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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
California Dalla Valle 2016 Maya 2 Case 3 75cl £970
  • The 2016 Maya Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, it's a little reserved to begin, soon unfurling to reveal the most incredible array of floral and red fruit layers—kirsch, redcurrant jelly, black raspberries, lilacs, red roses and lavender—with achingly beautiful wafts of cigar box, pencil lead, camphor, cinnamon stick and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and with fabulous elegance and poise in the mouth, the palate delivers layer upon layer of perfumed black and red fruits with a very firm, finely grained texture and an epically long, mineral-laced finish. Give this knock-out beauty another 5 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 30+.

    Score: 100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, October 2018

    A ripe and lavish Napa red with currant and dried berry with hints of milk chocolate. Turns to fresh flowers and dry earth. Full body, flavorful with lots of integrity and focus. Flavorful finish. The polish to the tannins and glorious. A blend of 67% cabernet sauvignon and 33% cabernet franc. Drink or hold

    Score: 99 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, November 2018

    Dalla Valle's 2016 Maya, the estate's flagship Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend, is endowed with stunning purity and exceptional balance. The purity of the flavors is simply remarkable. A rush of red cherry jam, menthol, pomegranate, mint and espresso builds as the wine opens up in the glass. Blood orange and expressive floral notes appear later, adding brightness as the 2016 reveals the many shades of its beguiling personality. Silky and seamless on the palate, with exceptional balance, the 2016 has so much to offer. The 2016 is one of the most polished and complete young Mayas I can remember tasting. In a word: exceptional. 2024 - 2041

    Score: 99 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, December 2018

Tasting Notes
100
California Dominus Estate 1987 Dominus 1 Case 6 75cl £1,050
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $45 - 55

    Drink Date

    1993 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Oct 1993

    Source

    89, The Wine Advocate

    There were 6,500 cases produced of the 1987 Dominus. It is one of the great wines of the vintage in a year when a handful of California producers made profound Cabernets (i.e., Robert Mondavi Reserve, Dunn Howell Mountain, and Chateau Montelena). The wine is beginning to shut down, but it still displays a rich ruby color and an intensely spicy, fragrant nose of toasty vanillin oak, cassis, and cedar. In the mouth, this medium to full-bodied wine displays considerable tannins, fine integrated acidity, and an opulent, rich, spicy finish. I would suggest cellaring it for another 3-4 years; it should easily keep through the first decade of the next century.

Tasting Notes
96
California Dominus Estate 2002 Dominus 1 Case 6 75cl £1,395
99
California Dominus Estate 2003 Dominus 1 Case 6 75cl £1,025
95
California Dominus Estate 2006 Dominus 2 Case 6 75cl £870
96
California Dominus Estate 2008 Dominus 1 Case 6 75cl £1,125
  • Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years

Tasting Notes
99
California Dominus Estate 2010 Dominus 1 Case 6 75cl £1,400
100
California Dominus Estate 2011 Dominus 1 Case 6 75cl £595
89
California Dominus Estate 2014 Napanook 2 Case 6 75cl £465
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    $65 - 75

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2036

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014s, where the production of Napanook was only 2,200 cases and Dominus slightly more than the 2015 at 4,000 cases, was another early harvest, although somewhat later than 2015. The 2014 Napanook is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot, showing notes of loamy earth, Christmas fruitcake, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit and underbrush in a supple, fragrant and lush heady style. It is another successful wine that should drink beautifully young and age nicely for up to 20 years.

    Christian Moueix’s Dominus Estate continues to be one of California’s leaders in turning out gorgeously elegant, complex and long-lived wines. A magnum of 1991 from my cellar tasted several weeks before I left for California was pure perfection and evidence that at 25 years old, before he had built his stunning winery, great quality was coming from this iconic vineyard. The 2015s are certainly going to be one of his all-time great vintages, rivaling 2013, 2012, 2007, 2002, 2001 and his earliest classics, such as 1994 and 1991. Production in 2015 was about 3,000 cases of Napanook and 3,800 cases of Dominus.

