​​California CABERNET SAUVIGNON


From Napa Valley’s 1st organically farmed, LEED Gold Certified Winery
CADE HOWELL MOUNTAIN, 2010, $100
DENSE BLACK CHERRY, BAKERS CHOCOLATE, BLACK OLIVES & DRIED HERBS.

Cade Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, 2012 $80
Opulent, fleshy & sexy with oodles of blackcurrant, floral & blueberry.  Drink  now or cellar 10-15 years.

CHIMNEY ROCK, STAGS LEAP, 2012 $80, 2014, $96
​A SEDUCTIVE TAPESTRY OF THE WINERY'S VINEYARDS WITH THE POWER & GRACE OF THE STAG'S LEAP DISTRICT'S UNIQUE TERRoiR

CLIF LEDE STAG'S LEAP DISTRICT, 2011 & 2013, $80
GENEROUS WITH REFINED TANNINS ​& THE CHARACTERISTIC EARTHY MINERALITY OF THE STAG'S LEAP DISTRICT.

FAR NIENTE OAKVILLE, 2014, $185
​​ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S OLDEST WINERIES. FOCUSED & SILKY BOYSENBERRY, CHOCOLATE, GRAPHITE & CEDAR

HEITZ CELLARS MARTHA'S VINEYARD, VERTICAL VINTAGES 2002 – 2005, $1,050 
2002 - IMPRESSIVE & OPULENT WITH SUPERB BALANCE
​2003 - BLACK CHERRY WITH A LIGHT ETCHING OF DARK CHOCOLATE
2004 - LAVISH AROMAS & A SIGNATURE TWIST OF MINT
​2005 - CLASSIC PEDIGREE OF RIPE BLACK CHERRY ETCHED WITH MINT


​heitz cellars trailside vineyard, 2002, $135

from a marvelous Rutherford vineyard, this is A much different wine than the minty Martha’s, yet still old-school, with brambly blackberry fruit, liquorice, cedar, full body and a pleasant reedy note.

​SHAFER HILLSIDE SELECT, STAGS LEAP, 2010, $290
​A MIND BLOWING DISPLAY.  BLUE, BLACK & RED FRUIT WITH LICORICE & FLORAL NOTES

​SILVER OAK, NAPA VALLEY, 2012 $124
​COMPLEX WITH BERRY & FLORAL AROMATICS AND A LOVELY STRUCTURE

SEBASTIANI CHERRY BLOCK, 2010, $110
BRILLIANT WITH SWEET TANNIN & FULL BODIED OPULENCE​

​MICA, NAPA, 2013, $78
From Bucella, this wine cruises under the radar with SILKY TANNINS, GORGEOUS, DENSE BLUE & BLACK FRUIT & a LUXURIOUS TEXTURE

STAGS LEAP NAPA CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2011, $56
​EXEMPLIFIES THE ELEGANT SUCCESS OF THE 2011 COOLER VINTAGE.  BLACK CURRANT, CHERRY & BLUEBERRY SEEMLESSLY INVITE THE LAYERED PALATE OF FOREST FLOOR, SAVORY HERBS & SWEET TOBACCO.


levendi stagecoach vineyard , 2007,  $84

2007 was one of the best years for napa cabs and the levendi stagecoach is stellar.  rich & decadent with notes of blueberry & cassis.  notable red & volcanic soils on the palate.


paul hobbs "beckstoffer", 2011 $230

  come and get it.  one bottle only of one of the most highly sought after napa cabs.  first come, first served.


PAUL HOBBS "BECKSTOFFER", 2013 $239

 COME AND GET IT, part two.  We managed to score some bottles of the 2013, and we were lucky to get it!  Consitent with previous vintages this is an opulent cab earning near perfect scores across the board. Yet Again one of the most highly sought after Napa Cabs.


witchery Spring Mountain, 2013, $110

micro produced with the full expression of the terroir, this could well be the next cult cab with vintages selling out upon release. 


Duckhorn napa cabernet sauvignon, 2012, $80

This one could easily be the poster child for ultra-premium Napa Valley Cabernet, such a first-rate effort and a wine that rises above most of the rest of the field. The 2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Cabernet is full and sturdy on the palate; exhibits excellent black fruit flavors, with a fine balance of sweet oak and earth. 


​Joseph Phelps Insignia, 2011, $230

​impeccable elegance characterizes this vintage of the producer's marquee Bordeaux-style blend, an expert finessing of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Juicy in exotic black fruit, it stands tall, with silky, towering shoulders of herb, cardamom and clove that will coalesce beautifully over time.


Rombauer Napa Valley Diamond Selection, 2012, $85

The Rombauer philosophy of win egrowing is exemplifiied by this vineyard selection , detailed management and limited production. The diamond Selection is exactly as it implies "beauty and class." The fruit was hand harvested at optimum ripeness to produce a wine that is dark and rich in concentrated berry and mocha flavors.


