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Library Wine Department - Featuring New Arrivals - 03/08/2018 - Old and Rare Wines

Our Library Wine Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week are New Arrivals. In this list you’ll find the top selections from Domaine Dujac, Bruno Giacosa, Giacomo Conterno, Domaine du Pégaü, Léoville-Barton, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to add to your collection, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2003 Wynns "Michael Limited Release" Coonawarra South Australia Shiraz 5 $49.99 View
2007 Mollydooker "Carnival of Love" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia 96 12 $139.99 View
1998 Beauséjour Duffau, St-Emilion 92 4 $74.99 View
2000 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien 97 4 $219.99 View
2001 de Malle, Sauternes 95 5 $54.99 View
2001 Rieussec, Sauternes 100 8 $179.99 View
2002 Clerc Milon, Pauillac 90 2 $74.99 View
2002 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien 92 2 $109.99 View
2002 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 92 4 $89.99 View
2003 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac 94 3 $109.99 View
2003 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien 92 5 $74.99 View
2003 Peby Faugeres, St-Emilion 93 3 $64.99 View
2003 Rieussec, Sauternes 97 8 $79.99 View
2004 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St.-Emilion 92 6 $59.99 View
2004 Beauséjour-Duffau, St-Emilion 91 3 $59.99 View
2004 Bellisle Mondotte, St-Emilion 2 $22.99 View
2004 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien 91 5 $59.99 View
2004 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac 91 3 $79.99 View
2004 Lascombes, Margaux 93 12 $89.99 View
2004 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 94 5 $84.99 View
2005 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe 94 6 $129.99 View
2009 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien 100 4 $249.99 View
2008 Maison Louis Latour Meursault 1er Cru "Charmes" 3 $74.99 View
2010 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 96 3 $699.99 View
2011 Domaine Dujac Morey-St-Denis 87 6 $79.99 View
2000 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Reservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $120.00) 96 3 $99.99 View
2003 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 97 3 $119.99 View
2003 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Reservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 99 5 $154.99 View
2004 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 2 $99.99 View
2005 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 2 $99.99 View
2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 2 $124.99 View
2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 97 6 $74.99 View
2000 Bruno Giacosa "Le Rocche del Falletto" Barolo Riserva 100 5 $459.99 View
2010 Pio Cesare Barbaresco (1.5L) 22 $99.99 View
1997 Villa Cafaggio "Cortaccio" Toscana 96 3 $69.99 View
2004 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino 96 7 $109.99 View
2004 Collemattoni "Fontelontano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 4 $79.99 View
2004 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino 94 2 $59.99 View
2004 Mocali "Vigna della Raunate" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 4 $74.99 View
2004 Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 4 $79.99 View
2004 Podere la Vigna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 3 $79.99 View
2004 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 4 $119.99 View
2004 Poggio il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino 96 13 $79.99 View
2004 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 97 4 $109.99 View
2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 95 3 $119.99 View
2005 Podere San Luigi "Fidenzio" Toscana 4 $49.99 View
2006 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino 100 4 $159.99 View
2006 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana 95 5 $59.99 View
2007 Brancaia "Tre" Toscana 93 5 $19.99 View
2009 Isole e Olena "Cepparello" Toscana 95 2 $79.99 View
2010 Isole e Olena "Cepparello" Toscana 96 2 $79.99 View
2010 Montepeloso "Eneo" Toscana 96 3 $49.99 View
1958 Louis Martini "Special Selection" Napa/Sonoma Counties Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder) 2 $349.99 View
1971 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder fill) 2 $69.99 View
1974 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder fill) 6 $189.99 View
1975 Sterling Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (high-mid to high shoulder fill) 2 $74.99 View
1976 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder fill) 3 $89.99 View
1977 Heitz "Bella Oaks" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder fill) 93 5 $159.99 View
1977 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (mid-high to high fill) 4 $84.99 View
1979 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Nicked Labels Oxidized Caps 4 $129.99 View
1980 Keenan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 6 $44.99 View
1985 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 93 2 $69.99 View
1986 Sterling Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 91 2 $39.99 View
1991 Robert Mondavi "Unfiltered" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 90 2 $74.99 View
1994 Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 6 $49.99 View
1995 Turley "Moore Earthquake" Napa Valley Zinfandel 93 2 $49.99 View
1998 Markham Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 3 $34.99 View
1998 Turley "Dogtown" Lodi Zinfandel 91 3 $49.99 View
1998 Turley "Duarte" Contra Costa County Zinfandel 93 2 $44.99 View
2004 Frog's Leap "Rutherford" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 3 $69.99 View
2005 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 8 $109.99 View
2005 Clos du Val Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir 3 $44.99 View
2005 Copain "Eaglepoint Ranch" Mendocino Syrah 93 7 $29.99 View
2005 Pax "Obsidian" Knight's Valley Syrah 96 6 $74.99 View
2005 Pharaoh Moans "WestSide" Paso Robles Syrah 91 8 $39.99 View
2006 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 90 1 $89.99 View
2007 Hartford Court "Land's Edge" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 3 $39.99 View
2008 Cobb "Emmaline Ann Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 2 $59.99 View
2009 Martinelli "Zio Tony Ranch-Gianna Marie" Russian River Valley Syrah 2 Price: Hidden View
2010 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 92 2 $99.99 View
2010 William Cole "Cuvée Claire" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 3 $129.99 View
2011 Alysian "Rochioli Vineyard Allen-Rochioli Blocks" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2 $59.99 View
2011 Aston Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 5 $79.99 View
2011 Hammell Wine Alliance "True Believer" California Rhône Blend 94 2 Price: Hidden View
2012 Caymus "40th Anniversary" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 >36 $229.99 View
2012 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 3 $39.99 View
2012 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 100 31 $399.99 View
2012 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 2 $129.99 View
2012 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 6 $149.99 View
2013 Carter "Beckstoffer To Kalon - The Three Kings" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 2 $249.99 View
2013 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 >36 $119.99 View
2013 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Syrah/Grenache 2 $39.99 View
2013 Rivers-Marie "Kanzler Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 2 $74.99 View
2013 Rivers-Marie Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 91 2 $89.99 View
2013 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 95 4 $149.99 View
2014 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92 >36 $59.99 View
2014 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 25 $199.99 View
2014 Martinelli "Bondi Home Ranch - Water Trough Vineyard" Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 96 3 $69.99 View
2015 Anthill Farms "Baker Ranch" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 90 20 $49.99 View
2015 Anthill Farms "Campbell Ranch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 33 $49.99 View
2015 Anthill Farms "Peters Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 92 12 Price: Hidden View
2015 Anthill Farms "Tina Marie Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 92 22 $54.99 View
2015 Kistler "Durell" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 95 17 Price: Hidden View
2015 Kistler "Dutton Ranch" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 96 17 $129.99 View
2015 Kistler "Hudson Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay 95 18 Price: Hidden View
2015 Kistler "Laguna Ridge Vineyard" Russian River Pinot Noir 98 29 $139.99 View
2015 Kistler "Laguna Ridge Vineyard" Russian River Pinot Noir 1.5L 98 13 Price: Hidden View
2015 Kistler "McCrea Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 95 26 Price: Hidden View
2015 Kistler "Stone Flat Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 95 32 Price: Hidden View
2015 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 12 $99.99 View
2015 Rochioli "Sweetwater Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay 96 2 $89.99 View
2015 Vineyard 7&8 "Estate" Spring Mountain District Chardonnay 93 2 $69.99 View
2015 Williams Selyem "Eastside Road Neighbors" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 95 3 $79.99 View
2016 AP Vin "Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2 $39.99 View
2016 AP Vin "Ridgetop Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2 $39.99 View
2016 Aubert "CIX" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 100 5 $169.99 View
2016 Aubert "Eastside Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay 100 9 $149.99 View
2016 Aubert "Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay 97 6 $149.99 View
2016 Aubert "Lauren Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 100 4 $169.99 View
2016 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 96 3 $149.99 View
2016 Aubert "Sugar Shack" Napa Valley Chardonnay 100 2 $159.99 View
2016 Aubert "UV-SL Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 100 5 $149.99 View
2016 Aubert Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 8 $119.99 View
2016 Rochioli Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 95 6 $39.99 View
2004 Domaine Drouhin "Laurene" Pinot Noir (Wrinkled Labels) 3 $59.99 View
2005 Domaine Drouhin "Louise" Oregon Pinot Noir 4 $99.99 View
2006 Domaine Drouhin "Louise" Oregon Pinot Noir 3 $99.99 View
2005 Abeja Winery Columbia Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 3 $99.99 View
2006 Abeja Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92 2 $39.99 View


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2003 Wynns "Michael Limited Release" Coonawarra South Australia Shiraz - 5 available ($49.99)

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2007 Mollydooker "Carnival of Love" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia - 12 available ($139.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 100% Shiraz 2007 Carnival of Love has a smoky, toasty perfume with notes of violet, garrigue, blueberry, and plum adding complexity. Opulent on the palate, this glossy Shiraz has serious depth of flavor, great concentration, excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, and a pure, silky finish. (JM)" (02/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Big, rich and terrifically ripe. A lithe mouthful of pure wild blueberry and Asian spices, with swirls of plum and other berries as the finish rolls on, unimpeded by tannins. In the end, this has elegance to go along with its power. *Ranked #9, Top 100 Wines of 2008, Highly Recommended* (HS)" (10/2008)

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1998 Beauséjour Duffau, St-Emilion - 4 available ($74.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Slinky. Loads of milk chocolate and berry aromas, with hints of stone and earth. Full-bodied, with superpolished tannins and a long, silky finish. A beauty. (JS)" (01/2001)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This dark ruby/purple-colored, mid-weight, restrained, graceful effort reveals aromas and flavors of minerals, blueberries, and flowers, not dissimilar from some of Burgundy's grand cru Vosne-Romanees. Nicely-textured, soft, with adequate tannin to frame its medium-bodied style, it is approachable, yet should age nicely for 12-15 years." (04/2001)

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2000 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien - 4 available ($219.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Absolutely knockout stuff, the 2000 Léoville Poyferré is a sexy, layered, totally irresistible Bordeaux thats firing on all cylinders today. Sporting a deep ruby/purple color and blockbuster notes of blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, cedar and tobacco, this concentrated, powerful 2000 has a rounded, opulent texture, sweet tannin, and a huge finish. Its a quintessential Poyferré and my only regret is I didnt buy more. Its going to keep for another two decades." (02/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The plushest, most ostentatious and dramatic of all the Leovilles in 2000, this wine is already sumptuous, displaying some nuances in its huge nose of vanilla bean, black chocolate, jammy black cherries, cassis, and graphite in a flamboyant style. Opulent, savory, rich, and full-bodied, it is a head-turning, prodigious wine and a complete contrast to the extracted behemoth of Leoville Barton and the backward, classic Leoville Las Cases. The Poyferres low acidity, sweet tannin and an already gorgeous mouthfeel make it a wine to drink now as well as over the next 25 or more years. (RP)" (06/2010)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Pure and focused, with some still-primal blueberry reduction and plum sauce flavors at first, moving to hints of black currant and fig paste. As this moves along, it shows more development, picking up bay, smoldering cigar and warm ganache notes through the finish. Rich and long, and just starting to hit its stride. (JM, Web-2016)"

93 points James Suckling: "This has spices, meat, dark and ripe fruits, and a light sultana character. Full-bodied, tight and firm with a beautiful freshness and great length with notes of licorice and citrus skin. Fascinating stuff. Leave this alone for at least a couple of years. Should be better after 2012." (05/2012)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Intensely sweet and distinctive nose. Intense ripeness but still fresh black fruit. Wonderful balance of dense fruit, rich, aromatic mid palate. Already very complex but a lot more to come. Compact and now velvety but still some grip there. Seductive and exotic. 18/20 points (JH)" (05/2009)

K&L Notes: Five stars from critic Michael Broadbent in his book Vintage Wine: "Fragrant fruit and oak, opening up beautifully; medium sweet, soft, lovely fruit, delicious flavour, with a dry slightly bitter finish. (From the mid-19th century to 1929 some of the very best clarets were made at Poyferré which is said to have one of the most perfect vineyard sites in the Médoc. Happily, the past few years have seen a return to that form.)"

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2016

One of the stars of our annual Grand Bordeaux Tasting in Hollywood. Not an easy feat considering it was in the company of the likes of 2012 Mouton Rothschild, and Chateau Margaux! Captivating note of graphite, pencil lead and lacquer/cigar box, along with cocoa, cherries, cassis, and forest floor, and leather. A stunning wine.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 11, 2015

Great vintage-great wine-great price. Cellar it a few more years.

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2001 de Malle, Sauternes - 5 available ($54.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Golden-colored, with extreme aromas of honey, candied lemons and mandarin oranges. Full-bodied, very sweet and concentrated. It goes on and on. Thick and rich. Loads of spicy, almost hot botrytis character. Best after 2010. (JS)" (09/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "Rich, broad and very, very full. Relatively low in acidity and faintly raisiny, but no shortage of botrytis. Big build. Very rich and creamy. (JR)" (04/2002)

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2001 Rieussec, Sauternes - 8 available ($179.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is a crazy wine! Its sweet, but not sugary. Mushrooms, furniture wax, spices then dried oranges, lemons, pineapples, and just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with great density and power, yet balanced and refined. So amazing, but give this five to six years still. Pull the cork in 2016. 145 grams RS." (05/2012)

100 points Wine Spectator: "Like lemon curd on the nose, turning to honey and caramel. Full-bodied and very sweet, with fantastic concentration of ripe and botrytized fruit, yet balanced and refined. Electric acidity. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is absolutely mind-blowing. This is the greatest young Sauternes I have ever tasted. Best after 2010. *Wine of the Year 2004* (JS)" (09/2004)

95 points Vinous: "Pale yellow-gold. Superripe nose dominated by honey and marzipan. Hugely ripe and deep, with compelling layers and depth of fruit. Superconcentrated, exotic flavors of apricot, minerals and coconut. Wonderfully chewy, thick and sweet, and extremely long on the aftertaste. A huge wine that will impress early but will really need a minimum of a decade to shed some of its baby fat. (ST)" (07/2004)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Rieussec is a blend of 96.5% Semillon and 3.5% Sauvignon Blanc picked between 17 September and 25 October in three tries. This is a somewhat controversial wine, one I have tasted many times. It seemed to flare with brilliance in its youth and subsequently never replicated that performance. Here, it has a mature nose with dried honey, yellow flowers and honeysuckle, the palate well balanced with ripe dried mango and orange rind notes, though it does not possess the same killer delineation as the 2005 on the finish. It remains a lovely Sauternes, but in this vertical tasting, I found more nervosité in the 2005, at least at this stage. The question is whether it will have a second wind later in life? Time will tell. Tasted April 2016. (NM)" (01/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Manages to be both tangy and luscious. Broad. Electric vitality. Lovely and slightly brûlée. Not quite as sweet as the Suduiraut. Long and reverberant. Drink 2014-2040. (JR) 18.5/20 points" (03/2012)

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2002 Clerc Milon, Pauillac - 2 available ($74.99)

90 points Robert Parker: "Cedar, burning embers, licorice, black currants, and espresso notes jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored, firm, tannic, powerful, and muscular style of Clerc-Milon. Quite virile, a bit angular, but at the same time packed and stacked, full and concentrated, this impressive blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot actually has higher alcohol (13.2%) than the 2003." (04/2005) 89 points Stephen Tanzer: "Good full ruby-red. Expressive aromas of currant, graphite, smoke, leather and game. Distinctly lusher than the 2004 but with a restrained sweetness. A fairly large-scaled Clerc-Milon that finishes with substantial toothdusting tannins." (May/Jun 2005) 89 points The Wine Spectator: "This shows good blackberry, licorice and tobacco aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Needs time to mellow. Best after 2008." (03/2005)

