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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, April 4, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.

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April Product Updates

The following products were previously unavailable, but will be available to purchase starting April 4, 2019.

LCBO# PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE
639468 BARALE FRATELLI CANNUBI RISERVA BAROLO 2007
653063 SPERI VIGNETO MONTE SANT'URBANO AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 1995

The following April Classics Collection product will not be available to purchase.

LCBO# PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE
633644 CHÂTEAU GRILLET CÔTES DU RHÔNE BLANC 2016

April 2019 Classics Collection

Style Region Product LCBO # Size (mL) Score Price Opening
Inventory
(btls.)
Cognac/Armagnac France – Cognac JEAN FILLIOUX LA POUYADE VIEILLE GRAND CHAMPAGNE COGNAC  653287 750 WE 96 $80.00 356
Red Wine Spain ESTRECHO MONASTRELL 2015 544700 750 RP 95 $46.00 154
Red Wine New Zealand ESK VALLEY WINEMAKERS RESERVE MERLOT/CABERNET SAUVIGNON/MALBEC 2013 645234 750 WO 97 $60.00 120
Red Wine Greece – Achaia DOMAIN MEGA SPILEO GRAND CAVE RED 2012 466110 750 DWWA 95 $30.00 418
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU CANON-LA-GAFFELIÈRE 2015 666768 750 RP 97 $197.00 144
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU CHASSE-SPLEEN 2015 646273 750 JS 94 $82.00 562
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CLOS FLORIDÈNE GRAVES 2015 646331 750 RP 90-92 $44.00 292
Red Wine France – Bordeaux ALTER EGO 2012 346809 750 RP 93 $190.00 24
Red Wine France – Bordeaux GRAND PUY DUCASSE 2010 646869 750 RP 92 $179.00 268
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU LA DOMINIQUE 2005 646281 750 RP 93 $146.00 48
White Wine France – Bordeaux LA CHAPELLE DE LAFAURIE-PEYRAGUEY 2009 477588 375 WS 90 $28.00 358
Red Wine France – Burgundy BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS SANTENAY 2016 684647 750 WRO 89 $37.00 298
Red Wine France – Burgundy CHÂTEAU CORTON GRANCEY GRAND CRU 2016 78261 1500 JS 99 $420.00 6
Red Wine France – Burgundy LOUIS JADOT VOSNE-ROMANÉE 2015 693168 750 BH 89-92 $114.00 592
Red Wine France – Burgundy MARCHAND-TAWSE GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 2013 286450 750 BH 88-91 $68.00 358
White Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE MARATRAY-DUBREUIL LADOIX LES NAGET MONOPOLE 1ER CRU 2016 648048 750   $52.00 238
White Wine France – Burgundy ROCHE DE BELLENE MEURSAULT VILLAGES 2003 648113 750 WAL 92 $65.00 358
Red Wine France – Rhône LES HALOS DE JUPITER GIGONDAS 2016 274217 750 VIN 92 $40.00 586
Red Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE CUVÉE MOURRE DES PERDRIX CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015 401901 750 WS 94 $76.00 280
Red Wine France – Rhône LES VINS DE VIENNE L'ARZELLE SAINT-JOSEPH 2015 115030 750 RP 93 $42.00 472
Red Wine France – Rhône PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ DOMAINE DE THALABERT CROZES-HERMITAGE 2013 720466 750 DEC 94 $49.00 470
White Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2016 184119 750 WS 93 $50.00 286
White Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE DES SÉNÉCHAUX CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2015 636985 750 WS 93 $55.00 238
White Wine France – Alsace HUGEL CLASSIC RIESLING 2016 42101 750 RP 90 $29.00 358
Champagne France – Champagne CRISTAL BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2009 350173 1500 WE 97 $785.00 20
Champagne France – Champagne CRISTAL BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2009 93062 3000 WE 97 $3,440.00 4
Champagne France – Champagne TARLANT CUVÉE LOUIS BRUT NATURE CHAMPAGNE  293811 750 VIN 94 $120.00 178
White Wine France – Loire DOMAINE HUËT CUVÉE CONSTANCE VOUVRAY 2015 636589 500 WS 99 $245.00 24
White Wine France – Loire CHÂTEAU DE CHASSELOIR CUVÉE DES CEPS CENTENAIRES 2013 653485 750 W&SM 93 $28.00 118
White Wine France – Provence DOMAINES OTT CLOS MIREILLE BLANC 2017 545731 750   $46.00 298
White Wine Austria LOIMER SEEBERG KAMPTAL RIESLING 2016 646265 750 WE 95 $64.00 178
Red Wine Germany – Baden FRANZ ANTON SCHWARZER ALDER PINOT NOIR 2015 633552 750 WE 94 $48.00 *
White Wine Germany – Mosel DR. LOOSEN ÜRZIGER WÜRZGARTEN RIESLING GG TROCKEN 2016 633610 750   $56.00 234
Sparkling Wine United Kingdom – England HUSH HEATH BALFOUR 1503 SPARKLING ROSÉ  644674 750 WE 90 $42.00 229
White Wine Italy – Friuli JERMANN VINTAGE TUNINA 2016 964825 750   $90.00 58
White Wine Italy – Friuli JERMANN W DREAMS 2016 51524 750   $90.00 142
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont CRISSANTE ALESSANDRIA ROGGERI BAROLO 2012 639674 750 JS 94 $77.00 238
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont MARCHESI DI BAROLO RISERVA BAROLO 2010 638908 750 RP 94 $107.00 115
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont PUNSET CAMPO QUADRO BARBARESCO 2009 419614 750 RP 92 $62.00 118
Red Wine Italy – Sicily ALTA MORA FEUDO DI MEZZO ETNA ROSSO 2014 632836 750 JS 94 $50.00 358
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany GAJA CA'MARCANDA PROMIS 2016 174334 750 JS 92 $62.00 592
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany BINDELLA I QUADRI VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 2015 103937 750 JS 91 $49.00 178
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany BRANCAIA ILATRAIA 2014 685230 750 RP 93 $72.00 598
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany FONTODI FLACCIANELLO DELLA PIEVE 2014 963744 750 VIN 96 $129.00 82
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CIACCI PICCOLOMIN D'ARAGONA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013 740589 750 WS 96 $91.00 171
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany BANFI POGGIO ALLE MURA RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012 354571 750 RP 94 $113.00 297
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany BUON TEMPO RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012 467886 750 JS 94 $107.00 238
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany TENUTA SAN VINCENTI GRAN SELEZIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO 2011 414417 750 JS 95 $49.00 358
Red Wine Italy – Umbria ANTONELLI CHIUSA DI PANNONE MONTEFALCO SAGRANTINO 2010 634386 750 RP 94 $67.00 118
Red Wine Italy – Veneto MASI RISERVA DI COSTASERA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2013 348037 1500   $150.00 91
Red Wine Italy – Veneto SPERI VIGNETO MONTE SANT'URBANO AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2013 205294 750 WS 92 $74.00 460
Red Wine Italy – Veneto NICOLIS AMBROSAN AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2008 538843 750 WS 93 $89.00 106
Red Wine Portugal CARVALHAS VINHAS VELHAS 2015 638213 750 RP 94 $93.00 118
Red Wine Portugal ADÃO ANTÓNIO AGUIAR RESERVA 2014 539544 750 DWWA 95 $42.00 292
Red Wine Spain IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA 2011 598268 750 RP 93+ $54.00 201
Red Wine Spain FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA 1994 929489 750 WAL 93 $72.00 448
Red Wine Canada – Ontario REIF ESTATE MERITAGE 2015 149005 750 NM 90 $39.95 166
Red Wine Australia CLONAKILLA SHIRAZ/VIOGNIER 2016 27367 750 AWC 98 $105.00 576
Red Wine Australia PENFOLDS BIN 389 CABERNET/SHIRAZ 2016 309625 750 AWC 96 $99.00 334
Red Wine Australia BY FARR FARRSIDE PINOT NOIR 2015 392829 750 RP 94 $85.00 120
Red Wine Australia BY FARR SANGREAL PINOT NOIR 2015 633503 750 AWC 97 $89.00 120
Red Wine Australia PENFOLDS GRANGE SHIRAZ 2014 468827 750 RP 98 $975.00 30
White Wine Australia SUCKFIZZLE SAUVIGNON BLANC/SEMILLON 2015 485847 750 DWWA 97 $45.00 178
Red Wine New Zealand WILD EARTH SPECIAL EDITION PINOT NOIR 2014 649632 750 DWWA 95 $70.00 130
Red Wine South Africa BOSCHKLOOF EPILOGUE SYRAH 2016 648337 750 TAT 98 $84.00 94
Red Wine South Africa RUSTENBERG PETER BARLOW 2015 425314 750 DWWA 97 $50.00 178
Red Wine Argentina ACHAVAL FERRER FINCA ALTAMIRA MALBEC 2014 24745 750 RP 96+ $100.00 40
Red Wine Argentina ACHAVAL FERRER QUIMERA 2014 24752 750 RP 93 $50.00 130
White Wine Argentina CATENA ALTA CHARDONNAY 2016 959973 750 RP 92 $39.00 40
Red Wine Chile RITUAL MONSTER BLOCK PINOT NOIR 2016 649640 750 JS 96 $60.00 64
Red Wine Chile LAPOSTOLLE LE PETIT CLOS RED BLEND 2014 539791 750 WR 94 $70.00 58
Red Wine USA – California SEA SMOKE TEN PINOT NOIR 2016 59014 750   $140.00 88
Red Wine USA – California DUTTON-GOLDFIELD FOX DEN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015 637256 750 WE 95 $100.00 166
Red Wine USA – California FLANAGAN SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR 2015 631994 750 WE 94 $85.00 166
Red Wine USA – California FOXEN SOLOMON HILLS PINOT NOIR 2015 637223 750 WE 96 $69.00 118
Red Wine USA – California HALL KATHRYN HALL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 331140 750 RP 95+ $285.00 70
Red Wine USA – California O'SHAUGHNESSY HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 328138 750 RP 95 $170.00 166
Red Wine USA – California SHAFER VINEYARDS ONE POINT FIVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 247734 3000 WE 97 $1,050.00 4
Red Wine USA – California BIEN NACIDO ESTATE X BLOCK SYRAH 2014 637884 750 VIN 96 $160.00 48
Red Wine USA – California HUNDRED ACRE ARK VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 456046 750 RP 98-100 $745.00 30
Red Wine USA – California HUNDRED ACRE KAYLI MORGAN VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 131094 750 RP 96-99 $745.00 30
Red Wine USA – California KINSELLA JERSEY BOYS VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 637017 750 RP 95 $195.00 130
Red Wine USA – California KRUPP BROTHERS M5 STAGECOACH VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 478685 750 RP 96 $300.00 82
Red Wine USA – California SHAFER HILLSIDE SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 735712 750 RP 98+ $465.00 145
Red Wine USA – Oregon PHELPS CREEK CUVÉE ALEXANDRINE PINOT NOIR 2014 462895 750 PP 96 $83.00 130
White Wine USA – Oregon PHELPS CREEK LYNETTE CHARDONNAY 2015 665901 750 WE 92 $63.00 94
Red Wine USA – Washington LONG SHADOWS FEATHER CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 64766 750 RP 96 $110.00 166
Fortified Wines France – Roussillon DOMAINE DE RANCY AMBRÉ RIVESALTES 2001 165647 500 RP 94 $47.00 136
Fortified Wines Portugal COCKBURN'S VINTAGE PORT 2016 647842 750 JS 99 $121.00 82

