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2018 Grand Napa "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $100+) (Elsewhere $100+)
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another terrific wine, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers lots of blackcurrants, spice box, tobacco leaf, and chocolatey nuances to go with a full-bodied style on the palate. It has the 2018 vintage’s fresher, more elegant style yet brings ample fruit and has an expansive, layered mouthfeel as well as a great finish. It’s another wine to enjoy any time over the coming 15-20 years." (01/2021)
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2016 Trisaetum "Estate Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $75) (Previously $75)
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94 points Vinous: "Dark red. Suave, spice-accented aromas of raspberry preserves, pungent flowers, incense and cola, along with a hint of smoky minerality that builds with air. Plush and expansive on the palate, offering deeply concentrated red and blue fruit, allspice, vanilla and floral pastille flavors that are given spine by a core of zesty acidity. Shows superb definition and floral lift on a strikingly long, penetrating finish shaped by silky, slow-mounting tannins. (JR)" (06/2019) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The reserve, compiled with grapes fro...
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2018 Grand Napa "Master Red" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $90) (Elsewhere $90)
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Loads of black cherries, currants, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and spring flower notes emerge from the 2018 Master Red. A medium to full-bodied, lightly textured blend with integrated tannins and a clean, classy finish, I’d be thrilled to drink bottles any time over the coming 10-15 years." (01/2021) 92 points James Suckling: "Savory aromas of dried mushroom and oyster shell on the nose, layered with dried blackcurrant and tobacco. It’s medium- to full-bodied with sleek, integrated tannins. Flavorful with a juicy, savory finish." (...
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2016 Captûre "Innovant" Alexander Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $50) (Previously $50)
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "It’s a beautiful bottle of wine that has loads of blue fruits, violets, and subtle earthy minerality as well as medium to full body, incredibly polished tannins, and a great finish." (06/2019) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Red Wine Innovant is made up of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, aged 20 months in 45% new French oak. It has a deep ruby color opens with cassis, grilled beef, black plum, Morello cherries, cedar and bay leaf touches with a classy framing of new oak spice plus violet hints. Medium t...
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2018 Avennia "Gravura" Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $40+) (Elsewhere $40+)
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94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Gravura shows the quality of the vintage with its purity and balance as well as classy notes of blackcurrants, cedar pencil, graphite, and violets. Medium to full-bodied, with both good acidity and plenty of tannins, it’s going to benefit from just short-term cellaring and have 15+ years of prime drinking." (04/2020) 92 points Vinous: "Musky, smoky, Graves-like aromas of redcurrant, red cherry, milk chocolate, warm stones and graphite mineral...
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2012 Joseph Swan "Trenton Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $60) (Previously $60)
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Silky yet slightly grippy, this is a mineral-driven wine, with violet and spicy cardamom aromas atop bright, vibrant swathes of cherry and wild strawberry. This vineyard is where Joseph Swan himself first planted Pinot Noir, it retains all the promise and greatness of his initial discovery of this magical place along the Laguna Ridge. *Editors' Choice* (VB)" (04/2016) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Youthful, highly perfumed red and dark berry scents are complemented by deeper notes of cola, mocha and ...
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2017 Emerson Brown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $50) (Elsewhere $50)
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Readers looking for a smoking value in 2017 Cabernet should check out the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley from Emerson Brown. It has textbook Napa chocolatey fruit, herbes de Provence, and spice aromatics as well as medium to full body, ripe sweet tannins, and terrific balance." (01/2020) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley was sourced from sites Emerson Brown has worked with for a number of years, coming primarily from bench and valley floo...
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2016 Siduri "Perry Ranch" (Keefer Ranch) Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $50+) (Elsewhere $50+)
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of my favorites in the lineup was the 2016 Pinot Noir Perry Ranch Vineyard, which comes from a cooler site in the Russian River (this use to be Keefer Ranch Vineyard). Medium-bodied, silky, and beautifully balanced and elegant, it has complex notes of salty minerality, ripe cherries, currants, and crushed violets. I love its balance, purity, and length, and would happily drink bottles over the coming decade." (06/2018) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Demure and lightly earthy in forest and cardamom, this wine is defined by that ...
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94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is very expressive, with warm blackberries, cranberry sauce, blood orange, black tea leaves, forest floor and an undercurrent of dark spices and earth. Medium-bodied and concentrated, it offers Goldilocks ripeness and angostura-laced flavor layers, finishing long and seamlessly fresh. (EB)" (08/2020) 93 points Vinous: "The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a stellar appellation-level wine from Peay. Sweet red cherry, red plum, blood orange, mint and exotic spice notes infuse the...
