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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.

    MAY 2019

 

     Ordering begins Thursday May 2, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
     All orders are first-come, first-served.
     You can now order Classics online at Vintages Shop Online.
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Online and Phone Ordering begins Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.

All orders are first-come, first-served.

Online Ordering

Our convenient online ordering system lets you place orders, make payments, view your purchase history, and more.
Visit vintagesshoponline.com to shop Classics Collection.

By Phone

To place your VINTAGES order call helloLCBO at 416-365-5900 or toll-free at 1-800-668-5226 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., except holidays).

Per-Customer Limits

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

Payment

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Delivery

These wines are in our warehouse and ready to ship now. Your order will be delivered to the store of your choice. Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery within Toronto and the GTA, and up to 6 weeks to areas outside the GTA. Please note we do not ship outside the province of Ontario.

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

May Product Updates

The following product was previously unavailable, but will be available to purchase starting May 2, 2019.

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

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

LCBO# PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE
551655 L'ECOLE 41 FERGUSON VINEYARD ESTATE GROWN RED 2014
529602 RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
529537 RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON (375 mL) 2016
529651 RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON (1500 mL) 2016
529636 RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON (3000 mL) 2016
529628 RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON (6000 mL) 2016
LCBO# PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE

May 2019 Classics Collection

Style Region Product LCBO # Size (mL) Score Price Opening
Inventory
(btls.)
Red Wine Chile ERRAZURIZ ACONCAGUA COSTA LAS PIZARRAS PINOT NOIR 2017 688408 750 JS 98-99 $93.00 238
Red Wine France – Languedoc BERGERIE DU CAPUCIN LARMANELA 2015 648725 750 DWWA 95 $46.00 178
Red Wine New Zealand – Hawke's Bay KA TAHI RANGATIRA RESERVE SYRAH 2015 534792 750 DEC 91 $36.00 113
Red Wine New Zealand – Hawke's Bay SACRED HILL BROKENSTONE HAWKE'S BAY MERLOT 2015 649228 750 RP 93 $60.00 70
White Wine Chile ERRAZURIZ ACONCAGUA COSTA LAS PIZARRAS CHARDONNAY 2017 688358 750 RP 98 $70.00 214
White Wine New Zealand – Hawke's Bay VILLA MARIA KELTERN SINGLE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2016 287888 750 JS 94 $35.00 166
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU DE FONBEL 2015 646935 750 RP 92 $47.00 418
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU FLEUR CARDINALE 2015 666982 750 JS 96 $94.00 238
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU PAVIE MACQUIN 2015 666990 750 JS 98 $187.00 152
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU PIBRAN 2011 646927 750 JS 91 $75.00 448
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 2009 646851 750 JS 94 $129.00 92
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE-DUCRU 2005 646877 750 DEC 95 $205.00 85
White Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU D'ARCHE 2009 635748 375 RP 95 $44.00 358
Red Wine France – Burgundy BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS POMMARD 1ER CRU 2016 77073 750 BH 92 $88.00 118
Red Wine France – Burgundy LOUIS LATOUR LES QUATRE JOURNAUX ROMANÉE SAINT-VIVANT GRAND CRU 2016 179598 750 JS 100 $860.00 6
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE DE SUREMAIN MERCUREY LES CRÊTS 1ER CRU 2015 635318 750 WS 92 $49.00 174
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE TAWSE GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN LES CHAMPEAUX 1ER CRU 2015 561092 750 BH 90-93 $138.00 118
White Wine France – Burgundy CHÂTEAU FUISSÉ SAINT-VÉRAN 2017 646299 750   $32.00 473
White Wine France – Burgundy BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS MONTRACHET GRAND CRU 2016 402040 750 BH 97 $942.00 24
White Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE CHRISTIAN MOREAU PÈRE & FILS LES CLOS CHABLIS GRAND CRU 2016 42366 750 WE 95 $100.00 130
White Wine France – Burgundy LOUIS LATOUR MONTRACHET GRAND CRU 2016 78428 750 BH 92-95 $979.00 6
White Wine France – Burgundy WILLIAM FÈVRE MONTMAINS CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2016 977587 750 WS 93 $55.00 106
White Wine France – Burgundy CHÂTEAU DE SANTENAY CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 2015 635128 750 WE 93 $89.00 187
White Wine France – Burgundy SIMONNET-FEBVRE MONT DE MILIEU CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2015 101600 750 DEC 91 $45.00 478
Red Wine France – Beaujolais CHÂTEAU DU MOULIN-À-VENT 2015 696567 750 VIN 93 $50.00 238
Red Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE SAINT PRÉFERT RÉSERVE AUGUSTE FAVIER CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2016 65805 750 RP 97 $83.00 226
Red Wine France – Rhône M. CHAPOUTIER QUATUOR 2015 646349 750 RP 97 $105.00 55
Red Wine France – Rhône ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA ARIOSO CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015 562140 750 JD 95-97 $272.00 118
Red Wine France – Rhône GABRIEL MEFFRE LAURUS GIGONDAS 2014 163113 750 DWWA 93 $41.00 594
Red Wine France – Rhône E. GUIGAL HERMITAGE 2012 707372 750 RP 92 $82.00 354
White Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE BELLE ROCHE BLANCHE CROZES-HERMITAGE BLANC 2016 639542 750 RP 93 $58.00 238
White Wine France – Rhône ROMAIN DUVERNAY CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2016 637900 750 DWWA 95 $63.00 238
White Wine France – Alsace DOMAINE WEINBACH FURSTENTUM GEWURZTRAMINER 2016 120691 750 JS 97 $90.00 46
White Wine France – Alsace DOMAINES SCHLUMBERGER KESSLER GEWURZTRAMINER 2015 307694 750 JS 95 $38.00 342
White Wine France – Alsace RENÉ MURÉ CLOS SAINT LANDELIN RIESLING 2015 75929 750 WE 97 $55.00 172
Champagne France – Champagne CRISTAL ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE 2008 629600 750 VIN 99 $669.00 38
Champagne France – Champagne POL ROGER SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2008 958678 750 WE 100 $256.00 34
Champagne France – Champagne KRUG CLOS DU MESNIL BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2004 38711 750 VIN 98+ $1,178.00 8
Champagne France – Champagne BILLECART-SALMON BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE  724559 750 RP 93 $122.00 304
Champagne France – Champagne KRUG BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE  38703 750 DEC 96 $454.00 81
Sparkling Wine France – Loire DOMAINE HUET PÉTILLANT BRUT RÉSERVE VOUVRAY 2009 634089 750 RP 93 $62.00 44
White Wine Germany – Mosel DR. LOOSEN ERDENER TREPPCHEN GG ALTE REBEN RIESLING TROCKEN 2016 633974 750 RP 95 $56.00 238
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont GAJA DAGROMIS BAROLO 2014 92742 750 JR 17 (out of 20) $122.00 163
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont PELISSERO NUBIOLA BARBARESCO 2014 138495 750 VIN 92 $55.00 230
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont AZELIA BAROLO BRICCO FIASCO 2013 51300 750 RP 95 $128.00 172
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont ETTORE GERMANO CERRETTA BAROLO 2013 341859 750 WE 95 $89.00 178
White Wine Italy – Piedmont GAJA ALTENI DI BRASSICA 2016 634048 750 JS 94 $193.00 36
Red Wine Italy – Sardinia GIUSEPPE SEDILESU RISERVA CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA 2010 648162 750 VIN 92 $75.00 178
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany LE MACCHIOLE BOLGHERI ROSSO 2016 483412 750 W&SM 91 $37.00 562
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany MONTEVERTINE 2015 167742 750 RP 94-96 $89.00 80
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany PETROLO GALATRONA 2015 21998 750 JS 99 $174.00 54
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany FILO DI SETA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013 477331 750 RP 94 $115.00 115
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany GRANDI ANNATE VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 2013 633958 750 RP 94 $128.00 118
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany SAN POLINO HELICHRYSUM BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013 115899 750 JS 97-98 $110.00 115
Red Wine Italy – Veneto TENUTA SANT'ANTONIO CAMPO DEI GIGLI AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA 2012 387886 750 GR 3 Glasses (out of 3) $79.00 145
White Wine Italy – Veneto GINI LA FROSCA SOAVE CLASSICO 2015 528471 750 WE 94 $37.00 538
Red Wine Portugal MONTE CASCAS VINHA DA CARPANHA 2011 641993 750 RP 92 $83.00 118
Red Wine Spain PALACIOS REMONDO PROPIEDAD 2015 438671 750 RP 94+ $50.00 322
Red Wine Spain BODEGAS VETUS CELSUS 2014 645481 750 WS 93 $63.00 118
Red Wine Canada – Ontario ORGANIZED CRIME THE DOWNLOAD 2012 364398 750 WN 92 $45.20 165
Red Wine Australia POWELL & SON BAROSSA & EDEN VALLEYS SHIRAZ 2016 637314 750 RP 94 $78.00 186
Red Wine Australia BREMERTON OLD ADAM SHIRAZ 2014 637645 750 AWC 95 $42.00 382
Red Wine Australia LAKE'S FOLLY CABERNETS 2014 487884 750 AWC 97 $107.00 94
Red Wine Australia VASSE FELIX TOM CULLITY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 537456 750 JS 98 $174.00 94
Red Wine Australia WOLF BLASS BLACK LABEL CABERNET/SHIRAZ 2012 960468 750 AWC 97 $100.00 154
Red Wine Australia DOMAINE TERLATO & CHAPOUTIER LIEU DIT MALAKOFF SHIRAZ 2011 290874 750 RP 95 $45.00 376
Red Wine South Africa BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF STELLENBOSCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 652941 750 TAT 94 $56.00 118
Red Wine South Africa KANONKOP PAUL SAUER 2015 648105 750 TAT 100 $70.00 136
White Wine South Africa SPIER 21 GABLES CHENIN BLANC 2016 648097 750 IWSC 93+ $35.00 118
Red Wine Argentina CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD RIVER STONES MALBEC 2014 542845 750 RP 98 $148.00 25
Red Wine Argentina GRAN ENEMIGO SINGLE VINEYARD GUALTALLARY CABERNET FRANC 2013 562645 750 RP 100 $111.00 290
Red Wine Argentina DURIGUTTI GRAN RESERVA MALBEC 2012 668798 750 WS 93 $39.00 238
Red Wine Chile SEÑA 2016 496430 750 RP 97 $259.00 60
Red Wine USA – California RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 529537 375 VIN 94-97 $155.00 *
Red Wine USA – California RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 529602 750 VIN 94-97 $299.00 *
Red Wine USA – California RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 529651 1500 VIN 94-97 $605.00 *
Red Wine USA – California RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 529636 3000 VIN 94-97 $1,300.00 *
Red Wine USA – California RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 529628 6000 VIN 94-97 $2,600.00 *
Red Wine USA – California SEA SMOKE SOUTHING PINOT NOIR 2016 9795 750   $113.00 94
Red Wine USA – California CONTINUUM 2015 397836 750 JS 100 $385.00 88
Red Wine USA – California OPUS ONE 2015 26310 750 RP 97+ $635.00 246
Red Wine USA – California HOOPES OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 534800 750 DEC 93 $115.00 178
Red Wine USA – California MOUNT EDEN ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2014 638031 750 RP 95 $98.00 34
Red Wine USA – California OPUS ONE 2013 14324 1500 JS 100 $1,500.00 14
Red Wine USA – California THE BRIDGE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 562744 750 RP 94 $200.00 107
Red Wine USA – Oregon CRISTOM ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2014 665828 750 VIN 95 $71.00 329
Red Wine USA – Washington L'ECOLE 41 FERGUSON VINEYARD ESTATE GROWN RED 2014 551655 750 RP 95 $107.00 *
Fortified Wines Portugal C. DA SILVA DALVA VINTAGE PORT 2015 647784 750 DWWA 96 $69.00 118
Fortified Wines Portugal TAYLOR FLADGATE VERY OLD SINGLE HARVEST PORT 1969 668566 750   $297.00 36

