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2009 Joseph Swan "Mancini Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. A complex, spice-tinged bouquet evokes ripe cherry and boysenberry, with smoke and licorice nuances in the background. Fleshy and supple in texture, offering concentrated cherry compote and floral pastille flavors plus a suggestion of fruitcake. Takes a darker turn on the sweet, expansive finish, which features dusty tannins and lingering smokiness. I like the blend of power and energy here." (5/2014)  


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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ST 91

2009 Baker Lane "Estate" Sonoma Syrah Top Pick!
2009 Baker Lane "Estate" Sonoma Syrah

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Youthfully wound-up aromas of blackberry, mulberry and violet, plus a strong note of licorice. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors are given an exotic character by notes of violet pastille and star anise. Supple and expansive on the firm, gripping, intensely spicy finish. This textbook syrah should age well. (ST)" (5/2011) Antonio Galloni: "The 2009 Syrah Estate Vineyard shows the wilder side of the grape in its red cherries, black pepper, spices and herbs. Medium in body, it possesses good balance and energy through to the finish. (AG)" (8/2011) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Syrah E ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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ST 92

2009 Heitz Cellar "Trailside Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The intensely flavorful wines from Rutherford's Trailside Vineyard have been part of the Heitz range since 1989. The vineyard is flanked by the Silverado Trail on one side and Conn Creek on the other and is certified organic. Aged in oak for three and half years, the winery descibes the 2009 vintage thusly: "Opulent hues of ruby and garnet draw you headlong into the glass; rich aromas of blackberry and a hint of nutmeg invite you to stay. With just the right amount of French oak there is a subtle sweetness that lifts and enhances the dark fruit character... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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2009 Madrigal Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $38)

Connoisseurs Guide: "Varietal in focus if a little dry/stiff, this wine gets its points for its hints of openness under its firm construction. Its spice and herb glimmers also give it a bit of range, but what starts out well on the palate ultimately winds up less accessible by the finish. It has tannins for a decade but fruit for half that time, and we would counsel the latter course." (4/2014)  


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2009 Woodenhead "Guido Venturi Vineyard" Mendocino County Zinfandel (Elsewhere $38)

Wine Enthusiast: "Woodenhead does Pinot Noir well, too, but here it shows its skill with Zinfandel, producing a structured, peppery and leathery version bright in briary blackberry and plum. With fierce minerality at its core, this is a distinctive Zin for those who prefer their wines savory and earthy." (8/2013) K&L Notes: Mendocino County is possibly the most overlooked source for Zinfandel in California, with long-established vineyards which deliver substantial and structured expressions. The Venturi family has owned this vineyard site since 1924 which sits just west of the Redwood... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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2009 Foggy Bridge San Francisco Bay Zinfandel (Elsewhere $32)

Wine Enthusiast: "Daryl Groom is making these wines from Livermore Valley vineyards mostly and the wine is no doubt big in every way-15.6% alcohol with big tannins and big black, spicy fruit flavors hiding in there at first. It definitely needs time to open. And a giant, slathered-in-sauce kind of steak or other red meat." (11/2011)  


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City

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2009 Chasseur "Sylvia's" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Intensely perfumed, exotic aromas of strawberry and raspberry preserves, spicecake, candied flowers and incense. The spiciest and highest in pitch of this set of pinots, offering juicy red berry flavors and strong suggestions of candied rose, star anise and cinnamon. Very pure wine with outstanding finishing cut and persistence." (6/2011)  


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City

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ST 93

2009 DuMol "Chloe" Russian River Valley Chardonnay (1.5L) (Previously $160)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie Vineyard bursts onto the palate with superb intensity and richness. Ripe apricots, flowers, spices and butterscotch flow from this powerful, authoritative Chardonnay. The weight and richness of these old-vine parcels informs the dense, full-bodied finish. The Chloe is made from parcels in Ritchie, Searby and Lorenzo, with vineyards planted in the 1970s. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. (AG)" (2/2012)93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid gold. Powerful aromas of orchard and pit fruits, honey and lemon curd, with a spicy topnote. Dense, smooth and expan ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City


