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Our Newest Classics Collection

Every month, the buyers at VINTAGES introduce a limited assortment of fine wines and premium spirits that meet our rigorous standards of excellence from the most prestigious, sought-after producers and regions in the world, including older vintages and rare selections.


Online and Phone Ordering begins Thursday, August 2, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.

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August Product Updates

The following products were previously unavailable, but will be available to purchase starting August 2, 2018.

LCBO # PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE
543405 SALENTEIN NUMINA SPIRIT VINEYARD GRAN CORTE 2014
558163 AUBICHON RIVERSIDE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015
558155 AUBICHON CHARDONNAY 2015

The following August Classics Collection products will not be available to purchase.

LCBO # PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE
571000 DOMAINE DU PÉLICAN POULSARD 2016
958454 BEAUX FRÈRES THE BEAUX FRÈRES VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015
575563 TONGUE'N CHEEK PINOT NOIR 2015
349498 BATASIOLO CEREQUIO BAROLO 2010
571844 CASISANO-TOMMASI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012
441287 SANTA CAROLINA VSC 2013

 

August 2018 Classics Collection

Style Region Product LCBO # Size (mL) Score Price Opening
Inventory
(btls.)
Cognac/Armagnac France – Cognac NORMANDIN-MERCIER PETITE CHAMPAGNE VSOP COGNAC  544932 750 WE 92 $99.00 178
Red Wine France – Languedoc MAS GABINELE RARISSIME FAUGÈRES 2014 575555 750 RP 95 $85.00 238
White Wine Italy – Venezie MARIO SCHIOPETTO BIANCO 2016 382374 750 JS 94 $38.00 358
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU LA GAFFELIÈRE 2012 571240 750 RP 91+ $130.00 118
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR 2010 561944 750 WE 91 $63.00 430
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU BOYD-CANTENAC 2010 573899 750 RP 91-93 $144.00 334
Red Wine France – Bordeaux DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER 2010 571315 750 RP 95 $200.00 178
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU NENIN 2009 397414 750 WS 93 $148.00 178
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU HAUT­-BAILLY 2008 229906 750 RP 96 $262.00 238
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU POTENSAC 2003 594572 750 WE 93 $82.00 322
Red Wine France – Burgundy BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS POMMARD 1ER CRU 2015 124602 750 WS 92 $80.00 292
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE FAIVELEY CLOS DES MYGLANDS MERCUREY 1ER CRU 2015 571281 750 WS 93 $52.00 280
Red Wine France – Burgundy HENRI DE VILLAMONT LES RENARDES CORTON GRAND CRU 2015 561225 750 WE 94 $120.00 358
Red Wine France – Burgundy RENÉ BOUVIER CLOS DU ROY VIEILLES VIGNES MARSANNAY 2015 561159 750 TAT 94 $65.00 226
Red Wine France – Burgundy MOILLARD LES BOUCHEROTTES POMMARD 1ER CRU 1948 561233 750   $485.00 115
White Wine France – Burgundy HENRI DE VILLAMONT MORGEOT CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU 2015 332072 750 WE 91 $102.00 466
White Wine France – Burgundy MARCHAND-TAWSE ABBAYE DE MORGEOT CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU 2015 414565 750 RP 88-90 $136.00 118
White Wine France – Burgundy WILLIAM FÈVRE MONTMAINS CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2015 977587 750 RP 90-92 $52.00 460
Red Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE CORNELIA CONSTANZA CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015 561175 750 WS 96 $97.00 298
Red Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE DU COLOMBIER HERMITAGE 2015 391391 750 RP 92 $106.00 118
Red Wine France – Rhône ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA OMNIA CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015 453621 750 VIN 93-96 $135.00 238
White Wine France – Rhône LE FERME DU MONT VENDANGE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2016 571307 750 JD 93 $69.00 34
White Wine France – Rhône M. CHAPOUTIER CHANTE-ALOUETTE HERMITAGE BLANC 2015 140541 750 RP 95 $90.00 147
White Wine France – Rhône ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA MAGIS CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2015 453613 750 VIN 94-96 $150.00 118
Champagne France – Champagne CHARLES HEIDSIECK BLANC DES MILLÉNAIRES BRUT CHAMPAGNE 1995 561167 750 RP 95+ $250.00 30
Champagne France – Champagne GASTON CHIQUET GRAND CRU D'AY BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE  63768 750 VIN 92 $66.00 298
Champagne France – Champagne KRUG GRANDE CUVÉE BRUT CHAMPAGNE  38562 750 WS 95 $305.00 120
Red Wine France – Jura DOMAINE DU PÉLICAN POULSARD 2016 571000 750 RP 91 $62.00 *
White Wine France – Loire DOMAINE DU PETIT MÉTRIS QUARTS DE CHAUME GRAND CRU 2014 423301 750 WS 94 $62.00 102
White Wine Germany – Mosel SELBACH-OSTER ZELTINGER SONNENUHR RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2015 561183 750 RP 93+ $40.00 226
White Wine Germany – Rheinhessen HOFMANN HUNDERTGULDEN RIESLING TROCKEN 2016 571299 750 JS 96 $41.00 358
Sparkling Wine Italy – Trentino MASI BOSSI FEDRIGOTTI CONTE FEDERICO RISERVA BRUT 2012 571331 750 GR 3 Glasses (out of 3) $37.00 208
Red Wine Italy – Campania FRATELLI URCIUOLO TAURASI 2011 535153 750 WE 94 $53.00 148
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont ATTILIO GHISOLFI CIABOT MINAT RISERVA BAROLO 2010 571794 750 WS 95 $129.00 76
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont BATASIOLO CEREQUIO BAROLO 2010 349498 750 RP 92 $86.00 148
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany FONTODI VIGNA DEL SORBO GRAN SELEZIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO 2014 963827 750 VIN 95+ $88.00 178
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CASTELLO DI BOSSI GIROLAMO 2013 63586 750 VIN 94 $69.00 88
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CAMPOGIOVANNI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012 991075 750 WS 96 $64.00 580
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CASISANO-TOMMASI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012 571844 1500 WS 92 $100.00 180
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany DIEVOLE POGGIO LANDI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012 573980 750 DEC 97 $50.00 346
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany ISOLE E OLENA COLLEZIONE PRIVATA SYRAH 2011 573998 750 RP 96 $76.00 208
Red Wine Italy – Veneto BRIGALDARA CASE VECIE AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA 2012 247502 750 WS 92 $80.00 298
Red Wine Portugal MONTE DA RAVASQUEIRA VINHA DAS ROMÃS 2014 460790 750 WE 94 $35.00 118
Red Wine Portugal SOITO RESERVE 2014 572792 750 DWWA 95 $53.00 238
Red Wine Portugal QUINTO DO SAGRADO VINHAS VELHAS 2010 570184 750 WE 94 $58.00 178
Red Wine Spain ALVARO PALACIOS GRATALLOPS 2015 270777 750 JS 94 $89.00 94
Red Wine Spain CLOS MOGADOR 2014 14746 750 WF 97 $129.00 52
Red Wine Spain BARÓN DE LEY 7 VIÑAS RESERVA 2010 91983 750 RP 92 $54.00 178
Red Wine Spain CONTINO GRAN RESERVA 2010 480178 750 JS 98 $72.00 220
Red Wine Australia SINGLEFILE FRANKLAND RIVER CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 573964 750 AWC 97 $79.00 226
Red Wine Australia THORN-CLARKE WILLIAM RANDELL SHIRAZ 2014 922773 750 BC 95 $53.00 166
Red Wine Australia BEST'S BIN NO. 0 SHIRAZ 2013 278002 750 AWC 97 $67.00 190
Red Wine Australia HENSCHKE MOUNT EDELSTONE VINEYARD SHIRAZ 2013 718601 750 AWC 97 $270.00 148
Red Wine Australia YALUMBA THE OCTAVIUS OLD VINES SHIRAZ 2013 449017 750 AWC 96 $140.00 142
Red Wine Australia YARRA YERING DRY RED Nº 1 2011 443994 750 AWC 96 $87.00 190
Red Wine Australia YARRA YERING DRY RED Nº 2 2011 353219 750 AWC 96 $87.00 190
White Wine Australia VASSE FELIX HEYTESBURY CHARDONNAY 2016 674648 750 RP 93 $92.00 82
Red Wine New Zealand GREYWACKE PINOT NOIR 2015 402651 750 JS 95-96 $53.00 238
Red Wine South Africa LEEUWENKUIL HERITAGE SYRAH 2013 455386 750 PLAT 5 Stars (out of 5) $65.00 88
Red Wine Argentina CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD MUNDUS BACILLUS TERRAE MALBEC 2013 475087 750 RP 97 $350.00 11
Red Wine Argentina CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD RIVER STONES 2013 542845 750 RP 98 $153.00 24
Red Wine Chile SANTA CAROLINA VSC 2013 441287 750 WS 89 $40.00 148
Red Wine USA – California ANAKOTA HELENA DAKOTA VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 180984 750 RP 98 $160.00 64
Red Wine USA – California BIEN NACIDO ESTATE SYRAH 2014 575506 750 VIN 95 $104.00 160
Red Wine USA – California BIEN NACIDO SOLOMON HILLS VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2014 575498 750 VIN 94 $115.00 160
Red Wine USA – California CAKEBREAD BENCHLAND SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 924175 750 RP 95 $219.00 157
Red Wine USA – California CAKEBREAD DANCING BEAR RANCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON/MERLOT 2014 220459 750 RP 97 $267.00 136
Red Wine USA – California EISELE VINEYARD ALTAGRACIA RED 2014 390823 750 RP 90 $190.00 82
Red Wine USA – California EISELE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 576140 750 JS 99 $730.00 41
Red Wine USA – California EISELE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 575415 1500 JS 99 $1,620.00 9
Red Wine USA – California EISELE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 118034 3000 JS 99 $3,320.00 2
Red Wine USA – California KRUPP BROTHERS THE DOCTOR RED BLEND 2014 574020 750 WE 94 $157.00 118
Red Wine USA – California LAIL VINEYARDS J. DANIEL CUVÉE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 706572 750 RP 95 $379.00 76
Red Wine USA – California CAIN FIVE 2013 727925 750 DEC 96 $180.00 208
White Wine USA – California PATZ & HALL HYDE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2015 926659 750 RP 91 $100.00 82
Red Wine USA – Oregon BEAUX FRÈRES THE BEAUX FRÈRES VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015 958454 750 WS 95 $147.00 *
Red Wine USA – Oregon TONGUE'N CHEEK PINOT NOIR 2015 575563 750 WS 94 $99.00 *
Red Wine USA – Washington BETZ LA CÔTE ROUSSE SYRAH 2015 444414 750 RP 96 $83.00 106
Red Wine USA – Washington BETZ PERE DE FAMILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 407312 750 RP 97 $103.00 166
Whisky/Whiskey United Kingdom – Scotland THE BALVENIE PORTWOOD 21-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY  500090 750 WE 94 $493.00 71

