TOR KENWARD BECKSTOFF TO KALO 2016 Single 750 ML
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Penfolds Grange 2012 750mlColor: Dense and imposing. Dark... RED! Nose: Unmistakably, it is what it is. In a word, Grange. (Almost) all unleashed immediately upon the first splash into the glass - exuberant, lifted, flamboyant. An aromatic 'multi-cultural' chromatogram brazenly unfolds: First, enticing barrel ferment formics and balsamics, spliced with soy, tomato puree, black olive and liquorice (Dutch?). Then, the exotics - wafts of tiramisu/mascarpone/zabaglione (Italy?), replete with freshly roasted hazelnut and ground coffee beans (Kenya?) 30 seconds later... Palate: Fresh and refined. Nervy. Red liquorice, gravy reduction flavours and black olive tapenade to the fore. And then, just so much more! Where to start? Compelling depth - weighty/voluminous/fleshy - structurally complete and even throughout. A radiant inner sheen, yet still assertive - a film encrusted with dusty, softened tannins that coat tongue. Great length. A loss of innocence, as sculptured oak (purity/clean) and a boundless array of red fruits, congeal into a darkened pool of (un)known and (un)savoury delights! Unashamedly and quite blatantly THE wine of this year's Penfolds 2016 new releases! Enough said.
Penfolds Grange 2013 750mlColor: Opaque black core, dark red rim. Nose: An aromatic assault / surge / eruption of soy, hoisin, balsamic reduction ... coiled around a core of kirsch and fresh raspberry. This propulsion is crammed with tell-tale barrel ferment, V.A. and formic Grange markers - all in balance, all respectful of fruit and oak. And yet, so 'classy' - a brightness, a sheen, a gloss, a raciness - belying both age and upbringing (élevage).
Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Gran Cru Classe 2016 750ml
Opus One Napa Valley Red 2016 750mlThe Opus One 2016 is remarkably elegant and bright offering sumptuous aromas of fresh red and blue fruit, baking spices and vanilla, and a delicate fragrance of spring florals. The initial bouquet is augmented by more nuanced notes of sage, rosemary, and black olive. Juicy flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis flood the palate and creamy, fine-grained tannins deliver a delightfully round structure. Harmonious and lively, the flavors linger to create an enduring finish with touches of dark chocolate and espresso.
Penfolds Grange 2014 750mlDeep plush garnet throughout from core to rim. Quite simply, an unmistakable youthful 'Grange' nose. Awakened primary fruits and stylish oak interlocked and indistinguishable. As expected. Savoury, not fruity. Tastes flavours remind of slow cooked beef ragout, chicken liver game terrine. Red liquorice also apparent. Integrated oak - spicy, almost 'non-American' oak ... but it is. As it always is. A core of 100% new Quercus alba. Poised yet powerful. A balanced, tightly-knit and woven structural 'tapestry'. Not to be constrained by dimension or frame. Tannins with attitude! Nonetheless respectful. Type? Slatey tannins ... alluvial, silty (certainly not muddy!). Long and lingering - tactile impressions indistinguishably and slowly fuse/merge into an aftertaste memory. Until the next sip!