JEAN FILLIOUX LA POUYADE VIEILLE GRAND CHAMPAGNE COGNAC
AC

653287 750mL $80.00

TASTING NOTE: The mild aroma hints at vanilla and stone fruit. The palate is balanced and lovely, starting with gentle vanilla and caramel enlivened by fresh pear and stone fruit, and finishing on a mellow baking spice note. Best Buy. Score: 96 (Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2017)

ESTRECHO MONASTRELL 2015
DO Alicante

544700 (XD) 750mL $46.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Estrecho, their flagship single vineyard Monastrell from a place called Estrecho de Pipa in the village of Villena at 700 meters above sea level where the soils are rich in sand. The vines are dry-farmed, organic and head pruned. The wine matured in French barriques for 15 months. It was harvested when the grapes still keep the freshness. The year can be a little austere, not as ripe as 2014, perhaps similar to 2010. It's not an immediate wine, it's a little closed, but has incredible inner power and depth. It has the Mediterranean herbs, hints of tree bark and fine-grained tannins with a long, mineral finish. I believe this is going to age magnificently and for a very long time. Drink Date: 2018-2028. Score: 95 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

ESK VALLEY WINEMAKERS RESERVE MERLOT/CABERNET SAUVIGNON/MALBEC 2013
Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, North Island

645234 (XD) 750mL $60.00

TASTING NOTE: Pristine and pure fruit aromas of black/blueberry and dark plum are beautifully enhanced by nuances of mixed spice, cigar box and floral. The palate delivers outstanding intensity and concentration, backed by silky texture and fine, chalky tannins. Hugely promising. At its best: 2018 to 2033. Score: 97 (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, June 2015)

DOMAIN MEGA SPILEO GRAND CAVE RED 2012
PGI Achaia

466110 (XD) 750mL $30.00

Gold Medal winner at the Mundus Vini 2017 Spring Tasting.