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2002 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien - 2 available ($109.99)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(tasted sur colle) Bright medium ruby. Aromas of black fruits, violet, cedar and mint, with a light leafiness. Very suave in the mouth, with a sweetness and softness that belie its very high (82%) Cabernet content. This boasts impressive inner-mouth flavor and a distinctive mineral quality. No doubt even brighter than it's showing on its finings. Lovely Ducru in the making. (ST)" (05/2004)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of tobacco, currant and cigar box follow through to a full body, with silky, refined tannins and a clean, focused finish. Caressing and very pretty. Coming together now. (Web Only2008)"

Jancis Robinson: "Mid dark ruby. Gravely/warm bricky nose. More supple on the palate than many and quite nicely balanced- albeit with the elevated acidity that characterises this vintage. Reminds me rather of Haut-Bailly though it has more grip." (03/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It is good to see this wine showing much better from bottle than it did from barrel, where it had a certain leanness and herbaceousness. There is still a hint of dried herbs in the classy nose of red and black currants, cedar wood, and spice box. The wine has a deep ruby/purple-tinged color, excellent density, and medium body in an elegant style with a hint of road tar and sweet fruit. It should drink well young but age nicely for 12-15 years. (RP)" (04/2005)

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2002 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 4 available ($89.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better from bottle than from cask, and one of the finest wines of the vintage, this dense purple-colored 2002 reveals wonderfully sweet notes of charcoal, fresh mushrooms, smoke, earth, leather, cassis, and cedar. Full-bodied, highly extracted, broodingly backward, dense, and deep, this impressively endowed offering is built for the long term. (RP)" (04/2005)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Complex nose melds black cherry, cedar, graphite, menthol and chocolate. Cool, penetrating flavors of blue and black fruits, minerals, licorice and menthol, with hints of chocolatey ripeness. Rather laid-back Bordeaux , with the structure for mid-term aging. Finishes with firm but fine tannins and lovely length. (ST) 91+" (05/2005)

Decanter: "Candied fruit, cherry/blueberry compote and Cabernet bouquet. Good purity of expression in a poor vintage. Confident, attractive tannins and appealing weight of fruit. Will reward keeping. A classic Claret." (10/2012)

K&L Notes: 91 points Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "A rather taciturn nose but there is obviously good fruit intensity coiled up inside, blackberry, graphite and a touch of iodine. The palate is full-bodied with a lot of dry extract, tannic, austere and rather stoic. Very 'classic' in style, but certainly good breeding that will blossom in the future. Tasted October 2009." (Wine Journal, 1/2010)

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2003 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac - 3 available ($109.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A spectacular wine, and one that could have been bought for a song when it was released, this blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. Strutting all of its nobility, richness and majesty in 2014, it boasts abundant notes of cedarwood, creme de cassis, licorice and a hint of lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied, rich, dense and fully mature, it is capable of lasting another 7-10 years. This beauty is a big-time sleeper of the vintage. (RP)" (08/2014)

93 points James Suckling: "Spicy and gamey, but rich and wonderful on the nose. Full bodied, with round and velvety tannins and a long, sweet tobacco and ripe fruit aftertaste. Decadent and yummy right now, but needs another four or five years." (03/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Blackberry with toasted oak and coffee aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Lovely texture to this wine. Dense and refined. Very tight right now. One of the best I have tasted from this estate. Best after 2009. (JS)" (03/2006)

88-91 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Blackcurrant, blueberry, black cherry, violet, tobacco, fresh herbs and currant leaf on the slightly medicinal, quintessential cabernet nose. Then broad, fat and rich, with a layered texture and enticing sweetness. Showing its cabernet side today, but this is thoroughly ripe, seamless cabernet. (ST)" (05/2004)

Decanter: "Lots of toasted, spicy oak on the nose. Sweet, sexy, with lots of exotic Asian spices. Plump, smooth. Drink 2016-36." (04/2006)

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2003 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien - 5 available ($74.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of blackberry, toasted oak, sweet tobacco and espresso. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. I like the texture. (JS)" (03/2006)

91 points James Suckling: "Spicy and earthy, with lots of ripe fruit. Full bodied, with soft round tannins and a juicy finish. Yummy and decadent." (03/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Under the management of Jean Merlaut, this estate has lost some of the super-opulence of the wines of the 90s, and gained finesse and elegance. That has stood the 2003 in good stead, emphasizing solidity and dry tannins to balance the wood and cranberry flavors of the fruit. (RV)" (05/2006)

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2003 Peby Faugeres, St-Emilion - 3 available ($64.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Crushed plum, berry and cherry on the nose. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and velvety tannins. Goes on for minutes. Very 2003. Very Port-like, but I love it. Best after 2009." (03/06) 93 points Robert Parker: "A luxury cuvee culled from the large Faugeres vineyard, Peby-Faugeres is a nearly 100% Merlot made from 45-year-old vines planted in limestone soils. The wine’s upbringing is similar to that of a well-crafted Burgundy, with malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees, and no clarification at bottling. It has been a huge success since it debuted in 1998. Even better from bottle than it was from cask, the intense, deep purple-hued 2003 offers a big, sweet nose of blackberries, creme de cassis, creosote, coffee, and flowers. Full-bodied and opulent with low acidity, huge glycerin and flavor density, and a spectacularly long, flamboyant finish, this exotic, intense St.-Emilion reflects this interesting vintage. Anticipated maturity: now-2020+." (04/06)

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2003 Rieussec, Sauternes - 8 available ($79.99)

97 points James Suckling: "So rich and powerful with so much dried apricots and citrus aromas and flavors. Caramel and toffee. Full and very sweet. Amazing." (10/2016)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium yellow-gold. Reticent but pure aromas of fruit salad, spices and vanilla, lifted by floral and mineral nuances. Wonderfully honeyed, fat fruit flavors are complemented by cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. The sexy oak treatment gives lift to the wine. A bit youthfully aggressive but very long on the back end, showing vanillin oak and a bit of warmth. But this one offers superb potential. (ST)" (07/2005)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Big, rich and juicy. Voluptuous, with aromas of caramel, apple and light tropical fruit. Full-bodied, round and very sweet, with loads of ripe fruit and a long butterscotch and piecrust aftertaste. Viscous texture. Hard not to drink it now. A wonderful sticky. Best after 2010. *Collectibles* (JS)" (12/2006)

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2004 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St.-Emilion - 6 available ($59.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Very grapey and fresh on the nose, with hints of flowers. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins and a complex, subtle aftertaste of vanilla, blueberry and cream. Long and refined. Best after 2012. 5,416 cases made. –JS" (Mar 2007) .

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2004 Beauséjour-Duffau, St-Emilion - 3 available ($59.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderful blackberry and crushed raspberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced and long, with a lot in reserve. I like it as much as the 2000. (JS)" (03/2007)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Performing better out of bottle than it did from cask, this brilliant terroir has produced an elegant, dense ruby-colored, medium-bodied 2004 (2,666 cases) with complex aromatics of raspberries, blueberries, crushed rocks, and spring flowers. Not a powerful, muscular effort, it reveals pure, sweet fruit in its delicate personality. (RP)" (06/2007)

2004 Bellisle Mondotte, St-Emilion - 2 available ($22.99)

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2004 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien - 5 available ($59.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "New wood and high extraction are the dominant characteristics of this wine. That makes it in a modern, polished style, which will certainly evolve well, eventually arriving at something that is big and bold. Give it 45 years for that." (06/2007)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Possessing the finest aromatics of all the 2004 St.-Juliens, Branaire Ducru offers complex licorice, cranberry, boysenberry, and floral notes interwoven with notions of plums and figs. This dark ruby/purple-tinged, medium-bodied, elegant effort offers sweet fruit as well as ripe tannins. Give it 1-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 14-15. (RP)" (06/2007)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, dark red. Very expressive aromas of plum, coffee, smoked meat, tobacco and underbrush. Rich, ripe and pliant; very easy to taste after the young 2006. Berry flavors are complemented by chocolate and mint. Not at all overly sweet but offers lovely concentration and balance, and finishes supple and persistent. Lovely claret." (06/2007)

Wine Spectator: "Attractive blackberry and currant aromas follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Refined and pretty...Best after 2008. 15,000 cases made." (03/2007)

K&L Notes: Cranberry and black cherry aromas. Sweet seductive aromas. Very sweet wine with long finish. Not big, but nice wine.

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2004 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac - 3 available ($79.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another sleeper of the vintage for this property that has been doing impressive work over recent vintages, the 2004 (a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) displays a dark ruby/purple color along with classic aromas of cedar, creme de cassis, earth, spice, and wood. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, long, and impressively endowed, it should be at its peak between 2010-2022. (RP)" (06/2007)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Often outshone alongside its stablemate, Lafite, Duhart-Milon seems to be coming into its own. It is rich and polished, dominated by new wood and soft, ripe fruit. The flavors are black currant, more jelly than fruit, but the power is also here, coming with the tannins and the intense, fresh acidity. (RV)" (06/2007)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "A lovely vintage of Duhart, most of its charms are at the front of the wine-dark cherry and cassis aromas and succulent Cabernet flavors. The tannins feel sleek and fresh, their richness building to the end." (10/2007)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson with some evolution. Sweet and luscious. Very fresh with some macerated rose petals. 17/20 Points (JR)" (02/2014)

K&L Notes: 90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "As often the case with Duhart, this shows much better in bottle than out of barrel. It has superb intensity on the nose with blackberry, a touch of tobacco and roasted herbs, still taut and deserving another five or six years to open up. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, good weight and structure, masculine and rather foursquare on the finish. It is reluctant to show it true character at the moment so wait." (03/2009)

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2004 Lascombes, Margaux - 12 available ($89.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another brilliant effort from this estate, the 2004 Lascombes (a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot) exhibits a deep blue/purple hue along with a sweet perfume of blueberries, black raspberries, cherries, incense, smoke, and spring flowers. While opulent, underneath the full-bodied richness of fruit and depth is a structured wine. As it sits in the glass, an espresso roast character (no doubt from new oak) also emerges. Enjoy this pure, structured, fleshy beauty between 2010-2025. (RP)" (06/2007)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby. Wild aromas and flavors of blackberry, coffee, mocha, chocolate and game. Sweet, dense and lush but with plenty of acidity giving the wine shape and structure. Quite concentrated for 2004: offers a very broad mouth feel without coming across as heavy. Finishes with horizontal, toothcoating tannins. An impressive showing. (ST)" (05/2007)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "Lascombes was an underperformer for years, and now the new owners are making up for lost time with no expense spared on consultants and new oak. This young wine is massive and powerful, yet for several days there was little apparent fruit to back it up. Eventually, the oak relented and plummy fruit along with mineral tannins began to show. All dressed up, but there is substance behind it if you're patient." (10/2007)

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2004 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 5 available ($84.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "As so often, Léoville-Barton stands out for its style and elegance. With fresh fruit and acidity allied to generous tannins, it sums up the character of the 2004 vintage. Very classic in Bordeaux terms: not hugely powerful, but delicious. *Editors' Choice* (RV)" (06/2007)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Currant and dark chocolate, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced. A more delicate and refined style. (JS)" (03/2007)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the French Embassy in London. At six years of age, the Leoville Barton is developing quite a refined bouquet with brambly red-berried fruits laced with cedar and a touch of sage. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, ripe red fruits, a generous dose of cedar and firm, dry tannins that segue into a dry, aristocratic finish. Conservative, but charming. Drink now-2025. (NM)" (01/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Deep aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, leather, smoke and flowers. Dense but juicy, with lovely finesse and flavor intensity. Notes of mocha, chocolate and leather linger nicely on the lively finish, which features substantial but rather fine tannins. This is excellent. (ST)" (05/2007)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "Powerful minerality runs through this wine, wrapping the primary flavors of blueberries into blackness. There's also an herbal edge, the scent of rosemary cutting through the fruit. More extracted and showing more oak than Bartons of times past, this is structured to age two decades from the vintage." (10/2007)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2014

Tons of cassis and chocolate on the nose. Best at Joanne tasting. Amazing as usual--blueberry and blackberry flavors. Fabulous balance--one of the best of the vintage. Power with elegance.

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2005 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe - 6 available ($129.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted from an ex-château bottle at BI Wine & Spirits Calon-Segur dinner in London, the 2005 Calon Segur is on par with the wonderful 2000. The only real difference is that this needs more time in bottle. It has a captivating nose: blackberry and boysenberry fruit coming at you at full pelt; dried blood and bacon fat developing as secondary aromas just behind. There is fine delineation here - an underlying mineralité sure to surface with time. The palate is very intense and disarmingly youthful, almost ferrous on the entry with layers of ripe black fruit that segue into an earthy finish (with a curious light tang of Marmite on the aftertaste!). (NM)" (10/2016)

93 points James Suckling: "A dense, structured red with beautiful aromas of chocolate, hazelnut, dried spices and currants. Full body with superfine tannins and a tight finish. This is a wine that is just beginning to be drinkable but has a long, long life ahead of it. Taste now and dream of the future." (07/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Has a beautiful nose of crushed berry, spices and nutmeg, with a hint of coffee. Then turns to licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long finish of vanilla, berry and cinnamon. Beautifully crafted. (JS)" (03/2008)

92 points Vinous: "Deep, bright ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, leather, smoked meat, earth and menthol. Chewy, brooding and deep, with concentrated black cherry, menthol, mineral and leather flavors framed by a powerful spine of acids and tannins. Really saturates the palate on the tannic back end. I'd give this classic St. Estephe a decade of aging, at which time this wine may well merit an even higher score. (ST) 92+" (05/2008)

Decanter: "Opulent, well knit with fine fruit and spice notes. Luscious entry, ripe fruit notes, yet on a tight rein. Potent yet restrained, with silky tannins. 19.5/20 points"

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Sweet, well developed nose. Lots of fruit concentration in the middle. Pretty classy stuff. Lovely full ripe fruit fully covers the tannin. Just very slightly bitter on the end. (JR) 17.5/20 points" (02/2017)

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Beautiful wine with intense aromatics, color, depth and concentration. Dark berries, cassis, coffee, leather, smoked meat, along with exotic spices, and I could go onThis wine needs time and will last for a long time in the cellar.

