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Region Producer Vintagesort descending Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
California Jonata NV Miel Jonata 4 Bottle 50cl £30
California Mondavi / Rothschild 1991 Opus One 2 Bottle 150cl £750
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    $55 - 60

    Drink Date

    1995 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1995

    Source

    97, The Wine Advocate

    Opus One's 1991 is a gorgeously rich, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with a knock-out nose of smoke, cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with surprisingly supple, concentrated, chocolatey, cassis, and blackcurrant flavors that ooze across the palate, this voluptuously-textured example of Opus One is atypical in a vintage that produced so many backward wines. There is no question the wine possesses plenty of tannin, but it is admirably concealed by the copious quantities of concentrated fruit. This Opus can be drunk now as well as over the next 15+ years.

Tasting Notes
92
California Colgin 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard 3 Bottle 75cl £380
96
California Shafer 1995 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Bottle 75cl £295
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    $110

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2000

    Source

    126, The Wine Advocate

    The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select possesses lots of fatness in the mid-palate. There is plenty of tannin in this full-bodied, rich effort. It is remarkable how the finest California Cabernets combine extraordinary power and richness with balance and elegance. A stupendous wine, it is worth a special effort to obtain. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2030. 

Tasting Notes
99
California Shafer 1996 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Bottle 75cl £225
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $125

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Dec 2000

    Source

    132, The Wine Advocate

    Since 1991, Shafer's Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon has unquestionably been one of the top dozen or so California Cabernets. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 32 months in 100% French oak casks (the majority Taransaud), it possesses the elegance and finesse one would expect from the Stags Leap area, but also monumental power, richness, and intensity. The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of the vintage's super-stars. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by super aromatics, immense body, great fruit extraction, superb purity and overall symmetry, as well as a 40+ second finish. Revealing exceptional intensity (but no heaviness) as well as perfectly integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol, this fabulous Cabernet will drink wonderfully for three decades.

Tasting Notes
98
California Montelena 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 75cl £960
87
California Colgin 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard 4 Bottle 75cl £485
99
California Caymus 1997 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 75cl £1,050
  • (14.4% alcohol): Bright, dark red, with an almost opaque middle. Aromas of plum, mocha, milk chocolate and graphite along with a suggestion of cabbage and a slightly decadent underbrush quality. Supple, savory wine showing more texture than sweetness. Ultimately a bit diffuse and lacking in definition and grip; despite its decent energy, my bottle began to display some nutty hints of oxidation with time in the glass. Based on this bottle, I'd enjoy this wine in the next couple years.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 89 Stephen Tanzer 2017 - 2020 Not Available Sep 2017

Tasting Notes
89
California Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 1998 Fay Golden Rectangle 2 Bottle 75cl £100
California Colgin 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard 3 Bottle 75cl £300
95
California Ridge 1999 Monte Bello 1 Bottle 75cl £200
  • Jancis
    72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. In most California vineyards, yields were cut by a cold, rainy spring. At Monte Bello, where it was colder still, flowering and set were put on hold. When summer finally came, the clement weather allowed a perfect set. Even after severe thinning, yields were two and a half tons per acre, equalling 1997's record. We harvested the separate parcels from the end of October through mid-November, as they ripened. In this vintage, fermentations destined for in-barrel malolactic were started with selected yeast; the rest - including all malolactics - were natural. 93% of the wine was racked to air-dried American oak and - as part of our ongoing comparison - 7% to the best French oak. In February, we chose 23 of the 36 parcels for the Monte Bello. 
    Fragrant, perfumed, fresh and cedary, still so fragrant and youthful on the nose. More Bordeaux-like than the other two vintages tasted. Rich, deep and so complex but without loss of freshness. Again some minerality and cedary damson sweetness of fruit still there. Long and remarkably fresh. Holds your attention. (JH) 

Tasting Notes
California Verite 2000 Desir 2 Bottle 75cl £150
90
California Verite 2001 Joie 3 Bottle 75cl £175
95
California Colgin 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard 1 Case 3 75cl £1,200
97
California Colgin 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard 1 Case 3 75cl £1,500
98
California Colgin 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard 3 Bottle 75cl £550
100
California Colgin 2002 IX Estate Syrah 1 Case 3 75cl £560
95
California Colgin 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard 1 Case 3 75cl £895
94
California Colgin 2002 Cariad 1 Case 6 75cl £2,500
  • Rating

