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November 30, 2010 New Arrival Email

The following is a list of new arrivals that have come into our inventory within the last seven days, with at least one bottle in stock at the time of this email. We've split the list into three sections. First we show a limited number of our top picks for the week. Next, we display all new arrivals coming into our inventory for the first time. Finally, there is a list of old wines and items we've sold previously that have just returned to our inventory.

TOP PICKS...
(a handful of our favorites also listed in the New Arrivals section)

  • 2009 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ( $34.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of just over 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot (last year I mistakenly wrote that the balance was Cabernet Franc), the opaque ruby/purple-colored 2009 reveals notes of scorched earth/burning embers/charcoal, black currants, ripe cherries and lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied and pure with sweet tannin, this is an under-the-radar, high quality claret to drink over the next 20-25 years." (02/2012) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full, bright ruby-red. Inviting aromas of black raspberry, graphite, charcoal, tobacco and crushed stone. Lush and thick on entry, then densely packed and fine-grained, with excellent energy and definition to its concentrated, lightly medicinal flavors of black cherry, licorice and minerals. Boasts terrific volume for this bottling, and a long finish that features building, ripe tannins. There's excellent sweetness here but the wine's youthfully medicinal character argues for at least four or five years of patience." (07/2012) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Bright cherry and berry fruit flavors nestle in a broad, soft texture in this juicy red, which has bright acidity, modest tannins and an herbal, floral finish that's fresh and focused. Not a blockbuster, but balanced and harmonious. Drink now through 2017." (03/2012) K&L Notes: *½ 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% rest. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive 2012-2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

  • 2009 Lascombes, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) ( $86.99)
    94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of black tea, blackberries, blueberries and coffee bean, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Lovely mouth feel. Very well done. Try in 2019." (02/2012) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009, which is inky blue/purple to the rim, is a final blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot at 14% natural alcohol. The wine has a beautiful blueberry-scented nose with hints of acacia flowers, licorice, graphite and some subtle charcoal and background oak. Clearly a modern style of Margaux, it is pure, seamless, full-bodied and opulent, and the high glycerin and silky texture of 2009 are brilliantly displayed in this wine. Drink it over the next 15+ years, although it is certainly capable of lasting well past two decades. One of the more difficult estates to manage in southern Margaux is the 300 acres of Lascombes, subdivided into at least 40 to 50 separate plots, making harvest decisions, ripening, and related issues a strategic nightmare. Nevertheless, they seem to have hit pay dirt frequently over the last decade plus." (02/2012) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(48% each merlot and cabernet sauvignon, with 4% petit verdot): Bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of coffee, nuts and charry oak. Supple, sweet and chocolately. Nicely concentrated, broad and round, showing a lush texture and a good chewy texture. Finishes with sweet tannins and a lingering element of smoky oak. Lovely claret." (07/2012) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big ripe and juicy, with a core of dark spice and wood. The wine is full-bodied, richly fruity." (04/2010) 89 points Wine Spectator: "Alluring, with coffee and mocha notes leading the way for fleshy plum, blackberry sauce and spice hints. The toasty finish hangs on nicely. A bit dressed up, but will certainly have some fans. Drink now through 2019." (03/2012) K&L Notes: *+ 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot. At UGC: Toned down compared to previous vintages, with more fruit. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

  • 2009 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ( $159.99)
    98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel, this appears to be the finest Lynch Bages since the 2000, 1990 and 1989. According to the chateau, the 2009 has the highest level of polyphenols ever measured as well as high alcohol (nearly 13.5%). A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest largely Merlot with touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it is an expressive, voluptuously textured effort with unctuosity and powerful, juicy, succulent blackberry and black currant flavors, low acids, a layered, massive mouthfeel, but no sense of heaviness or fatigue. This exquisite Lynch Bages should drink well for 30+ years." (02/2012) 97 points James Suckling: "Wow. Intense aromas of blackberries, currants and blueberries, follow through to a full body, with wonderful fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Fabulous Lynch. One of the top buys of the vintage. Best since 1989. I think that 2010 is probably better. Try in 2020." (02/2012) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* A dense, immense, solidly powerful wine. The ripest fruit overflows, paralleling the dark, solid tannins. As so often, Lynch-Bages is a blockbuster, dark and concentrated, with immense aging potential." (02/2012) 96 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 Wines of 2012* Tight and backward, this has dense, almost chewy layers of fig, currant and plum cake behind a very solid wall of cedar, roasted vanilla and charcoal notes. There's serious grip on the finish, with an iron edge that won't quit. Best from 2015 through 2035." (03/2012) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Very pure, perfumed aromas of blackberry and licorice. Dense, generous and deep if youthfully tightly wound, with sweet black fruit flavors nicely framed by sound acidity. Finishes with serious tannic clout and complex saline and peppery notes. An extremely backward and very impressive Lynch Bages for serious cellaring." (07/2012) K&L Notes: ** At UGC: Big and brooding, with tons of ripe tannins, blackberry fruit and fine acidity. Very dense. At property: Pencil lead and cedar aromas. Very spicy. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

  • 2009 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) ( $119.99)
    98 points James Suckling: "A wine, with intense spice and berry character, with hints of sweet tobacco. It changes all the time from flowers to fruit and wet earth. Full-bodied, with super fine tannins and ripe fruit. It's long and juicy with lovely fruit. Super long and beautiful, with fine tannins that last for minutes. Tight now, but juicy and gorgeous. Best ever from here. Try in 2020." (02/2012) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An inky/purple color is followed by notes of Asian plum sauce, forest floor, creme de cassis, black raspberries and a floral component that is unusual for a Margaux. A wine of exceptional intensity and purity with a full-bodied, sumptuous texture, lots of fresh vibrancy and excellent definition, this beautiful 2009 exhibits high but sweet tannin. It is more sexy than the 2005 was at a similar age, although their level of extract and concentration is relatively equal. Something about the 2009 reminds me of a Margaux version of St.-Julien's Leoville Poyferre ... if that makes any sense. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040. This is another fabulous effort from an estate that has been doing extraordinary work over the last 10-15 years. I enjoyed the 2009 as much as the 2005, perhaps even slightly more because while it has structure, the tannins are less aggressive and there is more succulence, flesh and texture in the 2009." (02/2012) 94 points Wine Spectator: "This is beautiful, with smoldering tar, espresso and tobacco leaf notes fully melded together, while the core of crushed plum, steeped black currant and blackberry fruit sits in reserve. A twinge of iron adds extra length and definition on the finish. Very suave. Approachable now, but with plenty of stuffing and balance for the cellar as well. Best from 2013 through 2030." (06/2012) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Ripe aromas of plum, blackberry jam and sweet balsamic vinegar. Rich and ripe in the mouth, with lively acidity lifting the creamy black fruit flavors and extending the wine's lightly peppery, very suave finish. Not the most refined or subtle Margaux you'll ever taste but immensely drinkable, and with plenty of depth and concentration to its aromas and flavors. 91(+?) points" (07/2012) K&L Notes: **½+V 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Intriguing nose of toasty oak and spice; this wine has it all. Heavenly flavors. Bright and super-fresh. Perfect balance. At UGC: Well-near perfect, and the best at the tasting. Jean Luc Zuger has a star of the vintage. BUY IT! Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

  • 2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) ( $219.99)
    100 points James Suckling: "Blueberries, currants and Indian spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a lovely finish. It's intense and refined. A beauty. It goes on for minutes. Speechless. Better and cleaner than the great 1990. Try in 2022." (02/2012) 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A colossal effort, the 2009 Montrose represents a hypothetical blend of the monumental duo of 1989 and 1990 combined with the phenomenal 2003...the overall impression is one of massive blackberry, black currant and mulberry fruit intermixed with forest floor, damp earth, crushed rocks and a hint of spring flowers. Full-bodied with sweet but abundant tannin, Jean-Bernard Delmas believes this is the greatest wine he has made during his short tenure at Montrose since retiring from Haut-Brion. This wine will undoubtedly shut down for a decade, then unleash its power, glory and potential perfection. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+." (02/2012) 94-97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, and 1% petit verdot; pH 3.7; 98 IPT; 38 hl/ha; 13.7% alcohol; no press wine used) Opaque, almost impenetrable inky-ruby. The profound but initially reticent nose opens with air to reveal superb depth to the cassis, violet and mineral aromas. Then wonderfully dense yet weightless, with a penetrating quality to its black fruit and mineral flavors. The inky, minerally, very long finish features very smooth tannins. Currently less generous and showy than some other '09s, this is nonetheless a classic Bordeaux in style. With its mineral reticence and austerity, it is also very typical of Saint-Estephe." (06/2010) 95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. A wine that feels big but not heavy. With a solid structure, the wine shows black density at the same time as the blackcurrant juice of Cabernet shines through." (08/2010) 97 points Wine Spectator: "A bit of a brute, with a very chewy bittersweet ganache, tobacco and roasted fig core splayed open right now by a dagger of roasted apple wood, allspice and cedar. Long and dense through the finish, with a strong singed iron edge. The stuffing is certainly there, but this will take a while to come together as it's running unbridled right now. Proves you can still get classic old-school Bordeaux. Best from 2020 through 2040." (03/2012) K&L Notes: *++ 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Super-concentrated, with ripe, silky tannins. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

  • 2001 Beauregard Ducasse Rouge, Graves ( $12.99)
    A name that's familiar to many of our customers, largely for its fantastic Blanc, this property has been a staple in the K&L lineup for a number of vintages. This vineyard has been a family property since 1850. Marie-Laure and Jacques Perromat maintain this long-standing family tradition as the 6th generation wine growers. The vineyard make up is 50% Merlot, 45% of Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The vines are 15 years old. This wine profits from balanced varieties of grapes, where the Cabernet brings flavor and structure, the Merlot is perfumed and more forward and soft in taste. The 2001, now drinking beautifully received a mention in the Hachette Wine Guide. It represents a terrific value in mature red Bordeaux, yes, we know that's said too often. In this case, silky red fruits and bright minerality lead to a long, supremely balanced finish. Great with beef, lamb, and richer poultry.

  • 2007 Pape-Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Elsewhere $140) ( $59.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the stars of the vintage, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot reveals sweet burning ember, charcoal, barbecue smoke, black currant, plum, and graphite notes. This opulent, impressively endowed, medium to full-bodied 2007 possesses sweet tannin and a long finish. It can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years. (RP)" (04/2010) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby-red. Exotic aromas of currant, plum, tobacco, minerals, smoke and spices, complicated by hints of cherry-cola and pepper. At once generous and juicy, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and a strong impression of soil to the flavors of candied redcurrant, tobacco and spices. Finishes broad and long, with a fine dusting of sweet tannins. Very strong for the year." (08/2010) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A wine that is dominated by wood at this stage in its development. But the structure and the fruit are all there, waiting to slot into place in the next 23 years. Spice and bright black berry flavors layer with final acidity." (04/2010) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Blackberry and mineral aromas, with hints of dried flowers, truffle and tobacco. Full-bodied, with a wonderful balance of cool fruit and fine tannins. Classy for the vintage. Best after 2012." (03/2010)

  • 1980 Dom Perignon ( $299.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Fresh and elegant, with characteristic doughy, yeasty flavors and a touch of honey and mocha. Smooth, supple and a touch herbal on the somewhat short finish. (PM)" (10/1995)

  • 2009 Château Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ( $79.99)
    96 points Wine Spectator: "One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension. Best from 2015 through 2026." (02/2012) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estates classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years. (RP)" (10/2011) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(30% each of grenache and mourvedre and 10% each of counoise and syrah, with the balance spread across the other nine permitted varieties): Bright ruby. Perfumed, expressive aromas of red and dark berry preserves, smoky herbs and lavender, with a touch of licorice adding depth. Fleshy and supple in texture, offering intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by a spicy quality. Shows the richness of the vintage but carries no excess fat. The finish lingers with impressive tenacity and echoes the floral and smoke notes." (01/2012) Jancis Robinson: "This is not the bottled final blend but it's very close to it. 13 varieties including 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache and 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault. Held back but there is so much waiting to escape. You can feel all those components coming together (I had just tasted the varieties Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault as separate - non-commerical - bottlings). The brightness of the Grenache, that dry, firm framework and length from the Mourvèdre and the completeness of the blend. Dry, fresh, long and impressive in its embryonic state. Power and finesse. Great length. 18/20 points. (JH)" (11/2010)

  • 2007 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesport Goldtropfchen Riesling Spätlese (Previously $38) ( $14.99)
    Years ago we did a lot of business with this producer. Their wines are outstanding and yet somehow we lost touch and moved on to other great German wines. Recently we were offered this outstanding deal and jumped at the chance to work with our old friends. This is a flattering and delicate version of Spätlese, and an unbelievable deal. Loads of creamy citrus fruit and black currant envelop the entire wine, front to back. The backing acidity is juicy and round on the finish, but adds plenty of backbone while melding into the rich clean texture that this site is known for. (Eric Story, German wine buyer)

  • 2007 Antinori Tignanello ( $84.95)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Tignanello is ripe with promise for the future. The wine has just started its evolutionary track with aromas of blackcurrant, dried blackberry and cherry. This was a warm but balanced vintage that shows beautiful results today and exceeds my already high expectations. There is a steady thickness and determination to the wine that carries it forward. This was the last vintage made in the Tignanello winery before the structure saw a major overhaul. Given the staying power of this historic wine, I feel that this vintage will hold easily for another 20 years or more. (ML)" (10/2015) 95 points Vinous: "Antinori's 2007 Tignanello is wonderfully ripe and seductive in its dark cherries, flowers, spices, tobacco, sage, cedar, mint and minerals. This is as opulent a Tignanello as I have ever tasted but there is just enough acidity and structure from the Sangiovese to keep things from going over the top. The wine's richness and warmth are such that in a blind tasting I mistook the 2007 Tignanello for a wine from Maremma! The dense, muscular fruit follows through to an impeccable finish with no hard edges and impossibly fine, silky tannins. Simply put, the 2007 is a magnificent Tignanello. The 2007 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3 new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. (AG)" (10/2010) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "You can't help but love this wine. The richness, density and intensity are all outstanding and Tignanello is extraordinary in terms of aromas and flavors. The traditional formula for this groundbreaking super Tuscan was Sangiovese with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. This vintage sees 5% Cabernet Franc for additional texture and longevity. *Editors' Choice*" (04/2010) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Displays sweet plum and berry aromas and flavors, with hints of toasty oak and cappuccino. Full-bodied, yet reserved and fine. Turns chewy and juicy. (JS)" (10/2010) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, medium ruby-red. Musky black fruits, cedar, graphite and minerals on the cabernet-dominated nose. Broad and lush in the mouth, conveying a full-bodied, weighty impression but also plenty of energy to the flavors of blackcurrant, tobacco and cedar. Finishes very long and smooth, with extremely fine-grained tannins. (ID)" (10/2011)

  • 2005 Terre da Vino Barolo "Essenze" (Elsewhere $55) ( $19.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Vivid aromas of blackberry, raspberry and sandalwood. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and beautiful, refined and focused fruit. Very well done for this producer. Best after 2011. 1,000 cases made. (JS)" (12/2009)

  • Amrut "Intermediate Sherry" Indian Single Malt Whiskey 750ml ( $124.99)
    Aged in bourbon, then first fill sherry barrels, finally back into bourbon for one year. Crazy! The sherry barrels are cured with Amrut Single Malt before transit to Bangalore to mitigate sulfur. Ultra smooth precious young whiskey. A hit at Whisky Fest 2010. Jim Murray says, "Amrut Intermediate Sherry: Moist cake...fruity and spicy...Brain-exploding, complex and multi-layered with one of the most intriguing Sherry-Style-Bourbon-Style marriages on the market. Cracking delivery and entirely unique in form. Amrut is Spoiling us again." -96.5 points Whisky Bible

  • 1982 Mannochmore Chieftain's 28 Year Old K&L Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (2 bottle limit) ( $149.99)
    Wine Club Price: $139.99.

    The last time we did a 20+ year old single barrel of whisky, we sold every bottle on pre-order and the bottles never hit the shelf - the value was simply too good to pass up, even without tasting it! This time around we've teamed up with Chieftain's and secured a barrel of Diageo-owned Mannochmore 28 year single malt whisky, bottled at cask strength and unchillfiltered. Mannochmore is a Highland distillery rarely ever bottled as a single malt, rather it goes into high-end Diageo blends like the Johnnie Walker Blue. This ancient single-barrel expression is simply fantastic - a nose of fresh peaches and flower petals, a palate that oozes with sweet grains and natural oils, and a long, sweet finish that goes on forever. The last time Diageo bottled Mannochmore as a single malt in their Manager's Choice series it wasn't nearly as old or expressive and it went for over $250 a bottle. Our bottling will come in at far less and offer so much more maturity. But don't wait too long, this old barrel only yielded 135 bottles, therefore it is limited to two bottles per customer. -David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer

  • 2007 Hall Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $36.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Offers a pleasant, ripe, complex mix of dark berry, plum, cherry and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and complete, with a chewy, persistent finish. (JL)" (11/2011)

  • 2007 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ( $29.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This beautiful Bordeaux blend is based mostly on Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s likeable now for the soft, refined texture and luscious flavors of tart cherry candy, accented with nearly half new oak. Shows real balance and flair, from a winery known for objective pricing. Now 2013." (01/10) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of fresh earth and mineral are taut and firm on the palate, with dried currant, sage, cedar and crushed rock. Full-bodied, tight and concentrated, ending with firm tannins that have a touch of chewiness. Drink now through 2020." (10/10)

  • 2007 Jade Mountain "La Provencal" Red (Elsewhere $20) ( $9.99)
    Half Price! This is a great buy for the holidays. It's a blend of Syrah, Carignane, Viognier, and Mourvedre, coming together in a rich, spicy wine that is loaded with flavors of crushed berries, blackberries, red cherry and asian spices. This wine is intensly fruity and will pair well with comfort foods! (Trey Beffa, K&L)

  • St. George 11 Year K&L Single Barrel, Cask Strength Single Malt Whiskey 750ml (2 bottle limit) ( $105.99)
    Wine Club Price: $95.99.

    The Bay Area's beloved Alameda distillery has teamed up with K&L to bring you one of the most delicious and unique whiskies ever created. Made from 100% barley, this malt was aged seven years in bourbon cask and finished for an additional four years in apple brandy barrels. Bottled at cask strength, the result is a brain-tickling combination of rich malty goodness and spicy barrel flavors intertwined with tart apple notes on the finish. Sound crazy? It is, and that's why it had the attention of the entire room at this year's WhiskyFest in San Francisco. If we could have taken pre-orders that evening, it would have sold out on the spot. We spent months twisting the arms of distillers Lance Winters and Dave Smith before they would agree to let us have this prized possession; a whiskey they had been nursing along since infancy. This is an unheralded release from St. George and there is not much of it, so there is a one bottle limit per person. The 11 year will easily go down as one of the tastiest, most sought-after, and unique whiskies we have ever carried. -David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer

NEW ARRIVALS...
(items coming into our inventory for the first time)

United States - Bourbon and Rye

  • Pikesville Supreme Straight Kentucky Rye 750ml - 12 available ( $11.99)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Guilliams Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $44.99)
    Guilliams' hillside vineyards consist of three different volcanic soils and one Franciscan soil combined with Spring Mountain's distinct microclimate, creating intense, concentrated fruit. The nose on this 2006 Cabernet is full of dark fruit and spicy, floral notes that give way to a palate of dark cherry with touches of toffee and spice. Ripe tannins and an herbal finish round out the wine and add complexity.

  • 2007 Hall Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $36.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Offers a pleasant, ripe, complex mix of dark berry, plum, cherry and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and complete, with a chewy, persistent finish. (JL)" (11/2011)

  • 2007 Kamen Estate Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon - 11 available ( $74.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1,800-case cuvee of 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma is virtually identical, with perhaps less oak and structure. Both of these Cabernets beg for 4-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades. (RP)" (02/2010) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Deep aromas of raspberry, cassis, violet and minerals. In a distinctly creamy style, but with a rocky minerality and firm acidity framing and lifting the black raspberry fruit. This concentrated, mineral-driven wine shows an intriguing suggestion of grapefruit peel and finishes with noteworthy persistence." (06/2010) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Tightly wound and firm, with roasted coffee, dried herb and dried berry flavors that are intense and concentrated, rustic and cedary, slowly moving into a pleasing loamy earthiness that gives this a distinctive quality. Best from 2012 through 2022." (05/2011)

  • 2007 L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 9 available ( $29.99)
    92 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "Dark and plummy at first, with bottom notes of ink and tanbark, this youthful wine bears an intriguing hint of humus-rich earth. Its cassis flavors are vinous and inky at once, propped up by dark oak notes and earthy tannin. Give it time in the cellar, then serve with herb-roasted lamb." (10/10) 91 points from Wine Spectator: "Light and fragrant, a deft style that emphasizes raspberry, tobacco and chai tea flavors on a silky, sleek frame. Fine tannins provide a light grip, but the charm comes through. Drink now through 2015." (Oct. 15, 2010) 90+ points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (100%) is more substantial. It was aged for 22 months in 33% new French oak. Deep crimson-colored, it exhibits a bouquet of cedar, earth notes, spice box, violets, black currant, and blackberry. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has good density, volume, and balance. Flavors of plum, chocolate, and assorted black fruits lead to a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2022." (Aug. 2010)

  • 2007 L'Ecole No. 41 "Perigee" Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley - 4 available ( $44.99)
    93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dense purple 2007 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Estate is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc aged for 22 months in 40% new French oak. It presents a nose of pain grille, pencil lead, mineral, violets, black currant, and blackberry leading to a wine with superb volume and concentration, impeccable balance and loads of savory black fruits. It will easily evolve for 5-7 years and provide prime drinking from 2015 to 2027." (Aug. 2010) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Mellow raspberry, mocha and exotic nutty oak on the nose; slightly roasted compared to the Apogee. Sweet, lush, and very ripe on the palate, with strong acids and floral and herbal notes giving the wine surprising grip. But this is less harmonious and more backward today than the Apogee in spite of its clarity of flavor. Began with a slightly clenched spine of acids and tannins but softened nicely with 24 hours in the recorked bottle." (Nov/Dec '10)

  • 2007 Poem Cellars "Elope" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $64.99)
    89 points Connoisseurs Guide: "* One Star * Quite ripe and a bit past the point of classic in terms of ripeness and focus, this wine is attractive nonetheless for its ripe berry, plum and dried currant fruit in the nose and for its supple, slightly fleshy feel on across the palate. It carries a nice bit of balancing acidity for its sins and firms up without getting hard or gritty at the finish. A few years in the cellar will see it gain a touch of rounding out." (12/2010) K&L Notes: Only 100 cases were produced of this beauty, and that is a crying shame. This is a wine to enjoy now, even impulsively, hence the name. This is an elegant and powerful wine sourced from a single vineyard in St. Helena. The nose is evocative with ripe red and blue fruits, black plum, black coffee, leather and herbal notes. On the tongue: cassis, cherry, lead pencil, cocoa nib, hibiscus tea and moss with a whisper of black licorice. With these dusty earth notes and soft tannins, Elope showcases the breeding of the vineyard. The fruit is high toned and lush, the body is fleshy and full, the tannins are moderate and the wine offers a 40 second finish. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc.

