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September 1, 2015 New Arrival Email

The following is a list of new arrivals that have come into our inventory since our last email a week ago, with at least one bottle in stock at the time of this email. For complete tasting notes for every wine listed below, view the Email Archive page on KLWines.com

TOP PICKS...
(a handful of our favorites also listed in the New Arrivals and Back in Stock sections)


  • 2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino ( $54.99)
    98 points James Suckling: "An unforgiving and powerfully structured wine with fabulous grilled meat and granite stone character with dried berry and flower petal. Full body, chewy and intense. Great structure and extremely long and intense. Sexy austerity. Gets the juices going. Best ever from here. Reminds me of the great Argianos of the 1970s but now! Better in 2017 or 2018. " (12/2014) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aged for 24 months in oak, the gorgeous 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a brooding, dark wine with great aromatic purity. The fruit tones are rich and penetrating, spanning from plum, prune and cassis to spice cake, tar and black licorice. The wine's concentration is luscious and opulent. The oak element imparts lasting aromas of spice, toast and caramel but the wine already shows a good degree of integration that should help it continue its bottle evolution. Hold this wine until 2017. (ML)" (03/2015) 95 points International Wine Review: "The 2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino is an absolutely stunning effort, offering gorgeous aromas of freshly crushed dark cherries and blackberries along with sweet spices, fresh floral and minerals which are beautifully layered in the glass. This full-bodied Brunello shows notable depth and structure, continuing to impress with its gorgeous velvety texture all the way through the finish. Today, the wine is quite accessible with extended air contact, but readers may want to consider allowing some additional bottle age as it will also prove to be age worthy. Best 2017-2030. -Joe D'Angelo" (03/2015) 94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino jumps from the glass with notable energy and precision. Grilled herbs, smoke, tobacco, rose petal and mint are all beautifully delineated in the glass. Distinctly savory and mineral notes add complexity to the expressive, stone-inflected fruit in a chiseled, pulsating Brunello endowed with considerable energy. The tannins need time to soften, but Argiano's 2010 is unquestionably a winner. (AG)" (02/2015) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Underbrush, savory herb, leather and darkskinned fruit aromas mingle in the glass. The firm, structured palate delivers mature plum, black cherry, vanilla, licorice and a confectionary note alongside assertive tannins. Drink 2018–2028. " (05/2015)

  • 2010 Fattoria Le Pupille "Saffredi" Maremma Toscana ( $54.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Saffredi (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) delivers gorgeous intensity and broad aromas of black berry, leather, crushed granite and lingering smoke. It’s a masterpiece on all happy fronts. The textural elegance is superb. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. There is always a single face that identifies a region: A sole producer with the charisma and communicative talents required to perform the ambassadorial duties that bring a relatively obscure wine area to the world stage. For the Maremma, that person is Elisabetta Geppetti. Her newest releases confirm the extreme quality that distinguishes Fattoria Le Pupille. (ML)" (08/2013) 93 points James Suckling: "The aromas of blueberries and lavender come out nicely in the glass. Full body, with fine tannins and a bright acidity. The texture is wonderful here. Needs two or three years to come together. Saffredi is a benchmark in Tuscany's Maremma region." (07/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Black cherry and licorice flavors hold the center, with accents of vanilla, clove, cedar and wood resin. This is concentrated and backed by stiff tannins, leaving a firm finish for now. Needs time. Best from 2016 through 2029." (10/2013)

  • 2011 Il Palagio "Sister Moon" Toscana ( $44.99)
    96 points James Suckling: "This is so refined and polished with dusty tannins and shaved-chocolate and dried-berry character. Full-bodied but fresh and lively. Long, long finish. Trudy and Sting's best wine ever. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Very drinkable now but better in 2017." (10/2014) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Violet, black currant and boysenberry flavors highlight this fruity, supple red, showing abundant support from well-integrated tannins and lively acidity. Fine length. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2022. " (09/2015) K&L Notes: The 350-acre Villa il Palagio is owned by famed musician Sting, and it features vineyards, olive groves, lakes, and forests. He and his wife, Trudie, have opened a farm shop, selling the estate's fruit and vegetables as well as olive oil and local salami.

  • 2011 Tenuta Orma Toscana ( $49.99)
    97 points James Suckling: "A gorgeous, sleek wine with super-polished tannins and fabulous fruit. It's full but so refined and sexy. It goes on for minutes. Really fine. What a wine. This Bordeaux blend from here is the best ever. Better in 2016 but great now." (10/2014) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This full-bodied blend of 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc offers aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, crushed Mediterranean herbs, scorched earth and tobacco. The dense palate doles out black cherries, red currants, cedar, anise and mocha alongside ample, velvety tannins. Drink 2016–2021." (08/2015) Wine Spectator: "Though lean and tight, this red shows cherry and raspberry flavors, along with spice, tobacco and earth accents. The grainy tannins and lively acidity provide support. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2025. (Web Only—2015) "

  • Balblair 21 Year Gordon & Macphail First Fill Sherry Cask Strength Single Barrel Single Malt Scotch 750ml ( $229.99)
    Only 5 cases for California and we got them all! This is massively sherried Balblair at the peak of maturity. A true Sherry Bomb if you're in the market for one. Dark like coffee, rich like molasses. It's a dream for any lover of the Sherried style, but also a great introduction to the unusual Balblair Distillery.