    99+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2011 - 2031

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    2nd May 2011

    Source

    195, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc, this is the most open-knit, Pomerol-like wine of the tasting. Ripe and exuberant, it offers up notes of kirsch, blackberry liqueur, mocha, espresso and chocolate. A dense purple color with the same saturation point as the 2001, but with a totally different personality, it is a friendly, endearing, voluptuous, silky, viscous, hedonistic yet compelling wine of great complexity. Enjoy it now and over the next 20 years. I originally rated it 98 points.

Tasting Notes
99
California Verite 2003 Desir 1 Bottle 150cl £450
99
California Verite 2003 Joie 3 Bottle 75cl £185
95
California Verite 2003 Joie 1 Bottle 150cl £380
95
California Shafer 2003 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Bottle 75cl £210
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2014

    Source

    216, The Wine Advocate

    The 2003 is a singular style of wine, but by no means wimpy or undernourished. The 2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has a dense, purple color, notes of creosote, graphite, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and scorched earth. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and excellent purity, while some rather noticeable tannins kick in on the finish. This wine seems to be moving from adolescence to that early mature stage, where I would expect it to hold for at least another 10-15 or more years. Clearly not one of the superstars in what was a rather astonishing qualitative lineup, but it’s outrageously good Cabernet Sauvignon, and I expect myself, as well as any of my readers, would drink this 24/7.

    Shafer’s Hillside Estate Vineyard consists of 54 acres all on steep, amphitheater-like, rocky outcroppings and knolls. It receives the full benefit of southeasterly sunlight, and enjoys the afternoon breezes that blow up from the San Francisco Bay channel. An unusual geographic feature, this vineyard is basically a box canyon. The top soil is virtually non-existent as the bed roots that go into the white tofu volcanic soil base rarely extend more than 18 inches before hitting bedrock. This no doubt is a significant reason for the intense flavors achieved by the Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and why it is able to spend 32 months in 100% new French oak without a woody taste.

Tasting Notes
95
California Sine Qua Non 2003 Papa Syrah 4 Bottle 75cl £400
  • There are 860 cases of the 2003 Papa, a blend of 97% Syrah, 2% Mourvedre, and 1% Grenache sourced from six different vineyards. An old black and white photograph of Manfred Krankl’s father holding a baby with a head the size of a large watermelon (presumably Manfred) serves as the label for this wine, which has just about everything one could want in a great Syrah. It exhibits extraordinary power and richness along with large quantities of sexy, seductive cassis, black cherries, and a chocolaty undertone. Unctuously textured, rich, and full, it will provide amazing drinking over the next 10-15 years.

    Score: 98Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (166), August 2006

Tasting Notes
98
California Colgin 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard 1 Case 3 75cl £730
93
California Colgin 2003 IX Estate Syrah 2 Case 3 75cl £640
95
California Dominus Estate 2003 Dominus 1 Case 6 75cl £1,025
95
California Sine Qua Non 2003 Omega Shea Vineyard 3 Bottle 75cl £385
93
California Sine Qua Non 2003 Papa (Syrah) 1 Case 6 75cl £2,400
98
California Jonata 2004 Corazon Jonata 1 Case 6 75cl £240
91
California Verite 2004 Desir 3 Bottle 75cl £240
98
California Verite 2004 Joie 1 Bottle 150cl £560
99
California Colgin 2004 Cariad 2 Case 3 75cl £895
96
California Verite 2004 Joie 1 Bottle 75cl £270
99
California Verite 2004 Muse 2 Bottle 75cl £190
98
California Bevan Cellars 2005 Bevan Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Showtek 1 Bottle 150cl £280
93
California Bevan Cellars 2005 Showket Vineyard Davids Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Bottle 150cl £280
California Jonata 2005 Desafio 3 Bottle 75cl £85
94
California Jonata 2005 Sangre 1 Bottle 75cl £80
94
California Verite 2005 Muse 3 Bottle 75cl £200
98
California Peter Michael 2005 Belle Fille Chardonnay 3 Bottle 75cl £100
  • Rating 94+

