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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, October 4, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.

All orders are first-come, first-served.

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Per-Customer Limits

We strive to secure enough stock to satisfy all customer orders, but anticipate that sometimes customer demand may exceed supply. Products in this offer are subject to per-customer limits on the first day of ordering. Limits will be removed at 10:30 a.m. on launch day.

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Delivery

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A store representative will contact you when your order is ready for pickup. Please provide your final receipt and valid identification as proof of purchase upon pickup. Orders not picked up within 30 days of notification are subject to cancellation.

October Product Updates

The following products were previously unavailable, but will be available to purchase starting October 4, 2018.

LCBO# PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE
571885 WALT SHEA VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015
271361 L'ECOLE NO. 41 APOGEE PEPPER BRIDGE VINEYARD PROPRIETARY RED 2014
958454 BEAUX FRÈRES THE BEAUX FRÈRES VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015
529073 DOMAINE DU PÉLICAN ARBOIS TROIS CÉPAGES 2016
497099 DOMAINE DU PÉLICAN ARBOIS SAVAGNIN OUILLÉ 2016
496455 DOMAINE DU PÉLICAN ARBOIS CHARDONNAY 2016
571000 DOMAINE DU PÉLICAN POULSARD 2016
571844 CASISANO-TOMMASI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012
581579 MICHEL FONNÉ MAMBOURG RIESLING 2014

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

LCBO# PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE

976035

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS PULIGNY-MONTRACHET

2015

724922

GUNDERLOCH NACKENHEIM ROTHENBERG RIESLING SPÄTLESE

2016

582213

FERREIRA DUQUE DE BRAGANCA 20-YEAR-OLD TAWNY PORT

577122 ANDRETTA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013
575670 LOUIS JOLLIET VSOP COGNAC  
581579

MICHEL FONNÉ MAMBOURG RIESLING

2014
182766 LE PAUILLAC DE LATOUR 2012
562868 MOILLARD CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1947
577064 DEHESA LA GRANJA 2004
575779 CARDINALE 2012

 

October 2018 Classics Collection

Style Region Product LCBO # Size (mL) Score Price Opening
Inventory
(btls.)
Cognac/Armagnac France – Cognac CAMUS ELEGANCE XO COGNAC  79285 700 WE 95 $222.00 116
Cognac/Armagnac France – Cognac LOUIS JOLLIET VSOP COGNAC  575670 700   $89.00 *
Red Wine Spain DEHESA LA GRANJA 2004 577064 1500 RP 92 $46.00 298
Red Wine France – Bordeaux LE PAUILLAC DE LATOUR 2012 182766 750 JS 92 $132.00 *
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 2011 571802 750 WE 94 $280.00 118
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT 2010 562934 750 RP 99 $400.00 118
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU KIRWAN 2000 609693 750 WE 94 $230.00 70
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2000 45336 750 RP 94+ $510.00 118
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1995 513101 750 RP 96 $1,585.00 24
Red Wine France – Burgundy AMAURY AUX PERDRIX CUVÉE LES 8 OUVRÉES NUITS-ST-GEORGES 1ER CRU 2015 610139 750 WS 94 $210.00 178
Red Wine France – Burgundy AMAURY AUX PERDRIX NUITS-ST-GEORGES 1ER CRU 2015 610113 750 WS 95 $153.00 178
Red Wine France – Burgundy CHARLES FRANÇOIS & FILS LES FREMIETS VOLNAY 1ER CRU 2015 582866 750   $70.00 238
Red Wine France – Burgundy CHÂTEAU DE CHAMIREY MERCUREY EN SAZENAY 1ER CRU 2015 609941 750 WE 92 $66.00 178
Red Wine France – Burgundy CHÂTEAU DE SANTENAY CLOS DU ROI 1ER CRU 2015 609859 750 WE 93 $80.00 238
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS LE CORTON GRAND CRU 2015 973834 750 BH 92-95 $164.00 82
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE TAWSE MUSIGNY GRAND CRU 2015 538751 750 VIN 94-96 $900.00 12
Red Wine France – Burgundy HENRI DE VILLAMONT CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY CHÂTELOTS 1ER CRU 2015 571836 750 WE 93 $98.00 170
Red Wine France – Burgundy HENRI DE VILLAMONT GRANDS-ÉCHEZEAUX GRAND CRU 2015 571703 750 WE 95 $250.00 118
Red Wine France – Burgundy NUITON-BEAUNOY MOREY-SAINT-DENIS LES CHAFFOTS 1ER CRU 2015 609461 750 WE 94 $104.00 118
Red Wine France – Burgundy ROUX PÈRE & FILS LES VALOZIÈRES ALOXE-CORTON 1ER CRU 2015 443564 750 BH 89 $87.00 598
Red Wine France – Burgundy AMAURY PERDRIX ÉCHEZEAUX GRAND CRU 2014 610147 750 WS 94 $315.00 62
Red Wine France – Burgundy BERTRAND AMBROISE NUITS-ST-GEORGES 2013 571638 750 WS 92 $72.00 478
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE JACQUES PRIEUR CLOS VOUGEOT GRAND CRU 2013 293894 750 WS 97 $290.00 21
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE LEROY CORTON-RENARDES 2002 574707 750 BH 94 $3,640.00 6
Red Wine France – Burgundy MOILLARD CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1947 562868 750   $468.00 118
White Wine France – Burgundy ALAIN CHAVY LES CHARMES PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 2016 499780 750 TAT 91 $78.00 292
White Wine France – Burgundy BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 2015 976035 750 JS 91 $71.00 *
White Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE BILLAUD-SIMON LES VAILLONS CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2015 330175 750 RP 92 $48.00 346
White Wine France – Burgundy JEAN RIJCKAERT VERS CHÂNES VIEILLES VIGNES POUILLY FUISSÉ 2015 523274 750 BH 90 $50.00 478
White Wine France – Burgundy MAISON LEROY MONTAGNY 1ER CRU 2015 735837 750   $206.00 36
White Wine France – Burgundy OLIVIER LEFLAIVE RABOURCÉ RULLY 1ER CRU 2015 609537 750 JR 16.5 (out of 20) $57.00 178
White Wine France – Burgundy PHILIPPE COLIN CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET LES CHENEVOTTES 1ER CRU 2015 248724 750 BH 92 $150.00 118
White Wine France – Burgundy WILLIAM FÈVRE BOUGROS CÔTES BOUGUEROTS CHABLIS GRAND CRU 2015 391268 750 VIN 94+ $116.00 58
Red Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE RÉSERVE SECRÈTE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015 499871 750 WS 96 $140.00 238
Red Wine France – Rhône JEAN-LUC COLOMBO LES RUCHETS CORNAS 2015 400960 750 WS 95 $115.00 178
Red Wine France – Rhône ROTEM & MOUNIR ARIOSO CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2014 562140 750 JD 94 $273.00 58
Red Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE CUVÉE VIEILLES VIGNES CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2012 62554 750 RP 94 $76.00 234
Red Wine France – Rhône XAVIER VIGNON ARCANE LE PAPE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2010 571828 750 RP 96+ $159.00 238
White Wine France – Rhône FERRATON PÈRE & FILS LES MANDOULS CONDRIEU 2016 609420 750 WS 93 $68.00 238
White Wine France – Alsace PIERRE SPARR SCHOENENBOURG RIESLING 2015 664995 750 WE 92 $26.00 478
White Wine France – Alsace TRIMBACH CUVÉE FRÉDÉRIC ÉMILE RIESLING 2010 728535 750 JS 96 $76.00 52
Champagne France – Champagne BOLLINGER LA GRANDE ANNÉE BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2007 145169 750 VIN 93 $169.00 238
Champagne France – Champagne CRISTAL BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2007 93062 3000 VIN 97+ $3,445.00 4
Champagne France – Champagne CHARLES HEIDSIECK BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE 2006 413633 750 WS 94 $99.00 298
Champagne France – Champagne VEUVE CLICQUOT LA GRANDE DAME BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2006 38802 750 RP 94 $272.00 118
Champagne France – Champagne KRUG CLOS D'AMBONNAY BLANC DE NOIRS BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2000 91827 750 WS 95 $2,959.00 2
Champagne France – Champagne DOM PÉRIGNON P2 CHAMPAGNE 1998 429373 750 JS 98 $559.00 29
Champagne France – Champagne ARMAND DE BRIGNAC BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE  575746 750 TPM 94 $745.00 60
Champagne France – Champagne LAURENT-PERRIER GRAND SIÈCLE GRANDE CUVÉE CHAMPAGNE  379982 750 RP 95 $199.00 60
Champagne France – Champagne VILMART & CIE GRAND CELLIER 1ER CRU BRUT CHAMPAGNE  65110 750 WS 94 $90.00 178
White Wine Austria NIGL HOCHÄCKER ERSTE LAGE RIESLING 2016 593616 750 JS 97 $69.00 178
White Wine Germany – Mosel EGON MÜLLER-SCHARZHOF SCHARZHOFBERGER RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2017 116269 750   $254.00 24
White Wine Germany – Rheingau SCHLOSS JOHANNISBERG GRÜNLACK RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2016 523332 750 RP 94 $47.00 298
White Wine Germany – Rheingau SCHLOSS VOLLRADS RIESLING AUSLESE 2010 562843 375 WE 93 $52.00 238
Red Wine Greece 1879 BOUTARI LEGACY 2007 590497 750 RP 92+ $60.00 178
Red Wine Italy – Campania ROSSOVERMIGLIO AGLIANICO DEL SANNIO 2015 579946 750 DAWA 95 $28.00 574
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont MARCO & VITTORIO ADRIANO BASARIN BARBARESCO 2014 496992 750 WS 94 $40.00 466
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont BREZZA CANNUBI BAROLO 2013 713511 750 WE 98 $76.00 568
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont LA SPINONA BRICCO FASET BARBARESCO 2013 134726 750 VIN 92 $50.00 586
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont MANZONE GRAMOLERE BAROLO 2013 318105 750 RP 94 $70.00 358
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont GIACOMO BORGOGNO & FIGLI CANNUBI BAROLO 2012 314211 750 JS 95 $174.00 88
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont LA SPINONA BERGERA BAROLO 2012 577882 750 WE 95 $62.00 562
Red Wine Italy – Sicily TORNATORE TRIMARCHISA ROSSO 2014 582122 750 JS 95 $43.00 718
Red Wine Italy – Sicily TERRAZZE DELL ETNA CARUSU 2013 514315 750 DWWA 95 $27.00 718
White Wine Italy – Sicily PIETRADOLCE ETNA BIANCO 2016 582148 750 RP 91 $25.00 574
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany ANDRETTA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013 577122 750 JS 95 $82.00 240
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CASTELGIOCONDO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013 963371 1500 WE 96 $115.00 25
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany LA FORNACE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO RISERVA 2007 575829 750 WS 92 $130.00 130
Red Wine Italy – Umbria LUNGAROTTI SAGRANTINO DI MONTEFALCO 2012 315499 750 JS 94 $45.00 358
Red Wine Italy – Veneto SERGIO ZENATO RISERVA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2012 132316 750   $110.00 478
Red Wine Italy – Veneto RUBINELLI VAJOL AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2011 268821 750 JS 94 $59.00 466
Red Wine Italy – Veneto SAN FLORIANO RISERVA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA 2007 582189 1500 RP 95+ $309.00 28
Red Wine Spain FERRER BOBET VINYES VELLES 2014 579896 750 WS 94 $70.00 238
Red Wine Spain TERRA D'URO 2014 491878 750 RP 94 $57.00 238
Red Wine Spain FINCA VALPIEDRA RESERVA 2010 959049 750 WS 94 $52.00 346
Red Wine Spain ROTLLAN TORRA TIRANT 2005 306977 750 RP 95 $83.00 109
Red Wine Canada – Ontario BACHELDER WISMER-PARKE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015 520379 750   $44.95 142
Red Wine Canada – Ontario PEARL MORISSETTE CUVÉE MADELINE CABERNET FRANC 2014 459164 750 WAL 94 $48.20 100
White Wine Canada – Ontario BACHELDER WISMER VINEYARD #1 WINGFIELD BLOCK CHARDONNAY 2015 520403 750   $45.00 142
Red Wine Australia PIPERS BROOK PINOT NOIR 2016 694745 750 AWC 94 $45.00 154
Red Wine Australia GLAETZER ANAPERENNA SHIRAZ/CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 72926 750 AWC 96 $65.00 118
Red Wine Australia ROCKFORD BASKET PRESS SHIRAZ 2013 736488 750 AWC 95 $110.00 187
Red Wine Australia SHINGLEBACK D BLOCK RESERVE SHIRAZ 2013 407056 750 AWC 93 $54.00 154
White Wine Australia BROKENWOOD INDIGO VINEYARD BEECHWORTH CHARDONNAY 2016 481663 750 AWC 96 $49.00 142
Red Wine Argentina FABRE MONTMAYOU GRAND VIN 2014 439422 750 TAT 95 $54.00 94
White Wine Argentina CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA WHITE STONES CHARDONNAY 2015 355669 750 JS 95 $96.00 28
Red Wine Chile MAQUIS VIOLA 2013 578013 750 RP 94 $50.00 190
Red Wine USA – California JOSEPH PHELPS INSIGNIA 2015 710400 750 RP 97-100 $390.00 595
Red Wine USA – California JOSEPH PHELPS INSIGNIA 2015 737346 1500 RP 97-100 $795.00 60
Red Wine USA – California CARDINALE RED 2014 390310 750 RP 98 $485.00 73
Red Wine USA – California CAYMUS SPECIAL SELECTION CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 155200 1500 WS 91 $399.00 158
Red Wine USA – California FOXEN TINAQUAIC VINEYARD SYRAH 2014 989160 750 RP 91-93+ $55.00 166
Red Wine USA – California INGLENOOK RUBICON 2014 401349 750 RP 95+ $319.00 120
Red Wine USA – California ULYSSES 2014 478800 750 JS 98 $280.00 292
Red Wine USA – California ULYSSES 2014 478818 1500 JS 98 $575.00 18
Red Wine USA – California ULYSSES 2014 518332 3000 JS 98 $1,390.00 1
Red Wine USA – California ULYSSES 2014 518340 6000 JS 98 $3,305.00 1
Red Wine USA – California CARDINALE 2012 575753 1500 RP 98 $950.00 5
Red Wine USA – California CARDINALE 2012 575761 3000 RP 98 $1,900.00 3
Red Wine USA – California CARDINALE 2012 575779 6000 RP 98 $3,800.00 *
White Wine USA – California MAYACAMAS CHARDONNAY 2015 457556 750 VIN 95 $82.00 202
White Wine USA – California MAYACAMAS THE TERRACES CHARDONNAY 2013 574004 750 VIN 96 $135.00 58
Red Wine USA – Oregon BERGSTRÖM SILICE PINOT NOIR 2015 609669 750 VIN 95 $113.00 34
Red Wine USA – Oregon PURPLE HANDS STOLLER VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015 571851 750 WS 94 $79.00 136
Red Wine USA – Washington LONG SHADOWS PIROUETTE RED BLEND 2014 64410 750 RP 94+ $99.00 58
Red Wine USA – Washington RASA VINEYARDS PLUS ONE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 571877 750 RP 95 $99.00 166
Fortified Wines Portugal FONSECA VINTAGE PORT 2015 733543 750 WS 93 $85.00 238
Fortified Wines Portugal FERREIRA DUQUE DE BRAGANCA 20-YEAR-OLD TAWNY PORT  582213 750 DWWA 95 $54.00 *
Whisky/Whiskey United Kingdom – Scotland BLAIR ATHOL 23-YEAR-OLD HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY  575837 750   $780.00 34
Whisky/Whiskey United Kingdom – Scotland GLEN ELGIN 18-YEAR-OLD SCOTCH WHISKY  575845 750   $589.00 22
Whisky/Whiskey United Kingdom – Scotland TEANINICH 17-YEAR-OLD HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY  575852 750   $589.00 58