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2016 Luna Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $75) (Previously $75)
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95 points Decanter: "Floral, blackberry, chocolate, mint, pepper and clove flavours pour it on, complete with a fine lace work of elevating, meaty tannin. Perfect accompaniment to char-grilled meats. Delicious wine!" (03/2019) 93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackberries and blueberries with hints of sweet tobacco follow through to a full body, chewy and poised tannins and a flavorful finish." (10/2018) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Black...
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "There’s a pure focus to this bottling that will benefit cellaring. Aromas of roasted black plum, black pepper and lavender lead into a palate loaded with iron shavings, graphite, charred beef and taut elderberry fruit. It’s tight, and ready for years of enjoyment. Drink now through 2035. *Cellar Selection* (MK) " (11/2020)
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2016 Galerie "Latro" Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $65) (Elsewhere $65)
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Latro is in the same ballpark yet has more savory characteristics as well as plenty of conifer, California bay leaf, currants, and loamy soil aromas and flavors. This full-bodied beauty has plenty of tannin, terrific purity of fruit, no hard edges, and a great finish. Give it a few years. 95+" (01/2019) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Latro Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon gives up notions of crushed red and black c...
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From one of the most highly regarded vineyard sites in Anderson Valley, now owned by Kosta Browne, this hillside parcel of vines has produced some of California's finest Pinot Noirs. You almost never see a vineyard designate of Cerise for under $50...let alone under $30!
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2016 Waters Washington Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $50) (Elsewhere $50)
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This 100% varietal wine offers aromas of chocolate, mushroom, cedar, dried herb, cherry, dried lavender and umami—a unique profile for a Washington Cabernet. The palate is action packed in a rich, textured cherry flavor that coats the palate from end to end, lingering on the coffee-filled finish. *Cellar Selection* (SS)" (11/2020)
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2017 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $40) (Elsewhere $40)
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "There's a purity of fruit and herb to Greg Brewer's style that shines through even on this appellation blend. Aromas of candied raspberry and strawberry pair with damp sage, pine oil and green peppercorn on the nose. The pristine palate's crisp pomegranate and fresh raspberry flavors are instantly cut by eucalyptus and green tobacco leaf. *Editor's Choice* (MK)" (09/2019) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Zesty and well-sculpted, with forest floor notes to the dried fruit and spice flavors. Dried orange peel and clove accents show ...

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Cabernet Sauvignon is now down to 85% in this wine, joined by 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% each of Petit Verdot and Merlot. As opposed to the hot, ripe 2012 vintage this was a much more Bordeaux-esque one, with a cold wet winter, a long, cool spring and then a warm, dry summer. Picked a little earlier than normal to avoid overripeness, this is reflected in the wine, which has wonderfully vibrant acidity, firm tannins and integrated spiced oak to support a generous core of bright purple-berried fruit. Inky, juicy and supple this is...
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95 points James Suckling: "Here’s a plush, assertive style of Brunello with dried blackberries, tar, asphalt, dried cloves, blueberry tart and vanilla and curry paste. Full-bodied and incredibly decadent with toasted oak and meat and charred halloumi. The alcohol coats the mouth and the tannins demonstrate burly, iron-fisted character. " (10/2019) 94 points International Wine Review: "The 2015 Bellaria Brunello di Montalcino 'Assunto' is powerful on the nose, it shows notes of black cherries, wild myrtle, and citrus peel. Full body, very extracted elon...
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93 points James Suckling: "Another big, dark St.-Estèphe, but in spite of the rich body and some perceptible alcohol, there is also a cool, minty note. Slightly sweet finish in spite of all the tannins. Spice comes through at the end." (02/2017) 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fruit forward, this wine shows ripe blackberries and dark plums on the palate. It exudes a richness that is contrasted by intense acidity and lifted fruit flavors. (RV)" (04/2015) 92 points Vinous: "Just as expressive from bottle as it was from barrel, the 2014 Tronquoy-Lalande ...

2016 Copain "Hawks Butte Vineyard" Yorkville Highlands Syrah (Elsewhere $50) (Elsewhere $50)
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94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep ruby-purple and youthfully shy on the nose, the 2016 Syrah Hawks Butte opens slowly to cassis, bay leaves, damp earth, baked blueberries and boysenberry with hints of mint chocolate, olive and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, it offers deep, intense flavor layers with a pleasantly chewy frame, seamless freshness and a long, very flavorful finish. This is gorgeous now but will reward a few more years of bottle age. (EB)" (12/2019) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "An enticing aroma of violets and dark choco...
