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Anakota 2018 Helena Montana Cabernet Sauvignon$129.99–$720.00
Jeb Dunnuck 98+ Rating
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard is even more concentrated and dense, with a massive core of ripe blackcurrants, crushed stone, leather, tobacco, spicy oak, and graphite, and it has this burning ember-like character that reminds me of a great Hermitage. More medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has remarkable balance, ultra-fine tannins, a great spine of acidity, and one heck of a finish. As with the Helena Montana Vineyard, it’s a baby that needs at least 4-5 years of bottle age and will have 30+ years of longevity. It’s on par with the finest Bordeaux blends coming out of California today.
Must be ordered.
Buy this by the 6pk for $120.00 per bottle
Andre Brunel 2005 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux Cuvee Centenaire$89.99
Southern Rhone Valley
Wine Advocate 96 Rating
A big, rich and ripe wine, the tiny production 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire (80% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah) comes all from the Farguerol lieu-dit that’s located in the northwestern sector of the appellation. It offers a smorgasbord of Provencal aromas and flavors, with tons of sweet kirsch, roasted herbs, beef blood, black licorice and garrigue soaring from the glass. Full-bodied, voluptuous and downright sexy, with no hard edges and a seamless style, this is one hedonistic and gorgeous Châteauneuf du Pape to drink anytime over the coming 5-6 years starting from the year 2015. R22-2
Andrew Will Winery 2016 Sorella$84.99
Horse Heaven Hills Washington State
Jeb Dunnuck 99 Rating
Flirting with perfection, the 2016 Sorella checks in as 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot. Coming all from the Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, its saturated purple color is followed by a La Mission Haut Brion-like bouquet of black and blue fruits, gravelly, minerality, smoke tobacco, and chocolate. Deep, multi-dimensional, full-bodied, and with beautiful complexity, it’s a magical wine as well as the finest wine from this estate to date. Bravo! BX-6
Antinori 2016 Solaia$298.99
Wine Advocate 100 Rating
I fussed over scoring this wine more than I'd like to admit—tasting through three samples under different conditions at various intervals and testing my impressions blind against wines in its peer group. Most importantly, I tasted this 2016 vintage against the 2015 vintage over and over again. I confess to a few nights of restless sleep as a result. Ultimately, my decision to award 100 points to the 2016 Solaia came on impulse and with the most natural sense of purpose. I had also given the 2015 vintage a perfect score, and intellectually, it seemed impossible not to pick a favorite among these two stunning expressions. I will also state, outright, that the wines are very different, principally because the 2015 vintage shows more overall opulence and sweetness that extends to the pronounced textural richness of the mouthfeel. The 2016 vintage, on the other hand, is more chiseled and sharp with mineral shadings of campfire ash and graphite at the rim of its dark fruit. The mouthfeel is more streamlined and tight at its core, suggesting that the wine will unfold and soften beautifully with time. I feel like 2015 is the Dolce & Gabbana of the situation and the 2016 is the Armani Privé. The personalities of the two wines are distinct, yet my admiration for each is identical. R28-6
Antinori 2017 Tignanello$129.99–$750.00
Wine Advocate 95+ Rating
The 2017 Tignanello is dense, exotic and flamboyant. Red berry fruit, cherries in liqueur, blood orange, wild flowers and sweet spice are front and center in this sumptuous, racy Tignanello that is likely to drink beautifully right out of the gate. The Antinori team has done a terrific job with the 2017, a year in which heat and dry weather took with them 30% of the production. BX-6
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Buy this by the 6pk for $125.00 per bottle
Antinori 2019 Cervaro della Sala$49.99
James Suckling 97 Rating
A full-bodied white with complex aromas of hawthorn, ripe peach, apricot, mango, lime, flint, toast and some smoke. Layered, concentrated and persistent with bright acidity and a firm, phenolic texture. Hint of vanilla. Very long and refined. Beautiful as always. Very approachable, but better from 2022.
Araujo Estate 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard$499.99
Napa Valley California
Wine Advocate 100 Rating
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color. Its nose begins a little reserved, slowly revealing a quiet intensity of freshly crushed blackberries, chocolate-covered cherries, cassis and aniseed with compelling nuances of black tea, cigar box, truffles and charcuterie, plus, with coaxing, gentle wafts of red roses and crushed rocks emerge. The medium to full-bodied palate is simply arresting, offering a a myriad floral and earth sparks amidst a black fruit core and with seamless, firm, very fine-grained tannins. Well-knit freshness brings forth layer after layer of delicate nuances on the very long, mineral-laced finish. The team at Eisele, led by Frédéric Engerer (of Chateau Latour) and beautifully orchestrated by winemaker Hélène Mingot, have knocked it out of the park this vintage with this singular expression that both embraces the site's heritage and reveals parts unknown. R33-2
ARGYLE 2002 Extended Tirage Willamette Valley$74.99–$449.94
Wine Spectator 96 Rating
The definition of finesse, with a succulent, complex mouthful of lemon peel, oatmeal and subtle pear and apple flavors that soar through the elegant finish. The fine bead creates an almost creamy feel. Offers freshness and a sense of majesty. Drink now. 1,013 cases made.
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Aubert 2010 Pinot Noir Reuling$129.99
Wine Advocate 94+ Rating
The 2010 Pinot Noir Reuling Vineyard bursts from the glass with an exciting melange of dark red cherries, flowers, licorice, tar, mint, camphor and exotic spices. Layers of flavor build effortlessly to the rich, textured finish. The Reuling impresses with its energy, length and minerality. An endless array of vivid aromas and flavors wrap around the rich, deep finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.