Beringer Napa Valley Private Reserve, 2010, $162

Beringer private reserve builds on generations of winemaking expertise to skillfully blend select single vineyards from Napa valley, each individually chosen for its unique characteristics. After aging for 20 months in french oak barrels, the final blend showcases black fruit, mint, and dark chocolate along with a long, luxurious finish. Thanks to its generous structure, private reserve is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for many years to come.


Far Niente Oakville, 2014, $185

This iconic napa Cab opens with beautifully lifted spice and black fruit aromatics-clove, anise, black cherry and blackberry-layered with a hint of rich oak. A round, supple entry leads to a silky, smooth midpalate. Cassis, clove, and toasted oak compliment the black and red fruit flavors. fine grained, age worthy tannins provide structure to the dark, juicy finish.


Round Pond Estate Cab, 2014, $68

This is a true gem from the heart of Napa, literally.  In the center of Napa and surrounded by great estates like beckstoffer, honig, heitz, and caymus, this is a classic and superb rutherford cabernet. totaly organic although they don't believe they need to certify, only to produce quality wine as it should be produced and to take care of the land. It exhibits rich characteristics of dark complex fruit, minerality, and balanced intensity. the layers of this wine truly reflect the terroir of the vineyard.

California Blends​

JUSTIN ISOSCELES RESERVE, 2008, $215
JS, 94 points - ​SWEET TANNIN WITH DENSE, BLACK FRUIT​, CHARCOAL, CREME DE CASSIS, ROASTED HERB & SPICE BOX

OPUS ONE, 2011 & 2012, $275
SWEET FLORAL & SPICE LEAD TO EXPRESSIVE DARK BERRY, MOCHA, ANISE & NEW LEATHER.  BRILLIANTLY PRECISE.

linne calodo rising tides, 2012, $72

​knockout cassis & blackberry with sage, rosemary, mint, leather & tobacco astride a slippery mineral backbone


linne calodo outsider, 2012, $70

pure power and intensity tending toward the blue/black end of things while ending with baking spice infused cherry pie & licorice.

California PINOT NOIR

​MERRY EDWARDS, MEREDITH Estate, 2012, $80
GRACEFUL, ALLURING ELEGANCE WITH ​​CRUSHED, RED RASPBERRY, SARSAPARILLA, CARDAMOM & TEA 

Merry Edwards Flax Vineyard, 2012, $76
From the Pommard clone which I tend to love, this wine is bursting with freshly picked wildflowers & Earth.  Blueberry & strawberry keep the acidity high before diving headfirst into a long finish of bacon & dark chocolate.

BLACK KITE RIVER TURN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR, 2011, $62
BLACK CHERRY LIQUOR, ​ BLACK RASPBERRY JAM & HOISIN SAUCE


Black Kite Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013, $54

Full-blown and persistent, with deeply pitched aromas of black raspberry and cherry, with hints of lavender and licorice.  Gains energy and spiciness with air and finishes with a bright mineral snap and a lingering note of candied rose with currant, roasted almonds, milk chocolate & anise.

DONELAN TWO BROTHERS PINOT NOIR, 2012, $74
SEDUCTIVE KIRSCH WITH ​STRAWBERRIES, LOAMY SOIL AND A TOUCH OF OAK.

KOSTA BROWNE SONOMA COAST, 2013, $108
​DELIVERS A PURE, FOCUSED CORE OF WILD BERRY, RASPBERRY, GRAVEL, ANISE, DRIED HERB & SAVORY NOTES.​

California ZINFANDEL

​INGLENOOK EDIZIONE PENNINO ZINFANDEL, 2012, $62
DARK, LUSH & JAMMY WITH ​ POMEGRANATE, PLUMS, CHOCOLATE & SPICE

Witchery Howell Mountain Zinfandel, 2013, $85
With a total production of only 100 cases, very few people will get to own this rare wine that explodes with big blackberry roundness and raspberry preserves from one of Napa Valley’s most prestigious AVAs.

WASHINGTON

​DOUBLEBACK CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2011, $118 ($222 for Magnums)
​IMPECCABLE BALANCE.  SATURATED & GORGEOUS WITH CRUSHED BRAMBLE FRUIT, CREME BRULEE & ALLSPICE

COL SOLARE, BORDEAUX BLEND, 2009, $88
DARK CHOCOLATE, BLACK FRUIT, ESPRESSO & COCONUT SPICE WITH A SILKY, LINGERING FINISH

Figgins Estate Red Wine, 2012, $101
This Wine is flat-out knockout stuff. Layered, gorgeously concentrated, full-bodied, and balanced, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend gives up sensational notes of cassis, black raspberry toasted bread and sweet spice on the nose. Ultra-pure, elegant and silky, it has the texture to drink nicely today, yet will age effortlessly for two decades or more. 96 Points


