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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, March 7, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.

All orders are first-come, first-served.

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March Product Updates

The following products were previously unavailable, but will be available to purchase starting March 7, 2019.

LCBO# PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE
571745 COLOMÉ ALTURA MÁXIMA MALBEC 2014
631325 UNICO

2006

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

LCBO# PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE
633644 CHÂTEAU GRILLET CÔTES DU RHÔNE BLANC 2016
639468 BARALE FRATELLI CANNUBI RISERVA BAROLO 2007
653063 SPERI VIGNETO MONTE SANT'URBANO AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 1995

March 2019 Classics Collection

Style Region Product LCBO # Size (mL) Score Price Opening
Inventory
(btls.)
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE TAWSE FREMIETS VOLNAY 1ER CRU 2015 577197 750 RP 90-92 $95.00 134
Red Wine France – Burgundy FAIVELEY NUITS-ST-GEORGES LES PORÊTS ST. GEORGES 1ER CRU 2015 72504 750 WE 95 $125.00 78
White Wine France – Burgundy JEAN DAUVISSAT VIEILLES VIGNES VAILLONS CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2011 457002 750 RP 92 $55.00 358
Red Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE LE MOURRE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015 633487 750 RP 92 $44.00 358
Red Wine France – Rhône PHILIPPE & VINCENT JABOULET NOUVELÈRE CROZES-HERMITAGE 2013 635680 750 RP 90 $36.00 478
White Wine France – Rhône CHÂTEAU GRILLET CÔTES DU RHÔNE BLANC 2016 633644 750   $93.00 *
White Wine France – Alsace CHARLES SPARR BRAND PINOT GRIS 2013 633495 750 WE 94 $36.00 *
Champagne France – Champagne KRUG BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2004 68395 750 VIN 97+ $410.00 180
Champagne France – Champagne CRISTAL VINOTHÈQUE CHAMPAGNE 1995 648626 750 JS 98 $1,499.00 3
Champagne France – Champagne CRISTAL VINOTHÈQUE ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE 1995 648634 750 JS 100 $2,999.00 3
Champagne France – Champagne LAHERTE FRÈRES BRUT NATURE BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE  633388 750 VIN 95 $64.00 354
Champagne France – Champagne VEUVE CLICQUOT EXTRA BRUT EXTRA OLD CHAMPAGNE  507889 750 DEC 95 $111.00 300
White Wine France – Loire HENRI BOURGEOIS LA BOURGEOISE SANCERRE 2015 469148 750 WS 92 $45.00 238
Red Wine France – Roussillon DOMAINE GARDIES CLOS DES VIGNES TAUTAVEL 2016 644450 750 RP 92-94 $39.00 286
White Wine Austria BRÜNDLMAYER ZÖBINGER HEILIGENSTEIN RIESLING 2016 297606 750 JS 94 $47.00 238
White Wine Germany – Mosel EGON MÜLLER-SCHARZHOF SCHARZHOF RIESLING 2017 468934 750 JS 92 $68.00 82
White Wine Germany – Mosel SELBACH-OSTER ZELTINGER SONNENUHR RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2016 561183 750 RP 94 $38.00 232
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont GAJA SITO MORESCO 2016 976043 750   $76.00 356
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont GAJA COSTA RUSSI 2015 92684 750 VIN 96 $800.00 60
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont RIZZI NERVO BARBARESCO 2014 539247 750 WE 95 $58.00 94
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont MARCHESI DI BAROLO DEL COMUNE DI BAROLO 2013 983551 3000 VIN 89 $499.00 10
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont PROPRIETÀ IN FONTANAFREDDA BAROLO 2013 638999 750 WS 95 $70.00 427
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont BARALE FRATELLI CANNUBI RISERVA BAROLO 2007 639468 750 RP 94 $173.00 *
Red Wine Italy – Sardinia AGRICOLA PUNICA MONTESSU 2015 632380 750 JS 93 $29.00 478
White Wine Italy – Sicily TORNATORE PIETRARIZZO ETNA BIANCO 2016 632489 750 JS 93 $34.00 448
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CAMPO ALLE COMETE STUPORE 2016 635706 750 WE 93 $46.00 214
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany ORMA 2015 260984 750 JS 98 $87.00 266
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CASANOVA DI NERI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013 85498 750 VIN 94 $83.00 217
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany FOSSACOLLE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013 309880 750 RP 94 $68.00 334
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany SELVAPIANA BUCERCHIALE RISERVA CHIANTI RÙFINA 2013 645218 750 WE 94 $42.00 472
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany TENUTA SETTE PONTI VIGNA DELL'IMPERO 1935 VALDARNO DI SOPRA 2013 515296 750 JS 97 $117.00 88
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CONTI COSTANTI RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012 483529 750 WE 100 $235.00 24
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany QUERCIABELLA TURPINO 2011 526483 750 WS 94 $59.00 70
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany ISOLE E OLENA GRAN SELEZIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO 2010 483503 750 VIN 98+ $320.00 48
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany SPERI VIGNETO MONTE SANT'URBANO AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 1995 653063 750   $283.00 *
Red Wine Italy – Umbria LAMBORGHINI CAMPOLEONE 2013 716043 750 RP 93 $63.00 124
Red Wine Italy – Umbria ARNALDO CAPRAI COLLEPIANO SAGRANTINO DI MONTEFALCO 2012 373498 750 GR 3 Glasses (out of 3) $64.00 178
Red Wine Italy – Veneto QUINTARELLI ROSSO DEL BEPI 2008 538645 750 VIN 93 $224.00 148
Red Wine Portugal PRATS & SYMINGTON CHRYSEIA 2015 538660 750 WE 96 $105.00 118
Red Wine Portugal QUINTA DO CRASTO TOURIGA NACIONAL 2015 694935 750 RP 94 $77.00 115
Red Wine Portugal HERDADE DA FARIZOA GRANDE RESERVA 2013 632166 750 RP 92+ $52.00 238
Red Wine Portugal CASA FERREIRINHA BARCA-VELHA 2008 509794 750 WE 100 $380.00 12
Red Wine Spain EL ESCOCÉS VOLANTE 3000 AÑOS 2013 631986 750 RP 93 $46.00 238
Red Wine Spain HERMANOS PECIÑA FINCA ISCORTA DE PECIÑA GRAN RESERVA 2010 632018 750 RP 94+ $55.00 168
Red Wine Spain VINÍCOLA REAL 200 MONGES GRAN RESERVA 2001 632125 750 DAWA 96 $95.00 88
White Wine Canada – Ontario TAWSE ROBYN'S BLOCK CHARDONNAY 2013 416321 750 WAL 92 $45.95 166
Red Wine Australia REDMAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 633511 750 AWC 96 $39.00 244
Red Wine Australia BROKENWOOD WADE BLOCK 2 SHIRAZ 2014 681171 750 HWC 95 $59.00 178
Red Wine Australia POONAWATTA ESTATE THE 1880 SHIRAZ 2012 445437 750 JS 97 $115.00 46
Red Wine New Zealand WILD EARTH PINOT NOIR 2015 645226 750 IWCH 96 $50.00 520
Red Wine South Africa KANONKOP CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 403964 750 TAT 94 $55.00 178
Red Wine Argentina ACHAVAL FERRER FINCA BELLA VISTA MALBEC 2014 178103 750 TAT 96 $105.00 46
Red Wine USA – California FAR NIENTE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 539098 750 RP 97+ $270.00 234
Red Wine USA – California CLOS DU VAL HIRONDELLE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 521658 750 VIN 93-96 $195.00 82
Red Wine USA – California REVANA FAMILY VINEYARD TERROIR SERIES CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 546176 750 WS 95 $145.00 238
Red Wine USA – California HALL ELLIE'S CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 562736 750 RP 93+ $130.00 167
Red Wine USA – Oregon ROSEROCK ZÉPHIRINE PINOT NOIR 2016 488684 750 RP 93 $75.00 298
Red Wine USA – Washington HEDGES FAMILY ESTATE RED MOUNTAIN 2007 614073 750 WE 90 $80.00 164
Fortified Wines Portugal TAYLOR FLADGATE VINTAGE PORT 2016 635524 375 VIN 97 $81.00 357
Fortified Wines Portugal FERREIRA QUINTA DO PORTO VINTAGE PORT 2015 645283 750 DWWA 97 $55.00 175

