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Marojallia Margaux 2003From its first tastings, the wine proved extraordinarily successful thanks to its elegance and delicious softness. Very rich, fruity, with vanilla, blackcurrant and liquorice flavours. An intense purple robe combined with roundness. Very long on the palate. The delicate quality of the appellation is balanced by an impressive level of concentration and power.
Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Boisrenard 2012
Yalumba The Signature 2012Almost blood red, this is a Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz in motion, changing and shifting from red scents of currants and cranberries to the black fruits of plum compote and black cherries, before a touch of cedar, leafy herbs and powdery black spices freshen the finish. The wine has a coolness that belies its power. The expression is as restrained as it is muscular. Richly layered, the fruit completes the structure. Underneath there's an umami earthiness, like scents of camping in the woods. Impeccably balanced. Savour with a rosemary pepper beef rib roast with porcini jus.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006A powerful, refined, expressive and complex Champagne, with notes of citrus fruits, lime blossom and caramelized grapefruit. The long, rich ending reveals sweet licorice aromas. A perfect accompaniment to first courses such as seafood and shellfish.
Sine Qua Non Pirhanha Waterdance Syrah 2014We are not working on a grape growing or winemaking THESIS. Instead we want all of our efforts to be reflected in every glass of SQN. And so our goal has been and always will be to understand Mother Nature's often oblique ways and (re)act accordingly so that we may create wines that express all that Nature has so generously given us. And all that this beautifully warm and sunny place called California has to offer. Wines that speak to the heart and the mind both. Wines that are ripe and flavorful, but also graceful and balanced. Wines that are perfectly enjoyable and delicious young, but that will age and show a new and interesting personality with each passing year. Wines that surprise with each sip and where the last drop - not the first sip - was the best one. Wines that make you smile and happy and appreciate all that is lovely. Wines that make you sense they were crafted by people who loved making them.
Orin Swift Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2014An alluring hue of dark garnet sits in the glass, encircled by a glowing ruby rim. Immediate aromas of ripe black cherry, blueberry and classic cassis are supported by undertones of lavender, jasmine, sage, tobacco, cigar box and the slightest touch of anise. Rich and vibrant upon entry, flavors of dark plums, figs and black fruit transform into sweet vanilla and dark chocolate framed by velvety and plush tannins. The wine finishes with great length and a touch of acidity-an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon from select vineyards in the Napa Valley.
Gaja Costa Russi 2013Color: Dark ruby/purple. Aroma: A captivating and refined nose with well-integrated aromas of blackberries, violets and roasted coffee beans. Taste: Elegance and crystal purity characterize this extremely complex and densely woven wine with an aging potential of decades.
K Vintners King Coal Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah 2014Stoneridge Vineyard, scorched earth, olive brine, saddle leather comes through from the first whiff. Focused yet broad mouth feel delivers moss, forest floor, tobacco and bacon, which leads to a conclusion that goes on forever in this complex and super exciting wine.
Substance Klein Vineyard BX Blend 2013
Continuum Proprietary Red 2014A dense purple robe and vibrant violet rim lead to aromas of cassis, cardamom, espresso and graphite. 2014 shows purity of site and fruit; a core of black plum and cherry, intertwined with layers of exotic spice, heightened by ripe, polished tannins, natural vibrancy and a long silky finish. This vintage reveals the harmonious balance of fruit, site and season from our Sage Mountain Vineyard at Continuum Estate. For the fullest sensory experience we encourage decanting Continuum, to allow the wine to breathe before serving. Decanting awakens the wine's more purely fragrant expression and enhances the suppleness of the palate.
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2012Brunellos are elegant wines that manage to balance wonderful raciness along with great concentration and structure. Each one exhibits Tuscan typicity, crafted in a modern style.
Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2012Argiano'sBrunello di Montalcino is distinguished by its elegance and its deep ruby red colour. It presents a good concentration on the mid-palate and a persistent aftertaste, with a rounded and voluptuous body, and interesting, silky tannins. It unites potency and elegance and looks like having a promising future. With its tempting perfumes of red berries and its clean freshness, the complexity of this wine presents an excellent balance. To fully appreciate its qualities, decant the wine at least one hour before serving.
Dominus Napa Valley Red 2014Dominus Estate wines are made with an objective of purity, balance and complexity. Minimal intervention and restraint throughout the process of grape berry selection, fermentation and aging preserve the character of the fruit. The resulting wines convey the very personality of the vineyard. Dominus winemaking includes separate lot-by-lot fermentation. Cluster sorting by hand is complemented by an optical berry sorting system. Gentle pumping-over extracts aromas, color and tannins. Vertical wine press at low pressure delicately releases components from the skin. Racking barrel to barrel in 100% french oak removes sediment and assures clarification of the wine during aging. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.
Dominus Napa Valley Red 2014 375mlDominus Estate wines are made with an objective of purity, balance and complexity. Minimal intervention and restraint throughout the process of grape berry selection, fermentation and aging preserve the character of the fruit. The resulting wines convey the very personality of the vineyard. Dominus winemaking includes separate lot-by-lot fermentation. Cluster sorting by hand is complemented by an optical berry sorting system. Gentle pumping-over extracts aromas, color and tannins. Vertical wine press at low pressure delicately releases components from the skin. Racking barrel to barrel in 100% french oak removes sediment and assures clarification of the wine during aging. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.
Beaux Freres The Beaux Frères Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015Medium to dark ruby, Body - medium to full. A darker, more brooding and fuller bodied wine, our original estate vineyard Pinot is approachable but ideally will benefit from several years of patience.
Kongsgaard Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015Will delight you with its vibrant acidity, vivid aromas, and astonishing array of flavors from both the plant and mineral kingdoms. It hails from the Hudson and Hyde vineyards near the Bay in the coolest part of Napa Valley and reminds us of the Burgundies we love to drink. Tasting from barrel, Galloni found “candied lemon peel and white flowers” in “the exquisite, nuanced finish.” Parker found it “incredibly concentrated,” and “reminiscent of truly profound Grand Cru Burgundy.”
K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2014
Hudson Vineyards Chardonnay 2015Preserved lemon, orange peel, toasted almonds, concentrated, nervy and persistent.
Robert Foley Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013Our 2013 "Purple Label" Napa Valley Cabernet is 100% varietal in composition, yet, again this year, it is a blend of intense ridge-top fruit and our favorite stony Calistoga vineyard - where the high rocks there create thermals, drawing warming air through the vine rows, working the magic of ripening. A deep dark wine, classic ripe Cabernet character of black cherry is carried in the aromas and flavors. The body and middle of this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon carry a sweetness of fruit which is framed with gentle tannin. Perfectly ripe and perfectly balanced.
Domaine du Pegau Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée 2015Food pairings: Red grilled meat, lamb shoulder with thyme and dishes of tapas and curry.
K Vintners Ovide Jack's Vineyard 2014For my father, Robert Ovide. This wine grown in the cobble stone of Jack's Vineyard is text book Ovide. Black olive, earth abound, along with tobacco, dried herbs, dried orange peel as it comes into focus. A long and profound palate from the beginning to end. It tells the story of Ovide.
Olivier Leflaive Chassagne Montrachet 2015A rich and powerful wine with a remarkable persistence and a nose dominated by aromas of acacia, sweet spices and white flesh ripe fruits. Pairings: Ideal with poultries and veal cooked in sauce.
Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Sétilles 2015Remarkably consistent year-on-year. Fragrant white blossom and vanilla notes lead to ripe comice pear and buttercream layers on the palate, balanced by refreshing acidity. Wall Street Journal Author: Lettie Teague Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos 2015Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils owns a total of 7.5 acres of this most famous of the Grand Crus of Chablis, more than any other producer in the region. Their primary parcel sits on the high portion of the hillside with a direct southeast exposure. With the steep grade, drainage of the kimmeridgien soils is quick leading to low yields of the densely planted vines. Vinification: A sizable 40% of the final blend is aged in oak cask, although only a small percentage is new barrels. The oak contact is unobtrusive and is a testament to the sheer power of this Grand Cru.
