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2015 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Top Pick!
2015 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage

96 points Wine & Spirits: "This is a strapping Crozes-Hermitage, and a terrific example of the combination of power and finesse possible in the 2015 vintage. Culled from parcels in four villages, most of the vines growing on steep granite slopes, the wine is initially gruff and ungiving, the fruit walled off by tannins, oak and the simple density of the extract. But give it a few hours in a decanter and the structure begins to fill with flavor, juicy blackberry and plum notes welling up to meet the austere minerality head-on. It feels more Hermitage than ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco


2016 Domaine des Rémizières Crozes-Hermitage Top Pick!
2016 Domaine des Rémizières Crozes-Hermitage

90 points Wine Spectator: "Charming and fresh, with light violet, white pepper and lavender notes leading the way for supple cherry and plum fruit flavors. Silky tannins and a light dusting of sandalwood show on the finish. (JM, Web-2018)" Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the reds, the clean, classic and nicely textured 2016 Crozes-Hermitage offers lots of darker fruits, peppery herbs, and dried earth. It's medium-bodied, balanced, has good acidity and a great finish. It’s a good value." (01/2018) K&L Notes: The Desmeures family of Domaine des Remizières are ...Read More » 


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WS 90

2015 Cave de Tain "Grand Classique" Crozes-Hermitage (Elsewhere $25)

93 points Decanter: "Saturated, deep black-red in colour with a pure, exuberant and exciting scent mingling notes of smoke, bramble, blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant. The flavours are joyful. There’s a fruit core of singing lyricism, both vivid and fresh without being acidulous; the wine is tannic enough to give its fruit shape and gravitas but not roughness or austerity; and it has overtones which bring light and shade to the wine via faint notes of smoke, of cleansing bitterness, of the saltiness which is such a hallmark of parts of Crozes, and ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City


2015 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The top cuvée from Delas is the 2015 Hermitage Les Bessards, and it's always 100% Syrah from the steep, broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit. Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose of blackcurrants, graphite, toasted spice, crushed rocks and saddle leather. Powerful, massively concentrated, and tannic, it has a broad, expansive, heavenly texture, a thick mid-palate (you could almost use a fork for this beauty), and a great finish. Despite the richness level, it stays balanced ...Read More » 


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2015 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The top cuvée from Delas is the 2015 Hermitage Les Bessards, and it's always 100% Syrah from the steep, broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit. Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose of blackcurrants, graphite, toasted spice, crushed rocks and saddle leather. Powerful, massively concentrated, and tannic, it has a broad, expansive, heavenly texture, a thick mid-palate (you could almost use a fork for this beauty), and a great finish. Despite the richness level, it stays balanced ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco


2016 Emmanuel Darnaud "Les Trois Chenes" Crozes-Hermitage

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes comes from alluvial and pebbly soils and was mostly destemmed and brought up in demi-muids and tanks. Similarly colored, with lots of blackberry, spice, peppery herbs, and hints of incense, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a rounded, layered texture, sweet tannins, and a great finish. It's very much in the charming, forward style of the vintage and ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years (I suspect it will keep even longer)." (12/2018) 92 points Vino ...Read More » 


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JD 92 VN 92

2009 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The greatest wines Chave has produced since 2003 are the two cuvées of 2009 Hermitage. The 2009 Hermitage exhibits a black/purple color along with a sumptuous nose of roasted meats, ground pepper, black currants, blackberry jam, and subtle smoke and licorice. The extraordinary bouquet is followed by a wine of extravagant intensity as well as tremendous focus and precision. While not as powerful as the blockbuster 2003, the amazing 2009 may turn out to be a modern day version of their magnificent 1990 (which is d ...Read More » 


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2015 E. Guigal "Ex-Voto" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is certainly in the same league as the 2009 and 2010, and it’s going to be interesting to compare these vintages over the coming 2-3+ decades. The 2015 has all the hallmarks of a great vintage with its huge bouquet of quince, toasted almonds, brioche, liquid rocks, and honeysuckle as well as touch of licorice. Sensationally concentrated, opulent, and multi-dimensional on the palate, it has bright acidity and an awesome sense of minerality that keep the wine chiseled and focused on the palate. It h ...Read More » 