DOMAINE TAWSE FREMIETS VOLNAY 1ER CRU 2015
AC

577197 (XD) 750mL $95.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru les Fremiets contains 50% whole cluster fruit this year and was raised in about 20% new oak. It has quite a strict and linear bouquet with cold stone scents infusing the brambly red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, good backbone with fine mineralité towards the poised finish. It might need just a little more contrast on the finish, but otherwise this is a very fine Volnay that has the substance to age over a decade or more. It certainly represents a huge step up from the 2014. Drink Date: 2018-2028. Score: 90-92 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

FAIVELEY NUITS-ST-GEORGES LES PORÊTS ST. GEORGES 1ER CRU 2015
AC

72504 (XD) 750mL $125.00

TASTING NOTE: This generous although also complex wine brings in many elements. With lush tannins and concentrated acidity it has a dry, still very young character. The weight of juicy fruit suggests a future that is rich and for the long-term. Drink from 2025. Cellar Selection. Score: 95 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 1, 2018)

JEAN DAUVISSAT VIEILLES VIGNES VAILLONS CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2011
AC

457002 (XD) 750mL $55.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2011 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes comes from vines over 80 years old from 2 parcels in Vaillons raised in barrel and stainless steel in the first year and only stainless steel in the second. It demonstrates great detail on the nose: freshly sliced lemon, complemented by flint and smoke aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with an engaging core of mandarin and apricot, surrounded by superb mineral notes. Very precise with great length, this is another superb Chablis wine. Drink now-2025. Score: 92 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Aug. 27, 2014)

DOMAINE LE MOURRE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015
AC

633487 (XD) 750mL $44.00

TASTING NOTE: The pure-Grenache 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Domaine Le Mourre was my favorite of the Cellier des Princes releases. Vinified in steel and matured in concrete, it reveals attractive notes of ripe cherries and stone fruit and hints of almond paste. It's full-bodied and supple, turning silky on the long, crisp finish. It should drink well for up to 10 years. Drink Date: 2017-2025. Score: 92 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