  • 2007 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ( $29.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This beautiful Bordeaux blend is based mostly on Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s likeable now for the soft, refined texture and luscious flavors of tart cherry candy, accented with nearly half new oak. Shows real balance and flair, from a winery known for objective pricing. Now 2013." (01/10) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of fresh earth and mineral are taut and firm on the palate, with dried currant, sage, cedar and crushed rock. Full-bodied, tight and concentrated, ending with firm tannins that have a touch of chewiness. Drink now through 2020." (10/10)

  • 2002 St. Helena Winery "Sympa" Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $89.99)
    From Wine Spectator: "Intense and deeply concentrated, with a rich, complex, firmly tannic core of leathery currant, espresso, mocha and herb notes. This massive youngster needs cellaring; with time, it may show more finesse and grace. Best from 2008 through 2013. 300 cases made." (May 2005)

  • 2007 Andrew Will "Sorella" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend ( $61.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "ndrew Wills' flagship wine is called Sorella; the 2007 Sorella, sourced entirely from the Champoux Vineyard, one of Washington's finest sites, is made up of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. Aromas of toasty oak, espresso, Asian spices, incense, black currant, and blackberry lead to a firmly structured wine with impeccable balance and serious aging potential. This pleasure-bent offering will offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2032, perhaps longer. (JM)" (08/2010) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Cellar Selection*** In this new vintage of Sorella, Cabernet Sauvignon is again right out front at 72% of the blend. Here the fruit seems more subdued, the wine tight, the dense tannins showing graphite and mineral more than new barrel flavors. It definitely needs decanting. (PG)" (08/2010) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Lithe, focused and beautifully detailed, offering a gorgeous array of floral-accented blackberry, boysenberry and anise flavors, lingering easily on the deftly balanced finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. (HS)" (06/2010) 93 points Wine & Spirits: "Chris Camarda includes his oldest cabernet block from Champoux Vineyard in his Sorella blend. He's teased prettiness from the grapes in 2007, the aromas almost grenache-like, with hints of red raspberries, tar and mocha. The flavors are mouthcoating and considerably more savory, with chewy tannins and a mouthwatering acidity that has the cut to handle boar ragù." (08/2010) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Cassis, black cherry and berry skin aromas are lifted by a floral note. Supple, sweet and densely packed, with savory and floral notes adding interest to the smooth dark berry flavors, and ripe, harmonious acidity giving shape and energy to the wine. Youthfully medicinal in a positive way. Finishes with big, broad tannins and flavors of dark fruits and licorice pastille that dust the entire palate. This may ultimately merit an even higher score. 91+" (11/2009) Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Racy and a bit sweet. Bordeaux blend. Really sophisticated." (06/2011)

  • 1990 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ( $74.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "A chunky and compacted Cabernet, with currant, mint and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, fruity finish. Very ripe and rich. (JS)" (02/2000)

  • 1996 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $69.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Gushing with berry and new wood character--perhaps a bit too much--but it's rich and powerful, with lots of good tannins and a long finish. Definitely a modern-style Napa Cab. (JS)" (02/2000) Decanter: "Hugely classy nose, with delicate, off-ripe jam and chocolate aromas. Powerful tannins, with dark, ripe red fruit flavours -- an iron fist in a velvet glove. 18/20" (01/2001) Jancis Robinson: "Sweet and oaky aromas followed by rich fruit and dry, structured tannins. 17/20" (03/2002) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beaulieu's flagship, the 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve, exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as aggressive toasty new oak, medium body, and firm tannin. The noticeable acidity exacerbates the firmness and tannic structure. Although very good, possibly excellent, it needs 2-4 years of cellaring. It should keep for 15-20 years. (RP)" (01/2000)

  • 1996 Beringer "Tre Colline" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $69.00)
    91-points Wine Spectator: "Rich and complex, with concentrated, juicy currant, plum, anise, blackberry and cedary flavors that firm up on the finish, where the tannins become more evident. Drink now through 2008. 200 cases made." (8/2001)

  • 1998 Burgess Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ( $19.99)
    The Wine Spectator: "There's a notable earthy, herbal-minty component to the moderately ripe cherry and plum flavors. Good balance, not too tannic, finishing with a dry edge." (10/01)

  • 1990 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $99.00)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and focused, with spicy tobacco and chocolate overtones on the ripe prune and currant aromas and flavors. *Spectator Selection*" (12/1993) K&L Notes: Caymus Vineyards celebrated its 40th anniversary as a Napa Valley icon in 2012. Enjoy this cellared wine from a Napa vintage that has proven to have excellent longevity!

  • 1998 Chappellet Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ( $34.99)
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Raspberry, cassis, game, chocolate, graphite, flowers and a peppery note on the nose. Thick but juicy, with lively bitter cherry fruit and enticing sweetness; only a hint of '98 vegetility. Plenty of extract and sound acidity. Finishes with ripe, building tannins and very good length." (11/2001) Wine Spectator: "Veers into earthy, minerally territory, yet holds onto a nice core of dried currant and berry fruit that's mature, intense and balanced.--1998 California Cabernet retrospective. (Web-2009)" K&L Notes: As always, the "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon is produced entirely from grapes grown in the hillside vineyards of Pritchard Hill on the eastern slope of the Napa Valley. The dry, rocky soils restrict the vines to low yields of intensely-flavored fruit.

  • 2001 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $89.99)
    93 points Vinous: "Saturated, deep ruby-red. Quintessential cabernet aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, black olive, mint and earth, sweetened by some roasted oak tones. Dense, supple and seamless; much more concentrated than the basic Napa Valley bottling but also more pliant from the outset, even if it will need a good six to eight years of cellaring. Old-style, classic Napa cabernet with a powerful, building finish. (ST) 93+" (05/2004) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet-brick in color, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate opens with notes of charcuterie, yeast extract and cedar over a core of red and black currant jelly, tobacco leaf and new leather plus a hint of dried sage. Medium-bodied, it has a firm frame of chewy tannins and plenty of freshness lifting the savory/earthy flavors, finishing long and a bit woody. (LPB)" (02/2018)

  • 1998 Chateau St. Jean "Cinq Cepages" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ( $59.95)
    89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "...the medium-bodied 1998 Cinq Cepages (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit-Verdot) exhibits a sweet nose of toast, earth, cedar, licorice, black cherries, and chocolate. There is excellent concentration, but because of the vintage conditions, this wine does not possess much volume, breadth of flavor, or intensity." (12/2000) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wines cherry aromas are almost stewy, thanks to the toast and eucalyptus notes that envelop them; expect more cherry, soy and some herbal complexity in the mouth. Medium-weight; closes with tart red fruit and full-on tannin." (06/2002) Wine Spectator: "Excellent balance, with supple, complex currant, plum, herb, dill and cedar notes that are focused and ripe. Loses a little intensity on the finish. Mild tannins make it appealing now." (10/2001) K&L Notes: Jancis Robinson.com: "The vintage was slammed by some critics, and shame on them, for many terrific wines came from 1998, after the rush-to-judgment were made. This Cab is round, soft, plummy and polished, with cedar and forest floor nuance, firm acidity and great balance -- a Francophile’s delight." (8/2007)

  • 1999 Chateau St. Jean "Cinq Cepages" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ( $79.95)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous Cabernet, offering a mix of ripe, rich, fleshy currant and blackberry fruit, with hints of herb, olive and sage. Finishes with a firm, structured backbone and ripe tannins giving it depth and richness. *#2 on Top 100 of 2002, Highly Recommended* (JL)" (11/2002) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While the 13,000-case cuvee of 1999 Cinq Cepages (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot) is not as prodigious as the 1997 or 1996, it is potentially outstanding. This New World version of a high class St.-Emilion boasts an opaque ruby/purple color in addition to a sweet bouquet of licorice, dried herbs, tobacco, smoke, black cherries, and cassis. It is medium to full-bodied, with a lovely texture, admirable complexity, and a long finish. The question mark relates to the notion of elevated, dry tannin in the finish. My instincts suggest this characteristic will age out given the wine's overall concentration and intensity. (RP)" (08/2002) Jancis Robinson: "Has the chocolate-covered cherry character so true to Cinq Cepages, along with a dusty, meaty, licorice and tar character for great complexity. Minerals, too. Subtle oak texture, fine-grain tannins and very crisp acidity. 18/20 points." (01/2007)

  • 1998 Chimney Rock "Elevage" Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $59.95)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, rich, complex and focused, with mocha-laced currant, plum and black cherry character, pretty toasty oak flavors and a long, intricate finish that keeps echoing fruit and oak. One of the stars of the vintage." (10/01)

  • 1996 Chimney Rock Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $59.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and elegant, with ripe and spicy cherry, wild berry and strawberry flavors. Turns supple and polished on the finish." (04/1999)

  • 1999 Chimney Rock Stag's Leap District Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $54.00)
    Wine Spectator: "Intense and concentrated, firm and structured, with dried currant, game meat, herb, sage and cedary oak. Offers both youthful flavors and chewy tannins. (Web-2009)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap exhibits a deep ruby color along with a sweet nose of plums, cassis, cherries, subtle new oak, medium body, and a restrained style. Drink this pure, round, seductive Cabernet over the next 10-12 years. This stylish, sophisticated effort might be compared to a graceful, feminine-styled Bordeaux, such as a cru classe from Margaux. I admire it for its subtlety. Additionally, it possesses beautiful fruit, outstanding purity, and a graceful personality." (08/2002) Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of dried earth, wet stone and chocolate prep you for the flavors of fresh plums, chocolate and cedar. The mouthfeel is rich and the tannins finish like a fine emery board." (11/2002)

  • 1998 Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $65.00)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Medium-weight, with spice, herb, currant and cedary oak flavors that are pleasant enough..." (10/01)

  • 1998 Clos Du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $24.99)
    After a two-year mission commissioned by American businessman John Goelet to find a new site with potential for making world-class wines, French-born winemaker Bernard Portet chose what would eventually be called the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley for its cool evenings and terrain. The 150-acre parcel that Goelet purchases became Clos du Val, a "small estate of a small Valley." Producing classically styled wines of balance, elegance and complexity has been the winery's goal ever since. This 1998 is drinking exceptionally well now.

  • 1996 Dominus Estate 'Napanook Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ( $119.00)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is the first release of Napanook, the second wine from Dominus. It has lovely, approachable fruit in the red-cherry, red-plum spectrum; the finish is medium length and silky. Its tasting very good now, and should improve in bottle over the next three to five years. The blend is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 13% Petit Verdot." (07/1999) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Complex, with mature herb, currant, anise and sage notes that are reminiscent of an aged Bordeaux. Ends with a supple texture, fine-grained tannins and good length. (JL, Web Only-2007)" 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 2,000 cases of the 1996 Napanook, a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 13% Petit Verdot. Made in a peppery, spicy, herbaceous, earthy style, it exhibits a dark plum color, an intensely aromatic cassis and pepper-scented nose, a lush entry on the palate, and succulent, low acid, rich, concentrated flavors with more tannin than the 1997. Already drinkable, the 1996 is appealing for its intense fragrance and rich flavors. (RP)" (12/1998) K&L Notes: First vintage of Dominus "Napanook!"

  • 1996 Dyer "Diamond Mountain District" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ( $60.00)
    From Wine Spectator: "Tightly structured, but well-focused on a beam of tart plum, currant, black cherry, herb and cedar. Finishes with firm, but well-integrated tannins and delicate flavors. 74 cases made." (Aug 2001)

  • 2001 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $119.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This was a spectacular performance from this hallowed vineyard as well as one of Napa Valleys great historic terroirs. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it reveals a still youthful personality and will benefit from another 5-7 years of bottle age. An opaque purple color is followed by aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, flowers and background earth as well as spice. The old eucalyptus-filled aromatics of a young Marthas Vineyard are nowhere to be found as the 2001 is dominated by fruit and earth. Full-bodied and powerful with superb integration of wood, tannin, acidity and alcohol, this large-scaled red is capable of three or more decades of cellaring. It is unquestionably a youthful classic, but it requires patience from its owners. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. (RP) 95+" (06/2011) 94 points John Gilman: "After bouncing a bottle of 2001 Marthas Vineyard unceremoniously around in the car during a day of tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains in January (prior to having time to pull the cork), I was very happy to have a chance to taste a second bottle of this lovely wine that had been neither shaken, nor stirred on my most recent visit to Napa. This is a lovely vintage for Marthas Vineyard, as the wine offers up a deep and classy nose of red and black cherries, chocolate, mint, tobacco smoke, a touch of fruitcake, soil tones and a nice framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and nascently complex, with lovely focus, ripe tannins and impressive length and grip on the long and just beginning to blossom finish. At age ten, this is still very early days for a top vintage of Marthas Vineyard, but with another decade or so of bottle age, this will be outstanding. (Drink between 2021-2075) 94+" (05/2011) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A true-to-form Martha's Vineyard. Enticing chocolate-covered cherry, berry and mint give a complex, distinctive flavor profile. Sleek, elegant and long on the finish, where the flavors turn juicy. (JL, Web Only2011)" Jancis Robinson: "Very deep purple. Some lift and luscious fruit. Very sweet and full and minerally. Some evolution. Big and blustering with resolved tannins and a hint of dustiness. Not formulaic." (06/2010) K&L Notes: Heitz has long been known for its luxury cuvées, the Martha's Vineyard and Bella Oaks Cabernets. The 2001 Martha's delivers on both the winery's reputation and the vintage. At once rich and elegant, its intense color is followed by aromas of mint and cassis. On the palate, red fruit and firm tannins combine into a focused and firmly tannic wine. One for the cellar... this will not disappoint those who are patient!

  • 1998 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 10 available ( $34.99)

  • 1998 Jordan Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon ( $39.95)
    Wine Spectator: "Chewy tannins surround this moderately ripe and complex wine, with showy floral, currant and candied red apple flavors, closing down at midpalate and finishing with dry tannins. Drink now. (Web-2004)" K&L Notes: The 1998 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is a richly-textured wine with intense, ripe flavors of black cherry, blackberry, plum and cassis. Slight notes of tobacco and spice and a subtle framework of oak and vanilla complete this delicious wine.

  • 2001 Joseph Phelps Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ( $49.99)
    92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Keenly focused on varietal fruit of dried currants and black cherries with a complexing layer of rich loam, vanilla, caramel and hints of sweet spices, this medium-volume effort is supple in palate feel at entry before becoming noticeably tannic at the finish. Admittedly, it is more mannerly than muscular, but this is very good, convincingly ageworthy Cabernet that will hold up in the cellar for five to ten years." (04/2004) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "(No tasting note given.)" (06/2004) 90 points Vinous: "Good medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of cassis, licorice, espresso and cedary, nutty oak. Sweet, concentrated and pliant, with very good breadth and depth of flavor for this basic cabernet bottling. Finishes with suave, building tannins and noteworthy persistence. (ST)" (05/2004) 90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2001 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Phelps is doing nicely, and Im winding down on more than a case and a half of this beauty, which was a terrific value when I purchased it on release. Still a big, ripe, chewy effort, with lots of currants, pencil shavings, dried earth/herbs and a touch of chocolate, Id call it fully mature, yet it still has a stacked mid-palate and loads of fruit, so its going to evolve gracefully for another decade or more easily. Give it an hour in the decanter if drinking over the coming couple of years." (07/2017) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a deep ruby color, along with a big, sweet nose of dried herbs intermixed with black currant, cherry, and hints of wood smoke and earth. (RP)" (02/2005) Wine Enthusiast: "This is the sort of Cab you sip and immediately like. Its not only rich in currant and oak, with elaborate tannins, but possesses that extra dimension of pedigree due to the balance and harmony. Not for the cellar, but great now for your best foods." (10/2004) Wine Spectator: "Strikes a fine balance between chewy currant, anise, blackberry and cedar scents. It firms up at midpalate and finishes with a long, rich aftertaste. Needs short-term cellaring. (JL)" (12/2003)

  • 1998 Joseph Phelps Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ( $34.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Lots to admire here, with layers of mocha, vanilla, currant, black cherry and blackberry, turning elegant, with cedar and tobacco notes on the finish." (05/2001)

  • 1997 Livingston Moffett "13th Anniversary" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ( $47.99)
    Planted in 1969, the Moffet Vineyard fruit was a source for great wines from Chappellet, Spring Mountain and Burgess in the 1970's. It's hillside location on the western slopes of the Napa Valley, deep volcanic soils and high, well ventilated trellising have combined to produce grapes of superior quality year after year. The vineyard is small, only eight acres, and yields are low due to rigorous pruning and crop control. Production is only 904 cases for the 1997, which shows a deep core of black currant fruit, mild tannins and an elegant, silky texture.

  • 2001 Livingston Moffett "Gemstone" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ( $69.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The more austere, dense ruby/purple-colored 2001 Gemstone Vineyard Proprietary Red (54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc) is a leaner, earthier effort displaying plenty of loamy soil notes intermixed with tobacco leaf and new oak characteristics as well as abundant tannin. No doubt the Petit Verdot component has given the wine a rigid structure. Whether that will soften and become more charming remains an open question. (RP)" (06/2011) Wine Spectator: "A pleasantly complex wine that offers tasty currant, blackberry and plum notes on a modest frame. Fine-grained tannins give it structure and muscle and toasty oak adds a nice touch. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc." (07/2004)

  • 2005 Mayacamas Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ( $49.99)
    92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Cherry, redcurrant, tobacco, minerals, licorice, spices and bay leaf on the nose, lifted by a faint floral element. Then dense, tactile and savory, with soil-driven currant, tobacco and saline flavors that stain the palate. Finishes long and strong, with firm tannins and a late note of raspberry. Like this producer's chardonnay this cabernet is a baby." (06/2011)

  • 1998 Merryvale Napa Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ( $39.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Supple and harmonious, with polished coffee, herb, currant and bell pepper notes that are focused and complex. (JL)" (09/2001)

  • 2001 Merryvale "Profile" Napa Valley Red Blend ( $69.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "An amazingly delicious and complex wine. Dark and rich, filled with blackcurrant, cocoa and new oak flavors and lush, sweet tannins. Finishes with a scour of fresh acidity. Made from some of Napas greatest vineyards, such as To-Kalon and Georges III, this is a wine with a great future." (12/2004) Wine Spectator: "Serves up lots of complex flavors, from its creamy oak and ripe berry flavors to hints of mint, cedar, sage and dill. It comes together nicely on the finish, too, with bright, vivid flavors." (11/2004) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Profile is an excellent wine, but recent vintages are even stronger. The fully mature 2001, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, exhibits a dense plum/garnet color as well as a sweet perfume of tobacco leaf, incense, roasted herbs, and red and black currants. Good opulence and a lush texture result in an attractive attack and mid-palate. Then the wine softens and seems fully mature. However, in a cold cellar it will last another 7-10 years. (RP)" (06/2011)

  • 1998 Merus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ( $119.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A joint effort of Mark Herold, a former research oenologist at Joseph Phelps, and Erika Gottl, has produced 230 cases of their first wine, the 1998 Merus. The wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine was made from fruit picked extremely ripe, aged largely in French new oak. It was slightly fined but not filtered. The 1998 (14.9% alcohol) is indeed an impressive wine from a much-maligned vintage. (RP)" (12/2000)

  • 1990 Opus One Napa Proprietary Red - 4 available ( $269.99)
    96 points Wine Spectator: "Dramatic, with its ripe, rich, plush core of exotic currant, anise, cedar, vanilla and berry notes that are enormously complex on the finish. Delicious." (02/2000) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In a blind tasting, this wine did not fool many tasters when served blind. It was quickly identified as a California wine despite the fact that it is made in a Bordeaux-like style. The wine performed well, exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color, a lead pencil, grapy, spicy oak-scented nose, medium body, a tight, more compact texture than the Bordeaux, as well as more elevated and obvious new oak. Rich and ripe, as well as graceful, it stood out as having higher acidity than the Bordeaux. Although soft enough to be drunk, the 1990 Opus One is capable of lasting 15 or more years." (02/1997) K&L Notes: Opus One was founded as a joint venture between Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, and in 1984 released it's first vintage, the 1979. It has since become an international success and a landmark winery in Napa. Comprised of 169 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley, they produce a luxury Bordeaux style blend.