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2015 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Previously $200)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Of the three sélection parcellaire whites, the 2015 Ermitage de l’Orée is the most fresh and lively, with full-bodied richness and depth in its pineapple, mint, tropical fruits, toasted bread, brioche and liquid rock-styled aromas and flavors. It has good acidity, a stacked mid-palate and one seriously long finish. Not enough can be said about the quality that consistently comes from this estate. From the top to the bottom of the range, you can’t go wrong. (JD)" (12/2016) 97 points Decanter: "Tight bouquet, de ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City


2012 Delas Freres "Les Bessards" Hermitage

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The star of the show is the 2012 Hermitage Les Bessards. Coming from the pure granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit, on the western edge of the appellation, it’s made from 100% Syrah and spent 16 months in 70% new French oak. It’s an incredible wine that offers classic powdered rock-like minerality, loads of crème de cassis and black raspberry fruit, smoked meats, spice and dried-flower nuances. Complex, pure and perfumed, it’s full-bodied and seamless on the palate, with fabulous density, ultra-fine tannin ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2017 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Decanter: "Compelling fragrance despite its youth, remarkably fruity and open for a L’Ermite wine at this stage: lavender, orange, mint and fresh blackberry. Medium to full bodied, rich and mouth-coating yet sublimely fresh. Sprightly, saline tannins, super-fine but weighty. Very well balanced, with juicy acidity and hugely long. Serious thrust and soaring energy, this is white-knuckle stuff. This was made from 70-year-old Syrah vines planted on a high bank of decomposed granite and granitic sands, lieu-dit L’Ermite. Yields of 22 hl/ha. Comple ...Read More » 


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2015 E. Guigal "Ex Voto" Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Aged 36 months in new oak, the colossal 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto is up with the finest vintages of this cuvée to date and is certainly in the same ballpark as the 2009 and 2010. This deep, powerful, muscular Hermitage boasts a saturated purple color to go with its huge nose of crème de cassis, freshly crushed rocks, incense, charcoal, and spring flowers. Full-bodied, with good acidity and huge richness and density, it requires 5-7 years of cellaring and should drink well for 40+ years. (JD) " (12/2018) 95-97 points Robert Parker's ...Read More » 


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JD 98 RP 95 - 97

2017 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

99 points Decanter: "Rich and opulent on the nose, with yellow peach and honeycomb. Very full bodied, with that immediate internal sweet ripeness of fruit that often marks out this cuvée. Good balancing acidity here, with real intensity of concentrated sappy fruits. Huge length, impressive power and a great mineral expression. It coats the mouth, and somehow stays fresh despite its richness. Old vine Marsanne (over 70 years old) grown on the pebbly, sand and clay soils of the lieu-dit Les Murets. 80% is matured in demi-muid for 11 months, 15% new oak, an ...Read More » 


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2015 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, the 2015 Ermitage L’Ermite offers that classic, searing granite/ozone-laced bouquet of crème de cassis, liquid rocks, graphite, and lead pencil. More tight, focused and backward than the Pavillon, it's no less impressive and is pure, full-bodied, massively concentrated and focused. It’s another monumental wine from Michel Chapoutier that needs to be forgotten for 8-10 years and will have 40-50 years of prime drinking. Enough can’t be said about the quality coming from this estate and these 2015s are certainly a match for ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Maison Bleue" Hermitage

94-96 points Vinous: "(20% new oak) Saturated bright-rimmed ruby. Seductive, mineral-tinged aromas of red and blue preserves, cola, violet pastille and olive paste, along with a spicy topnote. Black raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors display excellent energy and depth, a subtle spicecake accent and zesty back-end cut. Deftly plays richness off vivacity and shows no excess fat. Finishes with persistent cherry and floral notes, supple tannins and strong, spicy persistence. (JR)" (06/2018) 94-95 points James Suckling: "This is a juicy and flavorful youn ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco


2016 Saint Cosme Crozes-Hermitage

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I loved the 2016 Crozes Hermitage, which comes from granite terroirs located behind Hermitage hill. It offers layers of blackberry fruit, olive tapenade, ground pepper, and violet aromas and flavors. Deep, medium to full-bodied, and seamless, it shows the purity and finesse that’s the hallmark of this vintage." (09/2018) 93 points James Suckling: "White pepper and graphite here and a very spicy, stony attitude. Blackberries, a fragrant edge and plenty of sweet spice. The palate delivers a succulent array of bright, red and black ...Read More » 


