THE CLASSICS COLLECTION • MAY 2019 18 VINTAGES MOUNT EDEN ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2014 Santa Cruz Mountains TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Pinot Noir Estate from Mount Eden is beautiful, wafting from the glass with aromas of red cherries, potpourri, mountain laurel, forest floor and cinnamon. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, ample and layered, with velvety tannins, succulent acids and lovely length and grain on the tangy finish. Follow this young classic for the next 15 years. Drink Date: 20182033. Score: 95 (William Kelley, robertparker. com , May 31, 2018) 638031 (XD) 750 mL $98.00 OPUS ONE 2013 Napa Valley TASTING NOTE: The greatest Opus ever. Terrific aromas of crushed black currants, blueberries, and flowers with hints of sweet tobacco. Roses continue to exude opulence and class. Full body, superb balance of ultra-fine tannins and vibrant acidity. Complex aftertaste of black fruits and citrus fruit. Extremely persistent. So approachable now and enjoyable. But will be even better in 2019 and beyond. 79% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 6%merlot, 6% petit verdot, 2%malbec. This will always be beautiful to drink. Score: 100 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com , Sept. 13, 2016) 14324 (D) 1500 mL $1500.00 THE BRIDGE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 Alexander Valley, Sonoma County TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from clone 337 and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in French oak. This wine displays notes of wood spice, earth, black and red currants, licorice and tobacco leaf. It is full-bodied, has excellent purity, and was bottled with no fining or filtration. This is an impressive, concentrated wine to drink over the next 15 or so years. Drink Date: 20162031. Score: 94 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker. com , March 3, 2016) 562744 (XD) 750 mL $200.00 OREGON REDWINE CRISTOM ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2014 Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley TASTING NOTE: Bright red. Suave, smoke-accented aromas of raspberry preserves, pungent flowers, incense and cola, along with a hint of allspice in the background. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering intense red berry, allspice and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened by a jolt of zesty acidity. Shows superb clarity and spicy bite on a long, penetrating finish shaped by silky, even tannins. The interplay of power and finesse here is really something. Drinking window: 20202027. Score: 95 (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com , Jan. 2018) 665828 (XD) 750 mL $71.00 WASHINGTON REDWINE L’ECOLE 41 FERGUSON VINEYARD ESTATE GROWN RED 2014 Walla Walla Valley TASTING NOTE: My favorite of the three special cuvees, the 2014 Ferguson checks in as a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32%Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 6%Malbec. It knocks it out of the park with its dark, savory, mineral- laced fruit and is full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated on the palate. This beautiful wine has building structure and ripe tannin, and it’s going to have two decades or more of longevity. Drink Date: 20172034. Score: 95 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker. com , June 30, 2017) 551655 (XD) 750 mL $107.00 FORTIFIED Vintage Port lovers, don’t miss out on the 1969 Taylor Fladgate Very Old Port. Quantities are limited and demand will be high. PORT C. DA SILVA DALVA VINTAGE PORT 2015 DOP TASTING NOTE: 50%Touriga Nacional, 30%Touriga Franca, 20%Tinta Cao. The bouquet reaches high out of the glass: flowers, black berry fruit, spice and hedgerow. It’s complex and rich yet elegant, with smooth tannins. Serious wine, deserving several years bottle age. All there for the future (and present if decanted). Score: 96 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018) 647784 (S) 750 mL $69.00 TAYLOR FLADGATE VERY OLD SINGLE HARVEST PORT 1969 DOC Stewards to one of the most impressive and extensive collections of old Ports in the world, Taylor Fladgate releases a limited quantity of a single-harvest Port each year, selecting from wines made 50 years ago. The 1969 Very Old Single Harvest is the sixth wine to be released from Taylor Fladgate’s collection of rare single-harvest Ports. For collectors and connoisseurs alike, these wines represent an extraordinary opportunity and are not to be missed. 668566 (S) 750 mL $297.00 OPPOSITE: Sheep maintain the grounds in a Napa Valley vineyard.