2009 Pride Mountain Sonoma/Napa Counties Merlot

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright medium-deep red. Sexy, expressive aromas of redcurrant, red plum, chocolate and nutty oak. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, with enticing flavors of red berries, cocoa powder and spices. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and lovely lingering perfume. According to winemaker Sally Jackson, the Merlot in 2009 had less weight and structure than usual, but this wine is a charmer." (5/2012) Wine Spectator: "Muscular and focused, though not as fleshy as previous vintages. Aromas of black cherry and earth lead to dense flavors of plum, dried herb and cedar. Tan ...Read More » 


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ST 90

2009 Peay Vineyards "Scallop Shelf" Sonoma Pinot Noir

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Explosively perfumed aromas of candied red fruits, potpourri, blood orange and Asian spices, with a smoky overtone. Incisive raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors show an alluring sweetness buffered by zesty mineral and spice notes. Silky, focused pinot with excellent back-end cut and finishing power." (5/2012)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf Estate is endowed with striking inner perfume and tons of detail in a weightless style that is highly appealing. Gracious and refined, the Scallop Shelf impresses for its length and depth of fla ...Read More » 


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ST 94 RP 91

2009 Francis Ford Coppola "Archimedes" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $70)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This flashy Cabernet is one of Coppola’s best Sonoma County Cabernets ever, a fine followup to the great 2007. It immediately impresses with richness, smoothness of texture and complexity, offering waves of ripe summer blackberry, blueberry and smoke. The tannins are firm, dusty and soft, making the wine drinkable now and over the next six years with steak." (12/2012)91 points Wine & Spirits: "Corey Beck blends this from estate fruit along with other lots from Alexander and Knights valleys, creating a supple, currant-scented cabernet. The structure is quiet and harmonious, the tann ...Read More » 


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WE 92 W&S 91

2009 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

Originally built in 1889, Mayacamas is one of the Napa Valley’s oldest wineries. A long road winds up Mount Veeder to the historic stone winery and its estate vineyards, located at elevations between 1,800 and 2,400 feet above sea level. Previously owned by the family (from 1968 to 2013), the winery has been known for making lean, balanced, long-aging wines. Many vintages need a decade or more of cellaring to really find their greatness. These wines bring one back to the old days of California wine, when wines were allowed to age gracefully and develop i... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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2009 D Cubed Napa Valley Primitivo

From the Winery; "The Dcubed Cellars 2006 Primitivo is the third vintage of this fun wine. The Primitivo comes from the Cypress Ranch in Pope Valley (the back-side of Howell Mountain). Primitivo a less vigorous clone of Zinfandel that is grown in Italy and pairs well with similar foods. Dcubed 2008 Napa Valley Primitivo has aromas of strawberries and wild blackberries with mushrooms and hints of black pepper. The medium full body has smooth tannins and flavors of berries, black pepper and earth, finishing with berries and a little bit of tannins as a pri... Read More » 


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2009 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning nose of lavender and flowers. Currants and raspberries. Subtle and intriguing. Full and dense but wonderfully balanced with firm and silky tannins and a persistent finish. Dusty texture. A wine so balanced that you want to drink it already. Better in 2017." (10/2012)97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Dominus saw about 40% new oak compared to the 20% for Napanook. A seamless classic, it offers a symphony of red and black currants, Asian plum sauce, lavender, and underbrush. Sweet Christmas fruitcake characteristics emerge from this magnificent Dominus that finished at 14.5 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City


2009 Joseph Swan "Zeigler Vineyard" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Intense red and dark berry aromas are lifted by peppery spice and rose accents, with a bright mineral overtone adding energy. Fresh, incisive and floral on the palate, offering blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that coat the palate and pick up a subtle, refreshingly bitter orange marmalade quality. Sweeter on the chewy finish, leaving behind dark berry and licorice notes." (6/2014)  


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ST 91

2009 Neal Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2009 is just getting going, according to the winery's latest notes: "After some extended bottle aging, we still find the same aromatic and flavor characters that we had used as descriptors early in the life of this wine. There is wonderful intensity but now a much richer mouth-feel thanks to a softening of tannins. Aromas of spice, dark fruit, mocha and tobacco accompanying the classic Cabernet cassis character. Flavors of blackberry, cherry, plum, cocoa, espresso and allspice are framed by earthy, lingering, dusty (Rutherford Dust) tannins plus toba... Read More » 


