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2013 Ravenswood "Icon" Sonoma County Red Blend (Previously $75) (Previously $75)
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There is simply no other winery or winemaker in history that has done more to put California Old Vine Zinfandel on the map than Ravenswood and Joel Peterson. Throughout many decades they have fought to protect some of the oldest and finest vineyards in the state. As California's "native" grape fell in and out of fashion, Joel stood as an ever present guardian of these precious vineyards as many others tore out vines in favor of more in vogue varietals. From this long commitment Joel has acquired legendary status among his peers as a guru of old vines. Th...
Price: $19.99

2017 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas
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96 points Decanter: "Grown on sandstone and marl, the fruit for this wine is hand-picked, destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts then bottled without filtration or fining after maturation in old foudres. It's a beautifully natural expression of strawberry and raspberry fruits, with a juicy slick of crushed berries flowing across your tongue, ending with some massy, textural tannins. A perfectly balanced, joyful and drinkable expression of 2017 Gigondas with incredible purity. (MW)" (10/2018) 95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I loved the 2017 Gigondas Ven...

2017 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A crazy good value, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from this team, and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across the Green Valley, Laguna Ridge, and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest, and flowers all flow to a medium-bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price. Maturity: 2019-2027" (06/2019)

2017 Anthill Farms Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
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92 points Vinous: "The 2017 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a gorgeous wine that captures all the best of the Anthill Farms style. Pliant and generous, with tons of bright and saline energy, the 2017 is a wonderfully complete wine. Freshly cut flowers, chalk, mint and white pepper give the 2017 its striking freshness and nuance. This is such a pretty wine in its peer group. In a word: superb. (AG)" (05/2019) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "This appellation is widely described as "sprawling" as it encompasses half or more of the county. Our fruit comes fro...

2016 Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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The 2015 release of Scattered Peaks received a 97-point score from Decanter magazine and quicky became one of the best selling wines of the year here at K&L. While not professionally reviewed yet, the 2016 is another stunner and promises to be just as highly tounted. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Domestic Wine Buyer) Winery note: "Scattered Peaks is a powerful Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon carefully curated and elegantly crafted by legendary Napa Valley Winemaker, Joel Aiken (27 years as winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyards). Bold and full-bodied, Scattered Peaks of...
Price: $29.95

2016 La Fortuna "Magnus" Sant'Antimo Rosso
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92 points James Suckling: "Attractive currants and berries with hints of walnuts and cedar. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish." (06/2019) K&L Notes: 40% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Petit Verdot.

2017 Liparita Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $60) (Previously $60)
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The historic Liparita label traces its origin all the way back to the late 1800s. The founder, William Keyes, was an early pioneer in the history of California winemaking, having been among the first to designate an appellation wine with his Howell Mountain Claret. Unfortunately, the combination of Prohibition and then phylloxera took its toll on many wineries early on, including Liparita. The label was revived several times over the past century, but it was Napa Valley grower Spencer Hoopes who finally resurrected the historic name in 2006 by bringing L...
Price: $19.99

2017 Domaine de Verquière Côtes-du-Rhône
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The Verquière estate has been passed down from father to son for many generations and is now managed Thibaut Chamfort. Following age-old traditions and sustainable practices, the estate was recently certified organic. The Côtes-du-Rhône is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, grown on chalky clay soils with loads of large pebbles in the vineyards. Verquière recently returned to us after a long hiatus and we are pleased to have them back.
Price: $10.99

2016 Heir Apparent Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $90) (Previously $90)
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Red Blend Heir Apparent is blended of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 28% Petit Verdot and 2% Petite Sirah. It has a deep garnet-black color and lifted nose of black and red cherries, cassis and earth with wafts of menthol and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, it is plush, juicy and spicy in the mouth and offers good length. (LPB)" (12/2018) K&L Notes: A powerful, full-bodied red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and a splash of Petite Sirah. Fruit is sourced from great vineyards in...

2014 Rhys "Bearwallow Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
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94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is a solid step up over the Anderson Valley release and has more tension, elegance and precision. Offering up classic notes of strawberries, spice, black cherries and a touch of sous bois, it has medium to full-bodied richness, terrific purity of fruit and integrated acidity. Give bottles a year or two and drink through 2026. While the majority of 2014s are charming and supple, that’s certainly not the case with these latest releases from Kevin Harvey. I found all of his 20...

