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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

25 VINTAGES

USA

– WASHINGTON

RED WINE

CADENCE CAMERATA CARA MIA

VINEYARD 2013

Red Mountain

TASTING NOTE: A significantly different

blend from the 2012, which was over

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013

Camerata checks in as 40% Cabernet

Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20%

Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, which like

the Bel Canto spent 23 months in 50%

new French oak. Possessing a fabulous

bouquet of black currants, toasted spice,

licorice and wild herbs, this full-bodied

2013 is concentrated, incredibly elegant

and textured, with ripe tannin and a

balanced, layered style that will evolve

gracefully. It should be at its best from

2020-2033. Score:

94

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, June 29, 2016)

533992 (XD) 750 mL $95.00

L’ECOLE NO. 41

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Walla Walla Valley

TASTING NOTE: Broad and open-

textured, brimming with cherry,

blackberry, floral and licorice flavors.

The finish gains lift and momentum

against buffed, fine-grained tannins.

Has presence and an earthy tinge. Best

from 2018 through 2023. Score:

92

(Harvey Steiman,

winespectator.com

,

Dec. 15, 2016)

104356 (XD) 750 mL $66.00

FORTIFIED

GÉRARD BERTRAND LEGEND

VINTAGE RIVESALTES 1969

AC, Roussillon, France

Rivesaltes is one of five appellations

for vin doux naturels in the Roussillon

region. The 1969 is composed of

Grenache, Grenache Gris and Maccabeu

and was allowed to mature in barrel

for over 50 years. The fermentation

process is halted through the addition

of alcohol to kill off the yeast. This

allows unfermented sugars to remain

in the wines, providing a natural

sweetness. This extensive ageing in

wood encourages the development

of sophisticated and complex tones

including dried fruit, tobacco, malt,

cherry brandy, spice, walnuts, orange

and coffee as well as highly defined

rancio tones.

527895 (MS) 750 mL $280.00

SPIRITS

SCOTCH WHISKY

CAMBUS 40-YEAR-OLD

SINGLE GRAIN SCOTCH

Lowland

TASTING NOTE: One of the old closed

grain distilleries, Cambus stopped

working in 1993. The bottle is superb,

I have to admit. Colour: gold. Nose:

medicinal alcohol on croissants and

coconut cake, plus a lot of custard and

herbal tea. Dog roses, perhaps? Notes

of mirabelle pie. A rather elegant grain

whisky, I especially enjoy all this white

chocolate that comes through after

two minutes. With water: toasts and

marmalade, in all softness. Mouth (neat):

really very good (yes, S. speaking), full

of mangos and papayas, plus plums and

hay jelly. Hay jelly’s excellent, try that on

foie gras! What’s really excellent as well

is that it’s not too dominated by vanilla

and coconut. Well it’s not dominated at

all. Great surprise. With water: a little

grenadine, rhubarb, and more rhubarb.

Rhubarb pie with a little cinnamon,

and drizzles of lime juice. Perhaps wacky

guavas too. Finish: medium, clean, limy,

soft, with a little lavender (sweets) and

violet drops. Comments: seriously, this is

an excellent surprise, on second thought

there are even nods to high-end tequilas.

Now could grain whisky, even when old,

be worth £750, I don’t quite know,

but what’s sure is that I like this Cambus

just as much as last year’s Caledonian.

Score:

HHHHJ

(Serge Valentin,

whiskyfun.com

, Oct. 24, 2016)

524736

750 mL $1,799.00