ERRAZURIZ ACONCAGUA COSTA LAS PIZARRAS PINOT NOIR 2017
DO Aconcagua Costa

688408 (XD) 750mL $93.00

TASTING NOTE: I love the aromas of smoked meat, dried strawberries and spices. Some resin and pine-needle undertones. Full-bodied, layered and rich with plenty of fruit and linear tannins running through the middle of the wine. Juicy and refined. Purity and greatness. Drink on release or hold. Score: 98-99 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 7, 2019)

BERGERIE DU CAPUCIN LARMANELA 2015
AP Pic Saint Loup

648725 (XD) 750mL $46.00

TASTING NOTE: 95% Syrah, 5% Grenache. Oaky, meaty and peppery nose with obvious Syrah character. Moving into maturity with leathery notes over the strong black fruit and hints of meatiness. Highly concentrated, but lovely and fresh, with fresh and polished tannins. Score: 95 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018)

KA TAHI RANGATIRA RESERVE SYRAH 2015
Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, North Island

534792 (XD) 750mL $36.00

TASTING NOTE: This Syrah is a deep black-purple in colour, and was the only wine among this group which seemed to have floral notes alongside the sweet oak, lending its black fruits complexity and lift. On the palate it is fresh, pure, long and lively, with red apple, plum and black fruits followed by some moist liquorice on the finish. It's not particularly deep or dense, but is a true charmer. Drinking Window: 2018-2022. Score: 91 (Andrew Jefford, decanter.com, April 23, 2018)

SACRED HILL BROKENSTONE HAWKE'S BAY MERLOT 2015
Hawke's Bay, North Island

649228 (XD) 750mL $60.00

TASTING NOTE: Hints of pencil shavings, vanilla and bold black cherries mark the nose of the 2015 Brokenstone, a blend of 87% Merlot, with small amounts of Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Aged 19 months in 22% new French oak, it's a classy, medium to full-bodied red, with a rich mid-palate and a velvety finish. It should age comfortably up to a decade or more. Drink Date: 2020-2030. Score: 93 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, May 31, 2018)

