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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.

    June 2019

 

     Ordering begins Thursday June 6, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
     All orders are first-come, first-served.
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Online and Phone Ordering begins Thursday, June 6, 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.
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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.

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

LCBO# PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE
546267 DAOU SOUL OF A LION 2016
645580 ORNELLAIA BIANCO 2015
695981 MICHEL ROLLAND CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
529602 RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
529537 RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON (375 mL) 2016
529651 RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON (1,000 mL) 2016
529636 RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON (3,000 mL) 2016
529628 RIDGE MONTE BELLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON (6,000 mL) 2016
453613 ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA MAGIS CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2016
453621 ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA OMNIA CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2016

June 2019 Classics Collection

Style Region Product LCBO # Size (mL) Score Price Opening
Inventory
(btls.)
Fortified Wine France – Roussillon GÉRARD BERTRAND LEGEND VINTAGE RIVESALTES 1969 527895 750   $319.00 25
White Wine New Zealand SACRED HILL RIFLEMAN'S CHARDONNAY 2016 39503 750 WO 97 $65.00 190
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS 2015 323212 750 WE 97 $132.00 582
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU COS LABORY 2010 647016 750 WAL 93 $110.00 *
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU TOUR BALADOZ 2003 244087 750   $59.00 586
White Wine France – Bordeaux LATOUR MARTILLAC BLANC 2010 646364 750 WE 93 $80.00 142
Red Wine France – Burgundy BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS LE CORTON GRAND CRU 2016 973834 750 BH 93-95 $176.00 48
Red Wine France – Burgundy DUBREUIL-FONTAINE CORTON-BRESSANDES GRAND CRU 2016 297200 750 BH 94 $116.00 174
Red Wine France – Burgundy LOUIS LATOUR CHÂTEAU GRANCEY CORTON GRAND CRU 2016 472415 750 JS 99 $210.00 27
Red Wine France – Burgundy BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS LES LAVIÈRES SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE 1ER CRU 2015 77065 750 BH 91-93 $61.00 210
White Wine France – Burgundy BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE GRAND CRU 2016 172460 750 VIN 94 $251.00 18
White Wine France – Burgundy HENRI DE VILLAMONT LES EMBAZÉES CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU 2016 524041 750   $103.00 238
White Wine France – Burgundy SERVIN BOUGROS GRAND CRU CHABLIS 2015 145623 750 RP 92+ $76.00 586
Red Wine France – Rhône ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA OMNIA CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2016 453621 750 DEC 95 $130.00 358
Red Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE CUVÉE VIEILLES VIGNES CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015 62554 750 WS 95 $78.00 222
Red Wine France – Rhône E. GUIGAL SAINT-JOSEPH 2015 30031 750 RP 92 $42.00 274
White Wine France – Rhône ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA MAGIS CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2016 453613 750 JD 95-97 $145.00 178
White Wine France – Alsace MARTIN SCHAETZEL BY KIRRENBOURG SCHLOSSBERG GRAND CRU RIESLING 2016 667139 750 DWWA 97 $85.00 298
White Wine France – Alsace DIRLER-CADÉ SPIEGEL GRAND CRU RIESLING 2015 637918 750 VIN 94 $57.00 240
Champagne France – Champagne DOM PÉRIGNON BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2009 461145 1500 WS 96 $668.00 68
Champagne France – Champagne RUINART BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE  239806 375 WS 93 $68.00 238
Champagne France – Champagne RUINART BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE  662536 750 WS 93 $114.00 300
White Wine France – Loire CLOS DU PAPILLON SAVENNIÈRES 2013 673335 750 W&SM 93 $66.00 232
White Wine Austria ALLRAM RENNER 1ÖTW GRÜNER VELTLINER 2016 646133 750 DWWA 97 $50.00 466
White Wine Germany – Mosel MARKUS MOLITOR WEHLENER SONNENUHR AUSLESE** RIESLING 2016 634063 750 RP 96 $74.00 116
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont ETTORE GERMANO PRAPÒ BAROLO 2013 639476 750 WE 97 $89.00 141
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont NADA FIORENZO MANZOLA BARBARESCO 2013 639039 750 VIN 94 $68.00 178
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont BARALE FRATELLI SERGIO BARALE BUSSIA BAROLO 2010 639443 1500 RP 97 $300.00 15
White Wine Italy – Südtirol/Alto Adige NALS MARGREID SIRMIAN PINOT BIANCO 2016 340810 750 GR 3 Glasses (out of 3) $33.00 598
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany MARCHESI ANTINORI MATAROCCHIO TENUTA GUADO AL TASSO 2015 340174 750 VIN 97+ $562.00 55
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany MARCHESI ANTINORI MATAROCCHIO TENUTA GUADO AL TASSO 2015 697417 1500 VIN 97+ $1,293.00 6
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany MARCHESI ANTINORI SOLAIA 2015 487330 1500 RP 100 $737.00 18
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany MARCHESI ANTINORI SOLAIA 2015 487355 3000 RP 100 $1,579.00 3
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany MONTEVERTINE LE PERGOLE TORTE 2015 316604 750 RP 96-98 $188.00 70
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany POGGIO AL TESORO IL SEGGIO 2014 645515 750 DWWA 98 $47.00 430
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany BADIA A COLTIBUONO OCCHIO DI PERNICE VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI CLASSICO 2006 648709 375 VIN 95 $80.00 69
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany POGGIO SANT'ENRICO VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 2001 998211 750 WE 92 $109.00 297
White Wine Italy – Tuscany ORNELLAIA BIANCO 2015 645580 750 RP 93 $240.00 *
Red Wine Spain THALARN 2015 499244 750 RP 95 $68.00 166
Red Wine Spain ALTOS R PIGEAGE 2014 642785 750 JS 94 $58.00 220
Red Wine Spain VAL SOTILLO RESERVA 2012 645549 750 WE 93 $59.00 222
Red Wine Spain MARQUÉS DE MURRIETA CASTILLO YGAY GRAN RESERVA ESPECIAL 2009 88161 750 TAT 97 $190.00 226
Red Wine Canada – Ontario FOREIGN AFFAIR APOLOGETIC RED 2016 471516 750   $69.95 160
Red Wine Canada – British Columbia MISSION HILL COMPENDIUM 2014 258228 750 WAL 90 $80.00 142
Red Wine Australia PENFOLDS BIN 407 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 414987 750 AWC 94 $100.00 160
Red Wine Australia PENFOLDS ST. HENRI SHIRAZ 2015 510875 750 DEC 96 $150.00 56
White Wine Australia VOYAGER MARGARET RIVER CHARDONNAY 2015 708255 750 AWC 95 $45.00 166
Red Wine New Zealand ROCKBURN PINOT NOIR 2016 437855 750 DAWA 97 $40.00 514
Red Wine South Africa LEEUWENKUIL HERITAGE SYRAH 2015 455386 750 TAT 96 $65.00 88
Red Wine Argentina VINYES OCULTS GRAN MALBEC 2015 646976 750 DWWA 97 $53.00 174
Red Wine Argentina ACHÁVAL FERRER FINCA MIRADOR MALBEC 2014 256008 750 JS 95 $135.00 34
Red Wine Argentina VIÑEDO 1910 MALBEC 2014 646950 750 TAT 94 $42.00 114
Red Wine Argentina ALEANNA GRAN ENEMIGO CABERNET FRANC 2013 649681 750 RP 97 $100.00 72
Red Wine Argentina ALTA VISTA TEMIS SINGLE VINEYARD MALBEC 2013 119859 750 WE 96 $66.00 100
Red Wine Argentina IMPERFECTO 2012 516914 750 DEC 95 $54.00 106
Red Wine Chile ALMAVIVA 2016 740233 750 JS 97 $269.00 53
Red Wine USA – California DAOU SOUL OF A LION 2016 546267 750 JD 98 $210.00 *
Red Wine USA – California ACCENDO CELLARS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 698001 750 RP 97+ $580.00 60
Red Wine USA – California CAKEBREAD BENCHLAND SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 924175 750 RP 94 $219.00 158
Red Wine USA – California STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS FAY VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 557686 750 WS 94 $225.00 79
Red Wine USA – California GROTH RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 247312 750 WE 94 $226.00 64
Red Wine USA – California KAPCSÁNDY GRAND VIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 470922 750 VIN 98 $1,039.00 24
Red Wine USA – California MICHEL ROLLAND CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 695981 750 RP 96 $317.00 *
White Wine USA – California DUTTON-GOLDFIELD WALKER HILL VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2015 695817 750 WE 95 $85.00 166
Sparkling Wine USA – California SCHRAMSBERG J. SCHRAM 2009 157776 750 WE 97 $175.00 30
Red Wine USA – Oregon LE CADEAU ROCHEUX RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2014 415935 750 WE 94 $121.00 122
Red Wine USA – Washington TENET GSM 2015 487470 750 RP 94 $99.00 76

