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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Pricesort descending Note Rating
California Garden Creek 2010 Red Tesserae Alexander Valley

6 Bottle 75cl £30
California Garden Creek 2011 Red Tesserae Alexander Valley

3 Bottle 75cl £30
California Jonata NV Miel Jonata

4 Bottle 50cl £30
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Morey 1er Cru Clos des Ormes

5 Bottle 75cl £30
  • Tasting note: Barnier indicated that this was not vinified by Jadot. There is a background note of menthol to the pretty and fresh red currant, earth and lightly spicy nose. There is a very supple and refined mouth feel to the satin-textured middle weight flavors that also possess a seductive mouth feel, all wrapped in a balanced finish. This should drink well young.

Tasting Notes
92
Italy 2008 Guidalberto San Guido

2 Bottle 75cl £30
  • Wine Advocate

    90

    Tenuta San Guido’s 2008 Guidalberto is a very pretty wine laced with mineral-infused dark fruit. This is a decidedly smaller scaled, lithe Guidalberto that impresses for its overall balance and finesse. The structure of the 2006 and the exuberance of the 2007 are missing, but the 2008 offers superb drinkability and pleasure today and over the next few years. Dried flowers, licorice and new leather add the final nuances of complexity on the finish. The 2008 Guidalberto is Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Most of the fruit comes from vineyards that are separate from those used for Sassicaia, although Guidalberto always includes some barrels that don’t make it into the top wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015. (Antonio Galloni)

Tasting Notes
90
California Hilt 2014 Chardonnay Old Guard

3 Bottle 75cl £38
California Rivers Marie 2014 Joy Road Chardonnay

4 Bottle 75cl £38
California Shafer 2012 Napa Merlot

3 Bottle 75cl £40
90
Spain 2001 Numanthia

[Duty Paid]

2 Bottle 75cl £40
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $45

    Drink Date

    2005 - 2019

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Apr 2004

    Source

    152, The Wine Advocate

    The flagship offering, the 2001 Numanthia, is fashioned from a 70-100 year old Tinta de Toro vineyard planted at a 2300 foot elevation. After a 28 day maceration, the wine undergoes malolactic in barrel, is aged 19 months in new French oak, and is bottled without fining or filtration. The spectacular, opaque purple-colored 2001 offers an explosive nose of melted licorice, barbecue smoke, blackberries, creme de cassis, camphor, and graphite. Full-bodied with gorgeously rich, concentrated fruit, a layered texture, and tremendous purity, it can be drunk young, but should hit its prime in 1-2 years, and last for 10-15.  

Tasting Notes
95
California Aston Estate 2006 Clone 115 667 Pinot Noir

2 Bottle 75cl £45
California Ramey 2013 Syrah Cole Creek

3 Bottle 75cl £45
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rouge

[Due 2022]

3 Bottle 75cl £49
California Jonata 2015 Fenix

1 Bottle 75cl £50
93
California Penville 2013 Ballard Canyon Grenache

1 Bottle 150cl £50
California Bevan Cellars 2016 Sonoma Coast Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir

1 Bottle 75cl £55
California Jonata 2009 Tierra

2 Bottle 75cl £55
92
Southern France 1945 Besombes Rivesaltes Cuvee Amedee

2 Bottle 75cl £55
California Jonata 2014 Todos

1 Bottle 150cl £60
94
California Ramey 2014 Template

3 Bottle 75cl £60
California Realm 2017 Farella Sauvignon Blanc

1 Bottle 75cl £60
California Shafer 2013 Firebreak Sangiovese

2 Bottle 75cl £60
California Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2013 Winemaker Series Soda Canyon Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

1 Bottle 75cl £60
California Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2011 Fay Apologue Cabernet Sauvignon

1 Bottle 75cl £60
California Hilt 2014 Pinot Noir

1 Bottle 150cl £60
Red Burgundy Mortet 2011 Fixin Vieilles Vignes

[Duty Paid]