  • 1998 Richard Partridge Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $59.99)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, rich and chocolaty, with sharply focused black cherry, currant, toasty oak and mocha notes and a long, integrated finish. Wonderful orchestration of fruit and oak. Drink now through 2006. 500 cases made." (02/01)

  • 2001 Robert Mondavi Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $79.99)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "Excellent, showing tannic flex, with cedary cigar box notes amid a strong array of dark berry flavors. (JL, Web-2016)" 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A brilliant effort from Mondavi, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot) exhibits complex aromatics of forest floor, sweet black cherry and black currant fruit, vanillin and lead pencil shavings. Dense and powerful as well as elegant and concentrated, the finish reveals moderate tannins, and the wine needs another 4-5 years of cellaring, but it has at least 25 years of upside left. (RP)" (06/2011) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Contains 67% To Kalon Vineyard fruit. Still a baby. Closed, brooding, very deep, very dry. Fabulous cassis fruit, a huge wine. Lots of delicious, sweet new oak. Superbly balanced, impressive. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (06/2005) 93 points Vinous: "Bright, dark red. Lively aromas of cassis, violet and graphite suggest a juicy wine. Boasts terrific claret-like intensity and cut to its flavors of currant, tobacco, minerals, spices and leather; there's a noble rusticity to this wine, which is distinctly Old World in style. Not especially fleshy--especially following the 2002--but finishes with superb cut, soil-driven salinity and length. The serious tannins are still tight. Interestingly, winemaker Janssens views 2001 as a powerful vintage for the Mondavi Reserve. This wine has good acidity but was also the highest vintage in pH (3.76) at the time. (ST) 93+" (05/2016)

  • 2001 Silverado Limited Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 10 available ( $69.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Another fabulous Cab from this supernatural vintage. It stuns for the ripeness of the blackcurrant, cherry and chocolate fruit, and the richness of the soft, sweet tannins. So easy to drink, yet never loses its sense of balance, harmony and complexity." (12/2004) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This strong effort from Silverado Vineyards is young and unevolved, with notes of subtle smoke, black currants, tobacco leaf, crushed rock and incense. It is a deep, chewy wine, but also elegant and substantial. In the finish, the tannins kick in, suggesting this wine is at least 4-5 years away from any semblance of maturity. It should last for 30+ years as well. This is another profound example from this great vintage that has eclipsed its own early rave reviews. (RP) 93+" (06/2011) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, rich and generous, this unfolds gracefully to reveal layers of ripe plum, black cherry, wild berry, spice and cedary oak, with excellent balance, depth and structure. Finishes with a tight mix of ripe fruit and firm tannins. (JL)" (11/2004)

  • 1997 St. Clement Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ( $54.00)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Very smooth and harmonious, from its cherry, cocoa and smoke-tinged aromatics through the similarly endowed palate, where licorice and cedar notes add further complexity. Balanced, not weighty; it closes with very even tannins and a full, even black-cherry finish with toasty notes. Approachable now; will improve over the next three years." (11/2000) 93 points Wine Spectator: "(Ranked #30 on the "Top 100" wines of 2000) Polished and stylish, with beautiful violet, blackberry, mocha and Asian spice flavors. Ripe, round tannins are seamlessly integrated, finishing with focused intensity." (10/2000)

  • 1997 St. Francis Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ( $39.00)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (almost totally from the Nun's Canyon Vineyard) is reasonably priced for a wine of such high quality. An opaque purple color is accompanied by a big, bold, spicy, oaky nose infused with licorice, coffee, and abundant quantities of blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied, rich, and impressive, with sweet tannin as well as abundant wood, it will drink well for the next 15 years. (RP)" (12/2000) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Taut but complex aromatics of black plum, chocolate, soy, and cedar open this very dark-hued contender. The oak here is lavish, and the wine appeals with its dark-cherry and toast flavors. Closes with a dry, evenly tannic finish. The insistent heavy toast makes it perhaps a bit of a one-noter, but its a good example of this popular style." (11/2000)

  • 1994 Sterling Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $49.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Solid, with a band of leathery currant, cherry and cedary oak flavors and a finish marked by firm tannins. Short-term cellaring, into 1997 to '98, should help." (12/96)

  • 1998 Sterling Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $55.00)
    Wine Spectator: "Deftly balanced, rich and creamy, with well-defined black cherry, currant, plum and vanilla flavors that are focused and complex, gaining nuance and depth." (02/2002)

  • 1992 Sterling Reserve Napa Proprietary Red - 1 available ( $55.00)
    90 points Robert Parker : "The Reserve Proprietary Red Wine is benefitting from Sterling's new non-interventionist winemaking philosophy. The 1992 offers gobs of cassis fruit, full body, fine richness, a touch of toasty new oak, and a long, chewy, rich finish."

  • 1997 Sterling Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $79.95)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Luscious aromas of dark cherry, raspberries and vanilla, with pungent spice and even bacon notes, mark the nose of this attractive and well-balanced wine. Mouthfilling black-currant flavors display style and depth, and the texture is even and comfortable. The lengthy finish has slightly sweet fruitcake notes along with cedar and pepper accents." (11/2000) K&L Notes: From Rob Hunter, winemaker: "Deep, inky ruby in color with exquisitely intense aromas of dense plummy, minty, briary tobacco Cabernet fruit. Huge, chewy flavors of black cherry, ripe stone fruit and dark chocolate. This is a big bodied, yet supple wine with amazing flavor intensity, tannin structure, and aging potential. WOW!!!"

  • 1996 Sterling Reserve 'SVR' Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ( $69.99)
    94 points and a Cellar Selection designation from the Wine Spectator: "Ripe, smooth and harmonious, showing layers of currant, cedar, coffee, anise and blackberry, this outstanding California red unfolds to reveal a supple texture, then firms up nicely on the finish. Competitively priced in this category at this score, too. Best from 2000 through 2009." (10/99)

  • 1995 Sterling Reserve "SVR" Napa Valley Red - 1 available ( $69.99)
    94 points and a Cellar Selection designation from the Wine Spectator: "Deliciously complex, this Cabernet blend delivers a pretty array of ripe currant, black cherry, sage, cedar and spice notes, revealing its depth and gaining nuance on a long, intricate aftertaste that keeps pumping out flavor. Best from 2000 through 2008." (04/99)

  • 1997 Stonestreet "Legacy" Alexander Valley Bordeaux Blend - 4 available ( $55.00)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The outstanding 1997 Legacy, a proprietary blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, and 17% Cabernet Franc, possesses abundant jammy black currant/cherry fruit intermixed with lead pencil, toasty oak, and vanilla. Full-bodied and pure, with moderate tannin, this large-scaled effort (14.2% alcohol) can be drunk early, but promises to evolve for at least two decades." (12/2000) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. Subtly complex nose melds cherry, bitter chocolate, minerals, tobacco and smoky oak, along with an enticing floral note. A step up in density: silky, sweet and suave, with nicely integrated acidity. Laid-back and rather stylish, but with a serious structure for aging. Finishes with subtle length and sweet, spreading tannins. 91(+?) points." (05/2000) K&L Notes: Great price for this super 1997 Cab!

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2009 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay ( $16.99)
    This newly released Chardonnay is all about citrus, stone fruit, smooth and integrated flavors, creamy and tense, with apricot, apple, and lemon nuances. Barrel fermented and aged in French oak. About 65% Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay and 35% Rancho Vinedo Vineyard.

  • 2009 Buehler Russian River Valley Chardonnay ( $12.99)
    A Top Value, Robert Parker: "The 2009 Chardonnay Russian River (18,000 cases produced) is a steal. Fresh honeysuckle notes intermixed with pineapple and white peach nuances emerge from this medium-bodied effort. There is not a hint of oak in this beauty, only a luscious texture, good freshness and crisp acids. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years. Wow! Readers should be buying these two terrific values from Buehler Vineyards by the case." (08/11) Buehler's 2009 Russian River Chardonnay displays abundant floral/stone fruit aromas lightly accented by toasty, graham cracker sur-lie qualities. The mouthfeel is creamy and full but the natural acidity of the Russian River fruit carries this velvet textured package to a long, clean finish.

  • 2008 Domaine Drouhin Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ( $34.99)
    91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley which contains 5% purchased fruit. Medium ruby in color, it gives up an alluring bouquet of cedar, cinnamon, incense, black raspberry, and black cherry that jumps from the glass. This leads to a dense, ripe, spicy, well-balanced wine with enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years (ageability being a significant trait of the vintage). This lengthy effort will be at its best from 2012 to 2020." (Oct. 2010) 91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of strawberry, raspberry, licorice, white pepper and Asian spices, plus a whiff of dried rose. Sappy, racy and pure, with sharply delineated flavors of red berries, cherry and spicecake. Comes across as very lively owing to an impression of high acidity. Youthfully tight wine, finishing with excellent purity and energy and a jolt of candied flowers. This will be even better for four or five years in the bottle." (Jul/Aug '10) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Once again, the Burgundian touch of Veronique Drouhin has crafted a wine of surpassing elegance and immaculate structure. This is the antithesis of a jammy, California style yet it retains much of the vibrancy of New World fruit rather than the suppressed rusticity of Burgundy. Delicate cherry and tart plum fruit is sculpted into a wine with nuanced details of cola and coffee and spice." (03/11)

  • 2009 Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Gris - 4 available ( $14.99)
    #79 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2010! 90 points Wine Spectator: "Light and fragrant, this is juicy with pear, apple and lime flavors, hinting at almond flowers on the finish. Drink now through 2012." (11/10) One star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Interesting, fairly direct peachy aromas with flashes of minerals and stones give this wine lots to like from the outset. It is a little softer and rounder on the palate than needs be, but its decidedly juicy flavors allow it to be a comfortable quaff and the quiet note of bitterness in the finish actually lends a bit of balance and grip that might otherwise be missing." (Jan. 2011)

  • 2008 Evening Land Vineyards "Summum" Chardonnay - 6 available ( $119.00)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "Tangy, refined, complex and inviting, this steely wine has a leesy character that weaves through the lime, mineral, green tomato and green apple flavors. Unusual, but with tremendous finesse and depth. Unlike any other Oregon Chardonnay. Best from 2012 through 2018." (Insider, 12/1/10) 4 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better, if only by a hair, is the 2008 Chardonnay Summum. It received the same elevage as La Source but was picked from a different parcel of the vineyard so the differences are totally terroir related. It exhibits a bit more aromatic complexity, slightly greater concentration, but otherwise more similarities than differences. At this level, those slight nuances are what you are paying for. Is it worth twice the price? I can’t say, but what can be said with certainty is that these are two of the finest Chardonnays ever produced in the Willamette Valley." (10/10)

  • 2007 Ferrari-Carano "Tre Terre," Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 12 available ( $21.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "This is firm and spicy, showing ripe apple, melon and pear, with hints of tangerine and nectarine. Keeps a tight focus and ends with a complex finish. Drink now through 2012." (06/09)

  • 2008 Hanzell Sonoma Valley Chardonnay ( $54.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lots of fresh, zingy acidity in this dry, young Chardonnay, and the steely minerality gives it a tang of cold metal. There are tantalizing hints of ripe citrus fruit and apricots. Give it 45 years in the cellar to come around. *Cellar Selection*" (05/2011) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Tight and flinty, with mineral, lean apple and spice flavors that are slow to unwind, but gain depth and personality as they do. The floral aroma carries over nicely to the palate, expanding on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2020. (JL)" (06/2011)

  • 2007 Jade Mountain "La Provencal" Red (Elsewhere $20) ( $9.99)
    Half Price! This is a great buy for the holidays. It's a blend of Syrah, Carignane, Viognier, and Mourvedre, coming together in a rich, spicy wine that is loaded with flavors of crushed berries, blackberries, red cherry and asian spices. This wine is intensly fruity and will pair well with comfort foods! (Trey Beffa, K&L)

  • 2008 Macrostie Carneros Chardonnay (375ml) ( $12.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, elegant style, with intense, concentrated citrus, green apple, spice and fresh-cut flowers. Full-bodied, gaining depth and complexity on the finish, where the minerality shines through. Drink now through 2018." (12/2010) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A very good, useful Chardonnay thats easy to drink, yet also quite complex. Brisk and crisp in acidity, it shows citrus mineral, green apple and floral notes, touched with smoky oak." (10/2010) K&L Notes: MacRostie's Sonoma Coast Chardonnay smells like spiced pears poached in a vanilla cream. Just a delectable on the palate, the Chardonnay is rich, full and buttery, with apple pie, pineapple and lemon curd flavors.

  • 2007 Maranet Syrah Russian River Valley ( $29.99)
    Wine Club Price: $24.99.

    The 2007 Maranet Syrah is a blend of juice from four vineyards, aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak barrels. It is fermented with native yeasts and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine is a bright ruby purple in color with intense aromas of violet, plum, black raspberry, soy and just a hint of smoked meat notes. The palate displays a lovely, ripe fruit core of blackberry and boysenberry nicely accented by roast coffee and dried thyme, which complement the velvety mid-palate, balanced tannins and supple finish. This wine shows remarkable balance and has both power and refinement while staying fresh and vibrant from the first sniff to the last sip. It will pair well with grilled pork or lamb, grilled vegetables and smoked meats.

  • 2009 Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc ( $16.99)
    90 points and an Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast: "A fine, bone-dry and minerally Sauvignon Blanc to enjoy with shellfish, grilled chicken or on its own as an appetizer. A touch of oak adds richness to the vibrant, acidic citrus fruit, lemongrass and green apple flavors." (03/11) The nose on this newly released Sauvignon Blanc shows an intensely perfumed fresh bouquet of pink grapefruit and watermelon combined with energetic spice notes underlined by invigorating minerality. Emulating the nose, the palate of crisp citrus and melon flavor carries a hint of dry white herb accompanied by a soft, round mouth feel resulting in a medium bodied, fresh, food-friendly wine.

  • 2006 Peter Michael "Ma Belle Fille" Chardonnay - 6 available ( $84.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille, which comes from their highest altitude vineyard, with a southerly exposure, and again, mostly old Wente clones like virtually all of these Chardonnays, has notes of quince, nectarines, white currants, and almost a liqueur of rocks. The wine has superb concentration and strikes me as one of the very best of the 2006 Chardonnays made in California. (RP)" (12/2008) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright greenish yellow. Knockout nose combines citrus peel, white peach, minerals, iodine, spices and creme brulee; I'd love to throw this into a Burgundy tasting. Rich, fat and sweet but with enough mineral spine to maintain its shape and freshness. With aeration, this very concentrated wine became juicier, brighter and more gripping. Finishes with a youthful bitter edge that really grabs hold of the palate. Includes a lot of fruit from the Hyde and Hudson clones, which produce tiny clusters. (ST)" (05/2008) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Notably rich and perfumed, with deep, persistent, concentrated layers of fig, honeysuckle, tangerine and nectarine that are opulent and unctuous. Sensational finish too. *Highly Recommended*" (07/2008)

  • 2009 Tablas Creek "Côtes de Tablas Blanc" Paso Robles White Rhone Blend ( $21.99)
    According to Robert Parker:'s Wine Advocate "The 2009 Cotes de Tablas Blanc (45% Viognier, 28% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne, 7% Grenache Blanc), flows with attractive scents of apricots, mint and light floral honey. The creaminess of the fruit flows through nicely to the textured finish. This steel-aged white is an excellent introduction to the house style. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016." (08/11) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright gold. Ripe orchard fruit and orange aromas are complemented by suggestions of honeysuckle and white pepper. Lush, honeyed and broad, offering juicy pit fruit flavors and a brighter note of lemon curd. Smooth, dry and focused, with good finishing clarity and chewy persistence." (Nov/Dec '10)

  • 2005 York Creek Sonoma-Napa Counties Port (375ml) - 12 available ( $23.99)
    It had long been a dream of proprietor Fritz Maytag to fashion a Port style wine from his mountain vineyard that could hold its own against the very best from Portugal. This is made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, (often said by the Portuguese to be the #1 variety), and Tinto Cão and Tinta Roriz. By pleasant coincidence the obvious area to plant to these Portuguese varieties happened to be York Creek's highest vineyard block, with the vines at 2100'. Maytag added a distinct California character by including some Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, and low and behold, a legend is born! Go ahead, compare it to the very best from the Douro!

  • 2007 Andrew Rich Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $30) ( $19.99)
    90 points from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Vivid red. A powerfully scented bouquet evokes wild strawberry, raspberry, incense and fresh flowers. Light in body but deep in sweet red and dark berry flavor, with a refreshingly bitter cherry skin quality adding grip. Finishes with a strong echo of cherry and very good clinging persistence. (May/Jun ’09) From Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: Andrew Rich’s 2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is medium crimson-colored with an attractive perfume of earth notes, spice box, and cherry. Medium-bodied, savory, and well-balanced on the palate, it will provide pleasure through 2015. (Oct. 2009) From Wine Spectator: Charming and distinctive for a hint of guava to the red berry flavors, lingering easily on the slightly tart finish. Drink now through 2012. 825 cases made. (Dec. 31, 2009)

  • 2000 Decoy Napa Red Wine "Migration" - 4 available ( $29.99)
    89 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, rich, smooth and spicy, with pretty currant, blackberry and black cherry fruit that's sharply focused, with a long, detailed aftertaste. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot." (04/03)

  • 2007 Keenan Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc ( $49.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are just under 1,000 cases of the 2007 Cabernet Franc, a wine that admirably demonstrates the heights to which this varietal can climb. A brilliant effort, it boasts elegant blue, red, and black fruit notes intermixed with abundant spring flower and forest floor aromas. Intense, yet light on its feet, medium to full-bodied, stylish, and gracious, it is a compelling example of Cabernet Franc from a high elevation (2,000 feet) vineyard. It will be fascinating to follow this lovely wines evolution over the next 10-15 years. As I have written in the past, Michael Keenan has done a fabulous job of ratcheting up the quality of the wines from this Spring Mountain estate. Some of the finest wines of Napa Valley are emerging from Robert Keenan Winery. (RP)" (12/2009) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "A ripe, mountain-grown cabernet franc, this is powerful and earthy. The bold cherry flavors have a deep succulence, almost liqueur-like in their warm and supple feel. Built for roast beef." (12/2010)

  • 2007 Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir - 2 available ( $79.99)
    93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "This remarkably well-concentrated wine is endowed with black cherry fruit as its primary focus and adds in caramel and crème brûlée richness alongside hints of toffee and dried spices. It is full but not heavy on the palate and already exhibits the wonderfully lush texture of fine Pinot Noir. Deep and flavorful, open and quite accessible, structured for aging and able to be enjoyed today, this is a wine to be remembered. *Two Stars*" (07/2009) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, tight, elegant and understated, this offers fresh, vibrant flavors of black cherry, wild berry and raspberry. (JL, Web-2012)" 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Intensely spicy aromas of black raspberry, cherry skin, anise and white pepper. Lush and sweet, with deep, focused red and dark berry flavors, silky texture and a late kick of brown spices. I really like this wine's energy and finishing clarity. (ST)" (05/2009)

  • 2005 Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir - 3 available ( $75.00)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "This has gained in bottle, becoming notably graceful, elegant and supple. Rich, complex red berry and spice flavors are joined by a cola-sassafras edge.Kosta Browne non-blind vertical. (JL, Web Only2012)" Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Jammy raspberry and cola aromas complicated by mocha, red licorice and an exotic hint of peach pit. Sweet and velvety in the mouth, with creamy raspberry and plum preserve flavors and good heft. The weighty, round finish features a clingy red fruit preserve quality. (ST)" (06/2007)

  • 2004 Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir - 2 available ( $155.00)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "Perhaps the thickest and richest of all the Kosta Brownes in this tasting, it approaches the purity and density of boysenberry syrup with its viscosity and depth of flavors. Yet it's precisely those flavors that make it so distinctive and fun to drink. Vibrant and well-balanced. Kosta Browne non-blind vertical. *#7 of the Top 100 Wines of 2006* (JL, Web Only-2012)" Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An extremely ripe nose that is nicely complex with aromas of red and dark berry fruit, menthol and a hint of cough syrup lead to exceptionally rich, soft and forward flavors that are quite sweet and notably powerful while coating the mouth and staining the palate. This delivers admirable intensity but the alcohol and acid separate somewhat on the long finish. An interesting wine that doesn't lack for size and weight." (07/2006) K&L Notes: A complex, velvety Russian River pinot noir that combines fruit from four middle-to-northern Russian River Valley vineyards: Cohn, Koplen, Amber Ridge and Bly. Its bouquet smacks of summer nectarines and Saturn peaches, juicy raspberries and Bing cherries with hints of cola and Chinese Five Spice. In the mouth, the red fruits are front and center, balanced by layers of cinnamon, vanilla and dusty cocoa. The stone fruits come through, along with the cherry on the long, lingering finish.

