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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

FEBRUARY 2018

31 VINTAGES

KOPKE COLHEITA

TAWNY PORT 1978

DOP

TASTING NOTE: The 1978 Colheita

Tawny Port was bottled in 2015 with

119 grams per liter of residual sugar and

a bar top cork (typical for the house). It

is very graceful for its age, finishing with

a wave of sweetness, fruit and sugar.

Emphasizing the caramel more than the

molasses, this is irresistibly delicious,

but it becomes more complex and puts

on weight as it airs and warms. The wine

shows off its power and hints of Brandy

on the rather tense finish, too. Overall, this

is a beauty that becomes more impressive

the longer you sit with it. Then, you realize

that its balance is simply perfect, yet it

stands out in most every category. This

is very fine and the price is pretty nice

for the age and the quality. Drink date:

2016-2060. Score:

94

(Mark Squires,

robertparker.com

, March 3, 2016)

535435 (S)

750 mL $149.00

SPIRITS

COGNAC

HENNESSY RICHARD COGNAC

AC, France

TASTING NOTE: The nosing passes

discover seductive aromas of hazelnut,

butterscotch, spice cake, pipe tobacco and

honey. The palate entry offers succulent

flavors of toasted bread, blueberries

and light toffee; the midpalate features

delightful tastes of brown sugar, cocoa,

butterscotch, lychee, oak, vanilla, rancio,

nougat and black plum. Concludes with

elegance and grace. Score:

98

(

Wine

Enthusiast

, April 1, 2007)

438929

750 mL $6,926.00

TEQUILA

GRAN PATRÓN PIEDRA TEQUILA

Mexico

TASTING NOTE: Patrón’s first-ever extra

añejo is aged at least three years, and is

named for the stone wheel (piedra) that

crushes agave to make Tequila. It has an

amber hue and a rich aroma that mixes

caramel, dried fruit and peppery notes.

The palate is silky and rounded, with lots

of caramel and oak up front, tapering off

gently with anise, ginger and cinnamon.

Best of Year 2016. Score:

97

(Kara

Newman,

Wine Enthusiast

, May 1, 2016)

539759

750 mL $699.00