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2009 Kathryn Kennedy "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points Wine Spectator: "Exhibits a firm core of cedar, currant, spice and licorice, offering a classy, Bordeaux-like expression of structure, grace and refinement. Clean on the finish." (11/2013) K&L Notes: This is the flagship wine from the Kathryn Kennedy seven acre estate vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where the combination of soil type, aspect, and modern organic viticultural techniques results in a profound and ageworthy expression of terroir-driven, Bordeaux-styled California Cabernet vintage after vintage. The vineyard was planted in 1973. 


Inventory: San Francisco

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WS 91

2009 Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. An energetic, focused nose offers raspberry, cherry, fresh flowers, medicinal herbs and Asian spices. Then juicy, powerful and youthfully taut in the mouth, with very good mid-palate depth and expansive red berry flavors. The precise, refreshingly brisk finish leaves behind intense floral and mineral notes, along with a hint of white pepper." (6/2011)92 points Wine & Spirits: "Bold cherry and black raspberry flavors cut through the cool, earthy power of this wine like a shaft of sunlight through the coastal fog. The soft richness of the tannin carries an herbal note, ...Read More » 


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2009 World's End "If Six was Nine" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a blend from multiple sites): Bright ruby to the rim. Pure, reticent aromas of cassis, chocolate and crushed rock. Juicy, smooth and harmonious; not hugely complex but a very well-judged blend, with pliant black cherry, menthol and mineral flavors and a graceful, long finish featuring sweet, firm tannins. I'd give this a few years in the cellar. 91(+?) points." (5/2012)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This interesting Cabernet was grown in various parts of the valley, but you can detect a cool-climate influence in the acidity and especially the tannins, which are firm and astringent ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood


2009 Peay Vineyards "La Bruma" Estate Sonoma Coast Syrah

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Heady, exotically perfumed bouquet of blackberry, cherry-cola, licorice and incense, with a note of violet in the background. Sweet, ripe, silky and expansive, with a nervy spine of acidity providing focus to the sweet red and dark berry compote flavors. Sexy and approachable already but this seamless, very long syrah has the depth to age." (5/2012) K&L Notes: Peay's estate La Bruma Vineyard is one of the coolest sites in California growing Syrah. This translates to a style of Syrah more reminiscent in aroma and flavor to those produced in France's Rh... Read More » 


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ST 94

2009 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Spectator: "Shows off a spice, dill and cedary oak quality, met by ripe currant, smoke, wild berry and cigar box notes. Ends with firm, ripe tannins that give the flavors grip." (10/2014) K&L Notes: The latest vintage of one of America's most beloved Cabs, Silver Oak's 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon officially releases on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The winery's tasting note: "Our 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a ripe, rich, layered, yet elegant wine. It has a dark, ruby color and a complex nose of cassis jam, mocha, violets and nutmeg. On the palate, the wine has a... Read More » 


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2009 Saintsbury "Garnet" Carneros Pinot Noir

The Saintsbury "Garnet" is the winery's lighter-styled, earlier-drinking Pinot Noir. The "Garnet" is a reflection of the semi-precious stone it's named for. It has character and grace, but it won't break the bank like a ruby, and you won't need to keep it locked up for special occasions. From the Wine Spectator: "Fresh, vibrant and snappy, offering crisp dark berry fruit, with spice, mineral and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and persistent. Drink now through 2015." (12/10) 


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2009 Qupe "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard" Edna Valley Syrah

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Very ripe, showing rich, pure varietal flavors of blackberries, cherries, ground pepper, grilled meat, sweet sandalwood and spices. One hundred percent Syrah, it’s balanced with great acidity. Really smooth and delicious, and a crowd pleaser. Could develop over the next 4-5 years." (10/2011)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright violet color. Oak-spiced aromas of dark berries, cherry-pit, olive and black tea, with a smoky overtone. Fleshy and smooth on entry, then more solid in the mid-palate, offering deep bitter cherry and cassis flavors and a touch of licorice. Dusty tannins adds ...Read More » 