  • 2006 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 3 available ( $69.95)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright red. Sexy strawberry and raspberry scents, with suggestions of fresh flowers, smoky minerals and gingerbread. Silky in texture and seductively sweet, with spicy red fruit preserve flavors that gain energy with air. Finishes clean and brisk, with the attractive red fruit flavors lingering impressively. (ST)" (05/2008) 88 points Wine Spectator: "Mature and earthy, with drying berry fruit, brown sugar and forest floor. (JL-Web Only, 2012)"

  • 2008 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 2 available ( $75.00)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "Dense, rich and extracted with deep currant and berry fruit, with mineral, sage and tea. (JL, Web Only-2012)" 93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "As generously filled and as carefully balanced as any Pinot in this month's review, Kosta Browne's Russian River Valley bottling is absolutely brimming with succulent cherries overlain by lots of creamy oak. What it may lack in complexity, it more than makes up for in its ebullient young fruit, and we would not rule out an increased sense of the former after it has had a couple of years in which to develop. Still, it is so rich and inviting right now that impatience is hard to condemn." (06/2010) 90 points Vinous: "Bright ruby. Muskier and more brooding than the Sonoma Coast bottling, showing black raspberry, oak spice, cola and dried rose qualities. Round and sappy in the mouth, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and showing no rough edges. Pretty seductive already, with very good finishing cling and an echo of cherry-cola. (ST)" (05/2010)

  • 2008 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ( $69.99)
    91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Gregariously fruity with highlights of raspberries and cranberries intermixed with its main themes of fresh, juicy cherries, this one may arguably be criticized for being just a touch on the simple, side but no one will find it lacking in depth. It is so young that it cannot only get better with time in bottle, but we admit that its no-holds-barred richness and accessible style makes near-term resistance next to impossible. *Two Stars*" (06/2010) 90 points Vinous: "Deep red. Vibrant aromas of raspberry, spicecake and white pepper, with building florality. Sappy and sweet, with palate-caressing red and dark berry preserve flavors and good spicy snap. The floral quality repeats on the long, juicy finish, adding an exotic touch. This is already drinking well. (ST)" (05/2010) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Shows a smoky, baconlike charry richness, with loamy earth and dried berry. (JL, Web Only-2012)"

  • 2007 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ( $110.00)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "Very complex, intense and spicy, delivering intense, persistent and rich dried berry flavors. (JL, Web-2012)" 91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Ripe and rich, very nicely concentrated, focused on black cherry fruit with touches of dried violets, cinnamon-like spice and quiet hints of dark chocolate, this very delicious wine feels just a bit on the blocky, slightly tough side at present but has the depth and beauty to insure that it gets better and better over time. For near-term use, we would opt to partner it with sturdy or savory meats rather than more delicate choices." (07/2009) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Potent aromas of cherry and dark berry skin, smoky herbs, potpourri and black cardamom. Surprisingly fresh on the palate, with brighter red fruit and candied floral character supported by velvety tannins. The mineral note repeats on the long, seductively juicy finish. (ST)" (05/2009)

  • 2006 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ( $75.00)
    91 points Vinous: "Bright red color. Ripe red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by clove, mace and cinnamon. Supple and round, with sweet red berry preserve flavors, soft tannins and building ripeness. Maintains admirable clarity on the long, juicy finish, which leaves behind a strong flavor of raspberry. For a rich wine, this is focused and fresh. (ST)" (05/2008) Wine Spectator: "This maturing Pinot delivers vivid, lively, complex notes of wild berry, raspberry, spice and mineral. From Gap's Crown, Dutton-Manzana, Kanzler and Miron vineyards. (JL, Web Only-2012)"

  • 2005 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ( $89.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Graceful and elegant, full-bodied, this offers rich, complex notes of cola, spice and mixed dark berries. Firm, structured tannins mark the finish. (JL, Web Only2012)"

  • 2004 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ( $115.00)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Mature, very complex, offering a range of dried berry, jam, tar, forest floor and black licorice notes. Soft and fleshy in a pleasant way. (JL, Web-2012)" K&L Notes: The 2004 Sonoma Coast from Kosta Browne blends fruit from four prized vineyards located in or around the cool Green Valley: Kanzler, Guisti Ranch, Pleasant Hill and Dutton-Manzana. Full of the concentrated dark fruit that has made Kosta Browne a hit vintage after vintage, there are also aromas of earthy mushroom and sweet cedar on the nose, building tension that balances out in the mouth. Sweet black fruit, earth and new leather flavors are lifted by juicy, plum acidity and grounded by shitake notes. Balanced, with great depth, California Pinot lovers will want to take a bath in this beauty.

  • 2005 Kunde "Reserve" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $25) ( $12.99)
    90 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "Honey and tangerine marmalade flavors turn savory in the finish, ending on scents of malt and smoke. It feels rich in the middle, ready for a meaty grilled fish." (10/08) One star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines: "Mid-volume aromas of crème brûlée and ripe apples with a hint of pears and fresh citrus blossoms give this wine a fine start, and those same attractive elements are reprised in flavors that show a touch more ripeness than pure fruit. Still, there is fruit aplenty here, and if the wine favors flesh over vitality in the mouth, it is equipped to show well alongside savory chicken and even some slow-roasted pork dishes." (October 2008)

  • 2008 Lioco "Indica" Mendocino Red Wine - 12 available ( $16.99)
    Lioco's 2008 indica is a blend of old-vine Carignan and Petite Sirah, plus a nice dollop of gnarly old Mourvedre from a neighboring appellation (Suisun Valley). The resultant wine is black-fruited, spicy, and a bit Bauhaus (in a Peter Murphy kind-of-way). This takes us to France, a warm part like the Roussillon. Grill up some lamb burgers, twist a cap, and enjoy life.

  • 1992 Newton "Unfiltered" Napa Merlot - 12 available ( $49.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1992 Merlot is a worthy successor to the exceptionally fine 1991. The thick, dark ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of sweet, jammy black-cherries, earth, spice, and wood. Round and generous, with gobs of intensity and moderate tannin, this large-scaled, rich, concentrated Merlot will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring; it will age well for 10-15 years. (RP)" (02/1995)

  • 2006 Ojai Vineyard "Clos Pepe Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 11 available ( $39.99)
    92 points and a "Cellar Selection" from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "Dark and fairly big for a Pinot, almost Grenache-like in its weight and full-bodied mouthfeel. Tastes rich in cherry pie with the crust, blackberry jam, licorice, bacon, cola and black pepper. Dry and luscious, but a bit muscular now. Needs time, and should improve by 2012." (9/1/2009) 92 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Sharply focused red fruit aromas are deepened by smoky minerals and fresh rose. Sappy raspberry and cherry preserve flavors are impressively lithe yet at the same time muscular, with clean, brisk mineral snap on the back end. Graceful, pure and utterly delicious right now. There's no fat on these bones." (Nov/Dec '08) 90 points from Allen Meadows' Burghound: "A discreet if not invisible touch of wood frames an intense and very fresh dark raspberry fruit nose that is nuanced by hints of plum and cassis that continue onto the nicely rich and generous middle weight flavors that possess good definition and punch with really lovely balance and despite the reported alcohol, absolutely no discernable warmth. Lovely and understated and while there is perhaps a touch less depth than one normally finds with this vineyard in Tolmach's hands, the material appears to be here to allow it to develop over time." (Oct. 1, 2008)

  • 2005 Ojai "White Hawk Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah - 8 available ( $34.99)
    93 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky violet. Hypnotic aromas of dark berry preserves, incense, violet oil and Indian spices, plus a sexy note of apricot. Succulent, mineral-driven red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, with velvety tannins providing shape. Gains sweetness with air, picking up notes of candied flowers and spicecake that carry through the finish. Impressively energetic, pure syrah that's delicious now but will age well too." (Nov/Dec '09) 92+ points from Robert Parker: "Another offering with exceptional intensity, purity, texture, and depth is the 2005 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard. It, too, possesses 15.3% natural alcohol. Sweet tannin along with blackberry, charcoal, blueberry, and crushed rock characteristics provide beautiful focus heightened by crisp underlying acidity. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years." (Aug. 2009) 92 points and two stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines: "This intense, broad-shouldered Syrah bows a bit deeper to ripeness than most of its kin, but, if a full and comparatively fat wine, it shows the Ojai penchant for very deep fruit and is fit with keen varietal spice albeit with slightly riper styling. Rich and viscous and a touch lighter in tannin, it is ahead of its more firmly built mates on the aging curve and will be approachable in a couple of years.

  • 2007 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Zinfandel (1.5L) - 5 available ( $67.99)
    92 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red (71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, and 7% Carignan; 14.4% alcohol) exhibits a similar dark ruby/purple hue as well as more black fruits and spice in the impressive aromatics. It is a fuller-bodied, richer wine with beautiful texture, purity, and length. Enjoy it over the next 7-10 years. " (02/10) 90(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Heavily oak-influenced at the outset, showing candied dark berries, cherry-cola, bourbon and vanilla scents, along with notes of clove and incense. Extended aeration helps to dissipate the oak notes and allows sweet raspberry and blueberry fruit to emerge on the palate. Soft tannins add support but quickly fade into the sweet, velvety fruit on the finish. If you plan on opening this any time soon, give it a few hours in a decanter." (Nov/Dec '09) Another of Ridge's classic wines - and from the wow-worthy 2007 vintage nonetheless. Fans of Lytton Springs should not miss this vintage. It contains about 22% Petite Sirah and 7% Carignane in addition to Zin for a round, spicy, complex wine. Rich and balanced and, as always, refined, this wine will show you how well Zin can age, if you can hold onto it for long enough.

  • 2004 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 2 available ( $99.00)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Sea Smoke is one of those wineries that sells out immediately and hits the secondary market at astronomical prices, with good reason. The wine is as fine as coastal California Pinot gets, with ripe cherry pie, cola and chocolate macaroon flavors that are captivating in their youthful ebulience. With fine, ripe tannins and mouthwatering cool-climate acidity, this is elegantly balanced." (04/2007) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Tremendous richness, depth and concentration, with a gush of blueberry, wild berry and blackberry fruit that offers intensity, lively acidity and enough tannins to merit short-term cellaring. (JL)" (10/2006) 91 points Vinous: "Good medium red. Super ripe aromas of candied raspberry, plum, spices and flowers. Fat, spicy and sweet, with a deep core of rich red fruits. Finishes with sweet tannins and excellent length. (ST)" (09/2006) 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: " Like both its stable mates, this is quite stylish with moderate oak framing very ripe and spicy dark berry fruit notes with ample violet nuances that leads to rich and somewhat fresher middle weight flavors that are finer and underpinned by finer and more sophisticated tannins as well though they sacrifice the muscle and power of the Botella in the bargain. This coats the mouth with ample dry extract and the finishing balance is the best of the three and the only nit here is a touch of warmth. Otherwise, this is stylish, balanced, complex and the class of the cellar." (07/2006) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Pinot Noir Southing, which takes its name from a south-facing hillside vineyard, is a packed and stacked effort with a dense ruby/purple color as well as a restrained, but promising nose of black currants, cherries, and raspberries with forest floor/earthy undertones. This is a full-bodied, powerful Pinot revealing striking elegance, purity, and seamlessness. 90+ (RP)" (08/2006)

  • 2004 Sea Smoke "Ten" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 1 available ( $149.00)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Pinot Noir Ten (from ten separate clones) possesses a deep ruby/purple-tinged color, sweet cranberry, raspberry, and cherry fruit, and a hint of toasty oak in the background. The most closed as well as the biggest and richest of this trio, it will benefit from another 12 months of cellaring, and should drink well for a decade or more. An impressive example of Pinot Noir, it offers further evidence of the Santa Rita Hills potential. (RP)" (08/2006) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Riveting aromas, intense, vivid yet elegant and supple, with rich blueberry, huckleberry and wild berry flavors that unfold gracefully, gaining complexity, depth and nuance. The flavors reveal a wonderful fresh earth and mineral edge on the finish. (JL)" (08/2006) 92 points Vinous: "Good deep red-ruby. Liqueur-like aromas of raspberry, blackberry, dark cherry and cola, with a slight roasted nuance. Supersweet, supple and very ripe, with layered flavors of strawberry, raspberry, creme de cassis and candied licorice complicated by a note of chocolate liqueur. This very ripe and rich Pinot reminded me of a 2003 Burgundy. Very long on the aftertaste, with lush tannins. This is 14.9% alcohol, vs. 14.7% for the Southing and Botella bottlings. An excellent set of Pinots from this producer. (ST)" (09/2006) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This stylish effort features a distinctly toasty nose framing ripe violet, menthol and black berry fruit aromas that merge into round, rich and supple flavors that display more than a touch of acid tang on the moderately long and warm finish. This is still youthfully awkward and will require a few years to really come together though there is clearly good underlying material." (07/2006) K&L Notes: A darkly colored, substantial wine revealing aromas of dark plum, black cherry and currants, along with notes of cedar and a hint of earthiness. Remarkably rich in texture, the wine maintains good balance and culminates in a firm, but velvety finish.

  • 1999 Sterling 3 Palms Napa Merlot - 1 available ( $47.99)
    88 points Wine Spectator: "Aims for complexity with its cloak of toasty, vanilla-scented oak wrapped around a tasty core of elegant plum and black cherry fruit. Succeeds with its graceful balance and delicate flavors. Mildly tannic. Drink now through 2008." (09/02)

United States - Domestic Zinfandel

  • 2009 Ridge Vineyards "Three Valleys" Sonoma Zinfandel Blend ( $19.99)
    Ridge Vineyards' Three Valleys represents a blending of vineyards winemaking at its finest. Zinfandel fruit determines the wine's varietal character; old-vine carignane contributes its own bright fruit and acidity; petite sirah and syrah add peppery spice, depth of color, and firm tannins; grenache brings briar fruit and lively tannins. Fresh raspberry, cherry. Scorched clay/earth minerals, white pepper. Ripe briary fruit entry, elegant tannins, integrated oak spice, great length. An LA Times Wine of the Week: "Anything but jammy and in your face, this 'Three Valleys' Zinfandel from Ridge Vineyards exemplifies elegance and restraint. A blend of mostly Zinfandel with old vine Carignan and a little Syrah and Petite Sirah, the 2009 shows off ripe juicy fruit, silky tannins and a bright acidity tempered with the vite of white pepper and spice...Ridge has always made great Zinfandels, but this vintage of the 'Three Valleys' is a standout."

United States - Single Malt Scotch

  • St. George 11 Year K&L Single Barrel, Cask Strength Single Malt Whiskey 750ml (2 bottle limit) ( $105.99)
    Wine Club Price: $95.99.

    The Bay Area's beloved Alameda distillery has teamed up with K&L to bring you one of the most delicious and unique whiskies ever created. Made from 100% barley, this malt was aged seven years in bourbon cask and finished for an additional four years in apple brandy barrels. Bottled at cask strength, the result is a brain-tickling combination of rich malty goodness and spicy barrel flavors intertwined with tart apple notes on the finish. Sound crazy? It is, and that's why it had the attention of the entire room at this year's WhiskyFest in San Francisco. If we could have taken pre-orders that evening, it would have sold out on the spot. We spent months twisting the arms of distillers Lance Winters and Dave Smith before they would agree to let us have this prized possession; a whiskey they had been nursing along since infancy. This is an unheralded release from St. George and there is not much of it, so there is a one bottle limit per person. The 11 year will easily go down as one of the tastiest, most sought-after, and unique whiskies we have ever carried. -David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer

France - 2009 Pre-Arrival Bordeaux

  • 2009 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ( $34.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of just over 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot (last year I mistakenly wrote that the balance was Cabernet Franc), the opaque ruby/purple-colored 2009 reveals notes of scorched earth/burning embers/charcoal, black currants, ripe cherries and lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied and pure with sweet tannin, this is an under-the-radar, high quality claret to drink over the next 20-25 years." (02/2012) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full, bright ruby-red. Inviting aromas of black raspberry, graphite, charcoal, tobacco and crushed stone. Lush and thick on entry, then densely packed and fine-grained, with excellent energy and definition to its concentrated, lightly medicinal flavors of black cherry, licorice and minerals. Boasts terrific volume for this bottling, and a long finish that features building, ripe tannins. There's excellent sweetness here but the wine's youthfully medicinal character argues for at least four or five years of patience." (07/2012) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Bright cherry and berry fruit flavors nestle in a broad, soft texture in this juicy red, which has bright acidity, modest tannins and an herbal, floral finish that's fresh and focused. Not a blockbuster, but balanced and harmonious. Drink now through 2017." (03/2012) K&L Notes: *½ 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% rest. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive 2012-2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

  • 2009 Lascombes, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) ( $86.99)
    94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of black tea, blackberries, blueberries and coffee bean, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Lovely mouth feel. Very well done. Try in 2019." (02/2012) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009, which is inky blue/purple to the rim, is a final blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot at 14% natural alcohol. The wine has a beautiful blueberry-scented nose with hints of acacia flowers, licorice, graphite and some subtle charcoal and background oak. Clearly a modern style of Margaux, it is pure, seamless, full-bodied and opulent, and the high glycerin and silky texture of 2009 are brilliantly displayed in this wine. Drink it over the next 15+ years, although it is certainly capable of lasting well past two decades. One of the more difficult estates to manage in southern Margaux is the 300 acres of Lascombes, subdivided into at least 40 to 50 separate plots, making harvest decisions, ripening, and related issues a strategic nightmare. Nevertheless, they seem to have hit pay dirt frequently over the last decade plus." (02/2012) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(48% each merlot and cabernet sauvignon, with 4% petit verdot): Bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of coffee, nuts and charry oak. Supple, sweet and chocolately. Nicely concentrated, broad and round, showing a lush texture and a good chewy texture. Finishes with sweet tannins and a lingering element of smoky oak. Lovely claret." (07/2012) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big ripe and juicy, with a core of dark spice and wood. The wine is full-bodied, richly fruity." (04/2010) 89 points Wine Spectator: "Alluring, with coffee and mocha notes leading the way for fleshy plum, blackberry sauce and spice hints. The toasty finish hangs on nicely. A bit dressed up, but will certainly have some fans. Drink now through 2019." (03/2012) K&L Notes: *+ 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot. At UGC: Toned down compared to previous vintages, with more fruit. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

  • 2009 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ( $159.99)
    98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel, this appears to be the finest Lynch Bages since the 2000, 1990 and 1989. According to the chateau, the 2009 has the highest level of polyphenols ever measured as well as high alcohol (nearly 13.5%). A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest largely Merlot with touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it is an expressive, voluptuously textured effort with unctuosity and powerful, juicy, succulent blackberry and black currant flavors, low acids, a layered, massive mouthfeel, but no sense of heaviness or fatigue. This exquisite Lynch Bages should drink well for 30+ years." (02/2012) 97 points James Suckling: "Wow. Intense aromas of blackberries, currants and blueberries, follow through to a full body, with wonderful fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Fabulous Lynch. One of the top buys of the vintage. Best since 1989. I think that 2010 is probably better. Try in 2020." (02/2012) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* A dense, immense, solidly powerful wine. The ripest fruit overflows, paralleling the dark, solid tannins. As so often, Lynch-Bages is a blockbuster, dark and concentrated, with immense aging potential." (02/2012) 96 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 Wines of 2012* Tight and backward, this has dense, almost chewy layers of fig, currant and plum cake behind a very solid wall of cedar, roasted vanilla and charcoal notes. There's serious grip on the finish, with an iron edge that won't quit. Best from 2015 through 2035." (03/2012) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Very pure, perfumed aromas of blackberry and licorice. Dense, generous and deep if youthfully tightly wound, with sweet black fruit flavors nicely framed by sound acidity. Finishes with serious tannic clout and complex saline and peppery notes. An extremely backward and very impressive Lynch Bages for serious cellaring." (07/2012) K&L Notes: ** At UGC: Big and brooding, with tons of ripe tannins, blackberry fruit and fine acidity. Very dense. At property: Pencil lead and cedar aromas. Very spicy. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

  • 2009 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) ( $119.99)
    98 points James Suckling: "A wine, with intense spice and berry character, with hints of sweet tobacco. It changes all the time from flowers to fruit and wet earth. Full-bodied, with super fine tannins and ripe fruit. It's long and juicy with lovely fruit. Super long and beautiful, with fine tannins that last for minutes. Tight now, but juicy and gorgeous. Best ever from here. Try in 2020." (02/2012) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An inky/purple color is followed by notes of Asian plum sauce, forest floor, creme de cassis, black raspberries and a floral component that is unusual for a Margaux. A wine of exceptional intensity and purity with a full-bodied, sumptuous texture, lots of fresh vibrancy and excellent definition, this beautiful 2009 exhibits high but sweet tannin. It is more sexy than the 2005 was at a similar age, although their level of extract and concentration is relatively equal. Something about the 2009 reminds me of a Margaux version of St.-Julien's Leoville Poyferre ... if that makes any sense. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040. This is another fabulous effort from an estate that has been doing extraordinary work over the last 10-15 years. I enjoyed the 2009 as much as the 2005, perhaps even slightly more because while it has structure, the tannins are less aggressive and there is more succulence, flesh and texture in the 2009." (02/2012) 94 points Wine Spectator: "This is beautiful, with smoldering tar, espresso and tobacco leaf notes fully melded together, while the core of crushed plum, steeped black currant and blackberry fruit sits in reserve. A twinge of iron adds extra length and definition on the finish. Very suave. Approachable now, but with plenty of stuffing and balance for the cellar as well. Best from 2013 through 2030." (06/2012) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Ripe aromas of plum, blackberry jam and sweet balsamic vinegar. Rich and ripe in the mouth, with lively acidity lifting the creamy black fruit flavors and extending the wine's lightly peppery, very suave finish. Not the most refined or subtle Margaux you'll ever taste but immensely drinkable, and with plenty of depth and concentration to its aromas and flavors. 91(+?) points" (07/2012) K&L Notes: **½+V 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Intriguing nose of toasty oak and spice; this wine has it all. Heavenly flavors. Bright and super-fresh. Perfect balance. At UGC: Well-near perfect, and the best at the tasting. Jean Luc Zuger has a star of the vintage. BUY IT! Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

  • 2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) ( $219.99)
    100 points James Suckling: "Blueberries, currants and Indian spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a lovely finish. It's intense and refined. A beauty. It goes on for minutes. Speechless. Better and cleaner than the great 1990. Try in 2022." (02/2012) 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A colossal effort, the 2009 Montrose represents a hypothetical blend of the monumental duo of 1989 and 1990 combined with the phenomenal 2003...the overall impression is one of massive blackberry, black currant and mulberry fruit intermixed with forest floor, damp earth, crushed rocks and a hint of spring flowers. Full-bodied with sweet but abundant tannin, Jean-Bernard Delmas believes this is the greatest wine he has made during his short tenure at Montrose since retiring from Haut-Brion. This wine will undoubtedly shut down for a decade, then unleash its power, glory and potential perfection. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+." (02/2012) 94-97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, and 1% petit verdot; pH 3.7; 98 IPT; 38 hl/ha; 13.7% alcohol; no press wine used) Opaque, almost impenetrable inky-ruby. The profound but initially reticent nose opens with air to reveal superb depth to the cassis, violet and mineral aromas. Then wonderfully dense yet weightless, with a penetrating quality to its black fruit and mineral flavors. The inky, minerally, very long finish features very smooth tannins. Currently less generous and showy than some other '09s, this is nonetheless a classic Bordeaux in style. With its mineral reticence and austerity, it is also very typical of Saint-Estephe." (06/2010) 95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. A wine that feels big but not heavy. With a solid structure, the wine shows black density at the same time as the blackcurrant juice of Cabernet shines through." (08/2010) 97 points Wine Spectator: "A bit of a brute, with a very chewy bittersweet ganache, tobacco and roasted fig core splayed open right now by a dagger of roasted apple wood, allspice and cedar. Long and dense through the finish, with a strong singed iron edge. The stuffing is certainly there, but this will take a while to come together as it's running unbridled right now. Proves you can still get classic old-school Bordeaux. Best from 2020 through 2040." (03/2012) K&L Notes: *++ 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Super-concentrated, with ripe, silky tannins. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

France - Beaujolais

  • 2009 Domaine Cheysson Chiroubles ( $18.99)
    91 points Robert Parker: "After being delighted to discover Jean Pierre Large’s wines with his 2006 (reviewed in issue 178) I somehow, reprehensibly, missed out on tasting either of the two subsequent vintages, but the Domaine Cheysson 2009 Chiroubles confirms the existence of major talent, not to mention the presumption of excellent terroir. Red raspberry and red currant mingle with black tea and peony in the nose, then combine vividly - right down to the tart, invigoratingly bitter crunch of their seeds - on the palate, with smoky, saline, and alkaline accents. There is a saline, exuberantly tart berry-brightness to the finish that positively exhilarates. The 2006 was still lovely 12 months ago, and I would expect this exceptional value 2009 to be worth following for 5-6 years." (08/10)

  • 2010 Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Nouveau ( $16.99)
    Having grown up among the vines of Domaine de Vissoux, in the Saint Vérand region of France, Pierre-Marie Chermette has endeavored to continue his family's winemaking tradition, expanding and improving upon it with the help of his wife, Martine. Among the first in the region to use sustainable agricultural practice, the wines of Domaine de Vissoux are fermented using native yeasts and bottled with minimal filtration. Vissoux's Nouveau is no exception to this estate's dedication to quality, with easy-to-quaff red and blue fruits and a bright, food-friendly finish. Great with omelettes.

