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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

20 VINTAGES

QUEYLUS RÉSERVE DU DOMAINE

CABERNET FRANC/MERLOT 2012

VQA Niagara Peninsula

TASTING NOTE: A darker, warmer

reduction, like fine, silky demi-glace

rising and cascading as in a fountain of

flavour. Possesses the drama of Lincoln

Lakeshore Cabernet Franc excellence

with an increase in pure cocoa butter,

bike powered, stone ground chocolate

and pure, decadent richness. The 2012

may lack a certain level of elegance that

2011 offered but wine must be made

according to vintage. Thomas Bachelder

and Kelly Mason have listened to the

Queylus winds and followed ear worm

orders. Drink 2016-2024. Score:

91

(Michael Godel,

winealign.com

, Dec. 24,

2015)

406462 (XD) 750 mL $36.95

AUSTRALIA

RED WINE

JOHN DUVAL ENTITY SHIRAZ 2014

Barossa

TASTING NOTE: Deep garnet-purple

colored, the 2014 Entity Shiraz reveals

crushed blackberries and blackcurrants

on the nose with hints of dried Provence

herbs, garrique, eucalypt and black

pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate

delivered mouth-filling black fruits and

peppery flavors with chewy tannins and a

lively backbone, finishing with a spicy lift.

Drink Date: 2016-2025. Score:

92

(Lisa

Perrotti-Brown, MW,

robertparker.com

,

June 29, 2016)

73056 (XD) 750 mL $60.00

PENFOLDS RWT SHIRAZ 2014

Barossa Valley

TASTING NOTE: The Barossa Valley

provenance to this wine is strong,

where deep-set ripeness and a wealth

of blackberries meet with smokier, tarry

fruits and some redder notes too. Hints

of vanillin-scented oak, dried autumnal

leaves and purple florals. The palate

rolls out evenly with impressive tannin

ripeness, texture and build; they are

a real feature of this wine and nicely

defined. This is big on flavor without

losing any sense of detail and nuance.

Blackberry and plum-paste flavors run

deep and long with mocha and sappy

black cherries to close. This is a highlight

of the 2016 releases. Best from 2020

and for two decades after that. Score:

96

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

,

Dec. 7, 2016)

564278 (XD) 750 mL $226.00

SCHILD ESTATE LIMITED RELEASE

MOOROOROO VINERYARD SHIRAZ

2013

Barossa

TASTING NOTE: A phenomenal shiraz

with dried meat, blackberry, bacon and

wet-earth aromas. It’s full-bodied with

a little CO2 on the palate that maintains

freshness, so decant before serving.

Shows so much intense fruit but also

balance and complexity. This is from

an ancient vineyard of syrah planted

in 1847, one of the oldest in Barossa.

Only about 300 cases made. Drink

or hold. Score:

95

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Nov. 17, 2015)

521088 (XD) 750 mL $89.00

ASTRALIS SYRAH 2009

McLaren Vale

(Clarendon Hills)

TASTING NOTE: Deep garnet-purple

in color, the 2009 Astralis presents a

very fruity, floral nose with lifted notes of

blueberries. The palate is concentrated

with a slight prune character and has very

crisp acidity. At this stage the phenolics

are showing a little chewy before finishing

long. Drink it now to 2027+. Score:

97

(LisaPerrotti-Brown, MW,

robertparker.com

,

Feb. 26, 2014)

498907 (XD) 750 mL $500.00

ASTRALIS SYRAH 2008

McLaren Vale

(Clarendon Hills)

TASTING NOTE: Also deep garnet-

purple in color, the 2008 Astralis is a

little reduced and brooding on the

nose showing aromas of dark berries,

meat, licorice and dark chocolate.

Big, full-bodied and rich in the mouth

it has balanced acid along with medium-

firm grainy tannins. It finishes long

and balanced. Drink it now to 2028+.

Score:

97

(Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW,

robertparker.com

, Feb. 26, 2014)

524249 (XD) 750 mL $365.00