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WE 92 ST 90

2009 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Spectator: "Shows notable herb, mint and bay leaf overtones, with a tight, dense core of dried currant and berry that is slow to open. This is very shut down for now, and should age for a long time. The flavors build on the finish. Drink now through 2027." (6/2014) K&L Notes: A legend in Napa Valley Cabernet since the first single-vineyard bottling in 1966, Martha's Vineyard in the Oakville appellation is now certified organic by CCOF. Heitz Cellar's tasting notes are written by the family and "extended family" in the winery office: "The enticing dark garnet color of this Cabern... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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2009 Kistler "Dutton Ranch" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch fleshes out beautifully on the mid-palate with layers of expressive, radiant fruit. The wine finds its minerality and center on the mid-palate. Apricots, pears, flowers and subtle, darker hints of earthiness come to life on the finish. This is a very complete, beguiling Chardonnay loaded with complexity and sheer class. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. (AG)" (2/2012)93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow-gold. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of nectarine, pear, jasmine and lemon zest. Rich and broad but also sharply focused and lithe, with exce ...Read More » 


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2009 Pride Mountain "Vintner's Select" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another juicy, expressive wine, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Select shows considerably more textural roundness and depth than the straight Cabernet bottling. Plush, round and deep, the 2009 covers every inch of the palate with layers of fruit. Hints of smoke, menthol, tar and graphite add gravitas on the dark, brooding finish. (AG)" (12/2012)93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This 100% Cabernet sure is oaky, but the butterscotch, toast and caramel flavors blend in seamlessly with the fruit, which is of gargantuan proportions. It’s intense in mountain-concentrated blackberries, bla ...Read More » 


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2009 Mark West Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Mark West Wines specializes in Pinot for the People, a handy catch phrase that means people can actually afford to buy and drink the stuff on a regular basis. You'll want to make that a VERY regular basis when you try this 2009 Pinot Noir from a region in California's Central Coast that is now synonymous with high-end and high-quality Pinot. Medium bodied, with silky tannins and cherry cola notes. Great with or without food. 


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2009 Stony Hill Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay

From the winery: " Our 2009 vintage is a perfect example of the winemaker’s art. Mike Chelini has been crafting Chardonnay at Stony Hill for thirty-nine years, always bringing out the essential characteristics of our hillside grown grapes. The aromas of green apples and citrus that greet you are unmistakable. As the wine opens up, the fresh fruit on your tongue is joined by the flinty, earthy quality that the vines drink up from our stony soils and impart to the grapes themselves. As time goes by these flavors will meld and mellow into an elegant, integr... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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2009 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chardonnay is an absolutely gorgeous wine. Understated and classy from start to finish, it shows off layers of ripe fruit, subtle oak and spices. There is plenty of acidity to balance an expression of fruit that is generous, but just short of hitting tropical notes. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018. No one has done more to carry the banner for the Santa Rita Hills than Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton. Both together at Brewer-Clifton and separately in their other projects, Brewer and Clifton consistently deliver delicious wines that are also deeply ...Read More » 


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RP 92 ST 91

2009 Cain "Five" Spring Mountain District Bordeaux Blend

96 points James Suckling: "A fascinating wine with dark berries, spice, sliced raw meat and minerals. Black berries. It changes all the time. Full body with spice, black pepper, blueberry, mushroom and walnut. Seaweed. Goes on for minutes." (5/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Cabernet Sauvignon is 74% of the blend. Very sweet and rich but not heavy. Appetising and thought provoking. Satisfying. Alcohol so well hidden on the label that it took three attempts to find it." (10/2014) K&L Notes: In basic terms, Cain "Five" is just that: the estate's top blend of Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, M... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse

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JS 96

2009 Iron Horse "Classic Vintage Brut" Sonoma County Sparkling Wine

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "An elegant mixture of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, this classic Brut is aged four years en triage and was last disgorged on July 18, 2014. The dosage includes the winery’s Thomas Road Pinot Noir. Golden in color, it is inviting in complex layers of baked apple, pear, honey and graham cracker while offering a light, sophisticated feel on the palate." (12/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Classic Vintage Brut is composed of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay. Only 2,400 cases were produced. Notes of citrus blossoms and Granny Smith apple skins are followed by a dry, crisp ...Read More » 