Lignier-Michelot Chambolle Musigny Vielles Vignes 2015from 50+ year old vines, 40% whole cluster Reduction presently dominates the nose though there is good freshness and verve to the detailed and mineral-suffused medium-bodied flavors where the supporting structure is finer still, all wrapped in a persistent finale. Notwithstanding the finer tannins, this is a robust Chambolle villages that will require a few years of cellar time to harmonize. Burghound
Louis Jadot Pommard Epenots 2015The Pommard Premier Cru Epenots shows a very deep colour. The nose opens well and expresses red berries, leather and undergrowth. This wine will perfectly match red meat, game and most strong cheese except blue. The best time for drinking is after 5 years and the aging potential goes up to 20-25 years, even more ...
Louis Jadot Beaune Boucherottes Domaine des Héritiers 2015Beaune 1er Cru "Boucherottes" is an aromatic, full bodied wine of considerable structure and complexity tempered by a rich fruit roundness and plump, sumptuous texture. Pairing: It will accompany most meat dishes, whether they be light or strongly sauced, as well as most cheese.
Louis Jadot Santenay Clos de Malte 2015The red Santenay Clos de Malte is an elegant wine, with colour, depth and quite potent tannins. It gives off delicate and complex aromas of red well-ripened fruits, of almonds and subtle "earthy" notes. This wine with its earthy notes goes extremely well with casseroled pigeon.
Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Tête de Cru 2015Each vineyard site is vinified separately until the final blend is chosen following aging. 70% of the wine is aged in oak barrel (25% new) while the remaining 30% is stored in stainless steel to retain it's pure fruit.
Domaine Dominique Gallois Gevrey Chambertin Les Petits Cazetiers 2015It is a 'feminine' wine where all is finesse and subtlety; it is delicate, its texture is velvety and its tannins more discrete. It is a good wine for keeping and reaches its peak at around 5 or 6 years.
Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault Clos de Mazeray 2015Colour: Gold with luminous golden and silver reflections. Nose: Yellow fruit notes (mirabelle plum, pineapple) evolving with aeration on anise and loquorice notes. Palate: Tender, generous and delicately embracing with slightly toasted notes. Tasty and delicately acidulous on the finish.
Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune Champs Pimont 2015Colour: Intense ruby red with dark purple reflections. Nose: Smoky, toasty and liquorice notes showing with aeration fresh black berries (blackcurrant, blueberry). Palate: Tasty and fine. Beautiful fresh and ripe black fruit. Salivating, very digestible and fine tannins with a touch of spice on the finish.
Domaine Parent Bourgogne Rouge Selection Pomone 2015We harvest by hand, it is essential and the basis of wine-making of great Burgundy red wines, made from Pinot Noir, the most noble and elegant grape variety.
Domaine Parent Pommard 2015A classic Pommard with a good structure. A complex nose with hints of red fruits, spices and flowers. The mouth is well balanced and structured, with ripe and trim tannins.
Domaine Dominique Gallois Gevrey Chambertin La Combe Aux Moines 2015Characterized by beautiful length, this wine is very well balanced. Its texture is remarkable; it is a vivacious wine with well-integrated tannins. It offers aromas of small black fruits: blackcurrant, blackberry and myrtle berry. It is a very good wine for keeping which will reach its peak at around 5 or 6 years. This appellation is clearly successful for us and often highly-rated at tastings.
Louis Jadot Bourgogne Le Chapitre Domaine Gagey 2015This wines presents the typical aromas of Pinot Noir: red fruits when young and then with more age, rather undergrowth and more spicy. This wine can be serve chilled when young with grilled and roasted meat. After a couple of years, it will match game and more ripe cheese.