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JD 93 JS 93

2016 Emmanuel Darnaud "La Dardouille" Saint-Joseph

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit La Dardouille comes from a fabulous terroir (Jean-Louis Chave also works with this vineyard) and was brought up a mix of once- and twice-used demi-muids and barrels. It offers ripe, sexy notes of crème de cassis, violets, and graphite, with subtle new oak covered by beautifully pure fruit. With medium to full-bodied richness and depth, sweet tannins, and a great finish, it's a gem of a Saint Joseph that will be better with 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for a decade. Hats off to the young Emmanue ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood


2016 Domaine Remy Nodin "Le Mazel" Crozes-Hermitage

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Nodin's 2016 Crozes Hermitage Le Mazel isn't the most aromatic Crozes of the vintage, but it does offer ample weight on the palate; a ripe, creamy texture and supple tannins; and plenty of plum and blueberry fruit. Savory spice notes arrive on the lengthy finish, bringing welcome complexity. (JC)" (12/2017) Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Ripe black and blue fruits on the nose and palate, along with hints of violet and olive. In a plush, open-knit style that reminded me a lot of 2015. Closes smooth and smoky, with rounde ...Read More » 


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RP 90


2016 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Lieu Dit Paradis" Saint-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Lieu Dit Paradis" Saint-Joseph (Pre-Arrival)

91-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There will be only about 2,000 bottles of the 2016 Saint Joseph Lieu-Dit Paradis, from a vineyard near Mauves. It offers black cherry and blackberry fruit; a ripe, creamy mid-palate; and a long, firm finish. Drink this medium to full-bodied wine over the next decade or so. In the interest of saving time, I tasted these wines during my visit to Chapoutier, although Ferraton is run independently, with its own winemaking team and facility. Despite being under Chapoutier ownership since 2004, the style of wine ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Ermitage le Meal Blanc starts with refined notes of crushed stone and pencil shavings that move into a whirlwind of lush fruit, ranging from pineapple through melon and pear. It's rich, almost custardy in texture, yet it's backed by mineral notes of crushed stone and delivers awesome freshness on the long finish. It's an exhilarating ride. 508 cases produced. (JC)" (10/2018) 96 points Decanter: "Picked on 24 August, this Hermitage will spend nine months in demi-muid, one-third new. There's some spicy c ...Read More » 


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2010 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasting like the concentrated blood from an aged and grilled strip steak, the 2010 Ermitage Le Pavillon boasts a black/purple color along with creme de cassis, camphor, pen ink, white flower and lead pencil shaving characteristics in its massive, full-bodied personality. It almost defies description because of its ethereal concentration and off-the-charts extract levels. This is not for the faint of heart, or those who lack patience, as it will require 10-15 years of bottle age, and, as previously stated, will k ...Read More » 


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2015 M. Chapoutier "Les Greffieux" Ermitage Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Ermitage Les Greffieux comes from vines located at the base of the hill, just under the le Méal Vineyard. Blackberries, blueberries, liquid violet, dusty minerality and hints of beef blood all flow to a ripe, sexy, voluptuous, heavenly effort that's overflowing with fruit and richness. Concentrated, ripe, sexy and just incredible stuff, it will rival the 2006 as the finest vintage to date from this vineyard. Slightly closed and backward now, don't touch bottles for 7-8 years." (01/2018) 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Ad ...Read More » 


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2010 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the stars of the retrospective was the 2010 Ermitage le Meal. This classic vintage yielded concentrated, fresh and structured wines and the 2010 has all of these traits in spades. Giving up a massive array of liquid rock, graphite, spring flowers, cassis and black raspberries, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a tight, structured, tannic mouthfeel and bright acidity, all while still showing incredible polish and elegance. It will certainly flirt with perfection at maturity, but is all about min ...Read More » 


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2016 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, the 2016 Ermitage Le Méal is the top wine from Ferraton, and rightly so, as it’s a magical wine in 2016. Rocking notes of black raspberries, blackberries, toasted spices, tapenade, and dry aged beef all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with a wealth of material yet stays balanced, layered, and seamless. It's a sensational wine that's up with the top wines of the vintage. Hats off to the team at Ferraton for this remarkable wine as well as their full lineup of wines in 2016." (12/2018) 96 points Decanter: "A ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "La Chapelle" Hermitage Top Pick!
2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "La Chapelle" Hermitage