Gramercy cellars lagniappe syrah, 2011, $58

shocking.  reminiscent of hermitage.  ample smoked meat, red & black currant with tactile saline over a raspberry coulis, mocha & ground pepper finish with notes of spicebox. 95 points


quilceda creek cabernet sauvignon, 2012, $260

mostly from the champoux vineyard at horse heaven hills, this wine boasts blackberry, bluebery & cassis with soy, smoke, graphite & spice box.  it should age effortlessly for 20+ years.​ 98 points


 quilceda creek red, 2012, $85

a smoking effort that shows the beauty of the vintage. made from a declassified blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon It offers a brilliant, almost Bordeaux-like, bouquet of sweet cassis, lead pencil shavings, graphite and hints of toast. it doesn't lack for richness or persistence. 94 points


Cayuse En Cerise, 2013

97 Points. Peppery, peat moss, violets & plenty of sweet black cherry & cassis  all show here. It is full-bodied, layered, sexy and gorgeously textured on the palate. classic Cayuse.


cayuse en chamberlin, 2013

​97 Points.  the most savory, umami-styled, exotic and funky of the lot. Iodine, beef blood, licorice, mushroom and hints of soy and give way to a full-bodied wine with ample concentration, sweet tannin and a great finish.  perfumed, complex and downright exotic. It should drink well for 15 years or more.


cayuse cailloux, 2013

97 points. cofermented with 5% Viognier and aged in twice-used French oak. It offers a ripe, voluptuous style in its ground pepper, smoked meats, peat and sweet dark fruits. These give way to a full-bodied Syrah that has solid concentration and good tannin. The Viognier here normally gives this cuvee some early charm, but it should evolve gracefully as well.


TAMARACK CELLARS SEVEN HILLS VINEYARD RESERVE, 2010, $60

​Rich, ripe figs and smoky aromas lead into black currant, plum and scintillating spices.  A balanced wine with great length and finish of sweet tannin and mint.

OREGON Pinot Noir

ARCHERY SUMMIT ARCUS ESTATE, 2011, $110
BLUEBERRY COBBLER, DARK PLUMS, CHERRY COLA & BLACK TEA

​In 1965, Willamette’s first pinot noir was planted at Eyrie Vineyards
EYRIE VINEYARDS original vines, 2013, $95
Glorious aromatics offer intense scents of citrus, pine needle, pepper and berry, with a welcome kick of citrus. this promises a long cellar life, as proven over and over again by this founding Oregon winery.  94 points


BRITTAN VINEYARDS “BASALT BLOCK”, 2010, 2012, $50
FROM V​ETERAN WINEMAKER ROBERT BRITTAN, HEAD WINEMAKER AT STAGS’ LEAP WINERY, NAPA.
 

  • ​THE 2010 VINTAGE IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY WAS A COOL AND PRODUCED WINE WITH VIBRANT FLAVORS OF RASPBERRIES, BOYSENBERRIES AND EXOTIC SPICE NOTES OF ANISE AND CARDAMOM, WITH UNDERTONES OF MINERALITY, GUNPOWDER AND CRUSHED GRAVEL. 

  • THE 2012 VINTAGE IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY WAS MODERATELY WARM PRODUCING A WINE THAT EXHIBITS RICH NOTES OF BLACKBERRY, ITALIAN PLUM, DRIED ORANGE PEEL AND CASSIS, WITH SPICE NOTES OF CORIANDER AND NUTMEG WITH BERGAMOT & BLACK TEA. 


KEN WRIGHT, CARTER, 2012, MAGNUM, $140
​DARK FRUIT OF PLUM, BLUEBERRY & BLACK CHERRY WITH FRESH EARTH 

KEN WRIGHT, SAVOYA, 2012, MAGNUM, $140
​BLACK CHERRY, CRANBERRY & POMEGRANATE WITH EARTHY COLA & SADDLE


RESONANCE, 2013, $80

THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED FIRST RELEASE FROM MAISON LOUIS JADOT’S OREGON PROJECT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT.  CONCENTRATED RASPBERRY PUREE IN BOTH AROMATICS AND ON THE PALATE WITH LASER FOCUS.  A MAGICAL COMBINATION OF FINESSE, SILKINESS AND STRIDENT YOUTH. 

20 YEARS OF AGING POTENTIAL.

​93 POINTS WS


DOMAINE SERENE "YAMHILL CUVEE," 2014, $57

​THIS WILLAMETTE GEM WAS RECENTLY SELECTED TO BE THE FACE OF OREGON PINOT CAMP; YEP, THAT MEANS THIS IS THE EMBODIMENT OF WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND THE SUPERB PINOT NOIRS THEY HAVE BECOME FAMOUS FOR. RECEIVING 91 POINTS FROM WINE SPECTATOR WE UNDERSTOOD ALL THE HYPE AT FIRST TASTE.  RICH WITH AROMAS OF BING CHERRY, BLACKBERRY, DRIED HERBS AND SPICES THAT STRETCH TO THE PALATE AND DELIVER SOME INTENSE RED FRUIT.  THIS WINE IS GRACEFUL AND POLISHED, SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATING PLAYFUL TANNINS WITH SPICY NOTES. SILKY, ELEGANT, AND SIMPLY INCREDIBLE!