CAMUS ELEGANCE XO COGNAC
AC

79285 700mL $222.00

TASTING NOTE: This copper/penny colored Cognac is best when allowed time to open, since it evolves in the glass. The nose offers notes of dried cherries, toffee and oak. The palate is light at first, with vanilla and warm caramel deepening to an unusually fruity finish full of rounded apricot and orange flavors. It's mouthwatering and delicious, perfect for pairing with fruit tarts and pies. Score: 95 (Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2013)

LOUIS JOLLIET VSOP COGNAC
AC

575670 700mL $89.00

This Cognac won a Double Master Medal at the 2016 Cognac Masters competition. It's made in honour of Louis Jolliet, a French Canadian explorer who discovered the upper Mississippi River in 1673.

DEHESA LA GRANJA 2004
Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León

577064 (XD) 1500mL $46.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2004 Dehesa la Granja offers similar but more expressive aromatics, is rounder and more supple on the palate, and has outstanding depth, concentration, and length. It is more forward than the 2003 but should offer a similar drinking window. It will be at its best from 2010-2020. Score: 92 (Jay Miller, robertparker.com, April 29, 2008)

LE PAUILLAC DE LATOUR 2012
AC Pauillac

182766 (XD) 750mL $132.00

TASTING NOTE: Perfumed and bright with mineral, currant, raspberry and citrus character. Full body, fine tannins and a crisp finish. Orange peel. Score: 92 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 22, 2015)

CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 2011
AC Saint-Estèphe

571802 (XD) 750mL $280.00

TASTING NOTE: Powerful, very rich and very concentrated, this epitomizes the opulent style of Cos d'Estournel. A sense of extraction is overwhelmed by the huge, ripe fruit. It shows velvet texture at first, but then the tannins come on strongly, leaving a wine that will age over many years. Drink from 2022. Cellar Selection. Score: 94 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2014)

CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT 2010
AC Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

562934 (XD) 750mL $400.00

TASTING NOTE: Inky, bluish/black/purple, with notes of spring flowers, licorice, camphor, graphite, and a boatload of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, this is a powerful, full-bodied Troplong Mondot. All the building components of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol are judiciously and impressively integrated. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc made by Christine Valette and her husband Xavier Pariente with the consultancy help of Michel Rolland. I'm not sure what the heady alcohol level is in Troplong Mondot in 2010 (it certainly must be in the 15%+ range), but it is well-concealed behind the extravagant, richness, full-bodied power, and pure nobility of this majestic wine. Forget this for 5-7 years and drink it over the following three decades. Drink Date: 2018-2048. Score: 99 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Feb. 27, 2013)