  • 2015 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch ( $16.99)
    Now a perennial favorite with staff and customers alike at K&L, this is one of our best selling and most raved abour Roses every year. Hand-picked from Biodynamically farmed, old Mourvedre vines in a cool coastal sub-region of Stellenbosch. It's a fresh, elegant wine that does a fantastic impression of Bandol (which is also predominantely made from Mourvedre) but at a fraction of the cost! Waterkloof is a stunning property working with very natural, non-interventionist methods, the wines are pure, expressive and precisely balanced. I am excited to work with Waterkloof Estate as a direct import partner and hope you enjoy this year's Circumstance "Cape Coral" Rose...and remember total production is less than 350 cases! Ryan Woodhouse (K&L South African Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "Pale, salmon colour. Delicate floral aromas, with hints of minerality are prominent on the nose. The palate is soft, fresh and supple, finishing with a balanced acidity. Traditionally the wine is served chilled on its own, but also marries well with salmon and fresh dishes. Grapes were hand harvested and a gentle whole bunch pressing extracted only the finest juice. No further maceration of the juice with the skins was allowed. The fermentation started spontaneously with wild yeasts that occur naturally in the vineyard. This was completed in our older neutral oak fermenters. The wine was then left on the primary lees for another three and a half months to add further complexity before bottling."

  • 2013 Borsao "Tres Picos" Garnacha Campo de Borja ( $14.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid purple. Fresh cherry, blackberry and incense on the highly perfumed nose. Lush, sweet and broad on the palate, offering fleshy blueberry and floral pastille flavors that turn spicier with air. Closes on a sweet note of spicy oak, with supple tannins, very good tenacity and a touch of fruitcake. (JR)" (09/2014) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Tres Picos is the bodegas top cuvée of 100% Grenache from older, head-pruned vines planted on the hillsides of the Moncayo Mountains. Yields were less than two tons of fruit per acre. This was the first of the Grenaches to spend some time in a combination of older French oak barrels (for 10 months) as well as stainless steel. There are 6,000 cases of this outstanding wine. Its dense ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by notes of kirsch liqueur, licorice, pepper and spice box, and a medium to full-bodied, richly fruity, sensual wine with beautiful finesse, complexity and purity. Sometimes Grenache can take on a complex, Pinot Noir-like sensitivity, and this cuvée appears to have done that. Consumers should take advantage of these lovely wines offered at ridiculously low prices. (RP)" (11/2014) Wine Spectator: "This plush red offers ripe, round fruit flavors of plum and black raspberry, with a sweet frame of chocolate and toasted spice. The tannins are well-integrated, while citrusy acidity lends some backbone." (04/2015)

  • 2012 Ghost Block "Single Vineyard" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon ( $99.99)
    This vintage has not yet been reviewed, but the previous vintage earned 92 points from Wine Spectator: "Ripe, plush and generous, with layers of rich blackberry, black licorice, road tar, tobacco and graphite, filling out the palate and turning supple midpalate. Offers gripping tannins. This is well-proportioned and finishes with sweetness. Drink now through 2023." (11/2014)

  • 2012 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $19.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Appealing aromas of cocoa, vanilla and spice intermingle with dark fruit. The palate brings plenty of the same, with pleasing richness and texture to the flavors, and lots of hang time on the finish." (09/2015) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Incorporating 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, the 2012 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is another terrific wine from this estate that shows the house style with its plump, soft, fruit-forward personality. Giving up lots of currants, licorice, dried herbs and tobacco leaf, I suspect this is best consumed over the coming 4-5 years, but wouldn’t be surprised to see it hold nicely for longer. Mike Januik keeps releasing a bevy of beauties under his Novelty Hill label. These are always fun to drink and extremely well priced. (JD)" (06/2015)

  • 2012 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard - Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ( $119.99)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "An iron fist in a velvet glove, this wine begins with a supple, rich core of currant, black cherry, anise and sage, firming up with tannins from oak and grape. Glides along gracefully, never losing the core fruitiness, while the tannins and gravelly earth accents lend the flavors tension and traction. Drink now through 2029." (08/2015) 94 points Antonio Galloni: "A dark, sumptuous beauty, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To Kalon Vineyard boasts marvelous depth and pure texture. Hints of mocha, espresso, cloves, new leather and menthol wrap around a core of dark, pliant fruit. The 2012 has just been bottled, but it is already hugely expressive. In particular, the addition of 7% Cabernet Franc is quite noticeable in the wine's super-expressive, resonant aromatics. " (09/2014)

  • 2011 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ( $269.99)
    96 points James Suckling: "Extremely minty with dried flowers, dark berries and currants. Full body but refined, with super-integrated tannins. The wood, ripe fruit, tannin and acid balance is beautiful. Wonderful potential here." (05/2014) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Possibly the Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage is Shafer’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Last year I thought it was a strong effort, but it’s even better now that it’s been bottled. With an opaque black/purple color and notes of subtle burning charcoal embers, blueberry, blackberry and graphite, the wine has a certain Bordelais minerality, but then the richness of Napa kicks in. It’s full-bodied (somewhat unusual for a 2011) with lighter tannins, and no doubt the wine will be on a faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2010, 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, the Shafers and Elias said this was the toughest vintage they’d ever experienced. To be able to produce a compelling wine like this is a testament to their extraordinary skills and craftsmanship. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years. (RP)" (12/2014) 94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is gorgeous. Shafer fans will delight in a super-expressive, nuanced wine that won't require cellaring to offer its finest drinking. Blue and black fruit, flowers, spices and exotic hint of orange zest all add complexity on the expressive finish. Naturally the 2011 doesn't offer the typical Hillside Select opulence and power, but in exchange it will drink well pretty much right out of the gate. (AG)" (12/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Lower ripeness register suits this style on the nose. Savoury start and some herbal (but not herbaceous) character. As though pushed to the limit – and it works. Something tarry about it. As though concentrated! " (02/2015)