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WE 94

2009 Clos du Val Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "** Cellar Selection ** The 2009 vintage was a great success for Clos du Val, and now they’ve released this fabulous wine, whose production was 3,000 cases. It’s an absolute classic, a gorgeous example of Stags Leap, with lush blueberry, black currant, violet and mineral flavors, hard tannins and perfect acidity. You can begin drinking it in 2017, but it should really hit its stride in the 2020s." (4/2014)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers will have to be exceedingly patient with the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District). A big, dark wine, the 2009 is one of the richest wi ...Read More » 


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2009 Storybook Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Antonio Galloni: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Seps Estate is a pretty wine, but it lacks the depth and body of the 2008. This mid-weight effort is best enjoyed over the next few years, while the fruit retains the modest depth it has today." (12/2011) Connoisseurs Guide: "Sweet oak plays a fairly prominent role in this working's ripe-cherry nose and does the same in its open, ripe-leaning flavors, and, while the wine could do with a keener sense of Cabernet fruit, it is a plump and easy-to-taste effort with an inviting touch of mildly chocolaty richness. It is not so tannic as to demand an exten ...Read More » 


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2009 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

97 points James Suckling: "Insane nose of pure cassis, minerals, and gorgeous flowers. This is stunning. Full and juicy, with amazing layers of fruit, from cassis to blueberries and hints of vanilla on the great finish." (4/2011)96 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with rich, dark red fruit, smoke, licorice and incense. The aromas and flavors are a touch ripe, exotic and totally seductive. Polished, silky tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish, where floral notes add the lift and brightness. The 2009 isn't a huge wine, but it is immensely appealing. ...Read More » 


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2009 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Simply put, the 2009 James Berry Vineyard is one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted from California, or anywhere for that matter. Bright, floral aromatics lead to expressive red fruit in this impossibly elegant, dazzling wine. A melange of rose petals, mint and licorice follows as the James Berry shows off its breathtaking clarity and finesse. Fine-grained, chalky tannins frame the exceptional finish. Frankly, I am surprised this is the first wine of the tasting. Where does one go from here? (AG)" (8/2011)97 points James Suckling: "Beautiful aromas of violets and sandal ...Read More » 


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RP 98 JS 97 WS 97
ST 96
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2009 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2009 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (98RP, 97JS, 97WS, 96ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Simply put, the 2009 James Berry Vineyard is one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted from California, or anywhere for that matter. Bright, floral aromatics lead to expressive red fruit in this impossibly elegant, dazzling wine. A melange of rose petals, mint and licorice follows as the James Berry shows off its breathtaking clarity and finesse. Fine-grained, chalky tannins frame the exceptional finish. Frankly, I am surprised this is the first wine of the tasting. Where does one go from here? (AG) " (08/2011) 

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2009 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (qty: 6)


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2009 Pride Mountain Napa/Sonoma Counties Cabernet Sauvignon

92 points Wine Spectator: "Pure and focused, this understated version succeeds with finesse and detail to its dark berry, red currant, mocha and spicy, loamy earth notes. Ends with chewy tannins. Drink now through 2024. 4,987 cases made. –JL" (10/2012)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright medium-deep red. Sexy, expressive aromas of redcurrant, red plum, chocolate and nutty oak. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, with enticing flavors of red berries, cocoa powder and spices. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and lovely lingering perfume. According to winemaker Sally Jackson, the Merlot in 2009 had less ...Read More » 


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WS 92 ST 90

2009 Sean Thackrey "Orion" St. Helena Red Blend

From enigmatic producer Sean Thackrey, comes another of his highly-allocated wines, this time a Rhône-style blend. Always quick to sell out, the previous vintage received 95 points from Robert Parker, who wrote: "Marching to the beat of a drummer largely unknown to any other winemaker in California, Sean Thackerey continues to produce some extraordinary wines, in this case from a field blend planted in 1905. This is clearly a Rhône Ranger blend, with a dense ruby/purple color and loads of incense, camphor, blue and black fruits, earth, and spice. Full-bo... Read More » 