PHILIPPE & VINCENT JABOULET NOUVELÈRE CROZES-HERMITAGE 2013
AP

635680 (XD) 750mL $36.00

TASTING NOTE: Made from the estate's oldest vines (some more than 70 years old), the 2013 Crozes Hermitage Nouvelere features just enough black fruit to support savory notes of pepper, dried spices and cedar. It's medium to full-bodied with some chewy tannins on the finish, so give it another couple of years in the cellar and then drink it over the next 7-8 years. Drink Date: 2020-2028. Score: 90 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

CHÂTEAU GRILLET CÔTES DU RHÔNE BLANC 2016
AC

633644 (XD) 750mL $93.00

This is the second wine of the iconic Château Grillet, whose estate Viognier boasts its very own appellation. The team brings the same exacting standards to this wine, also made from Viognier and grown in vineyards contiguous to the tiny appellation. Expect it to impress for a decade and beyond.

CHARLES SPARR BRAND PINOT GRIS 2013
AC Alsace Grand Cru

633495 (D) 750mL $36.00

TASTING NOTE: An incredibly creamy notion of ripe pear rises from the glass. There are also hints of sultana. The aromatic effect is one of huge generosity. The palate, on the other hand, is taut and medium dry, corralling its richness with pleasantly bitter texture and pervading freshness. There is utter concentration, immense verve and freshness. A delicious and moreish contrast between utter precision and the abandon of generosity. The finish is long, dry and fresh. Score: 94 (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 2017)

KRUG BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2004
AC

68395 (XD) 750mL $410.00

TASTING NOTE: Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Moreover, the 2004 is clearly superior to the consistently underwhelming 2002 and the best Krug Vintage since 1996. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle. Drinking Window: 2017-2044. Score: 97+ (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec. 2017)

CRISTAL VINOTHÈQUE CHAMPAGNE 1995
AC

648626 (XD) 750mL $1,499.00

TASTING NOTE: A very different style to the 1996, this has much more savory, autolytic influence. Fresh, chalky aromas with hazelnuts and grilled lemons, as well as a super fine, toasty thread. There's roasted coffee, smoky grilled lemons and a big mouthful of fresh white peaches and truffles. Gently nutty. Pulls into chalk at the finish. Eight years sur latte and seven years sur pointe. Disgorged with 7g dosage of the same wine. Drink now to 2025. Score: 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 5, 2018)

CRISTAL VINOTHÈQUE ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE 1995
AC

648634 (XD) 750mL $2,999.00

TASTING NOTE: Very complete and very complex, offering well integrated, ripe pinot-noir fruit with an array of sweet flowers, ripe cherries and wet chalk. A gently sapid fruit texture on the palate, as well as composed, smooth and seamless textural charm. Beautiful balance of sweet fruit and acidity here. Very long, the soft, sweet tannins holding a darker, nutty finish. In a great drinking zone now. Score: 100 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 5, 2018)

LAHERTE FRÈRES BRUT NATURE BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE
AC

633388 (XD) 750mL $64.00

TASTING NOTE: A Champagne of extraordinary finesse, the NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is positively stunning. Smoke, slate, crushed rocks, lemon peel and white flowers are beautifully sculpted. Crystalline and taut, yet with remarkable resonance, the Blanc de Blancs is totally alluring from the very first taste. The current release is 50% 2015 and 50% a blend of 2014 and 2013 from vineyards in both the southern sector of Epernay and the Côte des Blancs. Disgorged: April 2017 with no dosage. Score: 95 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec. 2017)

VEUVE CLICQUOT EXTRA BRUT EXTRA OLD CHAMPAGNE
AC

507889 (XD) 750mL $111.00

TASTING NOTE: The 'Assemblage' - a preciser word than blend to describe its intricacy - is drawn from the house's famous collection of reserve wines, in particular the 1988, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages. The grape varieties are very close to the classic choices that Veuve Clicquot herself preferred as she built her brand post 1815: today, 47% Pinot Noir, 27% Chardonnay and 26% Pinot Meunier - the quintessence of the house's heritage & core values. More innovatively, and perhaps uniquely among the big houses, Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut, Extra Old is double aged - three years on lees in vats (up to 5% oak), then three years in bottle before release. This slow maturing allows the wine to become soft and mellow yet light-footed, needing a tiny dosage of just three grams of sugar; the smallest figure in the house's history. A Champagne for refined cuisine - try tartare of scallops, risottos, sushi and sashimi. Lovely colour bright, delicate gold twinkles, superfine flowing cordon of bubbles. Poised intensity of aromas/ flavours, greengage, peach and spiced lemon, a soupçon of liberating oak. Toasty finale. Drink: 2018-2025. Score: 95 (Michael Edwards, decanter.com, April 11, 2017)

HENRI BOURGEOIS LA BOURGEOISE SANCERRE 2015
AC

469148 (XD) 750mL $45.00

TASTING NOTE: This has a solid core of grapefruit and lemon peel notes mixed with white peach and gooseberry flavors, backed by a bright honeysuckle edge and carried by a buried flinty spine. A light brioche hint weaves throughout for added range. Drink now through 2021. Score: 92 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Dec. 31, 2017)