TASTING NOTE: 60% Mavrodafni, 40% Mavro Kalavritino. An intense and concentrated nose of jasmine and orange peel leading the way to a full throttle yet juicy palate. Beautifully textured, long and persistent; an exciting wine. Score: 95 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017)

CHÂTEAU CANON-LA-GAFFELIÈRE 2015
1er grand cru classé, AC Saint-Émilion

666768 (XD) 750mL $197.00

TASTING NOTE: Composed of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in French oak, 55% new, for 17 months, the 2015 Canon la Gaffeliere features a deep garnet-purple color and a cedar-laced nose to begin, giving way to fragrant underlying scents of roses and violets with a core of crushed black currants, blackberries and Bing cherries plus hints of fallen leaves and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, the seductively perfumed red and black fruit fills the mouth, framed with plush tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing very long and minerally. Drink Date: 2023-2040. Score: 97 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Feb. 21, 2018)

CHÂTEAU CHASSE-SPLEEN 2015
AC Moulis-en-Médoc

646273 (XD) 750mL $82.00

TASTING NOTE: This delivers a stylish impression from the get-go with a really nicely focused dark berry nose and hints of fresh pastry. The palate has a smooth array of bright blackberry and plum fruits with smoothly cut tannins that layer up nice and even. Classy. Best from 2022. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 2, 2018)

CLOS FLORIDÈNE GRAVES 2015
AC

646331 (XD) 750mL $44.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Clos Floridene offers up luscious redcurrant, wild strawberry and floral scents on the nose, almost Burgundy-like in terms of purity. The palate is well balanced with fine but firm tannin, a little pinched at the moment, but by the time of bottling it will have undone its top-shirt button. Plenty of energy here, a Graves with a nod to Volnay, bound to offer 8-10 years of pleasure. Drink Date: 2018-2028. Score: 90-92 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, April 27, 2016)

ALTER EGO 2012
Seond wine of Château Palmer, AC Margaux

346809 (XD) 750mL $190.00

TASTING NOTE: Another brilliant example from administrator Thomas Duroux and his team, the intense second wine, Palmer's 2012 Alter Ego (51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot), offers up plenty of blackberry and crème de cassis notes along with some spring flowers, licorice and subtle background oak. Opulently textured, full-bodied and stunning, this is an outrageously successful second wine to drink over the next 12-15 years. Drink Date: 2015-2030. Score: 93 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, April 29, 2015)

GRAND PUY DUCASSE 2010
5e cru classé, AC Pauillac

646869 (XD) 750mL $179.00

TASTING NOTE: This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot is an up-front, seductively styled Pauillac (one of the more forward and evolved wines from this appellation in 2010). Deep purple, with exceptionally subtle texture and oodles of cassis fruit as well as hints of mocha and white chocolate, it is an elegant wine, but the overall impression is one of considerable flesh, fat and succulence. It will be hard to resist now, but can be cellared for another 15+ years. Score: 92 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Feb. 27, 2013)

CHÂTEAU LA DOMINIQUE 2005
AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

646281 (XD) 750mL $146.00

TASTING NOTE: This is one of the sexy 2005s, a rarity given this slow-evolving vintage that is evolving more like a glacier. Dense ruby/purple, with sweet cassis fruit, black cherries, fruitcake and cedar, this full-bodied wine has a luscious texture. This is a big La Dominique from proprietor Clément Fayat. It can be drunk now, or cellared for another 10-15 years. Drink Date: 2015-2030. Score: 93 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, June 28, 2015)

LA CHAPELLE DE LAFAURIE-PEYRAGUEY 2009
Second wine of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, AC Sauternes

477588 (S) 375mL $28.00

TASTING NOTE: Remarkably bright and lively, with an almost dry edge of blanched almond and white peach that skirts the core of citrus pâte de fruit and shortbread. Open and inviting through the finish. Best from 2013 through 2020. 2,941 cases made. Score: 90 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, March 31, 2012)

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS SANTENAY 2016
AC

684647 (XD) 750mL $37.00

TASTING NOTE: In the southern end of Côte de Beaune; Burgundies here are always light-bodied, as was this wine, but the purity of the fruit shines through. Score: 89 (Ed McCarthy, winereviewonline.com, March 20, 2018)

CHÂTEAU CORTON GRANCEY GRAND CRU 2016
AC

78261 (XD) 1500mL $420.00

TASTING NOTE: Love the depth of fruit and intensity of this wine. It has dark fruit and floral undertones, as well as meat, which is very captivating. Full body, purity of fruit and nice, powerful tannins. Chewy and powerful. Focused austerity. A wine for the cellar. Try in 2022. Score: 99 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 15, 2018)

LOUIS JADOT VOSNE-ROMANÉE 2015
AC

693168 (XD) 750mL $114.00

TASTING NOTE: A spicy nose consists of dark currant, violet and Asian-style tea nuances where a note of dried orange peel can be discerned. Similarly there is that lovely trait of inner mouth perfume to the velvety and caressing yet quite serious and muscular flavors that are borderline robust while delivering excellent length. This is not an especially elegant Vosne villages but offers terrific quality and especially fine complexity. Recommended. Drink: 2023+. Outstanding. Score: 89-92 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, April 15, 2017)

MARCHAND-TAWSE GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 2013
AC

286450 (XD) 750mL $68.00

TASTING NOTE: A distinctly earthy nose features notes of plum, violet and underbrush. There is fine volume and mid-palate density to the medium-bodied flavors that exude a stony character that adds a sense of lift to the rustic, firm and serious but ripe and solidly lingering finish. A quality villages. Drink: 2021+. Score: 88-91 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, Jan. 15, 2015)

DOMAINE MARATRAY-DUBREUIL LADOIX LES NAGET MONOPOLE 1ER CRU 2016
AC

648048 (XD) 750mL $52.00

This wine comes from a lesser-known appellation located below the grand cru hill of Corton and offers exceptional value in premium white Burgundy. The monopole belongs to the Maratray-Dubreuil family and is known for yielding wines with substantial minerality in a full-bodied framework.

ROCHE DE BELLENE MEURSAULT VILLAGES 2003
AC

648113 (XD) 750mL $65.00

TASTING NOTE: It's almost impossible how discreet, quiet and demurred this 15 year-old Villages is acting, almost as if it needs a little bit of encouragement to talk. The acidity is also impossible, still streaking like a laser, protecting, elevating and pulsing through the fruit. That fruit is not obvious but the stones and the lightning surely are. You have to like such a style and I know many of you do. Drink 2018-2021. Score: 92 (Michael Godel, winealign.com, June 19, 2018)

LES HALOS DE JUPITER GIGONDAS 2016
AC

274217 (XD) 750mL $40.00

TASTING NOTE: Bright ruby. Deeply pitched red and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied licorice and garrigue. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, offering sweet raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors along with smoky mineral and lavender flourishes. Shows impressive clarity on the incisive, impressively long finish, which features supple tannins and lingering floral and spice notes. Drinking window: 2021-2028. Score: 92 (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, Aug. 2018)

DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE CUVÉE MOURRE DES PERDRIX CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015
AC

401901 (XD) 750mL $76.00

TASTING NOTE: This coats the palate with raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry coulis flavors, which race along, with subtle anise and graphite notes underneath. Long and polished through the finish, with a hint of oolong tea adding range. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Best from 2018 through 2035. Score: 94 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, 2018)

LES VINS DE VIENNE L'ARZELLE SAINT-JOSEPH 2015
AC

115030 (D) 750mL $42.00

TASTING NOTE: From granitic sites around Malleval and Saint-Désirat, the 2015 Saint Joseph l'Arzelle is a terrific effort. This medium to full-bodied wine boasts bushels of blueberries, touches of pepper and licorice, a creamy-supple texture and a long, silky finish. It should have a wide window of drinkability. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score: 93 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ DOMAINE DE THALABERT CROZES-HERMITAGE 2013
AC

720466 (D) 750mL $49.00

TASTING NOTE: 100% Syrah, from a 40ha estate that is one of the biggest in the appellation. The 2013 vintage in the Rhône is a very different story from Bordeaux, as clearly displayed here. This is delicious: bright and juicy red fruits, crushed rocks and liquorice; it's so drinkable now, but will age well. Elegance with generosity. Drinking Window: 2018-2027. Score: 94 (Jane Anson, decanter.com, Dec. 2, 2017)

DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2016
AC

184119 (XD) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: Fresh and lively, with lots of green almond, pear and white peach flavors liberally laced with verbena and acacia notes. A bright mineral streak and a twinge of star fruit add length and cut to the finish. Drink now through 2022. Score: 93 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2017)

DOMAINE DES SÉNÉCHAUX CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2015
AC

636985 (XD) 750mL $55.00

TASTING NOTE: Fresh and focused, with honeysuckle, Cavaillon melon, white peach and yellow apple fruit flavors, all melded together and carried by a bitter almond spine on the finish. Drink now through 2019. Score: 93 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

HUGEL CLASSIC RIESLING 2016
AC Alsace

42101 (XD) 750mL $29.00

TASTING NOTE: Sold as Riesling Tradition until vintage 2012, the 2015 Riesling Classic shows a perfectly ripe, elegant and intense nose. Full-bodied, round and creamy on the palate, due to 20+ percent of botrytis, this is an intense, complex and salty Riesling with good grip, tension and freshness. A really gorgeous entry into the family that was sourced 60% in the Schoenenbourg. Drink Date: 2018-2025. Score: 90 (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, June 30, 2017)

CRISTAL BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2009
AC

350173 (XD) 1500mL $785.00

TASTING NOTE: The latest incarnation of this famous Champagne now comes from Roederer's own vineyards, a good portion of which are run on biodynamic lines. This still-young wine has great depth and richness, a beautiful balance between ripe fruit and crisp texture that make it alive, crisp and bright. As it matures, it will deepen and become even more intense. Drink now if you must, but preferably wait until 2019. Ranked #38 in Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2016. Best of Year 2016. Score: 97 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2016)

CRISTAL BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2009
AC

93062 (XD) 3000mL $3,440.00

TASTING NOTE: The latest incarnation of this famous Champagne now comes from Roederer's own vineyards, a good portion of which are run on biodynamic lines. This still-young wine has great depth and richness, a beautiful balance between ripe fruit and crisp texture that make it alive, crisp and bright. As it matures, it will deepen and become even more intense. Drink now if you must, but preferably wait until 2019. Ranked #38 in Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2016. Best of Year 2016. Score: 97 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2016)

TARLANT CUVÉE LOUIS BRUT NATURE CHAMPAGNE
AC

293811 (XD) 750mL $120.00

TASTING NOTE: The NV Brut Nature Cuvée Louis is another wine that is showing very well today. In fact, this is the best bottle I have ever tasted of the current release, a blend based on 2000 with reserve wines from 1999, 1998, 1997 and 1996. Vinification in oak brings out an extra dimension of breadth in the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Vinous and richly textured in the glass, the Cuvée Louis is positively stellar, with fewer of the oxidative notes that I have seen in other bottles. Apricot, chamomile, dried flowers and spice are woven together in this creamy, super-expressive Champagne. Drinking Window: 2018-2026. Score: 94 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2018)

DOMAINE HUËT CUVÉE CONSTANCE VOUVRAY 2015
AC

636589 (S) 500mL $245.00

TASTING NOTE: This is stunning from the start, with a silky and refined feel despite the panoply of dried quince, fig, pear and apricot flavors that are exotic in nature. Lovely green tea, orange blossom and persimmon notes fill in the background. Obviously sweet, but with persistent dry almond and orange extract details that lend latent tension through the seamless and nearly endless finish. The first Cuvée Constance bottling since the 2009 vintage. Drink now through 2060. Collectibles. Score: 99 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, May 31, 2018)

CHÂTEAU DE CHASSELOIR CUVÉE DES CEPS CENTENAIRES 2013
Sur lie, AC Muscadet Sèvre et Maine

653485 (XD) 750mL $28.00

TASTING NOTE: Bernard Chéreau's family estate dates to the 15th century, so the 100-year-old vines growing in front of the winery are relative newcomers. He presents their fruit in Comte Leloup de Chasseloir, from a 7.4-acre parcel on a schist plateau overlooking the Maine River. He has the benefit of an underground cellar, an unusual asset in the region, where he ferments this rich Muscadet, sustaining the kind of mineral drive that makes great white wines compelling. Here, that's in the scent of schist (yes, it's there in my blind tasting notes), a spark of soil propelling a massive Muscadet forward toward bright, salty refreshment. It's as saturated and satisfying as a young premier cru Chablis, and, with its more direct connection with the sea, would be an excellent match for oysters. Score: 93 (wineandspiritsmagazine.com, April 2018)

DOMAINES OTT CLOS MIREILLE BLANC 2017
AC Côtes de Provence

545731 (XD) 750mL $46.00

Domaines Ott refers to this still white wine as a Blanc de Blancs. It's made primarily from Sémillon with the aromatic Rolle in support and is grown on slate and aged in oak foudres. It is opulently smooth, wonderfully complex, and has a great longevity, though it'll provide plenty of pleasure now.

LOIMER SEEBERG KAMPTAL RIESLING 2016
DAC Kamptal

646265 (XD) 750mL $64.00

TASTING NOTE: This wine's gloriously heady notes of lime and lemon zest hit the pleasure center of the brain upon first whiff. That theme of bold, zesty citrus continues with abandon on the taut, linear and concentrated palate. It leaves a lip-smacking, refreshing finish that's loaded with pithiness. If you want refreshment and verve, this is the answer. Lovely now, sure to develop. Drink: 2018-2030. Score: 95 (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2018)

FRANZ ANTON SCHWARZER ALDER PINOT NOIR 2015
Qualitätswein

633552 (XD) 750mL $48.00

TASTING NOTE: Lavish strokes of vanilla, spice and toast lend a slightly aspirational feel to this Pinot Noir, but its undoubtedly a concentrated, solidly structured wine in need of some time to harmonize. Sumptuous red-cherry and raspberry flavors are fleshy and deep, invigorated by a crush of cranberry acidity and a cool mineral undertone. Bold, chunky tannins should meld nicely from 2025. Score: 94 (Anna Lee Iijima, Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 1, 2018)

DR. LOOSEN ÜRZIGER WÜRZGARTEN RIESLING GG TROCKEN 2016
Qualitätswein

633610 (D) 750mL $56.00

"Grosses Gewächs" (GG) means "great growth" and is the designation for an estate's best dry wine from a Grosse Lage (grand cru) vineyard. This bottling, sourced from the weathered red volcanic and slate soil of Ürziger Würzgarten, evokes exotic fruits and spices and steely minerality, with a rich texture, gentle acidity and a lingering finish.

HUSH HEATH BALFOUR 1503 SPARKLING ROSÉ
Traditional method, England

644674 (D) 750mL $42.00

TASTING NOTE: Totally subtle and captivating notions of strawberry and rhubarb, embedded in autolytic pastry notes promise pleasure. The palate is full of friendly fruit flavors: strawberries and red-cheeked apples. The dosage accentuates the fruit while autolysis rounds everything out. This is a joyful, whistle-clean and fruit-forward, pale sparkler that is totally enlivening. Score: 90 (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2015)

JERMANN VINTAGE TUNINA 2016
IGT Venezia Giulia

964825 (XD) 750mL $90.00

Made from mainly Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay along with splashes of Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana and Picolit, this genuine field-blend dates back to the 1975 harvest and is intended as a reflection of the terroir - predominantly marlstone and sandstone belonging to the Flysch formation from the Eocene era - in which it grows.