  • 2009 Domaine Julien Sunier Fleurie (1.5L) - 5 available ( $49.95)
    This is young Julien's Tete de Cuvee, sealed with a hand-waxed capsule. It is organically grown, on granitic soil, from 55+ year old vines. Notes of woodland strawberries (fraise du Bois), and a floral aspect on the nose. Terrific! (Keith WOllenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 2001 Beauregard Ducasse Rouge, Graves ( $12.99)
    A name that's familiar to many of our customers, largely for its fantastic Blanc, this property has been a staple in the K&L lineup for a number of vintages. This vineyard has been a family property since 1850. Marie-Laure and Jacques Perromat maintain this long-standing family tradition as the 6th generation wine growers. The vineyard make up is 50% Merlot, 45% of Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The vines are 15 years old. This wine profits from balanced varieties of grapes, where the Cabernet brings flavor and structure, the Merlot is perfumed and more forward and soft in taste. The 2001, now drinking beautifully received a mention in the Hachette Wine Guide. It represents a terrific value in mature red Bordeaux, yes, we know that's said too often. In this case, silky red fruits and bright minerality lead to a long, supremely balanced finish. Great with beef, lamb, and richer poultry.

  • 2002 Clos de Sarpe, St-Emilion - 12 available ( $39.99)
    89 points Robert Parker: "While the 2002 has totally shut down, it is weighty, voluminous, thick, and rich with high tannin as well as abundant amounts of black currant and cherry fruit intermixed with notions of smoke, licorice, and earth. This monster-sized effort should be forgotten for 8-10 years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+." (04/05)

  • 2007 Pape-Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Elsewhere $140) ( $59.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the stars of the vintage, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot reveals sweet burning ember, charcoal, barbecue smoke, black currant, plum, and graphite notes. This opulent, impressively endowed, medium to full-bodied 2007 possesses sweet tannin and a long finish. It can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years. (RP)" (04/2010) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby-red. Exotic aromas of currant, plum, tobacco, minerals, smoke and spices, complicated by hints of cherry-cola and pepper. At once generous and juicy, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and a strong impression of soil to the flavors of candied redcurrant, tobacco and spices. Finishes broad and long, with a fine dusting of sweet tannins. Very strong for the year." (08/2010) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A wine that is dominated by wood at this stage in its development. But the structure and the fruit are all there, waiting to slot into place in the next 23 years. Spice and bright black berry flavors layer with final acidity." (04/2010) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Blackberry and mineral aromas, with hints of dried flowers, truffle and tobacco. Full-bodied, with a wonderful balance of cool fruit and fine tannins. Classy for the vintage. Best after 2012." (03/2010)

  • 2007 Petit Manou, Medoc ( $17.99)
    Wine Club Price: $14.99.

    This is the second wine of Clos Manou, and like its sibling, it is made in a new wave, decidedly garage style with tons of ripe raspberry fruit and smooth, silky tannins. Owners Francoise and Stephane Dief are passionate newcomers to the wine world, and their enthusiasm shows in this value-priced crowd pleaser. Blended from 44% merlot, 56% cabernet sauvignon aged for 12 months in one-year-old barrels (50% American and 50% French oak) and bottled without fining or filtration, this heady unctuous red is ready to drink now.

  • 2005 St. Pierre, St-Julien 1.5L - 11 available ( $139.00)
    93 points Robert Parker: "Smart consumers should be checking out this estate whose wines have been superb over recent vintages. Under the same ownership as Gloria, it is a classic St.-Julien with sensational concentration and intensity, but more powerful, thick, and muscular than wines such as Ducru Beaucaillou or Beychevelle. The 2005 possesses the vintage's structured, tannic mouthfeel as well as enormous concentration and massive extract. It exhibits plenty of earthy creme de cassis intermixed with notes of forest floor, licorice, and roasted meats. Backward with huge tannin, full body, and the potential for 3-4 decades of aging, this superb St.-Julien will get even better over the next 10-15 years. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040." (04/08) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A very beautiful red, with blackberry, licorice and currant on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of smoke, berry, coffee and dark chocolate flavors on the finish. The best wine from this producer in ages. Best after 2014." (03/08) 92 points Stephen Tanzer: "ood red-ruby color. Superripe aromas of plum, mocha and graphite. Silky-sweet, deep and broad, with terrific concentration of currant and licorice flavors complicated by leather, herbs and pepper. Finishes with thoroughly ripe, broad tannins and noteworthy length and power. Costanzo says this wine needs another six months in bottle to gain in nuance." (May/June '08)

  • 2007 Angélus, St-Emilion - 5 available ( $169.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A super effort from proprietor Hubert de Bouard, this blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc exhibits sweet notes of chocolate, charcoal, blackberries, and jammy cherries in its round, opulent, fleshy personality. Yields were 35 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. Low acidity and ripe tannin make for a voluptuous style of Angelus to drink now and over the next 10-15 years. (RP)" (04/2010) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "There is good density here, a wine that seems well balanced and integrated. It has a solid,firm kernel, but this is balanced with great fresh acidity as well as blackberry fruits. The wine still seems to be coming together after bottling, still needs 4-5 years." 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Spicy aromas of blueberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Sweet, lush and deep but quite suave, with lovely lift to the cabernet franc-driven violet, licorice and peppery flavors. Firmly structured and long on the aftertaste. This already shows good mid-palate fat but really needs at least a few years to expand. (ST)" (07/2010)

  • 1998 Angélus, St-Emilion - 3 available ( $219.00)
    96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 1998 Angelus is a smoking wine, that I suspect is just now entering its prime drink window. Made from a blend of mostly Merlot, with roughly 40% Cabernet Franc, aged two years in barrel, its deep ruby color is followed by a full-bodied, ripe, sexy wine that offers tons of chocolaty blackcurrant fruit, truffle, smoke herbs, and licorice. Its a big, rich 1998 thats still showing a kiss of oak, yet it freshens up beautifully with time in the glass, has sweet tannin, and a blockbuster finish. Drink it anytime over the coming two decades." (12/2017) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another great showing for a Right Bank wine, the 1998 Angelus shows a saturated opaque, plum/purple color and a beautiful fragrance of blueberry and black raspberries with licorice, asphalt, truffle and a touch of white chocolate. Beautiful texture, full-bodied opulence, striking purity and overall equilibrium make for a stunning wine that is just entering its plateau of full maturity. Drink it over the next 20 years. (RP)" (08/2016) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of coffee bean, chocolate and currant bush follow through to a full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a long and rich finish. The toasted oak still dominates the palate a bit, but it's rich and concentrated. Give it time still. (Web-2009) (JS)" 92 points Vinous: "Deep ruby-red. Very complex aromas of plum, redcurrant, iron, mocha, cedar, milk chocolate and woodsmoke. Silky-sweet and voluptuous; very suave texture given shape by harmonious, ripe acids. Flavors are deep and complex. The thoroughly ripe tannins hit the palate quite late, allowing the strong fruit, mineral, chocolate and spice flavors to build. Today this shows more obvious balance and finesse than the massive young 2000. (ST)" (05/2001) Jancis Robinson: "Magnum. 40% Cabernet Franc, 60% Merlot. Some almost-orange at the rim. Fully mature opulent meaty Merlot on the nose. Hint of tea leaves. Very appetising. A little dry on the finish. Dried leaves. Long and neat. But drying. Real lift and refreshment." (10/2011) K&L Notes: One of the vintage's superstars. Dark purple color. Big ripe black fruit nose. Really extracted rich and dark fruits. Very serious wine. 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. They usually do a 50/50 blend but because the Merlot was so great in ’98 they made an adjustment. And 96 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Here we have lovely bright vivacious red-berried fruit with oyster shell and a scent that reminds me of walking round an old stately home. Very fine definition and the oak is seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins: very silky in the mouth, concentrated but with a great deal of tension and poise. Long and persistent towards the finish, this is a great Angelus that will repay extended cellaring. Tasted October 2011." (3/2012)

  • 1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe - 3 available ( $149.00)
    98 points Decanter: "This has to be one of the wines of the vintage. More deft and cedary than the bigger boned 1986 vintage (also tasted), this is light delicate and elegant. Again, ink and spice on the nose, with stunning cedar and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of undergrowth, graphite and cigar box. Beautifully fresh with sublime melting tannins. (JS)" (11/2015) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the château, the 1996 Cos d'Estournel was aged in 65% new oak (unlike the 1995 which was 100%) and is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has a straight down the line, intense and focused, graphite and melted tar bouquet. It is almost Pauillac in style, no surprise given its proximity. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity, finer tannin than the 1986 Cos d'Estournel tasted alongside, but sharing those same leitmotifs of black pepper and sea salt. I like the nonchalance of this Cos d'Estournel. At 20 years it is not an ostentatious wine, not determined to go out and impress, but its nuance, stylishness and classicism grow on you. Its virtues seem to register only after you swallow the wine and find yourself tempted back for more. Excellent. (NM)" (10/2016) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated deep ruby. Ineffable aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice and Havana tobacco. Rich, dense and thick; powerful but harmonious. Layered texture over a strong backbone. Very long on the palate, with thoroughly ripe, noble Cabernet tannins. Superb. (ST)" (05/1999)

  • 1989 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe ( $199.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at Robersons 1989 Bordeaux horizontal. The Cos dEstournel 1989 has a dense, broody bouquet with typical Saint Estephe earthiness complemented by hints of seaweed and a touch of ox blood. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but rounded tannins, very good weight and concentration here, fine acidity and harmony with a nice build so that its finishes with a peacocks tails of mulberry, cedar and leather. This is maturing beautifully, lovely talcum finish. Drink now-2025. Tasted June 2010. (NM-Wine Journal)" (11/2010) 94 points James Suckling: "A wonderful depth of fruit with very firm and dense tannins. It has so much character of olives, spices, and berries. It's the wines freshness and intensity that won me over the 1990 Cos." (03/2012) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. High-pitched, perfumed aromas of dark berries, minerals and violet; very Cabernet. Rich, dense and youthful; broad and beefy, with cassis, black cherry and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes very sweet and long, with fine tannins spreading out impressively to coat the palate. A great showing. (ST)" (08/2002) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Complex aromas of tobacco, earth and forest leaves follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a fruity and soft finish. Very soft and long. At its peak, but pretty and seamless. (JS, Web Only-2010)"

  • 1990 Petit Village, Pomerol - 12 available ( $149.00)
    92 points from the Wine Spectator: "Beauty. Dark ruby color, with aromas of dried plums, berries and chocolate, hints of spices. Full-bodied and very smooth, with fine tannins and a long aftertaste of chocolate and berry." (08/2000) Also got 90 points from Parker: "The 1990 is another in-your-face, ostentatious, super delicious wine. This rich, oaky, smoky, alcoholic, lusciously rich, hedonistic wine makes for a wonderful drink. The wine is now revealing far more weight and tannin than it did from barrel. Drink this voluptuous, opulently textured, decadently smooth and ripe Pomerol over the next 8-12 years." (02/93)

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2005 Christian Clerget Echezeaux Grand Cru - 2 available ( $99.00)
    89-92 points Allen Meadows: "A gentle touch of wood frames an expressive and elegant nose of ripe black berry and cassis notes that introduce full-bodied and sleekly muscled flavors that seem round and approachable yet lurking underneath all the pinot baby fat are dense but fine tannins that should also enable up to a decade of upside. Good stuff here that is still extremely primary at present." (Tasted: Jan 01, 2007)

  • 2005 Domaine Arlaud Chambolle-Musigny - 8 available ( $49.99)
    89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Like its high-toned, somewhat reduced Morey-St.-Denis sibling (which was less cooperative on the day I visited), the Arlauds’ 2005 Chambolle-Musigny (from Les Bussieres) leads with tart black cherry and sage aromas. In the mouth, it exhibits juicy, dark berry fruits, florals, and abundant though relatively fine tannin, finishing with excellent clarity of fruit accented by faintly tart, bitter, and darkly meaty-stony notes." (04/07)

  • 2003 Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru - 2 available ( $99.00)
    90-93 points Allen Meadows: "As one might reasonably expect, this is bigger and richer than the Fuées but it's not finer or deeper though to be sure, the spicy black fruit nose is expressive and generous as are the huge, intense and muscular full-bodied flavors that are sweet and powerfully structured though again, there is more than enough balancing extract to buffer them. Still, this is a wine for the patient." (Tasted: Jan 01, 2005)

  • 2005 Domaine Francois Lamarche Echezeaux Grand Cru - 3 available ( $99.00)

  • 2005 Domaine Gros Freres et Soeur Echezeaux - 3 available ( $99.99)

  • 2002 Domaine Guy Dufoulbur Fixin 1er Cru "Clos Chapitre" - 2 available ( $29.99)

  • 2003 Domaine Jean Luc Dubois Chorey-les-Beaune "Clos Margot" - 2 available ( $19.99)

  • 2002 Domaine Laurent Vonay 1er Cru "Caillerets" - 3 available ( $79.99)
    89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 04: "Highly aromatic nose of framboise, flowers and oak char. Then sweet, pure and penetrating in the mouth, with a note of mint and a juicy quality. Structured, firmly tannic wine that's still a bit youthfully tough."

  • 2005 Domaine Laurent Vosne-Romanee "Vieilles Vignes" - 1 available ( $49.99)

  • 2008 Domaine Leflaive Macon Verzé - 6 available ( $32.99)
    "Outstanding Top Value" and 89 points Allen Meadows: "An expressive and ever-so-mildly rustic green fruit and citrus suffused nose merges into delicious and nicely precise flavors that possess good cut and punch on the linear and long finish. This is not overly complex but for what this is it delivers excellent quality." (Tasted: Jun 01, 2010)

  • 2005 Domaine Robert Arnoux Nuits-Saint-Georges - 1 available ( $79.99)
    Allen Meadows - Burghound: " Mild reduction detracts slightly from the ripe and earthy dark berry fruit aromas where the middle weight flavors possess solid mid-palate density and while this is moderately well-structured, the tannins are surprisingly fine for what this is and I like the balance." (01/2007) Jancis Robinson: "Cask sample. Restrained first impression. Peppery fresh black plums, becoming more meaty with time in glass. Then a great rush of power on the palate, tightly controlled and long, spicy oak overlay. Very very good if not yet voluptuous and can only get more perfumed and alluring. 18/20 points. (JH)" (01/2006) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Arnoux 2005 Nuits-St.-Georges smells of cherry distillate, black raspberry and meat juices, displays satsifyingly deep meatiness and ripe black fruits on the palate though with firm tannins and perhaps wanting a bit for distinctive personality, and finishes with restraint and a touch of bitterness. (DS)" (04/2007) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep red. Explosive aromas of dark berries and spices. Juicy and firmly built, with lively acidity giving shape and verve to the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Pure and balanced village wine-an impressive start to the tasting. (ST)" (03/2007)

  • 2005 Domaine Robert Arnoux Nuits-Saint-Georges "Poisetes" - 5 available ( $89.99)
    "Outstanding" and 89-91 points Allen Meadows: "Deep ruby. A pungent nose of heavy reduction, wood spice and black cherry fruit leads to earthy, rich, sweet and sappy flavors that are intense, well muscled and concentrated and while there is a trace of rusticity, the tannins are relatively fine. Again, Lachaux has crafted a first rate villages." (Tasted: Jan 01, 2007) 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 07: "(these 70-year-old vines produced a good-size crop, noted Lachaux) Dark red. Brooding aromas of dark berries, bitter chocolate and game. Broader and more muscular than the Hautes Maizieres but with a bit less lift, clarity and floral character. A fat, chewy style, very Nuits-Saint-Georges in its density of texture." 89+ points Robert Parker: "From a 70-year-old parcel Lachaux says is prone to millerandage and concentration, even when (as in this year) overall yields are good-sized, the 2005 Nuits-St.-Georges Les Poisets displays considerably deeper color than the previous wines in this collection. Salted meat, ripe plum, and blackberry aromas prepare the way for a palate featuring well-concentrated black fruit, carnal and bitter-herbal flavors, distinct though not coarse tannins, and greater substance than the preceding wines as well. The finish seems a bit restrained, almost certainly due to the recent bottling." (04/07)

  • 2002 Dominique Laurent Beaune 1er Cru "Clos des Mouches" - 2 available ( $59.99)

  • 2003 Dominique Laurent Beaune 1er Cru "Vieilles Vignes" - 6 available ( $39.99)
    89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 05: "Deep red. Superripe aromas of black cherry, smoke and leather. Dense, thick and sweet but with good sappy bitter cherry and mineral flavors. This offers excellent definition and lift. A very promising 2003."

  • 2003 Dominique Laurent Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Cazetieres" - 3 available ( $49.99)

  • 2003 Dominique Laurent Nuits-Saint-Georges "#1-Vieilles Vignes" - 7 available ( $49.99)
    According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 05: "Medium red. Musky raspberry, coffee and nutty oak on the nose. Pure, enticing red fruit and mineral flavors show moderate complexity but lovely restrained sweetness. Very attractive wine, finishing with good length and sweet tannins."

  • 2002 Dominique Laurent Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots" - 4 available ( $69.99)
    From Jancis Robinson: "Dominique Laurent, an ex pâtissier with the gift of the gab who is much lauded in France. Rather ambiguously labelling all his wines 'Dom. Laurent', he buys wine and fashions it into something exceptional in his Nuits-St-Georges cellars. He has researched and revived many a technique from the last century and tailors his methods (which tend to minimum intervention and maximum new oak) to suit each combination of vintage and vineyard."

  • 2004 Dominique Laurent Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru "Les Rouges" - 2 available ( $49.99)

  • 2005 Dominique Laurent Vosne-Romanee "Vielles Vignes" - 1 available ( $49.99)

  • 2003 Frederic Magnien Chambolle-Musigny "Borniques" - 1 available ( $39.99)
    91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Vibrant aromas of framboise, white pepper and chocolate. Creamy but firm, with intense red fruit and spice flavors enlivened by the wine's underlying minerality. Distinctly chalky wine, with uncommon energy and precision for 2003. Finishes very subtle and long, with tannins that spread out to dust the palate. Along with the Clos de Beze, this cuvee has the healthiest pH in 2003, says Frederic. (ST)" (03/2005) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is quite ripe and still relatively youthful with almost entirely primary fruit that emphasizes plum and black cherry aromas. The rich, round and supple flavors possess a velvety texture and enough underlying detail and minerality to offer more punch than the typical 2003, all wrapped in a delicious, complex and mouth coating finish. This is definitely a creature of the vintage and while riper than I personally prefer, this should please most people." (01/2012) K&L Notes: As a négociant, Magnien differentiates himself in that he works closely with his partner vine growers throughout the year, selecting only older-vine parcels that are cared for to his exacting standards. His own teams pick the grapes at harvest, a further qualitative step. (Most négociants buy juice, not grapes.) Most of the vineyards Magnien purchases grapes from are either certified organic or in the process of conversion. In the cellar, juice is fermented on indigenous yeasts; wines are aged only in the highest-grade François Frères oak—a practice followed by other exclusive estates, such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Comtes de Lafon. Magnien chooses to use mostly older barrels for aging, with approximately 10 percent new oak for premier and grand cru wines. All wines are unfined and unfiltered.

  • 2005 Frederic Magnien Echezeaux Grand Cru (some torn labels) - 3 available ( $129.00)
    92 points Allen Meadows: "A very fresh yet somber spicy black fruit nose redolent of earth and Asian spices with a touch of hoisin merges into big-bodied and very ripe flavors that possess ample volume with the firm tannins completely buffered by the generous sap. This is an intense and powerful wine that should easily repay a cellar snooze of up to a decade, perhaps slightly longer though because of all the sap, it's actually relatively civilized today and could be enjoyed with the right foods. As good as this is, it's clear that it's not quite in the class of the Grands Echézeaux or Charmes-Chambertin." (Tasted: Jan 01, 2008)

  • 2005 Frederic Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin "Vieilles Vignes" - 5 available ( $39.99)
    87-90 points Allen Meadows: "Reduction. The round yet delineated and intense flavors are supple and rather forward on the mid-palate but this tightens up quickly on the structured and serious finish. This is very Gevrey in character and packs good punch and finishing depth even if it's a bit awkward today." (Tasted: Jan 01, 2007)

  • 2002 Frederic Magnien Savigny-les-Beaune - 5 available ( $34.99)

  • 2005 Gerard Raphet Morey-Saint-Denis "Vielles Vignes" - 8 available ( $64.99)
    According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 07: "Good bright, dark red. Sexy aromas of raspberry liqueur, blueberry, flowers and fresh herbs. Supple, sweet and easy to drink, with a slight overripe/underripe character to the berry and spice flavors. Finishes with notes of red berries and medicinal cherry."

