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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

VINTAGES

23

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

PRODUCT & TASTING NOTES

SILVER OAK

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: Notes of dill, herb and vanilla

bean-scented oak lead to an elegant array

of dark berry, herb, cedar, gravelly earth and

underbrush flavors. The tannins cling a bit,

but this is an enjoyable and approachable

youngster, with a track record for aging. Drink

now through 2028. Score:

90

(James Laube,

winespectator.com

, June 15, 2017)

Full-bodied & Firm

750 mL (XD) $184.95

2

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THE HESS COLLECTION 19 BLOCK

MOUNTAIN CUVÉE 2013

Mount Veeder/Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Proprietary Red

19 Block Mountain Cuvée is a blend of 61%

Malbec, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and the

rest Petit Verdot and Syrah, all from the estate

on Mt. Veeder. This blend has worked well,

exhibiting an opaque purple color, a beautiful

nose of incense, camphor, blackberry, licorice

and a touch of espresso. It is full-bodied and

concentrated, but with supple tannins and a

roundness and juiciness – even for a 2013.

This should age nicely for at least 10 or more

years. Drink Date: 2016-2026. Score:

93

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

Dec. 30, 2016)

Full-bodied & Firm

750 mL (D)

$54.95

2

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STAGS’ LEAP ESTATE THE LEAP

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: Lushly rich on both the nose

and the palate, this wine from the heart of the

appellation is etched in chocolate and cedar,

showing a ying-yang pull between savory and

sweet. Currant and dried herb season chalky,

firm tannin and toasted oak. Score:

91

(Virginie

Boone,

Wine Enthusiast

, Feb. 1, 2017)

Full-bodied & Firm

750 mL (XD) $99.95

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J. LOHR CAROL’S VINEYARD

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

St. Helena, Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: There is a healthy dose of

22% Petit Verdot in this bold, juicywine, rich in

wild raspberry and cassis aromas and flavors.

Graphite and chocolate fill out the dense,

integrated midpalate, complemented by tangy

acidity that provides structure and a hint

of grace. Score:

92

(Virginie Boone,

Wine

Enthusiast

, Feb. 1, 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

750 mL (XD) $88.95

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CAYMUS SPECIAL SELECTION

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Caymus ‘Special

Selection’ Cabernet Sauvignon is an excep-

tional wine made from this storied Napa Valley

estate. Following some time to open, this

incredible Cabernet begins to yield profound

aromatics of black cherry compote, blueberry

pie and boysenberry along with creosote,

black tar, milk chocolate and licorice all

soaring from the glass. The mouthfeel is rich,

voluptuous and intense, as this wine offers

exceedingly dense, concentrated flavors of

black cherry reduction, blueberry pie, rasp-

berry liquor and boysenberry, alongside milk

chocolate shavings and tar, all cascading on to

the long mouth coating finish. Although still

youthful, the massive tannins will need some

time to soften before it reaches its peak.

Nonetheless, this is an absolutely beautifully

crafted and exceedingly delicious wine from

the Wagner’s, which should cellar gracefully

for many years to come. Best: 2018-2038.

Score:

97

(Dr. Owen Bargreen,

international

winereport.com

, July 2017)

Full-bodied & Firm

750 mL (D)

$199.95

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DUCKHORN MERLOT 2014

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: Waxy plum is given ample

richness from a taste of milk chocolate in this

luxuriously full-bodied voluptuous wine. Big

lush tannins are met by a smoky backdrop of

robust oak and a spicy hit of clove on the

finish. Score:

89

(Virginie Boone,

Wine

Enthusiast

, Oct. 1, 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

750 mL (XD) $64.95

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Products on these pages will be available to order starting at

9:00 a.m. on November 25. Online quantities are limited.