JERMANN W DREAMS 2016

51524 (XD) 750mL $90.00

James Suckling gave the 2015 vintage of this Chardonnay 96 points, enamoured by its "beautiful kaleidoscope of cooked apples, spiced pear and butterscotch undertones." Expect similar quality from this latest vintage.

CRISSANTE ALESSANDRIA ROGGERI BAROLO 2012
DOCG

639674 (XD) 750mL $77.00

TASTING NOTE: Beautifully seductive with ripe berry, meat and leather character that turns to cedar. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a juicy finish. So much to offer. Better in 2020. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017)

MARCHESI DI BAROLO RISERVA BAROLO 2010
DOCG

638908 (XD) 750mL $107.00

TASTING NOTE: Marchesi di Barolo has harnessed the best attributes of the vintage to make the 2010 Barolo Riserva. The wine offers elegance and grace, but it also shows strong determination to push it forward over the palate. It opens to a bright garnet color with aromas of dried berry, licorice, campfire smoke and balsam herb. Past editions are perhaps more accessible in character, but this wine is more austere instead. It should evolve slowly over the next ten years. Drink Date: 2017-2030. Score: 94 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, June 30, 2017)

PUNSET CAMPO QUADRO BARBARESCO 2009
DOCG

419614 (XD) 750mL $62.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2009 Barbaresco Campo Quadro delivers the goods. I have found that vintage plays a specifically important role in the wines of Punset. Age is another factor as these wines gain their balance only after a good amount of time in the cellar. This Barbaresco from the 2009 vintage shows an interesting range of aromas that span from wild berry and dried blueberry to very smokey tar, asphalt and granite. In the mouth, the wine is tight, streamlined and it shows firm tannic structure. Campo Quadro is part of the San Cristoforo cru in the Neive township. Drink Date: 2017-2030. Score: 92 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Jan. 31, 2017)

ALTA MORA FEUDO DI MEZZO ETNA ROSSO 2014
DOC

632836 (XD) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: This shows crazy aromas of blueberry, jasmine, elderberries, minerals and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with lots of crunchy black fruit, zesty acidity, fine, lithe tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017)

GAJA CA'MARCANDA PROMIS 2016
IGT Toscana

174334 (XD) 750mL $62.00

TASTING NOTE: Aromas of dark berries, licorice and sandalwood following through to medium to full body with firm tannins. A juicy and delicious finish. Drink in 2019. Score: 92 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 11, 2018)

BINDELLA I QUADRI VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 2015
DOCG

103937 (XD) 750mL $49.00

TASTING NOTE: This shows dried redcurrants, paprika, dried cedar and tobacco. Medium to full body, quite a bit of dried fruit and a fruit-forward finish. Drink now or hold. Score: 91 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 11, 2018)

BRANCAIA ILATRAIA 2014
IGT Maremma Toscana

685230 (XD) 750mL $72.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Ilatraia is a terrific wine that represents a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This is a darkly saturated and rich Tuscan blend that delivers so much pleasure on all levels. There is softness, intensity, complexity and length. This is a stunning wine with excellent engineering and execution. This is definitely a wine I will remember. Drink Date: 2017-2028. Score: 93 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

FONTODI FLACCIANELLO DELLA PIEVE 2014
IGT Colli Toscana Centrale

963744 (XD) 750mL $129.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Flaccianello della Pieve will probably drink well a bit earlier than the Vigna del Sorbo, as it has more midpalate creaminess, softer contours and a slightly more immediate personality. Even so, the translucent finesse of the vintage is very much in evidence. A rush of black cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice, chocolate and spice infuses the sweet, creamy finish. The 2014 spent 18 months in oak (less than was once the norm), 80% of it new. Drinking window: 2022-2039. Score: 96 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Jan. 2018)

CIACCI PICCOLOMIN D'ARAGONA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013
DOCG

740589 (XD) 750mL $91.00

TASTING NOTE: Exuding cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco aromas and flavors, this effusive, fruity style is bright and elegant, with terrific harmony and a long, mouthwatering finish that leaves a mineral impression. Very compelling. Best from 2020 through 2036. Highly Recommended. Score: 96 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, June 15, 2018)

BANFI POGGIO ALLE MURA RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012
DOCG

354571 (XD) 750mL $113.00

TASTING NOTE: The Banfi winemaking team has done a terrific job with the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio alle Mura. This is a thickly extracted and saturated wine with a dark personality that oozes forth with black fruit intensity, spice, leather and tar. There is volume and weight here, and both are delivered with an effortless sense of precision and power. This wine is built to last, and I would recommend more years of cellar aging before popping the cork. Drink Date: 2020-2035. Score: 94 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2018)

BUON TEMPO RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012
DOCG

467886 (XD) 750mL $107.00

TASTING NOTE: Welcome to the Brunello deep end! Very ripe red fruit nose with floral touches that balance the serious, dry tannins. The finish is very long and rather delicate. Drink or hold. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 11, 2018)

TENUTA SAN VINCENTI GRAN SELEZIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO 2011
DOCG

414417 (XD) 750mL $49.00

TASTING NOTE: This is so beautiful, with incredible depth of fruit and ultra-fine tannins. It's full-bodied with a polished, silky texture and a long, subtle, fascinating finish. Drink or hold. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 10, 2014)

ANTONELLI CHIUSA DI PANNONE MONTEFALCO SAGRANTINO 2010
DOCG

634386 (XD) 750mL $67.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2010 Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone is a bold and contemporary expression from this special appellation at the heart of Umbria. The wine opens to a dark and impenetrable appearance with thick aromatic layers that span the spectrum for a dark red of this sophistication and intensity. Black fruit segues to campfire ash, exotic spice and Spanish cedar. Those soft and spicy oak elements are put clearly on display. The finish is much softer and more velvety than you usually encounter with the highly tannic Sagrantino grape. This is a beautiful wine. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score: 94 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

MASI RISERVA DI COSTASERA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2013
DOCG

348037 (D) 1500mL $150.00

This year marks the retirement of Masi's legendary managing director, Sandro Boscaini. It's difficult to overstate the importance of Sandro and his family to the modern wine scene of Veneto. Sandro's family has been making wine for seven generations; the story began in 1772 when the family purchased hillside vineyards in a place called Vaio dei Masi ("little valley of Masi"). Sandro took the reins in 1978, becoming managing director of Masi. He established Masi Technical Group (a team of experts dedicated to wine research) and led the development of a new, modern take on the time-honoured appassimento process. He and Masi shaped the concept of cru Amarone, rediscovered the ancient Oseleta grape and amassed the most extensive Amarone cellars in the world. Adding another feather to the cap of Sandro's career, Masi was named 2018 Winery of the Year by Gambero Rosso. Celebrate his auspicious legacy with this special cru version of Masi's gentle giant, Costasera, which contains Oseleta along with Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara.

