picos" Garnacha Campo de Borja ( $14.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid purple. Fresh cherry, blackberry and incense on the highly perfumed nose. Lush, sweet and broad on the palate, offering fleshy blueberry and floral pastille flavors that turn spicier with air. Closes on a sweet note of spicy oak, with supple tannins, very good tenacity and a touch of fruitcake. (JR)" (09/2014) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Tres Picos is the bodegas top cuvée of 100% Grenache from older, head-pruned vines planted on the hillsides of the Moncayo Mountains. Yields were less than two tons of fruit per acre. This was the first of the Grenaches to spend some time in a combination of older French oak barrels (for 10 months) as well as stainless steel. There are 6,000 cases of this outstanding wine. Its dense ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by notes of kirsch liqueur, licorice, pepper and spice box, and a medium to full-bodied, richly fruity, sensual wine with beautiful finesse, complexity and purity. Sometimes Grenache can take on a complex, Pinot Noir-like sensitivity, and this cuvée appears to have done that. Consumers should take advantage of these lovely wines offered at ridiculously low prices. (RP)" (11/2014) Wine Spectator: "This plush red offers ripe, round fruit flavors of plum and black raspberry, with a sweet frame of chocolate and toasted spice. The tannins are well-integrated, while citrusy acidity lends some backbone." (04/2015)

  • 2012 Ghost Block "Single Vineyard" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon ( $99.99)
    This vintage has not yet been reviewed, but the previous vintage earned 92 points from Wine Spectator: "Ripe, plush and generous, with layers of rich blackberry, black licorice, road tar, tobacco and graphite, filling out the palate and turning supple midpalate. Offers gripping tannins. This is well-proportioned and finishes with sweetness. Drink now through 2023." (11/2014)

  • 2012 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $19.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Appealing aromas of cocoa, vanilla and spice intermingle with dark fruit. The palate brings plenty of the same, with pleasing richness and texture to the flavors, and lots of hang time on the finish." (09/2015) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Incorporating 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, the 2012 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is another terrific wine from this estate that shows the house style with its plump, soft, fruit-forward personality. Giving up lots of currants, licorice, dried herbs and tobacco leaf, I suspect this is best consumed over the coming 4-5 years, but wouldn’t be surprised to see it hold nicely for longer. Mike Januik keeps releasing a bevy of beauties under his Novelty Hill label. These are always fun to drink and extremely well priced. (JD)" (06/2015)

  • 2012 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard - Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ( $119.99)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "An iron fist in a velvet glove, this wine begins with a supple, rich core of currant, black cherry, anise and sage, firming up with tannins from oak and grape. Glides along gracefully, never losing the core fruitiness, while the tannins and gravelly earth accents lend the flavors tension and traction. Drink now through 2029." (08/2015) 94 points Antonio Galloni: "A dark, sumptuous beauty, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To Kalon Vineyard boasts marvelous depth and pure texture. Hints of mocha, espresso, cloves, new leather and menthol wrap around a core of dark, pliant fruit. The 2012 has just been bottled, but it is already hugely expressive. In particular, the addition of 7% Cabernet Franc is quite noticeable in the wine's super-expressive, resonant aromatics. " (09/2014)

  • 2011 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ( $269.99)
    96 points James Suckling: "Extremely minty with dried flowers, dark berries and currants. Full body but refined, with super-integrated tannins. The wood, ripe fruit, tannin and acid balance is beautiful. Wonderful potential here." (05/2014) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Possibly the Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage is Shafer’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Last year I thought it was a strong effort, but it’s even better now that it’s been bottled. With an opaque black/purple color and notes of subtle burning charcoal embers, blueberry, blackberry and graphite, the wine has a certain Bordelais minerality, but then the richness of Napa kicks in. It’s full-bodied (somewhat unusual for a 2011) with lighter tannins, and no doubt the wine will be on a faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2010, 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, the Shafers and Elias said this was the toughest vintage they’d ever experienced. To be able to produce a compelling wine like this is a testament to their extraordinary skills and craftsmanship. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years. (RP)" (12/2014) 94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is gorgeous. Shafer fans will delight in a super-expressive, nuanced wine that won't require cellaring to offer its finest drinking. Blue and black fruit, flowers, spices and exotic hint of orange zest all add complexity on the expressive finish. Naturally the 2011 doesn't offer the typical Hillside Select opulence and power, but in exchange it will drink well pretty much right out of the gate. (AG)" (12/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Lower ripeness register suits this style on the nose. Savoury start and some herbal (but not herbaceous) character. As though pushed to the limit – and it works. Something tarry about it. As though concentrated! " (02/2015)

