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Ryan Moses

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2009 Pierre Mineral Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-21-2018
Arguably the most famous of Champagne's Grand Crus, the caliber of this cherished site shows in this incredibly well-priced bottling. I was a big fan of the '08, but this 2009 is equally as thrilling, if not slightly more open and rewarding at this early stage. But compare it to its peers at this price, and it is one of the best you'll find. Citrus and orchard fruit pair with crisp acidity and there's a real balance between freshness and depth. I'm so happy we get to work with this bottling again and I can't wait to follow it over the years.
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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Lirac Rouge
Review Date: 12-18-2018
How good of a vintage was it for Pierre Usseglio in 2016? They accomplished an incredibly rare feat of crafting two 100-point wines for starters. But one of the best kept secrets is that their whole range is stunning, even down to this brilliant value that far outpaces its modest appellation. Pure kirsch and garrigue line delicate but abundant aromas that lead to a wine with terrific purity and finesse, rebounding with bright acidity and red/black fruits that line the palate. There is a nice floral note to round it all out, and a finish that carries long after the last sip. Those who seek out this gem will have a rewarding wine to follow over the next decade, but it will be hard to resist pulling corks on it even now.

2016 Château de L'Ou "Secret de Schistes" Côtes Catalanes
Review Date: 12-04-2018
The follow-up to the best-selling wine of last year has big shoes to fill, but for one of the most exciting properties in Southern France, the task wasn’t too tall. Right from the get-go, intoxicating aromas of deep red fruits and garrigue immediately have me thinking of high-end Chateauneuf. The texture is soft and seamless with juicy raspberry, deep blackberry, and a long finish lined with fine tannin and bright acidity. Compared to the 2015, it feels more refined and accessible in the best ways possible. This is another terrific bottling, and one that will have elite Southern Rhone producers taking notice.
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JD 95

2015 Buehler Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-26-2018
One of the most reliable producers in Napa Cab in any given vintage, it is a stunner at this kind of pricing. Cool, pure cassis, plum, and vanilla aromas lead to a palate full of bright red fruit, graphite, blackberry, and sage. Fine-grain tannins carry through a mouthwatering, long finish. This is a terrifically proportioned Cabernet that speaks more to an old-school side of Napa and is a terrific representation for those who are looking for a style that over-delivers without being over-the-top.
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VN 91 JS 90

2016 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru "Preuses"
Review Date: 11-15-2018
Chablisienne's Preuses is terrific again in 2016. There is a terrific mineral component and salinity that compliments lime pith, pear, and crisp apple. It is fresh and lively with great tension, but a touch of wood highlights the breadth of the fruit as well. As always, it is texturally refined and remarkably complex - a tribute to both Chablisienne and this cherished Grand Cru. While immensely enjoyable right from the get-go, it will reward a few years in the cellar and drink beautifully for the following decade.

2015 Canon, St-Emilion 6-Pack in OWC
Review Date: 11-12-2018
This is one of those wines that has an immense challenge living up to such a sterling reputation, but in a room with some of the elite 2015s it was certainly one of the most refined, detailed, and engaging wines out there. With structure and depth to spare, this is a wine that will keep you coming back again and again. Waves of red fruit and seamless tannins build on the palate with mouthwatering acidity and a long finish. It is a singular achievement for Canon and will be thrilling to follow over the next 30 to 40 years.

2015 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 6-pack in OWC
Review Date: 11-12-2018
2015 is another example where Opus One perfectly encapsulates the vintage character - bold, racy, and a vintage where the most successful wines have the potential to rival some of the region's finest years. Compact and reticent on the nose, the palate unfurls with great complexity - wild cherry, plum, creamy oak, sage, and framboise. There's good concentration and depth, a luxurious and seamless texture, and balanced acidity. It's all there in 2015, an Opus One that will surely go alongside their best bottlings of the past decade.

2015 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 11-12-2018
2015 is another example where Opus One perfectly encapsulates the vintage character - bold, racy, and a vintage where the most successful wines have the potential to rival some of the region's finest years. Compact and reticent on the nose, the palate unfurls with great complexity - wild cherry, plum, creamy oak, sage, and framboise. There's good concentration and depth, a luxurious and seamless texture, and balanced acidity. It's all there in 2015, an Opus One that will surely go alongside their best bottlings of the past decade.

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#17-314" (Rickhouse B, 6th Floor) K&L Exclusive Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 11-09-2018
Our Russell's single barrel exclusives have been the best Bourbons I've tasted at K&L in the past three years. They also have an indelible impact on those I've shared it with. They're that good, and each barrel seems to be good for a different reason. Finding yours is half the fun. #314 is gentle soft, elegant, and deep, but then ends incredibly spicy with tons of cinnamon, burnt orange, and a textured mouthfeel. This is one for those that like the powerful side of things, although with a touch of water there's depth to spare behind that brawn.
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2015 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-09-2018
Usually one of the top high-end values in Bordeaux, Barde-Haut's 2015 take things to another level. Aromatically it is incredibly intriguing, nuanced, and dynamic. While the core seems very traditional St-Emilion, there is a wild blue fruit note that keeps showing through. The palate shows terrific focus and balance, certainly dialed back from the bigger, more flamboyant styles of, say, 2009 or 2010. But qualitatively it should be in the same conversation. A bright burst of acidity carries deep red fruits, hints of earth, minerality, and mouth-coating tannins. The 20% Cab Franc shows up through the finish in a very engaging way. This is a lot of wine for the price and should thrill Bordeaux fans of all types over the next 15-20 years.

