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Published on October 30th, 2017

Collector’s Bottles

DEP’s is proud to have expanded our selection of the top wines from around the World. Here I highlight my top picks, but this is in no way an exhaustive list of all of our collector’s bottles. Have questions about a specific wine, or want to place an order? Email me Shannon@depsfinewine.com

Italy

Gaja Ca’Marcanda Promis 2014, $48.99

Bea Cerrete Sagrantino di Montefalco 2009, $125

Brovia Barolo 2013, $54.99  94 Points Wine EnthusiastGiven the poise and complexity, it’s hard to believe this is the firm’s entry-level Barolo. It opens with alluring aromas of wild berry, forest floor, new leather, menthol and purple flower while the full-bodied palate delivers crushed raspberry, morello cherry, mint and star anise. Firm refined tannins and bright acidity give it a structured finesse as well as balance.”

Gaja Barbaresco 2008, $220  94 Points Robert Parker “This is an attractive Barbaresco with excellent depth and a firm, tannic spine that is very nicely integrated with the fruit. The 2008 isn’t a blockbuster, but it should drink well with minimum cellaring. This is a classic, linear Barbaresco endowed with terrific energy and focus.”

 

France

Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru ‘Morgeot’ 2014, $89

Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape 2013, $73.99  90 Points Robert Parker

Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie 2011, $120  95 Points Robert Parker,”Seeing 100% whole cluster fermentation, this wild, perfumed and full-bodied rock star has brilliant mid-palate depth, ultra-fine tannin and blockbuster length on the finish. It tastes like the essence of Cote Rotie, and will evolve for 20-25 years or more. ”

Jaboulet Hermitage 2010, $79.99  92 Points Robert Parker

Domaine Forey Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2014, $199

Bouchard Pere et Fils Le Corton 2012, $125  93 Points Vinous

Domaine Dujac Morey-St-Denis 2014  $66.99

Chateau La Fleur Petrus 2011, $230  93 Points Wine Spectator, “Very restrained today, with singed balsa wood and incense notes that lend a perfumy edge. The core of dark plum and red currant fruit waits in reserve, while hints of alder and mesquite grace the finish. This should deliver some wonderful aromatics when the fruit fills out and meshes with the structure.”

Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron de Pichon 2008, $200  94 Points Wine Spectator

Chateau Cantenac Brown 2009, $105 92 Points Wine Spectator, “This is perfumy and very pure, with lovely lilac and blackberry aromas followed by plum, cassis and black cherry fruit. The supple finish is caressed with toast that leaves a lingering, perfumy feel. Best from 2013 through 2023”

Les Pagodes des Cos 2010, $92.99  93 Points Wine Enthusiast “This big, rich, chocolaty wine is powerfully built with considerable extract. The wine is huge and solid, its tannins extreme and dense. At the same time, the juicy blackberry fruit drives the wine into an opulent aftertaste.”

 

Spain

Flor de Pingus 2013, $83.99  92 Points Wine Spectator, “Firm tannins corset a plush texture in this generous red. Black cherry, plum, cedar, spice and mineral flavors mingle, kept lively by fresh acidity. There’s plenty of stuffing here, but this isn’t aggressive. Drink now through 2023.”

 

South America

Cheval des Andes 2007, $69.99  91 Points Robert Parker “a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Malbec, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot that is aged for 18 months in oak. Tasted on two occasions, it was unexpectedly bashful and unresponsive on first acquaintance. The second meeting was more promising. It offers a ripe bouquet of raspberry coulis, strawberry, vanilla and cedar, augmented by cigar box with a little aeration.”

Bodegas Catena Zapata Malbec ‘Argentino’ 2010, $115  93 Points Wine SpectatorShows a mature edge to the brambly and briary notes, with plenty of dried berry and cherry flavors accented by espresso and cream. Finishes plush and spicy. A refined and savory red from Argentina. Drink now through 2020. 300 cases imported.”

Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $96.99  95 Points Wine SpectatorSuave and refined, with rich, dense flavors of dried berry, dark plum, rose petal and bramble. Offers fine-grained tannins and accents of green olive. Finishes with hints of hot stone, dried beef and white pepper. Complex. Drink now through 2022.”

 

California

Hudson Chardonnay 2014, $59.99  92 Points Robert Parker ,”He never seems to be in any hurry to get his Chardonnay bottled, but this was in bottle, and there are 1,000 cases of this lovely wine, which offers classic white peach, pineapple, honeysuckle and apple blossom, some crushed rock and additional floral notes. It is medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, and just a top-flight Chardonnay to drink over the next 4-5 years.”

Kongsgaard Chardonnay 2014, $100  94 Points Robert Parker,The 2014 Chardonnay is a knockout, showing loads of structure, with lemon blossom intermixed with subtle pineapple, honeysuckle and crushed rock, giving it a vivid minerality, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a long, long finish. This should drink well for 7-8 years at minimum.”

Animo Sauvignon Blanc by Michael Mondavi 2014, $56.99  94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Arkenstone ‘Obsidian’ Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2013, $150

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, St. Helena $165  96 Points Robert Parker “The wine is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. This wine shows oodles of fruit, blackcurrants, blueberries, black raspberries, charcoal, subtle oak and a full-bodied, inky, intense mouthfeel with a boatload of tannin, but the fruit is present to balance it out. This wine needs another several years of bottle age”

Hundred Acre ‘Stormy Weather’ 2009, $89.99  91 Points Vinous

M by Mondavi 2012, $175  93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Amuse Bouche 2012, $260

Salvestrin 3D Dr. Crane Vineyard 2012, $130  94 Points Robert Parker

Seasmoke Vineyards Pinot Noir ‘Ten’ 2015,  84.99

Hourglass Blueline Estate Merlot 2013, $69.99  93 Points Wine Enthusiast

 

Oregon/Washington

Woodward Canyon Estate Red Walla Walla 2011, $87.99 94 Points Robert Parker, “The 2011 Estate Reserve is gorgeous as well. Possessing a floral-driven bouquet that includes lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, spice and crushed flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, superb mid-palate depth and a classically styled, age-worthy feel. A blend of 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in French oak, it’s another classic effort from this estate that will have 15 to 20 years of longevity.”

Beaux Freres Pinot Noir ‘Beaux Freres Vineyard’ 2014  $90  95 Points Wine Spectator

Soter Pinot Noir ‘Mineral Springs’ 2015, $65.99

 

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