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2014 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Pucelles"
Review Date: 02-03-2016
A very toasty nose with a round, rich, creamy palate, the “Les Pucelles” shows a juicy texture and bright, clean acidity on the finish. Very nice balance and complexity, this wine should age well. Tasted at the property in October of 2015.
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VN 89 - 92

2014 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet
Review Date: 02-03-2016
Tasted at the property in October of 2015 – The Puligny Montrachet is quite fresh and yet still shows a very rich and layered middle palate with hints of baked apples, pear and green olive. This round, almost creamy wine should be wonderful to drink upon its release.
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VN 87 - 90

2014 Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis
Review Date: 01-26-2016
The Louis Moreau Chablis shows very “classic” Chablis-like flavors and texture. Its racy acidity and mineral driven backbone keeps the wine in perfect balances with its rich middle fruit. For under $20 this is quite serious Chablis.
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2013 Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulignot"
Review Date: 01-26-2016
More depth and richness then the straight Chablis, the "Vaulignot" shows lots of wet stone fruit, citrus hints and a round, creamy finish.
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2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis
Review Date: 01-23-2016
Tightly wound, with tons wet stone fruit and lemon, this wine is an absolute stunner and a great buy when it comes to A.O.C. Chablis. Still quite young, let this wine air out a bit before you drink it to allow its texture and flavors to truly shine! Seriously good!

2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur"
Review Date: 01-20-2016
Barrel Tasted 10/19/2015 - One of the more concentrated wines in his lineup, the Valmur is rich and deep with layers of fruit that pile up upon one another in your mouth. Wonderful purity and length! Great pick for the cellar.

2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudesir"
Review Date: 01-20-2016
Barrel Tasted 10/19/2015 - Delicious now, the Vaudesir shows lots of perfume, a creamy texture and fleshy mid-palate. This wine shows a lovely spicy characteristic with a great balance.

2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin 1er Cru Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre"
Review Date: 01-20-2016
Barrel Tasted 10/19/2015 - Exotic aromas, lots of complexity in the mouth, very rich in the middle with excellent length and a creamy, round finish. One of my favorites.
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2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"
Review Date: 01-20-2016
Barrel Tasted – 10/19/2015 – Very perfumed, rich, concentrated and broad in the mouth, this wine has a ton of power but also shows finesse. The finish is silky and lingers for at least a minute. A rich, opulent wine that should age quite well.
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2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains"
Review Date: 01-20-2016
Barrel Tasted - 10/19/2015 - Very nutty aromas, round and creamy in the mouth, juicy texture, quite open and approachable even at this early stage. Love the purity and fleshy mouth feel, with still plenty of acidity to hold it together. Excellent wine!
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2013 Maison L'Envoye Morgon "Cote du Py"
Review Date: 01-19-2016
Inexpensive Red Burgundy that actually tastes good is almost impossible to find these days. If we expand our search to the south, there are some really good values to be had. The 2013 Maison L’Envoye Morgon “Cote du Py” is one of them. It is a wonderfully expressive and juicy wine, that shows quite a dark color, a deep middle core, lots of bright red fruits and a lingering finish. This is a great buy if you are looking for a well made, easy to drink value red from the region.
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2011 Coutet, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 11-30-2015
Bright and lemony, very concentrated, intense and crisp, with laser beam focus and lots of acidity. One for the cellar.

2013 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-03-2015
Clos du Val always makes a more restrained style of Cabernet from Napa Valley. In good vintages with warm conditions, this wine can be one of the best values in Napa! The 2013 shows a wonderful balance between ripe fruit and earthy flavors. It is medium-full bodied in the mouth with a wonderfully velvety texture. The tannins are present but ever-so ripe and integrated. Great buy for under $30 Napa Cabernet!
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VN 95 JS 92