ERRAZURIZ ACONCAGUA COSTA LAS PIZARRAS CHARDONNAY 2017
DO Aconcagua Costa

688358 (XD) 750mL $70.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2017 Aconcagua Costa "Las Pizarras" Chardonnay is really fascinating, and it's even sharper, more restrained and with higher acidity than the 2016 that I tasted next to it. Winemaker Francisco "Pancho" Baettig is really pushing the wine to the limits - harvesting early and with more concentration and structure achieved through lower yields, which provides depth and complexity. The origin is the same as for 2016, and so is the vinification and aging in French barriques for almost 13 months. This is really young and austere, and it took some time in the glass to open up. It has Chablis-like definition, austerity and crispness; it's pure, mineral, long, precise like a laser cut, symmetric and chiseled. Even if it's sharp and citrusy, the palate has more volume and depth, and some nutty notes appear after some time. It's more like a Meursault than a Chablis this time, with great length, and I couldn't help but think of the whites from Jean-Marc Roulot when tasting this. It's a monumental mineral white, with the coastal freshness and the slate tastiness. This is hands down the best vintage of Las Pizarras and the best Chardonnay I've ever tasted from Chile. It's amazing how this wine has developed in only four vintages. As an American friend of mine would say, it's awesome beyond belief! Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score: 98 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2018)

VILLA MARIA KELTERN SINGLE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2016
Hawke's Bay, North Island

287888 (XD) 750mL $35.00

Neal Martin awarded this wine a rating of 90 points and suggested a drinking window extending through 2024. (Nov. 2018, vinous.com)

TASTING NOTE: This has some pedigree and it's all here in 2016. A punchy, powerful and gently flinty array of grapefruit and white nectarine fruits on the nose follow through to a palate with a scintillating line of acidity that runs long and deep and has an extremely impressive concentration of citrus fruits. Drink now. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 15, 2017)

CHÂTEAU DE FONBEL 2015
AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

646935 (XD) 750mL $47.00

TASTING NOTE: This property is owned and managed by the Vauthier family of Château Ausone. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Fonbel?composed mainly of Merlot with splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Petit Verdot - is scented of warm black plums, blackberry preserves, tar and bay leaves with touches of scorched earth and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied with very fine, silky tannins and amazing freshness, the palate offers stacks of red and black fruits, going minerally on the long finish. Drink Date: 2019-2033. Score: 92 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Feb. 21, 2018)

CHÂTEAU FLEUR CARDINALE 2015
AC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé

666982 (XD) 750mL $94.00

TASTING NOTE: Super rich baking spices across ripe dark plums in a very suave and attractively styled nose. The palate has incredible depth and succulently seductive, fleshy plum flavors. Wow. Try from 2022. Score: 96 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 2, 2018)

CHÂTEAU PAVIE MACQUIN 2015
AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

666990 (XD) 750mL $187.00

TASTING NOTE: So much violet and lilac aromas to this with blackberry and blueberry character, too. Full-bodied and delivering limestone, chalk and lavender on the palate. Great structure, too. Needs four or five years to soften. Better in 2022. Score: 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 27, 2018)

CHÂTEAU PIBRAN 2011
AC Pauillac

646927 (XD) 750mL $75.00

TASTING NOTE: This shows a really beautiful core of blackberry and raspberry character. Full body, firm, silky tannins and fresh acidity at the end. Needs at least three years to soften, but so delicious and well made. Very well done for the vintage. Score: 91 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 18, 2014)

CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 2009
4e cru, AC Margaux

646851 (XD) 750mL $129.00

TASTING NOTE: Loads of dark berries and chocolate follow through to a full body. Velvety and tangy with a long finish. Lots of orange peel. Dusty texture. Better in 2017. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Aug. 1, 2012)

CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE-DUCRU 2005
4e cru, AC Saint-Julien

646877 (XD) 750mL $205.00

TASTING NOTE: The nose is just utterly delicious, smoky and seductive. This is why you don't drink St-Julien in a great vintage too young, it has suddenly started to sing and take on all these aromatics dimensions. It's displaying a floral, violet edge, with truffles and leather. The fruit is still there but it has started to be accompanied by an orchestra of other flavours. This is my favourite wine in the series, hands down. Showing so perfectly today. The tannins are still there but they are melted, and the whole thing has just come together. 60% new oak. Drinking Window: 2018-2030. Score: 95 (Jane Anson, decanter.com, Dec. 13, 2018)

CHÂTEAU D'ARCHE 2009
AC Sauternes

635748 (S) 375mL $44.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2009 Chateau d'Arche has a perfumed, delicate bouquet that might not offer the intensity some hedonists might seek, but it is very nuanced and complex with scents of yellow flowers, dried honey and candle wax. The palate is medium-bodied with superb acidity combining with the botrytis rich fruit. This is a class act: surfeit with tension and breeding, while the finish offers delicious notes of Manuka honey and spices. This is wonderful. Drink now-2040+. Score: 95 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Feb. 27, 2013)

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS POMMARD 1ER CRU 2016
AC

77073 (XD) 750mL $88.00

TASTING NOTE: A brooding and very somber nose only grudgingly reveals its aromas of lightly spiced plum, earth and dark berries that are trimmed in much more subtle, if not invisible, wood. The dense, serious and overtly powerful flavors possess outstanding concentration and even though the very firm tannins are borderline chewy there is so much extract that there is a velvety texture to the explosively long, balanced and harmonious finish. This robust effort is really quite impressive and clearly built to age. Sweet spot. Outstanding. Drink: 2031+. Score: 92 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, April 15, 2018)

LOUIS LATOUR LES QUATRE JOURNAUX ROMANÉE SAINT-VIVANT GRAND CRU 2016
AC

179598 (XD) 750mL $860.00

TASTING NOTE: This is a grand cru that shows its intensity and complexity and greatness from the beginning. Blackberry, licorice and stone aromas. Full body and a center palate that shows ripe fruit and full richness. Then the tannins kick in. Great wine. Drink in 2024. Score: 100 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 27, 2018)

DOMAINE DE SUREMAIN MERCUREY LES CRÊTS 1ER CRU 2015
AC

635318 (XD) 750mL $49.00

TASTING NOTE: Bright, with cherry and black currant fruit, this rich, round red picks up flourishes of earth and spice. Supple overall, finishing long and satisfying. Best from 2019 through 2030. Score: 92 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

DOMAINE TAWSE GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN LES CHAMPEAUX 1ER CRU 2015
AC

561092 (XD) 750mL $138.00

TASTING NOTE: Here there is no reductive funk present on the cool, pure and complex nose that is comprised by notes of rose petal, game, red currant and soft earth nuances. There is more refinement and minerality if less complexity to the energetic and well-detailed flavors that retain a lovely sense of focus on the balanced and impressively long finish. This is qualitatively similar to the Cherbaudes but the two wines present very different characters. Outstanding. Drink: 2025+. Score: 90-93 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, Jan. 15, 2017)

CHÂTEAU FUISSÉ SAINT-VÉRAN 2017
AC

646299 (XD) 750mL $32.00

This Château Fuissé is overseen by fifth-generation winegrower Antoine Vincent. Typically, to make his wine, he hand-harvests, gentle-presses, ferments in some combination of steel and barrel, and ages the juice on the lees in used and new oak for between 12 and 14 months. However, he is no slave to process: Vincent bottled his 2017 wines early so that he could take full advantage of the great vibrancy and freshness they possessed. This will be an aromatic wine with impressive suggestions of white flowers, lemon citrus and peach, with a driving, juicy acidity.