SPERI VIGNETO MONTE SANT'URBANO AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2013
DOCG

205294 (D) 750mL $74.00

TASTING NOTE: An elegant, medium- to full-bodied version, featuring refined tannins and a tarry underpinning to the flavors of strawberry preserves, fig cake and cured tobacco. Balanced, with a spiced, lingering finish. Drink now through 2025. Score: 92 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, June 30, 2018)

NICOLIS AMBROSAN AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2008
DOC

538843 (XD) 750mL $89.00

TASTING NOTE: A graceful red that carries its medium to full body well, offering fine-grained tannins layered with a subtle streak of smoky mineral and pleasing flavors of ripe black raspberry and sweet brown bread. Hints of dried lavender, orange zest and spice box linger on the chewy finish. Drink now through 2028. Score: 93 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, March 31, 2017)

CARVALHAS VINHAS VELHAS 2015
DOC Douro

638213 (XD) 750mL $93.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Vinhas Velhas da Quinta das Carvalhas is a field blend from old vines (some hitting 100 years), aged for 18 months in new French oak. Of Real Companhia's offerings this issue, this is probably my favorite. It seems pretty terrific. Elegant, showing fine mid-palate finesse and a tightly wound feel, this sophisticated tinto also has tons of flavor, but it still always seem serious. It's not a fruit bomb. Quite possibly the best table wine I've seen from Real Companhia Velha, this is potentially special. With its impeccable balance, fine structure and concentration, it should age well. While the tannins are not particularly hard, it really needs a few years before it is opened to allow it to become more harmonious as well as more complex. Ideally, come back around 2020-2023. Be patient if you can. Drink Date: 2019-2045. Score: 94 (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2017)

ADÃO ANTÓNIO AGUIAR RESERVA 2014
DOC Douro

539544 (XD) 750mL $42.00

TASTING NOTE: 100% Touriga Nacional. Polished wine, oozing quality. Smashing nose. Bold and open of baked blackberry pie with mint and eucalyptus. Developed palate with deep dried fruit, plum, lavender and pencil box with a long length. Score: 95 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017)

IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA 2011
DOCa Rioja

598268 (XD) 750mL $54.00

TASTING NOTE: I'm always looking forward to tasting CVNE's Gran Reserva bottlings, especially the 2011 Imperial Gran Reserva, as the year was highly praised, and I was very curious to see how it behaved. It's a classical blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo that matured in barrel for two years. It has good depth and complexity in the nose, nicely layered, very balsamic and tertiary. It feels elegant and harmonious. The palate is surprisingly fresh and vibrant, with finesse, freshness, fine and mostly resolved tannins and a fine thread of acidity that holds and lifts up the finish. Drink Date: 2018-2028. Score: 93+ (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2018)

FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA 1994
DOCa Rioja

929489 (XD) 750mL $72.00

TASTING NOTE: Here's a fully mature, funky, brettanomyces-laden Rioja Gran Reserva, complete with fully raisined, pruney fruit, freshly turned earth, leather and tobacco, and sweet pot pourri and more. The palate is juicy, succulent, savoury and saliva-inducing, with terrific complexity and range. If you've never experienced old wine before, this is a nice point of entry. Despite the relatively high price, for 23 year-old wine of this quality you could still call this value to be sure. Drink, but no rush, either. Tasted November 2017. Score: 93 (John Szabo, MS, winealign.com, Nov. 29, 2017)

REIF ESTATE MERITAGE 2015
VQA Niagara River, Niagara-on-the-Lake

149005 (XD) 750mL $39.95

TASTING NOTE: This terrific, robust Niagara red wine blend over-delivers against its price point. Balanced, elegant and full-bodied: a beautiful blend of Cabernet and Merlot from this Niagara winery. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: [now]-2021. Score: 90 (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, Nov. 23, 2018)

CLONAKILLA SHIRAZ/VIOGNIER 2016
Canberra District

27367 (XD) 750mL $105.00

TASTING NOTE: The perfumed, spicy bouquet with red flowers and fruits doesn't prepare you for the intensity and piercing length of its beautifully balanced medium-bodied palate. This is a truly glorious wine that draws you back again and again to explore the wealth of red fruit flavours, and the majesty of its texture and structure. Drink By: 2041. Score: 98 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2018)

PENFOLDS BIN 389 CABERNET/SHIRAZ 2016
South Australia

309625 (XD) 750mL $99.00

TASTING NOTE: A 51/49% blend from the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Wrattonbully, matured for 12 months in American hogsheads (37% new). Good colour, although not as striking as some of the other wines in the range; Likewise retains some elegance despite the clarion call of the cascade of fruit flavours. The fruit, oak, tannin and acid balance is impeccable, as is the length and drive of the palate. The savoury subtext is equally good. Drink By: 2046. Score: 96 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Oct. 1, 2018)

BY FARR FARRSIDE PINOT NOIR 2015
Geelong, Victoria

392829 (XD) 750mL $85.00

TASTING NOTE: The current release, By Farr's 2015 Farrside Pinot Noir is by turns dark and brooding and bright and fresh. It almost seems to depend which sip one takes. Is it black cherries or raspberries? Earthy and meaty or red-fruited and pure? That's the level of well-integrated complexity boasted by this exceptional wine. It's medium-bodied and solidly built, with firm but ripe tannins that softly frame the fruit, dressed up with hints of French oak. Already approachable, it should easily age through 2025. Drink Date: 2018-2025. Score: 94 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, June 29, 2018)

BY FARR SANGREAL PINOT NOIR 2015
Victoria

633503 (XD) 750mL $89.00

TASTING NOTE: Clones 114 and 115 planted '94, believed to have mutated into a single 'Sangreal' clone, 66% whole bunches, 4 days cold soak, wild yeast open-fermented 8 days, matured in new French oak for 18 months. Deeply coloured, depth and savoury complexity the cornerstones of great pinots. Spices from an Arabian bazaar intermingle sinuously with vibrant berry fruits, a skein of refreshing acidity adding another dimension to a wine that continuously draws saliva from the mouth. It is already a complete wine, its future measured in decades, not years. Drink By: 2035. Score: 97 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)

PENFOLDS GRANGE SHIRAZ 2014
South Australia

468827 (XD) 750mL $975.00

TASTING NOTE: Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It's full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerful and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standards. Gago doesn't rate the vintage overall that highly, but he says the selection this year for Grange was a bit more stringent and that production levels were just average. Drink Date: 2025-2050. Score: 98 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Oct. 4, 2018)

SUCKFIZZLE SAUVIGNON BLANC/SEMILLON 2015
Margaret River, Western Australia

485847 (XD) 750mL $45.00

James Halliday also gave this wine a score of 97 points. (winecompanion.com.au, Nov. 1, 2018)

TASTING NOTE: Very aromatic rich toasty nose, with lots of tomato leaf and some fresh asparagus with hints of acacia honey and green apricot, the palate has heaps of greengage and pineapple fruit with baked apple hints, great depth weight and length. Platinum Award winner. Score: 97 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018)

WILD EARTH SPECIAL EDITION PINOT NOIR 2014
Central Otago, South Island

649632 (XD) 750mL $70.00

TASTING NOTE: 100% Pinot Noir. Engaging bouquet: ripe cherry with some mineral and undergrowth tones. Grippy savoury tannins and ripe berry fruit flow through the palate. Toast and nutmeg come into view on the lengthy finish. Very compelling. Score: 95 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017)