CHÂTEAU KIRWAN 2000
AC Margaux

609693 (XD) 750mL $230.00

TASTING NOTE: The renaissance of Kirwan, with the consultancy of Michel Rolland, continues with this ripe, forward, concentrated wine. The tannins are sweet and soft, with a solid, chunky structure that promises a long life. The finish displays balanced new wood flavors and a smooth polish. Score: 94 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2003)

CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2000
2e cru, AC St-Estèphe

45336 (XD) 750mL $510.00

TASTING NOTE: Tasted at the vertical in London, the question was whether the 2000 Montrose would be paradigmatic of a vintage whereby the wines have remained sullen and broody in their youth. On this occasion, to my surprise I found it more open than the 2005 (which admittedly is not saying that it's open for business!). It is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot picked from 22 September to 7 October. I afforded it a couple of hours in the glass and it responded with plenty of pure ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, hints of cold slate and even charcoal emerging with time. The palate is not as complex as the aforementioned 2005, yet there is wonderful backbone and focus; towards the finish there is a sense of suppleness and refinement that might make this absolutely delicious in 5-7 years' time. Perhaps the 2000 has been usurped by subsequent releases in 2005, 2009 and 2010, but do not be surprised if it evolves into a regal Montrose. Drink Date: 2023-2060. Score: 94+ (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, March 31, 2017)

CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1995
1er cru, AC Pessac-Léognan

513101 (XD) 750mL $1,585.00

TASTING NOTE: It is fun to go back and forth between the 1995 and 1996, two superb vintages for Haut-Brion. The 1995 seems to have sweeter tannin and a bit more fat and seamlessness when compared to the more structured and muscular 1996. Certainly 1995 was a vintage that the brilliant administrator Jean Delmas handled flawlessly. The result is a deep ruby/purple-colored wine with a tight but promising nose of burning wood embers intermixed with vanilla, spice box, earth, mineral, sweet cherry, black currant, plum-like fruit, medium to full body, a high level of ripe but sweet tannin, and a finish that goes on for a good 40-45 seconds. This wine is just beginning to emerge from a very closed state where it was unyielding and backward. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035. Score: 96 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 31, 2002)

AMAURY AUX PERDRIX CUVÉE LES 8 OUVRÉES NUITS-ST-GEORGES 1ER CRU 2015
AC

610139 (XD) 750mL $210.00

TASTING NOTE: This is refined and elegant despite the firm structure. A line of black cherry and blackberry is stretched from start to finish, shaded by earth, graphite and spice notes. Shows fine balance and length, with a smoky, spicy aftertaste. Best from 2022 through 2040. Score: 94 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, 2018)

AMAURY AUX PERDRIX NUITS-ST-GEORGES 1ER CRU 2015
AC

610113 (XD) 750mL $153.00

TASTING NOTE: A creamy texture buoys the violet, black currant, black cherry and spice flavors effortlessly, while iron and earth tones reinforce the dense tannins. It's all there, just needs time to find its equilibrium. Fine, lingering aftertaste. Best from 2022 through 2040. Score: 95 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, March 31, 2018)

CHARLES FRANÇOIS & FILS LES FREMIETS VOLNAY 1ER CRU 2015
AC

582866 (XD) 750mL $70.00

The 2015 vintage in Burgundy was rated a perfect 5 out of 5 by Decanter (Jan. 27, 2017), where it was described as "an extraordinary one throughout the Côte d'Or. The red wines are truly great: rich, powerful and statuesque but almost always underpinned by juicy acidity. The distinctive characters of the region's diverse terroirs, which can be occluded by over-ripeness in warm years, are articulately expressed." This Volnay premier cru comes from a vineyard with an average vine age of 30 years and was aged 18 months in oak barrels.

CHÂTEAU DE CHAMIREY MERCUREY EN SAZENAY 1ER CRU 2015
AC

609941 (XD) 750mL $66.00

TASTING NOTE: At the heart of the 90-acre Chamirey estate are five premier cru vineyards of which this is one. It has produced a firm and tannic wine, solidly textured and concentrated. Along with the red-berry fruits, this structure shows the wine needs some serious aging. Drink from 2023. Score: 92 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2017)

CHÂTEAU DE SANTENAY CLOS DU ROI 1ER CRU 2015
AC

609859 (XD) 750mL $80.00

TASTING NOTE: This is a serious wine, firm with tannins. Its juicy red fruits are still shy in coming forward, although they are certainly there. With its structure and the potential of its rich fruits, the wine will develop well and impressively. Drink from 2022. Cellar Selection. Score: 93 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2017)

DOMAINE BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS LE CORTON GRAND CRU 2015
AC

973834 (XD) 750mL $164.00

TASTING NOTE: Here the wood treatment is a bit more discreet though it's still not subtle on the exceptionally cool and fresh but ripe nose that offers up plenty of sauvage and earth hints that suffuse the black cherry and lilac scents. The dense, bold and overtly muscular and powerful big-bodied flavors possess an abundance of sappy extract that coats the palate and buffers the extremely firm tannic spine on the immensely persistent finish that is less austere than it usually is. This is breathtakingly good and despite my extended drinking window, it should be approachable after only 7 to 8 years. Drink: 2035+. Score: 92-95 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, April 15, 2017)

DOMAINE TAWSE MUSIGNY GRAND CRU 2015
AC

538751 (XD) 750mL $900.00

TASTING NOTE: Moderately saturated medium red. Knockout fully ripe nose combines raspberry, stony minerality and smoke. Like liquid silk in the mouth; hugely concentrated and alive, conveying a powerful impression of energy to its flavors of raspberry, crushed stone and spices. Best today on the extremely long, almost painful back end, which features wonderfully refined tannins and electric saline minerality. Score: 94-96 (Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, Jan. 2017)

HENRI DE VILLAMONT CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY CHÂTELOTS 1ER CRU 2015
AC

571836 (XD) 750mL $98.00

TASTING NOTE: Packed with tannins, this dark-hued wine is concentrated, demanding aging. It has spice and layers of wood as well as black plums and acidity. It is a powerful wine, full of dark chocolate as well as fruit and tannins. Drink from 2023. Cellar Selection. Score: 93 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2017)

HENRI DE VILLAMONT GRANDS-ÉCHEZEAUX GRAND CRU 2015
AC

571703 (XD) 750mL $250.00

TASTING NOTE: Big, rich while also smooth, this is going to be an impressive wine. It has power and firm tannins as well as plenty of ripe black fruits and acidity. This wine, from one of the range of grand crus in Vosne-Romanée, will age well. Drink from 2026. Score: 95 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2017)

NUITON-BEAUNOY MOREY-SAINT-DENIS LES CHAFFOTS 1ER CRU 2015
AC

609461 (XD) 750mL $104.00

TASTING NOTE: This wine is rich, with great tannins as well as generous red-berry fruits. With its structure firmly in place, it has the potential to be opulent, ripe and generous. Wood aging adds extra weight to the richness. Drink from 2025. Score: 94 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 1, 2018)

ROUX PÈRE & FILS LES VALOZIÈRES ALOXE-CORTON 1ER CRU 2015
AC

443564 (XD) 750mL $87.00

TASTING NOTE: A ripe, deeply pitched and brooding nose speaks of plum, dark currant and plenty of earth and sauvage elements. There is very good richness to the round, fleshy and supple medium weight flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel, all wrapped in a sappy and persistent if noticeably warm finish. I like the complexity of this moderately rustic effort but be sure to serve it cool as the warmth isn't subtle. Drink: 2022+. Score: 89 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, Oct. 11, 2017)

AMAURY PERDRIX ÉCHEZEAUX GRAND CRU 2014
AC

610147 (XD) 750mL $315.00

TASTING NOTE: This is dense, packed with black cherry, blackberry, tar and earth flavors. A monolith now, yet shows plenty of ripe, dark fruit, full yet integrated tannins and spicy oak. Best from 2020 through 2036. Score: 94 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

BERTRAND AMBROISE NUITS-ST-GEORGES 2013
AC

571638 (XD) 750mL $72.00

TASTING NOTE: Vibrant acidity focuses the exotic tinge of wild berry, musk and woodsy flavors in this taut red, which is intense yet compact on the finish, needing a little more time to stretch out. Best from 2018 through 2028. 300 cases made. Score: 92 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2016)

DOMAINE JACQUES PRIEUR CLOS VOUGEOT GRAND CRU 2013
AC

293894 (XD) 750mL $290.00

TASTING NOTE: Superb aromas of rose, black currant, graphite and spice mark this supple red. The black currant, cherry and strawberry flavors are pure and expressive, supported by a dense base of tannins. Fresh and long, with a mouthwatering finish. Best from 2022 through 2045. Score: 97 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, May 31, 2017)

DOMAINE LEROY CORTON-RENARDES 2002
AC

574707 (XD) 750mL $3,640.00

TASTING NOTE: An exceptionally floral-inflected nose displays plenty of earth, underbrush and game hints on the still fresh and relatively primary nose as there is only a touch of secondary aromatic development. In the same fashion as the nose the broad-shouldered, powerful and concentrated flavors remain youthful if no longer hard thanks to the copious amount of palate coating dry extract that also serves to buffer the moderately firm tannic spine on the seriously persistent and well-balanced finale. I quite like this because while it is indisputably still on the way up it is sufficiently far along that it could be enjoyed now if given 30 minutes or so of air first. Drink: Try from 2022+. Score: 94 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, Aug. 28, 2015)

MOILLARD CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1947
AC

562868 (XD) 750mL $468.00

A prestigious Burgundy estate situated in Beaune, Maison Francois Martenot has a long history of winemaking which dates back to the 19th century. This wine has rested in cellar for an incredible 71 years and will make an exceptional statement gift or milestone marker.