J.A. Ferret Pouilly Fuisse Le Clos Tete de Cru 2015This is a powerful wine that offers refined flavors of fresh almond, apricot, yellow fruit and minerals. Overall it is vivacious and balanced, with an exceptional, intense finish.
Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuissé 2016Maison Louis Jadot produces a Pouilly Fuissé with emerald gold tones which reflect a wine of finesse and distinction; the tasting is harmonious, fresh, full of flavours with hazelnuts, toasted almonds, grapefruit and lemon aromas.
Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2015
Lignier-Michelot Bourgogne Rouge 2015from 50+ year old vines in Bons Bâtons, 30% whole cluster Deep ruby. A distinctly earthy nose is comprised primarily of dark berries and humus nuances. There is a relatively refined mouth feel for a wine at this level as the middle weight flavors are shaped by well-integrated tannins on the delicious, energetic and lightly saline-inflected finish. This is forward yet offers solid depth and length. Burghound
Lignier-Michelot Morey Saint Denis Vieilles Vignes 2015This comes from 3 plots with an average vine age of 40 years. This is a delicious village with pureed plum and spice fruit and fresh tangy personality. Good powdery tannins and length.
Louis Jadot Chambolle Musigny Les Drazey Domaine Gagey 2015Very nice dark ruby colour. Very open and attractive nose, rather classic but complex and "unusual" at the same time. Well balanced in the mouth with soft tannins, nice rythm and nice Côte de Nuits architecture, very lively aromas and nice mineralilty. Pairing: This wine will match very well filet-mignon, tournedos steak but also small game and many types of cheeses.
W&J Graham's Vintage Port 1983Some shippers opted for 1982 however it would seem that 1983 has turned out to be the better wine. Stylish, big with good balance of fruit and tannin.
Fonseca Bin No. 27 Finest Reserve PortoBin 27 shares the heritage and style of the great Fonseca Vintage Ports, as well as much of their depth and character. However it is bottled when ready to drink and can be served by the glass directly from the bottle. Blended for consistency of character and quintessentially Fonseca in style, this reserve blend provides reliable and affordable value. Deep youthful ruby colour. Intense rich fruity nose crammed with pure blackberry, cassis, cherry and plum aromas interwoven with notes of spice. The palate full bodied and round, with a smooth velvety texture balanced by firm mouth filling tannins. The juicy black fruit flavours linger into the rich luscious finish. PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: The rich black fruit flavours of Bin 27 are a perfect match for chocolate and berry fruit dishes. A chocolate fondant with strawberries makes a deliciously hedonistic combination with Bin 27, the rich creamy chocolate and luscious ripe strawberries blending seductively with the blackcurrant and cherry fruitiness of the wine. Bin 27 is also excellent served after a meal with bitter chocolate with a high cocoa content or a plate of chocolate brownies or truffles. Like all youthful red Ports, Bin 27 is an excellent match for soft ripe cheeses and can be served on its own at the end of the meal or any other relaxed occasion in a generously proportioned wine glass.
Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port 20 year oldAnother magnificent and finely-balanced tawny of outstanding richness and complexity. The additional ten years of aging produces a fine balance between the rich, raisiny fruit and the nutty, honeyed finish - a taste to linger over. This rare port is traditionally enjoyed as a dessert wine or at the end of the meal. Taste: With an intense amber, tawny color, the wine has opulent, voluptuous, spicy, jammy and nutty aromas with orange blossom notes and a fine oak influence coming from the long aging in cask. The full palate is very rich, with concentrated flavor and a long, mellow finish. Food Pairing: Pairs well with figs, almonds, pecan pie, desserts made with coffee or caramel, and crème brûlée. It can be appreciated at the end of the meal with walnuts or dried fruit, and it can be served cool in the summer.
