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2015 Labadie, Médoc
Review Date: 08-06-2018
Another gem from the lovely 2015 vintage! While folks argue over the merits of 2015 against other elite years, it is without a doubt one of the great value vintages we've seen for a long time. Aromas of ripe plum, graphite, and sage lead to a medium bodied palate full of soft red fruit, fine textured tannins, and a mouthwatering finish that leads you to the next sip. A perfect weeknight wine if there ever was one, it is an all-too-easy to enjoy charmer that should be stashed away in quantity and enjoyed anytime now or over the next ten years.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2013 Poderi Colla "Bussia Dardi Le Rose" Barolo
Review Date: 08-03-2018
Between the orange-red color and soft floral nose, there's no mistaking this as anything but Barolo. Silky and seamless, this is a true classic that is lined with dark red fruit, tar, and tannins that are chewy in the best way possible. This is about four hours after being opened and hitting its stride (if young Barolo is your thing). That said, any collector who has the time and patience to do this justice will most likely have a remarkable wine in the years to come that will rival its more expensive peers. A terrific find from the ever-impressive 2013 vintage. Drink 2023 to 2035.

2013 Negretti Barolo
Review Date: 08-01-2018
As a long-time Barolo fan, I can't say I've run into a bottle from Negretti to date. Their 2013 is impressive enough that I won't soon forget the name. The aromas are delicate and hit the floral and red fruit nose classic to Nebbiolo. But the palate steals the show with hints of blood orange, fine red cherry, and a pure, seamless texture that shows a pedigree and refinement rarely found in a entry-level offering. For well under $40, this is one that should be in collector's cellars and will be enjoyable now with a decant or anytime over the next fifteen years.
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JS 94

2015 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-31-2018
Fontalloro is one of those wines that ages beautifully but carries a price-point that makes it all-too-easy to pull the cork. One of the world's great Sangioveses, and one of the top Super Tuscans for the money, it is a joy in great vintages like 2015. It starts of with exceptional aromatics that are highlighted by extremely focused and bright red fruits and hints of baking spices. Lined with explosive acidity, the palate is fresh with layers of tart red fruits and plentiful, but very fine tannin. There's great purity here from start to finish. Very tightly wound, there is tons of potential here but it is already flat-out delicious. Give it a nice long decant if drinking young, or hold for five years before drinking over the following 10-15.
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VN 92 - 95

2015 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana
Review Date: 07-31-2018
Fontalloro is one of those wines that ages beautifully but carries a price-point that makes it all-too-easy to pull the cork. One of the world's great Sangioveses, and one of the top Super Tuscans for the money, it is a joy in great vintages like 2015. It starts of with exceptional aromatics that are highlighted by extremely focused and bright red fruits and hints of baking spices. Lined with explosive acidity, the palate is fresh with layers of tart red fruits and plentiful, but very fine tannin. There's great purity here from start to finish. Very tightly wound, there is tons of potential here but it is already flat-out delicious. Give it a nice long decant if drinking young, or hold for five years before drinking over the following 10-15.

2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Côte de Léchet"
Review Date: 07-31-2018
If I'm looking for a bottle of refined, over-performing, old-world Chardonnay at K&L, the first thing I check is to see if we have any Chablisienne left, specifically the 2014s. Coming from one of the world's great value producers, this co-op seems to over-deliver year-to-year and deserves its best-seller status. Case in point is their 2014 "Côte de Léchet." Slightly up the road from Vaillons and Montmains, it is a bit more under the radar, but delivers in spades in this famed vintage. Focused citrus and bright red apple on the nose leads to an impeccably balanced and seamless palate that reflects the citrus notes and pairs with stone fruit and a subtle minerality. It also carries an impressively seamless texture, something that I adore in great bottlings from Chablisienne. For my tastes, it'll be hard to find a better bottle of Chardonnay in the store for this price, but I expect this parcel won't last long.