97-98 points James Suckling: "Very spicy and peppery with blue-granite aromas plus hints of grilled and smoked meat. Cloves and nutmeg. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a super spicy finish that almost burns with so much character yet turns fine and focused at the end. A beauty. " (08/2018) 96-98 points Vinous: "(raised in 20% new oak) Dark purple. A highly expressive, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh blackberry and blueberry, candied flowers, incense and exotic spices. Sweet, palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur and violet pastille ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco


2015 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage (1.5L) 3-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The top cuvée from Delas is the 2015 Hermitage Les Bessards, and it's always 100% Syrah from the steep, broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit. Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose of blackcurrants, graphite, toasted spice, crushed rocks and saddle leather. Powerful, massively concentrated, and tannic, it has a broad, expansive, heavenly texture, a thick mid-palate (you could almost use a fork for this beauty), and a great finish. Despite the richness level, it stays balanced ...Read More » 


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2017 Domaine Belle Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A barrel sample of the domaine's 2017 Hermitage suggests it will be another strong vintage. Violets, pencil shavings, purple raspberries and baking spices all come together in a whirl of richness. Velvety, intense and long, it should be approachable relatively young yet have the stuffing to age for two decades. Philippe Belle and his son, Guillaume, continue to turn out some of Northern Rhône's best-kept secrets from their small estate in the hills behind Hermitage. Their Larnage sector of Crozes-Hermitage ...Read More » 


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RP 96 - 98

2016 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Lieu Dit Paradis" Saint-Joseph

92-94 points Vinous: "(from Mauves; 15% new oak) Youthful purple. Mineral-accented cassis and blueberry on the highly perfumed nose; peppery spice and floral notes build in the glass. Densely packed but lively dark berry preserve flavors show hints of smoky bacon and candied violet and pick up an allspice quality with air. Stains the palate and shows very good concentration but no excess weight. Finishes with vibrant mineral cut, slow-building tannins and strong, spicy persistence. (JR)" (06/2018) 93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From a tiny section of this ste ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2016 Emmanuel Darnaud "Mise en Bouche" Crozes-Hermitage

90-92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Crozes-Hermitage Mise En Bouche comes from the southern parts of the appellation and is aging in a mix of tank, used barrels and foudre. It offers terrific red and black fruits, spice, tapenade and peppery herb aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness, moderate tannin and a great finish. It's a hidden little gem in the vintage." (01/2018) 91 points Wine Spectator: "A very fresh, pure style, with a beam of cherry, violet and white pepper notes that sails through completely unencumbered by toast. (JM)" (11/2018) Vin ...Read More » 


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JD 90 - 92 WS 91

2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage Top Pick!
2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Crozes Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert offers a rocking (and classic) bouquet of ripe black fruits intermixed with notions new saddle leather, pepper, garrigue, and hints of bacon fat. This ripe, medium to full-bodied, silky wine has remarkable purity, is already complex, and finishes with serious length. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years." (12/2018) 92-94 points Vinous: "(20% new oak) Bright violet. Highly perfumed, mineral-accented dark berries, cherry liqueur and candied violet on the nose. At once rich and energet ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco


2015 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Decanter: "A perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Méal offers straight-up otherworldly notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice, scorched earth and flowers. With a huge, unctuous profile on the palate, a stacked mid-palate, sweet, sweet tannin and awesome purity, it's as good as it gets. This cuvée is always one of the more forward, sexy wines in the lineup, but it still needs 4-6 years of bottle age and will keep for 2-3 decades." (01/2018) 100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Méal offers straight-up other ...Read More » 


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2016 Ferraton Père et Fils "Le Reverdy" Hermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Also terrific, the tiny production 2016 Ermitage Le Reverdy Blanc is a blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne brought up in demi-muids. It gives up more honeyed marmalade, wood smoke, caramelized citrus and crushed rocks aromatics. Rich, unctuous and concentrated on the palate, with gorgeous purity, it has building structure, and a great, great finish. It’s up with the crème de la crème of the vintage and should not be missed. Give bottles a year or so and enjoy over the following two decades. The only downside to these latest r ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "Les Varonniers" Crozes-Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "On a whole other level, the inky colored 2017 Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers gives up a big blast of black fruits, black olive, smoked earth, and graphite. Tasting like a top Hermitage with its classic minerality, full-bodied richness, and deep, layered mid-palate, it's going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. I’ve often called this wine the greatest Crozes Hermitage produced, and it’s yet to let me down." (12/2018) 92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Recent vintages of the 2017 Crozes Her ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