  • 2012 Spottswoode "St. Helena Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( $159.99)
    98 points James Suckling: "Incredible blueberries, blackberries, black walnuts, minerals, black licorice and flowers. Full-bodied, very tight and structured with hints of hazlenuts, fine chocolate and hints of minerals and spices. A solid and classic-styled Napa Valley cab. Layered and very fine." (04/2015) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The opaque purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a glorious bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, a Pauillac-like lead pencil note, and background new oak. The overall impression is one of restraint combined with richness. This full-bodied effort possesses good acidity and ripe tannin. It has been crafted for the long-term. The hallmarks of great Spottswoode wines are their purity and elegance combined with serious power. The 2012 has that in abundance. This youthful, reserved Cabernet will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring, and will keep for two decades or more. " (10/2014) 93-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Sample #1, not racked since last June: Bright medium ruby. Very pure, fruit-driven aromas of boysenberry and blackberry. At once chewy and vibrant, with harmonious acidity framing the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with serious but sweet tannins. Sample #2, racked just a couple weeks before my visit: Much more tightly wound, with the blackberry and bitter chocolate flavors currently dominated by a firm tannic spine. But the length and energy of this wine are clear today. The ultimate blend should be a serious, structured wine with Spottswoode's classic purity. Winemaker Weinkauf described 2012 as "an idyllic growing season: the wine is not as tannic or dense as the '13 but has more vibrancy." There were more raisins in 2013, he added, and the harvest was over by October 7, or nearly three weeks earlier than in 2012." (05/2014) 95 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as surprisingly medium in body and not as explosive as I had expected, perhaps a reflection of its recent bottling. Today the 2012 shows the more suave, silky side of the year, with considerable early appeal and pure radiance, butt less in the way of structure. Hints of mocha, spices and crushed flowers add nuance on the finish. All things considered, today the 2012 performs in line with the vintage, but does not appear to be the overachiever it has been in recent years. " (12/2014)

  • 2013 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot ( $59.99)
    90-92 points Antonio Galloni: "A rich, explosive wine, the 2013 Merlot races across the palate with dark red and blue fruit, graphite, smoke, tobacco and menthol. Today, the 2013 is unusually firm, but it should start to soften with more time in barrel. White flowers, spices and plums are laced into the super-expressive finish. What a gorgeous wine this is. A splash of Petit Verdot rounds out the blend. 90-92+ (AG)" (12/2014) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A barrel sample of the 2013 Merlot, which is a similar blend to the 2012, looks like it’s going to be as good, although it plays it closer to the vest and is more restrained at present. The wine exhibits dense ruby/plum color, sweet berry fruit mixed with background oak, soil undertones and a touch of unsmoked cigar tobacco. A little chocolate is also in the mix. Drink this medium-bodied wine over the next 10-plus years. (RP)" (10/2014) K&L Notes: Praise from Robert Parker: "Year in year out, this is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world." (10/2014)

  • 2010 Kukkula "Lothario" Paso Robles Red Blend (Previously $38) ( $17.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(34% grenache, 33% mourvedre and 33% zinfandel; 15.2% alcohol): Bright purple. Ripe raspberry and blueberry on the nose and in the mouth. Juicy, spice-accented berry compote flavors show an appealingly silky quality and pick up a floral nuance with air. Closes on a gently sweet note, with lingering blue fruit and spice qualities. No shortage of fruit here." (11/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Lothario is another of the more restrained wines in this lineup from Kukkula. It shows good depth and persistence, with pretty notes of tobacco, wild flowers and dried cherries that linger on the finish. Lothario is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Mourvedre and Zinfandel, but it is the Zinfandel that most marks the wine’s personality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. This is an intriguing set of wines from Kukkula and proprietor Kevin Jussila. Aside from a bit of Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon, all of the fruit is estate grown from vineyards that were planted just five years ago. Kukkula is another of the many young wineries in Paso Robles that are just starting to emerge and that seem to have a bright future." (08/2012) Antonio Galloni: "The 2010 Lothario is another of the more restrained wines in this lineup from Kukkula. It shows good depth and persistence, with pretty notes of tobacco, wild flowers and dried cherries linger on the finish. Lothario is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Mourvèdre and Zinfandel, but it is the Zinfandel that most marks the wine's personality." (08/2012)

  • 2012 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah ( $94.99)
    94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Syrah Relentless, which has not yet been bottled, is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah. In keeping with this amazing year, it’s full-bodied, juicy, succulent, flamboyant, with blueberry and blackberry fruit galore, lots of glycerin and a massive mouthfeel, but no heaviness or astringency characterize this stunning wine. This should turn out to be a great, great Rhône Ranger when released in a year or so. " (10/2014) 95 points James Suckling: "This is very fresh and balanced with a dense and silky texture plus lots of violet, berry and hints of sandalwood. It’s full and very silky. Long and intense. Hints of smoky, spicy, wonderful fruit. Lots of tannin but shows an intensity and power. Needs time to soften, but beautiful. 89% syrah and 11% petite sirah. " (05/2015) 93 points Antonio Galloni: "The exuberance of the year comes through in spades in the 2012 Relentless, a ripe, flashy wine loaded with pure Napa Valley richness and intensity. Dark red/blue-toned fruit melds into spices, wild herbs and tobacco. The 2012 stands out for its open personality, soft contours and terrific overall balance. " (12/2014)

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

ANY - Other Spirits

  • 2012 Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Acholado Premium Pisco 750ml - 6 available ($34.99)
    Capurro is a 100-year-old, family-owned company with roots in nearby San Mateo. The family operates a Peruvian food and import business on B Street downtown, and they self-distribute their own pisco. It's literally a mom-and-pop operation.This new line of Capurro piscos are all from the 2012 vintage in Peru and have been rested in stainless steel tanks for over three years. There are three single varietal expressions (Moscatel, Torontel, and Quebranta) and one acholado which means a blend of different grapes. They are made entirely from estate-grown fruit, with no additives and no filtration. All of them are outstanding and worth your time. The acholado is the most robust and classic of the four expressions, toning down the brighter aromatics in favor of more earthy, agricultural flavors. The spirit is still clean and vibrant despite the robust profile and mixes beautifully into classic rum cocktails. This could easily substitute as a much milder agricole rhum.