2014 Varner "Upper Picnic Block - Spring Ridge Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-24-2018
What a great bottle! I tried this after being open for a day and perhaps that helped, but the pedigree is undeniable and the quality reminds me why I adore the Varner wines year in and year out. For Pinot at this price point from anywhere, it hardly gets better as far as I'm concerned. Starting with aromatics full of pure raspberry with a touch of forest floor and vanilla (although only 25% new oak...) it leads to a palate that's seamless in texture, has bright acidity, and is lined with bright red fruits, a slight floral note, and a very long finish that's lined with sweet baking spices. This is Grand Cru Pinot at a village-level price and one that any savvy collector shouldn't miss. Drink now with a decant or enjoy anytime over the next 5 to 15 years.
Price: $44.95 Add To Cart
RP 95 VN 95

2010 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 07-24-2018
For a lesson in deeply structured and complex Bordeaux, look no further than 2010 Montrose. A towering wine that will require patience, it will also deeply reward those who see it through. Although the 2009 is more renowned, the difference between it and the 2010 will a matter of personal preference in time. Deeply pitched with graphite, dark red and black fruits, it has plentiful but well integrated fine tannins and a resounding finish. Plan a day around decanting this gem, or wait another five years before opening. When this opens up, it will provide a few decades of enjoyment.

2009 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC
Review Date: 07-24-2018
Tasted with Jean-Michel Cazes at a vertical tasting in San Francisco in June 2018. Served alongside the more classic-leaning 2005, there was no doubting the caliber of this tremendous vintage for Lynch Bages. At first there was a conversation about 2005 vs. 2009, but with a bit of air and a meal to consider the wines over, the 2009 came out a strong winner of not only the flight, but perhaps an evening that also saw the '96, '00, '14, and '15. 2009 Lynch Bages borrows the best of the estate and vintage and will be one to follow closely for the years to come. Every Bordeaux cellar should have a strong compliment of Lynch Bages, and the 2009 is not to be missed.

2009 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 07-24-2018
Tasted with Jean-Michel Cazes at a vertical tasting in San Francisco in June 2018. Served alongside the more classic-leaning 2005, there was no doubting the caliber of this tremendous vintage for Lynch Bages. At first there was a conversation about 2005 vs. 2009, but with a bit of air and a meal to consider the wines over, the 2009 came out a strong winner of not only the flight, but perhaps an evening that also saw the '96, '00, '14, and '15. 2009 Lynch Bages borrows the best of the estate and vintage and will be one to follow closely for the years to come. Every Bordeaux cellar should have a strong compliment of Lynch Bages, and the 2009 is not to be missed.

2015 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-23-2018
Felsina Rancia from a great vintage is one of the best buys in the store at this kind of pricing and continues to be one of the absolute gems of the wine world. On the heels of the amazing, bestselling, and stunning 2013, the 2015 is carrying a some big press and a vintage that has many collectors excited. Thankfully, as always, 2015 Rancia delivers. A bit more compact than the 2013, it is a layered Chianti that shows a mix of deep red and black fruit, a bit of clove and sage, and a lengthy finish. An overtly ageworthy wine, I'd argue that it is also impossible to resist young with a few hours decant. Rancia remains one of the reference-point wines in Tuscany, and the 2015 speaks volumes as to why.

2015 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 07-23-2018
Felsina Rancia from a great vintage is one of the best buys in the store at this kind of pricing and continues to be one of the absolute gems of the wine world. On the heels of the amazing, bestselling, and stunning 2013, the 2015 is carrying a some big press and a vintage that has many collectors excited. Thankfully, as always, 2015 Rancia delivers. A bit more compact than the 2013, it is a layered Chianti that shows a mix of deep red and black fruit, a bit of clove and sage, and a lengthy finish. An overtly ageworthy wine, I'd argue that it is also impossible to resist young with a few hours decant. Rancia remains one of the reference-point wines in Tuscany, and the 2015 speaks volumes as to why.