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italy


amarone


​Bertani Villa Arvedi, 2012, $62

​Sleek and polished, this opens with lovely fragrances of blue flowers, incense and sandalwood.


MAZZI PUNTA DI VILLA, 2011, $116

AROMAS OF BLACK CHERRY JAM, DRIED FLOWERS, CIGAR BOX, DARK CHOCOLATE, AND EARTH. SUPERBLY BALANCED AND BIG. 2011 WAS ONE OF THE FINEST VINTAGES IN YEARS FOR MAZZI, AND THERE MAY NOT BE A BETTER AMARONE FROM THAT HARVEST. 


barolo


​Giacomo Fenocchio Bussia, 2010, $75

From the historic heart of the famed Bussia vineyard area, this wine beautifully expresses the fabulous vintage. Boasting great depth and energy, it seamlessly delivers violet, incense, underbrush, crushed black cherry, licorice, graphite and balsamic sensations alongside vibrant acidity and big, velvety tannins. 98 points



damilano cerequio, 2010, $90

 A mix of pure cherry, wild rosemary and sage notes converge in this fruity yet strict red, which is balanced, but needs time to integrate the dusty, gum-coating tannins

95 points


pio cesare barolo, 2011, $77

black fruit & prune are folded together with delicate cigar smoke, ​crushed mineral, licorice & truffle


​Principiano ferdinando serralunga Barolo, 2010, $75

Peach and apricot marmalade slide effortlessly to alpine flowers dotted with  cool mint with leather & licorice. ripe tannins support finely burnished wild cherries supported with a mineral tinged finish.


Massolino Serralunga Barolo, 2010, $53

this elegant wine boasts a ​floral & spice fragrance of crushed violets and clove.  The bright palate offers dark cherry, cinnamon and baking spices.  supple tannins reveal a surprisingly accessible side to serralunga, home to the most structured barolos.


Gaja DaGromis Barolo, 2010, $109
Intense red in color with full aromas, rich with berries and floral notes as well as aromas of licorice, dried herbs and spices. This wine has a solid structure on the palate and a rich softness as well as a lingering finish.


Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo, 2010, $56
The 2010 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba opens to a darkly saturated color and shows pretty highlight of wild cherry, cassis, black truffle, cola and menthol herb. It's dry, full-bodied with velvety texture and great balance and very long-lasting.


vino nobile di  montepulciano

poliziano asinone, 2010, $59

elegance & complexity with purple iris, ​plums, ripe fig & carob


brunello di montalcino


​poggio antico altero, 2008, $88

extremely dark & concentrated with blackberry, coffee, licorice & spice


casanova di neri "white label", 2010, $65

Gorgeous aromas of sea salt, savory, smoked meat and dried fruit follow through to a full body with fine tannins and a long, intense finish. So beautiful and enticing. Goes on for minutes

96 points​​


Tenuta del Cerra "​La Poderina", 2010, $64

A gorgeous red with dark-berry, blueberry and violet character. Full body, fine, integrated tannins with dark chocolate, and a delicious finish. 


fattoria dei barbi, 2010, $57

​This is a deep, powerful wine that unravels slowly, one delicate layer at a time. As it does, you become aware of dried fruit, cigar box, crushed mineral, plum, tar and cola. A beautiful display. 


Caprili Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, 2006, $105

gorgeous.  laced with dark cherries, plums, exotic spices, licorice & tobacco with a lovely inner perfume, firm, yet well‐integrated tannins and a lovely overall balance. 


villa le Prata Brunello di Montalcino "Massimo", 2007, $115

​where the caprili is pretty, the Massimo is masculine, muscular and a perfect gentleman.  classic notes of tart cherry and blood orange rind float atop a sumptuous ribbon of black earth, truffle and dusty rose with cigar box and crushed mineral.



CAPARZO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, 2011, $46

​DEEP GARNET COLOR WITH PENETRATING AROMAS OF WILD BERRIES.  THE PALATE IS DRY, WARM, AND HARMONIOUSLY FULL-BODIED.  DELICATE AND AUSTERE AT THE SAME TIME WITH A PERSISTENT FINISH.



Barbaresco


Gaja Barbaresco, 2011, $285, 95 Points
Extremely perfumed with roses, dark berries, ash, asphalt, and sliced plums. Orange and lemon peel undertones. Gorgeous finish. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a juicy, savory finish. Drink or hold.