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2009 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien - 4 available ($249.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The greatest wine Ive ever tasted from this address is the 2009 Léoville Poyferré, which is a step up over both the 2000 and the 2010. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and the balance Cabernet Franc that hit 13.9% alcohol, it offers everything you could ask of a wine and reveals a saturated purple color as well as incredible notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, lead pencil, exotic Spices, and dried flowers. Incredibly full-bodied, super concentrated, deep, and opulent, yet still pure, fresh, and lively, it has sweet tannin and a hedonistic vibe that hides its underlying structure. Drink it anytime over the coming three decades." (02/2018)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040. (RP)" (12/2011)

96 points James Suckling: "Gorgeous aromas of blueberries and blackberries, with flowers and minerals. Full body, with silky tannins and a bright acidity on the finish. Tangy and chewy. Muscular. Try in 2018." (02/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "An immensely structured wine, packed with dark tannins promising aging potential. It is complex, powerful, layered with new wood and concentration, finishing with dark plum fruits and acidity. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2012)

95 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Classic Saint-Julien aromas of cassis, licorice, tar, minerals and dark chocolate. Lush, sweet and powerful, with a superb glyceral texture to the dark berry and dark chocolate flavors. Huge wine but not at all heavy. The extremely long, echoing finish features utterly noble tannins that saturate the front teeth. Offers a show-stopping combination of sweetness and structure. Built for three decades of life in bottle. (ST)" (07/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Solid notes of steeped black currant, ganache-coated fig and plum eau de vie pump along in this very dark red, but with well-integrated structure. Long and winey through the finish, with the grip extending everything nicely. Best from 2016 through 2026. (JM)" (03/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Very bright purple. Very crystal clear. Plush and inky and polished and sumptuous. Masses of flesh. Seductive and with lots of mass. Polished. 18.5/20 points" (03/2013)

K&L Notes: Didier Cuvelier has a winner again. A lush wine that is sweet, with deep red cherry fruit, sexy and full of silky undertones. Excellent intensity and depth. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Leoville Poyferre 2009 has a very pure, lifted, almost Margaux-like bouquet with blackberry, raspberry leaf and crushed stone - a certain coolness that is very appealing. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. It is quite compact in the mouth, but it is very well focused and displays poise and tension towards the composed finish. Excellent - this is a Saint Julien that is beginning to shed its puppy fat and find its groove." (7/2013)

2008 Maison Louis Latour Meursault 1er Cru "Charmes" - 3 available ($74.99)

2010 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru - 3 available ($699.99)

96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An intensely floral nose features notes of rose petals and lavender along with cool red berry fruit liberally laced with wet stone nuances. The taut and muscular broad-scaled and concentrated flavors are precise, intense and explosively long on the focused and stunningly persistent finish that is youthfully austere and breathtakingly intense. This faultlessly well-balanced but very firm effort will require extended cellaring and 15 to 20 years is probably what the structure will require to completely resolve." (01/2013)

96 points Vinous: "The 2010 Clos de La Roche from Dujac is an infant, but it is also fabulous. All of the signatures are there; soaring aromatics, finely sculpted fruit and vibrant, pulsating tannins. What a privilege it is to drink the 2010 over several hours at dinner. An intensely perfumed, multi-dimensional Burgundy, the 2010 captures all of the potential I have seen in previous tastings. Ideally, the 2010 should be cellared for at least a handful of years, as it is built for a long life that will go out for several decades. Readers who own the 2010 should be thrilled. 96+ (AG)" (09/2014)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Clos de la Roche wafts from the glass with sweet scents of tobacco, crushed flowers and spices. Tasted after the Charmes, the Clos de la Roche comes across as decidedly feminine, but there is plenty of weightless energy being held back, at least that is the sense I get today. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035. Dujac fans will be thrilled with these 2010s. They are off the charts. The most difficult thing will no doubt be finding them. Jeremy Seysses reported yields down by 30-50% across the board" (02/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Pungent aromas and flavors of candied raspberry, flowers, stone and sandalwood show a liqueur-like ripeness. Extremely intense and packed with tangy fruit; in fact, wonderfully expressive and extroverted today for such a dense, even brawny wine. The superb rising finish features big but ripe tannins and great fruit persistence. Has all the elements to make a great and long-lived bottle. 95+ (ST)" (03/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Bright crimson. Very bright muscular fruit. Very sweet and racy and lovely precision. Dense and dancing. Fragrant. 18/20 points." (01/2012)

2011 Domaine Dujac Morey-St-Denis - 6 available ($79.99)

87 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An overtly floral nose features pretty red berry fruit along with hints of stems and soft earth that are also reflected by the racy, intense and pure middle weight flavors that exhibit fine detail on the mineral-inflected, dry, clean and saline finish. Good stuff for its level that is moderately firm and built for mid-term cellaring." (01/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Barrel sample. Dense and rich. Thick and dry. Lots of life here. Very youthful." (11/2012)

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2000 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Reservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $120.00) - 3 available ($99.99)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "This bottle of 2000 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée was drunk over two days and really took some time to unwind but when it did, yaazow, its some killer juice. Garrigue, garrigue and more garrigue show up on the nose and mix with spice, licorice, pepper and tree bark notes. The palate really shines and has gobs of rich fruit overlaying some serious structure. Rich, deep and amazing long, this is an outstanding bottle of wine. Drink now through 2020." (09/2007)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Liqueur-like aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and licorice. Lush, fat and full in the mouth, with superb concentration and richness. A seamless wine with great Chateauneuf du Pape character. Complicating notes of tar and chocolate. Finishes with dusty, broad tannins and great persistence. This can be enjoyed now with the right dishes but should age gracefully. (ST)" (01/2003)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fully mature, with a ruby/amber color that shows some lightening at the rim, it offers classic Pegau garrigue, olive tapenade, beef blood and wild herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, seamless and resolved profile on the palate. It still has a core of sweet fruit and is drinking nicely now. (JD)" (08/2014)

89 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful traditional Châteauneuf, all built around mineral, smoke, leather and plum aromas. Good balance in this medium- to full-bodied red thanks to the clean, fresh fruit. The tannins are ripe but clamp down on the finish--a wine created for a great steak! Drink now through 2020. (PM)" (09/2003)

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2003 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 3 available ($119.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While I've always loved the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape, it was extremely controversial in its youth due to its exuberance and ripeness. Yet today, with the wine at maturity, all of that controversy has been put to bed and I know of no one contesting the beauty of this wine - the 2007 vintage in Chateauneuf du Pape will be the same. Looking at the 2003 vintage, Paul-Vincent told me that they started harvest on September 5, but quickly had to stop due to rain on the September 7. They waited for the vineyards to dry out and the last plots weren't brought in until October 4! As to the wine, this beautiful 2003 offers a kaleidoscope of kirsch liqueur, Asian spices, ground herbs, blackberries and incense. Full-bodied, textured, ripe and plush, Avril commented that this would evolve similar to the '89, but I certainly see no need to delay gratification here and would drink up while the getting's good! (JD)" (09/2015)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Lilting and perfumy, with a grace that belies the vintage, this offers layer upon layer of raspberry, boysenberry, floral, mineral and mocha flavors that glide to a long, silky, refined finish. So seductive, you almost miss how powerful it is--a masterful job of winemaking. Drink now through 2030. *#2 on the Top 100 Wines of 2005* (JM)" (11/2005)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Gorgeously perfumed, intense, and complex, with thrilling amounts of kirsch liqueur, saddle leather, licorice, and sweet spice, this bottle was medium-full bodied and relatively tight and un-giving on the palate. It opened slightly over the evening, but still needs another 2-3 years of bottle age to fully flesh out." (03/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red color. Positively explosive aromas of fresh cherry, redcurrant, blackberry and candied licorice ("the most kirsch I've ever found in a wine," says Avril). Huge and mouthfilling, with serious weight but also excellent purity to the lush, powerful fruit. Deeply pitched dark chocolate and espresso add even more heft to the flavors, and roasted herbs contribute lift. For all of these elements, the wine is elegant, finishing with outstanding energy and focus. (JR)" (01/2006)

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2003 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Reservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 5 available ($154.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Close to my 12th bottle of the 2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée and this was one of the more tight and compact bottles. The aromas are dense and pure with stunning cassis and dark fruit intermixed with licorice, meat and leather notes. The palate is full bodied, amazingly tannic and structured with gorgeous fruit, texture and length. If I had to pick just one wine to drink, this would be it. Drink now-2028 (JebDunnuck.com)" (11/2008)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting with the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve, this wine showed spectacularly on release, closed down for a few years, and has now emerged, at close to full maturity, and is straight-up fabulous. Out of the entire tasting, it remained my favorite. Giving up gorgeous blackberry, currants, garrigue, pepper and beef blood, it hits the palate with a massive, full-bodied texture that carries layers of sweet fruit, awesome concentration and blockbuster length. Tasting like the essence of both this estate and the terroir, its an incredible wine that Im happy to taste/drink anytime. It will continue to evolve gracefully, but I see no reason to delay gratification. (JD)" (08/2014)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Offers aromas of freshly crushed plum and blackberry with a Port-like headiness, then pumps out dark berry fruit, bramble, licorice, tar and pain d'épices flavors before a flitter of game and garrigue on the finish. Dense and muscular, but also luxurious. Best from 2008 through 2030. *Highly Recommended - #5 of Top 100 Wines of 2006* (JM)" (06/2006)

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2004 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($99.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A real powerhouse, with muscular layers of fig and black currant compote, backed by braised beef, chestnut, tobacco and tar flavors. The long, mesquite-filled finish lets additional bittersweet cocoa and dark fruit notes linger, with lots of garrigue. Best from 2008 through 2025. *#12 Top 100 of 2007, Collectibles* (JM)" (05/2007)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the clear standouts in the vintage, the Ferauds 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee (which includes a splash of Grenache Blanc in the blend) offers both stunning aromatic complexity paired with a voluptuous, supple and downright sexy profile on the palate. Loaded with classic Pegau spice, tobacco leaf, saddle leather, cured meats and lavender aromas and flavors, this beauty has no hard edges, full-bodied richness and weight, and a seamless finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. A wine that hasnt shut down since bottling, it should continue to evolve gracefully for another decade at least. This is one of those wines you dont want to miss. (JD)" (02/2014)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Ive always loved the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape from Pégau, and its drank beautifully since release. This was my last bottle (unfortunately, but no regrets) and its certainly hit it plateau of maturity where it will stay for another decade. Today it offers a classic Pégau bouquet of exotic spice, pepper, truffle and gamey, meaty, animal notes. Its fully mature on the palate, yet has a core of sweet fruit, some still present savory tannin and a great finish. Its unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage and is just a joy to drink. (JebDunnuck.com)" (07/2017)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Spicy red fruits on the nose, complicated by tapenade, lavender and espresso. Very fresh and sweet, with energetic red and dark fruit flavors, suggestions of garrigue and supple tannins. Finishes deep and sappy, with a lingering cherry pit note clinging tenaciously. (JR)" (01/2007)

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2005 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($99.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the most age-worthy cuvees in the appellation, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphes 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape was gorgeous on this occasion, showing classic iodine, seaweed and peppery herbs intermixed with layers of sweet currant, plum and blackberry fruits. Full-bodied, powerful and ripe, with a still youthful profile, this beauty wont hit full maturity for another 3-4 years, and should hold for a decade or more after that. (JD)" (02/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is dense and chewy, but not tiring to drink, thanks to fresh acidity and an edgy, gravelly feel that drives the blackberry, currant and sweet spice notes. The long finish has great briary grip, with notes of garrigue and hot stone checking in. Best from 2010 through 2030. *Rank 5 2008 Top 100. Highly Recommended* (JM)" (04/2008)

93 points Vinous: "Deep, bright red. Explosively perfumed nose offers seductive raspberry, kirsch and floral scents, with a suave mineral underpinning. Extremely fresh, with precise red fruit and floral pastille flavors strongly reminiscent of a broad-shouldered pinot noir. Finishes with outstanding clarity, sweetness and persistence. (JR)" (01/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Transparent crimson. Lots of ripe fruit and pepper. Cool finish. Very easy to like and complete, though there are the drying tannins of 2009 here too. 17.5/20 points" (11/2010)

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2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($124.99)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A straight up, phenomenal wine, this bottle of 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape was double decanted (poured into a decanter and then back into the bottle) 12 hours prior to drinking and boasted gorgeous aromatics (blackberry, cassis, lavender, garrigue and roasted meat), full bodied power, serious concentration and unreal purity. Very polished and almost civilized by Beaucastel standards, this beauty should drink beautifully for 3 decades. Wow. 96+" (08/2010)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beaucastels 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruits fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2-4 years, and last for 25 or more. (RP)" (10/2009)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This extremely dense red delivers layers of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit, all laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and Kenya AA coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the latent power in reserve and there's a lot of it, with waves of grip driving the finish. Best from 2010 through 2030. *Collectibles* (JM)" (12/2009)

94 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Powerful, pungent aromas evoke kirsch, blackberry, smoky herbs and dried flowers. Energetic, penetrating cherry and dark berry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and given spine by a tangy mineral quality. A floral quality sneaks in with air, along with notes of allspice and star anise. The finish is sappy, focused and very long, with herbs and flowers lingering. (JR)" (01/2010)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (02/2010)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "At first glance, this is not particularly impressive; it's slightly herbal and rustic, with a raisiny edge to the fruit. But this really improves with air, fleshing out on the midpalate and losing the raisiny notes in favor of plum and savory notes. Give it four or five years in the cellar and drink it over the next 15 or so. *Cellar Selection* (JC)" (10/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark and fresh with some sweet spice. Ripe and generous with an underlying power. Peppery with a cool streak through the middle and a juicy freshness within that generosity. Just a hint of tar and vanilla. Then more mocha as it opens up but remains compact. (JH) 18/20 points" (05/2010)

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2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 6 available ($74.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I reviewed the 2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape in Issue #1, and this bottle was consistent with that review. One of the top successes in the vintage, this goes from strength to strength with stunning aromatics and a blockbuster palate that delivers full bodied power, yet is light, perfectly balanced and incredibly long. Im a huge fan and this should be a long lived Châteauneuf. Drink now-2030." (08/2010)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beautiful wine that's just now hitting maturity, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Jean-Paul Daumen is still ruby colored to the rim and offers up a classic bouquet of black raspberries, black licorice, fruit cake, garrigue and roasted meats. Full-bodied and concentrated, yet with a seamless, impeccably balanced profile, it's drinking beautifully today but has another 10-15 years of overall longevity. (JD)" (02/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very ripe, but focused and pure, with a gorgeous core of crushed plum, pastis and raspberry ganache notes stitched together with long, velvety tannins. Spice, fruitcake and melted licorice notes echo through the superlong finish. (JM)" (11/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "85% Grenache. No stems. Aged in tank and old wood. Very, very dark crimson. Savoury. Real vibrancy and savour. Still lots of tannin. 17.5/20 points (JR)" (11/2009)

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2000 Bruno Giacosa "Le Rocche del Falletto" Barolo Riserva - 5 available ($459.99)

100 points James Suckling: "What a crowd-pleaser at the lunch. The French journalists were amazed by this Barolo, and kept saying how it was very Burgundian. Its certainly a crazy wine with aromas of dried fruits, flowers, nuts and tea. Then it changes in the glass to spices and berries. Phenomenal. Goes on for minutes. Served in magnums. Drink or hold." (09/2013)

100 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous purity of crushed fruit - strawberries and raspberries, with hints of fresh roses. Full-bodied, with an amazing concentration and a palate that goes on and on and on. Ultraripe tannins. This is the Romanée-Conti of Barolo. Terrific balance and richness. From selected parcels in Giacosa's Falletto vineyard. First made in 1997. (JS)" (07/2004)

94-98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from old vines facing full south) Full red. Knockout Barolo perfume of red fruits, rose petal, marzipan, tobacco, chestnut and milk chocolate. Like a red fruit cocktail in the mouth, with brisk acids giving the wine great clarity and verve. A Barolo with rare vigor in the context of this warm year. Finishes with huge, sweet, horizontal tannins and great energy and grip. A fabulous wine in the making." (12/2002)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto is like silk on the palate. Sweet, ripe tannins frame an exquisite core of fruit. The 2000 is remarkably elegant, sensual and polished but it doesnt quite provide the visceral thrill of the most monumental vintages. Still, this is a very strong showing from a wine that has frankly never moved me emotionally. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2020. (AG)" (06/2011)

