THE CLASSICS COLLECTION • JANUARY 2019 14 VINTAGES PEAKE RANCH SIERRA MADRE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2015 Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County TASTING NOTE: From [a] cool site in the Santa Maria Valley and a barrel selection made in the cellar, the 2015 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard is a stunning, hedonistic, pedal-to-the-metal beauty that offers tons of stone fruits, buttered citrus, crushed rocks and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Big, rich, layered and decadent, with a killer finish, it’s a sensational Chardonnay that will compete with the best out there. Like the other cuvées, it’s made in tiny quantities and there’s just 326 cases out there. Score: 97 (Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com , Aug. 2, 2017) 636738 (XD) 750 mL $79.00 SCRIBE CARNEROS CHARDONNAY 2015 Carneros Founded in 2007, Scribe is dedicated to the crafting of small lots of terroir- driven wines. This Chardonnay was first produced in 2007 and is grown in the cool Carneros region. The area provides a long, slow ripening period that allows the grapes to develop both fresh acidity and ripe, lush fruit flavour. Brothers Andrew and Adam Mariani are fourth- generation farmers and employ minimalist winemaking in an effort to best encourage wines of purity and precision. 511139 (XD) 750 mL $52.00 USA – WASHINGTON RED WINE CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE ETHOS RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 Columbia Valley TASTING NOTE: One of the standouts in the lineup is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Ethos Reserve, which comes from a number of sites in the Columbia valley and incorporates 10% Merlot. Aged in 53% new French and American oak, this full-bodied, rich, unctuously textured and concentrated Cabernet is loaded with notions of currants, blueberries, smoked herbs, and licorice. Possessing low acidity, a plump, sexy profile and no hard edges, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade. Drink Date: 2016-2026. Score: 93 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com , June 29, 2016 ) 209866 (XD) 750 mL $68.00 FORTIFIED ALVEAR PEDRO XIMÉNEZ SACRISTÍA DE AÑADA 2004 DO Montilla-Moriles TASTING NOTE: The decadently sweet, single vintage 2004 Pedro Ximenez de Anada reveals off-the-chart honeyed richness along with hints of caramel and marmalade. This dark amber-colored wine possesses plenty of fresh fruit characteristics. It is best served as dessert. Importer Jorge Ordonez has begun to offer single vintage finos, aged two years in traditional American oak botas (500 liters), so consumers have an opportunity to understand how zesty a fino can be. Score: 96 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com , Aug. 27, 2006) 631374 (S) 375 mL $34.00 PORT SANDEMAN 30-YEAR-OLD TAWNY PORT DOP Kim Marcus awarded this wine a rating of 95 points and called it “... lush, rich and creamy ... complex and pure ...” ( winespectator.com , Sept. 30, 2016) TASTING NOTE: Sandeman is a regular Decanter World Wine Awards Gold – and Trophy – winner for its supremely refined tawnies. This has lovely lifted aromas and flavours of chocolate-covered sultanas and orange peel. Seductive and creamy with perfect poise for its age. Score: 96 (Richard Mayson, decanter.com , April 17, 2015) 116202 (S) 750 mL $125.00 SPIRITS SCOTCH WHISKY HIGHLAND PARK 25-YEAR-OLD ORKNEY ISLANDS SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY TASTING NOTE: I am a relieved man: the finest HP 25 for a number of years which displays the distillery’s unmistakable fingerprints with a pride bordering on arrogance. One of the most improved bottlings of the year: an emperor of a dram. Score: 96 (Jim Murray, Whisky Bible , 2018) 500249 750 mL $900.00 OPPOSITE: Torrontés grapes and cacti thrive in the sun-soaked, sandy soil of Cafayate, Argentina.