Red | Syrah | France | Rhone Valley | 750ml
"Dense, with a impressive tannic coating to the chestnut, tobacco, pastis, mulled currant and blackberry fruit flavors. There's a smoldering charcoal note on the finish, with the grip nicely integrated. You'd never guess this as a 2008. A terrific effort for the vintage. Best from 2012 through 2022." Wine Spectator (93)
Red | Proprietary Red | Italy | Veneto | 750ml
Red | Sangiovese Grosso | Italy | Tuscany | 750ml
"Intense balsamic and mint notes make this red distinctive, along with currant, raspberry and floral touches. Silky, ripe and impressive, this shows elegance and a vibrant structure. Offers terrific length and resonance on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2032."Wine Spectator (95)
Red | Proprietary Red | Italy | Tuscany | 750ml
The 2008 Tignanello is unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage. The 2008 isn't a huge or obvious Tignanello, rather it is a wine that impresses for its sublime elegance and precision. Understated layers of fruit caress the palate like cashmere in this impeccable, soft wine. There is not a hard edge to be found. Black cherries, tobacco, smoke and licorice are some of the notes that come through on the finish. The flavor profile is decidedly on the dark side, but the wine's structure is medium in body and intensity. In 2008 the Tignanello has more energy, focus and length than the Solaia. It is a fabulous achievement! The 2008 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3rd new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
White | Proprietary White | France | 750ml
Brilliant robe, flowery aromas with a very nice nose of hazelnuts. An elegant wine with a lot of finesse and freshness. This wine is ready for drinking now and it can be kept for another 8 years.
Red | Pinot Noir | France | Burgundy | 750ml
An ultra fresh and very pinot nose is nuanced by hints of Gevrey-style earth and a hint of forest floor that also is reflected by the cool, detailed and pliant middle weight flavors that possess good depth but also a mildly edgy finish where it’s not entirely clear that it will round out.
Brightly redolent of fresh red currant and blackberry, accompanied by Lapsang tea, fennel, and maritime suggestions of brine and alkali, Rousseau’s 2008 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers displays incipient creaminess, but at the same time, tartness on the palate, with an invigorating sense of fruit skin and fine-grained tannins that lead to a finish of impressive grip. Like the corresponding Lavaux St.-Jacques, this is refreshing but short on richness, and the superior smell in the empty glass confirms the degree to which it is presently a bit reduced. And here too, I can envision 8-10 years of interesting evolution.
Red | Burgundy | France | 750ml
The Rousseau 2008 Mazy?Chambertin impresses the nose with ripe cherry, licorice, and an array of pungent spices. The wine bursts onto the palate with juicy exuberance and tactile impingement of spices, and finishes with lip-smacking length, hints of cherry pit bitterness, peat, charred red meats, and crushed stone adding interest. Athletically lean and energetic, this might well gain richness of texture in bottle, and I wouldn't hesitate to hold some for a dozen or more years.
Red | Cabernet Sauvignon | United States | California | 750ml
The nose shows lovely rosehip, black cherry and black currant, with deep wood and vanilla spice. The wine has flavors of bing cherry and black fruits with a delicacy and finesse that is appealing and reminiscent of the structure and elegance of a great Bordeaux. The full fruit finish, supple, weighty tannins and long finish add to the complexity of this wine.
White | Chardonnay Blend | France | Vin de Pays | 750ml
Jean Orliac’s wines set the benchmark for all other winemakers in the Pic St. Loup A/C. One of the first to spot the potential of the area, he encapsulate the pleasure of Languedoc at its brimming best. Attractive pink color. Ripe, red summer fruits with a crisp finish.
White | Pinot Gris | New Zealand | Marlborough | 750ml
"The 2008 Old Schoolhouse Vineyard Pinot Gris has a pink-ish tinge, touches of grapefruit, honeysuckle and peony on the nose. The palate is well balanced, crisp and slightly phenolic with touches of pear, honeysuckle and dried apricot, leading to an off-dry finish." Wine Advocate (86 Points)
White | Pinot Gris | Argentina | Argentina | 750ml
Light-weight, with a nice firm edge supporting the almond, melon and bitter notes. Drink now.
Red | Tempranillo | Spain | Rioja | 750ml
"The 2008 Reserva has dark cherry, cassis and graphite on the nose. The palate has a sappy nose with blackberry, raspberry and a touch of soy towards the finish. The tannins are ripe and quite “thick,” lending the 2008 admirable substance considering the vintage. Drink 2015-2030." Wine Advocate (91 Points)
Red | Prieto Picudo | Spain | Castilla y Leon | 750ml
"The 2008 Prieto Picudo (100%) was sourced from vines ranging in age from 60-80 years and was aged for 14 months in French oak. It exhibits a reticent nose of cedar, spice box, blueberry, and blackberry leading to a savory, smooth-textured, tasty wine with good balance and length. It has enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years so if the wine’s aromatics blossom, it will ultimately merit an outstanding rating." Wine Advocate (89 Points)
Red | Proprietary Red | Spain | Aragon | 750ml
Red | Cabernet | Argentina | Mendoza | 750ml
Red | Proprietary Red | United States | Sonoma County, California | 750ml
The wine's bouquet opens beautifully with rich aromas of black currant, cherries and just a hint of espresso. Smooth on the palate, the wine offers flavors of plum and blackberry that gently give way to cardamom on the long, silky finish.
Red | Proprietary Blend | Italy | 750ml
Red | Proprietary Red | Chile | Colchagua Valley | 750ml
Red | Pinot Noir | United States | 750ml
Less than 300 cases produced. Blended with fruit srom Nysa, Meredith Mitchell and Carlton Cellars Estate vineyards.
This is a rich and enticing red, with alluring aromas of warm cocoa and roasted vanilla bean giving way to lush plum sauce, cassis and raspberry ganache flavors. The long, smoldering finish is velvety and dripping with pure fruit, all of it backed by a suave tobacco note. Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2011 through 2017. 4,538 cases made.
Red | Cabernet Sauvignon | Argentina | 750ml
Red | Bordeaux | France | Bordeaux | 750ml
The 2008 possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as complex aromatics of graphite, cedar, blackberries, black currants, and subtle background oak. Dense, with abundant fruit, soft, ripe tannin, and a long, heady finish, I am not sure it is as powerful, rich, or as potentially long-lived as the 2005, but it will be drinkable at a much earlier age, and should evolve for 15 or more years. Wine Advocate Robert Parker 91 Points
Red | Zinfandel | United States | Napa Valley | 750ml
One of the superstars of the vintage, this classic Montrose is not as showy or opulent as the 2010, 2009 or 2003, but it offers a dense purple color followed by gorgeously sweet black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with loamy, earthy, forest floor notes, a floral component and a long, full-bodied finish. The 2008 was fashioned from yields of 44 hectoliters per hectare which is slightly less than the 2010's 45 hectoliters per hectare. Forget it for 5-8 years and drink it over the following 20+ years.Robert Parker 95 Points