  • 2005 J. Cacheux Echezeaux Grand Cru - 3 available ( $89.99)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "With its wild berry and slightly gamy aromas and flavors, this is a seductive young red Burgundy. Has beautiful balance, concentration and a sense of place, with a touch of herbs and mineral shining through on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2025. 300 cases made." (12/2007) 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more obvious ripe and more deeply pitched nose of black Pinot fruit and cassis where the wood is also better integrated merges seamlessly into textured, sappy and linear flavors that culminate in a slightly lean finish. However, there is so much underlying material and dry extract that this should flesh out nicely with a few years in bottle first." (01/2008)

  • 2003 Luciene Lemoine Corton "Bressandes" (torn label) - 1 available ( $59.99)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "Smells rich with loam and mineral, like the hot sun baking the soil. Then intense berry, red currant, raspberry and star anise flavors saturate the palate with energy and length. Wonderful fresh finish, with ripe, complementary tannins and a berry-laced aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2035. 50 cases made." (05/08)

  • 2005 Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis - 5 available ( $34.99)
    According to Allen Meadows: " Mild reduction can't completely hide the gamy dark berry fruit aromas where this sauvage component continues onto the sweet, vibrant and intensely earthy medium full flavors that are also delicious and as Magnien suggests, possess excellent ripeness on the mouth coating and firm finish. This isn't elegant but it is serious." (Tasted: Jan 01, 2007)

  • 2005 Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis "Tres Girard" - 4 available ( $39.99)
    "Outstanding" and 88-90 points Allen Meadows: "This too evidences a certain animale quality to the brooding floral and briar nose that complements energetic and punchy flavors that are quite concentrated and ripe with a bit more depth and excellent finishing persistence. A high quality villages that is relatively powerful. Recommended." Tasted: Jan 01, 2007)

  • 2004 Olivier Joyan Chambolle-Musigny "Bussieres" - 6 available ( $34.99)

  • 2003 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee - 3 available ( $69.99)
    Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Darker, deeper and spicier aromatically and this too is quite elegant and pure with more obviously structured medium full flavors that are unusually fine and precise. This is completely different from the Chambolle yet again, Cathiard has managed to infuse this with much more freshness than is typical for the vintage." (01/2005) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Aromas of raspberry, chocolate, licorice, flowers and earth. Supple and fresh but a bit lean and dry, with a slightly medicinal quality. I get a slight greenness here. But certainly juicy for the year." (04/2006)

  • 2002 Vincent Girardin Chambertin Grand Cru "Clos de Beze" - 1 available ( $129.00)
    98 points Wine Spectator: "A brilliant red. Wild and feral yet refined, combining cherry, mineral, licorice, animal and underbrush notes with sweet, concentrated fruit and ripe, vibrant tannins. Shows an underlying energy, with a long, long finish. (BS)" (05/2005) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Wild, musky aromas of strawberry, minerals and smoky oak. Wonderfully silky on entry, then suave and aristocratic in the middle palate. Very subtle flavors build impressively on the sweet finish, which features very fine tannins. (ST)" (04/2005) 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A spicy black fruit nose that remains reserved and completely primary leads to rich, full and solidly concentrated flavors that have better definition than what Girardin usually produces and in particular, this is a good deal less fruit-driven as well. Good juice here and one that should age very well yet be accessible relatively early on." (05/2006)

  • 2003 Vincent Girardin Corton Grand Cru "Vieilles Vignes" - 1 available ( $59.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of Bressandes, Renardes, and Clos du Roi (the yields were so low I had to put them together), the 2003 Corton Vieilles Vignes explodes from the glass with waxy blackberries as well as black cherries. This sappy, extremely primary wine is medium to full-bodied, fleshy, and crammed with dark fruits displaying a gorgeous underlying minerality as well as persistence. Its tannin is highly present, solid, yet ripe. (PR)" (08/2005) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby-red. Liqueur-like black cherry aroma, with port-like suggestions of damp earth and chocolate. Then very ripe in the mouth but not oxidized or over the top. flavors of black cherry and blackberry. Finishes with fairly substantial tannins and very good persistence. (ST)" (03/2005)

  • 2002 Vincent Girardin Pommard 1er Cru "Grands Epenots" - 4 available ( $49.99)
    89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. More aromatic nose of black cherry, violet and nutty oak. Less dense and more stony than the Santenots, with a stronger impression of juicy acidity. Minerally and penetrating. (ST)" (03/2004) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Terrific expression of ripe and pure black cherry aroma and flavor. Not quite the sense of terroir, but picks up a mineral accent midpalate. Very modern in style, with new oak notes. Firm, integrated and should develop nicely. (BS)" (05/2005) Allen Meadows - Burghound: " Heavily macerated black fruit nose and sweet, round, somewhat worked flavors that are noticeably more structured and powerful that culminate in a fruit, succulent, nicely persistent finish." (04/2004)

  • 2002 Vincent Girardin Pommard 1er Cru "Les Rugiens" - 1 available ( $59.99)
    90(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 05: "Medium ruby-red. Cherry, currant, plum, leather and chocolate on the expressive nose. Aromatic and bright in the mouth, with penetrating flavors of redcurrant, iron and tobacco. Classy and delineated Po mmard, with impressive inner-mouth energy. Compared to the 2003, this finishes with much more grip." 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tightly wound and in need of cellaring, the brooding 2002 Pommard Rugiens offers spicy blackberry aromas. On the palate this medium-bodied wine displays outstanding depth and richness to its oak-laced black cherry flavors. It ends on a firm, slightly rustic finish. Drink it between 2008 and 2014." (06/04)

  • 2003 Antonine Guyon Gevrey-Chambertin - 2 available ( $24.99)
    According to Allen Meadows: "Remarkably elegant red pinot fruit notes with under currents of earth and smoke merge into rich, round and sweet flavors that possess solid complexity and fine detail if not necessarily great concentration. Still, this is a very pretty and generous villages that is easy to like and appreciate." (Burghound.com, Apr 01, 2005)

  • 2004 Camille Giroud Corton Charlemagne (6 Ltr) - 1 available ( $1,099.00)
    92 points Allen Meadows: "A maturing nose features very mild reduction combined with ripe and ever so slightly exotic fruit trimmed in a discreet touch of wood before dissolving seamlessly into rich, delicious, round and relatively forward medium weight plus flavors brimming with lovely minerality and excellent length. While not quite at its prime, it's not far away and another year or two should see this fine offering at its best." (Tasted: Mar 07, 2008)

  • 2003 Domaine Camus Brochon Savigny-lès-Beaune "Grands Liards" - 2 available ( $29.99)
    This comes from vines of more than 90 years of age. (Their records go back to 1918, and they were not newly planted then!) I have walked this vineyard, and seen these gnarled old veterans, with their thick black wooded bases, and the scars where they were sawed down to a lower height when the change came from horses to tractors. The point of this is that in an exceptionally warm year like 2003, the oldest vines have deeper roots and stand up to the drought with much more grace than the younger ones. As a consequence, this is sappy and rich, with lots of size, supple fruit, a good structure and that sense of balance all too often missing in 03. Wow! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

  • 1997 Domaine Comte de Vogüé Bourgogne Blanc - 8 available ( $149.99)

  • 2005 Domaine Daniel Rion Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Hauts Pruliers" - 4 available ( $59.99)
    A touch reduced, this wine opens to show rich black fruit notes and a nice Nuits spice. Give it some time in a decanter to see i open and show characteristic 2005 density and richness. Allen Meadows writes: "Here the reduction is strong enough to render the nose difficult to evaluate with more elegant if less concentrated fruit flavors that display ample minerality and vivacity if less overall depth. This is also pretty enough ..." (Burghound 01/07) Please note that this wine comes from the Premier cru portion of this vineyard, not the village portion.

  • 1995 Domaine Delarche Corton Charlemagne Reserve Grand Cru - 12 available ( $74.99)
    96 points Wine Spectator: "An explosive wine of amazing intensity. Firmly structured around a zesty core of fruit, mineral and citrus flavors, clean as a whistle, this steely Corton is a wine to hold until at least 2006, as its pale color, elegant aroma and muscular build suggest it will stay closed for years." (03/97)

  • 2000 Domaine des Perdrix Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Aux Perdrix" - 1 available ( $49.95)
    93 points and a Highly Recommended designation from the Wine Spectator: "Ultrasmooth, a seductive wine that turns you on with its silky tannins, rich and ripe fruit, great concentration and sweet flavors. Full-bodied, this great red brings joy as its black fruit, toasted and smoky notes, mineral and other complex aromas all come together on the satiny finish. Whoa. Drink now through 2009." (05/03) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Oak-laced red cherries make up the aromatic profile of the 2000 Nuits-St.-Georges Aux Perdrix. Medium-bodied, velvety-textured, and concentrated, it displays candied strawberries and cherries whose flavors regrettably dissipate quickly in the finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years." (06/03)

  • 1996 Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut Corton Grand Cru "Bressandes" - 3 available ( $59.99)
    Just 2000 bottles of this very fine red Burgundy are made. Robert Parker says of the wines made by Ravaut: "…they are full-bodied, often tannic wines that can handle aging well…Gaston and Perre Ravaut use very little new oak (10%), and bottle their wines after 8-12 months cask aging. …the Ravauts have made some excellent wines from their Grand Cru .69-acre parcel in Corton Les Bressandes…" (Burgundy Book, 1990)

  • 1996 Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut Corton Grand Cru "Hautes Mourottes" - 2 available ( $49.99)
    Robert Parker says of the wines made by Ravaut: "…they are full-bodied, often tannic wines that can handle aging well…Gaston and Perre Ravaut use very little new oak (10%), and bottle their wines after 8-12 months cask aging. …the Ravauts have made some excellent wines from their Grand Cru .69-acre parcel in Corton Les Bressandes…" (Burgundy Book, 1990)

  • 1999 Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut Ladoix 1er Cru "Basses Mourottes" - 6 available ( $29.99)
    Just under 600 cases are made of this red Burgundy, perhaps the most elegant and feminine of all those crus made at this estimable domain, of which Robert Parker writes: "...they are full-bodied, often tannic wines that can handle aging well... Gaston and Perre Ravaut use very little new oak (10%), and bottle their wines after 8-12 months cask aging." (Burgundy book, 199)

  • 2001 Domaine Henri Boillot Montrachet Grand Cru - 4 available ( $349.00)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Any lists of candidates of the wines of the vintage would have to include Henri Boillot's sumptuous 2001 Montrachet. Spiced apples, pears and white chocolate nuances can be found in its expressive aromatics. Medium-bodied, hugely ripe (yet balanced) and dense, this sublime spicy, refined, powerful wine explodes in the mouth with a myriad of spices, honeyed minerals, pears, and buttered toast. Fresh, intricate, and concentrated, it also offers an exceptionally long, flavor-imbued finish... Bravo! (PR)" (04/2003) 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "As good as the '01 Corton-Charlemagne is, this is at another level altogether with an unusual combination of both more elegance and more power if not more drive and minerality. This too displays none of the now typical '01 character of slightly advanced aromas and remains pure and refined, offering a seamless delivery between nose and palate and an explosively long finish. An outstanding wine in the context of an average vintage and one that should reward another 3 to 5 years in the cellar. In a word, impressive." (03/2006)

  • 1999 Domaine Heresztyn Gevrey Chambertin "Vieilles Vignes" - 1 available ( $39.99)
    Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Classic Gevrey earth and black fruit aromas with sweet, ripe, round pinot flavors and good length. Good balance and a certain chewy quality to the texture." (01/2002) K&L Notes: Substantial red fruit notes, with aromas of Bing cherries. On the palate it shows cherries, red fruits and plums. The wine shows a hint of licorice, very elegant spicy notes, and a long, rich finish. This comes from the walled vineyard next to the Heresztyn Cuverie, but they did not start labeling it "Clos Village" until a later vintage. Clive Coates, The Vine: "Fine colour. A lot more depth and class than the Clos Village. Rich and fullish. Very good grip. Very pure ripe fruit. Long and satisfying. Very good indeed."

  • 2000 Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuit-St.-Georges 1er Cru "Les Damodes" - 6 available ( $34.99)
    Clive Coates writes: Very good colour. Very lovely fruit on the nose. Complex, elegant and profound. Medium-full body. Harmonious. Very ripe tannins. Long and with lots of dimension. Lovely finish. Very classy. This is fine. (The Vine, March 2002)

  • 2002 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Beaune "Clos des Mouches" Rouge - 2 available ( $79.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "This lean, tightly wound young red Burgundy is a compact expression of kirsch, mineral and spice with vibrant acidity and tannins as a backdrop. Very pure and elegant, it requires patience. Best from 2007 through 2018. 600 cases made. (BS)" (02/2005) 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Classic ruby. This is a much more serious wine with deeper, richer and earthier fruit aromas followed by sappy, precise, nicely complex and racy flavors that are long, intense and offer excellent flavor authority. This is so primary that it suggests that it will require ample time in bottle to be at its best. *outstanding*" (04/2004) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red with some amber. Initially dull on the nose, but opened with air to show sweet raspberry and strawberry aromas. Sweet and supple on the palate, with fresh flavors of plum and redcurrant. Initially lacked a bit of cut and grip but seemed to gain in shape in the glass. Not especially rich but offers good supple texture and ripe finishing fruit." (03/2005)

  • 2005 Domaine Michel & Patrice Rion Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Clos des Argillieres" - 5 available ( $64.99)
    89-91 from Allen Meadows, who wrotes: "The somewhat riper and more deeply pitched black and violet aromas suffused in warm earth and spice notes merge into rich, delicious, sweet and wonderfully complex big-bodied flavors that are serious but not inelegant, all wrapped in a mouth coating finish of excellent length. This should age well." (Burghound 01/07)

  • 2004 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge - 2 available ( $29.99)
    According to Allen Meadows: "A pepper and earth-infused nose of red berry fruits and a touch of the sauvage leads to nicely detailed the pure flavors that are quite fresh and bright, culminating in a linear and slightly edgy finish. Interestingly, I find this to be slightly riper than the Clos St. Jean and there is better balance here if perhaps a bit less depth." (Burghound.com, Jan 01, 2007)

  • 2004 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru "Clos de la Boudriotte" - 1 available ( $39.99)

  • 2002 Domaine Raymond Launay Santenay "Clos de Gatsulard" - 2 available ( $29.99)
    Allen Meadows writes: "(a monopole of the domaine that gave yields of only 20 hl/ha in 2002). Quite aromatically fine and pure with very well balanced, earthy red pinot fruit aromas followed by rich, full, sweet flavors underpinned by abundant yet surprisingly fine tannins and excellent length. It’s rare to see villages level Santenay of this quality." (Burghound, 04/04)

  • 2000 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru - 1 available ( $59.99)
    Allen Meadows predicted that this would benefit from a few years in the cellar, and boy was he corrrect. It is bright, alive and focused, with supple tannins, breeding and length. Once again, I am reminded of how much I enjoy the 2000s for drinking. As they have spent more time in bottle, they have lost none fo their charm, but have added elegance, finesse and interest. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 10/05) Allen wrote: "Elegant and pure pinot fruit with a slightly candied aspect to it followed by round, ripe, full-bodied flavors that display excellent minerality and a very complex finish. This is all about finesse yet there is good underlying structure that should benefit from 5 years or so of cellar time." (Burguhound, 04/02)

  • 1997 Dominique Laurent Gevrey-Chambertin "Evocelles" - 2 available ( $49.99)

  • 2002 Dominique Laurent Pommard 1er Cru "La Refène" Tradition - 6 available ( $69.99)

  • 1998 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet Grand Cru - 2 available ( $349.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sauzet's 1998 Montrachet is a superb wine. Lovely anise, almond, hazelnut, and mineral aromas lead to a medium to full-bodied, compelling character. This supple, soft, extremely flavorful, and harmonious wine is filled with layers and layers of spiced pears, candied apples, minerals, and toast. It is stunning to find such a profound wine made in what can best be described as a difficult vintage. (PR)" (04/2000) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Aromas of pineapple syrup and spearmint. Big, ripe, and sweet, with a flavor of peach syrup. This stains the palate, yet also displays finesse. Offers strong potential." (09/1999) K&L Notes: Grand Cru white Burgundy from one of the region's great masters of Chardonnay. And all of the aging has been done for you! A holiday gift without equal.

  • 2000 Hospices de Beaune (Boillot) Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru "Cuvee Madeleine Collignon" - 1 available ( $99.00)

  • 1998 Jean Raphet Morey-St.-Denis 1er Cru "Millandes" - 1 available ( $59.99)

  • 2003 Joseph Roty Bourgogne Rouge "Pressioniers" - 5 available ( $17.99)
    Allen Meadows picks this as a Key Buy, writing: "(20% new oak and from vines of 40 to 45 years of age). Expressive red and black cherry fruit cut with plenty of earth merge into rich, full and somewhat rustic middle weight flavors that possess sufficient structure to permit 3 to 5 years of improvement. Solid stuff at this level." (Burghound, 01/05)

  • 2000 Leroy Cotes-de-Beaune Villages (Negociant Bottling) - 4 available ( $49.99)
    According to Allen Meadows: "An elegant and very pinot nose that displays a touch of earth and round, delicious and ready to drink flavors that offer an attractive touch of finishing minerality." (Tasted: Apr 01, 2006)

  • 1998 Leroy Savigny-les-Beaune (Negociant Bottling) - 1 available ( $49.99)

  • 1986 Leroy Savigny-les-Beaune (Negociant Bottling) - 1 available ( $79.00)
    91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Big sweet nose of impressive complexity and plenty of classic Savigny earth followed by delicious, intense, rich, beautifully detailed flavors of superb length at this level. In short, this is complex, classy and altogether reference standard in quality. In terms of maturity, this is still cruising and while it can certainly be drunk now, it should easily last another decade, perhaps longer. Multiple and consistent notes." (05/2007) Wine Spectator: "Delicate and subtle, yet impressively concentrated, featuring plenty of brilliantly articulated black cherry, currant and toast aromas and flavors that echo on the supple finish." (01/1994)

  • 2004 Maison Champy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Suchots" - 2 available ( $49.99)
    "Outstanding!" and 89-91 points from Allen Meadows: "A complex and very interesting nose of rose petals, spice and black berry fruit aromas mix with delicious, rich, sweet and intense flavors that possess obvious class and excellent length. This is really quite stylish and very Vosne in underlying character with a moderately chewy finish." (Burghound.com, Apr 01, 2006)

  • 2003 Olivier Guyot Bourgogne Pinot Noir - 7 available ( $14.99)
    This wine is from Olivier Guyot. He is considered somewhat eccentric by some of his neighbors, as he has sold his tractor and gone back to organically horse farming his vineyards. He feels it is better for the land, and that he gets better fruit from doing so. The grapes are hand-harvested, of course, and the wine is bottled without filtration. The domaine has passed from father to son since the 16th century, and the vines are 35 to 40 years old. Olivier punches the wine down 2 to 4 times per day for 14 days during fermentation to encourage maximum extraction and color.

