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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

46 VINTAGES

O’SHAUGHNESSY NAPA VALLEY

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: O’Shaughnessy’s 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is

one of the very best values readers will

find in top-notch Napa Valley Cabernet.

A host of dark red cherry, plum, mocha,

spice, leather and tobacco give the 2014

a good deal of aromatic complexity to

balance the natural richness of the year.

Unlike the single-vineyard Cabernets,

the Napa Valley bottling will drink well

pretty much upon release. This is

an absolutely impeccable Cabernet

Sauvignon from O’Shaughnessy and

winemaker Sean Capiaux. Drinking

window: 2018-2026. Score:

94

(Antonio

Galloni,

vinous.com

, Dec. 2016)

534552 (XD) 750 mL $130.00

HALL EIGHTEEN SEVENTY-THREE

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: As for the 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon 1873, this is 100%

Cabernet Sauvignon generally from

eastern Napa Valley hillside vineyards.

Multi-dimensional, with tremendous

concentration and richness, this wine has

a dense purple color, unctuously thick,

juicy, yet well-balanced crème de cassis,

blackberry and blueberry flavors, a floral

component, and a long, powerful finish.

This is a classic stunner from this great

vintage in Napa, and while approachable

now, it won’t hit its prime for another

5-6 years and then evolve for 25-30 or

more. Drink Date: 2021-2051. Score:

95

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

Aug. 30, 2016)

534537 (XD) 750 mL $129.00

HOOPES OAKVILLE

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: True elegance. Intense

floral aromas with a lovely purity of

cassis fruit. It is lean, sleek and lifted with

great poise. There is impeccable balance

here, with no element in excess. Drink:

2017-2030. Score:

95

(

Decanter

,

Feb. 2017)

534800 (XD) 750 mL $104.00

KATHRYN HALL

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Cabernet

Sauvignon Kathryn Hall has an opaque

purple color, beautiful licorice, chocolate

and espresso notes intermixed with

creme de cassis and blackberry. This is

a beauty, with full-bodied power, stunning

purity and a long finish. It should turn

out to be sensational. Drink 2017-

2030+. Score:

93-96

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2015)

331140 (XD) 750 mL $280.00