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California 1997 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    86

    Release Price

    $45

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2010

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Dec 2000

    Source

    132, The Wine Advocate

    The saturated ruby/plum-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon displays straightforward black currant fruit flavors with licorice, cedar, and earth notes. While medium-bodied and attractively ripe, it is somewhat one dimensional. Drink it over the next decade. 

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87
California 1999 Verite La Muse - 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2011 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    2nd May 2011

    Source

    195, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon (84% of the fruit from Sonoma and 16% from Napa), the 1999 is soft enough to be considered fully mature. Sweet aromas of espresso roast, plum sauce, black currants and forest floor are followed by a delicious, chewy, complex wine that should drink well for another 12-14 years.

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97
California 2007 Dominus - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • (14.1% alcohol): Saturated dark red with ruby tones. Bordeaux-like scents of currant, black cherry, blackberry, cedar, mocha and spicecake, with a cool medicinal note adding interest. This very suave, fine-grained wine starts closed but juicy, then builds steadily along its length (like a good Cuban cigar!), with flavors of dark berries, licorice and sweet spices continuing through a juicy, rising finish that leaves the palate vibrating. A very subtle wine of great finesse and insidious intensity, though not particularly Napa-like in its texture or weight. The tannins really dust the palate and linger. This very distinctive wine has a long life ahead of it.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 95 Stephen Tanzer 2020 - 2035 Not Available May 2017

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95
California 2007 Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $75

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2020

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    27th Feb 2010

    Source

    187, The Wine Advocate

    The amazing 2007 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene reveals plenty of waxy, leesy, honeysuckle notes intermixed with orange marmalade, brioche, pineapple, and white citrus scents. The wine is buttressed by considerable acidity and a remarkable finish. This extraordinary effort may be the finest Cuvee Indigene I have ever tasted. Drink it over the next decade.   

     

     

     

    Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene Sonoma County

    Hazy, pale chartreuse color. An exotically perfumed nose displays heady aromas of citrus and orchard fruits, minerals, nougat and dried flowers, with a slow-mounting saffron quality. Deep, weighty pear and Meyer lemon flavors are underscored by smoky mineral and lees notes, which gain power with aeration. Smooth, spherical and strikingly persistent on the very long finish, which repeats the floral and smoky notes.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 94 Stephen Tanzer $110.00 May 2009

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98
California 2010 Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cabernet - 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Not surprisingly, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard is the least expressive of these wines. At the same time, so much of its appeal is in its tightly-coiled energy and tension. Cherry pit, smoke, blood orange, mint and spice open up with time in the glass, but the 2010 is clearly built for cellaring. The wine's brightness and focus are compelling, but the 2010 needs time.

    -- Antonio Galloni 96 Antonio Galloni 2020 - 2050 $225.00 Oct 2015

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96
California 2012 Ramey Pedregal Cabernet Sauvignon - 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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97
California 2012 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case Mag
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  • Rating

    94+

    Release Price

    $95

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2029

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2014

    Source

    215, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate’s dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of crème de cassis, licorice, mulberries and spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, it cuts a broad swath between a great Médoc and a Napa Valley Cabernet. There is still some tannin to shed, should be at its peak in 4-5 years, and drink well for 20-25 years.

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94
California 2012 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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    96

    Release Price

    $240

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2015

    Source

    221, The Wine Advocate

    The flagship wine of the estate in reds is their Insignia, which has been one of the great Bordeaux blends made in California since the debut vintage in 1974. It usually has 30+ years aging potential, even in lighter vintages, of which the 2012, 2013 and 2014 are decidedly not. The 2012 Proprietary Red Insignia, a final blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and the rest Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc all from estate vineyards, was aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. There are 15,000 cases of it, and it’s a fabulous, classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky purple to the rim, with notes of lead pencil shavings, incense, camphor, blackberry and creme de cassis, the wine is full-bodied, offering a multi-layered, textural, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, terrific purity, density and richness. All of this is achieved without a sense of heaviness or anything aggressive. This is a beauty to drink now and over the next 30 years.

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96
California 2012 Stags Leap Fay Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $125

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Dec 2015

    Source

    222, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard boasts loads of black cherry and black raspberry fruit, a floral characteristic common to this terroir, a beautiful deep ruby/purple color, sweet tannin and a dramatic, lush, Margaux-like finish. This is sexy, lush, full-throttle wine to drink over the next 10-15 years.