    Reviewed by Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date 28th Dec 2007

    Source 174, The Wine Advocate

    Again, orange blossoms, hazelnuts, brioche, smoke, and honeysuckle along with some peach notes are present in the full-bodied, beautifully well-delineated, pure, zesty 2005 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille. There are only 1,600 cases of this wine, which has superb uplift and vibrancy. This 121-acre estate with 114 producing acres of vineyard all located in Knight’s Valley continues to be at the top of their game and I can’t recommend the wines highly enough. I was surprised when I showed up at Peter Michael to find both Nicolas Morlet, who replaced his brother Luc, and Luc Morlet himself, were at my tasting. It seems that Luc is still doing consulting work with his brother firmly entrenched at the winery. This is still one of the best-run wineries in the world, and one might quibble over the fact that there are so many different cuvees of Chardonnay, but they are all subtly different in style/personality. The Morlets proclaimed to me that essentially there is very little difference in the character of the Chardonnays in 2005 and 2006, except they thought the acid levels were slightly higher in 2005 and the 2006s were riper. In any event, these are sensational Chardonnays, and readers couldn’t go wrong no matter which one they buy. Previously recommended: 2005 Sauvignon Blanc l’Apres Midi (93), 2004 Chardonnay Point Rouge (95+), 2004 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir (94), 2004 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille (94), 2004 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene (97), 2004 Chardonnay La Carriere (95), 2004 Chardonnay Belle Cote (95). Tel. (707) 942-3200; Fax (707) 942-0209

Tasting Notes
94
California Verite 2005 Joie 1 Bottle 75cl £280
100
California Colgin 2005 IX Estate 1 Case 6 75cl £1,600
98
California Colgin 2005 IX Estate 2 Case 6 75cl £1,700
98
California Verite 2005 Desir 2 Bottle 75cl £260
100
California Sine Qua Non 2005 Mr K Collection (1xStrawman,2xNobleman) 2 Case 3 37.5cl £395
California Sine Qua Non 2005 Mr K The Noble Man Chardonnay 1 Case 3 37.5cl £360
98
California Aston Estate 2006 Clone 115 667 Pinot Noir 2 Bottle 75cl £45
California Verite 2006 Desir 1 Bottle 150cl £450
90
California Verite 2006 Joie 3 Bottle 75cl £190
92
California Verite 2006 Joie 1 Bottle 150cl £395
92
California Verite 2006 Muse 1 Bottle 150cl £420
92
California Colgin 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard 1 Case 3 75cl £930
98
California Colgin 2006 IX Estate 1 Case 6 75cl £2,580
100
California Dominus Estate 2006 Dominus 2 Case 6 75cl £870
96
California Verite 2006 Muse 2 Bottle 75cl £200
92
California Sine Qua Non 2006 11 Confessions Mixed Case (4xSITD-S, 2xITCH-G) 3 Case 6 75cl £4,200
California Verite 2007 Desir 4 Bottle 75cl £240
100
California Verite 2007 Muse 4 Bottle 75cl £250
100
California Bond 2007 Vecina 1 Case 6 75cl £2,520
100
California Hundred Acre 2007 Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 4 Case 3 75cl £1,350
100
California Sloan 2007 Proprietary Red 6 Bottle 75cl £540
92
California Verite 2007 Joie 3 Bottle 75cl £230
100
California Verite 2008 Muse 1 Case 6 75cl £1,440
100
California Verite 2008 Desir 3 Bottle 75cl £225
100
California Verite 2008 Desir 1 Case 6 75cl £1,350
100
California Colgin 2008 Cariad 1 Case 3 75cl £875
95
California Colgin 2008 IX Estate 1 Case 3 75cl £945
96
California Sine Qua Non 2008 The Duel Collection (3xGrenache, 3xSyrah) 4 Case 6 75cl £2,400
98
California Verite 2008 Assortment 3 Case 3 75cl £690

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