Tasting Notes
92
California Dominus Estate 2014 Dominus 3 Case 6 75cl £775
97
California Dominus Estate 2015 Dominus 3 Case 6 75cl £1,150
100
California Dominus Estate 2016 Dominus 1 Case 6 75cl £1,150
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2024 - 2054

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    29th Oct 2018

    Source

    Mid-October 2018 New Releases, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc aged in 40% new oak, the 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is deep purple-black in color and quite reticent at this youthful stage to begin, offering up subtle notions of potpourri, Indian spices, cigar box and iron ore over a core of crushed blackberries and black cherries with intermittent wafts of black and red currants, new leather and smoked meats. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a densely packed mid-palate and oodles of freshness framed by very ripe, finely grained tannins and laced with compelling earthy accents. It offers incredible vibrancy with tons of black and red fruit sparkle in the mid-palate leading to a provocative mineral element on the very long finish. If I could give more than 100 for this one, I would. To be released in May 2019.

Tasting Notes
100
California Eisele Vineyard 2013 Syrah 3 Bottle 150cl £290
California Eisele Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Bottle 300cl £1,495
99
California Eisele Vineyard 2013 Sauvignon Blanc 2 Case 6 75cl £270
California Eisele Vineyard 2013 Syrah 2 Case 3 75cl £420
California Eisele Vineyard 2014 Syrah 3 Bottle 150cl £295
California Eisele Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 3 Bottle 150cl £550
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2041

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The wines from the extremely hot drought year, 2014, were just bottled prior to my visit. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the vintage’s precociousness and front-end loaded, flattering style. It is medium to full-bodied, shows beautiful fruit purity, deep black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, moving toward blacker berries. There is a floral characteristic, spice, and a full-bodied, lush mouthfeel with silky tannin. Drink it over the next 25 years.

    Readers should note that the relatively new owners of what was formerly known as the Araujo Estate have finally changed the name to the Eisele Vineyard. This is one of the greatest terroirs in all of Napa Valley, if not all of California. It certainly makes sense to promote its name. For old-timers out there, the first single Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon I remember was made by Paul Draper in 1971 at Ridge. That was followed by a one-off, but a phenomenal wine, the 1974 Conn Creek Eisele Vineyard (the wine was purchased at a bankruptcy sale and bottled by Conn Creek). Then there was a succession of great Eisele Vineyard wines from Joseph Phelps, including the 1975 and 1978, all of which today remain vibrant and incredible. Certainly, when the Araujos arrived they also produced world-class wines of first-growth quality. It is no coincidence that the Eisele Vineyard is now owned by a first-growth proprietor from France, François Pinault, of Château Latour in Bordeaux and other significant estates in France, especially the tiny jewel of a vineyard in the Rhône Valley, Château Grillet. The tasting I did seemed to show that all is proceeding brilliantly at the Eisele Vineyard, with two of the three Cabernet Sauvignons I tasted thoroughly compelling—so the greatness from this fabulous terroir continues unabated.

Tasting Notes
94
California Eisele Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Bottle 300cl £1,195
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2041

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The wines from the extremely hot drought year, 2014, were just bottled prior to my visit. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the vintage’s precociousness and front-end loaded, flattering style. It is medium to full-bodied, shows beautiful fruit purity, deep black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, moving toward blacker berries. There is a floral characteristic, spice, and a full-bodied, lush mouthfeel with silky tannin. Drink it over the next 25 years.