  • 2012 Spottswoode "St. Helena Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $159.99)
    98 points James Suckling: "Incredible blueberries, blackberries, black walnuts, minerals, black licorice and flowers. Full-bodied, very tight and structured with hints of hazlenuts, fine chocolate and hints of minerals and spices. A solid and classic-styled Napa Valley cab. Layered and very fine." (04/2015) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The opaque purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a glorious bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, a Pauillac-like lead pencil note, and background new oak. The overall impression is one of restraint combined with richness. This full-bodied effort possesses good acidity and ripe tannin. It has been crafted for the long-term. The hallmarks of great Spottswoode wines are their purity and elegance combined with serious power. The 2012 has that in abundance. This youthful, reserved Cabernet will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring, and will keep for two decades or more. " (10/2014) 93-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Sample #1, not racked since last June: Bright medium ruby. Very pure, fruit-driven aromas of boysenberry and blackberry. At once chewy and vibrant, with harmonious acidity framing the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with serious but sweet tannins. Sample #2, racked just a couple weeks before my visit: Much more tightly wound, with the blackberry and bitter chocolate flavors currently dominated by a firm tannic spine. But the length and energy of this wine are clear today. The ultimate blend should be a serious, structured wine with Spottswoode's classic purity. Winemaker Weinkauf described 2012 as "an idyllic growing season: the wine is not as tannic or dense as the '13 but has more vibrancy." There were more raisins in 2013, he added, and the harvest was over by October 7, or nearly three weeks earlier than in 2012." (05/2014) 95 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as surprisingly medium in body and not as explosive as I had expected, perhaps a reflection of its recent bottling. Today the 2012 shows the more suave, silky side of the year, with considerable early appeal and pure radiance, butt less in the way of structure. Hints of mocha, spices and crushed flowers add nuance on the finish. All things considered, today the 2012 performs in line with the vintage, but does not appear to be the overachiever it has been in recent years. " (12/2014)

  • 2013 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot ( $59.99)
    90-92 points Antonio Galloni: "A rich, explosive wine, the 2013 Merlot races across the palate with dark red and blue fruit, graphite, smoke, tobacco and menthol. Today, the 2013 is unusually firm, but it should start to soften with more time in barrel. White flowers, spices and plums are laced into the super-expressive finish. What a gorgeous wine this is. A splash of Petit Verdot rounds out the blend. 90-92+ (AG)" (12/2014) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A barrel sample of the 2013 Merlot, which is a similar blend to the 2012, looks like it’s going to be as good, although it plays it closer to the vest and is more restrained at present. The wine exhibits dense ruby/plum color, sweet berry fruit mixed with background oak, soil undertones and a touch of unsmoked cigar tobacco. A little chocolate is also in the mix. Drink this medium-bodied wine over the next 10-plus years. (RP)" (10/2014) K&L Notes: Praise from Robert Parker: "Year in year out, this is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world." (10/2014)

  • 2010 Kukkula "Lothario" Paso Robles Red Blend (Previously $38) ( $17.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(34% grenache, 33% mourvedre and 33% zinfandel; 15.2% alcohol): Bright purple. Ripe raspberry and blueberry on the nose and in the mouth. Juicy, spice-accented berry compote flavors show an appealingly silky quality and pick up a floral nuance with air. Closes on a gently sweet note, with lingering blue fruit and spice qualities. No shortage of fruit here." (11/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Lothario is another of the more restrained wines in this lineup from Kukkula. It shows good depth and persistence, with pretty notes of tobacco, wild flowers and dried cherries that linger on the finish. Lothario is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Mourvedre and Zinfandel, but it is the Zinfandel that most marks the wine’s personality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. This is an intriguing set of wines from Kukkula and proprietor Kevin Jussila. Aside from a bit of Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon, all of the fruit is estate grown from vineyards that were planted just five years ago. Kukkula is another of the many young wineries in Paso Robles that are just starting to emerge and that seem to have a bright future." (08/2012) Antonio Galloni: "The 2010 Lothario is another of the more restrained wines in this lineup from Kukkula. It shows good depth and persistence, with pretty notes of tobacco, wild flowers and dried cherries linger on the finish. Lothario is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Mourvèdre and Zinfandel, but it is the Zinfandel that most marks the wine's personality." (08/2012)