GÉRARD BERTRAND LEGEND VINTAGE RIVESALTES 1969
AC, Roussillon, France

527895 (MS) 750mL $319.00

Rivesaltes is one of five appellations for vin doux naturels in the Roussillon region. The 1969 is composed of Grenache, Grenache Gris and Maccabeu and was allowed to mature in barrel for decades. The fermentation process is halted through the addition of alcohol to kill off the yeast. This allows unfermented sugars to remain in the wines, providing a natural sweetness. This extensive ageing in wood encourages the development of sophisticated and complex tones including dried fruit, tobacco, malt, cherry brandy, spice, walnuts, orange and coffee as well as highly defined rancio tones.

SACRED HILL RIFLEMAN'S CHARDONNAY 2016
Hawke's Bay, North Island

39503 (XD) 750mL $65.00

TASTING NOTE: This is exceptional. Elegant yet powerful, the wine is impeccably composed showing white nectarine, lemon peel, vanilla, cedar and brioche aromas on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate that is focused and expansive at the same time. The wine offers layers of fine texture and pristine fruit flavours, beautifully complemented by stylish oak infusion and seamlessly integrated acidity. One for the long haul, this is a spectacular chardonnay in the making. At its best: 2019 to 2026. Score: 97 (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, June 2017)

CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS 2015
2e cru, AC Margaux

323212 (XD) 750mL $132.00

TASTING NOTE: Initially firm and dry, this wine blossoms quickly with its delicious fruit and penetrating acidity. Fine tannins sustain this black-currant and berry fruit along with the complex texture and structure. Produced from biodynamic grapes, the wine has great potential. Drink from 2026. Cellar Selection. Score: 97 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 1, 2018)

CHÂTEAU COS LABORY 2010
5e cru, AC Saint-Estèphe

647016 (XD) 750mL $110.00

TASTING NOTE: This is a solid, powerful fairly dense almost unyielding St. Estephe - still youthful in terms of colour and packed with tannin eight years on. It has great depth, structure and complexity, with ripe blackcurrant fruit, graphite, cedar and coffee from ageing in new oak. Plus a ferrous minerality I associate with St. Estephe. Big but well proportioned and the length is excellent. Best 2021 to 2030. What a grand vintage was 2010. Score: 93 (David Lawrason, winealign.com, Oct. 21, 2018)

CHÂTEAU TOUR BALADOZ 2003
AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

244087 (XD) 750mL $59.00

Here's an excellent example of quality Bordeaux that has flown under the radar. Based on Merlot grown in limestone soils and harvested by hand, this dark, powerful yet supple and expressive wine is drinking well now and will impress over the next 15 years.