2016 Oakridge Estate "Willowlake Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 07-09-2018
Oakridge is one of K&L's most rewarding direct-import properties and their 2016 Willowlake Chardonnay speaks volumes to that fact. It is simply delicious Chardonnay that will leave most sub-$20 whites in envy. Plentiful stonefruit pairs with bright citrus, a great white stone minerality, a terrific texture, and good depth. It is a light-to-medium body Chardonnay that shows depth but retains a sense of elegance at the same time. Nearly impossible to resist (especially in screwcap), it should be stocked up for anybody looking for a go to white this summer, or the next 3-6 years to follow.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JH 97

2017 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol
Review Date: 06-22-2018
Easily one of the wines of the vintage, although perhaps no surprise considering the immense quality of VCC these days. Aromatically it wasn't giving much, but it was explosive on the palate with waves of bright black and red fruits. The wine finishes with incredibly defined, dusty tannins that add to an extremely complex and layered wine. The pedigree is undeniable here and it will be an ageworthy wine to follow for a few decades.

2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 6-pack in OWC
Review Date: 06-21-2018
Pessac 2017s that had a good chunk of Cab Franc tended to shine in early tastings where others struggled - such was the case for Carmes Haut Brion (41% this vintage). The aroma is pure cassis where the palate is clean, elegant, and packed with red fruit (strawberry, cherry), tobacco, and very fine tannins. One of those under-the-radar properties that took a big turn for the better in 2014, the 2017 caps off a string of four very fine vintages for Carmes. Drink 2021 to 2032.

2016 Pence Ranch Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-21-2018
What I'm struck by with Pence Ranch's SRH Pinot is the balance and elegance. In a region that can often see very big wines, Pence Ranch finds a way to carry the concentration without being overdone. Bright plum, delightful minerality, and cool acidity are among a melange of nuances found in this bottling. Crafted by one of the iconic winemakers of the region (Sashi Moorman of Sandhi, Stolpman) it is a triumph for the price and a bottle that is tasty now but will reward patience for those who can resist pulling the cork.
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RP 93 WE 92

2016 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-21-2018
The last few years this has been one of the best value Cabs in the store and I adore the new 2016. It is a big, rich style of Cabernet that shows it's Washington roots. But what the 2016 achieves over the 2015 is a touch more balance and tension at a young age. And make no mistakes, at $15 most of these will be opened early so that accessibility is a big win. Packed with deep red and black fruit, it carries notes of chocolate, sage, and vanilla. It that perfect punches-above-its-weight domestic Cabernet that's often sought and rarely found. If this was from California it would easily be $30. Simply put, it's hard to find this much wine for $15, just one of the reasons it is a bottle I find myself going back to again and again.

2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 06-14-2018
We decanted for about four hours, but even the first pour on opening had a "wow" factor. Very pure deep red fruit lines impressive aromatics that give way to a touch of sage and smokiness. Pure silk on the palate, there are waves of very bright black fruit propped by impressive acidity. The balance is also impressive - this is no heavyweight, instead it strikes a great balance of energy and tension to support the depth of flavor and a very impressive, lingering finish. Extremely polished, this will be very hard to resist opening even at this age, but it will most likely be a 15-20 year wine all the same. Northern Rhone collectors shouldn't miss this, but anybody who is curious about what a banner vintage brings to this region should give it a go.

2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 06-14-2018
We decanted for about four hours, but even the first pour on opening had a "wow" factor. Very pure deep red fruit lines impressive aromatics that give way to a touch of sage and smokiness. Pure silk on the palate, there are waves of very bright black fruit propped by impressive acidity. The balance is also impressive - this is no heavyweight, instead it strikes a great balance of energy and tension to support the depth of flavor and a very impressive, lingering finish. Extremely polished, this will be very hard to resist opening even at this age, but it will most likely be a 15-20 year wine all the same. Northern Rhone collectors shouldn't miss this, but anybody who is curious about what a banner vintage brings to this region should give it a go.

2017 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-12-2018
2017 Mouton was a very strong showing among the First Growths. The aromatics are heavenly, highlighted by graphite and red/black berry fruit. Plum, fine chocolate, currant, and wild red cherry line the extremely silky palate. It shows the accessible character of the vintage while remaining cool and bright throughout. Very compelling, it is one worth following through release and should be among the best of the vintage in due time. Drink 2022 to 2037.

