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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

47 VINTAGES

MICHAEL DAVID LUST

ZINFANDEL 2013

Lodi

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Zinfandel

Lust is a whopper (16.9% natural

alcohol), but with pure, rich, full-bodied

black cherry fruit, incense, camphor and

a touch of toasty oak. It is concentrated,

thick and juicy. This is a big, powerful,

heady wine that, remarkably, is not the

least bit hot or overripe in spite of rather

incredible levels of potency. Drink it

over the next 7-8 years. Drink Date:

2016-2024. Score:

93

(Robert Parker

Jr.,

robertparker.com

, March 30, 2016)

471631 (D)

750 mL $99.00

MINER STAGECOACH VINEYARD

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: Aromas of blackberries,

walnuts and light wet earth follow through

to a full to medium body, light chocolate

and a long finish. Refined and polished.

Classic style. Better in 2019. Score:

95

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

,

Dec. 12, 2016)

534420 (XD) 750 mL $100.00

VARNER UPPER PICNIC

PINOT NOIR 2013

Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Pinot Noir

Upper Picnic is endowed with a real

sense of explosive energy that elevates

it in this range. The flavors are dark

and intense throughout, but it is the

wine’s center and overall depth that are

most compelling at this stage. Still quite

primary, the Upper Picnic could use a

few years in bottle to enter the sweet

spot. The Upper Picnic offers a

compelling interplay of intensity and

freshness. These own-rooted vines were

planted in 1981. Drinking window:

2018-2025. Score:

94

(Antonio Galloni,

vinous.com

, July 2016)

524157 (XD) 750 mL $80.00

WHITE WINE

RIDGE MONTE BELLO

CHARDONNAY 2014

Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast

TASTING NOTE: Rich and crystalline,

featuring concentrated flavors of apple,

pear and fig, supported by ample acidity.

Pure and minerally midpalate, with a

powerful finish that offers finely textured

smoky and buttery accents. Drink

now through 2022. 487 cases made.

Collectibles. Score:

94

(Kim Marcus,

winespectator.com

, July 31, 2017)

241653 (XD) 750 mL $130.00

HARTFORD COURT STONE COTE

VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2013

Sonoma Coast

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Chardonnay

Stone Cote Vineyard (from Durell) is rich,

sumptuous and layered, with attractive

floral, honeyed overtones and plenty

of orchard fruits. Hints of orange peel,

lemon oil, hazelnuts, spices and butter

add further dimensions of nuance on

the finish. The 2013 stands out for its

voluptuous, inviting personality and silky

finish. Drinking window: 2015-2023.

Score:

92-94

(Antonio Galloni,

vinous.com

,

Jan. 2015)

528059 (XD) 750 mL $99.00