Red | Pinot Noir | France | Burgundy | 750ml
Red | Pinot Noir | California | 750ml
"The 2009 Pinot Noir Ampelos comes across as quite energetic and tightly wound. Dark cherries, plums, sweet spices and menthol emerge, but only with great reluctance. Sweet floral notes and licorice appear later, adding complexity and nuance to the red fruit. There is marvelous integrity in the glass; the only thing needed is time." Wine Advocate (92 Points)
Red | Cabernet Sauvignon | United States | Napa Valley | 750ml
Produced by Napa Valley cult-wine favorite Buccella Vineyards, the "Mica" is a declassified wine of barrels that do not make the cut for the producer's primary Cabernet Sauvignon. Both wines are made in the same practice of whole-berry fermentation, 22 months aging in new French oak barrels and being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Red | Cabernet Sauvignon | United States | California | 750ml
The CADE Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is sourced from five small growers on Howell Mountain: CADE Estate Vineyards, Ink Grade Vineyards, Outpost Vineyards, True and Eagle Summit Vineyards.
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a big, rich, seamless wine endowed with gorgeous depth and plushness. Dark red fruit, licorice, spices and menthol are some of the notes that take shape in the glass in this big, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. A rich, textured finish rounds things out in style." Wine Advocate 94 Points
The 2009 vintage provided our CADE Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a dramatic aromatic profile, supported by beautifully integrated tannins that will allow for gentle aging. Aromas of Black Cherry and Créme de Cassis are followed on the palate with flavors of Bing Cherry, Pipe Tobacco, Baker's Chocolate and Roasted Nuts. The elevated structure that the 2009 exhibits can be attributed to the higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon which follows through with a tantalizing finish. Refreshingly approachable now, the 2009 cade napa cuvée will handsomely reward cellaring for 5+ years. Fruit from properties like Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Georges III and Kenefick Ranch.
Red | Chateauneuf du Pape | France | 750ml
"This is a powerhouse, with roasted bay, sage and tobacco leaf notes running through the layers of dark plum, blackberry compote and roasted fig fruit. The long, almost unbridled finish flaunts muscle, coated with ganache, while a note of hot stone lurks in the background throughout. Best from 2013 through 2030. 830 cases made. Wine Spectator 95 Points
Red | Syrah | France | Rhone | 750ml
"Rich and dense, but velvety and nicely detailed, with sleek-edged cassis, blackberry and plum fruit woven with white pepper, mulled spice and dark olive notes. A strong, tangy, iron edge takes over on the finish, with lots of latent grip. Best from 2013 through 2022. Only 900 Cases Produced." Wine Spectator 93 Points"As for the negociant northern Rhone selections, the dense purple-hued 2009 Cote Rotie reveals lots of black olive, bacon fat, black raspberry and blackberry fruit notes intertwined with hints of charcoal and underbrush. This impressively endowed, medium to full-bodied Cote Rotie should drink well for 10-15 years." Wine Advocate 92 Points"Bright purple. Classic syrah aromas of cherry, boysenberry and violet, complicated by smoked meat, pipe tobacco and licorice. Vibrant and sweet, showing impressive depth to its dark fruit preserve, anise and floral flavors. Tangy acidity and silky tannins give lift and shape to the long, floral finish." International Wine Cellar 92 Points
Red | Bordeaux | France | Bordeaux | 750ml
Great value in top Bordeaux-2009 Gloria competes with wines 4-5X the price" and "Gloria has long been one of the most popular wines in America, but I do not believe they have ever made better wines than they have over the last decade, and the 2009 is one of their finest. While this estate is not a classified growth, it certainly performs like one in 2009. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by an expressive, flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, Christmas spices, licorice and roasted Provencal herbs. Fuller-bodied, more concentrated and extracted than most vintages with soft tannins, its low acidity and a sumptuous, plump style remind me of a modern day version of the 1982 (which is fully mature but still in great shape). The 2009 Gloria is a very smart purchase for those looking to maximize their buying power. In fact, this may be the value of the vintage.Robert Parker 93 Points
Hubert Chauvenet is crafting classic wines with fine delicacy of fruit and rich complexity. Always supple, opulent, seductive, and fruit-driven, the offerings from Chauvenet-Chopin are friendly, smile-inducing wines.
