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Verite 2012 La Joie$344.99
North Coast California
Wine Advocate 100 Rating
The 2012 La Joie, which is a blend of 76% Cabernet, 12% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, blew me away. A profound effort, with 55% of it coming from Hillsides in Alexander Valley, 31% from Knights Valley and the balance from Chalk Hill, the wine shows great minerality, oodles of crPme de cassis fruit, incense, licorice, crushed rock, and a provocative full-throttle mouthfeel. SWS R4-2
Verite 2012 Le Desir$344.99
Wine Advocate 100 Rating
The 2012 Le Desir (64% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec) reminds me of a young vintage of Ausone, such as 2005. The wine has amazing minerality and an explosive blueberry nose intermixed with blackberries, new saddle leather, charcoal and camphor. It is full-bodied, with espresso notes emerging on the palate. There are 1,900 cases of this super-endowed, prodigious wine that should drink well for 35-40 years. How fun it would be for mega-millionaires to put this in a blind tasting of a great vintage of Ausone in 10, 20 or 30 years from now. Drink: 2015-2055.
Vina Almaviva 2015 Red Blend$109.99
Puente Alto Chile
James Suckling 100 Rating
A glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted. Linear backbone gives this form and tension. It has the same character on the palate as well as cayenne and other spice. Loved the 2014 but this shows more fine-grained tannins. So balanced and harmonious. A blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Needs four or five years in bottle but a joy to taste now. *Ranked #1 on Top 100 of 2017*
Vina Cobos Bramare 2013 Marchiori Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon$89.99–$539.94
Wine Spectator 93 Rating
A plush red, with an underlying sense of power to the concentrated and richly spiced flavors of dark plum, boysenberry and dried ginger. Notes of dried meat and soy emerge on the elegant finish. Drink now through 2024.
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Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Aida Vineyard$194.99
Napa Valley California
Wine Advocate 98 Rating
On the valley floor, with an almost Châteauneuf du Pape layer of small stones, is the Aida Estate, one of my favorite vineyards just north of St. Helena. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Estate is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc aged 20 months in three-fourths new French oak. The good news is that there are 800 cases of this magnificent wine, with a somewhat Graves-like scorched-earth, charcoal, burning ember-scented nose, with notes of hot earth, blackberry and cassis fruit. Big, full-bodied, exuberant and rich, this thick, unctuously textured, purple wine should drink beautifully for 25-30 or more years. R42-5
Walter Hansel 2015 Estate Chardonnay$29.99–$149.94
Russian River Valley California
Wine Advocate 92-94 Rating
The 2015 season resulted in tiny clusters and small berries with production levels off by a minimum of 25%. The following 2015s will be bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2015 Chardonnay Estate is a killer bargain at $25.00 a bottle. The wine is a blend of the 95, 76 and the Hanzell clones. The 4-acre parcel from which the wine was produced was planted in 1976, so it has some age to it. This is a great Chardonnay with loads of honeysuckle, buttered citrus, orange and white peach notes, a medium to full body, terrific energy and purity. This is a terrific wine that tastes like a Chardonnay that should be selling for three or four times the price. So, consumers take note. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
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Weingut Johannishof 2011 Charta Riesling$16.99
WTB Best Values 90 Rating
Round, medium full bodied, and nearly dry, this is an excellent wine at the price. It is smoothly textured, moderately intense in flavor, and medium long on the finish. It tastes of yellow apple, peach, pineapple, and lily of the valley.
Williams Selyem 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir$69.99
Wine Enthusiast 94 Rating
Baked bread, pine forest and strawberry rise out of the glass in this relatively light yet complex and layered wine, spicy in cinnamon and black tea. It shows the powerful grace of good winemaking, showcasing the appellation's beauty and brawn from a warm, even year. SWS R6-1
Wolf Family Vineyards 2014 Phaedrus Cabernet Sauvignon$49.99–$269.94
Napa Valley California
This 2014 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of fruit from the more recently planted estate vineyard on White Hall Lane in St. Helena and the Montgomery Vineyard in Calistoga. Although it was aged for 20 months in 67% new French oak barrels, there is only a bit of oak spice, yet no woody aromas evident on the nose, which also indicates the wine has great balance with restrained, not forward, red fruit aromas. The quality of the excellent 2014 vintage also lends a nice vibrancy to the fuller-bodied palate where dark plum and blackberry flavors co-mingle with notes of dried tobacco. The balance promised from the nose delivers in spades with an excellent ratio of fruit to tannin and a wonderfully smooth texture. It shows great finesse at such a young age and is incredibly approachable and delicious right out of the bottle.
Buy this by the 6pk for $44.99 per bottle