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2016 Hanzell "Estate" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $65+) (Elsewhere $65+)
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This impressive white delivers a core of quince, lemon rind and apple that blends with accents of white flower and lemongrass. Crisp acidity drives the freshness on the textured palate, offering elegance and plenty of layers of intrigue. This will do well in the cellar; enjoy 2021 - 2026. (VB)" (05/2019) 94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay is a very pretty, understated wine from Hanzell. Lifted, gracious and quite subtle, it is super-expressive today. Readers should expect a finessed, translucent, incredibly distinctive C...
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2016 Saxon Brown "Stonewall Block" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel (Elsewhere $40) (Elsewhere $40)
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95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Zinfandel Stonewall has a medium to deep ruby color. The layered nose opens with elegant raspberry and strawberry preserves, cinnamon stick, warm blackberry jam and oodles of nectarine and peach fruit accented with potpourri, dried flowers and exotic spices. The palate oozes gobs of juicy, ripe, sweet fruits, with intoxicating spiciness and stunning freshness. It has fine, silty tannins and a long, intense, ever-changing finish. These 2016 Zinfandels from Saxon Brown are extraordinary! (EB) 95+"
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2018 Grand Napa "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $100+) (Elsewhere $100+)
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another terrific wine, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers lots of blackcurrants, spice box, tobacco leaf, and chocolatey nuances to go with a full-bodied style on the palate. It has the 2018 vintage’s fresher, more elegant style yet brings ample fruit and has an expansive, layered mouthfeel as well as a great finish. It’s another wine to enjoy any time over the coming 15-20 years." (01/2021)
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2019 Walter Scott "Cuvée Anne" Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay
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97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2019 Chardonnay Cuvée Anne comes from several vineyards, including X Novo, Justice and Seven Springs, and matured in about 45% new wood. It has alluring scents of preserved lemon, saline and graphite, with perfumed white orchard fruits. The palate is linear and pure, with a satiny texture and gentle nutty character at this early stage. Its elevated length and purity suggest this has much more to offer with additional time in bottle. (EB)" (12/2021) 94 points Wine & Spirits: "Ken Pahlow typically blends this...
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2016 Beringer "Distinction Series" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $60) (Previously $60)
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Made with the idea to highlight richness and opulence, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Distinctions includes slightly more valley floor fruit compared to the Knights Valley Reserve and offers a forward, sexy, incredibly satisfying style as well as lots of blackcurrant fruit, ripe tannins, and impeccable balance. Despite the richer, more forward style, it’s going to evolve just fine on its balance and concentration." (01/2019) 93 points James Suckling: "This shows a ripe and flavorful center palate with dark-berry and floral characte...
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard displays expressive grapefruit, yuzu zest and orange blossoms notes with touches of cedar, croissant and beeswax. Medium-bodied, fine, fresh and with lovely toasty/savory flavors coming through on the palate, it offers satisfying length and lovely harmony. (LPB)" K&L Notes: 94 points Tasting Panel: "Silky and elegant with lovely texture and precise flavors of tangy citrus and smooth vanilla oak."
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2008 Veedercrest St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $80) (Previously $80)
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92 points James Suckling: "Some spice, meat and berry character on the nose and palate, but a little light. Fun. Linear. Classic Napa cab. " (05/2014)
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2018 Grand Napa "Master Red" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $50+) (Elsewhere $50+)
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Loads of black cherries, currants, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and spring flower notes emerge from the 2018 Master Red. A medium to full-bodied, lightly textured blend with integrated tannins and a clean, classy finish." (01/2021) 92 points James Suckling: "Savory aromas of dried mushroom and oyster shell on the nose, layered with dried blackcurrant and tobacco. It’s medium- to full-bodied with sleek, integrated tannins. Flavorful with a juicy, savory finish." (12/2020)
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Pinot Noir Rita's Crown Vineyard saw the same one-third stems as well as 16 months in 57% new French oak. It's a more ethereal, elegant effort and has gorgeous notes of ripe strawberries, white flowers, spice, and forest floor. Pure, medium-bodied, and layered on the palate, it shines for its seamless, elegant texture as well as its length. It's unquestionably one of my favorites in the lineup." (10/2019) 95 points Vinous: "The 2017 Pinot Noir Rita's Crown Vineyard is one of the most distinctive wines in this range. Pow...