BOSCHKLOOF EPILOGUE SYRAH 2016
WO Stellenbosch

648337 (XD) 750mL $84.00

TASTING NOTE: "I'm making this for Syrah fanatics", says Reenen Borman. Lucky them is all I can say, because this is another stunning release from a brilliant young winemaker. Intense, granitic and spicy, with lovely lavender and garrigue aromas, layers of dark, inky fruit, stylish oak and amazing length. What more do you want from a Syrah? Drink: 2020-30. Rated 'Wines Of The Year' in 2018. Score: 98 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, South Africa Special Report 2018)

RUSTENBERG PETER BARLOW 2015
WO Simonsberg Stellenbosch

425314 (XD) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Delightfully expressive nose: coffee, cherry, blueberry, celery seeds, fruitcake - even a touch of cumin! Delightful freshness on the palate with spicy, grippy and youthful tannins. Youthful and promising. Will evolve and yield more. Exemplary length and persistence. Score: 97 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018)

ACHAVAL FERRER FINCA ALTAMIRA MALBEC 2014
Uco Valley, Mendoza

24745 (XD) 750mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: 2014 started as a normal growing season, but in February it started raining, so the character of many wines is fresh, less powerful and more elegant. These characteristics are clearly reflected in the 2014 Malbec Finca Altamira, which in any case is always the most floral and exuberant of the single-vineyard bottlings. What matters here is the origin, the soils and vines, rather than the process, which is kept more or less the same for all of the wines. It has a spectacular acid structure, not as creamy as other years, more vertical. Truly outstanding. Drink Date: 2016-2024. Score: 96+ (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

ACHAVAL FERRER QUIMERA 2014
Mendoza

24752 (XD) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: Sourced from a diversity of places in the province of Mendoza, the 2013 Quimera is a blend of different red grapes, a mixture that is more or less constant across vintages, 50% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine matures in brand new French oak barrels, but in 2013 the change is about the size of the barrels that was the result of an internal investigation they have been conducting in the winery. In 2011 they started experimenting with different sizes but from the same cooper. They bought larger and smaller barrels and they were surprised that smaller barrels gave more expressive fruit, so they started using 160-liter oak barrels. I had never heard this before, and in fact Santiago Achaval tells me this has not worked with his wines from California, but in Achaval-Ferrer half of the barrels are now 160-liter! The barrels work well up to three uses, and he thinks it's because the juicy wines from Mendoza have a stronger demand for aeration and the wine benefits from a higher ratio of wood-to-wine because of how much oxygen the wine demands. The nose has no trace of wood, and it's eminently floral. The palate has electric acidity, acid strawberries, it makes you salivate, makes you long for the next sip. Simply delicious. The best Quimera I've tasted. The wine will not be released until March 2016. 60,000 bottles were produced. Bottled in September 2014. Drink Date: 2016-2023. Score: 93 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Aug. 27, 2015)

CATENA ALTA CHARDONNAY 2016
Uco Valley, Mendoza

959973 (XD) 750mL $39.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Catena Alta Chardonnay was cropped from a cool El Niño year. It's fresh and elegant, with high acidity and moderate alcohol. The oak is almost imperceptible, as the wine is very intense and pungent. Eighty percent of the grapes come from Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary, and the rest come from the Domingo Vineyard in Viña Bastías, in Tupungato. It fermented in 225-liter oak barrels with wild yeasts, and only about 30% of the volume underwent malolactic fermentation. The aging lasted for 14 months and was in new, second and third use barriques. It has a dark golden color and an impressive nose with ripe yellow fruit and some notes of botrytis but with a completely dry palate. It's round, lush and exotic, with the grapes taken from deeper soils and slightly warmer parts of the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary. It's quite marked by the oak, but it should evolve nicely and in a classical Burgundian way in bottle. Drink Date: 2018-2023. Score: 92 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, June 29, 2018)

RITUAL MONSTER BLOCK PINOT NOIR 2016
DO Casablanca Valley

649640 (XD) 750mL $60.00

TASTING NOTE: This has beautiful richness and tension with incredible fruit tones and firm tannins. Full body, round and layered with fantastic length and verve. One of my go-to pinots. Drink now. Score: 96 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, May 29, 2017)

LAPOSTOLLE LE PETIT CLOS RED BLEND 2014
Colchagua Valley

539791 (XD) 750mL $70.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 'Le Petit Clos' is a simply fascinating wine composed of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenére, 28% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot which spent 18 months in new 225L French oak for 8 months, followed by an additional 18 months in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels and vats. While its name suggests this may be something "petit", that couldn't be further from the case for this majestic red, as it bursts opens with profound aromas of blackberries and dark currants woven together with spices, cedar, spring floral, chocolate, roasted coffee and hints of loamy notes. This palate is remarkably dense and concentrated, with plush layers of ripe dark fruits, spices and cedar notes building on the long multidimensional finish. A simply incredible wine, which is simply delicious now, yet possesses the potential to thrive in the cellar for many years. (Best 2017-2029). Score: 94 (Joe D'Angelo, internationalwinereport.com, Sept. 2017)

SEA SMOKE TEN PINOT NOIR 2016
Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County

59014 (XD) 750mL $140.00

Sea Smoke produces three Pinot Noirs: Botella, Southing and Ten. Named for and produced from a barrel of each of the 10 Pinot Noir clones in the Sea Smoke estate vineyard, the Ten is by far the heartiest and most robust of the winery's Pinots. The style is achieved, in part, by using a greater percentage of new oak in the vinification process. The resulting wine has all of Sea Smoke's trademark fruit-driven style in an intense, brooding package with a noticeable tannic framework. The Ten is an excellent choice for long-term cellaring.

DUTTON-GOLDFIELD FOX DEN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015
Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

637256 (XD) 750mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: From a cool site above Occidental, this shows smoky peppercorn, high-toned strawberry and raspberry notes - the fruit expansive and succulent throughout. Focused acidity provides a persistent energy and freshness, with a measured sense of oak. Score: 95 (Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2018)

FLANAGAN SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR 2015
Sun Chase Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County

631994 (XD) 750mL $85.00

TASTING NOTE: From the site high atop the Petaluma Gap part of the coast, above Gap's Crown, this is inviting in every way. Black raspberry is seasoned in cardamom and forest pine as a tannic backbone provides structure and strength. A hit of citrus highlights the fresh persistent acidity. Score: 94 (Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 1, 2018)

FOXEN SOLOMON HILLS PINOT NOIR 2015
Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County

637223 (XD) 750mL $69.00

TASTING NOTE: The impressively plump and prominent strawberry and red-currant aromas are alluring on the nose, enhanced by touches of cinnamon and pepper dust. The palate combines savory pepper spice, red plums and berries, with a solidly simmering acidity shimmering through the entire sip. Score: 96 (Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2017)

HALL KATHRYN HALL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Napa Valley

331140 (XD) 750mL $285.00

TASTING NOTE: Very deep purple-black, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall offers up exuberant black cherries, black berries and plum preserves notes with wafts of crushed blackcurrants, red roses, tilled black soil, ground pepper and cedar chest plus a touch of espresso. Full-bodied, concentrated and delivering layer upon layer of earth and spice-laced black fruits, it has a solid line of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness to support, with a very long finish. Drink Date: 2019-2036. Score: 95+ (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Oct. 29, 2018)