ALAIN CHAVY LES CHARMES PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 2016
AC

499780 (XD) 750mL $78.00

Puligny-Montrachet Les Charmes is a lieu-dit situated next to Meursault's Premier Cru Les Charmes. Here, heavier clay soils mix with limestone to deliver wines that combine richness with elegance and minerality.

TASTING NOTE: [Tim Atkin did not include a review of this wine.] Score: 91 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, Burgundy Special Report 2016)

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 2015
AC

976035 (XD) 750mL $71.00

TASTING NOTE: A gently flinty and stony edge with attractive lime and nectarine aromas, leading to a palate that has an elegant and quite linear shape. Fine, zesty peaches to close. Drink now. Score: 91 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 15, 2018)

DOMAINE BILLAUD-SIMON LES VAILLONS CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2015
AC

330175 (XD) 750mL $48.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons has a clean, precise, chalky bouquet with hints of shucked oyster shells coming through with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. I appreciate the precision and mineralité here, a touch of flint lending edginess and tension all the way through to the finish. This is a really superb effort from Billaud-Simon. Drink Date: 2018-2028. Score: 92 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2017)

JEAN RIJCKAERT VERS CHÂNES VIEILLES VIGNES POUILLY FUISSÉ 2015
AC

523274 (XD) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: More subtle wood influence frames the pear, apple and floral-inflected aromas. There is fine density and intensity to the palate coating flavors that possess a lovely mineral streak that adds a bit of lift to the citrusy, balanced and lingering finale. This merits considering. Drink: 2021+. Outstanding. Score: 90 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, Oct. 11, 2017)

MAISON LEROY MONTAGNY 1ER CRU 2015
AC

735837 (XD) 750mL $206.00

The 86-year-old dynamo Lalou Bize-Leroy has been a legend in Burgundy for over six decades and her reputation for precision and quality is second to none. Hers are some of the most highly sought of all Burgundian wines - which, of course, is really saying something. If she was impressed enough to include this amongst her négociant stable of wines, you can be confident it will be outstanding.

OLIVIER LEFLAIVE RABOURCÉ RULLY 1ER CRU 2015
AC

609537 (XD) 750mL $57.00

TASTING NOTE: This is more cedary on the nose than the Montagny Bonneveaux, suggesting more barrel influence. Fine combination of generous texture and fullness with excellent freshness. Distinguished. When to drink: 2017-2023. Score: 16.5 (out of 20) (Julia Harding, MW, jancisrobinson.com, Jan. 7, 2017)

PHILIPPE COLIN CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET LES CHENEVOTTES 1ER CRU 2015
AC

248724 (XD) 750mL $150.00

TASTING NOTE: A very densely fruited nose of pear, resin and a hint of spice also displays just enough wood influence to mention. The medium weight plus flavors also possess excellent concentration and the abundant level of dry extract imparts a highly seductive mouth feel to the well-balanced and impressively long finish. Like the Vergers this is going to need a few years to develop additional complexity but the underlying material appears to be present such that it could very well do so. Drink: 2023+. Sweet spot. Outstanding. Score: 92 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, June 11, 2017)

WILLIAM FÈVRE BOUGROS CÔTES BOUGUEROTS CHABLIS GRAND CRU 2015
AC

391268 (XD) 750mL $116.00

TASTING NOTE: Pale, green-tinged yellow. Subtle, discreet nose offers hints of citrus fruits, spices, white pepper and minerals. Then almost shockingly massive and powerful in the mouth, boasting bulletproof citrus and white peach flavors energized by harmonious acidity (but barely four grams per liter, according to Didier Séguier). More robust and masculine than the Preuses and drier and more bracing on the long finish, this sappy wine needs time to harmonize. But as with all of these 2015s, there's nothing hard about this grand cru. Drinking window: 2023-2031. Score: 94+ (Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, Aug. 2017)

DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE RÉSERVE SECRÈTE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015
AC

499871 (XD) 750mL $140.00

TASTING NOTE: This is packed with dark plum, blackberry and boysenberry preserve flavors at the core, enlivened with juniper, tobacco and licorice snap notes. Lovely roasted apple wood accents score the finish, with the fruit taking a long encore. Best from 2020 through 2035. Score: 96 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2017)

JEAN-LUC COLOMBO LES RUCHETS CORNAS 2015
AC

400960 (XD) 750mL $115.00

TASTING NOTE: Dark and fleshy, with gorgeous blueberry reduction, warm fig and mulled blackberry flavors pumping through, inlaid with fresh bay leaf, lavender and charcoal notes. The long finish lets the fruit play out, with an added ganache detail. Best from 2020 through 2035. 820 cases made. Score: 95 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

ROTEM & MOUNIR ARIOSO CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2014
AC

562140 (XD) 750mL $273.00

TASTING NOTE: From a more challenging vintage, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Arioso is another beautiful wine from Mounir. Medium ruby-colored and translucent, with an incredibly Burgundian bouquet of sweet cherries, strawberries, wildflowers, forest floor, and spice, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, no hard edges, and a beautiful sweetness of fruit. Gaining depth and richness, as well as structure with time in the glass, drink this incredibly classy Châteauneuf du Pape anytime over the coming 15+ years. Drink Date: 2018-2033. Score: 94 (Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, March 15, 2018)

DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE CUVÉE VIEILLES VIGNES CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2012
AC

62554 (XD) 750mL $76.00

TASTING NOTE: I was shocked at how good the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes was showing, and this classic, structured 2012 will be one of the longer lived wines in the vintage. Black cherries, scorched earth, garrigue and spice all emerge from this full-bodied, layered and concentrated 2012 that will keep for another 10-15 years. Drink Date: 2015-2026. Score: 94 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

XAVIER VIGNON ARCANE LE PAPE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2010
AC

571828 (XD) 750mL $159.00

TASTING NOTE: With regards to the 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape Arcane Le Pape, I had to have Xavier explain how he made it about three times before I understood. The wine is 100% Grenache, from 15 different parcels, that was put into a barrel, then the entire barrel was put into a concrete tank, which was then filled with wine. This is a take on the underwater aging process that some people experiment with, and the result is that's there's no exposure to oxygen whatsoever, and the wine was kept like this for five years, with no racking or topping (since there's no evaporation, it never needed to be topped). Inky purple in color, with a sensational, youthful bouquet of crushed flowers, blueberries, blackberries, cured meats and spice, it hits the palate with incredible richness, a thick, unctuous mid-palate and ripe, yet present tannin. It's a singular, exotic beauty that I wish every reader could taste! I've not a clue how it will age, given its crazy elevage, yet I suspect it will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two to three decades! Hats off to the team here for having the guts to pull something like this off! Drink Date: 2016-2040. Score: 96+ (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

FERRATON PÈRE & FILS LES MANDOULS CONDRIEU 2016
AC

609420 (XD) 750mL $68.00

TASTING NOTE: Frankly ripe, with lots of nectarine, apricot and peach flavors, but plenty bright too, with honeysuckle and verbena notes lifting the fruit. A flash of mirabelle plum adds tension on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 400 cases made. Score: 93 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, 2017)

PIERRE SPARR SCHOENENBOURG RIESLING 2015
AC Alsace Grand Cru

664995 (D) 750mL $26.00

TASTING NOTE: A fresh orange note dominates the nose of this exuberantly fruity wine. The palate is a fruity little number of more soft orange with hints of quince and pear peel, giving a tangy, textured and slightly earthy edge. The merest touch of residual sugar bolsters the fruit notes and adds extra playfulness. The finish is dry and zesty. Score: 92 (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2017)

TRIMBACH CUVÉE FRÉDÉRIC ÉMILE RIESLING 2010
AC Alsace

728535 (XD) 750mL $76.00

TASTING NOTE: A phenomenal wine with roasted pineapple, dried pear, apple and mineral. Full body, incredible depth of fruit and liveliness with electrifying acidity. It goes on for minutes. Production was half. Score: 96 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 25, 2015)

BOLLINGER LA GRANDE ANNÉE BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2007
AC

145169 (D) 750mL $169.00

TASTING NOTE: Bollinger's 2007 Brut La Grande Année is quite pretty. Elegant, restrained and understated in style, the 2007 is one of the more delicate young Grande Années I can remember tasting. Mid-weight structure and silky texture only reinforce that impression. Lemon oil, red berry, dried flowers and chamomile open up nicely, but it is the wine's overall feel that stands out most. Best of all, the 2007 will drink well with no cellaring. Disgorged: September 2016. Drinking Window: 2017-2032. Score: 93 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct. 2017)

