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Chave 2012's - 06/01/2015 - Rhone Valley

Here's a trio from Chave including a pair of Hermitage bottlings (red/white) available on a pre-arrival basis and arriving this fall. Lastly we have the delicious "Mon Coeur" here in stock.

2012 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($279.99)

95-97 points Antonio Galloni: "Presented as components from four different barrels: #1, from Beaume: Exotic scents of candied licorice, dark berries and smoky Indian spices. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, displaying superb depth to its bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors. #2, from Peleat: Explosive red fruit and potpourri aromas, with a bright mineral overtone. Silky and sweet, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. The red fruit note echoes strongly on the back half. #3, from Meal: Fleshier and rounder than the first two components, offering plush dark berry and violet flavors that coat the palate. Chewy tannins build on the finish and fold smoothly into the wine's dense fruit. #4, from Bessards: Emphatic mineral and dark berry aromas pick up a sexy floral note and a hint of cola. Sappy, penetrating and sharply focused, displaying an impressive array of red fruit and floral qualities and strong finishing spiciness. Jean-Louis Chave told me he thinks this wine will be "classic Hermitage with an emphasis on fruit, not structure, but not lacking in structure at all--just compared to, say, 2010 and 2005." (JR)" (03/2014)

94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Looking at the 2012 Hermitage, which is still resting in barrels and getting ready to be bottled, it’s a much more classic, easy to read Hermitage that has lots of ripe, sweet fruit in its full-bodied, concentrated, textured profile. It has copious sweet blackberry and cassis fruit, violet and serious granite-like minerality, superb mid-palate depth and a focused, structured finish. It’s a beautiful, classy 2012 that will have 20-25+ years of longevity. (JD)" (12/2014)

94-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Tasted from its final three component tanks on the same day that the final blend was to be made: #1: Ripe cherry and dark berries on the nose and in the mouth. Fleshy, broad and smoky, finishing with strong cling. #2: Spice-accented cherry and cassis aromas, along with suggestions of cola and candied licorice. Sappy and seamless, displaying excellent back-end focus and lift. #3): Sexy, highly perfumed red fruit and floral pastille scents and flavors, with a peppery element adding urgency. Silky and fine-grained, showing excellent closing thrust and length. The ultimate wine should offer a suave blend of richness and vivacity, with textbook dark fruit, spice and floral Syrah character and the balance to age." (02/2015)

2012 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival) ($249.99)

94-96 points Antonio Galloni: " Tasted in single-site components from tanks as the wine awaited blending: #1, from Peleat: Ripe pear and honey aromas, with a suave floral accent and a hint of smoky minerals. At once rich and lively, showing excellent back-end power. #2, from Rocoules: Intense, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas, with a sexy floral nuance building with air. Bright, focused and mineral-driven, with a strong Meyer lemon quality lingering on the tangy finish. #3, also from Rocoules: Showing more emphasis on orchard fruit than the first Rocoules tank, with powerful quince and pear flavors and a touch of bitter quinine. Dusty minerals sharpen the long, sappy finish. #4, from l'Ermite: Spicy citrus zest and ginger scents along with a chalky mineral note and a hint of anise. Smoky and penetrating, with superb finishing clarity and lingering spiciness. #5, also from l'Ermite: More floral and masculine than the previous l'Ermite, with strong jasmine and orchard fruit character and a touch of bitter quinine. Bright and nervy on the finish, which doesn't want to let up. (AG)" (03/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Much more open, fleshy and sexy, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc was just bottled a month prior to this tasting. Coming from l’Ermite, Les Rocoules, Maison Blanche and Peleat lieux-dits, it’s always a rough blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne that’s aged in barrel. Loaded with notions of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, powered rock, buttered citrus and green almond, it’s full-bodied, rich, upfront and fruit loaded. While I think it will be a relatively accessible early in its life, it has the concentration to hold for two decades. (JD)" (12/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale gold. Potent, mineral-accented honeysuckle, citrus and orchard fruit aromas show remarkable freshness and lift. Tightly wound, energetic lemon curd and green apple flavors flesh out with air to display excellent depth, with no excess fat. Finishes on a suave floral note, with an insistent mineral quality and wonderful focus and length." (02/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "(Tasted in single-component tank) The ingredient from Péléat was in tank and had lovely honey and blossom scents as well as real excitement on the palate. The Rocoule portion, also from tank, was less aromatic but had great tension and considerable substance. L'Hermite tasted from cask was splendidly dense and rich with a slightly cheesy nose but masses of tension. 'To understand Hermitage Blanc, you have to be a gastronome,' says J L Chave. (18.5+/20 points)" (11/2013)

2012 J.L. Chave Selection

2012 J.L. Chave Selection "Mon Coeur" Côtes du Rhône ($17.99)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Youthful purple color. Ripe dark berry and cherry-cola scents are enlivened by a peppery quality and a hint of violet. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering gently sweet blackberry and cassis flavors and a zesty spine of acidity. Finishes long and spicy, with building sweetness, soft tannins and a hint of smokiness." (03/2014)

K&L Notes: 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah.