Penfolds Grange Vertical 3 Pack 2012/2013/2014 2012 3 pack 750mlThe original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia's most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Crafted utilizing fully-ripe, intensely-flavored and structured Shiraz grapes, the result is a unique Australian style that is now recognized as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia. GRANGE 2012 - "Complete. Stylistically, most closely aligned to the 1963 Grange and yet stridently extolling its personality. I can’t quite remember when or where… and probably not about wine, but recently scribed: Luxury that treads lightly!" -PETER GAGO, PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER GRANGE 2013 - "Undoubtedly will soon be universally proclaimed to be a classic 'Penfolds vintage' … and indeed over time certified a classic ‘Grange vintage’! Not unlike the 2008 Grange – á la style / weight / disposition / cellarability. Sensorially supersaturated, verging on overwhelmingly generous. Beware - superlatives abound. No matter, despite the chatter, a seriously very good drink! Indulge without guilt." - PETER GAGO, PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER
Lamborn Family Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage XIV 2016 750ml"Rich and fragrant notes of blueberry and blackberry permeate the glass, accentuated by light mocha and vanilla undertones. The palate is greeted with deeply rich blue and black fruits, a whisper of tart cherry, and superseded by a dense and chewy lingering mouthfeel from front to back. The medium toast French oak accompanies the ‘Howell Mountain dust’ and moderate silky tannins. An enchanting mountaintop Cabernet, this lavish and elegant wine well-represents the remarkable Lamborn vineyard." - Heidi Barrett, winemaker (Screaming Eagle Wine Maker ) The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout, and wrapped up as the Valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August, followed by a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. Wines from the 2016 vintage are developing beautifully and vintners are pinching themselves and smiling for the gift Mother Nature has given us: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines. We hope you enjoy our 14th vintage of Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ! 100% estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750mlSolid, seamless, with an incredible sense of flow, the To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon artfully achieves elegance with intensity. Dark wild berries, cocoa powder and a hint of licorice provide the aroma and flavor profile. Broad, full tannins create a velocity that drives the wine through its lengthy finish.
Bevan Ontogeny Propietary Red 2017 750ml
Bevan McGah Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 750mlThe McGah is the livelier of the two, with more vibrant flavors and a finish that seems to go on for minutes. I have opened them up side by side, three times and have yet to be able to pick out a favorite. Seductress or Minx? Refinement or hair pulling? It comes down to your mood and how you want to dance. Ballroom or disco?
Lail Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750mlAppearance: Deep ruby with purple edges. Aroma: Exotic of black cherry, plum, cassis and dark chocolate. Echoing the aromas, spicy flavors of blackberry, mint and boysenberry add further intrigue and complexity. Flavor: It is creamy, rich, lush and simply delicious.
Fiftyrow Alice Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750mlAnother 95 pt. plus vintage and the great fruit from the Alice Block has produced a 2016 Cabernet that is our best to date. It has the typical expression of the area and is instantly recognized with its distinctive Rutherford dust. Deep garnet in color with aromas of jammy blackberries and opulent dark plum while oak influences of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove round up the nose. The palate is supple, lush and voluptuous with flavors of black currant, tobacco, plum and dark chocolate, concluding with a lengthy, fruity finish
Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 750mlThe 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits elegant aromas of ripe raspberry, plumb and black cherry, with notes of rose petal, cinnamon and all spice. The subtle oak spice tones are well integrated with the fruit and floral aromas in this wine. On the palate there is a silky texture with smooth tannins and long lingering finish. Flavors of candied cherries, and blackberry kirsch are intermixed with secondary notes of vanilla bean, mocha and coca nibs. The 2017 is showing well at a young age, however the wine has a nice tannin structure to age gracefully for the next 7-10 years.
Maybach Family Vineyards Materium 2016 750mlAroma: The multifaceted aromatics suggest cigar box, boysenberry, tack-room and violet oil. Flavor: The completely saturating mouthfeel resonates with notes of black tea, brambly black fruit, allspice and crushed rock. The finely integrated tannins provide a pleasing structure for the lengthy finish, which fleshes out for nearly a minute after tasting. This wine possesses robust flavors, aromas and just the right amount of structure, allowing it to drink well now and age in the cellar over the next 10+ years.
Maybach Family Vineyards Amoenus 2016 750mlThe aromas from this deep purple wine will command your attention even with the glass an arm's length away. The round, enveloping harmony of the aromas resonate with classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon highlights: dark fruit, exotic spice, aromatic wood, and ethereal floral notes. The palate experience is precise, layered and drawn out, well after consuming the first taste. Notes of crushed blackberries, clover oil, spearmint and cocoa nibs are expressed seamlessly in the glass. As with many exceptional creations, there is a quality that leaves you immediately wanting more, while also wanting to take time to reflect on the initial experience.
Peter Michael Mon Plaisir Chardonnay 2017 750mlTrue to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. The 2017 Mon Plaisir displays an exquisite bouquet of candied fruit, orange, lemon cream, fresh butter, grapefruit and a flint-like minerality, with subtle notes of greengage. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemon, pear, apple and brioche. A mineral character with hints of pain grillé and almond complete the mouth feel of this wine and its long finish. Enjoyable now, it will age for a decade or more.