CRISTAL BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2007
AC

93062 (XD) 3000mL $3,445.00

TASTING NOTE: Long-time Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon has produced yet another in a string of superb Champagnes with the 2007 Cristal. Rich, powerful and enveloping, the 2007 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. The aromatics alone are captivating, but then the wine opens on the palate, revealing layer after layer of flavor to match a multi-dimensional, kaleidoscopic personality that will leave Champagne lovers weak at the knees. The 2007 is 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay, which is to say a bit more Chardonnay-leaning than is the norm. The 2007 is striking today, but it should also age effortlessly for several decades. It is also without question one of the very finest new releases of the year. Drinking window: 2015-2037. Score: 97+ (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2015)

CHARLES HEIDSIECK BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE 2006
AC

413633 (D) 750mL $99.00

TASTING NOTE: This focused rosé Champagne offers a mousse with the texture of raw silk, which swathes the firm frame in layers of roasted hazelnut, baked peach, toasted brioche and crème de cassis flavors, with a rich, smoky underpinning and accents of candied kumquat, espresso and ground ginger and cumin that expand on the finish. Drink now through 2030. Score: 94 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Dec. 15, 2015)

VEUVE CLICQUOT LA GRANDE DAME BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2006
AC

38802 (XD) 750mL $272.00

TASTING NOTE: The prestigious 2006 La Grande Dame is made from 47% Chardonnay and 53% Pinot Noir, and assembles the fruit of eight grand cru villages. Very intense and complex on the nose, this is a full-bodied, round, rich and mouth-filling, but also refined prestige cuvée; it reveals a fascinating purity, precision and freshness. The finish is long and complex, and shows a spicy minerality. There are coffee beans, bread and toast aromas in the aftertaste. This comes highly recommended. Drink Date: 2016-2030. Score: 94 (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, June 29, 2016)

KRUG CLOS D'AMBONNAY BLANC DE NOIRS BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2000
AC

91827 (XD) 750mL $2,959.00

TASTING NOTE: An elegant, almost ethereal Champagne, showing a subtle richness and power, with vibrant acidity and a beautifully creamy mousse carrying the finely meshed flavors of Chambord liqueur, singed orange peel, biscuit and spun honey, accented by hints of toasted almond, saline and smoke that gain momentum and echo on the finish. Disgorged autumn 2013. Drink now through 2025. Score: 95 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2015)

DOM PÉRIGNON P2 CHAMPAGNE 1998
AC

429373 (XD) 750mL $559.00

TASTING NOTE: Decadent and rich DP with so much pie crust, white truffle and dried apple and pineapple character. Limestone too. Full body, layered and flavorful. Lovely texture of fine bubbles. Very rich at the end but then turns fresh and vibrant. Contrast now between ripe fruit and fresh acidity. Perfect now. Score: 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 13, 2017)

ARMAND DE BRIGNAC BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE
AC

575746 (XD) 750mL $745.00

TASTING NOTE: Fragrant and elegant, long, refined and stunning with bright flavors and a pinpoint mousse. Score: 94 (Anthony Dias Blue, tastingpanelmag.com, June 2008)

LAURENT-PERRIER GRAND SIÈCLE GRANDE CUVÉE CHAMPAGNE
AC

379982 (XD) 750mL $199.00

TASTING NOTE: The NV Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée is a Grand Cru Brut based on 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir from a total of eleven villages. The youngest release is a blend of the (declared) vintages 2002, 1999 and 1998, and has a yellow-golden color that opens beautifully with a clear, deep and complex bouquet. It is pure, ripe and very elegant, mixing pain-aux-raisin and honey flavors with pure chalk. Ample, highly elegant, beautifully matured and fruit-intense, with fine caramel, honey and torrone flavors, this is a well-structured Grand Siècle with great finesse and delicate freshness. Awesome. Drink 2016-2030. Score: 95 (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, June 29, 2016)

VILMART & CIE GRAND CELLIER 1ER CRU BRUT CHAMPAGNE
AC

65110 (D) 750mL $90.00

TASTING NOTE: An explosion of flavor, with ripe nectarine, lemon curd, clover honey, jasmine and grilled nut notes set on a firm, fine china-like frame. Lithe and elegant, this is like raw silk on the palate. The vibrant, mouthwatering finish echoes exotic spice, chalk and floral details. Disgorged May 2014. Best from 2017 through 2025. Score: 94 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2015)

NIGL HOCHÄCKER ERSTE LAGE RIESLING 2016
DAC Kamptal

593616 (XD) 750mL $69.00

TASTING NOTE: Dazzling citrus blossom and fresh herbal aromas. Very racy and filigree with a stony purity. A super-elegant wine with a tiny hint of sweetness that reminds me very much of the 1988 that founded Martin Nigl's reputation. In spite of all this delicacy there's enough power to carry this through several decades. Score: 97 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 1, 2017)

EGON MÜLLER-SCHARZHOF SCHARZHOFBERGER RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2017
Prädikatswein

116269 (MS) 750mL $254.00

When one speaks of German winemaking, few names stir such passion as Egon Müller. Established in 1797, this producer is considered to be Germany's most illustrious, having built an unshakable reputation upon the quality and ageability of their wines. Indeed, the steep-sloped vineyards of Egon Müller are responsible for many of the most astonishing wines ever produced. The region in which the famed Scharzhofberger vineyard is situated is documented as an area renowned for producing remarkable wines as far back as 1314.

SCHLOSS JOHANNISBERG GRÜNLACK RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2016
Qualitätswein

523332 (S) 750mL $47.00

TASTING NOTE: Picked between October 27 and November 3, the 2016 Rheingau Riesling Schloss Johannisberger Spätlese "Grünlack" opens with a beguiling bouquet: stony and spicy-flinty on the coolish nose but also piquant with its tropical fruit and notes of lime blossoms. On the palate this is a generous and lush Riesling whose acidity is smooth but perfectly interwoven. This Grünlack drives me to lose my willpower. It is such a sensual and erotic but also highly elegant, piquant and salty Riesling Spätlese that I can't spit. I don't even have the discipline not to drink the whole bottle! I admit, this is my wine Venus: coming out of the Venus mountain (a rocky quartzite mountain here), alluring with piquant tropical fruit flavors, luring me in without letting me out. Drink Date: 2017-2050. Score: 94 (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

SCHLOSS VOLLRADS RIESLING AUSLESE 2010
Qualitätswein

562843 (XD) 375mL $52.00

TASTING NOTE: While lithe and dainty in structure, this little Riesling packs a big punch of floral and honeyed fruit flavor. It's rich and complex with notes of smoke, caramelized sugar, and layers of crushed rocks that linger on the long, orange-scented finish. Score: 93 (Anna Lee Iijima, Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2013)

1879 BOUTARI LEGACY 2007
Naoussa

590497 (XD) 750mL $60.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2007 1879 Boutari Legacy is a single-vineyard Xinomavro that references Boutari's long history. Very tight and showing far more power than you'll want just now, this is made for the long haul. With plenty of finesse otherwise, it is most notable at the moment for that big, intense finish. It does seem potentially gorgeous, though, if the hard edge and astringency can moderate over time. I think they will, but it probably needs the better part of a decade in the cellar. Right now, it is closed, mute and all about the potential. Score: 92+ (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016)

ROSSOVERMIGLIO AGLIANICO DEL SANNIO 2015
DOC

579946 (XD) 750mL $28.00

TASTING NOTE: 100% Aglianico. An outstanding and elegant example with a dazzling brocade of red fruits on the nose and palate. Astute winemaking has resulted in a well-balanced and sophisticated wine with deftly-integrated oak and soft but structured tannins. Magnificent! Platinum - Best in Show: Best Red Italian Varietals. Score: 95 (Decanter Asia Wine Awards, 2017)

MARCO & VITTORIO ADRIANO BASARIN BARBARESCO 2014
DOCG

496992 (XD) 750mL $40.00

TASTING NOTE: Elegant, leading off with perfumed aromas of rose, cherry, strawberry and white pepper. The profile is sleek, with a solid base of acidity and tannins. Shows terrific length, evoking fruit and mineral on the aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2,500 cases made. Smart Buys. Score: 94 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

BREZZA CANNUBI BAROLO 2013
DOCG

713511 (XD) 750mL $76.00

TASTING NOTE: One of the best expressions from the classic Cannubi vineyard area, this fragrant red is all about finesse, opening with enticing scents of perfumed berry, iris, rose, chopped herb, baking spice and new leather. The vibrant palate boasts structure as well as an almost ethereal elegance, delivering succulent red cherry, crushed strawberry, cinnamon and licorice wrapped in refined tannins. Bright acidity lends impeccable balance. Drink from 2021 through 2043. Cellar Selection. Score: 98 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 1, 2017)

LA SPINONA BRICCO FASET BARBARESCO 2013
DOCG

134726 (XD) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: La Spinona's 2013 Barbaresco Bricco Fasét is a powerful, austere wine endowed with considerable depth and intensity in every sense. Hints of smoke, wild herbs, menthol, dried rose petal, leather, licorice and camphor convey an impression of wildness. There is no shortage of intrigue in this complex, rather virile Barbaresco from La Spinona. Drinking window: 2017-2027. Score: 92 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct. 2017)