94 points Vinous: "The 2000 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto is soft and quite open in feel. It also shows a slightly roasted quality it has always had that is a hallmark of this warm vintage. Sweet red cherry, smoke, leather and tobacco add shades of nuance throughout. Although not likely to be a long-term ager by Giacosa standards, the 2000 is quite enjoyable tonight. (AG)" (08/2017)

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2010 Pio Cesare Barbaresco (1.5L) ($99.99)

1997 Villa Cafaggio "Cortaccio" Toscana - 3 available ($69.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a stunning proprietary red wine offering. Powerful, concentrated, and well-endowed is the dark ruby/purple-colored 1997 Cortaccio. Aromas of sur-maturite (over-ripeness, but in a positive sense) emerge from this wine. It offers notes of espresso beans, chocolate, and jammy cassis/blackberry fruit. It is extraordinarily fat and juicy, with oodles of glycerin and concentrated fruit, full body, silky tannin, and a finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. This is a terrific example of Cortaccio. Drink it over the next 10-15 years." (08/2000)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky dark ruby to the rim. Roasted, superripe aromas of blackcurrant, road tar and graphite; warm and powerful. Massive and sumptuous on the palate, with succulent, sensual fruit. Enveloping tannins coat the mouth; the wine's great length promises a long life ahead. One of Chianti Classico's finest subzones is the "Conca d'Oro," or golden slopes, which begins at Fontodi to the east and stretches through Castello dei Rampolla and La Massa to Villa Cafaggio in the west. The first truly superior wine from this area was Villa Cafaggio's 1971 Chianti Classico Riserva, but these '97s are the best wines Stefano Farkas has ever made." (07/2000)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Dark color. Amazing aromas of crushed blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and mint follow through to a full body, with soft, velvety tannins and a long finish. Beautiful. Young and fresh but why wait? Cabernet Sauvignon. (Web Only- 2007)"

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2004 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino - 7 available ($109.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Offers crushed berries, with flowers and sandalwood. The nose is reserved, but interesting. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Very tight and stylish. Racy and powerful. Needs time. (JS)" (04/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This vineyard-designate expression from Giacomo Neri shows gorgeous depth and intensity. Aromas here include red berries, currants, anise seed, new leather, pipe tobacco and Spanish cedar. Its texture is rich, firm and ripe with berry nuances. *Cellar Selection*" (10/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova reveals layers of dark perfumed fruit intermingled with French oak, spices, minerals, violets and licorice. The Tenuta Nuova is impressive mostly for its textural richness and sheer depth, both qualities it has in spades. The finish is long, sweet and pure. Here, too, the wine will need at least a few years in bottle before its full range of aromas and flavors emerges. Neri gave the Tenuta Nuova 30 months in medium-sized French oak tonneaux. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2024. (AG)" (06/2009)

91 points Vinous: "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova has held up a little bit better than straight Brunello. Here, too, the aromatics are evolved, but there is just enough freshness to suggest the wine will hold on for another few years. The typically rich, bombastic Tenuta Nuova fruit is very much in evidence, and it is the wine's textural depth that is its one saving grace. Readers should finish off any remaining bottles sooner rather than later. (AG)" (10/2016)

2004 Collemattoni "Fontelontano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 4 available ($79.99)

2004 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino ($59.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Shows blackberries and dried flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with lots of ripe berry and cream character. Rich and flavorful. Long and beautiful. It's layered and velvety. Seductive. Drink now. (JS, Web Only-2009)"

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Thick, dark and beautifully concentrated, this is a dense, succulent wine with a soft, velvety feel that will appeal to those who like this style. The aromas are layered and penetrating and span the gamut of black fruit to smoky spice." (06/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fantis 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is an inky, opulent wine bursting with dark blueberries, blackberries, violets and spices. Despite the wines richness, for the first time in many a year additional layers of complexity have begun to emerge. The wine possesses plenty of density as well as richness to balance the tannins, along with an elegant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021. (AG)" (06/2009)

2004 Mocali "Vigna della Raunate" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 4 available ($74.99)

2004 Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 4 available ($79.99)

2004 Podere la Vigna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 3 available ($79.99)

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2004 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 4 available ($119.99)

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2004 Poggio il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino ($79.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: " Dried dark fruit on the nose, verging on date and prune. Full-bodied, with a dense palate of ripe fruit and supersilky tannins. This is a deep and beautiful red, delivering lots of subtle character. Fascinating. One of the undiscovered treasures of the vintage. Best after 2011. *Ranked #11, Top 100 Wines of 2009* (JS)" (04/2009)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Poggio Il Castellare has taken leaps and bounds in quality over the past few years and this vintage boasts a sophisticated and penetrating wine with cherry, spice, vanilla and toast. Theres a strong oak element here but it coexists comfortably with the natural fruit." (06/2009)

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Upon release in 2009: The nose of this wine is ripe and plummy, warm and inviting in a Calistoga sort of way. Plums dominate the palate as the wine's structure begins to emerge, giving the mid-palate a chunky feel where the tannins become more evident. The tannins begin to lengthen and the wine grows, flavors emerge and then, in a flash, it finishes with a flurry of tannins that muddle the end. This wine definitely has some significant structure and weight; I'd love to know if time will ameliorate the tannins.

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2004 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino - 4 available ($109.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a huge, dense wine that explodes from the glass with tar, smoke, earthiness black cherries and minerals. The wine possesses dazzling concentration and tons of richness, as waves of fruit coat the palate in stunning style. This big, dramatic Brunello needs time in bottle, but it is nothing short of magnificent today. The balance, and the integration of the French oak in particular, is brilliant. For those who are curious to try a bottle now, the wine should be opened a few hours in advance as the tannins are imposing at this stage. This is a rare Brunello of superb pedigree and complexity. (AG)" (06/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Sweet cherry on the nose, with a hint of flowers and new oak. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, rich finish. Powerful and rich for the vintage. A new wine from the master of Brunello." (06/2010)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine sparked wide debate at the Brunello en primeur tasting because of its new, more streamlined style. Siro Pacentis 2004 Brunello is not the concentrated blackberry and chocolate fudge bomb of the past. Its still a meaty, layered wine laced with pretty layers of spice, mineral and ash. But instead of black concentration, it now exhibits ruby luminosity and a fresh, menthol finish. We are impressed." (06/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep red. Restrained but pure aromas of dark berries, flowers, licorice and curry powder; slightly reduced. Juicy, spicy and fresh in the mouth but youthfully tight, with lovely subtle perfume accentuated by minerality. Not especially dense but plenty intense, wonderfully vinous and light on its feet. Finishes very long and aromatic, with firm tannic spine: this really fills the olfactories! Very nicely avoids the warm side of the vintage. (ST)" (08/2009)

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2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino - 3 available ($119.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Lovely black licorice, flowers, and ripe fruits on the nose. This is very aromatic." (01/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Displays complex aromas of blackberry and cherry, with a hint of licorice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a delicious finish of wonderful yet subtle fruit. Well-integrated and beautiful. Everything is in the right place. (JS)" (01/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is simply beautiful. Now that the wine is in bottle it is even better than when I tasted it from barrel. Firm but silky tannins frame a core of ripe dark fruit as this powerful yet elegant Brunello opens up in the glass. Smoke, cured meats, earthiness and graphite develop in the glass, adding further complexity. Sweet roses and spices linger on the long, refined finish. This is a big, structured Brunello, and like all of Abbruzzeses wines, it needs at least a few years of bottle age before it offers its finest drinking. (AG)" (06/2009)

2005 Podere San Luigi "Fidenzio" Toscana - 4 available ($49.99)

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2006 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino - 4 available ($159.99)

100 points James Suckling: "So much ripe fruit here with currants and sultanas, yet fresh and very clean. Dark berries too. Incredible ripe Sangiovese character. Full body, with masses of fruit and chewy tan nins. Plus, theres black licorice and dried berries. Give it time to soften. What a bottle. Will it ultimately be better than 2001 Tenuta Nuova? Yes. Best after 2013." (01/2011)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "A 'Wow!' wine on every level. This is a lovely, dark, smooth and rich expression that is packed tight with intensity and personality. The biggest, boldest wine by far from Montalcinos 2006 vintage, this bottle will age nicely and add value to your cellar collection. *Cellar Selection*" (04/2011)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova soars high and far with abundant and beautifully intense aromas. The bouquet presents a very precise and focused nature with black fruit surrounded by pressed rose petal, dried violets and campfire ash. In the mouth, the wine is precise and focused. All these qualities help fuel a sense of length and balance. (ML)" (02/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A modern version, with toast and spice notes from oak, yet also freshness and a vibrant persona. At its core is cherry, plum and licorice flavors, with a sweet ripeness that matches the refined tannins. There's a fine aftertaste of fruit and spice. Best from 2014 through 2027. *Top 100 Wines of 2011, Highly Recommended* (BS)" (10/2011)

95 points Vinous: "The 2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova, with its warm, resonant fruit, was a crowd favorite. And no wonder. It was dark, beautiful and highly suggestive of the southern reaches of Montalcino, where the climate and vegetation show distinctly Mediterranean influences. (AG)" (09/2013)

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2006 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana - 5 available ($59.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Chocolate, blackberry and black cherry aromas lead to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a deep concentration of fruit. Powerfully rich and polished. Big and structured. A blockbuster Sangiovese. Best after 2012. *Highly Recommended and #13 on Top 100 Wines of 2009* (JS)" (10/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Fontalloro is much more sweet and open than the firmer Rancia. Enticing, expressive aromatics lead to an expansive core of fruit. Round, finessed tannins give the wine an additional level of polish. Today the Fontalloro is fleshier and more ready than the Rancia. There is superb purity to the fruit and wonderful overall balance. Tar, smoke, licorice, and grilled herbs come to life on the finish. Fontalloro is made from vineyards in both the Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi appellations. Simply put, this is a great, majestic Fontalloro. (AG)" (08/2009)

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2007 Brancaia "Tre" Toscana - 5 available ($19.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: " *#10 Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009* There's wonderful intensity of fruit in this wine, with crushed raspberry and blackberry and hints of coffee and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, soft-textured finish that shows loads of fruit. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2010." (10/2009)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Tre is absolutely beautiful in this vintage. Soft, supple tannins frame expressive dark fruit, flowers, grilled herbs and spices. The wine blossoms in the glass, showing wonderful freshness and clarity to match the richness of the fruit. Floral notes add a sense of lift on the long, round finish. The 2007 Tre is one of the standouts of the vintage in its price range. As the name implies, Tre is a blend of three varieties; Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2017." (10/2010)

K&L Notes: This is just another super wine from the bountiful 2007 vintage in Tuscany! Full of vibrant, bold fruit, layers of chocolaty richness, just the slightest hints of toasty vanilla and coffee all while being extraordinarily well balanced. Another wow classic from Über-Winemaker Carlo Ferrini, one of Tuscany's best consulting enologists. The "Tre" stands for the three different estates where these grapes come from two in Chianti. Brancaia "Castellina" & Poppi "Radda" and one from Brancaia in Maremma, in the southern portion of coastal Tuscany. "Tre" is predominantly sangiovese with a bit of merlot and cabernet sauvignon." Greg St.Clair, K&L's Italian buyer

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2009 Isole e Olena "Cepparello" Toscana - 2 available ($79.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cepparello is gorgeous. It brings together the radiance and ripeness of a warmer year with the medium-bodied structure of a cooler vintage. Today the 2009 is a bit reticent and appears headed for a period of dormancy. From time to time hints of its ultimate potential come through in attractive layers of dark red fruit. The rich, textured finish bodes well for the future. Paolo De Marchi describes 2009 as a year with a cold spring and a hot summer that also brought hail in early August. The 2009 Cepparello is clearly one of the wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034. (AG)" (06/2012)

94 points James Suckling: "A longtime favorite. Aromas of blueberries and flowers follow through to a full body, with soft and silky tannins and a ripe and rich finish. Lots going on here. Give it a year or two to come together. Pure Sangiovese. Best after 2014." (08/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Cola-like notes complicate aromas of black cherry, rhubarb and cocoa. Ripe, smooth and dense, with velvety, seamless flavors of black cherry, plum and spicy oak. Finishes spicy, vibrant and long. This is very impressive but shows less Sangiovese perfume than usual. (ID)" (07/2012)

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2010 Isole e Olena "Cepparello" Toscana - 2 available ($79.99)

96 points Vinous: "Isole e Olena's 2010 Cepparello is magnificent. In particular, I admire the way the wine fleshes out in all directions, with seemingly endless layers of dark, mineral-infused berry, plum and pomegranate notes. A primal wine in need of significant cellaring, the 2010 is easily one of the highlights of the year. Bright, saline notes support the precise finish. Today, the 2010 is naturally quite backward and undeveloped, but it should be a gem in another 5-10 years. This is an especially dark, structured Cepparello built for the cellar. The 2010 brightens up with time in the glass, but it remains one of the darker, more brooding wines made in the estate's history. 96+ (AG)" (08/2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Best of 2014, Cellar Selection* It opens with an enticing fragrance of black berries, toast, Mediterranean spices and a touch of vanilla. The vibrant, youthful palate delivers a core of black cherry accented with black pepper layered with mocha, mint and tobacco notes. The racy acidity and solid but brooding tannins demonstrate that this wine still needs time to develop to its extraordinary potential. Drink 20182035. (KO)" (05/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The extraordinary 2010 Cepparello (100% Sangiovese aged up to 18 months in oak, one-third new) presents fine nuances of red berry, cherry, spice, tar, licorice, wet earth and forest leaf. The bouquet is very elegant but this wine delivers power too with tight structure that immediately wraps around the palate. Somewhere in the crossroads between tradition and modernity, Cepparello is a stunning wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. (ML)" (08/2013)

93 points James Suckling: "This is tangy and delicious with blueberry and cherry character. Full body, with slightly chewy tannins and a bright acidity with a clean and tangy finish. So delicious to drink now. Drink or hold. Sangiovese." (07/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A round, enticing style, with a touch of new oak lending toast and spice accents to the black cherry, plum and tobacco flavors. Dense and slightly beefy, finishing long. (BS)" (10/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Interesting veginess on the nose. Real integrity even if on the lightweight, almost tart spectrum. Lots of depth underneath. Real zest. Long. All on the finish." (09/2014)

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2010 Montepeloso "Eneo" Toscana - 3 available ($49.99)

96 points Vinous: "One of the great wines of this vintage, the 2010 Eneo is dazzling. Subtle hints of earthiness, new leather, smoke, bacon fat, tobacco and savory herbs meld into a core of expressive dark red/black fruit. Nuanced and delicate, yet immensely powerful, the 2010 Eneo has it all. The 2010 keeps getting better and better in the glass. I imagine it will be spectacular in another few years. Actually, it already is. Eneo is the largest production of Montepeloso's three top reds, which will make it easier to find. Readers will not want to miss the superb wine. Montepulciano and Sangiovese are the core of Eneo, while dollops of Alicante and Marsellan round out the blend. (AG)" (08/2013)

91 points James Suckling: "A wine with a pretty core of fruit that ranges from currants to blueberries. Hints of nuts too. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Made from Sangiovese, Colorino and Merlot. Drink or hold." (12/2013)

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1958 Louis Martini "Special Selection" Napa/Sonoma Counties Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder) - 2 available ($349.99)

The story of Louis Martini is a key chapter in Napa's winemaking history. Genovese immigrant Louis Martini established his first business in 1922, smack in the middle of Prohibition, meaning he was limited to making "sacramental and medicinal" wines. Once Prohibition was overturned, Martini became one of the first winemakers in California to produce vintage, varietal table wines in quantity and at reasonable prices. Sourced from prime vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, including Monte Rosso in the mountains above Sonoma Valley and La Loma in the cool Carneros district south of Napa. Made with care and expertise, Louis Martini wines age exceptionally well. With their hallmark of impeccable balance, older Louis Martini Cabs are a testament to why Napa Valley became part of the world's winemaking pantheon.