98-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The black/purple/ruby-colored 2017 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from the Bessards lieu-dit, which in this reviewer’s opinion is the greatest terroir in the world for Syrah. Offering a huge notes of currants, cassis, liquid rocks, graphite, scorched earth, and liquid rocks, it hits the palate with a full-bodied, deep, thick, opulent texture that needs to be tasted to be believed. Almost over the top, yet balanced and elegant, it's much more hedonistic than the L'Ermite and is going to flirt with perfection with short-term cellari ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As in 2016, my favorite of the white parcel selections this year is the 2017 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc (231 cases produced), as it perfectly balances richness and power with refinement and structure. Toasted brioche and citrus marmalade, honey and truffle notes deliver sheer full-bodied, mouth-filling decadence, supported by austere notes of crushed granite, zesty grapefruit rind and cooling brine. Huge and intense yet refreshing, it's the essence of granite-grown Marsanne. (JC)" (10/2018) 98 points Decanter: "T ...Read More » 


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2016 M. Chapoutier "Les Greffieux" Ermitage Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From the deeper soils at the bottom of the Le Méal lieu-dit, the 2016 Ermitage Les Gréffieux was all destemmed and saw its normal 18 months in a mix of Burgundy barrels and demi-muids, with just 25% being new. This is a rich, powerful, black-fruited expression of this cuvée, offering up tons of blackcurrants, blackberries, smoked earth, chocolate, and spice. Inky colored, full-bodied, sensationally concentrated, and opulent on the palate, it's a killer bottle of wine that can be drunk today or cellared for 25 years or more." (12/2 ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of three potentially perfect Hermitage wines from Chapoutier this vintage, the 2017 Ermitage le Meal is absolutely seamless, delivering a whirl of lush fruit, ample structure and tremendous freshness and length on the finish. Crushed stone and pencil shavings frame the technicolor blueberry and cassis fruit, which picks up an added licorice note. Just a wow wine from start to finish. (JC)" (10/2018) 96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The glass-staining purple-colored 2017 Ermitage Le Méal comes from an incredib ...Read More » 


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2016 M. Chapoutier "Les Varonniers" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "On another level, the inky colored 2016 Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers comes from the granite hillside just beside Hermitage hill and is more Hermitage than Crozes. It has a huge nose of currants, smoked earth, graphite, pepper, and cured meats. This carries to a rich, powerful Crozes that has a real sense of minerality, beautiful mid-palate depth, ripe, present tannins, and a great, great finish. Aged 18 months in 20% new French oak (a mix of Burgundy barrels and demi-muids), it has two decades or more of longevity ahead of it." ...Read More » 


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2016 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Miaux" Hermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "As to the two Hermitage Blanc, the 2016 Hermitage Les Miaux Blanc is made from 100% Marsanne brought up in demi-muids. It boasts a smoking nose of buttered citrus, tangerine, flower oil and wood smoke. Big, rich, concentrated and voluptuous on the palate, with beautiful density, this is a terrific white that ticks all the right boxes. It’s another 'best to date' wine from this awesome vintage and can be drunk anytime over the coming decade or more." (01/2018) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Very enticing, with a note of warm brioche ...Read More » 


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2015 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from the Bessards lieu-dit on Hermitage, which is pure granite soils. I've said it before, but will say it again, this is unquestionably the finest, most singular vineyard for Syrah in the world. Cassis, graphite, smoked herbs, liquid rocks and violet aromas give way to a huge, concentrated, opulent and off-the-charts beauty that just hints at its ultimate potential. I wouldn’t think about opening bottles for at least a decade, after which it will keep for 4-5 decades." (0 ...Read More » 


