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94 points James Halliday: "Although the alcohol is the same, this has more power, depth and drive than its Barossa Valley counterpart, which momentarily suggests higher alcohol. It's not, but it certainly needs more time, and will repay the patient in spades." (05/2017) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "Peter Leske is the winemaker on the ground for Thistledown, working with UK-based MWs Giles Cook and Fergal Tynan, who founded the firm to explore old-vine grenache in South Australia. The Vagabond comes from a vineyard in Blewitt Springs where 70-year-old bus...
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The young and fruit-driven 2018 Garnacha Old Vines was produced with grapes from Calatayud, and it fermented with semi-carbonic maceration and matured in concrete with lees for four months. It's juicy and ripe, with a round palate, fine tannins and a warm finish. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2019. (LG)" (04/2020) K&L Notes: Vinos del Viento is our most recent addition to our direct-import portfolio from Spain. It is a project that focuses on Garnacha and Cariñena (Grenache and Carignan) from the regio...
Price: $11.99

92 points James Halliday: "Red berried fruits, bright and lively, swoosh through the palate, engaging as they go. It's not complex but it's effective. Dry spice, florals and swirls of anise take the idea and run with it. It's not heavy but it's insistent." (09/2016)
Price: $14.99

93 points Vinous: "Brilliant garnet. Fresh raspberry, cherry and baking spices on the highly fragrant nose. In a silky, energetic style, offering intense red fruit and spicecake flavors that turn deeper and pick up a smoky quality on the back half. Smooth and seamless on the impressively long, gently tannic finish, which features a sappy red berry liqueur note and resonating spiciness. Raised in one-year-old and neutral French oak barrels. (JR)" (01/2021) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Light in the glass, this is a delicious wine, starting with aromas of ...
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92 points James Suckling: "A super brambly red that has abundant rich and ripe, dark berry and cherry aromas. The palate is a riot of fresh dark berries and delivers a very plush, sweetly spiced, powder-dry finish. Drink or hold." (07/2019) Jancis Robinson: "The cooperative of Borja and also the Borsao brand was founded in 1958. Some years later, the cooperatives of Pozuelo and Tabuenca joined to establish a new company called Bodegas Borsao S A. They are one of the main producers of Garnacha in the world. Single varietal of Garnacha. Vineyards of up t...
Price: $14.99

95 points James Suckling: "A round, fruity red with plum, berry and cherry character. Some orange-peel and floral undertones. Full-bodied. Delicious. Drink or hold." (11/2020) K&L Notes: Artazu is the Navarra project from Artadi. It was inspired by the owners realtionship with California winemaking maverick Randall Graham. Navarra is located along the Camino Santiago as you travel north east from Rioja towards Pamplona. The vineyards for this wine are located at 600m and the soils are clay limestone. With the Artadi attention to detail and no expense s...
Price: $25.99

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Light rosewater, strawberry and cherry-juice aromas meet with rounded star anise and baking spice on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. There is great chalky tension to the palate and a ripping acidity, framing flavors of red fruit, orange rind and, on the finish, vanilla paste. (MK)" (10/2018)
Price: $29.99

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Laurel is a blend of the younger vines, some barrels that were declassified from Clos Erasmus and the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon, and in the low-yielding and dry 2017 vintage, it's 70% Garnacha, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 15% alcohol. The wine fermented mostly in concrete and oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in a combination of oak vats, concrete, used barriques and amphorae for 16 months. They produce this to be approachable from the moment it's released. The 2017s feel very...
Price: $49.99

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "From vines planted in 1910, this wine impresses on multiple levels. Aromas of dark berry, strawberry, dried thyme and turned soil are both rustic and refined. The palate is framed by fresh acidity and a delightful rocky minerality, which give depth to the cranberry, raspberry and herbal flavors. *Editors' Choice* (MK)" (11/2020) 92 points Vinous: "Deep, brilliant red. Vibrant raspberry and floral scents are complicated by suggestions of baking spices and succulent herbs. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering open-knit ...
Price: $24.95

94 points James Halliday: "Light, bright crimson; the inclusion of 9% grenache from McLaren Vale has worked very well, for there's a touch more structure and spine than many Barossa Valley grenaches at this price. The red fruits that are the heart and soul of this wine are delicious." (05/2017) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine offers a perfumed nose of ripe strawberry, cherry and blueberry fruit, with additional notes of herbs and black peppery. The palate brings bright fruit backed by soft, sandy tannins." (04/2019)
Price: $14.99