1971 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder fill) - 2 available ($69.99)

While there are many individuals and wineries that helped catapult California's wine industry onto the international stage, all of their efforts can be summed up in the life of one man: Robert Mondavi. These older vintages of Mondavi's Cabernets are like a sneak peek into our winemaking past, a chance to taste history, and a collector's dream.

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1974 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder fill) - 6 available ($189.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Beautiful, only-slightly-bricked colour. Immediate, very aromatic nose: blackberries and sesame crisps. An extraordinary simultaneous fresh-savoury aspect. Staggering energy, symmetry and beauty. A lesson in intensity with grace. A lot of grip, again; drives across the palate. Gives no sense of 'age' whatsoever. Even after an hour in the glass, the aroma sings. Remarkable. 19.5/20 points (AH)" (07/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mondavi's regular 1974 Cabernet still reveals a solid, deep, young color for its age, a tight but spicy, earthy, herb, and curranty-scented nose, medium body, a certain leanness, but good freshness, and a straightforward, monochromatic style. (RP)" (08/1994)

K&L Notes: While there are many individuals and wineries that helped catapult California's wine industry onto the international stage, all of their efforts can be summed up in the life of one man: Robert Mondavi. These older vintages of Mondavi's Cabernets are like a sneak peek into our winemaking past, a chance to taste history and a collector's dream.

1975 Sterling Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (high-mid to high shoulder fill) - 2 available ($74.99)

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1976 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder fill) - 3 available ($89.99)

While there are many individuals and wineries that helped catapult California's wine industry onto the international stage, all of their efforts can be summed up in the life of one man: Robert Mondavi. These older vintages of Mondavi's Cabernets are like a sneak peek into our winemaking past, a chance to taste history and a collector's dream. Don't miss this rare bottling.

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1977 Heitz "Bella Oaks" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (high shoulder fill) - 5 available ($159.99)

93 points John Gilman: "I had not tasted a bottle of the 1977 Bella Oaks since early 2013 and the wine has blossomed nicely since that last bottle and is far better than I initially imagined. Four and a half years ago, I wondered if the wine would ever fully blossom from behind its remaining tannins, or if the wine was always going to be a bit bound up in its structure from the second straight drought vintage in Napa. Clearly, the wine just needed time and this most recent bottle was really wide open and showing beautifully, offering up a superb nose of cherries, blood orange, a touch of sealing wax, cigar smoke, red curry, a touch of new oak and a beautiful base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and tangy, with impressive depth at the core and lovely complexity. There is still just a touch of backend tannin on the very long, well-balanced and classy finish. Fine juice that I clearly underrated previously. (Drink between 2017-2040)" (07/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Quite right to serve this first as it may have looked a little spindly after the 1995. A wonderful testament to California Cabernet, the late Joe Heitz and the Rhodes's who owned Bella Oaks vineyard. The most gorgeously sweet, fully evolved yet really quite delicate nose - almost burgundian. Minty, fresh with wonderful balance and subtlety, although the acidity started to show through after 30 minutes or so in the glass. Marvellous. Less than 13% alcohol if I remember correctly. 19/20 points." (08/2009)

K&L Notes: Currants, mint and cedar notes make this fully mature Cabernet as tasty as it is rare!

1977 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (mid-high to high fill) - 4 available ($84.99)

"The 1977 vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon reaffirms the winery's commitment to producing wines of complex varietal fruit character and elegance. More intense than the 1976 vintage, the 1977 wine will require somewhat longer to reach maturity. Particularly exciting is the concentration of the Cabernet and Merlot flavors carrying through on the palate with an intensity and freshness that belie the wine's age. Also evident is the beginning of bottle bouquet, with tremendous promise of increasing complexity and appeal." - Winery Note.

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1979 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Nicked Labels Oxidized Caps - 4 available ($129.99)

1980 Keenan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($44.99)

Perched atop Spring Mountain, high in the Mayacamas Range, are the beautiful vineyards that make up Robert Keenan Winery. Since the 1977 harvest, the winery has been steadily earning its reputation as a producer of wines of character and and intensity. This wine, from the early days, is a testament to the longevity of mountain fruit, and the concentration of flavors and richness of hillside fruit. From Richard Jennings of RJonWine.com: "Dark red violet color; menthol, tart cassis, eucalyptus nose; poised, youthful, balanced, eucalyptus, cassis palate; medium-plus finish. 93 points. This was when Joe Cafaro was still the winemaker at Keenan. Made in his prototypical style -- concentrated, ripe and focused. Each of the 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980 vintages are all still just reaching their peak, with seemingly another 10+ years of high plateau ahead of them." (04/2010)

1985 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot - 2 available ($69.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Muscular but supple, with concentrated cherry, currant and spice flavors that just don't quit. This has the gracefulness to balance the powerful flavors and structure, another serious wine from Duckhorn. *Cellar Selection*" (12/1987)

1986 Sterling Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($39.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Under the hard, tight tannins there is a concentrated, elegant wine, with layers of cassis, plum and black cherry flavors and mouthwatering acidity. Needs time to soften." (03/1989)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate's exotic, orange marmalade, maple syrup, and cassis-scented nose is intriguing. This fully mature wine reveals significant amber at the edge, as well as sweet black-cherries and cassis, a soft, silky texture, and a round, generous finish..." (08/1996)

1991 Robert Mondavi "Unfiltered" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($74.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers should beat a path to their wine merchant and stock up on the 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Unfiltered. This is the finest regular Cabernet Sauvignon Mondavi has made. It offers an opaque dark ruby/purple color, a superb nose of blackcurrants, vanillin, mint, and toast, outstanding richness, great purity, medium to full body, an attractive suppleness, and a long, rich finish. Although it can be drunk now, it should age effortlessly for 10-15 years. (RP)" (12/1994)

Wine Spectator: "Dark, with a rich, plush texture and a tasty array of soft chocolate, currant, cedar and plummy berry flavors that are very well-focused. On the finish, gives the same flavors that it started with. (JL, Web-2002)"

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1994 Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot - 6 available ($49.99)

Stags' Leap Winery's Merlot is always a full-bodied expression packed with signature flavors of black cherry, cocoa, plum, and vanilla that can stand the test of time. The smooth tannins become gentle and well-integrated with maturity as earthy, autumnal secondary notes arise.

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1995 Turley "Moore Earthquake" Napa Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($49.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A sweet, late-harvest style, it's ripe and juicy, brimming with cherry, wild berry, plum and coffee notes and picking up a hint of caramel. The alcohol is way up there, 16.8 percent, and it has 1 percent residual sugar." (07/1997)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "If readers are not totally persuaded that Zinfandel is not a serious wine ... keep reading. The 1995 Zinfandel Moore "Earthquake" Vineyard (16.9% alcohol, from a vineyard planted in 1906) is an off-dry, mind-boggling Zinfandel with a deep ruby/garnet color, huge quantities of sweet, jammy fruit, plenty of pepper, earth, cinnamon, and spice in the nose, and formidable quantities of glycerin and extract. It is an amazing Zinfandel, and perhaps the only wine aside from the Grist Vineyard Zinfandel that is best drunk with cheese rather than table fare. Again, one of its amazing hallmarks is its purity and overall balance, with no hotness in spite of the extraordinary alcohol level. The 1995 Zinfandels are the products of extraordinary vineyards and genius winemaking - no doubt about it." (06/1997)

1998 Markham Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($34.99)

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1998 Turley "Dogtown" Lodi Zinfandel - 3 available ($49.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Flamboyant aromas of black raspberry, eucalyptus, licorice, Christmas spices and an exotic hint of peach syrup. Supple and very concentrated; deep and spicy. Very rich but shapely zinfandel. Spicy, slightly aggressive finish features ripe tannins. The white stone fruit notes come from the sandy soil, says Jordan." (May/June 00) 90 points Robert Parker: "Larry Turley and Ehren Jordan told me that their 1998 Zinfandel Dogtown Vineyard (16.5% alcohol) produced a mere two-thirds of a ton of fruit per acre. An intriguing wine, it reveals a Provencal-like, black cherry and garrigue aroma with scents of the seaweed wrap used in sushi preparations called nori. Deep, opulent, rich, and expansive, with fabulous fruit and low acidity, it is one of the finest efforts from Lodi I have ever tasted. Drink it over the next 4-5 years." (06/00)

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1998 Turley "Duarte" Contra Costa County Zinfandel - 2 available ($44.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Turley's great success is the terrific 1998 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard. Made from one of their oldest vineyards (104-year old vineyard planted in pure sand), whose grapes achieved 15.8% alcohol naturally, it is the finest Duarte yet produced. An explosive nose of black cherry jam ascends from the glass. In the mouth, cherry liqueur notes continue in this full-bodied, super-endowed, luxuriously rich, opulent, fat, juicy Zinfandel. It is a hedonistic turn-on for sure. (RP)" (06/2000)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby. Pungent aromas of spicy blackberry, espresso and cracked pepper, complicated by a bright floral note. Sweet and pliant, with lovely depth of blackberry flavor. Not hugely dense but offers lovely lightness of touch and balance. Finishes spicy, fresh and long, with a hint of maple syrup and fine tannins. This is every bit as strong as the '97. (ST)" (05/2000)

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2004 Frog's Leap "Rutherford" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($69.99)

94 points and a "Cellar Selection" from Wine Enthusiast: "A beautiful young Rutherford Cabernet, showing the dusty elegance and complexity of a top estate. There’s a rich herbality to the cherry, cassisand blackberry fruit, suggesting fresh green chervil, sage and thyme. Oak adds harmonious notes of vanilla, cedar and char. The tannins are thick and juvenile, but very finely ground. With 8% Merlot, this lush wine needs time. Hold until after 2008, and it should improve for another six years conservatively." (February 2008)

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2005 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 8 available ($109.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate leaps from the glass with notes of crushed blackberries, black cherries and Bing cherries with hints of raspberry leaves, bay leaves and underbrush plus a waft of pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, nicely poised, very fresh and beautifully elegant, it has a solid frame of very fine-grained tannins and a very long, berry-laced finish. Still incredibly youthful. (LPB)" (02/2018)

92 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Medicinal aromas of cassis, black cherry, crushed stone, graphite, bitter chocolate and herbs. Wonderfully fine-grained but very tight, even a bit herbal and hard-edged today. The wine's strong herb and mint notes may still harmonize with its brisk black fruit flavors. Conveys a strong impression of vinosity and acidity but this very backward 2015 is not a sweet or fleshy style. Finishes edgy and unevolved, with slightly elevated acidity and a firm tannic spine to support an extended life in bottle. (ST) 92+" (05/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Magnum. Perfect year. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. 28% new French oak. Sweet and harmonious on the nose and then quite chewy on the end. Still quite dry and jagged and youthful at the moment. 17+/20 points" (06/2016)

2005 Clos du Val Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir - 3 available ($44.99)

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2005 Copain "Eaglepoint Ranch" Mendocino Syrah - 7 available ($29.99)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch exhibits deep blueberry and blackberry fruit along with floral and crushed rock-like characteristics in the background. This medium to full-bodied, slightly tannic Syrah should age nicely for a decade or more. (RP)" (12/2006)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Wonderfully perfumed nose features intense sandalwood and patchouli-accented cherry and candied plum scents; reminds me of a ripe Dujac wine. Vibrant, incisive and pure, with impressively balanced red and dark fruit flavors, fine tannins and gentle acidity on the finish. A strong, smoky, almost iodine-y quality comes up with air, adding further complexity. This is really impressive. (ST)" (05/2007)

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2005 Pax "Obsidian" Knight's Valley Syrah - 6 available ($74.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Syrah Obsidian Vineyard is from Knights Valley. This is steep hillside vineyard stuff with a dense, dark purple color, a phenomenally rich nose of brioche, acacia flowers, blackberry, and blueberry jam intermixed with some white chocolate and perhaps hints of fig and truffle. The wine is spicy, full-bodied, incredibly opulent, and thick, even unctuously textured, with great purity and richness. Moreover, the glycerin and viscosity cover up some huge tannins. This is an amazingly big, thick wine, but it still cascades over the palate like a waterfall. (RP)" (12/2007)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. A huge, room-filling bouquet of dark cherry, blackcurrant, candied violet and licorice offers enormous sex appeal and great clarity. Lush, inky and powerfully built, with impressively energetic dark berry and cherry compote flavors. Very fine tannins add support but this is almost too big for its pants. Lovely boysenberry and mulberry flavors are given focus by subtle minerality, with the finish showing outstanding focus and persistence. I was really struck by the mix of ripeness and freshness here. (ST)" (06/2007)

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2005 Pharaoh Moans "WestSide" Paso Robles Syrah - 8 available ($39.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Seductively perfumed nose offers ripe but well-focused blackberry and creme de cassis scents, along with smoky vanillin oak, Asian spices, fresh flowers and mocha. Pliant dark fruit flavors possess impressive depth and sweetness, with bracing acidity adding energy. Finishes with gentle grip and a lingering smoky, vanillin quality, leaving an impression of controlled ripeness. This wine is made by Stephan Asseo at L'Aventure.(JR)" (11/2007)

Wine Enthusiast: "The name is a play on pheromones. The wine itself is dense and dry. Soft in the manner of Paso Robles, it has a deep core of blackberries, coffee and violets, assisted by oak. The tannins are really hard now, and it's difficult to tell where the wine is going. But it's one to watch." (06/2007)

2006 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($89.99)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "...Elegant and sophisticated in the Napa style. The tannins are soft and melted, and the flavors offer immediate rewards of blackberries, cherries, currants, cassis, anise and smoky oak. Will develop bottle nuances over the next eight years." (12/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright, full ruby. Spicy dark plum, redcurrant and cherry aromas complicated by menthol, lavender and leather. In a very closed stage today, with moderately sweet bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors currently muted by an impression of slightly tart acidity. The finish is reasonably long but distinctly medicinal today, with an obvious herbal element. Will this expand with time in bottle? Corison normally picks her Cabernet during the second or third week of September, but in 2006 the harvest was nearly a month later." (09/2012)

Wine & Spirits: "An unusually heady vintage of Corison, this is a robust red mixing high-acid notes of ruby red grapefruit with superripe flavors of peach. Approached from a different angle, the flavors read as herbal cherry with a slight volatility. Whichever way you look at it, this needs some time to meld. When it does, it should marry well with slow-smoked pork ribs." (12/2009)

Connoisseurs Guide: "In this outing, the Ms. Corison's clear penchant for elegance and understatement is once again clear, but leanness inherent in the 2006 vintage is made all the more evident by the style. Not at all massive, but still very tight and a little tart at the edges, this is a nervy wine with a real need to relax, and it promises to soften if not fully flesh out in four or five years." (12/2009)

K&L Notes: 93 points Richard Jennings: "Opaque purple red violet color; tart black fruit, pencil lead nose; tasty, elegant, tart plum, black fruit, pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish." (8/21/2011, RJonWine.com)

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Every one of us on staff at K&L felt honored to have Cathy Corison here in Redwood City to pour for our customers (and us!) last night. This 2006 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was my favorite of the lineup, and I liked it even better than the extraordinary Kronos wines that were poured. To me, finding Napa Cab that tastes like Napa Cab is becoming more and more difficult since producers are rewarded with big scores for making overripe, sweet wines. This is the opposite style, a dry Cab with the structure and acidity to go with the best dry aged, prime porterhouse that you can get your hands on. It is great to be able to offer a bottle with a little bit of age and plenty of structure instead of something young and overpriced!

