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'Tis the Season: Back-Vintage Port and Superstar Sauternes - 11/03/2019 - Port

The holiday season is upon us, so now is the time to load up on your celebratory bottles for your upcoming feasts and fêtes. And no celebration is complete without a delicious bottle of dessert wine to conclude the evening. To that end, we’ve pored over our inventory assembled our favorite back-vintage collectibles from the famed regions of Sauternes and Port. These are among the finest expressions in their category and are sure to delight connoisseur and novice alike. In many instances, availability is limited, so quick action is required to secure the bottles you want.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (375ml) 95 $17.99 View
2017 Croft Vintage Port .375ml 97 $41.99 View
2007 Suduiraut, Sauternes (Previously $80) 97 $47.99 View
2009 Guiraud, Sauternes 97 $59.99 View
2011 Guiraud, Sauternes 99 $64.99 View
2007 Rieussec, Sauternes 96 Price: Hidden View
2000 Fonseca Vintage Port 96 $84.99 View
2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 100 $94.99 View
1983 Graham's Vintage Port 93 $139.99 View
1985 Graham's Vintage Port 96 $149.99 View
1977 Graham's Vintage Port 93 $189.99 View
1994 Taylor Vintage Port 100 $249.99 View
1970 Fonseca Vintage Port 96 $339.99 View
2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) 100 $379.99 View
2015 d'Yquem, Sauternes 100 $399.99 View
2009 -2015 d'Yquem combo, Sauternes 1-each 2009 & 2015 2-pack in OWC 100 $950.00 View


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2016 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (375ml) ($17.99)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This almost dry wine is full of botrytized fruit tones. Well balanced, it is likely to turn into a rich, dense wine as it matures, with ample acidity that shines on the finish. (RV)" (04/2017)

93 points Decanter: "Based in Barsac, and has that wonderful spicy tight minerality of a Barsac. A really late harvest this year, right through til the end of October. This has such a beautiful balm yet again for me lacks some pep. It's not a 2007 or 2001 or 2011. But it's gorgeous. The texture of these wines is so crazily seductive and the power and intensity of toasted blood orange slices is stunning, but it would benefit from a lime soaked twist. (JA)" (04/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The pale lemon colored 2016 Doisy-Vedrines is a little closed to begin, giving way to notes of lemonade, grapefruit, white peaches and yuzu with wafts of ginger, honeycomb and crushed rocks. The palate is wonderfully elegant and refreshing with delicate citrus and mineral layers and a lively citrus lift to the finish. (LPB) 93+" (03/2019)

90-93 points Vinous: "The 2016 Doisy-Védrines is precise, understated and gracious. Candied orange peel, crème brulee, wild flowers, passion fruit and tangerine are all delineated nicely. The 2016 is deep and resonant on the palate, yet it also retains quite a bit of brightness. Readers who prefer the more understated side of Sauternes will find much to admire. (AG)" (04/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A focused and forward style, offering a mix of peach, mango and flan notes lined with subtle ginger and marzipan accents. An almond cream echo lines the finish. (JM)" (03/2019)

92 points James Suckling: "Tons of candied citrus and some floral honey character here. Not as lush as some Sauternes, but more lively and charming than most and the bright finish is long. This is food-friendly think blue cheese and pate." (02/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Toasty, intense nose with great orange-peel undertow and marked appeal, even if the varioius components dont yet seem to be integrated on the nose. Good effort. 16.5+/20 points. (JA)" (10/2018)

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2017 Croft Vintage Port .375ml ($41.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Blueberry, blackberry and dried violets on then nose that follow through to a full body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. This shows grip and some green, wet earth undertones on the finish. Stuctured. Try in 2026." (06/2019)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A beauty in the making, with waves of dark currant preserves, warmed fig and steeped blackberry fruit, all infused with chai spice, tobacco, singed alder and espresso cream accents. Very grippy on the finish, but this is long and smoldering too. Best from 2035 through 2060.J.M." (10/2019)