10 Bottle 75cl £60
  • Domaine Denis Mortet
    2011
    Fixin Vieilles Vignes
    Villages Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2017+
    Issue: 53
    Note: from 40 year old vines in the tiny .74 ha vineyard of Champs Pennebaut, which is near the Couchey border for the inveterate map readers among you
    Producer note: Arnaud Mortet observed that the 2012 vintage "suffered through a troubled and extended flowering that was responsible for much of the naturally low yields. The bunches were loose and with tiny berries that allowed the fruit to be super clean at the harvest. I decided to start picking on the 23rd of September and brought in ripe fruit that needed only small amounts of chaptalization and in some cases, none at all. As I have been slowly doing each vintage now, I once again lightened the extraction. I shortened the cool maceration period from 7 days to 5 and did a 21 day total cuvaison. In the same vein I used a bit less new wood as well and it now averages about one-third though that of course varies wine by wine. I completely destemmed in 2012 though I have been thinking about doing some more experimenting with using some whole clusters so we will see going forward. As to the style of the 2012s I think it's the kind of vintage that everyone will like. The wines are ripe but fresh and with a mid-palate succulence that makes them a pleasure to drink." As I commented last year the Mortet 2011s are excellent and now that they are in bottle they confirm the quality that I saw last year. Mortet noted that his 2011s, revisited below, were bottled between January and April, 2013. (Martine's Wines, www.martineswines.com, Novato, CA; multiple UK sources, including Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, and The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk).
    Tasting note: An adroit application of wood sets off fresh and ripe if somber aromas of dark berries, violets and plum. The very round, suave and supple flavors display both good energy and fine volume before terminating in a balanced and persistent finish that exhibits a bit of youthful Fixin austerity and rusticity.
     

Tasting Notes
88
Italy 2003 Pira & Figli Barolo Cannubi Chiara Boschis -

5 Bottle 75cl £60
93
Italy 2008 Jermann, Vintage Tunina

1 Bottle 150cl £60
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    $74

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2018

    Reviewed by

    Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2011

    Source

    193, The Wine Advocate

    The 2008 Vintage Tunina is terrific. The wine’s trademark expansive bouquet and generous fruit are beautifully balanced by a vein of minerality that is the hallmark of this cool year. All of the elements come together beautifully in the glass as the 2008 Vintage Tunina shows off layers of succulent peaches, pears, apricots, flowers and mint, along with hints of sweetness from the late-harvested fruit that is such a big component of the wine’s signature style. Vintage Tunina is Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana and Picolit. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. These new releases from Silvio Jermann include a number of fabulous bottles. In particular, I was impressed with the top 2008s, a vintage where the cool minerality of the year prevails over the house’s typically lush style, an approach I tend to find less interesting. Jermann has a new red on the horizon, the Pignolo Vigna Truss, from recently purchased hillside vineyards in Dolegna, the home of his massive, new cellar. Previously, Jermann’s Pignolo had mostly come from the flats of Villanova, a far less prestigious village in Isonzo, rather than the Collio. I tasted all of the 2009 entry-level whites from screwcaps. Readers should be aware that Jermann is owned by my wife’s uncle. I have always viewed education as an important component of wine criticism. An article on Friuli without these wines would have been incomplete and ultimately the consumer would have been poorer for their exclusion. For those reasons I have chosen to include the wines in this report. Neither my wife nor I have any financial or other interest, direct or indirect, in this property.

     

Tasting Notes
92
Southern France 2009 Puech-Haut, Prestige Rouge

2 Case 6 75cl £60
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $18

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2010

    Source

    190, The Wine Advocate

    I’m infringing on David Schildknecht’s territory, but he has not yet tasted this wine. From a bio-dynamically farmed estate, this 2009 is a blend of 55% Grenache (from 60- to 75-year-old vines) and 45% Syrah (from 40-year-old vines), all planted in limestone soils, and aged completely in concrete tanks. This remarkable offering is a naked expression of the vivid terroir and excellent fruit found in this region. The incredible aromatics consist of forest floor, spring flowers, sweet black currants, raspberries, licorice, and incense. With a pure, velvety, seamless, full-bodied texture and a finish that lasts 30+ seconds, this wine possesses a stunning integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, suggesting this 2009 will age nicely for 3-5 years, possibly as long as a decade. However, it will be hard to resist given its current performance. Bravo! I have followed Chateau Puech Haut for a number of years, and met proprietor Gerald Bru over a decade ago. Bru has employed some extraordinarily talented winemakers, beginning with Michel Rolland, followed by Claude Gros (of Chateau Negly). His current consultant is Philippe Cambie. 