Dalwhinnie - 06/01/2015 - Australia

2010 Dalwhinnie

2010 Dalwhinnie "The Pinnacle" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria (Elsewhere $70) ($49.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Very deep purple-black colored, the 2010 The Pinnacle Shiraz has aromas of creme de cassis, violets, bruchetta, yeast extract and roasted nuts with whiffs of mocha, menthol, potpourri, aniseed and cloves. Medium to full-bodied and packed with taut, muscular black berry and savory flavor layers, it has a firm structure of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing very long. 97+. (LPB)" (06/2012)

96 points James Halliday: "Slightly deeper colour than Southwest Rocks, with a touch more purple; plum joins the blackberry fruit, and the multifaceted palate is medium- to full-bodied, with balanced, but substantial, tannins. Here power is the key, although it doesn't threaten the balance of the wine. While the two wines are significantly different in style, they can't be separated in terms of quality." (07/2012)

K&L Notes: This iconic estate nestled into a natural amphitheatre 2,000 feet up in Victoria's Pyrenees mountain range produces some of the country's most highly regarded and awarded wines that have attracted very high points from the world's top critics. We are extremely happy to offer a limited allocation of these wines exclusively for K&L customers. The vineyard was established in 1976 and is the highest and most remote in the Pyrenees region. All the vines are dry farmed and naturally low yielding due to the very poor rocky soils. The elevation of the site means that they experience dramatic diurnal swings in temperature, the cool nights drawing out the growing season and preserving excellent natural acidity in the wines. The slow gradual ripening process results in more complex flavor development and bestows the wines with exceptional longevity. This single block wine is from their highest, steepest parcel on the estate. It is a world-class Shiraz with power and elegance. Winemaker's Notes: "Dark purple-black colour. The nose, savoury peppery notes are obvious, the predominant fruit is plum and rhubarb, also some beautiful floral notes, leaning towards rose petal with spice also evident. On the palate sweet juicy dark stone fruit evident on the palate. Once again a medium weighted wine and beautifully balanced. The attack is quite expressive initially then tightens up into a nervy unctuous Shiraz. The length is impressive with a musky dry herb and pepper finish. Very Rhone-like.

2013 Dalwhinnie

2013 Dalwhinnie "The Hut" Pinot Noir Pyrenees ($24.99)

94 points James Halliday: "An opulent, full-bodied pinot noir, flexing its muscles from the bouquet through the palate and the finish in particular; it is the finish that saves the wine from the 'dry red' description, the ultimate insult to a pinot noir; here there is a vibrant and intense line of dark cherry and plum that is pure pinot. It will age very well indeed." (07/2014)

K&L Notes: Wine writer Huon Hooke says, "Sit back and watch, as Dalwhinnie etches a name for itself, not only among the great wines of Australia, but the world."

2010 Dalwhinnie

2010 Dalwhinnie "Moonambel" Cabernet Sauvignon Pyrenees Victoria ($39.99)

95 points James Halliday: "Classic Dalwhinnie style with abundant aromas, fruit on the fore-palate likewise; tightens up on the finish with tannin grip that will relax as the years go by." (12/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Moonamble Cabernet Sauvignon offers a nose of cassis, wild blueberries, toasty oak and yeast extract with subtle suggestions of pencil lead and chocolate. Full-bodied with a nice backbone of medium to firm, grainy tannins and very crisp acidity, it has a long savory finish. Delicious in this youthful stage, it should develop gracefully and drink to 2022+. 92+ (LPB)" (06/2012)