2017 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-07-2018
Another superb vintage from the treasured terroir of Clos Fourtet. It is a property that has wavered on the modern side of the spectrum in the past decade but is finding a terrific sweet spot these days with a more balanced, vineyard-first approach. Terrific aromatics lead to a refined, red-and-black fruited palate with hints of dark chocolate and baking spices. The purity here is impressive and given time it will be a wine of terrific pedigree.

2015 Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-07-2018
This 2015 starts off with dense but very expressive aromatics of deep red/black fruit, forest floor, and vanilla. The palate is layered with brighter red fruit (plum, cherry) and fine grain, mouthcoating tannins. Although the aromatics imply a pretty imposing red, there is a freshness on the palate that highlights a level of refinement. Good balanced Napa Cabernet, and very compelling for the price. With its recent press, this is not long for the shelves.
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart
DC 97

2010 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-05-2018
The last time I tasted this wine was on release in 2013 - a wine full of depth and terrific potential, but massive and structured like many a great 2010. Now, five years on, it is starting to unfurl into something terrific. On the nose there is some secondary notes underneath layers of deep red and black fruit, baking spices, vanilla, and graphite. The palate shows more primary notes of pure black fruit, super-fine tannin, and a wonderfully long finish. It reminded me a bit of their 2000 and could easily resemble it in the next 10-15 years, perhaps with a bit more purity and focus.

2015 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 06-05-2018
There is a great perfume here, with deep red fruit and a spiciness that could put it in the Côte de Nuits. The palate is almost effortless with great purity, bright acid, crunchy red fruit, and impressive depth. It lingers with notes of baking spices and stays light on its feet through a compelling finish. If I had the patience, I would watch this evolve over the next five to ten years. But as good as it is now, and at this price, it's going to be difficult to resist. Another superb effort from the folks at Mount Edward.

2016 Martin Ray Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-01-2018
Refined, complex, and rewarding Pinot Noir is something we always search for, and when it comes in at under $20 it quickly becomes one of our most popular wines. This has all the signs of being that best-selling gem of 2018. Expressive aromatics of red flowers, currant, mint, and bing cherry lead to a luxuriously textured palate full of bright red fruit. The finish lingers, carrying on for a good thirty seconds. Splendid by itself, there's enough spice, grip, and acidity that it will pair beautifully with a variety of meals. Enjoy anytime over the next five-plus years, but don't miss out on it while it's still available.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 94

2015 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-01-2018
Coming from the eight-acre, north-facing plot of the Diamond Creek Estate, 2015 Volcanic Hill is deeply aromatic with perfumed floral notes and dark red fruits. On the palate it shows great purity with raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, and baking spices. Bright acidity carries a long and vibrant finish in this complex and lasting wine.
Price: $219.99 Add To Cart
CG 95 JS 94

2015 Diamond Creek "Red Rock Terrace" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-01-2018
2015 Red Rock Terrace leads with aromas that alternate between deep cassis and a gravelly minterality that highlights the terraced terroir on the slope abutting the winery. There is bold red and black fruit that fills the mid-palate, and a dynamic finish that introduces nuances of leather and vanilla. Compact, it shows all the promise of a great evolution. Drink 2023 to 2040.
Price: $219.99 Add To Cart
CG 97

2015 Diamond Creek "Gravelly Meadow" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-01-2018
Remarkably concentrated, the 2015 Gravelly Meadow is a wine that leaves you imagining what it will have in store over the years. It is layered with deep blue and pure black fruit. Dense and layered, there is good acid to lift the flavors that lead to a lengthy, persistent finish with fine grain oak and fruit tannin. Patience will certainly be required here, but those who take the time to follow it will find a stunning example of the modern era at Diamond Creek. Drink 2023 to 2040.
Price: $219.99 Add To Cart
CG 93

2014 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 06-01-2018
When tasting at Colgin, our host Paul Roberts said of the 2014 vintage "in a perfect world, this is what we'd do every year." Two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, the balance is a good portion of Cab Franc (16%) and Merlot (12%), with the remainder Petit Verdot. It is one of the more aromatically striking examples we experienced on a trip of some of Napa's finest estates, with deep red and black fruit, sage, and thyme. The IX Estate gives you the impression it is going to be a big wine, but then it is cool, composed, and relatively elegant on the palate with a remarkable minerality and superb texture. Mouth coating fine tannin carries flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and forest floor. Endlessly complex and regal, it is a remarkable wine that could easily cellar centerpiece while aging gracefully for two decades or more.