MANZONE GRAMOLERE BAROLO 2013
DOCG

318105 (XD) 750mL $70.00

TASTING NOTE: This is Giovanni Manzone's headline Barolo. At 13,000 bottles made per year, production numbers are more than double the other Barolos in his portfolio, so this wine is reasonably easy to locate as a result. The 2013 Barolo Gramolere is an articulate and exuberant expression of contemporary Nebbiolo. It sees a 40-day maceration period for extra color and structure, plus 30 months aging in both botte grande and tonneaux. It reveals a dark color and medium body with black cherry, spice and licorice aromas that lift elegantly from the bouquet. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score: 94 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2017)

GIACOMO BORGOGNO & FIGLI CANNUBI BAROLO 2012
DOCG

314211 (XD) 750mL $174.00

TASTING NOTE: Lots of walnut, toasted oak, dark chocolate and dried fruit character. Some fig. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Big. Let the tannins mellow with two or three years of bottle age. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017)

LA SPINONA BERGERA BAROLO 2012
DOCG

577882 (XD) 750mL $62.00

TASTING NOTE: Dedicated to the current owner's late grandfather who founded the estate, this elegant red opens with alluring aromas of blue flower, dark spice, herbs and new leather. The savory palate doles out juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, clove and licorice framed by polished tannins. It's already approachable, but will offer fantastic imbibing for another decade. Drink through 2027. Score: 95 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2017)

TORNATORE TRIMARCHISA ROSSO 2014
DOC Etna

582122 (XD) 750mL $43.00

TASTING NOTE: There's a decadence and richness to this wine with dried berry, plum and porcini. Full and rich with lots of depth and beauty. Muscular and intense. Powerful and rich wine. Gorgeous acidity at the finish. Pops out of the glass. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 21, 2016)

TERRAZZE DELL ETNA CARUSU 2013
DOC Etna

514315 (XD) 750mL $27.00

TASTING NOTE: 80% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Intense garnet. Some rubber scents with bright floral fruit. Still young with good concentration of ash, dried herbs, liquorice, spice and garlic. Warm and long with tight tea tannins, good body and ageing potential. Score: 95 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016)

PIETRADOLCE ETNA BIANCO 2016
DOC

582148 (XD) 750mL $25.00

TASTING NOTE: The Carricante-based 2016 Etna Bianco is a gorgeous wine with deep intensity and clarity of aromas. The bouquet offers white peach, pear and apricot with pretty mineral definition at the back. Those aromas may appear simple on first nose, but the roundness and richness of the bouquet renders a layered effect, with new surprises that peel off one by one. Drink Date: 2017-2022. Score: 91 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2017)

ANDRETTA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013
DOCG

577122 (XD) 750mL $82.00

TASTING NOTE: This is a young Brunello with so much structure and intensity. Full body, powerful and beautiful. I am impressed with the compression and power. A classic style. Needs two or three years to open but gorgeous now. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, March 2, 2018)

CASTELGIOCONDO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013
DOCG

963371 (XD) 1500mL $115.00

TASTING NOTE: Wild berry, crushed violet, pipe tobacco and chopped herb aromas leap out of the glass. Smooth and savory, the full-bodied palate shows restraint and elegance, delivering red cherry, pomegranate, ground clove and black pepper alongside taut fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Score: 96 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2018)

LA FORNACE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO RISERVA 2007
DOCG

575829 (XD) 750mL $130.00

TASTING NOTE: The cherry fruit is well-marked by vanilla and toast notes in this compact, dense red. Lively and long, if balanced on the oaky side. Fine length. Best from 2015 through 2026. 200 cases made. Score: 92 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, May 31, 2013)

LUNGAROTTI SAGRANTINO DI MONTEFALCO 2012
DOCG

315499 (D) 750mL $45.00

TASTING NOTE: Plenty of dark plums, crème de cassis, chocolate, spices, licorice and tobacco and cedar. Full body, very ripe and dense tannins, lots of structure and a long finish. Intense but never overdone. Needs time. Better in 2020. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017)

SERGIO ZENATO RISERVA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2012
DOCG

132316 (D) 750mL $110.00

A blend of 80% Corvina and 10% Rondinella with dollops of Oseleta and Croatina. Grown in the oldest vineyards in the Costalunga estate in Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, the fruit for this wine was dried for 3-4 months in small trays before pressing took place in January 2013. The juice then rested on the skins for 15-20 days before the vinification, after which the wine aged for 48 months in Slavonian oak barrels. Expect a rich, complex wine just approaching its peak maturity.

RUBINELLI VAJOL AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2011
DOCG

268821 (D) 750mL $59.00

TASTING NOTE: Plenty of chocolate and berry character with dried meat and orange peel, too. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Lightly chewy tannins. Gorgeous now. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017)

SAN FLORIANO RISERVA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA 2007
DOCG

582189 (XD) 1500mL $309.00

TASTING NOTE: The beautiful 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva San Floriano already shows the sheer magic of bottle-aging with touches of leather, spice and dried fruit that play perfectly off one another. The wine is so incredibly lively and bright in the mouth: it is teeming with vitality and energy. Dark notes of tar and resin make appropriate background tones. This is a masterpiece Amarone that still has a long way to go. Drink 2015-2028. Score: 95+ (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Oct. 30, 2013)

FERRER BOBET VINYES VELLES 2014
DOCa Priorat

579896 (XD) 750mL $70.00

TASTING NOTE: The tender texture masks serious density and a deep core of black cherry, red plum and mountain herb flavors. Well-integrated tannins and fresh but discreet acidity give this tensile strength. Focused, energetic and alluring. Drink now through 2024. Highly Recommended. Score: 94 (Thomas Matthews, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2017)

TERRA D'URO 2014
DO Toro

491878 (XD) 750mL $57.00

TASTING NOTE: Even though I tasted the 2011 last time, they didn't bottle 2012 or 2013, because they only do this bottling when they think the wine reaches the level they expect, so we jumped to the 2014 Uro. It is pure Tinta de Toro, the local strain of Tempranillo from their head-pruned old vineyard Finca La Coscojosa, which was planted over 90 years ago. The wine follows traditional methods, was fermented in 500-liter oak barrels with manual daily punching down. It matured in brand new French oak barrels for 18 months. It feels obviously young, still marked by some toasty aromas that should integrate with a little more time in bottle. It's a serious, powerful and full-bodied red with lots of fruit and a juicy palate that nicely balanced the abundant, fine-grained, chalky tannins. It ends very tasty, with a supple, almost salty note. I think this should age magnificently in bottle. Drink Date: 2018-2022. Score: 94 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2017)

FINCA VALPIEDRA RESERVA 2010
DOCa Rioja

959049 (XD) 750mL $52.00

TASTING NOTE: This powerful red is austere in character but shows depth and focus, with sanguine and tarry notes framing a core of currant, licorice and mineral flavors, supported by well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity. The polished texture gives way to a juicy finish. Drink now through 2030. Score: 94 (Thomas Matthews, winespectator.com, Aug. 31, 2017)

ROTLLAN TORRA TIRANT 2005
DOCa Priorat

306977 (D) 750mL $83.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2005 Tirant is composed of 35% Garnacha from a 90 year old parcel, 35% Mazuelo (Carinena) also 90 years of age, with the balance equal portions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot that was aged for 14 months in new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports an enthralling nose of liquid mineral, exotic spices, incense, lavender, and roasted black fruits. Already complex, dense, sweetly fruited and structured for the long haul, this is a powerful, lengthy Priorat that should drink well through 2030, perhaps longer. Drink Date: 2010-2030. Score: 95 (Jay Miller, robertparker.com, April 26, 2010)

BACHELDER WISMER-PARKE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015
VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment

520379 (XD) 750mL $44.95

Thomas Bachelder has become something of a (well-deserved) legend for finding wonderfully expressive wine-growing sites perfectly suited to specific cool-climate grape varieties. This is the second vintage of this single-vineyard Pinot from the Wismer-Parke Vineyard, which was planted in 1999 on silty clay and limestone.

PEARL MORISSETTE CUVÉE MADELINE CABERNET FRANC 2014
VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment

459164 (D) 750mL $48.20

TASTING NOTE: From the 19th Street Vineyard and wow, there is simply no cabernet franc like this cabernet franc. It pops and flies from the glass, in and out of your mouth, playful, buoyant, joyful, unbridled. A silky and spicy ripeness that's also shed by its tannin, like shavings of a chocolate only a master knows to render, then currants electric and alive. Excels by its chewy mouthfeel and texture and you must ruminate on this cabernet franc. This is the it vintage, with all the enzymes in control, wrapped up in the enigma membrane and this low, classical Beethoven orchestral strings rumble, on a Verona stage, surrounded by the ancient rocks, acoustics perfect. You can get lost in franc like this. Drink 2019-2027. Tasted July 2017. Score: 94 (Michael Godel, winealign.com, Dec. 25, 2017)

BACHELDER WISMER VINEYARD #1 WINGFIELD BLOCK CHARDONNAY 2015
VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment

520403 (XD) 750mL $45.00

Canadian-born Thomas Bachelder takes a Burgundian approach to winemaking and has a particular talent for terroir-specific wines such as this single-block Chardonnay. This site tends to produce intense, full-flavoured wines with complex layers of minerality.