  • 2002 Olivier Guyot Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir (torn labels) - 2 available ( $19.99)
    This wine is from Olivier Guyot. He is considered somewhat eccentric by some of his neighbors, as he has sold his tractor and gone back to organically horse farming his vineyards. He feels it is better for the land, and that he gets better fruit from doing so. The grapes are hand-harvested, of course, and the wine is bottled without filtration. The domaine has passed from father to son since the 16th century, and the vines are 35- to 40-years-old. Olivier punches the wine down 2 to 4 times per day for 14 days during fermentation to encourage maximum extraction and color. This has supple, ripe tannins, very dark and rich, with lots of density for a Bourgogne. Shows some very ripe fruit and a bit of plumminess. Good finish. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 10/04)

  • 2005 Patrice Rion Gevrey-Chambertin "Vieilles Vignes" - 6 available ( $39.99)
    Another Key Buy from Allen Meadows, who gives this 88-90 Points and recommends it writing: "(from a blend of 30% Champeaux and rest from Brochon). An expressive nose of primarily red berry and currant fruit aromas liberally laced with notes of earth and game merges into elegant and refined flavors supported by sophisticated tannins at this level and it’s clear that the presence of the 1er in the blend adds ample refinement. This is a delicious, pure and well balanced effort that is recommended." (Burghound, 01/07)

  • 2000 Patrice Rion Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Suchots" - 1 available ( $59.99)
    Clive Coates writes: " Good Colour. Slightly funky on the nose. Better on the palate. Rich and full. Good depth and concentration. Quite closed. The finish is the best bit. Lovely fruit here. Very good grip and intensity. This is fine. (The Vine, 03/02) According to Allen Meadows: "Stylistically different from the other wines in the Rion stable with ripe, austere fruit and flavors that seem somewhat "worked". To be sure, this quality is subtle and the wine is technically as it should be..." (Burghound.com, Jan 01, 2002)

  • 2000 Pierre Morey (por Morey Blanc) Pommard 1er Cru "Grands Epenots" - 3 available ( $34.99)
    According to Allen Meadows: "The class of the cellar today with its linear and precise character. The biggest and most structured wine here though not especially rich or dense. Rather this is detailed and almost fine for Pommard with a nice touch of velvet on the long finish. Lovely in a straight forward manner." (Tasted: Apr 01, 2002)

  • 2004 Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Vaucrains" - 2 available ( $59.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full medium red. Ripe, sappy aroma of cherry, flowers and minerals. Sweet and sappy in the mouth, with lovely penetrating acidity and noteworthy aromatic lift. A much gentler and less thick style than the 2005 but I love this wine's firm spine of tannins and acids and its inner-mouth tension. Mounts slowly and lingers impressively on the back. (ST)" (03/2007) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is enough of the famous 2004 vegetal character (known as the 'green meanies') to fight somewhat with the otherwise very fresh and attractively layered earthy and somber dark Pinot fruit aromas. There is good verve and detail to the still moderately structured medium-bodied flavors that possess equally good complexity before culminating in a solidly persistent finish. This has all but arrived at the front edge of its peak drinkability and it should remain there for some time. Note that this would be best served with an appropriate dish." (10/2013)

  • 2003 Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Vaucrains" - 2 available ( $59.95)
    90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "While almost hard to believe, this is even bigger still and it is unquestionably a massive wine in every respect with an intense mocha and chocolate nose and muscular, powerful and incredibly concentrated flavors that go on and on for minutes. For fans of raw size and power, this will be a sure winner. Fans of elegance and finesse will be perhaps less impressed but this is truly a dramatic wine." (01/2005) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Chevillon Vaucrains vertical in London. The 2003 has a typically (for the vintage) ripe, almost New World, Martinborough-like nose with macerated dark cherries and just a touch of burnt match. The palate is well balanced and sinewy, robust and rather bold tannins, thick and a little brawny perhaps but it has a very correct, tannic finish that is completely in synch with the layers of ripe fruit. Give this time: it might surprise a few that wrote off the vintage although it is atypical of Chevillons style. Drink 2014-2020. (NM)" (09/2011) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Superripe, high-toned aromas of raspberry, chocolate and roasted herbs; shows good minerality but also a faint porty quality. Then dense, powerful and a bit youthfully aggressive, with a chocolatey flavor and obviously high alcohol currently dominating. Comes across as a bit dry in the context of the vineyard and finishes with slightly tough tannins. Chevillon advises collectors to wait seven to ten years for his Cailles, Saint-Georges and Vaucrains. (ST)" (03/2005)

  • 1996 Verget Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume" - 5 available ( $59.99)
    96 points Wine Spectator: "A lot of wine for the buck here. Intriguing new-wave Chablis, oaky but also clean and pure, with a lime-honey combination that seduces the palate. Ripe, unctuous, opulent and fat, also offering lots of palate-cleansing acidity, this full-bodied Chablis delivers plenty of toasted spice, mocha, coffee, butter, caramel, pear tart, leesy, milky-yogurt complexity. Thick yet zesty finish. Perhaps the most balanced of Verget's Chablis. Best from 2005 through 2015." (08/1998) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Guffens' Chablis offerings continue to enthrall me. What do you have when you combine superb richness, exquisite ripeness, and enough acidity to bore through the Sixth Fleet? Verget's 1996 Chablis Fourchaume. Malty vanilla scents are followed by a super-ripe, rich, medium-bodied, concentrated, and sharply acidic character. Highly focused flavors of crisp red berries, spicy oak, lemons, and steel are found in this teeth-clenchingly bright offering. As I tasted this bracing Fourchaume I remembered a comment Guffens once made to me, "the best way to de-acidify a wine is to make it richer." Anticipated maturity: 2002-2009. A year ago, Jean-Marie Guffens told me that 1996 was the greatest vintage of his lifetime. While he did not repeat that comment when I visited him in November, Guffens was bursting with pride as I tasted the wines. (PR)" (02/1998)

  • 2002 Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru - 2 available ( $79.95)
    93-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A profound, light to medium-bodied wine, the 2002 Corton-Charlemagne bursts from the glass with minerals, flowers, fresh herbs, and hints of mint. It is a pure, fleshy offering of outstanding depth, concentration, and power. Loads of sappy minerals are intermingled with spices and apples in its refined, noble character. (PR)" (02/2004) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and minerally, rich but not fat, and racy, evoking lemon, apple and stone notes accented by spicy oak. Still very tightly wound and balanced, this will need time to unwind, or decant if you must drink it now. (BS)" (07/2004) 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Considerably bigger and more intense with lovely, extremely fresh and notably complex citrus and green apple aromas framed by obvious mineral notes that lead to powerful if relatively forward and fat flavors with fine persistence. This will unwind relatively quickly for a Corton-Charlemagne as it's quite forward yet for all the richness, size and fat, it remains a very detailed effort. I like this...Vincent Girardin told me that things are now working well in his new cuvérie on the outskirts of Meursault. 'We've got the kinks worked out and I'm convinced that this will enable to ascend to the next level of quality. 2002 is an excellent vintage with very fine structure and wonderfully elegant wines in both red and white. We had less yield than in 2001 and there was virtually no chaptalization as the 1ers were at least 13.5% and the Bienvenues hit 14.7%. It was clear from the beginning that '02 was a very rich vintage and thus I did much less bâtonnage than usual and in some cases, I did none at all. I'm trying more and more to privilege the sense of minerality in my wines, indeed to make them much more terroir oriented than I have in the past. As such, I again lowered the percentage of new oak and it's around 40% of the 1ers and 80% for the grands crus now.'" (07/2004) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very subdued nose hints at apple, minerals and nutty oak. Then intensely flavored, penetrating and youthfully backward, with bracing flavors of apple, spiced pear and powdered stone. Very densely packed, spicy wine that's currently dominated by its powerful spine. This needs a good five or six years to blossom in the bottle and may well merit a higher score. (ST) 92+" (10/2004)

  • 2002 Vincent Mongeard Grands-Echézeaux Grand Cru - 2 available ( $119.00)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Very ripe, with sweet cherry, spicy oak and earth notes matched to a rich, full-bodied frame. Good concentration here, with pure, sweet Pinot Noir fruit, finesse and a firmly tannic finish. Give it time to come together. Long aftertaste of sandalwood and violet. 110 cases imported. (BS)" (09/2004) 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the wood has become intrusive and while this wine has an excellent track record of absorbing the wood with time, this is sufficiently tender and forward plus it doesn't possess the superb density of the old vines Ech that it may or may not ever absorb it. My score offers the benefit of the doubt because as noted, this wine really does have a consistent history of eating its oak. I look forward to tasting it again from bottle." (01/2004)

  • 1996 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrieres" - 12 available ( $64.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct '98: "Lively lime, tangerine and mineral aromas. Full, tactile and strong; gives an almost saline impression of extract. Fruit-driven flavors of tangerine and peach. Shows the firm acidity of the vintage but here, too, the acids are not yet completely integrated." According to Parker's Wine Advocate: "Domaine Boyer-Martenot's 1996 North Berkeley Imports bottlings are at a quality level generally attained only by a handful of Meursault's finest producers. Yves Boyer's efforts combined with David Hinkle and Peter Vezan's constant attention to detail and non-interventionist philosophies have led some of this estate's wines to the top." (04/98)

France - Champagne - Old and Rare

  • 1980 Dom Perignon ( $299.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Fresh and elegant, with characteristic doughy, yeasty flavors and a touch of honey and mocha. Smooth, supple and a touch herbal on the somewhat short finish. (PM)" (10/1995)

  • 1990 Drappier "Grande Sendre" Champagne - 12 available ( $149.99)
    89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 99: "Aromas of toast, toffee and apple. Fairly dry, fresh and rich, with toast and toffee flavors. Very good ripeness and length. This wine shows much finer aromas than most other Champagnes from the Aube (this is actually from a single very old vineyard), and in fact performed better than a bottle I sampled a year ago."

  • 1996 Salon Blanc de Blancs Champagne - 9 available ( $299.00)
    97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Salon is yet another wine that is maturing splendidly. Once focused to the point of being painfully austere and angular, today the 1996 Salon has begun to soften and fill out. My latest bottles have been rich, generous and totally compelling in every way. (AG) 97+" (11/2010) 97 points Wine Enthusiast: "The latest release from Salon, this just explodes in the mouth with mineral, steel and flint. The tiny mousse has flavors of yeast and just a touch of toast. It is rich, but so austere and structured. Like many Salon Champagnes, this will age for 20 years or more. (RV)" (12/2007) 96 points Wine & Spirits: "*no tasting note given*" (12/2007) 95 points Wine Spectator: "A deep, vinous style, with understated power and grace. The lemon verbena, toast and honey aromas and flavors are propelled by the well-integrated structure and fine bubbles. There's just a hint of greenness, marking its youthful impetuosity. Has great length. Best from 2010 through 2030. *Collectibles* (BS)" (12/2007) 95 points Vinous: "Green-tinged gold. Incredibly complex, intense bouquet of smoky, leesy orange, pear, licorice, minerals and bitter quinine. The super-concentrated citrus, quince and pear liqueur flavors convey an almost painful impression of extract and positively explode across the palate. Elegant, poised and precise in a manner rare for a wine with such flavor intensity. The vibrant, minerally, extremely long finish simply doesn't let up. This should age effortlessly for a decade or two. (JR)" (11/2006) Jancis Robinson: "Very tight little bead. Mid straw. Very distinctive. Very tightly wound. Introspective. Almost nervous but admirable. A bit like a hugely respected but utterly un-attention-seeking academic. Wonderful texture. Then opens out on the palate. Very firm. Mineral rather than fruit or veg or breadiness. Drink 2015-2030 18.5/20 points" (06/2016)

France - French Regional Wines - Old and Rare

  • 2005 Bunan "Moulin des Costes" Bandol ( $25.99)
    The terraces of the Moulin des Costes, overlooking the Mediterranean, are an inspiring and crazily beautiful site. The vineyard is planted with Mourvèdre and Grenache vines that are 45 years old. This red Bandol offers a powerful bouquet with a delicate woody nose and predominant aromas of red fruit, mulberry and raspberry. The fruit reverberates on the palate with hints of pepper, licorice and violet. This is full-bodied and well-balanced with rounded tannins. 13.5% abv.

  • 1998 Domaine Fontanel Rivesaltes Ambré ( $24.99)
    Domaine Fontanel is a small gem of an estate located in the Cotes du Roussillon. Pierre Fontanel is a grower/winemaker who is meticulous thoroughout every stage of the grapegrowing and winemaking process. This fabulous dessert wine is made from 60-year-old grenache blanc vines. It is wonderfully complex, thoughtful and hedonistic, displaying a classic rancio nose along with carmelized nut, dried flowers, and a light but elegant spice. This wine is stunning served after a meal with a cheese from the area such as Ossu Iraty and roasted almonds! 16% abv.

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2009 Domaine de Gournier Grenache Vin de Pays des Cévennes ( $9.99)
    Domaine de Gournier is located in the Cévennes region, above the Mediterranean Sea, between the cities of Avignon and Nimes. The area’s terroir is characterized by low limestone hills studded with calcareous rock and sparse clumps of wind-beaten vegetation. The domaine is owned by Maurice Barnouin. This Grenache cuvée was first released in 2004. The fruit is hand-harvested and vinified 100% in stainless steel tanks to focus on the freshness and purity of the Grenache fruit. The wine displays round and textured cherry flavors with a brilliant spice factor throughout. The tannins here are well behind the fruit which makes this a wonderful wine for everyday dining and parties. The Gournier Grenache Noir is a true crowd pleaser and great value. 14.5% abv.

France - Rhone Valley - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Chapoutier "La Bernandine" Chateauneuf-du-Pape ( $44.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "A dark, slightly brawny style, with fig, black currant paste and licorice root notes pushed by a broad swath of tannins. The tarry-edged finish lets some lavender and violet notes peek in to offset the muscular profile. Still, this shows more guts than finesse. Drink now through 2019." (10/10) 90 points Robert Parker: "The largest production wine is the Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine, and the 2007 is an elegant effort displaying plenty of black cherry, raspberry, loamy soil, pepper, and mineral notes. Medium to full-bodied and pure with a lovely texture as well as an easy-to-appreciate style, it is substantial and well-balanced, suggesting it will age for 8-10 years." (10/09) 87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Inviting aromas of raspberry, fresh flowers and baking spices, with a gently smoky undertone. Open-knit red fruit flavors are unencumbered by tannins and gain sweetness with air. Finishes with gentle sweetness and good length. This will drink well on release." (Jan/Feb 2009)

  • 1993 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - 12 available ( $79.99)
    ( RP- 90 )The 1993 Beaucastel blanc (80% Roussanne) is fat, unctuous, and full-bodied with layers of honeyed fruit. It is a massive dry white wine that is best paired with powerfully scented Provencal cuisine. Last tasted 7/96.

France - Rhone Valley Pre-Arrival

  • 2009 Château Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ( $79.99)
    96 points Wine Spectator: "One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension. Best from 2015 through 2026." (02/2012) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estates classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years. (RP)" (10/2011) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(30% each of grenache and mourvedre and 10% each of counoise and syrah, with the balance spread across the other nine permitted varieties): Bright ruby. Perfumed, expressive aromas of red and dark berry preserves, smoky herbs and lavender, with a touch of licorice adding depth. Fleshy and supple in texture, offering intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by a spicy quality. Shows the richness of the vintage but carries no excess fat. The finish lingers with impressive tenacity and echoes the floral and smoke notes." (01/2012) Jancis Robinson: "This is not the bottled final blend but it's very close to it. 13 varieties including 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache and 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault. Held back but there is so much waiting to escape. You can feel all those components coming together (I had just tasted the varieties Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault as separate - non-commerical - bottlings). The brightness of the Grenache, that dry, firm framework and length from the Mourvèdre and the completeness of the blend. Dry, fresh, long and impressive in its embryonic state. Power and finesse. Great length. 18/20 points. (JH)" (11/2010)

  • 2009 Château Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (Pre-Arrival) ( $79.99)
    96 points Wine Spectator: "One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension. Best from 2015 through 2026." (02/2012) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estates classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years. " (10/2011) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(30% each of grenache and mourvedre and 10% each of counoise and syrah, with the balance spread across the other nine permitted varieties): Bright ruby. Perfumed, expressive aromas of red and dark berry preserves, smoky herbs and lavender, with a touch of licorice adding depth. Fleshy and supple in texture, offering intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by a spicy quality. Shows the richness of the vintage but carries no excess fat. The finish lingers with impressive tenacity and echoes the floral and smoke notes." (01/2012) K&L Notes: 94-96 points Robert Parker: "The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc reveals the greater intensity, richness and potential longevity of this vintage. Made from the same blend as the 2008, the 2009 sees some new oak (15%), but that component is totally hidden by copious notes of quince, honeyed citrus, peaches and apricots. With good acidity as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel, this stunning white should evolve for 7-8 years or longer." (10/10) James Molesworth of Wine Spectator had this to say: "The Châteauneuf-du-Pape White 2009 (an 80/15/5 blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and the remaining white varieties) was just bottled but shows no shock, with flattering creamed melon, brioche, macadamia nut and young ginger notes that are seamless and lush." (11/19/10)

  • 2009 Château de Beaucastel "Coudoulet de Beaucastel" Côtes du Rhône Rouge (Pre-Arrival) ( $23.99)
    89-91 points Robert Parker: "The 2009 Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet red is just a notch behind its brilliant 2007 counterpart and could turn out to be just as good. It boasts a deep ruby/purple hue in addition to abundant aromas of framboise, black cherries, truffles, herbs, grilled steak and meat blood. Spicy, peppery, rich and medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, this beautiful, reasonably priced wine should drink well for 10-12+ years." (10/10) James Molesworth of Wine Spectator had this to say: "From the Château de Beaucastel, the Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2009 is very pure and expressive now, with supple plum and licorice notes and a hint of Turkish coffee brewing in the background. There's serious grip but it's integrated nicely and this could be one of the longer-lived vintages for this wine, which has a track record for aging well (at a modest price)." (11/19/2010)

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Antinori Tignanello ( $84.95)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Tignanello is ripe with promise for the future. The wine has just started its evolutionary track with aromas of blackcurrant, dried blackberry and cherry. This was a warm but balanced vintage that shows beautiful results today and exceeds my already high expectations. There is a steady thickness and determination to the wine that carries it forward. This was the last vintage made in the Tignanello winery before the structure saw a major overhaul. Given the staying power of this historic wine, I feel that this vintage will hold easily for another 20 years or more. (ML)" (10/2015) 95 points Vinous: "Antinori's 2007 Tignanello is wonderfully ripe and seductive in its dark cherries, flowers, spices, tobacco, sage, cedar, mint and minerals. This is as opulent a Tignanello as I have ever tasted but there is just enough acidity and structure from the Sangiovese to keep things from going over the top. The wine's richness and warmth are such that in a blind tasting I mistook the 2007 Tignanello for a wine from Maremma! The dense, muscular fruit follows through to an impeccable finish with no hard edges and impossibly fine, silky tannins. Simply put, the 2007 is a magnificent Tignanello. The 2007 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3 new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. (AG)" (10/2010) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "You can't help but love this wine. The richness, density and intensity are all outstanding and Tignanello is extraordinary in terms of aromas and flavors. The traditional formula for this groundbreaking super Tuscan was Sangiovese with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. This vintage sees 5% Cabernet Franc for additional texture and longevity. *Editors' Choice*" (04/2010) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Displays sweet plum and berry aromas and flavors, with hints of toasty oak and cappuccino. Full-bodied, yet reserved and fine. Turns chewy and juicy. (JS)" (10/2010) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, medium ruby-red. Musky black fruits, cedar, graphite and minerals on the cabernet-dominated nose. Broad and lush in the mouth, conveying a full-bodied, weighty impression but also plenty of energy to the flavors of blackcurrant, tobacco and cedar. Finishes very long and smooth, with extremely fine-grained tannins. (ID)" (10/2011)

  • 2004 Bertani Valpolicella Secco Bertani Ripasso (375ml) ( $4.99)
    "I love the flavors in this wine, the ripe fruit is wonderfully balanced and is rich without being jammy, the spicy, woodsy intrigue intertwining itself with its chocolaty ripeness creates a complexity that is layered yet elegant. On the palate the chocolaty ripeness rolls across your tongue giving a sense of richness yet merely acts as a foil to launch its spice, earth and intriguing finish. This is super easy to drink and an every night of the week kind of wine especially in this size. Occasionally large importers have lots of wine that for some reason or another don't seem to move or falls off the radar and when their accountants tell them that it finally has to go we are the beneficiaries! This wine normally sells for $10 a half bottle, buy a bunch for your favorite pasta meal!" Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian buyer. According to Wine Spectator: "I like the wild cherry character, with notes of leather, flowers and ferrous mineral. Medium-bodied and tightly packed, giving a spicy orange peel finish. Fun to drink. Drink now." (Web only, 2008)

  • 2001 Cabutto Barolo Riserva del Fondatore "Sarmassa" ( $74.99)
    "A gorgeous and traditional styled Barolo from the Commune of Barolo. This wine is drinking wonderfully now for such a young Barolo, it still has loads of life left but the super 2001 vintage produced superbly balanced wines. Full of rose, spice and layers of minerals in a very supple texture. Try it with braised meat dishes." Greg St.clair K&L's Italian Buyer

  • 2008 Casalfarneto Verdicchio - 5 available ( $12.99)
    Fermented in stainless steel and aged for 6 months before bottling, this wine has a rich, creamy texture and a dry, elegant finish that makes Verdicchio one of the more fuller flavored of all the Italian white wines. Complex floral nose mingled with ripe peaches, citrus and honey. Balanced structure, refreshing, zesty, long, powerful, elegant and rich.

  • 2007 Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico ( $13.99)
    90 points and #47 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100: 2010 Wines of 2010: "This is what Chianti should taste like, with plenty of dark cherry and floral aromas and flavors that say Sangiovese. Fresh and fruity. Drink now. 50,000 cases made." (10/10)

  • 2007 Fontodi Flaccianello ( $109.99)
    95 points James Suckling: "Lots of ripe fruit with a smoky, meaty, bacon, and cherry character even dried mango and other fruits. Full and round tannins with bright acidity and an intense finish. Loads going on here. New wood is a little overpowering now but will come around wonderfully. Give it three to four years of bottle age still." (09/2011) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Flaccianello della Pieve captures the essence of this great Tuscan vintage. It is a decidedly sexy, opulent wine bursting at the seams with rich red berries, mint and spices. The tannins are present but virtually undetectable under layer after layer of fruit. There is no question the 2007 is seamless, opulent and full-bodied. Readers who prefer more structured wines will gravitate to vintages such as 2001 and 2004. I find the 2007 utterly irresistible. It will also drink better earlier than some of the most classic vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027. (AG) 95+" (06/2012) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Fading to reddish brown at edge, this displays a bouquet of eucalyptus, medicinal herbs, licorice and leather. Rich, powerful, it's just coming out of it's shell, with muscular tannins on finish and a long aftertaste of leather, underbrush and mineral.Non-blind Flaccianello vertical (July 2014). Best from 2016 through 2028. (BS, Web-2014)"

  • 2007 Isole e Olena "Cepparello," Tuscany ( $69.99)
    96 points Vinous: "The 2006 Cepparello is a super classic wine. It brings together the best elements of the house style in its breathtaking aromatics, delineated fruit and striking overall balance. All of the elements are in the right place for the 2006 to develop into a spectacular wine. The 2006 stands apart for its nuance, depth and overall detail. Juicy red cherries, raspberries, rose petals and licorice build to the huge, dramatic finish. The 2006 is one of the all-time great Cepparellos. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the stunning 1988. The 2006 has blossomed beautifully in bottle over the last few years, and it is now clear I underestimated its potential. (AG)" 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Aromatic nose of ripe red cherry, menthol and underbrush, with an intriguing note of peach. Sweet, supple and dense, with ripe flavors of dark plum, almond, underbrush and tomato paste. Finishes long and smooth, with a strong coffee nuance. This reminded me a little of Syrah! (ID)" (08/2010) K&L Notes: From Vinous: "Proprietor Paolo De Marchi has left an indelible and highly personal stamp on Isole e Olena and all of Chianti Classico, for that matter. Originally of Piedmontese descent, De Marchi stands apart from many of his colleagues for his vocal opinions and intense dedication to the vineyard above all else. Since taking over his family's estate in the late 1970s, De Marchi has transformed Isole e Olena into a powerhouse."