Bedrock Wine Co. Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750mlThis old-school mountain Cabernet is elegant, intense, tannic and will be very long lived. Farmed using organic and sustainable methods.
Scarlett Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750mlUnbelievable complexity and layers intermingle with aromas of berry compote, cassis with a black cherry core that jumps from the glass. The mid palate is a silky flow of abundant blue and black fruits, followed with an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel. The integrated structure and polished tannins carry through to a detailed and long finish.
Cervantes Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750mlA blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 MMXVI Cabernet Sauvignon gives up gregarious notions of warm red and black currants, black raspberries and warm plums with hints of chocolate mint, pencil shavings and tilled loam plus a waft of lilacs. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, the palate is built like a brick house with super ripe, super firm tannins and bags of bold, expressive, multifaceted fruit, finishing very long and mineral-laced. 545 cases were made. "The 2016 vintage in Napa Valley is being heralded as one of richness, density, and varietal purity. The second vintage from the hillsides of the Cervantes ranch blessed us with a growing season that was long, warm but relatively mild. These conditions allowed the grapes to fully mature with a noteworthy balance between tannin, acid, and aromatics. At the winery, the grapes were carefully sorted and delivered to the tanks without crushing. We fermented with careful attention to preserving aromas and freshness while extracting the right amount of tannin and building the mid-palate. The wines were drained and pressed to French oak barrels for 22 months of aging to further contour the mouthfeel of the wine and plait the many layers of flavor and texture. The resulting wine has an ever-growing list of aromas, from raspberry and sage to cardamom, orange peel, cedar, black licorice, and newly tanned leather. The longer the wine sits in the glass, the more layers are revealed. The wine’s brilliant red-purple hue hints at its dense fruit core, which is followed on the palate by a rush of baking spices, incense, orange oil, and completed by a mouthwatering, savory finish. It has “great bones,” a proper tannic scaffold to support the wine as it ages. While accessible now with a careful decanting, the 2016 Cervantes will continue its beautiful journey and gain complexity over many years to come" ...ANDY ERICKSON / WINEMAKER
Saxum Broken Stones 2017 750mlOur Broken Stones cuvee is Syrah based, with a large portion of Petite Sirah and Grenache and a splash of Mataro. It is aged for 18-20 months in mainly new, French barriques. It is full-bodied, rich, and intense, but also reveals great purity, focus and complexity. The Broken Stones is a multi-vineyard blend, utilizing all the vineyards that we source from. Our wines are never racked off their lees and are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Click here to download notes on previous releases of Broken Stones.
Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard 2017 750mlI always have a soft spot for our Terry Hoage Vineyard. It is almost always the most approachable in our line up. A wine that you can enjoy while letting the others rest a bit. There's great spice from the Syrah but luscious red fruit from the Grenache. My favorite part might be the core of salinity that it displays. Maybe that doesn't sound like a tasty descriptor, but I find it fascinating and it begs you to take another sip to try and figure out where that vein is coming from.
Domaine de la Romanee Conti Corton 2016 750mlSurpassing the 2015 rendition, the 2016 Corton Grand Cru is the finest wine that the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti has produced to date from the holdings of Prince Florent de Mérode. Wafting from the glass with notes of cassis, currant leaf, raspberries, and menthol, discretely framed by new wood, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and intense, gaining in-depth and dimension as it sits in the glass, with tangy underpinning acids and powdery tannins, culminating in a long finish. Aubert de Villaine recounted that the Domaine replanted a third of Corton-Bressandes while also grafting over the Mérodes' young vines to their own massal selections of Pinot Fin. While this is built for four decade's evolution in the cellar, the balance and concentration are such that it could be drunk with pleasure in its youth.
Domaine de la Romanee Conti Romanée St. Vivant 2016 750ml
Chateau-Margaux Margaux 2000 750mlIt seemed that 2000 was setting a new benchmark in quality, never before attained, at least in terms of style. Throughout the barrel ageing time, these first impressions were gradually confirmed. The wine has now acquired a slightly tighter texture but has kept such a soft and especially long finish that it seems to go on forever.