96 points Decanter: "The predominantly south-facing Quinta da Roêda provides the cornerstone of this vintage Port, the best from Croft since the 1960s - and it's well priced too. It's surprisingly demure on the nose with underlying plump, juicy plums and cherries. It's similarly voluptuous on the palate initially - in true Croft style - with a wonderfully ripe, broad tannic core rising in the mouth. It's dense and rather gorgeous all the way through to a fresh, vibrant finish. (RM)" (06/2019)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend, not quite bottled but the final blend set for bottling in about a week. It was aged for approximately 20 months in French oak and comes in with 97 grams of residual sugar. Fresh and lively, showing vivid fruit and a clean finish, this is also nicely lifted on the finish. It is surprisingly accessible. This is also a bit more expressive at the moment than its Serikos sibling this issue, but it's also lighter and a little less powerful. This can be one to approach young, but I wouldn't do it unless you want to sacrifice complexity and harmony. (MS)" (07/2019)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "Crofts Quinta da Roêda is sited on the north side of the Douro at the entrance to Pinhão. David Guimaraens reports that Roêda was the first Fladgate Partnership estate to begin harvest in 2017, on August 31. He caught the fruit while it still had detail, though much of that complexity is masked for now behind a blackout curtain of youthful tannins. The wine is sleek, with bosky cherry flavors and a massive structure, needing a day to show its luscious fruit and integrate it into a compact, juicy black sphere. On the third day open, the wines restraints are slightly less tense, the flavors hinting at licorice and black cherry with a mellow schist reverb. Beautifully knit, this is the most compelling and ageworthy Croft Vintage yet, under the Fladgate Partnership." (10/2019)

94 points Vinous: "The 2017 Croft Vintage Port was picked from August 31, the earliest since 1945. Deep purple in color, the nose is initially standoffish, checking you out before opening intense black plum and crushed violet aromas, orange blossom and veins of Seville orange marmalade. Yet it is extremely well focused, disguising the warmth of the growing season. The palate is medium-bodied with a luxuriant, velvety smooth opening that lacquers the mouth. Beautifully balanced, effortless even, it gently seems to roll across the senses towards its surprisingly controlled, clove and bayleaf tinged finish that leaves a discrete tingling sensation on the tongue. Superb and probably one of the 2017 Vintage Ports that will drink sooner than others. Total production is 3,900 cases. (NM)" (06/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep purple with wide purple rim. The most red-fruited of all the Fladgate 2017s so far but lots of sweet black cherry too. Much more gentle on the palate than the Fonseca and Taylor's and less obvious length, or at least much softer and chocolatey as it fades on the palate. This is all about the fruit and has lovely freshness and lively fruit purity. Mouth-watering finish of sweet-sour cherry flavours. 17.5/20 points. (JH)" (05/2019)

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2007 Suduiraut, Sauternes (Previously $80) - 0 available ($47.99)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Powered by dry botrytis, this is a wine with immense potential. It has weight, complexity and richness, all under the cloak of botrytis. To leaven the power, there is acidity, but this is certainly for aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (06/2010)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dried lemon and floral aromas lead to loads of botrytis spice and bitter lemon peel in this young, full-bodied sweetie, with hints of lively lime and honey. Medium sweet. Very intense. *Collectibles* (JS)" (03/2010)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow-gold. Subdued but powerful nose offers fresh stone fruits, grapefruit zest, ginger and honey, all lifted by a floral topnote. Lush, thick and honeyed, but with superb acidity framing the flavors of mandarin orange, pineapple, honey and chalk. Finishes very long and subtle, with a saline nuance and terrific fruit penetration. (ST)" (07/2008)

94 points Vinous: "The 2007 Suduiraut was cropped at 16hl/ha. It has a similar bouquet to the bottle I last encountered in 2016. It opens gradually with scents of dried honey, apricot blossom and a touch more melted wax than I recall. The palate is very well balanced with intense botrytised fruit, a fine line of acidity, perhaps just a little drier than it was a couple of years back, though developing intriguing notes of mandarin, tangerine, white pepper and Clementine. It is drinking beautifully now although it will clearly continue to age gracefully over another two decades. 131gm/L residual sugar. (NM)" (03/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid gold. Complex, vegetal but interesting. Weight and ruffle of botrytis and strong orange peel note, proper stuff, great!! Just a little bitter citrus peel at the end. 18/20 points (JR)" (10/2009)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 24, 2017

A perfect 5 for value here. We sold it for over $60 and found a small parcel at a great price. A cellar selection from the Wine Enthusiest and 97 points. So lush and peachy. Will age for many more years.