Opus One "Overture" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 10-08-2015
This release of Overture is a blend of 2010, 2011 and 2012. These 3 very different vintages combined to make a very interesting wine. A bit of power is coming from the 2010, acidity, finesse and complexity is coming from the 2011 and a big wallop of fruit is coming from the 2012. The Overture is made in the exactly same facilities, uses the same fruit sources and is made by the same wine-making team as Opus One. It just sells for less than half the price! Opus makes this wine to drink upon release and this wine is drinking excellent right now.
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2012 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour - Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-05-2015
The George de Latour’s fruit comes from fruit originally planted by Georges de Latour in the early 1900s. The 2012’s dark chewy fruit is broad and rich in the mouth. Hints of coco powder, mocha and Asian spice are followed by firm but ripe tannins that grab you. This is a very solid wine and should age quite well for the next 10-15 years.
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RP 94 VN 93

2012 Inglenook "Cask" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-05-2015
Now firmly in the hands of Francis Ford Coppola, the Inglenook wines are starting to show some of the winery's old glory in the bottle. The 2012 “Cask” shows a ton of blackberry and red currant fruit that jumps from the glass with hints of cedar, mint and spice that linger in the back.
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RP 93 VN 92

2012 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 375ml
Review Date: 09-22-2015
Tasted in the Fall of 2014, this wine is in quite a different style then the 2011(which we tasted together). The 2012 is pure California Cabernet, with a big, rich and ripe fruit backbone that carries on through the finish. The wine is dense and the tannins are chewy. Lots of power, this wine will age for many years and should prove to be a classic!
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RP 97 ST 93 - 96 WS 94
Limit of 6 per customer

2012 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L
Review Date: 09-22-2015
Tasted in the Fall of 2014, this wine is in quite a different style then the 2011(which we tasted together). The 2012 is pure California Cabernet, with a big, rich and ripe fruit backbone that carries on through the finish. The wine is dense and the tannins are chewy. Lots of power, this wine will age for many years and should prove to be a classic!
Price: $1,099.00 Add To Cart
RP 97 ST 93 - 96 WS 94
Limit of 6 per customer

2013 Challen "Scarlett" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-18-2015
Lately I have been super impressed with the wines from the Santa Maria appellation! The 2013 Challen “Scarlett” Santa Maria Pinot Noir is a great example of a Pinot at a reasonably price point from this appellation. It is a wonderfully fleshy, fruit-forward wine that still shows balance and elegance. Strawberry jam, red currants, cloves and hints of sweet tea are followed by a soft, silky finish. Very tasty!
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2012 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-15-2015
Tasted in the Fall of 2014, this wine is in quite a different style then the 2011(which we tasted together). The 2012 is pure California Cabernet, with a big, rich and ripe fruit backbone that carries on through the finish. The wine is dense and the tannins are chewy. Lots of power, this wine will age for many years and should prove to be a classic!

2013 Domaine Remi Jobard Bourgogne Blanc Nouvelle Vignes
Review Date: 08-20-2015
This wine comes from newly acquired parcels planted with, what the winery describes as "young vines”. At 35 years old I am not sure I quite get the “young vine” reference, but what really matters is what is in the bottle. This is a tremendously fresh, lively and crisp Bourgogne Blanc that shows clean, rich and complex fruit, along with its citric backbone. Very serious Bourgogne Blanc!
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2012 Domaine Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 08-18-2015
Henri Boillot's son Guillaume is now overseeing the production of the reds for both the Maison and Domaine operations. 2013 vintage required a ton of work in the vineyards, in the cellars and on the sorting table. Guillaume did a fine job with this wine as it shows the pretty fruit of the vintage, along with a wonderful freshness and purity that lingers on the finish.
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VN 88 - 90