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS MONTRACHET GRAND CRU 2016
AC

402040 (XD) 750mL $942.00

TASTING NOTE: Again, firm reduction renders an assessment of the nose impossible. The borderline massive flavors possess even more size and weight and this mid-palate is dense to the point of being borderline chewy yet the hugely persistent finish is highly seductive. In a word, magnificent. Drink: 2028+. Don't miss! Score: 97 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, June 15, 2018)

DOMAINE CHRISTIAN MOREAU PÈRE & FILS LES CLOS CHABLIS GRAND CRU 2016
AC

42366 (XD) 750mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: This is a rich wine, even from the normally austere Les Clos vineyard. Minerality is here, but it is surrounded by sumptuous ripe white fruits that have intense youthful acidity. It is a great wine that needs to age further, so drink from 2021. Cellar Selection. Score: 95 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2018)

LOUIS LATOUR MONTRACHET GRAND CRU 2016
AC

78428 (XD) 750mL $979.00

TASTING NOTE: A funky nose reflects notes of reduction, cider and wood. By contrast there is good freshness and much better vibrancy to the massively proportioned and super-rich flavors that are impressively dense and powerful, all wrapped in a slightly warm but hugely long finale. This too is awkward at present but the underlying material is superb and my predicted range assumes that the wine will come together. Drink: 2028+. Score: 92-95 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, June 15, 2018)

WILLIAM FÈVRE MONTMAINS CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2016
AC

977587 (XD) 750mL $55.00

TASTING NOTE: Distinctive for the seashore, oyster shell element that adds depth to the lemon and apple fruit. Balanced and intense, lingering with vivid acidity that drives the lemon-tinged finish. Drink now through 2024. Score: 93 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Sept. 30, 2018)

CHÂTEAU DE SANTENAY CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 2015
AC

635128 (XD) 750mL $89.00

TASTING NOTE: This succulent wine is packed with ripe, rich white fruits, pears and apples that are given a twist by the spice from wood aging. A touch of honey brings out the creaminess of the texture. At the same time, acidity shoots right through this ageworthy wine. Drink from 2020. Score: 93 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 1, 2018)

SIMONNET-FEBVRE MONT DE MILIEU CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2015
AC

101600 (XD) 750mL $45.00

TASTING NOTE: Lively, spicy nose with perky mineral and stone notes. The palate is rich and full-bodied but with bright, fresh, appley fruit. Vibrant and long. Drinking Window: 2017-2022. Score: 91 (Stephen Brook, decanter.com, Dec. 31, 2016)

CHÂTEAU DU MOULIN-À-VENT 2015
AC Moulin-à-Vent Croix des Vérillats

696567 (XD) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: Deep ruby-red. Expansive blackberry, cherry and incense qualities on the nose; smoky mineral and potpourri nuances gain strength with aeration. Juicy and impressively concentrated, offering sappy dark berry liqueur, spicecake and violet pastille flavors that show excellent delineation and minerally lift. Shows the heft of the vintage but comes off surprisingly graceful and finishes sweet and long, featuring building spiciness and fine-grained tannins that come in late. Drinking window: 2022-2028. Score: 93 (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, Dec. 2017)

DOMAINE SAINT PRÉFERT RÉSERVE AUGUSTE FAVIER CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2016
AC

65805 (XD) 750mL $83.00

TASTING NOTE: A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier boasts enchanting floral aromas, intoxicating raspberry and cherry fruit and enthralling hints of Swiss cocoa. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it nevertheless comes across as fresh and nearly weightless. The use of stems (the wine is all whole bunches) and an elevated proportion of Cinsault has certainly contributed to this wine's soaring aromas and sense of freshness. It's a fascinating wine. Drink Date: 2018-2035. Score: 97 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2018)

M. CHAPOUTIER QUATUOR 2015
AC Côte-Rôtie

646349 (XD) 750mL $105.00

TASTING NOTE: The debut vintage for this cuvée is a huge success. The 2015 Cote Rotie Quatuor blends four estate parcels into a plush, long wine with no hard edges. Pastry crust and roasted beef leave an impression similar to beef Wellington in this full-bodied, savory wine that is already approachable yet capable of aging 15-20 years. Drink Date: 2020-2035. Score: 97 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA ARIOSO CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015
AC

562140 (XD) 750mL $272.00

TASTING NOTE: Similar in style to the 2016, just slightly more elegant, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Arioso is the Chambolle-Musigny of the Rhône Valley with its huge perfume of spring flowers, pepper, exotic fruits, and spice. Possessing remarkable elegance, full body, ultra-fine tannin, and a great, great texture, it's up with the top wines in the vintage and will keep for two decades. Score: 95-97 (Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, Aug. 28, 2018)

GABRIEL MEFFRE LAURUS GIGONDAS 2014
AC

163113 (XD) 750mL $41.00

TASTING NOTE: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. The bouquet is fresh with a confident inner air of berry fruit and garrigue influences. The palate is intricate and elegant with juicy blackberries, black olives and hay. A more feminine style with roundness and minerality. Score: 93 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016)

E. GUIGAL HERMITAGE 2012
AC

707372 (XD) 750mL $82.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2012 Hermitage was bottled late last year and offers a very classic, slightly backward profile with notes of crushed rocks, black currants, graphite, chocolate and spice. It's certainly enjoyable today, but this medium to full-bodied effort will be better in 4-5 years and drink well for a decade after that. Drink Date: 2020-2030. Score: 92 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

DOMAINE BELLE ROCHE BLANCHE CROZES-HERMITAGE BLANC 2016
AC

639542 (XD) 750mL $58.00

TASTING NOTE: The 100% Marsanne 2016 Crozes Hermitage Roche Blanche is the product of 70- to 80-year-old vines near Larnage. It's entirely barrel-fermented in 15% to 20% new oak, imparting subtle grilled notes to hints of toasted marshmallow and pear. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with orange, brine and citrus pith notes on the lingering finish. It should drink well for a few more years. Drink Date: 2018-2022. Score: 93 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

ROMAIN DUVERNAY CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2016
AC

637900 (XD) 750mL $63.00

TASTING NOTE: 75% Grenache Blanc, 15% Roussanne, 10% Clairette. Light, lifted blossom fragrance with peach and apricots running through to the palate. Fresh and lively with great finesse and delicacy. Very harmonious and long. Score: 95 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017)

DOMAINE WEINBACH FURSTENTUM GEWURZTRAMINER 2016
AC Alsace Grand Cru

120691 (S) 750mL $90.00

TASTING NOTE: Very jasmine, very lapsang souchong tea and very madame's boudoir! And in spite of this decadence, the wine has a great vitality which grows through the very long finish. Drink and hold. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Score: 97 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 27, 2018)

DOMAINES SCHLUMBERGER KESSLER GEWURZTRAMINER 2015
AC Alsace Grand Cru

307694 (MS) 750mL $38.00

TASTING NOTE: A complex nose with plenty of candied-grapefruit and pineapple character, as well as some fresh lychee and a hint of spices. Great textural complexity and some real minerality, making this concentrated gewurztraminer stand out of the pack. The finish is stunning. Delicious now, but this will be even better from 2020. The sweetness will be even better integrated. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, May 28, 2018)