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2015 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (Previously $300)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Matching the otherworldly 2009, the 2015 Hermitage Blanc is a perfect wine and certainly one of the greatest whites ever made from this hallowed estate. The normal blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne from the l’Ermite, Péleat, and les Rocoules lieux-dits, it exhibits a huge, opulent bouquet of buttered citrus, flower oil, orange marmalade, quince, and honeysuckle that’s to die for. This majestic, full-bodied Hermitage Blanc has a huge mid-palate, thrilling purity of fruit, and a finish that won’t quit. It’s capable of lasting ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "La Chapelle" Hermitage (1.5L)

96-98 points Vinous: "Dark purple. A highly expressive, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh blackberry and blueberry, candied flowers, incense and exotic spices. Sweet, palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur and violet pastille flavors are complicated by suggestions of cracked pepper and bitter chocolate; a spicecake nuance gains strength with aeration. Steadily building tannins add shape and grip to the extremely long, incisive finish, which emphatically repeats the floral and mineral notes. I wouldn't be surprised to see this wine turn out as w ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Roure" Crozes-Hermitage

93-95 points Vinous: "(raised in 20% new oak) Brilliant purple. Powerful, mineral-accented red and dark berry preserve, Asian spice, incense and floral pastille aromas show excellent clarity and pick up a minerally nuance with air. Silky, densely packed and incisive on the palate, offering intense Chambord, boysenberry and spicecake flavors given spine and lift by a vein of juicy acidity. Finishes extremely floral and impressively long, displaying resonating spiciness and smooth, harmonious tannins. (JR)" (06/2018) 94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From granite ...Read More » 


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2017 Domaine Belle "Roche Pierre" Crozes Hermitage (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The concentrated, rich 2017 Crozes Hermitage Roche Pierre looks terrific from barrel. Full-bodied and velvety, it's very much Hermitage-like in its power and length. Licorice, plum and dark chocolate notes all linger on the finish. Philippe Belle and his son, Guillaume, continue to turn out some of Northern Rhône's best-kept secrets from their small estate in the hills behind Hermitage. Their Larnage sector of Crozes-Hermitage benefits from having a strong concentration of white clays, which imparts more po ...Read More » 


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RP 94 - 96

2016 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Ermitage De L’Orée is also beautiful in the vintage and has a huge nose of buttered citrus, white flowers, orange blossom, and liquid rocks. Rich, full-bodied, beautifully pure and elegant, it has a seamless feel on the palate, terrific acidity, and a great finish. Coming all from the Les Murets lieu-dit and brought up in 15% new demi-muids, give this beauty 2-3 years of bottle age and it will shine for 2-3 decades." (12/2018) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As usual, Chapoutier's sélections parcellaires are s ...Read More » 


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2013 Delas Freres "Les Bessards" Hermitage

95 points Vinous: "(aged in 70% new oak for 18 months): Inky ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry liqueur, peppery spices and fresh flowers, backed by a hint of olive. Supple and appealingly sweet, offering intense, deeply concentrated blackberry and violet pastille flavors and a suggestion of star anise. Finishes pure, sweet and energetic on the penetrating finish, showing outstanding focus and slow-building tannins. (JR)" (03/2016) 94 points James Suckling: "This is a wine that delivers the warmth of its southwest-facing hi ...Read More » 


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2016 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Dionnieres" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming all from sedimentary soils on the eastern side of the hill and brought up in 20% new barrels, the 2016 Ermitage Les Dionnières is a gem in the lineup. Blackberries, currants, roasted herbs, cured meats, and spice notes all emerge from this opulent, powerful, yet also pure and precise Hermitage. It's rich and full-bodied on the palate yet holds onto a fabulous sense of purity and elegance." (12/2018) 93-95 points Vinous: "Vivid purple. Pungent cherry liqueur, black currant, olive paste and candied violet aromas are complem ...Read More » 


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2016 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Bonneveau" Saint-Joseph

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Last of the Saint Josephs, the 2016 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Bonneveau is a big, rich, rounded wine that has considerable opulence and hedonistic fireworks in its currants, blueberries, blackberries, violets, and crushed rock aromas and flavors. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, terrific ripeness, and the rounded, supple, forward texture of the vintage, drink it any time over the coming decade or more." (12/2018) 92-94 points Vinous: "(all granite soils at Tournon; 15% new oak) Bright purple. Vibrant, mineral-tinged cherry ...Read More » 


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