LATOUR MARTILLAC BLANC 2010
AC Pessac-Léognan

646364 (XD) 750mL $80.00

TASTING NOTE: This fresh and fruity wine offers touches of apricot and a depth of richness. It's beautifully bright and crisp, with lively acidity and a final lemon crispness on the close. Score: 93 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2013)

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS LE CORTON GRAND CRU 2016
AC

973834 (XD) 750mL $176.00

TASTING NOTE: Very, very generous wood treatment is sufficiently toasty to presently dominate the otherwise layered nose of dark cherry, raspberry, earth and sauvage-inflected aromas. There is superb concentration, power and richness to the big-bodied flavors that possess excellent reserves of dry extract that helps to buffer the exceptionally firm tannic spine shaping the superbly long mineral-driven finish. This is at once impressive as hell but it's also very woody and while the underlying material appears to be more than sufficient to eventually integrate the oak, it will require time for this to happen. Don't miss! Drink Date: 2036+. Score: 93-95 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, April 15, 2018)

DUBREUIL-FONTAINE CORTON-BRESSANDES GRAND CRU 2016
AC

297200 (XD) 750mL $116.00

TASTING NOTE: A discreet but not invisible touch of wood sets off the liqueur-like aromas of plum, dark raspberries, earth and a pretty floral wisp. The finer if not denser flavors possess a taut muscularity while delivering even better depth and persistence on the impeccably well-balanced finale. This is a classically styled Bressandes that should also amply repay extended keeping. Drink: 2031+. Don't miss! Score: 94 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, April 15, 2018)

LOUIS LATOUR CHÂTEAU GRANCEY CORTON GRAND CRU 2016
AC

472415 (XD) 750mL $210.00

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, Dec. 27, 2018)

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS LES LAVIÈRES SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE 1ER CRU 2015
AC

77065 (XD) 750mL $61.00

TASTING NOTE: Though the nose is presently too reduced to evaluate, there is otherwise good freshness and verve to the well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that exhibit a subtle minerality on the sappy, textured and beautifully complex finish. This should amply reward mid-term cellaring and overall, it is really quite impressive as about the only nit is a hint of backend warmth. Recommended. Outstanding. Top Value. Drink Date: 2022+. Score: 91-93 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, April 15, 2017)

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE GRAND CRU 2016
AC

172460 (XD) 750mL $251.00

TASTING NOTE: Pale, bright yellow. Subtle floral lift to the aromas of lemon, lime, menthol and chalky minerality. Dense, tactile, dry and deep, conveying a solid impression without any heaviness. Citrus peel, lavender and subtle nutmeg flavors show lovely mineral firmness and grip for the year. There's a soil-driven chewiness here that's as much Corton-Charlemagne as the vintage, but no hard edges. Finishes with sneaky rising length, pungent citrus fruits and crushed-rock minerality. Really leaves the taste buds quivering. This surprisingly smooth Corton-Charlemagne is built for a graceful evolution in bottle; I'd lay it down for. I raised my score by a point four days later when the wine was every bit as penetrating, minerally and palate-staining but had been joined by some ripe notes of white stone fruits. Drinking Window: 2024-2032. Score: 94 (Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, May 2014)

HENRI DE VILLAMONT LES EMBAZÉES CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU 2016
AC

524041 (XD) 750mL $103.00

Henri de Villamont vinifies its wines in historic 18th-century vaulted cellars. This Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru comes to Vintages from those very cellars. Vintage after vintage, this is an impressively balanced, mineral expression. Expect this 2016 to show beautifully through 2030.

SERVIN BOUGROS GRAND CRU CHABLIS 2015
AC

145623 (XD) 750mL $76.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros was quietly impressive in barrel and that has been successfully translated now the wine is in bottle. The nose is very crisp and precise with green apple, limestone and a touch of creaminess from the oak. This Bougros conveys a sense of palpable energy. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, Chassagne-like in style with a very composed and quite persistent finish. Give this a couple more years in bottle to allow it to settle down, then I suspect you will have an extremely fine Bougros on your hands. Drink Date: 2020-2036. Score: 92+ (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Aug. 31, 2017)

ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA OMNIA CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2016
AC

453621 (XD) 750mL $130.00

TASTING NOTE: I had the chance to look at three different components for this wine: samples from a concrete egg (powerful and explosive fruits and grainy textures), from 500-litre cask (drier, firmer and more serious), and from foudre (intense and juicy, with a just-pressed freshness). The fruit mass, drama and power is hugely impressive here, but there's a stony residue too. Surely a great Omnia in the making. Barrel sample. Drinking Window: 2020-2030. Score: 95 (Andrew Jefford, decanter.com, April 15, 2018)

DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE CUVÉE VIEILLES VIGNES CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015
AC

62554 (XD) 750mL $78.00

TASTING NOTE: A lovely licorice snap note leads off, followed quickly by crushed raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Rich yet restrained, with light shiso leaf, iron and incense details weaving throughout. The silky finish lets the fruit linger with a sustained hum. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2035. Score: 95 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, March 31, 2018)

E. GUIGAL SAINT-JOSEPH 2015
AC

30031 (XD) 750mL $42.00

TASTING NOTE: Aged in second fill barrels, the 2015 Saint-Joseph is another huge success. Sourced from the southern end of this sprawling appellation, off granitic sites, it showcases aromas of crushed stones and discrete pencil shavings, which frame bright cherry notes. It's medium to full-bodied, poised and fresh, with lingering tart berry flavors on a long, stony finish. Drink Date: 2018-2025. Score: 92 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2018)

ROTEM & MOUNIR SAOUMA MAGIS CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC 2016
AC