NORMANDIN-MERCIER PETITE CHAMPAGNE VSOP COGNAC
AC

544932 750mL $99.00

TASTING NOTE: This sippable, dark gold Cognac offers aromas of butterscotch, dried apricot and golden raisins. The flavors grow even bolder and rounder on the exit, warmed by a cinnamon spark. Score: 92 (Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2013)

MAS GABINELE RARISSIME FAUGÈRES 2014
AC

575555 (XD) 750mL $85.00

TASTING NOTE: A serious effort that has an almost Bordeaux like structure and austerity, the 2014 Faugeres Rarissime is made from 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache that saw a long maceration and aging in new oak casks. It's deep ruby color (it's almost black at the center) is followed by a rich, layered bouquet of blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, cedary spice and hints of leather. Rich, full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated and textured, with a stacked mid-palate and impeccable balance, I suspect it's one of the handful of top wines in the vintage. Drink Date: 2018-2026. Score: 95 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017)

MARIO SCHIOPETTO BIANCO 2016
DOC Collio

382374 (XD) 750mL $38.00

TASTING NOTE: Plenty of dried flowers such as honeysuckle and lemon rind. Full body, dense and rich yet always lively and flavorful. Lemon rind. Very focused. Drink now. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017)

CHÂTEAU LA GAFFELIÈRE 2012
AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

571240 (XD) 750mL $130.00

TASTING NOTE: Very elegant kirsch liqueur-like notes mixed with licorice, spice and earth jump from the glass of this famous St.-Emilion, long-owned by the Malet Roquefort family. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc (14% alcohol), this has slightly more acidity and structure than some St.-Emilions. The limestone-dominated terroir comes through in the wine's striking and very powerful minerality. It is medium-bodied, elegant, tightly knit and probably in need of 2-4 years of bottle age. It should drink well for the following 15 years. Drink Date: 2017-2032. Score: 91+ (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, April 29, 2015)

CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR 2010
AC Puisseguin Saint-Émilion

561944 (XD) 750mL $63.00

TASTING NOTE: With the high alcohol typical of 2010 vintage, this is a ripe, jammy and full wine. Black plums ooze richness against a background of firm tannins and acidity that will allow the wine to age. It is dense, concentrated and powerful, needing some time. Drink from 2018. Score: 91 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2016)

CHÂTEAU BOYD-CANTENAC 2010
Grand cru classé, AC Margaux

573899 (XD) 750mL $144.00

TASTING NOTE: An opaque blue/purple color is accompanied by impressively sweet floral notes intermixed with black currant and blackberry fruit. Medium to full-bodied with high but round tannins, the 2010 Boyd-Cantenac is exceptionally well-endowed, textured and pure. This under-the-radar estate (a classified growth in the famous 1855 rankings) never seems to catch the attention of consumers. It deserves better. Enjoy the 2010 for 25 or more years. Drink Date: 2013-2036. Score: 91-93 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, May 1, 2011)

DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER 2010
Grand cru classé, AC Pessac-Léognan

571315 (XD) 750mL $200.00

TASTING NOTE: This is one of my all-time favorite wines from Domaine de Chevalier, a silky, rather classic Pessac-Leognan with notes of scorched earth, tobacco leaf and black and red currants, but no hard edges. Fragrant, complex aromatics are followed by a savory, expansively flavored wine made from a final blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine hit 13.5% natural alcohol, which must certainly be among the highest they have ever achieved, even eclipsing the 2009. An opulent, precocious style of wine that seems much more developed, complex and delicious than I thought from barrel, this beauty can be drunk in 5-6 years or cellared for 20 or more. Drink Date: 2018-2038. Score: 95 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Feb. 27, 2013)

CHÂTEAU NENIN 2009
AC Pomerol

397414 (XD) 750mL $148.00

TASTING NOTE: This is a noticeably grippier style, showing a chunky edge to the bittersweet cocoa and charcoal notes which support the core of dark fig and blackberry fruit. This has good, racy structure though, so it should settle down with cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2027. Score: 93 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, March 31, 2012)

CHÂTEAU HAUT­-BAILLY 2008
Cru classé, AC Pessac-Léognan

229906 (XD) 750mL $262.00

TASTING NOTE: A candidate for the -wine of the vintage, the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo! Score: 96 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, May 1, 2011)

CHÂTEAU POTENSAC 2003
AC Médoc

594572 (XD) 750mL $82.00

James Suckling awarded this wine 92 points in 2012. (jamessuckling.com, Oct. 22, 2012)

TASTING NOTE: Managed by Jean-Hubert Delon of Léoville Las Cases, this is without equal in the Medoc appellation. It shows breeding, depth of flavor, beautifully crafted tannins and fine, rich fruit without the overripeness so characteristic of 2003. With its structure, acidity and delicious fruit, this will age as well as any wine from a more classy appellation. Cellar Selection. Score: 93 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2006)

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS POMMARD 1ER CRU 2015
AC

124602 (XD) 750mL $80.00

TASTING NOTE: A solid version, dense and saturated with black cherry, blackberry and earth flavors. Iron and stone elements work their way in as this remains square and unyielding for now. Best from 2023 through 2040. Score: 92 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2017)

DOMAINE FAIVELEY CLOS DES MYGLANDS MERCUREY 1ER CRU 2015
AC

571281 (XD) 750mL $52.00

TASTING NOTE: Ripe and pure, featuring cherry, blackberry, raspberry, mineral and light toast notes. Balanced and intense, playing out on the long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. Score: 93 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Dec. 15, 2017)

HENRI DE VILLAMONT LES RENARDES CORTON GRAND CRU 2015
AC

561225 (XD) 750mL $120.00

TASTING NOTE: This is a powerful wine with concentration and dark tannins. It is rich, packed with black fruits and acidity. The wine has spice, a bold structure and a great future. The wine, from one of the vineyards within the Corton Grand Cru, is likely to be ready to drink from 2025. Score: 94 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2017)

RENÉ BOUVIER CLOS DU ROY VIEILLES VIGNES MARSANNAY 2015
AC

561159 (XD) 750mL $65.00

TASTING NOTE: The best Marsannay I tasted in 2015 - and one of the comparative bargains of the vintage - this comes from a vineyard that was considered a Première Cuvée in the 1800s. Old vine concentration, chalky acidity, refined tannins and balletic poise make this an outstanding wine. Drink: 2020-26. Score: 94 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, Burgundy Special Report 2015)

MOILLARD LES BOUCHEROTTES POMMARD 1ER CRU 1948
AC

561233 (XD) 750mL $485.00

Here's a rare opportunity to acquire a red Burgundy with 70 years under its belt. From a renowned vineyard in the Côte de Beaune, it's a profound, unforgettable way to mark a birthday or another special occasion.

HENRI DE VILLAMONT MORGEOT CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU 2015
AC

332072 (XD) 750mL $102.00

TASTING NOTE: This is a ripe wine, concentrated with spice, wood aging as well as the rich fruit of the vintage. Its bold fruits are generous and opulent, demanding aging. The wine comes from one of the best known of the Chassagne premier crus. Drink from 2020. Score: 91 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2017)

MARCHAND-TAWSE ABBAYE DE MORGEOT CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU 2015
AC

414565 (XD) 750mL $136.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Abbaye de Morgeot has a light but elegant bouquet with hints of nectarine, Mirabelle plum and citrus peel, never intense but nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft and supple texture, a fine line of acidity with appreciable salinity on the finish. This is a good effort for a 2015 white. Drink Date: 2017-2025. Score: 88-90 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

WILLIAM FÈVRE MONTMAINS CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2015
AC

977587 (XD) 750mL $52.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains, which comes from parcels located in Butteaux, Fôret and Montmains itself, had a pleasant reductive note on the nose that did not seem to impede the terroir expression. The palate is taut and focused, fresh right from the start with a crisp line of acidity, full of energy and tension. Dare I say, this is more like a 2014 on the finish thanks to its tension. This is certainly worth seeking out. Drink Date: 2019-2029. Score: 90-92 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016)

DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE CORNELIA CONSTANZA CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015
AC

561175 (XD) 750mL $97.00

TASTING NOTE: This has great energy from the start, with notes of bay leaf, warm brick and juniper leading the way, backed by a solid core of red currant, raspberry and plum coulis flavors. The long finish lets sanguine and iron accents flow through while still leaving plenty of room for the fruit. Best from 2020 through 2035. Score: 96 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2017)

DOMAINE DU COLOMBIER HERMITAGE 2015
AC

391391 (XD) 750mL $106.00

TASTING NOTE: Full-bodied, rich and velvety, the 2015 Hermitage is surprisingly approachable. It features savory notes of horse sweat, leather and clove, a round, supple mouthfeel and a long finish. I'd opt to drink this relatively young, unlike many other 2015s. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score: 92 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA OMNIA CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015
AC

453621 (XD) 750mL $135.00

TASTING NOTE: Youthful violet. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, cola and Moroccan spices, and a suave floral nuance emerges with aeration. Fleshy and concentrated yet light on its feet, offering appealingly sweet raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that turn sweeter on the back half. A spine of smoky minerality adds lift and structure and energizes the extremely long, focused finish, which features slow-building tannins and a resonating floral note. Score: 93-96 (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, March 2017)

LE FERME DU MONT VENDANGE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2016
AP

571307 (XD) 750mL $69.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vendange is a rich, decadent white that ticks all the right boxes. Made from 60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and the balance Bourboulenc and Clairette, brought up in new oak, its medium gold color is followed by terrific notes of caramelized peach and pineapple fruits, spice, honey and toasted bread. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, layered and textured, it's impressive and is going to shine on the dinner table. There are just 50 cases made and I'd happily drink bottles over the coming 2-3 [years], and I suspect it will keep longer. Score: 93 (Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, Oct. 19, 2017)

M. CHAPOUTIER CHANTE-ALOUETTE HERMITAGE BLANC 2015
AC

140541 (XD) 750mL $90.00

TASTING NOTE: The finest vintage for this cuvée I've ever tasted, the sensational 2015 Hermitage Chante Alouette boasts awesome notes of white peach, orange marmalade and white flowers in a rich, full-bodied, concentrated style. Coming from three different terroirs on Hermitage Hill (Méal, Les Murets and Chante Alouette), don't miss it! Drink Date: 2016-2019. Score: 95 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA MAGIS CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2015
AC

453613 (XD) 750mL $150.00

TASTING NOTE: 70% Grenache Blanc, 10% Bourboulenc, 10% Clairette, 10% Roussanne. Light bright yellow. Vibrant, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruits, iodine and pungent flowers on the hugely perfumed nose. Sappy, densely packed orange, pear and quinine flavors stain the palate and display a compelling blend of richness and delicacy. This wine shows the mineral verve of a great Chablis and the depth of a Bâtard-Montrachet. Finishes minerally and extremely long, featuring a resonating floral quality and excellent clarity. Score: 94-96 (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, June 2017)

CHARLES HEIDSIECK BLANC DES MILLÉNAIRES BRUT CHAMPAGNE 1995
AC

561167 (XD) 750mL $250.00

TASTING NOTE: Deep, pure and fresh on the fruit-intense and complex nose, the 1995 Blanc des Millenaires is still young and incredibly fresh on the palate. This is refreshingly pure, concentrated, fruity and perfectly round Champagne that reveals a great tension and mineral complexity. It also has a long and salty finish. Keep it for ten or 20 years. Drink Date: 2025-2034. Score: 95+ (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, June 29, 2016)

GASTON CHIQUET GRAND CRU D'AY BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE
AC

63768 (D) 750mL $66.00

TASTING NOTE: The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ Grand Cru is once again one of the most distinctive wines in the range. Aÿ is, of course, much better known for its sublime Pinot, but these soils also confer notable personality to Chardonnay. Chiquet's Blanc de Blancs marries the natural breadth of Aÿ with deeply expressive varietal notes and striking freshness. The interplay of those elements makes for a highly engaging and delicious Champagne. I would give this 6-12 months in bottle to fully recover from its January 2017 disgorgement. Score: 92 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Nov. 2017)

KRUG GRANDE CUVÉE BRUT CHAMPAGNE
AC

38562 (XD) 750mL $305.00

Krug strives for consistency with this non-vintage Grande Cuvée, so it should show similar characteristics and quality regardless of disgorgement date.

TASTING NOTE: This mouthwatering Champagne shows a lovely sense of finesse, with firm acidity deftly married to a rich profile of crème de cassis, toasted brioche and lime blossom, accented by hints of café au lait, singed orange peel and exotic spice. Long and plush on the finish. Disgorged 2014. Score: 95 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2016)

DOMAINE DU PÉLICAN POULSARD 2016
AC Arbois

571000 (XD) 750mL $62.00

TASTING NOTE: Produced exclusively with the fruit from the old Jacques Puffeney vineyard, the 2016 Arbois Poulsard is the second vintage of a very pale, floral and light red that many could call a rosé, with the character of the grape and Burgundian precision and clarity. The destemmed grapes fermented in oak vats and aged in oak foudre for ten months. It's really fresh, light and tasty. They produced 4,000 bottles in this second vintage. It was bottled in October 2017. Drink Date: 2018-2020. Score: 91 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

DOMAINE DU PETIT MÉTRIS QUARTS DE CHAUME GRAND CRU 2014
AC

423301 (XD) 750mL $62.00

TASTING NOTE: Very enticing, with glazed peach, dried papaya, fresh quince and persimmon notes all melded together, carried by finely beaded acidity and lingering through a ginger- and honeysuckle-edged finish. Drink now through 2027. Score: 94 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, 2016)

SELBACH-OSTER ZELTINGER SONNENUHR RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2015
Prädikatswein

561183 (S) 750mL $40.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese seems not as clear and brilliant on the nose as the corresponding Schlossberg and Badstube in the first moments, but this changes after a while in the glass when it becomes more clear and flinty. Full-bodied, lush and mouth-filling, this is a very sweet but also mineral and piquant Spätlese with a fine acidity and a lingering salinity. This is a very rich, but firmly structured Spätlese that comes along as an Auslese and should be aged for 15 or 20 years to show all its talents. Drink Date: 2030-2050. Score: 93+ (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017)