94 points Vinous: "Glistening scarlet. Assertively perfumed red fruit liqueur, cherry, exotic spice and succulent herb aromas show superb definition and a subtle medicinal quality. Shows very good depth and velvety texture, offering sappy raspberry, medicinal cherry and candied lavender flavors that betray no rough edges. Lingers with outstanding tenacity on the finish, which features rounded tannins and resonating florality. Made from a blend of wines that are made from air-dried grapes from the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 vintages. Note that this wine is...
Price: $29.95

93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Grenache comes from two dry-farmed vineyards and saw three-and-a-half weeks’ skin contact, including 30% to 50% whole bunches, the remainder destemmed but not crushed, then matured in used oak for 12 months. It has a perfumed bouquet of mineral-rich cranberry and crushed strawberry aromas, very detailed and focused. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied, with sappy red berry fruit laced with white pepper and clove, leading into a natural, white-pepper-infused finish that lingers in the mouth. Classic Swartland Grenache." (09/...
Price: $34.99

The viticulture is organic, grape harvest is manual and carefully selected. Vineyards: rocky limestone clay soil of very low fertility. Altitude of the vineyards: 800m above sea level. Spontaneous fermentation, aged 6 months, 1/3 of the grapes fermented and aged respectively in clay amphorae, French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Limited production of 1700 bottles. Winery notes " Notes of plums, cherries, strawberries and fresh oranges, subtle memories of cassis, raspberries and blackberries. In the nose mineral touch and on the palate a subtle ...
Price: $23.99


96 points James Suckling: "This has such attractive and pure, fresh-raspberry, red-cherry and red-plum aromas with some subtle spice and dried-wood notes. The palate has a succulent, juicy and energetic feel with mouthwateringly fresh red-berry flavors. So tautly focused and approachable yet resilient tannins." (06/2020)
Price: $39.99

The wines of Alto Moncayo are crafted to express the unique terroir of windswept high elevation Campo de Borja DO; and to serve as a benchmark for world class old vine Garnacha. Veratón comes from vines that are 30 to 50 years old. About the Vineyard Vineyards in Tabuenca and Borja, planted with indegenous clones of Garnacha starting in the 1920s. Wine Production The selected perfectly matured bunches are placed into small stainless-steel tanks for a temperature controlled fermentation. The wine is aged for 16 months in French and American oak.
Price: $27.99

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A step up in price, the 2016 Breca is all Garnacha that was fermented and aged 15 months in older puncheons and demi-muids. It has brilliant notes of kirsch, ripe black raspberries, crushed violets, orange rind, licorice, and spice box. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, and balanced, it's another beautiful wine that has balance, integrated acidity, ripe tannins, and tons of character. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years." (09/2019) 90 points James Suckling: "There’s a wealth of ripe dark-berry and spicy-fruit aro...
Price: $13.99

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "(Tasted with same score in 2002, the following review reflects a tasting in 02/1998) Two of the most decadent wines made on planet Earth are the limited production (about 900 cases of each) of Old Vine Grenache. In 1996, there are three offerings, but I only tasted two, the Blewitt Springs and Kangarilla Vineyard. The opaque blue/black-colored 1996 Old Vine Grenache Blewitt Springs offers a blackberry, cassis, and peppery-scented nose. Explosively sweet black fruit hits the palate with considerable weight and un...
Price: $49.99

Oxer had always wanted to make wines in La Rioja Alavesa, and in 2005 he moved to Laguardia. Convinced of the uniqueness of the area, Oxer decided this is the place where he wants to settle and further express the art of winemaking. The permaculture vineyards in La Rioja Alavesa are worked organically with biodynamic treatments, following the principle of regenerative agriculture. Man and mule work the land with great care and respect for the old vines, and the meticulous work in vineyard and winery culminates in extremely fresh and elegant wines. Old vi...
Price: $47.99

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Pegaso Barrancos de Pizarra combines the power and ripeness of the slate soils with the freshness of the year and comes through as balanced and very complete. The oak is perfectly integrated, and the year seems like a breakthrough in the region, more elegant and floral as well as tasty, with very fine tannins and supple flavors. This is superb. 3,120 bottles produced. (LG)" (04/2020) K&L Notes: This is Telmo Rodriguez’s Sierra de Gredos project, named after the Spanish car manufacturer. Take a quick m...
Price: $54.99