453613 (XD) 750mL $145.00

TASTING NOTE: Scheduled to be bottled in September and brought up all in demi-muids, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Magis Blanc is certainly one of the whites of the vintage and will give a Grand Cru white Burgundy a run for its money. Orchard and white peach fruits, honeysuckle, toasted brioche, and crushed rock-like minerality all give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, yet exceedingly elegant white that stays tight and focused on the palate, with beautiful tension and purity. There needs to be more whites like this from the Southern Rhône. It's going to benefit from a year in bottle and keep for two decades. Score: 95-97 (Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, Aug. 28, 2018)

MARTIN SCHAETZEL BY KIRRENBOURG SCHLOSSBERG GRAND CRU RIESLING 2016
AC Alsace Grand Cru

667139 (D) 750mL $85.00

TASTING NOTE: 100% Riesling. Explosive ripe pink grapefruit notes, a smoky gunpowder backbone and a fine salty mineral character. Excellent wine with delicious complexity and richness, yet sublimely delicate on the palate leading to a long, crisp finish. Score: 97 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018)

DIRLER-CADÉ SPIEGEL GRAND CRU RIESLING 2015
AC Alsace Grand Cru

637918 (XD) 750mL $57.00

TASTING NOTE: Vivid straw-green. The complex nose melds nectarine, lime blossom, quinine and medicinal herbs. Just off-dry but with vibrant, harmonious acidity intensifying the citrus and floral flavors and highlighting the noteworthy inner-mouth perfume. The long, rising finish offers superb cut and repeating floral character. Knockout Riesling that is very Spiegel in its perfume and liveliness. Score: 94 (Ian D'Agata, vinous.com, Aug. 2016)

DOM PÉRIGNON BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2009
AC

461145 (XD) 1500mL $668.00

TASTING NOTE: There's a subtle power to this graceful Champagne, which boasts a firm, crystalline frame of acidity married to the fine, satinlike mousse and notes of white raspberry, brioche and Earl Grey tea. Seamless through to the long finish of smoke and spice accents, this opens beautifully in the glass. Drink now through 2029. Collectibles. Score: 96 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2017)

RUINART BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE
AC

239806 (XD) 375mL $68.00

This non-vintage Champagne is crafted in a consistent style year after year.

TASTING NOTE: There's lovely precision to the integration of this elegant rosé, offering a fine backbone of acidity and a light mousse. The flavors of poached pear, black cherry, fleur de sel, lemon zest and ginger are finely meshed, with a subtle vein of smoky minerality. Drink now through 2023. Score: 93 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2013)

RUINART BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE
AC

662536 (XD) 750mL $114.00

This non-vintage Champagne is crafted in a consistent style year after year.

TASTING NOTE: There's lovely precision to the integration of this elegant rosé, offering a fine backbone of acidity and a light mousse. The flavors of poached pear, black cherry, fleur de sel, lemon zest and ginger are finely meshed, with a subtle vein of smoky minerality. Drink now through 2023. Score: 93 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2013)

CLOS DU PAPILLON SAVENNIÈRES 2013
AC

673335 (XD) 750mL $66.00

TASTING NOTE: This starts out in a quiet place, just a clean, bright and complete wine with scents of honeysuckle, tangerine and fragrant pear. There's an undertow of minerality, layering earthiness beneath the fruit as it sustains the flavor and just keeps building in the end. Until suddenly, when you come back to the wine several hours later, it's completely delicious, still gentle in its delivery of flowers and schist. Perhaps it's not the longest-aging vintage, but this is a great wine to decant and enjoy over the next several years. Score: 93 (wineandspiritsmagazine.com, April 2017)

ALLRAM RENNER 1ÖTW GRÜNER VELTLINER 2016
DAC Kamptal

646133 (XD) 750mL $50.00

This wine was the most highly rated Grüner Veltliner at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards.

TASTING NOTE: 100% Grüner Veltliner. Youthful, refined and layered nose of nutty characters, peaches, apricots, apples, pears and lime. The palate is well structured with crisp acidity, ripe yellow stone fruit, a salty minerality and excellent length. This is an altogether seriously good Grüner Veltliner with profound complexity and promise. Age in bottle will only add to its stature. Score: 97 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018)

MARKUS MOLITOR WEHLENER SONNENUHR AUSLESE** RIESLING 2016
Qualitätswein

634063 (D) 750mL $74.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese ** (White Capsule) has a clear and flinty-scented bouquet of great elegance. With ripe stone fruit aromas on the nose and a very delicate flinty character, this is a beautifully lush and elegant Auslese with enormous complexity, length and mineral tension. It's crystalline and powerful yet always balanced, and the acidity is absolutely delicate and intertwines with finely grained tannins. The finish is dense and persistent. The wine was fermented and aged in a single 2,000-liter barrel. Drink Date: 2023-2045. Score: 96 (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, March 29, 2018)

ETTORE GERMANO PRAPÒ BAROLO 2013
DOCG

639476 (XD) 750mL $89.00

TASTING NOTE: Polished and well structured, this vibrant, savory red hits all the high notes. It opens with enticing red cherry, pressed rose, ground clove and balsamic scents that follow through to the chiseled palate, along with crushed cranberry and licorice notes. Firm but refined tannins and fresh acidity lend impeccable balance and finesse. Drink 2023-2043. Cellar Selection. Score: 97 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 1, 2017)

NADA FIORENZO MANZOLA BARBARESCO 2013
DOCG

639039 (XD) 750mL $68.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Barbaresco Manzola is soft, succulent and inviting for a young Barbaresco. Mid-weight, gracious and supple, the 2013 speaks to balance above all else. High-toned aromatics meld into a core of sweet red cherry, chalk, mint, pine, tobacco and white pepper. This is the most feminine and gracious Barbaresco in Nada's range. In 2013, the Manzola is pure finesse. Drinking window: 2019-2028. Score: 94 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct. 2016)

