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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

33 VINTAGES

USA

– CaLIFORNIa

RED WINE

DUMOL CONNOR PINOT NOIR 2014

Sonoma Coast

TaSTING NOTE:

Pale ruby-purple in

color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Connor opens

with alluring potpourri, garrigue and

underbrush notes over a core of pome-

granate and red currants. Elegantly fruited

and medium-bodied, the perfumed red

fruit flavors define the palate, supported

by harmonious, silky tannins and refreshing

acid, finishing softly spoken yet with

great resonance. Drink Date: 2017-2025.

Score:

95

(Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW,

robertparker.com

, Feb. 28, 2017)

523787 (XD) 750 mL $163.00

DUMOL RYANWIDDOES VINEYARD

PINOT NOIR 2014

Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

TaSTING NOTE:

Pale to medium

ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir

Ryan Widdoes Vineyard has a rather

subdued, earthy nose of fungi and fallen

leaves over red and black cherries and a

waft of lavender. The medium to full-bodied

palate is built like a brick house with a

solid frame of grainy tannins and lively

acid holding the muscular fruit together

beautifully, and texturing the long, earthy

finish. It needs another 1-2 years in bottle

and should cellar for 12+ years thereafter.

Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score:

95

(Lisa

Perrotti-Brown, MW,

robertparker.com

,

Feb. 28, 2017)

523761 (XD) 750 mL $163.00

ARAÚJO ALTAGRACIA RED 2013

Napa Valley

TaSTING NOTE:

as for the 2013

Proprietary Red altagracia, the blend is

slightly different, at 80% Cabernet

Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6%

Petit Verdot and 4%Malbec. One of the

finest altagracias I’ve tasted to date,

the color is saturated ruby/purple, much

darker than the 2012 and the wine slightly

less fragrant and more coiled tight. yet,

it is also more concentrated and promising.

The wine is a heck of a second wine,

but does require some patience. For now,

deep, rich blackcurrant and blackberry

fruit with floral notes (white flowers?),

medium to full body and sweet tannin are

all present in this relatively larger-scaled

altagracia than we’ve seen in the past

(14.8% alcohol). The finish is long, still

youthful and certainly approachable,

but this wine will be better with 2-4 years

bottle age and should keep for at least

two decades. Drink Date: 2016-2036.

Score:

93

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robert

parker.com

, Dec. 30, 2015)

390823 (XD) 750 mL $201.00

BERINGER PRIVATE RESERVE

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Napa Valley

TaSTING NOTE:

One of the great efforts

of recent years, and not surprisingly so,

is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private

Reserve, a blend of 81% from Howell

Mountain, 11% from St. Helena and the

rest Calistoga and Mount Veeder. It is

a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon 3%

Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot aged

20 months in 84% new French oak. at

15.2% natural alcohol, this is a big boy,

but also classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

with crème de cassis, graphite, licorice,

and a touch of spicy oak. Winemaker

Laurie Hook, who has since departed as

winemaker, really hit a home run with

this beauty. The wine could benefit from

7-10 years cellaring and probably last

30 to 40. When all is said and done, this

is an instant classic, the wine full-bodied

with oodles of crème de cassis, pen ink,

graphite and baking spices. It is multi-

dimensional, layered, and one of the

all-time great Beringer Private Reserves –

and there have been many. Drink Date:

2023-2066. Score:

97

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, March 3, 2016)

552851 (XD) 750 mL $203.00

CARDINALE RED 2013

Napa Valley

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2013 Cabernet

Sauvignon is simply stunning. a real

head-turner, the 2013 possesses superb

density and tons of pure power. The flavors

are deep, powerful and explosive. Mocha,

new leather, and licorice wrap around a

core of dark, sumptuous fruit. This dense,

powerful Cabernet Sauvignon will require

considerable patience, but it is super-im

pressive. and then some. Chris Carpenter

crafted the 2013 from an assortment of

parcels, most of them mountain sites on

Diamond Mountain, Mt. Veeder and Howell

Mountain. This is a real stand out. Drinking

window: 2019-2033. Score:

97

(antonio

Galloni,

vinous.com

, Oct. 2015)

390310 (XD) 750 mL $485.00