HOFMANN HUNDERTGULDEN RIESLING TROCKEN 2016
Qualitätswein

571299 (D) 750mL $41.00

TASTING NOTE: At once ripe, concentrated and racy, this young, dry wine comfortably stands astride both sides of the riesling Grand Canyon (fruit and minerality). Take your time to experience all the subtle layers and follow the very long, precisely detailed finish. Delicious now, this has at least a couple of decades ahead of it. Score: 96 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 8, 2017)

MASI BOSSI FEDRIGOTTI CONTE FEDERICO RISERVA BRUT 2012
Traditional method, DOC Trento

571331 (XD) 750mL $37.00

This sparkling wine was awarded 3 glasses in Gambero Rosso Italian Wines 2018, which referred to it as "offering up a lovely aromatic complexity recalling dried fruit and baked cookie spices. In the mouth, its body proved creamy, with a somewhat citrusy acidity, that draws back in the finish, leaving room for pleasant length." Score: 3 Glasses (out of 3)

FRATELLI URCIUOLO TAURASI 2011
DOCG

535153 (XD) 750mL $53.00

TASTING NOTE: A simply fantastic expression of Aglianico, this opens with alluring aromas of underbrush, ripe black-skinned fruit, leather, tilled earth and dark spice that carry over to the delicious full-bodied palate. Firm velvety tannins and fresh acidity balance the juicy fruit flavors. It's already extremely tempting but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2020-2031. Cellar Selection. Score: 94 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2017)

ATTILIO GHISOLFI CIABOT MINAT RISERVA BAROLO 2010
DOCG

571794 (XD) 750mL $129.00

TASTING NOTE: A taut, lean red, revealing a core of cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral flavors. This is locked up tight in a dense matrix of acidity and tannins for now, but exhibits fine balance, length and potential. Best from 2019 through 2038. Score: 95 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Dec. 15, 2016)

BATASIOLO CEREQUIO BAROLO 2010
DOCG

349498 (XD) 750mL $86.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2010 Barolo Cerequio is a focused and streamlined wine that offers tight structural firmness and good persistence. This wine shows a fine and elegant side of the Cerequio cru; it has moderate intensity but lasting flavors nonetheless. This wine could be consumed now with roasted meat topped with truffle, or you could put it aside in your cellar for a few more years. Drink Date: 2017-2028. Score: 92 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2017)

FONTODI VIGNA DEL SORBO GRAN SELEZIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO 2014
DOCG

963827 (XD) 750mL $88.00

TASTING NOTE: A powerful, structured wine, the 2014 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo won't be ready to drink for a number of years, much less be at its best. In recent years, the Sorbo has been much more forward, but the 2014 is decidedly austere and ungiving. Graphite, smoke, black cherry, plum and licorice notes infuse the dark, mysterious finish. Score: 95+ (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2017)

CASTELLO DI BOSSI GIROLAMO 2013
IGT Toscana

63586 (XD) 750mL $69.00

TASTING NOTE: A wine of distinction and personality, the 2013 Girolamo (Merlot) is also the most impressive wine in this range. A rush of black cherry, lavender, tobacco, licorice and savory herbs fills out the wine's huge, structured frame. There is quite a bit of creaminess and textural depth, but a few more years in bottle will only help, as the tannins are quite forbidding at this stage. Score: 94 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2017)

CAMPOGIOVANNI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012
DOCG

991075 (XD) 750mL $64.00

TASTING NOTE: In a traditional style, featuring beefy tannins and savory earth notes, with a core of leather and cherry flavors. Shows some sweetness midpalate and picks up energy on the long finish. Hangs together, ending in an uplifting, resonant manner. Best from 2021 through 2036. Ranked #20 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 wines of 2017. Score: 96 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, June 15, 2017)

CASISANO-TOMMASI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012
DOCG

571844 (XD) 1500mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: A vegetal aroma gives way to cherry and leafy underbrush notes in this vibrant red. Firm and chalky in texture, picking up leather and tobacco accents on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. Score: 92 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Sept. 30, 2017)

DIEVOLE POGGIO LANDI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012
DOCG

573980 (XD) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: Blind tasted by Bruno Besa, Michael Garner and Susan Hulme, MW. Poggio Landi is one jewel in Alejandro Bulgheroni's crowned portfolio of family vineyards. Since 2013, when the 33ha property was acquired, an impressive transformation programme has been in place. Alberto Antonini, chief winemaker of the group has focused on meeting the expectations of consumers and maintaining unaltered, the unique characteristics of the terroir. Rose petal aromas and spice can be attributed to the 38 months spent in French oak (botte) barrels. BB: Intense, still youthful nose of red cherry and fresh mint amid hints of leather and rose water, unfolding onto a long and lively palate with mineral-tinged raspberry and cherry fruit expanded by layered yet fine tannins. Harmonious, free-flowing and crystal clear. MG: Broad, ripe and juicy with sweet black fruit aromas leading to a big and rounded mouthful of long-lingering, spice-laden fruit. Almost ready. SH: Heady rose-petal aromas partnered with a complex incense-like spice. Beautifully textured, super-smooth and refined in the mouth, with lingering acidity delivering an alluring freshness on the finish. Drinking Window: 2021-2029. Score: 97 (Panel, decanter.com, Aug. 29, 2017)

ISOLE E OLENA COLLEZIONE PRIVATA SYRAH 2011
IGT Toscana

573998 (XD) 750mL $76.00

TASTING NOTE: Here is an exciting home run. To be released in September, the 2011 Syrah Collezione Privata is a dark, luscious and absolutely delicious Tuscan red. Syrah loves a hot vintage like this. You can taste the grape's beaming enthusiasm and healthiness thanks to those succulent layers of blackberry and pressed cherry followed by chocolate, tobacco, bacon fat and savory spice. However, the results are never flabby or flat. The finish delivers just the right dose of acidity to keep the palate refreshed and alive. This is an impressive and beautiful wine with a long, velvety finish. Score: 96 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017)

BRIGALDARA CASE VECIE AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA 2012
DOCG

247502 (D) 750mL $80.00

TASTING NOTE: Bright and elegant, this lightly fleshy, medium- to full-bodied red offers flavors of candied cherry and dried strawberry fruit, with accents of woodsy spice, dried thyme and black licorice. Delivers a long, supple finish. Drink now through 2027. Score: 92 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, May 31, 2018)