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2017 Marimar Estate "La Masía - Don Miguel Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $55) (Elsewhere $55)
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95 points Decanter: "Ripe, bright, slightly spiky cherry-kirsch, maraschino cherry jam, Christmas spice, and cola, with hints of cocoa powder. Plump, with fine grippy tannins giving support. (DWWA)" (07/2021) 92 points James Suckling: "Bold aromas of spiced plum, dried cherry, porcini mushroom, cloves and tangerine zest. It’s medium-to full-bodied with sleek tannins. Concentrated with lingering peel, spice and oak notes." (02/2021) 90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Sporting a fine and fairly deep nose of red cherries, raspberries, toast and dried flower...
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2019 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it charges out of the gate with loads of blueberry preserves and stewed black plums notes on the nose with faint suggestions of redcurrant jelly and rose hip tea plus a waft of wild sage. Full-bodied and jam-packed with ripe black and blue fruit, it has a soft texture and perfumed finish. (LPB)" (03/2021) 93 points James Suckling: "Perfumed cabernet with aromas of blackcurrants, bla...
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2016 Saxon Brown "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (Previously $60) (Previously $60)
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92 points Wine Spectator: "Concentrated dried apricot, ripe apple and peach pastry flavors are supported by fresh acidity and accented by hints of zesty green herbs. Buttery richness lingers on the lithe, spicy finish. (KM)" (06/2019)
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92 points James Suckling: "Violets and hints of tobacco with leafy cabernet nuances and a ripe dark-fruit edge. The palate has a suave array of blue fruit and some redder-berry notes. Very focused and fresh. This has terrific appeal. " (11/2018) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot and 12% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is scented of vague plums and cassis with notions of earth and tobacco. The palate is medium to full-bodied, plush, juicy and easy-breezy on the fin...
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2016 Byron "Radian Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (Previously $65) (Previously $65)
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94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Radian Vineyard (50% new oak) has a unique nose with a fresh fruit profile: blueberry, plum, black berries, pencil shavings and streaks of crushed rock and white pepper, with a core of ripe cranberry, red apple skin, amaro and earth. The palate is medium-bodied and very silky with pure fruits accented by mineral and earthy layers, grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing very long and layered. Yum! 100 cases were made. (EB)" (09/2019) 94 points Vinous: ...
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95 points Vinous: "The 2018 Syrah Bien Nacido is a dark, beguiling beauty. Purplish/black fruit, spice, lavender, licorice and black pepper give the Bien Nacido a distinctly sepia-toned profile. Time in the glass brings out striking Syrah aromatics, but the 2018 remains a brooding, muscular wine with tons of depth and potent tannins that need time to soften. (AG)" (08/2020) 95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Piquant, tart and snappy aromas of underripe berries and plums meet with lavender and crumpled dahlia on the nose of this bottling. The white-pepper, wil...
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2017 Westwood "Legend" Sonoma County Red Blend (Elsewhere $50) (Elsewhere $50)
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Grenache (there's Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in there as well), the 2017 Legend Proprietary Red Wine is a delicious, plump, fruit-loaded beauty that displays chocolatey dark currants, plums, savory herbs, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. These carry to a full-bodied red with a rounded, mouthfilling texture, plenty of ripe tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. Drink this pleasure-bent, incredibly satisfying red blend over the coming 7-8 years or more." (08/2...