  • 2012 Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Moscatel Premium Pisco 750ml - 5 available ($34.99)
    Capurro is a 100-year-old, family-owned company with roots in nearby San Mateo. The family operates a Peruvian food and import business on B Street downtown, and they self-distribute their own pisco. It's literally a mom-and-pop operation.This new line of Capurro piscos are all from the 2012 vintage in Peru and have been rested in stainless steel tanks for over three years. There are three single varietal expressions (Moscatel, Torontel, and Quebranta) and one acholado which means a blend of different grapes. They are made entirely from estate-grown fruit, with no additives and no filtration. All of them are outstanding and worth your time. Moscatel is the Spanish word for Muscat, which is an incredibly fruity and aromatic grape varietal. The floral and vibrant qualities are therefore distilled into the spirit, creating an expressive and exotic flavor that adds an incredible versatility and pizazz to any cocktail bar.

  • 2012 Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Quebranta Premium Pisco 750ml - 6 available ($34.99)
    Capurro is a 100-year-old, family-owned company with roots in nearby San Mateo. The family operates a Peruvian food and import business on B Street downtown, and they self-distribute their own pisco. It's literally a mom-and-pop operation.This new line of Capurro piscos are all from the 2012 vintage in Peru and have been rested in stainless steel tanks for over three years. There are three single varietal expressions (Moscatel, Torontel, and Quebranta) and one acholado which means a blend of different grapes. They are made entirely from estate-grown fruit, with no additives and no filtration. All of them are outstanding and worth your time. The Quebranta begins with a lovely note of exotic fruit and more of what almost takes like candied tamarind, before settling down into a clean and vibrant finish. It's incredible just on its own as an eau-de-vie, but also mixes into cocktails like a dream.

  • 2012 Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Torontel Premium Pisco 750ml - 6 available ($34.99)
    Capurro is a 100-year-old, family-owned company with roots in nearby San Mateo. The family operates a Peruvian food and import business on B Street downtown, and they self-distribute their own pisco. It's literally a mom-and-pop operation.This new line of Capurro piscos are all from the 2012 vintage in Peru and have been rested in stainless steel tanks for over three years. There are three single varietal expressions (Moscatel, Torontel, and Quebranta) and one acholado which means a blend of different grapes. They are made entirely from estate-grown fruit, with no additives and no filtration. All of them are outstanding and worth your time. Torontel is an aromatic grape varietal, so those aromatic qualities translate right over into the pisco. Floral and perfumy on the nose, the palate showcases violets and more of bright fruit flavors of the grape. Those flavors continue to pop in the glass when mixed into a cocktail.

ANY - Single Malt Scotch

  • Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 11 available ($119.99)
    The small batch version of the flag ship bourbon barrel bottled at 92 proof. Absolutely cracking stuff with all the depth and richness of the single cask version, but with out the alcohol intensity. Wish this was always available, more proof that Taiwan is killing it right now.

ANY - Vodka

  • Absolut Oak Barrel Aged Vodka 750ml ($23.99)

Austria - Austria and Hungary

  • 2014 Salomon Undhof Hochterrassen Grüner Veltliner Kremstal ($14.99)
    Jancis Robinson has called Hochterrassen "Probably the best value of the 'everyday' Grüners." According to the producer, "The grapes of this spritzy Grüner Veltliner come from high-altitude terraces in Stein and Krems. Grown on loess-conglomerate soils this dry wine has a lovely bouquet of fine citrus and fresh herbs." Stelvin cap.

France - Alsace

  • 2013 Charles Baur Eichberg Riesling Grand Cru Alsace ($22.99)
    This Grand Cru Alsace Riesling comes from 30-year-old vines grown in a combination of clay and marl soil, rich in sandstones and silicas. Look for fresh, grapefruit aromas, a fruity silky palate, and enjoy with shellfish, chicken with light sauces or as an aperitif with cheese. This is a quiet wine with loads of sneaky power. Don't be afraid to cellar for ten years. This will only become more interesting with time. (Eric Story, Alsace Buyer)

  • 2013 Charles Baur Pinot Blanc Alsace ($11.99)
    This white is soft, creamy and lush, a bit reminiscent of lemon meringue pie, with sweet citrus scents and flavors wrapped in spice. Delicious on its own, this is not a wine that needs a three-course meal to taste good. Try it as an alternative to Chardonnay at your next party. Pinot Blanc has a long tradition in Alsace, and this is an easy-going example to get to know.

France - Armagnac and Cognac

  • Camus Borderie VSOP Cognac 750ml - 6 available ($59.99)
    Camus is the king of the Borderies and the VSOP is an exceptional value by any measure. With a robust aromatic component that's definitely floral, but never perfumed, bringing plenty of fruit and spice to the table as well. You're not in danger of pour a glass of Chanel No. 5. Rich texture and wonderfully developed for a VSOP, this is one of the most elegant Cognac on the shelf.

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 1981 Petrus, Pomerol (High Shoulder) - 1 available ($1,029.99)
    Jancis Robinson: "Very dense crimson. Sweet, sophisticated and covers all the bases. Medium weight for a Petrus but quite velvety for an 81. A very successful 1981 -- as neighbour Certan de May was. 17.5/20 points." (06/2013)

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2012 Château Carignan Prima Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux ($24.99)

  • 2012 de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves ($16.99)