DOMAINE GARDIES CLOS DES VIGNES TAUTAVEL 2016
AC Côtes du Roussillon-Villages

644450 (XD) 750mL $39.00

TASTING NOTE: The inky/glass staining 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel Clos Des Vignes is another sensational-looking barrel sample from Domaine Gardies! Made from 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah brought up in new, once and twice used barrels, it offers a modern-tinged bouquet of raspberries, licorice and toasted spice. Medium to full-bodied, perfectly ripe and downright seamless, it's well worth the price of admission. Score: 92-94 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017)

BRÜNDLMAYER ZÖBINGER HEILIGENSTEIN RIESLING 2016
DAC Kamptal

297606 (XD) 750mL $47.00

Stephan Reinhardt awarded this wine a rating of 92-93 points: "Sourced from the younger, 15- to 35-year-old vines ... super clear, deep and flinty ... [with] super precise and well concentrated citrus fruits ... A great dry Riesling." Reinhardt suggested a drinking window extending through 2036. (robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2017)

TASTING NOTE: Although this is still very young it begins dramatically with an intensely herbal and white fruits nose. Mineral power kicks in on the palate and drives it forward at a brisk clip. A slightly austere finish, but one that's full of stony character and is very long and bright. Drink now. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 1, 2017)

EGON MÜLLER-SCHARZHOF SCHARZHOF RIESLING 2017
Qualitätswein

468934 (M) 750mL $68.00

TASTING NOTE: The effusive aromas of white fruits and blossoms draw you into this very elegant and polished Saar riesling. The racy acidity beautifully balances with the touch of sweetness. The steely finish is super straight. Drink or hold. Score: 92 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, June 25, 2018)

SELBACH-OSTER ZELTINGER SONNENUHR RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2016
Prädikatswein

561183 (S) 750mL $38.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese (AP 20 17) has a super intense bouquet of perfectly ripe and concentrated Riesling berries. Lush and round, this is a mouth-filling and decadent Spätlese that is almost obscene in its juiciness. It's highly elegant, finessed, fine and piquant but also generous and intense, with persistent structure and mineral expression. Drink Date: 2023-2050. Score: 94 (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, April 27, 2018)

GAJA SITO MORESCO 2016
DOC Langhe

976043 (XD) 750mL $76.00

Angelo Gaja is considered one of the principal voices behind the emergence of Barbaresco. In 1975, he employed barriques in the vinification of his Barbaresco cuvée and is widely held to have introduced the technique to the area. His aim was to moderate the considerable tannins found in Nebbiolo and deliver a fruitier, richer expression than had been traditionally accomplished. He was also instrumental in introducing new initiatives such as limiting crop size, decreasing the length of fermentation, and using new pruning methods. You will find this wine to be exotically flavoured, elegant and balanced, with red fruit and meaty tones.

GAJA COSTA RUSSI 2015
DOC Langhe

92684 (XD) 750mL $800.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Barbaresco Costa Russi is once again striking in 2015. Vertical and lifted, with tremendous energy, the 2015 has so much to offer. Once the most easygoing of the three Barbaresco crus, Costa Russi has inched up in quality in recent years. The 2015 shows the suave mid-palate and raciness that is so typical of this wine, and yet it also has much more obvious structural underpinnings than once was the case. I can't wait to see how it ages. Drinking Window: 2022-2045. Score: 96 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct. 2018)

RIZZI NERVO BARBARESCO 2014
DOCG

539247 (XD) 750mL $58.00

TASTING NOTE: Enticing aromas of balsamic, leather, menthol, crushed herb, blue flower and dark culinary spice unfold on the nose. The focused palate boasts wonderful, nervy energy, showing red cherry, cranberry, white pepper, cinnamon and clove flavors framed by firm, elegant tannins and vibrant acidity. Drink: 2022-2032. Cellar Selection. Score: 95 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2017)

MARCHESI DI BAROLO DEL COMUNE DI BAROLO 2013
DOCG

983551 (XD) 3000mL $499.00

TASTING NOTE: Marchesi's 2013 Barolo del Comune di Barolo is plump, supple and fruit-driven, all qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. This is an especially juicy style for the year. Sweet red cherry, plum and spice meld into the inviting finish. The Barolo del Comune di Barolo is one of the entry-level offerings in the range, but it is also one of the best balanced and pleasing wines among these new releases. Drinking window: 2017-2022. Score: 89 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct. 2017)

PROPRIETÀ IN FONTANAFREDDA BAROLO 2013
DOCG

638999 (XD) 750mL $70.00

TASTING NOTE: Packed with cherry, floral and stone flavors, this is round and fleshy, despite the beefy tannins. Keeps on building to the long, intense and complex finish, which remains compressed for now. Best from 2022 through 2040. Score: 95 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, April 30, 2018)

BARALE FRATELLI CANNUBI RISERVA BAROLO 2007
DOCG

639468 (XD) 750mL $173.00

TASTING NOTE: This tasting concluded with the 2007 Barolo Riserva Cannubi. I was absolutely charmed by all the little sound bites the wine offers to communicate the territory and vineyard site that shaped it. Thanks to three years in botte grande, it delivers hints of white truffle and underbrush with cassis, dried cherry and cedar. The finish shows a solid tannic grip and long persistency. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. Score: 94 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, June 27, 2013)