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95 points James Suckling: "This is very subtle and complete with cooked lemons and apples and a complement of straw and gunpowder. Full-bodied, deep and layered with an ever attractive finish of fruit and minerals." (10/2018) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "From three separate sites, Winemaker Donald Patz has crafted a wine with an effusive nose of caramel, oak, pear and honey. The full-bodied palate is balanced by firm tannins and heightened acidity. Overall, it's fresh and fleshy in equal measure. (VB)" (06/2019)
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Coconut and vanilla aromas mix with a hint of fresh pear. The palate shows tire rubber and peat smoke, with a hint of black licorice and a flare of clove heat. Adding water brings more licorice and a flurry of black pepper to the fiery finish. Best Buy." Whisky Advocate: "The only survivor from Old Pulteney’s core range shake-up of 2018, this has been matured in first and second-fill bourbon casks. The nose is delicate, with almonds, honey, and floral notes. Malt and toffee on the palate, with spicy oak and a hint of brine. T...
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94 points James Suckling: "The first release of this wine, 80% sourced from Heart of the Hill Vineyard. There’s a very plush and rich feel to this with attractive purple fruit that’s delivered in supple and approachable mode. Holds the finish well. Really impressive." 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain features classic black fruit aromas that are rich and lush, with nots of soft oak spices and purple flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the Cabernet is youthfully tight and rigid in the mouth, with grippy, struc...
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium ruby-purple, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley opens with classic aromas of cassis, cedar, cigar box and bright touches of mint chocolate and red cherries. The palate is medium-bodied with pure, restrained fruits, a finely grainy texture, integrated freshness and a long, mineral-driven finish. I love this classy, mineral-laced Cabernet Sauvignon from winemaker Julien Fayard. (EB)" (06/2021)
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2018 Keller "El Coro Vineyard" Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $60) (Elsewhere $60)
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Spicy cherry and black plum tones wrap around well-integrated layers of savory allspice, black tea and oak. The coolness of the appellation comes through in the lasting freshness, giving it an almost crunchy texture. (VB)" (10/2020) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium ruby, the 2018 Pinot Noir El Coro has pretty scents of crushed blueberries, blackberries and rhubarb accented by garrigue, dried citrus and floral perfume. It's medium-bodied and silky with great concentration and freshness with a nuanced finish. 1...
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95 points Vinous: "The 2017 Pinot Noir is super-impressive, especially as the estate's entry-level Pinot. A rush of sweet red and purplish berry fruit, lavender, blood orange, exotic spice and licorice all race out of the glass in an expansive, beautifully resonant Pinot that dazzles from start to finish. Quite simply, the 2017 offers unreal quality at this level and price. Don't miss it! (AG) " (09/2019) 94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the Pinot Noirs, the 2017 Pinot Noir Estate reveals a deeper ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a ripe, sexy bou...
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2018 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $38) (Elsewhere $38)
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This winery makes some of the more exciting wines in California right now, and this appellation blend offers a more affordable look at the style. Aromas of black raspberry, thyme, lavender and rose petals lead into a taut, energetic and expansive palate of fresh fruit and flower flavors. Brisk acidity pumps to the finish. *Editors’ Choice* (MK)" (07/2021)
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2018 Etude "Grace Benoist Ranch Estate" Carneros Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $40) (Elsewhere $40)
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94 points James Suckling: "Vivid strawberry and dried-flower aromas here with hints of sandalwood. Medium to full body with firm, creamy tannins and a tangy finish. Opulent. Tight and focused. Pumice and black and white-pepper notes." (09/2020) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "Jon Priest blends this wine from the varied volcanic soils at Etude’s estate vineyard in northwestern Carneros. A contrast of bright spice and dark savor, the wine’s berry-scented fruit buzzes with honeyed energy, a kind of sweet earthiness that feels cool and clean. Braised quail woul...