Eduardo Soler and two friends started Ver Sacrum in 2012 with the concept of growing and vinifying Rhône Varietals. Their winemaking ethos focuses on fresh, low alcohol, lighter skin contact, native yeast, honest, and easy drinking wines. All grapes are hand harvested and most are foot crushed as they believe in minimum intervention in the vineyards and winery with no corrections, filtration, or pump overs.
Price: $17.99

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "2017 was a comparatively cool vintage, which has ramped up the elegance and freshness factor on Yangarra’s most premium and renowned wine. Compared with the raw beauty and pure joy of the Ovitelli Grenache (which is half the price), this is a more polished wine, set for time in the cellar but also drinking beautifully now. The floral characteristics shine along side brambly fruit and soft savory, mineral aromas. The palate is open knit, with juicy berries washing over the tongue, followed by a tug of highly textural an...
Price: $99.99

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "90+ "The 2017 Pegaso Zeta is a juicy, straightforward, open and expressive pure Garnacha, and it's a little riper than the 2016, which was the vintage of the change. But it faithfully represents a warmer year of faster ripening and perhaps a little less complexity. 13,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2018." (LG)" (04/2020) K&L Notes: Zeta is from 890-920m at the entry into Cebreros. Produced with 100% traditional, EU organic, bush-trained garnacha vines. The slate and granite soils are blended, givi...
Price: $20.99

Oxer Bastegieta is a Basque producer who divides his time between the family winery in Bizkaiko Txakolina and his highly personal wines in Rioja Alavesa. Oxer had always wanted to make wines in La Rioja Alavesa, and in 2005 he moved to Laguardia. Convinced of the uniqueness of the area, Oxer decided this is the place where he wants to settle and further express the art of winemaking. The permaculture vineyards in La Rioja Alavesa are worked organically with biodynamic treatments, following the principle of regenerative agriculture. Man and mule work the ...
Price: $49.99


Winemaker's Notes: "This Grenache was sourced from Joe Hattrup’s Elephant Mountain Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills Appellation of Yakima Valley, Washington. At harvest, we foot-stomped a small layer of fruit at the bottom of a tank and layered the remainder of the fruit on top, 100% whole cluster. The tank was then gassed and sealed for 20 days. Once opened, the grapes (mostly still fully intact) were pressed and fermentation was completed with native yeast. This wine was aged in terracotta amphora for 12 months followed by neutral oak for 5 addition...
Price: $39.95

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The eponymous red 2015 Sedella was cropped from a warm and dry year; despite this, the wine is only 13.5% alcohol and has good freshness. It matured in used French oak barrels for 14 months. For the first time, the wine reminded me of an old Colares, with some earthy and rusty aromas, character and rusticity. It really had the aromatic profile of an old red from Portugal (that I love!). There are notes of iron and licorice, and the palate had pungent flavors and fine-grained but slightly pointy tannins. I guess t...
Price: $27.99

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Made from 100% Powerline Vineyard (since 2015), the 2017 Grenache The Boy Powerline Vineyard sports a lighter ruby hue as well as Rayas-like notes of decayed flowers, kirsch liqueur, licorice, and cured meats. Seamless, medium-bodied, and beautifully polished, with fine tannins, it's a stunning, Burgundian example of this variety to enjoy over the coming 15-20 years. " (04/2020) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A resounding success, the 2017 The Boy Grenache shines true with high-toned red berry fruit expressions on the...
Price: $39.95

93 points James Suckling: "Very attractive and fresh wild raspberries and pomegranates with orange rind and licorice. The palate has immense tannin detail and is also super approachable." (06/2019) 92 points James Halliday: "Basso never fails to please. It's a cheery, juicy, lighter-framed wine with squishy raspberries and sweet wild strawberries with an interplay of grainy tannins; then add a savoury infusion. In hip bars, it's called totally smashable." (09/2020)
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95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Pegaso Arrebatacapas is the second vintage of the single-vineyard bottling from Cebreros (even though I'm not sure if the 2015 has been released yet). The 2016 is more expressive and elegant than the initial 2015. This goes very much in line with the Pegaso Pizarra, with a little more grip and some more tannins, and it might require a little more time in bottle. There were only 750 bottles produced in 2016. (LG) " (04/2020) K&L Notes: This is Telmo Rodriguez’s Sierra de Gredos project, named after the ...
Price: $79.99