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The appellation 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley would be a great buy for those looking for a terrific value in classic, impeccably made, age-worthy Cabernet under $100. Deep purple, with oustanding notes of blackcurrants, cedarwood, graphite, and leafy herbs, this medium-bodied, elegant 2018 has plenty of mid-palate depth, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. It's going to deliver loads of pleasure over the coming 15 years." (01/2021) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy and forward, with enticing plum, boysenberry and pl...
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2016 Seghesio "Cortina" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
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93 points Decanter: "Sage, earth and dried herbs on the nose; then rich flavours of raspberries, cherries and blueberries. A core of acid and smooth tannins make this fun now and for several years to come. A wine that defines Dry Creek Zin." (01/2020) 93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Zinfandel Cortina offers more complexity in its earth dark fruits, underbrush, Caramelized cherries, and spice. Rich, medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins and a solid sense of purity and freshness, this is a classy yet pleasure bent Zinfandel that will keep for a decad...

2015 Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $50) (Previously $50)
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94 points James Suckling: "A linear and tight 2015, like many others, with a medium body, firm and fresh tannins and acidity and a berry, walnut and spice palate." (07/2019) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beautifully polished and bright, the Tenute Silvio Nardi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers a textbook rendition from this slightly warm vintage. The wine sketches out classic lines with a generous and full array of Sangiovese aromas. These range from wild fruit and dried cherry to tilled earth, cola and balsam herb. There's a pretty note o...
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89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep purple-black colored, the barrel sample of 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountainside reveals open-knit notes of blueberry compote, plum preserves and red and black currants with nuances of tilled soil, underbrush, bouquet garni and mossy bark. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and fresh with a chewy frame and earthy finish. (LPB)" (11/2019)
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of warm blackberry pie, stewed strawberry and a hint of cocoa are accessible right away in this bottling, which includes 18% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. Flavors of milk chocolate, fresh mint, roasted strawberry and purple flowers show on the complex palate, where the tannins hold firm into the lingering finish. (MK)" (09/2020) K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "Cabernet Sauvignon is our most widely planted varietal at Halter Ranch with over 70 acres under vine. The 2017 release is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec ...
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "A deft touch of new oak and sumptuous, concentrated blueberry and blackcherry flavors are delicious and impressive in this full-bodied wine. It is big and superexpressive, layering cinnamon and nutmeg over the dramatic, ripe fruit notes framed by moderate fine-grained tannins. *Editors’ Choice* (JG)" (11/2020)
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2016 Jax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $50+) (Elsewhere $50+)
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is plush, lush and fruity, interwoven with tones of cardamom and clove. The palate is rich in feel, bolstered by layers of orange peel, cassis and toasted oak flavors. (VB)" (03/2019) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made up of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is scented of cedar, cassis and camphor with herbs and earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is vivacious with loads of fruit and a velvety texture with a refreshing finish....
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96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Syrah comes from a site in the Yakima Valley that was planted by Leighton. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by classic Syrah notes of dark berry fruits, smoke tobacco, olive tapenade, and ground pepper. Medium to full-bodied, with both freshness and richness, it’s impeccably balanced, with beautiful fruit and a great finish. It’s another seriously good wine from Brennon that delivers the goods. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years. These releases are from the personal label of Brennon Leighton, who’s part of the geniu...
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90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Kith & Kin is a good value, offering an uncomplicated, charming style that has good varietal notes of blue fruits, sappy herbs, and violets. It brings lots of supple, sweet fruit on the palate and is medium-bodied and elegant. This is a wine that shines incredibly well on its drinkability." (01/2021) 90 points Wine Spectator: "This red delivers vivid plum and blackberry fruit, with polished edges and light violet and anise hints in the background. Remains unencumbered by toast notes, so the fruit sail...
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92 points John Gilman: "The 2015 San Mateo Pinot Noir from Rhys Vineyards is nicely ripe, coming in at 13.5 percent octane and offering up a bright and generous bouquet of red and black cherries, cola, fresh herb tones, a good base of dark soil nuances and a very discreet touch of new wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and velvety on the attack, with a plush core of fruit, modest tannins and a long, nascently complex and beautifully balanced finish. This will age very nicely, and grow in complexity with bottle age, but it seems crafted for...