Tasting Notes
93
California Jonata 2015 Tierra

3 Bottle 75cl £65
91
California Peter Michael 2014 Coeur A Coeur

2 Bottle 75cl £65
California Hilt 2013 Methode Traditionelle Sparkling

3 Bottle 75cl £70
California Jonata 2015 Jonata Petite Verdot Fuerza

3 Bottle 75cl £70
California Mount Veeder 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

2 Bottle 150cl £70
California Peter Michael 2013 L'Esprit des Pavots

3 Bottle 75cl £70
90
California Hilt 2014 Methode Traditionelle Sparkling

3 Bottle 75cl £75
92
California Peter Michael 2014 Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir

2 Bottle 75cl £75
California Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2011 Fay Cabernet Sauvignon

1 Bottle 75cl £75
White Burgundy Bertagna 2003 Corton Charlemagne

1 Bottle 75cl £75
Red Burgundy Maillard 2005 Corton Renardes

11 Bottle 75cl £75
California Ramey 2015 Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay

2 Bottle 150cl £76
95
California Jonata 2005 Sangre

1 Bottle 75cl £80
94
California Jonata 2009 Sangre

3 Bottle 75cl £80
94
California Ramey 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

3 Bottle 150cl £80
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Chablis Reserve de Vaudon

6 Case 6 75cl £80
  • Maison Joseph Drouhin
    2018
    Chablis - Réserve de Vaudon
    Villages White 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Oct 10, 2019
    Drink: 2021+
    Issue: 76
    Producer note: Note that all wines are labeled as Drouhin-Vaudon. (Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, NY, USA; Pol Roger Ltd., www.polroger.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: A more complex if otherwise similar nose introduces slightly more voluminous medium weight flavors that flash a bit more evident minerality on the longer finish that also displays evident warmth. I like the intensity as well as the complexity though the warmth is not subtle.
     

Tasting Notes
88
Germany 2010 Dr. Loosen, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

1 Case 6 75cl £80
  • Rating

    87

    Release Price

    $26

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2024

    Reviewed by

    David Schildknecht

    Issue Date

    26th Apr 2012

    Source

    200, The Wine Advocate

    Site-typical vanilla-tinged apple with bright inflections of fresh lemon dominate the nose and delicate juicy palate of Loosen’s 2010 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett. This understated Kabinett lacks the mineral savor or finishing refreshment of its Lay counterpart, but is adeptly balanced, admirably persistent, and should perform well for at least a dozen years. Cellarmaster Bernhard Schug offers an unadorned impression of the travails of 2010, in which he extensively double-salt de-acidified his musts. “This was especially necessary for the dry wines,” he points out, adding “I’m frankly surprised that those turned out as well as they did. The most stressful aspect of the harvest is that we waited for gradual diminution of acids and additional ripeness in flavor until we couldn’t wait any longer, and then it was a real rush to pick. It was an agitated, tension-filled autumn, and that is the way the wines turned out, too. We could have de-acidified another gram or so and ended up with an acid profile like that of 2009, but this would have been a mistake and have sacrificed the individuality of the vintage.” While Erni Loosen remains a staunch defender of residually sweet, delicate Mosel Kabinett as a category, his 2010s unfortunately underscore the challenges to achieving consistent success with this genre in an era when even in this, the rainiest growing season in nearly a quarter century, must weights galloped. It was with joy and relief that I began tasting the series of residually sweet Spatlesen from this collection, because what went before – with three exceptions – was frankly disappointing. Loosen has elected to henceforth accentuate the difference between Spatlese and Auslese by incorporating in the latter category, as Schug puts it, “more botrytis than we would have had in an Auslese three years ago.” (For the 2010s, that meant around one-third of the fruit.) The corollary of this – which has the desired result of simplifying the portfolio – is that with the exception of Pralat there is not, and will likely also not be in future, any gold capsule Auslese. Interestingly – though this can certainly be a matter of caprice and luck – only one of the wines in this year’s collection displayed any “Mosel stink” from fermentative residues or reductive reaction with the dose of sulfur applied at bottling, even though this phenomenon can often be a short-term annoyance with the odd Loosen bottling and was encountered quite often in other Mosel collections of the 2010 vintage. (If I could explain the phenomenon in question more adequately chemically, I would be only too glad to publish that explanation; but extended correspondence with scientific specialists has thus-far proved far from decisive.)