2017 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-30-2018
A slightly reticent nose gives way to a palate chalk full of dark chocolate, vanilla, and blackberry. The wine is remarkably textured, and continues to show nuance throughout with pine, french oak, and pure red fruit. Mouthwatering acid keeps it lifted and adds length. It is a structured Montrose and a strong showing for the vintage. Montrose continues on a qualitative roll that is the envy of many in Bordeaux and beyond. Drink 2025 to 2035.

2017 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-30-2018
This was a consensus success for our team at En Primeur and we were fortunate enough to be able to taste it multiple times. For a vintage that saw a lot of easygoing and accessible wines, Leoville Barton showed its usual grip and structure. Complex aromas of black cherry and vanilla lead to a signature bright red fruit core and fine grain tannins. Great for the vintage and a wine that will need time. A high percentage of Cabernet (93%) this vintage. Drink 2025 through 2035.

2010 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-30-2018
Tasted at the property. This is one of the first great wines that exemplifies the fruition of Opus One's new generation let by Michael Silacci. He took over in 2001 and it takes years for such a large-scale improvement to take root, but the proof looms large in the splendid 2010. Bright, fresh, and clean, its deep aromatics scream high quality Napa cab. Very young even at age eight, the palate is filled with bright red fruit, balanced acidity, and a very impressive textural refinement. It is a well-proportioned, restrained wine that made the most of a cool growing season. This will certainly be a classic for them over the years and is a great reference-point wine for the new generation at Opus. Although hard to resist, another few years in the cellar will help and it will easily go twenty years from here.

2007 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-30-2018
Tasted at the property. From the infamous 2007 growing season in Napa, it is a poster child for a rich, modern vintage and also a fine Opus that highlights the property in the middle of their qualitative rise that took them through the decade. In an ideal drinking window, the 2007 shows plenty of ripeness, a nuanced secondary earthiness, and lush fruit. It is aromatically complex and loaded with dried cherry, good acid, and a layered finish. If you're looking for something that encapsulates 2007 Napa and a bottle that you can open now, this Opus fits that bill.

2017 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-29-2018
Another solid Lynch Bages from an estate that seems to go from one strength to another. Graphite, pine, and blackberry lead very fine aromas that precede flavors of bright black fruit, integrated tannin, and a general easy-going profile. Very accessible for such a young Lynch Bages, well made for the vintage, and one to enjoy while waiting for the 2016 (or even 2010) to come around. Drink 2021 to 2031.

2010 Calera "de Villiers" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-25-2018
I remember purchasing this gem on release thinking that I would give it the patience it deserves...and then I drank all of them in their youth. This bottle makes me wish I had waited! Beautiful aromatics lead with ripe strawberry and forest floor. On the palate it combines bright acidity, cranberry, and vanilla with a superb elegance, fine tannins, and great detail. There is a reason that Calera is a benchmark property for ageworthy Pinot, and it is clearly exhibited in this 2010 De Villiers.

2013 Giovanni Manzone "Castelletto" Barolo
Review Date: 05-15-2018
Always a great value, Manzone's Castelletto is another winner in 2013. Nice floral notes combine with leather and black cherry aromas. As is a signature with these wines, the texture is splendid and seamless. There is more juicy red fruit on the mid-palate than you see with the more compact, layered Bricat. It is mouthfilling and mouthwatering at the same time with chewy tannins and terrific persistence. This will be a more immediate wine of the releases from Mazone, but strong for it all the same. Decant for a few hours if you're in to younger Barolo, or cellar for a few years and enjoy over the following decade.
Price: $47.99 Add To Cart
VN 95 RP 92

2013 Giovanni Manzone "Bricat" Barolo
Review Date: 05-15-2018
Manzone is always on my radar for collectible Barolo that won't break the bank, and their 2013s are in a real sweetspot. Rose, lavender, bright strawberry, and french vanilla lead a subtle but enticing aromas. On the palate the Bricat is incredibly silky and seamless with great extract. Deep red cherry builds with a bright acidity that carries the finish. The tannins are gentle and a mix between oak and fruit. Very compelling, this will be one to either give a healthy decant or squirrel away for a few years. It does have the stuffing to evolve into something very rewarding, but that's probably about five to seven years out.