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94
California 2012 Schafer Hillside Select Cabernet 1 Case 75cl
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  • Shafer’s flagship wine, and one of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignons, is the Hillside Select, which comes from the rocky, volcanic soils on hillsides above the winery. Vineyard production is small, and the wine an incredible example of Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 100% new oak for 32 months and bottled unfiltered, this can generally be expected to be one of the top dozen or so Cabernet Sauvignons in virtually any vintage in Napa, and certainly possesses 25 to possibly 50 years of aging potential. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is a perfect wine. It elicits more than a few “wows” when you smell the incredible notes of charcoal, graphite and subtle toast, buttressed and dominated by blackcurrant, blackberry and blueberry fruit. The purity of these fruits, the multidimensional mouthfeel, the seamless integration of acid, alcohol, tannin and wood are all flawless. The 2012 signature adds an extravagant opulence and density that is just mind-boggling, and the wine is a total hedonistic and intellectual turn-on already, although it has 30+ years of life ahead of it.

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (227), October 2016

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100
California 2013 Robert Mondavi 50th Anniversary To Kalon Reserve Cabernet 4 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    95+

    Release Price

    $155

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2048

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Dec 2015

    Source

    222, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the To Kalon Vineyard celebrates the 50th anniversary of the great Robert Mondavi and his extraordinary vision to create something special in the heart of Napa Valley. A beautifully polished wine, with a dense ruby/purple color, it is still tightly knit and showing high-quality oak. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with outstanding depth, ripeness and purity. There is plenty of backbone and tannin for 25-30 years of cellaring. The wine shows notes of chocolate and plenty of blackcurrant fruit and blackberry. This is a beauty and certainly a great reserve and worthy homage to the legendary Robert Mondavi. Give it another 2-4 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 30 years.

    The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve comes across as quite restrained today, with most of its power lurking in the background. There is no shortage of depth or intensity, though. Hints of iron, smoke, leather and savory herbs open up gradually, but the 2013 needs at least a few years to uncoil and will drink well for another two decades or so beyond that. This is an especially refined expression of the famed To-Kalon vineyard.

    -- Antonio Galloni 95 Antonio Galloni 2023 - 2043 $155.00 Oct 2015

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95
California 2013 Opus One - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    97+

    Release Price

    $280

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2046

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

    Source

    228, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Opus One, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, is a beauty. Velvety textured, without a had edge to be found, notes of crème de cassis, blueberry, subtle wood and floral notes gently rise from the wine’s dense purple color. Beautifully full-bodied and extraordinarily elegant and pure, this is certainly one of their great achievements over the last 37 years. The wine has an exquisite finish and can be drunk now or cellared for 25-30 years.

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97
California 2013 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 75cl
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  • A truly monumental wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is simply magnificent. A huge, energetic wine, the 2013 exudes richness, concentration and depth. Cool, mineral and savory notes meld into a core of intense dark fruit in a vertical, towering Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with superb purity and depth. This is the best showing yet from the 2013. (98+ Points)

    Score: 98

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2023-203801 December 2016

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98
California 2013 Verite La Muse 1 Case 75cl
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  • The 2013 La Muse is wonderfully vivid and expressive from the outset, especially in the aromatics. Graphite, smoke, lavender, menthol and licorice are all super-expressive. Those notes carry through to the palate, where the wine is dense, powerful and bursting at the seams with energy. Hints of mocha, chocolate, spice and leather add the final shades of nuance. Today, La Muse is the most expressive of Vérité's 2013s, with plenty of floral and savory notes that add complexity to the super-rich dark fruit. I tasted the 2013 from tank just prior to bottling.

    -- Antonio Galloni (92-95) Antonio Galloni 2020 - 2033 $390.00 Feb 2016

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95
California 2013 Verite Le Desir 1 Case 75cl
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  • The 2013 Le Désir is once again alluring. Le Désir is quite powerful and intense, but it also has fairly soft contours for the year. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, chocolate, mocha, licorice and cloves are all pushed forward. Energetic and explosive, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years in bottle to settle down, but it has plenty to offer. I tasted the 2013 from tank just prior to bottling.

    -- Antonio Galloni (92-95) Antonio Galloni $390.00 Feb 2016

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95
California 2013 Verite La Joie 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasted from tank just prior to bottling, the 2013 La Joie is dense, powerful and rich, with notable depth. Still remarkable embryonic the 2013 remains deep, fruit driven and backward. This is a wine for the long haul. Crème de cassis, blackberry jam, spice, menthol, game, licorice and smoke flow through to the powerful, incisive finish. This is a strong showing.

    -- Antonio Galloni (93-96) Antonio Galloni $390.00 Feb 2016

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96
California 2014 Opus One - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2047

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2017

    Source

    233, The Wine Advocate

    Blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the Opus One 2014 Proprietary Red Wine sports an inky purple color and nose of crushed black and red currants, black cherries and mulberries with touches of underbrush, sautéed herbs and pencil shavings plus a waft of spice box. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and with an energetic line lifting the red and black fruits, it has a bold frame of grainy tannins and a very long, earth and spice-layered finish.

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96
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