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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

JANUARY 2018

13 VINTAGES

SEGHESIO ROCKPILE

ZINFANDEL 2014

Rockpile

TASTING NOTE: Plump fruit meets lively

acidity and good structure. Floral cherry,

river stone and spiced cinnamon aromas

open to rich, sleekly complex raspberry

and tarragon flavors. Drink now through

2026. Score:

93

(Tim Fish,

winespectator.

com

, May 31, 2017)

200857 (XD)

750 mL $59.00

TABLAS CREEK

ESPRIT DE TABLAS 2014

Paso Robles

TASTING NOTE: One of the few times

where there’s almost as much Grenache

in the blend as Mourvedre (Jason

commented that the Grenache was just

that good), the ruby colored 2014 Esprit

de Tablas is made from 40%Mourvedre,

35% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest

Counoise, and was aged mostly in foudre.

It reveals solid aromatics of garrigue, black

raspberries, pepper and violets to go with

a medium to full-bodied, bright, fresh style

on the palate. Again, there’s some chewy

tannin present, yet I suspect they’ll round

into form once in bottle. Score:

91-93

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

,

Aug. 30, 2016)

735654 (XD)

750 mL $70.00

BRANDLIN ESTATE

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Mount Veeder

TASTING NOTE: A big, powerful wine, the

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is

brawny and also a bit rough around the

edges, but it also has more than enough

depth to compensate for some of those

shortcomings. Dark red cherry, tobacco,

savory herbs, mint and anise are some of

the signatures. This powerful, explosive

Cabernet is long on both personality and

potential. Drink: 2017-2028. Score:

92

(Antonio Galloni,

vinous.com

, Oct. 2015)

340513 (XD)

750 mL $80.00

SBRAGIA MONTE

ROSSO VINEYARD

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Sonoma County

TASTING NOTE: Deep garnet-black in

color, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Monte Rosso has a powerful, earth and

meat-led nose, revealing notes of black

loam, chargrill and salami over a core of

crème de cassis, Chinese five spice,

prunes, incense and dark chocolate with

a waft of menthol. The concentrated,

full-bodied palate delivers rich, opulent

black fruit preserves and exotic spice

flavors, supported by a solid backbone

of firm, grainy tannins and finishing

with menthol and spice layers. Drink

date: 2018-2030. Score:

93+

(Lisa

Perrotti-Brown, MW,

robertparker.com

,

Feb. 28, 2017)

291054 (XD)

750 mL $97.00

WHITE WINE

MAYACAMAS CHARDONNAY 2015

Mount Veeder

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Chardonnay

emerges from dry-farmed, old vines on the

property. In this vintage, the Chardonnay is

surprisingly rich and unctuous yet it also

retains its mid-weight feel. Orchard fruit,

white flowers and mint, along with slightly

tropical overtones, give the 2015 much of

its distinctive personality. Readers who

can find the 2015 should plan on cellaring

it for at least a few years, as the wine

needs time to shed its baby fat. Tasted

again after the reds, with a good 30

minutes in the glass, the Chardonnay is

flat-out gorgeous. About 80% of the wine

spent time in larger foudres, which likely

helped it retain a measure of freshness.

Drinking window: 2018-2030. Score:

95

(Antonio Galloni,

vinous.com

, Dec. 2016)

457556 (XD)

750 mL $97.00