RENÉ MURÉ CLOS SAINT LANDELIN RIESLING 2015
AC Alsace Grand Cru

75929 (XD) 750mL $55.00

TASTING NOTE: The heady aromatic scent of fresh tangerine peel takes turns with the refreshing perfume of green Seville oranges. The palate takes these enticing aromas and bundles them into one arrow-like force of concentrated freshness. This is a high-wire act of piercing brightness and layered citrus aroma. This is like a self-generating well of freshness that convinces with its luminosity, raciness and rapier-like purity of citrus flavors. Everything is heightened: Fruit, dryness, freshness and vibrant verve. It is tempting but it would be a shame to drink this now. Keep this genie in its bottle for a while longer, if only to see what fascinating direction it takes. This is wondrous. Drink 2022-2037. Score: 97 (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2017)

CRISTAL ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE 2008
AC

629600 (XD) 750mL $669.00

TASTING NOTE: As a group, the 2008 Champagnes are focused and tightly wound. The 2008 Cristal Rosé has plenty of those qualities, but what places it in a truly rarified category is its sheer depth and verticality. Vinous, powerful and resonant, the 2008 has more than enough stuffing to support decades of cellaring. For starters, it won't be ready to drink for another 5-10 years. Drinking Window: 2020-2058. Score: 99 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2018)

POL ROGER SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2008
AC

958678 (XD) 750mL $256.00

TASTING NOTE: One of the great Champagnes both for its richness and its longevity, this latest incarnation is superb. The wine's richness is linked to the ripe fruit and the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend. It also shines in the perfect balance between the texture, the minerality and the integration of the fruit. It can be enjoyed now, but it will be better from 2020 and then for many years to come. Ranked #4 in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2018. Score: 100 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2018)

KRUG CLOS DU MESNIL BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2004
AC

38711 (XD) 750mL $1,178.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2004 Clos du Mesnil captures all the pedigree of this epic Blanc des Blancs vintage. A soaring, majestic Champagne, the 2004 dazzles from the very first taste with its crystalline purity and brightness. In two tastings so far, the 2004 has been nothing less than a total showstopper. The vertical structure and pure, tightly-coiled power are the stuff dreams are made of. There is little doubt the 2004 is one of the very finest Clos du Mesnils in recent memory. Will it join the 1979, 1988 and 1996 as one of the all-time greats? Now, that is a tasting I would love to do! Drinking window: 2019-2044. Score: 98+ (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2018)

BILLECART-SALMON BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE
AC

724559 (D) 750mL $122.00

TASTING NOTE: Pale yet intense pink in color, the Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Rosé is pure, fresh and intense on the nose, with lovely raspberry aromas, refreshing citrus zest flavors and great definition. On the palate this is a pure, light and vinous rosé with great finesse and a long, well-structured and even juicy finish. This iconic rosé blends 40% Chardonnay with 30% Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne and the southern slopes of Epernay and 30% Pinot Noir (with a small part added as red wine) from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne. Fabulous. Tasted from lot L 142B804 45564, which is based on the 2015 harvest and 40% reserve wines and was disgorged in February 2018. Drink Date: 2018-2023. Score: 93 (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, Dec. 7, 2018)

KRUG BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE
22ème Édition, AC

38703 (D) 750mL $454.00

TASTING NOTE: Krug Rosé has come a long way since Henri and Remi rather bashfully introduced it to their father Paul in 1983. Now in its 22nd manifestation - a base of 2010 with reserve wines stretching back to 2005 - the philosophy remains unchanged: the addition of up to 12% red wine from two plots in Ay is key to ensuring power and breadth. Its modest colour flatters to deceive, yet its power is built on restraint and length above all. A wonderful enigma, red currants, patisserie and a steely grip all defer to gastronomic potential. Olivier feels that this would work well with game dishes such as grouse or even venison. Score: 96 (Simon Field, MW, decanter.com, Oct. 16, 2018)

DOMAINE HUET PÉTILLANT BRUT RÉSERVE VOUVRAY 2009
AC

634089 (XD) 750mL $62.00

TASTING NOTE: The golden-yellow colored 2009 Vouvray Pétillant Brut Réserve offers a beautifully pure, deep, rich, intense and refreshing mineral bouquet of perfectly ripe (tropical) fruits and chalky flavors. Full-bodied, highly complex and very long, this is a gorgeous sparkling wine from Vouvray. Dry, firmly structured, mouth-filling and finesse-full, with great elegance and a delicate mousse, the 2009 has a persistently intense and fruity finish with a stimulating salinity and grip in the aftertaste. This Réserve should have an excellent aging potential. Drink Date: 2016-2026. Score: 93 (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

DR. LOOSEN ERDENER TREPPCHEN GG ALTE REBEN RIESLING TROCKEN 2016
Qualitätswein

633974 (D) 750mL $56.00

TASTING NOTE: From a plot above and adjacent to the Prälat (so, the same soils and incline but different microclimates), the 2016 Erdener Treppchen Riesling GG Alte Reben is pure, fresh and flinty on the nose, beautifully precise and already mouthwatering. Piquant, fresh and very elegant on the palate, this is a dense, very mineral and salty Treppchen with a long and mouthwatering finish. Very long and tense, with great finesse and elegance. This has a beautifully crystalline character but more rich and lush compared to the Würzgarten. Drink Date: 2019-2036. Score: 95 (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, April 27, 2018)

GAJA DAGROMIS BAROLO 2014
DOCG

92742 (XD) 750mL $122.00

TASTING NOTE: Just mid ruby. Subtle nose with hints of dried cherry. Racy palate that is not exactly overburdened with fruit, yet finely balanced and with chewy tannins on the finish. When to drink: 2018-2024. Score: 17 (out of 20) (Walter Speller, jancisrobinson.com, May 10, 2018)

PELISSERO NUBIOLA BARBARESCO 2014
DOCG

138495 (XD) 750mL $55.00

TASTING NOTE: Sweet red cherry, plum, flowers, mint and pine are all perked up by the bright acids of the vintage. This nervous, energetic Barbaresco needs time to unwind, but it is unquestionably attractive. As always, the Nubiola is the most feminine of Pelissero's Barbarescos. Hints of sweet pipe tobacco, cedar, orange peel and spice add further shades of aromatic nuance. The Nubiola is a blend of fruit from six parcels. Score: 92 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct. 2017)

AZELIA BAROLO BRICCO FIASCO 2013
DOCG

51300 (XD) 750mL $128.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Barolo Bricco Fiasco shows exceptional balance in this terrific vintage. The wine starts slowly but increases in a steady upswing of intensity and complexity as it takes on air in the glass. This vineyard located in Castiglione Falletto was planted in the 1940s, and the vines are now 80 years old, on average. They are at their production prime, especially when it comes to the nuanced and finessed fruit produced. The soils here show a larger percentage of sand compared to neighboring Serralunga d'Alba, and the wine is more fruit forward and elegant as a result. The bouquet offers pressed rose, violets and warm autumnal notes. Only 6,300 bottles were produced. This is a terrific wine. Drink Date: 2018-2032. Score: 95 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2017)

ETTORE GERMANO CERRETTA BAROLO 2013
DOCG

341859 (XD) 750mL $89.00

TASTING NOTE: New leather, red berry, tobacco and menthol are some of the aromas you'll find in this powerfully structured but elegant wine. The firm palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and cinnamon flavors framed by noble, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Drink 2025-2045. Cellar Selection. Score: 95 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 1, 2017)