AGRICOLA PUNICA MONTESSU 2015
IGT Isola dei Nuraghi

632380 (XD) 750mL $29.00

TASTING NOTE: This is a dense and rich red with smoked wood, dried bark, tea and ripe fruit. Very flavoful. Full body. Intense. Velvety tannins. Drink in a year or two. Score: 93 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017)

TORNATORE PIETRARIZZO ETNA BIANCO 2016
DOC

632489 (XD) 750mL $34.00

Monica Larner awarded this wine a score of 91 points: "... evident degree of volcanic ash and salty mineral on the bouquet ... substantial aromas of citrus, honeydew melon and white almond ... a bright, zesty and refreshing white to pair with sweet seafood dishes like crab cakes or shrimp ..." Larner suggested a drinking window extending through 2022. (robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2017)

TASTING NOTE: Sliced pear and apple aromas with hits of lemon. Some praline. Full body and fresh fruit. Flavorful finish. Drink now. Score: 93 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017)

CAMPO ALLE COMETE STUPORE 2016
DOC Bolgheri Rosso

635706 (XD) 750mL $46.00

TASTING NOTE: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot, this offers enticing scents of red and black-skinned berry, fragrant purple flower and a whiff of Mediterranean scrub. On the fresh, elegant palate, polished tannins support cassis, plum and raspberry alongside culinary spice notes. Editors' Choice. Score: 93 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 2018)

ORMA 2015
IGT Toscana

260984 (XD) 750mL $87.00

TASTING NOTE: Plenty of ripe blackberry and incense. Opens up beautifully in the glass. So perfumed. Full body and seamless tannins that coat your palate with a silky texture. Wonderfully framed with complex fruit. Drink in 2021 but already gorgeous. Score: 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Aug. 28, 2017)

CASANOVA DI NERI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013
DOCG

85498 (XD) 750mL $83.00

TASTING NOTE: Luminous deep red. Captivating aromas of sweet red berries, cinnamon, violet and licorice. Then also very fruity in the mouth; refined, juicy red plum and raspberry flavors linger brightly on the fresh back end. Has a delightful red fruit cocktail quality that makes it practically impossible to put the glass back down. And though it is simply bursting at the seams with early appeal, this truly lovely Brunello will also age well. Unless my memory fails me, this may well be the best entry-level wine from Casanova di Neri that I have ever tasted. Drinking Window: 2021-2030. Score: 94 (Ian D'Agata, vinous.com, April 2018)

FOSSACOLLE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013
DOCG

309880 (XD) 750mL $68.00

TASTING NOTE: Fossacolle has produced an excellent set of new releases. At the top of the list is the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino, which exhibits a spectacular level of inner balance and positive energy. There is a level of aromatic happiness or brightness here that denotes carefully ripened Sangiovese grapes. In other words, you can taste that the fruit has not been stressed by adverse weather conditions. The 2013 vintage is indeed harmonious across the board, and this wine demonstrates that fact. Drink Date: 2020-2030. Score: 94 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2018)

SELVAPIANA BUCERCHIALE RISERVA CHIANTI RÙFINA 2013
DOCG

645218 (XD) 750mL $42.00

TASTING NOTE: This opens with enticing scents of blue flower, ripe dark-skinned berry, new leather, vanilla and sandalwood. Elegant and full-bodied, the palate delivers crushed raspberry, wild cherry, truffle and chopped herb, while intense licorice notes linger on the long finish. Fine-grained tannins and bright acidity provide impeccable balance. Drink through 2025. Ranked #43 in the 2018 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections. Score: 94 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2018)

TENUTA SETTE PONTI VIGNA DELL'IMPERO 1935 VALDARNO DI SOPRA 2013
DOC

515296 (XD) 750mL $117.00

TASTING NOTE: Very aromatic with subtle tea-leaf, underbrush, dried-cherry and flower character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely acidity to this. Long and thoughtful wine. All about length and beauty. Pure old-vine sangiovese. Better in 2019. Score: 97 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 9, 2016)

CONTI COSTANTI RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012
DOCG

483529 (XD) 750mL $235.00

TASTING NOTE: Heady scents of chopped herbs, woodland berry, forest floor, new leather, dark spice and violet are just some of the aromas you'll find in this fragrant wine. It's savory and loaded with finesse, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice, orange zest and pipe tobacco alongside firm yet polished tannins and fresh acidity. A tangy mineral note graces the lingering finish. It's still young and needs plenty of time to fully unwind and develop. Drink 2027-2042. This was ranked #13 on the 2018 Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selections. Score: 100 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2018)

QUERCIABELLA TURPINO 2011
IGT Toscana

526483 (XD) 750mL $59.00

TASTING NOTE: Enticing aromas and flavors of cherry, leather, licorice and mineral are the hallmarks of this polished, intense red. Beautifully balanced, but requires a little more time for the dense tannins to soften. Shows terrific length and a complex aftertaste. Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot. Drink now through 2023. Score: 94 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Sept. 30, 2016)

