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Staff Favorites - James Bradshaw

James Bradshaw


2016 Tesseron Estate "Pym-Rae" Mount Veeder Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 01-16-2020
I can say without hesitation; this is the best inaugural release I've experienced from anywhere. Of course, this wine has everything going for it, including a world-class winemaker, a prized vineyard, and an exceptional vintage. It delivers everything one could hope for in a Napa Valley red. Bold and dynamic, it unfurls flavors of cassis, dark plum, boysenberry, and bramble—and that's just from the first sip! These flavors carry and develop on the palate and are soon accented by notes to pipe tobacco, mocha, subtle Asian spice, and a whisper of vanilla. This 2016 is inviting even at this early stage and has the tannin and body to develop for another twenty years at least. The world of high-end Napa Cabs gets increasingly crowded by the day, but an entry like this one is well worth your attention. I would put this estate up against Bryant, Colgin, Harlan, or even Screaming Eagle. This is a genuinely inspirational bottle of wine, and I fully expect more like it in the coming years.
Price: $349.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Vergers"
Review Date: 11-22-2019
At first blush, this seems a simple and straightforward Chassagne, if a tad on the delicate side. But once it is given a chance to open, it reveals a seductive mélange of white fruits, orange blossom, and subtle spice. The fruit is the key player here, with oak making a welcome appearance at just the right moments. Its succulence gives way excellent mineral tones and bright acidity. A drying finish completes the picture. It will be interesting to see where this wine goes in the coming years, but the immediate pleasure is undeniable.

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-12-2019
This is among the finest Gran Reservas from Rioja I have ever had the pleasure to taste—full stop. A drop-dead gorgeous red, this 2005 is a pure delight from the first sip to the last. A chorus of red fruits burst from the glass and are accented by delightful savory touches of mocha, clove, baking spice, fresh herb, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, but at the same time remains infinitely refreshing. Dollar for dollar, you won’t find a better bottle of Rioja. After savoring our last glass, my wife asked, "You can get more of this, right?" Thankfully, the answer is "yes," but I imagine not for long once folks catch wind of just how spectacular a wine it is. Seriously, this is one red you don't want to miss
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2014 Kapcsandy "Roberta’s Reserve - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 09-19-2018
The very pinnacle of Merlot. My original tasting notes say, "Wow, wow, wow!" And that is putting it mildly. Wet stone and gravel greet the nose and are immediately followed by a rush of sweet, ripe fruit (raspberry, Bing cherry, cassis, and blueberry) and wonderful spice. Elegantly perfumed and with an approach that is seamless, it is a wine that draws you back to the glass again and again. Lou Kapcsandy has crafted here one of the very best wines of the 2014 vintage. I suppose you could lay this beauty down for several years, but then, why wait? It is impossible to resist now. A desert island wine, if there ever was one.