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2009 Madrigal Napa Valley Petite Sirah

Chris Madrigal is the proprietor and grandson of the founder of Madrigal Family Winery, and their winemaker is Ed Sbragia. From the winery: "The nose is indicative of a powerful red wine. An initial impression of game, spice and slight reduction, gives way to a core of prevailing blueberry / blackberry fruit aromas. In the mouth the Petite Sirah shows as a compelling red wine in its youth. The initial sensation is more textural with tannin and astringency showing first, but quickly balanced out by an intense core of rich black fruit. The finish is persis... Read More » 


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2009 Joseph Phelps "Backus" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is very nicely balanced from start to finish. In this vintage, the Backus isn’t as overtly ripe as it can be. Hints of tobacco, crushed flowers, new leather and spices add complexity to the inky black fruit. Firm, powerful tannins suggest it will be years before the 2009 is ready to provide maximum pleasure. From time to time, the wine’s inner perfume and expressive black fruit show a glimpse of their potential, but the 2009 is a wine that begs for cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029. (94+, AG)" (12/2012) ...Read More » 


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RP 94 ST 93

2009 Dumol "Eddie's Patch" Russian River Valley Syrah

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Syrah Eddie’s Patch Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard bursts onto the palate with an exciting array of dark red cherries, rose petals, spices, leather and licorice. The use of 33% whole clusters gives the wine a high-toned register in the bouquet that is especially appealing. Sweet, silky tannins frame the exceptional finish in this pliant, highly expressive Syrah. This is a fabulous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024." (2/2012)94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(made with one-third whole clusters): Opaque ruby. Heady, complex aromas of candied dark berries, incense and violet, with an i ...Read More » 


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RP 95 ST 94

2009 Sojourn Cellars "Rodgers Creek" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The seventh Pinot Noir, the 2009 Pinot Noir Rodgers Creek (which sits on a high ridge of the Petaluma Windgap) is made from Dijon clone 777. Attractive underbrush and forest/moss notes intermingle with cherry and spice box. The complex aromatics of this dark plum/ruby wine are very Burgundian. The sweetness of fruit, an inner core of depth and richness, as well as the vibrancy and medium to full-bodied mouthfeel result in a complex, intense wine to drink over the next 7-10 years. This Sonoma winery, owned by Craig Haserot, while the winemaker is Erich Br ...Read More » 


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2009 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Sonoma/Napa Counties Claret

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Merlot-based 2009 Claret Reserve is gorgeous. Juicy dark cherries, tobacco, smoke and cloves jump out of the glass. The Merlot gives the wine much of its suppleness, while the Cabernet adds the structure and pure mountain tannin. Even with all of its richness, the 2009 remains light on its feet for such a big wine. The 2009 boasts striking balance and tons of harmony. The blend is two-thirds Merlot and one-third Cabernet Sauvignon. Naturally, the Claret doesn't have the personality of the estate's variety wines, but it is compelling just the same. 94 ...Read More » 


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2009 Bonaccorsi Larner Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley Syrah

From the Winery; Bonaccorsi Wine Company produces limited quantities of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah rendered in the style and spirit of a small Burgundy domaine. Grape sources are selected carefully from cool areas of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties in California's South Central Coast. Bonaccorsi's objective is to produce wines that combine concentration with delicacy. Located between the Sta. Rita Hills and Happy Canyon appellation. Full purple color, heady generous nose. Dark and mouth-coating with plenty of earth, boysenberry and apri... Read More » 


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2009 Littorai Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Mays Canyon

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Mays Canyon flows across the palate with sweet candied cherries, flowers and spices. Ripe, silky tannins frame the fruit through to the enveloping, layered finish. This is all class and elegance. A blast of fruit informs a striking finish. This is another breathtaking Pinot from Ted Lemon and Littorai. The Mays Canyon was vinified with 25-30% whole clusters. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021." (2/2012)92 points Wine Spectator: "A pure, ripe and vivid Pinot. This offers rich, spicy and elegant black cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit, enlivened by tangy acidity ...Read More » 


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Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
RP 95 WS 92

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