2015 Qupe "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard" Edna Valley Syrah (Previously $35) (Previously $35)
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Qupé's flagship "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard" is right around the corner from Alban and produces brilliant wines that balance Old World elegance with Central Coast flair.
Price: $19.95

Monica Larner writes: "One of the oldest estates in the Langhe, Fratelli Barale was founded in 1870, shortly after the Barolo denomination was created with the help of Marchesi Falletti and founding father of modern Italy, Count of Cavour, Camillo Benso. Sergio Barale and his daughters manage the estate today. The various expressions of Barolo are all aged from two to three years in botte grande."
Price: $34.99

93 points Wine Spectator: "Perfumed, this red features ripe black cherry, blackberry, black currant, violet, iron, loamy earth and sanguine aromas and flavors. More approachable than its peers at this stage, with fine structure, if a little less density. Long finish. Drink now through 2032. (BS)" (07/2019)

2015 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana
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97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine blew my mind. The 2015 Giorgio Primo is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. I'm told that the percentage of Merlot will increase in 2016 (to a majority role) but will diminish by a large margin in 2017 because that hot vintage was so difficult on early-ripening varieties. The bouquet is nothing short of explosive, with inky black fruit followed by pencil shaving, chalkboard, wet river stone and all the other beautiful mineral notes that I so closely associate with Panzano in Chianti....

2015 Skylark "Red Belly" North Coast Rhône Blend (Previously $20) (Previously $20)
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90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another great value is the 2015 Skylark Red Belly, a deliciously gulpable blend of 42% Carignan, 30% Grenache, and 28% Syrah brought up in neutral barrels. It has loads of mulled cherries, red currants, leather, and peppery herb aromatics, medium body, a forward, supple, elegant texture, and a great finish, all making for a seriously easy quaffing, high quality red worth drinking." (11/2018) K&L Notes: Skylark is a micro-small winery operation spearheaded by two wine industry veterans cum San Francisco taste makers: John Lancast...

2014 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Wild herb, perfumed berry and pressed rose aromas lift out of the glass along with a whiff of eucalyptus. Smooth, delicious and balanced, the lithe palate has great tension, doling out juicy red cherry, raspberry compote, star anise and baking spice backed up by vibrant acidity. Silky tannins give it extraordinary elegance and linear structure. It won't take years to come around but it also boasts good midterm aging potential. *Editors' Choice* (KO)" (02/2019) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Like most producers in ...

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Also a mix of Niellucciu and Syrah, the 2016 Corse Domaine Petroni came from granite soils along the Mediterranean and was raised all in demi-muids. This medium to full-bodied beauty certainly makes an impression. It has sensational minerality as well as notes of black cherries, blackberries, spice, and flowers. Deep, layered, incredibly elegant, and seamless, with the tension and vibrancy common from granite soils, it should evolve for well over a decade." (07/2018) K&L Notes: Domaine Petroni is an estate on the eastern side of...

2017 Château de L'Ou "Secret de Schistes" Côtes Catalanes
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the gems in the lineup is the 2017 Cotes Catalanes Secret De Schistes which is all Syrah from the higher elevation sites of schist soils. Aged 17 months in new oak, it has a beautiful perfume of crème de cassis, blue fruits, classy oak, and graphite that opens up with time in the glass. Possessing full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and again, this voluptuous, weightless texture, it’s a brilliant wine that will keep for over a decade. This is one of those wines that blends elegance and richness brilliantly. Drink thro...

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The silky 2016 Côtes du Rhône is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise. Cherries, garrigue and leather notes all come together in this medium to full-bodied but gentle, elegant wine. It's smooth from start to finish, with fine-grained tannins and hints of thyme that emerge on the finish. (JC)" (11/2018) Wine Spectator: "Gently mulled cherry and plum fruit glides through, with hints of warm fruitcake and melted red licorice. Offers a fruit-filled, modestly juicy finish. Drink now. (JM)" (11...

2014 Varner "Hidden Block - Spring Ridge Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir (Previously $45) (Previously $45)
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93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Hidden Block is the most immediate and dense of the four Pinots in the Varner range. A core of sweet red cherry and plum fruit fills out the wine's mid-weight frame effortlessly. Round, pliant and totally seductive, the 2014 has a lot to offer, including tons of near and medium-term appeal. (AG)" (08/2018) 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Mostly destemmed and brought up in 25% new French oak, the medium ruby-colored 2014 Pinot Noir Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard reveals a medium ruby color as well as impressive red and...