2012 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey "Clos Rond"
Review Date: 08-18-2015
The Mercurey Clos Rond comes from a single vineyard in Mercurey that is owned completely by Faiveley. Quite a lot of body here for the money, the “Clos Rond” shows red cherry and strawberry fruit upfront , with lots of minerals and earthy notes that linger on the finish. This wine has a nice little punch to it and opens up nicely with some air or decanting.
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2012 Maison Roche de Bellene "Vieilles Vignes" Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 08-18-2015
Maison Roche de Bellene is a new project in Burgundy founded by famed winemaker Nicholas Potel. His focus is on individual terroirs from old vines (40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. This is a wonderfully fresh and clean wine that blends fresh, bright red fruits with hints of minerals and spice. It is an easy wine to pair with lighter summer dishes.
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2014 Domaine de Biéville (Louis Moreau) Chablis
Review Date: 08-12-2015
Great Value! This mineral-driven wine is crisp, flinty, bright and lively. The finish grabs you and seems to awaken the taste buds. Delicious!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2013 Domaine Latour-Giraud "Genevrieres" Meursault 1er Cru
Review Date: 08-11-2015
Domaine Latour Giraud owns 2.5 hectares of the 16 hectare Genevrieres vineyard in the heart of Meursault. I had a chance to taste this wine in Early August and it showed terrific. Initially upfront the nose is quite toasty with an almost exotic fruit component. In the mouth, hints of wild flower, sage and creamy fruit coat the palate, while the finish is vibrant and focused. This wine shows well now but its sweet spot may still be a few years away.

2012 Grable Vineyards "House Creek" Knights Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-10-2015
Grable Estate Vineyard sits 510 feet above sea level at the base of Mount St. Helena in the Knights Valley appellation. Grable Vineyards' focus is on Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietals. The 2012 House Creek Chardonnay is extremely rich and layered in the mouth. It shows a ton of ripeness balanced by a deep core of minerality and citrus hints. Only 20% of the French oak is new, so most of the texture and creaminess is coming from the fruit, not the wood. To me this wine shows similar to a Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay, even though the two vineyards are nowhere near each other.
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2010 Grable "Liquid Twitter" Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-10-2015
Grable Estate Vineyard sits 510 feet above sea level at the base of Mount St. Helena in the Knights Valley appellation. Grable Vineyards' focus is on Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietals. The Liquid Twitter is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc. This wine shows a wonderful purity of fruit that feels almost silky in the mouth. Its soft, fleshy texture is well balanced and the finish is fresh and not heavy.
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2012 Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur Clos Vougeot Grand Cru "Musigni"
Review Date: 05-06-2015
One of my favorite producers is Domaine Gros Frère & Soeur. The style of the property is pretty straightforward: Big, rich and ripe fruit with a healthy dose of new oak. In good vintages, the wines of Gros Frère are voluptuous, bordering exotic. His wines drink and show well young, which is another reason I really like this property—as patience is not one of my virtues. The 2012 Musigni is a serious wine, jam- packed with intense fruit, lots of spicy undertones, hints of bacon fat, smoke and black cherry fruit. This wine shows quite a bit of structure and power, so you might want to put it in the cellar for 5-10 years.

2012 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-04-2014
The 2012 Napa explodes from the glass, while the texture is rich, decadent and lush in the mouth. There is lots of structure and tannin here but the tannins are juicy and ripe. Still a baby, this is a big wine that is surprisingly drinkable at this stage but will keep improving in the bottle over the next 5-10 years.
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JS 91 WS 90

2011 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-04-2014
In warm vintages such as 2007, I feel Insignia is too much for me. The cooler 2011 vintage really allows this wine to still have that typical Phelps fruit but with much more restraint and a bit more elegance and finesse. This is a solid effort for the vintage!

2012 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-04-2014
Fans of California Cabernet will love this wine. It is rich, concentrated in the mouth with blackberry fruit, graphite and spicy oak, which lingers in the back. What I loved about this wine is the richness of fruit without being sweet. There is structure and tannin but it is balanced, seamless and silky on the finish
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 WE 91

2013 Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 09-08-2014
Perfumy nose, lots of clove, cinnamon, spice and cedar flavors followed by red currant boysenberry pie fruit. Tannins are fine and ripe. Balanced and fresh! Delicious crunchy fruit! 92-94 points.

2013 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 09-04-2014
Pretty floral fruit, spicy, red currants, focused and balanced, fresh, tannins are integrated and firm--will be a wine to buy if price is right. 89-91 points.

2013 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 08-04-2014
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2013 Calon Segur shows aromas and flavors of coffee, black tea, red cherries and dried tobacco leaf. This is a rustic style wine in every vintage, but I do find the 2013 to have plenty of fruit to carry through to the finish. Tannins are firm and sturdy. 89-91 points.