  • 2007 Oasi Degli Angeli "Kurni" ( $94.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Kurni is simply fabulous. This rich, deeply-textured wine bursts onto the palate with masses of chocolate, mocha, blueberry and blackberry jam, spices, licorice and French oak. Totally seamless and opulent, the Kurni dazzles for its exceptional balance and phenomenal length. In 2007 the tannins are particularly ripe, elegant and finessed. In fact, this is one of the finest vintages of Kurni I have tasted. It is a must-have bottle for readers who seek the finest artisan wines of Italy. Today the French oak is rather prominent, but another few years in bottle should help the wine come together nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. (AG)" (06/2010)

  • 2009 Orsolani Erbaluce - 12 available ( $21.99)
    This is 100% Erbaluce di Caluso, a grape originally from Greece. Lightly straw-colored with soft light yellow nuances with well defined scents mixing sage and laurel, and rosemary and lavender flavors which tend to a balsamic note. Interesting stuff, and very refreshing, this ends with hawthorn and yellow flowers.

  • 2009 Tollo Pecorino - 6 available ( $13.99)
    Everyone knows Pecorino the chesse, but not many people have heard of the grape. It's indigenous to the Marche and Abruzzo regions of eastern central Italy, and makes a wine not dissimilar to a snappy, unoaked Chardonnay, with a touch of the spicy, wild sage and coastal scrub aromos of Verdicchio. An absolute lovely wine, it's very food versitle or can be enjoyed on its own. (Chris Miller, K&L Italian Specialist in LA)

  • 2004 Cascina Cucco Barolo Cerrati - 12 available ( $54.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Complex aromas of spices, licorice, fruit and coffee bean. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of ripe fruit, yet subtle and interesting. Solid and tight. Best after 2012. 1,250 cases made." (06/08)

  • 2005 Ettore Germano Barolo "Serralunga" - 12 available ( $49.99)
    89+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Barolo emerges from the glass with sweet-Pinot like aromas that lead to soft, expressive fruit. This entry-level Barolo offers terrific balance and harmony in an attractive, accessible style that is sure to find many admirers. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020." (10/09) The Germano winery is a few hundred yards north of Serralunga. Sergio Germano is typical of the new generation of producers in the Langhe; after completing six years of study at the school of Enology in Alba he made wine for a few years at Fontanafredda, one of the largest wineries in the area, before returning to the family winery in 1993. Fruit from the younger vines is used to make this Barolo. The wine is traditionally fermented and aged in smaller cooperage. It shows all the classic aspects of Nebbiolo from Barolo: medium garnet color, very distinctive aromas of red-currants, strawberry, licorice, and violets. It pairs with substantial meat dishes (lamb, beef) and cheeses.

  • 1998 Gaja Barbaresco - 1 available ( $145.00)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle and perfumed, with rose, raspberry and strawberry. Full-bodied, with very silky tannins and a long finish. Seamless and textured. Pretty now, but give it a few more years. (JS, Web Only-2008)" 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Barbaresco is a beautiful effort displaying fleshy, oaky, deep black cherry, raspberry, tar, and truffle scents with subtle new oak in the background. Dense, voluptuously-textured, and full-bodied, with gorgeous overall symmetry, and beautifully integrated tannin, acidity, alcohol, and wood. (RP)" (10/2001) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep medium red. Deeply pitched aromas of plum, mocha, licorice and dried flowers. Dense and chewy with extract; compelling, sweet flavors of currant and licorice. Tannins are sweeter than those of the '99 Barbaresco. Finishes with a suggestion of nutty oak. (ST)" (12/2002) Jancis Robinson: "100% Nebbiolo from 14 different vineyards. 40-year-old vines on limestone and loamy soil. All 14 parcels vinified separately in stainless steel. After three weeks the wine is aged in large wooden barrels for 12 months, then blended, then aged for another 12 months. Fully evolved and tarry. Really confident. Dry end, tangy, a very pure expression of Nebbiolo. Some luscious fruit. Transparent. 17.5/20 points (JR)" (05/2013)

  • 1997 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino "Ugolaia" - 8 available ( $99.99)
    96 points Wine Spectator: "Dark ruby-garnet. Intense aromas of blackberry and grilled meat. Green and sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with big and round tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very concentrated. Needs time still to mellow. (Web-2007)" 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia is a selection of the best lots. Solid and dark in color, its nose expresses wild cherries, kirsch, plums, tar, and minerals. Powerful and muscular, but not at the expense of the tannins smoothness, its sweet fruit and chocolate flavors are unending. The finish shows the freshness which is Bernabeis signature. (DT)" (06/2003)

  • 2005 Terre da Vino Barolo "Essenze" (Elsewhere $55) ( $19.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Vivid aromas of blackberry, raspberry and sandalwood. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and beautiful, refined and focused fruit. Very well done for this producer. Best after 2011. 1,000 cases made. (JS)" (12/2009)

Italy

  • 2009 Elio Grasso "Gavarini" Nebbiolo d'Alba ( $23.99)
    Elio Grasso is one of the best producers of Barolo. His estate, a beautiful house and cellar surrounded by improbably steep vineyards, is outside the town of Monforte, on the eastern side of the Barolo appellation. Elio works mostly in the vineyards, increasingly leaving the cellar work to his son Gianluca, who recently graduated from the enology school in Alba. The Gavarini vineyard is wholly owned by the Grassos. It produces this elegant, value-priced red. A dead ringer for a fine Barolo, and offered at a fraction of the price!

  • 2009 Thurnhof Merlau Lagrein - 11 available ( $19.99)
    Merlau is the name of the area of the vineyard where this wonderful unoaked Lagrein is grown. Lagrein is a variety said to be indigenous to the Alto Adige. Andreas Berger's Lagrein 'Merlau' is fairly dark red-purple in color with aromas and flavors of blackberries, black plums and tealeaf. It is medium-weight and savory on the palate. Drink this wine with grilled meats, stews, sausages....very versatile. Great value.

  • Sorelle Bronca Prosecco (1.5L) ( Price: Hidden )
    90 points Wine & Spirits: "There's a hint of complexity in the interplay between this wine's gentle sweetness and crisp acidity, like biting into a freshly picked ripe pear. It's lean and focused, a match for warm goat cheese on crostini." (12/2009) Wine Enthusiast: "This offers aromas of wisteria, jasmine, white stone fruit and a whiff of almond. The luminous palate doles out green apple, white peach, nectarine zest and a hint of crystallized ginger accompanied by vibrant acidity and small, persistent bubbles. (KO)" (12/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The non-vintage Prosecco del Valdobiaddene Extra Dry is a featherweight Prosecco displaying light, crisp, grapefruit and citrus notes, pure flavors, good acidity and a zesty, but not overly aggressive effervescence. (RP)" (06/2014) K&L Notes: The Bronca sisters grow their own fruit in steep hillside vineyards, then make base wine and perform the secondary (sparkling) fermentation on non-vintage batches three or four times a year, to ensure freshness. Low yields and hillside-grown fruit ensures that the wine has good concentration and acidity. This one's a clean, crisp and ultimately refreshing sparkler that is one of our favorties.

Australia - Australian/NZ/South Africa - Old and Rare

  • 2010 Gemtree "Moonstone" Savagnin McLaren Vale ( $12.99)
    A deliciously zesty and thirst quenching wine! Pears, orange blossom, white peaches and honey dew melon define the nose. Pears, melon and citrus fruits are all evident in the front to mid palate. The palate is a two-fold experience: characters of Italian pinot gris pedigree, with weight and texture and then the back palate is all racy and riesling-like, with wonderful acidity.

  • 1997 Penfolds "Bin 707" Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ( $79.00)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Vinous, captivating aromas of blackberry, wild plum, currant, roast coffee and mocha, with subtle rather than overwhelming evidence of American oak. Concentrated, harmonious and quite suave; at once velvety and nicely delineated thanks to ripe, well-integrated acidity. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and excellent length." (08/2000) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Generous in flavor, supple in texture, delivering a ripe mouthful of mint-shaded black cherry and currant flavors that linger on the open finish, echoing mint and fruit. Tannins are beautifully integrated. Best from 2005 through 2012." (06/2001)

Germany - German - Old and Rare

  • 2009 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Estate Riesling ( $22.99)
    Scharzhofberg is one of the most famous sites in Germany and was probably planted by the Romans. Situated in Wiltingen, it is removed from the Saar in a side valley and faces due south. It is both very steep (30-60% grade) and high (590-918 ft.). The soil, formed from gray Devonian slate decomposition, is very deep with no bedrock. Like many of the best European vineyards, Scharzhofberg is very well drained but still holds sufficient moisture. The "Scharzhof" is an off-dry wine that typically balances the sweetness with the minerality from the slate soils and the acidity of the Saar. It is meant to be drunk young but can be aged for 5 to 8 years.

  • 2009 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese - 10 available ( $299.99)
    Vintage note according to Parker's Wine Advocate: "While Egon Muller harvested into November, he noted that the best results were mostly achieved before that, with 'the Spatlesen and Auslesen picked in the early passes, which captured what there was of botrytis' on his vineyards, and the collection he fielded from 2009 is not merely notable for the extraordinary quality of select cuvees, but also for its outstanding consistency. Muller draws parallels with 1971, 1990, and 1997, while noting that his 2009s are higher in acidity than the estate's sensational 1997s. A comparison with 2007 also strikes me as inevitable, and I personally take Muller's self-deprecating remark that 'in 2009 we tried to rectify certain failures of 2007' with a large grain of tartrate salt." (1/2011)

  • 2009 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett ( $46.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant, almost exotic-tasting, this delivers golden raisin, baked peach and glazed apricot flavors. Tangerine and cream notes fill the broad finish. Very powerful. Drink now through 2024. (KM)" (03/2011) Jancis Robinson: "Intriguing, very introvert nose. Clearly an extremely youthful wine to judge from its very embryonic bouquet. Great slap of ripe fruit on the front palate with finely etched texture and acidity in abundance. Very different from the vintage norm of open, easy, fruity charm. This is more of a complex patchwork. Flowers and lime and potential. Almost painful to taste at this stage. Drink 2014-2025. 17+/20 Points (JR)" (07/2010)

  • 2009 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese - 2 available ( $83.99)
    94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Subdued floral aroma with hints of apricot pit and acacia blossom. The creamy tropical fruit element remains elegant, punctuated by delicate acidity. Juicy, spicy and refreshing on the finish. A stunning spatlese and one the best examples of the vintage! (JP)" (01/2011) Jancis Robinson: "Honey, flowers and herbs on the nose. Wonderful crystalline stuff. Very tightly wound. It seems so clear that this ripeness level suits this site just perfectly. Featherlight yet with masses of interest. The delicate fruit and the sky high acidity seem in perfect balance, even if clearly on a thrilling tightrope. That tightrope analogy seems appropriate for the tightness of the texture too." (07/2010) K&L Notes: According to Parker's Wine Advocate: "While Egon Muller harvested into November, he noted that the best results were mostly achieved before that, with 'the Spatlesen and Auslesen picked in the early passes, which captured what there was of botrytis' on his vineyards, and the collection he fielded from 2009 is not merely notable for the extraordinary quality of select cuvees, but also for its outstanding consistency. Muller draws parallels with 1971, 1990, and 1997, while noting that his 2009s are higher in acidity than the estate's sensational 1997s. A comparison with 2007 also strikes me as inevitable, and I personally take Muller's self-deprecating remark that 'in 2009 we tried to rectify certain failures of 2007' with a large grain of tartrate salt." (1/2011)

  • 2008 Nelles "Ruber 1479N" Spätburgunder Trocken - 11 available ( $21.99)
    If you are fond of eating duck, whether roast or confitted or prepared as is preferred in the prefecture of Peking, you would be wise to reach for this German Pinot Noir, which is dry and full of rustic cherry fruit and spice. Plus, it offers the ideal amount of robust tannin to slice through the richness of your duck, giving you a food and wine pairing that is memorable to say the least.

  • 2007 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesport Goldtropfchen Riesling Spätlese (Previously $38) ( $14.99)
    Years ago we did a lot of business with this producer. Their wines are outstanding and yet somehow we lost touch and moved on to other great German wines. Recently we were offered this outstanding deal and jumped at the chance to work with our old friends. This is a flattering and delicate version of Spätlese, and an unbelievable deal. Loads of creamy citrus fruit and black currant envelop the entire wine, front to back. The backing acidity is juicy and round on the finish, but adds plenty of backbone while melding into the rich clean texture that this site is known for. (Eric Story, German wine buyer)

Hungary - Austria and Hungary - Old and Rare

  • 2009 Hetszolo Furmint Sec ( $12.99)
    Wine Club Price: $9.99.

    Light in color, on the nose and palate this fascinating dry Furmint offers aromas of floral freshness, herbs and white fruit. This is a high-acid grape naturally, and the dry style really emphasizes briskness and minerality. Great with aged cheeses.

South Africa

  • 2009 Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz Western Cape ( $9.99)
    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz was born out of the realization that there are not a lot of options available to consumers seeking quality sweet red wine. This fresh, fruity, semi-sweet Shiraz aims to fill that void. Most of the grapes are grown in Paarl, a region with a Rhône-like climate that is ideal for Shiraz cultivation, and production is overseen by critically acclaimed winemaker Bruwer Raats. Crafted in a lighter style than your typical Shiraz, this fresh, fruity, semi-sweet wine displays aromas and flavors of ripe blueberries, blackberries and raspberries with dark chocolate undertones. Refreshing and approachable with a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, it makes a great aperitif and pairs equally well with meat dishes, cheeses, and desserts. Best served slightly chilled, Jam Jar offers luscious, fruity goodness in every sip!

Other International - Single Malt Scotch

  • Amrut "Intermediate Sherry" Indian Single Malt Whiskey 750ml ( $124.99)
    Aged in bourbon, then first fill sherry barrels, finally back into bourbon for one year. Crazy! The sherry barrels are cured with Amrut Single Malt before transit to Bangalore to mitigate sulfur. Ultra smooth precious young whiskey. A hit at Whisky Fest 2010. Jim Murray says, "Amrut Intermediate Sherry: Moist cake...fruity and spicy...Brain-exploding, complex and multi-layered with one of the most intriguing Sherry-Style-Bourbon-Style marriages on the market. Cracking delivery and entirely unique in form. Amrut is Spoiling us again." -96.5 points Whisky Bible

  • 1997 Aultmore Cheiftain's 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 6 available ( $67.99)
    This is whisky that will fly under everyone's radar, but deserves much more attention than it will get. A perfect Speyside speciman, this is a big rich 12 year old from a single barrel of Aultmore - a former Diageo distillery that is now run by Dewars. The palate is big and rich with delicious mouthfulls of chewy fruits and a fat, unctuous texture. This is the perfect malt for someone who likes Macallan, Balvenie, or Glenrothes, but wants to branch out a bit and try something new.

  • Bruichladdich "Infinity" 3rd Edition Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 5 available ( $89.99)
    A terribly interesting new release from Bruichladdich, which proves again that these multivintage NAS bottlings can compete with some of the greatest whisky being made today. Showing more peat than the last two bottlings, this bottle boasts 20ppm. The Infinity 3rd Edition is made up mainly of refill sherry and tempranillo casks of American origin. Designed specifically to showcase of the length and depth of Bruichladdich exceptionally elegant distillate. One small dram for man, one giant leap for mankind...

  • 1995 Cigar Malt 15 Year Old Chieftain's Speyside Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 6 available ( $79.99)
    This Cigar Malt from Chieftain's is made by an unnamed distillery, but those drinkers who like restrained, complex drams that offer variety, spice, and richness will go wild for this. It is supposed to pair well with cigars, but I wouldn't know. What I can say is that is pairs well with a glass and my mouth. -David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer

  • Edradour Ballechin #5 Marsala Cask 750ml - 4 available ( $115.99)
    The fifth edition in Edradours "Discovery Series." Aged in marsala casks. This is one odd ball of a whisky - a heavily peated Edradour that picks up even more savory characteristics from the marsala cask. The result is unlike anything else we offer, almost like soaking an Islay malt in sherry vinegar. It sounds like it would be too much, but Edradour pulls it off. A fascinating dram. For the true whisky geeks out there.

  • 1997 Glen Grant Cheiftain's 13 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 6 available ( $73.99)
    This Glen Grant single barrel bottling is almost as pale as white whisky, coming from a hogshead cask rather than a sherry butt. While I've never heard of a peated Glen Grant, there must have been something added to the malting process because the palate is a delicious handful of smoked almonds and campfire notes. The finish is salty and the overall personality leans towards Island rather than Speyside. If I had tasted this blind, I would have said Bowmore and been entire confident in my guess. The fact that it's Glen Grant will baffle everyone. A fun addition to the Cheiftain's lineup. -David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer

  • 1994 Lagavulin Distiller's Edition Single Malt Whisky 750ml ( $99.99)
    Another updated version of this Islay favorite. Double matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry with lots of sweetness on the entry before the peat kicks in. Always a masterful malt. -David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer

  • 1982 Mannochmore Chieftain's 28 Year Old K&L Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (2 bottle limit) ( $149.99)
    Wine Club Price: $139.99.

    The last time we did a 20+ year old single barrel of whisky, we sold every bottle on pre-order and the bottles never hit the shelf - the value was simply too good to pass up, even without tasting it! This time around we've teamed up with Chieftain's and secured a barrel of Diageo-owned Mannochmore 28 year single malt whisky, bottled at cask strength and unchillfiltered. Mannochmore is a Highland distillery rarely ever bottled as a single malt, rather it goes into high-end Diageo blends like the Johnnie Walker Blue. This ancient single-barrel expression is simply fantastic - a nose of fresh peaches and flower petals, a palate that oozes with sweet grains and natural oils, and a long, sweet finish that goes on forever. The last time Diageo bottled Mannochmore as a single malt in their Manager's Choice series it wasn't nearly as old or expressive and it went for over $250 a bottle. Our bottling will come in at far less and offer so much more maturity. But don't wait too long, this old barrel only yielded 135 bottles, therefore it is limited to two bottles per customer. -David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer

  • Balvenie 17 Year Peated Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 10 available ( $119.99)
    Whisky Advocate: "The newest release in Balvenies limited edition range, and the first venture back into smoke since the "Islay Cask" limited release several years ago. Some of this whisky was finished in a peated cask, some in new American oak. Both influences emerge with the smoke (jerky with a hint of kippers) and spice (cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg) on a foundation of honeyed malt. Spicy, smoky finish. Balvenie is one of those big Speyside whiskies that can stand up to the smoke. This one will not appeal to everyone, but it makes for an interesting diversion. (Vol. 19, #4)" K&L Notes: In 2001, a heavily peated batch of barley was bought from a local supplier and distilled at The Balvenie Distillery. The distilled liquid was allowed to mature until David decided it was time to rejuvenate the maturation process and so the whisky was transferred to newly prepared traditional casks. The casks that had originally held the peated liquid had taken on much of its character but were without purpose, until David decided to experiment by filling them with 17 year old Balvenie for a short period. The result was an intensely peaty whisky. Marrying this liquid with 17 year old Balvenie finished in new American oak casks produced a hugely complex single malt with rich and spicy layers of smokiness. This one is like a bacon maple bar in a glass!

Mexico - Tequila

  • Peligroso Anejo Tequila 750ml ( $46.99)
    Special Order Only!!! Special order items are not in stock and are dependent upon quantity available from distribution. All special orders are final and non-refundable. Please allow 5-7 days for bottle to be available to ship. PELIGROSO Tequila is cultivated and distilled at the "El Viejito" distillery. The El Viejito distillery is a family owned company founded in the town of Atotonilco El Alto in the highlands of Jalisco by Mr. Indalecio Núñez Muro in 1937."El Viejito" recently inaugurated its new distillery. These modern and efficient the new distillery represents their commitment social and economic development while being a good steward of the environment, "El Viejito" is in the process of obtaining a "clean industry" certification. Using only the ripest agave and cooked in traditional brick ovens for upto 3 days. The anejo is aged in fresh american white oak barrels over 12 months. The higher proof hightens texture and depth.

Croatia - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Dingac Vinarija "Dingac" Plavac Peninsula Croatia - 12 available ( $24.99)
    From the famed Dingac vineyard on the steep coast in Southern Dalmatia. No barrique (oak) was used, only the best Plavac Mali fruit fermented and matured in large barrels. One of Croatia's finest red wines at the new low price of $29.95 less than what you pay for this great wine in Croatia! The winery stopped using donkeys to haul the harvested grapes some time ago. The donkeys advanced from workers in the field to mascots on the label.

India - Single Malt Scotch

  • Amrut "Fusion" Indian Single Malt Whiskey 750ml ( $64.99)
    Whisky Advocate: "Balance, complexity, and surprising maturity for its age -- these are the defining characteristics of the best Indian whisky I have ever tasted. Amrut is doing some great things, and this whisky just elevated them to a new level. Combining Indian malt and Scottish peated malt, this whisky shows a sweet side, but is never cloying, with rich caramel, vanilla custard, and fruit cocktail in light syrup, balanced by vibrant -- almost floral -- dried peat smoke, delicate white pepper, and a hint of tropical fruit (toasted coconut, pineapple). Soothing, lingering smoke finish. I look forward to more great whiskies from Amrut. (JH, Spring 2010)" Wine Enthusiast: "This Indian single malt is so named because it's made with 'a fusion of Indian and Scottish barley.' The aroma is deliciously fresh, suggesting crisp apple slices. It's silky on the palate, showing plenty of caramel followed by a billow of peat smoke. It finishes dry, with an intriguing mix of cigar tobacco, leather, Baker's chocolate, bitter orange peel and spice. At 100 proof, it's predictably hot; be prepared to dilute it to taste. (KN)" (12/2015) K&L Notes: *97 points from Jim Murray's 2010 Whisky Bible and the #3 overall Whisky of the Year* Does the first Indian single malt to hit the U.S. shores actually live up to the hype? In my opinion, yes! This is a fantastic blend of grainy sweetness, rich barrel vanilla, and smoky peat all wrapped into one unique and interesting whisky. While the Amrut Fusion incorporates elements from both Islay and Speyside, it really tastes like neither one. There is a more rustic character that stands apart from the smooth and polished Scottish malts, but yet the dram itself is still balanced and well crafted. This is a milestone for the international whiskey market that in time will stand up next to other outstanding non-Scottish malts like the Yamazaki 18. You will be pleased.

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