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2014 Anthem "Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-19-2018
Coming from one of Napa's most cherished vineyards, and one whose name usually carries a hefty price tag, this is a no-compromise expression of Beckstoffer Las Piedras at an incredibly accessible price. The aromas carry high-tones red and black fruit. The texture is luxurious and abundant flavors of blackberry and deep red cherry line the palate, finishing with hints of bitter chocolate and sage. Bright acid carries a long and powerful finish. This is an irresistible Cab that has no qualms in showing its Napa roots. This will evolve well for the next 10-15 years, but is flat out delicious with a short decant at this early stage. Very limited production here - grab what you can while available as Las Piedras cab this good is usually around three times the price.
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2016 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-15-2018
For those looking for a refined, balanced Chardonnay with a sense of place, this is it. With aromas of meyer lemon, crisp apple, and hints of nutmeg, the palate is focused and fresh, with pear and peach carrying the finish which is lined with hints of lime and mouthwatering acidity. It is pure, lively, and delicious, crafted with only neutral oak and coming in at a modest 13%. For those that adore an Old World style, you'll find a lot to like here, but it certainly carries the best of this cherished Central Coast site as well. It is ready to go from the pull of the cork, but will be fun to follow for the next decade. A lot of wine for the money and a wine that will have many peers at twice the price.

2013 Andrew Will "Sorella" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend
Review Date: 10-05-2018
Andrew Will is one of the reference-point producers for ageworthy, refined Bordeaux Blends that outperform their price - from Washington State and well beyond. Sorella is their top bottling and is often reserved a spot among the top Bordeaux Blends of any given vintage. The nose hints at a compact, deep wine and is not to dissimilar from a top vintage Bordeaux. The textural refinement is immediately apparent on the palate with cascading deep red fruits and a bright acidity that carries it deftly. A resounding finish begs for an accompanying meal, but it is compelling on its own. In my experience, Andrew Will's wines deserve a few hours' decant to really show what they're made of, but this is a testament to the structure and capacity to age. This recent parcel also comes with a jaw-dropping price. Don't miss it.

2009 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 10-04-2018
One of the darlings of 2009 Bordeaux values, this is one that I've enjoyed many times, but haven't tasted in the past few years. The bountiful aromatics are highlighted by deep cassis, blackberry, graphite, and thyme. The palate is pure and expressive, with a core of red cherry, a terrific texture, and well judged tannins. Drinking well now, something tells me that this is still a few years from its peak, where it will stay for a few years to follow. A lot of wine for the price, and still one of 2009 Bordeaux's great values.

2016 Arterberry Maresh "Old Vine" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-14-2018
A new addition to the portfolio, this is non-vineyard designation wine from Arterberry Maresh is completely irresistible. Compared with the structured, complex "Maresh Vineyard" bottling, this is more plush and forward, with deeper red fruits, and a high-toned acidity that carries the robust flavors through a very long finish. For those looking for a true classic to follow over the years, the "Maresh Vineyard" is well worth the premium. But this is an absolute stunner, incredibly delicious now, and perhaps one of the best wines going at anywhere near the price point. Drink now and over the next decade...any make sure you grab enough to enjoy often over that time!
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RP 96

2016 Arterberry Maresh "Maresh Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-14-2018
I'm not shy to say the 2014 vintage of this wine is one of the best domestic Pinot Noirs I've tried in my tenure here. On multiple occasions it stole the show against other heavyweights from Burgundy and California. The 2016 delivers that same incredible dynamic with ease - beautiful aromatics that carry a touch of that Burgundian sauvage with fresh currant, a multifaceted and seamless palate full of bright red fruit, wonderful texture, and a lasting finish. What a terrific standard bearer for the tremendous 2016 vintage. Drink now with a decant or enjoy over the next 10-20 years.
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RP 96

2016 Domaine Calendal "Plan de Dieu" Côtes du Rhône-Villages
Review Date: 09-12-2018
Incredibly pure and refined, it takes the modest category of Cotes du Rhone to an entirely different level. There's intriguing high-toned aromatics, an abundance of deep red fruit with a building finish, and balanced acidity. While many might compare this to a high-end CdP, I find that it has much more early appeal and finesse than what many of those wines bring to the table. It is, however, a stunning example of why 2016 in the Southern Rhone will continue to be cherished for the years to come.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 09-11-2018
Aromas of blue and red fruits meld with fine French vanilla and lead to a palate that's deep with concentrated blackberry, a fine minerality, and hints of leather. It is a deep, rich, and refined Ribera that is immediately attractive but also will be a joy to follow over the years. There is a ton of structure here and a lot to like. For serious Ribera del Duero at this kind of price point, it is hard to go wrong with Hacienda Monasterio. The 2015 is another towering success. Drink now with a short decant or enjoy anytime over the next fifteen years.