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2007 Hartford Court "Land's Edge" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ($39.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "A blend of various vineyards from the far or true Sonoma Coast, and also Hartford Courts highest-production Pinot Noir. Always beautiful and balanced, the 07 in particular is remarkable for its silky tannins and overall seamless quality. Really excites for the complexity of currant, cola, licorice and cedar flavors. Now through 2013." (07/2009)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The brilliant 2007 Pinot Noir Lands Edge Vineyard (a Sonoma Coast mountain site) also comes from Dijon clones, but it is a deeper, richer, full-bodied effort. Its dark ruby color is accompanied by a sweet, floral, raspberry, and black cherry-scented bouquet with the wood component pushed to the background. Broad, deep, rich, and impressively endowed, it should drink well for 5-8 years." (02/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Cherry-cola, raspberry and vanilla bean on the nose. Smoky dark berry flavors are enlivened by zesty minerals and pick up a candied floral quality with air. This packs a lot of flavor, but needs time to stretch out. Becomes deeper and chewier with air and finishes with solid grip and powerful thrust." (06/2009)

2008 Cobb "Emmaline Ann Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($59.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Sexy, highly aromatic bouquet evokes musky raspberry, potpourri and smoky herbs. Silky-sweet and light on its feet, with ripe red fruit flavors growing spicier with air. Finishes long and tangy, with a distinctly floral character and lingering spiciness." (06/2011)

K&L Notes: From the winery: "Aromas and flavors of earth, coffee and raspberry. Secondary aromas dominate and include graphite, rose water, spice, dried herbs & flowers, butterscotch and caramel. Still quite closed, but opens beautifully after a few hours. Nice crisp acidity with a long finish."

2009 Martinelli "Zio Tony Ranch-Gianna Marie" Russian River Valley Syrah - 2 available Price: Hidden

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2010 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 2 available ($99.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Firmly tannic, with a rich, ripe core of earth-laced wild berry and raspberry flavors, this gains depth and complexity on the long, detailed finish, reverberating with flavors. Drink now through 2021. (JL)" (04/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aggressive now, this wine is big, distinguished by deep, pure flavors of red currants, sweet sandalwood, persimmons, cola and baking spices. But it needs time for all of the parts to knit together. Best after 2016 and for some years afterward. *Cellar Selection*" (03/2013)

K&L Notes: The PrinceofPinot.com: "Exclusively Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard. Aged 16 months in 55% new French oak barrels. Medium dark purple color in the glass. Well-endowed with seductive aromas of spice plum and dark red rose petals. Clearly a special wine that is very charming now. Discreetly concentrated flavors of plum, boysenberry and black cherry with a whisper of spice and vanilla, finishing with an intensely aromatic black cherry flourish. Beautifully composed with balanced tannins and welcoming acidity. A complete wine. Still impressive the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle." (12/2012) One of the Central Coast's premier cult Pinots. The fruit comes entirely from the Sea Smoke estate vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, aged for 16 months in 55% new French oak barrels. It's complex and heady, with notes of violets and wild mushrooms, cola, spice and red fruit. Fine tannins and juicy acidity, this is big, even for the vintage, and will age well.

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2010 William Cole "Cuvée Claire" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($129.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Intense aromas of cassis, licorice and earth jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine. A cascade of fruit hides some serious structure in this rich, juicy, full-bodied, young, primary 2010. Bursting with potential, this intriguing wine should be forgotten for 1-3 years and drunk over the following 15+. (RP)" (10/2013)

2011 Alysian "Rochioli Vineyard Allen-Rochioli Blocks" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 2 available ($59.99)

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2011 Aston Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 5 available ($79.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Aston Estate is gorgeous. Sweet red berries, hard candy, crushed flowers, spices and tobacco are some of the many notes that are woven into this attractive, floral Pinot. The 2011 offers an attractive combination of minerality and that distinctive expression of fruit that is so typical of the Sonoma coast. This is a gorgeous effort. In 2011, yields came in at just one ton per acre and the harvest finished on October 2, exceedingly late for Pinot. (AG)" (12/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek, ripe and juicy, with vivid red berry, plum and cherry flavors, a silky smooth texture, and a long, persistent finish that echoes the berry themes. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (09/2013)

K&L Notes: Thomas Rivers Brown is the winemaker for Aston Estate. His tasting notes for the 2011: "2011 Aston Estate Pinot displays a provocative mélange of raspberries, red currants, and strawberries with allspice, white pepper, and clove spice notes. True to past vintages, hints of mandarin peel and sweet herbs are complemented by lush floral flavors of rose petal and gardenia with a creamy vanilla panna cotta undertone and an intriguing minerality unique to the estate's soil. Deep garnet in color, this beautiful wine carries multidimensional layers with a balanced and bright acidity and rich meaty texture. Its intensely rich concentration and density are plush on the palate and supported by a long, supple finish."

2011 Hammell Wine Alliance "True Believer" California Rhône Blend Price: Hidden

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The inaugural release from Hammell, the 2011 True Believer is a killer effort that shows what someone who watches yields and focuses on quality can do in a difficult vintage. A blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre, it had the Grenache aged in neutral oak and the Syrah and Mourvedre aged in new and once used barrels. Its deep, ruby, semi-opaque color is followed by a sexy, voluptuous and still weightless and elegant red that gives up tons of black raspberries, kirsch, peppery spice, lavender, licorice and leather on the nose. Deep, rich and concentrated, with a rare level of depth in a Grenache blend from California, this gorgeous 2011 can be drunk anytime over the coming 7-8 years.Bien Nacidos rock-star vineyard manager, Chris Hammell, created his own label in 2011 and focuses mostly on Rhone varieties planted on the western edge of the Bien Nacido Vineyard. (JD)" (08/2015)

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2012 Caymus "40th Anniversary" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($229.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "They appear to be immune to some of winedoms less than intelligent trends and fads that we see from time to time, and the result is a spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary offering. Its dense purple/black color is followed by copious quantities of crème de cassis and blackberry fruit, silky tannins, a voluptuous texture and stunning purity as well as length. This full-bodied effort is a fabulous example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a tribute to this amazing family. It is so good now, why wait? However, Im sure that like most vintages of Caymus, it will last for 20-25 years. Amazing! (RP)" (10/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Lavishly oaked, with creamy mocha, vanilla, cedar and anise notes at the edge of a rich core of dark berry, plum and black licorice flavors. Tight, focused and persistent, showing a seductive character. (JL)" (11/2014)

K&L Notes: With a special bottle and label for their 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon, Caymus is ready to celebrate with this epic 2012 vintage. Charlie and Lorna Wagner, with their son Chuck, launched this winery's legacy as a Napa Valley icon in 1972. Chuck is now the owner and winemaker, and has this to offer: "This wine exemplifies our style of Cabernet out of a great vintage: deep color, rich, concentrated and balanced. 2012 celebrates 40 years of producing our pride and joy, Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon."

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2012 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ($39.99)

93 points Vinous: "Dark red cherries, tobacco and new leather wrap around the palate in the 2012 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard. A wine of presence and nuance, the 2012 stands out for its symmetry and overall sense of balance. I very much like the delineation and energy here. The Freestone is a blend of fruit from Quarter Moon (60%) and Pastorale (40%). It shows beautifully next to those wines, despite a significant difference in price. This is the hidden jewel in the range, there is little doubt about that. (AG)" (02/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards offers up beautiful aromas of red stone fruits, crushed rocks, plums, black cherries and a floral component reminiscent of a premier cru or grand cru offering from Chambolle-Musigny. Medium to full-bodied with great acidity, purity, freshness and nobility, it should evolve and add layers of complexity over the next decade. (RP)" (12/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good dark red with ruby tones. Dark aromas of plum, cassis and bitter chocolate, lifted by a pungent violet note. Not a fleshy style but pristine and vibrant, offering flavors of blackberry, spices and licorice pastille. Finishes with very good length and perfume but this wine really needs another year or so in the bottle to express its personality. 90(+?) points" (05/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Crafted from grapes grown in two estate vineyards, Pastorale and Quarter Moon, this wine deftly provides a taste of wild strawberry and feral forest floor, offering concentration within a lean frame. The finish memorably imprints lasting cardamom spice. (VB)" (02/2015)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a trace of menthol to the notably ripe aromas of essence of black cherry and plum scents. The medium-bodied and solidly well-concentrated flavors possess a lush and very round mouth feel before terminating in a dusty and generously proportioned finish. The supporting tannins are well-integrated and while there isn't great depth at present the underlying material is such that more should develop with a few years of bottle age. Drink: 2018+" (06/2014)

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2012 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($399.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard, which will probably be released in a few months, displays great minerality, notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, poached pear, and white flowers as well as a touch of quince. A wine of great intensity, yet incredibly ethereal elegance, this light greenish gold-colored wine is full-bodied, stunningly rich, and altogether remarkable. When you consider that they use 100% new French oak and 100% heavy toast for both their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, it is remarkable how little oak appears in these wines. This wine should age well for 10-15 years, as most of the Marcassin Estate Chardonnays have done to date. (RP)" (03/2016)

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2012 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 2 available ($129.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 1,580 cases of the 2012 James Berry Vineyard and it reminds me of the 2009 Janasse Chaupin (which is one of Justins favorite wines). Incorporating more Mourvedre than normal, its made from 43% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 10% Counoise thats aged in a combination of concrete and barrel. Rock star stuff, with fabulous black raspberry, cassis, spring flowers and charred meat aromas and flavors, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, yet stays lively, incredibly pure and elegant, with lots of fine tannin emerging on the finish. It will benefit from 2-3 years in the cellar and have 15-20 years of ultimate longevity. (JD) 97+" (08/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 James Berry Vineyard stands out for its textural finesse, sweetness and overall balance. Sweet spices, red berries and flowers all meld together in a decidedly silky James Berry. The 2012 is 42% Grenache, 29% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah and 10% Counoise. More expressive today on the palate than in its aromatics, the 2012 remains a baby. (AG) 94+" (07/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and snappy, with a gritty tannic edge to the currant, raspberry, black licorice and fresh-turned earth notes, lending this a perfumed aroma. Presents a tough-edged tannic side that needs cellaring. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Counoise. Best from 2016 through 2028. (JL)" (03/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Showing lots of concentration with notes of red fruit, spice and forest accents. Nuanced. Grippy, taut tannin with balancing acidity and a persistent finish. Carries alcohol easily. Tightly wound currently, with a lot of promise. There is a lot of tenacity to this wine and it will need to be kept in the cellar for several years before opening but it shows purity and harmony throughout. 17+/20 points (ECB)" (07/2015)

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2012 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 6 available ($149.99)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 Pinot Noir The Coast is terrific. Ripe, juicy and explosive to the core, the 2012 blossoms with notable depth and texture, all beautifully balanced by the salinity and structure of the coast. The style is bold, ripe and exuberant, with all the elements very nicely balanced. This sumptuous Pinot is going to offer a wide window of fabulous drinking pretty much upon release. (AG)" (01/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and vibrant, with deep, vivid, youthful blackberry and wild berry fruit that's tightly wound and supported by firm, spicy tannins. The impressive finish reverberates. Best from 2015 through 2027. (JL)" (11/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir from Boars View, a blend of Calera, Mt. Eden and Swan clones, was aged 11 months in three separate French cooperages. This wine shows loads of sweet plum, Asian spice, black cherry and blacker currant notes, good acidity, medium to full body, and a nice, long layered mouthfeel. Its still young, but promises to drink well for another 7-8 years. (RP)" (10/2015)

K&L Notes: Boars' View is a new project with vineyard manager Ulises Valdez and winemaker Thomas Brown working together to produce a top estate-grown Pinot Noir. This vineyard was planted on a ridge, some miles south of the Aston estate vineyard, also above the usual level of summer fog from the ocean. Pinot clones include "heritage clones" from California sources: Calera, Mt. Eden and Swan. According to the winery, yields in this young vineyard were kept to under two tons per acre in 2012.

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2013 Carter "Beckstoffer To Kalon - The Three Kings" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($249.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Three Kings shows gorgeous blackberry and blueberry fruit, some white floral notes, a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel, fabulous precision, purity and balance, an inky mouthfeel, but nothing heavy or out of balance. This is profound Cabernet Sauvignon from a great, great vintage. Drink it over the next 25-30 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Three Kings is the deepest and most savory of Mark Carter's three Cabernets from To Kalon. Iron, smoke, minerals and a host of ferrous notes are pushed forward, while the fruit sits more in the background. With time in the glass the wine opens up beautifully, revealing layers of nuance and pure textural resonance. Tobacco, cedar, smoke and a host of savory/mineral overtones take on greater prominence as the wine continues to flesh out. This is another super-expressive wine from Mark Carter and Mike Smith. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2013 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate opens with profound black and red currant cordial notes over an undercurrent of Indian spices, chargrill, scorched earth and bay leaves. Medium-bodied with wonderful intensity and depth in the mouth, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing long and layered. (LPB)" (03/2018)

95 points Vinous: "Montelena's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is unctuous, deep and concentrated. A wine of gravitas and power, the 2013 possesses remarkable textural richness, with a demi-glace like sweetness that is unusual for this wine and that lends an exotic feel throughout. The tannins are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit, but they are very much present. Patience will be key. Iron, smoke, tar and licorice are some of the many notes that infuse the voluptuous finish. (AG)" (09/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Winemaker Matt Crafton embraces the winery's longstanding tradition of elegant Napa Valley Cabernet in this estate winea beautiful expression of exotic, savory characteristics wrapped in a seamless texture. Tomato leaf, meat and soy notes underscore deep layers of black pepper, black cherry and cassis, with grippy, dense tannins. Enjoy 20232033. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (12/2017)

2013 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Syrah/Grenache - 2 available ($39.99)

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2013 Rivers-Marie "Kanzler Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($74.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, the 2013 Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard, produced from Dijon cloned 667, 115 and the Pommard clone, sees about 10% whole-clusters. This is the most earthy, stemmy, spicy, terroir-driven Pinot Noir, with notes of tomato leaf as well as broad, spicy notes of sassafras, beet root and red currants. The wine has terrific fruit, a nice breadth of flavor, and a spicy earthiness thats going to put it in the love-it-or-leave-it category for many Pinot Noir enthusiasts. (RP)" (10/2015)

91 points Vinous: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard is the most immediate and juicy of these Rivers-Marie Pinots, which gives it a bit more early accessibility than is found throughout this range. Dark cherries, cola, cloves and hard candy blossom in a voluptuous, racy Pinot built on pure texture. Although Thomas Rivers Brown vinified the Kanzler with 10% whole clusters to give the wine more lightness, this site's tendency to yield round, fruity Pinots comes through just the same. (AG)" (01/2015)

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2013 Rivers-Marie Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($89.99)

91 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is plump, juicy and expressive. Sweet and open-knit in style, the 2013 is best enjoyed young, while the fruit retains its vibrancy. Sweet red cherry, plum and pomegranate add a final burst of energy on the close. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2013 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even more stunning is the 2013 Pinot Noir, which received similar treatment to the 2012. This wine shows complex forest floor notes, damp earth and Asian plum sauce interwoven with blackcurrant and black cherry as well as hints of underbrush and spring flowers. Deep, rich, complex and showing loads of fruit, it should be drunk over the next 5-7 years. (RP)" (10/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Bold, rich and assertive, with lively acidity and a tight, dense core of raspberry and blackberry, revealing rose, anise and spice scents. Supple, graceful and deep, this ends with a long, rich aftertaste and a supple, caressing texture. Drink now through 2024. *Top 100 Wines of 2016* (JL)" (09/2016)

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2014 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is marked by a strong herb and oak mixture and framed by a lively burst of red currant, red licorice, dusty, cedary oak and licorice notes. Drink now through 2030. (JL)" (09/2017)

90 points James Suckling: "Mint and berry aromas with hints of spices. Medium body, firm tannins and a medium finish. No reason to wait. Drink now. Always excellent." (05/2017)

K&L Notes: This stalwart Napa winery has been producing excellent Cabernets right alongside their iconic Merlots since their first vintage in 1978. Wine Spectator called 2014 "a dream vintage" in Napa, with early rains and then a dry and steady summer. This ushered in a high-quality, pristine harvest, and the resulting wines are knockouts.