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2009 Guiraud, Sauternes ($59.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2009 Guiraud is one of the gems of Sauternes this vintage, one of the finest offerings in recent years. It has a wonderful, beautifully delineated bouquet with expressive scents of wild honey, orange pith, Seville orange marmalade and just a hint of pineapple. The palate is beautifully defined with pure botrytised fruit, supremely well balanced with a vivacious, ginger and white pepper tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. Outstanding. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. Drink through 2055. (NM)" (03/2019)

96 points James Suckling: "Gorgeous aromas of dried apricots, apple pie crust and pineapple. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness. Dense and layered. Beautiful now but will improve with age. Drink or hold." (05/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is a bird of a different feather, with an exotic, vibrant aroma of toasted coconut, followed by an almond cream note that gives way to the core of green fig, papaya, Cavaillon melon and honey. There's stunning richness and mouthfeel, with the power to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. Very impressive. Best from 2015 through 2040. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. *Highly Recommended, #5 of Top 100 Wines of 2012* (JM)" (03/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 Guiraud comes sashaying out of the glass with a wonderfully floral nose of jasmine and peach blossoms with an undercurrent of potpourri, dried mango, honey nut, baked pineapple and preserved ginger. The mouth is completely coated with concentrated baking spice and savory layers countering all the rich sweetness, finishing long and layered. (LPB)" (03/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a smoky, rich wine that shows evident wood aging. This feature adds weight, though the sweetness is currently muted. It is a wine with potential intensity; the fruit and acidity will emerge in several years. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Intense, rich and seductive. Lovely concentration, with spice on the finish. Barley-sugar flavour dominates the middle, dense and generous and still harmonious. Just enough freshness for this concentration. Broad and long. Drink through 2045. 18/20 points (JR)" (08/2013)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 26, 2019

Here is a substantial wine that impresses more with richness than sweetness. This fat and waxy wine is crammed with honey, orange oil, papaya, saffron, ginger and tarragon in a creamy and mouth filling style. Opulent and exotic.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2019

We were in Bordeaux this past April, enjoying yet another lovely dinner with a vast amount of wines, winding down from a long day. I almost overlooked the 2009 Guiraud sitting on the table until Trey caught my attention and mentioned that I should try it. On the first sip it was a stop-me-in-my-tracks quality wine that shook me out of my reverie. It carries the perfect balance of botrytis, tropical fruit, honey, orange blossom, and most importantly, plentiful mouthwatering acidity and abundant freshness. Brilliant.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 06, 2019

The 2009 is showing more richness, more power, and an incredible array of exotic flavors and spices: cinnamon, apples, and very creamy textured. For sure we will be talking about this wine 50 years from now.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 12, 2013

*1/2 Soft and easy. Candied ginger. Very lush and ripe, with nice acidity.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 12, 2013

Always big and full of fat, honeyed fruit.

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2011 Guiraud, Sauternes ($64.99)

99 points James Suckling: "This wine has exceptional clarity, balance and freshness, with lots of spicy botrytis character. Full body, medium-sweet and a crisp finish. Its racy and refined. Whats impressive is the intensity of noble rot that makes the wine feel almost dry. This is the greatest wine ever made here. Made from organic grapes." (01/2014)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A large-scale version, with seamlessly layered notes of almond cream, apricot, ginger, mango, piecrust, papaya and toasted hazelnut. The long, spice-infused finish shows ample depth, echoing with an enticing tarte Tatin note. Best from 2016 through 2035. *Ranked #12 Top 100 Wines of 2014 and Highly Recommended* (JM)" (03/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The first impression is of the dry botrytis that has infused the wine. Then comes the acidity and crisp lemon flavor. Gradually, ripe marmalade and fragrant honey come out along with acidity. Its a fascinating, complex wine worthy of a wait. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (05/2015)