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Zinfandel Old Vine has an open nose of red berry preserves, warm blackberries and stone fruit hints with layers of cinnamon stick, sweet spices, charcuterie, garrigue, turned earth and dried violet. The palate is medium to full-bodied, intense and spicy with a firm frame and mouthwatering acidity, finishing long and layered. This merits another couple of years in bottle. 93+ (EB)" (12/2019) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Appealingly rustic and gutsy, like an old field blend, yet focused and vibrant, with w...
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2016 Jonata "Todos" Ballard Canyon Red Blend
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Jonata’s Todos is always a kitchen sink blend, and the 2016 is 60% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Petite Sirah and Viognier. It has stunning notes of black currants, crushed violets, liquid rocks, and graphite. This is followed by a full-bodied, beautifully pure, elegant wine that has terrific balance, awesome purity, and a great, great finish. Want to understand the style of this estate without shelling out the big bucks for the upper cuvées? Buy this wine. It’s a year...
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2017 Westwood "Annadel Gap Vineyard" Sonoma County Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $52) (Elsewhere $52)
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Pinot Noir Sonoma County should represent a terrific value (I wasn’t able to get a price for this release) and it has a classic, balanced style as well as complex notes of black raspberries, spice, and smoky earth. As with everything from this estate, it’s beautifully balanced, with undeniable elegance and a great finish. I suspect it will keep for a decade." (06/2019) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: " This is a bold, hugely concentrated wine, jammy in up-front notions of black cherry and baked strawberry. With firm silky ta...
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2016 Calera "Muns" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir (Previously $50) (Previously $50)
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is the second vintage of the Muns Vineyard bottling. The 2016 Pinot Noir Muns Vineyard aged 17 months in 30% new French oak. Pale to medium ruby, it gives up bright aromas of orange peel, fresh cranberries, macerated strawberries, raspberries and blackberries with accents of woodsmoke, underbrush, cured meats and dried tree bark. The palate is light to medium-bodied and delicate with earth-laced fruits, a sturdy frame and great freshness, finishing long and lifted. (EB) " (02/2020) 92 points Vinous: "A new...
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95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard offers up notions of sweet red and black berries, licorice, orange rind and cigar tobacco. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and layered, with a deep core of fruit, firm but fine-grained structuring tannins and a long, rich finish...displays impressive stuffing and should evolve beautifully in the cellar. (WK) 95+" (06/2018) 93 points Vinous: "Bright, dark red. Alluring scents of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and licorice. Plush, suave, dry and seamless, wit...
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90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Starting with the 2017 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley, which comes from multiple sites in the Anderson Valley and spent 16 months in 60% new French oak, it has a juicy berry-fruited nose as well as ample violets, candied orange peel, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. It's one of the more approachable wines in the lineup yet still has classic Anderson Valley structure and minerality, medium body, and a great finish." (05/2020)
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2015 Migration "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $75) (Elsewhere $75)
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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard has an underbrush and dried herbs-scented nose with a core of pomegranate, rhubarb and Bing cherries, plus a dusty earth waft. Light to medium-bodied, with a good amount of chew to the tannins, it has delicate earthy/red berry flavors and a mineral note on the finish. (LPB)" (09/2017)
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2016 Ledge "MCA Cuvée" Paso Robles Red Blend (Elsewhere $40) (Elsewhere $40)
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The value play from this estate is the 2016 MCA Cuvée, which is made from a kitchen sink blend of 30% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, and 15% each of Syrah, Tannat, and Cinsault. Its vivid ruby/purple color is followed by a ripe, lush, sexy wine that has loads of black and blue fruits, plenty of spice and flower incense aromas, medium to full body, terrific purity, and a great finish. It’s a smoking good wine to enjoy over the coming 5-6 years, if not longer. I continue to love the wines from the up and coming Mark Adams, who pulls...
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2016 Aquitania "Lazuli" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley
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93 points Vinous: "A Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo that spent 16 months in French barrels, one-third of them new. Cherry red in color. The fragrant nose includes herbs, mint and menthol with fresh black currant. Very classic in style but restrained on the palate, delivering fine, polished tannins, just the right acidity and a finish with a hint of pyrazine. A delicate wine with a notably intense aftertaste. This is the ideal Chilean Cabernet. (JH)" (03/2020) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Warm berry aromas are vaguely furry and obtuse, not exact or precis...
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2017 Ken Wright "Shea Vineyard" Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $60) (Elsewhere $60)
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96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Scents of tea, sassafras and tart cherry open the way to a bright palate. Air this out and it brings up hints of umami and truffle, leading into an elegant and detailed finish with a dash of allspice. It's a distinctive and unique expression of this iconic vineyard. (PG)" (03/2021) 94 points Vinous: "Deep, glistening ruby-red. Deeply perfumed scents of red berry liqueur, cherry cola and baking spices, and a floral overtone that emerges with air. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry-vanilla...
