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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

24 VINTAGES

FREEMARK ABBEY SYCAMORE

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

Rutherford

TASTING NOTE: The 2012 Cabernet

Sauvignon Sycamore Vineyard comes

from a vineyard located at the end of Bella

Oaks Lane in Rutherford. This has slightly

less Cabernet Sauvignon than the Bosche

Vineyard, at 84%, and the rest is Merlot,

Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged

three months less in oak. Loads of clove,

sweet blackberry and cassis, black olive

tapenade and earthy forest floor notes

are all present in this wine that shows

dazzling richness, a heady full-bodied

mouthfeel and stunning finish. The wine is

slightly more evolved with the tannins and

structure less present than in the Bosché.

Drink Date: 2017-2032. Score:

95+

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

Dec. 30, 2015)

391060 (D)

750 mL $195.00

WHITE WINE

DUMOL CLARE CHARDONNAY 2014

Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Chardonnay

Clare has a white peach, preserved

lemons and yuzu-scented nose with

underlying touches of cedar, buttered

toast and shaved almonds. The palate is

bold and intensely fruited with a pleasant

oiliness, yet it is medium-bodied, finishing

long with lovely purity. Drink Date: 2017-

2022. Score:

95

(Lisa Perrotti-Brown,

MW,

robertparker.com

, Feb. 28, 2017)

523779 (XD) 750 mL $119.00

DUMOL ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2014

Sonoma Coast

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Chardonnay

Estate Vineyard reveals very pretty

notes of peach blossoms and candied

ginger over a core of nectarines, acacia

honey, baking bread and marzipan.

Medium-bodied with a silken texture

and wonderful intensity of yeasty/savory

flavors, it has a great frame of freshness

and epic length. A beautiful, truly elegant

style. Score:

96+

(Lisa Perrotti-Brown,

MW,

robertparker.com

, Feb. 28, 2017)

470278 (XD) 750 mL $122.00

ZOTOVICH SANTA RITA HILLS

ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2013

Santa Rita Hills

TASTING NOTE: Very focused Key-lime

aromas meet with strongly earthy,

wet-clay scents on the nose of this wine

that also offers a subtle minty kick.

The palate is citrus-driven, with kumquat

and tangerine flavors that give way

to a warmer cream element before

settling on a tense pink-grapefruit

pith element. Score:

93

(Matt Kettman,

Wine Enthusiast

, Sept. 1, 2016)

528026 (XD) 750 mL $62.00

USA

– OREGON

RED WINE

SOTER MINERAL SPRINGS

PINOT NOIR 2014

Yamhill-Carlton District

TASTING NOTE: Terrific aromas of

strawberries and rose petals with

superb energy and vibrance. Full body,

incredible power and depth and fabulous

balance and intensity. A tightly wound

ball of silk. Superb quality here. Better

in 2020. Score:

98

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Nov. 2, 2016)

424283 (XD) 750 mL $99.00

PHELPS CREEK CUVÉE

ALEXANDRINE PINOT NOIR 2014

Columbia Gorge

TASTING NOTE: Winemaker Alexandrine

Roy selected the finest 15 barrels of

wines made from estate fruit in 2014 for

this wine. Harvest Brix 23.8º. Clones are

Pommard, 115 and 777. Native yeast

fermentation. Aged in French oak barrels,

25% new. Moderately light reddish purple

color in the glass. The nose is remarkably

complex, offering scents of dark red and

black cherry and berry, rose petal, aged

leather, and turned earth. A noticeable

contrast to the “Beehive” bottling, with

more structure, more savory and earthy

facets, less flashy fruit, and slightly more

oak contribution at this young age. A very

sophisticated wine that is clearly built

to age. The mid weight flavors of black

raspberry and blackberry are set off by

notes of spice and toast and emerge

slowly in the glass over time. The finish is

uncommonly generous as all great wines

are. When tasted several hours later, the

wine was more giving, indicating that it

should be decanted if drunk now, but will

benefit from more time in the cellar. Still

evolving when tasted from an opened

bottle two days later. Enjoy this one for

its complexity and longevity. Score:

96

(William Gaffney,

princeofpinot.com

,

Feb. 1, 2017)

462895 (XD) 750 mL $85.00