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "From own-rooted vines planted in 1973, this bottling offers aromas of Asian pear, strong chalk, jicama, and soft butter. The palate is incredibly crisp, clean, chalky, and tense, with tightly wound flavors of lime pith, talc, more jicama and loads of white-fleshed fruits. (MK)" (10/2020) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Chardonnay Rancho Tepusquet Old Vine is scented of salted almonds, crushed stone, white blossoms and lemon peel. It's medium-bodied, super satiny and bright with savory bass tones and a long...
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2018 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $35) (Elsewhere $35)
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine offers such tremendous value and quality - it should be on everyone’s go-to list for Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Lime, fig and grapefruit rind flavors ride along a lifted character of crushed stone texture and bright acidity. This wine is impressive from the detailed start to the lengthy finish. *Editors’ Choice* (VB) " (10/2020) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "This wine has the youthful insistence of a newly released Chablis, with tart cider-apple acidity and grassy notes. It’s creamy and blunt in its undeveloped ...
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92 points Whisky Advocate: "New Riff’s first whiskey releases were all bottled in bond from the start—a bold move for a brand new distillery. This rye proves it was the right decision. Complex and compelling, it shows maturity while retaining liveliness and verve. Grassy and herbal on the nose, it also has orange, cedar, sassafras, rose petals, and syrupy blackberries. The medium-weight palate balances clove, cedar oil, orange, berries, bubble gum, and cinnamon, which melt into an herbaceous, nutty, chocolate-rich finish. The patient drinker is rewarded,...
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2018 Recoltant Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $65) (Previously $65)
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93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville is a lovely wine from winemaker Julien Fayard. It offers the darker fruits and mineral tones of the best Coombsville Cabernets. Deep ruby-purple, the nose blossoms to pure cassis, pencil shavings, tobacco leaves, dried violets and dark chocolate on the nose. The palate is restrained, mineral driven and very classy, with dusty tannin texture, bursts of freshness and floral perfume on the long finish. (EB)" (06/2021) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "From winemaker Julien Fayard,...
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93 points Wine Spectator: "Floral raspberry aromas lead to multilayered fresh sage, licorice and cracked pepper flavors, building richness toward briary tannins. Drink now through 2029. "
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Latro is in the same ballpark yet has more savory characteristics as well as plenty of conifer, California bay leaf, currants, and loamy soil aromas and flavors. This full-bodied beauty has plenty of tannin, terrific purity of fruit, no hard edges, and a great finish. Give it a few years. 95+" (01/2019) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Latro Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon gives up notions of crushed red and black c...
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Starting with the 2016 Chardonnay Hilliard Bruce, it’s a classic Chardonnay from this appellation that offers lots of citrus rind, salty minerality, spice and orange blossom aromas and flavors." (08/2017) 93 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay Hilliard Bruce is rich and textured on the palate, with a flavor profile that leans towards the riper end of the spectrum while retaining the freshness and energy that are such Diatom signatures. (AG)" (09/2017) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Freshly cut Anjou pear, crisp apple, hints of ho...
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "In comparison to some of the brand’s other offerings, this is an affordable way to check in on the Daou experience. Savory aromas of coffee bean meet with lush purple fruits on the nose. The palate is rounded in texture, with rich flavors of dark berry, cappuccino, milk chocolate and caramel. *Editors’ Choice* (MK) " (03/2021) 93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Based on 59% Petit Verdot and 41% Petit Sirah, the 2018 Proprietary Red is a ripe, sexy wine with loads of black fruits, espresso roast, chocolate, and a kiss of violets that gi...
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2018 Avennia "Gravura" Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $40+) (Elsewhere $40+)
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Checking in as a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Gravura gives up a big, rich, Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated nose of darker currants, leafy herbs, graphite, and damp earth. It shows more floral and sappy herb notes with time in the glass and is wonderfully complex. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has sweet tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a charming, undeniably delicious, and ready-to-go profile that should still keep for a decade." (05/2021) 93 points James Suckling: ...