  • 2012 du Tertre, Margaux ($37.99)
    91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a dense, complex wine that’s full of dark tannins piled atop ripe black-plum fruits. The wine has richness as well as lively acidity." (04/2013) 89-92 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh, with punch to the red currant and damson plum fruit, backed by a sleek, modestly toasted finish. A touch shy on depth overall, but well-rendered." (04/2013) 91 points James Suckling: "Very good fruit in this. Medium-to-full body, with integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced ripeness here. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot." (04/2013) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark, bright ruby. Sexy, very fresh aromas of blueberry, raspberry, red licorice and sweet spices are accented by a penetratingly pure violet topnote. Quite bracing and fresh on the palate, with lovely ripe, harmonious acidity lifting and extending the wonderfully pure red cherry and blackcurrant flavors through a long, penetrating finish. This is a superb effort by Du Tertre; I actually like it more than Giscours, its sister property. If the elevage isn't botched, this will go down as a memorable wine, especially in the context of the vintage." (06/2013) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Owned by the proprietors of Giscours, the 2012 Du Tertre is marginally richer and more textured than that cuvee. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of licorice, charcoal, red and black currants, forest floor and background oak. Medium-bodied, well-made and pure with soft tannins and low acidity, it can be drunk over the next 10-12 years. " (04/2013)

  • 2012 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan ($29.99)
    89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper of the vintage, this 2012 offers up scents of smoked meats, charcuterie, balsam wood, black currants and unsmoked cigar tobacco in a juicy, attractive, medium-bodied, well-made, lush style. It should drink well for 10-12 years. (RP)" (04/2013) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is firmly structured while still keeping plenty of fruit. Juicy black currants are balanced by some dusty tannins. It’s an attractive, rich and concentrated wine that will develop well and over the medium-term. Drink from 2017." (05/2015) 90 points James Suckling: "This is an earthy and spicy wine with meat and wet earth character. Medium to full body, fresh acidity and a savory finish. Velvety tannins. Why wait? But better in two or three years." (02/2015) Wine Spectator: "Grippy and brambly in feel for now, with lots of tar and anise notes out front. The core of plum sauce, macerated black currant and fig paste waits in reserve. A hint of charcoal underscores the finish, along with a slightly chewy feel. Should soften a touch with modest cellaring, as there's a good core of fruit here. Best from 2016 through 2020. (Web Only—2015)"

  • 2012 Lascombes, Margaux - 8 available ($74.99)

  • 2012 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux ($49.99)
    93 points James Suckling: "Beautiful aromas and flavors of cassis, ripe black cherries and raspberries. Some earth, too. This is a full-bodied red with silky tannins and a long, fruity finish. Juicy. Better in 2018." (02/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another great wine in this vintage, the 2012 Malescot offers up tremendous level of black fruits, charcoal and intense, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, sensational purity, low acidity and ripe tannins. It is full-bodied, stunning, multidimensional, and a compelling example of this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030+. (RP)" (04/2015) 93 points Wine Spectator: "This is distinctive, with a roasted alder streak running through an enticing core of crushed plum, blackberry and black currant confiture flavors. Long and velvety on the finish, with bay, tobacco and black tea accents checking in. This is suave, with fruit and terroirin spades, particularly for the vintage. Best from 2017 through 2025." (03/2015) 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Barrel sample.* This concentrated wine brings out all the qualities of 2012 -juicy black fruit and great swathes of fresh acidity. It's a finely balanced wine." (04/2013) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright medium red. Lively, very pure aromas of blueberry, raspberry, mocha and violet. Dense and juicy, with bright acidity nicely framing the sweet dark cherry and floral flavors. Finishes long, with tannins that are firm but not dry. A major success in this vintage. (ID)" (06/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Very dense looking. Really interesting nose - draws you in. Cool finish. Pretty snazzy really. Nothing overdone. Great balance. Racy finish. Hint of foxgloves and masses of still unformed fruit. This should be interesting to follow. Drink 2020-2045. (17.5/20 points)" (04/2013)

  • 2012 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol ($149.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is already so delicious, it’s initially hard to find the structure. Packed with black fruits, it has velvet tannins that only slowly reveal their power. Layers of generous Merlot give the ripest black plum flavors. The wine is rich and the tannins well integrated, yet everything will age well. Drink from 2024. " (05/2015) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Very distinctive, with a terrific smoldering tobacco and charcoal frame around a core of steeped fig, blackberry and plum fruit. The fruit drapes across the finish. Best from 2018 through 2030." (03/2015) 94 points James Suckling: "This wine is already so delicious, it’s initially hard to find the structure. Packed with black fruits, it has velvet tannins that only slowly reveal their power. Layers of generous Merlot give the ripest black plum flavors. The wine is rich and the tannins well integrated, yet everything will age well. Drink from 2024. " (02/2015) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A top success, the 2012 Vieux Chateau Certan is composed of 87% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep mulberry, plum and black cherry fruit notes intermixed with touches of graphite and subtle smoke lead to a medium-bodied wine with beautiful intensity, well-integrated oak, a velvety opulence and a long, impressively pure finish. A strong effort, it should drink well for 15 or more years. Alexander Thienpont continues to turn out brilliant wines from this property situated on the high Plateau of Pomerol...All the old vine parcels of Merlot made it into the final blend. (RP)" (04/2013) 90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby. Cool, medicinal aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, violet and mint. Then silky and deep on the palate, offering pure dark berry and floral flavors and an attractive combination of stuffing and energy. Finishes perfumed and very long, with suave, fine-grained tannins. Another very successful VCC in the making. (ID)" (06/2013) Jancis Robinson: "(Deep, dark cherry colour. Certainly no shortage of colour in the 2012s on the right bank. Alexandre Thienpont describes 2012 as 'a Merlot vintage of pedigree and balance', and this year only 12% Cabernet Franc (a third of the total), and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, went into the grand vin...Approx 75% new oak. High level of coulure, and very strict selection, giving rise to one of the lowest yields in the last 20 years.) Strong graphite aroma on the nose even though there is less Cabernet Franc than in some years. Silky tannins pull you along to a dry, polished finish. Cool and fresh with sweet blueberry fruit on the mid palate and a touch of earthiness adding savour. Very fine tannins. Earlier drinking wine than 2009 or 2010. Drink 2017-2025. 18/20 points. " (04/2013) K&L Notes: Vieux Chateau Certain is one of the most prestigious chateaux in Pomerol. Holding an impressive 14 hectares of contiguous vineyard of clay and iron subsoil topped with large pebble atop what is arguably the best vine growing terrace in Bordeaux. Planted to 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, these vineyards provide ripe Cabernet varietals giving VCCs winemaker a lot of flexibility (the final blend for 2012 is 87% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon).