2015 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia
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Antinori moves south! Piero Antinori has been one of the leaders of the Italian wine industry for decades. He was involved in starting the Super Tuscan movement, developing coastal Tuscany and now he has turned his focus to Puglia. Antinori however sees the potential for quality at an exceptional price and with their incredible base of knowledge and skilled winemakers they have crafted some unique and delicious wines. The Tormaresca "Neprica" is made from Negroamaro, Primitivo, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Negroamaro and Primitivo by themselves sometimes lack...
Price: $9.99

2014 Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is classic Ramey Cabernet all the way. Blackberries, currants, scorched earth, and charcoal aromatics, medium to full body, great elegance, and notable concentration all make for a top notch 2014 that can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 6% Malbec, and 3% Petit Verdot, and it’s made in decent enough quantities that it should be easy to find." (06/2018) 93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is just as appealing today as it...

Acumen works with fruit from multiple vineyard sites on Napa's Atlas Peak. A unique appellation in the region, Atlas Peak is often cooler and drier and its volcanic, rocky soils and steep slopes produce a character unlike what we know of Cabernet from the valley floor.
Price: $29.95

2016 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
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As is the case with so many other great spots in Spain, Bodega Casa Juan is located opposite the village church, in the beautiful walled pueblo of Laguardia. The winery is a converted flour mill, featuring concrete tanks for fermenting and blending the wine; and for aging, barrels that are used for up to seven years. These are traditional Riojas in elaboration and spirit, though the site specificity of their Laguardia and Villabuena vineyards confers a fruit character all its own to these wines. And what fruit! This crianza is a potpouri of mixed berries...
Price: $12.99

2016 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana
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93 points James Suckling: "This shows some really impressive, herbal complexity, spanning a whole spectrum of rosemary and pine needles, before tile, crushed stones, blackcurrants and bay leaves enter the picture. The polish to the firm yet generous tannins captivates, as does the precision to the acidity and long finish. " (07/2018) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 La Massa is a terrific blend of 65% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon available at an accessible price. Alicante Bouschet was used in the blend until last ...

2016 Kalinda Paso Robles Red Blend
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We can tell you this much: our Kalinda private label hooks you up with awesome wine at a fraction of what you'd otherwise pay for this exact same wine under its normal label. While we have to remain quiet about the source of this lovely red blend from Paso Robles, which contains 36% Syrah, 22% Primitivo (Zinfandel), 19% Grenache, and a few other grapes, we can tell you that it sells elsewhere at a higher premium. Get it while it lasts.
Price: $11.99

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95 points Decanter: "Very ripe liquorice, pepper, olive and black fruit nose. The palate is dense, fruity, tight and focused with saline tannins and a powerful, driving and grippy finish. Real terroir expression here. (DWWA 2019)" (05/2019) 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Saint Joseph Terroir de Granit lacks some of the vibrant raspberry notes found in Farge's Passion de Terrasses, but it looks virtually equivalent in overall quality. Black olives and black cherries pick up complex herbal-stemmy notes on the nose, while the full-b...

2010 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja
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98 points James Suckling: "Fresh blueberries and brambleberries take center stage, which is striking for a wine of this age. There are also lots of roasted herbs, such as sage, not to mention floral elements, including lavender and dried violets. Then come cedar, sandalwood and tar. The tannins are incredibly round and soft, without the slightest hint of anything dry. This is among the most elegant of Riojas, where the acidity is wonderfully pronounced and cuts right through any touch of dried fruit. Long and powerful, yet subtle on the finish. Drink now...

2014 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
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James Suckling: "A brambly array of violet and cassis aromas with a wealth of succulent, juicy and sappy berry flavors. Slightly rustic edge to the finish." (07/2019) K&L Notes: Composed of the same grapes in the same percentages as the Crianza, the Reserva is a barrel selection of wines that Angel feels can undergo longer aging in barrel and then in bottle. Aged a total of 27 months in barrels, then into concrete for more than a year, the Reserva also sees bottle aging until Angel deems it ready for release. This wine ramps up the intensity of the Cri...
Price: $19.99

2017 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas
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93 points Decanter: "Grown on clay-limestone and marl, the fruit is hand-picked with no destemming, and is aged in old foudres. The wine is pretty, bright and open, with raspberry, strawberry and violet fruits. It's barely medium-bodied, but has a lovely expression of fresh and easy red berry fruits, accompanied by a juicy berry acidity and gentle blackberry-skin tannins on the finish. An easy-going and highly drinkable Gigondas. Just lovely. (MW)" (10/2018) 93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The classic 2017 Gigondas Tradition cuvée from this estate is a real wi...