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Baked cherries, carnation-laced potpourri, cinnamon and sumac aromas swirl into a heady nose on this bottling from a nearly forgotten corner of California’s winemaking history. Loads of red spice, lead the red-fruit palate, which is both rich and fresh, finishing on a clove kick. (MK)" (03/2021) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The pale ruby-purple colored 2018 Grenache Siletto Old Vines has a fantastic, open-knit perfume of tangerine peel, red cherry preserves, crushed raspberries and strawberries, black tea leaves...
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2017 Seabold "Pelio Vineyard - East Ridge" Monterey County Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $45) (Elsewhere $45)
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A lighter yet tremendously dynamic style of Pinot Noir, this boling begins with hibiscus, pomegranate, wild thyme, bay leaf and a hint of eucalyptus on the nose. Those forest-foor elements carry into the palate, where crisp raspberry favors are enhanced by juniper and pine-needle freshness. *Editor's Choice* (MK)" (05/2020) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Pelio East Ridge gives up dust, smoked cranberries, underbrush, fragrant earth and orange peel aromas with notions of potpou...
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2018 DeLille "D2" Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $45) (Elsewhere $45)
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93 points Wine & Spirits: "Scents of licorice and black fig take on a cinnamon tone in this merlot-dominant blend. Cinnamon scents appear with air, bright, ripe and lifted as it develops in the glass. It offers sleek cherry and warm plum flavors in a succulent combination, a satisfying accompaniment to duck breast. (PJC)" 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A blend of 67% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine is full of polish and class. The aromas are charming, with notes of black cherry, dark raspberry, flowers and b...
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95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard needs a little coaxing before bursting from the glass with notes of fresh grapefruit, lemon meringue pie and Bosc pears plus hints of lime cordial and coriander seed with a waft of chalk dust. The medium-bodied palate is elegant and refreshing, delivering a fantastic intensity of citrus and mineral flavors with a racy backbone, finishing long and layered. (LPB)" (01/2021) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "With Philippe Melka and team now at the helm of these wines, this is amon...
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New Riff Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
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92 points Whisky Advocate: "This presents a pleasant nose of fresh-baked muffins, honey-dipped apples, powdered sugar, raisin bread, baking spice, and cooked black cherries. Big and spicy, but smooth on the palate, with flavors of dark fruit and bitter chocolate, grape jam, blackcurrants, herbs, cola, and dark berries. The finish offers richness and length, with vanilla notes, spice, and freshly baked apple pie. This is a big, solid whiskey, beautifully structured, and carries its proof superbly. *Top 20 Whiskies of 2019* (DF, Spring 2020)" K&L Notes: F...
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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Inside the handsome, hefty bottle are spice-rack aromas. But the flavors are light and complex, interlacing honey with lime zest, mineral and faint white flowers that float off at the end. A top pick for pitchers of high-end margaritas. (KN)" (05/2014) K&L Notes: Frank Mendez called me one day and told me he'd like to come present his new family project: Gran Dovejo tequila. While Frank and his cousin don't come from a tequila making background, they consider themselves aficionados and feel the same exasperation I do toward ...
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Merlot (64%) – Cabernet Franc (36%) offers up a pleasing perfume of dried herbs and spices, incense, creme de cassis, and blackberry. This leads to a medium-bodied, savory, structured wine with excellent balance and length. It will benefit from 2-3 years of additional cellaring and drink well through 2023. Caleb Foster, the vigneron responsible for Buty, is on top of his game as these wines demonstrate. (JM)" (08/2011)
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Level 22 (38% Syrah, 37% Mourvedre, 11% Petite Sirah, 11% Petit Verdot, and 3% Viognier) reveals a deep ruby/plum color as well as a certain bloodiness in its red and black fruits, ground pepper, and leafy herbs aromas and flavors. Complex, meaty, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully textured, it's another compelling, complex, incredibly high-quality wine from this estate." (10/2019)
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95 points Wine & Spirits: "The Hendry family planted this 4-acre block in 1998 in the benchlands west of the town of Napa. They used a selection of cuttings from old vines at the Brandlin Ranch on Mount Veeder, a property George Hendry had been farming. The vines from those cuttings are now mature, and they gave a tense, floral 2017 zin with brisk energy in its tannins. Those tannins combine woodland rusticity and mineral refinement, their subtle staying power described by one taster as “spring-water minerality” and by another as “broken rock.”" 91 poin...
