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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

34 VINTAGES

DONELAN SONOMA COUNTY

CUVÉE MORIAH 2013

Sonoma County

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2013 Cuvée

Moriah is deep, intense and beautifully

layered throughout. The aromatics alone

are captivating. Dried rose petal, punchy

red berries, exotic spices, menthol

and star anise give the Moriah much of

its aromatic intrigue. Light on its feet

yet deeply expressive, the 2013 is

another knock-out from Donelan. This is

a distinctly Pinot-leaning Rhône blend

with tons of personality. Drinking window:

2018-2025. Score:

94

(antonio Galloni,

vinous.com

, Feb. 2016)

523753 (XD) 750 mL $102.00

VÉRITÉ LA JOIE 2013

Sonoma County

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2013 La Joie,

which is 46% from Knights Valley,

32% from Chalk Hill and 22% from

alexander Valley, is a blend of 71%

Cabernet Sauvignon, 16%Merlot,

8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit

Verdot. Showing loads of graphite,

cedar wood, charcoal, crème de cassis

and forest floor, this may well turn out

to be a 50+-year wine. It tastes like

a great first-growth Pauillac and has an

amazing amount of complexity and

richness. Drink Date: 2015-2065.

Score:

100

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robert

parker.com

, Oct. 29, 2015)

523464 (XD) 750 mL $667.00

VÉRITÉ LAMUSE 2013

Sonoma County

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2013 La Muse,

like all of the 2013s, comes about

one-third from alexander Valley vineyards,

40-plus percent from Chalk Hill, and

the rest Knights Valley and Bennett Valley

– all high-elevation hillside vineyards. a

blend of 89%Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc

and 3%Malbec at 14.3% alcohol, the

wine is amazingly like a great vintage of

Petrus, with mulberry, black cherry,

licorice, truffle and unctuous, thick, juicy

fruit all present in this full-bodied master-

piece. The tannins are still present. The

wine has purity and savory presence

and is remarkable. The finish goes on for

well past a minute. This wine would

probably benefit from 5-8 years of bottle

age and last 40-50 years. Drink Date:

2020-2070. Score:

100

(Robert Parker

Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 29, 2015)

180992 (XD) 750 mL $667.00

VÉRITÉ LE DÉSIR 2013

Sonoma County

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2013 Le Desir

represents 2,500 cases. This is the softest

of the three wines in 2013, and this blend

of 61% Cabernet Franc, 23%Merlot,

11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5%Malbec

emerges with more than half of the cuvée

coming from Hillsides in alexander Valley,

37% from Chalk Hill and the rest tiny

dollops from Bennett Valley and Knights

Valley. Opaque purple, like its siblings, the

wine is showing incredible floral, blueberry

and espresso notes, exotic asian spices,

velvety texture, a supple, multilayered

mouthfeel and incredible finish, with

incense and licorice. This is magnificent

young wine, with a good 40-50 years of

upside potential. Pierre Seillan is justifiably

proud of what he has achieved, and

his first vintage of Vérité was only 1998,

but they go from strength to strength.

Drink Date: 2015-2065. Score:

99

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

Oct. 29, 2015)

523506 (XD) 750 mL $667.00

WENZLAU ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2012

Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County

TaSTING NOTE:

I liked the 2012 Pinot

Noir a touch more on release, yet it’s still

a beautiful, outstanding wine. Its medium

ruby color is followed by classy notes of

mulling spices, dried underbrush and

forest floor, and it has beautiful complexity,

opening up dramaticallywith time in the

glass. Medium-bodied, elegant and pretty,

I’d drink bottles over the coming 2-3

years, although it will evolve for longer.

Drink Date: 2016-2019. Score:

91

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, aug. 30,

2016)

518738 (XD) 750 mL $86.00

BACIO DIVINO

PROPRIETARY RED 2014

Napa Valley

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2014 Bacio

Divino Proprietary Red is 90% Cabernet

Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot

and Sangiovese sourced from all of the

vineyards mentioned for his other wines,

plus the Georges III Vineyard in Rutherford.

This is a beautiful wine with plenty of

blackberry and blueberry fruit, a hint of

incense and charcoal, a dense full-bodied

mouthfeel, outstanding purity, texture

and length. This wine can be drunk

now or cellared for another 25+ years.

Drink Date: 2016-2041. Score:

95

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

Oct. 28, 2016)

979047 (XD) 750 mL $169.00