  • 2012 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah ( $94.99)
    94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Syrah Relentless, which has not yet been bottled, is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah. In keeping with this amazing year, it’s full-bodied, juicy, succulent, flamboyant, with blueberry and blackberry fruit galore, lots of glycerin and a massive mouthfeel, but no heaviness or astringency characterize this stunning wine. This should turn out to be a great, great Rhône Ranger when released in a year or so. " (10/2014) 95 points James Suckling: "This is very fresh and balanced with a dense and silky texture plus lots of violet, berry and hints of sandalwood. It’s full and very silky. Long and intense. Hints of smoky, spicy, wonderful fruit. Lots of tannin but shows an intensity and power. Needs time to soften, but beautiful. 89% syrah and 11% petite sirah. " (05/2015) 93 points Antonio Galloni: "The exuberance of the year comes through in spades in the 2012 Relentless, a ripe, flashy wine loaded with pure Napa Valley richness and intensity. Dark red/blue-toned fruit melds into spices, wild herbs and tobacco. The 2012 stands out for its open personality, soft contours and terrific overall balance. " (12/2014)

(items coming into our inventory for the first time)

ANY - Other Spirits

  • 2012 Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Acholado Premium Pisco 750ml - 6 available ($34.99)

  • 2012 Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Moscatel Premium Pisco 750ml - 5 available ($34.99)

  • 2012 Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Quebranta Premium Pisco 750ml - 6 available ($34.99)

  • 2012 Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Torontel Premium Pisco 750ml - 6 available ($34.99)

ANY - Single Malt Scotch

  • Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 11 available ($119.99)
    The small batch version of the flag ship bourbon barrel bottled at 92 proof. Absolutely cracking stuff with all the depth and richness of the single cask version, but with out the alcohol intensity. Wish this was always available, more proof that Taiwan is killing it right now.

ANY - Vodka

  • Absolut Oak Barrel Aged Vodka 750ml ($23.99)

Austria - Austria and Hungary

  • 2014 Salomon Undhof Hochterrassen Grüner Veltliner Kremstal ($14.99)
    Jancis Robinson has called Hochterrassen "Probably the best value of the 'everyday' Grüners." According to the producer, "The grapes of this spritzy Grüner Veltliner come from high-altitude terraces in Stein and Krems. Grown on loess-conglomerate soils this dry wine has a lovely bouquet of fine citrus and fresh herbs." Stelvin cap.

France - Alsace

  • 2013 Charles Baur Eichberg Riesling Grand Cru Alsace ($22.99)
    This Grand Cru Alsace Riesling comes from 30-year-old vines grown in a combination of clay and marl soil, rich in sandstones and silicas. Look for fresh, grapefruit aromas, a fruity silky palate, and enjoy with shellfish, chicken with light sauces or as an aperitif with cheese. This is a quiet wine with loads of sneaky power. Don't be afraid to cellar for ten years. This will only become more interesting with time. (Eric Story, Alsace Buyer)

  • 2013 Charles Baur Pinot Blanc Alsace ($11.99)
    This white is soft, creamy and lush, a bit reminiscent of lemon meringue pie, with sweet citrus scents and flavors wrapped in spice. Delicious on its own, this is not a wine that needs a three-course meal to taste good. Try it as an alternative to Chardonnay at your next party. Pinot Blanc has a long tradition in Alsace, and this is an easy-going example to get to know.

France - Armagnac and Cognac

  • Camus Borderie VSOP Cognac 750ml - 6 available ($59.99)
    Camus is the king of the Borderies and the VSOP is an exceptional value by any measure. With a robust aromatic component that's definitely floral, but never perfumed, bringing plenty of fruit and spice to the table as well. You're not in danger of pour a glass of Chanel No. 5. Rich texture and wonderfully developed for a VSOP, this is one of the most elegant Cognac on the shelf.