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Tenuta di Sesta 2014 Brunello di Montalcino opens to an evolved appearance that showcases dark garnet saturation. However, this expression is also thicker and slightly more concentrated compared to many of its peers in this vintage. In 2014, the wines are lighter, generally speaking. You get a bright bouquet with crisp aromas of wild berry, blue flower and spice. The thinness of the vintage is apparent to the palate. This is a compact and streamlined Brunello with medium length. Some 30,000 bottles were made....

2017 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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93 points Vinous: "Turnbull's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is absolutely gorgeous. Ripe, bold and plummy, with bright floral overtones and succulent red berry and plum fruit, the 2017 is a positively stellar wine. Best of all, it is a screaming value by the standards of Napa Valley Cabernet. Is there a better Napa Valley Cabernet made from estate fruit for $50 a bottle? I doubt it. (AG)" (01/2020) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep purple-black colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up notes of baked plums, black currant pastilles and dr...

2017 Akitu "A1" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Black Label)
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95 points Decanter: "A challenging year, but this 40% wholebunch (the rest being whole berries) Pinot Noir has loads of Far-Eastern spice to complement rich, dark black fruits. Fantastic acidity keeps everything in perfect harmony. Plenty of ageing potential, clearly showing the direction in which top Otago Pinot Noirs are headed. (AH)" (05/2019) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Akita's 2017 Pinot Noir A1 starts off with intoxicating scents of roses, dried spices and tea-like nuance. A blend of four clones (mainly Abel and 777, with smaller po...

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rose, wild berry and leather aromas mingle with menthol and a whiff of truffle. The firmly structured, focused palate delivers ripe Marasca cherry, star anise and game alongside taut, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Best 2022-2028. (KO)" (10/2019) 93 points Vinous: "Barale's 2016 Barbaresco Serraboella is gorgeous. Rich, translucent and super-expressive, the 2016 has so much to offer. Macerated cherry, plum, lavender, spice, sage and new leather are all vibrant in the glass. Medium in body and plaint, the 2016 is a ...

2017 Alain Corcia Bourgogne Rouge
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Alain Corcia founded his négociant company back in 1983. Originally focused on bottling Burgundy, they expanded their grower relationships to include wines from the Rhône, Bordeaux and even Champagne. Our relationship with Alain goes back over three decades, and he and his wife Patricia have supplied us with some of our greatest values from their respective regions. As a négociant, Mr. Corcia is very hands-on with the wines, making each one in its home region and choosing not to blend across appellations, all the better to reflect each wine's true terroi...
Price: $14.99

2015 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
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94-95 points Raymond Chan: "Full, even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is softly full and deeply packed with concentrated aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruit with notes of dark plums interwoven with a layer of complexing dark and dried herbs with a lifted whole bunch stalk perfume element, some earth and mushroom and a suggestion of game. This has detail and plenty of complexity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and mouthfilling, sweet and luscious flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruit along with notes of dark...

2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
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100 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful purity to this. It goes on for minutes. The quality of tannins is amazing. Seamless. There's an amazing transparency that shows you all the elements of the wine's unique terroir. Try after 2018." (11/2013) 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An absolutely amazing wine... It comes from one of the few biod...

2016 Bellegrave, Medoc
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Just in and not to be confused with the many other Bellegraves in Bordeaux. This wine is quite substantial for such a low price. Vibrant and lively on the palate with some toasty nuances and rounded tannins on the palate.
Price: $13.99

Wine Spectator: "Fresh and direct, with a violet and lilac frame around a core of cherry and cassis flavors, all carried by a warm stone note on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 5,250 cases made, 3,800 cases imported. (JM)" (10/2019) K&L Notes: Jacques Coipel worked in the petrol industry until 2002 when he decided to change career paths and enter the wine business. He purchased an exceptional site in the Côtes du Rhone Village Cru of Valreas. His vineyards sit at around 1,200 feet with a mix of clay, limestone and gravel making up the soils. With c...
Price: $12.99

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Showing every bit the wine it was a year ago, the 2007 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Griffin's Lair is a spectacular Syrah that delivers gorgeous aromas of cassis, blackberries, smoked meats, and earthy, gamey characteristics on the nose. Thrilling on the palate as well, with a concentrated, layered mid-palate, a rich, mouth coating texture, and masses of ripe tannin, this beauty stays fresh and overall elegant with notable purity and precision. Still incredibly youthful, this should continue to evolve positively for 2-3 years, and drink w...