ISOLE E OLENA GRAN SELEZIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO 2010
DOCG

483503 (XD) 750mL $320.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is extraordinary. A wine of pedigree and class, the 2010 boasts magnificent intensity and depth yet never comes across as heavy. The flavors are layered, nuanced and beautifully delineated in the glass. Plum, black cherry, spice, menthol and sweet spices are laced into the exquisite finish. The 2010 is a stunner today, but also has plenty of upside for the future. A reduction of time in barrel vis-a-vis the 2006 has paid off handsomely. The 2010 is going to be expensive, but it is worth every penny. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot round out the blend. Score: 98+ (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Sept. 2015)

SPERI VIGNETO MONTE SANT'URBANO AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 1995
DOC

653063 (D) 750mL $283.00

Monte Sant'Urbano is a place of exceptional beauty where the vines, olive trees and cherry trees seem to have found their natural position among the winding curves in the hills of the Fumane municipality. The estate covers 19 hectares between 280 and 350 metres above sea level, and the soil is volcanic in origin and a mixture of chalk and clay. Fruit for this Amarone is sourced from the Monte Sant'Urbano vineyard and dried for 3-4 months before fermentation begins. The resulting wine is matured 24 months in oak casks and 12 months in oak barrels. With more than 23 years of maturation in oak and bottle, it's ready to be savoured.

LAMBORGHINI CAMPOLEONE 2013
IGT Umbria

716043 (XD) 750mL $63.00

TASTING NOTE: Made with equal parts Merlot and Sangiovese, the 2013 Campoleone comes across as soft, luscious and delicious. Compared to past editions of this benchmark wine from Umbria, this expression feels slightly more streamlined and tightly knit. That emphasis on elegance is a sign of the times, for sure, even for a wine like this that once embodied the extra concentration and exuberance of Italian wines made in the 1990s and the first decade of the new millennium. Drink Date: 2018-2026. Score: 93 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

ARNALDO CAPRAI COLLEPIANO SAGRANTINO DI MONTEFALCO 2012
DOCG

373498 (XD) 750mL $64.00

Though the 2018 Gambero Rosso did not include a tasting note, this wine was again awarded a rating of 3/3 Glasses.

TASTING NOTE: Sagrantino Collepiano 2012 is a great wine that was among the very finest tasted this year. A red in the distinctive house style, focusing on elegance and exceptional depth, it is brimming with flavour. The toasty notes are very refined and allow the aromas to develop through to attractive nuances of leather and cedarwood. Score: 3 Glasses (out of 3) (Gambero Rosso Italian Wines, 2017)

QUINTARELLI ROSSO DEL BEPI 2008
IGT

538645 (XD) 750mL $224.00

TASTING NOTE: In 2008, Quintarelli did not bottle Amarone, but instead chose to declassify the juice into Rosso del Bepi. Fragrant and expressive, with a good deal of aromatic nuance, the Rosso is a terrific choice for readers who want to explore the Quintarelli style, without splurging for one of the flagship Amarones. Drinking Window: 2017-2027. Score: 93 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2017)

PRATS & SYMINGTON CHRYSEIA 2015
DOC Douro

538660 (XD) 750mL $105.00

TASTING NOTE: If any wine from the Douro has a Bordeaux influence, it is this wine. Produced as part of a joint venture between the Prats family of Bordeaux and the Symington family of the Douro, this wine shows great attention to tannins and structure while allowing the black fruits to shine. It is a stylish wine, powerful while wearing that power lightly. Drink this wine, from a very good year, from 2022. Cellar Selection. Score: 96 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 2018)

QUINTA DO CRASTO TOURIGA NACIONAL 2015
DOC Douro

694935 (XD) 750mL $77.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Touriga Nacional was aged for 16 to 18 months in new, light-toast French oak (two different vineyards plots averaging 35 years in vine age, fermented separately). A selection of the best barrels, it comes in at 14.4% alcohol. This is the first Touriga Nacional offering since the 2012. Moderately aromatic for Touriga, this is beautifully textured, ripe and elegant. Sexy too. It has the subtle concentration to make you feel every ounce of the fruit on the palate, while never seeming jammy. It's surprisingly solid. It finishes with a hint of spice and personality, but it is always well controlled. Crasto's Touriga is never one that produces odd flavors. The ripe tannins allow this to be approachable early, but it does need a few years, ideally, to show more of what it has. Its concentration, backbone and freshness support it, so it should age well - 20 should be easy. This certainly has some upside potential with aging. What it needs to prove in the cellar is that it can develop some complexity, the ability to show the distinction we get with truly fine Touriga. It may yet be entitled to an uptick. Drink Date: 2019-2040. Score: 94 (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2018)

HERDADE DA FARIZOA GRANDE RESERVA 2013
DO Alentejo

632166 (XD) 750mL $52.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Grande Reserva (Herdade da Farizoa) is mostly Syrah, with 15% Aragonez and 5% Touriga Nacional, all aged for 20 months in 50% new French barriques. It comes in at 15% alcohol. If the regular 2013 Reserva this issue showed a fair bit of wood, this does as well, but it handles it better. There is a touch of coconut added in but it also adds more power, concentration and focus. The mid-palate does a rather good job of soaking up the wood. There is also an uptick in price here over the regular Reserva but if you can afford the tab it's worth it. The Reserva is lovely and has a good chance of getting better with cellaring. This definitely will improve. It should really be given a year or two in the cellar at least. It will likely show far better around 2020. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score: 92+ (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