PIPERS BROOK PINOT NOIR 2016
Tasmania

694745 (XD) 750mL $45.00

TASTING NOTE: Pipers Brook has long made compelling, sinuously tannic and long-lived Pinot Noirs over the course of their history. In fact, those from the mid to late '90s remain among the best ever tasted from Australia, at least in lieu of a Burgundian mould when excessive sweetness is not striven for. It is rewarding to see that the range is on song. This is extremely delicate, yet in a way forceful, with pumice-like, powdery tannins defining a pinot of riveting, cerebral texture. It is across this spider web of chiffon that sour red cherry, strawberry, vanilla and satsuma plum have their way, ever so gradually seeping across the textural, taut mid-palate. An excellent first cab off the rank, strongly reminiscent of mid-tier Burgundy. This will age very well, belying its initial lighter complexion. Drink By: 2028. Score: 94 (Ned Goodwin, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)

GLAETZER ANAPERENNA SHIRAZ/CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Barossa Valley, South Australia

72926 (XD) 750mL $65.00

TASTING NOTE: 82% shiraz, 18% cabernet sauvignon from low-yielding 30-100yo vines in the Ebenezer district, open-fermented, hand-plunged three times daily, matured for 16 months in new French (92%) and American (8%) hogsheads, unfiltered. A very good example of full-bodied Barossa Valley shiraz, the cabernet simply riding shotgun; the palate has exceptional depth to its layers of black fruits, licorice, earth, oak and tannins, but emerges with perfect balance. Drink By: 2035. Score: 96 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)

ROCKFORD BASKET PRESS SHIRAZ 2013
Barossa Valley, South Australia

736488 (XD) 750mL $110.00

TASTING NOTE: The beautiful label, traditional brown bottle, and the wine within, all have an allure. It's the richness and depth of the tannin structure - velvety and ripe, the suppleness on the palate, the savoury thread with coffee grounds, pepper, bitumen and yes oak but everything in its place plus its heady perfume with florals and red plums. Drink By: 2036. Score: 95 (Jane Faulkner, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)

SHINGLEBACK D BLOCK RESERVE SHIRAZ 2013
McLaren Vale, South Australia

407056 (XD) 750mL $54.00

TASTING NOTE: Machine-harvested, destemmed, open and closed fermentation with cultured yeast, 9 days on skins, matured in used French (60%) and American (40%) oak for 15 months. Very full-bodied, immediately staking out its ground; one of those wines you either take as they are, or go elsewhere. It is obviously McLaren Vale, obviously shiraz, but there the discussion ends. One can easily see why it should have done so well in international wine shows. Drink By: 2033. Score: 93 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 11, 2016)

BROKENWOOD INDIGO VINEYARD BEECHWORTH CHARDONNAY 2016
Hunter Valley, New South Wales

481663 (XD) 750mL $49.00

TASTING NOTE: Whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (30% new), matured for 10 months. Beechworth produces chardonnay that has fruit complexity largely unrelated to fermentation-created funk/complexity. There is also a drive that gathers pace as the wine moves along the palate to the long, lingering finish. Drink By: 2027. Score: 96 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)

FABRE MONTMAYOU GRAND VIN 2014
Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza

439422 (XD) 750mL $54.00

TASTING NOTE: "The best of the best" is how Hervé Joyaux describes this blend of Malbec with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, sourced from 1908 plantings. The low yields and concentration really show on the palate here. Smooth, dense and sweetly oaked. It combines plum, cassis and blackberry fruit with racy acidity and polished tannins. Drink Date: 2019-2029. Score: 95 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, Argentina Special Report 2017)

CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA WHITE STONES CHARDONNAY 2015
Uco Valley

355669 (XD) 750mL $96.00

Descorchados awarded this wine a score of 95 points. (Descorchados, Patricio Tapia, 2018)

TASTING NOTE: A dense and layered white with sliced cooked apples, mangoes and hints of dried lemons. Exotic undertones, too. Full-bodied, tight and focused with minerality and precision. Drink or hold. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, April 5, 2018)

MAQUIS VIOLA 2013
Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley

578013 (XD) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: The cooler year seems to have been an advantage for the 2013 Viola, which this time is a blend of 87% Carménère, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is simply a phenomenal Carménère, with no green aromas whatsoever; it is subtle and floral, terribly elegant and with a very tasty finish. Drink Date: 2017-2022. Score: 94 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017)

JOSEPH PHELPS INSIGNIA 2015
Napa Valley

710400 (XD) 750mL $390.00

TASTING NOTE: A barrel sample blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec coming from six vineyards and reared in 100% new French oak, the 2015 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep inky-purple color and nose of crushed red and black currants, blackberry pie and plums with hints of dried herbs, sandalwood, spice box and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a knock-out core of intense, energetic fruit with chewy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with epic length and freshness. 12,500 cases are expected to be bottled. Score: 97-100 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

JOSEPH PHELPS INSIGNIA 2015
Napa Valley

737346 (XD) 1500mL $795.00

TASTING NOTE: A barrel sample blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec coming from six vineyards and reared in 100% new French oak, the 2015 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep inky-purple color and nose of crushed red and black currants, blackberry pie and plums with hints of dried herbs, sandalwood, spice box and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a knock-out core of intense, energetic fruit with chewy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with epic length and freshness. 12,500 cases are expected to be bottled. Score: 97-100 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

CARDINALE RED 2014
Napa Valley

390310 (XD) 750mL $485.00

TASTING NOTE: A magnificent wine made by the brilliant winemaker Chris Carpenter, who also works for the Kendall-Jackson empire at Lakoya and a handful of other estates, this blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot is sourced from multiple vineyards owned by the Jacksons, from Veeder Peak to Spring Mountain to Howell Mountain. In 2014, it reminded me of a great vintage of Pontet-Canet from Pauillac, but slightly bigger than life. The inky purple color, the stunning nose of cedar wood, unsmoked cigar tobacco, graphite, crème de cassis and subtle new oak is followed by a multi-layered, profoundly concentrated, large-scaled wine with sensational levels of blackcurrant fruit moving toward blackberries. A wine of great intensity, silky tannins and adequate acidity, this is clearly one of the great, great wines of the vintage, and another tour de force in winemaking from Carpenter. It is a 15- to 20- year wine, but the window for drinking it is probably that big as well. Drink Date: 2016-2036. Score: 98 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

CAYMUS SPECIAL SELECTION CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

155200 (XD) 1500mL $399.00

TASTING NOTE: Pure and rich, well-centered on melted black licorice, spice, cedar and dark berry flavors. Deep and complex, if short on finesse and grace, ending with musclebound tannins. Drink now through 2028. 25,964 cases made. Score: 91 (James Laube, winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

FOXEN TINAQUAIC VINEYARD SYRAH 2014
Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County

989160 (XD) 750mL $55.00

TASTING NOTE: Tasted as a barrel sample, the inky colored 2014 Syrah Tinaquaic Vineyard gives up tons of black and blue fruits, crushed rock and liquid violet notes in its medium to full-bodied, concentrated, tannic style. I love the purity here, and I suspect the tannin will be more approachable once this is in bottle. Nevertheless, a few years in bottle will do it good. Score: 91-93+ (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016)

INGLENOOK RUBICON 2014
Rutherford, Napa Valley

401349 (XD) 750mL $319.00

TASTING NOTE: The proprietary red, the 2014 Rubicon (96% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) has a saturated black/purple color and a nose of blackberry and cassis with some camphor and charcoal. Chewy, rich and full-bodied, with exceptional precision and personality, this is a stunningly delicious and complex wine with a good 25-30 years of further potential. It is the antithesis of the rustic, somewhat coarse reds that were made under the Rubicon moniker when Francis Ford Coppola first acquired the Inglenook estate. Kudos to him for making dramatic improvements. Approachable already, this wine won't hit its stride for another decade and will last 30 or more years. Drink Date: 2016-2046. Score: 95+ (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

ULYSSES 2014
Napa Valley

478800 (XD) 750mL $280.00

TASTING NOTE: The evolution of this wine has been phenomenal since I tasted it in barrel a year ago with the same black cherry, plum and citrus character but with a turn to orange leaf, dark Chinese tea, and mushroom. Full body, fine and velvety tannins with a touch of dust to the texture. So much chocolate and fruit undertones with forest floor and hints of tobacco, too. The mouthfeel and complexity are seductive. Better from 2022 but a joy to taste. Spring 2018 release. Score: 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 3, 2018)

ULYSSES 2014
Napa Valley

478818 (XD) 1500mL $575.00

TASTING NOTE: The evolution of this wine has been phenomenal since I tasted it in barrel a year ago with the same black cherry, plum and citrus character but with a turn to orange leaf, dark Chinese tea, and mushroom. Full body, fine and velvety tannins with a touch of dust to the texture. So much chocolate and fruit undertones with forest floor and hints of tobacco, too. The mouthfeel and complexity are seductive. Better from 2022 but a joy to taste. Spring 2018 release. Score: 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 3, 2018)

ULYSSES 2014
Napa Valley

518332 (XD) 3000mL $1,390.00

TASTING NOTE: The evolution of this wine has been phenomenal since I tasted it in barrel a year ago with the same black cherry, plum and citrus character but with a turn to orange leaf, dark Chinese tea, and mushroom. Full body, fine and velvety tannins with a touch of dust to the texture. So much chocolate and fruit undertones with forest floor and hints of tobacco, too. The mouthfeel and complexity are seductive. Better from 2022 but a joy to taste. Spring 2018 release. Score: 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 3, 2018)

