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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

22 VINTAGES

USA

– CALIFORNIA

RED WINE

BLACKBIRD VINEYARDS

PARAMOUR 2014

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: Another terrific example

of Blackbird is the 2014 Proprietary

Red Paramour, a fabulous blend of 84%

Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon

and 7% Merlot. The Cabernet Franc

comes from the Stagecoach Vineyard.

Consultant Aaron Pott said he thinks they

have a magical spot for it on that large

eastern Napa Valley mountain site. This

is terrific stuff from the super-intense

fragrance of white flowers and forest

floor to the blueberry, black raspberry

and graphite notes. The wine hits the

palate with dazzling fruit intensity, loads

of glycerin, a round, juicy, succulent

mouthfeel, a layered personality and a

long, supple finish. Drink it now or over

the next 15+ years. Drink Date: 2016-

2031. Score:

95

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28, 2016)

363051 (XD) 750 mL $125.00

FAR NIENTE ESTATE

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

Oakville, Napa Valley

(Nickel & Nickel, props.)

James Suckling awarded this wine a

rating of

93

points making particular note

of its depth and richness and suggesting

waiting until 2020 before opening.

(

jamessuckling.com

, May 5, 2017)

TASTING NOTE: One of the iconic

wineries of Napa Valley, this blend of 90%

Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit

Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec

has produced a relatively restrained and

elegant 2014, with pure crème de cassis

fruit, some incense, licorice and subtle

background barrique. It is medium to

full-bodied, with sweet tannin, plenty of

charm, and a relatively velvety smooth

finish with well-integrated tannins and

wood. This is approachable now and

should continue to evolve nicely for

15-20 years. Score:

91

(Robert Parker

Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2016)

539098 (D)

750 mL $245.00

FESS PARKER ASHLEY’S

PINOT NOIR 2014

Santa Rita Hills

TASTING NOTE: Fess Parker’s 2014

Pinot Noir Ashley’s Vineyard, which is all

from the Rancho Las Hermanas Vineyard

in the Sta. Rita Hills, is a fruit-forward,

charming beauty that has tons of black

raspberry, smoked herbs and underbrush

notes in its medium-bodied, plump,

balanced, yet mouth-filling style. Seeing

20% whole clusters and 18 months in

46% new French oak, it’s an outstanding

Pinot Noir to drink over the coming

4-5 years. Drink Date: 2016-2021.

Score:

92

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

,

Aug. 30, 2016)

456749 (XD) 750 mL $65.00

PATZ & HALL JENKINS RANCH

PINOT NOIR 2014

Sonoma Coast

TASTING NOTE: This is classic Goldridge

gravelly, loamy soil in the vineyard,

planted with Dijon clones 667 and 777.

This wine tends to be a relatively rich,

intense, more broodingly backward,

fuller-bodied and extracted style of

Pinot Noir. It has a dark ruby/plum color,

a big sweet kiss of forest floor, black

raspberries and black cherries, spices,

and hints of cocoa and oak (about

60% new French oak is used). This is

full-bodied with light tannin and should

improve for 3-4 years and drink well

for at least another decade. Drink 2020-

2030. Score:

92+

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, April 27, 2016)

38091 (XD) 750 mL $127.00

RAYMOND GENERATIONS

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Cabernet

Sauvignon Generations tends to be a mix

of four vineyards, two in St. Helena, one

in Oakville and one in east Napa. It is

100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was

bottled unfined and unfiltered, after

spending 19 months in 60% new French

oak. Production is a modest 1,600+

cases. A brilliant wine from Boisset, it

exhibits notes of blackberry and cassis,

truffle, chocolate and spice [box].

Layered and multidimensional with terrific

opulence and purity, this is a “wow” wine,

and while drinkable now, capable of

evolving for 20 or more years. Drink Date:

2016-2036. Score:

97

(Robert Parker

Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28, 2016)

941492 (D)

750 mL $130.00