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2005 Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru - 3 available ($449.99)

France - Burgundy - Red

  • 2010 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru - 3 available ($229.99)
    93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(Don't Miss!) A fresh but quite restrained and noticeably cool nose of herb and stone-infused wild red berry fruit aromas precedes impressively intense, powerful and agreeably rich medium-bodied flavors that ooze a fine minerality on the wonderfully detailed flavors that explode on the mouth coating and overtly stony finish. Like the Suchots, this is one impressive effort with outstanding upside potential though note that at least 15 years of cellar time will be required." (01/2012) 90-92 points Antonio Galloni: "(from 55-year-old vines picked six days after the Vosne-Romanee premier crus in 2010): Good full, bright medium red. Aromas of small wild dark berries, licorice, coffee and sweet oak perked up by pepper and herbs. Fat and sweet, but without quite the definition of the Reignots, Clos Vougeot or Echezeaux. With its creamy, candied qualities and herbal edge, this suggests a wider range of fruit ripeness than most of the other 2010s here. A bit clenched on the back. (ST)" (01/2012) Jancis Robinson: "Sweet and much richer than most Latricières. Quite thick. Chewy finish. Different style. (17.5/20) (JR)" (01/2012)

  • 2008 Domaine Aurélien Verdet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "La Richemone" - 4 available ($59.99)

  • 2008 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "La Combe d'Orveaux" Vieilles Vignes - 2 available ($119.99)

  • 2008 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Beaux Monts" Vieilles Vignes - 2 available ($109.99)

  • 2006 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Clos St. Jacques" Vieilles Vignes - 8 available ($349.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Predictably, Fourrier's 2006 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques is in another class from his other premier crus of the vintage, or indeed from most wines of its vintage regardless of classification. (For some salient details about Fourrier's share of this great site, consult issue 170.) A perfume-like, profuse and variegated bouquet of red raspberry, maraschino, cinnamon, marigold, and rose leads to a silken-textured though subtly-tannic palate with smoked meat and saline undertones. This finishes with both a kaleidoscopic dynamic of floral, fruit, animal and mineral elements and a sheer length that spell "grand cru" in all but the INAO's official language. The saline savor, persistence of fresh fruit, and tactile cinnamon and ginger impingements just keep drawing down my reserves of saliva. Here is concentration with finesse and an uncanny sense of lift, as well as the proverbial velvet glove over tightly-woven chain mail. Give it at least 4-5 years in your cellar and then anticipate another 8-10 of glorious fascination. A lucky few will be able to witness when (or whether) the 2005 – superb as it, too, is – manages to overtake this. (DS)" (12/2009) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Highly perfumed nose features crushed blueberry, raspberry and violet; it's hard even to imagine a scent like this from pinot noir made outside Burgundy. Densely packed but magically light on its feet, with superb finesse and definition to its raspberry and floral flavors. Wonderfully pure, vibrant wine that finishes with extremely suave tannins, an almost electric impression of lift and great lingering floral perfume. Give this at least six or seven years of bottle aging." (03/2009) 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: " *Outstanding* A high-toned and ultra pure red pinot fruit nose with evident minerality and floral notes merges seamlessly into layered, sweet, deep and concentrated middle weight flavors brimming with dry extract and serious punch and vibrancy on the strikingly long finish. This is a balanced and harmonious effort with all the structural elements in perfect proportion. Terrific." (01/2009)

  • 2006 Domaine Fourrier Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieille Vigne - 4 available ($529.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An implosive concentration of dark cherry, blackberry, licorice, brown spices and black pepper marks the nose and palate of Fourrier's 2006 Griotte-Chambertin, which for all of its (in this vintage uncommon) density and sheer ripeness preserves buoyancy and clarity, letting a shower of spices, flowers, and crystalline, chalky mineral nuances burst forth in its finish. This is one of those wines that seems as though a complex chemical equation should exist to describe the catalytic, energy-releasing reaction among its parts. But there is more finesse and mystery hidden behind this wine detonative finish than tasters will ever get to the bottom of, with or without the assistance of mathematical models. I would wait at least a half dozen years to broach a cork -- for now, the Clos St.-Jacques is more enticing, yet it too needs time -- and would plan on this Griotte being a 15 or more year keeper and as such one of the longest-lasting monuments to a vintage whose potential for beauty is probably destined to remain forever under-rated. (DS)" (12/2009) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red. Reticent aromas of black cherry and licorice. Dense and lusher than the CSJ but showing less inner-mouth perfume and lift today. In fact, this is quite clenched and hard to taste. Impressively thick for the vintage, and elegant in spite of its size. But this powerful Griottes will need at least a decade of bottle aging (especially so now that Fourrier seals his corks with wax). The tannins are broad and serious but not hard." (04/2009) 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A subtle touch of wood spice frames the ripe and moderately earthy yet upper register red, blue and black pinot fruit aromas that give way to rich, sweet and impressively concentrated medium-full flavors that really stain and coat the palate on the explosive finish. There is excellent phenolic ripeness here and absolutely no trace of hail-induced dryness (there was heavy hail in Griotte and Chapelle in 2006) on the powerful finish. If you can find it, buy it. (Drink starting 2014)" (01/2009)

  • 2008 Domaine Georges Mugneret et Mugneret-Gibourg Grand Cru "Clos Vougeot" - 2 available ($299.99)

  • 2007 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" - 5 available ($109.99)

  • 2009 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" - 3 available ($199.99)

  • 2008 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets" - 5 available ($129.99)