W&J Graham's Vintage Port 2000This is a landmark wine for Graham's, not only being the first Vintage of a new millennium, but being the first Vintage wine to enjoy the extraordinary results achieved by the new robotic 'lagares' at Malvedos in the inaugural year of our remodelled winery. Significant also has been the decision to include a rather larger proportion of mature Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional from Vila Velha, a classic riverside Quinta a short distance downstream from Malvedos, and some spectacular old vine lots from Vale de Malhadas in the Upper Douro. These wines each from family-owned Quintas have been used to reinforce the predominant component from Malvedos and the traditional excellence of the Rio Torto lots from Lages, to produce a rounded and even blend in the hallmark rich Graham style. The blend displays many of the typical Graham aromas of ripe plum and 'esteva' (gum cistus) and is pleasantly smooth on the palate despite its youth. It is full and rich in the mouth with fresh blackberry and red plum notes. Despite the hallmark Graham sweetness in the mouth the finish is long and clean.
Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port 10 year oldAn exceptionally fine old tawny blend, aged for an average of 10 years in oak casks. Elegant and smooth, combining delicate wood notes and rich mellow fruit, it is bottled for immediate drinking. Excellent with soft cheeses such as brie; and a superb dessert wine, particularly with dishes made with coffee or almonds, Taylor 10 Year Old Tawny is delicious served lightly chilled at the end of the meal.
W&J Graham's Vintage Port 1994A classic growing season produced grapes in quite superb condition. It soon became apparent during the vintage that the wines would be exceptional. This initial assessment has been borne out by their development in bottle; the wines showing Graham's characteristic richness, depth or flavour and concentration. Huge ageing potential. A classic.
Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port 30 year oldOnly every two or three years is a reserve of port with sufficient structure, fruit and power to age, produced from Taylor's own vineyards, laid aside to age in oak casks. Those that have reached their peak after thirty years are then blended together for balance and finesse, and to ensure consistency of quality and style. The 30 year old tawny shows incredible length with smooth butterscotch and caramel flavors.
Fonseca Vintage Port 2009Impenetrable black colour. A classic Fonseca nose dominated by an exuberant, hedonistic fruitiness, a powerful redolence of dark dense blackberry and blackcurrant which slowly releases a heady mix of spicy and herbal aromas, seductive notes of coffee and cocoa, hints of prune and wild scents of gumcistus. The thick velvety tannins give the wine a voluptuous density, integrating effortlessly with the sumptuous infusion of blackberry jam, dark chocolate and liquorice which coats the palate. The tannins are also present on the finish which brims with blackberry and blackcurrant flavour.
Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2011Quinta do Noval Vintage Port is produced exclusively from selected plots at the Quinta, and only declared in exceptional years. Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Roriz and Sousao are the grape varieties, all trodden by foot in the lagares at Quinta do Noval. The wine is aged around 20 months in old oak barrels of 640 liters or larger. Intensely powerful and concentrated, this port is perfectly adapted to age in bottle, and has the capacity to mature gracefully over decades.
Croft Reserve Tawny PortoLight brick red, with an amber hue. On the nose, rich red fruit, notes of caramel, raisins, and cloves. On the palate, cardamom, spice, butterscotch and elegant redcurrant, interwoven with attractive nutty aromas. Smooth and round on the palate, full of luscious strawberry jam flavors with an elegant finish. Food Pairing: Dried fruit, pecans, walnuts, figs, roasted almonds, desserts made with nuts (pecan pie), coffee or caramel, crème brûlée.
Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012Intense purple ruby color. Pungent aromatic nose with heaps of black woodland fruit, dark cherry and plum. Lovely clean, crisp freshness to the bouquet. The palate is rounded, smooth and perfectly balanced. Flavors of redcurrant, raspberry and blueberry in abundance, with a delicious hint of black licorice, wonderful purity of fruit. In true Taylor Fladgate style, the wine is very well structured with big firm tannins that hold the wine nicely together. The finish is wonderfully long. Food Pairing: Pairs well with robust soft and hard cheeses, especially blue cheeses such as Stilton and Roquefort. An LBV is also delicious with desserts made with chocolate or fresh berries.