    Readers should note that the relatively new owners of what was formerly known as the Araujo Estate have finally changed the name to the Eisele Vineyard. This is one of the greatest terroirs in all of Napa Valley, if not all of California. It certainly makes sense to promote its name. For old-timers out there, the first single Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon I remember was made by Paul Draper in 1971 at Ridge. That was followed by a one-off, but a phenomenal wine, the 1974 Conn Creek Eisele Vineyard (the wine was purchased at a bankruptcy sale and bottled by Conn Creek). Then there was a succession of great Eisele Vineyard wines from Joseph Phelps, including the 1975 and 1978, all of which today remain vibrant and incredible. Certainly, when the Araujos arrived they also produced world-class wines of first-growth quality. It is no coincidence that the Eisele Vineyard is now owned by a first-growth proprietor from France, François Pinault, of Château Latour in Bordeaux and other significant estates in France, especially the tiny jewel of a vineyard in the Rhône Valley, Château Grillet. The tasting I did seemed to show that all is proceeding brilliantly at the Eisele Vineyard, with two of the three Cabernet Sauvignons I tasted thoroughly compelling—so the greatness from this fabulous terroir continues unabated.

Tasting Notes
94
California Eisele Vineyard 2014 Sauvignon Blanc 2 Case 3 75cl £210
87
California Eisele Vineyard 2014 Syrah 4 Case 3 75cl £405
California Eisele Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia 3 Case 6 75cl £480
90
California Eisele Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 75cl £1,530
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2041

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The wines from the extremely hot drought year, 2014, were just bottled prior to my visit. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the vintage’s precociousness and front-end loaded, flattering style. It is medium to full-bodied, shows beautiful fruit purity, deep black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, moving toward blacker berries. There is a floral characteristic, spice, and a full-bodied, lush mouthfeel with silky tannin. Drink it over the next 25 years.

    Readers should note that the relatively new owners of what was formerly known as the Araujo Estate have finally changed the name to the Eisele Vineyard. This is one of the greatest terroirs in all of Napa Valley, if not all of California. It certainly makes sense to promote its name. For old-timers out there, the first single Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon I remember was made by Paul Draper in 1971 at Ridge. That was followed by a one-off, but a phenomenal wine, the 1974 Conn Creek Eisele Vineyard (the wine was purchased at a bankruptcy sale and bottled by Conn Creek). Then there was a succession of great Eisele Vineyard wines from Joseph Phelps, including the 1975 and 1978, all of which today remain vibrant and incredible. Certainly, when the Araujos arrived they also produced world-class wines of first-growth quality. It is no coincidence that the Eisele Vineyard is now owned by a first-growth proprietor from France, François Pinault, of Château Latour in Bordeaux and other significant estates in France, especially the tiny jewel of a vineyard in the Rhône Valley, Château Grillet. The tasting I did seemed to show that all is proceeding brilliantly at the Eisele Vineyard, with two of the three Cabernet Sauvignons I tasted thoroughly compelling—so the greatness from this fabulous terroir continues unabated.

Tasting Notes
94
California Eisele Vineyard 2015 Syrah 3 Bottle 75cl £110
California Eisele Vineyard 2015 Syrah 3 Bottle 150cl £260
California Eisele Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 3 Bottle 75cl £405
98
California Eisele Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Bottle 150cl £820
California Eisele Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Bottle 150cl £825
98
California Eisele Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Bottle 300cl £1,750
California Eisele Vineyard 2015 Sauvignon Blanc 2 Case 3 75cl £155
California Eisele Vineyard 2015 Syrah 4 Case 3 75cl £345
California Eisele Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 3 75cl £1,215
California Eisele Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 13 Case 6 75cl £2,430
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2049

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2017

    Source

    233, The Wine Advocate

    Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon charges from the gate with exuberant red and black cherries notes, black currants and mulberries with a beautiful roses and lavender perfume, plus hints of sandalwood and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied, concentrated and downright explosive in the mouth, it is still wearing loads of gorgeous puppy-fat fruit flavors, offering suggestions of the complex, multilayered blockbuster that it will emerge into. The structure deserves its own mention: wonderful, seamless freshness and oh-so-fine, pixelated tannins, with an extraordinary persistence of fruit and mineral nuances. Wow.

Tasting Notes
100
California Eisele Vineyard 2016 Sauvignon Blanc 4 Case 3 75cl £200
92
California Ferren 2013 Chardonnay 'Lancel Creek' 1 Case 6 75cl £400

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