​produttori del barbaresco, 2011, Magnum, $85

one of the best quality to value wines in italy.  Marked by ripe cherry, strawberry, floral and tar flavors, this red is graceful and detailed, with the fruit intensity persisting on the finish.


MOCCAGATTA BARBARESCO, 2013, $40

RIPE RED CHERRY, KIRSCH, WILD FLOWERS AND SPICES ARE FRONT AND CENTER IN THIS BEAUTIFULLY PERFUMED BARBARESCO THAT OVERDELIVERS BIG TIME. 


proprietary & super tuscan


tenuta san guido sassacaia, 2011,  $265

the only wine with its own doc & the most sought after wine on the planet.  eucalyptus & floral notes.


TENUTA SAN GUIDO SASSACAIA, 2013, $250

 This is a wine of excellent execution, beautiful balance and seamless intensity. The bouquet opens slowly to reveal delicate aromas of dark fruit and integrated spice that build in steady strength.  The mouthfeel delivers freshness and power, but in measured doses, with long and silky persistence

 

chiappini guado de' gemoli bolgheri superiore, 2008, $77

this property is adjacent to sassicaia & ornellai, two super tuscan legends.  the 2009 vintage received 100 points.  ​this is a showy & flamboyant wine dark with indian spice, soy espresso & blackberry


PAOLO BEA SAN VALENTINO, 2010, $60

Impeccably balanced, this wine marries its juicy red and blue fruits with crushed flower petals, sun-warmed earth, baking spices & cigar wrapper. this wine wraps your palate in a seamless grip and only lets it go after a long, lingering finish.


​Paolo Bea Rosso de Veo, 2006, $65

Flowers and tar frame the succulent fruits in this sauvage ’06 Rosso de Véo. While 2006 was challenging in Umbria, Paolo Bea shows his skill in this feral, silky Sagrantino wine.


Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco "Pagliaro", 2009, $100 & 2004, $105

The jewel in the crown of Umbria, composed exclusively of Sagrantino left to macerate for an incredible 48 days; the wine ages in stainless steel for one year, two years in barrels, followed by a year in bottle.


2009 - ​ DEEP, DARK PURPLE HUE WITH A POWERFUL NOSE OF SLIGHTLY RAISINED BERRIES, DARK CHOCOLATE, EARTH, & SMOKY MINERALS. SPICY NOTES STUD ITS LIVELY PALATE OF BLACKBERRY, CURRANTS, CINNAMON, AND CLOVE.  


2004 - Spicy, musky aromas of sweet red berries and exotic spices, plus a hint of leather. Deep, sweet and lush but with a juicy character and nice floral lift to the red berry, earth and tar flavors.


​caiarossa, 2004, $110 

blockbuster biodynamic with mature black fruit, raisins, leather & spice. 


dal forno valpolicella superiore, 2006, $135

burly with lots of charred oak & bresaola with ripe, crushed berry, cardamom & purple flowers


​giuseppe quintarelli ca del merlo, 2005, $100

quintarelli wines are always​ small in allocation, high in demand and stratospheric in quality.  even the most connected wine lovers find them difficult to obtain.


​Giuseppe Quintarelli ca del Merlo,  2006,  $115
Even more rare and exclusive than the standard Valpolicella is the single vineyard Ca' del Merlo (house of the blackbird). It is made in the Ripasso style and aged in large Slavonian oak for seven years. It is just now hitting its stride. 92 Points


​Crognolo tenuta sette ponti 2013, $40
Lots of currants, blueberries, vanilla and floral character on the nose and palate. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Edgy contrast of acidity, ripe fruit and wood. Stylish, savory and delicious. One of the best values amongst Super Tuscan reds.  95 Points


​Here are a few recent additions that we are most pleased with.  These Super Tuscans are not available in the US outside a few shops in San Francisco and New York where they are 2 - 3 times as dear.


Mazzei  Tenuta Belguardo (Maremma Toscana), 2011, $93
Aromas of ground pepper, clove, mature plum, black currant and charred earth emerge on this Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc blend, with a whiff of game. The palate delivers dried black cherry, blackberry extract, licorice and grilled herbs alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. A tobacco note marks the close.

Tenuta Sette Ponti Orma, 2012, $130
Fabulous aromas of blackberries, orange peel, raspberries and citrus, wild herb & violets. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a light, dusty texture. It's so fine and beautiful, racy and refined. Very structured indeed but also soulful and very, very inspiring. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2026. James Suckling 97 pts


 Podere Forte Guardavigna, 2009, $170

Balsamic notes of mint and eucalyptus with notes of nutmeg and clove with blackberry, cassis, raspberry and red current dominate the palate with finely integrated, sweet tannins supported by good acidity that leaves a long, mineral finish.

 Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont’Ugo, Antinori, 2013, $93

This wine is vibrant, long and balanced with notes of plum and blueberry with sweet spices and underbrush.  I couldn’t help thinking Antinori has decided to re-assert themselves with this one and this point is backed up by a recent Galloni score of 93 points.  I can’t imagine finding another Merlot based wine anywhere else in the world for this price and quality.

Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi, 2012, Toscana, $185
A 50-50 blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, this dense, extracted wine opens with aromas with vanilla, new oak, ripe black fruit, mocha and roasted coffee beans. The palate offers oak extract, coconut, toast, chocolate, fleshy plum and blackberries alongside velvety tannins.  This is one of the wines that changed Italy’s style from one of Italy’s most prestigious wine producers.
James Suckling 94 pts
Robert Parker 95 pts
Vinous 94 pts
Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri


CASTELLO DI BOLGHERI DOC BOLGHERI SUPERIORE, 2012, $93
Packed with juicy black currant and blackberry notes from start to finish, this Super Tuscan evokes licorice, spice and tar.  Dense and well structured with fine tannin, balance and a long, fruit and spice filled finish, this wine will be best from 2016 through 2024.
Wine Spectator 93 pts

Le Macchiole Messorio, 2012, $310

While Le Macchiole has always been known for its single varietal bottlings, this Merlot has gained it international renown.  Messorio is the flagship wine of the estate but also carries most effortlessly, the personality of the land.  It is a classic example of Italian Merlot and clearly articulates the Bolgheri terroir. 

 
Castello di Bossi, Corbaia IGT , 1997, $250
Named for the vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in Bossi some 42 years ago, Castello di Bossi “Corbaia”  is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon that is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Allier oak barriques. This Super Tuscan offers dark fruit, cassis, licorice and balsamic character with fine balance and outstanding length on the finish. It is a wine of superb finesse and elegance with intense aromas of blackberries and black licorice, with hints of toasted oak and a finely polished texture



france


champagne


marc hebrart premier cru, "Special Club" magnum 2009, $275

Green apples, pears, white flowers and anise are some of the many notes that flow through to the intense finish. This is flat out, drop-dead gorgeous


 

The Rhone River Valley


CLAPE COTES DU RHONE, 2011, $50 & 2013, $60
​​CORNAS IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S FEW BLUE CHIP ADDRESSES THAT WE STILL ASSOCIATE WITH TRADITIONAL WINEMAKING & CLAPE CORNAS IS THE VERY ESSENCE OF NORTHERN RHONE SYRAH.  IT IS THE HOLY GRAIL THAT EVERYONE ASPIRES TO WHEN MAKING SYRAH IN THE NORTHERN RHONE.

AUGUSTE CLAPE "RENAISSANCE" CORNAS, 2013, $96
HIGHLY PERFUMED AROMAS OF FRESH RED AND DARK BERRIES, VIOLET AND FENNEL. DEEPER AND DARKER IN PROFILE, WITH BLACK AND BLUE FRUIT SCENTS AND A TOUCH OF SMOKINESS. SAPPY BLUEBERRY AND CHERRY COMPOTE FLAVORS FIRM UP WITH A LITTLE AIR AND SHOW VERY GOOD CLARITY. 94 POINTS

AUGUST CLAPE LE VIN DES AMIS, 2014,  $32
A GREAT INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONALLY MADE NORTHERN RHONE SYRAH FROM A TOP PRODUCER.  THE RESULT IS A WINE THAT ALWAYS SMELLS AND TASTES LIKE CORNAS.  OFFERING GORGEOUS SYRAH CHARACTERISTICS OF PLUM, BLACK RASPBERRY, UNDERBRUSH AND SPICE, THIS SOFT, SUPPLE BEAUTY THIS BOTTLING CARRIES AN EXCELLENT VALUE WITH SUBSTANCE AND STYLE


domaine tempier bandol rouge cabassaou, (vertical) 2009 - 2011, $330

Ripeness, density & power.  the wines show unique aromas of thyme, rosemary, wild mint & fennel


​Pallieres Terrasse du Diable, gigondas, 2010, magnum, $88

​a heady bouquet of black raspberry, kirsch, & floral notes, building in intensity with a crushed rock minerality


PAUL JABOULET AINE, HERMITAGE BLANC "CHEVALIER DE STERIMBERG", 2011,  $62
​GORGEOUS HONEYED FRUITS, CREME, LEMON, BUTTERED CITRUS & DISTINCT MINERALITY.  THRILLING 



Bordeaux


Vieux-Chateau-Certan, Pomerol, 2008, $140, 94 Points
The aromas are so compelling with Maraschino cherries & sliced plums. So intense. It must come from the Cabernet Franc in the blend. It's full-bodied & dense but in a reserved & refined style. Racy & beautiful


Château Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé (A), 2012, $1200 

This is unquestionably the leading estate in St. Emilion, bordering Pomerol.  Cheval Blanc produces the most famous Cabernet Franc-based wine in the world and present régisseur Pierre Lurton is amongst the most talented winemakers working in Bordeaux today. Cheval Blanc requires a minimum 10 years of bottle age and the best vintages can last for 50 years or more.