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2014 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($199.99)

97 points James Suckling: "The blackberry, dark-chocolate and walnut aromas are persuasive. Full body, a dense and fruity center palate and beautiful depth and intensity. The tannin texture is exceptional. Great wine. Drink in 2020 and onwards." (05/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc coming from six vineyards and reared for 24 months in 100% new French oak, the 2014 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed blackberries and fresh blackcurrants with touches of cigar box, sandalwood, dried lavender, beef drippings and mocha plus a waft of wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied and incredibly elegant and fine in the mouth, the lively fruit is well structured by grainy tannins and seamless acid, finishing long and earthy. 97+ points. (LPB)" (10/2017)

97 points Vinous: "The 2014 Insignia has turned out beautifully. Finely sculpted, nuanced and classic in structure, the 2014 is built on a core of energy and brightness. There is a level of purity and delineation in the flavors that is remarkable. Bright red cherry, lavender, rose petal and graphite add to the wine's sculpted personality. The 2014 is not an obvious or especially opulent Insignia, but rather a wine that makes its case with its impeccable balance. A closing flourish of bright, floral notes adds the final shades of nuance. (AG)" (03/2018)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This fine vintage of Insignia combines 87% Cabernet Sauvignon with 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Soft, supple and seamless, it offers rich but balanced cassis and milk chocolate flavors, with supportive and complementary oak. It should do well in the cellar and will be best from 2024-2034. *Best of 2017, Cellar Selection* (VB)" (12/2017)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Insignia has been a remarkably consistent performer over the years and always manages to find a prominent place at the head of the class, and its high standing is affirmed once again with this outstanding version from 2014. This wine is both rich and remarkably refined with a great sense of depth, and its forceful themes of currants and black cherries are framed with beautifully matched creamy oak and deft touches of sweet spice. As with past efforts, it is uncannily potent and polished at one and the same time, and the one small caveat to its enthusiastic endorsement is that, if involving now, it is years away from reaching its full potential and should be hidden away and its manifold charms ignored until reaching its tenth anniversary." (12/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia checks in as 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc and was brought up all in new oak. This beauty comes from six estate vineyards and offers a gorgeous bouquet of black raspberries, cassis, Asian spice and white chocolate. With full-bodied richness, a beautiful, opulent, yet balanced texture, sweet tannin, and a great finish, it's a gorgeous 2014 that's already hard to resist, yet will cruise for two to three decades in the cellar." (12/2017)

95 points Decanter: "No Merlot in this vintage, with a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc. The nose is more subdued than on the Napa Cabernet, although there is abundant toasty oak. It's very rich and tannic, concentrated and taut, but remains youthful and reserved. It needs a good deal of time. Very long, with mocha tones on the finish. Of remarkable quality, given that more than 170,000 bottles were produced. Drinking Window 2020-2045. (SB)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc. Meaty, interesting nose and wonderfully smooth texture -- though not sweet. This works well. Is it the Petit Verdot spice perhaps? Very well put together and already pleasing. Not too sweet and not too alcoholic. (JR)" (03/2018)

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2014 Martinelli "Bondi Home Ranch - Water Trough Vineyard" Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 3 available ($69.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The cool-climate 2014 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch, from the Green Valley in the Russian River, is absolutely spectacular. It saw 80% new oak because it was so concentrated, and it seems to have sucked it up and only reveals just a slight wood spice to its full-bodied, beautifully textured, black raspberry and blackberry fruit. This is one of the profound 2014s and should drink well for 15-20 years. As good as 2013 is for Pinot Noir in Sonoma, 2014 actually eclipses it. (RP)" (03/2016)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch is a powerful, intense wine. Game, smoke, tobacco, licorice and red stone fruits meld together in a deep, virile Pinot that could use another year or two in bottle. Today, the Bondi Home Ranch is a bit rough around the edges, but it certainly is not lacking in personality. Then again, when has that ever been an issue here? I always look forward to my tastings at Martinelli. The entire family gathers around a long rectangular table to show their latest releases. This year, the 2014 Pinots are the most impressive wines in the range.I always look forward to my tastings at Martinelli. The entire family gathers around a long rectangular table to show their latest releases. This year, the 2014 Pinots are the most impressive wines in the range. Martinelli fans will not want to miss the new Wild Thyme Pinot. The 2013 Chards are a bit subdued, both by Martinelli standards and within the context of the vintage. Perhaps I caught those wines at an awkward stage. The Syrahs are attractive, although in 2013 the flavor profile leans more towards the red end of the spectrum, which is unusual here. The Martinellis are probably best known for their Zinfandel. The new collection of current releases delivers the goods. As always, the Martinellis like to harvest ripe, which to them means that fruit has to begin to show some dimpling. The wines are rich, powerful, and, at their best, deeply satisfying. (AG)" (02/2016)

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2015 Anthill Farms "Baker Ranch" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($49.99)

90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pinot Noir Baker Ranch is soft, delicate and understated. Sweet floral and red-toned fruit notes develop in this pretty, expressive Pinot from Anthill Farms. The Baker Ranch is another wine that is a bit reticent in the early going, but that also appears to have considerable potential. (AG)" (03/2017)

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2015 Anthill Farms "Campbell Ranch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($49.99)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Hailing from the foggy redwood-flanked hills of Annapolis, this is a powerful coastal pinot noir, the flavors rooted in a firm, tannic bite that slowly transforms into black, peppery spice, energizing the wines ripe raspberry flavor. Its fresh yet muscular, and could stand up to lamb chops." (08/2017)

90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch Vineyard is another very tightly wound, compact wine. It will be interesting to see if the 2015 fleshes out with more time in bottle. Today, it is a bit lean and unexpressive. Still, there is a good bit of energy and overall character coming through. 90+ points. This is another strong set of wines from Anthill Farms. Low yields are the theme of the 2015 vintage here, as they are pretty much everywhere. Pinot Noir was hit the hardest... The Anthill wines all see a good bit of whole clusters in fermentation (30-50%) and are handled minimally in the cellar. Because of that, the wines can sometimes be a bit cloudy in the bottle. These wines are gorgeous expressions of some of the top vineyard sites in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. (AG)" (01/2017)

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2015 Anthill Farms "Peters Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 12 available Price: Hidden

92 points Vinous: "Dark cherry, plum, lavender and spice make a strong first impression in the 2015 Pinot Noir Peters Vineyard. Deceptively medium in body , the 2015 possesses exotic richness and plenty of intensity to match its juicy, layered feel.This is another strong set of wines from Anthill Farms. Low yields are the theme of the 2015 vintage here, as they are pretty much everywhere. Pinot Noir was hit the hardest. Yields were down in Syrah as well, but not as dramatically as in Pinot because weather during the Syrah flowering was more stable. The Anthill wines all see a good bit of whole clusters in fermentation (30-50%) and are handled minimally in the cellar. Because of that, the wines can sometimes be a bit cloudy in the bottle. These wines are gorgeous expressions of some of the top vineyard sites in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. (AG)" (01/2017)

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2015 Anthill Farms "Tina Marie Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($54.99)

92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard is one of the more powerful, dense wines in this range. Many of the 2015s will drink well with minimal cellaring, but the 2015 is a wine that is going to need time to fully come together. Bluish shades of fruit, lavender, mint and spice add to the wine's dark, supple personality. The tannins need time to soften, but there is plenty to look forward.This is another strong set of wines from Anthill Farms. Low yields are the theme of the 2015 vintage here, as they are pretty much everywhere. Pinot Noir was hit the hardest. Yields were down in Syrah as well, but not as dramatically as in Pinot because weather during the Syrah flowering was more stable. The Anthill wines all see a good bit of whole clusters in fermentation (30-50%) and are handled minimally in the cellar. Because of that, the wines can sometimes be a bit cloudy in the bottle. These wines are gorgeous expressions of some of the top vineyard sites in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. (AG)" (01/2017)

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2015 Kistler "Durell" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard opens with alluring lemon curd, green guava and ripe apricot notes with suggestions of allspice, coriander seed, almond croissant and orange blossom. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a seductive oiliness to the texture with loads of rich tropical fruit layers generously accented with baking spice notions, finishing very long. (LPB)" (06/2018)

94 points Vinous: "Breadth, power and richness are the signatures in the 2015 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard. The 2015 has really come together nicely over the last year. Creamy and generous, with terrific resonance, the Durell will appeal most to readers who like larger Chardonnays. Naturally forming small clusters and small berries in these diseased vines give the Durell much of its distinctive personality. (AG)" (04/2018)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide: "From its deep and oh-so-generous aromas to its concentrated, multi-faceted flavors, this expressive working impresses as being as polished and well-crafted as it is unrelentingly rich. It manages to be both juicy and wonderfully complex with a full measure of optimally ripened fruit neatly matched to its plentiful complement of sweet oak and lees, and, if structured to keep and conveying a great sense of reserve, it is nonetheless a decidedly showy wine in its youth. If given the choice, we would opt to wait for a couple of years before pulling its cork, but neither would we be averse to drinking it tonight alongside the likes of the richest salmon, swordfish or lobster recipes." (07/2018)

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2015 Kistler "Dutton Ranch" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($129.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is totally strutting its stuff at this youthful stage, offering up flamboyant lemon curd, green mango and fresh pineapple notes with suggestions of candied ginger, nutmeg, toasted almonds and honey drizzled brioche. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely coated with creamy textured tropical fruits, supported by a lively line of freshness, finishing very long and fantastically spicy. (LPB) 96+ points." (06/2018)

94 points Vinous: "The 2015 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is another rich, ample wine. Here, the interplay of bright minerality, savoriness and structure is quite appealing. Sage, menthol, dried pear and chamomile add layers of dimension to this very pretty, layered Chardonnay. All the elements simply fall into place in this effortless, super-distinctive wine. (AG)" (04/2018)

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2015 Kistler "Hudson Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay Price: Hidden

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "The Kistler Chardonnay contingent is far from a homogenous, barely differing bunch, yet this one stands out a bit more than most and claims the mantle of being the richest, most lavish of all. Its sweeping aromas of ripe apples, lees and toasty oak are echoed in kind by its very broad, highly extracted, mouthfilling flavors, and its sustained impressions of depth are compelling. It closes with a bit of vinous grip not found in its mates, and, if a generous, wholly fascinating wine at the moment, its potential for growth and increased polish with age commend a few more years of cellaring." (07/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "From one of the older blocks of the famous vineyard, once looked after by this winemaker, this wine is beautifully golden in color with a reduced, salty nose of caramelized pretzel. Robustly built, it shows fleshy, lush layers of honey and tropical richness. (VB)" (07/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard opens with profound notions of pink grapefruit, pear tart and green mango with touches of pie crust, almond paste, orange blossoms and honeycomb. Medium to full-bodied, it completely coats the palate with satiny textured tropical and citrus fruits, featuring loads of savory accents and a long, uplifting finish. (LPB)" (06/2018)

93 points Vinous: "The weight and power of the vintage really come through in the 2015 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard, and yet the wine doesn't feel quite put together just yet. Even so, there is good depth and creaminess to the tropically-leaning flavors, along with that super-classic hint of matchstick reduction that is such a signature of Hudson Chardonnays. In this tasting, the Hudson is a bit awkward. I would give it another 6-12 months in bottle. (AG) 93+" (04/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Though taut and zesty, this offers a light touch of smoky oak that adds dimension and depth, leaving room for development. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (06/2018)

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2015 Kistler "Laguna Ridge Vineyard" Russian River Pinot Noir ($139.99)

98 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge (formerly Kistler Vineyard) is just as riveting from bottle as it was from tank. Inky, deep and explosive, the 2015 hits the palate with a rush of blue/purplish fruit, creme de cassis, lavender, menthol, game, white flowers and incense. Vivid and spectacularly rich, this full-throttle Pinot has so much to offer. The tannins need time to soften, but all the elements are in the right place. A flourish of floral and savory notes add the closing layers of complexity. (AG)" (04/2018)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a wine of great concentration and density that's also savory and earthy. Hearty, heady violet-floral aromatics make for a grand entry into explosively succulent wild strawberry flavor and supple texture. The tannins are robust and rounded and there's a delicate layering of white and black pepper that dominates on the finish. Enjoy best 2020-2030. (VB)" (07/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard is a little closed to begin, revealing (with plenty of coaxing) beautiful redcurrants, Bing cherries, wild blueberries and black raspberries scents with touches of fragrant moss, underbrush and fungi. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a wonderful intensity of blue and black fruits with a taut yet ripe, finely grained texture and a long earthy finish. (LPB)" (06/2018)

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2015 Kistler "Laguna Ridge Vineyard" Russian River Pinot Noir 1.5L Price: Hidden

98 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge (formerly Kistler Vineyard) is just as riveting from bottle as it was from tank. Inky, deep and explosive, the 2015 hits the palate with a rush of blue/purplish fruit, creme de cassis, lavender, menthol, game, white flowers and incense. Vivid and spectacularly rich, this full-throttle Pinot has so much to offer. The tannins need time to soften, but all the elements are in the right place. A flourish of floral and savory notes add the closing layers of complexity. (AG)" (04/2018)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a wine of great concentration and density that's also savory and earthy. Hearty, heady violet-floral aromatics make for a grand entry into explosively succulent wild strawberry flavor and supple texture. The tannins are robust and rounded and there's a delicate layering of white and black pepper that dominates on the finish. Enjoy best 2020-2030. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (07/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard is a little closed to begin, revealing (with plenty of coaxing) beautiful redcurrants, Bing cherries, wild blueberries and black raspberries scents with touches of fragrant moss, underbrush and fungi. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a wonderful intensity of blue and black fruits with a taut yet ripe, finely grained texture and a long earthy finish. (LPB)" (06/2018)

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2015 Kistler "McCrea Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay Price: Hidden

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "With an underlying richness, this medium-bodied white never forgets about its throughput of acidity, allowing for an undeniable crispness on the palate. Floral on the nose in apple and orange blossom, it shows a stony character that speaks to mineral components like oystershell and rock. (VB)" (07/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard features enticing notes of ripe grapefruit, white peaches and lime leaves with nuances of baking bread, fresh ginger and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, richly fruited and delivering a decadent oiliness to the texture, it fills the palate with citrus and stone fruit layers, finishing long and spicy. (LPB)" (06/2018)