2016 Domaine de la Janasse "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 09-11-2018
One of the best introductions you can have to the upside of the 2016 Chateauneuf vintage, Janasse's "Tradition" is nipping at the heels of many of the top cuvees from most vintages. The nose is traditional CdP with some brambly and generous fruit, but the palate is at another level - silky black and red fruits combine with a sage, olive, and baking spice. It keeps building through a resounding finish that carries on long after the wine is gone. Considering the elite profile of Janasse and what this bottle delivers, this is a steal.

2014 Kapcsandy "Estate Cuvée - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-30-2018
Kapcsandy's Estate Cuvee is one of the sweet spot wines in Napa these days - an elite producer who makes legendary wines, treasured terroir, a genuine style, and a price-point that is incredibly modest compared to its peers. This vintage exudes beautiful aromatics with cassis, tobacco, and raspberry lining the palate. It has depth in an extremely finessed style that would make many a Bordelais jealous. It is not their Grand Vin, but is made in an exacting style (meticulously sorted, all free run) that could produce a first wine for many other high-end producer in the Valley. Lou's 2014s are right up there with the amazing 2013s.

2013 Felsina Chianti Classico "Colonia" Gran Selezione
Review Date: 08-21-2018
A tiny 300 case lot coming from the Rancia hill, this is about as prestigious as Chianti gets. Deep red plum, fine french oak, and menthol combine for complex aromas that lead to a palate full of a cacophony of red fruit, mouthwatering acidity, and a balance of wood and fruit tannin. The texture is a masterpiece - seamless without an edge to be found, an incredibly purity and refinement rarely seen in Chianti. I've adored most everything coming from Felsina in 2013 and this is no exception. It's not inexpensive, but when compared to other pure Sangiovese collectibles like Flaccianello or Testamatta, it will more than hold its own.
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RP 97 VN 95

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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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.

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.
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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
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.

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

2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 07-02-2018
Every once in a while a world-class Bordeaux is under-rated at release, providing a window of opportunity for those in-the-know to have extended access at great pricing. This is exactly where we are with the complex, structured, and refined 2009 Léoville-Barton. Almost a decade on, this famed Second Growth is starting to open up showing a core of signature bright red fruit peeking through the very fine-grained tannin. It is a great mix of classic Bordeaux in a modern vintage - one that demands time but is expertly crafted. It is not out of the question to open it now and check in on it, but prepare it with a long decant. This gem will certainly have plentiful upside for the next 10 to 20+ years.

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 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.

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.
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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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2014 Kapcsandy "Roberta’s Reserve - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Tasted at the estate with Lou. One of the greatest wines of a trip that included some serious Napa elite. Soft but intense, fleshy, and extremely expressive, there is amazing juicy acidity that brings forward purple and black fruits supported by incredible texture and waves of flavor. Deep, complex, and nearly the perfect amounts of everything, it was stunning for me and everyone sitting around the table. Lou said he meant it to rival the Petrus/Pin/Massetos of the world, and the 2014 does that easily. I'll remember this one for a long time to come. Literally impossible to resist now, a few years in the cellar will help all the same and it will be compelling for twenty years or more.

2014 Larkmead "Dr. Olmo" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-11-2018
The second of two "black label" releases tasted at the estate. Lifted blue and black fruit aromas create compelling aromas and lead to a palate that not only reflects that fruit, but shows off a leather, gravel and graphite component. It is certainly compact but has soft, integrated, sweet tannins alongside a layered texture. For those who love structured, ageworthy wines of this profile, it will be hard to do much better. Another stunner from the high-end wines of Larkmead in 2014. Drink 2022 to 2040.

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.
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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 (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

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