  • 2008 Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Aux Malconsorts" - 5 available ($369.99)
    94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium-deep red. Ripe aromas of raspberry, licorice and smoked meat, with deeper-pitched soil tones adding nuance. Like liquid velvet in the mouth, conveying an impression of huge volume without heaviness. Not showing its treble notes now but this expands in the mouth and explodes on the palate-staining finish...94+ (ST)" (03/2011) 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A superbly complex and densely fruited nose combines a classy mix of red berry liqueur, blue berry and violet aromas nuanced by exotic tea and hints of hoisin and soy that introduce relatively powerful and sleekly muscled yet refined flavors underpinned by a firm but ripe tannic backbone and an explosive finish. A stunner of a Malconsorts but note that patience will be required." (01/2011)

France - Burgundy - White

  • 2013 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" ($49.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This apple-crisp wine has tight acidity and touches of wood rounded out by yellow fruits. It is ripe and very full, the nervy, mineral character contrasting with the richness that is now developing. It will age slowly, so don’t drink before 2020. " (10/2015) 91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: " *Sweet Spot* This possesses perhaps the most prominent Chablis character with its notes of mineral reduction, algae, tidal pool and oyster shell scents. There is fine intensity and first-rate detail to the medium weight flavors that evidence a sleek muscularity and plenty of power on the driving and impressively lingering finish. This is an old school Valmur that is robust and masculine in disposition." (04/2014) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur is matured half in barrel and half in tank, with around 5% new oak that actually feels like more on the nose at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, slightly nutty notes on the entry, saline in the mouth with shaved ginger notes enlivening the racy, orange zest finish with a tang of bitter lemon on the aftertaste. Very fine. (NM)" (08/2015) 92 points Antonio Galloni: "Bright yellow, but paler than the Vaudésir. More classic on the nose, offering scents of peach, lime an'd pepper, plus a touch of smoke. Boasts superb depth of fruit to its stone fruit, peach oil and mineral flavors. Offers good punch and an ample structure but the Vaudésir is more elegant. (ST)" (08/2015)

  • 2013 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudésir" ($49.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "There is just the lightest touch of toast in this full-bodied wine. The fruit, structured and dense, is forward and ripe at the same time. Spice and crisply fresh acidity give a lift to the concentration of the wine which finished with ripe apricot and vanilla flavors. Drink from 2019." (09/2015) 90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: " *Sweet Spot* A discreet application of wood sets off the ripe yellow orchard fruit, quinine and wet stone nuances. There is good minerality and plenty of punch to the unusually fine medium weight flavors that possess a really lovely mouth feel on the notably saline finish where the oak displayed by the nose resurfaces. Good stuff and worth a look." (07/2014) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir comes from 0.5 hectare and for the first time ever it is aged entirely in used barrel for 10 months before being transferred into tank for another eight months. I severely underscored this last year. It offers superb definition on the nose: citrus lemon, cold-granite scents, reserved but beautifully focused. The palate is clean and precise, hints of lime and orange zest on the entry, a slight chalkiness to the texture and segues into a lively saline finish that lingers long in the mouth. Wow – what a lovely Vaudésir this has blossomed into! (NM)" (08/2015) 91 points Antonio Galloni: "Bright yellow color. Ripe peach and tropical fruits on the nose. Sweet and densely packed, in fact fairly tightly coiled for the vintage, offering a nice combination of fruit and tension. This serious, linear grand cru may well close down in the bottle. (ST)" (08/2015)

  • 2013 Domaine Remi Jobard Bourgogne Blanc Nouvelle Vigne ($27.99)
    Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A very fresh nose features a pretty mix of apple, citrus, petrol and soft floral hints. There is both good volume and punch to the detailed and delicious flavors that possess only average complexity but very solid persistence. This balanced effort should drink well almost immediately. " (06/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Sweetish and pretty concentrated for a Bourgogne 2013. Seems a fair price for a wine that is rather like an old-style Meursault – even a bit buttery!" (01/2015)

France - French Regional Wines

  • Domaine Les Mille Vignes "Chasse Filou" Pays de L'Aude - 2 available ($29.99)

France - Loire

  • 2014 Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc ($24.99)
    100% Chenin Blanc. Purity and depth is what this wine is all about. Fantastic Chenin perfume with chalky minerals bouncing in and out. Nicely weighted on the palate while keeping the finish lively and fresh with juicy acid and mineral lift.

  • 2014 Bernard Baudry "La Croix Boisée" Chinon Blanc ($39.99)

  • 2013 Clos de l'Elu Anjou Blanc ($24.99)
    From importer Zev Rovine: "Located in Roquefort sur Loire, the estate lies by the Loire river in the Anjou region in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon appellation. Domaine du Clos de l’ Elu is an old property, taken over by Thomas Carsin and Gregoire du Bouexic in 2008."

  • 2013 Clos de l'Elu "Ephata" Anjou Blanc ($49.99)
    From importer Zev Rovine: "Located in Roquefort sur Loire, the estate lies by the Loire river in the Anjou region in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon appellation. Domaine du Clos de l’ Elu is an old property, taken over by Thomas Carsin and Gregoire du Bouexic in 2008."

  • 2013 Clos de l'Elu "Magellan" Anjou Rouge ($38.99)

  • 2014 Domaine de la Pépière "Clos des Briords" Vieilles Vignes Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie ($16.99)
    Proprietor Marc Ollivier's Muscadet-sur-Lie has lees contact until the time of bottling, generally in late May. This particular bottle is a very old vine cuvée of Muscadet from a single plot vineyard in schist, the Clos des Briords. These are among the oldest vines in his estate (they were planted in 1930) and they enjoy a particularly good exposition. Ripening is slower, and the longer hang-time before harvest allows for optimal maturity to be reached. Because of the soil and greater concentration achieved with old vines, the Clos des Briords is a more powerful wine than most Muscadets. It is very mineral and quite austere in its youth, rather than fruity and light. Over a few months, or even years, it develops much complexity.