93 points Decanter: "Discreet apricot and mandarin nose. Fine attack of freshness and purity. Silky and intense, with fine acidity to lift the fruit. Needs time to develop complexity. Fine potential and good length. Drinking window 2016 - 2045 (SB)" (07/2016)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow-gold. Deep aromas of lime, peach, quince, minerals, menthol and saffron are complicated by tangy botrytis tones. Ripe, creamy flavors of peach, lime and lemon verbena show noteworthy sweetness and power, with harmonious acidity providing lift. This very rich, textured wine coats the palate with tropical fruit and mineral flavors that linger impressively on the back end, enlivened by a brisk citrus element. This stellar Guiraud, which strikes me as being richer and deeper than the 2010, is still very young and will improve further in a good, cold cellar." (08/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. After Yquem and Doisy-Védrines, the Château Guiraud 2011 seems a little muted on the nose, but that is not fair because it is well defined and very focused, gradually unfurling to reveal scents of honey, orange blossom and quince. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity. This is a more understated Sauternes, harmonious and nonchalant in style, but dont be fooled because there is great tension, delineation and poise on the finish, the fruit seamlessly bound with the new oak. This appears to have gained elegance and complexity in bottle, ergo my higher score. (NM)" (02/2015)

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 06, 2019

Did you know that Château Guiraud is fully accredited ORGANIC by the Agence Bio (AB) Thats always good to know The excellent quality and richness of the 2011 vintage (for Sauternes/Barsac) is clearly showing here. A plush botrytised nose, with lots of caramel, peaches, orange and honey, followed by a palate that is perfectly balanced by its acidity structure. I would suggest this Sauternes to try with dinner

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2015

Guiraud is our biggest selling Sauternes-by far. The 2011 is as good as the great 2001 and 2005. perfect balance of flavors with some citric notes as well as coconut flavors. Will age well for many years.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 18, 2015

The best vintages for Sauternes are often not famous for red wine, and the 2011's are a great example of this. The best harvests from this region have bountiful, clean botrytis, concentrated sweetness and high, lifted acidity, and the 2011 has it all. The Guiraud is a complex young Sauternes, with layers of coconut, honey and fresh apricot flavors. It is also a very pure wine, with incredible lift to balance out its giant richness. Fabulous stuff!

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2007 Rieussec, Sauternes Price: Hidden

93-96 points Wine Spectator: "Balanced and very spicy, with almond paste and apricot. Full-bodied, medium sweet, with a long, fruity, tangy finish. Layered and stylish. (JS, Web Only2008)"

90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, pale yellow-gold. Aromas of very ripe peach, honey and vanilla are a bit youthfully disjointed. Sweet, supple and fat, currently showing more spice than fruit. Finishes broad and spicy, with a suggestion of minerality. (ST)" (08/2008)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Rieussec is a blend of 87% Semillon, 4.5% Muscadelle and 8.5% Sauvignon Blanc picked between 13 September and 31 October. It has an almost Barsac-like bouquet with barley sugar joining the ginger and honeyed notes, quite powerful although I feel this is just going through a sullen patch at the moment. The palate is very pure and balanced with a wonderful seam of acidity that slices through the viscous botrytis fruit, quite spicy on the finish . (NM)" (01/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Sweet, vaguely sticky nose. Certainly impressive for the sugar level! And theres an attractive savoury undertow that stops it being sickly. Lots there. Reverberates. Long. Very long. It has that thing that a good Condrieu has: a subtext. 19/20 points. (JR)" (04/2008)

K&L Notes: K&L's Bordeaux buyer, Clyde Beffa Jr., says this is superior to Rieussec's 2005, and much cheaper!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 26, 2019

The Lafite group took Rieussec to the next level in 2007. Rich and layered with notes of dried honey, lemon citrus, apricots and white flowers, it definitely has great sweetness but also lift and vibrancy from the acidity. This is definitely one of the most enjoyable Sauternes on our shelves right now.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 06, 2019

This Rothschild property needs no introduction, and it is from another good vintage for Sauternes. The 2007 Rieussec is showing less sweetness and more spices, although with plenty of ripe fruit flavors, peaches and nectarines come to mind. A chunk of blue cheese, some roasted nuts and a glass of that is sure a ticket to paradise.