91 points Decanter: "An assemblage of two different terroirs: yellow marls overlaid with large pebbles at higher altitude, and clay-limestone on the plain. The fruit is all hand-harvested, destemmed then fermented with gentle extraction. The wine is aged in large oak foudres for four months before bottling. It's deep and juicy, with appealing plum and blueberry fruits. There's more blackberry on the palate, along with dense tannins. It's very well balanced and well structured, with good length. A good value pick among the 2017 Rasteaus. (MW)" (10/2018) ...

2016 Jax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is plush, lush and fruity, interwoven with tones of cardamom and clove. The palate is rich in feel, bolstered by layers of orange peel, cassis and toasted oak flavors. (VB)" (03/2019) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made up of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is scented of cedar, cassis and camphor with herbs and earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is vivacious with loads of fruit and a velvety texture with a refreshing finish....

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The excellent 2014 Syrah Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard - which now bears the black-gold label formerly worn by the Santa Barbara County bottling - offers up an expressive nose of black cherry, blackberry, smoke, soil, tar and grilled meat. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and open-knit, with a juicy core of succulent fruit, polished tannins and a flavorful finish. (WK)" (04/2018)

2015 Cristom "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $47) (Elsewhere $47)
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94 points James Suckling: "There’s a deep-set array of rich dark cherries and an earthy, soulful overlay with a very profound, complex set of forest-like notes. The palate is supple and succulent and has a wealth of rich, dark cherries and berries with a solid tannin base and a powerful, juicy and assertive build to the concentrated, rich finish. Drink over the next decade." (09/2019) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This enticing blend includes grapes from all of the estate vineyards, in a smooth, supple and well-integrated wine. The blueberry and sweet ch...

2017 TED by Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir
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93 points James Suckling: " Attractive and deeply fruited Pinot that has impressive black-cherry aromas and flavors with subtly played, spicy oak influence sitting in the background. This has impressive, generous fruit. Drink now. Screw cap. " (12/2018) Bob Campbell: "Supple yet quite weighty Pinot Noir with cherry, plum, spice and a hint of fresh herb flavours. Appealing fruit sweetness with a dry and slightly stalky finish. An entry-level Pinot Noir with character." (04/2019) K&L Notes: Number 86 on James Suckling's Top 100 New Zealand Wines of 201...


93 points James Suckling: "There’s a pure subtlety to this Pinot Noir with ripe strawberries, lemons and light tar. Medium to full body, integrated and lightly chewy tannins and a savory finish. Why wait? Drink now." (11/2018) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas and flavors of rhubarb and pomegranate dominate in this well-made, simply structured wine. It is softly layered in oak and balanced by bright acidity and juicy ripeness. (VB)" (07/2019) K&L Notes: Proprietor Courtenay Benham, who acquired the estate in 1990, also owns Angeline Vineyards and Co...

2017 Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir
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From the producer: "In the Edna Valley, on California’s Central Coast, our vines are never far from the influence of the sea. Sunny afternoons yield daily to brisk marine breezes, and the growing season is directly shaped by the seasonal flow of the currents and surface temperature of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Even our soils of calcareous shale and coarse sand were uplifted from the ancient ocean floor and weathered into place over the millennia. Fossil Point pays tribute to this bond between sea and vine. Located less than five miles due west of our wi...
Price: $18.99

2017 Nor Wester by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury
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93 points Bob Campbell: "Gently aromatic wine with bright cherry, crushed herb, anise, spice and nutty oak flavours. A supple, accessible, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with character and sophistication. It offers good value at this price." (05/2019) 93 points Sam Kim: "Wonderfully fruited and immediately appealing, the bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, warm spice and cedar characters, leading to a succulent palate that is supple and beautifully rounded. The wine offers terrific fruit intensity and silky texture, finishing long and delicious." (07/2019) 91...

2017 Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir Waipara Valley North Canterbury
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93 points Sam Kim: "A gorgeously styled pinot offering soothing fruit flavours with seductive savoury nuances; the fragrant bouquet shows spiced cherry, dark plum, thyme and almond characters with hints of game and mushrooms. The palate is juicy and beautifully rounded, displaying supple mouthfeel and fine texture, finishing long and silky. At its best: now to 2021." (11/2018) Raymond Chan: "Ruby-red colour with a little depth, lighter edged. The nose is softly packed with a firm core of dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with dark herbs and a su...