MONTE DA RAVASQUEIRA VINHA DAS ROMÃS 2014
Vinho Regional Alentejano

460790 (XD) 750mL $35.00

TASTING NOTE: This single-vineyard wine is richly structured and seriously impressive, coming from a parcel planted with Syrah and Touriga Franca. Wood aging for 20 months has given the wine both spice and concentration. With the acidity and the firm tannins at the end, the wine will be ready to drink from 2019. Ranked #24 in the 2017 Wine Enthusiast Best Of Year top 100 list. Score: 94 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2017)

SOITO RESERVE 2014
DOC Dão

572792 (XD) 750mL $53.00

TASTING NOTE: 70% Touriga Nacional, 15% Alfrocheiro, 15% Tinta Roriz. Intense nose with hints of red and black fruit, bergamot, mulberry and tea. Rich, concentrated and complex palate of spice and vanilla with supple tannins. Will age well. Best Northern Portuguese Red. Score: 95 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017)

QUINTO DO SAGRADO VINHAS VELHAS 2010
DOC Douro

570184 (XD) 750mL $58.00

TASTING NOTE: Old vines and a field blend have produced one of the Douro's powerful, dense and mineral wines. It is very concentrated as well as rich. The acidity balances all this ripe fruit and high alcohol, so that the wine is full of powerful tannins and black fruits while having a crisp edge and aftertaste. Drink this serious wine now and until 2023. Cellar Selection. Score: 94 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 1, 2017)

ALVARO PALACIOS GRATALLOPS 2015
DOQ Priorat

270777 (XD) 750mL $89.00

TASTING NOTE: A beautiful focus and brightness to the Priorat with blueberry, blackberry and mineral character. Medium body, extremely fine-grained tannins and a clean finish. Perfumed. Drink or hold. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 24, 2017)

CLOS MOGADOR 2014
DOCa Priorat

14746 (XD) 750mL $129.00

TASTING NOTE: It's a wine you can get lost in, that's for sure. Raspberry, blackberry, tar, wild herbs, liquorice, spice and crushed rocks. It's full bodied, but fresh and lively, with unrepentant minerality, slaty tannin, packed with juicy berries and 'fruitiness', though at no point does it feel simple or anything other than the product of a remarkable vineyard. The length, in particular, is superb. Drink: 2019-2034. Score: 97 (Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au, Feb. 15, 2017)

BARÓN DE LEY 7 VIÑAS RESERVA 2010
DOCa Rioja

91983 (XD) 750mL $54.00

TASTING NOTE: The excellent 2010 vintage produced this remarkable 2010 7 Viñas Reserva, made with a blend of the seven different classical grape varieties, mostly Tempranillo with 20% Graciano, 10% Garnacha, 5% Mazuelo, 3% Viura, 1% Malvasía Riojana and 1% Garnacha Blanca. It has an updated classical profile, serious, balanced and generously oaked, with plenty of balsamic aromas and flavors. The palate is polished, elegant and nicely balanced, with focused flavors and a clean finish. 25,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2015. Drink Date: 2018-2024. Score: 92 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2018)

CONTINO GRAN RESERVA 2010
DOCa Rioja

480178 (XD) 750mL $72.00

TASTING NOTE: This is very Asian with black tea, mushroom and bark aromas, and ripe fruit undertones. Full body, round and polished. Edgy structure with blackberry, mushroom skin and cedar. Fantastic finish. Just a baby. Stock up for the cellar. Better in 2020 but already excellent. Score: 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 18, 2018)

SINGLEFILE FRANKLAND RIVER CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Great Southern, Western Australia

573964 (XD) 750mL $79.00

TASTING NOTE: Taut, powerful, lengthy and exquisitely well polished. This doesn't put a foot wrong, and (given appropriate storage) won't do for many a decade to come. You can bank on this wine. It tastes of bay leaves, blackcurrant, cocoa and (subtle) tobacco, and feels strong and secure at every turn. It's the kind of anvil cellar collections can be built on. Drink By: 2040. Score: 97 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, May 1, 2016)

THORN-CLARKE WILLIAM RANDELL SHIRAZ 2014
Barossa, South Australia

922773 (XD) 750mL $53.00

TASTING NOTE: From the four best blocks and only made in the best years (2010, 2012 & 2014). A rich, textural wine with dense plum, dark berry, blackcurrant and chocolate/mocha flavours. Impressive concentration with obvious cellaring potential. Drink 2016 to 2028. Score: 95 (Bob Campbell, MW, bobcampbell.nz, May 20, 2016)

BEST'S BIN NO. 0 SHIRAZ 2013
Great Western, Victoria

278002 (XD) 750mL $67.00

TASTING NOTE: The quite beautiful colour announces a quite beautiful medium-bodied wine with glorious red and black cherry fruit, superfine tannins and classy oak all in total harmony - so much so you can forget just where you are on the journey through to the finish. Drink By: 2043. Score: 97 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)

HENSCHKE MOUNT EDELSTONE VINEYARD SHIRAZ 2013
Eden Valley, South Australia

718601 (XD) 750mL $270.00

TASTING NOTE: The 61st vintage, from 101yo ungrafted dry grown vines, matured for 18 months in 81% French and 19% American hogsheads (34% new). The decision to hold back the release of this shiraz until after the '14 was correct - this is a densely packed wine destined for a long life as vertical tastings have proved again and again, intensity and focus achieved without apparent effort. Medium-bodied, but with compelling black fruits riding on the back of tannins and carefully measured oak. Drink By: 2043. Score: 97 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Feb. 1, 2018)

YALUMBA THE OCTAVIUS OLD VINES SHIRAZ 2013
Barossa, South Australia

449017 (D) 750mL $140.00

TASTING NOTE: By design, and from the ground up, this is a trenchantly full-bodied shiraz, but notwithstanding this, is so well balanced it fills the mouth with black fruit flavours, then backs off so gracefully the finish and aftertaste are of pure fruit, oak and tannins dismissed with a magic wand. Drink By: 2043. Score: 96 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)

YARRA YERING DRY RED Nº 1 2011
Yarra Valley, Victoria

443994 (XD) 750mL $87.00

TASTING NOTE: Cabernet sauvignon leads the blend, with smaller amounts of merlot, malbec and petit verdot. The hue is good, the fragrant, berry-filled bouquet faithfully reflected in the vibrant, medium-bodied palate where fruit, oak and tannins coalesce into a triumphantly harmonious whole. Score: 96 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, March 2, 2013)