     

Tasting Notes
87
California Rivers Marie 2015 Calistoga

4 Bottle 75cl £82
California Bevan Cellars 2014 Ontogeny

1 Bottle 75cl £84
96
California Jonata 2005 Desafio

3 Bottle 75cl £85
94
California Jonata 2014 Desafio

4 Bottle 75cl £85
93
California Rivers Marie 2014 Corona Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2 Bottle 75cl £85
96
California Jonata 2013 Alma

3 Bottle 75cl £90
California Jonata 2014 Alma

4 Bottle 75cl £90
93
California Jonata 2015 Desafio

2 Bottle 75cl £90
95
California Jonata 2014 Fenix

1 Bottle 150cl £90
93
California Jonata 2014 Sangre

4 Bottle 75cl £90
94
California Peter Michael 2015 Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir

3 Bottle 75cl £90
California Peter Michael 2016 Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir

3 Bottle 75cl £90
California Rivers Marie 2014 Calistoga

5 Bottle 75cl £90
Loire Huet 2009 Vouvray Cuvee Constance Moelleux

10 Bottle 50cl £90
California Araujo Estate 2012 Eisele Vineyard Altagracia

3 Bottle 75cl £90£80
California Kapcsandy 2012 Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard

5 Bottle 75cl £90
Italy 2001 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille

7 Bottle 75cl £90
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $142

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2021

    Reviewed by

    Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date

    26th Dec 2006

    Source

    168, The Wine Advocate

    The 2001 Brunellos show the pedigree of the superior vintage. Gaja’s 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is the more potent of the Brunellos. It displays a darker color along with notes of tar, smoke, spices, toasted oak and dark fruit on a full-bodied frame with terrific expansiveness and length on the palate. A lingering note of licorice frames the finish of this beautiful, deeply expressive Brunello. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021.  

Tasting Notes
94
California Hilt 2014 Pinot Noir

1 Case 3 75cl £90
California Jonata 2013 Sangre

3 Bottle 75cl £95
California Peter Michael 2016 Coeur A Coeur

3 Bottle 75cl £95
95
California Rivers Marie 2014 Lore Cabernet Sauvignon

3 Bottle 75cl £95
96
California Peter Michael 2016 Pinot Noir le Caprice

1 Bottle 75cl £95
97
Madeira 1977 Blandy's Bual

[original gift box]

1 Bottle 75cl £95
Italy 2020 Bruno Giacosa, Roero Arneis

2 Case 6 75cl £98
  • Dark, straw-yellow colour. Intense, fine and elegantly fruity bouquet reminiscent of peach, apricot, citrus, fruit and acacia flowers. Fresh, impeccably balanced and very drinkable, with a long, delicate aftertaste.

Tasting Notes
Rhone Jaboulet-Aine 2018 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert

1 Case 6 75cl £98
  • Rating (93 - 95)

    Release Price NA

    Drink Date 2020 - 2030

    Reviewed by Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date 19th Dec 2019

    Source December 2019 Week 3, The Wine Advocate

    Although the fruit sourcing has changed from the old days, the 2018 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert remains a solid offering in the Jaboulet lineup. Violets accent blackberries and plums on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied, lush and velvety, underscored by doses of salinity and licorice on the lengthy finish.

    With properties now in Bordeaux (Château La Lagune), Burgundy (the former Château Corton André) and Switzerland (she purchased a vineyard in the Valais in 2016), proprietor Caroline Frey is increasingly drawn in different directions, so I was fortunate to be able to sit down with her for a few hours at Michelin-starred Maison Chabran in nearby Pont de l'Isère. She brought representative barrel samples of the 2018s, plus the bottled 2017s, which we tasted through before dining. This year, Frey was excited to show me the 2017 Côtes du Rhône Parallele 45, which is now made using only organic grapes. At up to two million bottles (red, white and rosé) per year, that's no small achievement. But as always, we spent the most time on the wines produced from the firm's own vineyards, which are all farmed biodynamically. Frey explained that they cannot be certified, as the winery also processes grapes and wines from the négociant operations. The grapes are all destemmed, although she said they will experiment with whole clusters. "When we did it in 2013, for me it was not OK," she said. She has begun doing more pigeage (punching down) in the winery, versus just remontage (pumping over). "We have good results on the texture—fleshier." The glory of Jaboulet is the legendary Hermitage La Chapelle, which is finally reflecting all of the hard work put into the vineyards by the Frey family and the Jaboulet team. "We still have many things to do," said Frey. "But I think in the past 13 years we've come a long way."

Tasting Notes
93

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