2016 Halcón "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands Syrah
Review Date: 05-15-2018
We've been big fans of Paul Gordon and Scott Shapley for a while now, and the last few vintages of their Alturas Syrah have been nothing short of thrilling. Now professional reviewers Jeb Dunnuck and William Kelley are singing their praise with every new publication, including endless comparisons to Northern Rhone all-stars. These wines are not long for this kind of ridiculously low price. Aromatics include deep blackberry, black pepper, and braising herbs. The palate is pure and focused with cool dark red and black fruits, cured meats, and a spicy finish. Texturally pure and balanced, it has a very unique old-world reserve and will be fascinating to visit over the upcoming years. If you can resist, hold for a few years and drink for the following fifteen.

2016 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas
Review Date: 05-14-2018
What a stunner. The 2015 stood out for our team as a truly special wine - balanced, bright, and elegant while carrying the concentration of the vintage with pure class. The 2016 has another dimension - deeper fruit and more structure, but not so intimidating that it's not ready to go now with a healthy decant. Waves of deep red fruit and garrigue marry perfectly with a chalky minerality, bright acidity, fine grain tannins, and a resilient and long finish. If this is a sign of things to come for 2016 Southern Rhone, we're in for some special wines. This, however, might be one of the biggest overachievers of the vintage - one that any old school or new wave Grenache/CdP lover should load up on while available. Enjoy now with some air, or check in anytime over the next ten to fifteen years.

2014 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Bright red fruit lines complex and intriguing aromatics on Dunn's flagship 2014 Howell Mountain. It is extremely silky on the palate with focused acidity, and compelling bright but textured plum, cherry, and currant. Like the Napa, it is very elegant and accessible, but there is an elevated depth, density, and refinement that shows through on this bottling. Another great collectible in the classic, old-school mold, try to wait a few years before opening and enjoy over the following fifteen years.

2014 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Dunn Napa is around half Coombsville and half Howell Mountain estate fruit. It is a stunningly approachable vintage for the Dunn family, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty in reserve. Subtle cassis leads a compact palate that leads to plum, black cherry, and red cherry skins. Clean and approachable, it is a charming vintage of Dunn Napa and one that will be fascinating to follow over the years to come. That said, if you were to pull the cork right now it wouldn't disappoint.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 VN 90

2015 Eisele Vineyards "Altagracia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Eisele is one of Napa's most intriguing properties, with an illustrious history and a truly unique take on one of the region's most cherished vineyards. Recently purchased by the team at Latour, they have come to adore the land from which they craft two Cab-based reds. Altagracia is mostly produced from three specific vineyard blocks that lend towards a brighter, more approachable style. The wine is full of bright red fruit and is extremely elegant. It is a wine of restraint that many talk about but few can produce. It is not lacking for that, but just unique. With sweet red currant, light milk chocolate notes, mouthwatering acidity, and soft fine-grain tannins, Altagracia will be intriguing to follow over the years to see the heights that this team can reach. Surely a different style in a land where extraction and volume are usually the norm. Decant now, or hold for another five years to see what it really has in store.
Price: $139.95 Add To Cart
JS 95 RP 94

2015 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 6-Pack in OWC
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Tasted at the property after a three hour decant. As usual, it is much more brooding and compact than the Napanook next to it. It makes Dominus more challenging, but all the better for it. Gentle aromas of black/blue fruit and tobacco lead to a cool, poised, and polished palate filled with deep red fruit (plum, cherry, currant) and balanced acidity. This incredibly dynamic wine is crafted with only 40% new oak and shows none of it. It keeps providing nuance and layers as it opens up in the glass. Although it is not as dense as the '13 or open as the '12, it should be in the conversation among those greats as a wonderful Dominus of the highest regard - different for sure, but all the more interesting for it.
Price: $1,734.00 Add To Cart
RP 100 VN 97