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2000 Fonseca Vintage Port ($84.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Fonseca continues to exude finesse and focus on the nose, with pure blackberry, juniper berries, licorice and a touch of sloes, perhaps as Adrian Bridge remarked, just beginning to close after ten years in bottle. The palate is underpinned by very fine tannins, a sensual, svelte texture with wonderful acidity. The harmony and symmetry is alluring, the finish precise and demonstrating the persistency to suggest a long future ahead. Drink 2020-2060. (NM)" (02/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium-deep ruby. Exotic aromas of black fruit liqueur, road tar, smoked meat and hot stones; this reminded me of a great ripe-year Hermitage. Hugely rich and dense, with compelling sweetness and pliancy but also sound framing acidity. Extremely youthful and very long on the aftertaste. Finishes with suave but strong tannins and excellent grip and thrust. Like the best examples of the vintage, this won't injure your palate if you broach a bottle today, but it's structured for extended aging. (ST)" (02/2003)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous nose of crushed raspberries, blackberries and licorice. Full-bodied and velvety, with superclean fruit and a long finish. Beauty. Very harmonious for Fonseca. *Collectible* (JS)" (05/2003)

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2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port ($94.99)

100 points James Suckling: "OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor's I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025." (05/2018)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe, structured while also fruity, this intense, perfumed Port is opulent while also elegant. Its tannins and great fruit are finely integrated and are rich with potential. Black fruits, berries and a juicy aftertaste add freshness to the wine. Drink from 2028. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (12/2018)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This is packed with raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors that play off one another, melding with anise, fruitcake and ganache notes. A warm tarry edge coats the finish, revealing an echo of bramble. A seriously grippy, strapping Port, this revels in its power. Best from 2032 through 2055. *Top 100 Wines of 2018, Collectibles* (JM)" (12/2018)

97 points Vinous: "In 2016 Taylor's began picking in Vargellas on 17 September, followed by Pinhão Valley estate on 23 and 26 September. The 2016 Vintage Port has an aristocratic bouquet with tight wound aromas of blackberry, bilberry, crushed stone, black olive and a light, marine-tinged element, perhaps almost peat-like. The palate is just beautiful with fine, chiseled tannins and a perfect line of acidity. There is that almost 'arching' structure one always seeks in a great Taylors with a gentle but insistent grip towards the finish. It is everything you really want from a Vintage Port. (NM)" (06/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend set to be bottled about a week after this tasting. It was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 102 grams of residual sugar. The Croft might be as rich--although I don't think so; we'll see as they age--but this is more expressive right now. The most delicious of the three Fladgate Group offerings, this has the sexiest fruit, although the Fonseca seems to have more pure power. Even allowing that it had a fair bit of air, this was showing surprisingly well for young Taylor's. That is speaking relatively, of course, because this still has power and energy. Personally, this year I'd definitely pick Fonseca, though. Fonseca just seems to have a little more upside potential. With Port, of course, things change over the decades. This is a first look, not a final word. Winemaker David Guimaraens said that 2016, the first declaration since 2011, was a cooler year with purity of fruit and less power compared to the muscular and concentrated 2011s. That is pretty obvious on tasting them. They are enchanting for their freshness, though. (MS)" (07/2018)

96 points Decanter: "Dense and heady on the nose with an attractive green, leafy edge. Sweet and pump on the palate with lovely bright cherry and damson fruit nicely defined but not as big as some. Firm, tight-knit tannins on a long, linear finish which shows off the lovely purity of fruit. Drinking window 2030-2055. (RM)" (05/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson but without the blueish purple of the Grahams. Tight, refined nose rather claret-like. Not as obviously sweet as some. Restrained aromatically: backward with sharp, linear blackcurrant and violet notes. This tastes like a somewhat shouty, scratchy baby at the moment which is no criticism of a wine designed to age as long as a vintage port. But then there are masses of sweet fruit with liquorice surrounded in a scratchy skein of tannins and acidity. 18/20 points. (JR)" (05/2018)

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1983 Graham's Vintage Port ($139.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A superb achievement from a very underrated year. Deep dark ruby-purple, with rich floral and violet aromas, full-bodied, with masses of strawberry flavors, full tannins and a long finish. (JS, Web Only-1989)"

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. The 1983, like most vintage ports, seems more forward than normal but has a great depth of very ripe, viscous, unctuous, plummy, tarry fruit and significant tannin in its long finish. It is black-purple in color. I doubt that it will be either as profound or as long-lived as the great 1977, but is is certainly one of the top two or three ports of this vintage, and better than the excellent 1980. (RP)" (01/1989)

Jancis Robinson: "Transparent ruby. Fully evolved with beautiful round satin texture (all tannins fully dissolved) with a very winning combination of liquorice and haunting sweet red fruit. Very gorgeous. This is clearly a great vintage to enjoy now. (JR) 18.5/20" (10/2015)