CASA FERREIRINHA BARCA-VELHA 2008
DOP Douro

509794 (XD) 750mL $380.00

TASTING NOTE: This is the latest release of what has long been regarded as Portugal's iconic wine. And it is magnificent. The last vintage was the 2004 and the wait has now shown to be worthwhile. With its immense span and breadth of flavors and rich structure it is a superb manifestation of the great vineyards of the Douro Superior. Big bold fruits and acidity are matched by the tannins and concentration. Hold this for many years or at least wait until 2022. Ranked #3 on the 2017 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections. Score: 100 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2017)

EL ESCOCÉS VOLANTE 3000 AÑOS 2013
DO Bullas

631986 (XD) 750mL $46.00

TASTING NOTE: It was extremely interesting tasting three vintages of the same wine side by side, where the 2013 3000 Años clearly showed the character of the growing season, with 1% less alcohol than the previous year and higher acidity. The nose even showed an herbal touch I often associate with Syrah, while the palate showed more the rustic elegance of Monastrell. It's powerful but at the same time it's also a lot fresher than the other vintages. It should develop nicely in bottle. Drink Date: 2016-2022. Score: 93 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, June 29, 2016)

HERMANOS PECIÑA FINCA ISCORTA DE PECIÑA GRAN RESERVA 2010
DOCa Rioja

632018 (XD) 750mL $55.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2010 Finca Iscorta De Peciña Gran Reserva is their usual blend of Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano, sourced from 50-year-old vines from their Finca Iscorta vineyard in the Sonsierra zone; therefore, it is a single-vineyard bottling. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in well-seasoned American oak barrels for 48 months with manual and gravity rackings every six months. This feels very harmonious, combining some primary notes with more-developed tertiary aromas. The palate also reveals a rare mix of power and elegance that only the very best vintages are capable of. It has polished tannins, good volume, freshness and length. Drink or hold, there should be no rush. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score: 94+ (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2018)

VINÍCOLA REAL 200 MONGES GRAN RESERVA 2001
DOCa Rioja

632125 (XD) 750mL $95.00

TASTING NOTE: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Garnacha. A beautiful complex and young herb-crusted nose of spice, leather, white pepper, tar, cocoa and coffee overlays the raspberry fruit scents. The palate has rich yet silky tannins, elegant oak and red fruit persistence and a concentrated, long, oaky and smoky peppery finish. Score: 96 (Decanter Asia Wine Awards, 2016)

TAWSE ROBYN'S BLOCK CHARDONNAY 2013
VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment

416321 (XD) 750mL $45.95

TASTING NOTE: This is the 'beefiest' and richest of the Tawse chardonnays, from 30+ year vines now farmed organically. It shows a billowing nose [of] roasted nuts, ripe apple, meringue/custardy sweetness and buttered toast. It is medium-full bodied, fairly rounded yet founded on firm acidity and minerality, that really shows on the finish. A touch sour-edged - excellent length. A real mouthful. Score: 92 (David Lawrason, winealign.com, March 23, 2017)

REDMAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Coonawarra, South Australia

633511 (XD) 750mL $39.00

TASTING NOTE: 40yo vines, crushed, open-fermented, 7 days on skins, matured in French oak (25% new) for 12 months, six gold medals, four trophies. A great example of hands-off winemaking, and of the very best of the Redman medium-bodied style. Cassis fruit, modest French oak and ripe but fine tannins are seamlessly woven together. The X-factor? Picked at perfect ripeness, down to the very days. If the wine had a screwcap it would be a 40-year proposition. Drink By: 2035. Score: 96 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, May 1, 2018)

BROKENWOOD WADE BLOCK 2 SHIRAZ 2014
McLaren Vale, South Australia

681171 (XD) 750mL $59.00

TASTING NOTE: Transported in a chilled tanker to the Hunter Valley, Vinomatic fermentation, matured in new and used French (80%) and American (20%) oak. Bright, clear, moderately deep crimson-purple; a full-bodied wine from this very special vineyard, black fruits, oak and tannin all waving their flags, demanding attention. 5 years should bring calm, and the wine will sail on thereafter. 14% alc. Drink to: 2039. Score: 95 (James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion, June/July 2017)

POONAWATTA ESTATE THE 1880 SHIRAZ 2012
Eden Valley, South Australia

445437 (D) 750mL $115.00

TASTING NOTE: An outstanding wine of real depth, poise and intensity, this has a striking freshness and savory edge to the nose with crushed rocks, dried spices, dark fruits, citrus, graphite, and some peppery nuances too. The palate has intensity and focus that makes for captivating wine. Assertive, linear tannins here, really fine yet strong. Full of energy and drenched in perfectly ripe dark fruit flavors. There's a juicy, energized finish. This will age very well; best from 2022. Score: 97 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 5, 2015)