2013 Hidden Ridge "55% Slope" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-07-2018
It only takes one quick sniff to see the remarkable pedigree here as fine aromas of pure black cherry, bright florals, and dark chocolate emerge from the glass. The palate is incredibly focused, full of deep red fruits and a laser-like acidity. The purity and refinement are striking and speak loudly to the amazing vintage. There is structure here to spare. This is one of those wines that leaves you imagining how it will evolve, and at the relatively modest price you can probably squirrel away a few bottles to find out. Drink now with a long decant, or cellar for five years and enjoy for the following 15-plus. A terrific wine and a great example of the heralded 2013s.
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RP 97

2013 Ronchi "Ronchi" Barbaresco
Review Date: 11-06-2018
I adore wines from all over the world, but at the end of the day I always come back to Nebbiolo. And when it is this good at this kind of price, I can never get enough. Beautiful aromatics lead to a core of pure red fruit and mouthwatering acidity that begs for another sip. It has a terrific texture and fine tannins that add structure, but meld graciously with the fruit. It pairs beautifully with a meal, but even alone the pedigree is undeniable. I've had the fortune to try this on three different occasions already, and it seems to show another dimension each time. This is an asset to any collection - top vintage, delicious Barbaresco at a price that you don't have to think twice about when pulling a cork.
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VN 93

2016 Fess Parker "The Big Easy" Santa Barbara County Red Blend
Review Date: 11-06-2018
This one is new to me, but a fun under-the-radar find from an often-overlooked producer. Inky dark to the core with deep aromas of asphalt, dark chocolate, and black currant, the palate follows with hedonistic rich deep red fruit, licorice, and vanilla. Although the flavors are deep, the finish is clean and fresh with just enough acidity and structure to support it. This is a fun, crowd-pleasing wine that will find a lot of quick friends, and one that will drink well right out of the gates.
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VN 95 JD 92

2015 Chalk Hill "Estate" Chalk Hill Red Blend
Review Date: 11-06-2018
This is one of those great go-to Sonoma blends that always delivers, and 2015 is no exception. Bold aromas of fine french vanilla and bright black fruit intertwine and lead to a palate full of unctuous and mouth-coating deep purple fruit, with hints of baking chocolate and well-structured tannins. The finish carries the rich fruit beautifully and while it is lush it also retains a sense of balance. This is an absolute crowd-pleaser that drinks beautifully now with some air but will be easy to enjoy anytime in the next 10-15 years.
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RP 94

2015 Canon, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-06-2018
This is one of those wines that has an immense challenge living up to such a sterling reputation, but in a room with some of the elite 2015s it was certainly one of the most refined, detailed, and engaging wines out there. With structure and depth to spare, this is a wine that will keep you coming back again and again. Waves of red fruit and seamless tannins build on the palate with mouthwatering acidity and a long finish. It is a singular achievement for Canon and will be thrilling to follow over the next 30 to 40 years.

2016 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-01-2018
Napa's best high-end value is back in what should be a landmark vintage. Powerful aromas of deep blackberry, asphalt, and fine vanilla portray an imposing wine, but the palate is very pure and fresh with plenty of acidity and copious flavors of black cherry and ripe red plum, with hints of chocolate. It shows great presence and texture along with a mouthwatering finish that just begs for food to accompany it. This is another great success and highlights why savvy collectors should look to go long on 2016 in Napa. This deserves a long decant now, but will probably be best in given three years in a cellar and will drink well for the following fifteen with ease.

2012 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru "153rd Anniversary Cuvee"
Review Date: 10-31-2018
Jadot's 153rd is the best selling Red Burgundy at K&L by a mile, and it is easy to see why. What other Burg is this good, this acclaimed, and this reasonably priced? Only made in the best vintages, the 2012 is stunning now at age six. Enticing floral aromas mix with bright red cherries on the nose. Bright and fresh on the palate, it has fine grained tannins, echoes of the red fruit come back around to combine with strawberry and currant, finishing with a touch of spice and an impressive lengthy finish. It is graceful but still has a ton of mid-palate weight and structure. Great now with a short decant, the best days are still ahead of this remarkable Burgundy value. Drink now through 2030.
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BH 92 VN 92

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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WS 94

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.

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 WS 93

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.

2015 Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-06-2018
Nobody makes a wine like Eisele in Napa - it is a truly intellectual, graceful, and masterful wine that speaks to a singular place and an elegant style. It couldn't have a better steward than the folks at Latour. Intoxicating aromas of bright red currant, sage, and cut flower hint at the complexity to come. The palate brings deeper red fruit and incredible polish - it is silky, focused, and seamless. A long finish carries a cascade of lively cherry. I was shocked to hear that this was brought up with 90% new oak - it is invisible in the wine. This was one of those wines that left me hopeful that I'll have a chance to see how it ages - to either experience this pedigree again or to see how a wine built like this will evolve. I'm guessing it'll be brilliant in five years from now and age effortlessly for two decades afterwards.
Price: $549.99 Add To Cart
RP 100 JS 98

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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JS 94

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 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.

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 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.
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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.

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.

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.
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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.

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