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1985 Graham's Vintage Port ($149.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Graham is the undisputed star and kingpin of the 1985 vintage ports. Yes, it is made in a sweeter style than the other ports, but it is a fabulous wine because of a dazzling level of black-cherry fruit, an enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length. (RP)" (01/1989)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Dark color, with intense aromas of blackberry, licorice and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, lightly sweet, with superrefined tannins. Long and caressing. Very youthful. Will improve for a long time. This is really excellent. Always has been. Just starting to come around. (JS, Web Only-2008)"

94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of violets, dried fruits and figs. Full body, medium sweet, beautiful tannins and length. Seems to be growing in depth and intensity. Beautiful now. I love the tannin tension to this. Drink and enjoy." (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Bright, glowing crimson. Dense and broad and luscious. Peppery finish. Not as sweet as some Graham's, and with more concentration than Graham's 1980. Polished, long and rich. Big and round. 18/20 points. (JR)" (03/2017)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 24, 2015

The sweetest and sexiest of the 85s. Enjoy right now or wait till you turn 50.

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1977 Graham's Vintage Port ($189.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. (RP)" (01/1989)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This was never a great Graham, but it's outstanding quality nonetheless. Medium ruby-red. Aromas of milk chocolate, plum, mint and violet. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness and lots of berry and cherry fruit. Very fruity and fresh. Long and lively. Delicious now, but will improve. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. (JS, Web Only-2008)"

Jancis Robinson: "Really perfumed - cedarwood and cigar box. Cedarwood and sandalwood and cinnamon - incense-like. Rich and generous on the palate. Drink 2005-2030. 18/20 points. (JH)" (10/2010)

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 10, 2017

I've been lucky enough to be around when '77's get opened on several occasions. It really is a stunning vintage. Marked by rain the previous winter, cool and long growing conditions, hotter harvest months with just enough sprinkles to keep things fresh, these wines are beautiful and balanced. The richness of the Graham's is off the charts with tons of sweet red and black fruits, but it's marked by strong savory and herbal undertones. A lively thread of acidity runs through it so that every sip hits all your taste buds. This would be a very special way to celebrate your 40th.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2017

Perfect gift for that fortieth birthday or anniversary. There are not any real good 1977 California or Bordeaux wines.

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1994 Taylor Vintage Port ($249.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is, to date, the greatest Vintage Port ever from here. It overwhelmed me years ago when I tasted it from barrel, but only now is it crossing gradually into its drinking window. The intensity is still mind-boggling here, with sweet-and-sour notes as well as mounds of clay. There are violets lurking somewhere too. A full-bodied, medium sweet and sublime Vintage Port, showing forest fruits and freshly picked blackberries on the palate in the form of a creamy, focused and tannic texture." (10/2014)

100 points Wine Spectator: "In a word, superb. It's full-bodied, moderately sweet and incredibly tannic, but there's amazing finesse and refinement to the texture, not to mention fabulous, concentrated aromas of raspberries, violets and other flowers. Perhaps the greatest Taylor ever, it's better than either the 1992 or the 1970, though it's very like the '70 in structure. Best after 2010. *Cellar Selection, Wine of the Year 1997* (JS)" (04/1997)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is very much in the mold of the 1992maybe slightly less rich but just by a whisker. Its dense without being heavy, with a beautifully spice-filled and long finish. Flavors of chocolate, mint and plum pudding linger elegantly for a few seconds longer than the 92. (JC)" (02/2007)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "When tasting young vintage ports, Taylor is always the most backward. Yet potentially, it has the capability to be the most majestic. This classically made, opaque purple-colored wine is crammed with black fruits (blueberries and cassis). It reveals high tannin and a reserved style, but it is enormously constituted with massive body, a formidable mid-palate, and exceptional length. It is a young, rich, powerful Taylor that will require 10-15 years of aging. Compared to the more flashy, forward style of the 1992, the 1994 has more in common with such vintages as 1977 and 1970. (RP)" (10/1996)

95 points Decanter: "Shy nose: underlying ripeness has more to give. Fine, linear fruit palate not as rich or voluptuous as some, with good definition leading to a firm finish. Not big, but powerful with lovely purity on the finish. Needs time. (RM)"