K&L Notes: This iconic estate nestled into a natural amphitheatre 2,000 feet up in Victoria's Pyrenees mountain range produces some of the country's most highly regarded and awarded wines that have attracted very high points from the world's top critics. We are extremely happy to offer a limited allocation of these wines exclusively for K&L customers. The vineyard was established in 1976 and is the highest and most remote in the Pyrenees region. All the vines are dry farmed and naturally low yielding due to the very poor rocky soils. The elevation of the site means that they experience dramatic diurnal swings in temperature, the cool nights drawing out the growing season and preserving excellent natural acidity in the wines. The slow gradual ripening process results in more complex flavor development and bestows the wines with exceptional longevity. Winemaker's Notes: "Vibrant dark purple-black. A stunning varietal bouquet. Initial aromas of cedar, camphor, mint and violets. The overall impression is of ripe pure Cabernet Sauvignon blended with rich dark chocolate. The initial mouth-feel is concentrated with luscious full, rich fruits. The mid palate is sweet blackberry fruit followed by fine sandlewood grainy tannins. The flavour profile of dark berry fruit are persistent. A very powerful and beautifully structured wine. It has the elegance to drink after a few years of bottle age and will keep for 15 years plus with the correct cellaring conditions."

2012 Dalwhinnie

2012 Dalwhinnie "Moonambel" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria ($39.99)

95 points James Halliday: "The deep purple-crimson colour semaphores serious intent, thoroughly intimidating when you realise this is the fourth tier of Dalwhinnie's Shiraz releases; the intimidation continues with a black fruits, tar and licorice bouquet of what is an unashamedly full-bodied Shiraz needing to be left alone until '20." (07/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Shiraz Moonambel offers a gorgeous perfume of violets, aniseed and dark chocolate over a core of cassis, ripe blackberries and cedar plus a hint of spice box. Medium-bodied, fine, elegant and tightly wound on the palate, the youthful black berry and spice flavors have a great backbone of firm, ripe tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long if still very primary. It should reward cellaring." (02/2015)

K&L Notes: This iconic estate nestled into a natural amphitheatre 2,000 feet up in Victoria's Pyrenees mountain range produces some of the country's most highly regarded and awarded wines that have attracted very high points from the world's top critics. We are extremely happy to offer a limited allocation of these wines exclusively for K&L customers. The vineyard was established in 1976 and is the highest and most remote in the Pyrenees region. All the vines are dry farmed and naturally low yielding due to the very poor rocky soils. The elevation of the site means that they experience dramatic diurnal swings in temperature, the cool nights drawing out the growing season and preserving excellent natural acidity in the wines. The slow gradual ripening process results in more complex flavor development and bestows the wines with exceptional longevity. These wines whilst being remarkably good young will be excellent prospects for a decade plus in the cellar. Winemaker's Notes: "Our 33rd vintage of this wine is an intense purple-black colour. The complex bouquet displays raspberry and dark cherry fruit, a savoury black olive note and an exotic graphite element. The weight is medium but the attack is immensely powerful and persistent. Wonderful juicy sweet-sour dark fruit is framed by fine ripe tannins. This is a wine to decant and enjoy now or keep for the long term. A breathtaking wine."

2012 Dalwhinnie

2012 Dalwhinnie "Moonambel" Chardonnay Pyrenees Victoria ($24.99)

95 points James Halliday: "Dalwhinnie's Chardonnay is the best from the region in virtually every vintage; barrel fermentation in French oak is not carried to extremes (solids, sulphides, etc), its quality coming from its finesse and perfectly ripened stone fruit woven through the oak." (02/2014)

K&L Notes: This iconic estate nestled into a natural amphitheatre 2,000 feet up in Victoria's Pyrenees mountain range produces some of the country's most highly regarded and awarded wines that have attracted very high points from the world's top critics. We are extremely happy to offer a limited allocation of these wines exclusively for K&L customers. The vineyard was established in 1976 and is the highest and most remote in region. All the vines are dry farmed and naturally low yielding due to the very poor rocky soils. The elevation of the site means that they experience dramatic diurnal swings in temperature, the cool nights drawing out the growing season and preserving excellent natural acidity in the wines. The slow gradual ripening process results in more complex flavor development and bestows the wines with exceptional longevity. Winemaker's Notes: The 29th vintage of Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay and what a wine! The colour has light straw hues and a shiny clear surface. On the nose there is an amazing ripe pear character intertwined with spice and vanilla coming from the Vosges Burgundy oak. The palate is telling a beautiful story of the warmer season giving texture and mouth-feel to a fuller and richer style compared to what we have produced in the past. Ripe pear and peach fruit dominate with an intriguing barley sugar finish. A beautifully well-balanced wine.