BARALE FRATELLI SERGIO BARALE BUSSIA BAROLO 2010
DOCG

639443 (XD) 1500mL $300.00

TASTING NOTE: Still tight, young and nervous, the 2010 Barolo Bussia Sergio Barale is aged in large oak casks like Barale's other top Barolo expression. That slow oxidative process, combined with the extraordinary quality of the 2010 vintage has produced a classic Barolo that will endure in time and promises a long evolution ahead. In general, fruit from the Bussia cru tends to be more robust and structured as evidenced here. The wine's garnet appearance is vibrant and bright and the finish boasts energy and verve. You can still feel the wine's silky imprint minutes after swallowing. Score: 97 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, June 25, 2014)

NALS MARGREID SIRMIAN PINOT BIANCO 2016
DOC Südtirol - Alto Adige

340810 (XD) 750mL $33.00

TASTING NOTE: Sirmian is one of their most important vineyards and the grapes are used to make one of the winery's most interesting wines, the 2016 Pinot Bianco of the same name. On the nose, its aromas suite ranges from pear to lime blossom, while in the mouth the wine exhibits a winning concentration and elegance. Score: 3 Glasses (out of 3) (Gambero Rosso Italian Wines, 2018)

MARCHESI ANTINORI MATAROCCHIO TENUTA GUADO AL TASSO 2015
DOC Bolgheri Superiore

340174 (XD) 750mL $562.00

TASTING NOTE: Another vivid wine, the 2015 Matarocchio marries freshness with power and depth. In 2015, the 100% Cabernet Franc Matarocchio has a more red fruit and floral profile than it has in the past. Dense and voluptuous in the glass, the 2015 retains a surprising level of nuance for such a richly-textured wine. Drinking window: 2022-2035. Score: 97+ (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2018)

MARCHESI ANTINORI MATAROCCHIO TENUTA GUADO AL TASSO 2015
DOC Bolgheri Superiore

697417 (XD) 1500mL $1,293.00

TASTING NOTE: Another vivid wine, the 2015 Matarocchio marries freshness with power and depth. In 2015, the 100% Cabernet Franc Matarocchio has a more red fruit and floral profile than it has in the past. Dense and voluptuous in the glass, the 2015 retains a surprising level of nuance for such a richly-textured wine. Drinking window: 2022-2035. Score: 97+ (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2018)

MARCHESI ANTINORI SOLAIA 2015
IGT Toscana

487330 (XD) 1500mL $737.00

TASTING NOTE: There is a magical infinity, a continuous loop of compatibilities, between the icon wines of Tuscany and the 2015 vintage ... With the 2015 vintage, Solaia is liquid sunshine not just in name but also in fact. The bouquet is immediately soft and sensual with dark fruit, spice and sweet tobacco. The mouthfeel shows intensity and power, but you don't get any heavy residue from the dry extract (measured at 33 grams per liter). Indeed, the wine feels glossy, tonic and fresh. It is composed of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and a tiny part Cabernet Franc. There is a bit of crunch or snap that comes thanks to the more acidity-prone Sangiovese grape (the wine measures 3.5 in pH). Finally, the tannins are beautifully sweet and ripe. This wine is meticulously executed, and the 2015 vintage lives up to an ideal of what we imagine Solaia to be. Drink Date: 2020-2050. Score: 100 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Sept. 6, 2018)

MARCHESI ANTINORI SOLAIA 2015
IGT Toscana

487355 (XD) 3000mL $1,579.00

TASTING NOTE: There is a magical infinity, a continuous loop of compatibilities, between the icon wines of Tuscany and the 2015 vintage. The stunning 2015 Solaia is solid evidence of this perfect alignment ... With the 2015 vintage, Solaia is liquid sunshine not just in name but also in fact. The bouquet is immediately soft and sensual with dark fruit, spice and sweet tobacco. The mouthfeel shows intensity and power, but you don't get any heavy residue from the dry extract (measured at 33 grams per liter). Indeed, the wine feels glossy, tonic and fresh. It is composed of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and a tiny part Cabernet Franc. There is a bit of crunch or snap that comes thanks to the more acidity-prone Sangiovese grape (the wine measures 3.5 in pH). Finally, the tannins are beautifully sweet and ripe. This wine is meticulously executed, and the 2015 vintage lives up to an ideal of what we imagine Solaia to be. Drink Date: 2020-2050. Score: 100 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Sept. 6, 2018)

MONTEVERTINE LE PERGOLE TORTE 2015
IGT Toscana

316604 (XD) 750mL $188.00

TASTING NOTE: Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2015 Le Pergole Torte is a 100% expression of Sangiovese sourced from the estate's oldest vines (between 30 and 50 years old). Like the other wines from Montevertine, Le Pergole Torte sees both its alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in cement, and the wine later ages in new oak barrels for 12 to 18 months depending on the vintage. After that first phase in barrique, it goes into large botte to complete its integration. This gorgeous vintage opens to a deep, dark appearance with a velvety presentation of dark fruit and black cherry flavors. The wine's textural richness is ultimately what sets this fantastic vintage apart. Drink Date: 2020-2050. Score: 96-98 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, March 29, 2018)

POGGIO AL TESORO IL SEGGIO 2014
DOC Bolgheri Rosso

645515 (XD) 750mL $47.00

TASTING NOTE: 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc. Deep black-red in colour, with earth, complex aromas in which notes of copse and warm stone mingle with fine leather and sun-warmed plums: classy and refined. It's deep, dark, vivid and long on the palate, with supple yet ample tannins; the bright fruits shade into laurel and thyme, and that warm-stone finesse is there on the finish. Beautifully crafted Bolgheri. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Platinum - Best in Show. Score: 98 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018)

