WOODWARD CANYON ESTATE RESERVE [$87.99]
This Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve is always produced from the finest Estate Vineyard lots. It is gratifying to produce such a classic Walla Walla Valley red wine. The Estate Vineyard has always been a rather low yielding property. Average yield was 1.6 tons per acre with cabernet franc the only Bordeaux varietal able to withstand the severe winter freeze of 2010-2011.
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. “
STAGLIN 2009 [$180]
92 Points Wine Spectator, “This pure, elegant red delivers supple, refined red berry, black cherry and subtle spicy-floral scents. Offers less richness than some Staglins, yet shows delicacy and finesse. Drink now through 2024. “
SPOTTSWOODE 2011 [$149]
90 Points Robert Parker,” A surprisingly strong effort, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits hints of black olives and tapenade as well as copious notes of creme de cassis, licorice and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and atypically concentrated for a 2011, this is another tour de force from Spottswoode that boasts beautiful fruit and a long finish. It should drink well for 8-12 years. Kudos to the Novack family!”
BOND [$390]Quella 2012, 98-100 Points Robert Parker, “A provocative effort that is a potential candidate for perfection is the 2012 Quella from Pritchard Hill, a site that tends to produce wines of great delineation, precision and perfume. This opulent, full-bodied effort reveals fabulous fruit, freshness and focus as well as super depth, and an extravagantly rich mouthfeel without being heavy or over the top. A sensational wine, it should drink well for three decades.
BRAINAIRE DUCRU 2006 [$85]
90 Points Wine Spectator, “There’s lots of blackberry, licorice and tar on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and plenty of fruit. Not the most complex wine, but outstanding. Best after 2014. “
LEOVILLE POYFRERRE 2006 [$110]
PICHON-LONGUEVILLE BARON 2008 [$200]
95 points Robert Parker, “A sleeper of a vintage, the 2008 Pichon Longueville Baron is one of the densest, most concentrated wines of Pauillac in 2008. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas and flavors of crème de cassic, blackberries, charcoal, coffee and licorice. Exceptionally full-bodied with velvety tannins and undeniable appeal, this gorgeous, well-porportioned, larger than life 2008 should age effortlessly for two decades or more.”
LE CLARENCE HAUT BRION 2012 [$140]
91 Points Wine Spectator, “his has lots of dark plum, blackberry and boysenberry confiture flavors, lined with subtle black tea, warm ganache and roasted alder notes. Stays refined, with tight-grained tannins supporting the finish. Should have a bit of staying power. Best from 2016 through 2022. “
FLOR DE PINGUS 2012 [$84]
93 Points Robert Parker, “What you get is very harmonious and elegant, no exuberance here, but classical porportions, perfectly integrated oak and superb balance. A very worth version of Flor.”
GAJA BARBARESCO 2008 [$220]
93 Points Robert Parker, “The 2008 Barbaresco emerges from the glass with sweet red cherries, spices, flowers and licorice. This is an attractive Barbaresco with excellent depth and a firm, tannic spine that is very nicely integrated with the fruit.”
SCAVINO ROCCHE ANNUNZIATA RISERVA 2004 [$149]
97 Points Robert Parker, “Sweet, perfumed aromatics lead to a core of silky fruit as this elegant, pedigreed Barolo emerges from the glass. The tannins are exceptionally refined all the way through to the finish, while the French oak is virtually imperceptible. What remains is a gorgeous, fruit-driven Barolo that captures the essence of the Scavino style at its best. The wine should a enjoy a long drinking window to age 25 and quite likely longer.”
LEEUWIN CHARDONNAY 2010 Artist Series [$78]
One of the least-known but best Chardonnay’s in the World, 95 Points Robert Parker “Aromatically tight, but expansive and expressive in the mouth, pouring out its pear, green guava and fig flavors in a generous stream, with glints of spice. Comes together smoothly on a deftly balanced frame to let the finish sail on and on. Drink now through 2030.”
BOUCHARD L’ENFANT JESUS 2012 [$125]
93 Points Wine Spectator, “Blackberry, black currant, violet, licorice and tar aromas and flavors signal this dense red. Fresh and firmly structured, with a taut finish. Shows fine purity and elegance. Best from 2016 through 2025. 150 cases imported.
LE DIX DE LOS VASCOS, DOMAINES BARON DE ROTHSCHILD [$50]
Created inn commemoration of 10 years of DBR (Lafite)’s work in Chile, the first “grande cuvée” LE DIX was created. Le Dix de Los Vascos originates from 70-year-old vines located in the terroir known as “El Fraile”.This is a wine of exceptional complexity, balance and elegance, with powerful tannins and aromas of very ripe fruit accentuated by spicy notes of cedar, laurel and eucalyptus.
Rhone Valley, France
JAMET COTE ROTIE [$120]
The quintessential classicist Jean-Paul Jamet is revered by those who love Côte Rôtie of incredible nuance and ethereal balance. If you’re looking for blockbuster Côte Rôtie brimming with new oak and extract, you should look elsewhere. But if perfume and texture’s your thing, Jamet Côte Rôties are among the planet’s greatest wine experiences
The key to a Jamet Côte Rôtie’s fantastic complexity and balance is Jean-Paul and Jean-Luc’s array of terroirs within the appellation. As Jean-Paul told John Livingstone-Learmonth, “We have 25 plots spread across 17 lieux-dits.” Every year the Jamet brothers carefully select from these sites to craft a highly nuanced wine of haunting perfume, silky texture, elegance and finesse.
The brothers have a quarter-century of experience working the Côte Rôtie slopes, having taken charge of the family domaine upon father Joseph Jamet’s retiring in the mid-1980s. As a result, the Jamets have strong opinions on what influences the character of the wines from these different locations. For them, the nature of the soil is what matters most, followed by altitude.
CATENA MALBEC ARGENTINO [$115]
DOM PERIGNON ROSE [$400]
DONNHOFF RIESLING KAHLENBERG TROCKEN 1.5 2014 [$76]
DAMILANO BAROLO RISERVA 1.5L 2000 [$210]