93 points Vinous: "Kistler's 2015 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard is soft, open-knit and gracious, all of which will make it easy to drink and appreciate upon release. Orchard fruit, dried flowers, chamomile and almond notes grace a subtle, understated Chardonnay that speaks in hushed tones. Today, the McCrea is a bit subdued relative to how it showed from tank. (AG)" (04/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Exhibits a lively core of citrus-shaded fruit that's tight, intense and lively. Pure and persistent. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (06/2018)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "We have found that Chardonnays hailing from the Sonoma Mountain AVA are often firmer and more structured than their valley-floor cousins, and, while this weighty example fits the bill and is built along slightly tighter lines, it is also remarkably deep in well-defined fruit and long on layered richness. It suggests crisp apples at one moment and fresh limes the next with fine oak in support and persistent accents of lees that make for a patently complex wine, and, however involving it may be at the moment, it is sure to age beautifully and very convincingly makes the case that serious Chardonnay should not be gulped down too soon." (07/2018)

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2015 Kistler "Stone Flat Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard opens with wonderfully seductive tropical fruit notes of fresh pineapple, green guava and passion fruit with compelling sparks of lemon zest, wet pebbles, baking bread and cashew pieces plus a touch of fresh ginger. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bursting with exotic fruits and zesty nuances with a decadent oiliness to the texture plus a racy line to deliver a very long, invigorating finish. (LPB)" (06/2018)

93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard is marked by expressive citrus and floral notes, with a bit more lift, translucence and brighter acids than the Durrell, which lies a few feet away and is planted with the same clonal material, but on different rootstock. Even with all of the natural richness of the year, the Stone Flat is quite gracious and delicate. Bright, saline notes extend the finish nicely. (AG)" (04/2018)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Both ripe and wonderfully lively with an inviting, nicely composed, many-layered nose of fresh apples and minerals carefully infused with toast and creamy oak, the Stone Flat Chardonnay likewise exhibits fine fruity depth and exceptional integration of its many parts on the palate. It is full and a touch oily in feel to start and firms without stiffening as it crosses the palate, and, while a very rich wine, it is governed by the very clear presence of juicy fruit from beginning to end. Its seamless construction makes it fairly easy to like at the moment, but while offering near-term pleasures aplently, it will age famously by virtue of its exemplary balance and by no means demands hasty drinking." (07/2018)

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2015 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 12 available ($99.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Lots of the blue fruits and dried flowers on the nose. Oyster shell too. Medium to full body, linear and vibrant. Energetic. Clean and intense finish." (05/2017)

92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is another terrific appellation-level Pinot. This is the first year in which the Sonoma Coast Pinot is more truly coastal, with more of an influence from sites in the Freestone area. Succulent black cherry, plum, hard candy and expressive floral notes are all supported by beams of firm tannin and lively acidity that add verve as well as freshness. (AG)" (08/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is straight up classic. Black raspberries, spice, caramelized cherries and forest floor characteristics all flow to a rich, balanced, gorgeously textured wine that has perfectly integrated fruit, tannin and alcohol. It has fine, yet present tannin and a great finish, and will easily keep through 2025." (10/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Notably elegant and rich, with a deceptively deep and persistent mix of raspberry and wild berry flavors, shaded by gravelly earth and savory notes that lose a bit of focus on the finish. Drink now through 2023. (JL)" (09/2017)

2015 Rochioli "Sweetwater Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($89.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Offering an appealing struck match/sulfide character, 2015 Chardonnay Sweetwater Vineyard has an intoxicating mélange of ripe apricots, honeyed toast, mandarin peel and praline. The medium to full-bodied palate is beautifully concentrated with complex stone fruit, citrus and mineral flavors lingering on and on. Gorgeous. 176 cases were made. (LPB)" (02/2017)

96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Chardonnay Sweetwater emerges from a hillside parcel planted with the Wente clone. The first thing that is evident about the Sweetwater is a distinctly Burgundian element of reduction in the aromatics. Silky and creamy on the palate, the 2015 possesses striking texture and nuance from start to finish. This is a knock out wine from Rochioli. (AG)" (03/2017)

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2015 Vineyard 7&8 "Estate" Spring Mountain District Chardonnay - 2 available ($69.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Creamy textured, rich and full, with fig, melon, butterscotch, anise and smoky, toasty oak notes that linger and add texture and dimension. (JL)" (04/2018)

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2015 Williams Selyem "Eastside Road Neighbors" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 3 available ($79.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This multi-vineyard wine is sourced from hillside sites on the eastern edges of the appellation, including Foss and Calegari vineyards. Perfumed in clove and other baking spice tones, it has beautiful aromatics and ripe, firm tannins. The palate is marked by flavors of plum, rhubarb and cherry clafouti. (VB)" (03/2018)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Very pure Russian River Valley fruit is on full display here, and, from beginning to end, this very precise and well-focused offering keys confidently on the fresh cherries and flowers for which its district is justly known. It counts very good balance among its many virtues and already hints at the polished mouthfeel that is unique to fine Pinot, yet, its present charms noted, it has the certain potential to improve with age, and we anticipate more beauty and finesse once three or four years have gone by. **Two Stars**" (02/2018)

2016 AP Vin "Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir - 2 available ($39.99)

2016 AP Vin "Ridgetop Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($39.99)

2016 Aubert "CIX" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 5 available ($169.99)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chardonnay CIX Estate is beguiling in its complexity and singularity, offering up scents of smoked nuts, waxed lemons, crushed rocks and coriander seed with hints of crusty bread, honeysuckle, baked peaches and clover honey. Full-bodied, full-on creamy and densely laden with layers of citrus and savory flavors, it has just enough freshness and wonderful length. (LPB)" (10/2017)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From an estate vineyard located just beside the Lauren vineyard, in the Sonoma Coast AVA that was planted in 2008, the 2016 Chardonnay CIX Estate (which translates to 109 in Roman numerals) comes from volcanic and Goldridge soils and was brought up in 80% new French oak. Its another wine that builds with time in the glass and offers a full-bodied, powerful, yet shockingly elegant profile. Incredible notes of caramelized white peaches, tangerines, white flowers, and ample salty, seaside mineral characteristics, as well as terrific purity, make for a singular, awesome Chardonnay to drink over the coming 4-6 years." (06/2018)

95 points Vinous: "Racy and unctuous in the glass, the 2016 Chardonnay CIX Vineyard is one of the most viscous wines in this range. This opulent, dense Chardonnay is going to need quite a bit of time to be at its very best, but it is impressive, even at this early stage. The CIX gets more new oak than most of the other Chardonnays, and yet the wood is very nicely integrated. (AG)" (04/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a long embrace of oak, with subtle toast amid the taut green apple, fig and melon flavors, easing on the finish. (JL)" (07/2018)

2016 Aubert "Eastside Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 9 available ($149.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another perfect wine is the 2016 Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard, which comes from a site on the east side of the Russian River Valley. All from a suitcase clone from Montrachet, it has a perfumed, vibrant bouquet of caramelized green citrus, crushed rocks, orange blossom, and candied ginger. While its a full-bodied, powerful wine, it has an incredible sense of freshness and purity, with more saline/oyster shell notes developing as it sat in the glass. Its another tour de force from Mark Aubert!" (06/2018)

97-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard is scented of lemon tart, baking bread, crushed stones, clover honey and shaved almonds with hints of pure, sliced pears and Golden Delicious apples. Full-bodied, elegant, fine and restrained, the silken palate has a quiet intensity, finishing long with savory layers. (LPB)" (10/2017)

95 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard is one of the more open-knit, accessible wines in the range, and the first of these Chardonnays I would choose to open. Orchard fruit, dried pear, flowers, almonds and mint are all laced together in this pretty, gracious wine. It will be interesting to see if the 2016 gains a bit more flesh over time. Today, it is a bit on the compact side. (AG) 95+" (04/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Features a core of green apple, pear, honeydew melon and toasty flavors, showing a touch of pithy citrus in the texture, ending clean. Drink now through 2024. (JL)" (07/2018)

2016 Aubert "Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay - 6 available ($149.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chardonnay Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard has a provocative savory/meaty nose with yeast extract, brine and nut nuances over a core of ripe pears and white peaches plus a waft of lime leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with stone fruit and savory layers, with a lovely oiliness to the texture offset by a racy acid line, finishing long. (LPB)" (10/2017)

97 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay Larry Hyde and Sons is so delicate, precise and nuanced. In 2016, the Hyde leans more towards the citrus end of the spectrum. Candied lemon peel and lifted floral notes are some of the signatures in this striking, beautifully delineated Chardonnay. In most vintages, Hyde tends to give a decidedly forward style of Chardonnay. Mark Aubert's 2016 is all finesse. (AG)" (04/2018)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Voluptuous and creamy, with densely packed flavors of apple pastry, pear tart and peach and hints of mango that are long and rich. The plush, complex finish is filled with notes of spice and dried herbs. (KM)" (05/2018)

2016 Aubert "Lauren Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 4 available ($169.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "My favorite in the lineup (although theyd all qualify as a desert island wine) was the 2016 Chardonnay Lauren Estate. Brought up in 100% new oak and with a vibrant gold color (as well as a hint of green), it boasts off-the-chart aromas of caramelized orchard fruits, marzipan, orange peel, Asian spices and honeyed flowers. Deep, multi-dimensional, layered, and perfectly balanced, it hits the palate with a massive blast of fruit, yet is seamless and weightless. Dont miss it!" (06/2018)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chardonnay Lauren Estate delivers incredibly intense grapefruit essence, lemon peel and green apple notes with touches of nutmeg, fresh ginger, lightly browned toast, marzipan and smoky meat. The palate is built like a brick house with a solid line of refreshing acid framing the complex citrus and spice layers, finishing long and savory. (LPB)" (10/2017)

97 points Vinous: "A thrilling wine, the 2016 Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard is the most expansive of these wines. The interplay of creamy fruit, acid and structure is utterly captivating. Medium in body, the Lauren is a wine of impeccable balance and understated class that makes its case more with finesse and pure power. This parcel is planted with a combination of Mt. Eden, Corton-Charlemagne, Hyde and Hudson Chardonnay clones. Perhaps it is that combination of clonal material that results in a wine of unusual complexity and layers. The refreshing, gracious finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal. In a word: superb. (AG)" (04/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, precise and refined, with luscious apple, red peach and lemon curd flavors that are swathed in plush spiciness. Light smoky notes linger on the focused, minerally finish. Best from 2019 through 2026. (KM)" (07/2018)

2016 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 3 available ($149.99)

96 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is powerful and phenolically intense. Orchard fruit, mint, white flowers and melon are pushed forward. Deep and ample on the palate, with tremendous structure, the 2016 has a lot to offer. Although very much tightly wound today, the Ritchie is one of the most promising wines in the range. (AG) 96+" (04/2018)

2016 Aubert "Sugar Shack" Napa Valley Chardonnay - 2 available ($159.99)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chardonnay Sugar Shack Estate is opulent straight out of the gate, with stunning orange peel, candied ginger, nutmeg and ripe apricot with touches of cashews and croissant. The full-bodied palate explodes with expressive bread, nut, spice and stone fruit layers, marked by a lively line of acid that lifts the fruit and gives a long, gregarious finish. (LPB)" (10/2017)

95 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay Sugar Shack is one the more exuberant wines in this range. Orange blossom, honey, wild flowers and apricot are all laced together in this decidedly bold, ample Chardonnay. The Sugar Shack emerges from Aubert's home ranch in Rutherford, planted with Montrachet clone. The balance of fruit and acids is terrific. Even so, the Sugar Shack will appeal most to readers who appreciate the flamboyant side of California Chardonnay. (AG)" (04/2018)

2016 Aubert "UV-SL Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 5 available ($149.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From a cooler site (its one of the last to be harvested), the 2016 Chardonnay UV-SL Vineyard is a perfect wine any way you look at it. Caramelized pineapple, marzipan, citrus, candle wax, and layers of complex Chardonnay fruit all flow to a beautifully pure, silky, perfectly balanced 2016 that has depth, freshness, complexity, and length. It develops even more complexity with time in the glass and is a brilliant effort from this estate. As with the other releases here, it was brought up in 80% new French oak." (06/2018)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chardonnay UV-SL has a very sexy nose of apple pie and apricot preserves over suggestions of coriander seed, fennel and chalk dust, plus a waft of orange blossoms. The palate simply sings with vibrant stone fruit and citrus peel flavors with a racy backbone cutting through the satiny texture, finishing with loads of lingering spice notes. (LPB)" (10/2017)

96 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay UV-SL Vineyard is powerful and also razor-sharp. Chalk, crushed rocks, mint and citrus peel give the UV-SL its distinctive energetic, focused feel. The UV-SL shows the distinct influence of elevation at this site perched at 1,200 feet above sea level. While many of the Aubert Chardonnays are overt, the UV-SL is much less forthcoming. Underpinnings of acid and structure add to the wine's considerable appeal. (AG)" (04/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Well-honed, offering layers of concentrated white fruit flavors that are dominated by a deft mix of citrus, crisp apple and peach. The minerally finish lingers, with fresh acidity. Best from 2020 through 2025. (KM)" (07/2018)

2016 Aubert Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 8 available ($119.99)

Robert Parker writes: "Mark Aubert had an impressive resumé long before he became this famous, mentored by Helen Turley when he was at Peter Michael, and from there spending impressive tenures at Colgin and Tom Futo’s winery before he went off bound for glory. I am a big buyer of these wines every year, and often serve the wines to strangers at charity events. They are consistently the favorites that people taste."

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2016 Rochioli Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc - 6 available ($39.99)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "If you've never been blown away by a California sauvignon blanc, you owe it to yourself to taste this wine. Over half of the fruit comes from an old vineyard that Joe Rochioli, Jr., planted in 1959; it's now farmed by his son Tom. Old vines, as well as the sunny, temperate climate and stony soil along the banks of the Russian River, drew the fruit to a precise, focused intensity in 2016. You'll find ripe, luscious flavors of papaya and peach -even redder tones of wild strawberry- tied to a profound sense of mineral depth. For all of its power, the fruit remains vivid and mouthwatering, as pure as spring water." (08/2017)

Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc comes from sites in the Russian River Valley and was brought up in tank. Its a juicy, vibrant, green citrus and mineral-scented effort that has bright acidity and a clean, balanced style on the palate. It's well made and delicious." (03/2018)

2004 Domaine Drouhin "Laurene" Pinot Noir (Wrinkled Labels) - 3 available ($59.99)

2005 Domaine Drouhin "Louise" Oregon Pinot Noir - 4 available ($99.99)

2006 Domaine Drouhin "Louise" Oregon Pinot Noir - 3 available ($99.99)

2005 Abeja Winery Columbia Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 3 available ($99.99)

2006 Abeja Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($39.99)

92(+?) points Stephen Tanzer: "Medium red. Enticing aromas of currant, cherry, mocha, lavender and sweet oak. Lush, suave and seamless, with mineral and spice notes giving definition to the middle palate and leavening the impression of volume. Finishes uncompromisingly dry, subtle and long, with captivating perfume and perfectly integrated tannins." (Nov/Dec '09) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Delicious and immediately appealing with fresh strawberry and Bing cherry fruit, leading into sweet toasty oak and the precisely detailed tannins that characterize John Abbott’s winemaking. The old vine fruit brings subtle grace notes as the wine moves through the palate—a dash of pepper, a whiff of herb, a brambly old vine finish with a hint of black tea." (07/09) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, supple and expressive, offering a mouthful of tobacco-accented cherry, currant and floral aromas and flavors that sail effortlessly over modest tannins into the long, balanced finish. Drink now through 2014." (06/09)