O'SHAUGHNESSY HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Napa Valley

328138 (XD) 750mL $170.00

TASTING NOTE: Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is redolent of warm blackberries and black cherries with hints of Indian spices, fertile soil, cedar and hoisin. Big, full-bodied and voluptuous in the mouth, the concentrated, multilayered fruit is well framed by firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. Drink Date: 2017-2036. Score: 95 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

SHAFER VINEYARDS ONE POINT FIVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

247734 (XD) 3000mL $1,050.00

TASTING NOTE: Taut and leathery, this is a thickly tannic, incredibly structured and powerful wine, softened by 7% Merlot and 3% Malbec. Extracted black fruit is poised amongst earthy truffle, crushed rock and black pepper, the aromas and flavors integrated and built to age. Enjoy best 2025-2030. Cellar Selection. Score: 97 (Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 1, 2018)

BIEN NACIDO ESTATE X BLOCK SYRAH 2014
Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County

637884 (XD) 750mL $160.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard X Block has a lot of everything. Powerful, dense and explosive, it offers superb depth and intensity in every dimension. A rich, full-throttle Syrah, the X Block is going to need a lot of time to settle down, but it is magnificent, even at this very early stage. Drinking window: 2021-2034. Score: 96 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Sept. 2017)

HUNDRED ACRE ARK VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

456046 (XD) 750mL $745.00

TASTING NOTE: From Howell Mountain, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark reveals the mulberry, chocolate, graphite and an incredibly dense bluish black color, massive fruit extract and richness, but without a hard edge to be found. All three of these are extraordinary wines, which is what we've come to expect from Jayson Woodbridge. Score: 98-100 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

HUNDRED ACRE KAYLI MORGAN VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

131094 (XD) 750mL $745.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014s also look sensational, with potential perfect scores for the 2014 Few and Far Between and the 2014 Ark, with the 2014 Kayli Morgan not far behind. These wines are still in cask and probably won't be bottled until sometime in 2017. Some quick notes on them. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan will be delicious when released, as it often is. I suspect that this, like the Few and Far Between, as well as the Ark, will spend 32 months in cask. But the élevage and meticulous attention to detail by Woodbridge seems to result in wines that never show much wood. This wine has great fruit, an opaque purple color, beautiful crème de cassis, blueberry and floral notes in a sexy, opulent, forward style that will be more flattering and flamboyant than its 2013 counterpart, at least in its youth. Score: 96-99 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

KINSELLA JERSEY BOYS VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

637017 (XD) 750mL $195.00

TASTING NOTE: There are 645 cases of the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Jersey Boys Vineyard (named after the fact that the Broadway Musical "Jersey Boys" was brought to the stage and screen by the owner of Kinsella). This wine and its siblings will do a lot to establish Dry Creek as more than another viticulture area better known for Zinfandel than Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a killer Cabernet Sauvignon with dazzling fruit levels and loads of loamy soil notes intermixed with black raspberry, blueberry and blackcurrant. The superripe and pure fruit hits the palate with a full-bodied crescendo. The wine offers up notes of underbrush, unsmoked cigar tobacco, pen ink and plenty of crème de cassis and blackberry. Drink it over the next 20-25 years. Drink Date: 2016-2041. Score: 95 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

KRUPP BROTHERS M5 STAGECOACH VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

478685 (XD) 750mL $300.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon M5 (another Stagecoach Vineyard wine) carries the motto from co-proprietors Jan and Bart Krupp: "Born from stone, cloaked in elegance," and that seems to be an apt descriptor. Inky purple in color, with crème de cassis, blackberry, licorice and floral notes, this is another pedal-to-the-metal, super-rich Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also elegant and not the least bit cloying or rustic. This is another sensational effort that seems to be suggesting that the Krupp brothers are pushing the envelope to higher and higher quality. This wine certainly showcases this wonderfully charming and seductive vintage brilliantly. Drink it over the next 20 years. Drink Date: 2016-2036. Score: 96 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

SHAFER HILLSIDE SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

735712 (XD) 750mL $465.00

TASTING NOTE: Very deep inky-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is incredibly intense and impactful on the nose, revealing notes of crushed black cherries, blackberries and fresh black currants with underlying notions of charcoal, sautéed herbs, black soil, chargrilled meat and pencil lead, plus a waft of violets. Very full-bodied, very rich and wonderfully concentrated, the wall of fruit is well matched by a firm structure of ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length and depth. Drink Date: 2017-2039. Score: 98+ (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

PHELPS CREEK CUVÉE ALEXANDRINE PINOT NOIR 2014
Columbia Gorge

462895 (XD) 750mL $83.00

TASTING NOTE: Winemaker Alexandrine Roy selected the finest 15 barrels of wines made from estate fruit in 2014 for this wine. Harvest Brix 23.8º. Clones are Pommard, 115 and 777. Native yeast fermentation. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is remarkably complex, offering scents of dark red and black cherry and berry, rose petal, aged leather, and turned earth. A noticeable contrast to the "Beehive" bottling, with more structure, more savory and earthy facets, less flashy fruit, and slightly more oak contribution at this young age. A very sophisticated wine that is clearly built to age. The mid weight flavors of black raspberry and blackberry are set off by notes of spice and toast and emerge slowly in the glass over time. The finish is uncommonly generous as all great wines are. When tasted several hours later, the wine was more giving, indicating that it should be decanted if drunk now, but will benefit from more time in the cellar. Still evolving when tasted from an opened bottle two days later. Enjoy this one for its complexity and longevity. Score: 96 (William Gaffney, princeofpinot.com, Feb. 1, 2017)

PHELPS CREEK LYNETTE CHARDONNAY 2015
Columbia Gorge

665901 (XD) 750mL $63.00

TASTING NOTE: Still young, with sharp barrel flavors, this will need another year or two of bottle age to fully smooth out. Punchy, tart apple and peach fruit is bright and toasty, with a touch of brioche. Give it that extra bottle age, and drink after 2020. Score: 92 (Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 2018)

LONG SHADOWS FEATHER CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Columbia Valley

64766 (XD) 750mL $110.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Feather is lovely, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, blackberries, petroleum jelly and burning embers. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ripe and powerful, with an expansive attack and an ample core of dark berry fruit, underpinned by a fine-grained, stony chassis of ripe tannins. This wine is made by Howell Mountain veteran Randy Dunn, and its profile - while marked by the torrid 2015 vintage - will be familiar to followers of the wines he produces there. Drink Date: 2020-2035. Score: 96 (William Kelley, robertparker.com, June 29, 2018)

DOMAINE DE RANCY AMBRÉ RIVESALTES 2001
AC

165647 (S) 500mL $47.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2001 Rivesaltes Ambré is a classic effort that offers terrific notes of toffee, sweet caramel and dried fruits. Made with mostly Macabeu, yet with 5-10% Grenache, aged 13 years in old foudre, it's gorgeously balanced, seamless and elegant, with perfect integration of its alcohol and sweetness. I'm sure it will continue to evolve nicely, but I see no reason to hold off either. Score: 94 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, April 2015)

COCKBURN'S VINTAGE PORT 2016
DOP

647842 (S) 750mL $121.00

TASTING NOTE: This shows fantastic graphite and dark-berry character with black-stone undertones and hints of dried roses. Full-bodied and very tight and precise. Good kick in the end. Love the polished tannins, which are totally folded into the wine. Reminds me of the 1947 Cockburn. Try in 2024. Score: 99 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 3, 2018)

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