Winery Notes: " "Gambrels of the Sky" comes from an Emily Dickinson poem entitled "I dwell in Possibility," and though this feels a little lofty, it seemed appropriate for a wine that is a dedication to my remarkable grandmother, Frances Howard Peterson. Not only did she love poetry, she also loved cooking, science, and wine. A single Grenache-based wine was one of the first my grandmother tried and launched her into the world of vinous possibilities. The 2016 Gambrels is built around the 1880s planting of Grenache at the venerable Gibson Ranch in M...
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Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2002-2003 Noon Langhorne Creek South Australia Tasting Lot, including 2-bottles of 2002 Noon "Reserve" Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia (99RP, 92WE) and 2-bottles of 2003 Noon "Eclipse" Grenache Langhorne Creek South Australia (94RP, 91WE). Of the 2002 Noon "Reserve" Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "Flirting with perfection, the blue/purple-colored 2002 Shiraz Reserve is a 300-case cuvee produced from 40-year-old vines that was aged in a combination of small and large oak. Along with a texture reminiscent of motor oil, this full-bodied, remarkably intense Shiraz possesses great purity and richness as well as a broad palate. As concentrated as Shiraz can get, it is also impeccably well-balanced, elegant, and bursting with personality/soul. It is the kind of wine that is hard to duplicate anywhere else in the world. It is good to see certain winemakers refuse to put the brakes on when producing something of th
Starting Bid: $230.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2014 Booker "The Ripper" Paso Robles Grenache (98RP, 94VN, 92WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A true gem in the vintage, the 2014 The Ripper (Grenache) is reminiscent of a top vintage of Domaine de Marcoux's Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes with its gorgeously pure bouquet of framboise, kirsch, spice box, licorice and dried flowers. Medium ruby colored and semi-opaque, this full-bodied Grenache has no hard edges, a full, layered texture and building, ripe, sweet tannin that really stretches out the finish. This is a fabulous, tour de force effort that I wish every reader could taste. It's sensational today, but should continue to shine for upwards of a decade. (JD)" (08/2016)
Starting Bid: $180.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock & Stein" Central Coast MagnumTasting Lot (OWC), including 1-bottle of 2012 Sine Qua Non "Stein" Central Coast Grenache (1.5L) (97RP, (95-97VN)) and 1-bottle of 2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah (1.5L) (98RP, 96VN). Of the 2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah (1.5L),Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "A step up from the Grenache, the blockbuster-styled 2012 Syrah Stock checks in as a blend of 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petit Sirah, and the rest Viognier and Mourvedre, that was fermented with 32% whole clusters and aged in just over half new French oak. It offers stunning notes of blackcurrants, cassis, smoked meats, ground pepper and wild herbs to go with a full-bodied, unctuous, layered, yet always graceful and elegant feel on the palate. Nicely structured, with perfect overall balance, it still has the open-knit character of the vintage, yet has plenty of underlying structure, which at the moment is slightly
Starting Bid: $665.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2012 Booker "The Ripper 24" Paso Robles Grenache ((94-97RP), (93-95VN)). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 The Ripper 24 release is slightly more evolved, and in this case, I think the earlier bottling is the better wine. Nevertheless, this is still an awesome effort that gives up loads of sweet spice, graphite, licorice, dried flowers and cured meats to go with a full-bodied, sexy, seamless style on the palate. It should be ready to go on release and also have upward of a decade of longevity. (JD)" (08/2014)
Starting Bid: $130.00

Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2012 Booker "The Ripper" Paso Robles Grenache (96RP, 94VN). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 The Ripper (always 100% Grenache), which checks in at 13.6% alcohol, is a fabulous effort that was brought up all in neutral 500-liter French oak barrels. Loaded with notions of kirsch, dried flowers, rose petal and underbrush, it’s about as seamless and elegant as this cuvee gets, yet it’s still no lightweight and has full-bodied richness and depth. Showing plenty of fine tannin on the finish, it is hard to resist now, but should have a solid 10-12 year drink window. (JD)" (08/2014)
Starting Bid: $240.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2010 La Bastide Saint Dominique "Secrets de Pignan" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (95JD, 95RP, 93VN). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The blockbuster 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Secrets de Pignan Vieilles Vignes is a great buy in the marketplace as prices for this estate have not yet gone through the roof as they have for other old vine cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape. Nearly as good as the 2007, the 2010 exhibits copious quantities of black raspberries, black cherries, forest floor, licorice, pepper and bouquet garni. Terrific structure, a full-bodied mouthfeel and good freshness and liveliness make for a fabulous wine to enjoy over the next 15+ years. (RP)" (10/2012)
Starting Bid: $117.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2016 Sine Qua Non "Dirt Vernacular" California Grenache (100JD, 98RP, 98VN). Jeb Dunnuck: "I called the 2016 Grenache Dirt Vernacular a perfect wine last year, and it’s still straight-up heavenly stuff that tops out on my scale this year. A blend of 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvèdre, 7% Touriga Nacional, and the rest Petite Sirah, it comes mostly from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills yet also includes fruit from the Third Twin, Cumulus, Bien Nacido, and Molly Aida vineyards. Aged 23 months in 38% new French oak, it offers awesome notes of kirsch liqueur, blackberries, ground pepper, leafy herbs, and graphite as well as a full-bodied, powerful, yet weightless style on the palate. It’s one of those wines that offer incredible intensity and depth, yet stays weightless, seamless, and elegant. It’s a magical wine and one of the greatest Grenache releases to ever come from California." (10/2019)
Starting Bid: $815.00

Bid on this 4-bottle lot of Assorted Noon "Solaire Reserve" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia (500ml) Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 1998 Noon "Solaire Reserve" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia (500ml), 1-bottle of 1999 Noon "Solaire Reserve" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia (500ml), 1-bottle of 2002 Noon "Solaire Reserve" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia (500ml), and 1-bottle of 2004 Noon "Solaire Reserve" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia (500ml). Of the 1998 Noon "Solaire Reserve" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia (500ml),The Noon’s winery is literally built into an old garage. It is like a rare gem where every facet is polished to a fine edge. The winery itself is small, consisting of a tasting room, a kitchen/lab, a barrel-filled aging room and another room that holds the huge blending tanks that were purchased back in the 1950s by Drew Noon's father. If you stand at the winery door facing outwards, the block of vineyard immediately in front of you w
Starting Bid: $80.00

Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2001 Clarendon Hills Tasting Lot, including 3-bottles of 2001 Clarendon Hills "Hickinbotham" Cabernet Sauvignon (92JH, 90RP) and 1-bottle of 2001 Clarendon Hills "Romas Vineyard" Old Vine Grenache South Australia (96RP). Of the 2001 Clarendon Hills "Romas Vineyard" Old Vine Grenache South Australia,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "Medium garnet-brick in color, the 2001 Romas Vineyard Grenache flaunts attractive aromas of ripe cherries, kirsch, licorice, black pepper and charcoal. A bit of a beast, this full-bodied, rich and dense wine is contoured by a medium level of very fine tannins and a lively, balanced acid line before it finishes long and layered. (LPB)" (02/2014)
Starting Bid: $150.88

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2017 Sine Qua Non "The Gorgeous Victim" & "The Hated Hunter" California Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2017 Sine Qua Non "The Gorgeous Victim" California Grenache ((98-100RP), (97-99JD), 97VN) and 1-bottle of 2017 Sine Qua Non "The Hated Hunter" California Syrah ((98-100JD), (97-100RP), 96VN). Of the 2017 Sine Qua Non "The Gorgeous Victim" California Grenache,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "Medium garnet-purple, this young, bombastic Grenache explodes from the glass with the most incredible perfume: red roses, cinnamon stick, lilacs and crushed black cherries with chocolate box, aniseed, garrigue and dried herbs plus gentle waves of lavender, dusty soil and smoked meats. Full-bodied with an incredibly silky texture, the decadently fruited palate features amazing freshness and vibrancy, finishing with stacks of flavor layers and a provocatively savory/chewy lift coming from the use of whole cluster. Just. Magic. It is anticipated that 1225 cases a
Starting Bid: $555.00

Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2015 Sine Qua Non "E & M - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Tasting Lot (OWC) (OWC), including 3-bottles of 2015 Sine Qua Non "E - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache (100RP, 100VN, 98JD) and 3-bottles of 2015 Sine Qua Non "M - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah (99JD, 99RP, 98VN). Of the 2015 Sine Qua Non "E - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache ,Vinous writes: "The 2015 Grenache E, from Elaine and Manfred Krankl’s Eleven Confessions Vineyard, is stunningly beautiful. Remarkably light on its feet for such a sumptuous wine, the 2015 has so much to offer. Beautifully expressive aromatics make a strong opening impression. Dark red and purplish berry fruit, mint, sweet spice and licorice develop with air, but it is the wine’s overall feel that stands out most. At times, the E is quite powerful, while in other moments it is much more delicate. That contrast makes for an utterly captivating wine. (A
Starting Bid: $1,680.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2011 Sine Qua Non "Dark Blossom" Magnum Tasting Lot (OWC) (OWC), including 1-bottle of 2011 Sine Qua Non "Dark Blossom" Grenache (1.5L) (97RP, 97VN, (93-95ST)) and 1-bottle of 2011 Sine Qua Non "Dark Blossom" Syrah (1.5L) (99RP, 96VN, (94-95ST)). Of the 2011 Sine Qua Non "Dark Blossom" Syrah (1.5L),Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "The 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom showed even better from bottle than barrel. A blend of 84% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah and the rest Roussanne and Petite Manseng, this beauty was fermented with 17% whole clusters and aged in equal parts new and used French oak. One of the shining successes in the vintage, it’s a full-bodied, concentrated and layered Syrah that has awesome aromatics of blackcurrants, Peking duck, pepper, licorice and charcuterie in its seamless, thrillingly pure profile. As with Manfred’s other 2011s, the tannins are certainly present, yet they’re sweet, polished and have no hard edges. (JD)" (08/2014)
Starting Bid: $928.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2011 Horsepower "Sur Echalas Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Grenache (97RP, 95WE, 94WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard is a sensational blend of 100% Grenache that comes all from a vineyard located just to the west of Cayuse’s Armada Vineyard. Planted to 4,840 vines per acre, it’s farmed completely by horse. Showing every bit as well from bottle as from barrel, it offers up layers of pepper, smoked herbs, gunpowder and black fruits to go with a deep, structured style on the palate. Incredibly concentrated, especially in the vintage, it has a graceful, balanced feel before firming up substantially on the finish. Give this beauty 2-3 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following decade. Unfortunately, there are only 131 cases of it to go around, so if you get the opportunity to grab some bottles, don’t miss it. (JD)" (06/2014)
Starting Bid: $300.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2016 Pharaoh Moans Paso Robles Grenache (93JD). Jeb Dunnuck: "Looking first at the 2016 Grenache from superstar winemaker Guillaume Fabre, this 100% Grenache boasts outstanding notes of kirsch and strawberry fruits, complex hints of spice and leafy herbs, full body, beautiful concentration, and a seamless, silky profile on the palate. It’s already drinking nicely yet will keep for 8-10 years with no issues." (11/2018)
Starting Bid: $195.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 Domaine Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape (93JG). John Gilman: "As I noted in my article on Henri Bonneau back at the end of 2008, the domaine’s 'regular' bottling of Châteauneuf du Pape is consistently superb and is all too often overlooked in the chase for his top end cuvées of Marie Beurrier and Réserve des Célestins. The 1996 straight Châteauneuf du Pape is outstanding, offering up a very complex nose of cherries, a touch of olive, lovely spice tones redolent of marjoram and turmeric, a fine stony base of soil, just a dollop of leather and a topnote of lavender and autumn leaves. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, suave on the attack and modestly tannic, with a fine core, superb focus and balance and a very long, complex and poised finish. This is not cut from the power-monger school of the two reserve bottlings here, but is a classically balanced and very classy bottle of old school Châteauneuf du Pape." (07/2013)
Starting Bid: $240.00

Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2016 Sine Qua Non "Pajarito del Amor & Subir - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Tasting Lot (OWC) (OWC), including 3-bottles of 2016 Sine Qua Non "Pajarito del Amor - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache (100JD, 100RP, 98VN) and 3-bottles of 2016 Sine Qua Non "Subir - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah (100JD, 99RP, 98VN). Of the 2016 Sine Qua Non "Pajarito del Amor - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "Composed of 85.4% Grenache, 7.1% Petite Sirah, 6.9% Syrah and 0.6% Viognier, employing 56% whole cluster, the nose of this opaque, garnet-purple colored uber-Grenache completely explodes with a candied violets, mandarin peel and Indian spices perfume, giving way to a core of bursting-ripe red berries—redcurrants, Morello cherries and raspberries—with an undercurrent of earth, earth and more sweet, fragrant earth. The numbers are telling me this is a full-bodi
Starting Bid: $1,860.00

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