White | Chardonnay | France | Burgundy | 750ml
Offering a delicious bouquet of fruits and flowers combined with a lovely wooden note, this Puligny-Montrachet is attractive. It intermingles power with elegance, and a nice level of creaminess. Good aging potential.
Red | Pinot Noir | United States | California | 750ml
Our fourth release from this dynamic site owned and farmed by Peter and Rebecca Work. Our 1.7 acre, west-facing parcel was custom planted specifically for us in clay-loam soil to clone 828.
"Initially quite reticent, the 2010 Pinot Noir Ampelos comes across as slightly compact and shut down. There is an element of racy wildness that runs through the fruit in this firm Pinot. It will be interesting to see if the Ampelos softens up with further time in bottle. Today, it is a bit of a brute. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018." Wine Advocate (89 Points)
Red | Bordeaux | France | Bordeaux | 750ml
"The greatest Cantenac Brown I have ever tasted, the 2010 is one for the ages. Dense purple, with an extraordinary nose of sweet forest floor, blackberry jam, pen ink and graphite, this wine soars from the glass, giving it an aromatic dimension and intensity I have never seen from this estate. The tannins are present, as they are in most Cantenac Browns, but the wine’s sweetness, broad, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, dense, purple color and spectacular length (close to a minute) make this a giant classic and a fabulous sleeper of the vintage that still remains under-priced, considering how great its potential may be. This is a wine for those with cold cellars and youthful DNA. It is going to need at least a decade of cellaring and should last for 20-40 years. A classic!" Wine Advocate (94+ Points)
White | Barsac | France | Bordeaux | 375ml
"Another sensational effort from Philippe Dhaluin, the administrator of Mouton Rothschild, this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot shows complex floral notes intermixed with forest floor, camphor, black currants and mulberries that all jump from the glass of this aromatic style of d’Armailhac. This wine possesses very good acidity, a surprisingly higher percentage of Merlot than usual, but the quality is impressive, and the good news is that there are 20,000 cases of this full-bodied beauty, which should age nicely for 15-20+ years." Wine Advocate (93 Points)
White | Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle | France | Sauternes | 750ml
White | Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle | France | 750ml
"Offers a fleshy, corpulent feel, with mouthfilling plum, melted licorice, fruitcake and linzer torte flavors layered and pumping through the broad, well-toasted finish. A not-shy style, showing a bit of punch on the finish alongside plenty of length and depth. Best from 2014 through 2024." Wine Spectator (92 Points)
"Always a somewhat rustic style of Pomerol, the 2010 merits one of the highest ratings I have ever given this vineyard. With considerable opulence, a chocolate, mocha, black cherry and berry spectrum of aromas and flavors, medium to full-bodied and a macho, masculine feel to it, this wine has more finesse than normal, but never loses its relatively powerful, chunky style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years." Wine Advocate (89 Points)
"Features a dark currant and blackberry coulis core, surrounded by charcoal, singed savory and light coffee notes. The solid, firm, taut finish should let this linger in the cellar for a decade. Best from 2014 through 2024." Wine Spectator (91 Points)
"I had some bottle variation with this blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The 2010 from Lafon Rochet seemed slightly restrained and closed down on the three occasions I tasted it in Bordeaux. Dense black/ruby, it displays sweet tannin, excellent purity, fresh fruit and a very primary, almost grapy style with lots of fruit, but at the same time, a somewhat monolithic character. It should turn out fine, but it certainly needs a good 7-8 years of cellaring and should drink well for up to two decades." Wine Advocate (90+ Points)
Notes of singed alder, graphite and charcoal wrap around the core of intense blackberry paste, warm plum sauce and currant preserves. Turns sleek and racy on the well-knit finish despite the notable grip. Best from 2015 through 2030.
One of the best second wines, and possibly the best since the 1990 is the 2010 La Dame de Montrose. This represents 36% of the production and is a blend of two grapes – 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot. A superb second wine, opulent and substantively textured, it shares more in common with a flamboyant, exuberant year such as 2009 than most 2010s. Dense purple, its oodles of fruit, luxurious mouthfeel and terrific finish make it a sleeper of the vintage. It’s a wine to buy in abundant quantities and drink over the next 10-15+ years.
Although Jean Delmas remains a consultant at Montrose, he has yielded his primary responsibilities over to a younger staff, but he still believes the 2010 Montrose is one of the all-time great wines ever produced at this estate, equaling or exceeding the quality of the 1929, 1945, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990 or 2009.
James Suckling 94-95 Points: Wow. This shows a wonderful core of intense, ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Loads of berry, chocolate and toasted oak. A joy to taste young.
White | Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle | France | Bordeaux | 375ml
James Suckling 95-96 Points: I love the botrytis spice character to this wine with dried apricots and tropical fruits. It's full bodied, medium sweet with a long intense finish. It's very layered. Wine of the vintage.
White | Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle | France | Bordeaux | 750ml
This has quite a bit of sulphur on the nose at first, but it clears with aeration. It remains tightly-coiled, with lemon, honey, apricot and limestone, demonstrating fine minerality. The palate has great tension on the entry, quite spicy and nutty in style, with a vibrant, zesty finish. This is an exuberant Sigalas-Rabaud with great potential.
