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October 24th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
CHÂTEAU LA PRADE Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2010

Dark and ripe, with a lush edge to the plum sauce and dark fig notes that's held in check by a charcoal frame. Bitter orange and Campari hints flash through the finish, with a briary feel as well. Drink now through 2015. 1,666 cases made. –JM Release Price $17 Our Price $22.75

Wine Spectator 93
NEYERS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Neyers Ranch - Conn Valley 2012, Magnum

This offers a harmonious mix of dense dark berry, mocha, licorice and dusty, cedary oak flavors, smoothing out and turning supple and graceful on the long and detailed finish. Drink now through 2028. 1,500 cases made. –JL $109/magnum. Our Price $89.99/magnum (Arrives 10/25/17) Limited

Wine Spectator 93
DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2015, Magnum

Plump and juicy, this seamless effort is focused on red berry and jammy notes, showing plush tannins, depth of flavor and length. Ultraripe but stays within bounds. Drink now through 2030. 20,000 cases made. –JL $60/magnum. Our Price $48.95/magnum

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2011 St Clement Napa Merlot

Winemaker Notes: This Merlot opens with notes of red and black cherry, red plum and cranberry. On the palate, it delivers on its promise of ripe red fruit and subtle spice with long, fine tannins. $25 Our Price $7.45 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 91
ST.-COSME Côtes du Rhône White 2015

Juicy, with good weight to the core of heather, peach, nectarine and tangerine notes, laced with piecrust and almond details. Stays fresh and racy through the finish, revealing a buried quinine accent. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. –JM $22 Our Price $18.99

2010 Edmond August Indelible Red

Winery Notes: This is a blend of 3 different Syrah clones (84%), Grenache (12%) with 4% Viognier. Rich, dark, ripe and intense this wine has been in the bottle for well over two years after being barrel aged for 22 months in a combination of new and neutral french oak barrels. From the prestigious Caliza Vineyard in Paso's Templeton Gap area. 175 cases made. The winemaker is Jacob Toft, who has learned his craft working for and with some of Paso's cutting-edge producers. Jacob has his own brand which has received high praise from among others the Wine Advocate, Robert Parker. Jake has earned a reputation for being a meticulous and knowledgeable winemaker. $42 Our Price $35.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 92 pts
Capbern 2014 Capbern Saint Estèphe, Bordeaux

The 2014 Capbern is bold, ripe and quite juicy. Although not especially subtle, the 2014 possesses striking aromatic nuance, power and intensity. Dried cherry, licorice, herbs, tobacco and mint add attractive aromatic topnotes, but it is the wine’s juiciness that stands out most. This is a strong showing. The 2014 offers plenty of near- and medium-term appeal, but also has enough structure to drink well for at least a number of years. Tasted two times. 2017 – 2024. Our Price $22.35

Wine Advocate 90
2013 Catena Zapata Catena Cabernet Sauvignon

I found the 2013 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon superior to the 2012. It is fresher and has more focused, clean aromas and a livelier palate even though the fruit seems to have reached a better ripeness despite being a colder vintage. There are spicy aromas and a touch of ink. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, very good acidity and balance. You can drink it now but it will hold a few years in bottle. Some 280,000 bottles were produced. $20 Liquidation Price $10.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Merlot

The 2014 Merlot is a blend of 94.5% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. It has a dense purple color, although not as saturated as the 2015 or 2013, with a beautiful fruited nose of blackberry, plum, chocolate, mocha and espresso. The aromatics are killer and then the wine hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied lushness and an expression that says, "Kiss me!" This is a delicious, front-end loaded, full-bodied Merlot to drink over the next 15 or so years. $85 Our Price $76.99

Wine Spectator 94
BRICK HOUSE Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Les Dijonnais 2015

Such a mouthful of lithe, supple fruit, offering delicate yet expressive notes of raspberry, stony mineral and savory spice. Long, lingering finish is framed by refined tannins. 575 cases made. Drink now through 2024.—T.F 2014 $52 Our Price $47.99 (Back in stock 10/25/17)

Wine Spectator 91
DR. PAULY-BERGWEILER Riesling Spätlese Mosel Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg 2007

An exotic style, plush with apricot, passion fruit, papaya and orange tones. It's supported by bright acidity, yet remains rich and opulent for the vintage. Drink now through 2026. 400 cases made. –BS $36 Our Price $26.39 (Back in stock) Limited

Wine Advocate 95
2012 Harris Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard is another massively concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with a dense purple color, lots of blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with floral notes, sweet tannins, lush opulent mouthfeel and a full-bodied personality puts it right in the wheel-house of the Treva's in terms of quality. Stylistically, it's much closer than dissimilar. The wine is very broad, rich and impressive with a velvety finish that argues for immediate gratification, but this one will last 15 or more years. $125

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Peter Michael Winery Au Paradis Cabernet Sauvignon

Their newest vineyard acquisition in Oakville has produced the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis, which used to be the Showket Vineyard on the red soils of the Oakville corridor near Dalla Valle, Rudd and Screaming Eagle. Aged in 100% Darnajou casks, this cuvée of 2,300 cases is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. Pauillac-like in a somewhat Lynch-Bages style, this meaty, fleshy wine has plenty of crème de cassis, licorice, cedar wood and forest floor. It is full-bodied, opulent, and a beautiful example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink well for 25-30 years. $225

Wine Spectator 97
CROFT Vintage Port 2011, Top 100: 2013, Rank: 13

Effusively juicy, rich and concentrated, showing plenty of snap to the crisp and well-spiced flavors of wild berry, dark currant and plum tart. Orange-infused chocolate notes linger on the exotic, mocha-filled finish. Best from 2020 through 2045. 5,000 cases made. –KM $93 Our Price $63.99

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