Red | Burgundy | France | 750ml
Red | Chateauneuf du Pape | France | Rhone | 750ml
This 135-acre estate (all in the famed La Crau) has produced a 2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape composed of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and the rest other authorized varietals (from vines that average 60 years of age). The wine is aged 18 months in foudres and concrete tanks. This classic offering had just been bottled before my visit, so it was probably tighter than it will be in 6-12 months. Deep ruby/purple-colored with notes of garrigue, seaweed, licorice, plums, black cherries and raspberries, it typically reveals a Mediterranean sea breeze-like character that is difficult to articulate. The sweetness of the tannin, full-bodied mouthfeel, and evolved style remind me somewhat of the 1983, which is still drinking beautifully. The 2009 can be consumed now or cellared for two decades.?Wine Spectator 94 Points
White | Chardonnay | United States | California | 750ml
"The 2009 Chardonnay Clare Hyde Vineyard is a beautiful, focused wine. It possesses the textural richness that is typical of this site, but with quite a bit of minerality and freshness as well. Clean saline notes frame the nicely delineated finish. This parcel was planted with Wente clones 17 years ago. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021." Wine Advocate (92 Points)
Red | Syrah | United States | California | 750ml
"Firm, intense and chewy, at points rustic and edgy, this manages to deliver a tight, potent, concentrated mix of dried berry, pomegranate, black licorice and cedar flavors. Ends with gritty tannins." Wine Spectator (90 Points)
Red | France | Burgundy | 750ml
Red | Pinot Noir | United States | California | 750ml
Deep crimson-garnet in color with bluish highlights on the rim. Fresh blueberry and elegant spice aromas of clove and mace are matched with flavors of blackberry, and dried cherry. Bright acidity and supple tannins that are followed by a long, silky finish.
"Vivid ruby. Pungent aromas of cherry, black raspberry and violet. Lively dark fruit flavors are lifted by lively, integrated acidity. Dense but nicely delineated, with a sexy floral nuance emerging with aeration. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and notes of candied rose and mocha. This benefits a lot from air." International Wine Cellar (92)
MacLean's Block Pinot Noir is noted for its very powerful and complex signature of dark strawberry, mocha and earth aromas, and dark cherry and mocha-spice flavors.?Focused layers of complexity and a long finish reminiscent of minerals and slate provide this small batch Pinot gem with enough structure to be an excellent candidate for long term cellaring.
The 2009 Pinot Noir MacLean's Block is a big, masculine wine bursting with expressive dark fruit. Firm tannins provide the backbone in this virile, unique Pinot. The MacLean's will appeal most to readers who appreciate a bigger, firmer style of Pinot.Wine Advocate 91 Points
Red | Proprietary Red | United States | Washington | 750ml
This wine is boss! Bloody and earthy with raw leather and sun roasted tomato. Super savory...paella please.
80% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% SyrahEarthy. Think dried Mediterranean herbs, black olive. Complex and satisfying, full and rich. For my father, Robert Ovide.
Cabernet and Syrah BlendMinerally and pure. Dark purple fruit, deep saturating flavors. Firm, yet feminine. For my mother, Roma.
Keenan's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the highlights in this portfolio. Rich and voluptuous, it totally saturates the palate from start to finish. Dark fruit, violets, spices and licorice all flesh out in this large-scaled, dramatic Cabernet Sauvignon. Everything simply works. The 2009 is a great wine. Even better, it is extremely fairly priced considering the quality of what is in the bottle. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine. I imagine another few years of bottle age will only help the 2009 develop even more complexity. In this vintage the Cabernet Sauvignon is 73% from Spring Mountain and 27% from Pope Valley. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Wine Advocate 93 Points
Red | Merlot | United States | Washington | 750ml
This red is round, generous and expressive, offering plum, loganberry, cherry and clove flavors that pick up hints of loam and floral character as the finish tightens its focus. Impressive for its length and deft balance. Best from 2013 through 2019. 1,994 cases made. Wine Spectator 95 Points - #11 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012Michel Rolland’s Long Shadows wine is 83% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Bay leaf and pretty herb scents introduce a wine that remains tightly wound. Black cherry and cassis flavors are set in a frame of smoky espresso. The tannins are polished, and the finish is deliciously long. Wine Enthusiast 93 PointsBright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black cherry, melted licorice and minerals. Sweet, ripe and strong, with a distinctly sappy quality to its black cherry and sexy oak flavors. This struck me as more masculine than the 2008 version and every bit as fresh--and in need of longer bottle aging. Finishes classically dry and long, with solid backbone. Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar 92 Points It’s a blending grape,” Shoup continues to maintain about Merlot, “and has to be grown in really special ways to achieve greatness standing alone” – he should surely have added: “in special places” – but, nonetheless, he felt that given its status as something of a signature grape for Washington, he should (to hear him tell, with considerable effort) persuade Michel Rolland to render a Merlot showcase, of which 2009 Pedestal is the latest installment, prominently featuring Red Mountain fruit, while involving small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and (for the first time) Malbec. Scents of cherry preserves, mint, peat, espresso roast, toasted coconut and caramelized resin, presage a correspondingly complex, torrefied and confitured palate impression. The polish and plushness here are impressive as is the wine’s sheer sweet and smoky length, though a hint of heat does creep into the finish from 14.9% alcohol. This definitely should be served no warmer than 65 degrees Fahrenheit. I imagine it will remain fresh for at least the better part of a decade. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 91 Points