The Chateau Suduiraut has a comparatively rich, botrytized bouquet with dried honey, pineapple and a touch of Seville orange marmalade, with exquisite definition and focus. The palate is well-balanced, with a viscous texture and a good level of botrytis, demonstrating fine minerality and tautness. Dried mango, quince and spice all interlace the focused finish, which is long in the mouth. Tasted against its peers, this has a higher level of intensity and focus. A superb follow-up to the sensational 2009.
Red | Bordeaux | France | Bordeaux | 750ml
With the alcohol hitting 13.6% in a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, this wine displays plenty of sweet kirsch, licorice and black currant fruit in a classy, seductive style, with medium to full body, soft but abundant tannins and a long finish. It does indeed possess the elegance and finesse of its bigger sibling, Leoville Las Cases. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Clos de Marquis is no longer a second wine, but rather one from a separate vineyard in the holdings of Leoville Las Cases. It should be thought of as a different entity, although the same winemaking team and philosophy are at play.
Red | Chateauneuf du Pape | France | Rhone | 750ml
Free Shipping on 4 Bottles or morePerforming considerably better than it did prior to bottling, the 2010 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the all-time great Vieux Telegraphes I have tasted in the last 3+ decades. I believe it is even superior to the 2007, which I had several weeks ago. The 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, boysenberries, black cherries, black currants, nori (the sushi seaweed wrapper), black olives, licorice and pepper. This full-bodied, meaty, thick, juicy effort possesses a boatload of tannin, but it also has incredible concentration. More massive than I remember from last year, it has put on considerable weight and intensity. Forget it for 3-4 years, and drink it over the following 25-30 years. Kudos to Daniel and Frederic Brunier! Robert Parker Wine Advocate 97 Points
This is ripe to the point of being exotic with well-layered aromas of a variety of yellow orchard fruits that include peach and apricot along with notes of mango, papaya and white flowers. The exceptionally rich, full-bodied and mouth coating flavors are blessed with an abundance of dry extract that buffers the moderately firm acid spine before culminating in a dry and tension-filled finish. This is a classic Morgeot with plenty of size, weight and generosity yet there is no heaviness. Burghound 91 Points
This is quite similar to the Abbaye with its exotic yellow fruit nose that is a bit less overtly floral in character. There is outstanding richness to the muscular and full-bodied flavors that brim with palate staining dry extract that is present to the point of imparting a borderline chewy quality to the suave and velvety finish where the extreme richness is partially offset by a distinct saline element. I quite like this. Burghound 92 Points
195 Cases ProduciedThe Hansen vineyard is the most French-styled of the bunch, with its pure terroir-driven bouquet and palate. Medium-bodied and elegant, the wine sings with sweet raspberry fruit. Only 999 bottles produced.
White | Chardonnay | United States | California | 750ml
Bright gold. Fresh melon and peach pit scents are brightened by suggestions of smoky minerals and white flowers. Fleshy and deep in pit fruit and floral flavors but also lively and minerally, with a zesty orange pith note on the back half. Finishes with striking persistence, leaving honeydew and peach notes behind.Stephen Tanzer 92 Points
The 2010 Chardonnay Stone Cote Vineyard, from a block in the Durell Vineyard, caresses the palate with dried apricots, wild flowers, honey, tangerine and spices. It shows lovely roundness and finesse through to the creamy, inviting finish. This is a fairly lush, fruit-driven style of Chardonnay. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.Wine Advocate 88-90 Points
Intense dark cherry, pomegranate and cola aromas complement dark cherry and juicy blackberry flavors in this single vineyard "true coastal" gem. Mineral, coffee, cola and Asian spice nuances lead to fine grained and silky tannins on the finish. This is a great example of true Sonoma Coast ridge-top terroir.
Red | Pinot Noir | France | Burgundy | 750ml
"Violets and plum aromas and rich, suave and textured flavors that are remarkably ripe, even velvety on the delicious and softly rounded finish. Lovely stuff."
Allen Meadows - Burghound #8217
White | Riesling | Germany | Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | 750ml
"Ripe, luscious and deeply flavored, with a juicy mix of glazed apricot, red peach and baked pear flavors that are flanked by rich notes of cream and spice. Very long and graceful on the finish, with loads of sage honey and tropical fruit notes. Drink now through 2040."Wine Spectator (95)
"Katharina Prum seeks to assure me that a 2010 Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese gold capsule represents her family’s first-ever Badstube bottling of that designation. As with the corresponding Zeltinger, she says “this was simply too ripe to call it merely ‘Auslese.’” There is brown spice pungency here more pronouncedly than one expects to encounter in Mosel Riesling which – when allied to chewy apple and pear skin as well as lemon and lime zest – engenders enormous invigoration in a wine whose brightly juicy citricity and sense of mineral impingement as it is serve for vibratory, near-electric intensity and finishing persistence. This doesn’t approach the refinement, intricacy, or seductive allure of the corresponding Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, but taken on its own terms represents a memorable achievement almost sure to remain robust for close to a half century. Drink 2012 - 2027."Wine Advocate (93)