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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

SEPTEMBER 2017

16 VINTAGES

J. LOHR CUVÉE SERIES ST. E 2013

Paso Robles

TaSTING NOTE:

The most easily acces-

sible of J. Lohr’s Bordeaux series, this

Cabernet Franc-led ode to Saint-Émilion

opens with caramel, vanilla and crème de

cassis on the lavish nose. There is ample

structure on the palate, with medium tannins,

but it’s soft enough to enjoy now, with rich

fudge, clove and chai flavors laid across

tasty black fruits. Score:

94

(Matt Kettman,

Wine Enthusiast

, March 1, 2017)

518324 (XD) 750 mL $80.00

JEFF COHN IRON HILL

ZINFANDEL 2013

Sonoma Valley

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2013 Zinfandel Iron

Hill Vineyard is slightly less powerful at

15.2% alcohol. Coming from hard volcanic

soils, this wine was aged 16 months in

about 30% new French oak and produced

another relatively small cuvée of 206 cases

from the steep hillsides of the Iron Hill

Vineyard. Cohn compares this wine to a

French Côte-Rôtie, and I can see the

legitimacy in his analysis. The wine has a

fragrance in the nose that almost gives

the sense that there are some white grapes

contributing to the floral notes in the bouquet.

There aren’t any, as this is 100% Zinfandel,

but the color is not as dense as its prede-

cessor. Still, the complexity and richness are

endearing. This fleshy, medium to full-bod-

ied wine displays loads of black raspberry,

licorice and a touch of tapenade. This is

a beauty and quite a complex offering for

Zinfandel. Drink it over the next 5 years.

Drink Date: 2016-2021. Score:

93

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

aug. 30, 2016)

518266 (XD) 750 mL $77.00

ULYSSES 2013

Napa Valley

James Suckling awarded this wine a

rating of

98

points and described it as

having “... a firm yet gentle tannin back-

bone and complex mouthfeel that seduces

you.” (

jamessuckling.com

, Jan.15, 2016)

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2013 ulysses is

absolutely mind-boggling, as so many

wines from this vintage are. Gorgeous

blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with

the telltale cassis and floral notes, jump

from the glass. again, this is Pauillac-like,

with some cedar wood and subtle barrique

smells. again produced nearly all from

Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is full-bodied,

powerful, rich and long, with slightly

sweeter tannins than the 2012. Production

in 2013 was 960 cases, and Moueix

told me that the entire growing season

averaged about two and half weeks ahead

of schedule from bloom break to harvest.

This is a prodigious effort and will certainly

stand as the great ulysses of the first

trio to be released. I suspect it will be

drinkable in 3-4 years and keep for 30 or

more, given the Moueix track record.

Drink 2020-2050. Score:

96

(Robert

Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30,

2015)

478800 (XD) 750 mL $273.00

478818 (XD) 1500 mL $562.00

518332 (XD) 3000 mL $1,360.00

518340 (XD) 6000 mL $3,237.00

WHITE WINE

ARAÚJO ESTATE EISELE VINEYARD

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015

Napa Valley

The 2015 araújo Estate Eisele Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc is composed of 76%

Sauvignon Blanc Musqué and 24% Sauvi-

gnon Blanc. The fruit was picked between

august 13 and august 22 – the earliest

harvesting date ever for Eisele Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc. This early harvest was

brought on by warm nights during the

summer that promoted consistent ripening

in the grapes. The wines were aged on

the lees for 12 months in a combination of

stainless steel, concrete eggs and used

and new oak before blending. you will find

this to be a round and concentrated wine

that will offer floral and orange citrus tones

with vanilla and mineral undertones.

210385 (XD) 750 mL $143.00