BADIA A COLTIBUONO OCCHIO DI PERNICE VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI CLASSICO 2006
DOC

648709 (S) 375mL $80.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico Occhio di Pernice is one of the best wines I have tasted from Badia a Coltibuono in some time. Sweet, dark and voluptuous, the 2006 shows all of the richness of a 100% Sangiovese Vin Santo, yet also possesses remarkable restraint for such a big wine, with plenty of intensity but no excess weight. A bevy of leather, licorice and clove notes round out the silky, mid-weight finish. Drinking window: 2016-2026. Score: 95 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Sept. 2015)

POGGIO SANT'ENRICO VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 2001
DOCG

998211 (S) 750mL $109.00

TASTING NOTE: This is an evolved and sophisticated Vino Nobile with rich concentration, dense texture and very pretty, wood-driven notes of vanilla and spice that are splashed evenly over black currants, plums and prunes. The wine exhibits harmony and balance, and although it is on the thick or gritty side, it does have the natural tannins to pair with succulent meat. Score: 92 (Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2008)

ORNELLAIA BIANCO 2015
IGT Toscana

645580 (XD) 750mL $240.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Bianco Ornellaia will be released in October 2017. This new vinous creation was inaugurated just three years ago. Back then, it represented a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. We saw the percentage of Viognier reduced in the 2014 vintage and it has now been completely removed in this edition. This wine is a pure expression of Sauvignon and I'm told that the 2016 vintage will be the same. The wine was bottled in December 2016, so I preview tasted it just a few months after it was put into glass. Because 2015 is a warm vintage, General Manager Alex Heinz tells me that the Viognier risked tasting too heavy and viscous. Instead, you get the crisp linearity and pristine aromas that remind you of a white Bordeaux, evidently the inspiration for this Tuscan wine. It is fermented in 30% new oak and rests on the lees for one year with frequent stirring. The wine is rich and silky in texture with fragrances of exotic fruit, honey and saffron. There is a delicate touch of alcohol as well. Balanced acidity and salty mineral nuances cap the powerful experience. Drink Date: 2018-2028. Score: 93 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017)

THALARN 2015
DO Costers del Segre

499244 (XD) 750mL $68.00

TASTING NOTE: I tasted two vintages of the pure Syrah named after the village where the estate is located, the oldest of which is the 2015 Thalarn. It had been in bottle since June 2017 after 12 months in new barrique and seven months in foudre. The wine had floral and spicy characteristics with hints of licorice, fennel and some other Mediterranean herbs. The palate felt balanced, with very fine tannins, polished and with very integrated oak. Drink Date: 2018-2025. Score: 95 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, April 27, 2018)

ALTOS R PIGEAGE 2014
DOCa Rioja

642785 (XD) 750mL $58.00

TASTING NOTE: A modern, stylish and attractive rendition of dark plum and cherry fruits with toasty mocha and spice. The palate has a dense and intense core, with impressive black cherry flavors. Powerful and precise. Drink now. Score: 94 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 18, 2018)

VAL SOTILLO RESERVA 2012
DO Ribera del Duero

645549 (XD) 750mL $59.00

TASTING NOTE: This leads with oak-derived smoky, chocolaty aromas, but blackberry, maple and molasses notes fill out the nose. The muscular palate boasts blackberry and black currant flavors, while chocolaty richness is the prime driver of the powerful finish. Drink this brick of a Tempranillo through 2030. Cellar Selection. Score: 93 (Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 1, 2018)

MARQUÉS DE MURRIETA CASTILLO YGAY GRAN RESERVA ESPECIAL 2009
DOCa Rioja

88161 (XD) 750mL $190.00

TASTING NOTE: Following on from the 2005 and 2007 releases, this is another stylish, complex, world-class red from Vicente Cebrián and María Vargas, with 19% Mazuelo providing the backbone of this ageworthy wine. The heat of the vintage has put plenty of flesh on the bones, complementing the savoury, spicy elegance. The tannins and acidity add balance and refinement. What a wine! Drink Date: 2025-40. Score: 97 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, Rioja Special Report 2018)

FOREIGN AFFAIR APOLOGETIC RED 2016
VQA Niagara Peninsula

471516 (D) 750mL $69.95

Made from Cabernet Franc, with half of it dried in the appassimento method and all of it matured 18 months in French oak barrels. Expect rich, spicy dark fruit and cedar tones in a wine that will impress now and over the next decade.

MISSION HILL COMPENDIUM 2014
BC VQA Okanagan Valley

258228 (XD) 750mL $80.00

TASTING NOTE: A Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (43%), Merlot (37%), Cabernet Franc (16%) and Petit Verdot (4%). Well fruity in the mouth, ample, flowing and fleshy. A pure pleasure with notes of cedar, blueberry, black fruit, and dark chocolate that persists. A beautiful velvety texture and a long finish. A fat wine, spicy and a little warm. Gold medal winner at the 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada. Score: 90 (Sara d'Amato, winealign.com, July 11, 2018)

PENFOLDS BIN 407 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
South Australia

414987 (XD) 750mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: From Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and Padthaway, matured for 12 months in French (25% new) and American (9% new) oak. The transition from tasting shiraz to cabernet is - as it should be - immediate and striking, in no way softened by the use of some American oak along with the French. Cassis, olive (green and black), together with bramble and bay leaf, are as fragrant as they are potent in the mouth. Needs a year or two to settle down. Drink By: 2031. Score: 94 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Oct. 1, 2018)