GAJA ALTENI DI BRASSICA 2016
DOC Langhe

634048 (XD) 750mL $193.00

Monica Larner awarded this wine a rating of 91+ points and called it a "... crisp and zesty wine that is easy to drink ... the cool growing conditions of the vintage contribute to the tangy freshness of this pretty wine." Larner suggested a drinking window extending through 2022. (robertparker.com, June 29, 2018)

TASTING NOTE: This shows white stones, flint, grass, green apples, herbs and preserved lemons. The palate shows great interplay between minerals and stone-fruit flesh. Medium to full body, very precise acidity and a taut finish. Drink now. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 24, 2018)

GIUSEPPE SEDILESU RISERVA CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA 2010
DOC

648162 (XD) 750mL $75.00

TASTING NOTE: (15.5% alcohol): Fully saturated red. Very intense, expressive floral aromas complement ripe red cherry, quinine and oak. Then big and dense on the palate, with peppery red fruit and underbrush flavors nicely supported by youthfully chewy tannins and bright acidity. The long finish features lingering notes of red fruits and sweet spices. A nicely balanced wine that masks its high alcohol content well. Score: 92 (Ian D'Agata, vinous.com, March 2014)

LE MACCHIOLE BOLGHERI ROSSO 2016
DOC

483412 (XD) 750mL $37.00

TASTING NOTE: Cinzia Merli's introductory red is lush and lively in the 2016 vintage. Merlot plays the leading role in its fresh blueberry flavors and velvety texture, while smaller portions of cabernet sauvignon and franc firm up the structure and lend a touch of eucalyptus. It feels both playful and sophisticated, ready for a range of dishes. Score: 91 (wineandspiritsmagazine.com, April 2018)

MONTEVERTINE 2015
IGT Toscana

167742 (XD) 750mL $89.00

TASTING NOTE: This beautiful wine grabs your attention from the start. Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2015 Montevertine opens to a rich and beautifully saturated color. The wine's density is more extracted and dense, and the aromas are abundantly generous and opulent as a result. Yet, all that excess is carefully contained within the elegant and nuanced approach so perfectly expressed by this historic estate. Blue flower definition with violets and lavender segue to dark fruit, spice and white pepper. The blend is 90% Sangiovese with smaller parts Canaiolo and Colorino. The wine is fermented in cement and then ages in oak for two years. Montevertine sees fruit sourced from the same vineyard that makes Pian del Ciampolo, but fruit here represents a first selection. Drink Date: 2020-2035. Score: 94-96 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, March 29, 2018)

PETROLO GALATRONA 2015
DOC Val d'Arno di Sopra

21998 (D) 750mL $174.00

TASTING NOTE: Terrific aromas of violets, roses and raspberries with hints of strawberries and brown sugar. Full body. Phenomenal layers of focused fruit and polished velvety tannins. This is the Galatrona that everyone has been waiting for. It's the vintage that shows depth and power yet wonderful finesse and focus. Best ever. Drink from 2023 but already electrifying. Score: 99 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Aug. 29, 2017)

FILO DI SETA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013
DOCG

477331 (XD) 750mL $115.00

TASTING NOTE: Made with fruit from a slightly cooler site, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta takes a few minutes to open but is well worth the wait. Despite the tight and nervous character of Sangiovese, this wine is suddenly generous, opulent and exuberant all at once. It's like meeting a person for the first time who initially seems shy, but then who suddenly moves in for the big bear hug. Its disposition is as generous as it is genuine. The mouthfeel is textured, supple and warm. Drink Date: 2020-2035. Score: 94 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2018)

GRANDI ANNATE VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 2013
DOCG

633958 (XD) 750mL $128.00

TASTING NOTE: Grandi Annate is a wine that has made a most impressive turnaround. The 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Grandi Annate shows the confidence and the pride of its current incarnation. To my nose, this wine speaks the precise language of the appellation. The bouquet is broad and accessible with Sangiovese-driven tones of dried cherry and moist earth or tobacco. But like many of its peers, the bouquet here is more horizontal if you will instead of being vertical. The tightness of the wine's textual composition is what stands out most and there is a hint of cherry sweetness that adds to the volume and density you feel on the finish. Drink Date: 2017-2027. Score: 94 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

SAN POLINO HELICHRYSUM BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013
DOCG

115899 (XD) 750mL $110.00

TASTING NOTE: This is an impressive wine with blackberry, currant and spice. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. A rich and structured young Brunello. Try in 2021. Score: 97-98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 27, 2017)

TENUTA SANT'ANTONIO CAMPO DEI GIGLI AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA 2012
DOCG

387886 (D) 750mL $79.00

TASTING NOTE: Choosing the best of San Zeno's wines proves a difficult task, especially with their great Amarone Campo dei Gigli leading the pack. Intense aromas of fresh fruit introduce a wine with a dynamic and long palate. Score: 3 Glasses (out of 3) (Gambero Rosso Italian Wines, 2018)

GINI LA FROSCA SOAVE CLASSICO 2015
DOC

528471 (XD) 750mL $37.00

TASTING NOTE: Hands down one of Italy's best whites, this boasts alluring white flower and yellow stone fruit scents. The enveloping, delicious palate delivers white peach, mature pear, ginger and lemon drop flavors. Fresh acidity brightens the creamy flavors while a mineral note energizes the finish. Editors' Choice. Ranked #37 in Wine Enthusiast's 100 top wines of 2017. Score: 94 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2017)

MONTE CASCAS VINHA DA CARPANHA 2011
DOP Dão

641993 (XD) 750mL $83.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2011 Monte Cascas Vinha da Carpanha is a blend of 60% Jaen (from 80-year-old vines) and 40% Touriga Nacional (from 60-year-old vines) aged for 24 months in used French oak. This late-released blend shows cream and vanilla, the oak still a bit too prominent. Underneath, though, there is only good news. This is beautifully focused, showing all of that Dão elegance in the mid-palate. Underneath the wood, there is also fine red fruit and some grip on the finish. If it can ever pull in more of the woody nuances, it would be even nicer, but it is pretty impressive now in any event. Reasonably harmonious, thanks to the late release, this can be drunk now. The bigger question is whether and when it will start to substitute complexity for cream and vanilla. Give it some air and it will show better. I came to like this a lot eventually - it is pretty delicious. If you are not at all oak-tolerant, you may not be quite as happy. Drink Date: 2016-2030. Score: 92 (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

PALACIOS REMONDO PROPIEDAD 2015
DOCa Rioja

438671 (D) 750mL $50.00

TASTING NOTE: No 2013 or 2014 was produced of the old-vine selection, so I tasted the 2015 Propiedad, a pure Garnacha since 2010. But, as it's selected from old vines in five plots in different "parajes" - Valtomelloso, Valviejo, Las Mulgas and Corral de Serrano - it always has a small percentage of other traditional grape varieties. The vines range from 30 to 90 years old, and like the rest, they are organically farmed. The destemmed and crushed grapes fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and pigéage. It underwent malolactic in barrique and then matured in larger oak casks for 18 months. Again, there is a difference in precision, brightness and depth from la Montesa to this Propiedad. This is, in Palacios's mind, an old-vine cuvée from Alfaro. The palate combines juicy fruit with earthy tones, very fine tannins and balsamic, Mediterranean herbs and a tasty, almost salty finish. Transparent, subtle and delicious, with some hints of the wines from yesteryear. For Palacios, this should be the typical wine from Alfaro - and a very good one at that! 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2017. There will be no Propiedad in 2016; it's only produced in some vintages. Drink Date: 2018-2026. Score: 94+ (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2018)