  • 2014 Domaine de la Pépière "Clos des Briords" Vieilles Vignes Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 1.5L - 10 available ($37.99)
    Proprietor Marc Ollivier's Muscadet-sur-Lie has lees contact until the time of bottling, generally in late May. This particular bottle is a very old vine cuvée of Muscadet from a single plot vineyard in schist, the Clos des Briords. These are among the oldest vines in his estate (they were planted in 1930) and they enjoy a particularly good exposition. Ripening is slower, and the longer hang-time before harvest allows for optimal maturity to be reached. Because of the soil and greater concentration achieved with old vines, the Clos des Briords is a more powerful wine than most Muscadets. It is very mineral and quite austere in its youth, rather than fruity and light. Over a few months, or even years, it develops much complexity.

  • 2013 Domaine du Closel "La Jalousie" Savennieres ($23.99)
    Proprietor Michèle de Jessey's great-great-grandfather was the Chamberlain and Chief Memorialist to the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. She inherited the estate in 1961 when her aunt, Madame du Closel, the former proprietor/winemaker, searched for a successor throughout her extensive family. Madame de Jessey was chosen for her love and respect for the wine, vineyards, and traditions of Savennières. This love that is evident in her wines. She went on to become much respected for her technical expertise and served as the first woman in France to be President of an Appellation Contrôlée. The estate consists of 12 hectares of Chenin Blanc vines. The soil is shallow sandy topsoil on a deep bed of schist and volcanic rock. The vines are rigorously pruned to produce 4 to 6 buds on two canes. This keeps the yields low, from 20 to 40 hl/ha in any given vintage. The microclimate is defined by the protecting hillsides, and the best hilltop vineyards are exposed to high winds that keep the grapes cool and free of rot. The grapes are picked by hand under selection, or tri, and the vinification is slow under controlled temperatures. Savennières la Jalousie (formerly les Coulées, or Cuvée Classique, i.e. dry) is a classic Savennières from a stainless-steel cuvée of young and older vines from their steepest soils of pure schist. Intense!

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2012 Château de Segriés "Clos de l'Hermitage" Côtes du Rhône ($24.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A smoking Cotes du Rhone, the 2012 Clos de l’Hermitage is loaded with notions of black raspberries, sweet oak, licorice and toasted spice. Slightly more medium-bodied and mid-weight than previous vintages, it has terrific purity, good acidity and a fresh, elegant style that will keep it drinking nicely for another 4-6 years. (JD)" (01/2015) K&L Notes: According to the Wine Advocate: "Meaning "water" in Provencal, Chateau de Segries was purchased by Henri de Lanzac (who's the cousin of Christophe Delorme of Domaine de la Mordoree) in 1994. Today the estate covers over 100 acres, mostly of old vines, spread amoung Tavel, Cotes du Rhone and Lirac." (JD)

Germany - Germany

  • 2013 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett Nahe 1.5L - 9 available ($73.99)
    93 points Wine & Spirits: "This cool, gray-slate vineyard on the south side of the Nahe River regularly turns out elegant rieslings, and Dönnhoff’s 2013 is particularly riveting. Vinified in a combination of stainless steel and wood, it’s crystal clear in flavor, brisk and snappy, yet not at all austere. Rather, it feels perfectly poised, the lemony fruit light and brisk; the acidity firm and supple, with a willowy strength that would hold it strong if it were to meet a juicy halibut steak with favas this spring." (12/2014) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett has a complex and very mineral nose leading to a medium-bodied, dense, juicy, piquant and salty Kabinett with power and persistency. This is a highly complex, salty, and persistent wine. Maybe too complex for a Kabinett but there's no argument against this. (SR)" (01/2015) Wine Spectator: "Pure-tasting, offering a mix of peach, apple and pear flavors, flanked by delicate honeyed notes. Delivers a moderately sweet finish, with honey and cream details." (03/2015)

  • 2014 Eva Fricke Keidricher Riesling Trocken Rheingau - 12 available ($25.99)

  • 2013 Hofgut Falkenstein Riesling Sekt Brut Mosel (Saar) ($26.99)

  • 2013 Vols Wiltinger Braunfels "Vols II" Riesling Spätlese Mosel (Saar) - 12 available ($37.99)
    90 points "Mosel Fine Wines:

  • 2013 von Winning Estate Riesling Pfalz ($19.99)
    From the Winning Estate; astoundingly complex, wild yet elegant and produced by means of a spontaneous fermentation in large wooden barrels.

  • 2013 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett Mosel ($29.99)

  • 2013 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 Mosel ($49.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lovely discreet and subtle on the coolish/stony nose the 7.5% alcohol 2013 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 reveals very fine and flinty slate and precise lime fruit aromas leading to an intense and juicy, sweet and very piquant, very pure and salty palate with aromas of ripe nectarines and structured by its racy acidity. This rather aristocratic wine is so stimulatingly pure and salty, so nicely piquant as well as intense and almost lush in its juicy fruitiness, that it should have an enormous aging potential of 20 or 30 years. (SR)" (02/2015) 90 points Antonio Galloni: "Enticing aromas of pineapple and peach, with a hint of vanilla. The subtle papaya fruit is carried by an elegant framework of acidity and slate. Shows delicate concentration and a note of toasted hazelnut on the vibrant finish. Very refreshing. (JP)" (03/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Quite broad and funky on the nose. Then a great spread of lime and that carved sensation again (see Kabinett Nr 3). Extraordinary presence on the palate for a wine with so little alcohol. Tingle and sinew. Very refined finish. (17/20 points)" (09/2014)

  • 2013 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Mosel ($29.99)

  • 2013 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Mosel - 12 available ($39.99)

Italy - Italy

  • 2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino ($54.99)
    98 points James Suckling: "An unforgiving and powerfully structured wine with fabulous grilled meat and granite stone character with dr