PENFOLDS ST. HENRI SHIRAZ 2015
South Australia

510875 (XD) 750mL $150.00

TASTING NOTE: Described by Peter Gago as the antithesis of a 'show wine', Penfolds' much loved and admired St Henri Shiraz continues to plough its own furrow in glorious style. In many ways it is a superb counterpoint to the more senior Grange, having been aged in large, old oak vats. The nose here is cocoa powder and summer pudding with a touch of mocha. This segues onto a palate of red and black fruits, dark chocolate, graphite and liquorice. St Henris are usually built for the long haul thanks to their acidity, fruit and densely populated tannins, and this is no exception. Superbly structured, juicily vibrant, sweet and balanced, this is tempting to broach now. However, I'd leave it for a couple of decades and wait for the magic to unfurl. Drinking Window: 2017-2040. Score: 96 (John Stimpfig, decanter.com, Sept. 13, 2017)

VOYAGER MARGARET RIVER CHARDONNAY 2015
Margaret River, Western Australia

708255 (D) 750mL $45.00

TASTING NOTE: Estate-grown, multi-clone, hand-picked, fermented and matured in French oak (40% new). It is indeed (as claimed) a complete wine, delivering power and length with ease; the white peach and grapefruit flavour streams share the honours, and together have made light work of the oak. Drink By: 2026. Score: 95 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)

ROCKBURN PINOT NOIR 2016
Central Otago, South Island

437855 (XD) 750mL $40.00

TASTING NOTE: 100% Pinot Noir. All killer no filler! Optimally ripe red cherry and mulberry notes with fruit tea and cinnamon spice characters. A luxurious wine with cashmere textured tannins, a racy acid bite and a long, intense, focused fruit finish. Superbly smooth. Score: 97 (Decanter Asia Wine Awards, 2018)

LEEUWENKUIL HERITAGE SYRAH 2015
WO Swartland

455386 (XD) 750mL $65.00

TASTING NOTE: No longer a single vineyard wine - it now hails from two parcels of 21 and 37 years' old - this remains an incredibly intense, hedonistic Syrah, with savoury, aromatic spices, dark blackberry fruit, some black olive and a fresh, satisfying finish. Drink Date: 2019-25. Included in Tim Atkin's list of top South African Syrahs of the year. Score: 96 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, South Africa Special Report 2018)

VINYES OCULTS GRAN MALBEC 2015
Uco Valley, Mendoza

646976 (XD) 750mL $53.00

TASTING NOTE: The beautifully rich nose has chocolate, ripe cherries and lovely fresh acidity, the palate has a huge concentration of delicious ripe dark fruits of the forest, cherries, blueberries and dark plum, really well judged oak to finish. Score: 97 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018)

ACHÁVAL FERRER FINCA MIRADOR MALBEC 2014
Mendoza

256008 (D) 750mL $135.00

TASTING NOTE: This is really special for 2014 with dried mushrooms, flowers and dark-berry character on the nose. Full-bodied yet refined and dense. Very polished tannins and fruit depth. Fantastic finish of burnt oranges and ripe fruit yet everything's always fresh and vivid. Drink now or hold. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, June 21, 2017)

VIÑEDO 1910 MALBEC 2014
Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza

646950 (XD) 750mL $42.00

TASTING NOTE: It's worth tasting - and drinking - almost anything made by Pepe Galante, one of Argentina's most experienced winemakers. This fine, detailed blend of Malbec with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon is a refreshingly elegant style, showing fine-grained tannins, some chalky grip and a long, savoury palate. Drink Date: 2020-28. Score: 94 (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, Argentina Special Report 2018)

ALEANNA GRAN ENEMIGO CABERNET FRANC 2013
El Cepillo Single Vineyard, Uco Valley, Mendoza

649681 (XD) 750mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: The nose of the 2013 Gran Enemigo El Cepillo Single Vineyard has a distinct savory note reminiscent of saffron, thyme, rockrose and other wild herbs along with lemon zest, chicken broth and some cereals that makes it very distinct. I didn't find this set of aromas in the 2012, but I found it again in 2014; and from what winemaker Alejandro Vigil told me, these aromas are also present in 2015 and 2016. It's super complex and powerful, still young and slightly marked by the élevage. The flavors are more conventional, even if you still find a lot of the notes found in the nose. The structure is solid, with fine-grained tannins and very good acidity - an improvement over the initial vintage. Drink Date: 2019-2028. Score: 97 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, June 29, 2018)

ALTA VISTA TEMIS SINGLE VINEYARD MALBEC 2013
Uco Valley, Mendoza

119859 (XD) 750mL $66.00

TASTING NOTE: Just when you think Alta Vista has gotten everything it can from Temis (see the 2012), this comes along to reset the benchmark. Ripe, round and lush on the nose, with full-force blackberry and prune aromas, this shows titanic grip, depth and ripeness on the palate. Flavors of raisin, chocolate and blackberry finish with hefty tannins and a smear of mocha flavor. Drink from 2018-2026. Editors' Choice. Ranked #3 in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2017. Score: 96 (Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 1, 2017)

IMPERFECTO 2012
Uco Valley

516914 (XD) 750mL $54.00

TASTING NOTE: Pi first made the Iscay Cabernet Franc and Malbec blend in 2008, and his affinity for this partnership shows in his personal label. Fleshy black fruit notes, peppery spice and a long, rolling finish. Drinking Window: 2018-2025. Score: 95 (Amanda Barnes, decanter.com, June 16, 2018)

ALMAVIVA 2016
Puente Alto, Maipo Valley

740233 (XD) 750mL $269.00

TASTING NOTE: A very fine and elegant Almaviva with fresh fruit and herb character. Medium-to-full body, tight and focused with very fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the whole thing. Savory, too. Smoked meat and succulent. It's tight but opens with air. Classicism here. 66% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drink in 2021. Score: 97 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 27, 2018)