Jancis Robinson: "Deep garnet, not as dark as the Graham's. Sweet, more red fruit, spicy damson, spirit still evident. Then some savoury leather. Generous but so fluid, lots of spice. Silky tannins, much less power and darkness than on the Grahams. Ready earlier? More elegant but perhaps overall less impressive. (JH) 18/20" (10/2010)

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1970 Fonseca Vintage Port - 8 available ($339.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Some people may enjoy this wine's rather fat, rich and powerful fruit now, but I still find it too young for drinking. Deeply colored, with smoky mint, tar and fruit aromas, full-bodied, with concentrated fruit flavors and plenty of tannins. (JS, Web Only-1989)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Vintners Companys 650th anniversary celebration at Vintners Hall, the Fonseca 1970 was the finest bottle I have encountered. The bouquet opens beautifully with heady scents of clove, ginger, small red cherries, bergamot and allspice, displaying exquisite definition and harmony. The palate follows suit with lovely balance and poise in the mouth, notes of kirsch, shaved ginger and walnut building to an opulent, viscous finish that lacquers the mouth. Yet this bottle shows more control than the bottle tasted four years ago. The 1970 Fonseca is in a very nice place at the moment. You should join it. Tasted May 2013. (NM)" (06/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Very deep crimson only just turning to ruby. Sweet - much more concentrated and vigorous than most. Very big and bold and impressive. A certain wild gaminess on the nose. Perhaps not the most subtle but certainly arresting. Rather too hard on the finish at the moment and, apparently, merely in middle age. Youve got to admire it Definite alcohol on the finish. A little bit exhibitionistic. (JR) 17/20 points" (10/2004)

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2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) ($379.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is so layered and intense on the palate with lemons and dried pineapple, mango and honey. Full body, very sweet, but it remains tangy and vibrant. Shows such amazing balance and intensity. Crazy finish. Hints of vanilla and apple purée. One of the greatest Yquems ever. All about purity here." (09/2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I have had the very good fortune to taste the 2001 d'Yquem perhaps a dozen times since its release and have never been less than absolutely floored by its combination of poise, purity, precision and layer upon intricate, jaw-dropping layer of flavor nuances. It is among a very small clutch of incredible wines that crash through the 100-point ceiling and rocket beyond the stratosphere! A testament to that magic that can be created when an uncommonly great vintage for Sauternes brings out the best of an extraordinary vineyard and is skillfully, sensitively crafted, the 2001 is a true wine rarity that must be tried to be believed. (LPB)" (08/2019)

100 points Wine Spectator: "The greatest young Yquem I have ever tasted from bottle. Yellow, with a golden hue and an almost green tint. Intense aromas of botrytis, spices and blanched almonds follow through to honey, maple syrup, dried apricot and pineapple. Full-bodied, sweet, thick and powerful, with layers of fruit and a bright, lively finish. Coats the palate yet remains exciting. So balanced and refined, showing the pedigree that only this Sauternes estate can deliver. *Ranked #10 on Top 100 of 2005, Collectibles* (JS)" (11/2005)

Jancis Robinson: "Berry Bros' cellars seem to be awash with this great wine, to judge from the number of times I have been lucky enough to taste, nay drink, it chez eux. Sumptuous, glorious with richness, concentration yet no heaviness and quite enough freshness to see it through for decades. Thank you. (JR) 19/20" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: 100 points, Robert Parker: "There are 10,000 cases of this perfect sweet white Bordeaux. The 2001 Yquem reveals a hint of green in its light gold color. While somewhat reticent aromatically, with airing, it offers up honeyed tropical fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, sweet creme brulee, and buttered nut-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with gorgeously refreshing acidity as well as massive concentration and unctuosity. Everything is uplifted and given laser-like focus by refreshing acidity. This large-scaled, youthful Yquem appears set to take its place among the most legendary vintages of the past, and will age effortlessly for 75+ years." (Wine Advocate, 4/2005)