2013 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-14-2014
This wine has a crazy nose. My first thought was a young J. Swan Zinfandel - that is how ripe this wine was in the nose. In the mouth it calms down a bit, revealing its Cabernet backbone and displaying surprising freshness and acidity. This is a very interesting wine that should drink well young. 91-93 points.

2013 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-14-2014
Composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, the 2013 is an open-knit, dark and lush wine that coats the palate with fruit and flavors of mocha and black currants. Tannins are integrated and ripe but still firm. It's a tad strong, but really a solid effort, bordering on the exotic. 91-93 points.

2013 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-14-2014
Classic Pauillac, with black licorice and black currant aromas and flavors. There's lots of fruit and tannin but it stays balanced, with nice, silky mid-palate fruit and a tannic finish. 89-91 points.

2013 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-14-2014
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2013 Montrose is tight, tannic and closed right now. Rustic. The fruit was hard to find. We tasted this wine twice and I have similar notes. English tasters seemed to think the wines was excellent, however. Maybe not for the American palate?

2013 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 05-14-2014
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. Lots of cola, licorice, red currants, smoke and cedar. Good fruit, ripe tannins, medium bodied, balanced and fresh. Fine tannins. Good value! Early drinker. Long, fresh and lingering finish. Sleeper. 91-93 points. Ralph: I'm absolutely wild about this wine! So much more sweet fruit to enjoy, hints of passion fruit and perfectly ripe grapes. Round and lush, this wine may not live as long as the first wine but it is flat out delicious and will be the first wine I buy. **

2013 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-14-2014
The 2013 Cos is a solid effort. On the nose, the wine reveals toasty and exotic aromas with hints of coco powder and graphite. The fruit is spicy, full and balanced on the palate with firm but ripe tannins which hold the wine together. I would expect this will to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. 91-93 points.

2013 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-13-2014
For the first time ever, Pichon-Lalande is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is very lush and rich in the mouth, showing classic sweet herb, coffee flavors and hints of mocha. Tannins are ripe and sweet with a lingering finish. Should be an early drinker! 91-93 points.

2013 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 05-12-2014
A solid effort for the vintage! Plenty of upfront fruit, spice and hints of toasty oak, this wine has plenty of structure and tannin that is still integrated into the wine. The 2013 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot. 87-89 points.

2013 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-09-2014
Loaded with flavors of crushed berries, sweet bright high toned fruit and ripe, juicy tannins. Shows well! 88-90 points.

2013 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux
Review Date: 05-08-2014
Big and chewy, dark, meaty fruit, smoke, big tannins, masculine wine; 88-90 points.

2013 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-07-2014
A bit tight now, but still well-balanced, with nice fruit and lots of length. Tannins are firm and dry, and there's lots of grip on the palate. Tannic finish. May come together with some time in the barrel. 89-91 points.

2013 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-05-2014
A blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the VCC was showing excellent on the day we visited the property. It was delicious even at this young stage and I imagine it will be a wine that will show well early in its life. Lots of lush, mouthwatering fruit that lingers onto the finish. Tannins are integrated and ripe. 92-94 points.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 - 96 VN 90 - 93 WS 90 - 93
Limit of 6 per customer

2012 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-05-2014
When we tasted this wine I thought it was a bit shut down on the nose, but the palate was showing everything it had. Very rich and intense, the fruit showed a bit of a meaty quality along with flavors of black cherry, smoke and cassis. It is a darker, juicier style wine that does show some bigger tannins on the finish. Still balanced, this wine should be a good early- to mid-term drinker.

2013 Margaux, Margaux
Review Date: 05-01-2014
The 2013 Margaux is not as opulent as usual and a bit closed now. Nevertheless, it has a juicy texture and fine tannins, displaying ripe plum flavors accented by cola notes. It's not not super concentrated and I was hoping for more, but this is an early drinking vintage. 90-92 points.

2013 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-01-2014
The 2013 Margaux is not as opulent as usual and a bit closed now. Nevertheless, it has a juicy texture and fine tannins, displaying ripe plum flavors accented by cola notes. It's not not super concentrated and I was hoping for more, but this is an early drinking vintage. 90-92 points.

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