ULYSSES 2014
Napa Valley

518340 (XD) 6000mL $3,305.00

TASTING NOTE: The evolution of this wine has been phenomenal since I tasted it in barrel a year ago with the same black cherry, plum and citrus character but with a turn to orange leaf, dark Chinese tea, and mushroom. Full body, fine and velvety tannins with a touch of dust to the texture. So much chocolate and fruit undertones with forest floor and hints of tobacco, too. The mouthfeel and complexity are seductive. Better from 2022 but a joy to taste. Spring 2018 release. Score: 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 3, 2018)

CARDINALE 2012
Napa Valley

575753 (XD) 1500mL $950.00

TASTING NOTE: Cardinale's 2012 Proprietary Red, the flagship wine from the Jackson Family, was looked after and put-together by winemaker Chris Carpenter from numerous vineyard sites traversing Napa Valley. The 2012's final blend was 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot with 94% new French oak used. Terroirists undoubtedly lament the fact that nine different vineyards and seven different appellations were utilized, but the resulting wine is prodigious. A dense purple color is accompanied by notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrants, roasted coffee, vanillin, baking spices and forest floor. With enormous complexity and richness as well as full-bodied power and voluptuousness, it is a wine of exceptional purity, intensity, and well-integrated acidity, alcohol, tannin and wood. This seamless, majestic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2012 should drink well for two decades. Drink Date: 2014-2034. Score: 98 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 30, 2014)

CARDINALE 2012
Napa Valley

575761 (XD) 3000mL $1,900.00

TASTING NOTE: Cardinale's 2012 Proprietary Red, the flagship wine from the Jackson Family, was looked after and put-together by winemaker Chris Carpenter from numerous vineyard sites traversing Napa Valley. The 2012's final blend was 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot with 94% new French oak used. Terroirists undoubtedly lament the fact that nine different vineyards and seven different appellations were utilized, but the resulting wine is prodigious. A dense purple color is accompanied by notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrants, roasted coffee, vanillin, baking spices and forest floor. With enormous complexity and richness as well as full-bodied power and voluptuousness, it is a wine of exceptional purity, intensity, and well-integrated acidity, alcohol, tannin and wood. This seamless, majestic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2012 should drink well for two decades. Drink Date: 2014-2034. Score: 98 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 30, 2014)

CARDINALE 2012
Napa Valley

575779 (XD) 6000mL $3,800.00

TASTING NOTE: Cardinale's 2012 Proprietary Red, the flagship wine from the Jackson Family, was looked after and put-together by winemaker Chris Carpenter from numerous vineyard sites traversing Napa Valley. The 2012's final blend was 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot with 94% new French oak used. Terroirists undoubtedly lament the fact that nine different vineyards and seven different appellations were utilized, but the resulting wine is prodigious. A dense purple color is accompanied by notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrants, roasted coffee, vanillin, baking spices and forest floor. With enormous complexity and richness as well as full-bodied power and voluptuousness, it is a wine of exceptional purity, intensity, and well-integrated acidity, alcohol, tannin and wood. This seamless, majestic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2012 should drink well for two decades. Drink Date: 2014-2034. Score: 98 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 30, 2014)

MAYACAMAS CHARDONNAY 2015
Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

457556 (XD) 750mL $82.00

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)

MAYACAMAS THE TERRACES CHARDONNAY 2013
Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

574004 (XD) 750mL $135.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Chardonnay The Terraces emerges from a parcel of low yielding, sixty year old vines that were ripped out after the harvest and is therefore the last wine off this site until the vineyard enters production again. It is also the finest Chardonnay I have tasted off the property. Stark and intensely mineral, the 2013 offers up a compelling range of crushed rocks, lemon oil, mint, chamomile and wild flowers, all backed up by serious structure. The 2013 did not undergo malolactic fermentation, but it exudes power and raw intensity. Drinking window: 2016-2023. Score: 96 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct. 2015)

BERGSTRÖM SILICE PINOT NOIR 2015
Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley

609669 (XD) 750mL $113.00

TASTING NOTE: Limpid ruby. Expansive raspberry preserve, cherry pie, floral pastille and incense aromas, along with a vibrant mineral quality. Juicy, vibrant and smooth on the palate, offering sappy, alluringly sweet red and dark berry and Asian spice flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Shows superb depth and clarity; there are no rough edges to be found. Refuses to let go on the finish, which features harmonious tannins and an array of exotic spice and floral notes. Score: 95 (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, Aug. 2017)

PURPLE HANDS STOLLER VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015
Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley

571851 (XD) 750mL $79.00

TASTING NOTE: Supple, expressive and vibrant, with rose petal, raspberry and stony mineral aromas and elegantly layered flavors that glide sleekly toward a refined finish. Drink now through 2023. Score: 94 (Tim Fish, winespectator.com, Sept. 30, 2017)

LONG SHADOWS PIROUETTE RED BLEND 2014
Columbia Valley

64410 (XD) 750mL $99.00

TASTING NOTE: Made by Philippe Mekla, the 2014 Pirouette checks in as a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 17% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc and a splash of Malbec. This inky colored beauty gives up tons of graphite, toasted spice, dried herbs and chocolatey dark fruit, full-bodied richness, building, ripe tannin and a great finish. It's another killer wine from this estate, and possibly the best to date. Drink Date: 2017-2029. Score: 94+ (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, June 30, 2017)

RASA VINEYARDS PLUS ONE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Kiona Vineyard, Red Mountain, Columbia Valley

571877 (XD) 750mL $99.00

TASTING NOTE: A big, burly, concentrated Cabernet is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Kiona Vineyard Plus One, which comes all from the Kiona Vineyard on Red Mountain. Loaded with minerality, full-bodied, heady, and concentrated, it offers sensational notes of black fruits, smoked earth, charcoal, graphite and saddle leather. This beauty isn't going to be for the traditionalist (it checks in at over 15% alcohol), but is impeccably balanced, textured and seamless. Forget bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade or more. Score: 95 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, June 30, 2017)

FONSECA VINTAGE PORT 2015
DOP

733543 (S) 750mL $85.00

TASTING NOTE: This is warm and lush in feel, and really well-built, with layers of blueberry, açaí berry and plum reduction flavors rolling through, laced with hints of ganache and fruitcake. Lots of graphite-edged grip lines the finish. Best from 2027 through 2040. Ranked #88 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2017. Score: 93 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Dec. 15, 2017)

FERREIRA DUQUE DE BRAGANCA 20-YEAR-OLD TAWNY PORT
DOP

582213 750mL $54.00

TASTING NOTE: 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Tinta Barroca. Plenty of fruit and non-fruit interest; touch of quince marmalade and toffee apple aromas, and notes of caramel and toffee. Beautifully complex palate, with toffee, barley sugar, fudge and a dry herbal edge. Soft and seamless with a touch of spice on the long finish. Platinum: Best Tawny Port over £15. Score: 95 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016)

BLAIR ATHOL 23-YEAR-OLD HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

575837 750mL $780.00

TASTING NOTE: Blair Athol 23 Year Old was aged in ex-sherry European oak casks, and the sherry influence is strong in this rich, intensely flavorful dram. The notes of candied orange peel, baking spice, and dark chocolate evoke the amalgam of a fruitcake. The whisky shows its age only on the back of the palate, when some oaky spice comes to the fore along with raisin and orange notes on the medium-length, dry finish. If you're a fan of sherried malts like the Macallan, you'll wonder where Blair Athol has been all your life. Once this limited edition disappears, you'll have to go back to blended malts to find out. (Tony Sachs, robbreport.com, Dec. 7, 2017)

GLEN ELGIN 18-YEAR-OLD SCOTCH WHISKY
Speyside

575845 750mL $589.00

TASTING NOTE: It's actually a blend of two 18-year-olds, both distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2016. One employs a commonly used yeast strain and was aged in refill European oak butts; the other uses Pombe yeast - which is often used in rum but rarely in Scotch whisky - and aged in ex-bodega sherry casks. Pombe yeast is known for being quite aromatic, and, indeed, Glen Elgin 18's aroma is earthier and more herbal than that of a typical single malt, with hints of sweetness and tart yogurt. Sherry comes through on the palate, with clove and orange peel at the fore, though notes of freshly baked bread also make their presence felt. The finish is medium-length, clean, and pleasant. Despite its high proof (it's bottled at cask strength at 109.6 proof), it's quite easy to drink neat, though a little water brings out a more pronounced honeyed sweetness. How much of the nose and taste can be credited to the yeast? It's impossible to say, but with only 5,352 bottles available worldwide, the opportunities to hypothesize will undoubtedly be few. (Tony Sachs, robbreport.com, Dec. 11, 2017)

TEANINICH 17-YEAR-OLD HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

575852 750mL $589.00

TASTING NOTE: Teaninich 17 Year Old, aged in both ex-bourbon hogsheads and ex-sherry casks, is bottled at cask strength of 111.8 proof. It starts off quite sweet, with bright candied orange and cherry notes leading the way, but segues into cinnamon spice and coffee cake before finishing short, dry, and slightly oaky. A little water tames the fruitiness, exposing creamy vanilla and toffee flavors. (Tony Sachs, robbreport.com, Nov. 27, 2017)

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