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2015 d'Yquem, Sauternes ($399.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Following a very long harvest stretching nearly two months, the 2015 Château d'Yquem came in at 13.9% alcohol and 144 grams per liter of residual sugar, sporting a pH of 3.65 and six grams per liter of tartaric acid. None of these numbers, however, even remotely begin to tell you how profound this wine is. The nose opens with electric notes of ripe pineapples, green mango, orange blossoms and lemon tart with hints of fungi, lime zest, crushed rocks and jasmine. The freshness on the palate is just astonishing, permeating and lifting layer upon layer of tropical fruits and earthy notions, all encased in a sumptuous texture and culminating in a very, very long, mineral-tinged finish. Truly, this is a legendary vintage for d'Yquem. I've been conservative with my drinking window here, and I would not be at all surprised if our descendants are drinking this vintage well into the next century. (LPB)" (04/2018)

99 points James Suckling: "This is a very powerful yet at the same time bright and dry dYquem. Full-bodied, sweet yet phenolic and layered. Love the combination between tannin and sweetness. The purity and beauty are incredible; its the freshness and lightness that make this wine, yet the depth and richness are undeniable." (04/2018)

98 points Vinous: "The 2015 d'Yquem is without question one of the wines of the vintage. Just as alluring from bottle as it was from barrel, the 2015 is a wine that engages all of the senses, from the intellectual to the more hedonistic. Lilting notes of pineapple, mint, orange peel and white flowers grace the palate, but it is the wine's sense of balance and total harmony that impress most. In 2015, Yquem had its earliest start to the harvest since 1893. Even so, the winemaking team did a magnificent job of preserving freshness. The 2015 was fermented in 100% new oak, and residual sugar is 145 grams per liter, but great wine is never about numbers. Above all else, the 2015 Yquem is a wine of energy and class. Don't miss it! (AG)" (02/2018)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is ethereal. It certainly offers attractive honey and bitter orange flavors but also a fresh character that gives the wine lift and crispness. It is, of course, going to age magnificently, although it is so delicious and refreshing now. (RV)" (04/2016)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh-cut orange, peach and nectarine notes lead the way, followed by lightly singed almond and warm piecrust notes. Then another wave of green fig, warmed pear and coconut takes over on the finish. Rich and honeyed in feel, with obvious power, balanced by an energy in the inner core that should help this cruise in the cellar for some time. Best from 2020 through 2050. (JM)" (03/2018)

95 points Decanter: "About 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc. Very pure, intense aromas and flavours of peach, lemon curd, tangerine and marmalade botrytis notes. Boasts 144g/l sugar and 6.2 g/l total acidity. Very pure, long and racy rather than rich. It doesnt have the power of 2001 or 2009, nor the freshness of 2011 or 2014, but it is a great wine in the making. If the vintage allows, Id go back to an 80%/20% Sem-Sauv blend to get back a little of that magical dYquem richness. (IA)" (04/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "RS 144 g/l, TA 6 g/l, pH 3.65. Mid gold. Very direct and glossy. Edge of veg and toast. Real tension! Tense pear juice with lots of grip and attack. Lots of acidity as well as all that sugar. Really energetic. Long. Amazing persistence. So neat. Real attack. Massive apparent acidity. (JR) 19/20 points" (04/2016)

2009 -2015 d'Yquem combo, Sauternes 1-each 2009 & 2015 2-pack in OWC ($950.00)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 d'Yquem bursts from the glass with gregarious crème caramel, allspice, dried apricots, mandarin peel and pineapple upside down cake scents plus a fragrant undercurrent of fungi, acacia honey, candied ginger, musk perfume and frangipani. Full-bodied and full-on hedonic in the mouth, the rich, tightly wound layers are still amazingly youthful with bags of citrus sparks and an incredibly long, perfumed finish. Possessing a residual sugar of 157 grams per liter and 13.6% alcohol as well as a laser-focused line of freshness, the rock-solid structure and through-the-roof opulence here is simply mind blowing. Pure perfection. (LPB)" (03/2019)

98 points Vinous: "The 2015 d'Yquem is without question one of the wines of the vintage. Just as alluring from bottle as it was from barrel, the 2015 is a wine that engages all of the senses, from the intellectual to the more hedonistic. Lilting notes of pineapple, mint, orange peel and white flowers grace the palate, but it is the wine's sense of balance and total harmony that impress most. In 2015, Yquem had its earliest start to the harvest since 1893. Even so, the winemaking team did a magnificent job of preserving freshness. The 2015 was fermented in 100% new oak, and residual sugar is 145 grams per liter, but great wine is never about numbers. Above all else, the 2015 Yquem is a wine of energy and class. Don't miss it! (AG)" (02/2018)

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