WILD EARTH PINOT NOIR 2015
Central Otago, South Island

645226 (XD) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: Seductive, sweet oak notes. Ethereal, harmonious and fragile Pinot Noir style with dark fruit notes. Beautifully balanced. Score: 96 (International Wine Challenge, 2018)

KANONKOP CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
WO Simonsberg-Stellenbosch

403964 (XD) 750mL $55.00

TASTING NOTE: Generally among the top varietal Cabernets in South Africa - no surprises given the talent of its winemaker - this is a serious, densely structured red that's built to age in bottle. Incense and cassis notes are framed by savoury tannins. Drink Date: 2020-2030. Score: 94 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, South Africa Special Report 2017)

ACHAVAL FERRER FINCA BELLA VISTA MALBEC 2014
Mendoza

178103 (XD) 750mL $105.00

TASTING NOTE: Blocks 4 and 5 are located next to the winery and are both over 110 years old. This delicious Malbec sees 100% new oak (in 165 litre barrels) and is a savoury, spicy, beautifully judged triumph. Plush, broad, yet still restrained, it has a lovely core of black fruit sweetness and velvety tannins. Drink: 2018-25. Score: 96 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, Argentina Special Report 2017)

FAR NIENTE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
Oakville, Napa Valley

539098 (D) 750mL $270.00

TASTING NOTE: A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, the very deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled prances out of the glass with gorgeous black cherries, molten chocolate, licorice and warm cassis scents plus underlying notions of candied violets, cigar box and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate possesses great elegance and bags of poise with wonderfully ripe, plush tannins framing the perfumed black fruits, finishing very long and layered. Drink Date: 2020-2045. Score: 97+ (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Oct. 29, 2018)

CLOS DU VAL HIRONDELLE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

521658 (XD) 750mL $195.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Hirondelle Estate Vineyard hits the palate with serious intensity, power and depth. Once again, the Hirondelle is seamless and sumptuous in style, but like the best 2015s, it also retains superb freshness throughout. Crème de cassis, mint, graphite, lavender and cloves meld into the richly textured finish. There is so much potential here. Score: 93-96 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec. 2016)

REVANA FAMILY VINEYARD TERROIR SERIES CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

546176 (XD) 750mL $145.00

TASTING NOTE: Pure, rich, dense and driven by extracted blackberry, boysenberry, licorice, currant, cedar and cigar box nuances. Most impressive for the direct and authoritative presence. Best from 2020 through 2038. Score: 95 (James Laube, winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2017)

HALL ELLIE'S CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
Napa Valley

562736 (XD) 750mL $130.00

TASTING NOTE: Lastly, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Ellies is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot. Once again, it has an opaque purple color, a gorgeous nose of graphite, crème de cassis, blackberry and new saddle leather. Full-bodied, powerful, unevolved and seeming much more backward than the other two, this wine seems built for the long haul and should be cellared for another 3-4 years before consumption. It has at least 25 to 30 years of aging potential. Drink Date: 2019-2050. Score: 93+ (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016)

ROSEROCK ZÉPHIRINE PINOT NOIR 2016
Eloa-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

488684 (XD) 750mL $75.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Roserock Zéphirine Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with a blackberry and black cherry pie nose with suggestions of pepper-crusted meat, dried violets and forest floor. Light to medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with black fruits and touches of cardamom, softly framed by grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long with sweet fruits. Drink Date: 2018-2028. Score: 93 (Erin Brooks, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2018)

HEDGES FAMILY ESTATE RED MOUNTAIN 2007
Red Mountain, Yakima Valley

614073 (XD) 750mL $80.00

TASTING NOTE: Formerly the popular Three Vineyards bottling, this has been re-named, but remains the same friendly Merlot-dominated Bordeaux blend, with just a bit of Syrah adding spice. Smooth and silky in the mouth, it mixes red and blue fruits, with a ripe, round midpalate and light chocolate and toasted nuts to finish. Score: 90 (Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2010)

TAYLOR FLADGATE VINTAGE PORT 2016
DOP

635524 (S) 375mL $81.00

TASTING NOTE: In 2016 Taylor's began picking in Vargellas on 17 September, followed by Pinhão Valley estate on 23 and 26 September. The 2016 Vintage Port has an aristocratic bouquet with tight wound aromas of blackberry, bilberry, crushed stone, black olive and a light, marine-tinged element, perhaps almost peat-like. The palate is just beautiful with fine, chiseled tannins and a perfect line of acidity. There is that almost "arching" structure one always seeks in a great Taylor's with a gentle but insistent grip towards the finish. It is everything you really want from a Vintage Port. Drinking window: 2026-2076. Score: 97 (Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2018)

FERREIRA QUINTA DO PORTO VINTAGE PORT 2015
DOP

645283 (S) 750mL $55.00

TASTING NOTE: 51% Touriga Nacional, 28% Touriga Franca, 13% Vinha Velha. Saturated dark black-red in colour, with excitingly youthful, fresh, almost yeasty aromas packed with blackberry and plum, damson and sloe, nettle and green tea scents. Intense deep and sweet on the palate with a powerful tannic undertow and all of those fruits sewn up somewhere inside its sleek yet muscular frame. Set for the long haul, but worth broaching young, too, in order to gauge the density and purity of its fruit. Drink Date: 2020-2035. Score: 97 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018)

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