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92 points James Suckling: "Lots of black plum, blackcurrant, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and tobacco leaf on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, plush tannins. Layers of juicy fruit and chocolate with some savory black-olive notes on the finish. " (12/2020)
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Brawny in style, this ripe, densely packed wine shows old-vine personality in its mix of leather saddle, black pepper and cinnamon notes that permeate through the baked cherry and plum core. Powdered tannins lend texture and give it complexity and weight." 90 points Wine Spectator: "Wiry and briary, with medium-bodied blackberry, smoky meat and pepper flavors that persist toward snappy tannins. Drink now through 2029."
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2018 Vermillion is a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon (with a few other varieties in there as well) and comes mostly from Sonoma (69%) yet with 31% from the Sierra Foothills. Made by Helen Keplinger, it has a beautiful perfume of raspberry and strawberry fruits as well as notes of white pepper and flowers. It’s ripe, seamless, and plush on the palate, with lots of Grenache sexiness, yet it stays nicely balanced and has fine tannins, all making for a beautiful wine well worth seeking out." (01/2021) ...
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Light gold-colored, the 2017 Chardonnay Estate offers a rocking bouquet of spiced apple, white peach, white flowers, and toasted bread. This carries to a medium-bodied, fleshy, beautifully balanced effort that's already drinking brilliantly. " K&L Notes: Winery notes: The Hilt Estate Chardonnay is made up of fruit from the three maritime influenced vineyards in the southwest corner of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation: Radian, Bentrock, and Puerta del Mar. The vines range in age between 8 and 44 years old and grow on diatomatious e...
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2016 Beaulieu Vineyard "Tapestry Reserve" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $50+) (Elsewhere $50+)
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93 points James Suckling: "A tight and deep wine with a beautiful center palate of currants, berries, and silky tannins. Rich and opulent, yet fresh. Lightly chewy with a caressing texture." (02/2020) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc is thick and leathery in style. It has full-bodied richness in flavors of dark chocolate and blackberry that work well alongside firm tannins and integrated oak. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (09/2020)
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2017 Avennia "Sestina" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $50) (Previously $50)
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated release from Peterson, the 2017 Sestina comes from the Red Willow, Bacchus, and Dionysus vineyards. Rocking levels of crème de cassis, sappy herbs, violets, and cedar pencil all flow to a full-bodied, incredibly pure, polished 2017 that offers flawless balance, ripe tannins, and a great, great finish. It's more approachable than normal yet is still going to evolve for 15 to 20 years. The blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, all raised 20 months in 50% new French...
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93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 78% Syrah, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Mourvèdre, the 2015 exhibits notes of crushed cassis, tapenade and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's medium bodied, rich and supple, with a deliciously savory core of dark fruit, meltingly velvety tannins and a long, sapid finish. Syrah really dominates this open-knit but classy blend. (WK)" (06/2018) 92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Blueberry, blackberry, black tea, black pepper and spices on the nose, complicated by smoke and game nuances. Juicy, tightl...
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92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend 2009 Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard, tasted out of separate barrels, will see two years in barrel, followed by a year in bottle prior to release. While I’m not sure this hits the heights of the ’07, it shows loads of promise with all of the samples possessing beautifully ripe black fruits, solid complexity, and a serious, structured feel. My guess is that it will reward cellar time, and have a long drink window." 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Supple and sturdy, this beautifully...

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