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2016 Sawyer Lindquist "Estate" Edna Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $44) (Elsewhere $44)
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94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Pinot Noir Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard is silky, open-knit and absolutely delicious. Crushed flowers, cedar, tobacco and leather notes give the 2016 striking earthy undertones to play off the dark red/purplish berry fruit. The 50% whole clusters are not especially evident in this fleshy, wonderfully inviting Pinot Noir from Louisa Sawyer and Bob Lindquist. (AG)" (09/2019) 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Pinot Noir comes from the estate Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in the Edna Valley. It has a great bouquet of ripe red and black ...
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2015 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $60) (Previously $60)
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94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a very well balanced Brunello with sharp and classic lines. The Val di Suga 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers attractive energy and brightness that is transmitted through the cherry fruit and wild berry aromas at its core. That primary fruit is surrounded by light spice, grilled herb and potting soil. There is a nice purity and linearity to this wine that reminds you of the natural depth and complexity of Sangiovese when given a little time to age. (ML)" (10/2020) 92 points Decanter: "As of the 2015, a...

2016 Clendenen Family Wines "Rancho La Cuna Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $50) (Elsewhere $50)
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96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fantastically complex aromas of kirsch, turned soil, sage oil, potpourri, tobacco and dried meat carry the nose of this bottling. The palate offers herbal tones of thyme, peppercorn and juniper, as well as dried cherry and tea-leaf flavors. The four years of age are just starting to show, and magically so. (MK)" (01/2021) 93 points Vinous: "Ripe black cherry, plum, spice, licorice, cedar and new leather are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2016 Pinot Noir Rancho La Cuna Vineyard. In the glass, the 2016 is creamy a...
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95 points James Suckling: "A creamy, ripe-tannined red with chocolate, berry, light vanilla and cappuccino character and a solid core of fruit and polished tannins. It’s full-bodied and well crafted. Better after 2022, when it will all come together." (07/2020) 95 points Wine Spectator: "An alluring array of blackberry, black cherry and violet aromas introduces this supple, elegant red. Spice, mineral and tobacco elements emerge, along with firm, refined tannins, but this is all about the pure fruit. Shows terrific harmony and length. Sangiovese. Best ...
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92 points Vinous: "The 2018 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County) is gorgeous. A rush of sweet floral and red berry notes makes a strong opening statement. Rose petal, red berry, blood orange and mint are all laced together in a Pinot of exquisite harmony and total finesse. I would give it another year or two in bottle to fully come together. (AG)" (08/2020) K&L Notes: Jeb Dunnuck tells of his affinity for the wines of Tyler: "These superb wines are made by Justin Willett (who worked previously with Joe Davis at Arcadian) from his home base in Lompoc. The...
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Syrah Arnaut Boushey Vineyard is 100% Syrah from Dick Boushey's terrific vineyard located on the western side of the Yakima Valley. This is a cooler site, and I always find a certain Northern Rhone-like character from this region. This 2017 has a touch of Saint-Joseph in its blacker berry fruits, spring flowers, spice, and peppery aromas and flavors. With a medium-bodied mouthfeel, wonderful purity of fruit, and a great finish, drink this elegant yet ethereal Syrah over the coming decade." (04/2020) 93 points Vinous: "G...
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2018 Silver Ghost Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $40) (Elsewhere $40)
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93 points James Suckling: "Aromas and flavors of dried flowers with currants, blackberries and violets. It’s full-bodied with soft, refined tannins and a savory finish. Pretty length, too." (01/2021)
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94 points Vinous: "Vivid ruby-red. Spice- and mineral-accented dark berry and cherry cola scents pick up succulent herbal and floral notes with aeration. Plush and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining black raspberry, cherry mocha and spicecake flavors along with hints of licorice, cola and candied rose. Finishes very long and spicy, with resonating floral character and smooth, late-arriving tannins. (30% whole clusters and 50% new French oak) (JR)" (06/2019)
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2016 Avennia "Sestina" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $70) (Elsewhere $70)
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Sestina checks in as 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that saw 21 months in 48% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It shows the purity and elegance of the vintage beautifully and offers classic Cabernet notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil, crushed rocks, and tobacco leaf. With beautiful balance and that more elegant, finesse-driven style of the estate ... Winemaker Chris Peterson continues to fashion some of the most impressive wines in the State. These are always ...
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