2015 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Tasted at the property after a three hour decant. As usual, it is much more brooding and compact than the Napanook next to it. It makes Dominus more challenging, but all the better for it. Gentle aromas of black/blue fruit and tobacco lead to a cool, poised, and polished palate filled with deep red fruit (plum, cherry, currant) and balanced acidity. This incredibly dynamic wine is crafted with only 40% new oak and shows none of it. It keeps providing nuance and layers as it opens up in the glass. Although it is not as dense as the '13 or open as the '12, it should be in the conversation among those greats as a wonderful Dominus of the highest regard - different for sure, but all the more interesting for it.
Price: $649.95 Add To Cart
RP 100 VN 97

2015 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Tasted at the property after a three hour decant. As usual, it is much more brooding and compact than the Napanook next to it. It makes Dominus more challenging, but all the better for it. Gentle aromas of black/blue fruit and tobacco lead to a cool, poised, and polished palate filled with deep red fruit (plum, cherry, currant) and balanced acidity. This incredibly dynamic wine is crafted with only 40% new oak and shows none of it. It keeps providing nuance and layers as it opens up in the glass. Although it is not as dense as the '13 or open as the '12, it should be in the conversation among those greats as a wonderful Dominus of the highest regard - different for sure, but all the more interesting for it.
Price: $299.00 Add To Cart
RP 100 VN 97

2015 Smith Story "Pickberry Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-04-2018
What a brilliant wine. Although Smith Story has set the stage with some groundbreaking Pinot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, their Cabernet in 2015 steals the show. Gorgeous deep red fruit is carried by brilliant acidity, but it is also lifted by a beautiful texture. With a phenomenal sense of place, the structure to age, depth and detail, it is the kind of wine that everybody searches for at this price-point but rarely finds. Smith Story is one of those need-to-know, up-and-coming wineries in California - make sure to grab a few bottles where you can before they're on everybody's radar.
Price: $59.95 Add To Cart
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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-25-2018
A quick check in on a living legend a week ago - there's still no doubt that 2009 Pontet-Canet is a special, reference-point wine in Bordeaux. Among a table of some of the most seasoned professionals, negociants, and winemakers, the bottle we had was emptied very quickly. Deep and brooding still at this young age, it is loaded with copious red/black fruits, extremely fine grain tannin, and a finish that easily passes a minute. Certainly a rival for the First Growths in a vintage like 2009, it will continue to be a wine that is a must-have for any collector for a few decades to come.

2017 Valandraud, St-Émilion
Review Date: 04-23-2018
One of the top releases from St Emilion in 2017, Valandraud has converted many fans with their recent releases. They've been able to rein in their modern style and produce a few beautiful/balanced wines in that time, and 2017 is no exception. Leading the way with gorgeous aromatics, the wine is superbly textured with deep black fruit, a hind of new oak, and resounding acid. Big but not overdone, it has a fullness that is a great accomplishment in the vintage, and it is a very promising young wine. Drink on release and follow for the next 15-20 years.

2017 Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 04-23-2018
Palmer is very intriguing in 2017. It is one of those properties that tends to thrive in challenging vintages and Margaux had its fair share of challenges. There was a buzz around the wine from folks who tasted it though. Perfumed and smoky aromatics leads to a bright, clean palate with good depth, juicy red/blue fruit, slightly grainy tannins, and an easygoing finish. There was an approachable nature to it that seems to indicate it will be an accessible vintage. It will be compelling to follow on release to see if it adds some depth and layers. Drink 2023-2034.

2017 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-20-2018
The secret is already out at Tour St Christophe - what they deliver for the price is simply stunning. Such is the case in 2017. Loaded with blackberry, graphite, and dark plum, it is seamless and impressively integrated for such a young sample. With juicy acid and a slightly oaky finish, it shows a class and pedigree that will leave many in St Emilion envious. This will be nearly impossible to resist on release but will reward for years to come and be fascinating to compare with the terrific 2014, 2015, and 2016. Drink 2021 to 2032.

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