BODEGAS VETUS CELSUS 2014
DO Toro

645481 (XD) 750mL $63.00

TASTING NOTE: Focused and polished, this red delivers bright cherry and plum flavors, with notes of licorice, mineral and vanilla, backed by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Compact and elegant, in the modern style. Drink now through 2026. Score: 93 (Thomas Matthews, winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2017)

ORGANIZED CRIME THE DOWNLOAD 2012
VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment

364398 (XD) 750mL $45.20

TASTING NOTE: Only former winemaker Ross Wise knows for sure how much of the grapes were kiln dried for this big, powerful red from Organized Crime. The blend is nearly half Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It has a "wow" nose of deep, rich black currants, plums, cassis, anise, sweet tobacco, cocoa and punctuated by rich oak barrel spices. It is ripe and generous on the palate with the full spectrum of dark, ripe fruits, structured tannins, earth, dark chocolate and baking spices. It is a big wine that still needs time in the cellar to mellow and round out, but the wait will be well worth it. Or drink now with grilled red meats. Score: 92 (Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, May 31, 2018)

POWELL & SON BAROSSA & EDEN VALLEYS SHIRAZ 2016
Barossa Valley/Eden Valley, South Australia

637314 (XD) 750mL $78.00

TASTING NOTE: Taking price into account, the GMS and this wine, the 2016 Barossa & Eden Valleys Shiraz, are my favorites in the Powells' lineup. The blend is 50-50, as there was a single foudre from each region used in the blend. The nose is more floral and garrigue-like than the straight Barossa Shiraz, with mulberry and blueberry fruit mingling easily on the palate. It's full-bodied, creamy-textured and rich, with a concentrated, velvety finish that's a clear step up from the entry-level wines. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score: 94 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2018)

BREMERTON OLD ADAM SHIRAZ 2014
Langhorne Creek, South Australia

637645 (XD) 750mL $42.00

TASTING NOTE: Classic Langhorne Creek flavours of sweet black plums, chocolate and coffee grounds, and there's more. It's richly flavoured and full-bodied, but not heavy, more glossy, with cedary oak and plush tannins. Balanced. Complex. Hedonistic. Drink By: 2028. Score: 95 (Jane Faulkner, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)

LAKE'S FOLLY CABERNETS 2014
Hunter Valley, New South Wales

487884 (XD) 750mL $107.00

TASTING NOTE: A 61/18/11/10% blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot and petit verdot. Good colour, although not especially deep; the bouquet is fragrant, speaking first about the complex fruit cepage, secondly about its place. Red and black fruits join in seamless union with new French oak and fine-grained tannins. A wine that can give pleasure now or in the far distant future. Drink By: 2039. Special Value. Score: 97 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Oct. 6, 2016)

VASSE FELIX TOM CULLITY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Margaret River, Western Australia

537456 (XD) 750mL $174.00

TASTING NOTE: This is a single-vineyard wine at the pinnacle of the endeavors of Vasse Felix. Opens with red fruits in the redcurrant and red-cherry zone, showcasing fresh red and purple flowers and some deeper blue-fruit notes. The palate's the thing though: The way in which the malbec entwines itself around cabernet's linear tannins and enriches the wine without fundamentally changing its shape is genius. Supple, fresh and commanding Margaret River red. A very insightful blend of predominantly cabernet sauvignon with 16% malbec and 4% petit verdot. Best from 2022. Score: 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 1, 2018)

WOLF BLASS BLACK LABEL CABERNET/SHIRAZ 2012
40th vintage, Langhorne Creek/McLaren Vale, South Australia

960468 (XD) 750mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: Deep crimson-purple; whereas the '11 had to fight every inch of the way, this wine displays almost contemptuous ease in the way it has marshalled the layers of black fruits and ripe tannins that soak up the new oak inputs. This will be one of the long-lived, great Black Labels. Drink By: 2042. Score: 97 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 27, 2015)

DOMAINE TERLATO & CHAPOUTIER LIEU DIT MALAKOFF SHIRAZ 2011
Pyrennes, Victoria

290874 (XD) 750mL $45.00

TASTING NOTE: Robert Parker did not provide a tasting note along with his score, saying, "Although these wines are normally reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect ... and Lisa Perrotti-Brown ... I tasted them during my visit with Chapoutier, so I will include them in this report as they are of high quality and merit attention." Score: 95 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 26, 2012)

BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF STELLENBOSCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
WO Stellenbosch

652941 (XD) 750mL $56.00

TASTING NOTE: The second vintage of this Stellenbosch release is every bit as good as the 2014. Sourced from three parcels on the Helderberg, all of them on sandstone soils, it's a sweet, plush, scented Cabernet with stylish oak, plenty of grassy perfume and good underlying structure and concentration. Drink Date: 2020-29. Score: 94 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, South Africa Special Report 2017)

KANONKOP PAUL SAUER 2015
WO Simonsberg-Stellenbosch

648105 (XD) 750mL $70.00

TASTING NOTE: A great wine, with a distinguished track record in one of the best-ever Cape vintages: if any South African wine deserves 100 points, and I strongly believe that it does, then it is the brilliant 2015 Paul Sauer, one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted. Cabernet Sauvignon-based with 15% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this is intense, refined and well balanced, with seamless tannins and structure and beautifully integrated new oak. Bravo Kanonkop! Bravo South Africa! Drink Date: 2023-35. Overall Red Wine of the Year. Score: 100 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, South Africa Special Report 2018)

SPIER 21 GABLES CHENIN BLANC 2016
WO Stellenbosch

648097 (XD) 750mL $35.00

TASTING NOTE: Pale gold. Ripe melon and papaya overlaid with sweet almond and vanilla oak. Very complete and balanced palate, silky smooth with generous body and warming alcohol. A lovely marriage of fruit and high quality oak. Gold Outstanding medal winner. Winner of the 2018 Chenin Blanc Trophy. Score: 93+ (International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2018)

CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD RIVER STONES MALBEC 2014
Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza

542845 (XD) 750mL $148.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Adrianna Vineyard River Stones is the second vintage of the Malbec from the stonier part of the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary that is next to a dry river bed (the vineyard has 110 hectares that were planted in 1994). It fermented in open-top 500-liter oak barrels with full clusters. It was pressed before the end of fermentation, and it then finished fermenting without skins (like a white) and matured in 1,800-liter oak foudre for 18 months. It's a compact, super serious Malbec with concentration and power, great balance, abundant tannins, strong minerality, firm texture, great austerity and no concessions for sweetness whatsoever. It has all that it takes to develop for a long time in bottle. Score: 98 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, June 29, 2018)

GRAN ENEMIGO SINGLE VINEYARD GUALTALLARY CABERNET FRANC 2013
Uco Valley, Mendoza

562645 (XD) 750mL $111.00

TASTING NOTE: I was really looking forward to tasting the 2013 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard since all of the previous vintages have been truly exceptional, and I wanted to see what it would be in a cooler year. The bottled wine contains perhaps 15% Malbec in the blend, and they will soon stop mentioning Cabernet Franc on the label. It fermented in 500-liter oak barrels with 50% of the Cabernet Franc and all of the Malbec and then matured in used oak foudres. It's very intense and powerful, but at the same time, there is a kind of lightness on the palate that makes if feel light on its feet but with great inner power. There is citrus acidity that makes it effervescent and electric. It has some 7.5 grams of acidity and a pH of 3.45, very healthy parameters. The peppery character appears after some time, giving it a Chinon-like twist, and it also reminds me of my favorite Bordeaux, Pomerol's Lafleur. This is definitely world-class and worth lying down, as it should develop further complexity in bottle. This is one of those wines where the only improvement I can think of is having magnums rather than bottles. Bravo! Some 3,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2016. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score: 100 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, June 29, 2018)