YARRA YERING DRY RED Nº 2 2011
Yarra Valley, Victoria

353219 (XD) 750mL $87.00

TASTING NOTE: A blend of shiraz, mataro, viognier and marsanne, shiraz the major player. The hue is excellent, the bouquet is fragrant, and the medium-bodied palate positively sings; the red fruits are wreathed in a web of fine spices, mainly fruit-derived, but in part from French oak. A lovely, unforced wine. Drink now or in 20 years time. Drink by 2031. Score: 96 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, March 2, 2013)

VASSE FELIX HEYTESBURY CHARDONNAY 2016
Margaret River, Western Australia

674648 (XD) 750mL $92.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Heytesbury Chardonnay is a pristine, focused example of the variety as grown in Margaret River. It seems more crystalline and pure, less opulent and showy than previous vintages, although I must confess a bit of ambivalence about that. Pineapple and citrus dominate the nose with just subtle oak shadings (although it's typically 50% or more new). It's medium-bodied in the mouth with a soft, custard-like richness and a silky texture that fades slowly away on the lemon-tinged finish. Drink Date: 2017-2025. Score: 93 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

GREYWACKE PINOT NOIR 2015
Marlborough, South Island

402651 (XD) 750mL $53.00

TASTING NOTE: This has impressive richness and concentration, whereby darker cherries and sweetly spiced earthy nuances run through the nose to an effortless, pillowy palate texture. The tannins here are smartly wrapped around ripe plums and dark cherries. So seamless and long. Drink now to 2025. Score: 95-96 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, March 28, 2017)

LEEUWENKUIL HERITAGE SYRAH 2013
WO Swartland

455386 (XD) 750mL $65.00

TASTING NOTE: The wine speaks of its origins on the Kasteelberg slopes. It's both intense & delicate, full of vivacity & also serene, balanced, harmonious. Only old oak. Score: 5 Stars (out of 5) (Platter's South African Wine Guide, 2018)

CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD MUNDUS BACILLUS TERRAE MALBEC 2013
Mendoza

475087 (XD) 750mL $350.00

TASTING NOTE: There are three separate bottling[s] from the Adrianna vineyard, one of them the 2013 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae, from the shallow and limestone soils with a south-facing, cold exposure, that was coupled by a cool year. This has higher acidity and citric, effervescent acidity combined with chalky tannins providing length and freshness. This is terrific. Drink Date: 2016-2023. Score: 97 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD RIVER STONES 2013
Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza

542845 (XD) 750mL $153.00

TASTING NOTE: There are three separate bottlings from the Adrianna vineyard, one of them the 2013 Adrianna Vineyard River Stones, sourced from the stonier part, close to the dry river, the equivalent to the White Stones white, with a north-facing exposure, the warmer exposure, which in cooler years like 2013 works nicely. This has the combination of power and elegance, of flowers and fruit, minerality and spice, precise, focused, harmonious, all about finesse. This seems to be the one that worked better with the cool year. 2,000 bottles produced. I was shown some 20+ wines blind while visiting the Catena Institute and I could immediately find this wine even if I had only tasted it a couple of times before. Such is the strong personality of this wine... Score: 98 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

SANTA CAROLINA VSC 2013
Cachapoal Valley

441287 (XD) 750mL $40.00

TASTING NOTE: Shows lots of notes of brick and hot stone to the dried red fruit and cherry flavors. Mocha details emerge midpalate, with a peppery finish. Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Malbec. Drink now through 2020. Score: 89 (Kim Marcus, winespectator.com, 2018)

ANAKOTA HELENA DAKOTA VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Knights Valley, Sonoma County

180984 (XD) 750mL $160.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota displays more blackberry, blueberry and graphite, with some flowers such as violets, notes of pen ink, a full-bodied, concentrated, succulent and fleshy mouthfeel, and a long, long finish. This is another 25- to 30-year wine. Drink Date: 2016-2046. Score: 98 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

BIEN NACIDO ESTATE SYRAH 2014
Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County

575506 (XD) 750mL $104.00

TASTING NOTE: Another highlight in this range, the 2014 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyards is a total knockout. Inky, rich and also quite savory, the remarkably deep, intense 2014 simply has it all. Dark blue and purplish-hued fruit, lavender, mint, plum, grilled herbs and smoke open up effortlessly in the glass. The 40% whole clusters are very nicely integrated. In 2014, winemaker Trey Fletcher added 4% Viognier to the Syrah. Score: 95 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Sept. 2017)

BIEN NACIDO SOLOMON HILLS VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2014
Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County

575498 (XD) 750mL $115.00

TASTING NOTE: The terrific 2014 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard is intensely perfumed, silky and supple. Dark cherry, plum, lavender and spice start to develop in the glass, but the wine shows quite a bit of tannin that needs time to resolve. Readers will have to be patient, but there is much to look forward to. Drinking window: 2019-2029. Score: 94 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Sept. 2017)

CAKEBREAD BENCHLAND SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

924175 (XD) 750mL $219.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the finest western benchlands in Napa Valley. This saw about 23 months in 64% new French oak. A rather glorious nose of red and black fruits, spice box, earth and graphite jump from the glass of this full-bodied, beautifully supple and voluptuously textured wine. A dense purple color, juicy, round, plush tannins and a multi-layered mouthfeel make for a great Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now or cellar for another 15-20 years. Drink Date: 2016-2036. Score: 95 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

CAKEBREAD DANCING BEAR RANCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON/MERLOT 2014
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

220459 (XD) 750mL $267.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Dancing Bear Ranch, from Howell Mountain, is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. This is stunning Cabernet Sauvignon with floral notes intermixed with graphite, crème de cassis, blackberry, mulberry and a hint of chocolate. The wine is large-scaled, but elegant, full-bodied, rich and exceptionally well-balanced with impeccable purity and length. This is a beauty of craftsmanship and great terroir to drink over the next 20 years. Drink Date: 2016-2036. Score: 97 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

EISELE VINEYARD ALTAGRACIA RED 2014
Napa Valley

390823 (XD) 750mL $190.00

TASTING NOTE: The wines from the extremely hot drought year, 2014, were just bottled prior to my visit. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia is suppressed in the aromatics, which is due to recent bottling, but exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, outstanding ripeness, elegance and loads of blackcurrant fruit intermixed with dusty/loamy soil scents and spice. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. Drink Date: 2016-2031. Score: 90 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