CHATEAU DULUC  DE BRANAIRE-DUCRU SAINT JULIEN, 2005, $66
2005 WAS ONE OF THE BEST VINTAGES THIS WINERY HAS PRODUCED, AND IT IS MADE BY THE SAME TEAM THAT PRODUCES THE FAMOUS BRANAIRE DUCRU. ELEGANT AND LINEAR, AROMAS OF RIPE BLACKBERRY EXTEND INTO COCAO AND BAKING SPICE. THE TYPICAL, OCEANIC MINERALITY OF SAINT-JULIEN IS FOUND ON THE LONG FINISH ALONG WITH BIG, STRUCTURED, INTENSELY RICH BERRY AND SPRING FLOWER. STUNNING PURITY AND POWER.​


Chateau Duluc Saint Julien, 2000, $66

​The second wine of Chateau Branaire, this merlot is classic in style. Full with black berry and oak flavor transitioning to delicate and well balanced tannins. 


Domaines Delon Lo Petit Lion, 2009, $101

Named "the little lion" for the use of newer vines, almost 20 years old now, this cub is ready to roar! Blackberry, raspberry, and cassis on the nose backed by tobacco. Fruit forward on the palate with hints of minerality and flowers, structured but rounded and balanced with chewy tannins and fresh, fine finish.


Chateau Belle-Graves Lalande-de-Pomerol, 2008, $39

Lush and velvery offering; this merlot sees Cabernet Franc blended in with great results. It shows classic  merlot aromas and flavors of berries and plum, sweet tobacco, and cocoa. Fine tannins and earthy minerals dust the finish.


Pastourelle de Clerc Milon Pauillac, 2009, $66

An exceptional Year this vintage has a soft richness with tannins that are velvety and ripe. blackberry fruits and mint shine through the smoky edge of tannins to give a wine that has generous fruit and a tight end that brings in bright acidity.



Burgundy



Albert Bichot Pommard "Clos des Ursulines", 2012, $80
Rich, dark fruit, some oak spice evident here. Lovely sinewy freshness, absolutely no spare flesh but deliciously lean and firm. No attempt to woo the taster yet I love the no-nonsense but harmonious strictness.


Chezeaux Vosne Romanee 1er Cru "Les Chaumes"  $91.00
This wine evokes plums, black cherries, mint, violets and spices emerge, adding a wonderful sense of texture and depth. Elements of firmness underpin the fruit, suggesting the wine has a very bright future. Sweet red flowers, mint and spices add complexity on the finish.


domaine pierre guillemot savigny aux serpentieres 1er cru, 2012, $56

This wine is pretty, expressive, & intensely mineral,with quite a bit of depth; more than most vintages, ripe red and black raspberry, notes of cinnamon spice and a saline finish.

Albert Bichot, Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru les Peuillets, 2012, $52
Those who bemoan the high price of Burgundy should acquaint themselves with the wines of Albert Bichot.What pinot !!! A beautiful nose with flavors of red and black fruits, spicy notes. The palate is intense, powerful, deep and greedy. Impressive.


Paul jaboulet aine condrieu "domaine des grands amandiers", 2010, $95

compelling toast & baking spice​ with restraining tropical fruit.  Tremendous length. 


Drouhin vaudon Chablis grand cru vaudesir, 2013, $ 85
Classic dusty Chablis. The palate is succinctly balanced with touches of citrus peel and a vibrant spicy finish, fanning out with careless abandon on the satisfying finish. Intense and elegant with aromas of hawthorn, apricot notes and hints of tobacco with dried fruits. 

93 Points


Drouhin  Chassagne Montrachet Margeot Premier Cru

Marquis de Lauguiche, 2013, $134

Perfumed and floral, this is a wine with weight and richness. There is a lot of structure here, concentrated rich yellow and white fruits giving a textured and mineral wine.

94 Points


​ Domaine faively Mercurey Rouge, 2014, $30

An excellent value!  This wine has a round and fruity attack before revealing its fine and silky tannins. This well-balanced wine with long-lasting aromas will be appreciated by knowledgeable wine lovers and will seduce novices too. Mercurey; located in the Cote Chalonnaise is the largest appellation in all of Burgundy


Comtesse Bernard de Cherisey Les Chalumaux 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet, 2013, $91

Combining the power & richness of Meursault with the ethereal finesse of Puligny this wine is loaded with white limestone & is intensely focused. From the domaine’s lowest-yielding vineyard, planted in 1946, the wine is exotic, opulent & fatty yet with a salt & citrus vitality that strikes an excellent balance between ripe fruit & freshness with notes of lime skin, peach & fruit stone.


domaine jouard chassagne-montrachet, 2014, $62

restrained lime & apple with rich, juicy, upfront fruit of concentration and grip, with fine acidity and weight


Jean-Luc Joillot Pommard Premier Cru Les Petits Epenots, ​2005, $210

​DEEP COLOUR, YOUTHFUL. NOSE EVOLVING, BLACK FRUIT, AUTUMN LEAVES, MENTHOL. FAIRLY LEAN TASTE WITH UNINTEGRATED TANNINS AND ACIDS.