DURIGUTTI GRAN RESERVA MALBEC 2012
Mendoza

668798 (XD) 750mL $39.00

TASTING NOTE: Pure, rich and powerfully fruity, with concentrated red plum, dark currant and blackberry flavors supported by medium-grained tannins. Fresh acidity shows on the finish, offering notes of chocolate and raspberry ganache. Drink now through 2022. Score: 93 (Kim Marcus, winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2016)

SEÑA 2016
DO Aconcagua Valley

496430 (XD) 750mL $259.00

TASTING NOTE: The truly excellent 2016 Seña could very well be the finest wine produced at this estate that started as a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Eduardo Chadwick and now continues under the guidance of Chadwick and the excellent hand of winemaker Francisco "Pancho" Baettig. The grapes were picked later in 2016, and the final blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Carmenere and 5% Cabernet Franc, with more Malbec and considerably less Carmenere than in the past. This is "only" 13.5% alcohol and has remarkable acidity and freshness, as well as overall balance and elegance that surpasses all previous vintages. Twelve percent of the volume matured in oak foudres, while the rest was aged in barrique (73% new) for 22 months. Even so, the wine is not oaky and comes through as harmonious and elegant within the house style. It's serious, dry and elegant, with zero concessions to sweetness. A mineral and profound red blend. Drink Date: 2018-2028. Score: 97 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2018)

RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
Santa Cruz Mountains

529537 (XD) 375mL $155.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Monte Bello, tasted from barrel and after its second blending, is shaping up to be another jewel of a wine. The flavor profile is on the darker side, and there is plenty of mid-palate sweetness, while the tannins are ripe and remarkably soft for such a young Monte Bello. It is clearly early days, but the 2016 appears to have a very bright future ahead of it. Score: 94-97 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Aug. 2017)

RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
Santa Cruz Mountains

529602 (XD) 750mL $299.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Monte Bello, tasted from barrel and after its second blending, is shaping up to be another jewel of a wine. The flavor profile is on the darker side, and there is plenty of mid-palate sweetness, while the tannins are ripe and remarkably soft for such a young Monte Bello. It is clearly early days, but the 2016 appears to have a very bright future ahead of it. Score: 94-97 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Aug. 2017)

RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
Santa Cruz Mountains

529651 (XD) 1500mL $605.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Monte Bello, tasted from barrel and after its second blending, is shaping up to be another jewel of a wine. The flavor profile is on the darker side, and there is plenty of mid-palate sweetness, while the tannins are ripe and remarkably soft for such a young Monte Bello. It is clearly early days, but the 2016 appears to have a very bright future ahead of it. Score: 94-97 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Aug. 2017)

RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
Santa Cruz Mountains

529636 (XD) 3000mL $1,300.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Monte Bello, tasted from barrel and after its second blending, is shaping up to be another jewel of a wine. The flavor profile is on the darker side, and there is plenty of mid-palate sweetness, while the tannins are ripe and remarkably soft for such a young Monte Bello. It is clearly early days, but the 2016 appears to have a very bright future ahead of it. Score: 94-97 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Aug. 2017)

RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
Santa Cruz Mountains

529628 (XD) 6000mL $2,600.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Monte Bello, tasted from barrel and after its second blending, is shaping up to be another jewel of a wine. The flavor profile is on the darker side, and there is plenty of mid-palate sweetness, while the tannins are ripe and remarkably soft for such a young Monte Bello. It is clearly early days, but the 2016 appears to have a very bright future ahead of it. Score: 94-97 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Aug. 2017)

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

9795 (XD) 750mL $113.00

As evocative and ethereal as the evening fogs for which they are named, the Pinot Noirs from Sea Smoke are provocative wines of stunning quality, refinement and precision. The 2016 Southing will offer richly textured dark fruit, cassis, earth and mineral, with striking depth and finesse. This is a wine that will continue to evolve and impress for 10+ years.

CONTINUUM 2015
Napa Valley

397836 (XD) 750mL $385.00

TASTING NOTE: This is sensational with blackberries, blueberries and mineral. Extremely floral, too. Full-bodied but so seamless and refined with polished tannins that just melts into the wine. Goes on for minutes. A subtle and glorious wine that will be a new classic for Napa Valley. An emotional red that touches your soul. Energy. 46% cabernet sauvignon, 31% cabernet franc, 17% petit verdot, and 6% merlot. Very approachable now but better in 2022. Score: 100 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 17, 2018)

OPUS ONE 2015
Napa Valley

26310 (XD) 750mL $635.00

TASTING NOTE: Composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec, Opus One's 2015 Proprietary Red Wine is truly an iron fist in a velvet glove, delivering a powerhouse of flavors and structure with a seductively plush texture. It opens with a deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully spicy notes of cinnamon stick, cloves and fenugreek with a core of cherry preserves, redcurrant jelly, blackberry pie and warm plums plus hints of camphor, lavender and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and bold in the mouth, it fills the palate with exotic spice-laced black and red fruits, framed by firm, beautifully ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing with epic persistence. Although it is already approachable, allow it another 3-5 years in bottle for its myriad of subtle accents to fully blossom and then drink it over the next 30+ years. Drink Date: 2021-2051. Score: 97+ (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2018)

HOOPES OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

534800 (D) 750mL $115.00

TASTING NOTE: From the 10 acre estate vineyard in Oakville, cropped at quite low yields, this wine has a full aroma of black fruit and peppery spice. The palate is expansive and rich, with violet tinged cassis, menthol, fried herb, wood and peppery spice. There's a nice tar and liquorice and chocolate and coffee bean mid-palate leading into a long finish carried by a wave of raspberry acidity. Needs time. Drinking Window: 2017-2027. Score: 93 (James Button, decanter.com, Dec. 13, 2017)

MOUNT EDEN ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2014
Santa Cruz Mountains

638031 (XD) 750mL $98.00

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: 2018-2033. Score: 95 (William Kelley, robertparker.com, May 31, 2018)

OPUS ONE 2013
Napa Valley

14324 (D) 1500mL $1,500.00

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)

THE BRIDGE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County

562744 (XD) 750mL $200.00

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: 2016-2031. Score: 94 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, March 3, 2016)

CRISTOM ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2014
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

665828 (XD) 750mL $71.00

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: 2020-2027. Score: 95 (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, Jan. 2018)

L'ECOLE 41 FERGUSON VINEYARD ESTATE GROWN RED 2014
Walla Walla Valley

551655 750mL $107.00

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: 2017-2034. Score: 95 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, 30-Jun-17)

C. DA SILVA DALVA VINTAGE PORT 2015
DOP

647784 (S) 750mL $69.00

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)

TAYLOR FLADGATE VERY OLD SINGLE HARVEST PORT 1969
DOC

668566 (S) 750mL $297.00

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.

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