EISELE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

576140 (XD) 750mL $730.00

TASTING NOTE: Intensely scented dried flowers on the nose in the rose to lilac spectrum. Raspberry and blackberry undertones. Rose perfumes. It's full-bodied, yet everything's in finesse. Superfine tannins coat your palate and give you incredible length, and it all last[s] for minutes on the palate. Great resonance. Not the power of 2013 but intellect and persistence prevails here. A joy to taste now, but this will improve for decades ahead. Score: 99 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 26, 2017)

EISELE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

575415 (XD) 1500mL $1,620.00

TASTING NOTE: Intensely scented dried flowers on the nose in the rose to lilac spectrum. Raspberry and blackberry undertones. Rose perfumes. It's full-bodied, yet everything's in finesse. Superfine tannins coat your palate and give you incredible length, and it all last[s] for minutes on the palate. Great resonance. Not the power of 2013 but intellect and persistence prevails here. A joy to taste now, but this will improve for decades ahead. Score: 99 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 26, 2017)

EISELE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

118034 (XD) 3000mL $3,320.00

TASTING NOTE: Intensely scented dried flowers on the nose in the rose to lilac spectrum. Raspberry and blackberry undertones. Rose perfumes. It's full-bodied, yet everything's in finesse. Superfine tannins coat your palate and give you incredible length, and it all last[s] for minutes on the palate. Great resonance. Not the power of 2013 but intellect and persistence prevails here. A joy to taste now, but this will improve for decades ahead. Score: 99 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 26, 2017)

KRUPP BROTHERS THE DOCTOR RED BLEND 2014
Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley

574020 (XD) 750mL $157.00

TASTING NOTE: Dr. Jan Krupp's signature wine, this boldly blends 36% Tempranillo with red Bordeaux varieties, all mountain-grown on rocky soils. Brown sugar, red cherry, clove and meat flavors contribute to its density, packed into an integrated frame and finishing on a rich chocolate note. Enjoy 2024-2034. Score: 94 (Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 1, 2017)

LAIL VINEYARDS J. DANIEL CUVÉE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

706572 (XD) 750mL $379.00

TASTING NOTE: The flagship wines include the 2014 J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from three sources - the family vineyard called Molehill at a 1700-feet elevation on Howell Mountain, the Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard and Heimark Vineyard in Calistoga. A gorgeous 2014, with notes of graphite, mulberry and blackcurrant, this full-bodied, opaque purple wine offers terrific fruit purity, sweet tannin, and a long finish of a good 45+ seconds. It was aged 19 months in 75% new French oak and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are 1,064 cases, and it can be drunk now or cellared for another 25 years. Drink Date: 2016-2041. Score: 95 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

CAIN FIVE 2013
Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley

727925 (XD) 750mL $180.00

TASTING NOTE: A fragrant but savoury bouquet of perfumed blackberry, rich earth, fennel seed and cigar tobacco leads to a wine with lovely cut, vibrancy and concentration, structured around firm but refined 2013 tannins. Christopher Howell deserves more recognition for the amazing consistency, longevity and sophistication that his wines from this striking Spring Mountain site routinely achieve, as anyone with Cain bottlings in their cellar from the 1980s and 1990s can attest. Drink: 2023-2065. Score: 96 (William Kelley, decanter.com, Sept. 26, 2016)

PATZ & HALL HYDE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2015
Carneros

926659 (XD) 750mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is [a] little closed, offering subtle glimpses at lemon peel, white peach and orange blossom scents with hints of oyster shells, shaved almonds and coriander seed. Medium bodied with a lovely satiny texture, it offers plenty of mineral and citrus flavors with a long, refreshing finish. Drink Date: 2017-2023. Score: 91 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017)

BEAUX FRÈRES THE BEAUX FRÈRES VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015
Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley

958454 (XD) 750mL $147.00

TASTING NOTE: Offers impressive presence and polish, with a multilayered, complex core wrapped in rich, expressive blueberry and cherry flavors, accented by savory spice and espresso details. Builds depth as this dances toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. Highly Recommended. Score: 95 (Tim Fish, winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2017)

TONGUE'N CHEEK PINOT NOIR 2015
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

575563 (XD) 750mL $99.00

TASTING NOTE: Lithe and delicately complex, offering rose petal and tart blueberry aromas, with effortlessly balanced raspberry, river rock and spice flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2022. 594 cases made. Highly Recommended. Score: 94 (Tim Fish, winespectator.com, May 31, 2017)

BETZ LA CÔTE ROUSSE SYRAH 2015
Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley

444414 (XD) 750mL $83.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Syrah la Cote Rousse is a blockbuster Syrah from Red Mountain that's from the Ranch at the End of The Road and Ciel du Cheval vineyards. It's a mix of four different clones and is brought up in barrel. This deep, inky, seriously black Syrah gives up Hermitage-like notes of scorched earth, charred meats, graphite and licorice. It's a big, concentrated effort that's going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep through 2035. Drink Date: 2019-2035. Score: 96 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, June 30, 2017)

BETZ PERE DE FAMILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Columbia Valley

407312 (XD) 750mL $103.00

TASTING NOTE: A cellar selection from different sites in the Columbia Valley, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille is deeper in color than the Clos de Betz and offers fabulous notes of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed flowers and violets. Just screaming Cabernet, it offers full-bodied richness, incredible purity of fruit, and ultra-fine tannin, all of which make for a sensational Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon that's going to evolve for upwards of two decades. Drink Date: 2018-2038. Score: 97 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, June 30, 2017)

THE BALVENIE PORTWOOD 21-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

500090 750mL $493.00

This single malt was awarded 94.5 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015.

TASTING NOTE: A port cask finish gives this Scotch a copper penny hue. The aroma suggests baked apple, while the palate has a chewy, concentrated vanilla-oak profile, leading to walnut, leather and espresso. The rounded finish sings with sherry and spice. Adding water coaxes out baked apple sweetness and dials back the oak. Score: 94 (Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2017)

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SCORES:
AWC winecompanion.com.au
BC bobcampbell.nz
DEC decanter.com
DWWA Decanter World Wine Awards
GR Gambero Rosso Italian Wines
JD jebdunnuck.com
JS jamessuckling.com
PLAT Platter's South African Wine Guide
RP robertparker.com
TAT timatkin.com
VIN vinous.com
WE Wine Enthusiast
WF winefront.com.au
WS winespectator.com

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All prices include applicable container deposit and HST as of August 1, 2010.