Domaine de la romanee-conti echezeaux, 2013, $850

Superb deep velvety colour, more black than red fruits on the nose. The supple elegance of Echézeaux is immediately evident, and the ‘iron fist in velvet glove’ style shows the firmness behind the seductively natural richness, beautifully balancing subtlety and power.



Provence


​Chateau Simone Palette Rouge, 2012, $59

Fresh and pure, with a tightly coiled core of pepper, tobacco, savory, dried cherry and steeped plum notes, all carried by a mouthwatering sanguine accent. This is sneakily long, with an iron thread adding fine stitching. This is one that will age wonderfully well.


Chateau Simone Palette Blanc, 2013, $62

A truly unique creation based primarily on Clairette that is supplemented with Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc and a touch of Muscat Blanc. brisk in its youth, animated by a bouquet of pine-resin, evolves slowly into a sensual masterpiece with its lingering finish built on a mass of minerality. This is a remarkably age-worthy wine with the potential to give ever-more pleasure over a span two decades or more.​


other


Jos. Jos. Prum Auslese Riesling, germany 2003, 2007, 2009, $201

From the winemaker of the 7th most expensive wine in the world, from the most storied riesling vineyard on the planet, in 3 of the best riesling vintages in the past 2 decades.


Hattenheim Pfaffenberg Riesling Spatlese, Germany 2004, $40

Shows some exotic tropical nuances to its aromas and flavors, with hints of tangerine and other mixed citrus delivered via a plump, succulent mouthfeel. Long and crisply focused on the finish.


Rolly Gassmann Alsace, France 2000, $72

This Riesling is full of poise, elegance and ripeness. The nose has notes of lime fruit with honey, acacia and mineral undertones. The palate is where it comes into its own however; lush, ripe, voluptuous to the extreme.


CATENA ZAPATA nicolas, ARGENTINA, $135 each

AN IMPRESSIVE SELECTION OF A VERTICAL OF 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011  

THE BEST THAT CATENA HAS TO OFFER.


​torres mas la plana, cabernet sauvignon, spain, 2010, $94

​the single most recognized name in spanish wine.  intense with white chocolate, toast, clove & pepper


​clos erasmus priorat, spain, 2010, $210

the benchmark of priorat.  intensely perfumed. black raspberry, red currant, asian spices & incense. 


vina tondonia rioja, reserva, 2003 & 2004 $47


2003 - Ripe aromas of dried fruits, plums and prunes. Flowers too. Full body, round and ripe textured tannins. Intense and powerful fruit. Layered. Powerful style. 95 points


2004-"SAVORY FLAVORS OF TEA, MUSHROOM AND LEATHER FRAME DRIED CHERRY AND ORANGE PEEL NOTES IN THIS TRADIDIONAL-STYLE RED. FEATURES A SMOOTH POLISHED TEXTURE WITH LIGHT TANNINS AND BRIGHT ACIDITY. HARMONIOUS AND GRACEFEUL. DRINK NOW THROUGH 2020.



two of the most highly praised wines in south africa

Mullineux Granite Syrah, south africa, 2010, $125

Bright cherry, crushed violet, white pepper & provencal herbs with minerally precision.


Mullineux schist syrah, south africa, 2010, $125

exuberant with ripe black cherry, blueberry & crushed white flowers with black olive, cassis & minerals.


RUSTENBERG, 5 SOLDIERS CHARDONNAY, 2012, $56

CHARACTERS OF RIPE CITRUS, MELON AND PEACH WITH GREAT MINERALITY, ROUNDED OUT BY WELL CRAFTED OAKING.  A VERY COMPLEX WINE, APPROACHABLE IN ITS YOUTH HOWEVER CAREFUL CELLARING WILL REWARD PATIENCE.

93 POINTS WA


Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (500ML) 2009, $87

The only dessert wine on our cellar list, Klein Constantia was #10 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 in 2015.  The estate dates back to 1685 and this particular wine has been written about by Thomas Jefferson, Emily Dickenson and Ernest Hemingway to name a few.  It is  rich and unctuous, yet superbly racy & offers a gorgeous melody of dried apricot, fig, mango & quince, underscored by a lively blood orange note & backed by a long, ginger & green tea finish.