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 1981 Petrus, Pomerol (High Shoulder) - 1 available ($1,029.99)
    Jancis Robinson: "Very dense crimson. Sweet, sophisticated and covers all the bases. Medium weight for a Petrus but quite velvety for an 81. A very successful 1981 -- as neighbour Certan de May was. 17.5/20 points." (06/2013)

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2012 Château Carignan Prima Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux ($24.99)

  • 2012 de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves ($16.99)

  • 2012 du Tertre, Margaux ($37.99)
    91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a dense, complex wine that’s full of dark tannins piled atop ripe black-plum fruits. The wine has richness as well as lively acidity." (04/2013) 89-92 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh, with punch to the red currant and damson plum fruit, backed by a sleek, modestly toasted finish. A touch shy on depth overall, but well-rendered." (04/2013) 91 points James Suckling: "Very good fruit in this. Medium-to-full body, with integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced ripeness here. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot." (04/2013) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark, bright ruby. Sexy, very fresh aromas of blueberry, raspberry, red licorice and sweet spices are accented by a penetratingly pure violet topnote. Quite bracing and fresh on the palate, with lovely ripe, harmonious acidity lifting and extending the wonderfully pure red cherry and blackcurrant flavors through a long, penetrating finish. This is a superb effort by Du Tertre; I actually like it more than Giscours, its sister property. If the elevage isn't botched, this will go down as a memorable wine, especially in the context of the vintage." (06/2013) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Owned by the proprietors of Giscours, the 2012 Du Tertre is marginally richer and more textured than that cuvee. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of licorice, charcoal, red and black currants, forest floor and background oak. Medium-bodied, well-made and pure with soft tannins and low acidity, it can be drunk over the next 10-12 years. " (04/2013)

  • 2012 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan ($29.99)
    89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper of the vintage, this 2012 offers up scents of smoked meats, charcuterie, balsam wood, black currants and unsmoked cigar tobacco in a juicy, attractive, medium-bodied, well-made, lush style. It should drink well for 10-12 years. (RP)" (04/2013) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is firmly structured while still keeping plenty of fruit. Juicy black currants are balanced by some dusty tannins. It’s an attractive, rich and concentrated wine that will develop well and over the medium-term. Drink from 2017." (05/2015) 90 points James Suckling: "This is an earthy and spicy wine with meat and wet earth character. Medium to full body, fresh acidity and a savory finish. Velvety tannins. Why wait? But better in two or three years." (02/2015) Wine Spectator: "Grippy and brambly in feel for now, with lots of tar and anise notes out front. The core of plum sauce, macerated black currant and fig paste waits in reserve. A hint of charcoal underscores the finish, along with a slightly chewy feel. Should soften a touch with modest cellaring, as there's a good core of fruit here. Best from 2016 through 2020. (Web Only—2015)"

  • 2012 Lascombes, Margaux - 8 available ($74.99)

  • 2012 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux ($49.99)
    93 points James Suckling: "Beautiful aromas and flavors of cassis, ripe black cherries and raspberries. Some earth, too. This is a full-bodied red with silky tannins and a long, fruity finish. Juicy. Better in 2018." (02/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another great wine in this vintage, the 2012 Malescot offers up tremendous level of black fruits, charcoal and intense, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, sensational purity, low acidity and ripe tannins. It is full-bodied, stunning, multidimensional, and a compelling example of this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030+. (RP)" (04/2015) 93 points Wine Spectator: "This is distinctive, with a roasted alder streak running through an enticing core of crushed plum, blackberry and black currant confiture flavors. Long and velvety on the finish, with bay, tobacco and black tea accents checking in. This is suave, with fruit and terroirin spades, particularly for the vintage. Best from 2017 through 2025." (03/2015) 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Barrel sample.* This concentrated wine brings out all the qualities of 2012 -juicy black fruit and great swathes of fresh acidity. It's a finely balanced wine." (04/2013) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright medium red. Lively, very pure aromas of blueberry, raspberry, mocha and violet. Dense and juicy, with bright acidity nicely framing the sweet dark cherry and floral flavors. Finishes long, with tannins that are firm but not dry. A major success in this vintage. (ID)" (06/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Very dense looking. Really interesting nose - draws you in. Cool finish. Pretty snazzy really. Nothing overdone. Great balance. Racy finish. Hint of foxgloves and masses of still unformed fruit. This should be interesting to follow. Drink 2020-2045. (17.5/20 points)" (04/2013)

  • 2012 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol ($149.99)