DAOU SOUL OF A LION 2016
Paso Robles

546267 (XD) 750mL $210.00

TASTING NOTE: Also bottled the week before this tasting, the 2016 Soul of a Lion includes more Cabernet Sauvignon than the 2014 and 2015 and is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot. It's an incredible achievement and has sensational notes of crème de cassis, graphite, violets, and lead pencil shavings. Made in a pure California, pedal-to-the-metal style, with full body and loads of fruit, it stays balanced, has ultra-fine tannins, and a layered, seamless style that just glides over the palate. Don't think Paso Robles can make world-class Cabernet Sauvignon? Try this wine. Maturity: 2018-2033. Score: 98 (Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, Nov. 29, 2018)

ACCENDO CELLARS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Napa Valley

698001 (XD) 750mL $580.00

TASTING NOTE: Produced from 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up profound wild blueberries, freshly crushed blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries scents with suggestions of Chinese five spice, Sichuan pepper, bay leaves and lavender plus a savory touch of yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with expressive, multilayered blue and black fruits, all supported by ripe, fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with a compelling earthiness coming through. Drink Date: 2018-2040. Score: 97+ (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Dec. 29, 2017)

CAKEBREAD BENCHLAND SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Napa Valley

924175 (XD) 750mL $219.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select displays a deep garnet-purple color with a very pretty nose of lilacs and roses over a core of cassis, blueberries and black cherries with hints of baking spices and dusty earth. The palate is rich and generous, with perfumed fruit framed by fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long. Drink Date: 2017-2035. Score: 94 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2017)

STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS FAY VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Napa Valley

557686 (XD) 750mL $225.00

TASTING NOTE: Fresh, with racy streaks of violet and anise running alongside the pure blueberry, raspberry and cassis flavors. Offers a polished feel through the finish, showing savory-tinged energy and detail, not just sheen. A lovely expression of Cabernet. Best from 2020 through 2035. Score: 94 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Feb. 28, 2019)

GROTH RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Oakville, Napa Valley

247312 (XD) 750mL $226.00

TASTING NOTE: Muted at first, this reserve wine shows a deft hand. A red currant tone is met by a mild grip of tannins and a soft midpalate that is lightly rich in coconut shavings and mocha. Supple and balanced in richness, it offers classic flavors of cassis and cherry wrapped in supportive oak. Score: 94 (Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 1, 2018)

KAPCSÁNDY GRAND VIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
State Lane Vineyard, Yountville, Napa Valley

470922 (XD) 750mL $1,039.00

TASTING NOTE: A powerful, tightly-wound wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is likely to require the better part of the next decade to come into its own. The most backward and brooding of these wines, the Grand Vin is also quite primary and closed in on itself. Still, the energy, drive and focus of the best vintages is very much in evidence. Today, the 2014 is dense, seamless and utterly impeccable, with no hard edges, beautifully integrated oak (100% new) and exceptional balance. Drinking window: 2024-2034. Score: 98 (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec. 2016)

MICHEL ROLLAND CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Napa Valley

695981 (XD) 750mL $317.00

TASTING NOTE: His 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine is a prodigious effort and maybe the best he's made to date, even though one would expect that, like most wineries, the 2013 or 2015 would be the pinnacle of great Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This beauty (14.9% alcohol) has an opaque purple color and a beautiful, sweet nose of blueberry liqueur intermixed with some blackberries, crème de cassis, licorice and graphite. It is full-bodied, has a velvety texture and fine tannins, a terrific length of close to 50 seconds, and a large-scaled, voluptuous mouthfeel that just goes on and on. Purity, richness and overall equilibrium are top-flight. Drink it now or drink it in 20-30 years, as it is that well-balanced and potentially long-lived. Drink Date: 2016-2046. Score: 96 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

DUTTON-GOLDFIELD WALKER HILL VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2015
Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

695817 (XD) 750mL $85.00

TASTING NOTE: Salt rock and tart green-apple tones combine effortlessly to showcase a sublime texture with considerable length and depth. A touch of butterscotch graces the finish, but it's otherwise all about freshness in lemon and lime flavors, with exotic elements of lemongrass and ginger. Score: 95 (Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2018)

SCHRAMSBERG J. SCHRAM 2009
Traditional method, North Coast

157776 (D) 750mL $175.00

A blend of 86% Chardonnay and 14% Pinot Noir. Sourced from 50% Sonoma, 41% Napa, 5% Mendocino and 4% Marin.

TASTING NOTE: Enticing aromas of toasted almond and pear tart lead to an equally seductive and complex palate that is dry but rich in feel. It has the complexity and layering of a wine aged a long time on the yeast, and shows excellent concentration that leads to a long, lingering finish. This is Schramsberg's top-of-the-line Chardonnay-based wine and it definitely lives up to its billing in this vintage. Best after 2023. Ranks #30 in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2018. Score: 97 (Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2018)

LE CADEAU ROCHEUX RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2014
Willamette Valley

415935 (XD) 750mL $121.00

TASTING NOTE: The Rocheux has never been better than this new vintage. Crisp cranberry and raspberry fruit carries an underlying, wet-rock minerality. Flavors are dense and detailed, and seem to extend almost indefinitely. Drink now through 2030. Cellar Selections. Score: 94 (Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2016)

TENET GSM 2015
Columbia Valley

487470 (XD) 750mL $99.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Tenet GSM checks in as a blend of 43% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 22% Mourvèdre that was brought up in a mix of barrel and concrete. It offers a ripe, forward, incredibly sexy style as well as notes of blueberries, black raspberries, spice and licorice. Textured, rich and layered, it's already hard to resist yet will keep for 7-8 years. Drink Date: 2017-2025. Score: 94 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, June 30, 2017)

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